December 31, 2005

Happy New Year!

First as always lately let me thank our Co-Bloggers for another great Year.

Thanks to...(in no particular order what so ever and Sith Masters all)...
Demosophist.
Vince Aut Morire.
Mike Pechar.
See-Dubya who also posts here.
Chris Short.
Traderrob.
The Dread Pundit Bluto.
Chad Evans.
Drew.
Richard.
Jane from Armies of Liberation.

Updated: Hat Tip: Leopold Stotch: I forgot Wine-aholic My apologies.

Thanks to our master The Sith Master Blogger Dr. Rusty Shackleford.

Howie (that’s me) has been blogging now for six months as of 01/01 started about 07/01. Some days I ask myself why. Today I get an answer. . See I kinda wrote this post one time about a Mr Stokely.

Rusty : I don't know which one of you guys wrote the post, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't me. It's touching to know that a guy like this found The Jawa. Makes me very proud. Thanks for all your help.

Then this fowarded from Mr. Stokely :

I thank you for including a point to the mudville gazette post "Mike"
regarding my son, SGT Mike Stokely. He was a good boy, great man. We
miss him dearly. But, we have chosen to celebrate his life and what
he stood for rather than languish in self pity for what we have lost,
for that is the best way we, as a family, can show how much we respect
him and to honor him.

thanks,

Robert Stokely

No thank you Mr. Stokely both of you. And thanks to the Mudville Gazette for calling all our attention to you and the rest our men and women and families.

Happy New year to everyone and be careful and try not to hurl unless you really have to and then go ahead, you will feel better tomorrow.

Signed Howie Sith Master Apprentice to the Good Dr.

Even having to fix where I screwed up your name tonight feels good. Oh well, I reckon I should blog a bit longer maybe?

By Howie at 08:22 PM | Comments |

Yet Another "Pro-Torture" Post

Bluto has a provocative post below, about the actions of a British diplomat who compromised national security for the sake of his personal convictions about the use of intelligence obtain through torture. This fellow starts off by framing the position of his opponents as "pro-torture," so he's already dealt himself out of the debate by virtue of the fact that he doesn't frame it honestly. (Boy, was that a shock!)

I've always been a bit suspicious of the argument that "torture doesn't work," mainly because it's the kind of thing we'd like to believe so it'd be understandable if we applied an empirical filter that gives us that result. It's the sort of thing that happens all the time with methodoligally flawed scholarship. I'm guessing it does work, as does the occasional credible threat of torture. The question is whether there are alternatives that always work as well. If it genuinely didn't work then we wouldn't need a ban on it, we could just apply principles of professionalism to keep sadists out of the ranks of interrogators, and that'd be that.

Moreover, to some people practicing their piano lessons or studying calculus constitutes "torture." Yes, that's not what we're talking about here... but who can doubt that we would be talking about that eventually given the sort of wishful thinking one-sided "virtue" that dominates left-talk nowadays.

There's an argument for regime change in Uzbekistan, of course. Unfortunately most of those on the left can't bring themselves to use it, because it's the same one that justifies intervention in Iraq. But ultimately the paradigm is pretty simple, and it lies behind both the arguments against state torture and the arguments favoring the displacement of tyrants: respressive regimes breed group social pathologies, including terrorism. And there's also no doubt that the credible threat of a military intervention might serve to soften or replace a tyrannical regime once in awhile.

Actually the resolution I've proposed at various times would probably result in fewer instances of torture, or even near-torture, than would bans like those McCain supports. If the situation is sufficiently grave that you can obtain an uncoerced volunteer from your own service to undergo exactly the same treatment then "torture" is justified by the circumstances and odds of success. If you can't, then the situation isn't grave enough to justify it. That leaves the option open in extreme circumstances, reduces the overall instance of torture and cruel and unusual treatment, and gives us the moral high ground. But it would also evoke a lot of complaints from the morally bankrupt left who are less interested in results than in the appearance of superficial virtue.

For what it's worth it was none other than Cleveland Amory, animal rights activist and darling of the left, who first proposed something like the above. He suggested that the triggering codes that allowed a global thermonuclear launch be implanted next to the heart of an innocent person who would accompany the President at all times. Then, if the President were compelled by circumntances to order the use of our nuclear arsenal the only way he could do so would be by using a very sharp knife to "surgically remove the codes" himself, from the chest of a living victim (with no "help" from other service personnel). It's completely "barbaric" of course, but it reflects the barbarism of the choice and it therefore seemed entirely ethical. Score one for Cleveland. Today's "left" is just not made of the same stuff.

(Cross-posted to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 12:58 PM | Comments |

Embittered Brit Ex-Ambassador Leaks Documents

The land of HAR "Kim" Philby brings us another in a long line of lunatics who somehow managed to worm their ways into government positions. Of course, Philby was supposedly motivated by ideology. Craig Murray, who was fired from his position for cause, seems to have more of a taste for petty revenge and self-promotion.

From the Associated Press via Yahoo!News:

LONDON - A former British ambassador has published government documents he says prove that Britain knowingly received intelligence extracted under torture from prisoners in Uzbekistan.

Craig Murray, who was removed as ambassador to Uzbekistan after going public about his concerns, defied a Foreign Office ban to publish the internal memos on his Web site Friday. The documents include memos to Foreign Office chiefs in which Murray expressed his concern over the use of "torture material."

Common sense is finally invoked in the sixth paragraph of the AP story:
A Foreign Office spokesman said Friday that while Britain condemns the use of torture, it would be "irresponsible" for the intelligence services to reject out of hand information which might protect British citizens from a terror attack. The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with government policy.
Duh. The very fact that this has to be articulated is a dismal comment on the average liberal's IQ.

For hints as to Murray's true nature, one might visit his blog, if one has the taste and tolerance for bug-eyed moonbattery.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto10:17 AM | Comments |

Indonesian Market Bomb Kills Eight

(Palu, Indonesia) The Indonesian government issued warnings that terrorist attacks against Christians were likely during the holiday season. And it has happened.

From the BBC:

At least eight people have been killed and 45 hurt by a bomb blast at a market in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province (map), police say.

Witnesses in the town of Palu reported seeing bodies lying on the ground after hearing a deafening blast.

The bomb exploded in the busy morning hours at a stall selling pork in a largely Christian part of the town. [Added map link - ed.]

In another report, Central Sulawesi police chief Brigadier General Oegroseno said, "Up until now, the number of victims is 60. From that 60, 53 are injured, seven have died."

The bomb was packed with nails and ball bearings. Another bomb was reportedly found and defused. Bloodied wounded were carried to passing cars and taken to the hospital.

No specific responsibility for the attack has been declared, but the province's Christian population has been repeatedly attacked by Muslims. It's reported that twelve people have been apprehended in connection with the attack.

I'm certain the attack wasn't prompted only because Christians eat pork. Eating pork just triggers the hatred that fanatical Muslims have for non-believers in Islam. In that regard, fanatical Muslims are not that much different from fanatical vegans, although, to my knowledge, the vegans haven't resorted to murder. Food despots are, first and foremost, despots.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 08:36 AM | Comments |

2005, A Sandcrawler Year In Review

It's as predictable as the rising of the sun. The slavering fools of the media are shoving their Year In Review stories down your throats in print and over the airwaves. In their arrogance, they think it's up to them to tell you what the most influential and important news of 2005 was.

Well, we at the Jawa Report hoist our beer steins and shout F*ck You! at these gibbering fools.

Don't read some idiot's recounting of the year, give us what you think was the best and worst, happiest and saddest, most fun and least fun event of the year that is passing.

I'll give you a jump start:

Worst moment of 2005, my mother-in-law, dying of cancer, telling me to "take care of her baby." Those were her last words to me.

Best moment of 2005, celebrating the 10th anniversary of marriage to her baby.

You get the idea.

By Vinnie at 12:35 AM | Comments |

December 30, 2005

Close The Borders, Dammit!

Illegal immigrants attack law enforcement officers in California.

Every single one of the perpetrators should be fed alive to a hungry shark.

Yeah, they make nice commercials, but they are filthy creatures nonetheless.

I know, because we have one living in our house.

By Vinnie at 06:08 PM | Comments |

L.A. Times Publishes Phony Report

How often has the blogosphere been criticized by the mainstream media for not adequately researching stories, for being less than thorough, and for not checking facts? Way too often, I'd say. Well, check out this story.

From BreitBart.com:

A quote in a fake news release that was intended as an April Fool's joke ended up in a front-page story in the Los Angeles Times. The story in Tuesday's editions of the Times noted how successful the reintroduction of wolves had been 10 years ago, but said the predators remained controversial.

"In Wyoming, for example, Gov. Dave Freudenthal last April decreed that the Endangered Species Act is no longer in force and that the state 'now considers the wolf as a federal dog,' unworthy of protection," the story read.

The Times printed a correction Wednesday, acknowledging that the news release was a hoax.

"The reporter saw it on the Internet and had talked with the governor in the past, so she was familiar enough with the way he talks and writes that she thought it sounded authentic, and she didn't check, which she should have," Times Deputy Metro Editor David Lauter told the Casper Star Tribune.

Lauter also said, "We hate when this kind of thing happens." I don't know why. It's consistent with the new 21st Century MSM philosophy, "Fake but accurate."

Companion thoughts at Interested-Participant.

By at 05:24 PM | Comments |

Nose Drama: Part of God's Plan?

I snore pretty loudly, or so others tell me. I've never heard it, myself. However sometimes, just as I'm falling asleep my nasal passages emit sounds like a poorly tuned reed instrument leaving me the impression, in my half-dream stupor, that there's a crowd cheering close by, or that some poor soul next door is screaming his bloody head off in agony. I usually awake with a start. I think the muscles that generally hold those passages open, relax just enough to turn the whole nasal chamber into a sound synthesizer that hits my half-conscious mind with windy reverberations it interprets as shrieks, howls and shouts. Once I even heard elephants charging and several times Mary Baker Eddy yelled at me to turn off the damn TV, which I often leave on because the sound is off anyway.

How do I know it's Mrs. Eddy? Well, she has a voice like Louis Farrakhan's. It's the result of being dead for nearly a century coupled with the self imposed moral burden of having stolen many of her spiritual notions from the Freemasons, without attribution. So, she thinks it's her job to keep me on the narrow regarding my exploitation of major electrical appliances. Or it could just be my deep-seated religious guilt, a legacy of childhood.

Come to think of it I don't recall ever hearing this nasal racket before I turned 50, so it could be something God designed into us for its entertainment value, just to break up the monotony as things get really tedious in the autumn of life. Well, that's my theory. It could also be adenoids, I guess.

Update: Or Bush-family-supported nasal implants.

(Cross-posted to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 03:07 PM | Comments |

Terrorist Detainees Taking it Through the Nose

The dotty old Beeb reports that a United Nations official is concerned that hunger-striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay are being force-fed in a way that, "...definitely amounts to an additional cruel treatment.":

There are credible allegations that Guantanamo hunger strikers are being force-fed in a cruel manner, the UN special rapporteur on torture has said.
Manfred Nowak's comments came after it emerged that the number of detainees refusing food at the prison camp had more than doubled since 25 December.
I'm certainly as mystified as you as to just what a "rapporteur on torture" is. Perhaps it's similar to a "rapporteur on raping children entrusted to UN care" or "rapporteur on skimming profits from UN sanctions". Who knows.

At any rate, it's revealed that rapporteur Manfred has never visited Gitmo.

Mr Nowak has not been to Guantanamo, and turned down an invitation to the camp because the US refused to give him unrestricted access to the detainees.
Well of course he wasn't granted unrestricted access. Too many UN folks have been identified as accomplices of Saddam in the oil-for-food scandals. Why take a chance with a corrupt organization like that?

As for the scum languishing in durance vile; once they've given up all their useful information, let them eat or not, their choice.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto12:35 PM | Comments |

Sudan Hostages Video +

The Islamic army in Iraq yesterday released a video in which it threatens to murder five men from Sudan unless Sudan breaks all ties with Iraq. I have a copy of the video and will email it by request. It is also posted here(Real Video format only).

The Star : Al-Qaida in Iraq set a Saturday deadline for Sudan to "announce clearly that it is cutting its relations" with the Iraqi government and "is closing its embassy in Baghdad, as well as withdrawing all of its representatives." "Otherwise, this government will bear the responsibility of presenting their diplomats as sacrifices," the statement said.

Updated: The government of Sudan has stated it will close it's embassy and withdraw from Iraq. I expect this will secure the release of their hostages and I'm happy for that. Let's not forget this week's incident in Egypt relates to the fact that Sudan supports militia that is committing genocide in Darfur. I was a bit confused as to why Al-Qaeda would kidnap people from Sudan given that relationship. It all makes sense now. I have a question I would like Condi to ask Sudan next time she goes there. How does it feel to be Al-Qaeda's bitch? NPR reported Sudan's decision last night on ATC.

Alertnet has a complete hostage list posted as of December 23rd.

Following is a list of foreigners believed to be held hostage in Iraq: HOSTAGE NATIONALITY DATE OF CAPTURE Mohammed Rifat Canada April 8, 2004 Wael Mamduh Jordan April 12 Saad Saadoun Kuwait June 5 Ali Ahmed Mousa Somalia July 29 Unidentified hostage Jordan Sept 1* Four unidentified hostages Jordan Sept 5* Two unidentified hostages East Asian Sept 13* Khalifa al-Breizat Jordan Sept 14* Two unidentified hostages Turkey Sept 14 One unidentified hostage Syria Sept 16 Unidentified hostage Turkey Oct 9 Two unidentified hostages Turkey Oct 14 Unidentified Somalia Oct 30 Noureddin Zakaria Sudan Oct 30 Radim Sadiq U.S. Nov 2 Ghazi Abu Hamzeh Lebanon Nov 13* Two unnamed Turkey Dec 25 Two unidentified South Korea Jan 9, 2005* Unidentified Turkey Jan 13 Sayed Abdel Khalek Egypt Jan 13* Joao Jose Vasconcelos Jr. Brazil Jan 19 Mohammed Haroun Hamad Sudan March 9* Maher Ataya Sudan March 9* Nabil Tawfiq Sulaiman Egypt March 19 Mitwali Mohammed Qassem Egypt March 19 Jeffrey Ake U.S. April 11 Six unidentified Jordan May 6 Ali Abdullah Turkey June 7 Unidentified Turkey June 21* Samuel Edward Egypt Sept 26 Abderrahim Boualam Morocco Oct 20 Abdelkrim El Mouhafidim Morocco Oct 20 Norman Kember Britain Nov 26 James Loney Canada Nov 26 Harmeet Singh Sooden Canada Nov 26 Tom Fox U.S. Nov 26 Bernard Planche France Dec 5 Mahmoud Saedat Jordan Dec 20 Six unidentified Sudan Dec 23 2 Ghazi Abu Hamzeh Lebanon Nov 13* Two unnamed Turkey Dec 25 Two unidentified South Korea Jan 9, 2005* Unidentified Turkey Jan 13 Sayed Abdel Khalek Egypt Jan 13* Joao Jose Vasconcelos Jr. Brazil Jan 19 Mohammed Haroun Hamad Sudan March 9* Maher Ataya Sudan March 9* Nabil Tawfiq Sulaiman Egypt March 19 Mitwali Mohammed Qassem Egypt March 19 Jeffrey Ake U.S. April 11 Six unidentified Jordan May 6 Ali Abdullah Turkey June 7 Unidentified Turkey June 21* Samuel Edward Egypt Sept 26 Abderrahim Boualam Morocco Oct 20 Abdelkrim El Mouhafidim Morocco Oct 20 Norman Kember Britain Nov 26 James Loney Canada Nov 26 Harmeet Singh Sooden Canada Nov 26 Tom Fox U.S. Nov 26 Bernard Planche France Dec 5 Mahmoud Saedat Jordan Dec 20 Six unidentified Sudan Dec 23 Britain Nov 26 James Loney Canada Nov 26 Harmeet Singh Sooden Canada Nov 26 Tom Fox U.S. Nov 26 Bernard Planche France Dec 5 Mahmoud Saedat Jordan Dec 20 Six unidentified Sudan Dec 23
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NOTE: *Date kidnap announced.

As you can see from the list no nation escapes these coward's crimes. Victims are chosen as much by chance and opportunity as by plan. A grievance can always be thought of after the fact.

The families of the CPT hostages have issued a new appeal for the lives of Tom Fox, Norman Kember, James Loney and Harmet Sooden. The deadline has long since passed on these hostages but no announcement of their fate has been issued.

CNN:"A month has passed since our loved ones -- Norman, James, Harmeet and Tom -- were kidnapped in Iraq," read the statement, posted Friday on the British Foreign Office Web site.. "Many clerics and religious figures from the Arab and Muslim world have spoken over the past weeks of the good work they were doing in Iraq and that their organization has done in Palestine, and they have called for their release. "We appeal to you to help us ensure the safe return of our relatives."

This Kidnapping of Sudanese hostages shows that Zarqawi will kill anyone at any time just for the publicity of it. Algeria another Muslim nation asked Interpol to issue an international warrant for him this week. Truly he and those who support the Al-Qaeda doctrine leave an indelible stain on the reputation of the Arab world and Islam. This stain must be cut out and destroyed before they inflict more suffering on all the peoples of the world. Al-Qaeda is about as much and ally to Islam and the Arab world as Hitler was to Poland.

CNN:The agency issued the "Red Notice" at the request of the North African nation of Algeria, which is pursuing the arrest of the insurgent leader "in connection with the kidnapping and murder" in July of two Algerian diplomats in Iraq.

I had several Jihadi emails with I dare you to click these links. Be carful new windows secuity hole you know. Me no clicky OK. I also had the email below the break. Same source as a similar email I posted once before. I cannot verify the authenticity but I like the content so in it goes.

Hat Tip: Infovlad for finding and posting the Video.


An Open Letter To Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri. (Wherever You Are)

Aslam-o-Alaikum!

Do you know what degree of shame, abomination, misery and wretchedness
is being heaped on the innocent and peace-following Muslims all over
the world because of this so-called and self styled Jihad of yours?

Do you know how many innocent, unsullied people are being daily
butchered as result of this professed Jihad of yours? How many
children are being orphaned and women being widowed precisely for the
same reason.

And do you know, killing one faultless human being is like killing the
entire humanity. You must definitely be knowing that you will surely
be held accountable for this all bloodshed. Will you, then, be able to
face your God? I challenge, no!

Then, why have you become an agent of some hidden hand. Why are you
taking the responsibility of the murder of entire humanity to yourself
on his behest. Why are you dragging the Muslims down? Why are you
demeaning Islam by presenting it as a terrorist religion? Acting like
this, which religion are you rendering a great service to? Are you
raising the standard of Islam high or you (if you reflect on it) are
causing the heads of the followers of the path of the righteous bow
down with shame in-front of the entire humanity.

Today most of the Muslims believe that you are not a true Muslim but
planted by the enemies to destroy the image of Islam.

For God’s sake, take recourse to sense, and announce a CEASEFIRE
at once so the inhabitants of world may be introduced to that divine
aspect of the Muslims at whose hands no soul suffer, whose words and
actions bear no tinge of dichotomy, whose speech, when uttered, conveys
to others the message of love and protection, whose thoughts, when
thought, are devoted to the well being of others. Herein lies the true
success, and herein lies the victory of the true religion of Allah.

S.A.Rehman
(Peace Activist)
PAKISTAN


Well put dont you think?

By Howie at 12:29 PM | Comments |

Latest Salvoes in the Media War Against Western Intelligence Agencies

In news on the media war against Western intelligence-gathering activities, MSNBC reports that the Justice Department is going to investigate the leaking of a classified NSA foreign cellphone call and email intercept program (the MSM prefer to use the disparaging term "eavesdropping"):

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation to see who disclosed details about a secret domestic eavesdropping operation, department officials said Friday.

“We are opening an investigation into the unauthorized disclosure of classified materials related to the NSA,” one official said, referring to the National Security Agency.

And terrorist-friendly Brit fish-and-chip-wrapper the Guardian has the breaking news about a sinister NSA plot involving the "bugging" of millions of computers:
The intelligence service at the centre of the row over eavesdropping tracked visitors to its website, despite US government regulations. Monitoring files, known as "cookies", were discovered by a privacy activist at a time when the White House is on the defensive about its use of the National Security Agency to monitor the communications of US citizens.
That's right, cookies. Those things you collect from every commercial website you visit. And the Guardian's so-called "privacy expert" is Daniel Brandt, who apparently believes that Google has deliberately written their search algorithms to exclude one of his websites, and is thus on a Quixote-like quest to humble the search engine giant.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto10:19 AM | Comments |

I Did Alot Of Stupid Things At Sixteen

Not sure whether or not to award that kid the Gigantic Set Of Brass Ones Award or to give him the Even Though I'm A Teenager, I Should Be Chained In The Backyard Just To Keep Me Alive award.

As an American, I honor this young man's fortitude and perservance.

As a parent, I wonder how in the Hell do I keep my 8 year old from doing the same thing in the future.

Wait, got that covered. My son wants to thumb his nose at family history and join the Marine Corps.

AP story here.

By Vinnie at 02:31 AM | Comments |

December 29, 2005

Patience Is A Virtue

Look, kids, there's serious stuff going down around the world, and the other Sandcrawler inhabitants are doing a fine job of covering them.

So indulge me.

See, I was getting ready to have some fun and smack USC around on here because Texas is a Big 12 team and I have to go with the conference if my beloved Huskers aren't playing in the championship game.

But I just discovered something that is going to stay my big mouth for 9 1/2 more months.

In the meantime, my Jawa Report brethren will continue to bring you the high quality, in-depth brand of blogging you have come to love.

And I will continue to bring you the rambling, semi-coherent, mostly unintelligible posts you have come to hijack the comments on.

Thank you and have a day.

By Vinnie at 11:38 PM | Comments |

Sami al-Arian: 'Professor Of Terror'

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The acquittal on December 6 of Sami al-Arian, a former professor of computer engineering at the University of South Florida, on eight counts relating to terrorism was a setback not only for the Department of Justice and the Bush administration, but also for the struggle against Islamic extremism itself. That the Florida jury deadlocked on another nine counts, however, leaves open the possibility of his ultimate conviction.

So why did Sami al-Arian get away with 17 counts of assisting a terror group and conspiring to commit murder relating to the attacks carried out by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Israel? This, in spite of the fact that his trial did clarify once and for all - after years of denial by the professor and his supporters - establish that Al-Arian was a member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad - a group that engages in terrorist acts including suicide bombings in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank, approved of its goals and methods, and raised money in the United States to finance its activities.

After all, at the time of the indictment, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad was responsible for the murder of over 100 innocent people in Israel and the Occupied Territories, including at least two young Americans, Alisa Flatow, age 20, and Shoshana Ben-Yishai, age 16. And clearly, al-Arian's help in funding the murders should warrant his being found guilty since raising money for a terrorist group that committs murder, is a federal crime every bit as much as personally planting the bomb.

So, what role - if any, did the trial judge play in the terrorist-supporting al-Arian escaping justice for his participation in the murder of Israeli civilians and American citizens? Read Ronald Radosh's piece in The Weekly Standard and find out about the judges' role and why Sami al--Arian got off this time...
And as one would expect from the ilk of the ACLU or Amnesty International - defenders of the rights of terrorists, AI is urging the US authorities to ensure that Sami Al-Arian is afforded humane treatment and due process in any further proceedings taken against him. And what humane treatment and due process was afforded those innocent Israelis murdered with the help of funds raised by al-Arian?

Related:
STATEMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL - INDICTMENTS, February 20, 2003
Failed case seen as blow to terror war
A Tangled Web of Palestinian Terrorism and Politics

Not directly related but will make you feel good: Video of an AC-130H/U Gunship blowing hell our of an Islamic Terrorist camp in Afghanistan. (Scroll down at site, video should startup immediately)

Previously posted at Hyscience

By at 04:30 PM | Comments |

Sith Lord Accused of Conspiracy

A Sith Lord is accused of leading a mysterious group of short-sellers in a conspiracy engineered to cripple Overstock.com. The truth of the matter is unknown at present, but it is known that the value of Overstock shares has plummeted and holiday sales figures are disappointing.

Wait a minute, with Rusty a Sith Master, the Sith Lord must be his boss.

Hmmm ...

By at 03:34 PM | Comments |

Taliban Offensive Progressing?

Yes this week we have had interviews with the Taliban on MSNBC. In said interviews Taliban leaders have stated that a terrible campaign of suicide bombers was at hand. Of course they never lie about that.

MSNBC: “More than 200 Taliban have registered themselves for suicide attacks with us which shows that a Muslim can even sacrifice his life for the well-being of his faith. Our suicide attackers will continue jihad [holy war] until Americans and all of their Muslim and non-Muslim allies are pulled out of the country,” he said.

Wait a minute scratch that. The total is now 198.

ABCNEWS Australia : Two would-be suicide bombers have blown themselves up while strapping on explosives in an Afghan town bordering Pakistan, police said.

Wait...I...I...must stop laughing…hold on…….

Uh, good job boys. Really the Taliban are a joke right? Fight on you morons. I see things are going just as we planned.

Aria points out that 198 is the correct total I had a roadside bomb confused with a suicide bomber. I looked around a bit but I'll take Ariya's advice and fisk the total.

By Howie at 02:09 PM | Comments |

The Pedagogical Role of Peers.

In the comment section of a recent post about an impending "Intra-Generational Conflict" one reader (IM) observes:

I call these trustfund babies the "rage against your allowance" generation.

VDH sees something similar, but afflicting the entire culture in "The Plague of Success:"

What explains this paradox of public disappointment over things that turn out better than anticipated? Why are we like children who damn their parents for not providing yet another new toy when the present one is neither paid for nor yet out of the wrapper?

To be fair though, the "younger generation" seems able to resist the flawed perspective presented by Google and Al Gore's Current TV or Jon Stewart's The Daily Show a lot better than one might expect. In fact, better than several preceding generations. Those earlier cohorts often seem to think The Daily Show is the zenith of western rational culture, and believe anything it ridicules is, by definition, ridiculous. For instance, in a recent episode Stewart thought it hilariously ironic to point out that the government of South Africa had become "more progressive than the US" because it had legalized same-sex marriage. I'm not sure that qualifies as ironic though, since South Africa has had an avowed Marxist as President in the recent past. (Mandela may have disavowed some of his earlier statements for the sake of convenience, but his deviation from doctrine was superficial.) So there's actually nothing very funny or ironic about the state of affairs Stewart spotlighted, which would be obvious to anyone with even a residue of critical faculties surviving the indoctrination.

Similarly, VDH thinks the problem is that we don't learn history with any degree of accuracy, so we don't have much perspective:

The past is either not taught enough, or presented wrongly as a therapeutic exercise to excise our purported sins.

Either way the result is the same: a historically ignorant populace who knows nothing about past American wars and their disappointments — and has absolutely no frame of reference to make sense of the present other than its own mercurial emotional state in any given news cycle.

But this generation ultimately must pay attention to their peers to a far greater extent than did those of us who failed to welcome home the Vietnam vets (or who exploited their homecoming for its political value). This generation has a political and cultural voice that can respond to Mother Sheehan's questions before she even asks, so the indoctrination cycle is broken by a persistent, critical, and usually fairly subdued interruption. The door may be opening rather than closing, on a more historically conscious future.

(Cross-posted to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 12:38 PM | Comments |

Gone Fishin

OK so blogging is fun but Bass Fishin with my new fishin buddy Sam, now that's good living!

Hat Tip: Mark

Don't I wish that was my fishin buddy? Nope plenty of work to go around here. I have however saved up quite a few links for you guys.

Bill Kristol makes a lot of sense he upset the left this week with this.

The Weekly Standard: No reasonable American, no decent human being, wants to send up a white flag in the war on terror. But leading spokesmen for American liberalism-hostile beyond reason to the Bush administration, and ready to believe the worst about American public servants-seem to have concluded that the terror threat is mostly imaginary. It is the threat to civil liberties from George W. Bush that is the real danger.

Huh they must have been so upset because he was right. Here let me help you.

Washington Times:I think when you suggest that civil liberties are just as much at risk today as the country is from terrorism, you've gone too far if you leave that impression. I don't believe that's true," said Michael O'Hanlon, a national-security analyst at the Brookings Institution who advises Democrats on defense issues.

Hmm right again. Does the left ever listen to their own good advice?

I'll make the rest of these short and sweet but that does not mean you don't have to read them. Now hop to it.

Al-Qaeda in Gaza.

Damned if you do and damned if you don't so which is it. Are we being over protected of under.

Totten Tours Libya. Just read it.

8 lives left.

Good day Captain.

Oh yeah and yeserday I got a belated gift of twelve months of National Geographic. I've not had a subscription for years but it's still the same and the photos are fantastic as usual. I'll finish reading it and see what interesting tidbits of useful info I can get. Subjects this month include various episodes of genocide and Iraqi Kurdistan. Thanks to my Mom who knows I can't resist reading.


Right Wing Sparkle gives us a link to her take on the Kurd article which I read last night.


Dear Howie Dear Howie,

When I finally retired, I could hardly wait to spend time enjoying my favorite pastime -- bass fishing. I got my own little fishing boat and tried to get my wife to join me, but she just never liked fishing. Finally, one day at the Bait & Tackle Shop, I got to talking to Sam the shop owner who it turned out loves bass fishing as much as I do. We quickly became fishing buddies. As I said the wife doesn't care about fishing; she not only refuses to join us she always complains that I spend too much time fishing.


A few weeks ago Sam and I had the best fishing trip ever. Not only did I catch the most beautiful bass you've ever seen, only a few minutes later Sam must have caught his twin brother! So I took a picture of Sam holding up the two nice bass that we caught and showed the picture to the wife hoping that maybe she'd get interested. Instead she says she doesn't want me to go fishing at all anymore! And she wants me to sell the boat! I think she just doesn't like to see me enjoying myself.

What would you do? Tell the wife to forget it and continue my hobby or quit fishing and sell the boat as she insists?


Thanks, A fisherman

PS I have enclosed the picture of Sam showing off the bass we caught.


Dear Reader Dear reader you have no complaint.
You are what you are and you ain't what you ain't
Get rid of that narrow minded wife
Then go buy old sam a new fillet knife.


By Howie at 11:53 AM | Comments |

President's Attacker Sews Mouth Shut

Vladimir ArutunyanIn a protest claiming his rights have been violated after being arrested for throwing a grenade at President Bush, Vladimir Arutunyan (right) sewed his mouth shut.

From MOSNEWS.com:

Vladimir Arutunyan is accused of throwing a hand grenade at Bush and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili while they were addressing a public audience on Freedom Square in central Tbilisi on May 10. The grenade did not explode.

Arutuynan was arrested in Tbilisi on July 20 after a shootout with Georgian police that resulted in the death of Col. Zurab Kvlividze, the head of the Georgian Interior Ministry’s counterintelligence department.

The defendant came to the court hearing on Tuesday with his mouth sewed up. He claimed earlier his rights were violated.

So, with his mouth sewed shut, he can't talk. And, presumably, he can't eat. And, it's his choice. Uh ... I don't see a problem.

Naturally, I wonder where he got a needle and thread since I don't think those items would normally be issued to dangerous prisoners. Nevertheless, Arutunyan sewing his mouth shut doesn't phase me in the least. Hell, as long as he stays behind bars for a very long time, he could also sew up his navel and his anus for all I care.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 08:39 AM | Comments |

Shackleford's Secrets of L.A.

I took the family to the L.A. Zoo today. If you live in the L.A. area, and have kids, you really shouldn't miss the experience. Admission is almost as cheap as going to a movie, and a hell of a lot more fun. It's a world-class zoo, and nearly undiscovered by Angelinos. Despite extensive closures, due to updating exhibits, the zoo is really a great experience. My 6 and 4 year old were captivated the entire 4.5 hours we were there. Even my 16 month old loved it so much that he was content to stay in his stroller the entire time! In fact, we had to skirt around an entire section of animals because my kids would not wanted to leave had they known there was more to see and their parents were exhausted.

Besides, we had to make it to El Tepeyac in East L.A. before it got too crowded. People who know L.A. know El Tepeyac. Unfortunately, most people who live in L.A. live in the Valley or one of a zillion enclaves and suburbs, so they never really get to know L.A. The Shackleford clan has been eating at El Tepeyac for over 30 years now. Don't mind the decor, and the neighborhood is not nearly as bad as people seem to think. Trust me on this one. If you ever have business anywhere near downtown, make the short trip this East L.A. joint. Get the Hollenback Special, a burrito so big you'll probably want to split it. For a group of four, go for the Manuel Special. That's a single burrito designed to fill an entire family. Three words: Dee lish us.

Apologies for long-time readers, but my wife and kids thank you for you patience while they keep Rusty all to themselves for a few weeks.

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

A College Bowl Week Poem

Vinnie and Rusty watchin' the tv

Texas versus USC

First come the Huskers

Second comes Big 12

Then comes Rusty crying because Texas kicked USC's ass, and Vinnie is rooting for Texas because Texas is in the Big 12, and a win will make the Big 12 look good.

- the end

Eh, next year, the Huskers will play Texas, and I'll go back to hating them as usual.

Ya'll can have the comments to talk smack about the college bowl games.

Michigan fans bitching about the bad officiating will be deleted. The refs made bad calls on both sides the whole game. Great teams overcome all adversity, even bad refs, so STFU.

By Vinnie at 12:08 AM | Comments |

December 28, 2005

Religion of Peace and Honor and Murdering Your Daughters.

This makes me want to vomit. This man should be hung by his balls and the women of the area should be allowed to execute his death sentence with wooden spoons. Might take a while but it’s worth it for a man who murdered his 4 year old daughter in the name of honor.

Yahoo News:Bibi recounted how she was woken by a shriek as Ahmed put his hand to the mouth of his stepdaughter Muqadas and cut her throat with a machete. Bibi looked helplessly on from the corner of the room as he then killed the three girls — Bano, 8, Sumaira, 7, and Humaira, 4 — pausing between the slayings to brandish the bloodstained knife at his wife, warning her not to intervene or raise alarm... ..."I was shivering with fear. I did not know how to save my daughters," Bibi, sobbing, told AP by phone from the village. "I begged my husband to spare my daughters but he said, 'If you make a noise, I will kill you.'"... ..."The whole night the bodies of my daughters lay in front of me," she said.... ...The next morning, Ahmed was arrested...…"I thought the younger girls would do what their eldest sister had done, so they should be eliminated," he said, his hands cuffed, his face unshaven. "We are poor people and we have nothing else to protect but our honor." Ahmed, who did not resist arrest, was unrepentant. "I told the police that I am an honorable father and I slaughtered my dishonored daughter and the three other girls," he said. "I wish that I get a chance to eliminate the boy she ran away with and set his home on fire."

What a retard!! The youngest girl was four years old and the others seven and eight years old. Maybe if the men in this part of the world actually worked instead of sending their wives to the brick factory they might be worth a plug nickel. Typical of most idiots they always look outward for the source of their problems. If Pakistan does not give this man the firing squad then they are a nation of cowards as well. If you want to see what a jerk of this magnitude looks like click below. I'll not show this scumbag's pic on the front page.


Also see In The Bullpen


By Howie at 12:50 PM | Comments |

WTW Birthday

One of the problems with being a redneck in the middle of the country is when you go south you are still a damn yankee. You go north and you are a hayseed. Some notherner (I mean way north) sent me this as a birthday card.

Also Filthy seems to be in kind of a tussle with this guy whos email is ehsam_786@hotmail.com.

The Filthy One (er uh the reply to Mr. Allah) : santa got me ur great granny he dug her out of the grave so i cud rape da slag wat did he get u a dik so u can suk on it piss off nw dnt email me i hope ur family dies

OK so his English is a bit sucky but since he does not want Filthy to email him any more let's do help him out.

Here are your White Trash Wednesday bloggers bloggers

By Howie at 12:32 PM | Comments |

Shootout at Iraqi Prison

(Camp Justice, Iraq) A dozen or more dead or wounded are being reported after a prisoner grabbed a rifle from an Iraqi policeman and opened fire. Details are confused.

From ABC News Online:

Iraqi police have shot dead several prisoners in a shoot-out at a Baghdad military base after one prisoner grabbed a weapon from a guard and opened fire, Interior Ministry officials and police sources said.

Up to six guards were killed, one police source said, before security forces began firing into the unarmed prisoners.

There was confusion over casualty figures.

Another police source and an Interior Ministry official initially said more than 20 prisoners were killed but a second official insisted there were 15 casualties in all, some only wounded, and that these included one dead guard and one wounded officer.

The prisoners were on a morning recreation break at al Adala base - also called Camp Justice - in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Kadhimiya. Three prisoners are believed to have escaped. The al Adala prison houses suspects accused of major crimes, including terrorism.

I'd suggest that recreation breaks for terrorists might not be a good idea.

By at 06:46 AM | Comments |

SPAM Scams

At this point I must be getting 10 spam emails to each 1 that's legitimate. About a year ago I met a fellow who had just been hired by the FBI to begin investigating the link between terrorist organizations and email spam scams. It's apparently one of their major income sources. I wonder when our illustrious Congress is going to get off its fat behind and actually do something about the scourge?

By Demosophist at 04:58 AM | Comments |

December 27, 2005

Deutscheland Uber Huh?

Dec 27, 2005 — KUWAIT (Reuters) - A Kuwaiti court on Tuesday sentenced to death six suspected militants linked to al Qaeda attacks in the country.

The six were among 37 Islamists charged with links to militants in neighboring Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Police said some had confessed to planning suicide attacks against U.S. military and Western targets in Kuwait.

Kuwait hates Israel in general and Jews in particular, but hasn't sent them to die in gas chambers.

Germany hates Israel in general and Jews in particular, but has.

Advantage Kuwait.

Kuwait is grateful to the U.S. for being liberated from a tyrant.

Germany isn't.

Advantage Kuwait.

Kuwait treats Palestinians as second-class citizens in Kuwait.

Germany treats Palestinians as second-class citizens by supporting them, in "Palestine."

Advantage even.

Kuwait executes terrorists who kill U.S. service members.

Germany releases them after 25 years of a "life" sentence.

Advantage Kuwait.

Trust me, having Kuwait as a staunch ally isn't all that attractive in the grand scheme of things. But, at this juncture in history, I'd take Kuwait.

Feel free to make your own list, pro or con.

By Vinnie at 10:19 PM | Comments |

Big Bam Boom Ban

David Bernstein thinks that Israel will almost certainly use force to prevent or hinder Iran's development of nuclear weapons, based on the public opinion numbers:

Given that the anti-Iranian consensus is so solid even on the Left, I would be very surprised if the Israeli government fails to follow through on its promise to prevent Iran from acquiring atomic weapons--assuming, of course, that Iran isn't stopped by other international forces.

But can Iran be stopped now, or are all efforts futile? This BBC article notes that the US has recently supplied Israel with 500 "bunker busters." These are conventional weapons, and the assumption is that they'd have minimal impact if the nuclear development facilities have been sufficiently hardened. Recently the US Congress, in its boundless wisdom (joined by Senator All-Over-the-Map Kerry) put the kaibosh on the US development of "nuclear bunker busters." At the time a number of bloggers noted that this ban wouldn't necessarily have the intended impact of reducing the liklihood of nuclear weapons use. Does anyone pay attention to Game Theory any more?

Fred Kaplan, in Slate, thinks we're probably at the mercy of whether the mullahs prefer carrots, because our sticks are of little avail:

But if the Iranians stay their course, if they don't want benefits and assurances, if all they really want is nukes, there might be nothing anybody can do.

Well yeah, we're all helpless before historical necessity, but nothing? Really? I'm not a weapons expert, but it seems to me that if you put together enough toothpicks you can do a lot of damage. Provided we know where the nuclear development facilities are located there's not really very much the Iranians could do to prevent Israel (or somebody) from taking them out. So their only real protection is secrecy. This, of course, is not the conventional wisdom... which may be all the cover that's necessary. Again, this is just pure speculation, but I should think that precision rather than firepower is the name of the game. While it's true that a conventional bunker buster would not be able to take out a deeply hardened target, it doesn't seem plausible that a series of five hundred strikes drilling down through the earth's crust with an average deviation from target of only a few inches could fail to eventually blow the smithereens out of anything inside the subterranean trajectory. Is this really a technical problem American and Israeli scientists can't possibly lick? Moreover, the deeper they go to reach the buried facilities the less likely the collateral damage would trigger The American Conservative's "nightmare scenario". In this case (in terms of raw explosive power) less might well be more.

Just speculating, of course. If anyone knows more about this I bow to your superior knowledge. On balance, I'm with David. And the mullahs are in for a lesson.

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 06:47 PM | Comments |

More Hostage Taking, Islamofascist Rhetoric, In Iraq

moroccan_hostages_murdered.jpgAn unkown group has taken at least six Sudanese embassy employees hostage. The Sudanese government, a long-time state-sponsor of terrorism itself, reports that it is in negotiations for the release of the hostages.

In related news, a leading Sunni Muslim cleric has reportedly 'condemned' the kidnappings of two Moroccan embassy workers, a driver, Abderrahim Boualam, and a diplomatic employee, Abdelkrim el-Mouhafidi, taken hostage in October. Al Qaeda had threatened to murder the hostages and had already reported that an Islamic court had issued the death sentence to them for 'apostasy'. In actuality, the 'theologian' only conditionally condemned the hostage taking. Instead of claiming that hostage taking was intrinsically wrong, he condemned al Qaeda's actions by saying that it was wrong to kidnap Muslims.

Maghreb Agabe Press:

"The two Moroccan citizens have no link with the Iraqi issue. They are innocents," he underlined in a statement broadcast Monday by Arabic Channel "Al Arabiya." [italics added]
Notice how the cleric gives an out to those who would kidnap anyone involved with the Iraqi government or with the Coalition forces? Presumably, those who have a link to Iraqi issues are not 'innocent'. Further, al Qaeda in Iraq had originally condemned the two Moroccans to death based on the fact that the two were found 'guilty' of breaking Islamic law's prohibition on 'apostasy'. Instead of declaring that a civilized religion would never kill adherents for 'apostasy', that freedom of conscience and religious expression were basic human rights, the 'theologian' chose instead to declare the two 'innocent'. Does this mean that if they had really been guilty of 'aspostasy' that Islamic law would have permitted al Qaeda to execute the pair?
"I ask the parties who hold the two Moroccan hostages Abdelkarim Mohafidi and Abderrahim Boualam to release them because they are mere employees and their families are living painful moments," added Koubaysi, an eminent theologist who graduated from the Egyptian university of Al Azhar.

He recalled that Islam “taught us mercy even to the enemy”, stressing that the two Moroccan citizens “are not enemies but belong to the Ummah (Islamic Nation), and are not responsible for what is going on in Iraq”.[italics added]

What can one say about a religion that is still debating the legitimacy of hostage-taking and murder? That can only condemn hostage-taking if conditioned on the fact that the hostages are Muslims or who have no affiliation with the West, and not based on intrinsic human dignity?

KUNA:

"The Islamic Union in Baghdad obtained information confirming that the kidnapped are safe and in good health condition," said Ibraheem He told the press that the government made extensive efforts to free the Sudanese who were kidnapped by gunmen in Baghdad last Friday.

"Our contacts and consultations are on with several parties to communicate with the kidnapped and release them all by the armed group in Iraq," said the Sudanese official.

He said, the Sudanese mission in Baghdad is able to carry out its duties for freeing the hostages.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:34 PM | Comments |

An Intra-Generational Clash

This article, from the Chicago Sun Times explains why so many of these folks seem like such brats:

Harris, 19, is in her second year at Loyola University. But she has no desire to distance herself from her parents now that she no longer lives at home. Nor does she plan to rely less as a college student on her parents for help or advice.

"Something happens, your first thought is call Mom,'' she says. "Mom will fix it.''

The record number of students now at colleges and universities are bringing with them something not seen as much on campus in generations past: their parents. The current generation of students, experts say, increasingly chooses to maintain strong bonds with their parents. With cell phones and e-mail, they're able to stay in touch to a degree not seen among previous generations. The strings are so tight some experts have come up with a name for these college students -- the "coddled generation.''

I'm sure there are some good things about remaining close to your parents, but the contrast with the folks in this LA Times article by Robert Kaplan (who are from the same generation, ironically) could not be starker:

Regardless of whether you support or oppose the U.S. engagement in Iraq, you should be aware that that country has had a startling effect on a new generation of soldiers often from troubled backgrounds, whose infantry training has provided no framework for building democracy from scratch.

At a Thanksgiving evangelical service, one NCO told the young crowd to cheers: "The Pilgrims during the first winter in the New World suffered a 54% casualty rate from disease and cold. That's a casualty rate that would render any of our units combat ineffective. But did the Pilgrims sail back to England? Did they give up? No. This country isn't a quitter. It doesn't withdraw."

I see trouble brewin' when Group I clashes with Group II. More at The Belmont Club.

By Demosophist at 04:30 PM | Comments |

Cow Rapist Gets Off

Rural Temptress(Neillsville, Wisconsin) Last March, Harold G. Hart, 64, was arrested and charged with illegal sexual gratification with an animal (typical victim at right) along with disorderly conduct and two counts of obstruction.

Last Thursday, Hart pleaded no contest to the charges. Hart was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to undergo psychological counseling.

Since Hart was convicted of illegal sex with an animal, I must assume that there is some act that's considered to be legal sex with an animal. Frankly, I'm afraid to ask.

On a different subject, congratulations to Howie for receiving his P.H.D. As a Jawa blogger, it's assumed that the distinction was awarded by the Big Ten, which everybody knows is actually the Big Eleven.

By at 04:22 PM | Comments |

Return of the Howie

Or Honey kitty is being a dildo again. Yes stupid cat jumped on my keyboard it has now hit the floor one too many times. I have keys “v and a” and that’s about it. Never fear I have a brand new Dell box of chicklets under my desk here. What ever happened to keyboards that you could beat a burgler within an inch of his life with and then to return typing?

Jordanian taken hostage.

CNN:In the video, part of which aired on the Arabic TV network Al-Arabiya, the militants called on Jordan to sever ties with the new Iraqi government. They also demanded the release of an Iraqi woman who says she planned to take part in last month's terrorist attacks in Amman.

Syrian Arrested for Lebanon Bombing.

CNN:Abdel-Qadar Abdel Qader was among three Syrian nationals detained earlier for questioning in the Dec. 12 killing of Tueni, who is also An-Nahar's top editor... ...The formal arrest followed issuance of a warrant by Lebanese military prosecutor Rashid Mizher based on telephone calls Qader made before and after the car bombing that killed Tueni and two of his bodyguards, a judicial official said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

More of Sadam's handy work discovered in Iraq.

FOXNEWS:Human rights organizations estimate that more than 300,000 people, mainly Kurds and Shiite Muslims, were killed and buried in mass graves during Saddam's 23-year rule, which ended when U.S.-led forces toppled his regime in 2003

Don't miss Michael Yon today as he discusses context.

The second montage by MSNBC, linked below, conveys the ultra-violence of nature against man, the cruelty of man against man, and helps explain why we want the world to be more like the impression we are left with after the “propaganda” montage. And yet, as someone who was out there experiencing some of what was depicted in both slide shows, it’s important to add that both are accurate in what they portray, while each is confined in scope. The difference is subtle, perhaps purely rhetorical. But the consequent impact, and how it influences public opinion, is something closer to cataclysmic.

Taliban blah blah blah.

AP via Yahoo News: In an interview late Sunday with The Associated Press, the commander, Mullah Dadullah, ruled out any reconciliation with the U.S.-backed government of President Hamid Karzai and claimed the country's new parliament — its first in more than 30 years, inaugurated last week — was "obedient to America."

So AP why did you not help us capture this POS. I mean you had him on the phone right?

Hot muslim chick contest. Below find images of Osama’s Niece Wafah and Indian tennis star Sania Mirza. I can’t decide between them, I'm leaning Mirza, help me Jawa readers you are my only hope.

Service Mirza.

Hey Miss Wafah Darfur (Bin-Laden) play a song for me.


Updated: remove redundant crap from title and also it appears Mirza is the winner. I agree strong, athletic, good work ethic to reach her level, most productive partner eh? I fear Wafah may be high maintenence.


Also I would like to thank the lovely Mrs. Howie for making my birthday suck. Thanks %$#@*! Oh and today is the 27th RIP grandma Maxine who shared a bday today with Cokie Roberts who turns 62 today.

So with my birthday yesterday I'm officially in mid-life crisis.

Signed Howie recently promoted Sith Master Paduan P.H.D. (pretty huge dick)

Updated: Keyboard problem solved. I was going to try the silly USb chicklets that came with my new PC here at the orafice. But it was so bad I bought the adapter and stuck with my older not quite as heavy as an "IBM PC AT board with the curly cord" on that machine. A quick trip to the PC graveyard here yielded another heavy ass dell quiet key board identical to my favorite. Yippie.

By Howie at 01:09 PM | Comments |

December 26, 2005

Tajikistan Swastika

Tajikistan Swastika(Dushanbe, Tajikistan) Tajik historians maintain that Tajiks are of Indo-European or Aryan origin and, as a consequence, the authorities in Dushanbe have adopted a stylized version of the swastika as the national symbol. Tajik officials contend that the swastika is a symbol of Aryan culture that has existed for many centuries and has many interpretations. According to Abduhakim Sharipov, administration official,

"We all know that fascism used this symbol for its purposes. This symbol therefore carries negative connotations for many ... ;[but] we should not limit ourselves to only one interpretation."
The authorities want the swastika to gain newer, positive connotations and popularize Aryan contributions to the history of the world civilization. My hope is that international pressure comes to bear on Tajikistan to reconsider its decision on the swastika.

As an aside, Dushanbe is the capital of Tajikistan and the sister city to Boulder, Colorado. So, don't be surprised if a few more swastikas show up in Boulder, arguably already one of the most left-leaning American cities.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 10:51 PM | Comments |

Should We Be Surprised?

Giuliana Srgena, eat your heart out.

Well, I can tell you this much, if something bad should happen to Frau Osthoff, it wouldn't garner anywhere near the empathy I still tenaciously cling to for the CPT hostages.

By Vinnie at 06:40 PM | Comments |

Christmas Book Review: Michael Chrichton's State of Fear

I generally don't review books, but since I'm on vacation in California and not really keeping up with the news (and since the weather has finally turned for the worse and I'm stuck indoors) I thought I'd drop a quick note about the book I just finished, Michael Crichton's State of Fear.

For full disclosures sake, Harper Collins offered me the book for free awhile back, but I turned them down. So, even though they sponsored the site for awhile, I forked over the $7.99 at the airport for the book myself. The reason I'm commenting on it at all has nothing to do with their former sponsorship, but has everything to do with this: The book was absolutely awesome!

That's it. Just wanted you to know how awesome it was. Go buy it if you haven't done so. It's the perfect Hannukah gift. Inexpensive and much more fun than another boring freakin' dradle!

I read 80% of it in one sitting on the trip to California. The rest the next day. So, it's easy reading. The kind of reading that is captivating and kept my normally ADHD afflicted brain busy.

Best of all it lays out the case that the hype about global warming is just that: hype. Footnoted, too.

More than than, it talks about the discourse Nazis who have hijacked all rational discussion about the environment. The people who use the language of science to bolster what are essentially their religious beliefs about the ideal state of nature. A state which never has existed and is as much myth as any fundamentalist Christian's vision of the Garden of Eden.

And here's a teaser to get you interested. Hollywood limousine-liberal gets eaten alive by cannibals. Does it get any better than that?

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

Saudi Court Imposes Eye Gouging Sentence

(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) A Saudi Arabian court sentenced a 32-year-old Indian migrant worker, Puthen Veetil Abdul Latheef Noushad, to have his eye gouged out as punishment for blinding a Saudi man in a fight. Apparently, Noushad was working at a gas station when he got into a fight with a Saudi customer regarding the bill. The Saudi man lost his eyesight from injuries sustained in the fight.

Noushad claims he acted in self-defense but the Saudi court imposed the sentence anyway. An appeals court will review the case and, if the ruling is upheld, the Supreme Court will address the issue. Human Rights Watch has joined the fray, asking Saudi King Abdullah for clemency.

Under Saudi Arabia's interpretation of Islam, mutilation is an acceptable form of punishment. The loss of body parts is regularly specified by the courts. I think it's barbaric, however, I understand that it's proven to be quite effective in reducing recidivism. (via LGF)

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 06:57 AM | Comments |

Group Cites Progress in Middle East: WaPo Writer Flies Into Snit

The "non-profit, nonpartisan organization" Freedom House notes improvement in the state of democracy in the Middle East in a December 19 press release:

The people of the Arab Middle East experienced a modest but potentially significant increase in political rights and civil liberties in 2005, Freedom House announced in a major survey of global freedom released today.
The press release goes on to mention Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as Lebanon, as hopeful "potentially significant" signs of progress in the region. Only effects are cited, not causes. Thus, there is no mention of the United States' role in Afghanistan's elevation from "Not Free" to "Partly Free" status. Likewise, those in Lebanon who cited the American intervention in Iraq as the spark that led to Syria's expulsion aren't quoted.

Unfortunately, even this implied faint praise for President Bush's Middle East foreign policy is a threat to Fred Hiatt at the Washington Post:

But even those bright spots had shadows. The gainers in Arab elections were Islamist parties that may or may not be committed to the democratic process. The elected government in Ukraine faced internal and external pressures. Liberia's president will need help from wealthier countries that she may not receive.
In Fred Hiatt's world the sky is always overcast during Republican administrations. What a sad little man.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto02:49 AM | Comments |

December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas, And May the Force be With You

Merry Christmas to all Jawa Readers and Contributors!

Happy Chanukah to all Sith Lords and Minions of the Galactic Empire!

and

May the Force be With You. Always.



(CLICK)

Can you believe it's 80 degrees here in L.A.? I'll be back to normal blogging sometime after Christmas.

(Thanks to Phin for sending the original graphic)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:55 PM | Comments |

French Pass Anti-Terrorism Law

Reacting to the real threat of terrorism by Islamic extremists and prompted by the London subway bombings, the French parliament passed legislation which allows the government to spy on its citizens.

From the BBC:

The new law will allow increased video surveillance in public areas including airports and places of worship.

Police will also be given more time to question terrorist suspects and to check internet and telephone records.

It's appropriate to emphasize the scope of the law. French authorities are going to be placing video surveillance equipment in mosques! French authorities are going to monitor Internet and telephone communications! They are also going to detain suspects for longer periods of time to allow for adequate intelligence gathering! Sacre Bleu!

According to Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, the new law is needed to give "greater powers to law enforcement to avoid a catastrophe." Hmmm ... imagine that. All along, the Democratic Party has been trying to steer the U.S. government into being more like the French. But, now, the Democrats must feel betrayed. In a dedicated effort, the Democratic Party, including the mainstream media wing, have worked to weaken America's anti-terror laws while, almost simultaneously, France has strengthened its own version of the Patriot Act.

I find it difficult to dispute the contention that the Democrats and the media are soundly invested in defeat, not only in Iraq but, also, in the war on terror. To be a staunch Democrat largely means one has to be on the wrong side of most issues. This is clearly illustrated by the pro-terrorist Muslim media continually quoting Democratic Party leaders in their one-sided, and inaccurate, reporting of the news. Even Saddam Hussein uses the Democratic Party's assertions against the Bush administration in defending himself against charges of crimes against humanity.

Nonetheless, the new French anti-terror legislation won't make the Democrats nor the MSM happy. And, it's likely that news of strengthened laws in France won't be prominently reported by the major media outlets, if at all.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 02:39 PM | Comments |

American Hostage Jeffrey Ake Still Missing (Muslim Clerics, Western Leftists Still Silent)

American Jeffrey Ake was taken hostage eight months ago. He was in Iraq to help with water purification. You mean you haven't heard of Jeffrey Ake? Apparantly, hostages who are not Leftists merit little media attention, no mass protests, and not a single bit of 'concern' from Muslim clerics. Where is the outrage?

South Bend Tribune (hat tip: George):

With Christmas drawing near, Jeff Ake and his family remain in the thoughts and prayers of many in his hometown LaPorte.

Eight months ago, the 47-year-old Ake, the owner of Equipment Express in Rolling Prairie, was taken hostage in Iraq while working at a water treatment plant near Baghdad....

Still fresh in the minds of many is the image of Ake flanked by gunmen on television screens across the globe.

Gradually, the vast media spotlight cast upon the city has dimmed along with the seemingly never-ending chitchat in the barber shops, taverns and other gathering places.

"After about two months you stopped hearing about it," said Julie Meyers, a hair stylist at Carter's Barber Shop at 711 Jefferson Ave.

Nevertheless, Ake hasn't been forgotten, judging by signs posted around the city offering prayer and encouragement for Ake and his wife, Lilliana, and their four children.

And in his bid to keep public awareness alive, Mayor Leigh Morris continues to call for God's blessing on Ake and his entire family at the start of each city council meeting.

This Christmas, remember to keep the forgotten hostages in Iraq in your prayers.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:13 PM | Comments |

NYT Still Pimping Risen's Book

The New York Times is busy today doing yeoman work to help promote the January publication of reporter James Risen's sensationalist new book.

The really, really masterful propaganda stroke in the Gray Whore Lady's article is the fact that the article, allegedly examining large-scale government data-mining, never once mentions the Able Danger scandal, or the 9/11 Commission's role in trying to bury it. Of course, that was a Bill Clinton screwup.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto01:09 PM | Comments |

A Reporter With A Mission

From the Associated Press:

A classified radiation monitoring program, conducted without warrants, has targeted private U.S. property in an effort to prevent an al-Qaida attack, federal law enforcement officials confirmed Friday.

While declining to provide details, including the number of cities and sites monitored, the officials said the air monitoring began after the Sept. 11 attacks and was conducted from publicly accessible areas, which they said made warrants and court orders unnecessary.

U.S. News and World Report first reported the program on Friday. The magazine said the monitoring was conducted at more than 100 Muslim sites in the Washington, D.C. area — including Maryland and Virginia suburbs — and at least five other cities when threat levels had risen: Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, New York and Seattle.

Let's be real clear on this. Federal officers do not require a warrant to be present on public property. They do not require a court order to monitor radiation levels. And if they had not been doing so following 9/11, they would have been derelict in their duty.

This story is one of the most egregious examples of agenda journalism I've ever seen. Every mention of court orders and warrants in the story above is a deliberate attempt to make it appear that something sinister is happening, when, in fact, Federal agents simply are doing their lawful duty. Where were the much vaunted eleventy-seven layers of editors when writer Larry Margasak was puking out this profoundly biased attack piece?

What the hell is wrong with the author? Well, Margasak is on a mission to end the Bush Presidency and destroy as many Republicans as possible. Josef Goebbels would have loved him.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto, where agenda journalists are treated as the dangerous vermin that they are.

By Bluto12:04 AM | Comments |

December 23, 2005

Have A Holly Jolly

My official Christmas post.

Cya Monday or so.

Which is when Hannukah starts.

Which is really good timing, because it gives us an extra week of good 'ol American free religous expression to drive the leftists insane with.

w00t!

(note: sooper sekrit message to moonbats embedded in post linked above)

By Vinnie at 11:24 PM | Comments |

Currently On CSPAN-2

Bill Bennett: "I was born into a Catholic family, but raised by Jews." (Or something like that.) Very incisive thoughts on the origins and trajectory of the conservative movement. Ultimately the Dems are in serious trouble, almost everywhere. Sponsored by the Wilson Center.

By Demosophist at 08:40 PM | Comments |

Christmas With Vinnie

Shopping:

Wife: 8 hours, 3 stores, 1 present.

Me: 1 store, 20 minutes, 1 present.

Wrapping:

Wife: 1 roll of tape, 5 minutes, 1 present.

Vinnie: 8 hours, 3 rolls of tape, 1 present.

See? It all evens out in the end.

By Vinnie at 07:49 PM | Comments |

I Couldn't Help Myself

I just had to tick off the resident atheist at work by telling him, "Jesus is the reason for the season."

I just had to.

Someone stop me before I offend again!

Eh, he started it.

By Vinnie at 06:16 PM | Comments |

Christmas Eve Eve Roundup

Yes Howie wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas. I suspect blogging will be light but for those of you who just need to click something here are a few interesting tidbits. Actually around the cube farm this is crunch time so I’ll see you next week too.


Uh duh, court rules gassing of Kurds genocide and gives chemical supplier 15 years.

CNN:"The court thinks and considers legally and convincingly proven that the Kurdish population meets requirement under Genocide Conventions as an ethnic group," the ruling said. "The court has no other conclusion than that these attacks were committed with the intent to destroy the Kurdish population of Iraq."

Freedom is contagious.

NPR:Iranian Kurds say they are inspired by developments across the border in northern Iraq.

Like there was ever any doubt in my mind.

Iranian bloggers buck represive state.

Timesonline: But if Iran, under the repressive rule of the ultraconservatives, is silencing the sound of Western pop, in another area of its culture, a wild cacophony of voices has erupted. The blogosphere is exploding. In Iran there are now more than 100,000 active blogs or weblogs, individual online diaries covering every conceivable subject, from pets to politics. Farsi is the 28th most spoken language in the world, but it now ties with French as the second most used language in the blogosphere. This is the place Iranians call “Weblogistan”: a land of noisy and irreverent free speech.

Also see USS Neverdock.

The Real meaning of Christmas.

Nationalreview: There is an edge to Christmas, a harshness, and a different kind of promise than that implied by the easy words of peace and glad tidings. It is a mystery, all of it. The Word made flesh indeed, but into a world that was from the beginning set against it, that sought with every bit of strength at hand to stay in the darkness.

Dems love repression.

NYSUN: WASHINGTON - A Senate resolution condemning the president of Iran for anti-Semitic comments he made earlier this month is riling its Republican sponsors on Capitol Hill. They claim Senate Democrats forced them to strip language from the document expressing support for self-determination and a national referendum in the country

Blogfession.

Christmas in Bumfuct Egypt.

Christmas card with meaning, Hat tip Dad.

Let's not forget to read this.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”


Updated : I've negelcted Voski's very good positive achievments post. He posts this every Friday so get over there and check it out. My apologies to Vonksi for forgetting him last week.

It's been a great year for Howie. Not an easy or quiet year but great fun and with great opportunity and promise. Thanks to all who have supported The Jawa Report by commenting and posting here. And thanks especially to the very good Dr. Rusty Shackleford.



By Howie at 12:24 PM | Comments |

Sexy Bin Laden

Can you Say Fatwa?

GQMagazine:

The niece of the man who orchestrated the destruction of the World Trade Center seventy-eight blocks to the south has a point. After September 11, the name bin Laden (which is how it’s spelled when referring to Osama) turned radioactive, borderline satanic-by-association. It made her feel cursed, presumed guilty—made her wonder if it might keep her from ever getting a record deal. So she took her mother’s maiden name, Dufour, which makes for a better first impression, even though the bin Laden taint is always there.

UPDATE by Vinnie:

Hey, why stop at one?

>"Everyone relates me to that man, and I have nothing to do with him," Wafah Dufour, the daughter of bin Laden's half brother, Yeslam Binladin, says in the January edition of the magazine, referring to the al-Qaida leader.

"I want to be accepted here, but I feel that everybody's judging me and rejecting me," said the California-born Dufour, a law graduate who lives in New York. "Come on, where's the American spirit? Accept me. I want to be embraced, because my values are like yours. And I'm here. I'm not hiding.

WE EMBRACE YOU! WE ACCEPT YOU!

Now how about a Playboy shoot?

By Howie at 12:19 PM | Comments |

Italy Goes After U.S. Marine In Nicola Calipari Shooting

Italian prosecutors have launched an official investigation targeting a U.S. Marine for the shooting death of Nicola Calipari which it considers a “murder":

ANSA—A United States marine has formally been placed under investigation here for the murder of an Italian intelligence agent in Iraq last March .

The Rome prosecutor’s office identified the marine as Mario Lozano .

Intelligence officer Nicola Calipari was killed on March 4 when US troops manning a temporary roadblock opened fire on a car carrying him, another agent and a released hostage to Baghdad airport. . . .

State Department spokesman Sean McCormick today said that the Calipari case is considered “closed” but he referred questions about legal actions to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Nicola Calipari was the Italian intelligence officer that negotiated Giuliana Sgrena’s release from Iraqi terrorists back in March 2005. He was killed when the car transporting Giuliana Sgrena and himself failed to stop at a U.S. Military checkpoint and was fired upon. At the time, Italy had decided not to share its rescue plan with the United States and I believe that is what led to Calipari’s tragic death, not a young Marine doing his job.

Cross-posted at OpinionBug.com

By at 11:19 AM | Comments |

Oberlin College Women's Rugby Semi-Nude Calendar

(Oberlin, Ohio) With pom-poms and other props, the women's rugby team at Oberlin has posed for a 2006 calendar to "challenge the way people think about women playing a traditionally male sport." Even bruised and sweaty, they're provocative.

"We aren't trying to sell ourselves, but we wanted to address important issues, like how women athletes are depicted sexually, and gender roles in sports," said team member Alia Kate. "It's about our empowerment as both women and athletes."
The hope is that people will be drawn to the photos (sample) and then think seriously about the statements.

You know, when I look at men's magazines, I'm initially drawn by the pictures of the centerfold. But I become much more engaged when I read about her favorite foods and how she plans to stop world hunger.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 08:46 AM | Comments |

Yippee!!!

Someone I have a passing acquiantance with is having her first blogiversary today...

Congratulations!

By Vinnie at 07:16 AM | Comments |

December 22, 2005

Congressional Black Caucus Sitting On Katrina Donations

The Cybercast News Service reports that the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which severely criticized the Bush administration for its slow response to Hurricane Katrina, has yet to distribute one penny of money contributed to their own relief fund:

"We are collecting all the way up through the very end of the year and then our board has set aside a committee who is going to administer the funds," Patty Rice, spokeswoman for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), told Cybercast News Service on Wednesday.
This seems like a particularly lackadaisical attitude for an organization whose members have repeatedly gone over-the-top in condemning government response to the catastrophe:

"We have witnessed something shockingly awful and that is the lack of response, the quick response, from our government to those Americans who are suffering [and] who are dying," said U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr., (D-Ill.) on Sept. 2, four days after Katrina made landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

"I'm ashamed of our government. We don't want another Iraq, where the money just goes off somewhere. This is real human need. And I'm outraged by the lack of response from our federal government," U.S. Rep. Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), said.

Cybercast New Service also reports that in September, CBC Foundation told reporters that they had already collected over $700,000 for Katrina relief. Apparently someone miscounted, because now only $400,000 is waiting to be distributed. And will continue to wait until at least February.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto. Stop in for a happy-ending full-brain massage.

By Bluto11:54 PM | Comments |

Brits Arrest Bomb Plotter

(London) A fifth terror suspect will join four others awaiting trial for the failed July 21 attempt to murder passengers on London's transit system.

From CNN.com:

London's Metropolitan Police identified the man as Adel Yahya, 23. He was arrested Tuesday at Gatwick Airport as he got off a flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He was charged with conspiring with four other men -- all of whom are awaiting trial over the plot to attack three subway trains and a double-decker bus -- "to cause by an explosive substance, explosions of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property."

Yahya is accused of conspiring with Muktar Said Ibrahim, 27, Yassin Omar, 24, Hussein Osman, 27, and Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, 32, for trying to bomb three subway trains and a bus. Fortunately, they were unsuccessful.

Notably, if convicted and sentenced to modest prison terms, all the terror suspects are young enough that likely they would represent a future threat. I hope the British justice system is of the same opinion.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 07:19 PM | Comments |

Saddam Embraces Democratic Party Platform In His Defense

From the The Daily Star (Lebanon):

Iraq's former leader said the White House had lied to justify its 2003 invasion by saying he had chemical weapons, and had lied again Wednesday when it denied his claim he was tortured in U.S. custody.
Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.):
“I think I was either lied to or we got some really bad intelligence. And I’m not sure I’ll ever know which it was.”
Rep. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.):
“If I had known the administration lied, if I had known that the presentations were rigged … I certainly wouldn’t have trusted [the administration]. … The evidence was rigged, and the case wasn’t proven at all.”
Now that Saddam has revealed his political affiliation, I'm told that Democratic strategists are hoping to get him to run for Senator from New York when Hillary makes her Presidential bid.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto, an oasis of superb taste and refined, yet simple, elegance.

By Bluto06:33 PM | Comments |

Enemy Within: British Muslim Convicted

Sky News reports that a 21 year-old Briton has been convicted under British anti-terror laws:

A market stall holder has been found guilty of plotting to kill a highly-decorated British soldier who served in Iraq.

Abu Mansha, 21, was convicted of breaking anti-terror laws.

He was arrested in South London and found with a piece of paper which had the name and address of Corporal Mark Byles written on it.

Mansha apparently focused on this particular soldier because he was highly decorated:
Cpl Byles had led a "perilous" bayonet charge killing up to 20 Iraqi rebels and had won the Victoria Cross by saving 30 of his colleagues.
Mansha was also found in possession of terrorist porn, including video of the beheading of hostage Ken Bigley.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto01:19 PM | Comments |

Did The Germans Cave?

German Trade-off Suspected in Release of Terrorist Killer

(CNSNews.com) - Germany freed the murderer of a U.S. Navy diver despite personal intervention by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the State Department has confirmed, amid speculation that Berlin let the Hizballah terrorist go as part of a deal to free a German hostage in Iraq.

Mohammed Ali Hamadi flew to Lebanon after being released last week, 18 years after he was sentenced to "life" imprisonment for hijacking a U.S. airliner in 1985 and killing 23-year-old Petty Officer Robert Stethem.

Lebanon does not have an extradition treaty with the U.S., and Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora appeared unmoved Wednesday by American requests that Hamadi be handed over. (snip)

Hamadi reportedly flew to Lebanon last Thursday. Three days later, Berlin announced that Susanne Osthoff, an archaeologist taken hostage in Iraq on Nov. 25, was safely in German hands.

"Several officials have said Osthoff's release did not involve paying ransom money, but was rather a 'diplomatic gesture.' It remains a source of speculation what that gesture was."

Officials declined to provide details of the negotiations with the hostage-takers. Deputy Foreign Minister Gernot Erler said Monday that doing so could benefit the perpetrators of future kidnappings.

The perps have already "benefitted" Mr Erler as now they are aware that the German government will trade high value terrorist murderers for hostages.

Companion OpiniPundit

By at 10:53 AM | Comments |

Three Best Movies of All Time

Number One: Groundhog Day.

Number Two: When Harry Met Sally.

Number Three: Local Hero.

Recently, number three moved up to number two, displacing Local Hero to number three (which had been number one until Bill Murray's masterpiece).

Number Four: Head Over Heels [Renamed, inappropriately: Chilly Scenes of Winter] (Fatally flawed by an ideologically contrived ending, so just ignore the ending. Make up your own, or something.)

By Demosophist at 04:13 AM | Comments |

Senate Votes To Maximize Foreign Oil Imports

From the Associated Press via Yahoo!News:

WASHINGTON - The Senate blocked opening the nation's largest untapped oil reserve in an Alaska wildlife refuge Wednesday, denying President Bush his top energy priority and delivering a victory to environmentalists who said drilling would threaten wildlife.
Now, if a few million old and/or weak people would help us all out by popping off during the next blizzard/heat wave, we can build the utopia of the environmentalists' dreams.

Your cooperation is needed now more than ever, in light of the disappointingly low death rate from Hurricane Katrina. Won't you please do your part to cull the excess human population? Animals would thank you if they could talk and think in abstract terms.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto, where animals are cherished for their wonderful, meaty flavor.

By Bluto12:07 AM | Comments |

December 21, 2005

Iranian Booze Smuggling

With Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad increasingly clamping down on Iranian society, banning everything from Western music to free speech, centuries-old smuggling lifelines are flourishing. And the most sought-after commodities are beer, wine, and whiskey. On treacherous, rocky trails (pic), smugglers' pack mules laden with hooch cross the Zagros Mountains bordering Iraq and Iran every night. Demand has never been better as bootleggers brave the driving rain, landmines and Iranian border guards to smuggle liquor to Iran.

Although liquor is frowned upon in Iraq, it's cheap, legal, and untaxed. In Iran, it's illegal and expensive. As a result, bootleggers are selling alcohol for at least five times the cost. Heineken, Amstel, and cheap whiskey are very popular.

From the JPost.com:

Alcohol is also the most profitable bootleg item, explained Muhammad and several other booze-brokers interviewed in this half-deserted border town of bootleggers and security agents.

A sniper's rifle, an AK-47 and magazine clips droop from the walls of the hut-like artwork. Muhammad, an ethnic Kurd and a Peshmerga, or a Kurdish militiaman, said the weapons are for fighting Ansar al-Islam, an antigovernment Kurdish Islamic terrorist group. A bribe of a few dollars - which he called "tips" - and a clever mule are the best defenses against Iranian border guards, he explained.

Hmmm ... a clever mule outwits Iranian Border guards? And, all the while, Iran is enriching uranium. I get the willies just thinking about it.

Alcohol is not the only commodity smuggled. Anything from tea to washing machines is carried into Iran, usually after paying a small bribe to border guards. Conversely, Iranians travel the same routes into Iraq on day trips, touring bootleggers' camps in a manner not dissimilar from Americans visiting Napa Valley wineries. Distilled and fermented intoxicants are very popular with many Iranians, even the clerics, and the entrenched black market is an indication of the general population's dissatisfaction with the government.

"Iran is a good country, but we have a very bad government. We have no freedom, no satellite TV, no justice," said Ali Reza Dodelband, 42. Shivering in a jeans-jacket, he stood just feet from the official border crossing, gathering a crew of stout porters to carry about three tons of tea across the border.

He would like to move from Iran to Iraq, "then I want [US President George W. Bush] to bomb Iran. Tell Bush he must bomb the -," Dodelband then pantomimes the wrapping of a turban over his combover, referring to Iran's clerics.

Heh.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 05:48 PM | Comments |

Crappy Birthday, Hanoi Jane

Is it just me?  Or did everyone know that today is Hanoi Jane Fonda's birthday.

Let's sing her a song, shall we?

Crappy birthday to you
For the treason you do
Crappy birthday Mizzzzzzz Fonda
I hope you slide under a gas truck and taste your own blood, you treasonous beeeeeeeeyotch.

Thank you, I'm here all week.

By Vinnie at 05:42 PM | Comments |

Foreign Teachers Kidnapped in Gaza

(Gaza Strip) Two teachers at the American International School in Gaza were abducted by four masked and armed kidnappers on Nasser Street in the Gaza City. Dutch citizen Hindrich Tatchken, principal of the American School in Gaza and his deputy Brian Improjio, an Australian national. Dutchman Hendrik Taatgen (aka Hindrich Tatchken) and Australian Brian Ambrosio (aka Improjio) were forced from their car as they approached the school in the northern Gaza Strip. They were bundled into another vehicle which then sped away.

Witnesses in northern Gaza say the teachers were on their way to a private school that follows the American curriculum for the last day of term before Christmas holidays.

"They were intercepted by between two to three other cars and then taken away," said a witness.

School officials confirmed that both had been kidnapped and the school had informed the Dutch and the Australian embassies. Police have initiated a search for the two men.

The identity of the kidnappers is not presently known but it is known that both teachers are solid supporters of Palestinian causes. Although the number of kidnappings in Gaza has risen in the recent past, most are released unharmed after some "negotiation," if you get my drift. (Source)

[Update]

According to a Reuters report, the two teachers were released after eight hours following the involvement of a lawmaker from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The kidnappers were PFLP gunmen who kidnapped the teachers to secure the release of jailed leaders.

The PFLP has said the abduction was to pressure the Palestinian Authority to release leaders jailed in the West Bank town of Jericho for killing an Israeli cabinet minister in 2001.

The PFLP leaders are guarded under U.S. and British supervision.

"This is our first message, first to the Authority and secondly to the Zionist, American and British enemy. Our message is not directed to the peoples of the two hostages," said a PFLP statement in Gaza.

So, oops! They found out that their hostages weren't American nor British and released them. This shows that the terrorist groups typically don't have many deep thinkers.

By at 03:15 PM | Comments |

"I was tortured", Saddam Whimpers in Court

From MSNBC:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein interrupted his trial Wednesday to allege he had been beaten and tortured while in U.S. custody and still had the marks on his body.

"I have been hit by the Americans and tortured," he said during his trial on charges of crimes against humanity. "I have been beaten on every place of my body, and the signs are all over my body."

Thank you to all those whose short term political goals have so watered down the definition of torture that this senile old mass murderer thinks wearing the same underwear for three days qualifies.

Evidently, the marks are all on the back of his body.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto, famous for ugly dictator cheesecake photos.

By Bluto02:53 PM | Comments |

Lebanon Refusing to Hand Over Navy Diver's Murderer

Reuters reports that Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora is "questioning" US requests to extradite Mohammad Ali Hammadi. Hammadi spent a "life" sentence (18 years) in Germany for his role in the cowardly 1985 murder of US Navy diver Robert Stethem, committed during an aircraft hijacking.

"Originally they (the U.S. government) could have requested that Germany hand him over. Why are they asking us?" Prime Minister Fouad Siniora told reporters.
That would be because the Germans, who are so piously against interfering in other countries' sovereign affairs when it suits their purposes, refused to extradite Hammadi because he might have faced the death penalty in the US. And, of course, if they had extradited him, he wouldn't have been available to use as ransom for the release of German hostage Susanne Osthoff.
At his trial, Hammadi confessed to helping stage the 17-day hijacking to help win the release of 700 Lebanese detainees held by Israel, but he denied any role in killing Stethem.

But according to witnesses, Hammadi and an accomplice took the 23-year-old to the cockpit and beat him. Then they shot him and threw his body out of the Boeing 727 plane.

I disagree with those in Washington who are seeking Hammadi's extradition. This POS should just be taken out, Mossad-style.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto09:24 AM | Comments |

WTW Papa Bear Loves Winter

Happy winter solstice!!!!!

Reward for Little Bear. Parents around the globe cringe in terror as toddlers run to the TV with this tape or DVD. Therefore he must be “taken Care of”. My son played this tape at least 10,000 times. Amazing how little ones can watch the same tape over and over. Now I’m permanently damaged. I keep hearing “Happy Winter Solstice” and “Papa bear loves winter” over and over. My conclusion, I would pay 100 bucks for little bear’s pelt or it would make a splendid Christmas Gift the pelt that is.

Hat tip: cube neighbor Brian.

Here are your White Trash Wednesday bloggers.

By Howie at 08:27 AM | Comments |

Self-Appointed Public Agents in Light of the Pentagon Papers (Updated)

One of the current arguments for the McCain "anti-torture statute" is that if there were ever a "ticking bomb" scenario the people in charge of interrogation would have the option of sacrificing their careers and futures for the common good, choosing to disobey the law in order to save thousands (h/t: Dan at WoC). Although I see some problems with this argument, especially in marginal cases or situations where the interrogators don't know there's a ticking bomb, it seems somewhat convincing. But in the analogous case where an individual deliberately chose to break a national security law "for the good of all" (Daniel Ellsberg's leaking the Pentagon Papers) the authorities chose not to prosecute. This was a mistake, regardless of whether you think Ellsberg's actions justified. I'll explain why.

Wretchard suggests that, at a minimum, two factors ought to be weighed in determining whether this self-appointment as public guardian is appropriate: the competence and responsibility of the "public" agents:

No one is above the law and the President's actions will be judged in the manner provided. But it's also important to ask -- and the answer is of more than academic interest -- when and to what extent an individual or corporation can divulge a secret military operation on the basis of a self-appointed duty. The mantle of secrecy is not absolute and few would argue that German officers with a knowledge of the Holocaust should keep it quiet out of a regard for operational security. But the wiretapping case, as Orin Kerr points out, is much more marginal. Two factors are probably relevant in making that determination. The first is competence. To what extent is an individual whistleblower or organization like the New York Times competent to judge what operations of war should or should not remain secret? The second is responsibility. Assuming that an individual or news organization were qualified to weigh operational security requirements against their duty to inform, who takes responsibility for any deaths or injury that may result?

The set of documents that Ellsberg revealed were actually part of an attempt by the Pentagon and the Johnson administration to police itself--to deal with the groupthink phenomenon by commissioning a rigorous review of history. And Ellsberg was commissioned to facilitate that process of self-correction with the understanding that he'd keep his big yap shut. He betrayed that trust, and paid no penalty. If anyone paid a penalty it was the Vietnamese who were left behind in the bug out, and the Cambodians who were left to the mercy of the Khmer Rouge. So one could argue that Ellsberg made the wrong decision, and lots of people have made that argument (including me). But had he paid the penalty for having made the decision, whether right or wrong, the institutions involved would have remained uncorrupted.

So the pro-McCain argument is simply that some corruption is necessary and good, because that's where a pardon would leave us.

Now clearly, the NYT and the person who leaked the telephone surveillance information (whoever he [she] is and whatever his [her] reasons) thought of themselves as the moral equivalent of Daniel Ellsberg. Their authority was self-appointed, as would be the case were an interrogator to take upon himself the onus of torturing an Al Qaeda detainee who might have knowledge of a WMD attack. And given the realistic possibility of a pardon for a correct decision the interrogator would have to weigh the odds that there might not be a pot-o-gold at the end of the rainbow, leaving him in the lurch. Would the public be sufficiently understanding to take into account the fact that he rightly assumed, under conditions of uncertainty, that the threat outweighed the laws against torture, regardless of whether the threat turned out to be real? The public's reaction to the threat of Saddam's WMD suggests they just aren't that wise. So, such an officer's decision process is corrupted not by the possibility that he might be wrong, but by the possibility that he might be right. And this compels him to weigh the situation in an unnatural way, side-slipped by the possibility that the public would grant amnesty and hero status if his decision were perceived to be justified.

It seems to me that such an upright officer would find that duty compels him to ignore those odds, and simply assume the worst: that he'd be prosecuted. Moreover, to preserve the integrity of the institutions the possibility of pardon ought to be removed completely, though that might be legally difficult since a President retains the right of pardon. It seems appropriate that the interrogator who chooses to torture could count on being prosecuted whether his assessment of the threat was accurate or not. Duty would then be in complete accord with law and principle.

To draw an analogy, there'd be no Christianity if Pilate had decided that Jesus' willingness to suffer and die for the sake of his faith absolved him. There'd be no Christianity, because there'd have been no sacrifice. That would have been a sentimental ending to the story. In fact, this is pretty close to the version of the story that appears in the Koran. It's a sentimental favorite, but it's also inherently corrupt.

Sorry, but that's the way it is.

So the mistake that was made those many years ago, during the Vietnam War, was to grant Ellsberg a pass. That failure to act by the Johnson administration corrupted our institutions, and we're still paying the price for that corruption. And the only way the mistake can be corrected is... to correct it. Regardless of whether the outing of the President's order regarding the telephone surveillance was justified, the only way to reestablish the integrity of our institutions is to make every attempt to apprehend, prosecute, convict, and sentence the leaker.

Sorry, but that's the way it is.

And if, for some reason, we can't bring ourselves to do that... then we ought to oppose the McCain statute and seek some sort of specific guidance for when torture is allowed. Because we're probably too sentimental to get this right.

Update: A reader in the comment section observes:

You desperately need to read history. Ellsberg was prosecuted and faced life in prison. During the case, President Nixon even went so far as to interview the presiding judge of the case to replace Hoover at FBI. The case had to be thrown out because Nixon's secret goons burgled the office of Ellsberg's doctor to get dirt on him. Ellsberg leaked the documents knowing that he might face life in jail. It was an act of honor because he was willing to pay the consequences.

Contrary to popular belief I'm not passing judgment on whether Ellsberg deserves to be sanctified, arthough I've been told by people who worked with him at RAND that he "was a cowboy," and S.M. Lipset suggested to RAND management that he be terminated long before the leak had occurred. Note that I said above that the authorities "chose not to prosecute." Mea culpa, in the strict sense that it's more accurate to say they "chose not to bring the prosecution to fruition." And the authorities, in this case, were mainly in the Federal Court. I don't see how this invalditates my point. In fact it's reinforced.

On June 13, 1971, the New York Times began publishing a series of articles based on the study. The Justice Dept. obtained a court injunction against further publication on national security grounds, but the Supreme Court ruled (June 30) that constitutional guarantees of a free press overrode other considerations, and allowed further publication. The government indicted (1971) Daniel Ellsberg, a former government employee who made the Pentagon Papers available to the New York Times, and Anthony J. Russo on charges of espionage, theft, and conspiracy. On May 11, 1973, a federal court judge dismissed all charges against them because of improper government conduct. (Source: Infoplease)

I'm suggesting that the failure to prosecute Ellsberg successfully corrupted American institutions. If anything, the need to "dig up dirt" on Ellsberg in order to convict him of a crime for which he was manifestly guilty suggests that by the time the Nixon administration was in office the instutitions of the country, including the Court, had already been severely corrupted by sentimentality, and by the reaction against it. I don't see how it's possible to more convincingly make the case that this dynamic currupts the decision-making process. In other words, the attempt by the Nixon administration to move sentimentality over to their own side by finding out irrelevant details of Ellsberg's life was just further evidence of corruption.

Whether or not Ellberg's leak was justified, what almost everyone forgets is that he only leaked what the government itself and found about their own actions, and having commissioned such a work of self-reflection apparently just got them crucified.

Do you really expect them to repeat the exercise?

The actions that produced the Pentagon Papers were methodologically sound, but Ellsberg's actions ensured that no other administration could afford to follow the same sound route. It might well be argued that this was precisely why the Bush adminstration never took the methodologically sound path of attempting to disprove their own assumptions about Saddam's WMD stockpiles. The threat of a leak prenented them from taking the risk.

I reiterate, Ellsberg should have been convicted. Sorry, but it's the truth.

By Demosophist at 02:22 AM | Comments |

Taliban Johnny, A Thesis Regarding Expletives

Michelle Malkin, a very outspoken, considered by some (not this citizen journalist) a "controversial" figure, not to mention a racistsexistbigotedhomophobe, clues us in on this:

American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh has asked President Bush again to reduce his 20-year prison sentence by an unspecified amount, Lindh's attorney said Tuesday.

In deference to Michelle Malkin, and her longstanding friendship to the Jawa Report, I will place my reply under the fold, in the manner normally prescribed to graphic images.

Let that be your warning.

Who the fuck do you think you are, you simpering shitnozzle?

What? Did you really think that we forgot your treachery? Do you think that because you got a pitiful 20 year sentence in lieu of the Tookie needle that the American public would just forget the name John Walker Lindh?

Think again, assmonkey.

You are a traitor. The American public knows you as such. You think you can sit there, whiling away the hours in the Federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison until the majority of people forget who you are and what you did?

Nice try, shitweasel. That dog don't hunt, that bird don't fly.

Tell us, really, why you're begging for clemency. Aryan Nation don't like you much in there do they? Bet them Nation of Islam types don't go much for your type of Islam, either, do they? Most of them join up for protection, to survive until the end of their sentence. I wonder, how does it feel trying to convince someone they're going to get 72 virgins from Allah when they have your pasty-white, virgin ass bent over the cot? It's a long way from the comforts of Marin county, ain't it?

Look at the bright side, sweet cheeks, you got your deal. Shut your fucking mouth and serve what you deserve.

It must suck to be you, dickdrip. Where ya gonna go when you get out? Join the jihad in Iraq? It'll be done. Afghanistan? Been there, done that. Saudi? Yeah, right, can you say diplomacy?

Your only hope is France. Maybe. After all, you've proved your ability to surrender.

We don't forget so easily, twit.

We will always remember where you were when it happened.

By Vinnie at 01:59 AM | Comments |

It's Time To Relax Now

It's the Christmas season, a time for joy, frivolity, and gift giving.

In that spirit, let's all enjoy a little gratuitous cleavage, shall we?

Q: "Hey Vinnie, why you posting so much all the sudden?"

A: "Good question, I just found this new toy called Performancing for Firefox 1.5, and I'm playing with it."

Q: "Another quick question if I may, why are you sitting in front of a computer Performancing while your wife plays with toys in the bedroom?"

A: ...

A: ...

A: "I highly recommend Performancing to my kin in the Sandcrawler. Wait for me, honey!"

By Vinnie at 12:36 AM | Comments |

Breaking: Daily Kos, MoveOn open Baghdad Office

Replaying Florida, December 2000, Tikrit-style:

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Sunni Arabs and a key secular party charged Tuesday that parliamentary elections were tainted by fraud, and demanded an inquiry into preliminary results showing the governing Shiite religious bloc with a larger than expected lead.
Or izzat Ohio 2004, Ramadi style? Beats the hell out of me.

For decent Iraqi election thoughts, read it from the people who live there.


By Vinnie at 12:11 AM | Comments |

December 20, 2005

Arabs See US Press as Supporting Bush Administration

The Daily Star (Lebanon) discusses a study of US newspapers by Dr. Ghazi Falah of the University of Akron, who focuses on the way Arabs and Muslims are portrayed by the American news media. Dr. Falah makes some astute observations, but draws some questionable conclusions.

With the vast majority of stories and photographs appearing in Western media from the Arab world pertaining to, or insinuating an environment of violence and conflict, readers are left with these impressions of the region.
This is true of US media, but it's not an attempt to portray Arabs negatively. First, blood sells. It's in the nature of journalism to hype the drama, not to describe peaceful, everyday events. Second, the American mainstream media have made a point of deliberately emphasizing negatives, particularly in Iraq, hoping to politically benefit their preferred party, the Democrats. The resultant biased view of Arabs is just collateral damage.
"It is striking how much the editorial policies of the foreign [American] newspapers consulted for this study overlap with U.S. government positions and its geo-political interests in the Middle East."
I'm not sure what other newspapers Dr. Falah was studying, but I would ask him this question: if these newspapers are so supportive of the Bush administration, why has there been an embargo on images of the 9/11 attacks? And why does MSM coverage of Iraq focus only on Coalition deaths, while ignoring our soldiers' daily successes?

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto11:58 PM | Comments |

Tookie's Revenge

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has quietly released a Hizbollah member jailed for life for the murder of a U.S. Navy diver, disregarding Washington's desire that he either be extradited or remain behind bars, officials said on Tuesday.

That's what you get for executing an innocent children's book author, you filthy Amerikaner!


By Vinnie at 11:28 PM | Comments |

Honoring Mike Stokely


I saw this today and I just had to post it. Mike Stokley was a soldier that gave his all in Iraq this year. His father expresses his thoughts over at The Mudville Gazette.

Robert Stokely : For whatever reason, the last few days what Cindy Sheehan said "Casey didn't die for a just cause" has been on my mind... ...My response is that Mike didn't die for a "just cause", he died JUST BECAUSE - just because he loved his country enough to want to serve it since the time he was in middle school; just because he loved his family enough to want to protect them; just because he loved his friends enough that he would rather fight a war "there" than here; just because he believed in our order of government whereby the civilian government rules and the military obeys, and when the President, with lawful authority, calls upon soldiers to go and fight, he believed it was not only his duty, but his honor to go; just because he wouldn't let his fellow soldiers - his guys - go it alone; and just because he wanted to do for others - the Iraqi people - what he would do for his own country.
Robert Stokely, Lucky and Proud to be the Dad of SGT Michael "Mike" James Stokely, KIA Operation Iraqi Freedom 16 Aug 05 2nd Platoon, E Troop 108th CAV 48h Brigaded GA NATL GUARD 15 miles south of Baghdad near Yusufiyah / IED

Let’s remember all the other “Mike Stokelys” this week because this is just one name of many. Remeber the gifts they have given us already this year.

Others: Miltary Outpost, Hugh Hewitt, and Sistertoldjah

By Howie at 09:13 AM | Comments |

Luuuuucy, You Got Some Splainin To Do

WTF?

BAGHDAD, Iraq — About 24 top former officials in Saddam Hussein's regime, including a biological weapons expert known as "Dr. Germ," have been released from jail...

Got me, I don't understand it either.

As far as deeming some of these people as no longer a security threat, you mean to tell me that "Dr. Germ" wouldn't be welcome to ply her trade in any number of Middle East Jew-hating dictatorships?

By Vinnie at 06:11 AM | Comments |

The Wonders of Socialized Medicine

From Sky News:

Hospital bosses have apologised after maggots were found crawling in and out of an unconscious patient's nose.

Christine Ellison was in intensive care when her daughter, Nyree Ellison Anjos, made the revolting discovery.

"I thought there was something not quite right so I had a closer look and I could see maggots crawling in and out of her nose."

The maggots turned out to be fly larvae.

A statement from Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust said: "We would like to offer our sincere apologies to the family of Mrs Ellison for any distress caused by this incident.

"We can confirm that a very small number of maggots were found.

"The incident was incredibly rare and we took immediate steps to prevent it from happening again."

Yes, rare. So rare in fact that the hospital has gone nearly two months since their last maggot episode:
Maggots found in hospital treatment room

A hospital trust has been criticised after one of its treatment rooms had to be fumigated when maggots were found feeding on a discarded sandwich.

A corridor and room at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital was sealed off after the maggots were discovered on October 25, hospital officials said.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto, now maggot-free.

By Bluto12:09 AM | Comments |

December 19, 2005

Heads We Win, Tails You Lose

Arab leaders are calling for the Middle East to be free of nuclear weapons. The only problem is that they would have the ban enforced only against Israel.

From The Daily Star (Lebanon):

Gulf Arab leaders called on Monday for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, but singled out only Israel, not Iran, despite having voiced alarm at Tehran's nuclear ambitions at the end of their two-day summit.
Somehow I don't see Israel going along with this idea.

By Bluto09:15 PM | Comments |

BBC Warns on Use of the Word 'Terrorism'

The staff at the BBC has been issued new management guidance regarding the use of the terms 'terrorist' and 'terrorism.' The BBC's governors believe that the Internet has eliminated differences between domestic and overseas audiences and, therefore, it's essential that the terms be used carefully.

From MediaGuardian.co.uk:

The new guidance has been sent out internally and tells journalists: "The guidelines do not ban the use of the word. However, we do ask that careful thought is given to its use by a BBC voice. There are ways of conveying the full horror and human consequences of acts of terror without using the word 'terrorist' to describe the perpetrators."
So, apparently it's okay to describe the terrorism as long as the word 'terrorism' isn't used. Also, whoever is responsible for bad stuff that happens shouldn't be described as 'terrorists.' Therefore, instead of stating, "A terrorist bombed the crowded school bus," it's more appropriate to state, "A man created full horror and human consequence on a crowded school bus." And, the guidance continues.
"Careful use of the word 'terrorist' is essential if the BBC is to maintain its reputation for standards of accuracy and especially impartiality ... that does not mean we should emasculate our reporting or otherwise avoid conveying the reality and horror of what has occurred; but we should consider the impact our use of language may have on our reputation for objective journalism amongst our many audiences ... we must be careful not to give the impression that we have come to some kind of implicit - and unwarranted - value judgement."
Blah ... blah ... blah. That last paragraph reads like gibberish. However, that's not all there is.
The edict reminds BBC staff of the existing BBC editorial policy, which states: "The word 'terrorist' itself can be a barrier rather than aid to understanding. We should try to avoid the term without attribution. We should let other people characterise while we report the facts as we know them."

"We should not adopt other people's language as our own. It is also usually inappropriate to use words like 'liberate', 'court martial' or 'execute' in the absence of a clear judicial process. We should convey to our audience the full consequences of the act by describing what happened. We should use words which specifically describe the perpetrator such as 'bomber', 'attacking', 'gunman', 'kidnapper' 'insurgent' and 'militant'."

The new guidance suggested using words such as "bomb attack" instead, or "bomber" or "assassin". [sic all]

Boiled down, the substance of the new policy is to avoid using the term 'terrorist' and practice hedging the wording of all reports. My interpretation? "Forget accuracy, be political."

Of course, this announced new guidance begs the question of what exactly is different from the way the BBC currently reports the news?

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 11:57 AM | Comments |

New CSIS Report on the Iraq War

Tony Cordesman, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies has a new report on the Iraq War (h/t: Dan, at WoC). Some key excerpts:

The insurgency so far lacks any major foreign support other than limited amounts of money, weapons, and foreign supporters. It does not have the support of most Shi'ites and Kurds, who make up some 70-80% of the population. If Iraqi forces become effective in large numbers, if the Iraqi government demonstrates that its success means the phase out of Coalition forces, and if the Iraqi government remains inclusive in dealing with Sunnis willing to come over to its side, the insurgency should be defeated over time -- although some cadres could then operate as diehards at the terrorist level for a decade or more.

Apparently he didn't get the memo about the conflict being unwinnable, but he does genuflect in that general direction:

To succeed, the US must plan for failure as well as success. It must see the development or escalation of insurgency as a serious risk in any contingency were (sic) it is possible, and take preventive and ongoing steps to prevent or limit it. This is an essential aspect of war planning and no Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, service chief, or unified and specified commander can be excused for failing to plan and act in this area. Responsibility begins directly at the top, and failures at any other level pale to insignificance by comparison.

Well I don't have the endowments of Cordesman, but let me offer a few observations. First, one must assume that he's not suggesting we "plan to fail," although some will probably accuse him of that. Rather, what he suggests is that our war planning is too infused with "happy talk," and is therefore not realistic about the capabilities of this enemy. Although I have a great deal of confidence in our military, it's possible that Cordesman is right and we aren't taking the threat of "failure" seriously enough. Which raises the next issue.

There's a lot of difference between "planning for failure" in the sense of having contingencies should Iraq, or the Ummah, descend into civil war, and addressing the specific set of conditions that could lead to civil war. Conflating the two is like saying that knowing what you intend to do after the divorce is the same as dealing with the marital difficulties that could lead to divorce. Cordesman seems to imply the second meaning, but the first is also important. After all, Victor Davis Hanson doesn't think a civil war in the Middle East necessarily the worst that could happen. And if Hanson is right then what we ought to consider is what role we might play in such a war, since the consequences are probably not something we could just afford to ignore. Whether or not we "fail" in that sense isn't entirely up to us. The onus rests partly on the Iraqis.

But finally, the phrase "planning for failure" just doesn't strike this reader as appropriate to war strategy or tactics. I'm fairly certain that Eisenhower considering Project Overlord, and Grant when he made the right turn to steal a march on Lee, were both fully cognizant of the risks and contingencies involved. But I'm also pretty sure they never used the phrase "planning for failure" to describe how they dealt with those contingencies. The words don't seem to emerge from the lexicon of military planning, but from the world of diplomacy. And if we're in a war then diplomacy has already failed in the first instance. So what we're really talking about is not "failure" but cascading failures, and whether the cascade can ultimately be halted before reaching the third conjecture.

And that's the whole point behind going into Iraq in the first place. The next plateau in the cascade would be a civil war, but even that's not as bad as it gets.

[Update: The link to Three Conjectures has been corrected. Apparently the old links I had to that series have been degraded as a result of some sort of Blogger glitch.]

By Demosophist at 11:34 AM | Comments |

President: Patriot Act Obstruction 'Inexcusable'

The President came out swinging at his press conference this morning, singling out Congressional Democrats and RINOs for obstructing the Patriot Act, and offering no apologies for authorizing NSA monitoring of international phone calls and emails involving suspected terrorists.

Here are some highlights from a Washington Post transcript of the press conference:

BUSH: Most of the senators now filibustering the Patriot Act actually voted for it in 2001. These senators need to explain why they thought the Patriot Act was a vital tool after the September the 11th attacks but now think it's no longer necessary.

BUSH: Let me give you an example about my concerns about letting the enemy know what may or may not be happening.

In the late 1990s, our government was following Osama bin Laden because he was using a certain type of telephone. And then the fact that we were following Osama bin Laden because he was using a certain type of telephone made it into the press as the result of a leak.

And guess what happened. Osama bin Laden changed his behavior. He began to change how he communicated. [It was the Washington Post that revealed the government's monitoring of bin Laden's phone]

BUSH: It is inexcusable for the United States Senate to let this Patriot Act expire.

You know, there's an interesting debate in Washington -- and you're part of it -- that says: Well, they didn't connect the dots prior to September the 11th -- "they" being not only my administration but previous administrations.

I understand that debate. I'm not being critical of you bringing this issue up and discussing it. But there was also -- you might remember, if you take a step back, people were pretty adamant about hauling people up to testify and wondering how come the dots weren't connected.

Well, the Patriot Act helps us connect the dots. And now the United States Senate is going to let this bill expire -- not the Senate; a minority of senators.

And I want senators from New York or Los Angeles or Las Vegas to go home and explain why these cities are safer.

It is inexcusable to say, on the one hand, connect the dots and not give us a chance to do so.

Indeed, I'd be interested in hearing those Senators explain exactly that. An unbiased mainstream media would certainly hold their feet to the fire based on the President's challenge. It remains to be seen what our mainstream media will do.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto11:22 AM | Comments |

The ACLU Loves Islamists

The ACLU, whom advocate completely open borders, is taking the the Department of Homeland Security to Court over detaining interrogating, fingerprinting and photographing American citizens at the border because they attended a radical Islamic conferences that has hailed Bin Laden as a hero, and used in the past to provide cover for pro-terrorist operatives.

The two-day conference in January 2003 advertised Sheik Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais as the main speaker. The previous year, al-Sudais, the chief cleric of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, reportedly prayed to Allah to "terminate" the Jews whom he called "the scum of humanity, the rats of the world, prophet killers ... pigs and monkeys." The sheik also has characterized Jews as "evil," "evil forefathers," a "continuum of deceit," and full of "tyranny" and "treachery." Due to logistical problems, the sheik, the headliner of the event, missed the conference. Jeewan Chanicka, media relations director for the Toronto conference, called the sheik's absence "unfortunate."

The same conference featured Zulfiqar Ali Shah, the former president of the Islamic Circle of North America, an organization linked to Jama'at-I-Islami, a fundamentalist Pakistani group that calls bin Laden the "hero" of the Islamic world and raises millions of dollars for global jihad.

Mokhtar Maghroui, who spoke at an event featuring suicide-bombing supporters, also was a speaker at the last two RIS conferences.

The 2003 RIS conference featured William W. Baker, who was outed as a neo-Nazi by the Orange County Weekly. Via WND

Of course the plaintiffs in the case are claiming that they were detained simply for their religious beliefs.

"I was treated like a criminal for no other reason than because I was Muslim," said Dr. Sawsan Tabbaa, a Buffalo orthodontist.

Catherine Kim, ACLU staff attorney, argued the government "cannot criminalize American citizens for their religious beliefs."

"Americans need to know that they can practice their religion and attend religious conferences without fear of government reprisals," she said.

The ACLU can never see past their absolutism. Border control is paramount in our war against terrorism, and questioning people who wish to attend extremist religious conferences advocating pro-terror causes is not religious persecution. The ACLU are claiming....wait for it...(gasp!!!)..."some of the Muslims detained last year were held overnight for as long as six and a half hours"....Oh the horror!

I'm sure there will be some that disagree, however, questioning people crossing our borders to attend "religious conferences" that have been used as terrorist cover needs to happen. I agree with commentator, Daniel Pipes, on this one. He argues, "Were the plaintiffs to prevail in this case, attending religious conferences would instantly become the favored method for terrorists and other Islamists to cross the American border without hindrance."

Crossposted from Stop The ACLU

By at 10:32 AM | Comments |

Islamic Army Of Iraq Posts Video Of Ronald Schulz Execution (Updated)

21896.jpegDEBKAfile is reporting that the Islamic Army of Iraq posted a video on the Internet claiming the execution of American security consultant Ronald Shulz who was abducted Dec. 8. The 8 second video shows gunmen shooting a kneeling blindfolded figure whose face is hidden. We have the video and it will be available shortly.

The murdering Islamothugs have once again committed yet another, atrocity. Of course we've heard not a peep of this from the mainstream media - only that the U.S. abuses it's prisoners by making them uncomfortable or hurting the feelings. How does that compare to murdering prisoners?

Update: Here is the video, now on our server.

Update: BBC News is also reporting the execution.

Originally posted at Hyscience

By at 05:33 AM | Comments |

80% Solution

I've been kind of demoralized recently for a number of reasons, so haven't been posting very much. Not the least of those reasons is the mind-numbingly aggressive schadenfreude of the so-called "democratic" party as it tries to drum up any excuse it can to shove it to the Commander in Chief. For instance, Fred Barnes has a piece in the Weekly Standard suggesting that the Iraqi poll item that has become the favorite talking point of the cut-and-runners is probably not very informative, for three reasons (h/t: Protein Wisdom):

1. We don't know the "internals," so we don't know whether the poll was representative.
2. The poll results don't reflect other polls that ask an analogous question about support for US presence in Iraq (most of which suggest that the proportion who oppose US presence is much smaller, and their views are also more conditional).
3. The specific wording of this question is ambiguous: “Do you support the presence of coalition forces in Iraq?”

The general rule in designing a survey instrument is that if a question elicits a response frequency in the neighborhood of 80-90 percent then the question is probably too crude to be useful. At the very least you have to ask follow-up questions so that you can cross-tabulate. For instance such follow-ups might try to determine what the respondent defines as "support," and under what conditions that support might change. It also might be interesting to find out what the response to such an ambiguous question might be in S. Korea, Japan or Germany. If similar (and it probably would be similar in S. Korea) would the Democrats now be demanding that we pull out of those countries?

The essence of the issue here, if I might be so bold, is the distinction between democracy (power of the people) and demosophia (wisdom of the people). For, to have a robust democracy able to defend itself and make wise decisions about what course to chart through an uncertain and dangerous future "the people" have to be well-informed. It is therefore ironic that the core case the Democrats make is that the Bush administration misled the American people about the threat posed by Iraq. That's ironic because the present situation seems to remove all doubt that deception within the context of a war that threatens the very security of civilization is central to the Democrats' agenda. They know what's best, so whether "the people" are able to make wise and informed decisions is of little importance provided they can be herded in the "correct" direction.

And it's likely to get worse, because the stakes could not be higher. As Wretchard observed a few weeks ago:

The problem with using words to trump reality is that it wagers everything on a monumental bluff. The mesmerist must carry all before him or be humiliated. A King must be obeyed or lose the throne. There is no middle ground.

And each time the bet is raised the potential loss becomes more catastrophic. Already the public has begun to suspect that things aren't going as badly in Iraq as they've been led to believe, and it's possible for most people to see that the stakes for the US outweigh any wager laid down by the Democrats or MSM. They're a long way from throwing in the towel, though.

By Demosophist at 12:58 AM | Comments |

Media Bias Quantified By UCLA Study

A UCLA study linking news media reporting to Americans for Democratic Action political scorecards found a "significant" bias to the left:

"I suspected that many media outlets would tilt to the left because surveys have shown that reporters tend to vote more Democrat than Republican," said Tim Groseclose, a UCLA political scientist and the study's lead author. "But I was surprised at just how pronounced the distinctions are."
Editorials were excluded from the study, to gauge the effects of bias on news gathering:
Of the 20 major media outlets studied, 18 scored left of center, with CBS' "Evening News," The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times ranking second, third and fourth most liberal behind the news pages of The Wall Street Journal.
The Dread Pundit Bluto would like to modestly propose a solution; an Affirmative Action program to help media outlets balance their staffs in order to represent political orientation fairly. Unfortunately, given the state of media bias found in the study, that means most news organizations won't be able to hire any more liberal reporters for probably twenty years or so.

Via The Drudge Report.

By Bluto12:07 AM | Comments |

December 18, 2005

Christmas is Great

So today I started off already in a pissy mood from the drive home Friday because I had to listen to this and this, but then there was this and I felt better. No wait a minute, OK. I at once realized that this is not about the USA “Security Act for Dealing with Terrorism Extension Bill of 2005”. Now I have a good idea. Add a three to five year extension to the current bill on Monday and leave the sundown dates in and get to leave town. Cool with me. The deal is we are sitting on a big string of success. Don't blink it’s just them trying to hold back the sea. Iraqi Success is just too much. Got to fight against the success of the Good old USA of A because were The NY Times, it's what we do!

Then today Condi was on TV and all was good(transcript eventually it's Fox they are slow to post this one for some stupid reason. Then Harry “what a punk” Reid. And then it was a good day off to the mall to pig and buy stuff. Not to bad really till I stopped to get milk at Wally World. Some group in from of me with lobotomies all the around. Each of them with his/her own pile of envelopes, cards and change. The one took at least two minutes with her Signature. Ok if you are not in a hurry the WTF are you doing in the “Quick Checkout Lane”, Ehem, The President is giving a speech in like two hours lady. Then at the gas station a DJ on the Radio just blanked old Harry out of the local newscast. I was standing there, and it says, ”House Minority Leader Harry……….. ……………..”. Then the news just continued on. I felt better and I hope you do to. Then I read this and felt even better. Double death for Zaqueery am I not correct he is already wanted dead there? I wonder how Jordan works that out? Read the related links as well, all good. I have to go now. President you know. Yes it all works out one way you can tell it's working is all the ruckess!!

Updated : link to transcript and what I thought was the chincher in the speech.

FOXNEWS:It is also important for every American to understand the consequences of pulling out of Iraq before our work is done. We would abandon our Iraqi friends and signal to the world that America cannot be trusted to keep its word.

See the terrorists first of all doubted our government had the gumption to act. Now they count on our people to falter. They believe "We the People" are soft and will loose heart and fail. That we can be easily waited out because as a society they are stronger than we. I'm willing to bet there is still some fight left in this dog. Don't let me and the rest fo the Nation down.

So while I'm at it Caption This pic of old Harry.

Updated : So now I have to pick winners. I hate that part. Due to some urgent stuff that must me done yesterday I'll be scarce for a few days. Not to worry the other bloggers are kickinig ass and taking names.

Winner :D Carter for : "Harry Reid fails a basic sobriety test, missing his nose and putting out a reporters eye"

Runners up Carlos for "Here, sniff my finger." Filthy for: "In my line of work I seldom need more than this".

Honorable mention Vinnie and traderrob although they post here so they can't win. And also Agent Smith's poem was good. See I would make you all winners if I could.



By Howie at 07:46 PM | Comments |

Interesting Times Indeed

My apologies for showing total irreverence for the Blog Sabbath but the Bears aren't on till 8:30 and there's just too much interesting stuff going on today to ignore.

German Hostage in Iraq Has Been Freed.... BERLIN - A German aid worker and archaeologist kidnapped in Iraq with her driver has been freed after three weeks in captivity, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced Sunday night.

And concerning the NSA wiretapping leak that hypocritical treacherous trollop otherwise known as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi confessed late Saturday that she signed off on President Bush's decision to have a top intelligence agency conduct "unspecified activities" to gather intelligence on possible terrorists operating inside the U.S. in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Then Colin Powell sticks his finger in the eye of the Democrats and MSM with this revelation...THE US administration was never told of doubts about the secret intelligence used to justify war with Iraq, former secretary of state Colin Powell told the BBC in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday night.

And finally news that will likely never be offered up anywhere but the blogospere and a few newspapers...Iraq Interior Minister Bayan Jabir said terror attacks in the country decreased by 70 percent and no escapee has been arrested at Syrian borders for two weeks.

Companion OpiniPundit

By at 05:08 PM | Comments |

U.S. Marines Going More Extreme - In Hand To Hand Combat

If Col. Shusko has his way, every Marine -- and everyone near them -- will benefit from the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP). Unlike men and women in the other branches of the armed forces, every Marine is taught how to fight hand-to-hand, up close and personal.

For the first time in the U.S. military, an effort has been made to combine the most effective techniques of martial-arts disciplines from around the world into a single course of study -- MCMAP.

At the Marine Corps Martial Arts Center of Excellence, fighting instruction is merged with character-building lessons as a new breed of warrior is forged.

Semper Fi - my Marine Corp is becoming just a bit more extreme ...

By at 05:38 AM | Comments |

Nightmare...Yeah, Sure

Cochabamba, Bolivia - Evo Morales, a leftist lawmaker and strident US critic who is leading Bolivia's presidential race, closed his campaign on Thursday, saying his movement was "a nightmare for the United States".

Thousands of Bolivians packed a soccer stadium in this central Bolivian city as Morales made a final plea for votes in his bid to become the country's first indigenous president in Sunday's election.

Morales, whose defense of coca leaf-growing has made him a pariah in Washington, said his Movement to Socialism party was a "political force that has the North Americans trembling."

It "is a nightmare for the United States", he said.

I'm trembling, are you trembling?

Such a nightmare, whatever shall we do.

I know, when the awesome military might of the hyper-power Bolivia appears on the horizon off of our coasts, I shall dutifully urinate in my underwear and hide under the bed.

I've got a better idea. We need divine help in this crisis.

Dear Lord our God, we pray to you in our hour of need.
Our children cry, our women weep, our men cower in fear.
O God, please deliver us, your faithful, from the terrible onslaught of mighty prospective Bolivian (which is similar to Bovine, but not necessarily the same) president what's-his-name.

Save us O Lord, for we have no other recourse.

Amen.

By Vinnie at 03:53 AM | Comments |

Jawapalooza: On Tour

Rusty Shackleford will be heading to Birmingham, AL tomorrow evening to spend his birthday in a strange town without the family. If anybody wants to take pity on me and show me the town, just drop an e-mail and I'll try and write back from the hotel sometime in the early evening. (Which reminds me,it's Professor Chaos's birthday tomorrow too. Happy b-day man.)

After that it's time for my annual upstream migration to the pond that spawned me, Los Angeles, for the holidays. Again, e-mail if you want to hang and we can work schedules out.

I'll also be in Atlanta, GA on Jan 5th and 6th. Then Chicago in April. Then London in May......The Jawapalooza Tour: Coming to a city near you!

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

December 17, 2005

Senator Says New York Times Endangered Country In Order To Sell Book

As I posted Friday at TDPB, the Drudge Report has revealed that the New York Times apparently lied about the reason for the timing of their NSA eavesdropping story. In fact, the story's release date was timed to help hype a book by reporter James Risen (State of WAR: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration). Now a US Senator has taken notice.

From the Associated Press:

"At least two senators that I heard with my own ears cited this as a reason why they decided to vote to not allow a bipartisan majority to reauthorize the Patriot Act," said Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. "Well, as it turns out the author of this article turned in a book three months ago and the paper, The New York Times, failed to reveal that the urgent story was tied to a book release and its sale by its author."
The Times has gone into damage-control mode:
A call to The New York Times' Washington bureau was referred to spokeswoman Catherine Mathis, who could not be reached immediately.
Now it's time for a Special Prosecutor to subpoena the reporters, so that the government employees who leaked highly classified national security information to them can be given a new home in Leavenworth.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto, where the New York Times is regularly rochambeaued.

By Bluto11:41 PM | Comments |

Waiter, There's A Fly In My Bongwater

What the President said today about the NYT outing of a covert operation that doesn't have the name "Plame" attached to it:

In the weeks following the terrorist attacks on our nation, I authorized the National Security Agency, consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution, to intercept the international communications of people with known links to al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations. Before we intercept these communications, the government must have information that establishes a clear link to these terrorist networks.

This is a highly classified program that is crucial to our national security. Its purpose is to detect and prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, our friends and allies. Yesterday the existence of this secret program was revealed in media reports, after being improperly provided to news organizations. As a result, our enemies have learned information they should not have, and the unauthorized disclosure of this effort damages our national security and puts our citizens at risk. Revealing classified information is illegal, alerts our enemies, and endangers our country.

As the 9/11 Commission pointed out, it was clear that terrorists inside the United States were communicating with terrorists abroad before the September the 11th attacks, and the commission criticized our nation's inability to uncover links between terrorists here at home and terrorists abroad. Two of the terrorist hijackers who flew a jet into the Pentagon, Nawaf al Hamzi and Khalid al Mihdhar, communicated while they were in the United States to other members of al Qaeda who were overseas. But we didn't know they were here, until it was too late.

The authorization I gave the National Security Agency after September the 11th helped address that problem in a way that is fully consistent with my constitutional responsibilities and authorities. The activities I have authorized make it more likely that killers like these 9/11 hijackers will be identified and located in time. And the activities conducted under this authorization have helped detect and prevent possible terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad.

The activities I authorized are reviewed approximately every 45 days. Each review is based on a fresh intelligence assessment of terrorist threats to the continuity of our government and the threat of catastrophic damage to our homeland. During each assessment, previous activities under the authorization are reviewed. The review includes approval by our nation's top legal officials, including the Attorney General and the Counsel to the President. I have reauthorized this program more than 30 times since the September the 11th attacks, and I intend to do so for as long as our nation faces a continuing threat from al Qaeda and related groups.

The NSA's activities under this authorization are thoroughly reviewed by the Justice Department and NSA's top legal officials, including NSA's general counsel and inspector general. Leaders in Congress have been briefed more than a dozen times on this authorization and the activities conducted under it. Intelligence officials involved in this activity also receive extensive training to ensure they perform their duties consistent with the letter and intent of the authorization.

This authorization is a vital tool in our war against the terrorists. It is critical to saving American lives. The American people expect me to do everything in my power under our laws and Constitution to protect them and their civil liberties. And that is exactly what I will continue to do, so long as I'm the President of the United States.

Apologies to the slack-jawed bushliedpeopledied set. I know it hurts when reality slaps you upside yer melon.

stein hoist to Steve and Robbo's House Of Culture and Gossip

By Vinnie at 05:32 PM | Comments |

Infidel-Zionist-Crusader Dogs Found Beheaded in Tokyo

Some headlines just write themselves. The other obvious headline and related dog-eating jokes were deemed too ethnically insensitive by The Jawa Report editorial board. Which, of course, means that you should feel free to leave them in the comments. AP:

Some 30 dog heads were found discarded in a moat near Tokyo's main detention center, police said Friday....

The severed heads were mostly decomposed and some of them were skeletal, the police official said. The shape and size of the heads suggested they were of adult dogs, he said, adding that investigators believed no human heads were included....

Late Friday, an 82-year-old man who runs a neighborhood meat shop admitted to dumping the dog heads into the moat, and police are questioning him, public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News agency said.

The man, whose name was not released, told police that he imported the dogs - frozen and already separated into heads and bodies - from China to sell as food, Kyodo said. All the torsos had been sold, and as there was little interest in the heads, the butcher said he dumped them in the moat, hoping they would be eaten by the fish.

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

Iran President's Bodyguard Dies in Ambush

Speculation that this is Israel will no doubt be forthcoming. Only problem with that theory......Israel wouldn't have missed.

Tehran, Iran -- One of the bodyguards of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was killed and another wounded when an attempt to ambush the presidential motorcade was thwarted in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, according to a semi-official newspaper and local residents.

“At 6:50 pm on Thursday, the lead car in the presidential motorcade confronted armed bandits and trouble-makers on the Zabol-Saravan highway”, the semi-official Jomhouri Islami reported on Saturday.

“In the ensuing armed clash, the driver of the vehicle, who was an indigenous member of the security services, and one of the president’s bodyguards died, while another bodyguard was wounded”, the newspaper, which was founded by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wrote.

Ahmadinejad traveled to the restive province, where ethnic Baluchis have been fighting for years for autonomy, on Wednesday and returned to Tehran on Friday afternoon. Tehran often refers to anti-government activists and political opponents of the Islamist regime as “bandits” and “trouble-makers”. (I think it's a bit more than that)

The newspaper report made no mention of Ahmadinejad’s whereabouts during the attack on his bodyguards’ vehicle, but Zabol residents reached by telephone said there were rumors in the town that the hard-line president himself was the target of the attack, which took place near Zabol.

“Many people have been rounded up for questioning after the attack and the authorities here were clearly shaken by the incident”, a Zabol resident told Iran Focus.

Anyone wanna bet this is the first in a string of many attempts on this fanatical psychopath?

Companion OpiniPundit

By at 07:36 AM | Comments |

Russian Security Report Death of Al Qaeda Leader

(Moscow) Russia's Federal Security Service, FSB, announced Friday that Sheikh Abu Omar Al Seyf, the top al Qaeda leader in the North Caucasus, was killed in the Russian Republic of Dagestan last month.

From Mosnews.com:

"Under the cover of the international non-governmental organization Al Haramein Islamic Foundation, he organized a terrorist cell in Dagestan, Chechnya and Ingushetia," the FSB reported. During the last few years Al Seyf was a chairman of the so-called shariah courts committee of the self-proclaimed Chechen republic of Ichkeria. He was reportedly informed of all the appointments made within the armed groups. He received and distributed all the money for terrorist activity inside Russia, the FSB report said.

The security officials claim Al Seyf took part in the planning and preparing of terrorist attacks, and extremist religious and political propaganda.

Notice that Al Seyf started his cell network under the auspices of an NGO, the Al Haramein Islamic Foundation. By extension, it's probably reasonable to assume that NGOs are also being used as al Qaeda fronts elsewhere, say, in the U.S.

Details of Al Seyf's death were not reported. However, since he was simply a thug terrorist who measured success in the number of murdered civilians, I hope his death was slow and excruciatingly painful.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 05:53 AM | Comments |

Ah, Vinnie, Vinnie...

Jawadewan Vinnie lambasts those "seditious bastards" at the New York Times who leaked the information about U.S. surveillance of terrorists, and then feign shock at the idea a U.S. President might actually order surveillance of an American citizen suspected of terrorism.

Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie. I think that's terrible what the President did, spying on those Americans without their knowledge. Why, he ought to be impeached.

Oh wait, he was impeached--although not for his decision to have military satellites scan the Elohim City (Oklahoma) white-suprematard compound right after the Murrah Building bombing in 1995. President Clinton's boys didn't get a warrant before they went a peepin', either.

I'm waiting for the gasps of outrage from folks like Chuck Hagel and Arlen Specter and the anti-Patriot Act crowd. And I'm dead certain the New York Times hacked up a gigantic hairball of screeching outrage over the Clinton administration's unwarranted use of spy satellites on Americans in America. I just can't seem to find it.

After all, for anyone who reads a Tom Clancy novel, the idea that the NSA will sniff at incoming calls and e-mails is nothing particularly new. But those spy satellites...wow. Brave New World ya got there, Bill.

It is fascinating to me that the actual thorughly researched f---ing news being broken here is delivered by the McCurtain Daily Gazette, out of Idabel. Oklahoma (and those of you from around Oklahoma will know that Idabel, God bless it, is not exactly Manhattan). Contrast that with the recycled and misleading product placement thrown up by the Old, Gray, Seditious Bastard Lady of 47th Street.

I'm off to Tashi Station to pick up some power converters for Christmas, so the bloggery will be light from me until aught-six. Y'all have a good one.

By See-Dubya at 01:15 AM | Comments |

Smear and Loathing

Harold Bloom is purportedly, as the Guardian notes in their story header for Bloom's American epitaph (Bushitlerburton, that tired cliché again), a "celebrated critic". They neglect to mention who celebrates him, if anyone, outside academic cloisters. Certainly not me, and I also understand why he is a critic, rather than one of the classic American authors he admires.

The man can't write. His words reveal a brain that is a walk-in closet packed with disjointed literary tidbits hung in mismatched sets and hateful paranoid fantasies lurking in the shoeboxes.

He wanders on for hundreds of words when his entire message can be summed up thusly, "I'm an old partyline Democrat and I hate Republicans in general and George Bush in particular, and Americans are stupid for voting him into office". That's it, all Bloom has to say. Yet he drags out this message with inappropriate and boring literary references and unfounded lunatic fringe innuendo until one just wants to scream at him, "Enough! Pass gas in the President's general direction and be done with it, you senile old misanthrope."

Here's Bloom's "argument":

At the age of 75, I wonder if the Democratic party ever again will hold the presidency or control the Congress in my lifetime. I am not sanguine, because our rulers have demonstrated their prowess in Florida (twice) and in Ohio at shaping voting procedures, and they control the Supreme Court. The economist-journalist Paul Krugman recently observed that the Republicans dare not allow themselves to lose either Congress or the White House, because subsequent investigations could disclose dark matters indeed. Krugman did not specify, but among the profiteers of our Iraq crusade are big oil (House of Bush/House of Saud), Halliburton (the vice-president), Bechtel (a nest of mighty Republicans) and so forth.
There you have it. Bloom's case, such as it is. Sound and fury. Unreasoning hatred. The real tragedy is that Bloom, a Yale professor, has been spewing his bile to young people for 51 years.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto12:51 AM | Comments |

Clever bit

Usually writing that is both meant to be clever and is also intended for a general audience is not clever. This little piece about domestic miscommunication actually is. A sample:

I was sitting on the bed, just about done folding our recently joined washables, when Diane started unfolding all the towels I had just folded.

I watched in utter disbelief. She laid them all out flat on the bed, and began giving me a little tutorial on the proper method of folding towels, which involved some form of terry-cloth origami. Instead of folding in successive halves, she wanted one-third of the towel to be folded in from either side. I thought this was ridiculous, but nowhere near as ridiculous as the idea of unfolding already-folded towels -- and thereby sending a signal to your newlywed husband that it is more important that a chore be done a certain way than it is for him to actually do it.

By See-Dubya at 12:37 AM | Comments |

December 16, 2005

Secrets And Lies

So, what's the other bury the Iraq election big news of the day.

Supposedly, the President secretly ordered the NSA to spy on American citizens.

Well, there are far too many places debunking this utter garbage to link them all. Besides, I know you are well informed (trolls excepted), and have already read the vast deconstructing going on.

But let's just say that this really is the big revelation the New York Times says it is.

Would you be shocked? Horrified? Aghast?

If you are any of these above, then answer me these:

Do you have cameras atop your stoplights?

Have you ever taken money from an ATM?

Ever gone inside a convenience store? A bank?

Have you ever applied for credit? How about a job? Particularly one that requires a "background check?"

How about filing your tax return?

Have you ever passed a law enforcement officer holding a radar gun?

Oh, here's a good one; Have you ever purchased a firearm?

Ladies and gentlemen, your government, at all levels, has been spying on you since your parents filled out the birth certificate and put your cute footieprints on the card.

I don't like it. I hate it. But that's the way it is. Sadly, not enough of our population hates it, and most just accept the next erosion of liberty as the cost of living in a free country.

What a sad state of affairs it is when the New York Times puts the nation at risk by publishing leaks of classified information used to gather information on potential terrorists, while ignoring the real crimp on our liberty that goes on every day in full view of an uncaring public.

Seditious bastards.

By Vinnie at 10:57 PM | Comments |

On Separatist Activity

Alright, I have been toying with a new analogy here. The Democratic party, as it stands today, is the Episode I-III Separatist movement. Let's examine, shall we?

- sniffling wimps not willing to do any hard work themselves
- mindless sheep, willing to let anyone with half an idea in their head lead them
- willing pawns fighting the losing side of a war

I could go on, but why bother? I am sure we can see more similarities. Anyway, I am starting a mini-picture series. Let me be clear -- I am no Allah in the House (peace be upon him). These are only visual guides. This exchange from The Simpsons serves as my mantra:

Movie Executive: "You impaled a U.S. Senator with the American flag!"
Homer Simpson: "It was symbolism! He was angry!"

With no further ado, I present Murtha Gunray...

Murtha1.jpg
Old Murtha, a tried and true veteran of many campaigns over the Clone Wars, tries to reason with the terrorist (for now, let's pretend that is not Darth Vader there, because the true identity of Vader is a sooper secrit for another post!)... The war is over! All we want is peace!

Oh, he's so earnest. You just want to pinch those rosey cheeks! But how does the terrorist feel?

Murtha2.jpg
Oh yeah, I forgot. Terrorists don't much care for what you say, when they have you in the crosshairs.

More to come, from the Banking Clan next time...

By at 10:55 PM | Comments |

Local Reaction To The Patriot Act Rejection

A haiku:

Hagel, you loser
No votes from me, you traitor
Yes, Osama smiles


By Vinnie at 08:32 PM | Comments |

Zulu elders to defy ban on virgin tests

Apparently, the importance of the main virginity event ranks right up there with the annual royal reed dance ceremony.

Zulu traditionalists have vowed to carry on with the controversial practice, which involves inspection of girls' genitalia, usually on the sidelines of cultural festivals.
Oh, I understand now... , it's some kind of sport, right?

By at 02:50 PM | Comments |

Michael Totten Meets With Hezbollah.

Some of you may have heard of Michael. He is a reporter that resides in Lebanon and also blogs here. Today Mike sends us news that La Weekly has picked up his account of the meeting. Mike also has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Star and Tech Central Station.

Michael Totten:The LA Weekly has published my first-person account of meeting and hanging out with Hezbollah.
Word has it that these guys are media savvy, that they know how to make a terrific impression on the press. It isn't true. If they were friendly and civilized with me I would have written that they were friendly and civilized. But they weren't, So I wrote this instead. They have no one to blame for this bad press but themselves.

Just a taste so you can get the flavor.

I sat at a set table draped with a clean white cloth. Yellow chicken, fatty beef, brown and white rice, hummus, yogurt and vinaigrette salads were spread out in front of me. There was plenty of bottled water to go around. The food didn't look great, but it looked okay. (And it was.) I smiled when it occurred to me that my meal was paid for by the Islamic Republic of Iran. It was about time they did something for residents of the Great Satan.

Now go read the rest.

By Howie at 02:44 PM | Comments |

Hostage Negotiator Taken Hostage in Iraq

Reports are trickling in that a hostage negotiator who had made contact with the 'Swords of Righteousness Brigade' in an effort to free four Western peace activists has himself been taken hostage. The hostage negotiator is a local Iraqi who has previous experience in high-profile abductions. The man is said to have been missing since December 8th.

Norman Kember of England, American Thomas Fox, and Canadians James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden were taken hostage by an unknown group calling themselves 'The Swords of Righteousness Brigade'. 'As first revealed at The Jawa Report, The Swords of Righteousness Brigade' has been linked to the Islamic Army in Iraq. The Islamic Army in Iraq is an al Qaeda linked Salaafist jihadi group that has murdered foreign hostages in the past.

Curiously, the Islamic Army in Iraq website has been silent on the fate of the four hostages. Even more curious is the fact that although the group claimed responsibility for the murder of American hostage Ronald Schulz at an online forum frequented by jihadis, the Islamic Army in Iraq website has made no mention of it nor have they released the usual hostage snuff video.

The fact that the negotiator sent in to obtain the release of the four hostages may have been taken hostage himself is a bad sign. Hope for the best, pray for a miracle, but be prepared for the worst.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:37 PM | Comments |

Freedom Friday

Just allow me a word or two about all those anarchy statements. You know the ones like. "but we would not want to trade dictatorship for anarchy". Try replacing the word anarchy with freedom. So with no further delay let’s get on with it.

Filthy takes it to CNN again. No surprise to Jawa readers either Filthy, give em hell.

The Filthy One : So CNN, POSTS in their Red Banner that ZARQAQI CAUGHT AND LET GO BY IRAQI SECURITY FORCES . CNN Jazeera acts like this is Hot news off the press.

What to do with Iran? For sure it’s not out of the realm of possibility that we may find ourselves in a scuffle very soon. Why because they want it of course.

It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

Hat Tip Right Girl:

Today, December 15th, 10 Million Iraqis Voted. It was a major victory for Iraq. It was a major victory for our soldiers. It was a major victory for the Bush Administration!

She also sent me a Video this AM of an Iraqi (expat I think) woman’s opinion of America and Mr. Bush. Email me at mchlhwrd@gmail.com if you would like a copy. The voter says in English :

Anyone who does not appreciate what America has done and Mr. Bush. Let them go to Hell.

Uh well put.

Another way to put it.

A new Jibjab featuring President Bush, if you don’t have a sense of humor then don’t click. Hat Tip: Pam.

More Anarchy er uh Freedom excuse me.

Centcom:“In a short time,” said Stevens, “we have made a huge difference for the people of Iraq, but, as this school so accurately reflects, there is much more to be done.”


Support Steve because here is a guy who has lost it all and is living in a FEMA camper and still has a good attitude.

Rick at Saintsreport: I am a mod for a website called Saintsreport.com. One of our regulars got a FEMA trailer a week or so ago and he refuses to let his situation get him down. His little girl is gonna have Christmas, one way or another. He lives in the NOLA area and his house was severely flooded.

Hat Tip : Macktastic Rusty Wicked.


By Howie at 11:04 AM | Comments |

Malarkey Is An Affront Up With Which They Will Not Be Putting

And now for something different from the Secret Kingdom of Beloved Leader.

WARNING: Do not read the following story aloud unless you are seated. If you begin to feel faint, stop reading and place your head between your knees while breathing deeply. Persons suffering from respiratory illness or disease should not attempt.

From the Korean Central News Agency of DPRK:

U.S. Ambassador's Repeated Malarkey under Fire
Pyongyang, December 15 (KCNA) -- The Korean people will resolutely cope with the repeated malarkey of the U.S. ambassador in Seoul slandering the system which they chose by themselves, established by their own efforts and value like their lives, considering them to be a declaration of war against the DPRK and the whole nation. A spokesman for the Korean Democratic Lawyers Association said this in a statement issued on Dec. 14 in denunciation of the U.S. ambassador's malignant outcries that there is no change in his thought that the north is a criminal state and that cooperation should be coordinated, while openly interfering in inter-Korean relations and taking issue with "military threat" from someone.
I'm not sure exactly what malarkey the North Korean people are objecting to, or if it is, indeed, malarkey, and not bunkum, piffle, or balderdash.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto, where we don't cotton to malignant outcries full of malarkey.

By Bluto12:45 AM | Comments |

December 15, 2005

Q&A Time

Q: How does a Jew respond to seeing his people murdered routinely by Arab Muslims?

A: Click to find out.

That boy's not naive. He knows that in order for Israel to be at peace, first the surrounding nations need to be at peace with themselves.

Getting Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Turkomen, Assyrians, et.al. to find common cause is a first step to getting them to realize that Israel is not the enemy.

Getting them to realize that "we are endowed by our Creator, with certain inalienable rights...that all men are created equal" would do wonders for the Middle East.

Call me an optimist, but I see the day when Iraqi diplomats stand up in the U.N. to denounce the constant criticism of Israel in that body.

After today, it could happen.

[personal note: I'm sick of off-topic comments by everyone showing up in my email. Stick to the subject or STFU]

By Vinnie at 11:59 PM | Comments |

Help Dave Win!

Dave at Garfield Ridge is neck and neck in the weblog awards--and this is the last day. Help him win by voting for him here! (Voting stops at midnight.)

Literally one or two votes could swing this, and Dave is a good friend of the Jawa Report with frequent links and comments, so please click and vote!

By See-Dubya at 07:55 PM | Comments |

Moderates Split from Conservatives? I Think Not.


I’ve never been more proud of Mr. Bush or Mr. McCain. John McCain for sticking with it and Mr. Bush for proving he is a reasonable man. Look out for the “me too” on the left. But no this is Moderate and Conservative Republicans working together and coming to an agreement. Also notice the forward looking let’s solve a problem attitude. Rather than stomp on America these men got together and worked out a good solid compromise. So if the left hopes to cut the moderates from the Republican herd I say to them, “Fat Chance”!

Bush Via Yahoo:

the agreement will "make it clear to the world that this government does not torture and that we adhere to the international convention of torture, whether it be here at home or abroad."

McCain Via Yahoo as well:

"We've sent a message to the world that the United States is not like the terrorists," McCain said earlier as he sat next to Bush in the Oval Office. "We have no grief for them, but what we are is a nation that upholds values and standards of behavior and treatment of all people, no matter how evil or bad they are. And I think this will help us enormously in winning the war for the hearts and minds of people throughout the world in the war on terror."

Could not have been said any better eh? We just get it done that’s all and with without dishonoring our nation. May God bless George Bush and John McCain they do it just the way it should be done. Rather than go around bad mouthing they get together and work it out like reasonable men. We don’t always agree but we understand each other and love our country first! Common sense practical solutions are what we are all about.

Another reason for moderates to stick with the W man.


By Howie at 03:24 PM | Comments |

It's Time

Our soldiers have sacrificed life and limb. Our citizens have traveled thousands of miles away from family to pitch in. You, me, and every other tax-paying American have spent our hard-earned money.

The polls are open in Iraq.

Don't let us down.

The Sandcrawler's own Dread Pundit Popeye's Nemesis is on it.

I thought I saw something else on this site that said someone in Iraq might be covering it, but that might just be my imagination.

My fellow 'droid hustlers are free to update and bump this post throughout the day as election news comes out, if they wish.

Updated by Howie:

Surprise Surprise Surprise!!!!!

Iraqi’s are voting their asses off. Wait a minute could this be “success”? Nah nyay nya nya nya!!!!

Iowahawk has another of his "Live with the Zarkman" interviews direct from Iraq.

A few other links below the break for those of us basking in the glow of success.


Spin free transcript of President Bush’s Speech from the Whitehouse. Just in case you have not had time to read it quite yet.

Related.

A link or two or three that Jawa Readers might enjoy.


By Vinnie at 01:20 PM | Comments |

Crime & Punishment

The other day, I asked my readers to share their views on the death penalty and why they believed what they believed. It is no surprise that most of the answers are divided down party lines with the more liberal readers being against the death penalty and the more conservative ones for. Even if it doesn't drive elections, this is probably one of the most contentious issues before us today. Most of the contention comes from the fact that there is no real factual basis for belief either way. There is nothing to point to on your side to say "I'm definately right and you're definately wrong." And when we try to assign factual basis to our arguments, then we sometimes end up a lot further off base than we'd like. For example: some conservatives argue that the death penalty is necessary because it costs too much to feed and house a criminal for the rest of his life. Personally, the idea of putting a dollar value on a human life, even the life of a serial killer, bothers me. If we allow it to be done in the case of a criminal, how long will it take to do it in other cases too? How long will it take to determine that keeping grandma alive simply costs too much? We're already headed in that direction due to other arguments and I'd like to aviod it as much as possible.

In order to understand the death penalty, we must understand the reasons behind the death penalty. And in order to understand that, we must first understand the proper reason for crime and punishment to begin with. Most people in the US believe that jail is (or should be) for the purpose of rehabilitation. Thus, we have introduced numerous social programs, projects and experiments aimed at turning the criminal into a useful member of society. This process fails for a number of reasons.

For the most part, a criminal has already been taught (or has been born with) a certain mindset. This mindset can be caused by any number of factors, but the largest factor is simply not being taught any differently at home. Does that mean that someone who grows up in a good home with loving parents and is taught right from wrong will never do anything bad? No, but the odds of them becoming a career criminal are far smaller than someone who grows up in a single parent home or with parents who disregard him and is not taught right from wrong.

A child, growing up and being taught, will absorb just about anything you give him at the time. They are constantly learning and emulating everything that they see and hear. They are eager to learn. However, once a person gets out of that child stage, learning becomes a matter of choice. They will not learn anything that they don't wish to learn. And when a person is being punished, they are nowhere near as likely to want to learn. So, when rehabilitation is combined with punishment, the likelihood of its success is dropped dramatically.

In order to simplify matters, I equate the treatment of criminals to raising children. In both cases, they need constant reminders of what is acceptable and what is not. And when they know the rules and break them intentionally, then they are swiftly punished for that violation. The punishment has nothing to do with rehabilitation and is used simply to make them scared enough of the punishment that they do not wish to repeat it.

Of course, this assumes that all criminals have "normal" minds. There will always be serial criminals or people who commit crimes of such horrific proportion that they must be treated differently. When such a person is identified, it is obvious that they it will never be safe to allow them to interact with other people. No amount of rehabilitation will change them and no social program will "reeducate" them. For this type of person, there are only two solutions. Leave them in jail for the rest of their natural lives or kill them. I propose that if this is the choice, it is more humane to kill someone rather than keep them locked up for the rest of their lives with no chance of ever seeing the outside again.

It has been suggested that if we are to supply such a horrific choice, the criminal himself should be given the choice to either live in prison or die. I'm afraid, though, that this approach would open the door to cries of "state assisted suicide." And that would be a reasonable claim. It would be somewhat of a catch-22 if someone knew that just by committing a horrendous crime that they would be allowed to die and they wouldn't have to do anything themselves. Would we still be able to put that person to death? Of course it's possible for that to happen even now, but the odds are much smaller when the decision is in the hands of a judge and jury.

Although our current death penalty system is not perfect, I haven't been presented with any reason yet to do away with it. In a just system, some people simply cannot be allowed to live. It's not pretty, it's certainly not nice, but it's the truth.

By at 11:12 AM | Comments |

On Media Differences

A great day, with all this election business in Iraq. Historical, some would say. Yea, nearly all headlines talk about the historic-ness (yes, I just made that a word). But a few news outlets have a curious phrasing in their stories...

"...the first full-term parliament since Saddam Hussein’s ouster..."

Um, can we, like, not count anything during the Hussein era as democratic? Hell, Nazi Germany had a full-term parliament throughout the war. Doesn't mean it was comparable to a truly elected body. Only Fox News seemed to have the right idea to include this clarification (though they also include the stock phrase from before):

"Some Iraqis said Thursday's vote was a symbolic gesture of democracy that had been suppressed for years under the brutal rule of Saddam Hussein."

Because, no matter what some in the media think, this does NOT count as democracy. Then again, this might explain a lot of why the media cannot see any progress in Iraq -- once again, they have no idea what to look for.

By at 09:24 AM | Comments |

December 14, 2005

Clueless Idiots Get Their Press Credentials Pulled

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

NORFOLK -- The military this week pulled the press credentials of an embedded reporter and photographer for the Norfolk-based Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Kuwait, saying they had violated ground rules by photographing battle-damaged military vehicles.
Stupid, but their editor is an even bigger imbecile:
But after the paper published the story and photos on Saturday, the Kuwait-based Coalition Forces Land Component Command, Forward, pulled their press passes, noting that one of its ground rules prohibits video or photos of battle-damaged vehicles.

[Editor Denis] Finley said the incident happened on the final day of the men's two-week trip to the Middle East, "so we were done anyway." He said he was waiting to hear the full story from the two, who were in transit back to the U.S., before deciding how vigorously to protest.

I'm sure all the anti-war folks are convinced that the Bushitlerburton military doesn't want photos of damaged military vehicles circulating for propaganda purposes.

The fact is that battle damage photos can give enemy combatants important clues about any vulnerabilities the vehicles may have. Vulnerabilities that can then be exploited to kill more American soldiers. And the fact that editor Finley (who is so stupid he doesn't even know how to spell "Dennis") is going to "protest" being gigged for endangering troops, simply shows why such a pair of monumentally stupid morons were sent by his paper in the first place.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto, who knows he's supposed to be posting election news, but these idiots were just too much.

By Bluto11:43 PM | Comments |

Simply Disturbing News From Planned Parenthood

I'd like to thank the ever busy Jeff Quinton for taking a second to point out The Conservative Voice's coverage of this disturbing "Shared Story" (Wayback Cache) from a satisfied Planned Parenthood customer:

It Keeps Us Safe

I was raped at 11, by my 17 year old boyfriend. I chose not to tell my parents because I didn't think their involvement would help, that was the right choice for me. Planned Parethood helped me deal with the aftermath of the rape allowing me to deal and cope as best as I could in my own way. I was 14 when I decided to start having sex, the day I made that choice I made an appointment to get birth control pills. I'm 17 now, I've been with my current boyfriend for about two years. During that time i've been HIV and STD tested four times. Right now I'm sitting in the waiting room while my boyfriend gets the results for his HIV test. We love each other so we're responsible and Planned Parenthood helps us to do that.

- name withheld -

To me, something is wrong here. If an 11-year-old girl walks in and says she's been raped and Planned Parenthood finds out she's pregnant then why shouldn't she be encouraged to let her parent's know? Does anyone else see something wrong with this?

Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking

By at 03:04 PM | Comments |

Are Terrorists “Radical”?

As a co-blogger and long time blogident of The Jawa Report I’ve seen a lot of bad examples of Islam. I’ve seen beheadings and Rusty has taught us all the ideology that the terrorists follow. Also I’ve met Muslims here, although they are hard to find, that totally reject that doctrine and call for reform. The recent meeting in Saudi Arabia of Muslim leaders shows that Islamic nations are keenly aware of the perception Islam itself is the problem. They work very hard to disavow the terrorist doctrine and project an appearance of a peaceful intent. I for one have taken every opportunity I’ve had to publish those who call for reform of Islam and for peace. A couple of Muslims I’ve had contact with have stated that Islamic nations need to look inward for the source of their problems. Often times just the opposite happens. Rich western nations are blamed for oppressing the great progress Islam would have could have should have brought. One thing I’ve learned in life if you find yourself in a bad situation blaming others does not solve much. This “victims” attitude leads to hate and violence that only breeds worse conditions. Remember Anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. The roots of this violent “blame game” are in the scriptures of the Koran. Being who Howie is I really hate to say what I must now say. But the problem is it’s true. Christians no longer force confessions and death sentences for “non believers”. In other words we have progressed and reformed. Without a root reform and change in attitude of Islam war is inevitable and Islam itself is in danger of destruction. If it’s a fight you are looking for I’m sure the west can accommodate you. But if peace, reform and progress are Islam’s true nature. If Islam can live in peace with the rest of the world and tolerate all the other faiths I have two words for you. Show me.

Frontpagemag:Now for the first time, a key Pentagon intelligence agency involved in homeland security is delving into Islam's holy texts to answer whether Islam is being radicalized by the terrorists or is already radical. Military brass want a better understanding of what's motivating the insurgents in Iraq and the terrorists around the globe, including those inside America who may be preparing to strike domestic military bases. The enemy appears indefatigable, even more active now than before 9/11… …
The internal document explains that Islam divides offensive jihad into a "three-phase attack strategy" for gaining control of lands for Allah. The first phase is the "Meccan," or weakened, period, whereby a small Muslim minority asserts itself through largely peaceful and political measures involving Islamic NGOs -- such as the Islamic Society of North America, which investigators say has its roots in the militant Muslim Brotherhood, and Muslim pressure groups, such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, whose leaders are on record expressing their desire to Islamize America.

In the second "preparation" phase, a "reasonably influential" Muslim minority starts to turn more militant. The briefing uses Britain and the Netherlands as examples.

And in the final jihad period, or "Medina Stage," a large minority uses its strength of numbers and power to rise up against the majority, as Muslim youth recently demonstrated in terrorizing France, the Pentagon paper notes.


Others: Jihad Watch and American Thinker.


By Howie at 01:48 PM | Comments |

Finals Day 3: Scantron Haiku

Two finals to give today. A haiku dedicated to the Scantron.

A, B, C, or D?
Number 2 pencil on thee
all hopes and dreams rest.

No blogging for me.

UPDATE: Consider this an open mike in comments section and open invitation for co-bloggers to, you know, pick up the slack.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:35 AM | Comments |

WTW Local Trash Plus International Asshole #1

First we have Walter McCommon Jr. who is common trash. When he gets to the state pen I hope he has a nice long career as someone’s beotch. Old Walt just could not let go of his latest love. He loved her so much in fact that he beat her for three days for wanting to go home.

WTVW:Attendants at Palmer`s Market say the woman was badly beaten, and extremely grateful to be free. She told them that she had been driven around for several days and beaten, and did not know where she was. Police say she is from Columbia, Mississippi, and had been dating McCommon. They say he became enraged when she told him she wanted to move home.

Next we have trashy trash collector John D. Maxey who helped make ends meet with taxpayer funds.

WTVW:Now the former Solid Waste District Manager has to repay more then $13,000 he took from his department. John D. Maxey pled guilty to one count of theft and told the court that he stole $13,580 while running the Solid Waste District

Move him to the sewage plant firing is too good for him. Make him play with poop all day. Uh, John poop pipe #7 is clogged again.

But the trashiest man this week is not white. In fact he is a powerful idiot. I would imagine it is embarrassing for the people of Iran to have such an asshole leading the country, making and ass of himself in restaurants and in front of other civilized nations with his daily blabber. He could at least trim his beard not and then or maybe bathe on Wednesday. What really drives it home is he does not learn. He just keeps repeating the same stupid stuff. If this guy is not the next Hitler wannabe you can kiss my smelly white ass. Hopes this guy can be bargained with are misplaced. See you have to be able to understand the bargain. This guy may require a slap up side the head very soon.

Here are your White Trash Wednesday bloggers

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A bit stale but evil I say.

By Howie at 08:59 AM | Comments |

Tookie Execution Outrages Europeans

It's being reported that the Europeans are outraged at the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams because it reminds them of the state-mandated murders committed by the Nazis.

I'd like to send every one of the outraged Europeans an electronic boo-hoo and ask why in the hell are they not outraged when al Qaeda kidnaps and beheads innocent civilians? And where is the outrage at generations of suicide bombers among the Palestinians? Until there's an expression of outrage against blatant murder by the terrorists, the Europeans can take their protest against capital punishment and shove it in their Danube.

By at 08:44 AM | Comments |

December 13, 2005

Gay Cowboys Eating Pudding

From Variety:

Gay themes grab hold

This year's Globe noms highlight a year in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters played major roles in crossover titles.

"Brokeback Mountain," "Breakfast on Pluto," "Capote" and even "The Producers" put gay characters front and center.

"Transamerica" has a transgender lead, and Pierce BrosnanPierce Brosnan plays a bisexual man in "The Matador."

From Breitbart.com:
Plummeting 2005 box office sparks Hollywood crisis
Even a much-hyped giant gorilla, a geisha and a schoolboy magician won't be able to create a happy ending at the US box office, as Hollywood ends its most disappointing year in nearly two decades. Plunging movie ticket sales, after a string of uninspiring remakes and movie sequels coupled with an explosion of the DVD and video game markets, are keeping audiences at home and have sent Hollywood into a deep existential crisis.
Yeah, it's the DVDs killing ticket sales. Give us more gay cowboys eating pudding and we'll come back. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto,a man that Hollywood considers to be a lesbian trapped in a man's body. Or something like that.

By Bluto08:21 PM | Comments |

Islamic Army in Iraq Link to Peace Activist Hostages Confirmed

The Jawa Report was the first media outlet to report that there was a possible connection between the Islamic Army in Iraq and the Swords of Righteousness Brigade, the group responsible for kidnapping four Western peace activists in Iraq, in a November 29th posting. In fact, what is said by the director of the SITE Institute in this Canadian National Post article comes awfully close to plagiarism.

The kidnappers holding four Christian activists hostage are connected to the Islamic Army in Iraq (IAI), one of the country's leading insurgent groups, a U.S. researcher said yesterday.

Although the previously unknown Swords of Righteousness Brigades has claimed it kidnapped the two Canadians, one Briton and one American, the SITE Institute said it had found ties to the Islamic Army. At least two of the videotaped statements issued by the hostage-takers were uploaded on to a hidden directory on the IAI Web site prior to broadcast, suggesting a link to the insurgent group, Rita Katz said.

"I would say that there is a strong connection between the hostage-takers and the Islamic Army," said Ms. Katz, director of SITE, a U.S. terrorist research organization that monitors jihadist Internet activities.

If correct, the link is worrisome because the Islamic Army has killed most of the hostages it has taken, including Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni. A statement from the group last week claimed that American consultant Ronald Allen Schulz had been executed....

The SITE Institute came across the IAI link last week, when the kidnappers issued a videotaped statement extending the deadline for meeting its demands until Saturday.

You'll notice that SITE came across the link a week ago, while The Jawa Report (with thanks to Tribeca and OVO) was reporting on the connection before they even discovered it:
The video showed Canadian hostages James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, as well as U.S. hostage Tom Fox, 54, and Briton Norman Kember, 74. All are members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams.

Ms. Katz said the video was hidden on a part of the Islamic Army Web site that only those in contact with the administrator would have been able to access. The research group later discovered that another video issued by the kidnappers had also been uploaded on to the Islamic Army site. "Apparently the first video that was received was also posted on that same hidden directory," she said.

That hidden directory was first discovered by Tribeca, a mutual friend of Infovlad and The Jawa Report. The directory has been since deleted.
She did not go public with the information at the time, fearing it could prompt the kidnappers to kill the hostages. Instead, she alerted U.S. investigators in Iraq.
I also alerted the Feds on this, and now that this is in the open, that was why I deleted a certain mysterious post.
But she said now that the deadline has passed without word of the fate of the hostages, she felt it was time to make public the link to the major insurgent group, the second- or third-largest in Iraq....

The nature of the relationship between the hostage-takers and the Islamic Army remains unclear, but is being investigated by U.S. authorities. One expert speculated the Swords of Righteousness could be nothing more than a front for the Islamic Army, possibly set up to raise money through ransom while distancing itself from the unsavoury act of kidnapping for money.

Here is how we first reported the connection:

My sources indicate that "The Swords of Righteousness Brigade" may be an offshoot of The Islamic Army in Iraq. The announcement and video were posted on that group's website earlier today. The Islamic Army in Iraq has murdered foreign hostages in the past, including Italian Red Cross worker Enzo Baldoni, and has worked with Abu Musab al Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq in the past. This is bad news for the hostages if confirmed.

The original announcement in Arabic can be downloaded here if some one would like to offer a better translation.

We love the SITE Institute and fully support their mission. What bothers me about this is that I sent this to SITE. I also notified the FBI about the connection. Further, I've said the same thing several times in other posts with no one in the MSM taking what I've said seriously. For instance:
The Islamic Army in Iraq has also been implicated in the kidnapping of four Western peace activists. Norman Kember of England, American Thomas Fox, and Canadians James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden were taken hostage by an unknown group calling themselves 'The Swords of Righteousness Brigade'. However, that group has released its hostage videos on internet sites affiliated with The Islamic Army in Iraq.

Further, an examination of the document announcing that 'The Swords of Righteousness Brigade' would extend the hostage deadline reveals that the same author also prepared the Ronald Schulz announcement (thanks to Jay 87 and OvO). It is nearly certain, then, that some kind of relationship exists between The Islamic Army in Iraq and 'The Swords of Righteousnes Brigade'.

The Islamic Army in Iraq has known ties to al Qaeda and has worked with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda offshoot in the past. The group has murdered dozens of hostages on video in the past, including Italian journallist and Red Cross worker, Enzo Baldoni.

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

Lunch with Howie

Stradgedy

Sixmeatbuffet:Play the children's war game that ties your hands from the very beginning! Fight the War on Terror with nothing but white flags and low-ranking Senatorial game pieces. Fun for the whole family - right up until the beheading!

John Howard and his plan for Aussie Riot control. Alternate. Sunday is for white guys, Monday is for Muslims, Tuesday is for whites again so on and so forth.

A good argument for what happens when gun control goes too far. No gun control at all and you get everyone carrying an RPG. Too much and you get homeowners unable to defend their property from hooligans. Fear of the police won’t stop riots. On each side you have innocent people caught up in this. If there was a healthy fear that you might spend the next six hours having buckshot extracted from your behind, it’s possible you might think twice about burning some guy’s car. If you are one of those "guns kill people idiots" I have a solution for you. Rock salt reloads are an excellent non-lethal deterrent and does not have to be dug out. Burns like hell too until it dissolves. That should leave a lasting impression!

Also why it is some Arabs move to a country and want to enjoy all the benefits of that country but still they consider themselves Arabs first. Want to live in a western country move there and call yourself an American or an Aussie. But as you can see some of these jerks live in Australia but speak of their hosts as if they are the immigrant. Uh, you can always leave if you take no pride in the country you live in. Stop taking advantage of the hospitality and go build a decent homeland so we don’t have to put up with you. If you want to be a loyal citizen good for you and welcome. Otherwise hit the road Jack.

CNN:"The Aussies will feel the full force of the Arabs as one -'brothers in arms' unite now...,"

There will be stories like this all week. We have a lot of troops in Iraq right now to help with the election which means they are more exposed. Also expect assassinations and attempts to derail the election. I expect that the election will go off as planned. I’m not sure who killed this guy but don’t forget Saddam loyalist Sunnis warned Al-Qaeda this week not to interfere. May be them or rivals or one of the opposition.

About time.

Some people just don’t get it.

CENTCOM:In general, seek to deify man and denounce Islamic Shari’a, as politicians become the “highest authority and there is no other authority above them.
Nope they have it wrong it goes God, People and then Government. See how this works? The Government serves the People not the other way around. Then the people serve God in the manner they see fit. This is the promise of democracy and the separation of church and state.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

I’m a bit perplexed by all this concern for Mr. Williams may he rest in peace. Let’s not forget that if you truly believe that this man was redeemed then he no longer suffers and is free of prison and the evil that plagued his youth. I’ll not judge Mr. Williams statements of late or question if he was guilty of the specific crime he was executed for. I do however want to take a minute to point out the following. Tookie was a very lucky man. How you say? Old Stan as leader of the Crips would have gotten the best drugs, the best women, and everything his heart desired. After his arrest he was most likely treated well in prison by both the inmates and the staff as he held power. Yes Mr. Williams could end your life with just a word. His word could start a riot or end one. Also after his redemption he wrote books was allowed to do other good things. With his execution he becomes even more of legend. I for one hope his redemption was in fact real and may God have mercy on his soul. I support the death penalty but an execution is not a pleasant task it is a somber sad responsibility. By his own admission he was a criminal and therefore justice has most likely been served. So don’t cry for Tookie he did a lot of living no matter how you slice it.

Note: Captain Ed's post was a good one and he has some good links too. I linked him because I liked the post not because he expressed too much sympathy for Tookie. Those posts you will have to find on your own as I won't link em.

A soldier speaks on NPR, nothing like a liberal outlet making our points for us eh.


By Howie at 11:51 AM | Comments |

Finals Blogging: Day 2

You ever notice that so many grandmothers seem to die during finals week?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:58 AM | Comments |

Israel: EU Violating International Law By Contacting Hamas, Hezbollah

A recently disclosed Israeli Foreign Ministry document states that the European Union is breaking international law by contacting the Islamist terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah. Hamas is running candidates in the coming Palestinian elections.

From Haaretz:

"Several countries have adopted a policy that includes entering into official talks with representatives of Hamas and Hezbollah, or refraining from taking harsh measures against their involvement in terrorism," the document states. "From a legal standpoint, such political considerations cannot justify activity that is contrary to international law."

The writers of the document based their comments on resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council, which outlaw active or passive support for bodies or individuals involved in terrorism.

The Israeli charge is apparently based on UN Resolution 1373 (2001), which states, in part:
The Council also decided that States should prohibit their nationals or persons or entities in their territories from making funds, financial assets, economic resources, financial or other related services available to persons who commit or attempt to commit, facilitate or participate in the commission of terrorist acts. States should also refrain from providing any form of support to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts; take the necessary steps to prevent the commission of terrorist acts; deny safe haven to those who finance, plan, support, commit terrorist acts and provide safe havens as well.
It would seem that Israel has the EU dead to rights. Let the weaseling begin.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto with a lovely photograph of Hamas candidates discussing their platform.

By Bluto12:08 AM | Comments |

December 12, 2005

The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: The Ayatolla Is Well Endowed Edition *Fatwas Issued*

Caption this photo of Mohammed (Hans Blix Is My Bitch) El Baradei pointlessly pontificating on something somewhere.

Fatwas will be issued Monday at the earliest convenience.

Which, truth be told, isn't all that early at all.

But hey, at least I keep my word, I don't promise fatwas on Monday and deliver on Wednesday, like SOME authors here have done in the past.

Honorary fatwa bestowed on Mr. Venom before any comments are made, because he scares me, and I don't like urine running down my leg.

**Fatwas issued. Told you it would be late, but I was taken by tookie, or is it tooken by tookie, eh, whatever.**

4 fatwas and a funeral (and a write in vote for mayor of Carmel, CA) to Graeme for:

""So I'm in Ahmadinejad's office and I whip out my metaphorical 44s and I say in my famous Clint Eastwood voice: I know what you're thinking. Did he issue six sternly worded letters or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being as the IAEA is part of the UN, the most prolific writer of sternly worded letters in the world, and would instantly swamp your desk, your paper shredder and your recycling bins, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya punk? That's when Ahamdinejad conceded defeat and promised that Iran's nuclear program would only be used for civilian use. Then he had to excuse himself to take an urgent phone call about a new Russian-built rocket motor, or something like that.""

The "eat 'em, they'll make you horny" fatwa to Oyster for:

""So you see? My right hand knew not what my left hand doeth for some time now."" [sooper sekrit note to Oyster, take the [dot] out, spam will find you anyway. Trust me on this one. heh.]

The "dammit, now I have to change my underwear" fatwa to Mr. Venom, who freaks me out with that email, for:

""I have seen the Iranians' facilities, and their spent fuel rods are this big. What, why must you always laugh when I say that?""

(dishonorable mention) The "my favorite minuteman cuts off heads, because I'm a squealing halfwit moron" fatwa goes to Screw Em, for:

"Soooo....what brown skin folk we toasting the death of today? And which American soldiers we ignoring the deaths of by lies today?


Bueller?"

Thanks for playing, come again next week, and vote for VAM, cuz that guy that de-linked Rusty is in the lead again. Poopyhead.


By Vinnie at 11:31 PM | Comments |

French Arrest 20 Members of 'Islamic Network'

France's domestic counterterrorism agency, Direction de la surveillance du territoire (DST), arrested twenty people in pre-dawn raids around Paris today believed to be part of "...an Islamist network linked to terrorism".

From the BBC:

Some of the suspects are believed to have been involved in crimes to help fund Islamic groups.

The raids on homes and internet cafes were ordered by French anti-terrorism magistrates.

Most of those detained were young men of Tunisian and Moroccan origin, some holding French nationality, officials told AFP.

French politicians have not yet agreed on a new anti-terror bill that would allow terrorist suspects to be held up to six days, instead of four. We'll have to check back in four days to see if the French government is busy negotiating terms of surrender with the Islamists.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto08:01 PM | Comments |

Iranian Silkworm Missile Tested

Silkworm MissileOn Friday, Iran began major military maneuvers involving submarines, warships, missiles, jet fighters and gunships in the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean. Yesterday, the second Iranian-built submarine was commissioned and it's reported to be able to launch torpedoes and missiles simultaneously.

Earlier today, Iranian television reported that Silkworm surface-to-sea missiles (photo) with a range of 110 kilometers (68 miles) were successfully tested. Increased numbers of Silkworm sites have been established along the Persian Gulf coast, posing a significant security threat.

I think it would be foolish to ignore the Iranian arms buildup.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 04:15 PM | Comments |

Transcript of President Bush in Philly

So with Rusty giving finals you might want to read this. I’ve read it.

FOXNEWS:(because CNN's headline sucks air already): People across the broader Middle East are drawing and will continue to draw inspiration from Iraq's progress. And the terrorists' powerful myth is being destroyed. In a 1998 fatwa, Osama bin Laden argued that the suffering of the Iraqi people was justification for his declaration of war on America. Now bin Laden and al-Qaeda are the direct cause of the Iraqi people's suffering. As more Muslims across the world see this, they're turning against the terrorists. As the hope of liberty spreads in the Middle East, the terrorists will lose their sponsors, lose their recruits and lose the sanctuaries they need to plan new attacks. A free Iraq's not going to be a quiet Iraq. It'll be a nation full of passionate debate and vigorous political activity. It'll be a nation that continues to face some level of violence. Yet Iraqis are showing they have the patience and the courage to make democracy work. And Americans have the patience and courage to help them succeed.

I'm buried in SCOUNIX all day.

By Howie at 01:13 PM | Comments |

Talabani Doesn't Believe German Hostage Will Be Killed

Perhaps a case of whistling past the graveyard, but Iraqi President Jalal Talabani thinks that German hostage Susanne Osthoff will not be killed. Osthoff is an archaeologist abducted nearly two weeks ago. From United Press International:

"There is no reason or motive for terrorists to kill a German citizen," he said in a television interview Sunday night. "Germany did not have any troops here and did not take part in the war."

"We have tried our best to find out where she is and which group is behind the kidnapping," he told German public TV station ARD, adding that he deemed it helpful for German politicians to continue to speak publicly about the kidnapping.

Unfortunately, terrorists do a lot of things without rational reason or motive, but we can only hope that Talabani is right on this.

Osthoff's kidnapping has been overshadowed in the news by the abductions of the four Christian Peacemaker Teams members.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto01:10 PM | Comments |

The Phu of Finals Week

Finals start this week. As the ancient Zen proverb goes, "If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are." Blogging will be light.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:05 AM | Comments |

Poll, Broad Optimism in Iraq

Well what do you know, the people of Iraq are far more optimistic about their present and future circumstance than we are. Someone needs to get over there and convince them they can't believe their lying eyes.

Dec. 12, 2005 ABC— Surprising levels of optimism prevail in Iraq with living conditions improved, security more a national worry than a local one, and expectations for the future high. But views of the country's situation overall are far less positive, and there are vast differences in views among Iraqi groups — a study in contrasts between increasingly disaffected Sunni areas and vastly more positive Shiite and Kurdish provinces.

An ABC News poll in Iraq, conducted with Time magazine and other media partners, includes some remarkable results: Despite the daily violence there, most living conditions are rated positively, seven in 10 Iraqis say their own lives are going well, and nearly two-thirds expect things to improve in the year ahead.
Surprisingly, given the insurgents' attacks on Iraqi civilians, more than six in 10 Iraqis feel very safe in their own neighborhoods, up sharply from just 40 percent in a poll in June 2004. And 61 percent say local security is good — up from 49 percent in the first ABC News poll in Iraq in February 2004.

Nonetheless, nationally, security is seen as the most pressing problem by far; 57 percent identify it as the country's top priority. Economic improvements are helping the public mood.
Average household incomes have soared by 60 percent in the last 20 months (to $263 a month), 70 percent of Iraqis rate their own economic situation positively, and consumer goods are sweeping the country. In early 2004, 6 percent of Iraqi households had cell phones; now it's 62 percent. Ownership of satellite dishes has nearly tripled, and many more families now own air conditioners (58 percent, up from 44 percent), cars, washing machines and kitchen appliances.

There are positive political signs as well. Three-quarters of Iraqis express confidence in the national elections being held this week, 70 percent approve of the new constitution, and 70 percent — including most people in Sunni and Shiite areas alike — want Iraq to remain a unified country.

"Surprising levels of optimism"??? Only the MSM and the left are surprised because they are the only ones believing their own bullsh!t. The majority of us in the know aren't a bit suprised by these numbers having never bought into the erroneous propaganda.

Companion OpiniPundit

By at 08:38 AM | Comments |

The Zen of Celebrity Phu

If Drew Barrymore poohs in the woods, and there is nobody around to smell it, does it still make her career irrelevant and her onscreen personnae annoying? John Hawkins has the answer to this and more in the 40 most obnoxious quotes of 2005. The closer you get to #1 the less the quotes seem obnoxious and the more they seem treasonous.

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

Son Says CBS' Mike Wallace To Have Competency Hearing

Chris Wallace, a Fox News anchor, and the son of CBS newsman Mike Wallace, stated on a radio show on Friday that his father has "lost it" and the family intends to have a competency hearing. The younger Wallace's comments came after being questioned about his father saying that the country was "[expletive]-up" for electing President George Bush.

From Newsmax:

"He's lost it. The man has lost it. What can I say," the younger Wallace lamented to WRKO Boston radio host Howie Carr on Friday.

"He's 87-years old and things have set in," the Fox anchor continued. "I mean, we're going to have a competence hearing pretty soon."

Wallace Jr. quickly dispelled any notion that he was joking. When Carr suggested that his comments were likely to be covered by NewsMax, he responded: "You know what? Fine. Go ahead. Call them. That's fine. I'll stand by that."

Chris Wallace also had this to say about Howard Dean's statement that the US would lose the war in Iraq:
"We are in a war. We do have 150,000-plus American soldiers over there. I mean, it's Tokyo Rose, for God sakes, going on radio saying we can't win the war."
Hat tip to The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto, who always manages to pull the night shift.

By Bluto02:09 AM | Comments |

December 11, 2005

Nope, Nothing To See Here

SYDNEY, Australia Dec 11, 2005 — Thousands of drunken white youths attacked police and people they believed were Arab immigrants at a Sydney beach on Sunday, angered by reports that youths of Lebanese descent had assaulted two lifeguards.

Um, seeing is believing.

Those dirty rotten drunken Aussies, always causing problems with those peaceful religionists.

Because, as we all know, the Bali bombings weren't bombings at all, just the result of some drunken Aussie spilling his liquor and accidentally igniting it with a cigarette.

So who started this little escapade? It sure as hell wasn't the natives.

Patrick al-Kafir has the details, and a link to the front lines.

cp@home

By Vinnie at 11:20 PM | Comments |

Iraqi insurgents urge Sunnis to vote, warn Zarqawi

FALLUJA/RAMADI Iraq (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein loyalists who violently opposed January elections have made an about-face as Thursday's polls near, urging fellow Sunni Arabs to vote and warning al Qaeda militants not to attack.

In a move unthinkable in the bloody run-up to the last election, guerrillas in the western insurgent heartland of Anbar province say they are even prepared to protect voting stations from fighters loyal to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of al Qaeda in Iraq.

Graffiti calling for holy war is now hard to find.

Instead, election campaign posters dominate buildings in the rebel strongholds of Ramadi and nearby Falluja, where Sunnis staged a boycott or were too scared to vote last time around.

"We want to see a nationalist government that will have a balance of interests. So our Sunni brothers will be safe when they vote," said Falluja resident Ali Mahmoud, a former army officer and rocket specialist under Saddam's Baath party.

"Sunnis should vote to make political gains. We have sent leaflets telling al Qaeda that they will face us if they attack voters."

This is the most significant development in Iraq since the first election and it's the beginning of the end for the terrorists. The only meaningful ally these murderous scumbags have is turning their back on them and joining the political process. In the very near future al Qaida will become so isolated and marginalized in Iraq as to be completely irrelevant.

Companion OpiniPundit

By at 02:42 PM | Comments |

Iranian Militants Abducted in Iraq

From a CENTCOM press release:

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Two members of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran, Hossein Pouyan and Mohammad-Ali Zahedi from the City of Ashraf, were reported to authorities as abducted on Aug. 4 in eastern Baghdad while on a routine logistics trip. The residents of Camp Ashraf have been considered protected persons under the fourth Geneva Convention since June 2004.

Upon receiving reports of the abduction, Multi-National Force - Iraq requested that the Iraqi Police investigate the incident and is assisting in attempts to locate the missing individuals.

MNF-I requests that anyone in possession of information on the whereabouts of these two individuals to contact the Iraqi Police or MNF-I at the email address below.

The PMOI, also know as Mujahedin-e Khalq, is a little-known group, apparently welcomed into Iraq by the Saddam Hussein regime during its war with Iran. PMOI was designated as a "terrorist organization" by the US State Department in 1997, and the organization's UK-based media arm has been fighting to get the designation changed.

No reason has been given for the long delay in reporting the abductions.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto01:32 PM | Comments |

Hostages Fate Unknown

As of Sunday morning there is still no word on the CPT hostages or verification of the fate of Ronald Schultz. Last week in internet posting claiming a murder of a hostage calling that hostage an “American Pig” and also coinciding with a deadline that had been set by the criminal thugs for Mr. Schultz. Over the weekend the body of an Egyptian man one Mohammed Ibrahim al-Hilali was found dumped like garbage on the side of the road. Here at The Jawa Report Rusty makes a great effort to keep hostages in the news. So no matter the nationality we all hope and pray for the release or rescue of all hostages and for the families of those who have been murdered. The discovery of Mr al-Hilali’s body brings me hope that Mr. Schultz may have been confused with him as the released statement was vauge. Let us not forget that hope comes at the expense of Mr. Al-Halili and his family’s loss. Also it shows that these criminals have no regard for anyone and the threats of death are real as Jawa readers are so painfully aware.

CNN:An Egyptian man was found dead near Tikrit on Saturday, a day after gunmen abducted him from his home of 10 years in the northern part of the city. Mohammed Ibrahim al-Hilali, who was a contractor doing business with the U.S. military, was found Saturday morning on a road between Tikrit and Baiji, police said.

More Ranting and links below the break.

Lieberman, a man without a party, see Captain Ed’s post on Old Joe.

One has to wonder why, under the circumstances, Lieberman hasn't left the party that so obviously has left him.


Yes Captain it seems to me that honorable Left like Jimmy Carter and Joe Lieberman are rare these days. If you are wondering why Howie mentions Carter in the same sentence then you are a bigger idiot than I am. Pay attention! I like McCain as well and while I take a bit of heat for that from Filthy and the gang the difference for me is these men actually care about America and deserve at least a listen. So even if you don’t agree with the perceptions that America is a bully or this or that you have to realize the following. Perception is reality. You have to deal with it because no matter how off base it is to those who hold that perception it is real. Working to fight that with positive ideas is a lot better than attack politics second guesses and downright calls for retreat that has become a staple of the left. Don’t get me wrong Jimmy and Joe, loyal Democrats, do always spout the party line first up. That’s what an honorable party man does even if the party is too damn stubborn to pay attention to them. But listen right after that part (hear that Mr. Dean) and you see the difference. Dean should be fired and replaced. I’ll take either Lieberman or Carter because here in the middle of the country we just don’t get moonbattery. True Red Blooded American Liberal is not the problem it’s Yellow Blooded Commie Treason I have a problem with. You can be for all those other traditional Democratic values. Heck the Chairman of the Democratic Party here stopped by my house and registered me to vote when I moved. He’s a great guy I could not care less he’s a Democrat. So if you think the Jawa is filled with hard right posters you can lick my (censored). Common sense and conservative values work but that's not to say that the left always stood for stupidity.

I stopped in at the daily moonbat the other day. They were all talking about how the RNC is running conservative blogs. I think the quote was, “All we have is our blogs and a few radio shows as compared to the frightening machine on the right” or some crap like that. Typical denial of the nutty left. So did they forget ABC, NBC and CNN? They just cannot believe they have lost the middle completely. Even when you check the ballot box they still can’t see it. Yes voters must also be part of that scary machine eh? Give me a break. Also note the attitude, "All we have is our blogs", see the defeatism. What they should say is this blog is a freaking awesome platform and I’m so glad I have it. I think I’ll try and do something useful with it besides whine. But that’s what you get from the left these days, it’s always, “Not my fault no fair no fair no fair”, like a bunch of third graders.

Stupid is as stupid does or if you did not learn the first time here let me help you out. SLAP!!!!!

Aww shucks look at these little cuties. Don’t you just love it when America does great things? I feel the education of women will be a great thing for Afghanistan. Especially for the men because a good smart educated woman is of great benefit to her husband and their children. For those men over there that don’t get that and would prefer an illiterate stupid woman just cut off your right arm instead and save us all a whole lot of trouble. Notice I did not say right, America did this all of us together and may God bless her for it.


Old tape surfaces. Hmm not heard much from Zaqueery or Zawahiri or UBL keep your fingers crossed.

Richit, author of this undeniable piece of wisdom, “When you are on fire and running down the street, People will get he hell out of your way”! Has passed on after a long bout with self inflicted Parkinson’s Disease MS. And leaves us another truth. You live fast you may die young. I never heard Richard whine about that, he faced it. No comedian has ever brought more laughing tears to me than he. His fast living was just a part of him and I don’t want him to be anyone other than himself. Got to take the good with the bad eh? So I still love ya Ritchit, RIP and thanks for all the laughs. Me I take after Uncle Fred who like fast cars fast women and strong drink. I've mellowed but he did too and still died at 53. Live fast, love hard, die young I always say.

So ya’ll have a great day and the Macktastic Rusty Wicked and all the rest of your favorite Jawa posters will have a great week of humor, insight and edgy strait to the point writing that we all live for here. With the Iraqi election this week and all the rest you can count on us to be busy. Enjoy. Howie will stop in now and then for comments and general fun. Plus Rusty says if I don’t get the Jawa office swept and dusted plus all the files sorted by wickedness by Tuesday He’ll sell me to Jabba The Hut as a love slave. So I’m busy for the most part. I’m sure you all will really miss me but you will just have to suffer through. Right now I gots to go play electrician. Wish me luck or a good zap if you prefer.


By Howie at 12:56 PM | Comments |

December 10, 2005

GOP Highlights Democrat Surrender Monkey Wing

The Republican National Committee has released a new video featuring cut and run soundbites from prominent Democrats. Excerpt:

HOWARD DEAN:"The idear that we're gonna win this war, is an idear that unfortunately, is just plain wrong."
Each new soundbite is preceded by a white flag waving across the screen. Undoubtedly, the featured Dems will claim to have been misquoted or taken out of context.

The undeniable message, which comes at the end of the video, is that our troops and our enemies are watching the antics of the surrender donkeys.

Hat tip to The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto05:32 PM | Comments |

On Blog Rankings

I just received the following letter from the President of Blogniscient explaining how The Jawa Report became the Top Conservative Blog for a day. Those interested in the methodology of ranking blogs might be interested in how Blogniscient differs from other ranking systems.

Begin letter
-----------------

Congratulations on making the #1 Conservative Political blog yesterday on
Blogniscient and thank you for posting about Blognisceint on "The Jawa Report".

As the president of Blogniscient, I wanted to give you a little insight on the
blog rankings presented by Blogniscient. Most blog rankings you see through
Technorati or Feedster are basically static rankings which are only updated
every few months. Blogniscient's rankings, however, are updated continuously
to represent the state of the Blogosphere at the current time.

Blogniscient's algorithms work by examining blog content (i.e. blog posts).
Each blog post is indexed and continually re-evaluated and scored to capture
how the information in a particular post is propagating and affecting discourse
throughout the Blogosphere.

In ranking the actual blogs (as opposed to the blog post scoring discussed
above), Blogniscient takes the position that a blog is basically the sum of its
content. Therefore, Blogniscient aggregates the scores of all of the blog posts
from a particular blog as the score for the blog. The scores are then compared
to create the rankings on a category-by-category basis.

This approach has the advantage that it is extremely dynamic and more accurately represents the true state of the Blogosphere. Consider the case where a particular blog is not even in the top 10. Now assume that the blogger breaks a particularly important story which everyone is talking about. It is quite
possible that that blog may reach the #1 spot. Conversely, if one of the top
bloggers goes on vacation for a week and doesn't keep up with their blog, it is
unlikely that they will stay in the top 10 for very long.

Thank you again for posting about Blogniscient. I hope that this explanation
gives you some insight into how our rankings are created and maintained.......

Thanks,
Ben Ruedlinger, PhD
President, Blogniscient, Inc.
http://www.blogniscient.com

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

McDonald's Orders Anti-War Activist to Cease and Desist

McDonald's has ordered anti-war/anti-military activist Michael Crook to stop displaying this image on his Citizens Against The Troops website:

Mcpwned.jpg

The caption on the sign reads, "Over 2,000 scumbags pwned", referring to US casualties in Iraq.

Crook has posted a copy of the cease and desist letter:

Your Websites make improper use of McDonald's famous "Golden Arches" logo and its "Mc" prefix mark. In particular, your Website displays McDonald's famous "Golden Arches" logo and the phrase "McPwned" and uses McDonald's red and yellow trade dress on your homepage.

Crook counters in his response that the image on his websites constitutes fair use as a parody. Of course, Crook's "parody" has no connection to McDonald's, and it's easy to see why no responsible business owner would want to be linked in any way to Crook's website.

Will Crook prevail, or will he be mercilessly bitch-slapped, as he was when he appeared on Hannity & Colmes?

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto12:47 PM | Comments |

December 09, 2005

You Won't See The Sunni Clerics On This One, Either

Karim Salam.

You can debate all you want as to whether this hostage or that deserved their fate, we don't think any of them deserve it, unless it can be conclusively proven that it was staged.

But I dare anyone to defend this.

Do it. I dare you to justify the kidnapping of an 8 year old boy.

Go ahead, try it. Those of you who think the CPT people are getting their just due, tell me how this boy is getting his. Those of you who scream Bush lied people died, you tell me how someone who would kidnap an 8 year old boy is a "freedom fighter" or a "minuteman."

Go ahead, I f'ing dare you.

By Vinnie at 08:15 PM | Comments |

Whiskey (Pete) Tango Foxtrot? Part Two: Transcript

I sat down and watched that RAI crockumentary (linked here if you're a masochist, or, if you are not alone, a sadist) about U.S. "atrocities" and White Phosphorus use in Fallujah, and was not especially surprised at its mendacity and uselessness. There were countless shots of bloated, burned corpses without any explanation or context, though they certainly created the impression of all the bodies being victims of American aggression. It was a documentary achievement on the order of The Clinton Chronicles, but without the sex.

Key to the film was the testimony of one Jeff Engelhardt, who I mentioned in this post because Sachi and Dafydd ab Hugh at Big Lizards had some questions about his veracity--especially because he kept slipping up with the soldier-talk and saying things like "Whiskey Pete" instead of "Willie Pete" and "chain gun missile launchers" that even a skulking neocon chickenhawk Barcalounger commando like yours truly recognized as being way off the mark.

But I've since found the unedited footage of the RAI interview of Spc. Engelhardt, and darn it, I can't quite find the link anywhere now, but I did manage to write up a transcript of the interview. Although it's long, I think you will find it quite illuminating (snicker) on the matter of Whiskey Pete.

If you haven't watched the RAI insurgent propaganda/documentary yet, and you're not missing much, it will help as you read this to picture Engelhardt as a younger version of Jeff Bridges' Jeff "the Dude" Lebowski character.
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RAI: You were a Cavalry Scout. What were your positions within your unit?

JE: Well, I did participate in combat operations, slashing at civilians and schoolchildren with sabers as we "tooted" our bugles—which is, that’s the lingo, see, for a kind of military trumpet—but at first I was just feeding the horses.

RAI: Ah, I see. Which Cavalry unit were you with again?

JE: The…It was the 909th Regimental Motorized Brigade. Of the storied Fighting 11th Montagnard Corps.

RAI: Can you be more specific, just so we can establish your…

JE: Right. Um, right. See, I was in this special company called the…um…Penis…the Penis Dogs.

RAI: Scoozi?

JE: The Penis Dogs. PENIS DOGS RULE THE NIGHT!

RAI: And your friends among the, er, Penis Dogs? Were they also opposed to the war?

JE: Dude. I’m glad you asked that question, my fine Italian friend. Yes, my friends in the Penis Dogs all opposed the unjust war on the Iraqi people and the wily minutemen insurgents. There was Ice Cream Soldier, and the colder it got the hotter he would fight, and he was absolutely disgusted by these things we did, as were my other Penis Dog buddies, um, Little Sure Shot, Worry Wart, Bulldozer…

RAI: Just like in the Sergeant Rock comic book, si?

JE: We were very big fans, yeah. And Private Joker, Animal Mother…Chekov, Sulu…Donner, Blitzen…

RAI: Do they have real names?

JE: Listen, Dude, if you think I’m going to expose them to the Neocon smear machine, you’re crazy. I’ll never sell out my fellow Penis Dogs. As far as I’m concerned Bush already did that.

RAI: So let’s talk about Fallujah. You fought the battle of…why are you shaking your head?

JE: Umm…spasm. What was that question?

RAI: Okay, you say you witnessed the battle of OW!

JE: Spasm.

RAI: My shin!

JE: I have the, uh, Post-Dramatic Stress Disorder. I see these phantom Iraqi minutemen guerrillas sometimes and my body just reacts like the finely-tuned killing machine it has become.

RAI: So you were in Al Anbar Province at the time of…Ow. You were stationed in Iraq at the OOF, um…you are…familiar with the damage inflicted during the Operation Al-Fajr?

JE: Now we’re talking.

RAI: Tell us about the battle of Fallujah.

JE: It was terrible. Thousands of dead. Almost all of them civilians.

RAI: Well, the Iraqi army was fighting on the side of the American Army, so logically most of the insurgent casualties would be…OW! Stop that.

JE: Things you say keep giving me these flashbacks.

RAI: Tell us about the White Phosphorus.

JE: Well, we were sitting in our H2 Hummer, which is a military vehicle, and we could hear general orders come over the, you know, the “intercom” inside the Hummer jeep tank thing. And the order would come over the radio, like, “Breaker one-niner, this here’s Russell the Love Muscle, you got your ears on, we’re gonna drop ‘Word Perfect’ at such and such coordinates, come back.”

RAI: ‘Word Perfect’?

JE: See, that’s the lingo. The nomenclature. We sometimes call WP “Word Perfect”, or “Walrus Pepperoni”.

RAI: Ah. Thank you for explaining these technical terms.

JE: And they would respond with the call sign “Ten-four, good buddy, this here’s the Bandit and I’ve got Smokey on my tail and a Bear in the Air outside of Alamo City, Eighty-eights around the house.” Then you would see these helicopters start raining down ‘Winky-Pooter’, as we sometimes call it…

RAI: What kind of helicopter?

JE: That would be the, the, the big Lockheed AH-3 Mohican.

RAI: I’m not familiar with…

JE: Because it’s top secret. If you were familiar with it, you’d be dead. Anyway, the ‘Wassail Punch’ would impact and convert to this aerosol plasma that would burn through metal and skin but leave clothing untouched. It’s smart like that, like a smart plasma. Kind of like the neutron bomb, you know, which we may also have used, except with clothes instead of buildings. Lethal within eight “klucks”, as we military people say, or about a hundred and fifty meters.

RAI: One hundred fifty meters? That’s extraordinary! That’s like a whole city block at a time. It’s a wonder the entire city wasn’t completely burned to the ground in a Dresden-like firestorm.

JE: That’s exactly what happened. Total destruction.

RAI: If the U.S. was willing to use weapons that were so indiscriminate, it’s really odd that Marines were even sent inside the city at all, without protection. It seems unnecessary.

JE: I’m seeing those insurgents again....

RAI: So the U.S. placed the Marines at risk of this horrendous inferno chemical because…

JE: AIEE! They’re all around me—look out!

RAI: Missed me. (thud) Ow! Er…Is WP a chemical weapon?

JE: I say to you beyond a shadow of a doubt, “Wonkette’s Panties” are a tremendously atrocious chemical weapon. No question.

RAI: And yet the U.S. used them on civilians.

JE: Especially on civilians.

RAI: Did the U.S. use napalm?

JE: Napalm…umm, yeah, sure, Dude. As far as I know. I think we used, like, barrels of the stuff. Strung ‘em up disguised as pinatas, waiting for the children of Fallujah to whack them in the naive hope of candy spilling out.

RAI: This is unbelievable!

JE: And that’s not all. We also heard orders about employing “Pesky Sherpa” which was an orbitally-based electromagnetic female circumcision weapon that would commit FGM on the female population over an area of six parsecs, right through clothing. Even a lead diaphragm couldn’t stop it.

RAI: Why? Why would such an awful weapon be employed?

JE: That’s what I’m trying to tell you. It just doesn’t make sense. None of it does.

RAI: But why even develop such a bizarre weapon?

JE: One word? Halliburton.

RAI: Were you ever involved at shooting at civilians?

JE: Often, yes, we would just light up buses full of retarded kids, on their way to special-ed classes, with our fearsome M2 .50 Caliber machine gun, or as we referred to it, “Il Duce”…

RAI: That was actually Mussolini’s nickname.

JE: …which, which just goes to show far Fascism has infiltrated America’s culture. Sometimes Il Duce, or if they were praying nuns we sometimes we would use our “chain gun missile launchers”, or our “automatic gatling flamethrowers”...

RAI: What kind of nuns were these?

JE: Don't interrupt me, man. They were, like, Muslim nuns. For destroying maternity wards, we often used the “armor-piercing phaser rocket bayonets”. It just depended on the whim of the CO—that’s the “Controlling Officer”—that day.

RAI: I’ve never even heard of some of those weapons.

JE: There’s a lot going on in Iraq you haven’t heard of, my friend. A lot. We’re just scratching the surface here today.

RAI: How about journalists? Were you ever ordered to attack journalists?

JE: Well, I never personally shot a reporter. But my fellow Penis Dogs, Flint and Lady Jay, would talk about how sometimes artillery missions would come through, over the radio inside the At-At Scout Walker, and order our 296-millimeter howitzers to drop an “Arch Deluxe” on an Al-Jazeera van.

RAI: Arch Deluxe?

JE: Heat-seeking Nitric-Acid Enema rounds. Horrific. They said it sounded like Rumsfeld’s voice, by the way. On the radio.

RAI: There are rumors of American troops defacing mosques, painting crosses, etc. And in fact, we have obtained some footage of some Arabs pointing at black spray-painted crosses in some room somewhere, and looking upset.

JE: I have heard those rumors. Everybody has. There was…a lot of frustration among American troops. I never desecrated a mosque, and I don’t know anybody who did, but we all knew it was going on. These things are seared, seared in my memory.

RAI: Some examples?

JE: There was this story about this one guy who, like, took a dump on a Koran in Sadr City. I think his name was Joe. And then there was the one about the Blackwater contractor named Yoav Epstein who sodomized a pig way up in the, uh, minaret of the 14th of Ramadan Mosque in Baghdad--which is the capital of Iraq--and then threw the swine down so its unclean blood and filthy Jew secretions splashed on the tiles in a six-pointed star pattern and killed the Imam.

RAI: That's awful! What was his name?

JE: Huh? I think it was Porky.

RAI: The Imam's name was Porky?

JE: The pig. The pig's name was Porky. I didn't catch the Imam's name.

RAI: And these are…these are rumors commonly believed among American troops, or these are insurgent propaganda?

JE: These are rumors in Iraq, yes.

RAI: I don't think we can, you know, use all of this.

JE: Well, you should. You should, because this goes on every day in Bush's Iraq. They're retrofitting the KY-10 Velociraptors with saddlebags full of pigs packed with Jew-spawn and dropping dozens of them into mosques over there. I hear it on the radio.

They call it "Wilbur Pancake."

RAI: Things sound really awful in Iraq.

JE: You truly have no idea.

RAI: Specialist Jeff Engelhardt, thank you very much for speaking with RAI.

JE: Arrivederci, dude. PENIS DOGS RULE THE NIGHT!

By See-Dubya at 08:06 PM | Comments |

Where Were Sunni Clerics When They Murdered Ronald Schulz? or Remembering the forgotten hostages in Iraq

Recent headlines all over the world boast that Sunni clerics have called for the immediate release of four Western peace activists held hostage in Iraq. Why is it news when Muslims call for the release of hostages? Why is it news when any one calls for the release of hostages? The very nature of 'news' is that it documents the unusual, and not the mundane.

Any human being with any amount of decency deplores the kidnapping of civilians in Iraq. They deplore it even more when those hostages are murdered in the name of Islam after a mock sharia trial finds the hostages guilty of 'apostasy', 'collaboration', or of 'spying for the Zionist-Crussadors'. Moreover, any decent human being should deplore these hostage takings and murders regardless of who those hostages are.

If we show our concern by our actions, then many Sunni Muslim clerics, Leftist activists, and even many Christians are not, in fact, decent human beings. Why is this?

Headlines have recently told the story of calls for the release of four Western Peace Activists by Muslim clerics around the world. Joining their call for the release of those activists were former hostage Terri Waite and even a captured al Qaeda operative from his jail cell. In fact, pretty much all the forces opposed the U.S. have joined their united voices in condemning this disgusting act of barbarity.

We, of course, add our voices to those calling for the hostages release. What dismays us, though, is their deafening silence when it comes to the other hostages who are being held or who have been murdered in Iraq. These forgotten hostages have no advocacy groups behind them, and relatively few people seem to care about their plight at all.

Where were all of these Muslim clerics, 'Christians', & Left-wing activists when the Islamic Army in Iraq was threatening to murder Ronald Schulz? The American civilian hostage was murdered in Iraq yesterday without even so much as a blink from those so urgently calling for the release of the four peace activists taken hostage in Iraq: Norman Kember, Thomas Fox, James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden. Where is their outrage?

The duplicity of these groups reveals their inhumanity and gross sense of justice. An American's life is not worth fighting for when he is in Iraq to help rebuild that country. Not a word from Sunni Muslim clerics begging the Islamic Army in Iraq to release him. Not a word from a single Arab leader wishing for the release of a man who was engaged to a Jordanian woman. Not a word from a single 'Christian' group worried about the welfare of a presumably Christian man. Not a word from the Left.

No, these groups sympathies are not with the four peace activists because they are innocent civilians caught by a group of ruthless terrorist thugs. No, the Left-- including the 'Christian' Left -- and Muslim clerics reserve their efforts only to freeing those who they deem 'worthy'. The four peace activists are worthy of their efforts only because they were in Iraq to document abuses by American soldiers and were against the war. Sunnic clerics call for their release not because hostage-taking and murder is wrong, but because they had "condemned the war in Iraq." Had they been four American Halliburton employees, we would hear nothing from them.

The words of Markos Zunigas, from The Daily Kos, describing his feelings about the burnt bodies of American civilians being strung up by a mob in Iraq expresses precisely what these people think of innocent civilians who are not politically alligned with them: "screw them." The depths of their hypocrisy and inhunity knows no bounds.

Lest we forget -- and we would judging by MSM coverage -- there are a number of hostages currently being held in Iraq in addition to the four pacifists who have received so much attention lately. We pray for ALL of their releases because hostage taking and murdering captives is inhumane, immoral, and uncivilized behavior. They are:

German archaeologist Susanne Osthoff
French engineer Bernard Planche
American businessman Jeffrey Ake
American civilian Dean Sadek
American soldier Keith Maupin is listed as MIA.

If we have forgotten anybody, our apologies, but the lack of coverage from the media makes it extremely difficult to follow the plight of any hostage who does not have the sympathies of the Left.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:58 PM | Comments |

Iraqis Turn in Al Qaeda 'Butcher of Ramadi'

Another victory in the war on terror. Another one bites the dust.

Centcom:

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq —The number three terrorist on the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (28th Infantry Division) High Value Individual list was detained Dec. 9 in the provincial capital of ar Ramadi.

Amir Khalaf Fanus, an al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist in the Ramadi area, was wanted for criminal activities including murder and kidnapping. Today, local Iraqi citizens brought him to an Iraqi and U.S. Forces military base in Ramadi.

Fanus, also known in Ramadi by his Iraqi moniker, “the Butcher,” was well-known for his crimes against the local populace. He is the highest ranking al Qaeda in Iraq member to be turned into Iraqi and U.S. officials by local citizens.

His capture is another indication that the local citizens tire of the terrorists’ presence within their community. Iraqi and U.S. Forces have witnessed increasing signs of citizens fighting the terrorists within Ramadi as the Dec. 15 National Elections draw nearer.

America, F*** YEAH!! More good news here including oodles of terrorists caught with their pants down and other stuff the MSM will bury in the back pages.

ITB also on the case.

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

Spain Nabs Seven Bad Guys

Spanish authorities have announced that they have captured seven terror financiers. The seven are said to have helped finance the al Qaeda linked GSPC.

BBC:

At least seven people have been arrested in Spain on suspicion of helping to fund an Islamist terror group said to have links with al-Qaeda....

He said the detainees were suspected of raising money and providing logistical support for the Salafist Group for Call and Combat - an Algerian-based extremist group.

He said the group was "perfectly structured", had a hierarchy and was dedicated to committing petty crime and forging documents and credit cards.

Mr Alonso added that money was sent to Algeria either in person or through a complex system of bank transfers that made it difficult to trace.

It's interesting to note that the BBC actualy uses the word 'salafist' to describe the terror oranization. Many in the West believe Wahhabism is the major Islamic problem, but it isn't. Salaafiyism is.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:07 AM | Comments |

Howie's Roundup, Frozen Toes Edition

OK links are piling up on me so my apologies for the slow response.

Check out Vonski today. He vows to do a weekly roundup of positive news from the GWOT every Friday. Here is last weeks installment in case you missed it. I’ll link today’s post when he gets to it.

OK he got to it.

Yes more fun and games at(Begin fun and games section) The Right Place.

At a press conference in New York City late yesterday afternoon, ACLU Spokesperson Ebenezer G. Rinch announced that the organization was filing a petition with the FCC seeking the immediate forfeiture of the broadcasting license of any radio station in the country that plays even "a single note of any song that mentions or even alludes to Christ, Christmas or any other religious icon, including Santa Claus, who is, in reality, the representation of a Christian Saint - Saint Nicholas."
(end fun and games section)

As a follow up to the destruction of Christmas the AFA sends me this.(begin not fun and games section... OK this is not the fun and games part but AFA noted my post the other day so I'll humor them one last time for my favorite aunt OK, OK)

In Dodgeville, Wisconsin, Ridgeway Elementary School's "winter program" has changed the name of "Silent Night" to "Cold in the Night." Sung to the tune of "Silent Night," the lyrics include: "Cold in the night, no one in sight, winter winds whirl and bite, how I wish I were happy and warm, safe with my family out of the storm." The "winter program" included decorating classrooms with Santa Claus, Kwanza symbols, Menorahs, and Labafana--a Christmas witch!

Hey I can support that although I’m not really into the Ford boycott sorry. Besides I drive GM anyway.(end not fun and games section)

Speaking of witches here’s one.

I’ve added Glen to My Yahoo and I hope Rusty don’t mind.

Good Dog

Iran's new President is kinda nutty don't you think?

I've heard of Spy vs. Spy but Jew vs. Jew?.

Stop screwing around with my Pop Tarts!! They have gone too far this time!

Pretty much funny as hell.

A Filthy Friday link for Mr. Allah. Be careful I have post filthy images traumatic stress syndrome!!

A link for Mike Tate because I feel guilty.

Putting the HO HO HO back into Christmas

You must read this!!! One of the best things I've had the honor to call attention to.

Sing along with Cartman here if you don't have the lyrics email me and I'll help you out.


OK try not to take Howie too serious(how serious can you be with the title Paduan beotch). I do this stuff for fun. I once in a great while do serious stuff but even then I try to make it somewhat fun. The day it becomes too serious or deep is the day I need to take a hike. It's just not me. So even on serious stories unless it's like a death or some stuff that there is just no way to make fun expect Howie to be Howie. Some days it's about as fun and having your toenials pulled out, But some days it's a blast it's always workish but I like work so...

By Howie at 09:05 AM | Comments |

What an incredible smell you've discovered!

Last day in class today. Finals start next week. No time to read other blogs or much news today. If you want me to link one of your posts, please e-mail me and I'll add it to this one. Also, if you hear any words on hostages please e-mail me by clicking on contact link above.

The Washington Post says the U.S. military is probing a video that surfaced on the internet and purports to show indiscriminate weapons fire by private contractors directed at Iraqi civilians. MORE HERE. Of course, the context the MSM doesn't report on is that these vehicles have enormous signs on them warning other vehicles to stay back or they will be fired on. Still, the video does not look good and I applaud the military for looking into the matter.

Thank a soldier week starts on Dec. 19th. Get busy by going here and supporting our troops.

12 Days of Christmas presented by Cranky Neocon. Send this to your liberal buddies. Tons of great gift ideas for them.

UPDATE I: We've posted on this before, but it sooo cool. A guy, a blog, and his quest for a personal Navy. It's also a good cause. Phin has more here as does Confederate Yankee.

UPDATE II: Cop gets caught stealing evidence. Evidence just happens to be the victim's skull. Hilarity ensues.

UPDATE III: Pat Oliphant, asshat.

UPDATE IV: Krauthammer and Astute Blogger--both brilliant.

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

Debra Lafave Plea Deal Rejected

(Marion County, Florida) As most people know, teacher Debra Lafave (photos) pleaded guilty to irresponsibly and criminally engaging in sex with a 14-year-old boy. Subsequently, she was sentenced in Hillsborough County Court to no jail in accordance with plea deal which some people considered outrageous. But the story doesn't end there.

Unfortunately for 25-year-old Lafave, when she was engaging in sex with the boy, she was committing crimes in two different jurisdictions. Although her case has been settled in Hillsborough County, it remains to be adjudicated in Marion County.

Yesterday, Marion County prosecutors and Lafave's attorney, John Fitzgibbons, presented a plea agreement to Judge Hale Stancil to resolve the charges against Lafave. Unexpectedly, Judge Stancil rejected the plea agreement and set April 10 as the trial date.

According to Ric Ridgeway, a spokesman for the State Attorney's Office, Judge Stancil said he had some concerns which needed to be addressed. The attorneys have promised to have a new plea agreement before the scheduled trial date.

Consequently, the soap-opera sex saga of Debra Lafave continues. Stay tuned.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 06:26 AM | Comments |

Nuclear Prototype Map Seized in Chinese Spy Case

(West Milton, New York) A map of the Kesselring nuclear submarine prototype facility in the Adirondacks was found in the possession of a naturalized Chinese-American citizen during a search of his Southern California home.

From TimesUnion.com:

A defense contractor accused of sharing sensitive U.S. military information with the Chinese government had a hand-drawn map of the Kesserling (sic) nuclear reactor site in Milton among his possessions, according to federal court documents obtained by the Times Union.

A federal indictment and probable cause affidavit does not say how Chi Mak, a naturalized American citizen, got the map or what significance it has. But the map was among the items seized when federal agents executed a search warrant Oct. 28 on the Los Angeles-area home, office and vehicles of Mak, his brother Tai Mak, and both men's wives.

The map allegedly in his possession was the first of two recent security breaches of the 3,900-acre Kesselring site, operated by Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. It's home to prototype nuclear reactors used in Navy submarines.

The other security breach has been described as hunters trespassing on restricted property. The hunters are under investigation by the feds.
Mak and his brother are being charged with failing to register as Chinese agents, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. In court papers, Chi Mak, an electrical engineer for a defense contractor, is accused of stealing computer discs with information about Navy hardware, including a new system for launching aircraft from aircraft carriers.

According to the original affidavit, Mak, 65, stole discs from defense contractor Power Paragon, where he was a lead engineer on a sensitive research project involving propulsion systems for Navy warships, as reported by The Associated Press.

It's alleged that Chi Mak's wife, Rebecca Laiwah Chiu, provided copies of the stolen information to Tai Wang Mak who was arrested at LAX, along with his wife, as they prepared to fly to China in October.

Interestingly, it seems these alleged spies focus on specific areas of technical data related to naval vessels and systems. I wonder how many previous times the group's members took trips to China.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 05:39 AM | Comments |

December 08, 2005

And 90% of Them Hate Osama's Guts

Somewhere, an ABC News executive is weeping quietly. UN flags at mainstream media headquarters are flying at half-staff, and an Apple falls in the Gray Lady's orchard (profit yes, prophet no). There is no joy in Leftville, for the numbers don't pan out.

And now, a few results from the recent ABC News poll taken in Afghanistan [emphasis added]:

77 percent of Afghans say their country is headed in the right direction — compared with 30 percent in the vastly better-off United States. Ninety-one percent prefer the current Afghan government to the Taliban regime, and 87 percent call the U.S.-led overthrow of the Taliban good for their country. Osama bin Laden, for his part, is as unpopular as the Taliban; nine in 10 view him unfavorably.

Eighty-three percent of Afghans express a favorable opinion of the United States

Eighty-three percent of Afghans express a favorable opinion of the United States overall, similar to the 87 percent who call the U.S.-led overthrow of the Taliban a good thing.

85 percent of Afghans say living conditions there are better now than they were under the Taliban. Eighty percent cite improved freedom to express political views. And 75 percent say their security from crime and violence has improved as well. After decades of oppression and war, many Afghans see a better life.

Nine in 10 Afghans support girls' education and women voting, three-quarters support women holding jobs and two-thirds support women holding government office — remarkable in a country where the Taliban so thoroughly repressed such rights.

Eighty-three percent rate their overall living conditions positively, and ratings are nearly as high both for local schools and the availability of food. Just more than seven in 10 likewise say their security from crime and violence is good.

The fall of the Taliban happened while the Left was still in disarray; the anti-war chorus never tuned up and got into full throat as they have in Iraq.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto11:45 PM | Comments |

Jawa Report Needs Your Help

The Jawa Report needs your help. Please go to HERE NOW and vote for Vince Aut Morire. You can vote once a day, so go back tomorrow.

I can't believe that other guy, who PUBLICLY delinked The Jawa, is winning! Here's a guy who claims to be classy and yet does the most unclassy thing a blogger can do. If you're going to take someone off your blogroll you should do so quietly.

I don't care if The Jawa wins our category because, frankly, I don't think we are the best conservative blog out there. However, I DO CARE if he wins. Besides, Vince Aut Morire is written by our own Mad Dog Vinnie! And I swear to Muhammed and his 72 virgins that if he wins then I will forever quit blogging!*

YIPES! from Vinnie Thank you Rusty, and thanks to all of you voting. However, Armies of Liberation (Jane) and Interested Participant (Mike Pechar) both post here as well, and our combined votes give the Jawa Report a comfortable lead.

So, in the interests of fairness, I will ask that you also vote for that other, classy blogger, in this category. Yanno, just to give 'em a fightin' chance.

thankyougoodnightweloveyouall

*Incidentally, I don't believe in Allah so this is kind of an empty threat. Now stop reading this post and go vote!!!

Further Yipes! from Vinnie: I don't believe in Allah either, but I believe in Jesus. And as my wife reminds me, my soul may belong to Jesus, but my ass belongs to her. Hence, the constant stumping for a Weblog Award vote on her behalf.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:33 PM | Comments |

Jawa Report: Top Right-of-Center Blog. Or, Stuff This in Your Puppy Blender & Smoke it Glenn Reynolds!

I had never heard of Blogniscient until I noticed a lot of referrals coming from them a couple of weeks ago. From time to time we at The Jawa Report do actual first-hand 'news', and these posts (or are they 'articles' when they're 'news'?) generate a lot of links. Unfortunately, most of the 'news' we bring is bad, and, unfortunately, in the last week or so there has been a lot of bad news of the kind we primarily cover.

So, it wasn't surprising to see that Blogniscient ranked several of our posts in the last few weeks as their 'Top Blog Article'. After all, we've had that distinction over at NZ Bear's TTLB dozens of times.

But 'Top Blog'? That's a stretch, isn't it? Well, not according to Blogniscient which ranks The Jawa Report 4th on their 'Top Blog' page. Only left-of-center blogs are ranked higher. And if you look at their 'Top Conservative Blogs' page you see something fascinating if not completely and utterly wrong: The Jawa Report is ranked the #1 conservative blog!!

Are we the Best Conservative Blog as some who are suggesting they vote for us in this year's Weblog Award's? Hell no! I, personally, am voting for Ace-of-Spades HQ. I'd much rather be the top conservative blog over the best anyday.

I mean, let's get real here. They give the Academy Award to the best film of the year. And in order to win that you have to produce something about gay cowbows eating pudding. Or, worse yet, a musical set in Chicago!

So, eat your heart out Glenn Reynolds (#6). That'll teach you to ignore one of my critical e-mails. Or ten of them. Or all of them.

Yes, The Jawa Report outranks Michelle Malkin (#2), NRO's The Corner (#3), & Hugh Hewitt (#4).

So do we get a cash prize for being the top blog or do we just bask in the glory of our own crapulence?-----------------------

Utter nonsense? Yes. But at least it's the kind of utter nonsense that we like!

Better check out Blogniscient before they realize the error of their ways and fix whatever bug ranked The Jawa Report #1.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:53 PM | Comments |

Terrorists Announce Murder of American Hostage Ronald Schulz

Scroll down for updates.

Reports have begun circulating that Ronald Schulz has been murdered. The website used by The Islamic Army in Iraq, though, has not carried this message. Instead, it was posted at an Islamic bulletin board. It sometimes takes a few hours for these messages to become 'official'. We had earlier reported that the deadline had passed without word from the group.

The bloody, filthy, bastard vermin who did this should be hunted down and killed!

We will post the translated message, video, and images from it as soon as they are available.

MSNBC:

The Islamic Army in Iraq insurgent group said on Thursday it had killed a U.S. security consultant, according to an Internet statement.

The group said the man was killed because the U.S. government did not fulfil its demands, which included the payment of compensation to Iraqis affected by U.S. attacks.

We pray that these bastards will be hunted down and shot like the vermin they are.

Developing....

Yahoo has a translation of at least part of the statement posted here.

"War criminal (U.S. President George W.) Bush continues with his arrogance and no one has any value unless they serve his criminal interests, therefore the American security adviser pig at the Housing Ministry has been killed,"
A sad reminder that the terrorist scum do not consider people they deem kufr to be human. They consider the murder of this poor man the same as slaughtering an animal.UPDATE 3:22 ET AP:
White House press secretary Scott McClellan said he could not confirm the death and said he had no additional information on the matter. "Any time there is an American that is taken hostage it is a priority for the administration, and their safe return is a priority for the administration," he said.

UPDATE: Just to clarify, Schulz was captured seperately from the four Western peace activists. However, we have reason to believe his and their captivities were related. See below for details.

Ronald Schulz grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota but had recently moved to Anchorage Alaska before going to Iraq to help in the rebuilding effort (more here). His passport was shown by his terrorist captors in a hostage video released earlier this week. The video and images from it can be found here.

The Islamic Army in Iraq has also been implicated in the kidnapping of four Western peace activists. Norman Kember of England, American Thomas Fox, and Canadians James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden were taken hostage by an unknown group calling themselves 'The Swords of Righteousness Brigade'. However, that group has released its hostage videos on internet sites affiliated with The Islamic Army in Iraq.

Further, an examination of the document announcing that 'The Swords of Righteousness Brigade' would extend the hostage deadline reveals that the same author also prepared the Ronald Schulz announcement (thanks to Jay 87 and OvO). It is nearly certain, then, that some kind of relationship exists between The Islamic Army in Iraq and 'The Swords of Righteousnes Brigade'.

The Islamic Army in Iraq has known ties to al Qaeda and has worked with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda offshoot in the past. The group has murdered dozens of hostages on video in the past, including Italian journallist and Red Cross worker, Enzo Baldoni.

(NOTE: Trackbacks temporarily not working. Sorry)

Commentary at Hyscience.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:55 AM | Comments |

(UPDATED: Schulz Reportedly Murdered) Hostage Deadline Passes: No Word on Fate of Ronald Schulz

UPDATE: An posting from the Islamic Armyin Iraq at an Islamic bulletin board claims that Ronald Schulz has been murdered. See this post for more information.

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The deadline made by a terror organization holding American Ronald Schulz hostage has passed. The Islamic Army in Iraq had threatened to murder Ronald Schulz today if the U.S. did not release all prisoners in Iraq.

We pray that the U.S. military will find Schulz and rescue him before it is too late.

Ronald Schulz grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota but had recently moved to Anchorage Alaska before going to Iraq to help in the rebuilding effort (more here). His passport was shown by his terrorist captors in a hostage video released earlier this week. The video and images from it can be found here.

The Islamic Army in Iraq has also been implicated in the kidnapping of four Western peace activists. Norman Kember of England, American Thomas Fox, and Canadians James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden were taken hostage by an unknown group calling themselves 'The Swords of Righteousness Brigade'. However, that group has released its hostage videos on internet sites affiliated with The Islamic Army in Iraq.

Further, an examination of the document announcing that 'The Swords of Righteousness Brigade' would extend the hostage deadline reveals that the same author also prepared the Ronald Schulz announcement (thanks to Jay 87 and OvO). It is nearly certain, then, that some kind of relationship exists between The Islamic Army in Iraq and 'The Swords of Righteousnes Brigade'.

The Islamic Army in Iraq has known ties to al Qaeda and has worked with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda offshoot in the past. The group has murdered dozens of hostages on video in the past, including Italian journallist and Red Cross worker, Enzo Baldoni.

We pray that these bastards will be hunted down and shot like the vermin they are.

Updated By Howie:

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

KIDNAPPED U.S. SECURITY CONTRACTOR KILLED, IRAQ GROUP CLAIMS ON WEB SITE

Developing....

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

Door-Slamming Music

(Bangui, Central African Republic) It seems that even in the middle of the Dark Continent, broadcasters are subjected to censorship.

From ABC News:

Central African Republic has ordered radio and television stations to stop broadcasting songs which encourage men to dump their wives, saying such music is a hindrance to the country's development.

Broadcasters had been told not to play any music which might inspire Central African men to look for new partners if the ones they were married to no longer satisfied their needs, interim Communications Minister Fidele Ngoundgika said.

I wonder how the "no longer satisfies needs" idea would play out in Ohio.

By at 05:38 AM | Comments |

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

A while back I posted about the immedia's unmasking of a leftist antiwar fabulist named Micah Wright who assumed the persona of a former Green Beret who had participated in the invasion of Panama, and used this stolen valor to berate and belittle pro-war bloggers. Turned out, the extent of Mr. Wright's service was kinda being in ROTC in college.

Over at Big Lizards, Sachi and Dafydd ab Hugh might have scented another Micah Wright. Watching the RAI crockumentary purporting to detail U.S. "atrocities" in Fallujah, their hackles were raised by the testimony of one Spc. Jeff Engelhardt, who says he served with "3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division in Baquba, Iraq" and who claimed to be an eyewitness to the use of White Phosphorus weapons to massacre civilians in the assault on Fallujah. (The documentary is linked from BL's post; I should point out that I haven't yet watched the whole thing and won't have time to do so until at least tomorrow night, so I'm relying on their description of Englehardt's evidence.)

The Lizards noticed several inconsistencies, both between different accounts by Engelhardt (some of which are on his antiwar milblog) and also in his misuse of military terminology. Some of the whoppers are things that even moderately informed civilians might catch, like calling Bradley Fighting Vehicles "tanks" and describing Apache helicopters armed with "chain gun missile launchers". (They're armed with Hughes chain guns, yes, and they're armed with missile launchers, but there's no such thing as a "chain gun missile launcher.")

But one of the strangest flubs he makes is hearing an order over the radio to use the WP--he tells the RAI crockumentarians:

And as they'd say, “In five [inaudible], we're going drop some Whiskey Pete.” “Roger. Commence bombing.” I mean, it just comes across the radio, and like, when you hear “Whiskey Pete,” that's the military slang.

Bullshit. Even I know it's called Willie Pete, or sometimes Willie Peter. But just to make sure, I googled "Whiskey Pete" and found two sorts of hits---


1. Clubs and hotels in Nevada called "Whiskey Pete's", or a few odds and ends completely unrelated to White Phosphorus, and
2. Descriptions of the horrors of Fallujah on leftist sites, ALL DATED NOVEMBER 2005 or later, and obviously incorporating the Engelhardt/RAI interview's mistake.

Oh, and I also found this entry on Wikipedia, as a moderator there obviously ran exactly the same search I did in trying to authenticate the new inclusion of the term "Whiskey Pete" into the entry for White Phosphorus!

Without having seen the whole video myself, I will jump to no more conclusions for now other than to say that the bona fides of Spc. Engelhardt deserves some very close scrutiny, especially since he is accusing his fellow soldiers of the hideous and intentional massacre of huge numbers of Iraqi civilians. There are already serious problems with his story; a thorough look into his background is becoming overdue.

By See-Dubya at 04:46 AM | Comments |

The Mistakes of Able Danger Live On

Answers to some of the troubling questions about the Able Danger data-mining project can be found in this National Journal article posted at Govexec.com. In interviewing Erik Kleinsmith, the officer who destroyed the Able Danger electronic data, Shane Harris has managed to resurrect quite a bit of the short history of the Information Dominance Center, of which Able Danger was a part, and offers this explanation as to why the massive stores of data and analysis were destroyed:

In early 2000, in the midst of Able Danger, a lawyer with the Army's general counsel visited Kleinsmith. As Kleinsmith testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, the lawyer reminded him that under Army regulations, any data the IDC collected on U.S. persons -- even inadvertently -- had to be destroyed within 90 days. If analysts could establish a legitimate reason to investigate a person further, they could keep the corresponding data.

But with potentially tens of thousands of names, checking each one would have been impossible, Kleinsmith said. In the Pentagon briefing, Gandy concurred: "I don't think they had the capability to scrub it in the fashion that the oversight rules could live with."

So two and a half terabytes of data were sent to oblivion. This is not to say that the work of Able Danger would have prevented the 9/11 outrage.

Other factors drew attention away from whatever schemes al Qaeda had for attacks on US soil.

After the Cole bombing [October 12, 2000], the IDC concentrated on projects not related to Al Qaeda. "We went on to do some other things, other projects," the former IDC employee said. Less than a year later, the 9/11 attackers struck. Looking back, Kleinsmith doesn't claim that he saw the attacks coming. Rather, he felt resigned. "I wasn't surprised," he said. He had studied Al Qaeda's evolution and believed he knew its capabilities. "I thought, 'So it begins.'
A number of "what ifs?" come to mind here - what if more resources had been available, what if walls had not been constructed between military intelligence projects and civilian counter-terrorist agencies, what if politicians had not been so eager to spend the "peace dividend" that the Cole could have been met at sea by an oiler - instead of entering a hostile port to refuel? All twenty-twenty hindsight, to be sure, and all the "what ifs" are ultimately forgiveable if analysis of them helps us be more effective in the future.

But it seems that lessons may not have been learned.

Today, Kleinsmith is still struggling with the same puzzles. And, to hear him tell it, apart from the advancements in technology, little has changed. So much is still unknown, and undone, about the terrorist threat to the United States, he said. He can simply watch television to know that law enforcement isn't rounding up the terrorist cells he believes his team identified in the United States five years ago.

Ultimately, Kleinsmith sounds less like a man burdened by his past than one nervous about the future. No one seems to be acting on the information the IDC found that terrorists had taken up residence in the United States, far from New York, he said. And, as if they were listening, waiting for him to tip his hand, Kleinsmith cautiously added, "I'd just prefer not to say where they are."

And the much ballyhooed 9/11 Commission didn't mention a word about "Able Danger". I think that deserves an "F" for the Commissioners.

Hat tip: Captain's Quarters.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto12:30 AM | Comments |

December 07, 2005

Don't Get Distracted

Saddam and his cronies, not to mention the laplickers of the media, are all doing their level best to distract the rest of us from the real meaning of this trial.

If you find yourself getting lost in Saddam's antics, or Ramsey Clark's bullshit, or the media fawning, come back to this post and click below the fold for a dose of reality.

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More reminders of the chemical assault of Halabja available at the Religion Of Peace Picture Page.

By Vinnie at 10:27 PM | Comments |

Tough decision, but the right one. (RETITLED AND UPDATED)

I posted about a hijacking in Colombia in September, here, though the link to the AP story is now expired.

It is an extremely violent society.

UPDATE: Which is pretty well irrelevant to this because the guy was a US citizen. Coming back from a mission trip to Ecuador.

This is tragic and I'm very sorry for his wife's loss. What an awful way to lose witness her husband's death, as she was unable to control him or make him calm down. But just as with another tragic mistake in England this summer, the policy is still the correct one. Here was a man running up and down the aisles claiming he had a bomb, and then he runs on to the jetway (toward the people in the boarding lounge at the other end) and reaches into his bag...

We have to shoot. We can't ignore those threats.

It was a very brave Air Marshal who tackled him. That guy was, as far as he knew, throwing himself on a grenade. I'm glad there are people in the air willing to take those risks for us.

By See-Dubya at 06:15 PM | Comments |

Air Marshal Shoots Passenger in Miami

Breaking news that a federal Air Marshal has shot a passenger disembarking in Miami from a flight from Columbia. Hat tip to several people, including Tim at Opinion Bug and Ron. More below. UPDATE: Tim at Opinion Bug is following story closely here. Reports suspect is DEAD. Check his site for updates. Update II: Malkin also following closely.

AP:A passenger who claimed to have a bomb in a carry-on bag was shot by a federal air marshal Wednesday on a jetway connected to an American Airlines plane that had arrived from Colombia, officials said.

The passenger's condition was not immediately disclosed. A witness said the man frantically ran down the aisle and a woman with him said he was mentally ill.

Homeland Security Department spokesman Brian Doyle said after the plane had parked at the gate, a passenger indicated there was a bomb in the bag. The passenger was confronted by air marshals but ran off the plane, Doyle said.

A team of air marshals pursued and ordered the passenger to get on the ground. The passenger did not comply and was shot when apparently reaching into the bag, Doyle said.

Passenger Mary Gardner told WTVJ in Miami that the man ran down the aisle from the rear of the plane. "He was frantic, his arms flailing in the air," she said. She said a woman followed, shouting, "My husband! My husband!"

Gardner said she heard the woman say her husband was bipolar and had not had his medication.While sad that a man got shot, I'm glad to know that the TSA and Air Marshals are willing to use lethal force when necessary. This ought to serve as a warning to would-be hijackers that they are not fooling around.


Others: Counteterrorism Blog and LGF

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:54 PM | Comments |

(Images/Video/Transcript) Hostages Urge U.S./U.K. to Leave Iraq in New Video


A new video released by terrorists on an Islamic website today shows two of the four peace activists held hostage in Iraq in a scripted message asking for U.S. and U.K. troops to withdraw from Iraq. In the video, British hostage Norman Kember and American hostage Thomas Fox urge U.S. and U.K. withdrawal from Iraq several times, sometimes repeating themselves word for word.

Canadian hostages James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden are not seen on the video.

The Jawa Report has obtained a copy of the video (hat tip Tribeca). A transcript of the video and images from it are posted below. The video is being hosted by Laura Mansfield here in Real format and by Ogrish here (note: Ogrish's site has been revamped so that it is now safe for work) in .wmv format.

Although the group claiming to hold Kember calls itself 'The Swords of Truth Brigade', the website is linked to the Islamic Army in Iraq, the same group which has threatened to murder American civilian Ronald Schulz.

The hostages are seen blindfolded and in heavy chains. Like many other hostage videos, they are made to wear the orange jumpsuits reminiscent of Abu Ghraib. The video shows the hostages repeating their lines, sometimes in more than one take and at the direction of a voice heard offscreen.

Here is a transcript from the video:

American hostage Thomas Fox:

I'd like to offer my pleas to the people of America, not to the government of America--a plea for my release from captivity and also a plea for a release from captivity of all the people of Iraq. We are all suffering from the same fate, and that is the occupation of the American troops and the British troops which have brought me to this condition and has brought the Iraqi people to the condition they are in. So I would ask the people of America to do what they can to free us all from this captivity.

American hostage Thomas Fox in a second take:

We plea for my release from captivity and also a plea for the people of Iraq for the release from their captivity of the occupation of the American and British soldiers. We are all suffering the same fate, and the only way that we can all be free is for the American and British soldiers to leave Iraq as soon as possible.

British hostage Norman Kember:

I'm a Christian Peacemaker. I'm a friend of Iraq. I have been opposed to this war, Mr. Blair's war, since the very beginning. I ask of him now, and the British government, to do all that they can to work for my release and the release of the Iraqi people from oppression.

(Directed to say more from voice offscreen)

I have been opposed to the war, the British troops in Iraq, from the very beginning and I ask Mr. Blair, the British government, and the British people, to work both for my release and for the release of the Iraqi people from oppression.

(pans to two hostages, Norman Kember and Thomas Fox side by side, sounds of horn honking outside--end)

A statement accompanying the video said the following (translated by Laura Mansfield):
In response to the statements of the British Foreign Secretary

Praise be to Allah the Lord of the World, and prayers and peace to the Honest Prophet, and to his Family and his Companions:

And then:

So that all the world knows that we are standing by our legitimate demands and that we have heard the statements of the British Foreign Secretary, and so that we prove to the world that they are not serious in what they say, and so that we can show the liar who lies to the world, we extend the deadline for two more days to that the world can see the difference between the truthful ones and the liars.

The Sword of Righteousness Brigades

This is by far the most scripted hostage video we have seen to date. It's resemblence to the Giuliana Sgrena video is uncanny. I'm just surprised we did not see the hostages forced to cry.

What is equally disturbing is the fact that the hostages probably believe every word they say. The video was every bit as predictable in it's content as it was disturbing.

UPDATE: I've been asked how to interpret the video. The images on the video are disturbing. Orange jumpsuits are often used by terrorist organizations in beheading and other snuff videos they produce. The shackles are also disturbing in that they are there to server as a symbol of humiliation.

The blindfolds are also very disturbing. If you remember the Giuliana Sgrena videos, she looked right into the camera as she cried.

So, the visuals tell the story that these hostages lives are indeed in danger.

However, what is being said is very different than what one would expect if the terrorists really were serious with their threats. Usually the hostages plea for their lives, but these are only told to plea for their release.

Speculating that their lives are not really in danger, though, is a luxery pundits have and that intelligence officials do not have. They must, out of necessity, treat the hostages as if their lives were immediately in danger because to assume otherwise, and be wrong, is too risky.

More images below.

BBC:

New video footage has emerged in which British hostage Norman Kember calls for UK troops to be pulled out of Iraq.

"I ask Mr Blair to... leave the Iraqi people to come to their own decisions on their government," says Mr Kember, 74, and from Pinner, London.

The peace activist and three other Westerners seized in Baghdad last month were shown in handcuffs and shackles.

The kidnappers have threatened to kill them if Iraqi detainees in the country are not freed by Thursday.

Developing

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:18 PM | Comments |

Al Jazeera Caught Red-Handed

Terrorist media outlet Al Jazeera still has this story posted on their website passing on al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri's instructions to his terrorist minions:

Al-Qaida deputy chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has said in a video posted on a website that the network's leader Osama bin Laden is alive and leading the jihad against the West.

In a bid to play down US claims of achieving progress in the "war on terror", al-Zawahiri said al-Qaida was expanding, spreading and getting stronger, and called on supporters to attack oil sites in Muslim countries.

The story is posted as breaking news, but the videotape is three months old, as this story from Netscape News points out.
Al-Jazeera said a videotape it aired Wednesday showing Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri claiming that bin Laden was still alive and leading "jihad" or holy war against the West dated back to September.

In the tape, Al-Jazeera said Zawahiri also called for attacks on oil installations, remarks that sent oil prices higher on international markets.

"We got the videotape in September, and back then we aired what we thought were the important parts," Al-Jazeera editor-in-chief Ahmad Sheikh told AFP.

"There was a misunderstanding today, and we aired these extracts today by mistake."

Yes, definitely a mistake to get caught actively participating in a terrorist organization's propaganda effort. Al Jazeera has made themselves a legitimate target in the War on Terror. If Qatar refuses to shut them down, well, that's what precision munitions are for.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

UPDATE by Rusty Shackleford: Al Jazeera lies, MSM eats it up and reports as fact. U.S. tells truth, MSM skeptical of claims. See anything perverse here?

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By Bluto11:40 AM | Comments |

Heavy Video Blogging

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rusty and Howie after their unfortunate incident last night. The video is very long, but I think it clearly shows that their families will have a good case for a Storm Trooper brutality suit.

Meanwhile, somewhere in deepest Jersey, mystery blogger Ace of Spades finally goes public with his own domestic troubles. He's been talking some on his own site about the battle of the sexes, but I never realized he was living it at home. Ace is just trying to cultivate some awareness of issues and she just doesn't care.

By See-Dubya at 06:20 AM | Comments |

See-dubya's Electioneering

Rusty's too polite to make a big deal out of this but that's why he has guest bloggers. The weblog awards are being voted upon this week and the Jawa Report needs your help for best conservative blog. How many other blogs on that list actually, umm, do something, umm, take down posts about terrorists, because, umm...whatever it was Rusty did here?

It'll take you two seconds and it's nice for Rusty to get noticed. So start out here and vote for the Jawa. If everyone with posting rights at the Jawa actually votes we'll win in a walk.

Best Humor/Comics blog? The Hatemonger's Quarterly and Iowahawk are very different but both frickin' hilarious. Throw 'em a bone here. (Problem here is that there are so many good conservative humor spots it's splitting the righty vote up. So maybe help whoever's ahead.)

Best Group Blog? No question, it's the Brothers Judd. Great aggregators and a huge output of interesting stuff. Click here.

There are more recommendations with links below the fold. (I'm just going to use this post to vote every day). This must be irritating to casual blog browsers but do remember: the blogosphere runs on applause and attention. Thanks in advance for your support.

For best new blog, I like Wuzzadem. He's wacky. Basil's Blog is also a Jawa friend.

Best Blog? Among these big boys I think Michelle Malkin delivers the goods day in, day out. Help her beat Daily Kos! Obi Wan Kenobi, you're her only hope!

Best Liberal blog: Who gives a rat's nut?

Best Photo Blog: Zombie Time is invaluable at documenting bay Area protest wackitude and he risks life and limb to get you the shots of moonbats in a feeding frenzy. Say thanks to Zombie!

Blog Design: Jeff Harrell's The Shape Of Days is looking pretty sharp after his remodeling. Give him some love.

Best Parenting Blog: See Best Liberal Blog, above

Best Law Blog: Patterico, who also has the discernment to let me blog there now and then, and who beats up the LA Times something unmerciful.

Best Euro Blog: I've called Seixon a one-man think tank and I mean it. First realized George Galloway perjured himself during his rant before the Senate. Debunks all kinds of lefty BS. Glad he's on our side.

Top 501-1000 blogs: A toughie because THREE Jawa cross posters are competing at this level and they're all good. Jane Galt runs Armies of Liberation, and takes a lot of crap for her writing about Yemen. Interested Participant and Vince aut Morire are also our guys and they're both top notch. I won't tell you who to vote for here but help a Jawa out!

Top 1001-1750: The charming, the commonsensical, the gracious Right Wing Sparkle gets the nod.

Top 1751-2500: Fullosseous Flap is about much more than dentistry. He's a good guy with a lot of interesting links and thoughts--and lately a very firm counterweight to the 'Save Tookie' wackos.


Top 3501-5000: The oft-linked Garfield Ridge is way out of his class here. He gets Corner links all the time and always has top-notch wackitude as well as sharp defense analysis. I have some reason to think a Technorati glitch has somehow thrown him into the kiddie pool; he ought to be much higher.

Best LGBT blog: Ace of Spades--he's been so brave in sharing his struggle with the tragic consequences of the discount unlicensed Caribbean reassignment surgery. Soldier on, Ace!

By See-Dubya at 04:22 AM | Comments |

AP/Ipsos Red Hot Poker Up the Ass Poll

The results are perhaps not what mainstream media expected in a new AP/Ipsos poll about the use of torture to interrogate terrorists. With all the recent stories about alleged torture and abuse of al Qaeda prisoners, and the CIA "renditions" of terrorist suspects, it seemed that the MSM had succeeded in creating a hostile environment for any sort of aggressive interrogation. Not so, according to the poll, though some major outlets are shading what they report to put the best face on the results. MSNBC and ABC run with the AP feed:

WASHINGTON - Most Americans and a majority of people in Britain, France and South Korea say torturing terrorism suspects is justified at least in rare instances, according to AP-Ipsos polling.
This is surprising. AP comes right out in their lead with the real point of the poll, fudging only a little bit, implying that "rarely" is the most popular answer. Actually, the poll shows that 38% of Americans would allow torture "often" or "sometimes", with 23% saying "rarely".

CBS and Fox have not reported on the poll.

Typically, CNN obscures the most significant poll results by looking for an anti-American angle:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Most people in eight countries that are America allies don't want the United States conducting secret interrogations of terror suspects on their soil -- a sensitive question after recent reports of clandestine prisons run by the CIA in eastern Europe.
Just about what one could expect from the network that brought us Eason Jordan, who admitted allowing Saddam to censor CNN stories in exchange for keeping the Baghdad bureau open pre-war, then left CNN in disgrace after accusing American soldiers of targeting journalists.

In May, 2004 an ABC News/Washington Post poll found:

Given pro and con arguments, 63 percent in an ABC News/Washington Post poll say torture is never acceptable, even when other methods fail and authorities believe the suspect has information that could prevent terrorist attacks. Thirty-five percent say torture is acceptable in some such cases.
So what changed? Scores of brutal, high-profile terrorist acts against innocents occurred, virtually all of them committed by Muslim extremists. Thinking people are fed up with terrorist apologists bleating about "dignity" for captured jihadi babyhunters.

Originally posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto, where we always keep a nice warm poker or two in the fire.

UPDATE: Memento Moron responds here.

By Bluto01:01 AM | Comments |

Australia's Daily Kos closes up shop

Tim Blair has the details, and a bit of what seems like gloating.

Apparently Margo Kingston, a frequent target of Tim Blair's scorn, had tried to swing it as an independent web journalist--one pushing a leftist agenda. As much as I'd like to see that sort of independent journalism succeed and be financially viable, I'm glad to know the fine citizens of Australia weren't receptive to her anti-American, anti-Howard politics.

By See-Dubya at 12:14 AM | Comments |

December 06, 2005

Jawa Taking it to the Terrorists

It has just been brought to my attention that, er, certain things are being done by, er, certain "authorities", about, er, certain things said in the previous post, and that certain, er, companies are fully cooperating with said authorites. As you can see, I have taken down that post. If you read that post then you are probably as shocked as I am that we, er, were able to get, er, well, you know what I'm talking about.

If you didn't read the post than that will teach you for not checking the Jawa Report every two minutes! And you call yourself a loyal fan?

What was this mysterious post about? I know nothing. Besides, doesn't all the mystery kind of add to the ambience around here?

But, seriously, I'm pretty freaking flabbergasted that my little investigation that I started and e-mailed a few "authorities" about before putting up the post is being taken seriously. Very seriously.

Comment thread on this post will be closed because some of you blabbermouths can't be trusted! More later (fingers crossed, knock on wood, etc.)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:17 PM | Comments |

Terror Suspect Sami Al-Arian Case Drones On

According to Fox News suspected terrorist and former University of South Florida professor, Sami Al-Arian, has been found innocent of supporting terrorists (more specifically on 8 of the 17 charges against him).

Jury acquits Al-Arian on key charge (Orlando Sentinel):

TAMPA -- A former Florida professor was acquitted on a key charge today that he helped lead a Palestinian terrorist group that has carried out suicide bombings against Israel.

In one of the biggest courtroom tests yet of the Patriot Act's expanded search and surveillance powers, the jury acquitted Sami Al-Arian on eight of the 17 counts against him. The jury deadlocked on the others.

Al-Arian, a former University of South Florida computer engineering professor, wept after the verdicts and his attorney, Linda Moreno hugged him. He will go back to jail until prosecutors decide whether retry him on the deadlocked charges.

There is still a lot more to come in the case of Sami Al-Arian but I wouldn't call this a set back in the war on terror.

Chad Evans, the anti-terror guru, is also covering this story.

Michelle Malkin provides a complete breakdown.

The St. Petersburg Times has a long article which also details the life of Sami Al-Arian.

Related:
Sami Al-Arian's Lawyers Playing the Race Card

Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking

By at 04:23 PM | Comments |

(UPDATE 3: Images/Video) American Hostage RONALD SCHULZ Threatened on Video by Islamic Army in Iraq

Ronald_Schulz_hostage_video_id3.jpgUPDATE: 12/08--The Jawa Report has learned that Ronald Shulz has been murdered. See this post for update.

The Jawa Report has obtained a copy of the original video. Images from it are posted below and to the right. Unlike other hostage videos, the video edits out the terrorist sitting next to American hostage Ronald Schulz. This is very different than any other IAI produced hostage video I have seen. The image right is of Ronald Schuz's passport as seen in video. Schulz can be seen in the video speaking to one of his captors, but his voice cannot be heard.

Scroll to bottom of post for images. The video is rather large. UPDATE: Long-time Jawa collaborater and terror hunter Infovlad now has the video up here. See Dec. 7th post.

A smaller version of the video can be downloaded from Ogrish. UPDATE: The YNC also has the video here. Another update: Noted terror expert Laura Mansfield also with video--Hyscience also hosting video

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:24 PM | Comments |

Dean-o Wants the Spotlight Again

Howard Dean seems to have two problems these days. First off, he wants the spotlight. You can tell just by watching him for five minutes that he can't stand it when someone else gets attention. But that only compounds his second problem which is the fact that he doesn't have anything original to say. Because of this, Dean has decided to steal the Murtha-ism that we can't win in Iraq.

In a most unoriginal speech, he goes on to compare Iraq to Vietnam and insinuate that the Iraqi people are too helpless to take care of themselves. He then concludes with the most original "We cannot have our troops being targets there."

Taken along with his antics during the last Presidential primaries and his shenanigans since, this has made me see Dean in a whole new light...

It's Howie Doodie time,
It's Howie Doodie time!

By at 11:56 AM | Comments |

(UPDATED: Images/Video) American Hostage RONALD SCHULZ Threatened on Video by Islamic Army in Iraq

Ronald_Schulz_hostage_video_id3.jpgUPDATE: 12/08--The Jawa Report has learned that Ronald Schulz has been murdered. See this post for update.

UPDATE III: The Jawa Report has obtained a copy of the original video. Images from it are posted below and to the right. Unlike other hostage videos, the video edits out the terrorist sitting next to American hostage Ronald Schulz. This is very different than any other IAI produced hostage video I have seen. The image right is of Ronald Schuz's passport as seen in video. Schulz can be seen in the video speaking to one of his captors, but his voice cannot be heard.

Scroll to bottom of post for images. The video is rather large, but if you would like to host it I will send it to you. A smaller version of the video can be downloaded from Ogrish. Update: The YNC also has video up. Another update: Noted terror expert Laura Mansfield also with video-Hyscience also hosting video

The Islamic Army in Iraq has threatened to murder an American civilian named RONALD SCHULZ in a new video broadcast by al Jazeera. The group which has murdered dozens of hostages in the past, including Red Cross worker Enzo Baldoni, demanded that all Iraqi prisoners be released from jail.

We will post images and links to the video as soon as they are available. Please e-mail mypetjawa-at-gmail-dot-com with tips.

The video shows a blonde man sitting with his hands tied behind his back and his identification card bearing his name.

The Islamic Army in Iraq has known ties to al Qaeda in Iraq. Further, there is possibly a loose affilitation with The Swords of Righteousness Brigade which is holding four Western peace activists. The Islamic Army in Iraq has several websites which release propaganda films on almost a daily basis and which, for some uknown reason, the U.S. intelligence community has refused to shut down. These sites are often hosted on servers in countries which are 'allies' in the war on terror.

Several other Americans are presently being held hostage in Iraq. They are: Thomas Fox, Dean Sadek and Jeffrey Ake. Keith Maupin is listed as MIA.

We pray for the release of RONALD SCHULZ and the other hostages in Iraq.

MSM sources: CNN, Forbes, , ABC, Google News Search="American Hostage"

UPDATE I:al Jazeera (hat tip: Tim at Opnion Bug):

The group said in the tape it captured the adviser and was giving the US military in Iraq 48 hours to release all Iraqi prisoners, otherwise it would kill him.

The group also demanded the US army compensate the people of Anbar governorate for the losses they have suffered from the frequent US attacks on their cities. Both Falluja and Ramadi are in Anbar province and have come under heavy US fire.

Developing........

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

Howard Dean Traitor and Ally to Zaqueery

Hey, don’t take this Michael’s word for it. How about Michael Reagan son of the late great President Ronald Reagan who seems to know what country he lives in? Seriously Howie Dean, Howie gets all miffed when he googles himself and you are polluting my search. Go away boy you bother me. So while Mr. Dean is just the kind of energy the Democratic party needs to fisk it’s problems, the traitor thing kind of hurts. Don’t you think? If traitor Dean put that energy to exposing the enemy what good he could do! I admit I was kind of entertained by the “OH YEAH” stuff, heck I like good comedy. But I fail to find the humor in Mr. Traitor’s latest comments.

Dean Via WOIA:

What we see today is very much like what was going in Watergate," Dean said. "It turns out there is a lot of good evidence that President Bush did not tell the truth when he was asking Congress for the power to go to war. The President said last week that Congress saw the same intelligence that he did in making the decision to go to war, and that is flat out wrong.
OK Mr. Traitor, Howie says Mr. Bush is not our enemy. Drop me a line when you wake up to who the actual enemy is. Once again the Left attacks America and gives terror a free pass.

The highly respectable Michael Reagan Via Newsmax:

Howard Dean should be arrested and hung for treason or put in a hole until the end of the Iraq war!"
Now that’s a good idea. Why is it that Joe Lieberman seems to be the only sane Democrat left in America today. And why is he under attack for loving his country? The Left has abandoned the platform that kept it relevant and acceptable to Americans in the middle since FDR in favor of attack politics and treason. Right now I’m considering my first strait ticket ballot ever in my life. I really thought Dean would be good and bring energy and core Democratic values to the Democratic Party. It seems now that hating America and loving terror is a core Democratic value.

Others: Captain Ed, Rightwingnews and Dr. Sanity to name just a few.

Oh I forgot Hat tip: Cube neighbor Dave.

So I now ask myself why? Joe came back from his fourth trip to Iraq reporting good progress as the public perception is just the opposite. The answer is politics. The left puts winning elections ahead of the actual welfare of the country. Mr. Bush has restored the credibility that America lacked after the Clinton years. He says what he means and means what he says and follows up on that. No one believed America under Clinton, he had no credibility. So do the Democrats want to return American to the sorry state that Clinton left our county in as far as credibility and willingness to back that up with actions? You might think so but really it's just politics and it they do it because it works. It’s way easier to attack and destroy than to build and the fact is they care far more about the focus groups and polls and winning an election than they do about the future of America or the freedom of the people of Iraq.

By Howie at 09:09 AM | Comments |

The Blame Game

Well, you can tell that an election year is coming up. The Democrats are trying to indict Tom Delay for anything that they can possibly scrape up. Democratic mouthpieces are coming out of the woodwork to talk about how corrupt this administration is and attempting to tie them to every wrongdoer being indicted, investigated, charged or on trial. They've even trying to use the 9/11 comission in their desperate grab for power. It seems to me that when the original 9/11 report came out, they went to great lengths not to blame anyone for that horrible act of terrorism. Yes, Clinton could have done things differently. So could most Presidents before him. Of course that doesn't keep the Democrats from taking that report and attempting to point fingers.

It seems that the one thing they want to harp on most is the lack of a unified communication system for all police, fire, emergency and other first responders. The 9/11 comission had recommended this as a suggestion in their report. Now Democrats are saying that this "Republican stranglehold" on Congress is preventing anyone from doing anything to implement it. A number of Democratic congressmen are attempting to place the blame solely at the feet of the Republicans for this not happening yet. Now, I can't seem to find a straight story on the whole thing, but it looks to me as if Congress has been attempting to free up some spectrum for this for some time. There is currently a law that requires TV broadcasters to give up analog spectrum in favor of digital by December 31, 2006. Unfortunately, there was also a huge loophole left in that law. TV broadcasters only have to give up the spectrum in areas where 85% of the TV sets are digital capable. By those standards, it could take quite some time to clear that spectrum. Senator McCain (a Republican of all things) and Conrad Burns (another Republican) are attempting to change this by setting a hard date of January 1, 2009 for release of the disputed spectrum. This bill was amended in comittee (by another Republican!) to set the deadline at 2008 instead of 2009. It has currently been introduced to the Senate, but I can't find the status of it from there.

Now, there were a number of Democrats on TV last night at a press conference taking every possible shot at their Republican counterparts, and of course the emergency spectrum was something they harped on quite a bit. I don't seem to recall, however, any of them mentioning McCain's actions. But hey, maybe they just forgot. No, that couldn't be, because they actually did mention one part of McCain's bill. They mentioned the fact that the original estimate for getting the needed spectrum was $15 Billion, but the Republicans were only willing to spend $500 million on it. Their conclusion, of course, was that the Republicans wanted to put a cheap price tag on the safety of American citizens. Of course the actual truth of the matter is that passing McCain's bill will only cost a small fraction of what they started out wanting to spend. I can only see saving $14.5 million as a Good Thing.

The yammering went on for quite a while after that, but to be honest I lost interest in listening to how Evil Bush and his Republican Cronies are responsible for all the woes in our society. One of the reporters at that press conference must have gotten a little tired of it as well. He asked them why, if these issues were so important, the Democrats hadn't done anything about them. That was when the whole "Republican stranglehold" was mentioned.

So I just want to make sure that I have this straight. A conservative judge on the Supreme Court is such a horrendous threat to our American way of life that the Democrats are willing to stop the entire government from moving forward by filibuster simply to prevent him from being appointed. But when it comes to potentially saving the lives of thousands, or even millions of Americans, you are completly powerless? Something about that doesn't sound right. I'm pretty sure that any Senator or Congressman can introduce a bill. And I'm pretty sure that there are enough Democrats still in both houses that it would at least stand some reasonable chance of getting through. So take a good, hard look at yourself and give us a real answer. If this issue is as important as you say it is, are you REALLY doing everything you can to make sure it is taken care of?

By at 08:14 AM | Comments |

Conversation near See-Dubya Jr's changing table

See-Dubya: WHOA! What have you been feeding this child?
Mrs. See-Dubya: The usual. Is this a bad one?
See-Dubya: It's small, but it's, like, super-concentrated.
Mrs. See-Dubya: Ew.
See-Dubya Jr.: Blee!
See-Dubya: It's like, weaponized. It's highly enriched.
Mrs. See-Dubya: Maybe we should call in the arms guy, Bara...
See-Dubya Jr. Blee?
Mrs. See-Dubya: Not the Swedish guy, the...
See-Dubya: El-Baradei?
Mrs. See-Dubya: Him. But then he'd probably just look in the diaper and be like, "Uhh...Nope. Can't find anything!"

By See-Dubya at 06:24 AM | Comments |

Moonbats Moonbats, Roly Poly Moonbats

Moonbats, moonbats, eat em up yum!

I swear, I voted for him, before I voted against him.

Yeah, I know, I should be beaten for sending he/she/it the traffic, but I'll redeem myself by reminding you to vote for Wuzzadem Merri Musings.

Aw Hell, vote for anyone but that bleatasticfucktard.

By Vinnie at 04:06 AM | Comments |

Religion of Peace Jamboree

(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) Kings and presidents of the 57 nations comprising the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) will meet for an emergency summit meeting tomorrow in the city of Mecca. Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz called the meeting to discuss the Muslim world's pressing issues and predicaments. According to OIC officials, the meeting's emphasis will be "reforming, restructuring, and redefining the OIC charter and its mission."

Specific agenda items to be considered include:

- Adoption of a 10-year plan to restructure the Islamic nation,

- Approve a name change for the OIC to "Organization of Islamic Countries,"

- Discuss and implement proposals to address Islamophobia,

- Implement a strengthened Islamic academy of jurists to issue unified fatwas,

- Discuss and implement reduced obstacles to trade and business among Muslim countries,

- Discuss proposals for the empowerment of women, and

- Discuss a proposal for OIC member countries to collectively design and build a passenger plane. Late-night joke writers take note.

My thinking is that the idea of unified fatwas should have been implemented long ago. The current system seems to allow anyone to issue a fatwa about anything at any time. In my estimation, there are more controls on fortune cookies than fatwas.

Notably, the leaders of all 57 member states of the OIC have been invited to the meeting with the exception of non-Muslim leaders. Non-Muslims are not allowed in Mecca (Makkah). According to OIC spokesman Atta Mannan, "Reports in the local media that they would monitor the proceedings on closed circuit television in Jeddah are not true," he said. "We can't expect the heads of state to sit in Jeddah while the summit is taking place in Makkah," he said. "They will, however, be represented by high-level delegations."

OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu stated that the body wants to have a significant role in resolutions adopted by the UN. He also stated that the OIC should have a seat on the UN Security Council. The summit is planned to end on Thursday.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 02:40 AM | Comments |

December 05, 2005

Are You Feeling Lucky?

The Weblog Awards are fully functional, so vote for me! (Armies of Liberation)

Please? Why? Because I've recently been called a mass murder. And you never know, it could be true....

Also I'd like to second Vinnie on the Cotillion and note that Vince Aut Morire *is* an acceptable alternative to me.

But whatever you do, Vote for Jawa!!!.

By Jane at 07:32 PM | Comments |

Wham Bam Thank Ya Ma'am

Left these out of my earlier post. My bad.

The Cotillion, for Best Group Blog (all female, all group, trust me, vote for them, they love you long time. They should consider changing the name to Hot Lesbo Star Wars Chicks though. Oh wait, that's taken)

And, defeating my own purpose, I'll be throwing a vote (when my 24 hours are up) to fellow Jawa Interested Participant.

Come to think of it, isn't it time we nominated the good Mr. Pechar for a munu blog?

By Vinnie at 07:10 PM | Comments |

Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: I Overslept Edition ***Fatwas Issued***

Heh. I told Rusty I'd do this last night, but then I crashed on the couch and didn't get back up.

Fatwas will be issued Monday afternoon, which, now that we're almost in winter and back on standard time, is now evening.

***Fatwas issued...will the following people please remove their heads and come to the front of the class***

Winner: hondo, for ""Just how many of these soda cans do we need to continue funding our glorious insurgency?"

"Just shut up n' keep looking! Ali will be here soon with the shopping cart.""

Honorable mention:

Graeme for ""Hey Ahmed, to sit next to that trash you must be soooooooooooo gellin'!"

"I'm gellin' like a rape room felon. You want the melon? Or it might be squash.....It's hard to tell with all these flies around."" (if he would have just worked in the word smellin' - Vinnie)

Mad Man for ""I shouldn't have blown up our cleaning lady.""

Thanks all for a blessedly short one this week! Heh!

Don't forget to VOTE!

By Vinnie at 06:20 PM | Comments |

On Saving Saddam

Looking at pictures from carnivale (a.k.a. The Saddam Show in Baghdad), I noticed a few things. First, the odd similarities between "President" Hussein and Don Flamenco from Mike Tyson's Punch Out. Compare Don with the picture in this post and judge for yourself:


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See? Anyway, that was an unimportant point, as I have NES flashbacks constantly. Beyond that, I came to a startling conclusion. We MUST save Saddam Hussein. We cannot let him die. His DNA is too important to piss away, especially since his sons met a far nobler end (well, as noble as perishing in a shootout with a teenage boy in your company can be).

But why must Saddam live?

Look at this, this, and this. I see a man, albeit a tyrant, nearing 70 years old. No no, he isn't too old to be punished, that's not my point. But look closely.

He has some of the blackest, fullest hair I have ever seen on a man that age. His hair is so dark, light itself is having a difficult time escaping. Only him and Jerry Lewis have hair so dark so late in years. Saddam, in his very Jew-hating, Arab-nationalist, Kurd-killing genes, holds the key to eternal color and texture. This man is a treasure! Someone please save him!

Unless he dyes it. Then the scumbag bastard is on his own. Just make sure to hang him and Ramsey Clark next to each other (because come on, who does he think he's fooling?).

By at 05:31 PM | Comments |

The Erotic Bible Calendar


Finally a calendar that says "I'm Christian" and "I love to lust after nude women" all in one. Move over Hooker Headers, here comes the erotic bible calendar! I'm thinking that Professor Chaos might finally be won over to Jebus with this one.

You can see some of the calendar here. (NSFW or Church or Synagogue and definitely NSFM [not safe for mosque]) Unfortunately for you pervs, the calendar is sold out.

Perhaps the most disturbing thing about this--besides the fact that's it's a fundraiser for a Christian youth group--is the fact that there is a disclaimer on the site that reveals that some of the models were under 18. So, is this German 'Christian' organization peddling child-porn for Jesus?

I guess that simply being nude doesn't meet the legal requirement for child pornography, but it is kind of creepy. I mean, exactly what do these people think guys are going to be doing while looking at these hot young chicks in erotic poses? Contemplating the mysteries of the Trinity?

Apparently the kids who were over 16 but under 18 had permission from their parents to pose nude for the calendar. Yeah, I'll let my little Grettle pose nude, I mean, as long as it's for Christ. This is equally disturbing.

Reuters:

A German Protestant youth group has put together a 2006 calendar with 12 staged photos depicting erotic scenes from the Bible, including a bare-breasted Delilah cutting Samson's hair and a nude Eve offering an apple.

"There's a whole range of biblical scriptures simply bursting with eroticism," said Stefan Wiest, the 32-year-old photographer who took the titillating pictures.

Anne Rohmer, 21, poses on a doorstep in garters and stockings as the prostitute Rahab, who is mentioned in both New and Old Testaments. "We wanted to represent the Bible in a different way and to interest young people," she told Reuters.

"Anyway, it doesn't say anywhere in the Bible that you are forbidden to show yourself nude."

Apparently German Bibles don't have all that stuff about lusting after women and such. Hat tip: FARK

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:31 PM | Comments |

Bernard Planche of FRANCE Taken HOSTAGE in Iraq

Bernard_Planche_hostage_id.jpgA French civilian has been taken hostage in Iraq. His name is Bernard Planche. He is reported to be a civil engineer helping to rebuild Iraq. This would be the fourth French hostage taken in Iraq since the beginning of the war.

Forbes:

Masked gunmen grabbed a French engineer off the streets of Baghdad on Monday, the latest in a spate of kidnappings of Westerners that coincides with Saddam Hussein's trial and the run-up to parliamentary elections. ...

French officials had also warned Planche, who was abducted from outside his home in the Mansour district of the capital, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said.

The kidnappers used three cars to surrounded Planche and take him away, police Capt. Qassim Hussein said. Planche is the head of mission for a group that works on U.S.-funded water projects.

Diplomats have said they are in close contact with Iraqi authorities to win the release of the hostages.

That makes 6 Westerners taken hostage in the last week. All of them either in Iraq as anti-war activists or from countries that were against the Iraq invasion.

See The Jawa Report's hostage page for more.

Developing...

Planche was in Iraq to work on water sanitation projects, much like American hostage Jeffrey Ake. He worked for AACCESS a U.N. recognized NGO and which was funded by the U.S. Army. Your mujahidin at work........

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:23 PM | Comments |

Islamic Jihad Targets Civilians


Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility for today's murders of Israeli shoppers near a Netanya mall. While such acts of terror are nothing new from Palestinian terrorists, the image above and to the right shows just why this is a much larger problem. It is a photo of an Islamic Jihad rally in Gaza. The rally is both public and sanctioned by the Palestinian Authority.

The image below was taken at an Islamic Jihad press conference. Yes, you got that right, this was taken at a press conference held by various terrorist organizations and known by the Palestinian Authority.

Whatever happened to the Bush Doctrine of treating terrorists and the states that sponsor them alike? Clearly, the Palestinian Authority is much more closely linked to terrorist organizations than Iraq ever was.

Via Charles Johnson this JPOST article:

Four people were killed and 66 were wounded - three seriously - in an explosion that rocked the entrance to the Hasharon shopping mall on Herzl Street in Netanya at 11:25 a.m. Monday morning. Another person died on the operating table at Laniado Hospital in Netanya.

Police Insp.-Gen. Moshe Karadi told reporters that the bomber was "identified 15 meters in front of the mall by policemen and a security guard. Police managed to keep him away from the gate, and he blew himself up when police approached him to conduct a search of his bags."...

The Islamic Jihad took responsibility for the attack in a phone call to Palestinian journalists, identifying the bomber as Lutfi Amin Abu Salem, a resident of the northern West Bank village of Kafr Rai, located between the towns of Jenin and Tulkarm.

File under: how about giving these guys a full-fledged, U.N. voting state?

Check out Powerline with images from mall.

Others: ITB, Interested Participant,

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

Somebody Forgot to Tell the Troops That They're "Worn Out"

When US Representative Jack Murtha publicly characterized our troops as "broken, worn out" and "living hand-to-mouth," I decided to check the allegation out. Since Murtha was complaining mainly about military equipment, I reasoned that the symptoms would show up at major theater repair depots.

So I sought out the opinion of an NCO I know, who supervises mechanics at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Early in his deployment, this soldier had mentioned trouble getting parts and snafus like the engines of some "up-armored" Humvees not being able to handle the extra weight of the armor.

The sergeant had not heard about Murtha's comments; outside news sources are few at Arifjan, and the soldiers there are too busy keeping things in good repair to spend time surfing the 'net.

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He was, to put it mildy, highly pissed at Murtha's words. The revelation that Murtha was a 37-year Marine Corps veteran drew a response along the lines of Murtha's opinion being of less value than certain noxious bodily waste products, ex-jarhead or no.

And the current situation at this huge base is this: repairs are handled quickly and efficiently, most parts are already in stock. Those that aren't are usually secured within two days. The army is not "broken, worn out" and "living hand-to-mouth," and one particular soldier did not appreciate the implication.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto, rated "most extreme blog" by the Guardian, just because I proposed having one of their staffers beheaded. Pussies.

By Bluto11:26 AM | Comments |

Hostage Video: "We are being treated well"

We have finally obtained portions of the unedited hostage video of four Western peace activists. The names of the four activists are American Thomas Fox--who is also a blogger, Canadians Harmeet Singh Sooden and James Loney, and British citizen Norman Kember. The Jawa Report was the first media outlet to reveal the names of the hostages.

You can watch the video here (hat tip: Shawn at Bareknucklepolitics, Ian at Political Teen, and Doubletap at Infovlad--all of whom e-mailed me)

Here is a transcript of the video, via Doubletap at Infovlad:

Thank you very much we are being treated well and we hope to be out of here soon.

Um We are being treated well we are both well all of us are well.

We are all being treated well we are sleeping ok um and um we would like to thank the people holding us for that and hopefully we will be home soon.

I ask Mr Blair to take British troops out of Iraq and leave the Iraqi people to come to their own decisions on their government.

As a representative of Christian Peace Maker Teams we feel that continued British and American occupation is not in the best interest of the Iraqi people.

The peace activists seem much more reluctant than Giuliana Sgrena to pour out their emotions.

We will be following this hostage crisis carefully.

Developing.......

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:16 AM | Comments |

Shackleford Opts for Free Agency

Despite rumors, started by Hugh Hewitt, of being picked in the fourth round by ABC News, Rusty Shackleford has opted to sit out a year and then enter the MSM as a free-agent. Fourth round? Who do you think I am, Wonkette!?!?!

See-Dub offers some more suggestions here.

Speaking of bloggy goodness, John Hawkins of Right Wing News has the annual warbloggers awards up. I'm pretty dissappointed at not being named 'Most Annoying Right-of-Center Blogger'. Personally, I think Andrew Sullivan is less annoying than he is predictable and trite. But that's just me.

Ever want to know what Rusty Shackleford looks like? The Commissar has made a RINO map with yours truly prominently featured as the left leg. And yes, I can occasionally tell my left from my right.

Confederate Yankee pimps the world's largest gun-porn.

The Autonomist has more on that jackarse John Murtha (D-France).

Last, Glenn Greenwald, of Unclaimed Territory, on Oliver Willis and Kevin Drum crying racist.

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

CAPTION!!! CAPTION NOW!!!

Show me what you got! Here's Saddam getting footloose and jiggy at his trial:

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And let me just say, if you're on trial for your life, wear a dadgum tie. This is not Leno. Make it look like you're trying even if you're counting on the rocket attacks and assassinations of your lawyers to save you.

First caption: Saddam: "The Americans are even now dropping more chemical weapons from their stealth bombers!"
Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti: "Ain't nothin stealth about where that bomber came from! Whooooee--lay offa them Doritos, cuz!"

By See-Dubya at 06:08 AM | Comments |

Atheists Protest Memorial Crosses

(Salt Lake City) American Atheists Inc. has filed suit in U.S. District Court to remove highway crosses placed to memorialize Utah Highway Patrol troopers who have died in the line of duty. The crosses stand about 12 feet high and display the trooper's name and the Utah Highway Patrol emblem (example). They are placed near the location where the troopers were slain.

Specifically targeted by the lawsuit are Col. Scott Duncan, superintendent of the UHP; John Njord, executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation; D'Arcy Dixon Pignanelli, executive director of the Department of Administrative Services; and F. Keith Stepan, state facilities director.

The plaintiffs are Stephen Clark, Michael Rivers, Richard Andrews and American Atheists Inc.

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Rivers said the purpose of the suit is to eliminate religious symbols used by government agencies and placed on government land. American Atheists claim to have a membership of 30 million people. They are not opposed to memorials, just the crosses.

"We feel the department of transportation, by allowing the Utah Highway Patrol Association to pick a religious symbol is unfair. We think it should be totally secular with no religious theme," Rivers said. "[The cross] is a Christian religious symbol. People will look at those and automatically assume that religion is a part of it."

Supporters of the memorials stated that the families of the fallen would be devastated and the legacies of the slain troopers would be tarnished if the crosses were removed. According to Sgt. Todd Royce, past president of the Utah Highway Patrol Association, the crosses are no different from those at other government memorial sites, such as Arlington National Cemetery.

American Atheists Inc. is asking for $1 in damages and the removal of all crosses on government property. I believe a blind person can see what the atheists are aiming for. Logically, it's the removal of all crosses at veterans' cemeteries throughout the nation. American Atheists also wants the court to rule that it's unconstitutional to display the highway patrol insignia on a cross.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 03:48 AM | Comments |

December 04, 2005

I've no frickin' idea what this is about

but it mentions a couple of the blogs I guest at. So I got that goin' for me.

Which is nice.

If I understand this correctly, I think Comedy Central or maybe Skinemax ought to make a move on this guy for an ongoing Ace of Spades Lifestyle special. Long in the tooth veteran JYB is getting overlooked, as is undervalued rookie defensive superstar (Dude works at the Pentagon!) Dave.

By See-Dubya at 08:39 PM | Comments |

Your 2005 Weblog Award Voting Guide

First off, here's the graphic for Rusty to put in the sidebar, if he's so inclined:

And now, Vinnie's voting guide to the 2005 Weblog Awards:

The Jawa Report for Best Conservative Blog (duh!)

Vince Aut Morire for Best of the 501-1000 Ecosystem Rankings (double duh! and may I note that before I moved to mu.nu, I WAS in the 200's)

Armies of Liberation,
also for Best of the 501-1000 Ecosystem Rankings. (I admire Jane's work so much, I'll be voting for her too)


Merri Musings
for Best New Blog (triple duh! She's my wife, if I don't vote for her, I ain't gettin' any)

My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
for Best of the Top 250 Ecosystem Rankings (unfortunately, Wizbang turned down my request for Best Link Pimp)

Six Meat Buffet
for Best Humor/Comics Blog (bastard)

The Llamabutchers for Best Culture/Gossip Blog (huh? Since when did they get culture?)

Michael Yon for Best Media/Journalist Blog (no comment necessary)

Iraq the Model for Best Middle Eastern/Africa Blog

Free Thoughts for Best European Non UK Blog

Those are my hard votes. Nothing or no one will dissuade me from them.

The rest of the finalists, however, are more than welcome to suck up to me either in the comments or at vinceautmorire@gmail.com.

Good luck and let the (friendly!) blog wars begin!

One last thing. Two extremely good blogs did not make it into the finalists. You should be reading them anyway.

Clarity And Resolve

Something...and Half of Something

(sooper sekrit note to Rusty, yes, this is a shameless blogroll request for these two. You owe me for the award I gave you last year. Heh.)

(ps to the sooper sekrit note. Da Wife would like to be there too, which is to your advantage. I have cleavage pics to trade)

By Vinnie at 06:30 PM | Comments |

Senior Chechnyan al Qaeda Leader Reportedly Killed in Suicide Blast

The Counterterrorism Blog reports that Abu Omar Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Saif, a Saudi al Qaeda in Chechnya commander, has killed himself in Dagestan to avoid capture by Russian forces:

Unable to escape after Russian soldiers backed by helicopters surrounded his temporary hideout, Abu Omar allegedly detonated an explosive device he was carrying and collapsed the building on top of himself. Known as the "Imam of the Chechen mujahideen", Abu Omar was an original founder of the Arab-Afghan mujahideen movement in Chechnya and was named by Russian officials as a suspect in numerous Caucasus-linked terrorist attacks, including the Moscow theatre siege and the Beslan school hostage massacre.
The Counterterrorism Blog has more, including a 2000 interview with Abu Omar.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto04:39 PM | Comments |

Al Jazeera Video Debunked By Fox

Al Jazeera continues to report that a video they obtained depicts Thursday's attack on US Marines, even though it has already been debunked by military sources as canned video from an unrelated incident that happened earlier.

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Their website also displays false information about the video:

Aljazeera broadcast a video on Saturday from a group called the Islamic Army in Iraq showing the attack on the US patrol near Falluja on Thursday, the deadliest attack on US troops for four months.
The truth behind the video was revealed earlier today on Fox News (watch "Terror Tape" video), in an interview with American Colonel Barry Johnson from Baghdad. The video being played on al Jazeera depicts troops moving along a street accompanied by a Humvee. The Marines were attacked in a courtyard; no Humvee was present.

Sometime this afternoon al Jazeera added a paragraph deep in the body of the story saying that the video is unconfirmed. They continue to feature a still from the video with a caption saying it is of Thursday's attack.

A more strongly worded version of this post is at The Dread Pundit Bluto. Caution: may be offensive to little pussy lickspittle quislings.

By Bluto12:15 AM | Comments |

December 03, 2005

Top of my list too...

You know those face-reattachment surgeries? Looks like the Crypt Keeper got one. Good for him! It's tough making it in Hollywood as a fleshless ghoul unless you're Cher. Go watch the video at the Sharper Image link from here and you'll see what I mean.

H/T Dave. Sorry about the hotlink, Dave; if it's a problem let me know.

By See-Dubya at 11:56 PM | Comments |

Tookie and Barrabas

A long post by me up at Patterico's Place on the impending demise of a great humanitarian, Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the Ken Lay of cocaine.

By See-Dubya at 11:33 PM | Comments |

NBC Reaches Out to Religious Viewers

With a Vicodin-addled Episcopal priest who drives Jesus around in his station wagon. Hey, they ate up the Passion of the Christ, right, so those religious folks will swallow anything with a whiff of incense. Right?

Okie on the Lam fisks an interview with the show's creator.

Does anybody remember Highway to Heaven? That was kind of sappy but at least the writers seemed like they weren't mainly concerned with subverting and mocking traditional ideas of religion.

By See-Dubya at 11:30 PM | Comments |

Transmitting Touch Over the Internet

The mind boggles at the potential applications of this technology.

From Silicon.com:

Singapore scientists looking for ways to transmit the sense of touch over the internet have devised a vibration jacket for chickens and are thinking about electronic children's pyjamas for cyberspace hugs.

A wireless jacket for chickens or other pets can be controlled with a computer and gives the animal the feeling of being touched by its owner, researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) told The Straits Times.

The next step would be to use the same concept to transmit hugs over the internet, the researchers said.

The researchers are thinking of some sort of pajamas which would be controlled by the Internet to adjust pressure and temperature and simulate the feeling of being hugged.

Of course, since the technology has only been tested on chickens, some people wonder how the scientists conluded that the sensations chickens feel are hugs and not squeezes or chokes. After all, chickens are usually not seen hugging and discussing the feeling with humans.

Presumably, there's a market for people who want to hug their chickens and children via the Internet. I'm interested in seeing what develops.

By at 10:53 PM | Comments |

(Images/Video) Terrorist Videos Reveal Weakness and Lies of Insurgency

al_qaeda_terrorists_ramadi_1.jpgUPDATE: The video has been debunked and is NOT the Fallujah attack but some other attack. See this post.

The Islamic Army in Iraq has released a video of an IED attack against Marines in Fallujah. The attack killed 10 Marines. Images from the video are posted below. They are not graphic, but may be disturbing.

Al Qaeda in Iraq has also released a video of its Ramadi offensive. Images posteed below and right. For links to video, please e-mail author.

The video shows a Marine patrol and a Hummer rolling down an alley or a narrow road, on which civilians are present. The Hummer passes the Marines as it approaches the terrorist's position. The IED explosion is large and does damage to the Humvee, but the driver inside appears to be able to continue to drive the vehicle. Civilians can be seen panicking and fleeing. The video then becomes shaky as the terrorist flees the scene.

The video reveals why the IED attack was so devestating. Presumably, like most incidents of this nature, the IED was planted with the expectation that it would be exploded as a vehicle or convey passed. The terrorists, it would seem, just got 'lucky' in that on this particular day a foot patrol decided to walk down the wrong alley.

Despite media reports of 'mounting casualties', attacks are down in Iraq. The IED attack reveals that the so-called insurgents cannot mount even an effective attack against U.S. positions.

Yesterday, propagandists for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq posted a message claiming they had taken 'control of Ramadi'. This despite the fact that the terrorists were only able to fire a single mortar shell at a U.S. position and less than 300 U.S. troops and 200 Iraqis were used in the counteroffensive. The counteroffensive turned out to be nothing more than the troops entering Ramadi unnoposed and turned into a routine search and sweep operation.

The only evidence that al Qaeda offered that they 'controlled' Ramadi was a short video by their IMC media arm showing a group of masked young men in cheap warm-up pants and tee shirts slowly going down a narrow alley. There are no more than seven or eight terrorists in the group. That's right, 7-8 terrorists with AK-47's and a single RPG! An image from that video is posted above and a few more are posted below.

Oddly enough, the IMC (Islamic Media Center) cameraman hides from the terrorists while he takes the video. The IMC has recently pledge its loyalty to Osama bin Laden and urged others to do the same. It appears that even the jihadi supporters are afraid of the brave and noble mujahidin!

So, if the 'insurgency' cannot hold any territory, is not very popular in the eyes of even Sunnis these days, and must resort to remotely detonated bombs and hostage taking, in what lies their hope of victory?

The media and spineless politicians in Washington D.C.

The spinmeisters at al Jazeera, Jihad Unspun, and Uruknet report the communique as fact and then, trying to turn this into some grand irony, announce that the Ramadi 'victory' comes only days after Bush announced his strategy for victory. As if a single IED and a handful of sweat-pants clad 'insurgents' are a threat to U.S. victory in Iraq!

It would all be very laughable if the U.S. media wasn't so busy hand-wringing and having LSD induced flashbacks of Vietnam. The media spin then leads the American public to think that this insurgency poses an actual threat and that somehow we cannot win in Iraq. All of this is not helped by the extreme Left wing of the Democratic party which is all to eager to see America lose in Iraq.

Folks, the only threat to our long-term victory in Iraq comes not form the terrorists, but from spineless politicians in the U.S.

Images below.

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Click images below for larger view.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:40 PM | Comments |

On Liquid Courage

After reading this story about potential pill-popping by "insurgents," I just had to wonder a few things.

Isn't the call to religious jihad enough to inspire true fanaticism? Is the promise of 72 virgins and/or the Divine Protection of the Almighty not enough to inspire courage in all?

And speaking of courage, I know a thing or two about "liquid courage." Being a part of a people who pride themselves on drink, drink, and more drink, I would expect this sort of pill-popping crap from my brothers. But the "insurgents" are far more noble, being Holy Warriors of God, right? They follow strict rules in order to better themselves and obtain the favor of Allah. If these reports are true, I guess there must be a miscommunication between themselves and their Holy Book (and what would the odds be of that hypocracy ever happening in the Religion of Peace?):

"O you who believe, intoxicants, and gambling, and the altars of idols, and the games of chance are abominations of the devil; you shall avoid them, that you may succeed." Quran 5:90

Now I see! The reason we are kicking their asses is because the "insurgents" have gone astray! If only they avoided being meth-heads, they would succeed. If only they had faith, they could truly stand against American and British tanks and destroy them with fireballs from their eyes and bolts of lightning from their arses.

But since intoxicants are the work of the devil, and the United States is the Great Satan, then it follows that OUR government interjected the drugs into these peaceful societies. First the CIA introduces crack into urban communities and now this. Oh, it has all the markings of a KKKarl Rove operation. You magnificent bastard!

By at 12:24 PM | Comments |

The Window is Closing

Even as Iran prepares to kick out inspectors once again, they are arming their sites with Russian SAMS to defend against air attacks. According to Jed Babbin, who I wish gave a source for that fact, Israel's aircraft will no longer be able to reach Iran's nuclear sites once these high-tech SAMS are in place. Only our stealth fighters will.

Maybe that will give us some clarity. I have been hoping for so long Israel would just go ahead and Osirak some of these sites--obviously we can't get them all, but if we shoot in the middle of the SAMS in, e.g., Nataz or Isfahan. Now either they do it by the time these new SAMS get in place, or we do. And I'm sure they don't want to do it.

Why Russia is so blithely proliferating nuclear weapons is a subject for another post sometime, but it looks to me like the NPT and the IAEA have become about as relevant to international politics as a UN General Council resolution.

By See-Dubya at 11:55 AM | Comments |

Officials: CIA missile strike kills al-Qaida No. 3

Another murderous terrorist islamofascist scumbag meets Allah....

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The operational commander of al-Qaida and possibly the No. 3 official in the terrorist organization, Hamza Rabia, was killed early Thursday morning by a CIA missile attack on a safehouse in Pakistan, officials told NBC News.

Pakistan's president later confirmed the militant leader's death.

“Yes indeed, 200 percent. I think he was killed the day before yesterday if I’m not wrong,” President Pervez Musharraf told reporters as he arrived in Kuwait on an official visit on Saturday.

While Pakistani officials publicly said Rabia died in a blast caused by explosives stored in a house for bomb-making, officials speaking on condition of anonymity told NBC News he was killed by a CIA missile strike carried out by an unmanned Predator airplane

Companion OpiniPundit

By at 09:24 AM | Comments |

December 02, 2005

Another Isolated Incident?

Possible SAM launch at an airliner:

FBI agents and Homeland Security officials spent the weekend investigating the report of a possible missile fired at an American Airlines plane taking off from Los Angeles International Airport.

According to the article, the FBI seems to think that it is either a flare or a bottle rocket.

I dunno, most airline pilots are ex-military, I'm sure they can tell the difference between a flare and a SAM. As far as a bottle rocket? Please. I fired hundreds, possibly thousands of those things in my youth, I hardly think they would be mistaken for a SAM by even the most green of pilots.

However, at this early point in time, the door to all possibilities remains open.

Another odd thing is that the date underneath the headline is 11/28, 4 days ago.

I just found this story at Drudge a couple of minutes ago, and I did a Google news search and found only 2 stories, dated today.

Interesting.

As the big boys say, developing....


UPDATE:

Yup, already. The Blog Grandfather was on this earlier.

He links to this from Bill Quick:

UPDATE: I just talked with an FBI spokesman from the Los Angeles bureau who told me that the sighting was of "a contrail." The spokesman added that "all investigative leads were vetted and the results were negative." The investigation is now closed.

A contrail? A pardonmyfrenchgoddamncontrail?

A contrail results when water vapor in the air is heated by the friction of the airplane and then immediately condenses in the cooler air behind it (or something like that).

If this was a contrail....Where was the airplane that made it? Are they suggesting he saw his own plane's contrail?

UPDATE II: Further surfing shows that WitNit has been on this for some time now.

Granted, I wasn't there at the time it happened, but really, the explanations being put forth don't make much sense.

By Vinnie at 11:02 PM | Comments |

NYCLU Loses In NYC Subway Bag Search Case

Crossposted from Stop The ACLU

In a victory for National Security, and the American citizen not to be blown up, a judge ruled today against the ACLU, and for NYC Subways in their effort to protect their citizens.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled on Friday that police had a constitutional right to randomly search passengers' bags on the New York City subway to deter terrorist attacks.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman ruled the searches were an effective and appropriate means to fight terrorism, and constituted only a "minimal intrusion" of privacy.

"The risk to public safety of a terrorist bombing of New York City's subway system is substantial and real," Berman wrote in his opinion.

"The need for implementing counter-terrorism measures is indisputable, pressing, ongoing and evolving."

Random bag searches began on July 22 after a second set of bomb attacks on London's transit system.

In a statement, Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised the ruling, calling bag searches a "reasonable precaution" that police would continue to take.

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), which had sued to stop the searches, plans to appeal, Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement. She said the "unprecedented" bag search program violated a basic freedom.

Well of course they plan to appeal, they wouldn't want common sense to prevail! I understand the ACLU's concern on this. No one wants to live in a police state. However, I think they are completely overzealous in this. The majority of people do not mind being searched if it means they will live another day. Besides, the ACLU would have another fit if we were to try to implement profiled searches. And they have even proven through their lawsuit in Tampa against Raymond James Stadium that they are against searches across the board. The irony is that on their own building they have a sign that says you may be subject to search upon entering. The ACLU have twisted a legitimate attempt to protect NY's citizens into a scare tactic method completely overexaggerated. Why can't they see what most people can? The threat of being blown up is a greater risk, than the far fetched idea of a police state.

By at 09:09 PM | Comments |

New Video: Peace Activists Threatened With Death

UPDATE: We have the video. Links and transcript here.

UPDATE: Confirmed by MSM sources. We are working on obtaining the raw video.

According to Matt Drudge, Al Jazeera has broadcast a video which purportedly threatens the life of four Western peace activists in Iraq. The names of the four activists are American Thomas Fox--who is also a blogger, Canadians Harmeet Singh Sooden and James Loney, and British citizen Norman Kember. The Jawa Report was the first media outlet to reveal the names of the hostages.

Because of the many similarities between the kidnapping of anti-American journalist Guliana Sgrena, it has been widely speculated that the terror organization never planned to kill the hostages, but are using the four peace activists as tools to drum up antiwar sentiment. However, because the orignial hostage video was first released on a website (contrary to media reports that al Jazeera first released the video) that belonged to a known terrorist organization the threat may very well be real.

The Jawa Report will post images and links to the video as soon as they are available.

UPDATE: Ian at the Political Teen has the al Jazeera video and has it posted here as does Bareknucklepolitics. Both are of a CTV report, and the latter has audio. We are still working on getting the original video before it went through the al Jazeera editing process.

Breitbart:

Al-Jazeera television broadcast a videotape Friday in which kidnappers of four Christian peace activists threatened to kill their hostages unless all prisoners in U.S. and Iraqi detention centers are released. The kidnappers gave the two governments until Dec. 8 to meet their demands, Al-Jazeera quoted a statement delivered with the tape as saying....

All four appeared frightened.

The Canadians were shown eating from plates of what appeared to be Arabic sweets. In a second clip, the British and American hostages were shown to talking to the camera but no audio was transmitted.

The two were calling on the U.S. and British governments to withdraw from Iraq, Al-Jazeera reported, quoting a statement from the kidnappers, who earlier identified themselves as the Swords of Righteousness Brigade.

Yes, very much like the Sgrena video indeed.

Developing....

More links at Pajama Media and in trackbacks below.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:53 PM | Comments |

Antisemitism at Crooks and Liars

Headline from Crooks and Liars:

War Profiteer and the $10 million Bat Mitzvah

I dunno, something about blaming Jews for profiteering off the death of soldiers sounds familiar somehow........like deja vu or something.

Hat tip: Ghost of a Flea for the e-mail.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:28 PM | Comments |

On Propaganda in War II: Electric Bugaloo

Matt Welch has responded to those arguing for propaganda in Reason magazine here. Matt and I have exchanged several e-mails over the subject, the crux of which were "Boy, I just really wish we had the time to delve into this more deeply"--or, at least, I wish I had more time. I mean, it is Friday and I am a university professor and blogging is work.....

Nevetheless, the divide here seems to be between the neo-libertarian right--which believes liberty means something different in war time than in peace--and the paleo-libertarian right--which believes (at least under my reading) that liberty is a constant.

Here is one of the core arguments made by Matt:

Shackleford's folly, aside from the feeble unpatriotic slap, is that that formulation assumes all weapons are equally neutral in moral value and practical effectiveness, which they are not. There's a reason, aside from international treaty, we no longer use nerve gas on enemy lines, or napalm on villages, or atomic bombs on cities -- world reaction would cause more negative consequences than whatever "positive" gains could be had on the ground. And if we used horses to do a tank's job, or muskets instead of M-16s, these weapons wouldn't be an "asset," they'd be a hindrance.
Since the majority of Matt's Reason article targets my post on Propaganda in a State of War, and since I can't really respond to all of his objections right now, what to do? Call in the pinch-hitter, of course. This is the American League, after all.

Now batting for Rusty Shackleford, Steve Green the Vodkapundit:

Now then. If a nuke were to go off in New York or Los Angeles or even Des Moines tomorrow, do you doubt that even President Kerry (cough, cough) would hesitate before retaliating in kind? Oh, but that would be retaliation, wouldn't it? And would it not therefore be a fair response? And what about propaganda? It's not as if the enemy doesn't use it – so why should our government be so restrained? Especially when our stuff is pretty damn innocent? [Read the rest]
Home run!

The second, and more important argument made by Matt is on the effectiveness of propaganda. Even if it is moral to use, it should not be if it does more harm than good:

Is unlabeled propaganda a useful weapon? In the long run I don't think it is. First, people will eventually find out, either from military officials alarmed at the practice, or Iraqi journalists with whatever motive. As most dictators have eventually learned, truth [ed note: emphasis mine] has a way breaking through even the tightest of seals.
The major problem here is the assumption that propaganda produced by the U.S. military may not be true. To believe propaganda is always based on lies is to fundamentally misunderstand the definition of propaganda. Propaganda is the use of information to a specific ends, or the use of information (which may be true) to further specific goals.

And as long as we're playing with effete American League rules, why not send in two pinch-hitters for Shackleford (after all, I'm a pitcher not a catcher)? Now batting for Rusty Shackleford, Jeff Goldstein of Protein Wisdon:

....the actual “outing” of the propaganda effort by the LAT is, ironically, the only thing that might cause the effort to backfire—but then, we murder to dissect, as they say....

Taking this parallel one step further, let me add that our use of propaganda seems to me to fit this paradigm perfectly, insofar as we have used it to beat back the anti-American rhetoric coming not only from the Arab world, but from the western press as well.

Or to put it more bluntly, this campaign was designed to retaliate not only against enemy propaganda in Iraq and other parts of the middle east, but ironically (and sadly) against our very own media, whose coverage has been almost uniformly sensationalistic and dire. [Read the rest]

Ouch. If not a Grand Slam then at least a two-run homer.

UPDATE: Wunderkraut sends me a link to this nifty graphic from File It Under. Click it for a larger view and then go check out the original post here.

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

Army of Ansar al-Sunna Murders Iraqi on Video

The Army of Ansar al-Sunna has murdered a captured Iraqi jail guard named Nasser Had Ali in a new video released on the internet. The terrorist group has known ties to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq.

In the over 8 minute video, two masked terrorists hold guns to the victim's head and force him to confess to 'collaboration' and 'apostasy'. The victim warns others not to collaborate with the 'apostate' government of Iraq. Such confessions are routine in these Islamic snuff videos and provide legitimacy to the terrorist murders. Under Islamic law apostasy is punishable by the death penalty.

The hostage is then taken outside, in the dark, where he is shot by one of the terrorists with a pistol. I have sent the video to Bareknucklepolitics where portions of it may be seen here.

Here is the SITE report:

Ansar al-Sunnah issued an 8:30 minute video with a statement today, December 1, 2005, announcing the execution of an Iraqi guard for al-Jaderiya jail, Nasser Hadi Ali, who was charged with spying on the mujahideen and arresting imams and worshippers at mosques as part of a commission with the Iraqi Ministry of Interior. The group claims that Ali had formerly aided the mujahideen, transporting their weapons, but he was “brainwashed” by the government.

The video depicts Nasser Had Ali seated blindfolded between two masked men carrying firearms as he “confesses” to the allegations levied against him. He is subsequently shot several times, according to “Allah’s order… to serve as an example for others.”

Images from the video may be found at SITE. and at ITB.

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

You Killed Santa & Jesus You Bastard

I got this from a highly conservative deeply Christian nice lady who for some reason has a lot of pull with Howie.

Survey Proves Retailers Banning Christmas

I thought you would be interested in a survey we did. We gathered advertising inserts from 11 different companies placed in two papers on Nov. 27 (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and Memphis Commercial Appeal.) Combined, the inserts totaled 280 pages.

Of the 11 companies, only one—McRae's/Belks—had a reference to "Christmas." They mentioned "Christmas" only two times. The other 10 companies did not mention "Christmas" a single time! While refusing to use "Christmas," they used the term "holiday" a total of 59 times in their 10 inserts.

The companies which refused to mention Christmas a single time in their 260 pages of insert promotions were Target, Kroger, Office Max, Walgreens, Sears, Staples, Lowe's, J.C. Penney, Dell and Best Buy.

Ask these companies why they banned "Christmas" in their in-store promotions and retail advertising and they will tell you they didn't want to offend anyone. They mean, of course, anyone except Christians.

These retailers are willing to use Christmas to secure about 20% of their yearly sales, but they absolutely refuse to mention the Reason for the season.

To see what we can achieve by working together, read the statement from Federated Stores. We boycotted them last year. Click here to see how they have changed.
Please sign our petition below. We are writing every national retailer which bans "Christmas" asking them to change their policy and letting them know how many have signed the petition. Thus far we have nearly 350,000. Our goal is 1,000,000. It is urgent that you sign the petition and forward it to your friends and family. We need numbers so that the national retailers will take notice!

If we will stick together and take action, next year we will see scores of retailers recognizing "Christmas" as a Christian holy day instead of a secular "holiday".

Please click here to sign our petition now!
Sincerely,

Don

Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman
American Family Association

Others Supporting Christmas as the birthday of Jesus Christ (uh I thought that’s what it is). Chris Short Here and CC Here.

Hat Tip: Aunt Frannie.

By Howie at 08:58 AM | Comments |

December 01, 2005

On Murtha's Mangled Message

So, the U.S. armed forces are broken, worn out, and "living hand to mouth." A Vietnam vet said it, so it has to be true! Nothing like a tautology to seal the deal (by saying "I predict he'll make it look like we're staying the course," Rep. Murtha gives himself the chance to be proven right regardless of facts or what the administration does -- a pullout of any degree is proof the military is stretched too thin, and maintaining the current force level is only a saving face operation needed because the troops are stretched too thin). Besides the fact that his lame political pandering sounds more like a terrorist communique than anything else, I cannot help to think he is slightly mistaken based on what, you know, actual soldiers on the groud say. But since such logic has escaped the Honorable Representative, let me do a quick graphic display.

Rep. Murtha's view of the U.S. military:

PDVD_089.jpg

Note the lack of formation, discipline, and the moronic head-cracking of the right-most soldier on the door. These are the Keystone Cops who were fooled by two droids a few minutes later. This is French army stuff... well, not really, I take that back. These guys are still facing forward at least.

However, based on all observations, personal accounts, and reports from friends and family actually in harm's way, this is a far more accurate impression of the U.S. forces:

Clones2.jpg

It's not an easy haul, but they are doing it by the book. Speed, discipline, and firepower. These soldiers will win us the war, if you give them the chance.

By at 10:48 PM | Comments |

Paging Larry Flynt

I believe it's Hustler magazine that does the "Girl Next Door" thing, right? I think we've found a new candidate:

MONCEAU-SUR-SAMBRE, Belgium (AP) — She was the typical girl-next-door — pretty daughter of a hospital secretary who grew up on a quiet street in this rust-belt town and finished high school before becoming a bakers' assistant.

I hear her eyes are blue.

One blue this way, one blue that way.

Some other girls next door she'll be swapping recipes with:

Erzsebet Bathory

Belle Gunness

Dorothea Puente

Just to name a few.

As far as I'm concerned, that USA Today article I linked up there takes the media coddling of terrorists to a new low. Just when you think they can't get any lower...

Background on this "girl next door" here. (Link whoring on your own blog, Rusty...sheesh, I thought I was shameless.)

CP@VAM

By Vinnie at 09:52 PM | Comments |

Peace Activists Kidnapped in Same Mosque as Giuliana Sgrena

When we first noticed the eary similarities between the Giuliana Sgrena kidnapping and the kidnapping of the four Western peace activists in Iraq, we had no idea just how uncanny the two situations would become. It turns out that American Thomas Fox, Canadians Harmeet Singh Sooden and James Loney, and British citizen Norman Kember were kidnapped in the exact same spot as Giuliana Sgrena.

Up to this point we have refrained from speculating that this hostage crisis could have been staged by the terror organization so that they could later release the hostages in a show of 'goodwill'. Our many readers and fellow bloggers have not been so restrained. However, in light of this new information...well, consider it a thought in the back of our collective heads which we just can't help thinking. In no way would this have to mean that the hostages were in on the hoax, only that the threat against their lives might not be real--especially if they were known by the terrorists to sympathize with their cause.

Why would terrorists do this? Well, look what happened during the Giuliana Sgrena crisis. Sgrena, who's sympathies were with the terrorists anyway, was more than happy to cry on cue and demand that Italy withdraw immediately from Iraq. The reaction from the Italian Left was overwhelming and the pressure mounted on the Burlesconi government to leave. Terrorists are not stupid. They choose tactics that they believe work. If it seemed to work once.....

If this is the case, then it is good news for the hostages as their eventual release is almost gauranteed. For the sake of the hostages, we hope this is so.

Guardian (hat tip Alicia):

Four Christian peace activists held hostage in Iraq were kidnapped at the same place where an Italian journalist was abducted, raising the possibility one group carried out both attacks, police said Thursday.

The style of the abduction also was similar: The activists were seized Saturday in the vicinity of a mosque near Baghdad University. A car blocked their car, gunmen got out, threw the driver and translator out and drove away with the four captives, security officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media....

While in captivity, Sgrena also appeared in a video. She begged for her life and warned foreigners to leave the country.

Iraqi police Lt. Thaer Mahmoud said Thursday that the activists were kidnapped in the same place as Sgrena, whose release on March 4 touched off a tragic friendly fire incident that strained relations between Italy and the United States.

Of course, the major hitch in this theory is that I first found the hostage video after a friend of mine pointed out that it was posted on a terrorist website.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:29 PM | Comments |

Blogger Held Hostage in Iraq

The American hostage in Iraq, Thomas Fox, who's name was first revealed on The Jawa Report on Nov. 29th, is also a blogger.

His blog, Waiting in the Light, was last updated on November 9th. In his last entry, Tom Fox, now held by Sunni insurgents with links to those who fought the U.S. in Fallujah, decries the U.S. led assault on that city. Despite the fact that Fallujah was run by a form of strict Islamic law before the U.S. liberated that city--in which civilians were murdered for appearing too 'Western'-- Fox's entry decries the U.S. occupation with no words of criticism of the 'resistance' that fought his fellow countrymen.

Further, Fox seems to believe a Muslim cleric's version of the Fallujah narrative over those of the Marines and soldiers that liberated that city. Perhaps Fox was unaware that the cleric was possibly a member of the Shura council which ran Fallujah and which meted out death sentences to prostitutes, collaborated and gave refuge to al Qaeda linked terrorists (possibly some of the same terrorists holding Fox hostage now), and which saw even the possession of Western media a sign of apostasy?

It is tragic irony that those now holding Fox hostage are those that he found difficult to criticize, and that the U.S. Marines and soldiers which he found so easy to fault are his best bet on surviving his ordeal alive.

His entries are a mix of personal reflection and first-hand reporting from Iraq. His blog also reveals that Fox was a truly committed pacifist, willing to die rather than do violence to others. There is much to be admired in a man willing to die for his beliefs.

However, it remains unclear why it is that Western pacifists seem so eager to take on the U.S. and Israel and so willing to overlook the violence and aggression of Jihadis and Palestinians? If all violence is equally bad, then why the focus on Western violence and not on those who are the enemy of the West?

Unless of course the pacifist really doesn't believe his tactics would work in totalitarian states or among violent religious fanatics? Which, I think, is quite revealing.

Regardless of his naivite and poor judgement, we pray for his and the other hostages release and that those responsible will meet a swift and deadly justice. Fox is an innocent and a victim, and those who are holding him captive are guilty and aggressors. At The Jawa Report, we will not equivocate between the two and hold that the value of the life of an innocent is greater than the value of the life of those guilty of hostage taking.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:19 PM | Comments |

Blogger Held Hostage in Iraq

The American hostage in Iraq, Thomas Fox, who's name was first revealed on The Jawa Report on Nov. 29th, is also a blogger.

His blog, Waiting in the Light, was last updated on November 9th. In his last entry, Tom Fox, now held by Sunni insurgents with links to those who fought the U.S. in Fallujah, decries the U.S. led assault on that city. Despite the fact that Fallujah was run by a form of strict Islamic law before the U.S. liberated that city--in which civilians were murdered for appearing too 'Western'-- Fox's entry decries the U.S. occupation with no words of criticism of the 'resistance' that fought his fellow countrymen.

Further, Fox seems to believe a Muslim cleric's version of the Fallujah narrative over those of the Marines and soldiers that liberated that city. Perhaps Fox was unaware that the cleric was possibly a member of the Shura council which ran Fallujah and which meted out death sentences to prostitutes, collaborated and gave refuge to al Qaeda linked terrorists (possibly some of the same terrorists holding Fox hostage now), and which saw even the possession of Western media a sign of apostasy?

It is tragic irony that those now holding Fox hostage are those that he found difficult to criticize, and that the U.S. Marines and soldiers which he found so easy to fault are his best bet on surviving his ordeal alive.

His entries are a mix of personal reflection and first-hand reporting from Iraq. His blog also reveals that Fox was a truly committed pacifist, willing to die rather than do violence to others. There is much to be admired in a man willing to die for his beliefs.

However, it remains unclear why it is that Western pacifists seem so eager to take on the U.S. and Israel and so willing to overlook the violence and aggression of Jihadis and Palestinians? If all violence is equally bad, then why the focus on Western violence and not on those who are the enemy of the West?

Unless of course the pacifist really doesn't believe his tactics would work in totalitarian states or among violent religious fanatics? Which, I think, is quite revealing.

Regardless of his naivite and poor judgement, we pray for his and the other hostages release and that those responsible will meet a swift and deadly justice. Fox is an innocent and a victim, and those who are holding him captive are guilty and aggressors. At The Jawa Report, we will not equivocate between the two and hold that the value of the life of an innocent is greater than the value of the life of those guilty of hostage taking.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:25 PM | Comments |

On the Approaching Celebratory Weeks

Seeing the various levels of rancor regarding the Chrismahanakwanzaka season, I would like to present my peaceful solution, or my own Oslo Accords if you will. Alright, maybe not the best analogy. Or maybe the best. We live in an uncertain, postmodern time. Got that, buddy? Sorry, I need to calm down a bit.

Anyway, my prosposal is a classic standby. Festivus is truly a holiday for the rest of us, and by rest of us I mean all of us, right now. Here is a video that explains the spirit of the season. Festivus has a rich tradition beyond that of Seinfeld, though most of you are likely too ignorant to understand that. OK, OK, I am sorry about that last one. My Airing of Grievances is getting ahead of me. Please understand that lashing into others and the world about how they have disappointed me gives me more pleasure than you can imagine. And how do I know? Well, because one year, my family celebrated Festivus. What follows is a cautionary tale of anger, redemption, and triumph.

It started when I stole a metal pole from a construction site. I planned on using the pole as a makeshift weapon to attack old women with (these were the days before use of the Jazzy was wildy accepted, so the ladies could not get away from my drunken rage). Upon seeing the pole, my family concluded that getting a Christmas tree was too much trouble and thus our Festivus was born. I am not sure what my bringing home a piece of metal had with the decision to get a tree, but they are all drunks anyway.

We propped the pole up with some cinder blocks as was the style of the time. Over dinner, the airing of grievances began. My father lamented over my brother's nebulous sexual orientation and over my sister's jawa boyfriend (or was he a tusken raider... hmm, we never did know as he was caught in a mysterious explosion). My mother forgot the decision made by the family regarding the Christmas tree because she was passed out at the time, so she chose to complain about how we lacked a proper tree for presents. What a materialist! My brother went on and on about how the latest fashions from Milan did not flatter his figure, and my sister babbled about something but frankly I don't remember because she is a woman and I doubt it could have been important. Which left me to speak.

I started by wailing upon the shallow buffoonery of the world at large. Those damn lox-eating limousine liberals I knew from Vermont took the body blows. Also, I had quite a bit to say about the recent GAP holiday ads on the television. Why do attractive people feel the need to sell themselves out so badly? I mean, prostitution is a perfectly acceptable alternative for some cash. I myself have paid for a good number of... hmm, I digress. After a rant about the lack of construction standards and security that, ironically, allowed for me to obtain the Festivus pole in the first place, I centered in on my family.

The words that I said are of little importance here, especially given the gag order and pending legal action, as well as the terms of my previous parole. However, my fundamental point is this -- a purely humanistic "holiday season" (and the resulting venting of anger and uncomfortable lines drawn in the PC sand) is way better than some wishy-washy religious junk that actually reminds you to love your neighbor even if they are some lox-eating limousine liberals. Because, let's be serious, shouldn't this time of year be equally as artificially uncomfortable for everyone involved? Think of it... if we can make this time of year so awkward for everyone, we might even be able to dump the "holiday" crap altogether. My example of pure humanistic pursuit should be a beacon to us all. No more looking into ourselves for peace, no more being nice to others as you get excited about an important time, no more special-ness of a certain time of year. It would be worthy of a celebration, just so long as there is no damn tree.

By at 03:19 PM | Comments |

The Fallacy of Calling "WP" a "Chemical Weapon"

The reality of war is such that it is hell. So, picking a particular weapon--which is no worse (and in fact much less worse and much less indiscriminate) than many others--and then trying to prove that it is 'bad' simply because one doesn't like the sound of the word 'chemical' seems like a kind of semantic sophism not worthy of discourse.

Bill, from INDC Journal, takes apart the White Phosphorous argument:

A. White Phosphorous rounds have a chemical action with the potential to cause really super nasty, icky-sounding wounds.

B. This legal round that has a chemical action with the potential to cause really nasty, icky-sounding wounds can be subsequently exagerrated and spun by partisan ideologues as a "chemical weapon," with the intent of drawing an ironic moral equivalence between the United States and Saddam Hussein's regime.

Indeed, the WP argument is beginning to sound a lot like the "Hitler was a vegetarian and so is Ralph Nadar" argument. Think about it.

Right-on Bill. I believe all those IM chats with Jeff Goldstein are beginning to pay off.

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

Highly Unfavorable Negative Opinion

It seems this guy here(don’t bother)Well he seems to think he’s on to a trend and uses Howie here as an example of a person who expresses a “highly unfavorable negative opinion” of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. Ok I admit it I have a highly unfavorable negative opinion of terrorists. I especially harbor a highly unfavorable negative opinion of those who’s highly unfavorable negative opinion of me is so strong they want to blow me up or saw off my head. So in order to lift myself out the category of those who use highly unfavorable negative opinion speech I submit the following to his little word counter bot.

I just love the Beatles.

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy.
There's nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be in time
It's easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
There's nothing you can know that isn't known.
Nothing you can see that isn't shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.
It's easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
All you need is love (all together now)
All you need is love (everybody)
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

Lennon/McCartney

I love old Tom T Hall too.

I love little baby ducks, old pick-up trucks, slow-moving trains, and rain
I love little country streams, sleep without dreams, Sunday school in May, and hay
And I love you too
I love leaves in the wind, pictures of my friends, birds in the world, and squirrels
I love coffee in a cup, little fuzzy pups, old tv shows and snow
And I love you too
I love honest open smiles, kisses from a child, tomatoes on the vine, and onions
I love winners when they cry, losers when they cry, music when it's good, and life
And I love you too
"I Love" -- Tom T. Hall

I although wov mithter thister

You [words & music: Marky Carter, additional lyrics: D. Snider]

You saw me comin', you had my number
But you don't want me, could you be dumber
Your eyes are flashin', your lips are willing
But I'm a patsy for the killing
You're so beautiful, so unforgettable
You think that I'd do most anything

[CHORUS:]

Love is for dreamers, love is for believers
Love is for losers, love
Is for suckers
Love is for suckers, love is for suckers

Listen, I'm not some poor fool, won't jump through your hoop
Ain't gonna crawl, girl, to that I won't stoop
So if you want me, you'll have to get me
And if you're willing I'll be ready
You're so beautiful, so unforgettable
To me that just don't mean anything

[REPEAT CHORUS]

(uh now the best part of this tune)
Listen, well, well, well, if it isn't little miss perfect
And to what do I owe the pleasure of this visit?
You wanna get back together? You do, huh?
Well, listen honey, I'm just not interested
You'll what? You will? With your heels on?
Oh no, come on, babe, let's go
Here I go again

[Solo - Eddie]

You're so beautiful, so unforgettable
You know that I'll do most anything

[REPEAT CHORUS]

Listen, love is for suckers, love is for suckers
Sucker fight me, sucker fight you (love is for suckers)
Always be suckers and do most anything
I wanna be a sucker (love is for suckers)
I'm a sucker, you're a sucker
He's a sucker, she's a sucker (love is for suckers)
Would you like to be a sucker, to be sucker?
Love is for suckers, yeah, yeah
Sucker

So you don’t like Dee cause he’s bad gay. I’m not sure I’d tell him that to his face the man is huge even without the hair. He might decide he wants to make love to you in a highly unfavorable negative manner without your permission.

Hat tip Mark: Actually Dee is not gay Mark saw an interview and he had his wife and family. He just likes the way women's clothes feel next to his body.


Ok and now my own composition to the tune of the meow mix song. Sing along it’s fun.

Love love love love
Love love love love
Love love love love love love love love love
Love love love love
Love love love love
Love love love love
Love love love love…love love love love love love love love

Dah dummm I loooooove it.

Ok yeah for those you that like guns and love too.

Simmons/Stanley
I really love you baby
I love what you've got
Let's get together we can
Get hot
No more tomorrow baby
Time is today
Girl I can make you feel
Okay
No place for hidin' baby
No place to run
You pull the trigger of my
Love gun (love gun) love gun
Love gun (love gun) love gun
You can't forget me bab
Don't try to lie
You'll never leave me mama
So don't try
I'll be a gambler baby
Lay down the bet
We get together mama
You'll sweat
No place for hidin' baby
No place to run
You pull the trigger of my
Love gun (love gun) love gun
Love gun (love gun) love gun
Love gun love gun
Love gun (love gun) love gun
Love gun (love gun)
Love gun (love gun) love gun
Love gun (love gun) love gun
Love gun (love gun)
Love gun (love gun)
Love gun (love gun)
Love gun (love)

Oh remember Leo Sayer

Wo-oh yay yay
Love you more than I can say
I?ll love you twice as much tomorrow
Wo-oh love you more than I can sayWo-oh yay yay
I miss you every single day
Why must my life be filled with sorrow
Wo-oh love you more than I can sayDon?t you know I need you so
Tell me please I gotta know
Do you mean to make me cry
Am I just another guyWo-oh yay yay
Love you more than I can say
I?ll love you twice as much tomorrow
Wo oh love you more than I can sayDon?t you know I need you so
Tell me please I gotta know
Do you mean to make me cry
Am I just another guyWo-oh yay yay
I love you more than I can say
I?ll love you twice as much tomorrow
Wo-oh love you more than I can say

Some Nazereth

Love hurts love scars
Love wounds and mars
Any heart not tough
Or strong enough
Take a lot of pain
Take a lot of pain
Love is like a cloud
And it holds a lot of rain
Love hurts (ooooo) love hurts
I'm young I know
but even so
I know a thing or two
Ooo honey I learned from you
I really learned a lot
I really learned a lot
Love is like a stove
It burns you when it's hot
Love hurts (ooooo) love hurts
Some fools rave of happiness
Of blissfulness togetherness
Oh some fools
They fool themselves I guess
They're not fooling me
And I know it isn't true
God I know it isn't true
Love is just a lie and it's
Made to make you blue
Love hurts (ooooo) love hurts
(Ooooo) love hurts
And I know it isn't true
Oh I know it isn't true
Love is just a lie and it's
Made to make you blue
Cause love hurts
Early in the morning you hurt
Love hurts (ooooo) love hurts

There that ought to clog up your statistical bot of which I harbor a highly unfavorable negative opinion.

Oh I forgot.

McCartney:
You’d think that people would have had enought of silly love songs.
But I look around me and I see it isn’t so.
Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs.
And what’s wrong with that?
I’d like to know, ’cause here I go again
I love you, I love you,
I love you, I love you,
I can’t explain the feeling’s plain to me, say can’t you see?
Ah, she gave me more, she gave it all to me
Now can’t you see,
What’s wrong with that
I need to know, ’cause here I go again
I love you, I love you

Love doesn’t come in a minute,
Sometimes it doesn’t come at all
I only know that when I’m in it
It isn’t silly, no, it isn’t silly, love isn’t silly at all.

How can I tell you about my loved one?
How can I tell you about my loved one?

How can I tell you about my loved one?
(I love you)
How can I tell you about my loved one?
(I love you)


By Howie at 02:47 PM | Comments |

Twenty Eight in People Years

Congrats to Junkyard Blog for four years in the blogosphere. That's a long time for a blog to hang around, but JYB's still in its prime. Bryan Preston gets credit for a wide variety of scoops and memes, including the 'Google It!' button about Bill Clinton's support for regime change in Iraq, realizing the implications of the flooded buses in New Orleans, warning about the empty gimme-gimme theology of Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven Church", and yeoman advocacy for John Bolton (and Bolton's Proliferation Security Initiative).

And those are just this year. There's a reason huge blogs like Michelle Malkin and Polipundit look up Bryan to guest-blog for them. Bryan's also been able to parlay his blog hobby into some freelance opinion writing as well: you might have seen his byline at Tech Central Station or NRO.

So JYB--keep on barking. The rest of you--go wish him well here.

By See-Dubya at 02:00 PM | Comments |

Islamic Jihad Video of Beheaded Israeli in Gaza Emerges (Images)

Hazem_Palestinian_beheading_1.jpgA video from Palestinian Islamic Jihad of a beheaded Israeli is being distributed on the internet. The video shows a crowd of Palestinians in Gaza, including children, shouting "Allahu akhbar!" (God is great) as a terrorist takes the head out of a bag and holds it up for the cheering crowd. Jihadi music plays in the background and the crowd is visibly ecstatic.

Visual evidence suggest that the victim may have been killed first, and then beheaded later. UPDATE: The video may be downloaded here.

This should serve as a reminder that beheading those deemed 'infidels' and 'apostates' has a long tradition in Islamic culture and in Palestine. For instance, a recent photo taken by Michael Totten (scroll down) in Hezbollah controlled Lebanon three feet from the Israeli border of a large public sign glorifying the beheading of an Israeli soldier. The written message facing the Israeli checkpoint serves as a warning to the IDF.

In related news, jorors in the Sami Al-Arian case in Florida still are deliberating on the charges that the former college professor funneled money to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization. The same group responsible for this video. Predictably, Leftists at ZNet defend al-Arian because of his 'good character' and cite Islamic Jihad's charitable work. As if terrorists and their supporters are puppy killers and opposed to charity.

Hat tip to Doubletap at Infovlad.

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LAST CHANCE TO TURN BACK AND NOT SEE ANOTHER VICTIM OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISM

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ROPMA.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:21 AM | Comments |

Son of a Jawa in Time Magazine

Scott Baio's #1 fan and blog-son of The Jawa Report, Filthy Allah, finally makes the big Time. No, I mean that literally. He got a mention in Time magazine. And this actually made it to their print version. Yeah, I thought they had standards too. Apparently not!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:16 AM | Comments |

Is President Bush Against Christmas, Too?

I got my official White House Christmas card yesterday. It seems that the Commander-in-Chief is not exactly leading by example in the Christmas vs 'holiday' debate.

Even though I'm not as emotionally invested in this debate as others, I do think it's nice to acknowledge a specific holiday, and would have liked to see a Christmas wish. I've never understood why people shy away from it. I've lived overseas and was always glad when someone wished me well on holidays-- even ones I didn't celebrate.

Here is the card I (and a bajillion others) received. Click for bigger view.

PS-I like the whole Bible quote thing, but it's kind of generic for a 'Christmas' card, isn't it?

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

Lies and Persuasions

In reading my morning news, I came across this article about the most recent abortion/parental notification debate in the supreme court. While reading this article, I was totally stunned by the twisting of facts going on and the lack of understanding shown by even the judges in the case. One of the biggest reasons we have not progressed further in this debate is because we let complete fallacies stand as fact. The first and foremost falsehood is the so-called "health of the mother" exception in every abortion law. This is what stands at the center of the current debate and what has stood in the way of many other debates in the past. Abortion proponents insist that every law even being attempted contain broad exceptions for the "health of the mother." What they don't want you to hear, however, is that:

1. The "health" of the mother is a judgement call based upon each individual doctor's interpretation. It doesn't mean that she's going to die if she doesn't have an abortion. It could mean something as trivial as her body won't be in as good a shape as it was before she had the baby.

2. Health exceptions always include mental health. If a doctor determines that a woman may be mentally unstable because she's pregnant, he can use the health exception to perform an abortion. This has included cases where the woman was simply "unhappy" with her pregnancy.

And yet these are the types of things that don't get talked about during the debate. Instead, we get this "inspired" line of questioning from Justices Souter and Bryer:

[Justice Souter] went right to the heart of the arguments made by abortion advocates and asked New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte how the statute would affect teens in dire health situations. Ayotte said another New Hampshire law and policies drafted by her office would make sure abortion practitioners were not prosecuted in cases when they thought an abortion was in the best health interests of the girl. Justice Stephen Breyer thought that answer wasn't good enough. "How do we know that's the law?''

You notice the subtle change in the answer by Ms Ayotte. "...would make sure abortion practitioners were not prosecuted in cases when they thought an abortion was in the best health interests of the girl. So we're just to trust abortion practitioners to decide what is in the best health of our children? And if one decides that it is in the best health interest of all girls to not be pregnant? Could he actually be prosecuted?

But even this doesn't get to the heart of the matter. As I stated before, I have yet to see a case of abortion that has saved the mother. No one has ever been able to point one out to me and I can't imagine any situation in which it would be necessary. And even if there were such a case, what does it possibly have to do with parental notification? If a girl is in such extreme health circumstances, I believe she would be rushed to an emergency room and not an abortionist. And if she weren't in bad enough shape that she needed immediate hospital treatment then how could an abortion without parental notification possibly be justified as necessary for the "health of the mother?"

Of course now someone is going to go out and find a lone case that "proves" abortion saves mothers lives. Don't bother. I've searched and already found it. In this article by a pro-abortion women's group, they claim that they have intereviewed a woman who's life was saved by abortion. Furthermore, they claim that there's no such thing as "partial-birth" abortion. Let me show you exactly what sort of word game they're playing.

Unlike many American voters, Watts knows that "partial-birth abortion" does not exist. Coined by anti-choice activists, this term cannot be found in any medical dictionary. Its imprecision, according to defenders of choice, could target a whole host of procedures.

First, they're attempting to claim that the partial birth abortion ban could be used to target a whole group of procedures. But anyone who has been following this debate knows exactly what is being talked about.

Because her baby was already dying and because this put her own life at stake, Watts had an intact dilation and extraction (D and X), the procedure that Bush condemns as "brutal."

So they'd rather call it "intact dilation and extraction?" Well, I can certainly see why. Let's mask what really happens in this procedure with obscure medical terms so that no one thinks about it very much. If you don't think that these two procuedures are the same, then let's check with a disinterested third party.

OK, so now that we've argued over the terminology, let's get down to the facts. Why would an abortion save this woman and a c-section wouldn't? They don't bother telling that. For that fact, why couldn't they induce labor? I'm no doctor, but if you're going to claim that the abortion was necessary to save this woman, then you have to show me that no other alternative was going to work. In this case, the only thing that you proved to me is that she decided to have an abortion and then did it.

Of course we also have another face to the "health" exception argument. People who claim that we must have abortions to save women from back-alley butchers. The argument goes something like this. Even if abortions are illegal, women are going to seek them out so let's keep them legal and safe. Of course the argument given on the page above falls well short of any sort of proof.

ack in 1964, those "good" old days before Roe v. Wade, Gerri Santoro was the mother of two daughters, and recently estranged from her abusive husband. For whatever reason, Gerri met another man, Clyde Dixon, and (gasp!) had sex with him. She became pregnant. Fearful of what her husband would do to her if he returned to town and learned she was pregnant by another man, Gerry and Clyde decided that they had to terminate the pregnancy. By any means necessary. Of course, they couldn't afford to pay off some doctor in a nice hospital to do a purported D&C, as rich women could back then. Or hop on a plane and go to Mexico. Apparently, they couldn't afford even a back-alley abortionist (what--abortion being illegal didn't stop people from performing abortions???). No, these people were so poor, and so desperate, that they decided to do what far too many people in like circumstances saw as the only way. They decided to perform the abortion themselves. And they agonized over this decision so long, that Gerri was 6 1/2 months pregnant when they decided to take matters into their own hands.

Dixon acquired a medical book and equipment. They got a motel room, and he attempted to operate on her there. As expected, everything went completely wrong. Very quickly. Realizing he had made a mistake, realizing what could happen to him if he were there when Gerri died, Dixon fled the scene. She tried to stop the hemorraghing, but nothing worked.

Now, this person admits that there were several alternatives available.

1. Go to the hospital for D&X.
2. Go to Mexico
3. Go to a doctor who performs illegal abortions

And yet she couldn't afford any of these options, so she decided to do it herself. Could you possibly explain to me how abortions being legal would have saved this woman's life? She STILL woudn't have had the money to have an abortion and most likely STILL would have gone and done something stupid. Witness the two kids a few years back who had a baby at a school dance, dumped in in a trashcan and then went back to the dance. Having "safe and legal" abortions didn't seem to help them much.

Saying that we should legalize abortion to keep it safe is, at best a stretch of the imagination and at worst an outright lie. It's akin to saying we want to keep people who are addicted to crack alive, so we'll make crack legal so we can make sure it's pure and they don't smoke too much at one time. And the fact of the matter is, abortion, even legal, is not safe. Abortion proponents will point to statistics showing that only 20-30 women per year die of legal abortions. Unfortunately, this is a bending of the statistics. These figures only show women who's death can be directly attributed to the abortion process. That means that if they die on the table in the abortioninsts office, then this death is counted. However, as this article shows, there are many other ways to die from an abortion. Many unfortunate women die days or even weeks later from a perforated uterus, an infection cause by an incomplete abortion, blood clots or many other complications. Thousands more are left sterile from botched abortions. And these figures don't even begin to include the emotional scarring left by such an event.

If you want abortion, let's have an honest debate. Come on out and say you just want it as a matter of convenience and admit the rest is just hogwash. Let's have an honest debate about the real facts and see how much support is left for this brutal practice in the end.

By at 08:47 AM | Comments |