January 31, 2006

Hahahahaha ***UPDATED***

Fox News reports that Cindy Sheehan was led out of the House gallery in handcuffs.

Apparently she tried to unfurl a banner.

From the Corner:

This from Sgt. Kimberly Schneider of U-S Capitol Police.... Cindy Sheehan was arrested in the gallery of the house floor tonight and charged with demonstrating in the Capitol--a misdemeanor. ...Sgt. Schneider says she was wearing a T-shirt with a slogan on it and was asked to cover it up. Sheehan did not cover it up and she was arrested. ....She is being processed at Capital Police hd and is expected to be released at some point tonight. The misdemeanor charge carries one year in jail.

What a pity she wasn't armed.



Liberal activists -- among them graying leftovers from the Vietnam-era antiwar movement -- plan to gather near the Capitol tonight, banging pots and pans to drown out President Bush's State of the Union address.


Anyone else having a problem hearing?

UPdaTE 2:

Thank you Howie, for posting the transcript.

Due to the cacophonous din of moonbattery banging pots and pans 2000 miles away, I was unable to hear a word of tonight's SOTU. Cursed rabble rousers, they ruined my SOTU drinking game. One shot for every time the Democrats sit while the RethugliKKKans give a standing 'O'. Two shots for every close up of a Hillary "I just ate a raw lemon dipped in Bill's semen" look.

So I'm still sober, dammit.

BTW, did anyone notice the absence, albeit one small reference, of any real mention of North Korea?

Any ideas why? I haven't a clue, to be quite honest.

By Vinnie at 10:53 PM | Comments |

Postviewing The President's State of Union Address(Transcript)

Good Speech, despite some lady in a red suit sneering through the whole thing. Who was that?

President George W. Bush, Via FOXNEWS: No one can deny the success of freedom, but some men rage and fight against it. And one of the main sources of reaction and opposition is radical Islam - the perversion by a few of a noble faith into an ideology of terror and death. Terrorists like bin Laden are serious about mass murder - and all of us must take their declared intentions seriously. They seek to impose a heartless system of totalitarian control throughout the Middle East, and arm themselves with weapons of mass murder. Their aim is to seize power in Iraq, and use it as a safe haven to launch attacks against America and the world. Lacking the military strength to challenge us directly, the terrorists have chosen the weapon of fear. When they murder children at a school in Beslan ... or blow up commuters in London ... or behead a bound captive ... the terrorists hope these horrors will break our will, allowing the violent to inherit the Earth. But they have miscalculated: We love our freedom, and we will fight to keep it... ...There is no peace in retreat. And there is no honor in retreat. By allowing radical Islam to work its will - by leaving an assaulted world to fend for itself - we would signal to all that we no longer believe in our own ideals, or even in our own courage. But our enemies and our friends can be certain: The United States will not retreat from the world, and we will never surrender to evil.

Amen and may God bless America!

Link with unedited Podcast of speech via the mysterious newslinker. Who also notes that the "no t-shirt rule was applied fairly". This is a formal event, I expect anyone who fails that code would asked to leave.

Entire text and more links below the break hat tip RNC:

Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, Members of the Supreme Court and diplomatic corps, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

Today our Nation lost a beloved, graceful, courageous woman who called America to its founding ideals and carried on a noble dream. Tonight we are comforted by the hope of a glad reunion with the husband who was taken from her so long ago, and we are grateful for the good life of Coretta Scott King.

Each time I am invited to this rostrum, I am humbled by the privilege, and mindful of the history we have seen together. We have gathered under this Capitol dome in moments of national mourning and national achievement. We have served America through one of the most consequential periods of our history - and it has been my honor to serve with you.

In a system of two parties, two chambers, and two elected branches, there will always be differences and debate. But even tough debates can be conducted in a civil tone, and our differences cannot be allowed to harden into anger. To confront the great issues before us, we must act in a spirit of good will and respect for one another - and I will do my part. Tonight the state of our Union is strong - and together we will make it stronger.

In this decisive year, you and I will make choices that determine both the future and the character of our country. We will choose to act confidently in pursuing the enemies of freedom - or retreat from our duties in the hope of an easier life. We will choose to build our prosperity by leading the world economy - or shut ourselves off from trade and opportunity. In a complex and challenging time, the road of isolationism and protectionism may seem broad and inviting - yet it ends in danger and decline. The only way to protect our people ... the only way to secure the peace ... the only way to control our destiny is by our leadership - so the United States of America will continue to lead.

Abroad, our Nation is committed to an historic, long-term goal - we seek the end of tyranny in our world. Some dismiss that goal as misguided idealism. In reality, the future security of America depends on it. On September 11th, 2001, we found that problems originating in a failed and oppressive state seven thousand miles away could bring murder and destruction to our country. Dictatorships shelter terrorists, feed resentment and radicalism, and seek weapons of mass destruction. Democracies replace resentment with hope, respect the rights of their citizens and their neighbors, and join the fight against terror. Every step toward freedom in the world makes our country safer, and so we will act boldly in freedom's cause.

Far from being a hopeless dream, the advance of freedom is the great story of our time. In 1945, there were about two dozen lonely democracies on Earth. Today, there are 122. And we are writing a new chapter in the story of self-government - with women lining up to vote in Afghanistan ... and millions of Iraqis marking their liberty with purple ink ... and men and women from Lebanon to Egypt debating the rights of individuals and the necessity of freedom. At the start of 2006, more than half the people of our world live in democratic nations. And we do not forget the other half - in places like Syria, Burma, Zimbabwe, North Korea, and Iran - because the demands of justice, and the peace of this world, require their freedom as well.

No one can deny the success of freedom, but some men rage and fight against it. And one of the main sources of reaction and opposition is radical Islam - the perversion by a few of a noble faith into an ideology of terror and death. Terrorists like bin Laden are serious about mass murder - and all of us must take their declared intentions seriously. They seek to impose a heartless system of totalitarian control throughout the Middle East, and arm themselves with weapons of mass murder. Their aim is to seize power in Iraq, and use it as a safe haven to launch attacks against America and the world. Lacking the military strength to challenge us directly, the terrorists have chosen the weapon of fear. When they murder children at a school in Beslan ... or blow up commuters in London ... or behead a bound captive ... the terrorists hope these horrors will break our will, allowing the violent to inherit the Earth. But they have misc alculated: We love our freedom, and we will fight to keep it.

In a time of testing, we cannot find security by abandoning our commitments and retreating within our borders. If we were to leave these vicious attackers alone, they would not leave us alone. They would simply move the battlefield to our own shores. There is no peace in retreat. And there is no honor in retreat. By allowing radical Islam to work its will - by leaving an assaulted world to fend for itself - we would signal to all that we no longer believe in our own ideals, or even in our own courage. But our enemies and our friends can be certain: The United States will not retreat from the world, and we will never surrender to evil.

America rejects the false comfort of isolationism. We are the Nation that saved liberty in Europe, and liberated death camps, and helped raise up democracies, and faced down an evil empire. Once again, we accept the call of history to deliver the oppressed, and move this world toward peace.

We remain on the offensive against terror networks. We have killed or captured many of their leaders - and for the others, their day will come.

We remain on the offensive in Afghanistan - where a fine president and national assembly are fighting terror while building the institutions of a new democracy.

And we are on the offensive in Iraq, with a clear plan for victory. First, we are helping Iraqis build an inclusive government, so that old resentments will be eased, and the insurgency marginalized. Second, we are continuing reconstruction efforts, and helping the Iraqi government to fight corruption and build a modern economy, so all Iraqis can experience the benefits of freedom. Third, we are striking terrorist targets while we train Iraqi forces that are increasingly capable of defeating the enemy. Iraqis are showing their courage every day, and we are proud to be their allies in the cause of freedom.

Our work in Iraq is difficult, because our enemy is brutal. But that brutality has not stopped the dramatic progress of a new democracy. In less than three years, that nation has gone from dictatorship, to liberation, to sovereignty, to a constitution, to national elections. At the same time, our coalition has been relentless in shutting off terrorist infiltration, clearing out insurgent strongholds, and turning over territory to Iraqi security forces. I am confident in our plan for victory ... I am confident in the will of the Iraqi people ... I am confident in the skill and spirit of our military. Fellow citizens, we are in this fight to win, and we are winning.

The road of victory is the road that will take our troops home. As we make progress on the ground, and Iraqi forces increasingly take the lead, we should be able to further decrease our troop levels - but those decisions will be made by our military commanders, not by politicians in Washington, D.C.

Our coalition has learned from experience in Iraq. We have adjusted our military tactics and changed our approach to reconstruction. Along the way, we have benefited from responsible criticism and counsel offered by Members of Congress of both parties. In the coming year, I will continue to reach out and seek your good advice.

Yet there is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success, and defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure. Hindsight alone is not wisdom. And second-guessing is not a strategy.

With so much in the balance, those of us in public office have a duty to speak with candor. A sudden withdrawal of our forces from Iraq would abandon our Iraqi allies to death and prison ... put men like bin Laden and Zarqawi in charge of a strategic country ... and show that a pledge from America means little. Members of Congress: however we feel about the decisions and debates of the past, our Nation has only one option: We must keep our word, defeat our enemies, and stand behind the American military in its vital mission.

Our men and women in uniform are making sacrifices - and showing a sense of duty stronger than all fear. They know what it is like to fight house to house in a maze of streets ... to wear heavy gear in the desert heat ... to see a comrade killed by a roadside bomb. And those who know the costs also know the stakes. Marine Staff Sergeant Dan Clay was killed last month fighting the enemy in Fallujah. He left behind a letter to his family, but his words could just as well be addressed to every American. Here is what Dan wrote: "I know what honor is. It has been an honor to protect and serve all of you. I faced death with the secure knowledge that you would not have to.... Never falter! Don't hesitate to honor and support those of us who have the honor of protecting that which is worth protecting."

Staff Sergeant Dan Clay's wife, Lisa, and his mom and dad, Sara Jo and Bud, are with us this evening. Our Nation is grateful to the fallen, who live in the memory of our country. We are grateful to all who volunteer to wear our Nation's uniform - and as we honor our brave troops, let us never forget the sacrifices of America's military families.

Our offensive against terror involves more than military action. Ultimately, the only way to defeat the terrorists is to defeat their dark vision of hatred and fear by offering the hopeful alternative of political freedom and peaceful change. So the United States of America supports democratic reform across the broader Middle East. Elections are vital - but they are only the beginning. Raising up a democracy requires the rule of law, protection of minorities, and strong, accountable institutions that last longer than a single vote. The great people of Egypt have voted in a multi-party presidential election - and now their government should open paths of peaceful opposition that will reduce the appeal of radicalism. The Palestinian people have voted in elections - now the leaders of Hamas must recognize Israel, disarm, reject terrorism, and work for lasting peace. Saudi Arabia has taken the first steps of reform - now it can of fer its people a better future by pressing forward with those efforts. Democracies in the Middle East will not look like our own, because they will reflect the traditions of their own citizens. Yet liberty is the future of every nation in the Middle East, because liberty is the right and hope of all humanity.

The same is true of Iran, a nation now held hostage by a small clerical elite that is isolating and repressing its people. The regime in that country sponsors terrorists in the Palestinian territories and in Lebanon - and that must come to an end. The Iranian government is defying the world with its nuclear ambitions - and the nations of the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons. America will continue to rally the world to confront these threats. And tonight, let me speak directly to the citizens of Iran: America respects you, and we respect your country. We respect your right to choose your own future and win your own freedom. And our Nation hopes one day to be the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran.

To overcome dangers in our world, we must also take the offensive by encouraging economic progress, fighting disease, and spreading hope in hopeless lands. Isolationism would not only tie our hands in fighting enemies, it would keep us from helping our friends in desperate need. We show compassion abroad because Americans believe in the God-given dignity and worth of a villager with HIV/AIDS, or an infant with malaria, or a refugee fleeing genocide, or a young girl sold into slavery. We also show compassion abroad because regions overwhelmed by poverty, corruption, and despair are sources of terrorism, organized crime, human trafficking, and the drug trade.

In recent years, you and I have taken unprecedented action to fight AIDS and malaria, expand the education of girls, and reward developing nations that are moving forward with economic and political reform. For people everywhere, the United States is a partner for a better life. Short-changing these efforts would increase the suffering and chaos of our world, undercut our long-term security, and dull the conscience of our country. I urge Members of Congress to serve the interests of America by showing the compassion of America.

Our country must also remain on the offensive against terrorism here at home. The enemy has not lost the desire or capability to attack us. Fortunately, this Nation has superb professionals in law enforcement, intelligence, the military, and homeland security. These men and women are dedicating their lives to protecting us all, and they deserve our support and our thanks. They also deserve the same tools they already use to fight drug trafficking and organized crime - so I ask you to reauthorize the Patriot Act.

It is said that prior to the attacks of September 11th, our government failed to connect the dots of the conspiracy. We now know that two of the hijackers in the United States placed telephone calls to al-Qaida operatives overseas. But we did not know about their plans until it was too late. So to prevent another attack - based on authority given to me by the Constitution and by statute - I have authorized a terrorist surveillance program to aggressively pursue the international communications of suspected al-Qaida operatives and affiliates to and from America. Previous presidents have used the same constitutional authority I have - and Federal courts have approved the use of that authority. Appropriate Members of Congress have been kept informed. This terrorist surveillance program has helped prevent terrorist attacks. It remains essential to the security of America. If there are people inside our country who are talking with al-Qaida, we want to know about it - because we will not sit back and wait to be hit again.

In all these areas - from the disruption of terror networks, to victory in Iraq, to the spread of freedom and hope in troubled regions - we need the support of friends and allies. To draw that support, we must always be clear in our principles and willing to act. The only alternative to American leadership is a dramatically more dangerous and anxious world. Yet we also choose to lead because it is a privilege to serve the values that gave us birth. American leaders - from Roosevelt to Truman to Kennedy to Reagan - rejected isolation and retreat, because they knew that America is always more secure when freedom is on the march. Our own generation is in a long war against a determined enemy - a war that will be fought by Presidents of both parties, who will need steady bipartisan support from the Congress. And tonight I ask for yours. Together, let us protect our country, support the men and women who defend us, and lead this wo rld toward freedom.

Here at home, America also has a great opportunity: We will build the prosperity of our country by strengthening our economic leadership in the world.

Our economy is healthy, and vigorous, and growing faster than other major industrialized nations. In the last two-and-a-half years, America has created 4.6 million new jobs - more than Japan and the European Union combined. Even in the face of higher energy prices and natural disasters, the American people have turned in an economic performance that is the envy of the world.

The American economy is pre-eminent - but we cannot afford to be complacent. In a dynamic world economy, we are seeing new competitors like China and India. This creates uncertainty, which makes it easier to feed people's fears. And so we are seeing some old temptations return. Protectionists want to escape competition, pretending that we can keep our high standard of living while walling off our economy. Others say that the government needs to take a larger role in directing the economy, centralizing more power in Washington and increasing taxes. We hear claims that immigrants are somehow bad for the economy - even though this economy could not function without them. All these are forms of economic retreat, and they lead in the same direction - toward a stagnant and second-rate economy.

Tonight I will set out a better path - an agenda for a Nation that competes with confidence - an agenda that will raise standards of living and generate new jobs. Americans should not fear our economic future, because we intend to shape it.

Keeping America competitive begins with keeping our economy growing. And our economy grows when Americans have more of their own money to spend, save, and invest. In the last five years, the tax relief you passed has left 880 billion dollars in the hands of American workers, investors, small businesses, and families - and they have used it to help produce more than four years of uninterrupted economic growth. Yet the tax relief is set to expire in the next few years. If we do nothing, American families will face a massive tax increase they do not expect and will not welcome.

Because America needs more than a temporary expansion, we need more than temporary tax relief. I urge the Congress to act responsibly, and make the tax cuts permanent.

Keeping America competitive requires us to be good stewards of tax dollars. Every year of my presidency, we have reduced the growth of non-security discretionary spending - and last year you passed bills that cut this spending. This year my budget will cut it again, and reduce or eliminate more than 140 programs that are performing poorly or not fulfilling essential priorities. By passing these reforms, we will save the American taxpayer another 14 billion dollars next year - and stay on track to cut the deficit in half by 2009. I am pleased that Members of Congress are working on earmark reform - because the Federal budget has too many special interest projects. And we can tackle this problem together, if you pass the line-item veto.

We must also confront the larger challenge of mandatory spending, or entitlements. This year, the first of about 78 million Baby Boomers turn 60, including two of my Dad's favorite people - me, and President Bill Clinton. This milestone is more than a personal crisis - it is a national challenge. The retirement of the Baby Boom generation will put unprecedented strains on the Federal government. By 2030, spending for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid alone will be almost 60 percent of the entire Federal budget. And that will present future Congresses with impossible choices - staggering tax increases, immense deficits, or deep cuts in every category of spending.

Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security, yet the rising cost of entitlements is a problem that is not going away - and with every year we fail to act, the situation gets worse. So tonight, I ask you to join me in creating a commission to examine the full impact of Baby Boom retirements on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. This commission should include Members of Congress of both parties, and offer bipartisan answers. We need to put aside partisan politics, work together, and get this problem solved.

Keeping America competitive requires us to open more markets for all that Americans make and grow. One out of every five factory jobs in America is related to global trade, and we want people everywhere to buy American. With open markets and a level playing field, no one can out-produce or out-compete the American worker.

Keeping America competitive requires an immigration system that upholds our laws, reflects our values, and serves the interests of our economy. Our Nation needs orderly and secure borders. To meet this goal, we must have stronger immigration enforcement and border protection. And we must have a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty ... allows temporary jobs for people who seek them legally ... and reduces smuggling and crime at the border.

Keeping America competitive requires affordable health care. Our government has a responsibility to help provide health care for the poor and the elderly, and we are meeting that responsibility. For all Americans, we must confront the rising cost of care ... strengthen the doctor-patient relationship ... and help people afford the insurance coverage they need. We will make wider use of electronic records and other health information technology, to help control costs and reduce dangerous medical errors. We will strengthen Health Savings Accounts - by making sure individuals and small business employees can buy insurance with the same advantages that people working for big businesses now get. We will do more to make this coverage portable, so workers can switch jobs without having to worry about losing their health insurance. And because lawsuits are driving many good doctors out of practice - leaving women in nearly 1,500 Ameri can counties without a single OB-GYN - I ask the Congress to pass medical liability reform this year.

Keeping America competitive requires affordable energy. Here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world.

The best way to break this addiction is through technology. Since 2001, we have spent nearly 10 billion dollars to develop cleaner, cheaper, more reliable alternative energy sources - and we are on the threshold of incredible advances. So tonight, I announce the Advanced Energy Initiative - a 22-percent increase in clean-energy research at the Department of Energy, to push for breakthroughs in two vital areas. To change how we power our homes and offices, we will invest more in zero-emission coal-fired plants; revolutionary solar and wind technologies; and clean, safe nuclear energy.

We must also change how we power our automobiles. We will increase our research in better batteries for hybrid and electric cars, and in pollution-free cars that run on hydrogen. We will also fund additional research in cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol, not just from corn but from wood chips, stalks, or switch grass. Our goal is to make this new kind of ethanol practical and competitive within six years. Breakthroughs on this and other new technologies will help us reach another great goal: to replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025. By applying the talent and technology of America, this country can dramatically improve our environment ... move beyond a petroleum-based economy ... and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past.

And to keep America competitive, one commitment is necessary above all: We must continue to lead the world in human talent and creativity. Our greatest advantage in the world has always been our educated, hard-working, ambitious people - and we are going to keep that edge. Tonight I announce the American Competitiveness Initiative, to encourage innovation throughout our economy, and to give our Nation's children a firm grounding in math and science.

First: I propose to double the Federal commitment to the most critical basic research programs in the physical sciences over the next ten years. This funding will support the work of America's most creative minds as they explore promising areas such as nanotechnology, supercomputing, and alternative energy sources.

Second: I propose to make permanent the research and development tax credit, to encourage bolder private-sector investment in technology. With more research in both the public and private sectors, we will improve our quality of life - and ensure that America will lead the world in opportunity and innovation for decades to come.

Third: We need to encourage children to take more math and science, and make sure those courses are rigorous enough to compete with other nations. We have made a good start in the early grades with the No Child Left Behind Act, which is raising standards and lifting test scores across our country. Tonight I propose to train 70,000 high school teachers, to lead advanced-placement courses in math and science ... bring 30,000 math and science professionals to teach in classrooms ... and give early help to students who struggle with math, so they have a better chance at good, high-wage jobs. If we ensure that America's children succeed in life, they will ensure that America succeeds in the world.

Preparing our Nation to compete in the world is a goal that all of us can share. I urge you to support the American Competitiveness Initiative ... and together we will show the world what the American people can achieve.

America is a great force for freedom and prosperity. Yet our greatness is not measured in power or luxuries, but by who we are and how we treat one another. So we strive to be a compassionate, decent, hopeful society.

In recent years, America has become a more hopeful Nation. Violent crime rates have fallen to their lowest levels since the 1970s. Welfare cases have dropped by more than half over the past decade. Drug use among youth is down 19 percent since 2001. There are fewer abortions in America than at any point in the last three decades, and the number of children born to teenage mothers has been falling for a dozen years in a row.

These gains are evidence of a quiet transformation - a revolution of conscience, in which a rising generation is finding that a life of personal responsibility is a life of fulfillment. Government has played a role. Wise policies such as welfare reform, drug education, and support for abstinence and adoption have made a difference in the character of our country. And everyone here tonight, Democrat and Republican, has a right to be proud of this record.

Yet many Americans, especially parents, still have deep concerns about the direction of our culture, and the health of our most basic institutions. They are concerned about unethical conduct by public officials, and discouraged by activist courts that try to redefine marriage. And they worry about children in our society who need direction and love ... and about fellow citizens still displaced by natural disaster ... and about suffering caused by treatable disease.

As we look at these challenges, we must never give in to the belief that America is in decline, or that our culture is doomed to unravel. The American people know better than that. We have proven the pessimists wrong before - and we will do it again.

A hopeful society depends on courts that deliver equal justice under law. The Supreme Court now has two superb new members, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sam Alito. I thank the Senate for confirming both of them. And I will continue to nominate men and women who understand that judges must be servants of the law, and not legislate from the bench. Today marks the official retirement of a very special American. For 24 years of faithful service to our Nation, the United States is grateful to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

A hopeful society has institutions of science and medicine that do not cut ethical corners, and that recognize the matchless value of every life. Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research - human cloning in all its forms ... creating or implanting embryos for experiments ... creating human-animal hybrids ... and buying, selling, or patenting human embryos. Human life is a gift from our Creator - and that gift should never be discarded, devalued, or put up for sale.

A hopeful society expects elected officials to uphold the public trust. Honorable people in both parties are working on reforms to strengthen the ethical standards of Washington - and I support your efforts. Each of us has made a pledge to be worthy of public responsibility - and that is a pledge we must never forget, never dismiss, and never betray.

As we renew the promise of our institutions, let us also show the character of America in our compassion and care for one another.

A hopeful society gives special attention to children who lack direction and love. Through the Helping America's Youth Initiative, we are encouraging caring adults to get involved in the life of a child - and this good work is led by our First Lady, Laura Bush. This year we will add resources to encourage young people to stay in school - so more of America's youth can raise their sights and achieve their dreams.

A hopeful society comes to the aid of fellow citizens in times of suffering and emergency - and stays at it until they are back on their feet. So far the Federal government has committed 85 billion dollars to the people of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. We are removing debris, repairing highways, and building stronger levees. We are providing business loans and housing assistance. Yet as we meet these immediate needs, we must also address deeper challenges that existed before the storm arrived. In New Orleans and in other places, many of our fellow citizens have felt excluded from the promise of our country. The answer is not only temporary relief, but schools that teach every child ... and job skills that bring upward mobility ... and more opportunities to own a home and start a business. As we recover from a disaster, let us also work for the day when all Americans are protected by justice, equal in hope, and rich in opport unity.

A hopeful society acts boldly to fight diseases like HIV/AIDS, which can be prevented, and treated, and defeated. More than a million Americans live with HIV, and half of all AIDS cases occur among African-Americans. I ask Congress to reform and reauthorize the Ryan White Act ... and provide new funding to states, so we end the waiting lists for AIDS medicine in America. We will also lead a nationwide effort, working closely with African-American churches and faith-based groups, to deliver rapid HIV tests to millions, end the stigma of AIDS, and come closer to the day when there are no new infections in America.

Fellow citizens, we have been called to leadership in a period of consequence. We have entered a great ideological conflict we did nothing to invite. We see great changes in science and commerce that will influence all our lives. And sometimes it can seem that history is turning in a wide arc, toward an unknown shore.

Yet the destination of history is determined by human action, and every great movement of history comes to a point of choosing. Lincoln could have accepted peace at the cost of disunity and continued slavery. Martin Luther King could have stopped at Birmingham or at Selma, and achieved only half a victory over segregation. The United States could have accepted the permanent division of Europe, and been complicit in the oppression of others. Today, having come far in our own historical journey, we must decide: Will we turn back, or finish well?

Before history is written down in books, it is written in courage. Like Americans before us, we will show that courage and we will finish well. We will lead freedom's advance. We will compete and excel in the global economy. We will renew the defining moral commitments of this land. And so we move forward - optimistic about our country, faithful to its cause, and confident of victories to come.

Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless America.

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By Howie at 09:58 PM | Comments |

Liveblogging The Democrat Response

No, not that Democrat response.

This Democrat response.

Tinfoil hat mandatory


Good lord, I'm doing lots of updates tonight.


I just clicked on that link and saw this:

We've squandered the goodwill of the nations of the world with the Iraq debacle. How exactly does President Bush propose to engage the nations of the world in combatting this threat? The occupation of Iraq has galvanized radical Islamists in their hatred of the United States, providing a regrettable and powerful recruiting tool to those who would do us harm. How does the President propose we reach out to the Muslim world to build the bridges we must have to become "the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran"?

Our own armed forces are stretched nearly to the breaking point, understaffed and under-equipped because of the Iraq debacle. How does the President propose we rebuild our armed forces to combat the threat Iran poses?

The largest cost of the Iraq debacle is likely to prove to be our inability to respond to the threat of Iran, diplomatically or militarily.

Hey, STUPID! Can you read a freakin' GLOBE? Do you have any idea what country sits between Iraq and Afghanistan? IRAN.

The armed forces you claim are stretched too thin are sitting within spitting distance of the country you claim we can't deal with militarily.

And of course you can't deal with Iran diplomatically, they're under the thumb of a bunch of undiplomatic 7th Century theocrats who believe that once they get DA BOMB, the 12th imam will appear in all his righteous glory.

How about this ignorance:

How does the President propose we reach out to the Muslim world to build the bridges we must have to become "the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran"

Gee, could saving Kosovo be a start? Oh, that was your boy Clinton. How about extending aid after the earthquake that killed 20,000? Tsunami aid? Pakistan earthquake aid?

If anyone wonders why the Daily Kos is so popular, all you have to do is look at the success of Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Or the Darwin Awards.

By Vinnie at 09:33 PM | Comments |

To All The 'slamotards I've Loved Before

Cox & Forkum says it best:


If I were an outraged muslim, I'd consider shutting up about now.

After all, you bomb our churches, and in return we make cartoons.

And crummy photoshops.

If you don't like these depictions of your exalted pedophile prophet-pimp, wait and see what happens when we really get pissed off.

You talk tough in the comments section, so come on, beeyotches, give me a real fatwa. You sissies.

Google bait: danish caricature prophet mohammed jyllends posten cartoon mohammed

By Vinnie at 07:03 PM | Comments |

Previewing The State Of The Union Address

A meticulously detailed look at tonight's State of the Union Address painstakingly constructed from pre-speech published sources:

"My fellow Americans..."


"...and God Bless America"

By Vinnie at 05:48 PM | Comments |

Hostage Video: Germans Given 72 Hour Ultimatum

Another day another hostage video from the ghouls at al Jazeera television. This time the video shows German civilians Thomas Nitzschke and Rene Braeunlich. The two engineers have been threatened with death if Germany does not break diplomatic relations with Iraq.

An earlier video had been broadcast on al Jazeera two days ago which was dated Jan. 24th, the day the Germans were abducted.

The group calls itself the Tawhid and Sunnah Brigade (unification and 'way of the Prophet'). While the AP is reporting that the group is 'unknown', the name is actually very well known. It is associated with a subgroup of Jaish Ansar al-Sunnah. Ansar al-Sunnah is thought to be made up of Kurds of the former Ansar al Islam terrorist organization. Dozens of people with ties to Ansar al-Islam have been arrested and tried in Germany in the past several several years (example).

If this Tawhid and Sunnah Brigade is the same group that is associated with Ansar al-Sunnah (sometimes criminal organizations simply adopt an Islamic sounding name) then the hostages are in grave danger. The Army of Ansar al Sunna has murdered dozens of civilian hostages in the past.

We pray that these hostages will be released unharmed.


The brief tape Tuesday showed Thomas Nitzschke and Rene Braeunlich seated on the floor in front of a group of armed men. Al-Jazeera said the previously unknown group, the Tawhid and Sunnah Brigade, demanded the German government close its embassy in Baghdad, withdraw all the German companies from Iraq and to stop cooperation with the Iraqi government.
Hat tip: George.

On a related note: Is al Jazeera making money from these hostage videos by selling them to the Western press?

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

War Porn Video: Deuce Four Stryker Brigades in Action

You may know the Deuce Four (1st Battalion, 24 Infantry Regiment) Stryker Brigades from Michael Yon's time embedded with them in Mosul, Iraq. These guys are the real deal and deserve our utmost appreciation. How brave are they? Just read this account and try not to feel the patriotism swell.

Here is a video produced by the Deuce Four that I found via Doubletap and which I posted over at Google Video. Just press the play button below to watch it.

It's the best kind of porn: Iraq war porn.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:53 PM | Comments |

With "Journalists" Like These, Who Needs Goebbels?

CNN's Pose of Objectivity Blown To Smithereens By Amanpour
Speaking on Larry King Live yesterday, CNN international correspondent Christiane Amanpour let the cat out of the bag on one of the worst-kept secrets in the world of journalism: Amanpour is grossly biased against US efforts in the war in Iraq.

Newsbusters has a transcript:

“But as Peter Arnett said, and I think that the others have said, that number one it's our responsibility. Number two, if we don't do it, who does it? We have had so -- we have to have an independent eye on these conflicts. The war in Iraq has basically turned out to be a disaster. And journalists have paid for it, paid for the privilege of witnessing and reporting that. And so have many, many other people who have been there. And I think that's terribly, terribly difficult for us. And unfortunately, for some reason which I can't fathom, the kind of awful thing that's going on there now on a daily basis has almost become humdrum. So when something happens to people that we identify, like Bob and like Doug, we wake up again and realize, no, this is not acceptable, what's going on there. And it's a terrible situation.”
Bonus point made by Amanpour: she doesn't really care when "little people" get killed or injured, "little people" being defined as the common rabble in Iraq and members of the military.

Amanpour's comments are a disgraceful abuse of her position, and, of course, an unintentional view into the cluelessness and stupidity that infests so very many of the mainstream media's talking heads. For CNN to have any small hope of being considered an objective news organization, they need to fire Amanpour immediately.

Via The Drudge Report.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto .

By Bluto02:38 PM | Comments |

Al Jazeera Making Money on Jill Carroll Hostage Video?

I've always thought al Jazeera was the most despicable media organization on Earth. They are objectively pro-terror, pro-tyranny, and pro-fascism. What I did not know, however, was that the frequent hostage videos aired by al Jazeera are then sold to Western media outlets for rebroadcast. If this is true, then the Western mainstream media is partially culpable for the plight of Western hostages in Iraq.

While many hostages are taken for purely financial reasons, others, including Jill Carroll, were taken for their propaganda value. Their terrorist captors find value in the fact that the Western media will replay her hostage videos over and over. Just like they did Giulana Sgrena's. This reinforces the notion that the terrorists are winning. And if people in the West believe the terrorists are winning, they will have less of a will to fight. Why fight a losing battle?

If true, shame on the Western media for paying the terrorists' media arm, al Jazeera, for a news story.

Human Events:

Having gotten their scoop, Al-Jazeera will then sell rights to the video to other networks, including American news channels. This generates income for the money-losing network and provides a measure of cover: If everyone else is airing them, why single them out?

Networks like hostage videos because they are newsworthy and form the basis for follow-on stories. There are relatives pleading for the release of their loved ones, generals asserting that we don't negotiate with terrorists, and pundits moaning that things must really be going badly. And at many networks, the "if it bleeds it leads" rule has a corollary: If it hurts Bush, give it a push.

The problem with these hostage videos is two-fold. First, they provide aid and comfort to our enemies in time of war. While a 30-second tape by a random terror groups may lack the propaganda punch of a rambling Osama tape, it will be followed by another almost exactly like it, and then another, dampening resolve and eroding morale.

Second, the publicity these tapes provide teaches aspiring terrorists that the price of admission for an airing of their grievances is not joining the political process, but simply grabbing a foreign hostage. This endangers every foreigner in Iraq, not just those seen as occupiers. [emphasis mine]

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:25 PM | Comments |

Leftist Idiots on Parade

Via TC Leather Penguin, this from the Washington Times:

"I'm old enough to remember an op-ed you wrote in March 1974 which appeared in the New York Times, saying the military should intervene in getting rid of Richard Nixon," one gray-haired woman told Mr. Raskin. She spoke about "criminals, gangsters and thugs" in the Bush administration.

Mr. Raskin seemed confused. "I don't think I wrote it," he told the gathering. "I'm not in favor of military coup d'etats."

Mr. Clark, the Vietnam-era Democratic attorney general who is an attorney for former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, spoke for 10 minutes.

His voice faltered, and he seemed to lose his train of thought. "President Bush is the greatest threat to peace and human rights," Mr. Clark told the crowd, calling for Mr. Bush's impeachment, which drew applause.

Of course, the moral implications of Clark's words are, if they are taken seriously, that one ought to support a military coup. Because if one believes that Bush is 'the greatest threat to peace and human rights' the one ought to support getting rid of him. With any means necessary.

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

You smell like a monkey...

Congrats are in order for Dr. James Joyner on the occasion of his third blogiversary. And many more, on channel four. And Scooby Doo, on channel two.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:11 PM | Comments |

First Jerusalem, Next Seville: Hamas Demands Return of Spain to Muslims

Central to the radical Islamist paradisical vision is the return of all land that once belonged to the global Caliphate to Muslims. In this vision, only when Muslims dominate the world can true peace be established.

Here is something that the blogfather, Charles Johnson found. Spain Herald:

The children’s website Al Fateh, property of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, demands in its most recent issue the return of the Spanish city of Seville to the “lost paradise” of Al Andalus, as the Muslim part of Spain was called during its existence between 711 and 1492. The web magazine, whose name means “conqueror,” says it is for “the young builders of the future.”
UPDATE: Tammy Bruce chimes in with these words of wisdom:
Lovely. I wonder if Spain is confused by the fact that their abandoning the people of Iraq has done absolutely nothing to protect them from the Islamist ghouls.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:07 PM | Comments |

Washington Post Goes Completely Off The Charts - Turns Total Dhimmi

mosa.gifHere is further commentary on Rusty's earlier post on the Washington Post's new role as supplier of material aid to a known terrorist organization: WaPo Sinks to New Lows: Terrorist Editorial

Today the WaPo provides a forum for a deported Hamas terrorist, Mousa Abu Marzook, to recite his propaganda talking points, in "What Hamas Is Seeking." What the author couches in words like "freedom and justice" has another meaning - the destruction of Israel.

Mousa Abu Marzook has been called the Grandfather of CAIR, referred to by Daniel Pipes as "moderate friends of terror," is the founder of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, was deported by the United States to Jordan in 1997, also founded, in 1981, CAIR’s parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and is currently deputy political bureau chief of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).

Abu Marzook is not even remotely capable of providing an unbiased view of the Israeli-Palestininian conflict (in the mind of HAMAS - war), and fits in the same box as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Yet the WaPo gives the terrorist a soap box to present his anti-Israel diatribe.

So let's all hear it for the WaPo - three cheers for the winner of the "Dhimmi Of The Month" award (okay, so I just made that one up - but the WaPo's stupidity offers a damned good reason to start it).

Hat tip - LGF

Originally posted at Hyscience

By at 11:33 AM | Comments |

If Jessica Alba Was a Danish Free Speech Activist (Updated)

What would happen if instead of the global warming, Hollywood celebrities took on the cause of free speech in Denmark?

UPDATE: Remember, if you don't buy Danish the terrorists have already won!






Photoshop your own. Bonus points for any photoshop including Angelina Jolie.

Another update: I ask, Aaron delivers. If Angelina Jolie was a hot Danish free speech activist.

UPDATE: What if Nicole Ritchie was a free speech activist instead of a hasbeen socialite that never was?

Nicole Ritchie





UPDATE: Howie sends this Jessica Alba anti-dhimmi twofer. A tattoo and the opposite of burka. Click for a close-up of the, er, tattoo.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:25 AM | Comments |

Alito Confirmed, 58-42

Samuel Alito has been confirmed by the Senate to sit on the Supreme Court.

Our friends way, way, way out on the Left are bitterly disappointed. They could use a laugh, and what's funnier than South Park? Feel free to console them with the Cartman quote from this post:

Cartman: Yes! Yesss!! Oh, let me taste your tears, Libs! Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto10:52 AM | Comments |

Muslims Still On Cartoon Rage (Updated)

151564_large.jpeg.jpeg.jpgOnly in Muslim-land can you find a theological equivalant of Walt Disney's theme parks - a screaming cascade of rollercoaster events stemming from a common theme, in this case, rage over a simple series of cartoons depicting the Muslim's "prophet" Muhammad (emphasis on the mad is most intentional). Interestingly, members of Denmark's "moderate" Muslim community say they are reluctant to speak out with critical observations of their religion, fearing social isolation, threats and violence, as we are continuing to witness world wide over a series of cartoons. It's almost hard to believe that these people are adults.

As our regular readers will have already seen here, here, here, here, and here, this story has been taking on a life of it's on for some time now, and it appears that Islam-aficionados are going to continue trying to milk this cow until it's beyond being all dried out and long gone to market.

Now, from Robert Spencer we have yet another cartoon rage update in which Spencer writes that he is amazed that this story never seems to die, although I rather doubt that he is really surprised since we have all come to expect almost anything from Islam-aficionados. He says that these twelve cartoons could end up being the Gavrilo Princip of 2006.

Muslims want us all to believe that their Muhammad is so special that no image can be made of him. For many if not most non-Muslims, the only thing special about Muhammad is that he serves as the wellspring of world wide terrorism that began long before 9/11, and is showing signs of never ending. Islamists call it simply, jihad.

And the very idea of that if not for being so tragic, would be laughable. That's why the cartoons are so appropriate and should be propagated throughout the Internet and the world in order that Islamists know exactly what the rest of us think of them and their damned prophet, as they view him.

As pointed out in one of yesterday's posts on the Coke commercial and the "sexy" priest. As inappropriate and offensive as that commercial is to Christians, particularly Catholics, how many death threats and riots over the issue do you expect to come from Christians? We all know the answer to that - it's zero! But, then again, in this case we're talking about adults, aren't we!

Update: Apparently, the recent cartoons in Denmark's Jyllands-Posten are nothing new; it's just that no other images of Mohammed have ever been so widely publicized (and also that the cartoon of him as a terrorist just might be the most accurate depiction): Mohammed Image Archive - Depictions of Mohammed Throughout History. (hat tip - LGF)

Related: (AP) - "Protests Over Muhammad Cartoon Grow."

Originally posted at Hyscience

By at 09:40 AM | Comments |

Maybe, but at least he's a loveable Nazi

colonel_klink_simpsons.jpgDid I ever tell you that my guardian angel always appears to me in the form of Colonel Klink? It's true. So if you're going to be compared to a Nazi prison guard, you could do no worse than Klink.

Okay, maybe Schultz would be better. But Klink is a close second.

Colonel Klink, why hast thou forsaken me!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:16 AM | Comments |

More Terror Threats Against Denmark, Norway

Islam is the only prominent world-wide religion which still adheres to the notion that blasphemy ought to be a criminal act. Worse, many Muslims, following the lead of Muhammed himself, advocate the death penalty as punishment.

A few days ago we brought you the news that the Glory Brigades in Northern Europe had threatened suicide attacks against Denmark. Today, word from friend of The Jawa Report Evan Kohlmann that the Mujahideen Army in Iraq has threatened Danish and Norwegian interests.

Settling for [merely] boycotting these cowards is a position of weakness that is indicative of a feeble nation that does not stand up in defense of its Prophet and the principles that it believes in. They started [the battle] and they should suffer its consequences. We call upon all our brigades in the Mujahideen Army to attack whatever they possibly can in these two countries specifically, and in other countries who repeat what they have done… Let us make our own efforts on top of Allah’s expected revenge—and hopefully, Allah will choose us to be among those who seek revenge for Mohammed in his name, as this in itself is a great honor for a Muslim.”
Oh, that religion of peace.

The full translation can be found at Evan's Global Terror Alert.

UPDATE: Two employees of Danish company beaten in Saudi Arabia. Tolerance is Islam's middle name.

UPDATE II: Why we should support Denmark. (Except Brigitte Nielson)

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

Men Want Jessica Alba

Jessica-AlbaUsually, public opinion polls are disputable. I think this one has merit because it's what Mom would want for her son also.

From BostonHerald.com:

"Fantastic Four" gal Jessica Alba is the woman most men want to bring home to meet Mom, according to AskMen.com.

Jess is "long-term relationship material," according to the Web site's 2.5 million readers and staff surveyed for the annual Top 99 List.

Angelina Jolie was a runner-up and, oddly, Britney Spears didn't even make the list. Also, no veiled ROPMA women were in the Top 99 List. Imagine that.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 08:28 AM | Comments |

WaPo Sinks to New Lows: Terrorist Editorial

Hamas is recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. Nevertheless, the Washington Post feels it appropriate to let a convicted Hamas terrorist editorialize in their pages. Isn't there something in the USA Patriot Act against giving material support to terrorists? Isn't giving them free advertising material support?

Mousa Abu Marzook in the Washington Post:

A new era in the struggle for Palestinian liberation is upon us. Through historic fair and free elections, the Palestinian people have spoken.
Yes, they have, and what they have said is 'we hate J-O-Os'.
Accordingly, America's long-standing tradition of supporting the oppressed's rights to self-determination should not waver.
No it should not. We should support the tiny liberal democracy of Israel which is surrounded and oppressed by a billion Muslims eager to drive them into the sea.
The United States, the European Union and the rest of the world should welcome the unfolding of the democratic process, and the commitment to aid should not falter. Last week's victory of the Change and Reform Party in the Palestinian legislative elections signals a new hope for an occupied people.
New hope? Oh, yes, "We really hope that the final solution will finally be implemented correctly."But here is the choicest part
Our society has always celebrated pluralism in keeping with the unique history and traditions of the Holy Land. In recognizing Judeo-Christian traditions, Muslims nobly vie for and have the greatest incentive and stake in preserving the Holy Land for all three Abrahamic faiths.
Right. Is this the same Hamas which has vowed to drive the Jews into the sea? Is this the same Hamas that makes it impossible for Jews to live in the West Bank or Gaza, both of which have become Jew-free zones? Is this the same Hamas that has vowed to implement Iranian style sharia law? Is this the same Hamas that has been terrorizing Arab Christians for decades?

Whether or not Hamas gets rid of corruption in the Palestinian Authority is a secondary concern. Populist movements are often shouldered under the auspices of 'reform'. A 'transparent' PA which supports terrorism is no prize to the civilized society.

Give me a corrupt PA that doesn't support terrorism over a clean PA that does, any day.

Via Captain Ed who has more.

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

Kos Kids Reaction to Failed Alito Filibuster

THIS is how it happened in Nazi Germany, Its over.


UPDATE: I'm registering Independent tomorrow. You're welcome to join me.

Even more.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:03 AM | Comments |

Iran Will Face UN Security Council

The five permanent Security Council members have directed the International Atomic Energy Agency to remand Iran's case to them. From Reuters:

The foreign ministers from China, Russia, the United States, France and Britain as well as Germany and the European Union, said after a dinner in London that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must decide to bring Iran's case before the Council when the agency meets on Thursday in Vienna.

A senior U.S. official said the statement meant Russia and China were now on board with the United States and the European powers that there must be strong action taken by the IAEA in Vienna to discourage Tehran from pursuing atomic research which could enable the country to build a nuclear bomb.

"This is the most powerful message we could have hoped for," said a senior U.S. official, who said the discussions over dinner had been animated.

Not, of course, that anything's going to happen right away:
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the ministers shared serious concerns about Iran's nuclear programs and agreed that an extensive period of "confidence-building" was required from Iran.

The Council could ultimately impose sanctions against Iran but there are many steps before this could happen.

The question is, how will Ahmanidejad and the mullahs react? And will the UN be any better at enforcing its edicts than it was with Saddam Hussein?

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto12:10 AM | Comments |

January 30, 2006

The Emperor's Clothes

OK, I'll just get this second post in under the wire if I'm lucky. And I wouldn't even bother were it not for the fact that I think the state of academia is important to the emergence of a New Liberalism (in the classic anti-statist sense). A friend of mine at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions posted the following link to an article in Inside Higher Education that's about the details of a rather smarmy movement. I mean you really have to keep your wits about you to suss out what these folks actually intend, which is the educational establishment equivalent of selling a bullet-to-the-head as a cure for migraines. Excerpting:

Rather than critiquing those national studies [that show a gap between perceived abilities of students and their actual academic attainment], he [Ross Miller] said, educators should accept that “there is something going on here that is not quite right” and that ultimately “we don’t have a good idea of how well we are doing.”

"Not quite right?" In the way that a toilet isn't "quite right" as a source of drinking water, I guess. Doesn't a study that finds a "gap" between actual and expected academic ability imply an empirical scale of ability? How else would a gap be perceived? So why not use that scale to "get a good idea of how well we're doing?" The real issue, the vague "something" that's wrong (as opposed to the obvious "something" that's wrong) seems to be that these folk think the scale of excellence implied in the study isn't just wrong, it's bassackwards:

Just as educators have to accept that their student bodies are diverse these days, so they need to accept that the values of their students (not to mention parents, legislators, the public) are diverse. “We can’t assume homogeneity of social or ethical values,” he said. That means colleges need to engage in more public discussion about what values they are promoting and why, he said.

You could be forgiven for thinking these people are actually interested in "values diversity," if you fail to read between the lines, but what they're really saying is like Hannibal Lector being "helpful" by slicing through your femoral artery. The idea that they'd allow the "values" of these students (not to mention their parents, legislators and the public) to be accepted, or (God forbid) actually cultivated, is hilarious. The subtext here (manifested in their "people who lead us into wars are the best educated" statement which follows this paragraph) is that they feel compelled to undermine the set of ideological principles that, as a rule, we fight for; and that define the crosscutting American Identity. These values are what make us a "nation," as opposed to a debating club. The intent of this wing of the American Association of University Professionals is to pull on the same thread they've been attacking for years through "diversity demands"--but faster, until the tapestry that makes the US something quite different from every other ethnically-identified "nation" on Earth is nothing more than a pile of soggy string. This is entropy defined as "progress."

We all sort of intuit that academia has become the enemy, rather than a critical resource. It may be a rather impotent enemy at the present time, but the fact that it isn't a vital resource to be reckoned with by our enemies is partly due to folks like these at AAUP. And anyone bold enough to point out the nonexistent nature of the Emperor's clothes risks their career.

For what it's worth.

(Cross-posted to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 11:31 PM | Comments |

All The Mahomet That's Fit To Print

Via email from Patrick al-Kafir who found it at the blog-grandfather:

Zombietime's Mohammed image archive.

While the debate rages, an important point has been overlooked: despite the Islamic prohibition against depicting Mohammed under any circumstances, hundreds of paintings, drawings and other images of Mohammed have been created over the centuries, with nary a word of complaint from the Muslim world. The recent cartoons in Jyllands-Posten are nothing new; it's just that no other images of Mohammed have ever been so widely publicized.

Note the images purchased off the street in Iran.

In 1999.

Man, wait 'til the Islamofascists see this. It'll be boycott city, baby!

By Vinnie at 11:21 PM | Comments |

So, I Ain't No Freakin' Demigod

Rusty wrote nine posts today. Count 'em... 9. Oy. Which makes him the Blogging Demigod or Buddha or something. (Not as though I can keep track of that metaphysical stuff, mind you.) About all I can manage, in the midst of the maelstrom, are a few anemic bullet points:

* What made Hamas a threat was the fact that they provided "social services," suggesting that if their capacity to do the same is subsidized by the EU, etc., they'll just get more radical and more threatening. I mean, if bears do you-know-what in the woods.

* Zawahiri is only pretending to be a lapdog of the Western Left. Every ounce of his understanding of Marxist Theory is secondhand, through Qutb... so he's basically a Dentist with a Hammer. But, of course, no one really gives a hoot because he's such a charming thug.

* No one really knows how the Iran Dilemma will be resolved, which suggests that everything is actually just fine. I'd worry if it appeared MSM weren't typically clueless.

* Alito kicks ass.

I'll nuance these themes later, and apologize for the fact that I'm so seldom present (in comparison to the Blogging Buddha).

By Demosophist at 10:16 PM | Comments |

Alito Filibuster Defeated, 72-25

Despite semi-coherent bluster from Senator Teddy Kennedy (how can anyone from Massachusetts stand the embarrassment of being represented by this blivit?), the vote for cloture on debate of the Alito nomination has passed. Certainly, this will be much to the consternation of the Left's lunatic fringe, which spent the weekend harrassing Senators in an attempt to garner support for a filibuster.

I'll let Cartman express my feelings to the moonbats.

Cartman: Yes! Yesss!! Oh, let me taste your tears, Libs! Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet.


Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto07:36 PM | Comments |

The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Endorsed By Jimmy Carter Edition

******FATWAS ISSUED******

Caption this photo of Ham Ass Hamas "political leader" Khaleed Said Salaam Shaheed Abdul ibn Fahd Derka Derka Mohammed Jihad Smith giving a speech to someone somewhere:


IMPORTANT NOTE: Entries containing the words "death," "to," or "Israel" will be automatically disqualified. C'mon peeps, there has to some challenge to this.

Fatwas will be issued when Mr. Venom submits an entry complaining that no fatwas have been issued.

Or Monday evening, before the new episode of 24, of course.

Fatwas issued! Man, this gets harder every week. These Islamotards are great for caption contests, eh wot?

Double fatwa with cheese, super-sized with a diet Coke:

"And then we're going to Syria, and we're going to Lebanon, and we're going to Yemen. Yeeeeaaaaarrrrrrgggghhhh!" - Steven L.


"We need one more couple for the Virginia Reel!" - J Rob

"OH MY GOD!!!...Its Godzillaaaaa!!!!!.....WUN!!! WUN!!! Wun For youre lives!!!" - Thanos35

"Arafat! Pull my finger!" - Leovinius

Honorable mention fatwa for Star Wars reference:

"That's not a moon, it's a space station!" - Lawhawk

Gratuitous honorable mention so he doesn't fling poo at his owners:

"I am number one!
Number two is on my other hand." - Spacemonkey

And speaking of fatwas, how about another posting of the Danish caricatures of Mohammed under the fold!

Go ahead, suckers, boycott me!!

By Vinnie at 06:04 PM | Comments |

Another Jill Carrol Hostage Video Emerges

jill.carroll.aljazeera.second.hostage.video.jpgUPDATE 2/09/06: Third Jill Carroll hostage video here.

Scroll through for updates or check the MAIN PAGE here or our pages dedicated exclusively to Jill Carroll for the latest news on Jill Carroll and other hostages in Iraq.
Disturbing news that al Jazeera has released yet another Jill Carroll video. This time, the massogonistic terrorists force Ms. Carroll to cover her head. Sickening.

UPDATE: While we continue to search for the unedited video, you can see the al Jazeera broadcast here (see right side of screen). As further evidence of al Jazeera's objectively pro-terrorist stance, anti-Americanism, and lies, earlier reports by the station itself that no audio were shown are not true. Al Jazeera does let this bit of audio slip by in the background:

their own government [inaudible] Iraq...let these people go home to their families
Undoubtedly a reference to the female Iraqi prisoners.

Roy Hallums, a hostage liberated by U.S. troops, related that when his terrorist captors wanted him to cry on his video, they first beat him. They said they wanted his tears to look 'believable'.

We pray for Jill Carroll's immediate release and for divine retribution to visit her captors. Hopefully in the form of the unpleasent end of an M16.

Al Jazeera:

Jill Carroll, the kidnapped US journalist, has appeared in a new video on Aljazeera, weeping and appealing for the release of women Iraqi prisoners.

The video, aired by Aljazeera on Monday, shows Carroll wearing a veil and weeping.

The video had no sound, but Aljazeera said she appealed for the release of women Iraqi prisoners. [Ed note: this is a deliberate falsehood on al Jazeera's part. Al Jazeera edited out most of Jill Carroll's pleas, but not a bit asking for the release of female prisoners]

Carroll is visibly crying in the video and wears a veil as she speaks to the camera. The footage has a time signature with the date 28 January.

Aljazeera's newscaster said in the video Carroll appeals to the US military and the Iraqi Interior Ministry to release all women in their prisons and that this "would help in winning her release".

More information and background about the Jill Carroll hostage situation can be found here.

UPDATE: Come to think of it, this is VERY good news. Jill Carroll's captors had given the U.S. a 72 hour deadline to release female prisoners in Iraq. That deadline expired 8 days before this film was time stamped. While it is still possible that her life is being threatened, the fact that they've let at least two deadlines pass without (apparently) harming her is a sign that perhaps their threats are idle.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:37 PM | Comments |

Danish Paper Caves to Islamic Fascists, Apologizes

The newspaper which carried the originally 'offensive' cartoons has caved. My feeling is that the Danes will never cave. So, continue to buy your Danish pastries, beers, and porn. I'd lay off purchasing the latest copy of Jyllands-Posten, though.

Via Is Full of Crap this from JPOST:

A Danish newspaper on Monday issued an apology to the world's Muslims for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked a furor in the Islamic world.

The drawings "were not in violation of Danish law but have undoubtedly offended many Muslims, which we would like to apologize for," the Jyllands-Posten's editor-in-chief Carsten Juste said in a statement posted on the paper's Web site.

Meanwhile the cyber jihad continues with numerous websites that have defended Danish freedom of expression suffering under Denial of Service Attacks.

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

Iraqi 'Militias' Capture 270 Al Qaeda

What was it that Zawahiri was saying today? That he was hiding among the 'Muslim masses'? That the U.S. is all but defeated? Right....

In The Bullpen reprints this from an MSM source:

Some 270 Arab and foreign fighters have been detained in Iraq's restive al-Anbar province in a 'defensive campaign' launched by the local population towards the al-Qaeda network, tribal leaders say. A source close to tribal chiefs told Adnkronos International (AKI) that "the Iraqi security forces, with the help of the local population, have managed to arrest terrorists and Iraqis who provided them refuge."

Most of them were Syrian, Saudi and Jordanian nationals. They have been transferred to Baghdad to be interrogated to discover how they reached the region and who is financing their terrorist activites" the source told AKI.

"The group of (Jordanian militant and al-Qaeda pointman) Abu Musab al-Zarqawi did not expect a similar campaign which has dealt them a serious blow," he continued, adding that "it won't be the last given that the population is determined to expel those who kill civilians in the name of resistance".

Regarding the nature of the tribal militias, the source explained that "all the operations are carried out under the auspices of the defence minister Saadun al-Dulaimi and coordinated with volunteers in the area."

I'd also recommend James Joyner's new TCS piece as further evidence AQ is far from winning the war.

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

New Video: What is that gross thing on Zawahiri's head?

zawahiri.jpgA new video tape from al Qaeda's number two man, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has most Americans wondering exactly what that gross little mark on his head is?

In the new video aired by the Arab world's number one pro-terrorist satellite television station, Zawahiri taunts the President for missing him in an air strike in Pakistan saying, "Bush, do you know where I am? I am among the Muslim masses."

The Muslims masses, for their part, deny knowing where Zawahiri is. Because, as we are reminded nearly every day by the MSM, it is only a small minority of extremists in the Islamic world that support terrorism. Therefore, by definition, the Muslim masses can't know where Zawahiri is hiding, can they?

Word on the street from the Muslim masses regarding Zawahiri's funny head mark vary. Some claim it is a birth mark, however such marks are common among those wishing to seem incredibly pious in the Muslim world. Such marks come about when the pious one genuflects often during prayer, touching the forehead to the ground five times daily.

tattoo.target.jpgA source particularly close to Ayman al-Zawahiri, though, tells us that the mark is, "really a bullseye...kind of the equivalent of the tattoo in the small of a chick's back...if you, er, get my drift."

No, we at the Jawa Report do not get your drift. What is it, exactly, that you are implying?

Zawahiri continued from his hiding place somewhere in the caves along the borders of Pakistan-Afghanistan, "Butcher of Washington, you are not only defeated and a liar, but also a failure. You are a curse on your own nation."

One wonders if that forehead thingy isn't some kind of mark of the beast symbol? Like, maybe Zawahiri is really Gorbachev? You've never seen the two in the same room have you?

The man with the mystery forehead mark also says in the video, "My second message is to the American people, who are drowning in illusions." No word yet on the more realistic illusion of creating a global Caliphate from a cave in Waziristan.

gorbachev.jpg"I tell you that Bush and his gang are shedding your blood and wasting your money in frustrated adventures," says Zawahiri.

So, what is that annoying mark any way?

Hat tip to Tim from Opninion Bug.

Related from Counterterrorism Blog, who has extensive analysis.

More at Michelle Malkin, In The Bullpen, Protein Wisdom, Stop the ACLU and others....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:34 PM | Comments |

Cyber Attacks Against Danish Websites, Counterattacks Against Arab Sites

An interet war is brewing between a small minority of hackers who happen to be an even smaller subset of misunderstanders of Islam and Danish geeks. Viking Observer at AIR passes this translation on from the Danish media:

A large number of Danish papers´ web versions have crashed. Suspicions immediately center on the hacker attacks being because of the Mohammed-drawings in Jyllands-Posten. ..

All the web media hit are hosted on the same servers at the internet company Metropol Online, owned by Berlingske (Danish publishing house). ..

Among the media hit is the homepage of Jyllands-Postens, www.jp.dk, which creates suspicions, that hackers are trying to hit the paper as part of the row over the papers´ Mohammed-drawings.

And Danish geeks respond in kind to the cyberterrorism coming from the Muslim world. Again, from Viking Observer:
A Danish chain-mail that is circulating by email urges people to take part in a web-based attack on arab media. This happens in reaction to the hacker-attack on Danish papers´ websites over the weekend....

he email starts out with the headline "Denmark under attack by moslem hackers" and contains an attached program, that starts a so-called denial-of-service attack on five arab media, among them Al-Jazeera, Arab News og Gulf News.

In the letter the recipient is urged to let the program run on his computer to bombard the arab media with data and thus block their homepages.

Wait. They're attacking al Jazeera? Good on you. As I've argued countless times in the past, al Jazeera is part of the enemy propaganda machine and is therefore a legitimate target in the war-on-terror. It is high time the Western world employed these cyberterrorists to our own advantage. The model of the privateer comes to mind.

And for a great non-dhimmi Danish blogger, visit Enough!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:29 PM | Comments |

Something Rotten in Denmark

Two very related stories. First, the Danish Left has been funneling money to terrorists for years. I guess paying tthe jizya hasn't helped the Danish Left one bit.

Second, why are the tiny minority of extremists calling for a boycott of Denmark? Could it be that Denmark currently chairs the U.N. Security Council and the Islamic Republic of Iran is about to receive that bodies censure?

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

Fight Back Against Muslim Fascists, Buy Danish!!

A billion misunderstanders of Islam are set to boycott Denmark. How should the civilized world respond? Buy Danish, or the terrorists have already won. (Via Tanker)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:34 AM | Comments |

Interview with U.S. General

In addition to figthing along side his troops 3 or 4 days a week, Brigadier General Daniel P. Bolger has this to say about our Iraqi allies:

Patriotism brings Iraqi troops to the recruiting station. Often, I ask them: ‘Why did you join?’ The most common answer I get is, ‘It’s my duty.’ Many have lost family members to terrorists. The Iraqi rifleman makes about $300 equivalent a month, but a terrorist can make that in a night planting one roadside bomb. The guys who fight for money work for the other side. We have the patriots, and that’s why we have the popular support.

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

Muslim Fascists Want U.N. Resolution Squelching Freedom of Speech, Sanctioning Denmark

In addition to threatening to blow themselves up in Denmark and actually murdering Christians in Iraq, the tiny minority of misunderstanders of the Prophet Muhammed's specific injunction to kill blasphemers is calling on the U.N. to condemn Denmark because a few newspapers chose to run cartoons poking fun at Islam.

Meanwhile, the Left continues to compare the Christian Right with these fascists calling them the 'American Taliban'. Soooooo, when is Pat Robertson going to issue a fatwa against Kanye West?


The Muslim world’s two main political bodies have said they are seeking a UN resolution, backed by possible sanctions, to protect religions, in the wake of the controversy caused by publication by a Danish newspaper of cartoons which many Muslims believe denigrate the prophet Muhammad. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, head of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, said in Cairo the OIC would "ask the UN General Assembly to pass a resolution banning attacks on religious beliefs." Ahmad Ben Helli, secretary general of the Arab League, confirmed contacts were under way for such a proposal to be made to the UN.
The interesting question raised by all of this: is Islam inherently unable to support freedom of speech and have radical fascist Muslims found their greatest allies in the Western Left which is often game for passing 'hate speech' laws?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:00 AM | Comments |

Oil Workers Freed

(Yenagoa, Nigeria) Earlier today, Briton Nigel Watson-Clark, American Patrick Landry, Bulgarian Milko Nichev and Honduran Harry Ebanks were released by their kidnappers. They were flown to the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

The men were taken hostage earlier this month (See here, here, and here) when about 40 armed men attacked an oil industry service vessel named Liberty Service. A previously-unknown group called the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility for the attack and the kidnappings.

A source said that 100 million Nigerian Naira ($771,000) was paid as ransom for the hostages release.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 04:50 AM | Comments |

Smooth Operator

Wow. Look at Venezuelan Socialist strongman and number one fan of Fidel Castro put the moves on newly-back-on-the-market anti-war shrillster Cindy Sheehan. I haven't seen Latin suave done so well since Ricardo Montalban.




And it looks like they plan to become a "power couple": ABC News:

CARACAS, Venezuela Jan 29, 2006 — Cindy Sheehan, the peace activist who set up camp near President Bush's Texas ranch last summer, said Saturday she is considering running against Sen. Dianne Feinstein to protest what she called the California lawmaker's support for the war in Iraq.
Via Stop the ACLU.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto01:21 AM | Comments |

January 29, 2006

ACLU Having Another Cow

Jay at Stop the ACLU is covering the latest hissy fit and innuendo campaign from the champions of brave jihadi babyhunters everywhere, cross-posted from ACLU Watch/Republican Voices.

It seems that in one or two cases, the wives of terrorist insurgents were taken in for questioning as possible accomplices and/or material witnesses. The ACLU is trying to conflate this into some sort of organized campaign to kidnap innocent Iraqi women, and has managed to plant a story in that other bastion of objectivity and patriotism, the LA Times:

WASHINGTON — U.S. forces in at least two cases have detained wives of suspected insurgents in Iraq in an attempt to pressure the men into surrendering, documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union confirm.

"This is not an acceptable tactic," ACLU lawyer Amrit Singh said Friday.

In one instance, members of a military task force seized a mother of three young children "in order to leverage" her husband's surrender, according to an account by a civilian Defense Intelligence Agency officer.

"I certainly had no idea what Mahmoud was doing with those batteries, wires, digital watches, and 155mm artillery shells. He's always loved to putter around in his workshop. And he said that the AK-47s and SAMs were for duck hunting."

The ACLU's attempt to portray these women as innocent lambs being roughed up by the Coalition would be laughable, if the consequences of failure weren't so grave.

The only thing that the military has done wrong is to release these terrorists and terrorist enablers prematurely.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto07:51 PM | Comments |

So Peaceful And Tolerant

[note to Islamotards, this was originally posted at Vince Aut Morire, if you want to issue a fatwa, it goes to ME, not Rusty. Well, okay, you can fatwa Rusty too, but I call shotgun.]

All it takes are rumors of Koran flushing and silly little cartoons to send the muslim "street" into a frothing rage.

"You can't do that, you'll make a billion people mad!" the useful idiots throw at us.

How about making 2 billion people mad? (story link)

Five coordinated car bombings targeted the Vatican mission and at least two churches in Baghdad and two churches in the northern city of Kirkuk within about 20 minutes.

In response to this latest atrocity commited by the cowards of Islam upon my faith, I am going to post the entire string of Mohammed cartoons that were published in Denmark underneath the fold.


By Vinnie at 06:21 PM | Comments |

Obama and Biden See Alito Filibuster As Lost Cause

From the Associated Press:

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., predicted on Sunday that an effort to try to block a final vote on Alito would fail on Monday. That would clear the way for Senate approval Tuesday of the federal appeals court judge picked to succeed the retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

"We need to recognize, because Judge Alito will be confirmed, that, if we're going to oppose a nominee that we've got to persuade the American people that, in fact, their values are at stake," Obama said.

"There is an over-reliance on the part of Democrats for procedural maneuvers," he told ABC's "This Week."

"I think a filibuster makes sense when you have a prospect of actually succeeding," Biden said on CNN's "Late Edition." "I will vote one time to say to continue the debate. but the truth of the matter" is that Alito will be confirmed, he said.

These remarks beg the question: if you know you can't filibuster before you vote, why not just go to a straight up and down vote, and quit jerking everyone around?

Answer: the Democrats have veered so far to the Left that they have to pander to the tantrums of these nutcases.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto03:47 PM | Comments |

Howie’s Roundup: Lobby Blender Edition

All this talk of Lobby reform is OK. But we do have a check that is supposed to balance corporate and special interest money against the interest of the people. That check is the representative or Senator that the people elect, pay, provide the greatest heath care plan on the planet, pay their staff and give them a very, very cool place to work. I think Tom Coburn (R rep. OK) said it best on NPR last week.

Until we change the motivation that the next election is more important than the next generation we won’t solve problems, the problem is us.
Anxious to distance themselves, the Democrats are. More than one reason, they have.
The Filthy Report : Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV): "Law-Enforcement Authorities And Others Said The [Abramoff] Investigation's Opening Phase Is Scrutinizing ... Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat ..."
Oh and when Fox gets the transcript up check out Dean attemting to defend this against Wallace.
FOXNEWS : WALLACE: So if we find — and I just want to — we have to wrap this up. But if we find that there were some Democrats who wrote letters on behalf of some of the Indian tribes that Abramoff represented, then what do you say, sir?
DEAN: That's a big problem, and those Democrats are in trouble, and they should be in trouble. And our party, if the American people will put us back in power in '06, we will have on the president's desk things that outlaw all those kinds of behaviors. Right now it's a Republican scandal. Maybe they'll find that some Democrats did something wrong, too. That hasn't been the case yet.
I’ll add Mr. Wallace's links when I get in Monday(done). Nope Mr. Dean Y’all suck, both sides. To the blender with them!

Hmm I wonder which group of scoundrels I would vote for or if there was no one else and he had at least some brains and some talent maybe. But not the nutty bunch. Or even the new nutty bunch over the old nutty bunch.

Hat Tip: Instapundit.

More Blender on "high" links for your reading pleasure.

Good news From Iraq Roundup From Vonski.

I missed posting on this topic last week, so I apologize if you came by last Friday hoping to find the article up. CNN didn't report on my failure to produce, so I must be somewhat safe.
No the map thing was cool really.

Michael Yon at USA today. Don't miss Michael's new site here!

Captain Ed single-handedly saves Canada from certain ruin! But we knew he could.

RockyMountainNews : Morrissey then published reports on his Captain's Quarters Web site. Canadian media continued to obey the publication ban, but Canada's CTV reported on the existence of Morrissey's site, which soon was attracting hundreds of thousands of readers daily.

ABC’s Bob Woddruff injured in roadside bomb attack.

ABCNEWS : Woodruff, Vogt and their four-man team were traveling in a convoy with Iraqi security forces in Taji, Iraq. They had been embedded with the 4th Infantry Division and were in a mechanized vehicle when the explosive went off. The explosion was followed by small arms fire.
Prayers and good wishes for a speedy recovery to all involved, less the enemy, including the Iraqi Army unit they were traveling with.

Powerful clicking action from Powerline.

So there we have it: just another routine morning of Bush-bashing in the liberal press. There are too many Ahabs to count, all single-mindedly hunting the same whale.

I did my taxes yesterday.

Democratic Tax Cut : They tell you it is a tax cut. You have two lawyers, a tax accountant and spend another 78 hours and 500 dollars documenting your right to said tax cut. Then attach schedule A to for B with notarized copies of all supporting documents. Retain copies in triplicate and lawyer for 27 years, put aside bail money.

Republican Tax: Enter amount in Box 12 on line x. kaching!

By Howie at 02:18 PM | Comments |

January 28, 2006

(Political) Circus Coming To Town

Radical eLeft Pushing For Filibuster

The mainstream media are missing, or ignoring, the pressure on Senate Democrats organized by lunatic fringe, diehard Leftists ("netroots") in the blogosphere. These are folks who despise the idea of Constructionist judges who (horrors!) actually use the Constitution as the basis of their rulings. This is not just blog rhetoric, but an organized campaign of pressure on Democratic Senators.

A few snatches of the hysterical blather coming in over the ether:

Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake says she was on a conference call with "Ted Kennedy and others":

Kennedy says the press have been able to convince people that the Dems are obstructionist; they have been successful in spreading the perception that Daschle was an obstructionist, and look what happened to him. This is something the Democrats have seemed to internalize. They believe that voting their conscience on this matter is "obstructionist," and they think they will pay a fearsome price back home if they are perceived thusly, so PLEASE let them know that just the opposite is true.
From Democrats.com:
Early Thursday afternoon, we broke the news that Senator John Kerry would lead a filibuster against Judge Sam Alito if he could get 41 Senators to sustain the filibuster. Three hours later, CNN confirmed our story.

[Here comes the really funny part-Bluto]

Then the White House called its media whores at the NY Times (David Kirkpatrick), AP (Jesse Holland), Pentagon [Washington] Post (Charles Babington), CNN (Miles O'Brien), and MSNBC (Chris Matthews) and told them to trash John Kerry for daring to challenge the will of Emperor Bush, and to repeat over and over that Democrats did not have enough votes to stop Alito.

Meanwhile, one of the loons at DailyKos is maintaining a "warroom" of contact information on "vulnerable" or "wobbly" Senators:
Senators are freaking out! They've all turned off their DC phones and their voicemails are full. Let's try their state offices (details coming) and get ready to start calling DC again at 9:00 a.m. on Monday! In the meantime try their local offices and fax lines using this page.
Doubtless, this is the sort of pressure that got Hillary to support a filibuster. Even if, as seems likely, the Far Left can't muster enough votes for a filibuster, come Monday there will be an instant high pressure area over DC as the ethically challenged seek to bloviate enough to satisfy their less mentally stable constituents.

Now, personally, I'd like to see a filibuster trigger the so-called "nuclear option" - a rule change threatened by Republicans to outlaw the filibuster. Filibusters are an anti-democratic "tradition" that sidesteps the Constitution and denies the People their right to representation in Congress.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto06:58 PM | Comments |

After Plowing

I've been shirking a bit in the culture wars, mostly because I'm in the midst of a career shift and engaged in an almost constant round of job interviews. Ugh! It's tough, but as James Buchanan used to say, just about anything is "better than plowing," albeit not necessarily by much. Traipsing in from the field with my wheat-farmer Dad after a day of weeding, seeding or plowing--so caked in dust and fine dirt that it would have been a horrifying hallowe'en disguise--made the feeling of showering and heading to dinner clean as a newborn all the more glorious. So, the main thing I appreciated about plowing was the transition to afterplowing. And that's sort of the way I feel about looking for a new job. It's the aftershower that I look forward to, and that lets me appreciate the value of the toil.

I'll be back as soon as I get cleaned up...

(Cross-posted to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 06:55 PM | Comments |

It's In the Koran (Karaoke)

UPDATE: If the video isn't working, it's because we've killed the bandwidth on it. 'Patrick Henry', who produced the video, has reposted it here. Hopefully that link will work for awhile.

Since Vinnie appears to be asleep at the wheel on that whole Blog Sabbath thing, enjoy this music video. It's even got words so you can sing along!

Hat tip Joel.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:50 PM | Comments |

Islamic Media Center Tied to Danish Terror Threat?

Aaron at Internet Haganah has this fascinating expose of the potential ties between the Islamic Media Center and the recent terror threats against Denmark:

Shortly after the appearance of the threat to attack Denmark, in October 2005, a series of arrests occured throughout Europe. We suspect that there may be a link of some sort between the individuals rounded up in Bosnia, the UK and Denmark in late October, and the person or persons currently issuing threats as "The Glory Brigades of Northern Europe".
Among the global jihadi community, there are few names more recognizable than Zubbeiddah1417, the person behind the artfully made IMC videos.

As long as we're speculating on who is behind the threats made by a tiny minority of misunderstanderers of Allah's words on killing blasphemers (recall that the original threats were over a cartoon), perhaps it isn't a stretch to imagine that there may be a connection to a cell of potential jihadis in Sweden?

Ansar al-Sunna finds 'Safe Haven' in Sweden, Issues Death Fatwa Against Christian Minister

Army of Ansar al-Sunnah--In SWEDEN!?!?!

Interestingly enough, more than a few IMC videos featured the work of The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah, a Kurdish jihad group in Iraq responsible for dozens of hostage murders. The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah is thought to be the Kurdish offshoot of the now largely defunct Army of Ansar al-Islam. The Arab offshoot was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad--now known as al Qaeda in Iraq.

UPDATE: And just when I thought this couldn't get any more interesting, Tribeca notices that the symbol used by the Glory Brigades in Northern Europe are much more similar to The Information Jihad Brigades'.

Logo from the Glory Brigades in Northern Europe who threatened to attack Denmark:


Logo from the Jihad Information Brigade a.k.a. Jihad Media Battalion


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:24 PM | Comments |

Burning Down the House (Reno punk remix)

I never much cared for David Byrne's version of it. Janet Reno's is much better.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:47 PM | Comments |

An Open Letter to Iben Khattab (fatwa issued)

dale_gribble_rusty_shackleford_anonymous2.jpgTo 'Iben Khattab', the assmuncher who is using my avatar on Islamic bulletin boards,

Never in my wildest dreams would I ever have thought some one would ever use the avatar I created on Islamic bulletin boards. Big foot sightings boards? Yes. Alien abduction support communities? Yes. Angelina Jolie lesbian fan clubs? Certainly. But not bulletin boards set up for pro-jihadi propaganda!

Now, I know many Muslims don't believe in 'copyright laws', but don't worry, I'm not threatening to sue you. I just want you to know that I think that you're an asshole and a thief. Stealing my avatar, that I created, makes you a thief. Using that avatar to spread pro-jihad propaganda makes you an asshole.

In the name of Allah, the unmerciful, the uncompassionite, the Lord of Moons, the enabler of pedophiles, I issue a fatwa against you. All who meet Iben Khattab are hereby ordered to flip him the bird and fart in his general direction.


Rusty Shackleford

PS-Thanks to Tribeca for noticing the avatar and to Richard from Hyscience for helping me translate the threads in question.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:26 PM | Comments |

Maybe Google Isn't That Evil

Google is being bashed for cooperating with Chinese communist authorities to restrict what Chinese citizens are allowed to search for on the web. I'm certainly no fan of the liberal establishment that runs Google, (and awards "newsite" status to obvious Islamist propaganda sites) but, fair is fair.

Junkyard Blog correctly points out the surreal tranquility of the images obtained by a Chicom Google search for "tiananmen"

However, if you click on the Chinese character at the left above the search window (which probably corresponds to "Web"), you find this link, which contains a number of violent images of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, including this one:


Of course, maybe the creator of this site is on his or her way to re-education right now, too.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto .

UPDATE and chime in by Rusty: Heh, indeed. More from Say Anything on Google taking down its censorship statement.

By Bluto02:26 PM | Comments |

Arrests in Jill Carroll Kidnapping

The story of three arrests in the Jill Carroll hostage crisis came out last week when I was sick and I somehow overlooked posting on it. The story is now four days old, and, despite the arrests, Carroll's fate remains unknown. We pray she is safe from the hands of the bastards holding her.

Macsmind has the details.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:18 PM | Comments |

New Hostage Video of Four Western Peace Activists

four_peace_activists_hostage_new_video.jpgA new video has emerged of four Western peace activists being held hostage in Iraq. The hostages are: Norman Kember, 74, of England; Canadians James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32; and American Tom Fox, 54. Background information on the four peace activists held hostage in Iraq can be found here.

The video is a very bad sign. While al Jazeera chose not to air the audio from it, the video is said to demand the release of all Iraqi prisoners or the four Western hostages will be murdered. Up to this point, speculation has abounded that the 'Swords of Righteousness Brigade', the organization behind the hostage crisis, was a criminal organization interested in ransoming the hostages for money.

However, The Jawa Report was the first media outlet to reveal the 'The Swords of Righteousness Brigade' may be a front for the radical Islamist terror organization, The Islamic Army in Iraq. Analysts working for major MSM outlets later confirmed our initial reports.

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.

More recent reports indicate that The Islamic Army in Iraq (IAI) has broken any ties it had with al Qaeda. There is even some indication that IAI and al Qaeda are openly fighting in some areas.

Thanks to George for sending this link LTV:

Al-Jazeera television broadcast the video Saturday showing the four hostages standing against a wall. The four have been held hostage since November 26, 2005 and is the only evidence of the four peace workers still being alive after the first deadline passed in early December.

The kidnappers, a group calling themselves the Swords of Righteousness, believe the men were spying for U.S.-led forces and threatened to kill them if Iraqis were not released from U.S. and Iraqi prisons.

The group issued a statement saying this was the "last chance" for authorities to release all Iraqi prisoners or "the hostages will be killed."

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

Suicide is Painless...

In a particularly lugubrious piece for the LA Times, breathlessly entitled, "Witch Hunt at UCLA", English professor Saree Makdisi whines:

My colleagues and I are being targeted for speaking out on the kinds of urgent social matters and universal principles that it has always — in every society and every age — been the task of intellectuals to address.
This sounds admirable and important.

What kind of "urgent social matters" and "universal principles" does Dr. Makdisi address? Many of them seem to be similar to this:

The usual self-congratulatory contrast between "our" civilization and "their" barbarism has set the stage for a cycle of moralistic inquiries into the motivations of suicide bombers and the supposed duty of "good" Muslims to restrain "bad" ones.

Few have noticed that suicide bombing is merely a tactic used by those who lack other means of delivering explosives. Fewer still seem to notice that what happened in London is what occurs every time a U.S. or British warplane unloads its bombs on an Iraqi village.

There you have it; a suicide bomber is just a delivery system to move the explosives from point A to the inside of the Israeli schoolbus. Jihadi babyhunter equals American soldier. Thanks for speaking out on that "urgent social matter", Dr. Makdisi.

By excusing past terrorist acts Dr. Makdisi becomes morally complicit in future ones. This creature is clearly unfit to be entrusted with the education of young people.

Saree Makdisi is one of the UCLA professors whose ultra-radical views have been outed by the controversial Bruin Alumni Association.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto01:50 AM | Comments |

January 27, 2006

Non-Scandal Scandal #3450834


Look, maybe it's the 14,084 Ann Rule type crime books I've read, or the 105,799,409,849 newspaper recorded accounts of criminal investigations I've seen, but detaining family members of suspects is unremarkably routine in our own country.

So the wives of terrorists are being taken in and held for questioning.

This is remarkable? This is a story? This is somehow different from Ted Bundy's girlfriend being subjected to hours upon hours of interrogation? No, a wife cannot be compelled to testify in court against her husband, but that doesn't mean they aren't held for questioning in the course of an investigation.

Yet, suddenly, in the middle of a war, the bar gets raised, when it should be lowered. These women talked about in the article hitched their wagons to terrorists. They aid, abet, and support the slaughter of innocent people.

The media expects us to weep for them?

But this is the money line. The part of the story that lit the match under my scrotum:

The documents are among hundreds the Pentagon has released periodically under U.S. court order to meet an American Civil Liberties Union request for information on detention practices.

What the f*** is a U.S. court doing ordering the f***ing Pentagon to release documents related to anything anywhere when we are in the middle of a war?

Since when is the AMERICAN Civil Liberties Union privy to what our military is doing with prisoners who are not American citizens and not residing in this country and who are our enemies doing everything they can to kill as many Americans as possible?

When one of our military members, or civilian hostages, or workers over there dies in an IED explosion, isn't that the ultimate violation of their American civil liberties?

I was born in 1967. Stories like this make me wish I had been born in 1907. If this were 1946, and I were the age I am now, I wouldn't have 30 yards of duct tape wrapped around my head to keep it from exploding when I read news of the war.

By Vinnie at 11:15 PM | Comments |

Warnings of Impending Suicide Attack in Denmark

The Glory Brigades in Northern Europe are now threatening suicide attacks in Denmark. The originals can be seen and downloaded at Infovlad who has them archived. A rough translation of the warning from an Islamic forum can be seen at Tracking al Qaeda.

The Glory Brigades of Northern Europe have threatened terrorist actions in both Sweden and Denmark in the past. The current threats are being made in retalliation for cartoons appearing in Danish papers which are said to be offensive to Muslims.

I wonder how many Christian fundamentalists have threatened to blow themselves up in New York over Kanye West's portrayal of Christ in Rolling Stone?

Click for larger image.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:17 PM | Comments |

I was born a poor black child: The Rusty Shackleford Autobiography

An excerpt from my soon te be released autobiography:

My life as the son of a sharecropper was no picnic. In town there was always the worry that Boss Hogg and the powers that be would take some offense and confiscate what little we had to themselves under the perversity that was Jim Crow.

And home was no better. Emasculated by a system that drained by father of all that was manly dignity, he found his only solace was the bottle. And when my father drank, he was mean. Real mean.

Is it true? Does it really matter? It sounds true.

And if Timothy P. Barrus, a white guy from Lansing, Michigan, can win awards for writing about growing up on the Navajo Reservation, why can't I shoot for the same? He's pretty much my new hero, anyhow. Except for the gay porn thing. Can't say that I know enough about that to make up a true sounding story.

Hat tip to Confederate Yankee for the e-mail.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:47 PM | Comments |

Crack Dealer Hands Out Business Cards

Life imitating Chappelle.

Belch has the details:

He said police had heard for some time that Williams had been selling drugs in the area. “Then we heard that he was handing out business cards,” the officer said. “In the course of our investigation we were fortunate to come up with one, and we gave him a call.”

Kitchens said the business card had an image of what appeared to be an alarm clock being hit by a boxing glove and said: “For a quick hit on time call the boss.”

“When he answered, we agreed to buy some crack from him, we went up there, and we arrested him,” Kitchens said.

More here.

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

This Is Just Wrong On So Many Levels

From the Associated Press:

An Italian judge heard arguments Friday on whether a small-town parish priest should stand trial for asserting that Jesus Christ existed.

The priest's atheist accuser, Luigi Cascioli, says the Roman Catholic Church has been deceiving people for 2,000 years with a fable that Christ existed, and that the Rev. Enrico Righi violated two Italian laws by reasserting the claim.

Okay, I know that Italy has become a cesspool of neo-communists, terrorist sympathizers and other assorted pinheads and kooks, but come on.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto10:37 AM | Comments |

Australia Cracks Down on Rioters, Unless They're Muslim

Remember those Australian race riots last month? Well it seems that it was the official policy of certain provincial governments to crack down on all of the white kids, but to let Muslim youths engaged in the same activities go free.

Ghost of a Flea sends me this story from The Australian:

UNTIL just over a week ago, not one alleged revenge attacker [Muslims] in the wake of last month's race riot in southern Sydney had been charged, despite the charging of up to 30 white men over the initial affray.

He claimed the state Labor Government of Premier Morris Iemma had encouraged police to go soft on revenge attackers, most thought to be Middle Eastern, because of what he called Labor's political correctness....

Iemma and Moroney still say the police have not been soft on Middle Eastern crime. But the evidence suggests otherwise. A notorious police document outlines how, the night after the Sunday riots, "numerous vehicles were sighted congregated in the vicinity of Punchbowl Park [in Sydney's inner southwest]".

"These vehicles and the crowd that had been gathered were suspected to be Middle Eastern criminals who have been involved in malicious damage and civil disobedience offences throughout the Sutherland Shire and St George areas," the document says. "A direction was given to police around midnight not to enter the area and antagonise these persons."

The last thing we need is for all those hot Australian sheilas to start wearing burkas!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:13 AM | Comments |

Video Emerges of Two German Hostages in Iraq

Al Jazeera has broadcast a video of two German engineers taken hostage in Iraq. As reported earlier on The Jawa Report, the names of the two German hostages are Thomas Wischke and Rebiti Drata (transliterated from Arab reports). Their correct names are Thomas Nitzschke and Rene Braeunlich. We will link to the video as soon as we find it. Please e-mail us via the Contact link above if you have any information on the video.

Al Jazeera:

Two German hostages held in Iraq have appealed to their government to help secure their release, in a video aired by Aljazeera.

The two German engineers, who disappeared in northern Iraq on Tuesday, were shown on their knees in front of four kidnappers on the video shown by the television station on Friday.

The tape was dated 24 January, the day they were abducted in the northern industrial city of Beiji, about 240km north of Baghdad.

The hostages, identified by relatives as Thomas Nitzschke and Rene Braeunlich, arrived in Iraq on 22 January.

The German Foreign Ministry said the two only planned to remain in Iraq "for a short time".

They were working for a German company which has a commercial relationship with an Iraqi government-owned detergent company.

In Berlin, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German Foreign Minister, said on Friday that contact had been established with the kidnappers.

"The first contact was made by the kidnappers," Steinmeier told RTL television.

He described the pictures as "shocking".

Earlier, Gernot Erler, the Deputy Foreign Minister, told ARD television that a ministry crisis unit "is working constantly to save the two engineers."

We pray for their speedy release.

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

ACLU Hearts Terrorists

Steve Emerson of the Counterterrorism Blog:

The American Civil Liberties Union has sent a letter (Acrobat) to Department of Justice calling for the dismissal of the remaining charges against former University of South Florida professor Sami al-Arian. Citing Al-Arian’s acquittal on 8 of the 17 charges against him, the ACLU claims that since “the two most serious charges” were thrown out, that al-Arian should be set free, and that such a move would demonstrate that the United States “welcomes religious and ethnic diversity.”
But there's more:
PIJ is not the only Palestinian terrorist group to find its way onto the ACLU’s docket.

Earlier this month, the ACLU filed an amicus brief on behalf of Abdelhaleem Ashqar, an alleged Hamas operative indicted on racketeering charges along with Hamas’ deputy political chief, Musa Abu Marzook. The ACLU is attempting to suppress evidence by claiming that the FBI conducted an “illegal” search of Ashqar’s home in December 1993.

Stop the ACLU:
The ACLU have opposed every effort our government has tried to fight terrorism, and has defended the enemy at every chance they get. The ACLU carefully walk the line of treason. Many of us think they have crossed that line, and we are sick and tired of nothing being done about it.
Indeed. Via Hyscience.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:05 AM | Comments |

Taliban Attacks Afghan Girls' School

(Kabul) The Taliban has been intensifying its campaign against girls' schools.

From Xinhuanet.com:

Suspected Taliban militants set fire on a girls school Thursday night in Afghan eastern province of Laghman, a local police said.

"Last night at about 12 p.m. (8:30 p.m. GMT) some suspected Taliban militants blazed a girls school in Haidar area, but there is no casualty of school staff," Hizbullah, the spokesperson of the governor told Xinhua.

The spokesperson blamed Taliban to carry out this kind of attack, and said the investigation is still going on.

According to some reliable resources, four school staff have been kidnapped by the militants, but the spokesperson denied.

There are no details about the four hostages.

In the southern Kandahar Province where the Taliban previously had a stronghold, attempts to intimidate teachers and students at girls' schools have been ongoing. With these attacks against women, I wonder how in the world the feminists can consistently come out against the global war on terror. Logic would indicate that women's rights advocates should be first in line to support the Bush administration and its efforts to defeat the Taliban and other terror groups.

Companion at Interested-Participant.

By at 02:51 AM | Comments |

Jimmy Carter Advocating Criminal Acts?

From The Jerusalem Post:

"The Palestinian Government is destitute, and in desperate financial straits. I hope that support for the new government will be forthcoming," Carter said at a Jerusalem press conference.

Carter, who has long supported the participation of Hamas in the Palestinian elections, voiced the hope that the Islamic terror group would act "responsibly" now that it had won the elections.

Isn't President Peanut just the soul of kindness, at least when it comes to coddling terrorists? Unfortunately, as I pointed out earlier here, it's illegal for Americans to provide "material support or resources" to designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations. And Hamas is so designated by the State Department.

The Rabbit Terminator suggests a sneaky little ploy:

He added that if international law barred donor countries from directly funding a Hamas-led government than the US and the EU should bypass the Palestinian Authority and provide the "much-needed" money to the Palestinians via non-governmental channels such as UN agencies.
Uh-uh, Jimmy. Hamas is now the legally elected government of the Palestinians. That makes them all officially designated terrorists. And your little plot sounds an awful lot like conspiracy to deal unlawfully with a terrorist state. Dr. Rafil Dhafir went to prison for just the actions you are suggesting.

Thanks to Jay at Stop the ACLU. More from Misha at The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiller.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto12:01 AM | Comments |

January 26, 2006

Palestinian Elections: A Haiku

Hamas, won have we

Exterminate Jews we will



Hey? Is that a Hellfire miss

By Vinnie at 08:22 PM | Comments |

Ayup, He's Certifiable

Time to send Iranian president Maquaalude Ahmagonnadieforallah to the 72 Virgins Special Needs Center For Delusional Theocrats:

Iran has asked the United States to allow direct flights between the two countries after a break of more than two decades, a senior civil aviation official said on Thursday.

d00d, look, we know you haven't invented anything worthwile in hundreds of years, but really, if you want to nuke us, make yer own frigging ICBM.

Stop trying to use ours against us, you worthless sissy.

stein hoist to the blog grandfather

By Vinnie at 06:59 PM | Comments |

Phinster? Shaving? With A Ceegar, & A Tattoo?

Gee, my fish always died within 2 weeks.

Thanks, Phin! Now I have another excuse to tell the wife why I'm slamming brewskies.

By Vinnie at 06:44 PM | Comments |

We'd Like To Help You Out, But...

From The US Department of State:

It is unlawful for a person in the United States or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to knowingly provide "material support or resources" to a designated FTO [Foreign Terrorist Organization].
Also from The US Department of State:


This means that continuing foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority once Hamas assumes power would be a criminal act on the part of the government.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto06:21 PM | Comments |

Meet The New Imeat.

Wow sounds scrumptious especially after sitting on a shelf fermenting. Yum Yum. I thought I told Rusty not to eat this.

Hat Tip: Punk2.

Ok not so new but still a box of giggles or jiggles or whatever.

By Howie at 03:20 PM | Comments |

40 Seconds? But I want it now!

No, I'm not ignoring you, I've been sick. For the past 48 hours I haven't been able to keep any food down. Then suddenly, my appetite came back. So much so that I think I could eat an entire flash fried buffalo. And no, I can't wait 40 seconds.

I should be back to normal tomorrow.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:50 PM | Comments |

On post-Weimar Hamas

Abbas [singing]: Oh Hamas! You repaid my abuse with raw hatred. But I need you today. Oh Hamas! When you blew up some Jews and you framed me. So they locked me away...

Maybe it's my recent re-reading of Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich talking, but someone stop me if I am crazy in seeing a few hard and fast similarities between Hamas and the late-1920s/early-1930s Nazi Party:

- both elected during times of minimal government control of the territory and in an area with a "poor" economic prospects, at best

- both groups gained fame as organizations for street thugs through open and unabashed violence

- both love a good outdoor ralley with pretty flags, weapons, and nationalistic chanting

- both love artistic posters in public places

- both appealed to the population with the promotion of territorial unification and seeking retribution against the Jews

- both were hoped to be "toned down" through elections and elevation within democratic offices, as world leaders rationalized that previous thuggish activities could never play well from a ruling government

Then again, there is one dissimilarity that really hits me. In November 1932, the last election before Hitler became Chancellor and the Nazis truly solidified power, the NSDAP only had 33.6% of parlimentary seats (down from the previous July, in which the Nazi held their greatest Weimar-era seat percentage at 37.8%). It seems that Hamas picked up about 57.5% of seats, with 76 out of 132.

I'm just sayin', is all.

By at 01:30 PM | Comments |

Reactions to Hamas' Win From Middle Eastern Press

While most Middle Eastern news outlets still have stories posted projecting a Fatah victory based on exit polling, a few have reacted to the real story. These two, from opposite sides of the Israeli-Palestinian fence, offer similar Pollyanna takes:

al Jazeera sees a tiny ray of sunshine:

And in a first sign of pragmatism, Mahmoud Zahar, a top Hamas official, said the group would extend its year-old truce if Israel reciprocates. "If not, then I think we will have no option but to protect our people and our land," he said.
The Jerusalem Post looks on the bright side:
"Now that they are in power, Hamas will have to take responsibility for the future. They will have to become more moderate. Now they are part of the democratic game and they will have to play by the democratic rules," Siniora said.

Siniora, a 69-year-old east Jerusalemite Christian, is publisher of The Jerusalem Times and a co-CEO of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information. An early proponent of negotiations with Israel, he has long been involved in pro-peace activities. He was one of seven candidates contending for one of the two seats reserved for Christians in the Jerusalem district, but is unlikely to win the seat.

Unfortunately, the reality will probably be much grimmer, at least in the short run. For years, it's been obvious that Palestinian society has been undergoing a forced evolution. The smart Palestinians have found ways to escape their role as tools of Pan-Arabism, and gotten out.

What's left are the dregs, mentally damaged barbarians who have bred a sick, twisted culture based on celebrating terrorist acts. What else can you say about a society that deifies degenerates who deliberately seek out children to murder?

Are there enough intelligent, mentally healthy Palestinians left to build a civilized society? I don't think so, but I'd be very glad to be proved wrong.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto .

By Bluto12:34 PM | Comments |

Congratulations Hamas

I’ve been reading all morning about the Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections. One thought has been with me all morning. While it may seem bad it’s actually a good thing. No longer can the PA hide behind the “It was Hamas” defense after bombings. No longer can Hamas play the relatively easy role of “opposition”. No the buck stops here, congratulations here you go! (thump!!). That’s the sound of total responsibility landing on your desk. Whatever happens, peace, war or prosperity the time for blaming the Israel or claiming oppression and corruption is over. Now a Hamas sponsored bombing can’t be dismissed as, “not our fault”, it’s an act of war by a state worthy of a real response. Hamas/PA is responsible to the entire Palestinian electorate and subject to all the blame, criticism, and general cynicism they have promoted for so long. Ask us Republicans/Conservatives we’ll tell you, with greater power comes greater responsibility. Watch what you wish for you just might get it.

BBC : The Hamas victory presents both the Palestinian political class and the international community with a huge dilemma. Washington and the EU, which have pressured the Palestinians to hold democratic elections, cannot now object to the outcome of the elections without laying themselves open to charges of hypocrisy. Crucially, the result has landed Hamas itself in a very difficult situation. It cannot be part of the Palestinian Authority and at the same time remain committed to what it calls the armed struggle.
Captain Ed Says :
And if Hamas and the Palestinians still want to wage war after that, then let the IDF roll across the West Bank and Gaza Strip and push the whole lot of them right into the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea. That's what total war means, and as soon as the world stops preventing the Palestinians from the risks of their own choices, the sooner they will conclude that war is the worst possible choice for them.
True the choices now have very real consequences. Also this Quote Via Seattle Times:
Hamas' role was greatly respected and embraced because it was a resistance movement," Sami Moubayed, a Syrian analyst, told The Associated Press.
"Now, they will naturally be prone to fail like any other movement that entered the political arena, because they will have a very hard time to deliver on their promises," he said.
Dean Esmay also get's his two cents in
The greatest stumbling block to peace in the Middle East is the refusal of Palestinians to accept the existence of the state of Israel. A Hamas lead government might be just the thing to realize that coexistence with Israel isn't so bad after all.
That's my hope anyway. As noted anti-Semite HL Mencken once remarked, "People get the government they deserve - and they deserve to get it good and hard."

The Filthy Report says :

So they say, "Habib, I vote for the guy who teach my kid instead of crook who steal all my money".. The thing is, the teacher is also the terrorist.

Ace Too.

Will it not be sweet to see Hamas have to deal? One thing for sure the plate is full, now dig in Hamas. I hope you are as hungry as you thought you were.

By Howie at 12:30 PM | Comments |

Iraq WMDs Unanswered Questions

I ran into this post at Rightwingnuthouse and I can tell you it’s not nutty at all. Damn good post, damn good questions.

Rightwingnuthouse : For almost three years, the conventional wisdom regarding Iraq WMD’s prior to our invasion was that Saddam never had them, we knew it, Bush lied, and we invaded anyway because we wanted their oil, or to establish military bases, or because George Bush is a meany, or because the Jews told us to, or…just because America is eeeevil… …But something always bothered me about this conclusion, a nagging itch at the back of my mind. And that is the overwhelmingly belief by the world’s best intelligence agencies that Saddam did indeed have stockpiles of WMD in the six months leading up to the war. The French, the British, the Germans, The Israeli’s, the United Nations (UNSCOM and IAEA), not to mention the CIA, DIA, and most politicians here in this country... …That’s quite a number of people to be dead wrong about such a huge issue.

Updated: Err uh posting a link might help, Sorry.

By Howie at 12:08 PM | Comments |

Carter calls for funding Palestinians

The unabashed naivete of this man never ceases to amaze me. He does have one redeeming value.....as a negative barometer. Do the opposite of what he recommends and chances are it will prove to be the right move.

A day after Hamas swept to an upset victory in the Palestinian parliamentary elections, former US President Jimmy Carter on Thursday said that Wednesday's voting had been orderly and fair.

"The elections were completely honest, completely fair, completely safe and without violence," the former president said.

Carter, who led an 85-member international observer team from around the world organized by the 'National Democratic Institute' in partnership with 'The Carter Center,' urged the international community to directly or indirectly fund the new Palestinian Government even though it will be led by an internationally-declared foreign terror organization.

"The Palestinian Government is destitute, and in desperate financial straits. I hope that support for the new government will be forthcoming," Carter said at a Jerusalem press conference.

Funding families of suicide bombers and diverting 100s of millions into Arafats private accounts tend to have that effect.

Companion OpiniPundit

By at 11:50 AM | Comments |

CSM, Letters in Support of Jill Carroll.

It is now seven days from the deadline set by the terrorists who kidnapped her. Today the Christian Science Monitor has published some of the letters they have received in support for Jill. Among the letters is one from Susan Hallums, the daughter of Roy Hallums, who was held for many months before his rescue.

Susan Hallums VIA CSM : I am praying for the safe release of Jill Carroll in Iraq. She was there to help the people of Iraq. She is a good, kind, giving person who put herself there to give to and to teach Iraqis. My family suffered for 311 days while our loved one Roy, a contractor in Iraq, was being held hostage. It was so difficult to keep going before his release. If we can help Jill's family in any way, we are here for them. Stay strong and keep the faith. We have a website: hostagefamilymatters.com.
Susan Hallums
Corona, Calif.

Patrick Kerr Via CSM : I was a public affairs officer with the Marines in Iraq last year and had the privilege of working with Jill on several occasions. Her professionalism and objectivity were unparalleled within the media community. I saw her in Husaybah, on the Syrian border, in early December shortly before I returned to the States. Aside from being very personable and down-to-earth, what really struck me was Jill's bravery. She seemed to fit right in with the Marines and Iraqi security forces. It is this attribute, I believe, that will see her through her current ordeal. My family and I will continue to keep Jill in our prayers. I am hopeful for her eventual release.
Patrick Kerr
New Orleans

To convey your support for Jill and join the chorus of voices calling for her immediate release, follow this link.

Our prayers go out to Jill that she will be released unharmed.

See the Jill Carroll Acrhive for background.

By Howie at 09:36 AM | Comments |

Playboy Is Porn, Sellers Should be Arrested

(Jakarta, Indonesia) The planned publication and sale of Playboy magazine in majority-Muslim Indonesia has prompted angry protest (pic) from several groups. It's believed the magazine will destroy the morality of young people and the nation.

From Antara News:

The Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) Chairman Tarman Azzam has said every effort should be taken to prevent the publication of the Indonesian version of playboy magazine or the sellers should be arrested should the pornographic magazine reaches the children.

"If the magazine publication comes into being and their circulation reaches the children, the producers as well as the sellers should be arrested, and bring them to the court to make them afraid," Tarman said after inaugurating the temporary board members of the PWI here on Tuesday.

Several rejections to the planned publication of the Playboy magazine among other things came from Youth Affairs Minister Adhyaksa Dault, and the country's two largest Muslim organizations respectively Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama (NU).

Opposition groups are calling for arrest and prosecution under pornography and child protection laws. Pretty extreme, I think. According to Ahmad Rofiq of the Association of Muhammadiyah Students (IMM), assertions by the publisher that the magazine would contain only lifestyle, conventional issues, culture and politics and no nude pictures are not believed.

Interestingly, the Indonesian public protest and debate of a free press issue is in stark contrast to the way the Chinese communists deal with free speech. In Indonesia, a democratic (albeit Muslim) country, the controversy is open to public discourse and, presumably, a decision will be made in a democratic manner. Conversely, China, a police-state dictatorship, yesterday specified the manner which Google would censor information on Internet searches. No debate and no discussion allowed. It makes no difference what the public wants in China.

The Indonesian version of Playboy was licensed in November 2005 and is planned to hit the news stands starting in March for 40,000 rupiah (about $4.30).

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 08:36 AM | Comments |

A Tale of Two Lawsuits

Jay at Stop the ACLU sends word of two separate, and disgraceful, lawsuits.

First, ACLU lawyers are suing the government for barring Tariq Ramadan, a "scholar" from Switzerland, from entering the US. It might have something to do with Ramadan's ties to Islamist groups...and the fact that he was banned from entering France on suspicion of ties to Algerian terrorists. Read about this one here.

That's right. Not only does the ACLU not want the government intercepting terrorist communications to agents within the United States, now they want us to let the terrorists' recruiters in, too. ROTC should hire the ACLU.

For your further edification, Jay reports that psycopathic mass-murderer Saddam Hussein's lawyers are helping him file suit against the United States for "destroying Iraq". Read about this pathetic travesty here.

And don't you dare question their patriotism!

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto12:06 AM | Comments |

January 25, 2006

Joel Stein Might Have Gotten Enough But Now It's My Turn

As I'm sure most people who follow the news are aware of by now an LA Times writer, Joel Stein, wrote a controversial piece insulting my career titled, Warriors and wusses. Mr. Stein is entitled to his opinion and he's been a pretty good sport about the criticism he's received due to his editorial that bashes the troops. However, I think as an American, a blogger and a service member I'm entitled to address Joel Stein directly.

Warriors and wusses is an interesting title. But I don't believe that Joel Stein intended it to be an insult to service members directly. I believe that Mr. Stein thinks that is you support the troops but not the war then you're a wuss with a misguided sense of direction. Joel Stein probably believes that most people that have a yellow ribbon of some sort displayed some where hate the President, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Conservatives but still want to support the troops. I honestly don't think it occurs to Mr. Stein that there are people out there that actually support the troops and our wishes on a grander scale than he imagines (he might now since he's written his editorial).

The fact that Joel Stein says that he thinks he would like the troops and admits he knows not a single US service member doesn't surprise me. Mr. Stein, you should seriously consider meeting some of us before you say you don't support us. We're just like you in almost every way the only thing that separates us from you, sir, is the fact we work for the Department of Defense and have probably been to more countries than you without spending nearly as much money. To help Mr. Stein along in meeting some of us I'd like to extend an open invitation to Joel Stein to come and spend some time with my daughter and me in our home in Colorado. I could invite some friends over and he could meet people from every branch of the Department of Defense if he so wanted.

I honestly don't think there is anyone left out there that supports the troops and not the war. Joel Stein's piece certainly indicates that support for Operation Iraqi Freedom has certainly started to dry up on the left side of the aisle. That dwindling support is even more apparent when you read left-wing blogs and listen to Democrats. However, when you step over to the right side of the aisle and the right-wing blogs support for me and my fellow service members couldn't be stronger. For the moment, we're the majority of America and it will probably stay that way due to articles like Mr. Stein's.

Joel Stein also points out that "people who pull triggers are ultimately responsible" for what the left considers the wrongs of the war. Mr. Stein stops short of saying that we should all be hauled in front of a war crimes tribunal but he certainly implies that we should be. He's more than welcome to think that. However, I'm not sure how his home would look after the world realized that there was no way the United States could defend itself and the Pentagon was now the Penta-gone. Mr. Stein states, "An army of people making individual moral choices may be inefficient, but an army of people ignoring their morality is horrifying." I think that Joel Stein's lack of knowledge about military service shines through on this one. I go to work every morning because I'm ordered to. I take courses because I'm ordered to. I better myself because it's expected of me. I live by a set of rules that makes the US Code look like a children's book and follow everyone of them to the letter because I made the moral choice to do so. I took my Oath of Enlistment very seriously and I'm very proud to continue to serve my nation and defend Joel Stein's right to write bad things about me and my second family.

All-in-all, I respect Joel Stein's opinion. I think it's a very misguided opinion and I'm more than willing to help him meet a few of his protectors and their families, however, I don't respect Joel Stein the person because of what he's written. Just like how he doesn't respect me even though he's never known or met someone even like me. If Mr. Stein reads this then we'll be on the exact same playing field. He's more than welcome to discuss morals with me at the time of his choosing.

UPDATE: Joel Stein Responds

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Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking

By at 09:05 PM | Comments |

She Missed One

Michelle Malkin has a list of 25 ways to ignore Joel Stein and support our troops.

All of them are worthy, and I wholeheartedly support her effort.

So I'll give you Number 26. If you really, really want to support our troops, and you are of the proper age, then by all means, sign up and join them.

No, I'm not making some sort of "chickenhawk" argument here. I do not look down on people who haven't enlisted. It's none of my business how you plan your life. Not only that, the home front is every bit as important to the success of this war as the fighting fronts.

No big deal, really, just something to consider.

By Vinnie at 06:31 PM | Comments |

A Soldier Answers Joel Stein

The American Thinker has posted a reply to Joel Stein's LA Times column written by serving Lieutenant Colonel Steve Russell. Stein, has admitted that he has absolutely no military expertise or knowledge, and thus would be completely incapable of performing LTC Russell's duties. Ironically, LTC Russell is a talented writer, and seems more capable than Stein at setting his thoughts down in a powerful way:

As an American, I no longer draw a distinction of who qualifies to be one or is best suited to appreciate democracy. After serving nine years overseas and on multiple continents, I do not see white or black or Hispanic or Indian or oriental or educated or simple-minded Americans. I only see Americans. Even the unfriendly kind. And when I am old, I will be able to look in the mirror and know that I acted on my convictions to preserve what others will not. Cannot. Do not. And what I will see is a man with a clear conscience and a moral sense of purpose.

I am thankful I do not have to look into Mr. Stein’s mirror.

Young Joel has just been bitchslapped. Again. Go read the whole thing.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto06:26 PM | Comments |

I'm not dead yet

I'm feeling much better now.

TMI warning.

Is there anything worse than having the 180s?

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

Why Stop With Ben Franklin?

Because I'm a kind, caring, compassionate soul, I have decided to try and help our lefty friends by coming up with other famous quotes they can place on their nearest convenient protest banner:

Mister, down this wall! - Ronald Reagan

4 score and seven years ago, we perish from this earth - Abraham Lincoln

Read my lips, no taxes - George H.W. Bush

We the order form establish justice - The Constitution

We hold that all men are endowed - The Declaration of Independence

Give or death! - Patrick Henry

A day that will live in the armed forces of Japan - Franklin Roosevelt

I did have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky - Bill Clinton

By Vinnie at 03:51 PM | Comments |

Tin foil Patrol Across The Pond

Yes first we have Cindy, remember Cindy? She reveals herself as a hater of all government including Bill Clinton. No wonder the left has dropped her like a hot rock. Bill is Evil, Bush is Evil the only person she has not accused of evil is the terrorist er us excuse me “freedom fighters” who actually killed Casey. Her strategy for defeating terrorist is; just lay there and take it. Well practice does make perfect Cindy. She thinks it’s all mcbillarybusherburtonwardaddy’s fault anyway.

Via Alarming News :And about Bill Clinton . . . . You know, I really think he should have been impeached, but not for a bl*w job. His policies are responsible for killing more Iraqis that George Bush.
Oh but there is more Via NEWSLINKER :
Idiotarianism: Cindy Sheehan has authored a statement of her ideology, called Matriotism. If I tried to explain it, you would think I was unfairly satirizing her position. You have to read it to believe it
Pork Soup Becomes Political in France: Small groups linked to the extreme
right are ladling pork soup to France's homeless. Critics and some officials
denounce the charity as discriminatory: because it contains pork, the soup
is off-limits for Muslims. Critics view the stew — dubbed "identity soup" by
its cooks — as a cynical far-right ploy to penetrate the most vulnerable
level of society while masking their intentions as humanitarian.
Yes an evil rightwing conspiracy to feed people who love pork.

By Howie at 03:38 PM | Comments |

Hitchens at Slate.

The latest message from Osama Bin Laden may be an indication of weakness.

Slate : The conditions for this latest truce are of course impossible as well. All one needs, in order to earn Bin Laden's mercy, is to give up Afghanistan and Iraq. But this raises a more intriguing question. Why are formerly triumphalist jihadists using the language of "truce" at all? Not very long ago, God was claimed to be on their side and victory certain.
Debbie at ITB has more. Howie thinks it was a blink too. I find I only agree with Christopher half the time so I read one skip one so on and so forth.

By Howie at 03:22 PM | Comments |

Pine Bluff Chemical Arsenal Security Breach

Probing to see test our security or maybe nothing.

Seattlepi : WHITE HALL, Ark. -- The Army stepped up security at an arsenal where chemical weapons are stored after three people entered a restricted zone, officials said Wednesday.
The security measures were taken as a precaution at the Pine Bluff Arsenal after the intrusion at a forested federal preserve 30 miles south of Little Rock. Officials didn't know what the three people were doing there, spokeswoman Cheryl Avery said.

Worth watching.

By Howie at 03:18 PM | Comments |

Essential Liberties

Jay at Stop the ACLU points us to an important post by Michelle Malkin exposing the radical Left's hijacking of Benjamin Franklin's famous, and always mangled, quote:

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
In this photo, you see one of the most popular variations of Ben's words.

The missing word, "essential" is, well, essential to understanding Franklin's quote.

The Conservative Cat
Junkyard Blog
Rightwing Nuthouse

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto11:33 AM | Comments |

Sunnis to Zaqueery GTFO My Province Beotch

Sunni insurgent groups join together to run Al-Qaeda out of Anbar Province in Iraq. Via The Australian News :

"There was a meeting right after the bombings," one Ramadi resident said, speaking anonymously for fear of reprisals.
"Tribal leaders and political figures gathered to form the Anbar Revolutionaries to fight al-Qa'ida in Anbar and force them to leave the province.
"Since then, there has been all-out war between them."

Last week, three local Islamist groups around Ramadi - the 1920 Brigades, the Mujaheddin Army and the Islamic Movement for Iraq's Mujaheddin - met to distance themselves from their fellow Islamists in al-Qa'ida.

The statement condemned "armed operations which target innocents" and affirmed "a halt to co-operation with al-Qa'ida".
In a further sign of the rifts emerging within Iraq's insurgency, Zarqawi has also stepped aside as the head of a new council of radical groups in favour of an Iraqi, according to a posting on a website used by al-Qa'ida.

Hat Tip: Jihad Watch.

Sing it with me! GTFO GTFO GTFO my province Beotch!

By Howie at 10:05 AM | Comments |

Iranian Official Calls Ahmadinejad “Certafiably Insane”.

If you suspect Iran’s moves are just to drive up oil prices to make more money, yes that’s true. But is that all? I think not.

MichNews : "’This guy is not a politician,’ the source quoted the official as saying. ‘He is certifiably insane.’" (In America, we would call a person like that a "religious nut.")

Why? Because he is such a religious fanatic of the lunatic sort that he is causing alarm even among his own Muslims. There are Muslims and then there are even the fringe, "insane"
Muslims who believe that the world will change for the better when it gets worse.

The Messiah can only reappear when there is global chaos. At present, there is not enough of that. Therefore, the Messiah awaits his disciple, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to see through the details. That is why the President will not heed UN Security Council sanctions, nor dialogue with mere mortals, when he is already hearing messages from the invisible one yet to return.

Chaos part of the plan indeed! It’s in Iran’s interest to push up tension. More tension = higher oil prices. But is that all?
That is why Muslims in Iran state that the new President is not actually a politician. He is a religious zealot of a killing cult called "Islam." Actually, all Muslims are a part of that murdering cult; but the President is even more so.

Muslims believe that America is the Great Satan and should be conquered; however the more astute hold that such should not be broadcast globally. However, this new President says what he believes for the world media to pick up his every breath. That is because he seizes so strongly his fanatic message network with the invisible that he concludes the world should know of his privileged status with the one yet to return.

“Murdering cult”, not my words but hey at least he’s honest about it.
Note the cultic rituals overseen by the new Iranian President: "Meeting with his cabinet shortly after taking office last August, the new president reportedly had Cabinet members sign a loyalty oath to the 12th imam, which they dropped into a well near where the Shiite messiah is believed to be hiding.
"Reports in government media outlets in Tehran have quoted Ahmadinejad as having told regime officials that the 12th imam will reappear in two years. That was too much for Iranian legislator Akbar Alami, who publicly questioned Ahmadinejad's judgment, saying that even Islam's holiest figures have never made such claims."
So when members of a “murdering cult” describe you as a “religious nut”…never mind enough said.

Related Via Drudge :

TEHRAN - Iran's defence minister hit back Wednesday at veiled Israeli threats of an attack, saying Iran and its allies could put the Jewish state "in an eternal coma" like that of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Hat Tip: Cube Neighbor Dave in whom I've now succeeded in creating an addiction to Michelle Malkin's blog. Muahahahahaha!

By Howie at 09:14 AM | Comments |

WTW Free Ham! Or Why I love The JOOOOOS

Cube neighbor M, just one row over and forward of my current location, is having company this weekend. Parts of her family are Jewish so they have a Kosher and Non-Kosher fridge. A set of dishes and pans as well one “no pork allowed” and another “has touched pig” set. I’m not really privy to all the details but one affects me greatly. When they come over M also finishes off all the pork. That way there ain't any pig in the house when said fine Jewish guests arrive. Well, by golly, prosperity has hit me in the ass again! They were unable to finish off all the ham they had so today I gets me some FREE HAM and all day long. Outstanding!!! Now if you will excuse me time fer breakfast.

Living high on the hog, baby, high on the hog.

Here are your White Trash Wednesday Bloggers

By Howie at 08:31 AM | Comments |

If I Get This Stupid, I'll Be A Government Contractor AP Reporter Too

WASHINGTON (AP) - Stretched by frequent troop rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has become a "thin green line" that could snap unless relief comes soon, according to a study for the Pentagon.

Andrew Krepinevich, a retired Army officer who wrote the report under a Pentagon contract, concluded that the Army cannot sustain the pace of troop deployments to Iraq long enough to break the back of the insurgency. He also suggested that the Pentagon's decision, announced in December, to begin reducing the force in Iraq this year was driven in part by a realization that the Army was overextended.

Germany, Spain, UK, S. Korea, Kosovo, Croatia, Japan, do I really need to list all the places where no war is currently being waged where U.S. troops are deployed?

But only Iraq is hindering our abilities?

Will anyone admit to hiring "retired officer" Krepinevich?

Nice try, Associatedantiamerican Press, but it still won't work. You've been beating this drum for over 4 years now.

Now get back to the real news you're good at. We thirst for all that is Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

UPDATE: My apologies to Mr. Krepinivich, wherever you are. It's not your fault the AP is going to take the slightest hint of bad news and run with it.

Anyway, my point is, if the Army is stretched too thin, a large part of the problem is the fact that they're sitting in places where they're not needed to be.

Just what the hell are we still doing in Kosovo anyway? Weren't we supposed to be out of there like, 7 Christmases ago? What are we defending Germany from now? The war's only been over for 60 years.

By Vinnie at 03:41 AM | Comments |

Google Bows to Beijing

(San Francisco) When Google opened a research office in Beijing last year, the obvious purpose was to convince the communist government that the company could adequately deny Chinese citizens access to information. Well, guess what? Google succeeded.

From Reuters:

"In order to operate from China, we have removed some content from the search results available on Google.cn in response to local law, regulation or policy," Andrew McLaughlin, Google's senior policy counsel, said in a statement.

"While removing search results is inconsistent with Google's mission, providing no information (or a heavily degraded user experience that amounts to no information) is more inconsistent with our mission."

Google, known for its "Don't do evil" mantra, is developing its China approach as it seeks to strike a balance between the freedom of information it champions and the censorship demanded by Beijing, which controls access to China's 111 million Internet users.

John Palfrey, an Internet censorship investigator, estimated that tens of thousands of search terms will be blocked to Chinese Web users. However, according to Rebecca MacKinnon of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, if the average Chinese user is adequately informed of the censorship, "That is defiantly a significant step toward transparency and honesty with the users." I think MacKinnon is justifying Google censorship in China by indicating it's a "foot in the door."

One question that hasn't been answered thus far is whether Google will be providing information to the government about the users who search for censored information. Google has refused to comply with a similar request from the U.S. government.

Notably, Google will not offer email or blogging services until it can figure out how to strike a "balance between user interests and local conditions." Whatever that means.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 03:18 AM | Comments |

Joel Stein: "...what do you mean by 'honor'?"

Radioblogger has posted a transcript and audio of Hugh Hewitt mercilessly (yet politely) bitchslapping Joel Stein over Stein's anti-troops column in the LA Times. Here is one of the many telling points in Hugh's interview:

HH: Do you honor the service that their son did?

JS: To honor the service their son...now this is a dumb question, but what do you mean by honor? That's a word you keep using. I'm not entirely...maybe that's my problem. But I'm not entirely sure what you're...

Yeah, big surprise that Stein has no concept of honor.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto12:29 AM | Comments |

January 24, 2006

Cindy Sheehan's Visit to Venezuela: guest commentary by Gary from Team America: World Police

teamamericaworldpolice_gary.jpgCindy Sheehan is a p**sy.

Hugo Chavez is an as*hole.

George W. Bush is a di*k.

Update from Rusty: Thanks for joining the Jawa team, Gary. Here is a related story which I got via Professor Chaos. Notice who is paying for Cindy Sheehan's visit to Venezuela?

Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan, mother of a US soldier killed in
Iraq, joined more than 10,000 anti-globalization activists in Caracas, where she hailed Venezuela's leftist President Hugo Chavez....

She said Venezuela's foreign ministry sponsored her visit.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:18 PM | Comments |

Ghost of Hitler Lives on in Linz, Austria

Muslims fathers in the town of Linz, Austria are demanding that female teachers put on the hajib--or traditional Muslim headcover. What is so interesting about Linz? It is the town where Adolf Hitler went to school! Hitler also claimed Linz as his 'hometown', one which would be a 'model' for the Third Reich.

Interestingly enough, 3/4 of the students at this Linz elementary school are not native German speakers. Which is ironical, to say the least.

Of course, one wonders the extent to which Linz's status as Hitler's home drew so many immigrants. After all, Mein Keimpf is still a best seller in practically every Muslim nation.

First demand: headscarves for women.
Second demand: yellow stars for Jews.

Charles Johnson has a rough translation from an Austrian newspaper here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:33 PM | Comments |

Gratuitous Link Whoring Hint #278

Put "Death Star" in your post. I'll probably link you.*

UPDATE: Ask and ye shall receive.

*Unless you're a Llama. Filthy beasts.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:52 PM | Comments |

British Hostage Released, No One Notices

I certainly had no idea British journalist Phil Sands was being held hostage in Iraq. I also didn't know he was freed by U.S. troops. Glad to hear he is safe and sound, sad to hear that no one noticed.

Phil Sands was taken by a group of Sunni terrorists, threatened with beheading, forced to make a video calling for the withdrawal of British troops--the whole hostage nine yards. Five days into his ordeal, American troops freed him. He was held for such a short period of time, his terrorist captors had not had time to upload the video to the internet or send it to al Jazeera. No one, not even the troops that freed him, knew he was missing.

Thanks to Tribeca for noticing this. BBC:

A British journalist who was kidnapped in Baghdad and held for five days has been rescued by US forces - despite never being posted as missing.

Phil Sands, a freelance reporter was taken hostage on Boxing Day and released on 31 December, it emerged.

Not even his family had reported Mr Sands, from Poole, Dorset, missing and his captors had not made any demands.

British authorities were completely unaware he was in the country until he was brought to the British embassy.

"We can confirm that Phil Sands was kidnapped on December 26 but we were not notified, nobody told us and the hostage-takers weren't in contact," said a spokesman from the Foreign Office.

"He was released during a routine US military operation on December 31 and he left the country after a medical check-up and having been in touch with his family."

Mr Sands, who freelances for The Scotsman newspaper, told the paper of his shock when men brandishing AK47 rifles forced him into a car.

Here is the Times:

He was forced to make a video calling for British withdrawal and the release of all detainees in Iraqi prisons, but his captors had not distributed it before their arrest. Throughout his captivity Mr Sands, 28, was convinced that he would be killed. At one point he was led to a deep pit and assumed that he was about to be shot. US soldiers found a large sword and an orange boiler suit similar to those worn by other murdered hostages....

They said that they were Sunnis, the minority to which most insurgents belong. They gave him a bed and fed him well. He worried about his parents, David and Jackie, who live in Poole, Dorset, and tried not to think about dying.

About 2.30am on New Year’s Eve, he heard helicopters. The door flew open and two US soldiers burst in, yelling at him and his guard to stand up. Only when he saw how surprised the Americans were to see him did he realise how lucky he had been. They were on a routine search for insurgents and had found him by chance.

He was flown to Dubai where British security services questioned him for seven days. “We went very thoroughly through what happened.

"It's strange, but being told that they would cut off my head wasn't the worst part," he said. "The worst part was being put in the boot. I'd already, strangely, accepted that I was dead. I'd already very quickly sunk to the bottom and there wasn't any place else to go. The fact that they were talking about cutting off my head was better than them actually doing it now. It's hard to describe the feeling."

He was then left in the room. The first opportunity to inspect his new quarters came a few hours later with his first meal in captivity. To allow him to eat in relative comfort, his blindfold was taken off and his handcuffs removed. He saw that he was in a simple bedroom with four beds and a window high on the wall which was covered by curtains. An armed guard in a balaclava was watching over him. Two or three times a day he was fed rice, tea and bread. "Occasionally, I was given chicken. They didn't starve me. It sounds strange, but they looked after me with a kind of courtesy, apart, of course, from the threat of execution."

Each day Sands wrestled with his own mind. Panic and feelings of terror would begin to rise up and then he would talk himself down. He prohibited himself from thinking about his parents, David, 58, an engineer, and Jackie, 60, now retired, or his sister Alexandra, 30, a teacher, or his brother, Chris, 25, also a journalist, in Afghanistan.

He decided that thoughts of home were useless, so instead he devoted his free time to remembering the Arabic he had picked up. "I would sit there and run verb tables through my head and try to remember as many words and phrases as I could. I figured if I could communicate maybe I could reason with them."

He said he never cried. "It was all stiff-upper-lip stuff. I didn't cry then and I still haven't cried. Maybe it will come later."

On the second day he was made to record a video. "It was a strange moment. Very surreal. A fellow came in with a little handicam and I was told in Arabic what to say. They also gave me a handwritten note with the words in childish English, and I remember thinking that all the spelling was wrong. I sat there and said all British troops had to pull out of Iraq and all prisoners had to be released. It was all over in a few minutes. But I knew it wouldn't do any good. No-one was going to listen to me."

The thought of his family watching the video tightened the tension in his head....

Then, in the early hours of 31 December, he heard the soft thrum of a helicopter's rotor blades. He could also hear that the guard in the room was asleep by his snoring and so decided to ease off the blindfold. The room was dark. Although he was aware that the only people in this area of Iraq with helicopters were the US army, he didn't immediately think about a rescue. "I think I'd pushed hope so far back in my mind that it didn't spring forward." Instead, he waited and listened as noises came closer.

After a few minutes he could hear people moving around the house, then the door was kicked in and American voices began to shout: "Get the f*** up! Get the f*** up!." A torch was shone in his face. "I told them: 'I'm a British journalist. I was kidnapped about a week ago'."

Their response was welcome news: "You're all right now."

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

Billionaire Seeks Virgin Bride

Okay, I get the whole online dating thing. I get the whole advertising for a mate in the newspaper thing. But, if you advertise that you're a billionaire seeking a 'virgin', what do you think the chances are that the golddigger that responds will be, you know, a virgin? And, as the old line goes, "Darling, we've already established what you are. Now we're just discussing price."

Via Simon's World, an oddly candid story out of China's official English mouthpiece:

It all began with an advertiser and a lawyer, sitting with a friend who had made his fortune in auto parts and was distraught over his recent divorce and unable to find a suitable new bride. Place an ad, said the ad man, half in jest, but the lawyer took him seriously and put an announcement in a newspaper about a billionaire seeking a virgin bride....

That first virgin bride ad campaign, which occurred two years ago, has given rise to a mini-industry: Hundreds of supposedly super-rich lonely-hearts and hordes of young women, often professing to be virgins and hoping to meet well-heeled men.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:12 PM | Comments |

Mexican Troops Violating U.S. Sovereignty?

Q: Where do Mexican Generals keep their armies?

A1: In their sleavies

A2: No, you dimwit, in our sleavies. In addition to constantly violating the border, it looks like they are helping smuggle drugs in too.

UPDATE BY SEE-DUBYA: Much more info in this Ontario (CA) Daily Bulletin article that made the rounds last week. There have been 216 documented incursions by the Mexican military since 1996.

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

Iran Threatening War

Iran is now threatening that if the EU imposes economic sanctions that they will use force to close down oil exports out of the Persian Gulf. This would be an overt act of war. Not only would the U.S. responds with military action, but the Europeans as well. Yes, even the French.

Via Jihad Watch this from Haaretz:

The news site, affiliated with the radical student movement in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was once a member, quoted Mohammed-Nabi Rudaki, deputy chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.

According to the report, Rudaki said that "if Europe does not act wisely with the Iranian nuclear portfolio and it is referred to the UN Security Council and economic or air travel restrictions are imposed unjustly, we have the power to halt oil supply to the last drop from the shores of the Persian Gulf via the Straits of Hormuz."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:27 PM | Comments |

9/11 Conspiracy Theorist Takes Over Pacifica Radio

Will the lunacy coming out of the Left stop today? First we posted about a Daily Kos writer who plans to march at Ground Zero and place a citizen's arrest on Rudy Giuliani for 'his part in the 9/11 coverup'. If that wasn't enough, a Lefty in a major newspaper says he does not support the troops. Now this. I need some aspirin.

Via the Puppy Blender this from Marc Cooper--who is no right-winger--who gives us the low-down on the new Pacifica radio executive director, Greg Guma.

Most of the country is privileged enough to not have the pleasure of listening to Pacifica radio. Since I grew up in L.A., I was subjected to it from time to time. Pacifica is kind of like NPR, only, if you can imagine this, far to the Left and way more boring (apologies to Marc Cooper, former drive-time host).

Pacifica is the kind of radio network that broadcasts it's own station meetings. I recall listening to one a few years back where angry listeners were protesting the 'corporate' nature of the Pacifica board.

It's also the kind of radio network that seems to have endless supplies of interviews with Noam Chomsky. And no, no one was holding a gun to my head and forcing me to listen to Noam Chomsky drone on and on about East Timor. Call me a masochist.

It turns out that Pacifica's new director, Greg Guma, is a certified 9/11 conspiracy nutbag. Here is what he had to say about David Ray Griffin's book The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11:

Hammering home the point that most of what we think we know may be mistaken, Griffin also points out that even the identities of the hijackers remain in doubt. In the months following 9/11, the London Times, Associated Press, and Saudi embassy in Washington reported that at least five of the 19 men whose photos and names circulated worldwide were still alive.

So, was bin Laden really the mastermind? If he was a player, did he have some help? These are two of the many troubling questions that arise from Griffin's analysis. At this point, we simply don't know, and not much can be said with complete certainty, except that without 9/11, George Bush would not have been able to declare himself a "war president" and there would have been no convincing reason to expand the federal government's power through legislation like the USA PATRIOT Act.

Given the administration's now discredited claims about Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's connection to the attacks and weapons of mass destruction, it doesn't stretch credulity to conclude that, based on the considerable conflicting evidence (rather than more comforting assumptions), the public has yet to hear the whole story. For that to change, however, the media's self-imposed myopia will have to end, at last granting Griffin's research a thorough review, and perhaps even prompting a more credible and comprehensive official examination than has so far been conducted.

Ouch. Cukoo!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:35 PM | Comments |

What is this 'Canada' you speak of?

What's a 'Canada', anyway? INDCent Bill has the answer.*

*Kate McMillan and Flea excluded.

Just kidding. I know what Canada is. That's the company that makes that ginger ale, right?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:00 PM | Comments |

Leftist: "I Don't Support Troops"; Urges Them to Disobey Orders

Newslinker has this L.A. Times article revealing a pretty disgusting sentiment which is all too common on the radical Left. If I was a mainstream liberal I'd be first in line to stone this S.O.B. just to prove that his view is a minority one.

The underlying assumption of this is that wars are fought by Administrations, not by nations. By joining the military a soldier is volunteering as an extension of the Bush Administration. Hence, the soldier is complicit in Bush's alleged crimes.

While Administrations may start wars, they do not fight them. Nations fight wars.

There was no war against the Nazis. We fought Germany. And the Roosevelt Administration did not fight in WWII, America did. America is at war. When did the Left stop being part of America?

This is why the antiwar position is unpatriotic. This is America's war, and to be against it is to be against America.

There is a time to be against a war, and that time is before the war begins. Strategies for victory are legitimate debate, but as long as troops are on the ground then that is where debate should end.

In past wars an article like this would have landed the author in jail. Encouraging troops in battle to disobey commands is worse than the kind of defeatism that FDR would have arrested you for--it is inciting to treason.

Joel Stein in the L.A. Times:

I DON'T SUPPORT our troops. This is a particularly difficult opinion to have, especially if you are the kind of person who likes to put bumper stickers on his car. Supporting the troops is a position that even Calvin is unwilling to urinate on...

But I'm not for the war. And being against the war and saying you support the troops is one of the wussiest positions the pacifists have ever taken — and they're wussy by definition....

But blaming the president is a little too easy. The truth is that people who pull triggers are ultimately responsible, whether they're following orders or not. An army of people making individual moral choices may be inefficient, but an army of people ignoring their morality is horrifying. An army of people ignoring their morality, by the way, is also Jack Abramoff's pet name for the House of Representatives....

But when you volunteer for the U.S. military, you pretty much know you're not going to be fending off invasions from Mexico and Canada. So you're willingly signing up to be a fighting tool of American imperialism, for better or worse. Sometimes you get lucky and get to fight ethnic genocide in Kosovo, but other times it's Vietnam...

I'm not advocating that we spit on returning veterans like they did after the Vietnam War, but we shouldn't be celebrating people for doing something we don't think was a good idea. All I'm asking is that we give our returning soldiers what they need: hospitals, pensions, mental health and a safe, immediate return. But, please, no parades.

Wow. Two tin foil posts in one day. Update: Make that three tin foil post.

UPDATE: In addition to fatwas issued below (all worth the read), James Joyner, Michelle Malkin, Rob Port, and Ace

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:36 AM | Comments |

Kos Kids to March at Ground Zero in Protest of 9/11 'Conspiracy'

The tin foil brigades will march on President's day to protest the 9/11 conspiracy. And by conspiracy they mean that 9/11 was an American conspiracy. They will also attempt to arrest former Mayor Giuliani for his part in the conspiracy. Which is odd because Rudy isn't, as far as I know, a J-O-O.

The rally is being organized by Daily Kos writer and conspiracy nut Greg Nixon. A guy who thinks the Bush Administration was behind 9/11.

Indy Media Watch has more.

Indeymedia: March for Truth:

The rally will conclude at the office of former N.Y.C. Mayor Giuliani in Times Square, where we will deliver citizen’s warrant for his arrest for his role in the attacks at The World Trade Center and criminal complicity in removing evidence from a crime scene. Civil disobedience will then be encouraged by protesters in an effort to call on fellow Americans to speak out against the colossal crimes being committed in the name of a fraudulent ‘War on Terror” and to demand the U.S. Government be arrested for treason and mass murder....

Please spread the word to any and all to come to Ground Zero on February 20th and make their voice heard that this frame-up on humanity in the name of ‘The War on Terror” Ends now. March for Truth N.Y.C. 2006!

It would be funny if these people were indeed as marginal as I would hope to believe. As it is, I believe their march constitutes a legitimate 'fighting words' defense.

UPDATE: If Kos is now the Democratic kingmaker, what does that say about the Democratic party?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:40 AM | Comments |

Council of Europe: US Media Being 'Pressured' To Cover Up Torture

It's not surprising that the France-based Council of Europe would issue a press release bashing the Bush administration and European governments that cooperate with the US. What is surprising is that the release would contain such blatant hogwash [emphasis added]:

[24/01/06 09:00:00] It is highly unlikely that European governments, or at least their intelligence services, were unaware of the ''rendition'' of more than a hundred persons affecting Europe, according to Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty, whose interim assessment was made public today in an information memorandum. Citing statements made by American officials and others, Mr Marty also said there was ''a great deal of coherent, convergent evidence pointing to the existence of a system of 'relocation' or 'outsourcing' of torture''. He welcomed the arrival yesterday of detailed information he had requested from Eurocontrol and the EU's Satellite Agency. At the opening of the debate this morning, Dick Marty expressed his concern at the pressure put on the media in the United States not to report on this affair. ''Our aim is to find out the truth that is being hidden from us today'', he said.
Has Dick Marty been in a coma for the past couple of months? Surely, everyone in the world is aware of the New York Time's traitorous publication of secret US countermeasures in the War on Terror?

Putting "pressure" on US mainstream media not to publish something damaging to the Bush administration is like trying to beat off a shark with a severed limb.

Few Americans are naive enough to buy the idea of American reporters bowing to government "pressure". This statement is a clear indication that the Council's press release was aimed at a European audience, which begs the question, why does the Council feel it necessary to shade the truth for Europeans? In other words, what is the Council of Europe up to?

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto09:38 AM | Comments |

Carnival of Liberty XXIX

Carnival of Liberty #29 is up at Combs Spouts Off.

And what a carnival it is! Where else can you find drug warrior fisking, enviro bashing, a heartfelt thank you to a soldier, a whole gaggle of Kelo rants and eminent domain updates, and a retired police officer rubbing shoulders with an anarchist?

Not as cool as Roman Numeral XL but it does have IX, many machines on IX.

By Howie at 08:30 AM | Comments |

Two More Germans Taken Hostage in Iraq

Two German engineers have been taken hostage in Iraq. Their names are Thomas Wischke and Rebiti Drata.

Let me reiterate why hostage taking has become so common in Iraq: because it works. Worse, when you find out that a particular country is willing to pay ransom then the obvious lesson to be learned is take more hostages from that country. Among the two latest hostages to be released in Iraq, one was freed by Coalition troops and the other, Sussane Osthoff, was freed after Germany paid ransom.

Hat tip to reader George who sends this CNN link:

Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms kidnapped two German engineers outside their workplace in the Iraqi industrial town of Baiji on Tuesday, police said, the latest in a surge of abductions of foreigners in Iraq.

At least six gunmen, in two unmarked cars, grabbed the two men just outside a detergent plant in an industrial complex around Iraq's biggest oil refinery, police Lieutenant Colonel Kadhem Abbas said.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: "We have indications that two Germans could have been kidnapped."

He told reporters in Berlin the ministry had set up a crisis team and was seeking further information from companies. A government official said the two men appeared to be from the eastern city of Leipzig and were working for an Iraqi firm.

The two were seized at around 8:30 a.m. (0530 GMT), said Abbas, who speaks for the Joint Coordination Center for Iraqi security forces and the U.S. military in the province....

An official at the factory, declining to give his name, said the two men were only on their third day of work there, setting up a new plant, and were grabbed as they arrived for work by car. Their driver was left unharmed by the kidnappers.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:29 AM | Comments |

January 23, 2006

Saddam Torture Videos (Images)

From time to time, we at The Jawa Report bring you information on graphic and violent videos. The reason we link to these videos is so that you will have a more complete understanding of the monsters that we fight. While we aknowledge that war--all war--leaves misery and death in its wake, there is something particularly evil about those who intentionally torture and murder.

And when we mention torture, we mean real torture. And when we say murder, we mean it in its literal sense--intentionally killing another human being.

More often than not, when the Left speaks of torture, they mean a practice which they find disdainful. What they deem torture is often an act of abuse. While both may be immoral, torture and abuse are a far cry from one another.

Further, when the extreme Left (which certainly does not include most American liberals or Democrats) characterizes the unintended killing of civilians by American military actions murder, they are really describing a type of homicide which is not murder.

While losing a child (God forbid) to any act of negligience is terrible, it is far more terrible to lose a child to an intentional act of homicide--a murder. For example, one might find forgiveness for the police officer who accidentally runs into your car, killing your loved one, while in hot pursuit of a serial murderer. However, it would be far harder to make peace with the serial murderer who the officer is pursuing if your child was one of his victims.

Further, whenever real examples of murder or torture by an American soldier is brought out, it is always discovered after the military has instituted its own investigation into the matter or only after the military has brought criminal charges against the responsible party.

Compare that to the very real acts of torture and murder by the Saddam Hussein regime. These acts of torture were not random acts by soldiers out of control. Murder and torture were the policy of the Baathist state. It was institutionalized torture. It was systematic murder.

In the spirit of previous posts done at this site, we bring you a series of graphic images captured from home movies taken by Fedayeen Saddam soldiers. From time to time we need to be reminded why we fight, and these horrible and gruesome images serve that purpose.

The videos they were captured from can be downloaded at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy's website here. Hat tip to Pajamas Media who quote the FDD President as saying:

These images are brutal and disturbing – they are not intended for all audiences. But for those who want to understand the evils of the Saddam regime, and especially for anyone inclined to excuse or minimize the crimes committed, these videos demonstrate that Saddam was a ruthless mass murderer and a threat to all humanity.

Graphic images follow.

More background can be found in the following posts:
Kos Says U.S. Torture 'Equal' To that of Saddam Hussein (A comparison)
'Torture' vs. 'Torture'
The Gulag Archipelego vs. Amnesty International's 'Gulags'
Iraq Wins, Players Not Tortured
More Mass Graves Found in Kurdish Iraq
Abu Ghraib Guards Plea Guilty, Sentenced
Al Jazeera Cartoon Calls Jihadis to Arms
Giuliana Sgrena's Blood Libel Against the US
Church Report: Torture and Abuse Not U.S. Policy, Clears Top Officials
Ivy League Student: I Support the Iraqi Resistance 'Unconditionally'
Man Lies: Claims He is Hooded Figure in Famous Abu Ghraib Photo, Says He was Electrocuted
Pfc. Lynndie England to Plead Guilty for Pointing at Tiny Penises
Al Qaeda Handbook: "Claim the Americans are torturing you."
Chutzpah: Torturers at U.N. Accuse U.S. of Torture?
"I was tortured", Saddam Whimpers in Court







Last warning. Images get more graphic as you scroll down.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:22 PM | Comments |

NSC Wiretapping Likely to get Congressional Approval

File under: it's not fascism if we give you the green light. Remember that Senate hearing that the partisan Left is chomping at the bits to expose McChimpy's inate fascism in? Well it looks like the Dems are going to take the opportunity to:

a) expose Bush as a fascist for wiretapping international phone calls without a warrant
b) call him the fascist that he is
c) authorize him to do the very thing he was doing that made him a fascist.

Via James Joyner this from WaPo:

U.S. surveillance laws should be reviewed and possibly rewritten to allow the type of eavesdropping that U.S. President George W. Bush has been criticized for authorizing, lawmakers from both parties said on Sunday....

"What he's (Rove) trying to pretend is somehow Democrats don't want to eavesdrop appropriately to protect the country. That's a lie," Kerry said. "We're prepared to eavesdrop wherever and whenever necessary in order to make America safer."


But Kerry said the spying has to be legal and constitutional and if Bush needs the law to be changed, "then come to us and tell us... There is a way to protect the Constitution and not go off on your own and violate it."

Other prominent Democratic senators including Dick Durbin of Illinois, Charles Schumer of New York and Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut made similar comments about reexamining the breadth and modernity of FISA in television interviews a few days after Rove urged Republicans to campaign on national security and the war on terror.

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who has also questioned the legality of the eavesdropping, also urged the administration to work with Congress on modernizing the 1978 FISA law to take into account technological changes in communications.

"I know of no member of Congress, frankly, who, if the administration came and said here's why we need this capability, that they wouldn't get it. And so let's have the hearings," McCain said on Fox News Sunday.

I guess that moots Jeff Goldstein's argument.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:01 PM | Comments |

Sharia Porn

Do not follow this link. I'm warning you. It could get you fired.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:49 PM | Comments |

All Your Jihadis Are Belongs to Us (and Murtha is a Traitor)

A British jihadi left this wonderful message earlier today. He is an MCI DSL user from London. Notice how the ignorant jihadi cites Rep. Murtha as 'proof' that the U.S. is all but defeated in Iraq. And no jihadi message would be complete without a reference to the evil Jew bankers who are really behind this whole war thing.

You'd expect such a message out of Pakistan or Saudi Arabia, but London? Scary.

...The Iraqi Resistance has shown how to defeat a stupid superpower who believe the US military (bloated, ineffective and inefficient) can used to reverse US economic decline.

First, you let the dumb Super Imperial Army in your gates, then you cut off their exit routes leaving them trapped in a long, costly and bloody guerilla war that they can never win.

The US generals are so desperate in Iraq that they have to speak through congressman Murtha about their plight. The US generals in Iraq dare not tell their political leadership that they have been defeated, they have to hide their failure behind Murtha, bying time to find so face-saving way to hide the defeat....

The US military cannot be used to reverse America's economic decline, despite what the ignorant jews believe.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:04 PM | Comments |

The New Know-Nothings

Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters exposes the antics of Leftist virtual bookburners afflicting Amazon.com. Conservative titles have been systematically targeted for "egraffiti" including phony cover pictures and scurrilous "reviews". Captain Ed sums it up in his own inimitable fashion:

That's not the actions of people who have confidence in themselves. Those are the actions of a fearful, small-minded, vulgar group of Neanderthals who have suddenly seen Homo sapiens and realized that their days are numbered. These mouthbreathers cannot offer any new ideas, so instead of trying to compete with conservatives, they're busy with the electronic equivalent of sticking their fingers into their ears and shouting, "LA-LA-LA-LA, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU!!" as loudly as possible.
Michelle Malkin is on the case, as well.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto03:37 PM | Comments |

I'll Take a Bucket of Original Recipe and a Suicide Belt to Go

Hate America, love Colonel Sanders. It's not so much the food as the secret additive that makes Syrians crave it fortnightly.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:56 PM | Comments |

Stuff to Read

This week's RINO sightings is up, and hosted by our webdesigner Phin.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:05 AM | Comments |

Amnesty International Workers Detained in (of all places) Sudan

This can't be the same Sudan that is on the United Nation's High Commission on Human Rights? That's some other Sudan, right? Because the savior of the world, the U.N., would never allow one of the worst violators of human rights in the world to help police human rights violations. That's simply not possible.Amnesty International:

At 5:55 pm local time yesterday, security forces in plain clothes entered the building where the NGO Forum was being held. The security forces -- their number varying from six to 15 during the occurrence -- ordered all delegates to switch off their mobile phones. They said that the meeting was "unauthorized" and demanded the names of all participants. Participants, numbering approximately forty, were ordered to hand over all documents and laptops. Some resisted; the security forces forced upon their bags. Some small scuffles broke out. At this point more security forces entered and surrounded the room. Still and digital photographs, along with recorded video, were taken of all the participants. Some participants were pushed, threatened, and told "you better do what we say or you will face problems later". There were repeated demands to participants to hand over their belongings.

Security forces attempted to divide the participants into international and national groups. Attempts were also made to separate women from men. Many refused both requests.

Charming. Before we begin oppressing you, you will be happy to know that you will be gender segregated.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:02 AM | Comments |

Osama Tape Forces Dems Into Tactical Retreat

It's just bad political karma for your political philosophy to be linked to the world's most notorious and evil terrorist.

This story in the Washington Post explains how and why anti-Bush politicos are changing tactics:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. surveillance laws should be reviewed and possibly rewritten to allow the type of eavesdropping that U.S. President George W. Bush has been criticized for authorizing, lawmakers from both parties said on Sunday.
What? No impeachment? What accounts for this (literally) overnight change in tune?
An audio tape by Osama bin Laden that emerged last week threatening new attacks on the United States has heightened security concerns. Neither party can afford to be seen as failing to protect the country, particularly as corruption scandals and public questioning of the Iraq war loom over November's congressional elections.
And this led to the funniest quote of the week, from John Kerry:
"We're prepared to eavesdrop wherever and whenever necessary in order to make America safer."
Got that? The eavesdropping gap is closed.

Of course, the original NSA leak and resulting posturing from Democratic politicians has already done its damage:

But his Senate counterpart Intelligence Committee chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas said he worried that the public debate about what the NSA can or cannot do would harm its intelligence gathering.

"Al Qaeda are not stupid," he said on CBS's "Face the Nation." "I really worry about losing that capability and seeing a diminished capacity for the president to act and detect a possible attack on the homeland, then do something about it."

More at Stop The ACLU and Flopping Aces.

Also posted at
The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto10:30 AM | Comments |

E-mail a Terrorist

Here is the e-mail for the webmaster of The Political Committee Mujahideen Central Command website. The website is a propaganda outlet for terrorists in Iraq. I bet he'd like to be signed up for a gay singles website? Or how about the pork of the month e-mail? Better yet, why not find out how you can join or contribute the mujahidin?


If you receive an answer to your e-mail, please FORWARD it to me.

And where do you think this pro-jihad site comes from? Why, the new center of terrorism in the world: Gaza, of course.

But the physical server is not in Gaza. Come on, do you think they have the technology to do that? No, it's actually in The Netherlands run by your friendly neighborhood jihadi friendly webservice, 357Hosting.

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

Not Dhimmis, but not Right

The talk over the Dutch move to the Right is hype, says Peaktalk. Agreed, but at least they are becoming less dhimmified.

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

If Michael Moore, Osama bin Laden, and Shamoo the Whale Were in the Same Room....

...could you tell them apart? Answer.

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

Tin Foil Amplifies Karl Rove's Mind Rays

Loyal readers keep reminding me that experiments show that tin foil actually amplifies mind rays. If so, how do you keep Karl Rove out of your head?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:07 AM | Comments |

Election '08 Top Nominees

FYI I picked John McCain as my most desirable nominee for 2008. Why? Because he is solidly pro-war and has been the President's most articulate defender in that policy. All the other issues that I disagree with McCain over are a secondary concern. Plus, if the media keeps hounding the "corruption" non-story, then McCain is ultimately the most electable of the bunch.

Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select The Most & Least Desired 2008 Republican Nominee

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:03 AM | Comments |

Brits Spying in Moscow?

(Moscow) This story is breaking world wide but little has come out of Russia.

From Reuters:

Russia's intelligence services accused British embassy officials on Monday of spying in Moscow after state television said diplomats had used a transmitter in a fake rock to secure state secrets.

"Yes. I can confirm that everything that was shown was true and based on our information," a spokesman for FSB intelligence told Reuters.

"The diplomats were shown to be involved in activities that were incompatible with their diplomatic status," he said, using diplomatic jargon to refer to spying.

The Foreign Office in London has denied the allegations. However, according to ABC News Online:
"Four British diplomats are suspected," a Federal Security Service (FSB) spokesman said. "I am not ready to give their names yet but this is all being investigated."
The FSB admitted seeing one of the diplomats near the fake rock which they thought was a dead drop. Later, they found the rock to be a high-tech receiving and transmitting communications device. One FSB officer said:
"This was absolutely new spy technology."
No doubt, designed by Q. I'm sure Ian Fleming would be proud.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 05:34 AM | Comments |

Wanna See Something Really Scary?

This goes well beyond anti-semitic rhetoric and nuclear saber-rattling:

"On the last day when I was speaking, one of our group told me that when I started to say 'Bismillah Muhammad', he saw a green light come from around me, and I was placed inside this aura," he says. "I felt it myself. I felt that the atmosphere suddenly changed, and for those 27 or 28 minutes, all the leaders of the world did not blink. When I say they didn't move an eyelid, I'm not exaggerating. They were looking as if a hand was holding them there, and had just opened their eyes - Alhamdulillah!"
The speaker is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto12:11 AM | Comments |

January 22, 2006

Carroll Kidnapping Delays Release of Iraqi Female Detainees

A Reuters story about conflicting messages from US and Iraqi officials implies that six female detainees were scheduled for release before the Jill Carroll kidnapping:

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Justice Ministry said on Sunday it still expects U.S. forces to release six Iraqi women prisoners this week, despite U.S. comments to the contrary.
The confusion seems to stem from plans made prior to the terrorists' demands to release the women:
"We talked to the Americans and they agreed to put them before the review board. On January 17 we reached an agreement that they will be released," the official said.
January 17 was also the day that terrorists released a video of Carroll, demanding the release of the Iraqi women in exchange for Carroll's life. The US does not negotiate with terrorists. Releasing the women now would be seen as caving in to the kidnappers' demands, and would encourage more such acts.

Thus, the kidnappers have effectively ensured that the women detainees will spend more time behind bars.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto12:13 PM | Comments |

The Iran Dilemma

Well, my first impulse after reading Strategic Forecasting's attempt to untie the Mullahs' Gordian Knot was that the Geneva Convention should have banned tortured logic. The author of the report, George Friedman, believes that Iran isn't actually serious about developing a nuke. They're faking it for strategic reasons. Friedman's conclusion in the Stratfor piece, that Iran's new belligerence is intended to reclaim their mantle as the supreme leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Movement, inappropriately bestowed on those Al Qaeda pikers, has the same kind of appeal as our apparent misread of Saddam's intentions. Well, the truth is I don't really understand the totalitarian mind very well, and I certainly missed the boat when Saddam chose to act as though he was concealing WMD even though he didn't actually have diddly. So maybe I'm misreading the Iranians in the same way. I really hope he's right, but just can't quite swallow the pill. For one thing, the analysis rests on the following dubious premise:

Having enticed Iran with new opportunities -- both for Iran as a nation and as the leading Shiite power in a post-Saddam world -- the administration turned to Sunni countries like Saudi Arabia and enticed them into accommodation with the United States by allowing them to consider the consequences of an ascended Iran under canopy of a relationship with the United States. Washington used that vision of Iran to gain leverage in Saudi Arabia. The United States has been moving back and forth between Sunnis and Shia since the invasion of Afghanistan, when it obtained Iranian support for operations in Afghanistan's Shiite regions. Each side was using the other. The United States, however, attained the strategic goal of any three-player game: It became the swing player between Sunnis and Shia.

I know that Iran had agents in southern Afghanistan and that they were nominally opposed to the Taliban, but they've also had players in Central Asia for quite awhile according to Robert Kaplan, and have sought, themselves, to play the "swing" role in the region in order to become a major regional power. Whether or not this is entirely commensurate with Friedman's analysis I'm not sure, because I can't follow the strands all the way the ends. It may be that Iran gave up trying to play the swing role, having been outclassed by the US... which begs the question of why they adopted that strategy in the first place. Doesn't seem all that savvy to me. What it suggests is an internal struggle within the country's elites very much like the one that was going on in China during Tiananmen. However, I'm not sure the battle between the moderates and hard liners in Iran was ever much of a contest. I could be wrong. Hope so.

Friedman goes on:

Tehran spent the time from 2003 through 2005 maximizing what it could from the Iraq situation. It also quietly participated in the reduction of al Qaeda's network and global reach. In doing so, it appeared to much of the Islamic world as clever and capable, but not particularly principled. Tehran's clear willingness to collaborate on some level with the United States in Afghanistan, in Iraq and in the war on al Qaeda made it appear as collaborationist as it had accused the Kuwaitis or Saudis of being in the past. By the end of 2005, Iran had secured its western frontier as well as it could, had achieved what influence it could in Baghdad, had seen al Qaeda weakened. It was time for the next phase. It had to reclaim its position as the leader of the Islamic revolutionary movement for itself and for Shi'ism.
Is this narrative rigorously accurate? I guess my primary problem with this line of thinking is that I've assumed for some time that Dan Darling was right that Bin Laden and Zawahiri are cooling their heels as honored guests of the Mullahs. However, the recently intercepted message from Zawahiri to Zarqawi suggests that Al Qaeda is strapped for resources. This would not be the case if they had Iranian benefactors, unless the Iranians had been sheltering the Al Qaeda leaders in order to deceptively constrain them. (Bicycle racers sometimes use this strategy of "helping to hinder," so it's not all that "foreign.") And that might even explain why Zawahiri's message got intercepted.

Ultimately though, although I think this line of thought is worth pursuing what bothers me about it is that, like most conspiracy theories, it's non-falsifiable. It is certainly the case that Al Qaeda leadership is constrained, but the primary reason is probably not Iranian trickiness, so their role as a brake on Al Qaeda doesn't really seem necessary. In fact many analysts figure Iran to be the primary benefactor of the Sunni insurgency in Iraq. Again, this could mean they seek to control it and make it subservient, but in that case why is Zawahiri asking Zarqawi for money? Wouldn't they basically have the same resources? This snake just keeps wriggling out of my grasp. It doesn't fit.

Ultimately I think Friedman is giving the Mullahs too much credit. The fact is that there's a history in the Middle East of misconstruing US intentions. Where we have something of a mote in our eye regarding the inscrutibility of totalitarian thinking, their misunderstanding of our motivations is more like an enveloping cataract. Where our vision is distorted, theirs is blind. The truth is that the Mullahs may simply feel invulnerable, and given that so many of our own analysts have the same opinion there's no need to presume the Iranians are crazy to harbor those beliefs. They don't think we can ultimately hurt their WMD industry for logistical and strategic/economic reasons. So, if that's the case, they might as well make a bid for Revolutionary leadership. In their eyes the costs are likely to be small and the benefits huge. They aren't pretending to be on the verge of having nukes. That sort of deception doesn't get them anything.

Their belligerence therefore reflects the kind of confidence that Hitler felt just before he "broke out" in the late 1930s, when he know that no one had the will to stop him, even if they had the capability. It's a simple rational calculation. Besides, regarding all the Saddamite calculations that we supposedly misread, I'm not totally convinced that Saddam didn't have a WMD program that was carted off to Syria at the last minute. Maybe I'm just stubborn, but if Austin Bay is correct and Syria is the next domino to fall in the Middle East we may no longer have to speculate.

Nor, if this reference by Tony Blankley to Seymour Hersch's revelation of a covert operation by the US, is true are we in the same "cloud of unknowing" that deceived us in Iraq. We have reliable eyes on the target, and know whether or not their nuclear program is real or feigned.

(Cross-posted to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 02:49 AM | Comments |

The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest Is Sleeping Edition

I got nuttin' for a caption contest this week.

Instead, click here to stoke your patriotic fires.

Or piss your pants, if you're a bedwetting leftist.

By Vinnie at 01:55 AM | Comments |

January 21, 2006

Bad News For The Anti-War Movement

It appears that Michael Moore has departed from our fair earth while vacationing in England.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family and friend.

UPDATE: It appears I may have erred. Sources are emailing me to say that Michael Moore is alive and well and rooting for the little guy from his million dollar pad on the Upper West Side.

Speculation is that the body found in the story is actually that of Rosie O'Donnell. I feel for the investigators, it's so hard to tell them apart.

By Vinnie at 06:18 PM | Comments |

Hamas Hires Spin Doctor

With generations of Jew-hating suicide bombers as members, Hamas has been perceived as a group of fanatical murderers. This apparently conflicts with a desire to be seen as a peaceful community outreach organization. As a result, Hamas has hired a spin doctor to establish a new image among the Europeans and Americans.

From the Guardian:

The organisation, also known as the Islamic Resistance Movement, has hired a media consultant, Nashat Aqtash, to improve its image at home and abroad because it expects to emerge from next week's Palestinian general election as a major political force, and wants recognition and acceptance by the US and EU.

"Hamas has an image problem. The Israelis were able to create a very bad image of the Palestinians in general and particularly Muslims and Hamas. My contract is to project the right image," said Mr Aqtash, who also teaches media at Birzeit University in Ramallah.

That's it. Hamas has an image problem because it was created by the Israelis. I suspect Mr. Aqtash may have difficulty selling that notion.

Aqtash has encouraged Hamas' leaders to quit saying they want to destroy Israel and to stop celebrating suicide bombings. Unfortunately, the destruction of Israel is in the founding charter of Hamas. Take it away and there is no reason for Hamas to exist. With regard to stopping celebrations after murders, good luck. Hamas has successfully created a whole culture centered on weapons, explosives, and hatred of Jews.

Nevertheless, Mr. Aqtash will reportedly get $180,000 for his efforts. It's not clear whether he has to achieve results to get paid. On a related note, if Mr. Aqtash is getting paid to paint Hamas in a positive light, one has to wonder how much the BBC, Reuters, NYTimes, WaPo, Ass. Press and others are collecting.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 05:58 PM | Comments |

CAIR Calls for Hostage Release (Sort of)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is making a big deal out of the fact that they have sent two representatives to Iraq to work for Jill Carroll's release. Instead of taking the opportunity to show Islam as a humane religion by forcefully rejecting all hostage taking as barbarism, they base their appeal on the fact that Jill Carroll was an antiwar journalist.

Perhaps American hostages Dean Sadek and Jeffrey Ake don't merit CAIR's attention since they were in Iraq working with the U.S. or Iraqi governments.

CAIR press release:

“We, the undersigned representatives of the American Muslim community, call for the immediate and unconditional release of Jill Carroll, a journalist with a well-documented record of objective reporting and respect for both the Iraqi people and Arab-Islamic culture.
By "objective" CAIR means that she emphasized the suffering of the Iraqi people under war time conditions--something that would be immediately recognized as an anti-American statement in the Muslim world.

One might say that the conditional attached by CAIR was simply a tactic aimed at winning over the hostage takers. It is possible that CAIR finds all hostage taking barbaric, but chooses only to emphasize Jill Carroll's reporting because that might help win her freedom. But if that is the case, why did CAIR not send any one to Iraq when Jeffrey Ake or Roy Hallums was taken hostage?

“We ask that her captors show mercy and compassion by releasing her so that she may return to her family. Certainly, no cause can be advanced by harming a person who only sought to let the world know about the human suffering caused by the conflict in Iraq.”
The Islamofascist front group CAIR again reveals the shallowness of their devotion to the basic premise that taking hostages is uncivilized. I wonder if CAIR believes that a cause might be advanced had the hostage been some one dedicated to revealing what slimy pieces of filth the Iraqi 'resistance' really is?

If CAIR is the best that American Muslims can do, they are truly hurting for leadership.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:22 PM | Comments |

Susanne Osthoff Hostage Taking a Hoax?

As the details of now released German hostage Susanne Osthoff emerge, the tale gets stranger and stranger. Remember, Ms. Osthoff was a convert to Islam and was in Iraq prior to the invasion. It was Susanne Osthoff who was one of those crying foul over all the looting of historical treasures from Iraqi museums, something that we now know was not nearly as severe as she and others made out. After a ransom was paid for her, news reports indicated that she may have been a German spy. At the time, I thought that might explain why she seemed to be so sympathetic to her hostage takers.

Now, it turns out that Susanne Osthoff may have been complicit in her own kidnapping and that she was helping terrorist forces in Iraq.

Via Charles Johnson at LGF this Reuters story:

Part of the ransom money alleged to have been paid by the German government to win the freedom of Iraq hostage Susanne Osthoff last month was found on Osthoff after her release, the German magazine Focus said on Saturday.

Without citing its sources, Focus said officials at the German embassy in Baghdad had found several thousand U.S. dollars in the 43-year-old German archaeologist's clothes when she took a shower at the embassy shortly after being freed.

The serial numbers on the bills matched those used by the government to pay off Osthoff's kidnappers, the magazine said.

I would love to give Ms. Osthoff the benefit of the doubt. If there is another explanation for why part of the ransom money turned up in her possesion, I would love to hear it.

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

Thank you every one!

Thanks every one for all the well wishes on my blogiversary and for helping get word out about our small role in convicting a would-be terrorist.

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

Product Review: The Sumo Omni

Not too long ago, Dr. Rusty Shackleford was approached by the folks at Sumo Lounge and was asked if he could do a product review on their Sumo Omni. Rusty didn't have enough time to do a product review and offered it to his co-bloggers. I took up Rusty and Sumo Lounge on the offer and have put the Sumo Omni through an extensive week long test.

Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking

The Sumo Omni arrived in a battered and tattered box delivered by FedEx. The picture below does the condition of the box no justice. When I was taking the box out to the trash it literally disintegrated in my hands. I figured the Omni would be punctured and beads would be everywhere once I got it out of the box but that couldn’t have been further from the truth.


Once the Sumo Omni was out of the box I quickly realized this was one tough piece of urban furniture. The claim of a rip-proof nylon cover is a very believable one. Think of the bean bags you and your friends had when you were kids now think of that bean bag covered in a near Kevlar shell; imagine what you could do with it. That’s the Sumo Omni; durable, flexible and form-fitting.

I laid the Sumo Omni flat on the floor in our living room and decided to test this durability. I told my five-year-old daughter and amateur gymnast to have at it. Running jumps, head rolls, belly flops, and the list of punishment the Omni took goes on and on. Not only was the Omni holding up to the test but it was laughing in the face of my daughter. Another thing I noticed is that the Omni, after that extensive torture test, didn’t move around on the floor. It was literally holding itself down to the floor. It certainly wasn’t because of its weight. Coming at under eighteen pounds it’s one of the lightest pieces of furniture in my home.


After the grueling torture test I decided to attempt to put the Sumo Omni into a few of the positions mentioned on the Sumo Omni web page. This is where the folks at Sumo dropped the ball. The pictures on the web site did little to help me mold the beads into any position displayed. I contacted the company regarding a lack of instructions and Andrew informed me:

We are actually just in the process of implementing a video and sending instructions on how to conform an Omni. In the meantime you'll just have to use your imagination. Molding the beads & adjusting the firmness is pretty much the trick!

So in the meantime I decided to set it up in my daughter’s room as a much needed place for two adults or an adult and child to sit. We tested and utilized the Sumo Omni extensively for a week. We played video games, read stories, brushed hair and any number of tasks that you would think could be accomplished on a sofa, love seat, or chair.


The Sumo Omni held in place like we expected it to and provided a very comfortable place to sit in a room that didn’t have a good place for a 6’4” guy like myself to relax before. In addition, the Omni will make a perfect spare bed for my daughter’s friends and young family members.

All in all, I’d say that with the addition of shaping instructions the Sumo Omni would be a formidable opponent for anyone looking for a mid-sized piece of furniture to put in their living room, den, or playroom. It’s an excellent piece of urban furniture that could have an infinite number of uses in any home.

By at 01:27 PM | Comments |

Portrait Of The Author As A Literary Whore

As I previously noted in this post, Allah at Link Mecca discovered that Osama's newly released audiotape contains a recommendation for William Blum's book Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower.

Of course, as a loyal American, Blum was shocked and disgusted to have his work cited by the world's most evil living human - not. Newhouse News Service reports that Blum is pretty much delighted with the publicity for his book:

"I was amazed and amused," Blum said. "It's good publicity for the book."
Blum explained that Osama had actually confused Rogue State with another in his anti-America collection: Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire.

Here's Blum's Ward Churchill impression:

"He [Osama] sees anti-American terrorist attacks as under the category of retaliation," Blum said. "In previous tapes he's used that word -- retaliation. I don't like what they do, but it's understandable intellectually."
And here's Osama quoting Blum:
Bin Laden quoted Blum as writing: "If I were president, I would stop the attacks against the United States. First I would give an apology to all the widows and orphans and those who were tortured. Then I would announce that American interference in the nations of the world has ended once and for all."
Any writer possessed of even a rudimentary moral compass would be horrified to have his words on the lips of a mass murdering psycopath. Blum is overjoyed.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto01:05 PM | Comments |

Nutso Iran Prez To Europe: 'Take Back Your Jews'

The Persian Hitler is at it again. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants Europe to allow Israeli Jews to immigrate. Every last one of them. From Haaretz:

Ahmadinejad delivered the challenge after arriving in Syria for a two-day visit on Thursday. Addressing Europe, he asked: "Would you open the doors of your own countries to these (Jewish) immigrants so that they could travel to any part of Europe they chose?"

"Would you offer the necessary guarantees that you would provide for their security when they came to your countries and not allow another anti-Semitic wave in Europe?" he added in an apparent reference to recent attacks on Jewish cemeteries and properties in European states.

Mahmoud predicts that he won't get an answer to his proposal and that world leaders will accuse him of threatening world peace. Ya think?

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto12:08 AM | Comments |

January 20, 2006

Jawa Report Helps Nab Would-be Terrorist (Blogoversary Surprise)

Two years ago today I started blogging by warning in my very first post, If you think this is offensive, just wait til I really get going! What a way to celebrate my blogoversary!!!

The long awaited moment has arrived that I can reveal some of the details of The Jawa Report's involvement in the capture of a would-be terrorist. Some of you already know some of the details as I have talked about them from time to time in a cryptic manner. I don't want to overemphasize our role in the wannabe terrorists capture, nor do I wish to claim that the man now in custody would have been able to accomplish his stated goal of building and detonating a nuclear bomb in the United States--clearly he did not have that capacity--but this website did play a role in his capture.

It is not the first time we have done some damage to a terror supporter. Longtime Jawa reader Filthy Allah helped get a terror supporter fired from an immigration law firm in Great Britain because of one of our posts. That ought to make the people of the U.K. feel slightly safer knowing that at least one less jihad supporter is in a position to help facilitate the immigration of terrorists to their country.

As satisfying as it is to help a terror supporter file for unemployment, it pales in contrast to the feeling of elation that I have knowing that I helped put a would be terrorist in jail. Even if my role was tiny, it is far more than I ever hoped for when I started this website. I simply wanted to make terrorists and their supporters mad, not help put them in jail.

This is what happened.

On March 12th of 2005 (later updated on March 14th) I wrote a post about a series of messages on the jihadi forum alm2sda.net about how to make various weapons of mass destruction, such as chemical weapons, by a poster calling himself ahmed_assalafil. I had first heard about Ahmed's messages from a website that I frequent which monitors jihad forums, Internet Haganah. Included in Ahmed's messages was the claim that the poster had information on how to make a nuclear bomb, along with some rudimentary (and erroneous) instructions on Hydrogen bomb construction. He was seeking help translating the allegedly secret materials into Arabic.

He asked fellow forum members who were part of the mujahidin to contact him so that he could help them carry out attacks with his special skills and because he was living in the U.S. Ahmed claimed to be a Palestinian living in the U.S. who was using a computer from a public library. As I noted at the time:

What is even more alarming is that the person posting the H-bomb plans is an American of Palestinian descent and posts the plans from a public library in the U.S. I suppose that the ACLU will cry bloody-murder should the FBI check the activity logs of whichever library this turns out to have come from.
I would emphasize that the provision of the Patriot Act which allows Federal law-enforcement agents to look at public library records is under attack from the Democratic party. This provision is at the heart of the present stalling over Section 215 by Democrats in the Senate who wish to take away this vital tool in the fight on terror.

After reading Aaron's post over at Internet Haganah and learning that the Arab News picked up on the story, I decided to have a little fun with Ahmed. I noticed that Ahmed had left his e-mail address at the jihadi forum so that terrorists could contact him and he could join their ranks.

Not wanting to disappoint Ahmed, I dutifully reposted his e-mail address. From time to time we like to have a little fun with jihadis. We post the e-mail addresses of those running terrorist websites or those who leave pro-terror messages at them. Posting Ahmed's address was meant to be a childish prank. Nothing more. After all, what could be more fun than signing a terrorist up for a gay singles website?

That was really the extent of our involvement. We found his e-mail address, posted it, and encouraged readers to e-mail him.

After Michelle Malkin gave in to my pleas for a link, the story received a lot of attention. Most of it was debunking Ahmed's claim that he had secret H-bomb plans. What was overlooked by the debunking was that Ahmed also was talking about building other, less complicated, weapons of mass destruction. However, he certainly was no nuclear expert.

Even so, I still found it troubling that this man was in the United States and that he was trying to make contact with terrorists so he could join them.

So did one of my readers. He took my advice and e-mailed him. Instead of calling him a filthy S.O.B., though, he started up a friendly conversation with him. "Ahmed" responded. Eventually this conversation would help put him in jail.

I do not have all of the information about the story, but I do know this much from various news accounts and from other sources.

mohammed_radwan_obeid.jpg [Image grab of WAVY video courtesy of Opinion Bug ]

It turns out that "Ahmed" was really Jordanian born Mohammed Radwan Obeid. Obeid had fraudulently immigrated to the United States by marrying an American woman, and then having the marriage annuled. Obeid was working as a cashier in Dayton, Ohio last year and living with his girlfriend in a nearby town. It was from the Troy branch of the Miami (Ohio) County public library that he began to seek out fellow jihadis.

Obeid's posts at jihadi forums was noticed by more than those anti-terrorist crusaders who monitor them. Obeid's posts about nuclear weapons and gun silencers was somehow noticed by reference librarian Laura Girolamo. Ms. Girolamo contacted the FBI who, using their newly found powers under the Patriot Act, were able to confirm the librarians suspicions.

At about the same time, a Jawa Report reader from Virginia, David Vazquez, began e-mailing Obeid. Obeid was under the false impression that Vazquez was a fellow jihad supporter. Obeid, he says, was now trying to recruit him for a terrorist cause.

Obeid told David Vazquez in e-mails that "we are starting a big operation that will make 9/11 nothing but a little bit of headache."

According to Vazquez, "I was very alarmed at the words (Obeid) was saying." He contacted the FBI.

Armed with the knowlege provided them by their ability under the Patriot Act to monitor public library computers, and by David Vazquez's saved e-mail conversations, the FBI picked up Obeid on March 28th for 'immigration violations'.

When asked about whether or not the e-mails were his, Obeid denied that they were. Since he was asked under oath, Obeid's denials amounted to knowingly and willfully making a false material representation.

A Federal immigration judge ordered Obeid's deportation in September. Obeid was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in October. He pleaded guilty to the felony charge of lying to Federal investigators.

His trial is now in the sentencing phase where Federal prosecutors are using the testimony of David Vazquez, who is now a police officer in Norfolk, Virginia, to insure that Mohammad Radwan Obeid receives the maximum penalty of five years.

Like many other terror related cases prosecuted after 9/11, Obeid was charged first with immigration violations and then with lying to investigators. However, the content of those seemingly minor violations should not be overlooked. What was it that Obeid had lied about? About the fact that he was attempting to form a terror cell within the United States.

Perhaps Obeid would never have succeeded, but that misses the point. A Jordanian immigrant was hoping to start or join a terror cell in the U.S. He hoped to carry out terror attacks here on our soil. He dreamt that his act of terrorism would make the 9/11 attacks seem mild. Seems like kind of a big deal to me.

The Jawa Report played a small part in his arrest. For that, I am extremely proud. It's a kind of good that I never expected to play a role in. Thank you David Vazquez for helping nab this enemy of the United States and for allowing me a minor role.

Resources on the Mohammad Radwan Obeid case:

The Jawa Report: Nuke Bomb Plans Posted by American at Terrorist Website

Patriot Act's Controversial Library Provision Puts Ohio Terror Suspect Away (Blogs help too)

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

E-mail an al Qaeda Fan! (Updated with more e-mails)

Internet Haganah: How to build your own H-Bomb at home


Arab News: Terrorist Website Drops Dirty Bomb

Jihad Watch: Norfolk Officer Says Man Tried to Recruit Him for Terrorist Cause

The following is a comment left at the above post from Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch:


I am the police officer referred to in this particular story.

I did NOT testify, nor have I stated, that I met any terrorist on this website. Also, the press got it wrong, stating that I "initiated contact with him through" these websites, making it sound as if I "met" Mr Obeid on jihadwatch.

What happened is that I learned of and about this individual by way of Jihadwatch and other websites. This indivual was written about on several websites and even in some of the MSM prior to my contacting him. He had already been in a lot of hot water for doing such things as (allegedly) attempting to publish information about making "nuclear" or dirty bombs on jihadist websites etc. Specifically, i read about this person in the March, 2005 Jihadwatch article "Dirty bomb instructions published on jihadist website". At roughly the same time, the website Jawa Report picked up the same story and actually somehow acquired the email address of this terrorist. This is how I contacted the individual, and this is what I testified to in court. It is lamentable that the press did not report this. It may have something to do with the fact that the word "jihadwatch" is much sexier than "Jawa Report". Sorry, Dr Shackleford.

Again, I did not, and have never stated that, I met any terrorists "on" this website.

I am an avid reader of Jihadwatch, obviously, and have a great deal of respect for Robert Spencer. I have read 2 of his books and found them fascinating, informative and well-written.

It is partly thanks to him and to Dr Shackleford of Jawa Report that this dangerous person is now in custody. So you see, Mr. Spencer, you *did* have something to do with it.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:16 PM | Comments |

Typhoons of Change

As a rule I don't usually drop Instapundit-like references to another blog. Nothing wrong with that, but I tend to think of myself as a short-winded essayist. However Winds of Change has two extremely provocative posts about the Iran dilemma, that are both long and well worth the effort:

"The Case for Invading Iran" - Thomas Holsinger

and the even more pessimistic,

"Our Darkening Sky: Iran and the War" - Joe Katzman

Bottom line: There aren't any "good" options left, only bad, very bad, and very very... From Joe (who is Canadian, by the way, if you're not familiar with WoC):

Perhaps if we had acted with greater firmness earlier, the situation might be different. There was, and is, wisdom to waging the war in an order dictated by the situation's logic - but not in abandoning the Iranian front entirely. Perhaps if we had backed the Iranian dissidents to the hilt with a relentless campaign of rhetoric and material support, and worked hard to create a pre-revolutionary situation as a strategic state-level priority in the USA and/or Europe, things might be different. But Europe values riches over rights (and will, in time, have neither), while American action would only happen over the State Department's dead body. Regardless of the obstacles, however, the cold hard fact is that we consistently refused to act - and so we'll never really know.

I tell you naught for your comfort, here, and naught for your desire.

It's 2006, and here we stand. "Faith without a hope" is now all that is left to us. Faith that someone will step up with a successful Hail Mary play, executed against all odds. That they will somehow avert the nightmare we in the West have so diligently allowed, with our endless appeasement, inaction, and miscalculations, to build on our watch over the last 25 years. Perhaps.

Also read the comments to both posts. Why we've been so distracted that these scenarios haven't had greater play I just don't know, but I'm culpable. I suppose I assumed that a pro-democracy population in Iran would somehow come to the rescue. I failed to remember the Lesson of Tiananmen: Popular idealism alone, absent the credible threat of violent retaliation, isn't enough to end totalitarian rule. I fear we'll reap the whirlwind.

(Cross-posted to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 02:24 PM | Comments |

Star Jones And The Talleywhacker War

From the New York Post:

Yesterday, the co-host of "The View" told viewers that the war on terror was nothing more than a clash of male egos between President Bush and Osama bin Laden.

"You know what? At some point, one of these men has to put it back in his pants and zip up the zipper," she said during a discussion of bin Laden's latest audio tape.

ABC's mouthy porkette has never been noted for deep thoughts, figuratively speaking, of course.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto01:06 PM | Comments |

Deadline Looms for Jill Carroll

The 72 hour deadline set by The Revenge Brigade may have already expired, depending on when they started the clock. We pray that Jill Carroll is immediately released unharmed.

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

Big News from The Jawa Report

Very busy this morning, but here is a hint to long-time Jawa Report readers. Remember all of those cryptic posts hinting at The Jawa Report's involvement in catching terror suspects? The occasional post that we pulled?

Today, all will be revealed.

Get your party shoes on.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:11 AM | Comments |

Blogger on the BBC

Rocco di Pippa at The Autonomist was interviewed by the BBC. Me? The BBC called once, but they just wanted a guest appearance on The Benny Hill Show.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:07 AM | Comments |

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Traitor

Johnny Jihad's dad speaks out on his behalf:

SAN FRANCISCO -- The father of American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh is asking President George W. Bush for a grant of clemency.

Well, okay, I'm down wit dat. Grant him clemency, and then ship him to an Afghani federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison.

By Vinnie at 07:09 AM | Comments |

Has Chirac Grown A Pair?

He's certainly talking like a man who's had a testosterone injection. From the Washington Post:

PARIS, Jan. 19 -- President Jacques Chirac said Thursday that France was prepared to launch a nuclear strike against any country that sponsors a terrorist attack against French interests. He said his country's nuclear arsenal had been reconfigured to include the ability to make a tactical strike in retaliation for terrorism.

"The leaders of states who would use terrorist means against us, as well as those who would envision using . . . weapons of mass destruction, must understand that they would lay themselves open to a firm and fitting response on our part," Chirac said during a visit to a nuclear submarine base in Brittany. "This response could be a conventional one. It could also be of a different kind."

Zut alors! Chirac is actually threatening to nuke rogue terrorist states? Iran's Ahmadinejad must be shaking like a French soldier. Sorry, conditioned response...

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto12:12 AM | Comments |

January 19, 2006

In Defense of Joseph Edward Duncan III

Sometimes you have to wonder what some people are thinking when they blame the government for the heinous crimes of a sick man.

This comment was posted this evening and typically I wouldn't let an old thread of comments resurface like I have but this is a special occasion.

... Until the message that the present US system of dealing with sex offenders is just dumb, and that policy should not be decided by dumb people voted in by dumber people it will remain dumb, and keep producing victims hand over fist.

Then the dumb can find their voice on web logs like this and fulminate to their hearts content...

Well... I'm sure you'll get some input on that one. Feel free to e-mail Alec Rieneck on how you feel that sex offenders should be dealt with after you read his entire rant.

Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking

By at 09:43 PM | Comments |

Department of Justice: Warrantless Wiretaps Legal (original document and analysis)

The Department of Justice has backed the Bush Administration's claim that the President has inherent authority to listen to international phone calls with suspeced terrorists abroad. Raw Story broke the news earlier today by leaking the DoJ document which outlines the legal authority for the President to defend Americans at home from international terrorists.

A complete copy of the Department of Justice memorandum can be dowloaded here.

Thanks to Confederate Yankee who has comments on the document here. Jason also has comments here. I will be eager to see what others are saying about this memo.

The document is very legalistic. At the heart of it, though, is the assumption that the war against radical Islamists is a real war. If a real war then we must fight it like a war. Wiretapping, then, is a form of spying on our enemies. The normal rules do not apply in war.

The opposing side wishes to treat the global conflict we are engaged in as if it were a simple criminal matter. Wiretapping a terrorist is like wiretapping a drug lord and the normal rules apply.

A few highlights:

On September 11, 2001, the al Qaeda terrorist network launched the deadliest foreign attack on American soil in history. Al Qaeda’s leadership repeatedly has pledged to attack the United States again at a time of its choosing, and these terrorist organizations continue to pose a grave threat to the United States. In response to the September 11th attacks and the continuing threat, the President, with broad congressional approval, has acted to protect the Nation from another terrorist attack. In the immediate aftermath of September 11th, the President promised that “[w]e will direct every resource at our command—every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every tool of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every weapon of war—to the destruction of and to the defeat of the global terrorist network.” President Bush Address to a Joint Session of Congress (Sept. 20, 2001). The NSA activities are an indispensable aspect of this defense of the Nation. By targeting the international communications into and out of the United States of persons reasonably believed to be linked to al Qaeda, these activities provide the United States with an early warning system to help avert the next attack. For the following reasons, the NSA activities are lawful and consistent with civil liberties.
Great opening. Let's see Ted Kennedy argue with that.

For the historically retarded amongst us:

In reliance on these principles, a consistent understanding has developed that the President has inherent constitutional authority to conduct warrantless searches and surveillance within the United States for foreign intelligence purposes. Wiretaps for such purposes thus have been authorized by Presidents at least since the administration of Franklin Roosevelt in 1940.
What? Not FDR? Say it isn't so. It is so. The more educated on the Left will admit that FDR (and all other war time Presidents) engaged in the same sorts of activities that Bush is engaging in. But they will argue, like I heard Gore Vidal argue in the recent History Channel documentary on Abraham Lincoln, that those wars were real wars and those actions (such as Lincoln arresting newspaper publishers) were needed to save the country wheras Bush's war is illigitimate and therefore his actions are despotic. See how that works? If you agree with the war then curtailing of civil liberties is okay, but if you disagree with it then curtailing civil liberties are not okay. I wonder how the Northern Peace Democrats felt about Lincoln's actions? But I digress, back to FDR in a letter to his Attorney General.

You are, therefore, authorized and directed in such cases as you may approve, after investigation of the need in each case, to authorize the necessary investigation agents that they are at liberty to secure information by listening devices directed to the conversation or other communications of persons suspected of subversive activities against the Government of the United States, including suspected spies. You are requested furthermore to limit these investigations so conducted to a minimum and limit them insofar as possible to aliens.
Ouch. It goes on to show that Truman had a similar view. Then Carter's AG testifying in front of Congress as it was debating FISA:
the current bill recognizes no inherent power of the President to conduct electronic surveillance, and I want to interpolate here to say that this does not take away the power [of] the President under the Constitution.”
Then the much quoted Clinton defense of the same act. Then some case law.

What is interesting is that the Justice Department also argues that Congress authorized the President to wiretap. For instance:

It is also clear that the [Congressional Resolution] confirms and supports the President’s use of those traditional incidents of military force against the enemy, wherever they may be—on United States soil or abroad....

To take action against those linked to the September 11th attacks involves taking action against individuals within the United States. The United States had been attacked on its own soil—not by aircraft launched from carriers several hundred miles away, but by enemy agents who had resided in the United States
for months. A crucial responsibility of the President—charged by the [Congressonal Resolution] and the Constitution—was and is to identify and attack those enemies, especially if they were in the United States, ready to strike against the Nation.

Indeed, if Congress did declare war--which the most certainly did--then it is up to the President how to direct that war, not Congress. That is a simple separation of powers issue.

The history of Presidential intelligence gathering is also elucidated. Fascinating stuff. For instance, I had no idea about this:

George Washington, who “was a master of military espionage” and “made frequent and effective use of secret intelligence in the second half of the eighteenth century.”... As President in 1790, Washington obtained from Congress a “secret fund” to deal with foreign dangers and to be spent at his discretion...[to search] “for persons sent publicly and secretly to search for important information, political or
Indeed. During the Revolutionary War, fought on America soil:
In fact, Washington himself proposed that one of his Generals “contrive a means of opening [British letters] without breaking the seals, take copies of the contents, and then let them go on.”
There goes that fascist Washington again, reading mail without a warrant!

And here it gets to some of my favorite stuff. Unknown to most of our historically retarded public, censorship, actual and literal censorship, has traditionally been part of our war time heritage:

on December 8, 1941, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt gave the Director of the FBI “temporary powers to direct all news censorship and to control all other telecommunications traffic in and out of the United States.”
So I guess FDR and Hitler were made of the same stripe? Oh, I guess that was different, er, somehow. Further:
The President’s order gave the Government of the United States access to “communications by mail, cable, radio, or other means of transmission passing between the United States and any foreign country.”
There is then a discussion of FISA, and how warrantless wiretapping does not contradict that statute either since Congress, in it's declaration of War after 9/11, authorized the President to use all means necessary to protect the U.S. This is a statutory authorization, as foreseen in the FISA enabling bill.

From there it goes into some pretty dry legalistic arguments. Rather boring, from my standpoint. But there is this:

In World War II, for example, the Supreme Court recognized that the President’s authority as Commander in Chief, as supplemented by Congress, included the power to capture and try agents of the enemy in the United States, even if they never had
“entered the theatre or zone of active military operations.”
There is then a discussion of the Fourth Amendment. You might think that since I am a libertarian this would concern me. It does not. The problem with most civil libertarians is they are worried abuot procudural liberties. That is, if the government interferes in your life then it is ok as long as due process was followed (eg, they got a warrant before they searched your home for drugs).

I believe in substantive liberty. If the ends of government be legitimate, then go ahead and employ all means necessary to procuring that end. I just happen to think that telling people not to take drugs or that they can't sell their body is not a necessary end. Preventing terrorism, though, is. And as the memo states:

Defending the Nation from attack is perhaps the most
important function of the federal Government—and one of the few express obligations of the federal Government enshrined in the Constitution.

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

War Porn: Music Videos, Iraqi Soldiers Style

Thanks to Steve for sending me this link to The Officer's Club which leads to this this video of Blackwater guys popping members of the Mahdi Army. Searching around I found some cool music videos made by our troops. They are basically home movies set to music, but they are a tribute to the men fighting in Iraq. As Osama bin Laden reminded us today, they are fighting in Iraq so we won't have to fight them here.

Just think of this post as MTV, if MTV actually wanted us to win the war. More videos below the fold including The Offspring, and DVDA's Team America: World Police song America f*ck yeah!

Blink 182, Don't depend on me: Combat Service Support Company 122 near Fallujah.

The Offspring, Race against myself: Spencer Slider (presumably a Marine Bradley gunner or driver)

DVDA, America f*ck yeah: AR 15 toting soldier Robert Rusch tells the terrorists to lick on his butt and suck on his balls!

Guns n' Roses, Welcome to the jungle: Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadran 361

Neil Young, Keep on rockin in the free world (live, possible remake?):Another one from AR-15 toting soldier Robert Rusch (notice the part where they free a hostage)

Thanks to reader Maobi, the song has been identified as Kidd Rock's Lonely road of faith Unknown rock ballad + mix of various artists (little help here) : US Border Support Team (Iraq/Jordan border)

Thanks to FIAR of Radioactive Liberty, the remake is by the Dropkick Murphy's, CCR (Remake), Fortunate son: this guy Robert Rusch can sure make the videos! Maybe some one from VH1 ought to give this cowboy a call?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:15 PM | Comments |

US General: Goal of Enemy Restoration of Global Islamic Caliphate

It's rare that we see such candor in the military. Thanks to Karl and Rachel for this link to a DoD press release. Ultimately our fight is not against 'terrorists'. Terrorism is a tactic used by Islamists. Their goal is not to terrorize, but to weary us out so that they will be free to overthrow secular governments and replace them with Islamic ones. Eventually the hope is to unite these Islamic governments into a united Islamic Caliphate.

The American people must remind themselves every day that the United States is at war, a top Army general said today.

Army Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute here, said that 21st century warfare is more about "will and perception, than taking territory or enemies killed."

The will of the American people and people around the world to confront the terrorists and defeat them is the center of gravity in what Pentagon officials are calling "the long war," Odierno, assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

The enemy realizes this, he said. "Ultimately, they believe they will be more patient than Western states and they will, over time, win out," he said.

Information is just as critical as firepower in the long war, Odierno said, and this, too, the enemy understands.

The enemy in the long war is not a traditional foe. Terror networks are "violent, elusive, global in nature and loosely connected," Odierno said. The only tie is the tie of ideology, and that ideology is to make a "caliphate" -- a land in which political, social and religious aspects of life are solidified and led by a single supreme ruler.

"The (terrorist) propaganda on the Internet is clear, they want to re-establish the caliphate," Odierno said. "The center of the caliphate was initially going to be Afghanistan and was supported by the Taliban. Once the Taliban was defeated and overthrown, they shifted. And now in all their writings they say the center of the caliphate will be in the 'Land of Two Rivers' -- Iraq."

Their goal is to start in Iraq, expand the caliphate throughout the Middle East and then ultimately across the entire world, Odierno said. "Will they do this? No," he said. "But that's their intent."

Americans need to talk about these terror goals, he said. Americans need to understand the way the terrorists think and understand the threat they pose, because this may help Americans foster the will to combat these groups, he said.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:53 PM | Comments |

Osama Says Tomato, Left Says Tom-ah-to (Updated)

Tomato! Tom-ah-to! Let's call the whole thing off!

Fun with the purported Osama audiotape

Osama says:

But what triggered my desire to talk to you is the continuous deliberate misinformation given by your President [George] Bush, when it comes to polls made in your home country which reveal that the majority of your people are willing to withdraw US forces from Iraq.
Moveon.org says:
...a majority of Americans, want U.S. troops to leave Iraq. It’s time for Congress to insist on an exit plan.
Osama says:
There is no problem in this solution, but it will prevent hundreds of billions from going to influential people and war lords in America - those who supported Bush's electoral campaign - and from this, we can understand Bush and his gang's insistence on continuing the war.
Mother Jones says:
Since September 11, the Bush administration has awarded the world's second-largest oil-services company at least $2.2 billion in defense-generated business, mostly to support military operations overseas.
Osama says:
We are getting increasingly stronger while your situation is getting from bad to worse
John Murtha says:
"...[the Army] is "broken, worn out" [and] "living hand to mouth."
Link Mecca reports that a full translation of the Osama tape includes a book recommendation for William Blum's The Rogue State. Congratulations to Mr. Blum on this odious important endorsement.

Newslinker has compiled quotes from the Democratic Underground and DailyKos insinuating that the Osama tape is all a Rovian GOP plot. Break out the tinfoil, folks, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto02:13 PM | Comments |

Patriot Act's Controversial Library Provision Puts Ohio Terror Suspect Away (Blogs help too)

Don't expect this to be headline news in any MSM outlet, but the Patriot Act's controversial provision--which the Democrats are trying to take out of the Bill as we speak--allowing the FBI to search the internet records of those using computers at public libraries has led to the capture of a potential terrorist. Mohammed Radwan Obeid used a computer at a public library in Troy-Miami County, Ohio, to post messages about the possible construction of an atomic bomb at an Islamic forum (the articles gets this part of the story wrong, claiming he sent e-mails, but gets it right that it was in e-mail that Obeid talked about planning a terror attack that would dwarf 9/11). It was the Patriot Act that allowed the FBI to use this evidence against him in court.

Obeid now faces jail time and deportation. Like many terror suspects nabbed by the FBI, the "immigration charge" is related to terrorist activities.

Another important thing about this case is that bloggers helped put away Mr. Obeid. Specifically mentioned is Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch, but another, unnamed, website is also mentioned. It will be interesting to find out what that website was and how it was that the police officer involved in the case was able to contact Mr. Obeid.

NBC 4 [emphasis mine]:

A Jordanian living in Ohio tried to recruit a Norfolk, Va., police officer for a terrorist cause, the officer testified in a federal hearing.

David Vazquez testified Wednesday in federal court that Mohammed Radwan Obeid told him in an e-mail that he was helping to start an operation that would dwarf the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

Vazquez said he contacted Obeid through two Web sites, including jihadwatch.org, and contacted the FBI after reading Obeid's e-mails.

Obeid, who worked as a cashier in Dayton before his arrest last March on immigration fraud charges, was indicted in October after telling FBI agents that he hadn't used the e-mail account.

He pleaded guilty in December to a felony count of knowingly and willfully making false material representation. He faces a maximum of five years in prison.

Reference librarian Laura Girolamo testified Wednesday that Obeid apparently sent e-mail about gun silencers and constructing hydrogen bombs on a computer at the Troy-Miami County Public Library. She contacted the FBI as well...

A federal immigration judge ordered Obeid's deportation in September, and he has not appealed the decision, said Elaine Komis, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Immigration officials said they believe Obeid entered the United States through marriage fraud. He married a Kansas City woman in Jordan and came to the United States in 2001, according to court papers. The marriage was annulled five months later.

Dayton Daily News [emphasis mine]:
While living in Miami County 10 months ago, a Jordanian citizen allegedly wrote in an e-mail that "we are starting a big operation that will make 9/11 nothing but a little bit of headache," a Virginia police officer testified Wednesday in federal court.

David Vazquez was one of two witnesses who testified during a presentence hearing for Mohammad Radwan Obeid, who was cuffed at the ankles during the hearing and wore yellow clothing issued by the Montgomery County Jail.

The other witness, reference librarian Laura Girolamo of Troy, testified that Obeid on March 11 appeared to send e-mail about gun silencers and how to make hydrogen bombs on a public computer at the Troy-Miami County Public Library.

Concerned, Girolamo contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation....

Vazquez, a Norfolk, Va., police officer, testified that, as a citizen, he initiated contact with Obeid through two Web sites, including jihadwatch.org. He said he contacted the FBI because "I was very alarmed at the words (Obeid) was saying."

Obeid's attorney, Shawn Kelly, challenged Vazquez's assertion that Obeid had tried to recruit him for a terrorist cause. Vazquez, however, said Obeid's "meaning is very clear" in the e-mail exchanges....

At issue in Obeid's presentence hearing is whether his conduct, as alleged by witnesses, is relevant to the crime to which he pleaded guilty. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dwight Keller, who is seeking a harsher sentence for Obeid, argued that it is; Kelly said it isn't.

The FBI arrested Obeid on March 28 in Piqua on immigration violations. A federal Immigration Court judge Sept. 19 ordered his deportation, said Elaine Komis, a spokeswoman with the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Hat tip Jawa readers. Comments on this post are closed.

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

The Al Qaeda "Truce"

Rusty and Howie have already commented on the latest communique from Dr. Demento (or his stand in) but I thought I'd like to make a further observation about the lack of political acumen that this proposal suggests. It reveals someone who doesn't have the slightest idea how alliances and factions work within a democracy. The "truce proposal" makes the critical mistake of simply adopting all of the MOVEON/KOS talking points:

1. The US effort in Iraq is a "disaster" for the US, and only serves to antagonize the locals.
2. US troop morale is terrible, as exemplified by idiosyncratic and out-of-context evidence that runs counter to what the troops actually say in milblogs, during interviews, and in polls of military personnel. We (Al Qaeda) get stronger as you (the US and pro-democracy Arabs) get weaker. [Actually the evidence says the opposite, and the primary negative influence on troop morale appears to be the defeatist attitude and rhetoric of our own fifth column left.]
3. If the US leaves, abandoning its imperialistic ways, the turmoil in the Islamic world will eventually resolve itself. It's only our intervention that keeps things stirred up.
4. The Bush administration is lying to Americans, both about the condition of the war and about their own intentions. The majority of Americans now agree with this assessment and want to skedaddle. [Note: Since the polls no longer suggest this, the tape may well have been produced some time ago, as Howie, Rusty and a number of others suggest.]
5. The US has split its resources, allowing Al Qaeda to become stronger in Afghanistan as well as Iraq.
6. The primary beneficiaries of the US war in the Middle East are the Halliburtonesque war profiteers and the oil capitalists.

Even though he makes all these points without attribution to Moore, Galloway, or Zuniga the effect cannot be viewed as beneficial to the cause of our domestic masochists, because it makes the task of distinguishing their positions from those of the Islamofascists nearly impossible. The association delegitimizes them in ways that none of their political opponents could possibly manage on their own. This makes the following offer startlingly ironic:

We are a nation that Allah banned from lying and stabbing others in the back, hence both parties of the truce will enjoy stability and security to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan, which were destroyed by war.
Without realizing it Dr. Demento has thrust a knife in back of his ally, making the idiotarians less, rather than more useful to him. Bad move. Not that he had any good moves left, mind you.

(Cross-posted to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 01:27 PM | Comments |

New Bin Laden Tape Transcripts (UPDATED)

An English translation of the entire tape is not yet available, but the following is a list of all available quotes from it. Al Jazeera only broadcast portions of it and these quotes are a translation of what was played, and not of the original tape.

It should be noted that it is not yet clear if the voice on the tape played by al Jazeera is indeed that of Osama bin Laden. Even if this is bin Laden, it is not clear when the tape was made. Notice that the voice claims that Pentagon figures indicate a rise in U.S. casualties. In recent months, U.S. casualty rates have declined dramatically.

UPDATE: It just occured to me that bin Laden is admitting what we already know and which the Left continues to deny: that Iraq is the battlefield on which our war with al Qaeda is being waged. The 'truce' being offered is that al Qaeda will halt its war where? Iraq and Afghanistan.

UPDATE: Contrary to what is being said by talking heads in the media, bin Laden does NOT mention the London bombings. He simpley notes bombings in European capitals. This could also be a reference to the Madrid, Spain, bombings which would make this recording very old indeed.

UPDATE: Here is a full translation from the BBC. Much better than the original al Jazeera story which we've taken down. A note that the transcript is of what al Jazeera broadcast, not the actual tape which was not aired in its entirety.

My message to you is about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the way to end it.

I had not intended to speak to you about this issue, because, for us, this issue is already decided: diamonds cut diamonds.

Praise be to God, our conditions are always improving, becoming better, while yours are the opposite.

However, what prompted me to speak are the repeated fallacies of your President Bush in his comment on the outcome of US opinion polls, which indicated that the overwhelming majority of you want the withdrawal of the forces from Iraq, but he objected to this desire and said that the withdrawal of troops would send the wrong message to the enemy.

Bush said: It is better to fight them on their ground than they fighting us on our ground.

In my response to these fallacies, I say: The war in Iraq is raging and operations in Afghanistan are on the rise in our favour, praise be to God.

The Pentagon figures indicate the rise in the number of your dead and wounded, let alone the huge material losses.

To go back to where I started, I say that the results of the poll satisfy sane people and that Bush's objection to them is false.

Reality testifies that the war against America and its allies has not remained confined to Iraq, as he claims.

In fact, Iraq has become a point of attraction and recruitment of qualified resources.

On the other hand, the mujahideen, praise be to God, have managed to breach all the security measures adopted by the unjust nations of the coalition time and again.

The evidence for this are the bombings you have seen in the capitals of the most important European countries of this aggressive coalition.

As for the delay in carrying out similar operations in America, this was not due to the failure to breach your security measures.

Operations are in preparation and you will see them on your own ground once the preparations are finished, God willing.

Based on the above, we see that Bush's argument is false.

However, the argument that he avoided, which is the substance of the results of opinion polls on withdrawing the troops, is that it is better not to fight the Muslims on their land and for them not to fight us on our land.

We do not object to a long-term truce with you on the basis of fair conditions that we respect.

We are a nation to which God has disallowed treachery and lying.

In this truce, both parties will enjoy security and stability and we will build Iraq and Afghanistan which were destroyed by the war.

There is no defect in this solution other than preventing the flow of hundreds of billions to the influential people and war merchants in America, who supported Bush's election campaign with billions of dollars.

(thanks for heads up to Chad Evans):

Initial reaction is that of Howies, but if the tape is real then it is certainly not of recent origin. At least, it is highly unlikely that it was made following the attack in Pakistan last week.

Also, does bin Laden actually believe he is winning in Iraq? If alive, he is hiding in a cave somewhere, his forces resort to murdering civilians by human bomb, a series of elections have been held in Iraq, Sunni terrorists are openly fighting against al Qaeda terrorists, etc. Winning indeed.

Hat tip BAF BAF, Sucram, and Tribeca.

UPDATE: Remove all liquid from vicinity. Click this link. Wait for it. Scroll a tiny bit down. (via Jay)


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:26 AM | Comments |

Al-Qaeda Blinks? Threatens more Attacks.

Al-Jazeera has aired portions of an audiotape they claim is from Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden claims that America will be attacked and have not attacked the US because they are not ready.

(AP via Breitbart) :"because there are operations that need preparations, and you will see them,"
Also Bin Laden offers the possibility of a Truce.
Based on what I have said, it is better not to fight the Muslims on their land," he said. "We do not mind offering you a truce that is fair and long-term. ... So we can build Iraq and Afghanistan ... there is no shame in this solution because it prevents wasting of billions of dollars ... to merchants of war
First of all most tapes from Al-Qaeda have been from Al-Zawahiri of late so why Bin-Laden now? It may be that Zawahiri is no longer able to do so because of the US air strike in Pakistan that took out Zawahiri’s Son-in-Law. He is suspected of being a primary route of communication. Also Bin-Laden’s stated goal was to bankrupt the US in order to win. Apparently our pockets are a bit deeper that UBL anticipated. In the past these tapes have been used to signal operatives. UBL may have anticipated the recent wave of attacks would leave us ripe for a truce. Wrong again! It is better to fight them were they are rather than let them dictate the terms of the fight.

BBC reports there is some disagreement as to the identity of the speaker.

CNN has more detailed quotes.

Others: Flopping Aces, In the Bullpen, Stop the ALCU, and Michelle Malkin.

Update: CIA confirms voice on tape is indeed Bin-Laden.

By Howie at 10:43 AM | Comments |

Appeal To Hostage Takers Reveals Hypocrisy of the Left

The mother, family and friends of American hostage Jill Carroll are appealing to the terrorist scumbags of The Revenge Brigade for her release. If you are a believer in any sort of God who intervenes in the affairs of man, please offer your prayers on Jill's behalf.

What is so interesting about Jill Carroll's mother's appeal is that it reveals the underlying assumption that even those on the Left have about the terrorists ('freedom fighter' or 'Iraqi Minutemen' to the Left) that we fight. What is that assumption? That the terrorists are murdering, uncivilized, pieces of human garbage.

Wait, you say, I'm on the Left and I don't believe the insurgents are really bad people. They just want the U.S. out of their country and they are driven (read: forced) to take extreme measures to accomplish their goals. You would do the same.

Of course, those making this claim do not really believe it. Let us examine Mary Beth Carroll's words. I am not accusing her of being on the Left, but the same rhetoric comes from organizations such as The Christian Peacemakers team, Giuliana Sgrena's Il Manifesto, and murdered hostage Margaret Hassan's CAIR International--all on the Left. AP:

The mother of abducted American reporter Jill Carroll appealed Thursday for her daughter's release, a day before the deadline captors set for killing her if U.S. authorities don't release all Iraqi women in military custody.

"They've picked the wrong person. If they're looking for someone who is an enemy of Iraq, Jill is just the opposite," Mary Beth Carroll told CNN's "American Morning."

She said video images aired by Al-Jazeera television on Tuesday gave her hope that her daughter is alive but also have "shaken us about her fate."

"I, her father and her sister are appealing directly to her captors to release this young woman who has worked so hard to show the sufferings of Iraqis to the world," she said, reading from a written statement....

"We hope that her captors will show Jill the same respect in return," she said. "Taking vengeance on my innocent daughter, who loves Iraq and its people, will not create justice." [emphasis mine]

Of course, if I were a relative of Jill Carroll I would be doing anything and everything to secure her release, even if that meant taking the "she's not your enemy" tactic (even if that meant paying ransom). So, let me reemphasize that I believe Mrs. Carroll's words are perfectly legitimate under the circumstances.

But here words remind me of similar statements by Islamic clerics, Leftist organizations, and Borders sans frontiers all of whom make the same arguement, yet have no personal stake in the outcome of the hostage crisis. Taking Mrs. Carroll's words as an example of Leftist rhetoric, do you see how the underlying assumption is revealed? The insurgents would not kill Jill Carroll if they understood that she is a journalist on their side. The opposite, then, must be true: if Jill Carroll was a pro-war journalist then the natural course of events would be for the insurgents to kill her.

What kind of people intentionally murder unarmed civilians who are under their control? Even those on the extreme Left must admit that murdering a civilian is a barbarous and uncivillized act, and that those engaged in such psychopathic behavior are subhuman scumbags.

But, there is a state of denial by the extreme Left. They believe that the political orientation of the hostage should have some bearing on whether or not killing them is vile murder, or just the tragic consequences of war. They may not realize that they believe this, but they do, as revealed by their own words.

And the ability to differentiate how worthy hostage victims are of death puts those on the extreme Left who engage in such judgement in a similar category as the murdering terrorists who they are so eager to condemn only when the hostage shares their political persuasion: they too are evil vile scum.

Remember the recently reiterated words of the nation's most popular blogger, Leftist Markos Zuniga of The Daily Kos, when he found out American civilian contractors had been murdered in Fallujah: Screw them.

To those who take and murder hostages in Iraq, I have a different message: do not kill Jill Carroll, because she is a human being who poses no imminent threat to your safety and killing her would make you a murderer. Her political stance is unimportant. Murdering any hostage is wrong.

Murdering anyone, regardless of the victim's politics, is an act of evil which cuts your soul off from humanity. If you do kill her, I hope you are hunted down like the pigs you are, and slaughtered. For you have reealed your own inhumanity and no longer can claim the rights and priveleges of man.

And to those who would appeal to the hostage takers by arguing that Jill Carroll ought not be killed because she is really on their side, please think about what you are saying. Your words reveal what you really think of the insurgents in Iraq. And if you are still comfortable supporting them after this assumption has been clarified, then there is nothing left to say. Your nature has been unmasked for all the world to see.

UPDATE: See the subtitled al Jazeere video of Jill Carroll from MEMRI here (thanks to Tribeca). Notice the reason why al Jazeera supports the release of Jill Carroll? Because she is a journalist and they are obliged to support journalists going unharmed.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:35 AM | Comments |

Readers Must Pay to Email the NY Times

Last year, the New York Times put its eight Op-Ed columnists behind a subscription wall called TimesSelect which required readers to pay to access the thoughts of Maureen Dowd, Paul Krugman, Frank Rich and the others. Now, the NYT has also decided that only TimesSelect subscribers should be allowed to e-mail its Op-Ed columnists.

It's been contended that the NYT is trying to force people into subscribing. Times spokesman Toby Usnik disputes the contention. I can't imagine that this news upsets very many people.

By at 06:54 AM | Comments |

From Stop the ACLU

Straight from Malkin

Debbie Schlussel, blogger/investigative writer/lawyer, is extending an invitation to citizens interested in intervening in the ACLU's NSA lawsuit. She practices in Eastern Michigan, where the suit was filed.

Also be sure to read Schlussel's exposé of some of the shady plaintiffs in the ACLU's suit.

Stop The ACLU will be the first intervening party. Per email of Debbie:

Jay: For sure. I will make you and/or Stop the ACLU the first intervening party (It will be Stop the ACLU et al vs. . . . .). But I gotta work on this over the weekend. I'll get back to you on this.
By at 06:33 AM | Comments |

Kill her quick, she's moving

This is very bad:

A comatose girl beaten with a baseball bat is responding to medical stimuli, officials said Wednesday, a day after Massachusetts' highest court ruled the state could take her off life support.

The state, which has custody, had asked that Haleigh Poutre's ventilator and feeding tube be withdrawn after doctors said she was in an irreversible vegetative state.

Her alleged piece of dirt stepfather allegedly hit her with the bat. He is now in the interesting position of trying to keep her tubes in place, because if the state pulls the tube and she dies, he will be charged with her murder. But as the state is her guardian, the state (specifically the Massachusetts Department of Social Services) can ignore his wishes, finish the job he started of murdering Haleigh, and then throw him in jail for it.

It's not that I'm decrying the rough justice against the stepfather, Jason Strickland. Hell, hang him up for a pinata.

But the state is acting as his accomplice.

This really frightens me. The state shouldn't be pulling the tubes on eleven year old girls. Unlike the Schiavo case, not only has Haleigh not told anyone of her true wishes, but she legally can't make these kind of decisions. There should be a presumption that people, that children, even brain-damaged orphans, ought to live.

But the social services bureaucrats in the State of Massachusetts have decided she must die, and they are preparing to take affirmative acts to carry that decision out.

If she dies, however, the state's accomplice in her murder will not die. Massachusetts decided this year that murderers will not face the death penalty.

Keep Haleigh in your prayers. And keep America in your prayers.

H/t: Alarming News.

Cross-posted at Patterico's Pontifications.

By See-Dubya at 02:42 AM | Comments |

January 18, 2006

Your Chance To Stand Up To The ACLU

Debbie Schlussel, a blogger and lawyer from Michgan, where the ACLU filed their lawsuit against NSA intercepts of al Qaeda suspects' communications with Americans, is leading a counterattack:

Since the lawsuit was filed in U.S. Federal Court in the Eastern District of Michigan, where I practice, I've already been contacted by concerned U.S. citizens who wish to intervene in the case as interested parties (whose interests and welfare are affected by this case) in support of the government's activities. And we may do so. You may feel free to contact me regarding this if you are interested in adding your name.
More from Michelle Malkin and Jay at Stop the ACLU.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.

By Bluto11:11 PM | Comments |

Alumni Group Tagging Radical Profs At UCLA

From the LA Times:

A fledgling alumni group headed by a former campus Republican leader is offering students payments of up to $100 per class to provide information on instructors who are "abusive, one-sided or off-topic" in advocating political ideologies.

The year-old Bruin Alumni Assn. says its "Exposing UCLA's Radical Professors" initiative takes aim at faculty "actively proselytizing their extreme views in the classroom, whether or not the commentary is relevant to the class topic." Although the group says it is concerned about radical professors of any political stripe, it has named an initial "Dirty 30" of teachers it identifies with left-wing or liberal causes.

Some of the libby profs have accused the Bruin Alumni Association of a "witch hunt". I don't understand why they're upset. They act as if they're ashamed to have their classroom politics exposed to the light of day.

If you find yourself ashamed of your political views, it might be time to change them.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto10:06 PM | Comments |

al-Zawahiri Son in Law (terrorist) Dead Too!

I really can't bring myself to pollute Rusty's post with this link but

NYT:The third man believed to have been killed was a Moroccan, Abd al-Rahman al-Maghrebi, who is the son-in-law of Mr. Zawahiri, the officials said. Mr. Maghrebi was in charge of Qaeda propaganda in the region..

By Howie at 09:30 PM | Comments |

Good news every one! Al Qaeda Chemical Weapons Maker Killed in Pakistani Raid

According to ABC News, Midhat Mursi al-Sayid 'Umar--also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri--was killed in last week's bombing of al Qaeda targets in Pakistan. The U.S. had issued a $5 million dollar reward for the terrorist bombmaker.

This is the same bombing that has outraged so many in Pakistan, because as everyone knows, there is no such thing as a Muslim terrorist in Pakistan. And all those people who just happened to have high ranking members of al Qaeda over to their houses for dinner were all innocent civilians.

According to the FBI's Rewards for Justice Website:

Midhat Mursi al-Sayid 'Umar AKA Abu Khabab al-Masri, is an explosives expert and poisons trainer working on behalf of al Qaeda.

He operated a terrorist training camp at Derunta, Afghanistan where he provided hundreds of mujahidin with hands on poisons and explosives training. Since 1999, he has proliferated training manuals that contain recipes for crude chemical and biological weapons. Some of these training manuals were recovered by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The exact whereabouts of Midhat Mursi al-Sayid 'Umar are unknown at this time, though he may be residing in Pakistan. It is highly probable that he continues to train al Qaeda terrorists and other extremists.

Hat tip: Link Mecca

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:56 PM | Comments |

Center for Constitutional Rights a Sham

Here is the lesser known of the two groups suing the NSA for wiretapping their friends conversations with their other friends, known terrorists. Does this sound like a civil liberties group to you? Center for Constitutional Rights:

We hope to create a movement in support of the adoption of a Uniting for Peace Resolution by the United Nations General Assembly to prevent an attack on Iraq by the United States, the United Kingdom and other nations.
Dan Riehl debunks other myths about The Center of Constitutional Rights here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:58 PM | Comments |

French(!) News Agency Upstages Reuters At Objective Reporting

A Tale of Two Leads
The most effective agenda journalism (also known as propaganda) is the least obvious. As in most of the mainstream media, Reuters writers know this, and strive to slant their anti-Bush/anti-US articles subtly, to lull the reader into the illusion that they are reading straight reporting of the news, rather than cleverly crafted editorials.

The difference can be as nuanced as the placement of quotation marks, as we see from the following two reports about the same story.

From Reuters:

US abuse undermines global rights drive: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration's attempts to defend inhumane interrogation methods and seek exemptions from planned anti-torture legislation compromised campaigns for human rights around the world in 2005, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

Notice how the Reuters story's headline states positively that "abuse" is going on, and backs it up with the authoritative-sounding word "report".

And it's followed up by the lead paragraph, which doesn't "allege" anything, but boldly states that "inhumane" interrogation methods are being used.

Reuters writer Paul Eckert has crafted an elegant piece of propaganda here, knowing that the vast majority of readers stop after reading the first paragraph. He has succeeded in getting his message out. Josef Goebbels would be proud.

Now let's see how the French news agency Agence France Presse reports the very same story:

Human Rights Watch slams US 'torture' in annual report

US counter-terrorism policies, with their deliberate use of "torture and mistreatment," put the global defense of human rights on the back foot in 2005, Human Rights Watch said in its annual report.

Well, what do you know? The AFP reporter uses quotation marks to make it very clear that the inflammatory rhetoric is coming from Human Rights Watch, and he or she is not taking a position on the issue. Just as my own journalism professor taught me to do when reporting a story.

Imagine, the Fwench showing Reuters how it should be done. Now that's what I call a "man bites dog" story.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto01:37 PM | Comments |

The ghost of Kenny voting in Tennessee

Oh my G*d, they killed Kenny. And they let him vote. In Tennessee. You bastards!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:36 PM | Comments |

Iraqis Cave to Hostage Demands, Release Six of Eight Female Detainees

Why terrorists take hostages.

1) Take hostage.
2) Make demands.
3) Demands are met.
4) Release hostage.

Lesson learned? Taking hostages is effective. Take more hostages.

BBC News:

Iraq's ministry of justice has told the BBC that six of the eight women being held by coalition forces in Iraq have been released early.

The six were freed because there was insufficient evidence to charge them, a justice ministry spokesman said.

The US forces have refused to confirm the releases, but say they would not be based on any operational activities.

The group holding US journalist Jill Carroll has said she will die unless all Iraqi women prisoners are freed.

The status of prisoners held by coalition forces is reviewed twice a week by a committee made up of the justice, human rights and interior ministries, and a representative of the US-led coalition.

The justice ministry spokesman said it was this committee which had studied the cases of the six women and found insufficient evidence against them.

Even if the women would have eventually been released, as the article suggests, releasing them now certainly sends the wrong message to the terrorist scum that ransom hostages for money or political goals.

UPDATE: Speaking of caving to terrorists demands, the sister of the Iraqi Interior Ministry has been released. If you will recall, she was taken hostage by a group claiming to be The Revenge Brigade. This is the same group that is holding Jill Carroll hostage.

Thanks to George for sending this BBC link:

The sister of Iraq's interior minister has been freed some two weeks after being kidnapped at gunpoint, an interior ministry official has said.

Ali al-Khaqani confirmed Bayan Jabr's sister had been released, but would not say whether a ransom had been paid.

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

Iraq Chopper Video

(google vid copy added below)

Several choppers have been shot down in Iraq of late. Infovlad has the new video of a chopper being shot down released by the terrorists. There are conflicting reports as to how these choppers go down. Mujahedin Army and Salahudin al-Ayoubi Brigade have both claimed responsibility. The Mujahedin Army released the video. The enemy can be heard in the background repeating “God is Great� in Arabic.

NPR’s ATC : Three helicopters operated by the U.S. military have gone down in Iraq in the past 10 days, resulting in 16 deaths. Some experts believe insurgents are using a new weapon: an airborne cousin of the roadside bombs used to blow up trucks and tanks.
So that would lead you to believe that some or all of the shoot downs are dumb luck. However after viewing the new video on infovlad the AP version reported in the Indy Star seems accurate.
AP Via Indy Star : Ashid Khalifa, 27, who has a food and drink stand in the area, said he saw the attack. "I saw the smoke trail left by the missile," he said. "I heard a hissing sound, looked around and saw the helicopter losing control before crashing down."

The U.S. command questioned the credibility of a video purportedly showing an attack on a helicopter that was posted on the Internet by one of the militant groups, the Mujahedeen Army.

This is being questioned by the US Military.
"A review of the footage on television of a missile being fired does not appear to show this incident today, which remains under investigation," said Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a U.S. spokesman.

"This appears to be another case of terrorists attempting to manipulate a tragic incident," he added.

Well maybe there is some sort of primitive roadside bomb but the video does match the description of the AP’s witness. This suggests that the enemy does have at least some rocket fired missiles. If this is the actual video this device traveled quite a bit more than the “couple hundred feet� reported in the NPR story.

Updated: ABCNEWS : Reports this was a Russian missile..

Pentagon officials tell ABC News they believe Iraqi insurgents used a Russian-made SA-7 surface-to-air missile to shoot down a U.S. military helicopter on Monday... ...It's a troubling new development because there are hundreds — and by some estimates thousands — of SA-7 missiles that are unaccounted for in Iraq... ...The weapons had been part of Saddam Hussein's arsenal, much of which was looted after the invasion. But until now, insurgents had never successfully used them against an American aircraft.

Updated 020807: Copy of original video added to Google vid.

Also posted at Howie's Moisture Farm

By Howie at 10:12 AM | Comments |

In a nation of 26 million, the U.S. holds only EIGHT female Iraqi prisoners

Yesterday The Revenge Brigade released a video tape of American journalist and hostage Jill Carroll claiming they would murder her if all female Iraqi prisoners were not released by the U.S. That demand--that women be released from prison--has been a common one among jihadi terrorists in Iraq.

No doubt those jihadis believe the lies and propaganda put out by pan-Arabic and Leftwing media that the U.S. is detaining hundreds--if not thousands--of women. Worse than that, these media outlets claim that U.S. forces routinely murder, rape, and purposefully humiliate Iraqi women.

So, how many women is the U.S. holding in Iraq? EIGHT.

No doubt there have been abuses in Iraq, but to claim that America is systematically demoralizing Iraq's women when only eight of them are being detained is a lie of magnificient proportions. Such lies and propaganda have consequences. The continued killing of American troops and kidnapping of civilian hostages is one of them.

ABC News.

U.S. forces in Iraq said on Wednesday they were holding eight women prisoners, after the abductors of an American journalist threatened to kill her if the authorities did not free all Iraqi women within 72 hours.

"We have eight females. They are being held for the same reasons as the others, namely that they are a threat to security," said Lieutenant Aaron Henninger, a spokesman for the U.S. military detentions operation. Some 14,000 men are held at Abu Ghraib and other jails on suspicion of insurgent activity.

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

Kidnap Plot on Tony Blair's Son Foiled

(London) Scotland Yard sources have confirmed that police have foiled a plot to kidnap Prime Minister Tony Blair's five-year-old son, Leo.

From the Guardian:

Detectives have investigated a plot to kidnap Tony Blair's son, Leo, after it emerged that extremists linked to the fathers' rights group Fathers4Justice were allegedly intending to snatch the Blairs' youngest child as a form of direct action.

Downing Street last night refused to comment on a report in the Sun newspaper that the police had foiled the attempt in which Leo would have been held hostage to highlight the plight of fathers denied access to their children.

Authorities believe the plot was to hold the boy only for a short period of time and then let him go unharmed. Anti-terrorist police took immediate action to investigate rumors of the plot, visiting members of Fathers4Justice and warning them that someone would likely be shot on sight if the plan was acted on.

Matt O'Conner, founder of Fathers4Justice, condemned the plot unreservedly, stating, "We're in the business of uniting dads with their kids not separating them." Even so, some extreme members or former members have been implicated in the kidnap plot prompting O'Conner to shut down Fathers4Jusctice.

From Fathers4Justice Official Website:

F4J leader Matt O'Connor announced last night that he was suspending the operations of the group pending enquiries into allegations contained on the cover of this mornings Sun Newspaper that 'extremist sympathisers' associated with the group had planned to kidnap the Prime Minister's Son, Leo Blair.

F4J say they condemn any such action unreservedly and that the group is increasingly having it's name 'hijacked' by a growing number of militant extremists and that it would seriously consider the long term viability of the campaign.

O'Conner also called for the police to immediately release the names of the likely suspects and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. I give O'Conner credit for taking immediate action to condemn the plot and to distance himself from the perpetrators. However, criminal plots don't materialize from thin air in activist organizations without word getting around, so one has to wonder just how extreme the Fathers4Justice membership is at its core.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

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January 17, 2006

Saudis Arrest Al Qaeda Terrorists

(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) Good news! Saudi Arabian officials have announced the apprehension of nine suspected militants (their words) in two different operations by security police.

From Arabnews.com:

Security forces have arrested five suspected Al-Qaeda militants, including one foreigner, following a raid in Riyadh. The security forces also learned that the group was planning terrorist attacks in the Kingdom.

The statement from the Interior Ministry carried by the Saudi Press Agency said: "Four nationals and one (foreign) resident were arrested during a raid on a hide-out in Riyadh."

There was an improvised bomb-factory inside the hide-out. None of the five men were on a list of 36 most-wanted terrorists issued by the ministry last year.

"During a search of their hide-out, the (security forces) confiscated ... explosive materials in addition to electronic CDs and documents which prove that they are members of the deviant group," the ministry said. The documents also indicated "criminal plans to carry out destructive attacks inside the Kingdom," the ministry said. The security forces also discovered "equipment to forge documents."

Also confiscated were 12 hand grenades and 1,000,000 Saudi riyals (about $267,000).

In another operation on Monday,

[S]ecurity sources said that police arrested at least four suspected militants in raids on different houses in the northeast Riyadh neighborhood of Al-Fahs Al-Dawry. Dozens of police cars backed by security forces filled the streets of the neighborhood which includes a number of male-only cafes and rest houses.
Although this is great news, it's a little troubling that we never hear what happens to these terrorists when they go to court. Given that Saudi Arabia is a Muslim nation, I wouldn't be surprised if many terrorists are let go with minor punishment. Frankly, not knowing is the hard part.

It's also somewhat ironic that the Arab News can call al Qaeda a "deviant group" which was "planning terrorist attacks," but real care is used not to call the terrorists terrorists. Maybe they want to fend off accusations that Saudi Arabia is a breeding ground and home for terrorists (i.e. "We have no terrorists, just militants."). If so, they're late. That train has left the station.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 11:54 PM | Comments |

Toward A New Liberalism

My friend Patrick Joubert Conlon (Born Again Redneck) inspired me with this post to rattle the marbles around in my head by speculating what I really have against socialism. I actually have nothing against the goal of socialism, to tell the truth. That is, I have no investment at all, on a personal level, in whether all boats rise at the same rate or at different rates. Furthermore, if work has intrinsic value then there's something rather admirable about the notion that work-as-labor might be divorced from income sources. People work for reasons other than money, otherwise no one would become a teacher or a college professor.

Besides, it seems to me that it may well be necessary to provide people with income during periods when the economy is unable to place them where they can best contribute by exploiting their labor, at least to a level that sustains SFC (shelter, food and clothing). Not doing so might well be less efficient than we imagine, since the economy doesn't need the same skills at the same rate throughout its history. Thus, if we lose certain people whose labor we don't happen to value at the moment they won't be available when their contributions are important, or even critical, to everyone's survival. The only other option would be to issue humans an "off" switch so they might go into hybernation during periods when they aren't needed. But the Creator didn't see fit to provide us with those, so "social insurance" makes some straightforward sense. After all it was a Republican administration that proposed the "guaranteed minimum wage" suggested by Milton Friedman's "negative income tax."

The problems with "socialism" (defined as distribution based on need rather than "ability") all have to do with moral hazards, some of which actually encourage non-productivity while others just relieve people of moral burdens that their souls might be better off carrying for awhile. Ultimately there are "moral hazards" on both sides, however, unless you think greed to the point of gluttony really is good. The moral hazards are just of a different sort, and we don't really have a societal obligation to protect people from their own moral failings. Our right and obligation is only to protect ourselves, as much as possible, from the consequences of immorality. So the basic argument against a needs-based economy isn't moral, it's that it's not self-sustaining, and will ultimately place us all on the road serfdom. Moreover, there's no "pure socialist system" that would make someone a multi-millionaire simply because his "need" is greater than another who is content with a $50,000 income. We may not all have exactly the same needs, but the variation isn't that great. Multi-millionaires would, by definition, have to be impossibly miserable people in such a system. So you probably couldn't distribute all the wealth based on need even if you could assess it accurately. You'd have to use some other distribution rule or you'd have a lot left over tempting the administrators.

Frankly it might be interesting to just distribute income blindly, ignoring both need and "ability," and turn the whole thing into a lottery. But that would be a tough sell to anyone who's doing OK in the present system. By and large we're more motivated by fear of loss than attraction to gain. This is important, because it's the way we're actually "wired," not some vague ideological abstraction.

Contrary to what many people believe it wasn't LBJ who originally coined the term "The Great Society." It was F.A. Hayek, who used it to describe a not-so-great society composed mostly of strangers. By "great" he simply meant writ-large and choked with anonymity, not admirable. In doing so he acknowledged a lot of things, one of which is that charity and commerce between individuals who know one another is bound to be the exception. Nor did he feel that "the market" necessarily produces the most efficient distribution of labor and goods. Indeed, he argued that a market would be inappropriate if we knew that that it produced optimality with certainty. It's precisely because we do not know what "optimum efficiency" is that markets are appropriate. (This is one of those Hayekian arguments that'll make you cross-eyed if you think about it too much.)

In fact, although Hayek recognized that there was a problem, he made no consistent attempt to derive a solution because he saw (as Patrick suggests in his post) that the solution we have siezed upon (the Welfare State) is bound to create even bigger problems. That was his priority, and the driving force behind his work. Hence, we are not talking about an ideal economy, but a choice between evils. And that's where Hayek left it, pretty much. He never wrote the last chapter of his grand plan, and never intended to. He was a liberal after all, not an Hegellian.

However, society has now developed to the point that we may not be able to tolerate even the "lesser evil" of possible wealth maldistribution for much longer. The reason is the rapid development of the "super-empowered individual" who may, at some point, be able to exercise his will to veto the future for the rest of us should he get too angry. This is ultimately the long term reality that we will have to confront, and it demands a new version of Liberalism.

So, a Hayek or Smith-inspired laissez faire economy may not be a "happy medium" we'll be able to live with in the future. We may very well have to meddle in the economy in some pragmatic and enlightened way. And the way I see it there are two general classes of solutions that we might employ, by mixing and matching at different times and to different degrees. One is a kind of demogrant system for wealth distribution, that's somewhat analogous to Nixon's (Friedman's) GMW. Ideally if the economy were sufficiently productive we could simply grant everyone an allowance sufficient to sustain life, and then let the market take it from there. James Buchanan was recently working on a book about a flat tax combined with a demogrant, so the idea is not anathema to liberalism, or even libertarianism. He calls it the "generality principle."

The other solution is to find a way to turn laborers into capitalists, by enabling more and more people to become invested in the capital market through innovative finance. Pat Moynihan worked on those kinds of projects for much of his career in the Senate, and the concept figures into some of the bold economic reforms in Chile that were inspired by the "Chicago Boys." Combining the flat-tax/demogrant idea with some of these innovative financing concepts in order to get people invested in the market (and by the way, turning them into permanent Republicans) is probably the way of the future, should the "political class" ever get around to doing something useful.

(Cross-posted to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 08:11 PM | Comments |

"Willy Nagin and the Chocolate Factory"

In 2002 I spent several weeks in New Orleans. Most of it was good, but there was racial tension just under the surface; much more raw than a born-and-bred Yankee was accustomed to seeing. The natural inclination is to blame unregenerate white Southern attitudes, and there was some evidence to support that view, but it's only half of the story.

Here's the other half:

On Monday, Nagin said God wanted New Orleans to be predominantly black and said he didn't care what the predominantly white Uptown section of the city had to say about it.

"I don't care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day," he said. "This city will be a majority African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be."

After the statement, he insisted he wasn't being divisive.

"How do you make chocolate? You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink. That is the chocolate I am talking about," he said. "New Orleans was a chocolate city before Katrina. It is going to be a chocolate city after. How is that divisive? It is white and black working together, coming together and making something special."

Yeah, right. I've heard that kind of backpedaling from white bigots, too.

It's time for this clown to be shown the door.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto .

By Bluto07:42 PM | Comments |

American Jill Carroll Hostage Video Emerges

UPDATE 2/09/06: Third Jill Carroll hostage video here.

UPDATE 1/30: Second Jill Carroll hostage video emerges.

Scroll through for updates or check the MAIN PAGE here or our pages dedicated exclusively to Jill Carroll for the latest news on Jill Carroll and other hostages in Iraq.
A new video has emerged of the American journalist Jill Carroll taken hostage by terrorists in Iraq. The fifteen second long video aired by al Jazeera television was broadcast with no audio. The terrorists claim they will murder Jill Carroll in 72 hours if their demand for the release of all female prisoners in Iraq is not met.

The Jawa Report is currently searching for a copy of the unedited, original hostage video and will post links to it and images from it as soon as they are available. If you have a copy of the video, please send via the e-mail listed at the contact page above.The YNC has some of the video as aired on Fox News, but not the original. Shawn has the BBC video of the same. Both are worth a look. Jill looks like she is in good shape on it. Pray for her release.

The Jawa Report was the first American media to reveal Carroll's name after she was taken hostage on January 7th. The Christian Science Monitor had asked news media to not report miss Carroll's name in those early hours, no doubt taking advice from the State Department which believes such information can be harmful. We disagree. Experience has shown that the more these hostages names are in the headlines, the greater the chance for their survival. Background on Jill Carroll can be found in The Jawa Report's Jill Carroll archive.

UPDATE: Jill Carroll's translator Allan Enwiya was murdered at the time she was captured. Iraqi in America is soliciting donations to help Allan Enwiya's family here.

Al Jazeera, never missing a beat, chooses to play up the angle that Carroll was against the war. Presumably the video mentions which group took Jill Carroll hostage, but al Jazeera does not give the public that information. UPDATE with hat tip to Jesusland Joe: While al Jazeera continues to say that no group has claimed the tape, this from the AP notes that the video played on al Jazeera was emblazed with a logo reading "The Revenge Brigade". Often when a group is named 'brigade' it is an indication that it is a smaller subunit within a larger organization. More on "The Revenge Brigade" below.

The fact that the terror organization is demanding the release of all women prisoners is not a good sign. This is a common demand from Salafist organizations such as Abu Musab al Zarqawi's al Qaeda and The Islamic Army in Iraq. Both groups routinely murder those they hold hostage. An earlier announcement said to be from al Qaeda in Iraq claimed they were holding Jill Carroll hostage. Al Jazeere:

The abductors of US journalist Jill Carroll have threatened to kill her if the United States does not free Iraqi women prisoners within 72 hours.

Aljazeera aired a brief video on Tuesday showing Carroll speaking to the camera, without broadcasting her voice.

Carroll had been on her way to a meeting with Adnan al-Dulaimi, a Sunni Arab leader whom she had intended to interview, the newspaper had said.

Carroll's former employers The Jordan Times published a Sunday editorial, stating: "The kidnappers who abducted her could not have chosen a more wrong target. True, Jill is a US citizen. But she is also more critical of US policies towards the Middle East than many Arabs… Jill has been from day one opposed to the war, to the invasion and occupation of Iraq. "

The abductors of U.S. journalist Jill Carrol have threatened to kill her if the United States does not free Iraqi women prisoners within 72 hours, Al Jazeera television said on Tuesday.

The station aired a brief video apparently showing Carroll speaking to the camera, without broadcasting her voice.

Hat tip George and others.

More on The Revenge Brigade: A group with the same name held an Iraqi born Christian named Minas Ibrahim al-Yusufi, who had Swedish citizenship, hostage for some months. The group initially threatened to behead him, released a hostage video, and then he was released unharmed. At the time, rumor was that a ransom had been paid.

More recently the group has kidnapped the sister of the Iraqi Interior Ministry and made the same demands that they are making for the release of Jill Carroll. Oddly enough, the group also demanded an apology for the raiding of a Shia mosque, yet Interior Minister Bayon Jabar is also Shia. UPDATE 1/18: Jabar's sister has been released. Did they pay the ransom demand?

Thanks to George for sending this BBC link:

The sister of Iraq's interior minister has been freed some two weeks after being kidnapped at gunpoint, an interior ministry official has said.

Ali al-Khaqani confirmed Bayan Jabr's sister had been released, but would not say whether a ransom had been paid.

Bacground. Reuters:
A previously unknown group says it has kidnapped the sister of Iraq's interior minister and set conditions for her release, including the freeing of some Iraqi women prisoners, Al Jazeera television said on Wednesday.

The group which called itself the Revenge Brigade said in a statement received by Al Jazeera that it wanted the release of women who were detained on charges of resisting the occupation.

Al Jazeera said the group also called for a halt "to the storming campaign launched by the security forces which are affiliated with the interior and defence ministries".

Jawa Cobloggers: Traderrob at OpiniPundit: Threatening a women who has a track record of caring and consideration for the Arab people certainly isn't going to help their image in the region

Others: Digger's Realm notes that Jill is the 31st journalist taken hostage in Iraq.
Chad at In the Bullpen believes this might be a ransom case.
Thirdee: Those with any type of understanding of the enemy we face know that these animals couldn't care less about Iraqi female prisoners.
Clarity and Resolve: Way to go, Team Jihad.
EuphoricReality has their usual great commentary. I would remind them, though, that the demand for the release of female prisoners is quite common. The same demand was used right before they murdered CAIR International worker Margaret Hassan.
All Searching Eye notices that the MSM doesn't want to use the 'T' word to describe Jill Carroll's captors.

Tin foil patrol:

DU reaction:

Bombing, raping & torturing civilans... Oh wait if its being done by the good old US of A its not the same.

Funny that those whom we dub "terrorists" in Iraq
would be viewed as "the resistance" if WE were
under occupation by a foreign power.

Funny that some people CANNOT see beyond their own noses.

First of all, exactly what in the hell is a moral war? I am not under the impression that a war can be moral.

Next, why do WE kidnap civilians in Iraq with regularity? Why do WE torture people to death in Iraq? Why do WE torture kids in the presence of their parents in Iraq? You're obviously not equipped to answer these questions, so take them as rhetorical and go do some reading.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:05 PM | Comments |

Fake Veterans Group to Show Fake Documentary

I just received an e-mail from the "IAVI: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America" which claims to be "the nation's first and largest organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." The group's "Operation Truth" will be showing a film called "Why We Fight" in L.A. and New York later this week.

Both the e-mail and their various websites (including Troopnet) leave the reader with the misimpression that the group is about veteran's advocacy. It is not. It is a thinly veiled antiwar front.

The group's founder is an antiwar activist who occasionally blogs at the Left Wing Huffington Post. Does this sound like some one who speaks for veterans?

We applaud Congressman Murtha for having the courage to stand up in front of the nation and offer his honest assessment of the war in Iraq, including the shortcomings he sees in the execution of the war. Having served honorably as a Marine for decades, and with war experience in Vietnam, we know he did not take his statement lightly.

His decision today to ask the tough questions is a tribute to his patriotism.

The organization and website go out of their way to make themselves seem mainstream, but they aren't. Just how out there are they? Try conspiracy land:
If it’s true that someone lied to the American people to advance their narrow agenda of either restitution or payback and “cooked” the intelligence, they should be charged with treason.
Eisenhower_military_industrial_complex.jpgThe movie, "Why We Fight," is purportedly a "film about the root causes of modern American wars." To make the film seem more mainstream they announce that it contains interviews with Sen. John McCain, William Kristol, and Richard Perle. Of course, they also interview conspiracy nuts Gore Vidal and Chalmers Johnson.

And what, pray tell, is the "root cause" of modern American wars? The picture above is one attached to the press release. It is of President Eisenhower as he delivers his farewell address warning of the dangers of the "military-industrial complex".

And as all enlightened members of the 'reality-based' community know, the Iraq War was fought so that Halliburton could turn a bigger profit.

If you get an e-mail from the group, please ignore it. If you are a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, please realize the IAVI is a Left-wing antiwar front.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:53 PM | Comments |

What Moderate Muslims?

A week ago, James Joyner of Outside the Beltway sent me a link to this post commenting on a column by Stephen Schwartz on the meaning of moderate Islam. He wanted my opinion of it since Schwartz had made a ridiculous statement about the use of the word 'Salafism', and I often use that word to describe the foundational Islamist theology of terrorist organizations. In it, Schwartz makes a lot of claims about a moderate form of Islam which has been hijacked by a more severe form of Wahhabism.

Instead of replying directly to James, I punted and sent the article off to our good friend Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch. Robert has delivered the promise he made to me to rebutt Schwartz's article. Here is a bit of it:

Schwartz then turns back to the Sunnis, asserting that “moderate Sunni Muslims may be recognized in person by asking a simple question: ‘what do you think of Wahhabism, the state Islamic sect of Saudi Arabia?’…If a Sunni Muslim is asked about Wahhabism and states that it is a controversial, extreme doctrine that causes many problems because of Saudi money, the respondent is probably moderate.” In contrast, “If a Sunni denies that Wahhabism exists by saying ‘there is only Islam,’ or tries to cover Wahhabism with an ameliorative term like ‘Salafism’ -- a fraudulent effort to equate Wahhabism with the pioneers of the Islamic faith -- the individual is an extremist.”

But is opposing Wahhabism enough to make one a moderate? After all, the Deobandis in Afghanistan are Hanafi Muslims, not Hanbalis like the Wahhabis — but they had no trouble making common cause in jihad with the Wahhabis. What’s more, the passages of the Qur’an and Hadith that jihadists invoke to justify their actions weren’t invented by the Wahhabis; they have always been there and were exploited by Muslims fighting violent jihads long before Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab was born.

After all, the primary difference between Wahhabi Islam and more traditional variants of the religion is not jihad warfare against unbelievers, but the Wahhabis’ practice of takfir, or the classification of Muslims of other sects as among those unbelievers. Schwartz accordingly eschews takfir: “Moderate Muslims may also be identified by what they do not do, to contrast them with radicals. And at the top of that list comes the practice of takfir, or declaring Muslims unbelievers over differences of opinion. Takfir also includes describing the ordinary, traditional Muslim majority in the world as having fallen into unbelief.” Very well, but what of jihad against non-Muslims? Schwartz says: “Islam is not, and never was, a radical or fundamentalist religion in its mainstream practice, regardless of the fantasies of Islamist fanatics and Islamophobes alike.” Maybe not, but I’d like to see him define “radical” and “fundamentalist.” Even the Ottoman Empire, of which he is fond, waged aggressive jihad against Christian Europe over a period of centuries. Not radical or fundamentalist? Pardon me if I am not reassured.


Wahhabism is not the problem. Wahhabism is a problem, because it has state sponsors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to spread its dogma. The problem then is main stream Islam--even moderate Islam.

Moderate is a meaningless term which can only be understood as relative to the society we are talking about. For instance, could a historian distinguish between moderate and extremist Nazis? A moderate Nazi might be said to be one who is thoroughly antisemetic, but who insists that the 'Jewish question' ought to be solved through forced segregation and laws against intermarriage. The word moderate, then, can be used to describe ideologies which only seem moderate when compared to a much more extremist alternative. If that moderate ideology were examined on its own terms it might very well seem extreme.

If the only thing that differentiates moderate Muslims from extremists are a rejection of takfir and of terrorism, then truly the world is full of moderate Muslims. But is that enough?

I have a very simple way to determine if the form of Islam is acceptable to me: does it reject Sharia. That is it.

As a political observe I have no theological interest whatsoever in Islam and could care less if Muhammed was a prophet or not or about Islam's stance on Trinitarian doctrine. I really don't care. What I do care about is whether or not a Muslim believes that law and government ought to be strictly secular in orientation or not.

Even liberal Muslims who believe in the establishment of Sharia carry with them a dangerous and anti-libertarian philosophy. Imagine, for instance, a liberal Sharia court which gives a man a fine for blasphemy. A moderate Sharia court might give the man a light jail sentence. The extremist Wahhabi court might sentence the man to a long sentence or even to death.

In all three cases a form of religious fascism exists. Whether or not we choose to call these varying religious forms moderate or not is really inconsequential. One may be worse than the other, but all three are bad.

The fascism of Franco's Spain was surely more moderate than the fascism of Nazi Germany, but I still would not have wanted to endure it.

As long as Islam embraces Sharia, I will reject Islam as a fascist ideology. Any form of Islam that rejects it is okay in my book.

UPDATE: James Joyner replies here with the usual thoughtful commentary. I also noticed a TB to this post by Ocean Guy, a new blog to me. In it he makes this inciteful comment:

If the Pope is right, then the only difference between extreme, moderate and liberal Muslims is how harshly each would/does treat non-Muslims living in their midst. There are hundreds of years of history which give us clear pictures of the spectrum of treatment that non-Muslims are subjected to under Muslim rule. We'd be wise to learn from them.
Indeed. I would add that some slaves had very nice masters who treated them well. Having a nice master, though, still makes one a slave.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:28 PM | Comments |

Regime Change in Iran, NOW

Mark Dean Esmay's words:

Just for the record? I believe that 5 years from now, people will be saying "We wish we had done that back then when it was easy."

Go ahead and quote it back to me five years from now.

Dean is calling for military actions. I disagree. The Mad Mullahs of Iran are mad enough to believe their own Islamic fundamentalist vision of the world. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reminds me a lot of Mikhail Gorbachev. Gorbachev was naive enough to actually believe in communism and Ahmadinejad seems to actually believe that Islam can perfect his society. In both cases reality could only be denied for so long. With enough time, the Iranian regime will fall just like the Soviet one did. No military action will be needed.

The only real question in my mind is how long it will take and if we can wait for Ahmadinejad to take off his mask and reveal himself in worship to an actual A-bomb, or just that Beneath the Planet of the Apes prop he bought on e-Bay?


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:36 AM | Comments |

Oh, THOSE Terrorists: At least four terrorists killed in Pakistani air strike

Muslim extremists are always outraged when the Infidel-Christian-Zionist-Crusader dogs kill fellow Muslim extremists. So, when the U.S. launched an airstrike aimed at killing al Qaeda leader a Ayman al-Zawahiri, naturally the Islamazoids were outraged that we would have the audacity to try and kill the man responsible for murdering thousands of Americans. In fact, al Jazeera noted that Zawahiri would be a victim of the U.S. attacks, had the attacks succeeded.

Tell me this: why are civilians considered innocent when they have high-ranking members of al Qaeda over for dinner? Is it just me, or doesn't that make them guilty under the Bush doctrine of treating terrorists and those that support them the same? It's not just the Bush doctrine, though, it's common sense. In order for terrorists to survive they must have supporters. that enable them. The only innocents killed by the U.S. aristrike are the children who were forced to wash up for dinner so they could have the honor of eating dinner with members of al Qaeda. I hope their parents rot in hell.

Further, why is it that only the foreigners killed in the attack are deemed terrorists by the Pakistanis? Oh, because, by definition, there are no Pakistani terrorists. You notice how that works?

It's not just the Pakistanis, it seems that the media is quick to differentiate too. As if an IED set off by a native is somehow different than that of a foreigner. For instance, in Afghanistan, we are told, there are Taliban rebels and foreign al Qaeda terrorsts. In Iraq there are native insurgents and foreign al Qaeda terrorists.


At least four foreign terrorists died in the U.S. airstrike purportedly aimed at al-Qaida's No. 2 leader, the provincial government said Tuesday.

A statement by the administration of Bajur, the Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan, also said that 10 to 12 foreign extremists had been invited to dinner at the village hit in Friday's attack.

Pakistani intelligence officials have said Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant, had been invited to a dinner in the targeted village of Damadola to mark an Islamic holiday but did not show up and sent some aides instead.

The statement was the first official confirmation by Pakistani authorities that foreign militants were killed in the attack, which officials have said also killed innocent civilians...

"Four or five foreign terrorists have been killed in this missile attack whose dead bodies have been taken away by their companions to hide the real reason of the attack," the statement said, citing the chief official in the Bajur region where Damadola is located.

"It is regrettable that 18 local people lost their lives in the attack, but this fact also cannot be denied, that 10-12 foreign extremists had been invited on a dinner," it said.

I'll say it again, it is not regrettable that 18 local people were killed. Good riddance. It is only regrettable the Pakistani culture is so disgustingly backward (especially in the so-called 'tribal' areas) that any women killed were probably not married to terrorists by choice, and that the terrorist scumbags probably also had innocent children.

UPDATE by Howie: Rusty and Howie posted at precisely the same time, so the editors of The Jawa Report decided just to combine their two posts.

While the spin has been how many innocents were killed in the attempt on Zawahiri, today we have confirmation of a terrorist dinner party.

CNN:A statement by the administration of Bajur, a Pakistan tribal region bordering Afghanistan, also said that 10 to 12 foreign extremists had been invited to dinner at the village hit in Friday's attack.

Pakistani intelligence officials have said Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant, had been invited to a dinner in the targeted village of Damadola to mark an Islamic holiday but did not show up and sent some aides instead.

How Rude to miss dinner like that!
CNN : "Four or five foreign terrorists have been killed in this missile attack whose dead bodies have been taken away by their companions to hide the real reason of the attack,"
Invite a terrorist to dinner, get bombed. Sounds fair to me.

UPDATE: Confederate Yankee and Rusty Shackleford: two heads, one mind.

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

American Hostage in Nigeria Identified

An American oil worker taken hostage by Nigerian terrorists claiming to be part of the Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta has been identified as Patrick Landry. Three others were taken hostage. They are: Briton Nigel Watson-Clark, Honduran Harry Ebanks, and Bulgarian Milko Nichev.

As I speculated earlier, the terror organization is part of a larger Ijaw rebellion. Although Nigeria is dominated by Muslims, the ethnic Ijaw minority are mainly Christian and have been complaining for decades about corruption, mismanagement, and mistreatment by the central government. Whatever the misdeeds of the Nigerian government, taking hostages is NEVER a legitimate avenue of political protest.

Melbourne Herald Sun:

SEPARATIST rebels in Nigeria are close to achieving their aim of paralysing oil production in the Niger delta, after a series of attacks and kidnappings.

Yesterday four foreign oil workers kidnapped by militants spoke to the media by phone on their sixth day in captivity.

They read their captors' demands, including a 48-hour deadline, and warned the military against attempting rescue.

The kidnappers have staged a series of attacks on oil pipelines, platforms and workers over the past three weeks, denting supply from the world's eighth largest exporter and driving up world prices...

"I'd like to contact my family and let them know that I am all right and everything with us is good," said a man who identified himself as Harry Ebanks from Honduras. "The only thing (is) the environment is not good with us because there is a lot of mosquitoes and it is dangerous for us."

The Briton, who identified himself as Nigel Watson-Clark, read a list of five demands by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta.

"The Nigerian Government should not make any military intervention," he said. "They should not make any attempt to rescue us as it has been made clear that it may result in the loss of our lives."

A man identifying himself as Patrick Landry, a US citizen, said: "This climate in the conditions we're in is not conducive to us, especially as I am an older man and my health is not good.

"I'd like y'all to contact my family and let them know that I'm all right, these people are treating me good, but the climate is not what it should be." ...

The group demands local control of the delta's oil, payment of $1.5 billion by Royal Dutch Shell to the Bayelsa state government to compensate for pollution, and the release of three men including two ethnic Ijaw leaders.

"If the Nigerian Government does not meet these demands in 48 hours, whatever happens is in their own doing," the British hostage said.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:40 AM | Comments |

Dogs and Cats Sleeping Together: USC Loses More Players to NFL Draft

I know this is a website about the war on terror, but isn't the fact that five USC underclassman have declared for the NFL draft one of the Shia signs of the apocalypse? Somewhere in Tehran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad smiles in his sleep reassured that the Hidden Imam is about to appear in the sky, riding an A-bomb like Slim Pickens.


Southern California lost two more juniors to the NFL draft Sunday, when All-American safety Darnell Bing and tackle Winston Justice informed the school they would skip their senior seasons.

The Trojans have had five underclassmen declare themselves eligible for April's draft since losing the Rose Bowl to Texas, starting with running backs LenDale White and Reggie Bush, the Heisman Trophy winner and possible No. 1 pick in April's draft.

Guard Fred Matua announced that he was going pro on Saturday

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

ACLU, Journalists To Sue NSA For Eavesdropping on Terrorists

In an early morning press release the ACLU has announced its intention to sue the National Security Agency for intercepting suspected terrorist international calls and emails. The lawsuit is obviously timed to take advantage of a New York Times article critical of NSA intercepts. The ACLU lawsuit also has as plaintiffs several "prominent journalists", raising the possibility of a conspiracy between leftwing journalists and activist groups.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a group of prominent journalists, scholars, attorneys, and national nonprofit organizations (including the ACLU) who frequently communicate by phone and e-mail with people in the Middle East. Because of the nature of their calls and e-mails, they believe their communications are being intercepted by the NSA under the spying program.
The arrogance of the ACLU/MSM lawsuit is breathtaking; that Americans should be put at risk because a few paranoid elitists believe without any evidence that some of their calls may have been monitored - and also, of course, that they're unhappy with the 2000 and 2004 elections and would like to stage a coup d'etat.

Thanks to Jay at Stop the ACLU for emailing me about the press release.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto02:17 AM | Comments |

January 16, 2006

Allah Tabloid Roundup

"No news too smutty!" Sounds good to me.

A study by an Italian sexologist has found that couples who have a TV set in their bedroom...

By Howie at 09:31 PM | Comments |

Despite Perception, Progress

The perception is that the war in Iraq was “bigger or more deadly” for the US in 2005 than 2004. Nope.

USA Today : The number of U.S. troops wounded in Iraq fell by more than a quarter in 2005 from a year earlier,… …Army Maj. Gen. William Webster, the commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad, said the number of suicide car bombs and roadside bombs fell by half during 2005. Only about 10% of insurgent attacks cause injuries or damage now, down from about 25% a year ago…

…U.S. military leaders say that one of the biggest changes was in the number and quality of Iraqi forces. About three dozen Iraqi battalions, each with about 700 soldiers, are taking the lead in battling insurgents, said Army Lt. Gen. John Vines, commander of multinational forces in Iraq. There were no such battalions in early 2005, he said.

However deaths were only down by one at 844. Hard fought steady progress I reckon.

Also See Captain Ed :

This belies the notion spread by Democrats such as Jack Murtha that Americans have been increasingly targeted by insurgents and terrorists in Iraq.

By Howie at 09:03 PM | Comments |

UN Director General Puts His Foot Down.

See it, It’s coming down! Hold on... ...Here it comes. Wait for it,.....almost there. The UN official in charge of nuclear inspections under the Non Proliferation Treaty will declare Iran “out of compliance” on March 6th.

Mohammed ElBaradei, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Via Telegraph UK : "We are coming to the litmus test in the next few weeks," he said in an interview in Newsweek magazine.

"Diplomacy has to be backed by pressure and, in extreme cases, by force," he said. "We have rules. We have to do everything possible to uphold the rules through conviction. If not, then you impose them. Of course, this has to be the last resort, but sometimes you have to do it."

He gave Iran seven weeks to answer the IAEA's outstanding questions - including intelligence reports of secret work on nuclear warheads.

If Iran did not comply by March 6, Mr ElBaradei said he would formally declare that his investigation had reached a dead end.

Huh, “Dead End?”. Who would have thought? Reports that if Iran does not comply it will, "Be grounded and sent to bed without supper for a whole year!", were unconfirmed.

By Howie at 08:25 PM | Comments |

An Exploitative Martin Luther King Day

ACLU Compares MLK To Terrorist Suspects
Jay at Stop The ACLU notes a new fullpage ad in the Washington Post taken out by the ACLU. The ad compares surveillance of terrorist suspects receiving overseas calls from known al Qaeda terrorists to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. MLK is morally equivalent to terrorists, nice message.

Al Gore Compares MLK To Terrorist Suspects
Speaking on Martin Luther King Day, the former Vice President took advantage of the opportunity to fly into one of his patented femmy snits and launch an attack on the President, again, comparing FBI wiretapping of Dr. King to NSA monitoring of al Qaeda terrorists. Wasn't the wiretapping of Dr. King carried out by Democratic administrations? Whoops.

New Orleans Mayor Compares Blacks To 'Chocolate'
And finally, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin used his MLK Day pulpit to say that "God is mad at America" and declare that New Orleans will once again be a "chocolate city". The mayor was speaking of the racial makeup of the city, which was 60% black prior to Hurricane Katrina. No crackers wanted - unless you're tourists with money.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto07:37 PM | Comments |

Somebody has to take the fall: Sexual Harassment at the Naval Academy?

CDR Salamander has this expose about the court marshall of Lt. Bryan Black for "sexual harassment". Apparently the vulgar language=sexual harrassment crowd has taken over our nation's most foul-mouthed institution. Clearly this is not my grandfather's Navy.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:19 PM | Comments |

About that Wondrous Caliphate

Muslims never tire of telling you how back in the good-ol-days of the Caliphate Christians, Jews, and Muslims got along like peas in a pod. A description of Jerusalem ca 1700:

The Muslims do not allow entry to the Temple area to any member of another faith, unless he converts to their religion-- for they claim that no member of another religion is sufficiently pure to enter this holy spot. [more] ..

No Jew or Christian is allowed to ride a horse, but a donkey is permitted, for [in the eyes of Muslims] Christians and Jews are inferior beings [more]

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

MAD & Iran

Would the Mutual Assured Destruction strategery work against Iran if that country is run by a madman? Scary thought. Wunderkraut has more.

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

We'll take the ni***rs and the ch**ks, but we don't want the Irish!!!

Apparently in the U.K. they have affirmative action for the Irish. Which they need. Filthy drunks....

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

Happy B-Day

Fellow Jawa blogger the Dread Pundit Bluto has been blogging for one year!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:47 PM | Comments |

Did they have iPod's in the Dark Ages?

Apparently Iran's President think's the West is living in the Dark Ages. For some reason I get the feeling he's not talking about all the ludites still using Microsoft Internet Explorer.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:41 PM | Comments |

The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: The Blog Gods Smile Upon Me Edition

***Fatwas Issued***

Man, I should have bought a Powerball ticket this weekend. Pictures like this just don't come around every day. This one is so good, I'm sticking it to the top of the page for the day. Scroll down for newer content. If something big breaks, any of the co-bloggers can re-set the post time.

Caption this photo of Iranian lunatic psychotic nutcase president Amareadytomeetallah giving a speech to someone somewhere:


Fatwas will be issued Monday. I promise, because I have the next 3 days off.

Suckers. Heh.

Fatwas go out to:

Mr. Venom: "Seriously guys, do you really think I need some Just for Men? The beard's a little grey, sure, but what about these eyebrows? They're beautiful!"

Steve Sharon: "Lance Itoh collected clocks, I collect microphones. Allah has told me to do this."

Gordon: "So den I point I gun at the wabbit. Suddenwey, he jumps up and kisses me fuw on da wips! Scewey wabbit!"

Graeme: "I'm with stupid"

Stephen Macklin: "Say hello to my little friend."

Honorable mention:

Oyster: "The next person to call me Foulmood Almondjeans is gonna get it ... like this, see?"

Improbulus Maximus: "Nobody move or the towelhead gets it!"

By Vinnie at 02:15 PM | Comments |

Gray Lady's 30 Layers of Editors Screw Up Again

Thomas Lifson at The American Thinker points us to this photo (which can still be seen here).


This is the caption that ran with the photo originally:

“Pakistani men with the remains of a missile fired at a house in the Bajur tribal zone near the Afghan border.”
What the New York Time's editors failed to notice is that the object is not part of a missile, but an old artillery shell. In fact, the sort of thing that terrorists use to make improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The caption was corrected after its propaganda value had been exploited.

Isn't it odd that the NYT's 'errors' always seem to be on the side of America's enemies?

Via Michelle Malkin.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto01:19 PM | Comments |

Tehran Follies

Isn't this a bit like banning the chearleading squad from the stadium right before the Big Game?

CNN issued a correction after it translated the president as saying Iran had a right to use nuclear "weapons" rather than nuclear "technology".

Freudian slip?

CNN gets it right by getting it wrong, then corrects itself by getting it even wronger.

[that last sentence gave me a headache, I'm going back to bed. Yes, I know there's no such word as "wronger"]

By Vinnie at 12:18 PM | Comments |

Tehran Follies

Isn't this a bit like banning the chearleading squad from the stadium right before the Big Game?

CNN issued a correction after it translated the president as saying Iran had a right to use nuclear "weapons" rather than nuclear "technology".

Freudian slip?

CNN gets it right by getting it wrong, then corrects itself by getting it even wronger.

[that last sentence gave me a headache, I'm going back to bed. Yes, I know there's no such word as "wronger"]

By Vinnie at 12:18 PM | Comments |

A 'Gentle' Jihad?

Rhymes with Right reports on Muslim efforts to take over a Catholic primary school in Scotland:

AN ISLAMIC campaign group has called for a Catholic primary school to be based on the Muslim faith.

The Campaign for Muslim Schools said 90 per cent of pupils at St Albert's Primary, in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow, are Muslim, yet children are having to take part in Catholic rituals like saying the Lord's Prayer and attending mass.

Osama Saeed, co-ordinator of the alliance of Glasgow's main mosques and Muslim organisations, said he could see no reason why the main faith of the school should not change.

Have the highlanders (many of whom still believe that Bonnie Prince Charlie is the rightful king of Scotland) been socialized to the point where they'll let this pass? Good question. Better question: why doesn't Osama start his own school?

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto10:43 AM | Comments |

Wish Him Well, Please **Bumped**

Read this.

Follow the link below to wish him and his family well.

And please remember, a stroke is not a partisan issue.

Da Godess has the details. Leave a kind word and she'll pass it on.

Leave a nasty comment, and I swear I will hunt you down, rip out your heart, and eat it in front of your dying eyes.

By Vinnie at 10:02 AM | Comments |

The Sunday Night Early Monday Poll

How Will The Impending Battle Shape Up?
U.S. and Israel v. Iran
U.S. v. Iran
Israel nuked, nobody does anything about it
U.S., v. Iran & North Korea
U.S., U.K., Australia, and Israel v. Iran and N. Korea
U.S., UK, Australia, and Israel v. China, Iran, NK
U.S., EU, Aussies, Israel against everyone else.
None of the above, 2006 will be peaceful.
Shutup, Vinnie, can't you see I'm trying to watch the new "American Idol?"


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By Vinnie at 01:37 AM | Comments |

January 15, 2006

Senators From Both Parties: Military Strike Against Iran Must Be An Option

Senators McCain and Bayh both said today that the US must not discard the possibilty of military action against Iran's nuclear program as a last resort. It's nice to know that at least two Senators recognize the danger of a nuclear-armed theocracy led by mad mullahs with Apocalyptic aspirations.

From Breitbart:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic senators said on Sunday the United States may ultimately have to undertake a military strike to deter Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but that should be the last resort.

"That is the last option. Everything else has to be exhausted. But to say under no circumstances would we exercise a military option, that would be crazy," Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said there are sensitive elements of Iran's nuclear program, which, if attacked, "would dramatically delay its development."

The trouble will come, of course, in deciding when all other options have been exhausted.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto05:05 PM | Comments |

Iran calls for “Scientific Conference” on Holocaust.

Just a glimpse of what life may like if no one stands against Iran. Oh look there he is right above me.

CNN : "There will be a conference that will research the topic of the Holocaust and all its dimensions in the future," according to a statement on the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

In other words once the Caliphate is established we will dump the Holocaust down the Islamic Information Hole. I suggest he take this class.

The Uk has been negotiating for 14 months and every bit of co-operation has been used as an opportunity to advance our defeat! The hope is that we will all get to come home. The truth is that no matter how much we want that the enemy wants war even more. What choice has the world been left with?

Via Rusty Via Ace Via Allah via Iran focus: Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday evening that the Islamic Republic’s 1979 Islamic revolution was a great movement and a stepping stone to a final “great event” in the world. Speaking to a crowd in the southern city of Roudan, Hormozgan province, Ahmadinejad said, “The Islamic Republic is the continuation of the path of the prophets which came to begin a great movement and the final occurrence”.

$Set Sarcasm

Surely the Right is just overreacting. Surely the left can afford to sell out our Nation to get the White House it’s not really treason.

$Pop Sarcasm

Well maybe you won’t have a White House to win. I’ve never heard of Muslims really hot to join the Democratic Party as a means to get there.

Mirror UK : Abu al-Hamza "Once you are in the place of authority, you have to think who are the most immediate enemies. This requires the setting up of a "buffer zone" which then becomes a 'control zone'. "This continues so on and so forth, until you see the caliph sitting in the White House ruling from there."

Yes you heard him right, “Sitting in the White House”.

Note to Vinne: Hey I changed the date on that to 2060 as that pic of dipwad rocks.

For those of you who have not enough faith that world can win maybe it's because you have no faith in the side of good VS evil.

Isaiah 54:17 : "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD".

By Howie at 03:07 PM | Comments |

Separating Wheat From Chaff


ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A dinner invitation to al Qaeda's second-in-command triggered a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan's tribal region but Ayman al-Zawahri failed to show up, Pakistani intelligence officials said on Sunday.

Is this the same Pakistani intelligence that supported the Taliban? Why, yes it is.

How many missiles can a Predator drone carry? One. Several different types of munitions, now. Thanks Brass.

How many were fired based on initial reports? 10.

How many does this article say? 4

What did the so-called witnesses originally say? They say they saw American planes in the air just prior to the bombings.

Does a Pakistani F-16 look just like an American F-16?

This gets curiouser and curiouser.

I'm no conspiracy theorist, but I'm looking at events in the news, connecting dots, as it were, and asking questions.

Why is Iran suddenly so brazen?

Why is Kim Jong Il suddenly travelling around Asia?

What good would it do for Musharraf to suddenly embarass the U.S.?

I don't know.

But I have a bad feeling that this is going to be the year that Islam rises, with help from its atheistic supporters, in an attempt to re-establish the Caliphate.

If you want to have a laugh, look at the moonbat's theory that Osama would never cooperate with secular Saddam. Then look at the arms and armament China and North Korea have supplied to Islamic countries.

Islam is patient, Islam is unrelenting, Islam will not be stopped until it is utterly crushed.

By Vinnie at 04:38 AM | Comments |

January 14, 2006

The man who knew too much

"Heh, yeah, Mehmet, you won't see him no more!"

If this is a man who can tell the world who was behind the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, I don't expect he'll be checking in with his parole officer any time soon, either because he's scared to, or because he can't.

By See-Dubya at 07:32 PM | Comments |



While we're short of a clash of civilizations, we should not pretend that most of the Islamic world shares our values.

Read the Koran, the Sunnah, and the Hadith. Listen to the imams preaching from the mosques on every Friday.

We're not short of a clash of civilizations, this clash has been going on for 1400 years. Islam clashes with every civilization it has come in contact with since Mohammed sucked on the hookah and claimed to see Gabriel.

On the other hand, with respect to Mr. Joyner, I'll grant him this. There isn't a clash of civilizations because Islam has yet to be civilized.

By Vinnie at 07:20 PM | Comments |

Dem Surrender Monkey Murtha To Appear On 60 Minutes

Representative John Murtha (D, FRANCE) is to appear on CBS' 60 Minutes Sunday to do what he can to weaken the US war effort and get more troops killed. Murtha is the partisan Democrat who called for immediate withdrawal from Iraq (prior to the December vote) and was humiliated when Republicans called his bluff and put the proposal to a vote. It was overwhelmingly defeated.

From Breitbart:

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an outspoken Democratic critic of the Iraq war, said in remarks to be aired on Sunday that voter pressure in the November congressional election could force President George W. Bush to pull U.S. forces from Iraq.

"I think the vast majority will be out by the end of the year and I'm hopeful it will be sooner than that," Murtha, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran who retired as a colonel after 37 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, told the CBS "60 Minutes" show.

The Bush administration has already announced plans to reduce troop levels throughout 2006. Murtha's interview is a transparent attempt to recharacterize any troop drawdowns for partisan purposes. Unfortunately, Murtha's party is invested in US defeat. More unfortunately, Murtha's partisan antics will most likely give false hope to our enemies, resulting in more soldiers being put at risk.

Past service does not excuse betraying your country later. Just ask Benedict Arnold.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto10:30 AM | Comments |

Nigerian Oil Worker Kidnappings

(Lagos, Nigeria) At present, the news reporting on the attack and kidnappings in the Nigerian offshore oil field in the Gulf of Guinea continues to be spotty. It's known that about 40 armed men boarded an oil industry service vessel named Liberty Service and took four foreign workers as hostages. The Nigerian Navy was able to track and locate the kidnappers and hostages on another boat. Contact was made and the four foreigners were reported to be safe.

The names of two of the kidnapped workers have been confirmed: Bulgarian Milko Nichev and Brit Nigel Watson-Clark. A third name was mentioned, Brit Pat Crawlay, but there's been no confirmation. An American was kidnapped according to several reports, however, he has not been identified.

A previously-unknown group called the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings and has demanded the release of two political leaders from jail. They are former Nigerian state governor Alamieyeseigha, jailed in the capitol of Abuja after being arrested in London for money laundering, and Niger Delta guerrilla chief, Alhaji Asari Dokubo.

The leader of the group of kidnappers has been identified as Brutus Etikpaden, who indicated that his group would fight any rescue attempt and the hostages would die in the crossfire. Notably, but unconfirmed, among the abducted foreign workers is a Honduran or a Hungarian.

In closely-related news, a pipeline explosion killed several people and caused a reduction of Nigerian oil production.

More details are here and here.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 07:03 AM | Comments |

The Zawahiri Attack in the Pakistan Press

These are excerpts from Pakistani accounts of the attack, which is now reported by Western news agencies to have resulted in the deaths of five senior al Qaeda members. Most of the Pakistani stories speculate that the attack was targeting Taliban fugitives, and carried out by Coalition aircraft based in Afghanistan.

There is some disagreement from supposed eyewitnesses as to whose houses were hit. Much of the information given to Pakistani news agencies came from a local politico, Haroon ur Rashid, who is a hardline Muslim unsympathetic to the West.

I've added emphasis to what may be indications that al Qaeda bodies were removed, though none of the accounts mention al Qaeda or Zawahiri. I've also highlighted what seem to be disagreements as to which houses were struck. Also, one of these stories contains the only report I've seen of live suspects being detained.

The Nation:

According to our correspondent, the incident happened when a village close to the Pak-Afghan border was mysteriously attacked with rockets and missiles. Tribesmen at the joint funeral of the victims said that several gunship US helicopters took part in the well-planned operation which was carried out a few days after Pakistan protested to the US military in Afghanistan over the deaths of another eight people in cross-border firing.
In Friday’s attack, the houses owned by Maulana Muhammad Ismael, Sher Afzal and Bakht Pur Jan were targeted and the Hujras (portions for guests) were badly damaged.
Meanwhile, NWFP Senior Minister Sirajul Haq said that 17 persons were killed and six injured. The minister, who hails from Lower Dir district adjacent to Bajaur Agency, has demanded of the federal government to take notice of the incident and lodge a protest with, what he called, United States forces camping across the border in Kunar province of Afghanistan.
The tribal elders from Khar who attended the joint funeral said that 18 victims had been laid to rest in the village graveyard.
Tribesmen said that a number of bodies had been airlifted from the area while a few persons were also detained and shifted to unknown place.
Maulvi Faqir Muhammad, a local religious figure, who was accused of providing shelter to alleged militants, also attended the funeral besides elders from the area. In May 2005, operations were conducted in Mamund tehsil for nabbing Maulvi Faqir Muhammad but he is still at large.
Pak Tribune:
The bombardment by the Allied forces, fell on Damadola Burkanday area of tehsil Mamoon in Bajaur agency at 3:00 am PST, completely flattening the homes of BakhtPur, Muhammad Rahim and Bacha Khan.

According to local eyewitnesses, fourteen members of BakhtPur family along with four others died, due to indiscriminate bombing. The dead included eight children, and four females. The dead included, 9-year old Nadia Bibi, 10-year old Sadiqa, 9-year old Tayyeb, 7 year old Zahid ullah, 5-year old Hussain Nawaz. Others included 20-year-old Ameer Muhammad, 25-year-old Nazir Muhammad, 50-year Noor Pari, 40-year old Shahi Badan, 30-year-old Qari Saeed, 30-year-old Tahira Bibi, and others. Some of the dead were unidentified.

Pakistan Times:
The eyewitnesses told Geo news that coalition airplanes allegedly flying over the areas since last four days and sound of planes also heard when the explosions occurred.

They suspected of missile strikes or bombardment by these fighter planes have hit the area and caused losses. The witnesses added that the explosions have killed at least 10 people whereas a house of local tribesman Gul Zaman was completely destroyed.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto12:15 AM | Comments |

January 13, 2006

An Appeal to Center-Right Bloggers

I received an e-mail from N.Z. Bear earlier today inviting me to be one of the original signers of a letter from center-right bloggers to the House Republican leadership. A lot of bloggers have signed on to the letter. I did not. Most of them are people I respect, so it is baffling that they signed it even though one would think they agree with my central argument. The letter is silly and meaningless. Here is my response.

You bloggers have a butttload of opinions, and you've gone and expressed another one. I don't agree with you on this: The new leadership in the House of Representatives needs to be thoroughly and transparently free of the taint of the Jack Abramoff scandals, and beyond that, of undue influence of K Street.

While you are not naive about lobbying, and you know it can and has in fact advanced crucial issues and has often served to inform rather than simply influence Members, you are naive to think that the average American gives a rat's ass about the Abramoff scandall--or even understands it. I don't. I don't believe you do either.

You are certain that the public is disgusted with excess and with privilege, and you are right. But, what excesses? What priveleges? When a lobbyist gives money to a Congressman, the money actually goes to help him get reelected. He doesn't actually keep the money. Yeah, maybe the occasional junket. But, so what? Surely you can't be serious to think that any sizeable chunk could be taken out of the deficit if, say, more Indian tribes got legalized gaming--which is what the alleged Abramoff payolla was about. Right?

I also hope the Hastert-Dreier effort leads to certain reforms, including the end of subsidized travel and other obvious influence operations, but who in their right mind would call such reforms "sweeping". No, let me take that back. If a Congressman wants to take a junket from Tyson foods to Hedonism II, what business is it of mine? Let him. Have fun Congressman. Blow off some steam. It's really none of my business.

I will agree that changes need to be made to increase openness, transparency and accountability in Congressional operations and in the appropriations process, but I wouldn't call such changes "major". Isn't the real culprit here the American electorate and the media? The media for not covering appropriations hearings, and the American public for not caring. In fact, the American people have become so lazy that they find it easy to believe that Congress is full of corruption, easier to blame every one in Congress, and easiest just to tune out. Personally, I won't take the lazy way out. I keep hearing about influence peddling in Congress, but the concrete examples seem much fewer and farther between than the media would like us to believe. The fact that a Congressman takes money or services from a lobbyist is not evidence of corruption or influence peddling.

As for the Republican leadership elections, I really don't give a damn if the candidate is reform oriented or not. My major concern is that the next Majority Leader has a bloodlust for terrorists, will not be shirk from calling fascism fascism when the fascists in question are a group favored by the Left, and who will make sure enough money is spent to win the war on terror. However much money it takes.

After that, I want a Majority Leader who will cut the Federal government's spending by so much that it would make Ronald Reagan blush in shame. Let's start with Social Security, work our way through Medicare, and then start hacking away at the Department of Education. When the Federal government shrinks to its Constitutionally limited functions, there will be no more need for armies of lobbyists in Washington because the teets of largess will be dry. They will have been weened.

Give me 435 unethical, whoremongering, immoral, back room elected Congressman committed to limited government. Keep your transparency. I will gladly let my Congressman get away with just about anything in exchange for protecting me from the bad guys of the world and keeping his grubby paws out of my pockets. Let their paws remain in the pockets of whoever is trying to bribe them. Better their's than mine.

I hope every Congressman who is committed to winning the war on terror and getting the hell out of my life will support a candidate who doesn't give a damn what the New York Times or Chris Matthews thinks about them. And I hope all would-be members of the leadership ignore the self-righteouss members of the new media who have taken to sounding like a CBS News echo chamber.

Rusty Shackleford

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

Last Call For Alcohol

If this is true, I may break my boycott and buy a bottle of obnoxiously expensive real French champagne.

If it's not, I'll drown my sorrows with Old Milwaukee.

May, might, could have:

DAMADOLA, Pakistan (AP) - An airstrike in a remote Pakistani tribal area killed at least 17 people on Friday, and a senior Pakistani official said the target was a suspected al-Qaida hideout that may have been frequented by high-level operatives, possibly the No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri.

Citing unnamed American intelligence officials, U.S. news networks reported that it was a CIA strike and that al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant, could have been at a targeted compound in the Bajur area or about to arrive.

There was no confirmation from either the Pakistani or U.S. government, but a senior Pakistani government official told The Associated Press that "there is 50-50 chance that some al-Qaida personality was at the home" that was hit in the border village of Damadola, about 125 miles northwest of the capital Islamabad.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Saturday that he had heard that the al-Qaida figure may have been al-Zawahri and that the information would be clearer later Saturday.

Wasting away again in MargaReuterVille.

Just a thought, if the DNA results come back positive, will there be pictures released i.e. Uday and Qusay?

Failing to do so could result in a we said-they said type deal, with them releasing year old never-before-seen video and audio and claiming it's recent.

By Vinnie at 07:26 PM | Comments |

Zawahiri Dead!?!?!!!!!!!!

ayman_al_zawahiri.jpgUPDATE 10/30/2006: Zawahiri rumored dead again after Pakistani madrassa target of U.S. bombing. Update here or at MAIN PAGE.

Various news sources report that al Qaeda's #1 man Ayman al-Zawahiri, is dead. One more Islamofascist prick dead. Dead. DEAD! I'd say it's definitely true, except I don't want to jinx it (knock on lots of wood).

Since Osama bin Laden is either dead, out of the loop in a cave, or meditating in Africa, this would be the most important al Qaeda kill to date.

To quote Ice Cube, today was a good day. Indeed.

Red at Scared Monkeys cautions that these reports have proven false in the past. True. But I have a good feeling about this one (fingers crossed).

UPDATE: AL Jazeera Zawahiri is "VICTIM" of U.S. attacks. Reports 30 dead, claim U.S. military denying involvement.

ABC News:

A U.S. airstrike in Pakistan targeted al Qaeda's No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri but it was unclear if he had been killed, CNN quoted U.S. sources as saying on Friday.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, the No. 2 figure in al-Qaida, was the target of a CIA-ordered strike that killed at least 17 people in Pakistan, according to broadcast reports.

At this time, it is unclear whether al-Zawahiri is among the dead in a remote tribal village named Damadola along the border with Afghanistan

U.S. officials told NBC News on Friday that American airstrikes in Pakistan overnight Thursday were aimed at the No. 2 man in the al-Qaida terror organization — Ayman al-Zawahri.

One official said intelligence indicated a strong possibility that Zawahri was in the Pakistani village at the time of the airstrike, but there is no confirmation that he was killed.

Pakistani officials say U.S. aircraft, apparently CIA Predator drones, fired as many as 10 missiles at the residential compound.

A CIA airstrike on a building in Pakistan may have killed Osama bin Laden's most-trusted aide, sources said.

The building where Ayman al-Zawahiri was thought to be is in Damadola, a small village near the Afghan border.

There has been no confirmation that al-Zawahiri was killed in the attack Friday. However, sources say there was intelligence suggesting he was in the building at the time of the strike.

Pakistani officials were at the scene of the strike, trying to determine if Al-Zawahiri was killed.

A doctor in the area told The Associated Press that at least 17 people were killed in the attack, but other witnesses at the scene said the death toll was higher.

Pakistan's The News newspaper said the dead had been buried after a mass funeral led by Maulana Faqir Muhammad, a cleric wanted for giving shelter to suspected al Qaeda members.
Hope? Perhaps. Updates are in da house here.

UPDATE: Daily IntelBriefing reminds us that an F-16 fighter wing was just dispatched to the area. Reports seem to speculate that this was a CIA hit, using a drone, but if 10 bombs were dropped that doesn't seem likely. See our Jan. 10th post Military Readying for Air Strikes in *undisclosed* Southwest Asian Country Update within an update via his moongodishness' Link Mecca. NY Times (emphasis mine):

"I was awakened from deep slumber by the noise of the drone and then, together with thousands others who too had been woken up by the plane's noise, saw jets targeting the area," he said. [ie, it wasn't the drones that fired the missiles if this can be believed] "One plane circled the area and dropped illuminating flares and the other planes fired missiles. There were loud explosions."

He said the planes' [plural] targets were three houses, all belonging to jewelry dealers. "The houses have been razed to the ground," said Mr. Rashid, who said he had visited the scene. "There is nothing left. Pieces of the missiles are scattered all around. The impact of the explosions have been huge. Everything has been blackened in a 100-meter radius."

Scroll down for link to map of area.

WARNING: So far, it looks like only ABC and CNN have been targeted for this leak, since all other sources seem to be citing them. (Hence, all the elements are in place for a grand MSM circle-jerk. Beware.)


Lord Blogfather: Pushing Up Daisies?

Jawa sith apprentices agree, Keep your fingers crossed.

Paduan learner says: Keep your fingers crossed.

Yipes! from Vinnie: Associatedantiamerican Press in Full Denial mode, therefore, increasing the likelihood that it may be true.

Little baby jawas: good news if true

Satan, meet thy next bitch. (via Vinnie)

More Zawahiri information that you can shake a camel's turd at. (via Malkin)

Lord, please!!!

I hope that al-Zawahari and other al Qaeda members are now finding out that the 72 virgins are instead 72 fat sows with no teeth, bad halitosis, and a strong resemblance to the offspring of Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan or Ted Kennedy and Barbara Streisand. Heh.

I hate to see that women and children were killed and if there is to be a justification for their tragic deaths, it is that Zawahiri met his death as well.
Sad, but true.

Even if we missed him, we got others

Has he gone to join the martyr farm?

Hopefully he's dead this time, permanently!

GOOD - let’s hope it is al-Zawahiri

Personally I’m not going to celebrate until DNA testing comes back positive

Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease let it be true.

God I hope we got him... and find out what happened to Ben Laden too!!!!!!!!!


Do cats go to hell with Zawahiri?

these guys have a way of not being quite as dead as we think they are

If we got him, this hurts. Hurts bad.

The world should be so lucky on this Friday 13th as to finally nail this dog of dogs

even if it is a false alarm, the idea of Ayman spread thinly over a substantial surface area is a pleasing one indeed

It always struck us as odd, that people like Ayman al-Zawahiri encouraged others to become martyrs, but they themselves were in never a great hurry, often hiding among innocents.

If true, Yipee! If not, it's a matter of time.

rot in hell you son of a bitch

Tin foil patrol: US intelligence people may have decided that Zawahiri has been making too much noise and that starting a rumor that he may have been killed will hurt his charisma at least in the short term.

"it's time to bring them home." --John Murtha

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:21 PM | Comments |

Holocaust Denying Imam's New York Mosque Visited by Mayor Bloomberg

The spiritual leader of a New York City Shia mosque, the Al Khoei Islamic Center, has gone on record as a holocaust denyer. Sheik Fadhel al Sahlani told the New York Sun that the Nazi massacre of an estimated 6 million Jews during World War II "has been exaggerated". Al Sahlani joins the radical leader of Iran, President Ahmadinejad, in denying the extent of the Holocaust and calling for an international scholarly conference to reopen debate on it.

The al Khoei Islamic Center was visited by the Jewish mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg in April of 2003. The mosque's website proudly displays images of Mayor Bloomberg with the Holocaust denying al Sahlani. The mayor delivered a speech on how there would be no discrimination against Muslim-Americans. Apparently those Muslims would not be so kind to those of Bloomberg's faith.

Other images show al Sahlani presiding over graduation ceremonies at the Islamic Center's school. One of the pictures shows what appears to be a high school comedy skit. One of the comedic characters appears to be a Jew coming on to a blonde woman.

And there are those who do not think antisemetism runs rampant in mosques?

The photos are posted below. Thanks to Drew who runs Michael Savage's website for the tip on the story.


Above: Holocaust denyer, Sheik Fadhel al Sahlani, introduces the Jewish mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, to an audience at the Shia Al Khoei Islamic Center. Mayor Bloomberg reassured the Shia Muslim audience that anti-Muslim bias would not be tolerated.

Above: A closer view of mayor Bloomberg. Little did Bloomberg know that the Islamic center, like most mosques in the country, is a hotbed of antisemetism.

Above: Sheik Fadhel al Sahlani presides over the commencement of young children at the Islamic Center's school. What kinds of things are being taught to another generation of Muslim children at this mosque presided over by a Holocaust denyer?

Above: An image from a high school skit at the Islamic Center's school. Notice that the apparently comedic skit features a Jew wearing a yarmulka and a blonde woman. While Muslims sometimes wear skull caps, in no other image from the Islamic Center's website do we see a man wearing one.

Above: We do, however, see that all women at the Islamic Center are veiled.

New York Sun:

"The numbers which have been mentioned are too much," the spiritual leader of the Imam Al Khoei Islamic Center in Jamaica, Sheik Fadhel al Sahlani, told The New York Sun. Sheik al Sahlani, who said his mosque has a membership of about 3,000, said that the killing of innocent Jews during the war was "an injustice" but that the extent of Nazi persecution needed further examination. "The numbers, the reasons, we have to study more," he said.

In that light, Sheik al Sahlani voiced his support for Iran's proposal to hold a conference on the Holocaust in Tehran, saying there is "nothing wrong with studying more." The conference is likely to include scholars who deny that the Holocaust took place.

The sheik's skepticism about the Holocaust follows President Ahmadinejad's recent statements that the genocide of the Jews is a "myth" and that Israel should be "wiped off the map." Sheik al Sahlani said that the Iranian leader's call for an end to Israel was not practical, but added, "It is a kind of dream, but we have to be realistic. Even we have to accept a fact that we don't like."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:34 PM | Comments |

Fun Quotes from Hamza al-Masri

Yes the cleric on trial this week for inciting violence in Britain is just full peace (or full of shit).

VIA BBC : Killing a Kafir [infidel] for any reason you can say it is OK even if there is no reason for it,"

"Make sure that the person who gave him the licence for that wine shop doesn't exist anymore on the Earth. Finish him up. Give him Dawa".

"If he doesn't respect Dawa, kill him".

"You have to understand that Dawa is good but it doesn't survive alone".

"There is many prophets before Muhammad ... they were killed because they did not have the sword with them".

"They all know their roles as they are slaves of the Jews," he says.

"They hate the Jews more than we do. But the Jews own them. They own everything they have and they own their fantasies as well and they have a file on each one of them that could embarrass them in front of the people if he does not follow what he tells them."

In my book he who feeds a big welfare ass like yours get’s clear title to it. So Britain jail this POS. He is property of your government just like my dog is mine because I feed him. Only difference is a dog is loyal to his master. Yes Al-Masiri you are lower than a mangy old flea bitten hound and Britain is your master as you feed from the trough of British welfare like a pig. Master punish this pigish dog.

Some of that reminds me of some one I can't quite place it right now.

By Howie at 12:43 PM | Comments |

German Libs: Helping Fight Terrorists 'Monstrous'

Up 'til now, I've considered radio personality Michael Savage's characterization of liberalism as a "mental disease" to be over the top. Of course there is Post Election Stress Disorder (PEST), so I guess you could argue that the psychological profession has recognized liberal thought as diseased (I propose the clinical term dyscogitofilia© for the next revision of the DSM).

Now it seems that a particularly virulent strain of liberalism is infecting minds in Germany.

From Breitbart:

BERLIN (Reuters) - German's security services faced the prospect of a parliamentary inquiry on Friday, triggered by reports that German agents in Baghdad had helped the United States pinpoint bombing targets at the start of the Iraq war.

The opposition Greens said for the first time they would join liberals and leftists to demand an inquiry, into both the Iraq allegations and wider concerns about the role of the security services in the U.S.-led war on terrorism. The three parties between them have enough votes to force such a probe.

"This accusation about the involvement of German authorities in the Iraq war is a monstrous accusation," said Greens parliamentary leader Renate Kuenast.

Media reports on Thursday said two agents of Germany's BND foreign intelligence service in Baghdad had helped the United States identify bombing targets at the outbreak of the Iraq war in 2003, which the Berlin government strongly opposed.

It would be comforting to view this as a European problem, but we certainly have just as many suicidal jackasses in our own country.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto11:47 AM | Comments |

Saddam Trained Terrorists?

Damn Rusty beat me.

WSJ Opinion Journal:

It is almost an article of religious faith among opponents of the Iraq War that Iraq became a terrorist destination only after the U.S. toppled Saddam Hussein. But what if that's false, and documents from Saddam's own regime show that his government trained thousands of Islamic terrorists at camps inside Iraq before the war?
Mr. Hayes reports that, from 1999 through 2002, "elite Iraqi military units" trained roughly 8,000 terrorists at three different camps--in Samarra and Ramadi in the Sunni Triangle, as well as at Salman Pak, where American forces in 2003 found the fuselage of an aircraft that might have been used for training. Many of the trainees were drawn from North African terror groups with close ties to al Qaeda, including Algeria's GSPC and the Sudanese Islamic Army. Mr. Hayes writes that he had no fewer than 11 corroborating sources, and yesterday he told us he'd added several more since publication.

Eleven sources? How many more will it take to convince the MSM to correct themselves to the public they have been misleading? Howie guesses about 50 million.

Weekly Standard (original artilce here) : The discovery of the information on jihadist training camps in Iraq would seem to have two major consequences: It exposes the flawed assumptions of the experts and U.S. intelligence officials who told us for years that a secularist like Saddam Hussein would never work with Islamic radicals, any more than such jihadists would work with an infidel like the Iraqi dictator. It also reminds us that valuable information remains buried in the mountain of documents recovered in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past four years.

Uh huh, tell me more!

WSJ Opinion Journal : But if we've learned nothing else about U.S. intelligence in the last four years, it is that its "consensus" views are often wrong. The 9/11 Commission has confirmed extensive communication between Saddam's regime and al Qaeda over the years, including sanctuary for the current insurgent leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. We have also learned that in the years leading up to his ouster Saddam had implemented a "faith campaign" to use fundamentalist Islam as a tool of internal control. Especially if U.S. troops are going to remain to help the new Iraq government defeat the terrorists, we should want to know everything we can about them.

You bet! Why is this not the biggest fattest story in the MSM this week? Oh yeah they blame the US for terrorists just like Iran’s President. Mind if I ask a question? Just who’s side are you on anyway? Howie has brought this up several times that the US demanded Sadam turn over Zaqueery prior to invasion.

Super Sekrit note to Drew : Click here maybe you'll feel better! Howie's Moisture Farm: Saddam Trained Terrorists?

By Howie at 11:17 AM | Comments |

Documentary Evidence of Saddam's Terror Links Revealed

Say the following mantra one-hundred times while genuflecting: there were no links between Saddam Hussein and terrorism.

Via Hyscience, this pretty damning report. I'll note that the GSPC referenced here is the same group that had planned a 9/11 style attack against the U.S, but which the domestic media overlooked when the plot was foiled.

The Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes consulted 11 federal officials before concluding that documents U.S. troops captured in Iraq prove that "the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion."

Hayes reports, "Secret training took place primarily at three camps - in Samarra, Ramadi, and Salman Pak - and was directed by elite Iraqi military units." Al-Qaida-affiliated fanatics, such as Algeria's GSPC and the Sudanese Islamic Army, were among the 8,000 or so murderers instructed between 1999 and 2002.

Handwritten notes, computer discs and other "exploitable items" confirm Saddam's philanthropy of terror, Hayes says. But America has translated only some 2.5 percent of this huge cache. Federal officials barely discuss what they have learned. Even unclassified papers remain unavailable. Absurd.

Having studied some of these artifacts, one intelligence expert says: "As much as we overestimated WMD (weapons of mass destruction), it appears we underestimated (Saddam's) support for transregional terrorists."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:03 AM | Comments |

Saudi Embassy Worker Conspired to Smuggle Illegal Aliens

Somehow I missed this news earlier. Frightening to think that a Saudi would try to smuggle in people from the Middle East. What's worse is that the fraudulent documents were diplomatic visas. There was a time when I thought the immigration issue was boring. No longer. Immigration reform is a matter of national security.

This story also reminded me of one filthy Jawa reader who discovered that one of our e-mail a terrorist victims was an immigration lawyer in Britain. Just what the Western world needs: immigration lawyers with terrorist sympathies. Thanks to that filthy reader's efforts, the lawyer is no longer employed at his immigration law firm.

Sierra Times:

An Egyptian national pled guilty today to using his position at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. to secure fraudulent Saudi diplomatic visas to help aliens enter the United States illegally.

Mohamed Abdel Wahab Yakoub, a.k.a. Mohamed Wardi, a 61-year-old native of Egypt and a resident of Maryland, pled guilty before the Honorable Leonie Brinkema in the Eastern District of Virginia to one count of smuggling aliens into the United States. Yakoub is facing a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years when he is sentenced by Judge Brinkema on April 7, 2006. Yakoub is also facing deportation to Egypt following his sentencing.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:44 AM | Comments |

Ted Kennedy is Gay

Seriously*. Kevin McCullogh gets censored for suggesting Kennedy deserves a beating. Buckley F. Williams has the top nine statements that would make Ted cry.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:17 AM | Comments |

German Spies Helped U.S. in Iraq Invasion

(Berlin) Two news outlets reported on Wednesday that German intelligence agents assisted the United States military during the invasion of Iraq. The German Foreign Minister has denied the allegations.

From Deutsche Welle:

In a front page story in the respected Suddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), renowned investigative journalist Hans Leyendecker and colleague Wolfgang Krach quoted a high-ranking German security source as saying that two Federal Intelligence Agency agents (BND) in Baghdad helped the US military assess targets during the air invasion of Iraq in the war's opening weeks.

The office of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who thrust US-German relations into an ice age through his disapproval of the Iraq invasion, reportedly knew about the cooperation and approved of it, according to the article. The cooperation was made after a "political decision" by Schroeder's coalition government. "This wasn't the decision of some department head," the SZ quoted their source as saying.

Well, well, well! I'm astonished. Give the man a knockwurst and a stein of good German beer. All along, the Germans were giving the impression that they were not helping and they allegedly really were. Of course, we can also credit someone for leaking classified information and a loudmouth media. Here's some details.
The report was indirectly confirmed by a former US defense official in the German television program "Panorama." Whereas the article in the SZ said the agents were involved in reporting targets on the ground that shouldn't be attacked, the US defense official claimed the agents did much more.

The BND gave "direct support" in "selecting targets," said the official. One example of that support: a BND agent drove to the Baghdad district Mansur in an armored limousine in order to confirm US suspicions that a caravan of cars carrying Iraqi officials, including Saddam Hussein, was driving through the area. The information he relayed on April 7, 2003, was reportedly used in an immediate bomb attack on a complex of buildings in which at least 12 people died.

Support in the selection of targets where people died indicates the Germans were directly participating in the war.

All the German leftists are having a fit.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 06:30 AM | Comments |

Nose Drama Redux

Apparently Raymond Flowers, one of John Hawkins' readers, has noticed a pattern that might explain the "nose drama" phenomenon I posted about a few weeks ago. It hadn't occurred to me that it might be evidence of yet another dark Bush conspiracy, but the RWN reader doesn't seem to be aware of the use of the "nasals" in older Americans. Heh.

Has anyone noticed the use by George W. Bush and Jeb Bush and the republican party of nasal control implants in children as their family continues to re-entrench itself from World War II where it used the control technology on the German population running the yes sir Nathan Hales of the Hitler youth.

They use stories to continuously bombard students creating day dreams producing what is commonly called attention deficit disorder in addition to hyper activity and they even produced dyslexia using the nasals to get the visual from the optic nerve and a Hewlett-Cray-Motorola computer did a dictionary look up for the current pattern which was regenerated weekly in some locations and is the reason that words written very poorly didn't jumble as the primitive software couldn't figure out what the word was and either left it alone or broke connections between letters to re-arrange what looked like components between humps or risers on the letters.

Well, that sure explains why Mary Baker Eddy is barking at me in Louis Farrakhan's voice. It's a software glitch!

(Cross-posted to Demosophia)

By Demosophist at 04:54 AM | Comments |

Joshua Sparling On Sean Hannity's Radio Show

The Political Teen has posted audio of Joshua Sparling's interview on Sean Hannity's radio show. Sparling is the wounded soldier who received a death wish written in a Christmas card.

Michael Crook, the founder of the vile "Forsake the Troops" website, initially denied involvement, then admitted guilt for the card, which was signed, "Miguel".

But Crook, a notorious media whore, conveniently lost any proof that he had actually sent the card. Crook has a history of making false claims for publicity. In May, 2005 he faked his own death with a post to his website, and Crook originally came to regional notice by claiming to have found a soldier's camera and demanding $1,000 "finder's fee". He later admitted that he didn't have the camera.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

By Bluto12:02 AM | Comments |

January 12, 2006

Saint Anger 'Round My Neck

Originally posted last night, but deleted because I wasn't done yet.

Part one

Part two

Part three
(by co-blogger Kyer)

Part four

By Vinnie at 11:26 PM | |

Iranian Delusions



By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:20 PM | Comments |

Dear Weird Iranian President Guy

Take a look to the sky just before you die
It is the last time you will
Blackened roar massive roar fills the crumbling sky
Shattered goal fills his soul with a ruthless cry
Stranger now, are his eyes, to this mystery
He hears the silence so loud
Crack of dawn, all is gone except the will to be
Now they will see what will be, blinded eyes to see

By Vinnie at 09:19 PM | Comments |

ACLU to Defend (yet another) Terrorist

I don't know why this is "news" anymore. John from Stop the ACLU also notes that this particular lawyer has a track record of representing Hamas. Typical.

Two civil liberties groups filed legal briefs this week in support of a Virginia man accused of helping to fund Mideast terrorists, arguing that federal agents had no right to search his home without a warrant in 1993. [More]

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

Dear Weird Emailing Guy

Please don't bother my co-bloggers anymore. You're more than welcome to continue to email me though, I think you're a laugh riot.

Anyway, I forgot to add this to my reply to you; I'm sorry you can't find your stapler, but I didn't take it.

By Vinnie at 05:47 PM | Comments |

Dirty Bomber Pleads Not Guilty, Bail Denied

Jose Padilla has pleaded 'not guilty' to charges of conspiring to murder Americans with a 'dirty bomb'. Personally I'm glad Padilla is no longer being held as an enemy combatant and will now be put into 'the system'. He'll make some big inmate a mighty fine catch, if you get what I mean. I have a feeling being a nuclear terrorist isn't going to go over too well in federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison.


Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen who was held for more than three years as an "enemy combatant," pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges alleging he was part of a secret network that supported Muslim terrorists.

The plea, followed by a judge's refusal to set bail for Padilla, came one week after he was transferred from military to civilian custody. His trial was set for Sept. 9.

"Absolutely not guilty," said Michael Caruso, one of Padilla's lawyers. Padilla did not speak during the hearing, other than to confirm the pronunciation of his name (puh-DIL-uh).

Here's the money quote:
In denying bail, U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Garber sided with prosecutors who said Padilla likely would flee and that the charges - including allegations that he attended an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan - made him dangerous.

"How much more dangerous can someone be than someone who attended a terrorist training camp?" prosecutor Stephanie Pell said.


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:17 PM | Comments |

I'm a terrorist (now put me on T.V.!)

Personally, I'd take the porn-star option. But that's just me.

Acting teacher recommends terrorism as a way to 'break in' to showbiz.

In New York city, an acting teacher who is also in the US National Guard ( who was first called up to duty on September 11th 2001 ) has been suggesting to his acting students that ways of getting onto television ( and therefore to become famous ) are to become a porn-star and to "tell the government you're a terrorist".

"Tell the government you're a terrorist ( it WILL work )" -Those are the exact words of Monroe Mann, the founder of 'The Unstoppable Artists Business School' of New York City....

Quite frightening is the discovery that his suggestions were not made before 9/11 happened, but in January 2004. -Monroe Mann, an American soldier who was mobilized the day of the September 11th tragedies suggests inexperienced actors go out and tell the government they will do similar terrorist acts in order to become famous. Appalled? The few people who know of this minor internet legend certainly appear to be so.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:03 PM | Comments |

American Taken Hostage in Nigeria

Probably victims of Ijaw extremists (who are animists and Christians), but there is a growing Islamist movement in Nigeria as well with its accompanying violence. Nigeria is proof that oil has a terrible track record at making nations wealthy.

UPDATE: Regular commenter Jesusland Joe informs me that his cousin works for Shell in Nigeria. If any one learns of the name of the hostage, please e-mail me. We pray that this hostage will be released unharmed. UPDATE II: Jesusland Joe has confirmed his cousin is o.k.

Washington Post:

Gunmen stormed an offshore oil platform run by Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria and kidnapped four foreign workers, including an American, while apparent sabotage ruptured a pipeline at a facility processing 106,000 barrels of crude daily, officials said Thursday.

Gunmen in three boats seized the workers from a support vessel attached to the oil platform Wednesday, Shell spokesman Andy Corrigan said in London.

Military spokesman Maj. Said Hameed said the four included an American, a Bulgarian, a Briton and a Honduran, and "efforts are being made to secure their release."

In a separate incident, a major pipeline feeding Shell's Forcados oil export terminal ruptured overnight at Brass Creek, forcing the company to stop production of 106,000 barrels of oil daily, Shell said.

A Shell spokesman in Lagos said the pipeline exploded, though details were sketchy. In December, a major Shell pipeline was blown up by unknown attackers, forcing the company to shut down large volumes of crude oil.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:55 PM | Comments |

Iraqi Jihad Recruiter in Germany Convicted

I'd be a lot happier if he had got more than seven years, but this is Germany which is still in Europe. We'll take what we can get, when we can get it. Via Chad at ITB who also notes the Spaniards got another one, this from ADNKI:

An Iraqi man has been sentenced to seven years by a German court for helping smuggle suicide bombers from Europe to his native country in what is considered a landmark ruling. Amin Lokman Mohamed, 31, was convicted by Munich judge, Bernd von Heintschel-Heinegg, of "belonging to a terrorist association and recruiting militants to send to Iraq."

Mohamed, from Iraqi Kurdistan, was arrested by the German police in 2003, while living in Munich. He denied belonging to the radical Islamic group Ansar al-Islam, which is believed linked to the al-Qaeda network and considered responsible for countless attacks against US troops in Iraq, but admitted collecting funds and recruiting jihadis in Europe.

During the trial, the court was presented with transcripts of hundreds of tapped phone conversations, in which Mohamed allegedly organised for the transfer of young men from Europe to Iraq and of others from his homeland to Germany and Britain.

Despite what the article says, Ansar al-Islam has not been responsible for many attacks lately. The group operated mainly in Kurdistan but was mostly wiped out by the Peshmerga during and after the war. Remnants have been succesful in the odd political assassination in Kurdistan, but nothing else. The real threat came when former Ansar al-Islam fighter Abu Musab al-Zarqawi took foreign fighters and formed Tawhid and Jihad--now known as al Qaeda in Iraq. Another group which seems to have formed from remnants of Ansar al-Islam, is The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah, which is no longer able to operate in Kurdistan but carries on terror activities wherever there are large Kurdish minorities in Iraq.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:44 PM | Comments |

Stupid (Threatening) E-Mail of the Day

From Heinrich Isaac, who's IP tracks to Northop Grumman, one of America's leading defense contract companies, and who decided to e-mail every single one of us at The Jawa Report in response to an earlier post on a new Polygamy law in Malaysia which would allow husbands to take their wives property if divorced. Besides wasting government contract money surfing the web, Heinrich Isaac is also a moron unable to distinguish between a 'religion' and a 'race' and unable to distinguish between what my relative (who is from Malaysia) and I think.

Not content with writing us an insulting e-mail, he then threatens us not to respond. If you are a glutton for punishment, or maybe into S&M, you will find the letter below marginally interesting.

You people are really disgusting. Malaysia is a wonderful country and its people among the most tolerant and humane in the world.
Tolerant? This is the same country that arrests Christians for proseletysing, right? The same Malaysia that is the home to the KMM Islamic terror group? Or maybe that is some other Malaysia you are talking about.
Your comments about Islam are racist, bigoted, and worthy – if that world can be used – of the Nazis. Hopefully, you’ll be relegated to the same rubbish bin as they.</