July 31, 2006
Castro Cedes Power to Brother
Cross-posted from The Dread Pundit Bluto
From the Akron Beacon Journal:
In a stunning development, Cuban leader Fidel Castro temporarily ceded his presidential power to brother Rául Castro late Monday due to ''an intestinal crisis'' that requires ''complicated surgery,'' according to a letter read on Cuban national television.Fidel Castro, 79, would never give up power, even temporarily and to his own brother, if he weren't facing a serious medical crisis.
Bolton on Hizb'Allah's Human Shields
It says something about the morality and respect for human life of Hezbollah that they would use innocent civilians as shields; that's just something that for civilized people is not acceptableApparently, John Bolton was absent for Political Correctness 101. Thank God for that.
The Other Iraq
Rob of Say Anything interviews Bayan Rahman Of The Kurdistan Development Corporation.
Ms. Rahman is currently in the United States meeting with the family and friends of soldiers who have fallen in Iraq to thank them for their loved one's sacrifice for Iraq. She is also promoting the KDC's website called The Other Iraq, which is dedicated to showing the positive things that are going on in Iraq (especially the Kurdish region in Northern Iraq). The website is featuring some commercials with Iraqis thanking America for liberating Iraq. I suggest you check them out.
I sorta like them Kurds, myself.
Qana : So Far, More Questions Than Answers
Everyone seems to be condemning the carnage at Qana, but no one seems to have succeeded in putting together a full explanation for exactly what happened. Viewed with only a few facts in mind, the story makes a certain amount of sense. The IDF hit a building with a bomb. After the bomb hit the building, the building collapsed. After the building collpsed, dead bodies were found in the rubble. Given the above facts, one might presume that the bomb caused the building to collapse and the collapse of the building killed the people. As we learn more facts, however, it appears that the story may not be quite so cut-and-dried.
From the facts as they presently appear, the building in Qana was hit by an IAF air strike sometime between midnight and 1:00 am, and collapsed sometime between midnight and 8:00 am. Hizb'Allah claims the building collapsed immediately after it was hit. The IDF claims they have evidence the building didn't collapse until approximately 8:00 am. The IDF's reputation for veracity is about 1,000 time higher than Hizb'Allah's, so I'm going to give the IDF the benefit of the doubt on this one.
The building's collapse resulted at least partly from combination of the air strike and the passage of time. There's a possibility that something else happened to the building eight hours later. If the building collapsed as a result of only the air strike and the passage of time, we can expect the building would've shown visible signs of significant structural damage after the air strike and before its collapse. If this is true, it's hard to believe anyone could consider the building a safe place to be hanging out after receiving a bomb hit sufficient to bring it down. Perhaps a structural engineer could address whether a building on the verge of total collapse might appear sound to the untrained eye.
Apparently, it's generally agreed that approximately 50 dead women and children were found in the rubble of the building sometime after its collapse. Either they were killed by the airstrike at midnight, killed by the collapse of the building eight hours later or killed by something other than the air strike or the building collapse.
If the women and children were killed by the airstrike, it seems very strange that the corpses would be left in the building for eight hours, unless no one in the village knew the building had been hit, which seems unlikely. Assuming it was known that the building had been hit, how could the people of the village know that all the "corpses" were dead? Wouldn't there normally be an evacuation of the survivors and the corpses? If the women and children were killed by the collapse of the building, it seems very strange that living women and children would be placed in a building which had been hit by an air strike and was showing signs of structural damage.
Hizb'Allah has definitely been milking the Qana event for every ounce of propaganda value. We haven't yet seen any conclusive evidence that the building collapse itself was a staged event, but there may be more here than first meets the eye.
Hot Muslim Chick Eralda Hitaj
She competed in the 2006 Miss Universe Pageant as Miss Albania. She did not win, but still she's a winner with me.
Eralda Via Miss Universe:I am part of the new generation that has made true and big changes in my country by doing what we believe is right. Although the prejudices we face everyday challenge us step by step, I believe that this has made me stronger and braver in admitting and doing what I think is right.This 19 year old is not only sharp looking she is smart too. Are you sure the Koran didn't get mixed up and Muhammad left Muslim women in charge? They seem to set a much better example than most of the men.
Hat Tip: Mactastic Rusty Wicked.
Ahh so cute!
And hot in a swimsuit. No Burka for this girl. Praise Allah.
The Bottom Line.
This is a good article over at The Conservative Voice. Personally I think Hezbollah and the rest of the Middle East is laughing their ass off right now. Our concern for their manufactured hardships was easily predicted and shows our weakness. Yes we are being played like a fiddle.
The Conservative Voice: In this brave new world of political correctness and human rights for Islamic terrorists who have vowed to destroy Western civilization and all who adhere to civilization in general, only terrorists are now being given the green light to wage war. The arguments (AKA excuses) for this insane line of thinking are few and tepid. But, they are apparently powerful enough for those who continue to maintain a hatred for the Western world and a love for the “poor oppressed terrorists” in our midst....Remember Muhammad's words, "War is Deceit!"
...The Israeli airstrikes against Hezbollah rocket launchers in the village of Qana resulted in over 50 women and children, located in an apartment building, being killed. But, it appears that no men were killed. Hmmm. Interestingly, this is a standard terrorist Hezbollah tactic. It removes the men (so that they can continue to fight with Hezbollah) and leaves women and children for “collateral damage”—to be used as a public relations’ ploy for the world press. It worked and continues to work to Hezbollah’s advantage. Hezbollah was and is not blamed—only its victims (in this case Israel) are. The leftist mainstream press drinks long and hard from the wine Hezbollah and other worldwide terrorist organizations provide to them and then proceeds to become drunk on it.
The bottom line? Only the terrorists should be allowed to fight. Yeah. That should do it!
Related at Rhymes with Right. Hat Tip: Master Vinnie.
Israelis End Unilateral Ceasefire (UPDATED)
Cross-posted from The Dread Pundit Bluto
From the Associated Press:
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes in southern Lebanon on Monday, hours after agreeing to temporarily halt raids while investigating a bombing that killed nearly 60 Lebanese civilians, mostly women and children seeking shelter.The quick resumption of aerial operations suggests that the Israeli investigation found exactly what The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler suggested: that Qana was a staged event, arranged by Hizballah for a credulous world press to lap up. The building in Qana was attacked between midnight and 1 AM local time, and collapsed seven to eight hours later, plenty of time for Hizballah to stuff the building with civilians, living or dead, then bring it down.
Worldwide Islamonazi Movement Continues, Left Yawns
A synagogue attacked in Sydney? Psha! Keith Olbermann is on, dude!
Cross-posted at Mein Blogovault.
Hizb'Allah's New Body Armor
The Party of Allah has issued new, high-tech body armor to its agents in southern Lebanon. This new armor is expected to stop any and all weapons the IDF may plan to use against Hizb'Allah.
UPDATE: SeeDubya notes "Actually, they’ll probably try this, and it’s pretty close to what they’re doing already, so I shouldn’t laugh."
July 30, 2006
Stratfor on the Israeli Cease Fire
Stratfor holds forth on the partial cease fire announced by Israel:
The Israeli air force has been operating intensely for almost three weeks and clearly can use a 48-hour stand down. This decision, if confirmed opens the door to a cease-fire in place that would leave Hezbollah with a draw -- a victory from Hezbollah's point of view. At this point, Hezbollah has a critical decision to make that will not be known until dawn local time, as that is when Hezbollah has launched its first salvoes at Israel in the past.Israel's partial cease fire puts Hizb'Allah in an interesting position. If Hizb'Allah continues its rocket attacks despite the partial cease fire, Kofi Annan and others who continue to call for a full cease fire would do so from a position of even less credibility (assuming that's even possible). Then again, if Hizb'Allah ceases the rocket attacks, it seems that it risks appearing weak at a time when it's been gaining credibility via a show of strength.
Hezbollah has Charities, as did the Nazis
Did you know that Hezbollah has many charities that it operates? It's true. So did the Nazis.
A recurring theme of Hezbollah apologists is that they do many good things. Just check out these fifth columnists in the U.S. defending Hezbollah. See especially Part2a & Part3 in which American Muslims say exactly that. (via Charles Johnson)
Below are German propaganda posters showing the softer side of the Nazi party. They were collected from this website about Nazi and East German propaganda.
A poster for the Nazi Winter Aid chairty. It reads No one shall go hungry! No one shall be cold!
More propaganda below.
A poster from the National Socialist People's Welfare Charity (NSV) . It reads Health, child protection, fighting poverty, aiding travellers, community, helping mothers: These are the tasks of the National Socialist People's Charity. Become a member!
Another NSV poster. Support the assistance program for mothers and children.
Interestingly enough, even the Nazis tried to evacuate children from cities under siege. The poster encourages parents to register their 3-14 year old children with a program which took them to the countryside. Compare that to Hezbollah.
I also noticed that the CNN reporter who was on the scene in Qana bombing today as the building collapsed said that all the victims seemed to be women and children. It's as if there were no men of fighting age to be found.....(Video: Gellerman responds here and here.
One last poster. Compare with what British moonbats are saying.
The Jew: The inciter of war, the prolonger of war.
UPDATE: Remember that he who wins the propaganda war often wins the war. (hat tip: Olivia)
Breaking the Blog Sabbath
I'm working today anyway, so the Sabbath is out the door. Besides, I'm stuck in front of a computer that doesn't have the stats program I've been using. So, in addition to working, I'm not getting anything done!
Some 'vacation' this is turning out to be.
So, I beg forgiveness to the Lord of Blogs for breaking the 4th commandment....
Thanks to all for the advice on the guns. I think this pretty much explains why I don't already have one.
Hezbullah Supporters Trash UN HQ in Beirut
You can tell how obetient and frightened Hezbullah supporters are of the the Blue Helmets from this pic and the others in this article.
Hezbullah - your days are numbered. When the next several thousand rounds of negotiations, shuttle diplomacy and
letters condemnimg Israel accords are over, then there may be a possibility that the UN just may at some point issue some very strongly worded-language to the supporters of this militant Islamic group.
EDITORIAL NOTE: Some of the comments have been deleted, due to one particularly rabid Hezbullah supporter ("Cedar Revolution") spewing Nazi-like rhetoric all over the thread. GM has responded dutifully as any good man would with some pointed words of his own - he is not repeating himself ad nauseum. The comments he was rightfully spanking were corrosive and in this humble Jawa's opinion, warranted deletion. Apologies to GM and the readers for the confusion.
Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.
The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Does This Thong Make My Ass Look Fat? Edition
Just what is Pamela Anderson saying to this man, who is not Kid Rock, on a yacht near France (go figure) right before she's supposed to get married?
I might issue fatwas, but I don't see the need really. You pervos will have a field day with this.
Not that I'm not a pervo, or anything.
Can We Call It Terrorism NOW?
SEATTLE - The man suspected in a fatal shooting rampage hid behind a potted plant in a Jewish charity's foyer and forced his way through a security door by holding a gun to a 13-year-old girl's head, the police chief said Saturday.
Using a human shield. Check one for terrorist.
Haq, a Muslim, told authorities he was angered by the war in Iraq and U.S. military cooperation with Israel.
Check two for terrorist
"He pointedly blamed the Jewish people for all of these problems," Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske said at a news conference Saturday.
Hard to tell, could be terrorist, could be Kos Kid. I'll fudge the odds and check three for terrorist.
According to a statement of probable cause, Haq told a 911 dispatcher: "These are Jews and I'm tired of getting pushed around and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East."
Taqqiya, check four for terrorist.
And, we have a hero in all of this, the pregnant woman shielding the child in her womb (take THAT N.O.W.):
One of the women wounded in Friday's shooting — hit in the arm as she shielded her pregnant belly — helped bring the crisis to an end by crawling into her office, calling 911, and convincing her assailant to talk to dispatchers, Kerlikowske said.
"She's a hero in my eyes," he said at a news conference.
Maybe Chuck Norris will make a movie one day called "The Hero And The Terrorist," assuming anyone besides us will ever come around to calling the guy a terrorist.
July 29, 2006
(Video) Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West
You can watch the full-length version of the film Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West by clicking the play arrow above. I highly recommend it.
Thanks to Joel.
UPDATE: Video now working. Thanks to QT Monster for the updated link.
He's Going To Buy A Gun, And He's Serious
This is an open-thread type post to solicit advice for Dr. Rusty Shackleford to aid him in his quest to defend himself and his family.
My two cents for Rusty is to get trained by a certified firearms instructor.
Update by Howie: How about this one?
Update by Vinnie: Nah, I like this one better:
Thanks to everyone leaving the excellent advice for Rusty. He is reading it, I can assure you.
More "Not Terrorism": Muslim Doctor Shoots Bicyclist in Texas
Crack Jawa reporter Bluto sends us information that a Muslim doctor randomly shot a bicyclist a few days ago. Do we even have to say that terrorism was immediately ruled out as a motive and that the man's Muslim faith was not even mentioned?
Because as we all know, Islam never inspired anybody to kill anybody else. Ever.
Move along folks. Nothing to see here.
A doctor has been charged in the drive-by shooting of a bicyclist, who was hit in the chest and shoulder and is now recovering at the same hospital where the physician works.Yup. Random. No motive whatsoever.
Dr. Wameeth Fadhli, a doctor at the University of Texas Medical Branch hospital in Galveston, was jailed Thursday on $60,000 bond after being accused of firing numerous shots at the 22-year-old man on Tuesday.
According to witnesses, the victim was riding his bicycle when a sport utility vehicle pulled alongside and began firing what they described as a pistol. The witnesses told police the shooter was alone and wearing what appeared to be surgical scrubs, said Galveston County Sheriff's Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo....
"At this point, this looks like it could have been just a random shooting, and that makes it a pretty scary crime," Assistant District Attorney Xochitl Vandiver said.
Bluto makes an interesting speculation in the form of a "lets hope". Go read his post to see what that is. He's not the first to say it.
My inclination is to answer the speculation with a "no".
Organizations tend to commit organized acts of terror. Not what we've seen in the past couple of days.
What we see, then, can be explained by part bravery and part commitment to values. Like I've always said: if the Left and Muslim extremists really believed what they say they believe, then there would be a lot more domestic terrorism.
Either they don't really believe half the things they claim, or they are cowards.
UPDATE: Someone from Galveston e-mails that his wife works at the hospital. Apparently there is a lot of gossip going around as to what might possibly have happened.
He retracts his earlier statement that Dr. Fadhli was Persian. His wife thinks he comes from a Saudi lineage. But Fadhli's wife is Italian and isn't veiled.
The suspect in the shooting, Dr. Fadhli, came in to work two weeks ago bloodied and claiming he had had a run in with some gang types and had been beaten. So, the local gossip is that this might have been pay back.
But it is all speculation at this point.
Aw, He Ain't A Bad Guy For A Terrorist
Courtesy of the blog grandfather, a Seattle Times picture of the not-a-terrorist terrorist suspected of trying to rid the world of those pesky Jews.
Yeah, peace on you too, bub.
This is militant Islam in action, but we don’t want to think or talk about Islam, so we’ll pretend that the fact he’s a Muslim is irrelevant (“terrorists come in all shapes and sizes” is the official PC postion of government), and if we can’t attach a known group to the shooter we’ll close our eyes to the fact that he might have reason the understand that his religion impelled him to act.
Rwanda : Kofi Annan's Legacy
I'll begin this post with my quote of the day:
the overriding consideration is the need to avoid entering into a course of action that might lead to the use of force and unanticipated repercussions.
- Kofi Annan
The above Kofi quote could've been a message about any situation anywhere in the world. As we all know, Kofi's very opposed to the use of force. Kofi seems to have an abiding faith that everything can be solved through the unilateral practice of peace-ism. One could see him speaking the above quote in connection with the current Israel-Hizb'Allah conflict or the genocide in Darfur, for example. Whatever happens, avoid using force. In fact, avoid continuing a course of action that could lead to the use of force. Actually, let's avoid even entering into a course of action that could lead to the use of force.
Kofi Annan is, of course, the man we're being advised to rely on to protect the rights of Israelis against Hizb'Allah.
The quote above was from a 1994 cable from Annan to Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, head of U.N. "peacekeeping" operations in Rwanda. Annan's message was sent in response to Dallaire's detailed and specific warnings to Annan that organized preparations for mass genocide were being undertaken by the Rwandan government, under the direction of the Hutu political leadership. These activities included the importation and stockpiling of weapons, in direct contravention of U.N. resolutions. Dallaire requested authorization to take action.
As I'm sure we all recall, Kofi adamantly refused to authorize any "force-y" type activity by Dallaire. Kofi authorized Dallaire (sort of) to communicate the information to the Rwandan President. That is, Dallaire was authorized to inform the head of the Rwandan government that the Rwandan government was making genocide preparations, but only if Dallaire was "convinced that the information provided by the informant is absolutely reliable". Kofi clearly wanted the Rwandan government to understand that any unpleasant "mass genocide" type activity could potentially result in the consideration of the preparation--or even delivery--of a stern-ishly worded letter from the U.N.
In the meantime, the training and preparations continued. Three months later, over 800,000 Rwandan Tutsis were slaughtered by the army and government-backed militias in an orchestrated genocide, carrying out the plans that Dallaire had repeatedly warned Annan about. Throughout the slaughter, as all of Dallaire's predictions came to pass and U.N. peacekeepers stood by and witnessed sickening carnage all around them, Kofi repeatedly re-emphasized the overriding necessity of avoiding the use of force.
Again, this is the man we're expected to rely on to protect the rights of Israelis against Hizb'Allah.
Iran Bans Pizza
Well not pizza exactly just the word. I'd like an 18 inch super deluxe elastic loaf with extra bacon and cheese.
Washington Post: TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered government and cultural bodies to use modified Persian words to replace foreign words that have crept into the language, such as "pizzas" which will now be known as "elastic loaves," state media reported.A few others I think are common.
The academy has introduced more than 2,000 words as alternatives for some of the foreign words that have become commonly used in Iran, mostly from Western languages. The government is less sensitive about Arabic words, because the Quran is written in Arabic.
Among other changes, a "chat" will become a "short talk" and a "cabin" will be renamed a "small room," according to official Web site of the academy.
"Nuclear Bomb Fuel" will be renamed "The good stuff".
"Tryanny" shall be renamed "Freedom".
"Israel" shall be renamed "Extinct".
India Blog Ban Bugs
It seems maybe they need some help from expatriots living here to work out the kinks, eh?
Via Traderrob at Opinipundit: Fourteen days after the government asked Internet Service Providers(ISPs) to block access to four ‘‘offensive’’ blogs, India’s world-renowned computer techies have not been able to selectively ban only those websites. Instead, all of blogspot, geocities and typepad.com are only accessible in fits and starts throughout the country.So, if you are in India and still reading this blog you are in big trouble Bub.
ISPs say this is due to technical constraints, but now, some experts are saying that the situation is more a sign of incompetence than technical constraints.
This Is A Test Of The Blogspheric Alert System
It's only a test.
And that concludes this test of the blogospheric Alert System.
This was only a test. Had this been real, you would have been instructed to go about your daily lives as if the internet never existed.
July 28, 2006
Islamic Terrorism in Seattle, Jewish Woman Dead
Killing Jews is the logical consequence of calling them terrorists.
Terrorists deserve to die.
Killing Jews is the logical consequence of calling Israel a state engaged in genocide.
Supporters of genocide deserve to die.
The witness said the man identified himself as an American Muslim.Seattle Times:
One person was dead and five others were hospitalized this afternoon in after a shooting at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle building in downtown Seattle by a man who declared he was "angry with Israel."Predictable:
Seattle police later arrested the alleged gunman, who reportedly had walked into the building between Lenora and Virginia streets on Third Avenue in Belltown and started shooting. One victim died at the scene, according to police....
All five of the wounded are women
Two women are in satisfactory condition. A 37-year-old woman, five months pregnant, One woman, who is 37 and 20 weeks pregnant, was shot in the forearm. The other woman was shot in the knee, Steele said.
David Gomez, an assistant special agent-in-charge for the FBI, said there is nothing to indicate the gunman is part of a larger organization.Which brings up an interesting question: must one belong to an organized group to be a terrorist?
I seem to recall that that nutjob who went up on the Temple Mount murdering Arabs was called a terrorist. And rightly so. He was a terrorist.
Seems to me that randomly killing members of an ethnic or religious group as a message to the larger group is the very definition of terrorism.
Me? I'm going to go buy a gun. I'm serious. UPDATE explanation: For the Instapundit peeps who don't know why I might need a gun, I'm not Jewish but am a proud supporter of Israel.
The reason for the gun? The death threats. Hundreds of them. All for criticizing the ROP over the years.
Suddenly those threats seem less idle than they did yesterday.
Blogfather too, with video of the arrest.
Update by Vinnie Bias? What bias? "Gunman" "employees claimed to be Muslim"
Uh....AP, care to explain since you also put this in the article?
Staff members said they overheard him saying "'I am a Muslim American, angry at Israel,' before opening fire on everyone," Meislin-Dietrich said.
African Taliban Readying for Regional Jihad, World Sleeps
The African Taliban are gearing up to spread their jihad to neighboring states. Like the Afghan Taliban before them, the Somali version--known as the Union of Islamic Courts--first goal is to establish its authority in Mogadishu, and then spread the Islamic state to areas still not under its control.
The group is already receiving the aid of Arab and other non-Somali mujahadin--including al Qaeda linked fighters. Already a safe-haven for international terrorists and funded by Gulf and Sudanese oil money, it will not be long before news reports pick up the fact that training camps are being established and the flow of arms to the Islamists is increasing.
Above: AP photo of suspected arms being flown in to Mogadishu. The airplane is a Soviet Ilyushin Il-76 with Kazakhstani national airline markings. The Il-76 is one of the world's largest airplanes
Like the Afghan Taliban before them, the Islamists in Somalia deny any link or support of terrorism. And just like Afghanistan, the evidence is overwhelming to the contrary. Again, the U.N. and world community takes the word of terrorists that they are not, in fact, terrorists.
The interim Somali government--which has no authority anyway--is about to fall based on its failure to officially back the Islamist militias who are now imposing sharia law on most of the country.
War now looms between Somalia and its Islamist allies in Eretrea, and Christian Ethiopia. Ethiopian troops are already said to be inside Somalia.
And the U.N.? As usual, the main concern of the U.N. is peace at all costs. Even if that cost is the freedom of Somalis and the establishment of a new safe-haven where the jihad can be exported across the Horn of Africa and beyond.
The holy warriors receiving support in Somalia today will be the mujahadin fighting in Southern Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, & Djibouti tomorrow. From there it will move across Africa, probably first to Nigeria where sharia is already imposed in the north.
Then, before the world is even aware of the conflict, New York City.
Israel can defeat Hezbollah without our help, but if Ethiopia does not begin to receive MASSIVE amounts of U.S. military aid IMMEDIATELY, then a far larger problem looms on the horizon.
The U.S. already has troops stationed in Djibouti.
The fifth column at the Council of Islamic Relations, predictably, calls the takeover of Somalia by the Islamists a positive change (via Charles Johnson). Let me repeat that, CAIR calls the takeover of a country by an al Qaeda linked grouped a positive change.
Let that sink in for a moment.
This is VERY bad news. Eritrea may be the conduit for which arms are beginning to flow--with the help of Kazakhstan, but the real problem is in Sudan and in Saudi Arabia. VOA:
For the second time this week, a large plane arrived in the Islamists-controlled Somali capital of Mogadishu Friday, carrying an unknown cargo. But many people believe it contains weapons from Eritrea, which the Islamist leadership in Somalia denies. VOA Correspondent Alisha Ryu in Mogadishu says, reports of military activity by rivals Eritrea and Ethiopia in Somalia are fueling fears of a proxy war.I highly suggest reading the rest of this post below, and immediately contacting your Congressperson. Defeating the Islamists in Africa is just about the last thing on their minds in this election year.
A Russian-made Illuyshin-76 cargo plane touched down early Friday morning at the recently reopened Mogadishu airport. It had the same Kazakhstan Airways markings as a plane that landed Wednesday.
In both cases, there was extraordinary security. Islamic militiamen sealed off all roads and prevented curious on-lookers from gathering near the facility. But some eyewitnesses said that they saw several large trucks leaving the airport in a convoy a short while after the plane landed.
The arrival of the two planes this week is fueling speculation among Somalis that neighboring Eritrea is helping to arm Somali Islamists, who are facing a possible showdown with Ethiopian troops, believed to be protecting the country's secular and highly vulnerable interim government, which has its headquarters 250 kilometers away in the town of Baidoa.
Below: AFP reporters captured this picture of the arms transfer.
If this part of the article is true, then we are in bigger trouble than I thought. Hopefully, this is just State Department speak while Defense, as usual, does the important work.
The United States has urged Somalis to seek a dialogue, aimed at creating a unity government, and has called on Ethiopia and Eritrea to avoid any actions, which could hamper that effort.Meanwhile, Somali ministers and parliamentarians are being shot in the street. Reuters:
Gunmen shot dead a Somali minister outside a mosque on Friday, triggering riots by pro-government protesters who threw rocks and burned tyres at the interim administration's provincial base of Baidoa.And it wouldn't be al Reuters if the spirit of Santayana didn't haunt these words:
Witnesses said assailants opened fire on Constitution and Federalism Minister Abdallah Deerow Isaq as he left prayers -- an attack sure to heighten tensions in the violence-plagued Horn of Africa nation which many fear is sliding toward war.....
Other sources in Baidoa, however, said one [suspect in the killing] was a young Muslim fundamentalist based at the same mosque.
Born out of sharia courts created from the mid-1990s to restore some order to Mogadishu during a period of anarchy and violence, the Islamists defeated U.S.-backed warlords in Mogadishu and have since expanded to take other towns.Just like Kabul ca. 1994.
The U.N.? Feckless, as usual. Relief Web:
The senior United Nations envoy to Somalia appealed for calm today in the strife-torn African country after gunmen assassinated the Minister for Constitutional and Federal Affairs Abdallah Deerow Isaaq outside a mosque, and he announced he will attend an urgent regional meeting called to discuss the worsening situation.....We do not need dialogue, we need victory against the Islamists before they successfully turn Somalia into a regional and world threat.
Yesterday, Mr. Fall wrote to the chairman of the Executive Council of Islamic Courts to reiterate his call for a resumption of peace talks with the Transitional Federal Government. He also stressed the UN’s commitment to pursuing all avenues for peace and reconciliation through dialogue in Somalia, which has not had a functioning government since President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991.
From the AP:
A Islamic Courts Militia stand on Personnel Armoured Vehicle guarding the Villa Somalia, Thrusday, July 27, 2006. The Islamic militia that has seized the capital along with much of southern Somalia said Thursday it was setting up a religious court inside the vast compound that once served as the presidential palace.AP photo at an anti-Ethiopia rally in Mogadishu. The sign reads Whoever let Ethiopians in Somalia is Evil
Another image from the same rally. Please deny that this is jihad. I dare you. The banner is a verse from the Quran.
Meanwhile, Ethiopia rightfully accuses Eritrea of supporting al Qaeda linked groups. EITB:
Addis Ababa regards the Islamists as terrorists linked to both al Qaeda and the Somali radical group al-Itihaad al-Islaami, which was all but obliterated by Ethiopian forces in the 1990s.Here is part of a larger Jamestown Foundation analysis:
"The Eritrean government is actively supporting the al-Itihaad and al Qaeda extremist leaders who oppose the widely accepted and recognized transitional government," an Ethiopian Ministry of Information statement said.
"If there is anyone who is reluctant to support peace and stability in Somalia, it is only the Eritrean government that is trying to disturb the region by allying itself with extremist elements," the statement added.
Addis Ababa denies its troops are in Somalia, while Asmara denies funnelling military aid to the Islamists
The ICU [Islamic Courts Union] and the AIAI [al-Ittihad al-Islami--behind Blackhawk Down incident, African embassy bombings--Somalian al Qaeda] are different entities, yet the former appears to have grown out of the latter, bequeathing some of its characteristics in the new body. Ideologically, the ICU and AIAI share many similarities. While the ICU wants an Islamic state in Somalia in the short term governed by Sharia law, media reports allege that the Islamic courts are eyeing a bigger Islamic state in the long term carved out of East Africa, similar to the old goals of AIAI, which wanted to create an Islamic state out of Somalia and Ethiopia. The ICU is also radical in approach, sustains a charity wing and has militias just as AIAI once did.....WAKE. UP. WORLD.
At the moment, analysts agree the demarcation between the two is thin. According to Ato Medhane Tadesse who works for Center for Policy Research and Dialogue, a local Ethiopian think-tank, the first courts were established by AIAI and multiplied as the organization loosened control. Tadesse told the Addis Ababa Reporter on July 15 that the Somali people supported the courts because they brought peace and stability. "They were better than warlords," he said. According to the analyst, former AIAI leaders oriented the courts in an Islamic way, controlled them and gave them ideological direction and brought in military mobilization. The courts, like AIAI, have a social wing known as al-Islah, and is largely viewed as reformist. It provides clinics, schools, roads and support for children.
In light of these similarities, many East African countries consider the ICU takeover of Somalia a threat. The East African, a regional weekly based in Nairobi, reported that the ICU, having seized control of southern Somalia, plans to use local elements to destabilize Kenya. The weekly quoted Somaliland Representative Saad Noor, who was in Washington on July 11, and warned the U.S. Congress that the ICU wanted to first conquer all of Somalia and then declare it an Islamic state. The next step would be to topple and control Somaliland, a territory in northwestern Somalia that declared its independence from larger Somalia when the country descended into chaos following the collapse of Barre's dictatorship. The next step, according to this representative, would be to topple Kenya and Ethiopia, two other secular states who are Somalia's neighbors.
The same publication quoted David Shinn, former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia, now a specialist in East African affairs, on July 11 telling a U.S. subcommittee that some leaders of the ICU militias wanted to re-energize the greater Somalia concept by incorporating into Somalia Somali-inhabited areas in Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. As Shinn explained, this would happen if the Islamists come to be dominated by extremist elements and succeeded in consolidating power throughout Somalia. "It will be only a matter of time before Kenya becomes subject to Somali irredentism," Shinn said. Evidence of this consolidation came on July 20, when ICU fighters advanced toward Baidoa, the seat of the TFG. The TFG, an authority created for Somalia two years ago through the efforts of Kenya and the United Nations, failed to be accepted at the grassroots level in Somalia. By the ICU's advance toward Baidoa, it is clear that the ICU wants to consolidate their rule throughout Somalia.
East African countries cannot throw caution into the wind if recent events associated with Islamic fundamentalism are something to go by. Although radical AIAI activities have generally been recorded in Ethiopia, the group is blamed for the 1993 deaths of 18 U.S. soldiers killed in Mogadishu. Furthermore, it is alleged that the al-Qaeda terrorists who destroyed the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam used Somalia as a staging area.
Terror Supporting Freak Show in London
Nordish IMs me about the latest freak show on display at Downing Street. What do Communists, Palestinians, hippies, and terror supporters have in common anyway? Oh yeah, they all hate the West.
Funny how none of them move to the socialist paradise of Moldova, Palestinian controlled Gaza, or Hezbollah-land in Southern Beirut. Not sure where the hippies would move....
That's all I can muster. Summer colds suck.
See The Difference?
I was just GoogleEarthing the Israeli/Lebanon border. I haven't done any homework to see if this has been pointed out anywhere else, but I thought I'd share the screen shots with you anyway.
Building on the prophetic Michael Totten dispatches from earlier this year and last, these ariel shots of the landscape also somewhat revealing. Notice the brown, dried up fields on the top portion of the screens. Contrast them with the Isaeli side on the bottom half. I don't know if there is a sudden patch of heat and dry land after you cross that white borderline, but something seems weird there. The landscape is dead. Hostile. Threatning. The IDF has been monitoring the areas for years now, and against all cibvebtuibs if common sense, refrained from incurring into soverign Lebanese territory. The spoke of the Hezbullah infested region with seriousness and dissapointment. Emphasis mine.
“I have worked on the Jordanian and Egyptian borders,” he said. “This is the worst. The strangest feeling here is that the other side is a no-man’s land. There is no authority that you’re working against. It is extremely out of the ordinary to see any Lebanese police or army. Only Hezbollah is armed.”
“What do you see when you look at Lebanon?” I asked the lieutenant.
“I see poverty and difficult circumstances,” he said. “I see poor farmers who work hard. After so many years of war, the last thing they probably want is more war.”
“Do you know what you’re looking at when you look into the towns?” I said.
“We track movement on the other side,” he said. “I can tell you exactly what each of those buildings are for.”
You can tell the IDF soldiers were exactly right in their assesments just from gleaning sattelite images of the area. You can also note the difference in the "life" of each side of the border. Death surrounds Hezbollah. Life surrounds Israel. Creepy but undeniable.
The Subtle Anti-Israeli Biases of an AP Reporter
Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.
I recently wrote a lengthy NewsBusters post on Syrian advocate Sami Moubayed and his forum at the Washington Post. My primary concern was the bias of the writer, which was decidedly from the standpoint of an advocate. My primary concern was the “journalist” description that the Post attached to Moubayeb, when Moubayeb’s own website identified him as an advocate for the Palestinian cause (among other things). I also clarified that I have no problem with the man’s biases, as long as they are described or revealed as such. They weren’t, in that particular case.
I was directed by a reader to another such individual – this time, an AP writer named Bassem Mroue. The writing he does for the AP has tinges of anti-American bias throughout (in this instance, for example.) Mroue's biases are even more pronounced at his blog.
I wonder if this graphic is more commonplace amongst AP and Reuters M.E. correspondents than we might think (also, a screenshot):
From another recent post on his blog entitled “More Crimes Against Humanity” :
In the southern village of Srifa 27 people were killed in the brutal bombardment by Israel, the country that American officials like to call the only democratic country in the Middle East. It is not surprising why the United States does not want to work for a cease fire because they want to give Israel more time to kill more Lebanese.I can't begin to tell you how inaccurate and one-sided that is. Here's a little bit from yesterday - compare his passage about Hezbullah to that of his pontifications about Israel:
On Hezbullah: On the political front, U.S. and European officials met in Rome but failed to call for a cease fire between Hezbollah and Israel. Hezbollah accused the United States of being behind the failure of the conference.No negative connotation. No condemnation of the terrorist group. Nothing. And now on Israeli action:
The violence will end the life or more and more people tomorrow and the days after now that the cease fire seem to be far.Notice the lack of condemnation or even a mention of Hezbullah's actions, except for an earlier repetition of "Arab news sources" reporting on a Hezbullah ambush on two Israeli units. Hezbullah, of course, touched off this current engagement by kidnapping two Israeli soldiers and killing a third (along with launching rockets into Israeli towns, targeting civilians). This doesn't even factor in the Palestinian rocket attacks that have been a near daily occurrence since Israel withdrew completely from Gaza last year.
Reports in Israeli newspapers are more and more mentioning that Israel is getting stuck in the Lebanese quagmire again and that the war was not well-planned. As days will pass there will be more opposition to the war in Israel.
A television report from a bunker in northern Israel showed a young women arguing with her mother. "Arabs want peace," she shouted.
Prime Minister Fuad Saniora said it during the news conference today that Arabs made it clear in the 2002 Arab summit in Beirut that they want peace.
All the people of this region have the right to live in peace. People are tired of war.
Now, it bears repeating that writers of all stripes are entitled to their opinions. This is not an indictment of the biases that the writer holds (with which I happen to disagree.) It is necessary, however, to note that this individual writes for the AP.
The AP provides much of the filler in every major, mid-sized and little paper in the country. They are published quickly, and in great abundance. It is easy, therefore, for the biases and slants of reporters and stringers to get lost in the great mélange of news stories ‘minestroned’ together each day to compose the news cycle that most people see on television and read about in newspapers.
The problem arises when these people are called “journalists.” Judging from the writings on Mroue’s blog, he has some pretty pronounced biases - anti-Israel biases. He has been keeping tabs on the situation in Lebanon from Baghdad, and his most recent posts reveal his ongoing editorial assessment of the confluence of events in Lebanon. I suggest you give it a read, familiarize yourself with the reporter's name and watch out for his stories printed in papers or on the AP wires.
Nothing dangerous. Just biased.
Hizballah Leader May Be Cowering In Iranian Embassy
Cross-posted from The Dread Pundit Bluto
From The Washington Times:
Intelligence reports indicate the leader of Hezbollah is hiding in a foreign mission in Beirut, possibly the Iranian Embassy, according to U.S. and Israeli officials.This may or may not be true, of course, as there are other reports of Nasrallah being spotted in Damascus, Syria.
The Times story goes on to speculate on possible Israeli action (emphasis added):
If confirmed, the reports could lead to an Israeli air strike on the embassy, possibly leading to a widening of the conflict, said officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Foreign embassies are sovereign territory and an attack on an embassy could be considered an act of war.But the converse is also true. If it's confirmed that the Iranians are allowing Nasrallah to coordinate military and propaganda actions from their embassy, which is sovereign Iranian territory, then the Iranians have committed an act of war against Israel.
eNom has now killed off both the manartv.com and manartv.org domains. Good for them.
Click the link for the most recent news about Hezbollah's No. 1 website.
The Women of the IDF
And in this corner, we have the Party of Allah:
ACLU Springs Suspected Terror Fundraiser
Don't question their patriotism. Key graph:
Hamdan, who founded a mosque in Anaheim, was arrested on immigration charges in July 2004 as federal authorities unsealed an indictment against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. The government charged that the Texas-based charity funneled millions to the Palestinian militant group Hamas.According to DTN, this "charity" was shut down on December 4, 2001, for its suspected role in providing financial support to Hamas. The government has been building the case against HLF for over four and a half years now, and the ACLU has just sprung one of the key players. It would appear that Hamdan is at the very least targeted for deportation, as he is still fighting the immigration laws he violated.
The following month, Hamdan was ordered deported on the immigration charges. His requests to be released on bond while he fights the charges had been denied until this week.
Hamdan, who was born in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank, was accused of having ties to terrorism but was never charged. Instead, he was convicted of overstaying a student visa he got 27 years ago.
Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.
July 27, 2006
Yet Another Item on My Long List of Reasons to Hate Jimmy Carter
Allahpundit at HotAir posts a video of Ed Peck, Jimmy Carter's Ambassador to Iraq. This guy is a piece of work.
Among other things, he says that Hizb'Allah is not a terrorist group and states that they're much like Allied soldiers in WWII. I don't care what your opinion is on Hizb'Allah and / or Allied soldiers. Making that kind of comparison is just stupid.
h/t to Michelle.
Kofi and Hassie
Ya know, they say a picture's worth a thousand words:
If so, what does this picture say?
h/t: Eric @ Classical Values.
Exclusive: Landis Not French
Preliminary tests of Tour de France winner Floyd Landis's blood indicate that he has "illegaly high levels" of testosterone.
In France, any testosterone in the bloodstream is considered abnormal.
Landis, though, denies the charges of using the steroid illegaly claiming only that he is male--and not the pansy metrosexual type in denial, either.
Lance Armstrong's excuse for not showing testosterone in the bloodstream? That whole lost nut thing.
Landis has called the accusation "fighting words." We expect the Tour de France judging committee to surrender any moment.
Developing.......CMUNK, reporting from Paris.
From the Mailbag
Excerpt from an e-mail from a reader who we'll keep anonymous:
This place isn't bad, but it is like Office Space, with guns.Watch out for your cornhole, man!
On a personal note, I'm spending so much time looking at data sets that my life has become the opposite of The Matrix. Instead of blondes and brunettes I pretty much just see zeros and ones.
Now what did I do with that Swingline stapler?
Hezbollah Using the UN For Cover? Say It Isn't So!
Hizballah Was Using UN Post as Shield (Updated)
Cross-posted from The Dread Pundit Bluto.
UN May Have Lied About Hizballah Activities
The Ottawa Citizen reports that an email from one of the United Nations observers killed by Israeli bombs told of Hizballah terrorists deliberately setting up firing positions near the UN post in order to use it as a shield. This directly contradicts UN statements that they observed no Hizballah activity in the area:
"What I can tell you is this," he wrote in an e-mail to CTV dated July 18. "We have on a daily basis had numerous occasions where our position has come under direct or indirect fire from both (Israeli) artillery and aerial bombing.Of course, if the UN lied about Hizballah activity, that's small potatoes compared to nepotism, aid-skimming, and child rapes.
"The closest artillery has landed within 2 meters (sic) of our position and the closest 1000 lb aerial bomb has landed 100 meters (sic) from our patrol base. This has not been deliberate targeting, but rather due to tactical necessity."
Those words, particularly the last sentence, are not-so-veiled language indicating Israeli strikes were aimed at Hezbollah targets near the post, said Maj.-Gen. MacKenzie.
"What that means is, in plain English, 'We've got Hezbollah fighters running around in our positions, taking our positions here and then using us for shields and then engaging the (Israeli Defence Forces)," he said.
That would mean Hezbollah was purposely setting up near the UN post, he added. It's a tactic Maj.-Gen. MacKenzie, who was the first UN commander in Sarajevo during the Bosnia civil war, said he's seen in past international missions: Aside from UN posts, fighters would set up near hospitals, mosques and orphanages.
Update: Looks like this story is cracking open. Following up a tip from John at Stop the ACLU, Darth Misha of The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler examines a story in The New York Sun discussing the major discrepancies raised by the email.
Three Jawans in Terror Link
Rusty scolded us for it, "I blame you three! Howie, Vinnie and Bluto. How could you?" Actual title of article: 3 Jawans in Terror Link
For the first time in 16 years of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army has arrested three of its soldiers in Jammu for their alleged links with pan-Islamic terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-TaiyyabaBut Master, It wasn’t us! Swear to God. Besides how do you get Howie from Lance Naik Mohammad Shakeel? Sure as hell isn’t Irish.
The two men identified as Lance Naik Mohammad Shakeel and Sepoy Abdul Haq and Mohammad Sharief, from Gursai village in Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district, were posted in Kulgam in south Kashmir. While Shakeel and Haq are posted with a unit in Himachal Pradesh, Sharief is posted at Ashmukam in Anantnag.
They were from Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry were suspected to have helped militants in organising attacks in Poonch and Rajouri and their families allegedly sheltered LeT militants. Besides, the Jammu police has arrested two policmen Sikander and Kabir for helping LeT cadres for organising attacks in the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri.
“The names of these two Army soldiers of JAK Light Infantry and the names of two police men had appeared in the interrogation report of a top Lashker terrorist Tipu. We have arrested them and are verifying the allegations. We had sent the names of these soldiers to their commanding officer,” said Dr Shesh Pal Vaid, inspector general of police, Jammu range. He said the Army would verify the allegations.
The soldiers were allegedly asked to arrange for SIM cards, batteries and pencil cells and to deliver letters to other LeT field commanders and operatives. Mr Vaid said they were operating as over ground workers. The Jammu police chief, however, added that the Pakistani Intelligence agency ISI had been trying to coerce the families of Jawans of Army and other paramilitary forces who hail from J&K and live on the borders, into militancy.
Hat Tip: Clint.
Syria : Iran's Sunni Prison B*tch?
Mark Steyn's latest column. The money shot:
...Saudi-Egyptian-Jordanian opportunism on Palestine has caught up with them: It's finally dawned on them that a strategy of consciously avoiding resolution of the "Palestinian question" has helped deliver Gaza, and Lebanon and Syria, into the hands of a regime that's a far bigger threat to the Arab world than the Zionist Entity. Cairo and Co. grew so accustomed to whining about the Palestinian pseudo-crisis decade in decade out that it never occurred to them that they might face a real crisis one day: a Middle East dominated by an apocalyptic Iran and its local enforcers, in which Arab self-rule turns out to have been a mere interlude between the Ottoman sultans and the eternal eclipse of a Persian nuclear umbrella. The Zionists got out of Gaza and it's now Talibanistan redux. The Zionists got out of Lebanon and the most powerful force in the country (with an ever-growing demographic advantage) are Iran's Shia enforcers. There haven't been any Zionists anywhere near Damascus in 60 years and Syria is in effect Iran's first Sunni Arab prison bitch. For the other regimes in the region, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria are dead states that have risen as vampires.Read the rest here.
Meanwhile, Kofi Annan in a remarkable display of urgency (at least when compared with Sudan, Rwanda, Congo et al.) is proposing apropos Israel and Hezbollah that U.N. peacekeepers go in, not to keep the "peace" between two sovereign states but rather between a sovereign state and a usurper terrorist gang. Contemptible as he is, the secretary-general shows a shrewd understanding of the way the world is heading: Already "non-state actors" have more sophisticated rocketry than many EU nations; if Iran has its way, its proxies will be implied nuclear powers. Maybe we should put them on the U.N. Security Council.
Hat tip: SK
Banned in India Thingy.
Note the new Banned in India thingy in the upper right hand corner of The Jawa Report. Said thingy was created by Danny Carlton at Jacklewis.net. Thanks Danny.
Rusty's reaction, "Cool!".
Hat Tip: Tim.
Don't Screw with the IAF
(Yes, it's a commercial.)
Zawahiri Calls for World Conflict
The terrorist calls for a Caliphate (Islamic State) stretching from Spain to iraq and also asked for martyrs. I have been unable to locate any part in which he offers to martyr himself. Zaqahiri has been in hiding since the US took Afghanistan. Terrorist mouthpiece al-Jazeera released the tape as ususal. I have a link to the video via AP here.
Associated Press: CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader issued a worldwide call Thursday for Muslims to rise up in a holy war against Israel and join the fighting in Lebanon and Gaza until Islam reigns from "Spain to Iraq."Also see Andrew Cochran at The Counter Terrorism Blog and Jihad Watch.
In the message broadcast by Al-Jazeera television, Ayman al-Zawahri, second in command to Osama bin Laden, said that al-Qaida now views "all the world as a battlefield open in front of us."
The Egyptian-born physician said that the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah and Palestinian militants would not be ended with "cease-fires or agreements."
"It is a jihad (holy war) for the sake of God and will last until (our) religion prevails ... from Spain to Iraq," al-Zawahri said. "We will attack everywhere." Spain was controlled by Arab Muslims for more than seven centuries until they were driven from power in 1492.
He said Arab regimes were accomplices to Israel. "My fellow Muslims, it is obvious that Arab and Islamic governments are not only impotent but also complicit ... and you are alone on the battlefield. Rely on God and fight your enemies ... make yourselves martyrs."
He also called for the "downtrodden" throughout the world, not just Muslims, to join the battle against "tyrannical Western civilization and its leader, America."
"Stand with Muslims in confronting this unprecedented oppression and tyranny. Stand with us as we stand with you against this injustice that was forbidden by God in his book (the Quran)," al-Zawahri said.
Kamal Habib, a former member of Egypt's Islamic Jihad militant group who was jailed from 1981 to 1991 along with al-Zawahri, said the al-Qaida No. 2's outreach to Shiites and non-Muslims was unprecedented and reflected a major change in tactics.
"This is a transformation in the vision of al-Qaida and its struggle with the United States. It is now trying to unite Sunni Muslims, Shiite Muslims and calling for non-Muslims to join the fight," he said.
July 26, 2006
Paybacks Are A Beeyotch
Since Islamist websites love to post pictures (and/or video) of Western hostages, I guess it's only fair to post pictures of busted Islamotards. Such as this:
These fine gentlemen* killed two Iraqi police officers and one civilian.
*yeah, that's sarcasm.
Maliki Speech Video/Transcript
I've read the speech and it's quite good despite some minor heckling. I tried to pick some quotes but the speech is best whole. I'll place it in the extended entry or read it hear at Real Clear Politics . Outside the Beltway has video of the speech. Dean'sworld is also posting here. OK one quote via RCP
The war on terror is a real war against those who wish to burn out the flame of freedom. And we are in this vanguard for defending the values of humanity.I dunno sounds like he is condemning terrorism to me.
I know that some of you here question whether Iraq is part of the war on terror. Let me be very clear: This is a battle between true Islam, for which a person's liberty and rights constitute essential cornerstones, and terrorism, which wraps itself in a fake Islamic cloak; in reality, waging a war on Islam and Muslims and values.
And spreads hatred between humanity, contrary to what come in our Koran, which says, "We have created you of male and female and made you tribes and families that you know each other." Surely (inaudible) of you in the sight of God is the best concept.
The truth is that terrorism has no religion. Our faith says that who kills an innocent, as if they have killed all mankind.
Thousands of lives were tragically lost on September 11th when these impostors of Islam reared their ugly head. Thousands more continue to die in Iraq today at the hands of the same terrorists who show complete disregard for human life.
Your loss on that day was the loss of all mankind, and our loss today is lost for all free people.
And wherever humankind suffers a loss at the hands of terrorists, it is a loss of all of humanity.
It is your duty and our duty to defeat this terror. Iraq is the front line in this struggle, and history will prove that the sacrifices of Iraqis for freedom will not be in vain. Iraqis are your allies in the war on terror.
VIA : Nouri al-Maliki
(Note: Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki delivered the following remarks before Congress today through an interpreter.)
Thank you. Thank you.
In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful, Your Excellency, the Speaker of the House, Mr. Vice President, honorable ladies and gentlemen, members of Congress. it is with great pleasure that I am able to take this opportunity to be the first democratically and constitutionally elected prime minister of Iraq to address you, the elected representatives of the American people. And I thank you for affording me this unique chance to speak at this respected assembly.
Let me begin by thanking the American people, through you, on behalf of the Iraqi people, for supporting our people and ousting dictatorship. Iraq will not forget those who stood with her and who continues to stand with her in times of need.
Thank you for your continued resolve in helping us fight the terrorists plaguing Iraq, which is a struggle to defend our nation's democracy and our people who aspire to liberty, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. All of those are not Western values; they are universal values for humanity.
They are as much for me the pinnacle embodiment of my faith and religion, and they are for all free spirits.
The war on terror is a real war against those who wish to burn out the flame of freedom. And we are in this vanguard for defending the values of humanity.
I know that some of you here question whether Iraq is part of the war on terror. Let me be very clear: This is a battle between true Islam, for which a person's liberty and rights constitute essential cornerstones, and terrorism, which wraps itself in a fake Islamic cloak; in reality, waging a war on Islam and Muslims and values. And spreads hatred between humanity, contrary to what come in our Koran, which says, "We have created you of male and female and made you tribes and families that you know each other." Surely (inaudible) of you in the sight of God is the best concept.
The truth is that terrorism has no religion. Our faith says that who kills an innocent, as if they have killed all mankind.
Thousands of lives were tragically lost on September 11th when these impostors of Islam reared their ugly head. Thousands more continue to die in Iraq today at the hands of the same terrorists who show complete disregard for human life.
Your loss on that day was the loss of all mankind, and our loss today is lost for all free people.
And wherever humankind suffers a loss at the hands of terrorists, it is a loss of all of humanity.
It is your duty and our duty to defeat this terror. Iraq is the front line in this struggle, and history will prove that the sacrifices of Iraqis for freedom will not be in vain. Iraqis are your allies in the war on terror.
History will record their bravery and humanity.
The fate of our country and yours is tied. Should democracy be allowed to fail in Iraq and terror permitted to triumph, then the war on terror will never be won elsewhere.
Mr. Speaker, we are building the new Iraq on the foundation of democracy and are erecting it through our belief in the rights of every individual -- just as Saddam has destroyed it through his abuse of all those rights -- so that future Iraqi generations can live in peace, prosperity and hope.
Iraqis have tasted freedom and we will defend it absolutely.
Every human possesses inalienable rights which transcend religion. As it is taken in the International Convention of Human Rights, they transcend religion, race and gender.
And God says in the Koran, "And surely we have honored all children of Adam."
I believe these human rights are not an artifact construct reserved for the few. They are the divine entitlement for all.
It is on this unwavering belief that we are determined to build our nation, a land whose people are free, whose air is liberty, and where the rule of law is supreme.
This is the new Iraq, which is emerging from the ashes of dictatorship and despite the carnage of extremists, a country which respects international conventions and practices noninterference in the internal affairs of others, relies on dialogue to resolve differences, and strives to develop strong relations with every country that espouses freedom and peace.
We are working diligently so that Iraq returns to take the position it deserves and it plays a positive role in its regional and international environment as a key, active player in spreading security and stability, to give an example of positive relationship between countries through denouncement of violence and resorting to constructive dialogue, solving problems between nations and peoples.
And we have made progress. And we are correcting the damage inflicted by politics of the previous regime, in particular with our neighbors.
My presence here is a testament of the new politics of a democratic Iraq.
Ladies and gentlemen, in a short space of time, Iraq has gone from a dictatorship to a transitional administration, and now to a fully fledged democratic government.
This has happened despite the best efforts of the terrorists who are bent on either destroying democracy or Iraq, but by the courage of our people who defied the terrorists every time they were called upon to make a choice, by risking their lives for the ballot box. They have stated over and over again, with their ink-stained fingers waving in pride, that they will always make the same choice.
Protester: Iraqis want the troops to leave! Bring them home now! Iraqis want the troops to leave! Bring them home now!
Speaker Hastert: If our honored guest will suspend for the moment, the chair notes disturbance in the gallery. The sergeant at arms will secure order by removing those engaging in disruption.
Protester: Bring them home now!
Speaker Hastert: The gentleman may resume.
Prime Minister Maliki: Hope over fear; liberty over oppression; dignity over submission; democracy over dictatorship; federalism over a centralist state.
Let there be no doubt: Today Iraq is a democracy which stands firm because of the sacrifices of its people and the sacrifices of all those who stood with us in this crisis from nations and countries.
And that's why -- thank you -- I would like to thank them very much for all their sacrifices.
Iraqis of all persuasions took part in the unanimously democratic election for the first parliament formed under the country's first permanent constitution after eight decades of temporary constitutions and dictatorship, a constitution written by the elected representatives of the people and ratified by the people.
Iraqis succeeded in forming a government of national unity based on an elected parliamentary foundation, and includes all of Iraq's religions, ethnicities and political groupings.
The journey has been perilous, and the future is not guaranteed. Yet many around the world who underestimated the resolve of Iraq's people and were sure that we would never reach this stage. Few believed in us. But you, the American people, did, and we are grateful for this.
The transformation in Iraq can sometimes be forgotten in the daily, futile violence.
Since liberation, we have witnessed great accomplishments in politics, the economy and civil society. We have gone from a one- party state, ruled by a small elite, to a multi-party system where politics is the domain of every citizen and parties compete at all levels.
What used to be a state-controlled media is now completely free and uncensored, something Iraq had never witnessed since its establishment as a modern state and something which remains alien to most of the region.
What used to be a command economy in Iraq, we are rapidly transforming into a free market economy.
In the past three years, our GDP per capita has more than doubled. And it is expected that our economy will continue to grow. Standards of living have been raised for most Iraqis as the markets witness an unprecedented level of prosperity. Many individuals are buying products and appliances which they would never have hoped to afford in the past.
And, in keeping with our economic vision of creating a free market economy, we will be presenting to parliament legislation which will lift current restrictions on foreign companies and investors who wish to come to Iraq.
While we are making great economic strides, the greatest transformation has been on Iraqi society.
We have gone from mass graves and torture chambers and chemical weapons to a flourishing -- to the rule of law and human rights.
The human rights and freedoms embodied in the new Iraq and consolidated in the constitution have provided a fertile environment for the ever-growing number of civil society institutions which are increasing in scope and complexity and provide a healthy reflection of what is developing beneath the violence.
The rights chartered in the constitution will also help consolidate the role of women in public life as equals to men.
And help them to play a greater role in political life.
I am proud to say that a quarter of Iraq's Council of Representatives is made up of women, but we still have much to accomplish.
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, our nascent democracy faces numerous challenges and impediments, but our resolve is unbreakable and we will overcome them.
The greatest threat Iraq's people face is terror: terror inflicted by extremists who value no life and who depend on the fear their wanton murder and destruction creates.
They have poured acid into Iraq's dictatorial wounds and created many of their own.
Iraq is free, and the terrorists cannot stand this.
They hope to undermine our democratically elected government through the random killing of civilians. They want to destroy Iraq's future by assassinating our leading scientific, political and community leaders. Above all, they wish to spread fear.
Do not think that this is an Iraqi problem. This terrorist front is a threat to every free country in the world and their citizens. What is at stake is nothing less than our freedom and liberty.
Confronting and dealing with this challenge is the responsibility of every liberal democracy that values its freedom. Iraq is the battle that will determine the war. If, in continued partnership, we have the strength of mind and commitment to defeat the terrorists and their ideology in Iraq, they will never be able to recover.
For the sake of success of the political process, I launched the National Reconciliation Initiative, which aims to draw in groups willing to accept the logic of dialogue and participation. This olive branch has received the backing of Iraq's parliamentary blocs and support further afield from large segments of the population.
I remain determined to see this initiative succeed.
But let our enemies not mistake our outstretched hand for forgiveness as a sign of weakness. Whoever chooses violence against the people of Iraq, then the fate that awaits them will be the same that of the terrorist Zarqawi.
While political and economic efforts are essential, defeating terror in Iraqi relies fundamentally on the building of sound Iraqi force, both in quantity and capability. The completion of Iraq's forces form the necessary basis for the withdrawal of multinational forces. But it's only then, only when Iraq's forces are fully capable, will the job of the multinational forces be complete.
Our Iraqi forces have accomplished much and have gained a great deal of field experience to eventually enable them to triumph over the terrorists and to take over the security portfolio and extend peace through the country.
The other impediment to Iraq's stability are the armed militias. I have on many occasions stated my determination to disband all militias without exception and re-establish a state monopoly on arms and to guarantee citizens security so that they do not need others to provide it.
It is imperative that the reconstruction starts now.
While small sections of central Iraq are unstable, large sections have remained peaceful, but ignored. For far too long, these were most deprived areas of Iraq under the previous regime and have been the most valiant in Iraq's struggle for freedom. We need to make an example out of these stable areas as models for the rest of the country.
Reconstruction projects in these areas will tackle unemployment, which will weaken the terrorists. They will become prototypes for other, more volatile regions aspire to. Undoubtedly, reconstruction in these areas will fuel economic growth and show what a prosperous, stable, democratic and federal Iraq would look like.
Members of the Congress, in this effort, we need your help. We need the help of the international community.
Much of the budget you had allocated for Iraq's reconstruction ended up paying for security firms and foreign companies, whose operating costs were vast. Instead, there needs to be a greater reliance on Iraqis and Iraqi companies, with foreign aid and assistance to help us rebuild Iraq.
We are rebuilding Iraq on a new, solid foundation: that of liberty, hope and equality. Iraq's democracy is young, but the will of its people is strong. It is because of this spirit and desire to be free that Iraq has taken the opportunity you gave us and we chose democracy.
We faced tyranny and oppression under the former regime. And we now face a different kind of terror. We did not bow then and we will not bow now.
I will not allow Iraq to become a launch pad for Al Qaida and other terrorist organizations.
I will not allow terror to rob Iraqis of their hopes and dreams. I will not allow terrorists to dictate to us our future.
For decades, we struggled alone for our freedom. In 1991, when Iraqis tried to capitalize on the regime's momentary weakness and rose up, we were alone again.
The people of Iraq will not forget your continued support as we establish a secure, liberal democracy. Let 1991 never be repeated, for history will be most unforgiving.
The coming few days are difficult and the challenges are considerable. Iraq and America both need each other to defeat the terror engulfing the free world.
In partnership, we will be triumphant because we will never be slaves to terror, for God has made us free.
Trust that Iraq will be a grave for terrorism and terrorists.
Trust that Iraq will be the graveyard for terrorism and terrorists for the good of all humanity.
Thank you very much.
Penn and Teller on the Twin Towers
About That UN Observation Post Incident
We received emails from him a few days ago, and he was describing the fact that he was taking fire within, in one case, three meters of his position for tactical necessity, not being targeted. Now that’s veiled speech in the military. What he was telling us was Hezbollah soldiers were all over his position and the IDF were targeting them. And that’s a favorite trick by people who don’t have representation in the UN. They use the UN as shields knowing that they can’t be punished for it.
stein hoist: The blog grandfather, who has the audio, too.
Also from LGF, Canada's PM tells Kofi to STFU.
Internet Hide And Seek
eNom, posted about here, has discontinued servicing almanar.com domain.
That's good, very good. However, they still service almanar.org.
One: Government funded hackers/DDOSers.
Two: Yet another example of a 7th century mindset exploiting 21st century technology, which Allah didn't seem fit to bestow upon them with the knowledge to invent. And these people think they're going to rule the world?
According to Allah...
... looking at Nadine Chandrawinata is evil.
Nasrallah : Following in Palpatine's Footsteps?
I'm not much of a Bible-quoter, but I thought these words of Psalm 83 were particularly appropriate at this time:
See how your enemies rage; your foes proudly raise their heads.I'm sure we all remember what happened at Endor.
They conspire against your people, plot against those you protect.
They say, "Come, let us wipe out their nation; let Israel's name be mentioned no more!"
They scheme with one mind, in league against you ...
Deal with them as with ... [t]hose destroyed at Endor, who became dung for the ground.
Al-Jazeera.info says, Vote Democrat.
Al-Jazeera.info is not the same website as al-Jazeera.net(english) or al-Jazeera.com(arabic)
Of course I expect al-Jazeera to team up with the left. I can see the campaign signs now. Support al-Qaeda vote Democrat. Down with Bushitler, up with the black flag!
al-Jazeera: Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) remarks at the National Press Club on Wednesday July 19th 2006 calling for regime change in Iran and described "Islamic fascism" as the "great test" of this generation, as threatening to the United States as last century's German Nazism and Soviet communism was inappropriate. These prejudicial remarks were derogatory, and highly unbecoming for a member of US senate.OK I’ll give you every religion has a few nuts but Islam is a veritable fruitcake of terrorism and violence. Obviously this is a lame excuse from Mr. Mohammed Khaku. It's about the same level as the excuses my 11 year old uses. But Billy does that. I don't care WTF Billy does we're talking about you kid. Since there are a few “extremists” in all faiths that excuses the fact that Islam has the mother load of terrorists and murderers? Not Hardly.
The Senator should know that extremists come in all faiths, and do not reflect the values and beliefs of the vast majority of the members of the religious groups to which they belong.
I have an answer for Mr. Khaku to help motivate he and the rest to root out the terrorists from their midst. If you can't or won't or don't, we will. We'll not kiss your ass any more. So unless you want to see infidel boots stomping all over your nation better get with it. Our tolerance is spent, yours serves terrorists and Islamic Fascists.
Rick Santorum, may God bless him, is spot on and should be applauded for speaking the truth.
Update Hat Tip Blue Crab Boulevard:
Howie, It was al Jazeera.info, not al Jazeera.com that the editorial is from. I've corrected, so has Captain Ed.
Thought you'd like to know.
Newspaper Publishes Anti-Israel Cartoon; Jews Don't Riot
Cross-posted from The Dread Pundit Bluto
The Norwegian daily Dagbladet recently published this cartoon by cartoonist Finn Graff, which caricatures Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as an infamous Nazi concentration camp commander depicted in the film Schindler's List who shot random Jewish prisoners for sport.
Jewish citizens, while offended by the cartoon, are not rioting in Norway or elsewhere in the world, and no one has died as a result of the cartoon.
The caricature by political cartoonist Finn Graff appeared on July 10 in the Oslo daily Dagbladet. It has prompted outrage among the country's small Jewish community and led the Simon Weisenthal Center to submit a protest to the Norwegian government.This is in sharp contrast to the behavior of Muslims worldwide, who touched off violent worldwide riots resulting in many deaths in the wake of the publication of cartoons by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
BSCC The Jawa Report : Fatwas Issued
Replace the caption with your own.
Update, Fatwas Issued!!
I have bestowed special eligibility this week upon Master Vinnie who normally can’t win because he’s a co-blogger. I have my reasons!
The "i will cut ur neck" fatwa issued against Jesusland Joe for:
I'm not scruffy!The "devil will do meetballs from your bodies" fatwa issued against Vinnie for:
Fatwa THIS, bitches!The "why you insult holly quoran" fatwa issued against Venom for:
Rusty Shackleford in Friday casual attire.And the brand new super exciting,”This sucks so no Fatwa” Fatwa issued against Dan for:
sorry can't comment, busy now!
Current market price of crude oil: $74 / bbl
Annual oil income to Iran's mullahs at current prices: $108,040,000,000 (est.)
Iran's annual support to Hizb'Allah: $100,000,000 (est.)
Iran's promised support to Hamas: $250,000,000
The freedom to tell the mullahs they can choke on their f**king oil: PRICELESS
July 25, 2006
Report: Iranian Special Forces Fighting IDF
Maybe you're like me and couldn't figure out why only small units of Israeli special forces would venture into Southern Lebanon when the stated Israeli goal has been to find and elimnate all rocket and missile attacks. Those initial search and destroy partols were ambushed by Hezbollah, but how does Hezbollah ambush an elite, trained group of special forces soldiers? Yes, it could happen and Hezbollah is certainly trained, but there's more to the story.
Israeli forces trying to root out militant Hezbollah fighters from southern Lebanon have uncovered sophisticated "Viet Cong-style" tunnel networks and encountered fierce resistance they say indicates the presence of Iranian military advisers. In its latest report on the fighting, British-based security and intelligence journal Jane's Defence Weekly cites a "senior defence source" who claims that what the Israeli army is facing in Lebanon is not a militia force but "rather a special forces brigade of the Iranian army".
I previously posted upon Iran shipping back their war dead in a war that the government of Iran claims they are not a part of in any way, but now we learn more about what the IDF has faced in Southern Lebanon and yet again, the hands of Iran are firmly entrenched.
But with all of this in mind, and there's more mind you, there are still certain so-called pundits who claim this is an Arab-Israeli war even though the vast majority of Arab nations have publicly supported Israel and wish Hezbollah would just flee to Tehran. The Iranian hands on this entire mess have left fingerprints all over, but are these fingerprints enough to call it rock-hard evidence? I don't know, but I am not in a position to do anything about it even if they were. All I can do is shed a black light upon those fingerprints.
Anything For Allah
Via Belchspeak (no relation):
When the butcher stepped out seconds later, the customer's severed left hand lay on the floor by the meat saw, Asghar said. The customer ran down the Springfield store's center aisle and into the front parking lot, leaving a trail of blood and yelling repeatedly that he was "not a terrorist." Outside, another witness said, the man announced that he had used the meat saw to cut off his hand "for Allah."
Not that Allah.
Today's Little Green Footnotes
Looks like the Untied Nations, which generally can't manage to do anything useful for the good guys, and certainly not without agonizing over it for several years, is wasting no time at all repairing the damaged highways connecting the Hizb'Allah terrorists to their Syrian suppliers. Of course, guess whose tax dollars are paying for it?
That's gotta piss of the Jews. But enough to intentionally bomb the UN?
This all seems terribly complicated. Why doesn't the State Department just send our tax dollars straight to Hizb'Allah?
If Only Apu Knew Him Like I Do
National success in unity rooted in nationalism is Communal and non-secular; national failure in disunity rooted in pseudo-secularism is non-communal, secular and cosmopolitan�and beyond all UPA dispute, non-saffronised.' Dr. Rusty Shackleford who runs the website THE JAWA REPORT has recently written a brilliant article entitled 'Why my website was banned in India?'
stein hoist: Dr. Rusty Shackleford, Brilliance Emeritus.
Lebanese Lawyer Jokes
So one Lebanese lawyer says to the other Lebanese lawyer, waaaaaahhhh.
stein hoist: Dr. Rusty Shackleford.
Along with the link, the email Rusty forwarded contained this:
P.S. I need to thank you and your blog for being one of the things that keep me and my soldiers sane.
That makes it all worthwhile.
The number one website of Hizballah is now hosted at two locations, a server in Brooklyn, New York, and one in Montreal, Canada. Having said that, the real corporate villain in this story is eNom. Operating as name-services.com, eNom is knowingly providing DNS and domain registrar service to Hizballah. The DNS service is what allows Hizballah to rapidly move this site from place to place. eNom needs to be held to account.
The notion that a U.S. company is providing services to an organization that has murdered around 300 citizens is digusting.
stein hoist: Dr. Rusty Shackleford.
As Aaron says, eNom needs to be held to account.
Hooray For Pallywood
Cross-posted from The Dread Pundit Bluto
Watch and listen as Palestinians stage scenes of "oppression" for a credulous, and curiously incurious, mainstream media.
This is not a new video, but bears watching in light of the near certainty of similar mummery coming out of Lebanon today.
Forced Marriage Law Fails in Britain.
The Dhimmifacation of Britain continues. Now a law against forcing a young lady to marry against her will has been shelved due to concerns it might offend Muslims. Tell me is there anything that does not offend Muslims
Times Online:THE lives of young women might (might be?) be ruined by the Government’s failure to make forced marriages illegal, a senior police officer has warned.Hmm I wonder why? Could it be because they view women as property?
Commander Steve Allen of the Metropolitan Police said that a decision by ministers last month to drop proposed legislation had been greeted by some ethnic minorities (let me help you Muslims) as a signal that forced marriage was acceptable….
…The head of a South Asian women’s charity said yesterday that girls were already suffering the consequences of the decision.
Between 2003 and 2005, 518 forced marriages were recorded in London, and in 2005 more than 140 in Bradford. Campaigners say those are merely the tip of the iceberg.
Most cases in Britain involve Muslim families, although the practice is not restricted to any particular religious or ethnic group. Most victims are aged between 16 and 20 and many suffer physical assault, death threats and false imprisonment, usually at the hands of close family members…
….More than 60 per cent of cases involve Muslim families, particularly Pakistani Muslim families, yet there is no faith foundation for it A forced marriage in Islam is no marriage at all. The community has a responsibility. I hear dialogue from victims but I don’t hear a great deal from Muslim men.”
ROP Attacks Jewish Man
I checked it out. It seems the Hizb,Allah supporters get upset if you take pictures of their signs.
World Net Daily:A Jewish activist was physically assaulted and his life was threatened during a planned "peaceful" rally held by the Muslim American Society in Boston, he told WorldNetDaily today.Imagine that they wanted to kill him for taking pictures. That's the Muslimes solution to everything.
"I have never been physically attacked before. I've had slurs thrown at me, got into heated debates, but what was amazing was that I was actually physically attacked," Seva Brodsky said. "Since they were the majority, and felt invincible, they threatened to kill me!"
Brodsky, who recently returned from nearly six months in Israel, captured some of the confrontation on video, available at the weblog Solomonia.com.These also express their love for “The People of The Book” in some strange ways. I must say this guy has balls. I try, but walking into the Muslime protest armed with only a camera was not what I had in mind. Better him than me.
The event Friday at Boston's City Hall Plaza was the Muslim American Society's "Justice for Palestine and Lebanon Protest." Participants brought signs, including one calling for "victory" for the terrorist group Hezbollah and the "Palestinian Resistance."
Hat Tip: Jeep Thang.
Image credit: Solomonia.
Do The Lebanese People Shun Hizb'Allah?
We keep hearing about how Hizb'Allah is viewed as a group of thugs and unwelcome radicals by most Lebanese. From what I can see, that doesn't quite square with all the facts. This story, for example, published a while before the recent "unpleasantries," paints a very different picture of the relationship between Hizb'Allah and the broader Lebanese population:
In Lebanon, where Hezbollah runs a network of schools and hospitals and participates in local elections, Nasrallah, a Muslim, is a hero even to the country's Christian President, Emile Lahoud.Okay, but Lahoud is a politician, right? And he's interested in keeping his head attached to his shoulders. Politics is politics. Surely the mainstream Lebanese see Hizb'Allah as the thugs and criminals they really are?
“For us Lebanese, and I can tell you a majority of Lebanese, Hezbollah is a national resistance movement,” says Lahoud. “If it wasn't for them, we couldn't have liberated our land. And because of that, we have big esteem for the Hezbollah movement.”
President Lahoud has such high esteem for Hezbollah, he's ceded control of the border with Israel to them -- a border where Hezbollah and Israeli soldiers now confront each other just a few yards apart.
Apparently, they don't. In a 2005 poll by the University of Jordan, 74 percent of Lebanese Christians polled viewed Hizb'Allah as a "legitimate resistance organization". Majorities of Lebanese Christians had the same view of Islamic Jihad (54%), Hamas (57%) and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades (53%). Note that these aren't the numbers for Lebanese population. These are the numbers for the Lebanese Christians. As one would expect, Lebanese Muslims considered all of these groups "legitimate" at levels approaching 100%.
Caveat: the above statements and polling data come from a time prior to last year's assassination of Rafik Hariri. I understand that the assassination had a significant effect on politics in Lebanon. Nevertheless, I was surprised by the above info.
I'd be very curious to hear from any Lebanese readers on this, whether Muslim or Christian.
(Note to Muslim commenters: we have already been informed that Allah is the greatest, that we kuffars will soon be dying fiery deaths and that Satan will be feasting on our bodies for eternity, so there is no need to reiterate that basic info. If you comment, please expand on these basic points or relate them somehow to the events in Lebanon. Thanks.)
They Shoot Hizballah, Don't They?
Cross-posted from The Dread Pundit Bluto
Ignore the irony of Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni being interviewed by a reporter from the country that enabled the murder of six million Jews, and enjoy the relentless logic of Livni's plain-spoken replies. Here, Livni tells the Spiegel reporter, in effect, that Hizballah must cease to exist before there can be peace:
SPIEGEL: What is the goal of the military action?Pathetically, Livni must explain the difference between legitimate self-defense and terrorism for an increasingly stupid and disingenuous world audience:
Livni: It's not only about the goal of the military action but about the demands of the international community that we explicitly share. They are: there must be a government and an army in Lebanon. There can no longer be militias and terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah. Hezbollah must be completely disarmed. They should no longer have the ability to be armed by Syria and Iran. In southern Lebanon there can be no more Hezbollah bases. The Lebanese army must be stationed there in its place. The global community a while ago demanded that the Lebanese government fulfill its responsibilities. It hasn't yet done so.
SPIEGEL: How do you react to the massive international criticism of the many innocent victims?Translation for Monsieur Chirac of Fwance: "We're killing vicious terrorists who hide behind women and children, you effeminate dhimmi-monkey©. Duh."
Livni: I very much regret the civilian victims. But there is a very significant difference between us and our enemies: we are defending ourselves against anyone who attacks us and use every means possible to prevent hitting civilians. The Hezbollah, however, intentionally aims its weapons at the houses of uninvolved citizens, at women and children. Israel only attacks areas where, according to our knowledge, there are terrorists. The problem is that the Hezbollah hides some of its weapons in apartment houses.
Cross-posted at Vince Aut Morire.
No Linky, You Stinky
jerk off fairly good guy stole borrowed/copied/used one of All Seeing Eyes Posts and didn't even link him. That's like being screwed without a kiss. Give him hell.Go over there and say hello.
Update: Shy boy has taken down this post. However, I suspect some of the other posts may also be copies. If you recognize a post as originiating elsewhere please notify that blogger.
We get sh!t done!
Hat Tip: Rob.
One of the other articles is from here. In fact almost all the posts are from there.
Update: Shyboy has made quite an effort to correct this. I found out today that he also has limited movement so typing is quite difficult for him. He took exception to some of the stronger language I used. My apologies if I offended Shyboy. It's supposed to be half jest anyway. So go over there and give him a holler(support).
Newspapers May Take The "Big Tobacco" Approach
Hook 'em when they're young - before they figure out how the sausage is made.
In my moderately informed yet humble opinion, I don't really think newspapers need to dumb down content any further. One of the things I learned in early newswriting classes was to "write so that even a sixth-grader can understand the story." If this meme has held true, then papers are already doing this. That is precisely the problem with papers - most are written in a patronizing, pseudo-juvenile manner that emphasizes style over substance.
Why papers don't go for a more comprehensive and intellectually satisfying news model isn't totally beyond me - there is a bottom line (declining rapidly or not), and it ultimately takes precedent . OK - theoretically, it takes precedent. Consequently, newspaper management will bet on hooking a wider, less educated readership than on keeping the better-educated information consumers demographic. This is certainly understandable in theory, but the news product suffers in quality as a result. Again, it matters not as long as bills are being paid (making the recent editorial decisions of many major papers in light of the current industry-wide decline of newspaper circulation and advertising dollars even more preplexing.)
And what do the young readers want? Doubly-dumbed-down news, apparently:
Jim Abbott, vice president of the foundation, said newspapers need to go beyond specific pages or sections aimed at young readers, "to have something on every page to reflect what those teens are thinking, what they are talking about, how it impacts them." [...even if it deosn't impact or concern them, apparently. - ed.]The future of newspaper journalism? This is coming from a teen "journalist" already working at a newspaper. This should scare any true supporter and practitioner of the profession. The future of the craft does not bode well.
Among those at the conference were 13 teenagers who served as fellows at newspapers.
Stephanie McMullen of Virginia Beach, Va., who works at the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., said newspapers have to walk a fine line between talking down to young readers [ I told you they aim to write at a sixth-grade level. -ed ] and filling the pages with news that younger people don't find interesting.
"Newspapers need to keep it professional but at the same time lower the standards a little so it's not always so serious," she said.
An old anti-war adage comes to mind, but it should be updated. Perhaps the first casualty of modern packaged news is the truth.
Cross-posted at Mein Blogovault.
The nice thing is, in the comments, the commenters police their own. Unlike here, where a couple of commenters think it's their right to dictate to us what to post.
Now all we need are some basic rules for commenting on blogs.
1. If you feel the need to post 2000 word screeds, get your own blog. Most blogging software is free.
2. If you do have a blog, don't cut and paste an entire post from your blog into someone else's comments.
3. Don't spam threads with off-topic remarks about Bush's poll ratings.
4. Don't be a jerk.
5. Telling a blog author what he should and what he should not write about is generally frowned upon. See rule 4.
And never forget Comment Rule #7: "Don't piss off Allah."
stein hoist: Slublog in the linked post.
July 24, 2006
Los Angeles Pro-Israel Rally
Dems Gunning for Bolton
According to the Washington Times, the Democrats are looking to pry John Bolton from the U.N. Ambassadorship:
Senate Democrats have promised a “bruising fight” over the administration’s nomination of John R. Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.If the Democrats think that a "Sink Bolton" campaign is just what they need to carry them to political victory, I predict they're in for a rude awakening.
Mr. Bolton’s nomination was sent out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last year without a positive recommendation after Sen. George V. Voinovich, Ohio Republican, voted against him. Democrats then twice filibustered a vote on his confirmation once the nomination was sent to the Senate floor, forcing President Bush to make a recess appointment to fill the vacancy.
Mr. Bolton’s temporary appointment is set to expire this fall, when Congress adjourns. However, the Senate has scheduled a debate this week on extending Mr. Bolton’s appointment through the end of the Bush administration. On Thursday, Mr. Voinovich announced that he no longer is opposed to Mr. Bolton, all but guaranteeing that his nomination will be sent to the Senate floor with a positive recommendation.
“I think Senator Voinovich’s announcement was — obviously, I much appreciated it, and I think it represents a fairly dramatic change in the political dynamic in the Senate,” Mr. Bolton told “Fox News Sunday.”
However, some Democrats have continued to express opposition to his nomination.
More commentary at OTB.
Todays Waaaaaaaaasted* Blog Post
Oh, dear, did I just waste another blog post on a commenter?
How dreadful in this day and age, what with the cost of blog posts skyrocketing through the roof.
Of course, this could be mitigated if Congress would allow for blog post exploration in ANWR. Our reliance on foreign imports of blog posts must be alleviated.
If that isn't scary enough, consider the fact that most leading environmental groups today inform us that the supply of blog posts worldwide will be exhausted by 2010.
Well, I'll do my part, I'm testing out the new Hybrid blog post. Burning up precious blog post on a squealing fucktard, yet not allowing that other precious resource, the Intelligent Comment, to be squandered by a drooling dickweed.
My email is on the Contact Page. You can't miss it, it's just under "The Jawa Report."
*apologies to the blogmother.
Because Blowing Up Hezbollah Is Cool
Rather than clutter up the blog with more YouTube, feel free to avail yourselves of some hot Israeli war porn action over at Vital Perspective.
G'head, you'll be glad you did.
Where In The World Is Dr. Rusty Shackleford Today?
Grabassing with the troops in Mosul, Iraq.
stein hoist: MKL
Al Manar, Still Here
Aaron sends along that Al-Manar is still operating its website on a host in Hoboken.
Why is this website still up?
He also has a list of Domain registrars used by Hezbollah.
RINO Sightings Are Up
The latest RINO Sightings are now up at The World According to Nick.
Ha Ha Ha
Jawa Watch.com or EndMuslimbaiting.wordpress.com was a short lived experiment. The site owner sought to bring us into the light by the power of his arguments for the Islamists. Within three days one of his posts read that he was going to seek a more experienced Muslim to help him with some tough questions we and our readers raised.
Apparently there were no answers. He took the site down.
Hat Tip: Wooga.
It seems to me that if your religion is so obviously out of kilter that you must seek an “expert” to explain away the murders, terrorism and intolerance. Well then it ain’t much of a religion then is it? If it made any damn sense then a lay person should have a fairly easy time answering these questions. After all he is praying five times a day to a big box. Studying the Koran and Hadiths too. WTF happened? Could it be that murder is murder and there is no qualifying it? Hmm could be.
Should his ugly mug pop us somewhere else on the web; That’s why we have The All Seeing Eye blogging here.
Is Hizb'Allah America's Problem?
Michelle reminds us that it is, indeed.
Philadelphia ID's The Real Enemy
Not that you'd expect much more from one of the most corrupt, inept Democrat-controlled governments in the nation.
Credit to IDF ISRAEL.
Thanks to OTB for the link.
July 23, 2006
More Proof The Bush Admin Planned 9/11
Cowboys like to say "yee-haw." Which, if you think about it, sounds alot like "ji-had."
stein hoist: Greg*
Oh, No You're Not
Sorry, chum, you ain't getting off that easy.
I mean, if it's some nameless terrorist in Gitmo that starves himself to Paradise, big deal. Screw the feeding tube.
But Saddam is a whole 'nuther animal. Gas chamber would be good. Firing squad without a blindfold wouldn't be bad either.
stein hoist: George Ramos
Bolton on "Proportionate Force"
What does it say about our world when this level of unambiguous clarity is so rare?:
What Hezbollah has done is kidnap Israeli soldiers and rain rockets and mortar shells on innocent Israeli civilians. What Israel has done in response is act in self-defense. And I don't quite know what the argument about proportionate force means here. Is Israel entitled only to kidnap two Hezbollah operatives and fire a couple of rockets aimlessly into Lebanon?Amen to that.
The situation is that Israel has lived under the terrorist threat of Hezbollah for years, and these most recent attacks have given it the legitimate right, the same right America would have if we were attacked, to deal with the problem. And that's what they're doing.
On display in London.
stein hoist: some anonymous emailer with a name that rhymes with "crusty."
Crap, I just broke the Blog Sabbath early.
Hamas Suing for Peace?
Senior Fatah sources in Gaza said on Saturday Hamas is ready to accept a deal that involves freeing abducted soldier Gilad Shalit, a joint cease-fire and an end to IDF actions in the Gaza Strip.Captain Ed's comments:
What is not clear is whether Khaled Meshal, the Hamas leader in Damascus, will sanction the Egyptian-brokered deal.
This represents a major concession from Hamas and an acceptance of the Israeli refusal to release prisoners in exchange for hostages. Olmert's military incursion and refusals to negotiate have finally made it clear that Israel has changed its policy in that regard.With all the excitement going on up north, I have to admit I haven't been playing close attention to Gaza. If Capt. Ed is right, this would be one more example (of many) of a calculated show of strength paying off. Perhaps that'd shut the squishy "Peace through Begging" leftists up for at least a few days, but I doubt it.
It also appears to open a split between worldwide Hamas leadership based in Damascus and Hamas in the territories. Khaled Mashaal wanted no negotiation on the demands set at the beginning by his people; he wanted a lopsided prisoner swap to undermine Olmert. Instead, Olmert called his bluff, and Mashaal's the one who may lose a substantial amount of influence as a result.
An English Lesson for Foreign Journalists
Via Israel National News:
The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) has admitted that many of the victims of Israeli retaliation in Lebanon are terrorists and not innocent civilians. A BBC reporter said he saw Hizbullah terrorists using a private home and added, "It is difficult to quantify who is a terrorist and who is a civilian."The absurdity of the BBC reporter's statement should be clear to any English-speaker upon reading it. It's akin to saying "It is difficult to determine which people are thieves and which people are citizens." Both statements are nonsensical. Though not all citizens are thieves, all thieves are citizens. Thus, there's no dichotomy between "thieves" on the one hand and "citizens" on the other. Similarly, there's no dichotomy between "terrorists" on the one hand and "civilians" on the other. Though not all civilians are terrorists, most terrorists are civilians.
Media reports have emphasized that Israeli air strikes have killed more than 350 Lebanese civilians, prompting accusations that the IDF is carrying out "collective punishment" on the country.
Since I realize that the BBC is a foreign news organization and its journalists may not speak English as a first language, it occurs to me that the proper usage of rarely-used English words like "terrorist" and "civilian" may not be clear to them. In order to prevent further confusion, I've put together the following helpful glossary for use by the Beeb's journalists in the future:
"Terrorism": "The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons"; "the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimindation [sic] or coercion or instilling fear"From the above, it should be obvious that the only Hizb'Allah terrorists who aren't civilians are those (if any) enrolled in the Lebanese military. All the rest of the Hizb'Allah terrorists are, by definition, "civilians". In other words, the BBC journalist's statement means the following:
"Terrorist(s)": "One who engages in terrorism"; "someone who employs terrorism"; "one who utilizes the systematic use of violence and intimidation to achieve political objectives, while disguised as a civilian non-combatant"; "people and nongovernmental organizations planning and executing acts of violence against civilian or noncombatant targets"
"Civilian": "a nonmilitary citizen; associated with or performed by civilians as contrasted with the military... a person who is not a member of a military... [a] citizen not part of the state through participation in the military or police force."
It's tough to separate those people engaging in nongovernmental violence against civilians from those who are not in the Lebanese military.If it's not clear to you by now, the reason it's difficult to separate them is because they're the same people.
BBC journalists: please contact me if you need any further instruction in the English language. I'm happy to help. I know learning a second language can be tough.
UPDATE: One of the commenters accused me of taking the BBC reporter's comment "out of context" and thereby changing its meaning. I've included more of the news article in order to provide the larger "context."
Islamist Rave Party 06
I just remembered this hilarious clip for some odd reason, and that I saw it here at Jawa several months back. IMHO, the time is always right to have laugh at the expense of our Hamasistanian friends. Enjoy the mind-banging techno-jihad!
Strafor : Hizb'Allah's Motivations
Hezbollah's strategy will be to tie down the Israelis as long as possible first in the area south of the Litani River and then north in the Bekaa. It can, and will, continue to rocket Haifa from further north. It will inflict casualties and draw the Israelis further north. At a certain point Hezbollah will do what the Taliban and Saddam Hussein did: It will suddenly abandon the conventional fight, going to ground, and then re-emerge as a guerrilla group, inflicting casualties on the Israelis as the Sunnis do on the Americans, wearing them down.The $20,000 question, in my mind, is this: given that each side knows (or thinks it knows) what the other side is planning to do in southern Lebanon, and given that there's no reason to expect that Israel can succeed in disarming Hizb'Allah without another extended occupation and messy guerrila war in Lebanon, what's Israel's game plan? Hizb'Allah knows that the IDF has overwhelming conventional firepower and massive aerial bombardment capability. Hizb'Allah had to expect that these capabilities would be fully utilized. What (if anything) does the IDF have up its sleeve that Hizb'Allah would never expect? What trump cards does Hizb'Allah have to play?
Israel's strategy, as we have seen, will be to destroy Hezbollah's infrastructure but not occupy any territory. In other words, invade, smash and leave, carrying out follow-on attacks as needed. Hezbollah's goal will be to create military problems that force Israel to maintain a presence for an extended period of time, so that its follow-on strategy can be made to work. This will be what determines the outcome of the war. Hezbollah will try to keep Israel from disengaging. Israel will try to disengage.
Hezbollah sees the war in these stages:
1. Rocket attacks to force and Israeli response.
2. An extended period of conventional combat to impose substantial losses on the Israelis, and establish Hezbollah capabilities to both Israel and the Arab and Islamic worlds. This will involve using fairly sophisticated weaponry and will go on as long as Hezbollah can extend it.
3. Hezbollah's abandonment of conventional warfare for a prepared insurgency program.
What Hezbollah wants is political power in Lebanon and among the Palestinians, and freedom for action within the context of Syrian-Iranian relations. This war will cost it dearly, but it has been preparing for this for a generation. Some of the old guard may not have the stomach for this, but it was either this or be pushed aside by the younger bloods. Syria wanted to see this happen. Iran wanted to see this happen. Iran risks nothing. Syria risks little since Israel is terrified of the successor regime to the Assads. So long as Syria limits resupply and does not intervene, Israel must leave Damascus out.
Looked at from Hezbollah's point of view, taking the fight to the Israelis is something that has not happened in quite a while. Hezbollah's hitting of Haifa gives it the position it has sought for a generation. If it can avoid utter calamity, it will have won -- if not by defeating Israel, then by putting itself first among the anti-Israeli forces. What Hezbollah wants in Israel is much less clear and important than what it opposes. It opposes Israel and is the most effective force fighting it.
Are both sides just going in for an extended guerilla slugfest? If so, Israel would seem to be at a distinct disadvantage, given the realities of the modern media and the ample historical evidence that democracies have a weak stomach for the messy brutality of extended guerilla warfare.
Ehud Olmert and the other Israeli leaders surrounding him are both military people and experienced politicians. I think we can presume they know all of the above and have factored all of it into Israel's strategy. It seems to me that they must have some reason to think this game, though played in Hizb'Allah's playground, can be played according to Israel's game plan rather than Hizb'Allah's. They must have reason to think that they know things that Hizb'Allah doesn't. We can only conjecture as to what those "things" might be. Hizb'Allah operatives had to know they were being watched as they prepared for this war, but I'll wager they were being watched more closely than they realized. My guess is that Israel knows quite a bit more about the logistical details of Hizb'Allah's operations in Lebanon than Hizb'Allah ever imagined, and that the IDF is currently using that information to defang Hizb'Allah somewhat more effectively than Hizb'Allah had planned for.
Syria, Hizballah Decide They Want to Talk
Cross-posted from The Dread Pundit Bluto.
Hizbullah agreed to allow the Lebanese government to begin negotiations regarding kidnapped IDF soldiers, according to speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri on Sunday afternoon.Hizballah sponsor Syria wants to talk:
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria is willing to engage in dialogue with the United States to solve the confrontation between Hizbollah and Israel, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Meqdad said on Sunday.When a gang of international Islamist terrorists and one of their sponsor states decide they want to talk about a ceasefire with Israel, it can mean only one thing - they are being badly pummeled.
Syria, Hizballah, and Hizballah founder Iran probably expected the United States to rein in Israel before much actual damage had been done to Hizballah. Now, they have apparently become alarmed at the amount of punishment Israeli airstrikes, artillery, and ground troops have inflicted.
The time for talks will come when the baby-hunting maggots of Hizballah are as close to extermination as Israel can accomplish.
Doesn't fit with your view that American citizens shouldn't be evacuated from a war zone, does it?
After all, the title of the post does read "AMEN!: Canadian Columnist Says About "Canadians" in Lebanon What I Said About "Americans" There"
Key word. "There."
I mean, how can you post pictures of a protest of Hezbollah supporters in Dearborn, Michigan, and then claim that those same people shouldn't be evacuated from a war zone? Since, well, they're not in the fucking war zone to begin with.
Debbie Schlussel makes Glenn Greenwald look like a goddamn genius. At least he attempts to cover his tracks.
So far, 8000 American citizens, out of 25,000, have been evacuated from Lebanon.
According to Debs, MOST Americans in
Dearborn Lebanon are Hezbollah supporters.
According to FACT, Most Americans in Lebanon are not being evacuated.
Does it not then stand to reason that MOST of the Hezbollah-American-Lebanese-Americans are staying behind to, well, SUPPORT HEZBOLLAH?
And how dare she spit on the actions of our military members, who willingly do whatever they can to rescue American citizens out of harm's way.
Debbie Schlussel, do you honestly think that there is a U.S. Marine, or sailor, who thinks that the American citizen they are evacuating doesn't deserve it?
Of course you don't, the only thing you've served in your life is your own sorry ass.
July 22, 2006
One AP Reporters Glorification Is A Terrorist's Death Wish
Delusions of grandeur. Heh. Indeed*.
The headline is downright hilarious.
For Hezbollah, survival may mean victory
Swoon, AP, swooooooooooon.
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah acknowledges that Israeli troops can sweep across south Lebanon. But if he and his militants can survive and keep fighting, he will cement his image as the unlikely new hero of Arab nationalism.
Well, that makes lots of sense.
Funny, though, since 9/11, there seems to be a new unlikely hero of Arab nationalism about once a week.
*Apologies to Glenn Reynolds, like he needs the link.
Are You A Zionist?
Everyone has to decide for themselves if they are a Zionist. If you believe that the Jews are a people, and support the right of the Jews to a national home, and you are willing to stand up for that right when it is challenged, then you can call yourself a Zionist, whether or not you belong to any organized Zionist group or accept any "official" definition of Zionism, and whether or not you live in Israel or plan to live in Israel - and whether or not you are Jewish.
What the hell, I'm already branded a racist, sexist, homophobe, xenophobe, and every other -ism and -phobe.
Hell, yeah, I'm a Zionist too. Am Yisrael Chai
Besides. I can split atoms. With my mind*
Apologies to Ace.
Ithlamic Stinker's Society Back In Action
Via the blog grandfather, who has more like this from around the world.
A picture is worth a thousand upchucks.
WND: Why my website was banned in India
My first WorlNetDaily column is up!
Two days after the Mumbai bombings last week that killed more than 180, the government of India issued a directive banning 17 websites. These websites were singled out because, according to the Indian government, they might incite religious violence. The nine American websites banned by India are all critical of the Islamist movement. Not a single website of Islamic extremists justifying and even celebrating the Mumbai bombings has been banned......Read the rest.
The very definition of tolerance is to allow that which we do not agree with. The moment Muslims demand that their governments punish those who say, write or depict things they find offensive, they reveal their intolerance.
So, the reaction of our websites was to make fun of this overreaction. Oddly, mocking the intolerant is now considered a form of intolerance by many in the world.
The specific reason for India's ban was that our reactions to the Quran-flushing story could cause religious violence. Since it was only websites deemed offensive to Muslims that were banned, we know precisely who it is that India fears.
Remember, India believes that we are the #2 biggest threat on the internet. We're dangerous, but Hezbollah isn't.
UPDATE: The more I think about being a columnist, the more I think maybe that turd-for-brains Ahmadinejad may be on to something about Armageddon.
Be wary of horsmen coming in fours, hidden imams being revealed, and be on the lookout for flying pigs.
Al Manar Hosted In U.S.
This site must be removed.
No, this is not the same as what India has done to us. Al Manar is designated as a terrorist organization by our government.
You Know, This Means War
Okay, the first time I saw the Wikipidia entry for the Jawa Report, I blew it off. Frankly, it was just damn funny. It originally said "based on Niue Island." Plus various other erroneous crap not worth bothering with.
Someone, however, has been playing around. For example, this:
The leader of "Jawa Report" is a pseudonymed Dr. Rusty Shackleford, a self-described "Burkean Libertarian" who favors the United States' efforts to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.
Then there's vapidity:
At the Jawa Report, Arabs and/or Muslims are compared to Jawas from Star Wars, created by George Lucas.
Funny, I've yet to receive a complaint from a parent about this:
As the Jawa Report presents materials such as the pictures and videos of atrocities committed by Islamic militants, it is not considered suitable for small children who often believe it is a Star Wars collector's site.
So, I'm declaring war on this Wikipedia entry. It's time to edit this thing out of existence.
Indian Official Misleads Press About Blog Bannings
Cross-posted from The Dread Pundit Bluto.
From the International Herald Tribune (emphasis added):
In an e-mail sent early Thursday, an official at the Consulate General of India in New York said that the order to block a handful of Web sites, including the popular blogspot.com, which hosts thousands of personal Web logs, had been prompted by the discovery of a Web site that contained "two impertinent pages" rife with material containing "extremely derogatory references to Islam."In fact, the Indians moved to block access not to "a web site", but to eighteen different web sites, resulting in Indian ISPs blocking thousands of blogspot and typepad blogs. Indian blogger Shivam Vij posts a scan of the official order naming the sites here.
In an effort to stave off sectarian violence, said the official, who was not authorized to speak to the press, India's Department of Telecommunications instructed Internet service providers to block access to the two pages.
This seems to be a misguided attempt to minimize the extent of the ban.
Galloway on Hizb'Allah
I've been listening to George Galloway's inanity for years now, but this still surprised me:
Hezbollah has never been a terrorist organisation. I am here to glorify the Lebanese resistance, Hezbollah, and to glorify the resistance leader, Nasrallah...This moron is a member of Parliament. He pretty much enjoys rock star status in Britain. I just don't get it. I really don't.
Who helped organize the rally?
If you failed to recognize that as a rhetorical question, you really aren't all that on the ball.....
Good Luck, And Thanks For All The Litigation
Our very own Xenophobic-Hispanic-American-Infidel, Jesusland Carlos, takes the bar exam this week.
Let's wish him luck, and hope he doesn't turn out to be an asshole like that Cochran guy.
Sounds good, but can we drink it?
BP and DuPont are making a play in the butanol market:
Big business is making is making some big plays in the alternative energy arena. Oil giant BP is teaming up with Cal Tech to make cheaper solar cells using nano technology. The company believes the novel process could help relieve the worldwide shortage of silicon. And just when we were getting used to putting ethanol in our tanks now there's a new biofuel coming down the pipe. BP and DuPont have announced plans to start selling butanol. Now if butanol sounds a lot like ethanol, it is. They are chemically related. But butanol delivers more miles to the gallon, it's not corrosive like ethanol and it can be burned in gasoline engines without modifications. Right now butanol costs more than gasoline but there are new processes that could make it much cheaper, and that's what BP and DuPont seem to be counting on.
Better Living through High-Pressure Fluids?
Hydraulic hybrid technologies: an idea whose time has come? There's a quick summary here on how hydraulic hybrids work. Thee article also makes the following claim:
One key advantage of the Hydraulic Hybrid regenerative braking system is that it can be installed in the existing powertrain without substantial modifications to the existing vehicle architecture.The EPA is pushing this technology. UPS is using it on their new trucks.
It's claimed that hydraulic hybrid technology adds only $600-$1000 to the cost of a vehicle. I find this a bit hard to believe, but if it's true, the fuel savings could easily provide a payback in 6-12 months. Compare that to an electric hybrid setup, which adds several thousand and takes at least several years to pay back. Roll in the finance cost, and an electric hybrid setup may never pay for itself.
July 21, 2006
I Love The Smell Of War Porn On A Blog
It smells like......victory
stein hoist: Garduneh Mehr. Sorry, bud, but I don't know Hebrew. Except for...
...Am Yisrael Chai.
This Is Our War Too
Does anyone else think that maybe we could be doing a little bit more to help the Israelis than offering diplomatic cover and constantly jawboning about how it's Syria and Iran pulling the strings?
I'm sure we're sharing intelligence and all that, but couldn't we be more overt?
I'd settle for a B-2 flyover of Damascus in the middle of the night dropping flyers.
Imagine the Chinless Wonder waking up to a million leaflets saying "Dear Bashar, make one move on Israel and the next time won't be so nice."
Pounding the crap out of Syrian positions near the Golan wouldn't be bad either.
Oh, well, since none of that will happen, I guess I'll just add the IDF to the "fighting the Peaceful Religion" prayer roster.
Am Yisrael Chai.
India Hosts Hizballah's Websites, TV
From the Ministry of Irony. Remember India? The country that blocks this website and others calling them dangerous. Well apparently if you are a terrorist organization with some rupies you can still host your website there.
Via Aaron at Internet Haganah: The big news today is the return to the internet of the web site of Hizballah's al-Manar TV, still hosted in India. So much for Indian calls for no compromise in the war on terrorism...Go read the rest because Aaron has complete information on all Hizballah's websites. For our newer readers from India who are able to skirt the ban. Get busy and take action to purge this terrorist website from your nation. Americans use the talent you have and whine and bitch to high heaven. The rest of you, we can use all the help we can get. Oh the Irony is killing me.
Registrar: .LB Domain Registry http://www.aub.edu.lb/lbdr/, Beirut, LB
Datacenter: VSNL http://www.vsnl.in/customersupport/contactus.php, Mumbai, IN
Webhost: brainpulse.com http://www.brainpulse.com/contact.php, Noida (U.P.) IN
DNS Provider: brainpulse.com http://www.brainpulse.com/contact.php, Noida (U.P.) IN
Official site of Hizballah satellite TV station Al Manar.
For background information regarding Al Manar, start here
Hat Tip : Dr. Rusty Shackleford Via Patrick at Clarity and Resolve.
Update : Several American Companies are also listed as providing various DNS services, mirror and satellite sites run by Hizballah.
Via Dread Pundit Bluto: Hizballah is number 14 on the State Department's current list of Foreign
Terrorist Organizations. I believe that means the US companies hosting
Hizballah websites are in violation of the law, which forbids providing
material resources to FTOs.
See excerpt from State and screen capture of FTO list in my update here:
Not A Caption Contest
Surfing around looking for some war porn, I found this.
The actual caption of the photo:
Athlete Kathy Brennan (R) of Washington, D.C., helps to apply tanner on Forrest of Ferndale, Michigan, before the Physique competition during Gay Games VII in Evanston, Illinois, July 18, 2006. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)
Which is why using it for a caption contest is pointless. Nothing could beat the actual caption.
African-American African Taliban Declares Jihad Against Ethiopia
Claims Ethiopia is violating their "sovereignty."
MOGADISHU (AFP) - Somalia's powerful Islamic council has vowed a "holy war" against neighbouring Ethiopia, which has moved troops into its lawless neighbouring state to protect its weak transitional government from a feared Islamist advance.
Despite numerous eyewitness accounts of uniformed Ethiopian soldiers in Baidoa, however, Somali government officials and Ethiopia continued to deny their presence in the town -- or anywhere else in Somalia.
"This is absolute propaganda from the Islamists," Somali government spokesman Abdirahman Mohamed Nur Dinari said. "There are no Ethiopian troops in Baidoa. Anybody with the evidence should come forward."
Well, whatever the case is, at least it seems Ethiopa is making moves to stop the spread of these pests.
stein hoist: The Blogosphere Jumping Bean.
Blog Ban : Doing the Wrong Things Poorly
Indian blog Renegade of Junk shares the following thoughts:
Man, this really makes me squirm in embarassment. The Indian government is actually mispelling the websites it wishes to block, and as a result, blocking the wrong ones.A couple items down:
http://mypetjava.mu.nu : I don't know what the fuck this site is about. Looks like one of those technical geeky ones. More blockable, however, is this one, The Jawa Report , (http://mypetjawa.mu.nu) , also a hugely popular right-wing pro-Bush website. Notice the difference? jawa, versus java.If the Jawa Report is considered 'pro-Bush,' no wonder the Prez in in so much trouble. I'm not sure there are even words to describe Hugh Hewitt's level of W advocacy. Continuing:
And finally, http://thepirateco.us doesn't even fucking exist. Who the heck knows what this was supposed to be. Maybe someone in the government has an irrational fear of pirates. Or something.That was most likely supposed to be The Pirate's Cove (http://www.thepiratescove.us/). Finally:
Goddamnit, can't the Indian government even indulge in some freedom-curtailing and dictatorial authoritarianism without skewering its dignity in the process? How can one trust a government to pursue and catch the perpetrators of the Mumbai bomb blasts when it can't even bring its ludicrously wrong-headed policies to a successful conclusion? Christ, these clowns can't even do the wrong things right.I feel for ya, brother. I really do. I guess I'm expected to say something "pro-Bush" right now... let's see... hmmm... nothing coming to mind. Sorry.
Btw, props to the "Pajama Editors" for the heads up.
UPDATE: Indian blogger Shivam suggests the following act of civil disobedience:
You want to protest against this bout of internet censorship? I tell you what to do: copy-paste content from the objectionable sites on your blog and invite the DoT to block your blog. I’m planning to do that with Princess Kimberly very soon!A fine idea, but I'd suggest that you get the site owner's permission first.
My belated 'pro-Bush' comment: Ambassador John Bolton was a good call by W.
Howie’s Roundup : Things We Missed Edition
With all that went on this week I have several links I did not get to. The distractions of the events in Lebanon and the Ban in India affected me too. One thought I’ve had is how this affects us all strategically. It seems that the conflict in Lebanon is being used as cover or and opportunity for the enemy to turn up the heat a bit. We need to force ourselves to think about how this affects Iraq and Afghanistan. That is the topic of discussion on this thread and I know you all have lots of thoughts. The links and quotes are below the break because it’s long.
Taliban captures two towns.
CNN: KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S.-led forces will launch "decisive operations" to reclaim two southern towns captured in recent days by the Taliban, the military said Tuesday.Evan Bayh pisses in the wind. Sorry Evan but you and Joe just don’t have a party anymore. They have left you and their traditions behind. In favor of what? I have no Idea.
Scores of Taliban militants chased police out of two southern Helmand districts near the border with Pakistan. Afghanistan's deputy interior minister accused two Pakistani Islamic groups of taking part in the militant operation.
"The Taliban extremists have taken control of the areas of Garmser and Naway-i-Barakzayi. However, coalition forces do have them under observation," military spokesman Col. Tom Collins told reporters in Kabul. "Decisive operations will begin soon," he added, without saying when.
Ft . Wayne Journal Gazette:We may consider ourselves the party of the Middle Class, but too many Middle Class Americans no longer consider us their party. They have left the Democratic Party in droves --costing us the last two presidential elections and the last six congressional elections, and if we don't learn some lessons, we'll lose in 2006 and 2008 as well. We must not let that happen. Because the Middle Class is more than a source of votes for my Party, it is a fundamental part of who we are as Democrats and Americans. So I offer this advice to my fellow Democrats: without an agenda that speaks directly to the Middle Class and all who aspire to it, we are no longer the Party of Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, and Clinton. And we will not be a majority party.He speaks the truth. I don't know why he bothered to put Willie in there with the rest.
Turkey threatens Iraqi Kurdistan.
Forbes: Turkish officials signaled Tuesday they are prepared to send the army into northern Iraq if U.S. and Iraqi forces do not take steps to combat Turkish Kurdish guerrillas there - a move that could put Turkey on a collision course with the United States.The Iranian Revolutionary Guard is assisting HisbAllah in missile firings at Israel. Excuse me but is this not an act of war by Iran against Israel?
Turkey is facing increasing domestic pressure to act after 15 soldiers, police and guards were killed fighting the guerrillas in southeastern Turkey in the past week.
NY Sun: Hundreds of Iranian Revolutionary Guard personnel are on the ground in Lebanon fighting Israel, security sources say.Jesus' mercy is limited. I had best behave.
"I have no doubt whatsoever that they are there and operating some of the equipment," an Arab diplomatic source told The New York Sun yesterday.
Another foreign source, based in Washington, said the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps contingent in Lebanon is based in Beirut and in the Bekaa Valley. He said the troops usually number a few dozen, but that the size of the force increased in connection with the hostilities that have broken out between Israel and Iran's proxy, Hezbollah, over the past week.
The sources said the Iranians had directly operated a radar-guided C–802 missile that Iran acquired from Communist China and that hit an Israeli navy missile boat off the coast of Lebanon on Friday, killing four Israeli seamen.
FEMA requires government “minders” to interview Katrina trailer residents.
First Amendment Center : MORGAN CITY, La. — Residents of trailer parks set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to house hurricane victims in Louisiana aren't allowed to talk to the press without an official escort, The (Baton Rouge) Advocate reported.Yep just a policy that resembles say North Korea, China and the old Soviet Union. It’s probably in the fine print to get a FEMA trailer. Still the spirit of this is the opposite of free. This follows right on the heels of an NPR report on ATC about drug infestation in FEMA trailer parks on 07/19. ATC did not post the story so I can’t link it. NPR had had pretty good coverage on this. My favorite was when the black guy they interviewed said he wanted to blame the white man for the fate of blacks in New Orleans but couldn’t because it was their own fault. His family had worked hard for generations and had passed down good homes on high ground and they were all fine. He talked of personal responsibility and the fact that if you are depending in the government for much of anything you are an idiot.
In one instance, a security guard ordered an Advocate reporter out of a trailer during an interview in Morgan City. Similar FEMA rules were enforced in Davant, in Plaquemines Parish.
FEMA spokeswoman Rachel Rodi wouldn't say whether the security guards' actions complied with FEMA policy, saying the matter was being reviewed. But she confirmed that FEMA does not allow the news media to speak alone to residents in their trailers.
"If a resident invites the media to the trailer, they have to be escorted by a FEMA representative who sits in on the interview," Rodi told the newspaper for its July 15 report. "That's just a policy."
Hezbollah missile strikes UN. There is some dispute over this. Some claim it was one artillery shell from Israel. I have a bit of trouble with one shell doing that much damage. A Rocket is more likely. Military opinions?
Yahoo News: The Israeli army said Hezbollah rockets hit the U.N. post near Zarit, just inside Israel, but a U.N. officer said it was an artillery shell fired by the Israeli Defense Force. The facility was severely damaged, but nobody was injured as the Ghanian troops manning the post were inside bomb shelters at the time of the strike, the U.N. official said.India arrests three Islamic terrorists with ties to the Mumbai bombing.
BBC: The three belong to a banned group, the Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi), officials say. Some Simi members were held earlier in the inquiry. The organisation has denied any involvement in the attacks.
A senior police official involved in the investigation, K P Suryavanshi, told reporters that the men have links to Nepal or Bangladesh, which point "directly or indirectly to Pakistan".
From Pajamas Media:
During an Al Jazeera interview, Nasrallah apologizes for the deaths of two Israeli Arab children due to a Hezbollah attack in Nazareth: “[W]e consider them martyrs for Palestine and martyrs for the nation.”Nice.
Mu.Nu Was Down
But hey Ace of Spades HQ and The Jawa Report are still up.
All your favorite mu.nu blogs are back up see the munuvian blogroll on the lower right hand side.
Palestinian Advocate Hosts Washington Post Web Forum
Any media analysis junkies on this here blog? See what you think of my mediocre analysis below the fold. Plus, I do my best All Thing Beautiful impression!
One of the central tenants of professional journalism is the notion that reporters remain objective in their analysis and reporting. Generally, it is the responsibility of a newspaper’s management to ensure that individuals who express a desire to maintain emotional and psychological distance from stories they cover are employed to report news under the title of a “journalist.” If the writer is an opinion writer, this is known as a “pundit.”
That stated, the Washington Post hosted an online “Live from Syria” chat session this past Monday on their website. The forum was conducted by a Syrian writer named Sami Moubayed. The Posts’ description of the writer is “PostGlobal Panelist/Syrian Political Analyst, Journalist and Author.” Flipping to the writer’s website and reading the “About” section, however, shows that Mr. Moubayed has some conflicts of interest when it comes to covering the Lebanon-Israel conflict. From Moubayeb’s profile:
“An advocate of the Palestinian Cause, he has written many articles on Palestinian affairs and was a strong supporter of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Moubayed is working on a collection of articles on Arafat entitled,” Arafat Remembered,” due for release exactly one year after Arafat's death, on November 11, 2005.”Fair enough. The man is allowed to have his opinions. The problem, however, comes when the Washington Post tries to hold this guy out as “journalist.” Mr. Moubayeb’s profile doesn’t even mention the word “journalist.” To the Washington Post, apparently, there is no difference between a “journalist,” who is supposed to at least have a pretext of neutrality, and an “advocate,” who makes no secret or has a discernable viewpoint on an issue. In the case of Mr. Moubayeb, there is a genuine conflict of interests that at the very least compromise the Posts’s characterization of Mousayeb as a “journalist.”
Need more convincing? Here’s what Mr. Moubayeb wrote in responses to some of the questions he chose to answer at the forum (I’ve responded in parenthesis with editorial comments summarizing and occasionally responding to Mr. Moubayeb’s answers – I’m not acting under the auspices of being a “journalist” in this instance):
“I disagree with Israel's actions in the South for a variety of reasons. Why is Hizbullah in South Lebanon to start out with? The Sheba Farms are of little importance to Israel and Tel Aviv knows this? Why doesn't it withdraw from them--then use the argument in its own favor to call for a disarming of Hizbullah? It would make it more difficult for the Lebanese group to keep its arms if there were no Israelis in Sheba.”(Its Israel’s fault)
“The biggest answer to what might happen is repeating the case of air force officer Ron Arad, who was arrested when he parachuted into Lebanon in 1986. Amal, the party that took him, demanded a high price. Isreal refused to pay, and Arad disappeared. What Israel now has done is put high danger on losing its two soldiers in Lebanonn and the one in Gaza, in addition to the rest of those who would be killed in battle. Meaning: Israel did not enter the war to free the soldiers. It entered the war to destroy Nasrallah and Hizbullah.”(Its Israel’s fault – they need to pay ransoms, and they’re lying about their motives.)
“Peacekeeping forces from the USA are a bad idea in the Muslim World. Great Britain, until events got out of hand recently in Basra, were more friendly to the Muslims and Arabs. But on the whole, a UN peacekeeping force, or a peacekeeping force organized by the Arab League, is much more effective for the Islamic World. This is something debated by the Arab League when it was founded in 1945 but it never materialized. That was a pity and it should see the light today.”(Its the West’s fault – Middle Easterners need “special” peacekeeping forces.)
“The United States needs to get Israel to stop the war. The war is destructive. It has ruined Lebanon. The USA must convince Israel to a cease-fire, and to sit down in indirect negotiations to free the Israeli prisoners in exchange for a freeing of Lebanese prisoners. This is the only way. War was not needed to free prisoners. The same kidnapping took place in 1985 and was solved by diplomacy. Again in 2000, and it was solved by diplomacy. Why shouldn't diplomacy work out now? The reason is that Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert needs his war medals. Its that simple.”(Hizbullah bears no responsibility, and Israel needs to negotiate with kidnappers. Olmert needs his ‘war medals?’ Interesting take – quite biased, too.)
“There is a conviction in the Arab World and I agree with it, that peace with the current leaders of Israel is impossible. The atrocities in Palestine and now Lebanon have killed whatever current chances of peace there was. Sharon could have signed peace in his final hours--he had the war history and the legitimacy to do so, but this has faded with Olmert.”(Again, the situation is Israel’s fault. Peace impossible? Kidnapping and ransoming is not an atrocity? Launching rockets from apartment buildings and hiding among children is not an atrocity? Israel has repeatedly stated that the return of its kidnapped soldiers that the disarming of Hizbullah are the requirements for peace. This is not unreasonable, considering Hizbullah is a threat to Israeli civilians. Israel left Gaza – the Palestinians responded by raining down over 800 rockets on Israel over the last year. Again – interesting take, but Mr. Moubayeb’s positions are rather one-sided.)
“Yes this would encourage them to kidnap more troops. But lets use this argument. If Israel withdraws from the Sheba Farms, and releases all prisoners from its jails who are from Lebanon, would Hizbullah still be able to kidnap Israel troops?”(Self explanatory.Again, Israel’s fault.)
“The first step has to be done by Israel. But if Israel does it then of course, Hizbullah cannot but release the two soldiers.”(Israel must surrender.)
“That question should be presented to Israel. It is the one that is accusing Syria of being behind this entire mess. This, of course, is not true. But if Syria is attacked or provoked, it will be pulled into combat. Of course, its a matter of good faith, honor, and national pride.”(Israel’s fault, and apparently, Syria has not been aiding Hizbullah with supplies and money, even though Syria has admitted to doing this.)
“Syria would only get involved if Israel attacks. We will not sit back and watch our country being insulted or attacked. In the Middle East nothing is impossible.”(Hizbullah rockets attacking Israeli civilians? At this juncture, coexistence between Israel and Hizbullah is impossible.)
There are more, but I didn’t want to list every single response at risk of being tedious. I wanted to give readers a flavor of what this purported “journalist and political analyst” had to say about the conflict. After all, the Washington Post decided that this guy was credible enough to moderate online Middle East forums under its name.
In addition, I found another piece by Mr. Moubayed written in June on the Haditha incident. A WaPo blog entry entitled “How Haditha Helps Iran” by Jefferson Morley cited Mr. Moubayeb’s article. In it, Moubayeb convicts the Marines and blames “the entire Bush Administration” for the incident, while providing one-sided speculation and adding fuel to the fire, as it were. This is before the NYT reported that the Sunnis were begging Americans to stay, that the Marine Investigation found no evidence of a “scandal” or cover-up, etc. Here are some excerpts:
“What happened in Haditha can best be described as deliberate homicide committed by soldiers of the US Marine Corps, making them in a sense no different from the al-Qaeda insurgents they are combating.”
“The Haditha massacre changes everything in Iraq. It changes the images, loyalties and dreams of the Iraqi people, as well as the honor of the US military. It is a turning point for the Americans, the Iraqis, President George W Bush and new Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.”
“Everybody in the Bush administration is responsible for the massacres in Iraq. The officers in charge on November 19. The soldiers who pulled the triggers then lied about it. The marines who did not conduct an immediate investigation into the case. Rumsfeld for sending men with low morals or dignity to Iraq. And finally, Bush. More than anybody else, he is responsible for Haditha, just as he is responsible for Abu Ghraib, Ishaqi and all the other "mistakes" committed by the Americans since they invaded Iraq in March 2003.”As you can see from Mr. Mousayeb’s own website and from his “analysis” of the various events in the Middle East, that he is does not fit the traditional definition of a “journalist,” and is as good an example of an “advocate” as you are liable to find in the media sphere. In other words, this is conflict of interests if there ever was one. The Washington Post should look into this advocate’s views if they haven’t already, and should drop the title “journalist” from his description.
Group Burns Koran, Roe vs Wade and Gay Pride Flag
Muslims and Lefties were of course outraged. The burning of an actual Koran is an insult. But where were they when our flag was burned? Where are they when symbols we love are abused?
Clarion Ledger: Jackson Muslims and a statewide interfaith group reacted with disgust Wednesday to reports that the national anti-abortion group Operation Save America burned a Quran during a Tuesday night gathering at a Pearl church.So that’s nice, an apology but where is our apology?
"A group that acts in such a hateful way does not really represent the word of God," said Emad Al-Turk, co-founder of the International Museum of Muslim Cultures in Jackson.
Activists from Operation Save America, formerly known as Operation Rescue, have been in Jackson since Saturday for eight days of protests against the state's only abortion clinic, the Jackson Women's Health Organization in the Fondren neighborhood.
During a demonstration at the Capitol on Tuesday, anti-abortion activists tore up pages from the Quran, the Muslim holy book, along with a gay pride flag and copies of six U.S. Supreme Court rulings related to religion in public schools, sodomy and abortion.
Imam Shaheed Muhammad of Masjid Muhammad in Jackson said Islam opposes abortion.
"We don't support abortion," he said. "I don't know why they would attach us on that issue."
For Muslims, desecrating the Quran or any holy book is the "highest degree of insult," Muhammad said.
In the conference's statement, chairwoman Mary Woodward said, "On behalf of the faith community, I apologize from the depths of my heart to the Muslim community in our state for the acts perpetrated against them by individuals acting in the name of Jesus Christ. Their actions are not Christian and are not American."
And who can forget this classic from a demonstration in Pakistan where a bit more than just our flag is on fire.
But Howie those are flags not bibles you say?
Soldiers Perspective: This photo is of an Arabic Bible found on the ground near Al Zarqawi’s aunt’s, daughter’s, neighbor’s, dog’s water bowl. It’s a crying shame and it alone should be reason enough to demand apologies:(AFTER REVIEWING THIS IMAGE IT APPEARS TO BE A PHOTOSHOP FAKE TOO)
AUTHOR’S NOTE: I am a devout Christian and these images are only meant to show what can be done with photoshop and a lack of imagination. I do NOT condone the desecration of ANY holy scripture, whether it come from the Torah, the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Koran, or a Taco Bell sauce packet.
I agree with this man. I would never destroy a Koran. There is a difference between fake photo-shop teases and actual destruction. Some Muslims regularly burn our flag, leave our bible in a dog pen(dogs are unclean under Islam), Call for Death to America and disrespect our nation and yet there is silence. In fact some will fight all day long to protect their right to do so. It’s no different for these people. They have a right to burn a Koran if they so choose. It’s a book. I would not but their right it is.
A local imam was rather puzzled, as he says Islam doesn't support abortion. But that's asking for logical thought in a group that just wants to roll in the hatred like pigs rolling in slop. Brings up the old question: Who Would Make Jesus Weep?Real : Mulsims burn our president in effigy along with our flag.
Photoshop demonstrating the impossiblility of flushing a Koran. Under Islam and Sharia law this is blasphemy. Punishment is death: Fake
Muslims in Denmark burning the Danish flag in protest over Muhammad Cartoons. Real
A Muhammed cartoon, my favorite. Depections of Muhammad are also blasphemy under Islam and Sharia. Punishment up to and including death.
Abdun Rahman who faced death for the "crime" of converting to Christianity in Afghanistan. Under Islamic law this is apostacy and the punishment is death. Real.
A very bad drawing I did inspired by childrens drawings I've seen from Darfur. These children survived the genocide under the Islamic terrorists who have taken Somalia. This too is blasphemy and the punishment? You guessed it death.
As a Christian I believe it's likely that Muhammed was The False Prophet mentioned in the book of Revelation. The False Prophet is Anti-Christ and works with Satan. Even speaking this faith under Sharia is blasphemous. The punishment of course is death.
So what s the difference? Well the main difference I see is not that either gets insulted. It's the reaction to the insult that counts.
Saddam Letter Follows Leftie Script
Cross-posted from The Dread Pundit Bluto.
The New York Times reports that Saddam Hussein has written a 5,000 word letter at the urging of Ramsey Clark. In it, the Butcher of Baghdad expresses his solidarity with the American Left:
People of America, the misfortunes that have afflicted you and afflicted our Arab nation and within it our heroic people — including the breakdown of America’s standing and reputation — were only caused by the reckless behavior of your government and by pressure from Zionism,” Mr. Hussein wrote, according to a translation of the letter e-mailed to reporters by both his defense team and an insurgent Web site.It's uncanny how much ol' Saddam sounds like Michael Moore or Cindy Sheehan.
“The massacres and blood that now flows in the streets and countryside of Iraq in torrents — the responsibility for that falls on America before all others
Sheikh Bakri Begs UK for Rescue
Sheikh Omar Bakri has long preached that the Jewish nation is "a cancer in the heart of the Muslim world. It must be eradicated and removed." By all accounts, the Jews are getting ready to pour into Lebanon. Sheikh Bakri is right there. He now has a golden opportunity to "eradicate" and "remove" the Jews. So, of course, he's taken up a Kalashnikov and headed out to meet the "cancerous" Jews, right? Well, not exactly:
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- A hard-line Muslim cleric barred from Britain for glorifying violence said on Friday he tried to get on board a British warship to flee Beirut but was turned back. . .So, everyone has a right to safety, now, do they? What about those children your buddies have been shelling in Israel? Do they have a right to safety, now, too? What about Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev? Do they have a right to safety?
"I know myself I am not welcome in the UK ... but I have the right like everyone else to safety," he said. "It is better to try and fail." . . .
In an interview with Reuters in Beirut last August, the bearded cleric said he had no intention of returning to Britain because of the way Muslims there were being treated.
You hypocritical chickensh!+ b!+ch. All that bloodshed you've been advocating all these years? It's all coming to fruition right before your eyes, live in surround sound. Enjoy the show. I pray you die slowly.
The Electric Sportscar
Perfect for losing those pesky electromagnetic ninjas.
Sure as hell blows the doors off the Prius in the looks department.
(Props to Instapundit.)
The Other Domestic Terrorists
Members of ELF (Earth Liberation Front) and ALF (Animal Liberation Front) pleaded guilty yesterday to arson in cooperation with Justice Department investigations into their eco-terrorism activities in Oregon.
The irony of lighting noxious, smoke-laden fires to "liberate the Earth" or burning down the stables and care facilities for horses to "liberate" them is completely lost on this particularly deranged strain of moonbat.
New Comments Thingy
I know the comments have been painfully slow since we moved to the new server to escape the DDOS attacks, but a cure is now at hand!
Simply click on the New Comment Thingy*. It will process your comments, zip zip, no waiting. If you have any problems with it, leave a note in the old comment thingy.
The two comment systems work together, so comments written using one system can be read in the other. Once we're happy with the new system, we'll take the old, creaky, spam-ridden system away, but until then you can use either one.
P.S. It kind of insists on an email address, but doesn't actually say so. That will get fixed.
* As seen at Ace of Spades HQ and other... fine... blogs.
July 20, 2006
Still Banned in India, Why It Still Matters, & How You Can Still Help
India is still censoring this website. Apparently, India considers making fun of terrorists and their Islamist supporters more dangerous than the terrorists themselves. We are #2 on India's list of 17 websites that are being censored.
India reemphasized the ban today. Contrary to MSM reports, the only retreat was from the broader domain level ban, which was instituted by ISPs in India as a way to follow the directive to ban this and other websites.
You can see a copy of the document ordering us shut down in India here. The U.S. websites were banned because they are anti-Islamist in orientation. I am told that the other websites were either Hindu nationalists, advocated for the rights of the lower castes, or were anti-Communist in orientation.
How you can help
We ask that you write your Congressperson about India's actions against those of us on the web who fight the dangers of sharia, political Islam, and the institution of blasphemy laws.
You can contact the Indian Embassy here.
Also, we ask that you call in to local and national talk-radio shows so that this will begin to receive wider press.
Please read our original post Why The Jawa Report Was Banned in India and Why it Matters here. If you are a blogger, please link to that post to show your solidarity with the Band of the Banned. If you are a reader, please drop a comment into the comment section of that post.
We appreciate all of the support that we have been getting. This would not hurt if it were Pakistan or Saudi Arabia banning us. We have been longtime supporters of India and will continue to support India in spite of this slap in the face by her government.
*Exposing the Left (aka, OpiniPundit--called 'dangerous' in Indian press)
*The Pirate's Cove
*Merri Musings (Indian government banned her old website, now abandond--also, the lovely bride of The Jawa Report's Editor-in-Chief, Vinnie)
*Princess Kimberly (now defunct)
*Editors in Pajamas
*Commonfolk Using Commonsense (their old website banned)
*My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
UPDATE: We got shirts!
Bakri to Return to U.K.
The Blogfather, Charles Johnson, notes that Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed wants to come home from his exile in Beirut where he fled when the British government announced a crackdown on Islamist extremists. Ironical.
His group, al Mujahiroun is banned in England. And yes, it was me that got Bakri's followers at al Ghurabaa off the internet. I wonder if India considers that dangerous?
Unfortunately, The Saved Sect is still up, and still threatening the British people with violence if they don't stop waging war on terrorists.
Flying Pig Epidemic Causing Air Traffic Nightmare
Either ya know who said this, or ya don't:
I have to say, watching George Bush talk about Israel the last week has reminded me of a feeling that I hadn't felt in so long I forgot what it felt like: the feeling of pride when your president says what you want your president to say, especially in a matter that chokes you up a bit. I surrender my credentials as Bush exposer - from the very beginning - to no man, but on Israel, I love it that a U.S. president doesn't pretend Arab-Israeli conflict is an even-steven proposition. . .Anyone have a guess?
Lots of ethnic peoples, probably most, have at one time or another lost some territory; nobody's ever completely happy with their borders; people move and get moved, which is why the 20th century saw the movement of tens if not hundreds of millions of refugees in countries around the world. There was no entity of Arabs called "Palestine" before Israel made the desert bloom. If those 600,000 original Palestinian refugees had been handled with maturity by their Arab brethren, who had nothing but space to put them, they could have moved on -- the way Germans, Czechs, Poles, Chinese and everybody else has, including, of course, the Jews. . .
But I digress. I really wanted to say that, for all those who accuse the likes of myself and the birthday girl of being unpatriotic, or hating America first, the feeling I've had watching Israel defend herself and a US president defend Israel (a country that is held to a standard for "restraint" that no other country ever is asked to meet, but that's another story) just reminds me how wrong that is. I LOVE being on the side of my president, and mouthing "You go, boy" when he gets it right.
Banned in India Shirts (Now with spellcheck!)
We got shirts! Front and back. Check 'em out below the fold.
Update: Hey, it are not me fault fi Editor no spel Englishe gooood. Fixed.
Treppenwitz : A Difficult Lesson
Tough wisdom from Treppenwitz:
This is one time an Arab aggressor must be allowed to be beaten so badly that every civilized nation will stand in horror, wanting desperately to step in and stop the carnage... but knowing that the fight will only truly be over when one side gives up and finally admits defeat. . . .As tough as it may be for us to to accept, Mr. Bogner is almost certainly correct. The full article is here.
[E]very well-intentioned power that has ever stepped in and negotiated a ceasefire for an Arab aggressor has helped create the monsters we see around us today.
President Lahoud of Lebanon, a big Hezbollah supporter and a close ally of Syria, has been shrieking non-stop to the UN Security Council for the past two days to get them to force Israel into a cease fire.
Clearly he has been reading his autographed copy of 'Military Success for
DummiesArab Despots' by the late Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt. Ever since Nasser accidentally discovered the trick in '56, every subsequent Arab leader has stuck to his tried and true formula for military success:1. Instigate a war.This tactic has never failed. Not once. . . .
2. Once the war is well underway and you are in the process of having your ass handed to you... get a few world powers to force your western opponent into a cease fire.
3. Whatever you do, don't surrender or submit to any terms dictated by your enemy. That would ruin everything! All you have to do is wait it out and eventually the world will become sickened at what is being done to your soldiers and civilian population... and will force a truce.
4. Once a truce has been called you can resume your intransigence (which probably caused the conflict in the first place), and even declare victory as your opponent leaves the field of battle.
As much as it may sicken the world to stand by and watch it happen, strong hands need to hold back the weak-hearted and let the fight continue until one side finally admits unambiguous defeat.
Michelle Destroys the Earth
Today on HotAir, Michelle sets in motion the destruction of Planet Earth by throwing it off its finely-balanced orbit.
She also shows off her wicked dance moves. In short shorts.
Fatwa Issued Against Hezbollah
For...bombing Israel. No Joke really. Damn, even Hezbollah can get a Fatwa? All we got was a lousy ban from India.
NY Sun: CAIRO, Egypt — One of Saudi Arabia's leading Wahhabi sheiks, Abdullah bin Jabreen has issued a strongly worded religious edict, or fatwa, declaring it unlawful to support, join or pray for Hezbollah, the Shiite militias lobbing missiles into northern Israel.Truth is stranger than fiction.
The day after Hezbollah abducted two Israeli soldiers on July 12, Sheik Hamid al-Ali issued an informal statement titled "The Sharia position on what is going on." In it, the Kuwaiti based cleric condemned the imperial ambitions of Iran regarding Hezbollah's cross border raid.
India Blog Ban NOT Over
Cross-posted from The Dread Pundit Bluto.
Though some have been reporting that the ban on blogs that print naughty things about Islamist terrorists has been lifted, in fact, the Indian government is threatening to punish ISPs for making the ban too broad. The ban was supposed to apply to 18 blogs identified as being disrespectful to Islam (i.e., blogs that oppose Islamist terrorism, like The Jawa Report). As initially enacted by the ISPs, the ban included all blogspot and typepad blogs, because some of the banned blogs used those services.
The latest from the Indian Department of Telecom (DoT) is a threat to punish ISPs for banning more than the eighteen blogs on the list. There is nothing indicating that they have come to their senses and realized that the ban itself is anti-democratic and moreover, actually boosts traffic to the blogs banned.
From an Indian Department of Telecom press release (emphasis added):
The Department of Telecom (DoT) has instructed all the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country to block only the specified website/webpages on the parent website. The DoT, in its letter issued to all the ISPs has mentioned that it had come to notice that in some cases the parent website had been blocked in contravention to what was stated in its earlier order dated 13th July 2006 whereby it ordered the ISPs to block certain websites/webpages.The DoT should offer an explanation to the free world as to why India should not be considered a backward and repressive oligarchy, since the DoT has decided to restrict Indian citizens' freedom of speech and expression.
As such the DoT has now directed all the ISPs to strictly comply with the order dated 13th July 2006 and provide unhindered access to Internet except for the websites/webpages which have been specifically mentioned in its orders issued from time to time.
The DoT has further sought explanation from the erring ISPs as to why action be not taken against them for blocking unintended websites/webpages.
Flandis the Magnificent!
Well, after Ullrich and Basso were ousted from the Tour de France for doping I figured it wouldn't be very interesting this year. So I haven't been paying attention... until Tuesday. Suddenly Floyd Landis took the lead from Oscar Pereiro by 10 seconds on the climb up L'Alp d'Huez, and I figured: "Can it be that we've got another US cycling champion on the order of Lemond and Armstrong?" Then Flandis had the dreaded "bad day", and on one stage dropped over eight minutes behind the lead, to 11th place. The other American, Leipheiemer, was ahead of him in 9th, but still over 7 minutes behind. No one has ever come back from that kind of deficit this far into the race, to win the GC (General Classification). (Strictly speaking it has happened, but not for a very long time.) Failure, quagmire, time to pull out and "acknowledge reality". But Flandis was, curiously, still smiling...
Today his team helped him take the lead early in the race, and with 25 km to go they were still over 7 minutes ahead of the main group (peleton). But my "inner Cindy" argued that they'd never be able to keep that lead for 25 km. Behold, Floyd crossed the finish line over five minutes ahead of everyone else in the field! Not just a stage victory, but an unprecedented victory! My inner Cindy was mortified.
Landis is currently only 30 seconds behind the lead, Pereiro, in the GC. Tomorrow's stage is flat, so things are unlikely to change, but the individual time trial, or what many have called the "race of truth", is Saturday. And for the first time in many years the final TT will probably decide who wins the TdF. And for the eighth year in a row, it may well be an American!
Israel Slugging It Out On The Ground
JERUSALEM - A large fight between Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas broke out Thursday evening on the Lebanese side of the border, the Israeli army said. It said its troops suffered several casualties.
The forces crossed the border as part of ongoing operations to push back Hezbollah guerrillas who have continued firing rockets into northern
Israel despite more than a week of massive bombardment.
While it's not a full-scale invasion, Israel could be probing the defenses in preparation for one.
In any event, I have the big foam finger with "Israel #1" printed on it out and I'm waving it around.
Traderrob Indian Blog Star
Opinipundit (www.exposingtheleft.blogspot.com) may now be one of the most read American blogs in India. Thanks to this weeks ban on some blog sites including this one. Jawa Report Co-Blogger Traderrob has made the WSJ . The story was ran in many major newspapers in India and today he is interviewed by the The San Jose Mercury News. Talk about an overnight sensation!
Mercury News:The editor of OpiniPundit (http://exposingtheleft. blogspot.com) another banned site, said his only mention of India was a tongue-in-cheek comment about the Mumbai bombings. He supported and blogged about Bush's nuclear deal with India, but now says his perception of India has changed.Traderrob can I have your autograph? Don’t miss all his posts on this subject here and here and here too . Also see Rusty’s post on the banning of The Jawa Report here. One thing I find very neat is all the people from India commenting on his blog. Now that’s the spirit of what blogging is all about. Looks like Traderrob has very late night or very early morning so I’ll pimp his blog a bit while he recovers from the sudden rush of fame.
``From what you've heard and read, it's the largest democracy in the world and they're a lot like us,'' said the Illinois blogger, who wanted to stay anonymous. ``This can't do any good to their image. Anybody who comes in contact with the story will have a diminished opinion of India after this.''
Internet discussion forums and mailing lists have sprouted to protest the ban. Bloggers are also dispensing online advice to circumvent the ban, using tools employed by Internet surfers in China.
Many speculated the ban was prompted by last week's bombings of Mumbai's train network, which killed more than 200 people.
Beth is reporting that the Indian ban has been lifted.
I couldn't tell you if it applies just to her, or to everyone on the list, and I'm not traveling to India to find out.
Unless you want to pay my travel expenses.
Don't Mess With the US
This made rounds a few months ago, but I thought it prescient given the recent escalations in the ME. Have a hearty, guttural laugh, and couple that with some good ol' fashioned red-blooded Americanism. Coutesy of Mencia.
Bloggers Against Censorship
A group of Indian bloggers has formed in opposition to the blog ban by the Indian government:
Bloggers Against Censorship was set up to collate information about and influence opinion against the Indian Government's apparent notice to various ISPs to block various websites including blogs hosted on blogspot.com and typepad.com. All Yahoo! Geocities web sites have also been blocked by most Indian ISPs since July 1, 2006.
There are many questions raised by these apparent acts of Internet Censorship. This effort is aimed at nothing less than ensuring the Government will never again do something like this. There should be no site or group of sites that they will ever again be able to block; in fact, there should be no book they will ban, no infringement on freedoms at all ever again. It is against our constitutional Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression as an Indian Citizen.
Indian bloggers have been ranting here.
My 'Dhimmi of the Day' award goes to this commenter on an Indian blog:
Most of the terrorist activities in present day India are the consequence of such right-wing pro-zionist hate mongering by right wing nutjobs resultng in the alienation and ghettoization of the muslim minority. I think the government's reasoning behind connecting the ban, to protect against terrorism, is absolutely correct, if anything the ban is too incomplete and easy to circumvent. It's easy for Americans to chide India on the ban, but they need to keep in mind these bans probably save lives by preventing riots and terrorism and by stopping recruitment by fanatics (both hindu and muslim).
Well, not exactly, but it's a start.
So far, no fatwa...
Those Who Forget The Past...
Signaleer reminds us of Hezbollah's (and assorted Islamic terrorists') violent and deadly past regarding the US in Lebanon. Since these atrocities occured two decades before the Bush Administration took office, I'm not sure if liberals will include them in their revised histories of the United States:
12 April 1984, Spain--Eighteen US servicemen killed and eighty three people injured in bomb attack on restaurant near USAF base in Torrejon, Spain. Responsibility claimed by Hezbollah as revenge for March bombing in Beirut.
20 September 1984, Lebanon--Suicide bomb attack on US Embassy in East Beirut kills twenty three people and injures twenty one others. The US and British ambassadors were slightly injured in the explosion which was attributed to the Iranian backed Hezbollah group.
16 March 1985, Lebanon--US journalist Terry Anderson is kidnapped in Beirut, Lebanon, by Iranian backed Islamic radicals. He is finally released in December 1991.
9 June 1985, Lebanon--US academic, Thomas Sutherland, at the American University, Beirut, Lebanon kidnapped by Islamic terrorists and held until 18 November 1991.
14 June 1985, Lebanon--A Trans-World Airlines flight was hijacked en route to Rome from Athens by two Lebanese Hizballah terrorists and forced to fly to Beirut. The eight crew members and 145 passengers were held for 17 days, during which one U.S. hostage, a U.S. Navy sailor, was murdered. After being flown twice to Algiers, the aircraft was returned to Beirut after Israel released 435 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners.
12 September 1986, Lebanon--US academic at the American University in Beirut Joseph Cicippio seized in Beirut by Iranian backed Islamic terrorists. He is eventually released on 1 December 1991.
21 October 1986, Lebanon--U.S. businessman Edward Tracy kidnapped in the Lebanon by Islamic terrorists and held for almost five years until 11 August 1991.
24 January 1987, Lebanon--U.S. citizens Jesse Turner and Alann Steen seized in Beirut by Islamic terrorists. Turner was held until 22 October 1991 and Steen is released on 3 December 1991.
14 November 1987, Lebanon--Seven people are killed and 37 injured by the explosion of a booby-trapped chocolate box in a wing of the American University in Beiruit.
17 February 1988, Lebanon--US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel W. Higgens, kidnapped and murdered by the Iranian backed Hezbollah while serving with the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organisation in southern Lebanon.
Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.
Blockbusted in Somalia
From The People's Daily:
Somalian Islamic militiamen arrested some 60 people for watching videos in several overnight raids in the capital Mogadishu, an Islamic court official and residents said yesterday.Well, now that the Islamic crazies have their own little Disneyland to play in, maybe they'll stay busy & leave us alone, right?
Tuesday's arrests follow several cases of the Islamic militiamen who are the new rulers of the Somali capital forcefully applying their strict interpretation of Islamic law. Some worry they want to remake Somalia into a nation resembling Afghanistan under the Taliban including offering a haven to terrorists.
Militiamen, armed with assault rifles, raided five halls in the northern Sinay neighbourhood late on Tuesday and arrested women and men who had paid to watch videos, said Dahir Ali Wehliye, a resident in the area.
In one incident, 20 militiamen in a pickup mounted with a machine-gun raided a video hall in the neighbourhood and detained those found watching a video, said Yusuf Ali, who witnessed the raid.
"They will be rehabilitated and then we will release them after they are told the disadvantages of watching such films and what Islam says about watching such films," said Moalin Shire, an official of the Islamic court whose jurisdiction includes the video hall that was raided.
Prof. Juan Cole on Israeli 'Ethnic Cleansing'
Prof. Juan Cole surmises that the Jews are using the kidnappings and Hizb'Allah rocket attacks merely as a pretext for 'ethnic cleansing' in Lebanon:
If the reports coming out of Lebanon can be believed, the Israelis are only sometimes striking known Hizbullah safe houses or facilities or missile emplacements. A lot of their bombardment appears aimed at punishing civilian populations and forcing them north to Beirut. Such an approach would help explain the high number of civilian casualties. That is, there may be an element of ethnic cleansing in Israeli tactics.Israel is dropping ordnance on Lebanon like it was going out of style. Bomb after bomb after bomb. Day after day after day. There have been approximately 3,000 bombing sorties carried out in the last eight days. Each sortie likely carried multiple bombs. That's easily 10,000 bombs dropped on Lebanon. Those
Cole doesn't give the Lebanese a pass. He admits that the Lebanese have some responsibility here. They should've known, after all, that this would happen when they got too big for their britches and kicked out their Syrian protectors:
So, basically, the Palestinians and the Lebanese are screwed. The Lebanese might not have been in such a vulnerable situation if they had not kicked out the Syrians, though the Syrians were there in 1982 the last time Israel invaded.Some have asked why I even pay attention to dissemblers like Prof. Juan Cole and crazy freaks like Prof. Deb Frisch. On the one hand, I'm offended that thousands of people like this are hired to teach our young people. On the other hand, it's important that a guy who would accuse Israel of 'ethnic cleansing' be seen for exactly what he is.
Terrorists & Their Useful Idiots (Updated)
Hey! Get down off that fence, you Islamist cockroach!
The ever-vigilant zombie over at zombietime has coverage of a pro-terror, anti-Israel rally (media would dub them "supporters of the Palestinian cause") outside the Israeli consulate in San Francisco last week. Still have any doubts that the enemy is alive and well among us here at home?
Also - one of the terror supporters featured in this video clip looks suspiciously like the same one who threatened Evan Coyne Maloney of Brain Terminal fame when he filmed an anti-Israel rally at Rutgers in 2003 (about halfway through the clip, Evan has a verbal confrontation with the guy, who later makes a speech at the screeching hatefest). Tolerant, they.
Update: Here's a side-by-side screenshot to compare - see if you think its the same
POS peaceful supporter of the Palestinian cause.
Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.
A British man was indicted Wednesday on charges he helped run terrorism fundraising Web sites, set up terrorists with temporary housing in England and possessed a classified U.S. Navy document revealing troop movements.This rodent is still fighting extradition to the US to face these charges. This particular jihadi has been under investigation since shortly after 9-11.
Syed Talha Ahsan, 26, was arrested at his home in London on a federal indictment in Connecticut charging him with conspiracy to support terrorists and conspiracy to kill or injure people abroad.
Ahsan is accused in the same case as Babar Ahmad, a British computer specialist who was indicted in Connecticut in October 2004. Both are accused of running several Web sites including Azzam.com, which investigators say was used to recruit members for the al-Qaida network, Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime and Chechen rebels.
Durk, durk Allah. Mohammed jihad. Shirpa, shirpa. Bahklava.
Cross-posted at Mein Blogovault.
Two Georgians Charged In Terror Plot
More of Allah's (WarBUH) finest attending college here in the United States.
Two men already accused of discussing terror targets with Islamic extremists were indicted Wednesday on charges of undergoing paramilitary training in northwest Georgia and plotting a "violent jihad" against civilian and government targets, including an air base in suburban Atlanta.The article continues to lay out some of the charges. Interestingly, these two suspects are also bing investigated for their tennuous ties to and communications with the 17 suspects in the recently busted Canadian terror ring. Why, you ask?
The new indictment accuses Syed Ahmed, a 21-year-old Georgia Tech student who was arrested in March, and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, 19, of traveling to Washington to film possible targets, including the U.S. Capitol and the headquarters of the World Bank, and sharing the recordings with another alleged terrorist based in Great Britain.
The new indictment says their motivation for planning attacks was "defense of Muslims or retaliation for acts committed against Muslims."Typical.
Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.
What Is The Jawa Report Anyway?
I've seen alot of
pissing, moaning, and whining legitimate criticisms in the comments about some of the posts being done here.
The primary focus of the Jawa Report is the global jihad.
Note the word primary.
Every one of us that posts here has the blessing of Rusty to post whatever suits their fancy, if you don't like it, that's your problem, not ours. If Rusty doesn't like a post, he'll tell us.
So please spare us your whines. Why you choose to waste your time commenting on a post that you claim is waste of your time boggles my brain.
We Got Muthaf*ckin' Snakes On A Muthaf*ckin' Blog
Hey, Cosmo, you seen this yet?
Jesus H. Christ, Wanda, every time I try to eat you show that crap.
Wanda: Yeah, but the thing about the pointy teeth...
Cosmo: What do you expect from someone who doesn't research?
Wanda: Yeah, but she's giving our master a bad name.
We have a theory about grown adults who still have snakes as pets (this guy is 31). Something--or, rather many things--is not right there.
Cosmo: Well, the 8 year old and 5 year old love us, but, broad generalizations and all that rubbish.
Wanda: Yeah, I always knew you were the smart one.
Cosmo: Can I eat now, my mail-lady is getting cold.
Guest commentary by our Ball Pythons, Cosmo and Wanda, who have yet to attack anyone anywhere at anytime.
An Artist's Rendtion Of The Indian Government's Banning Of The Jawa Report
Okay, Rusty isn't Custer, and the Indians aren't Indian-American-Indians, they're American-Indian-Americans.
But you get the drift.
Odes Of A Moron
Why, oh why am I not a world famous musician?
this weekend i went upstate to the woodstock farm animal sanctuary and spent the night and hung out with cows and goats and chickens and turkeys and sheep and pigs and cats and dogs(and people, too, although the weekend was more about quadripeds than bipeds... although the bipedal creatures were nice, too). a farm animal sanctuary is a place where farm animals go to live out their lives free from the threat of being killed or tortured or made to suffer at the hands of people.
Maybe it's because that while I may post inanities from time to time, I don't post them all the time?
stein hoist: the blogmother.
July 19, 2006
Why The Jawa Report Was Banned in India and Why it Matters
Why did India ban this website? And what is the larger meaning of this action?
The short answer to the first question is that we offended Islamists and India is afraid of its own Muslim citizens. The short answer to the second question is that, sadly, it is increasingly becoming evident that liberty may not be able to exist wherever there is a large population of Muslims.
What, specifically, did we do to offend Islamists and their supporters in the Muslim world?
Some time ago a story began to be circulated in the mainstream press that a detainee's Koran had been put in a toilet at Guantanamo Bay. It later turned out that the story was false.
Nevertheless, the reaction from many in the Muslim world was quite revealing about an alleged 'tiny minority of extremists'. Riots erupted all over the world by people who were offended. Thousands marched, caused property damage, and some were even killed.
Over what? A story about a book being put in a toilet.
We can understand why someone might get offended over their holy book being mistreated. We might get offended if someone did the same to a Bible. But anyone who would engage in violence over such an action has a values system that is not only foreign to us, but also one which is not compatible with liberty.
This reaction, along with the later reaction of many Muslims over cartoons depicting Mohammed, was a clarifying moment for us.
Islam, as understood by many Muslims, is not a tolerant religion.
The very definition of tolerance is to allow that which we do not agree with. The moment Muslims demand that their governments punish those who say, write, or depict things that they find offensive, they reveal their intolerance.
Many people in my experience are intolerant. Intolerance is not a very unique attribute. It is intolerance coupled with threats of violence that makes many Muslims unique in the world. It is also what makes Islam uniquely dangerous among the major religions of the world.
Not only do these intolerant Muslims wish for offensive speech to stop, but they threaten violence upon any government unwilling to censor.
So, our reaction to the overreaction in the Muslim world was to make fun of them by making fun of the Koran flushing story. Oddly, making fun of intolerant people is now considered a form of intolerance by many in the world.
We admit that the humor involved was tasteless. We also admit that we knew that it would offend some. But if you can't legitimately offend people engaging in riots, who advocate criminal penalties for blasphemy, and who wish your destruction, who can you offend?
While the specific reason for India's attempt to ban us was that we were blasphemous, the more general reason was because it feared its own citizens.
India has been taken hostage by its sizeable Muslim population. It is afraid of its own citizens. It fears that if they are exposed to that which is religiously offensive, that violence might erupt. That if the government doesn't do something, then they might just have to do something about the government.
India's banning of this and other websites, then, is completely rational. It is based on the real fear of real people who do real violence. Thus, it is completely understandable.
While we might understand India's reason for banning our website, we certainly don't condone it.
Giving in to violent threats is not, in my book, a winning strategy for defeating the very people who are threatening you. Appeasement only works if your goal is appeasement. If your goal is to drag Muslims who have a 7th century mentality about how the world ought to be ordered into the 21st century, then this is no way to do it.
This is not to say that we don't agree that there might be limits to free speech. Such limits seem legitimate in the context of war, for instance.
However, when one bans speech because it is religiously offensive, then two freedoms are killed at the same time. A nation cannot truly have freedom of religion if that religion is immune from public criticism. A nation cannot truly have freedom of speech if blasphemy becomes a criminal act.
Sadly, there is not a single country in the world where Muslims are a majority that criticisms of Islam are legally tolerated. While Muslims proudly proclaim that they 'tolerate' Chrisianity, they do not mean tolerance in the Western sense. They may 'tolerate' Chrisitians worshipping in their own churches, but the minute that a Christian steps out in public he is unable to accomplish the 'Great Commission' of trying to convert the non-believer into a believer.
Some 'moderate' Muslim countries allow Hindus, Buddhists, and Christians to be converted to whichever religion that they may choose. But once a Muslim, always a Muslim. It is forbidden for any missionary of any faith to try to convert a Muslim.
Islam is a one-way street.
India's actions lead us to suspect that it will not just be Islamic states where religious oppression is the norm, but that any country with a sizeable Muslim minority might also be forced, for the sake of domestic tranquility, to ban blasphemy. And we believe that our fears are founded on more than this one case.
A simple statistical analysis shows that there is a strong inverse correlation between Muslim populations and freedom. What this means is that the more Muslims there are in your country, the more likely it is that your country is repressive. India's actions give us a definite candidate for the causal mechanism underlying the correlation.
There is some good news, though, in those same statistics. Since Geoge W. Bush has been in office, declaring liberty and democracy the common birthright of humanity, Muslim countries are becoming more free. None has fully reached that goal in our understanding of the term and there are some exceptions to the rule, but as a whole they are moving in the right direction.
We hope that the movement to liberalize will continue in the Muslim world.
If Muslim countries are moving in the right direction, liberalizing in ways unimaginable before the Bush administration turned up the heat, it is odd that some non-Muslim countries seem to be moving in the opposite direction while responding to the same pressures.
If India and other countries hope that by banning a handful of websites, or by condemning speech critical of Islam, that it will appease their Muslim populations, they have greatly miscalculated.
What offends Islamists and many Muslims is not what we or others say, it is that they are not in power to stop us from saying it.
The ultimate goal of these people is the creation of a state based on sharia (or Islamic) law. One in which Muslims rule and Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists take a back seat. It is only then, when it is Muslims who do the deciding on what needs to be banned, that they will be happy.
The real gripe Muslims have in non-Muslim countries is about power. They want it, but don't yet have the numbers to exercise it.
India, of all countries, should understand this. Both Pakistan and Bangledesh were states founded because Muslims on the Indian subcontinent refused to be ruled by any other than a Muslim master. Several wars have been fought between India and her Muslim neighbors because of this. Today, a low-level war continues in Indian Kashmir because Muslims refuse to be governed by any country in which they are not a majority. Even when that country is headed by a Muslim, which is the case in India right now, sizeable numbers of Muslims demand more.
India is said to be a secular state with aspirations of greatness. Its actions today show that it is neither completely secular nor ready for its proper place on the world stage.
This is all doubly sad because India is also a natural ally against the cancer of Islamic fundamentalism. It is on the frontline in the war against the global jihadis.
It is India, not the U.S., which shares its bloody borders with the world of Islam. Mumbai should be a reminder to India who its real friends are, and who are its enemies.
The move towards religious censorship by India is a mistake. A nation does not cement its alliances by adopting the values of its enemies and rejecting those of nations willing to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with it against forces which plan its destruction.
Although we, who have always supported India in the past, feel that this action was a slap in the face, we continue to wish her continued progress and prosperity. A wealthy India is an India better able to stay off the attacks of the barbarians at her gates. Those barbarians are our common enemies.
India may have turned its back on us, but we will not be so petty as to completely turn our backs on her.
UPDATE: Apparently, the ban is still in effect.
(Despite the MSM getting a lot of our urls wrong):
*Exposing the Leftz (aka, OpiniPundit)
*The Pirate's Cove
*Merri Musings (Indian government banned her old website, now abandond--also, the lovely bride of The Jawa Report's Editor-in-Chief, Vinnie)
*Princess Kimberly (now defunct)
*Editors in Pajamas
*Commonfolk Using Commonsense (their old website banned)
*My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
Via Macker, this is alleged to be a scanned copy the order by the Indian government to censor our websites. Notice there are 17, rather than the 11 as reported in the media. Also, notice that the urls are correct in the document, it appears that the MSM got the urls wrong.
Please, let us know if you stand with us and against India caving to Islamist threats by leaving a comment if you are a reader or linking this post if you are a blogger. Trackbacks are not working, so please e-mail me.
*Ace of Spades HQ
*Blogs of War
*In The Bullpen
*Rocket's Brain Trust
*Lawhawk: A Blog for All
*Outside the Beltway
*I Think Therefor I Err
*The Dread Pundit Bluto and the 58 blogs of the Pirate Armada
*Six Meat Buffet
*Below the Beltway
*Vince Aut Morire
*Iraq War News
*In Search of Utopia
*Old War Dogs
*Pure Gum Spirits
*Jay Andrew Allen
*Mark in Mexico
*One Reality Kazuma
*A Trainwreck in Maxwell
*Blue State, Red Blood
*The New American Citizen
*Kim du Toit
*Combs Spouts Off
Indians against India's pathetic attempt at outlawing blasphemous websites: Who will stand with us?
Hizb'Allah's Crime Syndicate
Stratfor on Hizb'Allah's crime syndicate:
Hezbollah has a long-standing and well-known presence in the tri-border region of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, where the U.S. government estimates it has earned tens of millions of dollars from selling electronic goods, counterfeit luxury items and pirated software, movies and music. It also has an even more profitable network in West Africa that deals in "blood diamonds" from places like Sierra Leone and the Republic of the Congo. Cells in Asia procure and ship much of the counterfeit material sold elsewhere; nodes in North America deal in smuggled cigarettes, baby formula and counterfeit designer goods, among other things. In the United States, Hezbollah also has been involved in smuggling pseudoephedrine and selling counterfeit Viagra, and it has played a significant role in the production and worldwide propagation of counterfeit currencies.I wonder what their moon god thinks about the 'Party of Allah' producing the world's drugs.
The business empire of the Shiite organization also extends into the drug trade. The Bekaa Valley, which it controls, is a major center for growing poppies and cannabis; here also, heroin is produced from raw materials arriving from places like Afghanistan and the Golden Triangle. Hezbollah earns large percentages of the estimated $1 billion drug trade flowing out of the Bekaa. Much of the hashish and heroin emanating from there eventually arrive in Europe -- where Hezbollah members also are involved in smuggling, car theft and distribution of counterfeit goods and currency.
I wonder what the other Allah worshippers think.
The Jews Are All Out Of Bubblegum
Courtesy of Vital Perspective, a little war porn:
That's the IAF taking out Al-Manar.
Here's the IAF scratching that nasty Hezbollah itch:
Am Yisrael Chai.
Good friend and fellow munuvian Kyer had a blogiversary.
Wish him well.
OpiniPundit Banned in India (Updated*Bumped) Jawa too
UPDATED by Rusty: Jawa Report banned in India because we might offend Muslims.
To paraphrase Saint Bono: I wouldn't want to offend you.
WSJ article. Notice they spelled our URL wrong? I know any publicity is good publicity, but if you're going to cite us as a banned website then the least you could do is spell our url correctly!
Odd, since we are such big supporters of India. But I guess they think the root cause of terrorism is offensive language.
Way to fight terror there India! I'm sure it's a winning strategy.
Well it's not a fatwa but I suppose it will have to do
Reader Patrick tells me that we have been banned in India for ostensibly spreading a doctrine of hate.
The DoT is of the opinion that some of these sites were being used by banned organisations to transmit messages to their colleagues. Blog entries cannot be tracked as easily as email. The sites that were asked to be blocked include hindunity.og and exposingtheleft.blogspot.com. All ISPs do not seem to have implemented the ban uniformly, yet. Bloggers in India meanwhile complained that they were having problems accessing popular blogs on the Google owned blogspot. There are some 150 ISPs in India.
Just a humble jr. Jawa doing his part.
UPDATE: Well it's no joke and it's not a screwup, the Indian government is most definately pi$$ed. This from the Indian Express......
Exposingtheleft.blog is dangerous
NEW DELHI, JULY 18: Clearly, the government has a lot to handle since the seven serial blasts in Mumbai last Tuesday. Banning America’s anti-Left website ExposingTheLeft.Blogspot.Com is a start.
Viewed through pkblogs.com, a website that helps you bypass the official Indian ban (its home page invites you if your blog is blocked in India, Pakistan, Iran or China), ExposingTheLeft.Blogspot.Com makes only one reference to Mumbai, which is: ‘‘At least 131 killed in India train bombings: More humanitarian acts from the ‘Religion of Peace’.’’
This may be offensive and so could the rest of this website—but largely for anti-Bush voters in the United States as it tracks domestic politics, takes several swipes at Iran, applauds a court ruling against same-sex marriages, and slams the Hizbollah. It has little to do with what Comrade Prakash Karat was thinking about or doing on 7/11.
ExposingTheLeft’s editors are aware of India’s gag order and their new post is: “Well, it’s not a fatwa but I suppose it will have to do.’’
Kudo's to Pragya Singh the journalist who wrote this peice as it is, relatively speaking, both accurate and fair.
As for the Indian government and those responsible for this "ban" my suggestion would be re-evaluate your priorities as there must be 6,763,397 more important things to concern yourself with then silencing little ole me.
btw, Dr. Shackleford is now on the list.
The restricted blogs and web sites sent to ISPs:
Update by Vinnie: I find my wife's old Typepad URL in this list quite ironic. The company she works for once outsourced to India to answer emails. The company was abandoned for good reason. A customer wrote in an email "call me a jackass, but..." and the Indian rep answered back "Dear Jackass." Karma? you be the judge.
Another update by Vinnie: The wife responds to this outrage.
Yup, I Heard It
Listening to the radio today, I heard some sniveling coed whining because she wasn't evacuated from Lebanon in the way that she would have preferred, so to speak.
That doesn't change my other post, however, I firmly believe that any evacuee who expresses anything less than undying gratitude towards the brave military people, and the free nation these whiners are citizens of, should be loaded up on a chopper and flown right back to where they came from.
The View from Haifa: September 10th Syndrome
An excellent essay by Prof. Steven Plaut of Haifa University:
Six years have passed since the retreat from southern Lebanon. The attitude of the Israeli chattering classes toward that "success" is illustrative of what I call the September 10th Syndrome. On September 10, 2001, there were many public figures in the U.S. convinced that there was no chance terrorists could or would strike America. Their conclusion, to quote Mark Twain, was just a little premature.Read the rest here.
Israel has suffered from a mass infestation of September 10th Syndrome ever since the capitulation to Hizbullah in 2000. But in recent days it's become clear that there can be something even worse than such an affliction – namely, suffering from September 10th Syndrome on September 12, i.e., not even realizing how wrong one had been even after events should have removed all doubt.
True, the Lebanese border remained "relatively" quiet after the Barak withdrawal, but not for the reasons marketed by the Israeli political establishment. All that had happened was that Syria was cowed into keeping the Lebanese border quiet for a while after 2001 due to its fears of being targetedby an enraged America on the warpath against Middle East terrorism.
The supposed success of the Lebanese capitulation was also the official theology behind Israel's security fence in the West Bank. The security fence along the Lebanese border was thought to have demonstrated that all Israel now needed to do with Gaza and the West bank was get itself out and build similar fences, replete with all manner of electronic gizmos, just as it had done along the Lebanese border. After all, the politicians kept chanting, once there were no Israeli troops in "Arab lands," the Arab side would have no reason to engage in terror and military aggression against Israel.
Of course, the Barak withdrawal never really solved anything. The Lebanese border was not calm. Thousands of state-of-the-art rockets were sitting there, ready to strike. Shelling and cross-border incursions by Hizbullah were regular occurrences, and Hizbullah agents were freely wandering the Gaza Strip, helping Hamas build its bombs. In short, the Lebanese border was as secure and as calm as the World Trade Center towers were on September 10, 2001.
Thou Shalt Not Insult Turkishness
Turkey actually has a law providing exactly that:
Recently, Turkish courts upheld a prison sentence against a Turkish editor, Hrant Dink. The Turkish citizen, Elif Shafak – author of Father and Bastard – also faces renewed charges of “insulting Turkishness” under the notorious Article 301 of the Turkish Criminal Code, despite the earlier dismissal of the case.Silly, to say the least. Then again, do the Europeans really have any credibility on freedom of expression after prosecuting Orianna Fallaci for "insulting religion"?
Shafak’s case has already been fraught with complications. The original trial in June of Elif Shafak and her publisher (Semih Sokmen of Metis Publishing House) declared that, after the publication of her bestseller Father and Bastard, there was no evidence to prosecute her on the charges of “publicly insulting Turkishness.”
British Islamist Website Shut Down
The Alghurabaa website has been shut down. You may remember Alghurabaa from such classic videos as "Let's mock 7/7 & 9/11 Victims", such fatwas as "let's kill cartoon blasphemers" & protests such as "behead those who blaspheme Mohammed".
Thank you to the good folks at 1&1 Internet for their cooperation in shutting down the terror supporters website. And thank you to the British government for finally taking action against the remaining followers of Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed.
Unfortunately, The Saved Sect's--the Birmingham based sister organization of Alghurabaa-- website is still active. You can contact their Hong Kong based webserver with abuse complaints by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complaining to the companies that do business with terror supporters does work. Okay, sometimes it works. Be persistent.
If a company refuses to take a terror website offline, please contact me.
Now go start complaining to these companies that do business with Hezbollah!
Your Terrorist Supporter Pic of the Day
Supporters of Lebanon protest outside the Israeli consulate in New York, July 18, 2006. REUTERS/Chip East
Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.
Hezbollah Rockets Hit Nazareth
Funny thing is there are no valuable military targets there. Two Israeli Arab children were murdered in this terrorist attack. There were three deaths overall and many injuries.
Haaretz: A Hezbollah rocket attack on the northern town of Nazareth killed two Israeli Arab children on Wednesday afternoon, bringing to 16 the death toll from rocket strikes since the crisis in Lebanon began a week ago.The Jawa Report has asked Jesus of Nazareth for comment. He was unavailable at this time but his office released this statement.
Another 12 people sustained light wounds in the attack, and were evacuated to the Italian Hospital in the town.
The two siblings were killed by a direct hit from a rocket, the Israel Defense Forces said. It was the first attack on the town.
Mohammed Assawi, who saw the attack, told Channel 10 television that the rocket that killed the two children struck in the middle of a downtown street.
"It's a vacation and it's afternoon so where will they go if not to play in the streets?" he said. "It is unpleasant to say what we saw."
Biblegateway.org: But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me.So keep it up Hezbollah. You so much as touch another brick in Nazareth or other Christian sites in the holy land and we promise you will have more than the Israelis to worry about. Try a billion Christians add to that Israeli Arab Muslims who live in and respect the hometown of Jesus. Also a prophet under Islam.
Nazareth has a population of 60,000. The majority of Nazarenes are Israeli Arabs, about 35-40% of which are Christians and the rest are Muslims.Also see Israelicool for more updates.
To me this is equivilant to bombing Medina or Mecca. Intollerable.
Goldstein / Frisch Blog Brawl (finally) hits the MSM
From Fox News:
Over the last two weeks, the blogosphere has buzzed about a bare-knuckled incident that provides a glimpse at how relations between left and right have deteriorated in some circles.
Right-wing blogger Jeff Goldstein maintains a well-respected site entitled Protein Wisdom. Left-wing Deborah Frisch maintains the south(west)paw blog. She prides herself on attacking 'right-wing nuts' -- or 'wingnuts' in blogspeak -- by posting insults on their websites. (Left-wingers are referred to as 'moonbats'.)
An exchange on Protein Wisdom between Goldstein and Frisch turned so nasty that it landed in the mainstream media. On July 12, Brit Hume of FOX News reported, "Deborah Frisch escalated a foreign policy argument with blogger Jeff Goldstein last week, writing that if 'someone shot you and your 'tyke' it wouldn't slow me down one iota.' She also wrote that she hopes 'no one Jon-Benets' the child -- a reference to the brutal murder of a young Colorado girl ten years ago -- and made disturbing sexual remarks about the boy."
. . .
The failure of Frisch's blog was widely ascribed to similar malice until she explained "SWP is back up and running after a 36 hour erasure due to my using a fake phone number (555 1212) when I registered my domain name."
Interesting... I wonder how that could've happened?
UPDATE: Frisch is now claiming that everything is simply unfolding according to her master plan:
"I've been joking for a while that I want to be a left-wing Ann Coulter," she says, referring to the right-wing pundit. "As hard as it is to see right now, this is part of my career plan."Strange spin. Of course, if Prof. Frisch really had drafted all her child-molestation sickness in cold deliberation according to a master plan to further her career, ...[More below the fold]
And, who knows, it could land her on Letterman or Leno.
"I'm thinking Stephen Colbert," Frisch says.
...she'd have to be even more "ephed up" than we thought--and that's pretty damned "ephed up". Here's Frisch's message to Colbert:
Monsieur Colbert, je pense que l'affaire goldfrisch would make a great segment for your show! Pense about it, hombre!
I think we all knew this was coming. Just so you know, it's here. The Frisch incident apparently isn't about a crazy woman threatening children. It's about "censorship, self-censorship, academic freedom, freedom of speech, blogging&professoring":
"It bothers me that somebody blogs about something and it gets them into trouble," [Prof. Kevin R. Kemper] said. "How to solve that ethically and legally is the big question. I just hope that this doesn't become a reason to censor."And so it begins. Like I said, I think we all knew this was coming.
In her recent commentary on Goldstein, Frisch admits that Goldstein and his readers were nice to her, even though they knew up front she was a moonbat troll:
At first, Jeff, a third-rate writer and the fourth-rate writers who hang out in the bowels (i.e., comments section) of his blog were nice to me. They recognized me as a “moonbat troll” and even offered to have me be the moonbat in the zoo. I kinda sorta thought protein wisdom had invited me to be their resident moonbat troll.In other words, she was accepted into the conversation even though she had a different viewpoint. She admits that she was even starting to get traffic from Goldstein's readers:
I noticed that traffic on my blog was increasing with lots of links from PW. Even though Jeff and his anklebiters seemed really stupid, mentally ill and deranged compared to my previous blog experience, I stayed on account of sitemeter and on account of the zoo invitation.But Frisch got tired of playing nice with her new friends, and decided it was time to go into crazy bitch mode:
I got tired of pretending the morons who have nothing better to do than chitchat in the comments section of Lipid Stupidity were a worthy opponent. Even though there were a few dozen of them and one of me, they seemed unbelievably stupid, boring and not worth talking to. I didn’t want it to be a waste, so I tried to bait Jeff into banning me – the troll’s badge of honor.Frisch was apparently confusing Goldstein's site with a moonbat site. Moonbats generally can't handle dissent, so a lot of moonbat sites ban suspected dissenters at the drop of a hat. DailyKos is a good example of this practice. You have to have an account to post on DailyKos, and you can lose your account in a heartbeat if they identify you as a "troll"--i.e., someone who doesn't toe the party line. In any event, Goldstein, to his credit, decided against banning Frisch. Frisch lost it. The rest is history.
Folks, the left is going to continue trying to make Prof. Frisch into a victim and into a martyr for "academic freedom." I hope we won't let 'em get away with it.
UPDATE UPDATE:Cmunk deserves props for noting the latest Frisch-mania earlier this am. Kudos are in order.
Boston Cops Can't Get A Break
We often hear inner-city residents and "community activists" express outrage when the police fail to quell violence in crime-ridden neighborhoods. What happens when a cop performing this duty needs the aid of the community and the community instead spits in his face? Where is the proportional outrage?
Here's an interesting column from the Boston Herald, telling the story of a rookie cop who was pursuing a suspect through a city neighborhood - a suspect he believed was armed (who was eventually apprehended.) The chase wound through the neighborhood of Roxbury, and eventually ended up in a resident's backyard. The residents were at the time holding a birthday party. As the officer tried to wrestle and subdue the suspect, partygoers responded by throwing keys, soda cans and verbal insults at the officer. Some were even reported to have physically struck and kicked the officer.
The officer's cell phone was dropped at the scene, and when he returned to retrive it, the residents "played dumb" not only as to its whereabouts, but also to the incident that had just occured. The Boston Police spokesman pulled no punches:
For the kids looking on, it was a riveting display of warped values, a disgraceful endorsement of a mindset “community leaders” profess to abhor.That damn oppressive "system." Moral of the story - the next time somebody starts ranting about the brutality of city police while demanding their service, remind them of this story and tell them to go pound sand.
“The kids witnessed adults encouraging the bad guy to get away,” McCarthy pointed out. “That was the message the adults gave them, loud and clear: Beat up the police and help the bad guy get away. You’d think they wouldn’t want someone like that running through their children’s party. But nothing’s unbelievable to me anymore.”
Officer Jared Gero, by the way, returned for duty the very next day - ready and willing to do it all again for the citizenry that spit at him.
Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.
Foiling Electromagnetic Ninjas
Via Ace of Spades HQ:
Magnets implanted in fingertips give users a sixth sense for detecting, well, magnetic fields. Which may sound useless, until you find yourself being stalked by an electromagnetic ninja. Which, if my life is any indication, happens every two or three months.So it's not just me they're after.
Also in the same post, much discussion on droids, particularly on droid whores.
It's a wretched hive over there. Watch your step.
"Thank You for the Hezbollah View"
Not news, but Helen Thomas really is an embarassment.
The Anti-Idiotarian Yorkie
Never one to be encumbered by fact, Debbie Schlussel goes for the brass ring.
One thing is lost in all the press coverage of the whining Americans who went to Lebanon of their own accord and now want us to pick up the tab to get them out.
THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS IN LEBANON ARE HEZBOLLAH SUPPORTERS.
Okay, that's all well and good, I guess, despite the fact that she doesn't back up her claim with anything but her own word. Which, I might add, is a vocabulary consisting of mostly "I'LL SUE!"
So, let's examine. 25,000 Americans in Lebanon, the majority of whom, according to the blogtard, are Hezbollah supporters. How many have been evacuated so far?
How many are our military planning to evacuate? 5-8,000.
Yet our intrepid warrior says this:
is it a good idea to rush to bring 25,000 such persons back to the U.S. at a time when Hezbollah is at war against the strongest U.S. ally?
Back to reality:
The evacuated Americans will be taken to Cyprus, where they can choose to go on to their homes or fly to other countries.
So St. Deborah Of The Factually Challenged™ is concerned that a marauding horde of rampaging Hezbollah supporters numbering 25,000 will invade our shores at our expense.
Even though it's a marauding horde of homogenous U.S. citizens invading Cyprus for much cheaper. With an option to go elsewhere on their own dime.
If my knee were jerking, I might agree with this:
Should Hezbollah supporters be transported on a ship named for one of the most heroic events in U.S. history, the U.S.S Iwo Jima? Should U.S. tax dollars fund the charter of commercial ships to transport the rest of these terror-sympathizers?
The instant answer from all freedom-loving Americans to these questions should be a loud "NO."
Well, if Deb would provide actual proof that the majority of the people being evacuated are Hezbollah sympathizers, I might hesitate at endorsing the action. But, then again, if all of these Hezbollah sympathizers are being evacuated, isn't in our best interests to keep tabs on them? Especially since they're going to a Mediterranean island?
Here's a nice picture of the people that Debbie Schlussel doesn't want your tax dollars being spent to evacuate:
Yup, looks like a Hezbollah supporter to me. More can be found here.
In conclusion, I have to voice my deepest suspicions. Debbie Schlussel is a mole. She's a Kos Kid tasked to invade the right wing, her mission to make us look bad. She has all the classic earmarks of a leftist, i.e.
Presents conclusions based on nothing.
Retaliates on those who disagree with litigation.
The photo on her site doesn't match the real Deborah.
Whatever she is, she's definitely a blogtard.
July 18, 2006
Visiting Berkeley Professor on Al-Jazeera
He calls the Israeli response in Lebanon a pre-planned US/Zionist conspiracy. He also runs a website littered with graphic images of dead children. You know, the ones on all the pro Hezbollah sites.
Via al-Jazeera: As'ad AbuKhalil, author of Bin Laden, Islam, and America's New 'War on Terrorism' as well as The Battle for Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power, believes the recent violence is a symptom of an international conspiracy under way to enforce UN resolution 1559, which calls for the disarmament of militia groups in Lebanon - a reference to Hezbollah.Ok so let's head on over there and see what else he has to say. Oh here's a nice poem.
A professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus, and visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, AbuKhalil just returned from Lebanon. He also maintains the Angry Arab blog.
Cry over my birthNice he hates us all unless I misunderstand who he means by "all". And for just what should we beg of him? Mercy maybe? Interesting. What would be next maybe some charges of racism?
Raise your quivering hands to the sky.
If only you searched my soul..my blood..
You will only find rejection and contempt
I hate you all..
Do not beg..Do not smile..
Your dry smile..only fills me with contempt for you
I can't handle the ship. But wait. That means I would have possibly--but accidentally of course--vomited on US ambassador in Lebanon, Jeffrey Feltman... ...But if you are a native who admire and mimic the White Man, you are seen as civilized, and Bush may pat your back, as he has done during Sanyurah's last visit in Washington, DC.Sure enough. Maybe he'll go after evil crusader Christians next.
Rev. Billy Graham has not met an American war that he has not blessed.I can't believe he did that! Wait a minute, did he say largely innocent, not completely innocent. Like these "largely innocent" people here. You won't find any of these on his website.
(More from his al-Jazeera interview) I believe that the same racist impulse that considers Israeli lives worth more than Arab lives is at play here. I have no doubt that the lives of Arabs never meant much for the descendants of colonial powers in the region.
And it is important that we don't allow Israeli propaganda to present an image of symmetry between the two sides: There is no symmetry between the two sides in this conflict.
Not only in terms of Israeli military superiority, but also in terms of massive killings by Israel of largely innocent civilians.
Or if you don't have Palestinian kids handy you can catch a few local civilians, you know the ones you fed last week. Time to call in those favors.
Ynet via American Thinker: The IDF has found that Hizbullah is preventing civilians from leaving villages in southern Lebanon. Roadblocks have been set up outside some of the villages to prevent residents from leaving, while in other villages Hizbullah is preventing UN representatives from entering, who are trying to help residents leave. In two villages, exchanges of fire between residents and Hizbullah have broken out.Also see A blog for All who is running a huge roundup on this subject.
U.S. & Canadian Companies Aiding Hezbollah
A new study of official Hezbollah websites reveals that 91% of online business services provided to the terror organization are done through U.S. and Canadian companies. Hizballah has been designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department.
The study finds that American companies provide 64% of all the services that the Hezballah sites require to stay online. 27% of the required services are provided by Canadian companies.
Except for al Qaeda, Hezbollah has killed more Americans than any other foreign terrorist organization. In 1983 the Iranian backed Islamist group killed 241 Americans in Bierut. In addition to 60 more Americans who were injured, 58 French soldiers were also killed in the car-bombing blast.
Three members of Hizballah, ‘Imad Mughniyah, Hasan Izz-al-Din, and Ali Atwa, are on the FBI’s list of 22 Most Wanted Terrorists for the hijacking in 1985 of TWA Flight 847 during which a US Navy diver was murdered. Elements of the group were responsible for the kidnapping of Westerners in Lebanon, including American Terry Anderson who was held hostages for nearly 6 years.
The Iranian wing of Hezbollah today threatened to attack American interests.
Hizbollah's main website alghaliboun.net, is hosted by FastServers, Inc., located in Chicago, IL. Another of Hizbollah's official websites, moqawama.net, is hosted either by a NY, NY company dnsvr.com or a Green Bay, WI corporation Netsonic.
The Hizbollah 'charity' aljarha.org is hosted by Edmonton, Alberta's Tera-byte Dot Com.
These are just a few of the dozens of examples of U.S. and Canadian companies providing services to the terror organization.
Is it a crime to do business with Hezbollah? I dunno, but it should be.
The business services provided by these companies aid Hizbullah in keeping an online presence. And as we have noted dozens of times in the past, terrorist propaganda, training, recruiting, and planning is increasingly being facilitated by the internet.
It's time to take the online jihad seriously. A difficult task, but far less difficult than, say, physically disrupting terrorist cells.
Aaron at Haganah Internet has the full report here. Lot's more U.S. and Canadian companies doing business listed at link.
Do Not Adjust Your Monitor
UPDATE II: Is it just me, or is the entire internet broken? We're good, but tons of sites are down. Virus? DDoS? These sites include .gov sites, as well.
Update to Update II: Those sites back up (such as .gov), mu.nu back down. The headaches, they never stop........
If you noticed The Jawa Report acting funky when it loads, it's not you, it's me. It should just be the right-hand column that is having a problem. But who looks at the right column, anyway?
UPDATE: Fixed. Technical note below:
The reason for the slow load is that mu.nu seems to be down. The Jawa Report is actually on a seperate server (along with Ace-o-Spades HQ) from the rest of mu.nu.
This was supposed to protect the rest of mu.nu from us, since we are constantly under DDoS attack from Islamists out of Turkey. Looks like it works both ways.
Since part of our right-hand-column is the mu.nu blogroll hosted on the main mu.nu server, when your computer tries to load that column it is unable to reach mu.nu and therefore won't load until you wait about a minute.
But unless you have to see my blogroll, sitemeter, TTLB status, or skins, it's no big deal.
Unless, of course, you're looking at my sitemeter....like me...then it only seems like a big deal. Because it looks like traffic has dropped by 3/4. It hasn't. It's just an artifact of the sitemeter loading last. If it doesn't load, it doesn't measure hits. Thus, the majority of hits just aren't being measured right now.
Unless you're Vinnie, who remains on the main mu.nu server.
In that case, PANIC!
Joe Klein Thinks You're Stupid
In fact, Joe Klein thinks that everybody in the world is stupid except for himself, and those who agree with him. How else to explain Klein's latest, self-contradictory partisan potshot at the Bush Administration?
Klein wants the US deeply involved in the current war between Israel and Iranian/Syrian-backed terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas. It matters not to Monsieur Klein that past involvement has accomplished little more than to get America branded "Great Satan" and made the target of terrorist attacks beginning early in the Clinton Administration, as well as emboldening and empowering terrorist thugs like Hamas. Like a good liberal, Klein judges intentions more than results, and prefers to treat symptoms while allowing the underlying disease to fester.
But before Klein gets to his crackpot criticism of Bush's hands-off approach to the current conflict, Klein obligingly explains why Klein is full of crap:
If this was an Ahmadinejad ploy, it might well backfire. The Israeli response has seriously damaged Lebanon economically. The Lebanese patchwork of constituencies that governs the country may now conclude that it can no longer tolerate a heavily armed Hizballah substate in the south. And if it can be proved that Iran instigated the mess, the members of the U.N. Security Council might be nudged toward a tougher stance on the nuclear issue—and the threat of international sanctions, which could have terrible consequences for Iran's oily economy.Now, a writer driven by intellect, rather than emotion, would have looked at this half paragraph and concluded that it argued convincingly against his own thesis. And, once that was realized, this not-Klein might have decided that it was mind-numbingly stupid to continue to attack a foreign policy tactic obviously based on this same analysis.
The inescapable conclusion is that Klein thinks you are too stupid to realize that he has mortally weakened his own argument, and he might as well make himself boil in his pants by throwing some gratuitous insults at the President. That's what thinking of yourself as an elite will do for you.
Cross-posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.
Mumbai Bombing Update
A little known Islamist group is claiming responsibility and says it will release a video proving it’s involvement. The pattern matches al-Qaeda linked groups. So India may not be far off the mark in placing some blame with Pakistan where such groups are numerous. India may judge that Pakistan can do much more to stop the flow of Islamic terrorists and arms into Kashmir. A fair criticism I think.
Ireland Online:A little-known Islamic militant group that claimed responsibility for Mumbai’s train bombings warned of more attacks today, as investigators questioned Muslim preachers in India’s remote north-east about the blasts.India gets Love Mail too.
The death toll in the July 11 attacks, meanwhile, rose to 207 from 182 when officials added people who died after being taken to hospitals in Thane, a town outside Mumbai.
“All of them are blast victims,” said BM Raut, a disaster management official in the state government of Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located.
...an outfit calling itself Lashkar-e-Qahhar said in an email to a local television station that 16 people took part in the bombings in Mumbai and that one was killed.Stay tuned, if said video becomes available we will bring it to you.
But “all the remaining 15 … are totally safe, and celebrating the success of this mission and also preparing for the next mission,” said the email, written in poorly punctuated, often ungrammatical English.
In the email, Lashkar-e-Qahhar said it would soon address doubts about its earlier claim of responsibility by providing audio and video proof.
The group had first said it was behind the Mumbai bombings in an email to Aaj Tak on Saturday.
“We are surprised, why some media groups and peoples are disclaiming our responsibility?” the email said.
“Therefore it has become necessary for Lashkar-e-Qahhar to prove our claim,” it said. “Very soon, we will send you an audio/video tape regarding Mumbai blasts.”
Killer of Pfcs Menchacha and Tucker Is Dead
The Iraqis got him, it seems:
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A Jordanian who killed two U.S. soldiers last month was fatally wounded in a clash with security forces, a senior Iraqi official said Tuesday. Diyar Ismail Mahmoud, known as Abu al-Afghani, was identified as the killer of the two soldiers, National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie told reporters.
The two soldiers' mutilated bodies were found after they were captured in a firefight near Youssifiyah, southwest of Baghdad.
Hope he suffered.
stein hoist: George Ramos.
Update: From the same article, even more good news.
During the news conference, al-Rubaie also said security forces detained the leaders of the Omar Brigade group, a wing of al-Qaida in Iraq that had claimed to have carried many deadly attacks throughout the country.
He identified the group's leader as Jassim Mohammed, known as Abu Othman, his deputy Abu Aisha, who was in charge of financing the group, and Abu Ihab, who was in charge of recruitment. The fourth was Abu Islam, who was in charge of religious affairs, al-Rubaie said.
"The Omar Brigade is one of the death squads," al-Rubaie said, adding that the group was responsible for the deadly bombing in Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Sadr City on July 1 that killed 66 people.
Al-Qaida in Iraq announced last year that it had formed the Omar Brigade to fight the Shiite militias. The group claimed to have killed many Shiite militia leaders since then.
Update too, by Vinnie: I don't mind at all having my posts updated, but please put your name on it. That way, if you f*ck it up, I won't be blamed, and I'll know who to bitch-slap via email.
Heh heh heh.
A Gift for Mr. Bush
A man who was persecuted under Taliban rule in Afghanistan sends the fruit of his labor as a gift to President Bush. The gift is a thank you for helping to liberate him from that intolerant Islamic regime. Under the Taliban harassment and murder of the Hazara was a popular pass time.
The Southern Illiniosan: MARION(IL) - Grayson Gile may have completed his broader mission in Afghanistan as a member of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, but he returned stateside with a mission of a more personal nature.Hat Tip: The Anchoress
Gile's mission - one he chose to embrace - involves a very special rug handcrafted by an Afghan man anxious to show his gratitude to President George W. Bush for this country's efforts to bring democracy to Afghanistan.
The colorful and beautifully crafted rug was hand-knotted by an elderly Hazara man from Kabul. The Hazaras, believed to be descendants of Ghengis Khan, were one of the most persecuted ethnic minorities in the Middle Eastern country prior to the U.S.-backed Northern Alliance's war with the Taliban.
Gile said he was impressed by the man's efforts.
"For this man to sequester himself away for a year to hand knot this rug speaks highly of his gratitude," he said. "And for an extraordinarily devout Muslim to have taken very strong Christian and Catholic symbology and incorporate them into the rug is amazing. He may come from a different religious culture, but he was respectful enough to do that, and that is very interesting and humbling."
Gile said many in Afghanistan don't understand the concept of separation of church and state.
"It is hard for them to believe that our president is a secular leader because their leaders are usually religious leaders as well," he said.
Gile said the man's efforts could have resulted in his death.
"The rug is dated October 2002, which was still a very dangerous time in the country. If discovered, he would most likely have been killed," Gile said.
It is for that reason that Gile, the Pulaski County state's attorney, decided to oblige the rug merchant and bring the gift back for the president. He has enlisted the help of local Republican leaders to try and make the right connections with the White House for delivery.
"I think they were under the mistaken impression that I had all sorts of access to the president, but I told them I would do my best - that I would get it to him one way or another. What I don't want to happen however, is for it to go straight into a warehouse somewhere. It doesn't matter what your politics are, anyone who was genuine would appreciate the effort of one little man from Kabul spending a year of his life hand knotting this rug. I was told it was really a gift to the people of the United States from the people of Afghanistan for assisting in the stabilization of the region. It was a labor of love and is a gift from the heart."
Bernstein Smashes Arab Lies
David Bernstein blows apart the lie that Israeli occupation of the territories has "impoverished" the palestinian Arabs:
Browing around the blogosphere recently, I've noticed that critics of Israel consistently repeat various versions of the following talking point (promoting by false propaganda emanating from sources such as this one): "what do you expect from the Palestinians? Israeli occupation impoverished them, and desperate, hungry people can only be expected to take desperate measures."So much for that theory. What else ya got?
The idea that "occupation," per se, impoverished the Palestinians is simply wrong. . .
--"Private consumption per capita [and per capita includes population growth, which was among the highest in the world in the territories] rose during 1969-1986 at an overall rate of 5% per annum."
-- Outside of regugee camps in Gaza (which Israel wanted to replace with permanent housing, but was prevented so as not to help solve the "refugee crisis" that provided the PLO's reason for existence), "in 1986, 95% of the Households in Gaza had running water and 100% had electricity (compared with 3 percent for water and 14% for electricity in 1974)."
--The percentage individual "with at least 9 years of education has risen from 22% in 1970 to 46% in 1986 in the West Bank, and from 32% to 54% in the Gaza Strip during the same period." Not noted in the paper I'm citing, all of the universities in the West Bank and Gaza were opened during the Israeli administration of the territories. There were none before that.
--As this source (hostile to Israel) acknowledges, as of 1993, per capita income in the Palestinian territories was higher than in Egypt (MUCH!) or Jordan, the countries that previously occupied Gaza and the West Bank, respectively. The logical conclusion from this is that if Israel had not won these territories in the Six Day War, the Arab population would have been much poorer.
More words to make Juan Cole tremble...
While we're on the subject of political obscenities, does anyone remember which political figure shared these sentiments?:
"We're not inflicting pain on these f**kers . . . When people kill us, they should be killed in greater numbers. I believe in killing people who try to hurt you, and I can't believe we're being pushed around by these two-bit pricks."
Captain Ed on Israeli Terms
Captain Ed on Israel's ceasefire terms:
The Lebanese Army could not take Southern Lebanon away from Hezbollah without disarming them. After all, the only reason Hezbollah has for retaining its arms is its argument that it alone can stand as a bulwark against the Israelis. That argument seems to be loser at the moment, of course, but it's the only logical rationalization that the group has.We can certainly hope so. In the meantime, the rest of the world should watch and learn how best to negotiate with bloodthirsty Islamic thugs like Nasrallah. The thugs understand only one tongue, and it is best to speak loudly if one wishes to be understood.
If Lebanon moved Hezbollah away from the border, the group's political support would collapse. They would either have to take Beirut to keep alive, or they would find themselves driven out of Lebanese politics altogether. As it is, the Israeli butt-kicking coming from their unilateral provocation will likely cause heavy political damage anyway.
Armed terrorists do not willingly give up their weapons, especially not in a losing cause. The Lebanese Army does not have the muscle to disarm them. Therefore, the Israeli conditions cannot be met -- and they are the bare minimum that Israel can accept for the sake of its own security. The war will continue until Israel cuts off and crushes Hezbollah and finishes them as a provocative "military" force.
Juan Cole is "Trembling"
...and "shaken" by Bush's recent S-bomb droppage. Stirred? Not so much.
How Can You Speak Truth To Power With A Name Like That?
Oh screwit, they're Islamotards.
Great, now I have guilt. (bonus points for the movie reference)
"Once again America's image and interests worldwide are being harmed by one-sided support for Israeli actions," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest US Muslim rights group.
"We're urging Muslims in America and other people of conscience to contact their elected officials to tell them that we have to have balanced foreign policy for the Middle East, one that is driven by American interests, not Israeli interests."
Yanno, I'd take CAIR more seriously if their spokesman's name wasn't Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper? WTF is up with that, anyway? If you're serious about your jihad, wouldn't you pay the 150 bucks and go for a full name change? Hell, I don't know, mebbe you get half off for just a surname change.
If I were CAIR's spokesman, my name would be Walid al-Iwillcuturneck.
Not only that, have you ever seen the guy? He's got that whole Fat Bastard/Michael Moore thing going on. I'm surprised CAIR doesn't kick him out for violating Islam's rules about pork.
If I actually thought CAIR's outburst would have a serious effect on our nation's stance towards Israel, I would have done a serious post.
But it won't, so I didn't. CAIR is one organization that is just screaming out to be made fun of. Case in point, check the picture in the article linked. It's dying for a caption contest, and this coming Sunday, it will be.
July 17, 2006
Michelle Malkin's New YouTube Group
If you're into video, you might wanna join up.
The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Who's Smiling Now? Edition **Fatwas Issued**
Caption this photo of a Lebanese woman celebrating the Hizzbutthole'a kidnapping of 2 Israeli soldiers.
Fatwas will be issued.
(I'm getting the hang of this...I didn't say when)
This was a toughie, but our 3 judge panel has made its decisions.
The "i will cut ur neck" fatwa:
Venom, for: "Say another word about my man-hands and I'll bitch-slap you with frick and frack here."
The "devil will do meetballs from your bodies" fatwa:
Improbulus Maximus, for: "Now I can shoot myself in both feet at the same time! Praise Allah!"
The "why you insult holly quoran" fatwa:
Jesusland Carlos, for: "Say hello to my little friends."
Normally, we stop at three, but I er we couldn't resist throwing a little extra credit fatwa.
The special "ha ha ur arse throws up for blasphemi i hope u make you pants brown*" gratuitous show tunes fatwa:
Rhymes With Right, for: "I feel pretty! Oh so pretty!
I feel pretty and witty and gay!
And I pity
Any girl who kills no Jews today!"
*Special thanks to our token Islamotard Walid.
Goodbye, And Thanks For All The Sushi
The Japanese leave Iraq:
TOKYO - The last batch of Japanese troops touched down in Kuwait from southern Iraq on Monday, ending the country's largest and most dangerous overseas mission since World War II.
About 220 troops arrived at Kuwait's Ali Al Salem Air Base from Samawah, the provincial capital of Muthanna, on C-130 transport air planes, the Defense Agency said in a statement. The contingent was the last of about 600 non-combat soldiers previously stationed in Samawah to distribute water and assist in other humanitarian tasks.
Hey, it wasn't much, but it was a hell of a lot more than some of our other supposed allies did.
So thanks, guys, and if you're ever in the 'hood, the sake's on me.
Stratfor : A Diplomatic Interlude
Stratfor's take on Israel's current interest in diplomacy:
Israel is . . . interested in continuing the diplomatic process. Its reasoning can be seen from reports Stratfor has received from sources close to Hezbollah. They have said that Hezbollah is maintaining its attacks on Israel because the militants want Israel to attack them on the ground sooner rather than later. Over time, they fear, Hezbollah's ability to resist Israeli attack will be undermined by airstrikes. The militants' command and control, communications, weapons stockpiles and morale will be undermined. On the other hand, if Israel were to attack now, Hezbollah's leadership is confident that it could impose losses on Israeli troops that would be unacceptable. That is what the militants want to achieve -- they want to engage Israel as the first Arab force that, even if it can't win in the end, can severely damage the Israel Defense Forces.
If that is actually Hezbollah's thinking -- and that would explain their behavior -- then we can also better understand Israeli thinking. If the airstrikes are hurting Hezbollah's morale and infrastructure, there is no reason to hurry in on the ground. It makes more sense to let the current situation continue even if it means further attacks on Israeli targets. In the meantime, Tel Aviv can engage in diplomatic initiatives that will reposition Israel in the international system. Rather than resisting diplomatic efforts, Israel is participating, setting demands that appear extremely reasonable while being unattainable. While that game goes on, so does the air war and the undermining of Hezbollah's core strength.
Izadeen's Group Banned!!!
England has moved to ban two radical Islamic groups from congregating in England under the nation's new anti-terrorism laws that make it illegal to glorify terrorism. Still no word why Abu Izzadeen has not been arrested for his mocking those dead on 7/7. There is good news in that respect though. Izzadeen's group has been banned.
Home Secretary John Reid issued an order in Parliament to make it a criminal offense for a person to belong to or encourage support for al-Ghurabaa and the Saved Sect.
Both groups are splinters from Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed's group al-Muhajiroon which had already been banned and Mohammed cast out of England and banned from re-entry. It is now illegal for these groups to meet, members to wear any clothing about the group or carry any articles in support thereof. This will end up pushing the group more below ground, but I would assume MI5 already has a firm handle on who belongs and who doesn't since the group has been very public even wielding signs calling for terrorist attacks accross Europe and in England because of some silly cartoons.
As you might imagine, this news didn't sit too well with members of the group. Al-Ghurabaa spokesman Anjem Choudary argued the British government failed to properly engage British Muslims.
“The easy option when one is losing an argument is to ban the opposition voice. And that’s what’s happened here,” Choudary said. “We (al-Ghurabaa) are not a military organization; we have only been vociferous in our views — views concerning everything from the government’s foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan to the host of draconian laws, which they’ve introduced against us in this country.”But it is that voice justifying terrorism that got the group in trouble in the first place. While the group is not known to be linked to any acts of terrorism, justifying terrorism and calling for acts of terror due what they perceive as injustices is terrorism itself according to the new British laws. They can kick and scream all they want, but they can't kick or scream about why they believe hirabahs should attack England.
UPDATE by Rusty: Thanks to Chad for keeping up with this while I'm busy elsewhere. My initial thoughts?
We. Get. Sh*t. Done.
Props to our friends in Vigil for keeping an eye on Bakri's followers so that we could keep the heat turned up!
Allah's thoughts here (scroll down).
UPDATE: Here is a bit about Vigil's role. I know of Jeremy Reynalds, the author of this piece, because we share some mutual friends:
The move comes just one week after British-based anti-terror group Vigil’s exposure of radical Islamic cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed’s ongoing cyber preaching from Beirut to members and sympathizers of the now banned groups. Bakri makes regular use of a chat room located on the U.S. based www.paltalk.com to communicate with his followers....A member of Vigil sent me these materials some time ago, but unfortunately I haven't had much time to post on them.
Vigil’s sting revealed hours of recorded conversations and lectures – some from Bakri and others from London-based Abu Izzadeen (formerly known as Trevor Brooks).
These recordings and some private exchanges between Vigil infiltrators and members of Al Ghurabaa and the Saved Sect – including exchanges related to raising funds for terror and recruiting jihadist fighters from Britain- were delivered to the British authorities last week.
Having seen some of the material, but not all of it, let me give my initial impression: You think these people are disgusting when they speak openly and in front of Westerners? You really should see what they say when they don't think any one hostile is watching.
Everything you ever wanted to know...
... about the Patriot 3 missile defense system, but were afraid to ask:
The PAC-3 interceptor itself, 17.1 feet long and 10 inches in diameter, is an upgraded version of the Patriot Advanced Capability-2 (PAC-2). The main difference lies in the kill mechanism: while the PAC-2 uses an exploding warhead to eliminate its targets, the PAC-3 is a hit-to-kill system and destroys its targets by the kinetic energy released in a head-on collision. Another difference is that the PAC-3 interceptors, enhanced by the advanced radar and command center, are capable of protecting an area approximately seven times greater than the original Patriot system.
Howie’s Roundup : Elevator Music Edition.
So I’m busy alright? I’m trying to follow Rusty’s orders and be productive. You know at the pesky real job, the one that buys the food. But never fear I’ve got links. And some comments all in one post.
Hat Tip Indy.
See the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over," Bush told Blair as he chewed on a buttered roll.Damn strait Mr. President and you should tell Syria/Iran if they don’t’, then a load of hydrogen powered shit beyond imagination will hit their fan.
They (liberals like Juan Williams : Howies emphasis) think you can compromise with terrorists. Remember, a couple of years ago they begged the Israelis to give up land in the Gaza for “peace”. Now the Hamas are using that previously Israeli land for rockets and troops. Shame on them for believing that terrorists would go away, if you just give into their demands.All the talk about what Juan Williams said yesterday. I saw it, Juan actually looked helpless. He could not think of a single valid reason why any restraint should be shown. Then he threw one of his hissy fits that he is getting so good at. I respect(ed) Juan and I think he was taking that position because no one else would, he felt he had to. But Juan this increasingly common hissy fit stuff is getting old. The liberals are celebrating his childish empty headed outburst as a victory. Go figure?
Libertarian Discussion of the Day at Michael Hampton’s blog : When Prohibition was finally recognized as bad policy, it was put to bed
SeeDubyaTron warranty expires! Blue screen of death appeared within 15 seconds afterward
Progressive point man Markos Moulitsas “Screw Them” Zuniga finally weighs in on the war against Hizballah Via LGF.
Da Oyster mourns the good old days here at The Jawa Report. And they were good.
Times assistant managing editor for photography Michele McNally watches our boys get shot at. And the answer is: The enemy’s side.
Jam Metalica now. Or give Kyer's some comments. Whatever.
Oh and since I gave Chad his own post becuase a bogiversary is that special. Don't miss him at Debbie's blog where his is Guest blogging this week. He has an great writeup on Bill Kristol's Weekly Standard article here.
This concludes Howies roundup : Elevator Music Edition. Stay tuned for more link whoring fun later in the week. Possible working title for my next roundup :WW III Edition or maybe Son's of Vengance Edition.
Indian Govt. Blocking Blogs?
I'm a huge fan of the world's largest democracy, but government censorship of entire domains of blogs ain't my idea of "democracy".
In The Bullpen Turns Two
Chad at Bullpen :I had no clue, really I didn’t, but Jim picked up on it. I knew it had been around two years since I first started a venture into blogging, but I didn’t realize it was exactly two years ago that I started. How times flies when you’re having fun…No get over there and help Chad celebrate a job well done.
…Along the way Mike Pechar and Mac Powell joined the fray offering different voices and different perspectives. Mac has since quit blogging due to being burned out, he was a previous blogger elsewhere, and focus on his career. Mike, thankfully, is still around and a little less than one year ago long-time reader Debbie joined the crew here to offer what I was hoping was a softer voice. I misunderestimated Debbie because she clearly does not have a soft voice and is quite often more hawkish than Mike or myself on many topics. Debbie started her own site a few months ago and she still contributes here. Coincidentally I am guest-writing at her site now as she is on vacation.
More posts should be on the way soon.
Yup, any minute now.
Real soon, yes.
Before I head back to work, remember this. When ordering Thai food for the first time, don't order it "Thai hot." I dunno why they call it that anyway, they should call it Flaming Death, or Rectal Revenge, or something.
Here's a neat little summary of Boston's Big Dig project, the runaway federal spending that has fueled the project, the politics of government inaction from both parties, and a textbook example of politics creating more problems for the public (financially and otherwise) than is necessarily warranted.
Fanaticism Is Not A Good War Strategy
They worship Hitler, so you would think that the idiots like Khamenei, Ahmagonnameetallah, and the Chinless Wonder Assad would learn from the guy's mistakes.
Like, trying to fight a two-front war.
Sure, Israel is fighting a two-front war, but not against the allies, they're fighting against a bunch of Islamotards with the military acumen just one step up from your basic Mafia caporegime. Hell, I don't even know if that's accurate, it may be just one step up from a random street gang.
Syria and Iran, however, are trying to fight a two-front war against a Westernized state that is beginning to reach the level of ferocity previously shown in places like Midway, Rourke's Drift, Lepanto, and Salamis.
Everyone agrees that Hitler miscalculated by invading the Soviet Union, opening up a second front that drained men and material from the rest of the war machine.
So too it is with this war. Iran and Syria have made a grave blunder by opening up a second front in their war with Israel. Hizbutthole'a, by far stronger than Hamass, is going to be pummelled into pulp. When that's done, Hamass will be chewed up at leisure. Iran and Syria will then have to decide whether or not to blatantly involve themselves by committing their own forces.
Of course, this is a war, and the events are fluid. Making this post a pile of steaming bat guano.
But there's one thing I know for sure. Hizbutthole'a is firing Iranian and Syrian weapons.
We are reaping untold bonanzas of intelligence on Iranian and Syrian weapons systems. I'd bet my last beer we have satellites tasked, and subs deployed, and possibly even Special Forces recording every single Hezbollah volley.
Proving that fanaticism is not a good war strategy.
July 16, 2006
Vader Finally Snaps
Picture this: a young kid with a good start on a decent racing career is absconded by a strange religious cult of "celibate" men. He spends his childhood years being "trained" in submission to the dominance of his cult "masters" while his mom languishes as a slave in a desert hellhole. The cultists assure the boy that his mother's just fine--up until the point that she's slaughtered by desert barbarians. After it's discovered that the kid's been secretly carrying on with a woman, he's brutally beaten by his "master" and left by a river to die. He survived, but can we really be surprised if he has a few "issues"?
Ramming Speed: Heroism and Humility
Hart Seely, writing for the Syracuse Post-Standard, brings us a type of journalism from Iraq that has been all too rare as he describes a wild chase and firefight that ocurred in January, and lead to medals for members of the 10th Mountain Division:
Then came a moment the soldiers still cannot fathom. They saw the muzzle of a machine gun sprout from the sedan's side window. They heard a burst of bullets, and they saw a group of small children scatter and fall to the ground.It probably wasn't a mistake.
To this day, they do not know why the insurgents fired on the school. It might have been a diversionary
tactic. It might have been a mistake.
Before the terrorists could make their escape onto a four-lane highway, where their vehicle would be able to outrun the heavily armored Humvee, the driver was given the order to ram the terrorists. He did. Twice.
The soldiers downplay their courage:
"I look at the men who landed at D-Day," he said. "Some of them came away without any medals at all. Compared to that, what did I do? I got shot at for a while, chased some guys down and killed them. Compared to storming the beaches at Normandy? It pales in comparison. But at the same time, I'm proud of the award."Read the whole thing here.
If this is the kind of journalism you want to support, register for the Iraq forum here and let them know.
In honor of the DDOS scum...
From the Koran: "Why don't they contemplate upon the Qur'an. Had it been originated from anyone besides Allah Ta'ala then it would have been beset with inconsistencies and contradictions" (S 4 V 82)
If the Koran was not the literal word of Allah, it would be inconsistent and contradictory. Google lists 278,000 pages if you search for "Koran contradictions". I've got examples:
Who Was the First Muslim? Muhammad [6:14, 163], Moses [7:143], some Egyptians [26:51], or Abraham [2:127-133, 3:67] or Adam, the first man who also received inspiration from Allah [2:37]?
Heavens or Earth? Which was created first? First earth and then heaven [2:29], heaven and after that earth [79:27-30].
More short ones here.
Allah thinks Mary was part of the Holy Trinity in place of the The Holy Ghost: The Father, Son and Mary. Allah also doesn't understand the order and family lines of the Old Testament prophets. Allah is either not omniscient or the Koran was written by semi-literate desert nomad who claimed to be inspired by Allah.
Go take a look and see if you can find your own favorite Koran contradictions.
What's happening in the Middle East, then, isn't just another chapter in the Arab-Israeli conflict. What's happening is an Islamist-Israeli war. You might even say this is part of the Islamist war on the West--but is India part of the West? Better to say that what's under attack is liberal democratic civilization, whose leading representative right now happens to be the United States.
Indeed, Kristol has it pegged exactly. Israel is fighting for its existence not against pan-Arabism but rather against an extremist ideology that feels emboldened not out any strategic or political calculations but out of a divine sense of mission. I leave it to the reader to decide which is more dangerous....
This is Israel’s war. Great powers do not allow small powers to dictate when and where they expend their military might and the lives of their young men. If we must confront the Iranians, it will be at a time of our own choosing and for reasons having to do with our own national interest, not the interest of a small ally.
This is clearly our war: this is a Authoritarianism vs. Liberal Democracy, the great war that has been in progress for the entire 20th (and 21st) centuries. Communism has been defeated. Fascism has been defeated. Islamism/Jihadism/Islamo-fascism is still alive and well and threatening the world. If the only superpower can not rouse itself to combat this evil, then we should admit our cowardice return to isolationism.
Yes, Israel is the primary target. Does that make a difference to our response? Hezbollah and Hamas have not announced total war against the US, so we should sit this one out and offer kind words of support to the Israeli citizenry? If so, when will it become our war? After Israel is facing Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas? After Israel suffers a major defeat? After Iran drops a nuke on Tel Aviv? We are going to fight at some point, the Islamists are not going to disappear without a convincing defeat.
My view is simple: the US provide all material support to Israel in their current fight. If Iran enters the war, the US should enter the war with the goal of completely destroying Syria, Iran and North Korea's military, military infrastructure and the ruling regimes. A tactical victory means nothing: destroying Hezbollah and Hamas is a battle in a much wider war. Terrorist groups can be reconstituted. Terrorist-supporting regimes cannot.
Rick says that the timing of our entrance into the war should not be dictated by one small country, that we have 1-2 years to deal with Iran. I see no reason to delay and give Iran more time to kill civilians, move closer to nukes, more time to terrorize dissidents, more time to strengthen their military. I don't think Rick believes that we must destroy Iran at some point, he doesn't disagree that a war is looming between Freedom and Authoritariansm. He says we don't have to go to war now; that is true. What do we gain from waiting? Nothing.
Time is not on our side.
July 15, 2006
Larry Johnson : Israel Engaged in "Self-Immolation"
Larry C. Johnson, a former CIA agent, New York Times columnist and current MSM "go to" expert on all things intelligence-related, shared these gems of wisdom today about Israel's invasion of Lebanon:
Apparently not content to let the U.S. do a self-immolation act in the Middle East by itself, Israel decided to set itself on fire by invading Lebanon. Burn baby burn? Like George Bush, Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, never served in a combat unit and launched military operations without thinking the matter through. In fact, Olmert reportedly never even served in the military. . .As LGF points out, Johnson is either ignorant of or lying about Olmert's military service. Olmert served in a combat unit and incurred substantial injuries in the process. (Apparently more severe than John Kerry's.)
Killing "terrorists" has a place in policy but it is not a strategic military obective. It is a tactical objective and may serve political purposes, but achieves little in terms of securing Israel. Israel is attacking targets in Lebanon like a drunken sailor in a bar fight. Flailing about, causing significant damage, hitting innocent bystanders, and generally making a mess of things. . . .
What about Hamas and Hezbollah?
They are not terrorists. They carry out terrorist attacks, but they are not terrorists. . . .
As to the second point, only time will tell whether the IDF went into Lebanon with a plan for success against Hib'Allah or merely went in to "flail about" like a "drunken sailor". My guess is that the Israelis went in with a detailed, thoroughly thought out plan, and that the plan will be carried out with all the efficiency and effectiveness we've come to expect from the IDF. Whether this operation achieves Israel's long-term strategic objectives, only time will tell.
As for how one can "engage in terrorist attacks" and yet not be a "terrorist", that logic completely escapes me. Perhaps someone could explain that to me.
Brits Kill 40 Taliban and 2 Jihadi Drag Queens
The Brits are showing that stiff upper lip as fighting in Afghanistan continues.
Independent UK: British-led troops yesterday attacked insurgents in the Afghanistan town of Sangin in Helmand province, killing at least 40.Go boys! Don't give those Taliban criminals a minute's rest. In other news.
Three hundred British paratroopers, backed by US and Canadian forces, entered the town which borders Kandahar in the early hours of the morning, targeting scores of Taliban militants gathered there. Four civilians were injured in the operation.
Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said the mission was an ongoing "cordon and search" operation. "The purpose of it is to disrupt Taliban activities which in recent weeks have included attacks on both Afghan security forces and and coalition forces in this area," she said.
Skirmishes between the Taliban and coalition forces also raged throughout the southern province of Uruzgan early yesterday, where at least 31 insurgents were killed. On Friday, coalition troops killed two male non-Afghans in burqas. Explosive material was later found at the scene.Wow maybe our Turkish friends listened to Master Vinnie and headed off to fight? I bet you a hundred dollars US that these two cross dressing mujahadbeens are very close friends of our Turkish hacker Mu-slimes.
It may take a while for our buddies to get to read this, for some reason they may think we are down. Not not even close.
Hezbollah Websites Down, TV Still Up
Al Manar, Hezbollah's TV station, was one of Israel's first targets. While the station was hit, it seemed to be on the air as of this morning. Either the attack was not as succesful as hoped, or al Manar was transmitting from a backup location.
You can watch Hezbullah's terrorist TV station, al Manar here. Right now, they are showing a live shot of Beirut and playing a song which, curiously, has a chorus of "Allahu Akhbar" sung over and over.
But I'm sure religion has nothing to do with Hizbullah's--which means The Party of God-- beef with Israel.
Hopefully, Israel has fully integrated cyber-attacks into its battle plan. From the looks of it, they have.
Another Idea for Sheriff Trevino...
... lifted from DC Comics by way of AllahPundit...
I Я Un Online Jeehadee
Once again, the morons of Dirkdirkistan tried to take out the Jawa Report.
Once again, they failed miserably.
Oh, it was down for a little while, but that's not the point. They would like us to go away forever.
Ain't gonna happen, chuckleheads. You see, you're so frickin' stoopid, it's never occured to you that even if, and that's a mighty big IF, you managed to knock out this blog, every single one of us has another blog to post on. Some of us have 2, 3, 4 or more to post on. And that's why the interwebs was invented, you drooling pedophile-worshippers. Of course, since you camel-humping Islamotards haven't bothered to invent anything in the last 1000 years, I don't expect you to understand that. Try googling "origin of the internet." Or Wikipedia it, if you like.
You'll never shut us up. Farging iceholes.
Texas Sheriff to Deputies : Stay Away from the Border
Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino has ordered deputies to stay away from the border:
HARLINGEN — South Texas sheriff's deputies on Thursday were investigating whether Mexican gunmen who fired on deputies and Border Patrol agents from across the Rio Grande had crossed into the United States.Our law enforcement officials are receiving automatic weapons fire from thugs and the Sheriff tells them to just "stay away from the river?" Sad. This is a perfect example of "halfway thinking" that our elected officials have become known for. These deputies are outgunned and in mortal jeopardy from some dangerous elements, and the Sheriff wants them to simply stay clear of the river. Problem is, this won't make the deputies one bit safer over the long haul. This is a crock. If we really care about making these deputies safer, it's gonna take more than that. The issue is not "the river." The issue is the Texas border region as a whole. You ever seen a western? Remember when Clint Eastwood would stroll into a "border town?" In a lot of ways, it's still a lot like that, except the "gunslingers" have machine guns & flamethrowers & drive huge, "up armored" SUVs. A lot of the bad guys are ex-military. Some are current military. I love Andy Griffith as much as the next fella, and he did a damn good job keeping an eye on things there in Mayberry, but would you really expect Andy Griffith to push back an army of Mexican Rambos? Not hardly.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said 200 to 300 shots were fired from automatic weapons Wednesday night, but no one was injured on the U.S. side, and police didn't fire back.
"This type of incident is a very good example of why I will not allow my deputies to patrol the river banks or the levees anywhere close to the river," he said. "We do have drug trafficking gangs, human trafficking gangs, that will not hesitate to fire at us."
In other words, so long as the Sheriff and her employees are in the border region, they're gonna be in jeopardy. If we want to keep 'em safe, we need to get 'em out of that area ASAP. I understand downtown Dallas has a fair amount of vacant office space at reasonable prices, and the Sheriff would be a heck of a lot safer there--as long as she gets home before dark.
I realize, of course, that local...
... officials and their employees normally office in or near the areas from which they are elected, but modern communications technology has made this an outmoded idea. There is already a precedent for this idea. Just last year, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and his employees directed The Chocolate City's emergency relief efforts from an office in Dallas. Experts and commentators are in universal agreement that Chocolate Ray was every bit as effective at handling the crisis remotely as he would have been on-site.
Thanks to modern technology, 9-1-1 emergency calls can now be patched directly to call centers in Bombay and New Delhi, where they can be forwarded and bounced all over the Indian subcontinent in an efficient, courteous and (most importantly) cost-effective manner. Emergency 9-1-1 calls ultimately determined to be "particularly urgent" can then be routed into Dallas' 9-1-1 system, where they'll be handled in the same efficient (though not quite as cost-effective) manner. In order to make sure nothing gets dropped, all Dallas 9-1-1 operators able to read and write can be provided with the email addresses of the appropriate Hidalgo County law enforcement personnel, in order to keep them posted on events back home and remind them of why they moved up to Dallas in the first place.
Now there is, of course, the chance that a major problem will arise the border that will necessitate the Sheriff's attention. In such an event, Dallas is located along several major highways, facilitating rapid redeployment. The Sheriff could jump on the road and be well along the road to an appropriate area (e.g., Tulsa or Oklahoma City) before the trouble ever got anywhere close to Dallas.
Justifying Honor Killings
The struggle toward 21st Century human rights principles among the followers of the religion of peace is demonstrated by this report from the Turkish Daily News.
A study by the Diyarbakir Bar Association Women's Rights Consultation Center showed that courts had accepted rape, rumors about cheating or simply walking around with men as mitigating factors in 46 of 59 "honor killing" cases in Diyarbakir courts between 1999 and 2005.Consequently, I wouldn't be surprised to see an accused murderer justifying his complicity in an honor killing by pointing to rumors reported in a celebrity gossip magazine.
"Yes, your Honor. The fact that she was raped by her uncle was reason enough for her to die, however, I also read that she had winked at a man during a bus trip. Then I saw her walking in the company of men. For these immoral acts, the honor of the family was deeply besmirched and she had to be killed."Sadly, we don't hear many complaints from international human rights organizations on this issue. Presumably, they are busy worrying about the rights of terrorists at Gitmo.
Filipina Celeb - Japanese Puzzle Edition
Meet Miri. We are trying to guess the reason she is so popular in Japan.
Previous puzzles at the usual place, photo below the fold.
Breaking: Israel Gives Syria an Ultimatum
The London-based Arabic language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Saturday that “Washington has information according to which Israel gave Damascus 72 hours to stop Hizbullah’s activity along the Lebanon-Israel border and bring about the release the two kidnapped IDF soldiers or it would launch an offensive with disastrous consequences.”
The report said “a senior Pentagon source warned that should the Arab world and international community fail in the efforts to convince Syria to pressure Hizbullah into releasing the soldiers and halt the current escalation Israel may attack targets in the country.”
Al-Hayat quoted the source as saying that “the US cannot rule out the possibility of an Israeli strike in Syria,” this despite the fact that the Bush administration has asked Israel to “refrain from any military activity that may result in civilian casualties.”
Syria will not restrain Hizbullah and may be unable to do so without Iran's agreement. Iran appears to be the major sponsor now.
If the report above is true, Israel will attack Syria for supporting the terrorist group.
Iran will be forced into the war in order to maintain its credibility in the region and to honor the mutual defense agreement it made with Syria in June.
The war will be much wider soon. The big question is: how much support will the US provide to Israel when it is facing the Palestinians, Hezbullah, Syria and Iran? Will we use this opportunity to strike at Iran's nuclear facilities?
July 14, 2006
Hamas Attacks San Francisco, Repulsed By Zionist Crusaders
Zombie has done it again.
"Protest at the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco."
Of particular note is the fact that an equal number of pro-Israel supporters showed up.
stein hoist: LGF
Why, Oh Why Do They Hate Us?
Howie confirmed the what, Pixy confirmed the who.
Last night, the filthy Ottomans attempted to hack the Jawa Report. Or, as Pixy put it, "our none-too-bright Turkish friends."
Then there is our new little commenter Walid, author of such pants-pissingly threats as this:
"u insult Islam u lose."
Well, Walid, FATWA THIS!
Since it's claimed that Islam created Algebra (which is probably true, the only thing worse than having your head sawed off with a dull knife is Algebra), I present this equation to Walid to see if he can solve it:
Lighter fluid x kindling + firepit in backyard > The Holy Quran + digital camera = ?
Israelis : Hezbollah going "out of business"
Reading this article in the Seattle Times, it's pretty clear to me that Israel is serious as a heart attack about shutting down Hezbollah:
JERUSALEM (AP)--Ehud Olmert's effort to free three captured soldiers has become a broad campaign to alter the strategic balance of the Middle East - an enormous gamble for an Israeli prime minister facing growing domestic pressure to hit Islamic militants hard.Now, I'm not really sure how one goes about "putting Hezbollah out of business," but I'm gonna go out on a limb here and surmise that the IDF has a damn good idea, and I have pity (well, not much, but some--actually pretty much zero) for anyone with the incredibly poor judgment to get in their way.
Israel's assault on Lebanon, which has already killed 73 people and turned much of the country into a battlefield, could backfire if it becomes a protracted quagmire, provokes war with Syria or exposes Israelis to increasingly deadly attacks.
But Olmert likely sees Israel's simultaneous offensives in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon as a way to strike a decisive blow not only against Hezbollah and Hamas but also against the interests of Syria and Iran, which bankroll and arm the militants.
Because of widespread Israeli support for strong action against Hezbollah, which penetrated Israel's northern border and captured two soldiers this week, Olmert could be in even bigger trouble if he backs down.
. . .
Support for Israel's campaign in Lebanon has come from some unlikely sources, including Yossi Beilin, Israel's best known leftist, and Orna Shimoni, who played a leading role in pressing Israel to withdraw from Lebanon in 2000 after an 18-year occupation.
. . .
Israeli Cabinet Minister Isaac Herzog said Israel wants to "change the rules of the game."
"Our aim is to change the basic parameters and the basic pattern of behavior so that there will be no more kidnappings and no more insurgencies and no more terror activity and we expect that the Lebanese government will know that they will pay a price if they don't act," he told The Associated Press.
Brig. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, a member of Israel's General Staff, put it bluntly: "We need to put Hezbollah out of business."
A Message to Muslims
The U.S. does not hate you nor are they waging a war against you. I can't speak to whether Israel hates you, but they are not trying to destroy you. If you don't believe this you are either deceived, naive, or stupid.
How do I know that the real intent of the U.S. and of Israel is not a Crusade to destroy Muslims?
Because if we or they really wanted to kill all of you, the next thing you would see is this:
Stop. Fucking. Around. With. Us.
NYT Alleges Receiving Envelope With 'White Powder'
Update: I call shenanigans!
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Times said on Friday it was investigating an envelope received at the paper containing white powder, raising fears of a possible recurrence of anthrax-tainted letters sent to newsrooms and other offices in late 2001.Philadelphia isn't much of a road trip from Manhattan. It wouldn't surprise me in the least to find out that one of the Gray Slut's executives sent the envelope in an effort to establish victim status to counter the criticism the Times has received following their efforts to cripple US counter-terrorism programs.
For a publication that routinely betrays its country, such a hoax would be small potatoes indeed.
UPDATE: Reuters has updated their story and now reports that the "white powder" has tested as "harmless". UNNAMED SOURCES say that this has lead SOME TO SPECULATE that Bluto's suspicions of a hoax are neither proven true nor false.
UPDATE by Rusty: Whoa......Bluto....methinks thou spakest in haste and anger. The problem with the Times is not that they are intentionally undermining the war effort, it's that they don't understand how revealing Top Secret information could hurt it. Because the Times knows who the real enemy of freedom is (wink-wink, nudge-nudge).
Don't you get it? They are your moral & intellectual superiors.
Anyway, we can still have a little fun with this........
Although we have no evidence to prove Bluto's theory that the someone at the NYTimes may have sent the powder, we think it's a little out there, and there is probably no merit to it, I, like Joshua Micah Marshal, do question the timing.
Hey, if it's good enough for Time, it's good enough for the Jawa.
UPDATE: al Reuters questions the timing. Personally, and although I have no evidence for this, I think the "angry Conservative" who must have sent the letter was Bluto.
UPDATE II: On second thought, although I have absolutely no evidence to back this theory up at all, and since my vacation is blown today anyway.
I question the timing!
Yesterday I said, "Ted when you get there(NPR) you need to put a foot up a few asses." Turns out Koppel just interviewed Hezbollah just last week.
Iran is playing a very dangerous game...The goal is to remove Israel.Heh, I'm freaking psychic. But I had read the President of Iran's last statement so it wasn't that big a deal. Except for the erie coincidence about Koppel being in Lebanon.
Israel National News: All the conditions for the removal of the Zionist regime are at hand,” Ahmadinejad told an Arab Conference of Iraqi Neighbors meeting on Saturday. For the first time, he employed the Arabic word ezaleh, which is used to describe the irreversible removal of body hairs.
“Nations in the region will be more furious every day. It won’t take long before the wrath of the people turns into a terrible explosion that will wipe the Zionist entity off the map,” Ahmadinejad told the foreign ministers of Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey, Bahrain and Egypt. The heads of the Arab League and the Islamic Conference were also present, in addition to a special United Nations representative.
None of the foreign ministers present, including Jordan, Egypt or Turkey - commonly regarded as Israel’s friends in the Arab/Muslim world - objected to the call for annihilation.
Terrorists Read Washington Post, Use Google Maps (Bumped)
*Bumped* ..... because it's original reporting and, well, I'm not going to be satisfied until WaPo complains about it!
The latest Islamic Army in Iraq propaganda video features The Washington Post.
Because if the Islamic Army in Iraq can't demoralize American troops on their own, The Washington Post is always there to help!
Oh, and it looks like IAI also uses Google's Earth Map to help them locate targets.
Terrorists read liberal mainstream press, know how to use Google maps. What could possibly go wrong?
PS-Just to clarify, both of the above images captured from latest IAI video. Thanks to Tribeca for vid.
Egyptian General : Israel Still Toying with Hizb'Allah
Via Big Pharoah:
My dad was a general in the Egyptian army. His comments are always so informative especially if they were related to a war that broke out. He had this to say about Lebanon:This idiot Nasrallah. He is so funny. He keeps on issuing threats, he has no idea what he is talking about. What Israel is doing to him now is just gentle padding on the shoulders. Abou Shakha dah didn't see what we saw. Israel fought on 3 fronts in 1967 and it was hell. I was there, I saw it all. He has no tanks, no boats, he has nothing except a few toys he got from Iran and it seems abu shakha dah don't know that Israel confronted 3 of the most powerful armies in the region at the same time. If Israel wanted to brutally crush him it can do so in 1 hour.
Keep'a Knockin' But You Can't Come In
Hm, looking at the comments of my last two posts, it appears that some dirty little bugger tried to hack the Jawa Report.
Gorgeous Pamela Rogers Goes Before the Judge
(McMinnville, Tennessee) The saga of 28-year-old Pamela Rogers (photos), a woman who appears to be building an international reputation for irresponsibility, continues with new indictments being served on the former teacher at the Warren County Jail, her current residence.
Here's a quick recap of the Rogers story.
In August 2005, for her conviction on child sex assault charges, Rogers was sentenced to nine months incarceration and subsequent supervised probation of seven years, three months. Her sentence was quite lenient since she originally faced 15 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and 13 counts of statutory rape of a 13-year-old boy.Rogers will be in court this afternoon to face four counts of sexual solicitation of a minor for her actions since completing her nine-month sentence. Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley will also decide what shall be done about Rogers violating her probation. The judge may opt to send Rogers back to jail to complete her original eight-year sentence.
In February 2006, Pamela Rogers was released from jail on probation with specific orders not to communicate with her victim in any manner. Given the circumstances, a prudent person would have plotted out a squeaky-clean life of respectability, at least for the duration of the probation.
Unfortunately, Pamela Rogers isn't a prudent decision-maker. On April 11, less than two months after being released from jail, Rogers was arrested for violating the terms of her probation by repeatedly contacting her victim. She was set free on $10,000 bond until a July hearing.
Astonishingly, on April 24 Rogers was rearrested for the same probation violation, contacting the victim. She was discovered to have sent sexually explicit videos to the boy via a cameraphone. As a consequence, a judge ordered Rogers to stay in jail until her July hearing.
Inquiring minds await today's decision. I'll post an update after the court appearance.
[Update 07/14/06, 1730 EDT]
From ABC News:
A judge sent a former teacher to prison for seven years Friday for violating her probation by sending sexually explicit photos to a young teenage boy.A tearful Rogers was apologetic as she was taken away in handcuffs. She's going to the women's prison in Nashville.
The ruling was expected. Nobody ever deserved revocation of her probation more than Rogers.
According to District Attorney Potter, the most recent charges regarding sending sexually explicit images via cameraphone will be adjudicated separate from the probation violation. No date was disclosed for court proceedings.
Get up, stretch, take a whiz, or, if you're constantly refreshing the page, enjoy this utterly irrelevant story.
We now return you to our regular coverage of worldwide mayhem.
Imagine A World Without Kos
stein hoist: Ace
July 13, 2006
Cross-posted at Mein Blogovault.
During his travels in 2005, he chats with Israeli soldiers and some locals who all make mention of the fact that the area is infested with Hezbollah, and that it was known that they were planning a major confrontation with Israel:
Lisa and I met Israeli Defense Forces Spokesman Zvika Golan at a base in the north near the border. He told us to follow him in his jeep as he drove to a lookout point next to an IDF watch tower that opened up over Lebanon.It gets even more clairvoyant:
“You aren’t safe here right now,” he said.
“I know,” I said. “The Lebanese army wouldn’t let me anywhere near the border two weeks ago. What’s going on?”
“Hezbollah is planning an operation,” he said.
“How do you know?” I said.
“We know,” he said and nodded.
I knew he was right. The Lebanese intelligence officer more or less told me the same thing. He didn’t say the threat was from Hezbollah, but he didn’t have to.
“What do you think about all this?” I said.
“We really want the Lebanese army on this border,” he said.
The lieutenant was easily ten years younger than me. But he was so ground down from world-weariness he sounded like a man 30 years older who hadn't slept for three days.Kidnapping soldiers, as it were. Also this:
“Any minute now something huge could break out," he said. "I am afraid to go home and leave my soldiers. When Hezbollah decides to do something, they do it. And they’re pretty good at it.”
"What do you think they'll do next?" I said.
“I have no idea," he said. "They could do anything. Kidnapping. Sniper.”
“I say this to my guys every morning: Everything could explode at any moment. Just after I said it this morning a bus load of pensioners showed up on a field trip. An old woman brought us some food. It’s crazy. They shouldn’t be here. You shouldn’t be here.”Missles struck the city of Haifa today, approximately 30 miles from the positions Totten was reporting from. Check out this report from the UK Times on the conflinct. It mentionins Iranian weapons being used by Hezbollah:
“What’s happening here is very unusual," Zvika, the Israeli Defense Forces Spokesman, said. But he wouldn't tell me what, exactly, was so unusual. Shortly after I left the country, a story broke in the Daily Telegraph that explained it.
Iran has moved into South Lebanon. Intelligence agents are helping Hezbollah construct watch towers fitted with one-way bullet-proof windows right next to Israeli army positions.
Here's what one officer said:
This is now Iran's front line with Israel. The Iranians are using Hizbollah to spy on us so that they can collect information for future attacks. And there is very little we can do about it.
More powerful weapons, including missiles with a range of 30 miles, are also being brought in.
Israeli military officials told The Times that whereas Hezbollah’s Katyushas or Grads had a range of only 20km its Iranian-manufactured Fajer could strike a target 70km away and the later Fajer 5 model 100km, enough to reach far south even of Haifa. They estimated that Hezbollah had 10,000 rockets.Iran is the real puppetmaster behind this conflict. Syria is complacent - it was occupying much of Lebanon for years up until last year.
The dispatch provides some good coverage of this seldom reported aspect of the seemingly new but very old problem - the Iranian/Syrian supported proxy-war on Israel being fought from Southern Lebanon. Totten notes how the Lebanese government, police and even the army wouldn't even set foot in this "psychotic" region.
Truly prophetic. Israel had this pinned from the beginning - they just weren't sure exactly when and where it would happen. Read it all.
Totten and others saw it coming, and everything apparently has exploded.
U.S. May Be Losing Time on Regime Change in Iran
Kash of Kash's Newsroom, an Iranian blogger living in Canada, writes that the United States may be too late in trying for regime change inside Iran. A new Zogby poll indicates a strong difference in older Iranians' trust of the United States versus Iranian youth.
The difference, according to Zogby and we should know by now the Zogby poll is not the best indication of sentiment, might be attributed to "years of isolation, largely conservative religious leadership, and anti-U.S. rhetoric." Twenty-seven percent of Iranians polled indicated developing an arsenal of nuclear weapons should be Iran's top priority.
Also make certain you read Kash's previous post entitled ' President Bush is losing time (and the Iranian people).'
Now He's Gone Way Too Far
Allahpundit has been doing a bang up job rounding up info about the war going on in the Middle East.
But he's done it now.
We at the Jawa Report hereby issue a stern condemnation, in accordance with recent dictates demanded by others, for Allahpundit's rabid conspiracy theorizing and his vicious, unwarranted, and unprovoked attack on St. Andrew of the Heart-Ache.
There, that should keep Greenwald off of our backs.
Israel Hits Southern Beirut
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israeli warplanes early Friday bombed southern Beirut, home to the offices of Hezbollah and the group's leader, as the Israeli-Lebanese violence that has killed dozens of Lebanese civilians and 10 Israelis entered its third day.
And to new commenter Some Guy, please see the doctor over your extreme case of cranial rectalitis.
And why should Frank J. have all the fun? We have all sorts of derogatory names for our enemies, yet we all still refer to Hezbollah as Hezbollah. Or Hizbullah. Or Hizb' Allah.
Update: The Counterterrorism Blog, via (who else?) Allah, reports this:
1- According to Israeli Channel 10, Hezbollah was able to hack into the Israeli Army's computer systems prior to the attack.
2- For the first time, Israel mentioned the possible intervention of Iranian Revolutionary Guards based in Lebanon in the war. The danger is that they have long range rockets capable of travelling more than 200 kms and reach Tel Aviv.
IMAO : Does Israel Have a Right to Exist?
In the midst of chaos, a bit of levity from IMAO:
Israel is currently attacking everyone in sight for some crazy Jewish reason. How much longer until they expand their violent outburst and attack the U.S. too? They've already run over one American, Rachel Corrie, with a bulldozer, and you know they're revving their engines ready to get the rest of us.Read the rest here.
Middle Eastern scholars have long argued that Israel should not exist and that they should all be pushed into the sea. This is a reasonable stance if you look at all the facts.
FACT: The first terrorist in history was actually a Jew. His name was Moses, and he plotted to overthrow the Egyptian government with various biological warfare attacks.
FACT: After Moses stole all the Egyptian Jews and led them to their "promised land" (which was somewhere in Europe), no Jew ever set foot in the Middle East until the 1940s.
Swallow your coffee first.
Stratfor : Israeli Troops Headed to Bekaa Valley
The latest word from Stratfor:
Most important, Israel is calling up its reserves. This is never a symbolic gesture in Israel. All Israelis below middle age are in the reserves and mobilization is costly in every sense of the word. If the Israelis were planning a routine reprisal, they would not be mobilizing. But they are, which means they are planning to do substantially more than retributive airstrikes. The question is what their plan is.I hope Friedman is right. I'd love to see the IDF pull Lebanese Hizb-Allah up by it's gnarly roots, burn it to the ground and salt the Earth. My only misgivings about this endeavor? I should be over there helping them make it happen.
Given the blockade and what appears to be the shape of the airstrikes, it seems to us at the moment the Israelis are planning to go fairly deep into Lebanon. The logical first step is a move to the Litani River in southern Lebanon. But given the missile attacks on Haifa, they will go farther, not only to attack launcher sites, but to get rid of weapons caches. This means a move deep into the Bekaa Valley, the seat of Hezbollah power and the location of plants and facilities. Such a penetration would leave Israeli forces' left flank open, so a move into Bekaa would likely be accompanied by attacks to the west. It would bring the Israelis close to Beirut again.
Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Thursday night that, “We expected Hizbullah to break the rules, and now we intend to break them.
“We do not mean for this event to end when the situation returns to how things were a few days ago,” he said.
Haifa Possibly Hit By Iranian Missile, Not Katyusha Rocket (Updated)
I'll update if it's confirmed.
OTOH, this site says that Hezbollah has an Iranian version of the Katyusha, called the Fahr-3, with a range of 45 kilometers, however the hell far that is. I don't *do* the metric system.
Okay, it's about 29 miles.
Update, Fox has a Breaking banner "Israel blasts main route between Beirut and Damascus."
Update, too: In The Bullpen shows us what we're missing.
UPDATE by Rusty: Hizbullah broadcast on one of their television stations today that they fired a "Raad 1" missile at Israel. The image below was captured from Hizbullah TV, as rebroadcast by YNET. (Hat tip: Drudge)
This, on the other hand, is a Katysha rocket. It can either be mounted on the back of a truck, or fired singly.
Rocket Jones adds this about the Katyusha:
It's not insignificant, but as weapons go it's not very large either. They are unguided, medium-range weapons (~12 miles), perfect for harrassment and interdiction fire (the Russians load them onto truck-mounted launchers and fire them in salvos of five to twenty or more.This is what Hizullah claimed:
They can be purchased on the black market for about a thousand dollars each.
They can carry chemical weapons.
Cheap and simple weapons can be incredibly cost effective when their proper use is understood.
"That's the missile used by Hizbullah to respond to Israeli attack and to hit military strongholds of the Zionist enemy. The rocket is of 333 mm in diameter and has a warhead of 100 kilograms. Our fighters used it today when they attacked the military base in Har Meron which was severely damaged and set on fire."I had been under the impression that RAAD were longer range, guided missiles. Much bigger than what al Manor broadcast. Is that really an Iranian made RAAD missile? I dunno.
In any event, Hizbullah is claiming sole responsibility.
Updated by Vinnie: Hell if I know, according to my searches, the Iranian RAAD missile is a modified Silkworm cruise missile, with an 1100 lb warhead, far larger than the 100 kg warhead claimed by Hezbollah. Of course, Iran also has the RAAD anti-tank rocket, sort of like
an RPG a TOW missile, and the RAAD self propelled artillery vehicle. Apparently, the Iranian military likes the name "raad," which means "thunder" and we're all a'scared of thunder.
Missile Strikes on Haifa : A Big Deal?
We've been hearing about missiles falling on Israeli soil for some time now. Today we're hearing about enemy missiles hitting a place called "Haifa." Is this any different than the countless rockets that have hit Israel before, courtesy of Hamas and Hezbollah? Apparently, it is very different. The following map is courtesy of the Jerusalem Post:
Imagine for a minute that there were terrorist groups sitting in Mexico. Every once in a while, they acted up, and there were incursions into small towns in southern Texas -- a missile was lobbed, the citizens had to go into bomb shelters. It would be horrible, everyone would wring their hands, every attempt possible would be done to stop it. That would be one thing.And when the rubicon ain't happy, ain't nobody happy...
Now compare that to a situation in which those terrorists got hold of longer-range missiles. They started firing into downtown Houston and downtown Dallas. And no one can tell if they might just start aiming for San Diego or Los Angeles.
A completely different story, no? A different world.
At this point, there will be no such thing as "overreaction" when it comes to the average Israeli. The rubicon has been crossed.
No Connection Whatsoever
Mark over at Regime of Terror has a couple of good posts up helping to bust the myth that Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussien never had any connections.
Polish Intelligence busts former Ba'athist Al Qaeda operative.
He also has a nice list of Baathists working with AQ.
Good work, Mark, and may the Force be with you, always.
Why You Should Watch the Latest al Qaeda Desecration Video
The Jawa Report got a little mention today in Lorie Byrd's new Examiner piece. It's something I've been saying for a long time.
Monday evening, I received an e-mail from Rusty Shackleford at the Jawa Report saying that a video showing the barbaric desecration of the bodies of two American soldiers killed in Iraq last month had just been released on a terrorist Web site and that he was going to make the video available to those who requested it.....Read the rest.
As horrible as the image of the recent video must be, I couldn’t help but think that maybe some of those who have forgotten, or who never fully recognized the extent of evil we face, should see it. Could anyone watch such a thing and remain complacent about the threat of terrorism?
After all we have now seen, it is impossible to deny the evil that we face, although there are still some who try to justify or diminish it. Some even try to do so by equating the evils of terrorism to the criminal actions of a few American soldiers. Thankfully the current administration does not.
Our report on the Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker desecration video can be seen here.
You can read more of Lorie Byrd's work at Wizbang, where she is a contribiting blogger.
Fox news radio reporting Israeli city of Haifa hit by rocket.
Hezbollah denies launching it.
Updated by Howie
BBC:Two rockets have struck the Israeli city of Haifa, hours after a threat by the militant Lebanese group Hezbollah.
Hezbollah denied firing any rockets at the northern port - Israel's third largest city. There were no reports of injuries or damage.
Later, Lebanon's international airport was hit for a second time as Israel continued attacks by land, sea and air.
Domestic Terror: KKK
The KKK is a domestic terror organization. Any individual who supports the KKK supports terrorism. Any supporters of terrorism will be banned from commenting on this website.
Make. Your. Choice.
I'm on vacation and resent having to do this post.
Our Ally (choke)Yemen
They are harboring this man, one Mohammed Hussein Sharab. He is an al-Qaeda recruiter who is very active in Iraq. So while it seems that NPR and this professor can find him easy enough the Yemeni authorities are turning a blind eye. Jane at Armies of Liberation has a transcript.
NPR: Islamic studies expert Bernard Haykel recently spent two days talking with a known Yemeni jihadi about his recruiting tactics. The man had just returned from Iraq.Also see In The Bullpen.
Prof. HAYKEL: If you like. I don’t think he’s hiding it and it’s well known to the American authorities as well as to the Yemenis. His name is Mohammed Hussein Sharab(ph) and his photograph is hanging inside the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa as a wanted man…. … Oh, yeah. And very specifically, he was the one who handled two attackers who blew up the United Nations offices in Baghdad.
The carbomber later admitted he was one of Zarqawi's top VBIED makers (he's now in custody) and the bomb used Iraqi military ordinance for the detonation. Powerful stuff.
Anyway, I didn’t think that detail would make its way into the interview .... and it didn't.
I listen to NPR every day and I’m a bit miffed at them this week. They ran a week long series on terrorist propaganda and how it works. Ok that’s good. But Inskeep cannot hide his sympathies very well. And this morning one of the staff reporters was almost shaking at the idea that the US might use propaganda to help home front morale. Ted when you get there you need to put a foot up a few asses. I know they are liberal but they try to be somewhat objective most of the time. They've been slipping lately.
Who's Scruffy Looking?
Happy birthday to ladies man Harrison Ford, 64. Of course there could be other explanations for this...:
IMDB:When Luke and Han are fighting storm troopers while trapped in the corridor leading to Leia's prison cell, make-up can be seen smeared all over the collar of the storm trooper suit that Han is wearing.Somehow I'm not surprised. I figure Han was smooching Princess Leia behind the scenes as well. But then again who’s this chick? Remember when chicks call you a half wit scruffy looking nerfhearder it means they like you.
Chicks dig a smooth talking smuggler.
Especially when they talk dirty.
Watch and learn dorks.
One sign age may catching up with this scoundrel, he may be about to marry the much younger Calista Flockheart.
Watch out Calista, I have a bad feeling about this.
We Support the Troops--By Firing Them
Damn this is infuriating:
Like so many soldiers who have helped fight the war on terror, Capt. John Parker put his life on the line every day while he was deployed in Afghanistan.Your tax dollars at work.
"I signed up to serve my country," Parker tells NewsChannel 5 investigative reporter Jennifer Kraus.
And serve he did, which is why he was so shocked at how he was treated when he came back home to Wilson County.
"It just made me feel that the people I was fighting for were the exact people that were taking my job from me," he adds. . . .
But despite the law, the director of schools says he still feels that when class started, instead of being on the battlefield, Parker should have been in the classroom.
"Could he have said something to his superiors? 'Look, I really need to get back there. If everything is equal, I need to get back there (to Wilson Central High School) January 3rd because that's when my class starts and I need to be with those kids for the full semester.'". . .
Parker says he loves his country and his job teaching. And, he doesn't think it was fair to make him choose between the two.
"It's pretty hard to believe in a country where we're out there fighting for liberty, that those same things are not being given back to us when we come back."
Because that is the kind of blogger I am.
“Gee folks…you wash your hands when they are dirty, don’t you? You wouldn’t wipe dirt off your hands like this, would you? Well, duh, using only paper ain’t gonna work. Your ass really demands you wash it with water too.” Well, you know, she does have a point.
Go watch the video. at Taro's place.
Looking for Clues : Indian Govt. Detains Local Gangsters
Am I the only one who kinda doubts that gangsters blew up all those trains on 7/11?
Mumbai police said those rounded up included known thugs, gangsters and trouble makers, who might have information about the bombers. Most of the detentions were made overnight in Malwani, a north-eastern suburb of India's business capital, a police spokesman said.The Guardian does note a "possible link" between the bombings and "Kashmiri militants" fighting for "independence from India."
Hizbullah: don't hurt us or we will kill your civilians.
Hizbullah warned Israel Thursday afternoon that if the IDF attacked southern Beirut, where the organization's leadership is based, they would target Haifa.
"The Islamic resistance warns against targeting civilians and the infrastructure," a statement read on Hezbollah TV said. "It (resistance) specifically announces that it will quickly shell the city of Haifa and nearby areas if the southern suburbs and the city of Beirut are subjected to any direct Israeli aggression," the statement said.
They don't care about Lebanon, they care about their own murderous hides. Israel's reply?
A high-ranking IDF source said that the current operation, dubbed Operation Just Reward, would be "long" and could last up to several months, or "as long as it takes to destroy the Hizbullah's ability to launch attacks against Israel."
The IDF source said the Dahiya neighborhood of Beirut, a Hizbullah stronghold, would be targeted if rocket attacks continued to hit Israeli cities.
That is a limp response. If you stop rocketing our cities, we won't attack your base of operations. Israel is allowing a terrorist group to hold its citizens hostage, instead of attacking with real force and destroying Hizbullah.
Return of the Filipina Celeb
By request, the Filipinas and pseudo-Filipinas are back! This is Kaylea, a print and photo model from Minnesota.
Photos, weird stuff, and the daily roundup at the usual place.
Airport Missile Shield
Northrop described Skyguard as capable of destroying rockets, mortars, artillery shells, unmanned aerial vehicles, short-range ballistic missiles, as well as cruise missiles. Against shoulder-fired missiles, which are relatively easy to heat with a laser and destroy, the protective shield would extend to a 20-kilometer radius, Wildt said...
Skyguard grew out of the Tactical High Energy Laser, or THEL, designed to shield Israel's northern communities from Katyusha rockets and artillery shells.
Initial versions will be ready in 18 months. Northrop sees a big market in the US, Israel, Taiwan and other countries.
This would have sounded like science fiction 10 years ago. Other systems are also in development.
Israel Bombs Beirut Airport, Imposes Blockade
(Beirut, Lebanon) Israeli Air Force jets bombed holes into the runways of Beirut International Airport, forcing officials to close the facility.
Lebanese security sources said at least six rockets were fired at runways and a nearby road, forcing flights to divert to Cyprus.According to a report from the Bahrain News Agency, Israel Radio announced today that the IDF has imposed a sea, land, and aviation blockade on Lebanon until further notice. Israel intends to choke off weapons supplies to Hezbollah, which are believed to be supplied by Iran via Syria. Consequently, I'd assume that the current conflict will quickly expand beyond Lebanon to Syria.
The terminal building and planes were not hit and it was not immediately clear how badly the raid had damaged the runways but the airport is now closed.
July 12, 2006
July 12th, 2005
It all started with an offhand remark in an email to Rusty.
He replied with a login and a password.
Thanks dude. Chicago was close, Ft. Collins was closer, but someday I'll get to shake your hand.
I love the Jawa Report. I love the cobloggers, a great group, and I love the regulars, even if we don't always see eye to eye. A stein hoist to you all.
I'll end with that, since July 12th, 2006 is almost over.
Well, I Guess He Won't Be Talking To Us Lowlifes Anymore
Jeff Goldstein gets mentioned on Special Report with Brit Hume, in the Grapevine segment. I had heard about it, but just saw it on the re-run.
In related news, a house up the street caught fire a few years ago, and the local news filmed their report in my yard.
HotAir : American Jihadists
A Nice Place To Keep Up
As Israel continues to bomb the shiite out of southern Lebanon, Allah over at Hot Air has been all over it.
If you're keeping an eye on the situation, it's a good place to keep up with developments.
Update: Fox (t.v.) is reporting that Israel took out the Palestinian Foreign Ministry building.
Update, too: Above now on the website.
Another Update: Fox News is Alerting that the Beirut airport has been "hit by Israeli warplanes." MargaReuterville link from Allah's constant updating in his post that I originally linked to.
Where In The World Is Dr. Rusty Shackleford Now?
Memo To Moonbats, RE: Fitzmas
I love the way you keep staring up at the rooftop expecting Santa Fitz to cannonball down your chimney but much like the Easter Bunny, a state income tax, and a Russ Feingold presidency - it just ain’t gonna happen.
Iran Being Referred To Security Council
PARIS - World powers agreed Wednesday to send Iran back to the United Nations Security Council for possible punishment, saying the clerical regime has given no sign it means to negotiate seriously over its disputed nuclear program.
I fully expect the mullahs to knuckle under after a fierce, sustained campaign of Strongly Worded Letters, Fiery Denunciations, and the Harshest Of Criticisms.
The Mullahs Like No Dongs
The Wedding Planner, Sharia Style
What do you get when you book your wedding festivities 18 months in advance?
Midwest Blogmeet Starts Friday.
Howie won’t be able to attend. I have to work Friday Night/Saturday so a trip out of Bumfuct Egypt is not in the cards. Several bloggers will be there and the trip can include target shooting. That’s always fun, be careful boys and girls. May the force be with you. Details below.
Bingo! The Blogmeet scheduled for this weekend has a name-o...
"OGMEET" - in honor of Og the Neanderpundit, who started the ball rolling on this shindig!
Leslie of Leslie's Omnibus has taken care of many of the arrangements, and the details are now posted right here for all to see:
Og has arranged a trip to the shooting range on Saturday morning for those of you looking to shoot something off other than your mouths, and gives everyone the detailed rundown on that excursion here:
You may bother Leslie at Omnibus.Driver (at) gmail (dot) com or Og at mhardig (at) aol (dot) com if you need any further information, as I am only an innocent bystander!
It's party time!!!
The Right Place
NOTE: The contents of this letter have also been posted here...
The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: O! Que Feo Edition **Fatwas Issued**
Caption this disturbing event:
Fatwas to be issued Monday*
Fatwas issued...delayed but not denied!
The "i will cut ur neck" fatwa:
Graeme, for: "With alcohol clouding his judgement, Steve decided to show his friends that gerbils are for amateurs."
The "devil will do meetballs from your bodies" fatwa:
Stephen Macklin, for: "I suppose you want a reach-around"
The "why u insult holly quoran" fatwa:
whocares, for: "Running of the Bulls in Pamplona? Now he's running for la Tampona!"
Thanks to Venom for the reminder.
* For some reason, I'm not getting comments in the email anymore.
With the power vested in me as Editor In Chief Pro Tempore, I hereby appoint Mr. Venom as Imperial Minister Of Emailing Vinnie To Remind Him To Judge The Caption Contest.
It's all about the fatwas baby!
Of course, Howie is welcome to slap me upside the head too.
Hezbollah Terrorists Open Second Front
Israel is responding as only Israel can.
Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz warned the Lebanese government that the Israeli military will target infrastructure and "turn back the clock in Lebanon by 20 years," if the soldiers were not returned, Israeli TV reported.
stein hoist: LGF, who has more.
"Singing Out of the Flock"
For any of you who believe that the Arab and Muslim mind is hopelessly and forever brainwashed about the West and will never listen to the truth, and for those who have convinced themselves that hoping for Arab democracy is an exercise in total futility, I encourage you to pay a visit to Iraq the Model and read this post:
... it’s a compilation of selected reactions of more than a dozen (out of hundreds) people to one of the hot topics of these days which is the kidnapping of Israeli tank-gunner Gilad Shalit and the Israeli military operation in Gaza strip in the attempt to free him.
Man, this AP wire is a goldmine!
An AP/Ipsos poll measuring public attitudes towards lying was released. Now, I'm not a poll guy. I think polls should be taken with a grain of salt, for the most part. However, there are many (particularly on the left side of the aisle) who invest an inordinate amount of attention in polls.
So I decided to look at this one. The overall results seem to say that most people don't like to tell "big" lies (spousal cheating, taxes, etc.), but there was more variation when it came to "small" lies. Some of the results are, shall we say, are less than shocking. Check this part out:
WHO DEFENDS LYING: Those most likely to think lying is sometimes justified: people from 18-29 (57 percent) compared with about four in 10 adults 30 and over, college graduates (51 percent), those with higher household incomes (a little more than half of those making at least $50k) and unmarried women (53 percent).I could be wrong (I'm not), but the bolded demos are absolute key demographics for Democrats (who are even specifically named!). Heh. Compare it to this, a graph under that one:
-Those more likely to say it's OK to lie to avoid hurting someone's feelings: Those with college degrees (72 percent), household income greater than $50K (about 75 percent) and Democrats (82 percent).
While 44 percent said it's OK at least sometimes to exaggerate to improve a story and 56 percent said it's never OK, married women (66 percent) and Republican women (68 percent) were more likely to say this is never OK.Those eeeevil honest and married Republican women. If only they knew their oppression under that honesty.
Well, I am shocked at these findings.
Shocked, shocked, shocked.
Cross-posted at Mein Blogovault.
US Out of DC!
The real war is in Washington DC, where the police cheif has declared a crime emergency. This announcement was in response to a string very recent of homicides in the city (including the murder of a British politcal activist).
Most interesting part of the AP story? This little graph covering the Georgetown community meeting:
"I would think that at 2 o'clock in the morning on the streets of Georgetown, a group of three people, one of whom is 15 years old, one of whom is a bald chunky fat guy, are going to stand out," said Solberg, who is white. "They were black. This is not a racial thing to say that black people are unusual in Georgetown. This is a fact of life."Uh oh. That's gonna set a few hotheads alight. Its like saying a white suburban kid driving up and down Mt Ephraim Ave. in Camden at 2 a.m. is unusual. Sounds like fascist racist racism and oppression. Or common sense.
Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.
July 11, 2006
I was going to leave it at that, but may as well blockquote an excerpt for posterity's sake.
Great post. One of the soldiers who was "decapped and mutilated" (a LOT less fun than a decaf and milk, lemme tell ya!) was Thomas Tucker from Madras, Oregon. Tucker was tortured and murdered as payback for what other American troops did. What goes around comes around. Warrior karma.
Yeah, well, karma is karma, and you'll get yours, bitch.
Stein hoist: Misha's comments
Everything You (didn't) Want To Know About Vinnie
I've been toying with the idea of doing an "about me" page.
Thankfully, it's been done for me.
Except, my name isn't Fred, I prefer single malt Scotch over Bourbon, and I'm still sucking oxygen.
African-American African Taliban Controls Mogadishu In Full
MOGADISHU (AFP) - Islamists now in full control of the Somali capital vowed to "destroy" all resistance to their religious rule as the city's last secular warlord fled after surrendering in fierce battles.
Islamic militia scoured southern Mogadishu for weapons still outside their hands following the defeat late Monday of warlord Abdi Hassan Awale Qeydiid in bloody clashes that left at least 100 dead since the weekend.
Yanno, back in, '96 was it? When the Afghan-American Afghanistan Taliban took control, I believe my reaction was on the lines of, "so, who cares?"
I'm a little more worldly now.
This isn't good news.
I can't help but wonder...what, exactly, is standing in the way of Islam conquering the whole of Africa?
stein hoist: Jihad Watch
Cynthia McKinney AWOL for Debates
"Alex, I'll take 'Crazy People' for 800, please."
LGF : Revised Flight 93 Memorial is the Same as Original
Rather than copy the entire blog post, I'll just point you to LGF, where Charles points out that the NEW & IMPROVED Flight 93 memorial retains the same Islamic crescent shape as the original design.
And yes, it still points straight to Mecca.
And yes, it still memorializes the 40 passengers and their 4 murderers.
Fidel Castro Rumored Dead....Again
UPDATE: 7/24/2007: Rumors again, but much more buzz. Check this post for update: Fidel Castro dead.
UPDATE 7/12: Fidel not dead. Yet.
My sources are telling me that Fidel Castro is dead.
How reliable are these sources? Not very. They've told me this before.
But one of the lessons to be learned from The Boy Who Cried Wolf story is that, well, sometimes there really is a wolf.
Wishful thinking? Yes.
Just remember that one of these days my unreliable Cuban sources will be right. He aint getting any younger.
Take it for what it's worth...which isn't much. But keep those fingers crossed.
UPDATE: I can't say where I got the tip from. Anonymous sources. Hey, if it's good enough for the NY Times.....
Val's reader got it from Venezuelan news, which got it from Spain's EFE.
Trevor, one of my commenters, says he heard it on Venezuelan TV, then retracted. El Nacional (Venezuela) and EFE apparently both had stories up earlier, but now down. Yes, that Venezuela. You know, the one with Cindy Sheehan's macho boyfriend, Hugo Chavez, at its head.
But check this out from The Real Cuba (thanks to anononymous tip in comments):
I received an e-mail from Cuba this afternoon saying that Castro is either dead or very gravely ill, but I don't have any way of confirming it.Knock. On. Wood.
The only interesting thing is that the e-mail is from the same person who sent me an e-mail early this year to tell me that Castro was planning to build a "forest of flags" to try to block the human right signs appearing at the US Mission. When I got that e-mail I posted the information also as rumor, but one day later ABC News confirmed the story.
However, since I don't know who this person in Cuba really is, I don't have any way of knowing if what he is saying now is true or not.
Imperial Reinforcements Spotted in Taiwan?
Sir, we're not quite sure what to make of this, but we have reports that Imperial reinforcements have landed in Taiwan:
"Dammit, Jim! These tricorder readings just don't make any sense!"
Images courtesy of the 501st Legion Formosa Outpost.
Mumbai Terror Update
According to the IndiaTimes.com, one train was reported to be split in half. Mumbai was put on red alert. Wired timing devices were said to be used on all seven high-intensity explosions. Security in Delhi was heightened.
In a report from New Delhi, intelligence sources said the terror attack on Mumbai trains was carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba and local Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists. The assertions are based on information about Lashkar's sleeper cells and the scale of the bombings. Officials believe the terrorists wanted to cause communal mayhem.
Carnival Of Liberty LIII
Carnival of Liberty 53, now with podcast goodness!
The 53rd Carnival of Liberty is now up for your enjoyment, celebrating the founding principles of life, liberty and property.
Some of the highlights:
* Why government can't accomplish the progressives' agenda of social justice
* Cocaine-snorting corrupt Connecticut eminent-domain abusing politicians
* How government doubled the price of milk
And much more. Enjoy!
Muslim vs Mu-slime
Whilst trading insults with some of our Turkish readers who use a translator I was inspired. His tool translated his words as, “I am Muslime!” Indeed he is a slimey terrorist supporter. Surely someone has used Mu-slime before and if so email Howie because I want you to get full credit. If not, I hereby coin the term Muslime. It’s different from Muslim. A Muslim would be a follower of Islam who lives a righteous life. Not only by the Koran but others of different faiths, seeing his example, would agree he is an ethical pious person.
One good example that comes off the top of my head is Muhammad Ali. Of course you may have your differences with him but in general he sets a good example. He also had his brushes with miltants as well, but in the end he made a moral judgement against it.
A Muslime is a follower of Islam who uses it as an excuse to do Satan’s work. A Muslime will Justifying his dark age blood lust, murder and terrorism with Islamic texts. I’ll not argue which interpretation is correct only that the Muslimes must be defeated for the sake of all mankind, Muslim or otherwise. Muslims have the most to loose as they are besmirched by the Muslimes. Of course as you scroll down the blog you will see many examples here of Muslimes. I have a couple here to get use started.
One characteristic a Muslime is his treatment of women as property his fascination with pedophilia directed at both sexes.
[sarcasm]I like to play peek-a-boo but my new husband says the game is too young for him. He wants to play hide the penis instead.Others Below the Beltwayand Feministe
My dad says I had to marry because we’re very poor, but really he lost me playing poker after a nice bong full of hashish and opium. Remember they are only considered drugs here if a kuffar is holding. Then we cut off his head and take his stash.[/sarcasm]
That was a Muslime smoking a bong and selling his daughter to settle a poker debt. Another way you might tell a Muslim from a Muslime is the Muslim would want his daughter educated. So she can be the best woman she can be regardless if she chooses domestic life or a career or both. An educated wife is very valuable to the family. A educated working woman is of great value to everyone.
Independent UK:The letter pinned overnight to the wall of the mosque in Kandahar was succinct. "Girls going to school need to be careful for their safety. If we put acid on their faces or they are murdered then the blame will be on their parents."
Today the local school stands empty, victim of what amounts to a Taliban war on knowledge. The liberal wind of change that swept the country in 2001 is being reversed. By the conservative estimate of the Afghan President Hamid Karzai, 100,000 students have been terrorised out of schools in the past year. The number is certainly far higher and many teachers have been murdered, some beheaded.
In the province of Zabul a teacher and female MP, Toor Peikai, said yesterday: "There are 47 schools in my province but only three are open." Only one teaches girls. It is 200 metres from a large US military