April 30, 2007
Stuck On Stoopid
A link left by the mysterious Darth Odie in the comments led me to Rosie's blog, which I will not link, where this exchange takes place:
A bridge in Oakland has collapsed due to an intense fire. How did fire cause that steel to melt??? I thought it was physically impossible
water freezes at 32 degrees
steel melts at 2700
wtc 7 fires
were no where near that temp
WTC 7 was weakened by the damage brought on by the collapse of the 110 story skyscraper next to it, not by fire.
I know, I'm beating a dead sow here, but, this woman is being salivated over by dumbasses who are offering her far more money than ABC did to spew her nonsense over the airwaves.
Don't be surprised to see her waddle onto Al-Jazzeera sometime soon.
Update by Howie: Yup, hard to believe, but there it is.
My Wife Has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Thanks a lot, Rachael Ray.
Eyewitness to a Stoning (Warning: Graphic)
Gateway Pundit has the story behind the stoning:
On or around April 7, 2007... Du'a Khalil Aswad, a 17 year old Kurdish girl was murdered by public stoning after running away from home for a so-called honour crime. Du'a was a member of Iraq’s Yezidi religious minority from the village of Bahzan in northern Iraq. She was killed by a group of men and in the presence of a large noisy crowd in the town of Bashika, near the city of Mosul. Some of her relatives may have participated in her stoning.
Amnesty International reported that Du’a Khalil Aswad’s murder is said to have been committed by relatives and other Yezidi men because she had engaged in a relationship with a Sunni Muslim boy and had been absent from her home for one night. Some reports suggested that she had converted to Islam, but others deny this. Initially, she was reportedly given shelter in the house of a Yezidi tribal leader in Bashika, but her killers stormed the house, took her outside and stoned her to death. Her death by stoning, lasted for some 30 minutes.
This stoning, incidently, led to the massacre of 23 Yezedis by Muslims who believed Du'a was murdered for converting to Islam:
Abdul-Karim Khalaf, a police spokesman for Ninevah province, said the executions were in response to the killing two weeks ago of a Yazidi woman who had recently converted to Islam after she fell in love with a Muslim and ran off with him. Her relatives had disapproved of the match and dragged her back to Bashika, where she was stoned to death, he said.
A grainy video showing gruesome scenes of the woman's killing was distributed on Iraqi Web sites in recent weeks, but its authenticity could not be independently confirmed.
The Gates of Vienna has some excellent background information on the Yezedi. This is one of those occasions, however, when we have to put aside our sympathy for a persecuted minority and state the obvious fact that stoning women, either for adultery or converting to another religion, is barbaric and reprehensible. Let's contrast this honor killing with Jesus's response to a similar situation:
3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" 6They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." 8Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
11"No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin." (John 8:3-11)
Video via Publius Pundit.
Crossposted at Not Ready for my Burqua
Update by Rusty: This video is all over Islamic websites and Muslims are outraged by it. The most common comment being: see what they do to a girl who converts to Islam! Ironic, of course, since Muhammed said that leaving Islam was punishable by the death penalty.
French Muslim Women Hymenizing
(Paris, France) Apparently, it's the latest trend. Muslim women are having their hymens stitched to become, technically, virgins again. Prompting the trend is a rise in religion among the five million Muslims in France.
This 30-minute outpatient procedure, called "hymenoplasty" and costing between 1,500 and 3,000 euros ($2,000-$4,000), is increasingly popular among young women of North African descent in France.It's reported that the women are subjected to enormous cultural and family pressure to be virgins when they marry. I'd like to know how many are virginating (virginizing?) themselves in preparation for the afterlife and joining their 71 sisters.
No exact figures exist to say how many such operations are done, but the woman's surgeon says he gets three to five queries and performs one to three hymenoplasties each week. Demand has been rising for the past three or four years.
Frankly, $2,000 - $4,000 seems like an awful lot of money to put a wrapper back on a package.
Abu Izzadeen Remanded, 2 Others Get Bail (Jawa Scoops MSM...AGAIN!)
A) Abu Izzadeen, three other Bakri Mohammed followers, didn't make bail. Bwahahahahahaaaaaaaaa!!!
This isn't cowbell as in, "Osama bin Laden is dead" cowbell. This is more like in your face cowbell now that we know friends of Izzadeen read this blog regularly. I'm looking at you Anjem Choudary, and the rest of you Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah followers. We know who you are, and you are my bitches.
B) Two others charged back walking the streets. Scary.
B) MSM finally releasing name of six detained in raid....five days after Jawa Report!
Outspoken Muslim Abu Izzadeen has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with offences related to terrorism....Joining Izzadeen in jail awaiting trial are Ibrahim Abdullah Hassan [aka, "Abdul Haqq"], Rajib Khan, and Simon "Sulayman" Keeler.
Omar Zaheer & Shah Jalal Hussain [aka, "Abu Muwaheed"] made bail.
Let me also just gloat and reiterate: we first published these six names five days ago, and the MSM is just getting around to it today.
"Artistic" Blowjobs Linked to Cancer
Funny: A guy X-rays woman giving blowjob, calls himself "artist".
Funnier: Years later artist reveals that he was the subject of said blowjob during testicular cancer telethon.
Sad: Whore given $100 for blowjob dies of brain cancer.
The Omar Bakri Mohammed -- al Muhajiroun -- al Qaeda Connection
Two posts of note, both of them connecting Omar Bakri Mohammed -- through the organization he founded, al Muhajiroun -- to planned acts of terror on British soil and to al Qaeda. Both of them are about the five Muslims convicted today of plotting to use a fertilizer bomb to kill British civilians.
Little Bulldogs notes that:
the home-grown terrorists springing up across this country are not acting alone. Al Muhajiroun is radicalising them and sending them on their way to Al Qaeda and terrorismSecond, See-Dub, blogging at Hot Air, notes:
Not only was the leader involved in Al-Qaeda, he was also involved in a banned group— Al-Muhajiroun, darling of Allah’s little terror-supporting buddy Abu Izzadeen.And to think, these guys have the nerve to claim that we have no evidence that they are al Qaeda supporters!
Court Turns Down Canadian Jihadi Case
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined an appeal made by a 15 year old Canadian jihadi detained after he threw a hand grenade at a medic in Afghanistan. The Canadian peacenicks have been up in arms over Omar Khadr's detention. Oddly, nary a peep out of the same groups about a 15 year old kid fighting with the Taliban.
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of Omar Khadr, the only Canadian imprisoned at the U.S. detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba....His family lives in Toronto, and I'm sure the city is much more charming because their presence.
Khadr is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. medic in Afghanistan in 2002. He also faces charges of attempted murder, conspiracy, spying and providing material support for terrorism.
He has been in U.S. custody since he was seized in Afghanistan at the age of 15.
Incidentally, a Yemeni detainee's case, that of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, was also turned down.
UPDATE: A friend e-mails:
Forget the fact he was 15 - his whole family was involved in terrorism. His dad was killed and his brother crippled in a firefight between the Taliban they were with and Pakistanis -- his sister was caught with a videotape of OBL attending her wedding... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaynab_Khadr
I hate Wikipedia but I don't have all my stuff on Khadr in front of me - the entry is pretty good though: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Khadr
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khadr_family
The sources for the entries give lots more details... the family is always in the news in Canada.
Mars Warming Update: Polar Icecaps in Danger
US/GOP OUT OF MARS! GLOBAL WARMING!!1!!
For John Ryan.
Omar Bakri Mohammed Followers Screed Against Jawa Report
As many of you know, we have have been documenting the ties between Omar Bakri Mohammed and his followers (all former members of banned groups: ie, al Muhajiroun, The Saved Sect, al Ghurabaa, etc) and terrorism for some time now. We've finally made it on to their radar screen!
*Rusty bows, pats self on back*
Okay, maybe finally isn't entirely accurate. Actually, they've noticed us on several occasion in the past. But until I get an overt fatwa ordering my beheading from Bakri Mohammed, rather than the usual veiled death threat from his followers, I promise that I will not rest!
Today's latest screed from one of Bakri's terror supporters tries to document the ties between The Jawa Report and racism. Their evidence? Comments left by racist genocidal pigs here at The Jawa Report.
They're right. There are such comments on these pages. Some of them are racist. Some of them are genocidal. All are disgusting. Although I've never quite got how disgusting genocidal comments about Muslims were racist--since last time I checked, "Muslim" wasn't a "race".
Such comments are sometimes left by a very small group of people who we've tried to ban on dozens of occasions, and who we have publicly denounced. But the vast majority of them are from the one-time commenter who leaves a few unintelligible remarks and who we never really hear from again---thankfully! Unfortunately, the tools we use to publish this website are not adequate to the task. I'd love to have comment registration, but I don't.
Anyway, here is what Bakri Mohammed's followers over at U.K. Captive Support have to say about The Jawa Report, in a lengthier post about how Britain has declared war on Muslims:
An example to this is the mypetjawa website which has continuously boasted about their so-called intelligence in tracking down Muslims who call for the beheadings of non-Muslims. The website owners are obviously lying hypocritical pigs, as they allow comments from non-Muslims to call for the same.We do not specifically allow comments from such people. Our only tool available would be to disallaow all comments. Something I've discussed at length with my fellow authors, and which all agree is not a good idea.
The website has always falsely portrayed the Muslims as people who have nothing else to do other then to terrorise the non-Muslims. These false claims have never been backed with evidence.A common tactic by the al Muhajiroun goons: portray attacks against those who support terrorism as attacks against all Muslims. Thus, when we provide evidence that Omar Bakri Mohammed, Abu Izzadeen, and other British Islamists formerly affiliated with al Muhajiroun do, in fact, support al Qaeda, they claim we are "attacking Muslims".
In Islaam nothing can be claimed without evidence. Therefore we have pasted the links to racist comments calling for the beheadings of Muslims, Arabs and Persians. They also call for the slaughter of Arab and Persian Women and Children:I take that last sentence as a veiled threat. But no matter. What matters is the accusation that, somehow, because we have a single racist jerk who left comments on a single thread and was nearly unanimously shouted down by other regular commenters, that it somehow discredits this publication, and the literally dozens of documented occasions in which Omar Bakri Mohammed has personally supported acts of terror and in which his websites---not just the words of an odd commenter or two---have encouraged terror.
These are only 3 examples of the many we have collected.
Ending with a message to those who have waged a war against Islaam and Muslims: Know that Islaam has a history of victory, and a future of victory. And by Allaah you will all witness it Insha’Allah.
You'll notice that I left my own comments in the thread cited, responding to the genocidal asshole Alan Jay Roberts:
Rusty:In fact, I believe that Kafir and Kamchatka Bear may have been on to something since none of us had ever heard of "Allen Jay Roberts" until this post. Kamchatka Bear, on reading Alan Jay Robertson's comments and Kafir's allusion to sock puppetry, said:
between John Ryan and Greyrooster, and now John Allen [my bad, I meant to say "Alan Jay Roberts"]......
Serenity now. Serenity now. Serenity now.
Alan are you trying to sock puppet here so that later you can claim that this site is racist? if so it's pretty patheticEerie how accurate Kamchatka Bear's prediction was.........
7/7 Terrorists Known to Authorities Prior to Attack
The Associated Press reports that details revealed during the trials of five jihadis (just sentenced to life terms) show that British investigators were aware of the 7/7 terrorists, but failed to connect the dots:
Details kept secret to ensure a fair trial showed that counterterrorism agents tracking the five men had also stumbled onto the transit plotters. And despite disturbing signs that the transit plot was in the works, the agents failed to piece them together in time to prevent the July 7, 2005 bombings that killed 52 people, testimony and official briefings during the trial showed.Of course, the bits and pieces always fit together seamlessly after the fact.
And, also of course, the information will immediately be used for partisan purposes:
The revelations are at odds with statements by Tony Blair's government after the 2005 attack. Senior ministers, who a month earlier had lowered the country's alert status, said the 2005 attack was unexpected and the perpetrators unknown.
Freedom Journal Iraq #635
This edition features stories on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers building a new school for Iraqi children in Kirkuk, a unit of chemical operations specialists responding to a chemical spill and Soldiers cleaning up and making a home out of a combat outpost. Hosted by Spc. Charles McLaughlin.
Freedom Journal Iraq #635
Yahoo Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #635
Farewell Egyptian Sandmonkey!
Sam Adams, aka "Egyptian Sandmonkey", has called it quits. Apparently, our "allies" in Egypt have turned up the heat on him.
One of the chief reasons is the fact that there has been too much heat around me lately. I no longer believe that my anonymity is kept, especially with State Secuirty agents lurking around my street and asking questions about me since that day.His voice will be missed. He has returned to the United States and is safe.
On a personal note, if Sam ever feels the need to blog again, consider this a standing offer to write at The Jawa Report. We're all anonymous here, and the pen name "John Redcorn" is just waiting to be used. And if we can fend off George Lucas's lawyers, Egyptian State Security should be a breeze!
Why Harry Reid Is A Lying Sack Of Crap
The Democrats would have you believe the war in Iraq is lost, but that is all 'smoke and mirrors'.
The Coalition forces are getting the job done.
While the mainstream media seems to be preoccupied only with bad news, this video will tell you the other side of the story... the side Harry Reid refuses to acknowledge.
Americans should have all of the facts before allowing the Democratic 'leadership' to damage our national security for decades to come.
April 29, 2007
Video : Would You Shake Hands With a Jew?
It Must Suck To Be Rosie
Recently, the Queen of Stench remarked "I believe it is the first time in history that fire has melted steel" concerning the collapse of WTC 7.
Poor Rosie, and the rest of the brain dead Truthers. A truck driver in San Francisco has just taken out a piece of the Bay Bridge:
OAKLAND, Calif. - A gasoline tanker crashed and burst into flames near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Sunday, creating such intense heat that a stretch of highway melted and collapsed. Officials predicted a traffic nightmare for Bay Area commuters for weeks or months to come.
But wait, doesn't concrete melt under intense heat? That's what a Truther may ask.
Witnesses reported flames rising up to 200 feet into the air. Heat exceeded 2,750 degrees and caused the steel beams holding up the interchange from eastbound I-80 to eastbound Interstate 580 above to buckle and bolts holding the structure together to melt, leading to the collapse, California Department of Transportation director Will Kempton said.
Since nobody was seriously injured, even the driver of the truck, I think it's safe to use this event to point and laugh at Rosie and her friends.
Not that we really needed much of an excuse to begin with.
World of Warcraft Cyber D*cks
A little nerd stuff for everyone. I do not play nor do I own World of Warcraft. Stopped at Warcraft 2, so I'm hip to the series.
Anyway, some well-known W.o.W. player died (in real life), and a bunch of game administrators thought it would be a nice idea to let his playing buddies come to a "memorial service" within the game to pay their respects. They took the player's character to a lake and set up a memorial service.
A 'guild' of W.o.W. players (a group that plays the game together regularly) came up with the brilliant idea of ambushing and slaughtering everyone's characters as they stood unsuspecting at this memorial service.
It may be a little confusing (or boring) if you don't know the game, but I just couldn't stop from giggling in a few places. I know its terrible, but the whole idea of some group of individuals deciding to film and upload a virtual ambush on a funeral procession in a virtual fantasy world involving real people who spend inordinate amounts of time there just kept repeatedly striking me a hilarious.
The W.o.W. equivalent of the Westboro Baptist Church. With sorcery and a slew of acquired skills. The video of the ambush doesn't' start until after the shots of player hatemail at about 2:10.
Inspired by: Ace, whose love of nerdom I share enthusiastically.
Mullah Najibullah, You've Been....Thunderstruck
Our Boy kicking ass from the air in Afghanistan. The Taliban can sneak in, but it's a bit tougher to sneak out after their lame ambushes.
Via The Telegraph: Caught in the middle of the Helmand river, the fleeing Taliban were paddling their boat back to shore for dear life.
Smoke from the ambush they had just sprung on American special forces still hung in the air, but their attention was fixed on the two helicopter gunships that had appeared above them as their leader, the tallest man in the group, struggled to pull what appeared to be a burqa over his head...
...By the time the gunships had finished, 21 minutes later, military officials say 14 Taliban were confirmed dead, including one of their key commanders in Helmand...
"Some of them were trying to get the heavy machine-gun up a small hill to engage us," Lt Denton said. "Capt Staley used the 30mm gun to take out the two guys who had taken off, and then we fixed on the ones with the heavy machine-gun. They were huddled around a large boulder and we shot them. We put as many rounds around it as we could, because if they got to it they could cause us trouble. But they never had a chance to set it up."
Using its cannon and then its rockets, the Apache finished off all the Taliban fighters it could find, then launched nail-filled rockets and dropped white phosphorous to destroy the motorcycles and the machine guns. After the shooting stopped, 12 Taliban were confirmed dead...
.....for now, the American airmen are not losing any sleep over it. "When you are on top of the enemy you look, shoot and it's, 'You die, you die, you die..."
If you are a Taliban fighter, get your affairs in order post haste.
A Little Humor From Teflon Don
From Acute Politics:
A Marine is working on a Police Training and Transition (PTT) team. Two of his Iraqi Police trainees grab an insurgent, who calls out "By Hussein, let me go!". The IPs drop the insurgent, who runs away. The Marine, astonished, asks why they released the man, and the IPs explain: "He asked for mercy by Hussein, the son of the Prophet, and custom demands that we set him free." A week or two later, the Marine is captured by insurgents. He remembers the IPs, and decides to give it a whirl, so he calls out "By Hussein, let me go!" The leader of the insurgents stares at him for a moment, and then says to the others: "Not only is he an American dog, he's a Shiite too! Kill him!"
Hitchens Defends Iraq
An exercise in making the opponents of the Iraq war look subretarded:
PART TWO BELOW THE FOLD -->
The Coming Malestrom of Sex, and Thoughts
Just putting this out there.
The upcoming wave of hysteria that will sweep the nation over the DC Madame story will be unlike anything seen in America since the Salem witch trials. It will be 24-7-365 when it really gets going. Just get ready for it.
Personally, I think this is a step in the right direction. I don't care what party solicits prostitution - its illegal and therefore especially intolerable coming from public officials. This event will be an effective bloodletting that will no doubt put Washington on notice. Unethical behavior like this is what the right decried in Clintoon, so nobody should be defending it in GOPers just because there is an (R) in front of the name. I'm personally watching with popcorn - its like pouring alcohol on an open wound. Good pain.
Of course, the same people that will be howling for scalps now are the same defenders of Bill Clinton's numerous trysts and subsequent public lies, as well as the same people that gave Gerry Studds a standing ovation and re-elected him for another 14 years after he fled the US to have sex with a 17 year-old male page. They're also the same people who cheer every time former DC Gay Escort Service madame Barney Frank bangs his sippy-cup on the House floor. This we all know. It frankly is irrelevant to the current controversy, but it will help you to slap moonbats down with historical bi-partisan context.
I'm also predicting that we will see ABC name Republican after Republican in this scandal- one at a time for a nice drip-drip-drip going into 2008. They will systematically omit and ignore the legions of high-profile Democrats no doubt populating this massive list of phone numbers. ABC will expose itself as a willing PR/Media activist wing of the Democrat Party. This nonsense about ABC "struggling" to release more names and details is a load. They're trying to do preemptive damage control on the Democrats involved, as well as contacting lawyers, friends in government, etc. The ABC news division knows that they can't just exclusively bludgeon the GOP with this while still retaining their "objective" credentials any more than FOX News could to Democrats if it were doing the same thing in ABC's position .
Unless, of course, you're expecting the nation to believe that the GOP are the sole solicitors of prostitution in DC, and the Party of Clenis, Barney Frank, etc. are the high priests of morality. I know you're not that stupid.
Oh, and this. I've been suffering from a bout of Bush Admin fatigue of late. I like the guy and think that he's really trying, but his lame-duck status has rendered his already-tepid Administration effectively powerless. The only thing I really still support W. on is the war, and that's not because I'm in love with W. I'm in love with the military, so I want to see their sacrifices honored by winning decisively. President Bush may be standing pat with the Troops and that's fine, but the prospects of a Democrat takeover triggering a national and world-wide disgrace not seen in 35 years loom large. Bush is the ONLY thing between complete oblivion for the Military and what we have now. As some once put it, I want to defend him but he makes it really hard sometimes.
Everything else he has done (save tax cuts and SCOTUS justices) has basically amounted to what would've been passed under a Democrat White House. Open borders, pork out the wazoo, indecisive policy positions, general bumbling and incompetence, corruption (both parties), bad articulation of the policies and underlying philosophies, etc. have all left me with the same Bush Admin.-fatigue that I'm sure many of you feel. Its probably more big-and-dumb-government-fatigue than it is specifically Bush Admin. fatigue, but there it is.
Fweh. Whatever. The great wheel keeps on turnin'.
Thanks for the soapbox.
April 28, 2007
Penn and Teller call Bullshit! on Immigration
Just for the record, I LOVE brown people in general, and I like Mexicans just fine--but that doesn't mean I'm willing to deliver the American Southwest over to the leftist politicians on a silver platter. Our complete lack of control over the southern border is on track to do exactly that. The Bush family has this irrational faith that the Hispanic vote is gonna swing over to the Republican column in the not-to-distant future, but despite their fervent belief, IT JUST AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN, folks. It's odd to me that so many libertarians seem to be completely unconcerned about the fact that states like New Mexico and Texas are poised to become solid Democrat states if present demographic trends continue for much longer. This is not good, boys and girls. Not good.
Lewis Black Unloads on Hollywood's Enviro Hypocrites
h/t : Allah.
The Muslim Brotherhood Project
You never know what you'll find at YouTube.
This little gem was hidden amidst scores of blatantly anti-Semitic, anti-American and anti-Western videos, and it's existence seemed almost an oversight.
Perhaps now that I am bringing it to their attention, YouTube will remove it for somehow violating their terms of service, while they happily continue to host countless Islamist propaganda films on their servers.
Just to be sure everyone is clear about this - The person who uploaded this video to YouTube is not the subject of my commentary about anti-Semitic and anti-Western videos.
The oversight I spoke of is not his, it is YouTube's.
Dem Posturing Directly Endangering Troops
While unscrupulous Democratic Party leaders bluster and posture for the benefit of their more deranged constituents on the left lunatic fringe, delivery of lifesaving equipment to the front lines is being threatened:
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - The armored carrier has a grim black slash across its side, burn marks on the door and a web of cracks along the window. Like most of the Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in Anbar province, this one has been hit as many as three times by enemy fire and bomb blasts. Yet, to date, no American troops have died while riding in one.And, before you ask, yes, I am questioning their patriotism. Especially majority leader Harry Reid, who is determined to subvert the US Constitution's separation of powers provisions, as well as offering as much comfort and aid to the al Qaeda propaganda effort as he possibly can.
But efforts to buy thousands more carriers—each costing about $1 million—could be delayed if the White House and Congress do not resolve their deadlock over a $124.2 billion war spending bill.
Thinking Out Loud: Abd al-Hadi -- al Muhajiroun Connection?
Pardon my speculation, but as soon as I learned that the Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi was the 7/7 London bombing mastermind, I couldn't help but think that it was a bit singular that six former al Mujahiroun goons, including Abu Izzadeen who publicly supported the 7/7 terrorists, were arrested just days before the announcement that Abd al-Hadi was in U.S. custody.
Glen Jenvey has been insisting to me for some time that ever since the arrest of Abu Hamza (which he had a hand in) that Omar Bakri Mohammed, and his two right-hand men Abu Izzadeen and Anjem Choudary, were the face of al Qaeda in Britain. A charge that is backed up by hours of video and audio of the group supporting jihadists, including al Qaeda, and Omar Bakri Mohammed's pre-9/11 boasting that he was the spokesperson for al Qaeda in the U.K., an affiliation he later denied.
But another fact suddenly comes to mind, something that didn't really click until just now. The forum on which Izzadeen and other Bakri followers now congregate is called "Islam Base". Al Qaeda literally means, "the Base". *Rusty slaps forehead for overlooking the obvious*
So, given that there is plenty of evidence that Omar Bakri Mohammed's "Islam Base" followers also support al Qaeda, six of those followers are now in jail, and the al Qaeda operative who masterminded the 7/7 London bombings has just been publicly transferred to Guantanamo, I'm wondering if maybe the two events are somehow connected? Either the decision to make Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi's capture public because of the arrest of the six, or the arrest of the six because of the imminent transfer of al-Hadi to Guantanamo after which his detention would no longer be a secret?
And, as long as we are speculating, I would be remiss in not linking a post over at Atlas Shrugs about the possible connection between a former al Muhajiroun arrested in New York some time ago for financing, you guessed it, al Qaeda, and the recent arrest of a Tamil Tiger terrorist who apparently lived a few doors down. Again, a bit singular. And, again, a connection Glen Jenvey has been pointing out to me for some time, which, to be honest, I've mostly ignored. No more.
French Woman Hostage Freed
A French woman -- one of five hostages held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for three weeks -- has been released in the southern province of Kandahar, a Taliban spokesman told AFP.
"Today at 11:05 (0635 GMT) the French female hostage was released in Maiwand district of Kandahar province," Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi said.
Afghan officials could not immediately confirm the release. The French embassy in Kabul said: "We are awaiting confirmation."
The Taliban will give France one more week to negotiate the release of hostage Eric Damfreville and 3 Afghan colleagues.
Another spokesman for the movement, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the extension was granted to the French government "since they have elections and they are busy."
"We will give the French woman a letter containing our demands from the French government," he said.
“French authorities confirm that one of the hostages, who are members of the Terre d’Enfance association, has been released this morning in Afghanistan,” the ministry said.
“This release is the result of the efforts made for more than three weeks. They must continue with the same determination and the same discretion until the release of the other hostages,” the ministry said in a statement.
Lord, Please Kill Tim
Remember MTV's The State?
Bonus: International Signs and Misrepresentations
April 27, 2007
Breaking al-Qaeda Leader Captured (UPDATED)
Via ABCNEWS breaking news email
THE PENTAGON SAYS IT HAS ONE OF AL QAEDA'S MOST SENIOR OPERATIVES IN ITS CUSTODY, HE WAS CAUGHT BY THE CIA.Update: The man is identified at by the DOD as Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi.
The Department of Defense announced today that it took custody Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a high-level member of al-Qaida captured in the War on Terror and placed him under control of the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Update by Rusty: Much more from Roggio here and some video of this scumbag at the bottom of Allah's post here.
Prior to his arrival at Guantanamo Bay, he was held in CIA custody.
Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi was one of al-Qaida’s highest-ranking and experienced senior operatives at the time of his detention. Abd al-Hadi associated with leaders of extremist groups allied with al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including the Taliban. Abd al-Hadi worked directly with the Taliban to determine responsibility and lines of communication between Taliban and al-Qaida leaders in Afghanistan, specifically with regard to the targeting of U.S. Forces. More details of his background and activities are available here.
Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi is now under DoD custody and control and will be treated appropriately and in accordance with policy and procedures for other DoD detainees at Guantanamo. He will be treated in accordance with U.S. law and international obligations under treaties to include the Convention Against Torture, Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, the Detainee Treatment Act, the Military Commissions Act, and applicable Department of Defense directives and instructions governing detainee operations.
The al-Qaeda leader who is thought to have devised the plan for the July 7 suicide bombings in London and an array of terrorist plots against Britain has been captured by the Americans.These are not the Iraq, al-Qaeda connections we are looking for, move along.
Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a former major in Saddam Hussein’s army, was apprehended as he tried to enter Iraq from Iran and was transferred this week to the “high-value detainee programme” at Guantanamo Bay.
Virginia State Police : Shooter's Magazines Were "Standard Issue"
Via Confederate Yankee:
Virginia State Police Public Relations Manager Corinne Geller confirms via email that [the Perverted Turd] only used standard capacity magazines in a rampage last Monday at Virginia Tech that left more than 50 Virginia Tech students and faculty dead or injured.Cross-posted at The Arsenal."We are not identifying the capacity of the magazines or number of magazines purchased prior or in [Turd's] possession at the time of the shootings. I can tell you that the magazines were standard issue."
Philippines Honor Slain Peace Corps Volunteer Julia Campbell
Updating a previous report, the suspecteded killer of murdered Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell has surrendered, Campbell's remains have been cremated and flown back to the U.S., and Campbell is being decorated by the Philippine government.
The House of Representatives will honor martyred US Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell with the Congressional Medal of Achievement, its highest decoration, in recognition of her invaluable services and personal sacrifices for the Filipino people, especially the poor.
Speaker Jose de Venecia initiated the tribute to Campbell and said the Award for the well-loved volunteer teacher cum social worker was "accepted with gratitude" by the US government and the US Peace Corps.
De Venecia said the Award -- the highest decoration from the House -- will be presented in June to the US Peace Corps, represented by its director, Ronald Tschetter in Washington, and a representative of Campbell's family, in ceremonies expected to be graced by the top Philippine and American officials and leaders of civil society in Manila.
Honoring Julia Campbell with a Philippine Congressional citation is significant. It indicates that not only was Campbell well-liked and effective in her capacity as a Peace Corps volunteer, but also that the Filipino government wants to make sure that her murder doesn't aggravate relations with the Peace Corps nor the United States.
Understandably, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Peace Corps are concerned about the adequacy of existing security measures. Almost 140 Peace Corps volunteers are currently in the Philippines and their safety requirements are being reviewed. Note that the PNP has not completed its investigation into Campbell's murder. There continue to be unanswered questions.
The Congressional Medal of Achievement citation honored Campbell for having "brought light and joy into the lives" of many Filipinos.For the light, the joy and the ideals, Julia Campbell will be remembered.
"She epitomized the ideals of the Peace Corps and of the American people," the citation read.
MIT Dean Marilee Jones Resigns Amid False Credentials Scandal
Via Fox News:
The school announced Thursday that Jones had resigned after acknowledging she had misrepresented her education when she started working at the university 28 years ago, and declined to correct multiple incorrect claims since then.Looks like it wasn't just a few mudane details:
She falsely bolstered her credentials to get a job with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and over the course of her career claimed to have earned degrees from three schools. MIT officials say now they have no evidence she ever graduated from college at all.
I Do Not Like to Hear Good News
Mary Katharine Ham skewers Harry Reid, Seuss-style. She changed "General Petraeus" to "General Fooz," because "...nothing rhymes with 'Petraeus.'"
Thanks to Emperor Darth Misha I at The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.
UPDATE: Taliban Set Saturday Deadline for French Hostages
Afghanistan's Taliban movement said Friday that its deadline for demands to be met for the release of two French aid workers captured with three Afghans more than three weeks ago would expire Saturday.
The demands include the withdrawal of French troops mfrom Afghanistan and the release of an unspecified number of Taliban prisoners. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has promised not to release any Taliban in exchange for the hostages. But the French look like they may be caving on their end:
As concerns grew about the fate of the five employees of Terre d'Enfance (A World For Our Children), French foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said that France did not plan to stay in Afghanistan.
"There is no plan to continue occupying a country in the long-term," said Douste-Blazy. "It goes against France's values of respect for sovereignty, national independence, and territorial integrity."
Hopefully those vaunted French values also include rescuing their fellow countrymen from the hands of murderous thugs who would be just as happy to have Eric and Celine star in their next propaganda beheading video as to actually have the French leave, thus drying up the talent pool for the Afghan snuff film industry.
The Real Twoof
My artistic contribution to the world of debunking 9-11 conspiracy theorists:
Make your own here.
UPDATE: Another one:
Update: RIU Student Senate B*tchslapped By Reality
Learn it well, young leftists. We in America do not take kindly to the shredding of the First Amendment.
Better luck next time. I'm sure it won't be long.
Here are some pics from the "offending" White Heterosexual Males Scholarship event.
Muslims Publicly Demonstrate Six Arrests as "Crusade", Privately Support Terror
As we announced previously, the followers of Omar Bakri Mohammed were out in force today demonstrating against the arrest of six of their bretheren for supporting terrorism. Predictably, the media covering the event reprints their public lies.
Even a cursory Google search would have shown evidence that Izzadeen and the five others arrested support terrorism--including al Qaeda. The evidence against the six terror supporters is all public!
This is not some crusade against Islam, as the protesters today insisted. And if the Brits really cracked down on all who supported terror in their country, then tens of thousands would have been arrested. Yes, the problem is that bad.
The biggest lie reprinted is that under Shariah law Christians, Jews, and Muslims get along peacefully. This is the same group of protesters who publicly called for the execution of the Pope for "blasphemy". Blasphemy is a capital offense under that wonderful law of Allah's known as Sharia.
This is also the same group which held up signs saying, "Behead those who insult Islam" because some Danish newspapers had offended their religious sensibilities.
If that isn't bad enough, these same people have publicly celebrated the 7/7 mass murderers as well as the "Magnificent 19" who carried out the 9/11 attacks.
Several people in London e-mailed saying they would attend today's rally and send in pics. Hopefully we'll receive them soon.
Islamic supporters of six Muslims arrested in London earlier this week today staged a rowdy demonstration outside the top security police station where they are being held.Interestingly, the LSE piece names Sayful Islam as the "organizer" of the protest and as someone who is "very close" to one of the jailed terror supporters, Rajid Khan.
Dozens of angry demonstrators branded Tony Blair a "terrorist" while carrying banners stating "Sharia Law - the future, free our Muslim brothers" and "Crusade against Islam"....
Mr [Sayful] Islam said: "We definitely want to see Sharia law in place here. We want to see it implemented for everyone. Only then will there be harmony and there will be peace and justice amongst mankind."...
"We believe that as Muslims Sharia is for everyone and it can actually help solve problems in the world today.
"We have a very good economic system that will deal with homelessness in this country. In Palestine, Jews, Christians and Muslims lived peacefully for over 500 years under Shariah law."
What is so interesting about this is that at the password protected forum where the protest was organized, the person making the announcement simply goes by the name of "Islam Base". This suggest that Sayful Islam, since he is claiming to have organized the rally, is "Islam Base."
Importance? On the same forum "Islam Base"--who appears to by Sayful Islam--answers a querry about the "The University of Al-Qa’idah for the Sciences of Jihad". He answers by attaching a copy of Osama bin Laden's "Declaration of War" and, later on in the same thread, says that the book "39 Ways to Serve and Participate in Jihad" will help the reader prepare.
So, we have Sayful Islam publicly declaring that the six arrested are part of a larger plot--a "crusade"-- by the British government to persecute Muslims...for no good reason. Then, in private, the same man encouraging forum members to train for jihad by distributing al Qaeda literature!
UPDATE: IHT has better coverage, including mention of Anjem Choudary, another lying al Qaeda supporter. No surprise, the rally began in the Regent's Park Mosque:
The protest began shortly after midday prayers at Regent's Park Mosque, where Anjem Choudary, the former leader of the outlawed militant group al-Ghurabaa, addressed the crowd, demanding that they join him in protesting the detention of Izzadeen — a former spokesman for his group.UPDATE II: Unless, of course, Islam didn't really organize the rally and it was really Choudary who goes by the nickname of "Islam Base" at the forum. In which case.........
"You are living under oppression, the government is terrorizing the Muslim community," he told worshippers. "It's about time you stand together." ...
"They bomb us, and occupy our land, and here they arrest at you early in the morning!" he said, to cries of "UK — You will pay!" and shouts of "Allahu Akbar! (God is Great)"
But he predicted the ultimate victory of Muslims over their enemies. "One day, my dear Muslims, the flag of Islam will fly over Downing Street!" he said, to renewed shouts of "Allah Akbar!"
We previously exposed the website in these three posts, but there is a password protected forum associated with it, too:
British Islamic Website: The Virtues of Killing the Non-Believer
Website with Links to Birmingham Mosque Takes Down bin Laden Book, Still Supporting Violent Jihad
Birmingham Mosque Supporting Exiled al Qaeda Supporter?
Looks like Omar Bakri Mohammed is Having a Bad Day
British Cleric Encourages Muslims to Behead Hostages: Birmingham Connection
British Muslims Mock 7/7 & 9/11 Victims, Support Terror. U.K./Birmingham Subsidizing
Injured UK Soldier Accosted in Hospital
Terror Plot Linked to Exiled Cleric
UK Muslim 'Almost Ashamed' for Advocating Beheading Cartoon Blasphemers
Video of UK Imam: Ken Bigley Murder Justified
Clash of Civilizations on Our Streets: Muslim Soldiers Called Apostates, Traitors; al Qaeda Infiltration in U.K. Government?
Al Qaeda Behind British Beheading Plot; Bakri Mohammed Implicated; Suspects Identified
Muhammed Cartoon Protester Guilty
British Islamist Website Shut Down
Names of Terror Suspects Released by Bank of England
Video: British Imam Urges Terror Attacks
British Muslim: "How dare (the police) come to a Muslim area"
Exiled Muslim Cleric Behind London Protest Calling for Pope's Death
Izadeen's Group Banned!!!
Omar Bakri Mohammed Detained in Lebanon, 3 al-Muhajiroun Arrested
Abu Izzadeen Arrested: British Muslims Seethe, Threaten
Christians Tortured and Murdered on Video
I already knew that the three Christians murdered in Turkey by jihadists were first tortured for their faith. What I didn't know was that the sadistic bastards also videotaped them. Had they not been caught in the act, it is very likely that they would have used the gruesome and disgusting snuff film as propaganda distributed on the internet. A warning dhimmi Christians to know their place.
On the day of the killing, the young Muslim men had arranged to meet the Christians at 10:00 am to ostensibly learn more about the Bible.....Hat tip: Joel
They arrived, and reportedly, after Necati read a chapter from the Bible the assault began. The young men tied Ugur, Necati, and Tilman’s hands and feet to chairs as they videoed their work on their cellphones....
They were disemboweled, and their intestines sliced up in front of their eyes. They were emasculated and watched as those body parts were destroyed. Fingers were chopped off, their noses and mouths and anuses were sliced open. Possibly the worst part was watching as their brothers were likewise tortured. Tilman was stabbed 156 times, Necati 99 times and Ugur’s stabs were too numerous to count. Finally, their throats were sliced from ear to ear, heads practically decapitated.
Suddenly I am reminded of this Rev. 20:4:
And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Saudi Terror Sweep Nets 172
More good news. The Saudis have made a huge bust. They say the terrorists included non-Saudis and some were trained as pilots. Was Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi among them or caught while fleeing these raids? I'm not sure but some are speculating that may be the case.
The captured booty includes plastic explosives, handguns and rifles, ammunition and over 32 million dollars.
Apparently they were well informed of al-Qaeda's plans, it is reported that Al-Ekhbariah television showed images of security forces uncovering items hidden beneath floors and digging up weapons caches in the desert.
AP Via Yahoo News: RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Police arrested 172 Islamic militants, some of whom had trained abroad as pilots so they could fly aircraft in attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil fields, the Interior Ministry said Friday. A spokesman said all that remained in the plot "was to set the zero hour."Captain Ed has more here.
"They had reached an advance stage of readiness and what remained only was to set the zero hour for their attacks," Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Mansour al-Turki told the Associated Press in a phone call. "They had the personnel, the money, the arms. Almost all the elements for terror attacks were complete except for setting the zero hour for the attacks."
It appears the plans of the terrorists match al-Qaeda to a T. It is similar to goals and operations that al-Zawahiri planned against Egypt after his imprisonment there.
Liberal Psychobabble: Exhibit A
An Incoherent Truth, courtesy of Algore:
"Art, music, film, dance, poetry — all the arts — have long been our greatest tools to explore the regions of imagination that defy our efforts to think rationally about subjects that our emotions tell us are too painful to contemplate."
Whooooooa, man. Like...WHOA.
Jon Voight on the War
Doriangrey e-mailed saying I have to see this. That it would rock my world. It did. But isn't it sad that so few in Hollywood want America to win? Jon Voight isn't the only one, but the fact that its news says something profoundly disturbing.
Bryan, as always, has the video.
Freedom Journal Iraq #634
This edition features stories on the re-opening of a school and teacher's institute in Baghdad, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducting a sewage project in Baghdad and Iraqi troops performing traditional tribal songs and dances to U.S. Soldiers. Hosted by Pvt. Rheanna Douglas.
Freedom Journal Iraq #634
Yahoo Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #634
The Downfall of Quality Parenting and Society as a Whole
Wednesday night Aubree played in her Kindergarten program, Down on the Farm. Aubree and the other Kindergarteners did a fabulous job putting on a great show. I'm pretty damn proud of my child at this point.
However, the parents of the Kindergarteners were the ones that absolutely baffled me. I can not completely blame the parents for being fools, but they were the adults. The way they configured the gym for the performance was somewhat baffling. They have a stage but opted not to use it for one reason or the other. Therefore, everyone was on the same level (minus the three-tiered three foot high risers that the kids were on). When you couple the fact that the children were brought into the gym via a parent/family engulfed route, when a simple stage right entry point was available, it just exacerbated matters.
The instant a child was in sight, every parent (other than me and maybe two others) flocked toward the line of children. I'm just curious when society decided to make every event a Playstation 3 giveaway on release day. It literally looked like a bunch of crack fiends rushing the door at the methadone clinic. That was the first sign that doing any kind of serious video work should be abandoned and I should just do my best to get what I could get (which means don't worry about the other children just get video of Aubree).
After the initial rush of parents flocking to their children, it didn't really stop. Every parent lined up the center aisle taking pictures. Two other fathers and I had cameras within eighteen inches of each other and all three of us were dumbfounded. One father made the other the other father and I laugh by saying, "The center aisle is for loading and unloading only." Just out of curiosity, since when is a camera phone an acceptable way to take pictures of ones child? We're not talking a Japanese camera phone; we're talking an American one. The scene was such a mad house you couldn't even tell that the children had started singing.
After that, you would think that parents would have gone back to their seats. But, no, there were parents sitting in the center aisle nearly blocking any and all possibilities of doing a "class" video. Then, the absolutely unthinkable happened. A father and his older daughter meandered back into my area. I'm standing there with still camera in hand and video camera propped up on a tripod standing some six feet tall (red light on; recording). The father looks me dead in the eye, stops and turns dead nuts center of my shot. If this was target practice, he'd be full of holes.
At that point, I was ready to snap the neck of anyone that uttered a semi-foul thing in my general direction. However, I remained calm and went mobile. I took the video camera off the tripod and moved forward. I literally had to keep moving forward, too. The second I got somewhere a parent would walk by blurring the shot or stopped in front of me impeding the shot. I literally walked to the back row of chairs right of the center aisle and stood so close to the parents in the back row I could have tea bagged three and not even had known it.
You would think all would be well and good at this point. You would be sadly mistaken. The situation was less than optimal to say the least. However, the real trick came when I needed to do video with the right hand and stills with the left. It's a good thing I know how to see to different images at the same time because that's what I had to do. My right eye was in the view finder of the video camera making sure I kept Aubree in the shot and the left eye was looking at the screen on the digital camera taking pictures of the PowerPoint slide that was up on the screen.
Oh! And since when is it acceptable to use PowerPoint during a play?
Then the real obvious sense of the digression of the human race back into the caveman era began. The background noise was absolutely absurd during the entire presentation. It was like not only were the children learning how to perform but the parents were learning how to enjoy the show. Noise from the audience, at one point, was easily louder than the mic'ed up children. No one knew how to sit down and be quiet. I was a church mouse leaning up against the back wall. I had to be, I was recording. The noise level got so bad that Aubree's teacher got on the mic and told the audience to be quiet. Did that work? No. Why does anyone have to do anything they don't want to do, like being quiet? That's the nature of American society today I guess.
So my experience in trying to make good photography works was less than pleasurable. My battery ended up dying as the school's principal droned on thanking everyone and their brother and he had every right to do that. It's my fault for not making sure the battery was fully charged to begin with.
Then the dismissal came. I really had wished that the teachers would have thought more clearly about how they dismissed the children and what the obvious human reaction would have been at that point. When the announcement was made that, "We'll release your child to you when we see you," that's when I knew that my daughter was going to be the patient one and I had plenty of time to pack up my gear.
There was a mad rush towards the stage. Parents were stampeding to get their children as if it was a competition to see who was going to be the first one to get their child. Parents were literally trampling each other to reach their children. Teachers wanted this to happen because it was somehow safer?
I packed up my gear, put on my jacket, parted the Red Sea to find Aubree sitting patiently on the top row of the risers waiting for her daddy to come swoop her out of the madness and that's exactly what I did. We took the quickest path between Aubree's location and what I knew was an exit door. Between making eye contact with Aubree and us being out of the mad house may have been literally fifteen seconds.
Now, explain to me why parents holding their children continued to stand up front blocking walkways, aisles, and exit points. People were taking more pictures and having conversations in the front row where children were supposed to be picked up. I was simply dumbfounded.
The moral of the story is, Aubree did a fantastic job and that's all that should really matter to me. But, I'm very concerned about the downfall of society.
Video of the play is available exclusively at chrisshort.net.
April 26, 2007
PETA's KFC Sign Generator
You can make your own sign here.
h/t : Michelle.
The Honorable Senator From Connecticut
Last week a series of coordinated suicide bombings killed more than 170 people. The victims were not soldiers or government officials but civilians -- innocent men, women and children indiscriminately murdered on their way home from work and school.Reaction: Kos kids reject being called dupes, prefer traitors.
If such an atrocity had been perpetrated in the United States, Europe or Israel, our response would surely have been anger at the fanatics responsible and resolve not to surrender to their barbarism.
Unfortunately, because this slaughter took place in Baghdad, the carnage was seized upon as the latest talking point by advocates of withdrawal here in Washington. Rather than condemning the attacks and the terrorists who committed them..
It's odd, because I wrote my title before I read strata-spheres post, I swear. AJ does a good job trying to convince the leftards, good luck with that ;)
I think people on the right just wants to show they respect Joe. We surely disagree with him on most every other issue. He is taking hits just for doing what is right.
The Galilea Montijo Video UNCENSORED
Popular Latina bombshell Galilea Montijo is the latest starlet to have (allegedly) turned up in an amateur porno flick.
Is it really her? Who knows? Should you care to investigate for yourself, there are pictures and video of the real Galilea Montijo here.
Portions of the naughty video in question are posted here.
Army Colonel Aided Enemy, Slept With Detainee's (UPDATE: Smokin' Hot) Daughter
Lt. Col. William H. Steele, one-time commander of a prison in Iraq, has been charged with aiding the enemy. Steele is said to have passed an unmonitored cell phone to detainees.
What most media accounts of the charges filed against Steele leave out is that he is also charged with sleeping with a detainee's daughter. So, this appears to be a case of a soldier who is asked to do a "favor" for the father of the girl he's sleeping with.
UPDATE: Commenter Y7 thinks he knows who the girl is. He reports that Steele is said to have had a hot interpretter. To quote him:
And she was frickin' HOT. And by hot, I mean, SMOKIN....And she wasn't just wartime hot, she was anywhere hot.So, I guess it's okay then. Move along folks, nothing to see here.
Just kidding. It doesn't excuse him, but now we get it. Kind of makes the SNAFU analogy below all the more relevant. And, just to clarify, Y7 isn't 100% sure that Steele was sleeping with the same smokin hot interpreter or not. But, we kind of gather that he has a stiffy just thinking about her....
Why does this remind me of the WWII War Department cartoon featuring the voice of Mel Blanc as Private SNAFU? In the particular episode, which I've posted below, SNAFU reveals classified information to a "dame" while drunk.
My first reaction when I heard about this on the radio was, "this man is a traitor! Get a rope." But the charges actually read more like a case of an officer who was recklessly careless and naive.
Below the video you'll find the official list of the charges filed against Lt. Col. William H. Steele. There are actually four charges against him. Oddly, one of the specific instances of violating military rules is that he possessed pornography. Gee, that would be odd for a soldier to have porn.
UPDATE: Steele was the commander of the 451st Military Police Detachment at Camp Cropper just outside of Baghdad. Some of the charges (porn??) unrelated to the most serious of aiding the enemy are said to have been at a later posting where he was in charge of a provisional transition team at Camp Victory.
Also, I do not mean to minimize his offenses--there is no excuse for letting your penis cloud your judgement. In addition, the other offenses seem to indicate that he was an overall lousy officer (except for the porn, which is against the rules, but silly rules indeed). But he does not seem to be a "traitor", but, rather, a SNAFU type careless idiot.
Baghdad, Iraq- Lt. Col. William H. Steele has been charged with offenses under the provisions of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.
These charges are merely an accusation of wrongdoing. Lt. Col. Steele is presumed innocent unless and until he his proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of any alleged offense.
CHARGE I: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 104
Specification: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, did, between on or about 1 October 2005 and 31 October 2006, aid the enemy by providing an unmonitored cellular phone to detainees.
CHARGE II: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 134
Specification: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, did between on or about 31 October 2006 and 22 February 2007, having unauthorized possession of classified information, violate Title 18, United States Code, Section 793(e), by knowingly and willfully retaining the same and failing to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States.
CHARGE III: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 133
Specification 1: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, did, between on or about 20 October 2005 and 22 February 2007, knowingly and wrongfully fraternize with the daughter of a detainee, wherein such acts constituted conduct unbecoming an officer in the armed forces.
Specification 2: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, did, between on or about 1 December 2005 and 11 December 2006, knowingly and wrongfully provide special privileges to and maintain an inappropriate relationship with an interpreter, wherein such acts constituted conduct unbecoming an officer in the armed forces.
CHARGE IV: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 92
Specification 1: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, did, between on or about 18 February 2007 and 21 February 2007, violate a lawful general regulation, to wit: paragraph 7-4, Army Regulation 380-5, dated 29 September 2000, by wrongfully and knowingly storing classified information in his living space.
Specification 2: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, did, between on or about 1 September 2006 and 21 February 2007, violate a lawful general regulation, to wit: paragraph 4-32, Army Regulation 380-5, dated 29 September 2000, by improperly marking classified information.
Specification 3: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, having knowledge of a lawful order issued by the 89th Military Police Brigade Deputy Commander, did, at or near Camp Victory, Iraq, on or about 22 February 2007, fail to obey the order.
Specification 4: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, did, between on or about 18 February 2007 and 21 February 2007, violate a lawful general order, to wit: paragraph 2e, Multi-National Corps-Iraq General Order Number 1, dated 16 December 2006, by wrongfully and knowingly possessing pornographic videos.
Specification 5: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, between on or about 1 October 2005 and 31 October 2006, was derelict in the performance of his duties in that he willfully failed to fulfill his obligations as an approving authority in the expenditure of Field Ordering Officer funds.
Al Qaeda Leader Killed in Algeria
Some good news on an otherwise dreary and depressing day.
Algerian army soldiers shot dead the coordinator and second-in-command of Al Qaeda's North African branch on Thursday, official news agency APS reported, quoting security sources.Hat tip: averitas
Samir Moussaab, whose real name is Samir Saioud, was killed during a skirmish with an army patrol in the Boumerdes region around 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of Algiers, APS said.
He was tracked down using information gathered from ex-members of the group pardoned under an amnesty for Islamist rebels.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is led by Abdelmalek Droudkel, whose predecessor Nabil Sahraoui was killed by the army in 2003.
The panda sneeze: the cutest kind of sneeze.
Hey, you take your prozac your way, and I'll take it my way. With a shot of whiskey and panda to make everything better.
You do the math:
Lesson al Qaeda learns? a + b = terrorism works
This isn't rocket science. And, to be honest, I don't blame the Democrats. I blame you, the American people, for being weak and spineless in the face of our enemies.
Exactly as Ayman al Zawahiri predicted you would.
It's sad, really, that al Qaeda knows you better than you know yourselves.
Oh, yeah, keep telling yourself that there is no al Qaeda in Iraq. It will make you feel better and its cheaper than prozac. That way, when and if we do leave, the new Islamic State of Iraq won't exist.
Update: Our troops at work.
Wininng Hearts and Minds - US Aid To Egypt
U.S. Foreign Aid To Egypt:
1948-1997 - 45,669,400,000
1998 - 2,116,000,000
1999 - 2,076,000,000
2000 - 2,028,300,000
2001 - 1,996,000,000
2002 - 1,956,000,000
2003 - 2,212,200,000
2004 - 1,865,300,000
2005 - 1,821,500,000
2006 - 1,796,200,000
Click 'Read More' to see the good will that American citizens have purchased with their billions of tax dollars...
This video was aired on Egyptian state sponsored TV
I've filed this under 'Genital Puppets'.
As long as we continue to finance nations that despise us, and actively seek to undermine our interests, that is what we are... and what we shall remain.
The source of the figures posted above is here
Democrat Congress As Fat And Corrupt As Previous
Another Democrat campaign promise broken.
Gun-Toting Nut Incident Goes Underreported
This happened the other day.
An angry Republican voter pulled out a shotgun and stuck it in the face of a Democrat lawmaker, threatening to kill him unless he supported the President's war policy.
Sounds like a made-to order MSM feeding frenzy - violent gun-toting Republican threatening an innocent unarmed Democrat to go along with the unpopular war policy - all creating a perfect storm of anti-Republicanism and anti-Gun hype in the wake of the VT shootings.
Funny you didn't hear about it. That's probably because the political orientations and policy objectives of the individuals involved were exactly the opposite of what appears in the anecdote above.
Taliban Claims French Hostages Are Alive and Well
Two French hostages kidnapped earlier this month, and who have not been heard from since a video was released last week, are alive and well, their captors claim. That could change at any time though:
The Taliban, which has beheaded several of its captives, said April 20 that French troops must be withdrawn from Afghanistan and Kabul must release Taliban prisoners within a week.
"Without this, the position of Islamic Emirate [the Taliban] about foreign prisoners was clear to the world and [will] soon be applied," it said in a statement on its Web site.
Taliban spokesman Yousef Ahmadi refused to speculate on what would happen if the deadline passes tomorrow.
"They are in good health, in good condition. They are eating well and they are our guests," Ahmadi said. "There has been no particular development of the case. There has been no major direct or indirect negotiations."
Hostages Eric Damfreville and his co-worker Celine were kidnapped in SW Afghanistan on April 3, along with 3 Afghan colleagues.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has vowed not to release any Taliban prisoners in exchange for the captives. Last month, an Italian journalist, Daniele Mastorgiacomo, was abducted along with his driver and translator. Mastrogiacomo was freed in exchange for 5 Taliban prisoners. The driver, Sayed Agha, and translator, Adjmal Nakshbandi, were beheaded by the Taliban, sparking criticism that they were treated like second-class hostages.
We continue to pray for Eric and Celine's safety and freedom, and for the day when Taliban spokesmen are no longer in a position to demand anything from decent, freedom-loving people anywhere on Earth.
Taliban Demands Prisoner Swap for French Hostages
French Send Envoy to Kabul in Effort to Free Hostages
Taliban Said to Release Video of French Hostages(bumped)
French Hostage in Afghanistan: Eric Damfreville
Taliban Take Two French Aid Workers Hostages (UPDATE: One Hostage a Blogger)
WaPo Started Jessica Lynch Myth Despite Warning From Military
Ray Robison, writing in The American Thinker, reveals the true genesis of the Jessica Lynch myth:
...the story of her shoot-out with Iraqi forces was not a product of the US military but of the US media.
The US media created this recounting of her exploits from vague, unofficial statements by "undisclosed officials" and having been revealed as rumor mongers started looking for someone to blame. Who else would they pin it on but the US military?
Robison cites this Washington Post story as the first time that Lynch was incorrectly reported as having shot several Iraqi soldiers. This story was the catalyst for other media accounts, despite this warning from the article:
Several officials cautioned that the precise sequence of events is still being determined, and that further information will emerge as Lynch is debriefed. Reports thus far are based on battlefield intelligence, they said, which comes from monitored communications and from Iraqi sources in Nasiriyah whose reliability has yet to be assessed. Pentagon officials said they had heard "rumors" of Lynch's heroics but had no confirmation.Of course now, media and other anti-war forces are trying to paint the military as having created the Jessica Lynch myth.
"HotAir is Always Going to be Remembered as That Site with the Humping Robot…It Should be the Official Logo!"
"Back by popular demand, the stupidest thing I’ve ever posted on this site." - Allah
Are 'Carbon Offsets' the New Snakeoil?
Actually, no. Snakeoil is more tangible.
From Financial Times:
Companies and individuals rushing to go green have been spending millions on “carbon credit” projects that yield few if any environmental benefits.Rubes.
A Financial Times investigation has uncovered widespread failings in the new markets for greenhouse gases, suggesting some organisations are paying for emissions reductions that do not take place.
UPDATE by Rusty: Jawa Report now 'carbon neutral'....just like WaTimes!
African Taliban Child Abuse: 10 Year Old Fighting in Mogadishu
According to a website affiliated with the al Qaeda linked Somali Islamic Courts Union, the above picture is of a "10yr old Mujahid takes part in the fighting around Kaah Hotel" in Mogadishu.
Unlike most pictures of Muslim children carrying guns as a symbol of a future jihadi, this one is actually using the weapon. And unlike me, who is disgusted by the image, the website praises the child for "resisting the Tigree [Ethiopian Christians]".
"Shabelle" is a Somali news service. Shabelle captions it "A 10 year-old Somali Islamist boy aims his AK 47 rifle at an Ethiopian military base nearby in North of the capital on Monday."
Just to show that the image wasn't staged, a second image of the boy with two others is captioned: "Three Somali Islamist insurgents, including a 10 year-old boy, are busy unfolding their PKM ammunitions behind a building wall in north of the capital on Monday April 23, 2007."
UPDATE: Just to clarify, I found the image posted at an African Courts Union website, not at Shabelle. It is the African Courts Union that has ties to al Qaeda. I later found the original at Shabelle.
Love, Peas, & Harmony: ROP Roundup
So many links, so little time. So, what to do? The return of the Religion of Peas roundup! But first, name the tune the title comes from. Hint: very nice, very nice, very nice, very nice
Religion of Truthers: 3% of Muslims believe al Qaeda behind 9/11
Kenya arrests 11 al Qaeda, including 15 year old boy--Kenyan Muslims outraged...at arrests.
British al Qaeda supporter and online jihadi Younes Tsouli, aka "Irhabi 007", admits internet propaganda a tool for recruiting terrorists. First clue that Younes was a terrorist? "Irhabi" means "terrorist".
Hundreds of Taliban forces surrounded, but Mullah Dadullah not one of them as earlier reported.
Panic on the streets of Mogadishu as Islamist African Taliban continue attacks.
Revisionist history: Clinton sabatoged Iraq weapons inspections?
Democrats: Latte drinking surrender monkeys
Where have you gone Joe Lieberman, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you....
April 25, 2007
Just One Person
As usual, I'm late to the party.
Vote For Linda
Good personal friend of mine, and friend of the Jawa Report, not to mention filthy Zionist Whore Linda from Something...And Half Of Something has been nominated for the Jewish/Israeli Blog Awards.
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FIRE, ACLU Condemn RIU Student Senate
In a rare confluence of events, I agree with FIRE and the ACLU in this instance.
The whole saga here. Its about to start getting good.
Pardon Me, Can You Remove This Knife?
Openly Socialist NDP Party stabs covertly Socialist
Labor Liberal Party in the back by siding with Conservative Party to block withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan.
I love it when they eat their own.
Dion also indicated that Canadian soldiers could be more profitably utilized in Afghanistan setting up democratic processes, a judicial system, a functioning economy.
"If we focus on the combat mission and we don't try to do the other things, what is being gained?"
Well, teh stoopid, if you don't kill the Taliban and Al Qaeda first, there won't be democratic processes, a judicial system, or a functioning economy.
Thanks to the scary brown person who lives in Canada for the email.
Man with Concealed-Carry Permit Kills Robber
It's always sad when someone has to die but not so much when it's the bad guy. This report is from yesterday.
CLEVELAND -- A man who has a permit to carry a concealed gun shot and killed one of two teenage robbery suspects he encountered on his front porch, police said.The other kid got away, presumably, with a lesson learned.
City prosecutors decided yesterday that the 25-year-old Cleveland man was justified and would not be charged in the shooting Saturday night of 15-year-old Arthur Buford, a freshman at John F. Kennedy High School.
Buford and another teen approached the man on his porch and one of the youths pulled a gun, prompting the resident to pull his gun and shoot Buford several times in the chest, police said.
Al Qaeda in Iraq "Minister of Security" Killed
A few days ago we reported that the al Qada front group, The Islamic State of Iraq, had announced the formation of a "shadow government". One of the men appointed to that "government" was Muhammad Abdullah Abbas al-Issawi, aka Abu Abd al-Sattar (Jabbar) and Abu Akram. Al-Issawi is said to have recruited suicide bombers as young as 12 years old.
He has been killed by Coalition forces. He will not be missed.
Short lived "shadow government" indeed.
MNF Press Release:
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces positively identified a terrorist killed in an operation April 20 northwest of Baghdad.
Muhammad Abdullah Abbas al-Issawi, also known as Abu Abd al-Sattar and Abu Akram, was a known al-Qaeda terrorist leader known to operate in Karmah and Ameriyah areas and was the al-Qaeda in Iraq Security Emir of the eastern Anbar Province.
Coalition Forces were conducting operations targeting associates of a known senior leader within al-Qaeda in Iraq. During the operation the terrorists engaged ground forces with small arms fire. Coalition Forces used appropriate self-defense measures and engaged the armed men, killing two and detaining one. One of the terrorists killed has been positively identified as Abu Abd al-Sattar.
Coalition Forces recovered assault vests, weapons, hand grenades and suicide vests at the site.
Abu Abd al-Sattar had links to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and was reported to have been in contact with him since late 2004, up to al-Zarqawi’s death. He was also a weapons supplier to insurgent forces fighting against the Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police and Coalition Forces, and had links to the recent surge in chlorine VBIED attacks across Iraq.
Intelligence reports also indicate that his VBIED cell used 12- to 13-year-old children as VBIED drivers.
“Abu Abd al-Satter’s death is a serious disruption to al-Qaeda in Iraq’s VBIED network,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. “This represents one more victory in the war against those that would deny safety and security to the Iraqi people.”
British Islamists to Protest Six Arrested Terrorists
Remember, the last time the followers of Omar Bakri Mohammed organized a London protest, they vocally called for the Pope's death and carried signs reading, among other things, "Islam will conquer Rome". These are also the same guys who organized the Danish embassy protest, over the Mohammed cartoons, and were seen carrying signs that read "Behead those who insult Islam."
The call for Friday's protest came at a password protected website used by the six men who were arrested on Monday for encouraging terrorist acts and raising funds for terrorism abroad.
London police should be prepared and hopefully we can get some people videotaping the event. Generally, what they say is far worse than the signs they carry.
What crazy stuff can we expect at this protest? The announcement is below, in its entirety.
UPDATE: Just to clarify, I did realize the significance of the 6 names, which is why I first published them here and then again here, so Google News would pick it up. Little Bulldogs has more info on the six in question.
Here is the announcement:
O’ MUSLIMS: RISE AGAINST BRITISH OPPRESSION!
DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE PADDINGTON POLICE STATION
2-4 Harrow Road, London W2 – (near Edgware Road tube)
Friday 27th April ‘07 from 2:30pm until 5pm
Following the raid and arrest of 6 innocent Muslims on Tuesday morning there will be a demonstration outside Paddington Police station this Friday after Jummah prayers. All Muslims are urged to come and condemn the barbaric policies of taking hostage anyone who opposes their murderous foreign policy and racist laws.
Those arrested last Tuesday include the following Muslims:
Omar Brooks (Abu Izzadeen)
Shah Jalal Hussain
Ibraheem (Abdul Haq)
The above mentioned brothers join 1000’s of others who are currently languishing in jails in this country and abroad as part of the Christian ‘Crusade’ launched by Tony Blair and George Bush. The only ‘crimes’ that those arrested on Tuesday committed was to speak up against the evil of man made law and to call for the supremacy and beauty of the Shari’ah (Islamic law) - which will one day govern the whole world, including Britain.
The police and Blair regime are alleging that the brothers raised funds for terrorism and were inciting terrorism abroad. As far as Tony Blair, John Reid and their cronies are concerned terrorists mean Muslims who are being oppressed and who therefore want to liberate their land. Terrorist funds means money being paid to the women and children – widows and orphans left as a result of the criminal foreign policies which Tony Blair is pursuing in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine etc… there is no doubt that Muslims collect much money during Ramadan to help the poor, needy and oppressed around the world and that they are obliged to forbid the evil of man made law whenever and wherever they can. However in today’s perverse logic from the Western media and governments this is translated as terrorism and the real terrorists who are occupying Muslim land and killing innocent men, women and children are allowed to do so with impunity.
Muslims must rise up and defend their brethren wherever they are. The Messenger Muhammad (saw) described the Muslim Ummah as one body, where if one part of it suffers then the rest come to its aid. Those who are currently being tested by Allah (SWT) with imprisonment for speaking the truth and struggling for the justice and perfection of divine law have their own reward for their deeds and we pray that Allah (SWT) gives them the patience and fortitude to pass this test, however the rest of us still able to speak and take action must do our duty as well by forbidding the munkar (evil) we see and to condemn the actions of the Pharaoh’s of today like George Bush, Tony Blair and their apostate supporters in charge of Muslim countries.
O Muslims, remember that we will all stand before Allah (SWT) one day and will be accounted for our actions, the way we use our tongue, limbs and wealth. Let us use whatever we have been blessed with for the sake of the struggle between haq and baatil, in the struggle between the alliance of Allah (SWT) against the alliance of shaytaan. We cannot afford to be spectators in the conflict that we see before our eyes. Let us come together this Friday to condemn the hostages taken by the Blair regime this week and also the many other innocent Muslims in British prisons. Let us rise against the 1000’s of Muslim houses and families whose honour has been violated. Let us be the voice of those who do not have a voice. Let us fulfil the Sunnah of the Prophets and the greatest Messenger and best man who ever walked the face of the earth Muhammad (saw), and his beloved companions who never remained silent when the falsehood was prevalent in their own time.
O Muslims, Allah (SWT) tells us that he will not just leave us with stating that we believe without to test us. This test could be with our health, families and wealth or even with an enemy having the upper hand. This is the Sunnah of Allah – Sunnatul Tamhees, when the similitude of the Muslims is like a tree, which is shaken so that the yellow leaves fall off leaving the pure and strong green leaves i.e. the practising Muslims full of tawheed, full of Imaan and eager to please Allah (SWT) - having passed the test. Allah (SWT) mentions in the Qur’an that whenever the Muslims saw the enemy having the upper or being greater in numbers or when they saw Muslims being tested; that their Imaan increased because they saw the reality of what Allah (SWT) has already promised them regarding the plans and wishes of the Kuffar (disbelievers) and how the Muslims would be tested. May Allah (SWT) grant us the strength to pass this test like our forefathers. Support the demonstration this Friday outside Paddington Police station.
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Man With Concealed Carry Permit Foils Burglars
They interviewed this guy on our local news. He said the one burglar kept saying, "But I don't want to go to jail." The man who caught him said, "so I took out my pistol and convinced him that way."
Via Courier and Press: There are three Evansville residents who can say their day on Tuesday didn't go as planned.Heh, He insisted, nice work....
Two are behind bars at the Henderson County (Ky.) Detention Center, and the third helped put them there.
The incident began around 6:30 a.m. when Doug Myers, a tour guide at LST 325 which is docked near Marina Pointe was on his way to work....
..."There was a man with a bicycle leaning up against the building and he was standing on the crossbars" with his head inside a broken window, Myers said.
A second man appeared to be "the lookout," he said. Police later identified the men as Doyle Gene Rich III and Nathan Allen Smith, both 18.
When the two spotted Myers, Rich allegedly ran away on foot and Smith allegedly rode away on a bicycle.
"I'm 63 years old and I knew I couldn't outrun the 18-year-old on foot," he said. "So I followed the one on the bike."
Myers, who said he did not have a cell phone with him, drove behind Smith and kept him in sight until he could pull him over.
"I told him to put his bike in the back of my truck and then I told him to get in the back of the truck," Myers said.
Smith said he didn't want to go to jail and refused, Myers said.
"I had a small-caliber pistol, and I pulled it out and insisted that he get in the back of the truck," Myers said.
Harvard: Hezbollah's Fauxtography Pawns in the MSM (LGF, Jawa Mention)
The Western press was duped by Hezbollah, a new Harvard report suggests. In the "framing war", Hezbollah won and our media did their part to help. Charles Johnson gets a quick mention in it, and The Jawa Report a nod but without attribution. That's okay, I don't mind playing second-fiddle to Charles. He's the one that got me blogging in the first place.
The entire thing focuses on how the media framed the Hizbollah/Lebanon-Israeli war. And that framing, and the images that led to it, was one of Israeli aggression, the loss of innocent Lebanese lives, and the ultimate defeat of Israel. Hizbollah was rarely shown as aggressor and carefully staged media manipulation on Hizbollah's part was rarely references.
Here's the relevant part of the report dealing with Adnan Hajj:
There was also the case of two other photographs shot and later altered by freelancer Adnan Hajj, who covered the war for Reuters until August 7, when he was fired. To wash its hands of Hajj, Reuters then quickly removed all 920 of his photographs from its database.52 One of the two photographs showed a suburb of Beirut after an Israeli air attack. Dark smoke rose from a devastated building. It was an arresting photograph that caught the horror of war, and naturally it appeared in newspapers around the world. Were it not for an American blog site called Little Green Footballs, run by Charles Johnson, it might have won a prize for wartime photography. But with determination and ingenuity, Johnson found that the photograph had almost certainly been doctored. He compared it with others shot of the same building at the same time and discovered that in Hajj’s photograph the dark smoke was darker—and there was more of it.53 The other Hajj photograph of an Israeli jet streaking across southern Lebanon showed three flares being dropped from the plane. Upon later examination, it was learned that only one had been dropped.Here's the rest of the report in PDF format, but be sure to read Charles' take on it as well.
Twice Hajj had altered photographs, not presumably to contrive events where none existed but rather to heighten the drama of real events (“to hype the story,” an old journalistic sin) and perhaps deliberately to worsen Israel’s image in the world and, by comparison, to soften Hezbollah’s image. Hajj denied that he had wittingly doctored the two photographs, saying he was simply trying to remove dust marks in poor lighting. We may never know the absolute truth, but Hajj’s photographs served to heighten doubts about journalistic credibility. “Fauxtography,” they were called. Johnson (and many others in the West) thought the incident proved that Hezbollah would exploit any advantage to win the war of images—in its strategy, as crucial an element as winning the war itself.
Bonus video and more background below:
But the Harvard report is wrong about the additional "flares" being the important point. The important point was that in addition to adding "flares" to the photo, the Reuters caption said:
An Israeli F-16 warplane fires missiles during an air strike on Nabatiyeh in southern Lebanon, August 2, 2006. (LEBANON)That is, the picture was proported to be of an Israeli F-16 firing multiple missiles on a village, presumably filled with innocent civilians. In fact, the undoctored photo was of an F-16 firing defensive flares against anti-aircraft missiles. Big. Difference.
Bonus video: All Your Fakes Are Belongs to Us!
Hat tip: Charles "The Blogfather" Johnson for the e-mail.
Giuliani Calls a Spade a Spade
Rudie speaks truth to power:
MANCHESTER, N.H. —- Rudy Giuliani said if a Democrat is elected president in 2008, America will be at risk for another terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001.What's really scary is, he may be right. The Democratic Party has so invested itself in American defeat that a Democratic President's options would be severely limited, and his or her election would be taken as a sign of weakness by Islamists.
A Day in Kirkuk
Named: Six Terror Suspects Arrested in UK Raid
The list of the six Muslims arrested by British police yesterday. No one else, not even The New York Times, has this list
An Islamist forum connected with Omar Bakri Mohammed, and previously exposed here at The Jawa Report, has listed the names of the six terror suspects arrested yesterday. Some of the names may be mispelled, but here is how the forum listed them:
Abu Izzadeen from London
(Ibrahim) Abdul Haqq from London
Sulayman Keeler from London
Abu Muwaheed from London
Omar Zaheer from west London
Rajib Jhan (Khan) from Luton
All are followers of radical exiled clerica Omar Bakri Mohammed. The message also claimed those arrested were "victims of the British crusade", urged Muslims to pray for their release, and prayed that Allah would curse the kuffar (unbeliever).
Regular readers may be wondering why I'm posting this again. It's because, for some unknown reason, Google News did not pick it up the first three times I posted it. And since we are the only news outlet in the world that either has the names or is willing to publish the names, then I feel kind of obligated to keep posting until Google News or some other news outlet publishes it.
There is a chance that the British police are asking news outlets not to publish the names. Glen Jenvey sent me news that Peter Clarke, who the BBC calls "UK's counter-terrorism chief," is complaining about terror investigation leaks. If these names constitute such a leak, then I apologize.
My own sense is that naming the men will probably do little harm. Their names were found on an Islamic forum run by fellow followers of Omar Bakri Mohammed, so any others being investigated already know that they are targets. It seems that it is only the public that doesn't know what a threat the former members of al Muhajiroun, al Ghurabaa, the Islamic Thinkers Society, and The Saved Sect are.
Since the website which released the names is registered to The Birmingham Central Mosque--one of the largetst "moderate" mosques in Britain--then I hope the authorities will excuse me for being skeptical of their motivation in not disclosing these names to the public. I mean, if high-profile "moderate" British Muslims are tacitly supporting terrorism, then what would this say about the accepted discourse about a few "extremists"?
But, again, if the British authorities wish us to refrain from releasing this sort of material to the public in the future for fear that it would hinder a terror investigation, I'm always willing to play ball. I'm not British, but I am enough of an Anglophile to deeply care for the safety of the U.K. and its citizens. Feel free to put us in contact to a liason officer at any time.
BTW-There is no Google News conspiracy here, but their automated program to pick up stories is severely flawed.
UPDATE: Finally, Google News has picked it up.
UPDATE: Little Bulldogs has more info on the six in question.
One Soldier's Opinion of the AP
Over at Strategy Page they claim the AP pulled the pic as soon as they noticed the "trigger finger". I don't know if it's true, but it sure is funny.
Hat tip: Skip
Update: Kamchatka Bear directs our attention to Black Five's take on it. He says he knows the soldier and the photog and that it was probably more personal smart-assery than a general statement about the media.
Tokyo Rosie, You're Fired!
I always wanted to say that! More here from ABCNEWS:
April 25, 2007 — Rosie O'Donnell is leaving "The View." ABC has been unable to come to a contractual agreement with "The View" co-host. As a result, her duties on the show will come to an end mid-June.Also see Hot Air, the NY Post and Ace of Spades HQ.
Filed under Genital Puppets, one last time.
Tokyo Rosie Roundup
Let's Go Shopping
Where Science and Fat Dumbasses Collide...
The Idiot, Rosie O'Donnell, forgot about the fuel tanks in WTC #7
Gulf Of Tonkin My Ass
Tokyo Rosie The "Truther"
Fat Disgusting Animal
Rosie Goes Truther?
Video : Rosie Calls for Impeachment
Rantings of The Bad Gay Beast
The Donald vs. the Blabbermouth
Rosie O'Donnell Spouts Off At Asians
You're Wrong Because I'm Loud
The good, the bad, and the ugly
Fred Thompson on Homeland Security
"[I]t’s not just security technologies that need to change, but also the old black and white era attitudes of those who administer them."
Full article at The Fred Thompson Report.
Freedom Journal Iraq #633
This edition features stories on members of the Iraqi Army doing their part in protecting citizens, coalition forces creating an adult literacy program in Ramadi and service members reopening a medical clinic in Baghdad. Hosted by Pvt. Rheanna Douglas.
Freedom Journal Iraq # 633
Yahoo Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #634
Nuclear Smugglers Arrested in Belarus
My understanding is that Uranium 238 isn't all that dangerous. It's the most common form of uranium found in nature. But the fact that they were caught in a sting operation makes me think that there was an underlying motivation to the smuggling which was a little more worrisome. At least these guys were caught. But how many others haven't?
Two Belarussian citizens have been detained on the Lithuanian border on suspicion of radioactive contraband, a source at the Belarussian Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.Hat tip: Laura Mansfield for the e-mail.
A metal container with a caption “Uranium 238. 1991” was found on their car...
The operation was planned for several months.
On Pwning Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers lies.
Bill O'Rielly plays Moyers' own words to show the bald faced lie.
Bill Moyers lies again.
Bill O'Rielly plays Moyers' own words to show the bald faced lie. Again.
Bill Moyers, (D) - your tax dollars at work.
Pelosi "Too Busy" to Meet With Gen. Petraeus
Pelosi has decided to cut and run from a briefing with Patraeus.
Lets look at what she's busy doing (there is no congressional schedule you can find linked on either of her government sites, so I'll look at the most recent press releases to determine what the Speaker is sooooooo busy doing that she can't meet with our General who will presumably wallop her and her colleagues upside their freaking skulls with a cluebat).
Yeah. Waaaaaaaay to busy to talk to our Troops and tell them to their faces that her and her fellow Democrats think they're losing Iraq.
Exit Qs: Didn't Pelosi and company promise to end high gas prices and stop "big oil" from being in collusion with "Republicans?" Then why have the gas prices risen steadily in this part of the country for 70 days straight? Are the Democrats in collusion with "big oil?" Where's the Katie Couric special on "Democrats and Oil Prices?"
Terror Threat - US Embassy Athens
Breaking news from Greece.
Greek police arrested 11 Iraqi immigrants on Wednesday after receiving information of a possible al-Qaeda terrorist attack against the United States Embassy in Athens.The suspects were taken to police headquarters for questioning. Reportedly, the searches conducted of the various homes found explosives. Logically, security in central Athens has been heightened.
Officials conducted searches in various homes around the embassy late on Tuesday and blocked the streets around the diplomatic mission on Wednesday morning after receiving information from an Iraqi national of a possible plan to attack the embassy.
Claiming responsibility afterward was the radical-left Revolutionary Struggle. Readers may recall that this is the same group that fired a rocket at the embassy last January from across the street and it landed in a toilet on the third floor. At the time, the Revolutionary Struggle produced more noise than substance. Even so, the Greek and U.S. governments have offered a combined $2 million reward for information on the group.
From another source, only six Iraqis reportedly were arrested after Greek police received a tip from an Iraqi national of an imminent attack.
Come On In, The Water's Warm
ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Scores of gunmen attacked a Chinese-run oil field in a remote area of Ethiopia on Tuesday, killing nine Chinese and 65 Ethiopians, in a raid claimed by a separatist rebel group.
Seven Chinese workers were also kidnapped in the dawn attack by the Ogaden National Liberation Front, which is fighting for the independence of ethnic Somalis in Ethiopia's eastern Ogaden region.
Nah, they'd get shot.
Supporting our enemies will get you nowhere, China. They want to kill you too.
Not that common sense ever creeped into the head of your average Communist. But hey, I try.
April 24, 2007
Rep. Hensarling on Pelosi
Via the RSC Blog:
Tonight, ABC News reported that Speaker Nancy Pelosi will skip a classified briefing tomorrow by General David Petraeus.
Speaker Pelosi will now be the second Democrat leader in Congress this week to insult American servicemen and their mission. The reckless words and actions that we have seen and heard from Democrat leaders are inexcusable and reveal a blatant disregard for the men and women who wear our nation’s uniform.
I hope that after a night of rest and reflection, the Speaker reconsiders this decision and shows General Petraeus, the men and women serving in our armed forces, and their families the respect that they deserve.
Proof that America is Just Like Fascist Germany
Consider the evidence:
1. Many Americans like beer, schnitzel, bratwurst and sauerkraut . . . just like they did in Fascist Germany.There you have it, folks! Proof positive that modern America is JUST LIKE FASCIST GERMANY.
2. Many Americans speak fluent German . . . just like they did in Fascist Germany.
3. Millions of Americans drive Volkswagens, Mercedes-Benz's and BMWs . . . just like they did in Fascist Germany.
4. Many Americans enjoy polkas . . . just like they did in Fascist Germany.
5. American soldiers and police carry guns and sometimes shoot people . . . just like they did in Fascist Germany.
6. American government agents are sometimes known to arrest and incarcerate people . . . just like they did in Fascist Germany.
7. American government agents are sometimes known to spy on people . . . just like they did in Fascist Germany.
8. Most Americans despise the French . . . just like they did in Fascist Germany.
9. Most Americans salute the national flag . . . just like they did in Fascist Germany.
10. Americans breathe air . . . just like they did in Fascist Germany.
Freedom Journal Iraq #632
• Iraqi Dining
• Airfield swept for IEDs
Freedom Journal Iraq #632
Yahoo Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #632
The Guardian on "Fascist America"
Stupidity on parade. An excerpt (edited for truthiniess):
Italy in the 1920s, Germany in the 30s, Stalin's Soviet Union, Cuba under Castro, East Germany in the 50s, Czechoslovakia in the 60s, the Latin American dictatorships in the 70s, China
in the 80s and 90sfrom Chairman Mao forward, North Korea under the Kims, Vietnam under Ho Chi Minh, Saddam's Iraq, the Khmer Rouge, the Taliban, Venezuela under Chavez - all dictatorships and would-be dictators target newspapers and journalists. They threaten and harass them in more open societies that they are seeking to close, and they arrest them and worse in societies that have been closed already. . . .
Joseph C Wilson accused Bush, in a New York Times op-ed, of leading the country to war on the basis of a false charge that Saddam Hussein had acquired yellowcake uranium in Niger. After making his accusations, Wilson
was found dead in his homebecame a huge celebrity. His wife, Valerie Plame, was outedidentified as a well-known CIA spyanalyst - a form of retaliation that ended her careercaused her to leave her CIA desk job behind for an empty life of fame and wealth. . .
You won't have a shutdown of news in modern America - it is not possible. But you can have, as Frank Rich and Sidney Blumenthal have
pointed outillustrated, a steady stream of lies polluting the news well. What you already have is a White Housemainstream media directing a stream of false information that is so relentless that it is increasingly hard to sort out truth from untruth. In a fascist system, it's not the lies that count but the muddying. When citizens can't tell real news from fake, they give up their demands for accountability bit by bit.
John Kerry's 9/11 'Truth' Waffling
I didn't link the video of John Kerry waffling over 9/11 earlier because Allah seemed to have debunked the notion that Kerry was a Truther so thoroughly. But I think Ace's response merits some attention:
If someone suggested to him he had evidence the Holocaust never happened, does anyone belive he would have repsonded in the same "sure I'll look at the facts" way...?With that as context, go watch the video. No, it doesn't mean he's a Truther. Rather, it means that enough Democratic voters believe that 9/11 was an inside job that John Kerry knows he has to waffle.
How about if someone suggested to him Saddam had WMD's post 2003 , or that Saddam had lower-level involvement with 9/11?
You think he would have been baffled by such questions and offered a similar "I'll have to read up on that before offering an opinon" dodge? Or would he have been a tad more definitive in his answer?
Mufti of Australia Admits Funding Terror Group
The Grand Mufti of Australia admits to funding terror group. Lest we forget, next to al Qaeda, Hezbollah is responsible for more American deaths than any other terrorist organization.
Armenian Genocide Remembrance
On April 24, 1915, turkish soldiers arrested 250 Armenians in the first of hundreds of raids designed to wipe out the Armenian population of Turkey. Never forget.
Jawa Celebration: Abu Izzadeen & 5 Others Arrested in Terror Ring
How we had the evidence on Izzadeen before he was arrested below.
UPDATE EXCLUSIVE: An Islamist forum connected with Omar Bakri Mohammed, and previously exposed here at The Jawa Report, has listed the names of the six terror suspects arrested today. Many of the names seemed mispelled, but here is how the forum listed them:
Abu Izzadeen from London
Abdul Haqq from London
Sulayman Keeler from London
Abu Muwaheed from London
Omar Zaheer from west London
Rajib Jhan (Khan) from Luton
All are followers of radical exiled clerica Omar Bakri Mohammed. The message also claimed those arrested were "victims of the British crusade", urged Muslims to pray for their release, and prayed that Allah would curse the kuffar (unbeliever).
Abu Izzadeen, a regular target of the Jawa Report's ire, has been arrested---again. Five others were arrested with him.
Normally I'm happy whenever we take jihad supporters off the street. Today I don't think happy really describes how I'm feeling. More like ecstatic.
How come? Because I've been on a bit of a crusade against the followers of Omar Bakri Mohammed for some time now and it looks like it's finally bearing some fruit. Sure, Izadeen was arrested once before, but this time it seems more serious. This time the charge includes fund raising for terrorists.
Oh, and this time I saw some of the evidence being used against Izzadeen before he was arrested. How is this possible? Well I can reveal that one of the informers behind the case is a friend, Glen Jenvey. Glen met with authorities a few weeks ago and passed along the videos and other information to them.
Six men have been arrested on suspicion of incitement offences by anti-terror officers from the Metropolitan Police.You'll remember that the 7/7 bombing ringleader was Sadiq Khan and that on the morning of 7/7 Khan and three accomplices boarded the train at the Luton station on his way to London to commit mass-murder.
They include Abu Izzadeen, also known as Omar Brooks, who made headlines when he heckled Home Secretary John Reid at an event last year.
Five arrests took place in London and the sixth in Luton, Bedfordshire.
Scotland Yard said the arrests related to allegations of inciting others to commit acts of terrorism abroad and fund-raising for terrorists.
The BBC understands that the arrests are connected to an alleged incident at a mosque in 2004. The men were taken to an unnamed police station in central London.
The BBC understands that among the six arrested is Rajib Khan, a 28-year-old man from Luton.
The other men arrested are a 24-year-old, 35-year-old and 21-year-old, all from parts of East London, and a 27-year-old from Southall in the west of the capital.
Since Rajib Khan was picked up in Luton, could he be a relative of Sadiq Khan?
Allahpundit has two Izadeen videos up. Both of them are from Glen Jenvey and one of them premiered right here on The Jawa Report.
Jenvey just has tons of videos and audios of Izzadeen and other followers of Bakri Mohammed doing all sorts of stuff: praising terrorists, urging the death penalty for gays, inciting Muslims to kill the police, and even urging Muslims to give money to al Qaeda.
He also tells me that one of the men arrested is shown in this video. His name is something like "Keyla". Update: His name is Sulayman Keeler.
To be honest, Glen has sent me so much evidence that Abu Izadeen and the other al Muhajiroun goons, such as Anjem Choudary, are in bed with al Qaeda that I haven't linked 1/10th of it. It seemed literally pointless to point out the obvious anymore.
A month ago, after Glen sent me a link, I told him, "The thing is, don't you think he's pretty much exposed by now? I'm guessing your intel and police would love to get their hands on him." And guess what? They did.
And since Glen has been kind enough to keep me "in the loop", I would be remiss in not mentioning the book War of the Web: Fighting the Online Jihad which recounts Glen's involvement in the arrest of Abu Hamza and others.
All of these videos were originally set to "private" on YouTube and sent to me, but Glen had to change that setting to "public" once we started posting them. There are 55 videos in all, but we've only posted a handful here to this date.
For instance, here is a video of one of Abu Izzadeen's friends [update: this is of Abu Muwaheed, arrested today] urging Muslims to give money to terrorists. In it, he says, "Teach your children from a young age to spend money for the sake of Allah. To give money to the mujahidin." Then he breaks into Arabic but one word is apparent: Osama bin Laden. In the context of the speech he is giving it is clear he is urging people to give money to al Qaeda.
Video of arrested terror suspect Muwaheed below.
You can check out my original posting of Izzadeen claiming, "Terrorism is part and parcel to Islam. Terrorism is part of the deen [Islamic way of life] of Islam," here.
Here is the three part expose I recently ran about the followers of Omar Bakri Mohammed running a website connected to the Birmingham Central Mosque which encourages jihad and even offered literature written by Osama bin Laden.
British Islamic Website: The Virtues of Killing the Non-Believer
Website with Links to Birmingham Mosque Takes Down bin Laden Book, Still Supporting Violent Jihad
Birmingham Mosque Supporting Exiled al Qaeda Supporter?
We have so much evidence against these guys that Howie & Vinnie started an archive category for them which, unfortunately, only includes those posts written after he came up with the idea: Omar the Goat Humping Bakri Mohammed.
Here are some other posts:
Looks like Omar Bakri Mohammed is Having a Bad Day
British Cleric Encourages Muslims to Behead Hostages: Birmingham Connection
British Muslims Mock 7/7 & 9/11 Victims, Support Terror. U.K./Birmingham Subsidizing
Injured UK Soldier Accosted in Hospital
Terror Plot Linked to Exiled Cleric
UK Muslim 'Almost Ashamed' for Advocating Beheading Cartoon Blasphemers
Video of UK Imam: Ken Bigley Murder Justified
Clash of Civilizations on Our Streets: Muslim Soldiers Called Apostates, Traitors; al Qaeda Infiltration in U.K. Government?
Al Qaeda Behind British Beheading Plot; Bakri Mohammed Implicated; Suspects Identified
Muhammed Cartoon Protester Guilty
British Islamist Website Shut Down
Names of Terror Suspects Released by Bank of England
Video: British Imam Urges Terror Attacks
British Muslim: "How dare (the police) come to a Muslim area"
Exiled Muslim Cleric Behind London Protest Calling for Pope's Death
Izadeen's Group Banned!!!
Omar Bakri Mohammed Detained in Lebanon, 3 al-Muhajiroun Arrested
Abu Izzadeen Arrested: British Muslims Seethe, Threaten
Harry Reid Ignoring Commanders, Troops, Experts
Dirty Harry really stepped in it with his traitorous remarks the other day.
He's ignoring the first rule of holes, and now he's struck a gas line by vowing to ignore progress in Iraq reported to him by the General he and his buddies confirmed with no opposing votes. Ignoring them while continuing to push for their starvation in battle.
That's patriotism, kids. The real heroes are in the US Congress.
Willfully cherry-picking facts and believing what one wants to while intentionally ignoring all evidence and factual certitude to the contrary.
Wasn't that a criticism the left made of Bush?
Quite amusing how all that changes when its their narrative being threatened with reality on the ground.
This, of course, all means one thing - the surge is working. Early news reports of its successes just out of its infancy threatened to blow the carefully constructed Democrat mirage of lies and distortions to hell with each new report indicating success. They're in danger of opposing this success. That can't allow this to happen. It would mean the end of the neo-liberal movement and the Democrat Party for a generation.
So what do the Democrats do? Why, they heroically recapture the headlines by engaging in illegal, groveling negotiations with terror-supporting dictators while declaring the war over, done with and lost - after they spend $25 billion trying to buy enough votes in Congress to kneecap the Troops in battle. Heroes.
Its not like the news will press that angle as much as the press the WARISLOST angle every single day. Not enough time to report on progress in Iraq. Too many psychopathic killers and anti-Semitic race hustlers need their limelight, after all.
JPFO : Innocents Betrayed
Pamela has a link to an excellent documentary on the connection between gun control and genocide. I understand the film was produced by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.
Cross-posted at The Arsenal.
Palestinians Violate Cease Fire, Launch Rockets
Woohoo! Let's give 'em the West Bank, too! They're long overdue being handed another staging area for indiscriminate murder.
They're doing sooo good with the Gaza, after all. Between drowning in their own sh*t and launching rockets into Israeli towns, they hardly have time to step back and appreciate all of the amazing technological and cultural progress they've been offering humanity for the past 70 years.
Thank you. I'll be here all night. Tip your waitresses.
The Decision to Stay in Iraq Boils Down to One Thing
I have been a little curious lately about the Iraq war stance democrats and liberals have taken lately. Basically, they are going to force the President to use his veto power and then keep sending the President funding bills that include pork barrel spending or a timetable for withdrawal. Trust me, folks, a timetable for withdrawal in Iraq is like sending al Qaida an invitation to make the next pre-9/11 Afghanistan. Only this time the resistance will be weaker and the death toll will be much higher during the takeover. I am sure most people that would argue with me on that fact are going to say that I am merely using Conservative talking points. That is not the case here; it is the truth.
I am very perturbed by the fact that the current anti-Operation Iraqi Freedom battle cry is that the United States does not need to be in Iraq and, more recently, that the military has failed in Iraq or that the military can no longer sustain this operation. I find the latter statement to be a complete falsehood. The US Armed Forces contained the reach of the Soviets for many years only giving up ground where it did not make sense to fight or because of actions like this current Congress is trying to take (de-funding the war). Did the US military need to go in to Bosnia and help stop genocide? The short answer is, no. The long answer is yes, because, those people were deprived of their liberty. The Iraqi people for years were deprived of their liberty. We liberated Kuwait when Saddam Hussein deprived Kuwaitis of their liberty. A by-product of liberating Iraq from Saddam Hussein is violence from terrorists. This violence must be stopped, contained, or destroyed before a withdrawal from Iraq can be considered.
I completely understand that the reason the US gave to the world was that Saddam Hussein was a madman with weapons of mass destruction. We definitely had 50% of that justification for war pegged. However, the hoards of WMDs have not turned up, yet. There have been batches of this and that chemical or biological agent found but the intelligence failure pre-OIF is now a widely accepted conclusion. However, WMDs are not the reason we are still in Iraq today.
Nevertheless, there are essentially two sides to this debate; those that want us out of Iraq and those that want us to stay in Iraq. Those that want us out have a myriad of reasons which I am sure most of us have heard. Being in the military, I have been told face-to-face every "reason" to pull out of Iraq. Those reasons vary from pacifistic-type reasons to down right hatred of anything that President Bush proposes. Some people have decent justifications for withdrawal but no one has truly stepped out of the crowd and given me a justifiable reason.
To be honest, I have one reason to stay in Iraq. It is something that I have found that the vast majority of Conservatives believe in and the exact opposite is something I have noticed from those on the left. That reason is simple; hope. Yes, hope. It is a simple fact that the US military came in and overthrew Saddam Hussein. However, the underlying want, what most people who share my opinion are yearning for boils down to hope.
My short term hope is that my comrades who have fallen in Iraq did not die in vain. My long term hope is that Iraq can be a prosperous, free nation in the Middle East. My distant hope is for an Iraq that becomes a model for other nations in that region. A CEOs hope might be for an emerging market in cell phones, construction, and other various kinds of infrastructure that could be gleaned from Operation Iraqi Freedom. An Iraqi mother hopes for a neighborhood safe enough to let her child roam free in and a nation strong enough to provide many opportunities to her child. An Iraqi father hopes that his family will not be threatened by the terrorists that roam his streets currently and that US-led coalition forces are struggling so hard to remove from that father's streets.
Why is it time to pull out of Iraq? The real answer is that now is definitely not the time to abandon the Iraqi people and our mission in Iraq. There is so much to hope for and it is so incredibly close. The successes in the demolition of terrorist networks in Iraq can not be measured by someone who does not see reports of that on a daily basis. When you mirror those successes against the US casualty reports it pains you but you can still see success. I can not definitively measure those successes for I am not reading such reports on a daily basis (weekly would be more like it). Hope breeds success and success breeds will and will breeds hope. What I am seeing today is a lack of hope for the future from those that want the United States out of Iraq. It pains me to see people give up all hope.
Originally Written for Conservative Thinking
April 23, 2007
Big Brother, Realized
First off, let me say that this:
I support the Patriot Act, and I believe that it only violates the rights of those who wish to harm us. Or worse, kill us.
There is no "right to privacy" written in the Constitution. That "right" was adjudicated by 9 people wearing black robes who took the term "supreme" a little too seriously, thanks to Marbury v. Madison.
I do know, however, that there is a right to defend oneself against intrusion upon one's personal property, which, in a way, is a right to privacy. We just didn't need some morons to extend the meaning to things that didn't apply, like killing unborn children.
I am a free market capitalist. I believe in entrepenuership. I cheer when the little guy makes it big through good old fashioned ingenuity. Despite its faults, YouTube was created by four ex-PayPal employees in a garage.
You get my meaning.
This is one time, however, that these positive forces come together to make a negative. You have government funded GPS satellites being used to conduct unwanted surveillance on everyone and anyone, all being done by a company that expects to profit from its obscene behavior by cashing in on your obscene behavior.
Orwell was wrong. Big Brother is not the "Government."
Danica Patrick : The World's Sexiest Female Athlete?
I see that Victoria's Secret has named Danica Patrick (pics) the World's Sexiest Female Athlete. I understand she's a pretty decent indycar driver, to boot.
She gets my vote.
SF Mayor Declares City Haven for Criminals
The nutjobs who run the "Queen of the Pacific" (no, really, that's San Francisco's official nickname) are at it again:
Mayor Gavin Newsom vowed Sunday to maintain San Francisco as a sanctuary for immigrants and do everything he can to discourage federal authorities from conducting immigration raids.Of course, given the fixations and predilections of many of San Francisco's denizens, perhaps it's appropriate for the mayor to be an asshole.
The mayor cannot stop federal authorities from making arrests, Newsom told about 300 mostly Latino members of St. Peter's Church and other religious groups supporting immigrants. But no San Francisco employee will help with immigration enforcement.
"I will not allow any of my department heads or anyone associated with this city to cooperate in any way shape or form with these raids," Newsom declared. "We are a sanctuary city, make no mistake about it."
Terrorists at University of Maryland?
Earlier today Jeff Quinton sent me this photo of a flyer posted at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, asking me what to make of it. It claims to be from The Popular Democratic Party for the Liberation of Jerusalem and was posted on campus a few weeks ago. Both the date and the message on the flyer seems to indicate that it was posted because of the upcoming Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel's Independence Day, which is celebrated on May 3rd.
What's so very odd about the flyer is the name of the organization which claims to have posted it. I've never heard of The Popular Democratic Party for the Liberation of Jerusalem and neither has Google. But I've passed around the photos to several people who have experience tracking Palestinian groups and a general consensus has emerged. One of three possibilities:
a) Front for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a specially designated terrorist organization.
b) Front for the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), once designated "terrorists" but have since been removed from the list by the State Department. The group is composed of Marxist-Leninist-Maoists.
c) Wannabes with sympathies to one of the two above groups.
So, assuming that each of the three above scenarios is equally likely given the large numbers of 1) terror sympathizers on campus; 2) Marxists on campus; 3) aging liberal hippie douche wannabes on campus; then there is a 1/3 chance that a front group for terrorists is operating on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County! Just great.....
Jeff also wonders whether the flyer below is somehow connected to other flyers found on campus which put the school into alert mode because they were "hateful and threatening". Click it for larger version.
Okay, to be honest, it's probably far more likely that some leftist wannabe douche posted the flyer. But still, dontcha just love how they turn the Palestinian imperitive to drive the Jew into the sea on it's head?
UPDATE: Here is Jeff's post about the flyers. He clarifies one thing in it: as far as he knows there is no connection to the threatening flyers.
UPDATE II: Dan Riehl reminds us that "liberating Jersusalem" is not a new idea.
There is no al Qaeda - Iraq Connection
Above: U.S. soldier holds up the flag of The Islamic State of Iraq found in a Sunni village in Diyala province. The Islamic State of Iraq is an al Qaeda front group masquerading as a "shadow government". The above photo was posted at an internet forum by a jihadi as evidence of al Qaeda's future victory in Iraq.
Not exactly sure how that works....since it is an American soldier displaying a captured flag....which means something like "we pwned you al Qaeda bitches!"
Just remember this when the Democrats demand immediate withdrawal from Iraq. WaPo:
Al-Qaeda in Iraq, operating under the banner of an umbrella group called the Islamic State of Iraq, has managed to drive out Shiites from many cities and villages in Diyala. Shiites in Baqubah, who once made up about 45 percent of the population, now account for about 20 percent, said Sutherland. In March, gunmen laid siege to the Shiite village of Towakel, northeast of Muqdadiyah, burning dozens of homes, slaughtering livestock and leaving a smoldering ghost town in their wake. On wall after wall they scrawled graffiti proclaiming the village the domain of the Islamic State of Iraq.The bad news is that Iraq is absolutely crawling with al Qaeda types. The good news is that we are finally confronting them. The really bad news? The Democrats don't seem to care.
"They just stormed in one night and started on the southwest side and started burning their way all the way up this one road," said Von Plinsky. The Shiite villagers "had defenses built up . . . but they just got overpowered. They got decimated."
Iran's Secret Weapon: BARF
The friendly people at Paxan Corporation, an Iranian company, present to the world... BARF.
Apparently the Russians are really lapping up this BARF, judging by the fact that the commercial is recorded in Russian.
This is not to be confused with 'Barf", the character played by John Candy (RIP) in Spaceballs:
Nor should it be confused with this:
Tyler Durden's Thoughts on Modern Life
The following excerpts from Fight Club seem somehow appropriate in the wake of the recent British Navy surrender:
Tyler Durden: Do you know what a duvet is?Today, we obsess about the exact shade of our children's duvets while we ignore the shady bullshit being pumped into their heads everyday at their government schools. We obsess about the performance of the New York Stock Exchange, while we avoid the bigger question--namely: will the New York Stock Exchange be vaporized before we have a chance to cash out?
Jack the Narrator: It's a comforter.
Tyler: It's a blanket. It's a fucking blanket. Now, why do guys like you and me know what a "duvet" is? Is this essential to our survival, in the hunter-gatherer sense of the word? No. What are we then?
Tyler: We are the byproducts of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don't concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy's name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra...
Jack: Martha Stewart...
Tyler: Fuck Martha Stewart! Martha's polishing the brass on the titanic. It's all going down man! So fuck off with your sofa units, and string green stripe patterns.
Tyler: You ever been in a fight?How far are we willing to go to avoid those bruises and scars? How much are we willing to tolerate so long as our mutual funds keep trending up? Is there a point at which we come to the collective realization that comfort, luxury and a healthy retirement plan are not the end-all, be-all of human existence?
Jack: No, but that's a good thing.
Tyler: No, it isn't. How much can you possibly know about yourself if you've never been in a fight? I don't wanna die without any scars.
Mullah Dadullah About to Meet Allah, or Maybe Escape....AGAIN!
We've reported that the Taliban's tactical commander, Mullah Dadullah, has been captured before, but this time reports are that he is surrounded. He's a serious bigwhig in the Taliban comand structure. Officially he's #2 to Mullah Omar, but he seems to be the real boots-on-the-ground commander.
What frightens me about the report that 200 Taliban have been surrounded is that it is Afghani forces doing the surrounding. As we've seen in past large-scale engagements, the Afghans are prone to negotiating with the Taliban rather than engage them. While the negotiations commence, the leadership gets out of Dodge. Many have argued that this is how Osama bin Laden got away when he was surrounded at Tora Bora.
Adjmal Nakshbandi, the translator for Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo, is said to have been beheaded on Dadullah's orders.....and the Afghans want to negotiate with this guy? Did any of you watch the History Channel's special on William Tecumseh Sherman? I did, and I believe our military strategists could learn a thing or two.....
Afghan forces have trapped up to 200 Taliban fighters in a southern village, possibly including the militia's military commander, demanding they surrender or come under attack, Afghan officials said Monday....In unrelated Taliban news, Zarqawi chic rolls right along:
Khan told The Associated Press that Mullah Dadullah, a close aide to Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar, and other regional Taliban commanders were at the meeting when the village was surrounded. The security forces were still positioned around the village on Monday, he said.
"We are trying to get him to surrender and to arrest these Taliban without fighting," he said.....
Separately, an intelligence service employee was kidnapped and beheaded by suspected Taliban fighters at a home in Ghazni province, southwest of Kabul, said deputy governor Mohammad Kazim Allayar.Hat tip: Ace...
Update: Related pessimism from Allahpundit.
Ware Affair: Not Ware, Just Some Another Lib
The brief Drudge-tipped kerfluffle has been solved. Snarky leftist Michael Ware didn't laugh - it was just some other snarky liberal. This time, it was a Berkley liberal blogger no doubt providing a "fair, accurate and non-partisan" account of events transpiring at the press conference.
Previously updated and retracted here.
Wordpress Still Hosting Convicted Terrorist's (and others) Websites
A quick follow up on that earlier report on terrorist websites being hosted by Wordpress. In that earlier report, I noted that the San Francisco based Wordpress Inc. was hosting the personal website of indicted terrorist Daniel Joseph Maldonado (aka, Daniel al Jughaifi). In fact, I was wrong. Aaron from Internet Haganah e-mailed with the good news that Maldonado pleaded guilty to training with al Qaeda.
That makes Wordpress guilty of hosting the website of a convicted terrorist.
A United States citizen, who trained to fight jihad along with elements of al Qaeda to establish an Islamic state in Somalia, has been convicted of receiving training from a foreign terrorist organization, Don DeGabrielle, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, and Roderick Beverly, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Houston Division, announced today.Way to go Wordpress!
At a hearing this afternoon, Daniel Joseph Maldonado, a.k.a. Daniel Aljughaifi, 28, pleaded guilty to the sole charge in an Information filed on March 30, 2007 and unsealed today. During the hearing, Maldonado admitted he had traveled from Houston, TX to Africa in November 2005 and then on to Somalia in December 2006 to join the Islamic Courts Union ( ICU ) and elements of Al Qaeda to fight “jihad” against the Transitional Federal Government to establish an independent Islamic State in Somalia.
Here is a list of terrorist or terrorist support websites hosted by Wordpress, which are still up as of this writing.
Since I know Wordpress has heard complaints about the following websites they are hosting---you know, since we asked you to complain about them here---I wouldn't be too terribly disinclined to as much publicity about this as possible. Usually corporations such as Wordpress ignore these things because they think no one is paying attention. Let's draw some attention......
Islamic Courts Union (al Qaeda linked former government of Somalia--aka, "African Taliban")
Daniel al Jughaifi (personal website of American jihadi Daniel Joseph Maldonado convicted of training with al Qaeda)
Amreekan (literature by convicted terrorist Sheik Nasir bin Hamid al Fahd who famously issued a fatwa granting al Qaeda the right to use WMD against the U.S.)
Caravan of Martyrs (al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia support)
Ignored Puzzle (general Salafi-Sunni terror supporter)
Muslim in Kenya (supporter of al Qaeda backed Somalian ICU)
al Jihad (terrorist propaganda)
Truthline (general terror supporters)
Moderates Refuted (general terror supporters / followers of Omar Bakri Mohammed)
Naseeha (al Qaeda support)
UPDATE: Mike sends along these e-mails as more useful in complaints:
*websites of known terror organizations, terrorists, or those acting in their name
**Few terror supporters actually say, "we support terrorism" and these blogs are no exception. What they do is define terror in such a way as to exclude every organization listed by the U.S. State Department as specially designated terrorist entities. Most of these blogs, though, openly support terror organizations such as al Qaeda in Iraq, the Islamic Courts Union of Somalia, or the Taliban.
Terror Supporters in Britain Watch
An anti-war rally by followers of the radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir in London on August 19th. The group supports the establishment of a global caliphate and the imposition of sharia laws such as Muhammed's mandate to kill apostates. Moonbat media has the photo essay of these supporters of evil.
A Message for the Honorable Harry Reid, Douche...
...From a Marine corporal serving in Ramadi. Full text and a photo of Corporal Rock at Pat Dollard's site (quick, somebody teach Drudge's editors how to make a hotlink):
yeah and i got a qoute for that douche harry reid. these families need us here. obviously he has never been in iraq. or atleast the area worth seeing. the parts where insurgency is rampant and the buildings are blown to pieces. we need to stay here and help rebuild. if iraq didnt want us here then why do we have IP’s voluntering everyday to rebuild their cities. and working directly with us too. same with the IA’s. it sucks that iraqi’s have more patriotism for a country that has turned to complete shit more than the people in america who drink starbucks everyday.
Stalininsm Comes to Venezuela
How bad is it in Venezuela? This bad:
Venezuela's government will require workers to spend four hours a week in ``socialist formation'' classes, and is mandating employers form ``Bolivarian Work Councils'' to run courses on the job, El Universal reported, citing Labor and Social Security Minister Jose Ramon Rivero.That last little bit means that workers will be trained in Marxist-Leninist dialectics.
The classes will first be held only in public sector jobs, beginning with a pilot program at the nation's Labor Ministry, and will later spread to private businesses, after President Hugo Chavez decrees a law outlining re-education guidelines and rules, the newspaper said.
Topics to be addressed in the four-hour classes include Venezuelan history and "basic tools for analyzing reality, the environment, the role of the state and socialist scheme,'' to speed the transition from capitalism to socialism, Rivero said, according to the newspaper.
On a related note, Lance at A Second Hand Conjecture has an interview with Manny Lopez of the Detroit News about his recent visit to Venezuela:
Chávez has spent millions plastering the country with propaganda. “Socialism, patriotism or death” banners hang throughout Caracas as well as a litany of “death to American imperialism” murals.
RIP: Democratic Cajones
Boris Yeltstin Dead
Boris Yeltsin is dead. I once ran into Boris Yeltsin. No, seriously, I was walking down the street in Moscow and literally bumped into his entourage. He was President at the time. He will not be missed.
Miss America 1944 Still Has Good Aim
Via CNN: WAYNESBURG, Kentucky (AP) -- Miss America 1944 has a talent that probably has never appeared on a beauty pageant stage: She fired a handgun to shoot out a vehicle's tires and stop an intruder.Beautiful.
Venus Ramey, 82, confronted a man on her farm in south-central Kentucky last week after she saw her dog run into a storage building where thieves had previously made off with old farm equipment.
Ramey said the man told her he would leave. "I said, 'Oh, no you won't,' and I shot their tires so they couldn't leave," Ramey said.
She had to balance on her walker as she pulled out a snub-nosed .38-caliber handgun.
"I didn't even think twice. I just went and did it," she said. "If they'd even dared come close to me, they'd be 6 feet under by now."... ..."I'm trying to live a quiet, peaceful life and stay out of trouble, and all it is, is one thing after another," she said.
Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Attacks on U.S.
The Muslim Brotherhood is an international Islamist political party which strives for the imposition of sharia law. Since they officially renounced violence, many in the West have taken to calling them 'moderates'. But what they say in English and what they say in Arabic are different matters alltogether. MEMRI:
In his weekly sermon, the general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Muhammad Mahdi 'Akef, called for attacks in Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan....Remember that the Muslim American Society and the ISNA are both fronts for American Islamists with Muslim Brotherhood sympathies. And I'm fairly sure the Pennsylvania Imam calling for Ayaan Hirsi Ali's death for blasphemy and apostasy is part of the Brotherhood.
'Akef called for directing the energy of the resistance, with all the means at its disposal, towards the real enemy of the nation, the occupying, murdering, torturing, and plundering enemy of all good things, the enemy concealed in Jerusalem, Baghdad, and Kabul, the enemy who thinks itself the only human race with the right to live, even at the expense of abandoning the others.
Iran: Flashy Women Destroy Families
(Tehran, Iran) The results are in for the first day of Iranian dress code enforcement, prosecuting women who do not adhere to strict Islamic rules. Since 10:00 AM Saturday morning, 1,347 women have received warnings and Islamic guidance for tight coats, short trousers or loose headscarves.
Also, according to Mehdi Ahmadi of the Tehran Police, "There were 170 arrests. Of these, 58 were released after making a written commitment and rectifying their appearance. The cases of the rest, who already had a record, were handed over to the judiciary," he said.
And then there's this:
Mohammad Taghi Rahbar, a member of the culture committee of the Iranian parliament, was quoted by the Etemad newspaper as saying a harder line towards female dress was long overdue.There you have it. Flashy women in tight coats, short trousers and loose headscarves are luring men away from their wives and destroying families. And let's not forget that the Iranian government also tagged women without veils as tools of the enemy.
"The current situation is shameful for an Islamic government. A man who sees these models on the streets will pay no attention to his wife at home, destroying the foundation of the family," he warned.
I'd say it's fairly easy to handicap the battle of the sexes in Iran.
Lawrence O'Donnell Blatantly Lies on National Television
Either that, or he's just completely ignorant of firearms and the law. He repeats the well-worn lies that :
1. The VT shooter was wielding "automatic" weapons andAllah has the video.
2. The Scary-Looking Rifles Ban prohibited the sale of "high-capacity" magazines.
Why does an idiot like that get a spot on McLaughlin?
Dafydd : Fighting Back is
Never Always an Option
Posted at Big Lizards:
[T]here must have come a time when a man or woman, hiding not far away, saw that the gunman had turned his back. What that person did in that moment is the true assay of character.I agree with Dafydd's general sentiment as regards the loss of the Western fighting spirit. That said, I have to confess I've never stared down the barrel of a gun wielded by a crazed psychopath. I realize that's a lot more common these days than it used to be, but I've somehow managed to miss out on that particular thrill. Never having faced that situation myself--and not being in a position to speak intelligently as to which of my bodily functions would be negatively affected by such a situation--I'm a bit reluctant to second-guess the actions of those that have been.
Maybe someone charged at the gunman -- but foul fate intervened, and the butcher heard, turned, and added another victim to his hellish toll. Anyone so killed is as heroic as Professor Librescu.
But -- and I hate the thought, even as it screams insistently -- it is virtually inevitable that there were others who were there, who saw an opportunity, but who were frozen to the spot with dread. Or else they talked themselves into believing that there was nothing they could do. Or worst of all... some must have done nothing because they had been carefully taught that "nothing" was what they were supposed to do. I cannot help thinking that for many students at Virginia Tech yesterday, just as for the fifteen British sailors and marines, "fighting back was not an option," because to them, it is never an option...
[W]henever we allow the moment to pass, and we remain hunkered down, hoping the butcher wanders away -- translation: oh Lord, please let him shoot that girl over there instead of me! -- we send exactly the opposite message: We reinforce the unAmerican idea that "we must sit quietly and wait for instructions."
We will lose forever that which makes us exceptional, not just Americans but all men of the West. And worse, we will lose it to terrorists and psychopaths, to tyrants and the grey horde... none of whom deserves such a cheap victory. We will console ourselves that there was nothing we could do; but in reality, we will have sat down and surrendered to a bunch of nobodies for a fistful of nothing.
(h/t : Glenn)
Steyn on "Gun Free" Zones
The "gun-free zone" fraud isn't just about banning firearms or even a symptom of academia's distaste for an entire sensibility of which the Second Amendment is part and parcel but part of a deeper reluctance of critical segments of our culture to engage with reality. Michelle Malkin wrote a column a few days ago connecting the prohibition against physical self-defense with "the erosion of intellectual self-defense," and the retreat of college campuses into a smothering security blanket of speech codes and "safe spaces" that's the very opposite of the principles of honest enquiry and vigorous debate on which university life was founded. And so we "fear guns," and "verbal violence," and excessively realistic swashbuckling in the varsity production of ''The Three Musketeers.'' What kind of functioning society can emerge from such a cocoon?Full article here. (h/t : Glenn)
Cross-posted at The Arsenal.
April 22, 2007
Al Jazeerah: Blood for Oil; Jews are bad, hmmkay
The pro-terrorism aljazeerah website isn't quite back up to full strengh, but it seems that Hassan El-Najjar just can't keep his yap shut to save himself. He has a rather lengthy explanation of why his "peace" website was shut down by "anti-peace" forces--that means us.
But most interesting in his diatribe is why the U.S. really invaded Iraq:
Then, why did the US invade Iraq. [sic] Three beneficiaries stand to be scrutinized here, the military industry, the oil industry, and supporters of the Israeli occupation of the Arab territoriesSince most Israelis I know didn't really support the invasion because Iran is the main funder of their troubles, since U.S. oil companies are not benefitting from the war, and since it is the military who has been most hurt by it, that logic somehow escapes me. But who does he cite for authorite? Jihmmay Cartah.
Just a reminder, I did not target al Jazeerah because it does not support Israel, as El Najjar blatantly lies about in his diatribe.
They label Palestinians as terrorists for resisting the Israeli occupation. They also label those who publish news about the Israeli occupation brutality as supporters of terrorists.Right, I "label" them terrorists. Not quite, El Najjar. It is the U.S. State Department that labels the PFLP and Hamas "terrorists", not me. You support them, then, makes you a terrorist supporter.
See how that works? It's not complicated.
It's also hypocritical that El Najjar, an Arab who immigrated to America, goes off on a racist diatribe against European Jews immigrating to Israel. I'm not sure if its just irony or if it's, as our Hebrew friends would call it, sheer chutzpah. Maybe both.
But what really pisses me off, is not that El Najjar supports Palestinian terrorists. No, that just pisses me off a little. Most Arabs, like El Najjar, have the "Jew" exception for terrorists (ie, not a "terrorist" if the target is a Jew).
No, what really pisses me off is that El Najjar also supports the Iraqi "resistance". You know, the people in Iraq who are killing the men and women of America's armed forces. And then he passes on conspiracy theories blaming Coalition forces for horrific acts of terror, such as car bombing civilians!
I believe supporting the enemy is called treason. So please spare us your lecture on the First Amendment when you piss on the lives of the very people who are dying to protect it!
Filthy enemy supporting rat bastards like yourself should thank God every day that you weren't pulling the same seditious stunts back in WWII when the U.S. government wasn't afraid of putting you and your ilk in prison.
Since we know El Najjar supports terrorist organizations it might not hurt for somebody in the Justice Department to look into whether or not he lied on various immigration statements.
Pittsburgh Imam Wants Death Penalty for Apostate: Ayaan Hirsi Ali Should Die
Religion of Pece alert! The president of the Pittsburgh's Johnstown Islamic Center, Imam Fouad ElBayly, believes an ex-Muslim critic of Islam deserves the death sentence:
Imam Fouad ElBayly, president of the Johnstown Islamic Center, was among those who objected to Hirsi Ali’s appearance.The rest of the article whitewashes Islamic law and bends over backwards to let the very Muslims supporting the death penalty for apostates explain how Islamis is so peaceful and all that. They actually use the words, "Islam is a peaceful religion" while discussing Allah's promise of death for the apostate.
“She has been identified as one who has defamed the faith. If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death,” said ElBayly, who came to the U.S. from Egypt in 1976. ...
Although ElBayly believes a death sentence is warranted for Hirsi Ali, he stressed that America is not the jurisdiction where such a crime should be punished. Instead, Hirsi Ali should be judged in a Muslim country after being given a trial, he added. [Source]
As Charles Johnson notes, "they made it clear that if they had the power, and US law were written according to shari’a, Hirsi Ali would not simply be prohibited from speaking.....she’d be dead."
And where would they possibly get the idea that an apostate should die? Muhammed, in one of the hadiths [sayings] deemed most authoritative, is reported to have said:
"If someone changes his deen [Islamic way of life] - strike his neck!" [Malik's Muwatta Book 36, Number 36.18.15]And also:
"The blood of a Muslim who confesses that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that I am His Apostle, cannot be shed except in three cases: In Qisas for murder, a married person who commits illegal sexual intercourse and the one who reverts from Islam (apostate) and leaves the Muslims." [Sahih Bukhari Volume 9, Book 83, Number 17]You'll notice that ElBayly is from Egypt. Clearly he's a sympathizer with the Muslim Brotherhood. If he's here on a visa, it's time to send him back. If he's a naturalized citezen, it's time to open a criminal investigation over whether or not he lied during the immigration process about possibly involvement in such a radical group.
Here's a first for me: hat tip Charles Johnson for the e-mail.
Iceberg Day at Google
Eight Ethiopian Hostages Freed
Here is some good hostage news for a change: the 8 Ethiopian guides who were kidnapped along with the 5 British Embassy workers back in early March have finally been released:
Ethiopia said on Sunday that of its eight nationals kidnapped last month with a group of European travellers in a remote northern desert region had been released in neighbouring Eritrea.
The hostage saga had put further strain on ties between the two Horn of Africa foes, who fought a 1998-2000 border war and are blaming each other for stirring up the Somalia conflict.
"Their release is due to pressure imposed on Eritrea by the international community," said a brief government statement read on TV. The eight had been held for 40 days.
The statement, which quoted Ethiopian security sources, said further information, including on the health of the group, would be given on Monday.
Ethiopia blamed Eritrea for the abductions, while Eritrea said separatist rebels were to blame.
April 21, 2007
Scissor Me, Xerxes!
Dykes, Mexicans, Sex, Persians, War -all in one awesome episode done in the style of '300'!
Gets better every season.
12 year old boy beheads man (Censored Version)
I had hoped this would turn out to be a hoax, but, sadly, it isn't. For those who would glorify this kind of child abuse, I can only offer this warning:
It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. (Luke 17:2)
Suicide Bomber Kills Self, Misses Targets
Kind of an old vid, but this one shows you that two of the soldiers in the video survived while the subhuman filth eradicated himself.
April 20, 2007
Wordpress Hosting Terror Websites
*Sticky for the day* Terrorist & jihadi websites hosted by San Francisco based Wordpress.com:
Islamic Courts Union (al Qaeda linked former government of Somalia--aka, "African Taliban")
Daniel al Jughaifi (personal website of
indicted (Update: he plead guilty two days ago) American jihadi Daniel Joseph Maldonado)
Amreekan (literature by convicted terrorist Sheik Nasir bin Hamid al Fahd who famously issued a fatwa granting al Qaeda the right to use WMD against the U.S.)
Caravan of Martyrs (al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia support)
Ignored Puzzle (general Salafi-Sunni terror supporter)
Muslim in Kenya (supporter of al Qaeda backed Somalian ICU)
al Jihad (terrorist propaganda)
Truthline (general terror supporters)
Moderates Refuted (general terror supporters / followers of Omar Bakri Mohammed)
Naseeha (al Qaeda support)
*websites of known terror organizations, terrorists, or those acting in their name
**Few terror supporters actually say, "we support terrorism" and these blogs are no exception. What they do is define terror in such a way as to exclude every organization listed by the U.S. State Department as specially designated terrorist enteties. Most of these blogs, though, openly support terror organizations such as al Qaeda in Iraq, the Islamic Courts Union of Somalia, or the Taliban.
Ted on Steak Knife Control
Ted Can play, Ted can write. Ted Nugent (CNN)
WACO, Texas: Zero tolerance, huh? Gun-free zones, huh? Try this on for size: Columbine gun-free zone, New York City pizza shop gun-free zone, Luby's Cafeteria gun-free zone, Amish school in Pennsylvania gun-free zone and now Virginia Tech gun-free zone.
Anybody see what the evil Brady Campaign and other anti-gun cults have created? I personally have zero tolerance for evil and denial. And America had best wake up real fast that the brain-dead celebration of unarmed helplessness will get you killed every time....
....Who doesn't get this? Who has the audacity to demand unarmed helplessness? Who likes dead good guys?
I'll tell you who. People who tramp on the Second Amendment, that's who. People who refuse to accept the self-evident truth that free people have the God-given right to keep and bear arms, to defend themselves and their loved ones. People who are so desperate in their drive to control others, so mindless in their denial that they pretend access to gas causes arson, Ryder trucks and fertilizer cause terrorism, water causes drowning, forks and spoons cause obesity, dialing 911 will somehow save your life.
This Just In
Thucydides could not be reached for comment.
We all knew it was coming.
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Lincoln authorities evacuated a set of buildings on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus after a bomb threat was received, and officers told students on campus that classes have been canceled in those buildings.
Other events like this have been reported around the country as well.
I have an idea that will eliminate this sort of thing.
I demand regulations to restrict the use of phones to eradicate this criminal activity. Not all phones, mind you. Just the scary looking wireless ones with large battery capacity and fully automatic redial.
This phone would be cool. We're not trying to restrict hunting, mind you, and this phone is still used in some rural areas by hunters.
Fred Thompson on Gun Control
Posted at The Fred Thompson Report:
The logic behind [the anti-gun] attitude baffles me, but I suspect it has to do with a basic difference in worldviews. Some people think that power should exist only at the top, and everybody else should rely on "the authorities" for protection.h/t : Glenn
Despite such attitudes, average Americans have always made up the front line against crime. Through programs like Neighborhood Watch and Amber Alert, we are stopping and catching criminals daily. Normal people tackled "shoe bomber" Richard Reid as he was trying to blow up an airliner. It was a truck driver who found the D.C. snipers. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that civilians use firearms to prevent at least a half million crimes annually.
When people capable of performing acts of heroism are discouraged or denied the opportunity, our society is all the poorer. And from the selfless examples of the passengers on Flight 93 on 9/11 to Virginia Tech professor Liviu Librescu, a Holocaust survivor who sacrificed himself to save his students earlier this week, we know what extraordinary acts of heroism ordinary citizens are capable of.
Many other universities have been swayed by an anti-gun, anti-self defense ideology. I respect their right to hold those views, but I challenge their decision to deny Americans the right to protect themselves on their campuses -- and then proudly advertise that fact to any and all.
Taliban Demands Prisoner Swap for French Hostages
"The stand of the mujahideen ... is as follows: 1) that France withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan's territories within one week; 2) the administration in Kabul must show a quick reaction on the swap of hostages," said an Internet statement from Taliban's leadership council.
"In case of refusal, action will be taken against them (hostages) promptly," the council said.
This is not good news for hostages Eric and Celine, as Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ruled out making any more prisoner swaps, after taking terrible criticism over the Daniele Mastrogiacomo abduction, when 5 Taliban prisoners were released in exchange for the kidnapped Italian reporter. His Afghan assistants, driver Sayed Agha and translator Adjmal Nakshbandi, were beheaded when Karzai refused to exchange any prisoners for them.
There has been no word on 5 Afghan medical workers who were also kidnapped last month; their Taliban abductors had promised they would be next in line for murder after Adjmal's beheading.
The French government says it is studying the Taliban's demands and will make no further comment. Let's hope they can move from analyzing to action before Eric and Celine's heads are sent back in a sack to France for further study.
French Send Envoy to Kabul in Effort to Free Hostages
Taliban Said to Release Video of French Hostages(bumped)
French Hostage in Afghanistan: Eric Damfreville
Taliban Take Two French Aid Workers Hostages (UPDATE: One Hostage a Blogger)
CTV Misidentifies VT Killer, Falls for Internet Hoax
Unbelievable. A few days ago we beat Allahpundit by a few minutes and became the first to debunk the internet myth that had quickly fingered Wayne Chiang as the Virginai Tech mass murderer. He wasn't. But apparently they didn't get the memo up in the Great White North.
Yesterday, the publicly owned Canadian Television broadcast a series of pictures of VT killer Seung Hui Cho. The only problem? Two of those pictures was actually of the VT gun enthusiast, Wayne Chiang. They actually lifted these photos straight off of Wayne's webpage, and then interlaced the images with those of the VT killer's video.
I guess all Asians look alike in Canada!
Wayne, for his part, is pretty miffed. You can see the CTV video and hear his reaction here.
FBI Raids Somalian Travel Agency, Guns Drawn
An FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force raided a travel agency located in the back of a Somalian grocery store as part of the search for Ruben Shumpert, aka "Amir Abdul Muhaimin". Shumpert, who converted to Islam in jail, is thought to have fled to Somalia from firarm and counterfeiting charges brought against him as part of an investigation into a ring of Seattle area jihad supporters.
Shumpert was out on bail when he is thought to have fled the country. He actually called the FBI agent in charge of the investigation and told him he was in Somalia. He'd seen too many movies, I guess......
The search for Shumpert led investigators to Samala Travel, one of several Somali-owned businesses at the intersection of 146th Avenue South and International Boulevard....The owner of the grocery store/travel agency claims he has no idea what the raid was about or who Ruben Shumpert was, however he had earlier been issued a subpoena over documents related to Shumpert. He claims to be cooperating with the investigation, but the FBI says he is not being as "helpful" as he claims.
"We are obviously interested in locating and apprehending Mr. Ruben Shumpert," Gutt said. "The investigation took us to that address." Gutt did not elaborate on what led them to Samala Travel.
Hat tip: Fred Fry
Frogs Go to the Polls; Pro-American Sarkozy Current Favorite
Voters narrow a field of 12 to two favorites who reach the runoff May 6, and only conservative, pro-American Nicolas Sarkozy seems certain to make that cut.
Suspense will hang heavy over the day of national reflection starting Friday at midnight, when all candidates and polling agencies fall silent after an often cacophonous campaign.
Polls suggest Sarkozy's challenger will be Socialist Segolene Royal, an unconventional leftist determined to be the first woman in France's top job...
Sarkozy once sounded like a determined free-market reformer, ready to shake France up from top to bottom. But in recent months he tempered his talk about a "rupture" with the past and has watered down tax-cut plans. A lifelong anti-communist and son of a Hungarian immigrant, he even quoted a Marxist philosopher...
But the campaign focus never stayed on jobs, instead switching to school choice, trashing the European Central Bank and taxing the rich, then to cracking down on youth rampaging in a Paris train station.
In recent weeks, the most enduring campaign theme was French identity.
Sarkozy proposed a Ministry of Immigration and National Identity, which critics said smacked of Nazi-style racism and was a nod to Le Pen's anti-immigrant electorate. Royal's flag-waving call sparked extended debate in the media over what it means to be French.
Taliban Child Beheads American "Spy": The Return of Zarqawi Chic
I've been warning about this for some time, the return of beheading chic to Islamc terror propaganda videos. Think the Islamists could get any more disgusting than Abu Musab al Zarqawi's frequent beheading snuff films? Think again. Imagine the same video, but this time a child does it.
The boy with the knife looks barely 12. In a high-pitched voice, he denounces the bound, blindfolded man before him as an American spy. Then he hacks off the captive's head to cries of "God is great!" and hoists it in triumph by the hair.Oh. My. God.
A video circulating in Pakistan records the grisly death of Ghulam Nabi, a Pakistani militant accused of betraying a top Taliban official who was killed in a December airstrike in Afghanistan...
The footage shows Nabi making what is described as a confession, being blindfolded with a checkered scarf.
"He is an American spy. Those who do this kind of thing will get this kind of fate," says his baby-faced executioner, who is not identified.
A continuous 2 1/2-minute shot then shows the victim lying on his side on a patch of rubble-strewn ground. A man holds Nabi by his beard while the boy, wearing a camouflage military jacket and oversized white sneakers, cuts into the throat. Other men and boys call out "Allahu akbar!"—"God is great!"—as blood spurts from the wound.
The film, overlain with jihadi songs, then shows the boy hacking and slashing at the man's neck until the head is severed.
What's odd is that the video isn't making the rounds on the normal internet forums yet, where they are usually released. Perhaps the media savvy American Adam Gadahn, who helps produce propaganda videos for al Qaeda, warned that the video wouldn't go over too well? After all, these videos are designed to inspire either fear or sympathy, and showing a child murder a hostage simply inspires disgust.
Biden Got Into the Liquor Cabinet Again
If Republicans are responsible for VT, then Democrats are responsible for every inner-city gun death in the nation.
I mean, since virtually every inner city in the United States is governed (into the ground) by the Democrat party, the responsibility for the high murder and crime rates (among other failures) are exclusively theirs.
Right? Boy - being a lefty is easy. No brain required.
UPDATE: More "verbal violence" from Biden:
Fauxtography at CBC: Global Warming
The CBC decides to add some dramatic effect to a story about global warming by changing the coloration this picture of the Toronto skyline. And they didn't even bother to change the file name from the original. Oh, and those smokestacks? Torn down in 2006.
Oh what a difference photoshop can make!
Kate has the entire story and the original photos. I cropped the ones above to show how the CBC did it, but not perfectly.
Here are the two photos overlaid over one another and with the opacity of the overlaid image reduced to 50%. Except for the bad cropping job I did, they're an exact match.
And remember this is the CBC--the government run Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Perhaps not as bad as the Reuters fauxtography scandal, but it certainly doesn't seem ethical. Check out the rest.
UPDATE: To clarify, this seems like an attempt to make the air look more polluted than it actually is and to somehow link that pollution to global warming. Color changing, per se, is not considered 'out of bounds' for journalists, but only minor tweeking and for enhancement reasons.
The color in this photos seems to have been 'enhanced' in such a way as to mislead the reader into thinking that this is the actual color of ths skyline in Toronto. That color, by the way, is what you'd expect to find in ozone (smog) or particulate laden cities, like my own home town of Los Angeles. And low level ozone and particulates are not greenhouse gasses. The opposite, actually.
UPDATE II: Just to show the difference of what "coloration" can do to a photo, here is a pic of the same Toronto skyline without enhancments taken by reader Pete. I had to reduce the image size which kills some of the clarity, but hopefully you get the picture.
By the way, the vast majority of visible "smoke" that people see coming out of smokestacks isn't smoke at all--it's steam.
Letters To Harry Reid from The Troops
I mean, what do the troops in the field know? Don't they know that Harry Reid hath decreed their efforts a failure?
Just keep scrolling on both posts.
Insults Now a Crime in Europe
Charles has the details but leaves out the money quote:
member states may choose to punish only conduct which is either carried out in a manner likely to disturb public order or which is threatening, abusive or insulting.Gee, I feel much better.
Stuff to Listen to and Read
This week's Blog Week in Review podcast is Finding a Way to Lose, and features an interview Jeff Goldstein & neo-noecon. It's worth the listen. Also, check out Jeff's post about the imposition of sharia law on Canadian campuses which compliments my own.
April 19, 2007
PART II BELOW THE FOLD -->
Democrat Warplan: Harry Reid Edition
Here's a question for Dingy Harry - what have you done to assist in the war effort to assure absolute victory? Minimal victory? ANY victory?
Thanks to Cox and Forkum, The Hill, The Ryskind Sketchbook, IBD
Teacher Lina Sinha Gets Prison
(New York City) Veteran readers of The Jawa Report may remember 40-year-old Manhattan Montessori School teacher Lina Sinha who was accused in 2005 of molesting schoolboys. Last month, Sinha was convicted by a jury on felony counts of sodomy and witness bribery. Finally, a conclusion has been reached in the case.
Today, Justice Carol Berkman of State Supreme Court in Manhattan sentenced Sinha to four and two-thirds to 14 years in prison.
Notably, Justice Berkman remarked that Sinha grew up in an environment of privilege which introduced her to many options in life. Sinha was "well-raised" and "beautiful." Disturbingly, however, she used her education, sophistication and superior position to violate the boy's sexual innocence and abuse their trust and that of society. For all this, Justice Berkman believes Ms. Sinha is "all the more culpable."
I'd suggest that if Lina Sinha carries "airs" about her when she enters the big house, she is going to have trouble.
Previous Jawa: 05/31/06 - Teacher Lina Sinha - Nasty in Manhattan
Virginia Tech: "I, as a Muslim, don’t feel any sorrow"
Thanks to allahakchew for finding this disgusting post at a most disgusting website. It's an English language blog by a Sunni Salafi who openly supports al Qaeda in all its manifestations. In regards to the Virginia Tech massacre:
And whatever strikes you of disaster - it is for what your hands have earned… (ash-Shura: 30)The entire post is really addressed to Muslims, chiding them for feeling sorry for any American that dies. It then goes on to explain that since America's leaders reject Islam, then as Americans:
In other words, whatever sins you have committed O Americans, then expect “Tragedies” upon “Tragedies” from both internally and externally. This University shooting was an example of an internal tragedy as well as the Columbine shooting a few years ago. I, as a Muslim, don’t feel any sorrow over what tragedies occur to the Americans, whether internally or externally, whether gargantuan or minute, because the Americans simply deserve a punch in the nose for their internal evils as well as the evils they exported and also because Allah Ta’aala says: And grieve not over them nor be in distress from what they conspire. (an-Naml: 70)
these kuffaar would face the sword.Oh, and about 9/11:
So do not grieve over what happened to the Americans on September 11th, nor grieve over what happened to them with Katrina. These disbelievers deserve for their nation to be lifted up in the air, turned upside down, and smashed down into the face of the earth – the way it was done to the evil nation of Prophet Loot [Lot, ie, Sodom and Gomorah].I'm sure most Muslims in America feel genuinely disgusted about the crime, but it would be nice if groups like CAIR officially condemned Salafism in all--even its moderate--forms. The same goes for Khomeinism.
Al Qaeda Retards Name Shadow Ministers to Iraqi "Government"
Laura Mansfield sent me this video earlier today of the al Qaeda front group, The Islamic State in Iraq, claiming to have named "shadow ministers". For those not familiar with the parliamentary system, it's a kind of way to let your voters know who would rule should your party take over government. Of course, al Qaeda and the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq have no voters, but the priniciple is the same. U.S. forces leave, and these are the guys you can expect to run Sunni provinces--or so they promise.
Nevermind that if and when the U.S. finally does leave the Islamofascists Salafis of the Islamic State of Iraq are going to have to start dealing with the racist Baathists and the various tribal leaders who may not be so keen on letting the Iraqi version of the Taliban take over. But in the fantasy world of al Qaeda none of this seems to matter much.
The video is laughable, but isn't that why we show this kind of propaganda? Al Qaeda is so "confident" about "ruling" Anbar, Babel, and other Sunni provinces and having the "support of the people" that the propaganda video hides the face of the man announcing the formation of the shadow government. Even bin Laden and Zawahiri don't have to hide their identities.
The "cabinet" has at least one prominent name you might recognize. The leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, as "Minister of War". All the ten "ministers" are said to be under the command of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the former "emir of the Mujahidin Shura Council".
Here are the names as translated by Figo Zidane:
Abu Abderahman Al-Falahi: Prime Minister
Abu Hamza al-Muhajir Minister of War
Abu Othman Attamimi: Minister of the legal council
Pofessor Abu Bakr Al-Jabouri: Minister of the General Relations
Professor Abu-Abd Al-Jabbar Al-Janabi: Minister of the General Security
Sheikh Abu Mohammad Al-Mashhadani: Minister of Information or Media
Professor Abu-AbdelKader Al Issawi: Minister of the Martyrs and Prisonners
Engineer Abu Ahmad Al janabi: Minister of Oil (PETROL)
Professor Mustafa Al- Araji: Minister of Agriculture and the Fishing wealth
The Doctor and Professor Abu Abdalllah Azaydi: Ministrer of Health
And just in case you're wondering what life in the Islamic State of Iraq would look like, earlier today the same group released a video of 20 hostages being murdered.
Harry Reid, doing what he does best, giving aid and comfort to America's enemies:
The war in Iraq "is lost" and a US troop surge is failing to bring peace to the country, the leader of the Democratic majority in the US Congress, Harry Reid, said Thursday.What Benedict Reid isn't saying, of course, if that, politically, he and his co-conspirators in the Democratic Party need for the war to be lost.
AFA Petition Against Grassroots Gag Order
I received this from the AFA this morning. I reckon this is an issue I agree with the AFA on, and their ability to lobby the congress is strong.
Without a doubt, this could be the most important letter I have written you. I wrote to you in January about legislation in the U.S. Senate that could have silenced grassroots communication. Thankfully, the legislation was defeated after you and other concerned citizens let your voices be heard. Now, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on the same issue.Read the rest below.
The U.S. House is set to vote on H.R. 984, which would effectively keep AFA and every other pro-family organization in America from providing you information on bills in Congress. Under H.R. 984, we would only be able to provide you information on a bill at a high cost and at great danger of being penalized by Congress.
To put it bluntly, members of Congress are tired of getting your e-mails and phone calls, and H.R. 984 is designed to keep information from you that might inspire you to call or write your representative.
The new Democratic Senate thinks that if it can keep you from getting information - which is what H.R. 984 would do - then its members will not be getting e-mails and phone calls from you.
Representatives favoring this bill are simply tired of hearing from you. That is the bottom line. They don’t want to hear from you. They don’t want you to be informed. They want to silence you. How? By simply keeping you from receiving information that AFA provides.
I know that language is strong, but H.R. 984 will do exactly what I’ve said.Take Action
1. Send an e-mail to your representative now!
2. Call your representative at 202-224-3121. Urge your representative to vote against H.R. 984. Tell him or her that you support the portions of this bill that call for more transparency and accountability from Congress. Tell him or her that you reject provisions which unnecessarily require burdensome regulations upon communications by individual constituents who are freely and voluntarily expressing their views on important issues to members of Congress and the Executive Branch.
3. Please forward this to your friends and family. It is vitally important that they know what members of the House are trying to do.
4. Print this information, and share it with members in your Sunday School class and church and urge them to send an e-mail and call.
Email Your Representative in Opposition to H.R. 984.
ROP Beheads 7 Hostages in Philipines
Words fail me. Reuters:
Muslim extremists decapitated seven men they were holding hostage on the southern Philippine island of Jolo and sent the heads in sacks to two army detachments, the military said on Thursday.As Charles notes, even after murdering seven hostages by beheading, "Reuters still won’t call them terrorists”
Freedom Journal Iraq #630
This edition features stories on a new Iraqi Courthouse, an Airfield search for weapons and an Iraqi soldier dining facility. Hosted by Spc. Charles McLaughlin.
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Sharia Coming to Canadian Universities
Walid Phares sent along this piece by Katherine Kersten and it deserves some attention. Canadians have been long known for their annoying and overbearing sense of politeness--for instance, calling Native Americans "first nationers" rather than "Indians"--but this goes far beyond that and many of the provisions seem very much like an imposition of sharia law on we infidels rather than simple courtesy.
Some recommendations, such as preparing halal food seems reasonable. Forbidding interest, religious segregation, gender segregation and the likes in the name of "understanding" are nothing more than an endorsement of Islamic supremacy.
Last month, the Canadian Federation of Students issued a report, titled "Final Report of the Task Force on Needs of Muslim Students," that calls for sweeping changes at the country's institutions of higher education.....So, any campus not under sharia law is now Islamophic. Oh, and any one guilty of Islamophobia under the new guidelines would be subject to reeducation.
"Education related government loans should not accumulate interest," it says, since Islam "opposes usury and involvement with interest-bearing loans.".....
The report endorses "women-only" time at athletic facilities, and urges colleges to "provide curtains or screens over the observation windows" when women are using the pool....
What if a campus fails to make these changes, and others like them? It is guilty, says the report, of "Islamophobia" -- an "emerging form of racism,"
Why does this all sound so familiar?
'Global Warming' Update: NOT Caused by Humans
Unless, of course, there are Republicans polluting Mars with their OilCheneySUVs and lack of
plenary indulgence carbon offsets. Which they most certainly are.
Drip, drip, drip - the scientists (not politicians) are coming out one by one to refute the biggest media/leftist-driven hoax in human history.
As always, remember A Cooling World, Newsweek, April 1975. Never forget.
Freedom Journal Iraq #629
This edition features stories on a Baghdad Power Plant, and tracking terrorists. Hosted by Spc. Charles McLaughlin.
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French Send Envoy to Kabul in Effort to Free Hostages
The French Foreign Ministry's Secretary-General, Phillipe Faure, will meet with Afghan government officials today and Friday to try to win the release of 2 French aid workers who were kidnapped two weeks ago.
Eric Damfreville and his co-worker Celine, ran the NGO Terre d'Enfance in the southwestern province of Nimroz. They, along with three Afghan assistants, were abducted April 3 by the Taliban. A video of the captives was sent to media outlets last week; the Canadian Broadcast Company showed still frames from the video on their nightly news show.
In the video, Eric and Celine plead for their lives; Celine tearfully warns that they will be beheaded and their heads sent home to France if the Taliban's demands are not met. The demands, however, have not been publicly stated.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ruled out any prisoner swap for the captives; after taking heat for releasing 5 imprisoned Taliban last month in exchange for Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo, whose Afghan driver and translator were beheaded when Karzai refused to deal for them.
France has a large stake in winning the freedom of Eric and Celine: they presently have about 210 humanitarian workers posted in Afghanistan, running 20 different NGOs. Fears for their safety has increased since the recent spate of kidnappings, but most say they do not want to leave the country:
Ehsan Mehrangais, a Franco-Afghan, runs the NGO Afghanistan Demain, the goal of which is to collect and reintegrate street children. He works with two French expatriates. Highly knowledgeable about Afghanistan, he is nonetheless sceptical about the future of security here: "People think about it, but continue working. We now avoid leaving Kabul and I no longer authorize weekends in the provinces." He explains that the situation has deteriorated not just since the kidnapping of the two French humanitarian workers, but also because of the death of the Afghan interpreter of the hostage Daniele Mastrogiacomo. "The Afghans are edgy and all are terribly angry at the Karzai government," Ehsan explains. President Hamid Karzai agreed to release five Taleban prisoners for the freeing of the Italian journalist on 19 March, but his interpreter was decapitated a few days later for lack of a similar agreement.
Although the situation remains calm in Kabul, Afghanistan Demain's drivers have redoubled their vigilance. They constantly watch that they are not being followed and systematically lock the doors. Shortly before being kidnapped, Celine spent a few days in Panshir with, among others, Ehsan. He says he was profoundly affected by the abduction of the young woman: "Celine had very few contacts with the people of Kabul. But she was very motivated: she learned Persian and was keenly interested in Afghanistan."
Cho Seung-hui's Glock 9mm
It appears that Cho Seung-hui used a Glock 19 9mm semi-auto pistol as at least one of his weapons in his rampage. Other than having a reputation for reliability and quality, and the fact that it uses more polymers in its construction than more conventional designs, the Glock 19 is a fairly conventional handgun. I note this because there's nothing particularly lethal about the Glock 19 above and beyond the fact that it's a firearm. While it's bigger than a .22, the 9mm cartridge is on the "lighter" side even among handgun calibers. Shot-for-shot, the .45 Colt or the .357 Magnum are considerably more hairy. A 15-round magazine isn't even a particularly "high capacity" unit. A semi-auto pistol doesn't fire any faster than an old-fashioned double-action revolver.
In other words, Cho Seung-hui killed a lot of people because he had a gun and they didn't. Despite what some anti-gun journalists would like for the public to think, it wasn't because Cho had a "Glock" or because he had a "high-tech, high-capacity military-type gun" or some other nonsense. Cho had a gun and faced unarmed victims. That was all, and that was enough.
Cross-posted at The Arsenal.
RIP Cpl. Jason Beadles
I just wanted to take a minute to acknowledge the great people of LaPorte Indiana and mark the service and passing of Cpl. Beadles. LaPorte has lost seven soldiers in Iraq. Quite a large sacrafice for such a small midwestern town.
LaPORTE -- Family members stood bravely, side by side, holding each other underneath a funeral home canopy. They watched as the hearse opened, exposing the casket that carried Cpl. Jason Beadles home to Indiana.
Beadles, who served in an Army engineering battalion that supported the 101st and was stationed in Camp Liberty in Baghdad, died April 12 while working cleanup duty. The military has released no additional information.
A plane carrying the 22-year old Beadles flew in from Maryland into South Bend landing about 8 a.m.
About a dozen units from the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office, LaPorte Police Department and Indiana State Police along with 16 riders from the Wall Gang, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts dedicated to honoring local veterans, drove the 30 miles from the South Bend airport.
Salon : Why the Dems Dumped Gun Control
Democrats have been turning away from gun control ever since Al Gore's run for the presidency. . . In the wake of Gore's loss, many Democrats blamed the defeat on previous pro-gun control positions Gore had taken, and pulled the party further back from where it had been on the issue.Not a bad article as regards the politics, but the writer should stick to politics and leave the discussion on guns to those who actually know something about them. There is, for example, this gem of ignorance:
Today, a substantial portion of the party's new standard-bearers are pro-gun, or at least anti-gun control. Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor who now heads the Democratic National Committee and is the favorite of the new party power base emerging from the Internet, has long been an opponent of gun control. So has Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., the man whose squeaker victory in November gave Democrats control of the Senate and who was selected to give the party's response to President Bush's State of the Union address this year. Last month, one of Webb's aides was arrested on his way in to a Senate building with one of Webb's guns in his possession. Webb responded with a spirited defense of his right and need to bear arms. Even Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the new Senate majority leader, is pro-gun.
The expiration of the [Scary-Looking Gun] ban may have had some consequences in Blacksburg. ABC News has speculated that the shooter probably used a high-capacity ammunition clip of a type that was prohibited under the ban but became widely available when the ban expired.The first sentence is pure speculation. The second sentence is speculation combined with completely wrong facts.
First of all, this talk about supposed "consequences" of the expiration of the Scary-Looking Gun Ban as regards the death toll of the Virginia Tech shootings is just stupid. There are some facts that everyone (and particularly every "journalist") needs to come to grips with:
If you are shot with a firearm at close range, there is a fairly decent chance you will suffer some very negative consequences.In other words, the Scary-Looking Gun Ban was an exercise in stupidity, and anyone who thinks it had any significant effect on the lethality of firearms is either ill-informed or an idiot. Given the choice between:
You're likely to suffer negative consequences whether you are shot with a flintlock, a revolver, a semi-auto pistol, a semi-auto rifle, a shotgun or a bolt-action hunting rifle, but you are MOST likely to die if you are shot with a hunting rifle or shotgun.
The severity of your injury will be the same whether the gun has a scary black plastic stock or a pretty wooden one.
The severity of your injury will be the same whether the gun has a 30-round clip or a 10-round clip.
The severity of your injury will be the same whether or not the gun has a bayonet, a grenade launcher, a flash hider, a barrel shroud, a pistol grip or a folding stock.
(a) facing a maniacal gunman packing thirty rounds in one 30-round clip orI'm pretty much agnostic. Even a halfway-experienced shooter can replace a semi-auto clip and chamber the next round in a fraction of a second. Any of the above maniacal gunmen will very likely cause me severe bodily injury.
(b) facing a maniacal gunman packing thirty rounds in three 10-round clips or
(c) facing a maniacal gunman packing thirty rounds in two 15-round clips
Further, the Scary Looking Gun Ban didn't "prohibit" any clips. It restricted the manufacture of certain clips, but there was never a time during the "ban" when I ever went looking for any of the supposedly "prohibited" clips at a gun show and couldn't find one for sale openly and under perfectly legal circumstances. In many cases, the "ban" made the "prohibited" clips a bit pricier due to a perception that they might be scarce in the future, but clips are mechanically simple devices that tend to last a long time. Military clips are designed to be loaded and unloaded many more times than your average enthusiast will ever get around to doing over the time he owns the gun. Like the rest of a gun, a clip is designed to have a long life. The only people the Scary-Looking Gun Ban kept from buying clips were the folks who couldn't scrape together an extra $10 or $20 for the supposedly "rare" clips.
The author also speculates:
The other major piece of anti-gun legislation passed in the Clinton era, the Brady Bill, has been weakened as well, because of rules put in place by former Attorney General John Ashcroft when he took office in 2001.I'm not familiar with the supposed "weakening" of the background checks under Ashcroft, but I haven't heard any analysis connecting any "weakening" to Cho's ability to buy guns. If there's no connection, how can that have had any effect on the shootings at Virginia Tech? If it had no effect on the shootings, why is it in this paragraph?
Moving back to a topic the writer actually knows something about, the article goes on to explain Dem ambivalence on gun control as follows:
The desire to court voters in swing states with a large percentage of gun owners is the primary reason that Democrats have recently tended to view the issue of gun control as poisonous. There were other reasons as well, however. First, there were fears that support for gun control could split a key Democratic constituency: union members. A survey done by Americans for Gun Safety has shown that 54 percent of union households own a gun. Moreover, gun control is an issue with what Spitzer describes as "hassle" and "intensity" factors that don't favor advocates. Supporters of gun rights are passionate in a way that supporters of gun control are not -- gun-rights backers are single-issue voters and activists, while on the other side, Spitzer says, "the typical gun control supporter is somebody for whom the issue is not a No. 1 concern, it's No. 6 or No. 8."Full article here.
Doug Hattaway, who was national spokesman for Gore's 2000 campaign and is now the president of Hattaway Communications, concurs. Hattaway notes that organizations like the Brady Campaign cite the high public support for gun control measures, but says that support doesn't translate into electoral victories for Democrats.
"There's a difference between agreeing on an issue and having it motivate your vote," Hattaway says. "Yes, people agree, but there's not a potent pro-gun control constituency in national elections."
(Video) Al Qaeda in Iraq Murders 20
The al Qaed umbrella organization, The Islamic State of Iraq, has released a video showing the murder of 20 hostages. The Jawa Report has obtained a copy of the video. The graphic video and images from it are posted below.
The six minute video produced by al Qaeda in Iraq's media arm, al Furqan, shows the 20 captives wearing Iraq Army and police uniforms lined up. Several of the hostages are seen 'confessing'. One of the hostages urges his men to abandon the fight against Sunni terrorists. The hostages are then seen lined up outside and then shot one by one. Townhall, apparently relying on SITE, describes it this way:
The video shows a masked gunman walking down the row of captives, who had been blindfolded with their hands bound behind their backs. He shoots them one by one, sending each tumbling forward as two other masked militants walk alongside him, carrying a black banner of the Islamic State of Iraq.
A spokesman for the Iraqi Interior Ministry says that no police or army soldiers have gone missing. The spokesman claimed this was an elaborate hoax by al Qaeda. I cannot determine whether or not these were soldiers and policemen just by the uniforms. But in any event, these men were murdered.
Either they were civilians murdered by al Qaeda or, in the case of the army members, they were captured combatents murdered. Geneva Conventions?
Warning: Graphic video and images of what the so-called 'resistance' and 'insurgents' in Iraq are really like. They are bloody barbarians. Any one who would dare equivocate between the abuses at Abu Ghraib by soldiers who are being criminally prosecuted (more than 20) and the outright murders by the Iraqi 'resistance' who then produce sophisticated propaganda videos celebrating those murders, is a moral fool and an enemy of civilization.
Warning graphic images & video below:
Screengrabs from the video. First, the entire group is shown. Many of them "confessing" and warning other Iraqis to stop fighting against Sunni terrorists. Scroll past images for video.
Then, the hostages are lined up and shot one by one with a pistol.
Here is the al Furqan produced murder-snuff video. Disgusting. Again, the reason we bring you these videos is so that you see the 'resistance' for who they really are.
Yemeni Rebels' Cease Fire Demands
We ask the president as a representative of the Yemeni people to:
1- stopping those military and security officials from attacking civilians
2- helping and compensating the thousands of affected families
3- ordering security authority to respect human rights and stop using violence and chasing people
4- forming a medical team to treat those wounded people in the war
5- giving the bodies of those killed to their families
6- order security to give a list of all arrested people and their condition and allow their families to visit them
7- to free all those who are arrested with out any charge and free all children
8- compensate all affected people
9- accepting all those who have been fired from their jobs to their jobs and compensating them
10- bring the violators for human rights to courts
11- dismiss all court rules by the special court because they were unconstitutional
12- stop all illegal chasing on people
"Let's Repeal the Bill of Rights"
Not likely to happen, but here's an excellent intellectual exercise to throw at the numbskulls who advocate for this.
[...] let’s not stop at the Second, let’s tweak all the amendments. Let’s specify that since the First Amendment was written before Radio and TV and Movies and the Internet were in existence, we need to clarify that “freedom of speech” doesn’t apply to those mediums, or to pornography, artwork (think “Piss Christ”) and anything else anyone in society deems immoral or offensive such as depictions of homosexuality. Further, it will allow us to specify that freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion.
Certainly the Fourth Amendment should be altered so that the right to privacy in their “persons” does not include unborn children — the “persons” within them. Liberals would love that.
How about the Fifth Amendment? Certainly if new evidence comes to light, someone who was acquitted the first time around should have to face trial again.
The Eight Amendment? I’ll bet there would be a groundswell of support for striking the prohibition of “cruel and unusual punishment” clause. Just ask the family members of the Virginia Tech victims. Matter of fact, that would sort of insure that all these mutant killers take the easy way out by killing themselves, thus saving us the aggravation and expense of trial and re-trial.
The Ninth? Finally we’d have the opportunity to strengthen it with regards to personal rights. Of course, that might mean we could start smoking and eating trans-fats again.
The Tenth? Give the power back to the states to determine how they do things. Hmmm, liberal Democrats might not like the idea of a toothless federal government not being able to impose such unfunded mandates as “equal access” laws that cost public schools a fortune, or things currently established nationwide like pollution laws, the “right” to abortions, and — come to think of it — gun control laws..
Yup. Let’s rewrite the Bill of Rights because it certainly (according to most liberals) hasn’t served this country well. . .
Oklahoma City - In Memorial
Today marks the twelve year anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. One of the worst terrorist attacks in US history, 168 people lost their lives on that day, and the following video is presented in their memory.
To this day, there are still many unanswered questions about this terrible event, and credible information exists to suggest there were more people involved than just the two convicted co-conspirators, Timothy McVeigh and Mike Nichols.
This evidence raises many questions not only about the perpetrators, but also about the quality of the FBI's investigation.
Some months ago Doug Hagmann, director of The Northeast Intelligence Network, conducted an interview with Ms. Jayna Davis, investigative journalist and author of the book 'The Third Terrorist'.
The interview is just under an hour in length, and it presents compelling information to suggest there is a middle east connection to the bombing of the Murrah building in Oklahoma city.
I urge each of you to listen to the evidence Ms. Davis presents, and to draw your own conclusions.
The interview with Ms. Davis and Mr. Hagmann can be found here.
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Islam: Tribe of Choice for America Haters
More on that 'Ismail Ax' connection to the Virginia Tech mass murderer. It's very clear that Cho Seung-Hui chose the Arabic form of Ishmael (Ismail) to make some sort of statement, and I think Bowyer's gets it right from the get go.
First it was Johnny Muhammad, now it was Cho Sueng Hui aka Ismail Ax. Precisely how many mass shooters have to turn out to have adopted Muslim names before we get it? Islam has become the tribe of choice of those who hate American society. I'm not talking about people who grew up as Muslims, confident and secure in their faith, good fathers, sons and neighbors. I'm talking about the angry, malignant, narcissist loners who want to reject their community utterly, to throw off their 'slave name' and represent the downtrodden of the earth by shooting their friends and neighbors.Many other outlets are focusing on the Abraham and Ishmael story to understand the symbolism of the murderers chosen name. Read the rest of Bowyers article for that. But I think the importance lies elsewhere. The importance of correctly identifying the roots of the present conflict. Those roots are in the clash of civilizations.
For some, becoming a Muslim is a public renunciation of America and the West. In choosing between us and them, these converts choose them.
Many others, though, never become Muslim. Instead, these fellow travellers--Marxists, mainly--identify with them as "the downtrodden". They've already chosen them. Any them will do. The them of choice these days just happens to follow Islam and, oddly enough, disdain Marx more than Adam Smith.
Here's some anectodal evidence that this is true. In one of my "outside the Jawa" projects, I've been involved in several confrontations with jihad supporters. Many of them, however, claim not to be Muslim. Instead, they are the fellow-travellers mentioned above. Marxist-Leninists of one stripe or another and especially devotees of the cult of Che Guevara.
In fact, what passes for wit for many of them is to combine the name of a Communist revolutionary with the name of a famous Muslim historical figure or recent shahid. That is, despite rejecting Islam as a religion they do embrace Islam as an identity. They feel they have more in common with a Palestinian in Gaza than they do with their neighbor across the street.
This type of fellow traveller is especially prevalant on the modern college campus where all the world's ills are commonly laid at the feet of Western civilization.
I'm not trying to imply that Cho was either a Muslim nor that he was a Communist. However, in addition to being a lunatic, it would seem that he was also an America hater.
It says something more about the social construction of Islamic identity than it does about Cho's personal demons. That is, Islam is seen by many as the symbol of 'resistance' to [insert demon here: 'imperialism', 'Zionism', 'consumerism', 'over sexualization', etc.].
Was Cho a Muslim? I doubt it and have been saying so since day one--despite being called "hater" by the nitwits at the Arabisto who didn't bother reading the post they link to. But in his warped mind Cho was someone who was setting the crooked world straight and bringing justice to those responsible. He was the downtrodden, and American society the oppressors.
Cho was no Muslim, but he chose a Muslim name to make a statement. That statement was that he was not one of us. And if that is accurate, then Muslims in America are going to need to more vocally reject groups like CAIR, MAS, and the ISNA to 'speak for them'. Because as long as these groups speak for Muslims, then the perception that Muslims are them rather than us will continue.
Freedom Journal Iraq #628
This edition features stories on The U.S. Army Corps Engineers reconstructing the water system in a province outside Baghdad, Iraqi mechanics helping the Iraqi Army stay mobile and the significance of the Specialized Search Dogs in Iraq. Hosted by Pvt. Rheanna Douglas.
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April 18, 2007
Can Eric Boehlert Read? (Mvmts. 1 & 2)
In the name of full disclosure, we first present the political contributions of Media Matters CEO David Brock:
The latest keyboard spasm of Media Matters hatchetman Eric Boehlert was the opening 'salvo' - a sweeping and disjointed indictment of "conservative bloggers." And he even ends it begging for a kick in the teeth:
O'Neill's claims disputed? Yes.Peter Rabbit would be wise to stay out of Mr. Hinderaker's garden. Never pick a fight with a tiger. A tiger, or a lawyer who helped tear down Dan Rather.
O'Neill discredited? Yes.
Your move, Hinderaker.
Eric Boehlert of Media Matters must be America's lamest media critic. We knew he couldn't argue; it now appears that he doesn't read so well, either.And now, the roundhouse:
What prompts this observation is this post by Boehlert in which he tries to rebut the observations I made here about the Swift Boat Vets and their campaign against John Kerry. The context was my applauding President Bush for his recess appointment of Sam Fox as Ambassador to Belgium; the Democrats had blocked Fox's appointment, purely out of spite, because Fox contributed to the Swift Boat Vets during the 2004 campaign. Here is what I wrote:
That the Vets have been "discredited" is a commonplace not only on the left, but in the mainstream media. Yet it is hard to find any explanation of where this "discrediting" lies. Most of what the Vets said in their ads has never been disputed, let alone discredited. Their most effective ad showed pictures of John Kerry in his anti-Vietnam war days, and quoted Kerry's own speeches. The ad was important because most voters had no idea that Kerry had accused his fellow servicemen of being war criminals. The Vets also exposed the lie of Kerry's "Christmas in Cambodia," which Kerry now admits was false. Another ad showed officers who had ranked above Kerry in the chain of command, and who now consider him unfit to be commander in chief. How has that been discredited?
In fact, there was only one SBV ad the accuracy of which is even disputed, the first one that talked about the medals Kerry was awarded during his Vietnam service. Some of those facts are still uncertain, but the thrust of the ad, that Kerry's purported heroism in Vietnam was being grossly over-sold, was certainly true.
Boehlert quoted only the third sentence above, so if his readers were foolish enough to rely on him without actually reading what I wrote, there is some chance they wouldn't realize how dishonest he was.So can Eric Boehlert read? I'll just say this - Boehlert's reading skills surpass his analytical and writing skills.
So, how did Boehlert try to rebut the point I made? He cited a number of factual disputes that have been raised in connection with points made by the Swift Boat Vets. But every single one of the factual controversies noted by Boehlert relates, exactly as I wrote, to the subject of Kerry's medals. He never questions the accuracy of any of the Vets' seven other ads. Thus, Boehlert's post, far from rebutting my point, actually reinforces it. Unbelievable.
Tennessee State House Panel Votes to Expand Self-Defense Rights
NASHVILLE — In a surprise move, a House panel voted today to repeal a state law that forbids the carrying of handguns on property and buildings owned by state, county and city governments — including parks and playgrounds.h/t : Glenn.
"I think the recent Virginia disaster — or catastrophe or nightmare or whatever you want to call it — has woken up a lot of people to the need for having guns available to law-abiding citizens," said Rep. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains. "I hope that is what this vote reflects."
R.I.U. Students Vote to Deny CR's 1st Am. Rights
Dear Rhode Island U. moonbat student senate -
We are sorry to inform you that you are part of a public university drawing public money. As such, you have no right to tell people or student groups what they must or must not say under the auspices of that University.
Hope you enjoyed it, RIU moonbat senate. Now get ready for your impending lawsuit, and welcome to the real world.
Consider this post an update to this Jawa post from April 13.
VT Killer’s Manifesto Sent to NBC
The name on the return address was A. Ishmael. Via MSNBC:
Among the materials was a DVD with 27 QuickTime video files, totaling about 10 minutes, showing Cho talking directly to the camera. He does not name anyone specifically, but he mentions “hedonism” and Christianity, and he talks at length about his hatred of the wealthy.I have a few choice quotes here.
I didn’t have to do this. I could have left. I could have fled. But no, I will no longer run. It’s not for me. For my children, for my brothers and sisters that you f---, I did it for them,”MSNBC quotes the FBI as saying the tapes are, “pornographic.”
Thanks to you, I die like Jesus Christ
Do you know what it feels like to have throat slashed from ear to ear? Do you know what it feels like to be torched alive?
Your Mercedes wasn’t enough, you brats. Your golden necklaces weren’t enough, you snobs. Your trust fund wasn’t enough. Your vodka and Cognac weren’t enough. All your debaucheries weren’t enough. Those weren’t enough to fulfill your hedonistic needs.
Hat Tip : Captain’s Quarters.
Sandcrawler PSA: Comments Down *sticky*
Comments are down. Sorry. I blame Ace. It's always his fault. UPDATE: Or the
J-O-Os monied New Yorkers.
Update II: they are working for now....
CU Student Arrested For VT Shootings Comments
The question is, though, is he really a danger, or simply a publicity hound?
From the Associated Press:
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A University of Colorado student was arrested after making comments that classmates deemed sympathetic toward the gunman blamed for killing 32 students and himself at Virginia Tech, authorities said.Karson is certainly tasteless, but is he really dangerous? Karson has a history of provocative humor and satire aimed at provoking reactions from authority figures.
During a class discussion of Monday's massacre at Virginia Tech, the student "made comments about understanding how someone could kill 32 people," university police Cmdr. Brad Wiesley said...
The student, identified by police as Max Karson of Denver, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of interfering with staff, faculty or students of an education institution. He had a court appearance set for Wednesday afternoon.
Last November, Karson created a stir at Colorado University by publishing an essay about "the myth of the female orgasm" with the express purpose of generating publicity and controversy.
As a high school student, following the discharge of an administrator for seuxally harassing a male student, Karson wrote this (from the same article cited above):
"My response to Mr. Myers' controversial hobby of molesting children?" he asked in print. "I'm going to break up with him, and had I known he was a child molester, I never would have gone out with him in the first place."And Karson's satirical bent had already been noticed by the CU News:
He begins another one of his newsletters saying "I`m afraid of black people" and goes on to describe how slavery is taught in schools.With Karson's easily verifiable history of making outlandishly provocative statements, his arrest seems to be a gross overreaction, not to mention a violation of his First Amendment rights.
"Given that I`ve been taught that I am a member of a race of evil slave-masters ever since I was five years old, it`s a wonder that I can even look a black person in the eye," he wrote.
Pelosi and Sadr: Two Sides of the Same Coin
At least, in their stated foreign policy goals. Both want the US on a timetable to leave Iraq, regardless of the state of affairs or the consequences to the United States.
Don't argue with me - argue with the New York Times and their Democrat allies in Congress.
ABC, MSNBC Repeating Misinformation On Weapons Ban
And Bob Owens isn't going to let them get away without a correction. ABC's Blotter is even deleting his comments pointing out the factual inaccuracies in their reporting.
Where Ross, ABC New, Olbermann and others are dead wrong is when they attempt to imply that the ban on the manufacture of new magazines of more than ten rounds was a ban on all high-capacity magazines. This is patently false.And guess who ran with it, hook line and sinker without so much a peep from Media Matters?
There are literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions of firearms in America primarily designed to use magazines of more than ten rounds. Most of these firearms were sold by the manufacturer with at least two magazines, and there was and is a robust industry for magazines for these firearms. By the time the "large capacity ammunition feeding devices" stipulation of the 1994 AW Ban provision was implemented into law, there were literally millions of such magazines in America, and hundreds of thousands more available for retail and commercial sale.
The AW Ban did not make owning nor selling such magazines illegal. As a result, magazines of more than ten rounds were available for uninterrupted sale during the entire ten-year life of the AW ban. It was never illegal to own, sell, or buy such magazines.
Eisner: time to crank up the anti-gun propaganda machine
Partial transcript of former Disney CEO Michael Eisner on Power Lunch today:
I think the solution is to get the public, in an emotional, story-driven way, behind the goal of an abolition of handguns and automatic weapons. Because politicians are almost co-conspirators in this bloodshed.Allahpundit has the video.
Down the Memory Hole...
If you've been reading the papers and you have spotty knowledge of history, you might be forgiven for thinking that the shootings this week were the "worst mass murder in U.S. history." If you're a journalist with a lot on your plate, you may have forgotten the mass murder of September 11, 2001, which left over 3,000 dead. Then again, that was nearly six years ago & all.
The Savannah Morning News is pushing the "worst mass murder" line:
Little is known about the shooter who killed 31 people and apparently wounded another 29 in the worst mass murder in U.S. history.
The San Jose Mercury News is selling the same story:
When I awoke the next morning, the name of the perpetrator of the nation's worst mass murder was all over the news, and I had another reaction: Oh, no. He's Asian.
...the father, also named Juan Ramon Ortiz, learned hours later that his son was one of the 32 people gunned down in the worst mass murder in US history.
Seemingly within minutes of Cho Seung-Hui killing himself and bringing the worst mass murder in U.S. history to an end, Virginia Tech president Charles Steger and Police Chief Wendell Flinchum came under a barrage of criticism for not locking down the campus after the first double murder two hours before the main shooting spree began.
Andrew Williams of West Windsor walked out of the building at Virginia Tech minutes before the killer showed up and started shooting, committing the worst mass murder in U.S. history.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer blog is closer to the mark, but not by much:
Virginia Tech's students are in horrific shock after the second-worst mass murder in American history. No doubt CNN has a wide range of highly respected authorities to call upon, people could lend some perspective, wisdom and the appropriate solemnity to the day's news.
Truth is, the Virginia Tech shooting rampage, while tragic, was not "the worst mass murder in U.S. history." It wasn't the "second worst mass murder in U.S. history," or even the third, or the fourth.
The 9/11 attacks (2,998 deaths), the Oklahoma City bombing (168 deaths), the HappyLand arson (87 deaths) and the Bath, Michigan bombing (45 deaths) all claimed more victims than the Virginia Tech shootings (32 deaths).
But, as Vinnie noted yesterday, those events don't fit neatly into the anti-gun political agenda, so they need to go down the memory hole, thereby leaving the Virginia Tech shootings as "the worst mass murder in U.S. history," with Charles Whitman's shooting rampage taking a close second.
Cross-posted to TheArsenal.
Jawa = "Zionist Internet Spies"
It's funny because its true. This idiot decides that the campaign against Hassan El-Najjar was because we at The Jawa Report are "Zionist Internet Spies":
They're numerous, they're zionist, and they're goal is to seek and shutdown all internet opposition. They're Zionist Internet Spies and they've struck again.Emphasis in the original. Yes, indeed we have struck again! Now excuse us while we gather at a secret conclave and make matzah balls filled with the blood of Muslim children.........
But before we do, he offers this irony:
Neither Al-Najjar nor any other American should have to constantly declare their undivided allegiance to America in order to criticize that sh*tty little state called israel.Nazis. That's funny. But just to remind readers, neither I nor any one at The Jawa Report ever called for Al-Najjar to cease publishing al Jazeerah. What we called for was his firing from a state funded college. Which in the context of any other war would not be considered nearly harsh enough since sedition has always been a prosecutable offense under war time conditions.
This is going to backfire badly on those little nazis.
And not because he didn't support Israel, but because 1) he openly supported terrorists 2) he openly supported jihadis in Iraq who are killing the men and women of the U.S. military. Now, he also was opposed to Israel, but that was not the basis of our opposition.
It's funny how those that oppose the existence of a secular Jewish state also tend to support terrorists and the killing of American soldiers....
Democrats Argue for Right To Suck Baby Brains Out
The eeeevil Rovian Supreme Court upholds a democratically adopted law, and the left shrieks. A central sacrament of their hyper-liberal religion (the 'right' to destroy unborn babies in the third trimester by sucking out their brains with a high-powered vaccum) has been violated. Someone must pay.
A clarifying moment if you ever needed one.
CAIR Sorry for Victims of VT Massacre
So, why is CAIR offering its sympathy to the victims at Virginia Tech? My guess is that they just want to show how nice they are, but several readers have suggested that they're trying to get ahead of the rumors that Cho Seung-Hui may have been a Muslim convert.
The words 'Ismail Ax' were written on the killer's arm and Ismail is the Arabic form of 'Ishmael', who Muslims consider the progenitor of the Arab race. Definitely a reference to the Muslim prophet and patriarch "Ishmael", but it seems quite a stretch to me to then say Cho was a Muslim.
I think the former explanation is better. But what gives the terror apologists over at CAIR the right to speak for Muslims and to claim they are a 'civil liberties group'? CAIR:
"We offer the American Muslim community's sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those who were killed or injured in yesterday's tragic events on the campus of Virginia Tech. It is at such times of tragedy and loss that Americans must come together to offer support to those who suffered such heartbreaking losses as a result of this senseless crime."Remember, to CAIR terrorism is bad. Unless the victims are Jews, in which case its not terrorism but 'legitimate resistance'.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
Taking Media Matters Down a Peg, Via Olbyloon (bumped)
Time for a clueblubbing.
Media Matters "About Us" statement:
Launched in May 2004, Media Matters for America put in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor a cross section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation — news or commentary that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda — every day, in real time.Heh.
This tax-exempt "progressive media watchdog" group seems to be systematically ignoring an entire universe of Democrat and liberal misinformation that pours forth from the mainstream press on a daily basis - that is, news or commentary that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards a liberal agenda. Every day. In real time.
Keith Olbernut's latest anti-Bush screed is a textbook example of liberal misinformation, smearing and lying that is quite commonplace on both MSNBC and across mainstream TV news and radio across the country. Olbermann tried to pin the VT massacre on George W. Bush. Only the most far-gone Bush-hating cool-aid drinkers would buy that. From just a basic factual level, George W. Bush shot nobody, and is therefore not responsible for anything that happened at Virginia Tech. What Olbermann is doing is not 'journalism' or 'factually accurate' by any stretch of the imagination.
Media Matters, apparently, doesn't see a problem with the information Olby presented here. Hell, they regularly applaud his "Worst Person in the World" tantrums. In which case, they're exposed permanently as the petty, jealous, Democrat-funded closet cases and hatchet artists that they are. And thus, this presents an opportunity to shine a little light on this cute little site for any and all to see.
How do I know for an undeniable fact the shadowy figures running Media Matters are nothing but rabid Democrats? Easy, young grasshopper. Let me count the ways.
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First - their promo sidebar. Cynical. Anti-conservative. Intended for a like-minded audience. Exhibit A.
And of course, Media Matters doesn't seem to have a problem with President Bush being portrayed as the genocidal, anti-Semitic, anti-Religious dictator Adolf Hitler by Democrat activist groups. In fact, here's two of the lost MoveOn.org ads that portrayed Bush as Hitler. MoveOn.org also received donations from none other than leftwing Democrat-supporting billionaire George Soros, who also contributed funding to Media Matters through various foundations and institutes that he both founded and co-founded for the singular expressed purpose of destroying Republicans.
The group will also deny getting money directly from Soros, which was a reversal from an earlier position claiming that none of their money was affiliated with any Soros-funded outfits or enterprises. Horowitz and Co. highlight this lie and two-step away from it at DTN:
Media Matters has not always been forthcoming about its high-profile backers. In particular, the group has long labored to obscure any financial ties to George Soros. But in March 2003, the Cybercast News Service (CNS) detailed the copious links between Media Matters and several Soros "affiliates"—among them MoveOn.org, the Center for American Progress, and Peter Lewis. Confronted with this story, a spokesman for the organization explained that "Media Matters for America has never received funding directly from George Soros" (emphasis added), a transparent evasion.Media Matters likes to position itself as "progressive," but all that means is "Democrat." According to the Soros-backed database Open Secrets, Media Matters CEO David Brock contributed personally to Democrat candidates and politicians in the 2006 election cycle - Democrats like Hillary Clinton, Harold Ford, Joe Sestak and Donna Edwards. and that's just 2006. Look up 2004 for more confirmation.
Nor were groups cited by CNS the only connection between Media Matters and Soros. As investigative journalist Byron York has noted, another Soros affiliate that bankrolled Media Matters was the New Democratic Network. In addition, Soros is reported to be involved in the newly formed Democracy Alliance, a partnership of some 80 affluent financiers who each have vowed to contribute $1 million or more in order to build up an ideological infrastructure of leftist thinks tanks and advocacy groups. News reports list Media Matters as a main beneficiary of the Alliance's funding. By August of 2004, Media Matters' operating budget had already doubled to $4 million.
It is hilarious to watch the shadow puppets at Media Matters try to perfect their art of manufacturing media-centric hatchet jobs. And I'm not saying they don't have a right to do it.
What I am saying is that Media Matters have no clothes. We don't have to subsidize their partisan behavior by letting them pretend they're serving some non-partisan, governmental function. And we don't have to let their flagrant dishonesty stand unchallenged, either. The smooth veneer and hip iGeneration look of their site won't hide the fact that they are nothing but willing mouthpieces in the larger Democrat Party information war on facts.
I'll forward a copy of this to Keith.
Maybe Jawa Report will make the worst segment. I'd be honored.
Sandcrawler PSA: Dr. Rusty Shacklefor NOT Packing Heat on Campus
My university does not allow me to carry a gun. They just sent out a campus wide e-mail warning us about a disgruntled employee who made terroristic threats and who has now been 'banned' from campus. Gee, I feel safe knowing the nut has been banned.
Antisemitic Conspiracy Theory to be Debated at Oxford
Those 'monied New Yorkers' are up to it again. Stifling all sorts of debate about 'Israeli actions'. I wonder if the J-O-Os will 'stifle' the scheduled debate at Oxford about whether or not they stifle debate? File under: antisemitism under the guise of 'scholarship' and 'free speech'.
The Doha Debates have been invited to hold an event at the Oxford Union - the world famous debating society of Oxford University - on the 1st of May.Judith Apter Klinghoffer has seen some of the Doha Debates and says they're pretty disgusting. Ya think?
The motion to be debated will be: This House believes the pro-Israeli lobby has successfully stifled Western debate about Israel's actions.
Glenn Reynolds On Campus Gun Bans
On Monday, as the news of the Virginia Tech shootings was unfolding, I went into my advanced constitutional law seminar to find one of my students upset. My student, Tara Wyllie, has a permit to carry a gun in Tennessee, but she isn't allowed to have a weapon on campus. That left her feeling unsafe. "Why couldn't we meet off campus today?" she asked.Glenn has more here at Instapundit.
Virginia Tech graduate student Bradford Wiles also has a permit to carry a gun, in Virginia. But on the day of the shootings, he would have been unarmed for the same reason: Like the University of Tennessee, where I teach, Virginia Tech bans guns on campus....
...Virginia Tech doesn't have that kind of trust in its students (or its faculty, for that matter). Neither does the University of Tennessee. Both think that by making their campuses "gun-free," they'll make people safer, when in fact they're only disarming the people who follow rules, law-abiding people who are no danger at all.
This merely ensures that the murderers have a free hand. If there were more responsible, armed people on campuses, mass murder would be harder.
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Full listing of Virginia Tech Victims
Kevin Aylward of Wizbang has identified all 32 victims of the Virginia Tech massacre. He also has the class to not list Cho 'Ismail Ax' Seung-Hui as a victim, but that name would be the single one appearing on a list of monsters at VT.
Harry Reid Urges Caution on Gun Control
Looks like the Dems may be starting to see the light on gun control.
If so, that's likely good news for gun owners--but bad news for Republicans.
h/t : Glenn.
The Plains Feeder has an interesting point here:
The media is noting that the Virginia Tech massacre on Monday is the very worst school killing ever in America since Charles Whitman went nuts on the Texas Tower. The media bias against the Second Amendment shows clearly in this assertion. The fact is, the 1927 Bath, Michigan school killings had a death toll of 45 with 58 injured. So why doesn't Andrew Kehoe, the Bath killer, get any mention? Kehoe didn't use a firearm! He blew up the school with a bomb. No gun control mileage here. Into the wastebasket of history goes the Bath School tragedy. No useful purpose.
The truth is making the rounds. The worst mass murders in our history were committed by people wielding boxcutters, pocketknives, fertilizer, and fuel oil.
That would be 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombings, respectively.
And don't get me started on the effectiveness of gun control on people such as Ted Bundy.
Steadily eroding the ways for which people can defend themselves from human predators won't solve anything.
You can't ban teeth and fingernails, after all.
April 17, 2007
Who Do You Think You Are, CAIR?
Talk about politicizing an atrocity:
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday the government hoped the Virginia Tech shootings, allegedly carried out by a 23-year-old South Korean native, would not "stir up racial prejudice or confrontation."35,000 American troops are on the Korean Peninsula protecting these people.
Protecting them, I might add, from their own kind. I guess you could call that racial prejudice.
Way to spit on the graves of the 36,516 Americans who died to keep you free to spout this nonsense.
If people really want to chant about bringing our troops home, maybe it's time to bring them home from ungrateful places such as this.
By the way, I just checked, "South Korea" translates into the Korean language as "France."
Richard Gere Kisses Shilpa Shetty--Riots Ensue
Shilpa Shetty (pics) received a few friendly hugs and kisses from Richard Gere (no pics) at a recent AIDS awareness event. This, of course, caused massive riots in India, and one fellow even plans to press charges:
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) After protests in several cities over Richard Gere's on-stage kissing and hugging of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, an NGO activist here Tuesday filed a police complaint against the celebrity duo.Update by Rusty: Some effigy burning video here.
Subodh Jain, head of a small NGO called Citizen Fundamental had filed the complaint early Tuesday in the Man Sarovar police station in northeast Delhi, for 'spreading obscenity' at a public place.
'I have filed a police complaint against Gere for spreading obscenity at a public place and against Shetty for supporting him,' Jain, a journalist-turned activist, told IANS.
During the AIDS awareness event on Sunday evening at the Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, Gere hugged Shetty, bent over her and planted several kisses on her cheeks.
The kissing episode has raised the hackles of several conservative groups, with protestors coming out on the streets and burning effigies of the actors. Protests were staged in Kanpur, Varanasi (both in Uttar Pradesh), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Mumbai and Delhi.
(Video) Veronika Zemanova "The Model": Hotness vs. Talent, a scientific approach
Here is a pop video featuring Veronika Zemanova (Safe for work---but of the pg-13 variety).* Is Veronika Zemanova a "good" singer? Of course!
There is a trade-off between "hot" and "talented". And science proves it! I've produced the following graph using using SPSS**. The values are both on a 10 point scale. With a "10" both the hottest and most talented a performer can acheive.
According to the charts --- and charts don't lie --- the hotter one is, the less talented the performer needs to be. In fact, ugly singers ( 1 - 3) must be extremely talented to be considered 'good'. Singers of 'average' looks ( 5 -7) need to fairly talented ( 7 - 9 ). But extremely hot chicks need very little talent. For instance, Angelina Jolie in her prime (10 -- if you disagree, you're banned for life!) needs precisely zero talent to merit her an automatic platinum album.
In the future, all smokin hot chicks will be "pop stars". Veronika Zemanova, is there anything she can't do?
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You'll need the Divx codec and player to view. Well worth it. By far the fastest video platform on the internet.
* Actually, I just wanted to test out the Stage 6 Divx embed and this seemed like a "good" enough video to try it out. When I try to view anything using this codec and the Stage 6 server, they seem to load faster than anything out there.
You can even watch it full screen, with near DVD quality (not on this particular video, but others) or in a pop-up window. Very cool.
** N = 1, me.
HuffPo Hack Blames Bush for VT Shootings
Hokie Deaths Provide Grist for Liberal Political Agenda
This is the face of modern liberalism. Joseph A. Palermo is already seeking to capitalize on the tragedy at Virginia Tech to push his anti-First and anti-Second Amendment agenda.
Not satisfied to stick to actual events, Palermo invents strawmen:
We will hear right-wingers, like David "Bobo in Paradise" Brooks, blame the shootings at Virginia Tech on Quentin Tarrantino movies and violent video games.Okay. Maybe you should wait until those arguments are actually made, then try to counter them. But no, Palermo continues a few paragraphs down:
Also, if David Brooks and the Rightwing can blame video games and the violent movies coming out of Hollywood for the school shootings, then I think it is also fair to place some of the blame on our political leaders who called for us to invade and occupy Iraq.But Joseph, you haven't established that they have yet done that; you simply suggested that they will. And Palermo has some words for the liberals, too:
The liberals, like Hillary Clinton and Nicholas Kristof, will launch into hand-wringing "analyses" about the availability of guns in our society...Leave out the obvious fact that Palermo himself is one of these "hand wringers;" his solution is to restrict the First Amendment to ensure a pure election in 2012 by banning contributions from people he doesn't like. You know, the usual suspects, the NRA, big oil, etc. - while Joey doesn't actually use the word Bushitlerburton I'm sure he's thinking it.
What Palermo neglects to mention is that trade unions, teacher's unions, the AARP, and ethnic/religious organizations use lobbyists to donate money to politicians, too. The Constitution guarantees them the right to have their voices heard.
Palermo's bio says his doctorate is from Cornell. I nominate this passage as the most simple-minded assertion ever to appear on a blog:
Whoever the killer is, if he didn't have access to a gun those 31 people would be studying for their midterms right now.Really? Nothing that a new American Gestapo, empowered to enter every home in the country to confiscate weapons, and backed up by Soviet-style re-education camps couldn't ensure.
If this is the kind of thought that comes from an Ivy League Ph.D., state universities are looking pretty good.
Breaking: Shooting at White House
I just got an e-mail from Larwyn who says that C-SPAN is reporting that the White House in in full lockdown mode. There is said to have been a suspicious package and it seems that two Secret Service officers have shot each other. Can that be right?
TWO US Secret Service officers were injured today after a gun held by another Secret Service officer was accidentally fired at the White House.This may be one of the most bizarre accidents at the White House. Ever. Far more bizarre than the impulse to stain a fat intern's dress.
One officer suffered a shrapnel wound to the face, and the other was wounded in the leg, said spokesman Darrin Blackford.
Neither injury was life threatening.
"It appears that at approximately 2.10pm (4.10am AEST) there was an accidental discharge of a service-issued weapon, which occurred inside the Southwest Gate at a security post near the White House," Mr Blackford said.
President Bush is NOT at the White House. He is in Blacksburg, Virginia, the scene of yesterday's Virginia Tech massacre.
Al Qaeda Murders 20 Hostages in Iraq (Update: Or did they?)
The al Qaeda front group which calls itself "The Islamic State in Iraq" has murdered 20 Shia hostages. An announcement at an Islamist forum today indicated that "the rule of Allah" had fallen on the 20 hostages, a reference to the death penalty which is the Islamic punishment for apostasy.
Al Qaeda in Iraq had demanded that the Iraqi government release all women prisoners in exchange for the hostages' lives. A series of propaganda videos produced by Sunni terrorists claim that a woman named Sabrin al-Janabi was raped by Shia government forces recently. The 20 were taken hostage and then murdered in retribution for the alleged event.
Only one hostage, a policeman named Yaseen Mezher Hussain, was positively identified from a series of nine photos al Qaeda released of the hostages.
Expect a video from these barbarians. There is a distinct possibility that al Qaeda in Iraq is returning to beheading videos as a terror tactic now that they feel their grip on the Sunni populace slipping.
On a related note, my good friend Rocco diPippo has an important essay on what will happen if we prematurely leave Iraq. Many of his friends will meet the same fate, namely a gruesome murder at the hands of Salafi extremists, if we leave now.
UPDATE: Interesting....Iraqi government spokesman claiming that no police are missing. Is this an elaborate hoax on the part of al Qaeda? Are these civilians nabbed off the street and then put into uniforms? Or is the Iraqi Interior Ministry wrong? Press TV:
"The 'Islamic State of Iraq' is claiming it kidnapped a number of police. We checked the report and we found out it was untrue. It is a misleading report," said Brigadier General Abdel Karim Khalaf....Very odd, indeed.
Khalaf, however, said "it is funny that they are speaking about kidnapping... Our police reports say no policemen are missing."
VT Confirmed Deceased
This Virginia blog appears to have a list of some of the confirmed deceased. Students and instructors alike.
Virginia Tech Murderer a Muslim?
Was Virginia Tech mass-murderer Seung Hui Cho a Muslim? Steve from Islam Threat e-mailed me about the connection so I did a quick Google News search. He apparently had "Ismail Ax" written in red ink on the inside of one of his arms.
Seems like a stretch, but as Steve notes "Ismail" is the Arabic form of Ishmael, Abraham's son who is believed by Muslims (and Jews and Christians) to be the patriarch of the Arab race.
My gut feeling is that the "Ismail Ax" reference is not ample evidence that Cho Seung-Hui was a Muslim. I get almost no hits for that phrase as a Google search, and if it were some kind of new found identity as a Muslim, wouldn't it be "Ismail X" or "Ismail's axe" or something?
'Ismail' is definitely an Arabic reference. The question is what does it mean. It could have meaning only to the demented mind that wrote it.
UPDATE II: I must have a dozen e-mails telling me that "Ismail's ax" is a reference to either:
a) Ibrahim's (Abraham) near sacrifice of Ismail (Ishmael) in the Islamic tradition, where he may have used an "ax" (more commonly "knife")
b) Ibrahim's destruction of idols with an "ax" (more commonly "club")
Okay, granted. As I said, Ismail can only be interpretted as an Arabic reference to Ishmael. Unless I am missing something here, there is no other possibillity. But that still doesn't mean Cho was a Muslim or that he was motivated by jihad.
Marines Scramble To Save Humvee After VBIED Explosion
While using a Humvee to push an abandoned vehicle out of the road, the vehicle explodes, setting fire to the Humvee. In a valiant effort to save their equipment, ammunition and armaments, the Marines scramble onto the vehicle and begin stripping it... at considerable personal risk.
This was apparently the second time this had happened to the same group of soldiers in less than two weeks.
To quote one of the soldiers from this unit: "Welcome to f**king Iraq."
Video: Racist German Military Training
By popular request, here is the racist German army training video. Apparently the instructor says something like: “You are in the Bronx. A black van is stopping in front of you. Three African-Americans are getting out and they are insulting your mother in the worst ways. … Act.” I think having a trainee think of David Hasselhof would be far more effective, but that's just me.
Jules Crittendon has commentary.
But what is this "müttha fükker" they keep shouting?
Comments closed because of you-know-who.
Slain VT Professor Saves Students: Hero & Holocaust Survivor
Let the name of Professor Liviu Librescu be known for all time as a hero. Dr. Librescu survived the Holocaust and the Soviet labor camps. God spared his life from the two greatest evils of the 20th century, but chose to call him home at the hands of another evil. His sacrifice should never be forgotten.
Be prepared for tears.........
Professor Liviu Librescu, 76, threw himself in front of the shooter when the man attempted to enter his classroom. The Israeli mechanics and engineering lecturer was shot to death, "but all the students lived - because of him," Virginia Tech student Asael Arad - also an Israeli - told Army Radio.Hero. Here is Dr. Librescu's VT homepage.
Several of Librescu's other students sent e-mails to his wife, Marlena, telling of how he blocked the gunman's way and saved their lives, said Librescu's son, Joe.
"My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee," Joe Librescu said in a telephone interview from his home outside of Tel Aviv. "Students started opening windows and jumping out."
I suspect that as the horrifying events at Virginia Tech become clearer, that we will learn of many similar heroic acts.
Hat tip: Aramy
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VA Tech Shooter Identified
Just got a breaking news email from ABCNEWS
VIRGINIA TECH GUNMAN HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A STUDENT OF KOREAN DESCENT NAMED SEUNG HUI CHO. HE WAS CARRYING A BACKPACK WITH A RECEIPT FOR THE PURCHASE OF A HANDGUN
ABCNEWS: April 17, 2007 — Seung Hui Cho, a permanent resident of the United States, a Korean national and a Virginia Tech student has been identified as the gunman in the shootings that left 33 people dead on the Virginia Tech campus Monday, ABC News has learned.Update Fox News is reporting the name is correctly spelled Cho Seunh-Hui and ABC has corrected and edited their story.
The student left a "disturbing note" before killing two people in a dorm room, returning to his own room to re-arm and entering a classroom building on the other side of campus to continue his rampage, sources said.
Cho's identitiy has been confirmed with a positive fingerprint match on the guns used in the rampage and with immigration materials. It is believed that he was the shooter in both incidents yesterday. Sources say Cho was carrying a backpack that contained receipts for a March purchase of a Glock 9 mm pistol, sources said. Witnesses had also told authorities that the shooter was carrying a backpack. Sections of chain similar to those used to lock the main doors at Norris Hall, the site of the second shooting that left 31 dead, were found inside a Virginia Tech dormitory, sources confirmed to ABC News.
I'll leave this post just as it is despite the fact I'm getting no linky love from meme.
Update, Ahh now I'm getting the linky love from meme, that's better.....
21%...Vast Majority...What's the Difference?
That's a question that the NYT apparently had some difficulty answering in a recent article on a Florida clemency board decision. "For the record.":
An article on April 6 about a decision by Florida’s clemency board to let most felons easily regain their voting rights after prison misstated the proportion of blacks among the state’s disenfranchised ex-offenders. About 21 percent of the estimated 950,000 ex-offenders are black, according to the Sentencing Project, a liberal advocacy group in Washington — not “the vast majority.”I suggest everyone in America check this page at least once a day. Media Matters?
April 16, 2007
NBC Assigns Drooling Jackass To Cover NFL
Johnny Dollar will make sure he gets the "Limbaugh" treatment.
Wonder if he's apologized to the ADL yet. It seems just as offensive as anything Imus said. Media Matters is obviously asleep at the wheel on this one.
Gonzales Testimony Postponed for Propaganda Purposes
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick "Leaky" Leahy has postponed the Attorney General's testimony on the firings of eight Federal Prosecutors (more than one hundred fewer than Clinton fired), which was scheduled for tomorrow:
Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy made the decision Monday to postpone the long-awaited hearing that has been considered Gonzales' last chance to quiet a controversy that has prompted calls in both parties for his resignation.Leahy wants to make sure that news coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy doesn't disrupt full play for his carefully orchestrated political hit job over the firings.
Leahy said the hearing had been rescheduled for Thursday. He said he made the decision after conferring with Gonzales and the committee's senior Republican, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. "All three of us agree," he said.
Lunatic fringe accusations that the Bush Administration engineered the shootings to take the heat off Gonzales in ten...nine...eight...
Rumor Dispelled---Virginia Tech Killer ID'd: Wayne Chiang
An internet rumor has started that the Virginia Tech killer is a blogger named Wayne Chiang. I'm trying to dispell the rumor, but Wayne hasn't responded to my e-mail yet. Here's his livejournal blog and his facebook photo album. The fact that Wayne Chiang is
b) goes to Virginia Tech
c) has tons of pics of guns
d) seems depressed about a girlfriend
The fact that he's an Ann Coulter fan also isn't helping the Leftists either. Because, aren't all Ann Coulter fans just one bad day away from losing it?
But just because you're Asian, doesn't make you from
Hong Kong update: better make that Korea. Interesting little known fact about the real man behind "Rusty Shackleford": nearly half of the people he grew up with in his hometown in suburban Southern California were Asian. Nearly all of them born here.
And doesn't the fact that you have a girlfriend, by definition, kind of mean there will be bad days?
The fact that he posted earlier this afternoon saying thanks to the Something Awful Forum for linking him and then taking down that post (or so I am told)--apparently enjoying his ten minutes of fame--is pretty conclusive. Or, at least, it is to me.
I almost fell victim to the rumor. Who saved me? Allahpundit, who else? It was Allahpundit who saw the earlier posting from Wayne, just before "someone" took it down. Allahpundit tells me he will probably post on this soon, but I have to go to the airport.
So, just in case you were wondering if this was the face of the killer--
Seriously, I was seconds away froma post that would have added fuel to the Wayne Chiang as the Virginia Tech killer fire. Thanks for the save Allahpundit who should have more details soon! Update: Allahpundit posts here.
The original image for this post was taken down. Credit Gateway Pundit for having a copy.
UPDATE 4/17: Wayne has posted, again:
I made drudge. Amazing. Shout out to South Park, the best show out there. Maybe they will make a reference...Apparently Wayne just wanted to get adsense going before he dispelled the rumor and didn't think that it would make national media.
Coming out. I am not the shooter.
Dan Riehl finds that Wayne has been a victim more than once.
ABC's Brian Ross Adding "Context" to VT Shooting
Robert Stacy McCain, writing over at the Washington Times, notes that ABC's Brian Ross, who usually has excellent terrorism scoops, is already adding "context" to the Virginia Tech shooting. That "context" is that the shooting comes several years after Congress let the assault rifle ban lapse. See how adding that "context" leads the readers to "draw their own conclusions"? McCain writes:
But how about the minor detail that this “news” might be completely irrelevant to the crime?Context. You'd expect the Brady people to try to add their context, but would hope that neutral reporters wouldn't.
A newsman’s job is to report the facts first.
Here's a bit of my own context. The VT shootings come on the heels of the Virginia legislature exempting university campuses from recent changes in the law which make it easier to carry concealed weapons. Experts agree that no student was legally armed and prepared to defend themselves or their classmates from the psycopathic killer.
I add context. You draw your own conclusions.
Harry Reid's Main Concern
Is Senate majority leader Harry Reid concerned about America lsoping in Iraq? Is he concerned about the Iraqis, who will die in even greater numbers, if his "redeployment" is undertaken? No, Harry's main concern is how to play the politics of the war to, "pick up Senate seats."
FNS Via The Corner: Bill Kristol: John McCain said on Wednesday the Democrats are playing small politics with this war. The Democrats squealed. The next day, Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate majority leader, said . . . "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war. Senator Schumer has shown me numbers that are compelling and astounding."
What were the numbers that Senator Schumer, the head of the Democratic Senatorial Committee, showed him? They weren't numbers about casualties. They weren't numbers about whether getting out would hurt or help Al Qaida. They were poll numbers about Senate races. So the Democrats are playing politics.
For the Senate majority leader to say this war will cost the Republicans Senate seats is really a disgrace. And I think McCain is vindicated in his notion that he has made a serious argument about how we have to win. The Democrats have made no argument about the consequences of following their policy. They just want to pick up Senate seats.
As Usual, the Gun Grabbers Waste No Time...
ATLANTA (Reuters) - The killings at Virginia Tech university on Monday will stir fresh U.S. debate over gun control and what drives people to go on shooting rampages through schools and colleges. . . .Countdown to the rollout of the Scary-Looking Gun Ban of 2007 in 10... 9... 8...
"What have we done as a nation in the 8 years since Columbine about this problem? We compound the trade of the day by our failure to deal with the proliferation of guns in our country," said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Helmke said that since Columbine, which happened eight years ago this week, there had been no new legislation on control of guns and he said a ban on assault weapons was allowed to expire in September 2004.
20 29 32 at VA Tech
Allahpundit is following closely. So far the shooter is described as an Asian man in his 20's. No word yet on motive, but the shooter is reported to be dead. Derek O'Dell, a student who was shot in the arm, has his account on MSNBC here.
Here are some AP images Via ABCNEWS. The first image matches Derek O'Dell's description of the shooter. (update this man only matches the desciption and was not the shooter, he was later released).
Hat Tip :Will
It is reported that the man used two 9mm semi auto pistols. No motive is known at this time. Some reports that he was, "looking for his girlfiend," and a bomb threat was made yesterday. We'll update when we know more.
Cell phone video of from the scene here.
Michelle Malkin reports that a bill designed to stop universitys from making rules to prohibit people with a concealed carry permit from bringing their weapons on capus died in Committee last week.
HB 1572, which would have allowed handguns on college campuses, died in subcommittee.If you outlaw guns then only outlaws will have guns. So Mr. Hincker, feel safe now? If just a few law abiding citizens had been allowed to carry, maybe a few lives would have been saved.
A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly.
House Bill 1572 didn't get through the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety. It died Monday in the subcommittee stage, the first of several hurdles bills must overcome before becoming laws.
The bill was proposed by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County, on behalf of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Gilbert was unavailable Monday and spokesman Gary Frink would not comment on the bill's defeat other than to say the issue was dead for this General Assembly session.
Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated. "I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus."...
...Last spring a Virginia Tech student was disciplined for bringing a handgun to class, despite having a concealed handgun permit. Some gun owners questioned the university's authority, while the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police came out against the presence of guns on campus.
Woman Raped for Reading Bible
This is an Australian article, so I'm guessing that the Bible-rading Muslim woman was just 'uncovered meat' to Sheik Taj el-Dene Elhilaly. You know, she was just asking for it by reading the Bible.
Campbelltown District Court was told Abdul Reda Al Shawany twice sexually assaulted the woman, a practising Muslim who wears a hijab, after they met at a railway station....Al Shawany denies the allegation but there is DNA evidence. Could be worse. She could have been raped in the Middle East, in which case she could be eligible for the death penalty.
He said when the woman came to Australia from the Middle East she began listening to Christian teachers and reading the Bible.
He said the woman had received threats from members of her faith for reading the Bible but had not converted to Christianity....
Al Shawany allegedly raped the woman and later allegedly said: "Let your Jesus help you."
Hat tip: Warner
Editorial: El-Najjar "laughable" "unrelenting propagandist"
A sigh of relief as reader "bluetoetag" notices that at least on The Dalton Daily Citizen's editorial page, they are rooting for the good guys. And by the good guys, I mean the United States of America. Seriously, their "story" on El-Najjar that I fisk below was so poorly researched and written, I had some doubts as to just how bad the publication was. But Jim Espy's editorial is about as good as can be expected:
El-Najjar used the site to promote his views on the Middle East, to offer stories by other writers of similar political bent and to link readers to related stories and web sites. He also ran Associated Press wire stories on the Middle East, though not before altering the “terminology” of the wire reports. (I don’t know if the professor bothered to pay AP for the use of its material, but months ago when I asked an AP official in Atlanta about it, he said he didn’t even know the stories were being used).What Espy may not know is that Muslim fundamentalists agree that there is no copyright under Islamic law. Maybe that is how El-Najjar justified reprinting entire AP articles?
Fair use, as I'm doing now, requires using the material for some sort of editorial value. The editorial continues:
El-Najjar describes Aljazeerah.info as an “Independent forum for promoting peace between the U.S. and the Arab and Muslim worlds and between Israelis and Palestinians... “Ha! Indeed. But it's not just a propaganda front for Palestinian terrorists, El-Najjar's website is also unrelenting in its justifications of the killing of American troops in Iraq. Which, in my book, is treason.
That is laughable.
El-Najjar’s site was an unrelenting propaganda outlet designed to attack the Israeli government and anyone supportive of it. If the late Yasser Arafat had pistol whipped an old Jewish grandma at the foot of the Wailing Wall, El-Najjar would have been the first in line to congratulate him for his brave defense of the Palestinian people.
His website was very popular within the English speaking terror supporting community. And the reason the jihadis fight in the first place is because they believe the words of people like El-Najjar who insist that America is in the wrong. The military and intelligence community is just now realizing that many terrorists begin their journey on the road to jihad by reading websites like those of El-Najjar. And no, the First Amendment does not cover sedition.
Anyway, read the rest of Espy's editorial here.
Never Mind the Terrorist in the Room, Let's Focus on the Blogger!
The local Dalton news is just noticing that aljazeerah has ceased publication. They claim to have e-mailed me, but I didn't get anything. It might have got stuck in my spam filter, though. The story ignores all of what El-Najjar has published over the years in support of terrorists and others currently killing American soldiers, but it does focus on why bloggers are not reliable sources.
Ignore the terrorist supporter in the room, let's pick on the blogger.
Dalton Daily Citizen [Emphasis mine]:
Hassan El-Najjar, an associate professor of sociology at Dalton State College, has closed www.aljazeerah.info, a site he says is “to promote cross-cultural understanding between people all over the world,” apparently as the result of a campaign undertaken by a person who operates a Web log called The Jawa Report (http://mypetjawa.mu.nu).Credit duly taken, but are you kidding me about al Jazeerah promoting "cross-cultural understanding"?. It goes on:
From the perspective of El-Najjar, who says he is a native of Gaza, Palestine, Israeli Jews took control of Muslim holy land in an “occupation,” and are proponents of Zionism. Similarly, the U.S. presence in Iraq is an occupation of Arab land, and those fighting against this “Imperialism” are “resistance fighters,” rather than “terrorists.”What's so incredible is that they don't take the time to look through aljazeerah's archives where El-Najjar openly supports known terrorists. These aren't people that I "think" are "terrorists". El-Najjar can call them whatever he wants. They are people that the American government calls "terrorists".
Like most stupid media stories, they treat this as a dispute between two equally credible sources. Now, I'm not saying that The Jawa Report is all that credible, but it certainly is a whole lot more credible than a website which claims that dead terrorists are "martyrs", that 9/11 was an inside job, and that Muslim-on-Muslim violence in Iraq is really just part of an elaborate conspiracy.
I am not "claiming" these things, they are fact. A quick check of Internet Archives' cache for al Jazeerah would confirm this. For instance, the most recent cache declares the dead founders of the Popular Front for the Liberation if Palestine (PFLP) and Hamas, both designated foreign terrorist entities by the U.S. State Department, "martyrs".
This Google cache also shows that on the same day, El-Najjar wrote this bizarre, yet widely believed, conspiracy theory:
It is inaccurate to describe the war in Iraq as if it is fought between Muslim Shi'is and Muslim Sunnis, as the US and other Western corporate media have been trying hard to do.The Daily Citizen article continues, but instead of focusing on El Najjar, his antisemetism, his support of known terrorists, or his support of "resistance fighters" who are killing his fellow Americans who do you think they focus on? Why, your's truly:
It is more accurate to describe it as fought between US-led forces and Iraqi resistance fighters. Even killing civilians is part of the war, as the evidence earlier demonstrated that Interior Ministry death squads and British soldiers were caught either targeting or attempting to target civilians to make the war appear as if it is between Shi'is and Sunnis....
Moreover, on September 19, 2005, two British soldiers were arrested by Iraqi police for driving a car bomb in a Basra street. They were freed by British forces before being interrogated by Iraqi police. This incident sheds some light on who might be behind car bomb explosions in Iraq.
The blogger who runs the site calls himself Dr. Rusty Shackleford from Texas — a “professor of know-it-allogy” and “Editor-in-Chief, Sith Master, Admiral and Pimptastik Blog Overlord.”So apparently somebody knows how to Google "Rusty Shackleford" and the wikipidia entry on where I took my pseudonym from merits a paragraph. And two more paragraphs are spent attacking my credibility and the credibility of blogs in general. But they don't know how to use Google cache or the Internet Archive to see whether El-Najjar's website is really about "promot[ing] cross-cultural understanding between people all over the world"?
“At least one site seems to have honed in on this, and some contacts were made. I know Dr. Burran has gotten some calls from the system office,” John Hutcheson, Dalton State’s vice president for academic affairs, said Friday. “I ‘Googled’ Rusty Shackleford, but it’s not very intelligible. This is one of the things the Web has brought us to; it’s a situation where anybody can say anything. The impact is immediate and can generate strong response — far faster than print or broadcast media.”
According to www.wikipedia.com, the name “Rusty Shackleford” is apparently borrowed from the TV cartoon “King of the Hill,” in which a character called Mr. Dribble uses it as a pseudonym.
How does the paper deal with El-Najjar?
“I want to tell the people of Dalton that I am a citizen of the United States, I love this country and that’s why I’m here,” El-Najjar told The Daily Citizen then.He loves his country so much that he chooses to support our enemies in Iraq who are killing Americans. That's real love you got there El-Najjar.
And Dalton State, true to form, denies that anything is wrong with one of their professors encouraging terrorism.
Hutcheson said El-Najjar’s Web site is in no way connected to the college.Something illegal? You mean like giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States during a time of war? I think its called treason, but apparently 'free speech' trumps 'treason' in modern America. And "academic freedom' is more cherished than seditious words which encourage the killing of American troops.
“He did that of his own volition. He doesn’t use any college facilities, and we don’t have the right to ask him to drop it,” Hutcheson said. “He previously complied when we asked him to eliminate any links from the college Web site. He’s an American citizen and has the same rights of free speech as anyone else, unless he’s advocating something illegal.”
What Hutcheson, the Dalton State representative interviewed, also does not tell you is that El-Najjar encourages his students to read his website. What Hutcheson doesn't tell you is that El-Najjar's conspiracy book is being hawked using the credibility of Dalton State to as a way to bolster his own claims.
Imagine if a Nazi sympathizer had encouraged students to read a book praising Adolph Hitler during WWII. Imagine if a Nazi sympathizer had written that book, had used his title of professor to improve the credibility of the claims that Germany should win the war, and then had other professors at the university who are also pro-Nazi review the book. Would any college administrator have made the First Amendment argument under those conditions?
Those are the very conditions we are facing now. American troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. A college professor openly supports our enemies--those killing the military men and women of the nation he claims to love. He uses his position as a professor to legitimize his claims and sell his book. He encourages students to read literature which supports our enemies.
But, no, let's ignore El-Najjar's treason, sedition, antisemitism and odd conspiracy theories. Instead, let's focus on the credibility of the pseudonymous blogger making the "accusations". As if it's simply my opinion that El-Najjar is a terrorist sympathizer.
Typical of general media laziness. Instead of doing actual research, the article becomes a series of quotes. My word against the word of El-Najjar and Dalton State. And since I somehow missed the request for an interview, there is no one to refute El-Najjar's claims about his "patriotism". A Wikipedia article and quick Google search suffices to impeach my "version of the story", but no effort is attempted at seeing what El-Najjar says on his own website--when he is not under public scrutiny.
Typical of the way the media treats bloggers.
Unfortunately, far too typical of the way the media treats terrorist and their supporters.
Thanks to Herb for the hat tip.
F/A-18 Strikes or Terrorists Taste of Their Own Medicine
Youtube Video : F/A-18 Hornets strike chlorine bomb truck
One against chlorine truck bomb and another terrorists who built the Chemical VBIED. Damn, it must be tough when your bomb gets bombed while it's still in your yard.
Freedom Journal Iraq #623
(moved below the fold)
This edition features stories on building a youth center, a marathon in Kuwait, a PSA on not feeding wild and domestic animals, a security progress briefing and terrorists are sentenced in a court hearing. Produced by Sgt. John Sheldon.
Freedom Journal Iraq #623
Yahoo Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #623
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My anti-mullah friend emails:
Hi Vinnie, This is from Radio Israel's Persian Service April 14th report. A defector from the U.S. to the Mullahcracy (yes, you read it correctly) who goes by the name "Davood Salah-eddin" claims to have met Mr. Levinson the U.S. citizen who recently went missing on the Iranian island of Kiesh. The meeting is reported to have taken place on that very island.
A bit of background on Mr "Davood Salah-eddin": This guy is an African-American who converted to
Islam (in the 1970's I believe). Shortly after the Islamist-Marxist revolt of 1979, he was recruited by
a Muslim Iranian-born naturalized U.S. citizen to assassinate an anti-Mullah Iranian activist by the name
Ali-Akbar Taba'Tabaii; a mission which he carried out successfully. Subsequently Mr. Salah-eddin made his way to Iran
to escape U.S. justice and has been living there since.
Qatar's English paper is running the same story.
Mahdi Army Announces Surge To Repel Infidel Occupiers
Mookie calls up the reserves:
BAGHDAD - Cabinet ministers loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr will withdraw from the Iraqi government later Monday, the head of his parliamentary bloc said.
On a serious note, I'm getting the feeling that Mookie is finally going to be treated like the Iranian terrorist stooge that he always has been.
April 15, 2007
Shyamali Malakar Naked?
She's young, she's hot, and she's the number one search item on Yahoo for several days running. May have something to do with her being naked.
I'm really not sure what all the buzz is about, but there are some photos of her posted here, in case you like that sort of thing.
Islamic pro-terrorism hate film gets PG rating in Australia
For this announcement to come on a day devoted to Holocaust remembrance is a slap in the face to Australia's Jewish community.
Feiz Mohammed is currently exiled in Lebanon, yet his virulent, hate-filled philosophy continues to reach across oceans and continents.
A PRO-TERROR hate film that urges children to martyr themselves in Islam's war on the West and calls Jews "pigs" has been rated PG by Australia's censors.
Sheik Feiz Mohammed's DVD box set, which also calls for the murder of non-believers, was initially seized by Federal anti-terror police.
But the Office of Film and Literature Classification has ruled that The Death Series is suitable to be bought and watched by children.
The article goes on to say:
The PG decision comes as Australian-born Sheik Feiz, who is in exile in Lebanon, is still preaching to Australians by phone.
The films urge parents to make their children holy warriors and martyrs, and praises jihad as the pinnacle of Islam.
The radical sheik makes snorting noises on the films as he vilifies Jews as the "army of pigs".
The OFLC finding said the sheik's calls to "jihad" and "martyrdom" were ambiguous.
And it found that comments vilifying Jews as an "army of pigs" and saying "behind me is a Jew, come kill him" were mitigated by the context.
Just Laughing My Head Off
Hanif Kureishi, the author of "My Beautiful Laundrette" and "The Buddha of Suburbia" said watching the videos made him wonder about the man behind the camera:
“The idea started with a joke,” said Kureishi, 52. “I thought, what if you were a cameraman, having to do these kind of jobs and you had a business card that said ‘Weddings and Beheadings’? I thought it was hilarious and told my children about it, but they just stared at me blankly.”
He added: “Seeing the footage, I started to think what about that wobbly camera — what is the story of that bloke trembling behind the camera? You’re only going to get one take, you know, would be the line.”
Kureishi said he saw the person doing the filming not as a terrorist but as an innocent roped in for his ability to use a video camera, “like any young guy, living in Camden wanting to make movies, except that he happens to be in Baghdad”.
The BBC is scheduled to broadcast the story this week on the radio; although one BBC executive voiced concern over the timing which coincides with the reported murder of Alan Johnston, a long-time BBC correpsondent kidnapped in Gaza more than a month ago.
Maybe the terrorists can start adding a laugh track to their beheading videos.
The BBC has postponed the broadcast of a story about western hostages being executed in Iraq as concern grows for missing BBC journalist Alan Johnston.
Weddings and Beheadings was due to be broadcast on Radio 4 this Thursday.
But it was pulled from schedules after Palestinian militants claimed to have killed Mr Johnston, who was abducted at gunpoint in Gaza City on 12 March.
The author, Hanif Kureishi, criticised the decision as censorship, saying: "It all seems rather arbitrary".
UK Home Raids to Recover Parking Debt
The United Kingdom continues its march toward police-state socialism.
The UK parliament is considering legislation that would authorize bailiffs to break into the homes of motorists accused of not paying parking tickets.Consequently, an unpaid parking ticket would function as a warrant to break down your door and take your property. I envision the typical scenario would play out as follows:
Under legislation currently making its way through the House of Commons, bailiffs would seize items out of the home in order to pay off the amount owed in tickets, plus hefty fees. Any homeowner that attempting (sic) to stop the bailiff would face up to a year in prison.
1) Police goons knock on the door and if it's not opened smartly or nobody is home, they break in.By the way, the police are prohibited from taking your household pets or seeing-eye dog, if you are blind. Also, it's not clear what happens if the police goons find evidence of a separate violation.
2) Police goons immediately perform a search for wallets, pocketbooks, coin purses and cookie jars for cash sufficient to pay whatever is owed plus hefty fees.
3) If sufficient cash is not found, police will then look around the home to find and confiscate articles of property which, based upon an on-the-spot valuation by a police officer, would produce enough money to cover the debt plus hefty fees.
4) Police goons depart with money and/or valuables confiscated during the debt collection operation, likely leaving behind a ransacked home with a broken front door.
And while they consider forcefully breaking into homes, Brits continue to berate the U.S. for monitoring international phone calls involving terror suspects as an unacceptable invasion of privacy.
(H/T John Ray)
Pravda: Rove Had Imus 'Whacked'
Apparently because Imus was going to reveal what "really" happened on 9/11.
Oh. My. God. I hope this is a joke, but a Whois search does put the website in Moscow:
In a clear sign of its intent to reign in dissident American media personalities, and their growing influence in American culture, US War Leaders this past week launched an unprecedented attack upon one of their most politically 'connected', and legendary, radio hosts named Don Imus after his threats to release information relating to the September 11, 2001 attacks upon that country.The article doesn't specify, but apparently the Bushitlerburton machine has developed a drug to cause people to utter the phrase, "...nappy-headed 'ho's.
Of course, now we know why Truth Porker Rosie O'Donnell came to Imus's defense.
Thanks to Curt at Flopping Aces.
Attack of the Exploding Storm Sewers!
Another addition to the Holy Sh*t files!
Gaza Group Claims It Has Killed BBC Reporter
A previously unknown Gaza terror group claimed today that it has killed BBC reporter Alan Johnston, who was kidnapped more than a month ago:
A Gaza group said to be close to Islamist terror organization Al Qaeda has published a flyer claiming that it has executed British journalist Alan Johnston. There is no confirmation of the claim.
The caption of the flyer is "An Announcement of the Killing of British Journalist Alan Johnston." An organization called "The Battalions of Jihad and Tawheed in Palestine" says BBC journalist Johnston has been executed and that it intends to release a video of his execution soon.
The announcement makes a connection between Johnston's kidnapping and the jailing of convicted Arab terrorists from Judea, Samaria and Gaza in Israel. It blames the world for not caring about the Arab prisoners and explains that the world "wanted a bloodstained message in order to understand it."
"We are deeply concerned about what we are hearing -- but we stress, at this stage, it is rumour with no independent verification," the BBC said in a statement after the claim from a previously unknown group that journalist Alan Johnston had been killed.
The alleged murder comes just one day after British journalists voted to boycott Israel over "IDF aggression in Gaza". Apparently this is the thanks they get.
April 14, 2007
Al Qaeda to Murder 20 Hostages in 2 Days
The al Qaeda front group known as The Islamic State of Iraq has released photos of 20 Shia hostages. They are recycling the demand, heard from al Qaeda in Iraq on numerous occasions over the past 4 years, that all Sunni women be relased from prisons within two days or else the hostages will be killed.
Ten pictures accompanied the Islamic State of Iraq statement (examples below). One of those pictures identifies one of the hostages as Yaseen Mezher Hussain. None of the other hostages were identified.
The kidnappings of the nearly two dozen Iraqi security forces are claimed to be in response to allegations that a Sunni woman, Sabrin al-Janabi, was raped which has caused outrage among Sunni circles. Most of that outrage is being feuled by al Qaeda itself through various propaganda it has produced.
A related group, Ansar al Sunna, has already murdered three hostages over the same allegation. There may be some kind of pissing match going on between Ansar al-Sunnah and al Qaeda in Iraq over who can kill the most hostages. Just a couple of days ago Ansar issued a lengthy statement on why they would not join al Qaeda's umbrella organization. The statement amounted to "you're not the boss of us al Qaeda."
Tensions have become quite real between the two organizations since the death of Iraq's #1 hostage killer, Abu Musab al Zarqawi. Zarqawi had a working relationship with Ansar al Sunna and the two groups often cooperated, one time even coproducing a hostage murder video. Both groups share a common terror lineage in that Zarqawi was originally in Iraq to help Ansar al-Islam. After that groups destruction, the Kurdish elements formed Ansar al Sunna and the Arab elements, led by Zarqawi, formed Tawhid wal Jihad---later renamed "al Qaeda". But ever since al Qaeda tried to organize all Salafi terrorists under one umbrella group, there has been tension.
Perhaps al Qaeda is feeling a bit upstaged?
We've seen al Qaeda in Iraq's work in the past. Unfortunately, these poor victims have little hope. Seeing these images make me hope that there is a hell.
Hat tip: Thalja.
"Since when have I become the spokesperson for nappy-headed hos?"
The Weekly Standard on Fred Thompson
An interesting profile:
I was 30 minutes late. Thompson, who was on the phone with Howard Baker, his political mentor, didn't seem to care. He hung up, extended his large hand, offered a friendly greeting, and led me to his office. We were alone. Thompson's work space looks just like what the home office of a successful politician or CEO should look like--though a little messier: a large desk, dark wood, leather furniture, lots of books and magazines and newspapers, a flat-screen TV, and box upon box of cigars--Montecristos from Havana.h/t : Glenn.
The presence of the cigars and the absence of a press chaperone were clues that Thompson is taking a different approach to his potential candidacy. A campaign flack would have insisted on hiding the cigars--Senator, how did you get those Cuban cigars? Isn't there a trade embargo?--and might have dampened Thompson's natural candor. On subjects ranging from Social Security to abortion, the CIA and to Iran, there would be lots of candor over the next several hours.
And by the end of the conversation, two unexpected realities had emerged. If he joins the race for the Republican nomination, and if he campaigns the same way he spoke to me last week, Fred Thompson, a mild-mannered, slow-talking southern gentleman, will run as the politically aggressive conservative that George W. Bush hasn't been for four years. And the actor in the race could well be the most authentic personality in the field.
Taliban Said to Release Video of French Hostages(bumped)
The disturbing images show a woman, speaking in a whispered voice, saying she is a French aid worker who was kidnapped by the Taliban 10 days ago.The Taliban abductors of 2 French aid workers in Afghanistan issued a video Friday in which the captives plead to the French government to accept the conditions set for their release. It did not specify, however, what those demands were.
At one point, she pleads for her life. Another man, who identifies himself as Eric, appears on the video making a similar appeal.
The French government has confirmed that these are the missing aid workers.
In an Arabic-language statement posted on the Internet, the Taliban said: "In this film the two French hostages ask the French government and parliament to accept the mujahideen's demands so that they can be freed."
The statement said the video was distributed to journalists in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday. It did not say what the Taliban were demanding.
The Web posting carried pictures of a pale bearded man and a woman wearing a scarf around her head and neck. Another photograph showed a militant with an assault rifle standing next to three sitting blindfolded men -- apparently the three Afghans who went missing along with the pair earlier this month.
The captives --- believed to be Eric Damfreville and a woman identified only as Salma --- run the NGO Terre d'Enfance, which provides education to Afghan children, and a Women's Center which provides vocational training to local women. They were kidnapped on April 5, and had not been heard from since.
We continue to pray for their safety and swift release. We will post the video as soon as it becomes available.
Update by Howie: We have a few more slightly different fames below the fold , including one of the 3 Afghan hostages.
Please do what they want," said a Frenchwoman who identified herself as Celine in a video CD obtained by Reuters on Saturday.Chad Evans at ITB asks:
"Do what they request because they told us that they would kill us. They would, they would cut our head (off) and send it back to France."
Will France make similar demands, thus becoming another state sponsor of terrorism like their fellow EU nation Italy?And the answer is Yes.
"President Chirac during a telephone conversation last night demanded the Afghan president's support to secure the release of two French nationals," Karzai's office said in a statement.When the Italy pressured Karzai to release the reporter for a prisoner swap, many said this could only make things worse. But leaving Daniele Mastrogiacomo to theTaliban? Surely it can't get any worse than that!
Hat Tip: Thalja.
Also a copy of a short Arabic Message, if anyone cares to XLT?
The Arabic message was just a comment from a poster on an Islamist forum. Did not appear to be from he Taliban. Thanks.
It appears that comments are not working at the moment. Please stand by...
Update: We were offline for a bit last night and comments are spammed under.
I'm seeing a few other symptoms indiciative of a DDOS or spam attack.
Should pass shortly.
Sundanese Goat Dowrys $50 Down 5&1/4
A Sudanese man has been forced to take a goat as his "wife", after he was caught having sex with the animal.Ive been reading about the rising influence of Islamic Radicals in southern Ethiopia and Sudan. I didn't believe it at first...
The goat's owner, Mr Alifi, said he surprised the man with his goat and took him to a council of elders.
They ordered the man, Mr Tombe, to pay a dowry of 15,000 Sudanese dinars ($50) to Mr Alifi.
"We have given him the goat, and as far as we know they are still together," Mr Alifi said.
Hat Tip: Vinnie.
Not really related, but you have to read something : Taliban Beats up She-males, firefight ensues.
April 13, 2007
U. of R.I. Student Senate: What First Amendment?
From the FIRE, we get the latest round of leftwingers subverting free speech - (surprise!) against the College Republicans.
After hosting a $100 "white, heterosexual American males scholarship" to protest race-based scholarships, the student Senate tried to make the CR's apologize against their will in their student paper and threatened not to disburse their money::
FIRE wrote to the Student Senate to explain that the First Amendment prohibits any organization that derives its authority from a public university from compelling students to make statements against their will. When the Student Senate ignored its constitutional obligations, FIRE urged President Carothers to intervene. In a recent memo, President Carothers boldly told the Senate that its demand for an apology “does not meet constitutional standards as laid forth in the First Amendment,” and directed that “you may not impose any sanctions on the College Republicans, or any other student group, that requires them to make public statements which are not their own.” We now wait while the Senate decides whether to heed the president’s directive.
Iran Pages Pelosi: Get Yer Ass Over Here
The Iranians now want their round of propaganda photos and anti-American diplomacy.
Logan Act, dude. Seriously.
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
Video: Totalitarian Islam's Threat to the West
Longtime readers know that I'm no fan of Ayn Rand. They also know that I'm also no fan of UCLA. But somehow combining Ayn Rand and UCLA seems to cancel the negatives out.
The full high quality video of the UCLA symposium on Totalitarian Islam's Threat to the West, a panel discussion featuring Daniel Pipes, Yaron Brook and Wafa Sultan here.
Also, a reminder that this Monday the USC Objectivist club will be showing the movie, "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West", which features a few personal friends of The Jawa. The public is invited.
On Thursday, over 70 universities nation wide will show the same movie as part of “Islamo Fascism Awareness Day". Full list of universities here.
Thanks to Student of Objectivism for e-mailing me the link. I'm so proud that a UCLA student was able to work this "e-mail" thing and manage not to hurt himself in the process!
Traitorous Australian Imam Praises Jihadis
Notice that he only praises "the mujahidin" in Arabic, never in English. Since Mohammed Swaiti is Australian, and he is praying for his own troops to lose to the mujahidin in Afghanistan, where they are fighting, isn't this treason? Or, at the very least, sedition?
THE most senior Muslim cleric in Canberra regularly praises Islamic jihadists in Iraq and Afghanistan in his Friday afternoon sermons.....The good news? At least a few other Muslim clerics are just as critical of Swaiti's treasonous sermons:
"God grant victory to the mujaheddin in his name in all places," [Mohammed Swaiti called out twice in Arabic over a microphone at Abu Bakr mosque in Yarralumla in front of about 500 worshippers.
"God grant victory to mujaheddin in Palestine, and Chechnya and Kashmir and Afghanistan and Iraq."
Although Sheik Swaiti translated his sermon into English for non-Arabic-speaking audience members, the imam of Canberra's only mosque omitted the praise for Islamic jihadists in the English version.
Islamic Society of ACT president Sabrija Poskovic - a longtime critic of Sheik Swaiti - rejected the cleric's suggestion he was not referring to fighters in his sermons. He said the cleric was too radical and preached the wrong Islamic messages.Hat tip: Warner.
"We don't like it when he's talking about jihad," said Mr Poskovic, whose organisation runs Abu Bakr mosque. "He asks God to help fighters fighting against non-Muslims."
PS--Looks like comments are still down, but at least we're back up. Something funky is going on around here. Sorry. Don't know what it is.
Video: UFO Abducts Cow
Video of a cow allegedly being abducted by aliens. Hey, it is Friday.......
War Pr0n: I love the smell of dead Taliban in the morning!
I don't mind watchdog groups. Someone needs to watch the watchers. What I do mind are watchdog groups that are so focused on our own minor flaws that they ignore the massive abuses of our enemies. They turn Jesus' condemnation on its head. The hypocrites at the ACLU are so focused on the motes in our eyes, that they ignore the beams in our enemies'.
I encourage ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer and Nasrina Bargzie to get to the bottom of who is killing all those civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan without even attempting to investigate, prosecute or compensate their families. I think we may well be into the tens of thousands of uncompensated civilian deaths in car bombings, summary executions, torture deaths, etc.
Al Qaeda in Russia Loves Google (*Bumped*)
Bumped, because I'm really busy today. Oh, and really pissed at Google.
The Russian arm of the worldwide al Qaeda jihad network has chosen Google as their propaganda enablers of choice. "The Nuruddin Media Islamic Network" appears to be a media front for the Islamic Jamaat of Dagestan Shariat---al Qaeda in the Russian Cuacuses, for all intents and purposes.
Our primary task is liberation of the Muslim land from the Russian occupation and the construction of Shariah state. Our purposes and tasks, in contrast to the kafir's political programs, are clear and intelligible to any Muslim. Each, who thinks himself as Muslim and he desires the establishment of the Word of Allah on Dagestani land, desires to live according to the Shariah Law, free on the validity, established by Allah Almighty, joins our ranks....Their official website is here (hosted in France).
Jihad (battle) on the way of Allah is responsibility of each Muslim in the case of seizing even span of the Muslim's land....
Also according to Islam it is possible to kill those, who resist the call of Muslims and prevent the introduction of the Laws of Allah, who helps the enemy: in a word whether, by the matter whether, by money or by weapon.
It appears that Jamaat Shariat, true to the al Qaeda franchise form, has formed a media production front, Nuruddin Media. Al Qaeda has a media production company called as Sahab and al Qaeda in Iraq (The Islamic State of Iraq), not to be outdone by corporate headquarters, has al Furqaan media. Print publications, on the other hand, are handled by the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF).
And, where has al Qaeda in Dagestan chosen to host their propaganda? On Google owned blogspot.com, of course!
Not satisfied with a single Google hosted propaganda outlet, the online jihadis at Nuruddin Media are using several blogspot addresses:
They also appear to have about half a dozen Wordpress hosted websites as well. But my experience with the folks at Wordpress is that they take down these types of websites within a few days once notified. Google? Not so much. Even when we tell Google that a website is an al Qaeda front they normally reply with a form letter about how they do not "censor" content.
I imagine that had Google been around during WWII they would have thought it their civic duty to rebroadcast Tokyo Rose to the heartland of America.
And just to show how "edgy" and "ironic" the onlilne jihadis can be, the website is said to have been designed by "Irhab studio".
That's real funny. Irhab means "terrorism" in Arabic.
Oh, you're chance to e-mail the webmaster behind al Qaeda's front in Russia's Dagestan region:
Iraqi Lawmakers Defiant After Bombing
Though the headline of this AP story was written to give al Qaeda publicity, the real story is both the revision of the death toll downward from eight to one, and the defiant tone set by Iraqi representatives, some of whom are still bandaged from the blast:
Al-Qaida-linked group claims Iraq blastWhile the Iraqi lawmakers were the immediate victims, the real targets were the Western journalists cowering in the Green Zone.
BAGHDAD - An insurgent umbrella group that includes al-Qaida in Iraq claimed Friday one of its "knights" carried out the parliament suicide bombing in Baghdad's Green Zone, and the U.S. military revised the death toll sharply downward to one dead...
"The more they (terrorists) act, the more solid we become. When they take from us one martyr, we will offer more martyrs," Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi said. "The more they target our unity, the stronger our unity becomes."
As the Democrats work to create a bill that would leave the Iraqi people to terrorist thugs, Larwyn points us to this article by Andrew Walden Via American Thinker:
The more things change……"Do we sit on the sidelines and watch a population slaughtered, or do we marshal military force and put an end to it?" -- Senator George McGovern, August 21, 1978The "it" McGovern wanted US troops to put an end to was the killing of millions of Cambodians in the late 1970s by the communist Pol Pot dictatorship. Three and a half years after congressional Democrats made that slaughter possible by cutting off all US aid to anti-communist forces with their so-called December, 1974 "Foreign Assistance Act", their leader McGovern had made a complete reversal and was suddenly calling for a new US war in Southeast Asia.
Why is this little-remembered footnote in history relevant today? Congressional Democrats' March vote for phased withdrawal from Iraq is a replay of McGovern's treacherous thirty-five year old script with McGovern consulting from the sidelines. Last November, the sixty-two members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) sat down with McGovern to work out a strategy for withdrawal from Iraq. Those discussions led to the mis-named "Iraq Accountability Act", now heading for a veto from President Bush after passing the House and the Senate in March.
Freedom Journal Iraq #625
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New TV Ad Targets Pelosi
A new ad from the Republican Jewish Coalition takes aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her recent visit to Syria.
The ad is short, to the point... and dead on target.
Daniel Pipes Speech Disrupted Once Again By Moonbats
Apparently free speech is a one-way street with liberals. When confronted with ideas that they do not like, they shout down the speaker, rush the stage or simply walk out. This has happened repeatedly at American universities, and this deliberate disruption has occurred once again at The University of California, Los Angeles.
During a presentation yesterday by Dr. Yaron Brook, Dr. Daniel Pipes and Dr. Wafa Sultan, a woman who could best be described as 'a nappy-headed ho' sprang to her feet, and began shouting loudly, attempting to drown out the presentation, and then walked out of the audi-orium when security was called for.
Several other attendees also began shouting for her to 'get out'.
She was accompanied in her exit by a handful of liberal compatriots, as well as several Muslims, who were reportedly handing out anti-Israeli literature prior to the lecture.
Click 'Read More' to view a video of the disruption.
Video Hat Tip - Infidels Are Cool
A Bold Proposition
I think I've crystallized the essence of the insanity of the past week or so of racially-charged hysteria.
The general public forms many of its perceptions of world events through the news media - especially television. By general public, I mean those who don't read online news, blogs, or spend a lot of time with other media like radio (many in the media do read blogs and Internet news, however.)
The Imus story has totally drowned out the mainstream TV media coverage of the Duke deboggle. Why is one story still going on and on, and why does another one seem to fade away quickly into the background? They're not even naming the lying accuser for fear of "victimizing" her (they had no problem pounding the three boys' names and faces into your brain, didn't they?)
At the risk of sounding glib, I'm going to be blunt.
Putting aside discussions about "newsworthiness," I think there is something more simple and subtle here. In the collective mind of the elite media establishment, one story makes blacks look bad, and one makes whites look bad (in the metanarrative sense.) . Given media history, partisan leanings, and self-styled reasons de existence, which one do you think they're going to concentrate more firepower on instead of giving them equal weight?
Willa Ford to Play Anna Nicole Smith in Biopic
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer, dancer and one-time Playboy magazine model Willa Ford will star as the late Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith in a biographical film about the billionaire's widow that starts shooting next week.
A publicist for Ford, best known for her hit single "I Wanna Be Bad" and a stint on the ABC television show "Dancing with the Stars," confirmed a report in Wednesday's Daily Variety that she was signed to play the title role in the film, "Anna Nicole."
Olivia Mojica UNCENSORED
Turns out Antonella Barba's not the only American Idol contestant with a wild streak. In fact Antonella's antics don't hold a candle to Olivia Mojica's. Some (kinda NSFW) pics here, and a (very NSFW) video here.
April 12, 2007
"There's only one whore on this split screen and it's you."
Behold! Michelle down the smack layeth:
Congrats to Michelle on her hosting gig on O'Reilly. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and predict a Malkin show on Fox News in the not-too-distant future.
Fire Keith Olbermann
Video : Jeff Dunham and Achmed
h/t : KCtheKat.
Crystal Gail Mangum
Foot-Washers for Muslim Students
(Minneapolis, Minnesota) What the hell is wrong with Minnesota? It seems you can't take a deep breath without hearing about some new effort to bend over for Islam. And, last I heard, the melodramas in which Muslim taxi drivers and retail cashiers demand to dictate business practices still haven't been resolved.
In the latest bizarre move, Minneapolis Community and Technical College President Phil Davis (don't forget this guy's name) has decided to install foot-washing facilities, at taxpayer expense, for Muslim students so their feet will be clean during the regular prayer sessions.
Now, I wouldn't particularly care about President Phil's action if it were not for the fact that he has been a crusader to make sure that all acknowledgment and recognition of Christianity and Judaism are eradicated from the campus of Minneapolis Community and Technical College. So, you tell me, isn't this a case of one religion being promoted while others are suppressed?
Interestingly, local Muslim leaders stated that foot-washing is not mandatory under the circumstances but President Phil doesn't care whether it's required or not. He's going to do it for "interested students."
"It's like when someone comes to your home, you want to be hospitable."Naturally, one would expect that President Phil's home bathroom has been remodeled with foot-washing facilities for interested guests. Frankly, I don't think so. But, wait, he spews more manure.
"The foot-washing facilities are not about religion, they are about customer service and public safety," he says. He sees no significant difference between using public funds to construct prayer-related facilities for Muslim students and the cafeteria's provision of a fish option for Christian students during Lent.Three things are apparent to me. One is that President Phil Davis has adopted a bend-over for Islam management philosophy. Two is that President Phil is a politically correct leftist ideologue of the highest order who should be flushed from any position in academia. And, lastly, rational adult Americans in Minnesota are going to have to do the flushing.
One last note, even the school's director of legal affairs, Dianna Cusick, says that promoting one religion over another is unconstitutional. President Phil Davis, however, isn't listening.
He's No David Hicks
FLORENCE, Colo. - John Walker Lindh, serving a 20-year sentence after fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan, has been transferred to Supermax, the federal government's most secure prison, authorities said Thursday.
Lindh was moved to the facility about 90 miles south of Denver in February for security reasons, said Isidro Garcia, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons. Garcia said he had no other information.
Who's security? His... or ours?
Omar Bakri Mohammed Reads Jawa!
When I say everyone is reading The Jawa Report these days, I mean everyone. Including the followers of Britain's number one Osama bin Laden fan.
As soon as word comes down that Adam "Azzam al Amreki" Gadahn reads the Jawa, I'll retire.
Fred Thompson Takes 2nd in L.A. Times Poll
Via the L.A. Times:
Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani leads the crowded field of announced and potential contenders with support from 29% of probable Republican primary voters surveyed, followed by Thompson with 15% and McCain with 12%. Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and a fundraising powerhouse, had 8%.
Funniest Thing I've Seen Today
Imam issues fatwa against nudity...during marital sex.
According to the religious edict issued by Rashad Hassan Khalil, a former dean of Al-Azhar University’s faculty of Sharia (or Islamic law), “being completely naked during the act of coitus annuls the marriage”.
Unnamed sources quote Mrs. Rusty Shackleford as saying, "It's about time!"
Stein hoist: LGF.
The Manolo on The Pelosi
"The only thing the Manolo would recommend for the future is that the Speaker Nancy should tie the scarf behind the head, instead of under the chin, and push it back slightly from the forehead so that she does not look so much like the tiny little Sicilian peasant woman out for the afternoon of grape-stomping."
Breaking: CBS Fires Imus
Michael e-mails with this scoop: "Don Imus has been fired from CBS Radio, and he is officially off radio and TV now."
CBS announced Thursday its decision to cease broadcasting the Imus in the Morning radio program, effective immediately, on a permanent basis.Prediction: A satellite radio contract within a week of Howard Stern proportions.
USC (& other colleges) to Air "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West"
The USC Objectivist Club will be showing a free screeing of "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West". The public is invited. Oh, and there's free pizza.
Monday, April 16, 2007
7:30pm - 9:30pm
THH-101 (University of Southern California)
If you're not familiar with the campus, I'd park on Jefferson or Hoover (free street parking after 6 p.m.). Enter the campus at the Trousdale Pkwy entrance, which is just a few yards from where Hoover dead ends into the school. Walk past the waterfountain and THH is the first major building on your right, or ask any student for directions.
Knowing USC like I do, I'd expect to see a few, but not many, protesters in front of the building. Remember, until recently USC's Muslim Student Association hosted wanted al Qaeda terrorist and Southern California native Adam "Azzam al Amreki" Gadahn's conversion story on their website.
But even with the MSA, a front for the the Muslim Brotherhood, on campus, this still is USC. The kind of place where girls from Middle Eastern countries are far more likely to have breast implants than wear the hijab.
UPDATE: Within minutes of posting this came this press release from David Horowitz. He's organized the showing of the film at 70 campuses, simultaneously, three days after the USC event. One of those campuses is at UCLA. Which just goes to show that USC students are always three steps ahead of their UCLA counterparts.
Info on the event called "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Day" and the 70 participating schools below.
The Terrorism Awareness Project, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, announced today that more than 70 universities across the country will participate in “Islamo Fascism Awareness Day” teach-ins on April 19. Senator John Kyl and former Senator Rick Santorum have agreed to host showings at Arizona State and Georgetown. Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher and current radio talk show host Frank Pastore will host a showing at UCLA, and “Battlelines” talk show host Alan Nathan will do the same at George Washington U. Bay Area radio personality Melanie Morgan will host the showing at San Francisco State University, and Atlanta talk show host Martha Zoller will do the same at the Georgia Tech.
The event will consist of showings of “Obsession,” a documentary about the terrorist threat from Islamic militants. The film uses interviews with authorities on the Middle East, former jihadists, and experts on terrorism to take the viewer inside the worldview and plans for world domination of radical Islam. Following the film, there will be town hall-style dialogues about terrorism, the U.S. response in Iraq and elsewhere, and other issues. Some campuses will mark the event by other activities, including panel discussions by writers and thinkers on the terrorist threat.
Columbia University, Duke, Dartmouth, the University of Colorado, Georgia Tech, University of Texas, Notre Dame, Boston College, Ohio State, and the University of California at Davis are among the campuses that will participate in Islamo-Fascism Awareness Day on April 19th.
“Obsession” has drawn fire from radical student groups. Recently Hillel students seeking to present the documentary at Pace University were threatened by two of Pace’s deans, reacting to anger by Muslim students on campus, that they might become suspects in an unrelated event at Pace involving desecration of the Koran if they went ahead with the showing. The Hillel students cancelled the event, but in the resultant furor, Pace President David Caputo was forced to apologize for the school’s act of censorship.
“Islamo Fascism Awareness Day is necessary because of the denial and ignorance about terrorism on the part of many students,” says Stephen Miller, a senior at Duke University and national coordinator of the Terrorism Awareness Project. “These factors, combined with the unholy alliance between anti American and pro jihad groups on many campuses has made for a lethal combination. We’re in a fight for survival and many students are on the sidelines.”
The Terrorism Awareness Project has campus coordinators at 105 colleges and universities. It has sent two flash videos—“The Islamic Mein Kampf” and “What Americans Need to Know About Jihad”—to more than 1 million email boxes of students and the general public. It has also distributed pamphlets and books and provided speakers as part of its effort to counter the anti American indoctrination that takes place on many campuses and make college students aware of what radical Islam is and what it wants.
“The Terrorism Awareness Project is an effort to wake students from the trance they’ve fallen into since 9/11,” says Stephen Miller. “The next attack—and there will be one sooner or later—will be far more devastating than the one that took down the Twin Towers.”
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Pork : The Other Hate Crime
Full story at LGF.
Video: Dog IED + Robots!
American robot vs. jihadi dog IED. It's the perfect metaphor.
The video shows one of our robots actually detonating it. Not a moment too soon, as it appears the dog IED was part of an ambush.
So, the mujahidin in Iraq are now hiding IEDs in the bodies of dead dogs? I'm outraged! What next, beheading hostages!?!?
Exit question: I thought that Muslims weren't permitted to touch dogs, which are harem (unclean)? Hence, you have a few Muslim cab drivers in Minnesota refusing to drive the blind with their seeing eye dogs for fear that the mere presence of the harem animal makes the entire vehicle unclean. So, hypothetically, if an insurgent were to accidentally blow himself up while implanting the IED in the dog, what would happen to that particular shahid? Is his uncleanliness forgiven because of his pure intent, or does Allah pro-rate sin forgiveness on a per dead infidel basis?
'Koranic Healer' Sells Cherokee Hair Tampons on Lebanese TV
'Hey Rocky... watch me pull a rabbit out of my...."
Video: Iraqi Parliament Bombed Live Video
Here is the original al Hurra (Iraqi state TV) video showing today's Parliament bombing in the Green Zone as it happened.
Al Qaeda of Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal grand jury indicted a U.S. citizen on charges of joining al-Qaida and conspiring to bomb European tourist resorts and U.S. government facilities and military bases overseas.It appears likely that Paul was detected using domestic surveillance programs that have come under political assault from the Left.
The investigation of Christopher Paul, 43, of Columbus, spanned four years, three continents and at least eight countries, FBI agent Tim Murphy said Thursday.
Video : Fred Thompson Discusses his Lymphoma
Ian has the video at HotAir.
Jawa in The News: Jawa 1, Online Jihadis 0
Wow, kicking al Jazeerah's virtual butt got us some "dead tree" coverage. Another enemy agitprop website down.
Greg Pierce at the Washington Times:
Online no moreIf you don't read Greg Pierce's regular column, you should. Checking out aljazeerah.info today, you'll notice El-Najjar's newest message, speaking of himself in the third person:
Two weeks ago, this column reported that Texas blogger Rusty Shackleford (mypetjawa.mu.nu) was surprised to learn that Hassan A. El-Najjar, a faculty member of Dalton (Ga.) State College, was editor of the Al Jazeerah anti-war Web site (aljazeerah.info), which Mr. Shackleford said "openly supports terrorism, conspiracy theories, and is anti-Semitic."
Now, Mr. El-Najjar says he's calling it quits.
"I have concluded that it's not safe for me any more to continue editing Al-Jazeerah.info in this atmosphere of intimidation, which abridges freedom of speech and freedom of the press. ... I promise to resume publication as soon as conditions change to a more peaceful and tolerant discourse," Mr. El-Najjar wrote at his site.
He blamed the decision on critics who, he said, "have been orchestrating a campaign" against him.
"The campaign seems to have started by a person called Rusty Shackleford ... then echoed by other Web sites and media, several of which urged people to write letters to officials in the state of Georgia, particularly in the institution I work with," Mr. El-Najjar wrote.
Mr. Shackleford responded: "We humbly accept credit. ... So, good riddance. If it really is good riddance."
He decided to stop the publication for now hoping to resume it when conditions change in a later time.What conditions would those be, I wonder? Perhaps El-Najjar thinks we'll stop monitoring his activities which include spinning bizarre and seditious conspiracy theories and supporting terrorists? Newsflash: WE WON'T.
Nonexistent al Qaeda in Iraq Kills 8 in Green Zone
The nonexistent terrorists of al Qaeda in Iraq are likely behind today's bombing of Iraq's parliament today. I heard McCain talking about this earlier. He was dead on right that these types of attacks are meant to demoralize American resolve on staying in Iraq. Somebody make that guy Commander in Chief.
The press, of course, is reacting exactly how al Qaeda expects them to react. I'm not sure whether it's funny or not that al Qaeda knows the Western press better than they know themselves.
Notice the adjectives used to describe al Qaeda's attack by Reuters: brazen & bold
A suicide bomber killed eight people in the Iraqi parliament on Thursday, slipping through multiple checkpoints in a brazen strike that challenged a major U.S.-backed security crackdown in Baghdad.
The bold attack by a suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest came despite a two-month-old operation by thousands of U.S. and Iraqi troops in the capital regarded as a last chance to stop a slide to full-scale sectarian civil war.
Good News Iraq Video Contest
KT Cat is having a video contest, the results of which will help the good people at CENTCOM figure out how to make more effective PR videos. Go watch the two brief videos and then vote for the one you liked the best.
Personally, I think the most important message to get out to the American public is that we are winning, not that we are nice.
They say a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work. If that's true, then what is a good day fishing better than? Because I had one of those yesterday.
I was "sick".
JL Kirk Associates Accuses Blogger of Libel
The quickest way to make sure that an unfavorable account of your business practices is spread as far and as wide as possible? Send a cease and desist letter.
Blogger Kathrine Coble posted an account of her and her husband’s dealings with headhunting firm JL Kirk Associates. I read her article and it seems pretty open, honest and up front to me.
Kirk and Associates will get you a job just drop the 4 G’s in advance. In my opinion that’s lower than a snake’s belly. If they are so good then they should find you the job and then request a reasonable payment. If the job is good people will not complain about the cost of the service. Besides, if you have four grand to drop on a less than sure thing, you probably don't need the job. See how this works?
But apparently JL Kirk Associates wants Mrs. Coble’s story to be #1 on Google and Google news too. So, they sent a letter demanding that Katherine take down her less than flattering post. They wound up Kirking themselves.
Hat Tip: Instapundit.
Freedom Journal Iraq #624
This edition features stories on building Iraq, street patrols, aid delivery, and training Iraqi's. Hosted by Spc. John Sheldon.
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Sharpton Vows Censorship, Big Brother
It is our feeling that this is only the beginning. We must have a broad discussion on what is permitted and not permitted in terms the airwavesBring it on, Mr. "Whitey-Smeared-Sh*t-On-Tawana-Brawley-PSYCH." You couldn't find a microphone fast enough to air your poison over that, could you? How about those race riots you incited that resulted in the deaths of 7 people? How dare you pollute our airwaves with your racism, hypocrisy and divisiveness?
By the way, you owe each of the Duke players a personal and full fledged apology. In the unlikely event that you stand up and be a real man about your racism, I hope they won't accept your apology.
How about you, Mr. Himeytown? Cat gotcher tongue?
Subtle Messages from Fred Thompson?
April 11, 2007
The Duke 88 (Bumped w/ Contact Info)
Below the fold are the names and publicly listed contact info of every "concerned faculty member" who failed to be concerned with the nature of factual evidence and presumptions of innocence that is characteristic of the American justice system while engaging in their Bacchanal orgy of race/identity politics. A fat lot of good those "enlightened positions" are doing them now.
Just for posterity's sake, here's a loving spoonful of their race-baiting tripe (emphasis mine):
The ad thanked "the students speaking individually and...the protesters making collective noise." We do not endorse every demonstration that took place at the time. We appreciate the efforts of those who used the attention the incident generated to raise issues of discrimination and violence.Heh. The academic geniuses were referring to this ad (in three screenshots):
There have been public calls to the authors to retract the ad or apologize for it, as well as calls for action against them and attacks on their character. We reject all of these. We think the ad's authors were right to give voice to the students quoted, whose suffering is real. We also acknowledge the pain that has been generated by what we believe is a misperception that the authors of the ad prejudged the rape case.
We stand by the claim that issues of race and sexual violence on campus are real, and we join the ad's call to all of us at Duke to do something about this. We hope that the Duke community will emerge from this tragedy as a better place for all of us to live, study, and work.
Duke Ad 1
Duke Ad 2
Duke Ad 3
Let the Duke 88 know how wrong they were to presume guilt for these three students because of their rigid leftist political ideologies and dogmas. And don't give me the "listing this stuff is wrong" BS. This information was posted on the web 7 months ago. The numbers and emails are all Duke University listings, not personal numbers or home numbers. If the profs are going to gang up on three students pubicly, its only fair that they each get a little fire returned in their direction.
NO swearing or threats - its hard, I know.
NAMES/CONTACT INFO OF MOST OF THE DUKE 88 BELOW THE FOLD --->
This isn't everybody on the list, but it's damn close. Thanks to Crystal Mess. Let the education begin:
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Abe, Stan (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies)
firstname.lastname@example.org 919.684.2487 F 919.684.4398
Albers, Benjamin (University Writing Program)
Allison, Anne (Cultural Anthropology)
email@example.com 919.681.6257 F 919.681.8483
Aravamudan, Srinivas (English)
Baker, Houston (English and AAAS)
Baker, Lee (Cultural Anthropology)
firstname.lastname@example.org 919.681.3263 F 919.681.8483
Beckwith, Sarah (English)
email@example.com 919.684.8705, 2741 F 919.684.4871
Berliner, Paul (Music)
Blackmore, Connie (AAAS)
firstname.lastname@example.org 919.684.2830, 5140
F 919 684 2832
Boa, Jessica (Religion & University Writing Program) ?
Boatwright, Mary T. (Classical Studies)
email@example.com 919.684.3189 or 5076 F 919.681.4262
Boero, Silvia (Romance Studies)
Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo (Sociology)
Brim, Matthew (University Writing Program)
Chafe, William (History)
firstname.lastname@example.org 919.684.5436 F 919.681.7670
Ching, Leo (Asian & African Languages)
email@example.com 919.684.5240, 4309 F 919.681.7871
Coles, Rom (Political Science)
firstname.lastname@example.org 919.660.4310 F 919.660.4330
Cooke, Miriam (Asian & African Languages)
email@example.com 919.684.2312, 4309 F 919.681.7871
Crichlow, Michaeline (AAAS)
Curtis, Kim (Political Science)
firstname.lastname@example.org 919.660.4320 F 919.660.4300
Damasceno, Leslie (Romance Studies)
email@example.com 919.660.3100, 3120 F 919.684.4029
Davidson, Cathy (English)
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Deutsch, Sarah (History)
Dorfman, Ariel (Literature & Latin American Stds.)
email@example.com 919.684.6432, 6054 F 919.684.8749
Edwards, Laura (History) l
firstname.lastname@example.org 919.668.1435 F 919.681.7670
Farred, Grant (Literature)
email@example.com 919.668.1754 F 919.684.3598
Fellin, Luciana (Romance Studies)
Fulkerson, Mary McClintock (Divinity School)
firstname.lastname@example.org 919.660.3400, 3458
Gabara, Esther (Romance Studies)
email@example.com 919.660.3100, 3112
Gavins, Raymond (History)
firstname.lastname@example.org 919.684.2508 F 919.681.7670
Greer, Meg (Romance Studies)
Glymph, Thavolia (History)
Hardt, Michael (Literature)
Harris, Joseph (University Writing Program)
Holloway, Karla (English)
Holsey, Bayo (AAAS)
Hovsepian, Mary (Sociology) ?
James, Sherman (Public Policy)
Kaplan, Alice (Literature)
Khalsa, Keval Kaur (Dance Program)
Khanna, Ranjana (English)
King, Ashley (Romance Studies)
Koonz, Claudia (History)
Lasch, Peter (Art, Art History)
email@example.com 919.684.3308 F 919.684.4398
Lee, Dan A. (Math) ?
Leighten, Pat (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies)
919.660.6979 Fax 919.660.2821
Lentricchia, Frank (Literature)
Light, Caroline (Inst. for Crit. U.S. Stds.)
Litle, Marcy (Comparative Area Studies)
firstname.lastname@example.org 919.660.4353 F 919.684.8749
Litzinger, Ralph (Cultural Anthropology)
Longino, Michele (Romance Studies)
email@example.com 011.33.1.55.42.82.52 (France)
Lubiano, Wahneema (AAAS and Literature)
firstname.lastname@example.org 919.681.3982 F 919.681.7966
Mahn, Jason (University Writing Program)
email@example.com 919.660.4355, 4368
Makhulu, Anne-Maria (AAAS)
Mason, Lisa (Surgical Unit-2100)
McClain, Paula (Political Science)
Meintjes, Louise (Music)
Mignolo, Walter (Literature and Romance Studies)
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Moreiras, Alberto (Romance Studies)
Neal, Mark Anthony (AAAS)
Nelson, Diane (Cultural Anthropology)
Olcott, Jolie (History)
Parades, Liliana (Romance Studies)
Payne, Charles (AAAS and History)
Pierce-Baker, Charlotte (Women’s Studies)
Pebles-Wilkins, Wilma ?
Petters, Arlie (Math)
email@example.com 919.660.2812 F 919.660.2821
Plesser, Ronen (Physics)
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Radway, Jan (Literature) ?
Rankin, Tom (Ctr for Documentary Studies)
Rego, Marcia (University Writing Program)
Reisinger, Deborah S. (Romance Studies)
Rosenberg, Alex (Philosophy)
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Rudy, Kathy (Women’s Studies)
Schachter, Marc (English)
Shannon, Laurie (English)
Sigal, Pete (History)
Silverblatt, Irene (Cultural Anthropology)
Somerset, Fiona (English)
Stein, Rebecca (Cultural Anthropology)
Thorne, Susan (History)
Viego, Antonio (Literature)
Vilaros, Teresa (Romance Studies)
Wald, Priscilla (English)
Wallace, Maurice (English and AAAS)
Wong, David (Philosophy)
Here's the list from the "Concerned Profs" Open Letter linked above:
* Stan Abe
* Benjamin Albers
* Anne Allison
* Srinivas Aravamudan
* Lee Baker
* Sarah Beckwith
* Paul Berliner
* Tolly Boatwright
* Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
* Jack Bookman
* Matt Brim
* Bill Chafe
* Leo Ching
* Elizabeth Clark
* Rom Coles
* Michaeline A. Crichlow
* Kim Curtis
* Roberto Dainotto
* Leslie Damasceno
* Ariel Dorfman
* Laura Edwards
* Grant Farred
* Jeffrey Forbes
* Mary M. Fulkerson
* Erin Gayton
* Jehanne Gheith
* Margaret Greer
* Michael Hardt
* Erik Harms
* Joe Harris
* Kerry Haynie
* Karla Holloway
* Bayo Holsey
* Mary Hovsepian
* Sherman James
* Alice Kaplan
* Keval Khalsa
* Ranjana Khanna
* Fred Klaits
* Claudia Koonz
* Robert Korstad
* Pedro Lasch
* Caroline Light
* Marcy Litle
* Ralph Litzinger
* Michele Longino
* Wahneema Lubiano
* Anne-Maria Makhulu
* Tamera Marko
* Paula McClain
* Louise Meintjes
* Sean Metzger
* Walter Mignolo
* Alberto Moreiras
* Cary Moskovitz
* Mark Anthony Neal
* David Need
* Diane Nelson
* Jocelyn Olcott
* Charles Payne
* Charlie Piot
* Ronen Plesser
* Maureen Quilligan
* Jan Radway
* Tom Rankin
* Marcia Rego
* William Reichert
* Deb Reisinger
* Alex Rosenberg
* Marc Schachter
* Stephanie Sieburth
* Laurie Shannon
* Pete Sigal
* Irene Silverblatt
* Joshua Socolar
* Kristin Solli
* Helen Solterer
* Fiona Somerset
* Roxanne Springer
* Rebecca Stein
* Kenneth Surin
* Susan Thorne
* John Transue
* Maurice Wallace
* Priscilla Wald
* Kathryn Whetten
* Robyn Wiegman
* David Wong
* Tomiko Yoda
"They can have very simply conversations, like: 'Who am I? Where am I going?"'
- Liu Yang, a government official in charge of educating the Chinese public on proper usage of the English language, explaining that many Chinese are quite limited in their ability to speak and understand proper English.
Mr. Yang explained his corrective efforts as follows: "In the future when we set up new signs in public places in English, we hope all these standards will be followed to avoid more additional mistakes."
Imus is NOT a Conservative, Leftards
Just to nip this little whiff of lefty paint fumes before they waft beyond the fever swamps - Imus would likely take umbrage at the dubbing of him as "conservative."
Unless by "conservative," you mean a 2004 Kerry supporter who thinks the President and VP should be hanged.
Taxi Co-Creator Stan Daniels Dies
Via CNN: LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Stan Daniels, an Emmy-winning TV writer and producer who worked on two of the most acclaimed comedies of the 1970s, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Taxi," has died. He was 72.Taxi was one of my very favorites.
Daniels died of heart failure April 6, according to Mount Sinai Memorial Park.
Errr uh, looks like he didn't make it after all. Bwaaahahahaha!
Italian TV Shows Hostage Beheading Video
This is the video shown on Italian TV last night, showing kidnapped reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo, translator Adjmal Nakshbandi, and driver Sayed Agha, bound and surrounded by Taliban gunmen. The video pauses at the moment when Sayed is thrown to the ground and a sword raised to behead him. It continues moments later with Mastrogiacomo, obviously in shock, pleading for his and Adjaml's life. As we know, he was later released in exchange for 5 Taliban prisoners; Adjmal was beheaded by his captors on Easter Sunday.
This is why we fight.
Aussie PM: 300 Special Forces Will Return To Afghanistan
Australian Prime Minister John Howard is sending 300 special forces commandos back to Afghanistan in an effort to protect the ongoing reconstruction efforts.
(video below the fold)
According to Canada's National Post:
The deployment of 300 special forces troops to the southeast of Afghanistan, near the heart of the Taliban rebellion, is part of an increased effort needed to win the war in Afghanistan, he told a media conference.
"We have done this against the background of a deterioration in the security environment in southern Afghanistan," Mr. Howard said.
... Australia will also send air force radar crews to Kandahar, extra logistics and intelligence officers, and extend the deployment of a team providing protection and security, taking Australia's deployment to about 950 by mid-year and more than 1,000 by the middle of 2008.
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the Australian Defence Force Commander, said the special forces would hunt Taliban commanders. "Essentially their operations will be targeted on the Taliban, disrupting Taliban operations and going after the Taliban leadership," he said.
According to The Austrailan, the decision was backed by Labor Party leader, Kevin Rudd.
Mr Rudd said Afghanistan was a breeding ground for terrorists and needed to be brought under control.
"What we've got there is Osama bin Laden and al-Qa'ida, the original terrorists responsible for September 11," Mr Rudd said on Southern Cross radio.
"(It's also) the area which provided the training for those who engaged in the bombings in Bali, which killed nearly 100 Australians. And for those reasons it's a military campaign which we need to prosecute to the end."
Mr Rudd said Australian troops were brought out of Afghanistan too early in late 2002.
"We hadn't finished the job in Afghanistan and I think there's a real concern that because we didn't have Australian troops there then, the American troops were drawn down, that effectively Osama bin Laden and al-Qa'ida got off the hook and now we see them resurgent," he said.
Given the number of enemy combatants engaged in the Taliban's latest offensive, 300 commandos may seem an inadequate force, and one can only hope that number will be increased as/if needed.
After all, these are Taliban and al-Qaeda we are fighting, not Persians.
Still, this shows Australia's ongoing commitment to the Afghan people at a time when many of our NATO allies refuse to allow their troops to operate in the most troubled areas of southern Afghanistan.
And it shows, once again, that PM John Howard has the 'right stuff'.
Edward R. Olbermann's Naked Hypocrisy
The best part? It's all in his own recorded words.
Olby's earned a spot on his own "Worst Person" countdown, and has been completely exposed as an amateur fraud and a complete partisan hypocrite with these two audio clips from Johnny Dollar.
AQ Terrorist Bombing in Algeria Kills at Least 23
From the Associated Press:
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - Bombs heavily damaged the prime minister's office and a police station Wednesday, killing at least 23 people and wounding about 160, the country's official news agency said. Al-Jazeera television said it received a claim of responsibility from group al-Qaida in the Maghreb for both bombings.200,000 people have died in Algeria since 1992, the result of Islamist violence, despite amnesties offered to terrorists willing to lay down their weapons (lefties aren't blaming the President for the 200,000 deaths yet, but, give them time).
Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem:
"The Algerian people stretched out a hand to them, and they respond with a terrorist act."Well, duh. They're bloodthirsty religious fanatics. The only correct way to deal with them is extermination, as with any other dangerous vermin.
Update by Howie: There is some footage of the scene here on Liveleak.
Hat Tip: Kafir.
Stay Classy, HuffPo Commenters
Re: Fred Thompson's lymphoma.
Pretty much all the cynicism, callousness, insensitivity and hyperpolitical venom you'd expect. That, and a lot of strange rants about the "Fairness" Doctrine. Eight different screenshots for your, um, 'entertainment.'
Some truly awsome comments BELOW THE FOLD: -->
WHY HASN'T LIMBAUGH MADE FUN OF HIM YET?
REPUBLICANS GET THE ELIZABETH EDWARDS AND MICHAEL J. FOX TREATMENT???
REINSTATE THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE GODDAMNIT!
By: BLOGGINGBITCH on April 11, 2007 at 10:17am
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Going for the sympathy vote are we??
By: SaskiaStars on April 11, 2007 at 10:23am
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McCain, Rudi and now Thompson (if he runs) three republican candidates for president would have cancer or treatible cancer.
So Elizabeth Edwards is not running for president her husband is. She and John were soundly trashed in the press for the fact that he ever dared to run.
Now what in the hell are they going to say about these three, after all...they....are running for president not the spouse of one who is.
And why in hell are they talking about McCain and Rudi..This sucks..and until we get the Fairness Doctrine re-instated we will never be able to get the real messages out.
By: Kally on April 11, 2007 at 10:39am
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Lends whole new meaning to John Dean's phrase " There's a cancer on the presidency"
By: tcuoohjohn on April 11, 2007 at 10:50am
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The Repug candidates just keep displaying dysfunctions and fallacies......maybe there is a God. Hmmmmm now I just got to pick the right one!
By: Robinsong on April 11, 2007 at 10:58am
Jeffrey Ake Missing Two Years
It was one year ago today that Liliana Ake went public with her story on CNN. at that time no one had heard any word from Jeff’s kidnappers in 11 months. Sadly, there is still no word of what happened to him.
We have been following the story from the beginning. I learned many things about him and his family. Jeff owned a company called Equipment Express specialized in bringing safe drinking water to parts of the world where it was needed. His first effort to bring safe bottle water to Iraq in November 2003 was a success. One of his friends has taken Jeff’s methods home to Nigeria.
On Jeff’s second trip to Iraq in April 2005, he was taken hostage. His kidnappers released a couple videos of Jeff. They even called Liliana’s home, but the calls stopped and Jeff’s fate is unknown as of this time.
Being from a small mid-western town, the images of La Porte reminded me so much of my home that I felt a kinship with Mr. Ake and the people of La Porte. It was just like so many of the small friendly towns that dot the mid-west.
We have been hoping that Jeff’s case would turn out similar to Roy Hallums and a reunion would be swift in coming. But the last year has not yielded his release or any new information.
Jeff’s company was liquidated this year and a fund was started to help Liliana and her four children to keep the Ake family’s home. The fund raising so far has been successful despite small number of outlets (about nine) that ran the story. Donations are still being accepted. More information on how and where to make donations can be found below the fold in this post.
We pray for Jeff’s safe and unconditional release As Rusty said in one of his posts, “No political cause can ever justify the taking of civilians hostage. It is a form of barbarity with no excuse.”
Here is a list of hostages still missing and held by terrorists via Vicki at Not Ready for my Burqua. There are many more missing, especially in Iraq, who's storys are unknown.
Eric Damfreville, Salma, and 3 Afghan aid workersUpdate: More here at the Indy Star.
Hannelore Marianne Krause and her son Sinan al-Tornachi
8 Ethiopians kidnapped with the Embassy workers
4 South African contractors kidnapped in Baghdad
An American contractor kidnapped in Basra
Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie --- The missing U.S. soldier in Baghdad
Donations for the Ake family can be sent via Lilianna’s pastor at this address.
LaPorte Missionary ChurchOr if you prefer, I can forward small donations via the Jeff Ake Amazon Pay-page on this post.
LaPorte Missionary Church
Attn: Carl Galloway
104 E. 18th St., LaPorte, IN 46350
April 10, 2007
Doing The Job American Media Won't Do
Italian television doesn't shrink from showing the barbarity of our enemies.
Rome - An Italian television channel aired footage on Tuesday of the beheading of a driver for an Italian journalist, who was held for about two weeks by Afghanistan's Taliban until Kabul negotiated his release.
We do the same thing. Not to disgust, not to titillate, and certainly not to get our jollies. We do it to get the truth about our enemies out there to a generally complacent populace. The Internet is forever they say, and the more Americans that are witness to the barbarism that is Islamofascism, the better the chance that they'll find the steely resolve that has served us so well in wars past.
If our media had shown what really happened to Nick Berg, the Iraqi front of the war may just have been over by now.
Palestinian Hostage Training Video
A training video from the Popular Resistance Committee, a Palestinian group, on how to kidnap and take hostages. Video here.
The internet site of Salah Al-Din Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, released a video clip Monday night showing some of the members of the unit that kidnapped Gilad Shalit training for the operation in Kerem Shalom....
The film displays two members of the unit who were assigned to attack the IDF post and prepare the ground for a second cell which carried out the kidnapping....
Free Speech- Not
To follow is the IFEX Weekly Communique. You can sign up here. It's astounding how many people around the world are at risk when they dare to speak or write. Check out the global alerts at the end of the communique. That's just one week.
FREE EXPRESSION SPOTLIGHT:
1. Tunisia: Free Expression Violations Worse a Year on, says TMG
2. Zimbabwe: Cameraman Slain over Leaked Tsvangirai Pictures
3. Mexico: TV Correspondent Gunned Down amid Wave of Killings
4. Pakistan: Militants Kill Reporter's Family
5. Iraq: Bloody Weekend for Country's Journalists
6. Afghanistan: Abducted Reporter Killed, says Taliban
7. United States: Blogger Released after 224 Days in Prison
8. Tunisia: Unblock Dailymotion Campaign
REPORTS AND PUBLICATIONS:
9. C-Libre Investigates Free Expression in Honduras
CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS:
10. Fifth Gathering in Istanbul for Freedom of Expression
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS:
11. Human Rights Reporters Honoured in Asia
12. IFEX Seeks Action Alert Network Coordinator (French)
"IN OTHER NEWS"…
13. OAS Releases Damning Report on Free Expression in the Americas
ALERTS ISSUED BY THE IFEX CLEARING HOUSE LAST WEEK
FREE EXPRESSION SPOTLIGHT
1. TUNISIA: FREE EXPRESSION VIOLATIONS WORSE A YEAR ON, SAYS TMG
The Tunisian government has failed to make progress in improving free
expression conditions over the past year, even further stifling dissidents,
the IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group (TMG) has found in its fourth major
Since the TMG's last report in May 2006, the group has witnessed "serious
deterioration in the conditions related to freedom of expression in
Tunisia," particularly with respect to the harassment of journalists and
dissidents, threats to the independence of the judiciary, blocking of books
and websites, restrictions on independent organisations, and imprisonment
of the human rights lawyer Mohamed Abbou for posting articles critical of
the Tunisian authorities on the Internet
These observations and others are detailed in "Freedom of Expression in
Tunisia: The Siege Holds", a report on the group's fact-finding mission
last month. Nearly a year since its last mission, the TMG noted that a
series of new attacks on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and
independent journalists has resulted in a near state of inactivity. Police
brutality is becoming "an almost daily event." With a judiciary
increasingly favouring the government, a climate of fear has been promoted.
The TMG concludes in its report that it is necessary "to maintain and
strongly reiterate all past recommendations from the TMG to Tunisian
authorities" to bring the country in line with international human rights
standards. Recommendations include releasing Abbou and other "prisoners of
opinion", ending harassment and intimidation of human rights activists,
lifting controls on banned websites and books, and respecting individuals'
rights to freedom of movement, assembly and association.
"The Siege Holds" is being launched worldwide in three languages on 11
April at a press conference organised by the Arabic Human Rights
Information Network (HRinfo) and the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
(EOHR) in Cairo, with a representative of IFEX's Tunisian member the
Observatoire pour la liberté de presse, d'édition et de creation (OLPEC) in
attendance. It is also being launched at an event hosted by the World Press
Freedom Committee (WPFC) in Washington, as well as in Geneva by the
International Publishers Association (IPA) and in Paris by the World
Association of Newspapers (WAN), including through its Arab Press Network.
The TMG is a group of 16 freedom of expression organisations in the IFEX
network. Four members of the TMG - IPA, WAN, Norwegian PEN and Index on
Censorship - visited Tunisia from 27 February to 4 March, where they met
with government officials and civil society representatives, and monitored
freedom of the press and related human rights issues. An EOHR
representative was prevented from receiving a visa on time by the Tunisian
Embassy in Cairo.
The report is available online on the TMG websites in three languages:
- English: http://campaigns.ifex.org/tmg/IFEXTMGreport_April2007.doc
- French: http://campaigns.ifex.org/tmg/rapportduIFEXTMG_avril2007.doc
- Arabic: http://www.hrinfo.net/ifex/wsis/
Visit the link:
- WAN APN: http://www.arabpressnetwork.org/home.php
2. ZIMBABWE: CAMERAMAN SLAIN OVER LEAKED TSVANGIRAI PICTURES
In the recent terror campaign targeting government critics, a local
journalist suspected of having links to Zimbabwe's opposition was found
murdered on 31 March, report the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA),
Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the Freedom
of Expression Institute (FXI).
Edward Chikombo, a part-time cameraman for Zimbabwe state broadcaster ZBC,
was abducted from his home by armed men in the Glenview township outside
Harare on 29 March, MISA reports. His body was found two days later near
Darwendale, 80 kilometres west of the capital.
According to the London newspaper "The Independent", Chikombo was suspected
of having leaked footage to the international press of brutally beaten
opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who was arrested at an 11 March
protest and tortured while in police custody. The footage of Tsvangirai
leaving a Harare courthouse with a suspected fractured skull, and then
lying in a hospital bed, provoked a storm of international criticism of
President Robert Mugabe's regime.
Journalists for ZBC routinely film news that cannot be used because of
heavily censored bulletins, says "The Independent". Some footage is
allegedly sold to foreign broadcasters - Mugabe has banned both the BBC and
CNN from reporting from Zimbabwe and any unaccredited journalist faces a
two-year prison sentence. Suspected news smugglers face being intimidated,
harassed and fired.
Another local journalist, Gift Phiri, a senior reporter for the
London-based weekly "The Zimbabwean", was released on bail on 5 April and
taken straight to hospital, resulting from injuries he received during four
days in police custody. According to his lawyer, Phiri has difficulty
sitting, standing or walking because of the beatings.
Initially accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at police stations, Phiri
has been charged with working as a journalist without official
accreditation and for "publishing false news." His trial is set for 25
What is more shocking than Zimbabwe's free expression violations is "the
grossly inadequate response" of the South African government to the crisis,
says FXI, commenting that remaining quiet during a time of such upheaval in
Zimbabwe amounts to a "tacit endorsement of censorship that affects the
whole region." FXI is calling for a more interlinked, regional campaign,
starting with abolishing Zimbabwe's restrictive access to information and
public order and safety acts.
Visit these links:
- Alert on Chikombo: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/82258
- RSF on Chikombo: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=21603
- RSF on Phiri: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=21536
- FXI statement: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/82309
- "The Independent", "Zimbabwe journalist murdered":
- "The Zimbabwean" on Phiri: http://tinyurl.com/2btqa6
3. MEXICO: TV CORRESPONDENT GUNNED DOWN AMID WAVE OF KILLINGS
Press groups worldwide are demanding justice for a TV correspondent who was
gunned down in southern Mexico on 6 April in an apparent premeditated hit.
His murder added to a flurry of killings across the country that left 14
dead in a 24-hour period.
Amado Ramírez, correspondent of the news programme "Al Tanto" on the
privately owned TV station Televisa in Acapulco, was shot three times from
behind as he left work, says Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans
frontières, RSF). "Al Tanto" was taken off the air on 9 April after the
station received death threats.
Ramírez's assailants remain unidentified. The Committee to Protect
Journalists (CPJ) and others are investigating whether his murder is
directly connected to his professional work.
Ramírez had covered Acapulco for Televisa for more than a dozen years. In
March, he aired a special investigation into the murder of local police
officers, linking the crime to local drug traffickers. The resort town has
been ridden with drug-related violence in recent years.
CPJ and RSF are demanding that the federal government take on the case, and
create a legal framework to protect journalists under threat. Homicides in
Mexico are normally handled by state detectives.
"Ramírez's death must be taken seriously by the authorities," RSF said.
"There must be a major effort to establish the circumstances of this
journalist's execution-style killing and to identify those responsible. And
the case must be handled at the federal level."
Though the battle between drug cartels is particularly severe in northern
states, violence has spread to almost every Mexican state in the last year,
says CPJ. The Attorney General's office has recorded 678 organised
crime-related murders in 2007 alone, according to press reports. Within 24
hours of Ramírez's death, 13 other people were murdered.
The CPJ and Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) have reported an
alarming number of journalists slain in Mexico on orders from drug gangs,
with seven journalists killed since October, two disappeared and eight
reporting death threats.
"I would say Mexico has become the country (in the Western Hemisphere)
where it's most dangerous to be a journalist today," Gonzalo Marroquin,
president of the IAPA's press freedom commission, said last month.
Visit these links:
- RSF on Ramírez: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=21629
- CPJ letter to Mexican President: http://tinyurl.com/27jz8u
- IAPA: www.sipiapa.org
- ARTICLE 19 alert: http://tinyurl.com/2tsfaw
- OAS Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression:
- Associated Press story on Ramírez: http://tinyurl.com/27c8z5
4. PAKISTAN: MILITANTS KILL REPORTER'S FAMILY
The family of a reporter who helped fellow journalists visit the site of a
fresh conflict between local tribesmen and foreign militants was massacred
in their home, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and
Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).
Urdu-language "Inkishaf" reporter Din Muhammed had accompanied a group of
visiting journalists to Wana, the main town in South Waziristan tribal
agency along the Afghan border, on 25 March to meet with local tribal
militant commanders and visit areas captured from Uzbek fighters, suspected
to have links with al-Qaeda.
The Uzbek militants retaliated by attacking Muhammed's house on 1 April,
and killing his brother, father and cousin in a gunfight. Muhammed's uncle
was murdered in a public execution. Three other family members were also
abducted, but Muhammed was not among them and is believed to be safe.
Muhammed's editor, Syed Fayyaz Hussain Bokhari, told Reuters he was certain
Muhammed and his family were attacked because of his work, especially his
articles about the foreign militants.
Few journalists from outside the area have dared to travel to the remote
area to report on the latest clashes between local Waziri tribesmen and
Uzbek militants, who took refuge in Pakistan's tribal areas after U.S.-led
forces ousted the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. Since early March,
officials say that 250 people have died in the fighting.
"We were advised not to go to Wana. It is the most dangerous place," said
Mushtaq Yusufzai, a reporter for the English-language daily "The News" and
a cameraman for U.S. broadcaster NBC News, who was part of the group.
"Muhammed assured us that we would be safe. But we were afraid that he
would feel the consequences for doing his job."
A 2007 International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) investigation reveals
reporting in Pakistan to be "more dangerous than ever." Nineteen
journalists were murdered in Pakistan since 2000 and only in one case was
the murderer brought to justice.
Visit these links:
- CPJ alert: http://tinyurl.com/2jyv4r
- RSF alert: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=21619
- IFJ "A State of Denial: The Crisis of Press Freedom and Journalist Safety
in Pakistan": http://tinyurl.com/2m527e
- Reuters "Pakistani reporter safe in hiding": http://tinyurl.com/2eyf9b
- BBC "Pakistan's tribals": http://tinyurl.com/33hsyw
5. IRAQ: BLOODY WEEKEND FOR COUNTRY'S JOURNALISTS
Four more journalists have been killed in Iraq, bringing the number of
media workers killed in Iraq in 2007 to 23, reports the International
Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
Khamail Khalaf, a journalist with Radio Free Iraq, the Arabic language
service of U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, was kidnapped on 3
April, and found dead on a Baghdad street two days later, says the
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Police came under heavy fire by
unidentified assailants when they were retrieving her body.
IFJ says that on the same day, the station of Iraqi satellite channel
Baghdad TV was blasted by a car bomb, killing the station's deputy
director, Thaer Ahmad Jaber, and Husain Nizaer, a trainee journalist, and
injuring 11 staff, three of whom are in critical condition.
A fourth journalist, Othman al-Mashhadani, a reporter for the Saudi paper
"Al-Watan", was found dead in Baghdad on 6 April. He had been kidnapped on
his way home from work on 4 April, says CPJ. His captors had called his
family hours after the abduction demanding a ransom for his release.
Meanwhile, the IFJ and its national journalists unions around the world
renewed calls for the U.S. to provide credible reports over a number of
media deaths at the hands of U.S. troops in Iraq and, in particular, the
killing of three journalists four years ago in the Palestine Hotel on 8
Visit these links:
- IFJ alert: http://tinyurl.com/2ske9b
- CPJ alert: http://tinyurl.com/3babd4
- International News Safety Institute details each media death in Iraq:
6. AFGHANISTAN: ABDUCTED REPORTER KILLED, SAYS TALIBAN
An Afghan journalist and translator was killed on 8 April, a month after he
was kidnapped, a spokesperson for the Taliban said.
Journalist and translator Ajmal Naqshbandi was abducted, with Italian
reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo and their driver Syed Agha, on 5 March by
the Taliban in Helmand province.
While Agha was beheaded by his captors a few days after the men were
seized, Mastrogiacomo was freed on 19 March, in exchange for five Taliban
prisoners in a deal struck by Italian and Afghan authorities. The
government's refusal to arrange a second prisoner swap led to the beheading
of Naqshbandi, said the Taliban.
The murder of Naqshbandi highlights the risks of bargaining with the
Taliban, warns the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). "If deals
are done which free foreigners while locals are butchered, it puts a price
on the head of any media person from abroad working in Afghanistan," said
Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) said that
Naqshbandi was a victim of double standards because the campaign for his
release was "not strong enough."
The Afghan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) with other Afghan
media associations and unions passed a resolution calling for all media
outlets to boycott Taliban reports over the next week, and to grieve
Naqshbandi's passing by observing two minutes of silence on 10 April or
publishing a blank, black page. The resolution also questions the "silence
of the international community" and the government's release of foreigners,
but not Afghan nationals.
Visit these links:
- RSF alert: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=21217
- IFJ alert: http://www.ifj.org/default.asp?Index=4817&Language=EN
7. UNITED STATES: BLOGGER RELEASED AFTER 224 DAYS IN PRISON
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders
(Reporters sans frontières, RSF) welcomed the release last week of a
blogger who had spent more time in jail than any other journalist in the
United States because he wanted to protect his sources.
Californian video journalist and blogger Josh Wolf had been in prison since
September 2006 - for 224 days - for refusing to surrender unedited video
footage of a July 2005 protest in San Francisco against the G8 summit, and
declining to testify to a grand jury investigating an attack on a police
car during the demonstration.
On 3 April following a private mediation session, Wolf posted all of the
video files on his website and promised to hand them over after obtaining
assurance that he will not be compelled to testify before a federal court.
Although free expression groups welcomed his release, they deemed it a
"half-victory" as Wolf was forced to disclose his materials in the end. RSF
is calling on the U.S. Congress to adopt a federal shield law that will
acknowledge the right of journalists to protect their sources.
Visit these links:
- CPJ alert and (audio) interview with Wolf on why he chose not to testify:
- RSF alert: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=21572
- The unaired footage on Wolf's website:
8. TUNISIA: UNBLOCK DAILYMOTION CAMPAIGN
Tunisian activists are urging bloggers and Internet communities everywhere
to post banners on their websites in protest of the government ban of a
popular video-sharing service.
In the government's latest attempt to stifle free expression, Tunisians
have been prevented from "opening up and sharing their videos with the
world" on Dailymotion, France's answer to U.S.-based YouTube.
Dailymotion has been blocked in Tunisia since 1 April, after footage on the
political situation in Tunisia was posted, says Reporters Without Borders
(Reporters sans frontières, RSF). RSF said: "The censorship of
Dailymotion's website shows that the government, which is as paranoid about
the Internet as it is about the traditional press, is ready to ban tens of
thousands of inoffensive videos in order to block a handful it does not
The site has also recently been blocked in China.
To download a banner, visit the "Unblock Dailymotion Campaign" site:
REPORTS AND PUBLICATIONS:
9. C-LIBRE INVESTIGATES FREE EXPRESSION IN HONDURAS
Free expression and access to information were severely curtailed in a
number of ways in Honduras in 2006, says the Committee for Free Expression
(El Comité por la Libre Expresión, C-Libre) annual report, according to its
partner Probidad, an IFEX member.
The report investigates restrictions on free expression through four
themes: the much anticipated Law of Transparency and Access to Information;
the harassment of and violence against journalists; the uneasy relationship
between new President Manuel Zelaya and the press; and the murder with
impunity of a lawyer who defended investigative journalists.
For more information, see:
For a copy of the report, e-mail Nidia Pineda of Probidad in Honduras at:
CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS:
10. FIFTH GATHERING IN ISTANBUL FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Gathering in Istanbul for Freedom of Expression, an international meeting
supported by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International PEN,
ARTICLE 19 and Freemuse, is holding its fifth bi-annual conference from 25
to 27 May.
This year's meeting, open to writers, journalists, academics and scientists
worldwide, will focus on freedom of expression in Turkey and neighbouring
countries. The conference is dedicated to the late journalist Hrant Dink,
one of the most prominent voices of Turkey's Armenian community.
For more details, see: http://www.antenna-tr.org/istanbul/index.asp?lgg=en
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS:
11. HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTERS HONOURED IN ASIA
A journal banned in Singapore and currently being sued for defamation was
just one of the many recipients in the 11th annual Human Rights Press
Awards, held last month by the Hong Kong Journalists Association, the Hong
Kong Foreign Correspondents Club and Amnesty International. The awards
honoured local journalists across Asia for their rights reporting
throughout the region.
The editor of the "Far Eastern Economic Review", Hugo Restall, won first
place in the magazine category for an article on Singapore opposition
leader Chee Soon Juan. The journal is currently being sued by Singapore's
Prime Minister and his father, the founding Prime Minister, who claim that
they were defamed in the article. "The Review" is also banned in Singapore,
where it is a criminal offence to subscribe to the magazine or to import or
reproduce it for distribution.
Other winners included journalists who reported on extrajudicial killings
in the Philippines and China's missing farmers.
For a full list of winners, see:
12. IFEX SEEKS ACTION ALERT NETWORK COORDINATOR (FRENCH)
The IFEX Clearing House is looking to hire an Action Alert Network
Coordinator (French) to edit, prepare and file action alerts and other
materials on free expression from IFEX members and post them via e-mail and
on the website.
Candidates must be fluent in French and English, as well as have excellent
editing, communication, writing and proofreading skills in both languages.
A university degree in journalism, political science, international
development or French, or equivalent experience is required.
This is a full-time employment based in Toronto. It is essential that
candidates hold Canadian passports or working papers so that they are
eligible to work in Canada. Applications are due on 27 April 2007.
For more details, including how to apply, see:
"IN OTHER NEWS"…
13. OAS RELEASES DAMNING REPORT ON FREE EXPRESSION IN THE AMERICAS
In a climate of state intolerance and rampant corruption, the annual report
of the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the
Organization of American States (OAS) reveals the free expression situation
to be of "considerable concern" in the Americas.
Nineteen journalists were murdered in 2006 and dozens more intimidated and
physically harassed, the report says, and have become even more serious
because the perpetrators go unpunished. With the continuous use of criminal
trials for contempt and defamation, subtle methods to coerce the press, and
the lack of appropriate laws around ownership and broadcasting, the state
has shown it will not tolerate criticism.
To read the Office's full findings and its recommendations, see:
ALERTS ISSUED BY THE IFEX CLEARING HOUSE DURING THE PAST WEEK
5 APRIL 2007
Egypt - HRinfo director, two bloggers, accused of "insult" and
"defamation", detained for questioning as harassment campaign against the
Russia - "Krasny Sever" newspaper editor and journalist forced to resign,
black-balled by local authorities
Iraq - Iraqi journalist kidnapped and killed; a second journalist abducted,
Thailand - Draft act on computer-related offences poses serious problems
for freedom of expression, says ARTICLE 19
Russia - "Delovoi Petersburg" photojournalist beaten, injured, by pig farm
Venezuela - Suspected mastermind of journalist's 2004 murder detained in
Algeria/Libya - Appeals court suspends prison sentences for two journalists
sued by Gaddafi for defamation
South Africa/Zimbabwe - South African response to Zimbabwe's freedom of
expression crisis "grossly inadequate," says FXI
Malaysia - Journalists verbally and physically attacked by members of
East Timor - Political party militants attack and injure journalist
Iraq - Journalist kidnapped and beaten by uniformed men in Kurdish region
Burma - Court acquits retiree of "incitement against public" over satirical
article posted on fence
The Gambia - Journalist released on bail, charged with sedition over
critical commentary, ordered to surrender travel documents
Western Europe - CAPSULE REPORT: ARTICLE 19 outlines freedom of expression
concerns in region
4 APRIL 2007
Chile - Supreme Court rescinds controversial restrictions on press
South Africa - Court ruling protecting right to privacy in HIV-status case
will have no chilling effect on freedom of expression, says FXI
Haiti - Seven years of impunity for killers of journalist Jean Dominique
Liberia - Government maintains ban on newspaper, instructs printing houses
not to print
United States - Freelance journalist Josh Wolf released after 224 days in
Peru - Journalist assaulted by civil servant in Ayacucho
Thailand - Government blocks YouTube website over video ridiculing king
Zimbabwe - Cameraman abducted and murdered; killing may be linked to
politically sensitive footage of injured opposition leader
Argentina - Journalist's home robbed of documents on case of alleged
Zimbabwe - Attacks on journalists continue; IFJ condemns violence and
harassment by police
Peru - Journalist in Huaraz receiving daily death threats over reporting
Palestine - Palestinian journalists on three-day strike for release of BBC
India - Female journalist brutally beaten on the job
Serbia - Neo-Nazis threaten to kill independent journalist over coverage of
3 APRIL 2007
Pakistan - Journalist's family massacred in South Waziristan in apparent
retribution for his work
Colombia - "El Heraldo" journalist assaulted and injured by individuals
alleging authorities would also go after him
Kyrgyzstan - Broadcast journalist assaulted by pro-government demonstrators
Zimbabwe - Journalist hospitalised after beating in detention
Azerbaijan - Prison authorities deny ailing journalist Sakit Zahidov
Central African Republic - President of private press group sentenced to
Somalia - Five journalists attacked by armed men, equipment stolen; three
Zimbabwe - Reporter of independent weekly "The Zimbabwean" jailed, beaten;
paper threatened over coverage
United Nations - Human Rights Council passes resolution supporting limits
on free speech
Nepal - Political group intercepts newspaper delivery, burns copies in
protest over content
2 APRIL 2007
Spain - Opposition party refuses to give interviews to PRISA group media
outlets after criticism
Moldova - Police arrest, briefly detain and threaten journalists, damage
their equipment, for covering political event; newspaper copies seized
Brazil - Eight suspects in journalist's 2003 murder awaiting trial,
masterminds still free
Ghana - Cameraman harassed by prison guard and sympathisers of jailed
Burkina Faso - Journalist detained for 48 hours, forced to disclose source,
for article allegedly defaming police official
Ecuador - Journalist sentenced to 60 days in prison for quoting comments
critical of Pujilí mayor
Philippines - Journalist receives four and a half year prison sentence for
article on congressman's alleged love affair
China - French website blocked for warning of risks of investing in China
Central African Republic - Charges brought against imprisoned editor in
conflict with media regulator
Tunisia - Journalist Omar Mestiri prosecuted for defamation
Afghanistan - ARTICLE 19 urges National Assembly to respect free expression
in new media law
Burma - Retiree released on bail, still faces charges for lampooning
Afghanistan - Taliban threaten to kill kidnapped fixer Adjmal Nasqhbandi;
body of murdered driver returned to family
United States - Prosecutors claim imprisoned blogger Wolf is not a
journalist, federal guidelines do not apply to his case
Turkey - Two more suspects in Dink murder arrested; "Agos" editors' charges
still pending; publisher avoids court hearing for fear of safety
Ukraine - Broadcast journalists harassed by political party supporters
while filming their departure on train
South Africa - Public broadcaster pressured into delaying television
programme over content
The "IFEX Communiqué" is published weekly by the International Freedom of
Expression eXchange (IFEX). IFEX is managed by Canadian Journalists for
Free Expression (www.cjfe.org) on behalf of the network's 71 member
The "IFEX Communiqué" is also available in French, Spanish, Russian
(www.ifex.cjes.ru/) and Arabic (http://hrinfo.net/ifex/).
The views expressed in the "IFEX Communiqué" are the sole responsibility of
the sources to which they are attributed.
The "IFEX Communiqué" grants permission for its material to be reproduced
or republished only if it is credited as the source.
Leonardo DiCaprio Kills bin Laden!
In an upcoming movie, Leonardo DiCaprio hunts down Osama bin Laden, kills him with his bare hands, and then systematically dismantles the al Qaeda network while simultaneously solving the panda bear impotence problem and reversing global warming......with his mind. At least, that's how the script was pitched to me.
Leo...is there anything he can't do?
Leonardo DiCaprio will be showing his tougher side once again when he tracks an Al Qaeda leader in his newest action flick.To be honest, I like Ridley Scott, so just how badly Leo screws up the film remains to be seen.
DiCaprio will be playing the part of a journalist-turned-CIA agent who is given the task of locating a terrorist in Jordan.
To be directed by Ridley Scott, the new drama has been named Body Of Lies, and is all set to dredge up memories of the September 11, 2001 attacks, in which Osama Bin Laden ordered the bombings of the World Trade Centre in Manhattan. [SOURCE]
Sadly, this was the top return for a Google News search of "bin Laden".
Logan's Run Remake in the Works
Let's just hope Joel Silver doesn't screw up the remake of Logan's Run like he did the two Matrix sequels. Flea has the details. Original Logan's Run trailer below.
One of my favorite movies of all time. Period.
Question: With the impending implosion of the Social Security system, why not just go to the Logan's Run cradle-to-the-grave welfare model? I volunteer Vinnie to be the first runner.
Follow up remark: I'll know the end of the world is nigh when they finally remake Soylent Green.
Quran Reading Man Tries to Hijack Plane in Turkey
A man tries to hijack a plane to Iran. Betcha didn't know that, did you? But you probably do know who Anna Nicole Smith's baby daddy is. Oh, and one guess on which book he brought on the plane for inspiration.
More Beta Keys
Follow up to Rusty. I have 4 of those mee.nu beta keys.
UPDATE: Just to clarify here, what we're offering is not a slot writing at The Jawa Report. What we're offering is a chance to test out a new blogging platform called Minx and a free website of your own at the mee.nu domain. For instance: iamajawa.mee.nu
Update, too: Here's what a beta mee.nu blog looks like.
Afghan Newspaper: Execute, Not Release Taliban Prisoners
It looks like the murder of translator Adjmal Nakshbandi on Easter Day has struck a raw nerve in Afghanistan: according to Reuters, a leading newspaper, Arman-e-Millie, has called on the government of President Hamid Karzai to begin executing Taliban prisoners instead of releasing them in hostage swaps.
"Martyring Ajmal Naqshbandi and their other crimes happen as the government shows extreme leniency towards Taliban prisoners," the daily Arman-e-Millie said in an editorial.
"There has been no implementation of punishment for any criminal and killer Taliban who has been sentenced to heavy punishment by the judicial authorities," it said. "From now on, criminal Taliban should be executed."
The Karzai government has been criticized for allegedly bowing to pressure from Italy to release five captured Taliban fighters in exchange for the life of kidnapped journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo, abducted in Helmand province on March 6, and freed 2 weeks later. Nakshbandi was supposed to freed as part of the Mastrogiacomo deal, but the Taliban held on to him, demanding two more prisoners be released. The government refused, and Adjmal was beheaded this past Sunday.
Karzai condemned the execution and said Naqshbandi's release was part of the deal involving the Italian journalist.
"While efforts were going on from the government side for his release, this human killer group murdered him mercilessly," a presidential palace statement quoted Karzai as saying.
Meanwhile, the Taliban hold at least 10 other captives, and have threatened to start executing them if more Taliban prisoners are not released. An Afghan doctor, identified only as Khalilullah, is scheduled to be killed on April 15. Four other medical workers were abducted with Khalilulah on March 27. Two French aid workers, Eric Damfreville and a woman identified as Salma, were kidnapped along with three Afghan assistants from the Terre d'Enfance school on April 3. We continue to pray for their safe release and for the safety of all humanitarian workers in Afghanistan.
UPDATE: An opposition senator in the Italian Parliament has called for the impeachment of Prime Minister Romano Prodi over the handling of the Mastrogiacomo abduction. It was revealed on Monday that the government paid $2 million in ransom for kidnapped photographer Gabriele Torsello last fall, and that Italy had strong-armed Pakistan into forcing Afghanistan to go along with the prisoner swap for Mastrogiacomo. Prodi does not deny it, but says that he followed guidelies set by the previous administration of Silvio Berlusconi.
"The negotiations for the freeing of hostages have been conducted in a correct way and in tight collaboration with the Afghan government," it said. "Our priority has always been one: saving human lives."
An opposition senator, Roberto Calderoli, accused the Government of discriminating between Italian and Afghan hostages and called for Mr Prodi to be impeached.
"The Government negotiated in a discriminatory fashion, rushing to save what they saw as the A-league hostage and leaving the other, second-class captives to their tragic destiny," he told reporters.
PBS Muzzling Moderate Muslim Auteur
Via Drudge, The Arizon Republic reports that "Islam vs. Islamists," a film about the conflict between moderate Muslims and radicals, has been dropped from the heavily promoted PBS series "Crossroads."
PBS executives fear of radical Muslim reaction to the film has led them to some bizarre behavior, even by PBS standards, including demanding the firing of consultants to the project because of their political views, and pre-screening parts of the film to...radical Muslims. The radicals threatened to sue.
While the producer has now gone public with allegations of bias at PBS, PBS execs are busily trying to polish this turd:
The problems that the PBS-WETA producers had with Islam vs. Islamists are complex. On The Arizona Republic's news pages today, reporter Dennis Wagner details many of those issues.Here's a clue for intellectually challenged PBS executives. This is a radical:
But much of their hostility seems to boil down to this: They could not bring themselves to declare people like Jasser "moderate" because that would mean criticizing the fundamentalists whom the Jassers of the world oppose.
As the PBS producers affirmed time and again in their letters and e-mails, who is an Islamic "extremist" and who is a "moderate" depends entirely on which side of the street you're standing. In large part, it is about "context."
Who is Yusuf Kavakci and Why is He being Embraced by Texas Republicans?
Yusuf Kavakci is the Imam of the Dallas Central Mosque. Way back in 2005, the Dallas Morning News sounded the alarm on the Kavakci's radicalism:
According to [a Freedom House report] (available at freedomhouse.org/religion), investigators gathered literature that teaches contempt for Jews, Christians and tolerant Muslims, as well as hatred for America. Material found in a Houston mosque even commands the faithful to establish a revolutionary fifth column.Regular Jawa readers know that a supporter of Sayyid Qutb, Ayatollah Khomeini, Yusuf Qaradawi and Hasan al-Turabi is not on our side.
Some of these documents came from the Dallas Central Mosque in Richardson. Unfortunately, this kind of thing is not altogether alien to this mosque. Last spring, it hosted a youth quiz competition, sponsored by two national organizations closely tied to the worldwide Islamist movement. Kids were tested on the work of premier jihad ideologist Sayyid Qutb.
The mosque’s imam, Dr. Yusuf Kavakci, has publicly praised two of the world’s foremost radical Islamists, Yusuf Qaradawi and Hasan al-Turabi, as exemplary leaders. Dr. Kavakci also sits on the board of the Saudi-backed Islamic Society of North America, described in congressional testimony as a major conduit of Wahhabist teaching. Yet Dr. Kavakci tells The Dallas Morning News he rejects Wahhabist teaching. Something doesn’t add up.
So Kavakci's radicalism has not been a secret--particularly in the Dallas area.
Robert Spencer asks the same question:
First was Imam Husham Al-Husainy, who prayed against “oppression and occupation” at a Democratic National Committee winter meeting. And now Imam Yusuf Kavakci of the Dallas Central Mosque has offered a prayer very similar to Al-Husainy’s in the Texas State Senate. Kavakci was there at the invitation of Republican State Senator Florence Shapiro, the senior Jewish member of the State Senate. Kavakci first told the assembly: “We will pray by reading from first chapter, opening chapter, Al-Fatiha, from holy Quran, followed by recitation, traditional way of recitation of text from holy Quran, with an addition.” Then he recited the Fatiha, which is the most common prayer in Islam: “In the name of god, Allah, the beneficent, the merciful. All praise is for Allah, our lord, the lord of the worlds, the compassionate, the merciful, master of the day of judgments. Oh, god, Allah, you alone we worship, and you alone we call on for help. Oh, Allah, guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom you have favored, not of those who have earned your wrath or of those who have lost the way.” And he added: “Our lord, have mercy on us from yourself and guide us in our efforts, strivings, and works.”
The traditional Islamic understanding of this is that the “straight path” is Islam -- cf. Islamic apologist John Esposito’s book Islam: The Straight Path. The path of those who have earned Allah’s anger are the Jews, and those who have gone astray are the Christians.
Al Qaeda Behind Abbas Assassination Plot?
We've written extensively about al Qaeda's presence in Gaza, so the story as outlined today in WND is plausible.
The officials, associated with Fatah, told WND assassination attempts against Abbas – including explosives planted in January along the route of his motorcade and reportedly intended for detonation while he was on its way to a meeting in Gaza and explosives found buried near his Gaza residence – were attributed to al-Qaida cells in the Gaza Strip and to groups in Gaza working on behalf of the global jihad organization.As if Hamas wasn't also part of that global jihad organization....
Hat tip: Robert Spencer
Why no Timetable in Afghanistan?
Australia to double its force in Afghanistan.
The article says that the "Taleban insurgency shows no sign of weakening."
Question: With a resurgent Taliban and the long-term prospects of a unified, stable, and democratic Afghanistan looking just about as likely as in Iraq, how come Nanci Pelosi and company aren't demanding a timetable for withdrawal there?
Thanks to Fred Fry for the e-mail.
Fierce Fighting in Baghdad
Omar, blogging from Baghdad, reports that heavy clashes have broken out. Helicopters and F-18s part of the fight. He also says that Muqtada al Sadr's 'million man march' had a far smaller turnout than expected:
Speaking of the Sadrists' pitiful demonstrations. His aides were hoping to gather a million marchers for yesterday but all they could manage were less than ten thousands, that's even when they bussed people from Baghdad and Basra.
The Arabic-speaking al-Alam Iranian channel claims the number was "hundreds of thousands" but that's just al-Alam, other channels and the footage we saw all put the number between 5 and 10 thousand.
I had personally been to a demonstration of 10 thousands once and what I saw yesterday was definitely smaller.
Free Lifetime Blog Accounts
Friends of The Jawa Report are cordially invited to beta test a new blogging product called mee.nu. As an incentive, beta testers get a lifetime free account; no ads, just you and your blog and the open road. I have 10 beta tester keys to hand out to those that want one.
UPDATE: Ooops, forgot to tell you to e-mail me if you want one: mypetjawa-at-gmail-dot-com
Misha: Where's MY Fatwa?
I must admit that this is a really good question. If they think we're hard on jihadis, they had better get their heads out out of the camel's tucose.
Maybe the throat-slitting Islamist tumblef*cks in dirty nightshirts should stop over to the Imperial HQ and see what the Emperor is offering them today:
There you have it. Your Prophet of Pedophilia with a bomb in his turban stuck in the arse of a hog, with your most sacred moon god’s name in Arabic superimposed over its balls. Pay particular attention to how the curves of Allah’s name caress the testicles of that filthy pig, not to mention how the head of MoHamHead is being squeezed out of its most unsacred bowels.Now that's fatwa-worthy.
Freedom Journal Iraq #622
• Iraqi Police Grow
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Freedom Journal Iraq #622
Yahoo Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #622
Google Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #622
An Idea I've been kicking around is that TV stations agree to do a certain amount of public service programming as part of their license requirements. Why not give public service credits to stations for running Freedom Journal Iraq segments and OIF Today? More programming is needed but that would be a nice start.
One thing I think we can all agree on, we are doing a piss poor job of getting our message out making sure it is heard above the voices of our enemy. Aen whn I say our enemy I mean the enemy of all of us, US Iraqi, Afghan, Christian, Shia and Sunni. All suffer under those who use terror to seek more power.
Six Yemeni Suicide Bombers in Route to Iraq
Within the last week, six young men left from Aden governorate, Maalla district, Yemen, in transit to Iraq as suicide bombers, a reliable source indicated to the Jawa Report.
Over the last two years, many youth in Aden have traveled to Iraq to participate in suicide bombings targeting American and Iraqi forces and civilian targets. A Yemeni newspaper recently counted 1283 jihaddists who made the trek to Iraq, mostly in 2006. Some estimates are as high as 2000. All the men were young, many were teen-agers and most were unemployed.
The six were subject to "intense mental pressure", the source reported. They had been brainwashed for an extended period of time. Most Yemeni fighters go to Syria as the first stop en route to Iraq. Multiple sources report that "influential persons" in Yemen provide the training, money and passports for the suicide bombers. US officials have estimated that 90% of suicide bombers in Iraq are foreigners, and the vast majority of those are from Yemen and North Africa.
The Yemeni regime has taken several measures to stem the flow of combatants to Iraq. One measure transferred control of airports from the Political Security Organization to the National Security Organization. Another prohibited men under 35 years of age from traveling to Syria or Jordan without special permission. However these adjustments had little impact on the number of Yemeni terrorists exiting the country. Many of Yemen's counter terror strategies are more spin than substance.
April 09, 2007
Rusty Gets a Fatwa, Death Threat
Did I finally get my fatwa? I feel so...so...vindicated.
A radical Muslim website has issued a fatwa against me, Rusty Shackleford, editor-in-chief of The Jawa Report. How do I know it's a radical Muslim's website? I'd say the name of the blog, Radical Muslim was the giveaway (pop-up alert: link uses anonymouse for your protection---slow, but worth it).
The fatwa claims it wants our website "peacefully shut down and no longer permitted to exist". But by "peacefully", of course, the website means "kill any one who blasphemes".
How do we know this? Because in his explanation of this fatwa against me he quotes the fatwa against NJOW I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY.
"The author of The Satanic Verses, a text written, edited, and published against Islam, against the Prophet of Islam, and against the Koran, along with all the editors and publishers aware of its contents, are condemned to capital punishment. I call on all valiant Muslims wherever they may be in the world to execute this sentence without delay, so that no one henceforth will dare insult the sacred beliefs of the Muslims."That's some peaceful and tolerant religion you got there. Of course, he tries to disclaim this by saying he's just explaining what fatwas are in general. That fatwas are religious edicts, but that only some fatwas call for the death penalty.
What Muslims reading this, though, would understand immediately is that the penalty for blasphemy and slandering Islam under Islamic law is death. And 'radical Muslims', whether they be Shia Khommeinists or Sunni Salafists, would immediately understand this as a call for my death.
In his explanation of why we should be shut down, he makes the claim that this website is "Islamophobic" and that sites like ours 'slander Islam'. A charge which is completely without merit. Unless, of course, by "Islamophobic" the author, Jamaal, thinks that any one who criticizes terrorists, their enablers, or fascists bent on setting up states run by Islamsts such as himself are "Islamophobes". I know dozens and dozens of Muslims who faithfully practice their religion and would agree with nearly 100% of my political agenda. Are these Muslims also 'Islamophobes'?
That agenda consists of nothing more than the promotion of secular liberal values. Values such as freedom of conscience and religion. The freedom to praise or criticize Mohammed, or Buddha, or Jesus, or whoever. The freedom to join or leave any religion. The freedom to read a Koran or burn a Bible.
If that is 'hate' or some kind of 'phobia', then consider me guilty as charged. I hate the Islamist agenda of the Talibanizing of the West. I am, indeed, phobic about Salafist intentions on banning the conversion of Muslims to Hinduism. And I really do think people who support terrorist organizations, such as Hamas or The Islamic State of Iraq (al Qaeda front group) are dangerous.
The specific charge was that we were instrumental in getting the editor of al Jazeerah.info, a professor of sociology at Dalton State College, to stop his publication--an overtly pro-terror website. Alas, this charge is also true. I'm not sure exactly how that is 'Islamophobia', but for the 'radical Muslim' I'm guessing that anyone, like me, who opposes groups listed by the State Department as terrorist organizations, such as The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, is an 'Islamophobe' by definition.
I have to say, though, that I'm a bit flattered by Jamaal's death fatwa. Long time readers know, that its been a goal of mine to get myself one. Not just a death threat from a Muslim, I have loads of those, but an official fatwa. I would consider myself lucky to be included in the ranks of Salman Rushdie, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, or Wafa Sultan--all alleged "blasphemers" and critics of sharia and the traditional understanding of the sunna (example of Muhammed).
I'm also flattered that he decided to name his list of targets "fatwa worthy" in an apparent ironic homage to my own "fatwa worthy" list of links to the right [which seem to be down right now due to a problem at blogrolling]. Of course, irony means something like the use of words other than their literal intentions. So, when I say Charles Johnson's LGF, Ed Morrissey's CQ, Michelle Malkine's Hot Air, or Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch are 'fatwa worthy', I'm being ironic. When he attempts irony, it falls flat. He really means that the links, like mine, are literally 'fatwa worthy'. Nice try. Moron.
Which kind of makes me suspect that Jamal is just some unemployed teenager with too much caffeine in his bloodstream and not enough real spice in his life. Maybe he doesn't have the authority to issue such a fatwa? Bummer.
I also notice that "Radical Muslim" Jamaal claims to live in London. Where the picture above right was taken at rally against some others accused of blaspheming Mohammed. Do we have another Bakri Mohammed follower here? That would explain a lot.
Oh, and last time I checked, death threats were illegal. Even in London.
We're watching you Jamaal. You, and all your 'radical Muslim' friends.
UPDATE: Looks like a lot of others are starting to notice this.
My guess is that Jamaal found all of those sites by clicking through my own 'fatwa worthy' blogroll and then surfing around from there. Jamaal gives no reason why they're on the list, only The Jawa Report is singled out in the post explaining what the 'fatwa worthy' list is. I'm also happy to say that you'll notice one of our cobloggers, Vicki from Not Ready for my Burqua, is also on the list.
French Hostage in Afghanistan: Eric Damfreville
A French aid worker named Eric Damfreville is being held hostage by the Taliban. Another French aid worker only identified as Salma is also being held hostage.
These hostages have families and friends. Please do not forget them. The media has. They have names. We are the only news outlet in the world that has named Eric Damfreville. I have no idea why.
Damfreville is a humanitarian, a child welfare activist, an educator, and a blogger. He was in rural Afghanistan educating and helping children recover from 20 years of war. Do not forget him.
His name is Eric Damfreville. His name is Eric Damfreville.
With the Taliban beheading hostage Adjmal Nakshbandi, and threatening the same to an Afghan hostage identified as Dr. Khalilullah, it is important to recognize the barbarity of the enemy we fight and never to forget the innocent who they deliberately murder.
Video: Should John Walker Lindh's Sentence Be Reduced?
Recently, the parents of convicted Taliban supporter John Walker Lindh have been engaged in a media campaign to have their son's sentence reduced. This was prompted by the lenient sentence imposed upon Australian David hicks, who will reportedly be free in another nine months.
Lindh's parents have been interviewed by several news outlets over the past week, and it seems their intent is to capitalize on the new national 'mood', now that several years have passed since the 9/11 attacks. They seek to build media momentum in order to force the issue to the president's desk, where they hope George W. Bush's 'capacity for compassion' will prevail.
It is understandable that Lindh's family would do whatever is possible to protect their son. However, the news media has no such motive, and I suspect their agenda is somewhat less wholesome.
Regardless, John Walker Lindh betrayed his country, took up arms in the name of the Taliban and supported those who seek America's destruction.
My response to the Lindh family media campaign is below the fold.
The views expressed in this video are my own, and do not necessarily reflect those of The Jawa Report.
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Good News from Iraq: April 8
Good News Iraq Weekly Report 8 April-
Lieutenant Jarred Fishman, USAFR
1) Baghdad curfew eased as surge scores successes
1B) US nabs top al-Qaeda militant
2) First Iraqi Water Bottling Company Opens in Sulamaniyah
3) US and Iraqi forces battles Al Mahdi militia in Iraqi city
4) Senior Iraqi Cleric Dismisses Talk of Civil War
5) Anbar Salvation Council continues to fight Al Qaeda
6) New units of Iraqi Army Move into Baghdad from Kurdistan
7) Iraqi Sunni Conference Held in Amman Calls for stopping Bloodshed
8) John McCain, "The War You Are Not Reading About"
9) ABC News Video Report of Progress in Baghdad
10) Meet Iraq's Most Important Man
11) Signs of Progress under General Petraeus
12) Rep. Mike Pence reports on progress in Iraq
13) US air strike destroys explosives factory
14) Spartan Chassis' expertise helps keep soldiers safe
15) Iraq Report: Kirkuk, DeBathification and around Iraq
16) General Petraeus Goes to Market
17) ANBAR DISPATCH: Iraq's Real 'Civil War'
18) Iraqi Police Graduates Key to the Future
19) Iraq extends new security drive
20) Latest in Baghdad: More heavy Armor on the Streets
21) AIR STRIKE DESTROYS EXPLOSIVES FACTORIES IN ARAB JABOUR
22) New Iraqi Army Divisions being created- Fourth Rail blog
23) General Caldwell talks with Bloggers: “Progress being made”
24) U.S. Airmen Help Iraqi Air Force Fly
25) US, Iraqi forces sweep into Shiite city south of Baghdad before dawn
1) Baghdad curfew eased as surge scores successes http://washingtontimes.com/functions/print.php?StoryID=20070404-121156-4055r Sharon Behn THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published April 4, 2007 BAGHDAD –
American and Iraqi soldiers yesterday killed six terrorists and captured another 41 insurgents and death-squad suspects in operations in Baghdad and outside Fallujah, military officials said. The raids were part of the ongoing enormous effort by U.S. and Iraqi security forces to break the backs of the various armed groups warring in Iraq. The Iraqi government cited the success of that operation yesterday in announcing that the nightly curfew will be pushed back by two hours. In Baghdad, a U.S. Stryker battalion and an Iraqi battalion fanned out in east Mansour, an area of the city where Shi'ite death squads have been forcing Sunni families out of their homes and replacing them with followers of Muqtada al-Sadr's radical militia. Directed by Iraqi and American intelligence sources, the soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment of the Stryker Brigade Combat Team raided houses overnight, capturing nine members of what they said was a known death-squad cell. "We think they are responsible for the deaths of 22 Sunnis in this area, as well as [rocket-propelled grenade] and small-arms attacks," said an intelligence officer involved in the operation who spoke on the condition of anonymity. In separate operations, coalition forces killed six al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists and captured 13 other "facilitators" yesterday morning south of Fallujah and in al Qaim, on the border with Syria, the U.S. military said. The men arrested in Baghdad were swiftly flex-cuffed, blindfolded and hauled off to one of the city's detention centers, where they sat with their backs against a wall waiting to be screened by U.S. medical personnel. One man came in whimpering and limping on the arms of two American soldiers, his arm and leg bandaged after trying to escape the raid by jumping over several walls. Altogether, 28 detainees were brought into the holding center from raids across Baghdad. The raids were part of the stepped-up U.S. security presence in Baghdad, but the significance is hard to judge. Although the military actions yesterday interrupted one death squad, the intelligence officer said, the long-term impact could be determined only by "going back to the neighbors and asking them if they feel safer now." Iraqis say several neighborhoods have improved since the security plan went into operation almost eight weeks ago, an appraisal reflected in pushing back the start of the nightly curfew to 10 p.m. Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, the spokesman for the Baghdad security operation, said the decision was made "because the security situation has improved and people needed more time to go shopping." However, residents of other neighborhoods say they are seeing a return to sectarian executions.A father of two girls said he was moving out of his area after he and his family listened from their house as a teenage neighbor pleaded in the street for a Shi'ite death squad to spare his father's life. They killed him anyway. "The Shi'ite militia are making trouble," said Hassan, who asked that his full name not be used. "They are idiots, stupid." After almost four years of war and a week of finding corpses outside his door, Hassan said, he has to move. American forces, such as the Stryker brigades operating across the capital and in Diyala province, are working 12- to 14-hour days to clear both Sunni and Shi'ite neighborhoods block by block and house by house. They also are trying to work side by side with the Iraqi army and police in order for them to establish trust among the local population. He thinks progress has been made. "Even coming to an agreement to not kill each other is a step in a positive direction; it has happened in some neighborhoods," he said. Layla, a Kurdish woman who lives in Baghdad, said shops were beginning to reopen on the shell-pocked main street of her neighborhood, which once bustled with juice stands, coffee shops, hamburger restaurants and small kitchenware stores. "They attacked [the Zayoona neighborhood] several times in the last three or four months, but now people feel safe enough to open their stores," she said. It is "not exactly" safe to go to the market, she said. "You don't know who is going to kill you, or kidnap you." While most Iraqis are withholding judgment on the security surge, a cross-section of women and men said the U.S. military was the only thing preventing complete chaos. "If they retreat and leave everything to the Iraqis, at that time the civil war in Iraq will start," Hassan said.
1B) US nabs top al-Qaeda militant http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_2095438,00.html
April 8, 2007 10:40 - (Agence France Presse) Baghdad - US forces captured a leading al-Qaeda militant on Sunday whom they hold responsible for a wave of deadly car bombings in the capital, the military said in a statement. It did not name the suspect but said he was a close aide of al-Qaeda's Baghdad commander. A US military spokesperson told AFP the captured militant acted as a point man for the al-Qaeda commander. He was a "gatekeeper, somebody through whom you needed to go to meet the leader," he said. The military statement said the captured militant had ties to several senior al-Qaeda figures and was suspected of involvement in a series of deadly vehicle bombings in the capital. It said he was detained along with two other known al-Qaeda militants
2) First Iraqi Water Bottling Company Opens in Sulamaniyah http://www.moderaterisk.net/2007/04/robot_video_from_iraq.php Salar Fakhri. Refugee, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Iraqi Kurd. Working to make a future in Iraq. We got in touch with our fixer and he arranged things so that a few days after noticing the imprint, we were standing next to the machine making them and the man who got things working in Iraq, Salar Fakhri. The factory Salar built was unremarkable to me at first because everything seemed perfectly in order. Then I remembered that my personal standard for factories is my experience at Intel circuit board and computer production plants in Oregon. Salar has brought high technology standards to Iraq. People moved around the machinery in lab smocks taking care to keep the line moving smoothly. There was no yelling over the equipment noise, no frantic action to avert disaster at the last minute, no hint of grime on the equipment, and nothing to suggest that this was anything but a modern industrial plant. Salar was open in sharing his story with us on video. One of the many Kurdish refugees from the 1976 Saddam-Shah-Kissinger diaspora, he found a home in the United Kingdom where he pursued his engineering studies. He found work in a variety of computer engineering positions including Apple. When it became apparent in late 2002 that this President Bush was serious about getting rid of Saddam for good, Salar decided to commit to making Iraq work. Noting the critical shortage of bottled water production capacity in his old homeland, he decided to become an expert in the field. The rapid pace of the high technology world produces people who can learn new skills with incredible speed, and before long Salar had a clear idea of what would produce the most competitive product. Then began a four year odyssey to get a factory up and running with his life savings. Transportation of the first equipment load to Iraq went smoothly from Aqabah, Jordan up to Iraqi Kurdistan, but then bandits and terrorists closed that route. The second load waited on the dock for several months before coming in from Turkey. With all the equipment in place, struggling with the local government for a place to set up the factory took years of delays. Eventually, an abandoned Pepsi plant was made available. After that, the problem of getting the Taiwanese engineers to come to Iraq was the roadblock. It was difficult to convince the engineers that the Kurdistan region was the safe part of Iraq. Then power availability dropped to two hours a day while fuel prices for the generator skyrocketed. Next came training people with no manufacturing experience how to operate precision machinery in extreme aseptic conditions and instill in them a genuine appreciation of quality production. With production underway, actually selling the water in competition with Iranian product that does not face any quality standards for importation or sale. Teaching Iraqi consumers about the importance of quality water is Salar's next challenge. Video of the Plant in operation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXrYFq_XCb0&eurl=
3) US and Iraqi forces battles Al Mahdi militia in Iraqi city http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6535591.stm April 7 BBC NEWS
US and Iraqi troops have been engaged in a second day of fierce fighting with Shia militias they are trying to oust from the central city of Diwaniya. The fighting is part of an operation to extend the recent security drive beyond Baghdad to other parts of the country. Jets and tanks have been supporting ground troops in the offensive against militiamen loyal to radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. 'Terrorising residents' US and Iraqi forces launched Operation Black Eagle at dawn on Friday on Diwaniya, 180km (110 miles) south of Baghdad. A curfew was imposed and leaflets were dropped telling residents not to go out. At least one fixed-wing air strike has supported tanks and troops engaged in close-quarter fighting, with militias responding with rocket-propelled grenades. US military spokesman Lt-Col Scott Bleichwehl said one person was killed in the air strike on a hostile target "initiated by a tip that was called in by a local citizen". Col Michael Garrett of the 4th Brigade Combat Team said three US soldiers had been injured so far in the clashes and that two Humvees had been destroyed. Iraqi sources reported fighting in Salim Street and the southern districts of Nahda and Wahda. Up to 30,000 new US troops have been assigned to Iraq for the security crackdown on militias, which began two months ago. Diwaniya has seen many clashes between militias and security forces over the past year. BBC world affairs correspondent Jonathan Charles in Baghdad says the US now believes Moqtada al-Sadr is a bigger threat to the stability of Iraq than Sunni insurgents. Our correspondent says Moqtada al-Sadr's men are accused of terrorising residents in Diwaniya, killing many, including women who are said to have offended their interpretation of Islamic morality. The US is also making it clear that this will not be the last city to see such action, he says.
4) Senior Iraqi Cleric Dismisses Talk of Civil War (This is an IRANIAN news story!) http://www.farsnews.com/English/newstext.php?nn=8601180271
TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Friday Prayers leader of the Iraqi city of Najaf here in Tehran on Friday stressed that there exists no civil war in his country and that the present unrests are originated and led from outside Iraq. Addressing Tehran's international conference on Islamic Unity, Sadroddin Ghabanchi said that unity, independence and free political system set his country's political principles, and reminded, "A 35-year-old dictatorship has been toppled down in Iraq and this is a great development that has taken place in Iraq and the entire region." "Everyone should know that this development has some requirements. The goal is replacement of the former autocracy with a liberal system. We want all Iraqi peoples and tribes to have a share in Iraq's political system. We have even asked those who we believed did not seek Iraq's interests to come and cooperate in the establishment of the new political system in our country," he continued. The cleric underlined that no civil war has occurred in Iraq, "rather a number of Takfiri groups, which have been imposed on us from outside, have come into harmony with the Ba'thist groups and kill Iraqi Shiites and Sunnites." Dismissing the reports promulgated by satellite news channels about the critical and worrying conditions in Iraq, he underscored, "… therefore, we do not worry about Iraq's conditions, because there exists no domestic war in Iraq except for the activities of the alien Takfiri groups." He further underscored that the Iraqi nation is asking for the free presence of all groups on the country's political scene. Elsewhere, the Iraqi cleric said, "It will be impossible for the occupying troops to stay in Iraq for a long time, neither our religion, nor our patriotism allow this to happen. We are approaching the final days of occupation. Efforts are being made to procrastinate deployment of occupying troops in Iraq, but the said efforts and moves will be faced with the firm determination of the Iraqi nation." "The same way we toppled down Saddam Hussein, we are striving to cement our unity," he said, mentioning that execution of Saddam took place as a result of national resolve and not in compliance with the will and aspiration of a specific group in Iraq." He further lashed out at those satellite channels which started mourning for Saddam Hussein after his execution, reminding that Saddam was the person who massacred thousands of Iranians, Kuwaitis and Iraqis.
5) Anbar Salvation Council continues to fight Al Qaeda
6) New units of Iraqi Army Move into Baghdad from Kurdistan http://www.alsabaah.com/paper.php?source=akbar&mlf=interpage&sid=40124
Al Sabaah Newspaper: Baghdad, April 7. page 1. Al Sabah Newspaper: Sources at Iraqi Army Headquarters revealed that new units of 3rd battalion, 2nd brigade, headed for Baghdad to participate at enforcement of law (Fardh Al Qanoun) plan. The source showed that the force moved from Kirkuk would work beside existent forces in the capital which contained brigades of Arbil and Sulaimania which include 2000 soldiers, deployed among four areas in Baghdad.
7) Iraqi Sunni Conference Held in Amman Calls for stopping Bloodshed http://www.alsabaah.com/paper.php?source=akbar&mlf=copy&sid=40117
Baghdad, Amman, Al-Sabah, April 7, P4 Several observers for Iraqi affairs have noted that the recommendations which the 5th Sunni Endowment Conference reached in Amman on April 5 will contribute in alleviating the sectarian congestion as well as prevailing the medial balanced conceptions. In statements to as-Sabah newspaper, the observers indicated that the calls which had been the conference reached to such as discarding the sectarian and ethnic disputes as well as condemning the illegal practices targeting innocents and preventing infidelity are meeting with what the government is seeking to implement through the law enforcement plan in order to prevail stability in Iraq and the various national reconciliation projects.
8) The War You Are Not Reading About
By John McCain Sunday, April 8, 2007; Page B07 Washington Post
I just returned from my fifth visit to Iraq since 2003 -- and my first since Gen. David Petraeus's new strategy has started taking effect. For the first time, our delegation was able to drive, not use helicopters, from the airport to downtown Baghdad. For the first time, we met with Sunni tribal leaders in Anbar province who are working with American and Iraqi forces to combat al-Qaeda. For the first time, we visited Iraqi and American forces deployed in a joint security station in Baghdad -- an integral part of the new strategy. We held a news conference to discuss what we saw: positive signs, underreported in the United States, that are reason for cautious optimism.I observed that our delegation "stopped at a local market, where we spent well over an hour, shopping and talking with the local people, getting their views and ideas about different issues of the day." Markets in Baghdad have faced devastating terrorist attacks. A car bombing at Shorja in February, for example, killed 137 people. Today the market still faces occasional sniper attacks, but it is safer than it used to be. One innovation of the new strategy is closing markets to vehicles, thereby precluding car bombs that kill so many and garner so much media attention. Petraeus understandably wanted us to see this development. I went to Iraq to gain a firsthand view of the progress in this difficult war, not to celebrate any victories. No one has been more critical of sunny progress reports that defied realities in Iraq. In 2003, after my first visit, I argued for more troops to provide the security necessary for political development. I disagreed with statements characterizing the insurgency as a "few dead-enders" or being in its "last throes." I repeatedly criticized the previous search-and-destroy strategy and argued for a counterinsurgency approach: separating the reconcilable population from the irreconcilable and creating enough security to facilitate the political and economic solutions that are the only way to defeat insurgents. This is exactly the course that Petraeus and the brave men and women of the American military are pursuing. The new political-military strategy is beginning to show results. But most Americans are not aware because much of the media are not reporting it or devote far more attention to car bombs and mortar attacks that reveal little about the strategic direction of the war. I am not saying that bad news should not be reported or that horrific terrorist attacks are not newsworthy. But news coverage should also include evidence of progress. Whether Americans choose to support or oppose our efforts in Iraq, I hope they could make their decision based on as complete a picture of the situation in Iraq as is possible to report. A few examples:· Sunni sheikhs in Anbar are now fighting al-Qaeda. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited Anbar's capital, Ramadi, to meet with Sunni tribal leaders. The newly proposed de-Baathification legislation grew out of that meeting. Police recruitment in Ramadi has increased dramatically over the past four months.· More than 50 joint U.S.-Iraqi stations have been established in Baghdad. Regular patrols establish connections with the surrounding neighborhood, resulting in a significant increase in security and actionable intelligence.· Extremist Shiite militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr is in hiding, his followers are not contesting American forces, sectarian violence has dropped in Baghdad and we are working with the Shiite mayor of Sadr City.· Iraqi army and police forces are increasingly fighting on their own and with American forces, and their size and capability are growing. Iraqi army and police casualties have increased because they are fighting more.Despite these welcome developments, we should have no illusions. This progress is not determinative. It is simply encouraging. We have a long, tough road ahead in Iraq. But for the first time since 2003, we have the right strategy. In Petraeus, we have a military professional who literally wrote the book on fighting this kind of war. And we will have the right mix and number of forces.There is no guarantee that we will succeed, but we must try. As every sensible observer has concluded, the consequences of failure in Iraq are so grave and so threatening for the region, and to the security of the United States, that to refuse to give Petraeus's plan a chance to succeed would constitute a tragic failure of American resolve. I hope those who cite the Iraq Study Group's conclusions note that James Baker wrote on this page last week that we must have bipartisan support for giving the new strategy time to succeed. This is not a moment for partisan gamesmanship or for one-sided reporting. The stakes are just too high.
9) ABC News Video Report of Progress in Baghdad http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=3001578 video from ABC positive signs of surge
10) Meet Iraq's Most Important Man BY ELI LAKE New York Sun
April 3, 2007 URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/51693 The most important man in Iraq is someone of whom most Americans have never heard. He is not the general, David Patraeus, whom President Bush sent to Baghdad to win the war his wise men said could not be won. He is not Prime Minister Maliki, whose commitment to a unified Iraq Mr. Bush's national security adviser questioned in a leaked memo last winter. Nor is he the ethnic cleansing cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who has not shown his head in Baghdad since February. Meet Abdul Sattar al-Rishawi, the Sheikh who leads the Anbar Salvation Front. The front, a model now being emulated in Diyala and other provinces, could — if it works —win the war. It is an affiliation of 42 local tribal chiefs dedicated to expelling al-Qaeda from Iraq. As opposed to the other Sunni Iraqi leaders, who spent the last four years trying to broker deals between the Americans and the less pious terrorists devoted to destroying any government that failed to reflect the Ba'athist fiction that Sunni Arabs are a majority in Iraq, the Anbar Salvation Front is coordinating its counter-terrorism with both the Marines and the elected government.Mr. al-Rishawi agreed this month to participate in a counter-terrorism task force after Mr. Maliki personally paid him a visit in Ramadi. He also pledged allegiance to the Shiite led government and the office of the prime minister.One officer correspondent tells me that if elections were held this week in Anbar, the salvation front would sweep out the current lot representing the citizens of Fallujah and Ramadi. That's a good thing, considering that two of these legislators last year, Khalaf al-Ayan and Saleh Mutlaq, allegedly approached the Central Intelligence Agency about mounting a coup to topple the government.Part of Mr. al-Rishawi's appeal is that he has lost most of his family to al-Qaeda. This has been written about in a careful February 27 dispatch from of William Roggio, which is accessible at http://billroggio.com/archives/2007/02/alqaeda_on_sunni_vio.php. Like the non-sectarian legislator, Mithal al Alusi, who lost his two sons in 2005, the threats and attacks on Mr. al-Rishawi's family appears to have made the sheikh only more determined to rescue his country from these saboteurs.As he told the AP's Todd Pittman on March 25, "I was always against these terrorists . . . They brainwashed people into thinking Americans were against them. They said foreigners wanted to occupy our land and destroy our mosques. They told us, ‘We'll wage a jihad. We'll help you defeat them.'"The strategic significance of a Sunni Arab leader saying these words cannot be overestimated. Anbar Province was a home base for al-Qaeda before General Patraeus arrived in Baghdad. While the suicide bombs have not yet halted, the new salvation front has forced the terrorists to regroup in nearby Diyala province. If Mr. al-Rishawi can emulate what he did in Anbar to Diyala, no easy feat, al-Qaeda will find it has few friends left among the confessional constituency it claims to represent.To most Democrats, Mr. al-Rishawi should not exist. We have, according to this crowd, lost our chance to persuade the Iraqi people that we can protect them. Thus we have no choice but to betray them to those forces who are already there, whether they are the house to house executioners of the Iranian-inspired Mahdi Army or the recruiters of adolescent truck-bombers of al-Qaeda. The genie is out of the bottle.For a while, it looked like the second-guessers were correct. The words of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, slow to recognize there was even an insurgency, rang ever more hollow as the corpses of politicians, civilians and soldiers mounted. As honest critics and proponents of the war have to admit today, much of the sectarian division of Iraq has already happened.But in the logic of the withdraw-and-betray caucus, the dissolution of Iraq is solely the fault of the Americans, the invaders. But many forces have invaded and infiltrated Iraq, and unlike American soldiers, are interested only in prolonging the fratricide and insuring the country's dissolution.Mr. al-Rishawi's enemies in Anbar have benefited from a global network whose spiritual and tactical leaders reside in Waziristan, Pakistan. They receive cash from dummy bank accounts in allied capitals like Amman, Jordan.Hundreds of volunteer "martyrs" are, before they infiltrate Iraq, indoctrinated in camps just over the border in Syria. An Egyptian satellite provider, Nilesat, is the primary carrier for al-Zawraa, the station that only until five weeks ago was broadcasting the propaganda of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Cash and weapons for both sides of this war have been provided by Iran's Quds Force and Revolutionary Guard.This is not to say that Mr. al-Rishawi is not fighting Iraqis in Anbar. Rather it is to recognize that those Iraqis he seeks to destroy are fighting for the agenda of foreign powers. Too bad the reality-based community here can't see that for itself.
11) Signs of Progress under General Petraeus
RE: Petraeus Talks to Op-For Blog [W. Thomas Smith Jr.] http://tank.nationalreview.com/ “I have always had every confidence in Gen. Petraeus. Still do. Remember, this guy literally wrote the book on counterinsurgency.So aside from all the complexities of fighting and putting down an insurgency, what is he doing different from General Casey? One thing is Petraeus's approach to a given area of responsibility. Previously, Casey's subordinate commanders would move their forces in, kill, capture, or run the bad guys out; bring in some infrastructure for the community; and then leave. And the bad guys would come back.Petraeus's approach is to do all those things, but never completely leave. His commanders are responsible for ensuring their areas of responsibility are progressing. And U.S. soldiers are staying. In Sadr City for instance — as dangerous as it is — U.S. soldiers are literally living there, bunking side-by-side with their Iraqi counterparts.These things take time. And being here I can see that you have to look through a lot of nastiness and daily setbacks to see the progress. But make no mistake, the progress is here. And I believe it is taking root, though it is a daily struggle against those who are trying to uproot it.”
12) Rep. Mike Pence reports on progress in Iraq April 3, 2007
I reported to Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday morning to begin my fifth journey to the war in Iraq. Let me say at the outset of this account, we have a long way to go in Iraq. There is tough, difficult work ahead. But let me also say, with conviction that we are making progress on the ground in Baghdad and Ramadi, and I believe there is reason for cautious optimism about the President’s surge. Despite all you see and hear in the media, as I saw on the faces of hundreds of ordinary Iraqis on the streets of Baghdad, there is a springtime of hope beginning in Iraq. On my first trip to the region, I traveled with the Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert. I have led several trips with other members of Congress. This trip would be at the side of the most stalwart voices in Congress supporting the war in Iraq, Senator John McCain. Sheikh Sattar greeted him in Ramadi with the words, “we know of you and know of your proud family of warriors and we respect you.” It was an extraordinary privilege for this small-town boy to travel with this national figure for his first visit to Iraq since the surge began. This would be a journey of firsts.Our delegation included Senator McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi. We flew over in a Gulfstream 5 Air Force jet and spent the many hours in planning sessions and rest in anticipation of two full days in Iraq. Arriving in Kuwait, we boarded a KC-130 cargo plane and flew to Baghdad. From the moment of our arrival, I could sense that things were different in Baghdad. General David Petraeus met us at the airport, and, instead of boarding helicopters to the Green Zone, we boarded vehicles and drove into town. I hadn’t done this since my first trip several years ago. We usually took a helicopter downtown, but not this time. During our briefing we learned of the progress of the surge of U.S. and Iraqi forces into Baghdad. For the first time ever, U.S. and Iraqi forces have set up dozens of joint security stations throughout this city. They live at these stations and patrol from these stations together for weeks at a time. We learned that, while the fight is far from over, violence is down in large parts of Baghdad. Then we went and saw the progress for ourselves. We took a short helicopter ride across the river to a joint operating center in the heart of Baghdad. Below us we could see streets filled with cars, people bustling about their daily affairs…hardly the war zone that one expects to see from the majority of press coverage of the war. We saw a number of large, open-air markets teeming with shoppers. Thanks to the placement of barricades to prevent car bombs, the vendors and the buyers are returning to these markets. General Petraeus invited us to board a few humvees and do a little shopping ourselves. We pulled up to a bustling marketplace whose card tables, tents and shops lined either side of this street now closed to all but foot traffic. This was the site in February of a horrendous car bomb that killed more than 100 innocent Iraqis but with the barriers up, the people are back, We exited the vehicles and, along with a squad of military security, we spent more than an hour mixing and mingling with the locals. While we were instructed to leave our bulletproof vests on, General Petraeus took off his helmet and urged us to leave our helmets in the vehicles. Senator McCain threw himself into the crowd like he was in New Hampshire. I followed as he bought a ball cap, and haggled over rugs with a few Iraqi merchants. Before I left for Baghdad, my 12-year-old daughter asked me to buy her a souvenir and I had responded by reminding her gently that I was visiting Iraq and that wouldn’t be possible. As I stood on the street, I decided to come through after all. I bought my kids some rugs in Baghdad, Iraq. The merchant almost refused to take my money. He kept touching his heart and shaking his head no. His eyes, like so many others, radiated with affection and appreciation. He wanted to give me the rugs. I insisted that he accept my ten dollars and, happily, he relented. And so it went, up and down the street, in between tents and tables, squeezing past pedestrians to inspect the offerings in one booth after another, we milled around this marketplace in downtown Baghdad for more than an hour. I told reporters afterward that it was just like any open-air market in Indiana in the summertime. I didn’t mean that Baghdad was as safe as the Bargersville Flea Market; I just meant that that was what it looked and felt like…lots of people, lots of booths and a friendly relaxed atmosphere. We were the first group of American dignitaries ever to tour parts of Baghdad since the beginning of the war. While the fact that we were able to do so was remarkable, the people impacted me the most. When I am home in Indiana people who know I have been to Iraq often ask, “But do they appreciate what we’ve done?” That day, as we milled around this open-air market, I encountered nothing but warmth and friendship. Three little boys lined up just to shake my hand as I walked by, with their mother smiling nervously behind them. As we passed shop after shop, people waved, touched their hearts and expressed a greeting in Arabic and many just said “hello.” We paid our respects at the site of the February bombing and I breathed a prayer for the names listed on bed sheets fluttering in the wind. The scars on the buildings went up six stories on both sides of the street. It must’ve been a horrific explosion and yet, thanks to the security provided by U.S. and Iraqi forces, the people came back to the market. As we boarded our vehicles, I hoped for the day I might come back without a security detail, the day ordinary Americans could come to visit this fair city and receive the warmth and gratitude we experienced. As I dwelled on that thought, I noticed a young man standing by the curb wearing a baseball cap with the Indiana Pacers logo on it. I smiled to myself and felt hope for the first time in a long time and, with all my heart, I think many of the Iraqis I met are feeling hope as well.
While we dined with the Vice President of Iraq, Cabinet officials and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, as always, my meals with Indiana soldiers meant the most to me personally. We flew to Ramadi on Monday and, after meeting with U.S. and Iraqi military officials about the progress we are making across Al Anbar province, In Ramadi, I met again Chaplain Jim Russell of Anderson, Indiana, a stout and courageous man of faith who I have met here and at home several times. He asked me to pass along birthday wishes to his daughter Megan on Friday…she’ll be 14, just about the age of my oldest daughter. Wearing the uniform, a half a world away, missing his daughter’s birthday and no complaints. I told him I would take care of it.Then there was 2nd Lt. Walls, a medical officer from Evansville, Indiana. I told her I would be in Evansville next week and would try to give her folks a hug. She told me of the hard part of her job: “the kids.” Little children brought in, the victims of enemy car bombs and gunfire. She told how the clinic took in a newborn injured by insurgent violence but had no baby formula. She emailed her folks about it and, to no Hoosier’s surprise, the care packages of baby formula, diapers and toys descended on that clinic from Evansville like an avalanche. I love Indiana.I got so caught up getting a picture taken with these heroes in front of a Colts poster that I didn’t see our delegation leave When we arrived in Tikrit, I had dozens of Hoosiers waiting to chat in a conference room. All these brave men worked in support and logistics for the U.S. Army in Tikrit. A common theme there, as at lunch in Ramadi, was “the American people are not getting the whole story in the media.” I had one