February 28, 2007
For Your Entertainment
What a wanker.
I Call Quagmire In Iran
My anti-mullah friend sends another dispatch:
Hi Vinnie,The more you tighten your grip, the more star systems slip through your fingers...
The same two websites as before (Radis and [Redacted, mullahs don't like blogs - Vinnie]), report clashes between certain groups and the agents of the Mullah regime.
But this time the clashes have taken place in the south-east corner of the country in the province of Baluchistan. (Baluchistan straddles the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.)
There is a slight difference between the two reports, though. Radio Israel reports 2 government agents killed by the Baluch and 4 more captured.
The other website reports 4 governments agents killed and 4 taken prisoner.
Also FYI, Iranians have a co uple of festivals coming up one on March 14 and another on March 20th. The mullahcracy has for the past 27 years done everything it can to suppress these as the festivals are truly Iranian and completely non-Islamic.
So, I'll probably have reports of clashes between the regime and the people around that time.
Surber Smacks MSM Double-Standard On Algore
As a proud member of the mainstream media, let me suggest that this double-standard — this refusal to hold Al Gore accountable for his actions which are contradictory to his words — only feeds the belief that the media is biased in favor of liberals — particularly born-to-the-manor, overfed, limousine liberals who consume 220,000 kilowatts of electricity each year in just one of his three homes.Why weren't Algore's utility bills flashed on the screen when Melissa "I was once relevant" Ethridge was wailing and bemoaning the alleged environmental ravages and absolute horrors of the average, 1/25-of-Algore citizen's lifestyle?
Because they're interested in drastic lifestyle changes - for you, not them.
Justice for Darfur: Hot Lipstick Bi-Curious-Lesbian Angelina Jolie Solves Genocide Forever!
And now, an important word from official Jawa Report representative to the United Nations, Angelina Jolie. I've taken the key points from Angelina's editorial in the Washington Post, and improved them. Does she really believe that an International Criminal Court could have any effective power over genocidal maniacs? Give me a break. Honey, stick to the soft-core porn, and leave the thinking to the professionals. And while your at it, make me a sandwich!
From her WaPo editorial:
Here, at this refugee camp on the border of Sudan, nothing separates us from Darfur but a small stretch of desert and a line on a map. All the same, it's a line I can't cross. As a representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, I have traveled into Darfur before, and I had hoped to return. But the UNHCR has told me that this camp, Oure Cassoni, is as close as I can get.More of the official goddess of The Jawa Report, mistress Angelina Jolie, below.
Sticking to this side of the Sudanese border is supposed to keep me safe. By every measure -- killings, rapes, the burning and looting of villages -- the violence in Darfur has increased since my last visit, in 2004. The death toll has passed 200,000; in four years of fighting, Janjaweed militia members have driven 2.5 million people from their homes, including the 26,000 refugees crowded into Oure Cassoni.....
Until the killers and their sponsors are prosecuted and punished, violence will continue on a massive scale. Ending it may well require military action. But accountability can also come from international tribunals, measuring the perpetrators against international standards of justice....
Angelina Jolie: well intentioned, naive, but oh so hot!
It is not clear, though, why we should take Khartoum at its word. And the notion that the threat of ICC indictments has somehow exacerbated the problem doesn't make sense, given the history of the conflict. Khartoum's claims aside, would we in America ever accept the logic that we shouldn't prosecute murderers because the threat of prosecution might provoke them to continue killing? ....
It has become clear to me that there will be no enduring peace without justice. History shows that there will be another Darfur, another exodus, in a vicious cycle of bloodshed and retribution. But an international court finally exists. It will be as strong as the support we give it. This might be the moment we stop the cycle of violence and end our tolerance for crimes against humanity.
What the worst people in the world fear most is justice. That's what we should deliver.
The writer is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
Hold Iran Accountable by Ken Timmerman
Hold Iran Accountable
By Kenneth R. Timmerman
Published February 28, 2007
The messages we send as the world's sole superpower matter. Today, Iran's leaders are testing us. They are testing us in Iraq, where Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) networks continue to fund both Sunni and Shi'ite insurgents. They are testing us at the International Atomic Energy Agency and at the United Nations, where they continue to defy demands by the international community to verifiably suspend their nuclear programs, which constitute a clear violation of Iran's commitments as a signatory of the Nonproliferation Treaty.
How we respond to these tests is not an academic question. Understanding the intentions and the modus operandi of this regime are life-and-death matters...
Voices are raised from all sides of the U.S. political spectrum that we should swallow our pride and negotiate with Tehran's leaders if we want to avoid war. They call it, "a grand bargain." Whether it's proposed by the Council on Foreign Relations, the Baker-Hamilton commission, Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, or various Iranian-American quislings, the outlines are virtually identical. The United States should accept Iranian offers to negotiate "all outstanding issues" generated by the regime's bad behavior. In exchange, we should provide "security guarantees" that include a steadfast promise to abandon all efforts to help Iran's people achieve freedom.
The very terms of the bargain should be a tip-off. The one thing Iran's regime really wants from us is a guarantee we won't support pro-democracy forces inside Iran.
Proponents of negotiations with Tehran argue that we negotiated with the Soviet Union during the Cold War while never compromising on our principled rejection of Soviet communism and its brutal suppression of freedoms at home and in occupied Eastern Europe. But the Islamic Republic of Iran is fundamentally unlike the Soviet Union during the Cold War for a host of reasons.
First and foremost, they do not have an arsenal of 10,000-plus nuclear weapons. Soviet dissidents and refuseniks understood the U.S. would engage in arms control talks with the Soviet leadership as a matter of self-preservation and that such talks in no way implied our acceptance (except for Jimmy Carter) of Soviet dictatorship.
Soviet dissidents understood the weaknesses of the Soviet state but also understood the dangers of a nuclear exchange with the United States.
Iranian dissidents, however, view the Islamic Republic as weak. They see the incompetence of its leaders, the fragility of its economy, its isolation on the world stage, and its military vulnerabilities. Why should a superpower bow before the mullahs and dignify such a weak adversary with full-fledged negotiations?
Opening negotiations with the United States may be the key strategic goal today of the government in Tehran. The ruling clerics are confident they can humiliate any American president who agrees to talk with them. They will drag out such talks endlessly, to demonstrate to the pro-freedom movement that "America can do nothing" and more importantly, will do nothing to help them.
Beyond this, we simply don't need negotiations with the regime over its nuclear program. Through U.N. Security Council resolutions, we have set out the parameters of what the Iranian regime must do to avert steadily increasing international sanctions. They can accept those conditions, shut down their programs in a verifiable manner, or suffer the consequences. The U.S. should not settle for anything less than full, unconditional compliance from Tehran. There is nothing to negotiate.
The same goes for Iran's involvement in Iraq, its support for international terrorist groups, its refusal to recognize the right of Israel to exist, and its wretched disregard for its own citizens' political and human rights. Why should we negotiate down the standards of internationally acceptable behavior?
On the contrary, we should hold Iran's leadership accountable for its behavior by rolling up its networks in Iraq and striking the IRGC support structures across the border. We should insist Iran comply with the International Covenant of Political and Human rights that it has signed. We should enforce the huge number of judgments against top regime leaders in courts around the world for their terrorist attacks.
And for starters, we should insist that Iran comply with the U.N. Security Council demands on its nuclear programs by ratcheting up mandatory economic and diplomatic sanctions. Anything less is just not serious.
Kenneth R. Timmerman is president of the Middle East Data Project Inc., executive director of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran and author of "Countdown to Crisis: the Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran."
Note: This article is copyrighted by Kenneth Timmerman, and is re-printed with his permission.
Administrator, Global Defense Group
Army Responds to Proposed Democratic Cuts to Troops in Iraq
Who needs the Democrats to fund the war when you have soldiers who can improvise?
More pics here. Thanks to Tony in Boulder.
The Latest Cartoon From Iran
It's really lame, and poorly produced, but I'm posting it here for your... um... enjoyment?
Perhaps the Iranians should outsource their animation to India, like Hollyweird does.
Yemen Censors Websites, Website Responds
Well we all know the Yemen government blocked my website from being viewed in Yemen. They also blocked my good friend in Yemen, Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani's website Al-Shoura. I am publishing the full text of al-Shoura's statement because we can do that here:
Statement On The Withholding Of “Al-Shoura Net” And The Continuation Of The Burglary On Al-Shoura Newspaper And “Sout Al-Shoura”
A continuation of the policy of repression and targeting of media and press freedoms in the country, on Sunday evening, February 24, 2007 the authorities withhold (blocked) “Al-Shoura Net” electronic website after a series of official threats against the website and the staff (they threatened to arrest him and hurt his kids.) ; Most recently in the words of an official source on the 26th of September militarism press. (the Defense Ministry's paper wrote threats against al-Khaiwani and his staff.)
The official withholding (blocking the website) is new violation added to the series of formal targeting pain phases (hate speech) of the (regime) media issued by (at) the Yemeni forces Union Party.
It is targeting our electronic website after it had targeted “Al-Shoura” press and “Voice of the Al-Shoura” because we are criticizing corruption, the prejudices of Rights and Freedoms, and our continuing need for political and cultural reforms And good governance,
It also targeting our party after the (Yemeni government) political authorities approval. On contrast side, full freedom inside their newspapers. Moreover, they adopted many official suppression patterns towards our media freedoms, we can observe most here:
On September 5, 2004 a court ruling against the chief editor of “Al-Shoura” weekly newspaper, Abdul Karim Khaiwani, judged and incarcerated for a year with the force, stopping the newspaper for seven months; Al-khaiwani was incarcerated immediately after the court sentence and was prevented from the right of appeal.
This penalty came when the newspaper issued important topics on the press, until that moment in the official taboo; the most prominent file was the “hereditary rule” in the country. And the “oil corruption” and the phenomenon of collecting government officials among their official positions and the practice of Trade.
At the end of March 2005 in response to the pressures and demands of local organizations and the Arabs and international Concerned on press freedoms, Authorities released the chief editor of “Al-Shoura” Under an amnesty by the President of the Republic. (Remember the petition I made? This is the same guy.)
Then “Al-Shoura” newspaper is being resumed its publication in April of the same year, But it soon became under suppression again where an armed gang, supported by elements of security, storming the headquarters of the newspaper and Expelled workers, occupation and control of all properties including the monthly “Voice of Al-Shoura“properties. (The newspapers premises were taken over by an armed gang that then published his newspaper with false content and continues to do so.)
Although we recourse to the security agencies, but they refrained from taking any legal step against the robbery gang, the adjudication also refused to consider a court case in this regard, With the oral promises of the President of the Republic to return the pending press and buildings until now.
The authorities took additional steps in this repression prevented the National press of printing “Al-Shoura”, while the Ministry of Information granted licenses to armed gang enabled it to the issuance of our “Al-Shoura” press as a faked and reproduced press. Until now it still issued in fake format funded by the governor party with full official facilities as the printing of the newspaper reproduced in the “Al-thorah governmental press.
The “Voice of Al-Shoura,” political, intellectual, press that is published monthly, is also banned from publication and the confiscation of their properties beside “Al-Shoura” press properties. Also Mr. Abdallah Sabri Editor-in-chief of “Al-Shoura” is subjected of the trial continues two years ago in a lawsuit brought by Undersecretary of The Ministry of the Interior and Security Council because of the issue of the publication.
Authorities withhold “Al-Shoura Net” website on the polling day of presidential and local elections, in September 2006, however, we were enable to re-launch the website. (They shut down his website before the election. He made a new one.) Again, authorities have obscured attempts collusion between The Ministry of Communications, the only operator of the Internet in the country and Local mediator of the hosting company on the net that caused creating number of technical obstacles led to Consecutive changes in the links and the address of the site.
The chief editor was arbitrary prevented from traveling outside of the country where he was detained in 18 / 11 / 2006 in Sana’a Airport. As he was preparing to travel to Morocco to participate in the effectiveness of human rights, he was transferred to the Ministry of the Interior and detained there for two hours without receiving an explanation of the reason for this action against him. (Al-Khaiwani was going to a conference sponsored by the Red Cross in Moracco, but they stopped him at the airport and didn't let him go.)
Before the latest withholding, the chief editor of the website (al-Khaiwani) has forced to attend court hearings on the subject of a lawsuit brought by the Ministry of Defense related the issue of the publication, The trial, which coincides with another trial are subject the editor in a similar lawsuit brought by the Chief of the Doctrine of the armed forces because the issue of the publication too.
The inflammatory campaign against the website remained rise along the last period in the government newspapers, military and media of the ruling party. (Hate speech in the government media against him and the website.)
What we are exposed to come in regards of official comportment against the press, in general can be described as an oppression, repression and the confiscation of the rights and freedoms. This comportment is reached us and extended to another presses and journalists all over the country.
We urgently call upon all organizations, press and rightly institutions to solidarity with the “Al-Shoura Net” website, “Al-Shoura” press and “Voice of Al-Shoura”; stating that this solidarity practically by forcing the Yemeni government to unlock the ban of the website and two newspapers and stop the repression, violations and Commitment to the provisions of the Constitution, international covenant and the pledges made before the donors and supporters for the freedoms of democracy in Yemen.
By: Al-Shoura Stuff
Sana’a Feb 27,2007
Solidarity? I'm with you, dude.
"Two Complete Strangers With No Particular Interest In Politics Talk About The Blogosphere's Reaction To The Attempt On Vice President Cheney's Life"
Some guy and some chick get to the bottom of the issues. Today's must read from Wuzzadem.
UPDATE by Rusty: Patterico e-mailed me earlier about his related post, but his site was down and I never got around to it. So, here it is. Worth the read.
Instapunk's post is also worth the 2 minutes of your time.
When I first started blogging, I engaged in the "see, this is what so-and-so believes" based on reader comments. It wasn't until after I had, you know, readers, that I realized some of them were drooling idiots. Take Greyrooster for instance. Please! Seriously, if I was judged for what that racist fool said........
Hamas Website Poll - Interesting results.
After Howie posted yesterday about the Hamas poll, I re-printed it and posted it as a bulletin on MySpace. The bulletin was quickly picked up, and re-posted by many others.
As of 6:00 PM (EST) yesterday, the poll had nearly 700 votes, with a margin of 2% FOR and 98% AGAINST, with 0% UNDECIDED
Yet today, at 1:20 PM (EST) the poll has these results:
Now mathematics is not my best subject, but it seems to me these numbers just don't add up!
I am deeply shocked to discover Hamas would tamper with a poll to get their desired results! This should be reported to the United Nations immediately!
Please note the dripping sarcasm.
Here's a screen capture from yesterday afternoon at 2:43 PM by USMC Patriot:
Update II by Howie: It seems there has been some kind of technical glitch with Hamas' English website. Terrible, just terrible, I was about to get vote for the fifth time today.
Update III: They are back online.
American Idol's Antonella Barba - Disrespecting the World War II Memorial?
There is a sign at the National World War II Memorial that reads as follows: "Please Respect The Memorial - No Wading - No Coins"
You wouldn't think that a sign like this would be necessary, but apparently it is. Apparently, there are those folks who would seriously consider using a memorial to our veterans as a swimming pool.
Now, like most red-blooded American males, I generally have no problem with a hot young girl frolicking around in a fountain in a white t-shirt. (In fact, I might even go so far as to say I'm generally in favor of that sort of thing.)
I do, however, have a problem when the fountain in question is a memorial to our nation's fallen heroes.
If the young lady splashing about in our National World War II Memorial in these pictures is American Idol's Antonella Barba, I'd say she has some explaining to do.
UPDATE : The original post gave the benefit of a little doubt as to whether it really was the memorial fountain in the pictures. As Good Lt. notes, there really isn't any doubt as to whether it is the memorial fountain, so I changed the post to reflect that.
UPDATE by Rusty: I've been to the WWII Memorial only once. I described it in this post:
Cried as I found my grandfather's name at the new WWII memorial.Those tears, by the way, were shared with my mom, who I called as soon as I found her father's name. My mom never knew her father. He was killed fighting the Japanese when she was just a toddler.
The Japanese not only robbed my grandfather of his life, they robbed my mother and myself the chance to ever get to know him.
Just thought I'd throw that in there. I am someone who has little problem blaspheming that which is held as sacred, but which isn't. But if there is such a thing as a place that is sacred, then the WWII Memorial surely is one of those places. The blood of my grandfather, if it is worth anything, has made it so.
Terror Supporter Teaching at Kent State (Updated)
I'd say that it was unbelievable that a follower of Osama bin Laden was teaching at Kent State, but I'd be lying. No, this is perfectly believable.
Here's what how Associate Professor Julio Pino describes his own website:
We are a jihadist news service, and provide battle bispatches, training manuals, and jihad videos to our brothers worldwide. All we want is to get Allah’s pleasure. We will write "Jihad" across our foreheads, and the stars. The angels will carry our message throughout the world.The content of his website seems to be the stuff of treason. Some of it is nutty--conspiracy theories galore!--but a lot of it is out and out support of jihadis who are fighting Dr. Pino's fellow Americans in a very real war.
I'd agree with Dr. Mike Adams that Pino should be arrested--on charges of sedition and facilitating al Qaeda. I'm not a fan of torture, which Adams (tongue-in-cheek I hope) calls for in Pino's case, but I am a big fan of arresting those that support the enemies of the United States during a time of war. Townhall:
Many people believe that Julio Pino deserves to be fired because of his public statements about the War on Terror. I disagree. A simple firing is too light a punishment.Since that won't happen, I'd say that Pino has definitely exceeded the bounds of normal academic freedom. He should be fired. Immediately. Academic freedom is a license to criticize, but it is not a license to facillitate and encourage illegal acts. And if The Jawa Report was started for one reason, it was to expose the real role jihadi propaganda plays in the death and murder of so many around the world.
Dr. Julio Pino, for his decision to "provide battle dispatches, training manuals, and jihad videos to our (enemies) worldwide" deserves to be arrested and sent to an island off the coast of North America, striped naked, interrogated, and, if necessary, tortured to ascertain the extent of his involvement in assisting our enemies.
After we are done with him, he is free to return to Ohio. That is unless, of course, he is found to be something more than a professorial pansy posing as a genuine Jihadist.
Here's Pino's website. It's not just vile, it's criminal.
Hat tip: Charles Johnson at LGF
UPDATE: Jeff Goldstein responds to my demand that Pino be dismissed here. First, let me note that Jeff, as always, uses his mouth purtier than a $2 whore. Here is, I believe, the crux of his argument:
But I do wonder—at what point is it safe to begin punishing people for “encouraging” illegal acts (I’m reminded of the final “Seinfeld” episode, for some reason) as opposed to, say, active engaging in them? And is “facilitation” a matter merely of intent? Because the case can be made that illegal acts can be “facilitated” by information never meant to be used as such. So it remains unclear, from a legal standpoint, whether one would be “facilitating” simply by dint of collecting and transmitting information that is otherwise available, only in different contexts.There's much more than this--especially some important questions about the nature of Islamism itself--- so go read the whole thing. Personally, I don't see any First Amendment problems, but that's just because I'm not a lawyer. Which means when I talk about the Constitution, I'm talking about, you know, the Constitution, and not what lawyers in robes say---which is what passes as Constitutional law these days.
Make no mistake: personally, I believe the state of Ohio should be heavily scrutinizing this professor. Similarly, I wouldn’t find it at all troubling if some of our national security agencies wanted to a closer look at Dr Pino.
But I do wonder if, in the absence of using sedition and treason statutes (which we seem particularly loath to do), there are grounds for firing Dr Pino that wouldn’t run afoul of First Amendment protections.
"Militants" Behead Teacher in Pakistan
The AP says "suspected militants" beheaded a teacher in Pakistan after he was accused of being a "spy" for the U.S. You wouldn't want to call them terrorists or anything offensive like that. But, to their credit, they also identify the perpetrators as "Islamic". Because, you know, there was some question as to their religious identity.
Suspected Islamic militants captured and beheaded a schoolteacher in Pakistan's wild Afghan border area for allegedly spying for the United States, an official said Wednesday.Tim at Opinion Bug has more.
The man's body was found early Tuesday in a large sack dumped by a road near Jandola, a town in the South Waziristan tribal district, the local security official said. He asked not to be identified due to the sensitive nature of his job.
A note found with the beheaded man's body identified him as "Akhtar Usman, the one who spied for America," the official said.
He said the forehead of the man's severed head was inscribed with the word for "hypocrite" in Urdu, Pakistan's main language.
As we noted yesterday, al Qaeda "militants" seem to have returned to their old routine of beheading victims as a method of terrorizing the population. Next we'll see whether or not they also begin distribuiting beheading snuff films. You know, just like the good old days.
We R in Control*
Doubleplus ungood newspeak law proposed for Florida:
TALLAHASSEE -- A state legislator whose district is home to thousands of Caribbean immigrants wants to ban the term "illegal alien" from the state's official documents.Let's just cut to the chase and start calling illegal aliens "jefe" (boss).
"I personally find the word 'alien' offensive when applied to individuals, especially to children," said Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami. "An alien to me is someone from out of space."
She has introduced a bill providing that: "A state agency or official may not use the term 'illegal alien' in an official document of the state." There would be no penalty for using the words.
In Miami-Dade County, Wilson said, "we don't say 'alien,' we say 'immigrant.'"
*name the artist and album for bonus points. Answer here.
Freedom Journal Iraq #592
• Recruiting Police
• Rescuing the Wounded
Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 592
Google Video Copy of Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 592
Islamic Radicals Continue to Use MySpace
Marked Manner continues his investigation into terrorist supporters using MySpace to spread their propaganda. One thing I found interesting was the way that the pro-jihad crowd uses the same language as the far left. For instance there use of the word: amerikkkan
Irony. Not kinda irony or ironical, actual irony.
Question: Does Rupert Murdoch know that his subsidiary, MySpace, is being used to support terrorism? Let's not give News Corp. a pass on this.
The Danger of the Pakistan "Truce"
As Jawa's esteemed colleague Bill Riggio noted recently, "The Pakistani government is preparing to cede the Federally Administered Tribal Agency of Bajaur to the Taliban. Jan Aurakzai, the governor of the Northwest Frontier Province, has informed the media that a 'peace deal' fashioned after the Waziristan Accord is imminent, Dawn reports." At the Fourth Rail, Bill concludes, "The peace deals in North and south Waziristan, the upcoming deal in Bajaur and others soon to follow, and the inability to take action against the terrorists inside their own borders poses a direct threat to the existence of the Pakistani state."
Well apparently, the CIA, the National Intelligence Director and Cheney agree.
McConnell's push for action along the Afghan-Pakistani border echoed concerns raised by Vice President Dick Cheney during a face-to-face meeting Monday with Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Cheney was accompanied by Deputy CIA Director Stephen Kappes — a sign that intelligence played a strong role in the case made to Musharraf.
Musharraf has insisted his forces have already "done the maximum" possible against extremists in their territory, and he said other allies also shoulder responsibility in the U.S.-led war on terrorism.
But U.S. officials have grown increasingly concerned about intelligence suggesting the Taliban and al-Qaida plan a spring offensive against allied forces in neighboring Afghanistan.
They are also worried about the autonomy of al-Qaida and Taliban operatives in Pakistan after the government signed a peace deal with the tribal leaders of the region, North Waziristan, in September.
In that agreement, tribal elders promised to respect the supremacy of the Pakistani government and curtail attacks in Afghanistan. In return, Musharraf gave back some of the tribes' weapons, released some prisoners and withdrew from posts inside North Waziristan.
At Tuesday's hearing, Lt. Gen. Michael Maples, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said the tribes have not abided by most of the agreement's terms. And McConnell said U.S. intelligence believes al-Qaida's training and related capabilities increased as a result of the deal.
Media Still Baffled As To Home-Invader's Politics
He attacks Republicans. He hates Michelle Malkin and conservative blogs. He asserts readily that "'everyone knows' the liberal blogosphere is cooler." He won't deny being a Democrat, but would "rather not hurt the label of any political persuasion that my opinions may relate to by identifying too closely with it." Courage, courage, courage.
Why not, tough guy? Are you afraid to stand on your convictions now that you've been busted? You were only 'speaking truth to power,' and we all know which party has made it a national agenda item to do so.
Hint: It ain't the College Republicans spray-painting the Capitol.
Stone said that if Malkin "was heading up Homeland Security, I guess I'd be getting water-boarded right now." ed. -(tumbleweed)Oh, it ain't the top story - just our most entertaining one for this past week. Ask Dan Rather about the dextrosphere's influence and get back to us - once your police record is finished being updated. Anti-Semitic jackass.
"If this is their top story," he said of conservative bloggers, "it's pretty clear that their public influence is waning."
USA Pwns World, Jawa Pwns Activist
Muawahahaha! We're officially causing holocausts by our mere existence!
PLUS, fun with numbers! Assuming their junk data is accurate (just for the sake of argument), I still noticed that China, India, Europe and the former Soviet Union account for over half of the worlds contributions to global warming. Kyoto, anyone? Didn't think so.
Also of extreme interest are the, shall we say, "beliefs and quotes and leftist organizations the author wrote for prior to today."
READ THE TAKEDOWN BELOW THE FOLD --->
What, o curious reader, is the realm of expertise the self-identified "activist," former tech CEO C.E. Karunakaran, of this article's area of expertise? Computers/engineering. The Center for Ecology and Rural Development (not weather pattern studies)?
CERD has a fulltime manpower structure with a committed team of scientists working on a variety of areas raning (sic) from women's technology, science communication, Continuing Education, Participatory Irrigation management through local democratic people's institutions, women's microcredit networks etc.Sound like climate experts, too. Except, you know, that they don't work in atmospherics, climatology, meteorology, etc.
The "suddenly objective" activist has written on global warming for anti-capitalist leftwing sites like "CorpsWatch (Corporation Watch) in 2002, or has written articles for Frontline Magazine (India) that are peppered with Marxist linguistics:
So, if the world is to be saved from a looming catastrophe and international and inter-generational justice is to be maintained, it is essential for civil society in Third World countries to take an active role in pressuring their own governments and in moulding world opinion to move in the direction of a swift 'equal rights for all' solution. In this effort, they need to contend with, and engage in dialogue, even well-meaning NGOs in the North, which, in their anxiety to get some action off the ground, are prone to seek accommodation from the nations in the South.CorpsWatch surrounds our activist with the most objective, non-partisan people on the planet (click on pic for large screenshot):
Also, if you head down to page 349 of the Global Commons Institute (this PDF), you'll notice an interesting passage pop out, what with the recent Algore-mania and carbon-footprinting mish-mosh going around over the past few days:
C.E. Karunakaran is an engineer who has studied and workedSo. Mr. Environmental hero has an interest (perhaps financial), in carbon credit trading. Isn't that what would qualify as a conflict of interests in journalistic circles? That is poised to be a hot market this year, wouldn't you say?
on issues relating to carbon credit trading.
Question everything. Especially things with "People's anything" in them.
February 27, 2007
Thoughts: Drudge, Hypodermic Needle Theory & 'The Drip'
Indulge me some media notes/noodlings here, good padawans. Fell free to chime in.
There's a case to be made the Drudge helped tank the markets today, particularly when thinking about information/news sensitive environments like the market floors.
Interesting if you're one of those types who believes the "hypodermic needle (strong effects)" theory of communications - namely, that the transmission of a message on a widely read and relied-upon source (usually a news source) will have a strong impact on the receivers of that message.
By the same token, the overall MSM coverage of the war in Iraq has had a negative net impact on the opinions and perceptions of many Americans regarding the daily events taking place there. Individual stories are not enough to do it alone. This is not to say that covering the markets is exactly like covering a war, but I would surmise that market reporters at least report positive developments in the markets from time to time without hesitation. So in terms of general news practice and protocol, there is an imbalance coming out of Iraq in the coverage.
The aggregation of the drip-drip-drip is what killed the public support of the war. The negative effect was not as instantaneously felt or as potent this time as it was when TV nightly news was in its "Uncle Walter" infancy (and before 24-7
repetition of newspaper headlines news networks) during Vietnam era. It is also inevitably true that bureaucratic and political mismanagement from all sides of the aisles has prevented the war from being executed in a more precise and efficient manner, but you go to war with the "slam dunk" Intel agencies, "Peace Dividend" military and Marx-lite Political Parties you have, not the ones you want.
A balanced drip, with positive (or even the seemingly mundane "everyday Iraqi/American troop interactions" angle reported with equal ferocity and breathlessness as the bad news), would perhaps have yielded a more moderate divergence on the collective public perceptions of the war. Fweh. Childish fantasy.
Instapunk had a great post on this sort of thing all the way back last May, dubbing it the "water torture" effect of negative media coverage. He also asserted that (for better or worse) the MSM were winning. In many ways, he was right. Here's the nut:
It doesn't have to be true, it doesn't have to be fair, it doesn't have to be consistent in its terms. All that matters is that it is repeated with uniform constancy: drip, drip, drip. George W. Bush is no good. George W. Bush is no good. George W. Bush is no good. Change the headlines, seem to change the subject. Abu Ghraib. European disdain. Tom Delay. Katrina. Deficits. Valerie Plame. Gas prices. Karl Rove. Death in Iraq. Angry mothers. NSA wiretaps. Drip, drip, drip, drip, drip, the lede is always the same. George W. Bush is no good. George W. Bush is no good. George W. Bush is no good. George W. Bush is no good. George W. Bush is no good. George W. Bush is no good. Forget the good news, bury the accomplishments or ignore them altogether. Drip, drip, George W. Bush is no good, George W. Bush is no good, George W. Bush is no good.
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Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.
It took the MSM three years to bring George W. Bush's approval ratings down from their post 9/11 high to 52 percent on election day 2004. It's taken them just 18 months [corr. per Tim] to bring him down another 20 to 25 points. They never forgot their mission. While the princeling bloggers pissed and moaned about Harriet Miers, and immigration, and federal spending, the MSM kept on dripping out its one story, and now they are within reach of their goal -- Democrats restored to the majority in both houses of Congress and the stage set for the vengeful impeachment and dismissal from office of the most courageous president in modern times.The hypodermic needle theory in effect requires a somewhat passive audience to be completely relevant, but it is just something interesting to think about. Instapunk made that call six months out from the elections. The only part of that dire scenario that has not yet materialized are the impeachment hearings (and the lack of total Democrat control of the Senate).
It is here, perhaps, that an "echo chamber" or an alternative "hypodermic needle" theory can be explored - the aggregate effects of negative media coverage on long-term and complex stories, can have strong effects on active audiences when given enough time and freedom to do so. It doesn't have to be intentional - it is simply a daily routine of one news organ (the NYT) leading another (WaPo), which in turn both lead the tone and content of other main players (CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, etc.). By the time you see it on the news, it has already undergone revisions, filtering and editing by staffs of editors; pardon this media specialist if he asserts that pertinent information is often lost in the transfer between formats. Every day.
The dextrosphere can claim scalps of the more obviously biased and unprofessional here and there - even big fish like Dan Rather and Eason Jordan - but most Americans don't read blogs. Old media dies hard.
A finer man once said that "[a] lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants." Man, was he ahead of his time.
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Two al Qaeda Leaders, Dozens More Captured in Iraq
You can run, but you can't hide Abu Ayyub al-Masri! That's two al Qaeda in Iraq "emirs" captured in two days. This follows closely on the heels of the Islamic State of Iraq's (the al Qaeda umbrella group)* return to a spree of hostage beheadings. Payback: it is indeed a bitch.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Coalition Forces detained 12 suspected terrorists including a suspected Al-Qaeda in Iraq emir during raids Tuesday morning targeting foreign fighter facilitators and the al-Qaeda in Iraq network.
During an operation in Baghdad, Coalition Forces captured a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq emir and three of his associates. Based on intelligence reports, these suspects are allegedly involved in the production of improvised explosive devices.
Also in Baghdad, Coalition Forces detained two suspected terrorists who have alleged ties to al-Qaeda in Iraq and anti-Coalition Forces activities.
Two suspected terrorists were detained during a raid in Mosul.
Intelligence reports indicate the suspected terrorists have ties with an al-Qaeda terrorist who has coordinated attacks against Iraqi security and U.S. military personnel.
On Monday morning, Coalition Forces detained 15 suspected terrorists including a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq emir during raids targeting foreign fighter facilitators and the al-Qaeda in Iraq network. During the operation in Baghdad, Coalition Forces captured a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq emir and one of his associates.
But wait, more al Qaeda linked terrorists were captured in the past two days. Many more.
FYI: Bill Roggio says that an "emir" is equivalent to a battalion commander in the U.S. military.
Another suspected terrorist was detained on Tuesday in Fallujah during a raid targeting foreign fighter facilitators.
Coalition Forces detained two suspected terrorists in Tikrit who are believed to have links with terrorists involved in explosives shipments from other countries and facilitating the production of vehicle-borne IEDs.
In Ramadi, Coalition Forces netted a suspected terrorist who is allegedly involved in courier activities for al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq.
On Monday three suspected foreign terrorist facilitators were captured in operations northeast of Samarra, and eight more were captured in a foreign fighter safe house west of Mahmudiyah.
In downtown Ramadi, Coalition Forces captured two suspects in a foreign fighter safe house. Intelligence reports indicated members of the cell were allegedly planning suicide operations against Coalition or Iraqi Forces.
"Coalition Forces are making progress dismantling the foreign fighter and al-Qaeda terrorist networks inside Iraq," said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. "These operations send a message to terrorists that they will be caught and prosecuted for their crimes under the Iraqi justice system."
Source: Compiled from CENTCOM press releases.
*The Islamic State of Iraq is, in fact, a Salafi jihadi umbrella organization of which al Qaeda in Iraq is but one component. I intentionally call them an "al Qaeda umbrella group". Why?
a) It's accurate. There may be differences in command structure between, say, al Qaeda in Iraq and The Army of Ansar al Sunna, but as far as means and goals are concerned, they are the same
b) It really pisses off the head of The Islamic State in Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, to no end. In fact, a few weeks ago he sent out a press release advising the media not to mix "al Qaeda in Iraq" up with "The Islamic State of Iraq". And isn't the Jawa really about pissing jihadis off?
Canada Going Wobbly?
Apparently Canada's version of The Patriot Act was gutted today. The Canadian Coalition for Democracies sent out this press release, below. I don't follow America Jr.'s politics very closely, but Canada is simply infested with radical jihad followers. And since we share the largest unguarded border in the world with them, it is in our national interest to see that Canada takes the threat of terrorism seriously.
What really prompted me to post this press release was that it mentions that at least 50 terrorist groups are now operating in Canada. I don't know how accurate that statistic is, but I can certainly verify that jihad supporters are all over The Great White North thanks to decades of liberal immigration laws. For instance, our friends the terror supporters over at Jihad Unspun are in Canada. And where there are jihad supporters, you are bound to find a healthy subpopulation of jihadis willing and able to carry out domestic terror operations.
Ottawa, Canada - Today, the Liberal opposition lead by Stéphane Dion joined with the other Opposition parties to kill two provisions of Canada Anti-Terrorism Act that were passed into law by the Liberal government of Jean Chrétien in 2002. With all the hyperbole generated by these provisions, it is essential that Canadians understand their implications and judge for themselves if today's vote was a win for human rights or for those plotting acts of terror in Canada.
The "preventative arrest" provision is an appropriate and constitutional response to today's mass-casualty terrorist threat. This provision allows police to detain persons whom they believe "on reasonable grounds" to be about to commit an act of terror. Within one day, or as soon as constitutionally possible, the detainee must be brought before a judge to validate the detention.
The other provision authorizes the use of "investigative hearings" to require a person who has material knowledge of a terrorist act to be examined by a judge with regard to information that may prevent a planned attack or help identify the perpetrators of a past attack. Again, the law requires "reasonable grounds" to proceed. Moreover, it allows the person in question to have counsel, and prohibits the use of information drawn from the person to be used against that individual in any later criminal proceedings, save for reasonable exceptions relating to perjury and associated offences.
CSIS has identified over 50 terrorist groups operating on Canadian soil and over $256 million have been identified by FINTRAC in 2005/2006 as having possible links to terrorism [ed. emphasis mine]. Today, Canadians lost vital tools needed to stop a massacre before it happens and to compel those with knowledge of terrorist activity to disclose such vital information to a judge.
CCD notes with deep concern the record of the Liberal Party in relation to several terrorism issues. These issues include its opposition for thirteen years while in government to proposals for a judicial inquiry into the Air India bombing, its refusal to ban Hezbollah until finally being forced to do so by court action, and its refusal to list the notorious Tamil Tigers as a terrorist organization. And now in Opposition, the Liberals are further weakening our ability to break up terrorist cells and prevent the kind of massacres of civilians that have occurred in London, Madrid, New York, Amsterdam, and countless other cities. Along with other elements of the public record, these matters raise grave questions about whether the Liberal leadership is pandering to radical religious and ethno-cultural voting blocks at the expense of Canadians' safety and security.
"For over a decade, the Liberals ignored pleas from victims' families for an inquiry into the Air India bombing," said David Harris, Senior Fellow for National Security for CCD. "Today's vote ordered by Stéphane Dion may have effectively killed the ongoing police investigation by making it impossible to compel testimony from material witnesses. One must question the determination of the Liberals to leave unexamined the worst act of airline terror in history and its bungled 20-year prosecution, and to abandon those whose lives were shattered by this atrocity."
"Liberal leaders' continuing disregard for the innocent terror victims of Canada, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Israel and India triggers disturbing concerns about the price politicians are willing to pay for votes," said Alastair Gordon, President of CCD. "By opposing extension of their own Party's anti-terrorism provisions at a time when Canada is specifically targeted by bin Laden and Islamic extremism, Liberals owe Canadians an explanation. Is the risk to Canadians' safety and security to be regarded as just another reasonable trade-off in the struggle for political power?"
Ariel Sharon's Birthday
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon turned 79 today.
In January of 2006, Sharon suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke, and has been comatose ever since.
Always a controversial figure, Sharon is nevertheless a prominent part of Israel's history, and he served his country as both a warrior and a statesman.
While his politics may be subject to disagreement, his heroism is well established.
Ariel Sharon may be gone from the headlines, but he is not forgotten.
His birthday should not pass without note.
Gang rapes Jewish women as 'revenge'
From The Jerusalem Post:
A gang of serial rapists has been prowling the north, raping Jewish women as revenge for IDF actions in the territories, police revealed Tuesday after arresting six suspects believed to be involved in the series of brutal rapes.
"We are raping Jews because of what IDF is doing to the Palestinians in the territories," one of the six suspects told investigators from the Northern District CIU during questioning. During their questioning and their brief appearance at the Nazareth Magistrate's Court Tuesday, none of the four main suspects indicated that they felt remorse as to their actions.
Police said that they were aware of four attacks carried out by the gang, but that they believed that there were probably other incidents that had gone unreported by the victims.
Click here to read more.
Fadhila Joins New Coalition; Kurds to Baghdad
Members of al-Fadhila Shia party
The Iraqi newspaper Al-Rafidayn reported on Sunday that the Shia political party Fadhila would be joining a new parliamentary coalition with the Sunni party the Iraqi List and other unnamed Sunnis (“Al-Khaz Ali: Fadhila is Joining a New Coalition Still in Formation”). The Fadhila Party is a Shia faction that ran in the December 2005 elections with the United Iraqi Alliance along with SCIRI, Dawa, the Sadriya and Shia independents. It abandoned the new government after being deprived of the Petroleum Ministry (Fadhila’s control of the oil ministry under the previous, interim government had been primarily noted for widespread allegations of corruption).
Fadhila is distinguished by the fact that alone among the Shia religious parties it does not follow the authority of the Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, but instead is guided by the Ayatollah Muhammad al-Ya’qubi. Under his direction, for example, it opposed the ratification of the constitution supported by all other Shia parties. It has a significant presence in Basra but has left no national imprint (aside from the aforementioned reputation for corruption). The fact that it is partnering with a Sunni party by itself could be a positive sign, and so observers will need to watch this new coalition.
Al-Rafidayn also reported separately (“Kurdish Forces to Participate in Baghdad Security Plan”) that Kurdish forces would be participating in the new Baghdad security plan. It reported that 1,800 members of the Kurdish militia Beshmarka had left from their base in Irbil in north Iraq heading toward Baghdad on Sunday. The article notes that while some independent Kurdish lawmakers expressed reservations about having Kurdish troops involved in Baghdad fighting, the plan was supported by Iraq’s two leading Kurdish public officials, President Jalal Talibani and Kurdish autonomous region President Masoud Barzani.
Hat tip - Kirk at ThreatsWatch.org
Hamas Attempts Extortion
Yes there is quite the buzz about Hamas’ meeting in Russia. The MSM is reporing it was all sunshine and lollipops. Not so visible is the threats and open attempt to extort money from the US.
IOL: Moscow - Hamas politburo leader Khaled Mashaal called Tuesday for "fundamental change" in the Quartet of Mideast peace brokers and warned of "open battle" with Israel and Islamic hatred toward the United States unless Washington resumes aid funding.Related Hamas news: Next stop, Iran.
"The Arab and Islamic world need a fundamental change in the politics of the Quartet," Mashaal said of the group of Russia, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations, in remarks made during a Moscow visit and quoted by Interfax.
IHT: Mash'al, currently in Moscow where he has held talks with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, told reporters he also planned to visit Tehran as part of his international tour.
Islamic State of Iraq: #1 In Beheading Murders For Allah
I see that the Islamic State of Iraq had claimed a number beheadings on their English language (Google owned blogspot, of course) website today. Most of the beheadings took place before the security crackdown. But it's worthy of note that they have started using the term "beheading" again when referring to their victims. They usually use the term "Implementing Allah's rule" as a general euphemism for any kind of murder (ie, when the physically capture a person and then kill them as opposed to an "operation" which generally means a straightforward attack).
It's also worth noting that since Zawahiri repremanded Zarqawi for turning the Ummah off due to his excessiveness in decapitating hostages, there have been very few beheading claims from Iraq. There have been many beheadings, but no one wanted to claim responsibility. Bad PR. Until now.
You'll have to excuse al Qaeda in Iraq's poor grammar and spellling. Apparently they don't run this copy by Orange County's finest, Azzaz al-Amreki:
1-Beheading two leaders in Ghadr "Badr" corps and 12 other activists in different regions of Baaqouba city, and taking as booties their personal arms, many of their cars and an important sum of money during a short period (less than one week) until Thursday 2/2/2007.They also brag about murdering a woman.
2- Beheading two spies working for the crusader forces in Baaqouba city on Thursday 2/2/2007....
4- Beheading the called "Mahdi Hussain al-Aazawee" in al-Mafraq , he was an officer lieutenant in what is called " Security Preservation forces in al-Kadhemeya region" and an inhabitant of al-Aazzat region, and taking as a booty his personal car on Thursday 2/2/2007
9- Beheading an apostate policeman in al-Mafraq region, he was from inhabitants of "Delli Aabbas" region, on Tuesday 16/1/2007.
On Wednesday 21/2/2007, the Mujahedeen beheaded the called "Deyaa Aabd al-Hussain" in Baghdad province "by the grace of Allah".....
1- Beheading two soldiers from what is called the Interior Maghaweer in al-Katoun/al-Rahma region, on Monday 22/1/2007....
5- Beheading four elements from Ghadr "Badr" corps in al-Mafraq region , on Tuesday 23/1/2007.
21- Beheading an element of the apostate police in al-Mafraq region, on Sunday 6/1/2007,
17- Implementing Allah's rule on a spy woman working for the crusaders forces in al-Mafraq region , on Saturday 5/1/2007.When I first read this I was hoping that “implemented Allah’s rule” on a woman meant they had some mercy and shot her. Then I read this….
14-Implementing the rule of Allah on an apostate from the national guards of the rank of captain and putting his slaughtered head in Beeji market on 19/2/2007.It's not clear what, if anything, the return to beheadings by al Qaeda linked groups in Iraq means. It certainly is a change of tactics--at least to publicly claim beheadings, once again. We'll see whether or not Zawahiri gives his stamp of approval to the new al Qaeda emir's tactics.
The new leader, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, is said to have personally beheaded hostages on a few videos produced under Zarqawi's tenure. Perhaps he's just a psychopath that really likes it?
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Not content to just murder men and women, today they murdered children for playing soccer.
IOL: A car bomb exploded near a park west of Baghdad today, killing at least 18 boys, police said.The press is reporting some confusion on this matter, They must be ignoring this press release from centcom:
The blast occurred in central Ramadi, a hotbed of the Sunni insurgency, near an area popular for soccer.
The victims were boys aged 10 to 15, police said.
"I am mortified at the absolute lack of regard for the lives of the Iraqi people which has been displayed by Al Qaeda in Iraq," said Col. John Charlton, commander of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. "The murder of any Iraqi citizen is tragic, but to intentionally kill innocent children is proof positive that now more than ever, Iraqi citizens need to stand together with us in support of their local Iraqi security forces to stamp out this terrorist threat. No child should have to live in fear."This is all part of ISI/al-Qaeda in Iraq’s so called “dignity plan”.
Those operations are included in "al-Karama (dignity) plan", declared by al-Sheikh Abu Omar al-Baghdadi , leader of the Islamic State of Iraq.So the terrorists are trying to bring dignity by murder? That’s a funny way of “helping.”
Hot Air has some more Iraq related terror news here.
For more on the the past wave of jihadi decapitation snuff film orgies in Iraq, see our beheading archive.
Take a Poll, Irritate Hamas
You know, since the digg.com thing, I think it's time for a little payback, don't you? So how about messing with the objectivity of one of Hamas' polls.
Via Lone Star times: Did you know that HAMAS has an English-language website?Hat Tip: Greg.
Really–this is not a joke. You can visit HAMAS’ english-language website by clicking right here.
Anyway, they have a poll question up on their site (left hand side of the screen, scroll down):
Do you agree with resuming Resistance these days?
Right now, the results stand at 48.2% YES, 44.8% NO, and 6.89% DON’T KNOW.
Only 29 people have voted so far.
Update: Hamas's site seems a bit slow. We had a DDOS here this AM. Hopefully they are getting their's now.
College Students: We're Specialer Than Thou
The study asserts that narcissists “are more likely to have romantic relationships that are short-lived, at risk for infidelity, lack emotional warmth, and to exhibit game-playing, dishonesty, and over-controlling and violent behaviors.” (Sex and the City/Hollywood lifestyle, huh)Most college students are liberal as well. I'm sensing some overlap.
Twenge, the author of “Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before,” said narcissists tend to lack empathy, react aggressively to criticism and favor self-promotion over helping others.
The researchers traced the phenomenon back to what they called the “self-esteem movement” that emerged in the 1980s, asserting that the effort to build self-confidence had gone too far.
The ironic reality is that if everybody is special, then nobody ends up being special. That causes frustration and resentment to aggregate, which leads to seething and brooding anger. This build-up of anger is prone to manifest itself in stupifying and pitiable eruptions of emotional turmoil.
Hence, the average collegiate liberal:
Fauxtography Now: Reuters Still Hosting Adnan Hajj Photo (Bumped)
Despite claims that Reuters has removed all of the 920 photos taken by Adnan Hajj, at least one image taken by the Hezbollah propagandist remains at the Reuters website. And it's a doozy.
A Lebanese Muslim Shi'ites man talks on his mobile
....09 Feb 2006, REUTERS/Adnan Hajj
Seven months later and Reuters still hasn't purged their server of Adnan Hajj's work? But, they have purged their computers of their original admission of guilt, which was here. Oh, and they've left up three self-congratulatory stories in which they claim to have 'tightened the rules' since it was first revealed that they were publishing doctored and staged photos. You see: problem solved.
Thanks to Amos for the legwork on this.
You'll remember we played a wee part in unmasking of Adnan Hajj for the Hezbollah propagandist that he was. We're glad that Reuters eventually fired him, but still don't think Reuters quite gets what all the fuss was about.
The Adnan Hajj photo can be found on Reuters server here. Given the date stamp, given that man in the photo is a Shia, and given that it looks like the blood on the guy is from a self flagellation, I'm guessing the pic was taken during an Ashura celebration. There's no sign of any photo manipulation going on in it, but a promise is a promise Reuters. And you promised to take down all of Hajj's photos.
Another Inconvenient Truth
Al Gore's household energy consumption:
Back home in Tennessee, safely ensconced in his suburban Nashville home, Vice President Al Gore is no doubt basking in the Oscar awarded to "An Inconvenient Truth," the documentary he inspired and in which he starred. But a local free-market think tank is trying to make that very home emblematic of what it deems Gore's environmental hypocrisy.I'm sure the former Veep offsets his family's blatant greedy piggishness with a healthy contribution to terraspass, or perhaps he'll sign up for my own alternative Green program.
Armed with Gore's utility bills for the last two years, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research charged Monday that the gas and electric bills for the former vice president's 20-room home and pool house devoured nearly 221,000 kilowatt-hours in 2006, more than 20 times the national average of 10,656 kilowatt-hours.
"If this were any other person with $30,000-a-year in utility bills, I wouldn't care," says the Center's 27-year-old president, Drew Johnson. "But he tells other people how to live and he's not following his own rules."
Video : Terrorists Among Us - Jihad in America
Steven Emerson's excellent video, one of the earliest documentaries on the Islamist threat, originally aired in 1994 and was published to VHS in 2001. A lot of people, even those concerned about the Islamist threat, still haven't seen it. If you haven't seen it, you should get it and watch it. It's available for purchase here (DVD) and here (VHS).
How Green Do You Want To Be?
Radio host Glenn Beck notes today that Sunday's Oscar presenters had a very special "green" item included in their "goody bags." Each received a special dispensation from terrapass.com to reduce their annual "carbon footprint," measured in CO2 emissions, by 100,000 pounds.
That's fifty tons. According to bp's carbon footprint calculator, the average American's carbon footprint is 18 tons per year.
For a $159.00 donation to terrapass, celebrities and environmentally conscious little people can have their carbon footprints symbolically offset by contributing to one of terrapass's green programs.
We don't think that's enough. For $159.00, we will have one of our operatives put down a homeless person, eliminating their carbon footprint for what would have been the remainder of his or her natural life, thus significantly reducing America's total carbon footprint. There will, of course, be other environmental and aesthetic benefits to this program.
(For the benefit of the semi-retarded who may have stumbled through the preceding by sounding out the words and mumbling to themselves, this is satire.)
Stereotypes, are they ever wrong? Big Boobs + Blonde + Animal Rights Activist = Dumb
Honestly, was anyone really looking at Pamela Anderson's boots?
The Hollywood pin-up credited with turning the Australian [Ugg] boots into a global fashion phenomenon denounced the footwear on her website.I remember Rush Limbaugh used to advertise Ugg boots way back when. Personally, I never got it. But maybe that's because, unlike the Canadian Anderson, I'm a native Californian and the thought of wearing anything heavier than a pair of Van's seems more than a bit odd. Anyway, I'd like to credit Rush with the fashion trend, but I'm having a much better time imagining Pamela in those boots than Rush.
In a truly blonde moment, the actress has suddenly realised that the boots are made from shaved sheepskin.
And mother-of-two Pammy, a staunch animal rights activist who has been a PETA member for a decade, says she is racked with guilt that women worldwide have followed in her footsteps.
Mmmmmmmmm, Pam Anderson's, er, boots.
Anderson's epiphany comes as PETA is stepping up boycott efforts against Australian wool producers.PETA: Is it just me or do the folks at PETA make you long for the days when cannibalism was more common? Mmmmm, deep fried PETA.......
Four French Slain in Saudi Arabia
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) In the first major attack against foreigners since 2004, four French nationals have died. They were shot in their car by unknown gunmen while driving in northwest Saudi Arabia near the holy Muslim city of Medina. Three died at the scene and the fourth succumbed to his wounds in the hospital.
At the time of the attack, nine total French nationals, some Muslim, were reportedly (1) going to Mecca for a pilgrimage or (2) returning from a tour of historical sites. There has been no confirmation either way.
Meanwhile, killers swearing allegiance to al-Qaeda vowed last month to renew their campaign to rid Westerners from the kingdom. They made the announcement on a website that had been dormant for about two years. As a consequence, I suppose we should be expecting more attacks on Westerners in Saudi Arabia.
French President Jacques Chirac expressed shock, calling the attack "hateful." Since it happens regularly, it's not clear why he would be shocked that radical Islamists murder innocent people. Rather than shocked, he should be pissed.
Iranian Kurds: Just Doing The Jobs Americans Won't Do (Yet)
My favorite anti-mullah source sends this:
Hi Vinnie, I thought you might be interested in this snippet of news. Two days ago in northwest Iran, the Iranian Kurds brought down a chopper belonging to the IRGC (the main prop of the mullahcracy) killing 14 "Pasdaran" including two of their battalion commanders. The regime of course blamed inclement weather for causing the crash. My sources are the links below (unfortunately in Persian)
1. http://radis.org/ Radio Israel Persian service
2. [redacted for obvious reasons - Vinnie] an Iranian anti-Mullah blogger who quotes Reuters as claiming the chopper was brought down by ground fire by a Kurdish group called "Pezhak". Even the mullah regime admits that there have an increasing number of clashes between the IRGC and what they call "the criminal and anti-revolutionary element" in that region. This blogger makes the interesting speculation that the Kurds may have used shoulder-fired ground-to-air missiles provided to them covertly by the coalition.
I wouldn't be surprised if the coalition or Israel did provide Iranian Kurds with anti-aircraft weapons in retaliation for the Islamic Republic and/or Syria providing anit-aircraft missiles to the terrorists in Iraq and to the Hizbullah of Lebanon.
Cheney Targeted by Suicide Bomb
(Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan) From an undisclosed location, Taliban spokesman Mullah Hayat Khan said, "We wanted to target ... Cheney." Fortunately, the Taliban was unsuccessful.
From The Age:
A suicide bomber killed up to 10 people outside the main US military base in Afghanistan in an attack aimed at visiting Vice-President Dick Cheney, but Cheney was not hurt in the blast.I'd like to know how the Taliban knew Cheney's itinerary.
An American soldier and a South Korean who was part of the US-led coalition were killed, as was a US government contractor whose nationality was unknown, officials said. NATO put the toll at four, including the bomber, and 27 wounded.
Local police said 10 people died.
The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying the bomber knew Cheney was visiting the sprawling Bagram Airbase, about 60 km from Kabul.
When They Make A Wish, They Make A Wish
Kudos all around, to Make-A-Wish, the Army, and most of all, this intrepid young man.
The crew presented Riley with his own flight suit, a “U.S. Army Air Ambulance Detachment” patch, and his pilot’s wings.
They also helped him to radio his mom from the helicopter while hovering above the beach.
“Mom, this is Riley. This is awesome,” he said.
“Riley, I’m glad you’re having a good time,” she said.
The Rangers joked with Riley about his fondness for the flight suit, telling him he had to take it off before he joined them to practice jump training inside a mock C-130 aircraft frame. The Rangers had earlier presented him with personalized fatigues, complete with his own combat boots and dog tags.
The Rangers showed Riley how to deploy a parachute and a reserve parachute. As his parents and older brother, Ryan, laughed at Riley’s enthusiasm, Master Sgts. Jose Morengo and Alexander Barnett rolled on the ground, jumped off benches and unfurled the parachutes.
Even a black eye, which happened as Morengo pulled the rip cord grip on a reserve parachute that he strapped around Riley’s waist, didn’t keep Riley from smiling. Morengo gave Riley the rip cord grip as a souvenir, explaining that it was the ultimate trophy of surviving a harrowing experience.
And the day got better when the men let him shoot blank M4 rounds and help clear a training room using grenade simulators. He then watched dozens of Ranger students practice being lifted in and out of helicopters on ropes.
stein hoist: Coach TC at the lovely and talented SondraK's.
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February 26, 2007
Bloggers Not Liable For Commenters
One of the nutosphere's favorite pastimes (taking over-the-top comments left at righty blogs and pretending that they're the comments of the host) has just lost its legal validity.There is a difference between the commenter and the host, as far as federal law is concerned:
Examining the impact of Sec. 230 on this case, the court noted that "Congress intended that, within broad limits, message board operators would not be held responsible for the postings made by others on that board," adding that allowing bloggers and message board operators to be sued for the statements of commenters on their sites would have an "obvious chilling effect" on speech. Accordingly, the court dismissed the complaint against Lycos.Hope they include that in the Townhall talking point email this week.
Video: British Imam Urges Terror Attacks
Here is a video of British Imam Omar Bakri Mohammed urging Muslims to bring jihad to European soil. In it, he urges would-be jihadis to follow the example of the Madrid al Qaeda attackers and fight the infidels on their own soil rather than making Muslim lands the battlefield. 190 people died in those bombings.
The video is said to have been recorded in a London area community center, but you'll notice the sign above Bakri Mohammed reads something about "...cakes made to order". I'm not sure what, if anything, that means. Maybe the pro-jihad crowd was having a bake sale? You know, "Buy a halal cake and we'll send half the proceeds to bin Laden" or something like that.
The video is from Glen Jenvey, who sends his regards to Jawa Readers. If you want to read about how Glen was able to infiltrate both Abu Hamza and Omar Bakri Mohammed's inner circle, you can read about it in War of the Web: Fighting the Online Jihad
This People UK article suggests that this video is enough to finally indict Bakri Mohammed. You'll remember that after he fled Britain for Lebanon shortly after several of his follewers were rounded up on terror related charges that he was declared persona non grata in the U.K.:
Charles Shoebridge, a former counter-terrorism intelligence officer, thinks The People's evidence could be crucial in nailing Bakri, who lived in Britain for 18 years before he was banned from returning from Lebanon. Mr Shoebridge explained: "Just as once was the case with Abu Hamza, the authorities have been reluctant to act against Bakri.Read the rest of the story. Apparently they found a second video, which I don't have, of Bakri Mohammed's followers plotting to kidnap prison officials and "hang them from lamposts." Watch the video to the end. It cuts off, but I believe he was trying to urge Muslims in the U.K. to prepare themselves for the inevetable day when they will have to go to war with their own government.
"A reason given for this inaction was a claimed lack of hard evidence. But the videos show that this excuse doesn't stand scrutiny.
"After the 7/7 attacks, the Government made it an offence to glorify terrorism. Bakri seems to go well beyond this by apparently directly calling for attacks.
"On the face of it, these videos provide police with ample evidence to arrest Bakri should he ever set foot in the UK or any country with which the UK has an extradition treaty."
Video below ----->
Digg Moonbats Burying Jawa?
I've been kind of out of town for the last week or so---at least, I've been out of the blogosphere loop---so I was a bit surprised to learn from Charles Johnson that the tinfoil wearers over at Digg are busy trying to list The Jawa Report as "spam". But since we're in the company of LGF, Michelle Malkin, Robert Spencer, and Captain Ed ---I'll wear this as a badge of honor.
(Good Lt): I put the kite flying post up at Digg. Lets see if anyone notices.
UPDATE: "Diggbats"? I like it.
UPDATEII: A screenshot just can't capture how bad the Digg que really is when you only show stories marked "buried" ("lame", "innacurate", or "spam"). Nearly all of them have something to do with Islam.
SUSPECTED AL-QAEDA EMIR, 14 OTHERS CAPTURED
BAGHDAD, Iraq –Coalition Forces detained 15 suspected terrorists including a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq emir during raids Monday morning targeting foreign fighter facilitators and the al-Qaeda in Iraq network.
During an operation in Baghdad, Coalition Forces captured a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq emir and one of his associates.
Three suspected foreign terrorist facilitators were captured in operations northeast of Samarra, and eight more were captured in a foreign fighter safe house west of Mahmudiyah.
In downtown Ramadi, Coalition Forces captured two suspects in a foreign fighter safe house. Intelligence reports indicated members of the cell were allegedly planning suicide operations against Coalition or Iraqi Forces.
“Coalition Forces are making progress dismantling the foreign fighter and al-Qaeda terrorist networks inside Iraq,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. "These operations send a message to terrorists that they will be caught and prosecuted for their crimes under the Iraqi justice system."
Kite Flying Turns Deadly in Pakistan (Updated)
At least 11 people died and more than 100 people were injured at an annual spring festival in eastern Pakistan celebrated with the flying of thousands of colorful kites, officials said Monday.What the HELL was going on there?!!
The deaths and injuries were caused by stray bullets, sharpened kite-strings, electrocution and people falling off rooftops on Sunday at the conclusion of the two-day Basant festival, said Ruqia Bano, spokeswoman for the emergency services in the city of Lahore.
I'm not so sure about Pakistan anymore - they can't even fly kites without killing each other (or themselves.)
Video : Ayaan Hirsi Ali Slaps Down Hollywood Ignorance
Note the support she gets from the crowd as she confidently slaps down the dhimmitude on her (literal) left and right:
I've been iffy on this whole "amend the Constitution to let foreigners be President" thing, but if there was ever a good argument for tossing that rule, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is it.
h/t : LGF.
The ACLU, the MSM, and Kiddie Porn
Since the mainstream media, with the exception of ABC, has chosen to virtually ignore the story of the former ACLU chapter president arrested for possession of child pornography videotapes, here's a link to Stop the ACLU's roundup, and another link to a July, 2005 STACLU story detailing the ACLU's efforts to legalize child pornography.
Claim: Iraqi Terrorists Shoot Down Black Hawk Helicopter (Video)
A Salafi jihad group in Iraq known as the Jaish al Mujahideen (Army of the Mujahideen) has released an 11 minute video in which they claim to show the downing of a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter. The video is posted below.
The video does show a number of insurgents shooting, a number of helicopters flying, and does appear to show a helicopter descending, but that's about it. Later, the camera shows what could be a Black Hawk helicopter wreckage, but it's really hard to tell because the brave Mujahdeen camerman is too afraid to get close to the wreckage. If that is a helicopter that was damaged and forced to land, it certainly appears to have made a soft landing.
The video may be downloaded from Laura Mansfield here, or viewed below.
Here's another screen grab from the video which shows the wreckage.
Here's the video as posted by "alqdz79" at Liveleak. May take awhile to load and it might be faster just to download the video from Laura Mansfield.
The Mujahideen Army, an insurgency group in Iraq, issued a 11:33 minute video today, Monday, February 26, 2007, depicting the downing of a Black Hawk helicopter in the area of al-Niba’i, north of Baghdad. This operation, named as “The Attack of the Wind of Anger”, is indicated to be an act of revenge for Muslim women and a response to “Al-Maliki’s masters and his dogs of the governmental forces”. The date of the attack is unclear; a message introducing the availability of the video explains that the downing occurred at sunrise following dawn prayer, but does not give the date. On Wednesday, February 21, the Mujahideen Army claimed the downing of a Black Hawk helicopter in al-Taji, also north of Baghdad. In that communication the group announced forthcoming details. It is unknown if this video depicts the attack.But you can view the video yourself and judge the veracity of the claims.
The video shows the Mujahideen preparing an ambush for two Black Hawk helicopters, setting up their anti-aircraft weapons and concealing its position with leaves and cloth. As the aircraft fly overhead the Mujahideen open fire, shouting “Allah is Great”, until ultimately, one of the helicopters is hit. Another scene shows the wreckage of the Black Hawk helicopter, the other aircraft flying at a distance.
Blair Defies al Qaeda's Plot at Queen's Celebration
That man Tony Blair? He's got himself a set of cajones. Big ones.
Tony Blair defied an assassination threat from al-Qa'eda to take part in the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations in central London, it can be revealed for the first time....
Lord Stevens, talking for the first time about the alleged plot, said: "There was a threat against the Prime Minister over the Queen's Jubilee period. It was an assassination threat. There was good reason to believe that the threat was credible."
Lord Stevens, who confessed to not feeling the same degree of optimism, said that Mr Blair would not countenance withdrawing. "We went ahead. There were a lot of police officers around. There were lots of marksmen in the actual vicinity," he said.
"I remember sitting with him three or four along the line outside Buckingham Palace where I knew we were extremely vulnerable. I just looked out the side of my eye. There was not a shadow of any kind of fear. He had a job to do and he did it.
"You have to admire him and Cherie Blair, who also knew about the threat, for doing that. They showed great personal courage."
Top Of The World
Claim: Burial Cave of Jesus Found
A documentary film which purports to have found the burial cave of Jesus is soon to be screened.
The Israeli-born, Canadian-based filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici is reigniting claims, first made over a decade ago, that a burial cave uncovered 27 years ago in Talpiot, Jerusalem, is the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth and his family.Critic Bar-Ilan University Professor Amos Kloner said, "It's nonsense." The names and inscriptions found are common and the claim is not based on proof, only an attempt to sell, he added.
At a press conference in New York on Monday, the two-time Emmy winner Jacobovici and his team - including Hollywood director James Cameron - will detail claims that of 10 ossuaries found in the cave when it was discovered in 1980, six bear inscriptions identifying them as those of Jesus, his mother Mary, a second Mary (possibly Mary Magdalene), and relatives Matthew, Josa and Judah (possibly Jesus's son).
Their documentary will be screened this week in the US, UK, on Channel 8 in Israel and around the world. The producers are said to have worked on the project with world-renowned archeologists, statisticians and DNA specialists.
On a lighter note, one source hints that James Cameron wasn't satisfied sinking the Titanic, so now he's going to sink Christianity.
Somali Pirates Take Ship, U.S. Sends Warship
(Mogadishu, Somalia) Since 1991, 46 ocean vessels have been hijacked in open waters off the coast of Somalia by pirates. Yesterday, there was another. It appears that the UN needs to provide for some form of security for vessels it is sending into harm's way.
A U.S. warship is approaching the area off the Horn of Africa where Somali pirates have anchored a hijacked ship carrying U.N. food aid, a U.N. spokeswoman said on Monday.U.N. spokesperson Saed Warsame said the ship, owned by the Motako Shipping Company based in Mombassa, had unloaded its food cargo and was empty when the hijacking occurred.
Gunmen boarded the Kenyan-owned MV Rozen on Sunday, taking hostage its six Kenyan and six Sri Lankan crew after intercepting the freighter by speedboat.
It was the third hijacking of a ship hired to carry relief supplies by the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) in two years.
WFP spokeswoman Penny Ferguson said the world body understood the vessel was now anchored off Bargal, a small port in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region.
"We also understand a U.S. warship is heading to that area but that it is still in international waters," Ferguson said. "There has been no contact yet from the pirates and our biggest concern remains for the safety of the crew."
February 25, 2007
'Global Warming' Update: Got An Inch of Warming Today...
3 Gulf states agree to IAF overflights en route to Iran
Now this is interesting.
"Three Arab states in the Persian Gulf would be willing to allow the Israel Air force to enter their airspace in order to reach Iran in case of an attack on its nuclear facilities, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasa reported on Sunday.
According to the report, a diplomat from one of the gulf states visiting Washington on Saturday said the three states, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, have told the United States that they would not object to Israel using their airspace, despite their fear of an Iranian response."
"Al-Siyasa further reported that NATO leaders are urging Turkey to open its airspace for an Attack on Iran as well and to also open its airports and borders in case of a ground attack.
According to a British diplomat who spoke to an Al-Siyasa correspondent, Turkey will not repeat the mistake it made in 2003, when it refused to open its airspace to U.S. Air Force overflights en route to attacking Iraq."
Theft of radioactive device in Canada cause for concern
25 February 2007: Sometime on or shortly before Tuesday, February 20, 2007, a portable radioactive nucleodensimeter was stolen from a construction site in Vaudreuil-Dorion, outside of Montreal. Weighing about 75 pounds, the specialized device is clearly labeled with radioactive warning stickers and contains radioactive material used to take soil samples and measure ground water. The radioactive substance inside, however, can be potentially dangerous if improperly exposed – or used for nefarious purposes.
This is the second time a nucleodensimeter has been stolen from the greater Montreal area.
On September 23, 2002, the same type of device was stolen from an engineer’s truck while the vehicle was parked at his residence in Laval, Canada, just outside of Montreal. Based on inquiries to police officials by the Northeast Intelligence Network, that device was never recovered.
There is a growing level of concern among police officials that the radioactive material contained in these devices, in part, could be used in the construction of a "dirty bomb," where radioactive products are mixed with explosives, thus creating a radiological dispersal device that could spread radiation over a large area.
Freedom Journal Iraq #591
Special Edition: Conflict on Haifa Street
Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 591
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Video : These Colors Don't Run
Korean Americans Plan to Protest Anti-Semitism
LGF reports on a group of Korean Americans outraged at antisemitic propaganda being written by a university professor and spread around South Korea:
LOS ANGELES – Korean-American community leaders said they plan to launch a protest against the publisher of a popular South Korean comic book that contains anti-Semitic images. “I don’t have words to describe the outrage I feel,” said Yohngsohk Choe, co-chairman of the Korean American Patriotic Action Movement in the USA. ...Kudos to Korean Americans for standing up against anti-semitism. Unfortunately, there are communities in this country that tacitly, and even expressly, endorse this kind of thing.
Korean-American community leaders said they were disgusted by the images and would speak to officials at South Korea’s consulate in Los Angeles and in Seoul. “They have the potential to harm good relationships we have established with our Jewish-American neighbors in Los Angeles,” Choe said of the images.
That said, I'm not willing to endorse government censorship of this stuff. Exposing the author, shedding light on his bigotry and expressing community condemnation has a lot of value. Further, the author's bosses may want to address whether a man who writes this sort of thing should be working as a college professor.
LTC Allen West May Challenge Florida Rep. Ron Klein in 2008
I've learned through the grapevine that LTC Allen B. West, U.S. Army (Ret.) may challenge Congressman Ron Klein for Florida's 22nd District congressional seat in 2008.
Many may remember LTC Allen West as FrontPage magazine's 2003 Man of the Year. I know LTC Allen West to be a man of the highest integrity; he loves America and has sought to serve wherever his country has needed him. And that just may be in the U.S. House of Representatives now.
America needs decisive leaders, knowlegeable leaders, leaders that can build bridges between people of disparate opinions. LTC Allen West is such a leader.
LTC Allen West is currently serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan training Afghan Army officers in a civilian capacity.
February 24, 2007
Daily Kos: 'On Supporting The Iraqi Resistance'
The mask slips, and the charade comes to an end.
Jim Zumbo is History
Some of my fellow gun enthusiasts may have been keeping up with the rapid fall of Jim Zumbo, an Outdoor Life writer who had the poor judgment to write a blog post denouncing AR-15s as "terrorist" rifles.:
"Excuse me, maybe I'm a traditionalist, but I see no place for these weapons among our hunting fraternity," Zumbo wrote in his blog on the Outdoor Life Web site. The Feb. 16 posting has since been taken down. "As hunters, we don't need to be lumped into the group of people who terrorize the world with them. . . . I'll go so far as to call them 'terrorist' rifles."Given the casual nature with which Zumbo denounced an entire segment of the gun owning community, you may not be surprised to learn that Zumbo's time with Outdoor Life is over. Unfortunately, the news of this event has been penned, as it often is, by writers almost completely ignorant of, and likely antagonistic to, firearms. Readers familiar with firearms issues will spot right away multiple problems with the following paragraph:
The reaction -- from tens of thousands of owners of assault rifles across the country, from media and manufacturers rooted in the gun business, and from the National Rifle Association -- has been swift, severe and unforgiving. Despite a profuse public apology and a vow to go hunting soon with an assault weapon, Zumbo's career appears to be over.The part about Zumbo's career being over is probably accurate, but the writer's use of "assault rifle" and "assault weapon" appears to be clumsy and to evince an ignorance of firearms and firearm terminology that is all too common among the nation's professional reporting class. If news writers were really the professionals they claim to be, they'd learn the terminology of the subject they're writing about.
In any event, the fate of Jim Zumbo should serve as a word to the wise : if you rely on gun owners for your bread and butter, don't go relying on Sarah Brady for edgy article ideas.
Pakistan Cedes More Territory to Taliban/al-Qaeda
My Master Rusty Says, "The way I figure it, when Bill Roggio says something is important, I'm pretty sure he's right.
Via Bill Roggio: The Pakistani government is preparing to cede the Federally Administered Tribal Agency of Bajaur to the Taliban. Jan Aurakzai, the governor of the Northwest Frontier Province, has informed the media that a 'peace deal' fashioned after the Waziristan Accord is imminent, Dawn reports.More related entrys courtesy of Bill Roggio here and here.
Bajaur has long been an al-Qaeda command and control center. The Taliban and al-Qaeda funnel their northern Afghanistan operations from Bajaur. Afghanistan's Kunar province, which sits just across the border from Bajaur, is one of the most violent provinces in Afghanistan.
*Jawa Report to attend Gathering of Eagles (Bumped)
The kind of hard-hitting, first hand reporting that you're not gonna see on CBS News tonight. OK, not really. Barring catastrophe, I will be visiting Washington DC on March 17, and will be taking pics (maybe video, soundclips if my equipment's working) of the Gathering of Eagles at the Wall.
Be sure to stay tuned to The Jawa Report for details.
G-d Bless Our Troops.
** Let us know if you're going in the comments!**
List of paduans going so far:
Former ACLU President, Sick Bastard
Or should I say alleged to be a sick bastard?
ABCNEWS Via Stop The ACLU: Federal agents arrested Charles Rust-Tierney, the former president of the Virginia chapter of the ACLU, Friday in Arlington for allegedly possessing child pornography.Not much else to say. Sick.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by ABC News, Rust-Tierney allegedly used his e-mail address and credit card to subscribe to and access a child pornography website.
Freedom Journal Iraq #590
• Remembering Golden Mosque Bombing
• Air Assault
Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 590
Google Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 590
What Happens When Bush Is Gone?
Its gonna be like a bunch of crack addicts without their daily fix, running around in a confused and debilitated state of confusion. I predict massive bouts of depression, widespread questioning of the validity of life, and drug relapses.
This Salon article (painfully revelatory and candid/casual) goes miles to validate and vindicate the criticisms of many critics.
Maybe we Bush-haters are extreme and obsessive. But Bush made us this way.(ed. - Blame shifting? Check.) We didn't want to hate (ed. Hate? Check.) the guy -- he left us no choice. And the respectable people calling for us to calm down and go to our rooms are the same good Germans who somehow didn't notice he was taking us down the garden path to hell.(ed. - Violation of Godwin's Law? Check.)Gee. Ya think?
But after the high-fives, the partying, the Red Auerbach victory stogies and the cries of "Thank God almighty, we are free at last" have faded from the land, we'll be faced with a whole new landscape -- not just political but psychological. (ed. - realization that they may be totally insane and they don't care? Check.) And I suspect we're going to have a serious Bush hangover.
Who would've guess that living on years of visceral hate for a distant object of derision you've never even met might yield mild psychological damage? Surely not I, nor others.
Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.
American Idol's Antonella Barba Photos UNCENSORED
American Idol contestant Antonella Barba is the latest chick to get herself embroiled in controversy by (allegedly) getting naughty in a set of private photos (a/k/a pics, pictures, images).
Note: Rumor has it that these pics were taken in or near a HYBRID CAR. Comments are WIDE OPEN. Fire away!
Everything Destroyed In Super Slow Mo
Allah's got the slow-motion 2nd Amendment porn. We've got everything else.
February 23, 2007
Daniel Pipes' Mad Hacking Skillz
I've always knows that Daniel Pipes had skillz. You know, like nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, and I hear that like a butt-load of gangs wanted him to join because he's pretty good with the bow staff. But I never, not in my wildest dreams, suspected he had mad hacking skillz!*
So, who hacked Imam Musa's MySpace website? Some islamist message boards are blaming Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer & ......drumroll please...me. Just check out Robert's post here, and you'll see that the second link posted over at Shia Chat claiming we boasted about hacking the site is to my post on Imam Musa here.
If you read what the Islamists are saying you'll also notice that they accuse Daniel Pipes of Greenwaldian sock puppetry. They say Robert is Pinnochio and Pipes Geppetto.
And it hurts. Really it does. Because if anyone is playing Kevin to Daniel Pipes' Mephisto, it's me, not Robert!
What is so funny is that while accusing Daniel Pipes of hacking Imam Musa's website and simultaneously linking my post about it, they totally overlook the fact that I actually name the party responsible. I know who did it. Because minutes after Imam Musa's MySpace page was taken down, he e-mailed me letting me know that he had taken over the account name.
He goes by the initials DJM. CORRECTION: Super-sikret source says DJM is a SHE.
So, in fact, Imam Musa's website wasn't exactly "hacked" in the traditional sense of the word. What really seems to have happened is that after a few prominent websites--including The Jawa Report, Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch, and Charles Johnson's LGF--exposed his pro-terrorist propaganda at his MySpace account, Imam Musa deleted the account himself. These pro-terrorist scumbags can't stand the exposure, it seems.
What DJM did was to simply create a MySpace account in the name of the now vacated Imam Musa. The graphic you see to the right is something he left for the good Imam's followers.
So, even though I'd love to claim hacking Imam Musa's account, it just isn't true. But never fear, for there are still tens of thousands of other pro-terror websites to hack. And with each day, my hacking skillz improve.
*I wish I had actually thought of the idea of saying Daniel Pipes had "mad hacking skillz", but it was actually Robert Spencer who jokingly used the term in an e-mail to me. See, I can't even come up with a funny phrase let alone hack MySpace. Hat tip: Bobby.
Minneapolis: No Sharia Taxis--for now
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Commission sends word that it has not, and will not, become dhimmis to Muslims demanding that it enforce Sharia law. For now. You'll remember that Muslim cabbies had refused service to blind customers who had seeing eye dogs (dogs are considered unclean) and those carrying alcohol.
Reader Skip sent off an e-mail to the Commission when he first heard about it, but only received an answer from them today. I've reprinted below some of the e-mail written by Emberly Hermann of the Metro Airports Commission in his reply to Skip.
The bad news? They are working with the Muslim American Society, a front group for the radical Islamists of the Muslim Brotherhood. The good news? They've proposed increased fines for Muslim cabbies that refuse service:
For the past several months, the Metropolitan Airports Commission has worked with airport taxi industry representatives and with leaders from the Muslim American Society and the Somali Justice Advocacy League. The goal was to find a solution acceptable to everyone and transparent to the customer seeking airport taxi service. Unfortunately, those discussions have not resulted in a workable, voluntary, consensus-based solution.Michelle Malkin has the details of the meeting in which the public will be invited by the Commission to comment on the proposed penalty increases. I'd suggest that if you're in the area that you go and speak your peace.
As a result, the Airports Commission is proposing stricter penalties for refusal of service: a 30-day suspension of a driver's airport taxi license for the first instance, and license revocation for a second instance. [ed-emphasis mine]
Because if you don't go, I can gaurantee you that the Muslim American Society will have their minions out in force. And if there's anything at all that we know about politicians, it is that they often back down in the face of a vocal opposition.
Getting Polio for Allah
So, does this mean FDR got his 72 virgins, or what?
Definitely Going To See This
I don't care what anyone says - I was loving half of this ensemble back when they were on MTV's The State (the Beavis & Butthead/Aeon Flux/Liquid Television era.) Sorry for dating myself.
Shari'a in My Backyard
This is happening blocks from where I'm going for my MS - right here in Philly:
For students living on Beige Block, the potential move of the liquor store closer to the area may be a godsend.Ten bucks City Council steps in and rules in favor of the oppressed.
But to Ahmed Rushdie, the news is nothing less than "insulting."
Officials familiar with the negotiations say that there are talks to move the 41st and Market streets liquor store to 43rd and Walnut streets, a location close in proximity to a K-8 school and a community mosque.
The Masjid Al-Jamia Mosque is located at 4228 Walnut St., while the Penn-Alexander school is at 4209 Spruce St.
Rushdie, a professor in Penn's Near Eastern Language and Civilizations Department and a board member of Masjid Al-Jamia, says the move raises serious issues for Muslims in the area - under Islamic law, it is illegal for Muslims to consume alcohol.
UK Muslims Demand School Reform
In a report titled Towards Greater Understanding -- Meeting The Needs of Muslim Pupils In State Schools, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has issued a lengthy list of demands regarding "un-Islamic" activities in British schools. Below is a smattering of the demands which I think are unreasonable, to put it mildly.
- Schools should immediately ban all "un-Islamic activities" such as dance classes.
- During Ramadan, schools should ban science lessons dealing with sex, parents evenings, exams and immunization program.
- Schools must ban swimming lessons during Ramadan to preclude students from accidentally swallowing water during daylight hours, which is forbidden.
- During single-sex swimming lessons, boys must be covered "from navel to the neck."
- During single-sex swimming lessons, girls must be completely covered at all times except for the face and hands.
- Schools must assure that all contact sports are single-gender.
- School trips must be single-gender.
- Muslim students should be taught the Arabic language.
- The Koran should be recited in music classes.
- All schools should have prayer rooms with attached washing facilities.
- All British children should be required to learn about Islam.
- Muslim children will not be in classes about Christianity and other faiths.
The Muslim Council of Britain speaks for 1.5 million British Muslims and its former leader, Secretary-General Iqbal Sacranie, was knighted in 2005. Other Muslim groups have expressed criticism, but not opposition, to the MCB's demands. The British Department of Education has not yet voiced an opinion regarding the demands.
If recent history can be used as a guide, the British education establishment will bend over compliantly to the Muslims. The only question is who caves first.
And get ready for more because it would be pure fantasy to think that this is the last list of demands Western countries will receive from the followers of the religion of peace. Tolerance will continue to be shoved down people's throats until there is a global caliphate.
Freedom Journal Iraq #589
• Celebrating Holidays Together
• More Power for Baghdad
Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 589
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U.S. Soldier Wrestles Suicide Bomber: US -1, Terrorists -0
This is how good our guys our. Seriously, this has action movie written all over it.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan – Seven U.S. Soldiers were wounded Tuesday, when a suicide bomber detonated himself during the opening ceremony of a new emergency section of the Khost City Hospital in the city of Khowst, Khost Province.
As the ceremony was about to begin, the bomber, dressed as a medical professional was stopped by Afghan National Police inside the compound. As he was being questioned he took off running towards the ceremony.
As ANP forces chased the suspect, Coalition forces verbally instructed him to stop. When he did not, they engaged with small arms fire, hitting the bomber several times. A U.S. Soldier wrestled him to the ground, restraining him long enough to allow the crowd of people to move safely away. He was able to break free from the bomber prior to the explosion. He sustained only minor injuries from the blast.
Two of the seven injured Soldiers have been medically evacuated to Forward Operating Base Salerno where they are listed in stable condition.
Army Cpl. Anthony Rush, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, who witnessed the event, said “The people were running everywhere and it was difficult at first to figure out what was happening. It was a failed attempt by the enemy.”
Dr. Kamal, an Afghan physician at the ceremony, said he could not believe these things were happening. “These people are the enemy of Afghanistan. They do not want to see the progress of the people, and they will do everything they can to stop it. Thanks to the Coalition forces that… they shoot and stopped this man and saved the lives of Afghan people.”
“If it was not for the actions of the Afghan Security Forces many innocent Afghans would have been killed”, said Army Lt. Col. Scottie Custer, commander of 2nd Bn., 321st AFAR. Custer was attending the event as a guest of the Khost governor.
“This is a great example of the people of Afghanistan saying no to fear and intimidation. The actions of Afghan National Police and the U.S. Soldiers who were assisting in security, saved the lives of many innocent people”, said Army Col. Martin P. Schweitzer, commander of TF Fury.
“These local police officers and soldiers are Afghan heroes” said Schweitzer.
The emergency facility is an Afghanistan government led project that is to bring much needed medical care to the people of Khost.
This incident is under investigation by both Afghan officials and Coalition forces. (Source: CENTCOM)
Yemen Bans American Blog
Update: so what *are* some of the foreign and domestic jihaddist groups allied with the Yemeni military and fighting in Saada against the Shiite rebels you ask.
Reports indicate the following: The Aden Abyan Islamic Army (Nabi), the Jihad group of Tareq Al Fadhli, Abu Hassan Al Masry’s ( Egyptian Jihadists), and the Al-Hamza group (Saudi Jihadists).
When they are finished in Saadah, what are they going to cook up next, I ask.
Tonight's Quote Of The Day
"Passivity in the face of evil is death."
From the current issue of The Limbaugh Letter.
February 22, 2007
Attention Denizens Of
The Frozen Tundra Twin Cities
Unless you want Sharia law adhered to at your airport, you have a meeting to attend.
The rest of us should be writing letters.
Tagged, Bluto Confidential
Having been "tagged" by Cookie at The Cookshack Gab & Grub to reveal six unknown and unusual things about myself, I've decided to spread the
misery joy to some of my Jawa Report co-bloggers, listed at the end.
1) According to family lore, which I've never researched, I'm a descendant of the radical Abolitionist (and arguably, certifiable lunatic terrorist) John Brown, who was hanged in 1859 for treason against the state of Virginia, though John was never a citizen of Virginia.
2) My grandfather was born a Quaker in or near Hickory Hill, Pennsylvania. He ran away at sixteen and joined the British Merchant Marine, eventually becoming a ship's carpenter. He never returned to Hickory Hill, and his father cursed him from his deathbed for marrying outside the Society of Friends. I am thankful for gramps' rebellious spirit; I don't think I'd have done well as a backwoods Quaker.
3) My favorite tool, to which I have an indisputable emotional attachement, is thirteen inches long*.
4) I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and have fought in many full-contact tournaments. There's just something about being allowed to punch and kick people without getting arrested...
5) I earned a New York State Regents scholarship in 1974, and used it to augment my alcohol intake during my "studies".
6) I have done two one-thousand-mile days on my Kawasaki Concours, both during a wild ride spanning most of Canada, while returing from a rally in Banff, Alberta.
*a Rocket-brand clawhammer, given to me by my Dad more than thirty years ago. Aren't you ashamed that you have such a filthy mind?
These guys are now hereby tagged:
The Democrat Plan For Iraq
Troops Find Chemical Bomb Factory
Following up on Rusty's post here. We have found an apparent car bomb factory loaded with chemicals.
AP Via Yahoo News: BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. troops raided a car bomb factory west of Baghdad with five buildings full of propane tanks and ordinary chemicals the military believes were to be used in bombs, a spokesman said Thursday, a day after insurgents blew up a truck carrying chlorine gas canisters.Good news. It is unknown if these are the same terrorists responsible for the recent chlorine attacks. But it seems likely.
Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said the chlorine attack Wednesday — the second such "dirty" chemical attack in two days — signaled a change in insurgent tactics, and the military was fighting back with targeted raids....
...tips led U.S. troops to a five separate buildings near Fallujah, where they found chemical munition, three vehicle bombs being assembled, including a truck bomb, about 65 propane tanks and "all kinds of ordinary chemicals," Caldwell said. He added that he believed the insurgents were going to try to mix the chemicals with explosives.
Website Supports Accused Haditha Marine
Mark S. Zaid, attorney for Marine Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, emails to draw attention to a new website aimed at countering the slander and lies of people like the Honorable John Murtha (D-AQ), who seems determined to deny Wuterich and his fellow Marines a fair trial.
This is not a typical military case. It has become highly politicized and, in our opinion, these young Marines are being sacrificed for foreign policy reasons. Indeed, one of the first things Neal [Neal A. Puckett, co-counsel] and I did after I reviewed the facts of the case known at that time was to initiate, on August 2, 2006, a defamation lawsuit (which has no partisan agenda whatsoever) against Congressman John Murtha for incredibly inappropriate public statements he made that have already been proven by the government's alleged charges to be false. These statements created a further climate that contributed to the public pressures to file charges against our client.Wuterich's site contains links to pretty much everything written about the Haditha case. With powerful enemies like unindicted Abscam co-conspirator John Murtha trying to railroad him, Frank can use all the help and support he can get.
More Associated Press Political Games
In a story headlined, "Cheney Slams Iraq Plan Advocated by Dems," the Associated Press doesn't bother to tell readers what the VP actually said until giving Nancy Pelosi the chance to hysterically bitch and moan about her "patriotism" being questioned.
The actual Cheney quote comes in the fifth paragraph, after four paragraphs of Nancy's illogical ranting:
"I think if we were to do what Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Murtha are suggesting, all we will do is validate the al-Qaida strategy," the vice president told ABC News. "The al-Qaida strategy is to break the will of the American people ... try to persuade us to throw in the towel and come home, and then they win because we quit."It's hard to see how this justifies the frantic posturing of Pelosi, but frantic posturing is all Pelosi has to offer. The real question is: why is the Associated Press trying to get the average reader (who will not read as far as the fifth paragraph) to believe that the Veep questioned her patriotism?
Ex-Soviet Turned American Patriot
Eric Odessit was a former citizen of the "worker's paradise." He left the Soviet Union and patriated to America.
The lone warrior was out yesterday handing out American flags to a gaggle of leftists protesting their outrage of the millenium - (surprise) the war!
To his surprise, many of the protestors took the flags. And the FOX reporter covering it for the local station was biased in favor of the protestors! Guess Rupert Murdock and Roger Ailes didn't get the memo to him.
Pretty soon I gave away all my flags (about 50). Many protesters wanted to take the flags, but could not because they were too cold or covered with plastic because of the rain. Some of the protesters refused to take the flags, especially after hearing me explain to KUSI that I represented an opposing point of view. But many were happy to take the flags. They were obviously more patriotic than the organizers of the demonstration. I also talked to FOX6 News. The KUSI reporter at least seemed neutral, but the FOX6 guy was likely biased in favor of the anti-victory people. I told him that you can’t cut reinforcements from the troops in battle. I also told them both that I was originally from the former Soviet Union, and I appreciate this country very much, because I have something to compare it to.The organizer, Code PINK member and failed congressional candidate Jenni Crescenzo, was none too pleased. The American flag was apparently giving her cognitive dissonance.
And that's a beautiful thing.
Glad to have you here and to call you my American brother, Eric!
Imam Musa Likes Hisb, Allah & Bin-Laden.
This is the other half of Hannity’s interview with Imam Musa. We have the other part here.
"These Colors Don't Run!"
The Move America Forward site has all the details on the coast-to-coast caravan tour coming up in March, culminating in a huge pro-troop rally in DC:
Move America Forward invites you to join us as we launch a national caravan from California (leaving on Thursday, March 8, 2007) to Washington, D.C. where we will join "The Gathering of Eagles" for a giant pro-troop rally on Saturday March 17, 2007.More here.
h/t : Allah.
CAIR Wants NC Teacher Disciplined
CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper says the organization wants a North Carolina teacher disciplined over a handout titled "Do Not Marry A Muslim Man":
WRAL—National Islamic advocates on Wednesday asked Wake County schools officials to discipline a teacher they say allowed anti-Islam literature to be distributed in his class.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, wrote Superintendent Del Burns asking that the incident at Enloe High School be investigated.
According to the council, a representative from the Raleigh-based Kamil International Ministries Organization spoke to a ninth-grade world history class and distributed literature about Jesus and a handout titled "Do Not Marry a Muslim Man."
The incident was reported by the father of a Muslim student, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said. ...
Terrorists Use WMD in Iraq
Terrorists have claimed to use "chemical weapons" on at least half a dozen occasions in the past in Iraq with exactly zero media coverage. To the right is an image from a video produced by a terrorist group in Iraq called JAMI in which they used chemical weapons against U.S. forces. But now, mass casualties after chlorine laced bombs targetted civilians. The LA Times, CNN, The Chicago Tribune, and the New York times continues to call the Salafi terrorists who specifically target civilians with WMD "Sunni insurgents". Reuters calls them "militants".
If you object to calling people who target hospitals with chemical weapons "terrorists", I really have no use for you. You're either a total pussy or an asshole. Either way, you deserved to be f*cked.
Our nation's paper of record:
A truck bomb that combined explosives with chlorine gas blew up in southern Baghdad on Wednesday, and officials said it might represent a new and deadly tactic by insurgents against Iraqi civilians....Yeah, I'm still busy and not blogging, but when I heard the news on NPR as I was driving in to work I got pissed. Royally. And then when I hit Google News to learn about what had happened: conniption. So, excuse the language please.
The bombing involving chlorine gas on Wednesday followed an explosion on Tuesday north of Baghdad of a tanker filled with chlorine that had been rigged to explode, killing nine people and wounding 148, including 42 women and 52 children. At least one other attack with chlorine took place on Jan. 28, according to the American military’s statements. Sixteen people were killed in that attack, in the Sunni-dominated Anbar Province, when a dump truck with explosives and a chlorine tank blew up in Ramadi.
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Freedom Journal Iraq #588
• In Touch with Red Cross
• Reserves Training in Kuwait
Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 588
Google Video Copy of Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 588
More on the Home-Invading Moonbat Anti-Semite
Malkin gives the left's newest mentally-challenged homefront hero the treatment that the mainstream press, for some reason, just can't seem to give him. Make sure you read the screen caps of the loon's facebook comments. Note the word "kykes."
Hell, the media won't even dare to utter his political affiliation. We tried to help yesterday, but were blown off by the Free Lance-Star reporter for suggesting that this was a rabid, deranged leftist DEMOCRAT targeting people for their beliefs and attacking them.
And why isn't the densosphere condemning or even mentioning this incident? No Important Action Alert? No Townhall talking points email? No coordinated smear campaign on those the vicious little moonbat attacked? No cyber lynchmob? No ranting, profanity-laced tirades against the patriarchy and war machine?
I guess we're left to conclude that they support this kind of behavior.
Yemen Deploys Domestic and Foreign Terrorists as Paramilitary
A few points about that old "Shiite rebellion" going on in Yemen:
Its been going on since 2004 and started as a small domestic protest against Yemeni policy, its alliance with the US, and governmental corruption. There's about 600 fighters and an old man holed up on a mountain.
The regime is currently accusing the Houthi rebels of being tools of a foreign agenda, by which it means Libya- which as we know has previously cursed Saudi Arabia's mustache. Before that, the regime accused (2004-2006) Yemeni Jews, Bahrain, Kuwait and Iran as financing the Houthis.The Saudi's are probably the most substantial foreign influence and are of course supporting the Yemeni regime's efforts to crush the Shiite rebellion (which is occuring in Saada, North Yemen - ie, along Saudi Arabia's southern border.)
In previous years, credible reports surfaced of regime targeting of or at least disregard for civilian damages and casualties, mass arbitrary arrests and politicized trials of regime critics. (Generally the al-Qaeda get acquited; regime critics get death or long sentences.) Rural villagers are again fleeing to the mountains to avoid ariel bombardment and cross fire. In 2005, during the second Saada War, about 7000 families were internally displaced.
Currently, an assortment of terrorists has joined the battle in support of the government. (Now, come on, what does that say about the sincerity of Yemen's efforts against terrorism?)
There's the “foreign gangs that escaped Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Somalia and Iraq” (along with the exiled Iraqi Baathist generals who reside in Yemen) that Yahya al-Houthi said are currently militarily engaging the Houthis in Saada. Well, the Somalis needed something to do now that the ICU was defeated...
Also in the fray on the government side, Khalidabdul Nabi, leader of the Aden Abyan Islamic Army who last we heard, was a peaceful farmer.
YT: In related news, media sources reported that extremist groups from Aden-Abyan Army, whose number wasn’t defined, have headed to Sa’ada governorate to join military units in their war against Al-Houthi rebels. This was timed with the official military’s mobilizing address, which calls for fighting Al-Houthis.
Shoura.net quoted local sources in Abyan as saying that Salafi groups were transferred from Abyan to Sa’ada last Monday to fight with government forces.
The same sources also revealed that groups belonging to Hittat Jihadists, headed by Khalid Abdunabi – coincidentally, groups which fought the army within past years – also have joined army forces after being prompted by an inciting address against Shi’ites in Abyan’s mosques.
Sources referred to last Friday’s sermon in Zingibar’s Al-Toumisi Mosque, wherein the preacher called Shi’ite followers “disbelievers,” along with those who support Hezbollah and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah.
Adopting a blasphemous address against Shi’ites, many government institutions, armed forces and security leaderships, together with the local authority in Sa’ada, last Friday called upon all citizens there – whom they described as nationalists – to fight Al-Houthis.
Additionally, the Ministry of Endowments officially announced that it has distributed more than 300 preachers throughout all Yemeni governorates, including Sa’ada, to eliminate the Houthi sedition. Their sermons focus on blaspheming the 12th Shi’ite and warn about their risks. Minister of Endowments Hamoud Obad accused unnamed Shi’ite nations and institutions of supporting Houthis, noting that Yemen is being subjected to a vast conspiracy.
Abyan’s Forum for Reconciliation and Toleration last Tuesday denounced what it called the authority’s racial and inciting address against major components of civil society.
Published via Shoura.net, the statement assured that “Abyan’s Forum rejects using force to face public demands.” It also pointed out that it denounces the authority’s address, which describes Houthis as a terrorist group.
So the regime is replacing Shiite preachers with Salafis (this has been going on for a while), using the public media to spread hate speech against Shiites in general, and the article linked above says the regime is bombing civilian areas with some disregard. Reports have uniformly indicated wounded civilians are unable to reach medical centers, but differ on who is blocking the roads. The phone lines to the region, which is sealed off militarily, have been cut by the regime as a tactical measure to disrupt rebel communications it says. Last week, the regime denied that it had deployed "fighters" in Saada.
Just a last point, Yahya al-Houthi is a member of Parliament for the ruling GPC, and the brother of rebel leader AbdulMalik al-Houthi. He has been in exile in Germany since 2005. Yahya unlike his brother appears (for the last two years that I've been watching him) to be a moderate and has been continually calling for peaceful reconciliation. The regime put an Interpol request out for his extridition to Yemen.
So when you see the ticker that says, "Yemen Battles Shiite Rebels," know that it is battling them with Salafi terrorists.
Three American Women Reportedly Kidnapped In Nablus **Updated, They're Free**
Via Breitbart by way of no-linky Drudge:
NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -- Three American women seen taking photos near a West Bank refugee were kidnapped on Tuesday, Palestinian security officials said. There was no claim of responsibility by an armed Palestinian group, but a man calling himself Hadi Saud contacted The Associated Press in Nablus and said he was the kidnapper.
He demanded a job in the Palestinian security forces and medication for a shooting injury sustained last year, in exchange for releasing the hostages. He provided no proof that he is holding the women.
As they say, developing...
Sigh of relief:
NABLUS, West Bank - Three American women were briefly kidnapped Tuesday in the West Bank city of Nablus and were released later in the evening, Palestinian security officials said.
Israeli Planes Fired Upon in Lebanon
Taking bets that the UN will blame Israel.
February 21, 2007
Yeah, Me Too
It's not paranoia when they're really out to get you.
Steven Emerson on Hannity & Colmes
h/t : Steven Emerson
So, CNNJazeera did a pretty good job digging up every piece of bad news from Iraq today. Let’s see…
CNN: • A bomber wearing a suicide vest detonated his explosives in a funeral tent on eastern Baghdad's Palestine Street, killing five and wounding 15 others. The attack took place before 5 p.m.Twenty dead is still too many, but it is way down from just a couple weeks ago. Over the last year until just before the new security plan began, it up to one hundred found dead each day. Why they fail to emntion this is anyone's guess.
• In southwestern Baghdad, a car bomb exploded outside a fuel station in the Sadiya district, killing six people and wounding 11 more, police said.
• In southern Baghdad, police said, a car bomb exploded near a market in the Rashid district, leaving five dead and seven wounded.
• In Tikrit, a would-be suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest was shot and killed by authorities outside an Iraqi army recruitment center, police said. Tikrit is about 80 miles north of the Iraqi capital in Salaheddin province.
In other developments, Iraqi police reported finding 20 bodies across Baghdad on Monday.
So what else happened in Iraq, that didn’t make CNN today? Turns out, quite a bit. What was wrong with these stories? I’m not sure, maybe because no one died and nothing blew up I guess.
See below the fold because they are long and I want to run them unaltered.
MOSUL, Iraq - Company D, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Soldiers, teamed with 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division and conducted a raid on 12 houses in the Rashidayah Neighborhood, targeting known safe houses for AQIZ members on Feb. 14.JUMAYLAH CITIZENS DENY INSURGENTS
D Co. entered the neighborhood and began detaining targeted individuals and other persons identified as anti-Iraqi forces, while 4th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division troops established blocking positions to isolate the objective.
Seven individuals were detained along with seven AK-47 magazines, rounds for a DsHK machine gun, two pistols and ammunition, 92 identification cards and $50,000 in Iraqi Dinar.
IA soldiers continue to team with Coalition forces in rooting out the sources and funding for insurgent terrorist acts in the Ninewa Province.
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - Local citizens and Iraqi Police denied an al Qaeda in Iraq convoy entry into Jumaylah, 60 km west of Baghdad, early Feb. 20, firing on the convoy and detonating a suicide truck bomb that injured one Iraqi Police officer, one civilian and the bomber.SEVEN TERRORISTS KILLED, 13 DETAINED IN VBIED, FOREIGN FIGHTER RAIDS
U.S. Army Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne) responded to the attack where Iraqi Police were already on the scene.
An Iraqi officer reported that AQI terrorists seeking a safe haven within the town near Karmah had been threatening the citizens over the past several months. The citizens responded by forming a check point within the town to deny AQI any sanctuary.
At about 4 a.m., an Iraqi Policemen attempted to stop the seven-vehicle convoy from entering the town. When the convoy continued, local civilians manning the checkpoint opened fire and one vehicle equipped as a car bomb exploded.
The injured Iraqi officer was medically evacuated to a coalition hospital. The civilian injured in the attack received minor injuries and was treated on the scene by Coalition Forces.
"The leaders and soldiers of 3/509 applaud the citizens of Jumaylah and others in Karmah who are ready to stand against the terrorists," said Maj. Paul Edgar, 3/509 executive officer. "They are the true heroes and patriots of Iraq."
The driver of the vehicle used as a car bomb survived the incident and was transported by Coalition Forces to the Joint Coordination Center in Fallujah for questioning where he was later identified as a Syrian national. Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces are currently attempting to locate the remaining insurgents involved in the incident.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Coalition Forces killed seven terrorists and detained 13 others while performing raids Wednesday targeting al-Qaeda terrorists and those supporting foreign fighters and vehicle-borne improvised explosive device cells.CCCI CONVICTS 23 INSURGENTS.
Intelligence reports indicated terrorists involved in foreign fighter facilitation and the manufacturing of VBIEDs were operating in Ramadi, Fallujah and Baqubah.
Coalition Forces in an area northwest of Ramadi targeted a building believed to house terrorists involved with foreign fighter activities.
Ground forces were immediately confronted by two armed terrorists who refused to surrender. Ground forces killed the two terrorists.
Meanwhile, four more terrorists were attempting to flee the area. Coalition Forces observed they were armed with AK-47s, hand grenades and vests containing magazines. After multiple failed attempts to get the terrorists to surrender, Coalition Forces killed the four terrorists.
Ground forces detained seven suspected terrorists at the site and destroyed the weapons and grenades, preventing further use by terrorists.
Also on the scene were 13 women and 26 children. None of them were harmed during the raid.
During the raid south of Baqubah, three individuals fled the scene as Coalition Forces arrived. One individual was detained without incident; however, another individual lunged at ground forces. Ground forces used proper self-defense measures and killed the terrorist. The third individual crossed the river and escaped. While investigating the scene, Coalition Forces discovered AK-47s, magazines, body armor and a suicide vest. They seized all items to prevent future use by terrorists.
Coalition Forces targeting terrorists involved with a foreign fighter facilitator network in Fallujah detained four suspected terrorists without incident. "Foreign terrorist facilitators and terrorists involved in the production of IEDs are killing innocent Iraqis daily and are trying to prevent the peace and stability Iraqi citizens deserve. Coalition Forces will continue to successfully disrupt foreign fighter activities around Iraq," said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, an MNF-I spokesperson.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Central Criminal Court of Iraq convicted 23 security detainees from Feb. 11 - 17, for various crimes including possession of illegal weapons, possessing fake identification, passport violations and illegal border crossing.Much more here at Centcom’s press release site.
The trial court found a Moroccan man guilty of Article 24 of the Iraqi Penal Code for illegal boarder crossing. On Dec. 29, 2004, The defendant crossed the border into Iraq and was apprehended by Iraqi Boarder Patrol (IBP).
After being questioned by IBP, the defendant was further questioned upon suspicion of being a suicide bomber affiliated with Al Qaeda, these suspicions were validated. The defendant was then transferred to MNF custody. On Feb. 11 the trial panel found the defendant guilty and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
The trial court found two Iraqi men guilty of illegal possession of special category weapons in violation of Order 3/2003 Section 6, Paragraph 2B. On Dec. 10, 2006, MNF detained the defendants during a security patrol near Haditha after spotting suspicious antennas on the roof of the defendants' house. Inside the house MNF found ID making material, a timer, a circuit tester and an HK magazine. MNF then searched two sheds within the compound and found numerous rifles, handguns, explosives, hand grenades, ammunition and military radios. On Feb. 13 the trial panel found the defendants guilty and sentenced them each to 30 years imprisonment.
The trial court found four Iraqi men guilty of illegal possession of special category weapons in violation of Order 3/2003 Section 6, Paragraph 2B. On Nov. 15, 2006, MNF were conducting a targeted sweep near Turki Village. MNF saw one defendant carrying a pistol. MNF then chased after him when he ran away. MNF soon came under attack from a shed and one American soldier was killed. MNF defended themselves and killed one of the insurgents and captured three others. The original defendant who had the pistol was apprehended by another team of soldiers nearby. Inside the shed and on its roof were a total of four AK-47s, six hand grenades, one PKC heavy machine gun, dozens of Republican Guard uniforms and 16 AK-47 magazines loaded with armor piercing rounds along with other weapons. All the defendants tested positive for explosives residue. On Feb. 14 the trial panel found all the defendants guilty and sentenced them each to 30 years imprisonment.
Those convicted of passport violations, possessing and using false ID's, illegal boarder crossing and illegal possession of special category weapons were, sentenced from between two years to life imprisonment.
Those convicted totaled 19 Iraqis and one each from Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and Yemen.
Since its reorganization, under an amendment to CPA order 13, in April 2004, the Central Criminal Court has held 1,888 trials for Coalition-apprehended insurgents. The proceedings have resulted in the conviction of 1,630 individuals with sentences ranging up to death.
Mysterious Political Affiliationmania!
Following up yesterday's post on the leftist home invader, Jawa reader Craig emailed the reporter of this story a question regarding this last line in the story:
Dear SirApparently stunned by this, baffled reporter Keith Epps sent Craig the following response:
You state that this man attacked the Republicans stating "argument
got heated and the suspect learned that the young residents had not
enlisted in the military and "put their all" behind the Republican-led
war effort in Iraq". You then state "It was not clear in the report what
political agenda Stone was supporting." Are you for real? Come on
man...you can't be that dense.
I'm not and never claimed to be a political whiz, but there are Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and a myriad of other political affiliations. So yes, I can be that dense because I know what can happen when you make assumptions.This is, of course, plausible deniability. It has been roundly demonstrated by such people as John Kerry (D), Michael Moore, Glen Rick Ellen Ellensburg Greenwald, and Frank Lautenberg (D) that the term is used by Democrats to slander Republicans. One need look no further than the Wikipedia entry on the term.
Just tryin to help, Keith.
Egyptian Blogger to be Sentenced
For Blogging. Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman will learn his fate tomorrow.
WAPO:His family has already disowned him.
Soliman, 22, was expelled from Al-Azhar University last spring for sharply criticizing the university's rigid curriculum and faulting religious extremism on his blog. He was ordered to appear before a public prosecutor on Nov. 7 on charges of "spreading information disruptive of public order," "incitement to hate Muslims" and "insulting the President."...
...Egypt is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees the "freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media." The exceptions allowed are narrowly drawn and require proof of "necessity" before restrictions can be imposed. The posting of opinions on a student's personal blog hardly qualifies as a threat to national security, to the reputation of the president or to public order.
Excercise in Following Blindly
The long and skinny:
John Edwards utters stupidity:
Perhaps the greatest short-term threat to world peace, Edwards remarked, was the possibility that Israel would bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities.
John Edwards is roundly criticized.
Wonkette defends Edwards.
John Edwards extends and clarifies his remarks, thereby negating the original remarks.
Wonkette ... ... ...?
ht: Bryan Preston
Religion of Peace Roundup: Defending Islam is Murder Edition.
A father killed his wife and four daughters in their sleep because he could not bear them adopting a more westernised lifestyle.Got a problem with people shaving and trimming their Beards? Sacrilege! Murder the barber. That'll teach em.
KHAR, Pakistan - Suspected Islamic radicals have issued a Taliban-style warning to barbers in a Pakistani border town not to shave off or cut their customers' beards, saying it offends Islam, residents said Monday.College Students disrespecting Islam in your cab? Run the little Kuffir bastages over.
"Any barber shop where acts against Shariah (Islamic law) — shaving or cutting of beards — are seen, are given a final warning to stop this anti-Shariah work and if they do not stop, they should take responsibility for whatever harm they come to,"
At some point, according to the police, the two men exited the cab, and the cabbie also got out. They paid him his fare, and then they exchanged words.
According to the incident report, Ahmed then returned to his cab as the students fled on foot. Ahmed then allegedly drove across a parking lot, jumped a curb and struck the two men.
Do you some woman running around your town with no veil, is she doing all kinds of annoying crap, like demanding her rights?
A Pakistani minister and woman’s activist was shot dead Tuesday by an Islamic extremist for refusing to wear the veil.Shoot her in the face, that will bring back the peace and quiet.
Sister-in-Law insult you? Get a hammer and show her who the real man is.
CHICAGO – An Iranian immigrant accused of using a 3-pound hammer to beat his wife, sister-in-law and mother-in-law to death and then repeatedly stabbing them told police that the women had “disrespected” him, authorities said yesterday.Heh, why is it they only fail when they try to kill themselves. Hell, it can't feel an worse that when you beat the women to death. Come on, you are supposed to be a big tough guy. Toughen up, pick a spot on the wall, looks to me like the women were correct.
After the attack, Daryoush Ebrahimi, 55, struck himself several times on the head with the same hammer in an apparent attempt to kill himself...
.....the women had disrespected him and told him he was not a man.
Anyone see a pattern here?
Dems Roll Out New Scary-Looking Gun Ban
According to Say Uncle, here's the details on the Dems' latest Scary-Looking Gun Ban(tm) :
Instead of banning rifles with 2 evil features, it’s one evil feature. Said evil features are:Apparently, grenade launchers and bayonet lugs would still be OK. Even then, this law would make my AR-15 illegal four different ways. BAD ASS!(i) a folding or telescoping stock;Expands the list of rifles banned specifically by name.
(ii) a threaded barrel;
(iii) a pistol grip;
(iv) a forward grip; or
(v) a barrel shroud.
Bans possession of conversion kits (example, you couldn’t own a rifle and a bayonet lug even if the two weren’t attached).
Transfer of grandfathered weapons would have to go through a FFL.
Bans transfers of grandfathered semi-automatics with regular capacity magazines.
h/t : Glenn.
YouTube Video : "Final Boarding Call For Mr. Terrorist and Al Qaeda"
Chilling Audio Sermon
The website is registered in Duluth GA, the speaker is Shaykh Mohammad Adly. According to the Islamic Supreme Council he is a Salafi/Wahabi extremist and the Director of the Islamic Center and Masjid Al-Mumeneen in Columbia, South Carolina.
ISC: After months of these relentless attacks a more Islamic form of discourse emerged when a scholar of the & Salafi/Wahabi& school challenged Shaykh Kabbani to an open debate. Shaykh Mohammad Adly, who once taught in the Masjid Al-Haraam in Mecca and now serves as Imam and Director of the Islamic Center and Masjid Al-Mumeneen in Columbia, South Carolina, dared Shaykh Kabbani in a broad Internet forum to prove that tasawwuf is part of mainstream Islam. For many, it was the first time they had ever heard of this aspect of religion, since discussions of Islamic spirituality specifically Ihsan [excellence] and tasawwuf were not tolerated by the dominant financiers of Islam in America.
Shaykh Kabbani answered Shaykh Adlys six questions on tasawwuf with full supporting evidence from the Qur`an, Hadith and authentic academic sources. When confronted with these proofs, Shaykh Adly was unable to respond and withdrew from the debate [For a full record of the entire debate see ]. Although the debate was over, the slanderous attacks continued up to this very day.
He is also featured in this Google Video made at “Stealth Studios” in NYC. The video lists contact numbers and oh… what’s this? An email address? Well, whaddayaknow, email@example.com. At the end of the tape Mr. Adly asks for comments and or questions. Let’s oblige him shall we?
More research on Duluth Ga shows it is within easy reach of this Jamaat ul-Fuqra compoud near Commerce GA that Gates of Vienna posted on Monday. I googled both together and got one response.
Video : Imam Abdul Alim Musa with Hannity (Updated, Bumped)
UPDATE : Google pulled the original copy. Replaced with a copy from YouTube--though it's only the second half of the interview.
Freedom Journal Iraq #587
• Shopping, Baghdad Style
• Training Special Police Teams
Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 587
Google Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 587
Oooops, helps to take the (draft) part offf when I go live.
Berger Coverage Sighting!
The mind reels.
"Power, Faith and Fantasy"
Michael Totten has an excellent interview with historian Michael Oren on the entalglements between the United States and the Middle East- since the 1770's. Oren's new book is called Power, Faith and Fantasy.
February 20, 2007
History Repeats Itself in the MSM
Its well past time to resurrect the NYT from 1945, to see how it was reporting and opining (same thing) on the US victory back then:
"Loss of Victory in Germany Through U.S. Policy Feared," November 18, 1945Bzzzt. Wrong.
Grave concern was expressed today by informed officials that the United States might soon lose the fruits of victory in Germany through the failure to prepare adequately for carrying out its long-term commitments under the Potsdam Declaration. Government failures were attributed in part to public apathy. The predictions of a coming crisis are predicated upon three points:
1) The failure to start training a civilian corps of administrators to take over when the Army's Military Government pulls out of Germany by June 1.
2) The failure of the Government to set up an expert advisory group, such as that which existed in the Foreign Economic Administration's Enemy Branch to back up the American administrators of Germany with informed advice and provide a focal point in Washington for policy-making on the German question.
3) The failure of the Allies to decide together, or the United States for itself, the crucial economic question raised by the Potsdam Declaration; namely what level of German economic activity is desired over the long term?
Days ago in 2007, from the lofty perches of the Ivory Tower in their air-conditioned offices playing armchair quaterback from half-a-world away:
President Bush lost touch long ago with Iraq’s political reality — not to mention Americans’ anguish and disbelief at his mismanagement of the war. So we welcome the House of Representatives’ long-overdue attempt to shake some sense into Mr. Bush with a resolution opposing his decision to send another 20,000 combat troops to fight this disastrous war without any plan to end it.NYT plays Democrat advisor. They sure were on point in 1945, weren't they?
Yet yesterday’s vote, in which 17 Republicans joined the Democrats to produce a margin of 246 to 182, was the easy part. It takes no great courage or creativity for a politician to express continuing support for the troops and opposition to a vastly unpopular and unpromising military escalation. Even if the Senate manages to overcome its procedural self-hobbling and approve a similar resolution, the war and the mismanagement will go on.
The next necessary steps will require harder thinking and harder choices. Congress needs to do what Mr. Bush is refusing to do: link further financing for the war to the performance of Iraq’s Shiite-led government, which is making no serious effort to rescue its country from civil war.
No Dice, Gitmo Animals
The Democrats are no doubt seething over the decision that prohibits unlawful combatants from having the same habeus corpus rights as American citizens/illegal aliens:
WASHINGTON - Guantanamo Bay detainees may not challenge their detention in U.S. courts, a federal appeals court said Tuesday in a ruling upholding a key provision of a law at the center of President Bush’s anti-terrorism plan.Wow. The judges actually read the written law and didn't make one up? Bonus!
Dick Durbin wept.
The Los Angeles Times has picked up the story: "Mark Daily wrote on MySpace that he joined the Army to help the suffering people of Iraq. In death, his words have become a call to service."
A small sample:
In a 2005 videotape of his officers' commissioning ceremony, Daily told the crowd that the U.S. Army is one of the few militaries in the world that teach not only tactics but also ethics. "I genuinely believe the United States Army is a force of good in this world," he said. ...
Poll: Americans Disagree With Dems/Murtha
As opposed to, say, a "slow bleed."
Liberal Attacks Republican In His Home
They're just so peaceful, well-meaning and level-headed gosh darn it.
The argument got heated and the suspect learned that the young residents had not enlisted in the military and "put their all" behind the Republican-led war effort in Iraq, police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.Oh, come on! He was probably a rabid GOP supporter, right?
The suspect refused to leave the home after repeatedly being asked to do so, police said. The three roommates were hit multiple times each as they attempted to get the suspect out of the door, authorities said.
The suspect continued to be aggressive and disorderly even after a city police officer arrived, the report states.
Andrew Stone, 23, was charged with three counts of assault and battery. A magistrate released Stone on his own recognizance and he was ordered to have no further contact with the victims.
It was not clear in the report what political agenda Stone was supporting.
No, the paper apparently wasn't joking when it wrote that last line. I'll get them started with the research - tryWikipedia, for starters:
General informationSay it with me, MSM. This person of mysterious political orientation is what is known as a liberal D E M O C R A T.
* "Chickenhawk Vs. Chicken Little", by Terry M. Neal, from washingtonpost.com, September 6, 2002
* Defending Kerry, senator blasts 'chickenhawks', cnn.com, April 28, 2004
* Dem Calls Cheney A 'Chickenhawk', cbsnews.com, April 29, 2004
Advocates of the term:
* "Leading the charge from behind a desk" by Lionel Van Deerlin, San Diego Union-Tribune, September 4, 2002
* Operation Yellow Elephant
* The Chickenhawk Database
* "Recruit the Chickenhawks" by Michael Moore
* "What makes someone a 'chicken hawk'?" by Glenn Greenwald
He Was Just Protecting Pakistan's Honor, Your Honor
While feminists in this country rail about being kicked off a loser's campaign blog, they ignore the plight of women half a world away toiling under the thumb of the very real Oppressive Patriarchy of the ROP.
"He killed her because she was not observing the Islamic code of dress. She was also campaigning for emancipation of women,” said Nazir Ahmad, a local officer, adding that the suspect was a known extremist with a history of targeting women he considered “immoral”.
The attack happened in Gujranwala, 120 miles southeast of Islamabad, where the minister’s office is based. As Ms Usman, 35, stepped out of her car – where she was greeted by her co-workers throwing rose petals - the attacker pulled out a pistol and fired a single shot at close range, hitting her in the head. She was airlifted to hospital in the provincial capital Lahore, but died soon afterwards.
The man - identified as Mohammad Sarwar – was overpowered by the minister’s driver and arrested by police, who claimed that he confessed to the killing. A former student and stonemason in his 40s, Sarwar was previously held in 2002 in connection with the killing of four prostitutes, but was never convicted due to lack of evidence.
“He is basically a fanatic,” Raja Basharat, the Punjab Law Minister, said. “He is against the involvement of women in politics and government affairs.” A police statement added: “He considers it contrary to the teachings of Allah for a woman to become a minister or a ruler. That’s why he committed this action.”
Ms Usman, a married mother of two sons, joined the pro-Musharraf Pakistan Muslim League after being elected in 2002. A strong supporter of the President’s policy of “enlightened moderation” - designed to tackle extremism - she was appointed to her current post in December last year according to her government biography.
stein hoist: Hot Air
Jawa Exclusive: Released Gitmo Detainee Arrested En Route to Iraq
He seemed to think that going to Iraq via Yemen was a good route. Maybe catch a flight on Yemenia.
Fahd al-Utaibi a/k/a Naif Fahd Al Aseemi Al Utaibi arrived in Saudi Arabia May 18, 2006 from Guantanamo, along with 14 others released by the US. He is currently on trial in Yemen for forging travel documents in order to join the jihad in Iraq.
Yemenis comprise one of the largest contingents of foreign fighters in Iraq, and it is said that they are aided by some in the military and intelligence services. President Saleh is a great fan of the resistance.
Yemenis incur no domestic legal penalty for murderous activities in Iraq, as a Yemeni court has ruled that killing foreign nationals in an occupied Muslim country is actually a good thing. However, at the time many in Yemeni civil society denounced the judicial finding as a regime attempt to placate Islamic extremists, a frequent occurence.
Related: A Yemeni journalist, Abed Al-Mahdhari, was sentenced to prison this week in a politicized, irregular trial, by a biased judge, with no recourse to appeal, for an opinion.
Peters: Cowards Give Up on GIs
A few days old, but visceral and powerful nonetheless:
The "nonbinding resolution" telling the world that we intend to surrender to terrorism and abandon Iraq may be the most disgraceful congressional action since the Democratic Party united to defend slavery.Anyone else ever notice that the low points in the history of our government always seem to coincide with Democrats calling the shots in Congress?
The vote was a huge morale booster for al Qaeda, for Iraq's Sunni insurgents, and for the worst of the Shia militias.
The message Congress just sent to them all was, "Hold on, we'll stop the surge, we're going to leave - and you can slaughter the innocent with our blessing."
We've reached a low point in the history of our government when a substantial number of legislators would welcome an American defeat in Iraq for domestic political advantage.
Michael Moore's Minutemen Detonate Chemical Weapon
Chemical weapons? A chlorine bomb? What chemical weapons? Don't you theeeeocons know that Bush created those chemical weapons, or something?
And even if AQ does get them, what makes you think they'd use them?
We've got Pelosi and Murtha running the show, babeee! Ain't nobody gonna F with us!
Sunni Insurgent Honeymoon Over
It seems a lovers spat had emerged amongst the members of the ISI.(Islamic State of Iraq) And to think the bad gay circle of the scented lotion they held was just a short time ago.
Via Talismans Gate: Al-Zawra began running some anti-Al-Qaeda messages in its news ticker, and the jihadists began to mumble and some even penned invectives against al-Jebouri.Yeah, that's true but weren't you standing right there helping them? More background on Al-Zawra TV's love connections here from Bill Roggio.
Yesterday, however, Al-Jebouri gave a whole anti-Al-Qaeda speech and this drove the jihadists berserk: the premier jihadist organ had begun to badmouth the jihad!
These are al-Jebouri’s main points:
-Al-Qaeda provoked the Shi'as and then failed to protect the Sunnis from retaliation.
-Al-Qaeda is forcing all the other insurgent groups to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq under Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, and is punishing the hold-outs.
-Al-Qaeda is killing and abducting Sunni notables who were part of the insurgency.
-Al-Qaeda wants to impose a Taliban-like Islamic State on Iraqi Sunnis, who are the worse for it—they don’t even have enough to eat.
-Al-Qaeda killed an emissary sent by al-Jebouri, who has wanted to negotiate with al-Baghdadi.
-Iraqi Sunnis across the board are preparing to clash with Al-Qaeda as is already happening in Anbar Province.
Al-Jebouri gets into details and names names, and he addresses his speech to Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, questioning the validity of pledging allegiance to an anonymous phantom.
Is al-Zawraa supported by the Islamic Army in Iraq, a Baathist dominated insurgent group, or al-Qaeda in Iraq's Mujahideen Shura Council? The distinction may be meaningless, as the two organizations have worked together in the past.Here is part of a statement in which the Islamic State of Iraq thanks and lends credit to the Islamic Army in Iraq and al-Qaeda.
To the media, the Islamic State reminds that al-Qaeda in Iraq, along with “thousands of fighters” from several groups including the Islamic Army in Iraq, Mujahideen Army, Conquering Army, Ansar al-Sunnah, Twentieth Revolution Brigades, and Iraqi Union, are components of the Islamic State of Iraq.Rusty says, think of it this way:
the larger umbrella group (which is just an al Qaeda front), which used to call itself "The Mujahideen Shura Council" is now called "The Islamic State of Iraq". This is headed by al Baghdadi Al Qaeda in Iraq, headed by Masri, is just one of the organizations that belong to "The Islamic State of Iraq". Back when Zarqawi was over al Qaeda, the other jihadis wanted an "Iraqi" to front the group since he's Jordanian. But, really, they are all "al Qaeda" in the "al-Qaeda 3.0" sense of the word. Same goals, same tactics, just different organizational structures and commanders.Remember what the goal of the ISI is? Let the phantom Bahgdadi tell us himself. During the honeymoon he said.
So, it came the blessed step of building the solid basis for the Islamic State in al-Rafedain land (Iraq) , following the Prophet's example, there the building is rising , and seen by every supporter and hateful, and this is what drove the enemy of Allah Bush to say after the blessed appearance of the State, they design to found an Islamic State from China to Spain.The same goals espoused by al-Qaeda. The Islamic State of Iraq does not want to help Iraq. They want to use Iraq as a stepping stone. The more Iraqis suffer the more it helps their goal. Peace in Iraq and a better life for the Sunnis is not on the program.
Here he was truthful even if he is a liar!!
Now, after the Islamic Army has lain with the devil, it wants to split the sheets. The Islamic State of Iraq issued what appears to be a response blaming IAI for the troubles. Heh, a “he said, she said.
“You the Sunni people don’t have after four years of humiliation and occupation but only the jihad. Al-Dajjal Army and the pigs of al-Ghadr dare to attack you as they do now. You don’t have anything but your sons the Mujahideen to defend your homes and mosques. The Crusaders and the Safawis are using the members of the Islamic party as tools and life savers to save themselves from their disaster.”And right after Valentine’s Day too. Tsk tsk tsk. Is next step to be domestic violence? Let's hope so. If the insurgents start killing each other, it saves the US and the Iraqi Army the trouble.
Note this is exactly what al-Qaeda wants. They want to create a situation in which they are “needed”. Then they want to assert thier dominace over other groups as well. They and their biyatches must all be defeated. Because as we all know these two will be back together holding hands in no time.
I have a copy of the Al-Zawra statement here. If anyone has a full translation, please send it to Howie or Vinnie.
Hat Tip: Tribecca.
Raven asks "Are the Lemoncrats incapable of using history as a tool in their assessment of today’s enemy?"
Just a note of caution though, if you are a Jarhead, ummm,....enter at your own risk.
Personally I prefer the term Dhimmocrats.
Assasination: Democrats For It Before They Were Against It
1998? Grab his terrorist ass! Take him down! International law be damned!
2007? Assasinate Bush! Take him down! International law be praised!
Politics as usual. History is an inconvenient truth to these Democrat wankers.
Fatwas Are So Cliché
Still, we’d like to have one.
The notes on the two islamists say: " Cliche' " and " Reality "
Hat Tip: Il Mango
Aussies Make Incandescents Illegal
(Sydney, Australia) Australia is banning incandescent light bulbs because they are, apparently, significant contributors to global warming.
Australia announced plans on Tuesday to ban traditional light bulbs in a move Prime Minister John Howard called a practical step toward slowing climate change.I predict that this action will create some nagging, unintended consequences. Typically, when a product is banned and still in demand, which I suspect will happen, a black market will emerge.
Claiming a world first for a national government, Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull said incandescent lightbulbs would be phased out by 2010 in favour of the more fuel-efficent compact fluorescent bulbs.
He said replacing the traditional coiled filament bulbs invented by Thomas Edison in the 19th century would cut Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by four million tonnes a year by 2015.
Additionally, many applications using incandescent bulbs will have to be addressed in legislation separately. Examples include unique purpose lighting in refrigerators, stoves and other appliances, and ornamental lighting such as holiday lights and chandeliers.
Furthermore, since compact fluorescent bulbs cost considerably more than incandescent bulbs, last considerably longer, and burn cool, theft is virtually guaranteed. Watch Australia give birth to a new class of criminal, light bulb thieves, with all the associated headaches of law enforcement and legal proceedings.
Sick And Tired Of Being Sick And Tired
An Associated Press reporter riding a public bus last month heard one of the passengers telling the driver in conversational Egyptian Arabic to drop him at a stop. After the man, carrying a bag, left the bus, Iraqis began arguing with the driver about why he had let the man on. Several passengers searched the seat where the man had been sitting to make sure he had not left a bomb.
The Wisdom Of General Patton
The Cold War didn't really end, it just went to sleep for awhile, much like the Korean War.
February 19, 2007
"There is a desire to assimilate and be seen as everyday Americans," Morse said. "But because of Muslim customs like clothing, it can be hard to fit in."
Adhering to sharia law regarding the clothes that women must wear is not reflective of a desire to assimilate into American culture.
Scratch that. Trumpeting the desire to adhere to sharia law regarding the clothes that women must wear is not reflective of any attempt to assimilate into American culture.
If they want to wear burqhinis, that's their business, but trying to make it into something that somehow melds with our singular American culture is asinine.
Nowhere in the news I read do you get triumphant stories of Muslim women happy to wear thong bikinis in defiance of the sharia code on our beaches.
Go Ahead, Buy That SUV
Annual oil revenues to the Islamist Republic of Sudan at recent oil prices : ~$ 5 billion.
Annual oil revenues to the Islamist Republic of Iran at recent oil prices : ~$45 billion.
UPDATE : Thanks to Vinnie for correctly pointing out that the above revenue numbers reflect revenues at recent, but not necessarily current, oil prices.
This past Saturday there was a Kill the Jews March (oh wait, I'm told it was an End Apartheid March - tomayto, tomahto...) in front of Indigo at the corner of Bay and Bloor. Heather Reisman is a Jew, and her business was being targeted because she supports Israel. And so Arab-Canadian students and suicidal Jews picketed in front of her store, waving Palestinian flags.
Right Girl has photos, and a sad sorry sight they are.
Go Ahead, Buy That Hybrid
Of course, the prospect of a world that, if Maugeri is correct, can sustain itself indefinitely on fossil fuels—even as it pursues new forms of cleaner burning energy—is enough to drive many
environmentalistsarrogant, myopic pricks, who have spent their lives combatting smog, absolutely batty.
Which makes the cynic in me wonder if this latest push to establish global warming as anthropogenic isn’t less about the potential for rising temperatures and sea levels as it is about forcing the world away from an energy source that is in ample supply, but that
environmentalistsarrogant pricks simply find too dirty.
35 Days Of Hell On Earth
Video: Kurdistan, The Iraq You Don't See
Credit where it's due. 60 Minutes shows Iraq's dirty little secret, a fairly peaceful Kurdistan. Of course, the bad news is the Kurds are surrounded by Turks that hate them,
Persians Iranians that hate them, and Arabs that hate them.
When visiting Kurdistan, one can see nation-building wherever one looks—Kurds are building their country day by day. There are more cranes here than minarets and there’s a run on cement. A new mall with 8,000 shops and stalls is going up. So is an apartment complex known as "Dream City," in which some of the units are selling for $1 million. A giant bowling alley is almost finished, and an opera house is not far behind. What’s behind the boom? Security.
You can watch the video here.
stein hoist: He Who No Make Fire ugh.
India Train Bombing: We Know What, But Not Who
No group has stepped forward to claim responsibility, and anything is possible at this point.
Not that it matters much, terrorism is terrorism, and whoever is responsible should be placed in a burning rail car with no chance of escape.
The CT Blog has more.
Marcotte's Continuing Comedy of Errors
I can't wait to see how far down she can go before realizing she's still digging. I'd lend her my shovel, but I see she's already got one.
Here's our favorite paranoid blogger blaming the "right wing smear machine" (as leftists often do after everything goes to sh*t in their world) for making her type wild unsupported allegations and foul-mouthed libnuttery for years before becoming the laughing stock of the dextrosphere (along with her handler, the inimitable Silk Pony himself.) Here's a taste of the moonbattery:
The right wing noise machine that drove Melissa McEwan and me to resign from the Edwards campaign flung a bunch of pointless and unsubstantiated claims to create the illusion there was anything going on besides outrage that we were "vulgar".There actually was, as we've noted at length here. Its a hot, white, sticky mess of hate, bigotry, racism, an absence of rape, and you.
Reality. 180 degrees. Some assembly required.
Drink warning: You will spit at the screen in both disgust and hilarity several times once you immerse yourself in the "reality based" universe of the Twilightosphere. You've been warned.
Iran Claims US Weapons Used Against Them
LGF noted that some Iran's pics are fake fake fake. But considering how Iran has been "helping" us in Iraq, who really cares? Not me.
Another Religion of “Get In The Kitchen Biyatch and Bake Me A Pie” Roundup
Women who escape from oppressive conditions in many Islamic nations like, Hirsi Ali, are tireless in their fight to expose and change the treatment of women in the Islamic world. They receive support from many in the west.
When it comes to the oppression of women under Sharia they’d rather leave them to the dogs than help the right fight for freedom. They’ll use the excuse. “But, beating, hanging and stoning women is just their culture. You need to try and understand the “culture”.
They will then go on about how American Imperialism destroys culture. It was once American Indian culture that women were property. It was once our culture that women had few rights and no vote.
So what you find on the left is arrogance. An arrogance that says they are the only ones allowed to judge who is to be liberated. They get to judge for whom liberation is a goal that will destroy a “noble savage culture”.
Next they will say that the goal of spreading democracy and freedom is “American Imperialism” and the “real oppression”, while the screams of millions women go ignored in the name of preserving noble savagery.
I believe there is a word for this……hypocrisy. So many women in the Middle East are not waiting for the support of the American Feministas. Here are a few videos from Memri demonstrating just how silly the Islamic men are.
To be a good Muslim man, be sure you slap the disobediant bitch, but be sure to do it gently now, leaving a mark makes us look bad…
I’ve been told that Muhammad wanted Islam to teach men not to be animals. Not to make excuses, so that men can continue to behave like animals.
Sorry I have a bit of trouble buying that one, you’ll have to “show me.” No wonder they hate Americans, especially the ones from around Missouri, we don't like excuses.
Look at this Muslime. He want’s the woman teasing him to get back in the kitchen and bake him a pie. Why, because she needs a man like him to "protect her."
Heh, just like she needs another hole in her head.
Hat Tip: Cruel.com
Iranian News Agency Applies To Be A Reuters Stringer
Yesterday, the blog grandfather noted a horrid episode of fauxtography by the Iranian news agency FAR(t)S.
Today, he points out the predictable outcome. Our media picking up the ball and running with it.
Yemeni Jihaddis to Iraq: Non-stop service via Damascus
Yemenia, Yemen's national airline, is managed by Yemeni President Saleh's son-in-law. Numerous anecdotal reports have indicated that Yemenia is the preferred method of transport for Yemeni jihaddists when traveling to Iraq to join the insurgency.
Recently an Iraqi columnist accused Yemen of playing games with the international community and "carrying the stick from the middle." He described all the publicized measures of preventing fighters from traveling to Iraq as nonsense. He said that Yemenia regularly and openly transports fighters to Damascus. He quoted one eye witness who said that on one previous flight, about 40 Jihadists flying from Sana'a to Damascus to fight in Iraq were speaking openly on the plane about their plans.
President Saleh speaks glowingly about the Iraqi resistance. Some in the Yemeni military train the fighters (the majority of whom are under 20 years old), and the judiciary fails to penalize them for murderous acts committed outside Yemen's borders. The intelligence services, the airline etc etc pfff
heh, Barry: "I've been having fun imagining what airport security in Yemen must be like. At the checkpoint, if they don't find a gun or bomb on you, do they give you one to take on board?"
Freedom Journal Iraq #586
• Iraqi Firefighters
• Finding Weapons Caches
Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 586
Google Video Copy of Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 586
Update on the Atlanta 'No-Knock' Shooting Fiasco
Reason has an update on the story of 88-year-old Kathryn Johnston, who was shot and killed in her home by Atlanta narcotics officers last November:
Nearly three months later, Atlanta is showing some encouraging signs. Last week, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced a series of tough charges against the officers who conducted the raid on Johnston's home, including felony murder. And in today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, city Police Chief Richard Pennington and Christopher Stone, a criminal justice professor at Harvard, call for the city to set up a civil rights commission with subpoena power to look into police excesses.The author argues, however, that there's a need for reform, and not just punishment:
If Kathryn Johnston's death is going to be a watershed moment in the way Atlanta conducts its drug policing, the city will have to do better than New York (and, frankly, just about every other city in the country). Reforms need the teeth of enforcement mechanisms, the accountability that comes with transparency, and they need to grant review boards broad jurisdiction and subpoena powers. These reforms will have also to come from policy makers, at the insistence of their constituents. Advocates will have to see them through to implementation without losing interest, or developing outrage fatigue.h/t : Glenn.
Anything less, and within months it will be back to business as usual.
Egyptian Blogger Disowned by His Family
The family of Al-Azhar student Abdul Kareem Nabeel Suleiman, accused of “contempt of religion”, has disowned him before his court verdict session on the upcoming Thursday. His father, a retired mathematics teacher, has demanded applying the Sharia [Islamic law] ruling on him by giving him three days to repent, followed by having him killed if he does not announce his repentance. ...Apparently, the family doesn't mind using the atheist monkeys' technology when the science set forth in their Holy Quran turns out to be complete bullshit.
The father of the accused also described the organizations that are working on having his son acquitted as “monkey rights” organizations, in his own words. He also described his son as the “monkey” who has imitated the atheists of the West in their intellectual thinking.
The family also said that they will announce their disownment of their son on the Internet as well.
My heart goes out to you, Kareem. Would that your courage was more common here in the West.
February 18, 2007
Making Fire II: Electric Boogalo
A couple of weeks ago I told you I was going to attempt to make fire the old fashioned way--by rubbing two sticks together. And, no, neither one of them was going to be a match. Smart asses.
I really didn't think anybody would be interested, but since I keep getting e-mails bugging me about how it turned out, let me put the inquisitiveness to rest: I failed. Miserably.
In the epic struggle of Rusty vs. Wild, Wild wins. Big time.
Not only did I not get a fire started, I couldn't even get an ember burning. I tried both the bow-and-pivot method and the cave man (no bow, just hands) method. Nothing. Nado. Nichevo. Zilch.
If you must rub salt in my already wounded ego, feel free to leave a comment.
But I swear by the Lords of Kolob, that I will not blog again until I have made fire! Or, you know, until I finish this project that I'm way behind on. Which roughly translated means I'll be back a week from Monday.
War - What is it Good for?
To some people, that's a completely rhetorical question. To Jonathan Turley, it isn't. Excerpt:
"What makes someone a good soldier?" 8-year-old Colby Gustafson asked. All four vets responded at the same time with "patriotism." When they said it, it did not seem like the cheap shtick that we hear in Washington from politicians cloaking themselves in the bravery of others. It meant something coming from these guys.
Lyall now drives a bus for the Department of Aging and brings meals to the elderly. Lyall, who is part Cherokee, explained that "Currahee" — the cry of Easy Company — was a Cherokee word for "stand alone" but really meant "stand alone; fight as one."
After almost two hours, the four boys and the four vets said goodbye. As the adults stopped to chat outside, the boys immediately ran to a nearby mound of dirt. Grabbing sticks to use as guns, they set up a defensive perimeter and started firing at some phantom enemy. They were a band of brothers in every sense of the word. The four graying vets watched critically from a distance. "Now, that's a tight 360," Maio said, and the rest nodded their approval.
In the end, I was less confident about the boys' war-making ability than I was about their ability to make sense of war. Now if only we could take the rest of America to VFW Post 2632.
Rep. Johnson Pleads For Support of the Troops
h/t : John at PowerLine, who provides his own commentary.
Berlinski on Sarkozy
I just came across this profile on Nicolas Sarkozy, written by Claire Berlinski in 2004. Though written in the context of that time, it's a quick and easy read, and sheds a lot of light on just who Sarkozy is. Among the Sarkozy trivia:
In 1993, when Mr. Sarkozy was simultaneously the mayor of the French suburb of Neuilly and France’s budget minister, a madman took 21 schoolchildren hostage in Neuilly, threatening to blow them up. While the minister of the interior and the prime minister remained safely in their offices, Mr. Sarkozy drove directly to the school and offered to exchange himself for the hostages. It is rather hard to imagine Mr. Chirac doing the same thing.Indeed it is.
Secular Islam Summit March 4-5, 2007
Here's the official site for the upcoming Secular Islam Summit in St. Petersburg Florida:
Delegates from Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and elsewhere will address secularist interpretations of Islam, the need for Koranic criticism, the state of freedom of the expression in Muslim societies, educational reform.Speakers include:
'Global Warming' Update: Forget Global Warming...
...its the cosmic catastrophies I'm worried about.
And if the one about the 20 million-ton asteriod with a 1 in 45,000 chance of hitting Earth in April 2036 doesn't phase you, try the previous Jawa post about massive gamma ray bursts emitting devastating shockwaves and energy from the deep fields of space hundreds of millions of years in the past having the power to eliminate entire galaxies in the present.
ht: Pajamas Media
Video : Britney Spears Shaving Her Head Bald
February 17, 2007
Wiesel Attacker Arrested
SAN FRANCISCO - A man accused of roughing up Nobel laureate and Holocaust scholar Elie Wiesel at a San Francisco hotel earlier this month was arrested Saturday, authorities said.Hunt had apparently posted details of the attack on the anti-Semitic website ZioPedia, but police so far say that Hunt was acting alone.
Montgomery Township police arrested Eric Hunt, 22, of Sussex County, N.J., at 7:30 a.m. EST Saturday. He faces charges that include attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment, elder abuse, stalking, battery and the commission of a hate crime, according to San Francisco police.
Chotiros Suriyawong's Black Dress
BANGKOK, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- The Thai actress known as "Amy" has been ordered to perform community service for wearing a dress deemed too revealing at an awards ceremony.
Chotiros Suriyawong, 22, has also been axed from her latest movie project amid the uproar over her couture at Thailand's version of the Academy Awards.
The Independent described the daring frock as one based on "Elizabeth Hurley's well-known safety-pin number." The Versace number Hurley wore to a premier in 1994 featured a neckline that didn't so much plunge as free fall.
The newspaper said Amy was caught up in a "morality drive" launched by the military government that seized power in Thailand last fall.
Terrorism in Salt Lake City? II
Was Sulejman Talovic a terrorist? I don't know, but it's certainly too soon to claim that he isn't a terrorist. His family seems to think that he was "influenced" and "trained" to commit the murders.
"Somebody got (the guns), and maybe (they were) training him and tell(ing) him (to), 'go shoot somebody,'" said his father in an interview with KSL. LGF has the video.
Debbie Schlussel claims that Amir Omerovic is his cousin. The significance? Omerovic was convicted of sending letters he claimed were laced with anthrax to the offices of Gov. John G. Rowland and the United States Coast Guard and Marines in Connecticut. One of the letters said:
09.11.01. Anthrax is deadly. You breathe and die. This is only the beginning. Americans will die. Death to America and Israel. (Source: NYT)We also know that he attended mosque.
If terrorism was his primary motivation, it would also be troubling if another thing pointed out by Schlussel is true. From the SLC Trib:
With the permission of Talovic's parents, detectives searched their home but did not take any computers or video games, she said.UPDATE: Apparently, he didn't even own a computer. So, the fact that none were siezed kinda follows......
It also seems to nullify the discussion on the network of cyber jihad below. Thanks to Vinnie for pointing out LGF's update, and also for saying something about relying on somebody something or other..........
Update, Too by Vinnie Nonsense, Rusty, the fact that something something is wrong in her assessment nullifies nothing. He certainly could have accessed computers at an internet cafe type place, or the public liberry. We know he accessed them at school, because the articles state he was found looking at prohibited sites.
Very troubling, because any involvement Sulejman Talovic had with the wider jihadi network would most likely have been over the internet. Through Islamic chat rooms, websites, and bulletin boards which are dominated by Salafi jihadists. Having that computer would be a key piece of evidence, one way or another.
As I said in my previous post on Terrorism in Salt Lake City?
We should also remember that the Islamist message boards have been encouraging potential jihadis to keep it simple. Also, it's important to think about the role of the internet in creating "virtual cells" of mujahideen. That is, jihadis who may never physically meet or formally join an terror organization, but who encourage one another to do acts of violence.
As I've mentioned here many times before, the present structure of the Salafi jihadi movement is such that any one can now claim to be al Qaeda. Although the formal organizations of al Qaeda 1.0 (bin Laden, Zawahiri) and 2.0 (Zarqawi/al Masri in Iraq/ -- GSPC/al Qaeda in Algeria) remain a threat, this "al Qaeda 3.0" is more of a movement than it is of an organization. And thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of young Muslim men in the West sympathize with that movement.
NY Traitor Indicted for Terror Financing
So many Islamic charities, so many indictments.
In the latter half of 2006, Alishtari accepted payment to discreetly transfer these funds, believing that they were earmarked for Pakistan and Afghanistan. He believed that the funds were being sent abroad to support a terrorism training camp in Afghanistan by funding the purchase of equipment such as night vision goggles. One of these transfers, which is also the subject of the international money laundering charge in the indictment, relates to his transfer of $25,000 from a bank account in New York to a bank account in Montreal, Canada, with the intent that the funds be used to provide material support to terrorists.Q: If he was trying to finance forces fighting American troops in Afghanistan, should't the charge be treason?
College Frat Kids Raise Money For Hostage Jeff Ake’s Family(updated)
In fact they helped raise money for the American hostage in Iraq's family by spending two nights out in the cold. And it has been quite cold.
Via the Telegram: WORCESTER— It’s been a couple of cold nights in the city. The snow, sleet and rain have fallen and the winds have howled. And no one knows that better than the fraternity brothers of Alpha Chi Rho who spent the last two nights camped out on the quad of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus….Good job kids. We have posted on the fund for Jeffrey Ake’s family here. The address for donations is at the post and I’ve received a couple donations via Amazon. The latest donation via my blog was five bucks, I’ll add a bit to it and send it out tomorrow when I pay bills. Thanks to everyone who sent donations through the blog and also directly to Mrs. Ake’s church.
… On Wednesday afternoon, the brothers pitched a tent and began their planned 45-hour mission to raise money to aid in the search for Mr. Ake. It took weeks to plan the campout and gain approval from the college administration, because of safety concerns. Not once did the frat members think the biggest snowstorm and some of the coldest temperatures and fastest winds of the season would hit the area on their first night out.
Each of the 42 members of Alpha Chi Rho signed up for three-hour shifts in groups of 10. Last night, during one of Mr. Tracy’s shifts, a tent pole broke in the high winds, but the brothers stayed out there and continued with their mission.
“He’s been held hostage for over a year,” said Mr. Tracy. “There is no reason we can’t camp out for two nights. We just feel better going out there instead of sitting inside at a table asking for money.”
So far the fraternity has raised more than $200, which will go directly to the family of Mr. Ake. “That’s pretty good for a bunch of poor college students.”
LaPorte Missionary ChurchI have no idea how much money we’ve raised but I will ask Mrs. Ake’s Pastor to let us know how things are going when I forward donations this week.
LaPorte Missionary Church
Attn: Carl Galloway
104 E. 18th St., LaPorte, IN 46350
Update: Great news. I just finished speakng with Mr. Galloway, Mrs. Ake's pastor. He says the response has been good. I cannot give specific amount but it is very significant.
Mr. Galloway says that the goal is to get Mrs. Ake (or Lily as he calls her) through the year. As soon as that goal is met they will ask that people stop sending donations. He also says that she would be upset if anyone hurt themselves trying to help her. If you can send a few bucks please do so, but don't hurt yourself.
He also says the US military has a good idea who took Mr. Ake and is seeking to find them.
We pray that Mr. Ake is found and those who took him face justice.
There has been a bit of confusion in this process. If you specify who your donation is for then the IRS will not allow it to be tax deductible. If your check is written just to the church they can send you a reciept and it will be tax deductible.
Mr. Galloway is contacting donors to see if the tax deduction is of concern. If so he will return those donation and you can resend them just in the Churche's name. Mr. Galloway is concerned that some may have been uspet by this.
My apologies, I was unaware of that. So you can blame Howie. I wanted to be sure the Church knew who the donations were for. So if you are expecting to deduct your donations please just send then to the church. The church has been helping her out from their general fund, so to specify her in the donation is not required.
They are getting very close to having enough but are not quite there yet. He says the first week there were a lot of donations but they have slacked off a little. They did recieve one yesterday and I recieved a couple more too.
Together we are making a difference, that is what makes blogging worthwhile. Myself, I'm feeling pretty giddy at the moment.
If you need to contact Mr. Galloway, the church has a website here.
Video : Bald Britney Spears on KABC-TV
February 16, 2007
I spent a couple of days in the 7th century A.D. with The Truth About Muhammed by the intrepid Robert Spencer.
Then I went back a few hundred years with A War Like No Other: How Athens And Sparta fought the Peloponnesian War by Victor Davis Hanson.
Excellent books, both. Instead of rote recitations of names, dates, and places which many historical books will bore one to death with, these two authors bring ancient history alive by writing with an eye towards the common schlub like me.
Now I'll fast forward to the 20th century A.D. with Delta Force by Col. Charlie A. Beckwirth.
If anyone has any suggestions for some good historical military reads, feel free.
Is Group Training Jihadis in the U.S. & Australia?
Are Muslims training for jihad in the U.S. and Australia? Possibly. They are called "Silat Mubai" and they are dedicated to teaching people "the classical Warrior Traditions of the Muslim people."
Whenever someone advertises as "Islamic military training" a red flag should go up. When that same group claims they don't support terrorism BUT
Muqawama (Resistance) operations and Martyrdom operations against foreign occupation forces in Muslim lands are what we consider to be legitimate Military operationsthen be VERY worried.
In other words: bin Laden, we don't support. Jihadis in Iraq and Afghanistan: our kind of people!
While the main group seems to be located in Taiwan, they also offer "Islamic warrior training" in Australia and the United States. Their emphasis is on martial arts training, but they also have weapons training.
Here is an image of "Emir Ekrem" showing his moves to an audience in Melbourne, Australia. Notice the keffiyas, the symbol of Palestinian "resistance", being worn by two of his students.
On one non-Islamic forum, a participant claimed he had been trained by the group in Taiwan and that they welcomed non-Muslims. Another says that he had been in contact with Silat Mubai in Taiwan and that they were not jihadists.
This, combined with the fact that some of their American devotees do not appear to be Muslims, suggests that the group falls into the category of "Muslim nationalists". That is, while not primarily motivated by religion per se, they do identify with Muslims in any Muslim vs. non-Muslim political struggle. Terrorist groups such as the PLO fall into this category in my classification scheme. Other terror groups, such as the 1920s Revolutionary Brigade in Iraq, who think of their jihad in terms of Muslim vs non-Muslim (not necessarily Sunni v. Shia), also fall along that spectrum.
And though none of those involved may personally be a jihadist, they certainly are openly supporting them, and quite possibly training them.
The "head trainer" for Silat Mubai, in this forum, is quick to disavow killing civilians, but goes on to say:
Strapping a bomb on yourself and running into an enemy convoy is what a real Mujahid does.Another picture of "training" from their website.
The group also encourages Muslims to fight against the U.S. and Australia in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. And remember, this is their public stance:
If there are those Mujuhideen who decide to join their brothers in Iraq to fight against the occupation forces, then they are justified in doing so to relieve the people of foreign occupation and to institute a proper Islamic government, God Willing. No one can stop them from going to fight to protect the lands of Muslims who are being attacked. It is their right to do so and as long as they follow the guidelines of the Warrior Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, then they will win by martyrdom or by victory. One as excellent as the other.Then also identify who the true enemy is:
If an American/Israeli/Russian/British or any other foreign occupation Soldier drops sick and injured on my doorstep, I will pay a doctor to take care of him and bring him to full strength again. In the future if we meet in combat I will kill him or he will kill me and I will not think twice about slitting his throat or putting a bullet into his heart at that time.Remember, this is an Australian Muslim making the statement. The Australians are fighting side by side with the U.S. in Iraq. Isn't that sedition? To encourage Muslims to go and kill your own countrymen?
While the group's activities seem to be centered in Australia and Taiwan, they also have "trainers" in the United States. I won't mention any more details about them, because of the four names that have been affiliated with the group in the past, two of them appear to be non-Muslims (one actively serving in the U.S. military) who's only connection was that they shared an interest in martial arts. A third I have no information on.
The last affiliate in the U.S. comes off as a very liberal Sufi--- of a school of thought that many Muslims would consider heretical because they are so liberal--- on a forum he posted to in the past. Like many Muslims, he defends the extremism of Silat Mubai's founder as simply a "devout Muslilm" who happens to share a different view than he. In this case, though, "devout Muslim" translates into supporter of jihad.
We'll continue looking into the U.S. connection and get back when we know more.
Thanks so much to Bobby for doing much of the leg work for this post.
Newt on the Nork Nuke Deal
Posted at NEWT.ORG:
- We should instead pursue a policy of what might be called “Deterrence Plus” This strategy is similar to what President Reagan did with the Soviets at the end of the Cold War when the patient application of strategies that President Reagan defined as “peace through strength” ultimately succeeded in the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
- Deter the aggressor militarily, including with cutting-edge strategic assets and fully capable missile defenses.
- Preempt imminent threats (including missile tests that are not inspected by international inspectors).
- Pursue strategies that undermine a corrupt and brittle regime.
- Facilitate the departure of refugees, pump information in via broadcasting, cut off sources of revenue, distribute massive amounts of food through non-government channels.
- Disrupt proliferation activities.
- Engage diplomatically, but don’t sign agreements that prop up the regime or bargain away our advantage.
A Suicide Bomber Eats It
Couldn't get to the troops this time - they eliminated him quite expertly.
Bonus: Marines destroy a vehicle-borne IED on a bridge, and the bridge follows. The fun bregins around 0:54.
Interview With a Vampire
Self-proclaimed "Independent Left Journalist" Robert Lindsay writes to inform us that he has interviewed neo-Nazi sympathizer Andrew Winkler, fuehrer of the Holocaust denial website ZioPedia. The site has been linked to the recent attack on Elie Wiesel.
After Winkler confirms that Lindsay helped inspire the name for his website, Lindsay conducts the sort of sympathetic, softball interview that a Jew-hater can expect from the Left.
House Set to Betray America
In a cynical political move, House Democrats are set to pass a non-binding resolution that will overjoy America's enemies while demoralizing her troops. The Democratic Party has become so invested in American defeat that they see President Bush's troop surge in Iraq as a threat to their political interests:
The Democratic-controlled House was set to vote late on Friday on a symbolic resolution supporting U.S. forces in Iraq but opposing the Republican president's decision to send another 21,500 troops.The resolution is the first step in a Democratic scheme to defund the Iraq theater of the War on Terror, paving the way for a humiliating American defeat and withdrawal that can then be blamed on Bush and the Republicans.
"Congress has a right to express its views," White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said. Bush was holding his fire, prepared to fight any subsequent effort by lawmakers to cut funding for the war.
Freedom Journal Iraq #585
• Taking Out an Insurgent Stronghold
• Repairing an Airfield in Mosul
Freedom Journal Iraq #585
Google Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #585
All Your Supermarkets Are Belongs to Us
And by "us", of course we mean Hugo Chavez.
Muslic Cleric Advocates Chastity Belt
Heh. And in related news: searches for "+hot +kinky +'chastity belt' +Muslim" up 500%!
Video: Confusion on Capital Hill
Apparently lots of people don't realize there is an al Qaeda in Iraq. And some of those people are in Congress.
Exclusive Video: as Sahab 'Holocaust of the Americans in Afghanistan' Exposes al Qaeda Misinformation Campaign
(click the pic for video)
An unreleased English subtitled video produced by as-Sahab, the al Qaeda production company, has been obtained for The Jawa Report by Laura Mansfield. The video is titled "The Holocaust of the Americans in the Land of Khorasan (Afghanistan)". The video may be downloaded here.
The 24 minute video of al Qaeda & Taliban fighters in Afghanistan begins with footage from a recent speech by Ayman al-Zawahiri. The video then goes on to show the planning and execution of an al Qaeda operation against what it says is an "apostate" (Afghan army) and American base of Arghandab, in the Southern Afghani province of Zabul. In September of last year Taliban forces claimed to have captured the district after Afghani forces withdrew fearing an offensive.
The video was given to The Jawa Report after it was intercepted by Laura Mansfield before its public release. Normally, these videos are first announced and then released at Islamic forums. However, this video was intercepted before any public announcement.
Portions of the video seemed to have been taken from footage aired on al Jazeera television last week. Other portions, such as of Zawahiri speaking, have been previously released on the internet. The bulk of the video, though, is of unreleased material.
The Arabic narrative of the video suggests that the Taliban and al Qaeda forces had "liberated" what was once a base of operations used by the U.S. Army and which had been abandoned after the offensive. Two abandoned "compounds", both of which seem to be constructed of mud brick, are shown. One is claimed to be American and the other Afghani. But other than some very sketchy night time video, there is no evidence as to why the compunds were abandoned.
In one building which is called a "baracks" there is some grafitti which appears to have been carved into the mud walls by American military men. One reads, "CPT Ashworth, UTAH NG, ETT, '06".
The narrative and the way the video is cut suggests that the attack against the compuond had happened very recently. But from the looks of it, the compund had been abandoned for some time. The fact that no equipment is left behind also suggests that when the American forces left, they did not do so hastily.
The only thing left behind? GARBAGE. In fact, an empty bag of chips is used to prove a conspiracy. This trash is used as evidence that, and I quote:
"We find that the primary financiers of this Crusade are the puppet regimes of the Gulf.They then go on to threaten Saudi Arabia for assisting the Americans in Afghanistan---by allowing a U.S. company to bag potato chips in Saudi Arabia!
"Look, made in the Kindom of Saudi Arabia -- the Lays Company"
"From the Arabians, also?"
"Aha, they back the Americans."
Seriously, you can't make dialogue like that up.
The propaganda video contradicts earlier press releases by Taliban spokesmen Qari Yousuf Ahmadi who claimed the entire district was captured without any resistance. Ahmadi had claimed that large caches of weapons and equipment had been captured, but the video shows no equipment and only trash and rubble left behind. That earlier account was backed up by Afghani officials who said that all government agents had withdrawn from the area in light of a build up of Taliban forces in the area.
In fact, the video shows the "barracks" in a segment taken before its "liberation" from the U.S. troops. The barracks appear to be empty. A very small checkpoint with a single truck seems to be the only evidence offered that any Afghani or any other troops are in the area.
It would seem, then, that the entire narrative of the offensive is a sham. There was no major fight here.
Further, while the "mujahideen" are all seen with covered faces, the locals are not. Three locals, all men, are interviewed welcoming the "students" (Taliban) back. They recount how the Afghani troops had not treated them well and had accused them of helping the Taliban, which they seem to claim is an injustice. Oddly, it would seem that the video shows that they were, in fact, helping the Taliban and that the accusations were true.
Further the "Taliban" fighters all speak Arabic, and not the local Pashtun. A clear indication that these are al Qaeda fighters and not "locals" engaged in a war of liberation.
Images from the video below.
Update by Howie: Google Video copy here. Embed below the fold.
February 15, 2007
Jamilgate: Iraqi General Disputes AP
"Global Warming" Update - Arctic Not Cooperating With Algore
The icecaps are not melting. They are not following the dogma of the International political panel that suggested that man-made global warming is "almost" certain.
The evidence mounts that anthropogenic global warming is a leftwing political movement rather than a scientific phenomenon.
Sorry, environuts. Reality has to set in sooner or later.
Daniel Joseph Maldonado: How the Internet Created a Terrorist
How does Daniel Joseph Maldonado, a mild-mannered married Boston native, become transformed into Daniel Al-Jughaifi, a zealous supporter of sharia law, and then into Abu Mohammed, an armed jihadi fighting in Somalia alongside al Qaeda operatives? The internet, that's how.
Aaron at Internet Hagannah traces Maldonado's exodus:
Attitudes like Daniel's don't develop in a vacuum. They develop and are nurtured in community with other Muslims, and that community is found online. Islamist forums function like little terrorist factories. Muslims enter at one end, and terrorists and their plots issue forth from the other end. No matter how good we are at monitoring these online communities, the fact is that relying on such monitoring to prevent terrorist attacks is like trying to catch a bullet in mid-flight. Just ask the man who was murdered in Kismaayo. Better to go for the weapon, before the trigger is pulled. The forums are the weapon, and this is why people like Sasjamal [who ran the Islamic forum that Daniel was a moderator at] are culpable for the damage that results from their efforts to create and maintain these forums.Indeed. You can't kill all the terrorists, but it's not nearly as difficult to take out the main jihadi forums as the talking heads suggest.
How we proceed from here is open to debate. There is more than one way to deal with online communities of Islamic extremists. But there is no doubt that watching them is not enough.
Wikipedia Blocked from the Internet Tubes?
Note : For those of you that need a primer on how the internet tubes work, there's a short presentation below the fold.
Breaking : al-Masri Injured in Clash? (UPDATE: False alarm)
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq was wounded and an aide was killed in a clash Thursday with Iraqi forces north of Baghdad, the Interior Ministry spokesman said.Looks like the info is a bit spotty so far. Stay tuned for updates.
The clash occurred near Balad, a major U.S. base about 50 miles north of the capital, Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf said.
Khalaf said al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri was wounded and his aide, identified as Abu Abdullah al-Majemaai, was killed.
Khalaf declined to say how Iraqi forces knew al-Masri had been injured, and there was no report on the incident from U.S. authorities.
Deputy Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Hussein Ali Kamal said he had no information about such a clash or that al-Masri had been involved.
UPDATE by Rusty: Bill Roggio told me a few days ago that he was pretty sure that Task Foce 145 was on to al-Masri's location. Looks like he was right. More from Bill Roggio on the hunt for the new al Qaeda in Iraq leader here. Most importantly, he says, is that al-Masri is much more of an effective leader than Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ever was, so his death would be a far greater blow.
You'll remember that last week a story we ran created quite a buzz when we reported that the Coalition had specifically targetted al Qaeda in Iraq cells and that they were hot on the trail of al Masri.
But if a confirmation comes, it probably will be that al Masri is dead.
Might be time to break out the cowbell.............
Update: Or not? Remember, before Zarqawi was actually killed, he was reportedly killed at least a half dozen times.
UPDATE: Nope, not al Masri. The bosses at Pajamas Media:
A crestfallen intelligence official told Pajamas Media: The prisoner’s DNA did not match that of al Masri’s.
For now the al Qaeda leader remains at large. Arab radio reports that suggest that al Masri was wounded in the firefight are probably just a face saving attempt by the Interior Ministry to cover their latest media blunder.
Robert Spencer on the Salt Lake City Mall Shooting
In the wake of the Salt Like City mall shootings by generically-religious Bosnian immigrant Sulejmen Talovic, Robert Spencer reminds us of a few prior incidents of domestic "non-terrorism":
On January 31, Ismail Yassin Mohamed, 22, stole a car in Minneapolis. ... During his rampage, Mohamed repeatedly yelled, “Die, die, die, kill, kill, kill,” and when asked why he did all this, he replied, “Allah made me do it.”
Omeed Aziz Popal, a Muslim from Afghanistan, who killed one person and injured fourteen during a murderous drive through San Francisco city streets in August 2006, during which he targeted people on crosswalks and sidewalks, identified himself as a terrorist after his rampage, according to Rob Roth of San Francisco’s KTVU. Later the murders were ascribed to Popal’s mental problems, and to stress arising from his impending arranged marriage.
On July 28, 2006, a Muslim named Naveed Afzal Haq forced his way into the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Once inside, Haq announced, “I’m a Muslim American; I’m angry at Israel,” and then began shooting, killing one woman and injuring five more. FBI assistant special agent David Gomez stated: “We believe...it’s a lone individual acting out his antagonism. There’s nothing to indicate that it’s terrorism-related. But we're monitoring the entire situation.”
In March 2006, a twenty-two-year-old Iranian student named Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar drove an SUV onto the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, deliberately trying to kill people and succeeding in injuring nine. ... [H]e explained that he was “thankful for the opportunity to spread the will of Allah.” Officials here again dismissed the possibility of terrorism, even after Taheri-azar wrote a series of letters to the UNC campus newspaper detailing the Qur’anic justification for warfare against unbelievers, and explaining why he believed his attacks were justified from an Islamic perspective.
Video : The Truth About the Temple Mount
h/t : LGF.
A Troubling Look Inside 'Moderate' Islam
This Philly Enquirer story is titled "A troubling look inside radical Islam", but when you read it you realize that it's really about "moderate" Islam. And it's not just "troubling", it's "very, very troubling". One might even call it "alarming". "Gobsmackingly" so.
Reprinted at Fort Wayne News Sentinal:
The book also illustrates the troubling state of Islamic organizations in the United States. Nearly every discussion of Islamic radicalism and terrorism is prefaced by a disclaimer that of course the vast majority of Muslims are morally opposed to both. This may well be true.You really have to read the whole thing. Gartenstein-Ross left Islam, so apparantly he is a "traitor". Remember, Islamic Law prescribes the death penalty for leaving Islam.
But the problem in the current struggle against Islamic fascism is that the radicals often find succor from moderate Muslims - even "moderates" aren't always as liberal as one might hope. While Gartenstein-Ross never came into contact with actual terrorists, he was surrounded by people - normal Muslim citizens - whose worldviews were unsettling.
Before 9/11, Al-Haramain's headquarters in Ashland was seen as a bastion of moderate, friendly Islam. Pete Seda, who ran the office, was publicly chummy with the local rabbi. The group encouraged public schools to bring children to their offices on field trips. All of this was for public consumption. In private, things were somewhat different......
Al-Haramain hosted a number of visitors, one of whom was a Saudi cleric named Abdul-Qaadir. He preached that those who leave Islam should be put to death. In defending the execution of apostates, he mused that "religion and politics aren't separable in Islam the way they are in the West. ... Leaving Islam isn't just converting from one faith to another. It's more properly understood as treason." [emphasis mine] ....
The reaction of Seda [to a sermon by a visiting imam about a worldwide Jewish conspiracy]- the "moderate" who cultivated a public friendship with the local rabbi - was, "Wow, bro, this is amazing. You come to us with this incredible information." ....
This would likely not surprise Gartenstein-Ross, some of whose Muslim acquaintances even disapproved of his decision to go to law school. Their objection was that, as a lawyer, Gartenstein-Ross would have to swear an oath to defend the Constitution. As one Muslim told him, "There are some things in the Constitution I like, but a lot of things in the Constitution are completely against Islamic principles."
Hat tip: Bob
Yemen's Military: A Corrupt Criminal Mafia
The Yemeni Defense Ministry recently arrested journalist Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani for writing an article about the military. Al-Khaiwani was previously imprisoned in 2004 for an opinion article. Upon his release, the regime cloned his newspaper and threatened his kids. The Yemeni government is very sensitive about any reporting about the military, so lets do it here at Jawa.
The majority of top military commanders are direct relatives of Yemeni President Saleh. There's widespread corruption in the huge military budget. Some military commanders train jihaddists to go to Iraq and kill US troops. They frequently steal land by force. Lets start with the family connections. I asked a couple of people for an outline once. This is what I got back:
Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, Special Forces and Republican Guards Commander including counter-terrorism, Eldest Son, Al-Haj Company For Heavy Equipments and Cars
Ali Mohsen Al-Hamar, Commander of Northern/ Western regions, Half brother, Hawan For Petroleum Services and Alraida Group for Engineering.
Khalid Alarhabi, Deputy Chief of The Presidential Palaces, Son in-law, Yemen Space Company
Mohamed Saleh Al-Hamar, Air Force Commander, Half Brother, Alhashidi Petroleum Company
Yahya Mohamed Abdullah Saleh, Commander Of Security Central Forces, Nephew, Almass Company For Petroleum Services and Ha Wi Cable Chinese Company
Mohamed Saleh Al-Hamar Air Force Commander Half Brother
Tarke Mohamed Abdullah Saleh, Commander Private Forces, Nephew
Yahya Mohamed Abdullah Saleh, Commander Of Security Central Forces, Nephew
Amar Mohamed Abdullah Saleh, Deputy National Security Organization, Nephew
Ahmed Abdullah Al-Hajry, Governor of Taiz, Brother in law to second wife
Abdu-Wahab Abdullah Alhajry, Ambassador to Washington D.C,. Brother in law to second wife
Abul-Rahman Alkwaa Minster of Youth and Sports Brother in law to third wife
Khalid Abdul-Rahman Alkwaa Under Secretary, Foreign Ministry Son of The Brother in-law
Khalid Alarhabi Deputy Chief of The Presidential Palaces Son in-law
Abdl-Kareem Al-Arhabi, Minister of Planning and International Co-Operation In-law
Tawfick Saleh Abdullah Saleh, Chairman of The National Tobacco Company, Nephew
Abdul-Khalek Al-Qadi Chairman of Yemenia Airways, Son in-law
Tawfik Abdul-Raheem The sole distributor of Oil & Gas products Business Partner
Shaher Abul-Haq Saba Mobile Phones, Mercedes-Benz, Coca Cola, Yemen International bank, Oil Exploration Business Partner
Ahmed Al-Kohlani, Governor of Aden and member of parliament, Father in law to President Saleh's 18 year old last bride (he has four wives you know), Alraida Group for Engineering.
oh lookie, list b
1-Brigaider General Mohamed Saleh Al-Ahmar, Commander of the Air Force
half brother of president Saleh ( one mother ).
2-Brigaider General Ali Saleh Al-Ahmar, chief of staff of the general command
half brother of president Saleh.
3-Brigaider General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, commander of the first tank division , commander of the north western military zone .
half brother of president Saleh.
4-Brigaider General Mehdi Makwala, commander of the southern military zone
( Hashd tribe and Sanhan village of Saleh ).( Aden Zone )
5-Brigaider General Mohammed Ali Mohsen, Commander of the Eastern
Military Zone ( Hadramout ).
(Hashed Tribe and Sanhan Village of President Saleh )
6-Colonel Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh , Commander of the Republican Guards
and Commander of the Special Forces.
son of the President Saleh .
7-Colonel Yahya Mohamed Abdullah Saleh , commander of the Central
Security Forces .
son of Saleh’s brother .
8-Colonel Tareq Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, Commander of the Special
son of Saleh’s brother Mohammed.
9-Colonel Ammar Mohammed Abdullah Saleh , Chairman of the National
son of Saleh’s brother Mohammed.
10-Brigaider General Saleh Al-Dhaneen , commander of Khaled Forces
( Hashed tribe and Sanhan Village of Saleh. )
1- Ali Abdullah Saleh
Al-Gar Farm . Huge farm for fruits mainly Mango , exporting its productions
to Saudi-Arabia and Gulf States .
-Partner of Tawfiq Group for Fuel ( covering large scale of activities in the field
of fuel .
- The Economy Establishment ( previously the Military Economic
2- Ali Mohsen Saleh Al-Ahmar and his son Mohsen Ali Mohsen
Hadwan Oil Services and Support.
Pioneer Engenering Group.
3-Yahia Mohamed Abdullah Saleh( son of his brother Mohamed )
Al-Maz Group ( dealing with cotton plantations, tourizm, trade of weapons
and oil activities .
Hawai Cables Company .
4- Mohammed Saleh Al-Ahmar ( half brother of Saleh )
Al-Hashdi Petroluem Company .
5-Ahmed Al-Kuhlani.( brother in-law of Saleh and Governor of Aden )
Pioneer Engenering Group
Al-Atheer Contracting Company.
Gavlar Special Company .
6-Khaled Al-Arhabi ( brother in-law of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh )
Yemen Space Company .
7-Saleh Al-Dhaneen ( number 10 above )
Raidaan Contracting Company , works in roads , districts roads, Taiz roads,
and football stadium .
8- Ali Al-Shater , chairman of the political directorate of the armed forces and
editor of the 26 September newspaper. ( his son Bassam Ali Al-Shater )
Al-Qusoor Contracting Company , dealing in contracts with ministry of
defence from buildings to supply etc.
9-Abdul Salam Ghaleb Al-hamesh ( son of chairman of political security )
Al-Kaoon company for Communications.and oil support and Services.
10-Noman Duwaeed and Ali Ahmed Duwaeed ( brother in-law to Saleh )
The Yemen International United Company
dealing in heavy duty equipment, manufacturing, factories of cements ,etc.
Next: The Yemeni military's support of the Iraqi insurgency
French al Qaeda Recruiting Euros for Jihad in Iraq
French jihadis recruiting Europeans to join the jihad in Iraq. And who does Jacques Chirac blame? America, of course.
Islam and Terrorism
"Where there are large Muslim populations who are prepared to use violence you are in trouble. If there is only 1 or 2 per cent they don't dare to do it - they don't have the backing of big communities. They know they are drowned in the environment of non-Muslims and are better behaved."The argument, really, is the same as the "terrorists as fish, sympathetic Muslims as water" analogy you hear from time to time. The less water to swim in, the less likely the fish are prepared to blow stuff up. Hey, no analogy is perfect.
Freedom Journal Iraq #584
• Urban Warfare on Haifa Street
• Iraqi Security Forces Secure Streets
Freedom Journal Iraq #584
Google Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #584
Video : The Salt Lake City Mall Shooting
This video, taken from inside a store in the mall, doesn't show the shooter, but it does have footage of the cops moving in and a lot of gunshots.
On Acting Under Conditions of Uncertainty
"Law-Abiding Citizens Have No Right To Own Guns"
Misha takes down a severely flawed 'argument' for taking away the guns of the law-abiding citizenry. This leftwing brainfart comes from the "Institute for Social Policy and Understanding" (translation - fascists who want to reduce your freedom because you have too much of it).
The idea of public gun ownership simply does not make sense anymore. The right to bear arms, as enumerated in the Second Amendment, was meant for the maintenance of a “well-regulated militia.” At the time the amendment was adopted, standing armies were viewed with a great deal of suspicion, and therefore, gun-owning individuals were seen as a protection mechanism for the public. These gun owners were also seen as guardians of the republic against the tyranny of the rulers. The framers of the Constitution saw the right to bear and use arms as a check against an unruly government. That state of affairs no longer exists.
That is some of the most tired, played-out bullsh*t that I've ever heard.
Its mommy syndrome gone wild. You've done nothing wrong, but Johnny Jihad shot some people, so nobody gets to have guns. Not even you people who have not and will not do anything illegal with them. Protecting your families and businesses when the police can't immediately respond doesn't count as "legal" or "practical use" of guns.
Taking this 'logic' to its conclusion, we should then ban all cars, because there is a subset of the population who are subretards and kill people while inebriated despite the laws against being intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle.
Newsflash: Just because something is illegal doesn't mean people aren't going to do it. Drugs. Illegal gun ownership. Underage drinking. Sudden jihad syndrome. Assault. You name it.
Antecdote: There was a jewelry store robbery yesterday in South Philly. Three trogladites in masks tried to hold up the small store with oozies and handguns. One of the store employees who was out for lunch came back to the store while the robbery was in progress. Startled by the employee, the robbers were temporarily distracted. That's when the store owner (an Israeli army vet) pulled a gun from below the counter and shot two of the three robbers. They tried to get away, but were abandoned by their getaway driver and the injured criminals were forced to flag down police to get medical aid. Two of the three robbers are in custody, and the third is being sought.
According to the ISPU, that store owner was not within his constitutional rights, and should have surrendered his merchandise to the trolls in Haloween masks without a fuss. The fact that he had a gun was just too risky to the robbers (and presumably to the entire American populace.) The era of "unruly government" is gone. What he fails to ennunciate in his jihad against law-abiding gun-owners is that that unruly government has been replace with unruly street thugs, gangs, psychopaths, robbers, etc. Government isn't the only threat to a person's well being, you know.
These leftwingnut impulses are going to end up killing you and your fellow citizens because somebody might be offended. This kind of nanny-state crap needs to be squished and resisted at every turn.
Video: Suicide Bomber Finally Succeeds
Watch the video and try not to laugh. It's wrong to laugh..... A VBIED suicide bomber survives an attack on American forces in Baghdad... briefly.
The G.O.P. and Blacks
Nice article in the Washington Times by our good friend R.S. McCain on a documentary that shows the history of the G.O.P. as an antislavery / anti-segregation party. Very necessary as my experience indicates that many, especially young people, have no clue.
Another Blogger "Selling Out" to "The Man"
Hawkins sells out to the man. And by selling out, of course I mean, doing exactly what I would do had I any talent and anyone was interested in paying me. Do we have any takers? I'll start the bidding at two-bits......
Yes, We're the Good Guys
Heartwarming story sent to me from a reader. I know we have some bad soldiers, but I also know that the overwhelming majority of them are the best of the best. That is why I find it so hard to believe accusations of war crimes or attrocities against them. Not because I don't believe anything bad happens when you have over a hundred thousand people under extreme conditions of stress, but because I know the people who serve in the military.
Contrast the behavior of Freeman with those who captured him and then murdered him. No cries of Geneva Convention violations from human rights activists.
February 14, 2007
Another Video from NOTERROR.INFO
h/t : Larwyn.
Fox Tries Comedy Show for the Other Half of America
"The 1/2 Hour News Hour" is aimed at the same audience that made Fox News successful: non-liberals and those sick of Mcbushitlerburton jokes from the dinosaurs at hasn't-been-funny-since-the-seventies Saturday Night Live.
Will it work? It sure pisses off the Left - just read the snotty comments at the YouTube posting and this snotty review from one of the oh-so-cool mincing metrosexual milquetoasts at Salon.com.
"The 1/2 Hour News Hour" will air Sundays at 10:00.
The Top 25 "Best of Green Design"
Google : Are They Being Evil Again?
Google caught criticism, and rightfully so, for disclosing user identification data to the totalitarian communist government of the People's Republic of China, thereby condeming at least some of those users to harsh repression by the ChiComs.
Now, Google has agreed to comply with a subpoena issued by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and this writer is wondering if Google's compliance in this case will be viewed in a similar way to Google's cooperation with the ChiComs:
I wonder how YouTube users will feel about the company’s disclosure of personal information. While there was a fair amount of concern raised when the subpoenas were issued, I’m going to guess that most YouTube users will tolerate or even support the company’s decision. Perhaps the rest will stop linking their personal information to accounts used in illicit activities. Privacy experts report that it’s the simple things that get most people burned.Now, to be fair, the writer acknowledges that these cases aren't the same, but are they even on the same side of the moral continuum? Is there really any significant number of people who view cooperation with a U.S. federal court subpoena as being even remotely similar to cooperation with a repressive communist government for the purpose of quashing dissent?
h/t : Glenn.
Google Loses Copyright Case
Although the case was adjudicated in Belgium, the implications could be felt worldwide.
Google has lost a copyright lawsuit in Belgium brought on by a group of newspapers. The case was decided in favor of copyright protection group Copiepresse, composed of 17 mostly French-language newspapers.Remaining unresolved is the question of whether the linking Google does can be considered fair use. Consequently, expect to hear more on the issue in the future.
The newspapers complained that Google breached copyrights by publishing headlines and links to news stories without permission. They also claimed Google's cached links allowed searchers to find and read past articles that were no longer available for free online. Google has been ordered to pay a retroactive fine for the days it used the content; the company said it will appeal the decision.
American al Qaeda Traitor & Blogger Arrested in Texas
Daniel Maldonado (aka, "ABU MOHAMMED"; aka "Daniel Aljughaifi"), a native born American who converted to Islam, went to Somalia following the call to jihad to fight for the African Taliban. Maldanado was born in Massachusetts, but presently lives in Houston Texas (specifically at 9888 United Drive, Apartment #2207---so, he may be your neighbor). Why was he fighting in Somalia? Because he wanted to practice "true Islam".
He also admitted that he would fight the Americans if they came to Somalia and had no problems with the September 11 attacks. Which is, I believe, the very essence of treason.
I've noted in the past that the African Taliban---formally call The Islamic Courts Union --has an American citizen named Ibrahim Hassan Addou as their 'Foreign Minister'. You also won't be surprised to learn that Professor Addou spent some time as an academic here in America.
Oh, and via a link by a Charles Johnson I found out he's a blogger. What's so interesting about his blog is that Daniel apparently spent a lot of time at an Islamic chat forum, and appears to have had some part in both designing the website and running it. He's listed as "staff" in his bio. To each of his messages posted at the forum is attached the slogan "Unite and Conquer".
--->Much more below, including updates.
UPDATE: Thanks to Dave for finding this, one of the stories posted by Daniel to the main Islamic Network website was the conversion story of Yahiye Adam Gadahn--aka, Azzaz al Amreki--the Orange County convert to Islam who has appeared on several al Qaeda productions and who is said to have been charged with bringing a WMD into the U.S. The Islamic Network's search function shows that it was Daniel Aljughaifi who posted it.
In one post he laments:
Islam has become something that we read about and learn, and we rarely practice it sadly.On his blog, he asks: "Am I a Wahabbi?" No apparent answer, except for the title of that post: "Die Hard Wahabbi". Which is interesting, becauce on an earlier post at the forum, he claims he does not much care for the "Saudi Salafis" and their propensity to declare non-Wahabbs apostate.
Several of his posts about Somalia have been removed, but one about news that the ICU had taken Mogadishu he says, "I felt like crying. Make Dua' [prayer] people!" And in another, "Somalia may have an Islamic state inshaAllah! [God willing]"
On one debate Daniel had with a Muslim woman thinking about unveiling herself, he argued that true Muslim women were required to not only cover their heads, but their entire bodies except for their hands and eyes. In another he posts a quote from an Islamic scholar urging Muslims not to live in the West. All in all he has over 500 posts at that website.
UPDATE: The guys at IM are now reacting to his arrest. Most common response? May Allaah hasten his release. Aameen.
UPDATE: Looks like Dave saw many of these same threads too, and I would have saved a lot of time had I read his entire post the first time.....
What is clear is that his online activities seemed to have influenced his decision to commit jihad. The transformation from American kid to Muslim terrorist was supported in an online community.
The very first words of the complaint against Daniel Maldanado allege that he:
conspired to use a weapon of mass destruction, that is a bomb....outside the United StatesHe is also accused of:
knowingly receiving military-type training from al-QaedaWhich isn't incredibly surprising given that I've seen jihadi produced videos coming out of Somalia that show fighters who are definitely not from Somalia. You know, white guys. I always assumed that they were Arabs, but a friend of mine from Britain pointed out that at least one of them was from the U.K. Apparently, at least one of them was from the U.S. also.
More from the affidavit:
On or about November 24, 2005, he traveled to Cairo, Egypt, and in November 2006, to Somalia in search of a country where he could practice true Islam."True Islam", eh? By going to a country that wanted to kill apostates? Interesting...After being captured in Kenya, this is what he told the FBI:
MALDONADO statedThat would, of course, be treason. And since the U.S. was actively bombing targets in Somalia, I would suggest that fighting with the ICU is also an act of treason.
that he had chosen to fight in Somalia because he believed that he was fighting for a legitimate Islamic government. He said, "I would be fighting the Somali militia, and that turned into fighting the Ethiopians, and if Americans came, I would fight them too."
MALDONADO further stated that he believed he would kill other Muslims, in an attack, if they were apostates and not faithful Muslims.Remember, under Islamic Law apostasy is a captal offense.
The complaint goes on to explain how Maldonado arrived in Mogadishu and was equipped and trained then shipped to fight in Southern Somalia. At one point he even helped interrogate a flight attendant accused of being a "spy" because he had a camera phone. The "spy" was later killed.
Maldonado claims he never got to the front because he contracted malaria, but one of his jihadi associates claims:
MALDONADO did not go to the front because he had been selected for additional trainingBut that's not all, apparently the al Qaeda were the "cool kids" while Maldonado was part of the "B crowd":
MALDONADO stated that while residing with the young mujahadin in Mogadishu, he became aware that al Qaeda members were residing and training in the same compound.Hmmm, I wonder who that could mean?
A Yemeni who personally knew bin Laden, and MALDONADO, participated in nightly gatherings during which stories of bin Laden were told by the Yemeni. MALDONADO identified certain members at the camp as being al Qaeda, although he did not know for sure who all of the al Qaeda members were.
MALDONADO opined that al Qaeda fighters were given much more respect than members of the ICU. During discussions with the young mujahadin, they spoke about conquering Somalia, Ethiopia, and Egypt and making them Islamic states.
MALDONADO learned about a major al Qaeda operative fighting in the southern part of Somalia whom he did not meet.
As Andy Cochran notes, Maldonado's indictment raises serious questions about the threat of Muslim converts in America. I would also add that it raises equally serious questions about the role of the internet in promoting, encouraging, and recruiting for jihad.
al-Qaeda Threatens Canada (Again)
For selling the USA oil! They didn't mention the fact that Canadian troops have been handing the Taliban's behind to them in Afghanistan. I'd like to think that's a big part of it though.
Via CTA: Al Qaeda's Saudi wing is calling for attacks on all oil suppliers to the United States, listing Canada among its targets.Heh, they threatened Hugo too. Ironic isn't it?
In a message posted on its website, the al Qaeda Organization says Canada's oil and natural gas facilities should be attacked in order to "choke the U.S. economy."
"It is necessary to hit oil interests in all regions which serve the United States not just in the Middle East. The goal is to cut its supplies or reduce them through any means," reads the posting on the organization's Arabian Peninsula e-magazine.
"We should strike petroleum interests in all areas which supply the United States ... like Canada."
Canada is the main supplier of both oil and natural gas to the U.S. Mexico and Venezuela are the other western nations singled out in the group's call to arms.
Hat Tip: Gardeneh.
Darcy has more here at Dust My Broom.
Pandagon on the New Duke Rape Case
Since Marcotte's observations on the Duke Lacrosse incident were so incredibly accurate and prescient in every way, we should perhaps revisit this beautiful mind regarding new developments in/around the Duke community.
Only this time, flip the races and genders of those involved (black man accused of raping a white woman at a frat party).
What does the the unter-fuhrer of hyperfeminism have to say?
... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...ummmm ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... uh ... ... ... ... ...damn Catholic fascists! Take that!
What Motivated the Salt Lake City Shooter?
According to police, he wanted to "kill a large number of people":
Sulejmen Talovic, 18, wanted to "to kill a large number of people" and probably would have killed many more if not for the off-duty officer, police Chief Chris Burbank said.The family is, as always, baffled:
Even Talovic's aunt, Ajka Omerovic, says the family doesn't know the man who could commit five murders and attempt many more.We are, of course, not supposed to mention the elephant in the room, but at least one editor was asleep at the wheel when this story went through:
Ajka Omerovic: "We only know him as a good boy, very patient and everything."
People who knew him said he showed up to work and acted like it was any other day, so they don't know what would set him off.
Police officers are still trying to determine why Monday night's deadly shooting happened. Even the family of the shooter can't seem to answer that question.
Sulejmen Talovic's family is baffled at what happened. When we spoke with his aunt she couldn't believe her nephew was capable of killing so many people.
Ajka Onerovic, Gunman's Aunt: "We want to know what happened just like you guys. We have no idea. He was such a good boy. We don't know what happened."
A family friend, who didn't want to be identified, told us Talovic's upbringing may have played a role. He was a Muslim-Bosnian, born in war-torn Bosnia. Talovic has lived in Utah for the past several years. He dropped out of high school in 2004.
Freedom Journal Iraq #582 & 583
(note: If the vids are slow, try the links under them)
• MNF-I Gets New Commander
• Joint Service Team in Balad
Freedom Journal Iraq #582
Google Video Copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #582
• Raid on Terrorist Meeting
• Reparing Water Lines in Baghdad
Freedom Journal Iraq #583
Google Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #583
The 2008 Highlander Hybrid
Details at MSN.COM:
2008 Highlander HybridNot mentioned in the MSN article is the fact that the new Highlander will feature a 5,000-lb. towing capacity. Niiiiice.
The 2008 Highlander will go on sale in July 2007 and will be followed two months later by the 2008 Highlander Hybrid, which will be offered in Base and Limited trim levels. All Highlander Hybrids will feature Toyota's VDIM stability system that combines full-time four-wheel drive with intelligence, electronic brake and throttle control and electronically controlled active steering.
The Highlander Hybrid's Hybrid Synergy Drive system has been extensively upgraded for both power and economy with output increased to 270 net horsepower while maintaining fuel economy ratings of 31 city and 27 highway. The driver will be able to select an EV electric-only mode for the Highlander Hybrid to operate until the battery storage is depleted or 25 mph is exceeded.
Another Troop-Hating Liberal Professor
These moonbat dunces are parodies of themselves nowadays. Here's a "teacher" who can't get over the fact that her hyperleftist "truth" isn't going to make the "war criminal" Marines in her classes turn their guns on George W. Bush.
You can feel the hate and resentment in every sentence. Her anguish is our pleasure:
A room full of students listened as a US Marine told of the invasion of Baghdad and Falluja and how he killed innocent Iraqis at a check point. He called them “collateral damage” and said he had followed the “rules.”Yes. There's much more. Here' s the same article posted at a socialist, "neo-humanist," "eco-democracy" website.
A Muslim-American student in front of him said “I could slap you but then you would kill me.” A young female Muslim student gasped “I am a freshman; I never thought to hear of this in a class. I feel sick, like I will pass out.”
I knew in that moment that this was what the future of teaching about justice would include: teaching war criminals who sit glaring at me with hatred for daring to speak the truth of their atrocities and who, if paid to, would disappear, torture and kill me. I wondered that night how long I really have in this so called “free” country to teach my students and to be with my children and grandchildren.
These morons complain about the way they're percieved, and then go on to vindicate us at every turn. Anti-American, anti-military, anti-religious, anti-capitalist, anti-sanity leftists who vote Democrat.
If you see this prof on your campus, do the free world a favor and push her down a flight of stairs.
NOTE and OBLIGATORY DISCLAIMER: I do not advocate violence against leftists, but I do advocate clueclubbing of morons. Said clueclubbing can take many forms - on the left, for example, we often see their version of clueclubbing at "peace" rallies spitting on soldiers, yelling through megaphones, screaming hysterically at perceived enemies, spraypainting the Capitol, vandalizing military recruitment stations, slashing tires, throwing paint, keying cars, burning American flags, pushing and shoving, resisting arrest, swarming around dissidents, etc. Use your imagination as to what free speech is - the lefists and socialists sure do.
And for those of you wondering why "push her down a flight of stairs" may sound familiar, I was quoting Penn and Teller from this video railing against 9-11 truther idiots. So now, the question becomes "Do Penn and Teller advocate violence?"
Video: American Soldier Held Hostage in Iraq Alive (bumped)
A video posted on a Shiite Islamist website has emerged of an American soldier, Spc. Ahmed K. Altaie, being held hostage. The Jawa Report has obtained the ORIGINAL copy of the video. It is posted below.
Right after Altaie was captured by forces allegedly tied to the Mahdi Army, a relative contacted The Jawa Report. I won't identify her out of respect for what she is going through, but she was depressed that the media had written her relative off and wrote to ask if we really believed he was still alive. I'm very glad that he is.
Altaie was born in Iraq but immigrated to the United States. Even though he was much older than the average U.S. serviceman, he volunteered right after the Iraq war broke out. He felt it was his duty to help the effort and his native language skills were much needed. Not only that, but here was a chance to serve both his adopted country and the country of his birth.
We pray for his safe and immediate release.
A Shiite militant group has issued a video of an Iraqi-American soldier who was kidnapped nearly four months ago while visiting his wife in downtown Baghdad, a U.S. television network reported Wednesday.The video is posted below.
The U.S. government has offered a $50,000 reward leading to the recovery of Iraqi-born American Army translator Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie, a 41-year-old reserve soldier from Ann Arbor, Mich., who was abducted by gunmen on Oct. 23.
The video was broadcast by CNN and it was unclear when it was made. Al-Taayie's uncle identified him from the video, the network said. The video did not immediately turn up in an Associated Press search of militant Web sites.
Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, chief U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said officials were aware of the video and were analyzing a copy of it to ascertain its authenticity.
A huge search operation turned up no solid leads to the fate of al-Taayie, who was visiting his Iraqi wife when he was handcuffed and taken away by gunmen during a visit to the woman's family.
Al-Taayie's uncle, Entifadh Qanbar, said at the time that he believed his nephew's abductors belong to a "well-organized" rogue cell from the Shiite Mahdi Army militia of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
A posting to a Shi’ite jihadist forum, made in the name of a previously unknown Iraqi Shi’te insurgency group, Ahl al-Bayt Brigades, yesterday, February 13, 2007, contained a 10 second video showing abducted U.S. Army Sgt. Ahmed Qusai Altaie....
Though the video carries no audio, a document was also issued, in which the group states “we warn the American people of the result of sending their soldiers to Iraq so they don’t face the same fate…”
Here is link the video. The man is speaking but there is no sound.
Update: Embedded copy of the video below, it's a bit slow.
Here is the original message:
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمPretty bad Google translation:
((وقذف في قلوبهم الرعب فريقا تقتلون وتأسرون فريقا))
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Hat tip: Tribeca
AL QAEDA NETWORK TARGETED; 27 SUSPECTED TERRORISTS DETAINED
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces detained 27 suspected terrorists during a series of coordinated raids targeting the al-Qaeda in Iraq network Wednesday morning.That's great. Hopefully the computers and electronic equipment were found due to terrorist propaganda releases. Enemy propaganda is curiously in short supply this morning, only one IED video. That's odd to me because lately there has been a lot of it. Good deal :-)
These operations disrupt al-Qaeda in Iraq’s ability to operate within their network.
During a series of raids in Ramadi, Coalition Forces detained 20 suspected terrorists with alleged ties to the al-Qaeda in Iraq networks. Ground forces seized computers and electronic equipment during the operations.
In Baghdad, Coalition Forces detained four suspected terrorists and detained three more suspects in Karmah, all with alleged ties to the al Qaeda in Iraq network.
Coalition Forces continue methodical, deliberate efforts to eliminate terrorism in Iraq.
Iraqi Embassy Reopens in Riyadh
Diplomatic relations between Iraq and Saudi Arabia were severed in 1990 when Saddam invaded Kuwait. Effective today, formal ties are resumed.
From Arab News:
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari reopened his country's embassy in Riyadh after 17 years as part of its efforts to strengthen relations with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.Wanted persons are certainly important but there is a multitude of other issues regarding the Middle East and Southwest Asia that are of interest to both Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Open dialogue will allow for increased cooperation and coordination in pursuing common interests.
Speaking to reporters, the minister emphasized the need for exchange of wanted persons in both countries. "Some of the persons wanted by Iraq have been found in the Kingdom while some others wanted by Saudi Arabia have been arrested in Iraq," he said.
Zebari also said that there are "Saudi citizens who have been brainwashed" operating with militants in Iraq. He did not provide an estimate of the number of Saudis the Iraqi government believes are operating in Iraq. He said the two countries must coordinate better to root out expatriate insurgents in Iraq and potential terrorists in the Kingdom.
Additionally, with regard to perception, it's clear that the re-opening of the embassy helps further the legitimacy of the new Iraqi administration within the region and beyond.
February 13, 2007
"Global Warming" Update: Contrary Evidence Piles Up
Now that the initial media blitz of "global warming" has passed, the opposition and skeptics are firing both barrels back at the hype and media-induced-hysteria.
First, we have the "global warming" debate-is-over hearings postponed...by snow and ice.
Indian experts are questioning global warming and its effect on glaciers:
Some experts have questioned the alarmists theory on global warming leading to shrinkage of Himalayan glaciers. VK Raina, a leading glaciologist and former ADG of GSI is one among them.You don't say.
He feels that the research on Indian glaciers is negligible. Nothing but the remote sensing data forms the basis of these alarmists observations and not on the spot research.
Raina told the Hindustan Times that out of 9,575 glaciers in India, till date, research has been conducted only on about 50. Nearly 200 years data has shown that nothing abnormal has occurred in any of these glaciers.
A new study suggests that glacier melting occurs at varying speeds, not an increasing trend. That's certainly not in keeping with the traditional Church of Global Warming dogma.
Cue hissy fits.
The Other Shoe Drops
And the feminimrod twin of Amanda Marcotte has also quit the Edwards campaign.
To think that they were going to rev up and act like they supported and cared deeply for Edwards is a joke.
Watching them turn on him the second they were caught was a lesson that all Democrat politicians should learn: the nutroots don't care about substance. They will feign interest in a candidate if they think it will serve their narrow political interests, and not one step further unless their blogmasters (or dogma) dictate as such. Note bene.
Well, it might get lost in the avalanche of comments, but I just wanted to express my support. I'm a regular reader, both Pandagon and Shakespeare's Sister are daily fixes for me, but I saw the actual blurb about your resignation on CNN tonight.For this young miss, with anger comes random and disjointed outbusrts at the television. Or passion. You know, whatever.
I screamed at the TV.
But in retrospect - Those that feel that these resignations are a "win" for their side are horribly wrong. If anything, this whole situation with yourself and Amanda has only strengthened my resolve. It has given me anger, and with anger comes great passion. I will try to use it wisely, but I might need a day to cool off.
I write a feminist column on a news site that I belong to. As of late, I have been tapering off, because I began to feel apathetic, that it was hopeless and a waste of time.
Following this whole situation has jerked me back into reality. My column will now be back up on a regular basis, and I will continue to fight the good fight. If I can have an impact that is even a minuscule fraction of what you and Amanda have done, I will have accomplished my goal.
Thank you for your blog.
That, from this intrepid truth-shaman. Man - there's a whole world of talent we're just not seeing (apparently.)
Whither the Tarts?
Believe it our not, I really do work to put together posts that I think y'all will enjoy.
I've been informed by some of our loyal Jawa readers that my "cheesecake" posts are simply not appropriate for The Jawa Report. This is, after all, a respectable establishment and a Google news source, for God's sake.
I've been informed that, before I signed on as a guest blogger here, the use of "hot chicks" to generate traffic was just not done around here, and my repeated posting of nubile young things, Google bait and juvenile humor has apparently besmirched the image of The Jawa Report.
I've been thinking about it, and maybe these readers have a point. Perhaps Ragnar has gone overboard with the fluff(ers).
On the other hand, it occurs to me that the loudest in the group don't necessarily speak for the crowd, and we all like a little "T&A" with our news.
Discuss amongst yourselves.
Moqtada al Sadr Flees To Iran Fearing JDAM Attack
ABC News is reporting that Moqtada al Sadr has fled to Iran along with members of the Mahdi Army:
ABC News—The story tonight in Iraq is not the arrival of more U.S. troops, but the departure of one of the country's most powerful men, Moqtada al Sadr and members of his army.
According to senior military officials al Sadr left Baghdad two to three weeks ago, and fled to Tehran, Iran, where he has family.
Al Sadr commands the Mahdi Army, one of the most formidable insurgent militias in Iraq, and his move coincides with the announced U.S. troop surge in Baghdad.
Sources believe al Sadr is worried about an increase of 20,000 U.S. troops in the Iraqi capital. One official told ABC News' Martha Raddatz, "He is scared he will get a JDAM [bomb] dropped on his house." ...
Companion post at OpinionBug.com
Terrorism in Salt Lake City?
Wow. Remember, do not question his motives. I dunno if the fact that Sulejman Talovic is a Muslim refugee has anything to do with this vile act, but since we are kind of at war with the jihadis, it does seem like a good place to start.
We should also remember that the Islamist message boards have been encouraging potential jihadis to keep it simple. Also, it's important to think about the role of the internet in creating "virtual cells" of mujahideen. That is, jihadis who may never physically meet or formally join an terror organization, but who encourage one another to do acts of violence.
As I've mentioned here many times before, the present structure of the Salafi jihadi movement is such that any one can now claim to be al Qaeda. Although the formal organizations of al Qaeda 1.0 (bin Laden, Zawahiri) and 2.0 (Zarqawi/al Masri in Iraq/ -- GSPC/al Qaeda in Algeria) remain a threat, this "al Qaeda 3.0" is more of a movement than it is of an organization. And thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of young Muslim men in the West sympathize with that movement.
Police Tuesday identified the gunman accused in Monday night's Trolley Square shooting as Sulejman Talovic, an 18-year-old Bosnian refugee who lived in Salt Lake City.Ogden is a little too far out to be considered a "suburb", but we're all lucky this off-duty cop came to the mall to do some shopping. More:
Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank said Talovic drove his car to the mall, parked in the west parking terrace and encountered two people who he shot before entering the mall.
There, he encountered a female who also was shot right away, then went into a gift shop where there were five people, all of whom the young man shot. Moving through the mall, the gunman tried to shoot others, Burbank said. The chief said he could not say now how many shots were involved in the entire episode.
Burbank praised an unnamed Ogden police officer who took action at the mall to intervene in the incident, and praised the many law enforcement and other agencies that responded quickly and professionally to the crisis.
Until Salt Lake police arrived, it was "basically a shoot-out between the Ogden individual and this individual," Burbank said.
"As you can see, this individual was well-prepared," Burbank said, apparently referring to the young man's backpack filled with ammunition "He had one purpose."You'll notice that the more conservative leaning Deseret News is silent as to what might possibly have motivated Sulejman, while the more liberal Salt Lake Tribune goes through a number of possible motivations, none of which include "killing the infidel".
Six individuals died and four others were hospitalized. Currently, four Salt Lake City police officers are on administrative leave, as is the Ogden police officer.
I have relatives who live in Salt Lake, I'm glad none of them were hurt.
An al Qaeda Photo Album
Hidden away on al Qaeda's Labayk media website is what appears to a rather extensive submit your best photo contest. You know, stuff like, "me shooting at the Zionist Crusader infidels" and what not. The kind of stuff you and I have in most of our own photo albums. It's either that, or you can think of it as a kind of yearbook.
Anyway, since al Qaeda is just begging for us to look at these images, I present them below. A helluva lot of pics, but I don't think al Qaeda is all that worried about paying the bandwidth bills. Think of it as your patriotic duty to look at them, so al Qaeda will have a bigger bill. PS-if you want to hotlink these images at your site, I'll send you the html to save you time.
And thanks to mrclark for prompting me to go fishing for more open folders.......
In case you're wondering, I'm pretty much posting these so that al Qaeda's bandwidth will get sucked. The more you view, the less they have. Maybe we'll even push them over the bandwidth limit?
Incidentally, the dir info says the files were last modified 4 days ago......
And there's more, much more.........
Here are the photos of al Liby, posted just four days ago. I'm reposting to suck more bandwidth, plus many of you may not have seen the original post.
Jawa PSA: E-Mail Al Qaeda, Mess with Labayk Media
Here is an e-mail address associated with al Qaeda. Not al Qaeda in Iraq, or Saudi Arabia, or Algeria, but the al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. You know, the one headed by Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri.
Any replies should be FORWARDED (not cut and pasted) to Rusty ASAP.
"Labayk Media" is one of al Qaeda's main propaganda outlets (as Sahab is their video production company). And since their webmaster, who I presume is fellow Southern Californian Adam Gadahn (aka, Azzam al Amriki), was kind enough to leave his directory open for me, I'm going to go ahead and hotlink about a dozen or so very large images of escaped terrorist Abu Yahya al-Libi and what appear to be his devoted students. After all, I'm sure al Qaeda can afford the bandwidth...........
.....and if you look closely, you might see some clues as to where al Liby is located, and who he is hanging around with lately. I've reduced the size of the images to fit on this page. View images below ----->
UPDATE: Here is what says about these photos:
Labik Information Production Foundation published to its website today, Monday, February 12, 2007, a series of seventeen photographs of Abu Yahya al-Libi teaching a course in Islamic law, or Shari’a, at a Mujahideen training center, presumably in Afghanistan. Libi, since his escape from Bagram prison in Afghanistan in July 2005, has been featured as a scholar and commander in his writings distributed to jihadist forums and videos produced by Labik and as-Sahab. The images depict Libi during the instruction, Mujahideen students listening, dining, doing “homework”, and conversing with the commander. Other pictures show several firearms, with a caption reading: “Weapons side by side with the pen”. A whiteboard on which Libi writes instructs in what the Mujahideen should do with a captured “infidel”, suggesting that he be killed, held for ransom or prisoner exchange, or subjected to slavery.FYI, SITE is incorrect. The dir listing says the images were uploaded on the 9th, not the 12th.
Right click and "view image" for larger versions.
Barnard "Archaeologist" "Proves" No Jews in Ancient Israel
Most Westerners don't know that many Muslims emphatically deny the existence of ancient Israel. It's true. The underlying motivation is to show that modern Israel has no historic claim to the Holy Land since there was no ancient Israel. And here we find that one of them has published a University of Chicago Press book and is up for tenure at Barnard College.
Meanwhile, the leader of President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party says the only way to stop the Jews from ruining al Aqsa mosque, constructed on the ruins of the (presumably non-existent) Temple Mount, is to nuke the Jews:
Nothing will work with Israel except for a nuclear bomb that wipes it out of existence.You'll recall that Egypt has begun to discuss plans of getting its own nuclear arsenal. What could possibly go wrong?
Holocaust Denying Radical D.C. Imam Pwn3d! (Updated, Bumped)
***Post updated and bumped. Scroll down for updates and newer posts*****
Yesterday we brought you news that a self-described "Orthodox Muslim" imam in the Washington, D.C. area was inciting Muslims to commit acts of terrorism. In addition to the audio of one of his sermons, we also directed you to his webpage.
That MySpace page has been pwned! It's now an anti-terror, pro-Israeli site. The image to the right is now prominently displayed (give it a second, it's animated). Methinks DJM is behind this.........
On a related note, here is a podcast of Imam Muhammad al-Asi, of the D.C. Mosque and friend of Imam Musa denying the holocaust at about 14:30. Hat tip: Bobby.
I should have fully backed up Imam Musa's MySpace page (update: Mr. Clark found the Google cache), but I did get this much showing that there is a relationship between Musa and al-Asi:
On October 31, 2001, Imam Musa, along with Imam Muhammad al-Asi and others, appeared at the National Press Club and, in a program which was televised by C-SPAN, disputed the official story of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, implying that the U.S. government was involved based on its historical pattern of creating wars to benefit pre-conceived agendas.Does it surprise anyone that a 9/11 conspiracy nut would also be a Holocaust denyer?
UPDATE: Robert Spencer e-mails saying he has much, much more on al-Asi. It gets worse.
UPDATE II: Here is the audio of the Holocaust denial.
UPDATE III: Charles Johnson has even more on this tool.
How to Find The Jawa Report
I'm pretty sure 99.99% of the people who find their way to this blog are looking specifically for hard-hitting foreign policy analysis and the latest news on the global jihad. Every once in a while, though, some poor soul finds his way to The Jawa Report while searching for something kinda silly, very naughty or completely stupid. The following items were actual searches done by god knows who, each of which landed some unsuspecting soul at The Jawa Report:
Ragnar's Top 10 odd searches that will get you to The Jawa Report:
1. "zionist pigs" (#1 result!)For those with a little more appetite for the "scandalous," Ragnar's Top 10 "off-color" searches are below the fold:
2. "mossberg batman shotgun"
3. "yoda-stoned i am"
5. "ufo iran"
6. "polygamy good or bad?"
7. "surfing news"
8. "phil hendrie blog"
10. "how large can a liger grow"
1. "star wars naked" 2. "nasty teachers" 3. "bad gay" (images) 4. "banging neighbors wife" 5. "prick shots" 6. "shaved orientals" 7. "pinay celebs" 8. "hairyvagina" 9. "www.bigblackcocks" 10. "fat girls" (images)
Imam Praises America's Liberation of Iraq
That's right. Phrase of the week - "Blessed be America for giving Mulah Omar a good slap, sending him straight into the garbage bin of history and into the dunghills of oblivion."
This is, as we say, the part of the "situation on the ground" that seldom seems to make it onto the evening newscasts and into the New York Times these days.
But the truth always gets out. Even if in whispers over the hysterical dinn of Democrats and the doom-and-gloom media yappers, the truth gets out.
I wonder what the Dixie Chicks have to say to this Imam Bushbot. Probably "You pansies should have just kept Saddam. You were better off."
By contrast, here's CNN's Jack McCaffrey justifying the murder of American troops in Iraq:
UPDATE by Rusty: Ace on the unpatriotic Left:
The hell with moral equivalence. How about they're different because Jack Cafferty, as an American, should give a shit what happens to his fellow Americans?I think that just about sums it all up.
One of the biggest demonstrations of hubris by liberals is that of assuming a God's eye view of the world. They purport to view everyting as an angel might. An angel knows no country -- ergo a liberal shouldn't, either, in choosing between combatants in war. What should it matter that American boys are being killed by these weapons? An angel doesn't have a nationality, and neither does Cafferty.
Koppel, Please Fire Inskeep
Steve Inskeep's liberal leanings are getting on my nerves. I've been trying to ignore his voice inflections and pay attention to the "information". But his rude interruption of Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry this morning, followed by his manipulation of the subject was the last straw.
I was interested to hear what the general had to say. Mr. Inskeep made damn sure he never got the chance. Come on, let the man speak.
I’ve been feeling guilty for letting my pledge to my local NPR station lapse, but really, I’ve not had the cash. But lately things are looking up. I made some crazy blog money. I spent half of that on a new hard drive for a computer I’m rebuilding. I’m also expecting a rather large “tax cut for the wealthy” check in a few days, even though I’m kind of poor.
So I thought that since I’m all flush, I could use some of those bucks to renew my pledge to my local NPR station. I do listen every day, so I probably should show some support. But, thanks to Mr. Inskeep, I'll not contribute another dime to
public liberal fat-head radio until at least some objectivity returns to NPR’s programs.
Heh, I thought while Bluto was on the subject, I might as well.
More Dishonest 'Reporting' From the AP
It's the headline and the lead paragraph that get the message out. The folks at the Associated Press know this as well as anyone.
From the headline and beginning of this story it appears that General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in open mutiny against civilian authority:
U.S. general: No evidence Iran is arming IraqisWow. But what did Pace really say?
Pace contradicts claims by other U.S. military, administration officials
JAKARTA, Indonesia - A top U.S. general said Tuesday there was no evidence the Iranian government was supplying Iraqi insurgents with highly lethal roadside bombs, apparently contradicting claims by other U.S. military and administration officials.
“That does not translate that the Iranian government per se, for sure, is directly involved in doing this,” Pace told reporters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. “What it does say is that things made in Iran are being used in Iraq to kill coalition soldiers.”The AP editorialist (masquerading as a reporter) goes on to say:
His remarks might raise questions on the credibility of the claims of high-level Iranian involvement, especially following the faulty U.S. intelligence that was used to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003.Perhaps the AP hack is referring to this sort of faulty intelligence?
Iraq To Close Borders
Even a violent, fledgling democracy realizes the importance of closing securing the borders.
Anyone in DC watching this? Protesting it?
Iranians Supplying .50 cal Sniper Rifles to Iraqi Insurgents
SeeDub sent me a link to a post of his about tunnels across the U.S. border. Good find. But right underneath is, what I think, an even more important story.
If you've ever seen the kind of damage a .50 cal can do, you don't need to ask why this is a huge problem. They were developed to take out lightly armored vehicles, but can also be used against people. If you get hit by one of these, there is no hope for survival.
Bill Roggio, citing the same report, says:
Over twelve percent of Iran's Steyr HS50 sniper rifles purchased by the "National Iranian Police Organisation" in 2005 have been found inside Iraq.Not. Good.
The Dixie Chicks : "Vindicated"?
The New York Times claims the Dixie Chicks wins at the Grammys represent a "vindication" of their anti-Bush antics:
The awards amounted to vindication for the Dixie Chicks, who found their career sidetracked in 2003 after the singer Ms. Maines told a London concert audience shortly before the invasion of Iraq that the band was “ashamed” that the president hailed from their home state, Texas. In the furor that followed, country radio programmers pulled the multiplatinum-selling trio’s music from the airwaves and rallied listeners to destroy their CDs.ABC News claims that Grammy night marked the Dixie Chicks' "comeback":
The Dixie Chicks won all five awards they were nominated for, sweet vindication after the superstars' lives were threatened and sales plummeted when Maines criticized President Bush on the eve of the Iraq war in 2003. Almost overnight, one of the most successful groups of any genre was boycotted by Nashville and disappeared from country radio...So, the entertainment industry, which is dominated by hard left-wingers, gives an award to some chicks who gave the middle finger to a Republican President overseas in the middle of a war, and this represents some huge "change" in the political climate? Are y'all buying this?
The standing ovations the Chicks received Sunday illustrated how much the political climate has changed regarding the Iraq war, and even Bush.
Freedom Journal Iraq #579 & 580
• Success in Kurdistan
• Soldiers Distribute Supplies
Direct link to Freedom Journal Iraq # 579
Google Video Copy of Freedom Journal Iraq # 579
• Training Iraqi Soldiers
• Joint Missions in Baghdad
Direct link to Freedom Journal Iraq #580
Google Video Copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #580
Osama Team Hunger Force
I don't care who ya are, that there's funny.
h/t : Bryan.
Ayman al Zawahiri Thanks John Murtha
Allahpundit has this video of John Murtha predicting that the Iraqis will get rid of al Qaeda once we leave. That's an interesting theory you got there Mr. Murtha. Kind of like when we left Vietnam, there was that massive grass-roots movement to get rid of Ho Chi Minh. In fact, it's less of a prediction than it is of a fantasty used to justify retreat.
It's probably on par with the fantasy many had that Iraq would go from dictatorship to liberal democracy within a year or two of the invasion.
It's people like John Murtha who empower al Qaeda to continue fighting because, as I've argued here time and time again, it is only the prospect of success that keeps any military force fighting. And that includes al Qaeda.
It's funny how the guys at al Qaeda understand the American Left's propensity to cut-and-run much better than the average American. There nothing new in this, but here is an underemphasized point made by Ayman Zawahiri, al Qaeda's #2 man, yesterday:
These traitors in Iraq and Afghanistan must face their inevitable fate, and face up to the inescapable facts. America - which was transformed from the “Great Satan” into the “Closest Ally” - is about to depart and abandon them, just as it abandoned their like in Vietnam.And once we're gone, "The Islamic State of Iraq" will stop being a shadow government, and will take over Anbar & other Sunni provinces. Followed closely by a declaration that Southern Iraq is now "The Islamic Republic of Iraq." The only good thing in the Murtha and Democratic plan to hasten an Islamist victory would be the creation of a strong ally in a secular Kurdish state.
It's funny, really, in that tragic sort of way. Osama bin Laden has been arguing the same thing for over a decade---that America is a "paper tiger", and the Democrats and even some Republicans rush to prove him right.
If I haven't made my position on the Iraq war clear, let me do so now: I do not know whether the decision to invade was a good or bad one. What I do know is that when America engages an enemy--any enemy--we must win. That is, by definition, the default position of all patriots.
Volokh : The Shadowy History of Ragnar Danneskjold
The brilliant Eugene Volokh investigates:
Curiously, I could find no appearance by the rest of [John Galt's] merry band in the published cases, except for one shadowy figure: none other than Ragnar Danneskjold. Danneskjold v. Brown acknowledges that Ragnar was a veteran (naturally), though apparently one suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, which seems much less like the Ragnar we know and love.
Ragnar next shows up in Danneskjold v. Hausrath, the case that first revealed this fascinating subject to your humble author, who stumbled on it when doing research for an article he was writing. Here Danneskjold is found to be an inmate at Attica State Prison, suing to challenge, of all things, the Prison's failure to pay him minimum wage for certain work that he was doing.
Google Pulling Down 'Bullsh*t' Vids?
I posted two Penn and Teller's Bullsh*t videos over the past few days, as many of you may know. One skewered environmentalist hysteria mercilessly, and the other college.
Mysteriously, both videos have vanished from Google video's searches (even though they were in prominent positions in the search last night.) The video on recycling linked by LGF is also gone.
Some of the others remain up, however. And P&T released many of these episodes exclusively to Goole vid last year. Maybe I'm missing something, but the videos that were at the top of the very same search last night aren't there tonight.
All that's left is a three-minute clip of the environmental hysteria episode. Curiously, all three episodes turned vicious guns on leftwing religions and religious institutions (environmentalism/recycling, college).
Don't be evil or disagree with established orthodoxy, apparently.
February 12, 2007
Marcotte Quits Edwards Campaign
She couldn't take the heat, got her ass out tha kitchen. We on a mission.
Back to the inanity of Pandagon, one presumes:
Amanda Marcotte posted on her personal blog, Pandagon, that the criticism "was creating a situation where I felt that every time I coughed, I was risking the Edwards campaign." Marcotte said she resigned from her position Monday, and that her resignation was accepted by the campaign.By harassment, she merely meant being quoted accurately for the world outside of Pandagon readers to behold.
"No matter what you think about the campaign, I signed on to be a supporter and a tireless employee for them, and if I can't do the job I was hired to do because Bill Donohue doesn't have anything better to do with his time than harass me, then I won't do it," Marcotte wrote Monday night.
I also like how the article portrays her as "targeted." Marcotte painted a target on herself by posting years worth of her deranged and foul-mouthed lunacy (apparently caused by deep-seeded psychological problems) for anyone who wanted to read it.
That's like saying Marcotte crapped on somebody's rug, and then blamed the people who pointed out the pile of crap for pointing out the fact that she crapped on the rug.
Oh, well. Back to accusing the entirety of the free world of misogyny, rape and racism, I guess.
Yet Another New Zawahiri Ranting
Laura Mansfield has the general outline of Zawahiri's latest speech here.
(click the pic for video: Update, 14 meg release version no watermark)
Interesting, in the tape Zawahiri pledges his loyalty to Mullah Omar of the Taliban.
And we – by the grace of Allah and His guidance – have pledged allegiance to the Commander of the Believers, Mulla Muhammad Umar, who is an Afghan.So I guess this means al-Qaeda is now Mullah Omar's biyatch?
That's why I ask my Muslim brothers in general and the callers and Mujahideen and their media organizations in particular to highlight the concept of Islamic brotherhood and disown all partisanship, loyalties and animosities based on nationalism, and I ask them not to allow the wrongdoing of a faction or entity motivate them to speak evil of that party's entire people or race.
Update: as-Sahab's full transcipt, courtesy of Laura, below the fold. Video here.
Update II: as-Sahab has released the message. Boy, it sure screws with the Jihadi's heads that Laura gets these messages before they do.
Tremendous Lessons and Events
In the Year 1427 AH
Shaykh Ayman al-Zawahiri
Muharram 1428 AH / February 2007 CE
In the name of Allah, and all praise is due to Allah, and may peace and prayers be on the Messenger of Allah and on his family, companions and allies .
Muslim brothers everywhere: peace be upon you and the mercy of Allah and His blessings .
A year has passed and a new year has arrived in the emigration of the Chosen One (peace be upon him), and I ask Allah, the Most High, the One who Decrees, to make it a year of conquest and victory, with His help.
The past year has witnessed tremendous lessons and events, and the Muslim Ummah's awareness has increased due to the realities which have been revealed to it and the masks which have fallen away before its eyes. And perhaps the beginning of the new year provides an opportunity for us to focus on some of the important events of the past 12 months.
Among the most important of these events is Bush being forced to admit his failure in Iraq and admit the escalation and growth of the Students' Jihadi resistance in Afghanistan, after continuing to be stubborn as usual and repeating the lie which he became addicted to, that he is winning in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bush suffers from an addictive personality, and was an alcoholic. I don't know his present condition (Americans know best about that, as they are experts in alcohol and addiction to it), but the one who examines his personality finds that he is addicted to two other faults: lying and gambling. As regards lying, his record is well known, and he has gone down in history as one of its most notorious liars. As for his addiction to gambling, it motivates him to continue to place losing bets until he goes completely bankrupt, which is the obvious psychological motivation behind his Iraq policy. And were the Americans to leave him alone, he would continue to send their forces to Iraq until the Mujahideen kill the last one of their soldiers.
And if Bush is addicted to drinking, lying and gambling, then the American people are the ones who chose him twice, out of greed for the Muslims' treasures and in animosity to them. That's why the intelligent person does not absolve them, the British people and all peoples of the Crusader Alliance from responsibility, for they are the ones who elected Bush, Blair and their allies, and supported them in their aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq. However, I call their attention - if they are paying attention - to two critical matters which have imposed their presence on the ground, by the Grace of God.
The first matter is that you are not facing individuals or organizations, but are facing the Jihadi Intifada of the angry, alert Muslim Ummah. Therefore, you are just wasting your time and effort by claiming to seek to eliminate this person or that or such-and-such group or organization.
And the second matter is that the era of your allies has passed, and the era of Jihad and the Mujahideen has dawned. And if you continue with your current policies, you shall - God willing - be defeated in Afghanistan and Iraq in the near future, which will alert the Mujahid Muslim forces to escalate their confrontation of you. And with every delay you make in resorting to wise and realistic policies, your losses will increase and you will continue to place the losing bets which will lead - God willing - to total bankruptcy and failure. And you will then resemble the stubborn patient who, stricken with cancer, refuses to heed the advice of the surgeon, and with every day he delays, his chances for recovery decrease. And who knows? Perhaps this stubbornness and insistence on losing gambles is God's punishment of you for your crimes against humanity. The Truth, Exalted is He, says, "If Allah decrees misguidance and punishment for someone, you can be of no help to him with Allah." (5:41)
So pay attention before it's too late, and beware of Bush's losing gambler's lie which claims that he, with the corpses of your killed and limbs of your wounded, is spreading democracy around the world. I and millions like me are witnesses to the atrocities of America and its agents, witnesses to the torture, political and financial corruption, rigging of elections, moral degeneration, theft of resources, and indeed, combating of Islam which America's democracy is spreading in our countries.
As for the Democrats in America, I tell them:
The people chose you due to your opposition to Bush's policy in Iraq, but it appears that you are marching with him to the same abyss, and it appears that you will take part with him in the defeat and certain failure, with God's permission. And the American people shall discover that you are all one side of the same coin of tyranny, criminality and failure; that failure which - by the grace of God - has neutralized the endeavors of the traitors who entered Kabul and Baghdad on the backs of American tanks, and has dashed their hopes as they see the Mujahideen come closer and closer to victory, which has led them to urgently appeal to America for help and implore it to continue to occupy their lands and raise the banners of the Cross over their heads.
These traitors in Iraq and Afghanistan must face their inevitable fate, and face up to the inescapable facts. America - which was transformed from the "Great Satan" into the "Closest Ally" - is about to depart and abandon them, just as it abandoned their like in Vietnam.
If the Mujahideen have - by the grace of God - broken the back of America, will its agents hold their own against them in the absence of America? And if tanks and planes were of no help to America, what, for the traitors, will take the place of the foreign aid and backing?
As for the states which colluded with the Crusaders in their invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, they must reap their bitter harvest, as it has become clear to the Muslim Ummah the extent of the hypocrisy and deceit which they repeated and the extent of the treachery they committed as they stabbed the Muslim Ummah in its back in pursuit of cheap booty and illegitimate earnings, and so incurred Divine punishment. The Exalted says, "Verily, Allah does not allow the deeds of those who make mischief to prosper." (10:81)
And these countries must know that America doesn't thank anyone for serving it, and there is a lesson for them in the fate of the Shah and final days of Arafat.
Everyone who participated with the Americans in their Crusade, whether hirelings, religion-traders or rulers, must be aware that they won't be facing the lions of Jihad in Afghanistan and Iraq only, but are about to face - with Allah's permission - a Muslim Ummah revitalized by Jihad, and a Muslim Ummah angry and flaming with rage after it was shown their betrayals and crimes.
The long beards, huge turbans, majestic titles, purported lineages and popular myths are no substitute for the truth and cannot conceal the crimes of cooperation with the Crusaders, loyalty to the infidel invaders and killing of the Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan; those crimes which the Muslim Ummah knows who committed and which shall detonate a volcano of Islamic rage against the charlatans who claim to defend Islam.
And as part of their charlatanism in the name of Islam - and out of desire for illegitimate earnings from America - some have tried to differentiate between the crimes of America in one region and those in another. Thus, in one place, America is called the "Great Satan", while elsewhere, they consider it to be the "Great Ally" and beg it not to withdraw its troops. As for the people of faith and Jihad, the people of steadfastness and Ribat, and the people of sincerity and loyalty, they are confronting America's Crusade in every corner of the Islamic world, with Allah's help and power. They are confronting it in Chechnya, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Somalia, Algeria, and everywhere the Crusaders and Zionists have desecrated the lands of Islam with their feet. And they are following the statement of the Truth, Glory to Him, "And fight the polytheists all together as they fight you all together. And know that Allah is with the God-fearing." (9:36)
And they are acting on His statement, "You shall not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day loving those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even if they be their fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their clan. For such He has written faith in their hearts and strengthened them with a spirit from Himself. And He will admit them to Gardens beneath which rivers flow, to dwell therein for eternity. Allah will be well pleased with them, and they with Him. They are the party of Allah. Truly, it is the party of Allah that will achieve success."(58:22)
The American project in Lebanon is the same as the American project in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the Gulf states, Algeria and Somalia. There is no difference. And those who cooperate with the Zionist Crusade in Lebanon is a traitor to Allah, His Prophet (peace be upon him) and his righteous companions and purified family (with whom Allah was pleased). And the same goes for those who cooperate with them in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, the Peninsula and elsewhere. There is no difference between treason here and treason there, except in the minds of those who seek to deceive the Ummah and demand it to surrender to America and Israel, to comply with dubious deals and acquire sinful earnings.
And the ones who claim that confronting the Zionist Crusade in Lebanon is Jihad whereas confronting it in Iraq is strife and foolishness are the real instigators of strife: "Verily, they have fallen into sin." (9:49). The ones who stirred up strife in Iraq are those who colluded with, agreed with, plotted with and cooperated with the Americans before, during and after the invasion; waged war in defense of them; fought the Mujahideen under their cross; and killed the Muslims to please them. These are the instigators of strife in Iraq and other Islamic lands, who have for so long done business in Islam and shed crocodile tears for it and wept, wailed and lamented, until, when the Crusader/Zionist enemies of Islam attacked their sons and lands, we find them under their banners and in the first ranks with them, attacking, fighting and killing the sons of Abu Bakr, Umar, Ali, Hasan and Husayn (Allah was pleased with them all).
He who claims that the fighting in Iraq is an American plot to create warring sectarian mini-states fools no one with such claims. The entire world knows who it is who cooperated with the Americans in their Crusade, before, during and after the invasion. And everyone knows that the traitorous religion-traders and secular Kurdish parties are the ones who are implementing America's project to divide the lands of Islam, and that the Mujahideen are the ones who spoiled this plot with Allah's help, and that the Mujahideen's Jihad and fighting for Allah's Word to be supreme is what has defeated America, with Allah's power and strength, and thwarted the efforts of those who beg it to stay.
My Muslim Ummah: there are doctrinal and legal taboos which, if committed, call into question the legitimacy of any group claiming to belong to Islam. Agreeing to the rule of something other than Shari'ah; helping the invading enemies of Islam and participating in the entities they create to protect their interests; fighting the Muslims under their banner and in defense of them; accepting the resolutions and accords which tear away parts of the Islamic lands, or prohibit Jihad and allow the presence of foreign forces in the lands of Islam: any one of these crimes calls into question the legitimacy of any group which commits it.
We, as a Muslim Ummah, must be aware of these pitfalls and beware of those who call to or approve them. And we must confront the international resolutions which are meant to impose on us the will of the Zionist/Crusader West. We must reject all of those resolutions which cut off parts of the lands of Islam and hand them over to its enemies, starting with the resolution to partition Palestine, continuing with Resolution 244, the Camp David, Wadi Arabah, and Oslo accords, and the resolutions to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq, and finishing with Resolution 1701 and the Security Council resolutions for the intrusion of trespasser forces into Darfur and Somalia. All of these resolutions are null and void, and we must confront them and disown those who agree to or approve them.
That's why I ask my brothers in Islam and Jihad in Lebanon not to give in to Resolution 1701, nor accept the pushing back of the Lebanese border 30 kilometers, nor accept the presence of the international Crusader forces in the south as a barrier between them and Occupied Palestine, even if that resolution is agreed to by all official political forces licensed by the Lebanese government, on the basis of international balances and foreign connections.
The Muslim Ummah and its Mujahid vanguard in Lebanon must be aware that they are standing alone in confronting the Zionist/Crusader project, and they must work to reject Resolution 1701 in word and practice. I know that everyone will stand in their way, because all the official, licensed forces have their foreign connections which steer them as they wish. But the Mujahideen remain by themselves, and they only have Allah. "And Allah is sufficient as a protector, and Allah is sufficient as a helper." (4:45) I know that the path ahead of them is long, and the mission difficult, but they must begin working now. We can't possibly accept a resolution which pushes back the Lebanese borders 30 kilometers, imposes the international Crusader presence in Lebanon, outlaws Jihad against the Jews in Palestine and isolates the Mujahideen in Palestine from the Mujahideen outside it.
And as part of the charlatanism in the name of Islam - and out of desire for illegitimate earnings from America - some have claimed that the governments of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan are protectors of the people of the Sunnah [Prophetic way]. Allah suffices us and He is the best of protectors. Since when are those who helped America to blockade Iraq and kill a million of its children protectors of the people of the Sunnah? Since when are those who supplied the American forces with provisions and materiel, and provided them with bases, airports and storerooms to help them in their attack on Afghanistan and Iraq helpers of the people of the Sunnah? From where did the planes which bombed Afghanistan and Iraq take off? From where did the forces which invaded Iraq set off? Who was it who agreed to the international resolutions to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq? Who was it who recognized the puppet regimes of apostasy and treason in Afghanistan and Iraq? Who was it who pursued and combated everyone who wanted Jihad in Afghanistan and Iraq? Who was it who recognized Israel and approved its usurpation of Palestine? Who is it who tortures and punishes the Mujahideen and sets up secret prisons for America? And who, and who, and who? Yes, they are protectors of the American way, Crusader way and Zionist way. As for the way of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), they are its enemies and the ones who combat it.
The Truth, Blessed and Exalted is He, says, "Let not the believers take for allies unbelievers instead of believers: and whoever does that has no relation with Allah except [if done verbally only] as a precaution to guard yourselves from them. But Allah cautions you [to fear] Him; and the return is to Allah." (3:28)
And Allah, the Exalted, says, "Let the Hypocrites know that there is for them a grievous chastisement; those who take for friends unbelievers rather than believers. Is it honor they seek from them? Nay, all honor is with Allah." (4:138-139)
And Allah, the Exalted, says, "O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: they are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them [for friendship] is of them. Verily Allah guides not a people unjust. You see how those in whose hearts is a disease run about among them, saying, 'We fear lest a change of fortune bring us disaster.' But it may be that Allah will give you victory, or a decision from Him, then they will regret the thoughts which they secretly harbored in their hearts.And those who believe will say, 'Are these the men who swore their strongest oaths by Allah that they were with you?' All that they do will be in vain, and they will become losers. O you who believe! If any from among you turn back from his faith, Allah will soon produce a people whom He will love as they will love Him; humble with the believers, mighty against the rejecters, fighting in the way of Allah, and never fearing the blame of a blamer. That is the grace of Allah, which He bestows on whom He pleases. And Allah is greatly possessing of grace, All-Knowing. Your allies are Allah, His Messenger, and the believers, those who establish regular prayers and pay Zakat and bow [in worship]. As to those who ally themselves to Allah, His Messenger and the believers, then it is the party of Allah that is triumphant." (5:51-56)
Among the positions promoted by some is that the Arab states must rush to help the Arabs in Iraq. This is a position which is contradictory for two reasons. The first is that these states have helped no one, Arab or otherwise. And if they really wanted to help the Arabs of Iraq, they would have helped them before the invasion and during it, but instead, they helped the Americans against all peoples of Iraq, Arab and non-Arab, each in his own way. The state from which forces and aircraft didn't set off had missile launchers set up on his land, while he whom the Americans didn't honor with that provided their fleets with fuel. And whoever wasn't honored with this nor with that approved the resolution for the occupation of Iraq and recognized the governments of apostate hirelings there. And their Arab League became a museum for mummified Arab dignity and a home for special occasions whose secretariat exhausts itself merely by trying to bring together their leaders in one room for picture-taking and distribution of smiles.
This is as far as the condition of those states is concerned. As for the point of view of doctrine and Islam, the Muslim Ummah and its Mujahid vanguard do not make alliances and hold animosities on the basis of tribalism and nationalism, nor to help the Arabs against the Persians, or the Kurds against the Arabs, or the Amazight against the Arabs. Rather, Islam commands us to fight for Allah's Word to be supreme. We ally ourselves to the helpers of Islam, even if be they Afghans, Persians, Turks or Kurds, and we are hostile to its enemies who collude with the Crusaders and Jews, even if they be pure-blooded Hashemite, Qurayshite Arabs. These are the scales of Islam.
The Truth, Blessed and Exalted is He, says, "O mankind! We created you from a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily, the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is he who is the most righteous of you. Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware." (49:13)
And the Truth, Blessed and Exalted is He, says, "O you who believe! Take not for allies your fathers and your brothers if they prefer infidelity to faith; and whoever of you take them as allies, they are the wrongdoers.Say, 'If it be that your fathers, your sons, your
brothers, your mates, or your kindred; the wealth that you have gained; the commerce in which you fear a decline; or the dwellings in which you delight, are dearer to you than Allah, His Messenger, or Jihad in His cause, then wait until Allah brings about His decision. And Allah guides not the rebellious.'" (9:23-24)
And the Prophet (peace be upon him) says, "Allah, the Glorious and Great, has removed from you the arrogance of the Time of Ignorance and its pride in forefathers. [Now there is either] a pious believer or a wretched evildoer. The people are sons of Adam and Adam is from earth. Those peoples who take pride in men must abandon it or they will be worth less to Allah than the same number of scarabs which push the dung with their noses." (Ahmad #8381)
And the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "O people, verily, your Lord is One and your father is one. Verily, there is no superiority to an Arab over a non-Arab, nor to a non-Arab over an Arab, nor to a red over a black, nor to a black over a red, except through piety." (Ahmad #22391)
And Jabir, with whom Allah was pleased, said, "We went on an expedition with the Prophet (peace be upon him), and with him came many of the Emigrants. Among them was a very playful man. He slapped the behind of one of the Helpers, and that Helper became very angry, to the extent that they summoned one another. The Helper called out, 'O Helpers,' and the Emigrant called out, 'O Emigrants.' The Prophet (peace be upon him) came out and said, 'What is with these calls of the people of the Time of Ignorance?' Then he inquired, 'What is the matter with them?' He was informed of the slapping of the Helper by the Emigrant, then the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, 'Abandon [these calls], for they are evil.'" (Bukhari #3257)
And the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "O people, fear Allah, and if a mutilated Abyssinian slave is appointed as emir over you, listen to him and obey him, as long as he applies for you the Book of Allah." (Tirmidhi #1628)
The Muslims espoused allegiance to the Ottoman state, which was Turkish, and before that, they espoused allegiance to Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi, who was Kurdish, and before him, Nur ad-Din bin Zanki, who was Turkish. And the Muslims in the Maghreb espoused allegiance to Yusuf ibn Tashfin, who was a Berber.
And we - by the grace of Allah and His guidance - have pledged allegiance to the Commander of the Believers, Mulla Muhammad Umar, who is an Afghan.
That's why I ask my Muslim brothers in general and the callers and Mujahideen and their media organizations in particular to highlight the concept of Islamic brotherhood and disown all partisanship, loyalties and animosities based on nationalism, and I ask them not to allow the wrongdoing of a faction or entity motivate them to speak evil of that party's entire people or race.
The Truth, Blessed and Exalted is He, says,
"And let not the hatred and animosity of a people to you make you transgress and abandon justice. Be just, for that is closer to piety." (5:8)
The one who takes a look at the condition of the Arab nationalist and leftist movements finds that most of them - if not all - have sunk to extreme lows. They have given up Palestine, the most important nationalist cause, and agreed to relinquish most of it and recognize Israel's usurpation of it for the sake of an imaginary peace. And they agreed to appease the Arab governments and seek protection in the shade of international legitimacy.
It is enough that the nationalist movement in the most important Arab cause is dominated by a clique made up of the likes of Mahmoud Abbas and Muhammad Dahlan. If this is the state of the nationalist movement in the most important nationalist cause, then what about the rest?
Mahmoud Abbas and Muhammad Dahlan aren't merely two corrupt individuals in a virtuous and upright organization, but rather, hold the reins of leadership and don't just represent themselves: no, they represent a class of corrupt secularists who cooperate with America, sell Palestine, surrender to Israel and make war on Islam.
For this reason, I call on all who fight under the leadership of Fatah to ask themselves, "In the path of what are we fighting?" If they want fighting in Allah's path, then Fatah began as a secular national liberation movement fighting not for the establishment of an Islamic state, but rather, for the establishment of a secular state in Palestine, and Islam has forbidden us from fighting unless it is for the supremacy of Allah's Word. It is related that Abu Musa (with whom Allah was pleased) said, "A man came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said, 'O Messenger of Allah, what is fighting in Allah's path? Some of us fight out of anger, and others out of partisanship.' Upon this, he raised his head to him, because the man was standing, and said, "The one who fights for the supremacy of Allah's Word is in Allah's path." (Bukhari #120)
And in the same way, Islam forbids us to fight out of patriotic bias. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "He who is killed under an ambiguous banner calling to partisanship or aiding partisanship has died the death of the Time of Ignorance." (Muslim #3440)
And if they want to fight for the liberation of the homeland, then the leadership of Fatah has surrendered the homeland, for whose liberation it used to claim that it was fighting Israel, and has relinquished 80% of it and now calls it "Historic Palestine": i.e. the Palestine which has been frozen in the museum of oblivion.
I'm not asking them to join HAMAS, Islamic Jihad or al-Qaida, but rather, I'm asking them to return to Islam, in order to fight for the establishment of an Islamic state over all of Palestine, and not for the establishment of a secularist state which will please America on crumbs of Palestine.
It is regrettable that some of the brothers in Palestine consider Mahmoud Abbas to be a brother of theirs', even as this "brother" Abbas sends his thugs to kill the Mujahideen and invade the mosques and kill their Imams. This "brother" Abbas unleashes "brother" Dahlan to arrest the Mujahideen and torture them in order to find out where the Israeli captive is and tell Israel that he will find him and that there is no need to negotiate with the Palestinians to exchange prisoners.
My brothers in Palestine, the demonstrations which were held in Gaza to shout, "Oh Haniya, trample on the spy Dahlan," would have better been used to disown the government of the secularist Palestine-selling "brothers" and declare animosity to them for Allah's sake, because on the scales of Islam, they are criminals, not brothers.
Brothers in Jihad, martyrdom-seeking, and Ribat in Palestine: how have you benefited from agreeing to rule by the constitution and secular laws? Here you are: placed under embargo, all sorts of pressures applied against you, your leaders targeted for killing, and the blood of your Shaykhs spilled in the mosques by the secular, Palestine-selling spies and "brothers."
For the sake of what have you abandoned ruling by Shari'ah? For the sake of a government whose president cannot come in until he is searched at the Rafah crossing, prevented from entering and made to sit on the pavement in the winter cold as he awaits the mediation of the Egyptians (also "brothers") with the Israeli defense minister so he can be permitted to enter? Is it for the sake of this farcical government that you abandoned the rule of Shari'ah and killed the Islamic doctrine of loyalty and disloyalty?
Brothers in Jihad, Ribat and martyrdom-seeking, freedom and a sovereign government will only be achieved if you liberate Palestine from the Jews and their agents, and only if you set up a government which rules by Shari'ah. Otherwise, the soap opera of embargoes and pursuits and killings and denunciations will just go on and on.
Because I hope that the nationalists and leftists will return to the truth, I call on all of them to ask themselves: who is today confronting America and Israel? Who spoiled their criminal plans in Afghanistan and Iraq? Isn't it the Mujahideen? And because I am eager for them to avoid losing out in this world and the next, I call on all of them to return to Islam and join the march of Jihad in Allah's path against the fiercest Crusade in history. And I emphasize to them that they will only find honor in Islam and Jihad.
My Muslim Ummah, the duty of each one of us today is to fight in Allah's path and bear arms. And the one who is unable to bear arms must serve those who bear arms, fulfill their requests, and deafen his ears to the sayings of the promoters of demoralization and desertion, who enjoy official protection.
And on the basis of the facts I know, I call on my Muslim brothers to go forth to Afghanistan, Iraq, Algeria and Somalia, because your brothers the Mujahideen are in need of men, money, materiel, opinion, expertise and information.
Is it right that the people of the Cross summon each other from all corners to combine their forces and funds in Iraq and Afghanistan, while there emerges from us those who seek to come between the Muslims and their going to help their Mujahid brothers? Haven't they heard that Bush is determined to send 20,000 more troops to Iraq, even if Congress opposes him? So what is our reply to him? Allah suffices us and He is the best of protectors.
Regrettably, when these demoralizers found it easy to be silent about the presence of Crusader forces in their lands, and found it easy for these forces to set out from their lands to strike the Muslims without them moving a finger, and indeed, found it easy to justify their presence and daub it with legitimacy, they found it even easier to prevent their people from going to help their neighbors.
So O Muslim brothers, go forth, and don't be of those who stay behind. Go forth, and don't be of those who refrain. Go forth, and don't be of those who tarry. The Truth, Blessed and Exalted is He, says, " O you who believe! What is the matter with you, that , when you are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah , you cling heavily to the earth ? Do you prefer the life of this world to the hereafter ? But little is the comfort of this life as compared with the hereafter . Unless you go forth, He will punish you with a painful punishment , and put others in your place . But Him you would not harm in the least , for Allah has power over all things." (9:38-39)
And the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said on the day of the Conquest of Makkah, "There is no emigration [from Makkah] after the Conquest, but rather Jihad and intention, so if you are called up, then go forth." (Tirmidhi #1516)
As I close my talk, I ask Allah to bless the lions of Iraq who broke America's back and spoiled its plans, and are today confronting the Crusaders and their aides, the religion-traders and secularist collaborators of the Jews and callers to partisanship who deceive their Kurdish brothers by telling them that the Mujahideen are their Arab enemies. Allah suffices us against them and their slander. And I ask Allah to unite the Mujahideen - Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen - on the word of Tawheed and on Jihad in Allah's path against their enemies, the Crusaders and Zionists. And I ask Him to bring together the hearts of the Mujahideen in Iraq on the heart of one man, lest they fail and their strength depart. And I ask Him to aid with His help and guidance the fledgling Islamic State of Iraq, and to guide its Mujahid Amir, Abu Umar al-Baghdadi (may Allah protect him), to what He loves and is pleased with, and to consolidate this state so that it unites all our Mujahid and Muslim brothers in Iraq and so that it sets up over Iraq of the Caliphate a Mujahid Islamic state which will proceed to liberate Jerusalem and take steps towards the reestablishment of the Caliphate state which the Crusaders and their helpers toppled.
I also send my greetings to the lions of Islam in Somalia, and I ask Allah to strengthen their hearts, bestow on them tranquility and resolve, and grant them victory and conquest. And I congratulate them on the appearance of the good omens of victory, for here are the Ethiopian forces - slaves of America - beginning their flight from Somalia, the den of the lions of Islam. And I call on them to be resolute on the truth, and not to concern themselves with the propaganda of the Crusaders and their lackeys, and to consider what was attributed to our honorable brother Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed (may Allah free him) as mere propaganda meant to discourage them from Jihad. These statements, even if confirmed, have no legal validity, for the captive is considered to be under duress and lacking choice and competence. We ask Allah to free him and all Muslim captives soon.
I also send greetings and a message of support to our brothers, the lions of Islam in the western garrisons of Islam, who stand - with their resolve, sacrifice and constant giving, by the grace of Allah - as an impregnable dam in the face of the treasonous sons of France who are trying to spread Crusader domination to Algeria of Islam, Jihad and Ribat, and who are trying in vain to exonerate France's hunting dogs who bit the flesh of the Muslims with their plan to make peace with the Mujahideen. I ask Allah to make firm your feet, to guide you to obey Him and to bestow on you His aid and victory, so that you liberate the Maghreb of Islam and raise the banner of Jihad and Islam to flutter in victory over its land, and so that Allah favors you to stand with your washed feet on stolen Spain - soon, Allah willing.
I also call on our Muslim Ummah in the Maghreb of Islam to stand with its righteous sons who are defending its religion and sacred things, and I call on it to confront with everything in its power the treasonous rulers who sold us out for seats of power. And I call in particular on our people in Mauritania of Ribat and Jihad, Mauritania of knowledge and faith, and Mauritania of Arabism and Islam, to make a sincere Jihadi stand in the face of the treasonous rulers who recognized Israel and betrayed the Ummah in one of its most holy places and most serious issues. I call on every sincere and jealous Mauritanian, young or old, man or woman, scholar or thinker, inviter or Mujahid, to aid Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him). I call on them by the right of La Ilaha Illa Allah and love of the Messenger of Allah to hurry to aid Islam in their land, and to expel from it the embassy of the trespasser Jews, and to apply in it the laws of the Noble Shari'ah and suppress in it every enemy of Islam and Muslims.
I send to dearest Mauritania
A Salaam like a fragrant perfume
A greeting of a loving advisor of yours
Who sees that his advice is sound
So don't lay down your weapon, for in it
Your people of religion play a part
By your defending his dear ones from disaster
When they find no one to reply to them
And don't keep for Zion an ambassador
In Shinqeet, as a bad neighbor and a wolf
And heed a call from the land of al-Aqsa
A call of one long sad, suffering and distressed
And treat from its pulpits a bleeding
Which covers the earth in a bloody cascade
So will help be found in your sense of honor?
And will a reply be found in your bravery?
I also greet the lions of Islam, the Murabiteen in the garrisons in Chechnya, the Philippines, Indonesia, Kashmir and all frontlines of Islam in defense of Islam and Muslims.
I also greet my brothers in shackles everywhere, chief among them our perseverant, reward-seeking Shaykh Umar Abd al-Rahman and all our patient brothers in Guantanamo, America's secret prisons, and the dungeons of its agents in our countries, and I call on them to be patient, because liberty is at hand, Allah willing. And I ask Allah to protect them and steady and strengthen them in the face of the carrot-and-stick policy of America's slaves, who want them to join the caravan of the lost and misguided backsliders. I ask Allah to steady us and all our Mujahid and captive brothers and all Muslims on the truth which He is pleased with, so that we meet Him unchanged.
I also send my greetings and those of my brothers to the Murabit lion of Islam, our Amir and Amir-ul-Mumineen Mulla Muhammad Umar, may Allah protect him and aid him against His enemies, the Crusaders and their aides, the CIA employee Karzai and the killer of Muslims and destroyer of mosques in Islamabad, Musharraf.
I also call on the Muslims in Afghanistan and its neighbors, especially in Pakistan, to discharge their duty towards the Mujahideen and come to their aid with money, manpower, opinion and expertise, to confront the Crusaders' assault on the Muslims, and to obey their Lord, the Glorious and Exalted, who commanded them thus: "Go forth , [whether equipped] lightly or heavily , and strive and struggle with your goods and your persons in the cause of Allah. That is best for you, if you but knew." (9:41)
I also thank my brothers working in Islamic Jihadi media for their blessed efforts which have deprived the Crusaders, Zionists and their aides of sleep. And I call on them to continue their blessed giving with Allah's help, and to combine their efforts and concentrate on the critical issues, especially the issue of the treasonous religion-traders who sell the lands of Islam to the Crusaders in the name of Islam and in pursuit of illegitimate wealth. I also call on them to encourage the Ummah to go forth with men and money to the fields of Jihad, and to reveal to their Ummah just how ugly the crimes of the corruptive rulers really are; those rulers who neither respect in us kinship nor covenants in order to please their masters in Washington and Tel Aviv. And I ask Allah to protect our brothers in media, take care of them and guide them, and to give victory through them to His religion, Book and believing slaves.
And our final prayer is that all praise is due to Allah , Lord of the worlds, and may peace and prayers be on our master Muhammad and upon his family and companions
No Snickering From Women Will Be Tolerated
This painful story of the dangers of shrinkage is an example of the pain that only a man can suffer.
(If graphic is too small, go to The Dread Pundit Bluto for a more manly sized view)
Via Cookie, who has more stories of the bizarre and the lascivious.
N.Z. Bear, of TRUTHLAIDBEAR.COM, has a new project. Details here:
Where should you start? Well, first, take a look at our Mission and Beliefs. They start with this fundamental statement:We support victory in the war against radical Islamists. We supported the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and we believe victory is necessary in both countries for America's self-defense.If that sounds right to you, then join us: register an account here , and let us know as much (or as little) as you care to share about yourself with your fellow Caucus members. One of the main goals of this effort is to show our leaders that there is a broad and influential community of citizens (and voters --- and donors) who believe victory is necessary. So the more info you can share with us, the more credibly we can convey that message --- but it's entirely up to you how much you'd like to share.
Sharia Meets London Fashion Week: Taliban Chic
Either this is some ironic statement about mysogeny or it's the worst case of dhimmitude I've seen in awhile. Either way, I don't get it. All of the Taliban chic outfits seem to be by some guy named Louise Goldin, which for a straight heterosexual like me means absolutely nothing. Anyway, much worse than the kaffiyeh being offered by Urban Outfitters, IMHO. And I guess they don't call it Londinistan for nothing......
A model wears a creation by Louise Goldin for Fashion East during 2007 Autumn/Winter show at London Fashion Week in London February 12, 2007. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN)
More dhimmitude pics below the fold--->
Their Rocket Launcher vs. Our Rocket Launcher
Here is the terrorist’s crappy unguided rocket launcher. The guidance system is the “Allahu Akbar” before the shot. I interpret the lack of damage shots in the video as, “We didn’t hit anything.” They claim to be "shooting" at an Iraqi National Guard base.
Impressive, but check out our rocket launcher.
Multiple Launch Rocket System - video powered by Metacafe
But the terrorist's toy is still better than French equipment. No wonder, Hizb-Allah doesn’t mind French peace-keepers.
Hat Tip: Mark
McCain Does Babs
Not as painful as Streisand's strident and idiotic political positions, but close. At least John is a little easier on the eyes.
Via Brutally Honest.
Video: al Qaeda Downs U.S. Plane in Iraq
The al Qaeda in Iraq media organization, al Furqan productions, has released a video showing a downed U.S. airplane. Here is the animated picture accompanying the announcement by the al Qaeda umbrella organization "The Islamic State in Iraq".
Those brave mujahadin, engaging small unmanned recon airplanes again!
The video is below the fold. It's a yawner, by jihadi standards, but it's always funny to see these guys gloat over the inconsequential. I dig the one jihadi standing over the UAV's wreckage with what looks like an old bolt action rifle. There's no reason to think this UAV didn't simply malfunction or run out of battery.
Video soon. I uploaded it to Google video. Should be active in the next hour or two.
Update by Howie: I have it here.
And now the embed:
Bullsh*t: 9-11 Conspiracies (Free Mp3!)
PLUS: Actual Truther music! Move over, Beatles!
BTW, if its parody, its hilarious. If it isn't, its hilarious. Either way, you win - somebody's completely nuts.
Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Sports Car
Freedom Journal Iraq #577 & 578
Sorry for the delay. Google video is slow. If the embed does not play, try the links.
Direct Link to Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 577
Google Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #577
In this episode:
• Hunting Insurgents
• Baghdad Bowl
Direct Link to Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 578
Google Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #578
In this episode:
• Soldiers Go Door to Door
• Keeping Support Helicopters Flying
Video: D.C. Imam Supporting Terror
Does this surprise me? Not. One. Bit. It's actually audio, but it's on Youtube.
Apparently, Imam Musa also has a myspace website. Here's his introductory quote:
The most glorious death is the death of the martyr.He's not a member of The Nation of Islam, which was my first thought after hearing him. His bio says he's "Orthodox Muslim". Read: Salafi or Wahabbi.
I'm hoping that someone is keeping tabs on Imam Musa. But I'm guessing that no one is. After all, we wouldn't want to offend anybody.
Hat tip: Bobby.
UPDATE: Because I know many of you won't watch the whole video, or check out his webpage, here's some more info. He starts his talk by supporting Hezbollah--a terrorist organization. He then moves on to blaming inter-Muslim violence all over the world on the Jews and the U.S. No Shia death squads in Iraq--it's really the CIA and Mossad.
He also claims that 9/11 was a government conspiracy on his MySpace page:
On October 31, 2001, Imam Musa, along with Imam Muhammad al-Asi and others, appeared at the National Press Club and, in a program which was televised by C-SPAN, disputed the official story of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, implying that the U.S. government was involved based on its historical pattern of creating wars to benefit pre-conceived agendas.How popular is Imam Musa? Well he has 216 friends at MySpace. That's popular.
He also claims that that his main influences include Sayyid Qutb, the founder of the modern Salafi movement and intellectual force behind The Muslim Brotherhood, the offshoots of which include nearly every Sunni terrorist organization in the world; and Imam Khomeini--the Ayatollah who founded the Islamic Republic of Iraq, was behind the taking of American embassy workers hostage during the Carter administration, and who is the intellectual and spiritual force behind nearly every Shia terror organization in the modern world.
Apparently he's an equal opportunity terror supporter. But the audio from his webpage seems to indicate that he's a Muslim nationalist. And as I've said before, Muslim nationalism is every bit as dangerous to U.S. interests as are traditional Islamic teachings. Because Muslim nationalists may or may not share the traditional or "orthodox" teachings of Islam, but they do feel kinship with Muslims over kaffir infidels like you and me.
Interview with Gina Elise of Pin Ups for Vets
If you've never heard of Gina Elise and her project Pin Ups for Vets prepare to become very informed and amazed. Gina Elise is a 24-year-old who majored in theater at UCLA. It's not often that someone of Gina's age gets interested in helping people. It's even less often that someone from the state of California actively supports veterans and our troops like she does. Gina Elise is not your ordinary California girl, college graduate and with her Pin Ups for Vets calendars, specifically designed for troops and veterans, she is supporting the troops overseas, downrange, and veterans recovering here at home.
A year ago Gina Elise decided to take her, "love for retro and do something to help injured soldiers at the same time." Gina told me that the inspiration for Pin Ups for Vets is, "The stories I hear about injured soldiers returning home from overseas really has a huge effect on me. Their lives have changed forever because of these injuries --- because they served our country. The motivation and energy they have is inspiring to me. I want to do something for them."
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Gina Elise is supported by American Legion Post 360 in Lake Arrowhead, CA and makes calendars that she models in; the proceeds from which go to VA programs such as eyeglasses for Veterans, the home health program, recreational therapy, spinal cord injury & amputee programs, substance abuse program, women's Veterans' program, homeless program, reading materials and subscriptions for the Veterans, social relief fund, televisions, wheelchairs, and outreach programs for the visually impaired. She poses for each month in a World War II kind of retro look because Gina says she is a, "HUGE fan of all things retro. I've been a performer my entire life --- love costumes, anything from another time period." I'm just glad she decided to grace our time period with her looks (she's a looker, ain't she, fellas), grace, and caring nature.
Gina Elise has a member of the Greatest Generation in her family. Her grandfather took up arms during another tumultuous time in America's great history, World War II. Gina has sent her calendars to, "MANY APO addresses. Iraq, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Denmark, Canada, the list goes on and on," supporting our nation's current generation which is trying to rid the world of terrorism. "I am working with a couple that sends 200 care packages a month to Iraq. When someone specifies on the order that they want it to go to a deployed soldier, that's how I get it out there. It's just a matter of people choosing that option. Lately, everyone has been buying a calendar for themselves! Of course, the proceeds go to the VA." But, Gina doesn't sit back, model, and go to the post office she visits injured vets too.
"I have made deliveries to the VA. I've had an incredible response from soldiers and the vets in the hospitals love the calendar. It's SO special delivering the donated calendars to them." Gina told me during our interview, "Over the last month, I have been corresponding with a Marine Captain from San Diego who invited me to a medical holding platoon. My goal was to get fifty-five donated calendars for the 55 Wounded Warriors there. I JUST reached that goal so I am going to deliver those calendars."
When I asked how many calendars Gina had sold through Pin Ups for Vets I was a little stunned when she told me, "About 270." When I asked why so few, Gina told me, "I think its just a matter of people not knowing. No national publications that I've written to have covered it." I find that surprising but given the fact that the main stream media likes to focus on the negative things in life it's not surprising that, "the LA Times, NY Times, New Yorker, Oprah, Letterman, and Leno," haven't responded to her calls for help. It's amazing that so many people have thanked Gina Elise, "you should see the hundreds of thank you notes I've received from ALL over the world," but no one wants to help her help the troops.
I shouldn't say no one supports Gina Elise's Pin Ups for Vets though, "If it weren't for bloggers and the blog readers the project would not have been as successful. This is where I received the majority of support and sales. I want to thank all of them."
I've already ordered my Pin Ups for Vets calendar and you should definitely buy one for yourself and send a few overseas. I'm positive no one will be disappointed.
Originally Posted at Conservative Thinking
Late Night Sabbath Video: Remember the Troops
Not the usual Jawa fare. A prayer:
Protect those that fight abroad. Bring comfort to their souls. Let we who are safe at home remember their sacrifices. Not just in our hearts, but with all our words and deeds.
Bring victory swiftly, so that they may come home. Bestow liberty and freedom in their wake.
In Jesus name we ask Thee,
George Will Takes on Reaganism
The Dixie Snits Dominate at '07 Grammys
In 1999, the Dixie Chicks received a Grammy Award for "Best Country Album" for their album "Wide Open Spaces."
In 2000, the Dixie Chicks received a Grammy Award for "Best Country Album" for their album "Fly."
In 2003, the Dixie Chicks received a Grammy Award for "Best Country Album" for their album "Home."
In 2007, the Dixie Chicks received:
a Grammy for "Best Country Album" for their album "Taking the Long Way,"Am I the only one who suspects their much better showing in 2007 may have more to do with finding the right (or rather, left) friends than with finding some previously-hidden talent?
a Grammy for "Song of the Year" for "Not Ready to Make Nice,"
a Grammy for "Record of the Year" for "Not Ready to Make Nice" and
a Grammy for "Album of the Year" for "Taking the Long Way."
UPDATE : One of our beloved readers has accused me of "ignoring readily verrifiable [sic] facts" in order to shade the truth. In particular, Mr. Ryan wished to point out that "In 2003 The Dixie Chicks DOMINATED the Grammy Awards winning EXACTLY the same number of Awards as they did this year."
This is true, but almost completely irrelevant. Winning "Best Recording Package" just ain't the same as winning "Album of the Year." The list of Grammy Awards of 2003 is here. I'll let y'all judge for yourself whether the Dixie Chicks "dominated" anything but empty concert venues in 2003.
Saddam's al Qaeda Connection
It's de rigeur now for the Left to deny any collusion whatsoever between the late, unlamented Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. Power Line has unearthed an embarrassing video from 1999, when Clinton was President and the mainstream media were not yet openly disloyal to America:
Via Curt at Flopping Aces, who contrasts this ABC News clip with a February 10 New York Times editorial claiming that the Bush administration created the connection between Saddam and Osama from whole cloth.
YouTube : They're at it Again
First, YouTube banned Michelle Malkin's video "First, they came for..."
Then, they banned several of our own videos (including "Rocket Ride") and disabled searches for certain anti-jihadi user accounts (including SOUTALKUFFAR).
Along they way, they banned CRUSADER18 and a number of other anti-jihadi YouTube users.
They pulled our video "Flight Club" and Stuck Mojo's video "Open Season" from the rankings, just to prevent them from showing up on YouTube's front page.
Not having been banned in a while, I was beginning to think that YouTube had given up on the censorship game.
Stupid Quote of the Day
When responding to criticism from Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Barack Obama spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said this about the Iraq war:
More of the same is only going to attract more terrorists to Iraq and make our country less safe.
Wait a minute, isn't that our line? Fight them there so you won't have to fight them here. I've been saying that for a while; now it appears that fighting them there somehow endangers us here. Well... that makes sense in a flip-flop, hippie, "We'll confuse them into voting for us," kind of way.
Frantic MoveOn Petition Brands NPR, PBS as Partisan
If a reactionary propaganda group thinks an organization is a paragon of "independent journalism," that's a pretty clear indication that it isn't even close. National Public Radio and the Public Broadcast System have picked up the enthusiastic and frantic support of MoveOn.org, America's largest collection of Leftist nutbags.
From a MoveOn.org member email (never mind how I got this; Bluto mucks through the latrines of the fever swamps so you don't have to):
Dear MoveOn member,By "strong journalism" the nimrods at Moveon mean "grossly biased in favor of the progressive movement in general and the Democratic party in particular." Also notice that the first thing PBS threatens to cut is "Sesame Street." Typical of liberals who are all for the children unless they see a way to use the children as a weapon.
Since Thursday afternoon, 370,018 of us have called on Congress to stop President Bush's budget cuts and save NPR and PBS. 370,000 of us in just 36 hours!
Can you help make it half a million signatures? Here's what the petition says: "Congress must save NPR and PBS once and for all. Congress should guarantee permanent funding and independence from partisan meddling." Just click here to add your name:
[I've replaced the actual link with something more appropriate - Bluto]
Every additional signer will mean more pressure on Congress to block this cut and make sure this kind of partisan meddling never happens again. President Bush cannot be allowed to slash strong journalism and shows like "Sesame Street."
We've won this fight before. Together, we can make sure we never have to confront this issue again.
–Noah, Joan, Carrie, Marika and the MoveOn.org Civic Action Team
Saturday, February 10th, 2007
Jayne Mansfield Gallery
She was sexy and scandalous, and she helped put Playboy magazine on the map. Though scientists hadn't quite perfected modern photography techniques, the basic "hot chick" elements are certainly in evidence in these pictures:
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An early "wardrobe malfunction," as noticed by a scandalized Sophia Loren:
Are Senate Republicans Quashing Debate?
From the Dems' weakly radio address today, delivered by John F'n Kerry:
Another 21,000 troops sent into Iraq, with no visible end or strategy, ignores the best advice from our own generals and isn't the best way to keep faith with the courage and commitment of our soldiers. This week in Congress, a majority of Republicans prevented the Senate from holding a full and open debate on the issue of Iraq. Why? Because this so-called surge, which is nothing more than the escalation of a misguided war, is a bad idea. If there was a straight up or down, yes or no vote this week on whether the United States should keep up an indefinite presence in Iraq, it would be voted down.So, did the Republicans really manage to quash "a full and open debate"? From NPR:
But on the first day the Senate turned to the Warner-Levin resolution, a procedural disagreement arose. The Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, said his entire caucus would vote against considering the Warner-Levin language unless the Democrats agreed to also consider other Republican alternatives — and to require 60 votes to approve any of them.So, the Dems refused to even allow consideration of the Republican proposals, but it's the Republicans who are refusing to allow "a full and open debate"? And while the extended backroom argument over that issue was taking place, Republican and Democrat senators were on the floor of the Senate presenting their opposing positions on the Iraq conflict.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused both these conditions, so all but two Republicans voted against bringing Warner-Levin formally to the floor for debate (it takes 60 votes to ensure against a filibuster, and Reid could only muster 49). Through the rest of the week, negotiations between the two leaders continued, while individual senators took to the floor to present their individual views of the war and buildup.
Ya know, we should probably come up for a word for what happens when two opposing sides of an issue take turns arguing for their side in an open forum. Sounds like that's been happening a lot lately, but I don't know what to call it.
More from Fred Barnes:
Republicans were, in fact, ready for the ballyhooed week of debate that would include votes on two resolutions. Democrats would get a vote on their anti-President Bush, antiwar resolution. McConnell insisted Republicans be given a vote on the resolution of their choice. That resolution, authored by Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, promised to continue the funding of troops in Iraq.
Reid and Democrats panicked at the thought of having to vote for or against this measure, which didn't express an opinion on Bush's "surge" of 21,500 more troops in Iraq or on the war itself. Voting for the Gregg resolution would make it more difficult for Democrats to cut off funding later. They'd look like flip-floppers. But if they voted against it, they could be accused of not supporting the troops. So Reid refused to allow a vote on the Gregg resolution. McConnell responded by mounting a Republican filibuster Democrats couldn't overcome. And the Senate was prevented from proceeding with its planned week of debate on the Iraq war.
Bullsh*t: Environmental Hysteria
Inspired by LGF, I submit another crushing blow to the egos and feewings of the self-appointed saviours of humanity:
February 10, 2007
Follow-up Report on the King Fahad Academy (YouTube Video)
February 09, 2007
"The Cooling Earth"
Rosie Goes Truther?
Just when you thought it couldn't get any stupider...
We're the Government, You're Not
Jawa PSA: Anna Nicole Smith's Boobs Still Dead
Just in case you were wondering........
Meanwhile, in news that is totally unimportant:
WaPo Makes BIG "Pre-War Intel" Story Correction
They were quoting Carl Levin (D), not the report itself. And yes, there's a BIG difference.
Lets see if the networks update and correct, because the headlines have been screaming since this morning.
UPDATE: The entire 'sphere is all over this, but Ace is just on fire.
PSA: Germany STILL Hosting Jihad TV (bonus: e-mail a terrorist)
The Global Islamic Media Front's (GIMF) "Voice of the Caliphate Channel" is still broadcasting from Germany. GIMF is an al Qaeda media support group. Remember, the more Jihad TV you watch, the less bandwidth they have. Watch here. It's sketchy, and the broadcast goes on and off at various times of the day. If you get it, I'd suggest minimizing it and turning the volume down. Way down.
Coincidentally, Spiegel TV was able to interview some of GIMF's German cell leaders last week. In it, the cell leader admits to recruiting for jihad in Iraq and Afghanistan. So, if Spiegel TV was able to contact this guy... er..... why hasn't the Gestapo or whoever the hell is supposed to be running security over there these days, you know, arrest him?
Oh, and they left these two e-mail addresses for the German media, just to be nice. Apparently, they want us to write them. Who are we to refuse?
To call a member of GIMF a terrorist would be an insult to terrorists. It would be like calling a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader a quarterback. If terrorists are the jocks, GIMFers are the jock supporters.
*Just in case GIMF takes down the comments, here is what is said:
Hello, my name is Jochen Bittner, I am a journalist with the German newsweekly DIE ZEIT. This is a request for the German editors of the GIMF. Could you kindly pass it on, please?
ich bin durch die Spiegel Online-Berichterstattung auf die deutsche Seite der GIMF aufmerksam geworden. Ich würde Ihnen gerne auch für die Online-Seite der ZEIT einige Fragen stellen, vielleicht am besten per E-mail. Wären Sie damit einverstanden? Dann würde ich mich freuen, wenn Sie sich bei mir melden.
Grüße, Ihr Jochen Bittner
And GIMF responds with their e-mails and some other information that is, well....how do I put this? Revealing.
Elie Wiesel Attacked by Neo-Nazi
This article calls Wiesel's assailant a "Holocaust-denier," but the difference is academic, at best:
SAN FRANCISCO - In a bizarre attack, a well-known author and Holocaust scholar was dragged out of a San Francisco hotel elevator by an apparent Holocaust denier who reportedly had been trailing him for weeks.The Ziopedia site is down. You can view their Google-cached front page here. The authors include Australians, Germans, and Islamists, and the stories listed have charming subjects like claiming that Jewish Blood Libel is true (Jews drink the blood of Gentile babies), the Holocaust never happened, and it's perfectly justified for brave jihadi babyhunters to murder any Jews they can get their hands on.
In a posting Tuesday on the anti-Zionist Web site ZioPedia, a writer using the name Eric Hunt takes credit for the attack: “After ensuring no women would be traumatized by what I had to do (I had been trailing Wiesel for weeks), I stopped the elevator at the sixth floor. I pulled Wiesel out of the elevator. I said I wanted to interview him.”
They also run the full complement of anti-American Iraq propaganda so beloved of our loyal opposition on the Leftard wing of the Democratic party.
One hopes that this website is down due to government action. Though the Whois information lists Andrew Winkler of Australia as the registering party, the site is hosted in Virginia. Nice to know this seemy collection of maniacs has a domestic component.
Pallywood Hits Hamas: Khatami Torture Photo
Do you think the Pallywood propaganda machine is only about making Jews look bad? Think again. Here is a picture being run by a Palestinian Authority controlled outlet. It is allegedly of former Iranian President (and so-called "moderate") Mohammad Khatami overseeing the torture of a Sunni. It's political propaganda, but you have to give it to the guys at Fatah: it's good.
After the Fatah run Palestine Press Agency published the picture in late December, the photo became a hot topic at Islamist forums. Is it real, or is it a fake? Here is how the Pal Press captions the photo:
Here is a picture of former Iranian President Khatami overseeing the torture of a Sunni.Hamas, of course, is the popular Islamist party/terrorist organization which wants to bring sharia law to Palestine. Yes they are Sunni, but that hasn't stopped the Shia Iranians from being their main financial backers.
This is what Hamas wants here.
So what is the big problem with the photo? No, it's not Photoshopped. No, that really is Khatami. But it's not what you think.
It's actually Khatami at a wax museum in Iran which depicts that various tortures and crimes committed under the Shah. No museums in Iran dedicated to the thousands tortured and murdered under the current regime, or the thousands more tortured under the guise of Islamic law.
If the Palestinians will stoop this low to discredit their fellow Muslims of Hamas, you don't seriously still believe that they wouldn't make even worse stuff up about the "Zionist oppressors", do you?
Thanks to Vancouver for the tip on this.
Rove Spurts Out Some Idiocy
This National Review editorial correctly reminds him where the GOP should be coming from. With this little gem, I think we can safely say that the Karl Rove era is over. Perhaps the moonbats can get a wink of fear-free sleep tonight:
According to a congressman's wife who attended a Republican women's luncheon yesterday, Karl Rove explained the rationale behind the president's amnesty/open-borders proposal this way: "I don't want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas."
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There should be no need to explain why this is an obscene statement coming from a leader in the party that promotes the virtues of hard work, thrift, and sobriety, a party whose demi-god actually split fence rails as a young man, a party where "respectable Republican cloth coat" once actually meant something. But it does seem to be necessary to explain.For those who haven't noticed, he's been way off his game of late.
Rove's comment illustrates how the Bush-McCain-Giuliani-Hagel-Martinez-Brownback-Huckabee approach to immigration strikes at the very heart of self-government. It is precisely Rove's son (and my own, and those of the rest of us in the educated elite) who should work picking tomatoes or making beds, or washing restaurant dishes, or mowing lawns, especially when they're young, to help them develop some of the personal and civic virtues needed for self-government. It's not that I want my kids to make careers of picking tomatoes; Mexican farmworkers don't want that either. But we must inculcate in our children, especially those likely to go on to high-paying occupations, that there is no such thing as work that is beneath them.
Change is good...
Of course, she has a MySpace profile.
Politico: Edwards Bloggers Offend Religious Left
We often hear about the "religious left" from Democrats who desperately try to distance themselves from the militant anti-religious, anti-Christian wing of their base.
Whoda thunk that Edwards' decision to keep two rabid anti-Catholic and anti-Christian nutroots on his payroll is offending this sliver of the Democrat voting block.
Not the dextrosphere, for sure.
Video: Terrorists Shoot Down U.S. Chinook Helicopter (Updated)
The Salafi jihadi umbrella organization which includes al Qaeda, The Islamic State of Iraq, has released a video showing the downing of a U.S. Chinook Helicopter on February 7th. The video is posted below. Updates at end of post.
Here is the animated picture released with the video by al Furqa media, an al Qaeda in Iraq production company. Yes, I know it's hard to believe, but al Qaeda has several production companies
The helicopter appears to have been downed with an anti-aircraft missile. A few days ago the same Islamic State of Iraq claimed to have discovered a "new method" for shooting down helicopters. But it is increasingly becoming clear that this "new method" is the use of anti-aircraft SAMs, probably brought in from Syria or Iran. Update: Roggio thinks Iran. See below.
As is common with al Qaeda linked jihadis, the announcement claimed that 15-20 "Crusaders" were killed, and not the 7 that actually lost their lives.
The Islamic State of Iraq, through its al-Furqan Foundation, the official producer and distributor of multimedia for the group, issued today, Friday, February 9, 2007, a two and a half minute video of their claimed attack from February 7 in which a Chinook helicopter was downed in the area of al-Karma, in al-Anbar governorate.In the prior communiqué, the Islamic State indicated that the craft was shot down by its “Anti-Aircraft” battalion and this was purportedly witnessed by hundreds of people who shouted “Allah is Great!”. The message from today introducing the video notes the U.S. Army announcing the death of seven soldiers; however, the group claims that eyewitnesses observed 15-20 bodies removed from the scene.UPDATE: Just found this by Bill Roggio. Excellent analysis. As a little background, the Islamic State in Iraq claims to have organized cells specifically aimed at downing helicopters.
Footage shows a Chinook helicopter in flight and then fire erupting from its tail end. A smoke trail follows as it plummets to the ground.
The cells are thought to be armed with Russian made Strela SA-7 anti-aircraft missiles, a first generation shoulder fired anti-aircraft missile which is widely distributed throughout the world. These weapons are not as sophisticated as U.S. made Stingers, which were used with deadly consequences by mujahideen in Afghanistan against Soviet fixed and rotary wing aircraft. U.S. aircraft have systems to deter missile threats (jammers, flairs, chaff) but there are no reports these systems were deployed during any of the engagements....UPDATE II: Bill Roggio updates with the news that the helicopter probably was shot down with a more advanced SAM:
It is surprising al-Qaeda has not made a more concerted effort to bring down Coalition aircraft. The military, political, and propaganda value of destroying U.S. helicopters is too great to be ignored. It has been speculated al-Qaeda in Iraq didn't possess enough weapons systems or training to effectively field the missiles.
The suspicion is the Islamic Republic of Iran is behind supplying al-Qaeda with the needed weapons, training and logistical support to supply and field a successful anti-aircraft force, much as the United States provided the mujahideen with Stingers in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
Sources indicate the cells may actually be using the SA-14 Gremlin (or Strela 3), which "has an improved system of overcoming countermeasures, increased range and flight altitude," according to Global Security, and was "developed for destroying low flying aircraft and helicopters." This second generation surface to air missile was developed in the late 1970s.
An intelligence source indicates "a large batch of these Strelas were transfered to al-Qaeda," but would not identify the country of origin. We noted, based one multiple sources, the likelihood is Iran is providing the weapons to al-Qaeda, and the timing of the activation of these cells is to close to the rise in tensions between Iran and the U.S. to be a coincidence.
Congress Approval Lower Than Bush's Approval
A snapshot in time.
Federal Surplus Predicted By 2009
So much for the argument that "tax cuts don't work." Record revenues don't lie.
Tax relief works. JFK knew it, Friedman knew it, the GOP knows it, and the present say Democrats can't figure it out.
Argument over. Tax-hikers lose.
Sout al-Kuffar Video: Arkin's "Obscene Ammenities"
Our very own Sout al Kuffar on today's Hot Air Vent. So this is what it feels like when one of your kids becomes a professional athlete? But I do miss the light saber intro....
Howard Dean and Islamic Radicals (Caption this!)
Mr. DNC chair stands in solidarity with "the oppressed" murderers and their mouthpieces. Revealing videos at LGF.
A Libby Felony Count Is Thrown Out
...and Russert gets nailed on the stand. If you aren't reading Tom Maguire on this trial, then you aren't reading anything. Excerpting NYT reporter Neil Lewis from Tom's post:
[The jurors] seemed to pay close attention as Mr. Wells, known for his cross-examination skills, and Mr. Russert, a successful public communicator, went at each other for a second consecutive day.
Mr. Wells focused on Mr. Russert’s behavior when he was first called by an F.B.I. agent and asked about a telephone conversation he had had with Mr. Libby on July 10 or 11, 2003.NBC journalists? Hiding relevant information from the court? Perish the thought!
In that call, the agent told Mr. Russert that Mr. Libby had said in an interview that he first learned of the identity of the C.I.A. operative, Valerie Wilson, from Mr. Russert in the July 2003 conversation.
Mr. Russert told the agent that Mr. Libby’s assertion was untrue, that the issue of Ms. Wilson never came up in that conversation.
Mr. Wells, using the technique that Mr. Russert is known for as moderator of “Meet the Press,” then put up on video screens throughout the courtroom Mr. Russert’s words in an affidavit he filed later. In an effort to avoid complying with a subpoena to testify about the same subject before a grand jury, Mr. Russert swore that he could not discuss the conversation because to do so would violate his deeply held journalistic principles.
“Did you disclose in the affidavit to the court that you had already disclosed the contents of your conversation with Mr. Libby” to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Wells asked.
“As I’ve said, sir ... ,” Mr. Russert began.
“It’s a yes or no question,” Mr. Wells interrupted.
“I’d like to answer it to the best of my ability,” Mr. Russert replied.
“This is a very simple question. Either it’s in the affidavit or it’s not,” Mr. Wells said. “Did you disclose to the court that you had already communicated to the F.B.I. the fact that you had communicated with Mr. Libby?”
“No,” Mr. Russert said.
Stem Cells: Embryonic Dangerous, Others Successful
And guess which ones the MSM doesn't seem to want to report on?
One advantage of embryonic stem cells has been that most types of adult stem cells cannot be multiplied outside of the body for very long, while embryonic ones may replicate in the lab indefinitely.
But Atala's new amniotic stem cells grow as fast outside the body as embryonic stem cells (doubling every 36 hours), and he's now been growing the same cell line for two years, with no indication of slowing.
The amniotic sac, teeming with stem cells that can do everything embryonic stem cells can do and more. (Or less, as in causing cancer . . . )
That leaves embryonic stem cells with only one possible advantage – potential.
New Kim Kardashian Video - UNCENSORED
Warning: NSFW. Please don't watch. Must have Divx plugin.\
February 08, 2007
The Uprising That Wasn't
Well, this is the Jawa Report, and we know people. And those people know people, some of whom live inside Iran.
A reader sent this on Feb. 3rd:
This morning I had a phone conversation with some people in the city of Isfahan which is the capital city of the province with the same name. They couldn't say very much since the phone conversations with the outside world are monitored by the regime. But they did confirm the news of clashes reported by the Aryamehr blog and that even in the city of Isfahan itself (not in Aryamehr's original report) there were clashes taking place and that gunfire could be heard. They just said: "Please pray for us!"
The only other thing I could find out was that unknown craft were seen flying over the cities of Qazvin, Alvand
and the industrial city of Alborz for about 90 minutes; these crafts were probably surveillance UAV's.
Sounded promising at the time to me, but, alas, all of our hopes were dashed when our intrepid reporter sent this:
I think that situation may have unfortunately fizzled out. From what I can gather the event summary is that the regime's Basiji agents harassed and murdered four tribesmen. The tribesmen then started retaliating by going village to village and attacking the regimes elements killing at least 14 of them and wounding a whole bunch more. In the city of Isfahan as a show of sympathy with the tribesmen some people clashed with security forces. The people I know in Isfahan are older folks and certainly aren't able to participate in such things themselves and their children were forced to flee the country some twenty years ago.
Inicidents like this have been happening every year in the past few years. But the regime keeps coming back on top.
One incident in the province of Sistan involved people attacking AhmadiNezhad's motorcade and killing one of his body guards.
And a couple of years ago people attacked and killed the commander of the so-called Qods force of the IRGC (you've probably seen the name of the Qods force mentioned in connection with the recent arrests of Iranian agents in Iraq).
Although this obviously didn't indicate the start of a revolution to overthrow the mullahs, it still is important, because, if you remember, the state-run media of Iran painted this as a battle against drug smugglers.
If they're willing to do that, then they know that they are in a race against time. It's people like these tribesmen that faced down the British in the Boston Massacre.
Here's why, also from our inside source:
First a bit of background: The primary resistance seems to have come from the Qashqai and the Lor and other (semi-migratory) tribes men who live off their cattle which they herd between their (fixed) summer and winter quarters every spring and fall. They are simple folk who don't take shit from anyone. Also, they've always insisted on owning firearms (mostly old double-barrel shotguns) to protect themselves and their livelihood against wolves and packs of wild dogs and other pests.
So while the uprising I'd hoped for didn't happen, the pot certainly simmers.
We can only hope that the Iranians do for themselves what the Iraqis could not, or would not.
Fortress of Solitude to be Built in Arctic
An Arctic "doomsday vault" aimed at providing mankind with food in case of a global catastrophe will be designed to sustain the effects of climate change, the project's builders said as they unveiled the architectural plans.I demand an environmental impact study.
The top-security repository, carved into the permafrost of a mountain in the remote Svalbard archipelago near the North Pole, will preserve some three million batches of seeds from all known varieties of the planet's crops.
Rusty Was Mean
But hey, at least he's not the one who killed her.
Hat Tip: Tim.
Protecting the Vietnam Memorial from Leftist America Haters
Apparently Saint Cindy "my firstborn was killed for the PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel"* Sheehan is going to march on the Vietnam Memorial with Hanoi Jane in order to protest the Iraq War. Unfortunately, she will be met by patriotic American Vets. And by patriotic, I mean the kind that actually root for the U.S. to win its wars.
Leftist activists who march to the Pentagon next month will discover that their path won't be as clear as it has been in the past.HT: Bill Faith
The group, led by Cindy Sheehan, Jane Fonda, Ramsey Clark and their ilk, plan to gather March 17 at the Vietnam Memorial Wall to begin a march to protest America's involvement in the Iraq war. The date marks the fourth anniversary of the war's beginning.
This time, however, protestors will see objectors if they spit on Iraqi veterans again, or throw paint on a war memorial. This time, they will encounter a buzz saw of Vietnam veterans and supporters who will gather to protect the Wall, and show their support for U.S. troops. The counter-protestors are calling themselves the Gathering of Eagles.
The Kim Kardashian Sex Video Tape
So Kim Kardashian, close friend of Paris Hilton and daughter of uber-lawyer Robert Kardashian, has an "unauthorized" sex video coming out.
Video and images below.
A Message for the Terrorists...
h/t : Allah.
Iowahawk : The Pandagon Papers
Very funny, but NSFW.
Anna Nicole Smith's Boobs Die
Insensitive? Yes. But let's face it, Anna Nicole Smith was famous for two reasons: lefty and righty. All that other stuff--the billionaire, the weight gain, the weight loss, the Jerry Springeresque melodrama, all of it--was really ancillary to her enormous breasts. It was her boobs and her boobs alone that made her rich and famous. And those weren't even real. But, alas, they will be missed.
Oh, and RIP the rest of her. I only hope that God is merciful, because if justice is the only criteria for after life assignment, I'm afraid Anna Nicole Smith isn't going to have much to look forward to.
Does this post make me sound like a prick? Yeah, I guess. But there's something about the cult of celebrity--especially the cult of talentless celebrities who's only source of celebrity seems to be that they are a celebrity--that doesn't sit right with me. Call it a yearning for treating pathetic talentless messed-up bimbos like, well, pathetic talentless messed-up bimbos. And the proper treatment for those sorts is to ignore them.
Hat tip: Kim Priestap, although Aylward has it covered.
Sixth Downed Chopper (Images/Video)
It has been reported today that a sixth chopper was downed in Iraq on Jan 31st. The Sea Knight transport made a landing and the crew were evacuated by a second Sea Knight.
Via ABC News: BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A helicopter operated by a private security firm came down in Iraq last week, U.S. officials said on Thursday, an incident that marks the sixth downing of a helicopter in three weeks.I have obtained what I believe is an insurgent video of the incident. In the video, the damaged helicopter is running and waiting on the ground. A second helicopter arrives and leaves with the crew of the first. From the video, it appears the first helicopter is destroyed by remote charge or fire from the rescue chopper to keep the enemy from salvaging anything from it.
Reports of the January 31 incident, in which no one was killed, come a day after seven crew members and passengers aboard a U.S. Marine helicopter were killed when it crashed near Baghdad, possibly after being hit by ground fire.
The U.S. military, concerned that militants have changed tactics or are using more sophisticated weapons, has said it is adjusting its tactics.
One U.S. military official told Reuters he had heard reports that the private security helicopter came down under fire.
"It did not crash, it made a hard landing. They were able to get all crew and equipment out," the official said.
I have extracted the chopper clip from a much larger Jihadi video. Both are available on request.
It is unclear if the chopper had mechanical problems or was forced down by enemy fire. It looks like a textbook extraction. Sorry to disappoint Kos, but not one of the security contractors on board were hurt in either the forced landing or the rescue.
Update: Google is done... Video added below the fold.
Update: More here via NYT:
Two American officials said the previously unreported downing of the private helicopter supporting State Department operations last week came after it was subjected to a hail of gunfire from the ground. One official described the gunfire as heavy caliber and said that after the helicopter crash-landed a second aircraft set down and evacuated the stranded passengers and crew. But the official said that as a quick reaction force rushed to the crash scene, the force was struck by at least one large roadside bomb and suffered several casualties. The force withdrew from the site, and American officials decided to destroy the aircraft rather than risk it falling into insurgent hands.Vid still cooking on Google.
Note in the vid the first chopper is shown making it's "hard" landing. It's not hard at all. It's a smooth controlled landing. The pilot landed before any problems became unmanagable. Also note that no large explosion occurs during the destruction so they were able to dump and use up most of the remaining fuel.
Al Qaeda in Iraq Crumbling: al Masri on the run
Coalition forces in Iraq have delivered a series of stunning blows to al Qaeda in Iraq in the last 48 hours.
A key aide to Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the man who replaced Abu Musab al Zarqawi as the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, has been captured south of Baghdad. As A.J. Strata notes, the trail to the al Qaeda leader is fresh: the captured aide admitted to meeting with al Masri yesterday.
Since Taji is north of Baghdad, these two al Qaeda IED cell leaders captured by the U.S. in West Taji are not the same as those above. That's four al Qaeda leaders captured.
But four is such a lonely number. A facilitator of foreign fighters was captured by the Iarqi Army on the Syrian border. And foreign fighters tend to mean al Qaeda.
Not to be outdone by the IA, the U.S. struck two houses where foreign fighters had gathered---13 jihadis dead. An "individual" associated with foreign fighter facilitation was in the targeted area.
But wait, that's not all. Coalition Forces conducted an air strike Wednesday targeting an al-Qaida in Iraq-related vehicle-borne improvised explosives devices network near Arab Jabour. Intelligence reports indicated that this network is responsible for a large and devastating number of VBIED attacks in the Baghdad area. They are also responsible for IED and sniper attacks conducted against the Iraqi people and Iraqi and Coalition Forces. Building destroyed, everyone inside presumably dead.
And another terrorist was captured in Taji. In addition to leading a bombing cell, he is also believed to be involved in taking Iraqis hostage and murdering them. Which would mean that he is either al Qaeda or one of the related organizations under the umbrella of the "Islamic State of Iraq".
So, we have 6 al Qaeda leaders captured, and possibly dozens more killed. All in the last 48 hours.
Do you see a pattern here? The little bastard al Masri better run and hide. Al Qaeda, you are our bitches!
So, will you see this in the news? No. You. Won't.
FYI--Abu Omar al-Baghdadi is head of "The Islamic State of Iraq". When the jihadi umbrella organization and "shadow government" of "The Islamic State of Iraq" (formerly called "The Mujahideen Shura Council") was formed by al Qaeda, it was thought that the spokesman should be Iraqi. Thus, al-Baghdadi (meaning "from Baghdad") was chosen as its "emir". But there is little doubt that the Islamic State of Iraq is just a PR gimmick. To what extent al-Baghdadi has any actual control over al Qaeda is really unknown. Not that any one at the NYT knows this.
Islamic Rage Boy's Favorite Things
The Nose on Your Face sends us this Islamic Rage Boy Video. No comment. Just be sure you are not drinking anything.
Buckley was nice enough to send Vinnie the tip so please stop by The Nose on Your Face blog.
Hat Tip Vinnie.
Abu Izzadeen Arrested: British Muslims Seethe, Threaten
An Islamic website linked to radical exiled cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed has announced that Bakri's lieutenant, Abu Izzadeen, has been arrested. U.K. newspapers are also confirming this. The specific charge is of encouraging terrorism.
The British website claims that Izzadeen was arrested "at the train station" and that Muslims should pray for Bakri. Other posters echoed the sentiment. "May Allah hasten his release," said one commenter.
"May Allah handle the oppressors, May He throw fear into there [sic] hearts, n [sic] direct his force against them.... May Allah (swt) make there plots against us a means for there [sic] own destruction!" said another.
Here's the website. The same forum recently described The Jawa Report as "a mix of red necks and swine eating pigs... most of which are made up of pedophiles and homosexual [sic]". We'll cop to the first two (rednecks and swine eating pigs), but I was under the impression that it was Mohammed who was the pedophile (eg, his marriage to the 6 year old Aisha, and his rape of her at 9) and that it was in Islamic countries where buggery runs amock!
Notice, too, that they site an ironic post by a commenter about finding justifications in the Bible for Christians killing Muslims. A) None of the authors of the Jawa Reports said that, it was a commenter B) The commenter was joking. A play on the injunction in the Quran for Muslims to kill Christians until they either convert or submit to Muslim rule.
Much more below the fold.
bu Izzadeen, the radical Muslim who barracked Home Secretary John Reid last year, has been arrested for allegedly encouraging terrorism.
Izzadeen, 31, was held this morning in Leyton High Road, east London, under Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
Scotland Yard said it related to an "on-going inquiry".
News reports indicate that the charge against Izzadeen relates to a speech we covered last year last year in Birmingham. Allahpundit has reposted the video today at Hot Air. Be sure to follow some of his links.
Hat tip: Glen Jenvey, bane of Abu Izzadeen.
Plamegate: FBI Contradicts Russert's Testimony
In a bit of Plamegate news, Tim Russert was grilled on the stand about conversations he "didn't remember" having with the FBI and other reporters.
Except, that there were records (phone, FBIrecords, etc.) of him having those converstaions.
Clarice Feldman (and Tom Maguire) have the latest and greatest coverage of this incident.
Bottom line: Today's developments do not look good...for NBC "journalists" Andrea Mitchell and David Gregory. They (and Russert) may have made false statements (at best, misleading ones), and now the cows are starting to come home. Wouldn't it be the irony of ironies if the media was the lying and obfuscating party here? It appears, from some of the testimony, that they are being less than forthcoming.
Don't expect Keith Overbite to cover these developments.
Despite Ramsey Clark's Best Efforts, Terrorists Lose in Court
Is there a terrorist on the planet that former Carter administration Attorney General Ramsey Clark won't defend? And given the fact that the organization he is defending in this case wants to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth, what does that say about his former boss who is now in the midsts of defending himself against charges of antisemitism?
Al-AP is reporting this morning that Moshe Saperstein, an American citizen and a former resident of Neve Dekalim in Gush Katif who was badly wounded in a February 2002 terror attack, has been awarded $16 million by a federal jury in the United States. By law, the award is tripled to $48 million.In addition to this victory for civilization, 10 other lawsuits are pending in the United States against the Ransey Clark's clients, the PLO, and their successor groups of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority.
History - 1, Revisionists - 0
UPDATE: A vet who experienced this "rumored" leftwingnut BS during Vietnam responds in the comments.
Remember the wanker who tried to pretend that nobody spat upon vets in the Vietnam War, and that no vets of today were spat upon by anti-war activists?
"Sociologist" Jerry Lembcke claims that those stories were just rumors and the stuff of warmonger fantasy. He claims that they vets were lying, as well as the journalists who saw and reported it firsthand. Gee -glad we cleared that mystery up!
Jim Lindgren notes that Lembcke apparently never opened a vicious rightwing theocon paper of the day like the NYT, WaPo, etc., during the course of his "research." Facts and history are stubborn things when it comes to forming leftwing ubernarratives, and so they must be eliminated.
Jerry Lembcke - I award you no points, and may G-d have mercy on your soul.
A Note On PandaGone
Let's be honest. All humorous IMPORTANT ACTION ALERTS and rants aside, John Edwards has no chance to win the Presidency, let alone the nomination. He never did - he's a joke. A joke living in a huge, patriarchical estate, but a joke never the less.
First of all, everyone take a deep breath - the election isn't for almost two years.
No matter how many nutroots threaten refuse their support for him (if it was really there to begin with), there simply aren't enough of them to really make a difference in the general election.
And lets pretend that Edwards does win the nomination. Do you really think any of the nutroots are going to sit out a chance to vote against a GOP Presidential candidate in a critical election? The nutroots shot their wad in 2004 on Kerry and still lost by 3 million votes. Now they think they're going to sit out an election in 2008 because John Edwards canned two staff bloggers two years back?
The feminimrods he hired and fired won't really have an impact on his chances, because they speak to a limited and quite frankly fickle part of the electorate for the Democrats. And they aren't making any converts.
Its Ned Lamont all over again. Lotsa hope and hype, little substance when it comes to the long and hard slog of the general election.
Step away from the keyboards and wipe the spittle from the screens, nutroots. Take a mental health day. We'll all be here when you get back.
February 07, 2007
Sarkozy Backs Publishers of Mohammed Cartoons
“What is there left to do if you can’t laugh at terrorists? If we can’t laugh at them, we are done for,” Charlie Hebdo editor Philippe Val told the Paris criminal court.
[Nikolas] Sarkozy, the front-runner in the presidential elections in April, seemed to agree, saying in his letter that Charlie Hebdo had followed “an old French tradition, that of satire.”
“I prefer an excess of cartoons than the absence of cartoons,” Sarkozy wrote in the letter read by the weekly’s lawyer Georges Kiejman. Describing himself as a “favorite target” of the weekly, Sarkozy said he accepted that “in the name of freedom, you can laugh at everything.”
Giulania Sgrena: The Lie Continues
Giuliana Sgrena is in the news again. It seems that she and her lawyers have convinced an Italian judge that the unfortunate shooting which killed her escort, Italian Nicola Calipari, was not only "murder" but "politically motivated". The American servicemen charged will now be tried in abstentia because the "murder" of Calipari and the "attempted murder" of Sgrena was part of some larger political plot.
It's not so much that we care that Giuliana Sgrena thinks herself so important that she believed the CIA was out to shut her up.
I mean, Sgrena works for Il Manifesto, the Communist Party operated Italian newspaper. She admitted she was in Iraq to document "America's war crimes". Her allegations in print went so far as to accuse the U.S. of using "nuclear weapons" in Iraq. She was abducted while on her way to interview Sunni refugees from Fallujah who "swore" that the U.S. was "targetting civilians with napalm". So, we expect her to believe all sorts of nutty things.
But what really has me bothered is that an Italian judge could buy into such ludicrious accusations as to even merit a trial. What next, and indictment against the Karl Rove for his role in the Illuminati plot to create a one-world government?
PS--Remember, this is the same Giuliana Sgrena who urged her terrorist captors to do a second take on her hostage video.....so she would be seen crying.
A judge Wednesday ordered a U.S. soldier to stand trial in absentia for the fatal shooting of an Italian intelligence agent at a checkpoint in Baghdad, the prosecutor said.Hat tip: Goy & Todd
Spc. Mario Lozano is indicted for murder and attempted murder in the death of Nicola Calipari, who was shot on March 4, 2005, on his way to the Baghdad airport shortly after securing the release of an Italian journalist who had been kidnapped in the Iraqi capital, prosecutor Pietro Saviotti said.
Another agent, who was driving the car, and the journalist, Giuliana Sgrena, were wounded.
"This looks to me like the first step on a long road toward truth and justice, and I hope justice will come in the end," said a visibly emotional Rosa Calipari, the agent's widow...
According to prosecutors, the judge said in his ruling that Lozano can be tried for "political murder," because Calipari was a civil servant and his slaying damaged Italy's interests.
Italian law does not allow foreigners charged with killing Italians abroad to be tried in absentia unless the murder has political connotations, prosecutors have said in the past.
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Baghdad's streets were electric with tension Wednesday as U.S. officials confirmed the new security operation was under way. U.S. armor rushed through streets, and Iraqi armored personnel carriers guarded bridges and major intersections.
To our armed forces:
Good luck, God bless, and kick 'em in the nuts.
Marcotte Fired From Edwards Campaign...(UPDATED)
UPDATE: Predictably, the leftosphere misses the entire point (perhaps purposely, because they know they've been caught with their pants down and they really expected to get away with this little charade.) Some of them, like former Pandagon contributor Pam, appear to think this is all about the right's opposition to "pottymouths." Amusingly she links that arbiter of honesty, all-knowingness and sock puppetry Mr. Glenn Rick Ellensburg Greenwald to sum it all up for the despondent. Go read her link for a hearty guffaw. You can't make this stuff up - its so good that it writes itself.
This isn't about curse words. This was about holding this vile psycho to her own vulgar words, and then holding John Edwards to those words as well once he hired Marcotte and McEwan to positions as official spokesbloggers. Quoting Marcotte accurately is not "attacking" her - it reveals her.
Take this Marcotte hit piece, for example:
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.For those of you lefties keeping score, that means that Marcotte has convicted and handed down the sentences to the Duke players without a scrap of evidence (and more to the contrary.) That was the political liability that Camp Edwards was taking on. There's much more on Marcotte's disgraceful comments about the Duke incident here.
Anyone can swear, but we've shown clearly that this isn't about swearing. This is about personal responsibility for bigotry against selected "OK to criticize" groups like Catholics, men, conservatives, etc. If Marcotte (and her ilk) didn't want people to read the Pandagon garbage, she shouldn't have written and published it. Karma's a beeotch.
A parting thought from Jay Reding, who sums it up for the denseosphere:
Like it or not, Ms. Marcotte may have the right to free speech, and no one is arguing that she should be censored. However, what she says is incindiary, derogatory, and bigoted. Had she treated Islam the way she treats Catholicism, she’d be widely ostracized.
Judging from the wagon-circling and scapegoating going on here, I don't think criticism of Marcotte or McEwan is in the cards just yet.
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The right-wing blogosphere has gotten its scalps -- John Edwards has fired the two controversial bloggers he recently hired to do liberal blogger outreach, Salon has learned.The Salon article also spends half of the space trying to fell Michelle Malkin as well, but falls short. In addition, isn't the NYT is such a right-wing rag these days?
The bloggers, Amanda Marcotte, formerly of Pandagon, and Melissa McEwan, of Shakespeare's Sister, had come under fire from right-wing bloggers for statements they had previously made on their respective blogs. A statement by the Catholic League's Bill Donohue, which called Marcotte and McEwan "anti-Catholic vulgar trash-talking bigots," and an accompanying article on the controversy in the New York Times this morning, put extra pressure on the campaign.
Speculation from sources that the two bloggers might be rehired was bolstered by Jennifer Palmieri, a spokeswoman for the Edwards campaign, who said in an e-mail that she would "caution [Salon] against reporting that they have been fired. We will have something to say later."
Now the question is - who, in their right minds, hired them? Why?
I anxiously await the leftist hate-fest that will result from this crushing of dissent via the patriarchy.
And I'm still not voting for John Edwards. The leftists at Shakespeare's Sister are already putting Edwards in the crosshairs over this "betrayal." Its vintage Dem-on-Dem hating! LMFAO!
Rare, But Not Extinct Roundup
That’s right, Today we have Iraqi Muslims who kiss and hug American soldiers, Comments from a moderate Muslim calling the Muslime terrorists, “ followers of The Father of Lies—Satan.” And last but not least a unicorn.
It's long so click to read below the fold.
First US soldiers save an Iraqi Shia girl and her brother after their parents were killed during the recent battle in Najaf. Via NPR:
Not long ago, this outfit took part in a mass casualty evacuation from a battle in Najaf between Iraqi forces and a fanatical sect. Sgt. Sergeant Mike Williamson of Russellville, Ark., says he'll remember that day forever.Next an Iraqi Sunni Muslim, saved from murderous kidnappers. Also Via NPR:
"Lo and behold, two children came in on litters" Williamson says. A girl, 7, and her 6-year-old brother were seriously wounded by shrapnel, probably from a grenade explosion in their house.
"I ended up going to assist with the little girl. She had some very severe injuries but was very alert," Williamson recalls. Through an interpreter, the girl said she had witnessed her parents being murdered in her house.
Williamson says a teddy bear brought a few smiles, but throughout the night, the girl would wake and begin crying. He would give her pain medicine, but that wasn't enough.
"She said, 'I miss my mom, I want my mom,' and that was tough for me. So I just spent time holding her hand and rubbing my fingers through her hair, just letting her know she was going to be taken care of."
They flew her and her brother to a Baghdad hospital.
"She grabbed onto me and didn't want me to leave," Williamson says. "That was tough. And I just kissed her gently on the forehead and had to leave so we could get back into our area in case another mission came in."
Williamson is the father of three children.
Sgt. Sergiy Michaud said: "We were standing beside the car and I was looking inside and saw a black hood and some AK-47 magazines with rounds inside. And then the car started shaking, you know, and I got scared. I'm like,"Whoa, what the hell?' And inside the trunk was this guy, we could hear him say, 'Thank you, thank you.' He heard English while we were speaking."So, ya'll still wonder why we are in Iraq? It seems to me the above stories answer that question quite well.
Sgt. Michaud pried open the trunk and pulled out a young man, blindfolded and bound in handcuffs.
"When he take me out of the truck, I kiss him so much," Ahmed said through a translator.
When Ahmed called his family to tell them he was safe, they refused to believe it. They were afraid to come and get him. Other Sunni families have lost more sons when they sent them to look for the first missing son. Eventually Ahmed's father was persuaded that his son had truly been rescued.
With tears pouring down his wizened face, 54-year-old Ahmed Jassim kissed every American soldier in sight. For this group of soldiers, it was a very good day.
The U.S. troops would probably have not found Ahmed if they hadn't been living right in the neighborhood, instead of at a large base, removed from most neighbors. The young man's mother told the soldiers that her family has a big yard next to their house. Come and set up a base there, she told them.
Next a comment we received on the MF in support of Jeffrey Ake calling his kidnappers, “followers of The Father of Lies—Satan”
I too find it shameful that these murderers can call themselves followers of Islam. If they harm Mr. Ake they will have an innocent's blood on their hands. And what's so amazing is that these people don't seem to have a clue that everytime they force an American to speak on tape, every American knows that the victim is only being forced to say what the terrorists want them to say. The US is not the cause of these problems. And Islamic terrorists will never be able to sit down with an American president because we already know that one cannot reason with a terrorist. Therefore, it is common policy that we NEVER negotiate with terrorists. End of story. But here we have this poor woman, Mrs. Ake, filing for bankruptcy, about to lose her home, having to raise her four children without their father, all because these pitiful so-called followers of the Koran who pretend to follow Mohammad. What a lie. Mohammad would never ask human beings to treat fellow human being with such hatred and cruelty. Those kidnappers are followers of The Father of Lies--Satan. And one day, they will have to answer for the harm they brought to innocent people. By kidnapping the weak, who have no real authority, the kidnappers show themselves to be weak of character, weak in morality, and disgraceful individuals.Oh the unicorn….I almost forgot. It seems that Michael Weaver is in a “discussion” with long time regular Osama…You know Osamabeenhiding, Osamabeenworking, Osamabeenthisandthat.
Of course, I found this amusing since Mike is a recent regular and Osama is an old regular. I think Mike has his work cut out for him.
USA all The Way Mike Weaver:I had a semi-sensical rant aimed at Osamabinthere/Osamabinhiding. I was bored and tired of trying to get lefties think. I ended up making him a challenge though, and I was wondering if you could help me. I said I'd try and get a Unicorn to the jawa report, if he would try to get a moderate Muslim. Here is my Unicorn.
Ok so that’s more of a uni-goat, but maybe Osamabeenarguingwithmike will accept it as good enough and bring us that moderate Muslim. Then he too can get his two cents worth in during all the arguing and insulting. Have fun guys and try to be nice to each other.
Oh and Kudos to NPR’s coverage of these two stories. Nice job guys.
Shinedown Plays Iraq (YouTube Video)
Just a band showing support for the troops. Closes with the troops joining in for some old-school Skynyrd:
ABC: Does John Edwards Condone Hate Speech?
Every once in a while, the truth slips through the filter. This time, its from Rick Moran's brother Terry blogging at ABC News:
What, if anything, does it tell us about Edwards that he's joined up with this blogger? Is Edwards' association with a person who has written these things a legitimate issue for voters, as they wonder--among other things--whom he might appoint to high office if he's elected? If a Republican candidate teamed up with a right-wing blogger who spewed this kind of venom, how would people react? Is the mere raising of this issue a kind of underhanded censorship, a way of ruling out of bounds some kinds of opinion? Are we all just going to have to get used to a more rough-and-tumble, profane, and even hate-filled public arena in the age of the blogosphere?
Its very simple, leftards. Here's a hypothetical: let's just imagine that Rudy Guliani hired Emporer Darth Misha I to run his campaign blog. What would the Marcotte apologists and defenders do?
Based on their behavior here, they would assert that he's a grown man entitled to type his opinions (however vitriolic and profanity-laced.)
Not that I have anything against Misha (he's hilarious), but you get the idea. Misha gets it:
We’re sure you’re all already aware of John Edwards (Edward? We keep getting the two confused. Both like to channel dead people for a fast buck, although one at least seems sincere when peddling his snake oil, whereas the other is known mainly for his obsession with his hair. We’re talking about the latter one) and his latest fuckup in hiring Pandagon’s Amanda Marcotte, one of the few females on the web with a mouth almost as potty as His Imperial Majesty. As a matter of fact, imagine me without the wit, humor and unbeatable charm (OK, I made that last one up), and you’ve pretty much nailed her. Figuratively speaking, of course.
The problem is - does the nutosphere get it now? Does Presidential hopeful John "Two Americas" Edwards? Even the NYT is (begrudgingly) picking up on this story, which the dextrosphere will be flogging from here to 2008.
The answer is obviously "not a chance." There's too much ego and "truthiness" at stake, and a whole avalanche of leftwingnut slandering of the Duke Lacrosse players left to do. The leftosphere is content to let this fact-denying, slanderous, unhinged nutjob speak for them and for their political candidates without remorse or question.
Fine. We'll play. The Internet has a loooong memory, unlike the media/Democrats.
UPDATE: Thanks to AllahP for the link. I loved this:
Marcotte’s been a punchline on Goldstein’s site for years; to see her suddenly materialize as lead blogger for a major presidential candidate is like the cat lady from the Simpsons being hired as White House press secretary.If you look at Marcotte's Flickr site, there is strong evidence that she actually is the insane cat lady.
Daniel Pipes on Hannity & Colmes (YouTube Video)
h/t : LGF
ISI's New Flag
The "Islamic State of Iraq" has a new flag. Pretty cool.
#1 Taterflag via Haludek.
Ok here is the actual flag. Use it and abuse it. Send your ISI flag desicration to Howie and I'll add it to the post.
Yes it's the real one. I know, it looks like it is done by second graders with crayons. But hey, I didn't pick it the Jihadi's did.
Winner: International Islamic Cartoon Contest
Terrorist in Iraqi Parliament?
Well, this certainly sucks. I'm not sure which is worse: having a guy in the Iraqi parliament who is a terrorist; or not being able to determine if the guy in the Iraqi parliament who shares a name with a convicted terrorist is that terrorist. Either way, it speaks loads about ineptitude on a number of levels.
U.S. officials said yesterday that they are working with the Iraqi government to determine whether a member of parliament was a convicted terrorist who had been sentenced to death in Kuwait for bombing the U.S. and French embassies there in 1983.
The legislator, Jamal Jaafar Mohammed, was elected in December 2005 to represent Babil, a province south of Baghdad. Sheikh Dhiauddin Fayadh, another legislator, said Mohammed was not aligned with a particular political party and had not been seen since late December.
February 06, 2007
Jawa Fight Club Assignment: E-Mail a Terrorist
For today's Jawa fight club assignment I want you to start an e-mail fight with a jihadi, and lose.
Okay, actually, I want you to do the world a favor and start a fight with this guy. He is the chief propagandist for The Army of Ansar al Sunna. These are the guys who go around Iraq beheading Turkish truck drivers, killing female translators, and murdering Shia "collaboraters".
The gloves are off on asdarat. Feel free to call him names, sign him up for gay porn featuring Mohammed, and send him Koran desecration pics.
This second e-mail is also to a member of Ansar al Sunnah. For this one, be nice. I'm serious. In Arabic, if possible. Even better would be if you could drop a Kurdish phrase his way.
As always, if you should get any response, please FORWARD (not cut and paste) it to me IMMEDIATELY.
"Oh, You Mean THOSE Monkeys and Pigs..." (YouTube Video)
If I didn't know better, I might suspect that this lady was being less than fully candid with the interviewer:
h/t : LGF
Niki Taylor - NUDE
MORE NIKI TAYLOR BELOW THE FOLD (NSFW)
And here's a nice, tasteful one of Niki Taylor in the nude--aka "naked." (Note : this doesn't count as "porn." Except for the occasional Britney Spears crotch shot or Lindsay Lohan nipple slip, or maybe the periodical Paris Hilton video, or Michelle Manhart Playboy spread or Katie Rees layout, we don't exactly do "porn" that much here on the Jawa Report. It's really not all about boobs & asses, ya know. It's about boobs, and asses, and the global jihad.) At any rate, here she is:
Internet bandwidth : ~$2.50 per Gigabyte
Digital image of Islamic protesters posted to your site : ZERO DOLLARS
Figuring out that your digital image of Islamic protesters is being hotlinked from Aljazeera.com: ZERO DOLLARS
The opportunity to place your own special digital image in the middle of a page at Aljazeera.com: PRICELESS
Full story over at LGF.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Hannity & Colmes
IAI's Terrorist Website Down
The maintainers of the Islamic Army in Iraq’s main public web site seem to have thrown in the towel for now. There have been some major problems with their site lately and it looks like they are giving up.As noted this is the main al-Boraq Media site. The IAI still has other active sites. Including the Juba-online.org site and the Juba blog on blogspot.
Image credit Bamapachyderm.
NYT, WaPo, AP All In Sync With DNC Press Office
The real story, of course, is the exact opposite of what is reported in the media.
The MSM isn't even hiding their biases anymore.
More on Rudy and Guns
I think this commenter may have it about right:
He needs to change his thought patterns if he wants to win. . . . He needs a 2nd Amendment advisor or he is going to end up losing the election.A lot of smart people have been saying this for a long time. Gun control is a landmine for Rudy Giuliani. When it comes to guns, Rudy's got a terrible track record to deal with. So far, his message sucks. Based on Rudy's messaging on guns, I'll guarantee you most gun owners are still actively shopping around. If Rudy doesn't get some solid advice on guns and start listening to it, gun control could be the issue that sinks his candidacy.
Why is gun control such an issue? Because it's an issue on which Rudy's closer to the Democrats, and everybody knows it. The Dems will very likely retain control of the House and Senate in 2008. If the Dems control the House and Senate after 2008, there's a very likely scenario in which the only thing standing between us and new federal gun control laws is a presidential veto.
Would Rudy Giuliani be willing to veto a re-enactment of the Brady Bill waiting period or the Scary-looking Weapons Ban of 1994? Based on his track record, and his massaging so far in this campaign, I wouldn't bet on it--and that's going to be a real issue for Rudy as this campaign heats up.
Is Glenn Reynolds Trying to Tell Us Something?
First, Glenn links to this article addressing whether libertarians might ultimately get along better with left-wingers than conservatives. Right after that, he posts an article on traditionally Democrat gun owners who are ready to return to the fold if the Democrats ever abandon their dalliance with the gun controllers.
Is Glenn trying to tell us something?
For my part, I don't really see how the first one's even a question. The conservatives at least pay lip service to individual liberty and free markets. On the chance occasion, they even do something to promote these ideas. Except as regards abortion and gay rights, I see almost no concern for individual liberty on the left. When was the last time you heard a Democrat invoke Milton Friedman? I'm not sure I ever have. The way I see it, conservatives are wary of individual liberty, but left-wingers are pretty much just opposed to it. Sure, the left-wingers are willing to look the other way while you experiment with creative new ways to use your private parts for fun and profit, but every other area of your life is fair game for taxation, regulation, compulsion, prohibition, etc. The gun issue rolls right into these general orientations.
That said, I'd love to see the Democrats start competing for the votes of libertarians (including gun owners) again.
Arkin Clams Up Like A Little B*tch
(BUMPED, because it is important to embarass the Washington Post over this tool.)
When confronted investigative-report style regarding his atrocious subretarded ranting at the US military in the Washington Post, chickendove William Arkin evaded and ran like the despicable coward that he is.
He was too busy skiing. Far too courageous and heroic to stand behind and answer for his anti-American slime.
Courage. Courage. Courage.
Here's the NBC report Arkin claims to have "mulled over." The reality is that the clip punctured Arkin's mainstream-mediot Cloud 9 lifestyle and revealed an uncomfortable truth that he can't deal with: the leftarded antiwarbots led by the likes of him are having a direct negative effect on the troop morale in Iraq. Deal with it, Arkin. You made the bed, you chose your side, and now you sleep in it:
Happy Birthday, Dutch
Ronald Reagan would have turned 96 today. Given the utter pathetic state of Washington these days, he is perhaps missed now more than ever.
Margaret Thatcher's eulogy to Reagan is (IMHO) the best tribute out there:
Lisa Nowak, NASA Astronaut, Charged with Attempted Kidnapping
Lisa Nowak, a 43 year-old Navy Captain and NASA Astronaut, who last flew a shuttle mission on STS-121 (the second return to flight mission) has been charged with attempted kidnapping. Lisa Nowak drove from Houston, Texas to Orlando's International Airport in Florida (wearing a diaper according to The Register and the BBC so that she wouldn't have to stop) so that she could confront a fellow astronaut, Colleen Shipman. What could have been so important for one astronaut to drive 1,000 miles to talk to another astronaut? A guy.
Lisa Nowak thought Colleen Shipman was romantically involved with William Oefelein, another astronaut. Apparently, Oefelein was what we like to call a player, either that or Nowak is just nuts (which is probably the more likely of the two). When Nowak was asked about her relationship with Oefelein she said, "[It is] more than a working relationship but less than a romantic relationship." So how did it all go down?
Nowak found out Shipman was flying into Orlando so she donned her diaper and drove from Houston to meet up with Shipman at the airport. Upon arriving at the airport Nowak dawned a wig and a trenchcoat to disguise herself, according to Fox News. She tracked down Shipman who was getting on a bus to take her to her car. Shipman has pretty good situational awareness, because she noticed someone was following her and bolted to her car where she locked the doors.
Lisa Nowak, who is obviously off her rocker, didn't like the fact she could no longer kidnap Colleen Shipman so Nowak did what any failed kidnapper would do and attack. Nowak started beating on the window, asking for a ride, asked for a cell phone, and then started crying. When Shipman cracked the window to tell her no, Lisa Nowak sprayed pepper spray (or a similar chemical) into Shipman's car. Shipman sped off to the parking lot's attendant booth where police were called.
A search of Lisa Nowak's car, which was at a nearby motel, turned up pepper spray, a BB-gun, latex gloves and e-mails traffic between Colleen Shipman and William Oefelein, a knife, rubber tubing, $600 in cash, steel hammer, and garbage bags. According to The Register, "Nowak claims she only wanted to scare Shipman and confront her about her relationship with Oefelein." That's one hell of a way to make an impression. I could do quite a bit of torture with those supplies.
Lisa Nowak, who is married with three children, is being charged with attempted kidnapping, attempted vehicle burglary with battery, and destruction of evidence and battery. If convicted on the attempted kidnapping charge Nowak could face up to life in prison. This is the first such incident for NASA and there are no rules about fraternization amongst astronauts.
Rudy on Hannity & Colmes (YouTube Video)
PART 2 BELOW THE FOLD
On The Front Lines Of The War Against The War
Lameassed and over-predictable… by the book it was. I thought I blended right in in my local disguise but since many of the puppets were bussed in from hither and San Francisco I was eyed with suspicion the whole time...and when I approached my 3 buddies in the swarm I gave myself away for sure and was subjected to incoherent ramblings being talked at me in Moonbatish for the whole 10 minutes I stood there...until I wandered along only to be stopped from crossing the street by some asshole in an orange vest directing traffic no, no, no, no WAIT Ahem? Thanks, but I’m an adult who knows how to cross the street all by myself. I didn’t stick around to see if the cop I complained to actually did anything about it.
Lame Lame LAME.
Every time these types do this here, I'm working.
Damn you, The Man, how dare you repress me!!!
February 05, 2007
Sorry Chuck, you just got something that rhymes with "chucked."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan resolution repudiating President George W. Bush's decision to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq failed to advance in the U.S. Senate on Monday, dealing a serious setback to critics of the war.
"You know, nasty little fellows such as yourself always get their comeuppance."
Is Hamas a "Resistance Movement"?
Some at the State Department have said so, though the official "terrorist" designation apparently remains unchanged.
Is there any chance that this was just a random comment? Is this some sort of trial balloon?
Many Doctors No Speak English
(United Kingdom) Thousands of doctors from continental Europe practice in the UK without a basic grasp of the English language.
From Daily Mail:
One in 10 doctors allowed to practise in Britain cannot speak good enough English, it has been claimed.In one documented case, lack of English language skills by a Frenchman, Dr. Bernard Delvigne, led to the death of a patient when an emergency was not handled properly.
A total of 23,000 medics from Europe are working here without a basic grasp of the language, according to influential health regulators. They are calling for a change to European law to ensure all doctors arriving from the continent undergo language tests.
Many Americans will likely sympathize with the problem. In particular, it's believed that patients' health is somewhat compromised on the West Coast and in the Southwest since many doctors don't speak Spanish. On the other hand, many health professionals in the same regions believe that patients' health is compromised since they cannot communicate in English.
Hot Persian Chick : Nazanin Afshin-Jam
Not only is she hot, she's also an outspoken critic of the Iranian mullahs and their monkey. Plus, she helped free Nazanin Fatehi from prison. What's not to like?
MORE NAZANIN BELOW THE FOLD
"Global Warming" Update: Nation Reels From Arctic Cold
Bluto beat me to the punch, so I'll pile-on.
Other out-of-control global warming stories from across the country (fr/Drudge):
US Helicopters Shot Down (Video)
The US says it will change the flight tactics used by our helicopters to reduce the risk of them being shot down.
Via Boston Globe: BAGHDAD -- The US command has ordered changes in flight operations after four helicopters were shot down in the last two weeks, the chief military spokesman said yesterday, acknowledging for the first time that the aircraft were lost to hostile fire.The enemy also released a low quality video that claims to be from an Apache helicopter shot down near Taji. The Jawa Report has obtained a copy. (click the pic for video)
The crashes, which began Jan. 20, follow insurgent claims that they have received new stocks of anti aircraft weapons -- and a recent boast by Sunni militants that "God has granted new ways" to threaten US aircraft.
Major General William Caldwell said the investigations into the crashes of three Army and one private helicopters were incomplete, but "it does appear they were all the result of some kind of anti-Iraqi ground fire that did bring those helicopters down."
It was the first time a senior figure in the US Iraq command had said publicly that all four helicopters were shot down.
Ok new tactics. The tactic I suggest we use is to find out who sent these SA7 missiles to Iraq and send them a message.
Say if it was Baathists in Syria I would think that Assad's palace would be a fair trade for two of out fine Pilots. Hopefully he will be home when the message is delivered.
Same thing if they came through Iran.
The video was released by the ISI formerly known as Abu Musab al-Zaqawi's MSC. These are terrorists who have murdered over 1000 Iraqis in one week. Any state we find sending them weapons and support should be held to account, and none too gently at that.
Hat Tip: Jason.
Update: I've noted serveral problems with the video other than the low quality see below the fold.
During the first sequence of the two choppers flying it appears normal. But there is no indication of when or where this occurs. Next the Jihadis crouching in the ditch appears to be very similar to a previous video and may be spliced in for effect. Then the firing sequence ends abruptly. I can see some sort of flash but it's not clear if this is a shoulder fired missile or just one of their crappy homemade rockets. Why does it end there? Seems odd like they are hiding something. Then the next sequence of the chopper and smoke is very low quality and from a great distance. It's obviously a chopper going down but you cant tell what kind or when. It could be old footage spliced into this vid.
The bottom line is that some of our craft have been shot down. But this vid is very questionable and the odds that it is of the actual attack are slim. All the Nashids (songs) and speech could also be spliced into this vid.
So since I am updating this thread at 2:00 am something must have come up. I'll probably be out on Tuesday but when I return on Wednesday, I'll pull some frame grabs to demonstrate what my doubts are.
That's why they call it propaganda. They want you to believe it's real. But their followers go for this crap hook, line and sinker. They believe it is real and proof of this or that. Silly Jihadis, if this is all it takes to impress them.....
First we have the opening sequence of hoppers flying overhead and then a cut to three Jihadis. They appear to be planting roadside IED's but we can't tell for sure as they have censored the images. See the black box. If you are holding a SA 7 show it or I won't believe you.
The other jihadi appears to be setting the detonator cable for the bomb but his hands are blurred. Why?
The only part that may be real is of the actual shot at 1:54. But still you cannot tell what happened, just some smoke and then a red flash.
But then in the following long distance shot there is another flash at a much higher altitude. Hmm could be a secondary problem that actually brought the chopper down after it was hit. Bottom line for me is that this pieced together choppy video proves nothing. It may be real, it may not be, but it is Jihadi propaganda and crappy propaganda at that.
Another Heretic Challenges the Gobal Warming Orthodoxy
Believe it or not, Global Warming is not due to human contribution of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). This in fact is the greatest deception in the history of science. We are wasting time, energy and trillions of dollars while creating unnecessary fear and consternation over an issue with no scientific justification. For example, Environment Canada brags about spending $3.7 billion in the last five years dealing with climate change almost all on propaganda trying to defend an indefensible scientific position while at the same time closing weather stations and failing to meet legislated pollution targets.
Dr. Ball believes that current trends indicate we may soon enter a cycle of global cooling. He considers these cycles natural and outside the control of technology.
Fair Warning: the link for Dr. Ball's article has some of the most obnoxious popup ads ever.
Glenn Reynolds on the Second Amendment
Over at Instapundit, Glenn has posted a collection of his articles on the Second Amendment.
It's Not Wise to Upset a Wookiee
LOS ANGELES - A man dressed as Chewbacca was arrested after police said the street performer head-butted a tour guide operator in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.If it were me, and a bunch of "actors" were hassling (cheap-assed) tourists. I’d take it up with the guy dressed up as C3PO first. Because droids don't pull people's arms out of their socket when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.
Frederick Evan Young, 44, of Los Angeles was booked Thursday for investigation of misdemeanor battery, police Lt. Paul Vernon said.
Police said the 6-foot-4 street performer was seen arguing Thursday afternoon with a tour guide who had expressed concern the Star Wars wookie impersonator was "harassing and touching tourists" in violation of city law.
Hat Tip J.S.