May 31, 2006
Who Will It Be Now?
Yeah, I'm dating myself by quoting a Men At Work song lyric. Phbbbt.
Poll is under the fold. And it's just for fun.
HGTV Is Ruining My Life
Damn you HGTV, you've ruined my life!
Damn you for convincing my wife that home ownership is the essence of being American! Stupid House Hunters.
Damn you for all your lame decorating ideas! Stupid Design on a Dime.
And damn you for making it look simple to remodel a bathroom! Trust me, it's not as easy as it looks. Stupid I Want that Bathroom.
Seriously, if this doesn't start taking less time, I'm going to sue someone.
P.S.--Howie, why hast thou forsaken me?
WTW- It is Finished
Soon Rusty will have a new apprentice, one much younger and ever more powerful.
After considering it for several days I’ve determined that the time is right for me to exit from blogging. Several factors have led me to come to this determination. The fact is that the enjoyment I get from it has become outweighed by the hassles.
I’ve really enjoyed it for the most part. I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world. But something has to give and I keep coming back to blogging. Rather than pussyfoot around I might as well just get it over with.
It feels good like I’m doing the right thing. Whatever reasons you may think I may have there are a few others. I don’t share everything. Just trust me, the time is now and it’s for the best.
I plan to spend some time really taking it to the space bastards. Seriously computers are my life but even I get enough of it. What tolerance I have left for machines (and people) I need to save up for real work. To my successor whomever that may be. Go for it. Life is an experience and you only get one shot. Live fast, love hard, die young I always say.
Thanks to all who have supported me including but not limited to.
All the Jawa Co-Bloggers
The Right Place
Special Thanks to See-Dubya
Michelle Malkin and Instapundit for my link apogees.
Jiggle Bitch (Erin)
Young Bourbon Professional
Greg, (yes even Greg)
Sweet Pamela Kay
Bloggers, commenters and friends too numerous to mention.
IM take care of yourself, it is what you are best at isn’t it?
And a Very special thank you and appreciation to Dr. Rusty Shackleford for the opportunity and tolerating this Paduan Beotch for 346 days and over 400 posts. I hope I have been of some help. There is no way to thank you enough.
So this is it boys and girls. Be good or if not be good at it ;)
Signed Howie, former Paduan Beotch to the superb blog pimp the one the only Macktastic Rusty Wicked
Teacher Lina Sinha - Nasty in Manhattan
Sinha was accused of having a long-term sexual relationship with a student, starting when the boy was 13 years old and lasting until he was 17. She was arraigned and freed on her own recognizance, however, she was instructed to surrender her passport to prevent flight to India where she has relatives.
Since that last court appearance, more trouble has visited Sinha. Yesterday, additional charges were filed.
The female director of an East Side Montessori school was a little-boy-crazy "predator," Manhattan prosecutors charged yesterday, as they accused her of bedding two of the school's students - often on school property, and starting when they were only 12 and 13 years old.Whoa! Hose her down!
The disgraced administrator, Lina Sinha, 40, who has worked for almost 20 years at the East 55th Street school founded and still owned by her parents, was also charged with trying to cover her tracks through lies and bribes of sneakers, cellphones and cash.
In all, Sinha faces 81 charges of rape, sodomy, bribing a witness and tampering with a witness and evidence.
"It is the people's position that this defendant is a predator," lead prosecutor Florence Chapin told a judge in Manhattan Supreme Court, after Sinha pleaded not guilty.
The most serious charges in the shocking indictment are for first-degree rape - for allegedly having sexual intercourse with the 12-year-old for a year, beginning in February 2001.
Two boys and 81 criminal counts related to illegal sexual behavior at a school -- for years! -- and nobody noticed? Come on! I don't believe it. Many people associated with the school had to be looking the other way, intentionally.
In the meantime, Sinha allegedly has been impeding investigators while trying to frame the first victim, who is now an adult and an NYPD officer, with fabricated assertions that he was a rapist.
Sinha's bail was set at $50,000 by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carol Berkman and it was promptly posted. The next court appearance is scheduled for August 16. If convicted of the rape and sodomy charges, Sinha faces a possible 25 years in prison.
Lina Sinha tried and convicted.
Sinha gets prison.
'Moderate' Muslim Country Jails Two for Publishing Mohammed Cartoons
Two editors of a Jordanian newspaper have been sentenced to jail for publishing cartoons depicting Mohammed, the man Muslims claim was a "Prophet".
Remember, Jordan is held up as a model moderate Islamic country. In fact, Jordan is moderate....but isn't it sad that this is what passes for moderate in the Islamic world? Nowhere in the Islamic world is there anything that passes for freedom of speech. Nowhere.
A Jordanian court Tuesday sentenced to prison two newspaper editors for “attacking religious sentiment” by reprinting cartoons deemed offensive to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), their lawyer said.Reporters Without Borders had this tepid reaction:
Jihad Momani, former editor of the weekly Shihane tabloid, and Hisham Al Khalidi, editor-in-chief of the tabloid Al Mehwar, “were each sentenced to two months in prison,” attorney Mohammed Kteishat told AFP.
Reporters Without Borders protested today against two-month jail sentences imposed yesterday by a Jordanian court on two journalists, Jihad Momani and Hisham Al-Khalidi, for reprinting cartoons of the prophet Mohammed that appeared in a Danish paper last year and expressed concern about journalists being harshly punished for doing so.Hopefully, this is just a translation error. Does the group wish their sentences to be reduced or overturned?
“This is the first time journalists have been given prison sentences for reproducing the cartoons,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The sentences are totally out of proportion. We hope they will be reduced on appeal. We urge other Muslim countries where journalists are being prosecuted for this not to follow Jordan’s example. Journalists must not be punished for their editorial decisions. The two journalists in this case were simply doing their job by choosing to reproduce the cartoons, like dozens of other media outlets around the world.” [emphasis mine]
If the former, then Reporters Without Borders is agreeing to the notion that states have the right to censor that which offends our religious sensibilities--just not harshly. Perhaps a one-week sentence would seem appropriate?
If the latter, then I fully agree. Freedom of religion must include the right to criticize religion--even if that criticism is deemed offensive. If I do not have the right to criticize your religion, then I am not fully free.
In my opinion, Muhammed was a pedophile and a pervert. Worse, he started a religion which rejects the concept of separating church and state and which--from it's founding--condoned the use of military conquest for spreading faith. Next to Communism, political Islam has contributed to more deaths than any other ideology in history---perhaps even more.
Please indict me. I dare you.
Unfortunately, there is not a single Muslim country where I am fully free to say the above.
Hat tip to Robert Spencer who has more.
MSM Monster Staging "Dangerous Situations"
Short version: Liberal TV producer asks soldiers to stand behind General. Liberal TV host asks General if situation isn't safe given that General needs soldiers standing behind him to protect him. General gets pissed.
The media monster indeed. Go check out the story, but make sure to watch the video here. It's pretty un-freaking-believable. Apparently the Australian media suffers the same deficiencies as their American counterparts.
The investigations are still ongoing. That's not an excuse to ignore or dismiss the extensive reporting on the story.
She's right, it's not an excuse. It's a reason to ignore or dismiss the extensive reporting on the story.
Yes, it's mostly one-sided at this point.
Not according to my blogroll. And I have a mighty big blogroll.
But if, if, even a fraction of it is true, it deserves the most vehement condemnation and most severe punishment.
A fraction? What's a fraction of the truth? A half truth? Which is a lie, according to most definitions.
Toddlers are dead.This toddler? Or is it this one? What about this toddler? Then we have this toddler who died too.
As much as the Left's glee over this story distresses me, it doesn't compare to my dismay at the Right's attempts to cover it's ass before the fact.
By rushing to get ahead of the curve, relying on leaks from anonymous sources and various press accounts, the people saying "if this is true, and it seems it is, they should hang" are doing as much damage to the war effort as the Left.
But they'll celebrate, as I do, the Greatest Generation. The one that interned Japanese, nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki (toddlers are dead, people), firebombed Dresden and Tokyo, invented the flamethrower, Napalm, White Phosphorous, and various and sundry other horrific ways to kill people.
We correctly laud these things as having been necessary in order to protect our United States, but, the fact is, each of these killled many civilians. And we sanctioned it, and have accepted it for decades.
Such is war.
Yes, let's those of us who weren't there, and never will be, flagellate ourselves over this, without any charges, or Court Martials even being brought. Let's make sure we don't give the Left any excuse to criticize us for not speaking out against it.
Because that's what the Right is doing. Making sure they get in a fraction of condemnation before the Left has a chance to jump on them for not doing so. Because, see, we always have to take the high road. Show them how better we are than they are.
Screw 'em. I don't have to pillory the Marines preemptively to prove I'm better than the moonbats. They've pilloried themselves on this subject quite well already.
So until someone ponies up the fact that Iraqi men, women, and children were lined up against a wall and executed, I'll reserve my judgment on the issue.
Until the truth comes out, shut the hell up about Haditha. Somewhere, Khomeini is smiling.
UAE Diplomat Freed in Iraq after Ambassador Withdrawn
A diplomat from the UAE held hostage in Iraq since May 16th has been released. The man, Naji al-Nuaimi, was being held by a group calling itself the Banner of Islam and had demanded that the UAE break all diplomatic ties with Iraq and that the Dubai baised Al-Fayhaa TV channel be shut down.
On May 18th al Jazeera broadcast a videotape of the hostage. The next day the UAE withdrew its senior diplomat from Iraq. The TV station was not shut down.
The captors of a United Arab Emirates diplomat held inWe're glad that he was released safely. However, by meeting at least one of the terrorists demands, this will only mean more hostages will be taken in the future.
Iraq for a fortnight have freed their hostage, an Emirati foreign ministry official confirmed.
"Emirati diplomat, Naji al-Nuaimi, who was kidnapped in Iraq on May 16, was released this evening," the official said.
Hat tip to George.
How Many Times Can You Execute a Guy?
Islamic terrorist John Allen Muhammad has been convicted in Maryland for 6 more murders. No death penalty in Maryland, though. Instead, he gets life in prison. Fortunately, his life will be short since he's already sentenced to death in Virginia.
German Suicide Bomber Intended to Blow up Her Own Child in Iraq
Do suicide bombers love their children? Apparently not. Three German women were arrested after they posted messages on Islamist websites in which they claimed that they intended to travel to Iraq to become suicide bombers. Not satisfied with blowing other people's children up, they decided it might be a good idea to murder their own children in the process. Der Spiegel:
German authorities may have thwarted suicide bomb attacks in Iraq by German women. According to intelligence sources, three women were prevented from travelling to Iraq after one of them had announced she planned to blow herself up in Iraq.Via Chad at In the Bullpen who has more.
SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that German intelligence agencies have prevented three German women from travelling to Iraq in recent weeks. The women, who have close contacts to the Islamist scene in Germany and at least one whom has converted to Islam, came to the attention of intelligence agencies after one of them had announced on an Internet site that she intended to blow herself and her child up in Iraq.
After the Web posting were spotted, Germany's domestic and foreign intelligence agencies mounted an intense search for the three women. One of them was located in Berlin, the other two are believed to come from southern Germany. The Berlin woman's child was taken away from her and she has been put in a psychiatric clinic. The two other women were also prevented from leaving Germany. One of them is also believed to have a child.
Naked Witch Arrested in Saudi Arabia
If it wasn't so sad that Saudi Arabia actually has religious police going around arresting people on suspicion of "witchcraft" it would be funny.
Wait. It's still funny.
Via John, always on the lookout for all things 'naked' and 'sorceress', this from the official English language news outlet of the Saudi Arabian fascist government:
Members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice received a call of a suspected African “sorceress” in the holy city’s Al-Seeh neighborhood. Members of the committee along with police went to the suspected den of the black arts to find a naked African woman. Embarrassed about busting into an apartment containing a naked woman, police paused just long enough for the woman to attempt an escape, still naked, through the window of her flat. Police followed in pursuit to discover that the woman had crashed through the ceiling of the neighbor’s flimsy house and landed on the floor next to a bed of sleeping children.UPDATE: How do you know if a naked sorceress is really a sorceress?
Throw her out a very high window. If she floats in the air, she's a witch. If she plunges to her death, she's innocent.
Rusty on the Radio Today
I'll be on Hoist the Black Flag Radio today about 4:40 P.M. (EST). You can listen in here (rebroadcasts throughout the day). If you have a question or comment, call 1-866-884-TALK.
Excuse me, in advance, for being a totally lame guest. I get quite nervous over these things. In addition to having a face for radio, I also have a voice for silent movies.
Beheading Mastermind Captured in Iraq
The good news, it just keeps on a rollin! Another of Iraq's most wanted, Ahmed Hussein Dabash Samir al-Batawi, was captured by Iraqi forces. This follows the announcement of the capture of top Zarqawi aide Kassim al-Ani, also on Baghdad's most wanted list.
As Traderrob notes (hat tip & thanks for the image): Dropping like flies, just a matter of time before we nail the big one. And by 'the big one' he means al Qaeda in Iraq's Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
“The anti-terrorism unit arrested the terrorist Ahmed Hussein Dabash Samer Al Battawi on Monday in the Firdos district in the capital Baghdad,” the statement said.
Battawi confessed after he was arrested that he had “chopped off the heads of hundreds of innocent Iraqis” in Baghdad and other parts of the country, said the statement.
Sunday Times Retracts Atwar Bahjat Beheading Story After Bloggers Fact Check
Bumped....because one can never pat oneself on the back too many times.....
The Sunday Times has retracted their May 7th story in which they claimed they had received a video of the beheading murder of female Iraqi reporter, Atwar Bahjat. As first revealed on The Jawa Report, that video was actually of a slain Nepalese truck driver from August of 2004. Thanks to Greyhawk for following up on the retraction and commenting on it here.
Our original story is here: Atwar Bahjat Beheading Video a Hoax
Times retraction: The Iraq execution video that fooled me
First note that the retraction calls the cold-blooded murder of a civilian an 'execution'. The terrorists that murdered a man by beheading and shot 11 of his co-workers on video deemed it an execution for collaboration with Zionists, Crusadors, and apostates. They use such language because it justifies their actions under Islamic law.
It's not murder, they claim, it's an execution of a criminal. Apparently, the Times agrees.
Beyond this, the fact that the Times was wrong should not take away from the fact that a man was murdered. The video still remains a disguisting reminder of the barbaric nature of the "insurgency" being waged in Iraq.
But it is also sad that the story was run without any vetting of the facts and that Ms. Bahjat's friends and family were exposed to such disgusting and gruesome video under the impression that the victim was their loved one. I was horrified watching the video the first time, I cannot even imagine my reaction if I had known the victim.
We were first made aware that the video was probably a hoax by Greyhawk of the Mudville Gazette , after he did a simple Google search and found a Wikipedia entry on Bahjat noting that she had been shot and that images of her body were available from Getty images. The same video sent to the Times had been circulating on the internet at Islamist forums--yes, Islamist forums are full of these snuff videos--as the 'Atwar Bahjat execution' and it was soon brought to my attention that the video was actually that of the murder of a man from Nepal that we had reported in 2004.
While I was away in London, I was contacted Sarah Curnow, a journalist with Australia’s Media Watch (affiliated with the Australian Broadcasting Co.), asking me to verify my accusation that the video was a hoax. She also asked me if I could provide her with a link to the original clip. Since I was away I wasn't able to help her out, but in the meantime she independently verified that our story was right.
Despite the fact that we had written to the Times (and so had other readers, including reader Dan) and told them that their story was incorrect, the Times never got back to us. Apparently, they didn't take us seriously. But thanks to Sarah Curnow, the Times has retracted the story.
Here is the relevant part of the transcript of her story as shown on Australian TV:
There was lots of internet chatter too, about whether Atwar Bahjat had been beheaded.Here is an excerpt from the e-mail sent to Media Watch by The Sunday Times, with the note that The Times did not even respond to my e-mail to them:
One blog site - The Jawa Report - said The Sunday Times had been duped.
[quote from our story]
This is the video The Jawa Report identifies.
Once again it's too gruesome to play any further.
But we've watched the video closely and it correlates exactly with the details of the murder described by The Sunday Times.
The paper won't confirm that this is the video they saw, but they stand by their story.
It would be quite wrong to suggest that [Hala Jaber] watched a video of a Nepalese man being beheaded and imagined that he was her friend, Atwar Bahjat… This unfortunate woman was identified as Atwar Bahjat by a member of her family and a close friend who watched the video before publication of Hala Jaber's article. We stand by our story.Go check out the rest of The Media Watch transcript, which notes that Australian media used the alleged Atwar Bahjat video for their own anti-war agenda.
In any event, the Times and Hala Jaber have now retracted their original story:
THREE weeks ago in these pages, I reported that I had seen a video recording of a friend and colleague, Atwar Bahjat, one of Iraq’s top female journalists, having her throat cut and then being decapitated.Notice the wording right out of The Jawa Report, including the word "hoax" to describe what had happened?
I was mistaken. It was a hoax, and I apologise to her family for the pain I have caused them and to the many readers who were distressed by what I wrote.
The video was not of Atwar but of a Nepalese male hostage decapitated two years ago.
The rest of the story tells how she was duped and offers an apology. Jaber claims she believed in the veracity of the video because it had come from an insurgent group that had proved reliable in the past.
First question: if Hala Jaber has contacts with the insurgency, why is she not being interrogated? Or has the British government forgotten that it is in a shooting war with people that Hala Jaber seems to be acquainted with?
Second question: does the mere fact that you've been to Iraq, are an Arab, and have 'contacts with the insurgency' now make you an 'expert' to the mainstream media? We debunked the Jaber story within hours of learning about it. My only expertise is that I actually follow what the insurgents say by reading poorly translated statements, watching propaganda videos, and lurking on English language Islamist forums. Yet I seem to know more about the Iraqi insurgency than The Sunday Times' expert.
Last, as both Greyhawk and The Media Watch note, what is the underlying agenda of the MSM in wanting to believe this story? Jaber's original story makes a point in saying that the footage is of a 'death squad' murdering Bahjat. That is, she uses the hoax footage to illustrate a point about the 'civil war' which has erupted in Iraq:
There is a wider significance to the appalling footage and the accompanying details. The film appears to show for the first time an Iraqi death squad in action.[emphasis mine] As we've reported on dozens and dozens of occasions, these video are common from Iraqi insurgent groups and have been so for years. Only someone complete ignorant would dare to make such a claim. Unless, of course, one somehow considers Shia 'death squads' as qualitatively different than Sunni 'insurgents'. Which, if true, also shows a complete lack of understanding of the situation in Iraq since the al Sadre militias have been doing this kind of murder for years.
So, how did Jaber verify the authenticity of the video that was sent to her by a 'reliable source' in the insurgency?
I set my personal feelings aside and, for several hours, examined the horrifying footage repeatedly with my husband, a photographer hugely experienced in Iraq and in the forensic examination of videos.[emphasis mine] So, she watched the video with her husband. It was her husband who verified the video, who happens to be a forensic video expert. Right.
A colleague in Baghdad, who had known Atwar well, also spent hours poring over the frames in the video and agreed it was her.I didn't know Atwar Bahjat at all, but I do know what Ms. Jaber's 'contacts' in the insurgency have done and routinely do to prisoners, because I actually try to follow what they say to each other and not only what they say to dupes in the media! Using nothing more than a Google search, Greyhawk first called this a hoax!
There is more in Jaber's explanation, but it is disgusting and sick. She actually sent the video to some of Atwar Bahjat's friends & relatives asking them to verify it. Some of them emphatically claimed it could not be Bahjat, others swore it was. All of them sobbed and cried.
That's real class. Sending a video which shows someone being slowly beheaded to the friends and relatives of the victim. Excuse me, is that your sister's voice coming through the slit in that body's neck?
Disgusting. I can excuse Jaber for mistaking the victim on the video for that Atwar Bahjat, but sending it to the relatives and friends of the victim? Jaber ought to be fired for that alone.
Hot Muslim Lingerie Model Wore Burka to Fend off Rape
Some time ago we brought you the story of hot Muslim model Michelle Leslie, a.ka. Michelle Lee, being warned by an imam to stop posing for lingerie shoots. If you'll recall our original story, you'll remember that we complained to no end about the imam's fatwa. Good Michelle Leslie = lingerie, bad Michelle Leslie = burka.
Well it turns out Leslie donned the burka during her imprisonment in Indonesia to ward off being raped by the filthy buggers who had her imprisoned. The Border Mail:
MODEL Michelle Leslie wore Islamic dress during her stay in a Balinese prison on drugs charges to avoid being raped, she says.
In an interview with New Idea, Leslie said she wore the traditional Muslim headdress to protect herself from men inside the prison she feared would rape her.
Leslie related that another female prisoner was regularly taken out of her cell and raped. Leslie feared the same would happen to her if she didn't don the burka.
Apparently, her thuggish guards wouldn't dare rape a woman in a burka, but they had no problem raping a woman in prison garb. Because, you know, if you're not wearing a burka you're just asking for it.
From what I understand, male U.S. prisoners do somethething similar: they tattoo crucifixes and 'Jesus'.....on their backs.
Anyway, Michell Leslie is pretty clear that the only reason she donned the clothes of the ultra-conservative Islamic sects was that she felt she had no choice:
“I decided to dress in the Muslim burqa. I chose to wear Muslim dress for one reason and one reason only, to protect myself,” she said.Hat tip to Charles Johnson who has a much more serious take on this and check out our original story here for more Michelle Lesle sans burka pics.
“When I put on the burqa, people were more respectful and I’m sorry if anyone is offended by that. But over there, it’s a case of whatever gets you through. I think anyone else would have done the same.”
Zarqawi Aide Nabbed in Iraq
A top aide to al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi has been captured by the Iraqi Army. Kassim al-Ani is described as a senior al Qaeda leader and was among the most wanted in Iraq. Reuters:
Defence Ministry spokesman Kassim al-Mosawi said that Kassim al-Ani, one of the most wanted people in Iraq, was arrested on Sunday evening.Mike Pechar (hat tip) notes that this is only one in a string of recent al Qaeda captures. Keep up the good work troops!
"The Iraqi army forces arrested three terrorists who belong to al Qaeda, one of them is a senior aide of Zarqawi in Baghdad," Mosawi said.
"He was one of the most wanted ones," he told Reuters, adding that Ani was suspected of being behind many attacks in the Iraqi capital....
Mosawi said the army had received intelligence information that Ani and the two other suspects were in a house in Baghdad's northern Adhamiya district, a predominantly Sunni area.
"We prepared a plan and raided the house and arrested them without resistance," he said.
Atwar Bahjat Story Retracted: Where is MSM?
Will Hala Jaber's retraction about the Atwar Bahjat murder get as much coverage as her initial story? Don't hold your breath. So far her retraction has only been printed in two papers: The Sunday Times and The Australian.
The Guardian's online blog section also mentions the retraction, with a nod to The Jawa Report. The Guardian:
Sunday Times reporter Hala Jaber, one of Britain's most respected foreign correspondents, has admitted that she was hoaxed by a videotape she thought showed the beheading of a fellow journalist and friend....Compare that to the hundreds of articles that came on the heels of the initial erroneous story that Bahjat had been beheaded.
Bahjat's TV network, Al Arabiya, immediately denied Jaber's version of events and the blog the Jawa Report linked the Nepalese video with the one seen by Jaber.
Following queries about the video, from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Media Watch TV programme, Jaber wrote her follow up piece.
Morning Links: George Galloway is a Traitor Edition
Abraham Lincoln = Hitler. I mean, since Bush = Hitler after detaining precisely 2 Americans as enemy combatants while Lincoln jailed over 15,000....
Kerry lying about his ventures into Cambodia again. Will somebody remind the voters of MA about this guy?
Stefania is running for the Cagliari city council. I endorse. Vote Stefania!
"You mean I'm going to stay this color my whole life?"---Patrick Kennedy.
Arizona Democrat proposes "lottery" for voters--lucky voters will get $1 bajillion dollars.
May 29, 2006
CBS Crew Bombed in Iraq
(Baghdad) A roadside improvised explosive device exploded today and killed two crew members and injured a correspondent who were in a convoy on patrol with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
A cameraman and soundman for CBS were killed and a CBS correspondent was seriously injured Monday after their convoy was struck by a roadside bomb, the network said.Condolences to the families.
Veteran cameraman Paul Douglas, 48, and soundman James Brolan, 42, were killed, CBS reported on its Web site. Correspondent Kimberly Dozier, 39, was in critical condition at a U.S. military hospital in Baghdad after undergoing surgery.
May 27, 2006
My Special Flag
This is my special American flag that I only fly twice a year. Memorial Day and the 4th of July.
What makes it special?
My wife bought it for me at a charity auction. It was donated to the auction by our Congressman after it had flown from the Capitol building June 11th, 2003.
That alone makes me proud to own it. But what makes it special to me is knowing that had the passengers of United 93 not counterattacked against their Muslim hijackers, there may not have been a Capitol building to fly it from, and I may never had had the chance to own it.
Memorial Day Weekend Caption Contest
What good is the Internet if it can't be used to humiliate one's children? The boy on the diving board in this 12 year-old photo is my son. The others have visited our house over the years and will be just as mortified to see this pic on the Web.
You can enter here and/or at The Dread Pundit Bluto. Winners from each site will be announced Monday.
Shocking final note: all of the boys in this photo grew up to be straight!
May 26, 2006
A Memorial Day Reflection: Thank You Grandpa
I just received an e-mail from my mother inviting our family to take a moment of time to reflect on her father who was a Marine killed in the Pacific during WWII. My mother never knew her biological father because she was so young when he went off to war.
I never knew my maternal grandfather, but I am proud of his voluntary service and of his supreme sacrifice to our country. RIP.
To my paternal grandfather, who was a pilot in WWII, and a career Air Force officer, thank you for your service. RIP.
To my father who was a Marine--once a Marine, always a Marine--thank you for your service. To my niece, currently a Marine, may God's protection and blessings be upon you in the service of your country.
The image above is from the Punchbowl National Cemetery, where my maternal grandfather is buried. The image below is from the National Archives of my grandfather's service record. If one of your relatives was KIA during WWII, you can visit the National WWII Memorial website and look up their information. Their, you can also find where your loved one is buried. Perhaps, like me, you will be able to visit their grave someday.
The Unilateralist's Memorial Day Tribute
Usually I find the AP's daily death tally creepy, but, this weekend it does have some relevance. It's the only source with information on the sacrifices made by our unilateral coalition allies.
The British military has reported 111 deaths; Italy, 31; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Slovakia, Denmark three; El Salvador, Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Romania, one death each.
Who knew Latvia sacrificed a native son in the name of Iraqi freedom?
I don't think the fact that the U.S. shoulders most of the load in Iraq matters much to the family in Kazakhstan that lost a son in defense of liberty.
It doesn't matter to me. God bless them all, and thank you.
George Galloway: Coward
Terrorists kill because they believe it is the right thing to do. That is, they are acting out of moral conviction. This is why much terrorist propaganda is laced with quotes from popular Leftist writers.
The Left, Islamists, and terrorists essentially share the same world view: The U.S. is an Imperial power which systematically exploits the developing world, oppresses them, and which has no interest in bettering the lot of humanity.
The difference between your run of the mill Leftist or Islamists and terrorists is that terrorists act on the convictions they share.
If the U.S. is the power it is made out to be by Noam Chomsky, then insurgents in Iraq are doing the right thing in killing American soldiers. And if George Bush is as bad or worse than Hitler--as he is often accused of being by the Left--then a moral person, by definition, would be forced to use any means necessary to kill him.
"Would the assassination of, say, Tony Blair by a suicide bomber - if there were no other casualties - be justified as revenge for the war on Iraq?"There you go. Once you accept the premise that Blair "ordered the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq" the logical conclusion flowing from the premise is that assassinating Blair "would be morally justified."
Mr Galloway replied: "Yes, it would be morally justified. I am not calling for it - but if it happened it would be of a wholly different moral order to the events of 7/7. It would be entirely logical and explicable. And morally equivalent to ordering the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq - as Blair did."
But the logical conclusion flowing from that premise cannot end at "justified", for if Tony Blair continues to intentionally order the deaths of innocent people in Iraq, then he must be stopped. If the premise is true than one has no other choice but to kill Blair given that no other method has worked at stopping the war.
See how this all works? Once you've swallowed the worldview of the Left, then the road to terrorism is only stopped by one of two things: lack of opportunity or cowardice.
So, why haven't George Galloway or others on the hardcore Left assassinated Tony Blair or George Bush? They are cowards.
Hat tip to PJ Media in Sydney.
Breaking: Shots Fired on Capitol Hill
Developing....scroll down for updates.
UPDATE: The longer this goes on, the less I know what to make of it. Over lunch I watched the news coverage. Nothing new. False alarm?
Update: Kingston, reporting from the Rayburn building, that the SWAT team has just moved in.
Police in Washington, D.C say they are investigating reports of the sound of gunfire at a Congressional office building on Capitol Hill.
The Rayburn building holds offices of members of the House of Representatives. The building has been sealed off and staff requested to stay in their offices for the time being. Click the image to the right for a map of Capitol Hill. Developing.....
UPDATE: Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Georgia) is liveblogging this. Here is a text of the e-mail he recieved:
This is a message from the U.S. Capitol PoliceHe notes that the Capitol Police are clearing the building room by room, but he seems to be still stuck in the office. (Hat tip: Matt Margolis)AP:
1. If you are in the Rayburn HOB then Shelter in Place. Quickly move
into the nearest interior office space or interior hallway and away from
windows. The Capitol Police are investigating reports of gunfire in the Rayburn HOB.
2. If nearby, grab Go-Kits and personal belongings.
3. Close doors behind you, but do not lock.
4. Remain calm.
5. Await further instructions. Do not leave the building.
Police sealed off the Capitol on Friday after receiving reports of gunfire in a House office building across the street and four ambulances have arrived at the scene.UPDATE:Allahpundit is following this one more closely and says ambulences are arriving at the scene and reports of smoke from garage.
Capitol police are investigating ``the sound of gunfire in the garage level of the Rayburn House Office BHuilding,'' said an announcement on the internal Capitol voice alarm system.
Haditha, Jack Murtha, & The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Have you ever seen Murtha & MacBeth in the Same Room? Think about it......
Let me just add that abuses happen in war. In all wars. U.S. soldiers participated in massacres in WWII. The fact that soldiers do bad things in war says nothing about the morality of that war.
The proper response to misconduct in war is court martial, not condemnation of the war. Those wishing to condemn the war in Iraq because of the misconduct of soldiers are engaging in deceptive propaganda. They will still oppose the war, even if it turns out soldiers are innocent of the charges.
The morality of the U.S. is demonstrated over and over again each time someone is charged with abuse or other war related crimes. The fact that we actually prosecute such criminals is quite revealing.
Contrast this to our enemies who praise the very same behavior they condem us for. Hostage taking, the execution of prisoners, and the targetting of civilians are all things the so-called 'insurgents' in Iraq boast of. Not only are 'martyrs' praised for targetting civilians, to add insult to injury, their 'glorious deeds' are video taped and then distributed on the internet to much fanfare.
We at The Jawa Report unequivocally condemn any actions by U.S. soldiers which violate the customary rules of war. If any U.S. soldier participated in the massacre of civilians, they ought to receive the harshest of punishments.
But unlike extreme Leftist who want to believe the worst things about our soldiers, we reserve judgement. We do not believe any and all accusations of 'war crimes' against U.S. soldiers because we are very aware that most of these accusations are unfounded and made by people with a political agenda.
If we were to believe, prima facie, all of the accusations levelled against our troops by Islamists and Leftists, then we would be forced to believe that the U.S. nuked the Baghdad airport, that our soldiers rape and pillage, and that they kill infants while mocking crying mothers. So excuse us if we are sometimes dismissive of accusations of war crimes when each and every time a U.S. soldier kills a terrorist cries of Geneva Convention violations are raised.
As Aesop's fable of the Boy Who Cried Wolf teaches us, though, sometimes there really is a wolf.
Was there a massacre in Haditha last year? We do not and cannot know the answer to that based on the information at hand. We should let the investigation continue. If military investigators substantiate the claim, then those soldiers involved should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
But there is another moral to Aesop's fable. One that is often overlooked. That moral is that any person that would believe the boy who cried wolf after so many false alarms are naive. In the end, no one in the village believed the boy because of his long track record of deception.
In Aesop's time, wolves really were a constant threat to a flock. They were not uncommon, so the plausibility of a wolf stalking the village flock was very believable. The fact that wolves were a real and common danger made the boy's initial lies seem all the more likely.
But what if wolves were a threat, but a very an uncommon occurence? What if the boy had cried lion or tiger instead of wolf? Do you think the villagers would have been fooled more than once?
Those that prima facie accept the Haditha massacre allegations are actually worse than the villagers described by Aesop. They want to believe that U.S. soldiers are the big bad wolf. They want to believe the very worst about those that risk their lives on their behalf.
There is no other explanation. Either the U.S. routinely massacres civilians or it does not. If it does not, then why condemn soldiers before a full and complete investigation has been carried out?
There are wolves out there, but since they are so rare these days, to believe the boy before sending out independent investigators to verify his less than stellar track record would be stupid, naive, or worse.
Previous: Censure Jack Murtha
UPDATE: Could the accusations be true? Like I said, yes. One of the moral of the boy who cried wolf story is that even liars sometimes tell the truth. If the NY Times story is correct that charges are forthcoming, then whoever is found guilty ought to be strung up.
As Orwell noted, the quickest way to end a war is to lose it.
UPDATE: Let me clarify something: When I began writing this post, I only knew of Murtha's conveying the allegations. That's what started the post. After writing the post, I've learned that there is strong evidence against at least two Marines.
I still do not want to believe the allegations are true. But that's just me, I want to believe the best things about my country. But, those allegations may turn out to be true. Even so, my point remains valid: there were those on the Left who have been screaming about this from the beginning, from the very day it happened--they wanted it to be true. They have been beating on the "war crimes" drum for a long time now. They may be right, in this instance, but with such a track record, can you blame me for being dismissive?
In any event, I personally volunteer to pull the trigger at the execution of any Marine who intentionally killed women and children.
UPDATE: Captain Ed, "This makes me physically ill." Me too, buddy, me too. In fact, I have been in a foul mood all day over this.
Bloggers Get Death Threat From Reuters Email Account
"I look forward to the day when you pigs get your throats cut..."This is an excerpt from the email received by Little Green Footballs after an LGF reader posted a link to one of their posts on the Guardian's website. The Guardian article is by Inayat Bunglawala, a member of the Muslim Council of Britain and concerns the movie The DaVinci Code, specifically, the question of Christ's divinity.
The staff at LGF were surprised when the threatening email traced to a Reuters account. They were further shocked when subsequent comments by Bungalawa offered circumstantial evidence that Bungalawa himself was the author.
UPDATE: Nordish has a screenshot of more evidence implicating the Reuters author.
May 25, 2006
For God's Sake
You want torture? Torture is listening to or reading about these dingbats.
Could we please be granted just a one day amnesty from Amnesty?
Maybe I'll start my own group. Amnesty From Amnesty International. Then I can send out press releases chronicling, yet again, Mike Farrell's repeated torture of my eardrums every time he goes on t.v. excoriating the inherent evil of the United States.
Lay & Skilling Prepare to Become "Bitches"
So you think Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling are about to be sent to a minimum security prison with conjegul visits?
Conjugul visits? I don't know about that. Try federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison.
Hey Ken and Jeff. Watch out for your cornholes.
Freedom of Religion in Iraq, Some Good News
Dogs and cats, living together in Kurdistan! Iraq the Model on the news that hundreds have openly converted to Christianity:
The report quotes an interesting statement of the PM of Kurdistan Nejervan Barzani (a Muslim himslef) who commented on the news by saying "I'd rather see a Muslim become Christian than to see him become a radical Muslim…"Indeed.
A friend of mine who just returned from Iraq tells me he was surprised at meeting so many Christians. He's not sure to what extent they were openly Christian, but it wasn't uncommon for a local to confide that they were Christian in private.
Hat tip to Allah.
U.S. Backed Forces Fight al Qaeda in Mogadishu
There is a reason the U.S. is supporting a coalition of warlords fighting in Mogadishu. There is little doubt that the Islamist militias fighting for control of Somalia are associated with al Qaeda. This would not be the first time al Qaeda linked forces battled the U.S. in Mogadishu.
As the U.N. begins to fret over the growing violence in Somalia, do not let their equivocations fool you--while both sides may be filled with people who do bad things, at least one side is filled with our SOBs. The other side is led by bin Laden's SOBs (if not bin Laden himself).
Keep your eyes open, this one is getting hot. [Image right: Somalians carry pictures of Osama bin Laden during a 2002 protest against the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan]
Heavily armed gunmen fought pitched battles in the streets of the lawless Somali capital on Thursday, rocking the city with a fresh surge in the deadliest violence it has seen in years despite appeals for peace.WJLA:
Islamic militia and fighters loyal to a US-backed warlord alliance pounded southern and northern Mogadishu with heavy machine gun, rocket, artillery and mortar fire, sending the death toll soaring and hundreds fleeing for safety....
Thursday's battles erupted after a tense week-long lull in fighting that began in Sisi on May 7, killing more than 140 people over the eight days before the two sides began observing a tenuous ceasefire.
Those clashes, the third major battle between the Islamists and the warlords since February, brought the death toll to more than 240 in the deadliest violence Mogadishu has seen since Somalia collapsed into anarchy in 1991.
The fighting pits the Islamists against the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism (ARPCT), which was set up in February with US backing to curb the growing influence of Islamic courts and track down extremists, including Al-Qaeda members, they are allegedly harboring.
The courts, which have declared a holy war against the alliance that they say is financed by the "enemy of Islam," deny the accusations.
The fight for control of Mogadishu comes despite a May 14 cease-fire. The alliance claims the self-appointed Islamic court leaders, who have their own militias, have links to al-Qaida, while the Islamic militants accuse the alliance of working for the CIA....
The Islamic fundamentalists portray themselves as an alternative force capable of bringing order to Somalia, which has been without a real government since largely clan-based warlords overthrew longtime dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.
A U.N.-backed government based in the central city of Baidoa, 155 miles northwest of Mogadishu, has been unable to assert authority. Islamic leaders reject the government because it is not based on Islam....
The Islamic militia's growth in popularity and strength is reminiscent to some of the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan in the late 1990s. The secular alliance says it has retrieved the bodies of Arab militiamen and others who resemble Pakistanis, Sudanese and Ethiopians, proving its rivals are bolstered by foreign fighters.
Al Qaeda Building Army in Preparation for Long War
In this fascinating article at the Jamestown Foundation, Michael Scheuer analyzes the strategic writings of al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia leader Abu Hajar Abd al-Aziz al-Muqrin. It seems that al-Muqrin has given a lot of thought to the "long war" against the United States--yes, al-Muqrin apparently is in agreement with the Bush Administration that this will be a long and protracted war.
The following is an analysis of the evolving tactics of al Qaeda and their "grand strategy" for winning the war against the U.S.
The model proposed by al-Muqrin is one of sporadic irregular warfare which gradually intesifies:
He wrote that the war would progress slowly through such phases as initial manpower mobilization, political work among the populace to establish trust and support, the accumulation of weaponry and other supplies, the establishment of bases around the country and especially in the mountains, the initiation of attacks on individuals and then a gradual intensification of the latter until a countrywide insurgency was underway.Winning these initial phases of the long war will not require any sort of military victory, but rather relies on the weak wills of Western powers to engage in a protracted conflict. It is not their victories that will win this war, but rather our unwillingness to fight them.
At this point, al-Muqrin argues, the U.S. and its allies will be unwilling to use large-scale attacks to root out the insurgency--we are just too afraid of the civilian casualties it might cause. Instead of pro-actively seeking out our enemies, we focus, instead, on force protection. That is, we are less worried about winning the war than we are about not losing any more casualties.
So far has al-Muqrin not precisely described the progression of our fight against Islamist terror? It seems that al Qaeda understands us far better than the New York Times, al-Qaeda's unwitting ally.
At this point, al-Muqrin wrote, the mujahideen could begin the final stage of preparation for victory, "which is building a military force across the country that becomes the nucleus of a military army."At some point, al Qaeda realizes, it is not enough to simply weaken the will of the enemy. Readers should remember that the goal of terrorists is not to "terrorize". Terrorism is a method, not a goal. Al Qaeda's goal is the same goal as the Council on American Islamic Relations or the Muslim American Society--the imposition of Sharia law and the eventual restoration of the global Caliphate. What seperates CAIR and MAS from al Qaeda is not the goal, but only the means to achieve it.
As the U.S. retreats, al Qaeda moves into the vacuum:
"the mujahideen will set up administrative centers and bases…They will build camps, hospitals, Sharia courts and radio transmission stations at these areas, which will serve as a staging area for their military and political operations."These areas become staging grounds for regular army units of the Mujahidin who then begin to take small cities. But, again, it is not the physical taking of these cities that will lead to al Qaeda's victory, but rather the psychological affect on the U.S.
"The reason the mujahideen should target the small cities is that when the enemies' soldiers see these [small] cities falling into the hands of the mujahideen it will destroy their morale and they will realize that they are no match for the mujahideen."And as Scheure's article suggests, this is exactly what the anti-Communist forces in Afghanistan did to oust the Soviet backed regime and on a smaller scale what they have been attempting to do in Afghanistan.
It would be useful for U.S. policymakers to understand the Grand Strategy of al Qaeda. These are not stupid people we are fighting. They are committed ideologues unconstrained by modern sensibilities about the limits of civilized warfare.
NYC Subway Bomb Plotter Convicted
Shahawar Matin Siraj has been convicted by a NY jury for a plot to blow up the Herald Square subway station. I'd recommend reading the NY Times story, but--and you might just be *shocked* by this--the Gray Lady writes the story in such a way as to suggest that the would-be-terrorist was really set up.
Instead, go read Chad's synopsis of it. In the place of equivocation between the story told by a convicted terrorist and the FBI, you'll get an unabashidly pro-American bias.
With the added bonus of a conversation about Mr. Siraj's small penis size. Let's see the NY Times beat that!
Root Cause of Terrorism: Small Penises
"Pimp Daddy", and Iraqi detainee at Guantanamo Bay, claims that the reason he joined the jihad was because he had a very very very very small penis. I. Kid. You. Not.
After swearing up and down that he's not gay (again, I kid you not), Ali claims because of his small penis size, he wasn't able to get married. Right, Ali, we believe you're not gay. Anyway, the small penis induced lack of poon apparently got to Ali's head, and so he up and joined the Taliban.
See Dubya, always fascinated with small wangs, thinks that maybe if we were to give one of those new bionic penises grown in rabbits that I wrote about earlier to Osama bin Laden, that this whole "war on terror" thing might be solved immediately.
I think it's going to take a lot more than a rabbit sized penis to end this thing. But until the horse-grown artificial penis becomes a reality, we'll have to stick to good ol' cruise missiles, bunker busters, and MOABs.
More evidence of the news following South Park:
Why We Went to War, and Why it Was the Right Thing to Do
Why did we go to war when everybody knows it was based on lies? Because it wasn't based on lies, and those making the claim are just nuckin futs! READ. THE. WHOLE. THING.
There is Hope for Rusty! Scientists Grow Penis in Laboratory
Finally a sign that biotech is meeting consumer demand. And by consumer I mean me. And by me I mean Mrs. Shackleford.
It's now possible to replace a defective, damaged, or diseased penis with a penis grown in a laboratory -- in rabbits....Via Traderrob, who has a great ending quip well worth the click over to his site.
In the rabbit study, Atala's team removed the penises from rabbits and entirely replaced the organs with penises grown from the animal's own cells.
Atala says the new penises have blood vessels and nerves that allow them to become fully functional. Indeed, the replacement penises worked like a charm. The rabbits were able to get erections, mate with females, and get females pregnant with normal, healthy pups.
UPDATE: Must. Stop. Laughing. From Graeme in the comments.
I'll think more of this project when they announce that the replacement penis needs to be grown on something a bit bigger than a rabbit......like a horse.It's funnier because Graeme is a girl. A dirty, dirty girl.
Update: Apparently Grame is a dude! My apologies to Grame. Maybe you can e-mail stuff like this to Oyster and let her post it in the future!
Iranian Student Protests Turn Violent
What is so ironic is that when the Iranian Mullah regime falls, it will because of university students like these---the same group that brought the Mullahcracy to power in the first place.
Stone-throwing Iranian students fought police and Islamic vigilantes on Wednesday in protest against restrictions imposed by the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, witnesses said.Gateway Pundit is following the story closely.
Students who covered their faces with scarves lit fires outside dormitories through Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, photographs showed. By dawn the streets were littered with hundreds of stones they had thrown.
Deputy Tehran Governor Abdollah Roshan told the ISNA students news agency 40 policemen and four students had been injured. He said the police had arrested six people.
Senior student leader Abdollah Momeni said up to 2,000 students had gathered for the protest over the expulsion of some students and the way authorities had been handling critics.
He added 20 had been seized by Islamic vigilantes who broke into the dormitories.
"The main reason for the objections in recent days goes back to the limitations imposed on universities and political students after the new government came to power," Momeni said.
UPDATE: More info here (thanks to Agent Meatball)
God, Country, Beastie Boys: My Loyalties in That Order
A twofer Beastie Boys lunch extravaganza!
Saddam's Nephew Arrested
(Beirut, Lebanon) Good news! Another member of the ousted Saddam Hussein regime is apprehended.
Police in Lebanon have arrested the son of Saddam Hussein's half-brother on an international arrest warrant issued by Interpol. According to sources close to the security forces, Bashar Sabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti, identified by the international policing organization as a "dangerous wanted terrorist," was nabbed at the Malibu Bay Hotel in the Jounieh neighborhood of Maameltein.Bashar Sabawi is the son of Saddam's half-brother, Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hasan al-Tikriti, who was a former presidential assistant and the six of diamonds (No. 36) on the deck of 55 most-wanted Saddam loyalists. It's evident that Basher was quite close to the seat of power in the government of Saddam and I'd speculate not much different in character from Uday and Qusay. Good riddance.
Tikriti had been planning to board a flight from the Lebanese capital to Brazil later in the day.
Police were tipped off when members of the hotel's staff suspected that Takriti's passport had been tampered with to alter his name.
The sources added that the wanted Iraqi had originally entered Lebanon through Syria after escaping Iraq. An international warrant for Tikriti's arrest on terrorism charges, including leading a group to fight US forces in Iraq, was later discovered once authorities realized who they had in custody.
On a different note, it would be nice to know what connection Basher Sabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti has with Brazil. Business or pleasure? Frankly, it wouldn't surprise me if there were an expatriate group of exiled Baathists in Brazil. After all, the country is comfortably socialist.
UPDATE: This is a follow up to our earlier report Saddam Nephew Arrested in Beirut.
Grabby Han Solo
Part of our ongoing effort to bring you all things porn and Star Wars. Han Solo grabs Leia, Leia likes it. Actual footage from Return of the Jedi.
Leia, you dirty dirty girl.
Hat tip to Ace. I'd call Ace a dirty dirty girl too, but that's just wrong. You know, bad gay and all that.
UPDATE: More evidence that Leia is a dirty, dirty girl.
Oh, but it get's worse. Much worse. That's your sister!
D.C. Snipers Were Jihadis
The D.C. snipers, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Malvo, are Islamic terrorists. While the MSM plays up the disgruntled father angle, they downplay the fact that both were Muslim converts and that they used the language of jihad to justify their actions. This is not to say that Muhammed was not motivated by the loss of custody of his children, only that there were other motivations as well.
it is clear that the D.C. snipers justified their actions as part of the greater jihad struggle. Below is a drawing made by Malvo while in jail.
UPDATE: Related and disgusting.
A Dan Rather Moment for ABC's Brian Ross?
Last night, Brian Ross led ABC's broadcast with "an ABC News exclusive" report claiming that Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was now a prime target of the Justice Department probe into the dealings of lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Citing unidentified sources within the investigation, Brian Ross breathlessly reported that Hastert "is in the mix". ABC news analyst and Clintonista George Stephanopoulos declared that the story, if true, would be "seismic".
But today, ABC reports that the Justice Department has flatly denied Ross' story, and Hastert has angrily called for a retraction. The situation is eerily similar to the early stages of the Dan Rather "fake-but-accurate" scandal involving forged Texas Air National Guard documents.
Some are speculating that ABC concocted the story in an effort to draw attention away from Democratic Representative William Jefferson, who was allegedly videotaped accepting a $100,000 bribe from an undercover FBI operative.
This is not the first time that ABC News has been accused of gross political bias. A 2004 memo by ABC News Political Director Mark Halperin exhorted reporters to slant stories to John Kerry's advantage.
Google News Bias and The Jawa Report
It used to be that when I searched "Jawa" on Google News, I'd get a mix of our own posts with financial reports coming out of Indonesia--except, of course, for those 6 months in which we were banished from Google News for "hate speech", that is. Now, it's pretty much about The Jawa Report.
Unlike most of the articles coming out about The Jawa Report recently, I actually engaged in an e-mail conversation with the author of the above story, Noel Shephard. You can check out his ongoing investigation into Google News here.
Does Google News systematically discriminate against right-leanig websites? My gut feeling says that does, but this is based on anecdotal evidence so I am willing to change that opinion if a more systematic study was done.
The explanation could be as mundane as Muslims being more prone to calling anything they deem offensive as 'hate speech' and Google being oversensitive.
Of course, the 'South Park Mohammed cartoon' theory might come into play here: Google is just afraid Muslims. But that wouldn't explain why The Jawa Report was dropped from Google News for a time since that happened before the Mohammed cartoon violence.
Then again, it may be that low-level Google employees are making these decisions with some amount of discretion. Whenever discretion is involved, our own biases come into play. What a person on the Left and a person on the Right deem offensive is completely subjective and is framed by our worldviews.
This last explanation is supported by the fact that Google News did eventually reinstate The Jawa Report as a provider. Someone up the chain-of-command eventually took a look at the 'hate speech' allegations and decided they were silly.
Then again, it could be that we just complained louder than whoever it was that was complaining about 'hate speech'. Corporate behavior can often be explained as simply taking the path of least resistance.
UPDATE: A reader who wishes to remain anonymous e-mails this:
Data point for Google News: A couple of months ago I realized the American Spectator Online wasn't on Google News and I wrote off to request they add it. I specifically identified it as having a conservative slant. They reviewed and added it in about a week. No I suppose the AmSpec has more name recognition than do most blogs, but there was one case where aScore one for Google News.
right-leaning news source was added without any trouble...
And I know the plural of "anecdote" is not really "data".
May 24, 2006
Woman Taken Hostage in Iraq by Ansar al-Sunna (repost)
The Army of Ansar al-Sunna has taken a female Iraqi translator hostage. In an announcement released on the internet, the group claimed that it had captured Mayada Salihi, a woman working as a translator for U.S. forces.
I Coulda Been A Contendah!
Catch it before it gets pulled. Jesse MacBeth, noted traitor, seditionist, and all around loser has a MySpace page.
Here's the only blog entry.
The comments are a laugh riot.
Background on MacBeth, if you haven't heard of him yet.
Secure the Blow!
My buddy Cookie tells this tale of when life on a submarine goes horribly wrong. Don't read it during the dinner hour.
Woman Taken Hostage in Iraq by Ansar al-Sunna
The Army of Ansar al-Sunna has taken a female Iraqi translator hostage. In an announcement released on the internet, the group claimed that it had captured Mayada Salihi, a woman working as a translator for U.S. forces.
In the statement, the group claimed that Salihi was an "apostate" and among their most wanted targets. The Islamist group also claims that they had shot and wounded Ms. Salahi last year, but that she had escaped.
The group also posted several images to confirm that Mayada Salihi had been captured. Among them are several identification badges, including one for the U.S. embassy in Iraq. Two others identify Salihi as an employee of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.
A series of other photos appear to show a woman posing with various Iraqi and U.S. forces, but her face is is blurred. The woman does appear to be Salahi.
The Army of Ansar al-Sunna is an active terrorist organization in Iraq. The group routinely murders hostages that it deems "apostates". Under Islamic law, the maximum penalty for apostasy is death. Thus, the Islamist groups justifies its murders as the carrying out of the death penalty under the guise of Islamic law.
The statement released by the group claims that two of its members were shopping in Baghdad when they spotted Salihi. They claim that Salihi was some sort of counter-intelligence officer that was hunting them down. Salihi initially fled the two "mujahidin" when they attacked her. They later found her in her car and kidnapped her, even though some Iraqi policemen saw what was happening and tried to stop them.
The group promised to upload a video to the internet in the near future. Unfortunately, this group has distributed dozens of videos of the murder and beheading of hostages in the past.
Mayada Salihi was featured in an article by Knight-Ridder in May of 2003. The author, S. Thorne Harper, describes Mayada Salihi as an outspoken advocate of women's rights in Iraq.:
She's definitely got the attitude – passionate and outspoken. In a country steeped in patriarchy, with little history of free speech, that's never been a problem for the 31-year-old, married mother of two.Salihi first decided to learn English after listening to English language pop-music, including Wham, Paul Anka, and Barbara Streissand. She wanted to know what the lyrics said in their original language.
"It is difficult here for some women," said Salihi, who prefers make-up, blouses and slacks to conservative Arab fashion. "For me, it's easy. I can say whatever I want."
Salihi worked at a private school teaching English before the war until a U.S. bombe killed one of her neighbors:
Later, still seething, she approached the first U.S. soldier she saw and asked him a tough question.This brave woman, who was willing to stand up to the U.S. when she thought they were in the wrong, had been targetted by the so-called 'resistance' in the past:
"I said to him: `I need to know when you are leaving our country,' " she said, sipping on a Pepsi.
The soldier had no answer. Calming her anger, Salihi realized she had to use her English skills to work with the Americans.
She works long hours as a U.S. military translator. Her husband works as a driver and guide for journalists.
Four days ago, she discovered four unexploded U.S. cluster bombs in her front yard. She said Iraqis who believe she is working with the U.S. government to arrest members of the former regime placed them there.Ah, yes, the brave mujahidin terrorizing women and children.
"I can't even let my children outside to play anymore," she said. "My house is like a prison."
More from Salihi:
She finds a paradox in postwar Iraq. Under Saddam Hussein, she said, there was no freedom of speech but there was adequate security. Under U.S. rule, Iraqis are free to express themselves but no one feels safe.This is the woman the Army of Ansar al-Sunna terrorists accuse of being a "captain" in the Iraqi security forces. This is the woman that they will murder in the name of "legitimate resistance".
Salihi warned that Iraqis are beginning to consider this paradox. Unless the U.S. turns things around quickly, she said they might start longing for the old ways.
"There is an old Arab saying, `If you want to know the value of something – like a leader, try the value of another one for a while," she said.
We pray that U.S. forces will swiftly find the terrorists who have captured Mayada Salihi and free her before it is too late.
Thanks to Baf Baf and Tribeca for legwork on this story.
Milestone: 5,000 Islamic Terror Attacks Since 9/11
The Religion of Peace reports that an important milestone has been reached in umma history: 5,000 terror attacks have now been carried out by jihadis since 9/11.
But I'm sure it's just a few misunderstanderers of the otherwise peaceful and tolerant religion.
Of course, The Religion of Peace keeps its tallies by monitoring English language news sources only. Therefore, the 5,000 figure is probably well below the actual number of terror attacks in the name of Allah and his ever-so-peaceful religion.
Hat tip to Clarity & Resolve who have more, but who incorrectly cite the 5,000 number as the number of deaths. No, it's 5,000 attacks.
This week alone there have been 267 people killed by Islamists who just don't get Muhammed's peaceful example. Last month 826 people were murdered in the name of Allah. That's over 1,000 people killed in the last 6 weeks alone.
Below: Relatives of a victim of the 5,000th terror attack by the Religion of Peace wait to see if their loved one will survive his confrontation with the inner struggle of jihad.
Jawa and Google News, Setting the Record Straight
UPDATE: Slashdot picked up the story so I bumped this to the top. The crux of this post is that The Jawa Report is currently a Google News source after initially being dropped for alleged hate speech.
The Jawa Report was mentioned today in a World Net Daily column about censorship at Google News. In it, the author correctly identifies the fact that I received a letter from Google News which said, "Upon recent review, we've found that your site contains hate speech, and we will no longer be including it in Google News."
The March 29th date he mentions, is also correct. But for clarities sake I just want readers to know that it was March 29th of 2005, not from this year.
Also, to be fair to Google, after an appeal from readers The Jawa Report was reinstated as a Google News source. We are currently a Google News source.
Go read the article at WND. There does seem to be a pattern at Google News of bias against right-of-center websites. But, at least in our case, there was a corrective mechanism. Somebody at Google--perhaps some one higher up the editorial chain of command-- did some further research after hearing complaints and decided that the initial 'hate-speech' accusations were unfounded.
Bin Laden, Elvis, Bigfoot Seen in Pakistan
Another day, another bin Laden sighting.
Question: If the Pakistanis know where bin Laden is, then why the hell haven't they nabbed him?
Answer: Because they don't know where bin Laden is you mindless twits! Bin Laden is a greater threat to the Musharraf regime than he is to the U.S. If they Pakis knew where he was, they'd ice him in a heartbeat.
And another thing, if ABC News is so convinced on the reliability of their Pakistani sources, then why are they running this story on one of their blogs and not on the front page?
My money is still on the Horn of Africa. Start with Mogadishu, and start working outward in concentric circles from there.
Saddam Nephew Arrested in Beirut
Bashar Sabawi al-Tikriti, the nephew of Saddam Hussein, has been arrested in Lebanon. Although Lebanese authorities have not commented on the exact nature of the charges against him, it is likely that Bashar Sabawi was arrested for helping to fund terrorism in Iraq.
In 2005 the U.S. State Department blocked the assets of Bashar Sabawi al-Tikriti and 5 other nephews of Saddam Hussein on suspicion of funding terrorism in Iraq.
The prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, announced on Wednesday that Bashar Sabawi Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti was arrested with the assistance of Lebanese police.This KUNA story claims that Interpol was involved in the arrest.
However, the announcement did not say when exactly al-Tikriti was arrested or what for.
"Bashar Sabawi al-Tikriti is an important element on the most-wanted list due to his ugly crimes against the Iraqi people after the fall of the former regime," the announcement said.
Bashar Sabawi's father, Sabaawi Ibrahim al-Hussein, was arrested last year on similar charges and testified in Saddam Hussein's trial earlier this week. Bashar's brother Ayman was arrested one year ago during an operation in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit.
Kosfest--"We Hate America!"
George Orwell, Notes on Nationalism (1945) : In foreign politics many intellectuals follow the principle that any faction backed by [the U.S.] must be in the wrong.
Kos, on news that two Americans had been murdered in Fallujah: Screw them!
Kos supporters on their upcoming annual hate America meeting: The 9/11 Conspiracy: A skeptics view
7 Iraqi Terror Suspects Nabbed in Britain
Police in Britain have arrested 7 men with connections to terrorist activities in Iraq. The stories coming out of Britain seem to suggest that the men arrested are probably terrorist supporters, rather than those actually involved in acts of violence.
Britain is home to dozens of websites run by Muslim immigrants that support terrorist activities in Iraq (example). Of course, they deny supporting terrorism, but only do so on definitional grounds: i.e., that Islamists in Iraq who routinely take hostages, bomb civilians, and behead people with ties to the elected government of Iraq are really "freedom fighters" and not terrorists at all.
I have personally tracked, literally, hundreds of jihadi supporters and located their countries of origin. The vast majority of Islamists living in Western countries, that I have located, come from Britain.
Police said they arrested seven people in Manchester, one in the area around Liverpool and one in London in early morning raids on 18 addresses. Around 500 officers took part in the operation, which also focused on the West Midlands and the northeastern city of Middlesbrough.Non-sequitor and squishy logic alert:
Two of the nine arrested were later released without charge in what police described as a fluid situation.
"This is a major anti-terrorist operation," chief constable Michael Todd of Greater Manchester police told reporters.
"Searching addresses under the terrorism act can often take two, three or more days ... it will take some time to resolve."
Sources told Reuters the operation was designed primarily to crack down on terrorist activities in Iraq, although police officers said they could not confirm this.
One local man, an ethnic Pakistani Muslim, ridiculed the idea that terrorists might be living in the area. "What terrorists?" he said. "This is just a drama they have done to annoy the Muslims. They can't be Muslims and be terrorists."Right, no such thing as a Muslim terrorist. Why the very thought is absurd!
The Guardian adds that the suspects were all from Libya:
All the people arrested are believed to be of Libyan nationality....Last week as I sat in an internet cafe in a London neighborhood dominated by signs in Arabic and notices that the food was halal, I noticed two North Africans watching a video. It was Ayaan Hirsi Ali giving an interview. I couldn't tell by the expressions on their faces whether they were supportive of the Dutch human rights activists stance against Islam as the root cause of the repression of women in Muslim countries or not.
Greater Manchester Police's anti-terrorism unit, which led this morning's raids, said the operation was targeted at individuals suspected of "facilitating terrorism abroad".
There was no suggestion that any were suspected of planning an attack in the UK.
Chief constable Michael Todd said the long-running investigation, led by his force and MI5, was into alleged terrorist activity overseas, including the funding of terrorism.
Mr Todd said there was no threat of an attack on this country. Instead, the operation is believed to be focused on terrorist activity in Iraq.
My gut feeling? Ms. Ali would do well to stay out of that particular neighborhood.
Prominent Muslim Speaks Against Extremism
Kyai Haji Abdurrahman Wahid, former president of Indonesia, denounces Islamic extremism. He warns of the objectives of the "extremists" and of the consequences to all people including Muslims and the West if their vision is allowed to be realized.
Washington Post : All of humanity, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, is threatened by the forces of Islamist extremism. It is these extremists, masquerading as traditional Muslims, who angrily call for the death of Abdul Rahman or the beheading of Danish cartoonists. Their objective is raw political power and the eventual radicalization of all 1.3 billion Muslims worldwide. Western involvement in this "struggle for the soul of Islam" is a matter of self-preservation for the West and is critical given the violent tactics and strength of radical elements in Muslim societies worldwide.I agree that the terrorists bring nothing but suffering to us all. Note the warning that he believes his interpretation is loosing favor and the extremist’s interpretation is still advancing. A trend that must be reversed, if not the whole world will suffer.
People of goodwill of every faith and nation must unite to ensure the triumph of religious freedom and of the "right" understanding of Islam, to avert global catastrophe and spare millions of others the fate of Sudan's great religious and political leader, Mahmoud Muhammad Taha, who was executed on a false charge of apostasy. The millions of victims of "jihadist" violence in Sudan -- whose numbers continue to rise every day -- would have been spared if Taha's vision of Islam had triumphed instead of that of the extremists…
…The greatest challenge facing the contemporary Muslim world is to bring our limited, human understanding of Islamic law into harmony with its divine spirit -- in order to reflect God's mercy and compassion, and to bring the blessings of peace, justice and tolerance to a suffering world.
ACLU May Gag Its Own Members
From the New York Times:
The American Civil Liberties Union is weighing new standards that would discourage its board members from publicly criticizing the organization's policies and internal administration.Former board members are said to be shocked by the proposals, which may be why they're former board members.
Why would an organization purportedly dedicated to protecting civil liberties seek to deny freedom of speech and expression to its own members? The money:
"Directors should remember that there is always a material prospect that public airing of the disagreement will affect the A.C.L.U. adversely in terms of public support and fund-raising," the proposals state.So the ACLU recognizes the need to present a unified face to the public in order to maintain their cash flow, and acknowledges that the restriction of some individual liberty is necessary to achieve that goal.
Why then does the ACLU not recognize the need for the US government to do similar things in order to preserve the lives of American citizens? Is it because the ACLU is more about maintaining the flow of dollars into its members' pockets than it is about any real concern for individual liberties?
For those who came in late, the US Constitution was doing a magnificent job of protecting individual liberty long before the lawyers of the ACLU came on the scene.
Via Stop the ACLU.
WTW Be a Grill Commander
Weber grills has been sponsoring a contest amongst the Marines for the best steak grilling Marine in the nation. The top 100 recipes will be in a new cook book on sale for 10 bucks each. The winners will be grilling this week in NYC. Hear that Filthy? Now get down there and get you a steak and few new recipes.
Command of The Gril dot com: In 2005, active duty and reserve Marines at 10 military installations around the country took up their tongs in the ultimate battle of the barbecue. They marinated, seared, and sauced in an all-out battle for top grilling honors. This book showcases the winning recipes from the competition, along with steak recipes from famous former Marines like Lee Trevino and Ed McMahon.I’ll be firing up my Weber for this Memorial Day weekend. I like my steak fairly rare but hot and smothered in real butter with a dash of salt. How about you?
All proceeds from the sale of the book go to charities that support wounded or killed U.S. Marines and their families.
Hat Tip : WTVW
Hey it’s all I had. A short in my steering column resulted in my car horn blowing. By the time I got it unhooked I had blown a fuse and my radio quit. I didn’t really feel like lying under the dash upside down last night so I had a very quiet drive in.
Americans, Nigerians, South Africans Arrested in Congo
(Kinshasa, Congo) In the run up to the July 30 national elections, the Democratic Republic of Congo has arrested 32 foreigners, including 10 Nigerians, three Americans and 12 South Africans, in a suspected coup plot. No names have been disclosed.
"About 30 people claiming to work for a security company have been arrested. They say they were working for the company but our information suggests they had other intentions," government spokesman Henri Mova Sakanyi told Reuters.Apparently, the foreigners are considered mercenaries "as they have all come back from Iraq." It doesn't make sense to me, but authorities appear to believe that anyone coming from Iraq is a mercenary. As a consequence, Sakanyi said they would be tried in court.
"They wanted to destabilise the institutions of the country, that means a coup attempt."
Sakanyi said the group had been arrested a few days ago but did not give any details other than that they worked for security firm.
From another source, ANDNetwork.com:
According to the South African diplomatic mission in the DRC, 19 of the 32 mercenary suspects arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo hold South African passports. Sixteen of the suspects work for the Omega Security Company, while three work for a mining company as interpreters.There is a discrepancy in reporting of the number of South Africans which remains to be resolved. One report says 12, another says 19.
The United Nations said it could not confirm Congo's allegations.The upcoming elections are hoped to be the end of internal strife which has endured since 1998 and resulted in the deaths of four million people in a humanitarian crisis. Oddly, the tragedy in the Congo happened concurrent with the presence of UN peacekeepers. A prudent observer could logically conclude that the UN hasn't been very effective.
"We are not concerned about this, it appears to be a case of political manipulation by Congo's government," said Jean-Tobias Okala, U.N. spokesman in Kinshasa. "We have almost 18,000 troops here to achieve our goal of peaceful and transparent elections."
May 23, 2006
Bentsen Obits Point Out Shallowness of MSM
The death of Lloyd Bentsen emphasized the lowbrow mentality of mainstream journalists, with virtually every media outlet referring to a contrived soundbite Bentsen delivered during the 1988 Vice Presidential debate:
In the Oct. 5, 1988, vice presidential debate, Quayle said: “I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency.”By all accounts, Bentsen was an honorable man, who completed over 50 bombing missions during WWII and served three decades in public life. Unfortunately, today's media have boiled his life down to a thirty second cheapshot that Bentsen was probably ashamed of as soon as it was uttered. A pathetic epitaph indeed.
Bentsen’s retort in the televised event caused a sensation. “Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy,” he said. “I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”
Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.
U.S. Abu Ghraib Abuser on Trial--Why George Orwell still matters
Jury selection has begun in the Court Martial of Sgt. Santos Cardona, the dog handler shown in the now infamous Abu Ghraib photos. Cardona is one of dozens of soldiers indicted for the Abu Ghraib scandal.
In a civilized democracy, this his how cases of abuse are handled. Contrast that to those we fight in Iraq--Islamofascists who take hostages, torture, and behead their victims.
There is no equivalence here except in the warped minds of America haters.
A soldier charged with abusing Abu Ghraib detainees with a military working dog went on trial Monday.I've often said that the Left's reaction to abuses by the U.S. military is like turning Jesus' words about a beam in our own eye and a mote in another's on its head: they criticize the minuteness of our wrongs while ignoring the much greater wrongs of our enemies.
The case of Sgt. Santos Cardona, 32, is important because his attorney, Harvey Volzer, hopes to prove Cardona was following orders from much further up the chain of command than has been shown so far....
The reaction from the Left over Abu Ghraib brings to mind the words of George Orwell from his classic essay Notes on Nationalism (1945) about pacifists of his time:
Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writings of younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States. Moreover they do not as a rule condemn violence as such, but only violence used in defence of western countries.The real crux of Orwell's essay being that it is not so much that the Left is anti-nationalism as it is that the Left is objectively nationalistic--but that the nations they so often cling to are those other than their own!
So, when defining Anglophobia, Orwell notes that:
During the war it was manifested in the defeatism of the intelligentsia, which persisted long after it had become clear that the Axis powers could not win. Many people were undisguisedly pleased when Singapore fell or when the British were driven out of Greece, and there was a remarkable unwillingness to believe in good news, e.g. el Alamein, or the number of German planes shot down in the Battle of Britain. English left-wing intellectuals did not, of course, actually want the Germans or Japanese to win the war, but many of them could not help getting a certain kick out of seeing their own country humiliated, and wanted to feel that the final victory would be due to Russia, or perhaps America, and not to Britain. In foreign politics many intellectuals follow the principle that any faction backed by Britain must be in the wrong.Oh how so little has changed!
President Vicente Fox Visits Utah
(Salt Lake City) Mexican President Vicente Fox arrived in Utah earlier today on the first day of a three-day, three-state tour of the United States. Fox was greeted by Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., first lady Mary Kaye Huntsman and local leaders. A dinner is planned for Fox at the governor's mansion this evening.
Fox's itinerary also includes visits to the states of Washington and California.
Tomorrow, Fox is scheduled to address the Utah Legislature prior to a noon departure. It is speculated that Fox will direct the lawmakers to implement measures which facilitate a timely Mexican takeover of the entire western United States.
Or, maybe he'll talk about something else.
The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Rusty In England Edition **Fatwas Issued**
Caption this photo of Islamofascists realizing that Rusty was there, and they failed to kill him.
Someday. Usually on Monday. But, Venom controls that.
i will cut ur neck fatwa:
Four Islamic Students react after an unsuccessful beheading attempt on Dr. Rusty Shackelford.
Muhammad: Let us not tell anyone of our ass beating by the great Satan Rusty Shackelford.
Abdullah: The roundhouse kicks to my groin prevented me from cutting his head off.
Nassar: Why did he keep yelling “bad gay soombithch” over and over as he was punching me?
Mibalz Izhary: Is he really coming back “fortnightly” to kick our ass? How often is that anyway?
devil will do meetballs from your bodies fatwa:
As Kofi Annan would soon learn, Rusty's repeated use of his "pull my finger for 72 virgins" joke had set back the 'Alliance of Civilisations' program by 50 years.
why you insult the holly quoran fatwa:
Rodney Dill, for:
Oh Crap, We coulda had V-8's
Jawa on the Radio--I am Carrot Top
I'll be on Hoist the Black Flag Radio today some time after 4:30 P.M. (EST) to discuss the left-leaning tendencies of academia.
Ace tells me I'm in the second slot. In David Letterman terms, that puts me right after the musical act and right before stupid animal tricks. The first slot--the one I call the Angelina Jolie slot--is being filled by Greyhawk. It will be worth tuning in just to see if Greyhawk reacts the same way to me as Angelina Jolie reacts to having to sit on the couch while Carrot Top yammers on about his latest cameo on a straight to video film.
While I can't promise you I'll say anything intelligent or funny, I can promise that I will be more intelligent and funny than Carrot Top.
Which isn't really saying much, but, hey, we all can't be as funny and sophisticated as Margaret Cho or Janeane Garofalo.
UPDATE: It wasn't my two minutes of fame, but at least I got to meet Greyhawk and Smash.
Iran Shuts Down Newspapers
Iran has closed down another newspaper after a cartoon depicting the Azeri as cockroaches caused rioting. The report says the rioting took place in the northwest part of Iran. There has been quite a bit of unrest there as the Iranian Kurds also have been resisting there with help from Iraqi Kurds. The conflict between the Iran and the Kurds even resulted in reports of cross border incursions and shelling into Iraq by Iranian government forces.
Seattle PI : TEHRAN, Iran -- The government closed one of the country's top three newspapers Tuesday, detaining its editor and cartoonist for publishing a caricature that caused members of Iran's Azeri minority to riot in protest.That’s and average of 20 newspapers closed per year since 2000. Iran, the international beacon of intellectual freedom and expression. Ha! More like an example of how to crush freedom with Islamic rule in ten years or less.
State television reported that the Press Supervisory Body had closed the state-owned newspaper Iran "due to its publication of divisive and provocative materials."
The closure was indefinite, the television reported. It was the first time a newspaper had been banned since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took office last year.
On Friday, the Farsi-language newspaper published a cartoon showing a cockroach speaking Azeri, the language of an ethnic group in northwestern Iran…
…Iran's conservative judiciary has closed more than 100 newspapers, mostly pro-reform, since 2000. Tuesday's closure, however, came from the Press Supervisory Body, not the judges.
Jordan Captures “Senior” al-Qaeda Leader
We have no word yet on who this subject is but they plan to put him on TV in Jordan this evening. That should be soon our time.
News 24 Amman: Jordan has arrested a senior member of the al-Qaeda in Iraq militant group, a senior official said on Monday.You know what I’m hoping, probably not Muscab though. Developing….
"The Jordanian intelligence services have arrested an important figure in the al-Qaeda in Iraq organisation led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his testimony will be broadcast by Jordanian television on Tuesday evening," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The official declined to elaborate on the identity of the detainee or the manner of his capture.
But another Jordanian official hailed the suspect's arrest as "one of the most important foreign operations ever carried out by the Jordanian intelligence services".
The Iraqi, Ziad Khalaf Raja al-Karbouly, was detained by Jordanian intelligence agents and special anti-terrorism forces, according to a government announcement on Jordanian TV.Not as good as Muscab, but we'll take what we can get.
It said he worked as a customs clearing agent on Iraq's border with Jordan, where he handled stolen goods under direct orders from Al Qaeda in Iraq leaders…
…It also broadcast his confession, in which he admitted to being a member of Al Qaeda in Iraq and gave details of some attempts to attack Jordanian citizens, including truck drivers on routes between Iraq and the kingdom.
Rusty is Back in Black
I'm back. Thought I would have more time to blog from London, but didn't. I even set up a whole new archive page dedicated to my London trip in anticipation of my reports from the ground. Nope, no time whatsoever.
Who would have thought that pubs and internet cafes closed about the same time?
Anyway, what did I miss?
Iran Jailing Political, Intellectual Dissenters
Iran is claiming security and foreigners are stirring dissent. True, but Iran is not quite the model of political freedom either. All who have power fear loosing it, even the Jedi. (obligatory Sith Quote of the day).
NPR’s Morning Edition: Some observers fear a new round of crackdowns on intellectuals is taking place in Iran. They point to a prominent Iranian scholar who has been held in a Tehran prison for more than three weeks. The government has not leveled specific charges against the man.There is more at the link to the audio above.
Howie's PC says, "You have 125 emails." This may take a bit. Meanwhile, you people behave. I don't have time for this BS, so my tolerance may be in short supply. No calls for Genocide, killing all of anything, nuking everybody, anybody preemtively and other stuff like that. Argue all you want though. Insults too.
P.S. Calls to fight terrorists and their idiology using all the legal and established methods of war are still OK.
Sigh, I bet I get more nutty comments rather than less. I may have to do that one thing I don't like to do. Give me a break, Police yourselves for once.
Israel Captures Hamas Military Leader
Using an army bulldozer to break down the walls of his hideout, the Israelis captured Ibrahim Hamed, the most-wanted Hamas terrorist leader on the West Bank.
After an eight-year manhunt, Israeli security forces early Tuesday seized the Ramallah-area commander of Hamas' military wing, Israel's most wanted man in the West Bank.Apparently, Hamed decided to surrender, alone and unarmed, when the walls started collapsing. An Israeli military spokesman stated that the capture will significantly impede Hamas' capabilities since Hamed will be hard to replace. He was known to be a creative bomber who allegedly masterminded attacks resulting in the deaths of scores of people.
Sheikh Ibrahim Hamed, 41, has been wanted since 1998 for terror attacks that claimed the lives of 78 of Israeli civilians and soldiers.
Hamed was arrested at a hideout in the al-Balua neighborhood of Ramallah, surrendering to a combined force of Israel Defense Forces Dukefat troops, the Shin Bet security service, and the police anti-terror unit.
From the BBC, check out this astonishing statement.
BBC correspondent Caroline Hawley in Jerusalem says it is not clear why the army moved against Hamad.Excuse me! I'd suggest that the BBC hire a new correspondent to report from Jerusalem.
May 22, 2006
Not In My Name
From this point forward, comments on my posts (read: Vinnie's posts) exhorting the faithful to kill everyone but themselves (do it! oh, please!) will be deleted.
You know who I'm referring to. Or maybe not, since your comment in response has been deleted.
I'm still reading the Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and frankly (Charles Martel!) speaking, you have a lot in common with 7th century Mohammedism.
Methinks we have some (as they say on 24) moles.
Iran Religious Dress Code Update
Amir Taheri has posted a response to Tehran’s Denial of a new law there alleged to implement dress codes by religious affiliation. I will quote him here as well as add links to the prior posts below.
Amir Taheri via benadorassociates.com: PRESS RELEASE: AMIR TAHERI ADDRESSES QUERIES ABOUT DRESS CODE STORYHat Tip: Allahpundit again, I guess a Blog God can be everywhere all the time.
by Amir Taheri
May 22, 2006
Regarding the dress code story it seems that my column was used as the basis for a number of reports that somehow jumped the gun. As far as my article is concerned I stand by it.
The law has been passed by the Islamic Majlis and will now be submitted to the Council of Guardians. A committee has been appointed to work out the modalities of implementation.
Many ideas are being discussed with regard to implementation,including special markers, known as zonnars, for followers of Judaism, Christianity and Zoroastrianism, the only faiths other than Islam that are recognized as such. The zonnar was in use throughout the Muslim world until the early 20th century and marked out the dhimmis, or protected religious minorities. ( In Iran it was formally abolished in 1908).
I have been informed of the ideas under discussion thanks to my sources in Tehran, including three members of the Majlis who had tried to block the bill since it was first drafted in 2004. I do not know which of these ideas or any will be eventually adopted. We will know once the committee appointed to discuss them presents its report, perhaps in September.
Interestingly, the Islamic Republic authorities refuse to issue an
official statement categorically rejecting the concept of dhimmitude and the need for marking out religious minorities.
I raised the issue not as a news story, because news of the new law was already several days old, but as an opinion column to alert the outside world to this most disturbing development.
Iranian author and journalist Amir Taheri is a member of Benador Associates.
Google Afraid of Whiners
Seems to me the common thread to all this is that some person(s) gets upset. Then, rather than use their speech, they pull the good old 3rd grade trick, “I’m going to tell!” So Google responds to those complaints because… well, that’s what corporations do. Rather than risk (the money) taking a stand you always attempt to make the whiner happy or at least make him think you did.
American Thinker: Something frighteningly ominous has been happening on the Internet lately: Google, without any prior explanation or notice, has been terminating its News relationship with conservative e-zines and web journals.The overriding interest of the company is to get the whiner to STFU. All other concerns are secondary. I’m not sure Google is leaning either way. The reason the right gets this treatment may be because some have a talent for/habit of running to mommy when they don’t get their way. There just are not many of those folks on the right.
Hat Tip: Allahpundit via Hot Air.
25 Million + Veteran's Data Stolen.
The Department of Veterans Affairs reported Monday that a laptop computer containing the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of over 26,000,000 veterans was stolen from the home of an employee who had taken the data home without authorization.I hate laptops. You call a box of chicklets a workstation? One company I’m familiar with can encrypt the whole PC for you. They are called Pointsec. I’m sure there are more.
In response, the VA is sending the following letter (PDF) to veterans whose names were on the list. It has also published a list of Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) about the data breach, as if they already know what questions will be frequently asked.
Ransom Paid for Iraq Hostages.
Why do the terrorists take hostages? Because sometimes it pays.
The Times: FRANCE, Italy and Germany sanctioned the payment of $45 million in deals to free nine hostages abducted in Iraq, according to documents seen by The Times.There is a lot more at the above link. I’m glad these people are free. My concern is we have funded the enemy and only encouraged more kidnappings. The UAE Diplomatic hostage comes to mind. There is still no word on his release. Maybe the terrorists think they can get more and are holding out for a better deal. Given this, it’s a reasonable assumption.
All three governments have publicly denied paying ransom money. But according to the documents, held by security officials in Baghdad who have played a crucial role in hostage negotiations, sums from $2.5 million to $10 million per person have been paid over the past 21 months. Among those said to have received cash ransoms was the gang responsible for seizing British hostages including Kenneth Bigley, the murdered Liverpool engineer.
Hat Tip : Guy who get’s pissed off too easy.
A note on email links. I appreciate the help. But if you send a link that does not make the blog it’s just a time thing. Don’t take it personally. I bet I’ve sent Rusty at least 100 that didn’t make it. Get over yourself.
CAIR Upset at LGF
This time they point the ROP finger at LGF for comments made by those upset over statements made by Islamic Jihad after the murder of Daniel Wultz. He was an American victim of a terrorist attack by Islamic Jihad in Israel. CAIR conveniently left out what upset the commenters…
Fontpagemag :Many of the blog comments offered prayers to the Wultz family. Others dealt with the terrorist groups’ reactions to Wultz’s injuries. In an interview with Aaron Klein from World Net Daily, Abu Ayman, a PIJ leader, said, “Our hero believed in Allah and died while fighting for Allah but your pig was killed in a restaurant in an area full of prostitution.” And Abu Nasser, a leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the other group responsible for the attack, stated, "This is a gift from Allah. We wish this young dog will go directly with no transit to hell.”More fine Representative of the ROP chime in here.
Worldnetdaily: JERUSALEM – Daniel Wultz, a Florida teenager lying in a coma after being critically injured last week in a suicide bombing at an Israeli restaurant, is the "best target combination we can dream of – American and Zionist," Abu Nasser, a leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, one of the groups responsible for the deadly blast, told WorldNetDaily.Killing Americans and Jew can be great! Just like frosted Flakes! The westerners are justifiably outraged. So are we intolerant for making war and killing those who murder us and call us pigs. Of course the Islamic terrorists always blame it on being “oppressed” or “mistreated” when in fact they are responsible for the state of their nations. But when did they ever work at making anything better? Never, they are lazy! They destroy and whine hoping someone will come in and fix their lands which they have ruined. Why? Because it’s easy, Taking responsibility for their actions and building a future for themselves is just too much work. So their brilliant minds all seem to land on, “Lets blow shit up”. The lazy cowards, how about you Mr. Abu Ayman, when will you martyr yourself? Or, being the coward that you are, will you leave that to some brainwashed teen?
Abu Ayman, a leader of the Islamic Jihad, which also took responsibility for the April 17 bombing in which Wultz was injured, threatened all Americans and Jews worldwide and expressed regret Wultz is still alive.
"If we know there are Americans in a place we plan to attack, we will not cancel the operation. On the contrary this would be a sign from Allah that this is a more blessed operation. Killing Americans and Jews in one operation – it can be great."
Cold Hard Cash
Or The Democratic “Culture of Corruption” Revealed. I’ve been waiting to say that.
Washinton Post : Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), the target of a 14-month public corruption probe, was videotaped accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from a Northern Virginia investor who was wearing an FBI wire, according to a search warrant affidavit released yesterday.Line him up with the rest of the crooks. Like I said before, Politician often equals crook.
A few days later, on Aug. 3, 2005, FBI agents raided Jefferson's home in Northeast Washington and found $90,000 of the cash in the freezer, in $10,000 increments wrapped in aluminum foil and stuffed inside frozen-food containers, the document said.
Hat Tip, Others: Just about everybody.
Taliban Suffering Heavy Losses.
You knew the Taliban would try to make some noise this spring. Despite the “massive” (cough) offensive” the only thing they have accomplished so far is getting killed.
Yahoo News: KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - U.S.-led coalition aircraft killed up to 80 suspected Taliban militants in a night airstrike in southernComplaints about civilian casualties were strong. However NPR reported that one man admitted that Taliban fighters were using his rooftop (they did not post a link because that was positive news I guess). My advice to any civilians is; when the Taliban show up, get the heck out or run them off. If you support them and feed them, then make your will and stand where you are. Remember a key part of the terrorist strategy is to claim mistreatment at every turn. This is to distract from their use of terror, beheadings, hiding behind civilians, posing as civilians, targeting civilians, you name the war crime they do it openly and somehow escape the fearsome MSM.
Afghanistan, the coalition said Monday. The local governor said 16 civilians also died.
A coalition statement said it had confirmed 20 Taliban killed in the attack on a suspected Taliban stronghold in the village of Azizi in Kandahar province late Sunday and early Monday, while there were "an unconfirmed 60 additional Taliban casualties."
Kandahar Gov. Asadullah Khalid said he believed 60 militants were killed, as well as the civilians.
Conventional Muslim Thought on Raping Prisoners
In a question and answer column in the Arab News, the subject of having sex with prisoners of war is discussed. One reader relates that elderly Muslim men have spoken enthusiastically of sex with prisoners of war. Here's an excerpt of the scholarly answer.
The reader raises the possibility of reciprocal treatment, and asks how would Muslims react to American soldiers practicing this ghastly crime in Iraq and Afghanistan. Well, American soldiers have been practicing terrible atrocities in both countries, as well as at Guantanamo and in many other countries, while the American president refused to endorse the creation of an international court to try those who are accused of committing war crimes. His reason is that under the treaty, American soldiers might have to face such trials.It appears that the conventional thinking among Muslims is that Americans are regularly having sex with prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan and committing "other atrocities," whatever that means. However, thanks to the mainstream media, I have repeatedly seen photos of the exceedingly dumb and irresponsible practices employed at Abu Ghraib, including the use of dogs, mock executions, and humiliation but I don't recall any evidence of sex with prisoners nor "other atrocities."
He wants those guilty of war atrocities to remain immune. The photos that were published about the treatment of Iraqi prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq show more than rape.
I also recall that the military has investigated the incidents and prosecuted offenders. To my knowledge, no one has been granted immunity. With regard to "other atrocities," I know of no instances of eyes being gouged out, hands being lopped off, nor beheadings.
Nonetheless, the generally-accepted beliefs of the followers of the religion of peace are considerably distorted from what the actual evidence has shown regarding Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. And, the MSM should get most of the credit for fostering the misconceptions. After all, the MSM have Muslims believing that a Koran can be flushed down the toilet. My experience has been that a large wad of toilet paper has trouble being flushed. Of course, I've never seen a magic toilet.
In a nutshell, not only have the MSM been able to get Muslims to believe in magic toilets, they have also enabled them to adopt the erroneous belief that the American military regularly rapes prisoners of war.
May 21, 2006
Jihad Means Never Having To Say You're Saudi
I read that last night, which is when I should've posted those links. But then I got my face buried in a bottle of Glenfiddich 18 year old single malt and Robert Spencer's A Politically Incorrect Guide To Islam (And The Crusades).
I offer no additional commentary, since B.C. at the Rott is asking all the right questions.
The lovely and gracious Wild Thing has nice big color glossies suitable for printing and dartboards. Or the shootin' range.
Update: Whoops, looks like I missed Howie's posting about this story. Sorry dude.
ROP Roundup, Howie’s Sheepish Edition.
Al-Qaeda Slave Trade
I hope this one is accurate, Actually I hope it’s not.
Sunday Times : A SENIOR member of an Islamic organisation linked to Al-Qaeda is funding his activities through the kidnapping of Christian children who are sold into slavery in Pakistan.Same here, It seems that Hamas and al-Zarqawi are working closer together. It seems logical, I hope it’s accurate. Maybe a conspiracy, so I’ll go with two sources.
The Sunday Times has established that Gul Khan, a wealthy militant who uses the base of Jamaat-ud Daawa (JUD) near Lahore, is behind a cruel trade in boys aged six to 12.
(IsraelNN.com) A terrorist gang which used the name Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for Saturday's assassination attempt against Palestinian Authority (PA) intelligence chief Tareq Abu Rajab, who was seriously injured in a bomb blast.Source Two
Middle East Times : PARIS -- A group calling itself Al Qaeda in Palestine said it carried out a bombing against the Palestinian intelligence chief and threatened more attacks in a statement posted on the Internet on Sunday.Either these men belong on the short bus or else something fishy is going on. Michelle Malkin thinks so, I’ll defer to her judgement since I don’t have any.
"We declare our full responsibility for this operation," the group said in the statement, whose authenticity could not be independently verified. "Your mujahideen brothers managed to place a bomb in the special lift used by the apostate Tareq Abu Rajab ... but were hasty in detonating the device which should have been triggered once the lift door was closed."
TBO : TAMPA - Two Saudi men were arrested Friday after they boarded a school bus and rode to Wharton High School in New Tampa.Whew I’m nervous, Ok what else …Speaking of Short Busses, not related to anything just very wierd (bad gay warning last link)
Students on the bus became alarmed, as did the bus driver, who called ahead. Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies met the bus at the school and detained the men. No one was injured and nothing out of line occurred on the bus, deputies said.
TAMPA - A judge revoked bail for two Saudi men arrested Friday for boarding a school bus and riding to Wharton High.
Hamas and Fatah don’t like each other very much.
Times Online: Tension between victorious Hamas and defeated Fatah have flared into violence in recent weeks, especially in the Islamist group’s Gaza stronghold. Hamas controls the Palestinian Parliament but Mr Abbas remains the figurehead President, with both sides vying for control of the security forcesThat one seemed pretty safe.
Iraqi Prime Minister Vows to use “Maximum Force” to end the violence. Hey are they like the A-Team?
Yahoo News: Al-Maliki decried what he called "sectarian cleansing."Well that’s the real trick, aint it kid? He is right though, failure to disarm the militias right at the start was an error. At least I think it may have been an error. I’ve not met these “Maximum Force” guys yet. Who are they?
"The militias, death squads and the killings are all abnormal phenomena," he said. "We should finish the issue of militias because we cannot imagine a stability and security in this country with the presence of militias that kill and kidnap."
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Plenty of technical difficulties. But the motor I bought a 5 hp Briggs IC off of a Murray fit easy and runs like a top. Hell yeah. I'm all dirty and stinky. I needed that.
Iraq: The 'What if' Game
I've been reading an alternate history trilogy by Harry Harrison that explores what might have happened during the American Civil War if Britain's Prince Albert had died a few months sooner than he did. Without Queen Victoria's consort to moderate, a minor incident precipitates Great Britain's entry into the war against the Union, which causes the South to unite with the North against the "common enemy"...and Harrison weaves an entertaining tale from this scenario.
What if we didn't invade Iraq in 2003?
Somewhere in Saudi Arabia
Teacher Mr. Muhammad al-Fascidullah says, “Class, Let’s go over some of our quiz questions for Friday’s test. Raise your hands and I’ll call out your name. Remember don’t speak out of turn or the principal’ will deal with you. Right Lefty?”
Lefty raises his left arm.
Mr. al-Fascidullah, “Yes you may speak.”
Lefty, "It’s hard to write with your left hand."
Teacher, "Yes Lefty. That is hard. Now every religion other than Islam is….?
Hands raise, “Yes Abdullah?”
Abdullah, “Every religion other than Islam is false and whoever dies outside of Islam enters hellfire!”
Mr. al-Fascidullah, “Very good Abdulla! Next question, True belief means?
Hyperactive Mahmood jumps in enthusiastically, "True belief means . . . that you hate the polytheists and infidels but do not treat them unjustly! Just punishment for infidels is Death!”
Mr. al-Fascidullah, “Mahmood! Just punishment for speaking out of turn is?
Mahmood, sheepishly, “My right arm.”
Mr. al-Fascidullah, “One more time young man! But since you are correct I’ll show mercy this time. You really are a good student, you just need more patience. Next questions, Jews are apes Christians are….?
Hands up, “Yes you Fes al-Amerinfidel, our exchange student from the Saudi Islamic School in America, What are they teaching you there?
Fes Recites faithfully, "As cited in Ibn Abbas: The apes are Jews, the people of the Sabbath; while the swine are the Christians, the infidels of the communion of Jesus."
"They are the Jews, whom God has cursed and with whom He is so angry that He will never again be satisfied [with them]."
"Some of the people of the Sabbath were punished by being turned into apes and swine. Some of them were made to worship the devil, and not God, through consecration, sacrifice, prayer, appeals for help, and other types of worship. Some of the Jews worship the devil. Likewise, some members of this nation worship the devil, and not God."
Mr. al-Fascidullah surprised, “Very good! Ok students, we are out of time, It’s time for another special film presentation in the Gym. Today’s movie is titled, Ten Reasons Allah Wants You to Martyr Yourself…
…Oh, And don’t forget Blood money for a free infidel is half of the blood money for a male Muslim, whether or not he is 'of the book' or not 'of the book. Blood money for a woman: Half of the blood money for a man, in accordance with his religion. The blood money for a Muslim woman is half of the blood money for a male Muslim, and the blood money for an infidel woman is half of the blood money for a male infidel.
It will be on the test! Dismissed.”
May 20, 2006
Liberal "Tolerance" Results in Cat Fight
Michelle is pretty miffed at Wonkette. Let the hair fly. Since I'm deaf from liberals whining about our comments, It feels good to stick a thumb in their eye. I dunno Michelle looks quick and wire like. Probably knows martial arts too, Oh wait I take that back ;)
Update cat vs Dog. Wonkette is all "males" now. I still think Michelle can take em.
Iranian Uniform Law Update
As promised more follow-up on yesterday's post about the Iranian religious clothing issue.
This is Amir Taheri of Canada’s National Post Article on the “Iranian Uniform Law” published yesterday. Despite the fact there is some confusion about exactly what the law’s results will be, it is none the less disturbing given even a best case scenario.(quoet move to extended entry)
Others following include Power Line, Little Green Footballs and Allah at Hot Air who points out that I missed this article, it was part of the original two published yesterday. Hey, I can't be everywhere. We're not all Blog Gods like he is.
Some "informed" bloggers think(cough) because some of the details were wrong, this excuses the fact the pending law is oppressive even without those provisions.
Via Canada.com : According to Ahmadinejad, the new Islamic uniforms will establish "visual equality" for Iranians as they prepare for the return of the Hidden Imam.
A committee that consists of members from the Ministry of Islamic Orientation, the Ministry of Commerce and the Cultural Subcommittee of the Islamic Majlis is scheduled to propose the new uniforms by next autumn. These would then have to be approved by the "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenei before being imposed by law.
Although the final shape of the uniforms is yet to be established, there is consensus on a number of points. The idea of adopting an Arab-style robe (known as dishdash) for men has been rejected along with a proposal that men wear a form of turban.
"Iranians have always worn trousers," says Mostafa Pourhardani, Minister of Islamic Orientation. "Even when the ancient Greeks wore woman-style dresses with skirts, the Persians had trousers. We are not going to force Iranian men to do away with trousers although they predate Islam."
What men will wear on top is not clear yet… .
…One aim of the new law is to impose a total ban on imports of clothes and dress designs from the West. The Majlis hopes that all jeans will disappear from the Iranian scene within five years. The boutiques selling haute couture Western gear for men and women will also be closed over the next few years. A total ban on designer items, marked by logos, will come into force by the end of the year.
"There is no sense in a Muslim man or woman wearing something that is, in fact, an advertisement for an infidel designer or clothing merchant," says Pourharandi.
Another aim of the new law is to abolish the chador, the overall piece of cloth that Iranian women have tucked themselves in for centuries. The reason is that the chador existed before the Khomeinist revolution and thus cannot be regarded as "properly Islamic." Women must wear clothes that would, in fact, transform them into advertising billboards for the regime's ideology.
Taliban Patches for Hindus Were for Saftey
Were, “for their own good,”, Said Yale Taliban, Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi.
Via Clint W. Taylor at Townhall :Harrassed by the religious Police? Do they have those in Iran too? I'd rather be harrassed by the Iranian's. They might hang me from a crain, but they would probably just jail me, beat me, fine me, and release me. The Taliban would probably just start sawing right away.
he told UPI's Arnaud De Borchgrave how wonderful it was that the Taliban assigned yellow identity badges to their religious minorities (in this case Hindus). It was, said Hashemi, for their own good:
Yale Taliban, Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi --On distinctive patches to be worn by non-Muslims: "Everything we decide is immediately castigated as worthy of history's bloodthirsty dictators. This decision was designed to protect Hindus who kept complaining to us that they were being harassed by the religious police for not going to the mosque at prayer time."
Overheard At The Watercooler
"I told my kid that if he ever said he was going to join the Army or the Marines or any of that shit that I'd kick his ass."
Nah, I didn't say anything. I decided it was better let the idiocy shine on its own.
New Government in Iraq
(Baghdad) After three years of turmoil following the ouster of Saddam Hussein, a new Iraqi government has been sworn in before a special session of parliament.
The session began more than two hours late because of last-minute haggling, finally opening with readings from the Quran.Two major cabinet posts remain to be filled, the interior minister and the defense minister.
The 37-member Cabinet is made up of members from all of Iraq's religious, sectarian and ethnic groups. It took months of negotiations to form after the Dec. 15 elections and is Iraq's first constitutional government since the U.S. invasion toppled Saddam.
"This is a historic day for Iraq and all its people," deputy parliament speaker Khalid al-Attiyah said in a nationally televised news conference before the session. "This government represents all Iraqis."
Maybe it's just my ignorance, but it seems that the formation of a new government in Iraq is a milestone event worth trumpeting. Text books tell us that the colonies took considerably longer than three years to cast off the shackles of tyranny and establish the United States so, not only is the creation of a constitutional democracy in Iraq a major event in world history, it was accomplished in record time when compared to America. However, despite my beliefs, a search through the mainstream media reveals the story getting ho-hum mention and usually it's sandwiched between graphically reported segments showing violence in the streets.
Nonetheless, I congratulate the citizens of the nation of Iraq.
May 19, 2006
The Shaheed That Wasn't
I've held off posting about this because this is the Jawa Report, one of the premier counter-terrorism blogs in the 'sphere, and by the time I have a chance to post about something counterterrorism, it's usually already been covered. Which should explain why I spend most of my posts here being the Imperial Court Jester.
Well, every dog has his day, I guess.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten Guantanamo prisoners lured U.S. guards into a cell with a staged suicide attempt, then attacked them with light fixtures, fan blades and other improvised weapons while guards fired rubber balls and used a grenade launcher to subdue them, U.S. officials said on Friday.The blog-grandfather (stein hoist for the Reuters link) speculates that it coincides with the reported release of 16 Saudi prisoners.
I think it has more to do with the simple fact that Gitmo is populated with people who want to kill Americans no matter what. Either that, or the inmates heard about the so-called UN Human Rights Commission demand that Gitmo be shut down, and tried to create an international outcry.
So sad that they were betrayed by of all sources, MargaReuterville.
Stein hoist to co-blogger Bluto for the MSNBC link. Dude, you should update and stuff.
Taliban Commander Mullah Dadullah Possibly Captured.
I hope so Daddyo. Also Bill Roggio cuts through the fog of war to reveal the massive offensive was a massive loss for the Taliban.
Bill Roggio: The news reports of a major Taliban offensive in southeastern Afghanistan are inaccurate, as Coalition offensives and Taliban attacks have been lumped together to give the impression of a coordinated Taliban assault in multiple provinces.Others : Secular Blasphemy.
Related: Mike Pechar.
♪ I Wish I Were A State Department Weiner
Then I could say inane things like this ♪:
"If you did have such an occurrence, whether it was in Iran or elsewhere, it would certainly be despicable," US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in Washington. "I think it has clear echoes of Germany under Hitler."
What makes me laugh is that our policy towards Iran has clear echoes of Britain under Chamberlain.
***BREAKING*** HOUSE REPUBLICANS VOTE TO FORCE LIBS TO WEAR IDENTITY PATCHES
Fascist neocon House Rethuglikkkans passed a bill today that would force all Commie symp, leftist, BDS suffering Koskid moonbats to identify themselves with a yellow stripe down the back.
The bill has yet to go to the Senate, where, if approved, would be sent up for blessings by our wise and all-knowing Emperor ChimpyMcBusHitler. Assuming he can tear himself away from talking to God and exterminating all of the brown people for a few minutes.
This story has yet to be confirmed.
UAE diplomat Naji al-Noaimi. Released
Yahoo News :His brother, Mohammed al-Nuaimi, said the family had been told by the government that he was free, but they did not know how his release came about.It could be insurgent leaders were uncomfortable with these illegal terror tactics. Still does not excuse taking him to start with. I like it when it ends this way ,especially after only three days. Reports are no demands (at least the public ones) were met.
"The officials just told us that he was released and he was on his way to the embassy," al-Nuaimi said from his home in Dibba, a town in the southern Emirates.
"We have no details on how he has been released."
Update 18:51 CDT : Still no confirmation he has arrived safely.
Update 05/20 : Still no confirmation. We pray we have it soon. It seems there has been a snag develop.
NDTV : The government declined to comment on the reported release, but the official news agency WAM reported that the UAE charge d'affairs in Baghdad, Ali Seif al-Kaabi, had returned home to brief the Foreign Ministry on the latest developments in the kidnapping.
In Baghdad, Lt Col Falah al-Mohamedawi of the Iraqi Interior Ministry said the government has imposed an official blackout on news of any prospective release of the UAE diplomat
Iran to Mark Non-Muslims Clothing.
So you thought my comparison of the Nazis led by Adolph Hitler and Iran’s ruling government led by President Ahmadinejad was a bit far fetched? Think Again!
Free Republic : Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.I know, Iran can save help out their budget by adopting the old Nazi patches. They are hip, already designed and cheap to make, Then force non-Muslims to buy them as a Dhimmi tax. This Islamic rule thingy is like Nazism for Dummies.
"This is reminiscent of the Holocaust," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. "Iran is moving closer and closer to the ideology of the Nazis."
Iranian expatriates living in Canada yesterday confirmed reports that the Iranian parliament, called the Islamic Majlis, passed a law this week setting a dress code for all Iranians, requiring them to wear almost identical "standard Islamic garments."
The law, which must still be approved by Iran's "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenehi before being put into effect, also establishes special insignia to be worn by non-Muslims.
Iran's roughly 25,000 Jews would have to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes, while Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would be forced to wear blue cloth.
"There's no reason to believe they won't pass this," said Rabbi Hier. "It will certainly pass unless there's some sort of international outcry over this."
Hat Tip: Son of the Godfather.
From the Jerusalem Post : The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations released a statement saying, "We have been seeking to clarify these reports but do not yet have confirmation. There are clear indications that various Iranian government agencies, including the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, are working on new uniforms to be introduced in the fall.
"While such legislation would be reminiscent of dark periods in the past, like the Nazi era when Jews and others had to wear identifying badges, it is also consistent with the racist and extremist ideology propagated by President Ahmadinejad.
We are monitoring the situation and seeking to ascertain the facts in order to determine the appropriate response."
Debka Via Allahpundit at Hot Air : However, the law has not been finally enacted, and speakers in the majlis debate proposed that non-Muslim minorities be made to wear distinctive clothes, yellow being the preferred color for Jews.So the law is only to further regulate the dress of Muslims with proposals to designate Jews and other minorities. That is rather oppressive in itself for Muslims subject to this “Islamic State Dress Code”. But I guess if Iran oppresses it’s own people that’s just OK. Imagine if our president asked for a strict conservative Christian national Dress code? Also it seems if Muslims are “in uniform” it gets pretty easy to tell who “the others” are. Including Muslims who resist this mandate. The fact that this proposal was even made speaks volumes.
The bill in question aims primarily at countering the revolt against black Muslim dress” as the hot summer approaches and Iranians – especially women - take to light clothing. At the end of the majlis debate, the final draft will be put to the vote; with or without the proposed discriminatory clauses remains to be seen.
Breaking : The latest report on this issue from The National Post here.
Mr. Javdanfar said that not all clauses of the law had been passed through the parliament and said the requirement that Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians wear special insignia might be part of an older version of the Islamic dress law, which was first written two years ago.
“In any case, there is no way that they could have forced Iranian Jews to wear this,” he added. “The Iranian people would never stand for it.”
However, Mr. Kermanian added that Jews in Iran still face widespread, systematic discrimination. “For example if they sell food they have to identify themselves and their shops as non-Muslim,” he said.
Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles, acknowledged that he did not have independent confirmation of the requirement for Jews to wear badges, but said he still believes it was passed.
“We know that the national uniform law was passed and that certain colours were selected for Jews and other minorities,” he said. “[But] if the Iranian government is going to pass such a law then they are not likely to be forthcoming about what they are doing.”
Open Thread Friday
Things could get quiet here today, so have yourselves a nice little flamewar in the comments.
Sure, you could debate something in a rational and civil manner, but what fun is that?
Update: Oh, and feel free to hand yourself a fatwa with open trackbacks on this post.
May 18, 2006
King of Saudi Arabia Says No to Chic Pics
al-Jazeera :Now the king has decided to step in to stop newspaper editors publishing (any and all) pictures of womenFortunately, this is not a problem Rusty will face this week.
Hat Tip :Die Welt.de
UAE Diplomatic Hostage in Video
al-Jazeera has aired a video of UAE diplomat Naji al-Noaimi. They threaten his life if their demands are not met. They demand that the UAE close it’s Iraqi embassy and also shut down that Dubai broadcast station al-Fayha be shut down.
Reuters :DUBAI, May 18 (Reuters) - An Iraqi group on Thursday issued a video of a United Arab Emirates diplomat kidnapped in Baghdad, and demanded that the Gulf state close its embassy in Iraq, Al Jazeera television reported.The group name seems to me a cover for an al-Qeada type terror cell. This has all the hallmarks of previous kidnappings only the name is new.
The channel aired the video from the group calling itself Islam's Banner which showed a man standing next to a wall. No audio could be heard on the brief footage.
The group issued a 24-hour ultimatum for its demands to be met.
Diplomat Naji al-Noaimi was snatched on Tuesday following a short drive from the embassy to visit a colleague. His driver was shot in the kidnapping and later died of his wounds.
"The group demanded in a message accompanying the video ... that the UAE embassy in Baghdad be closed and al-Fayha channel which broadcasts from Dubai be shut down," Al Jazeera said.
Related: UAE diplomat Kidnapped in Iraq.
Scores of Taliban Killed in Heavy Fighting
(Kandahar, Afghanistan) In unusually heavy fighting yesterday in southeastern Afghanistan, the Taliban suffered appropriately heavy losses.
Some of the fiercest violence since the Taliban's ouster in 2001 erupted across southern Afghanistan, with militants battling U.S. and Canadian forces, detonating car bombs and attacking a small village. Up to 105 people were killed, officials said Thursday.The attacks are considered to be the largest by the Taliban since 2001 and, based upon media reports, I'd say the aggressors took it in the shorts.
Much of the violence occurred in the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar, where thousands of extra NATO troops are scheduled to deploy this summer to counter an increasing number of attacks from a stubborn insurgency.
The Taliban death toll from fighting Wednesday night and Thursday ranged up to 87, U.S. and Afghan officials said. Also, 15 Afghan police officers, one American civilian, a Canadian soldier and an Afghan civilian were killed in the attacks.
Notably, the Afghan National Police (ANP) demonstrated its ability to make the Taliban flee during the attack on government headquarters in Musa Qala in Helmand province. According to British military spokesman, Capt. Drew Gibson, the British helped evacuate casualties and let the ANP forces do the fighting to prove their abilities. I'm happy to relate that their performance was assessed as admirable.
Censure Jack Murtha
The Left's favorite ex-Marine, Pennsylvania representative Jack Murtha, has decided that he is judge, jury, and executioner in the case of Marines accused of killing civilians in Iraq:
Rep. John Murtha, an influential Pennsylvania lawmaker and outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, said today Marines had “killed innocent civilians in cold blood” after allegedly responding to a roadside bomb ambush that killed a Marine during a patrol in Haditha, Iraq, Nov. 19.Ignoring centuries of American jurisprudence, Murtha has hopelessly prejudiced this case with his presumption of guilt. And Murtha has done this for one reason only, political gain. Murtha's reason for prejudging this case is his claim that the alleged crime was committed due to over-extension of the military.
“It’s much worse than was reported in Time magazine,” Murtha, a Democrat, former Marine colonel and Vietnam war veteran, told reporters on Capitol Hill.
“There was no firefight. There was no [bomb] that killed those innocent people,” Murtha explained, adding there were “about twice as many” Iraqis killed than Time had reported.
Regardless of the outcome of Courts Martial investigating these Marines, Jack Murtha has exposed himself as a festering puswart on the buttocks of the House of Representatives.
Jack Murtha has abused his position as a US Representative and deserves censure by the House, at the very least. Murtha's past military service does not in any way excuse this gross misconduct.
Via Stop the ACLU.
Yeah, Right. Pull the Other One.
The LA Times is really reaching today:
Cyndi Smallwood is looking for a few strong men for her landscaping company. Guys with no fear of a hot sun, who can shovel dirt all day long. She'll pay as much as $34 an hour.$34 an hour is nearly three times the starting base rate for a Transportation Security Administration airport sceener, yet somehow, the government managed to fill all of the screener positions - with US citizens - even in southern California. Somehow Cyndi can't find gardeners for three times the pay?
She can't find them.
Maybe potential employees don't know about her tiny Riverside firm. Maybe the problem is Southern California's solid economy and low unemployment rate. Or maybe manual labor is something that many Americans couldn't dream of doing.
It seems that writer David Streitfeld hasn't considered one explanation for this anomaly. It's called lying.
Fatwa Issued Against…
Defeatist John Murtha, Again
We have a thing called the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It was created so that issues such as these can be resolved and punishments handed out without hurting the general war effort by trying these things in the media. Murtha just helped the enemy by giving them a propaganda tool. If crimes are found when the investigation is complete, they will and should be punished. The results should be released in a controlled, sensitive manner. After the war the investigations should be open to the public and during they should be open to relevant congressional committees staffed by poeple who have some control over their mouths.
Now I Really Miss Rusty
I’m torn that two of my favorite bloggers are in a bit of a spat. On one side we have Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch. The other half is Dean Esmay of Deansworld. Dean is upset that Robert spends so much effort projecting a negative image of Islam. He thinks Robert is creating more problems than he solves. Robert is understandably standing his ground. The amazing part is neither seems read each other very much. Both are on the same side so to speak but have very different styles.
The subject of the discussion is more than relevant to The Jawa Report. We also engage in exposing the ideology of the terrorists. We also try and make as much fun of them as we can and have a good time doing it. Occasionally people get upset with us too. It’s a very difficult balance to take it to the ideology of terror and Islamic oppression and not upset at least some of the people Dean speaks of.
In Howie’s opinion there is plenty of room for both of them. I’ve linked Jihad Watch and Esmay both. I enjoy Robert’s direct attacks and informative posts. I also enjoy Dean’s blog. Dean points to their Carinval of the Liberated as one aspect of his blog he is quite proud of. I agree and I should link that more.
I worry that we, at times, go a bit overboard. I also worry that without criticizing Islam itself we lessen the motivation for the advancement/reform of Islam. Islam is all about struggle and it is struggling to fit in a new world. The west has a duty to also struggle in order to achieve an equitable balance. We must stand against that which is intolerable to our values.
I can identify a few issues that westerners should push for regardless. One would be Robert’s main theme. The west should point out the aspects of Islam used by terrorists to justify their murderous crimes. But also there are more common yet still very important problems in Islamic nations. Traditional issues of freedom of religion, equal treatment and protections of women, political freedom and freedom of speech are all issues the west must raise with Islam in general. Credit Pope Benedict. We must hold Islam accountable on these issues in the same way we attacked Communism. We did not just attack the problems with communism we attacked communism itself to affect change with much success.
We need both Dean Esmay and Robert Spencer to keep doing what they do. Each has a role to play. Robert should take Deans criticism at face value. Also Esmay needs to consider Robert's concerns. The debate is a good thing. We can all be more thoughtful. But remember, we are human, we are limited by the amount of time we can spend on an issue. Most of us have no editorial help. We do the best we can. The blogosphere as a whole is a dynamic self policing entity. It’s not the Davids, it’s the Army of them that makes it work.
So come on you guys, bury the hatchet. Hopefully after the dust clears both Robert and Dean will be better at what they do because of it. At least that’s how it is supposed to work.
I'm sure Rusty would have his own opinion and I for one would rather he got to do this one.
Mexico Threatens Suits Over Guard Patrols
I guess you would call this mucho el Chutzpa....
AP--Mexico said Tuesday that it would file lawsuits in U.S. courts if National Guard troops on the border become directly involved in detaining migrants.
Mexican border officials also said they worried that sending troops to heavily trafficked regions would push illegal migrants into more perilous areas of the U.S.-Mexican border to avoid detection.
UPDATE: Mexico, ACLU Preparing Lawsuit Against US Over Guard Deployment
A representative from Mexican President Vicente Fox claims that if the US National Guard troops detain illegal aliens crossing the US-Mexico border, the Fox government will file a lawsuit against the Bush Administration in US federal court.
There are some political observers who believe that the American Civil Liberties Union is preparing to assist the Mexican government in such a lawsuit. In fact, the ACLU sent a statement to the Mexican government regarding their stance on immigration enforcement.
American Suspects Arrested - Won't Do Jobs Mexicans Will
(Duncan, Oklahoma) Halliburton executives have been accused of trying to avoid controversy by holding their shareholders' meeting in the city of Duncan. Not so, responded the Houston-based company. Rather, Duncan was chosen since the company was founded there and management wanted to highlight operations that continue there. I confess to not caring one whit.
Sixteen people protesting Halliburton Co.'s environmental record and its role as a military contractor were arrested on trespassing charges today when they surged toward a building where company shareholders were meeting.As a result, we can now identify at least 16 people who are responsible for Mexicans sneaking across the border. These 16 protesters are likely Americans who won't do jobs that Mexicans will. How else could you explain them being available in the middle of the week and able to travel to Oklahoma, all for the sake of being a pain in the ass?
Another man was arrested on a charge of destroying public property for tearing up a plastic fence holding back protesters.
A masked man beat on a large empty jug and protesters chanted, "The whole world is watching," and "Shame on you," while police made the arrests. A designated area had been set up for the protest, and police had told protesters not to leave that area.
Those arrested were frisked, handcuffed and taken to the Stephens County Jail.
May 17, 2006
Mahmoud Wants An Answer
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's president mocked a package of incentives to suspend uranium enrichment, saying Wednesday they were like giving up gold for chocolate — defiance that appeared certain to complicate U.S. efforts to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
"Do you think you are dealing with a 4-year-old child to whom you can give some walnuts and chocolates and get gold from him?" President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked derisively.
Feel free to give your own answer to Mahmoud's question. Be sure it's derisive.
Who Writes These Headlines?
The Other Unasked Question About Illegal Immigration
Where the Hell did I put that English to Spanish dictionary anyway?
Will You Still Need Me
CNN:On Wednesday, (Paul) McCartney, who turns 64 next month, posted a message on his personal Web site saying that he was upset over suggestions that Mills McCartney had simply married him for his fortuneI'm not worried about the money thing, it's like a prophesy!
Paul is one of my faves. Sad.
When I get older losing my hair,
Many years from now.
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings bottle of wine.
If I'd been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door,
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four.
You'll be older too,
And if you say the word,
I could stay with you.
I could be handy, mending a fuse
When your lights have gone.
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride,
Doing the garden, digging the weeds,
Who could ask for more.
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four.
Every summer we can rent a cottage,
In the Isle of Wight, if it's not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera Chuck & Dave
Send me a postcard, drop me a line,
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away
Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four.(Lennon/McCartney)
Mr. Blagojevich Sign this Bill
From my Illinois Republican Newsletter
ILL Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson :Senate Republicans are urging the Governor to sign the “Let Them Rest in Peace Act” to allow an Effingham soldier to “Rest in Peace” during his funeral later this week.Contact Info for Gov Rod.
Warrant Officer Second Class Christopher Donaldson, 28, was among 10 people killed in Afghanistan when a helicopter went down during combat operations.
The “Let Them Rest in Peace Act”, which was unanimously approved by the Illinois House and Senate, would place restrictions on protests at military funeral services in Illinois, by prohibiting loud and inflammatory protests within 200 feet of all Illinois funeral services beginning 30 minutes before a funeral, during a funeral, and 30 minutes after the funeral. The measure, which currently awaits the Governor’s final approval, would safeguard the right of families like Warrant Officer Second Class Christopher Donaldson’s to bury their loved ones in peace.
The “Let Them Rest in Peace Act” was crafted in response to a series of disruptions at military funerals in Illinois and nationwide by members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., a fundamentalist church group at the burials of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The original House bill was held in the Senate Rules Committee by the Senate Democrat leadership until Senate Republican members drew attention to the issue and a compromise was reached.
Dear Governor...The governor has a lot of bragging about what he has signed on his site. Sign this one too while you are at it. Or our troops not worth the ink, too much trouble? What gives?
Send correspondence for Governor Blagojevich, to http://www.illinois.gov/gov/contactthegovernor.cfm or to the Office of the Governor, 207 State House, Springfield, IL 62706; (217) 782-0244 or (312) 814-2121 [TTY (888) 261-3336]. (NOTE: Should a response be required it will be mailed to you via the United States Postal Service, so it is important that you include your name and complete mailing address.)
Also, visit the Governor's web site for information about the Governor.
The Unasked Question About Immigration 'Reform'
If we build it, will they come?
Everyone assumes that the millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States will jump at the chance to accept whatever amnesty program is offered to them. No one is asking what happens if they choose to remain in the shadow economy. But why shouldn't they?
Why should an illegal alien who has for years successfully flaunted immigration, employment, and tax laws be eager to join the new Peculiar Institution of the "Guest Worker" program? Will they be enticed by the opportunity to pay a $2000 fine and back taxes? Maybe the chance of being registered and tracked by the US government will seem attractive to them after all those years off the grid. Certainly being ordered to learn a foreign language, English, must have illegals all excited and eager to begin night classes.
Why would people who have fled the corrupt Mexican system, where la mordida rules every encounter with government officials, suddenly decide that ICE is their friend and savior? Especially since virtually the entire US government has declared that they are beyond the reach of law enforcement?
And what will we do when they, in their millions, don't come?
Islamic Terrorist Attacks Turkish Court, Murders Judge
Although the BBC describes the man as a “gunman” the fact that he yelled, “Allahu Akbar!” as he opened fire leads me to believe that “Islamic Terrorist” is a better description. But even that description is getting a bit ordinary and meaningless.
BBC: One of the wounded judges had been criticized for ruling against teachers wearing Muslim headscarves, and had reportedly received death threats...I’m working on a new term so far I have, “Crazy fools who follow Islamic clerics that preach directly from the Koran that cold blooded Murder and terrorism is an activity that is sanctioned by Allah. Because if you can’t organize yourself in a way to fight fair and win, random murder of innocents is the next best thing.” I’ll see if I can shorten that up into a new shorter and PC term like gunman.
...The attacker was apparently carrying papers that identified him as a lawyer - although it is not known if these were genuine - and made it past security guards undetected.
He reportedly burst into a committee meeting of the Council of State, the top administrative court, at 1000 local time (0700 GMT) shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is great) as he fired his weapon.
Tansel Colasan, deputy head of the Council of State, said the attacker yelled "I am the soldier of God", and said he was carrying out the attack to protest against the court's decision on headscarves.
Inhaling The New Spirit Of The Blogosphere
Because public de-linkings are so...2005.
Howie, you're fired. And don't you worry, Rusty will get his when he gets back.
UAE Diplomat Kidnapped in Iraq
Another war crime in Iraq, an UAE diplomatic official has been kidnapped in Iraq. The kidnapping and murder of diplomatic officials in Iraq has been a hallmark of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and al-Qeada.
Reuters : A United Arab Emirates diplomat in Iraq is believed to have been kidnapped, the UAE's state news agency WAM said on Tuesday.It does seem to fit the pattern of al-Qaeda to kidnap and murder those attempting to help the people of Iraq even fellow Arabs. Many times these high value diplomats and other hostages are held while the terrorist release demands that the target nation withdraw all assistance from Iraq.
It said that contact was lost with one of the diplomats based in the UAE embassy in Baghdad. "We believe he has been kidnapped," WAM quoted a foreign ministry official as saying.
He said the UAE was actively involved in humanitarian efforts in Iraq and is closely working with the Iraqi government and regional states to protect Iraq's unity, WAM reported.
Iraqi police sources said on Tuesday evening gunmen broke into the house where the UAE diplomat, Naji al-Noaimi, was staying and abducted him. They gave no further details.
"We lost touch with him," Noaimi's brother Mohammed told Dubai-based Al Arabiya TV by telephone. "Everyone knows that the UAE embassy is doing a lot of good work in the humanitarian field," Mohammed said, his voice choking up in tears.
More than 200 foreigners and thousands of Iraqis have been kidnapped since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Last year, al Qaeda militants in Iraq killed the Egyptian mission chief in Baghdad, two Algerian envoys, and two Moroccan embassy staff. The group has sworn to kill other Arab diplomats if their countries recognize Iraq's government.
The trend I’ve noticed lately is that while the Sunni/baathist insurgernt groups are co-operating with al-Qeada, the al-Qaeda methods of car and suicide bombing are being replaced by the more direct targeted killings.
This man is a diplomat and kidnapping or harming his is against all the principals of war. He must be released immediately. One email calling my attention to this issue suspects that only Zarqawi’s al-Qeada in Iraq would stoop so low. He also feels it’s likely he will appear in a video or be killed. Knowing al-Qaeda’s record, I’m afraid I agree. Our thoughts go out to this mans family and the UAE. We pray he will be released quickly and safely.
The Jawa Report will update as more news becomes available or if any demands surface.
Related : Still no word on American hostage Jeffrey Ake who was kidnapped while working to supply fresh water to the people of Iraq.
WTW Big Kitty Kitty, Dead Kitty Kitty
I went most of my whole born put together without seeing a Bobcat or Lynx. Grandpa tells me he has only seen a few in his 84 years. They were already very rare where we live in by 30’s. But since the reintroduction of turkeys a decade ago their numbers have increased steadily. They support quite a few predators we’ve not seen much of. We have even some reports of the odd cougar the last few years. But the main beneficiary has been the smaller lynx, bobcats and coyotes.
The coyotes look fat and happy and even though the cats are very shy I’ve seen three in the last two years. Found my fourth this weekend just across the road from my house. He had been struck by a car. It’s a shame, not the way I wanted to find one. On the good side he was a big male not a nursing female. So hopefully old Tom Lynx has some offspring nearby and the next pic I get will be of them. My digicam was down(charge) when I first found him so I did not get the best possible pics. When I found him he was as big as my medium size dog. About 40 lbs, a strong fine well fed animal. Hate to see him hit that way. No I don’t think they are dangerous. Don’t mind a cat or two, keeps down the varmints. But the wildlife here in Bumfuct has been making a comeback. Bald Eagles, Blue Herrons, turkeys and some medium sized predators are more comon. And that’s nice to know. I’ll put the pics in the extended warning they are not very pretty. Maybe next time I hope.
I have a meeting, please stand by. Howie will be back shortly.
May 16, 2006
Tonight's Double Entendre Post
I personally have no problem with either of those bush-related links.
UPDATE: I apologize, my 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Queef, would have rapped my knuckles for not capitalizing "bush."
Caption Contest Fatwa Time!
Sorry for the delay, but, that's the way the pork rinds. Or something like that
"why you insult holly quoran, i will cut ur neck" fatwa:
Graeme: "Much to his wife's embarrasment, Russian professor and weblog superstar, Docktorevanova Russteaski Shackellefjodputinchev eagerly yelled at the animals: "C'MON BOY! SQUEAL LIKE A PIGGY!" That night at the hotel he was to discover that during a romantic encounter, whistling "Dueling Banjos" is not considered to be sexy."
"devil will do meetballs from your body" fatwa:
Sig94: "After his press conference, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad exchanges the traditional Iranian Hog Log with Helen Thomas in front of the 1,000 Martyrs Luxury Truck Stop and Sewage Treatment Plant."
"Sympathy for the
devil little Satan the chronically hacked fatwa:
Aaron: "Outside the love "Shack", the Ayatollah "Docked" in "Elle" "Fjord" de Porque.
Mahmoud was all "Tore" up about being left out of the fun and had to content himself with "Tea"-bagging with his backyard goat, "Russ"." With bonus image!
"You're damn welcome, Mr. Venom" fatwa:
"Thanks Vinnie, for making me stare at two humping pigs to come up with this half-ass quote."
Oh yeah, someone asked why last week's contest was never judged. Well, it was a Peep's Choice, and the peeps never chose. So...there.
I like doing these, but, judging them is a pain. But only because it's just damned hard with all the great entries. But, I shall soldier on regardless.
Illegals Take Over
This report is from last week and it doesn't come from the mainstream media. Imagine that.
Illegal immigrants have taken refuge in some Belgian churches and, according to the conservative Brussels Journal, these churches "are being turned into mosques before [the bishops'] very eyes."All right, class, it's pop quiz time. Can you think of any other situations where illegal immigrants have taken up residence and are changing the rules? I can.
A recent report in the journal indicates that the Belgian bishops have opened their churches and offered sanctuary to illegal immigrants in order to pressurize the Belgian authorities to allow them to stay in the country.
Most of these illegal immigrants are Muslim, and the Brussels Journal accused the bishops of being "ignorant" to the fact that these immigrants are desecrating the churches.
According to the Belgian publication, the squatters live in tents in the churches. Catholic relief organizations provided the tents and offered radios, television sets and computers. They hold Islamic prayer services in the church and display banners showing the name of Allah. They have also moved the altar and covered the face of a statue of Our Lady with a cloth.
The journal documented these facts with photos and claim that the arrangements have existed for a number of years already.
(H/T John Ray)
9/11 Pentagon Video
Hat Tip : Greg, who was not far behind me in finding the video. Thanks for helping.
Indonesia Anti Porn Law Dripping with Islamlofascism
The Islamic fascists are hijacking the intended purpose of the law, changing it into a thinly veiled version of Sharia law for women. Even this modest traditional garment would violate the law as “bare shoulders” are forbidden and can carry stiff fines and prison sentences. Even being a bit late getting home after sundown can be construed as prostitution.
NPR (more audio at link) :Indonesia's controversial new anti-pornography bill is drawing some criticism in the moderate Muslim nation. In its current form, the bill cracks down on adult books and films. But it also targets many forms of social behavior, such as kissing in public and how women dress.More here from The Standard:
Fauzia Damayanti stands to spend 10 years in prison unless she mends her wicked ways. Her possible crime? The Jakarta housewife wears miniskirts.Indonesia is a huge collection of cultures. Grandpa's stories of New Guinnea are fun. The WAC nurses gave one young lady a brand new brazier to wear in the humid 120 degree conditions. She loved wearing it around her waist to hold fruit and other items she would buy at the market.
Under a draft anti-pornography bill being considered by Indonesian lawmakers, women who wear clothes deemed to be revealing may be jailed or fined as much as $111,000. Couples who kiss in public may face a five-year sentence or a $55,000 fine.
Bloomberg :The issue has ignited unprecedented debate in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, over the role of Islam in public life. While 85 percent of the nation's 228 million people say they are Muslims, traditional dress codes among more than 400 ethnic groups range from bare breasts in West Papua to naked shoulders in Java. Indonesia's archipelago straddles the equator and mostly has a tropical climate.Well, there is always Tahiti/Moorea.
``Indonesia has no tradition of covering all of the body; it's a tradition of the Middle East,'' said Harkristuti Harkrisnowo, a law professor at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta and chairwoman of the university's Human Rights Study Center. ``We have hundreds and hundreds of customs, so why should we have a single type of clothing for every citizen?''
Conservatives are trying to introduce elements of Islamic law, or Shariah, through the bill, Harkrisnowo said. Several regencies, or local governments, have introduced similar bylaws.
The Charge Nurse: My Struggle, Part One
As many of you know, I recently underwent total knee replacement surgery for my right knee, destroyed while working for the Transportation Security Administration. For various reasons, not the least of which is the haste with which it was formed, the TSA has the highest injury rate of any federal organization, outside of the armed forces. This is one of the factors responsible for the extraordinarily high attrition rate among TSA employees. At my home airport, only 19 of the original 150 screeners hired remain on the job after less than four years. But that's another post. This post is about my historic struggle with the medical establishment following the completion of the surgical procedure.
The first indication that my treatment would result in a war of wills came at the pre-surgery consultation with my surgeon. Not only was I informed that the procedure would require a three day hospital stay, but it was to be performed at St. Joseph's, that most militant of hysterical anti-tobacco hospitals.
"You expect me to go three days without smoking?"
"I'll be honest. That's not going to happen."
"I understand, but you'll have to work it out with the nursing staff. I'm not a big anti-smoker, myself...sometimes, when I have a drink on the weekend...but if I sign a smoking order and you get an infection, it would leave me open to a malpractice suit."
"I'm shocked, shocked, that you would admit to a dalliance with the demon weed, but I won't report you to the tobacco enforcers at the AMA. And I've never sued anybody in my life."
So the battle was on. I had been in St. Joe's a few years earlier for an overnight stay to remove part of my cancerous thyroid. At that time, I managed to get outside to smoke only by threatening to check myself out AMA - Against Medical Advice. It was a titanic struggle. Foiled in their authoritarian machinations, the nurses were glad to see my back.
But this would be a longer, more complex campaign. I would be encumbered by an unholy trinity of diabolical medical devices, all designed to bar my ultimate escape: the on-demand morphine drip, the hideous powered knee exerciser - surely a device that would have warmed the cockles of a torturer's heart during the Dark Ages, had he had the electricity to power this engine of the Devil. And last, most intimate and insidious...the catheter.
To Be Continued, Next Time: The Plan Unfolds - Misdirection and Bluster
Surviving Beslan Terrorist Sentenced to Die
He won’t be surviving very long if a “moratorium" on executions is lifted. Nurpashi Kulayev was sentenced to die for his role in the siege of school which ended in the deaths of the rest of the terrorists and 300+ school children and teachers. At the very least he will rot for the rest of his life.
Euronews: The only man charged over the Beslan school siege two years ago has been found guilty and could face the death penalty. Reading out the sentence, the Russian judge said Nurpashi Kulayev had committed murder and attempted murder, taken part in a bandit group, taken hostages and illegally stored and transported weapons.Life the moratorium and place a moratorium on this man’s life ASAP. This is one of the most heinous examples of what Islamic terrorism really means.
An official moratorium on the death penalty is in place.
However Deputy Attorney General Nikolai Shepel said he had asked for the highest punishment, the death penalty, but that he would not comment further and would wait for the court to decide.
A total of 330 people were killed when a group of gunmen, including suspected Chechen separatists, took over a school in Beslan on the first day of term. The other hostage-takers were killed in a shoot-out with Russian security forces.
Lorie Byrd Leaves Polipundit.
So what gives? This doesn’t seem to fit the Spirit of the blogosphere, in fact it’s the exact opposite.
Polipundit via Lorie Byrd's blog Byrddroppings : "From now on, every blogger at PoliPundit.com will either agree with me completely on the immigration issue, or not blog at PoliPundit.com."
Bush Speech - Calling A Spade A Spork
One is that the border will not be secured. Instead, the U.S. will allocate resources for the National Guard to assist the Border Patrol to monitor and document trespassers better. With better surveillance using high-technology devices, more illegal aliens will be caught, and more will be sent back. Unfortunately, the plan doesn't stop people from sneaking into the U.S., it only catches more of them after they have entered. So, rather than fixing the leaky boat, we're just going to employ more bailers.
Secondly, it appears that President Bush has gone to school and learned a technique from the mainstream media. The MSM frequently alters the English language to promote their political agenda and have flooded the public with such terminology as "undocumented workers" versus "illegal aliens" and "militants" versus "terrorists." Now, President Bush proposes to pardon millions of illegal aliens and implement a citizenship program and somehow not call it "amnesty." Instead, it's "rational middle ground." Despite President Bush mouthing "rational middle ground," I suspect that millions of people south of the border heard "amnesty." They are likely packing now.
Yes, the stuck bops with President Bush and he has boldly called a spade a spork.
May 15, 2006
Los Actuadores (The Cheaters)
The President made it clear in his address tonight that he will not support the deportation of the millions of illegal aliens who are already in the country. Sure, the proposal to tighten up the border is welcome, if long overdue.
I disagree with Bush's characterization of these folks as "decent people". Besides the initial criminal act of sneaking into the country, they have been evading taxes since they got here, while consuming social services in numbers that have strained the resources of many states. Al Capone went to prison for income tax evasion. Was he a decent guy, too? Maybe the Capone comparison is a bit extreme; what about the guy who cuts ahead of you in line? Is he a decent guy...or an asshole?
So, they pay a fine, and their back taxes, and promise to learn English; then supposedly go to the back of the line for citizenship.
But what if they don't take the deal? We're talking, after all, about ignorant, unskilled people with faulty moral compasses who just may decide that it's better to stay in the shadows, especially since it's doubtful that many of them have the financial resources to come up with a few thousand dollars in back taxes.
What do we do if 8 or 10 million of los actuadores decide not to take the deal?
Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.
Vinnie's A Series Of Unfortunate Events
Is delaying the caption contest results.
I know, you all are just dying to know who had the best line about two pigs humping.
But, that's Real Life™ for ya.
Dr. Who's Live Nude Girls
Everywhere I go in London I see Dr. Who's time machine, the Tardis. Somebody should have warned me about going into the Tardis because I had no idea The Doctor was such a perv.
Pictures of nude women line the inside of all the phone booths here. Friendly too, since it seems each and every one of them is lonely and/or looking for a good time.
WARNING: Do not encourage your children to use the public phones in central London.
Iraqi Cleric Calls for Islamic World Domination
LGF has the full story. We must all be misunderstanding the words, “ Conquer the world”. Along with, “using biological, chemical, and bacterial weapons” and “…This Arab Islamic nation must obtain a nuclear bomb”. That all really means, “Peace brother, lets have a cold beer”
Little Green Footballs : Iraqi Ayatollah Ahmad Al-Baghdadi discusses the annihilation of America, Muslim conquest of the world, and his support for nuclear weapons for Islamic nations, on Al Jazeera television. (From MEMRI TV.)ROPMA.
But there are jurisprudents, both Sunnis and Twelver Shiites, who said the presence of the Infallible is not a prerequisite. If the objective and subjective circumstances materialize, and there are soldiers, weapons, and money - even if this means using biological, chemical, and bacterial weapons - we will conquer the world, so that “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah” will be triumphant over the domes of Moscow, Washington, and Paris….
…This Arab Islamic nation must obtain a nuclear bomb. Without a nuclear bomb, we will continue to be oppressed, and the American destruction... The American donkiness... The American donkey itself will always continue to attack us, because the Americans are very conceited.
Top Islamic Jihad Leader Dead
IDF troops and elite border policemen surrounded a home in the village of Kabatiya, near Jenin, on Sunday after receiving intelligence that top Islamic Jihad terrorist Elias Ashkar was holed up inside. After the troops encircled the home, they were fired upon. They returned fire, killing Ashkar and four others.
Hat Tip : Law Hawk.
Red Rover Red Rover Send Ayaan On Over
Allahpundit is reporting that Ayaan Hirsi Ali is moving here to the good 'ol U S of A.
Good for us, bad for The Netherlands.
Maybe we should start agitating to send Cindy Sheehan over there. Y'know, fair trade and all that.
Michael Hampton on Freedom, Privacy.
Mike Hampton has a good post today on Freedom, Privacy and Government. As some of you may recall I’m not too fond of the Patriot Act. Not because of it'is use against terror but because of how it will be twisted to other purposes. The natural progression off all governments is to gain more power. To slowly trim freedoms so that eventually none remains. I’m all for taking it to the terrorists as hard as you can. But I think there were already plenty of laws available to do so. By limiting our freedom we hand them a victory. My opinion is go after the terrorists, but congress has to pass laws to make them appear to be doing something. You might think that after 200 years the congress could take a day off as much of the work had been done. But the trend every year is more and more law. Freedom here was a function of our remote frontier location. There were laws just no Law. Each generation finds itself a bit less free and a bit less private. At what point does freedom become not freedom? Discuss.
Report Claims Iran Supplies Arms to Insurgency
The report accuses Iran of supplying shoulder fired missiles specifically to al-Qaeda. However Abu Musab al-Zaqawi’s recent video demonstrated primitive rockets. However there are guided shoulder fire missiles in use by the insurgency there. What groups exactly are using them is hard to tell. I’m a bit gun shy of these claims lately. These missiles could come from any of a number of nations in the region. Given that Iran has in interest chaos in Iraq. We are already in a “cold war” type situation with Iran. Just who they supplied them to and where they went from there is open for debate. However the fact remains that since these devices have been in use in Iraq the danger to US choppers have increased considerably.
Iran Focus :London, May 13 – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) had provided the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq heavy weapons including anti-aircraft missiles, it emerged on Friday.Another chopper downed.
The Iraqi daily az-Zaman which is published in London and Baghdad quoted credible Iraqi sources as revealing that the IRGC had given al-Qaeda in Iraq, Strela-type SAM-7 surface-to-air missiles, modern explosives, and a large number of personnel arms including Kalashnikovs and BKC machineguns.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq is believed to be led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who is on the United States’ wanted list.
The report said that representatives of al-Zarqawi’s group met in Beirut with members of the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah and through them established channels with Tehran.
Three close aides to al-Zarqawi travelled to Iran via a security checkpoint in the Iraqi border province of al-Amara from where they met with Iranian officials, the report added.
The United States and Iraqi officials have accused Iran’s radical Islamic government of sending agents and arms into Iraq to assist the insurgency.
CHRON : The U.S. command also said American soldiers and helicopters conducted four raids over the weekend in the Triangle of Death, killing 16 suspected al-Qaida insurgents, including one militant who allegedly had led the April 1 attack, during which two U.S. soldiers were killed when their AH-64 Apache helicopter was shot down in the Youssifiyah area.Jawa Report Shootdown Video here
After that attack, a new al-Qaida group claimed responsibility and posted a gruesome video on the Web showing men dragging the burning body of what appeared to be an American soldier across a field as they shouted "Allahu akbar!" or "God is great!"
al-Qaeda Video claim showing our beloved pilots body being abused. (Personal note why this man's name was read on the New Hour on PBS it touched me as I had reported on his death and abuse)
Why did Zarqawi chose to show the less technical Palestinian junk in this video?
The safest is that Iran and other nations have supplied some numbers of these missiles and each “insurgent group” through horse trading have acquired them in limited numbers. Iran is the primary suspect and it’s safe to assume that al-Qaeda has a few or releases shoot down incidents done by other groups and takes credit to create the perception they are more powerful than they are. I suspect Shia militia and Sunni groups also have these and also have an interest in being sure that al-Qaeda gets all the credit/blame. You can however be absolutely sure these things are deadly dangerous to our men and women in Iraq.
Note:The recent shoot down of a British Chopper took place in Basra, a Shia controlled area.
My opinion is that the hoax video was sent to the family as a terrorist act. However a comment on the Jawa Report brought up the possibility that one group is trying to make the others look bad. A possibility I discounted at first but carries a lot more weight with me now.
Truman's Law says
If you can't convince them, confuse themSince we cannot be convinced to give up the fight in Iraq....you get the idea.
Islamic Terrorists Murder Four Teachers.
So CNNjazeera calls them gunmen (I guess freedom fighter didn't quite fit). I call those who murder teachers for teaching terrorists. Tell me just what group murders teachers for teaching when they disagree with the teachings.
Reuters via CNN : BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Gunmen killed four teachers Monday near Balad Ruz, northeast of Baghdad, an Iraqi official said.How sweet the others were allowed to leave after they watched their four colleagues murdered. Now I see why CNN was so nice. Allowing the others to leave, so they can spread the word, makes up for the lives of the others.
The teachers were traveling to work in a minibus Monday morning when the gunmen stopped their vehicle, said an official with the Diyala Joint Coordination Center.
The gunmen forced seven teachers and the minibus driver from the vehicle and shot four of the teachers. The other instructors and the driver were allowed to leave, the official said.
Two Taliban Commanders Killed
(Kandahar, Afghanistan) Two Taliban commanders were among 11 enemy killed by Afghan police during fighting in the Panjwai District about 20 miles west of Kandahar. According to Mohammad Daoud Ahmadi, spokesman for the Kandahar provincial governor, the battle was a big victory even though five policemen were killed.
Ahmadi said among the 11 Taliban killed was a provincial-level commander, Mullah Abdul Baqi, and a district-level commander, Mullah Abdul Manan.The Taliban reportedly took eight bodies with them when they fled, leaving three stinking carcasses. The fighting, lasting for four hours, started after Afghan police received a tip that Taliban were in the area. A patrol was then sent to attack. Notably, only Afghan policemen were engaged in the operation. Although it was a minor skirmish, I think it indicates that Afghan forces are capable of imposing government control over the countryside.
Manan was responsible for a spate of attacks, including suicide bomb blasts, rocket attacks and the burning of several schools, Ahmadi said.
London: Signs of Civilizational Decline
By Dr. Rusty Shackleford from London
The neighborhood we are staying in shows the inevetable decline of Western civilization.
Half the signs are in Arabic. Most of the restaraunts and cafes promise 'halal'--which is the Muslim equivalent of kosher.
Pretty much every one I've met in the shops speak with an accent--and not a British one.
But the key sign that British civilization is in decline?
No Mountain Dew. Anywhere.
Is it any wonder the Empire collapsed?
Chelsea Blue & Budweiser
By Dr. Rusty Shackleford from London
Arrived at the hotel only be be swallowed by a sea of blue. Chelsea Blue.
Apparently there is some sort of sport they play here called football. Very similar to soccer, from what I gather.
Anyway this football team from Chelsea won some big match yesterday. The stadium must be near our hotel because this whole section of town is a sea of blue.
The tube was packed, all blue. The neighborhood was filled with swarms of kids--in blue. At least 10% of the cars going by had Chelsea flags.
This town certainly takes its sport seriously.
But why do all the Chelsea fans seem to be drinking Budweiser? Good lord, have these people no sense of decency!?!?
May 14, 2006
Oh, Man, Is The Ayatollah (who is an assahola) Gonna Be PISSED
When he sees this:
In one of the villages in the shadow of Merapi, holy men and hundreds of people lit incense and set rice, fruit and vegetables floating down a river in a ceremony they believed would appease the spirits and prevent an eruption.
"It's bound to help," Parsi, a villager who like many Indonesians using only one name, said after the ceremony. "Everyone around here believes in this. It is in our blood."
Although most Indonesians are Muslim, many also worship ancient spirits, especially in Central Java province.
"All the things we are doing here are to try to make us safe," said Assize Asyhori, an Islamic preacher who took part in the ceremony. "Only Allah knows if Merapi will explode."
Man, do these people sweat hypocrisy from their very pores or what.
Idol worship is a huge no-no in the holly quoran*, and here we have an imam making offerings to a volcano.
I'm thinking of those 2,000 year old Buddha statues that the Taliban blew up as I type this.
* the subject line of the death threat email we all received was "why you insult holly quoran?" for those scratching their heads.
I will forever refer to it as the "holly quoran."
An Open Letter To Certain Mothers On Mother's Day
Thank you for giving us Rusty.
Thank you for giving us Howie
Thank you for giving us Bluto
Thank you for giving us Mike Pechar, even tho it rhymes with...
Thank you for giving us Chris Short
Thank you for giving us Richard.
Thank you for giving us anyone I've missed, because it's time to move on to:
What on Earth compelled you to give birth to greg?
What on Earth compelled you to give birth to Unashamed Patriot?
What on Earth compelled you to give birth to Actus?
Didn't you check under the hair for the 666?
May 13, 2006
The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Mother's Day Fatwa This, Bitch, Edition
Caption this photo of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (sorry, Mahmoud is just a figurehead) being conceived:
Since you dirty rotten bastards didn't email me with your choices in last week's contest, I may petulantly refuse to judge this one on my own, therefore, it's possible that no fatwas may be issued.
But then, it is an election year, and I must pander to my base, even though I'm only running for Employee of the Day.
Alright, you twisted my arm. Fatwas issued Monday.
Entries containing the terms "Dock" "Shack" "Elle" "Russ" "Tea" "Fjord" "Tore" will be given special consideration.
WaPo Editorial in Favor of NSA Datamining
It's not often that I find myself in agreement with a Washington Post editorial:
On Thursday, USA Today reported that three U.S. telecommunications companies have been voluntarily providing the National Security Agency with anonymized domestic telephone records -- that is, records stripped of individually identifiable data, such as names and place of residence. If true, the architect of this program deserves our thanks and probably a medal. That architect was presumably Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and President Bush's nominee to become director of the Central Intelligence Agency.This "betrayal" by the WaPo will no doubt infuriate the Democratic lunatic fringe.
Another curious little facet of what CBS chooses to describe as a "scandal" is the lack of information in the mainstream media about the Qwest chief executive who chose to thumb his nose at the NSA's request for anonymous calling data, Joseph Nacchio. While accounts describe Nacchio as the "former" CEO of Qwest, they tend not to mention why he left. This is why:
Washington, D.C., March 15, 2005 - The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Joseph P. Nacchio, former co-chairman and chief executive officer of Qwest Communications International Inc., and eight other former Qwest officers and employees with fraud and other violations of the federal securities laws. In three separate but related civil actions, the Commission alleges that, between 1999 and 2002, the Qwest defendants engaged in a multi-faceted fraudulent scheme designed to mislead the investing public about the company's revenue and growth.Interesting, the only communications executive who obstructed the NSA effort is under criminal indictment.
I still think there's a good chance, as I wrote earlier, that the "leak" of the NSA program was deliberate, and designed to force Democrats into the open with their unpopular opposition to lawful surveillance programs.
Snail Mail A Terrorist.
Zacarias Moussaoui has been moved to the Federal Supermax Prison in Florence Co.
CNN : Moussaoui was removed from the Alexandria, Virginia, detention center on Friday night and flown to Colorado on a service nicknamed "Con Air."
A team of deputy U.S. marshals delivered him early Saturday to the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. The prison is sometimes called the "Alcatraz in the Rockies."
"It is a place of extraordinary security, 23 hours a day in cells, one hour of recreation," CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said at the time of Moussaoui's sentencing earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.
"It is as close to permanent solitary confinement as exists in our prison system," Toobin said.
So the rotting has begun. Let’s all send him a note so he really has to dig to find that letter from mommy. Remember be civil (no threats of any kind) and tell him how glad you are that he will never see the light of day. I got his new address here at the FBOP
FLORENCE ADMAX USP
PO BOX 8500
FLORENCE, CO 81226
May 12, 2006
"Red River Valley" In Farsi
Move along, no jihad here, nothing to see.
Just another isolated f***ing
Now That's What I Call Active Activism
Heh, time for some funny:
Police said a paraplegic activist for Southern California's disabled managed to leap from her wheelchair and run.
Of course, this is an AP story, which is why, even after she got up from a wheelchair and ran, they insist on calling her a "paraplegic."
Rusty Has Left the Building
I'm gone for the next week. I leave this website in your hands.
You've never heard of The Jawa Report? It's the blog that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.
Don't worry, she'll hold together.*
*Hear me baby? Hold together.
Muhammad Dances to REM
Dear Spammer : Thanks for moving over to my threads. Much easier to handle that way. Saved me some clicks.
Oh a DDOS, you guys are so cute.
also Aaron I think we deserve bold since we did get like death threats for our support.
Alien Civil Liberties Union Defies American People
Americans said this; the ACLU said this. Thank goodness for these guys. Really the idea that someone looks out for my civil Liberties is a good one. Except for the fact that, when you or I call them for help, we get diddly squat. When an alien terrorist needs defending they are first in line.
Yes I can only spare two charaters for your link Alien Civil Liberties Union. It's a habit of mine. If I dislike a link it gets a very small allotment of blips
Sensible Jurors 11 Idiots 1
WAPO : Only one juror stood between the death penalty and Zacarias Moussaoui and that juror frustrated his colleagues because he never explained his vote, according to the foreman of the jury that sentenced the al-Qaeda operative to life in prison last week.Also see Allahpundit at Hot Air.
The foreman, a Northern Virginia math teacher, said in an interview that the panel voted 11 to 1, 10 to 2 and 10 to 2 in favor of the death penalty on three terrorism charges for which Moussaoui was eligible for execution. A unanimous vote on any one of them would have resulted in a death sentence.
Life Ain’t Easy For Boys Named Sue
Al-Qaeda operative in Australia were able to live out their fantasy of being teenage chicks while texting. Reports that they purchased and wore ladies underwear to throw off the Aussies were unconfirmed.
Reuters : SYDNEY (Reuters) - Nine Muslim men arrested in Australia's biggest security swoop, and charged with planning a terrorist act, pretended to be women texting girlfriends to secretly communicate, a prosecutor told a court on Friday.So "Sue" I hope this experience helps you out when you get locked up with all those sweaty men and you have to play bitch to some big Aussie lifer. But look on the bright side, you already have your new names picked out.
"Hi babes, I'm missing you," one message read, while another said: "How you going love, did Sue want to meet me."
During a bail application for one of the men, Khaled Cheikho, 32, in the New South Wales Supreme Court, a prosecutor said the men used "covert phones" under false names and code to communicate, Australian Associated Press reported from the court.
One message between Cheikho and co-accused Mohammed Elomar referred to the purchase of some insulation tape allegedly used to make explosives, said prosecutor Wendy Abraham.
"Hello darling, could you let me know if you still have rolls of the silver tape," a message from Cheikho read.
KY Governor Ernie Fletcher Indicted.
Yesterday a KY grand jury returned a three count misdemeanor indictment of Ernie Fletcher. For those of you not familiar with the story the Courier Journal has a complete time line of the progression of the investigation of KY Governor Ernie Fletcher here.
The state of Kentucky has a law called the “merit system”. The law was a political device put in place to “protect the careers of long time state employees”. The idea is that candidates should be qualified for the job and when administrations change those employees are protected from political firing and replacement by newer less qualified political pals. Of course the Democrats controlled KY at the time and it was really a way to protect their appointments. See politics. However I agree one should not have to walk into the DMV and get an unqualified idiot when their main reason for getting the gob is his/her daddy is in good with whomever. Likewise one should not have to walk in and get poor service because the employee that had experience and knew their job is gone because of a change in administration. So I can see the advantage, the peoples business should not suffer due to politics. (almost choked on that one)
Now of course when the Republicans took the Senate and Governors office in KY the first thing they did was work out a plan to skirt the edges of the law. Too comply with the letter if not the spirit of the law. To bend it a bit. You might think that since same people who sent Fletcher to office also Elected Democrat Stumbo as attorney General old Fletch might step lightly. But too many political favors were owed and of course the Democratic Stumbo could not wait to unload on the Governor. So now KY finds itself in a bad way all over politics. Ironic isn’t it.
Ernie says he will fight the charges in court. In the KY legislature both houses combined there are 72 Democrats vs 64 Republicans I think the possibility of impeachment is very real. Time line below the break as well.
• November 2004 — Transportation Cabinet employee Doug Doerting alleges to Executive Branch Ethics Commission staff that some merit hiring is based on politics.
• May 10, 2005 — Attorney General Greg Stumbo opens criminal investigation based on information from Doerting.
• May 27 — Gov. Ernie Fletcher defends hiring practices.
• June 6 — Special grand jury is formed.
• June 14 — Grand jury indicts acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert and two others, Deputy Secretary Jim Adams and commissioner of administrative services Dan Druen, in the firing of deputy transportation inspector general Mike Duncan.
• July 6 — Grand jury indicts Fletcher chief of staff Dick Murgatroyd, Druen and transportation official Cory Meadows.
• July 11 — Fletcher says he will appoint a task force to improve the merit system. Grand jury indicts state Republican Chairman Darrell Brock Jr., Fletcher personnel adviser Basil Turbyfill and Deputy Personnel Secretary Bob Wilson.
• July 28 — In the first meeting of the task force, Fletcher admits making a mistake by asking field offices to help with civil service job applications.
• Aug. 6 — Fletcher tells a raucous Fancy Farm picnic crowd that Stumbo spends all his time "fishing in Frankfort." Stumbo, in a breakfast address to local Democrats, warns Fletcher that issuing pardons won't make his problems go away.
• Aug. 29 — Fletcher pardons the nine people indicted to date, plus anyone who might be indicted, but excludes himself from the pardon. Stumbo said the evidence of wrongdoing gathered in the investigation was "overwhelming" and that Fletcher had "slammed the door on the public's right to know what wrongs his administration has committed."
• Aug. 30 — Fletcher goes briefly before the grand jury, saying later he invoked his Fifth Amendment right and declined to testify.
• Sept. 14 — Fletcher fires nine administration officials, some who had been indicted and some who were not indicted, saying they used poor judgment or were overzealous in promoting administration goals. He also asked for the resignation of Brock. One of those fired was Sam Beverage, a transportation highway engineer who was indicted yesterday along with Fletcher.
• Sept. 17 — State Republican Executive Committee declines Fletcher's request to ask for the resignation of Brock.
• Sept. 20 — Grand jury indicts Nighbert for alleged retaliation against Missy McCray, a transportation employee and whistleblower in the investigation, alleging he vetoed a proposed bonus for her.
• Sept. 30 — Grand jury indicts former Fletcher senior adviser and chief of staff Daniel Groves and Vincent Fields, former head of Fletcher's network of constituent offices.
• Oct. 20 — Grand jury indicts Dave Disponett, the state Republican Party treasurer and volunteer in Fletcher's office, and J. Marshall Hughes, the party's 2nd Congressional District chairman.
• Oct. 27 — Grand jurors ask a judge whether the state would represent them if they are later sued, and are assured that even with Fletcher's blanket pardon they can't be sued for returning an indictment.
• Nov. 16 — Final report of Fletcher's task force studying merit law recommends violations of the law remain misdemeanors.
• Nov. 17 — Post-pardon indictments of Groves, Fields, Disponett and Hughes are dismissed, but indictment of Nighbert is allowed to stand.
• Dec. 16 — Three-judge Court of Appeals panel rules unanimously that, despite Fletcher's blanket pardon, grand jury can continue to return indictments and issue a final report. Fletcher appeals ruling to Kentucky Supreme Court.
• Dec. 21 — At a meeting to discuss state funding for prosecutors, state budget director Brad Cowgill asks prosecutors to urge Stumbo to stop the hiring investigation, according to four commonwealth's attorneys at the meeting. Two other commonwealth's attorneys at the meeting said Cowgill had not made that request, and Cowgill said he did not make it.
• Feb. 24, 2006 — Fletcher appoints two lawyers who previously contributed to his political campaigns as special Supreme Court justices to hear his appeal of the Court of Appeals ruling allowing the grand jury to issue more indictments, after two justices disqualified themselves because of ties to the governor's office. One of the two appointees later resigns, saying his past contributions to Fletcher campaigns could give the perception of partiality.
• March 21 — Kentucky Supreme Court hears arguments on whether grand jury can continue to issue indictments given Fletcher's pardon.
• April 18 — Stumbo says grand jury — facing a May 19 expiration of its term — will wrap up its work without asking for more time. "It's time to move on and do whatever's going to be done," he said.
• May 8 — Deputy Attorney General Pierce Whites says grand jury may need more time because Fletcher's lawyers have delayed providing needed records. Fletcher's lawyers deny the charge.
Yesterday — Grand jury indicts Fletcher on charges of criminal conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination.
(Mogadishu, Somalia) After 15 years without a national government, Somalia is a battlefield. Tribal militias and Islamic fundamentalists, allegedly tied to al-Qaeda, are struggling for control and many people are dying.
Islamic militiamen and secular fighters battled Wednesday for control of Somalia's capital despite promises of a cease-fire, as the death toll rose to at least 90, with nearly 200 others wounded.Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed of the Islamic Court Union called for a ceasefire, but the tribal militias suspect that it's only because they ran out of ammunition. Both sides have been jockeying for position in anticipation of a major battle for control of Mogadishu. And, sadly, caught in the crossfire and dying are the civilians.
The sounds of heavy weapons echoed through the city, but the fighting was not as intense as it had been in the previous three days. The battle between the Islamic Court Union and the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counterterrorism has centered on the northern neighborhood of Sii-Sii, with neither side gaining an advantage.
It's worth noting that every time I read of Somalia, I recall Blackhawk Down. I think of how the media plastered breaking news images of starving Somalians in front of the public, day after day, until the politicians were forced to send help. Food was sent and U.S. military units were there to distribute the food in the lawless country. Fighting started and the American forces soon were overwhelmed. Reinforcements were requested, but too little came, too late.
Some of the finest American fighting men ever to have lived died in Mogadishu. Needlessly, I think. And it all began with media reports of starving Somalians.
Al-Qeada threatens Denmark, Norway, France
News.com AU : Muslims avenge your Prophet .... We deeply desire that the small state of Denmark, Norway and France ... are struck hard and destroyed," said Libyan Mohammed Hassan, who escaped from US custody at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan last July.This is the video I was looking for. The number of places I can visit are somewhat limited. If anyone can find it or a full transcript email Howie. But from Chad Evans' post we get the general idea. Same old “river of blood” crap al-Qaeda spews incessantly.
"Destroy their buildings, make their ground shake and transform them into a sea of blood," said Hassan, dressed in military fatigues and a black turban, and holding an assault rifle.
MEMRI has the video. Hat Tip: Morning coffee who has the link here.
Just what does the crime of trying to leave North Korea get you? Well they are going to make and example of you by making sure your execution is well attended and hope the audience get’s the Idea. Warning Graphic Images.
AFA's Conquest Against Ford Will Hurt America
Lately the American Family Association (AFA) has been putting a full court press against Ford Motor Company to cease and desist their support of homosexual marriages. While, ideologically, I agree with AFA that gay marriage is an immoral and unacceptable practice that should never be legal, I find their campaign a tad bit bothersome from an economic perspective.
I will be upfront and honest, I drive a 2001 Ford F-150; I actually like the truck and go to Ford for service on it. However, I don't like GM products. Right now I think it's overpriced, under-quality products coupled with their poor customer relations (with me specifically) makes GM a poor choice for vehicle purchases. So if you rule out Ford and GM that leaves you with Chrysler. Name one quality car (not truck or minivan) Chrysler has made five years in a row. If you can't, you're not the only one. So when you rule out Ford because of their political motives, GM because of their bad service and products, and Chrysler due to their horrendously bad track record that leaves you with nothing but foreign cars to pick from.
Some people think that's okay because Toyota's most popular car in America, the Toyota Camry, is predominately made in America. Honda has a presence here in the states and even BMW has a plant in Greenville, South Carolina. But, most of the foreign automakers are assembling one or two vehicles here in the United States, not all their vehicles sold here in the US. Walk around a Toyota lot and look at the stickers that tell you what percentage of the car was made in what country. Couple that with the small size of most Japanese cars and you're leaving guys like me with few options.
The one option you're leaving me with is the option I took last summer, Nissan. I bought my wife a surprisingly roomy Nissan Altima and guess where that car was made, 100% overseas. So the real question here is should you side with American workers or American values. In this case it's hard to have your cake and eat it too.
May 11, 2006
The Da'wa Report
Both bolded statements suggest that the letter was indeed the call to Islam that must precede any attack, in accord with Muhammad's words (in Sahih Muslim 4294) about inviting the unbelievers to accept Islam or dhimmitude and fighting him only if he refuses both. We shall see.
The blog grandfather says:
Only a few blogs (and almost no mainstream media) have realized the truth about Iranian madman Ahmadinejad’s letter to President Bush. It was not an offer to negotiate, and it was not simply a lunatic’s rant. It was a calculated invitation to convert to Islam, a da’wa—an Islamic requirement (commanded by Mohammed) before waging war against unbelievers.
But whether or not Ahmadinejad (and the mullahs) are pragmatists playing chess, or else crazed religious fanatics poised to unleash some sort of devestating [sic] weapon on the world, what is unquestionable is that Ahmadinejad has positioned his pieces so as to appear ready to go to war.
So what to make of this?
I have questions, many questions.
I'm just too tired to answer them myself.
All I can think to do right now is to alert as many people as I can to the possibility that we are on the brink of a full-scale, all out war with Iran. In contrast with the small-scale, low-intensity war we've been in with Iran since 1979.
Help Troops Keep It Cool
Found this on Conservative Thinking this morning. Adopt a soldier, help out buying cool scarves for our boys and girls sweating it out in Iraq.
Soldiers Angels We have heard from many deployed troops this week, everyone has the same thing to say,Drop a picture of Mr. Lincoln and that covers two of our fine soldiers.
IT IS HOT!! It is hard to think...
I would like to get cool scarf to every hero on our list, THE TEMPERATURES IN IRAQ ARE WELL OVER 100 DEGREES, and will stay that way till September….
…We have over 12,000 heroes on this fourth deployment.
The scarves cost 1.20 and the shipping is 1.12, about 2.50 ea.
So in order to do this we need 25,000 dollars, not a small feat but these scarves help to keep their brains cool and offers comfort to our heroes.
Personal note and update below the break.
Bloggin by Howie will be light for a couple days. Got a few things to put behind me to earn blog time.
I just got finished talking with my co-worker from Malaysia. His son just returned from Afghanistan. His son got adopted by some realtor lady in the Windy City while he was serving that last tour. I mentioned the website to his dad and he said she was great. He received all kinds of cool stuff. So much stuff his mom got a little jealous of some “other woman” taking care of him so well. But they say it was a great thing and they really appreciated the extra care.
Carry-on Bag Update: Pork Leather?
Packing update: In response to the many suggestions made by readers here about what I ought to take with me in my carry-on bag, just in case the fit hits the shan, the following thought occured to me:
Do they make a pig-skin leather? Because if they did, that would solve a lot of problems.
Pork dual action strangling /mujahidin repellent belt: check
Patent pig-skin leather 10 eyed steel-toed Dr. Martin's boots / hijacker club: check
Ham wristwatch band, with boomerang action and concealed strangling wires: check
What else am I still missing?
Update by Vinnie
Off to Worship Allah at Finsbury Park Mosque
Me: I'm out of here for a week or so. I'll try to check my e-mail from the road.
You: Good luck, have fun.
Me: Hopefully, if all goes as planned, I'll be worshipping Allah at the Finsbury Park Mosque some time next week.
Me: Wait, did I just say worshipping Allah?
Me: Isn't worshipping Allah that sport where the chicks wail on each other?
You: Foxy boxing?
Me: Foxy boxing. Yeah. What I meant was foxy boxing!
Me: Hopefully, if all goes as planned, I'll be watching foxy boxing at the Finsbury Park Mosque some time next week.
I'll try to post images from the Finsbury Park foxy boxing match next week.
Christian Tracts Found in Dubai
Personally, I'm not a fan of Chick tracts. They are usually offensive, always simplistic, and often highly innacurate.
Far worse than Chick's idiotic tracts, though, are laws prohibiting their distribution. There is not a single Islamic country on the planet which allows open proselyzing of Muslims. Not. A. Single. One.
So, is it a good thing that some of these Christian tracts were found on windshields in Dubai? Absolutely. Free speech means nothing if idiots aren't allowed to distribute their garbage. And no man is truly free unless he can openly convert from one faith to antoher.
Britain Can't Extradite Hijackers
If these men arrived in a stolen plane there should be some criminal law in Britain they could use? Certainly the plane was still hijacked when it arrived in Britain therefore they should be charged. But today they are walking around free.
BBC: The government has said it will appeal against a decision to allow nine Afghan hijackers to stay in Britain because it was unsafe for them to return home.We feel for you Mr. Blair. This is the second story in two days where terrorists have used British law to provide themselves protection at the expense of the safety of the people of Britain.
Home Secretary John Reid said it was important to challenge any ruling which may "appear inexplicable or bizarre to the general public".
A High Court judge ruled the nine, involved in a four-day stand-off at Stansted Airport in 2000, could remain.
Prime Minister Tony Blair had said the ruling was an "abuse of common sense".
In a statement in Downing Street, Mr Reid said: "When decisions are taken which appear inexplicable or bizarre to the general public, it only reinforces the perception that the system is not working to protect or in favour of the vast majority of ordinary decent, hard-working citizens in this country.
"That is a perception that should worry all of us and it is a perception that all of us should be working to put right."
'Abuse of justice'..
..."We can't have a situation in which people, who hijack a plane, we're not able to deport back to their country," Mr Blair said on Wednesday.
"It's not an abuse of justice for us to order their deportation; it's an abuse of common sense...
Two Iraqi Journalists Found Dead
(Baghdad) Witnesses saw two Iraqi journalists, Laith al-Dulaimi and Muazaz Ahmed Barood, abducted on Sunday southeast of Baghdad. Their bodies were found on Monday.
Al-Dulaimi, a reporter for the privately owned TV station Al-Nahrain, and Muazaz Ahmed Barood, a telephone operator for the station, were kidnapped by men disguised as police officers at Diyala Bridge while driving home to Mada'in, a town 12 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Abdulkarim al-Mehdawi, the station's general manager told CPJ.According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, nearly three-fourths of all journalists killed in Iraq since 2003 have been Iraqis. These were brave men as are all the Iraqis in the journalism profession. In my opinion, evidence indicates that Iraqi journalists are at highest risk of being targeted by the scum murderers infesting the country. Condolences to their families and friends.
Their bodies were discovered at al-Wihda district, 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Baghdad. Both men, in their late 20s, were shot in the chest, al-Mehdawi told CPJ.
Al-Dulaimi became a reporter for Al-Nahrain four months ago. Barood worked at the station since it was established just over a year and a half ago. The motive behind the murders is unclear. Al-Mehdawi told CPJ that neither the station nor the journalists had ever received threats.
May 10, 2006
The Post Where *I* Defend Jeff Goldstein's Honor
I've had panic attacks.
For some reason, although I know what's causing it, I swear I'm having a heart attack.
The root cause is my screwed up shoulder and back. If I move a certain way, or do a certain thing, it causes pain in my chest muscles.
Since my left shoulder is a constant source of misery to me, thanks to chronic tendinitis, the combination of of chest pains with left arm pain triggers the attack.
I haven't seen a doctor about it, nor even mentioned it to anybody but my wife until now. Mainly because the first couple of times it happened, I ended up realizing that I really wasn't having a heart attack, and that it was my screwy left shoulder causing the pain.
Maybe it will help me by telling you about it. Writing about it seemed to have helped Ace.
I still get the pain in the chest, and in the left arm, and the first thought in my head is "heart attack!" Which, of course, causes the heart to start racing. And the brain to start irrationalizing. I must be a mild case, though, I can usually talk myself out of it.
I will always get great mirth out of a group of people who will lambast a Conservative for ingesting a legal substance, be it Klonopin, alcohol, or nicotine, but will defend to the death a meth addict who robs and murders.
Maybe they should be reminded that Liberalism is a mental disorder, and far more people suffer from it than those who have panic attacks.
Then again, like they would give a crap anyway.
Al Qaeda In Iraq Is Losing And They Know It
At the same time, the Americans and the Government were able to absorb our painful blows, sustain them, compensate their losses with new replacements, and follow strategic plans which allowed them in the past few years to take control of Baghdad as well as other areas one after the other. That is why every year is worse than the previous year as far as the Mujahidin’s control and influence over Baghdad.
5. The role that the Islamic party and the Islamic Scholars Committee play in numbing the Sunni people through the media is a dangerous role. It has been proven from the course of the events that the American investment in the Party and the Committee were not in vain. In spite of the gravity of the events, they were able to calm down the Sunni people, justify the enemy deeds, and give the enemy the opportunity to do more work without any recourse and supervision.
Quote above is taken from the link titled "full translation, read more."
Useful Items For Rusty's Carry-On Bag
Wear a belt: useful for strangling would be hijackers. A heavy buckle is a nice bludgeon, too.
A pack of guitar strings: same as above, but with the added bonus of severing arteries.
Laptop: Screen can be shattered into nice shards. If left in carrying case, makes another nice bludgeon.
Roll of quarters: almost as good as brass knuckles.
How about these shoes? Ha!
Anyone else have any good ideas for Rusty's carry-on?
The Legacy Of United Flight 93
I'm a news junkie, you're a news junkie. I surf MyWay news, Google news, Yahoo news, Fox News, Drudge, and our local news looking for stuff to post on.
And I won't even list the number of blogs I hit each day. Yeesh.
I hadn't heard of this, have you?
Annika makes an interesting observation. This incident happened the week of the United 93 premiere.
Any one in London?
I'll be heading to London on Saturday. Last call for any London readers who might want to hang out. E-mail me at contact information above directly.
Spaghetti Eating in Burka: Lady and the Tramp Remix (video)
Jason is on a roll and sets this woman in a full burka eating spaghetti, which we brought to you earlier here, to the appropriate music. Did you think it was funny the first time? This takes the funny up a notch (WARNING: screen spewage alert, drink liquids at safe distance)
Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plumb Mujahidin (Video)
Jason presents his mashed version of this Mujahidin training video set to Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plumb Fairies. Kind of puts it in a whole new perspective.
Incidentally, I've seen the Nutcracker at the Bolshoi. Would have been much more interesting had the above Muj played Clara.
UPDATE: Jason tells me his video was posted earlier by Misha.
11 Year Old Somali Girl Gives Birth in Britain
Echo's of Aisha, Mohammed's 6 year old wife? Muslims defend Mohammed's alleged honor by pointing out that a) Aisha was 9 when Mohammed finally had sex with her, and b) back in Mohammed's day girls matured faster.
Matured faster? Right.
The third option, of course, is just to deny that Mohammed ever did this and claim the hadiths are wrong. Which would solve a lot of problems. Or, maybe Mohammed was just a pedophile, in which case......
The Sun (hat tip: Peter):
A MAN aged 37 has been arrested after an 11-year-old girl gave birth to a baby boy....
The man and the girl are thought to be visitors to the UK from Africa, possibly from Somalia.
The baby was kept at the hospital in a special care unit, and the girl was taken into the care of Hillingdon Borough Council. The man was not held immediately.
However, police arrested him in Uxbridge yesterday and he was questioned about the pregnancy. He was released on bail until July while cops investigate.
Saudi Teens Sodomize Boy
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) Four Muslim youths in their late teens abducted a boy on Sunday and took him to a remote desert location where they raped him. It's not clear how frequently this type of crime occurs, but my guess would be that it happens more often than is reported.
A police source said the youths had found the boy in the company of another boy in the neighborhood.The perpetrators were arrested at a checkpoint after police sent out an all points bulletin with a description provided by the victim's friend.
They stopped their car beside one of the boys and asked him to get in. When he refused to comply, one of the youths pulled out a knife and threatened to stab him. The frightened boy got in and the youth took him to a lonely place away from the town.
According to the report, the suspects allegedly sodomized the victim and recorded the crime on a digital camera.
Notice how the young followers of the religion of peace were thoughtful enough to record their assault on the boy on video. Maybe they were planning on reliving their demented excitement.
Terrorists Confess to Beheading Schoolgirls
(Jakarta, Indonesia) Many people may recall last October's barbaric beheadings of three Christian schoolgirls in Indonesia. Well, here's the latest news on the case.
Seven suspected Islamic terrorists have confessed to beheading three Christian schoolgirls on Indonesia's Sulawesi Island, police said Wednesday.The girls were killed only because they were Christians. It's beyond me how anyone could assert that Islam and Christianity are not at war when attacks of this nature frequently occur. Maybe most Christians want to deny there is a war with Islam, but many Muslims appear to have a murderously different opinion.
The seven detained suspects confessed under questioning that they planned and carried out the Oct. 29 beheadings in the Central Sulawesi town of Poso, police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Rudi Sufahriadi told The Associated Press.
Another girl was wounded but spared by the assailants, he said.
Two of the suspects also say they have ties to Noordin Top, regarded as a key leader of the al-Qaeda-linked group Jamaah Islamiyah (JI), according to Central Sulawesi police chief Brig. Gen. Oegroseno.
Let's hope that the murdering criminals are treated harshly but, if history is an indicator, they likely won't be. Indonesia is a Muslim nation and it has customarily given jihadists insultingly lenient punishment.
Good News/Bad News From Egypt.
Egypt is on the front burner today. The nation suffers from al-Qaeda inspired terror and is fighting hard. That’s a good thing. WAPO :
The bad thing is that Egypt has also jailed several bloggers and Democracy activists. Between a rock and a hard place I reckon. Increased democracy may allow a crack for the Islamists to gain more power. However, jailing pro democracy non-terrorist bloggers is not the answer. Big Pharaoh reports the response in support of the bloggers has been good. Keep up the pressure people.
ROME — One day after police killed a man described as the mastermind of an attack last month at the seaside town of Dahab, Egyptian authorities claimed to have all but broken up a group that bombed several Red Sea resorts.
Big Pharaoh :Just got information that the Egyptian embassy in DC was bombarded with e-mails demanding the release of Alaa and the others. Good job.Also Big Pharoah has some new readers.
Update: There is a blog dedicated to Alaa and the others who were detained during the demonstration on May 7th. As I stated before, the Egyptian embassy in DC got bombared by emails from concerned average Americans. We are also suggesting you to contact David Welch, Assistant Secertary and head of the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. His email is: email@example.com
Well, 2 years ago I was told that a blog was just something you use to write stuff in and pray that people might be kind enough to spend 1 or 2 minutes reading your rantings.Hat Tip: Instapundit.
Egyptian government and US state department!! That's not what I had in mind 2 years ago!
Egyptian Mufti Takes Page From Taliban Playbook.
When the Taliban first blew up the statue of Buddha in Afghanistan I thought, “These people are going to be a problem. Now in Egypt the rise of the Islamists in politics threatens that nation’s deep heritage.
BBC : A religious ruling condemning the display of statues has angered Egyptian liberals and intellectuals who fear it could encourage religious zealots to attack the country's pharaonic heritage.
the ruling was issued by the Mufti, the most senior religious scholar in Egypt.
Islam has always been wary of representations of the human figure.
Anything which could even remotely suggest idolatry is frowned upon.
But sculpture in Egypt is as old as the pharaohs.
Conspiracy Theory Debunk
Mr Right : Our good friend Pat Curley of Brainster's Blog has teamed up with James B. of The Chief Brief on an excellent new blog that completely debunks, piece by piece by piece, the insane conspiracy theories about 9/11 portrayed as realistic in the left-wing lunatic asylum "documentary" film Loose Change.
ACLU Challenges US Sovereignty
Brandishing a list of 51,000 signatures as backup for their campaign of innuendo and half-truths against American interrogation of captured terrorists, the American Civil Liberties Union is demanding that the US State Department subordinate itself to the UN Committee Against Torture:
"Instead of denying the systemic abuse of detainees confirmed by its own documents, the U.S. government must own up to the truth and take full responsibility," said Amrit Singh, an attorney with the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project who is currently observing the committee's examination of the U.S. report in Geneva. "We hope that the Committee Against Torture will hold the government accountable for the torture and abuse of detainees both within the United States and abroad."It's odd that an organization that stuffs money into its members' pockets by defending the indefensible should tell a United States government department that it has no right to defend itself from the ACLU's own trumped up charges. Of course, the ACLU is still smarting from the knowledge that its own communications with international terrorist organizations may have been monitored by the NSA.
Via Stop the ACLU.
Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.
Six Meats Missing
Updated: Gordon Says "Never flakey!" Now they are cooking with gas!
One of the ways Howie had been fighting high gas prices is I had a deep freeze full of deer. I had one big ass roast left. Monday I rested from a 64 hour week and celebrated my first death threat by having a glass of fine homemade wine and slapping that sucker on the Barbecue for 7 hours, tasty. Rick sends along summer barbecue rules for those of us that need refreshing.
When a man volunteers to do the BBQ, the following chain of events are put into motion:
1. The woman buys the food.
2. The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.
3. The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - beer in hand.
Here comes the important part:
4. THE MAN PLACES THE MEAT ON THE GRILL.
5.The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.
6. The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.
7. THE MAN TAKES THE MEAT OFF THE GRILL AND HANDS IT TO THE WOMAN.
8. The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces and brings them to the table.
9. After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.
And most important of all:
10. Everyone PRAISES THE MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.
11. The man asks the woman how she enjoyed "her night off" and, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women.
Sorry ladies it’s a joke. A man works from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done. If we men could keep up with you ladies we would.
Here are your White Trash Wednesday bloggers
ROP Bombs Pregnant Buddhist Ladies.
why u insult the holy qouran ? why whySeems to me that bombing pregnant Buddhists does a lot more damage than silly Print Shop Koran jokes, but hey that’s just me.
did u know any thing about the holy qouran?
Asia News :So why do we make fun of Islam? This is why. The terrorists have been bombing this or that for 40 years. Then they did this.
Bangkok (AsiaNews/Agencies) - A bomb hidden in a motorcycle exploded in a busy market in Thailand's restive Muslim south on Wednesday, killing two Buddhist women and a soldier and wounding 13 shoppers, police said.
Both women were teachers and one was three months pregnant, police said. They said the soldier, also Buddhist, died on the way to the hospital.
"The bomb was hidden in a motorcycle that was parked next to a truck bringing soldiers to the market to buy their daily stuff," police Colonel Somporn Meesuk said from the scene in the province of Pattani…
…Violence in Thailand’s Muslim-dominated southern provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat dates back to 4 January 2004, when a group of Islamic militants raided an arms depot in Narathiwat, on the border with Malaysia. Since then more than 1,300 people have been killed in a struggle born of organized crime, local corruption and Islamic extremism, which aims for independence from the rest of the Buddhist-majority country.
Some one screwed up big time. Without the Islamic terrorists there would have been no 40 years of bombing to wear our patience. Without the Islamic terrorists there would have been no 9-11. Without the Taliban and the terrorists there would have been no war in Afghanistan or Iraq. Without the Islamic terrorists we would not be poking fun at the Koran. It is an American thing. In a fight you always talk down to your opponent. Get him mad and force him to make a mistake, pretty effective huh? So you wanted to teach America a lesson? That’s fine, time for you to take a lesson too. Don’t tread on me! You may regret it. Stop Islamic terror and you have stopped our motivation. Consider that if Muslims don’t stop Islamic terror, we will. Choose wisely.
Also consider the cowardice of these methods. Blowing up pregnant ladies to get a s soldier in line. If you had any balls you would walk right up and kick his ass. But no cowardly terrorists go hide and push a button. Never looking his enemy in the eye or even knowing whom he has killed.
Actually I’m impressed by the potential of the Middle East. I admire many things about Islamic culture. Beheadings, terrorism and bombing are not among them. For those who are offended but work against terrorists. I owe you an apology for the offense, after the war is won.
Mass Re-Enlistment Counters MSM/DNC Memes
In a story so far unreported outside of Colorado, soldiers of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, a unit that has borne the brunt of fighting and suffered heavy casualties in Iraq, participated in a mass re-enlistment ceremony last Friday.
From the Denver Post:
Fort Carson - A year ago, as Iraqi fighters detonated a bomb that shattered his convoy, Army Sgt. Gene Braxton led survivors scrambling out of their Humvees in the hot dusty haze to hunt for the triggermen.Of course, this story can't be "real" because Brian Williams hasn't reported it on the Nightly News.
Five months later, a bigger roadside bomb rocked the armored vehicle Braxton was in. Reeling from a concussion, he dragged a wounded buddy to safety.
Back in Colorado, Braxton has re-enlisted and will undergo parachute jump training in preparation for a possible third stint of combat duty in Iraq.
The 26-year-old is among 640 Colorado-based 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment soldiers who, in an unusually large mass re-enlistment, have extended their military service. Hundreds participated in a re-enlistment ceremony Friday, standing bolt straight on the shiny wood floor in a Fort Carson gym, raising their right hands and swearing they'd do anything to support and defend the United States.
Smackdown in Iran - Khamenei Vetoes Ahmadinejad
(Tehran) Last month, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that women will be allowed in sports stadiums as spectators for the first time since the 1979 Revolution. Ahmadinejad said that women and families should be allowed in public places to promote chastity.
Unfortunately, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the final word on matters of state and he disagrees.
"Iran's supreme leader has instructed the government to consider the religious leaders' views and reverse its decision (on letting women into stadiums)," government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham told a news conference. "The government will act based on this instruction," he said.Therefore, despite all his media-hogging bluster and belligerent declarations, Ahmadinejad is nothing more than a marionette for Ali Khamenei. Of course, a prudent observer is not surprised.
Cindy Sheehan, Noam Chomsky, Martin Sheen Send Letter to Bush (Full Text)
The Jawa Report has just learned that the following letter was delivered to the White House by Nancy Pelosi on behalf of Cindy Sheehan, Noam Chomsky, and Martin Sheen. Full text is reprinted below.
Sounds like the usual stuff from Sheehan, Chomsky, and Sheen.
Mr. George Bush, president of the United States of America
For some time now, I have been thinking, how one can justify the undeniable contradictions that exist in the international arena -- which are being constantly debated, especially in political forums and amongst university students. Many questions remain unanswered. Those have prompted me to discuss some of the contradictions and questions, in the hopes that it might bring about an opportunity to redress them.
Can one be a follower of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him), the great Messenger of God,
Feel obliged to respect human rights,
Present liberalism as a civilization model,
Announce one's opposition to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and WMDs,
Make "War on Terror" his slogan,
And finally, work towards the establishment of an unified international community -- a community which Christ and the virtuous of the Earth will one day govern,
But at the same time,
Have countries attacked. The lives, reputations and possessions of people destroyed and on the slight chance of the presence of a few criminals in a village, city, or convoy for example, the entire village, city or convoy set ablaze.
Or because of the possibility of the existence of WMDs in one country, it is occupied, around 100,000 people killed, its water sources, agriculture and industry destroyed, close to 180,000 foreign troops put on the ground, sanctity of private homes of citizens broken, and the country pushed back perhaps 50 years. At what price? Hundreds of billions of dollars spent from the treasury of one country and certain other countries and tens of thousands of young men and women -- as occupation troops -- put in harms way, taken away from family and loved ones, their hands stained with the blood of others, subjected to so much psychological pressure that everyday some commit suicide and those returning home suffer depression, become sickly and grapple with all sorts of ailments; while some are killed and their bodies handed to their families.
On the pretext of the existence of WMDs, this great tragedy came to engulf both the peoples of the occupied and the occupying country. Later it was revealed that no WMDs existed to begin with.
Of course, Saddam was a murderous dictator. But the war was not waged to topple him, the announced goal of the war was to find and destroy weapons of mass destruction. He was toppled along the way towards another goal; nevertheless the people of the region are happy about it. I point out that throughout the many years of the imposed war on Iran Saddam was supported by the West.
You might know that I [Noam Chomsky] am a teacher. My students ask me how can these actions be reconciled with the values outlined at the beginning of this letter and duty to the tradition of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him), the Messenger of peace and forgiveness?
There are prisoners in Guantanamo Bay that have not been tried, have no legal representation, their families cannot see them and are obviously kept in a strange land outside their own country. There is no international monitoring of their conditions and fate. No one knows whether they are prisoners, POWs, accused or criminals.
European investigators have confirmed the existence of secret prisons in Europe too. I could not correlate the abduction of a person, and him or her being kept in secret prisons, with the provisions of any judicial system. For that matter, I fail to understand how such actions correspond to the values outlined in the beginning of this letter, i.e. the teachings of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him), human rights and liberal values.
Young people, university students, and ordinary people have many questions about the phenomenon of Israel. I am sure you are familiar with some of them.
Throughout history, many countries have been occupied, but I think the establishment of a new country with a new people, is a new phenomenon that is exclusive to our times.
Students are saying that 60 years ago such a country did not exist. They show old documents and globes and say try as we have, we have not been able to find a country named Israel.
I tell them to study the history of WWI and II. One of my students told me that during WWII, which more than tens of millions of people perished in, news about the war, was quickly disseminated by the warring parties. Each touted their victories and the most recent battlefront defeat of the other party. After the war they claimed that six million Jews had been killed. Six million people that were surely related to at least two million families. Again let us assume that these events are true. Does that logically translate into the establishment of the state of Israel in the Middle East or support for such a state? How can this phenomenon be rationalized or explained?
I am sure you know how -- and at what cost -- Israel was established:
-- Many thousands were killed in the process.
-- Millions of indigenous people were made refugees.
-- Hundreds of thousands of hectares of farmland, olive plantations, towns and villages were destroyed.
This tragedy is not exclusive to the time of establishment; unfortunately it has been ongoing for 60 years now.
A regime has been established which does not show mercy even to kids, destroys houses while the occupants are still in them, announces beforehand its list and plans to assassinate Palestinian figures, and keeps thousands of Palestinians in prison. Such a phenomenon is unique -- or at the very least extremely rare -- in recent memory.
Another big question asked by the people is "why is this regime being supported?"
Is support for this regime in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him) or Moses (Peace Be Upon Him) or liberal values?
Or are we to understand that allowing the original inhabitants of these lands -- inside and outside Palestine -- whether they are Christian, Muslim or Jew, to determine their fate, runs contrary to principles of democracy, human rights and the teachings of prophets? If not, why is there so much opposition to a referendum?
The newly elected Palestinian administration recently took office. All independent observers have confirmed that this government represents the electorate. Unbelievingly, they have put the elected government under pressure and have advised it to recognize the Israeli regime, abandon the struggle and follow the programs of the previous government.
If the current Palestinian government had run on the above platform, would the Palestinian people have voted for it? Again, can such position taken in opposition to the Palestinian government be reconciled with the values outlined earlier? The people are, also asking "why are all UNSC resolutions in condemnation of Israel vetoed?"
As you are well aware, I live amongst the people and am in constant contact with them -- many people from around the Middle East manage to contact me as well. They do not have faith in there dubious policies either. There is evidence that the people of the region are becoming increasingly angry with such policies.
It is not my intention to pose too many questions, but I need to refer to other points as well.
Why is it that any technological and scientific achievement reached in the Middle East region is translated into and portrayed as a threat to the Zionist regime? Is not scientific R&D one of the basic rights of nations?
You are familiar with history. Aside from the Middle Ages, in what other point in history has scientific and technical progress been a crime? Can the possibility of scientific achievements being utilized for military purposes be reason enough to oppose science and technology altogether? If such a supposition is true, then all scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, engineering, etc, must be opposed.
Lies were told in the Iraqi matter. What was the result? I have no doubt that telling lies is reprehensible in any culture, and you do not like to be lied to.
Don't Latin Americans have the right to ask why their elected government are being opposed and coup leaders supported? Or, Why must they constantly be threatened and live in fear?
The people of Africa are hard-working, creative and talented. They can play an important and valuable role in providing for the needs of humanity and contribute to its material and spiritual progress. Poverty and hardship in large parts of Africa are preventing this from happening. Don't they have the right to ask why their enormous wealth -- including minerals -- is being looted, despite the fact that they need it more than others?
Again, do such actions correspond to the teachings of Christ and the tenets of human rights?
The brave and faithful people of Iran too have many questions and grievances, including: the coup d'etat of 1953 and the subsequent toppling of the legal government of the day, opposition to the Islamic revolution, transformation of an Embassy into a headquarters supporting the activities of those opposing the Islamic Republic (many thousands of pages of documents corroborate this claim), support for Saddam in the war waged against Iran, the shooting down of the Iranian passenger plane, freezing the assets of the Iranian nation, increasing threats, anger and displeasure vis-a-vis the scientific and nuclear progress of the Iranian nation (just when all Iranians are jubilant and celebrating their country's progress), and many other grievances that I will not refer to in this letter.
September Eleven was a horrendous incident. The killing of innocents is deplorable and appalling in any part of the world. Our government immediately declared its disgust with the perpetrators and offered its condolences to the bereaved and expressed its sympathies.
All governments have a duty to protect the lives, property and good standing of their citizens. Reportedly your government employs extensive security, protection and intelligence systems -- and even hunts its opponents abroad. September eleven was not a simple operation. Could it be planned and executed without coordination with intelligence and security services -- or their extensive infiltration? Of course this is just an educated guess. Why have the various aspects of the attacks been kept secret? Why are we not told who botched their responsibilities? And, why aren't those responsible and the guilty parties identified and put on trial?
All governments have a duty to provide security and peace of mind for their citizens. For some years now, the people of your country and neighbors of world trouble spots do not have peace of mind. After 9.11, instead of healing and tending to the emotional wounds of the survivors and the American people -- who had been immensely traumatized by the attacks -- some Western media only intensified the climate of fear and insecurity -- some constantly talked about the possibility of new terror attacks and kept the people in fear. Is that service to the American people? Is it possible to calculate the damages incurred from fear and panic?
American citizens lived in constant fear of fresh attacks that could come at any moment and in any place. They felt insecure in the street, in their place of work and at home. Who would be happy with this situation? Why was the media, instead of conveying a feeling of security and providing peace of mind, giving rise to a feeling of insecurity?
Some believe that the hype paved the way -- and was the justification -- for an attack on Afghanistan. Again I need to refer to the role of media. In media charters, correct dissemination of information and honest reporting of a story are established tenets. I express my deep regret about the disregard shown by certain Western media for these principles. The main pretext for an attack on Iraq was the existence of WMDs. This was repeated incessantly -- for the public to finally believe -- and the ground set for an attack on Iraq.
Will the truth not be lost in a contrived and deceptive climate? Again, if the truth is allowed to be lost, how can that be reconciled with the earlier mentioned values?
Is the truth known to the Almighty lost as well?
In countries around the world, citizens provide for the expenses of governments so that their governments in turn are able to serve them.
The question here is "what has the hundreds of billions of dollars, spent every year to pay for the Iraqi campaign, produced for the citizens?"
As Your Excellency is aware, in some states of your country, people are living in poverty. Many thousands are homeless and unemployment is a huge problem. Of course these problems exist -- to a larger or lesser extent -- in other countries as well. With these conditions in mind, can the gargantuan expenses of the campaign -- paid from the public treasury -- be explained and be consistent with the aforementioned principles?
What has been said, are some of the grievances of the people around the world, in our region and in your country. But my main contention -- which I am hoping you will agree to some of it -- is:
Those in power have a specific time in office and do not rule indefinitely, but their names will be recorded in history and will be consistently judged in the immediate and distant futures.
The people will scrutinize our presidencies. Did we manage to bring peace, security and prosperity for the people or insecurity and unemployment?
Did we intend to establish justice or just supported special interest groups, and by forcing many people to live in poverty and hardship made a few people rich and powerful -- thus trading the approval of the people and the Almighty with theirs?
Did we defend the rights of the underprivileged or ignore them?
Did we defend the rights of all people around the world or imposed wars on them, interfered illegally in their affairs, established hellish prisons and incarcerated some of them?
Did we bring the world peace and security or raised the specter of intimidation and threats?
Did we tell the truth to our nation and others around the world or presented an inverted version of it?
Were we on the side of people or the occupiers and oppressors?
Did our administrations set out to promote rational behavior, logic, ethics, peace, fulfilling obligations, justice, service to the people, prosperity, progress and respect for human dignity or the force of guns, Intimidation, insecurity, disregard for the people, delaying the progress and excellence of other nations, and trample on people's rights?
And finally, they will judge us on whether we remained true to our oath of office -- to serve the people, which is our main task, and the traditions of the prophets -- or not?
How much longer can the world tolerate this situation?
Where will this trend lead the world to?
How long must the people of the world pay for the incorrect decisions of some rulers?
How much longer will the specter of insecurity -- raised from the stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction -- hunt the people of the world?
How much longer will the blood of the innocent men, women and children be spilled on the streets, and people's houses destroyed over their heads?
Are you pleased with the current condition of the world?
Do you think present policies can continue?
If billions of dollars spent on security, military campaigns and troop movement were instead spent on investment and assistance for poor countries, promotion of health, combating different diseases, education and improvement of mental and physical fitness, assistance to the victims of natural disasters, creation of employment opportunities and production, development projects and poverty alleviation, establishment of peace, mediation between disputing states, and extinguishing the flames of racial, ethnic and other conflicts, were would the world be today? Would not your government and people be justifiably proud?
Would not your administration's political and economic standing have been stronger?
And I am most sorry to say, would there have been an ever increasing global hatred of the American government? ...
History tells us that repressive and cruel governments do not survive. God has entrusted the fate of men to them. The Almighty has not left the universe and humanity to their own devices. Many things have happened contrary to the wishes and plans of governments. These tell us that there is a higher power at work and all events are determined by Him.
Can one deny the signs of change in the world today?
Is the situation of the world today comparable to that of 10 years ago? Changes happen fast and come at a furious pace.
The people of the world are not happy with the status quo and pay little heed to the promises and comments made by a number of influential world leaders. Many people around the world feel insecure and oppose the spreading of insecurity and war and do not approve of and accept dubious policies.
The people are protesting the increasing gap between the haves and the have-nots and the rich and poor countries.
The people are disgusted with increasing corruption.
The people of many countries are angry about the attacks on their cultural foundations and the disintegration of families. They are equally dismayed with the fading of care and compassion. The people of the world have no faith in international organizations, because their rights are not advocated by these organizations.
Liberalism and Western-style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity. Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the Liberal democratic systems.
We increasingly see that people around the world are flocking towards a main focal point -- that is the Almighty God. Undoubtedly through faith in God and the teachings of the prophets, the people will conquer their problems. My question for you is: "Do you not want to join them?"
Whether we like it or not, the world is gravitating towards faith in the Almighty and justice and the will of God will prevail over all things.
Cindy Sheehan, Noam Chomsky, & Martin Sheen
Eating Spaghetti in a Burka
Video of a woman trying to eat spaghetti through her burka. Notice the dude reading the paper trying not to look. Try not to laugh. Hat tip: RG
May 09, 2006
MA Mosque Claims U.S. Government Behind 9/11
"Mohammed's Mosque" in Springfield, MA, seems to be affiliated with The Nation of Islam. Dave has the backstory here.
The Post in Which I Protect Jeff Goldstein's Honor
I'm not sure at what point Jeff Goldstein became the whipping boy for the Left. Whatever he's doing, I'm jealous.
Exhibit A: Atrios' plan for a progressive tomorrow, when not advocating tax hikes and a return to paper ballots, includes this ditty: Imprison Jeff Goldstein for crimes against humanity for his neverending stupidity
Ouch, calling Jeff stupid. Neener, neener, neerner, Jeff is stupid and I is so smart.
Because nothing says asshole more than drug humor.
Exhibit C: Jane Hamsher's diatribe against Jeff, which, to be honest, starts out incoherent and then, well, just goes downhill from there.
I'm sooo smart because I know reallity, while Jeff is sooo dumb because he swallowed the Bush-Rove pill.
Collectively, the three posts add up to a total waste of time. They are no more nor less than a bunch of tired cliches mixed with insults.
So, why did I waste my time reading them? Just to let Jeff know that somebody out here has his back.
Help Free Egyptian Bloggers
We've already brought you news that Egyptian blogger Alaa was arrested. Egyptian Sandmonkey makes the following suggestion to help:
We have started an e-mail campaign to the Egyptian embassies and the US State Department in order to push for his release, and have started protests in front of the Egyptian embassy and consulates in the US for his release. We will also hold protests in France, Italy and Gemany. We could use your help in getting the word out and sending them an e-mail demanding his release.He also notes:
Addresses for the Egyptian embassies in the US and Canada are available here, templates for e-mails to be sent to the embassies here, and the contact information for the person to e-mail in the US state department is here. If you are a journalist or know one, help us spread the word by writing about this or demanding your local newspaper write about this. If you have a blog or a website and would like to raise awareness about this issue, banners for the Free Alaa campaign can be found here and here. We could use any help we can get, so if you have any ideas or ways to help us, please do.
Egypt has fewer than 830 bloggers all in all, 60 of whom are political and less than 30 are politically active. Now 6 of those are in jail - 20% of all politically active Egyptian bloggers - and amongst them one of Egypt's most highly profiled one.
You Make the Call
Radical Islamic Cleric Abu Qatada is arguing in a British deportation hearing that sending him back to Jordan to face his sentence there is against British law because he could be executed in Jordan. Jordan has agreed not to execute him. The British Government is arguing that Qatada is a security risk. You think?
BBC : A radical Islamic cleric who has been accused of being a leading figure in al-Qaeda was a risk to UK security, a deportation hearing has been told.This concern for his well being is misplaced. Our enemy takes advantage of protections they have no belief in. More on Qatada below the break.
Ian Burnett QC, for the home secretary, told the London hearing: "The entirety of the evidence in this case supports the conclusion that the appellant is a danger to national security when everything known about him is assessed."
The UK has signed an agreement with Jordan that anyone sent back there will not be tortured or killed.
Abu Qatada's Abu Qatada's lawyer is expected to argue that the guarantee is inadequate.
CBC : Qatada believes it is the duty of every Muslim to support the Islamic holy war. He also says the United States is the enemy.As a leader of Islamic terror Qatada bears just as much responsibility as the terrorists who carry out his preaching. Who follows his preaching? How about Muhammad Atta.
Abu Qatada: "The role of mujahedeen is dictated by what the prophet said. Whoever fights to make the word of God supreme, then it is for the sake of God. Therefore, if the jihad is to make the word of God supreme, this is what we call Islamic jihad."
CBC's Terence McKenna: "Do you incite hatred against the U.S.?"
Qatada: "No doubt, if anybody asks me, 'Is the American, or are the Americans the enemy of our peoples?' my answer would be, 'Yes, they are the enemy.'"
CBC: "In 1998, Osama bin Laden issued this fatwa against the U.S. Did you agree with that fatwa?"
Qatada: "No doubt that my previous answer about promoting or inciting hatred towards America because of what they are doing to our peoples will explain that."
(When pressed on his finacial support for terrorist acts he admits it. Remember the Chechen terrorist massacre as Beslan?)
CBC: "Did any of this money go to support jihad activities in other countries?"
Qatada: "Yes. The answer is yes – like the Chechens for example."
When the police went to Atta's last-known apartment in Germany, they discovered 19 video cassettes of the teachings of Abu Qatada. Still, Qatada denies any responsibility for the September 11 attacks.This is a problem terrorist hiding behind British Civil courts. These laws were meant to protect people. The fact that they are now protecting terrorists who seek to harm the British people is Ironic. Somewhere along the line protecting the enemy became more important than the protection of the people in Britain from enemies within.
Abu Qatada is on the American government's list of most wanted terrorists. His name also appears on terrorist lists in France and in Canada. But not in Britain.
Wikipedia information on Abu QatadaIn 1998, he was sentenced in Jordan in absentia for involvement in a series of explosions, including one in the car park of a hotel on April 30, 1998. In 1999, the Jordanian government held negotiations with the British Government for the extradition of Omar Abu Omar. The Jordanian Government believed that Omar had a connection to a group of 14 suspected terrorists. This discussion was seen by the British and Jordanian governments as a step in combating international terrorism.
In 1999, Abu Omar was accused of funding a group of 12 Jordanians, one Iraqi and an Algerian to attack the settlement of John the Baptist where Christians believe Jesus was baptized on the Jordan River.He only wants to kill Christians and tourists. Britain should declare him an enemy leader and if the civil courts won’t or can’t do anything he should be placed in military custody. Give him to the US. I’m sure we can find a nice place to keep him for a bit. If the terrorists are our enemy they must me treated as such. Such a simple idea.
Carlos Mencia Bitch Slaps Terrorists (Video)
Carlos Mencia's brief pissing match with an Arab who thought 9/11 was a good thing. Mencia is no dhimmi. Just watch it, you'll be glad you did. Hat tip: Maximum Leader.
"Blackie, Darkie, Cracker: Wonder twin powers, activate!"
By Left's Standars, FDR Was Hitler
Don't question their patriotism.
IN A BOLD AND CONTROVERSIAL DECISION, the president authorized a program for the surveillance of communications within the United States, seeking to prevent acts of domestic sabotage and espionage. In so doing, he ignored a statute that possibly forbade such activity, even though high-profile federal judges had affirmed the statute's validity. The president sought statutory amendments allowing this surveillance but, when no such legislation was forthcoming, he continued the program nonetheless. And when Congress demanded that he disclose details of the surveillance program, the attorney general said, in no uncertain terms, that it would get nothing of the sort.No, not THE President Roosevelt? Yes. In fact, the article goes on to quote a letter from Roosevelt to J. Edgar Hoover specifically authorizing the surveillance of those that disseminate enemy propaganda--no doubt a reference to the German Bund and many other groups that were actively engaged in trying to keep the U.S. out of the war, i.e. peace activists.
In short, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt charted a bold course in defending the nation's security in 1940, when he did all of these things.
Women at War With Islam
It's really a must see.
Ahmadinejad Letter Found
The 'real' letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadhas to George W. Bush has been found. Click and then scroll down.
Jihadis Break Internet Again
Looks like some one broke the internet again this morning. All of mu.nu and blogspot were down for awhile.
I mentioned the other day that we had been getting a slough of death threats following a mention of The Jawa Report over at Islamonline. My first reaction is that we were the victim of a denial of service attack out of Saudi Arabia. The reason that I am suspicious is that the Islamonline post also mentions jihadi hacker 020, who also took over Aaron's Rantblog once again today.
Here is a screenshot from the message he left at Aaron's hacked site today:
Hey, 020, nice try. But I'd be a little jumpy if I were you. Who is that knocking on your door as we speak.........???
Wanted: Pro-American Journalists
Bill Roggio is heading to Afghanistan to become an embed. He needs your help footing the bill.
Why do we need people like Bill reporting our war efforts? I'll let Dean answer that it is our duty to support victory in our wars, it is :
a duty America's press corps is shirking. Shirking how? By insisting that this as a partisan struggle, rather than America's struggle. Until they stop that, I won't stop. If they were on our side--if they were calling it "our war" instead of "Bush's war"--I wouldn't feel the need.Administrations do not fight wars, nations do. We are at war.
May 08, 2006
Moussaoui: Tap Tap, No Take-Backs (No Erasies, No Black Magic)
Convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui now wants to change his plea to not guilty? No take-backs dude.
By the way, Moussaoui has just become the poster boy for handling all terrorist cases via military tribunals. Civilian courts just aren’t the proper venue for dealing with war criminals. Not that anyone in Washington has the spine to make that argument now.
Sac Bee Intentionally Undermining Federal Case?
Hmmm, I wonder why all the news coming out of the Hayat terror cases was so negative?
According to my fly on the wall, in retaliation for the leak investigation, the Bee editors have decided to actively work to undermine the prosecution's case by slanting the stories on the pages of the Bee.No bias here folks, move along.
The U.S. Attorney's Office is not amused, and will be having a little sit down meeting with the Bee editors in the coming days to express their unhappiness with the paper.
Atwar Bahjat Beheading Video a Hoax (Images / Video)
A gruesome beheading video delivered to the Sunday Times purporting to be of slain journalist Atwar Bahjat is a hoax. On Sunday, May 7th, the Times reported that they had received a low-quality video of Atwar Bahjat being slowly beheaded. That video is now being circulated on the internet as the "Atwar Bahjat" beheading video.
The Jawa Report can reveal that the Times and Halal Jabar, the author of the article, are victims of a hoax. The video actually shows the gruesome murder of a Nepalese man by the Army of Ansar al-Sunna in Iraq from August of 2004. The man was one of 12 victims executed by the terrorist organization--the other 11 were shot (original story, video, and images of 12 Nepalese murdered in Iraq here).
The Times describes the Nepalese murder video precisely. However, the video delivered to the Times was actually a low-quality version of a much higher quality film originally made by Ansar al-Sunnah. The Times video also is edited to exclude the murder of the other 11 hostages.
The Army of Ansar al-Sunna has murdered dozens of civilians in Iraq. The organization is an offshoot of the Army of Ansar al-Islam--a Kurdish Islamist organization. The group routinely murders those suspected of collaborating with the U.S. and Iraqi governments. Before the group murders their hostages they accuse them of 'apostasy', a crime punishable by death under Islamic law. They therefore justify their murders as 'executions' for 'crimes' committed against Islam.
Halal Jabar describes the video in the Sunday Times, but leaves out that you can hear the victim gasping for breath through the hole in his severed neck:
By the time filming begins, the condemned woman has been blindfolded with a white bandage.Greyhawk tipped us to the possibility that the video delivered to the Times was not authentic. This image from Getty shows the corpse of Bahjat, apparently shot by terrorists, in February.
It is stained with blood that trickles from a wound on the left side of her head. She is moaning, although whether from the pain of what has already been done to her or from the fear of what is about to be inflicted is unclear. ...
A large man dressed in military fatigues, boots and cap approaches from behind and covers her mouth with his left hand. In his right hand, he clutches a large knife with a black handle and an 8in blade. He proceeds to cut her throat from the middle, slicing from side to side.
Her cries — “Ah, ah, ah” — can be heard above the “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) intoned by the holder of the mobile phone.
Even then, there is no quick release for Bahjat. Her executioner suddenly stands up, his job only half done. A second man in a dark T-shirt and camouflage trousers places his right khaki boot on her abdomen and pushes down hard eight times, forcing a rush of blood from her wounds as she moves her head from right to left.
Only now does the executioner return to finish the task. He hacks off her head and drops it to the ground, then picks it up again and perches it on her bare chest so that it faces the film-maker in a grotesque parody of one of her pieces to camera.
Soon afterward, jihadi forums began to circulate the phony video. Thanks to Baf Baf for much of the legwork in helping figure out which video the hoax had been made from.
The Times reported that the film was delivered to them by Sunni insurgents and said that it had been found on the mobile phone of a dead Shia militant. The article erroneously tries to blame Bahjat's murder on Shia militias, and uses the false video as evidence of growing civil strife in Iraq.
Earlier report: The Bloody Murder of Muslim Jouralist Atwar Bahjat
Here is a link to the original video being circulated on jihadi discussion boards as the Atwar Bahjat beheading video (WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC). Disgusting, cruel, and graphic images from it are posted below.
UPDATE: Just for the sake of clarity, Bahjat was murdered in a cruel way. The fact that this video is a hoax should not distract us from that fact. Whoever murdered her deserves the severist punishment available. [And by 'hoax' I do not mean to imply the video is fake, only its attribution. For some reason some Islamist scumbag thought it would be funny/scary/useful to send out an old video and label it 'Bahjat'.]
UPDATE 2: Al Arabiya (Arabic) is now confirming the tape was a hoax (via Abu Aardvark).
UPDATE 3: Ogrish now reporting same.
UPDATE 4: Here is a translated version of the al Arabiya article. Bahjat was a reporter for al Arabiya. It claims that the Atwar Bahjat hoax video is for sale on CD-ROM on the Baghdad streets:
It was published this tape in Arabic forums on the Internet, as well as news of the British newspaper quoted several Arab newspapers. The sources also stated that the tape recording sold on CD-ROM in the streets of Baghdad.----
UPDATE 5: I don't know how I overlooked this, but apparantly The Jawa Report's Mike Pechar had been on this from the beginning. From our February post on Atwar Bahjat's murder:
Their bullet-riddled bodies were found by their vehicle near the town of Dawr. Notably, by all indications, these journalists were specifically targeted.----
Why do we show these images? So you can see the cruel and barbaric deeds of the enemies we fight in Iraq and around the globe.
The Western press has no problem with showing you the misdeeds of U.S. soldiers in Iraq--misdeeds that are punished--but will not show you what our enemies are like. The hypocrisy of a media which has no problem characterizing prisoner abuse as 'torture'--- and endlessly publishes photos of a woman laughing at nude prisoners---but refuses to show you what our enemies routinely do to prisoners. Torture them, murder them, and behead them.
WARNING: DO NOT PROCEED. GRAPHIC IMAGES.
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WARNING: DO NOT PROCEED. GRAPHIC IMAGES.
These are images from the Atwar Bahjat beheading video hoax. Who would be so disgusting as to wish us to believe the journalist was beheaded this way?
Here are images from our original report about the hostages from Nepal being murdered. Clearly, the two are the same.
Malaysian Police Search for Sheep Rapist
No word from PETA yet on whether or not the sheep is claiming the relationship was consensual.
.... heard the frantic bleating of her ewe. The sound came from beneath the lower portion of her house, which is built on stilts, where she kept her livestock.Ewe!
On checking, the woman found the youngster naked with one of her ewes.
"When she screamed, the youth jumped up and fled. She lodged a police report," Nazley said.
UPDATE: The wisdon of Khomeini:
"The meat of horses, mules, or donkeys is not recommended. It is strictly forbidden if the animal was sodomized while alive by a man. In that case, the animal must be taken outside the city and sold."Because the Ayatollahs ask the important questions.....
"If one commits an act of sodomy with a cow, a ewe, or a camel, their urine and their excrements become impure, and even their milk may no longer be consumed. The animal must then be killed as quickly as possible and burned, and the price of it paid to its owner by him who sodomized it."
Challenging the Misogyny of Islam: Ayaan Hirsi Ali Interview
Ayaan Hirsi Ali confronts Islam....because when people say they are oppressing you because Allah demands it, you might just want to take them seriously. Watch the video here.
Good Sexual Harassment
Exploring the possibilities of good sexual harassment. Because we ask the important questions.
Muslim Women Demand Death for Prostitute
Above: Members the women's group Dukhtaran-e-Milat ( Daughters of the Muslim Faith) hurl rocks in protest of a prostitution sex scandal in Kashmir, India.
All religions are basically the same alert: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
Carrying placards and shouting slogans demanding "severest punishment to the guilty," protesters broke through police barricades, pelting stones and bricks.New Kerala:
"We appeal to government that those who are guilty should be brought before us and we will punish them,"Reuters:
Last week, an angry mob ransacked the house of a woman suspected of running the prostitution ring, before razing it to the ground and setting fire to her belongings.Also: Gateway Pundit who has more.
Jawa Gets Death Threats, Fatwa, Targetted for Online Terrorism
Over the past few days a number of death threats have been e-mailed to various writers for The Jawa Report. The specific threat is that "God permitting, I will cut your neck."
Why would normally rational and tolerant people threaten to cut off our necks? Because some of our authors have dared to insult the Holy Quran. I'm sure those issuing the threats are simple misunderstanderers of the Quran's injuction to, you know, strike at the necks of the infidels.
And, just to keep things straight, we are all infidels. And proud of it.
It looks like the threats come on the heels of a posting at Islamonline. I can't make out the entire post, but it seems to be something about some "cowards" at an Islamic conference who didn't speak out violently enough against those who ridiculed Mohammed in those now infamouse cartoons, or who had blasphemed the Koran, in the discredited stories about "Koran flushing" at Guantanamo.
I did, though, understand the part about certain "vile sons of monkeys, pigs, and cross worshippers" followed by some links to various bloggers associated with The Jawa Report. Also, the poster notes that the call to arms against The Jawa Report comes on the heels of several attempts of online terrorism by "Saudi Hacker 020" --- a reference to the online terrorist who has been attacking Aaron's Rantblog (site currently under attack and down).
There's also some allusion to how when we do finally get attacked not to blame those killing us, but rather that it is the just punishment of Allah.
So, I insult the Quran and you threaten my life? I'm not sure if I should be scared or if I should strut around the office today gloating that I finally got my fatwa? I'll go with the latter.
Damn it feels good to be a gangsta!
UPDATE: Death threat tracked to ......drumroll.....wait for it....I bet you're going to guess Switzerland, right? ......
Cairo, Egypt. Bet you didn't see that one coming, did you?
Get Your Free Hymen Report from all Three Credit Bureaus!
They don't have "credit reports" in Arab countries, laments Jordanian born Eurabe:
Then I realised we do. It's called "your reputation"..and it something that comes along with being a girl. it's just as important as your credit report in the US. One slip and everybody in the country finds out about it. Your reputation report is reviewed anytime you need to make important social and even career transactions just like in the US when you make financial contracts. The girls in my dorm were all intent on having hymen operations before marriage. Because loosing that is equivilant of bankruptcy. Anyone living in the US knows what that will do to your credit report.So, how does one go about getting an Equifax hymen report?
Next on ACLU's Agenda: Rip the Distinguished Service Cross from my Grandfather's Corpse
So, the ACLU has succeeded in getting a court to order a cross be removed from a San Diego monument honoring our fallen soldiers? I guess the logic is that putting a cross up to commemorate our fallen dead is just the first step toward a Rightwing theocracy. You know, the American Taliban and all that.
I suppose that had it been a giant phalis honoring Mother Gaia, the ACLU would have had no problem. You can sign a petition against the court's action here.
Muslims Attack Woman in Germany for Speaking Hebrew
Islam: religion of tolerance and peace alert. A woman was assaulted by a mob of Muslim women in Germany for speaking Hebrew in a predominately Muslim immigrant neighborhood.
The woman, who holds dual German-Israeli citizenship, was walking home after a party because she missed the last bus. As she walked home, she was speaking Hebrew to a friend in Israel on her cell phone. The Steglitz neighborhood of Berlin is home to a largely Muslim immigrant community.
At about 2 a.m. she passed by a group of women who immediately confronted her after they recognized she was speaking Hebrew, when:
one of the girls suddenly walked up to the Israeli woman and slapped her in the face. The other women then joined in, pulled her hair, beat her up and kicked her. The abuse eventually stopped when the attackers thought they heard a police car approaching, and they fled the scene.Apparently the dream of a Jew-free Germany lives on. Hat tip: Joel
The student, who sustained injuries in the attack, received medical treatment and filed a complaint with the police.
The women's identity has not been established thus far, but they were apparently Muslim.
Howie is home feeling crappy this morning. Rusty, I expect will be along eventually with smashing news. Co-Bloggers have at it. Open trackbacks on this post if you can post them. They have been a bit flaky for some users lately.
May 07, 2006
Egyptian blogger Arrested
Alaa, blogger, co-founder of the egyptian blog aggregator Manalaa and democracy activist, got arrested today during a protest to support the Judiciary's branch fight for independence. He, and about 10 others, were rounded up in the street, beaten up and thrown in a police car. Amongst those who got arrested were at least 3 girls, and the police beat up at least another 2 girls as well…
…I will be damned if we let the regime get away with this. So, readers, if things come to that, we will need your help. The Committe to protect bloggers is no more, we are on our own and the regime is getting more desperate, paranoid and brutal by the minute. We will most certainly need your support to get him out, but let's just hope it doesn't come to that.
The Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
3521 International Ct. NW
Washington DC 20008
Phone (202) 895 5400
Fax (202) 244 5131
(202) 244 4319
It's Not As Good As "devil will do meetballs from your bodies."
You're just going to have to share with everyone, I guess, Howie.
From: hisham faiad
Signed-By: yahoo.com | Mailed-By: yahoo.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: May 7, 2006 7:10 AM
Subject: why u insult the holly qouran ? why why
why u insult the holy qouran ? why why
did u know any thing about the holy qouran ?
he is the speaking of allah ( the good )allah give u
ur head , hand , leg , face , eye ... etc and he can
take this things all of this things so why u insult
his speaking why why ? where ur mind go ?
ur without mnid . allah Venge of u .
i ask u somthing .
give me ur country & address and give somtimes
to ............ cut ur neck
yes i willl cut ur neck beazn allah i will do that
if ur brave give ur address and somtimes to
killing u cut ur hand whiche Sacrilege the holy qouran
in shaa allah i will cut ur neck
Well, it looks like someone found the contact page. Still, the poor guy wasn't nearly as creative as this commenter from long ago:
when muslim's are in heaven,you all christs burn in hell.devil will do meetballs from your bodies.
But hey, we'll take 'em when we can get 'em.
Thanks Hisham Faiad, you're my Islamotard of the week!
The Bloody Murder of Muslim Jouralist Atwar Bahjat
Via The London Times Online :
Nobody but her killers knew just how much she had suffered until a film showing her death on February 22 at the hands of two musclebound men in military uniforms emerged last week. Her family’s worst fears of what might have happened have been far exceeded by the reality….
...We now know that it was not that swift for Bahjat. First she was stripped to the waist, a humiliation for any woman but particularly so for a pious Muslim who concealed her hair, arms and legs from men other than her father and brother.
Then her arms were bound behind her back. A golden locket in the shape of Iraq that became her glittering trademark in front of the television cameras must have been removed at some point — it is nowhere to be seen in the grainy film, which was made by someone who pointed a mobile phone at her as she lay on a patch of earth in mortal terror.
By the time filming begins, the condemned woman has been blindfolded with a white bandage.
It is stained with blood that trickles from a wound on the left side of her head. She is moaning, although whether from the pain of what has already been done to her or from the fear of what is about to be inflicted is unclear...
...A large man dressed in military fatigues, boots and cap approaches from behind and covers her mouth with his left hand. In his right hand, he clutches a large knife with a black handle and an 8in blade. He proceeds to cut her throat from the middle, slicing from side to side.
Her cries — “Ah, ah, ah” — can be heard above the “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) intoned by the holder of the mobile phone.
Even then, there is no quick release for Bahjat. Her executioner suddenly stands up, his job only half done. A second man in a dark T-shirt and camouflage trousers places his right khaki boot on her abdomen and pushes down hard eight times, forcing a rush of blood from her wounds as she moves her head from right to left.
Only now does the executioner return to finish the task. He hacks off her head and drops it to the ground, then picks it up again and perches it on her bare chest so that it faces the film-maker in a grotesque parody of one of her pieces to camera.
The voice of one of the Arab world’s most highly regarded and outspoken journalists has been silenced. She was 30....
...I found it hard enough to bear the news of her murder. When I saw it replayed, it was as if part of me had died with her. How much more gruelling it must have been for a close family friend who watched the film this weekend and cried when he heard her voice.
The friend, who cannot be identified, knew nothing of her beheading but had been guarding other horrifying details of Bahjat’s ordeal. She had nine drill holes in her right arm and 10 in her left, he said. The drill had also been applied to her legs, her navel and her right eye. One can only hope that these mutilations were made after her death.
Regardless of which side in the conflict killed her (and I have my own thoughts on that - in the eyes of her killers her greatest crime was most likely being a woman outside of a kitchen) the London Times reporter can't resist a mild apology for their act:Blue Crab Boulevard says :Just as Bahjat bore witness to countless atrocities that she covered for her television station, Al-Arabiya, during Iraq’s descent into sectarian conflict, so the recording of her execution embodies the depths of the country’s depravity after three years of war.In truth, it represents a depth of depravity achieved over centuries. From the description, her killers hadn't just conceived or improvised their method execution on the spot - they seem to have been well practiced. But such is the nature of the enemy in this war, and perhaps this is their most sacred and well honed knowledge: if a brutality can be inflicted that exceeds all human ability to comprehend, the humans will find a way to deny it
This is the face of evil itself. That the monsters choose to hide behind masks shows how deeply depraved and cowardly they really are. We must remember we are at war. Or that face will show itself again and again.Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch chimes in with the following:
Anyone who thinks that God's greatness is established by such acts of barbaric cruelty must be resisted at all costs.I want to add one thought. I know this is a horrid thing. I’ve seen several of these things and they turn my stomach. I dread having the even think of it. But this video should be released as respectfully and responsibly as possible. Hard to do I know, but the public must be shown this evil. Otherwise how are they to know the truth. Also I have an all too realistic awareness of what the threat below really means. We don't want to release it but we feel we have to release it. The Jawa Report will bring you updates if and when it becomes available. Our prayers go out to Atwar Bahjat and her family.
(note the beheading of the Nepalise hostage is very similar in description. Don't watch it unless you are certain you want to and are over 18 or 100)
Howie Gets Very First Death Threat
I was blabbing on the blog this week about how I had never received a direct death threat yet. Well the dry spell is over boys and girls.
From: hisham faiad email@example.com Signed-By: yahoo.com | Mailed-By: yahoo.comWell, to be honest, he also includes Rusty so I have to share this one. Rusty wrote the post too so that’s even more credit to Rusty, thanks man, couldn’t have done it without you. Oh and if it’s from a troll just pulling my leg, thanks man for thinking of me. And if I'm just one of those misundrstanders of Islam and in translation "cut your neck" means "buy you a beer", thanks man and sorry for splashing your email all over the internet. And if it’s really from a Muslim online terrorist who wants to, you know, chop off my head. You’ll have it to do then won't you.
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Date: May 7, 2006 7:09 AM
Subject: why u insult the holly qouran ? why why
why u insult the holy qouran ? why why
did u know any thing about the holy qouran ? he is the speaking of allah ( the good )allah give u ur head , hand , leg , face , eye ... etc and he can take this things all of this things so why u insult his speaking why why ? where ur mind go ? ur without mnid . allah Venge of u . i ask u somthing .
give me ur country & address and give somtimes to ............ cut ur neck
yes i willl cut ur neck beazn allah i will do that if ur brave give ur address and somtimes to killing u cut ur hand whiche Sacrilege the holy qouran
in shaa allah i will cut ur neck
I know I'm all giddy. It's my first time. I'll answer him after the the glow eases up a bit.
Most-Wanted Fugitive Warren Jeffs
(Salt Lake City, Utah) The 50-year-old leader of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Warren Steed Jeffs, has been placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List.
Jeffs is wanted for allegedly arranging marriages between underage girls and adult men, for criminal charges of sexual conduct with a minor, and for being an accomplice to rape. Convictions of the charges may put Jeffs in prison for life.
Inclusion on the FBI's list, which is disseminated world wide, increases to $100,000 the reward for information leading to Jeffs' arrest.
Jeffs is considered a prophet by about followers in Utah, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, South Dakota, British Columbia, and Quintana Roo (on the Yucatan Peninsula), Mexico. Likely protected by armed bodyguards, Jeffs is considered armed and dangerous.
There is reason to believe that Jeffs may be holed up in a FLDS church compound in Eldorado, Texas. Authorities, however, haven't acquired probable cause to enter and search. Maybe the bumped up reward will loosen a tongue.
Jeffs was profiled on last night's America's Most Wanted television program and, by all indications, is a demented, authoritarian pervert. In my opinion, Jeffs is scum. Many lives have been forever altered by his actions. He needs to be found and apprehended.
Pass the word. Call the FBI if you have information. Collect $100,000.
The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Don't Tread On Me Edition
Caption this photo of our national symbol defending his home.
I'm adding a new wrinkle to the BSCC. Captions will be allowed until 10:00 p.m. Central Time on Sunday night, and then comments are cut off.
Fatwas will be issued by those who email me at firstname.lastname@example.org voting for the best captions.
Since the comments/captions also are emailed, when you vote, please put [VOTE] in the subject line.
The top three most popular will be fatwa'd.
Winners announced Monday.
In other words, this is the American Idol of Fatwa Issuing.
Anyone juxtaposing Rusty's upcoming trip to Europe with the glare of the eagle will get super secret double extra consideration, as long as it's hilarious.
May 06, 2006
Five “Suspicious” Men Detained on AA Flight
The flight was originated in Dallas. An air martial noticed the men and the plane landed in Newark. No word yet on who they are or what made them suspicious. Five men, American Airlines, you get the idea.
AP Via Yahoo News: NEWARK, N.J. - Authorities on Saturday boarded an American Airlines plane and detained five men after it landed at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to a spokesman for the airport's operator.We’ll update when more details become available.
The plane was bound from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport when an air marshal notified authorities of five men he considered suspicious, according to Marc LaVorgna, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Port Authority police took the five men into custody immediately after the plane landed at 3:20 p.m., LaVorgna said.
Update : via Brignt and Early:
The men _ identified only as four Angolan military personnel and an Israeli _ were traveling back to their respective home countries after attending helicopter training school in Texas, said Steven Siegel, a spokesman for the FBI's Newark office.Hey at least we know people are aware and watching. False alarm.
Fellow passengers on Flight 1874, which had departed from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, became suspicious of the men because they were speaking in foreign languages and had "aircraft flight materials" with them, Siegel said.
British Copter Downed, Iraqis Cheer (video / images)
A British military helicopter crashed in the predominately Shia city of Basra today. Reports from the crash indicate Iraqi cheered the helicopter crash and threw stones at British troops who arrived at the scene.
The Iraqis involved were followers of Muqtada al-Sadr. It boggles the mind that al-Sadr and his militias weren't wiped out long ago. In recent weeks, members of al-Sadr's Mehdi Army have begun to mimick the tactics of other insurgent groups and have begun posting propaganda films on the internet. Up to this point, the Mehdi Army has simply claimed to be a militia fighting to protect Shia from Sunni abuses. Recently, a group claiming to be the Mehdi Army posted video of an attack against a Coalition tank. This is not a good sign.
All four of the British troops are reported dead. Tragic.
So much for the alleged success of the British whose 'hands off' occupation policy is so often seen as succesful in 'winning the hearts and minds' of the Iraqi people. Is it better to be feared or loved? Feared.
A British military helicopter crashed in Basra on Saturday, and Iraqis hurled stones at British troops and set fire to at least one armored vehicle that rushed to the scene. Clashes broke out between British troops and Shiite militias, police and witnesses said....The Left Coaster predicts this will drive the Brits out of Iraq sooner.
British forces backed by armored vehicles rushed to the area but were met by a hail of stones from the crowd of at least 250 people, who jumped for joy and raised their fists as a plume of thick smoke rose into the air from the crash site.
The crowd also set at least one British armored vehicle on fire, apparently with a rocket-propelled grenade, but the British soldiers inside escaped unhurt, witnesses said. British fired weapons into the air in an effort to disperse the crowd.
Shooting broke out between the British and armed militiamen, and at least two people, including a child, were killed, Khazim said.
Crowds chanted "we are all soldiers of al-Sayed," a reference to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, an ardent foe of the presence of foreign troops in Iraq.
This guy says: I’d like to think that the people who are throwing rocks at the burning wreckage of the helicopter are terrorists. I'd suggest watching the video.
Clarity and Resolve call it: Mogadishu, Somalia Redux
Robert Spencer: Tiny Minority of Extremists and They'll Welcome Us As Liberators Updates
Real Life Cripple Fight
Do not laugh at this. I repeat: Do. Not. Laugh. At. This.
Kent Hisey, 52, became frustrated by the difficulty of James Mills, who is deaf, in communicating directions....Hisey, who has two prosthetic legs, stopped his car at the Porter County Airport, got out and used his walker to go around to the passenger side, where he grabbed Mills to pull him from the car, police said.If you laughed, you are a bad person. A very very bad person.
Mills allegedly pushed Hisey to the ground, causing him to hit his head.
Chinese Sex Toys
I always suspected those Chinese thumb handcuffs had an alternative purpose. But I was thinking sinister, not sexy.
The Chinese are much more adventurous than Europeans and Americans when it comes to sex toys, said Wu Hui , chairman of Wenzhou Adam and Eve Health Products. "It's strange. Among the countries we export to - developed countries in Europe and the Americas - they like simplicity. In China, they want more functions."Throw another one of my preconceptions out the window!
Two Charged over Mohammed Cartoon Protest
These two arrests are not new arrests, as is being reported elsewhere. These two were among five protesters previously arrested for making various death threats at a protest in front of the Danish embassy over the Mohammed cartoons.
The specifics of the present charges seem to be that the pair violated the terms of their bail by leaving London. They were arrested at Stansted airport, which is part of London's regional network of airports. Stansted has a number of international flights (I will be flying out of Stansted in a couple of weeks to Dublin) including flights to North Africa. It is possible that the two were trying to flee the country.
The former UK head of radical Islamic group al-Muhajiroun has been charged over the Muslim cartoon protests in London in February, said Scotland Yard.Hat tip Michelle Malkin and the Blogfather Charles Johnson, both of whom have more.
Anjem Choudary, 39, of Ilford, Essex, was bailed after being charged with organising the protest without notifying the police.
Abdul Muhid, 23, of East London, was charged with two counts of soliciting to murder. He was remanded in custody.
Update: Working. For now.
My bad. Comments not working anywhere.
You can still leave a comment, but you'll have to click on the title of each post, then scroll down to the comments at the bottom of the individual post page.
Sorry for the inconvenience, but we're apparently under spam attack. I hope it's like a fatwa or something.
Racism in Russia: My Experience
I had was always very sympathetic to charges of racism in my youth. But after I lived in Moscow for a year, I realized that minorities in the U.S. have no idea what the hell they are talking about when they talk about America being a racist country--as if it was somehow unique or worse here than in other parts of the world.
In Moscow, for instance, people who were from Africa or the Caucuses were always stopped by the police. Yes, I used the word always on purpose, because every time I got on the subway the police would be shaking down a person of color.
You never heard the word Chechen without a scowl--but Chechen was used to describe anybody who looked like they were from the Caucuses. Chechens, every one would tell you, ran the mafia.
Africans? Drug dealers. Not all of them, you know because every one had at least one African friend they could vouch for, just most of them.
Lowest on the racial totem pole were the Romani---they gypsies. No one could just say gypsy without using the modifier filthy.
Karol at Alarming News notes that racial tensions seem to be mounting in Russia, but according to this AP report everything was much better under Communism. Of course, what the article fails to mention is that under the Soviet System citizens were required to carry identity cards listing their race.
And "Jew" was a "race" according to the Communists.
If you're going to throw away money....
...why not throw some Jeff Goldstein's way? I'ts not like you weren't going to waste it anyway.
Kennedy Crash Police Report
Images from the police report on Patrick Kennedy's crash near the Capital. Full documents here.
Raw Unedited Zarqawi Blooper
Centcom has released the unedited version of old Muscab piddling around with his weapon. Meanwhile the video is circulating widely in the Arab world.
John Gibson via FOXNEWS : This was the raw tape of the Zarqawi video propaganda session in which he was to portray himself as the Arab superhero slaying the enemies of the Arab people and the enemies of Islam as well.A reasonable test methinks.
That's why the black jihadi outfit. That's why the Popeye forearms. That's why the gun blasting away. That's why it hurts that he doesn't know how to actually operate the weapon. The tough guy needs his helper to figure out his gun.
In the Arab world this didn't play so well, which figures.
But on the other hand, the Americans evidently come out looking bad on this too.
That's the part that sounded weird to me…
...."The reason the Americans haven't captured or killed al-Zarqawi is that they need an Al Qaeda connection to justify their occupation of Iraq."
I guess they haven't heard we actually want to leave Iraq.
I suggest to any Iraqi who knows where Zarqawi is, please, test the Americans on this point.
Tell the Americans where he is and see if they ignore the information and let him go on with his bombing and beheading, or whether the Americans take the information, go to the location and leave a smoking crater where Zarqawi was last seen standing.
Oops screwed up Mike's name sorry corrected.
May 05, 2006
My Experience With United 93
That's the best I can describe how it felt watching this movie.
Helpless watching the passengers board, the door shut and the plane taking off with 4 terrorists bent on flying it into the Capitol.
Helpless watching the FAA, ATC's, and military trying to make sense out of what was going on.
Helpless watching the ground get closer and closer before the screen went black.
You want to yell "Don't get on that plane!" You want to yell "No, dammit, American Flight 11 is NOT still in the air!" You want to yell "They're not POSSIBLE hijackings, goddammit!"
But all you can do is sit there, helpless, knowing what the end is going to be.
This movie will weigh heavily on my mind when we get ready to board our flights for our upcoming vacation. While watching United 93 left me feeling helpless, I know that in the post 9/11 world, no American plane will be ever be hijacked in that fashion again and used as a guided missile.
We have the heroes and heroines of United Flight 93 to thank for that.
Update: My wife offers her thoughts on the movie.
Patrick Kennedy off to rehab!
Yahoo News :WASHINGTON - Rep. Patrick Kennedy said Friday he was entering treatment for addiction to prescription pain drugs after a middle-of-the-night car crash near the Capitol that he said he had no memory of. "That's not how I want to live my life," he declared.Unfair you say? Seems pretty dog gone fair after the left’s feeding frenzy against Rush last week. Ha! Shoe now on the other foot! I’m sure that somehow a Democrat on pain medication is just not the same though and we should have sympathy for Mr. Kennedy. In fact, Rush is standing up for Kennedy.
Caller To Rush Via Rush: Now, what you just mentioned about Patrick Kennedy, even though he's a Kennedy, and even though, you know, we all know about his family, and you're at odds with the Democrats, you're showing true compassion for the man's well-being, and you shouldn't be admonished for it. You should be commended for it.Now aren’t you all ashamed of yourselves?
Talk Left and a few others were not too hard on Rush, so a few were fair but of what I read that was a pretty small minority.
Patrick Kennedy DUI Photo Found
UPDATE: with commentary by Senator Edward Kennedy.
Founder of Islamist Forum Arrested, Terror Plot Against Swedish Christians Uncovered
Three would-be jihadis were arrested for plotting to a terror attack against a Christian minister in Sweden. One of those arrested was the founder of the Islamist web forum Mujahedon.net, known only as 'Mehdi'. The Islamist forum, like most terrorist websites, has a disclaimer that it is unmoderated:
We do not encourage "terrorism" [quote marks in original]. And we follow Swedish law and orders, i.e. freedom of speechInterestingly, the three first met at the Terrorist Media website--a site originally dedicated to uncovering and unmasking terrorist propaganda which we've linked to on occasion. Notice that the url for Terrorist Media website includes "nukem" in it.
"Mehdi" has also been twice convicted on drug related charges and has served time in jail. Perhaps this is where he became interested in militant Islam?
One of the three men detained is a native born Swedish national who denies converting to Islam. His attraction to helping terrorists? It seems that something about the Islamist hatred of Israel and Jews resonated with "Johan".
The last of the men charged is the son of Bosnian refugees.
An Evangelical church in Uppsala, Sweden was targeted for an attack by terrorists, according to charges brought against three men in Sweden this past week. The case, brought against three Swedes of Iranian, Bosnian and native Swedish backgrounds, is the first such prosecution for terrorist attacks planned against targets in Sweden.From an English language Swedish publication, The Local:
Christian preacher Ulf Ekman's Word of Life (Livets Ord) evangelical church in Uppsala was the target of the alleged terror plot.
Three men have been charged with planning a terror attack against preacher Ulf Ekman's Word of Life (Livets Ord) evangelical church in Uppsala. The case is the first ever prosecution for terrorist offences planned to take place on Swedish soil, and only the second case ever under Swedish terror laws.Hat tip: Hukutas
The alleged plot was unveiled during the investigation into last year's failed firebomb attack against an Iraqi polling place in Stockholm. Police found references to plans to attack the church in a computer belonging to a 22-year old man of Iranian origin referred to as Mehdi.
The Swedish security police, Säpo, found information in the computer allegedly linking two other men to the plans. They were identified as Milan, a 19-year old of Bosnian origin from Trelleborg in Skåne, and Johan, the 25-year old son of Swedish professionals from Kramfors in northern Sweden....
Among the evidence presented by Lindstrand were pictures of the Livets Ord headquarters and a film showing two of the men studying the organization's website. In another film, Milan "warns the European people," which prosecutors interpret as expressing sympathy for Jihad.
"The motive for the plan is rooted in the fact that Livets Ord is pro-Israeli," said Lindstrand.
The controversial Christian movement, which has famous adherents including pop singer Carola, has expressed strong support for Israel, and actively encourages Russian Jews to move there.
The men had not decided when the attack would take place, and Lindstrand says he believes that it was prevented by the police's intervention....
He is charged with terrorism for carrying out the attack on the polling place in Kista, a Stockholm suburb, and for planning terrorist offences in relation to the alleged plot against the Word of Life.
He has admitted the attack in Kista, but has played down his role, claiming he was asked to sabotage the vote by an election official. He says he and two accomplices were payed 10,000 kronor. He is still being held by police, while his alleged accomplices have been released.
Milan is suspected of instigating terrorism, meaning he is suspected of encouraging others to commit terrorist acts. He refers to himself as a faithful Muslim, but speaking to DN he distanced himself from militancy or terrorism.
We have noted regularly the Islamist presence in Sweden. Most of the terror threats in Sweden, though, have come from the Kurdish expatriate community. But it should be remembered that the Islamist movement is pan-national, thus, Ansar al-Sunnah, while led by Kurds, is busy fighting the secular Kurdish government in Iraqi Kurdistan.
UPDATE: Looks like Aaron at Internet Haganah noticed this one too.
Previous: Ansar al-Sunna finds 'Safe Haven' in Sweden, Issues Death Fatwa Against Christian Minister
Army of Ansar al-Sunnah--In SWEDEN!?!?!
Muslim Ruled Sweden?
Islamist Websites Used to Recruit Jihadis, Spread Propaganda
The AP is reporting that the Pentagon monitors thousands of jihadi websites. I'm seriously stoked to hear this. The Islamist use the internet to their advantage to recruit and disseminate propaganda. It's good to know somebody is watching what the enemy is doing.
A Pentagon research team monitors more than 5,000 jihadist Web sites, focusing daily on the 25 to 100 most hostile and active, defense officials say.
The team includes 25 linguists, who cover multiple dialects of the Arabic language and provide reports on events sparking anger on extremist Web sites, Dan Devlin, a Pentagon public diplomacy specialist, said Thursday. The researchers, for instance, focused in November on the backlash caused by the Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
The question I have for the Pentagon is this: Why haven't you shut them down?
Sure, we can gather intelligence from these websites. But what does this intel really produce? An occasional arrest of a jihadi wannabe? It's difficult, at best, to track down terrorists from information gathered on Islamist forums, and impossible to do so if they are posting to those forums from Iraq or Afghanistan.
So, again, does the value of that intelligence outweigh the damage done by the propaganda? I don't think so.
Here is a VOA report about the same Congressional hearing. It's really rather scary, and I believe it bolsters my position that these websites need to be shut down.
What they heard surprised even those who were somewhat familiar with al-Qaida and other groups use of the Internet to spread anti-American and anti-Western propaganda.This will require, not only as Hoffman suggests, a coordinated media effort, but rather a military strategy which treats the internet as a medium where war is waged. This means treating Islamist websites as weapons of war, and those that run them as enemies and legitimate targets for military action. We need not kill them, as in traditional warfare, but we must take away their weapons. While this sounds like a daunting and difficult taks, it is far simpler than building smart bombs and far cheaper.
Bruce Hoffman is a counter-terrorism expert with the RAND Corporation.
"The internet, once seen as an engine of enormous education and enlightenment, has instead for many of these radical jihadi groups become a purveyor of the coarsest and most base conspiracy theories," said Bruce Hoffman.
Hoffman says nearly 5,000 websites are maintained by terrorist groups. More than a dozen groups producing their own video, and half of these he identifies as Iraqi insurgent groups....
Terrorist groups design their material to intimidate, particularly in the case of Iraq, in addition to spreading hate themes, and attempting to recruit new members. Some web sites openly advertise for internet or information specialists.
The presentation drew this reaction from Democratic Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, and Republican Mike Rogers.
ESHOO: "We're reminded that terrorism is psychological warfare and that is really what is being waged with these."
ROGERS: "They are very sophisticated. Not only are they out recruiting individuals they have finance networks globally, they recruit people globally. They also have a media message targeted at specific groups. That is a very sophisticated global operation."
What, if anything, can be done? Bruce Hoffman says the challenge is to match military and other steps aimed at depriving terrorists of physical sanctuaries, with action in cyberspace:
"The success of U.S. strategy importantly, will depend on our ability to counter al-Qaida and the radical jihadis ideological appeal, what I call countering the five R's: the resonance of their ideological message, their ability to recruit and replenish their ranks, and their capacity for regeneration and renewal we have seen in recent years," he said.
Justice Ginsberg Jumps the Shark
Many on both the Left & Right misunderstand the Madisonian system of checks and balances. Those misunderstandings are only amplified when an otherwise rational person goes to law school and is taught that seperation of powers somehow means that each branch of government is fully independent of the others.
If you want to get stupid real fast, go to law school. So it doesn't really surprise me that one our nation's top jurists opens her trap and lets the stupid come out. Newsmax:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Tuesday that a Republican proposal in Congress to set up a watchdog over the federal courts is a "really scary idea." ....Imagine that, Congress limiting the scope of courts. Those jack-booted thugs in Congress! Art. I, Sec. 8 of the Constitution:
"My sense now is that the judiciary is under assault in a way that I haven't seen before," she said.
As an example, she mentioned proposals by senior Republicans who want an inspector general to police judges' acceptance of free trips or their possible financial interests with groups that could appear before them.
"It sounds to me very much like the Soviet Union was .... That's a really scary idea," said Ginsburg, who was put on the court by President Clinton and is one of its liberal members. ...
Ginsburg said her concerns were about the legislative branch setting up a so-called guardian for the judicial branch. She also said there have been discussions in Congress about limiting the scope of courts.
The Congress shall have power to....To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court.So Congress has the power to set up courts, but not to oversee them? Brilliant thinking justice Ginsberg!
My favorite part of her statement is the notion that supervising judges for malfeasance is somehow akin to the Soviet Union's political model of the courts. And while were ruminating on the depths of Justice Ginsberg's intellectual capacity, try to wrap your mind around this one: Hitler was a vegetarian, and so is that guy who played the farmer on Babe. Think about it.
Stop the ACLU has more along with some statements from that other judge who the Left is afraid of. You know, Justice Scalia, who wants more democracy. Scary thought, that.
More Kennedy Drunk Driving?
Two accidents in two weeks? Neither of them alcohol related? Right.
The Kennedy Crash and the McKinney Punch
In his second official statement, Representative Patrick Kennedy says that he smashed his car into a security barrier in the wee hours yesterday morning because of prescription drugs.
From the Washington Post:
Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy crashed his car into a security barrier near the Capitol early yesterday, and officers at the scene suspected that he might have been intoxicated, a police union official said.Kennedy now claims that the combination of medications disoriented him and apparently made him sort of sleepwalk out to the car, thinking that he had to get to a vote.
Kennedy (D-R.I.) issued a statement late last night -- his second in several hours -- saying he had been disoriented after taking prescription drugs: Phenergan for gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, and Ambien, a sleeping medication.
Embarrassing as this floundering may be, it raises a more serious question. Capital Police officers have said that they were prevented by their superiors from conducting field sobriety tests on Kennedy, who was reportedly driven home by a Capital Police sergeant.
Was Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney onto something when she said that the incident that culminated in her punching a Capital Police officer was precipitated because she is black?
May 04, 2006
Arab Teens with 150,000 Detonators
(Qalansawe, Israel) I was troubled and tickled by this almost unnoticeable report from Monday night.
Three teenagers from the Arab town of Qalansawe were arrested after 150,000 detonators were found in the house of one of them. The teenagers, age 15 and 16 were taken to a police station for questioning where they claimed that the detonators meant for their personal use.Obviously, there is more to the story since history shows that the Arabs customarily are prevented from using more than one detonator per teen. Once the detonator is used, it destroys itself and its user. Therefore, the three teens were not going to "personally use" 150,000 detonators.
Since police reportedly found no explosives, it's logical to assume that the cache of detonators was only temporarily stored by terrorist plotters in anticipation of future attacks against Israel. I would also assume that Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are aggressively pursuing the actual owner of the detonators and trying to determine how they were smuggled into the country. Notably, the storage location is an Arab community which sits a mere 10 miles inland from the coastal city of Netanya, a favorite venue for suicide bombings.
Hackers Still Hacking
After being mentioned without being really mentioned today on CNET. Aarons.cc has been hacked again.
The hacker left this email address. Mail To : 020@xp020[dot]com
Blue Security Via CNET : Blue Security was unavailable for comment at the time of writing, but in its blog posting, it said Blue Frog would continue to combat spammers.
"We're helping the community fight the Blue Independence War. We fight for our freedom from spammers and cybercriminals. This is our big chance to reclaim the Internet. We must not let it slip from our hands," it said in the blog.
"Some desperate spammers are doing their worst to harm our community. They'd like us to back off, and agree to get their spam silently. Needless to say, that is not going to happen. We're not here to listen to their vile threats and fraudulent advertisements. We're here to stand up for our right to be let alone," the posting added.
America Responds to French Request for Zacarias Moussaoui
Can We Talk?
Ayaan Hirsi to liberal group.
Via Atlas Shrugs : “My criticism of the West, especially of liberals, is that they do take freedom for granted,” Ms. Ali responded. She noted that Western Europeans born after World War II are unused to conflict. “They have lost the instinct to recognize that there can be such a thing as an enemy or a threat to freedom, and that’s what I’m witnessing in Europe now,” she stated. “[There is] a pacifist ideology that violence should never be used in any circumstances, and so we should talk and talk and talk. Even when your opponent tells you, ‘I don’t want to talk to you, I want to destroy you,’ the reaction is, ‘Please, let’s talk about the fact that you want to destroy me!’”Burn!
Now my son and I can spend some really important quality time doing a six episode Star Wars marathon. I’ll never have to explain Episode V and VI again! And no kid, those are my toys at grandma’s not yours.
Timeout.com :Geeks the world over have reason to celebrate today – George Lucas has finally listened to their pleas and is releasing the original versions of the 'Star Wars' trilogy on DVD.Yes Mom, it is the same poster from my bedroom wall.
On September 11, two-disc sets of 'Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope', 'Episode V The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Episode VI Return of the Jedi' will hit the streets, featuring the digitally restored and re-mastered versions of the movies.
And as bonus material, they will also include the Holy Grail for true 'Star Wars' fans - the original theatrical versions of the films.
Abu Muscab al-Zaqueery Bloopers
Fearsome Mujahadbeen can't operate cool assault weapon in video.
ABCNEWS (video bloopers here): Lynch said Zarqawi decided not to publicize the piece, which shows him decked out in New Balance sneakers. In it, he said, Zarqawi had trouble firing his automatic weapon and needed assistance from an aide, and his associates "do things like grab the hot barrel of the machine gun and burn themselves."LOL! The little fat fool wears designer infidel sneakers too.
UPDATE by Rusty:
Royalty paid to al Qaeda by al Jazeera for propaganda video: $5k
Abu Musab al Zarqawi blooper reel: priceless
What's so interesting about this is that it comes on the heels of several academic studies suggesting that the best way to discredit an insurgency group is to make fun of them. I. Kid. You. Not.
Role Reversal Honor Killing
What goes around comes around I always say. I detect the odor of sweet, sweet irony here.
ME Times: Pakistani police have charged a 45-year-old woman with beheading her husband with a dagger and chopping up his body after he planned to take a fourth wife, officials said on Wednesday.What’s good for the goose…
Majeeda Khatoon lopped off her spouse's head, cut off his legs with the help of relatives and dumped the body parts in a sewer in Gulshan-e-Hadeed on the outskirts of the southern city of Karachi, police said.
"The victim was said to bear a passion for women and Khatoon, who was already fed up with her husband's extramarital activities, got annoyed when he said he was going for a fourth marriage," said another police officer, Akhtar Shah Bangash…
…Pakistani men are permitted to take up to four wives under Islam, although most do not.
More often it is women who are subjected to brutal "honor punishments" including rape and murder for alleged adultery or for bringing supposed shame on their families.
Really, really terrible almost as terrible as the conditions that women tolerate under Islamic Law. I guess she'd had enough. It seems Pakistan is the where this is most reported but still enforcement is spotty at best.
Blogs Not Trustworthy, But Neither is Mainstream Media New Survey Reveals
A multi-country survey commissioned by the BBC & Reuters reveals that people in the U.S. and the U.K. are generally skeptical about the information read on blogs, but that they are also distrustful of the traditional mainstream media. The good news, though, is that the internet is gaining popularity as a source for news and seems to be more trusted by the younger generation.
The research found that just 25 percent of respondents said they trusted blogs, while 23 percent said they did not trust them....There is also a stark contrast between those in the U.S. and the U.K. and those living in the rest of the countries surveyed. Citizens of the two English speaking countries are far more distrustful of the mainstream media than are citizens in developing countries. From another Reuters article on the survey:
Online sources were, for example, the first choice among 19 percent aged between 18 and 24, compared to just 3 percent in the 55-64 age range.
"But although it is changing, our research perhaps suggests that this change in Internet usage may not be as fast as some who have been investing in it believe," Miller said.
A 10-country opinion poll for Reuters, the BBC and the Media Centre found British and U.S. consumers out on a limb when it comes to public levels of trust in the media.And how does Reuters interpret why Americans and Brits are so skeptical of their news?
Overall trust in the media in Britain has bounced back over the past four years, from a low of 29 percent trusting in 2002 to 47 percent today. But this is still below the 10-country average of 63 percent.
Americans emerged as the most critical of the news media's balance, with 69 percent disagreeing that the media reports all sides of a story.
A similar proportion, 68 percent, thought the media covered too many "bad news" stories.
"In this research we did not probe exact reasons for the lower levels of trust, but our instincts as researchers tell us that it's because the U.S. and UK are two countries at war," he added.This is a typical Leftwing response, which has no basis in reality. Survey after survey show that those who work for the MSM are far to the left of the American center. Journalists also report voting for a Democratic Presidential candidate in far greater numbers than the population. If anything, at least for the American side of the pond, distrust is a product of a media establishment out of touch with mainstream American values--not because the media is to the right, but because it is to the left!
The low levels of trust may, he said, be related to perceptions in the U.S. that the media is too close to the government on issues relating to the Iraq war.
What is so silly about the al Reuters explanation is that the data show that Americans and Brits trust their governments more than they trust the media. So, why would people distrust the media less if it was because they were too cozy with the government?
Further, if the Reuters explanation had any merit, why would the most trusted MSM source in America be the right-of-center FOX News and the centrist CNN (both with 11% in the poll)? In the U.K., the most trusted source of news is the government owned and operated BBC, which 32% say is the most trustworthy!
You can see the raw polling numbers and the original report in PDF format here.
Moussaoui's Mother Blames Racist Americans for Conviction, France May Seek Tranfer
The mother of would-be terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui is blaming racism in the United States for her sons conviction. Because, you know, it's not like he confessed to plotting to murder American citizens or anything. That, and the fact that he plead guilty really had nothing to do with it.
We now see that the propensity for bizarre statements is a family trait in the Moussaoui family.
"I don't share the ideas and the words of my son in the court," she said, but added that it was "because of his words, his color, his race, that he was sentenced to life."Yeah, right, words like, "I am al Qaeda" and "I plead guilty." Those words.
Immediately following Wednesday's verdict, El Wafi said on French radio that she felt "dead" and that he was convicted of crimes he didn't commit. She called it "the worst thing that could happen to a mother."No, the worst thing that could happen to a mother would be for their child to die at the hands of terrorist scumbags like your son, el Wafi. Or maybe they didn't teach you that down at the local mosque?
And it looks like France might take el Wafi's request that Zacarias Moussaoui be transferred to a French prison seriously. Believe it or not, this might be a good thing. My understanding of French prisons is that the conditions in them are absolutely horrible.
France could at some stage ask the United States to allow Zacarias Moussaoui to serve his life prison sentence in a French jail, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.What the Moussaoui case shows is that the American court system is simply not prepared to try terrorists. It seems to me that Moussaoui, and many others we label terrorists, would have been called a 'sabateour' in previous wars.
"A possible demand for transferring Zacarias Moussaoui could be looked at within this framework," Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said at an electronic press briefing.
"But in any case, we have to wait for the American justice system to provide a definitive sentence and to define the conditions of the sentence," he added.
During WWII there were cases of German sabateours 'invading' U.S.. From the FBI:
The purpose of the invasions was to strike a major blow for Germany by bringing the violence of war to our home ground through destruction of America's ability to manufacture vital equipment and supplies and transport them to the battlegrounds of Europe; to strike fear into the American civilian population, and diminish the resolve of the United States to overcome our enemies.What happened to these 8 men who snuck into the U.S., dressed as civilians so as not to be detected, plotted to blow up major industrial centers and symbols of American power?
By June 27, 1942, all eight saboteurs had been arrested without having accomplished one act of destruction. Tried before a Military Commission, they were found guilty. One was sentenced to life imprisonment, another to thirty years, and six received the death penalty, which was carried out within a few days.That is how you deal with terrorists.
Mexico Backs Away from Drug Legalization
In a turnaround from what was previously reported, Mexican President Vicente Fox has balked on the drug legalization law.
Mexican President Vicente Fox backed off signing a drug decriminalization bill that the United States warned could result in "drug tourism" and increased availability of narcotics in American border communities.Really? I'm confused. Fox wants the law which drops criminal penalties for possession to clearly state that drug possession is a criminal offense.
Fox reversed course Wednesday and said he was sending the bill back to Congress for changes, just one day after his office had said he would sign it into law. The measure would have dropped criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs.
Fox's statement said he will ask for corrections "to make it absolutely clear in our country, the possession of drugs and their consumption are, and will continue to be, a criminal offense."
It doesn't make sense to me. Of course, I'm a guy who thinks "law-abiding illegal alien" is a contradiction.
May 03, 2006
Moussaoui Gets Life: Travesty of Justice
Moussaoui deserved death. This is a travesty of justice.
UPDATE: NY TIMES:
“America, you lost!” Mr. Moussaoui shouted as he was led from the courtroom after the verdict was announced.UPDATE: Fuzzy logic alert from friends and readers. So, you're happy that Moussaoui got life in prison because killing him would have made him a martyr? That does make a kind of superficial sense, but think about it. By that logic, no jihadi should ever be killed!
Ayman al-Zawahiri shouldn't be killed because that would make him a martyr. Osama bin Laden's cave shouldn't be bombed because getting 72 virgins is what he wants anyway. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi wants to be a martyr, making him live in the empty quarter is a far harsher punishment.
Allah agrees with the above, "Does that apply to Bin Laden too? If he turns around tomorrow and says the worst thing we could to him is supply him with lots of prostitutes, do we call the Mustang Ranch?"
UPDATE: He won't be kept in GP--general population--so unfortunately there won't be enough time for him to become someone's "bitch" or get a shiv in him. Instead, he'll have a private jail cell for the next 30 years, where he'll have a Koran delivered to him by a prison guard with white gloves every morning, he'll be given a prayer mat, and he'll have an imam come visit him once a week to discuss his misunderstanding of the word "jihad" in the Koran.
A federal jury rejected the death penalty for al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui on Wednesday and decided he must spend life in prison for his role in the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.The story actually uses the word "rebuffed" to describe what one single juror could have done.
After seven days of deliberation, the nine men and three women rebuffed the government’s appeal for death for the only person charged in this country in the four suicide jetliner hijackings that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.
Here is a link to the complicated jury form. The jury had to answer all of these questions in order to give Moussaoui the death sentence. This is worse than doing taxes.
UPDATE: Bluto reminds me that the jury had to be unanimous. Do you think you could get a group of people to unanimously answer in the affirmative to the complicated questions asked in the above form? It's like getting two accountants to agree on a 1040--impossible!
I've got some advice for Moussaoui: watch your back in prison.
Others: Joyner, "Incredible. If Moussaoui doesn’t deserve to die for his crimes, almost no one currently on death row does."
Allahpundit will have a link to the answered jury questionnaire shortly. Ace thinks that one of the jurors might have lied about their opposition to the death penalty. It's a temptation to think that this guy so obviously deserves the death penalty that a juror must either be insane or have lied about being "death penalty qualified" to get on the jury. It seems more probably to me that our federal laws just don't contemplate a person like Moussaoui being tried in a court of law.
SoCal Pundit: This is a sad day in the War on Terror.
Say Uncle: I think it’s for the best not to make a martyr of him.
UPDATE by VINNIE:
First off, while I had hoped for the death penalty, our appeals process may have made it merely a symbolic judgment. I don't know. God only gave me 20/20 vision in hindsight. In foresight, I could use trifocals. Big, coke-bottle lens trifocles.
But, whatever your thoughts on the sentencing, the Moussaoui trial gave us a gift. That gift is the record of the trial.
You may view the exhibits presented at the trial here.
I chronicled the worst of them here.
No matter what you think of the sentencing, the trial, the jurors, always think this:
Never forget, never forgive.
MORNING UPDATE, May 4th, from Rusty:What the Moussaoui case shows is that the American court system is simply not prepared to try terrorists. It seems to me that Moussaoui, and many others we label terrorists, would have been called a 'sabateour' in previous wars.
During WWII there were cases of German sabateours 'invading' U.S.. From the FBI:
The purpose of the invasions was to strike a major blow for Germany by bringing the violence of war to our home ground through destruction of America's ability to manufacture vital equipment and supplies and transport them to the battlegrounds of Europe; to strike fear into the American civilian population, and diminish the resolve of the United States to overcome our enemies.What happened to these 8 men who snuck into the U.S., dressed as civilians so as not to be detected, plotted to blow up major industrial centers and symbols of American power?
By June 27, 1942, all eight saboteurs had been arrested without having accomplished one act of destruction. Tried before a Military Commission, they were found guilty. One was sentenced to life imprisonment, another to thirty years, and six received the death penalty, which was carried out within a few days.That is how you deal with terrorists.
Centcom Loves the 101st Fighting Keyboardists.
I caught your post about the 101st Fighting Keyboardists. Good luck with the project! I’m not sure if you have been to the US Central Command website but we regularly post news, photos, audio and video from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. You (and your fellow bloggers) are welcome to use any materials you find on our site. If you’d like to receive the weekly electronic newsletter and monthly Coalition Bulletin, just ask.Related Jawa Report Post.
Louis Rukeyser Dead at 73
When I was just a wee lad my Grandfather on my Fathers side always watched two programs that stuck with me. One was the McLaughlin Group, the other was Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser. When Wall Street Week dumped the ailing Rukeyser for two empty TV heads from Money Magazine I stopped watching.
NPR : John Ydstie has a remembrance of straight-talking business commentator Louis Rukeyser. The author, columnist and television host died Tuesday. He was 73.Rukeyser.com has a short biography here. Lou I'll miss you ;)
Update : Rukeyser.com :
As many of you know, Louis Rukeyser died May 2 at his home in Connecticut. We have lost a great man who was an inspiration to millions of investors — and to those of us who had the honor of working with him.
All you bloggers out there linking the NYT obit where's my freaking trackback? For that matter NYT where's my freaking TB.
Not really related but this is what I was looking for when I found Lou had passed away. Frank DeFord was good this AM. He asks why are most former Athlete politicians Republicans?
Online Integrity: Protecting The Privacy of Bloggers
Josh Trevino has come up with a voluntary, nonpartisan and nonideological code, meant to bring a basic measure of decency to online discourse. As one of the last of the anonymous bloggers, I wholeheartedly endorse it.
I've never understood the need to make claims of authority when writing online. Either what I write makes sense, or it does not. As long time readers of this blog know, I never write anything on this blog which is related to my academic research. My graduate school training may have helped me learn to write, but it did not train me to write about terrorism, propaganda, or South Park. My field of expertise usually comes as quite a shock to those meeting "Rusty" for the first time.
You do not need to know who I am. I am not Dr. Rusty Shackleford. For those of you who know the real me and have helped me keep my identity private, I thank you. Even though I have not even met some of you personally, I consider you friends.
There have been various attempts to "out" me. For the most part, these efforts are attempts to shut me up. No untenured college professor would dare to say some of the things I've said over the years--even when they are in tongue-in-cheek. Thus, trying to dig into the personal lives of public figures is a way to squelch what they really think.
The tactic may be familiar for readers of John Aravosis' America Blog. Aravosis and his readers have made it their mission to "out" gay public figures who have taken public stances against issues they support. They justify this as pointing out "hypocrisy"--a gay Congressman is a hypocrite if he doesn't support gay marriage and thus "deserves" to be outed. But really, this is nothing more or less than the online equivalent of blackmail---either change your policy stance or we will reveal to the world embarrassing information. Closetted gay Congressman who agree with Aravosis need not feel threatened. Their secret is safe.
At the most nefarious level, though, trying to "out" anonymous bloggers can be dangerous. The recent online attacks against my long-time blog friend Aaron is evidence that the various death threats I've received in the past should be taken seriously. Thus, for those of us who use humor to take on the Islamists and jihadis, our anonymity is also our shield against potentially violent repercussions. While I don't think most jihadis have the means to carry out their threats, it is possible that some of them do. Yet another reason for me to remain anonymous.
You can find the online statement of principles here. Here is the part that attracted me:
Persons seeking anonymity or pseudonymity online should have their wishes in this regard respected as much as is reasonable.Indeed.
From the Washington Post:
Herndon voters yesterday unseated the mayor and two Town Council members who supported a bitterly debated day-labor center for immigrant workers in a contest that emerged as a mini-referendum on the turbulent national issue of illegal immigration.
Residents replaced the incumbents with challengers who immediately called for significant changes at the center. Some want to bar public funds from being spent on the facility or restrict it to workers living in the country legally. Others want it moved to an industrial site away from the residential neighborhood where it is located.
This will be the first of many nasty surprises for politicians who fail accurately to judge the mood of the electorate concerning illegal aliens. While this was a local election, and certainly some of the issues that resulted in unseating the incumbents are not relevant on a national scale, the outrage felt by many Americans has been grossly underreport