January 31, 2007
I Think This Star Wars Quote Sums It Up
"Long live the sovereign people! Long live President Hugo Chavez! Long live socialism!" said National Assembly President Cilia Flores as she proclaimed the "enabling law" approved by a show of hands. "Fatherland, socialism or death! We will prevail!"
Fatherland? Where have I heard that term before?
May We Please...
Quite possibly the most vile display of the true face of modern leftism in print since Michael Moore's "minutemen" comment or Kos' "screw them" remark.
The post positively screams "douche." So does the Post, for that matter.
IMHO at least.
Also burning up the intertubes at:
The blog grandfather
Oh, and the reason I didn't blockquote any excerpts for you is because I figure you're more likely to read the whole thing by me just linking it.
And really, as much as it hurts, you should read the whole thing. Just have a barf bag handy.
Lauren Nelson, Miss America 2007
MORE LAUREN NELSON BELOW THE FOLD
Cynthia Sommer : GUILTY
Via CBS News:
(AP) A jury Tuesday convicted a woman of murdering her Marine husband with arsenic to cash in on his $250,000 life insurance policy to finance a luxurious lifestyle.
The jury also found that Cynthia Sommer, 33, committed the first-degree murder with the special circumstances of poisoning and for financial gain.
Sommer, who stared forward as the verdict was read, faces life in prison without possibility of parole because of the special circumstances. She will be formally sentenced March 23.
This is just... kinda wierd:
Some words, like "Giuliani," "Trump," "drag," and "kiss" should never find their way into the same sentence.
h/t : Ace.
New al Qaeda Video: Zionist Crusaders Blamed for AIDS in Libya
When the al Qaeda production company, as Sahab, announced that it was soon releasing video of Abu Yahya al-Libi--a captured al Qaeda fighter who later escapted--about "AIDS babies in Libya" I joked that I bet they blame the evil Zionist Crusaders. I have not been disappointed.
The video actually has not been released yet. Somehow, though, Laura Mansfield has gotten hold of what looks like a pre-final production copy once again. The 17 minute video has English subtitles, which means you are the audience. Oh, and you're also to blame for AIDS in Libya.
Clicking on the image below will take you to the full video, courtesy of Laura Mansfield.
The context of the video is over accusations made by the Libyan government that some Bulgarian nurses deliberately gave the HIV virus to over 400 children. Needless to say, a charge that most find preposterous.
Al Libi's arguement goes something like this: Bulgarian nurses gave kids in Libya AIDS. The West is concerned about the nurses (who are presumably guilty) but not the innocent Muslim kids. The West, therefore, hates Muslims. This is part of a larger war against Muslims. Muslims should then make war with the infidels.
This is how he concludes:
That is why we say that the time has come, O Muslims, for you to recognize the hateful infidels as they really are. It's time for you to recognize these hateful infidels are they really are. They are murderers, killers, and criminals who sow corruption on Earth,Laura, once again, proves she's one step ahead of the curve.
And don't be fooled by their shiny slogans and false words because - by Allah - your blood, lives, and children are worthless to them. You will only find honor with which to make progress and strength with which to protect yourselves in your true religion which is based on disowning them and their servants and declaring open animosity to them. And their evil and corruption will only be stopped by fighting without leniency and performing non-stop Jihad until there is no unbelief and all religion is for Allah.
"Suspicious Packages" Found Throughout Boston (UPDATED, BUMPED)
Michelle has the story.
UPDATE: LGF reports that it was all a "hoax."
UPDATE 2:Any of you who want to pile on the Boston authorities should have some even tougher questions for the folks in the rest of the country:
Turner Broadcasting is expected to issue an apology for causing today's series of bomb scares throughout Boston. A statement emailed to the Globe from Turner Broadcasting said: "The 'packages' in question are magnetic lights that pose no danger. They are part of an outdoor marketing campaign in 10 cities in support of Adult Swim's animated television show Aqua Teen Hunger Force. They have been in place for two to three weeks in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Parent company Turner Broadcasting is in contact with local and federal law enforcement on the exact locations of the billboards. We regret that they were mistakenly thought to pose any danger."
"Venezuelan congress grants Chavez power to enact by decree. First order of business: hunt down all those damned rebel Jedi"
(Audio) British Cleric Encourages Muslims to Behead Hostages: Birmingham Connection
In this two-minute audio clip, Omar Bakri Mohammed urges his followers to use whatever tools they have at their disposal in fighting the jihad. He claims those tools include beheading hostages. This message was recorded by Glen Jenvey on June 8, 2006--the day Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq who beheaded British hostage Ken Bigley, was killed.
Why bring this up now? Omar Bakri Mohammed's al Muhajiroun followers congregate in Birmingham. The voice you hear is that of Omar Barki Mohammed, many of those listening to him would have been in Birmingham. It's not a direct connection, but it may have been a motivating factor in the plot to kidnap and behead a British soldier. Especially given that those involved in the plot looked to Zarqawi's example. Add moral justification to example and you have a recipe for action.
[mp3 format, right click and "save as"]
And just one more reminder of what Bakri Mohammed's followers have said in the past.
American Conservatism : A View from Across the Pond
Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute shares his thoughts on the current state of American Conservatism:
The American conservative movement is fighting back
...The number one lesson, I think, is that American conservatives recognise that their policies and values are validated by the instincts of the American people. When the GOP in Congress strayed too far from those instincts, the American people saw no need to vote for them. Like John Major, the Congressional GOP squandered a reputation for economic competence. Like Major, they were plagued with ethics scandals that the public found tawdry. Major didn't have an unpopular war, but few here believe the Iraq situation swung the people against the Republicans. It amplified the effect, but the root cause of public disaffection was deeper.
Accordingly, pundits like Laura Ingraham and politicians like Rep. Paul Ryan, philosophers like Robert George and superstars like Newt Gingrich all agree that the Republicans have to reconnect to the people, listen to their concerns, and match political actions to the people's values.
If you have any work projects due today...
...you may not want to start playing this game.
h/t : Jonah Goldberg.
Notes and Bombs Found in Kissimmee, Florida
'The city of Kissimmee is going to be bombed by al Qaeda, God willing.'"
Soldier Beheading Plot Foiled in Britain (Bumped, Updated)
Important Updates below. Scroll down for info on Moazzam Begg and other updates, including audio of British cleric, with large Birmingham following, praising the beheading of hostages
Another plot inspired by Abu Musab al Zarqawi. Have we finally witnessed the ascendency of the Zarqawi method of filmed beheadings for political gain among radical Salafi Muslims in the West? The plotters, it is said, wanted a repeat of the beheading murder of Ken Bigley---who was personally killed by Zarqawi.
The arrests were in Birmingham, which leads us to suspect that followers of Omar Bakri Mohammed, who have a large following there, were involved. One of Bakri Muhammed's followers is pictured right.
EVIL Muslim terrorists were to kidnap a British soldier on UK streets and force him to plead with Tony Blair for his life in return for a pull-out of troops from Iraq, The Sun can reveal.This would not be the first time Muslims in Birmingham wanted to harm a soldier. Update: Victim was to be Muslim soldier:
The soldier would have been filmed begging the PM to withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan in a sick propaganda stunt.
Army sources said the target was a British Muslim soldier in his 20s.
He would eventually be beheaded on film in a sick mirror of the torture and savage killing of British hostage Ken Bigley if Mr Blair refused.
The fact that the arrests were made in Birmingham could suggest that soldiers recovering from wounds in military hospitals there might have been targeted....
The cunning plot represents a huge change in tactics by al Qaeda and its supporters....
They understand the power and importance of the media and the influence it can bring around the world on governments.
The soldier, a Muslim man in his 20s, was now under police guard, the paper said, quoting security sources.Not surprising, if you scroll through that article, many Muslims already circling the wagons around those arrested as "innocent" and "victims".
Kenneth Bigley, shortly before he is murdered on film by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terror group.
UPDATE: Allah is thinking something similar about the Birmingham connection. I might have some more info on that later. I hope. Stay tuned......
UPDATE: "Days away". The blotter:
A plot to kidnap and behead a British soldier on videotape was only "days away" and led to the arrests today of nine men in Birmingham, England, a Scotland Yard source tells ABC News.UPDATE: Or could this be the work of Maktabah Al Ansaar, a Birmingham based "bookstore" which "doesn't support terrorism" but which specializes in selling English language jihadi propaganda--including the video: "21st Century Crusaders: A War on Muslims in Iraq and Palestine". The group also at one time had "exclusive" video of Osama bin Laden. Glen Jenvey tells me that he thinks so.
The fact that the 9 men arrested are of Pakistani descent (not uncommon for British Muslims) also points in this direction. Another video: Indias War on Islam
The physical location of Maktabah al Ansar is in Birmingham. The person who registered the website is in Birmingham. Which, isn't surprising. What is surprising is that the webhost is also in Birmingham. THIS ALMOST NEVER HAPPENS. In fact, this is the first time I have EVER seen that happen. And the technical contact for the host would also appear to be Muslim.
An Islamic bookstore in Birmingham, which was today cordoned off by police in a massive anti-terrorism raid, was exposed by The Times just days after the July 7 bombings as selling ‘incendiary works’ glorifying suicide bombing and anti-Semitism…UPDATE: More from The Sun (in sidebar). Previous owner of the bookshop was a Gitmo detainee, who was released by President Bush over the objections of the CIA and FBI. Begg claimed that he was in Taliban controlled Afghanistan as a "teacher" (we know what that meant) where he had gone in 2001 from Britain. Get that, he left Britain to go to Afghanistan to help the Taliban. He also admits to raising money for the "mujahideen" in Afghanistan--aka, the Taliban. He is allegedly an associate of Richard Reid.
Now he claims victim status. But you'll notice a common theme at his former bookstore and among Muslim jihadis in general: they are victims and the jihad is a response to this victimization from [insert here: West, India, Jews, Russia, etc]:
The bookshop was previously run by Moazzam Begg - who was a detainee at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba until 2005 - and whilst under Begg's ownership was raided by Mi5 in 2000.This is getting interesting. The Taliban supporter is now the darling of the Left, showing up in ZNet just a couple of days ago.
Three year's later anti-terror cops swooped on the bookshop again but no charges were laid.
UPDATE: As if on cue, Charles Johnson finds British "anti-war Muslims" celebrating Moazzam Begg.
UPDATE: Click around the links below, and you'll see why there may very well be a Bakri Mohammed connection here. Here is an exclusive audio of Omar Bakri Mohammed, recorded by Glen Jenvey, on the night that he learned that Abu Musab al Zarqawi had been killed (June 8, 2006). In it, he reminds his followers in Britain, many of whom are centered in Birmingham, that beheading the enemy is not only justified in Islam, but also following the example of Muhammed. Download file [mp3 format, right click and "save as"]
Related: British Muslims Mock 7/7 & 9/11 Victims, Support Terror. U.K./Birmingham Subsidizing
British Muslims: "Behead Those Who Insult Islam"-- Birmingham group implicated
More Bakri, Birmingham, Ties to Terror Plot Uncovered
Injured UK Soldier Accosted in Birmingham Hospital
Birmingham Muslim 'Almost Ashamed' for Advocating Beheading Cartoon Blasphemers
Terror Plot Linked to Exiled Cleric
British Muslim Group: Kill Cartoon Blasphemers
Exiled Muslim Cleric Behind London Protest Calling for Pope's Death
No Killing "Innocents"-- Innocents = Muslims, everyone else is fair game
Is Joe Biden A Racist? (with Audio)
SUBTITLE: THE UNTIMELY END OF THE BIDEN 2008 PRESIDENTIAL BID
Audio clip here.
Here's the quote:
'I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy'...What about the rest of African Americans, Mr. Biden? How do you see them?
Is it the same as the way you see Indian Americans, Joe Biden?
In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.
I think we're noticing a pattern here. Apart, of course, from Biden opening his fat mouth and dogcrap falling out onto the populace.
Hypocracy squared. Macacca!
CBS Runs Al-Qaeda Propaganda As News Footage
Hot Air has a rather damning video indicating that CBS war reporter Lara Logan was either a) willfully complicit or b) catastrophically ignorant in/of the fact that CBS was using clips from an Al-Qaeda propaganda video not only as footage, but also as a conduit to denounce the US forces. More here.
Previous Jawa Report coverage here.
Mike Huckabee at the National Review Institute Conservative Summit (Google Video)
Pandagon Now The Online Face Of John Edwards
The Jawa Report recently highlighted Marcotte's wildly inept prosecutorial fantasies and mindless hyperfeminist rambling, which were sporadically posted during first few months of the Duke Lacrosse incident. The case's rapid deterioration in full view of the public caused her to go completely silent on the issue after Summer 2006. For some reason.
She's probably busy trying to figure out a way to make the case that John Edwards' recent purchase of a multi-million dollar, 20-thousand-plus square foot mansion spoke truth to power to the rich elites in America and helped the most unfortunate among us. Don't worry - she'll think of something.
And just remember - there are Democrats proposing new anti-speech laws that aim to prohibit people from 'deceiving voters' during election time. Edwards had better lawyer up.
ht: Pablo @ protein wisdom
Tony Snow at the National Review Institute Conservative Summit
I posted a short excerpt of this speech earlier. Here's the full speech:
Man and Woman Stoned to Death on 'Suspicion' of Adultery
Via the lovely and talented Pamela:
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A Pakistani man and a woman were tied to a tree and stoned to death after they were suspected of committing adultery.Bricks. Nice. Of all the ways to die...
The couple, from the village of Donga Bonga in Bahawalnagar district in southern Punjab, apparently pleaded their innocence but died in an "honor killing" over the weekend in a hail of bricks.
If the above story makes you think of words like "primitive" or "barbaric," you should, of course, be ashamed of yourself for your bigoted, racist, ethnocentric, xenophobic prejudices. Report to reeducation camp at once! Remember, kids: all cultures are equal...all (non-Western) cultural beliefs must be respected...all cultures are equal...all people yearn for peace and freedom...all cultures are equal...
Dems' New Federal Law : "Deceiving Voters" = Federal Crime
"...two Democratic senators, Barack Obama of Illinois and Charles Schumer of New York, are introducing a bill today that would make deceiving or intimidating voters a federal crime with substantial penalties."Considering how often right-wing bloggers are accused (without evidence) of "lying," and considering the possibility that the federal law enforcement apparatus might very well be controlled by the Dems come 2009, a law like this should give all of us pause.
Bin Laden's Brother-in-Law Killed
(Madagascar) Jamal Khalifa, brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was killed by unidentified gunmen in an attack on his home in Madagascar. According to Jamal's brother, Malek Khalifa, the motive appeared to be a robbery.
From Khaleej Times:
Malek said a gang of 20 to 30 gunmen broke into his brother's bedroom on Tuesday, shot him dead "in cold blood" and stole his belongings.It's reported that Jamal was a legit businessman who mined and traded precious stones in Madagascar.
On the other hand, it's also reported that Jamal allegedly helped finance Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists linked to al-Qaeda in the Philippines. Additionally, it's said that Jamal had no links to bin Laden, however, if he had ties to ASG and ASG is linked to al-Qaeda, it's hard to dispute at least a distant link to bin Laden.
Personally, I suspect Jamal was hip-deep in laundering money for terrorists. As a gem trader, it is just too easy.
Ozzie Aziz : "Let Me Be"
Ozzie Aziz is a Turkish singer, songwriter and actress operating out of Miami. Ozzie recently wrote and starred in Bekhal’s Tears, a controversial independent film about women’s rights in the Middle East (trailer here.) The film, shot in Northern Iraq, won the Arab Emirates Film Festivals Award of Appreciation. Ozzie's website is here.
Here's the video for Ozzie's song "Let Me Be":
Iran Orchestrated The Karbala Attack
According to no-linky Drudge:
NBC NEWS confirms a secret U.S. military report that says 'Iranian Agents' may be behind a deadly ambush in Karbala, Iraq that left five American soldiers dead. The report also claims the Iranian revolutionary guard is providing intelligence on U.S. and Iraqi military to Shiite extremists, in addition to sophisticated weaponry. Developing...
As the Jawa Report's official Iranophobe, I'll follow no-linky Drudge's developing developments, if he has any.
January 30, 2007
Video Flashback: Lazy Sunday
Just when you thought it couldn't be found online anymore...
This Sergeant Has Finally Had Enough
US troops who've served and/or are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan usually don't tell you exactly how they feel unless you're family or a good friend.
Well, here's a staff sergeant, serving in Afghanistan, who leaves no doubt about his opinions. And he's told Black Five to go ahead and publish them; here's an excerpt:
I am tired of Democrats who tell me they support me, the soldier on the ground, and then tell me the best plan to win this war is with a “phased redeployment” (liberal-speak for retreat) out of the combat zone to someplace like Okinawa.
I am tired of the Democrats whining for months on T.V., in the New York Times, and in the House and Senate that we need more troops to win the war in Iraq, and then when my Commander in Chief plans to do just that, they say that is the wrong plan, it won’t work, and we need a “new direction.” ...I am tired of CNN claiming that they are showing “news,” with videotape sent to them by terrorists, of my comrades being shot at by snipers, but refusing to show what happens when we build a school, pave a road, hand out food and water to children, or open a water treatment plant.Go to Black Five and read the whole thing. I especially liked the part where he refers to the Nebraska Cornholer as an "oxygen thief."
Thanks to larwyn.
C.Y. to 'Out' Jamil Hussein?
Bob Ownes appears to have pinned down the real name and identity of fabled international man of mystery Jamil GG (XX) Hussein. He's toying with the idea of reavealing this information to the public.
He's hearing arguments for or against outing him in the comments. What do you think?
The Qana Ambulances : Mystery Solved?
Human Rights Watch claims that Spike missiles hit the Qana ambulances.
The Democratic Humanist Institute for Multicultural Internationalism (DHIMI) claims it was one or more of meteors, hail, lightning, sorcerers, golems or sasquatches.
Here's a more plausible idea.
Rudy : A Tough Sell to Gun Owners?
Rudy's New Hampshire campaign manager doesn't think so.
If they sell Rudy to gun owners based on an assumption that gun owners only care about rights to hunt, I predict they're gonna experience a "rudy wakening." Rudy doesn't have to enjoy the active support of the gun owners, but if they go into active opposition, his fight for the nomination will be a hell of a lot tougher than it needs to be.
Do yourself (and the nation) a favor, Mr. Giuliani. Stay as far away from gun issues as you can get. There is nothing good for you there.
Sen. Brownback Seeking to Stem Establishment Clause Litigation
I certainly understand the abuses of the ACLU as regards public displays of Christian symbolism. Nonetheless, I'm not sure this is such a good idea.
Swedish Jihadis Killed in Somalia
Start connecting the dots between liberal immigration laws and jihad activity. While my guess is that most of these "Swedish citizens" were refugees from Arab countries, it's also possible that some of them were "home grown". Probably not hard to tell the difference between the two.
As a bonus, I've added a video of the brave Somali mujahideen guarding the spoils of victory: a pile of trash and old tire in a Mogadishu back alley.
A number of Swedish citizens are reported to have been killed in fighting in Somalia. The Swedes in question had joined Islamist militias in their battle with the country's interim government, a spokesman for the government, Abdirahman Dinari, told Sveriges Radio....Hat tip: C/T blog.
Figures presented by the Swedish embassy in neighbouring Kenya suggest that there are at least 125 Swedes in Somalia but such data may be unreliable, according to the foreign ministry
"We have no official figures. It is entirely impossible to make this kind of judgment," said Ersman.
Behold, the spoils of victory!
Pagans Publish Two Books of Heresy
From the Drudge Report:
Two powerful new books say today’s global warming is due not to human activity but primarily to a long, moderate solar-linked cycle.
Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years, by physicist Fred Singer and economist Dennis Avery was released just before Christmas. The Chilling Stars: A New Theory of Climate Change, by Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark and former BBC science writer Nigel Calder (Icon Books), is due out in March.
Singer and Avery note that most of the earth’s recent warming occurred before 1940, and thus before much human-emitted CO2. Moreover, physical evidence shows 600 moderate warmings in the earth’s last million years. The evidence ranges from ancient Nile flood records, Chinese court documents and Roman wine grapes to modern spectral analysis of polar ice cores, deep seabed sediments, and layered cave stalagmites.Not since Copernicus have such unholy ideas been circulated. Hath not Brian Williams of holy NBC declared that the Global Warming argument is over as confirmed by signs in the heavens and the wrath of the scourge Katrina? Hath not the High Priestess of The Weather Channel called for the punishment of the apostates?
Burn the heathens and burn their books, before the gods of Climate Change bring a righteous judgement down upon all of our heads.
I Share The V.P.'s Angst
"Let's say I believe firmly in Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican," Cheney told the magazine. "But it's very hard sometimes to adhere to that where Chuck Hagel is involved."
Speaking of Cheney, this is pretty funny.
Troops to Antiwarbots: Put 'Em on the Glass
From the front lines straight to the solar plexus of the antiwarbot credo:
Muslim Gives CAIR The Finger
Good on him.
It’s time for hundreds of thousands of Muslims to be not only private but public in their outrage — and to commit themselves to specific, verbal engagement of the militants and their Islamism. We, as American Muslims, should be training and encouraging our Muslim-community youth to become the future Jack Bauers of America. What better way to dispel stereotypes than to create hundreds of new, real images of Muslims who are publicly leading this war on the battlefield and in the domestic and foreign media against the militant Islamists.
Islamic Jihad Endorses Jimmy Carter
CBS Uses al Qaeda Propaganda Video for Report
CBS News' Laura Logan reports on the battle for Haifa street last week. Only problem? Most of the footage she uses is from an al Qaeda video called "Life on Haifa Street", which she does not cite.
CBS, to their credit, decided not to air the footage. But they did post the video to their website after Logan started a letter writing campaign to pressure CBS into airing it. Surprise: Eason Jordan sides with Laura Logan.
You can check out the video at Alphabet City here as well as screencaps from the al Qaeda footage Logan used.
Furthermore, and this is the most damning indication of journalistic incompetence, Logan makes no mention about the affiliation of these insurgents fighting on Haifa Street. Not even the slightest mention is made that Al-Qaeda is taking credit for the fighting there. On the contrary, the audience is treated to a blanket accusation by an anonymous civilian (wearing a headdress in the insurgent manner) denouncing the Americans and the destruction they’ve brought to bear on Haifa Street.The same accusations, I might add, made in the al Qaeda video.
UPDATE: Michelle has more, which means maybe CBS will be forced to respond.
Yahoo! Still Hosting German al Qaeda Website
UPDATE: Yahoo! Geocities has taken the German al Qaeda website down. Thank you Yahoo! Geocities, and all those who wrote in to complain.
24 hours later, and despite numerous complaints, Yahoo! Geocities is still hosting a German language al Qaeda support website. The "al-Jawab" website is being promoted on Islamic forums as the German language version of the Global Islamic Media Front [GIMF].
In addition to offering German translations of various jihadi videos--especially those of the al Qaeda as-Sahab brand-- and books ---including Osama bin Laden's "The Right Way to Victory" [Der Richtige Weg Zum Sieg]-- al-Jawab also reminds readers to "not forget us in your prayers" [Vergesst uns nicht in euren Du'a!].
The website is here.
Actually, the website that GIMF is promoting is here, but it's a simple redirect from their free Geocities website. Here's some free advice to the dee-dee-dee jihadis of GIMF: if you're going to try to hide your host, better not go with that banner ad supported option. Retards.
Now, I may be going out on a limb here, but I'm guessing that supporting al Qaeda is a violation of Yahoo's TOS. And, given the fact that Yahoo is running advertisements on that al Qaeda page, possibly a violation of several anti-terror laws in both the U.S. and Germany.
You can report this abuse to Yahoo here.
Michael "Mohammed" Jackson
I was gong to pass on this, but since Wooga begged for a thread, here goes. I find none of this interesting in the least. Not even the obvious joke about Aisha, which even I wouldn't stoop so low to make. It's beneath me. Besides, at least Aisha was a girl......
Jermaine Jackson said on Monday he wants his brother Michael to convert to Islam; and he believes the reclusive superstar has given it serious thought.
"Michael, I feel, needs to become a Muslim because I think it's a great protection for him from all the things that he's been attacked with, which are false," said the former Jackson Five singer who now lives in Bahrain.
So, What Would Happen if Chuck Norris and Alan Colmes Ganged Up on Steve Emerson?
Yup, it sounds like some odd hypothetical or joke intro, but someone at Fox News was apparently dying to find out the answer to this question:
All Moonbats, Please Assume Human Shield Positions
Open, unrestricted warfare with Iran is coming.
Sure, he said that we have no intention of invading Iran, but Bush lies, right? As a matter of fact, you're protesting against an invasion that isn't happening.
Of course, you're not protesting the invasion of Iraq by Iran.
Now is the time for all good Susan Sarandon's to come to the aid of our enemy.
Tony Snow at the NRI Conservative Summit (YouTube Video)
January 29, 2007
The "Beheading" Defense
Dutch Muslim who videotaped himself in Iraq planting roadside bombs claims he only did it because he was threatened with beheading. Right. If I had a million dollars for every time Johnnie Cochran's now famous "beheading defense" was used......
An Iraqi-born Dutch citizen pleaded not guilty Monday in what the Justice Department called the first U.S. terror charges against insurgents targeting Americans in Iraq.
Wesam al-Delaema, 33, has been wanted by the United States since 2003, when he and his fellow "Mujahideen from Fallujah" videotaped themselves planting explosives along an Iraq road used by U.S. troops. The explosives did not result in any deaths....
In extradition hearings in the Netherlands, al-Delaema argued that he was forced to make the video after being kidnapped and beaten. He said he feared being beheaded if he resisted.
NRI Summit : Mitt Romney (Video) (UPDATED, BUMPED)
UPDATE : here's the full video:
MyManMitt has parsed the video by topic here.
Ace reviews the speech here. There seems to be a general consensus that Romney's speech was 'underwhelming.' I have to agree with that general sentiment.
UPDATE: Rich Lowry weighs in here. Clarifying my earlier points, Romney came across as likeable, but he also had a little too much "game show host" vibe going on. He may be completely sincere in what he's saying, but he comes across with a little too much of a "sales pitch" feel, IMHO. He said a lot of the right things, but there's a style issue. The candidates should think of the conservatives as a spurned woman. You need to say the right things, but you damn well better come across as sincere. This speech was the first time a lot of conservatives had a close look at Romney. I think he went into it overhyped, which almost guaranteed that it would be at least a little bit of a let-down. The chance that he could exceed expectations was pretty low. Romney's not well-served by comparisons to Reagan. As smart as Romney may be, he's not Reagan--but neither is any other candidate in the race.
Energy Independence : 'Printable' Solar Panels?
This looks interesting:
Yahoo Hosting German al Qaeda Website
UPDATE: Yahoo! Geocities has taken the German al Qaeda website down. Thank you Yahoo! Geocities, and all those who wrote in to complain.
Look who's hosting a German language "Islamic portal" featuring al Qaeda propaganda--for the Reich! Yahoo! Geocities. Because you can't spell GIMF (Global Islamic Media Front) without heil Hitler!
Actually, the website that GIMF is promoting is here, but it's a simple redirect from their free Geocities website. Here's some free advice to the dee-dee-dee jihadis of GIMF: if you're going to try to hide your host, better not go with that banner ad supported option. Retards.
Now, I may be going out on a limb here, but I'm guessing that supporting al Qaeda is a violation of Yahoo's TOS. And, given the fact that Yahoo is running advertisements on that al Qaeda page, possibly a violation of several anti-terror laws in both the U.S. and Germany. You can report this abuse to Yahoo here.
PS--Do you GIMFers really live in Finland? ;-)
9/11? No. Big. Deal.
David Bell says we've overreacted to 9/11. No, seriously. Those are his words. Why have we overreacted? He blames the Enlightenment.
So, I guess David Hume and Descartes are really to blame, and not Osama bin Laden and Mohammed Atta?
He's right, though, when he says that the Islamists may be just as bad as Hitler, but they lack the capacity to inflict the damage of a Hitler. But that is not to say they lack the potential for that harm. And isn't that an argument for the alleged "overreaction to 9/11"? That states such as the Taliban, which openly supported the Salafi jihad, and states such as Iraq, which covertly supported it, might be even more dangerous than Hitler--who never perfected atomic weapons--was?
As John Donovan says, "granting that Islamofascists don't necessarily have the capacity, to constitute an existential threat to the United States, neither did Adolf Hitler when he sent his Army in to re-occupy the Rhineland." QED, I believe.
It also seems to suggest that we've underreacted to 9/11 on another front. That Iran, which is both hostile to the U.S. and openly supports jihad (albeit of the Khomeinist variety), is also on the fasttrack toward developing nuclear weapons. And if nuclear weapons in the hands of the Iranian Mullahs isn't every bit as dangerous as the Luftwaffe, I don't know what is.
HT: Dave Schuler who's point about Soviet casualties is well taken.
I keeps it real........
The post in which I remind Mary Katherine Ham that a) Professor Chaos has a real Ph.D. b) Professor Chaos is nice men c) Professor Chaos is single, has a lot of peanut butter, and it is his dog d) Professor Chaos has had a crush on you since, well, before you went and got yourself famous.
Iraqis Kill 200 Shiite Terrorists
You have to read deep into to the story to begin to realize why this is so important: these are Shi'ite terrorists. Yeah, some Iraqi spokesman is keen to say that there were Sunnis in the terrorist death cult as well, but show me a Sunni that awaits the return of Muhammad al-Mahdi and I'll show you a Shia. In fact, it sounds to me that this so-called 'death cult', which wanted to kill pilgrims in an attempt to bring to pass the advent of the "hidden imam", isn't so very far off of the religious beliefs of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Hojjatieh sect.
The only caveat? I'd take that 200 killed figure with a grain of salt until there was confirmation by the U.S. Also, if that figure turns out to be true, I'll give it 24 hours before we start hearing about the Iraqi Waco........
UPDATE: Bill Roggio reports that there may really be Sunnis involved in this, and from al Qaeda. Also, body count may be over 300. But given that the Salafi, especially al Qaeda, now consider the Shia and Iran a greater threat than the U.S and Israel, it's hard to fathom such an allliance. But, stranger bedfellows have been made....
Iraqi officials said Monday that U.S.-backed Iraqi troops had targeted a religious cult called "Soldiers of Heaven" in a weekend battle that left 200 fighters dead, including the group's leader, near the Shiite holy city of Najaf. A military commander said hundreds of gunmen planned to disguise themselves as pilgrims and kill clerics on the holiest day of the Shiite calendar.
The Iraqi government spokesman, Ali al-Dabbagh, said the raid on Sunday in date-palm orchards on the city's outskirts was aimed against a group called the Jund al-Samaa, or Soldiers of Heaven, which appeared to have had links to Saddam Hussein loyalists and foreign fighters. Officials said the cult was hoping the violence it planned would force the return of the "hidden imam," a 9th-century Shiite saint who Shiites believe will come again to bring peace and justice to the world.
Both Mohammed al-Askari, the defense ministry spokesman, and an Iraqi military commander in charge of the Najaf area said 200 terrorists were killed and 60 wounded, lowering previous estimates. Maj. Gen. Othman al-Ghanemi, the commander of the 8th Division that is in charge of Najaf, said 150 had been captured, while al-Askari put that figure at 120.
Three Iraqis Rescued from Jihadi Torture House
If the Salafi mujahideen are so popular in Anbar, then why must they torture people in order to maintain control? Similar 'torture rooms' were discovered (pictured below) after Fallujah was liberated by our Marines from the local Sunni Shura Council. Not only were citizens tortured, the Islamic penalty of death was enforced on all who appeared too 'Western' and thus had 'apostacized'.
CAMP FALLUJAH — Iraqi Police and Marines completed Operation Three Swords in an area south of Fallujah Tuesday. The purpose of the operation was to detain members of murder and intimidation cells within the rural area of Zaidon and the villages of Albu Hawa, Fuhaylat and Hasa.
It was led by the Iraqi Police with support from the Marines of Regimental Combat Team 6 and Marines and soldiers of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Headquarters Group.
During the operation, members of the Fallujah police Department and Coalition Forces discovered a torture house and rescued three individuals. Two of the hostages were transported and treated at Camp Fallujah. The third hostage was transported by helicopter to Camp Taqqadum for further treatment.
Torture devices were found and confiscated. The house was demolished by Coalition Forces in order to remove the reminder of such violence from the landscape. Also, one of the victims asked that it be destroyed so that no one will ever be taken there and tortured like him.
Additionally, Coalition Forces uncovered numerous weapons caches during the operation. Among the caches, two 14.5 mm anti-aircraft guns, high explosive mortar sights, rocket propelled grenade related materials, a sniper rifle with scope and four assault rifles. Two vehicles were also discovered. One was rigged as a car bomb and the other with an anti-aircraft gun mounted. The explosives were destroyed on scene by coalition forces and the weapons were returned to Camp Fallujah.
The Iraqi police and Marines detained 21 individuals suspected of coordinating insurgent attacks against Iraqi security forces or coalition forces.
“This operation was successful in the fact that coalition forces were able to free three hostages and seize weapons used for murder and intimidation away from insurgents,” said Capt. Chip R. Rankin, Company B commanding officer, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment. “The Iraqi police led this mission with confidence and it demonstrated their desire to provide a more secure mindset for the civilians within these areas.”
Our joint operations demonstrate the interoperability of the Marines and the Iraqi police to remind the terrorists that their presence will not be tolerated;” said Coalition spokesperson 1st Lt. Barry L. Edwards.
Source: MNF Iraq
Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Dude, Like, The War Is Bogus Edition
Howie : So, Sean, how do you know that?
Update: Fatwa's Issued.
The "i will cut ur neck" fatwa issued against Jesusland Carlos for:
--Sean Penn to mad mullahs regarding "Death to America." That language isn't constructive. The American public may take it literally."
The "devil will do meetballs from your bodies fatwa issued against templar knight for:
"Hey, bud, let's party! But we stay away from the boats, dude."
The "why you insult holly quoran" fatwa issued against The Big White Infidel for:
Aloha Mr Rafsajani!! Yeah, I still know Phoebe Cates.
The Honorary “not funny, but good point” Fatwa issued against Garduneh Mehr for :
Is that really Sean Penn with Rafsanjani? Do you have any idea how many hundreds of innocent Iranian have been murdered by this Rafsanjani? Did Sean Penn bother to speak with just one of the thousands of Iranians who spent their teen years in Rafsanjani's and regime's jails being subjected to torture and rape? etc etc etc
Garduneh: research assignment done below the fold.
Sean Penn Via SF Gate: After lunch we had an appointment with Mehdi Rafsanjani, a campaign director and son of former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani....
...In the late afternoon on Friday, following our meeting with Mehdi Rafsanjani, there was to be a rally at the primary campaign headquarters of the elder Rafsanjani in Elahiyeh
Video : "Ladies' Night" at the NRI Conservative Summit
Michelle posts highlights at HotAir:
Murdered by Our Enemies, But Not Forgotten
Pictures of the five American soldiers killed in action in Karbala. Four of them were first captured, and then murdered by those we fight in Iraq. Where is Code Pink's outrage?
U.S. Army, Spc. Johnathan B. Chism, 22, of Gonzales, LA
Pvt. Shawn Falter, of Cortland, N.Y.
Capt. Brian S. Freeman, 31, of Temecula, CA
Pvt. Johnathan Millican, 20, Locust Fork, Alabama
Jacob Fritz, 25, of Verdon, Neb
Because There is No Such Thing as "Too Much Elisha Cuthbert"
MORE ELISHA CUTHBERT BELOW
MEMRI Has Started a Blog
Thanks to Andy McCarthy for the heads up.
Jeb Bush at the National Review Conservative Summit (Google Video)
Google Video : Newt Gingrich at the NRI Conservative Summit
Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 571
• Baghdad Reconstruction Team
• New Health Clinic in Baghdad
The NRI Conservative Summit - Wrap Up
I've made it back from the NRI Conservative Summit in DC. I can tell you it was well-worth the trip. The folks at the National Review Institute put together a helluva good show. Over the course of the weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of listening to and meeting brilliant thinkers, writers and speakers I'd known only through the media. Friday night offered the opportunity to shoot the bull with the lovely and talented Michelle Malkin and Mary Katherine Ham, as well as the very talented Mark Steyn (who's not nearly as lovely, but talented and wickedly funny nonetheless.) All of these folks were (as you'd likely expect) loads of fun and completely down-to-earth. Saturday night, I ran into the lovely and talented Pamela of Atlas Shrugs, who is every bit the intense ball of energy you've seen in her vlogs. Saturday night also featured free booze and a round table featuring Steyn, Rob Long and Jonah Goldberg, which can't really be accurately described in words. Suffice it to say that it was damn funny. When there's a video available, I'll be posting it.
My sincere compliments to all the participants and organizers at the National Review Institute. I'll definitely be looking forward to future events that they put together. In the meantime, I'll be posting a few more write-ups and videos of the panel discussions from this weekend.
That's What I Call A Guard Dog
Only... it's not a dog.
I still hope to train one of our two Ball Pythons to eat my wife's Chihuahua when she's not looking.
Bad News* From Iraq
BAGHDAD — A neighborhood north of Ramadi celebrated the reopening of a school Tuesday. Also this week, U.S. and Iraqi forces provided aid to citizens in Adhamiyah, and Iraqi Forces distributed winter clothes and blankets to students in Tal Afar Monday.
Iraqi Soldiers and Coalition troops joined the celebration in Ramadi, and community leaders asked Maj. Derek Horst, civil affairs team leader, 4th Civil Affairs Group, to cut the ribbon for al Haitham School. The school provides classes for the children of Abu Jassim tribe.
The school temporarily closed in November for renovations. Tribal leader Sheik Taher, who oversaw the renovations, led the group of military and community leaders on a brief tour of the building after the ribbon cutting.
"We're making progress day after day," said 1st Lt. Stuart Barnes, civil affairs team leader, Company B, 486th Civil Affairs Battalion. Barnes said school attendance proves the increase in stability there.
The school, which began holding classes again earlier this month, has an estimated 200 to 300 students, Barnes said.
In other news, residents of the Adhamiyah section of eastern Baghdad picked up needed supplies this week following a visit by Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team and their Iraqi Army counterparts.
U.S. Forces and Iraqi troops cooperated with the Adhamiyah district council to deliver clothes, toys, vitamins and toiletries to more than 500 residents.
“Soccer balls and comic books were especially popular with the children,” said Capt. Drew Corbin, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment. “This would have been impossible without cooperation between both the Iraqi’s and the Americans.
The Iraqi police were very helpful today. They provided security and helped distribute the humanitarian assistance bags."
* Just kidding...duh!
Yea, I say unto you, as it was foretold. I looked to the heavens, and there I saw the Green Promotional Balloons. Then the Earth shook, the Heaven thundered, and the angels sang sweet, sweet songs announcing the coming of "Read our newspaper!!"
And thus was ushered in the reign of the MSM-Christ, who shall reign for a thousand years, or the Atlas vlog, whichever comes first and is more evil.
Iran sits on a sea of oil.
Iran has a hard time getting their own oil, because they Islamicized themselves in 1979 and kicked the West out, and they're the second largest importer of gasoline in the world, because they don't have the refining facilities.
Will the moonbats protest? No, because Iran's leader isn't named Ayatollah George W. Bush.
January 28, 2007
Conservative Summit : The Federal Government's Proper Role in Energy Policy
Based on Saturday morning's debate between former CIA Director James Woolsey and the Cato Institute's Jerry Taylor, American energy policy is the source of some major points of contention within the conservative movement, particularly between the "national security" and "laissez faire" wings of the movement.
Woolsey opened the debate. He began by noting the strong correlation between the list of countries blessed with petroleum resources and the list of countries plagued by totalitarianism. He noted that only one country (Canada) out of the top ten oil-producing countries in the world is a free democracy. This, he said, is not a coincidence. He noted the power-concentrating effects of petroleum resources and argued that the money spent on gas at the pump is funding America's enemies. For those who want to see who is funding terrorism, Woolsey recommended that they look in the mirror. Woolsey summed up by stating that "only an ostrich" could think that the lack of a stable energy supply is not a serious national security issue.
Woolsey's opponent, Jerry Taylor of the Cato Institute, noted that interfereing in the market to reduce the usage of foreign oil will invariably drive up domestic energy prices. While conceding the current political volatility of the Middle East, Taylor argued that the risk of interruption of oil supplies is already reflected in the current price of oil. He also argued that eliminating foreign petroleum imports would not protect us from the effects of supply disruptions abroad, given that there is a world market for petroleum. Taylor depicted the two options as a commodity which is volatile but inexpensive versus a commodity that is stable but considerably more expensive. He argued that market accommodations for risk are available to oil buyers, but that few take advantage of them. It'd be wonderful, he said, to find a new and inexpensive source of energy, but there simply isn't one at present. If there was such an energy source, the market would reward it all by itself without government action. Taylor argued that there is no historical correlation between the level of terrorism on the one hand and the level of oil profits on the other. He noted, for example, that the 1990s featured some of the lowest oil prices in recent times, but a substantial degree of Islamic terrorism. As a result of all this, he argued that reducing oil profits would have no effect on terrorism.
Woolsey responded that he generally opposes subsidies, but that the petroleum industry already receives big subsidies, thereby throwing the market out of balance. He cited an article by C. Boyden Gray in the Texas Review of Law and Politics for the proposition that the petroleum industry receives the equivalent of $200 billion per year in subsidies from the federal government. Woolsey argued for removing government subsidies on petroleum and leveling the playing field. The idea that terrorism has no correlation to oil profits, said Woolsey, is ludicrous.
In Taylor's response, he took issue with Woolsey's definition of "subsidies," and disagreed with the amount of those subsidies. Taylor noted that Greenpeace estimates that the oil industry receives 40 billion in government subsidies--20% of the subsidies identified by C. Boyden Gray.
Moderator Quin Hillyer later followed up with a question about the feasibility of exploiting untapped oil and gas fields off American shores as a means of reducing our consumption of foreign oil.
While acknowledging that tapping these resources would have a positive effect on the oil supply, Woolsey responded that the oil produced would be a "drop in the bucket" of the World oil market. He re-emphasized his confidence in the potential for reduced petroleum demand offered by hybrids and other energy technologies.
Life On Haifa Street
stein hoist: Linda's hawt blahg.
Credit where it's due. That is the most objective reporting I've ever seen by CNN.
DAVENPORT, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that President Bush should withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq before he leaves office, asserting it would be "the height of irresponsibility" to pass the war along to the next commander in chief.
One word response? Kosovo.
Interesting, considering that she's officially in the run for '08. If she's in it to win, you'd think she'd want the troops to stay so that she could do the cut and run herself after she's inaugurated.
And in Omaha, dozens stood on a footbridge over Dodge Street to bring their message to passersby.
Fierce Battle Raging In Najaf
Reuters is reporting that a U.S. military helicopter was shot down in the fighting; the military declined comment it said.
Hotair.com is following this breaking story as well.
Update by Vinnie: That would be 18,000 - 21,600
virgins raisins for you who are keeping score at home.
Update by Tim: In a special report on the fighting, CNN says the U.S. military has confirmed that one of its helicopters was shot down killing the two-man crew.
A plot to kill Grand Ayatollah Sistani triggered the intense fighting when Iraqi security forces intervened to stop the plot. Iraqi officials estimated that 600 gunmen were involved in the battle that it now says is 90 percent complete.
BBC Positively Terrified of LGF
Its almost as if the leftwingnuts there don't want the public to know the terrible, terrible truth about LGF:
We've told you once, we've told you a million times. Leftwingnuts don't want competition or debate. They want absolute control of what you can see, talk about, think about, etc.
Feel the tolerance for dissent.
Correcting the Associated Press
Allow me to make a politically correct Associated Press article semantically accurate. Let's look at the original article.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Drive-by shooters on Sunday killed a high-ranking Shiite official at the Iraqi industry and mines ministry in western Baghdad, the ministry said.
Eight gunmen in two cars blocked the way of Adil Abdul-Muhssin al-Lami, who served as a general director of the ministry's engineering directorate, as he was traveling in the Sunni-dominated neighborhood of Dakhiliya.
His 27-year-old daughter, who was an engineer at the ministry, a colleague and driver also were killed in the attack that occurred as al-Lami was heading to work.
Insurgents are relentlessly targeting high-ranking Iraqi officials who are seen as collaborators with the U.S. forces.
Last Wednesday, Iraq's higher education minister, a Sunni, escaped an assassination attempt after gunmen opened fire on his motorcade as he was traveling in southern Baghdad, killing one of his guards and seriously wounding another.
This pains me that I have to do this after 9/11 but some people still believe the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans will protect us. Allow me to present you with the edited rendition:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) --
Drive-by shooters Terrorists performed a drive-by shooting on Sunday killed resulting in the death of a high-ranking, innocent, Shiite official at the Iraqi industry and mines ministry in western Baghdad, the ministry said.
gunmen terrorists in two cars blocked the way of Adil Abdul-Muhssin al-Lami, who served as a general director of the ministry's engineering directorate, as he was traveling in the Sunni-dominated neighborhood of Dakhiliya.
His 27-year-old daughter, who was an engineer at the ministry, a colleague and driver also were killed in the
attack act of terrorism that occurred as al-Lami was heading to work. Insurgents Terrorists in Iraq, who come from all over the Middle East, are relentlessly targeting high-ranking Iraqi officials who are seen as collaborators with the U.S. forces Iraqis that are trying to better themselves and their great nation.
Last Wednesday, Iraq's higher education minister, a Sunni, escaped an assassination attempt after
gunmen terrorists opened fire on his motorcade as he was traveling in southern Baghdad, killing one of his guards and seriously wounding another.
Now read my version and the AP's version and tell me which version is more honest and open.
How the WaPo Covers Rallies
8,000-12,000 show up for an anti-war tantrum? A1, above the fold, and an "s" added to "thousand" to make it seem like there were really untold throngs in attendence. Lead item on every major network and local newscast in the nation all weekend long. Four pages of fawning coverage - every rant repeated, every slogan blared, a moonbat blathering nonsense about the 60's every other sentence.
Tens of thousands more pro-lifers show up on the previous weekend at the same location for an anti-abortion rally?
Page A-10. Two pages. Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.
ht: Lifelike Pundits
January 27, 2007
Hillary Massacres Our National Anthem
Can't you just feel the passion?
If you are annoyed by people who absolutely can't sing and who mumble words, click nay further.
Meanwhile, the MSM tries its damned best to ignore the lawsuit and scandal enveloping one of Hillary's largest campaign contributors. Here's the 50-page official filing from the California Superior Court.
Want some perspective on the media maleficence here?
To put this in some perspective, last year, a sitting senator from Virginia, who was considered to be a serious presidential candidate in the future, uttered the word “macaca” at a campaign stop. As a result, the media pounced, the videotape of the event and its transcript was splattered incessantly all over the print and airwaves, and the senator not only lost his re-election bid, but probably also saw his political career come to an end.The bias of omission. What the American people aren't told on the nightly news won't hurt Hillary.
Furthermore, the media in recent weeks have been giving almost non-stop coverage to the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the Vice President's former chief of staff.
By contrast, the media have totally ignored a serious lawsuit against a former president and his senator wife that was originally filed on February 25, 2004. Since this point, this senator has successfully been re-elected to Congress in a landslide, and is the prohibitive favorite to win the Democrat nomination for president in 2008.
YouTube Video : John Bolton at the Conservative Summit
H/t : Pamela, who has more blogification here.
Blackwater Pilots Shot AFTER Dead?
Richard at Hyscience claims that a source in Iraq has seen the autopsy report of the Blackwater employees killed in Iraq, and that they were shot in the head after they were already dead.
The second bird came in, received extremely heavy fire, and crashed into a house located in the middle of the action. Autopsy shows that three of the four personnel in the second bird died on impact. The men were NOT stripped of their clothes, but their gear had been taken. Autopsy showed that they had been shot in the head AFTER death.....If true, that would put this incident in the "desecration" category, something not uncommon for terrorists in Iraq to do. This would also confirm Charles Johnson's source that says the men were killed in the crash, and not "execution style" as was reported in the AP and which claim we repeated here. The Army of Ansar al Sunna and Islamic Army in Iraq claimed to have downed the helicopter, but a third group, The 1920s Revolution Brigades posted a video of the downed Blackwater helicopter. That video showed what appeared to be the body of at least one victim who had been shot in the head.
The fourth man to die in the second bird survived the hard landing, and fought to the death.
On a sidenote, I was able to convince the Kuwaiti webhost for the group that posted the video to take down their website.
Iranians Responsible for Murder of U.S. Soldiers in Karbala?
Bill Roggio reports that Iranian trained forces may have been behind a recent attack in Karbala in which 4 soldiers were captured and then later murdured.
Based on the sophisticated nature of the raid, as well as the response, or cryptic non-responses, from multiple military and intelligence sources, this raid appears to have been directed and executed by the Qods Force branch of the Iranian Republican Guard Corps....Read the whole thing.
Hezbollah's Imad Mugniyah executed a similar attack against Israeli forces on the Lebanese border, which initiated the Hezbollah-Israeli war during the summer of 2006.....
Mahawil [ed: where the bodies of the four soldiers were found] is in Babil province, about 27 miles directly west of Karbala. While it is impossible to prove, the attackers may have been making a bee-line towards the Iranian border....
IF it is confirmed that Iran's Qods Force was responsible, the news that the United States has authorized the death or captured of Iranian agents inside Iraq, as well as in Afghanistan and Lebanon makes all the more sense.
John Kerry: Sleeping With The Enemy
Don't question his 'patriotism,' but the US is now a "pariah" according to the 2004 Democrat Presidential candidate.
He just has to find out where the Jew-hating, bloodthirsty, mysogynist, homosexual-killing Islamic psychopaths are coming from.
Presumably, he and his party they haven't figured it out by now because they've been trying for six years with all of the energy they could muster to make George W. Bush America's enemy.
Maybe FDR should have sat down and talked with Hitler; some analysts say that Der Fuhrer was actually a reasonable guy once you got past the anti-Semitism, psycho ideology and systematic mass murder.
Elevating the Level of Discourse, Democrat Style...
Just to make sure you don't start listening to him, the DNC jumped up yesterday and released a press release on Newt Gingrich's "true motivations" for speaking to a conservative audience:
As Newt Gingrich prepares to address leading conservative activists at this weekend's National Review Institute summit, recent reports are shining a harsh light on his true motivations. . . .Bipartisanship. Elevating the level of discourse. That's what it's all about, right?
"Given the huge speaking fees he draws and the shadowy network of financing for his think tanks and non-profit groups, Newt Gingrich should start tomorrow's speech with a disclaimer," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Damien LaVera. "After all, Gingrich's audiences have a right to know whose ideas he's shilling, so they can see that he's just another overpaid pundit trying to attract bigger contracts."
Liveblogging the 'Conservative Summit' (UPDATED, BUMPED)
UPDATES 1, 2, 3, 4 below the fold.
I'm spending this weekend in D.C. at the National Review Institute's Conservative Summit. They've managed to pull together a 'who's who' of the conservative political scene, and I'm looking forward to the show.
The opening event was a reception yesterday afternoon in honor of John Bolton. Unfortunately, the fates conspired against me getting to that one. I did get to D.C. in time to catch the evening panel discussion featuring Kate O'Beirne, Mona Charen, Kathryn Lopez, Michelle Malkin and Laura Ingraham. Despite some pretty strong differences of opinion, I think it's fair to say that there was broad agreement that the Republican Party is "in the wilderness" philosophically and may be for some time yet. Laura Ingraham was, as always, unabashed in her criticism of the White House and the GOP leadership in general. She was getting a lot of applause from the crowd. I think it's fair to say that Laura was the most aggressive critic and got the most applause in support. Of course, Michelle wasn't pulling any punches either. Laura returned several times to the theme that unless and until the Republican Party leadership sheds the image of being the Party of Wall Street and the country club, and returns to being the party of the regular guy, the Party is going to be spending many years in the wilderness. On this point, Laura is right on.
In the course of the discussion, it was clear that there was quite a bit of disagreement as to whether the November elections were a referendum on the war. Laura was confident that the November elections weren't a referendum on the war, while Michelle was fairly confident that they were. Although these women's opinions on the issues are fairly well-known to most of us, the interaction was definitely worth watching.
After the panel discussion, I had a chance to speak with Michelle, Mary Katherine Ham and Mark Steyn, all of whom were the charming and entertaining people we've all come to know and love.
It's now Saturday morning. I just finished a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and pork sausage. Newt Gingrich just took the podium to speak to a packed house. Stay tuned.
Paul at PowerLine had this to say on last's night's panel:
There was a strong sense of resentment against the party congresssional establishment and leadership among both the panelists and those who asked questions. The prevailing sentiment, as one might expect at a conservative summit, is that Republicans need to be more conservative, and that conservatives need to be more aggressive. There was some tension, I thought, between Ingraham's praise for the Dems for finally learning to present themselves as less avowedly liberal, and her call for Republicans to present themselves as more avowedly conservative. One can view this as the difference between a party that's been in the wilderness for a while and a party that may (or may not) be entering the wilderness.
But Ingraham argued that Republicans can regain their appeal without compromising their conservatism if, following the Reagan example, they keep their focus on "the little guy" and avoid a "gloom and doom" message. The "conservative mantle," she said, is there to be had by the person who figures out and executes this.
Joe Budzinski has pictures of last night's events.
Michelle blogs the event:
If you're not at the National Review Institute in Washington, D.C., you're missing out. . . . Laura was the most energetic and emphatic about the need for grass-roots conservatives to take action against the effete GOP leadership. I'd vote for her in a nanosecond. ;)
Joe Budzinski has more pics.
It was a kick being a part of the panel, but the best part was meeting folks after the event. And there were lots of bloggers on scene: MKH, Ace of Spades, Ragnar, and Rand Simberg. Didn't get to see them, but Paul Mirengoff and the blogger at My Man Mitt were also in attendance. Much more in store today.
While massive anti-war forces push for retreat at protests on the Capitol and across the country, NRI summiteers are hitting the reset button and leading a conservative revival.
Whether Republican leaders will listen...
Thanks to Kathryn Lopez for the link. Kathryn quotes Congressman Paul Ryan on what went wrong in November: "We didn't really have any big ideas."
UPDATE 1: Newt Gingrich
Newt was, of course, nothing less than outstanding. Newt amply demonstrated why he is considered the brain and the conscience of conservatism. The general tenor of Newt's speech was that the current conservative movement is not ready for prime time. In other words, conservatves have gotten off their game in the years since 1994, and there's a need for a serious effort toward getting back to the philosophical and intellectual underpinnings that first drew groups like the Reagan Democrats into the fold. Newt emphasized that conservatism needs to be about "shaping a future based on freedom" and working for those who have been "left out of the American dream." Newt also emphasized that conservatism needs to be focused on "individuals, families and communities." As expected, Newt was not at all shy about criticizing the current Republican leadership, including the White House, particularly on the execution of the conflict in Iraq. He expressed the opinion that, when it comes to rebuilding Iraq, the U.S. federal bureaucracy is "a bigger problem than Iraq's bureaucracy."
UPDATE 2: Small Government : A Big Joke? In the 2nd event, we heard from Dr. Marvin Olasky, Congressman Pat Toomey and Congressman Paul Ryan on the question "Is 'Small Government' a Big Joke?" Dr. Olasky had strong criticism for the Bush Administration's implementation of "compassionate conservatism." Given that Dr. Olasky is the father of compassionate conservatism, that'll leave a mark. Congressman Ryan and Congressman Toomey made a very strong case for restraining the federal government soon.
Religious Conservatives : Critical to a Republican Majority?
The third event featured a debate between Ralph Reed and Ryan Sager on the question of whether "Religious Conservatives are Critical to Building a Republican Majority." Personally, I think the debate focused on the wrong question. Religious conservatives are unquestionably critical to a Republican majority in the short term. In the longer term, religious conservatives are unquestionably not critical to a Republican majority--that is, the Republican Party could, years from now, become libertarian in fiscal and personal behavior. So, the answer to the debate is "yes and no." In practice, the debate focused mostly on the question of gay marriage.
Charmaine Yoest posts her thoughts here.
UPDATE 3: Foreign Policy
Paul at PowerLine has an excellent write-up of the foreign policy panel.
UPDATE 4: Social Issues
We've just finished up the "Social Issues" panel featuring Maggie Gallagher, Robert P. George and Ed Whelan. The panel was moderated by Robert Bork. It started with a discussion on the social issues themselves, but then moved on to a discussion on judges, judicial philosophy and judicial confirmation. It was generally interesting.
The Troop Surge : Ill-Advised?
After the social issues discussion, the program moved to a debate on whether the President's current "troop surge" proposal for Iraq is well-advised or ill-advised. William Kristol argued in favor of the surge, and the war in general. His opponent, Lawrence Korb, argued against both. Kristol focused particularly on the present resolution before the Senate in opposition to the surge. As Kristol correctly emphasized, the Senate resolution will have no tangible effect on the conduct of the war itself. The resolution will, in fact, have little effect other than to demoralize our troops and allies while emboldening our enemies. Korb claims that the surge is a purely political move that will have no positive effect on the ground.
Unfortunately, Kristol did not speak with passion. If you've heard Bill Kristol speak, you know what I mean. Kristol is very intelligent, but he's primarily a policy wonk. He's not a gifted orator. I believe he speaks from conviction, and he raises good points, but he's not as persuasive as he could be with better rhetorical skills.
On the issue of Maliki, Kristol asserts that Maliki has never been in a position of strength as regards the Shia militias. He says that Maliki is now in a stronger position and that there are good reasons to believe that Maliki deserves more of a chance to succeed. The moderator asks: would handing Iraq over to the Iraqi government and leaving be equivalent to handing it over to al Qaeda? Korb rejects the assertion. He claims that if we get out, Iraq will become "al Qaeda's Vietnam"--a surprising proposition, IMHO.
Kristol, in response, says "Now I'm actually annoyed." "If we get out, there will be one of two things: one, a terrorist haven or two, genocide. . . . The honorable, and I think the intelligent thing to do, is to push through." Korb responds: "Genocide is a terrible thing... but it is not a direct threat [to us]. . . . When we send the last brigade of the 82nd over there, we have nothing left."
There were a number of questions from the crowd. Here's a good example: "Is there something inherently different about this conflict that makes it unwillable?" Kristol responds that the conflict is not unwinnable, and asserts that Bush's problems derive more from pulling back and having an uncertain and weak foreign policy over the last two years than from being too assertive. Korb doesn't comment.
Thanks for Relapsed Catholic for the link.
Gov. Jeb Bush at the Conservative Summit
Governor Jeb Bush was the lunch speaker here at the National Review Conservative Summit. He gave a great speech. Gov. Bush opened up his speech by making it clear that he wouldn't be offering any criticism of his brother George. In his words (more or less): "I'm not going to stand up here and criticize the President of the United States. . . . I know some of you would like that, but, as my father would say: 'not gonna do it.'" (Note: I tried to do my best to get the words down accurately, but they may be treated as paraphrases.)
While Jeb prudently steered clear of criticizing his brother, he didn't mince words regarding the Party generally. As he put it: "Republicans have lost their way." He noted that "Democrats aren't offering reform--and Republicans aren't, either." Finally, he offered this ominous warning (again, paraphrased): "Until Republicans recapture their belief in limited government, they won't recapture control of the Congress."
During the Q&A session, the issue of illegal immigration came up. Jeb made it clear that he didn't really "see what the problem is." Although he paid lip service to border control, it was fairly clear that he doesn't concern himself much with illegal immigration. Of course, we already knew this about Gov. Bush, but I was nevertheless disappointed in the way he casually dismissed the concerns of those members of the public who don't share his relaxed attitude about illegal immigration. He also took the opportunity to tar the critics of illegal immigration as anti-immigrant generally--which is neither accurate nor fair.
Google Regrets Being Evil in Red China
But Google's founders don't regret being evil because of moral principles. It's about the bottom line [emphasis added]:
Google's decision to censor its search engine in China was bad for the company, its founders admitted yesterday.So, they don't regret being evil because they've helped a communist regime oppress their people, they regret being evil because it affected their profit margins.
Google, launched in 1998 by two Stanford University dropouts, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, was accused of selling out and reneging on its "Don't be evil" motto when it launched in China in 2005. The company modified the version of its search engine in China to exclude controversial topics such as the Tiananmen Square massacre or the Falun Gong movement, provoking a backlash in its core western markets.
Asked whether he regretted the decision, Mr Brin admitted yesterday: "On a business level, that decision to censor... was a net negative."
No word yet on whether Google regrets being evil by supporting jihadi propaganda and suppressing American counter-propaganda on their popular YouTube subsidiary. Maybe they'll decide after YouTube's next profit and loss statement.
YouTube Video : Kitty Water Torture
I imagine this violates at least a few international treaties on humane treatment of pets--which just makes it even more awesome.
THAAD Scores Again (Video)
From MDA: Missile Defense Agency Director Lieutenant General Henry “Trey” Obering announced that a planned intercept test for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense element was successfully conducted today at 12:20 a.m. EST (January 26, 7:20 p.m. Hawaii Time) at the Pacific Missile Range Facility off the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Preliminary indications are that planned flight test objectives were achieved. This test involved the successful intercept of a “high endo-atmospheric” (just inside earth’s atmosphere) unitary (non-separating) target representing a “SCUD”-type ballistic missile launched from a mobile platform positioned off Kauai in the Pacific Ocean. The interceptor was launched from the THAAD launch complex at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF).
Here's an infrared video of the THAAD missile intercepting the SCUD:
Companion Post at OpinionBug.com
George H.W. Calls a Spade a Spade
Republican leaders need to step up to the plate and out the partisans masquerading as journalists as the President's father has:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's father accused the news media of "personal animosity" toward his son and said he found the criticism so unrelenting he sometimes talked back to his television set.It's not just George W. Bush who is a target, of course; the mainstream media has pretty much cast aside the mask of objectivity in reporting from the Middle East and Israel as well, and the Washington Post ran a virtual campaign to get Jim Webb elected in Virginia. The New York Times, among its multiple acts of treason exposing classified government programs, ran a diagram showing terrorist insurgents exactly where to shoot American troops for the best chance to make a kill.
"It's one thing to have an adversarial ... relationship -- hard-hitting journalism -- it's another when the journalists' rhetoric goes beyond skepticism and goes over the line into overt, unrelenting hostility and personal animosity," former President George Bush said.
The time for treating the mainstream media "journalists" with diplomacy has passed. Non-DNC candidates should be challenging the Press at every opportunity.
January 26, 2007
Saudi Computer Programmer Deported as Terror Threat
If there were a profile for a terrorist threat, I think this guy fits it.
(Seattle, Washington) Yesterday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the deportation to Saudi Arabia of Majid Al-Massari, a computer programmer at the University of Washington Nursing School.
The government claims that al-Massari is a national security threat because of ties to his father, Muhammed al-Massari, an outspoken critic of the House of Saud, the Saudi royal family.Al-Massari has been in legal trouble with the government since July 2004 when he was arrested for overstaying his visa. He's also been convicted of a felony drug charge. Defense lawyer Damon Shadid fears that the Saudis may detain and torture Al-Massari because of his father's activities in support of Osama bin Laden.
Al-Massari's father founded the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights, which federal agents consider a front group for al-Qaida. Mohammed al-Massari won asylum in Britain, where he is able to continue his criticism of Saudi Arabia and its ties to the United States.
Immigration and Customs officials say Majid al-Massari solicited funds and helped administer the committee's Web site.
Bomb Blast Rocks Islamabad
Must be those evangelicals again. Uppity fascist Christianists.
Finally, Iran Is Being Treated Like The Enemy That They Are
I've been hearing about this all day (so have you, probably), and it still seems almost too good to be true.
WASHINGTON — President Bush has authorized U.S. forces in Iraq to take whatever actions are necessary to counter Iranian agents deemed a threat to American troops or the public at large, the White House said Friday.
The aggressive new policy came in response to intelligence that Iran is supporting terrorists inside Iraq and is providing bombs — known as improvised explosive devices — and other equipment to anti-U.S. insurgents.
All I can say is... kick them in the nuts.
Update: AP has more at Hot Air.
Nut kicking seems to be the theme today.
Blonde, English Speaking Terrorists Capture, Murder U.S. Soldiers
New details are arising from a case where terrorists in Iraq dressed in U.S. uniforms and driving an SUV common for U.S. officials attacked Karbala. It looks like the poor soldiers were first captured, and then murdured. The next time someone on the left complains about Geneva Convention violations, do us all a favor and kick them square in the nuts.
I'm not sure which part of the story is worse: the AP angle which seems to gloat over the fact that they caught the military "lying" (I'm sure the military's motives had nothing to do with trying to protect the families of the slain) or the fact that those responsible could be either Sunni or Shia, and that they might have been English speakers. A blond English speaker leading them, by some reports.
UPDATE: Could this have been an Iranian operation? Not a lot of blondes in Iran, but they are there. Remember, that "Iran" means "land of the Aryans".
Allah is thinking this is the work of a Shia group. Me? No idea. I want to guess al Qaeda, based on their past attacks in Karbala and on the sophistication of this attack, but if it was al Qaeda I would expect they'd claim it.
Four American soldiers were abducted during a sophisticated sneak attack last week in the Shiite holy city of Karbala and their bodies were found up to 25 miles away, according to new information obtained by The Associated Press.So, is this report of English speaking blond terrorists just Iraqi bluster based on rumor? Or is there something deeper going on here? More than a few terrorists with European citizenship have been found in Iraq already, but the majority of these were of Arab immigrant descent.
The brazen assault, 50 miles south of Baghdad on Jan. 20, was conducted by nine to 12 militants posing as an American security team. They traveled in black GMC Suburban vehicles _ the type used by U.S. government convoys _ had American weapons, wore new U.S. military combat fatigues, and spoke English.
In a written statement, the U.S. command reported at the time that five soldiers were killed while "repelling the attack." Now, two senior U.S. military officials as well as Iraqi officials say four of the five were captured and taken from the governor's compound alive. Three of them were found dead and one mortally wounded later that evening in locations as far as 25 miles east of the governor's office....
Iraqi officials said the approaching convoy of black GMC Suburbans was waved through an Iraqi checkpoint at the edge of Karbala. The Iraqi soldiers believed it to be American because of the type of vehicles, the distinctive camouflage American uniforms and the fact that they spoke English. One Iraqi official said the leader of the assault team was blond, but no other official confirmed that.
I may have some information that could be tangentially relevant here, but I've been asked to withhold it until next week. Stay tuned.
F*ck the Troops MySpace Group
I hate MySpace. For a number of reasons. It's to the blogosphere what Jerry Springer and Oprah Winfrey are to "news". So, this doesn't surprise me. Not. One. Bit.
Son of a Gaius sends this from Iraq:
Today a friend pointed out a group on myspace that is anything but friendly, a veritable slap in the face to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. In a search, the name of this group shows up as "Hug the Troops," but upon clicking the link one finds a giant yellow ribbon with the words "F*** the Troops" on it. There follows several anti-U.S. videos borrowed from YouTube and a line of text accusing U.S. troops of being "responsible for the slaughterings [sic] around the world." I am sad to report that at the time of this writing, this group had 109 members.Read the rest.
If there's an interent equivalent to kicking these guys in the nuts, I'd like to hear about it.
Senate Unanamously Confirms Gen. Petraeus
The Democrats on this committee and in the Senate condemn the plan that Petraeus put together. They're willing to vote (in a nonbinding way, of course) to voice their disapproval of this plan. But they're approving the guy who devised the plan and is going to head on over there to put it in action. And they wish him Godspeed as they do so. If they're so against this plan, why approve the guy who developed it and wants to implement it?Stop asking questions of Democrats, ladies. Its unpatriotic.
Jamilgate: Letter to the
Editor Board of Directors
Bob Owens has written a detailed letter to the Borad of Directors of the AP regarding their shifty and shoddy coverage during the Jamilgate saga.
Don't wait up for the reply there, Bob.
President Peanut Issues Kerryesque Non-Apology
After fifteen of his staffers resigned over Carter's new book, "Palestine: Peace not Apartheid," America's worst president has apologized for "improper and stupid" wording.
From the Washington Times:
"I apologize to you personally and to everyone here," Mr. Carter said when asked about the passage by a student during his appearance at Brandeis University on Tuesday. After explaining that the passage was "worded in a completely improper and stupid way," Mr. Carter said he has asked publisher Simon & Schuster Inc. to change the wording in future editions of the book.Carter's own "botched joke" justified Palestinian terrorism against Israelis. But the Carter Center staffers who resigned did it because of the entire book, not just selected passages.
Meanwhile, President Peanut's friends in the mainstream media have been doing their best to keep this on the downlow.
Oops! AP Did It Again?
They appear to be weasling out of that original report of an "execution style" shooting, claiming that those reports "could not be verified."
Interesting. Jamil XX (GGG) Hussein's stories, though, don't have to be verified. Its Jamil XX (GGG) Hussein, after all.
Stay tuned for further developments.
Algerian Terrorists Officially Join al Qaeda
The Algerian Salafist Group for Prayer and Combat (GSPC) had already been loosely affiliated with al Qaeda, but now they've officially adopted the al Qaeda label. Evan Kohlmann at CT blog:
According to the statement, the decision to adopt the Al-Qaida moniker was made "as an indication of the group's vibrancy, the strength of its coalition [with Usama Bin Laden], and the sincerity of the link between the mujahideen in Algeria, and other brothers from the Al-Qaida organization."Interestingly, the group claims to "have consulted with Osama bin Laden" before making a final decision. An indication that maybe he is both alive and even possibly in Africa.
The Arabic is below.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله وصلّ اللهمّ على محمد وآله وصحبه وسلّم تسليماً كثيرا
الجماعة السّلفيّة للدّعوة و القتال
« إشــعار بتـغيـير التَسْمِيَة »
قال الله تعالى :﴿ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الَّذِينَ يُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِهِ صَفّاً كَأَنَّهُمْ بُنْيَانٌ مَرْصُوصٌ﴾(الصف:4).
بعد أن أنعم الله على المجاهدين خاصة وعلى المسلمين عامة بانضمام الجماعة السلفية للدعوة والقتال في الجزائر إلى تنظيم قاعدة الجهاد , ومبايعة أسد الإسلام في هذا الزمان الشيخ أسامة بن لادن حفظه الله من كل مكروه وسوء , كان لابد أن تختفي التسمية القديمة " الجماعة السلفية للدعوة والقتال " , لتحل محلها تسمية جديدة تكون علامة على صحة الوحدة , وقوة الإئتلاف , وصدق الإرتباط بين المجاهدين في الجزائر, وسائر إخوانهم في تنظيم القاعدة .
وقد كنّا حريصين على هذا الأمر منذ اليوم الأول لإعلان الإنضمام , ولم يمنعنا من الإقدام عليه , إلا إستشارة الشيخ أسامة حفظه الله , وإذنه , و اختياره . وقد زالت اليوم هذه العقبة بحمد الله تعالى، وعليه فإن الجماعة تعلن لكل المسلمين في داخل الجزائر وخارجها , أنها تخلت نهائيا عن التسمية القديمة : " الجماعة السلفية للدعوة والقتال " وتعلمهم أنها ابتداء من هذا التاريخ , فإن كل بياناتهـا و إصداراتها ستظهر موقعة بهذا الإسم الجديد :
[ تنظيمُ القَاعِدَةِ ببلادِ الَمْغِربِ الإسْلامِي ]
نسأل الله أن تكون هذه البشارة بردا وسلاما على المسلمين , وحسرة وغيظا على الكافرين والمرتدين.
﴿وَاللَّهُ غَالِبٌ عَلَى أَمْرِهِ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لا يَعْلَمُونَ﴾ (يوسف: من الآية21 ).
أبو مصعب عبد الودود
أمير الجماعة السلفية للدعوة والقتال
حرر يوم الأربعاء 05 محرم 1428هـ
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Hat tip: Tribeca
Defeatocrats Spotted in Iraq!
Pelosi, Murtha and the rest of the morons reportedly told the Troops to their faces that everything they're doing is a failure, nothing their doing is working, they're commiting human rights atrocities, that their friends are dying for nothing, etc.
At least, they would've said that if they had the stones to say to the Troops' faces what they say to the American public on a daily basis.
Liberal anti-war Democrats negotiating terms of surrender. What a morale booster for the troops, huh?
Michelle Malkin, Booty Call
Possibly the best screen grab from Hot Air. Ever.
(Oh, go watch the vid, too)
Spain Issues More Warrants for U.S. Soldiers
Spain: the new France.
Old School Hotness : Janice Dickinson - Topless
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Ms. Janice Dickinson, the World's original supermodel:
MORE JANICE DICKINSON BELOW THE FOLD (NSFW)
This pic was apparently taken back in the early days of hot chicks, back before scientists invented boobies (man what a great invention that was, eh?):
Hillary 4 Prez!
Treacher starts a fan club and is looking for help naming it. I'd go with: Clintonistas Uniting for a New Tomorrow
Friday Morning Gipper
Speaking to the Houses of Parliament. Lotsa parallels between the story of El Salvador and Iraq:
Tom Delay for President
Worst. Choice. Ever.
Seriously, is he that dumb to think he could even get the nomination let alone win? Apparently, yes
Freedom Jouranl Iraq #570
• Soldiers Train for Emergencies
• New Year's Run in Iraq
Trivia question? Can anyone guess what the inspiration for Freedom Journal Iraq's name is? Hint: New Yorkers should know this one.
Oh, and if you are wondering what happend to #569, so am I. It was released but the links on Centcom's site are bad. They appear to be doing some changes there and maybe they have a few kinks to work out.
RightWingNews Blogger Presidential Preference Poll
Methodology and full results here. Highlights:
"Most Desired" Presidential Nominees:John Hawkins comments:1) Newt Gingrich ("Yes" score : 52)"Least Desired" Presidential Nominees:
2) Rudy Giuliani (45)
3) Mitt Romney (43)1) Chuck Hagel ("No" score : 64)
2) John McCain (60.5)
3) George Pataki (49)
Republican politicians could learn a lot from Newt Gingrich, who has been slowly creeping up this list for a long time. Back in 2005, he finished 5th. Last year, he finished 4th. This time around? He took the top slot. And that's during a time when a lot of Republicans have been losing popularity with the base. That could be because of the weakness of the field, but when you see a guy like Newt, who has very high name recognition, making that kind of progress, it's probably an indication that people like his message.
-- You know, the conventional wisdom in the Senate seems to be that the war is unpopular, so it's smart to stand against it and that comprehensive immigration is the safest way to go as well. However, look at Chuck Hagel. Here's a guy who sticks to conservative orthodoxy for the most part, except on those two issues, and he finished dead dog last in this poll. That would seem to be a strong hint that the conventional wisdom may be more than a bit off kilter.
The NRSC PLEDGE in Support of the Troops
In less than two days on-line, support for "The NRSC Pledge" in support of our troops and military leaders and against encouragement of our enemies has been outstanding. The Pledge garnered 10,000 signatures in its first 24 hours. It now sits at just over 16,000 signatures and will no doubt hit 20,000 well before the 48-hour mark. (Note : N.Z. has moved the Pledge to its own site - thenrscpledge.com)
If you haven't read & signed the pledge, please read it. If you're willing to commit to what it says, then please sign it--and follow it up with a call to your senators and the GOP senate leadership. And please spread the word to friends and family.
If you agree with us that military decisions should be made by military leaders, please make your voice heard.
UNC Admissions Blunder
Sometimes I really wonder what is going on in Chapel Hill, NC.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- An admissions department e-mail sent from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill congratulated 2,700 prospective freshmen this week on their acceptance to the school.The problem is that none of the applicants have been admitted. They won't start finding out until March whether they've made the cut.
"We deeply regret this disappointment, which we know is compounded by the stress and anxiety that students experience as a result of the admissions process," Stephen Farmer, the school's director of undergraduate admissions, said in a news release.
Farmer said two employees accidentally sent the e-mail Tuesday. It began, "Congratulations again on your admission to the University."
The e-mail was intended to request midyear grades from high school students who already have been accepted to the school.
Admissions officials have sent follow-up e-mails apologizing for the error. They have also e-mailed admissions counselors around the nation to explain the mistake.
About 20,000 people apply each year to UNC Chapel Hill, and the school enrolls about 3,800 new freshmen.
Attention to detail is lost in today's society. I have a feeling someone might lose their job over this but it is the education system so chances are they'll get promoted. But, can you imagine the lawsuits some non-accepted students and their lawyers will be cooking up (rightfully so in some cases, I'm sure).
The larger question is why would you request high school seniors' grades via e-mail anyway? Is technology that great now that you can make significant requests of people via e-mail and them not question the authenticity? How many people's spam filters picked off this UNC e-mail, I wonder?
Pick Up Your Jaw, They Actually Believe This Crap
Click that link for some leftard hilarity.
Then click this link for some real selfish capitalism.
I guess selfish capitalism is bad when it's practiced by you and me, but when it's practiced by a neo-Castro wannabe dictatorial thug, well, hell, that's just ducky.
January 25, 2007
A Little Reminder
That what you think you know, may not really be what is known.
In my other life, when I was at the center of Moscow’s foreign-intelligence wars, I myself was caught up in a deliberate Kremlin effort to smear the Vatican, by portraying Pope Pius XII as a coldhearted Nazi sympathizer. Ultimately, the operation did not cause any lasting damage, but it left a residual bad taste that is hard to rinse away. The story has never before been told.
Please read the rest, although it's rather long, it's well worth it.
I Was Wrong
I had Nancy Pelosi blinking at 90 + blinks per minute during the SOTU speech. CNN is reporting it was only 85(vid link on main page). See for yourself. Here is another example without the cool counter on cheney.
So, I found it hard to concentrate on Mr. Bush with all that blinking. Seriously, I’ve never noticed her blinking that much before. Does she always blink like that? I’d hate to think she was doing it intentionally to distract people from the President’s speech.
Oh, and the Vice President's blink rate is kinda low. Could the Joooos have replaced him with one of those Zionsist robot soldier thingys the enemy keeps claiming to have "killed" in Iraq? Like this one.
Or, is he just one hard assed SOB?
SD Democrat Accused Of Fondling Male Page
Ace notes what paragraph his party affiliation is mentioned in.
In the lede, featured prominently and suggestively against a backdrop of ongoing party scandal. Once, in paragraph number 16 (out of 16).
No bias there. Just the "news" you really need to know - buried at the end of a long story where the fewest possible number of readers will read it.
German Intelligence Working With Iraqi Terrorists?
Some of you may remember, a German archaeologists held hostage briefly in Iraq. She was released amongst a number of rumors that ransom had been paid. There was even some indication that she had collaborated with her hostage takers, because some of the marked money was allegedly found on her after she was free. Now, more indication that she may have been complicit in her own kidnapping, and at least two secret agents from the German government as well.
Wherever the truth lies, it's a strange case. And it is now certain that, despite denials of it, German intelligence had a presence on the ground during and after the Iraq invasion.
John Rosenthal sends me his article from World Politics Watch:
What exactly is the German foreign intelligence service, the BND, doing in Iraq? Although the public has had occasion to be aware of the BND presence, up until now most will have been led to believe that the BND has been "quietly" cooperating with American and coalition authorities. Even more skeptical observers will have assumed that it is at least not cooperating with America's enemies in the country. But a photograph published earlier this month in the German weekly Stern provides disturbing evidence that it is doing precisely that....
Wow, read the rest.
The Iraqi "host" has been identified as Sheikh Jamal Al-Dulaimi; the other two men as agents of the BND, the German equivalent of the CIA. As it happens, Al-Dulaimi is regarded by Germany's Federal Office of Criminal Investigations (BKA), the German equivalent of the FBI, as the principal suspect in the alleged 2005 kidnapping in Iraq of German archaeologist Susanne Osthoff. Osthoff disappeared -- supposedly taken hostage by a hitherto unknown "resistance" group with the colorful name "Stormtroops of the Earthquake" -- on Nov. 25, 2005. According to the Stern account, the photo of Dulaimi and the two BND agents was taken on Nov. 24: the day before the kidnapping....
The newly published photo reveals, however, that it was not only Osthoff who had amiable contact to the chief suspect in her "kidnapping," Al-Dulaimi, but also local agents of the German BND. Osthoff is known in turn to have had extensive -- and, on her own account, highly amiable -- contacts with local BND agents in Baghdad. It was indeed the Osthoff case that first brought the BND presence in Iraq to public attention, when reports of these contacts surfaced. Osthoff was surely not herself a BND agent, as a sensational UPI headline from January of last year implied, but she does appear to have served as an informant for the agency: in particular -- and again, on her own account -- passing information to her BND "friends" on impending terror attacks. It was her "duty as a German," she said. That she was privy to such information is yet another indication of her proximity to local terror milieus.
UPDATE: I forgot to open a blockquote, which when I first published this post made it seem that much of what had been written by John Rosenthal had been written by me. My bad, sorry. So, neither the investigation nor the conclusions from it are "mine".
For more, see our extensive Susan Osthoff archives.
Susanne Osthoff Hostage Taking a Hoax?
Hostage Susanne Osthoff Was German Intelligence Agent
Did The Germans Cave? German Trade-off Suspected in Release of Terrorist Killer
German Archaeologist Susanne Osthoff Taken Hostage in Iraq
Al-Maliki: No One Immune
Some optimistic, some pessimistic rhetoric out of Iraq. In parliamentary session today, the Iraqi Prime Minister promised that no one was off limits in the ongoing effort to bring Baghdad under control. And recent arrests of both Sadrist militiamen and the battle against Sunni terrorists on Haifa street attest to that fact.
But he also all but accused one of the Sunni MPs of being a terror supporter. Either way that's bad. Because if he's wrong, he's just inflamed more sectarian division. But if he's right.......
Read the whole thing. And I'll add that Pajamas Media has really improved in the last few days. I'd also spend some time reading this story from the Philippines. 100 years of fighting Islamist rebels, and still going.
My Pet Jawa Milestone: 1 Million Views, 1 Month
Let me just thank all our daily readers for pushing us over the one million page views in a single month mark--and the month isn't even over! You know, when I first started this blog I just wanted to piss people off. And it worked, we pissed a lot of people off. The right people, too.
But after awhile pissing people off just wasn't enough. So, I decided to use this blog to turn the propaganda produced by the Islamist jihadis on its head. Abu Musab al Zarqawi, before he had even started al Qaeda in Iraq, was being exposed here. The videos he produced to make the mujahideen seem strong, only exposed him and his ilk as the barbarians they are, and the movement he created as weak and vulnerable. His propaganda became propaganda for the United States of America.
But that wasn't enough either. I realized there was a whole network of websites set up to support militant Islam and the global jihad. Many of these websites were on American webservers. So I followed the lead of Aaron at Internet Hagannah, and started exposing them. And we've had some limited success. To date, dozens of webhosts have voluntarily taken down jihadi websites because of our efforts.
Still, I wanted more. So, I combined my hatred of the jihadis with my overarching goal of pissing people off and I came up with this concept: e-mail a terrorist. I started posting the e-mails of jihadis that I found at various places. Mostly, we just pissed some jihadi wannabes off. Mostly, this was in the form of signing them up for free daily gay porn. But a few of them responded to our readers e-mails to them.
Thanks to our efforts, one of them was exposed as an immigration lawyer in Britain, and was fired. One of them was arrested as part of a terror plot. Messages he sent to our readers were used against him at his trial. Eventually, he was deported. Other e-mails have been forwarded to federal authorities. Whatever happened to them, I don't know. I hope they've led to actionable intelligence.
But I wanted to do more. I decided that we could use the blog for more good, and expose the plight of hostages in Iraq. Some of our posts have given hope to the hopeless. We've come to know the families of some of the victims of the barbaric practice of hostage taking.
But more was still needed. What is it that this blog is missing, I asked? And then, suddenly, it dawned on me. HITS. I want more hits!
Because, in the end, nabbing terrorists is important, but nothing is as important as increased web traffic!
So, thanks, once again to our loyal readers. Thanks also to the whole crew here at The Jawa Report. When most of them signed on to write at The Jawa, they thought it was a temporary gig. But over time, I stopped thinking of them as "guest bloggers" and started to think of them as "co-authors".
Thanks again, one and all!
The Culture War: Who is Donnie Davies? Does God Really Hate "Fags?"
We're not quite sure who "Donnie Davies" is, but he put together some damn harsh satire in this YouTube video:
This doesn't look to me like some amateur project. This wasn't AT ALL cheap to put together. Where did it come from? Not sure. Is it just for a joke, or is there a political agenda at work? Enquiring minds want to know.
Sadly, people have been engaging in lengthy discussions as to whether this is a real Christian video or a spoof. For those who think this might have been put together by Christians, I wonder how many Christians they've actually known and talked to? I've known a few Christians who really do despise gays, but far from a majority. Most Christians I've known have been strong believers in the Christian principles of "love the sinner, hate the sin," "judge not, lest ye be judged" and "let him without sin cast the first stone." Some don't care for that part of Christianity. Some believe that they're put on this Earth to lay down rules and mete out judgment. In my personal experience, they're the minority.
Am I just naive?
Paris Hilton Naked, with Bong and Pot
Paris Hilton. Naked. On the Computer. Goes for a dimebag of pot. Then breaks out the bong. What could possibly go wrong?
NSFW. Actually, NSF anybody. And, really, you shouldn't watch this. It's like Jerry Springer. Uncensored. And on crack.
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(Video) New Paris Hilton Sex Video: Paris Exposed
Video is below. Scroll way down.
There are sluts and there are sluts. Which one is Paris Hilton? Both. The thing about finding another Paris Hilton sex video is this: it's as surprising as it interesting--which is to say that it's neither.
But, if you're into that sort of thing, there's a very NSFW promo video of Paris below. Don't say I didn't warn you. I did. In fact, I'd encourage you NOT to watch it. But, if you sleazy pervs are going to watch it anyway, you might as well watch it here. Like smoking. If you're going to kill yourself, please do it with my brand. 1,000,000 hits, baby!
In this video Paris films herself, surprise, getting into various degrees of undress in every conceivable public place and, shock, having sex. Bigger shocker? Doing coke. Smoking dope.
Isn't the guy fondling her (censored pic below) that dude from Girls Gone Wild? I mean, come on. What's next, the Paris Hilton Gang Bang 500?
Anyway, I used to be somewhat intrigued by Paris Hilton, but not anymore. I guess I'm just turned off by a chick that thinks so highly of herself that she videotapes every aspect of her intimate life. As if her life was reality TV. And that people care.
One caveat: that whole faux lesbo thing? Yeah, a little intriguing.
More pics and video below. For our soldiers in Iraq. You know, just in case there's one of them who hasn't already nailed Paris Hilton. And videotaped it.
Anyway, this website claims that Paris Hilton failed to pay for her storage unit, so they bought all this stuff legally at auction. "This is not stuff about Paris Hilton," they claim, "It's Paris Hilton's stuff." They've got receipts, personal letters, and even diary entries. They've even got her passport. And her driver's license.
I'm not sure which is sleazier: Paris Hilton or a website that has no problem showing the world Paris Hilton's passport. I'm sure there is some prurient interest in Paris Hilton flashing the beaver at various Hollywood nightclubs to any one who cares for a peak, but why does the public need to see Paris Hilton's
So, why are you surfing the net for Paris Hilton porn, you might ask? I wasn't. I'm a victim of Ace of Spades HQ. Yes, like all vices in my life, I blame the Ace o' Spades Lifestyle. Ace, by the way, agrees with my assessment:
Dear Paris Hilton,Amen. And thanks for the hat tip Ace. And by thanks, you should really read that in the thanks for wasting the last hour of my life writing this post sort of way. That's an hour of my life I'm going to need back. Who am I kidding? I probably would have wasted it anyway.
....You're not hot. I look at you and see a walking petri dish for a new mutant strain of venereal disease, a mutate combining the worst parts of the herpes, hanta and ebola viruses. I full-blown level-5 hot zone for one's privates.
And also -- seriously -- a powerful tranny vibe, too.
It's a kind of sexual early warning light that won't stop blinking.
I'm not 100% certain that you have herpes, and I don't know for the fact you've had some pieces swapped out for aftermarket parts intended for an entirely different chassis. But I'll go with my gut......
Please, please. Just go away.
UPDATE: Here's the faux-tampon smoking screengrab from one of the videos.
Charming. I'm sure daddy Hilton is proud.
AGAIN: Warning video below NSFW or anyone under 18. Or Anyone, for that matter.
Scroll down for the video.
Last chance to bail. I'm serious. I think I'm going to heave after seeing Paris nude again.
Seriously, what would your mom think?
Let her rip. Freaking pervs. Seriously.
UPDATE: Google took down the Paris Hilton Nude at Computer, With Dimebag and Bong vid linked below.....so we're going to go ahead and post it here.
You know, this is how I imagine all women surf the web. Enjoy, in that very Jerry Springer way. Because, seriously, this is some wierd stuff.
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UGH UPDATE: Other hero Aylward....has this to say on what used to be his blog? "We wish them [the website] well." Now, since it's a chick doing the blogging (Tracey Kane), we'll let that pass. You know, good gay. But Kev, baby, where's the taste?
The Pledge in Support of President Bush and General Petraeus (UPDATED, BUMPED)
UPDATE : The Pledge has received over 9,300 signatures since it went up yesterday afternoon, and should pass the 10,000 mark soon.
As you may know, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed a resolution in opposition to the President's augmentation of troop levels in Iraq. This resolution will now move to the Senate floor. Many of us are pledging that any Senator who votes in favor of this resolution and against the President and the military recommendations of Gen. Petraeus will receive no further support from us. I ask you to join us. After all, we elected ONE Commander-in-Chief, not 100 of them!
The pledge was just posted today at TruthLaidBear.com and has garnered over 3,000 signatures so far. Rather than summarize it for you, I'll let you read it for yourself:
If the United States Senate passes a resolution, non-binding or otherwise, that criticizes the commitment of additional troops to Iraq that General Petraeus has asked for and that the president has pledged, and if the Senate does so after the testimony of General Petraeus on January 23 that such a resolution will be an encouragement to the enemy, I will not contribute to any Republican senator who voted for the resolution. Further, if any Republican senator who votes for such a resolution is a candidate for re-election in 2008, I will not contribute to the National Republican Senatorial Committee unless the Chairman of that Committee, Senator Ensign, commits in writing that none of the funds of the NRSC will go to support the re-election of any senator supporting the non-binding resolution.Go here to sign it.
Abu Sayyaf Leaders Janjalani, Solaiman Dead
(Manila, Philippines) President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines announced spot promotions for troops involved in last September's firefight death of Abu Sayyaf chieftain Khadaffy Janjalani. Also, receiving spot promotions were troops involved with the killing of No. 2 Abu Sayyaf leader, Abu Solaiman, aka Sulaiman. Both men were wanted for planning and conducting terrorist bombings and kidnappings throughout the Philippines. Thankfully, both are history.
Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf leader Janjalani was first reported dead in December 2006 on tips from captured members. Remains were located and taken for DNA testing which last week confirmed Janjalani's demise.
No. 2 Abu Sayyaf leader Solaiman was killed on January 16 on the island of Sulu. It's reported that S/Sgt. Raul Suacillo found Solaiman squatting in the woods, relieving himself.
"I waited for him (Solaiman) to finish (relieving himself). So that we will not be compromised, I called him because I want to apprehend him. We even had an eye contact. I told him 'don't make a noise'," said Suacillo.The Abu Sayyaf camp was in a heavily-wooded area so government troops had the advantage of surprise. I'm sure Solaiman was surprised and also deserving of some theological demerits for yelling Allahu Akbar while pinching a loaf.
Suacillo said instead of surrendering, Solaiman ran and chanted "Allahu Akbar (God is great)."
He said he opened fire at Solaiman to stop him from shouting that could warn other Abu Sayyaf members.
In summary, two leaders of Abu Sayyaf are dead and two tipsters will each be collecting $5 million reward money. All the while, the Filipino government continues its ramped up assault on the terrorist group with notable successes.
Mujahideen Murder Accountant in Iraq
The Army of Ansar al Sunna released a statement today that it had caught a "spy" working in the Green Zone. After following him to his home in the al-Mansour district, the group captured him, interrogated him, and then "applied the judgement of Allah" by shooting him in the head.
His crime against Islam? He was apparently an accountant who worked for the American embassy. These are the brave Mujahideen 'freedom fighters' in Iraq. This is the "justice" of the Salafi.
Pigs, Stars Wars, and Chinese Muslims
Here is a present to our friends in Xiajang province, who the Chinese government seems to fear so much that they have banned pigs from TV. Youtube is TV, right? Besides, it's the perfect video: pigs and Star Wars.
Companies looking to reach China's consumer market with pig images during Year of the Pig celebrations next month will have to adjust after a national television network adopted a policy to be sensitive to the country's small Muslim population, according to published reports.UPDATE: Allah has related snarky thoughts.
China Central Television said it would ban all verbal and visual pork references from advertisements during Lunar New Year celebrations next month, the Wall Street Journal reported. This week, the network banned a TV ad from Nestle SA featuring a smiling cartoon pig and the message, "Happy new pig year."
US Troops Kickin' Ass Post
VIDEO BELOW THE FOLD
This is totally awsome. Watch the Madhi Army get pounded by Hydra 70 rockets.
Your Taxes and your Troops hard at work.
Terror Website Down: 1920s Revolutionary Brigade
The website for The 1920s Revolutionary Brigade, a terror organization in Iraq which claimed responsibility for the downing of a Blackwater helicopter and released video footage of the wreckage, is now offline.
Thank you to the Kuwaiti company which promptly took the website offline when it was pointed out to them. Unfortunately, dozens of American companies continue to either host terrorist websites or provide important businnes services (like registry) to them. It's not so much that there ought to be a law, as those laws ought to be enforced. Because, frankly, I'm getting tired of the standard "there's nothing legally we can do" response from US companies providing material support to terrorists and their supporters.
And really, why is this my job? Isn't someone in the government getting paid to do this?
France Heading for War with Israel?
We've heard this before. But wouldn't France's quick and inevetable surrender to Israel make the Six Day War seem like the 100 Years War? HT: James
France and Israel are on a collision course in south Lebanon following incidents involving Israeli warplanes over- flying the positions of the French military contingent serving with the UN peacekeeping force there.
In the most serious confrontation, French troops were said by sources in Paris to have been "just two seconds" from launching an anti- aircraft missile at two Israeli F-15 fighters carrying out mock low-level attack runs over one outpost.
RALEIGH, N.C. - Three football players at Guilford College, a school with a Quaker background, face assault and ethnic intimidation charges after an attack on three Palestinian students, authorities said.
Aren't Quakers pacifists? Who cares! They're Christians!
Not only that, blame Fox and 24!!!
Islamophobia? Mmmmmmmm... not so much......
A school statement said the altercation, in a campus courtyard, lasted less than five minutes. The students involved were acquaintances without a history of conflict, and at least some of them were under the influence of alcohol, the school said.
But nothing stands in the way of the Religion of Marching In Lockstep:
"It was the most horrific experience of my life," Awartani told the News & Record. "This was a horrible, unprovoked hate crime."
Wow, that's just what they say when Israel defends itself from terrorist attacks.
I'm not accusing the guy of being a terrorist, mind you, but he certainly knows the playbook. And the media laps it right up. Without bothering to look into just who started the drunken brawl.
Which is all that this is. Most of us have been there. You go out, you're having fun, you imbibe a bit too much, and suddenly your best friend is Satan because you think he's hitting on the chick you had your eye on for the last two hours. You duke it out, get a bloody nose, and ten minutes later you're toasting your friendship.
Unless you're a Palestinian; you get your ass kicked for a fight you started, then you whine that your rights are violated, complain to the UN about human rights abuses, and turn around and look for an easy way into your friend's room so you can slit his throat in the middle of the night.
And then walk away laughing, because you know nobody's going to do a damn thing about it except write strongly worded letters.
January 24, 2007
Petitions? We Don't Need No Steenking Petitions
Below the fold is my NSFW open letter to Chuck Hagel originally posted back in December 2005.
GRAPHIC LANGUAGE WARNING
stein hoist: Bluto, for reminding me, and who will be sad that I won't record my phone call.
YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!
NAUGHTY WORD ALERT!!!!
Another Open Letter To Chuck Hagel:
In my earlier open letter, I called you a dick. I am so sorry.
You’re not a dick.
You are a fucking traitor.
I wonder, how does McCain’s ass taste anyway? When the New York Times first grabbed the KY and slid it in, it must have felt real good.
You lost my vote long ago, you lost my support long ago. Loser. I will be voting for your opponent next time, I don’t care if it’s Mikhail Gorbachev.
Go back to Virginia, you carpetbagging sonofabitch.
And quit sending me fucking Christmas cards.
On a happy happy funtime note, Ben Nelson, Democrat, knows what the winning team is.
Zawahiri Video, Finished Version (updated/bumped)
As-Sahab media has released the finished version of the Video that Laura Mansfield found earlier this week. The new copy is high quality and the sound synch problems are fixed. Speculation that the speech was timed to follow the President's speech was correct. Laura Mansfield located the first known copy of the message earlier in the week.
Update: Click the Pic for Video(Subtitles in English).
We will have a copy uploaded soon. Stand by....
Update: Sorry for the delay, I blame Al Gore. Click the above pic for Video.
From conversion to windows media. 90 + megs download.
4 Egyptians, 1 Sudanese Captured in Baghdad
Or so, that is what some Iraqi sources are saying. Then again, the Iraqis are claiming 30 dead bad guys & 27 detained, while the U.S. is sticking with a 7 detained figure. CENTCOM had announced this joint operation earlier today to finally put Haifa street under Iraqi control.
A propaganda video produced by insurgents had been released a few weeks ago about the "battle of Haifa strett", in which the jihadis pronounced victory.
Payback: aint she a bitch?
Notice, in this AP report, the liberal use of the word Green Zone. While the underlying intent of the piece is to convey the message that: even this close to the heavily fortified Green Zone, anarchy reins; all I'm reading is: hey, I've been pretending I know what's going on in Iraq from my heavily guarded ass in the Green Zone and I finally got to see some action because, you know, it was kind of close to the Green Zone.
Apache attack helicopters buzzed past the tall buildings and radio towers, with several Humvees on the tree-lined street below. Gunfire rang in the background as shells fell, according to AP Television News footage.(you'll have to read the entire original article to see what I mean about the heavy usage of Green Zone). Here's CENTCOM:
Black smoke rose from the area, on the west bank of the Tigris River about one mile north of the Green Zone, site of the U.S. and British embassies as well as the Iraqi government headquarters. The clashes were the second major fighting to break out in the area in less than a month.
There were conflicting numbers of insurgents reported killed and captured in the fighting, which began before dawn. Iraq's Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Askari told The Associated Press 30 insurgents were killed and 27 were arrested, including four Egyptians and a Sudanese man.
The U.S. military said seven suspected insurgents were detained and rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank rounds and 155 mm artillery rounds were seized. The American statement did not mention deaths.
BAGHDAD – Iraqi Army and Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers commenced a pre-planned security operation early this morning on Haifa Street, Jan. 24.
Soldiers with the 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, officers from the 5th Iraqi National Police Brigade and elements of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division began Operation Tomahawk Strike 11 on Haifa Street, conducting targeted raids to disrupt illegal militia activity and help restore Iraq security force control in the area.
The mission is not an operation designed to solely target Sunni insurgents, but rather aimed at rapidly isolating all active insurgents and gaining control of this key central Baghdad location. Reducing sectarian violence is vital in transitioning security to the Iraqi security forces and provides a safer living environment for Iraqi residents in the area.
Video: 2 Groups Claim Blackwater Helicopter Down, Murder Crew
Two seperate insurgent groups are now claiming the downing of a Blackwater, USA helicopter. Ansar al Sunna and The 1920s Revolutionary Brigade. Four of the five men on the plane were murdered, shot execution style in the back of the heads, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials. Images and a video of the downed helicopter below.
The first group, The Army of Ansar al Sunnah, posted an internet message hours after the incident in which small arms fire brought down a small helicopter operated by the private security firm over Baghdad. In that message, the Kurdish Sunni Salafist group, with ties to al Qaeda, took credit for the downing, and, as evidence posted identification from one of the killed pilots. Yesterday, because the family was not notified yet, we withheld those photos. But media reports now confirm the death of Arthur Laguna, of California. The images posted by Ansar al Sunna are below.
But later that same day, a second terrorist organization, the 1920s Revolutionary Brigade, also claimed responsibility for the same attack. This group posted a video, apparently taken by cellphone, of the wreckage. That video (graphic) is posted below.
What is so odd about these two particular groups 'working together'? Well, the 1920s Revolutionary Brigade has refused to join the larger al Qaeda umbrella group, The Islamic State in Iraq. While they claim to be Islamist, word on the street is that they are composed of mostly ex-Baathists. That is, they are a Sunni Arab nationalist movement. One might expect they'd work with JAMI, another "nationalist" group, but Ansar?
Ansar al Sunna, while Sunni, is much more closely linked with the pan-nationalist Salafist orientation of al Qaeda. In fact, Ansar's roots are not even in Arab Iraq, but in Kurdistan.
But beyond this, these two counter-claims may speak to a larger phenomenon in Iraq: the freelance jihadi propagandist. There is general consensus that jihadi groups will pay for videos of attacks on U.S. and Iraqi targets. My guess is that the video posted by the 1920s Revolutionary brigade was obtained this way.
As for the various forms of identification, taken from Arthur Laguna, it's seems very likely that most of these were in his wallet. It's possible that any one of the swarm that surrounded the wreckage could have lifted his wallet and turned it over to Ansar al Sunnah. I will also add, though, that shooting wounded Americans in the back of the head is very much in keeping with Ansar's style. These are the terrorists in Iraq, who like their collobarater and one time member, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, behead their hostages.
Another interesting thing about Ansar's claim, was that they said that one of the Americans "got away", but that they were "hunting him down". No news reports of survivors, but we certainly hope there were.
The helicopter is said to have been part of a larger formation, giving air support to a diplomatic convoy on the road. So, to those types who don't like Blackwater or private security operations, yet somehow always want to give diplomacy a chance, I say: screw them. And, yes, I'm looking at you Kos.
Here is one of the images posted by Ansar al Sunna, as proof that they were responsible for the downed helicopter.
Warning: The video is very unclear, but does appear to show the remains of at least one of the victoms. Discretion advised.
Bush Issues Executive Order on Hybrids
I'm more than happy to give credit where credit is due. Big kudos to President Bush on this one:
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Pushing the federal government more aggressively into the use of alternative fuels to cut its reliance on gasoline, President Bush ordered the government today to move toward purchasing hybrid-powered vehicles and reducing the federal fleet's petroleum consumption by 2% each year through 2015.
The executive order, consolidating earlier ones while setting new goals, follows his call in the State of the Union address Tuesday night for the nation to reduce its overall use of gasoline by 20% over 10 years.
Is Rachel Ray a Racist?
More fun with those shadowy "unidentified sources." This time, the "unidentified sources" claim to have caught Rachel Ray making racial remarks about Oprah Winfrey:
We're told Ray became "extremely loud and aggressive," and began dissing Oprah. Sources say she told the group about a portrait of Oprah that sits in the lobby of Harpo Productions in Chicago. It's from the movie "Beloved" and shows Winfrey's back, enhanced with scars. She's also wearing a skirt from the slavery era.The story did not note whether these are the same "unidentified sources" that witnessed the six Sunnis being burned alive in Baghdad last November.
Back at the table, sources say Ray launched into attack mode: "Why is she wearing slave drag? She obviously has problems being black."
Chinese and US Lefties Agree on Dangers of Free Internet
Hu Jintao wants to purify the internet:
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Communist Party chief Hu Jintao has vowed to "purify" the Internet, state media reported on Wednesday, describing a top-level meeting that discussed ways to master the country's sprawling, unruly online population.The Chinese are pikers next to America's liberals, who are taking aim at not only the internet, but cable TV and talk radio, too, using the so-called "Fairness Doctrine."
Slingshots Issued to Mexican Police
TIJUANA, Mexico — The police department has issued about 60 slingshots to officers in the violent border city of Tijuana, where soldiers confiscated police weapons two weeks ago on allegations of collusion with drug traffickers.Thanks to The Dutchman.
As we head toward the end of the month, with our eyes on the 1,000,000 page view prize, I figured a little more Googlebait couldn't hurt. Though Vinnie will definitely denounce her as an "ugly skank," Wednesday's official Googlebait is Fergie, of the Black Eyed Peas:
MORE FERGIE PICTURES BELOW
No, she's no Jennifer Tilly, but she's still less likely to be mistaken for a man than Rebecca Romijn. We're not sure if she supports Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, whether she has a MySpace profile (probably) or whether she has an iPhone. We do know she shows up on YouTube quite a bit.
Video : Rosie Calls for Impeachment
Allah has the video.
Somalia : Another Airstrike
The new air strike came roughly two weeks after an AC-130 plane killed what Washington said were eight al Qaeda-affiliated fighters hiding among Islamist remnants pushed to Somali's southern tip by Ethiopian and Somali government forces.
One official said the targets were from the Somalia Islamic Courts Council (SICC), a militant group defeated by government troops with Ethiopian armor and air power in a two-week war started before Christmas.
A second source said the target was an al Qaeda operative. A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment.
Our Disgraceful Congress: A Metaphor
With the important issues of the day sucessfully cast aside, the two parties resume their daily political campaigning:
Freshman Senator Raises Bar For DemSpeak, Creates New Military Tactic
Democratic senator Jim Webb has set a brilliant new standard for doubletalk in his reply to President Bush's State of the Union speech:
"Not one step back from the war against international terrorism. Not a precipitous withdrawal that ignores the possibility of further chaos," said Webb. "But an immediate shift toward strong regionally based diplomacy, a policy that takes our soldiers off the streets of Iraq's cities and a formula that will in short order allow our combat forces to leave Iraq."So, Senator Webb would have a "withdrawal" that is not "one step back." We are to withdraw forward by retreating but not taking one backwards step while shifting away from the front. It's called the "moonwalk."
As our military performs this unique evolution, our politicians are to speak loudly while flagellating themselves with small sticks.
ACLU Sues Kuwaiti Diplomat Over Slavery
The ACLU is suing a Kuwaiti diplomat over practicing slavery in the United States. Is this a sign that the ACLU will finally stop playing the dhimmi? I hope, but I'm not holding my breath. But at least they've drawn a line somewhere, and that line seems to be the very Islamic practice of slavery, which continues today.
While slavery has been officially abolished in all Islamic countries, the practice continues in various forms. The practice varies widely. In the Northern Sudan traditional slavery, where the children of blacks, Christians, and animists are openly bought and sold by Arabized Muslims, can be found. In the Gulf States, though, the practice is much more subtle--with "domestic servants" brought in from all over the world and then simply not paid, beaten, sexually abused, locked up, etc, with very little in the way of legal recourse.
It's interesting that the escaped slave, who was threatened by her Muslim master, didn't ask if the man was a cop, but rather if he was "a Christian".
A Kuwaiti diplomat living in McLean is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union for allegedly abusing three female domestic workers who lived in his home in 2005.Hat tip: Fred Fry
Maj. Waleed Al-Saleh, a military attache to the Kuwaiti Embassy in Washington, D.C., and his wife, Maysaa Al Omar, are accused of human trafficking, physical and mental abuse, and "imposing slave-like conditions" on the three women, who are natives of India brought to the United States by Al-Saleh. The State of Kuwait is also a defendant in the suit....
"She asked me, 'Are you a Christian? I was told a Christian would help me,' and I said, 'Yes, I am a Christian.' I was wondering what the hell she was asking," Rodriguez said......
After a period of particularly bad treatment at Al-Saleh's hands, which included being beaten and knocked unconscious with a package of frozen chicken, Sabbithi fled to Rodriguez's house. He put her in touch with Andolan, an organization that helps low-income South Asian workers victimized by their employers. Shortly after Sabbithi fled, the other women did as well, and Andolan put them in touch with the ACLU.
The women are currently living in New York.
Al-Saleh is being sued for around $120,000 in unpaid wages plus remedies and compensation. According to the ACLU, AL-Saleh's diplomatic immunity, which protects him from criminal charges stemming from the alleged incident, could also negate the civil suit.
Weird Prehistoric Shark-Fish Looking Thing
Tell me the pic of this thing doesn't look Photoshopped.
Freedom Journal Iraq #568
• Doctors Help National Police
• Coalition Provides Veterinary Services
Disagreement Regarding the Web 25
Here's the list:
1. Jessica Lee RoseThere's a ranking problem here:
2. Perez Hilton
3. Markos Moulitsas Zúniga
4. Matt Drudge
5. Seth Godin
6. Jeff Jarvis
7. Glenn Reynolds
8. Amanda Congdon
9. Robert Scoble
10. Michael Arrington
11. Hosea Frank
12. Jimmy Wales
13. Harry Knowles
14. Frank Warren
15. Cory Doctorow
16. Xeni Jardin
17. Leo Laporte
18. Merlin Mann
19. John H. Hinderaker
20. Charles Johnson
21. Kevin Sites
22. Mark Lisanti
23. Jason Calacanis
24. Om Malik
25. Violet Blue
3. Markos Moulitsas ZúnigaDiscuss.
4. Matt Drudge
Your tax dollars hard at
work sleep. Lotsa snoring Democrats, plus John McCain.
Bonus: Cmon cmon cmon cmon now touch me, baby...can't you see that I am not afraid? What was that promise that you made?
MySpace Video : "I'm Creepy..."
h/t : Allah.
Michelle : The Coming Amnesty Disaster
Posted at Townhall:
Mouthing his same old, bogus platitudes about the need to allow "undocumented workers" to do the job Americans won't do (never mind all those Americans who immediately lined up to apply for those meatpacking jobs after the December raids), Bush wants to pile millions of new "guest worker" illegal alien applicants onto the teetering homeland security bureaucracy.
The results will be disastrous. What President Bush didn't mention in the State of the Union address is that every part of the current legal immigrant applicant machinery that would be tasked with implementing the "guest worker" illegal alien amnesty is backlogged and broken. ...
The FBI's background check backlog for legal immigrant applicants stands at a reported 100,000 files, which have been waiting for action for a year or longer. At least they didn't shred them all (uh, as far as we know) -- which is what federal contractors did at the immigration center in Laguna Niguel, Calif., over the last several years. To rid itself of a 90,000-document backlog, supervisors ordered workers to destroy passports, birth certificates, approval notices, change of address forms, diplomas and money orders. Then they reported that they had reduced the backlog to zero. Poof!
January 23, 2007
State Of The Union, Crazy Like
Israel and the United States will soon be destroyed, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday during a meeting with Syria's foreign minister, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) website said in a report.
"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad… assured that the United States and the Zionist regime of Israel will soon come to the end of their lives," the Iranian president was quoted as saying.
And this from the MEMRI Blog:
The Iranian news agency Mehr reported that in light of the increasing U.S. presence in the Persian Gulf, and the continuing Iranian nuclear crisis, Iranian Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezai has said that "the Iranian nation will strike 10 slaps to the face of America, in such a way that it will no longer be able to get up on the stage."
Source: Mehr, Iran, January 20, 2007
Eh, for every 10 slaps in our face, jackass, you get 80-odd kicks in the balls.
stein hoists to Howie and Larwyn
State of The Union Blink Count (Updated with Dem Response)
The speech ran about 50 minutes. I noted Nancy was either sending Morse code or having some type of eye malfunction.
Nancy Pelosi: 4578
Dick Cheney: 4
(Note: Think Progress disrespected the embargo on the speech and published it early. Slime.)
One of Bush's better speeches. Which means the content was good, the delivery a bit lacking as usual.
Update: Full transcript below the fold.
Update II. So do you think Nancy and Dick will become best friends after sharing that pack butterrum of Lifesavers during the speech? Hey, anything is possible.
Madam Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:
This rite of custom brings us together at a defining hour – when decisions are hard and courage is tested. We enter the year 2007 with large endeavors underway, and others that are ours to begin. In all of this, much is asked of us. We must have the will to face difficult challenges and determined enemies – and the wisdom to face them together.
Some in this Chamber are new to the House and Senate – and I congratulate the Democratic majority. Congress has changed, but our responsibilities have not. Each of us is guided by our own convictions – and to these we must stay faithful. Yet we are all held to the same standards, and called to serve the same good purposes: To extend this Nation’s prosperity ... to spend the people’s money wisely ... to solve problems, not leave them to future generations ... to guard America against all evil, and to keep faith with those we have sent forth to defend us.
We are not the first to come here with government divided and uncertainty in the air. Like many before us, we can work through our differences, and achieve big things for the American people. Our citizens don’t much care which side of the aisle we sit on – as long as we are willing to cross that aisle when there is work to be done. Our job is to make life better for our fellow Americans, and help them to build a future of hope and opportunity – and this is the business before us tonight.
A future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy – and that is what we have. We are now in the 41st month of uninterrupted job growth – in a recovery that has created 7.2 million new jobs ... so far. Unemployment is low, inflation is low, and wages are rising. This economy is on the move – and our job is to keep it that way, not with more government but with more enterprise.
Next week, I will deliver a full report on the state of our economy. Tonight, I want to discuss three economic reforms that deserve to be priorities for this Congress.
First, we must balance the federal budget. We can do so without raising taxes. What we need to do is impose spending discipline in Washington, D.C. We set a goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009 – and met that goal three years ahead of schedule. Now let us take the next step. In the coming weeks, I will submit a budget that eliminates the federal deficit within the next five years. I ask you to make the same commitment. Together, we can restrain the spending appetite of the federal government, and balance the federal budget.
Next, there is the matter of earmarks. These special interest items are often slipped into bills at the last hour – when not even C-SPAN is watching. In 2005 alone, the number of earmarks grew to over 13,000 and totaled nearly $18 billion. Even worse, over 90 percent of earmarks never make it to the floor of the House and Senate – they are dropped into Committee reports that are not even part of the bill that arrives on my desk. You did not vote them into law. I did not sign them into law. Yet they are treated as if they have the force of law. The time has come to end this practice. So let us work together to reform the budget process ... expose every earmark to the light of day and to a vote in Congress … and cut the number and cost of earmarks at least in half by the end of this session.
Finally, to keep this economy strong we must take on the challenge of entitlements. Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid are commitments of conscience – and so it is our duty to keep them permanently sound. Yet we are failing in that duty – and this failure will one day leave our children with three bad options: huge tax increases, huge deficits, or huge and immediate cuts in benefits. Everyone in this Chamber knows this to be true – yet somehow we have not found it in ourselves to act. So let us work together and do it now. With enough good sense and good will, you and I can fix Medicare and Medicaid – and save Social Security.
Spreading opportunity and hope in America also requires public schools that give children the knowledge and character they need in life. Five years ago, we rose above partisan differences to pass the No Child Left Behind Act – preserving local control, raising standards in public schools, and holding those schools accountable for results. And because we acted, students are performing better in reading and math, and minority students are closing the achievement gap.
Now the task is to build on this success, without watering down standards ... without taking control from local communities ... and without backsliding and calling it reform. We can lift student achievement even higher by giving local leaders flexibility to turn around failing schools ... and by giving families with children stuck in failing schools the right to choose something better. We must increase funds for students who struggle – and make sure these children get the special help they need. And we can make sure our children are prepared for the jobs of the future, and our country is more competitive, by strengthening math and science skills. The No Child Left Behind Act has worked for America’s children – and I ask Congress to reauthorize this good law.
A future of hope and opportunity requires that all our citizens have affordable and available healthcare. When it comes to healthcare, government has an obligation to care for the elderly, the disabled, and poor children. We will meet those responsibilities. For all other Americans, private health insurance is the best way to meet their needs. But many Americans cannot afford a health insurance policy.
Tonight, I propose two new initiatives to help more Americans afford their own insurance. First, I propose a standard tax deduction for health insurance that will be like the standard tax deduction for dependents. Families with health insurance will pay no income or payroll taxes on $15,000 of their income. Single Americans with health insurance will pay no income or payroll taxes on $7,500 of their income. With this reform, more than 100 million men, women, and children who are now covered by employer-provided insurance will benefit from lower tax bills.
At the same time, this reform will level the playing field for those who do not get health insurance through their job. For Americans who now purchase health insurance on their own, my proposal would mean a substantial tax savings – $4,500 for a family of four making $60,000 a year. And for the millions of other Americans who have no health insurance at all, this deduction would help put a basic private health insurance plan within their reach. Changing the tax code is a vital and necessary step to making healthcare affordable for more Americans.
My second proposal is to help the states that are coming up with innovative ways to cover the uninsured. States that make basic private health insurance available to all their citizens should receive federal funds to help them provide this coverage to the poor and the sick. I have asked the Secretary of Health and Human Services to work with Congress to take existing federal funds and use them to create “Affordable Choices” grants. These grants would give our Nation’s governors more money and more flexibility to get private health insurance to those most in need.
There are many other ways that Congress can help. We need to expand Health Savings Accounts ... help small businesses through Association Health Plans ... reduce costs and medical errors with better information technology ... encourage price transparency ... and protect good doctors from junk lawsuits by passing medical liability reform. And in all we do, we must remember that the best healthcare decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors.
Extending hope and opportunity in our country requires an immigration system worthy of America – with laws that are fair and borders that are secure. When laws and borders are routinely violated, this harms the interests of our country. To secure our border, we are doubling the size of the Border Patrol – and funding new infrastructure and technology.
Yet even with all these steps, we cannot fully secure the border unless we take pressure off the border – and that requires a temporary worker program. We should establish a legal and orderly path for foreign workers to enter our country to work on a temporary basis. As a result, they won’t have to try to sneak in – and that will leave border agents free to chase down drug smugglers, and criminals, and terrorists. We will enforce our immigration laws at the worksite, and give employers the tools to verify the legal status of their workers – so there is no excuse left for violating the law. We need to uphold the great tradition of the melting pot that welcomes and assimilates new arrivals. And we need to resolve the status of the illegal immigrants who are already in our country – without animosity and without amnesty.
Convictions run deep in this Capitol when it comes to immigration. Let us have a serious, civil, and conclusive debate – so that you can pass, and I can sign, comprehensive immigration reform into law.
Extending hope and opportunity depends on a stable supply of energy that keeps America’s economy running and America’s environment clean. For too long our Nation has been dependent on foreign oil. And this dependence leaves us more vulnerable to hostile regimes, and to terrorists – who could cause huge disruptions of oil shipments ... raise the price of oil ... and do great harm to our economy.
It is in our vital interest to diversify America’s energy supply – and the way forward is through technology. We must continue changing the way America generates electric power – by even greater use of clean coal technology ... solar and wind energy ... and clean, safe nuclear power. We need to press on with battery research for plug-in and hybrid vehicles, and expand the use of clean diesel vehicles and biodiesel fuel. We must continue investing in new methods of producing ethanol – using everything from wood chips, to grasses, to agricultural wastes.
We have made a lot of progress, thanks to good policies in Washington and the strong response of the market. Now even more dramatic advances are within reach. Tonight, I ask Congress to join me in pursuing a great goal. Let us build on the work we have done and reduce gasoline usage in the United States by 20 percent in the next ten years – thereby cutting our total imports by the equivalent of three-quarters of all the oil we now import from the Middle East.
To reach this goal, we must increase the supply of alternative fuels, by setting a mandatory Fuels Standard to require 35 billion gallons of renewable and alternative fuels in 2017 – this is nearly five times the current target. At the same time, we need to reform and modernize fuel economy standards for cars the way we did for light trucks – and conserve up to eight and a half billion more gallons of gasoline by 2017.
Achieving these ambitious goals will dramatically reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but will not eliminate it. So as we continue to diversify our fuel supply, we must also step up domestic oil production in environmentally sensitive ways. And to further protect America against severe disruptions to our oil supply, I ask Congress to double the current capacity of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that will enable us to live our lives less dependent on oil. These technologies will help us become better stewards of the environment – and they will help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change.
A future of hope and opportunity requires a fair, impartial system of justice. The lives of citizens across our Nation are affected by the outcome of cases pending in our federal courts. And we have a shared obligation to ensure that the federal courts have enough judges to hear those cases and deliver timely rulings. As President, I have a duty to nominate qualified men and women to vacancies on the federal bench. And the United States Senate has a duty as well – to give those nominees a fair hearing, and a prompt up-or-down vote on the Senate floor.
For all of us in this room, there is no higher responsibility than to protect the people of this country from danger. Five years have come and gone since we saw the scenes and felt the sorrow that terrorists can cause. We have had time to take stock of our situation. We have added many critical protections to guard the homeland. We know with certainty that the horrors of that September morning were just a glimpse of what the terrorists intend for us – unless we stop them.
With the distance of time, we find ourselves debating the causes of conflict and the course we have followed. Such debates are essential when a great democracy faces great questions. Yet one question has surely been settled – that to win the war on terror we must take the fight to the enemy.
From the start, America and our allies have protected our people by staying on the offense. The enemy knows that the days of comfortable sanctuary, easy movement, steady financing, and free flowing communications are long over. For the terrorists, life since Nine-Eleven has never been the same.
Our success in this war is often measured by the things that did not happen. We cannot know the full extent of the attacks that we and our allies have prevented – but here is some of what we do know: We stopped an al Qaeda plot to fly a hijacked airplane into the tallest building on the West Coast. We broke up a Southeast Asian terrorist cell grooming operatives for attacks inside the United States. We uncovered an al Qaeda cell developing anthrax to be used in attacks against America. And just last August, British authorities uncovered a plot to blow up passenger planes bound for America over the Atlantic Ocean. For each life saved, we owe a debt of gratitude to the brave public servants who devote their lives to finding the terrorists and stopping them.
Every success against the terrorists is a reminder of the shoreless ambitions of this enemy. The evil that inspired and rejoiced in Nine-Eleven is still at work in the world. And so long as that is the case, America is still a Nation at war.
In the minds of the terrorists, this war began well before September 11th, and will not end until their radical vision is fulfilled. And these past five years have given us a much clearer view of the nature of this enemy. Al Qaeda and its followers are Sunni extremists, possessed by hatred and commanded by a harsh and narrow ideology. Take almost any principle of civilization, and their goal is the opposite. They preach with threats ... instruct with bullets and bombs ... and promise paradise for the murder of the innocent.
Our enemies are quite explicit about their intentions. They want to overthrow moderate governments, and establish safe havens from which to plan and carry out new attacks on our country. By killing and terrorizing Americans, they want to force our country to retreat from the world and abandon the cause of liberty. They would then be free to impose their will and spread their totalitarian ideology. Listen to this warning from the late terrorist Zarqawi: “We will sacrifice our blood and bodies to put an end to your dreams, and what is coming is even worse.” And Osama bin Laden declared: “Death is better than living on this Earth with the unbelievers among us.”
These men are not given to idle words, and they are just one camp in the Islamist radical movement. In recent times, it has also become clear that we face an escalating danger from Shia extremists who are just as hostile to America, and are also determined to dominate the Middle East. Many are known to take direction from the regime in Iran, which is funding and arming terrorists like Hezbollah – a group second only to al Qaeda in the American lives it has taken.
The Shia and Sunni extremists are different faces of the same totalitarian threat. But whatever slogans they chant, when they slaughter the innocent, they have the same wicked purposes. They want to kill Americans ... kill democracy in the Middle East ... and gain the weapons to kill on an even more horrific scale.
In the sixth year since our Nation was attacked, I wish I could report to you that the dangers have ended. They have not. And so it remains the policy of this government to use every lawful and proper tool of intelligence, diplomacy, law enforcement, and military action to do our duty, to find these enemies, and to protect the American people.
This war is more than a clash of arms – it is a decisive ideological struggle, and the security of our Nation is in the balance. To prevail, we must remove the conditions that inspire blind hatred, and drove 19 men to get onto airplanes and come to kill us. What every terrorist fears most is human freedom – societies where men and women make their own choices, answer to their own conscience, and live by their hopes instead of their resentments. Free people are not drawn to violent and malignant ideologies – and most will choose a better way when they are given a chance. So we advance our own security interests by helping moderates, reformers, and brave voices for democracy. The great question of our day is whether America will help men and women in the Middle East to build free societies and share in the rights of all humanity. And I say, for the sake of our own security . . . we must.
In the last two years, we have seen the desire for liberty in the broader Middle East – and we have been sobered by the enemy’s fierce reaction. In 2005, the world watched as the citizens of Lebanon raised the banner of the Cedar Revolution ... drove out the Syrian occupiers ... and chose new leaders in free elections. In 2005, the people of Afghanistan defied the terrorists and elected a democratic legislature. And in 2005, the Iraqi people held three national elections – choosing a transitional government ... adopting the most progressive, democratic constitution in the Arab world … and then electing a government under that constitution. Despite endless threats from the killers in their midst, nearly 12 million Iraqi citizens came out to vote in a show of hope and solidarity we should never forget.
A thinking enemy watched all of these scenes, adjusted their tactics, and in 2006 they struck back. In Lebanon, assassins took the life of Pierre Gemayel, a prominent participant in the Cedar Revolution. And Hezbollah terrorists, with support from Syria and Iran, sowed conflict in the region and are seeking to undermine Lebanon’s legitimately elected government. In Afghanistan, Taliban and al Qaeda fighters tried to regain power by regrouping and engaging Afghan and NATO forces. In Iraq, al Qaeda and other Sunni extremists blew up one of the most sacred places in Shia Islam – the Golden Mosque of Samarra. This atrocity, directed at a Muslim house of prayer, was designed to provoke retaliation from Iraqi Shia – and it succeeded. Radical Shia elements, some of whom receive support from Iran, formed death squads. The result was a tragic escalation of sectarian rage and reprisal that continues to this day.
This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we are in. Every one of us wishes that this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk. Ladies and gentlemen: On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. So let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory.
We are carrying out a new strategy in Iraq – a plan that demands more from Iraq’s elected government, and gives our forces in Iraq the reinforcements they need to complete their mission. Our goal is a democratic Iraq that upholds the rule of law, respects the rights of its people, provides them security, and is an ally in the war on terror.
In order to make progress toward this goal, the Iraqi government must stop the sectarian violence in its capital. But the Iraqis are not yet ready to do this on their own. So we are deploying reinforcements of more than 20,000 additional soldiers and Marines to Iraq. The vast majority will go to Baghdad, where they will help Iraqi forces to clear and secure neighborhoods, and serve as advisers embedded in Iraqi Army units. With Iraqis in the lead, our forces will help secure the city by chasing down terrorists, insurgents, and roaming death squads. And in Anbar province – where al Qaeda terrorists have gathered and local forces have begun showing a willingness to fight them – we are sending an additional 4,000 United States Marines, with orders to find the terrorists and clear them out. We did not drive al Qaeda out of their safe haven in Afghanistan only to let them set up a new safe haven in a free Iraq.
The people of Iraq want to live in peace, and now is the time for their government to act. Iraq’s leaders know that our commitment is not open ended. They have promised to deploy more of their own troops to secure Baghdad – and they must do so. They have pledged that they will confront violent radicals of any faction or political party. They need to follow through, and lift needless restrictions on Iraqi and Coalition forces, so these troops can achieve their mission of bringing security to all of the people of Baghdad. Iraq’s leaders have committed themselves to a series of benchmarks to achieve reconciliation – to share oil revenues among all of Iraq’s citizens ... to put the wealth of Iraq into the rebuilding of Iraq ... to allow more Iraqis to re-enter their nation's civic life ... to hold local elections ... and to take responsibility for security in every Iraqi province. But for all of this to happen, Baghdad must be secured. And our plan will help the Iraqi government take back its capital and make good on its commitments.
My fellow citizens, our military commanders and I have carefully weighed the options. We discussed every possible approach. In the end, I chose this course of action because it provides the best chance of success. Many in this chamber understand that America must not fail in Iraq – because you understand that the consequences of failure would be grievous and far reaching.
If American forces step back before Baghdad is secure, the Iraqi government would be overrun by extremists on all sides. We could expect an epic battle between Shia extremists backed by Iran, and Sunni extremists aided by al Qaeda and supporters of the old regime. A contagion of violence could spill out across the country – and in time the entire region could be drawn into the conflict.
For America, this is a nightmare scenario. For the enemy, this is the objective. Chaos is their greatest ally in this struggle. And out of chaos in Iraq, would emerge an emboldened enemy with new safe havens... new recruits ... new resources ... and an even greater determination to harm America. To allow this to happen would be to ignore the lessons of September 11th and invite tragedy. And ladies and gentlemen, nothing is more important at this moment in our history than for America to succeed in the Middle East ... to succeed in Iraq ... and to spare the American people from this danger.
This is where matters stand tonight, in the here and now. I have spoken with many of you in person. I respect you and the arguments you have made. We went into this largely united – in our assumptions, and in our convictions. And whatever you voted for, you did not vote for failure. Our country is pursuing a new strategy in Iraq – and I ask you to give it a chance to work. And I ask you to support our troops in the field – and those on their way.
The war on terror we fight today is a generational struggle that will continue long after you and I have turned our duties over to others. That is why it is important to work together so our Nation can see this great effort through. Both parties and both branches should work in close consultation. And this is why I propose to establish a special advisory council on the war on terror, made up of leaders in Congress from both political parties. We will share ideas for how to position America to meet every challenge that confronts us. And we will show our enemies abroad that we are united in the goal of victory.
One of the first steps we can take together is to add to the ranks of our military – so that the American Armed Forces are ready for all the challenges ahead. Tonight I ask the Congress to authorize an increase in the size of our active Army and Marine Corps by 92,000 in the next five years. A second task we can take on together is to design and establish a volunteer Civilian Reserve Corps. Such a corps would function much like our military reserve. It would ease the burden on the Armed Forces by allowing us to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them. And it would give people across America who do not wear the uniform a chance to serve in the defining struggle of our time.
Americans can have confidence in the outcome of this struggle – because we are not in this struggle alone. We have a diplomatic strategy that is rallying the world to join in the fight against extremism. In Iraq, multinational forces are operating under a mandate from the United Nations – and we are working with Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Gulf States to increase support for Iraq’s government. The United Nations has imposed sanctions on Iran, and made it clear that the world will not allow the regime in Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons. With the other members of the Quartet – the UN, the European Union, and Russia – we are pursuing diplomacy to help bring peace to the Holy Land, and pursuing the establishment of a democratic Palestinian state living side-by-side with Israel in peace and security. In Afghanistan, NATO has taken the lead in turning back the Taliban and al Qaeda offensive – the first time the Alliance has deployed forces outside the North Atlantic area. Together with our partners in China, Japan, Russia, and South Korea, we are pursuing intensive diplomacy to achieve a Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons. And we will continue to speak out for the cause of freedom in places like Cuba, Belarus, and Burma – and continue to awaken the conscience of the world to save the people of Darfur.
American foreign policy is more than a matter of war and diplomacy. Our work in the world is also based on a timeless truth: To whom much is given, much is required. We hear the call to take on the challenges of hunger, poverty, and disease – and that is precisely what America is doing. We must continue to fight HIV/AIDS, especially on the continent of Africa – and because you funded our Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the number of people receiving life-saving drugs has grown from 50,000 to more than 800,000 in three short years. I ask you to continue funding our efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. I ask you to provide $1.2 billion over five years so we can combat malaria in 15 African countries. I ask that you fund the Millennium Challenge Account, so that American aid reaches the people who need it, in nations where democracy is on the rise and corruption is in retreat. And let us continue to support the expanded trade and debt relief that are the best hope for lifting lives and eliminating poverty.
When America serves others in this way, we show the strength and generosity of our country. These deeds reflect the character of our people. The greatest strength we have is the heroic kindness, courage, and self sacrifice of the American people. You see this spirit often if you know where to look – and tonight we need only look above to the gallery.
Dikembe Mutombo grew up in Africa, amid great poverty and disease. He came to Georgetown University on a scholarship to study medicine – but Coach John Thompson got a look at Dikembe and had a different idea. Dikembe became a star in the NBA, and a citizen of the United States. But he never forgot the land of his birth – or the duty to share his blessings with others. He has built a brand new hospital in his hometown. A friend has said of this good hearted man: “Mutombo believes that God has given him this opportunity to do great things.” And we are proud to call this son of the Congo our fellow American.
After her daughter was born, Julie Aigner-Clark searched for ways to share her love of music and art with her child. So she borrowed some equipment, and began filming children’s videos in her basement. The Baby Einstein Company was born – and in just five years her business grew to more than $20 million in sales. In November 2001, Julie sold Baby Einstein to the Walt Disney Company, and with her help Baby Einstein has grown into a $200 million business. Julie represents the great enterprising spirit of America. And she is using her success to help others – producing child safety videos with John Walsh of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Julie says of her new project: “I believe it's the most important thing that I've ever done. I believe that children have the right to live in a world that is safe.” We are pleased to welcome this talented business entrepreneur and generous social entrepreneur – Julie Aigner-Clark.
Three weeks ago, Wesley Autrey was waiting at a Harlem subway station with his two little girls, when he saw a man fall into the path of a train. With seconds to act, Wesley jumped onto the tracks ... pulled the man into a space between the rails ... and held him as the train passed right above their heads. He insists he’s not a hero. Wesley says: “We got guys and girls overseas dying for us to have our freedoms. We got to show each other some love.” There is something wonderful about a country that produces a brave and humble man like Wesley Autrey.
Tommy Rieman was a teenager pumping gas in Independence, Kentucky, when he enlisted in the United States Army. In December 2003, he was on a reconnaissance mission in Iraq when his team came under heavy enemy fire. From his Humvee, Sergeant Rieman returned fire – and used his body as a shield to protect his gunner. He was shot in the chest and arm, and received shrapnel wounds to his legs – yet he refused medical attention, and stayed in the fight. He helped to repel a second attack, firing grenades at the enemy’s position. For his exceptional courage, Sergeant Rieman was awarded the Silver Star. And like so many other Americans who have volunteered to defend us, he has earned the respect and gratitude of our whole country.
In such courage and compassion, ladies and gentlemen, we see the spirit and character of America – and these qualities are not in short supply. This is a decent and honorable country – and resilient, too. We have been through a lot together. We have met challenges and faced dangers, and we know that more lie ahead. Yet we can go forward with confidence – because the State of our Union is strong ... our cause in the world is right ... and tonight that cause goes on.
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I’m Senator Jim Webb, from Virginia, where this year we will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown – an event that marked the first step in the long journey that has made us the greatest and most prosperous nation on earth.
It would not be possible in this short amount of time to actually rebut the President’s message, nor would it be useful. Let me simply say that we in the Democratic Party hope that this administration is serious about improving education and healthcare for all Americans, and addressing such domestic priorities as restoring the vitality of New Orleans.
Further, this is the seventh time the President has mentioned energy independence in his state of the union message, but for the first time this exchange is taking place in a Congress led by the Democratic Party. We are looking for affirmative solutions that will strengthen our nation by freeing us from our dependence on foreign oil, and spurring a wave of entrepreneurial growth in the form of alternate energy programs. We look forward to working with the President and his party to bring about these changes.
There are two areas where our respective parties have largely stood in contradiction, and I want to take a few minutes to address them tonight. The first relates to how we see the health of our economy – how we measure it, and how we ensure that its benefits are properly shared among all Americans. The second regards our foreign policy – how we might bring the war in Iraq to a proper conclusion that will also allow us to continue to fight the war against international terrorism, and to address other strategic concerns that our country faces around the world.
When one looks at the health of our economy, it’s almost as if we are living in two different countries. Some say that things have never been better. The stock market is at an all-time high, and so are corporate profits. But these benefits are not being fairly shared. When I graduated from college, the average corporate CEO made 20 times what the average worker did; today, it’s nearly 400 times. In other words, it takes the average worker more than a year to make the money that his or her boss makes in one day.
Wages and salaries for our workers are at all-time lows as a percentage of national wealth, even though the productivity of American workers is the highest in the world. Medical costs have skyrocketed. College tuition rates are off the charts. Our manufacturing base is being dismantled and sent overseas. Good American jobs are being sent along with them.
In short, the middle class of this country, our historic backbone and our best hope for a strong society in the future, is losing its place at the table. Our workers know this, through painful experience. Our white-collar professionals are beginning to understand it, as their jobs start disappearing also. And they expect, rightly, that in this age of globalization, their government has a duty to insist that their concerns be dealt with fairly in the international marketplace.
In the early days of our republic, President Andrew Jackson established an important principle of American-style democracy – that we should measure the health of our society not at its apex, but at its base. Not with the numbers that come out of Wall Street, but with the living conditions that exist on Main Street. We must recapture that spirit today.
And under the leadership of the new Democratic Congress, we are on our way to doing so. The House just passed a minimum wage increase, the first in ten years, and the Senate will soon follow. We've introduced a broad legislative package designed to regain the trust of the American people. We’ve established a tone of cooperation and consensus that extends beyond party lines. We’re working to get the right things done, for the right people and for the right reasons.
With respect to foreign policy, this country has patiently endured a mismanaged war for nearly four years. Many, including myself, warned even before the war began that it was unnecessary, that it would take our energy and attention away from the larger war against terrorism, and that invading and occupying Iraq would leave us strategically vulnerable in the most violent and turbulent corner of the world.
I want to share with all of you a picture that I have carried with me for more than 50 years. This is my father, when he was a young Air Force captain, flying cargo planes during the Berlin Airlift. He sent us the picture from Germany, as we waited for him, back here at home. When I was a small boy, I used to take the picture to bed with me every night, because for more than three years my father was deployed, unable to live with us full-time, serving overseas or in bases where there was no family housing. I still keep it, to remind me of the sacrifices that my mother and others had to make, over and over again, as my father gladly served our country. I was proud to follow in his footsteps, serving as a Marine in Vietnam. My brother did as well, serving as a Marine helicopter pilot. My son has joined the tradition, now serving as an infantry Marine in Iraq.
Like so many other Americans, today and throughout our history, we serve and have served, not for political reasons, but because we love our country. On the political issues – those matters of war and peace, and in some cases of life and death – we trusted the judgment of our national leaders. We hoped that they would be right, that they would measure with accuracy the value of our lives against the enormity of the national interest that might call upon us to go into harm’s way.
We owed them our loyalty, as Americans, and we gave it. But they owed us – sound judgment, clear thinking, concern for our welfare, a guarantee that the threat to our country was equal to the price we might be called upon to pay in defending it.
The President took us into this war recklessly. He disregarded warnings from the national security adviser during the first Gulf War, the chief of staff of the army, two former commanding generals of the Central Command, whose jurisdiction includes Iraq, the director of operations on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many, many others with great integrity and long experience in national security affairs. We are now, as a nation, held hostage to the predictable – and predicted – disarray that has followed.
The war’s costs to our nation have been staggering. Financially. The damage to our reputation around the world. The lost opportunities to defeat the forces of international terrorism. And especially the precious blood of our citizens who have stepped forward to serve.
The majority of the nation no longer supports the way this war is being fought; nor does the majority of our military. We need a new direction. Not one step back from the war against international terrorism. Not a precipitous withdrawal that ignores the possibility of further chaos. But an immediate shift toward strong regionally-based diplomacy, a policy that takes our soldiers off the streets of Iraq’s cities, and a formula that will in short order allow our combat forces to leave Iraq.
On both of these vital issues, our economy and our national security, it falls upon those of us in elected office to take action.
Regarding the economic imbalance in our country, I am reminded of the situation President Theodore Roosevelt faced in the early days of the 20th century. America was then, as now, drifting apart along class lines. The so-called robber barons were unapologetically raking in a huge percentage of the national wealth. The dispossessed workers at the bottom were threatening revolt.
Roosevelt spoke strongly against these divisions. He told his fellow Republicans that they must set themselves “as resolutely against improper corporate influence on the one hand as against demagogy and mob rule on the other.” And he did something about it.
As I look at Iraq, I recall the words of former general and soon-to-be President Dwight Eisenhower during the dark days of the Korean War, which had fallen into a bloody stalemate. “When comes the end?” asked the General who had commanded our forces in Europe during World War Two. And as soon as he became President, he brought the Korean War to an end.
These Presidents took the right kind of action, for the benefit of the American people and for the health of our relations around the world. Tonight we are calling on this President to take similar action, in both areas. If he does, we will join him. If he does not, we will be showing him the way.
Thank you for listening. And God bless America.
Al Qaeda Threat Against Aussie Paper
Jihadis from al Qaeda? Against Saddam Hussein's death sentence? I thought al Qaeda hated Saddam? It's an odd convergence of Arab nationalist fascists (as represented by the old Baath party) and Islamofascists.
And for you 'tards who think it's Muslims we are fighting: notice that the target is a Muslim.
In related news, Australia has decided to do away with multiculturalism. I. Kid. You. Not. Me? I'm thinking of emmigrating. Have you seen those Australian chicks?
Death threats will not deter a Sydney Arabic newspaper editor from continuing to work and publish in western Sydney.
A man claiming to represent al-Qaeda in Australia threatened to blow up the Sydney and Melbourne offices of al-Furat, an Arabic Australian newspaper, and kill its editor-in-chief, Hussein Khoshnow....
Mr Khoshnow said the newspaper had published articles in support of Saddam Hussein's death sentence.
"He (the caller) is supporting Saddam Hussein and his brother and speaking on behalf of al-Qaeda in Australia," Mr Khoshnow said.
"It's a bit mixed and really confusing, but that's what he's saying."
Mr Khoshnow, who came to Australia from Iraq in 1995, said the young male caller's accent was either from Yemen or Syria.
"He's probably Australian-born with a Yemeni or Syrian background."
Anatomy Of A Terror Attack
One that failed.
Stein hoist: Allahpundit.
Under the fold to save space and soothe Rusty's ego.
Ansar al Sunna Claims Downing of Blackwater Helicopter
The Army of Ansar al Sunna, a Salafist terror organization in Iraq with ties to al Qaeda, has claimed the downing of a Blackhawk helicopter over Iraq. The U.S. military has confirmed that a helicopter operated by "Blackwater, USA" crashed today in Baghdad and that five civilians were killed.
Along with the claim, the terrorist group posted several pieces of photo identification which they claimed to belong to one of the pilots. We'll go ahead and hold that identification, since the Army of Ansar al Sunna has posted false reports in the past. Other terror organizations have also posted the IDs of supposedly "dead" Americans, when the soldiers were alive and well. I certainly hope this man got out alive.
While Blackwater is hated by some on the Left, it should be remembered that these are Americans providing a critical service to those trying to rebuild the war-torn country: security.
What's unique about this is the sheer speed of the claim. The downing of the helicopter, the posting of the IDs, and claim of responsibility were made on the same day.
AP: A helicopter owned by the private security firm Blackwater USA crashed Tuesday in central Baghdad, and five civilians were killed, a U.S. military official said. A senior Iraqi defense official said the aircraft was shot down over a predominantly Sunni neighborhood.
The Iraqi official, who would not allow use of his name because the information had not been made public, said a gunman with a PKC machine gun downed the small helicopter of a private security firm Tuesday afternoon over the heavily Sunni Fadhil neighborhood in north-central Baghdad, where witnesses reported clashes between insurgents and U.S. and Iraqi forces.
There were casualties, the official said, but would give no details.
In Washington, a U.S. military official said Blackwater representatives responded to the crash in central Baghdad, along with American military. The official, who demanded anonymity because the details have not been made public, said the cause of the crash was not known and that it was too early to tell if the crash was linked to the downing Saturday of a U.S. Army helicopter that killed a dozen U.S. troops.
The Jim Webb Strategy
2. Use doublespeak.
4. Count on the public's ignorance.
President Bush and his advisers "don't have a plan" nor an "overarching strategy" to fix the problems in Iraq, said Sen. Jim Webb, the newly elected Virginia Democrat who will deliver his party's official response Tuesday to the president's State of the Union address.This really upsets me. I also watched the News Hour interview with President Bush on PBS. Immediately following the interview, Brooks comes on and comments on the interview. He made the same accusation, no plan.
Why does this upset me? You might ask.
Well the vast majority of people get their news passively. They listen to what is presented and they tend take the news as facts. Of course they know that the facts are colored and most people take that into account when watching.
But Pundits like Brooks and politicians like Webb make these statements knowing full well that there is a plan. They can't claim ignorance. It's their job to know the &^%$ plan. They just don’t report what that plan is. They Know that if they don’t’ talk about the plan itself, they can create a perception that there is none amongst their passive chip munching viewers.
So I advise everyone to be an active news consumer. You have to go out and seek information because they sure as hell won’t report a lot of it.
Here is my rebuttal, the actual outline of the President’s plan. No one has any other plan that even comes close to the detail of this. And if there is one the press and the Democrats are sure as hell are keeping it under wraps.
See the entire outline belove the fold. I'd like to put in on the front page but like I said, It's long and detailed. (Howie under his breath: no effing plan how effing stupid do they thing we are ? Go^&%$#^mn no good politician MFs, sons of &*^&&^% they are the ones with no effing plan, lying MF c*&^ suckers)
The New Way Forward in Iraq.
The President's New Iraq Strategy Is Rooted In Six Fundamental Elements:
1. Let the Iraqis lead;
2. Help Iraqis protect the population;
3. Isolate extremists;
4. Create space for political progress;
5. Diversify political and economic efforts; and
6. Situate the strategy in a regional approach.
• Iraq Could Not Be Graver – The War On Terror Cannot Be Won If We Fail In Iraq. Our enemies throughout the Middle East are trying to defeat us in Iraq. If we step back now, the problems in Iraq will become more lethal, and make our troops fight an uglier battle than we are seeing today.
Key Elements Of The New Approach: Security
• Publicly acknowledge all parties are responsible for quelling sectarian violence.
• Work with additional Coalition help to regain control of the capital and protect the Iraqi population.
• Deliver necessary Iraqi forces for Baghdad and protect those forces from political interference.
• Commit to intensify efforts to build balanced security forces throughout the nation that provide security even-handedly for all Iraqis.
• Plan and fund eventual demobilization program for militias.
• Agree that helping Iraqis to provide population security is necessary to enable accelerated transition and political progress.
• Provide additional military and civilian resources to accomplish this mission.
• Increase efforts to support tribes willing to help Iraqis fight Al Qaeda in Anbar.
• Accelerate and expand the embed program while minimizing risk to participants.
Both Coalition And Iraqi:
• Continue counter-terror operations against Al Qaeda and insurgent organizations.
• Take more vigorous action against death squad networks.
• Accelerate transition to Iraqi responsibility and increase Iraqi ownership.
• Increase Iraqi security force capacity – both size and effectiveness – from 10 to 13 Army divisions, 36 to 41 Army Brigades, and 112 to 132 Army Battalions.
o Establish a National Operations Center, National Counterterrorism Force, and National Strike Force.
o Reform the Ministry of Interior to increase transparency and accountability and transform the National Police.
Key Elements Of The New Approach: Political
• The Government of Iraq commits to:
o Reform its cabinet to provide even-handed service delivery.
o Act on promised reconciliation initiatives (oil law, de-Baathification law, Provincial elections).
o Give Coalition and ISF authority to pursue ALL extremists.
• All Iraqi leaders support reconciliation.
• Moderate coalition emerges as strong base of support for unity government.
• Support political moderates so they can take on the extremists.
o Build and sustain strategic partnerships with moderate Shi'a, Sunnis, and Kurds.
• Support the national compact and key elements of reconciliation with Iraqis in the lead.
• Diversify U.S. efforts to foster political accommodation outside Baghdad (more flexibility for local commanders and civilian leaders).
o Expand and increase the flexibility of the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) footprint.
o Focus U.S. political, security, and economic resources at local level to open space for moderates, with initial priority to Baghdad and Anbar.
Both Coalition And Iraqi:
• Partnership between Prime Minister Maliki, Iraqi moderates, and the United States where all parties are clear on expectations and responsibilities.
• Strengthen the rule of law and combat corruption.
• Build on security gains to foster local and national political accommodations.
• Make Iraqi institutions even-handed, serving all of Iraq's communities on an impartial basis.
Key Elements Of The New Approach: Economic
• Deliver economic resources and provide essential services to all areas and communities.
• Enact hydrocarbons law to promote investment, national unity, and reconciliation.
• Capitalize and execute jobs-producing programs.
• Match U.S. efforts to create jobs with longer term sustainable Iraqi programs.
• Focus more economic effort on relatively secure areas as a magnet for employment and growth.
• Refocus efforts to help Iraqis build capacity in areas vital to success of the government (e.g. budget execution, key ministries).
• Decentralize efforts to build Iraqi capacities outside the Green Zone.
o Double the number of PRTs and civilians serving outside the Green Zone.
o Establish PRT-capability within maneuver Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs).
• Greater integration of economic strategy with military effort.
o Joint civil-military plans devised by PRT and BCT.
o Remove legal and bureaucratic barriers to maximize cooperation and flexibility.
Key Elements Of The New Approach: Regional
• Vigorously engage Arab states.
• Take the lead in establishing a regional forum to give support and help from the neighborhood.
• Counter negative foreign activity in Iraq.
• Increase efforts to counter PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party).
• Intensify efforts to counter Iranian and Syrian influence inside Iraq.
• Increase military presence in the region.
• Strengthen defense ties with partner states in the region.
• Encourage Arab state support to Government of Iraq.
• Continue efforts to help manage relations between Iraq and Turkey.
• Continue to seek the region's full support in the War on Terror.
Both Coalition And Iraqi:
• Focus on the International Compact.
• Retain active U.N. engagement in Iraq – particularly for election support and constitutional review.
600 Members of Mahdi Army Captured
The US also says that 33 Sunni cell leaders were captured in Baghdad.
From Agence France Presse:
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraqi and US forces have captured more than 600 fighters loyal to firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, the US military said, while violence across the country claimed another 31 lives...I suppose this news comes from a French news agency because the American ones are busy with the Oscars, not because they have a politically motivated embargo on any positive news from Iraq for political reasons or anything.
There are currently over 600 illegal Jaish al-Mahdi (JAM) militia in detention awaiting prosecution from the government of Iraq," a statement said.
It said Iraqi and US forces had also detained 16 high-level militiamen and killed one commander in a series of operations against the Mahdi Army, known for its fierce anti-US stance...
Combined Iraqi and US forces have carried out 52 operations in the past 45 days focused on the Mahdi Army as well as 42 operations that targetted Sunni extremists, it said.
The operations against Sunni extremists led to the capture of 33 cell leaders in Baghdad, the statement said, charging that the detainees were mainly involved in facilitating the entry of foreign fighters into Iraq.
Peace Not Spontaneously Materializing in Beirut
Chalk up another embarassment to appeasement and the UN's remarkable ability to fail at virtually everything it claims to do.
YouTube Video : Star Wars (starring
This is one of the oddest YouTube videos I've seen--and that's quite a claim:
President Peanut a Holocaust Denier?
A National Review Online article examining the questionable contributors to America's worst president's Carter Center includes this tidbit [emphasis added]:
Even in Carter’s long history of post-presidential grandstanding, this book sets fresh standards of irresponsibility. Purporting to give a balanced view of the Palestinian–Israeli conflict, Carter effectively shrugs off such highly germane matters as Palestinian terrorism. The hypocrisies are boundless, and include adoring praise of the deeply oppressive, religiously intolerant Saudi regime side by side with condemnations of democratic Israel. In one section, typical of the book’s entire approach, Carter includes a “Historical Chronology,” from Biblical times to 2006, in which he dwells on events surrounding his 1978 Camp David Accords but omits the Holocaust. Kenneth W. Stein, the founder of the Carter Center’s Middle East program, resigned last month to protest the book, describing it in a letter to Fox News as “replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments.” As this article goes to press, more protest resignations, this time from the Carter Center’s board of councilors, appear to be in the works.The Holocaust doesn't rate a mention in a chronology of events leading up to the current unrest in the Middle East? I suppose that means Carter didn't bother to mention the SS brigade that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem raised for Hitler, either.
Bush Will Seek Cutbacks in Petroleum Consumption
Depending on how it's implemented, this is probably good news:
WASHINGTON (AP) - In his first State of the Union address to a Democratic-controlled Congress, President Bush is calling for Americans to slash gasoline consumption by up to 20 percent by 2017.
Bush envisions the goal being achieved primarily through a sharp escalation in the amount of ethanol and other alternative fuels that the federal government mandates must be produced. The rest of the fuel use reduction is to come from raising fuel economy standards for passenger cars, Joel Kaplan, White House deputy chief of staff, told reporters in a briefing before Bush's Tuesday night speech to a joint session of Congress.
The president is proposing to set the amount of ethanol and other alternative fuels that must be blended into the fuel supply at 35 billion gallons by 2017, up from 7.5 billion gallons in 2012. He also wants to expand the standard to include not just ethanol but a wide range of oil alternatives, such as biodiesel, methanol, butanol and hydrogen, Kaplan said.
Top Five Terrorist Organizations Hoping for a Failed Iraqi State
5. Al Qaeda - a new base of operations to replace Afghanistan is just what the Doctor (Zawahiri) ordered.
4. Hamas - since sugar daddy Saddam's necktie party, the brave jihadi babyhunters of Hamas could use some support.
3. Hezbollah - Hamas' Lebanese cousins would welcome a nice training/recruitment site.
2. The Mainstream Media - reporting from Iraq is expensive; the sooner the MSM can begin ignoring the inevitable Vietnam/style bloodbath they've worked so hard to bring about, the better for their profit margins.
1. The Democratic Party - ever an organization to sacrifice truth, justice, and the American way on the altar of political expediency, the donkeys haven't had so much fun since the glory days of the Ku Klux Klan.
Frank Rich : "Lying Like it's 2003"
This article by Frank Rich seems to be getting a lot of publicity. It's all the buzz in the commiesphere. Excerpt:
This White House gang is so practiced in lying with a straight face that it never thinks twice about recycling its greatest hits. Hours after Mr. Cheney’s Fox interview, President Bush was on “60 Minutes,” claiming that before the war “everybody was wrong on weapons of mass destruction” and that “the minute we found out” the W.M.D. didn’t exist he “was the first to say so.” Everybody, of course, was not wrong on W.M.D., starting with the United Nations weapons inspection team in Iraq. Nor was Mr. Bush the first to come clean once the truth became apparent after the invasion. On May 29, 2003 — two days after a secret Defense Intelligence Agency-sponsored mission found no biological weapons in trailers captured by American forces — Mr. Bush declared: “We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories.”Now, as anyone who's read my writing knows, I'm no big fan of President Bush. Five years after September 11, I think we're further BEHIND in the War Against Being Scared than we were when we started. I don't think the President or any of his top advisers have the first damn clue as to how to stem the tide of Islamism. Like I said, I'm not a big fan of Mr. Bush.
Though I think President Bush is not particularly up to the challenges our modern world presents, I don't think he's a liar. Starting with the supposed "lies" identified in the above excerpt, it was the consensus of the world intelligence communities prior to the invasion that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. No, not everyone agreed with that general consensus--but I doubt many people took Bush's words to mean "every single human being in the world" agreed Saddam had WMDs. I'll concede that Bush should've chosen his words more carefully on the second point. Anti-Bush folks were jumping on the "See? no WMDs!" bandwagon very early on in the invasion. It would've been pretty much impossible for Bush to get the jump on them. It makes him guilty of engaging in hyperbole and being sloppy with language discussing established facts. Does that rise to the level of being a "liar?"
These days, the left throws around the words "liar," "racist" and "fascist" at the drop of a hat. Using them all the time may get them temporary thrills and a little publicity, but there's a price to pay. Those words lose their power when they're overused, and the lefties are doing their best to wear them out.
Fighting the Global Jihad from Home or Work
The Voice of the Caliphate channel is back up, and still broadcasting from Germany. Presently, they are showing an Islamic Army in Iraq compilation video of various "operations" against U.S. targets. Not shown is the video of the Islamic Army in Iraq murdering Italian Red Cross worker Enzo Baldoni. That would be bad PR.
Do your part in the global war against Islamofascism: just click here and suck some of the jihadis bandwidth. Hell, just turn off the sound, minimize it, and leave it on all day. The purpose of the broadcast is to spread the message to would-be jihadis, but there is only so much bandwidth to go around. The more bandwidth we suck, the less available to the would-be mujahideen of the world.
Update by Howie: The stream is now dead. Not sure why the site may have been removed or we could have sucked up all their bandwidth. Whatever the reason, Good riddance.
Update II by Howie: I Was was able to access this stream today. It died after a few seconds. So it's not dead just badly wounded.
Well, This Isn't Good News
First, captured Iraqi documents reveal insurgent plans to attack America by slithering into the country on education visas.
Early warning sign. Mexico is a back-door to America.
Maliki Orders Media Crackdown
Hmmm, very interesting. It looks like the al Maliki government is shutting down communications from the various ministries to the press. It should be remembered, that as a coalition government, Sadr's party controls various government ministries. I've always argued that controlling the message is half the battle, and that censorship is not a problem in a war zone, but we'll see if this has any effect. May be too little, years too late.
Jawa Report: Back to Basics
Thanks to all the Sith authors and Padawan readers that made this month our best ever. I remember after nearly two years of blogging when we finally reached the 1 million visitors mark. This month it looks like we're going to have that many. Way to go Team America!
But with searches for Michelle Manhart at an all time low, and demand for low-grade Saddam Hussein snuff videos on a steady downward trend, it looks like we're back to our normal traffic flow. Which means we can get back to doing what we do best: begging for that sweet fatwa.
You're moment of Jawa Zen (please don't read that in Jon Stewart's voice, think Craig Kilborn, back when the show was, you know, funny):
Be sure to follow the link--click the pic. Can I please get that fatwa now?
E-mail an al Qaeda in Iraq Terror Supporter
Dumbasses, one and all. And evil ones at that. Here are some e-mail addresses culled from a webpage devoted to the al Qaeda in Iraq umbrella organization. I wouldn't call it an official website, more like a Zarqawi fanzine.
I'd suggested writing something nice to start with. Begin with "Brother" and end with "God Bless You" or something. If you don't get anything back in a few weeks, I'm thinking the pork of the month club..........
If you hear anything back from them, please FORWARD the message to me. Thanks.
UPDATE: Pssst. Hey readers. Do me a favor and really say something nice to them. Like, "Brother, thank you for your support of the jehad." I'm not kidding. Then, if they respond, forward that to me. But, I should have explained that from the git-go. I guess that's why I'm the Sith master, and you all are still the apprentices........
Freedom Journal Iraq #567
• Coalition Forces evaluate checkpoints
• Medics collect platelets
Beirut : Hizb'Allah Makes its Move
A gunman fired on Lebanese protesters in the ancient Christian town of Byblos, wounding three people, security sources said. Soldiers arrested the gunman and seized weapons from his house.
Thousands of Lebanese protesters blocked main roads in Beirut and around the country with rubble and burning tires on Tuesday at the start of a general strike called by the opposition to try to topple the government.
No other gunfire was reported during the demonstrations across Lebanon, but some scuffles broke out between protesters and pro-government loyalists, especially in Christian areas.
The strike escalates a campaign by the Hezbollah-led opposition to dislodge the pro-Western government, install a new unity administration and hold early parliamentary elections.
Time For Some Real Hotness
Since someone seems to be intent on polluting this blog with ugly skanks, it's time for some real hotness.
Rebecca Romjin hotness.
I don't do NSFW warnings, so don't bitch at me if you click on the "continue reading" link when you're at work.
UPDATE by the Resident "Ugly Skank"-ophile: Rebecca Romijn's a bit on the "mannish" side for my taste, but I'm really not one to be judgmental...
For 24 Fans Only
Those of you who saw last season will get the "Bluetooth Man Group" reference.
January 22, 2007
Places To Go (Update, bump)
It will be interesting to see how successful this is:
Area drivers will soon be able to fill up with gasoline made from "terror-free oil."
A gas station about to open near 129th and Q streets is named Terror Free Oil, and the idea is to offer consumers petroleum products from countries that do not sponsor terror.
Not wanting to be duped into driving far out of my way to get guilt-free gas, I checked the website for these people to see just who they consider to be "terror-free." I was thinking, of course, of Venezuela. Fortunately, Citgo is listed on the bad side.
I'll definitely be paying them a visit once they open.
Update: Fellow Nebrasktonian Angela is running a blog carnival on the subject.
24 Hours Left - The Last Push
First, I would like to thank Chris for allowing me to promote A Soldier's Perspective here on Conservative Thinking. The help he has provided has been invaluable. I owe you big time, Chris.
That said, we need one last big push from all of you to help us stay on top of the VAMC MilBlog Contest. Please vote "Soldier's Perspective" if you have not already done so, and tell all of your friends, family, co-workers, and anyone else you can think of. The Camp Lejeune Ballerinas are counting on YOU!
MORE JENNIFER TILLY BELOW THE FOLD
Shoebat : CAIR Canada Pushing for Deportation of Apostate
A Message from Walid Shoebat:
ONTARIO, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There is a growing and forceful campaign by CAIR and other Islamist organizations in Canada to silence the free speech of Zachariah Anani and undermine his legitimacy as a Canadian citizen, by calling for his arrest and deportation. Anani is a former terrorist-militant, a refugee from Lebanon and Muslim convert to Christianity. CAIR, an organization which claims to be the voice of moderation, should be embracing Anani's message against violence and the dangers of extremism instead of mounting a witch hunt against him.h/t : Stephen Emerson
It is no wonder that CAIR is attacking Anani, as it has been documented that many of the leaders of CAIR have openly supported the positions of Hamas, Hizballah and al-Queda -- all recognized terrorist organizations.
Recently, Anani spoke on the dangers of radical extremism at a church in Ontario. A backlash ensued, with CAIR and other Islamist groups pressuring political leaders to throw Anani and his family out of the country. Two members of Parliament, and one member of City Council joined the mayor of Windsor in denouncing Anani. None of these political officials, however, attended the lecture or even watched a video of it. The content of Anani's speech was almost exclusively from passages he read directly from the Koran.
Woolsey at the Herzliya Conference
Via Israel National News:
Two Islam experts warned participants at the Herzliya Conference on Monday that global jihad is on the rise -- and should be taken seriously.MORE BELOW THE FOLD
Islamic expert and historian Bernard Lewis spoke back-to-back with former CIA director James Woolsey at the Herzliya Conference Monday, sounding the alarm on the global Jihad and dismissing the concept of a Palestinian state. . . .
Woolsey summarized several opinions that were expressed, lauding UN sanctions, negotiations and the state of the world. “I do not represent a majority view – but on all of these points I beg to differ,” he said.
Woolsey proceeded to lament the fate of Europe, which he sees as already having been compromised in what he calls World War IV – the third having been the Cold War. “I wish we had a partnership with Europe, but I am afraid it is deteriorating,” he explained. “Europe is accommodating Sharia (Islamic law) and becoming increasingly affected by the Muslim demographics in their countries.”
Woolsey said he sees no distinction between the Islamic onslaught in Israel, Iraq or elsewhere. He compared the war against Islamism with that against Nazism and Communism. . . .Read it all here.
"...Today, little boys are taught to want to be suicide bombers both in Pakistani madrassas and in the West Bank with Wahabi oil money.”
Woolsey said that those warning against Islam’s push to establish Islamic law across the globe are accused of being Islamophobic. “We are not Islamaphobes,” he said, “but we are theocraphobic.
Jamilgate: Paging E&P...Greg Mitchell...AP...Anyone?
AllahP wants to know what you lefties who thought the story was over think think now. Or maybe they're having a tough time figuring out how to spin these on-site photos and video to make another argument about how inaccurate reporting "doesn't matter."
So I guess now Malkin's footage, pictures and footage which blew the lid off the "picture" the AP tried to paint in their infamous-although-now-thoroughly-shown-to-be-error-riddled report (or 60) sourced to Jamil XX (GGG) Hussein should just be ignored.
The new reality? The burning-out-of-control-doomed-Iraq-myth/story turned out to be a damaged mosque dome, a few bullet holes and damage from hand-made molotov cocktails limited to a few rooms in an abandoned mosque. All four mosques are still standing and several still functioning. No bodies, no burning six, no additional verification, etc.
Where is Kathy Carroll? Perhaps hiding in the confines of her air-conditioned offices? How about Greg Mitchell? These people seemed awfully interested in this story up until now...at least, it appears, interested when they felt it would serve their political and 'professional' ends.
Their silence tells us all we need to know. Mysteriously, the nutosphere is also quite silent (in precise synchronicity with the corporate media.)
New al Qaeda Video: Zawahiri Taunts Bush
UPDATE: Laura Mansfield, who first discovered the video, has graciously agreed to let Howie upload it to Google Video. You can watch the entire video here, or go to Laura's website and download it. She also tells me she should have the entire transcript of the video up soon.
A new as Sahab produced propaganda video by al Qaeda's #2 in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has been released on the internet. The video is subtitled in English, which means that the message is directed to an American audience.
You can download the entire subtitled video at Laura Mansfield's website. I'm watching it as we speak. Regrettably, as Allah notes, the subtitles are a little hard to read at times. If you get a chance to watch it, you'll immediately get the little joke Allah makes about a "disembodied head". It appears that Zawahiri made this video in front of a blue screen.
In the video, Zawahiri specifically addresses President Bush's plan for Iraq. He also specifically addresses the American people, saying "Security is a shared destiny. If we are secure, you might be secure, and if we are safe, you might be safe. And if we are struck and killed, you will definitely - with Allah's permission - be struck and killed".Counterterrorism Blog says:
The video also calls for the release of Al Qaeda members in American prisons, specifically mentioning the Blind Sheikh, Dr. Omar Abdul Rahman.
The video appears timed to coincide with the State of the Union Address
This appears to be another in a long line of tapes in which Al Qaeda leaders concurrently warn the West and offer a mutual security "deal" - a complete lie and impossibility, of course, but Al Qaeda will continue to make the "offer."SITE's post seems to indicate that the full video has been released:
Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s number two, presents a speech titled: “The Correct Equation,” in a 14:11 minute video produced by the group’s multimedia arm, as-Sahab. The speech, including English-subtitles, concerns the Iraq security plan announced by U.S. President George W. Bush to send an additional 20,000 American troops to Baghdad, and the necessity of the Muslims joining the Mujahideen and supporting their jihad in all theaters of war, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Chechnya, Somalia, and Algeria. Zawahiri taunts Bush, questioning: “why send 20,000 only - why not send 50 or 100 thousand? Aren't you aware that the dogs of Iraq are pining for your troops' dead bodies?.” He then invites the American President to send the entire American Army to Iraq as he believes the Mujahideen are capable of destroying the equivalent of ten armies......Wow....developing.
The remainder of the speech serves to incite Muslims to jihad, using Bush’s security plan and continuing actions in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now Somalia, as justification. Zawahiri argues that every Muslim today is responsible for the defense of Islam and the efforts to “liberate” Muslim captives, foremost being the “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman. Zawahiri also entreats “Arab nationalists and leftists” to return to Islam and refuse international law that has divided their land and Muslim Nation.
Insight Magazine Slaps Back at Kurtz/WaPo
Prior to our story being published, we contacted the Obama camp for comment. They had none…and were petrified about the story. Only when FOX and several national radio talk show hosts jumped on the story, did they issue their denials. We stung the Obama people by doing what journalists should do: follow the truth, no matter where it leads. Insight reports on political intelligence without partisanship. We have run countless stories embarrassing and damaging to President Bush, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. We have few friends in the White House—and that’s exactly the way we like it.
Finally, let’s examine Kurtz’s claim that he tried to phone and e-mail the editors, but received no response. First, he called on a Sunday when there is nobody in the Insight office and did not leave a phone message, so no one can verify whether he really called or not. We learned on Monday that he did send an e-mail on Sunday afternoon, the day before his story went to print. This was not a genuine effort to get a real comment from us. He was simply covering himself before publishing his hit piece. This is precisely the kind of irresponsible journalistic practices that we teach our interns not to do.
93 Terrorists Killed in Iraq
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Monday 93 rebels were killed and 57 captured in a 10-day operation against al Qaeda-linked insurgents northeast of Baghdad.I'm sure it pained the Reuters stringers to see so many of their comrades falling against the Yankee imperialists.
In an unusually detailed video news conference broadcast to journalists in Baghdad from Diyala province, Colonel David Sutherland said Iraqi troops had fought well in the operation and were improving their capabilities every day.
Voice of the Caliphate (GIMF): Jihad TV online.....from Germany
What's old is new. Today's Islamofascists choose Germany to broadcast their message of ethnically cleansing the Kuffar, blowing stuff up for "Shiekh Osama bin Laden", and murdering children for the Ummah's sake.
If you want to watch The Global Islamic Media Front's new "Voice of the Caliphate" (aka, Caliphate Voice Channel) streaming internet broadcast, just click here.
The IP traces to Germany. 126.96.36.199
So, what will the new "Voice of the Caliphate" internet channel offer? As of this writing, there is an English subtitled program about the jihad in Chechnya & Dagestan. Your typical jihadi propaganda. Footage of masked fighters yelling "Allahu Akhbar" while firing on some distant and unidentifiable Russian position.
But they even have a program schedule attached to the announcement. All times, GMT--even the mujahideen are on Greenwich time! The broadcasts seem to be mostly the typical stuff found on jihadi message boards. Mostly "operations" of "mujahideen" against the "infidels" (you and me would call this "terrorism"), "documentaries" meant to incite jihad by portraying all military action in Muslim lands as "genocide" or part of a larger "war against Islam" and inspiring lectures from such notables as Osama bin Laden. Yes, that Osama bin Laden.
There is also a note to "spread the word" about the broadcast. Hey, we aim to please!
The Germans are not exactly known for their deep commitment to free speech, and I'm sure this broadcast breaks several German laws. Especially since GIMF is a fairly thinly veiled al Qaeda support front, I cannot fathom the Germans tolerating this. If any one knows how to contact the German authorities, let me know.
UPDATE: Site connection seems to be sketchy. I'm already getting reports of bad connections and error messages. Which is a good sign.... I think. Just keep sucking up that jihadi bandwidth........Remember, bandwidth IS a zero sum game. The more you watch, the less some potential terrorist gets to.
Fallujah: Recruiting Iraqis to Fight Terrorism
Bill Ardolino's latest report from Fallujah is about police recruiting day.
Shortly after the U.S. freed Fallujah from its Taliban like "shura" government--which executed citizens for being too 'Western'--there were no police to keep civil order. Two years later nearly 700 police are in the city. That number continues to grow.
Each recruit joins to build a new Iraq at his own risk. The "mujahideen" will kill any person they can get their hands on who they even suspect works for the government. Their families are at risk, too.
When asked who the insurgents were and why they committed acts of violence, he offered two reasons: They want to control the economic levers of power — the police are paid too well — and Iraq’s neighbors were funneling money and resources into the country to destabilize the government.Don't miss out on the photos from recruiting day posted at Bill's blog.
Captured Iraq Dox Reveal Insurgent Plan To Attack US
Mimicking the hijackers who executed the Sept. 11 attacks, insurgents reportedly tied to al Qaeda in Iraq considered using student visas to slip terrorists into the United States to orchestrate a new attack on American soil.Color me un-shocked. Now why would they want to exploit the many weaknesses in our criminally ineffective, Democrat-controlled educational bureaucracy?
It must really be hard to snake your way into the US through that sector...
Jamilgate: Oh, Those Four Mosques!
~ Bumped for the trolls who may have missed it. ~
Hot Air has the latest development on Jamilgate, including firsthand reporting from ground zero of the Jamilgate saga.
In the meantime, here are two different words with two different definitions:
The AP used the former, and they obviously (after seeing the video and pix) meant the latter. Here's an additional Baghdad Report from Hot Air's Bryan.
Global Warming Oversold?
Hmm. Perish the thought that cyclical global weather patterns are common, historically verifiable and transpire regardless of mankind's existance.
Here's some global warming outside my humble abode in the Philadelphia area, where we had one of the coolest summers on record in 2006:
Paging Algore. We have some questions for you. Bring your slideshow and a red marker.
Somali Islamist Leader Surrenders
(Nairobi, Kenya) This report has been confirmed by a couple unnamed Western diplomats.
Somali Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Ahmed has surrendered to Kenyan authorities at the Somali border, Somali intelligence officials and Western diplomats said on Monday.I'd like to believe that American AC-130 gunships pulverizing Mogadishu helped Sheikh Sharif Ahmed in his decision to surrender.
Ahmed, considered a moderate in the Islamist movement ousted from power by Somali and Ethiopian forces in late December, surrendered on Sunday and was in Kenyan custody, they said.
Parcells Resigns, Cowboys Still Suck
FLASHBACK: Romo Oh, No!
Hitchens on Steyn: "A Welcome Wake-up Call"
A probing and heavily linked article from Christopher Hitchens today. Make sure to read his Eight-point plan for demolishing the Islamist threat. Here's point #1:
1. An end to one-way multiculturalism and to the cultural masochism that goes with it. The Koran does not mandate the wearing of veils or genital mutilation, and until recently only those who apostasized from Islam faced the threat of punishment by death. Now, though, all manner of antisocial practices find themselves validated in the name of religion, and mullahs have begun to issue threats even against non-Muslims for criticism of Islam. This creeping Islamism must cease at once, and those responsible must feel the full weight of the law. Meanwhile, we should insist on reciprocity at all times. We should not allow a single Saudi dollar to pay for propaganda within the U.S., for example, until Saudi Arabia also permits Jewish and Christian and secular practices. No Wahhabi-printed Korans anywhere in our prison system. No Salafist imams in our armed forces.
Abir Aramin: Another Pallywood al Dura hoax?
Those Zionazis are at it again. Murdering women and children and puppies and kittes. All on purpose, I'm sure.
A 10-year-old Palestinian girl, Abir Aramin, died Friday from wounds sustained when she was hit by fire from the Israeli border police on Tuesday in the West Bank town of Anata, near Jerusalem, Palestinian witnesses and relatives said. Abir and her classmates were on recess from school when the Israeli forces fired on stone-throwing Palestinians with rubber bullets and stun grenades, according to the Palestinians.See, the kids were just out on recess. Playing jumprope. Hopscotch. Normal stuff. Then along comes the Zionist oppressors who decide to shoot the kids for no good reason. That's the story, Palestinian witnesses are unimpeachable sources of reliability.
Of course, then there's this. Ha'aretz:
Ten-year-old Abir Aramin was apparently killed by a blunt object, and not by a rubber bullet, as some eyewitnesses claimed, according to the autopsy findings. . .More at CAMERA Snapshots.
Police sources said on Sunday that autopsy findings indicated Aramin could have been killed by concussion from a shock grenade or by a thrown rock. However, they said, the findings were inconsistent with her having been killed by a rubber bullet: No bullet wounds were found on her body, and the skull injury that caused her death was a large one, whereas rubber bullets, even if they do not penetrate, usually make small wounds.
The autopsy was performed last Friday at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Abu Kabir, with a pathologist hired by Aramin's family in attendance.
Expect many a Palestinian to use Abir's unfortunate death for their own propagandistic purposes. And that propaganda will be used to inspire more violence and homicide bombings. Propaganda kills.
UPDATE: Brian from Snapped Shot is also following this closely and worth the read.
Dhimmitude on Scrubs: Please don't kill me for blaspheming Allah!
I was watching Scrubs-- which is fast becoming my favorite syndicated TV show--on WGN the other night and noticed something odd. As Doctor Cox was ranting on to J.D. about something or other, he puts his hands together and says "I swear to" and his lips seem to read "Allah", but instead you get a canny voiceover saying "Aisha".
Now, maybe I'm imagining things, but I'm pretty sure about this. So, who is the dhimmi here? Was it NBC in the original broadcast because they feared what the religionists of peace might do? Or was it the syndicator who changed the wording as only to blaspheme Mohammed's 9 year bride/child-molestation victim after hearing complaints/death threats from the relgionists of tolerance?
Enquiring minds want to know.......
UPDATE: Praise Allah! SNL, on the other hand, will not submit......
Freedom Journal Iraq #565, 566
• A Helping Hand
• Working Together in Mosul
(vids below the fold)
• Mechanics in Diyalah
• Combat Cooks in Fallujah
Freedom Journal Iraq #565
Freedom Journal Iraq#566
Good Luck And Godspeed, Mr. Weatherman
What do you think of when you watch your local news and see the meteorologist reporting on the weather?
I would guess...the weather for the next few days? Duh?
Well, one of the weathermen for a local t.v. station has put that behind him in order to put his life on the line for you and me.
Old School YouTube Video : Superbowl Shuffle (feat. '85-'86 NFL Champion Chicago Bears)
My congrats to the 2006 NFC Champion Chicago Bears, who'll now be facing the AFC Champion Colts in the NFL Championship Game on Feb. 4.
Seeing the Bears take the NFC Championship takes me back to the '85 season and the international phenomenon that was the Chicago Bears. That hype dwarfs anything that's come out of Illinois since--yes, even Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. So the '85 Bears weren't so great in the singing and dancing department. They kicked serious ass on the gridiron, and that's what matters. As a tribute to the '85 Bears and the '06 Bears, I present to you "The Superbowl Shuffle":
Turnabout Is Fair Play
Who can blame him after what they've endured at the hands of the "international community."
After doing this post, I came across this:
TEHRAN, Iran - Determined not to budge under pressure, Iran announced new tests of short-range missiles Sunday, and hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed criticism that the country's economy has been hurt by U.N. sanctions imposed for its suspect nuclear program.
Fasten the seatbelts....
Mookie's In The Hot Seat
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's prime minister has dropped his protection of an anti-American cleric's Shiite militia after U.S. intelligence convinced him the group was infiltrated by death squads, two officials said Sunday.
What will Iran do? They stand at the precipice, will they jump off of it?
What Fuels Islamophobia?
As usual, Allah has the answer.
YouTube Video : Hillary Rodham Clinton on Hardball (sort of)
"Hillary Rodham Clinton" and "Chris Matthews" discuss Barack Hussein Obama's secret hatred of women and the little-known fact that Hillary is herself half-black. As with most SNL skits, it drags on too long, but there are some decent chuckles:
h/t : Allah.
January 21, 2007
The Blog Sabbath Question Contest (sticky unto the end of the Sabbath)
"I'm not just starting a campaign, though, I'm beginning a conversation with you, with America," she said. "Let's talk. Let's chat. The conversation in Washington has been just a little one-sided lately, don't you think?"
So, she wants to have a conversation. Okay, I'm down wit dat.
Hillary, let's start with the obvious questions.
How did a thousand dollar investment into cattle futures turn into a hundred thousand profit virtually overnight?
Where did you hide the Rose law firm billing records before they were found in that room? And did you need surgery to repair the damage? "Tighten it up," so to speak?
If you're elected, how many suicides will show up in Fort Marcy Park?
Readers are free to submit questions in the comments.
Fatwas will be issued Monday.
Muslims Want Special Health Care
(London, England) It appears that the British National Health Service (NHS) isn't exhibiting the appropriate level of tolerance and diversity. Muslims want religion-based health care.
Professor Aziz Sheikh is also calling for women patients to see same-sex medics, better access to prayer facilities in hospitals and more information so Muslims can avoid alcohol and pig-derived drugs.Actually, this pronouncement was predictable. Muslims want everything to be religion-based.
Writing in the British Medical Journal, the University of Edinburgh professor also claims Muslims should be given health advice on attempting the Hajj pilgrimage-to Mecca which he insisted was a "religious obligation and not a holiday."
Bush Blamed In New Orleans Loss
President Bush is seen by some to have contributed to the New Orleans Saints' 39-14 drubbing at the hands of the Chicago Bears this afternoon.
"Anyone could see they was in trouble," New Orleans mayor Ray "Chocolate City" Nagin remarked, "It's an indictment of the current administration that no help whatsoever was forthcoming."
Singer Kanye West believes that the Saints can't count on support from the President because there are too many African Americans on the team.
"The fact that Chicago has an African American coach just gives the buckra in the White House cover," said the artist.
LGF : Did Ogun Samast Shout "I shot the Infidel!"?
LGF has been covering the story of what motivated the killer of Turkish journalist Hrant Dink. Early reports of the story included an eyewitness report that the killer, Ogun Samast, shouted "I shot the infidel!" or "I shot the non-Muslim!" as he fled the scene. (Given that Mr. Samast is unlikely to have shouted it in English, either translation is likely pretty close.) If Ogun Samast did say something to this effect, and if Ogun Samast is a Muslim, then the killing of Hrant Dink would appear to be another religiously-motivated killing in the vein of Theo van Gogh.
Most of these early reports have since been quietly edited to remove the "infidel" quote.
Now, if the early reports have been edited because the early reports have since been shown to be in error, don't the news agencies have an obligation to correct any misperceptions that may have been created by the earlier erroneous reports?
Taliban Opening "Schools" in Afghanistan
I'm not sure how this is even possible but I have to admit if the Taliban are this ballsy then a troop build up in Afghanistan is definitely needed:
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The Taliban's governing body decided to open schools in the areas controlled by the militants in Afghanistan, the purported chief spokesman for the hardline militia told The Associated Press.
Abdul Hai Muthmahien said that Mullah Omar and other Taliban leaders decided that from March, Islamic education will be provided in at least six southern provinces — first for boys and later for girls.
"The U.S. and its allies are doing propaganda against the Taliban," Muthmahien said in a phone call to an AP reporter from an undisclosed location late Saturday. "Taliban are not against education. The Taliban want Shariah (Islamic) education."
Now wait a second, the Taliban are going to educate girls? Well, that is a step forward in a sense because prior to the US invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11, women were not allowed to go to school in Afghanistan. But, let's look at Shariah law for a second and see what they'll really be learning:
Servitude - "The woman cannot marry without the consent of her guardian. If she marries, her husband becomes her new guardian."
Reverence for Men - "A woman who wishes to be divorced needs the consent of her husband."
You're Not Worth Looking At - "And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof, and let them wear their khumur over their bosoms, and not display their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, or their sons..."
The list goes on and on but those are just the highlights for women. If you're not a Muslim then you're truly screwed and have to live by those laws anyway in a Shariah system. But Islam is the religion of peace and tolerance, so long as you abide by their rules. Shariah law is the law of Islam; what it does to women is enough to make me not want to have it on this planet.
Jamilgate: US Officers Deny "Burning Six" Incident
They're saying that it never happened. Michelle Malkin will have video of the "4 mosques" tomorrow. In the meantime, she has pictures of one of the "destroyed" mosques the day after the "attack" - with worshippers praying inside the not-destroyed mosque. Here's her NY Post column on the affair.
The burden is now on the AP to explain and straighten out its shoddy reporting on this incident, since they have steadfastly refused to do so thus far. They can't pretend it isn't happening or that it will go away. Other sources that aren't the AP have questioned, documented inconsistencies in the AP's reporting and have provided photographic evidence suggesting that the story was wildly exaggerated and inaccurate.
What's the AP/nutosphere's reaction to all of this?
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That's what we thought.
Ladies and gents, we present to you the lovely and talented Keri Russell:
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Activist Andrea Parhamovich Killed in Baghdad Ambush
Activist Andrea Parhamovich was killed in an ambush in Baghdad on Wednesday:
Parhamovich, 28, an activist with the Washington-based National Democratic Institute, died Wednesday in an ambush on her convoy as it traveled through one of Baghdad's most dangerous neighborhoods. An al-Qaida-linked coalition of Iraqi Sunni insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack. . . .Brian Maloney has more on Andrea Parhamovich here.
Three security contractors from Hungary, Croatia and Iraq also were killed in the attack, and two other people were wounded.
Parhamovich, a graduate of Marietta College in southeast Ohio, had been working with NDI in Baghdad since late 2006. She helped Iraqi political parties reach out to voters.
"She didn't agree with the war, but she felt that now that we're here, she wanted to do what she could to help the Iraqis," Hastings said in a telephone interview. "She wasn't afraid of taking risks." . . .
U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad condemned the attack.
"The young American who was killed in this attack along with her security team exemplified a commitment by all those who have never wavered in their resolve to build a stable, united and democratic Iraq," he said in a statement.
Comedian and radio show host Al Franken, who worked with Parhamovich at the liberal radio company Air America for about 18 months, said he was devastated by her death.
YouTube Video : Lindsay Lohan Drives to Rehab
January 20, 2007
Upon further investigation, we've determined that the "Kyrill" attacking Germany is neither a swarm of giant mutant shrimp or a giant mutant Gary Busey as earlier reported. The "Kyrill" is actually a giant mutant space alien. Shown below is a Jawa Report exclusive photo of the voracious Kyrill menacing the Brandenburg Gate:
God bless the brave people of Deutchland.
CNN's Hummer Brings 1.25 Million
CNN has sold a Hummer they used in Iraq for charity. Proceeds will go help soldiers injured in Iraq.
(CNN) -- Proceeds from the sale of Warrior One, which toured military bases and medical centers nationwide before the auction, will be donated to the Fisher House Foundation. The organization temporarily houses families of patients receiving major medical care in military hospitals and Veterans Affairs facilities.That’s very nice, But how about they split any profits from airing this video?. Eighty percent for the families of sniper victims in Iraq, both US and Iraqi, living and dead. The remainder toward resources for fighting the cyber Jihad. Then I’ll feel better, maybe.
Dave Liniger, founder of Re/Max International Inc., had the winning bid of $1 million for the Hummer. An additional $250,000 was thrown in by Dave Ressler, a businessman from North Dakota and Montana.
Asked why he bought the vehicle, Liniger said he is a Vietnam veteran who started Re/Max with his wife, Gail, in 1973. The real estate company has grown to 65 countries, he said.
Also see related post here at Gateway Pundit.
Truth is the IAI are terrorists. They and those who follow them support the murder of innocents and many other war crimes. It's a soft spot with me because I've seen them murder so many.
Who Shot Who
This week an outspoken newpaper editor was murdered in Turkey for speaking out against the mass murer of Armenian during WWI. This had gotten Hrant Dink in a bit of legal trouble for insulting, "Turkishness." Now by Turkishness they mean the Ottomans and by that they mean Sharia and by that they mean Islam OK, Glad we cleared that up. He worked his way out of the legal trouble only to face many threats. Now he has been murdered. Turkish police believe the man and the above right pic did the killing.
who killed him and why? Turkish Nationalists?
Well sure if you just undertand doublespeak. Turkish = Ottoman = Sharia = Islam = Muslim
Nationalist = Ottoman Nation = Caliphate.
LGF had to dig through seven sources to find out what he said. When he did, it turned out he ran away shouting, "I shot the outspoken reporter. Slash! I shot the Non- Muslim! Slash! I shot the infidel! Slash! I shot Jr Slash! Got is pretty cool some days Slash great!" No really. I shit you not.
Update : I rest my case.
ISTANBUL, Turkey (CNN) -- Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of outspoken Turkish journalist Hrant Dink after a 32-hour search, authorities said Sunday.Obviously his dad is a Muslim, not a muslime.
Police have identified him as Ogun Samast. Turkish media, citing police, reported that Samast is 16 or 17, a high school dropout and a possible drug addict.
Samast was identified by his father after he saw widely publicized pictures from a surveillance video.
Gee, one of you guys couldn't have fixed my blockquote while you were screwing around?
Jawa News Roundup
Hillary formally announces.
A U.S. helicopter crashed near Baghdad, killing 13.
A big Somali warlord just handed over his guns to the government.
The U.S. and Norks are starting up a new round of six-nation talks.
The bad guys (Hamass) and the less bad guys (Fatah) are engaged in negotiatons over whether to destroy Israel now or later.
Former Rep. Bob Ney gets 2 1/2 years for corruption.
U.S. to Chicoms : "WTF?!?!? I mean, WTF'ing F?!?!?!?"
An unmanned Russian supply vehicle successfully docked with the International Space Station.
Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy) called T. R. Knight a "faggot."
YouTube Video : Is Jade Goody a Racist?
So, the accused "racist" Jade Goody's now been evicted from the Big Brother house in the UK. I've watched only enough of "Big Brother" to know that the show is stupid. As stupid as the show is, the debate generated by the Shilpa Shetty - Jade Goody is important. The woman in this discussion (Narinder Kaur) is convinced that Jade and other members of the house are "racist."
You'll see the moderator in this clip is trying to gin up a reasoned discussion as to whether the conflict is over "race" or "culture"--without much success. This woman seamlessly conflates "culturalism," "bullying" and "racism" as if they were all the same thing. But they're not. It's not at all uncommon for a person of one race to dislike a person af a different race. That dislike my have nothing at all to do with racism.
Looking at the clips, it appears to me that Shilpa herself offended some of the UK players on multiple occasions by her own "cultural ignorance." No one seems to want to talk about this. Does the "cultural ignorance" street only run one way? Are the UK players expected to learn about and respect Shilpa's culture while Shilpa has no such burden to give the UK players the same courtesy?
YouTube Video : Bill O'Reilly vs. Stephen Colbert
O'Reilly on Colbert:
Apologies Are In Order
I would like to offer a sincere apology. I voted for Chuck Hagel in 2002.
If I had known then what I know now....
January 19, 2007
Mary Lynn Rajskub (24's Chloe) : "I'm Working My Way Back to Porn"
Here's 24's "Chloe O'Brian" on porn, being brunette, and smoking cigars.
To be honest, I've never thought so much of Mary Lynn in the looks department, but the change to brunette was a good move. On her recent public 'mugging' by Rush Limbaugh, Mary Lynn says "I felt violated--but I kind of liked it.":
"People touch me now...strangers...which is wierd--unless you're in the mood, then it's kinda nice."
Oh, God! It's Fry Day!
Mr. Right is running a good parody on global warming this week. Here is a taste for you.
"Clearly, the greedy and over-industrialized north is stealing sunlight from those of us in the less-fortunate, underdeveloped south," reported one Brazilian television network. "In the process, they have doomed us all!"Also the doomocrats have passed another toothless watered down bill to reduce student loan interest, by a small margin, on new loans only, starting sometime in the not too distant future I think.
"Unless something is done immediately, we will all be dead within, at most, a few years,"
Wow! Now that sure is a lot better than giving a tax credit for all student loan interest paid, like the Republicans did. Funny how the Republicans were able to help students without driving banks out of the business of making the loans. But hey at least they tried, right?
For more on the Democrats new plans see Strata-sphere. Larwyn kept recommending this blog to me so I've been reading it a bit and she's right, it's good.
EIGHTH, we will submit and pass legislation that will mandate any questioning by US agents of Al Qaeda members to (a) be done in the presence of an ACLU lawyer, (b) never last more than 30 minutes, (c) be done indoors, in climate controlled conditions, (d) include an offering of proper food and beverage and (e) require every question to use the word ‘please’Say, have you noticed that all their bills seem to reduce a tax credit or increase a payroll tax?
They will also try stop the evil hellibacon from getting help on expensive deep water oil exploration. How this is going to help reduce the dependance on foriegn oil, I dunno. They also don't want any new clean(er) coal plants either. They like the old dirty ones so they can point fingers.
They say are going to put that dirty oil money in a trust fund. I suppose that the increased payroll taxes will also go into that trust fund to give them something to rob for their other programs. Or else they'll say say they've slashed the deficit, forgetting all about their criticism of including these trust funds when figuring the deficit.
I got to hand it to them they sure are slick. All these new do nothing bills, do nothing war plan. All in 100 hours! Which is about ten times longer than they spent actually thinking about what to do.
Chinese Missile Destroys Satellite
There is concern that the Chinese have not only launched a missile to shoot down a satellite but, at the same time, they have launched a new weapons race. Just ducky.
From The Age:
The US State Department has confirmed that on January 12, China used a land-based ballistic missile to collide with its ageing satellite, which was orbiting 865 kilometres above the Earth.The Chinese have introduced the new field of anti-satellite warfare to counter the American global anti-ballistic missile system. So, in response to a U.S. defensive weapon, China develops a new offensive capability, while creating an orbit full of debris.
The enormous forces involved smashed the satellite into tens of thousands of pieces, creating a mass of space debris.
China's move appears to have caught Western nations by surprise. Experts believe that China has been provoked into staging this very public demonstration of its capabilities by the US's insistence on creating its global anti-ballistic missile system, in which Australia is to play a part.
They fear China's feat will encourage other countries to follow suit, placing the world's transportation, navigation and communication systems at risk.
Another Fast Hottie : NHRA's Ashley Force
Ashley Force is the hottest topic in drag racing right now. As the daughter of John Force, she'd be a "hot topic" in any event, but the fact that she's a hot chick sure doesn't hurt. Here's a few pics:
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Martinez Elected RNC Chairman
As you might expect, Allah has comments.
I understand Martinez' first act as Chairman will be to officially change "GOP" to "Grand Open-borders Party."
Will the UK-India Relationship Survive the Shilpa Shetty Debacle?
So, Shilpa Shetty, one of the most popular actresses in India, agrees to play this "Big Brother" reality game show on British TV. Shilpa and her new roomies (who were hand-picked to generate conflict) don't get along so well all cooped up together all the time. They end up creating a lot of drama (which is, of course, the whole point of picking them and cooping them up together all the time.) So now the tension in the Big Brother house has boiled over into an international incident. Protesters are denouncing Shilpa's British roomies as "racists" and burning them in effigy in the streets. Pundits are discussing whether this silly game show may permanently damage UK-India relations. Here's a Big Brother clip of one of the "arguments" between Shilpa and one of her roomies:
Update: Jawa commenter "Northern Cross" claims that "Jermaine" is Jermaine Jackson. I guess that would explain why he's such a girly wuss.
HotAir : Iraqis Speak to America
In today's HotAir, Michelle posts another installment of her frontline reports from Baghdad:
(Click image to watch)
Jeffrey Ake Fund(bumped)
Lilana Ake’s church has started a fund to try and help her avoid having to sell their home. Via John Byrne at the Post Tribune:
Carl Galloway, pastor of LaPorte Missionary Church, said the congregation decided to ramp up its fund-raising efforts after learning Ake had put her home on the market.Below I have the address where you can send donations. Further contact information at the Post Tribune.
Ake's husband, Jeffrey, has been missing in Iraq since April 2005, when he was abducted by gunmen near Baghdad.
"We have been supporting Lilly since Jeff was kidnapped," Galloway said. "It's a strange situation, because Lilly can't draw any of Jeff's benefits since nobody knows what has happened to him."
Ake, the mother of four young children, recently started bankruptcy proceedings for Equipment Express, the Rolling Prairie water bottling company Jeffrey Ake founded and ran until he was kidnapped.
She also put her LaPorte home on the market, saying she could not afford to stay there.
Ake recently earned her Realtor's license and got a job, Galloway said.
"The objective isn't to get her rich," Galloway said. "The goal is to get Lilly through the next few months, get her on her feet, until some money starts coming in."
Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to.
LaPorte Missionary Church :Jeffrey Ake FundPlease spread the information around your blog, church bulletins, Mosques, Synagogues, gas stations and favorite greasy spoons. Please do what you can. No matter how small your donation is they all add up.
LaPorte Missionary Church
Attn: Carl Galloway
104 E. 18th St., LaPorte, IN 46350
Update: Bumped, originally posted 01/13/07. Just to remind myself to send my paltry sum this week. Have you send your paltry sum yet? My paltry sum added to your paltry sum an make a differnce. I was able to get the word to three churches too, hopefully that will help. Keep your findgers crossed.
I’ve added an amazon Pay Box dedicated to accepting online donations to help Lilana below the fold. It’s not tax-deductible but if you want to remain anonymous or send small amounts online it's there.
As I’ve followed this story I’ve seen some pictures of downtown Laporte. To me, it looks very familiar. So that’s part of the reason that Jeff’s story interests me so much.
African Taliban's Website Terminated
The Islamic Courts Union's website used to be here, but....
Hat Tip :Vancouver.
Reuters Editor Also Terminated
An unnamed editor at Reuters was fired for last summer’s altered photos. They won’t say who or exactly when.
Via LGF: In all of Reuters’ statements and reports on the incident, they’ve never mentioned that a “top photo editor” was also fired. Why were they secretive about this, and why won’t they release the editor’s name?Here is Rusty’s post on the fake missile contrails that Reuters published during the war in Lebbanon.
Ok so I already posted an All Your Fakes reprise last week. So…..
Also see Hot Air.
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Breaking : al-Sadr's Media Chief Nabbed by Coalition
Sheik Abdul-Hadi al-Darraji, one of Muqtada al-Sadr's "top aides," just got nabbed by the coalition.
Looks like Uncle Maliki stopped protecting Mookie's boys.
Correction re: "Kyrill"
It has come to our attention that the "Kyrill" destroying Germany are not giant mutant shrimps as earlier reported. Upon further investigation, it appears that "Kyrill" is actually a giant, mutant Gary Busey (see image below). We sincerely apologize for any confusion.
January 18, 2007
Jawa Scoops MSM, MSM Ignores, World Yawns
*Bumped, do to very large ego of Sith master......scroll down for a few newer posts.
Occasionally we actually bring original content to the world. Yeah, it's seldom, but it does happen. Mostly that original content is in the form of interviews, entertainment, or analysis, but from time to time we get mindblowing tips that I figure are sure to generate some coverage. And by coverage, I mean hits.
So, what do you (the readers) make of the fact that we were tipped to a third Saddam Hussein video posted at a Baathist website, and yet more than 24 hours later are we remain the sole media outlet to have it? Even more mindnumingly stupifying is the fact that not a sole media outlet has even reported that there is a third video!
I understand why blogs don't need to cover this. I understand why you, the readers, don't want to watch said video. And I understand if some of you think it is below the dignity of this blog to post it (even though we are a blog....which calls itself, you know, The Jawa Report, so how dignified did you think we were in the first place?). But is anyone seriously suggesting that it is beneath the dignity of the MSM to cover a Saddam Hussein corpse video?
So, why the silence? Is it because:
a) the MSM has come to their senses, found religion, been touched by the Holy Ghost, and no longer is interested in snuff films which are intended to egg on insurgents to kill?
b) the MSM finds another Saddam Hussein snuff film passé? Call us back, Rusty, when you find that Hussein necrophelia video we've been hearing about. If the newest video isn't worse than the last one, what's the point? As Ringo told Homer and the B-Flats on top of Moe's roof, "It's been done"?
c) the MSM continues to have their heads firmly inserted up rectums?
Really, I don't know the answer. But maybe you do. How am I ever going to fulfill my lifelong dream of doing nothing without a little MSM affirmation? And the hits. Don't ever forget about the hits. Which lead to that crazy blog money.....
Jawa Report Exclusive : Kyrill Attacking German Bundestag
Did Jimmy Carter Seek Leniency for a Convicted Nazi SS Killer?
LGF has a post up about whether Jimmy Carter sought leniency in 1987 for a Nazi SS prison guard known to have served at the notorious Mauthausen concentration camp. In the image below, I've placed the 1977 memo next to the handwriting on the 1987 letter. Below the images, I've placed similar words from the two docs adjacent to one another for comparison. Same handwriting? You be the judge (click image to enlarge):
**Jawa Exclusive: Interview With Blogslayer Heaven Nose **
OK, Heaven Nose vs. Trainwrecks and fellow blogwar fans...time to indulge. We're inside of blogwars.
I posted an extensive background post on the blogwar to end all blogwars here. That's the primer.
The proprietors of Heaven Nose allowed us to get an inside glimpse into the anti-Trainwrecks movement. Being one of the most insane blog wars in recent memory, I thought this interview would add a little to the netlore.
Recent Jawa Report coverage: Blogwars: Heaven Nose Kills Trainwrecks
** READ THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW (w/ Videos) BELOW THE FOLD --->
Jawa Report: How long did it take between the establishment of HN and the demise of TW?One final note: Heaven Nose has taken the idea of an 'endzone dance' and vaulted it into a raw and hilarious universe.
Heaven Nose: It took us nearly 3 months. The true assault began on December 19th when their identities were posted on our blog comment section. We didn't expect them to fold so soon because we were not the first that tried to take Trainwrecks down. Those before us failed. Moreover, those before us were shut down by intimidation of the trainwreck administrators and the people they knew at Google. We know (and have proof) from a reliable source that they even used hacking as a means to unarm their critics.
Jawa Report: Some of the tactics that were employed in this instance are generally regarded in the blogosphere as unethical (although they often get results quickly and demonstrably, as they did here.) What is you response to those who accuse you of "hitting below the blog," so to speak?
Heaven Nose: Heaven Nose is a democracy. We had a poll up that gave our readers the choice between a passive approach or an aggressive Machiavellistic approach. They chose the latter which meant they were willing to fight fire with fire. The goal justified the means. It wouldn't be the first time in history that such a drastic deed was needed to make this world a better place.The trainwreck site claimed that they just posted information up about a blog and were not responsible nor did they condone it if their readers went to harass that blogger. So in turn,when someone posted their personal information in our comment section, we just left it there and are not responsible for what our readers may have done with it. A lot of people's confidence was undermined by Trainwrecks. We realize that TW is more a state of mind than a site. Taking the site down doesn't mean that TW will really be gone. But we see it as more of a symbolic gesture. We showed everyone that trainwrecks and all bullies for that matter, are fragile too and underneath those mean alteregos (one of them called themselves Beelzebub aka Satan) and fake powerful persona is just a bunch of women that have to deal with their own personal problems (like weight problems to give only one example). That makes the scorn of TW a whole lot easier to deal with and hopefully, we've given more courage to those out there that have been intimidated by them.
But we're talking about our tactics. Our tactics were based on ridiculing our adversary. We used war tactics and mind games on them. We made them believe that we were crazy and capable of anything by projecting this persona on our blog. The exposure of their identities wasn't our doing because they were already published on another site that was shut down by the trainwreckers. By the way, the information that was posted was very accurate and was collected from recources publically available to anyone on the internet. We were the ones that made sure people paid attention to their identities. Heaven Nose was merely a forum where Trainwreck victims or people that didn't like the site could have a laugh at the expense of the TW'ers. That's all. We're not psychopaths after all, although many will disagree. We never harrassed TW in their real life. Only online. A lot of our readers felt like they had to harrass them in real life. I wouldn't have done that, but I'm guessing that TW must have done something pretty bad for people to have those kind of reactions. Would you try to harrass somebody if you didn't feel like that person had been outta line? I don't think so.
The problem is that so many people were paranoid about TW going after them that they were scared to say anything. They were alone in the "shame" and vulnerability. That's why it looks like the majority of the bloggers are pro-TW. Our email inbox showed otherwise though. The people had spoken and we felt like we had to respect their wishes and stand up against the bullies of the internet. Even now, with TW gone, a lot of people are scared to speak up (even on our forum, where everybody's anonymity -except the Trainwreckers'- was guaranteed). But once again, our email inbox shows a another picture.
Jawa Report: We've seen some bitter blog and flamewars in the past, but this one seems to have little or no trail of existence. Is this HN's first kill? Last?
Heaven Nose: This was the blog war to end all blog wars. We took down Goliath. As far as we're concerned, this was our first and last campaign. Like we said, it was symbolic. TW will spawn again in another form. But their victims need to realize that the trainwreck people are pathetic and can be taken down. All they need is to fight back with perseverance.
Jawa Report: Have you been threatened with legal action? Death threats? Other weird stuff?
Heaven Nose: No. Never. TW just used sneaky tactics like searching our cache files continuously or staying on our blog all day long and monitoring the activity. There were four of them so they must've worked in shifts. We saw a pattern.
JR: What's next, if anything, for Heaven Nose?
HN: Heaven Nose will stay up but will not be updated. Our main goal was achieved. We like to photoshop so we will post a new picture once in a while
JR: What kinds of people (w/o naming names or specifics) were behind TW?
HN: They were female academics. One works for a university administration and another is an actual attorney practising in California. This makes their behaviour even worse since they should know better. Yet another one of them is doing research on female fertility problems. TW was known to mock and torment infertile women... Spot the discrepancy.
JR: I flipped through your archives – has HN had this kind of thing happen before? Was the sole purpose of HN simply to serve as an outpost for waging the war against TW?
HN: This hasn't happened before and yes, that was our sole purpose. We knew that our predecessors were shut down by google because they focused solely on taking trainwrecks down. That's why we had to make it look like we were a blog reviewing site. We have to say, we had fun reviewing those blogs, but it was just a distraction. At first we approached TW in a friendly manner, trying to find out how they would react to us. They reacted like we expected. In an aggressive manner, they accused us of spamming and subsequently they loaded us with all the sins of Israel. That's when we knew we were going to have to act even more insane than they are if we wanted to bring them down. When that happened, they decided to ignore us. They shoudn't have.
JR: Are you really superheroes or just mere mortals?
HN: Batman was a superhero and mortal. The one doesn't exclude the other. So to answer your question, we are both.
JR: Did you make that YouTube film of the The Skywalker Squirrel and Darth Siobhan?
HN: Yes, we did. A lot of people (even people like Supersnark, who is a trainwreck lover) wrote that they found it hilarious. I think so too.
JR: What makes Heaven Nose tick?
HN: Vengeance. Justice. Democracy. The goal justifying the means. Absurd humor. Perseverance. Refusing to compromise.
JR: If TW comes back in another incarnation, will you be on it?
HN: Like we said, we will be watching.
What's the pure essence of one blog completely pw3ning another? This:
'Bye Bye, Trainwrecks'
Thanks to HN for letting us get the inside dirt from the Horses mouth, and to Ragnar for finding this story.
Do Conservatives Suffer from a Mental Illness?
There's a study out purporting to prove that conservative political beliefs arise out of mental illness.
Libertarian psychologist "Iron Shrink" has a detailed analysis of the study here.
Search For Ken Bigley's Remains
News today that Turkish police are holding a terrorists who claims to know the location of murdered hostage Ken Bigley's body. The Turks are holding him in connection with serveral bombings there.
Via Mark Heath at EADT24: The brother of murdered hostage Ken Bigley has spoken of the family's hope that his remains may finally be found after a prisoner in Turkey was questioned in connection with the horrific killing.We certainly hope Kens' body is found and returned to his family for proper burial. Maybe we'll get lucky and this man will have more useful information on other hostages too.
Phil Bigley, who lives in Ipswich, spoke to the EADT as it emerged that Syrian national Loa'i al-Saqa has been questioned about his brother's execution in Iraq in October 2004....
...Turkey's Anatolia news agency has reported that Mr al-Saqa was interviewed for an hour-and-a-half in the city of Kocaeli.
It comes after his lawyer had claimed last April that his client had information on the execution and knew where Ken Bigley's body was buried.
Yesterday, Phil Bigley said: “We are grateful to the Foreign Office that they continue to support us, and the Metropolitan Police.
“Anything that will bring about the location of my brother's remains would be our goal.
After we learn what we can, I hope the Turks give him his due. A nice stay in Turkish pound-terrorists-in-the-ass-prison followed shortly thereafter by a firing squad. Sounds fair to me anyway, considering what these people did to Mr. Bigley.
Jawa Report Beheading Archive here. Warning graphic images.
Germany Attacked by Raging Kyrill !!!
What's a Kyrill, you ask? Reuters has the scoop:
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germans were told to stay indoors and many schools across the country closed early on Thursday as a rare hurricane bore down on them, seriously disrupting air and rail travel and causing at least one death on the roads.
After leaving a trail of damage in the Netherlands and the English Channel, authorities were on alert as hurricane "Kyrill" reached western Germany in the afternoon, uprooting trees, damaging buildings and causing major delays on roads.
In southwest Germany, one motorist was killed after he crashed into another vehicle between trying to avoid a fallen tree, police said. The other driver was seriously injured.
In the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, a train was held up when it crashed into an uprooted tree, police and national rail operator Deutsche Bahn said. Nobody was injured.
Germany's DWD meteorological service said the storm could generate winds of up to 180 km/h (112 mph) in high and exposed areas and as much as 130 km/h in lower-lying regions.
Swedish al Qaeda Operative Captured in Morroco
Scaninavia's liberal refugee laws have led to the place crawling with terrorists. With the cooperation of Sweden and Morocco, it looks like at least one of them has been captured. Via Aaron at Internet Haganah this news. Since it's a Swedish publication, you won't be surprised that the emphasis of the story is not on the fact that a bona fide al Qaeda commander had been living in Sweden, or the fact that he had apparently set up a cell there based in a mosque, but on the heresay of the terrorist's daughter who claims he had been abused in a Moroccon jail. They even bring out the torture card:
Ahmed Essafri, the Swedish citizen of Moroccan descent arrested in Morocco on December 25th, is reported to have spent ten days in a prison cell with his hands and feet bound and his eyes blindfolded. Moroccan security services have been questioning him about a mosque in the Brandbergen suburb of Stockholm, Dagens Nyheter reports.....Aaron identifies Ahmed Essafri as 'Mohamed Moumou', who was designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as a 'Terrorist Facilitator' on December 7, 2006, but he was thought to have been in London, not in Morocco:
"The questions were all just about Sweden, about a mosque in Brandbergen, about who went there, what they did and what they talked about," said Essafri's daughter.
He was also quizzed about another Swede of Moroccan origin, who had his assets frozen by the US Finance Department in early December 2006...
The family previously told Dagens Nyheter that they received information from a Moroccan police officer that Essafri was arrested following a request from the USA....
"But this is psychological torture. He has now developed severe anxiety and an old stomach ulcer has resurfaced," she said...
On Friday he appeared in a Moroccan anti-terror court accused of participating in a recruitment network for foreign jihadis in Iraq.
Mohamed Moumou's extremist activities date back to the mid-1990's, when he traveled to Afghanistan to participate in the al Qaida-run Khalden terrorist training camp. A Moroccan national with Swedish citizenship, Moumou was the uncontested leader of an extremist group centered around the Brandbergen Mosque in Stockholm, Sweden. Moumou's leadership derives from connections to senior al Qaida leaders, some of whom he had met in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the late-1990s. Moumou reportedly served, at some time in the past, as Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi's representative in Europe for issues related to chemical and biological weapons. Moreover, Moumou reportedly maintains ties to al-Zarqawi's inner circle in Iraq.So, who is the other "Swede of Moroccan origin" that is mentioned? No other Swede had his assets frozen recently, that I could find. Either another al Qaeda operative, not listed by the Treasury Department, is at that mosque or the daughter had the story mixed up--which is not unlikely.
However, Moumou could have been questioned about Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, a Kurdish refugee in Norway who is a founder of the Army of Ansar al Sunna group. Long time readers know that there is a special place in hell for members of Jaish Ansar al Sunnah. And we've documented a long trail which connects Ansar al-Sunna to Sweden.
Perhaps Essafri "Moumu" is a critical link between radical Arab and Kurdish Salafis in Scandinavia? Since Essafri "Moumou" is being charged with recruiting jihadis to Iraq, and The Army of Ansar al-Sunna has worked with al Qaeda in Iraq in the past--both in an operational capacity, with members of al Qaeda (Tawhid wal Jihad) and more recently with Ansar's joining of the Islamic State of Iraq--this seems plausible. Moreover, Essafri is said to have been a part of the predecessor organization, Ansar al-Islam. Who else belonged to that organization? Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, now deceased.
Here is Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad's (aka Mullah Krekar) rap sheet, courtesy the U.S. Treasure Department. As of this writing, Krekar continues to fight extradition from Norway to Kurdish Iraq where a short trial leading to a death sentence is assured:
Krekar Provides Support to Ansar al-SunnahRelated:
Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, a.k.a. Mullah Krekar (Krekar), founded in December 2001 the Kurdish terrorist group Ansar al-Islam (AI), now known as Ansar al-Sunnah (AS), and served as AI's first leader.
As of spring 2005, a non-governmental organization founded by Krekar sent money to terrorist organizations and actively recruited European citizens into terrorist organizations. Branches of the NGO were, as of spring 2005, overtly and covertly gathering money and recruiting personnel for AS. Krekar has visited Germany several times and during these trips conducted fundraising for AS and performed logistical activities. Information shows that in January 2006, Krekar may have routed funds through associates in Bulgaria and Iraq to support AS in Iraq.
As of fall 2005, AS reportedly had established at least two sniper teams in Iraq; the founder of these teams claimed to be Krekar's representative in Iraq. Krekar also traveled regularly from Norway to the Iraqi Kurdish area. During one of his longer stays in northern Iraq, Krekar appears to have recruited and trained combatants.
Apart from the instances of direct facilitation of terrorist groups which form the basis for his designation, Krekar has exhorted others to violence and supplied religious justifications for murder. In a 2004 interview, Krekar supported holy war in Iraq and identified legitimate targets, stating "Not just the officers, but also the civilians who help the Americans. If anyone so much as fetches them a glass of water, he can be killed. ... Everyone is a target. If an aid organization gives the Americans as much as a glass of water, they will become a target."
Army of Ansar al-Sunnah--In SWEDEN!?!?!
Ansar al-Sunna finds 'Safe Haven' in Sweden, Issues Death Fatwa Against Christian Minister
Founder of Islamist Forum Arrested, Terror Plot Against Swedish Christians Uncovered
Muslim Ruled Sweden?
Sweden Reduces Terrorism Sentences
Plot to Behead Israeli Ambassador to Norway
Al-Qeada threatens Denmark, Norway, France
More Terror Threats Against Denmark, Norway
YouTube Video : Joost Preview
YouTube Video on '24' : Is Jack Bauer a Right-Wing Propagandist?
Freedom Journal Iraq # 564
• Marines Respond to IEDs
Note to centcom: Your lnk for this episode points to the previous one.
Right Wing Bloggers Hand Harry Reid His First Defeat
Rob Bluey of HumanEvents.com writes about how bloggers are having an impact on "business as usual" in Washington:
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., learned firsthand last week the effect bloggers can have on public policy when he was handed the first defeat of his short tenure as majority leader.Read the rest here.
It all started last Thursday when conservative Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., sought to strengthen the Senate’s ethics reform bill by amending it to include the same earmark reform language in the House-passed version. Reid’s deputy, Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., tried to kill the amendment, but nine Democrats broke ranks and backed DeMint. Instead of accepting defeat, Reid tried to twist arms and reverse the vote.
That’s when bloggers took notice. Rallying to DeMint’s defense, a coalition of bloggers, led by Andy Roth at the Club for Growth, documented Reid’s strong-arm tactics. The Examiner’s own Mark Tapscott and Ed Frank at Americans for Prosperity jumped on the story. I posted video on YouTube of Reid and DeMint’s clash on the Senate floor.
In the meantime, bloggers sent e-mails to Jon Henke, the newly hired new-media director for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. It’s Henke’s job to deal with bloggers, and if there was ever an occasion, this was it.
PSA: Please Kill This Man
Jawa PSA: This is Abu Ayyub al-Masri. He is the head of al Qaeda in Iraq. If you run across this man, please kill him. Thank you.
400 Shiite Sadr Militiamen Arrested
Good news from Iraq. Let's hope this is the start of something bigger. Much bigger. No doubt, the "key backer" referred to in the Maliki statement is Muqtada al-Sadr and the militia the Mahdi army.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said 400 fighters from a key backer of the Shiite-led government have been arrested, and a government spokesman said Thursday the U.S. is not giving Iraqi security forces enough money for training and equipment....UPDATE: Is this 400 since October or 400 recently, the way the AP article seems to read? Allah points to the NYT article which seems to suggest the latter and that a much smaller number had been arrested recently:
A Baghdad Mahdi Army commander said U.S. and Iraqi troops launched a major campaign Tuesday in Um al-Maalef, a Shiite neighborhood in south Baghdad.
"They detained every man who was able to carry weapons. We heard from our people in the area that about 400 people were detained," said the [Mahdi] militia commander on condition of anonymity because senior figures in the group are not permitted to give their names.
He said that in December U.S. troops had killed one of the Mahdi Army's top commanders, known as Abu al-Sudour, in Sadr City.
at least half a dozen senior militia leaders had been taken into custody in recent weeks....Allah thinks this is more an indication of 'containment' of the Mahdi Army than it is of a direct confrontation. Captain Ed, reacting to the same article is optimistic that this is a real sign of good faith on part of al Maliki. Me? Optimistic isn't the right word, but neither is pessimistic. And skeptical carries too much baggage. How about hopeful?
Mr. Maliki, in a meeting with foreign journalists on Wednesday, said 400 Mahdi militiamen had been arrested “within the last few days,” according to a tape of the interview made available to The New York Times. A senior government official said later by telephone that the total number arrested was 420 and that they had been detained in 56 operations beginning in October. Several dozen senior leaders have been detained in the past several weeks, the senior official said on condition of anonymity. He said the total number of senior commanders did not exceed 100.
YouTube Video : Muslims Are No Threat to UK
This scruffy dork's video is one of the highest rated and most discussed videos on YouTube today. It's mostly a waste of time, but it gives you an idea of what's passing for "brilliant commentary" on YouTube these days:
YouTube Video : American Idol's Paula Abdul SMASHED
January 17, 2007
The latest pointless screed from Maureen Dowd :
President Bush has been dutifully making the rounds of TV news shows, trying to make the case that victory in Iraq is “doable.” He thinks the public will support the Surge if he can simply illuminate a few things that we may have been too thick to understand. For instance, he says he needs to “explain to people that what happens in the Middle East will affect the future of this country.” Yes, Mr. President, we get it.
He also told Jim Lehrer last night that in 20 years, radical Shiites could be warring with radical Sunnis and Middle Eastern oil could fall into the hands of radicals, who might also get weapons of mass destruction.
So after scaring Americans into backing the Sack of Iraq by warning that radicals could get W.M.D., now he’s trying to scare Americans into supporting the Surge in Iraq by warning that radicals could get W.M.D.
So many deaths, so little progress.
It’s unnerving to be tutored by an educator in chief who is himself being tutored. The president elucidating the Iraqi insurgency for us is learning about the Algerian insurgency from the man who failed to quell the Vietcong insurgency.
MilBlog Contest Hosted by VA Mortgage Center
The VA Mortgage Center is currently holding a MilBlogging contest with cash prizes for the top ten blogs. The number one blog will receive $3,000, and the rest of the top ten will receive $250 each. My home blog of A Soldier's Perspective is currently in second place with a great chance of taking over the lead. All money from this contest will be donated to the Camp Lejeune Ballerinas.
Jamilgate: Keeps on Burnin'
Confederate Yankee keeps the JamilXXGGGHgate fires burning.
Malkin and Bryan may have a video update on the subject coming within the next few days.
Meanwhile, here's Bryan's filing on Iraq at Hot Air if you haven't seen it already.
Farewell to Yvonne deCarlo
The lovely and talented Yvonne deCarlo recently passed away on January 8. Although she's most remembered these days for her role as Lily Munster, her biggest role was that of Moses' wife Sephora in The Ten Commandments. Although we remember her today as the stable, mature matron in goth makeup, deCarlo was known in the '40s and '50s for gorgeous looks and an active libido. When deCarlo was originally being considered for the role of Lily Munster, Al Lewis and Fred Gwynne were apparently very concerned about being associated with her saucy reputation. But she got the part, and the rest is history.
Say Hello to Shilpa Shetty
Why are these pics here? Because Shilpa Shetty's gorgeous. Do we need another reason?
MORE BELOW THE FOLD
Home's Solar Array Eliminates Utility Bills
It's still damn expensive, but it's a start:
EAST AMWELL, New Jersey (Reuters) - Michael Strizki heats and cools his house year-round and runs a full range of appliances including such power-guzzlers as a hot tub and a wide-screen TV without paying a penny in utility bills.
His conventional-looking family home in the pinewoods of western New Jersey is the first in the United States to show that a combination of solar and hydrogen power can generate all the electricity needed for a home.
Caminiti argues that the cost of the hydrogen/solar setup works out at about $4,000 a year when its $100,000 cost is spread over the anticipated 25-year lifespan of the equipment. That's still a lot higher than the $1,500 a year the average U.S. homeowner spends on energy, according to the federal government. Even if gasoline costs averaging about $1,000 per car annually are included in the energy mix, the renewables option is still more expensive than the grid/gasoline combination.
But for Strizki and his colleagues, the house is about a lot more than the bottom line. It's about energy security at a time when the federal government is seeking to reduce dependence on fossil fuels from the Middle East, and it's about sustaining a lifestyle without emitting greenhouse gases.
Al Qaeda Evacuates Baghdad
More proof the President's plan to increase troop levels is pie-in-the-sky dreaming.
Al Qaeda terrorists are fleeing Baghdad in advance of President Bush’s 21,500-man troop surge, a senior military intelligence officer told Pajamas Media today. Under orders from the al Qaeda commander in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, fighters are streaming toward the Diyala region of Iraq....Iraq the Model has the same news, from Iraqi sources here. America's imminent defeat at the hands of Bushitlermchaliburton and neo-con Zionist cabal.......
The apparent evacuation of Baghdad by al Qaeda forces comes from direct orders issued by al-Masri, the former soldier who took control of the Iraqi wing of al Qaeda following the June 2006 bombing death of Zarqawi.
Initially, the intelligence officer informed Pajamas, the Baghdad-based AQ fighters did not want to leave. Al-Masri had to send unequivocal orders for their retreat, adding that one of the lessons from the Fallujah campaign was that Americans have learned how to prevail in house-to-house fighting. Masri said that remaining in Baghdad was a ‘no-win situation’ for the terrorists.
“In more than ten years of reading al Qaeda intercepts, I’ve never seen language like this,” the intelligence officer said. Usually, al Qaeda communications are full of bravado and false confidence, he added.
Of course, not losing to al Qaeda (or other Salafis), Baathists, and Khomeinists is not the same as winning the war. As Bryan and Michelle have recently reminded us, to win means something more. But I'll take not losing over immediate withdrawal--which is how al Qaeda defines defeat for us--any day.
Jawa Report on TV?
Well, not exactly, but sorta. (Click image for video)
More on the Heaven Nose/Trainwrecks Blogwar
Kind of creepy, and even more so that it is hard to figure out exactly what happened now that Google's cache archives have been scrubbed of Trainwrecks' content along with most of the related thread wars at both sites.
Heaven Nose, I might note, is still standing.
Bottom Five Professions Ranking Above Mainstream Journalist
With the spate of fake and staged news coming out of the Middle East, all designed to undermine the United States and its allies in the War on Terror, a new South Hamilton Institute of Technology poll shows American Journalists sucking hind teat to more respected occupations.
The last five ranking above "Journalist" are:
5. Crack Whore
4. Male Crack Whore
3. Crack Whore Pimp
2. Keith Olbermann's Fluffer, Raoul
1. Boil Sucker
Another Saddam Hussein Dead Video (Ambulance)
More proof that Saddam Hussein, like Franco, is still dead. This video is of the (still) dead Saddam Hussein in an ambulance as it was being transported for burial. The grainy video shows people gawking at the dead dictator's body and discussing it. The video ends with Hussein's face being covered by the body bag, the doors closing, and the ambulance driving away. His soul, I am told, had already been sent to hell.
The video first appeared on a Sunni website which claims it was taken in Karbala as the body was being transferred to its final resting spot. The film is said by the website to be more evidence that the Shia led Iraqi government "did not take into account the preservation of the dignity of the Iraqi president or guard his body after his execution". The films, more of which may be forthcoming, "all indicate blundering government militias and their inability to curb their hatred, venom and bad deeds."
Q: This is now the third Saddam Hussein death video....is there a single Shia in Iraq who didn't take pictures?*
WARNING: Graphic content. The video shows the dead body of Saddam Hussein. Images grabbed from the video also posted.
Some fram grabs from the video.
Hat tip: Rubin
New Saddam Video (Zombie Hussein remix)
More footage has emerged of Saddam Hussein after his hanging.
Boo! Made you look.......
There actually is a new video of Saddam Hussein's body here.
Two Afghan Civilians Thwart Car Bomber
CNN posted this yesterday afternoon. It really is a great story. Since the would be bomber was captured alive, hopefully we will gain some intelligence on who sent him and where they are hiding.
CNN KABUL, Afghanistan : Two civilians thwarted an attempted terrorist attack Tuesday when a vehicle loaded with explosives attempted to crash through the front gate of a U.S. base in the Afghan capital, according to the U.S. military.Also see milblogger: Black Five.
The two men, an interpreter and a security guard, dragged the apparent suicide bomber from the vehicle before he could detonate explosives, said Col. Tom Collins, the chief spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
"I think it's a pretty amazing and heroic event," Collins said.
He said that at about 9 a.m. Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET Monday) a driver crashed his vehicle into Camp Phoenix, the base where the Afghan National Army and police are trained. The driver reached for what appeared to be a cord to detonate a bomb, he said.
"Amazingly, a couple of Afghans who just happened to be on the scene there realized what was happening," Collins said.
"Anyone's inclination would have been to run away but these guys are genuine heroes," Collins said.
The area was immediately cordoned off while authorities waited for a bomb disposal team.
During the attempt to disarm it, the device went off. It's unclear how much or what kind of explosive material was used, Collins said. No U.S. or coalition troops were injured.
Top Abu Sayyaf Terrorist Dead
Via FOXNEWS:MANILA, Philippines — A top Al Qaeda-linked militant accused of masterminding the kidnapping of three Americans who was long wanted by U.S. and Philippine authorities has been killed, the military said Wednesday.That’s very good news! We should spread some of that five mil reward around the unit that risked thier lives to put and end to this terrorist.
Jainal Antel Sali Jr., popularly known as Abu Sulaiman -- a top leader of the Abu Sayyaf rebel group -- was fatally shot in a fierce gunbattle Tuesday in a clash with army special forces, military chief Gen. Hermogenes Esperon said.
Sulaiman is the highest-ranking Abu Sayyaf commander killed by U.S.-backed troops. Washington had offered up to $5 million for his capture.
"We have resolved that this group and their major commanders must be finished off, that this notorious group should see its end," Esperon told a news conference.
Also see Captain’s Quarters.
With Friends Like These..
When the five Iranians were arrested in Iraq the other day we had comments telling us that, "Kurds are much friendly with the Iranians than with their southern Arab." I had my doubts. Iran may support some of the opposition to the current Kurds in power. But to destabilize Iraq not because they are friends. In Fact Kurds are an oppressed minority in Iran and there has been border tension where Iraqi Kurdistan meets Iran. Today we have news that along with Hassan Abbasi, another Iranian with questionable motives, one Mahommad Jaafari Sharoudi, was also detained.
Tehran, 17 Jan. (AKI) - One of the five Iranians arrested last week by the US army in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil is wanted in Austria in connection with the assassination of Kurdish leader Andol Rahman Ghassemlu in 1989. Mahommad Jaafari Sharoudi was one of five Iranian officials detained last week in the Kurdish-controlled city on charges of being connected to a faction of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Pasdaran, that funds and arms insurgents in Iraq.I think it's safe to assume these men were up to no good, given their past activities.
Abdol Rahman Ghassemlu, the historic leader of Iranian Kurds, was killed in an apartment in the outskirts of the Austrian capital Vienna where he was scheduled to meet a delegation sent by then Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Hot Air Video Reports From Iraq
Evil Neeeeocon bloggers reporting useful information from Iraq - 1
Chickenlittle anti-war bloggers sitting with their big, fat backsides in their air-conditioned offices - 0
Freedom Journal Iraq #563
• Coalition Forces Make Life Difficult for Insurgents
Update: Heh, with special appearance by Specialist Stacy Shackleford!
Dhimmi Carter : Palestinian Missiles Aren't Terrorism
Did I mention I hate Dhimmi Carter?:
Jimmy Carter: Most of the condemnations of my book came from Jewish American organizations, which think that I believe there is racial segregation inside Israel. I don’t base it on that. My whole book is written about Palestine and its lands, and about what is going on against the Palestinian people, which is, in my view, very similar, and in some cases even worse, than what happened to the blacks in South Africa. ... I don’t consider... I wasn’t equating the Palestinian missiles with terrorism.Video clip here.
h/t : LGF.
January 16, 2007
Somalia : Top Islamic Militia Leader Arrested
GARISSA, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyan police arrested a top leader in Somalia's Islamic militant movement on Monday, a Kenyan security official said.According to other reports, the leader in question is Sheikh Ahmed Sharif Sheikh, second in command to UIC leader Sheikh Hassan Aweys.
The leader was arrested at midmorning at a refugee camp near the Kenyan border with Somalia, the official said, quoting from a police report. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said he was on his way to the Dadaab refugee camp, 62 miles (100 kilometers) east of Garisa, to help identify the suspect.
If confirmed, the arrest could be a major step toward ending the fighting in Somalia, which began when Ethiopian troops intervened to stop the Islamic movement's advance to destroy the internationally backed government. Top movement leaders Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys and Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed have pledged to carry on a guerrilla war as long as Ethiopian troops remain in Somalia.
Joost : YouTube Killer?
As you know, we right-wing bloggers have had our issues with YouTube. The problem for us is, YouTube is the "place to be" when it comes to reaching the internet public with video. There's a new service coming out, called "Joost," that's being billed as the "YouTube killer." If you want to check it out, you can download the Joost client applet here.
Contrary to the hype, it sounds to me that it's essentially an internet-based television broadcast. I haven't seen any information touting the capability to do personal video broadcasts or any of the other community elements that make YouTube so popular with the internet public. Not that there's anything wrong with an internet-based television broadcast, but I don't quite see how Joost is a "YouTube killer" if that's what it is. Here's more info:
If the track record of Skype and Kazaa founders is any indication, then the burgeoning online video industry will need to gird for its latest contender. Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom aim to do for online video what their earlier work has done for telecommunications and file sharing.Stay tuned.
Joost, the official name of the new online video service previously code-named “The Venice Project”, aims to be nothing less than a global television distribution platform, they say.
(About the name, Friis explains on his blog: ”While it does not mean anything now we think it will come to mean great quality Internet TV the way it should be.”)
"Deep Thoughts" by Jack Bauer
Jack Bauer of "24" shares his wisdom:
F**k diplomacy.The rest is here.
Actions speak louder than words. Though shouting can also be effective.
If you shoot a man's wife in the knee and he still doesn't give you the information, he's bad. ...
If you see me running down the street, it's probably a good idea to take cover.
Manhattan Imam : Muslims Cannot Stop Extremists
From the New York Sun:
Moderate Muslims are powerless against the forces of Islamic fundamentalists who propagate anti-Semitism, a cleric of Manhattan's largest mosque said yesterday.This is predictable enough:
"Extremists have taken initiative and have stepped to the center of the arena," Imam Omar Abu-Namous said. "The Muslim nation is not able to stop them."
The imam and the president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Rabbi Marc Schneier, participated in an interfaith dialogue in honor of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, which will be celebrated today.
Also in attendance was the hiphop mogul Russell Simmons, the chairman of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. Mr. Simmons, who is not Muslim, said the Reverend Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam is a "great inspiration to me."h/t: Steven Emerson
BWI second in losses of uniforms, ID cards
From the Washington Times:
At least 426 uniforms and identification cards issued to security screeners at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport have been lost or stolen since late 2001, according to Transportation Security Administration records. The only other airport to report more missing uniforms and badges in the past five years is Los Angeles International Airport , whose security screeners lost at least 789. More than 3,600 TSA or Homeland Security Department airport security uniforms and credentials have disappeared from November 2001, when the TSA was created, through Sept. 30, records show. Some lawmakers worry the missing items may find their way into the hands of terrorists. The agency, however, denies the problem poses a national security risk. Screeners at BWI reported 321 uniforms and 105 identity cards lost or stolen during the five-year period ending Sept. 30.H/t: Steven Emerson
Blogwars : Heaven Nose Kills Trainwrecks
The Jawa Report has its rivalries and fights with other blogs now and then. It goes on, and it's generally not a big deal. The Trainwrecks vs. Heaven Nose blog fight, on the other hand, has taken it to another level entirely. This is the first time I'm aware of that one blog actually killed off another blog--or at least forced another blog to commit suicide. The victors had this to say:
So the question remains: Why? It's simple. We got rid of Trainwrecks just because we could. Not bad for two clowns whose mother tongue isn't English, eh? Let's see you take down a blog in Italian or Greek.Here's a little more background:
Once upon a time there was a blog, called Trainwrecks.net managed by Beth Campbell aka xeney. This site wrote about—train wrecks--human train wrecks. Any story you could imagine as long as it was a train wreck.So, the primary effect of all this was a sizable wave of publicity and traffic for both the Heaven Nose blog and the Trainwrecks blog. Was this a mere unintended consequence of a pissing match?
Some of Trainwreck's readers, or perhaps I should say victims, came over to this blog and weren't too happy about what Trainwrecks wrote about. Warfare between Trainwrecks and many other blogs ensued. People were taking this quite seriously. They thought the Trainwrecks people were cold and stone-hearted.
And then, suddenly, this weekend, Trainwrecks.net is no more.
Pakistan Getting Serious with Taliban?
Speak softly and carry a big something.
1) Pakistan takes out suspected Taliban site.
2) Taliban spokesman arrested crossing into Afghanistan.
3) Pakistan closing down refugee camps. Breeding grounds for terror.
Add them up, and it begins to look like something is happening. Something good. Oh, and there were 'foreign fighters' at the Taliban camps, including some that might be 'European'. Personally, I'm hoping that by 'European' they meant 'just some white guy'. Heh, he is from Orange County, which is just about as close to Eurotrash as we get here.
1) The Age:
Pakistan army air strike on a militant camp near the Afghan border killed up to 20 fighters in a tribal area regarded as a hotbed of support for the Taliban and al-Qaeda, according to intelligence officials.I question the timing. I give it 12 hours before all 20 bodies are identified as guests at a wedding party--civilians, all; mostly women and children. And puppies. Lots of puppies.
"The operation was carried out at around 6.55am (1255 AEDT) in Zamzola in South Waziristan, based on information that 25 to 30 miscreants, including foreigners, were present there," said Major General Shaukat Sultan, Pakistan's military spokesman.
Sultan said there was a precision air strike on a cluster of five mud-walled compounds, of which three were completely destroyed, and helicopter gunships followed up.
The attack came hours after US Defence Secretary Robert Gates landed in Afghanistan for talks with President Hamid Karzai, and follows comments by senior US officials putting pressure on Pakistan to do more to stop Taliban fighters crossing the border to fight Afghan, NATO and US forces.
The Blotter has a couple of interesting things to add:
Around 30 were killed, including many foreign fighters from Uzbekistan and Chechnya. There is also suspicion that some Europeans might be among the dead....
While the Pakistan Army has claimed credit for the strike, local residents reported having heard a drone circling the area, leading to suspicion that this was actually a strike by the U.S.
2) Big Fish: Top Taliban Spokesman Captured. Now administer justice, please. Texas style.
3) Pak Trib:
Pakistan`s government will close four refugee camps near its border with Afghanistan to help prevent Afghan insurgents from gunrunning and seeking safe haven in the country, Islamabad`s ambassador to the United States said.I'm sure that U.S. troops will be on the other side of the border just waiting for many of the 'refugees'. Hammer, meet anvil.
Muhammad Ali Durrani said the residents of two of the camps will soon be sent back to Afghanistan as part of a new program to better control the 1,550-mile shared border.
Golden Globes : Beyonce Knowles
UN Official Charged In Oil-for-Food Scandal
The Kofi Annan legacy.
Singapore : Surfing for Tammy NYP?
You'd better watch your step if you're surfing the internet for Tammy NYP (or anything else, for that matter) in Singapore. They have some pretty harsh penalties for "creative" methods of internet access over there:
A Singaporean teenager who illegally tapped into a neighbour's wireless Internet network - an offense the city-state deems punishable by jail - was placed on 18 months' probation by a district court on Tuesday.His probation includes a total ban on internet access:
The court also ordered Garyl Tan Jia Luo, 17, to carry out 80 hours of community service after he admitted linking his computer to his neighbour's wireless router to access the Internet without permission.
Tan could have been jailed up to three years and fined $S10,000. ...
[Judge] Reddy said Tan should seek "disciplined and structured psychiatric and psychological intervention" to cure his [internet] addiction.
what's potentially worse is the fact that he is not allowed to access the internet during his stint. Apparently, the judge felt this was the best way to break him of his internet addiction...OK, no word on whether Garyl Tan Jia Luo was surfing for Tammy NYP in particular, but I'll wager he was.
Vote For Your Fav Milblogger
Help out a good cause.Via OPFOR:
Blackfive will win the 3 large, but if OPFOR is in the top ten, prize money will go to Fisher House. (Blackfive's idea, he picked Soldiers' Angels).Hat Tip: Larwyn.
Millennium Bomber Sentence Vacated
Via Reuters: A federal appeals court vacated a 22-year prison sentence on Tuesday against "millennium bomber" Ahmed RessamSo just which court would do such a thing? Let me take a guess....
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco.Figures eh? Nancy's home district.
Hat Tip: George.
The Latest On Jamil XX (G,G,G) H (Update)
There's a movement to prevent Mel Martinez from taking over the Republican National Committee. Can it succeed? No clue, but I suggest you go over to STOPMARTINEZ.COM and see what you can do to help.
h/t : Allah.
Email A Terrorist Supporting Slimebag
While I was checking the google scores for the jubasucks blog I ran across this little gem. A juba blog ran by a terrorist supporting slimebucket from Australia. Now I know a few Aussies, and I would bet good money they'd smack him up side the head.
The upside you say? He's too big of a wuss to post his email , but he has open comments on the Juba supporting blog. Go forth and express your opinion.
His bad gay lover, one Matt Hoffman, has a Saddam Hussein supporting blog here. I posted some links to this post in his comments there. His comments are moderated but he does have an email where he asks for "feedback". So let's help him out, shall we?
May the force be with you.
YouTube Video : Barack Obama Cures Herpes??
Please, God, do not led Barack Hussein Obama get his hands on an Apple iPhone. He would be completely unstoppable.
Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream"
You know it'd been a while since I listened to the words of King's speech. When I listened to it yesterday, I was struck by just how much emphasis King placed on "freedom." These days, the most visible of the self-anointed "Black leaders" give short shrift to freedom, empowerment and economic self-determination. That's a damn shame. We'd be a whole lot further ahead today if the Black leadership of the 1960s had refused to engage in "gimme-gimme" politics and had instead focused on economic empowerment of Black individuals. The fight for political equality was, of course, a necessary and important fight. It was on the economic side that Black empowerment went astray. The Black "leaders" apparently failed to recognize the destructive effect that self pity and envy has on the individual and the community. Unless and until there is a positive, charismatic leader in the Black community who can provide a real counterbalance to the status quo, our Black communities will continue to be mired in self-pity and despair.
Top Donors and Recipients Per Sector
Interesting. Hillary got the most from the lawyers, communications, media, and liquor services. Murtha got the most from defense contractors. The retail and construction gave oodles to Robert Menendez and Charles Schumer. Give it a click and see how the pigs are eating at the trough.
The Democrats over all get more support from and give more to the lawyers and the insurance/real estate trade. You don't say?
File Under "Point Couldn't Be Made Better"
Sarkozy Wooing Cheese-eating Surrender Monkeys
Via the Jerusalem Post:
France's interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, formally clinched the ruling conservatives' presidential nomination Sunday, pushing a pivotal race for a discouraged nation into high gear.
The ruling UMP party announced that Sarkozy, the sole person listed on the party ballot, had won a vote by registered members. He now faces a tight race against the top contender on the left, Socialist Segolene Royal, for the elections in April and May.
Sarkozy has earned both kudos and vitriol for promising to cut cherished workplace protections, championing tough police tactics in hardscrabble housing projects and sending illegal immigrants back to Africa and elsewhere.
He says he is trying to snap France out of its slump: He says the French are overtaxed, overburdened by government fees that crimp innovation, too resistant to speaking English and ill-prepared for globalization.
RedState has a profile of Sarkozy here:
Sarkozy is now 51 years old. His father emigrated to France from Hungary and his mother is French. He's a lawyer, which together with his youth distinguishes him sharply from France's ruling class, who generally have degrees in government, from Sciences-Po or the Ecole Nationale.
He is seen as intellectually sympathetic to both Britain (specifically with Tony Blair) and with the US. Most significantly, he is seen as a "hard-liner" on immigration. As Interior Minister, he has pushed policies that seek to curb illegal immigration, but also to improve the prospects for employment of skilled youth, including Muslim youth.
There are warts, of course. He has been against our mission in Iraq (naturally), and as Finance Minister has shown protectionist instincts. Here's a profile on him from the BBC.
Malaysia's Islamic Regions Tops in Porn Surfing
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Internet surfers from Malaysia’s fundamentalist Islamic state in Kelantan has topped the list of surfers who visited pornographic websites in the country, a newspaper has reported.
The Star daily’s Sunday paper cited research from Google Trends as saying that Internet surfers in the city of Kota Baru in northeastern Kelantan and the town of Kuantan in neighbouring Pahang had the highest number of porn surfers.
It said the most popular searched words are Malay-language words –”bogel” (nudity), “gambar bogel” (nude pictures), “seks Melayu” (sex involving Malays) and “cerita seks” (sex stories). ...
The fundamentalist Islamic party, PAS, that governs Kelantan imposes strict conservative Islamic rules in the sate, which often segregates men and women in society.
Big Fish: Top Taliban Spokesman Captured
Dr Muhammad Hanif is the Taliban's chief "spokesman". I've read dispatches from him before, all of which claimed he was propagandizing from Peshawar, Pakistan. One more big fish down, hundreds to go. BBC:
Afghan intelligence agents say they have arrested a leading spokesman for the Taleban near the Pakistan border.Hat tip: Vancouver
Intelligence service spokesman Sayed Ansari named him as Dr Muhammad Hanif, who has been speaking for Afghanistan's former rulers since October 2005....
Dr Hanif has been highly active over the past year, regularly e-mailing news organisations with the Taleban's versions of events in the east of the country.
A man called Qari Mohammad Yousuf has performed similar functions for the Taleban in the south.
From the Front: Fallujah and Domestic terror
The money quote from Bill Ardolino's latest dispatch from the front:
INDC: Ok. One last, quick question: what do you think of Americans, and has that opinion changed over time?Wow.
Mohammed: "I think we need the Americans. If they go out right now it's gonna be a disaster. And believe me, even if they get out of Fallujah, Washington itself will be a target."
Freedom Journal Iraq #561 & 562
• Scouts search the desert
• Soldiers help Iraqi Police stay safe
• Iraqi Police Training
• Soldiers in Baghdad Executing New Plan
When Pimps Read the Koran....
....those uppity hoes better watch out! Remember: spare the rod, spoil the wife (or hoe).
Porn star: No Muslim Sex (video)
Porn star Ashley Blue is asked if she'd "do" a guy from the KKK in a film. No problem, she says. How 'bout a member of al Qaeda? She then goes on a hissy fit about how she 'hates bleeping Muslims'. Hilarity ensues.
Which just goes to show that the old adage is right. Porn stars hate Muslims.
Vid below. Looks like it's from the Howard Stern show--the new uncensored Sirius version--but Howard isn't the one doing the interview. How Ragnar finds all these vids, I'll never know. And, frankly, I don't want to know. Disclaimer: Sorry guys, no nudity. However, the F-bomb is dropped a number of times. Probably NSFW.
Interesting that whoever uploaded this to youtube labels the porn star a 'racist' for her anti-Muslim sex stance. Which is funny, since I never knew 'Muslim' was a 'race'. I was under the impression that it was a 'religion'.
So, she may be a religious bigot, but not a 'racist'. But like most Youtubers, porn stars aren't exactly known for their high IQs.
UK Mosques Undercover (Updated w/ All Six Parts)
Good morning! British TV aired a show where a cameraman went undercover into some of Britain's largest and most attended mosques. You won't like, and won't be surprised, at what was recorded. Watch them today before some dhimmi at YouTube pulls them.
PARTS 2 THRU 6 ARE BELOW THE FOLD -->
January 15, 2007
Disney is teh suxor!!1!
Dan Collins taps into the anti-Disney vein of the leftosphere. Strange bedfellows, some of them.
And some people apparently are content with the lion's share of the corporate media transforming into the DNC press office.
Kucinich: More Regulation, Gov't Control of Media
He wants to ram the failed "Fairness Doctrine" down your throat. This is desperately needed because not all media outlets are transforming into DNC-approved propaganda outlets, per the left's agenda. That is unacceptable to the Democrats in Congress.
Here we have a socialist liberal threatening to "straighten out the media" using government mandate. Don't let leftists lecture you about media anything - they're the ones trying to eliminate viewpoints they find disagreeable by passing laws to do so.
Liberals in power attempting to regulate who can say what, where, when, how and to whom. What this really is, as anyone paying attention knows, is an attack on talk radio. This is because liberals are unable to compete adequately in the radio format (discounting NPR, CBS radio, Air America, Democracy Now radio, etc.) when it comes to listeners, advertising dollars earned and profit turned.
Keep an eye on this Stalinist little weasel as he flails and tries desperately to ram this through the Senate and President Bush. Ain't gonna happen, but just so we know which political party tries to limit and direct speech to what they want to hear, when they want to hear it, and what can be said for what price...
Keeley Hazell Pulls a Paris Hilton Routine
I've not a clue who she is, but she's apparently famous over in Britain.
Not content to let the yanks corner the market on sluttitude, she got naughty with a fellow and preserved it on videotape. The video of Keeley Hazell getting naughty is here and here (NSFW). OK, so showing off your naughty bits (a la Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Miss Nevada) and/or having sex on tape (a la Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton, Daniela Cicarelli) is almost becoming a minimum requirement for fame in modern pop culture. Is this a good thing? I think not. What's next? Will the coming months and years bring the advent of starlets cavorting with farm animals?
Yet Another AP Error (Not Surprisingly, It Trashes Bush)
It somehow, some way slipped by Kathy Carroll and her legions of credible and infallible wordsmiths.
Damn bloggers. Just shut up. SHUT UP.
Exit tidbit: Jamil XX Hussein has declined to comment.
Liberal Blogs Attempting to Censor Free Speech
Noel Sheppard has a great post detailing a liberal blog campaign to censor opinions on KSFO radio that they don't agree with.
Mike Stark, the Kos thug who tried to physically shove himself through security to lunge at and scream at George Allen during his capmpaign, is prominently featured and intimately involved. Surprise.
Read the whole post to see how liberals who don't agree with what a radio station says try to censor it and shut it down rather than form a viable alternative.
And no, the terminally bankrupt Air America doesn't count (apparently) as an alternative.
Dershowitz : Ex-President For Sale
Alan Dershowitz shines the spotlight on Dhimmi Carter:
Journalist Jacob Laksin has documented the tens of millions of dollars that the Carter Center has accepted from Saudi Arabian royalty and assorted other Middle Eastern sultans, who, in return, Carter dutifully praised as peaceful and tolerant (no matter how despotic the regime). And these are only the confirmed, public donations.I encourage you to read it all.
Carter has also accepted half a million dollars and an award from Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, saying in 2001: "This award has special significance for me because it is named for my personal friend, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan." This is the same Zayed, the long-time ruler of the United Arab Emirates, whose $2.5 million gift to the Harvard Divinity School was returned in 2004 due to Zayed's rampant Jew-hatred. Zayed's personal foundation, the Zayed Center, claims that it was Zionists, rather than Nazis, who “were the people who killed the Jews in Europe” during the Holocaust. It has held lectures on the blood libel and conspiracy theories about Jews and America perpetrating Sept. 11.
Barzan Tikriti, Saddam's Brother, Hanging/Decapitation Video (Video/Images)
A video of Barzan Ibrahim, Saddam Hussein's brother, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, is said to be currently making the rounds on the internet. UPDATE: Video added, scroll down below.
We will soon have a copy of the video. This post is simply up as a placeholder until we receive the footage. News about the execution of these two Baathist thugs can be found here.
Once we have the video, this post will be updated. I expect to have the video sometime today. We will then post the video and images from it.
UPDATE: Here is a BBC news account. The video was shown to journalists, but has not been leaked on the internet, contrary to original rumors. As soon as we have the original video, we will post it.
(Baghdad) Before dawn today (0000 GMT), two of Saddam Hussein's senior aides were executed by hanging. According to government spokesman Ali Al Dabbagh, there were no violations of procedure and no chanting as Barzan Ibrahim Al Tikriti and Awad Hamed Al Bander were hanged. Wrong. I chanted.
The head of former intelligence chief and half-brother of Saddam, Barzan Ibrahim Al Tikriti, was ripped from his body during the procedure. Government adviser Bassam Al Husseini stated it was an "act of God" for his crimes against humanity. Barzan, 55, directed the murder of 148 Shia Muslims from Dujail, including having agents put people in a meat grinder.
A Sunni member of parliament, Saleem Al Jibouri, said Barzan's body may have been weakened by cancer and, thereby, causing the head to come off. However, experts will be consulted to determine if the rope was correct in length.
Awad Hamed Al Bander, 60, kept his head. Bander was chief justice of the Iraqi Revolutionary Court that sentenced 148 Shia men and boys to death after a 1982 assassination attempt on Saddam in Dujail.
Iraqi government officials have shown journalists video of the hanging of two of Saddam Hussein's aides, during which one of the men was decapitated.
The film shows Barzan Ibrahim - Saddam Hussein's half-brother - and Awad Hamed al-Bandar hanged side-by-side.....
They were both dressed in orange boiler suits.
Executioners in balaclavas placed hoods round both men’s heads, then the noose.
A short while later the footage, which is silent, shows both men fall.
Almost immediately the rope that was round Barzan’s neck flicks upwards, the body dropping below.
The cameraman then shows the pit below and a headless body, bloodied at the neck and what officials say was Barzan’s head still covered by a hood.
pw: There is no such thing as race (and its a good thing, too)
Jeff Goldstein is back (I hear full-time) at protein wisdom, and he's posted a thoughtful essay from 2002 exploring why "race," "culture," and "heritage" have become interchangeable terms among race theorists - presumably (IMHO), to enable them to continue blurring the lines between the terms so that the respective categories run together and are easier for them to teach and impart to those who may not know or care about the differences between them. There is also an examination of the dynamics of identity politics. Yummy stuff.
Read it all, and count your lucky stars that protein wisdom is back in business.
Religion of Free Speech: Journo Fined for Insulting Islam
It never ceases to amaze me that the defenders of the Religion of Everything that is Good and their equivocators allies in the West overlook case after case of intolerance in EVERY SINGLE MUSLIM nation. Morocco is not an Islamist state. It is not Wahabbi. It is, by all accounts, one of those 'moderate' nations we keep hearing about.
Islamic societies certainly were more tolerant than Christian ones--right up until the 17th century. But that was then, this is now. And Muslim societies, contrary to Islamic indoctrination, have never been the most tolerant. I believe that award goes to a hodgepodge of Hindus, polytheists, pagans, and Buddhists.
The editor and a journalist at a Moroccan news weekly that published jokes relating to Islam were convicted Monday of insulting the religion, court officials said.Hmmm, I'm also interested in what makes Jawa readers laugh. 2/3 of those polled found this image (below) "very" or "somewhat" funny.
The court gave three-year suspended sentences to Driss Ksikes, editor of Nichane, and to journalist Sanaa al-Aji, court officials said.
Both were barred from any journalistic activity for two months and the independent Arab-language magazine was suspended for two months. They were fined $9,280 each....
But Ksikes last week told The Associated Press that the 10-page article was meant as a thoughtful examination of Moroccan popular humor.
'We just wanted to explain what Moroccans laugh about,' Ksikes said.
We've already been banned (that we know about) in India, Pakistan, & Saudi Arabia. Let's shoot for Morocco, too.
On a related note, apparently Senator Obama was born a Muslim, but rejected that religion in favor of Christianity. A capital offense under all traditional legal schools in Islam. Even for so-called moderates.
Hat tip: Aramy.
Sandy Berger: Why Won't The Media Cover This Story?
The Plame non-leak, non-issue story garnered a headline and two news cycles per day on every cable network in the US for three years.
Former Clinton National Security Advisor stealing sensitive national security documents and shredding them with scissors after lying to investigators about it?
Not so much.
The question is now -why the double standard? Here's the PDF of the oversight committee report that found all this out. Read up, and write your local news outlet asking them why they aren't investigating this flagrant breach of national security by Clinton's Condi Rice.
Saddam Henchmen Hanged, One Beheaded
(Baghdad) Before dawn today (0000 GMT), two of Saddam Hussein's senior aides were executed by hanging. According to government spokesman Ali Al Dabbagh, there were no violations of procedure and no chanting as Barzan Ibrahim Al Tikriti and Awad Hamed Al Bander were hanged. Wrong. I chanted.
The head of former intelligence chief and half-brother of Saddam, Barzan Ibrahim Al Tikriti, was ripped from his body during the procedure. Government adviser Bassam Al Husseini stated it was an "act of God" for his crimes against humanity. Barzan, 55, directed the murder of 148 Shia Muslims from Dujail, including having agents put people in a meat grinder.
A Sunni member of parliament, Saleem Al Jibouri, said Barzan's body may have been weakened by cancer and, thereby, causing the head to come off. However, experts will be consulted to determine if the rope was correct in length.
Awad Hamed Al Bander, 60, kept his head. Bander was chief justice of the Iraqi Revolutionary Court that sentenced 148 Shia men and boys to death after a 1982 assassination attempt on Saddam in Dujail.
Prosecutors said Bander sentenced some of the men from Dujail after they had already been killed and that among those sentenced were under-18s who could not legally be executed.Thoughtful guy, eh? Kill then sentence.
Official video of the hanging of two of Saddam's co-defendants shows the corpse of the late dictator's half-brother lying headless below the gallows, his severed head several metres away.In summary, it's been an eventful day thus far in Baghdad. The world has been rid of two buddies of Saddam Hussein, all convicted on November 5, and Shia citizens are celebrating in Baghdad's Sadr City slum. And, somewhere there's video which has been shown to reporters but the government said it will not release it.
The video shows Barzan Ibrahim, Saddam's half-brother and former intelligence chief, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, head of Iraq's Revolutionary Court, being hanged side by side.
They wore red prison jumpsuits. As they reached the gallows black hoods were put on their heads.
Five masked men surrounded them.
Freedom Journal Iraq #559 & 560
• Iraqis learn trades in Irbil
• Navy's Black Stallions
• Patrolling the Euphrates River
Sorry for the delay getting these out. I've had a small computer glitch and also had a bit of a fall last Wednesday. So I just got back to a point where I could do these. Double feature today and tomorrow to catch up.
Juba Sucks Linkwhoreing Update: The Continuing Saga
Those low down Muslime terrorist media scumbags at alboraq media have moved that piss ant sniper Juba's website back ahead of Juba Sucks on google search for Juba Online. Of course you know, This means war.
Somalia : Islamic Courts Militias Striking Back?
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali gunmen fired at a convoy of Ethiopian troops in Mogadishu, the latest in a series of attacks against forces backing the government, a Somali government source said on Monday.
The attack happened late on Sunday in the northern Arafat area, where hours before Ethiopian soldiers helped government troops seize guns and explosives in a push to restore order after ousting Islamists in a lightning December offensive.
"An Ethiopian convoy was hit near Arafat hospital ... Two Ethiopian trucks were hit," the source said. "Thirty minutes of heavy fighting followed. There are deaths on both sides," the source added, saying three Somalis were killed in the shootout.
Season 6 Of 24: The Return Of Jack Bauer
So let it be written, so let it be done.
This season has started out with great promise, with Jack ripping out the throat of a Muslim terrorist with his bare...
Feel free in the comments to tell me how much 24 sucks, but remember, opinions about entertainment are always highly subjective.
Besides, I'll post about what I like to post about.
Well, and what Google search terms will bring us traffic.
January 14, 2007
Aishwarya Rai in Hot Water?
Aishwarya Rai (see photo below,) has landed herself in court for scandalous kissing.
MUMBAI: A court in central India yesterday heard statements from a lawyer complaining that an on-screen kiss by Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai and co-star Hrithik Roshan contravened the country's strict laws against obscenity.Ms. Rai, as a group of bloggers who've been banned in India, we sympathize. Please don't hesitate to contact any if us should you feel the need to commisserate.
The court in Indore city recorded statements from a local lawyer, Shailendra Dwivedi, who filed the complaint over last year's biggest grossing Bollywood film, Dhoom 2.
The case is to be heard on January 25.
YouTube Video : The Apple iPhone - Is There ANYTHING It Can't Do?
YouTube Video : Sgt. Michelle Manhart on Fox
The uncensored Playboy photos, by the way, are here.
January 13, 2007
Ibrahim Hooper's "Fabrications"
Joel Mowbray on Ibrahim Hooper's "fabrications":
Interviewed this week by Paula Zahn on CNN, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper let loose a grandiose fabrication:h/t : Scott
"We practically have a rubber stamp saying, 'CAIR condemns blank act of terrorism.' We've repeatedly, consistently condemned terrorism in all its forms, including attacks on Israeli civilians by Hamas, Hezbollah. We've condemned it repeatedly."
While CAIR did condemn one specific attack committed by Hamas -- the particularly gruesome Netanya Passover massacre in March 2002 -- it pointedly omitted any reference to the terrorist organization. (Interestingly, CAIR's press release also avoided acknowledging that the bombing occurred in "Israel," writing instead that the attack happened in "the Middle East.") As for Hezbollah, CAIR has never condemned any of that organization's many terrorist attacks. During the month-long war last summer, CAIR issued at least eight condemnations of Israel and America -- but not one of Hezbollah.
CAIR has, in fact, never condemned Hamas or Hezbollah. Given repeated opportunities to do so by outlets such as The Washington Post and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, CAIR has flatly refused to denounce either. Asked point-blank by Newsweek just last month to condemn Hamas, CAIR Executive Director and cofounder Nihad Awad demurred, dismissing the question as "the game of the pro-Israel lobby."
Ron Paul Exploring a Presidential Run
This is interesting:
HOUSTON -- Rep. Ron Paul, the iconoclastic, nine-term lawmaker from southeast Texas, took the first step Thursday toward a second, quixotic presidential bid _ this time as a Republican.Paul's candidacy will be nothing if not controversial. He voted against the authorization to use military force against Iraq on the grounds that it was unconstitutional. I've never looked into the details of his objection, but whatever it was, I can tell you it came from conviction. Ron Paul believes the Feds should act according to "the rules" (i.e., the Constitution,) and if the "rules" don't work, they should be changed rather than ignored or "reinterpreted." While I personally have sympathy for his philosophy, I anticipate Paul would feel himself severely constrained by the Constitution in his prosecution of the GWOT, which would put our military and law enforcement agencies in a weakened position. If I'm right on that, I'm not sure we can afford that at this juncture.
Paul filed papers in Texas to create a presidential exploratory committee that will allow him to raise money. In 1988, Paul was the Libertarian nominee for president and received more than 400,000 votes. ...
Paul limits his view of the role of the federal government to those duties laid out in the Constitution. As a result, he sometimes casts votes at odds with his constituents and other Republicans.
h/t : Greg
The Michelle Manhart Photos UNCENSORED
I see we've been getting a whole lot of traffic looking for Saddam's hanging execution video (here,) Daniela Cicarelli's naughty beach video (here) and Britney Spears' shenanigans (here.) (What a bunch of trainwrecks.) I'm not sure who the hell Tammy Nyp is, but people are apparently looking for her. You can find info about her here and here. Of course, you can load those all on your iPhone or watch them on YouTube, if that suits your fancy.
Making The World Safe For Jesus?
I continue to hear from lefties and Israelis that right-wing Christians support Israel because--and only because--the right-wing Christians believe that the State of Israel must be intact in order for Jesus Christ to return to the Earth. In other words, the argument is that Christians don't care about Israel or the well-being of the Jews per se, they only care about the Jews inasmuch as Jews are a necessary component of Jesus' plan for the Earth. The idea is, I suppose, that Jesus needs Israel, and so Christians need to make sure it's there when Jesus gets back.
Bill Maher argues that George W. Bush's support for Israel is based on this belief, though I've never heard W endorse it himself. Although I've heard this assertion from quite a number of lefties and Jews, I've never heard this from a Christian who believed it. I'm not saying there aren't Christians who believe this. I just haven't met any. Given this, I think it isn't a widespread viewpoint, but I don't know for sure.
Given the above, I have the following questions for our Christian readers:
Do you believe that Jesus Christ will adjust his plans to return to Earth based upon the current political situation in Israel? Put another way, do you believe that an adverse political climate in Israel might delay Christ's plans to return to Earth? Do you believe that Christians can hasten the timing of Christ's return by supporting Israel?
The GOP Still Doesn't Get It...
Citing the WSJ, Stephen Bainbridge asks "Did the K Street Gang learn nothing from the drubbing it took in 2006?" Apparently not:
One big test of a new minority is to draw the right lesson from its drubbing at the polls. House Republicans have a long way to go, judging by House Minority Leader John Boehner's decision this week to punish Arizona's Jeff Flake by tossing him off the Judiciary Committee. The offense? Porkbusting.After reading that, I almost wish I was a current donor to the RNC, just so I could stop being one now. It's bad enough that they lost the election. They had to go one better by re-electing the same leadership. Now they're purging the reformers.
Mr. Flake should be getting a promotion to the leadership, given how prescient he was in warning his colleagues about the perils of their run-amok "earmarking." He and a few comrades sponsored more than 40 House floor amendments last year to strip pork projects from spending bills. The National Taxpayers Union ranked him the most fiscally conservative member of the House. None of that sits very well with his House colleagues, who blame Mr. Flake for shining public attention on their spendthrift ways. They're especially angry that he talked about this with CBS's "60 Minutes," which chose to run the program on election eve weekend.
From what I gather, most Republicans want reform, but most are willing to sit silently so as not to rock the GOP boat. Most are trying to close ranks while the Party leadership is still knifing some of our best people. I predict there will be a whole lot of people regretting the decision to close ranks come election night 2008.
All Your Base...
You know what that means…another excuse to post All Your Fakes.
There is no chance to survive. Make your time!
We may need a new Somalia version.
Top Ten Wierd Google Searches That Will Get You to The Jawa Report
Ever wonder how total strangers find their way to The Jawa Report? We'd like to think it's the thousands of links to our invaluable analysis of the Global War on Terror that garner the world's attention. In a lot of cases, I'm sure that's what happens. Often, though, the reality is considerably wierder. Each of the following Google searches, for example, recently landed at least one unsuspecting victim here at this site:
10. "dog the bounty hunter arrested"I have no idea what conclusions, if any, one might draw from this list. I will note that the Google search for "free small penis xxx galleries" doesn't bring up anything I've written.
9. "sistani fatwa for mutaa"
8. "pedophile links"
7. "blondes hardcore porn clips -pre november 2004" (picky, aren't we?)
5. "Ann coulter is an idiot"
4. "photos of zulu reed dance"
3. "Angelina Jolie toilet"
2. "free small penis xxx galleries"
1. "star wars porn"
You may be saying "OK, so some readers get here through completely wierd searches. Surely a lot of people get here through serious searches." I'll let you be the judge. Check below the fold.
This is a list of less-wierd searches that have most recently landed readers at The Jawa Report:
"explosion in Iran"OK, so far so good, right? Sure, but from there, it's all downhill:
"saddam hussein" (multiple)
"michelle manhart" (multiples)
"britney spears" (multiples)
"daniela cicarelli" (multiples)
"pamela Rogers pictures"
January 12, 2007
Jawa Report Insomniac Comedy Theater
Lotsa videos for your entertainment. Indulge!
Get 'em. Gunney.
Fatality. Metaphor for 2006 GOP Election.
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The Big Jawa Kicks Some Ass
Michael Savage Tells It Like It Is
Arafat was gay?
Bob Hope Nails Democrats - Commentors Furious
Terrorist Launches Rockets, Terrorist Dies Behind Human Shields
Warming Cooling Hits LA
A cold snap hit the Southland amid forecasts of record or near-record low temperatures Friday and Saturday night in metropolitan, coastal and valley areas of Los Angeles County.Interesting. Global
Karl Rove's weather machine must be on the fritz again. Piece of junk, that.
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Jamilgate: Logical Inferences & Unanswered Questions
Two quick things.
What are the possible cases?The other is another excellent roundup of JamilXgate from Karl at Protein Wisdom. He thinks it boils down to this:
1. There really is a Police Captain Jamil Hussein -- under that name -- working at the Khadra police station in Iraq, and he was AP's source, just as they claimed;
2. There is a human working at the Khadra station who was AP's source, but his name is not Jamil Hussein, and he may or may not be a police captain;
3. Or else AP had no source at all at Khadra, and who cares whether someone named Jamil incidentally works at there?
the current data suggests there was no Capt. Jamil Hussein, as the AP claimed. There apparently was a police captain operating under an undisclosed pseudonym with undisclosed—and perhaps multiple—motives for doing so. He provided at least two unsubstantiated stories to the AP, and at least 40 that were unreported by other news sources. He provided reports of incidents outside the jurisdictions of the two stations where “Jamil X” apparently worked, which should raise questions of the quality of Jamil X’s knowledge of those alleged incidents as well. At worst, the bloggers who questioned the physical existence of such a person were “fake, but accurate”—which is the best that can be said of the AP and Jamil X himself.Stay tuned.
So Who's Against The War on Terror?
Islamic Courts Union
The Mullahs of Iran
Islamic Emirate of Waziristan
They say you can tell the character of a man by the company he keeps...wonder if that applies to groups of people.
ht: Commentor at Olbywatch.
Iraqi's Reaction To Teh Speach
First off, let me say that I am sick of the term "surge" to the point of upchuck every time I see or hear it. It's like a few years ago when the media went ga-ga over the word "gravitas." Whatever happened to good old "reinforcements?"
I'm starting to feel like the Knights Who Say Nee! whenever they heard the word "it." "Oh no! He said it again! Now I've said it!"
Amir Taheri in the New York Post pens this:
"A sigh of relief!"
So one resident of Haifa Street, in the heart of Baghdad's badlands, reacted to the new plan to secure the Iraqi capital with the help of thousands of additional American troops.
"Maybe the Americans aren't running away after all," said the resident, a Sunni Arab, over the phone moments after President Bush unveiled his new plan. "The message seems to be that the United States will remain committed as long as Bush is in the White House."
Some 70 percent of Baghdad's violence is concentrated in five neighborhoods, where both Shiites and Sunnis have been the targets of rival death squads for months. Other Baghdadis say the population of those areas will greet the American troops with sweets and flowers.
Of course, it will be some time before we see how this pans out. I certainly hope it does as Mr. Taheri describes. However, I don't expect the lovely folks at crAP, MargaReuterVille, or any other MSM outlet to report it that way. I foresee many "wedding parties" being exterminated in the coming months.
IF, and only IF, the reinforcements arrive with a change in the Rules of Engagement, that is.
Oh, and as an aside, could someone please tell me WTF "put 'em on the glass" means? I missed that in blogger class.
Ansar al-Sunnah Shoots Down U.S. Plane in Iraq
Another day, another American "spyplane" shot down over Iraq. This time, the Army of Ansar al-Sunna claims the U.S. plane was shot down near Ramadi.
Along with the video was a lengthy press release from the terrorist organization of self-described "successful" operations in Ramadi, Mosul, and Baghdad.
The announcement and accompanying video comes on the same day that the Palestinian group, the Qassam Brigades, announced they had shot down an Israeli drone plane.
Both are insignificant in and of themselves. These type of unmanned aerial recon planes routinely crash or are lost. The cost to the military is insignificant. And our enemies can gain no useful information from them.
But the fact that a Palestinian group is following the lead of their Iraqi counterparts (similar videos of downed UAVs in Iraq are not uncommon) is interesting in that it shows the interconnectedness of the global jihad. Propaganda methods used in Iraq are slowly being taken up by Salafi jihadis around the globe.
The only other significance of these videos is this: they are damn funny. I mean, is this the best the mujahideen can do? Apparently, yes.
Here's one more pic for the road. Apparently, the giant mujahideen known as Allahzilla was elsewhere. Presumably, rampaging through downtown Tel Aviv.
My Liberalism Says You're Guilty of Rape (Updated)
**Note: I put this up a day late because I wanted to tweak it a bit. Enjoy.
This is a long post. Greenwaldian long. So pull up a chair. You may learn something, and I don't need to be the one to teach it. It will teach itself.
So the Duke non-rape case is teetering on the edge of being thrown out of court before it even gets to court. As it should. Nifong should be imprisoned, the accuser should be thrown in the cell next to him, and both should be forced to pay all legal fees and compensatory damages. We don't, however, live in a just society.
The Duke Lacrosse Incident has revealed a lot about some of our friends on the left. In particular, it has shown that a contingency of them are willing to indict, convict and sentence people based strictly on their worldviews and not on the merits of the case or on the preponderence of evidence.
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There are sensible lefties, for sure. Jeralynn Merritt of TalkLeft, for example, had the good sense early on in the now-crumbling case to keep her biases in check:
The parents are hoping the accuser is embellishing what happened. If it turns out the boys did it, they should be removed immediately and programs need to be installed to teach these kids how unacceptable the behavior was, from top to bottom. If, on the other hand, as they suspect, the girl embellished what happened out of anger over being asked to return the money or the racial slurs, she should be held accountable too.With evidence continuing to mount that the accuser had embellished and changed her story and likely lied to the prosecution and defense, Merritt comes out looking reasonable and fair minded (which she is).
There is even a diarist at Daily Kos, of all places, who realizes what this case really was and calls on the previous diarists who accused and convicted the boys of heinous crimes without evidence (based on their worldview) to recant and make amends. I was, needless to say, shocked and rather pleased to read this entry (based on my worldview as to what constitutes the majority of the Kos site):
[...]My first hope is that this DA is removed from office for misconduct.Agreed. I wish the Kospatriots were as level-headed. But alas, these are the Kosbots we're talking about here.
My second hope is that all the Kos posters who determined these guys' guilt based on their skin color and the skin color of the accuser, their economic circumstances, the fact that they are on an athletic team at an elite and largely white school and hired a woman to strip, will atone somehow for their eager and arrogant presumption, their abyssal ignorance, and the weakness of their dedication to due process and democratic (small d) norms.
Interestingly, I tried doing a search for the phrase "Duke Lacrosse Team" and "Duke Rape Case" using the search mechanisms on a few big-name lefty blogs like Wonkette, TPM, Matthew Yglesias, Left Coaster, Tbogg and Kevin Drum for postings on the subject. Perhaps it was my inferior ability to use boolean searching, but nothing came up.
Then there are the rabid liberals. In this case, I'm going to highlight the foul-mouthed, 8-year-old-like tirades of hyperfeminist Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon as the case study. This feminist ninny couldn't wait to jump down the collective throats of "conservatives" regarding this story. The story had it all - racism, sexism, privilege vs. poverty, vicitimization - everything a liberal could want to rant about. The only problem? There was no rape, the accuser lied, the DA lied and the other charges are on their way to being dropped. So it is worth reading what this particularly rabid liberal convicted these boys (and somehow by proxy, all conservatives) of before knowing anything. Hence, convicting them based on her worldview without a shred of evidence.
Starting with April 6, an excerpt from the tastefully titled "That's No Crime Scene, Its My Vagina," in which she gets her panties in a wad over a facetious email from one of the Duke player (none of whose DNA appeared anywhere near the stripper):
Here in the states, while some conservatives are gearing up to defend the Duke lacrosse team against accusations of gang-raping a stripper, an email one of the team members sent around has been made public. The email text is being hinted at most places, but I think our stomachs are strong enough here:If there is a more penetrating, probing and phallophobic analysis of...female genital politics, I'd love to read it. Or maybe not."...tommrow night, after tonights show, ive decided to have some strippers over to edens 2c. all are welcome.. however there will be no nudity. i plan on killing the bitches as soon as the walk in and proceding to cut their skin off while cumming in my duke issue spandex.. all besides arch and tack please respond..."The prevailing them, of course, is physical humiliation and especially mutiliation. Bad pregnancies mustn’t be interferred with, lest we deprive the sadists of the pleasure of knowing their laws have forced women to endure having the ovaries burst open for no good reason. Strippers are for killing and raping. Only doctors go to prison under abortion bans–that’s because the patriarchs aren’t satisfied with orange jumpsuits for women who fuck. They must pay in having their ovaries burst, their vaginas split open. Nothing less that blood and bruises and being treated like your body is a crime scene will do.
The other prevailing theme is that when you’re a woman, anyone can do whatever they want to your body and expect the patriarchy to come running to their defense. Oh yeah, anyone but you. You do with “your” body what you like, and you’re a fucking criminal.
About two weeks later, she went off the handle again. In a dynamite post combining the Santa-Cruz anti-military morons and the Lacrosse incident, she reveals her naked hypocricy in all of its capacious glory. Remember, this is less than a month after the story broke - and the story line was that these eeevil white boys had gang-raped a poor little stripper presumably while praising George Bush:
As I mentioned yesterday, Kathleen Parker compared the Duke lacrosse team to lynching victims (missing the much more apt comparison of them to lynchers due to the whites-ganging-up-on-one-black-person aspect) and even vaguely implied they were martyrs like Christ. Charlotte Allen is running a series on the Duke rape case called “Crying Rape”, which she says means “accusing someone of rape”, but for some reason she felt that the phrasing that implies to most of us that the victim is lying worked better. The good news is so far I haven’t seen any right wingers fantazing about another Kent State at UC Santa Cruz, and believe me, I looked.That's an awfully tart take on a case in which any evidence of a rape had to yet be produced. I wonder how her position evolved as time went on and the case began to crumble publically. Let's take a look at this May 10 post in which her magical worldview enables her to read the mind of so-called "rape apologists" for a "rape" that never occured:
But what strikes me about the two incidents is that they are both good examples of how violent acting out is derived from feelings of entitlement. The Santa Cruz kids felt entitled to run the recruiters off campus because they feel the campus belongs to them and they should have the right to run people off their property. At bare minimum, the Duke lacrosse team felt entitled to humiliate the strippers they hired because they were women and they were even paid for. At worst, they felt entitled to gang rape a woman for those reasons.
I’m inclined to think that the Santa Cruz students might have a right to do what they did, because I’m convinced that they, as the actual students at the school, are entitled to their claim to the school, and especially that they have a stronger claim to it than the military recruiters. It’s hard for me to quarrel with people in the age group that’s being targeted to fight BushCo’s colonialist adventures when they resist that recruitment, even to the point of violence. Since their motivations are understandable to me, it’s hard for me to be anything less than half-hearted in my condemnation of it.
Which is what makes language like Parker’s or David Brooks’ rape apologies–they argue that it’s quite understandable that boys will go bananas and rape someone if they are exposed to a woman shaking her ass, which makes any condemnation of such things come across as half-assed and shallow. Just as my disinclination to jump all over the Santa Cruz students speaks volumes about my agreement that they’re entitled to claim campus space for the students instead of the military, conservatives who white wash the Duke rape case are speaking volumes about what entitlements they are willing tolerate, in this case, white male entitlement to abuse women and get away with it, especially if they are of the wrong sex class or wrong skin color.
There’s just something about this Duke rape case that’s inspiring to rape apologists. The sheer amount of energy that’s going into rape apologies lately, not just for the Duke lacrosse team but in general, is breathtaking. Kathleen Parker has been writing about almost nothing else, but instead building a long case that unless the victim is 9 years old and a virgin and white and blonde and her attacker kills her and he mutiliates her body, then rape isn’t so much a crime as a feminist plot to put all men in jail so that we can, I don’t know, wear sweatpants more or something. If this was indeed our plot, we are some dumb motherfuckers, considering less than 16% of rapes result in charges and less than half of those result in any kind of punishment. We could certainly come up with a more efficient method if we wanted to of getting men in jail besides getting ourselves raped and then raising a fuss as if we had a right not to be raped.Well see, little child, that's to prevent psycho hose beasts like you from ruining the lives of every patriarchy-enabling-phalocentric-hegemonist (male) on the street who looks at you the wrong way. Note the preening and preeching about "presumptions of innocence" and "standards" of evidence. Ms. Marcotte has made no such presumption of innocence of the lacrosse players (in fact, they've already been castrated in prison along with 'conservative white American males'), and she herself adheres to no standards of evidence whatsoever. Of course, the only evidence that was really available to the public at the time was that of the accuser's then-crumbling story, and the proclamations of innocence of those charged. Who do you think she's going to side with?
The other thing I’ve learned from rape apologists lately is that while in most crimes, the presumption of innocence is a legal standard for determining if a defendent is guilty or not, but when it comes to rape, that’s not good enough. Rape and rape alone is a crime where it’s critical that we heap disdain on the victim and refuse to believe her until it’s proven in court, which should be easy to do after everyone has satiated him/herself on accusing the victim of lying.
She continues working herself into an man-hating lather, firing off a June 5 post about "insiders" protecting each other (although she doesn't really go into detail as to who these "insiders" are), and how "outsiders" are protecting "insiders." This post was little more than pure leftist paranoia run amok on steroids, so there isn't much I want to excerpt here. The post is long and windy enough without more fatally-flawed feminist fury cluttering it up. I'll just snip this post:
Outsiders rush to aid the process of maintaining a space where law-breaking is permitted for members of these groups beyond even just giving whistleblowers a hostile reaction. The woman accusing the Duke lacrosse team of rape is harassed by the media even, police who attack innocent civilians can expect to be let off in court, and even some Catholics in this country are loathe to criticize the church’s flagrant abuse of its powers in protecting pedophiles in the priesthood. It’s no accident that the majority of public ire over the Abu Gharib scandal was focused on Lyndie England; female members of these organizations are still considered illegitimate, so attacking them is not an attack on institutionalized male privilege.Yeah. Abu Gharib. Catholic priests. Duke Lacrosse. All the same - women are the victims. The whole post is that level of teh stupid (as is most of this Pandagon tripe.) Read with your health in mind.
The firebreathing Marcotte reaches a creamy, f*ckheaded climax with her June 23 post "Racism is a System, Not an Intention." Apart from it being obvious to any three-year-old that racism does in fact have a lot to do with intentionalism of the sender and not the feelings of the reciever, I'll set that aside as to let the leftist ass-monkeyism show you clearly the liberal mind at work:
The focus on intent is what allows people to reinforce racist structures while denying that they’re doing that. Exhibit #1: LaShawn Barber has an op-ed today where she compares the members of the Duke lacrosse team that are accused of rape to the Scottsboro Boys. The cases don’t have much in common in any social sense. First of all, the Scottsboro Boys were accused in an atmosphere where lynchings were incredibly common in the South, whereas the Duke students are being accused where they are some of the most privileged in society. Second, the Scottsboro defendents had barely any defense at all, especially compared to the first class lawyers the Duke students can hire. The alleged victims in the Scottsboro case didn’t really explain themselves or the charges, and one never testified at all (presumably because she inconveniently refused to play along and pretend she was raped). I could go on (no, you can't - ed.), but you get the idea of why Barber’s comparison of the two cases is ridiculous.In case you're wondering, it doesn't matter what you think. Ever. You're racists through and through. It doesn't matter what you think, mean, say, write, feel or perceive. All that matters is what the "victim" and Amanda Marcotte see and feeeeeel. You are irrelevant, no matter what. Sorry. What does matter is your skin color, your level of privilege and her mood on that day.
But because the concept of racism has been reduced to intention instead of a systematic societal problem, people like Barber can get away with equating people who are loaded with privilege with victims of a racist system like the Scottsboro Boys. And that’s why it’s so damn frustrating when white liberals insist on making racism about someone’s intentions instead of the effects of their actions.
And you know the funniest part? To this blogger's knowledge (and searching capabilities), Ms. Marcotte has not posted a DAMN thing on the case since August.
Not. A. Damn. Thing. To. Say.
What's the problem, Ms. Marcotte? Cat gotcher tongue?
Her silence now speaks louder than her Marxist-inspired, hyper-feminist ramblings ever could.
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UPDATE II - Dan Collins at protein wisdom fires an additional salvo at Pandagonism.
UPDATE: Nifong has asked to be recused from the case. Countersuits to begin in 3...2...
Check out the idiot professor who resigned because the kids haven't gone through a public trial guaranteed to ruin their young lives and reputations:
Meanwhile, [a] Duke University English professor has resigned from her committee assignments over the school's decision to invite two of the indicted players back to campus. Duke's administration has steadily increased its criticism of Nifong as the case appeared to grow weaker.That's right, Karla. This is all about a dialogue.
Former dean Karla Holloway calls the decision, quote, "a clear use of corporate power, and a breach, I think, of ethical citizenship."
Earlier this month, officials at Duke said Finnerty and Seligmann could return to school as students in good standing for the spring semester, which began this week. Evans graduated the day before he was indicted.
Holloway was one of 88 faculty members at Duke who endorsed an ad last April in the campus newspaper that included anonymous quotes from students discussing racism and sexual assault on Duke's campus. She is worried discussion of race and gender equality will end once the lacrosse case is settled.
"The issues about race and gender and sexuality that were made more apparent by the case need to continue to be receive serious and sustained attention by this institution," she said.
Translation? "Dammit! Now we can't use this incident to spend years and millions of cirriculum dollars trashing white males and implicating them in race-driven rapes now! No faculty-led sensitivity seminars! No anti-lacrosse protests! No "Contemporary Issues in Race, Privilege, Class and Sex" or "Cultural Racism and Sexism in Sports" classes! We aren't vindicated in our premature accusations against these young boys! Our liberal wet dream won't come to pass! We were sooo close!"
Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.
Sgt. Michelle Manhart in Hot Water over Playboy Photos
Hot chicks... check.
Yeah, as if there was any chance Ragnar wasn't gonna be on top of this one (so to speak):
SAN ANTONIO - An Air Force staff sergeant who posed nude for Playboy magazine has been relieved of her duties while the military investigates, officials said Thursday.If you're looking for pictures / photos / images of Sgt. Manhart (for research purposes,) they're here and here.
In February’s issue, hitting newsstands this week, Michelle Manhart is photographed in uniform yelling and holding weapons under the headline “Tough Love.” The following pages show her partially clothed, wearing her dog tags while working out, as well as completely nude.
The Minimum Wage Hike : Apparently, Not So Good for the Gander
Posted from Fox & Friends by Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Corner:
STEVE DOOCEY: We teased you with this a moment ago. On Wednesday the U.S. House passed a bill that says the minimum wage in this country will rise over time from $5.15 an hour to $7.25. Now, here's the thing. Included in the small print is the fact that the minimum wage will now include the islands of the northern marinas but it exempts American Samoa which is the only U.S. Territory not subject to minimum wage laws.Why, indeed. A very plausible answer here.
BRIAN KILMEADE: What's the big deal about that?
DOOCEY: It covers all islands except American Samoa. Why American Samoa?
Iyad Jamal al-Din : Sanity in the Iraqi Parliament
Can we clone this guy?:
I believe my freedom as a Shiite and as a religious person will never be complete unless I preserve the freedom of the Sunni, the Christian, the Jew, the Sabai, or the Yazidi. We will not be able to preserve the freedom of the mosque unless we preserve the freedom of entertainment clubs.
h/t : Allah.
DU: Fauxtography!!1 Malkin Sux!! We're Illiterate!11!
Allah is ROTFLHFAO over the terminally leftarded DUers who think he photoshopped (or better yet PAINTED) an American flag into one of Michelle Malkin's Iraq photos. Even though he did what most newspaper editors to to dark or backlit photos on a daily basis. Unless you're Adnan Hajj.
Unlike newspaper editors, AllahP even indicated in boldface type that he altered the back-lighting in the photo and removed some of the grain with the "Reduce Noise" filter.
There are one or two voices of sanity in this DU this thread - I feel bad for those folks.
No updates yet from the legions of leftosphere imbeds in Iraq.
Iraq : A Woman's Touch
This is an interesting read on how the Democrat victory may actually strengthen Bush's hand in Iraq.
Hezbollah Used Christians as Human Shields in War
Michael Totten reports from a Christian village in Southern Lebanon. Great read. It evens makes fun of the French. With pics.
Make sure to check out the UN propaganda poster blaming Israel for leaving behind landmines. A theme emerges of the the fighters from 'the Party of Allah' choosing firing position from inside the Christian village, when much better positions would have been outside. The reason? Use the civilians as human shields.
But here is the most damning part:
He told me that 18 days after the start of the war a large group of civilians decided it was time to leave Ain Ebel and flee to the north. They were no longer willing to stay while Israel fired back at Hezbollah’s rocket launchers. It was too dangerous, and Hezbollah insisted on staying and endangering those who lived there.Read the rest.
So they fled the area in a convoy of civilian vehicles. It was safer, they figured, to travel in a group than alone.
On their way out of the village, Hezbollah fighters stood on the side of the road and opened fire with machine guns on the fleeing civilians....
"Why?" I had an idea, but I wanted a local person to say it.
Because, Alan said, Hezbollah wanted to use the civilians of Ain Ebel as “human shields.” I did not use the phrase “human shields.” These were Alan’s own words.
Simon Cowell: Your Hippie Demigod Bores Me
Funniest thing I've seen out there today.
One of the show's judges, Simon Cowell, says he has never bought a Dylan record because he "bores me to tears."Bwahaha!
The British pop impresario says in the February issue of Playboy that he would "plug my ears and run in the other direction" if he were to see a 21-year-old Dylan singing "Blowin' in the Wind."
How many times can a man turn his head, pretending he just doesn't see? Well, Simon?
Jamilgate: Now About That Ubiquitous 'Police Captain'
You know - one of those pesky original discrepencies that the AP hasn't and still won't answer.
And here is Curt's Jamilgate coverage and initial Jamil Hussein post that started it all. Scrolling down through this archive, you can monitor the AP's subtle (and at times major) unannounced and silent revisions in the basic facts as the questions mounted and continue to linger.
Top Iranian Detained in Iraq?
That's what the anti-establishment Iran Press Service is reporting. Abbasi is apparently a big fish among the powers that be in Iran. Oh, and he also helps run paramilitary operations for the Mullahs.
However, the English version of the state run IRNA has nothing on the Abbasi's alleged detention. So, we'll have to wait and see if the reports pan out.
Here's the English version:
Based on unconfirmed received reports from reliable sources in Iraq, Hassan Abbasi was among those who was arrested in the Thursday, January 11th early-morning raid in the Iraqi town of Erbil.
Hassan Abbasi known by his friends as "The Dr. Kissinger of Islam," is the guru of the Islamic Republic's revolutionary guard corps which puts volunteers and recruits through rigorous training in four camps funded and run by the Revolutionary Guard....
Abbassi has been among the highest ranking members of the Islamic regime’s terror operations for many years, acting as the Fuehrer Mullah, Khamenei’s foreign policy and defense advisor. Abbassi has had an active voice under not only Khamenei but also Rafsanjani and Khatami as well....
Among others, Abbassi works very closely with Muqtada Al-Sadr in running the Mahdi army and other insurgency groups; it is entirely possible that Abbassi would have been in Erbil. Anti-Mullah is apparently hearing the same thing, and adds:
Abbassi has been among the highest ranking members of the Islamic regime’s terror operations for many years, acting as the Fuehrer Mullah, Khamenei’s foreign policy and defense advisor. Abbassi has had an active voice under not only Khamenei but also Rafsanjani and Khatami as well.Regime Change Iran has lots more on Abbasi.
Hat tip: Fred Fry
Democrats Won't Pass Earmark Reform
Meet the new boss...same as the old boss. It dies in the Senate, which isn't exactly "swarming" with a new Democrat majority.
Hence, the-talk-of-the-town "symbolic" voting in the House. Quote of the day, from Turbin Durbin:
Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., also said the DeMint provision was "unworkable" because it was so broad it could be applied to thousands of projects included in federal spending bills.No sh*t, sherlock. That's the entire point.
Oh, and the minimum wage is now hiked...except for certain businesses in Pelosi's home district. So she flat-out lied, pissed off Charlie Rangel over taxes who she is now at loggerheads with, and the culture of corruption continues unabated. This time, its Prime Grade-A stamped with a (D).
Greek Communists Claim Embassy Attack
A left-wing group in Greece has claimed today's attack on the Greek embassy. The Group, The Revolutionary People's Struggle (ELA), has a long history of attacking both Greek government and American targets. The group is a Marxist organization committed to revolutionary struggle.
The group is said to have been disbanded in the late 1990s. Apparently, they haven't. The group has come to call itself 'the Revolutionary Nuclei' (RN), but apparently some prefer the old name. Today, the U.S. State Department has RN on its list, but not ELA. RN is viewed as the successor organization to the ELA.
A leftist group has reportedly claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on the US embassy in Athens.As Howie noted, the timing might have been motivated by Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns' visit to Greece this week
The Greek government said it had received two calls claiming the guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle was behind the attack.....
The Revolutionary Struggle claimed an assassination attempt against Greece's culture minister in May and a bomb at the Economy Ministry which wounded two people 13 months ago.
YouTube Video : A Gift for the Sith Lord Who Has Everything...
Mujahideen Down Zionist Spy Plane
This time, for real. Their secret? 100 foot tall mujahideen. I call him, Allahzilla!
Brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Palestinian 'freedom fighters'.
Hat tip: Tribeca
Explosion At US Embassy in Athens (Updated, Bumped)
Update by Vinnie: MargaReuterVille is reporting that it was a rocket attack:
ATHENS (Reuters) - Attackers fired a rocket at the U.S. embassy in Athens on Friday but no one was hurt, police and the U.S. embassy said.
Greek anti-terrorist officers were on the scene.
"This was a rocket attack launched from a building across the street. It landed inside a toilet on the third floor of the embassy," a senior police official told Reuters.
CNN is running a red banner reporting an explosion of some kind at our Embassy in Greece
Apparent Explosion rips through U.S. Embassy compound in Athens, Greece. No details on injuries or damage yet. Details soon.Developing....
It was not clear what caused the blast inside the building and there was no immediate word on casualties.
Police cordoned off all roads around the embassy.
Four fire engines arrived at the scene amid reports that the explosion struck the embassy's third floor at 5.55am (2.55pm AEDT), the fire department said.
Police officials at the scene said that whatever caused the explosion damaged the embassy sign outside the mission but there was little other indication of the extent of damage inside.
The US Embassy in Athens and the consular services in Thessaloniki will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday, a US national holiday.There is some other terrorism related news on the page about the November 17th bombings. I'm not suggesting they are related but it is an interesting coincidence.
A council of appeals court judges decided yesterday that two members of the November 17 terrorist group, Savvas Xeros and Dimitris Koufodinas, should not face charges in connection with an explosion in January 2001 at the entrance to an apartment block...Also worth noting that Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns spoke in Athens Wednesday.
January 11, 2007
WaPo : Dems Attacking Bush Speech with Both Barrels
In the wake of the Bush speech last night, the Bush team is being grilled by the Dems:
Bush and his top military and diplomatic team struggled to convince a hostile Democratic-led Congress and a skeptical public that sending 21,500 extra troops to help the beleaguered Iraqi government regain control of Baghdad would work.Even Republicans have been piling on:
"It's important for our citizens to understand that as tempting as it might be, to understand the consequences of leaving before the job is done," Bush told army personnel and their families in Fort Benning, Georgia, a day after unveiling his revised Iraq strategy.
Facing a grilling by lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insisted that Bush's plan would put more pressure on Iraqis to take over their own security, vital to any eventual U.S. military pullback.
"This speech given last night by this president represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam if it's carried out," said Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, also a potential 2008 contender for the White House.OUCH. That'll leave a mark.
Yes, We're Better than the Jihadis
If you don't understand the difference between a country that prosecutes murderers, and organizations that praise them, you are a moral idiot. We prosecute those that kill people in our custody, they make propaganda videos prasing the cold blooded murder of anyone and everyone they capture.
A 101st Airborne Division soldier was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to murdering three detainees during a raid on a suspected al-Qaeda compound last year in Iraq.Moral. Equivocation.
Spc. William B. Hunsaker, 24, pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder and obstruction of justice during a hearing at Fort Campbell....
n testimony during his court-martial, Hunsaker said he took "careful aim" at the detainees and tried to make the killings as "professional" as possible by shooting them in the chest and head. He said he knew it was illegal, but thought he was doing a greater good by killing detainees who might have been al-Qaeda agents in Iraq.
Negroponte : Hizb'Allah is a Growing Danger to U.S.
Believe it or not, our politicians really do need experts to tell them these things. Via the AP:
WASHINGTON - Al-Qaida poses the gravest terrorist threat to the United States, and an emboldened Hezbollah is a growing danger, the U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday.
In his annual review of global threats, National Intelligence Director John Negroponte highlighted an increasingly worrisome assessment of Hezbollah — backed by Iran and Syria — since its 34-day war with Israel last year.
“As a result of last summer’s hostilities, Hezbollah’s self-confidence and hostility toward the United States as a supporter of Israel could cause the group to increase its contingency planning against United States interests,” Negroponte told the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Jihadi Home Movie: Don't forget to stop rolling tape when you get killed edition!
Really, it doesn't get any better than this. And whoever added The Cars to the soundtrack? Brilliant! Jihadis decide to take along their video camera to record their brave deeds. Then they get popped by the good guys as the tape keeps rolling.
It's all below the fold, for your protection.
WARNING: Graphic images of the aftermath of said attack. NC-17 for violent images. This is what happens when you screw with us. A must see for would-be jihadis.
Mass Resignation at Carter Center
This is so fucking beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes:
ATLANTA — Fourteen members of an advisory board at the Carter Center resigned today, concluding they could “no longer in good conscience continue to serve” following publication of former President Jimmy Carter’s controversial book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”
“It seems that you have turned to a world of advocacy, including even malicious advocacy,” the board members wrote in a letter, a copy of which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. “We can no longer endorse your strident and uncompromising positio