June 30, 2007
MSM Replaces Term, Obvious Signs of Torture (updated/bumped)
The MSM has replaced the phrase, "obvious signs of torture" with "beheaded".
AP Via Yahoo News: BAGHDAD - Twenty beheaded bodies were discovered Thursday on the banks of the Tigris River southeast of Baghdad and a car bomb killed another 20 people in one of the capital's busy outdoor bus stations, police said.Several outlets have used the term beheaded this morning including NPR and WAPO.
The beheaded remains were found in the Sunni Muslim village of Um al-Abeed, near the city of Salman Pak, which lies 14 miles southeast of Baghdad.
The bodies — all men aged 20 to 40 — had their hands and legs bound, and some of the heads were found next to the bodies, two officers said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.
I'd praise them for finally doing so, except for the fact that they are about 3 years late.
What gives? Opinions?
Update 06/30/07: Whoa! Fake Alert! Interesting, a fake decapitation story. The terrorists in Iraq regularly claim to have beheaded people and I'm sure they still do at times. After all choppin off heads is second only to soccer as sport in the Arab world.
What really sucks is all those times people really were beheaded the MSM chose to say, "obvious signs of torture." The only time they actually used the word beheading was in a badly sourced, fake story.
I knew something was fishy abuot this. Just could not put my fingerin on it. Confederate Yankee has the story on the fake story.
The Associated Press, Reuters, and a small Iraqi Independent news agency called Voice of Iraq released stories Thursday about the massacre of 20 men near Salman Pak, who were supposedly found decapitated on the banks of the Tigris River.
But something seemed inherently wrong with the accounts I read from the Associated Press. The only two sources for the Associated Press article were anonymous police, not located in Salman Pak, but from Baghdad (more than dozen miles away) and Kut (more than 75 miles away).
Because of this odd sourcing, I asked Multi-National Corps-Iraq and the PAO liaison to the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior to investigate.
I published their preliminary findings as they came out in Bring Me The Head of Kim Gamel.
Video: Ghosts, Demon Children and Polergeists
File under "And now for something completely different."
This is a pretty freaky video. Many supernatural clips make it hard to discern what's happening, but these look real (I'm no expert, but some of this stuff seems hard to fake). It would likely be even better at 2:45 am in the dark. Sent chills up the spine on several occasions. Its a collection of clips of ghosts, poltergeist activity, alleged 'demonic' happenings and other creepy stuff. Watch at your own peril.
UPDATE: Upon further reflection and another viewing or two, it is entirely plausible that these are fake and made by people with a lot of time on their hands. If they're fake, however, they're pretty well done.
GET FREAKED OUT BELOW THE FOLD -->
More Imminent Terror Attacks Expected in UK
I've been chatting with Glen Jenvey about the failed London VBIED and the Glasgow attack and he forwards an e-mail from MI5. MI5 has raised the UK's terror alert level to "Critical". According to their website: "This means that an attack is expected imminently and indicates an extremely high level of threat to the UK."
Here is the e-mail from MI5 that was just forwarded to me.
The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has raised the UK's threat level from international terrorism from Severe to Critical. This means that the threat of a terrorist attack is considered to be imminent.Britain is in our prayers.
This decision has been made by JTAC based on the latest intelligence. JTAC, which operates independently of Ministers, brings together all the security and intelligence agencies in order to produce a joint assessment of the threat from international terrorism.
PS--I'm not terribly frightened for our British friends. Is it just me, or does this crew of al Qaeda wannabes seem even more dee-dee-dee than usual?
Video of Terror Attack at Glasgow Airport
Via Sky News:
Two people are being held after a burning Jeep was rammed through the terminal building at Glasgow airport. The incident is being treated as a terror attack, a nearby hospital has been evacuated, extra police are at other UK airports and the Prime Minister is chairing a Cobra emergency meeting.
As she arrived at the Cobra meeting, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith described the Glasgow incident as "serious".
The Jeep Cherokee was rammed into the terminal at 3.11pm this afternoon.
Witnesses reported hearing a series of loud "bangs" and saw two men - one of whom was on fire - emerge from the vehicle.
As holidaymakers ran screaming from the terminal, one member of the public managed to floor the man who was in flames.
The suspect was then arrested by police and taken to Paisley's Alexandra hospital, which has since been evacuated.
The second man was arrested and taken to Govan police station.
Flaming Car Driven into Glasgow Airport
Must be those damn rightwing Christians again. Perhaps even the Jooooos.
Someone get Larry Johnson on the phone - confirm that this is just a figment of the world's imagination and that there is no spoon.
June 29, 2007
New Hampshire FredHeads (UPDATED, BUMPED)
This from The Huffington Post:
FRED is in the building. The Wayfarer that is. Former Senator Fred Thompson makes his first Granite State visit on Thursday. Thompson will appear at a fundraiser for the NH Senate Republican Victory PAC. Senate Minority Leader Ted Gatsas got Thompson there by reaching out to volunteers working to draft Thompson. The Fredheads in New Hampshire are led by Steve Smith, who was NH Director, but is now "Head of the North Territory," which also includes New York, Connecticut, and Maryland...We're always looking for good heads. Should you be so inclined, you can Join FredHeads Here. If you're curious, you can learn more about the New Hampshire FredHeads here.
Asked about Thompson's appeal, Smith says you hear the full range of reasons. Foremost, Smith says, Thompson's been a consistent unapologetic conservative and not compromised on a lot of the big issues.
"They can't tell you why they're supporting him, that's the great part. They just look at all the other candidates and they look at him and they say, 'thats the guy,'" opines Smith. "After the debates in Manchester, Fred was on Hannity and Colmes afterwards and he can reach out and grab the person in the living room and get his point across."
Life Imitating South Park (Again)
Why We Went to War in Iraq
David Horowitz lays an incomparable smackdown on Algore and his assaults on fact, history and reason.
Read it all, and serve your favorite lib a nice helping of contemporary history regarding UN resolutions, violated treaties, and an distorted lies that Gore and his ilk have effectively convinced themselves of since the war began.
A Metaphor for the "Fairness Doctrine"
This little clip is what the Democrats really want for FOX News and talk radio.
Good thing it was smashed into little bits yesterday in the House 309-115. The threat to free speech and the First Amendment will return with a Democrat in the White House.
Sandcrawler PSA: Can We Panic Yet?
Are you in the UK? Have you seen any of these men?
Lamine Adam, 26, his brother Ibrahim, 20 and Cerie Bullivant, 24
If so report them immediately to the British Counter Terrorism Hotline at 0800 789 321.
These are three of the seven terrorist suspects who are fugitives in Britain after walking away from so called control orders. If anyone has images of the other four suspects, please email them to us and we'll post them here.
These missing men are being hidden and sheltered by someone. I seriously doubt they are attempting to leave Britain. They pose a serious threat to people and property.
I cannot stress enough the importance of recapturing these men. Today's attempted car bombing in London underlines how critical this issue has become. British laws designed to protect people from over-zealous prosecution by the state are putting people's lives in danger.
The seventh of the seventeen terror suspects under control orders escaped monitoring on the 22nd of June.
Via The Telegraph: The Government's system of control orders for monitoring terror suspects was further undermined today after it emerged that yet another has disappeared.The statement by British authorities that there is no intelligence about an imminent attack is obviously false. This story is one of several bits of info I have, some we cannot share at this time, that this is not the case.
In a statement to Parliament, the police minister, Tony McNulty, said the unidentified man, understood to be an Iraqi, had not been seen since Monday night.
He had been on the control order since November 2005. He is the seventh of 17 men supposedly being monitored under the controversial system to go on the run....
....The Home Office, which imposes control orders on the advice of the security service, refused to say whether he was one of six Iraqis arrested in 2005 in what was believed to be the final stages of a plot to explode car bombs in the UK.
The Home Secretary was forced by the courts to water down the conditions of their orders, which came close to house arrest.
I don't think these men are headed to Iraq, as some have speculated. I feel today's attempted car bombing confirms my suspicion that they now intend to execute their Jihad in the UK itself.
Update: I'm effing serious about this.
Update II: I'm not kidding, I swear.
British police have a "crystal clear" picture of the man who drove the bomb-rigged silver Mercedes outside a London nightclub, and officials tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com he bears "a close resemblance" to a man arrested by police in connection with another bomb plot but released for lack of evidence.Hot Air has more updates on today's attempted bombings here.
Update III: Yup. Toldya so....
Nightclubs across Britain were warned they could be terrorist targets just weeks before a double car bomb attack in London, The Times has learnt.Hat Tip: TMV
A 53-page document alerting businesses to the threat posed by VBIEDs — vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices — was issued by police...
Freedom Journal Iraq #679
This edition features stories on a Silver Star and Soldiers Medal ceremony honoring Soldiers, fire training, Camp Stryker Maintenance Company Mechanics and new incinerators for eliminating trash burning. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
Freedom Journal Iraq #679
Google Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #679
Is the Conservative Grassroots Just a Paper Tiger?
Allah thinks so:
[Arlen Specter] is why I scoff at threats that we’re going to bounce those who voted for amnesty with primary challenges. If we had any power to get rid of incumbents, don’t you think we would have sent this tool packing decades ago?I think Allah raises a decent point, but I also think an awful lot of folks in this country are just now waking up to how much the elite machinery protects its own. George W. Bush was able to give the Snarlin' Spectre a nice boost to fend off a primary challenge by Pat Toomey just a few years back. Any chance that Bush could swoop into Pennsylvania and give Spectre a big boost today? Not much.
It's not just Bush. The rank-and-file Republicans are a lot less likely today to trust the party leadership in general. I believe that collapse of trust is going to make a difference next year. How much of a difference remains to be seen.
If we can't pry the worst RINOs out in the primaries, then I may be more receptive to Ace's position on what to do about these guys in the general.
London Terror Threat
An explosive-laden green metallic Mercedes crashed into a garbage dumpster near the Tiger Tiger nightclub about 2AM (London time) and the driver ran from the car. Eyewitnesses alerted police. Police found a "massive" explosive device comprised of two propane tanks and a large number of nails. Explosives experts de-armed the device.
The device was apparently set to detonate in London's theater and nightclub district in the west end of the city. The area is customarily packed with thousands of people throughout most of the day. Nearby is Piccadilly Circus.
A massive manhunt for the driver of the Haymarket vehicle was under way, with police trawling through CCTV footage from last night. Congestion charge cameras situated throughout central London are also capable of tracking where the car came from, and which routes it took.The Mercedes has been impounded and authorities believe it to be a forensics gold mine. London Metro Police have scheduled a press briefing later this morning.
Terror groups like al-Qaeda are believed to have been planning attacks on nightclubs, which are considered by Islamic fundamentalists to be symbols of Western decadence.
From Metropolitan Police Briefing (0715 EDT):
Peter Clarke, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Scotland Yard:
1) Incident began with notification from an ambulance crew of a parked car (pic) suspiciously emitting smoke. Ambulance crew had responded to a different emergency.Metro Police continue to investigate. Notably, a large quantity of CCTV footage is being reviewed.
2) Police investigated and found cans of gasoline, propane gas canisters, and a large number of nuts and bolts. Police called explosives officers.
3) Explosives officers manually disarmed the device. Area cordoned off. Vehicle impounded.
4) Target not known. Peter Clarke stated that they had no counterterrorism intelligence prior to the incident.
5) Metro Police is appealing to the public for information.
In a followup report, a security source said the operating mechanism in the explosive device is similar to IED's found in Iraq.
Speaking of Defending the Border...
...wouldn't it be a good idea to stick up for the men who defend it?
Free Ramos and Compean.
(More video below the fold)
June 28, 2007
KosBots Supporting Hamas Again
Doesn't Elizabeth Edwards post at this blog? Ted Kennedy? Harry Reid?
Increased Unrest in Southern Yemen
Complete context here. Updates here at the Yemen Times. South Yemen is exploding. The following is a statement from the Yemeni Southern Opposition in Exile, "TAJ". Note: when they use the word "occupier", they are referring to the Yemeni government.
The Executive Committee of the Southern Democratic Assembly "TAJ" has held an extraordinary meeting to discuss the serious developments and events that the occupied South has recently experienced due to the abusive practices that the Yemeni troops have been committed against the people of the South since it was fallen under the occupation in July 1994. Since 22nd May 2007 the South has been witnessed a big turn in its struggle from the peaceful to the armed struggle against the occupation. The South is witnessing a wide marches, strikes and armed conflicts due to the violence that the Yemeni troop is used against the people of the South. (TAJ) has evaluated the situation and issued the following communique:
First: - "TAJ" greets our southern active people for their heroic, wonderful attitude and for their steadfastness against the escalated aggression that has been committed by the Yemeni occupying forces. It salutes all these heroic and spirit struggles of our people. It considers their struggle and considers it as a legal and self defence acts and highly appreciates the sacrifices of our martyrs from the governorates of Shabwah, Abyan, Lahj and Hadhramout who are innocent victims murdered by the occupation
Second: - "TAJ" condemns all daily crimes of murders that were carried out by the Yemeni occupying forces against our people in particularly heinous crimes, which were occurred in Shabwah at the military point of AlAbr and at other military points- points of murder and humiliation- in the governorates of Shabwah and Abyan such as in the Naqba, Alarem and in the Mahfad.
"TAJ" strongly condemns the occupying forces for attacking people of the village of Shaeb Laheiah from Awad's kinsfolk of Altomah of Laqmoosh tribes and for the arbitrary and the illegal arrest to some people of that village and robbing their houses, clothes, food, humiliating their women and children and threatened their lives.
Third: - "TAJ" strongly condemns Shabwah military ruler's fabrications whom so-called Almaqdashi gave a statement against Shabwah's people and deplores desecrating our holly places and women. We promise our people that, could not miss such filthy and serious crimes go unpunished and Almaqdashi will get what he deserves. Fourth: "TAJ" would like to draw the attention of the International and the local observers who are interested in the Yemeni affairs to the exaggeration use of the military force of the Yemeni occupying regime in carrying out killing and violence against our people, which would expand the use of violence because blood cause blood, consequently Sana'a's regime bears full responsibility for its crimes, which are resulting with the people's reactions mostly come in self-defence for honour and dignity. It is not the last one these revolve battles of today's , Sunday, June 24, 2007 between the proud tribesmen in the governorate of Shabwah and Abyan and the Yemeni occupying forces, that using all types of light weapons, heavy artilleries and tanks. It is continued until the writing of this statement. Fifth :- "TAJ" greets the courageous position of the national hero Said Al-Shahtoor in his rejection to the occupation and to its practices and hailed his appropriate response to the attacks and provocations of some Yemenis Sheikhs who look to our people in disdain, describe them at inferiority and granted themselves what they do not deserve. Sixth: - The Southern Democratic Assembly (TAJ) confirms its position of rejecting the looting of the wealth of our country, fish, oil, gold and other practices by companies under various names of investment, and (TAJ) reserves for itself the rights to prosecute those companies and authorities involved, at the same time "TAJ" does not approve killing foreigners civilians working in these companies.
Seventh: - "TAJ" is following the developments and the events in the Yemeni political arena; it strongly condemns the collusion of the leaderships of the parties of what so called (Joint Meeting Parties) with the occupying regime in an attempt to dwarf our people's right to their homeland, properties, freedom, dignity, resources. They work to turn the essential political issue to a simple human rights demands, ligtimizing to the occupation its abusive and criminal practices. So "TAJ" condemns this filthy colluding with the occupation and calls the people of the South to thwart their dishonest plan.
"TAJ" calls the Joint Meeting Parties to distinguish themselves from the tribal and the military gang and to condemn crimes committed against our people in the south by Sana'a's regime and to recognise the rights of our nation. "TAJ" also called them for not to be helpful to the occupiers, the criminals, the murderers. Have not been able to do so, "TAJ" call on them not to go into the home and the rights of our people and leave them to continue their struggle peacefully to achieve the rights that is recognized in all heavenly religions, international laws and the United Nations Charter..
On the same time "TAJ" calls the leadership of the Joint Meeting Parties to distinguish themselves from the tribal and the military gangs and to condemn the regime of Sana'a's crimes committed against our people in the South, to recognise the right of our nation. "TAJ" also calls them not to be helpful to the occupiers, criminals and the murderers. If they have not been able to do so, we call them not to deal with the rights of our people and leave them to continue their peaceful struggle to get the rights recognized in all heavenly religions, international laws and the United Nations Charter ... At the same time, "TAJ" salutes the wonderful heroic stance expressed by a galaxy of our honourable southern elite who issued a statement on 23rd June, 2007 in the glorious City of Aden the eternal capital of the South.
Eight : - "TAJ" calls on all heroes citizens of the South to response the homeland appeal and standing shoulder to shoulder in the face of the occupiers and quickly provide assistance and aid to your brothers in the governorates of Shabwah and Abyan who are now combating the occupying forces and defend their dignity and honour... It also calls on the people of the South who are still in Sana'a to move away from servicing the occupying regime and to declare an explicit position condemning crimes. It is worth to remind them that the history is not a merciful.
The Southern Democratic Assembly "TAJ" renews its promise to the masses of our proud people of the continuous loyalty to struggle relentlessly with all legitimate and peaceful means to achieve freedom and self-determination for our people and to establish its desired state for itself and for the future's generations.
"TAJ" reaffirms that all the conspiracies, sick dreams and infernal backward plans of the occupation will be failed and smashed into pieces against the rock and the will of our insist on victory. We worn the occupation that all its plans in distributing the South to fiefdoms Popularized to the Yemeni tribes such as Almahrah and Hadhramout governorates to Hashid tribes, the governorates of Shabwah and Abyan to Bakeel tribes and the governorates of Lahj, Aden to the remaining tribes and so on ... We say to the gang in Sana'a that your hellish backward plans will not go as long as the blood in our veins pulsates. We will thwart them, and leave them for the violent winds that are coming from the South. It will not rescue you by the various programs of the leaderships of the Joint Meeting Parties. All your games are open to us and we have known your secret conspiracies. No doubt they will rebound on your chests, but the South and its faithful and loyal sons will achieve the victory as long as they are determined to liberate their home and get the eternal emancipation from the tribal and backward military occupation. And tomorrow for its awaiting is close.
The Southern Democratic Assembly "TAJ"
Sunday, June 24, 2007
What Did Ann Coulter Really Say?
The broadcast networks and other mainstream sources have deliberately misquoted conservative author Ann Coulter as wishing for John Edwards' to be killed by terrorists. Coulter was actually criticizing HBO propagandist Bill Maher for wishing that terrorists had killed Vice President Dick Cheney, a remark that was completely ignored by the MSM.
Update: Maher may not have said exactly what Coulter claimed.
Writing at ABC's blog Political Punch Jake Tapper quotes Maher as questioning why the Huffington Post deleted comments wishing for the Veep's death, and then said:
"No, I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live," said Maher. "That’s a fact."Tapper softpeddles Maher's malicious comments, but does note that MSM outlets were "unfair" in truncating Coulter's sentence. Tapper does not address the issue of Maher being given a pass by the MSM on his comment, nor does he comment on the absurdity of "we in the media" correcting the gross dishonesty with a post on a relatively low-traffic blog.
Burqini Opposed by Muslim Scholars
A recent Islamic fashion breakthrough was made with the creation of the burqini, a marriage of burqa and bikini. The garment was designed by Lebanese Australian Aheda Zanetti who wanted to provide specialized sportswear for Muslim females while embracing Islam and obeying their Islamic belief in dressing modestly.
The burqini (pic) has been described as like a full-length wetsuit with built-on hood, but somewhat looser and made of swimsuit material instead of rubber. Frankly, I think it looks more like pajamas with a shower cap. Either way, it doesn't seem as though the burqini would make athletics easy, rather just possible.
Although some Muslim females are excited about the burqini, the scholars of Islam are opposed. According to Safa Suling Tan of The Muslim Weekly, the burqini shows the shape of one's shoulders, arms, legs, and neck. It is also without extra covering for the chest so the shape of the breast can be seen and, horror of horrors, the feet are exposed for anyone to see.
In summary, the burqini compromises one's faith and displeases Allah.
[According to Tan] "I am sure most of us Muslim women would love to catch a break on the wave, go jet skiing and wake boarding, or just good old free styling, but I am more sure that most of us have given up those pleasures to seek the greatest one -- that of pleasing Allah."Therefore, the burqini is considered immodest and contrary to the wishes of Allah. And Muslim females should not be thinking of swimming, jetskiing and other beach activities at all.
Michigan Expedition To Search for Australopithecus Robustus/Gigantopithecus
CNN: MANISTIQUE, Michigan (AP) -- Researchers will visit Michigan's Upper Peninsula next month to search for evidence of the legendary creature known as "Bigfoot" or "Sasquatch."No word on why the search is being done in Michigan instead of The Afar Triangle. But maybe Bigfoot will get to meet his long lost Aunt Lucy AKA Australopithecus Afarensis while she's in town. Dr. Johanson could not be reached for comment.
The expedition will focus on eastern Marquette County, said Matthew Moneymaker of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.
The fact that the expedition is led by a man named Moneymaker pretty much says it all. Even though his last expedition required six times as much remedy and turned out almost as badly as a live performance by the Black Crowes, he promised to look Twice as Hard as the last time he wasted a few hundred G's.
Where do we sign up for these grants anyway? I've already found shocking proof that Bigfoot does exist in Hollywood California!
'You Racist Bastard' in 5...4...3...
Place your bets on how quickly this post gets poor Bluto branded with the racist tag. Winner gets the chance to pet my puppy. Sock puppets used for the purposes of winning the contest will be dealt with viciously.
The money quote:
I'm fed up with trying to explain things like "no snitching" and "reparations" and photoshopping conservative African Americans in minstrel blackface and social parasites like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to my kids, who didn't grow up watching civil rights marches and race riots on TV.
Steerike Three, Yer Out!
The vote on the motion for cloture on the immigration bill has failed to get enough votes.
Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:Captain Ed is following the roll call here.
IN A VOTE OF 53 - 46, U.S. SENATE REJECTS IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL THAT WOULD HAVE LEGALIZED MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
Freedom Journal Iraq #678
This edition features stories on U.S. Marines protecting a new Iraqi police station, how the Convoy Support Center is keeping track of shipments from Iraq to Kuwait, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers building a new facility for the Iraqi army and U.S. Soldiers helping rebuild the infrastructure in Ramadi. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
Freedom Journal Iraq #678
Google Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #678
(Bumped) Interview: SEAL Marcus Luttrell, Author of 'Lone Survivor'
BUMPED - ** In light of the approaching Fourth of July holiday, please take the time to watch this 13 minute interview. You won't regret it. **
Previous Jawa recommendation of this book here.
Listen carefully to what he says about the restrictive rules of engagement, the politicians that come onto his battlefield and tie his and his brothers' hands in the face of the enemy (he's not talking about Republicans), the deaths of 19 of his brothers in arms as a result of being handcuffed by these restrictive rules of engagement, the abysmal media coverage/reporting and lack of general knowledge the press has about the war, and how the media told his mother that he was dead before the military did.
Go ahead, libs. Call this military hero liar. I dare you. The only lies bring told are the ones you've been telling yourselves day in and day out since the war started.
A Picture Says A Thousand Words
This one says "submission."
Way to go, Karen Hughes!
How's that "Muslim outreach" going?
Perhaps you should try a burqa next time.
h/t : LGF.
Sen. Voinovich PWN3D by Hannity
Allah has the audio.
No More Blood Money For Iran
Youtube Video: No More Blood Money For Iran
Hat Tip: Rocket's Brain Trust.
This Is Why the "Moderate Muslims" Don't Speak Up
Britain's first Muslim Member of Parliament, Mohammad Sarwar, MP for Glasgow, is stepping down after receiving death threats against himself and his family after helping bring to justice three gang members who tortured and killed a 15 year old boy before fleeing to Pakistan in 2004.
Kriss Donald was walking with a friend in March 2004, when he was snatched and stuffed into a car by 5 British-Pakistani men. They drove him around for hours before finally taking him out and beating him, stabbing him 13 times, and dousing him in gasoline, setting him on fire while he was still alive. The forensic examiner said Kriss tried to roll in the mud to put out the flames, but to no avail.
Three of the suspects escaped to Pakistan, which has no extradition treaty with Britain. MP Sarwar was instrumental in negotiating the return of Imran Shahid, Zeeshan Shahid and Mohammed Faisal Mushtaq, who were later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Mr Sarwar said he knew it would be risky to pursue the extradition, but that "it was the right thing to do."
Mr Sarwar, 54, told the Daily Record: "Life is not the same, to be honest with you, since I brought them back. I was subjected to threats.
"I was told they wanted to punish my family and make a horrible example of my son - they would do to him what they did to Kriss Donald. I received threats to my life, to murder my sons, to murder my grandchildren."
So is Mr. Sarwar merely the victim of gangland politics, or is there something more disturbing going on here, an attempt to intimidate the "moderate" Muslim leaders into falling into line with the more radical agenda? Check out this article in the magazine Sada al-Jihad, in which the author, Sheikh Hussein bin Mahmoud says Muslims need to read their Koran and stop being such slackers:
"The aspect that Muslims must accept is that of ruthlessness and firmness in jihad. Many Muslims today are educated in a spirit that is far from the [true] spirit of the Koran... The Muslim nation is the strongest nation in history... since it has the mightiest prophet, the mightiest book [i.e., the Koran] and the mightiest religion on Earth, and it is the nation which strikes its enemies hardest, [since it fights them] according to Islamic shari'a. Owing to these qualities, [the Muslim nation] is the most awe-inspiring of nations, and nobody [dares to] covet [what belongs to it], as long as it adheres to its principles and to the sources of its strength, which are the Koran and the sunna.
"It is no exaggeration to say that many Muslims today have never heard of the Koranic verses [that speak of] jihad... and do not believe that the Koran includes verses that speak of force, firmness, terror and cruelty, since they have heard so much about peace, security, compassion, friendship, justice, grace, honesty and moderateness. These are all words of truth, but in times of war, they are used to express falsehoods.
"When the emir and commander Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi went out and slaughtered a few infidels, the [advocates of] tolerance and friendship had a fit. They jumped up, made threats and swore that this [act] runs counter to the spirit of [Islam]. How much suffering have these people and their supporters caused us! When we told them that Allah commanded to cut off the heads [of the enemies], they would say, 'be mindful of Allah, and do not make things up,' and we had to bring the Koran and show them these verses so that they would believe [us]. Some of them even turned the book over [and looked] at the cover to make sure that it really was the Koran. These [people] had read the Koran many times, but they had not read it [carefully]..."
Britain, and America need to put an end to this intimidation now. It is not Islamophobic to feel threatened when your enemy wants to cut your head off. In America, we brought down the Mob and the Klan, and Britain fought against the IRA, and yet seem helpless to deal with jihadis who openly proclaim their intentions to kill the kuffars and impose sharia law. The British have a legend that Sir Francis Drake will return in a time of great peril for England. Maybe this is a good time to start beating Drake's Drum.
Crossposted at Not Ready for my Burqua
LGF & Weasel Zippers Call Wordpress' Bluff on Hosting Terrorist Propaganda
The Jawa Report has run serveal posts on Wordpress hosting terrorist website. We and the Jawa readers have sent dozens of complaints to Wordpress. Today LGF is linking to Weasel Zippers with an update.
These are a few of the many Jihadist sites being hosted by Wordpress, all of which advocate global Jihad, call for the destruction of Israel, glorify 9/11 etc. These blogs are dedicated to spreading the message that Jihad is the way of establishing the global Caliph, each gives a fascinating yet scary insight into the danger we face....LGF has a tremendous volume of readers, we'd like ask that everyone reading write posts and send as many strong and business-like complaints as possible. There seems to be one factor that rises above all others when trying to convince a provider to take down a terrorist website. The level of noise from complaints must become too loud to be ignored.
Here are a three active and well produced sites (all in English)....
We are sometimes sucessful in taking down terrorist websites by complaint. The next option is to report the websites and providers to the authorities. the more reports and complaints, the more success.
We call on Wordpress to take these websites down immediately. When you host your enemies' propaganda on your own soil, you not only betray your country, you contribute to the injury and death of our men and women serving abroad.
Wordpress has been less than helpfull, Dreamhost and Google have been impossible to get any action from. Once online Jihadis find a service that offers them a safe harbour, they proliferate quickly on that service. Once it becomes clear a service is hostile to their presence, they move on.
Being a rock in a terrorist webmaster's shoe is more effective than you might think. Constantly having to move sites is not only a morale killer and a bother, it sometimes leaves a fresh financial trail that can be followed.
Hat Tip: Black Flag.
Previous TJR entries on Wordpress and terrorist websites.
Wordpress Hosted Terrorists Announce Media Campaign to 'Infiltrate' Infidel Websites, Support al Qaeda in Iraq.
Wordpress Still Hosting Convicted Terrorist's (and others) Websites.
Wordpress Hosting Terror Websites.
Attempted Honor Killing in PA
Some Pennsylvania muslims from Buck's County attempted to bring the dark ages to Middletown by kidnapping their daughter's fiancé and threatening to kill him in the name of "family honor:"
Webber (police officer -ed.) said the alleged victim told him his fiancée’s family was upset the two had moved in together. He said there were cultural differences and that’s why 48-year-old Mohd Nasher and his son 20-year-old Mohammed Nasher were allegedly gunning for the fiancé.This happened with an hour's drive from where I live. What fun.
“The father and son came in, grabbed our victim, pulled him outside, began choking and beating him. Drug him into the back of a Ford Explorer and that’s where they advised him that they were going to take him somewhere. He jumped out the other side window in fear for his life and as he went to run away the father told him, ‘I’m going to find you and I’m going to shoot you.’ The son went and grabbed a bat and went to chase after him,” Webber said.
Both Nashers were charged with assault and kidnapping. They both posted $20,000 cash bail and were released. ...
Their religion had nothing to do with this, though. Nothing at all.
Judge Blames Girl, 10, For Being Raped
(Oxford, England) So far, this is the worst case of "blame the victim" I have seen.
A 25-year-old window cleaner, Keith Fenn, will be released after four months in jail for twice raping a 10-year-old girl.
Judge Julian Hall sentenced Fenn the rapist to two years but only four months remain after being given credit for time served.
Judge Julian Hall decided to be lenient because the girl "didn't look 10."Fenn's accomplice, 34-year-old Darren Wright, was able to walk free since he was only sentenced to nine months.
He caused fury earlier this year by freeing another paedophile, telling him to buy his six-year-old victim a new bicycle.
The judge referred to the 10-year-old as a "young woman," and called her "very disturbed, very needy and sexually precocious."
He told Oxford Crown Court: "She liked to dress provocatively."
Judge Julian Hall (pic) shouldn't be allowed to continue.
Thank God for Michelle Malkin
She's watching the shenanigans on this P.O.S. amnesty bill like a hawk.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go catch up with Bluto...
Road Trip Necessary
I feel the need to oppress the masses with a golfing expedition. The Cherry Valley Golf Course near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania has been recommended as a challenging and exciting course.
The choice of venue has absolutely nothing to do with this alleged incident:
Stroudsburg Area Regional Police are investigating complaints of a private golf outing featuring lap dance stations, threesomes and naked women at the Cherry Valley Golf Course on Monday.Nor with this alleged photo of the alleged incident (note that a ball-washer is nearby):
Video : Fred Arrives in Nashville
The cute young girl at around 1:30 from the end is Courtney. Her blog is here.
The "Fairness Doctrine" = Broadcast Censorship
Posted by Alan Sears at Townhall.com:
In the wake of the pending final demise of bankrupt and scandal-plagued Air America, the Left continues to be frustrated by the fact that America simply isn’t tuning in to their propaganda. So, according to reports from various news outlets, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Dennis Kucinich, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein are joining their friends at the far-left Center for American Progress to cook up a new plan: force radio stations to accept unwanted programming in the name of “fairness” and “balance.”ht : Michelle
Speaker Pelosi has reportedly promised to “aggressively pursue” revival of the poorly-titled “Fairness Doctrine,” whose regulations would mandate that radio stations featuring the views of conservatives like Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, or Bill O’Reilly “balance” those views (in the name of diversity) with an “equal” dose of, say, Al Franken, Randi Rhodes, or Thom Hartmann – all proven failures in a free radio market...
It’s time for the Left to cut the static: Behind the calls for “regulation” and “diversity” hides a posse of political bullies who realize that they cannot compete against the likes of Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh in a free market. The left-wing’s failure to capture anything beyond a tiny niche market isn’t the fault of the FCC, nor of the dormant Fairness Doctrine. The “blame” rests with radio listeners who came, listened, and chose to tune out of “Dead Air” America.
Ace : "Tell Them You Will Never Donate To Them Again"
The NRSC needs to be de-funded. At the very least, it needs to see a serious drop in support. It's become a slush fund to support connected insiders who aren't sufficiently palatable to attract money from the grassroots.
Save your money. The good guys won't have trouble raising money. The RINOs need to be starved out. But when I say "save," I mean it. Put that money aside to support solid conservative primary candidates against idiots like Lindsey Graham and Pete Domenici.
That number, again, is : (202) 675-6000
Democrats Trying Desperately To Stifle Political Speech
Great piece here on the Democrats' ridiculous saber-rattling about the "Fairness Doctrine," which (in the current multimedia environment) can simply be referred to as the "Hush Rush" Bill.
What are the Democrat so afraid of? Why do the feel the need to regulate political speech and opinions, despite the text and letter of the First Amendment? Why aren't they interested in regulating the opinions and biases of journalists, who have shown overwhelmingly that they are not only Democrats, but that they actively support Democrats financially while lying to the public about their biases? Why do they want to dictate to you what you should be able to listen to? What laws are preventing liberals from entering talk radio (besides the law of supply and demand)? Why does John Kerry advocate government meddling in media content? Why, if talk radio is just fringe and inconsequential, are the Democrats trying to censor it?
Can any Democrat actually answer these questions without pretending they're not trying to chill free political speech?
More from Michelle, who notes that Mike Pence is already moving in the House to counter this.
Video : Laura Ingraham Talks Amnesty on H & C
Via Allah, who has more:
Video : DJ Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) : A Series of Tubes
I still get a grin out of this one:
This is a list of the nine Republican senators who voted FOR cloture on amnesty and are up for re-election next year:
Stevens (R-AK)EVERY SINGLE ONE of these individuals needs to face a solid primary challenger this next Spring.
It needs to be made clear to the party apparatus in each of the above states that these men are not likely to be returned to office in November 2008. Many of the GOP faithful will not be voting for these guys under any circumstances in the general. In fact, I have no doubt that at least some conservatives will be working for the opposition if these guys make it back to the general election. The party operatives in these senators' states need to start hearing this message right now. They need to start to understand that returning any of these men to the general ballot will equal a loss in November. If the party hopes to keep these seats in Republican hands, they would be well-advised to cut these men loose.
June 26, 2007
Why The Fairness Doctrine Should Apply To News Media
Remember this name - Travis Loller. Anything she writes will be Democrat-fangirl propaganda, and this little episode shows you why.
Loller is a former leftwingnut activist now writing for the AP, and is (of course) coordinating attacks on Fred Thompson from her "perch" as an "objective, nonpartisan, neutral" journalist.
Target Rich Environment shows how this AP story virtually cuts-and-pastes DNC talking points from DNC/Howard Dean emails and puts them directly into wire copy. Newsbusters also illustrates this Fairness-Doctrine-worthy practice more comprehensively, by showing you the textual similarities between DNC propaganda (sent through e-mails) and Loller's AP copy. Here's just a few examples cited by TRE:
1. DNC talking point: “In his most recent stint in Washington, Thompson worked for a London company lobbying Congress to limit liability claims for asbestos-related illnesses. Over the past three years he’s made $760,000 fighting for the interests of his corporate clients.And as for Loller's partisan political career prior to "journalism?" Well, look no further than Mother Jones for some background:
AP (Loller)/CNN talking point: ”More recently, while Frist led the Senate, Thompson earned more than $750,000 lobbying for a British reinsurance company that wanted to limit its liability from asbestos lawsuits.
2. DNC Talking Point: “And just this month, as part of his role as the ultimate Washington insider, Thompson offered to host yet another fundraising event for Scooter Libby’s legal defense fund. Thompson has been vocal in his support of Libby, saying that he would “absolutely” pardon him.”
AP (Loller)/CNN Talking Point: “Thompson also helped run the Scooter Libby Legal Defense Fund Trust, an organization that set out to raise more than $5 million to help finance the legal defense of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, who was convicted in March of lying and obstructing Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation into the leak of a CIA operative’s identity.”
3. DNC Talking Point: “For years, acting wasn’t the Law & Order star’s profession — it was a hobby. In the real world, Thompson has made a fortune in a decades-long career as a Washington lobbyist.”
AP (Loller)/CNN Talking Point: “Republican Fred Thompson, who likes to cast himself in the role of Washington outsider, has a long history as a political insider who earned more than $1 million lobbying the federal government.”
4. DNC Talking Point: “Although the folksy-sounding Tennessean recently told USA TODAY that he would run an outsider, just as he did while campaigning as a “country lawyer” in a red pickup during his 1994 U.S. Senate race, his résumé is that of a longtime Washington operative who has crossed ideological lines to represent corporate and foreign clients.”
AP (Loller)/CNN Talking Point: “That history as a Washington insider is at odds with the image Thompson has sought to convey to voters. When he first ran for the Senate in 1993, Thompson cast himself in the part of the gruff, plainspoken everyman, leased a red pickup truck and drove around Tennessee in his shirt sleeves.”
Three American citizens, along with nine other foreigners, were deported from Mexico on April 12, 1998 for alleged collusion with the Zapatista rebels (EZLN). The woman, Travis Loller, 26, and two men, Michael Sabato, 30, and Jeffrey Conant, 30, are part of an American relief group called Intercambio de Tecnologia Apropiada (ITA) or, in English, Appropriate Technology Exchange. The Mexican government accused the three of agitating for the rebel army that's been struggling in the southeastern state of Chiapas for over four years in an effort to win basic civil rights and gain land reform for the indigenous Indians in the region.Here's a pic of Loller getting arrested by Mexican Authorities:
The three Americans have extensive activist histories, having worked for reproductive rights, the homeless and protests against the Gulf War, the Rodney King verdict and Propositions 187 and 209.
So bring on the Fairness Doctrine! The MSM needs some government-mandated balance! Right, lefties? Live by the 'fairness' sword, die by the 'fairness' sword...
MSM Stooge "Outs" Law-Abiding Citizens
Can't seem to think of one, but the staff of this newspaper sees a "crime" being committed.
I see an invasion of privacy, a class-action lawsuit and customer backlash, but that's just me.
Also interesting how the moronic editor cites a "right to know," as if legal gun owners are comparable to child molesters/sexual predators.
Democrat activists journalists of the world: In addition to the 1st Amendment, there is also a 2nd Amendment in that Constitution that you claim to have read. We know these registries are a matter of public record. The problem, of course, is discretion. As Jeff Goldblum said in Jurassic Park, they were so obsessed with the idea that they could that they never stopped to think if they should. And in this case, what is the urgency and public interest served in "outing" private citizens who aren't breaking any laws?
I'm sure they'd give the same kind of treatment to law-breaking illegal aliens if they knew where they were working and living. These journalists are 'patriots.'
If you want to call Sandusky Register editor Matt Westerhold and let them know how you feel about their assault on the privacy and safety of legal gun owners, fell free.
Doug Phares, Publisher
This is a blatant abuse of what newspapers claim to do, and it is unfortunately all too common in the leftwing press. First they came for the gun owners - who knows what legal, law-abiding citizens they'll come after next.
ht: Michelle Malkin
It's A Girl!!
Mother and daughter are healthy. My wife had a c-section, though (her first), and recovery time will be a little longer than expected. Keep her in your prayers.
Cyber-cigars on the house!
HotAir : Call The RNC, Ask for a Refund
Down here in Texas, this is what we call cojones.
More Bad Gay vs Good Gay
I'm not sure how many times we'll have to answer questions about bad gay vs good gay.
These girls are bad gay (reminder :only girls can be good gay)
a. Because they are not very attractive. Just because you have an attractive body does not make it good gay. If your face appears to have been beaten severely with an ugly stick and also it is visible, sorry, still bad gay.
b. Because they are having sex in a public place where children are present. (self explanatory)
c. Because they used threats and violence against the pregnant mother of said children. Ranks them right up there with that Cutts fellow.
On a personal note my Yahoo suggested a new content module for me. Everything new on flicker tagged breasts. Best Yahoo recommendation ever!
Latest FredHead News
Haystack posts an excellent write-up on Fred's solid track record on federalism.
The latest Rasmussen poll shows Fred FOUR POINTS ahead of Giuliani.
Last but not least, Fred is making a swing through the Eastern U.S. starting today.
Return of the Amnesty Monster
Youtube Video: Return of the Amnesty Monster
Real American Heroes
Well, okay, so he's not American. He's not a hero, either.
Even so, since he's returned to photographic glory, it's time for a trip down memory lane with a nice retrospective.
Six-Year-Old Suicide Bomber
The story of a 6-year-old Afghan boy who says he thwarted an effort by Taliban militants to trick him into being a suicide bomber provoked tears and anger at a meeting of tribal leaders.Unable to use the lure of 72 virgins with a 6-year-old, the Taliban used a different deception. However, being somewhat street-smart, the boy instead went to some Afghan soldiers and asked for help.
The account from Juma Gul, a dirt-caked child who collects scrap metal for money, left American soldiers dumb-founded that a youngster could be sent on such a mission. Afghan troops crowded around the boy to call him a hero.
Though the Taliban dismissed the story as propaganda, at a time when US and NATO forces are under increasing criticism over civilian casualties, both Afghan tribal elders and US military officers said they were convinced by his dramatic account.
Juma said that sometime last month Taliban fighters forced him to wear a vest they said would spray out flowers when he touched a button. He said they told him that when he saw American soldiers, "throw your body at them."
Freedom Journal Iraq #677
This edition features stories on paratroopers transitioning to work as a maneuver unit, Soldiers helping calm Iraqi civilians after an attack, maintaining control of Diyala Province after defeating insurgents and combat Soldiers receiving mail. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
Freedom Journal Iraq #677
Google Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #677
John Gibson vs. Peter Mehlman
It's been a while since I've seen such a complete pwning.
And Then There Were Seven...
National Review identifies seven senators who could stop amnesty:
Stopping amnesty is entirely within the power of senators who oppose it. Later today, the Senate will vote on whether to proceed on the bill. To revive the once-stalled bill will require 60 votes, which means that if the senators who vote no and the senators who don’t vote add up to 41, the bill is dead. The best vote count now has 33 no votes plus the non-vote of the ill Sen. Tim Johnson. Assuming this count is accurate, only seven more are needed to stop amnesty.That amnesty hotline, btw, is: 800-882-2005 (en espanol) or 800-417-7666 (en englais).
They are Sens. Kit Bond, Sam Brownback, Richard Burr, Thad Cochran, Norm Coleman, John Ensign, and Jim Webb. If any of these senators votes to revive the bill, his professions of opposition to amnesty should no longer be taken seriously. He will have done his crucial bit, when the amnesty bill was most vulnerable, to help shepherd it to passage. We know how senators who claim to oppose amnesty will try to explain away a vote to revive the bill. They will rely on procedural obfuscation: They didn’t want to obstruct the process, they wanted to get a vote on an amendment, etc. But amnesty is staying in the bill — no amendment to strike the bill’s central features has any chance of passage — and it deserves to be obstructed.
h/t : Michelle.
June 25, 2007
Video : Danes Make Good on Promise to Burn Mohammed
Much more over at Gates of Vienna, including a translation of the intro text in the video.
The Ayatollah Needs A Dentist
My anti-mullah friend emails:
Hi Vinnie, This article reports three more agents of the Mullahcracy as having been detained (June 24th 07) by the coalition in Iraq. This is a significant kick in the Mullahs' teeth; since not only have they not succeeded in securing the release of their five agents arrested a few months back, they've lost three more.
I'm glad to see them kicked in the teeth, my friend, but I'd rather see them kicked square in the nuts.
The Amnesty Wobblers - The Latest List
Rasmussen: Only 22% Favor Shamnesty Bill
The end. Lindsay Graham's bigots apparently make up about 80% of the electorate.
4 of 5 American citizens want Congress to shove this bill back up the orifice from whence it came.
Keep the pressure up, my fellow Americans. Show the government that we pwn them- they do not pwn us.
Did You Happen To Notice That We Are At War?
The following is a blog I wrote about a year ago. I encountered it while doing some "house cleaning" at my website, and it struck me that the only thing that has changed in the year since I wrote it is the number of attacks, the number of foiled plots and the number of discredited media reports of these incidents.
I am re-posting this blog here with the grim realization that we have, in fact, drifted back into apathetic slumber while our enemies regroup and redouble their efforts against us.
What I find particularly disturbing is a notion that I cannot seem to shake:
Not even a nuclear blast in one of our cities will jolt us out of our stupor for more than a few months. Have we already lost?
Did You Happen To notice That We Are At War?
Last night, just as I was about to go to bed, news started coming in about a disrupted plot to blow 10 airliners out of the sky somewhere over the Atlantic.
The would-be bombers were reportedly planning to use liquid explosives smuggled aboard the aircraft disguised as common items, such as contact lens cleaner, baby formula or shampoo. The alleged terrorists are citizens of the United Kingdom, and of Pakistani origin or ancestry.
This is quite similar to a plot that was disrupted several years ago, in which multiple planes were to be bombed in a similar fashion (liquid explosives) over the Pacific, while flying from the Philippines to the U.S.
Implicated in this earlier plot was Ramzi Yousef, who is currently rotting in an American jail for his part in the first World Trade Center bombing.
You may also recall that Yousef is nephew to Kahlid Shiekh Mohammed, one of the principle planners of the 9/11 attacks, who was arrested by Pakistani security forces in 2003.
At the same time, hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah are ratcheting up, provoked to no small degree by Iran, who has made her intentions toward the "Zionist entity" abundantly clear. Iran has provided weapons, training and hundreds of millions in finances to Hizbollah, all to achieve their "ultimate solution to the Jewish problem".
Sound familiar? Think funny little mustache.
In fact, recent reports from Israel claim that several bodies of Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers were recovered along with killed Hezbollah fighters, a claim Tehran immediately denied.
So, in fact, Hizbollah is not only a proxy of Iran, but Iranians are actually fighting side by side with the Hizbollah terrorists.
Meanwhile, Iraq is in turmoil, due in large part to the infiltration of Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Muqtada al Sadr's Shiite Mahdi Army.
A wholly owned subsidiary of the Ayatollahs, the Mahdi militia has been instigating sectarian violence all over Iraq, but particularly in Baghdad.
Muqtada al Sadr clearly seeks to emulate Hizbollah's modus operandi, and he has already gone a long way toward insinuating himself into the new Iraqi government, while his militia undermines national security and the Iraqi's perception of (and faith in) their new government.
And of course the Sunni insurgents, aided by al Qaeda, are only too happy to escalate religious and ethnic tensions at any opportunity.
To the north, the Kurds mostly just want to be left alone, and they have been doing a decent job of maintaining peace and stability.
But they are not about to be cut out of Iraq's oil wealth by the Shia OR Sunni, and they have wanted autonomy for many years.
Needless to say, Turkey is not about to let that happen without a struggle.
In South America, Hugo Chavez and company have warmly embraced Tehran and her anti-Americanism. Likewise, they applaud the Iranian national pastime of trying to destroy the Jews.
Keep in mind that these nations account for a significant percentage of world-wide oil production, a threat they love to dangle above the world's economy.
If these nations are so cozy in the spotlight, is it any stretch to imagine they are cooperating on less "above board" enterprises, such as providing logistical and material support for terrorist groups?
Recent reports suggest that is in fact what they are doing.
In Somalia, Sudan and Nigeria, the terrorist groups have found a perfect playground.
The events portrayed in the film "Black Hawk Down" are not history, they are still unfolding as I write this. Ethnic cleansing, mass starvation, rival warlords, rampant AIDS and drug usage abound.
In these climates, various terror groups make their plans, recruit and train their jihadis. It is in places like these that they take root and spread like a cancer, all while the U.N. has nothing better to do than condemn Israel for defending herself from the very same cancer.
An "African Taliban" has grown to prominence right under the nose of the world, and they are being armed as I write this, and as the U.N. focuses elsewhere.
Terrorist groups have, under the post 9/11 scrutiny of world governments and financial institutions, diversified their portfolios.
Sources of funding now include drugs, prostitution, human trafficking, identity theft, arms sales, Internet prescription scams, Internet charity scams, counterfeit DVDs and even legitimate businesses operating as fronts.
Another favorite source of income is the theft of U.N. and U.S humanitarian aid, which is ripped from the hands of needy Muslims, then sold on the black market to finance their agenda of "jihad in the name of Allah".
Counterfeit money is yet another source of terrorist funds, and U.S. Treasury Department officials have even commented on the high quality counterfeit U.S. bills produced by Hizbollah.
As always, a large percentage of terrorist funding comes from charities and the "off the books" support of nations like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Qatar and so on.
Even you and I are doing our part to finance terror operations.
Bob Baer is a former CIA operative with 25 years of experience operating in the Middle East. He is probably best known for his novel "See No Evil", which was the inspiration for the film "Syriana".
In his book "Sleeping With The Devil - How Our Government Sold Our Soul For Saudi Crude", Baer illustrates how a percentage of the money we pay for oil is funneled to groups like al Qaeda, Hamas, Hizbollah, Islamic Jihad, The Muslim Brotherhood and IMU.
He also illustrates how every administration since Carter has been turning a blind eye to the trouble brewing in Saudi Arabia, and across the wider region, all for the sake of cheap oil.
As with everything in the Middle East, the money trail is long and convoluted, so I will not endeavor to map it out here. Instead, I strongly recommend reading Baer's book, if you want a real eye-opener.
I'm not sure I agree with all of Baer's conclusions, but his qualifications cannot be easily disputed, thus his assertions bear consideration.
If even a small percentage of what he claims is accurate, there is a major shit-storm brewing in Saudi Arabia, and our economy will surely fall victim when it arrives.
On a massive scale, comparable to the Great Depression.
Hate is being preached in mosques and madrassas all over the world. Hate for the West in general, but particularly for America, their "Great Satan".
During the 80's and 90's, the Saudi government, among others, funded the opening of thousands of Wahhabi maddrasas, with the sole intent of indoctrinating the next generation of jihadis. To the followers of ibn Abd-Al-Wahhab, children are no more than cannon fodder in their archaic war of religious fanaticism and global conquest.
In Pakistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia and even China, the Wahhabi doctrine of death is being preached to the entire eastern hemisphere... and right in our back yards. Not all of those Saudi funded mosques were built in the east.
One finds little solace looking closer to home.
Jihadis are recruiting in our jails and from within mosques scattered around the country.
They hold meetings in convention halls and at universities, where they openly recruit, collect "charitable funds" and distribute jihadist literature and video tapes of bin Laden sermonizing.
Their speeches consist of the most virulent hate-speak, directed at America, Israel and the West collectively. They openly march in support of Hizbollah and Hamas, burn American flags and call for "Death to America".
Our universities have been infiltrated by these preachers of hate, and the call to jihad is spreading on campuses, in union buildings and in classrooms around the country.
They have entrenched themselves in our faculties, and they use the same freedoms they so despise to shield themselves... with a little help from the ACLU and other civil liberties groups.
A little research shows that many of these civil liberties groups are in fact fronts for well known Communist, Socialist and Marxist groups from the sixties, with well established reputations for anti-American bias. But that's a long story for another day.
These radical Islamist "scholars" are further aided and empowered by a left-leaning Supreme Court, determined to legislate our capitulation from the bench.
"Isolated" incidents of Muslim rage have persisted all over the country.
* One of the "D.C. Snipers", a convert to Islam named John Allen Mohammed, frequently burst into anti-American and anti-Semitic tirades during questioning. His accomplice espoused the same point of view.
* A Muslim man in a predominately Jewish suburb of Baltimore open fire in a theatre, killing one Jewish man.
* A Muslim man in Chappel Hill, North Carolina went "off-roading" on a University campus, wounding several people. He told police it was in retaliation for how America treats Muslims around the world.
* A Muslim man in Seattle open fire in front of a Jewish community center, killing one woman. He told police it was to protest Israel's actions in Lebanon.
* Several would-be Jihadis were arrested in Oregon, after using a local quarry as a training facility with their fully-automatic weapons.
These are just a small sampling of the so-called "isolated" incidents of radical Muslims waging their war on America.
Once classified by the police, the courts or the media as "isolated" or "random", these incidents rarely rise to the level of national news, and so these pieces of the puzzle go unnoticed by the public at large.
At the outset of the second Iraq war, Sgt. Asan Akbar decided to vent his displeasure with American foreign policy by tossing hand grenades and firing his M-16 into three tents where officers of the 101st Airborne Division slept, killing one and wounding more than a dozen of his fellow soldiers.
In 2004, Spc. Ryan G. Anderson was arrested after logging into chat rooms in an attempt to offer his services to al Qaeda.
A Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo was arrested in possession of "classified documents a chaplain should not have had".
D.C. sniper John Mohammed was trained by the U.S. military, and used that training to devastating effect, terrorizing the D.C. area and dominating the news for weeks.
It's not often mentioned, but it seems clear to me that the enemy has infiltrated our military to an unknown degree, and in fact we are probably providing some of the specialized training that they will later use against us.
One might think, "A handful of soldiers. Big deal.", but in this age of instant dissemination via the Internet, the knowledge of one becomes the knowledge of many with just the click of a mouse.
The advent of syndicated and freelance terrorism, coupled with the rapid expansion of computer technology over the past 10 years, affords the enemy a means of mass indoctrination and training never before possible. Any would-be jihadi can now easily find the training and expertise required to kill in the name of Allah.
As mentioned above, the Internet provides many avenues for financing terror, but the Internet also opens a new front in the war against the jihadis - the threat of cyber-terror.
With critical infrastructure and financial institutions still vulnerable to viruses, worms and hacker attacks, this threat is one of many that is rarely addressed and inadequately prepared for.
The Internet also provides the world's most powerful means for researching our vulnerabilities, and I can actually picture bin Laden and al-Zawahiri dancing the jig on the day Google Earth went live.
Sure, it ain't as sophisticated as CIA and DOD satellite imagery, but beggars can't be choosers.
And let's not forget the Internet provides the means to dilute the truth, with jihadis propagandizing on a global scale through blogs, videos, chat rooms, e-mail and bulletin boards.
The news media is partly to blame for the perception of this war against fundamentalist Islam, more specifically, they seem to not believe we are actually IN a war against fundamentalist Islam.
Each incident is presented out of context from the greater war we face with this virulent ideology, and it's historical roots:
* The Israel - Lebanon conflict.
* The war in Iraq.
* The Iranian nuclear issue.
* The fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
* The troubles in Darfur, Nigeria, Somalia, etc.
* The attacks on Jews (by Muslims) in Europe and elsewhere.
* The Pakistani / Indian conflict over Kashmir.
* The Korean missile test and nuclear proliferation issue.
* Chechnya's conflicts with Russia.
* The border / immigration issue.
* The issue of detainees at the Guantanamo facility.
* The price of oil and gas.
All of these issues, and a great many more, are interwoven, a tapestry that we call "The War On Terror"... but what is in fact a war on Islamic fundamentalism.
Terror is merely the tool, the weapon they use to wage their war.
I'd like to believe in the basic goodness of man, so I will choose to believe that most of the Western media's collaboration with the enemy propaganda machine is through naivete or outright stupidity:
* A CNN reporter runs blindly through the streets of Beirut, because a Hizbollah member tells him they are about to be bombed by Israeli jets. The film footage would have been much less intense had the audience known that no such attack was forthcoming, and there were no Israeli jets in the area.
* An old Lebanese woman is photographed, arms raised in despair over the destruction of her home by the Israelis... and the same woman is photographed days later, bemoaning the destruction of a second home in the same neighborhood.
I guess she was a slumlord.
* A Lebanese photographer doctors a photo in a manner so blatant it is immediately discovered by many bloggers, yet the editors of Reuters used it without a second thought. Once the photographer's ethics had come into question, it was discovered that many other images he doctored had been printed by Reuters and other news agencies. The images were pulled, and the photographer fired, but the damage had already been done.
* When the Israelis inadvertently bombed a building containing civilians, the media rushed to report the Lebanese claim of 60 dead, causing an international outrage. It was later learned that less than half that number had been killed, but media retractions were barely muttered, and quickly buried.
Nor were questions raised by the total lack of male casualties in that number.
When news surfaced that the building had actually collapsed some 7 hours after it had been bombed, few questions were raised by what most would consider a remarkable occurrence.
* A few days later, every news channel played and re-played video of the Lebanese leader crying (literally) to an Arab summit that an Israeli bombing raid had killed 40 civilians. A few hours later it was reported (once) that the death toll was in fact only 2.
* An iconic photo of a limp Lebanese "victim" being pulled from rubble is proven false when said "victim" is shown in a later photo, at a different location, walking around with absolutely no injuries.
* The preponderance of images featuring children's toys (often in pristine condition) sitting atop mounds of rubble seems to raise no eyebrows, yet apparently only the Lebanese can afford toys for their children, as I have yet to see a single such photo highlighting the destruction in Israeli towns, caused by the Hizbollah's rockets.
* De facto embeds travelling with Hizbollah "handlers" point the camera where Hizbollah says to point it, and nowhere else.
In spite of the fact that everyone knew Hizbollah was operating in civilian centers, and in civilian garb, the media was in a frenzy when a single photo was smuggled out, clearly showing Hizbollah fighters in civilian clothing, perched on an anti-aircraft emplacement in the middle of a town.
* Not a night goes by when the cable news channels fail to make mention of Israel's former occupation of Lebanon, citing it as the initial reason for Hizbolla's formation.
However, only rarely is it mentioned that Israel's invasion, and subsequent occupation, were in response to cross-border raids and rocket attacks (by the PLO) from within Lebanon.
If that sounds familiar to you, it might be because that is exactly the cause of this "new" conflict !
* The BBC, in lock-step with the U.N., constantly finds moral equivalence between a U.N. member state, struggling against fanatics who have vowed to destroy her by any means, and a terror group using civilians as human shields, while lobbing rockets at civilian populations from across international borders.
* The other night, CNN showed an abundance of photos and video of dead Lebanese children without shying away, yet later the same night, in a program about Hizbollah, they shrank from showing the full video image of CIA station chief William Buckley, after having been been tortured and murdered by Hizbollah. Instead, they only showed his feet dangling above the floor.
Thus rage toward Israel is incited, and rage against Hizbollah muted... through deliberate editorial choice.
All of these examples relate to the reporting on the current hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah, but that is just one piece of a vastly more complex puzzle.
In every other facet of the larger war, the western media is doing an equally abysmal job.
From slanted coverage born of blatant bias, to subtle oversights and outright fabrications, the media war is being lost here at home and abroad.
The jihadis are willing to die for their cause, and they are counting on the squeamishness of the decadent West to cause us to wither and withdraw in the face of a long, dirty battle.
And the media, whether through duplicity or naivete, are helping the enemy to dispirit America, in what will prove to be a very long war:
* The constant drum-beat of negativity from Iraq, with nary a footnote to the tremendous job we have done toward rebuilding that broken and dysfunctional nation.
* The flagrant disregard for national security when releasing sensitive information about government anti-terror programs.
* The constant polling of every decision made by our government, and every action taken, with questions designed to polarize responses.
These are just a few instnaces of our media playing the role of Tokyo Rose. To Americans, the media shows a collection of isolated incidents, presented to heighten tension. To the international community, the media shows a nation divided, and paralyzed by political correctness. And to the jihadists, the media shows us as easy prey.
This is not my first blog post relating to the "War On Terror", nor will it be my last.
In the film "Fight Club", Brad Pitt's character, Tyler Durden, laments the fact that his generation has no Great War, no Great Depression... no great cause to fight for.
The film pre-dates 9/11, but it does not predate the war on terror which, by my estimate, truly began with the formation of Israel.
I find it somehow ironic that in "Fight Club", Tyler Durden ultimately turns to terrorism in response to this generation's lack of a great cause... yet the "War On Terror" is our generation's great cause.
We are in a war that was declared on us decades ago, though it took 3000 corpses, two fallen towers and a gaping hole in the Pentagon to open our eyes to that fact.
And since that time, we seem to have drifted off to sleep again... yet each day without a successful attack brings us one day closer to the next one.
As our collective eye drifts off the ball, we are in danger of losing this battle to an enemy who is focused, educated, well financed, media and tech savvy, battle hardened, fanatically devoted... and ultimately, deadly.
Our faith in our own strength is our greatest weakness, as so many Americans fail to recognize that we could actually LOSE this global war, and with it our way of life.
Gilad Shalit's Voice on Hamas Audio
An audio recording of Gilad Shalit, the IDF soldier who was abducted 1 year ago today, was released by Hamas. It is the first solid proof of life since he was kidnapped in Gaza by the Army of Islam last year.
"Mother and father, my sister and brother, my friends in the Israel Defense Forces. I greet you from prison and miss you all," he said.
"I have spent a full year in prison, and my health is still deteriorating, and I need a prolonged hospitalization. I regret the lack of interest on the part of the Israeli government and the Israel Defense Forces in my case and their refusal to meet the demands of the al-Kassam brigades," he added.
Schalit's father, Noam, listened to the tape on Channel 2 television, asking the station to play it a second time for the soldier's mother to hear. He said it appeared that the statement was coerced.
"I imagine that it's the same as the letter they dictated to him and doesn't reflect his real state," he said. "We want somebody independent to see him, to examine him and the conditions under which he is held, his medical condition of course and his mental (state)."
Defense Minister Ehud Barak also offered a quick response to the tape, saying that its contents demonstrate that the organization which is responsible for the fate of Schalit is Hamas.
New Zawahri Video Urges Hamas to Implement Sharia Law
Al-Zawahiri urged Hamas to implement Islamic law in Gaza, telling it, "Taking over power is not a goal but a means to implement God's word on earth."
"Unite with mujahedeen (holy warriors) in Palestine ... and with all mujahedeen in the world in the face of the upcoming attack where Egyptians and Saudis are expected to play part of it," he added, suggesting that the two countries intend to attack Hamas to uproot its control of Gaza.
"Provide them (Hamas) with money, do your best to get it there, break the siege imposed on them by crusaders and Arab leaders traitors," al-Zawahiri, who is Usama bin Laden's top deputy, said, addressing Muslims around the world. "Facilitate weapons smuggling from neighboring countries."
"We can support them by targeting the crusader and Zionist interest wherever we can," al-Zawahiri said.
The video is 25 minutes long and features a short clip of Zawahri and Osama bin-Laden back in the glory days, accompanied by a still picture of Zawahiri and a mind-numbing audio track. I've already posted the good part of the visuals above. I'll post the transcript when it becomes available.
Yemen Beats Up Little Girl (Journalist Al-Khaiwani's Daughter)
Well-Known Yemeni Journalist Detained
JEDDAH, 25 June 2007 — Just two weeks after participating in a judiciary and freedom of the press conference in Kuwait, well-known Yemeni journalist and former editor in chief of the country’s Al-Shoura newspaper, Abdul Karim Al-Khiwani, was forcibly detained last Wednesday by Yemeni national security forces....
“They told me I was arrested because of CDs about the Saada war,” he told Arab News from his cell in Sanaa. The CDs were found in his house following his arrest on Wednesday when he was dragged to the police station still in his pajamas.
“They slapped my seven-year-old daughter while searching the house so hard that she fainted,” said Al-Khiwani.
He said the CDs he had are no secret and that most journalists in Yemen have them. They do not contain terrorist information. They only provide information about the conditions of civilians in Saada and the number of civilians who have died there....
Al-Khiwani thinks that this arrest, his second, is a kind of payback by the Yemeni government. He was arrested for seven months in 2004 for alleged support of the rebel movement in Saada. Al-Khiwani explained in Kuwait and also from his cell that he feels many problems come from his writing in the media about the Yemeni president’s attempts to ensure that his son will inherit the office.
Slapped his daughter so hard she lost consciousness? The actual terror supporters are in the Yemeni government. This is a fact. So they arrest this activist, beat him and his little girl, and call *him* a terrorist? No one is falling for it.
Video : Gingrich on the Amnesty Bill
June 24, 2007
Video : The Amnesty Bill Blues
James Kole, who brought us "I've Got a Crush on Fred Thompson's Politics," has another nice piece:
More on James Kole here.
Kidnapped Reporter Shown in Video Wearing Explosive Belt (UPDATED and Bumped with Video)
Not good news about Alan Johnston, the BBC reporter kidnapped in Gaza more than 3 months ago (via Reuters):
GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Sunday that the kidnappers of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston have made a new video of the abducted journalist wearing what appeared to be explosives around his waist.
Haniyeh, prime minister of the Hamas-led government sacked by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, disclosed the video of Johnston in his first major speech since Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip just over a week ago.
"In the past they showed him in an orange uniform. Today they showed him with an explosives belt round his waist," Haniyeh said.
A Palestinian source close to the negotiations confirmed the existence of a new tape showing Johnston wearing an explosives belt. The tape has not been aired publicly but the contents were shared with Haniyeh.
The bomb belt is apparently meant to discourage any rescue attempts. Haniyeh says he was persuaded by the British government not to try a rescue for fear than Johnston would be killed in the process. How much of that is believable is open to debate, but Hamas has their credibility at stake here, since one of the first things they did after their successful coup earlier this month was to announce that Johnston would be free within 24 hours.
While we pray for Alan's safety and swift release, let's remember another Gaza captive who's been held even longer: tomorrow Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit marks the 1-year anniversary of his kidnapping by Hezbollah. May his family be blessed with his return home soon.
Correction: Thanks to Kafir for pointing out that Gilad was kidnapped by the Army of Islam, not Hezbollah, who did however kidnap Udi Goldwasser and Eldad Regev 3 weeks after the Shalit abduction. Let's keep them in our prayers too.
Gore Vidal: Homophobe?
The jack-booted homophobic fascism of the
Christian right's vitriolic anti-war left's leading voices is really heating up!
Vidal, 81, told the London Observer: "Edmund White will yet be feeling the wrath of my lawyers. It's unethical and vicious to make it very clear that this old faggot writer is based on me, and that I'm madly in love with Timothy McVeigh, who I never met."Easy there, Viddy!
I'm sure Glenn Rick Ellensburg Greenwald will just be erupting in outrage, followed by a gobsmackingly infuriated set of rhetorical salvos from Andrew Sullivan. The dynamic duo often have many nuanced things to say about the homophobia they perceive from the "right." What about the blatant, homophobic hate-speech in their own house?
Former Grey's Anatomy star Isiah Washington, for example, was forced to go through a media-driven public humiliation and flogging over his use of the "F-word." Will Gore Vidal be given the same treatment? He's not exactly a nobody, you know.
Gilad Shalit being held in booby-trapped Gaza building
On the eve of his 1-year anniversary as a captive in Gaza, Reuters reports that kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit is being held in an explosives-laden basement near the town of Rafah, in southern Gaza.
The television report said Shalit was being cared for by two captors with whom he had formed a "cordial" relationship and he was being treated fairly.
Shalit's living quarters were described as a two-room underground store with enough supplies to last two weeks, accessible down a ladder through a 15-meter deep shaft which the report said was lined with explosives.
It added that the captors receive supplies and newspaper cuttings every two weeks and that they had been ordered to take good care of their prisoner.
Last year, Shalit's captors refused to accept a pair of eye glasses sent by his parents because they feared they were embedded with miniature electronic devices.
Start to notice a pattern here? (See previous story on Alan Johnston's bomb-belt).
Meanwhile, Gilad's father has told Israeli Prime Minister Olmert: Free my son or quit.
Jerusalem - The father of an Israeli soldier snatched one year ago in a cross-border raid launched from the Gazs Strip called Sunday on the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign if he was unable to secure the release of his son. "It's the test of a leader", Noam Shalit said at a rally in Jerusalem marking one year since the abduction. "If you do not know what to do, give your portfolio to someone who can bring about results immediately."
And an Israeli MK has tied Gilad's release to any humanitarian aid given to Gaza :
"I assume the government will reach some kind of decision in the coming days regarding the opening of the crossings into Gaza," MK Levy told Arutz-7's Hebrew newsmagazine on Sunday morning. "This, in order to avoid a humanitarian crisis in Gaza where people die of disease and hunger."
"But we have some humanitarian demands of our own," Levy said. "I propose that the Government of Israel make its continued humanitarian aid contingent upon the release of Gilad Shalit. We must say: If you ignore the humanitarian need of his family, and of all Israel, and keep him with you, then we too will keep our aid from reaching Gaza."
MK Levy, whose daughter was killed by a car bomb in Jerusalem in 2003, isn't buying Hamas's claim that they have n othing to do with the Shalit kidnapping:
Asked about the claim that the kidnappers are not controlled by the Hamas government, Rabbi Levy said, "To say that they're just a bunch of wild guys who don't listen to orders - I don't accept that. The whole Hamas regime is the same way... The world understands this, and will therefore accept our demand. This is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the terrorists' plight. There's no reason for us to be so good-hearted. If they don't want to run out of flour in a week or two, then let them give us back Gilad."
A New Al-Qaeda Leader in Yemen? Maybe, Maybe Not
In Yemen, a significant number of leaders in the security forces, military and business community have sympathies and ties to al-Qaeda, or the international jihaddist network if you prefer. The Yemeni regime at a minimum turns a blind eye to facilitation of terror activities (financing, travel, training, documents). Most suicide bombers in Iraq are from Yemen and North Africa, US officials reported. The case can be made that tools of the Yemeni state support terrorism.
Many dedicated hard core Islamics support the regime. The Salifi movement endorsed President Saleh in September's presidential election, issuing a fatwa that it is impermissible to vote against him. It is against Salifi precepts to oppose a Muslim ruler, ie- Saleh has not been labeled an apostate. Similarly, during the recent Sa'ada war which the state fought against Shia rebels, the Ministry of Defense issued a fatwa labeling the fight a prescribed jihad. Numerous Islamic extremist groups joined the war on behalf of the regime as did thousands of Salifi tribesmen. Islamists fighting for Saleh is nothing new. During the 1994 civil war in Yemen, the Islamists fought the Southern socialists forces based on a fatwa ruling that the Southerners were apostates for advocating a secular government.
Days prior to Yemen's September election, two terror attacks against oil facilities were thwarted. There have been no successful terror attacks in Yemen since the 2002 Limburgh tanker bombing. The thwarted attacks, which President Saleh and the state publicly tied to the opposition candidate (total hogwash I must say) certainly impacted the election. About six weeks later a previously unheard of group calling itself al-Qaeda in Yemen issued a statement claiming responsibility. Many disputed the authenticity of the statement, which could have been cooked up in Saleh's kitchen.
Now there is a new statement announcing a leader of the group, Abu Basir Nasir al-Wahishi, who is one of the 23 escapees who dug out of a maximum security prison with spoons in February 2006. Its widely suspected the escapees had some inside help at a high level. I do not automatically accept this new "al-Qaeda statement" or the prior one at face value. The announcement may be true. However, it may be a regime ploy to divert attention from some of its many failings or to elicit support and aid from Western governments. Top level a-Qaeda representatives have previously reported they were pleased with Saleh, the Political Security Organization and their methods of accommodating released al-Qaeda prisoners. I'd like to know if this is the same website that published the earlier statement. To follow are excerpts of the statement from the Italian News Agency, AKI
A man identifying himself as Abu Basir Nasir al-Wahishi - one of 28 (ed-23) terrorist suspects who in February 2006 fled a high security prison in Sanaa - has claimed in an audio message posted on Islamist internet forums that he is the leader of al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen. The man who also uses the battlename Abu Hureira al-Sanaani, said his group's full name is al-Qaeda of the Jihad in Yemen... "I have been nominated leader of al-Qaeda in Yemen and I say no to any surrender to government forces. Ignorance and Islam can never blend together. Several tyrants have tried to insert ignorance in Islam but they have all failed," the man said in the 20 minute-long recording.
"They want us to renege our beliefs and to repudiate some of our principles. But during this time when they have been waging their crusader war, the enemies are being defeated as is happening in Afghanistan at the hands of the mujahadeen," Yemen authorities have for some time suspected an al-Qaeda presence in the country blaming the terror network for a failed attempt to attack two oil plants last September.Source: AKI
Al-Wahishi's name is not on the list of 22 escapees published by the Yemen Times in February 2006 or at News Yemen, although it is on a list of issued by the Yemeni government and published by Reuters.
Shortly after the February escape, the regime released an Afghan Arab who was a Yemeni Intelligence Officer acquitted in the bombing of the USS Cole, along with 11 others, UPI reported. Since then several others have been released either through rehabilitation, mediation or escapes. However, they just arrested my good friend the journalist, again. And the US has praised the increasing level of press freedom in Yemen, by which they must a reduction in attacks on journalists. I think they ought to count again.
Gina Elise of Pin Ups for Vets is Asking for Your Support
She has been hard at work on the 2008 Pin Ups for Vets calendar and sent me an e-mail asking for a little bit of help. Here is what she sent:
It's Gina...I am coming down to the finish line on the '08 calendar! Wrapped up shooting a few weeks ago...
Quick question for you...
I had an idea this year to get sponsors to place ads on the website & in the calendar to help pay for the initial printing costs of the calendar. Do you have any friends who have businesses that would like to place an ad in the calendar? The ad will be $100 and really is like 2 ads because I will put one in the printed copy of the calendar & one on the website.
As you know, the website is nearing 50,000 hits in just over 6 months...and I am hoping for a lot more if I can get this into a national publication this year...and the calendars have gone out all over the world
Anyway, just thought I'd throw it out there to you to see if you knew of anyone who would be interested in this.
Did I tell you that this year, the funds raised will go directly to Walter Reed? I am planning a trip out there in December to deliver the calendars donated from this year as holiday gifts for the injured vets.
Ok...well let me know!
Thanks a million.
Know anyone that wouldn't mind putting $100 dollars down to help support our troops? If so, please pass this along to them.
If you would like to take part in our brand new super exciting Blog Sabbath Hot Chicks for Fred 08 poster contest, send yours to Vinnie because he needs the hassle.
Fatwas will be issued.
Update: Fatwas issued!
The much coveted, "I cut u neck fatwa", issued against Vinnie for playing along.
The, "Damn I'm good Fatwa", issued against Howie for being so effing cool.
The brand new, "Ya'll suck!" fatwa issued against the rest of you for being a bunch of non participating schmucks.
Dunkin' Donuts Asks For Federal Help
In this topsy-turvy world in which we live, I wouldn't be surprised to see the judge tell them they're not allowed to follow the law, but I'm glad to see they're trying:
[Dunkin' Donuts has] filed a lawsuit in federal court asking a judge to terminate the franchise agreement it has with two stores in Central Jersey, saying the owners knowingly accepted false documents, used false Social Security numbers and paid employees in cash.God Bless Dunkin' Donuts. I wish them the best on this.
The company has filed similar lawsuits seeking to sever ties with franchises in Boston, Atlanta and Florida, where it is has accused three franchises of hiring illegal immigrants.
The lawsuits come a year after Dunkin’ Donuts became the most well-known corporation to enroll in Basic Pilot, a voluntary U.S. Department of Homeland Security program that allows employers to perform electronic document checks to verify that applicants are eligible to work.
Under the Senate bill, the electronic verification program, currently used by less than 1 percent of all U.S. businesses, would become mandatory.
Ali Hassan al-Majid To Hang
He is also known as Chemical Ali
Via CNN: BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An Iraq court on Sunday sentenced three former aides to Saddam Hussein, including the man known as "Chemical Ali," to death by hanging for their role in a 1980s genocide campaign that that killed up to 100,000 Kurds.A little reminder of why this man needs hanging below the fold.
Ali Hassan al-Majid, Hussein's first cousin, earned his nickname for atrocities committed in a military campaign code-named Operation Anfal during the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war.
In the scorched earth attacks, poisonous gas and chemicals were used against the Kurds.
Also sentenced to death was Sultan Hashem Ahmed, Iraqi army commander during the war with Iran. In 1988, he was named chief-in-charge of the Anfal operation.
The third defendant to hang is Hussein Rashid Mohammed, former deputy general commander of the Iraqi armed force, assistant chief of staff for military operations, and former Republican Guard commander.
Human Rights Abuses in Iran
This needs to get much more play in the mainstream press. It likely won't, because these aren't US soldiers. They are the jack-booted, masked thugs that are the official arm of the Iranian thought/morality police.
Michelle is right. Where are all of the weekend humanitarian warriors on the left over these abuses by a fascist, totalitarian theocracy? Where is Amnesty International? Where are the Rosies, the Sean Penns, the Dixie Chicks, the Cameron Diazes, etc.? They're bitching about George Bush wielding "the Christian right" as some kind of "weapon" against "the people." Like the brain dead, willfully blind moonbat wankers that they are. News to you, I know.
Peace in Yemen?
Don't Miss Jawa Co-Blogger and Yemen Expert Jane Novak's article on a possible peace deal in Yemen via The Arab American News:
The Sa'ada war in northern Yemen may be coming to a close. The Yemeni government announced on June 15 that a cease-fire had been negotiated through the good offices of the Emir of Qatar. Shi'a rebels agreed to lay down their arms after nearly three years of fighting. Hopes are high that an end to hostilities will allow immediate assistance to over a half a million Yemenis in Sa'ada province adversely affected by the fighting.
The rebellion began in 2004 led by cleric Hussain al-Houthi. According to government officials, the rebels aimed to re-institute the Shi'a theocracy overthrown by North Yemen's republican revolution in 1962. After Hussain was killed in 2004, leadership of the movement transferred to his brother, Abdelmalik al-Houthi. The rebels, known as the Houthis, say they oppose Yemen's alliance with the U.S. and regime corruption.
Yemeni officials repeatedly accused both Libya and Iran of funding the rebellion situated on the Yemeni-Saudi border. An informed source maintains that the Houthis received millions of dollars from an African country. Monetary transfers intended for the rebels began in the summer of 2006 and continued into 2007, the source claims. This and other reports of foreign meddling raised the specter of the bloody rebellion spiraling into a proxy war between regional heavyweights with hundreds of thousands of Yemeni civilians caught in the middle....
June 23, 2007
Left-wingers Turning on Amnesty Bill
Via the Washington Times:
Labor and Hispanic groups yesterday told senators to scrap their immigration bill and go back to the drawing board, saying that the proposal now before the Senate has become too harsh on illegal aliens and a poor deal for U.S. workers.h/t : Larwyn
In separate press conferences, the Hispanic rights groups and labor leaders, including the AFL-CIO, joined a growing group of critics from both the left and the right who say current law is better than the immigration bill that President Bush and a small bipartisan group of senators are pushing.
"This takes a problem we have and, instead of solving it, makes it worse," said Richard L. Trumka, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO. He said the temporary-worker program that the bill sets up would hurt U.S. workers by providing a source of cheap labor that would depress Americans' wages.
Meanwhile from the immigrant-advocacy side, a handful of Hispanic groups yesterday said the Senate bill started off poorly, became worse after the first two weeks of amendments and is now unfixable.
Video : Seminar on How to Not Find American Workers
This is almost hard to believe--and infuriating:
h/t : Larwyn
UPDATE : It is is my opinion that this is the guy who's running this show:
Lawrence Lebowitz, Director - email@example.comIt is also my opinion that these guys are Lawrence Lebowitz's bosses:
Jack W. Elliott, President, CEO, and Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Danes Upping the Ante - "Mohammed Burns Tonight"
Breaking news: Muhammed burn[s] tonightGates of Vienna (via Larwyn) has more on Sankt Hans aften:
Tonight is ikkeheksen there burn from however him here! Says private section
The editorial office has received a letter from enhemmelig section. Last walk they sent a letter to the editorial office, claimed they that they had set 4000 muhammed- drawings up amid tea Dinner east (evilfestival) to henhv. Copenhagen, Odense, Århus and Slice. Vi getting after billeddokumentation remittance that certify this.
Today is Midsummer’s Day — Saint Hans’ Day in Denmark — and the traditional Danish midsummer custom is to burn an effigy of a witch in order to banish evil from the country and ensure the good fortune of the people in the coming year. This year there’s going to be a slight variation on the usual ritual.More from Wikipedia:
According to SIAD, a previously secret group is planning to burn an effigy of Mohammed instead of a witch, to symbolize the need to rid Western Europe of a new kind of evil. Tomorrow the group will release a video of tonight’s Midsummer bonfire.
It has been celebrated since the times of the Vikings, by visiting healing water wells and making a large bonfire to ward away evil spirits. Today the water well tradition is gone. Bonfires on the beach, speeches, picnics and songs are traditional, although bonfires are built in many other places where beaches may not be close by (i.e. on the shores of lakes and other waterways, parks, etc.). In the 1920s a tradition of putting a witch made of straw and cloth on the bonfire emerged as a remembrance of the church's witchburnings from 1540 to 1693 (but unofficially a witch was lynched as late as 1897). This burning sends the witch to Bloksbjerg, the mountain 'Brocken' in the Harz region of Germany where the great witch gathering was thought to be held on this day.
Insurgents, Tehran, Over...
Tehran, Insurgents, Copy.....
Speaking of Iran, Check the progress on Iranian Divestment in California and Florida here at Rocket's Brain Trust. My apologies for not keeping up with this.
The Only Way
A little Instapundit post like this one can cause such a reaction from my little blog bitch Oliver Willis and Kevin Drum at Washington Monthly......is......there must be some truth to it. Stuff just doesn't get that kind of reaction unless you feel guilty about err something, like say maybe selling out your country for political gain?
Updated: (below the fold)
Ooops had two ls in Oliver, Sorry about that Oliver, My bad. The only way a little blog post by Howie can get this much attention.....
Hey folks, the wife is due any day now. If she doesn't have the baby tonight or tomorrow, she's scheduled to be induced Monday. So, if I'm not around much next week now you why.
Cigars, all around!
The Amnesty Wobblers
Word on the street is that these senators are looking for guidance as to how they should vote on cloture:
Bond (R-Mo.),Please render some clear and unambiguous guidance to these wandering souls.
h/t : Ace.
CCCI CONVICTS 99: SENTENCES 16 TO DEATH, 7 TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT
Racking up the numbers today! If you follow the link to Centcom, be sure to surf around all the releases. Quite a collection this week.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) convicted 99 individuals from May 20 to June 2 for violations of the Iraqi Terrorist Law, Penal Code and Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Orders enforced by the Iraqi judiciary.
Six Iraqis were convicted of torture and kidnapping and sentenced to death May 20. Convicted were: Moaazea Khazaal Abdul, 47; Hussein Jihad Hassan, 51; Abd Al Qadar Qasim Jameel, 35; Mustafa Mahmoud Ismael, 31; Qais Habib Aslem, 50; and Islam Mustafa Abd Al Sattar, 20; all from Iraq.
The six kidnapped and tortured an Iraqi man, his son and nephew and held them for $100,000 ransom near the Adhamiyah district in Baghdad. Before being captured by Soldiers from the 1st Battalion 26th Infantry Regiment Sept. 26, 2006, the group killed the man's nephew.
The six were convicted of violating Article 424 of the Iraqi Penal Code.
The Central Criminal Court sentenced Marwan Jassim Hamadi, 21; Ali Akil Abass, 19; and Talab Abulla Abbas, 26, to death May 21 for kidnapping and torturing an Iraqi man in Al Anbar province. Marines from the 3rd Recon Battalion, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, captured the terrorists Nov. 28, 2006 - less than five hours before the terrorists were planning to execute the Iraqi man they had kidnapped. The three were convicted of violating Article 4/1 of the Iraqi Terrorist Law.
Faris Abdallah Alwan, 27, was sentenced to death May 20 by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq for serving as the media and propaganda emir for a terrorist organization. He was captured by Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Division (Airborne) Dec. 13, 2006 in Baghdad.
Faris was convicted for distributing and posting terrorist propaganda on websites in violation of Article 4/1 of the Iraqi Terrorist Law.
Ali Ahmad Abd Al Wahid, 23, and Fawwaz Mukhlif Al Qaydi, 28, were sentenced to death by the CCCI May 28 for violating Article 4/1 of the Iraqi Terrorist Law. Ali, a Libyan citizen, and Fawwaz, a Saudi Arabian citizen, both came to Iraq to conduct terrorist operations. They were captured by Iraqi Army units in Al Anbar and were turned over to Multi-National Forces Feb. 20, 2007.
Ahmed Nory Mohammed, 29, and Hosham Bidawe, 27, were sentenced to death May 30 for engaging in terrorist acts, including kidnapping. The two Iraqis were captured Jan. 9, 2007 by Marines from the 3rd Recon Battalion, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force prior to carrying out a planned execution of an Iraqi doctor. The two were convicted of violating Article 4/1 of the Iraqi Terrorist Law.
Dawud Salaman Al Ubydi, 39, an admitted member of Al Qaeda, was sentenced to death May 30 for participating in suicide bombing and vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks on the Sheraton and Al Hamah hotels and arranging transportation for Al Qaeda numerous times for various operations. Dawud was captured Sept. 28, 2006 and was convicted of violating Article 4/1 of the Iraqi Terrorist Law.
Mohammed Ali Khorshed, 29, was sentenced to death May 30 by the CCCI.
Mohammed was the Ansar Al Sunna Military Emir of Baqubah and was responsible for supervising up to 50 insurgents. He admitted to conducting numerous IED attacks against Multi-National Forces and was convicted of violating Article 4/1 of the Iraqi Terrorist Law.
In addition to the death penalty sentences, the Central Criminal Court of Iraq sentenced seven Iraqi's to life imprisonment May 21 and 22 for violating Article 4/1 of the Iraqi Terrorist Law and Article 421 of the Iraq Penal Code for kidnapping.
The Central Criminal Court of Iraq also sentenced seven Iraqis to 30 years imprisonment and 11 Iraqis to 20 years imprisonment for violating CPA Order 3/2003, illegal weapons possession. Twelve Iraqis were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for organizing, heading, leading or joining an armed group, a violation of Article 194 of the Iraqi Penal Code. Fourteen Iraqis were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for illegal weapons possession, a violation of CPA Order 3/2003. Two Iraqis were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for violating Article 4/1 of the Iraqi Terrorist Law and two others were sentenced to 15 years for violating Article 10/1 of the Iraqi Passport Law.
Four Iraqis were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for violating Article 10/1 of the Iraqi Passport Law; three were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for violating CPA Order 3/2003, illegal weapons possession; and two were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for using explosives to harm others, a violation of Article 345 of the Iraqi Penal Code.
Twelve Iraqis were convicted of violating CPA Order 3/2003, possession of illegal weapons, and were sentenced to one to seven years imprisonment; two were convicted of violating Article 27/3 of the Iraqi Penal Code for possession of illegal weapons and were sentenced to one year imprisonment. Five Iraqis were sentenced to two to seven years imprisonment for illegal use of documents, counterfeiting, and using explosives to harm others.
Since its establishment under an amendment to CPA Order 13, in April 2004, the Central Criminal Court has held 2,211 trials for suspected criminals apprehended by Coalition Forces. The Iraqi Court proceedings have resulted in the conviction of 1,957 individuals with sentences ranging from imprisonment to death.
Enemy Casualty Rate Skyrockets!
That's right, 90 dead al-Qaeda fighters in one day! When, we inquired with Top Men at the Pentagon to
congrat.....er....uh....concerned about the high number of casualties among the enemy. We were told,....
"During these operations, you can expect seriously high numbers enemy deaths. We take every precaution to avoid having people, who are trying to kill us, left alive. Then, having to go back and kill them later. It's just not an efficient use of the taxpayers money.Seriously we did kill a pretty nice pile of Jihadis.
Via Yahoo News: BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. and Iraqi forces say they have killed 90 al Qaeda fighters around Baghdad during one of the biggest combined offensives against the Sunni Islamist group since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.What is the limit on Al-Qaeda and other species of Jihadis anyway? Oh I forgot, it's Open Season...
Seven U.S. soldiers were killed in roadside bomb attacks in and around the capital on Saturday, underscoring a warning from military commanders that U.S. casualties are likely to mount as more troops are put in harm's way.
U.S. air strikes on Saturday killed seven suspected al Qaeda fighters in Tikrit in Salahuddin province and near the city of Falluja, west of Baghdad, the U.S.
Banned PBS Documentary: Muslims Against Jihad Airs Tonight on FOX NEWS CHANNEL
Via FOXNEWS: — Saturday, June 23 at 9 p.m. ET — Repeats Sunday, June 24 at 3 a.m. ET — Tune in this weekend, as FOX News Channel presents the documentary the Public Broadcasting System didn't want you to see. — It's a film about the difference between moderate Muslims …I think that since the taxpayers paid for this film, it should be uploaded to the intertubes so that people who don't get Fox New Channel can see it. Namely me.
Hat Tip: Allah Pundit.
Muslims To Queen, "Go To Hell"
Via The Daily Mail, which makes sense, its seems every day there are Muslims burning stuff and spitting in the face of the natins that host them. If I were queen, I think I'd reopen the Tower of London to new guests.
Muslims burned the flag of St George and called for the Queen to 'Go to Hell' in a furious rally held in London over Salman Rushdie's knighthood.Are we sure this isn't what they are so upset about?
Angry Muslim extremists rallying at Regents Park Mosque said that anger over the award could match the fierce reaction to publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Denmark in 2006.
Organisers of a protest outside the mosque claimed several hundred demonstrators were denouncing the decision to reward Rushdie, whose novel "The Satanic Verses" led to a death threat from Iran in 1989.
"This knighthood is just another example of Tony Blair and his government's attempts to secularize Muslims and reward apostates,"
Ht Tip: LGF.
History Channel Australia to Air Moronic 'Loose Change'
Absolutely disgraceful. This is below the History Channel (or any channel, save Democracy NOW!)
Get on the horn or on email and let them know how you feel about them airing what amounts to a modern Holocaust-denial film riddled with inaccuracies, lies and distortions about one of the darkest days in American history:
Postal Address :
The History Channel
GPO Box 99
SYDNEY NSW 2001
Courier Address :
The History Channel
5 Thomas Holt Drive
Nth Ryde NSW 2113
Phone Number: +6 12 9813 6000
Web feedback page:
Do not let this travesty go unchallenged. Get on the phone or on email and do it TODAY.
Taliban Baby Killers Get Two Little Girls
The Brave Mujahadbeens are out shooting at little girls for learning their ABCs, again.
Via The BBC:A group of girls returning home from school in Afghanistan's Logar province recently did not for a moment expect what lay ahead.Oh, and one of those new suicide bombers the Taliban sent off was picked up a bit short of NYC, he did make it to a check point in Afghanistan. Not a bad effort considering he was only six years old.
As they walked down a dirt track, insurgents sprang out of the parched farms and began firing on them.
Some of them fled into the farm, but two girls, one aged 13, the other 10, were killed in the ambush. Three of their friends were wounded........
More from The BBC via Prairie Pundit: The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), to which Britain contributes 5,000 troops in southern Afghanistan, revealed that soldiers defused an explosive vest which had been placed on a six-year-old who had been told to attack Afghan army forces in the east of the country.Six. Years. Old.
The boy was spotted after appearing confused at a checkpoint. The vest was defused and no one was hurt........RIA
Tat Tip: Prairie Pundit.
CNN Can't Find Afghanistan on Map
Even the "experts" on CNN get the most basic facts about the war wrong from time to time. Syria? Afghanistan? What's the difference?
Of course, we're not allowed to criticize them or even notice this kind of stuff. According to film critic and noted military expert Roger Ebert, pointing out when journalists are wrong is tantamount to killing them.
Chris Wallace Grills Rudy on Guns & Immigration
Freedom Journal Iraq #676
This edition features stories on the effort it takes for U.S. Soldiers to earn the trust of some local Iraqis, U.S. Soldiers rebuilding bases for Coalition Forces and Soldiers going through Humvee rollover training. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
Freedom Journal Iraq #676
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VideoFest: ANSWER, Brown Supremecists Get Pwn3d By Various Patriots
A few months old, but perfect for some weekend red meat.
Starting off, we have ANSWER and various brown supremacist groups and individuals rallying for illegal immigration and against three incarcerated border agents. They get confronted by a group of Lindsay Graham's America-supporting bigots. We soon see, however, who the real bigots and totalitarians are.
Who are the haters? Whose country is this? Who cares, say the friggin' jackasses in Congress! Let 'em all in! They're patriots, hating the legal Americans that legal Americans refuse to hate! Go Team Bush! Tell the bigots to shut up, Lindsay (if you can even identify them)!
WATCH VIDS BELOW THE FOLD (ALL VIDEOS FILMED IN AMERICA) -->
Watch a pro-illegal nutjob try spitting on the anti-illegal protestors get punked by the police:
And here we have some loud-mouthed b*tches chanting "La Raza something" slinging racist, foul-mouthed hate at protesters who have the audacity to suggest that the laws of our country be enforced:
Here they are after throwing a bottle of water at an elderly women, screaming hate at her in Spanish, and mocking her:
And here, we have a Mexican racist telling anti-illegals to "go back to Europe." Wonder who he votes for - we're apparently racist, murdering, thieving, illegal citizens here in the US:
And we leave with a drunk, loud racist scraming for us to "go back to Germany," and even yelling "Viva Saddam Hussein" at one point.
Now go PASS that amnesty! The survival of the nation depends on letting these racists get what they're demanding!
June 22, 2007
The CAIR - al Qaeda Connection?
Most around here know of the ties between CAIR and Hamas. You'll recall that CAIR has been named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case against the leaders of the Hamas money laundering scheme at the Holy Land Foundation.
But what about a CAIR connection to al Qaeda? At the very least, this article from Front Page suggests that the early leaders of CAIR travelled in the same circles as al Qaeda supporters. I don't know if that makes them guilty of anything more than bad taste in friends. Maybe it's a case of the bad hanging out with the worse--and related to them through marriage. I just don't know.
In any event, the connections outlined in the article are disturbing. You'll just have to read the whole thing.
Convicted Internet Jihadi's al Qaeda Connection
Can you say Black Widow? Yesterday I reported that Tunisian Moez Garsallaoui and his Belgian wife Malika al-Aroud had been convicted in a Swiss court for running a number of al Qaeda propaganda website. You'll recall that they both claimed they had no knowledge about what was being said on the website. Let me assure you that the al-Minbar websites, run by the couple, were some of the most vile pro-violent jihad websites out there.
Moez Garsallaoui was given six months in prison and Malika al-Aroud was given a suspended sentence. That means she will serve no time for her involvement in the distribution of al Qaeda propaganda--including disgustingly vile hostage beheading videos which the forum cheered on. Outrageous!
But I wonder if the judge would have been so lenient if he knew that Malika al-Aaroud's now deceased husband was Abdessater Dahmane? Because if the judge knew that and released her back on to the streets of Switzerland, then there is really little hope for Europe's future.
Who was Abdessater Dahmane? He was one of the al Qaeda assassins who murdered Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, on September 9, 2001. Dahmane was one of the two assassins who pretended to be journalists. In their interview with Massoud, immediately before they set off the bomb believed to have been hidden in the video camera they brought along, they expressed their support for Osama bin Laden.
The timing of Massoud's death was almost certainly linked to the 9/11 plot---an attempt to hurt the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance before any possible American retaliation.
In August of 2004, just as the al-Minbar websites run by the couple were beginning to be investigated, CNN sat down with Moez Garsallaoui and Malika al-Aroud. While yesterday it was Moez who got the jail time, the CNN interview made it obvious that it was his wife, the burqa clad Malika, who wore the pants in that family:
We met el Aroud on a cold February day in Guin, a small town in Switzerland north of Fribourg. She lives there with her new husband, a Tunisian named Moez Garsalloui, whom she gently bosses around. She is a woman who says what she thinks....And it was not only her second husband that Malika seems to have dominated. Her relationship with her former al Qaeda assassin husband seems to have been quite unusual, to say the least. From a PBS Frontline special:
El Aroud is a passionate believer in bin Laden's jihad and, together with her new husband, devotes her time to running a Web site promoting it....
Gazing into CNN's cameras she told us, "It's the pinnacle in Islam to be the widow of a martyr. For a woman it's extraordinary."...
"Abdessater [her former husband] dreamed of being under Osama bin Laden's orders," she said. "Yes, he dreamed of pledging allegiance to him. Oh yes. That was his dream. It was to meet Osama bin Laden and to shake his hand and put himself under his orders."
In mid-2001 Abdessater went to Afghanistan. El Aroud said he was determined to find a theater to fight in, preferably Chechnya. But bin Laden recruited him into al Qaeda, and he trained at a camp in Jalalabad....
Yet el Aroud described this as a happy time; she was reunited with her husband and had been accepted into a close-knit community. Only later did she realize that she had lived in the "middle of Osama bin Laden's clan," a circle, she told CNN, that included bin Laden's wives.
"They seemed happy from what I could tell," she said. "They were radiant, even. Otherwise they wouldn't be married to him. I don't think he was forceful with them." ...
El Aroud said she learned of her husband's death on September 12, 2001. As she described how the families around her came to congratulate her for her husband's actions there was noticeable tension in her voice. It was a huge shock to her, and for weeks after she was numb with grief, she said.
An al Qaeda courier dropped off a letter from bin Laden that included $500. She said bin Laden had wanted to settle a debt. With the letter came a tape, chillingly from her dead husband in which he told her he loved her but that he was "already on the other side." ....
She is undaunted by the investigation into her Web site and she ushered us into her bedroom to show us how she runs the forum. As the crew recorded from behind her, a large image popped on her computer monitor -- Osama bin Laden.
Abdessatar Dahmane, one of the two Tunisians settled in Belgium who murdered Ahmed Shah Massoud, took his wife, Malika el Aroud (a Belgian citizen born in Tangier, Morocco), to Afghanistan. She wrote a book in French, telling how her husband behaved like a 'modern' man (sewing the buttons on his shirt because she hated doing such tasks).Are we seeing a pattern her? As the CNN article makes clear, it was Malika al-Aroud, and not her husband, who was the force behind the website. If any one deserves jail time, it was her.
Today, this friend of the bin Laden family and open supporter of al Qaeda, walks the streets of Guin, Switzerland.
Jawa Report Being Censored by Marines and Navy?
As the son of a Marine, the grandson of a Marine killed in the South Pacific, and an ardent supporter of the Marines--real support, the kind of support which goes beyond wishing them safety and includes praying for their swift victory-- I find this a bit perplexing......
Please, someone say this isn't so. I'd love to hear that it was some kind of a glitch in the system, of some error only affecting this particular Marine at his particular work area.
A Marine sent it to me with the following letter of explanation. The letter has been redacted to help keep him anonymous:
Yesterday I emailed Rusty at the Jawa Report because I thought this only affected him. But today I discovered that all MuNu sites are now blocked by NMCI (Navy-Marine Corps Internet). As far as I can tell this has only been in effect since the beginning of this week.I'm speechless. Is it just mu.nu that's being blocked, or has anyone heard of any other bloggers or blogger domains that are also on the Navy's hit list?
This means that Marines (and Sailors) cannot access your blog from any NMCI DoD computer system in at least [part of the U.S.] and likely the whole country.
For deployed systems, this is not uncommon, as bandwidth is at a premium. But here in [place X], that's an honor usually reserved for NSFW websites, and stuff hosted out of China or North Korea. Typically, if HQ doesn't want us to get to something (Hotmail, YouTube, etc) the site times out or we get an error message. As you'll see from the attachment [see above photo], the MuNus were specifically denied. I've only ever seen that twice over the last year, and I ride a desk, so I'm on the computer all day.
For those of you who have satire or "personal" blogs I suppose this is no big thing. But for others who cover news, politics, and current events, your blogs are great search engines for those of us in the military. You have active, engaged readers who bring your attention to hard to find stories, and then you expose that information for the rest of us. For someone like me, it's like having 500 people sift through the news for me and filter out the noise until the good stuff comes up. Some of this info I would never come across without the contacts that you all have established as bloggers.
I know you are all great supporters of the military, and some of you former soldiers or sailors. I'm not sure if any of you are in a position to inquire with someone from Marine or Navy Public Affairs about this, but I figured you ought to know that the United States Naval Services have declared you off limits. I'm sure some of you will wear that as a badge of honor...
We have a lot of .mil readears, and I'd love to hear some logical explanation for this.
PS--and Vinnie was in the Navy, so maybe he'll chime in.
UPDATE: Could this just be a localized problem??? Brian the Sailor drops this in the comments:
Rusty, I was just on your site on an NMCI computer not two hours ago. Can't watch the vids, especially if they're YouTube embeds, but I just make a note to myself and watch when I get home.
Yemeni Journalist Al-Khaiwani's Article “the goat that became a pharaoh” Triggered His Arrest
"The Goat" that became a pharaoh, refers of course to Yemeni dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
This link, click here is an extensive listing of Yemeni President Saleh's direct family members who are at helm of military and security forces, and who at the same time, run major businesses. Even the Yemeni ambassadors to the US and UN are Saleh's relatives. Yemen is run by a mafia. And like other mafias, the ruling Yemeni mafia engages in criminal activities that include drug smuggling, gun running, child smuggling, massive fraud and corruption. Like other mafias, they shun publicity.
Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of opposition journalist Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani, in Sanaa yesterday reportedly in connection with alleged links to the Shiite rebellion in the north of the country.... He was also questioned about an article headlined “the goat that became a pharaoh”, which he planned to publish and which he had discussed with a colleague on the phone.Personally and professionally, I find al-Khaiwani's arrest quite unacceptable as well.
“We urge the Yemeni authorities to urgently release this journalist. No charges have been made against him and it is obvious that he is being put under pressure to stop him giving a voice to Shiite rebels,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.
Al-Khaiwani’s lawyer, Khaled al-Anesi, told Reporters Without Borders that the prosecutor had refused all requests for bail even though the journalist had always presented himself whenever he had been summoned in the past.
“My client is a well-known figure, who has never sought to escape justice,” he said. “He has been arrested in unacceptable circumstances and has at no time been informed of the reasons for his arrest.”
Australia, f*ck yeah......!
Our hats are off to you Australia, once again:
AN Australian Navy boarding crew in the Gulf of Persia repelled an Iranian gunboat that threatened them a matter of weeks before 15 British sailors were captured in a similar incident, it was reported today....Thanks to il mango di Treviso for the e-mail.
But BBC reporter Frank Gardner, a security specialist, reported the Australians had pointed their guns at the Iranians and used "colourful language" before the gunboat withdrew.
Do we even need to draw the obvious comparisons....??
Illegal Immigration Amnesty Plan Sinking?
John Hawkin's "source" thinks so.
Because of this issue, my source tells me that the vote for the "clay pigeon" strategy is no longer a slam dunk and it is possible that the "grand bargainers" may not be able to get 60 votes to put the bill on the floor as a new bill. If that turns out to be the case, the bill is dead....When bloggers have "sources", the revolution truly has begun......
My source tells me that he thought the amnesty proponents definitely had the upper hand last week, but now, he thinks the momentum may be swinging back the other way.
Democrats Violating House Rules With Witchhunt Website?
The stupidest scandal in history just got stupider, and this time, Democrats may be violating House rules in their pursuit of yet another non-crime.
Question: This is the Congress the press apparently wanted. Isn't it wonderful? They live together, they die together.
Thank You Lord For Thinking About Me I'm Alive And Doing Fine
An update to this post.
The 24 mentally disabled orphans rescued by the 82nd Airborne are getting the care and treatment they deserve:
BAGHDAD - The 24 boys found severely malnourished in a Baghdad orphanage have been moved to a different building in the same facility and are being properly cared for, Iraqi officials said Thursday.
Thank you again, the good men of the 82nd Airborne.
Excrement question: What song did the title of this post come from?
June 21, 2007
Misha Tying To Start WW IX
Whoa! If this doesn't get him a real-life fatwa, then nothing will.
UPI: 9/11 Attacks Perpetrated by Guerrillas, Not Terrorists or Jihaddists
A linguistic inversion of moral culpability if there ever was one.
NEW YORK, June 21 (UPI) -- The number of FBI prosecutions for non-terror prosecutions have fallen since the guerrilla attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, federal data shows. An analysis of Justice Department data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University in New York found almost 19,000 prosecutions were credited to the FBI in 2001, but in 2006 that number fell to 12,700. During that same five-year period, terrorism prosecutions rose 26 percent, the Christian Science Monitor reported Thursday.
An entirely bulls**t linguistic inversion, I might add.
Resistance? Is that what UPI is implying with the term guerrilla? Was Atta a *freedom fighter* or a cold blooded, fanatical murder?
Does the UPI think the jihaddists have a right somehow to mass civilian murder? The standard usage of the term guerrilla warfare implies a small force fighting asymmetrically against a larger army. Is the UPI proposing the US is a militarized society and there are no civilians anymore, which is a fundamental predicate that the fanatics use to justify modern jihad?
If you pay taxes, you are a legitimate target, according to the terrorists and apparently, UPI.
United Press International is fostering the continuing erosion of the concept of civilian immunity with the use of the word "guerrilla" to describe the attacks of 9/11. There is a moral bottom line. Sometimes wrong is just wrong.
Advanced al Qaeda Rocket Guidance System Revealed
A video from al Qaeda in Afghanistan's as Sahab media foundation shows a new al Qaeda advanced rocket guidance system. The short propaganda video claims to show Taliban fighters firing rockets against an American base in Afghanistan on April 8, 2007. The video, part of the "Holocaust of the Americans in the land of Khorasan", series shows several men preparing the "BM" rockets and then firing them, although it is unclear whether or not the rockets do anything but explode since the video suddenly ends with a loud explosion, the camera seems to fall, and a lot of dust is in the air.
Scroll down to see an image of this new advanced rocket guidance system.
.....setting up the rockets.....
.....the close up reveals al Qaeda rocket guidance system......ROCKS and PIPES!!
Freedom Journal Iraq #675
This edition features stories on U.S. Soldiers hunting Al Qaeda supporters near Baqubah based on tips from Iraqi citizens, a U.S. transition response team training Iraqi police and Soldiers reaching out and communicating with local Iraqis to meet their needs. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
Freedom Journal Iraq #675
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Freedom Journal Iraq #674 below the fold.
• Ag Headaches
• Returning Fire
Freedom Journal Iraq #674
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Video Point/Counterpoint: al Qaeda vs. U.S. Troops
What the al Qaeda in Iraq front group wants you to see vs. what is really happening on the ground in ongoing operations.
First: Raw footage from the Islamic State of Iraq (the al Qaeda umbrella group). Notice the journalist taking pictures at the beginning of the film, and the way the terrorist pose, as if they're really fighting someone and not just standing around looking "menacing" in their track suits.
Compare that to the videos that follow, and you tell me who looks more menacing.
Yup, those al Qaeda guys are everywhere. Isn't that what the video would have us believe? Bunch of pussies.
CBS report from Baqouba offensive.
Calling in mortars on Baqouba target.
Operation Marne Torch F-16 Footage from June 20th showing footage of bombing run. BOOM!
Helicopter gunships from Multi-National Division - Center fire on insurgents, who surrender after their compound is attacked. Coalition medical personnel were called in to aid four wounded enemy fighters.
Another message from the ISI film above is that the Iraqi people support them. They can walk around, no problem. But how about U.S. forces?
U.S. forces in Baqubah Iraq.
Last, I believe the children are our future......tearjerker.
Hutchison Planning to Vote Against Cloture?
Captain Ed says she is:
One of the key Senators in [the moderate swing] group is Kay Bailey Hutchison. Being from Texas, one of the border states most affected by immigration issues, her input on this bill may carry significant weight on the rest of the undecideds. If so, the bill's backers may have a real problem on their hands. A Senate source told me a few minutes ago that Hutchison intends to vote against cloture, and will have a statement to that effect later today.This is good news.
There once was a man from Kabul
Ah, the limerick possibilities are endless: A response to al Qaeda poetry chic
Media Matters Fails To Notice Journalist's Political Contributions (Updated)
...and here we are, doing the job that Democrat noise machines refuse to do.
Not. A. Word. Apparently, political conflicts of interest in media don't matter.
Or maybe that's because their President and CEO donates exclusively to Democrat as well.
It also means that, since both Media Matters and 90% of the journalists listed as Democrat donors are in the same boat, that Democrats, Media Matters and the mainstream press work in simpatico. That is, they're all one and the same noise machine.
I await their "nuanced" take on this little bombshell. If it ever comes.
FOLLOW THE MONEY.
MORE... A while back, a vigilant Freeper caught the Washington Post's star reporter Dana Priest attending a panel in October of 2003 called "Cowboy Diplomacy" (w/ photos), sponsored by the liberal think tank Center for International Policy (headed by Priest's husband, William Goodfellow). Who else was seated at the table with Priest at "Cowboy Diplomacy?" None other than Joe Wilson, for whom the CIP got speaking gigs. More on that whole thing here.
The MSNBC article on the
Democrat journalist list above says this:
Donations and other political activity are strictly forbidden at The Washington Post, ABC, CBS, CNN and NPR.Not really sure when that WaPo policy kicked into gear (of they simply lok the other way for Priest), but it really doesn't matter - nobody was enforcing it anyway. And NPR? That's a larf. Look at the list under "radio." All (D)'s.
It doesn't matter anyway - telling journalists they can't donate to political candidates won't stop them from being biased in favor of those candidates. It will simply make their biases financially untraceable, which is the obvious next move by the media organizations. CYA time! Someone lifted the rock, scattered the roaches, and now the change has got to come down.
This list also proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the mainstream press is balanced by FOX and talk radio, not threatened by it. Tough cookies there, libs.
We're having a field day with this one. You lefties all had it coming for a long time, and now the sunshine has been let into some of the smoky newsrooms of the major media outlets of America. Read 'em and weep.
PSA: Support Jihad on the Internet, Go to Jail
UPDATE 6/22/2007:Convicted Internet Jihadi's al Qaeda Connection
I hope some of the webhosts, DNS services, and administrators of Islamist forums who have received letters recently from Jawa supporters will take note: support violent jihad on your websites, go to jail.
Moez Garsallaoui and his wife, "Malika al-Aroud" had claimed they really didn't know what was going on at the Islamist forum they ran. Right. There is nothing hidden on most of these Islamist forums. You can't go through a single thread on most of them and not find some sort of support for Islamic terrorism. The "I didn't know" or "I was just providing a place for others to speak" or "I was just posting what the 'resistance' claimed" defenses are insincere. These forums and those that manage them know exactly what they are doing: supporting terrorist activities.
If I understand the facts correctly, the websites in question were islam-minbar.net, minbar-islam.net, and varous iterations of that name. Some of those websites (for instance here) continue to operate. The link above carries the now standard not-responsible for content disclaimer, but has links--put up by the webmaster and not by forum members-- to various al Qaeda produced videos and propaganda. Oh, and it's hosted by a Canadian compnay, bravehost.com.
For more on the various websites connected to these two--and the jihadi fanzines that came after -- just click around Internet Haganah for awhile.
You'll note that the woman in the burqua, Malika, is Belgian by birth.
Switzerland's Federal Criminal Court has handed down a guilty verdict on a couple accused of supporting radical Islamic organisations via internet sites.What exactly were they doing at the website? Townhall:
The Tunisian man was sentenced on Thursday to six months in prison plus an additional 18 months suspended for supporting criminal organisations and inciting violence. His Belgian wife was given a six:month suspended sentence for aiding and abetting him....
The accused stood trial in Bellinzona for allegedly letting groups linked to al:Qaeda use internet forums they had set up to exchange information....
The sites were allegedly set up to promote racially motivated crimes. They were also used to publicise claims of responsibility for attacks and threats against Western countries as well as broadcasting images of Islamist attacks and executions....
The 39:year:old man was alleged to have used the forums to suggest that two French journalists taken hostage in Iraq be exchanged for a ransom, killed or set free.
The 48:year:old woman allegedly told another correspondent to go and "fight the war in Iraq".
Swiss media reported two years ago that the 2004 beheading of American engineer Paul M. Johnson, Jr. in Saudi Arabia was one of a number of executions aired on the sites.So, this piece of work encouraged the murder of Simona Pari and Simona Torretta? I'm also guessing the context in which they posted the Paul Johnson beheading murder snuff film was "hooray" not "disgusting barbarism".
The Federal Prosecutor's Office said a forum on one of the Web sites published letters claiming responsibility for a suicide bomb attack in Pakistan in July 2004.
Other postings included a threat to kill Italian aid workers Simona Pari and Simona Torretta, who were abducted in Baghdad in September 2004. The two aid workers were later freed.
While I'm glad these two were convicted, I'm close to rage learning that Moez Garsallaoui, a terror propagandist, was only given 18 months. Can you imagine giving Joseph Goebbels, the chief Nazi propagandist, 18 months?
Thanks to il mango di Treviso for the e-mail.
Journalists Donate To Democrats 9 to 1
Color us all surprised - we were under the impression that journalists were unbiased, neutral, disinterested stewards of facts and information. Liberals will deny and try to obfuscate and distort this, but all you have to do is follow the money and see who 'journalists' personally open their wallets for while pretending they have no biases.
This list puts Former Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta's (D) "study" on talk radio into some context.
The extent and depth of this bias is unbelievable how biased the 'news media' (all media, including TV, radio, magazine and newspaper). Click below the fold to see the 5-1 pro-Democrat imbalance of just the nation's newspaper journalists:
FOLLOW THE LIBERAL MONEY BELOW THE FOLD --->
(D) McClatchy Newspapers, Beryl Adcock, news desk chief, Washington bureau. Click for details.
(D) The Wall Street Journal, Krishnan Amantharaman, managing editor of the classroom edition. Click for details.
(D) The Wall Street Journal, Henny Sender, senior special writer. Click for details.
(D) The Wall Street Journal, Eben Shapiro, editor of the Weekend Journal section. Click for details.
(D) The New York Times, Randy Cohen, ethics columnist. Click for details.
(D) The New York Times, Christine Muhlke, deputy editor, style magazine. Click for details.
(D & R) The New York Times, Nancy Tilghman, freelance writer. Click for details.
(D) Los Angeles Times, Nick Cuccia, design editor. Click for details.
(D) Los Angeles Times, Manohla Dargis, film critic, now at The New York Times. Click for details.
(D) Los Angeles Times, Dan Neil, automobile critic. Click for details.
(R) Los Angeles Times, Charles Perry, food writer. Click for details.
(D) New York Daily News, Celia McGee, reporter, and freelancer for The New York Times. Click for details.
(D) New York Daily News, Matthew Roberts, photographer. Click for details.
(R) The Washington Post, Stephen Hunter, film critic. Click for details.
(D) The Chicago Tribune, Maureen Ryan, entertainment reporter. Click for details.
(D) The Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein, classical music critic. Click for details.
(D) San Francisco Chronicle, William Pates, letters editor for the editorial page. Click for details.
(D) Newsday, Long Island, Rita Hall, section designer/artist/writer. Click for details.
(D) The Boston Globe, Rebecca Ostriker, arts editor/writer. Click for details.
(D) The Boston Globe, Henry Riemer, sports statistician. Click for details.
(R) The Star-Ledger, Newark, Robin Gaby Fisher, feature writer. Click for details.
(D) Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Barbara Haugen, copy editor. Click for details.
(D) Detroit Free Press, Susan Hall-Balduf, copy editor. Click for details.
(D) Detroit Free Press, Joel Thurtell, reporter. Click for details.
(D) The Oregonian, Portland, Steve Amick, reporter. Click for details.
(R) The Miami Herald, Harry Broertjes, copy editor/page designer. Click for details.
(R) The San Diego Union-Tribune, Joe Cline, graphic artist. Click for details.
(D) The San Diego Union-Tribune, Penni Crabtree, business reporter. Click for details.
(D) The San Diego Union-Tribune, Bob Elledge, assistant news editor. Click for details.
(D) The San Diego Union-Tribune, Shaffer Grubb, graphic artist. Click for details.
(D) The San Diego Union-Tribune, Arline Smith, news production editor. Click for details.
(D) The San Diego Union-Tribune, Charlie Smith, copy editor. Click for details.
(D) The Sun, Baltimore, John Scholz, copy editor. Click for details.
(D) San Jose Mercury News, Rachel Wilner, sports editor. Click for details.
(D) Boston Herald, Chris Donnelly, news librarian. Click for details.
(D) South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Ethan Skolnick, sports columnist. Click for details.
(D) Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Randy Galloway, sports columnist. Click for details.
(D) Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Vincent Langford, sports copy editor. Click for details.
(D) The Hartford Courant, Nancy Gallinger, copy editor. Click for details.
(D) The Hartford Courant, Bill Lewis, copy editor. Click for details.
(D) Richmond Times-Dispatch, Michael Hardy, state political reporter. Click for details.
(D) Richmond Times-Dispatch, Pam Mastropaolo, copy editor. Click for details.
(D) Contra Costa Times, Calif., Robert Taylor, fine arts reporter. Click for details.
(D) The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif., Mark Benoit, wire editor. Click for details.
(D) The Palm Beach Post, Fla., George McEvoy, columnist. Click for details.
(R) The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Barbara Bradley, fashion editor. Click for details.
(D) The Des Moines Register, Stephen P. Dinnen, business reporter. Click for details.
(D) The Honolulu Advertiser, Chris Neil, wire editor. Click for details.
(D) The Blade, Toledo, James Bradley, copy editor. Click for details.
(D) Lexington Herald-Leader, Brian Throckmorton, copy desk chief. Click for details.
(R) The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa., Beth Hudson, sports reporter. Click for details.
(D) The Daytona Beach, Fla., News-Journal, Marc Davidson, editor. Click for details.
(D) Albany, N.Y., Times Union, Greg Montgomery, graphic design editor. Click for details.
(R) The Washington Times, Gary Arnold, film critic. Click for details.
(D) San Gabriel Valley Newspapers, Calif., Eric Terrazas, sports editor. Click for details.
(R) The New York Sun, Liz Peek, financial columnist. Click for details.
(D) The Lincoln, Neb., Journal Star, Paul Fell, editorial cartoonist. Click for details.
(D) The Lincoln, Neb., Journal Star, Sylvia Hermanson, copy editor. Click for details.
(R) The Macon, Ga., Telegraph, Stephen "Keich" Whicker, local government reporter. Click for details.
(D) New Hampshire Union Leader, David Johnson, sports copy editor. Click for details.
(D) Corpus Christi, Texas, Caller-Times, Elvia Aguilar, business writer. Click for details.
(D) National Catholic Reporter, Margot Patterson, senior writer and arts/opinion editor. Click for details.
(D) York, Pa., Daily Record, Teresa Cook, copy editor. Click for details.
(D) Muskegon, Mich., Chronicle, Terry Judd, reporter and chief of the Grand Haven bureau. Click for details.
(D) Fort Wayne, Ind., News-Sentinel, Fran Adler, copy editor. Click for details.
(D) Fort Wayne, Ind., News-Sentinel, Faith Van Gilder, copy editor. Click for details.
(D) Martha's Vineyard, Mass., Times, Whit Griswold, copy editor. Click for details.Nope. No biases or imbalances here.
Another Offended Muslim
But this time it's different.
Via The Australian: GROWING up in Vancouver, I attended an Islamic school every Saturday. There, I learned that Jews can't be trusted because they worship "moolah, not Allah", meaning money, not God. According to my teacher, every last Jew is consumed with business.Too bad
But looking around my neighbourhood, I noticed that most of the new business signs featured Asian languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Punjabi and plenty of Urdu. Not Hebrew, Urdu, which is spoken throughout Pakistan.
That reality check made me ask: What if my religious school isn't educating me? What if it's indoctrinating me?
I'm reminded of this question thanks to the news that Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses and 10 other works of fiction, will be knighted by the Queen.
On Monday, Pakistan's religious affairs minister said that because Rushdie had blasphemed Islam with provocative literature, it was understandable that angry Muslims would commit suicide bombings over his knighthood.
Members of parliament, as well as the Pakistani Government, amplified the condemnation of Britain, feeding cries of offence to Muslim sensibilities from Europe to Asia.
As a Muslim, you better believe I'm offended - by these absurd reactions.
Hat Tip: Blue Crab Boulevard.
Opps, I erred on the gender of the writer, must admit it's not a factor I consider much on the internet. Just people and I call them he by default. My apologies.
Expect this Story and Reporter to Be Buried Quickly
Aptly named MSNBC reporter Bill Dedman reveals the unsurprising fact that many "journalists" are on the rolls of political donors:
MSNBC.com identified 144 journalists who made political contributions from 2004 through the start of the 2008 campaign, according to the public records of the Federal Election Commission. Most of the newsroom checkbooks leaned to the left: 125 journalists gave to Democrats and liberal causes. Only 17 gave to Republicans. Two gave to both parties.Another unsurprising fact: today's journalism doesn't require much in the way of intelligence - so long as one's political beliefs are suitably leftist - many of the donors didn't just give to candidates, but to lunatic fringe organizations like MoveOn.org, and many don't understand why it's a big deal.
Rage Boy is Back!
Just wanted to let you all know that mee.nu, the commercial sister site to mu.nu, has gone live. This is the software that The Jawa Report, Ace of Spades, and the rest of the mu.nu blogs will be migrating to - and you can get it before they do! Just hop over to the registration page and sign up.
Right now it's primarily a blogging system; we will be adding forum, photo album and podcast features over the next few weeks.
You can find the documentation - incomplete as it is - at mee.nu/docs.
The help area is at mee.nu/help, or you can email email@example.com. Or post here.
Note that if you have ever been created as a mu.nu blogger, your username will already be reserved at mee.nu. Email me at andrew -at- pixymisa.net and I'll get that sorted out for you.
Q. Is this free?
A. It's free, but ad-supported. There will be an ad at the top of each public web page (but not in the user interface). Paid accounts with no ads will be available in the coming weeks; pricing will be posted early next week.
Q. What do I get?
A. A web site to do with as you will - as long as you respect the terms of service. Full control over your CSS and templates. 100MB of disk space for photos and files (more with the paid accounts).
Q. Are there any other templates/styles/themes available?
A. Our designer is working on a new set of styles. When they're ready, we'll be enabling a style chooser, and you'll be able to choose whichever takes your fancy. Here's a sample of the new layout we're working on; you'll be able to choose an overall look and then drop your own images into the banner and sidebars.
Q. How much bandwidth do I get?
A. With ad-supported accounts, you don't have a fixed amount of bandwidth, but since there's only one ad on a page, we need that ad to pay for the bandwidth the page uses (at least on average). If you load up too many large pictures and files, you might be asked to either reduce the size of the files or move to a paid account.
Q. Does this mean that the mu.nu sites will be moving to mee.nu?
A. No, the mu.nu sites will remain at mu.nu, but we will be sharing a server cluster. mu.nu has two dual Opteron servers, while mee.nu has four quad Xeons, so this will be for the best.
Q. What can I post?
A. What you like - as long as it complies with the terms of service.
Q. Can I import my blog from (X).
A. I have an import module - I imported my blog from Movable Type - but it's still a bit buggy. It will be available for importing from (at a minimum) Blogger and Movable Type in early July. Other software that can export in Movable Type format should also work.
Q. I have a free blog from the beta test. Do I now get ads on my blog?
A. No, your blog is ad-free; it counts as a paid blog in all respects except that you don't have to pay for it. So if we later add features that are only available to paid users, you will get those features. Oh, and thanks. :)
Please post whatever questions you have, and I'll answer them and/or add them to the FAQ.
Leading Yemeni Journalist Beaten Bloody During "Arrest"
Prominent Yemeni reformist and editor Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani was arrested on Wednesday by Yemeni police. It is the latest in a campaign targeting him that has spanned years and included politicized arrest, "cloning" his newspaper, blocking his website, death threats and threats to kidnap his children. Once he was prohibited from leaving Yemen. He was arrested at the airport en route to a Red Cross conference.
Mr. Al-Khaiwani, pictured below left in 2006 with presidential candidate Faisel bin Shamlan, is a vocal critic of Yemen's authoritarian regime, accusing it of corruption and nepotism. His criticism of Yemeni dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, landed al-Khaiwani a one year jail term in 2004. He was convicted of insulting the president and pardoned after seven months in detention.
In latest developments of the case, AFP reports the democracy activist was badly beaten during arrest and is being held without charge.
IHT: SAN'A, Yemen: Journalists rallied in protest after police on Wednesday arrested a Yemeni opposition editor accused of backing the country's Shiite rebels, a police official and the attacked journalist's family said.
Dozens of journalists gathered in front of the general prosecutor office in the Yemeni capital, San'a, demanding the release of the Al-Shura weekly's editor Abdel Abdul Karim al-Khawinay, taken by police to jail earlier in the day.
The family of al-Khawinay said that security personnel stormed their home early Wednesday, beat up al-Khawinay with fists and gun-butts, then dragged him bleeding from the ear and nose to the police station.
"His face, pajamas were all stained with blood," said al-Khawinay's wife, who gave her name as Um Mohammed....
In December, Mr. al-Khaiwani wrote to the UN about the conditions of journalists in Yemen, the Yemen Times reported. “The State hunts us, abuses our rights and restrict our freedom of expressions,” he said in a letter co-authored with other leading journalists. “We were subjected to abduction, forcible disappearance and illegal and unconstitutional arrests. We are deprived of our livelihood sources because we criticize corruption and the military regime that has been grasping power for 28 years." The UN never wrote back.
In related news, a human rights worker, Moammar Ahmed Saleh Al-Abdali, was "arrested" by the Political Security Organization (PSO) on May 25th and has been held incommunicado since. The Civil Rights Organization, HOOD reports Mr. Al_Abdali's family is concerned for his welfare. Torture is common in Yemeni jail
In Taiz, News Yemen reports, "A teacher and headmaster were put in the prison of the Political Security in Taiz province over asking students to write compositions about corruption and price hikes on the Arabic language exam paper."
Yemeni journalists plan to hold another sit-in today in solidarity with Mr. Al-Khaiwani.
Male Teacher, 40, Weds Female Student, 16
(Brunswick, North Carolina) On Monday of this week, a Brunswick couple, Mr. and Mrs. Hager, reluctantly gave permission for their 16-year-old daughter, Windy, to get married.
Later in the day, 40-year-old science teacher and track coach at South Brunswick High School, Brenton Scott Wuchae, married Windy Hager, South Brunswick student and track team member.
On Tuesday, the Brunswick County School Board approved the resignation of Brenton Wuchae, one week after it had been submitted. Following a closed-door meeting, Superintendent Katie McGee said, "I am shocked and disheartened by what transpired."
Congratulations to the happy couple (pic).
Video : Where's the Fence???
Click image to watch:
Some Good News About CAIR
[CAIR] often seems to be more aligned with our enemies than us -- which isn't surprising as it spun off from a group funded by Hamas. As you know, Hamas has been waging a terrorist war against Israel and calls for its total destruction. It also promises to see America destroyed. Nowadays, Hamas is busy murdering its Palestinian political rivals.Heh-heh... Fred kicks ass. Go FredHeads!
Even with this history, and CAIR's conspicuous failure to condemn Hamas by name, it has been treated as if represents Muslim Americans by our own government. The good news is that the financial support CAIR claims to have among American Muslims is a myth. We know this because The Washington Times got hold of the group's IRS tax records.
CAIR's dues-paying membership has shrunk 90 percent since 9/11 -- from 29,000 in 2000 to only 1,700 last year. CAIR's annual income from dues plunged from $733,000 to $59,000. Clearly, America's Muslims are not supporting this group -- and I'm happy to hear about it.
Of course, every silver lining seems to have a cloud; and this cloud is that CAIR's spending is running about $3 million a year. They’ve opened 25 new chapters in major cities across the country even as their dues shrank to a pittance. The question is; who’s funding CAIR?
In other news, George W. Bush is working on reaching out to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Public Favorability of Congress' Immigration Performance
is right at....
[drum roll, please]
...THREE percent. Via Say Anything:
Americans give both President Bush and the Congress failing marks on their handling of immigration, according to a new UPI/Zogby poll on the topic.Way to go, morons.
The Zogby Interactive poll of 8,300 adults nationwide finds just 3% of Americans viewing Congress’s handling of the immigration issue in favorable terms, while 9% say the same of the President-even as respondents in the survey rated it the second most important issue facing the country, after the war in Iraq.
Does Reid Have 61 Cloture Votes? Reports Say He Does.
If you believe Senate staffers, first he decided he was going to let only 24 amendments come to the floor and then he “sold” 16 of those slots to the bill’s critics in exchange for their pledge to vote for cloture when the time came. He already had 45 votes banked; according to the AP, the 16 new amendments “come from senators who helped derail the legislation earlier this month,” which strongly suggests that all of them voted against cloture the first time. Specifically named are Kit Bond, Barbara Boxer, John Ensign, Jim Webb, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Max Baucus, Jon Tester, Claire McCaskill, Chuck Grassley, John Thune, Norm Coleman, and Bernie Sanders.More from the Capitolist:
immigration reform 2.0.: 22 ammendments, 11 dem, 11 rep. anyone who introduces an ammendment has pledged to vote for cloture. dorgan's ammendment is in. hutchison is on board. pay to play, legislative style.MORE BELOW THE FOLD
Noam Askew quotes the following from a leaked email. If the stories are to be believed, every one of these senators has sold his or her cloture vote in exchange for certain inducements, including the right to get an amendment on the floor:
1199 Dodd Family parent visas
1313 Webb Community ties for Zs
1236 Baucus-Tester Strike all reference to REAL ID
1332 Sanders Employers to certify no mass layoff
1344 Byrd Border security immigration fee
1317 Menendez Increased family points in merit system
1340 Brown Employers post job at state agency
1468 McCaskill Repeat violators who hire undocumented workers
1486 Levin Iraqi religious minority refugees
1386 Leahy Refugee Scholars (may instead be 1289 on EB-5 investors)
------ Schumer Tamper-proof biometric social security card (no language yet)
1198 Boxer Reducing Y visa cap by number of Y workers who overstay
1161 Alexander Oath of allegiance for naturalization (may move to manager’s package)
1255 Bond Prohibits green cards for Z holders
1473 Coleman information sharing/sanctuary cities (Coleman is redrafting, new language not available)
1335/1258 Domenici Federal judgeship increase (redrafting)
1490 Ensign Preclusion of social security benefits
1465 Graham Enforcement, plus other potential agreed upon amendments folded in (redrafting, content not clear)
1441 Grassley-Baucus Obama Strike and replace Title III (small changes possible)
1440 Hutchison Touchback/strike and replace title vi (redrafting)
1174 Thune Probationary legal status triggers
1318 Chambliss Totalization agreement
1282 Isakson Preemption/Home Depot (redrafting)
------ Graham Criminal penalties/mandatory minimums for overstays
June 20, 2007
Global Cooling on the Way...
Not man-made, by the way. Blame it on the sun.
Man - that throws a b*tch of a monkey-wrench into Algore's Church, doesn't it?
Teens Attack Innocent Motorists for "Juneteenth"
Swarms of vicious thuggish teens celebrating Juneteenth (a celebration of Emancipation), decided to jump on the cars of passers-by and terrorize them, even kicking their windows in some cases.
When the cops come in, watch these little insects scatter like the worthless cockroaches that they are. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton could not be reached for comment.
In recent years the holiday has attracted controversy due to outbreaks of violence. During Juneteenth festivities in 2007 crowds attacked cars in downtown Milwaukee. One driver was pulled from his vehicle and severely beaten before police arrived. A woman was also arrested during the festivities for assaulting a police officer. Also in 2007, in Austin, Texas, a crowd beat a man to death after he attempted to defend the driver of a car which had just hit a child.
Kidnapped Brits Held by "Iran-Backed" Killers
U.S. General David Petraeus says that a secret cell of the Jaish al-Mahdi (al-Mahdi Army) is responsible for the kidnapping of 5 British civilians last month in Baghdad, and that he believes they are the same terrorists responsible for the January Karbala massacre:
Via The Times Online (UK):
General Petraeus said that Britain and the US had suffered at the hands of the group he blamed for abducting the British hostages. He identified it as a secret cell of al-Mahdi Army, a Shia Muslim militia loyal to the firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. “We think that it is the same network that killed our soldiers in Karbala in an operation back in January,” he said. “We killed the head of that network less than a week before the operation that detained those British civilians. It was already planned and carried out by his followers. It is a secret cell of Jaish al-Mahdi [al-Mahdi Army] not all of which are under control of Moqtada al-Sadr.”
Of the cell responsible for the kidnap, he said: “They are not rank-and-file Jaish al-Mahdi. They are trained in Iran, equipped with Iranian [weapons], and advised by Iran. The Iranian involvement here we have found to be much, much more significant than we thought before. They have since about the summer of 2004 played a very, very important role in training in Iran, funding, arming.”
General Petraeus said "he believed that the men, four security guards and a consultant, were alive and added that there had been repeated attempts to free them." Prayers for the success of the search and rescue mission, and the elimination of the al-Mahdi Army.
Faith in DemoCong: 14%
Wow. I didn't think the Donks could do any worse than the GOP, but the monkeys pulled it off. In record time, and in grand fashion.
All-time worst Congress evuh.
Yawn...More 60's Nostalgia
For those still living in the past, its time to stop being regressives and return to being progressives.
Seriously. Its old. Your music was the only halfway-decent thing, and you even took that too seriously.
Your music videos and movies were stupid, drugs too influential over your warped minds, icons boring and contrarian, fashions atrocious, hair unwashed, hygiene non-existent, 'revolution' tiresome, common-sense lacking, politics left-to-far-left, legacy and progeny tearing the country apart (again), patriotism non-existent and self-aggrandizement plentiful.
Go away. The 1940's were more important than the 1960's in the confluence of world events, and your parents (the Greatest Generation) had enough sense and class to retire gracefully. Your incessant need to be "in charge" of everything and your continued meddling in the lives of American's is neither required nor desired. Stop trying to rewrite your sad legacy- that's so Clintonesque. Your deeds speak for themselves.
Take a bow, and exit stage left.
When Nuns Attack!!!
Allah has the scoop
The church was covered with blood as nuns and priests from both sides attacked each other using sharp objects….At least they're not bringing in the serious weaponry...yet.
'Radical Muslim' on His Way to the Middle East
Sure, we believe you when you say you're joining, "a group of relief workers in the Middle East." Is that what they're calling suicide bombers these days?
And if you don't remember who "Radical Muslim" is, he's the Salafi piece of garbage who decided to copy my own tongue-in-cheek "fatwa worthy" blogroll, but, needless to say, his "fatwa worthy" blogroll wasn't, you know, ironic humor.
Big Dick says, "Hope your bomb vest goes off early, ya worthless little f***." Ameen to that Dick.....ameen to that
Video: Puking Up Dead Insurgent's Milky Way
Mental note: if you find a Milky Way candy bar in a dead insurgent's pocket, it's probably best not to eat it. Probably......
Video: U.S. Army, "How we treat our bitches"
Because it's funny, that's why.
Why Zeropa Hates Us
Because they're told we're the bad guys. Repeat a lie long enough, and soon it becomes conventional wisdom.
Afternoon Fred Thompson Fix
Ragnar should consider this a preemptive Fred Thompson link. Video: I've got a crush on Fred Thompson('s politics). Needs more babes. How about setting up a 'Hot Chicks for Thompson website'? Any one??
Update by Howie: Ask and ye shall receive.
Well, Whaddya Know? The real Women for Fred Thompson site here.
Yemen Arrests Prominent Journalist and Activist Al-Khaiwani
Prominent editor Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani has been arrested under murky circumstances in Yemen. Sources report the journalist was dragged from his house in the middle of the night and beaten while being taken into custody. According to the opposition weekly, Al-Sahwa, al-Khaiwani's lawyer has not been informed of the charges:
The deputy of the Yemeni Journalist Syndicate Saeed Thabit said that policemen have raided Abdul-Karim al-khaiwani's home, arrested him and put him in prison. Thabit said that the Yemeni lawyer, Khalid al-Anisi is still seeking to know reasons behind his arrest. For their part, scores of journalist sat-in before the Penal Court, protesting al-Khaiwani arrest .
Al-Khaiwani has been a frequent regime target for his outspoken opinions on corruption, hereditary presidency, and the Sa'ada war. In a politically motivated judicial procedure, Al-Khaiwani was sentenced to a year in jail in 2004. The charges related to nine Op-Eds published by al-Shoura, where al-Khaiwani was the editor. The articles were written by a variety of authors. RSF called the verdict arbitrary censorship and IFEX and CPJ condemned the ruling. Al-Khaiwani spent seven months in jail before being pardoned in March 2005.
In May 2005, armed men stormed the offices of al-Shoura and, after evicting the staff, proceeded to (and continue to) publish the paper in a tactic known as "cloning." From CPJ :
Yemeni security services are also believed to be responsible for commandeering or "cloning" outspoken Yemeni newspapers—establishing similarly titled and similar-looking newspapers to undercut the originals and confuse readers. Before its closure last year, the office of the opposition weekly Al-Shoura was taken over by armed men believed to be allied with the government and a new management team set up. Despite appearances, the new title carried a much different, pro-government editorial line.
The al-Shoura website which contains authentic content edited by al-Khaiwani was blocked within Yemen prior to Yemen's presidential election in September. It was unblocked and then again blocked again at the onset of the Sa'ada war in January 2007.
Currently the Yemeni government finds itself threatened by *text messaging* and has required news outlets to discontinue the service as the Yemen Times reported:
Prime Minister Ali Mujawar met with representatives of the protestors yesterday and agreed to unblock the web sites, but banned all SMS services except Saba Mobile Services by the official Saba News Agency, Yemen’s only and official news agency. This means even international mobile news services, such as Al-Jazeera and Reuters, now are banned in Yemen.
Yesterday journalists in Yemen engaged in the sixth week of a regular sit-ins protesting the lack of private ownership of Yemeni media, the restriction on text messaging, the inability of some civil society activists to obtain new newspaper licenses. News Yemen interviewed some of the protesting journalists and activists:
The political activist Abdul-Malik al-Mikhlafi called for bringing down "the totalitarian mentality which controls everything".
"The totalitarian mentality rules us, not laws most of which need to be amended including the publication and press law," said al-Mikhlafi....
The lawyer Khalid al-Ansi affirmed that outing electronic media under siege is impossible. "The greatest countries and most developed in technology could not do so with electronic media," said al-Ansi. "We are with law, but we are at the same time against all forms of oppression and abolishing freedom of opinion...."
The lawyer Jamal al-Jaabi said that the monopolization of audio and video media has not any legislative base. "It is an attempt to keep Yemeni people unaware of the country's issues", said al-Jaabi.
Hirsi Ali Confronts Media's Role in Permitting Jihad
Tough questions for the "objective" media:
"Journalists ... face the unpleasant reality of taking sides or getting lost in the incoherence of the so-called middle ground," she said. "The role of journalists serving the West, who understand what this particular battle is about, will be to inform their audiences accordingly."ht: AllahP
Hirsi Ali said journalists must acknowledge the discrepancies between tenets of Islam and foundational beliefs of the West before they can accurately report on Islamic-related events.
Although Hirsi Ali praised journalists' work since the Sept. 11th attacks, she said reluctance to defend Western values against Islamic threats surprises her.
"Why are Westerners so insecure about everything that is so wonderful about the West: political freedom, free press, freedom of expression, equal rights for women and men and gays and heterosexuals, critical thinking, and the great strength of scrutinizing ideas - and especially faith?" Hirsi Ali asked.
She said Western journalists appeared hesitant to defend free speech - "the very right from which they earn their bread."
The Blood Libel That Just Won't Go Away
Idiotic Leftists continue to make the tired charge that the U.S. used Napalm in Fallujah. The next time we fight a war I hope we take the role of how propaganda must be used to win it seriously---- and then go FDR on the Left's asses.
Rushdie Inspired Riots Spreading Across Ummah
Islam: Religion of Irony. The bad kind.
The sign says, "Hand over Rushdie to Pakistan for trial in Shariat". The maximum sentence for blaspheming Mohammed, as Rushdie is accused of, is death.
UPDATE: David makes an important point:
Given jihadists pointedly cite Muhammad’s own purported ‘revelations’ as their mandate and motive, how can the spread of Islamic terrorism be resisted if Muhammad and his teachings remain beyond criticism?Indeed.
Looks Like JAAMI and Hamas in Iraq are Having a Bad Day
The websites of The Islamic Front for the Iraqi Resistance aka JAMI or JAAMI and The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas Iraq al Fatih al Islamy Brigades aka Hamas in Iraq are down. So what is that, like 7 websites we've been able to get taken offline in the last 10 days? Man it feels good to be a gangsta!
We'd like to thank Yahoo! for taking these websites offline and the Jawa readers for making sure Yahoo got the message.
We cannot stress enough the effect we believe this has on our enemies. The terrorists depend on the internet for many vital and practical applications to aid their jihad. Not to mention the effect on their morale when their website goes offline.
Oh, and we have a little message of our own for the goons at JAMI and Hamas in Iraq below.
(note: the err we are receiving this morning 403 forbidden is a message that the site is blocked. We used several methods and contacts to verify it is down overseas. If anyone anywhere in the world can still access the sites please email us.
Yahoo! Had the class to remove the websites but other providers such as Google owned Blogger, Dreamhost, and Wordpress have been less than helpful and continue to host terrorist websites.
That makes seven terrorist websites that Rusty Shackleford and TJR has taken down in less than two weeks. A remarkable success even for the Jawas. If you feel that deserves some support, please, drop a few bucks in Rusty's tip jar.
Howie, that’s me, doesn’t like to brag much but he located the JAMI site on Yahoo and wrote the initial set of emails to Yahoo. You may tip the poor little bastard here, or at least click my blogads. He also wishes to thank Rusty for his help in getting the sites down. It works so much better when Rusty writes the posts.
This has to be worth some cash......(Bumped)
Yahoo Still Helping Terrorists Kill U.S. Soldiers
Yahoo! Hosting Terrorist Websites
Wordpress Hosted Terrorists Announce Media Campaign to 'Infiltrate' Infidel Websites, Support al Qaeda in Iraq.
American Company Hosting Taliban Websites
Dreamhhost, A Terrorist Webmaster’s Hosting Dream
The Jawa Report's Online Terrorism Archive here
NYT Doing PR for Hamas
The New York Times giving precious ink and space to Hamas supporters and apologists? Well, this is just shocking. The 'editorial' (terrorist PR) is basically a list of demands from Hamas which says give us X and the killing will stop.
Which of course is bunk, since nothing short of the extermination of Israel will (hypothetically) cause the killing and insanity to stop for the group that makes annihilating Israel a pillar of its existence. And even if that happens (which it won't), the killing will continue among the Islamists, since they spend a good portion of their lives killing each other, too.
Some of us have been, you know, alive and perceptive over the past few decades.
WELL, NOW...Charles found a video in which this "voice" at the NYT is caught on TV explaining how Israel and the US were behind the 9-11 attacks.
Freedom Journal Iraq #673
This edition features stories on a U.S. Soldier training Iraqi soldiers while on guard duty, U.S. Soldiers repairing water services in Samarra after a car bombing, and Soldiers repairing and upgrading a temporary bridge in Iraq after the original bridge was destroyed by terrorists. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
Freedom Journal Iraq #673
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Attacking the Border Agents Americans Refuse to Attack
Is Lindsay Graham telling the bigots to shut up yet? Has Bush done what's right for America?
The footage starts around 3:20 or 1:49 from end. Absolute, f-ing disgrace. Build a fence NOW.
Terrorists Ride 500lb Bomb to Allah
June 19, 2007
China Becomes World's Largest CO2 Emmitter
Criticism and condemnation from the left against the communists in China for their wanton disregard for our air and responsibility for Darfur?
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Jimmy Carter's Middle Name: 'Consistency'
President Peanut wants the civilized world to cater to terrorists and ignore what passes for moderation among the Palestinians:
DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter accused the U.S., Israel and the European Union on Tuesday of seeking to divide the Palestinian people by reopening aid to President Mahmoud Abbas' new government in the West Bank while denying the same to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.But Jimmuh is consistent; worst President ever, worst ex-President ever.
Kosbots Engaging in Twooferism
Man - all it takes is a prominent propagandist to throw the lunatics a bone, and before ya know it, legions of braindead morons line up and start marching lockstep.
The illness continues its rapid infection of the Democrats, starting with the Nutroots and going up the tree. You can even see the Twooferism gnawing at the nutroots in the comments, as the few sane Kosbots try to convince other weaker minds that yes Virginia, planes did hit the WTC and Pentagon.
On The Impact of Christianity
A truly fabulous post at Gates of Vienna on the impact and historical importance of Christianity. It touches on everything, from Christianity in literature, philosophy, contemporary politics, and lots of other stuff. CS Lewis, Machiavelli, Paul Fregosi, and lots more.
Take ten or fifteen and read it.
Hillary Picks Boring, Foreign Theme Song
Professor Chaos is pretty enraged that Hillary Clinton picked Canadian Celine Dion's "You and I" as her official campaign theme song. Whatever happened to buy American Mrs. Clinton? If this is how her invincible juggernaut of a campaign runs things, then I'd like to be the first to welcome our new Republican overlords in 2008.
Anyway, if you're going to pick a foreign song to headline your campaign with, why pick a boring one? Like Hillary hasn't already picked up the 35-45 recently divorced but still hopeful that I'll find a meaningful relationship single mother vote. I'd suggest something like Rammstein's Amerika, a song that both kicks ass and which has lyrics sure to please today's Democratic primary voter. [video below]
Exit question: What song would best suit Fred Dalton Thompson's campaign? With a newly confident Russia saber-rattling in our general direction, I'm thinking it's finally time to resurrect that treatment for that VH-1 special on Survivor I have in my files somewhere. [video below]
Survivor: Eye of the Tiger Rocky IV Montage
Michael Moore Goes 9-11 Twoofer
You knew it would come to this - "just asking questions" - and now he's on his way to being Rosie Part Deux.
Yes, Democratic Presidential Candidate Met With al Qaeda Supporter
As a followup to Good Lt.'s post below, who is it that Democratic candidate for President and Huffington Post blogger Dal LaMagna met with in Amman, Jordan? Trying to refute the accusation that he had met with a "terrorist", LaMagna tries to distinguish between "legitimate resistance" and "terrorists", a distinction he seems to think is real. Of course, whether it's the "resistance" killing you or a "terrorist" killing you seems rather a moot point if you're a U.S. soldier in Iraq.
I don't know how much play this got in the blogosphere when LaMagna first wrote his story since I was away on business. And, to be honest, his bid for the Presidency is about five times less serious than Dennis Kucinech's. But he is a HuffPo blogger, and that means he represents at least some portion of the Leftosphere.
So, who was this mysterious figure Dal LaMagna met with? None other than the head of the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq, Sheikh Hareth al-Dhari. I knew I had heard that name somewhere, so I did a quick search of the vast Jawa Report archives and found this call from a-Dhari for bin Laden to 'intervene' in Iraq:
But throughout Anbar, the ties are still strong to Al Qaeda. Sheikh Hareth al-Dhari, who hails from one of Anbar's most prestigious tribes and heads the antigovernment Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq, called on Osama bin Laden to intervene to stop the rift between Al Qaeda in Iraq and the local insurgency.So, did La Magna know he was meeting with a pro-al Qaeda 'Sheikh' or, like most peace activists, is he just a fool and a dupe ready to accept any and every lie told to him by people who's real goal is not to "end the occupation" but share Osama bin Laden's dream of a global Caliphate and the implementation of sharia law?
He described men like Abu Risha [ed. note: a leader of the anti-al Qaeda Sunni forces in Anbar] as "agents and conduits of the [US] occupation."
"I call on Sheikh Osama bin Laden in the name of the Islam for which he fights to intervene and to instruct Al Qaeda to adhere to the rules of proper jihad and to respect the people who had previously opened their arms to Al Qaeda," Mr. Dhari said in an interview Sunday with Bahrain's Akhbar al-Khaleej newspaper. Dhari's remarks indicated that the US and Iraqis still have much work ahead to fully dislodge Al Qaeda from all the Anbar tribes.
"If he [bin Laden] has no influence over Al Qaeda in Iraq, then he must say it so that we can decide how to deal with those who have hurt our main cause, which is liberating Iraq," he said
Of course, people like Harith al-Dhari can openly support Osama bin Laden and still claim to be against terrorism. How so? Simple, the pretend [or actually believe] that Osama bin Laden was not responsible for 9/11 and that any and all acts of "terrorism" were really committed by their enemies or by the you-know-who -- the Jews. For instance, al-Dhari blames the murder of Atwar Bahjat on the Shia government, when all reports to the contrary indicate it was his own 'resistance fighters' who murdered the female Al-Arabiya TV reporter.
Does LaMagna also know the reason why he had to meet with al-Dhari in Jordan, and not Iraq? It's because he has a warrant out for his arrest in Iraq for.....drumroll please...inciting terrorism:
Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani, a Shiite, announced on state television Harith al-Dhari was wanted for inciting terrorism and violence among the Iraqi people.Off and on he supports then condemns al Qaeda. Usually saving his condemnations for the Western press and dupes like LaMagna and those in the West eager to hear that the 'resistance' just wants peace and as soon as the U.S. leaves everything will be peachy keen. But to the Arabic press:
He also classifies the Mujahideen al-Shura Council, an umbrella group of al-Qaeda affiliated groups, as part of the legitimate resistance. [source: Jamestown Foundation]FYI--The Mujahidin Shura Council [MSC]is the old name for what is now called The Islamic State in Iraq. The MSC was started by none other than Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al Qaeda in Iraq leader personally responsible for the beheading murders of so many civilian hostages.
Here is an 'act of legitimate resistance' by the Islamic State of Iraq: [Warning: Graphic Images Below]
Or, here is the Mujahidin Shura Council doing their part in the 'legitimate resistance'. I'm sure the man below is pretty stoked to learn that LaMagna's friend supports this 'act of legitimate resistance':
You'll also recall that the organization al-Dhari leads was implicated in the kidnapping of Jill Carroll.
So, I hope you can excuse my outrage at LaMagna's meeting with this terrorist supporting piece of work, because I know what kind of people Harith al-Dhari supports.
UPDATE: Allah send me this link which notes that LaMagna has a long history of supporting Sunnis with a positive view of the 'insurgency' and who spread the standard jihadi propaganda line that the U.S. government is covering up the deaths of thousands--nay, tens of thousands--of U.S. troops in Iraq.
Related: Mosque Raided, Cleric Detained in Baghdad as Troops Search for Jill Carroll
Good News Iraq May 6: Sunni Muslim Sheikhs join US in fighting Al Qaeda
Warrant for Top Sunni, al Sadr Next?
Dem Pres Candidate Meets w/ Iraqi Insurgent Leader?
Today's Ron Paulbot/Twoofer Teh Stoopid
This is not a parody. Keep that in mind.
A Message from Senator Cornyn's Office
In response to a prior post, I received a message from a staffer in Senator Cornyn's office which included the following:
Senator Cornyn is NOT "in negotiations to trade away his vote on cloture."Given that this message comes directly from the Senator's office, and the staffer in question speaks for the Senator himself, I was apparently in error on this point.
I based my original post on certain reports that Senator Cornyn was engaged with other senators in negotiations with the leadership to work out a compromise on pending amendments and cloture.
Under the compromise deal as I have understood it, certain senators would agree to allow a final roll call vote on the bill in exchange for the chance to bring certain amendments to the floor. In other words, these senators would agree not to filibuster the bill if the amendments were given a fair hearing. Put another way, the senators would agree to vote for cloture if the leadership would agree to consider the amendments.
My understanding that Cornyn was a part of this compromise arose out of quotes like the following:
"The irony is if he (Reid) had given us another couple of days and an opportunity to vote on a dozen amendments, I think we could have concluded the vote," Cornyn said.There have also been a number of news reports along the lines of the following:
The Republicans he will likely be targeting include Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, both of Georgia, who were closely involved in drafting the deal but have yet to fully commit, and perhaps John Ensign of Nevada and John Cornyn of Texas, who are undecided.Based on reports similar to these in combination with the many reports that Senator Cornyn is a key negotiator on passage of the bill, I concluded that Cornyn was negotiating to vote for cloture in exchange for consideration of a group of preferred amendments. Given the unequivocal statement above from Senator Cornyn's office, I can only conclude that Senator Cornyn has NOT placed his cloture vote on the table for negotiation, and my earlier suggestions otherwise were in error. I apologize for any confusion.
Procedurally, Senate backers of the measure and their staffs will attempt to work out a compromise on nearly a dozen GOP amendments, clearing the obstacle [i.e., failure of cloture] that doomed the legislation last week.
Dem Pres Candidate Meets w/ Iraqi Insurgent Leader?
Minnesota Democrats Exposed notes that Dal LaMagna, a Democrat Presidential candidate and donor to Al Franken and the Minnesota DFL, met with an unnamed Iraqi insurgent leader in Jordan who has been targeting American soldiers. This is how he's "kicking off" his Presidential campaign. More at the Seattle Times.
Call it "Pelosi diplomacy." Or treason. Whatever rolls off the tongue.
UPDATE by Rusty: I did some more research on Dal LaMagna and the man he met with, and didn't like what I found.
Killing the Innocents Americans Refuse to Kill
Yet another victim of an illegal immigrant...sorry, "undocumented American...," running over the American citizens that Americans refuse to run over.
The murder weapon:
The murderer, who in addition to being here illegally, had a criminal record:
Condolences to the family. Its OK, though. Lindsay Graham, Trent Lott and George W. Bush are gonna tell the bigots to shut up, while doing what's right for America.
ht: Michelle Malkin
Video: Fred Thompson in London on Foreign Policy
Fred Thompson spoke today in London on foreign policy. The video below is about Iraq and is part two of a four part series recording parts of the speech. All four videos can be seen here.
The full text of the speech can be found here, but here's what I found to be most interesting:
Many in Europe simply have a different view from that of the United States as to the threat of radical Islamic fundamentalism. They think that the threat is overblown. That despite September 11th, and July 7th and other attacks in Europe and elsewhere, America is the main target and therefore the problem is basically an American one. The fact that no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq at a particular point in time resolves the matter for them. Also, they see no meaningful connection between terrorist groups and countries like Iran.Read the rest.
Admittedly, even some in America think that the threat is overblown, and that if we had not gone into Iraq, we’d have no terrorism problem.
However, most Americans feel differently. We understand that the Western world is in an international struggle with jihadists who see this struggle as part of a conflict that has gone on for centuries, and who won’t give up until Western countries are brought to their knees. I agree with this view. I believe that the forces of civilization must work together with common purpose to defeat the terrorists who for their own twisted purposes have murdered thousands, and who are trying to acquire technology to murder millions more.
When terrorists in their video performances pledge more and bigger attacks to come, against targets in both Europe and America, these are not to be shrugged off as idle boasts. They must be taken at their word.
As Borat would say, very nice. Is Rusty becoming a Fredhead? Only time will tell......
Numbers USA Identifies Immigration "Champions"
I want to express my sincere thanks to all these men and women who have been identified as "Champions" by Numbers USA:
Bunning (R-Ky.)If either of your senators is not on the list above, he or she should be hearing from you, because he or she is in danger of rolling over on this bill.
Remember, folks: A vote FOR CLOTURE is a vote to MOVE THE BILL FORWARD. Don't let them try to tell you that a vote for cloture isn't a vote for the bill. It absolutely is.
Any senator voting for cloture on this bill doesn't deserve to be returned to office. It is that simple, and they need to hear that message.
Those toll-free Amnesty Hotline numbers to your senators, btw, are :
1-800-882-2005. (Spanish number)Call them. Call them often. Let them know, in no uncertain terms, that a vote for cloture is political suicide.
1-800-417-7666. (English number)
Porkmeister Lott, Crybaby Graham Decline Hugh Hewitt's Debate Challenge
We all know Graham and Lott are afraid of Hewitt.
This is with good reason. Graham and Lott have an untenable position and they're mental midgets. They don't want to debate the merits of the bill, so they respond to their critics by throwing out baseless slanders.
They know their slanders won't stick to Hewitt, so they run away:
My producer left invitations with both Senators Lott and Graham to appear today, and neither accepted. We'll try again tomorrow.
Yahoo Still Helping Terrorists Kill U.S. Soldiers
UPDATE: 6/20/2007 AM: The websites of The Islamic Front for the Iraqi Resistance (JAMI or JAAMI) and The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas Iraq al Fatih al Islamy Brigades (Hamas in Iraq) are down.
We'd like to thank Yahoo! for taking these websites offline and the Jawa readers for making sure Yahoo got the message. Oh, and we have a little message of our own for the goons at JAMI and Hamas in Iraq below.
Yahoo continues to host the official websites of two terrorist organizations in Iraq. They are The Islamic Front for the Iraqi Resistance (JAMI or JAAMI) and The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas Iraq al Fatih al Islamy Brigades (Hamas in Iraq). I wonder if Yahoo! founder and new CEO Jerry Yang knows that his company is providing business services to a group dedicated to killing American soldiers in Iraq? A group that not only would use WMD against us, but which has already done so?
The terrorists themselves tell us over and over again in dozens and dozens of official communiques that the internet is the most vital aspect of their jihad. It is used to spread propaganda, recruit new members, raise funds, and even coordinate attacks.
If you haven't already done so, please write Yahoo! and complain about their bad business practices: firstname.lastname@example.org
Makes sure to mention the two websites in your e-mail:
Freedom Journal Iraq #672
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This edition features stories on joint missions between Marines and Soldiers, paratroopers combat roadside explosives, Sailors use their ships to provide a way to transport equipment, U.S. and Iraqi forces participate in a soccer game. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
Freedom Journal Iraq #672
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"Immigration is the one issue where regular rules don’t apply."
Via the New York Times:
“It’s a matter of what happens behind closed doors in the next couple of weeks,” said Angelo Amador, director of immigration policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Immigration is the one issue where regular rules don’t apply.”Yeah, no shit.
Good News From The Iraq Front
Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne rescue the most vulnerable from the most despicable.
Seeing a boy who was at the orphanage, where Logan reported from, "with thousands of flies covering his body, unable to move any part of his body, you know we had to actually hold his head up and tilt his head to make sure that he was OK, and the only thing basically that was moving was his eyeballs," Gibson explained. "Flies in the mouth, in the eyes, in the nose, ears, eating all the open wounds from sleeping on the concrete."
All that, and the boy was laying in the boiling sun — temperatures of 120 degrees or so, according to Gibson.
Looking at the boy today, as he sits up in his crib without help, it is hard to believe he is the same boy, one week later — now clean and being cared for along with all the other boys in a different orphanage located only a few minutes away from where they suffered their ordeal.
Another little boy right shown in the photos was carried out of the orphanage by Beale. He was very emaciated.
"I picked him up and then immediately the kid started smiling, and as I got a little bit closer to the ambulance he just started laughing. It was almost like he completely understood what was going on," Beale said.
If there was anyone lower on the evolutionary ladder than Al Qaeda in Iraq, the 82nd found them.
Good job guys.
I agree with this statement wholeheartedly:
"I got extremely angry with the caretaker when I got there," Capt. Benjamin Morales said. "It took every muscle in my body to restrain myself from not going after that guy."
I wish you could have, Captain, I wish you could have. I wish I could have gone after him with you.
June 18, 2007
ABC Reports Suicide Bombers Sent to Europe, US
The question is, of course, is it a real threat or propaganda?
Large teams of newly trained suicide bombers are being sent to the United States and Europe, according to evidence contained on a new videotape obtained by the Blotter on ABCNews.com.ABC and the rest of the mainstream media will decide based on whether a real threat or a bluff best suits their political agenda. Expect opinion polls on the issue to be conducted shortly.
Teams assigned to carry out attacks in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Germany were introduced at an al Qaeda/Taliban training camp graduation ceremony held June 9.
Muslims Pissed Off, Burning Things Again
Well, isn't this a familiar sight. Too f*cking bad, you Nazis.
More Muslims Pissed Off, Burning Even More Things
Via Gateway Pundit Hamas gunmen stormed a Christian Church and convent in Gaza during fighting last week. The militants used rocket-propelled grenades to storm the main entrances of the school and church where they torched, ransacked and looted the facilities. Gunmen used the roof of the school during the clashes between Fatah and Hamas...Which makes this story from 2006 all the more Ironic.
More via JP: "The masked gunmen used rocket-propelled grenades to storm the main entrances of the school and church," he said. "Then they destroyed almost everything inside, including the Cross, the Holy Book, computers and other equipment."
And this one too.
Idiots! WTF did you think that Hamas would do?! They are effing terrorists you effing morons!
Vinnie may translate, if he wishes.
Translation by Vinnie:
WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE AHEAD!!!!
I'M SERIOUS!!!! CUSSING!!!
WE'RE TALKING SALTY SAILOR SPEECH HERE!!!!
Fucking Assholes! What. The Fuck. did you think that Hamas would do?! They are cocksucking goatfucking terrorists you dumbass braindead motherfucking morons!
Yahoo! Hosting Terrorist Websites
UPDATE: 6/20/2007 AM: The websites of The Islamic Front for the Iraqi Resistance (JAMI or JAAMI) and The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas Iraq al Fatih al Islamy Brigades (Hamas in Iraq) are down.
We'd like to thank Yahoo! for taking these websites offline and the Jawa readers for making sure Yahoo got the message. Oh, and we have a little message of our own for the goons at JAMI and Hamas in Iraq below.
Yahoo, the Sunnyvale, California headquarterd company continues to host the official website of The Islamic Front for the Iraqi Resistance (Al-Jabhah al-Islamiyah al-Muqawamah al-Iraqiyah), a terrorist organization better known by its acronym JAMI [also JAAMI], and it's military wing, the Salah al-Din (Saladin) Brigades. JAMI is a well known Sunni Arab nationalist terror organization which routinely posts videos of American troops being killed by its members.
JAMI is perhaps most notorious for its claim that it has used WMD against U.S forces. Below is an image taken from a JAMI produced video released January 9th, 2007, showing the assembly and launching of "4 missiles loaded with chemical weapons" against U.S. positions in Samara, Iraq.
The website can be found here and is hosted on Yahoo! webservers. It is registered to a DNS masking service which maintains a P.O. Box in EmeryVille, CA. That domain name, "myprivateregistration.com", is actually owned by an Australian internet company, Melbourne IT.
By providing business services to JAMI, Yahoo! and Melbourne IT are assisting a terrorist organization in the killing of U.S. and Australian troops in Iraq. As the 'insurgents' themselves have noted on so many occasions, websites like the one hosted by Yahoo! are used to spread propaganda aimed at fueling the insurgency, recruiting new blood into the ranks of the organization, coordinating attacks, and raising funds.
While not officially on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations yet, by providing services essential the JAMI 'insurgents', Yahoo! and Melbourne IT have opened themselves up to legal action by relatives of Coalition servicemen and women killed in Iraq. For instance, here is an image from a recently released JAMI video being distributed from a Yahoo! server. It shows the result of a JAMI missile attack on a U.S. base
Any family of American forces killed in the incident would have grounds to sue Yahoo! for aiding JAMI in the wrongful death of their loved one. It could also be argued that by aiding and abetting the enemies of the United States during an armed conflict, that Yahoo! is committing an act of treason. If our courts and law can give legal rights to corporations, I see no problem in prosecuting them for the same crimes committed by individuals.
Yahoo! also hosts the website of a related group, The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas Iraq al Fatih al Islamy Brigades, better known as simply Hamas in Iraq. The group is not related to the much better known Hamas in the Palestinian territories, but is an offshoot of JAMI. Their website is here.
Here is an image from Hamas in Iraq's website which claims to be of a burning American vehicle destroyed by a Hamas IED, which they claim killed or wounded at least five Americans near Samarra.
Yahoo! has been notified on more than one occasion that they are hosting these terrorist websites, but has failed to remove them. You can put pressure on Yahoo! by writing them here: email@example.com
Melbourne IT can be reaced via their online contact form here.
Please mention the urls of the two offending websites when you contact them:
We're at war with these people, and these corporations are helping our enemies kill our own countrymen!
Twoofers See Howard Dean as "Receptive" to Twooferism
The Chairman of the Democrat National Committee. A 'mainstream' Democrat trying to look 'open minded' about Twoofer nuttery while trying not to directly engage it.
Trying to get the Twoofer vote, as it were.
This illness is spreading.
Steal Michael Moore's Video
Michael Moore thinks it's okay for you to steal his new film. Who are we to go against Michael Moore? The man is a genius, right?
“The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not ‘insurgents’ or ‘terrorists’ or ‘The Enemy.’ They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow—and they will win.” - Michael Moore, 4/14/2004
See Michael Moore's 'Minutemen' at work here.
John Ensign: The number of calls to our personal offices as well as to the NRSC are overwhelming and they are overwhelmingly against the bill. It's, I don't know, ...a hundred to one against.
Read the rest of the interview here.
An End to the War in Yemen Remains Elusive
There is a peace agreement in theory ending the Sa'ada war in Yemen, After a month long negotiation through the offices of the Emir of Qatar, both the rebels and the regime have made announcements that a deal has been reached.
However multiple sources report that fighting rages on. The following is incorrect.
AFP SANAA -- A cease-fire was holding in Yemen Sunday after Shiite rebels agreed to lay down their arms, ending years of fierce fighting that has killed thousands in one of the world's poorest countries....A senior official in the ruling General People's Congress said that government military operations against the rebels ceased by 1700 GMT Saturday, "and no violation has, so far, been registered."
Currently about 50,000 of the province's 690,000 residents are displaced by the fighting, mostly women and children. Many are lacking food, shelter and medical care. Rebel fighters remain entrenched in urban areas, using the civilian population as a shield. This is not an effective tactic as the Yemeni military has been extensively (and imprecisely) bombing its own cities since January. Updates and analysis to follow.
Iranians Whine, Seethe Over Rushdie Knighthood
Like I've said before, I'm not a big Salmon Rushdie fan. Not because he's insulting to Islam, but just because I find his books boring. Of course, I've never been a fan of anything the litarati at the New York Times Book Review praise. But is praising Rushdie a form of "Islamophobia" as Iran's foreign minister claims? No, it's not Islamophobia.....but it is bad taste in literature.
Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said the decision to praise the "apostate" showed Islamophobia among British officials....David Thompson has more thoughts.
Mr Hosseini told a press conference: "Giving a medal to someone who is among the most detested figures in the Islamic community is... a blatant example of the anti-Islamism of senior British officials.
"The measure that has taken place for paying tribute to this apostate and detested figure will definitely put British statesmen and officials at odds with Islamic societies, the emotions and sentiments of which have again been provoked."
He added that the knighthood showed that the process of insulting Islamic sanctities was not accidental but was being supported by some Western countries.
UPDATE: Pakistanis--it's okay to kill people because of NJOW I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY's knighthood:
“The West is accusing Muslims of extremism and terrorism. If someone exploded a bomb on his body, he would be right to do so unless the British government apologizes and withdraws the ‘sir’ title,” ul-Haq said. ...Our friends, the Pakistanis.
US Airstrike Against Taliban
While the death of a child is regrettable, all the buzz is about how the airstrike led to the death of seven children. The real blame lies at the feet of the Taliban and al-Qaeda for indoctrinating kids with their murderous Salafi-Wahhabism and using young children as soldiers. The taliban considers 12 years of age old enough to begin learning the old chop chop choppity chop.
Via WAPO: SLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 18 -- U.S.-led coalition forces killed seven children in an airstrike against a suspected al-Qaeda hideout in Afghanistan on Sunday, adding to a civilian death toll that has become an increasing source of tension between the coalition and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai....
...Coalition troops had "surveillance on the compound all day and saw no indications there were children inside the building," Belcher said. "This is another example of al-Qaeda using the protective status of a mosque, as well as innocent civilians, to shield themselves . . . We are saddened by the innocent lives that were lost as a result of militants' cowardice."
Could the image below have been one for the yearbook at a school like this? (Graphic image warning)
Update: Hey when you are right, your are right. Looks like I hit the nail right on the head with this one. (below the fold).
Let's not forget the Taliban's own er uh "errors", where children and civilians were clearly present and still the Taliban chose to murder them in hopes of killing one or two Coalition troops.
Update: Heh, could be. Is it just me or is th uniform this young man is preparing to put on for his "graduation" to suicide bomber strikingly similar to the uniform the boy holding the head in the photo above?
Hat Tips:Bluto and Rome.
Freedom Journal Iraq #671
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This edition features stories on service members in Baghdad celebrating Asian and Pacific heritage, infantry Soldiers living at a combat outpost in rural Iraq and Soldiers preparing care packages for Iraqi medical patients at Camp Victory. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
Freedom Journal Iraq #671
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Youtube Video: 72 Virgins
Hat Tip: il mango di Treviso
UN: Climate Change Causes...Darfur Massacre?
Nothing to do with corrupt thugocracies, roving bands of brutal murderers, lack of consequences visited by the international community (heh) for said thugocracies engaging in genocide, etc.
No. It was and is "climate change."
That's good news for the US military - there's nothing they can do to stop what's really causing Darfur's problems. And we all know what a world breadbasket and model of prosperity Darfur was before this arbitrary assault by the planet's weather patterns; an assault that is literally possessing and directly ordering the lunatics there to slaughter innocents with machetes.
Hence, we don't need to intervene with our military there. Nothing the military can do to stop "climate change."
June 17, 2007
Video : Marvel / DC After Hours...
You may have to be a fellow comic geek to enjoy this:
Professor Reynolds on the Impending GOP Suicide
Posted at Instapundit:
Do [the Republicans] want whining from Michael Chertoff and Trent Lott to form the public image of the Bush Administration and the Republican Party?I don't agree with Prof. Reynolds on the second paragraph. The GOP is a mess, but the GOP rank-and-file are mostly solid, live-and-let-live kinda folks. The GOP is still the home of the traditional fiscal-social conservative alliance, and it's not clear we can form much of a coalition with any of the interest groups that make up the core of the Dem party. I continue to believe that the "Bizarre Republican Death Wish" results from the insane actions of a cabal of out-of-touch party leaders, and not from the actions of the party as a whole.
Apparently they do. Good luck with that, guys. The political press can run with stories about bloggers being in full revolt over immigration, but it's not really a case of bloggers vs. the Administration. Rather, it's a case -- like Harriet Miers, Dubai Ports, PorkBusters, etc. -- of the Bush Administration ignoring the clear warnings available in the blogosphere. And once again, it's not just bloggers who think the Administration is crazy. So far, every time they've done that they've had their head handed to them. That'll happen this time, too, and if they should happen to "win" and pass their bill, the consequences for the GOP will be even worse. "Bizarre Republican Death Wish?" Indeed.
Frankly, that's okay with me. I've long been unhappy with both Democrats and Republicans. The GOP has been better on national security, though that advantage is fading with time, but overall both parties have been lame and more likely to unite in opposition to citizens' rights and liberties than to compete in protecting them. I've often at least sort-of hoped for a third party that would combine the GOP economic-libertarian strands with the Dems' social-libertarian strands. I don't know if the GOP's self-destruction makes that more likely, but it seems like it might. At any rate, if people really want to commit suicide it's hard to stop them, and that seems to be the GOP's main goal at the moment.
We've long known that the GOP is "The Stupid Party," but it's stupid primarlly because of weak leadership. I'm mad as hell at the GOP right now, and I may or may not be casting many votes for Republicans next year, but I'm also cognizant of the the fact that a mass exodus from the GOP would require a new party apparatus to be built from the ground up, and that would take years. In the meantime, this country's leftists would essentially have a free hand to gut our military, sell out our sovereignty and take over the economy without anything resembling an organized opposition in place to stop them. Experience has taught us that this type of damage is remarkably difficult to undo.
At this point in the game, I'm still willing to stand with the solid conservatives, mercilessly punish the RINOs, and fight like hell for good people in the primaries.
On the other hand, I won't be voting for any more RINOs, and I'm finished giving any cash to the RNC and its various slush funds. I might give 'em some spare change once in a while, just so they know I remember 'em.
ID Cards of 2 Missing Soldiers Found
No sign of the missing soldiers themselves yet, but now their ID cards have been recovered, about 90 miles from where they were kidnapped last month.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- U.S.-led coalition forces have found the identification cards of two missing American soldiers, believed to have been abducted last month south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Saturday.
"Coalition forces raided a suspected al Qaeda in Iraq safe house near Samarra on June 9 and discovered the identification cards" of Spc. Alex R. Jimenez of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, of Waterford, Michigan, a military news release said.
The cards were recovered 90 miles (about 144 kilometers) north of where the two men disappeared, a few days after an Islamic militant group issued a video showing what appeared to be military ID cards.
The Islamic State of Iraq also announced the deaths of the two soldiers in commentary on the video, but provided no proof.
The families of the two soldiers continue to hold out hope that they are still alive:
Maria del Rosario Duran keeps holding fast to hope. Even as military officials announced yesterday that her kidnapped soldier son's identification cards were found in an al-Qaida safe house north of Baghdad, the mother in Corona, Queens, believes he is alive.
"We're waiting, we're waiting. I think this is good news. Maybe they moved him to somewhere," Duran said yesterday of her son, Spc. Alex Jimenez, 25, as a tear formed in her eye. She added: "If I continue to hope and hope and hope, then in my mind he's alive."
Like Jimenez’ parents, Fouty’s stepfather found hope in the latest news.
“I take it as they keep moving him, and that he’s alive,” Gordon Dibler Jr. said. “I was happy that they found something tangible. I’m going to keep hoping.”
Andy Jimenez returned to Lawrence last week and to his job as a contractor after keeping vigil with Duran and other family in New York since the news first broke. Yesterday afternoon, Jimenez was helping repair a friend’s lawn mower.
“We just keep hope with him,” his close friend and neighbor Wendy Luzon said. “We wait for that little bit of news. Like Andy wants, the only thing we can do is to keep praying.”
But nothing can keep either of them from thinking of Alex.
Andy Jimenez ends every telephone conversation with friends and family members in tears. He wakes up in the middle of the night with his son on his mind. One day last week, he sat down to eat beef steak, white rice and beans and thought of him.
“Because he likes to eat a lot,” he said.
Meanwhile, Duran said she will continue praying as she has done since her son enlisted.
“We’ll continue to have the same faith in God so he can give us strength,” she said. “I feel like I’m on the road to Calvary.”
Continued, constant prayers for the two soldiers and their families. If the two young men are, in fact dead, then they are in a better place and no longer suffering as their families are. As long as the families continue to hold out hope, we owe it to them to bombard the gates of Heaven with prayers on their behalf. Prayers also for the safety of the troops working on the search-and-rescue mission.
Hillary, Hillarybots and Che
Hahaha! Che Guevera was a murderer and a racist! Hahaha!
Aren't we Democrats revolutionary? Hahaha! I have a Stalin t-shirt at home! Hahaha!
Freikin' hilarious. Honestly. Wearing t-shirts emblazoned with likeness of communist murderers is apparently chic in the Democrat Party nowadays. Glad we know who their ideological forefathers and compatriots are.
C'mon, kidz. Even Wikipedia can find this stuff:
Subsequent analysts have also shed light on aspects of cruelty in Guevara’s methods, and analyzed what Fidel Castro described as Guevara’s “excessively aggressive quality”. Studies addressing problematic characteristics of Guevara's life have cited his principal role in setting up Cuba's first post-revolutionary labor camps, his unsympathetic treatment of captured fighters during various guerrilla campaigns, and his frequent humiliations of those deemed his intellectual inferiors. Though much opposition to Guevara's methods has come from the political right, critical evaluation has also come from groups such as anarchists and civil libertarians, some of whom consider Guevara an authoritarian, anti-working-class Stalinist, whose legacy was the creation of a more bureaucratic, authoritarian regime. Detractors have also theorized that in much of Latin America, Che-inspired revolutions had the practical result of reinforcing brutal militarism for many years.ht: Bryan @ Hot Air
June 16, 2007
Harper's (Former) Editor Wafts 9-11 Truther Fumes
I hope this continues, because it is making it easier to write off the earth-shatteringly stupid, mentally-challenged nutbar voices of the lunatic left from the usual benign-to-annoying leftist nutbars we typically hear from.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Lewis Lapham, he was involved with a journalistic scandal in 2004 in which he wrote an "account" of the GOP convention for a Harper's column - before it even happened. The NYT Book Review also got caught up in the madness. Heh.
Integrity. Honesty. Accuracy. 9-11 Twooferism.
Former Iranian Pres Shakes Woman's Hand, Outrage Ensues
It's so sad, it's almost funny. The video is posted below of Khatami actually touching the hand of two women. Two!
Apparently, the video has gone viral among the Persian expat community and among the YouTube loving generation bucking the Mullahs. The video is nearly a month old from what I gather, but the 'hard liners' in Iran just started commenting on it a few days ago. Anyway, I just got wind of it although I'm hearing from Allah that some others had it earlier.
A hardline Iranian daily yesterday launched an attack on former reformist president Mohammad Khatami who it said had publicly shaken hands with women while on a visit to Italy last month.Excuse me.....I seem to have been overcome by the vapors.....the very thought of a man touching a woman's hand....why, it's outrageous!
But don't worry, Khatami's camp is saying he accidentally touched the women. Either that, or the video is a case of Western fauxtography. AKI:
The Baran foundation of former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami issued a statement on Tuesday denying the cleric had intentionally shaken hands with women - as shown in footage of a recent trip to Italy broadcast on 'YouTube' - a gesture prohibited under Iran's strict interpretation of Islamic law banning all physical contact between men and women who are not related. The statement indicated either the footage had been edited to give a false impression or else Khatami had shaken the hands of people in a crowd without realising they were female.....What's funny is that the very next sentence--the immediately following Khatami's stance against touching a woman's hand---call's Khatami a moderate. I. Kid. You. Not.
"In the crowd, it is possible a hand was shaken but the former president is against any physical contact between the sexes," said Sadegh Kharrazi, a former ambassador who accompanies Khatami in his international tours.
Khatami, a moderate cleric, was president of Iran from 1997 until 2005, when his ultraconservative successor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected. [emphasis mine]This is what passes for a moderate in the Islamic Republic of Iran: principled stances against hand to hand contact with women.
The 'hard line' newspaper that blasted Khatami for icky-girlie-touching was so appalled, that they refused to publish the name of the website that had circulated the video. Don't worry, I have no such qualms.
Here's the website.
In fact, I'll even go out on a limb and say I'm pro-touching women's hands.
I know it's an unpopular stance--one I'm sure the Christian Right, or the 'American Taliban' as we like to call them around here, are sure to threaten my life over it---but it had to be said. Touching a women's hand may seem immoral to the lot of you, but I can't help myself--I was just born with the need to touch women's hands!
Anyway, here's the vid. The obscene moment when Khatami shakes hands is somewhere between 4:23-4:28. John, who sent me the vid, tells me that "he could be tried by a religious tribunal and banned from teaching." Yup, sounds exactly like the religious-right to me. No difference. None.
This has to be worth some cash......(Bumped)
Bumped because.... it's working. Thanks for the generous donations! My wife will be very pleased.
Two more Taliban websites down.
Thanks to the prompt response and help from Tulip Systems for resolving the issue--they were very helpful once we found the right person to talk to-- and for all the Jawa Readers for helping out. But, come on guys, helping take out the Taliban's online presence has to be worth something. I must have spent 40 hours in the last week fighting the online jihad, and have helped take down at least five Taliban websites this week alone.
And believe me, for every post I put up about our efforts at dismantling the online terror network, countless posts go unwritten. And just to put some of our well meaning critics at ease, the vast majority of our posts decrying U.S. companies providing hosting services to terror organizations are first vetted through our contacts with various government agencies and those that work with them on these issues.
However, Mrs. Shackleford tells me that unless my little hobby doesn't start paying off soon, I will be forced to stop. I've grown rather accustomed to having my lovely bride of nearly 14 years by my side and don't plan to do anything that jeapardizes that relationship in the near future. So, if you think that what we're doing here is a worthwhile endeavor and you have a little extra cash, please think about donating to The Jawa Report so I can take the very pregnant Mrs. Shackleford out to a nice dinner and tell her that it's courtesy of my little hobby. I can think of worse ways to spend my free time.
...good advice. Hey, even broken clocks are right twice a day.
Exit question: if Paris Hilton joined the other team, would that be good gay or bad gay?
Iranian Expatriate: Islam Threatens Constitutional Freedoms
And it uses the very same freedoms we hold dear and minority protections against us.
Amil Imani Via American Thinker: In the interest of impartiality, the authors of the Constitution did not define what constitutes a religion. Presently, a plethora of sects, cults, orders-all claiming to be religion-cover the length and the breadth of the land. So long as these "religions" minister to the legitimate spiritual needs of their congregation without threatening the rights of others, there is no reason for concern. However, when one or more of these claimants strive to undermine the very Constitution that protects them in order to impose their belief and way of life, serious problems arise.
Can a religion or a cult become so powerful and so uncivilized that it can hide behind the Constitution to preach an ideology of hatred and advocate a plan to destroy our society and subvert our government? We need to consider whether our Constitution enables and protects "religions" that are being used to put our very society and our freedoms in jeopardy.
When people from Islamic nations tell you that Islam can be dangerous to America maybe you should listen. As if the daily death toll isn't enough?
Clearly a large portion of those causing mayhem and suffering in the Middle East and elsewhere believe they are doing what is demanded of them by Islam.
Someone needs to tell them what they are doing, all the suffering they bring upon Muslims an others, is wrong. And if you can't prove it to them using Islam itself what hope is there?
The only choice left is to fight them. To settle the issue of Islams place on the battlefield. For everyone's sake, I pray those who still bring suffering and murder in the name of God are defeated.
"The Community Can Not Stand to Lose Another Emergency Room"
Here's a news story about a woman who bled to death waiting for care in an overloaded emergency room in Los Angeles. The story also mentions a man who died in an emergency room after waiting four days for care.
How could this happen? Why would an emergency room in Los Angeles, California be overloaded? Hmmm...
Angelina Jolie Sex Shop and Nude No Strings Attached Jessica Alba Sex
Headlines like that get you hits. Mentions from Rush Limbaugh and CNN don't.
It's a formula, but damnit it works!
I'd take a link from the blogfather at LGF or an Instalanche any day over a mention on CNN, but I can't understand why a Limbaughlanche wouldn't produce the hits.
You're still here? Pervs. Okay, just so you don't call me a tease, actual headline related "news" below.
Heh, it's the weekend, no one reads this crap anyway. Plus, since Vinnie apparently doesn't find Ms. Jolie attractive--which is an obvious sign of teh ghey-- and I'll take any chance I can get to out him.
Plus, the hits. Think of the hits!
First, official Jawa Report Vixen visits sex shop:
ANGELINA JOLIE took a break from filming her new flick “Wanted” in Prague, visited a sex shop called “Erotic City” and purchased two items – a black leather garter belt and…CRRAAACK!...a black riding crop!It turns out, Angelina wants, like, 13 kids.
As a soon-to-be father of four, note to Angelina: I love kids. Oh, and, me strong like Bull.
James "I have the blog hits formula" Joyner has the video of Angelina on Comedy Central's least funny production, The Daily Show.
STUNNING actress Jessica Alba says she is up for a one-night stand - as long as the man leaves the next morning.....Okay, we'll give Vin a pass on Angelina, but if he doesn't find that Jessica Alba attractive, then we're going to have to definitely revoke his heterosexual license.
"I could have a one-night stand, and I'm the kind of girl who looks over in the morning and is like, 'Do you really have to be here?' I don't need to cuddle and do all that stuff because I know what it is and I don't try to make it more.
"I feel like a lot of women try to make it into more, so they don't feel so bad about just wanting to have sex. I don't really have a problem with just wanting sex. Never have.
Hewitt Offers to Make Trent Lott his B!+ch
Trent Lott recently had this to say about "talk radio people":
"I'm sure senators on both sides of the aisle are being pounded by these talk-radio people who don't even know what's in the bill," Lott said. He added that the "leadership will have to be prepared to do what needs to be done."To which Hugh Hewitt responded:
I will invite Senator Lott on the program next week to discuss what is in the bill and the amendment package. I suspect he will decline, but you never know.I'm sure we all realize Trent Lott probably doesn't have the cojones to square off against Hewitt. Hell, I'll bet he wouldn't have the cojones to square off against me, and I'm just a part-time amateur! I'll just about guarantee you Lott doesn't know what's in this bill. If I found out he does know, and is still supporting it, my opinion of him will be even lower than it already is.
Then again, if Lott or any of his cronies are in the mood to mix it up, come on down. I suspect he won't, and none of his cronies will, either. I wouldn't be surprised to find out the whole lot of them are deficient in the testicular fortitude department, and we've all known for some time that Lott doesn't have much going on upstairs. That's only become all the more painfully obvious as this debacle has unfolded. Lott's a bloviating old moron and an embarassment to the GOP. Anyone working for him should be ashamed of themselves. Lott's long since passed his "sell-by" date and needs to be put out to pasture. Unfortunately, he's not up in 2008. Ah, well. Mark the calendar...
Why the Railroad Effort on the Amnesty Bill?
We can all understand the push by big business to keep their steady flow of illegal laborers coming in, strengthening their bargaining position against blue-collar working class Americans. Then again, they already have that today in droves. Why the sudden balls-to-the-wall push to get it all "kosher" right now? Mickey Kaus forwards a theory:
Chertoff and Kyl both seem to have answered that question recently, Kyl in his Wall Street Journal interview and Chertoff on Fox News yesterday: because businesses are starting to worry about efforts to enforce immigration laws at the local level. One state in the vanguard of that effort is Kyl's (and McCain's) home state of Arizona, where the legislature has passed numerous laws (usually vetoed) on the issue, and where the public voted for Prop 200 back in 2004.I think this is probably right. I think big business realizes that voters are going to extract some very explicit and unequivocal promises from their candidates next year. I think they realize at this point that a number of their champions on this bill are not coming back to Washington after the next election.
To me that says something far more ominous than that Congress is being disingenuous or naïve on the matter. Far from simple being empty promises, this amnesty bill is actually a blatant attempt to head off any attempts at enforcement at all.
Big agriculture and big construction realize that they'll be faced with a new Commander-in-Chief, Democrat or Republican, who will likely have made a list of unequivocal promises to the voters during the campaign. Given the opportunity to build up public goodwill with a series of big, high-profile immigration busts in her first six months of office, does anyone think that President Hillary would pass it up? If she's anywhere near as calculating as her reputation suggests, there's not a chance she'll pass up that opportunity. A Republican President would feel less need for high-profile token efforts, but may bring in a Justice Department that actually cares about national security. (How crazy would that be?) If you're an employer who's been skirting the law for years with a wink and a nod, this change in the winds has to be keeping you up at night--with good reason. Some CEOs looking at public opinion polls and knowing their employment rolls haven't been even close to right with God, have to be dealing with some serious heartburn at the thought of angry villagers at the corporate gates demanding massive fines and/or a few years in federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison.
If the employers can just get across the line on this, they've significantly reduced their exposure. This Amnesty Bill represents a sort of "get out of jail free" card for these executives. Whether it'll actually work out that way is another matter. They see the writing on the wall, and they're pulling out the stops to protect their own hides, even if they have to wreck their own country to do it.
Of course, jamming this piece of shit down our throats only adds to the long list of reasons we're already pissed as hell at the employers and their elected cronies.
This may be your time, fellas. You may have the upper hand now. The men in power are your boys, and you may get them to vote how you like, even against the clear will of the people who sent them there.
Enjoy it while it lasts, but don't forget it for a second: our time is coming. You have the cash, but we have the numbers. A whole lot of us have damn long memories. We're gonna remember every bit of this sordid ordeal.
And payback, as they say, is a bitch.
Freedom Journal Iraq #670
This edition features stories on care packages, medical care, a cordon and search resulting in an ammo cache and an Iraqi Kung-Fu instructor. Hosted by Pvt. Rheanna Douglas.
Freedom Journal Iraq #670
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Senate: Now There Were Only One or Two Things....
.....the stupid voters and bloggers could have done when they found out the Senate voted for cloture. One, they could have given us a medal for being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely and we didn't expect it. Two, they could have bawled us out and told us to never to be caught voting on trash in the hallowed halls of the Senate ever again. But there was a third possibility we hadn't even considered, after we cast our vote, all of us up for re-election were immediately, rounded up, voted out of office and sent back home.
Hat Tip: larwyn.
The thing is we have the laws. Another bill isn't going to help at this point. Make the law the government has now work better and we'll think about it.
al-Qaeda's NY Wish List
The NY stock exchange, kids puppet shows, chemical gas and dirty bomb attacks were all considered. Fortunatly the Brits have Dhiren Barot and his seven partners in crime in the cross bar hotel. Not so good, al-Qaeda most likely still has all this research.
Via MSNBC: NEW YORK - London's Scotland Yard on Friday released a series of videos, maps and attack plans for a plot to assault New York's financial district, prepared by al-Qaida operatives six months before the Sept. 11 attack.
While some parts of the videos and some of the attack information — prepared for Osama bin Laden himself — were previously made public, today's release is the most detailed regarding the attack plans.
The materials were released today after seven members of a terror cell run by al-Qaida "general'' Dhiren Barot were sentenced in London to a total of 136 years in prison. Mohammed Naveed Bhatti, Junade Feroze, Zia Ul Haq, Abdul Aziz Jalil, Omar Abdur Rehman, Qaisar Shaffi and Nadeem Tarmohamed were vital to his deadly plans to attack targets in the United Kingdom and United States, Woolwich Crown Court was told.
Dhiren Barot is serving a life sentence.
Uncle Jimbo Spanks Reid and Donk Morons
You leftist morons knew it would come to this. From a vet, and none other than the esteemed Uncle Jimbo:
June 15, 2007
Battle Hymn of the Republic
China arming terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan
From The Washington Times, via Drudge:
New intelligence reveals China is covertly supplying large quantities of small arms and weapons to insurgents in Iraq and the Taliban militia in Afghanistan, through Iran.
U.S. government appeals to China to check some of the arms shipments in advance were met with stonewalling by Beijing, which insisted it knew nothing about the shipments and asked for additional intelligence on the transfers. The ploy has been used in the past by China to hide its arms-proliferation activities from the United States, according to U.S. officials with access to the intelligence reports.
Some arms were sent by aircraft directly from Chinese factories to Afghanistan and included large-caliber sniper rifles, millions of rounds of ammunition, rocket-propelled grenades and components for roadside bombs, as well as other small arms.
The Washington Times reported June 5 that Chinese-made HN-5 anti-aircraft missiles were being used by the Taliban.
According to the officials, the Iranians, in buying the arms, asked Chinese state-run suppliers to expedite the transfers and to remove serial numbers to prevent tracing their origin. China, for its part, offered to transport the weapons in order to prevent the weapons from being interdicted.
The weapons were described as "late-model" arms that have not been seen in the field before and were not left over from Saddam Hussein's rule in Iraq.
U.S. Army specialists suspect the weapons were transferred within the past three months.
The Bush administration has been trying to hide or downplay the intelligence reports to protect its pro-business policies toward China, and to continue to claim that China is helping the United States in the war on terrorism. U.S. officials have openly criticized Iran for the arms transfers but so far there has been no mention that China is a main supplier.
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Kidnapped BBC Reporter Handed Over to Hamas
The abductors of BBC reporter Alan Johnston, who was kidnapped in Gaza March 12, say he could could be free within 24 hours: (via Fox News)
Hamas spokesman Abu Obeideh told reporters in a midnight news conference that Hamas, which seized control of Gaza a day before, "will not allow anyone to attack journalists or foreigners, because they are helping our people."
Earlier, A Hamas source confirms to FOX News that the kidnappers of BBC journalist Alan Johnston have handed him over to Hamas members.
The BBC's bureau in Jerusalem said, "We would love for this to be true."
Earlier, a person involved in the negotiations for Johnston's release said the captors promised to free him within 24 hours.
This is good news if true, although I would take Hamas's newfound love for foreign journalists with a hefty grain of salt. Hopefully Alan will have the sense to get out before he is invited to enjoy their hospitality again.
Top Terrorist Arrested in Indonesia
Earlier this week we announced the capture of Abu Dujana, the top military leader of Jemaah Islamiyah. Today it was announced that the head of Southeast Asia's al Qaeda affiliate organization was also arrested. He is known simply as Zarkasih.
Indonesian police said Friday that one of a group of suspected terrorists seized in a raid is the head of Jemaah Islamiyah -- the al-Qaeda-linked terror network blamed for attacks including the deadly Bali bombings.I've got to say that the news coming out of Indonesia has been pretty good lately.
Known simply as Zarkasih, the alleged leader of the Southeast Asian terror groupwas apprehended at the same time as its confessed military leader, Abu Dujana, whose arrest was announced on Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Surya Dharma said .
Afghan 'Resistance' Threatens to Behead Aid Workers
An Afghan doctor and his chauffer, who work for a Dutch NGO helping provide medical care to the war-torn country, have been kidnapped by the Afghan 'resistance' who are demanding a $100k ransom. If their demands are not met, the 'resistance fighters' have threatened to behead the two aid workers.
The two Afghans work for Healthnet TPO. According to the website, their core mission in Afghanistan is to fight malaria, give neonatal aid, develop sustainable health care by training doctors and nurses, and training mental health workers.
And for this, Taliban militias threaten to behead their hostages? Yet some wish to equivocate between us and them.
A ransom demand for 100,000 U.S. dollars was later received by telephone. The kidnappers are threatening to behead the two men if the ransom is not paid, Radio Netherlands said.Just another day in the life of the Islamist 'resistance' movement.
The abduction happened in the troubled Nangahar province, where the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. forces are operating against Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters.
Nifong Says He'll Quit
From the Associated Press:
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Facing the loss of his law license, a tearful Mike Nifong said Friday he will resign as district attorney, more than a year after he obtained rape indictments against three Duke University lacrosse players who were later declared innocent by state prosecutors.Not good enough. This behavior should land him behind bars:
The North Carolina State Bar said Nifong withheld DNA test results from the players' defense attorneys, lied to the court and bar investigators, and made misleading and inflammatory comments about the three athletes, who were cleared of charges they raped a stripper at a team party in March 2006.
Video: Hamas Murders Fatah Member in Gaza
Below is a video of Hamas members murdering Fatah members in Gaza. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT.
There are tons of reports of this kind of thing, but very little video. The video will probably be removed shortly, but check back with Israel Matzav if you find it's not working. Carl will probably find a new version of it before I will.
Pali Staged Photos from Reuters
Another Reuters stringer caught in the act.
Jihadis Kill 7 More in Thailand
Boy - Islamists are on a roll this week. Hamas achieves a bloody coup in Gaza, and the Thailand jihad keeps rolling right along without a hitch.
Why do we continue to enslave and occupy Thailand and insist that they do things BOOSH's way? Don't the neeeeocons know that they're creating Thailand terrorists by our presence there? Don't the neeeeocons know that the Islamists have no choice but to kill women and children to protest?
US out of Thailand!!
Another Taliban Website Pwnd!
And a personal note to Qari Mohammad Yousuf, the Taliban spokesman, below.
Great Comment on Reid's Incompetence
The following comment was left at the Politico regarding Reid's idiotic attack on Gen. Peter Pace. Sums it up quite nicely:
A majority of Democrats voted for the Iraq War in late 2002. A majority of Democrats supported the successful invasion of Iraq in March 2003. However by September 2004, as the situation on the ground in Iraq became more difficult, Democrats unanimously disapproved of the war, saying that it was "the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time". Now Democrats want to retreat from Iraq and leave the Iraqi people to the terrorists and to the civil war which will inevitably follow upon US withdrawal. In 2006, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and their fellow Democrats ran on an anti-war platform. They promised the American people that, if elected as a majority in Congress, Democrats would end the Iraq War. They also promised a host of other things, most of which also have not been achieved. The most striking failure of the Congressional Democrats is their failure to keep their promise to end the Iraq War. Another glaring failure is their broken promise to improve ethics in Congress. The 96 count Federal indictment of Louisiana Congressional Democrat William Jefferson on fraud, bribery, conspiracy and official corruption is but one illustration of Democrat Congressional ethical failure. So who is incompetent here? Not our military leaders who had no part in voting for the Iraq War. They don't get to pick and choose what war to fight. Those who are incompetent are those who voted for the Iraq War and are now voting for defeat. It is truly incompetent to send troops into battle only to withdraw support from them when they are on the battlefield facing the enemy. It is also truly incompetent to criticize their civilian and military leaders while our troops are fighting for their very lives every day. It is Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi who are incompetent. Reid and Pelosi's Democrats voted to send US troops to Iraq to fight the enemy, yet the Democrat strategy for success in Iraq has never been one of support for the troops or their mission. Reid and Pelosi's Democrats have unconditional US retreat and surrender as their only war-fighting strategy in Iraq. Forget winning the war that Democrats help start, let's just "cut-and-run." That is truly incompetent.More flaying of the moronic Senate 'leader' by Bill at INDC journal, who shows how Reid's comments about Gen. Petraeus "not being in touch with reality" are, well, not really in touch with reality.
Reid has proven himself to be an absolute, unquestionable disgrace this week. The DemCong's abysmal approval ratings reflect this. He should resign.
Taliban Baby Killers Get Five
I was just watching a very fake al-Furqan video the other day that says it's haram to harm innocents while trying to attack coalition forces, especially women and children. Apparently the Taliban didn't get the memo.
Via CNN: KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) -- Suicide bombers attacked foreign troops in central and southern Afghanistan on Friday, killing five child bystanders and wounding at least two soldiers, local police and a provincial government official said.
Separately, a U.S.-coalition soldier was killed in combat in eastern Paktika province on Friday, the U.S. military said. In both south and east Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents are waging an insurgency against the Afghan government and its foreign allies.
In the first suicide attack, a bomber rammed his car into a convoy of international troops in Tirin Kot, capital of the central province of Uruzgan, killing five children playing nearby, a provincial government official said.
"Two international soldiers were wounded," Mohammad Nabi told Reuters. Three civilian adults were also wounded, he added.
Freedom Journal Iraq #669
This edition features stories on a wounded soldier still working in the war, the Infantry Iron Men Contest, helping local Iraqi citizens and developing future leaders for Iraq through the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Iraq. Hosted by Pvt. Rheanna Douglas.
Freedom Journal Iraq #669
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Leftosphere Pwn3d by Politico
GOP campaigns - start getting your ads together.
Nice try at narrative control by the nutosphere, but they failed. As we've always maintained, if you lie down with nutroots, you're gonna say and do stupid things to please them.
And Harry Reid indeed has said and done a stupid thing here to please the Nutroots. His own Macacca moment? Probably not (the media won't give it any play like they did to the Macaccagate), but definitely embarrassing and well below the expected conduct of a member of the "austere" US Senate. Certainly not below the conduct of a modern Democrat, however.
Harry Reid wouldn't know the difference between a corporal and a lance corporal, but he knows Gen Pace is "incompetent." Bad news, Senator. The public trusts the military far more than they trust you pampered morons sitting on your fat as*es declaring the war lost in the comfort of your air-conditioned offices in the DemCongress.
If you want to see how they try to obfuscate, slither out of, and deny their involvement with this demagoguery after being forced to admit they were wrong, read down a few posts at TPM. The conceding post reads thus:
Okay, we've obtained a tape of the controversial Reid conference call with liberal bloggers.Sure. The "context" of calling Gen. Peter Pace incompetent is "overblown." Nice try, morons.
Yes, he did in fact say that Pace is "incompetent." But the context shows that the controversy's way overblown. Take a look.
Did he say it, Greg? Yes. Did he say it to liberal bloggers? Yes. You and your horde spent your day trying to refute it and to deny it, and the truth hit you square on your noggin. See Insty for the "plausible deniability" exercise put on by the members of the conference call. In true Clintonista fashion, they all play the "I don't remember/recall/have knowledge/see it in my notes" card, but don't outright deny it because they likely knew what the truth was. They were there.
But remember, people. It was the "nuance" of the remark that matters. It was the "context." From liberal talker Taylor Marsh:
Calling a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff "incompetent" is anything but unremarkable.You're damn right, sister. Time for some nutroots to eat some well-deserved shinola sandwiches. This vitriolic Kos diarist can start gobbling crow any time now, when she passes Journalism 101. Any time, now. We'll gladly wait. Bob Geiger? Back to Journalism 101 for you, too.
Trust me when I say we're going to be eating this for a very long time. Next our presidential candidates will be asked if they agree with Senator Reid's assessment of General Pace. Insert your favorite question about this nightmare here.
There is yet another aspect of this event. How did Politico.com get even the partial quote? That's yet another troubling aspect of this sorry situation.
Remember this incident the next time the Nutosphere tries to jump all over any right-blogger or right-politician for making a snafu - the "context" is what's most important. Which means (to them) that they may agree with what he said but regret that anyone outside of their little cabal heard it.
Addendum: DaveC in the comments points out that I clumsily worded a passage above when I said that Reid attacked "the Troops" as opposed to General Pace. He was, upon reflection, right about that, and I have amended said offending passage. I would also point out, however, that this is the second time this week that Reid has attacked military members - the other day, he preemptively declared an effort that hasn't even fully been implemented 'a failure.' I consider that an attack on the troops engaged in the surge effort, since he told them they failed before they even did anything. So I will make no apology to Reid on this basis. He's on a hot streak this week, so to speak.
Memo to Reid: Why Has the Surge 'Failed?'
IT HASN'T EVEN BEEN FULLY IMPLEMENTED YET. Imagine that. They just finished putting everyone in place today. Harry gave the troops approximately negative two days to do what they were assigned to do before preemptively declaring them "a failure." He "supports" them, though.
Tough, smart leadership from the 23%ers micromanaging the war from their air-conditioned offices.
MORE...Karl also has a great post up illustrating the flagrant dishonesty in the way the Iraq casualties (and the subsequent doom-and-gloom reporting on levels of violence) are consistently being reported. The reports amount to little more than a poorly-disguised frame-job by the numerically illiterate members of the press. The surge, not even being allowed to be implemented without Democrat meddling and kneecapping, has reduced violence by 33% in its primary theater, with, with an 8% decrease in overall violence. Sectarian killings are down 62.5% since December. Why isn't it being reported this way?
June 14, 2007
'The American Left's Silly Victim Complex'
A withering, blistering attack on the modern we're-perpetual-victim left by a member of the stop-whining-and-start-a-revolution left.
Lots of waxing nostalgic about the good ol'days of hippies, losing Vietnam, as well as whining over being identified as a liberal by right-wing radio and pundits (waaaahh), etc.
But there is also plenty of tough-love and candid assessment of elitist 'limousine" liberals, the disjointed nature of the fractured "Frankenstein" that is the modern Democrat party and liberal movement, and even some fed-upness with Bush-bashing:
We all know where this stuff comes from. Anyone who’s ever been to a lefty political meeting knows the deal – the problem is the “spirit of inclusiveness” stretched to the limits of absurdity. The post-sixties dogma that everyone’s viewpoint is legitimate, everyone‘s choice about anything (lifestyle, gender, ethnicity, even class) is valid, that’s now so totally ingrained that at every single meeting, every time some yutz gets up and starts rambling about anything, no matter how ridiculous, no one ever tells him to shut the fuck up. Next thing you know, you’ve got guys on stilts wearing mime makeup and Cat-in-the-Hat striped top-hats leading a half-million people at an anti-war rally. Why is that guy there? Because no one told him that war is a matter of life and death and that he should leave his fucking stilts at home.Diversity, son. Its about diversity.
On Bush-bashing and pretending you're being victimized by society:
Then there’s the tone problem. A hell of a lot of what the left does these days is tediously lecture middle America about how wrong it is, loudly snorting at a stubbornly unchanging litany of Republican villains. There’s a weirdly indulgent tone to all of this Bush-bashing that goes on in lefty media, a tone that’s not only annoyingly predictable in its pervasiveness, but a turnoff to people who might have tuned in to that channel in search of something else. [...] But American college types don’t have to fight for shit anymore. Remember the Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill album? Remember that song “Fight for Your Right to Party”? Well, people, that song was a joke. So was “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “And the Cradle Will Rock.” The only thing American college kids have left to fight for are the royalties for their myriad appearances in Girls Gone Wild videos. Which is why they look ridiculous parading around at peace protests in the guise of hapless victims and subjects of the Amerikan neo-Reich. Rich liberals protesting the establishment is absurd because they are the establishment; they’re just too embarrassed to admit it.Ding, ding ding!!! Tell him what he's won...!
Read it all.
ht: Cold Fury
Video: Israelis Causing Civil War In Gaza
Look at those dastardly Joooos. Look at what they're doing the poor Palestinians. Hamas has no choice but to slaughter, destroy, and ululate in joy at the prospect of destroying their country. Can't you see?! Of course you can't, neocon. You're a Zionist Nazi. /Boston Globe ed. board off
They deserve the government they got, and got the government they deserved. This was a democratically elected government, after all. Therefore, they are getting what they voted for.
Boston Globe: Dirty Jooos Causing Gaza Troubles
Not only does the editorial board of the Boston Globe question whether the Palestinian Civil War is really a civil war, they blame it on Israel:
The Hamas campaign to eradicate Fatah from Gaza is certainly not the sole cause of Gazans' misery. They long suffered from Israel's suffocating occupation, and then from Ariel Sharon's foolishly unilateral withdrawal in 2005, a move that allowed Hamas to bid for power with the misleading claim that its rockets and suicide bombings had driven Israeli soldiers and settlers out of Gaza. Gazans were victimized as well by the corruption and misrule of Yasser Arafat's Fatah cronies.That's right, the Palestinian Civil War is not really the fault of the poor, victimized, innocent Palestinians who elected a terrorist organization as their government (and, by the way, ululated in joy when the Twin Towers fell), it's those evil Zionist pigs and monkeys.
There's only one thing to say to the Boston Globe's editorial board: SIEG HEIL!
Thanks to James Taranto's Best of the Web.
UPDATE (Good Lt): I'm completely and giddily in sync with Ace here:
Me? I'm just hoping a lot of extremists get killed. I think for once I'll be pleased by the news coming out of a Muslim country.Bwahahaha!
Is joking appropriate? Why yes it is. These animals are making all their own decisions; if they choose to butcher everything that moves, including themselves, what can we do but laugh darkly at them?
This isn't a tragedy. Tragedies have heroes.
This is just a farce with a bodycount.
The Latest Hit from the HotAir Label : "How to Take a Life"
Bryan and Michelle knock it out of the park with this one. Simply freakin' EXCELLENT.
Islamic State of Iraq Murders 14 More Iraqis
As promised al-Furqan Media, the propaganda company for al-Qaeda and The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), has murdered the 14 Iraqis they were holding hostage. True to form, the 14 hostages were not held the three days promised by the al Qaeda front group for their demands to be met.
The Jawa Report has obtained a copy of the video. Graphic frames and video below, after extensive content warnings.
Site Institute: The Islamic State of Iraq, three days after issuing a video depicting fourteen employees of the Iraqi Ministries of Interior and Defense who were indicated to have been captured in northeastern Baghdad, and making demands of the Iraqi government for their release, following the expiration of the ultimatum issued the execution video to jihadist forums today, Thursday, June 14, 2007.This video is very similar to previous snuff videos they have released but appears to be filmed in a different location than the last two.
The 1:30 minute clip was produced and distributed by the group's al-Furqan Foundation for Media Production. Shown are the captured men bound and blindfolded sitting in a field, the executor walking down the line shooting each with one bullet in the back of the head.
Warning Graphic Images and uncensored video of the enemy mercilessly murdering Iraqis for serving their country below. This is the true face of the 'insurgency'.
Our previous entry on these hostages.
Warning Graphic Images of the enemy mercilessly murdering Iraqis for serving their country.
I Think This Picture Just About Sums it Up... (UPDATED)
UPDATE by Rusty: John Hawkins has the inside scoop on the political wrangling over the immigration bill.
"Kill Jews" at YouTube
Above: A frame grab from a video at YouTube of a woman with a bandana reading "kill jews".
Robert Spencer has the details. I'm not a Jew, but if any one wants to call me that name I'd take it as a compliment. Because you can't spell YouTube without j-i-h-a-d.
Cornyn : "Working Diligently" to Pass Amnesty Bill
Via Sen. Cornyn's office:
I applaud the willingness of my colleagues to address this issue, and I regret that the Democrat Majority Leader chose to pull this legislation from the Senate floor. While I cannot support the bill as it was introduced, I was working diligently to strengthen it through the amendment process in several key areas. In the days ahead, I will continue to work on behalf of Texas employers, workers and families to pass legislation encompassing various components of this bill, including access to labor and enhanced border security...I don't know what your take on this is, but I'm pretty sure that's senator-ese for "Yeah, I heard your bitchin'. Bite me." Maybe I'm projecting.
Even though this bill has temporarily been pulled from consideration, both the Majority and Minority leadership in the Senate remain committed to passing comprehensive immigration reform this year. I will work with my colleagues to strengthen the guest worker program that gives priority to American workers first but also allows for the efficient and immediate employment of foreign nationals to fill those jobs which cannot be filled by the current labor market...
With commitment from both parties, I hope we are able to reach agreement on key amendments that will ensure that the failures of the 1986 bill are not repeated with this bill and create a workable solution which restores America’s confidence in our immigration system.
By now, the Party knows where I stand on this. I imagine they know where you stand on this. They almost certainly know where 70%+ of the American people stand on this.
Apparently, it simply doesn't matter what you, I and 70% of the American people think anymore.
The ball is in their court right now, and the power is now in their hands--but power can be a fickle mistress. The power they have today, they got through deception about their own philosophies and principles. Now we're learning where these men and women really stand when the chips are down.
I don't know about you, but I have a long memory and a wide vindictive streak.
Full statement below the fold.
Last week, the United States Senate missed an important opportunity to continue debate on Comprehensive Immigration Reform – an issue that directly affects the lives of all Americans and millions of immigrants. I applaud the willingness of my colleagues to address this issue, and I regret that the Democrat Majority Leader chose to pull this legislation from the Senate floor. While I cannot support the bill as it was introduced, I was working diligently to strengthen it through the amendment process in several key areas. In the days ahead, I will continue to work on behalf of Texas employers, workers and families to pass legislation encompassing various components of this bill, including access to labor and enhanced border security.
My position on improving access to labor is consistent – with an economy growing at 3% and the working age population growing at only 1/10 of that rate, .3%, I have continually supported efforts to bring LEGAL labor into the United States to address the labor market needs, especially of border state industries.
I am proud of my vote to include a temporary guest worker program. During the course of this debate, I opposed amendments introduced by my Democrat colleagues that would not only cap the number of temporary workers permitted to be admitted during a fiscal year at 200,000, but which would terminate the non-immigrant visa program after 5 years.
Unfortunately, both of these amendments were approved by a narrow majority in the Senate. In doing so, they contributed to the collapse of this overall debate and the decision by the Democrat Majority Leader to pull the bill from the Senate floor.
Even though this bill has temporarily been pulled from consideration, both the Majority and Minority leadership in the Senate remain committed to passing comprehensive immigration reform this year. I will work with my colleagues to strengthen the guest worker program that gives priority to American workers first but also allows for the efficient and immediate employment of foreign nationals to fill those jobs which cannot be filled by the current labor market.
I have also advocated restoring confidence in the identity and employment authorization documentation submitted by workers. Employers need to know exactly who they are hiring and should not be constantly concerned about potential violations of immigration laws that could lead to worksite enforcement actions – actions that not only disrupt business but also cause significant economic loss.
It is the government’s responsibility to restore confidence in the employer verification process. The current system is a guessing game – employers have no way of knowing whether the identity and employment authorization documents presented to them are legitimate or fraudulent. This is why I support a tamper- proof, counterfeit resistant worker card with biometric features that will allow employers to hire new workers with confidence that their workforce is a legal one. Only after increasing access to legal labor and creating an error- free documentation process, will we be able to claim a secure and reliable workforce.
While I support immigration reform, and have a record of leadership on this critical issue, there are a few significant components of this legislation that need to be fixed before I can endorse the bill currently being considered by the Senate.
One key component missing from the bill is strong border security and effective interior enforcement. We need to know who is in our country and their intentions. I introduced an amendment to this bill which would have banned felons, terrorists and convicted gang members from being awarded amnesty or citizenship. Remarkably, my colleagues opposed this amendment. How can anyone support legislation which offers legal status and a path to U.S. citizenship to known criminals? And, why do we want to include felons in the same category as the hard working individuals willing to risk their lives for a better way of life? By providing a path for legitimate workers to cross legally, our border patrol officers will have fewer individuals seeking to cross illegally to apprehend and will more efficiently be able to provide security for our friends who live and work on the Texas border.
In addition, the implementing provisions of this bill are a recipe for failure. The central premise of this legislation for identifying and registering the current undocumented population is through the proposed “Z visa” program. The “Z” visa not only gives the undocumented population a legal status but also provides a path to lawful permanent residence and U.S. citizenship.
It is estimated that this program would result in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services having to process an additional 48,000 Z Visa applicants a day. The Department of Homeland Security only has 3,000 adjudicators – a number that is wholly inadequate to process to process 48,000 applications per day. Last week, even though DHS and the Department of State had nearly three years to prepare for implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) – which requires U.S. citizens to obtain a passport to travel to and from neighboring regions such as the Caribbean, the State Department experienced high volumes and as a result record delays in passport issuances – due in part to insufficiently planning and staffing to process the passport applications. DHS, as a result, had to waive the WHTI requirements until the passport backlog could be addressed.
An important component of legislating is not just to criticize but to offer solutions. That is why in the last Congress Sen. Kyl and I introduced an immigration reform bill that substantively addressed border enforcement, provided for a reliable workforce and allowed the current undocumented population to get in line and come into compliance with American immigration laws. Unfortunately, that bill was kept from floor debate for one that rewarded illegal behavior and refused to address our issues of national security.
With commitment from both parties, I hope we are able to reach agreement on key amendments that will ensure that the failures of the 1986 bill are not repeated with this bill and create a workable solution which restores America’s confidence in our immigration system.
A little sanity, courtesy of SANE Works
From SANE Works' Colonel Thomas Snodgrass (USAF retired) -
In this part I, Colonel Snodgrass begins to apply his strategic critique of Limited War in an affirmative manner to address the problem of Iran. While it is meant as a starting place for a serious discussion, it is light years beyond anything available and will quickly become the text against which others will be judged.
Why are we at war?
To answer that question during World War II, the US Army Signal Corps produced a series of seven films under the supervision of Frank Capra (director of the post–war Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”) entitled “Why We Fight.” The film series explained with graphics and newsreel footage the issues, strategies, and consequences involved in our war to the death with the Axis Powers of Germany, Japan, and Italy. While the presentations in these films would be considered “dated” and “unsophisticated” by today’s standards, they were effective in their time to unite the American public behind the US war effort on the homefront as well as overseas.
Such unity of American effort is woefully lacking today. Obviously a conspicuous weakness of the Bush administration. But President Bush’ war team is not just bad at communication. Indeed, arguably, they are bad at communication because their message is so bad. For example, we were told for three years effectively that all was going as well as can be expected in Iraq. But the truth was and is that we are losing the war because we did nothing to cut off the flow of money, arms, personnel, and strategy flowing across the borders, notably the southern one with Iran. When a belligerent is not winning in a counterinsurgency, it is losing. Only after losing the last mid-term election, are we told that a reassessment is in order. But even then, the answer was a surge without any clear rationale for how the surge was going to actually make a difference beyond platitudes and wish lists.
More to the point, the Bush administration has remained steadfast in its resolve not to identify the enemy to the American people. We are only told that we are fighting terrorism and terrorists. At times, we are told they are radical Islamists who have somehow hijacked the noble religion of peace. But had President Bush made clear that our enemy is every nation, every regime, every network, every conspiracy, and every individual who preaches, teaches and advocates Shari’a (Islamic law), which is a political ideology bent on world domination, the ability to communicate war goals, progress and strategy would have become infinitely more effectively. Instead, he and his defense team insist we are fighting some kind of tactic without faces other than a few al Qaeda types which leads people to wonder why what we are doing in Iraq and even in Afghanistan.
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Dem Leadership Attacking Military
Increasingly subservient to the Democrat lunatic fringe, Harry Reid has begun to include serving members of the armed forces in his verbal assaults, and, apparently, the MSM are helping him cover it up:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Marine Gen. Peter Pace, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, "incompetent" during an interview Tuesday with a group of liberal bloggers, a comment that was never reported.And Defense Secretary Robert Gates did not recommend Marine general Peter Pace for a second term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff because of Democratic threats to smear the general.
Reid made similar disparaging remarks about Army Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said several sources familiar with the interview.
Video: Kidnapping at Noterror.org
Google Video copy of Kidnapping
No Terror website.
English translation at MEMRI.
Hat Tip: Allahpundit.
Ding Dong, The Nazi's Dead...
From Associated Press:
VIENNA, Austria—Former U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, who was elected Austrian president despite an international scandal about his secretive World War II military service for the Nazis, died Thursday, Austrian media reported. He was 88.
Waldheim, who was hospitalized in Vienna late last month with a fever-causing infection, died of heart failure with family members at his bedside, state broadcaster ORF reported.
Waldheim's tenure as U.N. chief from 1972-82 and his election as president in 1986 were overshadowed by revelations that he belonged to a German army unit that committed atrocities in the Balkans during World War II.
While Waldheim himself was not implicated in wrongdoing, his initial denial of such service—and then assertions that he and fellow Austrians were only doing their duty—led to international censure and a decision by Washington to place him on a "watch list" of persons prohibited from visiting the U.S.
That ban was never lifted.
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Pelosi Wants You To Fly Her Family Around
Pay for it, peasants! The Pelosi family members need private, tax-payer funded jets. Don't ask questions - just open your wallets and dish it out.
The very fate of the nation and of your children hangs in the balance.
Culture of Corruption: Obama Edition
Democrats Dissapointed They Aren't Touching You
Yup. Doing all this while calling the military incompetent, mind you. They care for me as much as they care for the military. I don't want any member of the Democrat party in Washington touching me or my life in any way, ever.
Reid is fully aware, according to Democratic leadership aides, of the disappointment among Democratic operatives over their unsuccessful attempt to set withdrawal dates for Iraq, and he knows that Democrats have not been able to show a dramatic string of legislative victories that impact Americans on a daily basis.
Other than a minimum-wage increase and a stem cell research bill, which Bush is expected to veto, Democrats have "not been able to push through anything that touches all Americans on a daily basis," noted one Democratic strategist
In case we haven't been paying attention, failed public education, endless litigation, regulation, oppressed economies, high crime urban areas, balkanization of ethnic/racial/religious groups, enthusiastic support for abortions, spitting on our military, supporting illegal immigration, breaking families and communities through welfare dependence, blaming the people and not their own private jets for "global warming,' and the constant insertion of themselves into virtually every part of your wallet and your life has been Democrat Party policy since the 1960's. Catastrophic failures across the board, and they're lecturing us about the need for them to "touch my life every day."
DEMOCRAT FRAUDS - leave me alone, get your grubby hands out of my wallet, trashcans, kitchens, light sockets, businesses, cars, child rearing, education, etc.
We don't need you. We don't want you. Drop dead.
Hamas Taking Over Gaza, Executing Fatah in Streets
Civil war in Gaza. Not BOOSH's fault.
Oh, well. More justification for Israel to wipe this miserable, violent, failed society off the map should they try getting frisky (which they no doubt will).
This is the result of "Land for Peace." The Palestinians got land, and chose no peace. What a great idea that was.
Democrats Bungling Military Leaders
Bush has indeed been a weak leader, but has not shown anywhere near the level of treason and utter hopelessness that the Democrats have shown.
After years of undermining, meddling, micromanaging, opposing and interfering with the military's mission in Iraq in every way they possibly could, the Democrats are now trying to blame the troops for the Democrat-declared "loss" in Iraq while the troops are still fighting there.
As Dennis Kucinich said recently, "it's Congress's war now." That's not constitutionally accurate, but in the sense that a loss would be the DemCong's fault, he's exactly and unintentionally right. Name one thing the Democrats have done to show they support the war effort or that they haven't been an obstacle to giving the Troops what they've needed since 2003. They've already tried to hold them hostage twice just this year over funding. That's Democrat "support."
Congrats, losers. Way to support the war effort that you voted for.
June 13, 2007
Rusty Vents at CIA Incompetence
Folks, we are effing screwed. When the effing CIA webpage tip submission form won't take your effing tip, instead giving you error message after effing error message telling you that you didn't leave an effing message in the effing message field, then the effing terrorists have already effing won. How many billions of effing dollars do we give to the effing CIA, and they can't even get their effing web submission effing thingy to effing work?
Rusty is not effing happy. That is all.
Update by Vinnie: As I am fluent in teh cussing, a full translation of this post is below the fold.
Warning! Graphic language ahead!
You're being warned!!!!
I'm not kidding, this is some horrific language!!!
Okay, you fucking stupid motherfucker, you asked for it!!!!
Folks, we are fucking screwed. When the fuckingCIA webpage tip submission form won't take your fucking tip, instead giving you error message after fucking error message telling you that you didn't leave a fuckingmessage in the fucking message field, then the fuckingterrorists have already fucking won. How many billions of fucking dollars do we give to the fucking CIA, and they can't even get their fucking web submission fucking thingy to fucking work?
Rusty is not fucking happy. That is all.
A Priceless American Treasure
Deb "sue 'em for fair use" Schlusselupagus, Winner of the Rocky Mountain Oyster Eating Competition, 14 years in a row.
Stein hoist: Sondra
Maureen Dowd Gets PWN3D
The NYT's resident harpy, who Hitchens once referred to mockingly as "The Great Philosopher Maureen Dowd," fails to notice a quote she incorrectly attributes to Oscar Wilde in her latest pointless screed against Republicans who she tries to slime as hyporcites over gays in the military issue.
Be honest. Who would you rather share a foxhole with: a gay soldier or Mitt Romney?BZZZZT. Wrong. From the letter writer that corrects her:
A gay soldier, of course. In a dicey situation like that, you need someone steadfast who knows who he is and what he believes, even if he’s not allowed to say it out loud.
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue, as the gloriously gay Oscar Wilde said. And gays are the sacrifice that hypocritical Republican candidates offer to placate “values” voters — even though some candidates are not so finicky about morals regarding their own affairs and divorces.
As Berkowitz notes, however, that wasn't Oscar Wilde's line at all. "Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue" (which, by the way, is a brilliant observation) belongs to La Rochefoucauld, as even an elementary Google search would have disclosed, to say nothing of actually cracking open a dictionary of quotations.Layers of editorial oversight, nuance and fact-checking might have been good here. Or Google.
But that would have distracted from Dowd's narrative, which is that a line from a gay author showed that Romney is a hypocrite on gays in the military, as are all the other Republican presidential candidates. (She, on the other hand, thinks the war in Iraq is a crime, but it's a scandal that gays aren't allowed to die in it.)
Marines: Hey, Democrats! Shut the F*ck Up!
Under a sweltering Iraqi sky, [Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, commanding general of Marine Forces Central Command] asked for questions from his troops.
Many were reluctant, but Marine Lance Cpl. Jack Kessel, 19, of Raleigh, N.C., stepped forward. Something had been gnawing at him as he and his buddies go about the business of winning hearts and minds in al-Anbar province: “How are we supposed to fight a war when people back home say we’ve already lost?”
Marines continue to exceed their re-enlistment goals. A recent study showed that those who have deployed twice to Iraq are more likely to re-enlist than those who have gone once. The Marine least likely to re-enlist is one who has not deployed to Iraq.
Mattis told the Marines to believe their own eyes rather than news accounts about who is winning the war. Don’t be discouraged by politicians and pundits who haven’t been to Iraq: “Don’t hold it against them. The only reason they have that freedom of speech is because you’ll fight for it.”
More Dead Islamists
Allah (PBUH) apparently doesn't provide his loyal warriors a defense against the 500-lb bomb:
Dem Leaders Reaffirm Their Determination to Win War
Unfortunately, they're not on America's side.
Coalition Soldier May Be Kidnapped in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) - The US-led coalition said Wednesday it was investigating reports that a soldier was missing in Afghanistan, as the Taliban claimed to have captured a foreign trooper.
If confirmed, it would be the first time a foreign soldier in Afghanistan has been captured by the Taliban, who have previously abducted foreign journalists and aid workers.
"We have unconfirmed reports that a soldier is missing. We are investigating," coalition spokesman Major Chris Belcher told AFP. He could not give any details.
Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi said the movement had captured a foreign soldier in uniform in the Sangin district of volatile southern Helmand province on Tuesday.
"One NATO force soldier with a uniform and gun was captured by our mujahedeen (holy warriors)," Ahmadi told AFP by telephone from an unknown location.
Prayers for the safety and rescue of this soldier, and for the capture of his abductors.
Because the mainstream media is invested in propagating only bad news from the War on Terror, here's the CENTCOM roundup of stories the mainstream media refuses to run.
CAMP STRIKER, IRAQ BAGHDAD - A failed truck bomber, wounded in his attempt to destroy a coalition battle position, was treated, evacuated and is providing information to those he tried to kill.
The driver of the truck bomb aimed at destroying Patrol Base Warrior Keep near Sadr al Yusufiyah on June 10 was wounded in the upper right leg, rendering him unable to activate his initiation switch or his explosive vest.THREE MILITANTS DETAINED IN KHOWST
Alert Soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team manning the weapon systems at the patrol base determined his hostile intent and opened fire with an M-240B machine gun and M-4 assault rifles foiling the attack.
Soldiers from the patrol base then detained the man.
Seeing that the man was wounded, they rendered aid and evacuated him to the 31st Combat Support Hospital.
Coalition medical personnel continue to provide the man medical care. The man will be held for further questioning and prosecution.
Explosive ordnance teams continue to methodically render the explosives safe through multiple controlled detonations.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghan and Coalition forces conducted an operation in Nadir Shah Kot District in Khowst Province resulting in detention of three suspected militants.ONE SECRET CELL TERRORIST KILLED, TWO DETAINED
No shots were fired and no civilians or detainees were injured in the operation.
Credible intelligence led the forces to the location of suspected members of an improvised explosive device cell in the Haqqani network.
The detainees will be questioned as to their involvement in militant activities.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Coalition Forces killed one terrorist and detained two suspected terrorists during operations targeting secret cell network operations in Baghdad.FOUR DETAINED IN JOINT RAID
The individuals detained during the raid are believed to be members of the secret cell terrorist network known for facilitating the transport of weapons and explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, from Iran to Iraq, as well as bringing militants from Iraq to Iran for terrorist training.
During the course of the pre-dawn raids a vehicle drove toward Coalition Forces on the ground. Using appropriate escalation of force measures, Coalition Forces attempted to stop the vehicle. When the vehicle failed to stop, the ground force engaged the vehicle, killing the driver.
Based on information from a suspected terrorist detained June 9, Coalition Forces detained two suspected terrorists at the targeted location. These suspected terrorists are assessed to be associates of a secret cell key leader, the targeted individual of the morning raids.
Intelligence reports indicate the targeted individual of the morning's operation is associated with a kidnapping cell and is believed to be directly involved in the November Ministry of Health kidnappings.
Additionally, intelligence reports indicate that the targeted individual's cell specializes in the emplacement of improvised explosive devises and EFPs.
"We continue to hunt down and find the terrorists where they hide," said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. "The targeted locations were the result of our efforts to root out the terrorists that seek to bring unrest and violence to Iraq."
FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - Soldiers from the 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment and the Iraqi National Police detained four men and confiscated bomb-making materials and rifles following a raid in northern Jisr Diyala, Monday.IRAQI SECURITY FORCES THWART SUICIDE CAR BOMB ATTACK
The 3-1 Cavalry's Troop A and Time Sensitive Target Platoon Soldiers worked with an Iraqi National Police platoon, called the Lions of Wassit, to search locations insurgent forces were using as meeting sites and cache sites.
The unit conducted several raids to collect information and disrupt enemy activities preventing extremists from engaging Combat Outpost Assassin and FOB Rustamiyah, according to Capt. Troy Thomas, the plans officer for 3-1 Cavalry, from Litchfield, Minn.
"No one shot a rocket or a mortar at either location last night, that was a big thing," he said.
Thomas was also impressed with the performance of the Lions of Wassit.
"Every battalion in the Army should be lucky enough to have a platoon like the Lions to work with," said Thomas. "Those guys were well trained and disciplined. They did a great job."
The 3-1 Cavalry is assigned to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Benning, Ga.
KHAN BANI SA'AD, Iraq - Iraqi Security Forces successfully prevented a suicide car bomb attack on a Coalition Forces combat outpost in Khan Bani Sa'ad, located in Diyala province, June 12.SIX EXTREMISTS KILLED, 19 OTHERS ARRESTED DURING OPERATIONS THROUGHOUT DIYALA
"I could not be more proud of the Iraqi Security Forces today,"
said Lt. Col. Marshall Dougherty, commander, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
"Troop B, 2-1 CAV lives and works in the combat outpost with the Iraqi Army Soldiers."
IA Soldiers received a tip and description of a potential suicide vehicle bomb and engaged the vehicle with small-arms fire as it approached the outpost causing the vehicle to detonate prematurely before it reached the outer perimeter.
Two CF Soldiers received minor wounds and were treated at the scene.
"The truly amazing thing is that the Iraqi Soldiers, who are mostly Shia, got the tip from local Sunnis, who had seen a suspicious vehicle driven by masked men traveling towards the outpost," said Dougherty.
"This is yet another example of the people of Iraq refusing to allow terrorists to destroy their lives," said Dougherty. "It was the citizen's tip that allowed the Iraqi Army to take charge and locate and destroy the SVBIED and its operator, potentially saving untold lives - Sunni, Shia and Coalition."
"Both Iraqi and Coalition Soldiers have worked very hard in the last several weeks engaging the local population to gain their trust and confidence," said Dougherty. "It's obvious that despite their tribal or ethnic differences, the people of Khan Bani Sa'ad have come to trust their Iraqi Security Forces and no longer will tolerate insurgent violence here. Today was a good day."
BAQOUBA, Iraq - The newly formed Diyala Operations Command in Baqouba reported today that Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces from the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry killed five extremists, wounded eight and arrested 15 others during operations throughout Baqouba, June 12.SUSPECTED AL QAEDA SNIPER DETAINED IN FALLUJAH; 16 SUSPECTED INSURGENTS DETAINED IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE
The engagement in Old Baqouba also netted two caches and a vehicle borne improvised explosive device.
Gunmen engaged IA and CF Soldiers with small arms fire from a building before a CF attack helicopter team, armed with Hellfire missiles, engaged the extremists and destroyed the building they were firing from.
Another gunman was killed when CF engaged his sniper position in the neighborhood of Mufrek, in Baqouba.
The caches discovered included approximately 200 pounds of home made explosives, numerous anti tank mines, mortar and artillery rounds, and other IED making materials.
The VBIED had a rocket propelled grenade inside, and according to local citizens, was rigged to explode. Two extremists were arrested
in the immediate area after testing positive for explosives. A
controlled explosion was carried out on the VBIED.
FALLUJAH - Iraqi Army Forces have detained a suspected al Qaeda in Iraq sniper allegedly responsible for the death of a U.S. Soldier and other attacks against Coalition Forces.
With Coalition Forces present as advisers, Iraqi soldiers detained their primary sniper suspect in the Jolan District of Fallujah during a raid June 10. Anti-Coalition Forces propaganda and numerous identification cards were also seized during the operation.
The suspect, who is alleged to be a member of an al Qaeda in Iraq sniper cell operating out of Fallujah, is believed to have killed a U.S. Soldier from a rooftop during a 2006 attack on Coalition Forces in Fallujah. He is also the primary suspect in a sniper attack against a Coalition Forces tractor-trailer which occurred in Fallujah earlier this year.
In a separate operation, Iraqi Army Forces completed an operation June 9 detaining 16 suspected insurgents allegedly responsible for supporting al Qaeda in Iraq activities in the Rawah area.
With Coalition Forces present as advisers, Iraqi Soldiers detained the suspects without incident at a residence in the vicinity of Al Watah, located east of Rawah in the Jazirah Desert. Two AK-47 assault rifles and two pistols were also seized during the operation.
The detained individuals are allegedly responsible for facilitating foreign fighters, conducting anti-Iraqi Forces activities and aiding al Qaeda in Iraq leaders in the Al Watah area.
No Iraqi or Coalition Forces were injured during these
Wordpress Hosted Terrorists Announce Media Campaign to 'Infiltrate' Infidel Websites, Support al Qaeda in Iraq
The Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) has issued a call for the online Islamist community to infiltrate Muslim & non-Muslim websites and post propaganda in support of the al Qaeda front group, the Islamic State of Iraq. The publication in support of the Islamic State of Iraq was posted in Arabic, German, French, and English.
Recently, the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) announced a new comprehensive media campaign titled "The Battar Media Raid to Defend the Islamic State [of Iraq] (ISI),"  whose declared purpose is to repel the intensive campaign against the ISI by Arab and Western media agencies and to stop the increasing military campaign against the ISI by Sunni organizations in Iraq.The following poster was also posted at the GIMF website.
In a message titled "The Battar Media Raid: How to Participate? How to Help? What Is My Role?" the GIMF announces the beginning of the campaign and provides a detailed description of the campaign's goals and ways of accomplishing them, including infiltrating non-Islamic forums for the purpose of posting pro-ISI propaganda.....
If, however, you do not possess this expertise... there are other matters you can [promote]: for example, posting matters related to the raid in most [jihad] forums... posting [material] in non-jihad forums, posting in non-Islamic forums such as music forums, youth forums, sports forums, and others. Anyone who undertakes to post the material must look into the [appropriate] manner of spreading [the material for each type of forum]... The way in which members of music forums address one another differs from the way members of jihad forum address one another."
The symbol at the bottom left hand corner is that of GIMF, but that is the flag of the Islamic State of Iraq--the al Qaeda umbrella group-- on the bottom right.
The GIMF has long been a target of The Jawa Report. The online community of cyber jihadis, based in Germany, uses the internet to spread Islamist propaganda. They have dozens of websites, and even a web based television station. While not officially connected to al Qaeda, there is no doubt that they constitute the largest pro-al Qaeda propagandist organization in the West.
GIMF has been involved, on the propaganda side at last, in the kidnappings of German hostage Hannelore Marianne Kraus and her son and in the hostage taking of Fox News reporters Steve Centanni & Olaf Wiig.
GIMF, it would seem, has a working relationship with Islamist terrorists all over the world. Including al Qaeda in Iraq.
We have mentioned these bastards dozens of times, most recently by Howie who believes it was GIMF that was behind the latest spam attack on The Jawa Report. As previously noted, the blogging platform of choice for GIMF happens to be Wordpress. This is their German website, hosted by wordpress. And yes, I'm positive this is their official website, since I was able to track Die Zeit's request for an interview, later broadcast on German TV, to a conversation the journalist had with GIMF in their comment section.
Oh, and Howie grabbed this screenshot from the GIMF publication mentioned by MEMRI above
When Yahoo was notified that they were hosting a GIMF website which openly supported al Qaeda, they had the class to take that website down. But Wordpress? Not so much. After several posts about Wordpress hosting GIMF webpages, with all the complaints that come with such posts, nada on Wordpress's end. Don't even get me started on the Google owned blogspot and all the terrorist supporters over there.......
Wordpress hosted GIMF websites:
See here for other Wordpress hosted terrorist websites.
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 (al Qaeda in Iraq/Salafi 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)
CONTACT WORDPRESS HERE or e-mail them:
*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 Threat Against Ohio Nuke Power Plant?
The Davis-Besse Nuclear power plant is near Oak Harbor, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie. Sandusky Register:
An alleged threat against the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station surfaced Sunday night, Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton said.When will CAIR chime in on this one and complain about 'racial profiling'? Here's a hint about context: when Matt Groening draws a nuclear power plant going 'boom', it's funny.
The potential threat was viewed as serious enough for the to call in the FBI Monday night.
Someone called the Port Clinton Police Department reporting two Arabic men wrote a note on a napkin while at McCarthy's Restaurant and Pub in downtown Port Clinton, Bratton said.
Port Clinton police Detective Bob Case said a note was written on a napkin with the word 'boom' and a depiction of a power plant, not necessarily Davis-Besse.
Hat tip: Robert Spencer?
Freedom Journal Iraq #668
(moved below the fold)
This edition features stories on the building of a women's center in Ramadi, a senior Soldier and Iraqi NCO's. Hosted by Pfc. Chris Urbano.
Freedom Journal Iraq #668
Google Video copy of Freedom Journal Iraq #668
Video: Fred Thompsan Hoover Institute Interview
Your afternoon Fredhead fix! You know, just in case you were going through withdrawals.
Bonus video: Fred Thompson on Leno.
Hat tip: Bill Hobbs for the e-mail
Video: Jihadi Snipers Annihilated
Three Iraqi mujahidin snipers vs. US helicopter gunship. Want to guess which side wins? War porn, the good kind.
Video: A Snake as a Deadly Weapon
These four guys have been charged with lynching and with assault with intent to kill. The weapon? A snake!
The best part? The snake decided to bite one of the assailants, the victim went unharmed.
When snakes are outlawed, only outlaws will have snakes. Surreal.
Retraction: No Iranian Sniper Rifles in Iraq
No Austrian made sniper rifles sold to Iran were found in Iraq. Plenty of Iranian made shaped IEDs and Iranian trained Shia militiamen all over the country.
Video: Icon of Hatred. How the MSM Helped the Global Jihad
You have to watch this video (in two parts) to understand just how the MSM helped the global jihad by being complicit in Palestinian propaganda about the death of Muhammad al Durah. The accidental death of the young boy has made him a martyr icon for the cause against 'Zionist oppression' and those that support Israel (namely, the U.S.).
Icon of Hatred is the third in a series about Palliwood.
Icon of Hatred explores
1) how PA TV took the footage of what was, at most, an Israeli error, most likely a work of Pallywood, and turned it into an accusation of cold-blooded murder, a proof of Israeli intentions to commit genocide.
2) how this “blood martyr” became the icon not only of the “Al Aqsa Intifada,” but of global Jihad, catapulting Jihadism from the margins to the center of Muslim “street,” making suicide bombing the weapon of choice.
3) how Al Durah became the symbol of outraged compassion in the West, fueling an anti-Zionist crusade that aligned the “human rights” and “anti-war” left with the most murderous theocrats on the globe. And how, in embracing the Muslim equation of Israel with Nazis, European intellectuals have encouraged the surge of Islamist triumphalism not only in the Middle East, but within their own countries.
Icon of Hatred Part 1:
Icon of Hatred Part 2:
Islamists Murdering Teachers in Thailand
Judith Apter Klinghoffer notes that over 70 Buddhist teachers have been murdered in cold blood by Islamists in Thailand. Three this week. Where is the outrage?
Despite a Muslim now in charge in Thailand after a coup which ousted the democratically elected Buddhist head of government, the 'insurgents' are still not satisfied. And what, exactly, are the 'insurgents' demanding? Sharia law.
Quran Sura 8:60:
"The only person who matters is Allah--and the only question he will ask me is 'How many infidels did you kill?'"Warning: Graphic photo below.
Robert Spencer on Immigration
A new episode of "Jihad Watch" at HotAir, this one on the national security disaster that is U.S. immigration (non)enforcement policy.
CBS : "Naked News" Picks its new Anchor
News summary : The democrat candidates are trying to "out-ostrich" each other while a crew of GOP senators work furiously to paint the amnesty pig with even more pretty lipstick. Fred Thompson is heading to first place in the GOP polls, and these newschicks read the news naked:
June 12, 2007
A Hero's Tale: 'Lone Survivor'
** MUST READ **
This looks like a great read - the eyewitness, boots-on-the-ground account of a Navy SEAL who participated in Operation Redwing and was the sole survivor of SEAL Team 10's 2005 deployment to Afghanistan. The full first chapter excerpt is here. This particular passage was jumped out at me, written in August of 2003:
I guess by now the issue in the minds of the American public was, Did he have a nuclear weapon, an atom bomb? But, of course, that is not the most significant question. The one that counts is, Did he have a nuclear program?Maybe the libs should just try calling him a delusional chickenhawk warmonger who had no idea what he saw with his own two eyes. They know, after all. And listen to what Lutrell had to say about the CODE PINK-flavored antiwar liberals in this country, who he correctly serves a fine as*whooping:
Because that would mean he was trying to produce weapons-grade uranium-235. You get that from using a centrifuge to spin uranium-238, thus driving the heavy neutrons outward, like water off the lettuce in a salad spinner. It’s a hell of a process and takes up to seven years, at which time, if you’ve had a trouble-free run, you cut off the outside edges of the uranium and there you have a large hunk of heavy-molecule uranium-235. Cut that in half and then slam the two pieces together by high explosive in a confined steel space, like a rocket or a bomb, and right there it’s Hiroshima all over again.
And that’s the issue: Was Saddam spinning for uranium-235, and if so, where did he get the uranium in the first place? And where was he conducting his program? Remember, there is no other reason on this earth to want uranium-235 except to make an atom bomb.
We knew the American intelligence agencies believed he had such a program, that somewhere in this vast country — it’s bigger than Germany, nearly as big as Texas — there were centrifuges trying to manufacture the world’s most dangerous substance.
That was all the information we had. But we knew what to look for, and we would most certainly have recognized it if we had found it. Did Saddam actually own the completed article, a finely tuned atomic bomb or missile? Probably not. No one ever thought he did. But as former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld once remarked, “What do you want to do? Leave him there till he does?”
You may remember the CIA believed they had uncovered critical evidence from the satellite pictures of those enormous government trucks rolling along Iraq’s highways: four of them, usually in convoy, and all big enough to house two centrifuges. The accepted opinion was that Saddam had a mobile spinning program which could not easily be found, and in fact could be either lost and buried in the desert or alternatively driven across the border into Syria or even Jordan.
Well, we found those trucks, hidden in the desert, parked together. But the inside of each one had been roughly gutted. There was nothing left. We saw the trucks, and in my opinion someone had removed whatever they had contained, and in a very great hurry.
I also saw the al Qaeda training camp north of Baghdad. That had been abandoned, but it was stark evidence of the strong links between the Iraqi dictator and Osama bin Laden’s would-be warriors. Traces of the camp’s military purpose were all around. Some of the guys who had been in Afghanistan said it was just about a direct replica of the camp the United States destroyed after 9/11.
READ SAID ANTIWARBOT AS*WHOOPING BELOW THE FOLD (**BONUS: NAVY SEAL TRAINING VIDS LINKED AT BOTTOM OF POST) --->
Looking back, during our long journey in the C-130 to Afghanistan, I was more acutely aware of a growing problem which faces U.S. forces on active duty in theaters of war all over the world. For me, it began in Iraq, the first murmurings from the liberal part of the U.S.A. that we were somehow in the wrong, brutal killers, bullying other countries; that we who put our lives on the line for our nation at the behest of our government should somehow be charged with murder for shooting our enemy.We patriotic men and women are sincerely sorry for the factions of truly braindead liberal morons, sir (too many of whom occupy positions of influence in entertainment, media and government). The sane libs may have honest disagreements, but they're drowned out by the caterwauling of the moonbat brigades. We can never repay you for dealing with what you had to deal with, both here at home and in the sandbox.
It’s been an insidious progression, the criticisms of the U.S. Armed Forces from politicians and from the liberal media, which knows nothing of combat, nothing of our training, and nothing of the mortal dangers we face out there on the front line. Each of the six of us in that aircraft en route to Afghanistan had constantly in the back of our minds the ever-intrusive rules of engagement.
These are drawn up for us to follow by some politician sitting in some distant committee room in Washington, D.C. And that’s a very long way from the battlefield, where a sniper’s bullet can blast your head, where the slightest mistake can cost your life, where you need to kill your enemy before he kills you.
And those ROE are very specific: we may not open fire until we are fired upon or have positively identified our enemy and have proof of his intentions. Now, that’s all very gallant. But how about a group of U.S. soldiers who have been on patrol for several days; have been fired upon; have dodged rocket-propelled grenades and homemade bombs; have sustained casualties; and who are very nearly exhausted and maybe slightly scared?
How about when a bunch of guys wearing colored towels around their heads and brandishing AK-47s come charging over the horizon straight toward you? Do you wait for them to start killing your team, or do you mow the bastards down before they get a chance to do so?
Look at what these guys endure just to get to the sandbox as a SEAL. For you and me. Click the link for BUD/S training videos.
Where do we find such men?
An Open Letter to President Bush
Posted at DeMint.Senate.gov:
Dear Mr. President:h/t : Allah
We respectfully ask that your Administration enforce the border security laws that have already been authorized by Congress regardless of whether the Senate passes the immigration reform bill. The bill assumes that several critical border security benchmarks can be achieved within 18 months. These security triggers are already authorized under current law and can be completed without the immigration bill. We believe these enforcement measures are vital and should not wait until Congress passes additional immigration reforms.
Securing the border is the best way to restore trust with the American people and facilitate future improvements of our immigration policy.
Jim DeMint (R – South Carolina),
Tom Coburn (R – Oklahoma),
Mike Enzi (R – Wyoming),
David Vitter (R – Louisiana),
Jim Inhofe (R – Oklahoma),
Jim Bunning (R – Kentucky),
Charles Grassley (R – Iowa),
John Ensign (R – Nevada) and
Jeff Sessions (R – Alabama).
Gen. Pace and Atty. Gen. Gonzales : Same Situation?
Via the Politico;
"Yes, it's an interesting comment about Congress, isn't it, that, on the one hand, they say that a good general shouldn't be reconfirmed, and on the other hand, they say that my attorney general shouldn't stay... And I find it interesting. I guess it reflects the political atmosphere of Washington."From what I've seen, it seems to be generally-agreed that Gen. Pace is, indeed, a solid officer with a solid track record, a man who has succeeded in life through his own brainpower and hard work.
It also seems to me to also be generally agreed that Alberto Gonzales is an embarassing idiot who's made it where he is mostly by the color of his skin and his close association with the Bush clan. We can all be thankful that a better minds prevented George Bush from pushing his preferred nominee into the Chief Justice slot. ("Chief Justice Alberto Gonzales"--I think that'd keep us all up at night.)
In a reconfirmation hearing, Pace would be made to answer for all the stupid mistakes the Commander-in-Chief has made in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last few years, whether he had any control over them or not.
In contrast, Gonzales is being made to answer almost exclusively for his own stupidity.
The idea that Bush would infer any equivalence whatsoever between these two very different men or these two very different situations just baffles me.
Hutchison on Immigration Bill
Can anyone make sense of these statements?
Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison told “Morning Call” that she believes the bill on illegal immigration can be fixed.The bill can be fixed, and it was pulled too quickly--i.e., not given a full enough hearing, but it's not the right bill.
A measure to legalize as many as 12 million illegal immigrants and tighten border security stalled last week in the Senate in the face of broad Republican opposition.
“We need immigration reform, we really do,” said Hutchison. “However, the bill that was on the Senate floor, which I think was pulled too quickly, is not the bill."
GOP Holdouts Cutting a Deal with Bush?
Michelle reports that these ten GOP senators are close to cutting a deal with George Bush and Harry Reid on the Amnesty and Permanent Democrat Majority Bill of 2007:
* Alexander (R-TN)Each of these ten REPUBLICAN senators is up for reelection next year.
* Cochran (R-MS)
* Coleman (R-MN)
* Collins (R-ME)
* Cornyn (R-TX)
* Craig (R-ID)
* Domenici (R-NM)
* McConnell (R-KY)
* Smith (R-OR)
* Warner (R-VA)
At last vote, the bill was 15 votes short of cloture. If even a majority of these guys hold rank, the bill can't move out of the Senate without their support. In other words, they don't have to do anything to prevent this bill from passing.
According to news reports, the deal is that they'll make a "Gang of 14"-style mutual pact against any filibuster if Reid will agree to allow them the privilege of discussing a few more amendments before the final vote
This is madness--but not the "This is SPARTA!!!" type of madness. This is more of the "please tie me up and anally rape me with a frozen burrito" type of madness. Hey, if that's what the senators like doing in their spare time, they can knock themselves out (literally), but when they insist on doing it to the ENTIRE DAMN COUNTRY, we have a serious fucking problem.
Was the much-lauded "defeat" of the bill just a ruse to get their phones to stop ringing for a couple days?
What part of "KISS YOUR RE-ELECTION GOODBYE" do these guys have trouble comprehending???
Troops Kickin' al Qaeda Ass!
Hmmm, what could an al Qaeda bombmaker want with 500 gallons of toilet cleaner? Oh, yeah, chlorine...as in the main ingredient of al Qaeda improvised WMD.
Your War on Terror News in a nutshell, uncensored by the MSM:
BAGHDAD - Multi-National Division- Baghdad Soldiers, in cooperation with Iraqi Security Forces, conducted a raid in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Hateen June 10, uncovering a cache of bomb-making materials and capturing a terrorist suspect believed to be linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq.
"We've been looking for this guy for some time," said 1st Lt.
Kevin Mills, a tactical intelligence officer with 2-32nd FA. Mills said the operation's success can be attributed to the cooperation and shared intelligence between U.S. and Iraqi Security Forces.
Soldiers from the 2nd "Patriot" Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, acted on a tip and apprehended the alleged al-Qaeda member. The troops also found approximately 500 boxes of toilet bowl cleaner and 20 boxes of circuit breaker covers, which can be used to build improvised chemical weapons.
Mills said the planning and coordination for this operation took place at Joint Security Station Torch in the Yarmouk neighborhood, near the site of the raid. The raid was a product of coordination and cooperation between the Patriot Battalion and members of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army and the Yarmouk Iraqi Police.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, seized a weapons cache near Al Dur'aya June 4.
The unit conducted an air assault operation into the area to
capture insurgents and destroy weapon caches.
"With us moving by air, we were able to get our elements to the objective, and was ideal in this situation," said Capt. Leo Buehler, Company B, 1-15 Infantry commander. "Because of the objective's remote location and enemy's network of early warning observation posts along the limited ground routes into the village, a ground infiltration would have given the enemy more than one hour early notice."
By dropping from CH-47 Chinook helicopters, Coalition Forces
gained the advantage by allowing the enemy only minutes to prepare.
"As a result, the enemy was unable to recover their equipment
prior to our arrival on site," Buehler said.
The mission netted one insurgent cache containing 30-60 mm
mortars, seven AK-47 assault rifles, 32 AK-47 magazines, two 60 mm mortar tubes, one set of body armor and one military-style uniform.
During the mission, AH-64 Apache attack helicopters engaged and destroyed a truck after receiving small-arms fire.
The cache was destroyed by explosive ordnance personnel at the scene.
TIKRIT, Iraq - Iraqi Security Forces and emergency responders rapidly deployed to bring aid to Iraqi Police and civilians injured when an insurgent detonated a suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device near the Iraqi Highway Patrol Headquarters east of Tikrit, June 10.
"I am sincerely proud of the efforts of the ISF and emergency response personnel yesterday in dealing with this attack on the Iraqi Police," said Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, Commanding General, Task Force Lightning and Multinational Division North.
Teams of Iraqi medical responders treated the forty-two wounded, including seven civilian bystanders injured in the attack. Many were quickly treated at the scene or transported to a nearby Iraqi medical facility.
"They saved a lot of lives by their quick reaction and dedication to preserving the security and stability of Salah Ad-Din and Iraq," said Mixon.
ISF beefed up security in the area and construction crews began clearing debris almost immediately.
Fourteen Iraqi Policemen were killed in the attack when the SVBIED attempted to crash directly into the building.
"The people of Salah Ad-Din are tired of these cowardly and heartless acts by terrorists who only bring suffering to the innocent people of Iraq; people who only want to provide for their families and live in peace," said Mixon. "The Iraqi people must stand up and continue to support the ISF and turn away from those who only wish to bring them harm; the choice is theirs."
TIKRIT, Iraq - In response to enemy fire from the Al Hussiniyah mosque in Old Baqouba, Iraq, June 9, Iraqi Army and Coalition Force Soldiers returned fire and used attack helicopters armed with Hellfire missiles to suppress enemy fire coming from inside the mosque.
IA and CF immediately began to receive heavy small-arms fire after engaging the compound. Combined Forces cordoned off the area around the mosque and cleared the compound.
Iraqi police and CF concluded their searched of the mosque with no additional reports of anti-Iraqi forces or weapons.
"Iraqi Security Forces performed their duties very well during this combined operation," said Lt. Col. Quinton J. Arnold, deputy brigade commander for 3-1 Cav. "ISF and CF will continue to clear Diyala province for the safety of its citizens," said Arnold.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Coalition Forces detained 12 suspected terrorists during operations to disrupt the al-Qaeda in Iraq network Monday.
Coalition Forces targeted a location southeast of Fallujah where an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq cell leader was staying based on intelligence reports and information gained from an operation June 7. The ground forces detained six suspected terrorists on site for their association with the cell leader, who is known for emplacing improvised explosive devices.
Coalition Forces raided a group of buildings in Tarmiyah in an operation targeting a suspected terrorist associated with al-Qaeda in Iraq senior leaders. Coalition Forces detained the individual, who is allegedly a financial emir for the terrorist organization.
During four coordinated raids in Baghdad, Coalition Forces detained five suspected terrorists linked to an al-Qaeda in Iraq emir. The ground force also found a cache of weapons at the site, which they safely destroyed.
"We will continue to steadily dismantle the terrorist organizations seeking to disrupt the security that Iraqi citizens desire," said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Coalition Forces captured six suspected terrorists Sunday morning during operations that continue to deny safe haven to members of the al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist network.
Based on information gained during a successful operation May 27, Coalition Forces targeted a location in Fallujah looking for an individual suspected of recruiting for al-Qaeda. The suspected jihad leader is known for using "join or die" sermons and indoctrination ceremonies where those who refuse to swear allegiance are killed.
Coalition Forces detained one suspected terrorist associated with the leader.
In Mosul, two coordinated operations netted three suspected terrorists tied into the al-Qaeda in Iraq network. One of the suspects is allegedly a recruiting emir for the terrorist network in Mosul, while another is suspected of facilitating the movement of foreign fighters for al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Southeast of Fallujah, Coalition Forces detained two suspected terrorists for their alleged involvement with a senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leader known for placing improvised explosive devices and coordinating terrorist attacks.
"We're relentlessly attacking the al-Qaeda network to deny terrorists the ability to hide among the Iraqi people and spread their jihadist propaganda," said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. "The Iraqi people are choosing their own future, and it does not include terrorism."
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan National Police and Coalition forces received information from local villagers while conducting a medical engagement for 50 families, which led to the discovery of a massive munitions cache in the Chamkani district of Paktya province June 10.
Local Afghans from the village of Sultak provided information to the ANP on the whereabouts of an insurgent logistical improvised explosive device facilitator while conducting a shura. After receiving the information, the ANP quickly located and began searching the suspected compound.
While entering the compound, the ANP received sporadic enemy machine gun and rocket propelled grenade fire. ANP immediately returned fire forcing the insurgents to flee. Once securing the compound, a subsequent search led to the discovery of the entrance of two large caves hidden under two animal pens.
Within the caves, ANP and Coalition forces recovered a substantial amount of munitions consisting of RPG rounds, 82mm mortar rounds, mines, grenades, blasting caps, machine gun ammunition, detonation cord, assorted fuses and charges, IED receivers and power sources, blocks of explosives, and medical supplies.
There were no injuries to any Afghan civilians or ANP members during the brief firefight.
Local elders were able to view the munitions cache and assisted ANP and Coalition forces in removing the contents of the cache. The elders also vowed to track down the IED facilitator and bring him to justice.
Afghan civilians who facilitate the recovery and turn-in of munitions caches are compensated for their efforts through the Small Rewards Program. The SRP was created to encourage and compensate Afghan civilians for their efforts to rid the country of weapons used by insurgent and foreign fighters.
“Afghan elders are making a significant difference improving the security and peace within their villages,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force-82 spokesperson. “With the support of the Afghan people, Afghan National Police and Coalition members will stop the death and destruction insurgent fighters offer and eliminate Afghanistan of its enemies.”
KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and Coalition forces detained two militants in an operation early Tuesday against militant Taliban forces in the Mandozai district of Khowst Province.
Coalition forces acted on credible intelligence identifying the location suspected of housing local Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters. A search revealed two suspected militants.
Two females in the house were wounded by flying debris during the operation: one 13-yr-old girl had minor abrasions and a 25-yr-old woman received a wound to her underarm. She and her family refused medical evacuation for the injury, and the medics on site determined it was not necessary.
Medical personnel treated the wound, giving her antibiotics and instructions on how to care for it.
“Civilian injuries are always regrettable, and coalition forces train extensively on how to avoid them,” said coalition spokesman Army Major Chris Belcher. “When Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives hide among their families, they are putting everyone in harm’s way.”
The detainees will be questioned as to their involvement in militant activities.
No shots were fired during the operation.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghan Highway Police and Coalition forces patrolling near the village of Khenjakak received rocket propelled grenade and machine gun fire from an unknown number of enemy fighters in the Shah Wali Kot district, Kandahar province on June 11.
The combined force returned fire then maneuvered to gain the tactical advantage over the enemy. Enemy forces retreated after several of their fighters were killed in the brief firefight.
Five hours later, over thirty enemy attackers attempted to ambush the same combined Afghan and Coalition patrol with RPG and machine gun fire near the village. The patrol returned fire, maneuvered out of the ambush site, isolated the attackers and then requested close air support to destroy one enemy compound and one enemy vehicle.
During the eight-hour battle, over two dozen enemy fighters were killed.
One AHP officer was wounded during the battle and medically evacuated to a nearby treatment facility in Tarin Kowt. He is listed in stable condition.
There were no Afghan civilian injuries reported.
“Afghan Highway Police and Coalition forces will continue to purse and defeat all enemy fighters who threaten the government of Afghanistan,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Coalition spokesperson. “With the support and resolve of the Afghan people, enemy fighters will not derail the efforts of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.”
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – While conducting a combat security patrol, Afghan National Security and Coalition forces prevented enemy fighters from attacking a group of innocent Afghans who were gathering for a shura in the Deh Chopan District of Zabul Province June 9.
The combined patrol foiled the imminent attack after identifying over a dozen enemy fighters carrying high powered rifles, 82 mm mortar tubes and rounds, near the village of Baylogh. In an attempt to escape, the enemy fighters moved north from the village into mountainous terrain. Coalition aircraft were requested and fired munitions at the fleeing enemy fighters, killing several of them.
No Afghan civilians were injured during the engagement.
“Enemy fighters are no match for the skill and determination of Afghan National Security and Coalition forces,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force- 82 spokesperson. “We will continue to assist and advise ANSF in order to enhance the Afghan government’s ability to maintain stability in the region.”
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan National Police, along with Coalition forces, discovered a munitions cache 15 kilometers southeast of Chamkani, in Paktya Province June 9.
Local Afghan village elders informed Chamkani ANP members of a possible improvised explosive device facilitator operating in the area. ANP members located and searched the suspected IED facilitator’s compound resulting in the discovery of an underground tunnel containing 30 Afghan National Police uniforms, over 30 IEDs, 25 mortar rounds, 18 rocket propelled grenade rounds and four RPG launchers. All serviceable munitions were recovered and the IED facilitator was not found.
On June 8, Afghan civilians aided soldiers from the 209th Afghan National Army Corps, partnered with Coalition forces in recovering a significant munitions cache in the Marmol District of Balkh Province consisting of 52 cases of machine gun ammunition, 35 cases of anti-aircraft ammunition, 92 107mm rockets and 51 82mm mortar rounds. The munitions cache was discovered hidden in several small caves along a ridgeline. After conducting an inventory of the cache, ANA soldiers removed all of the serviceable ordnance and the remainder was blown in place.
Afghan civilians who facilitate the recovery and turn-in of munitions caches are compensated for their efforts through the Small Rewards Program. The SRP was created to encourage and compensate Afghan civilians for their efforts to rid the country of weapons used by insurgent and foreign fighters.
“Senior Afghan elders have taken an active role in improving the security and peace within their villages by facilitating the recovery of munitions caches,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force - 82 Spokesperson. “Their involvement with Afghan National Security and Coalition Forces is crucial to rid the Afghan government of its enemies.”
Michael Moore's Minutemen to Murder 14 Hostages
The Islamic State of Iraq is threatening to murder 14 captured Iraqi soldiers and policemen if their demands aren't met. Those are some 'freedom fighters' you got there Cindy Sheehan. Nice 'minutemen' Michael Moore.
I'm told that these 14 hostages are different than the ones that appeared on a similar video recently. Laura Mansfield has the video.
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Top Jamaah Islamiyah Terrorist Captured
More imperial good news, Big White Infidel would be pleased.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- One of Southeast Asia's most wanted terrorists is in police custody, an anti-terror police official in Indonesia has told CNN.
Abu Dujana, believed to be the leader of Jemaah Islamiyah's military unit, was one of seven suspected terrorists detained in central Java over the past few days, the official said Tuesday.
Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) is a militant Islamist group active in several Southeast Asian countries. In 2002, it was added to a United Nations list of terrorist organizations linked to al Qaeda or the Taliban.
Police believe Abu Dujana's arrest will deal a major blow to the organization. JI is believed to be responsible for major terror attacks in Indonesia, including the October 2002 Bali bombing, which killed 202 people, most of whom were foreigners.
There has been intense speculation as to who is leading Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) since its former leaders were arrested in 2000 and 2003.
But many Indonesian authorities believe Abu Dujana took over the organization and revitalized its military wing.
DemCong Approval Ratings Hit Ten-Year Low
Man - that's a mandate for change.
Third party time?
Iran's Agricultural Jihad Minister?
Iran’s agricultural jihad minister said on Sunday that the economic council has issued the wheat exports permit.Must be that inner agricultural jihad I'm always hearing about....Hat tip: FQ Kafir
FBI Warns of Terrorists on Campus
First sign that the new grad student hanging around the nuclear fusion lab might be a terrorist?
He looks like this:
Justice for Banaz Mahmod
Not the justice of Sharia either, which is how her father came to the conclusion that he should murder her to save his, "honor."
Via BBC: A father has been found guilty of killing his daughter in what police have described as an honour killing.Too bad the Brits have abolished the death penalty, some prime candidates right there.
The body of Banaz Mahmod, 20, was found in a suitcase buried in a garden in Birmingham last year.
Her father Mahmod Mahmod, 52, and uncle Ari Mahmod, 50, from Mitcham, south London, were both convicted of murder at the Old Bailey....
...Miss Mahmod was killed after falling in love with a man her family did not want her to marry.
Her father and uncle ordered the murder because they believed she had shamed the family.
Blogfight! : Twoofer Lib vs. Regular Lib
The post I put up a few days back had little to do with the actual content of this minor loony-lib-on-regular-lib blogfight, but the former official Kerry blogger/Democratic Daily editor known as Pamela who'd been pushing a debunked and loony 9-11 Twoofer documentary was apparently frothing at a fellow lib's blog (who was doing nothing more than pointing out what was happening in his post, and linking us in the process).
Ron at Liberal Values (a former blogger at Democratic Daily) was attacked by Pamela, who seems to have as much a problem resiting juvenile agitprop videos as she does remembering facts in her recent history. A few other moonbats trickle in and begin flinging stuff about astrology, the lack of leftist purity that Ron posseses and (of course) Twooferism, at which Ron rightfully balks.
I can't say I sympathize with some of Ron's politics, but I can certainly sympathize with the need to push back against the Twoofers and their ancillary legions of astrologers, Holocaust deniers, liars, huxters, frauds, film school dropouts and pizza delivery boys. Good luck - I've been barking up that tree for a while now.
So the take-away here is that Jawa Report was tangentially related to this inter-lib blogfight (a lot of that going around lately), but not really. Capice? Me neither.
Hey - someone's gotta catalog these things. :-)
Intel Experts : Musharraf May Not Make it Through the Summer
Via the New York Sun:
WASHINGTON — As a political crisis boils in Pakistan, American analysts both inside and outside the government are expressing new doubts that President Musharraf will be able to hold onto power through the summer.Stay tuned...
Over the past month, the military regime in Islamabad has faced a rising threat of violent jihadis in its capital, as well as the struggle between the president and the suspended chief justice of the country, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The twin challenges have led some analysts in the American intelligence community to begin questioning whether Pakistan's military, traditionally General Musharraf's most reliable ally, will support the current regime for much longer.
(h/t : HotAir)
June 11, 2007
Monday Night Culture
Need a break from the insanity of it all?
Biebl's Ave Maria is one of the most sublime a capella choir pieces you'll ever hear. I sang this one year in All-State back in high school, and it stirred my soul forever; I will never forget it. Chalk another one up for Western civ, and for true beauty and majesty inspired by the Christian faith.
There is no video - just put it on, close the eyes and let it take you away for a little less than 8 minutes. You won't regret it - I promise.
American Company Hosting Taliban Websites
UPDATE 6/12/2007 12:24 p.m: All websites down! We are grateful to all those who wrote the webhosts and pressured them into taking down the websites.
If you would like to e-mail or call the Taliban, their e-mails are still at the end of this post.
A Georgia based company continues to host two official websites for the Taliban after being warned numerous times that providing business services to the Islamist group is against U.S. law. The 'Voice of Jihad' websites are in Arabic and in English. They claim to be the official websites of the 'Imarat Islami of Afghanistan' (Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan) -- the name given to Afghanistan under the Taliban regime.
The websites feature announcements and "news" by Taliban spokesman Qari Mohammad Yousuf (aka, 'Ahmedi'), usually on the latest 'victory' of the mujahidin over the 'crusaders' (NATO forces) and 'apostates' (Afghan soldiers and civilians). Images of burning vehicles and of Taliban suicide bombers reading their shahid messages are also a regular feature on the websites. Below is an example of an animated image found at the English language website.
The Taliban websites are hosted by Freewebtown, a free webhosting service headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. A whois search lists the registered owner of Freewebtown as Tulip Systems, located on Piedmont Rd.
By providing free webhosting to the Taliban, Tulip Systems is in violation of U.S. law. American companies are forbidden from doing business with the Taliban, a regime responsible for aiding al Qaeda in the 9/11 attacks which killed nearly 3,000 civilians.
Thousands of U.S. servicemen and women are presently in Afghanistan fighting and dying in an effort to stamp out a resurgent Taliban.
Freewebtown did not respond to e-mails warning them that they were doing business with the Taliban in violation of U.S. law.
Webhosts are often unaware of the content of webpages hosted on their servers. Terrorist propagandists use this to their advantage. Such free webhosting is used to spread their propaganda, raise money, and recruit new blood for terrorism.
Most companies suspend the accounts of terrorists when brought to their attention. Good business practices dictate that no company ought to help facilitate terrorism, and most firms are more than willing to take down websites which help the jihadi cause.
Several weeks ago I posted a few e-mails and a phone number to Taliban spokesmen. I got those e-mails from the two Taliban websites linked above. I did not, however, link those websites. Instead, I wanted to give Freewebtown a chance to take down the websites on their own. They have not.
If you would like to let Freewebtown and Tulip Systems know what you think of American companies which are aiding and abetting the Taliban in their war against the U.S, you can contact them here or by e-mailing here.
If you would like to e-mail the Taliban, you know, just to mess with them:
If you want to call the Taliban on their spokesman's satelite phone:
(011 from US, then) 8821621515539 --- ask for Ahmadi, which is what Qari Mohammad Yousuf's friends call him.
(011 from US, then) 8821621360585 --- calls himself "mujahid", so I'd just ask for soon-to-be-dead asshole
It's like messin' with Bigfoot, only funner!
Muslims Fleeing CAIR in Droves
This may be the best news of the week. Audrey Hudson at The Washington Times is reporting that membership in the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has declined by more that 90% since 9/11. Apparently the Washington Times is just giving us a teaser for a lengthier article to follow in tomorrow's dead tree edition. But check this out:
According to tax documents obtained by The Times, the number of reported members spiraled down from more than 29,000 in 2000 to less than 1,700 in 2006, a loss of membership that caused the Muslim rights group's annual income from dues to drop from $732,765 in 2000, when yearly dues cost $25, to $58,750 last year, when the group charged $35.CAIR only has about 1,700 dues paying member and they want you to believe that they speak for Muslim Americans? My estimation of the vast majority of Muslims that I know is that they would never have anything to do with an organization as vile as CAIR. Now I know I was right.
The organization instead is relying on about two dozen individual donors a year to contribute the majority of the money for CAIR's budget, which reached nearly $3 million last year.
It kind of makes you wonder why the MSM takes CAIR seriously? Keep an eye out for tomorrow's report. Note to Professor Chaos: buy Washington Times tomorrow.
PS--So, who are these two dozen mysterious donors that keep CAIR afloat?
Democratic Congressman Supporting Islamist Child Murderer
I'd love to say that the headline was misleading or an example of over-the-top yellow journalism, but it's not. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) is sponsoring a bill that would give assylum to a convicted child killer who was part of a 1975 coup aimed at making Bangladesh an "Islamic Republic"--as Pakistan, which it broke from (remember, Bangladesh was then East Pakistan), would later become.
McDermott's private bill declares unequivocally that Mohuiddin A.K.M Ahmed is not guilty of the crime that he was convicted of, an assertion that the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected.
Michelle has the details. I'd say something Sullivenesque like "I'm disgusted" or "heartache", but I'm just passed feeling anything anymore when it comes to the immigration issue.
Guaranteed Mufti Muzzle
LOL, Allahpundit brings news that anti uncovered meat Mufti Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali will no longer be the Grand Mufti of Australia. If that’s not enough enjoy this youtube, the Sheik once said that he would wear tape over his mouth as punishment for his uncovered meat comments, The Chasers take him up on the offer.
Entire Global Military Spending Less Than U.S. Entitlements
The headline and story tries to convince the reader that the U.S. spends way too much on the military.
The United States spent $529 billion, slightly less than the entire GDP of the Netherlands, on military operations in 2006Perspective. For another perspective, Rob Port reminds us that if you were to combine all military spending from every country on the planet, it still would be less than what the U.S. spends on entitlements in a single year.
Lieberman: Bomb Iran
Joe Lieberman has a solution to the problem of Iranians killing American troops:
"I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq," the Connecticut independent said during an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation." "And to me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers."Too bad Joe Lieberman owns the only pair of balls in the Democrat party. Oh wait, they kicked him out of the Democrat party for failure to subordinate patriotism to partisanship, didn't they?
Mr. Lieberman, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently returned from a trip to the region and said there is evidence that "as many as 200 American soldiers" have been killed by Iranians and Iranian-trained forces. Mr. Lieberman remained firm when asked whether he was suggesting strikes against Iran.
"I am. And I want to make clear I'm not talking about a massive ground invasion of Iran, but we have good evidence," he said. "If they don't play by the rules, we've got to use our force and to me that would include taking military action to stop them from doing what they're doing."
Are You a FredHead?
Do you have recurring dreams of Fred Thompson taking the Presidential oath of office in January, 2009?
Are your three children (including both your daughters) named "Fred Dalton Thompson"?
Have you lobbied Congress to change the law so you can donate even more money to the Friends of Fred Thompson Exploratory Committee?
Do you stay up late at night thinking up ingenious (and mostly legal) new ways to support Fred Thompson?
If any of the above describes you, you are experiencing "Thompson Elative Compulsion Syndrome." By all accounts, this condition is highly contagious and spreading like a wildfire across the United States. Other known side effects are insomnia and an elevated heart rate.
Fortunately, there is no known cure, but there is now a support group.
We are the "FredHeads," a support group/political movement for all FredHeads everywhere.
As you've no doubt experienced, FredHeads are very big on talking about Fred Dalton Thompson. We love to talk about Fred.
That said, we think it's time for a little less talk and a little more action.
If you agree, just click here, and let's get moving:
Justice Served in Georgia
An unbelievable story, with a good ending.
A judge today ordered that Genarlow Wilson be freed from prison, where he has spent more than two years for receiving consensual oral sex from a 15-year-old girl when he was 17.Sue away, son!
Monroe County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson also amended Wilson's felony conviction to a misdemeanor without the requirement that he register as a sex offender.
Wilson's lawyer, B.J. Bernstein, appealed to a judge Wednesday to free him from prison, arguing that his 10-year prison sentence and inclusion on the state's sex offender registry is grossly disproportionate and violates the Constitution.
Bernstein also pointed to how the Legislature changed the law since Wilson's conviction to make similar acts a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of one year in prison. Wilson, now 21, has been locked up for more than two years.
The Return of Rusty
I'm back. My apologies for yet another absence, but I was on a business related trip.
Believe it or not, the Jawa Report board of directors don't pay me nearly enough for the lavish jet setting lifestyle I've grown accustomed to. Since coming to work for Jawa Publishing International, Inc. ®, I've had to cut my weekend trips to the French Riviera in half, and can now only afford to keep two mistresses at a time. Even worse, I've been reduced to lighting my 2003 Cohiba Double Coronas with $20 bills-- rather than the customary $100s-- like a common peasant!
So, until that crazy blog money starts rolling in, I'll be reduced to selling my services to the highest bidder --- like a common whore.
Apologies for not returning e-mails, but my internet access was quite limited. If it was something important, do me a favor and send me a follow up note so I don't have to look through every single one of the hundreds of unopenned e-mails.
For the three or four people interested, I've posted a pic or two from Daytona below.
Dennis Miller On Harry Reid
Freedom Journal Iraq #666
This edition features stories on Coalition service members taking part in a march for a Danish charity, unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles being used to support troops on the ground in Iraq and U.S. Soldiers training an Iraqi S.W.A.T. team. Hosted by Sgt. Frank Pellegrini.
Freedom Journal Iraq #666
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Via Centcom: CCI CONVICTS 51: SENTENCES 6 TO DEATH, 6 TO LIFE IMPRISONMENTI dedicate this to them and Saddam, Hang em high!
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) convicted 51 individuals from May 13 - 19 for violations of the Iraqi Terrorist Law, Penal Code and Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Orders enforced by the Iraqi judiciary.
Three Iraqis were convicted and sentenced to death by the CCCI May 15 for violating Article 406 of the Iraqi Penal Code.
Barag Hussain Ali, 18, Ahmad Muhammad Mahmud, 19, Adib Dali Muttar, 19.
They were directly involved in the murder of another detainee at Camp Cropper near Baghdad, Iraq.
Ahmad Hassan Ali, 25, Jasim Muhammad Hilal, 32 Ali Asama'Ail Abrahim, 21 were convicted and sentenced to death May 16 for violating of Article 4/1 of the Terrorist Law. On Sept. 13, 2006 a joint patrol consisting of Macedonian and Iraqi Special Forces raided a farmhouse believed to be part of an insurgent training camp in Baghdad. Inside the house, joint forces found the three defendants dressed in military attire, carrying weapons and guarding two hostages who were blindfolded, handcuffed and had been beaten. During the raid, joint forces found two AK-47's, four magazines for the AK-47's, one Glock pistol, three pistol magazines, two pairs of handcuffs and one ski mask. The joint forces brought the two victims to MNF forces who treated their wounds and took statements from the victims, which included the names of all three defendants as individuals who had kidnapped and tortured them.
Aquil Sabah Dawas Hasan, 20, was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for a violation of Article 4/1 of the Terrorist Law May 13.
Aquil, a known Al-Qeda member, was captured during a targeted raid at his home in Ramadi by U.S. Special Forces. Aquil was responsible for housing, feeding, transporting and training foreign fighters coming to Iraq to fight or become suicide bombers.
Uday Muhammad Mahmud, 25, was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment May 13 by the CCCI for violating CPA Order 3/2003, possessing illegal weapons. Captured Feb. 22 by the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force in Baghdad, Uday was a high value target who had been identified by multiple reliable sources as being the leader of an Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) terrorist cell operating in the Yusufiyah area.
A local national source agreed to take MNF to Uday's house and while enroute, the local national source saw Uday driving a black KIA Daewoo Prince. MNF then stopped the vehicle and searched the defendant and the vehicle. When searching the car, MNF found one loaded 9mm pistol under Uday's seat, one anti-MNF cassette tape and a hand-written note containing a price for weapons. MNF also found a fake ID card in the possession of Uday.
Ra'ad Ibraham Thater, 42, Sa'ad Ibraham Salem, 32, Omar Ibraham Salim, 23, all of Iraq were convicted and sentenced to life in prison May 13 for violating CPA Order 3/2003, possessing illegal weapons. On October 21, 2006 Multi-National Forces spotted 14 Iraqi males in a car dealership parking lot where two males were taking out weapons and black ski masks out of the trunk of a car and passing them out to the other members of the group. Following a firefight, six members were detained and MNF searched the car lot and found three RPGs, one rocket, 12 AK-47s, five sniper rifles, two RPKs with tripods, one PKM rifle, two G3 long rifles, eight black ski masks, two sets of body armor, six chest rigs, 25 AK-47 magazines, armor-piercing ammo, two sniper magazines, two grenades, two Mauser rifles, and an insurgent video showing multiple attacks on MNF forces with RPGs and sniper rifles.
Ja Far Abdalla, 25, a Saudi Arabian National who admitted to crossing the border to Iraq illegally on at least two occasions in order to fight jihad, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for violation of Article 4/1 of the Terrorist law May 14.
Ja Far also admitted to joining Al-Qaeda and becoming a religious leader for a terrorist cell as well as participating in an attack against MNF in Al Dulu'iya, during which he was shot in the neck and lost consciousness. At the time of capture by U.S. Special Forces near Tikrit, Ja Far had a fake ID in his possession with the name Jafar Abdulla Jasim and did not have a passport on him at the time of his capture. He possessed several papers at the time of capture, including one outlining the terror cell structure, a martyr note, and a notebook with terrorist messages.
Nineteen individuals were convicted of violating CPA Order 3/2003 possessing illegal weapons May 13-17. Four were sentenced to 30 years imprisonment, four were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, three were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, two were sentenced to seven years imprisonment and six were sentenced to six years imprisonment.
Nine individuals were convicted and sentenced to six years imprisonment May 16 for violation of Article 444/11 of the Iraqi Penal Code for stealing government property.
Four individuals were charged with a violation of Article 10/1 of the passport law for illegally entering Iraq. Two individuals were sentenced to 15 years May 14-15, and the other two were sentenced to six years imprisonment May 14 -17.
One individual was convicted and sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for violation of Article 295 for using or taking advantage of legal documents May 15.
One individual was convicted May 14 and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for violation of Article 298 and 292 of the Iraqi Penal Code for possession of fake identification.
One individual was convicted May 13 and sentenced to three years imprisonment for violation of Article 4/1 of the terrorist law.
One individual was convicted May 13 and sentenced to three years imprisonment for violation Article 292 for using or taking advantage of someone else's legal documents.
One individual was convicted May 14 and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for violation of Article 247, failing to report to the proper authority information contrary to the health and safety of any Iraqi citizen.
One individual was convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment for violation of Article 1246 of the commanding revolution council order for 1983, for not renewing his resident ID and he was tried according to this order May 15.
One individual was convicted May 16 and sentenced to one year imprisonment for violation of Article 421/31 of the Iraqi Penal Code for concealing evidence from the authorities.
Since its establishment under an amendment to CPA Order 13, in April 2004, the Central Criminal Court has held 2,181 trials for suspected criminals apprehended by Coalition Forces. The Iraqi Court proceedings have resulted in the conviction of 1,909 individuals with sentences ranging from imprisonment to death
Know the power of the Dark Side!
The Valley of Death
Go see Cass:
Below Luttrell in the pit, earthmovers were digging; construction workers in orange vests directed a beeping truck. Luttrell kept talking. "They brought their cousins brandishing firearms . . . ." The cranes clanked. "And they brought their uncles, to make sure no Taliban would kill me . . . "
Islamist/Leftist Alliance in South America
They have a common enemy in the United States, and the useful idiots in this country are fighting with every breath they can muster to make the same thing happen here.
On. The. Other. Side.
Yemen Declares New Organization: Liars Without Borders
No, I didn't come up with that. Its unadulterated Yemeni snark:
Modeled after the two well-known international organizations; ‘Reporters Without Borders’ and ‘Physicians Without Borders’, the Yemeni regime is now breaking into the global stage by declaring a third organization under the name of ‘Liars Without Borders’. ....
If one seeks the qualifications and facilities possessed by the Yemeni official organizations that help them gain international reputation, he/she is bound to see merely a lot of lies made up by unique techniques. No doubt that the Yemeni organization (LWB) is a source of shock and surprise having no limit in the world of liars who found nobody to raise their flag and take an initiative to constitute an international organization under their name.
To testify the availability of essential qualifications on the part of Yemeni authorities to declare Liars Without Borders, nobody needs to cite the lie of generating electricity from nuclear energy in a poor country, whose share of power is less than 500 megawatts and its citizens frequently live in the dark due to the repeated power blackout.
read the rest.
June 10, 2007
Each Fried Felon Saves Up to 18 Victims
This is news that death penalty foes don't want to hear. A series of studies over the past six years all lead to the conclusion that the death penalty has a deterrent effect:
Among the conclusions:Of course, we could save even more lives by using organs from convicted felons for transplants.
• Each execution deters an average of 18 murders, according to a 2003 nationwide study by professors at Emory University. (Other studies have estimated the deterred murders per execution at three, five and 14).
• The Illinois moratorium on executions in 2000 led to 150 additional homicides over four years following, according to a 2006 study by professors at the University of Houston.
• Speeding up executions would strengthen the deterrent effect. For every 2.75 years cut from time spent on death row, one murder would be prevented, according to a 2004 study by an Emory University professor.
Spammers Should Be Shot
Pixy is aware of the comments problem and is working to resolve it.
We have proof, here he is:
Update: Go figure. Right after I post this, they're working again. It's the power of Bauer.
Big-Time Arms Dealer Nabbed
(Madrid, Spain) International weapons trafficker Monzer al-Kassar was arrested Thursday evening by Spanish police in Madrid. Earlier in the day, an indictment was unsealed charging Kassar with conspiring to sell arms to rebels in Colombia.
The indictment resulted from illegal actions by Kassar after he was caught in a sting operation crafted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Good.
Kassar has been a particularly nasty player in the mix of terrorists, despots and criminals threatening U.S. interests and American citizens. He provided everything from Saturday night specials to surface-to-air missiles.
In Romania, co-conspirators Tareq Mousa al-Ghazi and Luis Felipe Morena-Godoy were also arrested in the operation. The three were indicted on four separate conspiracy counts "including the supplying of material support to a foreign terrorist group; conspiring to kill U.S. nationals, officials and employees; and conspiracy to acquire an antiaircraft missile."
Fatwa: Palestinians Can't Emigrate
JP: Alarmed by the growing number of Palestinians who are emigrating from the Palestinian territories, the Palestinian Authority's mufti has issued a fatwa [religious decree] forbidding Muslims to leave.
Sources in the PA Foreign Ministry told The Jerusalem Post..."According to our statistics, there are at least 45,000 emigration applications being reviewed by different countries."
Kinda makes the "right of return" a moot point, wouldntcha say?
More Pallywood: Terrorists Use "TV" Car to Attack Israelis
This has to be staged by Reuters to distract from the wall-to-wall-to-wall Paris! coverage that was starting to annoy even the most hardened cynic.
Journalists actually criticizing terrorists? O, the lack of neutrality!
Remember your Olbermann - BOOSH/Rove/Cheney's reach is deeper than we will ever know. Be very afraid.
Freedom Journal Iraq #665
This edition features stories on security forces, changes in Army structuring for goods and supplies and combat medics. Hosted by Sgt. Pellegrini.
Freedom Journal Iraq #665
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More Engineering Experts For 9-11 Twoof
This is the first time in history that bikini-clad heat has melted rational thinking. Gooooo team!
Anti-American Hacker/Spammer Attacks Jawa
You may have noticed problems accessing The Jawa Report and Jawa comments. We have been under a sustained heavy spam/DDOS since Friday.
I posted an email a terrorist thread earlier in the week. What prompted the post was a new Islamic spam email promoting and English translation of a Spiegel interview with al-Qaeda that has a French Yahoo email but originated from Germany.
So the next time I received the spam I struck up a discussion with the spammer/terrorist propagandist. Turns out he's quite a prolific spammer, hacker, and bot-net propagator.
Just after our “discussion” the spam volume at TJR overwhelmed our comment system and had us completely offline on Saturday Morning. Coincidence? I think not. I’m sure since comments have been offline there are quite a few of you with pent up feelings you would like to get off your chest. I feel it is appropriate that we express our gratitude for this attack on The Jawa Report.
firstname.lastname@example.orgThis email is live I promise because he replied to me several times but stopped just before our site was attacked. I also can’t shake the suspicion that cipdtf is our resident Spam Bastard who has been spamming Jawa comments for some time.
Here is the GIMF spam in question, I’d advise against visiting his site as there may be nefarious software present there, but if you are into that kind of thing and willing to take the risk…
(note: I have been unable to go there, I’m not sure if he took it down or if my filters blocking him)
Hmmm, so just who is Jacques KOULIBALY? First off he calls his organization, “"The Ivorian Committee for Peace and the Total Destruction of France." It appears another of his victims has already figured that one out.
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are proud to present you the latest interview from the GIMF, the Global Islamic Media Front:
This interview is not satire! It is 100% true! We had to translate it from
German. But we didn't add, delete or change anything.
As we are all young and non-European, the questions have been more interesting and more intelligent than the questions usually asked by traditional media. For instance:What do you think about Paris Hilton? What movies do you watch? Or do you really believe in the 40 virgins?
However, some questions were more conventional. One example: Are the US in danger of further attacks?
About us: We have a satirical Ivorian(Côte d'Ivoire) website. And we are usually fighting hate and racism in our own country. But from time to time we are also dealing with international topics. And as we had a lot of problems with Lobbyist in the past –in the US, even our Christian politicians were described as "pro-Al Quaida" (http://cipdtf.ruwenzori.net/English/LeLobbysmAntiMusulmanEnglish.html)- and as things seem to go very bad in Iraq, in Afghanistan and even in Europe, we thought that it would be a good idea to interview the GIMF.
Of course, we don't support international terrorism!
Google translate link truncated: Jean Marc Liotier and Jacques Koulibaly) which report/ratio? Jean Marc Liotier is the owner of the site http://www.ruwenzori.net and Jacques Koulibaly (made up nickname starting from Jacques Chirac and of Mamadou Koulibaly) is that which signs the articles of http://cipdtf.ruwenzori.net. Are the two characters different or one is the shade of the other?So I did some more searching on cipdtf. I’m not sure that cipdtf is part of GIMF. He seems to use spam to generate links to almost anything in order to draw traffic and attempt to increase his zombie machine network. He is also staunchly anti-American and calls his group, “young and non-Europeans.” I found some quotes attributed to copdtf here’s one.
link truncated: I have today reached the opinion that I don't think anymore that Hitler was bad, or that Milosevic was bad. Because the same media (International radio-stations like BBC, Voice of America, RFI, etc) that presented Hitler and Milosevic as criminals, are now presenting me and the Ivorian Patriots who suffer from the rebellion, like hangmen, though it is us who are suffering from the rebels."See bad is good and good is bad. Cifdtf may not be directly related to GIMF. I have a feeling he is just taking advantage of GIMF and Paris Hilton to drum up some traffic. Regardless he is bad apple and obviously sympathizes with the terrorist’s cause, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” But if I were the authority looking into the explosion of GIMF terrorist propaganda from Germany this would be a good place to start. He has all the skills that an organization like GIMF would need.
A few more links to related info below.
It's Quiet in Here...
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Uprising in Southern Yemen Escalating
A Communication from Southern Yemeni Military Officers in Aden: Negotiations failed.
For a full explanation of the issues surrounding the uprising in Southern Yemen, see my article here. In an effort to avert a crisis, the southern officers are calling for international mediation.
Its important to note that the leadership of Yemeni military currently is in the hands of a northern cabal, primarily President Saleh's close relatives, and military positions are often awarded by loyalist Sheiks as patronage to villagers. Thus the Yemeni military leadership is effective at plundering the state budget but not a very effective fighting force. The southern military officers on the other hand, gained their positions through merit.
The Yemeni southern opposition in exile, Tajaden, (which insists South Yemen is an occupied country) provides this context to the communique: "The case of the Southern retired officers has been escalated to a top level after a failure of a meeting, which was to be held yesterday 09th June between the Yemeni occupiers’ representative in Aden (Al-Kahlani) and the Coordination Council of the southern Retired Military and Security Officers’ Association...The association held last week a big strike in Aden at the Freedom Square on 4th June 2007 and dispatched a letter to both the representatives of the UN and EU in Yemen."
To follow is the letter the military officers dispatched from Aden:
Your Excellency the representative of the United Nations- Sana’a Your Excellency the representative of the European Union- Sana’a
We the officers of the military and the security of what was known as a government of the People’s Republic Democratic of Yemen would like at the beginning to extend our sincere greetings and best wishes to you and to brief you about our cause as we have been exposed to exclusion and discrimination since the war of the summer of 19994.
Most of us have been moved to a compulsory retirement before reaching the retirement’s age that is stipulated in the Yemeni valid laws, the others were enforced to leave their jobs and stay at home without any legal procedures or reasonable justifications, whereas our colleagues from what was known as a Yemen Arab Republic have not received the same treatment, which make it clear to us that Sana’a’s government has only aimed at those from the south.
Despite that the fact that many of us were carrying a high ranking in what was known the army of the South and a number of associations of the retired military and security officers have been established in many governorates, held several peaceful strikes before the mayors’ offices calling the authorities to give us our pension and many newspapers have written about our cause, it is a very regretful that the government has given no attention to all our demands and peaceful protests. This illegal and maltreatment in depriving us of our pension has brought many of us with our families and children to a state of misery, poverty and unbearable suffer.
The government exclusion and maltreatment to us is unacceptable behaviour even in human terms, not to mention that such treatment is a violation of the Yemeni constitution and valid legislations in addition to the UN Security Council’s resolutions on the issue of the South. It is also a clear breach of the international charters, which were signed by Yemen first and foremost of a human rights convention and all articles branched out it, which denies and criminalizes such acts.
We have so any promises and agreements to resolve our problem and give us our rights, but nothing has ever true. So we are determined by all peaceful means to keep our case life until we get all our constitutional and legal rights.
Your Excellency UN/EU representative we believe that you are the one who might support us and maintain the international law and conventions, so we appeal to you in your capacity and power to pressurize the Yemeni authorities and to convince it into giving us our legal rights rather than discriminating us.
At the end, we hope you understand our cause and consider our inhuman case, which is a result of the government’s illegal and oppressive practice.
Please accept my sincere thanks and sincere appreciation.
Brigadier / Nasser Al-Nnuba
Head of the Retired Military and civilian Association- Aden-
Head of the Coordination Council of Retired Military and Civilians Associations in the southern governorates
4th June 2007
More Geraldo on Immigration
Geraldo sets the record straight on amnesty...or not.
It's abundantly clear that Geraldo, like George W. Bush, is able to think about an inch deep on this issue, if that. Neither Geraldo or Bush can contend with the facts and the nightmare provisions of this bill. The answer is all super-simple in their minds. The facts are unimportant. It's 100% emotion. I'll wager Geraldo doesn't have the slightest idea as to the substance of what's in the bill. To him, it doesn't matter. To Geraldo, if it will give one person a chance to emerge from the shadows, that is enough. If a child thought that way, we'd forgive her. Geraldo Rivera and George Bush have no excuse.
Mexico Complains to Bush Administration Over Flow of Illegals...
In this case, the "illegals" are weapons.
Hey, Patricio--it's called "quid pro quo."
That there's some Latin right there, fella. Maybe you should go look that up.
See also: "what goes around comes around," Maxwell's demon, Schrodinger's Mexican.
h/t : Glenn
Haditha Case Still Crumbling
That's what happens when you base your whole case on the protestations of insurgent propagandists and TIME reporters.
More from Bruce Kessler at Democracy Project:
The Associated Press reports that according to the attorney for Captain Randy Stone, legal officer for the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, charged with failing to report or investigate the deaths at Haditha, the investigating officer, Major Thomas McCann, for the Article 32 hearings (military-type grand jury) is recommending to 1st Marine Division commander Lt. Gen. James Mattis that the charges be dismissed.Slowly but surely. The case is far, far weaker than reported initially, and the fact that the chief investigating officer is recommending that charges be dismissed against the Captain is also a good sign.
Apologies from the drive-by media forthcoming? Heh.
ht: Gateway Pundit
June 09, 2007
MP's Sell Six Year Old Yemeni Kids
According to the Yemeni opposition weekly, Al-Sahwa,
June 07, 2006- The security apparatus in Haja province has arrested over 60 children were illegally trafficked to Saudi in the last two weeks. Security sources said to Alsahwa.net that the children arrested were 6- 18 old years and that they are held in the juvenile center In Hardh district.
Child trafficking between Yemen and Saudi Arabia is a substantial and pitiful problem. Many destitute parents agree to allow their children to "work" in Saudi Arabia in the hopes that remittances may keep their other children alive. The smuggled children are often forced to beg, smuggle drugs or wind up working in near slavery conditions. Many are sexually abused and/or beaten. According to a highly reputable public figure, “some officials and members in the Parliament are involved in a mafia practicing child trafficking.” The figures are staggering according to a piece in the Yemen Times:
Children are trafficked by gangs through the land border from Yemen to Saudi Arabia to be exploited for begging and stealing. In a press probe published by Ukadh newspaper a few days ago, the stats and scores contained in the probe confirmed that around 50 thousand Yemeni children have been smuggled into Saudi Arabia over the past few years.
Peace Breaking Out in Anbar
Of course, USA Today is just a right-wing propaganda machine. That's what Rick Ellensberg and the Nutroots told me. So it must be true.
Anbar province, once among the most violent regions in Iraq, is held up as an example of how local politics can reduce violence. "A year ago we were about to write off Anbar province," Everett said. "We have turned it completely around."
A key part of the turnaround was an effort to work with tribal leaders. A growing number of the leaders, sometimes called sheiks, have joined with U.S. forces and turned against al-Qaeda militants. The average weekly attacks in Anbar province dropped from about 250 last year to about 100 last month, according to the U.S. military. This year 12,000 Iraqis volunteered for Iraqi security forces in Anbar, up from 1,000 in 2006, Odierno said.
"Anbar could be a microcosm of what could happen in the rest of country if the right elements come into play," said Army Col. Ralph Baker, a former brigade commander who served two tours in Iraq and now serves at the Pentagon.
Kerry Blogger Courting 9-11 Twooferism
Another Nutroot tries to mainstream 9-11 conspiracy nonsense. This time, a blogger at The Democratic Daily, with their 'editor' approval, pushes the whackaloon documentary "9-11 Press for Truth," as well as links to a bunch of "sane" websites that have been flayed alive and debunked as the crackpot sites that they are. If you don't like being bukkaked with stoopid (to borrow a phrase from Maddox), don't click the links. If you love that sort of thing, be my guest!
Pat at Screw Loose Change has the lowdown here.
The "editor" of this Democrat blog is Pamela Leavey, who describes herself thusly:
Pamela Leavey was a writer for the 2004 JohnKerry.com Campaign Blog from August ‘03 through the 2004 election cycle. She was one of the top three contributors to the Kerry campaign blog.She also types this in her comment section:
This is one of those things that the average American doesn’t want to know about and the government like so many other things doesn’t want Americans to know about.Indeed. Nibbling at the apple, as it were. "Just asking questions."
I didn’t know Brave New Theaters was promoting this. That means it’s getting a little more attention now. Good deal.
The flamewar that erupted in the comments between a particularly vile commenter and the regulars is amusing, too. The poster, who goes as "Bohemian Grover," keeps rambling about "the Frankiln case" in between threatening people's families, typing rape fantasies, and...well, just read it for yourself.
The sickness is spreading, and it is spreading among the Nutroot Democrats. Stay tuned.
And don't forget to check out Unfastened Coins, 2d. Ed. The Titanic "official story" didn't go down like you think it did.
UPDATE: The nutter in the SLC thread has been banned and his comments erased. You can still see some of what he wrote from others who copied and pasted his vile filth, though.
Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault
Woah Baby, Look at All Those Dots Up There
After reading this at A Jacksonian I know our government doesn't function much, if at all.
Via A JacksonianFor quite some time I have been pointing out the problem of Transnational Terrorism, organized crime and the unaccountable shipment of goods and money via various routes legal, illegal and gray. And today, a serious dot in the black comes to light and a major h/t to Instapundit for the link to the Washington Times article on three men indicted with threatening America. And with that the first *real* break into crossing between the various realms comes to the forefront! Let me give you some of the meat of the article:Stop right there. Go on to read the article, This man, Monzer Al Kassar comes up over and over and over in drug and arms smuggling rings. He sells arms to just about anyone, only catch, you need to be an Enemy of the United States or Israel. Which ones? Well, all of them really. I mean it you must read all this storyThree arrested in arms plot to kill Americans
By Jerry Seper
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
June 9, 2007
A suspected international arms dealer was arrested yesterday in Spain and charged with conspiracy to sell millions of dollars in weapons to a State Department-designated foreign terrorist organization in Colombia to kill Americans.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Karen P. Tandy said Syrian national Monzer Al Kassar....
He did this all this time and lived? CIA Central Inert Agency.
Hat Tip: Larwyn.
Update: Also see See-Dubya at Junk Yard Blog.
I'm seriously fired up about this. This is awesome. This is Big News.
Freedom Journal Iraq #664
(video moved below the fold)
This edition features stories on pay day for Soldiers, cutting risks of transporting Army cargo and a Lt. and Brig. Commander change places for a day. Hosted by Pvt. Rheanna Douglas.
Freedom Journal Iraq #664
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Hillary! Appoints Alcee Hastings as Camp Co-Chair
You remember this scumbag. Pelosi, after realizing that he was a corrupt ass*ole who even the Democrats couldn't stomach and voted to impeach for bribery, was forced to remove him from a list of potential committee chairs in anticipation of the 2006 electoral victories.
WELL - the last federal judge to be impeached - by his own party, no less - has been appointed as a co-chair of Hillary's presidential campaign.
Ride that fat, corrupt hog all the way to the White House, Hildabeast!
More at Captain's Quarters.
Blast From The Past
Check out the pre internet species, moonbattius fallius ceras primitus
Via David Thompon: Some of you may have seen Vanessa Engle’s witty BBC 4 documentary series, Lefties, screened in February last year. The 3-part series revisited the “alternative politics” of the 70s and 80s, when the far left was an all-too-serious force in British political life. Among the gems to savour are the endless factional disputes over exactly how capitalism should be toppledAnthropology can be fun.
Insurgents F*ck Up, Again
It seems this time they killed six and injured 50 of their buddies they attempted to spring from a detention center in southern Iraq.
Via MNF-Iraq.com: BAGHDAD, Iraq – Six civilian internees were killed and at least 50 more were injured as the result of an indirect fire attack on the Multi-National Force-Iraq Theater Internment Facility at Camp Bucca today.
No U.S. service members were killed or injured.
Harry Reid Speaks, The NYT Marches
"Let's not focus on the Democrats." - Harry Reid
Ace shows the NYT taking this to heart, in an article which makes sure to slime at least six Republicans by name as 'nativists' while not mentioning a single, solitary Democrat in any context at all. None. He characterizes it as a Jedi Mind Trick - I categorize it as an egregious example of Democrat propaganda masquerading as news.
Republicans Mentioned By Name: SixGee - the New York Times marching in lockstep with direct orders to do so by the Senate leader of the Democrat party. Not that we've spent years pointing this kind of this out to the anti-FOX brigades stuck on perpetual stoopid, but the proof is in the own ink of the NYT that they take orders directly from the Democrats in Congress.
Democrats Mentioned By Name: Zero
Mentions Of Republicans As Either Nativist Monsters Or Incompetent Failures: Six
Mentions of Democrats Contributing to Demise of Bill For "Nativist" Motives: Zero
Total Mentions of "Republicans," By Name Or Party Affiliation, As Architectects of This Putative Disaster: Nine
Total Mentions of "Democrats" Even Being Present In The Room During This Putative Disaster: Zero. Zero point fucking zero times the square root of zero, log zero
I also love how the article is entitled " A Failure of Leadership," as if the Democrats aren't in control of both Houses of Congress. Somebody page the NYT and let them know that the Democrats shoulder Congressional failure responsibility ever since November of last year. If the widdle babies don't like that, we can arrange a change in 2008.
Cue moonbats screaming "FOX does it too!!!" Which, of course, is a tacit admission that they, too, know this hit piece is Democrat propaganda masquerading as news in the nation's most 'important' newspaper.
Pathetic. Not as pathetic as the NYT stock performance over the past five years, but pathetic. And we're sure their relentlessly worthless, biased coverage has nothing to do with their financial troubles:
June 08, 2007
Bomb Kills 1, Injures 23 in Thailand
We all know the root causes of terrorism! Imperialism/BOOSH/US Foreign Policy!
This has nothing to do with religion, you racist bigot Reiccchhhwingers!!111
US out of Thailand!
Where In the Hell is Dr Rusty Shackleford? Space Shot Edition
Sandcrwler PSA. Comments are iffy. Spam attack.
Freedom Journal Iraq #663
This edition features stories on U.S. Soldiers building their own fire truck to protect their base, Romanian soldiers providing security to a bridge across the Euphrates and a counsel meeting between Coalition Forces and Iraqi politicians to discuss rebuilding efforts in Ramadi. Hosted by Pvt. Rheanna Douglas.
Freedom Journal Iraq #663
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On Pwning Antiwar Zombies
Posted this a while back, but since Hitch is on a book tour, I thought I'd indulge everyone with a little more rhetorical and historical jujitsu from perhaps the most eloquent and knowledgeable of all Iraq war supporters. Watch and squirm, antiwarbots. You wish you paid that much attention in history class, don't you?
More Insurgents Getting Pwned
Fast Forward to 1:20 if you don't want to wait for it.
June 07, 2007
Dorgan on the Amnesty Bill
Che Guevera: Behind the Idol Worship
Che was a homophobic, racist murderer who personally oversaw and authorized the deaths of hundreds of innocents (including women and children).
Who knew that leftists were brain dead morons for worshiping him as a demigod?
Surely not I.
Advantages of Islamic Britain
In one not too distant future, Sharia Law will bring benifits the British Nanny state will just love, for instance, take Education
Via Iowa Hawk: Presently, Muslim students sometimes perform less well than non-Muslim students, but only if you limit performance measurement to racism-tinged subjects, like maths. In subjects that are more attuned to a Muslim ethos, such as reciting the Quran whilst being beaten with a stick, Muslim students outperformed their non-Muslim counterparts 78% to 11% in a recent study by the Ministry of Schools.Also see Junk Yard Blog.
Assan Ali, education spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, says the secret to Quran recitation success is faith schools that work in tandem with home values: ‘Muslim schools use the children’s faith and heritage as primary motivators, along with sticks. This is consistent with the messages and beatings that children are getting at home, so it is a very coherent operation between the home and the school.’
I love that big tractor tire Iowahawk keeps up there.
Shamnesty Bill PWNED
Congress's shameful attempt to ram down our throats an unpopular bill legalizing tens of millions of borderjumpers and adding them to the welfare rolls and public dole, has been defeated.
Niiiiiice. Reid threatened to bring it back in a few weeks.
Bring it on. NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS.
PS - Is Lindsay Graham crying here? Maybe Michelle had it right.
Filthy westboro Update
An addendum to this post.
Here's audio of the County Attorney outlining the charges against Shirley "filthy" westboro Roper. Audio link is in the right-hand column right underneath the picture.
Media Player required, and it doesn't work with Firefox, so here's the print gist of it for those who can't listen.
Polikov has filed charges against Shirley westboro-Roper after she had her 10 year old son trample a U.S. flag while her group from the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka protested at the funeral of Nebraska National Guard Specialist William Bailey. Along with charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, flag mutilation, and disorderly conduct; Polikov is considering whether to file child abuse charges for having her children at a protest that he says could have developed into a volatile situation.
Youtube Video: Destroying rocket launchers near Sadr City
Youtube Video :Destroying rocket launchers near Sadr City
Err I think we got em. Of course the ISI or the Mahdi Army, whomever these blong to will complain, "They didn't return the Martry's body." Excuse me, I think at least part of him must have made it home right away. Have you checked for anything resembling hamburger on the roof?
Update: Credit where credit is due. I ran across the press release for this video while loooking around this morning. These were Mahdi Army thugs who bought the farm.
Via MNF-Iraq.com: CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq — Attack helicopter crews from the 1st “Attack” Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, in a coordinated operation with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, killed four terrorists, apprehended six suspects and destroyed one van and multiple rockets that were aimed toward the International Zone in eastern Baghdad June 2.
The Apache helicopter team was alerted to the area when terrorists were spotted setting up multiple rocket firing positions aimed at the International Zone.
“This operation against an enemy rocket team shows the awesome capability and lethality my aircrews display every day,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Walach, commander of the 1-227th Aviation Regiment.
In all, four terrorists were killed, one vehicle destroyed and 10 rockets destroyed in the Apache Longbow engagement. There was no collateral damage observed during the engagement.
Following the destruction of the equipment by the attack helicopters, Soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team pursued six suspects observed fleeing the scene of the foiled rocket attack. They tailed the suspects to a residence inside Sadr City and apprehended them.The six suspects were then transported to the nearby Sadr City Joint Security Station for questioning.
Ouch, Baby.... VERY Ouch...
Via The Politico:
Subject: RE: TIME TO CALL RADIOh/t : Allah.
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2007 22:15:22 -0400
From: David Nix
To: ‘Adam Temple’
CC: Mike Gibbons
Please consider this my resignation as Aiken County chair for McCain. I am too far from him on the Amnesty Bill. I was hopeful that he could keep his nose clean this time around, but he can’t read the pulse of the American citizens.
Please pass my regrets on to Henry McMaster.
Afghanistan in Pieces Part II
Reporter Jason Claspell went to Afghanistan last month to cover some of the reconstruction efforts. According to Jason what he found is not what we hear on the networks.
Youtube Video: Afghanistan in Pieces Part II
Review Part I, in case you missed it, below the fold.
Jason has also put up a youtube of part I
Youtube Video: Afghanistan in Pieces Part I
Michelle: Tracking Amnesty with a Laser Beam
UPDATE ; I see that Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) also voted against the Coburn Amendment.
Thank God for Michelle. She's all over the amnesty bill:
Sen. Dodd is babbling about an amendment to allow naturalized citizens to bring over parents, arguing that Congress shouldn't have any role in "dictating the terms" of family reunification...Like I said before, folks, all of these folks need to hear from you, but Brownback in particular needs to hear from you.
GOP Sens voting NAY on the Coburn amendment - that is, voting against full enforcement of existing immigration laws: LUGAR, KYL, CRAIG, VOINOVICH, COLLINS, MURKOWSKI, BROWNBACK, HAGEL, STEVENS, DOMENICI, WARNER, SPECTER
'Iran Caught Red-Handed Shipping Arms to Taliban'
From ABC News' The Blotter:
NATO officials say they have caught Iran red-handed, shipping heavy arms, C4 explosives and advanced roadside bombs to the Taliban for use against NATO forces, in what the officials say is a dramatic escalation of Iran's proxy war against the United States and Great Britain.Well, what did anyone expect of a barbaric regime that came to power through acts of terrorism and the rejection of all civilized codes of behavior? One correction: the proxy war is not merely against the US and the UK. It is against Western civilization as a whole.
Charges Dropped in Police Dog Gurning Incident
A drunken woman makes faces at a police dog and gets arrested! Luckily, a prosecutor steps in and drops the charge:
CHELSEA, Vt. (AP) - A prosecutor has dropped charges against a woman who was arrested for staring at and making faces at a police dog.Disorderly conduct, public intoxication? Sure. Animal cruelty for allegedly upsetting a dog by making faces at it? C'mon.
"Prosecuting a woman for `staring' at a police dog is absurd," said her lawyer. "People are allowed to make faces at police dogs and officers to express their disapproval. It's constitutional expression," said public defender Kelly Green, who represented Jayna Hutchinson.
Gurning, for those unfamiliar with the...sport.
Muslims Killing Police, Burning Schools Today
We had better pull out of Thailand. Blowback.
Taliban Releases Hostages After Dadullah's Body Returned
The Taliban released 4 Afghan medical workers kidnapped in March after President Hamid Karzai bowed to their demands to hand over the body of Mullah Dadullah, killed last month in an American airstrike. Karzai's decision came too late however for Dr. Abdul Khalil, who was beheaded yesterday.
Via Yahoo News India:
Four kidnapped Afghan health workers were released by the Taliban early Thursday morning after the body of its killed top commander Mullah Dadullah was retrieved, a caller who claimed to be a Taliban spokesman said.
The authorities sent the body to Dadullah's family at midnight Wednesday, Shahabudin Atal told over the phone from an undisclosed place.
Taliban militants set free the four health workers shortly afterwards, he added.
The spokesman did not say where the four hostages were released; he said the hostages would return to their homes 'in good health.'
He said the body of beheaded doctor Abdul Khalil was in Kajaki district of the southern Helmand province and his family could retrieve it there.
How Normandy Would Be Reported Today
We won. You'd never know it.
Price Tag for the Amnesty Bill : $2.6 Trillion
Yup, that's "trillion"--with a "T.":
[T]he increase in taxes and fines paid by amnesty recipients may initially exceed slightly the increase in government benefits received. In the long run, however, the opposite will be true. In particular, the cost of retirement benefits for amnesty recipients is likely to be very large. Overall, the net cost to taxpayers of retirement benefits for amnesty recipients is likely to be at least $2.6 trillion.h/t : Rob Bluey
Amnesty Bill on the Brink?
From the very smart (and very connected) Rob Bluey:
Well-placed sources tell me that activists are focusing their attention on the following list of senators: Sam Brownback (R.-Kan.), Richard Burr (R.-N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (R.-Ga.), Larry Craig (R.-Idaho), Pete Domenici (R.-N.M.), Byron Dorgan (D.-N.D.), John Ensign (R.-Nev.), Mike Enzi (R.-Wyo.), Judd Gregg (R.-N.H.), Johnny Isakson (R.-Ga.), Jon Kyl (R.-Ariz.), Mary Landrieu (D.-La.), Trent Lott (R.-Miss.), Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.), Claire McCaskill (D.-Mo.), Ben Nelson (D.-Neb.), Mark Pryor (D.-Ark.), Debbie Stabenow (D.-Mich.), John Sununu (R.-N.H.), Jon Tester (D.-Mont.), George Voinovich (R.-Ohio), Jim Webb (D.-Va.), and John Warner (R.-Va.).Well, there you have it, folks. It could go either way. It will come down to one or two votes. If you're represented by one of these guys and you haven't called him yet, this would probably be a good time.
And if you have already called him, now, would probably be a good time to call him again.
Those toll-free Amnesty Hotline numbers to your senators, btw, are :
1-800-882-2005. (Spanish number)
1-800-417-7666. (English number)
Call them. Call them often. Let them know, in no uncertain terms, that a vote for cloture is political suicide.
As you probably know, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback has his eye on the White House. Wherever you live, you might want to consider calling Sam Brownback's office and letting him know there's really no reason his political future needs to go down the tubes over John McCain's personal political death wish. You can reach Sam Brownback here.
Does Joe Klein Have A Deathwish?
Another salvo from a sane lefty will likely met (given past instances of this perceived apostacy) with sneering, cursing, pot-banging, hatred, deathwishes, calls for purges, whining, intolerance, etc.
Hence, Klein's point will be proved instantly.
The nutosphere is a wild and wooly cage of rabid cheeba monkeys, and Klein is rapping it with a large stick. Bravo, sir.
Freedom Journal Iraq #662
This edition features stories on U.S. and Iraqi soldiers performing security at Camp Ramadi, Soldiers helping with supply support, training troops with the Third Army and Soldiers working with ammunitions. Hosted by Pfc. Chris Urbano.
Freedom Journal Iraq #662
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Pollster Frank Luntz on Fred Thompson
From a debate-night appearance on H&C:
We took about seven minutes of Thompson's interview on [Hannity's] show that [Fred Thompson] had done a few weeks earlier, and on Fox News Sunday.Video at HotAir (toward the end of the clip).
Even though he's not running, he really is the six-million-pound gorilla in this race, and it's not because of his personal... they all say he's a good communicator, but that's not why they're supporting him. Thompson gets about 15% in most Republican polls because of his ideology, they see him as being the most conservative. I'll give you one statistic and then we're gonna roll a little bit of sound. He has the highest awareness to support ratio of any candidate on the Republican or Democratic side. About half of Americans, half of Republicans know of him enough to talk about him and he's got roughly 15%, 13-15%. No candidate comes close to that ratio...
It's absolutely incredible.
Pollster Frank Luntz on What Happened in the John McCain Focus Group
I've done this now since 1992, and I've gone up to New Hampshire, and I'm proud to say I haven't gotten it wrong.Video at HotAir.
I've never seen any group turn on somebody like they turned on Senator McCain, and that's because this issue of immigration is so powerful, so destructive, so divisive, and John McCain's on the wrong side of that issue....
...they're not listening. And for me, it's not just a general negative. When I hear people who define themselves as 'Christian conservatives' using four-letter words to describe the bill, I know that there's intensity.
Poll: Thompson in 2nd Place Among Republicans
From Taegan Goddard:
An internal poll conducted for former Sen. Fred Thompson's prospective presidential campaign, finds that Thompson is now running second nationally among likely Republican voters.h/t: Allah
Rudy Giuliani leads with 24%, followed by Thompson at 18%, John McCain at 17% and Mitt Romney at 7%.
Not In This Town, Bitch
OMAHA, Neb. -- A woman was arrested in Bellevue on Tuesday during the funeral for a fallen soldier.
Shirley westboro-Roper was arrested on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allowing her 8-year-old son to stomp on an American flag.
westboro-Roper is a member of a Topeka, Kan., church that conducts anti-homosexual picketing at funeral services for U.S. soldiers.
There's video at the link, if you can stomach it.
Yup, it's the westboro that we've all come to know and hate. Score one for the good guys.
But, I can't help feeling bad for that poor little boy. What a hell it must be for him, so innocent still, to live surrounded by such vile hate, only doing what he knows, trying to make his parents proud.
What a waste.
Speaking of stomaching lunacy, if you have 15 minutes to spare, you can get some bonus psycho here. The coopid stunt did an interview on local radio.
June 06, 2007
President Bush Tries His Hand at English
On May 29, in Glynco, Georgia, George W. Bush made the following statement, hammering hard against the opponents of his immigration bill, most of whom are on the Republican side of the aisle:
"If you want to kill the bill, if you don't want to do what's right for America, you can pick one little aspect out of it, you can use it to frighten people. Or you can show leadership and solve this problem once and for all."These words and sentences are not complicated. The inferences are pretty clear. Let's break it down:
...if you don't want to do what's right for America...The logic: The President's way is what's right for America. If you Republicans and Democrats do not agree with the President's way, you are personally against what's right for America.
The inference: No matter who you are, Republican or Democrat, if you are against the President's way, you are against the best interests of this country (or maybe this continent). (MORE BELOW THE FOLD)
If you want to kill the bill... you can pick one little aspect out of it.The logic: the objections raised to the bill (mostly by Republicans) relate only to "little aspects" of it.
The inference: the objections raised relate to very minor, unimportant provisions. The major provisions of the bill are "what's right for America." Those raising these "little aspects" are not arguing in good faith. They are misleading the public by omission. They are bad actors engaging in deception.
...you can use it to frighten people.The logic: the people (again, mostly Republicans) reacting negatively to the bill are merely "frightened" about a few "little aspects" of the bill.
The inference: the mass of the Republicans who are objecting to the bill are mostly ignorant, simple-minded and easily-fooled people. Their objections are not based in reason, but only in emotion. These exploited dupes are merely victims of the anti-American villains who have gotten them "frightened" based on a very selective and misleading presentation of "little aspects" of the bill. In other words, any Republican or Democrat opposed to the bill is either a sinister villain or an ignorant, emotional dupe.
Or you can show leadership...The obvious inference: any Republican or Democrat who opposes George W. Bush on this issue is not a "leader."
So, did I get it right? Did George W. Bush's words mean what they seem to mean? Did I get it completely wrong? If I did, I have a lot of company. The Republicans have not reacted well to Bush's comments:
[C]onservative opponents of a Senate immigration bill supported by Mr. Bush reacted furiously to the president's suggestion that they are resorting to scare tactics by using the word "amnesty" in referring to the measure that would allow millions of illegal aliens to remain in the United States.Apparently, we all took Bush wrong. Turns out Bush meant something completely different, and never meant to attack the Republicans:
"He was surprised by the reaction," [Tony] Snow said of Mr. Bush's speech in Glynco, Ga., last week. "The speech in Georgia was, 'We've got a serious problem and we need to fix it.' It was not in any way designed to be pointed at Republicans."Heh. Silly me. h/t: Michelle.
JFK Terror Plot Suspect Implicates Trinidadian Radicals
Court documents show that one of the accused JFK plotters caught in Trinidad has implicated a Trinidadian black Sunni Muslim organization in the plot:
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) - A Trinidadian suspect in an alleged plot to ignite a fuel pipeline feeding New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport once belonged to a radical Islamist group here, a spokesman for the group said.One of the other men arrested, Abdel Nur, reportedly cited a much more recent meeting:
Kala Aki Bua said Wednesday that 56-year-old Kareem Ibrahim cut his ties to Jamaat al Muslimeen in the late 1970s. He repeated the group's denial of any connection to the suspects who allegedly traveled to Trinidad and Tobago to seek the group's blessing and support
But according to the documents, Nur said he met in May with the group's leader, Yasin Abu Bakr, at his compound and the Islamic leader suggested that he return later with others involved "to discuss the plan in detail."
Twoofer "Journalist" Found Guilty of Assaulting Cop
9-11 Nutbar 'journalist' and former mayoral candidate (!) Chris Bollyn was arrested near Chicago back in August after an unmarked police car traveled by his home. Being the paranoid nutcase that he is, Bollyn called 9-11 on the car.
Three cops arrived at his home and found him drunk and belligerent. They tried to calm him down and reassure him that they were no threat, but Bollyn was yelling at them and even threatened to "get the militia to take them down." The police advanced on him (as this was a threat), a wrestling match ensued along with a tasing, and Bollyn was apprehended.
Of course, he claims his 9-11 Twoofer views were the 'real' reason he was being prosecuted, that the police used unwarranted 'brutality,' etc. A jury disagreed and sentenced him to a year in jail for aggravated assault and resisting arrest.
This is what passes for a credible professional in the Twoofer movement. Sometimes, you just gotta laugh.
More on the ongoing antics of this prominent Twoofer nutcase here - just keep scrolling.
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My Call to Senator Cornyn's Office
I called Senator Cornyn's office today. I was able to get through using the pro-amnesty hotline. In any event, I asked for the Senator's position on the bill now that his amendment failed and Ted Kennedy's amendment passed by a huge margin.
The very nice young lady who answered the phone provided me with the following information:
STAFFER : "Senator Cornyn does not support amnesty."The next thing I heard on the line--and I shit thee not--was a recorded voice with the following message:
ME : "President Bush, Senator Kennedy, Senator Specter, Senator McCain and Senator Kyl also oppose 'amnesty.' Can I conclude from this that Senator Cornyn is in agreement with these individuals as to amnesty?"
STAFFER : "No. Senator Cornyn is definitely not in agreement with those Senators."
ME : "How is his position different?"
STAFFER : "Well, Senator Cornyn does not support any bill that repeats the mistakes of the 1986 bill."
ME : "Well, OK, then. What were the mistakes of the 1986 bill?"
STAFFER : "The 1986 bill was amnesty."
ME : "OK... that's a just little bit circular. How is this bill different from the 1986 bill?"
STAFFER : "Can I transfer you to someone in our office more familiar with this bill?"
ME : "Yes, thank you. That would be wonderful."
STAFFER: "Hold please."
"ADIOS."Has anyone else had this experience? Was this something from the Senate switchboard? A message from the pro-amnesty hotline? Wierd.
London Olympic Logo Sucks
Ok so here is the new logo for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Via BBC:That sounds like a good game. Send in your suggestion to Howie and I'll slap er up here. I have a couple to start us off with.
The new logo, which cost £400,000 to develop, has also been heavily criticised and more than 38,000 people have signed an online petition to have it scrapped.
The BBC News website invited users to send in suggestions for alternative logos, and has so far received more than 500.
Update: More image(s) below the fold.
Via Pillage Idiot
Demonstrations and Armed Conflict Break Out in South Yemen
Demonstrations and armed conflict in Southern Yemen are heightening fears of growing instability in the impoverished nation, already battling a Shiite insurgency in the North.
On May 22, as Yemen marked the 17th anniversary of the unification of the Arab Republic (YAR, North Yemen) and the People’s Democratic Republic (PDRY, South Yemen), demonstrators throughout the South protested against the government. A large rally held in Mukalla (Hadhramout governorate) drew participants from neighboring cities. Protesters marched in Lahj, Aden and Abyan raising black flags. Marches and demonstrations are continuing.
Under the leadership of a former Southern military commander, Sa’eed Al-Shahtor, hundreds of armed former southern military personnel are blockading a main through fare between Shabwa and Abyan governorates. Security forces have been unable to regain control of the area and fighting for control of the road has been ongoing.
On June 3 thousands of demonstrators in al-Dhalie, "denounced the repeated violations and abuse practiced against citizens in the province," the opposition weekly al-Sahwa reported. Yemen's security forces opened fire over the heads of the marchers in an failed effort to disburse the crowd. On June 4th retired southern soldiers held a peaceful demonstration in Aden.
Yemen has experienced marked instability since September’s 2006 presidential election, In the northern Sa'ada province, about 60,000 soldiers have been embroiled in a raging war with about 1000 Zaidi Shiite rebels since January. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled the fighting, and many are without shelter, food, water, and medical care. In the South, tensions that have been brewing for years have begun to flare.
The 1990 unification of Yemen brought together 2 million southerners with 12 million northerners in what was supposed to be a democratic power sharing arrangement. However, since Yemen's 1994 civil war, the country is ruled by a cabal of northern military and tribal elite that deploys the terminology of "democracy" while excluding authentic participation and precluding economic and political reform. With corruption rampant, the regime has been dubbed "a kleptocracy."
After the 1994 civil war, several hundred thousand Southern and Eastern military officer and soldiers were illegally discharged from the armed forces. Their pensions are at less than a susten