January 31, 2008
On "Holding Your Nose" and Voting
I just e-mailed this to some friends, and I thought I'd share it with you.
It's always a "hold your nose vote" when you vote. It's the nature of the 2 party system. So don't sweat it.
What's funny is the way we idealize the past, like every one paying homage to Reagan. We remember all the stuff that he did that we loved, but then forget all the selling out he did.
Original amnesty plan? Reagan.
Raise taxes on SS? Reagan.
The point is not to demean Reagan, it's to bring a reality check to our own thinking. Reagan only seemed like an inspirational revolutionary because of the time he was living in. From an objective point of view, Romney seems more conservative than Reagan.
The only differences are the times we're living in. Under the shadow of the Soviet Empire and strangled by 50 years of New Deal economics Reagan certainly seemed revolutionary. But we've been living under the reality of Reagan for the past 25 years now. All our candidates, including McCain, are Reaganites. Hell, that's what Obama meant when he said Reagan was a transformative figure. Even Bill Clinton declared that the era of Big Government is over.
McCain isn't nearly as bad as every one makes him out to be in my mind. McCain-Feingold? Bleh. What did it do, really? Not. A. Thing.
Closing Gitmo? No big deal. So we send the bad guys somewhere else. May even be necessary in the way that so many stupid PR moves are necessary.
My biggest problem with McCain is the immigration thing. But, like I said, that's just so Reaganesque of him to want to grant amnesty to millions of illegals.
So that leaves Romney. And as far as I can tell, the biggest problem with Romney is that he's Mormon. Which is less revealing about Romney than it is about our own prejudices. The kind of prejudices we don't even want to admit that we have. And I think those prejudices are slowly falling to the wayside as they are revealed to our conscience mind.
I'll be honest with you guys, I voted for McCain in the 2000 primary. If I had to do it over, I'd support him in a minute. Let's not forget that the real force behind McCain/Kennedy wasn't McCain....it was George W. Bush. And McCain's biggest selling point still is that he would have fired Rumsfield much earlier. Which, if you'll recall, I also called for and took a lot of flack for it.
But that brings us back to Romney. He's George Bush, only articulate, and without his two major flaws: he'll fire incompetents and he's not nearly as compassionate (I hope).
To be honest, I don't know why Romney is second choice for conservatives. Duncan Hunter was a joke from the start--no sitting member of the House has ever been elected President---not in over 100 years! Hell, when John Hawkins told me he was on the Hunter campaign, I was like, are you serious?
And Fred was, well, Fred was great but that was then this is now.
No need to hold nose to vote for Romney. He's the best choice. McCain? Yeah, well after the immigration fiasco I'd have to hold my nose to vote for him. It was a lot easier in 2000 when he seemed much less compassionate than Bush.
But that was between Bush and McCain. Knowing what I know now about both of them, I'll take Romney over either.
Just remember, politics isn't religion. Voting for someone other than Reagan or Jesus doesn't make one dirty or a sinner. The alternative to having candidates who don't perfectly reflect our preferences is a multi-party parliamentary system. And if you want that, move to France.
Iraqi Motorcycle Dynamic Duo Gets PWN3D By Roadblocks
Obviously, they must be thinking ... ... ... I don't what the hell they're thinking.
the most liberal member of the Senate "Change"
Another Democrat who's all style, and negative substance.
ht: Hot Air
Answering A Question
Vinnie, why do you let greyrooster push you around? that racist idiot is back, howling like Sadr, and you're just pretending like there's nothing to see!
Commenting does not equal pushing me around. Greyrooster does not impact my normal life in any way, shape, matter, or form.
Look, Greyrooster is an old, broken down drunk crank. All he has left is his own miserable, hateful existence, and his ability to comment here.
Besides, he can't read what we say about him in our Sandcrawler Google group. Nor does he know just what is happening with his home address and phone number.
So, I pretty much just ignore his comments.
Welcome back, Richard.
DNC Appoints Imam Malik Mujahid
Updated with more links...
Earlier I was wondering why Kucinich was courting the Islamic vote then I read this at " LGF
The Democratic National Committee, Chaired by Howard Dean, has appointed Pakistan-born Imam Malik Mujahid,founder and President of Chicago-based Islamic teaching materials distributor "Sound Vision Foundation"
There appears to be alot of background gathered on this fellow a year after 9/11. "SoundVision" supported "Clear Guidance." If my memory serves me right sasjamal of Islamic Network(he paid his bill.) was operator of the forum at Clear Guidance whom Charles once said:
"self-described as a "resource guide for Muslim American teenagers,” where Muslim kids traded decapitation videos and jihad talk.
Interesting people the DNC are bringing on board. Not only are they "naive"? but they are dangerously stupid. Charles has it detailed here. and here The web of American Bloggers and the Terrorists they Facilitate by Rusty
Mujahid (left) participates in a CAIR demonstration in Chicago. Mujahid is a very active member in the Illinois chapter of CAIR.
Image h/t Pat Dollard
Reporters Might Be Threatened, Quick, Arrest Somebody
This just in from the Reporters Without Borders website [emphasis added]:
30.01 - Italy: threatening letters sent to five Italian dailies A letter containing two bullets and a message with death threats was left at the headquarters of the Il Giornale newspaper on 11 January. It was addressed to former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the newspaper’s owner, and ended with the words “Allah is great.” A letter containing a single revolver bullet was received on 28 January at the Northern League daily, La Padania. It was accompanied by a letter proffering threats against the Northern League’s leader, Umberto Bossi, and also ended with the words “Allah is great.”Oh, I get it. When journalists feel threatened, they want an immediate investigation. When they don't, they want to sabotage ongoing, secret efforts by western governments (especially if the western government is headed by a Republican).
The La Repubblica daily has reported on its website that it, too, received a letter containing a bullet and death threats yesterday. It was addressed to the newspaper’s managing editor, Ezio Mauro. Similar letters addressed to the managing editor of the Corriere della Sera, Paolo Mieli, and to the managing editor of the business daily Il Sole 24 Ore, also containing bullets and threatening messages, were intercepted during the night of 28 January at a mail sorting centre.
Reporters Without Borders voices its concern about these threats and urges the authorities to pursue investigations aimed at identifying those responsible.
Well, I don't know. We don't want to rush into an investigation like a bunch of cowboys, now. Could take some time to make sure we aren't trampling any terrorists' rights here, y'know. Guess we could put Barney on it. Deputy Fife!
Don't worry, Barney will coordinate with Inspector Clouseau.
Online GIMF Jihadi Had Thousands of Propaganda Videos
Wait, you mean that after watching thousands of hours of jihadist propaganda, that one might actually be tempted to become a terrorist?
Said Namouh, known by the online jihad community as "Nashraf", was the Canadian face of the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), a group we've been keeping tabs on for some time. While not officially a front for al Qaeda, GIMF independently produces videos in support of the global jihad in a variety of languages. The group also raises money for al Qaeda.
The national security squad of the RCMP seized thousands of explicit terrorist videos from Saïd Namouh's computer after he was arrested in Quebec on a charge of conspiring to detonate an explosive.As we've noted over and over again, Mohammed Mahmoud is a known online associate of Charlotte, North Carolina blogger Samir Khan. How do we know?
The 34-year-old Moroccan-born permanent resident of Canada allegedly planned with Mohammed Mahmoud, 21, an Austrian, and other people whose names have not been made public, to detonate an explosive in a public place "to cause death, serious injury or massive destruction."
Democratic Rep Dennis Kucinich courting Muslim vote
He is still around? This is dated today the 31st.....hmmm Maybe they liked the "importance"? of the title thingy to garner votes for? (I am not up on who he endorses since he has dropped out)
"Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich is planning to speak today to Muslims after Friday prayers at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan. The mosque is one of the biggest in the country and usually attracts about 1,000 worshippers (is that all?.ed) for Friday afternoon prayers."
"Kucinich is also scheduled to meet today with Arab Americans at New Yasmeen Bakery in Dearborn."
Good thing he isn't meeting at "Your Black Muslim Bakery", their "sweets" are pretty potent.
According to this article it looks like he wont be supporting another Democratic Presidential candidate.....teh and no I didn't add the 'boobies."
All in for Romney
Time to stop whining about McCain, and start pitching in for Romney. Last night's debate should have sealed the deal.
The Left has their "netroots", and they're all in for Obama. Just go check out Kos if you don't believe me. Supporting one Republican candidate over another isn't going to kill us. Kos' numbers certainly aren't hurting.
It's time for us on the Right to stop analyzing why McCain is wrong, and start lending Romney a helping hand. Put up or shut up time.
Here's where you go to give to the Romney campaign.
As a native Californian, I'll give Mitt the last word.
UPDATE: I'd say something about great minds thinking alike, but this is Wuzza we're talking about here. And me. So, mediocre minds thinking alike.
Either that or their collective balls go by the nicknames "Teeny" and "Tiny".Wuzza is being facetious, but so what? He's right.
Challenge to true conservative power bloggers: Put up some Romney banners in your sidebars, you know, the kind that visitors can click through in order to donate money and volunteer time to the Romney campaign. Let your visitors know that you're behind Romney 1000%. It couldn't hurt, right?
Of course, he's the first blogger I've ever seen with a McCain banner. Nevertheless, there it is. Time to show Romeny you support him, not just hate McCain.
Thanks to Hot Air's link thingy.
Yeah, But You're Still a Bunch of Dirtbags
I'm not sure if the argument ever was that the folks running the Oakland Airport had broken laws in denying airport facilities access to soldiers returning from Iraq. I think that point is that you guys are a bunch of dirtbags for doing so.
Typical CYA bullcrap.
Missile Targets "High-Value" Al Qaeda Terrorist (Update: Abu Laith al-Libi Dead!)
The news is buzzing about the missile strike in Pakistan aimed at an "high value" target of alQaeda. Time will tell who was killed in the strike. Will wait for official word of who went to meet their gatekeeper...da devil.
It appears US Officials think Adam Gadahn is a piece of sh*t when including him in their statement..
"Gadahn my be recognized by all of you, but he is really not as high up on the food chain in alQaeda and not that important."I guess Adam won't be pleased with this comment and we should be hearing from him "soon" once his pink eye clears up. More at ABC News.
Update by Howie: It is thought that this air strike has killed Abu laith al-Libi!!!!
Via Reuters:Ahmed Aziz, a 70-year-old resident, told Reuters that the militants also stopped villagers from attending the funerals, which was a sign that those killed were all foreigners.
"When local people die, they don't stop anyone from attending their funerals," Aziz said.
Tribesmen in the area said a deputy of Abu Laith al Libi, a senior al Qaeda leader, had been staying there and was among the dead, according to the intelligence official.
"The latest information we have from the area is that a second-in-command to al Libi was among those killed," he said.
Update II : Now confirmed by postings on Ekhlaas terrorist forum!Ynet Via Lawhawk:
A leading al Qaeda member in Afghanistan, Abu Laith al-Libi, has been killed, a website often used by the group and other Islamists said on Thursday.Update III: Cnn says Washington has confirmed!
A banner on the Ekhlaas.Org site said Libi had fallen as a martyr, without giving further details.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A senior al Qaeda terrorist active in operational planning and training has been killed, a Western official said Thursday.Update IV by Bluto: The Associated Press reports:
He identified the terrorist as Abu Laith al-Libbi.
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - One al-Qaida's top commanders in Afghanistan and a key liaison with Taliban, Abu Laith al-Libi, was killed according to a Web site used by militant groups.That "martyrdom" consisted of being exterminated like a cockroach as a missile struck the safehouse in which al-Libi cowered:
"We congratulate the Islamic nation for the martyrdom of the sheik, the lion, Abu Laith al-Libi," said the banner which appeared in a section of the Web site reserved for affiliated militant groups and is not open to public posting.
One intelligence official in the area, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a the bodies of those killed were badly mangled by the force of the explosion and it was difficult to identify those killed. The official estimated 12 people were killed, including Arabs, Turkmen from central Asia and local Taliban members.Taliban flambeé au jus. Excellent.
Update V by Howie: An official statement has been released on Ekhlaas. I have the googlish below the fold. It appears to be a scolding for letting information be leaked that led to al-Libi's death.
Like they say, loose lips sink ships.
OrNew al-Qaida Tape
About the martyrdom of the leader struggling
Sheikh / Abu Zuhri Libyan - accepted by God in the martyrs --
(Do not think those killed in the name of Allah dead, but alive with their Lord, well) Al Omran 169
Praise be to God and then thank God, thank God for what had estimated, and thank God chosen by the Nation of Islam superior honour Jihad in the process and then raising and collecting people's hearts and make them hands on the good and supported his support.
Among those Sheikh Mufdhal gallant and heroic and brave Americans Sheikh / Abu Zuhri Qasimi Libyan which bled the nation of Islam to the news of his martyrdom with a group of brothers on the wealthy Pakistan Muslim - her God out of apostate and his clique -.
We hemorrhage of the nation as news of the martyrdom of Sheikh am happy eternity including Sheikh and earned the certificate in the name of Allah, and I am saddened by the loss and that the only legacy left over Sheikh would not only Ahja Bali and burn the enemies of religion and creed, in detail, the path of brothers who joined the march of jihad, and how supervised the preparation camps, and how the rational and plans almost to the enemy and the most sophisticated manipulations, and led the battles of glory and your parents strongholds of the infidels and weakens the resolve of its soldiers, even elevated as a martyr, God seems AD.
We say to the nation and the army of the infidels Red nation does not die, I only killed, and killing our guide on the health of our approach, and Vkdotna Mchaikhna killed in the first grade fixed Sabrin impetus saying of the poet:
We are not Stubs bleeding Klomna *** but our feet towing blood
The Mchaikhna and our leaders are always in the first row of such great benefit of the Muslim nation, and they like to follow the best science work, or fail on the need of God, and are not supporting their nation, I heard horror Lahee'ah or PC to fight with their soldiers and their men, and live with the pain and walk on their bodies and their blood achieved victory, God willing.
Also call upon all brothers to jihad and urged his family not to publish any news reaches them not confirm or dissemination formally by the competent authorities of this, especially regarding the leaders and elders, and their responsibilities in order to march Jihad, and any news not sponsored hand official saying from the information known is contested credibility even prove the contrary, up from Concerned stress this, do not be with the enemy against us.
(If came to them is the fear of security or if Rdoh broadcasting by the Prophet and the first of them is to learn who Istnbtonh whom it not Fadlallah mercy to you and ye little devil women) 83
I am God and to Him we return I
The womb COLLEGE father, Sheikh Al Qassimi and accepted by the brothers in the group of martyrs
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Happy 2nd Blogiversary to Black Flag
We appreciate all the support he's given. Thanks Black Flag, keep up the good fight.
Ha! thought we weren't lookin didn't you ;-)
Samir Khan, aka inshallashaheed, the al Qaeda supporter in Charlotte, NC who prayed to Allah that Rusty and his family would be terrorized, seems to be having a bad day.
Hat Tip: R.J.
Radical Muslim is the Sh*t
Yousef al=Khattab says this image is property of angel fire. I want to know why the angel fire name "isn't" on the image.
Good News: You May Die This Coming Sunday
File this under "Hump Day Overnight Stupid." Even though it's well beyond stupid.
NEW YORK - For rabid fans of the New York Giants and New England Patriots, this Sunday's Super Bowl won't be just a game. It may be a health hazard. Heart attacks and other cardiac emergencies doubled in Munich, Germany, when that nation's soccer team played in World Cup matches, a new study reports.
Meanwhile, in related news, other studies have shown that there's a 100% chance of dying from death.
These "studies" both amuse and repulse me. Because, let's face it, even if you followed religiously the ten or so "health warnings" issued every single day in the media, it isn't going to save you when you inadvertently step off the curb into the path of an oncoming bus.
Enjoy your life while you have it. What was it someone said in a movie? "Every man dies, not every man really lives."
January 30, 2008
Official Gay Curricula in Brit Schools Announced
As a timely warmup to next month's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month celebration, the British Department of Children, Schools and Families has issued a new policy to combat homophobia in the education system. Apparently, homosexuality is now considered to be a race and homophobia is racism.
Announced today by Schools Secretary Ed Balls (pic), the new policy includes the following:
1) Teachers don't assume that students have a "mum and dad,"
2) Teachers indoctrinate students on the idea of same-sex couple,
3) "Parents" should replace "mum and dad" in correspondence to students' homes,
4) Classes on marriage should include civil unions and gay adoption rights,
5) Children who call classmates "gay" are to be tagged as racists under the zero tolerance crackdown.
Emphasis will also be focused on "apparently" homosexual figures from history "including Leonardo da Vinci, Oscar Wilde and James Dean.""It is important for all staff to challenge pupils, explaining the consequences of using 'gay' in a derogatory way.
"It might be time-consuming at first, but a consistent 'zero-tolerance' approach to such language is central to achieving progress and an environment in which being gay is not thought of as being inferior."
It adds: "Schools need to make it clear to pupils that homophobic comments are as serious as racist comments, and homophobic incidents are as serious as other forms of bullying."
Teachers should use every curriculum subject to nip discriminatory attitudes in the bud.
English lessons for teenagers, for example, could focus on the emotions of the gay Italian soldier Carlo in Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
6) Boys should not be told to "be a man,"The new agenda for schools was prepared by the gay rights group, Stonewall, in conjunction with the lobbying group Education Action Challenging Homophobia.
7) Boys should not be accused of behaving like a "bunch of women,"
8) Schools should encourage homosexual role models among teachers, parents and governors,
9) After consulting the head teacher, homosexual teachers should discuss their private lives in class,
10) Children aged four to seven should be taught about "different family structures,"
11) Teachers should talk inclusively about homosexual parents to kids aged 11 to 14.
Jawa & Cyber "Vigilantes" in the News: Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta
Congratulations to my good friend and colleague Dr. Rusty Shackleford. He's now, or will soon be, a household name in Australia. As will Aaron of Internet Haganah,
whose link I can't find at the moment. (thanks, Wishbone)
Which, coincidentally, is where I'm evaluating property* in case McCain wins the nomination.
UPDATE by Rusty: Here's a little excerpt. The author mentions he was watching us when we took down a number of Taliban websites. He even timed us. How good are you guys? Five Taliban websites pwned, 30 minutes.
When the dust had cleared and the bodies counted, 35+ Taliban websites were gone. To quote Kool Moe Dee, how ya like me now?:
One online counter-insurgent who has successfully tracked extremist sites for the past four years told NEWS.com.au like many Western forums the extremist discussions include sharing secrets on how to pirate anything from operating systems to mobile ring-tones.More excerpted below. I'm still not fond of the vigilante rap, but I think in the case of this particular author that he meant no harm.
But the vigilante – a US resident who wishes to be identified only as “Rusty” – said the most common software discussed were image, sound and video editing applications – the sort used to produce propaganda with high production values.
“The quality of the videos and the propaganda is just so much better than it was two years ago,” Rusty said. “They’re savvy - cyber-savvy.”
In one 30-minute period NEWS.com.au tracked five websites used by the Taliban in Afghanistan being shut down following their unmasking by vigilantes.
As Fred Fry notes, I guess that makes you all Assistant Vigilantes.
Rusty said the extreme content of the early beheading videos had outraged him so much he started using his computer skills to do something about it.
But he said most of the people distributing jihadi content were not cave-dwelling terrorists but more likely to be traditional Gen Y digital natives searching for the latest films and music.
“These are usually middle-class kids, usually young men, sitting at a computer somewhere… typically in Western Europe or more developed parts of North Africa or the Middle East,” he said.
“They’ve got time and money on their hands, and they do this all day long.”
*Well, sort of. I'm really looking at some of the uninhabited islands that dot the South Pacific in the vicinity of Australia.
I Got My Bell
Gonna take you to hell!
War Porn + AC/DC = Auto Post
Hat Tip: Garduneh.
Another Incident On Air Canada Flight to Heathrow
Passengers on a Heathrow-bound flight have given dramatic accounts of the moment its co-pilot had to be forcibly removed from the cockpit after suffering a mental breakdown 30,000ft over the Atlantic.According to this UKpress story this happened on January 28th.
The first officer began shouting, crying and "invoking God" whilst at the controls of the Air Canada Boeing 767, and was restrained by other crew members and a passenger who was an off-duty member of the Canadian armed forces.
He then had his wrists and ankles bound in front of stunned travellers and was handcuffed to a seat whilst flight AC848 from Toronto diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland for him to be taken off the plane and into a waiting ambulance.
The aircraft was less than an hour from London when the first officer began "acting in a peculiar manner and talking loudly to himself", according to one source.
An Air Canada flight from Toronto to Heathrow made an emergency landing in Ireland after the co-pilot became ill in the cockpit, an airline spokesman has said.As you may recall, a youtube was uploaded about a December 6th 2007 incident of apparent panic on the same flight.
The flight diverted to Shannon early on Monday morning.
From the youtube description: I don't know what happened here. But this happened on my Air Canada plane ride to London, England in December 6th, 2007 from Toronto.So the question remains. What did provoke the first person to lose it? And now a similar episode on the same flight, same airline with a co-pilot?
At 3:15 sec he says "f'in white people". I personally believe that another passenger somehow provoked or encouraged this persons paranoid behaviour.
It seems that Air Canada flights to Heathrow are either extremely unlucky or something is up?
Canadian Jihad Supporter Calls for Attacks in Canada
Salman Hossain, a "Bangladeshi-Canadian" living in Toronto and member of the University of Toronto Muslim Association has been posting messages on the internet calling for attacks on Canadian soldiers.According to the National Post article here what he has done is incite terrorism but no charges have been filed.
Police have advised the Bangladeshi-Canadian that he is under investigation for incitement and facilitating terrorism after he repeatedly called the killing of Canadian troops in Canada "legitimate" and "well deserved."Salman Hossain also has a Youtube account here. He is a twoofer, believing that 911, Madrid and the &/& London tube bombings were not terrorist attacks but rather inside jobs done at the bidding of our, "jewish masters".
No charges have been laid, but counterterrorism officers are apparently taking it seriously, and the case has set off a debate inside government over where to draw the line between free expression and incitement.
Here's another quote from his online activities.
In addition, he singles out Jews, writing: "When do I get to shoot a few Jews down for attempting to blow up dozens of mosques in America right after 9-11 why f---ing target the Americans when the Jews are better?"
Darcy and I were chatting and this guy sounds very familiar. I'm sure he is quite active in the online online Jihad. Darcy requests that if we have more information on Salman Hossain's online activities we share them. Everyone feel free to post more info in comments or email Howie. We'll pass along to Darcy.
The Daniel Pearl Standard by Judea Pearl
Judea Pearls commentary in WSJ is an excellent article and deserves for all of it to be read! God Bless him.
The following are some paragraphs taken from article, and again please read it all. His death has touched and haunted untold number of decent human beings. It showed the horror and evil of our enemy.
"This week marks the sixth anniversary of the murder of my son Daniel Pearl a reporter for this newspaper. It is a fitting occasion to step back and reflect on what the tragedy has taught us."Judea Pearl goes on to speak about how MSM has used propaganda of terrorist organizations and reported as truth.
"The shocking element in Danny's murder was that he was killed, not for what he wrote or planned to write, but for what he represented--America, modernity, openness, pluralism, curiosity, dialogue, fairness, objectivity, freedom of inquiry, truth and respect for all people. In short, each and every one of us was targeted in Karachi in January of 2002
"Journalists today are pressured to serve the ideologies of those who pay their salaries or those who supply them with sources of information. CNN's admission, in 2003, that concealed information about the Iraqi regime in order to keep its office in Baghdad is a perfect example of this pressure. In the recent Gaza chaos, Western news agencies have willingly reported Hamas propaganda stunts as truth."Rest of "The Daniel Pearl Standard."
More Proof That Life is not a Movie
A former model who headed a glamor bodyguard company in Russia was killed trying to prevent her Porsche from being carjacked:
Russia's most famous female bodyguard Anna Loginova has been killed after failing to prevent her own Porsche being carjacked.Sadly, she seems to have believed her own press and paid for that belief with her life. And, of course, having her own car stolen like this would have been very bad for business.
The glamorous 29-year-old died from head injuries after clinging on to the door handle and being dragged along the street at high speed as the car screeched away.
Movies, television shows, and role-playing games all seem to giving women the message lately that size doesn't matter, that a 110 pound woman who takes a few jiu-jitsu lessons can foil a 220 pound male criminal. The laws of physics disagree.
Loginova promoted her company with cheescake shots like this one.
Al-Qaeda to Britain..Leave Iraq and Afghanistan
As was noted earlier here the announcement of Al-qaeda in Britain at a extremist website associated with al Qaeda. They issued a statement in an open forum threatening retaliation unless Britain leaves Iraq and Afghanistan. Remove all Muslim captives from Belmarsh high security prison. Radical clerics Abu Qatada (in the prison estate) and Abu Hamza al-Masri who is awaiting extradition to the US are among those whom alQaeda want "immediate release.. The statement was signed by "Sheikh Umar Rabie al-Khalaila. Sheikh eh?...ed
From Times UK
"If the British government fails to respond to our demands within the last day of March 2008, then the martyrdom seekers of the Organisation of al-Qaeda in Britain will target all the political leaders, especially Tony Blair and Gordan (sic) Brown."
"All embassies, crusader centres and their interests throughout the country will be targeted.
According to SITE Intelligence Group:
"The authenticity of the statement could not be verified and was posted on an open section instead of the usual closed forums normally used by alQaeda."
Britain appears to appease those who demand sharia law and punish those who dare to speak out about Islam....Sand can turn to quicksand if one doesn't get their head out of it.
The reason this article "caught" my eye besides the obvious was the statement of the writer following the SITE Institute paragraph....
"the respected Jamestown Foundation."
Is the author stating SITE is not respected? Odd....ed
NY Observer: We Don't Want to Get You Killed by Terrorists, So We Won't Publish Your Address (Oh, but here's how one would find your address should one be so inclined!)
Wow. Just wow. Muckraking at the New York Observer these days just aint what it used to be. The article is about how Ali Soufan, an ex FBI agent who interrogated bin Laden's bodyguard and who led the USS Cole investigation, has the nerve to buy a large and expensive house.
The author, Max Abelson, respects Soufan's wish not to mention his address and his neighborhood, but then does go out of his way to mention just how he did a public records search in order to find it.
Yet city records show that he and his wife just paid $1.7 million for a new Manhattan apartment, and the deed has the address in large capital letters....Brilliant!
“I would greatly appreciate you not mentioning my address, for security reasons,” he said. Why? “When you write something, we don’t know who’s reading it. I’m worried about the bad people, the evildoers.” ....
So would it be O.K. to at least mention his Manhattan neighborhood? “You know the enemy we’re dealing with, I have to be very careful,” he said. “It’s the safety of my family; the safety of my neighbors; the safety of everybody I know.”
Stable Ho Correction, make that Jane Ho.
Say it isn't so! Moderate Muslim Group Provides Route to Terror
It's too shocking to believe. I won't. I can't. The very thought that moderate recruits would actually believe Islamist rhetoric about how the mujahideen are the good guys and Western countries are the bad guys, and then acting on that belief would become terrorists? The logic boggles the mind.
THE Islamic group accused of trying to seize control of Sydney's Sefton mosque is part of a movement described as a recruiting ground for al-Qa'ida in a new terrorism intelligence report.I dug up the Stratfor report cited in the article. Several paragraphs are devoted to describing the TJs as much more moderate than their Salafi or Wahabbi competition. The group is castigated by Salafs for publicly denouncing armed jihad. So, what becomes of some of these moderate Muslims?
The group attempting the takeover has members who follow the Tablighi Jamaat stream of Islam, described this week bythe private US intelligence group Stratfor as an "indirect line to terrorism".
Members of the Tablighi movement have recently been linked to a terrorist cell in Spain that was planning a bomb attack in Barcelona.
During a series of raids last week, Spanish police seized bomb-making materials and arrested 14 men who were said to be members of the Tablighi.
The Tablighi Jamaat (TJ) name has come up before in connection with terrorism plots, including the October 2002 Portland Seven and the September 2002 Lackawanna Six cases in the United States, as well as the August 2006 plot to bomb airliners en route from London to the United States, the July 7, 2005, London Underground bombings and the July 2007 attempted bombings in London and Glasgow, Scotland.....Once you start preaching that Allah requires Islamic Law and that there is a Western conspiracy to oppress Muslims, it's only a matter of time before some of your followers come to the inevitable conclusion that blowing up people isn't terrorism, it's self defense.
We have received reports that once the recruits are in Pakistan, representatives of various radical Islamist groups, such as Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, the Taliban and al Qaeda, are said to woo them actively — to the point of offering them military training. And some of them accept the offer. For example, John Walker Lindh — an American who is serving a prison sentence for aiding the Taliban in Afghanistan — traveled with Tablighi preachers to Pakistan in 1998 to further his Islamic studies before joining the Taliban.
Thanks to Stable Hand
Ahmadinejad Embarrased by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei?
From Fox News
"Ahmadinejad was publicly humiliated Monday when Irans's supreme leader smacked down the president's decision not to implement a law supplying gas to remote villages."
Thats a good thing, now some will be able to stay warm. Just when I thought Mahmoud was a "humanitarian", as he always tells everyone, he does this "I don't care if they freeze" piece of legislation. Wonders never cease how someone can become so evil as Mahmoud.
Usama bin Laden's Son makes plea to his Father
Wannabe "Ambassador for Peace" Omar bin Laden made a plea to his father during an interview on an Egyptian Television program.
"Please dad, stop bombing innocents and find another way to reach your goal. Another thing dad, my wife is not a Jew."
Omars wife Zaina Alsabah also stressed (my take) that she was not a Jew during the interview to dispel rumors. Why clarify?
If he is serious about this that's a good thing. I am skeptical though due to the fact Omar is still alive. I will have to wait until all the cards are on the table for show of hands.
The comments on this article at above link are interesting. Some 9/11 twoofers and jokesters.
Why else would Rudy endorse McCain?
Update: McRudy. Heh.
McCain Wins, Romney Concedes
Image stolen from Llamabutchers
UPDATED: Official early vote tallies indicate.
As of 9:48 EDT: Check Florida website for further updates.
McCain: 565,024 = 35.9%
Nail biter! Check back for updates. I'll simply erase old numbers above in lieu of new numbers.
Equal time? Ron Paul: 50,898 = 3.2%
UPDATE: Note to 2% who voted for Fred-- you dumbass purists might have just nominated John McCain. Thanks a lot. UPDATE: Vinnie reminds me that some of these Fredheads may have voted early before Fred dropped out. Makes sense. But I've heard too many Fredheads saying they were still going to vote Fred.
With the number this close, I'm guessing we won't know who won tonight. We'll have to wait until all the absentee ballots are counted. Which means we may not know who won Florida before Super Tuesday?!? What's the rule on absentee voting in Florida? UPDATE: By that I mean, what is the postmarking rule? Do absentee ballots have to be in by today? Or just postmarked by yesterday? Because if the latter, well, it's going to be a long week.
UPDATE: I'm watching Mitt headquarters live. They're playing.... Depeche Mode? Oh, for the love of all that is holy.......
UPDATE: How is it that the CNN numbers are so different from the official numbers at Florida Department of State Division of Elections? When I first noticed that CNN had McCain way up, but that official tally had Romney up I just figured it was a data entry problem with Florida just behind on updating numbers. But it's been half an hour now with Florida constantly updating and Romney still ahead, and CNN constantly updating with McCain still ahead.
Not implying conspiracy here, just wondering where CNN is getting numbers and what is process by which Florida updates its webpage? UPDATE: Florida website finally catching up and showing McCain lead.
I was watching Fox News when they first started to leak the exit numbers, promptly followed by CNN. I thought every one had agreed that it was unethical to start leaking the exit poll numbers before the polls closed?
Just one more reason why I loathe Fox News only slightly less than CNN. MSNBC? That's a whole other level of loathing.
UPDATE: Ace has a good analysis.
Way too close to call.
----------------- Begin Paul bait
Sources tell The Jawa Report that Ron Paul has won Florida!
Ron Paul's victory comes as a shock to the liberal NYC monied cabal that runs the Republican Party. Sources indicate that the Republican Party will falsify Florida returns making it appear that either John McCain or Mitt Romney--both supporters of the Federal Reserve (aka, "The Beast")-- have won the vote.
Be on the lookout for unmarked helicopters, lethargic gators, and unreported disappearances.
Don't let this travesty stand, fight for democracy! We know Ron Paul really won!!
UPDATE: In an update to her post neo-con warmonger and faux conservative Michelle Malkin notes that there is widespread reporting of problems at the polls. And Rush Limbaugh, champion of the liberal establishment, admits to voting twice!
Recount. Recount! Recount!!*
*Yes, I'm just itching for a fight and the best way to start one is to egg on the Paultards.
Arlo Guthrie a "Boobie"?
Ron Pauls campaign has announced that singer, songwriter Arlo Guthrie is backing their lovely candidate Ron Paul.
Arlo Guthrie apparently said he "loves this guy" and that "Dr. Paul" would have signed the Constitution had he been there."
Maybe he was, who knows. h/t Canadian Guy at LGF link thingy.
Just what are they serving at Alice's Restaurant these days?
BTW boobie from Hucbald...er...Angus Dei
The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Can You Hear Me Now? Edition *Fatwas Issued*
*Fatwas Issued* Original post under the fold.
The "i will cut ur neck" fatwa goes to:
Bugler, for Ah ain't noways deaf!
The "devil will do meetballs from your bodies" fatwa goes to:
onetakejake, for you know...if you put your ear up to mine ...you can hear the ocean!!
The "why you insult holly quoran" fatwa goes to:
Smidgen, for Okay, Bill, go ahead, but I don't think aural sex is going to do it for me.
And a special "Achmed" fatwa to, who else, doriangrey for:
Silence....I keeel yooouuu....
WTF is she listening to?
Jawa co-bloggers may issue captions, but we already have our fatwas. I'm tempted to disqualify doriangrey so someone else has a chance, but that's how liberals operate.
Competition, that's where it's at. So bring teh funny.
Nancy The Blinkmaster Wants in Your..
And the Dems are for the little guy?
New York Giants Inspired by Iraqi War Hero.. Video
This is such a fantastic story. From HotAir:
His name is Greg Gadson, and he’s a Lt Col in the US Army. A graduate of West Point and an alum of the Army football team, Gadson lost both of his legs in an IED attack in Iraq back in May. One of his friends from West Point works for the Giants, and the team has adopted him as its inspirational hero as it has made an improbable run through the playoffs all the way to the big game. It sounds like a cliche, but where do we find such men as Lt Col Greg Gadson?""...
Gadson will be on the sidelines in Phoenix for the Super Bowl, but in the video he names the place that he would rather be".
al-Qaeda Car Bombing in Algeria
The police we're able to stop the car from reaching its intended target, but al-Qaeda was still able to murder two innocents, presumably Muslims, and injure 23 more.
Via Yahoo News: Officers opened fire on a vehicle that was speeding toward the local police station in the town of Thenia, some 40 miles east of Algiers. The vehicle exploded short of the building, leaving a 6 1/2-foot-wide crater.Hat Tip: Little Green footballs.
The explosion was the latest in a wave of attacks signaling that Islamic fighters are regrouping in Algeria, where offensives by security forces and government amnesty offers had thinned the ranks of insurgents in recent years.
Meanwhile, a report Tuesday said police arrested four people allegedly involved in planning the most serious recent attack: twin suicide bombings Dec. 11 in the Algerian capital that killed at least 37 people, 17 of them U.N. workers.
Rusty is napping. Go read the above, if you haven't yet.
Canada: Kraft Dinner Eating Surrender Monkeys
I'm not sure what the national food of Canada is. I'm basing the Kraft dinner in the title on The Bare Naked Ladies' "If I had a million dollars". In any event, NATO is pretty much calling Canada out on it's new "let's abandon Afghanistan" policy.
Come on Canada, don't be a bunch of pussies!
Speaking of Canada: Don't quote the Mullahs.
Canada would be the first NATO ally to turn its back on Afghanistan if it pulls troops out in 2009, a spokesman for the military alliance warned today.
Responding to an ultimatum by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Canada would withdraw from Kandahar unless NATO allies supply extra equipment and 1,000 more troops, James Appathurai issued the stark reminder that no country has yet left the International Security Assistance Force mission. He also pointed out that the Dutch have extended their deployment and 10 other countries have announced they will increase their troops in the theatre.
Coalition Forces Target al-Qaeda in Iraq Networks, 18 Suspects Detained
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces detained 18 suspected terrorists today during operations to disrupt al-Qaeda networks operating in central and northern Iraq.
North of Samarra, Coalition forces captured an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq associate responsible for supplying improvised explosive devices and weapons to terrorists operating throughout the region. Reports indicate the suspected terrorist operates between ad-Dawr and Samarra and has ties to senior al-Qaeda leaders throughout those areas. In addition to the wanted individual, the ground force detained four suspected terrorists on site.
Coalition forces detained nine suspected terrorists during continued operations targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq networks in the central regions of the country. North of Baqubah, six suspects were detained while targeting associates of an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq headquarters tied to the suicide attack cells and media networks in the region. In Tarmiyah, Coalition forces targeted the alleged leader of the al-Qaeda in Iraq network operating north of Baghdad and detained two suspects. Southwest of Baghdad, one suspected terrorist was detained during an operation targeting an alleged IED cell leader in Karkh.
Further north in Sharqat, Coalition forces detained an additional four suspected terrorists during an operation targeting the alleged leader of an al-Qaeda in Iraq affiliated insurgent group responsible for attacks on U.S. forces.
“Each capture is another step forward on the path to an Iraq free from al-Qaeda’s violence,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman. “While al-Qaeda is still capable of brutal and spectacular attacks, we are working to dismantle their networks and keep them off balance.”
I guess they think the fact that some IEDs went off and some graves were found are the only newsworthy items. 18 al-Qaeda terrorist captured is not news?
MNF-Iraq via Gateway Pundit:
We have contacted the division with that area of responsibility. They do not have any reports to confirm the media reporting below. If we receive any information to the contrary, we will pass it to you immediately.
MNF-I Press Desk
No wonder the "economy" is bad. They keep saying so. I hope they keep it up. Why? Because to me, now is the time to buy and make moves. Not when all the idiots were blowing bubbles. Now I get both low interest rates and low prices. I bet all those over cautious conservatives are out there now bargain hunting.
Rally Organizers May Face Death Penalty in Yemen
Aden, Yemen: The Public Security Department (PSD) submitted charges against a top opposition leader and an editor to Aden’s prosecutor in connection with a January 13 demonstration at which four protesters were killed when police opened fire on the crowd.
Ayman Mohammed Nasser, editor of Attariq newspaper and Ali Monassar, head of the Yemeni Socialists Party, may face treason charges for organizing the demonstration. The charges carry a potential death penalty. No charges have been filed against the police officers or their commanders in connection with the four deaths.
Ali Monassar, Socialist Party leader in Aden
faces treason charges for organizing a rally
Reliable sources in Aden report many organizers of the festival, which urged national reconciliation, are under investigation. Ali Monassar, who also heads the opposition coalition Joint Meeting Parties in Aden Governorate, refused to attend the investigation at the prosecution office located in Sheikh Othman district.
Editor in Chief of Aden’s Attariq newspaper, Ayman Mohammed Nasser, was subject to three hours of interrogation yesterday by the prosecutor. Nasser denied all accusations.
AOL received information that the charges leveled by the PSD and forwarded to the prosecutor include:
1. Aggression towards the independent of Yemen republic.
2. Threat of security and social stability.
3. Exposing the public transportation to danger.
4. Mischief to private property.
The Yemeni regime attributes the citizens’ deaths to an “infiltrator” who wrested a gun away from a security official and then shot into the crowd. Witnesses however report multiple security personnel were shooting, and video of the protest indicates the shooting lasted several minutes.
Editor Ayman Nasser called before the prosecutor Monday
What a Rip! Jill Stevens Not Crowned Miss America
Our Favorite, Miss Utah Jill Stevens, made the final sixteen but did not win. Instead of naming a strong independent well rounded girl, they picked the one with the baggage. Go figure.
AP via Yahoo News: LAS VEGAS - Just three years ago, newly crowned Miss America Kirsten Haglund was eating tiny portions of food and became so thin her concerned parents "dragged me to the doctor."I searched and searched but no Jill Stevens in bikini images are available. So we'll just have to settle for what we can get. (below the fold)
Haglund was diagnosed with anorexia, and the lack of nutrition caused her collar bones to stick out, her heart rate to drop and her relationships to suffer.
"I would feel fatigued walking up six stairs," the 19-year-old Haglund said Sunday, a day after being crowned Miss America 2008. "I was a completely different person. It's not a pretty sight."
Haglund plans to spend her yearlong reign, trying to raise awareness of eating disorders, promoting the pagaent and helping the Children's Miracle Network while maintaining a healthy lifestyle and exercise.
Click Image of Miss Texas, Molly Hazlet for more!
I know I should have gotten this up yesterday, I'm slipping.
Four Guilty in Plot to Behead Soldier
Four alleged Islamist extremists pleaded guilty today over a plot to kidnap a Muslim member of the Armed Forces from Birmingham City Centre and then behead him "like a pig".
The group, headed by Parviz Khan, a 38-year-old unemployed charity worker, was arrested in February last year during a series of counter-terrorism raids by police.
At the start of the trial of Amjad Mahmood, 33, and Zahoor Iqbal, 31, who deny involvement in the plot, the jury at Leicester Crown Court was told that Khan was "a man who has the most violent and extreme Islamist views", and headed a Birmingham-based network gathering money and equipment to send to Pakistan for the use of "terrorists".
"He was enraged by the idea that there are Muslim soldiers in the British army," Nigel Rumfitt, for the prosecution, said.
The court heard that Khan had decided to kidnap such a soldier with the help of drug dealers operating in Birmingham. The victim was to be seized in a part of the city known for its nightlife and bundled into a car.
"He would be taken to a lockup garage and there he would be murdered by having his head cut off like a pig. This atrocity would be filmed ... and the film released to cause panic and fear within the British armed forces and the wider public," Mr Rumfitt said.
Thankfully this plot was nipped in the bud, but it shows how vital it is to pray for the the protection of our troops, and those of our allies: even when they are home from Iraq or Afghanistan, they can still face battlefields in their own communities.
Morning War Porn: Apache Blitzkrieg
Warning: May be offensive to leftists. Includes images of 'resistance fighters' being killed. By the dozens.
Facebook Defamation in Lebanon
It appears four "youths" in Lebanon have been charged with defamation due to their comments on a female's Facebook page. The article doesn't state "what" the youths said, only "crude and harassing" remarks. Defamation in Lebanon yields a criminal charge.
The female Université Saint-Joseph’s Zahle student complained to the university authorities and was told the manner wasn't their concern. She then complained to Zahle attorney general, Abdullah Bitar whom told her to come back with evidence, which she did ,after monitoring her Facebook site for a couple of weeks. Zahle declared she had enough evidence then charged the youths with criminal activity.
Islamists Get One Right in Turkey
Looks like they're going to lift the ban on head scarves at universities in Turkey. Good for them. It actually makes Turkey a more liberal society if not a more secular one.
Forbidding women from wearing a headscarf is just as oppressive as requiring them to. Liberty is about choice.
Having said that, here's some advice to Turkish women: Don't wear the headscarf. It makes you look fat.
Two major parties in Turkey say they will submit a joint plan to parliament to ease a ban on the Islamic headscarf in universities.Thanks to Fred Fry.
The Islamist-rooted governing AK Party and the nationalist MHP say it is an issue of human rights and freedoms.
The two parties have enough votes in parliament to overturn the constitutional ban on headscarves.
Finally: A Good Reason to Convert to Islam!
Two words baby: temporary marriage. As in, "I wasn't cheating on you, baby. That's just my temporary wife!"
Great arrangement for me. For the temporary wife? Not so much. Especially when the proposed temporary husband has family ties to al Qaeda.
Thanks to Joel.
Need Help: Best Charity for Wounded Vets?
I'm looking for some advice. If you had some cash and wanted to give it to wounded vets returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, what charity would you give it to? I know there are lots of them out there, but if you were forced to pick just one to fund, which would it be?
The Kennedy Nightmare
Actual nightmare I had last night. Really.
I caught Teddy Kennedy trying to molest my 8 year old daughter. I deliver swift justice to Kennedy's forehead. Call the cops. Return to room only to find Kennedy was gone. Forced to go on lamb since DA buys Kennedy's kidnapping/attempted murder story.
Jungian self-interpretation of the dream? Must keep something larger than snub nose .22 in drawer next to bed.
Also, note to self: Stop watching Nancy Grace with wife just before going to bed.
Postcard of Anne Frank in Palestinian Scarf
(The Netherlands) A free postcard which depicts Anne Frank wearing a Palestinian scarf is being distributed throughout the Netherlands as, according to the publisher, "a small work of art which encourages people to reflect on a peaceful solution for Israel and the Palestinians."
Rightfully, opponents are pissed, calling the card "a tasteless rewriting of history" and demanding a halt to its distribution.
The image of Anne Frank with the keffiyeh (the kind of scarf once worn by Yasser Arafat) already existed before the card was made. The artist, who calls himself 'T', 'distributed' the image in the form of graffiti on a number of walls in Amsterdam.So, admittedly it's graffiti and, according to Israel's Ambassador to the Netherlands, Harry Kney Tal, outrageously offensive.
"Anne Frank is an icon of Dutch history. She was killed because she was Jewish. The artist has used this icon and transferred it to the political struggle between Israeli and Palestinians. It's an outrage, I have no other words to describe it."A solution to this controversy has, however, already been suggested. Postcards displaying the Prophet Mohammad wearing a Jewish yarmulka should now be distributed.
"Don't Drop The Soap" Board Game
(Topeka, Kansas) Currently being sold on the Internet is a prison-themed board game called "Don't Drop the Soap." The game is understandably not suitable for children.
The game (image) includes:
- 19" x 19" Don't Drop The Soap™ GameboardCreated by John Sebelius, the 23-year-old son of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, the game sells for $34.99 plus packaging, shipping and handling through this website (contact information listed as the Kansas Governor's mansion).
- 5 Collectible Criminal Tokens
- 7 Decks of Prison Location Cards
- 7 Snap-On Location Icons
- Soap Dish Parole Card Holder
- Deck of Parole Cards
- Stack of Play Cigarettes
- Pair of Dice
- Book of Instructions
Reportedly, the game idea is supported by both John's mother, the Governor of Kansas, and father, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius.
NOW Kicks Teddy in the Nuts
The New York chapter of the National Organization for [some] Women has issued this press release following the Swimmer's endorsement of Barack Obama:
I could almost feel sorry for the Landwhale. Still, there's no mention of Chappaquiddick or the name, "Mary Jo." She was abandoned by Teddy and NOW.
Senator Ted Kennedy Betrays Women by Not Standing for Hillary Clinton for President; Ultimate Betrayal Felt by Women EverywhereALBANY, NY -- January 28 -- Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few. Women have buried their anger that his support for the compromises in No Child Left Behind and the Medicare bogus drug benefit brought us the passage of these flawed bills. We have thanked him for his ardent support of many civil rights bills, BUT women are always waiting in the wings.
And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one). “They” are Howard Dean and Jim Dean (Yup! That’s Howard’s brother) who run DFA (that’s the group and list from the Dean campaign that we women helped start and grow). They are Alternet, Progressive Democrats of America, democrats.com, Kucinich lovers and all the other groups that take women's money, say they’ll do feminist and women’s rights issues one of these days, and conveniently forget to mention women and children when they talk about poverty or human needs or America’s future or whatever.
This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and respect for women’s rights, women’s voices, women’s equality, women’s authority and our ability – indeed, our obligation - to promote and earn and deserve and elect, unabashedly, a President that is the first woman after centuries of men who “know what’s best for us.”
January 28, 2008
The World Is Yours
We, the grease-stained wretches toiling in the belly of the Sandcrawler, would like to bestow upon Mary Katherine Ham an honorary "devil will do meetballs from your bodies" fatwa for being named Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person In The World"
"Worst Person In The World." Only a real fatwa would be better in our eyes.
P.S. About those other fatwas to be issued for the BSCC. I had a busy day, I'll judge that tomorrow.
Why is Pelosi a Compulsive Blinker?
Anybody know? Its soooo distracting. Blink blink blink...blink blink...blink blink blink.
Cheney doesn't blink eveh.
Is she dosed out on something and trying not to pass out? Blink...blink blink blink....blink....blink blink
Yes this is me, live blogging the SOTU. But that woman won't stop blinking, so it is hard to concentrate. I like when half the Congress stands and half sit with their arms crossed.
blink blink.....Arggg, she won't stop!
What is Ted Kennedy reading? A comic book? That's rude. There's Hillary and her permanent smirk.
Update: The Dhimmokrats are not standing for "spreading the hope of freedom"! What?
OMG, is Pelosi grinding her teeth now? Yes!
OMG, not all the Dems are standing for "Defeating the Enemy"! Errr, Hello?
Standing for opposing genocide in Sudan is a good thing, Nancy. Don't hesitate. Stop looking around. Get up first for once. There she goes. Boiiing! Looking very proud of herself, isn't she?
And he's off down the aisle, just a regular guy.
Update: Who is that Democrat woman who looks like David Gregory's twin sister giving the rebuttal? Is she actually reminding me that I'm an American? Ah, the Governor of Kansas...
Separated at birth
Update 2: The answer to the question "Why is Pelosi a Compulsive Blinker?" is: She's a coked-up lizard android liar wearing false eyelashes and contacts in need of a botox fix. blink...blink blink
Thanks to the commenters for the insight. blink
Why I Support Mitt Romney #1: He Gets the Global Jihad
Why do I support Mitt Romney? A number of reasons, but first and foremost is that he gets the global jihad. This is his official policy stance from his website. Does it sound familiar or what? Confronting Radical Jihad:
Jihadism – violent, radical, fundamental Islam – is this century's nightmare. It follows the same dark path as last century’s nightmares: fascism and Soviet communism. Many still fail to comprehend the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam, specifically by those extremists who promote violent Jihad against the United States and the universal values Americans espouse. Yet the Jihad has been with us for some time.The site even has a map of key post-Cold War jihad attacks including the 1992 WTC attacks, the Beslan massacre, and the 1994 attack against a Jewish community center in Argentina.
Radical Islam has one goal: to replace all modern Islamic states with a worldwide caliphate while destroying the United States and converting all nonbelievers, forcibly if necessary, to a fundamentalist form of Islam.
Merely closing our eyes and hoping that Jihadism will go away is not an acceptable solution. U.S. military action alone cannot change the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions of Muslims. In the end, only Muslims themselves can defeat the violent radicals. But we must work with them. The consequences of ignoring this threat – such as a radicalized Islamic actor possessing nuclear weapons – are simply unacceptable. [emphasis mine]
The global jihad, he understands, is a long standing problem. It is not limited to al Qaeda. The global jihad didn't start with 9/11 nor did it start as a result of the Iraq war. It is not what the Democrats claim it is.
Admittedly, John McCain has a sense of the global jihad as well. What McCain doesn't get is that the borders are our first defense against would-be terrorists. No border security, no security.
Mitt gets that the border is an important issue to hawks such as myself. From Romney's website:
The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. has exploded in the last decade from 3 million to over 12 million. We must secure the border, implement an enforceable employer verification system, punish sanctuary cities and reject amnesty if we are to restore Americans’ faith in the rule of law.You think the border isn't related to the global jihad? I'm guessing you haven't hear of Adnan G. El Shukrijumah.
Click the link to the at the top of the page to cruise over to Romney's site and get a feel for his other policy positions. No, they didn't pay me for this-- but they should. Like I said: Romney is crazy rich!
Jihadi Quote of the Day
Posted by a Jihadi on a site often frequented by Islamic extremists asking about the Jihad in Chechnya
I'm really ignorant.Indeed, and honest too! But to answer your question, the Russians are winning.
New Youtube Smackdown Assignments
Click Image for Youtube Smackdown
Jawas have been asked to lend a hand flagging youtubes for this weeks smackdown. After all the help we've gotten from Quoth the Raven, we cannot refuse. Get to flagging and emailing boys and girls. Special attention goes to #1 and #3 smackdowns.
Also see the sister site below, it is dedicated to fighting the Juba series.
Juba Hides in Wrong House
BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers were given a gift when a sniper walked into their control during a small arms engagement in West Rashid, Jan. 22.
“Black Lions,” of Company B, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, were hunting for three men believed to have been firing at them, when two men attempting to flee the cordon entered a house occupied by MND-B Soldiers.
One of the men was positively identified at the scene as a known sniper, while the other is an alleged extremist.
The suspected sniper and extremist were taken to a Coalition Detention Facility for further questions.
This is part of Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers’ on going offensive operations in support of Operation Phantom Phoenix, to kill or capture al-Qaeda and Shia/Sunni extremists to deny them rest and sanctuary in Baghdad and the surrounding rural areas.
Update: Big White Infidel has put up some new posts at Jubasucks, so go read them too.
An American's Video Tribute to ..... al Qaeda?!?!?
Our friend Samir Khan (aka inshallashaheed) has produced this wonderful tribute to the troops. Not our troops, Allah's troops. You know, the good guys: al Qaeda, the Taliban, Chechen Islamists, al Qaeda in Iraq.
If you don't recall who Samir Khan is he's the Charlotte, North Carolina Muslim who supports al Qaeda.
The video is pretty simple and straightforward. It begins with a link to Samir's blog. It then weaves through images of Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, al Qaeda in Iraq, Chechen Islamist rebels, etc. to an English nasheed (Islamic song). Standard stuff.
Video below. If you can stomach it. Can someone remind me how this isn't sedition?
Inshallashshaheed Outted: North Carolina Jihadi in the News
Report: al Qaeda Using Internet to Plan Terror
Website: Soon, The Blessed Invasion of Manhattan-- "Special Gift" for 9/11
The Web of American Bloggers and The Terrorists They Facilitate
For Inshallahshaheed: Rot in Hell you SOB Traitor!!!
Reader Love Mail: From Inshallahshaheed With Love Edition
New GIMF Video: Caravan of Martyrs in Iraq: GIMF's English Propagandist Identified?)
Inshallahshaheed IS Our Bitch
Muslim Blogger Advises: Join, Fund, Blog, and Pray for Terrorists
An American al Qaeda Devotee in New York
American Muslim: "Pray for al Qaeda in Iraq"
American Muslim: California Fires Are Allah's Retribution on Infidels
Look Who Opened a Youtube Account
Hackers PWN British Islamist Website
John McCain's Hispanic Outreach Director is...
...a citizen of Mexico.
Meet Hesham Islam
Who's to blame for the firing of Stephen Coughlin for suggesting that Islam just might be partially to blame for Islamist terror? Meet Hesham Islam.
Midday Sexy Stormptrooper Post
Feel the power of the Dark Side!
Thanks to Locomotive Breath.
US Marines Put Haditha Girl in Hostpital
Vanderbilt Hospital to be exact. There Amina will receive life saving heart surgery. Vanderbilt is offering the surgery for free.
Via NewsChannel5: NASHVILLE, Tenn.- When an international diplomat visits the CEO of a hospital you'd think it would be for a meeting of the minds, but this was a meeting about a heart.Video here.
The Iraqi Ambassador to the United States was in Nashville to visit a 2-year-old Iraqi girl with a serious heart problem.
Amenah has been brave, flying to a new country and preparing for a very complicated operation. Marines brought Amenah to the United States for medical treatment. She would have died in Iraq.
Doctors say she her heart actually sits backwards in her chest, leaving her with a large hole in her heart and arteries located in the wrong places.
According to the MNF-Iraq press release here, The Marines who helped Amenah are from the 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment.
Hat Tip: Dirty Blonde.
The Jawa Report first ran across this story on one of our MNF-Iraq press release posts which we try to run on a semi regular basis.
Update on missing Reno Teen Briana (Brianna) Denison of Reno Nevada DNA result show link to prior rape case
The Reno Police Dept. issued a release today 01/28/07 to confirm a link to a Dec. 07 rape case. The DNA found on the sofa where Brianna had slept matches that case. Lets hope and pray with this new information Brianna will be found.
Denison, a student at Santa Barbara City College, was staying with friends near the University of Nevada, Reno around 4 a.m. Sunday.
"We're treating this as an abduction case right now," Lt. Robert McDonald of the Reno Police Department told FOX News. "A small amount of blood on her pillow is of interest to us."
"Denison is described as white, 5-feet tall, 98 pounds, with long dark brown hair and blue eyes. Investigators say she may have been wearing light blue or pink sweat pants.
"Detectives are looking for a man who dropped off a friend of Denison's at the house where Denison went missing. The subject, described as a 45-year-old white man, drove a beige or light brown Chevrolet or GMC Suburban.
Detectives this morning also discovered that a 2-foot tall brown stuffed bear with white on the belly and multi-color balloons is missing. The bear is believed to be in Denison's possession."
Anyone who may have information on Denison's whereabouts, or who sees the stuffed bear or has information about the driver of the SUV, should call the Reno Police Department at (775)334-2121, or Secret Witness at (775)322-4900."
Reno Gazettte Journal
I apologize.. error for the Journal..fixed
Vinnie pointed out the "amber alert" reason was age...she 19 and their criteria is 17 and under. ..ed
("Rule #4 issued to self..)
"Evidence obtained from the scene of Brianna Denison’s disappearance included DNA genetic samples. After analysis by the Washoe County Crime Lab, a positive link has been established between this case and a Kidnap and Sexual Assault case that occurred at a nearby residence on December 16, 2007 @ 2:05 a.m. The victim in the December case was also the victim of a recent (1/19/08) attempted burglary at her residence in the 1400 block of N. Virginia St. On November 13, 2007 shortly after 5:00 p.m., an unknown suspect sexually attacked a UNR student who was walking to her home in the neighborhood. That case is also being investigated as being possibly connected to those already mentioned."
• Suspect vehicle: Extended cab pick-up truck or SUV, dome light above the windshield, tall enough that it requires a step up to gain entry, floor-mounted console that was described as “fairly skinny” that opens in front, blue and red LED read-out on the radio, cloth seats, automatic transmission. There was a baby shoe on the front seat floor board. There were 8 ½” x 11” white pieces of paper with typing on the floor board of the front seat."
"• Suspect: White male, approximately 28 - 40 years, long face with a square chin, taller than 5’6” but not excessively so, very strong but not with a significantly muscular build, a belly that was described as not excessively large and firm but not flabby, an “innie” belly button, shaved pubic region, a light covering of hair on his arms, no jewelry or a watch, facial hair about a quarter to a half an inch long below his chin and was soft and not prickly as stubble normally is, unknown if he had a mustache, brown head hair of undetermined style, normal speech with no accent or regional dialect, no smoker’s breath, no alcohol, no bad breath, no cologne or after-shave."
Information can discreetly be provided via telephone to the Reno Police Department tip line @ 775-745-3521.
Please visit above link for more information on this...
Sadly, Rusty Was Wrong
On Saturday, Rrrrrrrrrusty (whoops, must be a construction project going on nearby, sorry) accused the Palestinians of faking the apparent size of the bulldozer in this photo:
Rusty manages to get most everything rrrrrrrrrrrright (or an earthquake), but I have obtained secret Israeli photographs proooooooving ttttthat Rrrrrusty got this one wwwwwwwwwrong:
Sooper ssssssekrit "Hammer of Zion" Mega Killdozer:
Double-plussssssss ssssssooper sekrit "Fist of Yahweh" Ultra-Hyper Terrordozer:
Ssssssssooo yyyyyou ssssseee, Rrrrrrrusty wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwas...what the? AAAAAIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!!!!!
We Love Troops vs. God Hates Troops
The Gathering of Eagles protesting the "God Hates the Troops" scumbags from the Westboro Baptist Church near Camp Lejeune, NC--where my father went through Marine Corps training and where he was stationed for active duty. The self-restraint is evident from the fact that the patriots didn't punch the anti-American religious nutbags in the mouth.
McCain's Proposed Tax Hike
Like I've said time and time again: I'm not as down on McCain as most. But this? Sounds like a tax right out of Al Gore's playbook. I had to look up just what the "McCain-Lieberman" tax was. It's a tax on energy.
Romney, rightly so, points out the negative impact such a tax would have:
By our calculation, a family of four would have to spend about an extra $1,000 a year if McCain-Lieberman became law. And again that's because gasoline would rise in price by approximately .50 cents a gallon and natural gas would rise about 20 percent.....Yeah, I know it's a press release, but it's right on the money so I don't feel quite so dirty posting it.
And what's particularly troubling about the bill is that the effect on the global environment would be negligible, and that's because the bill does not require other nations to participate in order for the regulation to be promulgated...
I would note that Senator McCain is noted for three major pieces of legislation. I think all of them were badly flawed. And if somebody wants to know where he would lead the country you simply need to look at the three pieces of legislation with his name at the top. McCain-Feingold has not reduced the impact of money in politics, it has made it worse. McCain-Kennedy is viewed by virtually all as an amnesty bill. And McCain-Lieberman would cost the families of America as much as $1,000 a piece. All three are bills which evidence a lack of understanding of our economy, the very lack of understanding which Senator McCain has admitted on numerous occasions."
Note to Romney camp: please hit paypal button on left for payola. I hear that Mitt is crazy rich!
Getting it Right in Fallujah, Iraq
Totten's latest piece from Iraq.
25 al Qaeda Arrested in Turkey
Since Reliapundit e-mailed about it I'll have you click on over to his site to see the details. I'll just note one thing that he doesn't include in his post:
Three of the suspects, including a Russian national of Chechen origin, were detained in Istanbul. They are believed to have acted as couriers between Al Qaeda militants within Turkey and abroad, the report said.I love it when European lefties try to argue that the jihad in the Russian Caucuses is simply a nationalist struggle when their own propaganda over at Kavkaz Center constantly reminds us that what they are after is a Taliban-like state on the edge of Europe.
Palis Must Consume Half Ton of Flour a Day
Lies, damn lies, and Palestinian statistics! It would be no big deal since thinking people almost never take Palestinian propaganda at face value, but this was run in a Boston Globe editorial today. Martin Kramer notes:
You don't need to be a math genius to figure out that if Gaza has a population of 1.5 million, as the authors also note, then 680,000 tons of flour a day comes out to almost half a ton of flour per Gazan, per day.Read the rest.
A typographical error at the Boston Globe? Hardly. The two authors used the same "statistic" in an earlier piece. They copied it from an article published in the Ahram Weekly last November, which reported that "the price of a bag of flour has risen 80 per cent, because of the 680,000 tonnes the Gaza Strip needs daily, only 90 tonnes are permitted to enter." Sarraj and Roy added the bit about this being "a reduction of 99 percent."
Note how an absurd and impossible "statistic" has made its way up the media feeding chain. It begins in an Egyptian newspaper, is cycled through a Palestinian activist, is submitted under the shared byline of a Harvard "research scholar," and finally appears in the Boston Globe, whose editors apparently can't do basic math. Now, in a viral contagion, this spreads across the Internet, where that "reduction of 99 percent" becomes a well-attested fact.
It's a good thing the eeevil Zionists didn't cut off the essential Stay Puft marshmallow supply. Rumor has it that Hamas buys the stuff by the ton for a new WMD they're developing.
Yemen's Relationship with its Jihaddis
The New York Times has quite an accurate article on Yemen today: Yemen's Deals With Jihadists Unsettle the U.S. The article highlights several important aspects of the relationship between the Yemen government and al-Qaeda militants, hopefully already familiar to Jawa readers.
The religious dialog program is "a raw deal": no jihad in Yemen and you are left alone. The deal leaves the jihaddists free to plan and facilitate other jihaddist activity abroad. Jihaddists released from prison get money, cars and government jobs (jihaddis in ties). Some become government informants. Escaped prisoners who surrender are usually released. Training fighters to go to Iraq (and fighting in Iraq) is not against Yemeni law. "Yemen’s uneasy partnership with jihadists dates back to the late 1980s," check. They were used as an internal paramilitary in 1994, check. President Saleh's ties to radical Islamists persist today, check.
The best line in the article addresses a critical point: "They also say the Yemeni government caters too much to radical Islamist figures to improve its political standing, nourishing a culture that could ultimately breed more violence." I normally refer to it as the state sponsored spread of Takfirism, but nourishing an extremist culture works also.
Some western analysts agree with this: “The strategy is fighting terrorism, but we need space to use our own tactics, and our friends must understand us,” said Rashad Muhammad al-Alimi, Yemen’s interior minister. These analysts argue that securing Saleh's reign in power will enable him to more vigorously pursue the US counter-terror agenda. One even advanced the idea that the US should graciously accept the fact that convicted USS Cole bombing mastermind, Jamal al-Badawi, if not currently free, will be soon. However, the threat posed to the US by these hardened fanatics, who already have blood on their teeth, should not be underestimated nor should their promises of good behavior be taken on faith.
As this article notes, the extremists are an important power base for Saleh. As long as he is in power, the internal social empowerment of the extremist ideology will continue as will the export and facilitation of jihaddists abroad. And it will sooner or later turn around and bite Saleh. (If it does not bite the US first, more than it has done already.) The foundation of the Salafi ideology is obedience to a Muslim ruler regardless of his competence as an administrator. As the takfiri ideology spreads, Saleh becomes increasingly vulnerable to it and being branded an apostate, which apparently a few younger jihaddis have done.
"Some of these younger men have fought in Iraq, and they refuse all dialogue, seeing Yemen’s government as illegitimate. They appear to have been responsible for the suicide bombing in Marib Province last July in which eight Spanish tourists were killed, and two other suicide attacks on oil installations in 2006. Recently, there have been warnings of more attacks in Yemen on Islamist Web sites. "
I am unclear on who was responsible for the thwarted attacks in 2006, the suicide bombing of tourists last summer and the recent attack in Hadramout, but attributing the resurgence of terror activity to the younger generation seems to be the new "in" analysis and is certainly logical based on available information.
Pakistani Militants Hold Schoolchildren Hostage
Gunmen on the run after kidnapping a health official near Peshwar took refuge in an elementary school full of young children. Via Independent Online:
Militants armed with rocket launchers took around 250 children hostage at a school in northwest Pakistan on Monday following a shoot-out with police, officials said.
Police had surrounded the school in the remote village of Domail while tribal elders were negotiating with the militants, who have demanded safe passage in return for freeing the captives, they said.
The school, whose pupils are mostly aged between eight and 12, is near the north western border with Afghanistan, where Pakistani forces have been locked in fierce fighting with Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.
Fox News has more details:
The standoff began after the gunmen abducted the health chief in neighboring Karak district and were chased by police, said Liaqat Khan, another local police official.
The gunmen eventually freed the health official but took refuge inside the school, and are now demanding safe passage in return for freeing the students and teachers, he said.
An intelligence official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said that two gunmen were killed and one policeman was wounded in an exchange of fire during the chase.
Officials could not immediately identify the gunmen or say why they had abducted the health official. Nawaz described them as "terrorists."
Prayers for the safety of the children and teachers and for the peaceful surrender of the attackers.
UPDATE: Thank God, they have all been released. Pakistani Official Says Gunmen Have Released All Children, Teachers Held Hostage
Marijuana Vending Machines
(Los Angeles, California) Marijuana vending machines are now open in Los Angeles.
People prescribed "medical" marijuana for health reasons will be issued pre-paid credit cards to use in the machines (pic).
They can then use the card to access the Anytime Vending Machines whenever they need extra supplies.Reportedly, a security guard will be stationed at the machine to verify that the right people are using the cards.
Vince Mehdizadeh, owner of the Herbal Nutrition Centre in Los Angeles, where one of the first machines is based, said patients could get access to prescribed drugs after hours.
It's been suggested that the marijuana machines will become as common as soda machines.
MDE: Team Franken Caught Deleting Critical Comments from MySpace, Websites
What a tool. In his "historic" run for office, Franken has been stepping in it all over the place. As one would expect from a no-talent assclown.
Nothing he ever did was funny. His radio show was a beached, heroically inept FAILboat. His temper causes him to act like a child in the presence of those who disagree with his orthodoxies, mock college students, and generally make a complete ass of himself.
January 27, 2008
Al Qaeda and Young Teens
I saw this article in the Sydney Morning Herald.
"Rear Admiral Gregory Smith told a news conference in Baghdad that two suicide attacks in Iraq in the past week had been carried out by 15-year-olds".
"We are not sure whether one of these children even knew he was being used to deliver a bomb," the US military spokesman said.
"One attack was carried out at a funeral ceremony near Tikrit, executed dictator Saddam Hussein's hometown north of Baghdad and the other was at a school in Mosul, Smith said."
To send a teen to murder others at a funeral by suicide bomb then send another to murder adults & children at a school is barbaric. I know these haven't been the only incidents but each time I read stuff like this it makes me very irate and sad at the same time knowing the teens went to their death and had only been on this earth 15 yrs. They managed to destroy so many lives including children when blowing themselves up.
I had read this comment somewhere and it really stands out to me..."When Allah tells you to kill yourself and others, that isn't God talking, it is alQaeda." Terrorists sympathizers such as Samir Khan aka Inshallahshaheed writes "Allah reminds us of our duty against the non-believers". "Allah will reward you in your steadfastness of jihad." Sammy sure speaks for Allah alot doen't he?
Not related but....the UK need to find 15 childrens passports that were stolen.
Hillary Clinton - By The Numbers
It's a sad commentary on our country that there are so many apparently drug-addled fools out there actively working to put these corrupt criminals back in the center of American political life.
A "Jedi" Church In Wales?
"May the force be with pew" reads the headlines at "Daily Mail".
I have one thought....hey, wait a minute, what about Jawa?
"A Jedi "church" has been born in a galaxy far far away - North Wales."
"The Holyhead chapter of the self-styled Jedi Church, which claims up to 400,000 members worldwide, has sprung up thanks to brothers Barney and Daniel Jones, both Star Wars obsessives."
"The "church" is only one of a handful around the planet, said hairdresser Barney, 26, the Anglesey Order Minister, also known as Master Jonba Hehol."
"We will have teachings based on Yoda - the 900-year-old grand master - as well as readings, essays submitted, meditation and relaxation, visualisation and discuss healthy eating."
Wonder if Jawa's belong to this and didn't tell me....sniff... Read more May the force be with you. h/t LGF link thingy
Pallywood Propagandists Admit Fauxography
Color the dextrosphere shocked. SHOCKED!!oneseven1!7
Charles has much more on this pathetic pile of pure propaganda FAIL. Dig it.
Not that the MSM, who had these "blackout" stories on an endless loop, are going to be reporting the corrections and retractions with the same kind of veracity.
That would mean having to do their jobs.
Teh Brutal: U.S. Navy SEAL Training
Continuing with my impromptu love of boot camp, sit and down and enjoy this - BUD/S training. These are each 45 minute videos. Totally worth it. I think I posted these here sometime last year or before that. Fweh.
This is an excellent program. I saw this whole series on the Military Channel a few years back. Changed my life.
PARTS II, III (Hell Week) and IV BELOW THE FOLD ---->
Part III. (Hell Week)
January 26, 2008
Yemen Blocks News Portal, Not Jihaddi Websites
A notice on Yemen Portal.net advises: “YemenPortal.net is currently blocked by the authorities and hence is not accessible to the public in Yemen. Kindly refer to this LINK to find an alternative accessible link.”
Yemen Portal is Yemen’s first dedicated news crawler and search engine. It was designed by Walid al-Saqaf as part of his master's program at Orebro University in Sweden. The news aggregator was blocked by authorities on January 19, 2008 after including in its aggregation Youtube videos that showed recent footage of security forces shooting Southern protesters on January 13. Readers inside Yemen can’t access Yemen Portal, but it is viewable outside of Yemen.
On January 13, 2008, "Al-Qaeda in Yemen" released its first magazine, "The Echoes of Epics". The magazine was released to various jihaddi forums by the al-Fajr Media Center, the official online network responsible for disseminating messages from various al-Qaeda factions including Usama bin Laden and "The Islamic State of Iraq." Those jihaddi forums and their terrorist propaganda are still accessible on the internet inside Yemen.
What is not accessible to the Yemeni public is a wide variety of Yemeni news and opinion sites. These sites were blocked at the outbreak of the northern Sa'ada War in January 2007, unblocked after several months, re-blocked in July with the growing civil unrest in Southern Yemen. They were blocked again when Yemen released convicted USS Cole bomber, Jamal al-Badawi, in October. With increasing civil unrest in South Yemen and the resumption of the northern Sa'ada War, the Yemen Portal was blocked along with several news sites in January 2008.
The duplicity of the Yemen regime's pretense of democratization, and its non-existent counter-terror posture, is shown nowhere more clearly than in the fact that the biggest terror trial currently in Yemen is against an opposition journalist, Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani, who is charged with "demoralizing the military" with critical articles and may face the death penalty. Meanwhile convicted USS Cole bomber, Jamal al-Badawi is reportedly free despite a 15 year jail sentence handed down in 2004. Yemen Portal , a non-partisan information service, is blocked in Yemen while jihaddi websites remain viewable. Yemen has lost all its credibility as a reforming regime and is what it appears, a petty dictatorship in alliance with extremists to retain power. It should be dealt with as such.
It is worth noting that Walid al-Saqaf is the son of Abdulaziz al-Saqif, an activist who founded the English language Yemen Times in 1990. Noted as the father of independent journalism in Yemen, Abdulaziz al-Saqif founded the Yemen Times to help Yemen become "a good world citizen." Abdulaziz al-Saqif was killed in a car "accident" in 1999 and was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Middle East Publishers Conference held in Dubai in March 2006.
The Austria-based International Press Institute (IPI) honored the independent bi-weekly Yemen Times with its 2006 Free Media Pioneer Award for "providing accurate and timely news and information and actively participating in efforts to support press freedom, respect for human rights, political pluralism and democracy." Also in 2006, Walid's sister, Yemen Times editor-in-chief and publisher, 29-year-old Nadia Al-Saqqaf won the first “Pulitzer of the Arab region” in December, the 2006 Gebran Tueni Award.
The Yemen Times reported: The (blocking of Yemen Portal) incident comes amidst an unprecedented systematic filtering and blocking of websites dealing with news and opinions. Another website blocked on the same day was YemenHurr.net, whose managing editor Imad Al-Jarrash condemned the act by the Ministry of Telecommunication and demanded in an official statement that authorities reverse the blocks and stop “messing with journalistic freedom”.
Yet another website targeted was Hour’s News (hnto.net), whose administrators circulated a mass e-mail condemning the act and informing its readers about an alternative link.
Other news and opinion websites that have recently been blocked are hdramut.com, Al-Teef.com, and al-yemen.org community forum. This is in addition to a host of other news sites blocked months ago, such as adenpress.com and soutalgnoub.com.
In response to the government censorship, Yemen's online journalists agreed to the "Combatting Internet Blockage Initiative", whereby the portal will publish the content of blocked sites in full. In response to regime threats, Walid al-Saqaf responded, “I’m fine with taking a risk if that is what it takes to ensure that visitors are able to access material hidden from them by the authorities. The people in Yemen need to know stories from both angles, and that is a fundamental right that the government should not take away from them," the Yemen Times reported.
Terming the current global ideological clash as a War of Ideas is a misnomer: it is a War of Information, and an asymmetrical war at that. On one side are dictatorships that seek to isolate and misinform their populations; on the other side are those who seek the truth and the freedom to speak and who battle that battle daily. SJTL
Former Korean Hostages Wed
Happy news for two of the South Korean hostages kidnapped last summer in Afghanistan (via Korea Times):
After the storm comes the calm: Two hostages released by Taliban militants in Afghanistan last year tied the knot Saturday at Saemmul Church in Bundang, Gyeonggi Province.
Shenanigans: "Soldier" Confesses to Rape, Torture at Abu Ghraib
A video of a drunk veteran 'confessing' to his friends that he raped a young girl prisoner at Abu Ghraib and tortured other detainees is making the rounds at Islamist websites. Chickenhawk Express found the video at an Islamis website, and wants to know who it is making the allegations on the video.
Warning: Video contains foul and racist language.
Of course, the video is being hosted on YouTube by a Muslim who is pimping the video as U.S.A soldier tells how he Raped A muslim girl in Abu Ghraib.
The video is actually over a year old, as evidenced by this Infowars article dating from January 2007. I'm surprised I hadn't seen it before.
But since the article claims that the military was looking in to the allegations made on the video, I'm guessing the military also called shenanigans on it since I haven't heard of any charges against this guy. If any one knows what happened with the investigations, let me know.
The guy on this video needs to in f*cking jail, though. Even if he didn't actually rape or torture any one at Abu Ghraib.
I'm guessing he's a lying son-of-a-bitch and that this whole video is a set up by lefties. Don't think they'd do it? Then you've never seen this 'how to waterboard' video made by 'the military'.
The fact that the video seems to have been posted anonymously and the man 'confessing' to rape and torture is unidentifiable due to the shadowing is a dead giveaway that it's BS. It's not as polished as the waterboarding fake, but that's what makes it all the more believable. It actually looks like a bunch of drunk guys sitting around talking trash.
But it's too much. Like an Oliver Stone movie. Take all of the worst allegations about Abu Ghraib and then get one guy to confess to them all.
But the real giveaway that it's bogus? He claims that it was when the photos came out that the shit hit the fan and the new rule became 'no f*cking cameras'. Why is this a giveaway? Because contrary to popular belief, there was a criminal investigation into alleged abuses at Abu Ghraib before the pictures came out in the media.
Abu Ghraib prison was taken over by Geoffrey Miller who allegedly 'Gitmoized' it in September 2003. The famous photos of Pfc. Lynndie England were taken in October and November of 2003. Sanchez ordered an investigation into alleged prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib on January 19th, 2004--barely three months after the 'dogpile' photos were taken.
But when did the photos emerge? April 28, 2004 a month after 6 Abu Ghraib guards had already been charged with prisoner abuse.
Which is the giveaway, because according to the popular leftist narrative of Abu Ghraib the military began investigating prisoner abuse after CBS and other news outlets reported it. In their minds the military was forced into investigating Abu Ghraib because of media reporting. The hero, the media; the villains, the military.
I know this because my students are stunned when I tell them that the Abu Ghraib photos were leaked after the military had already began to take action against those responsible.
That's the narrative, and the one which the video seems to echo.
But there's something else that is telling. There were allegations of sexual abuse at Abu Ghraib. Photos of male prisoners, in the prison because they were alleged rapists, being sexual abused.
Some of the Abu Ghraib photos even show two young women picked up for prostitution. One of the women even flashes her breasts in Girls Gone Wild fashion. But a female guard is in the room, and poses with her.
No allegations of rape. Not in the Taguba Report. Not anywhere. Except in insurgent propaganda. Echoed in the Arab press. And then echoed again in the far-left wing European and U.S. 'indie' press.
So, the news of rape in Abu Ghraib has penetrated lefty publications and is now part of the accepted narrative of the Left. And this video is just the apex of that narrative.
It's my estimation that the whole video is a set up. The producers need to be rounded up, tried for sedition, and then introduced to a cell mate.
There is a reason that the jihadis fight us, and that is because they believe this kind of shit! They actually believe that American soldiers routinely rape and murder young girls in Iraq. That we are the bad guys hurting civilians and that they are the good guys fighting to protect the chastity of Sunni women. I don't know how many times I've seen the same narrative at jihadi forums. This kind of childish propaganda gets people killed.
On the tiny chance that he's telling the truth? He's a rapist and needs to be sent to federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison where he'll find out just what it's like to be rape. But there was an investigation, and I haven't heard anything about its results. You think Keith Olbermann wouldn't lead with this story for a month had it turned out to be true?
I'll admit it, I'm biased. I actually believe that our soldiers are decent men and women. So my initial reaction to these kind of allegations are to defend our soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marines. I just won't believe it until I have real evidence.
Hat tip Snooper, who also calls shenanigans.
Cao thinks this guy is the next Jesse MacBeth. (Note to Cao: The IraqSlogger link is old, from last year too)
It looks to me to be a fake soldier who is a racist bigot and should be shunned and arrested for making propaganda for our enemies..Indeed.
UPDATE 1/28/2008: Read Moriarti the Kaffir's review about a book which related similar charges. Moriarti was at Abu Ghraib investigating allegations of abuse, none of which included rape.
Saturday Evening War Porn
To paraphrase Ian Dury of the Blockheads:
Bombs and guns and rock and roll
Is all my brain and body need
Bombs and guns and rock and roll
Are very good indeed
FISA: The Most Important Piece of Legislation in War on Terror
I've been back and forth on discussing this issue publicly at The Jawa. The truth of the matter is that I have some personal experience with the onerous requirements of the current FISA bill.
It's really important that you listen to this audio Bryan is hosting. Lives are at stake. I'll leave it at that.
Memory Hole: President Warns of Nuclear Iraq!
Lies and the lying liars and the liars that tell them. From the President's State of the Union Address a few years back*:
Together, we must confront the new hazards of chemical and biological weapons and the outlaw states, terrorists, and organized criminals seeking to acquire them. Saddam Hussein has spent the better part of this decade and much of his nation's wealth not on providing for the Iraqi people but on developing nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them.Lies! This President obviously has no shame. Video below of the lying liar telling his warmongering neocon lies.
Gateway Pundit has much much more, including more quotes and links.
*President Bill Clinton's State of the Union Address, 1998.
Pali Fauxtography: Giant Bulldozers Oppressing Palestinians!
Wow, this one's a doozie. Unless that's a Jawa sandcrawler, then I'd say it's case closed that this is a fake. The photo used by the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) in an October 2007 post about a court throwing out a case brought by Rachel Corrie's family against Caterpillar.
Just what is the IMEMC?
IMEMC is a media center developed in collaboration between Palestinian and International journalists to provide independent English language media coverage of Israel-Palestine.Well, that sure does explain the fact that they have no problem running an obviously fake photo. You know, to add the all important context: Imperialist American bulldozers used by Zionists to oppress poor helpless Palestinians.
Being a joint Palestinian-International effort, IMEMC combines Palestinian journalists' deep understanding of the context, history, and the socio-political environment with International journalists' skills in non-partisan reporting.
Make sure to click over to Kate's site to compare the Photoshopped pic being run by the IMEMC with what an actual Caterpillar brand D9 armored bulldozer looks like.
Democracy Project has related links to recent Palliwood productions.
UPDATE: Dread Pundit also has a comparison pic.
Reliapundit thinks that the photo is real, but deliberately distorted by using a long zoom lense. Is that possible?
UPDATE II: Reliapundit makes a good argument me that this is a telephoto lens. Check out this which illustrates the effect.
But, like he says, the effect is deliberate even if it's not Pshopped.
Youtube user Fawtima16 likes "Funny Dog"?
While reading comments (I am blocked from commenting) at the Juba lover CyberDiJihadi I came across youtube user "fawtima16". Her comment on the terrorist propoganda video shows who she supports and it sure isn"t America.
"oooh I love the site of dead americans and dirty kuffar"
I did a Google Fawtima search and was suprised to see "Funny Dog Flix" site. Now why would Fawtima16 post Islamic videos there? Aren't dogs considered dirty to Islamists? I didn't see any "funny dog" cute flix only support for her "brothers" in Islam. Makes me wonder if more "funny dogs"? are flicking around there.
Just incase you were wondering who the contact at "Funny Dog Flix" is to let them know of not so funny "dog flix" there.
Registered through GoDaddy
Registrant: "HCS Indiana"
Adminstrative contact: Bragg, W. Larry: email@example.com
Your "puppy" will thank you.
American Aid Worker Kidnapped In Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Gunmen kidnapped a burqa-clad American aid worker and her driver in southern Afghanistan's largest city early Saturday, snatching the woman from a residential neighborhood as she was on her way to work.
The American worked in Kandahar for the Asian Rural Life Development Foundation, said Jeff Palmer, its international director. Palmer said the group had not been contacted by the kidnappers and that he did not know their identity or demands.
Little is known at this point, not even her name, but we'll keep following this story and issuing updates as they become available.
Update: The woman's name, Cyd Mizzel, has been released. She was in Afghanistan to teach English at Kandahar University and embroidery at a girl's school. A real threat to Islam, eh?
Say a prayer for her and her family.
Blog Comments Put Grand Juror in Hot Seat
(Dallas, Texas) A Dallas County grand juror decided to participate in a comment thread on a blog, discussing the grand jury, and now a court needs to determine whether a defendant's rights have been violated.
Apparently, the grand juror doesn't know what the word "secret" means.
A grand juror who last month helped indict a teacher accused of having sex with a student is now under investigation for posting comments about the case on a blog, according to court records.Readers can view the grand juror's comments here. Look for the nickname "Knows status."
It is illegal for grand jurors to make details of their proceedings public.
John Grau, the chief prosecutor in the intake/grand jury division, declined to say whether the grand juror would be charged with contempt of court. He said the Dallas County district attorney's office was looking into the postings and that he couldn't comment.
But the teacher's defense attorneys, David Finn and Toby Shook, are asking for a court hearing regarding the juror's conduct and whether the rights of their client, David B. Novinski, were violated. They want to know if the grand juror investigated the case before Mr. Novinski was indicted, if he shared that information with other jurors and if there are additional postings. No date has been set for a hearing.
The possible outcome of this situation may include prosecution of the noncompliant grand juror and/or nullification of selected grand jury proceedings. In any event, the subject grand juror has perched himself/herself in a prime position to be made an example of. Obviously, this story will continue.
January 25, 2008
Friday Night Full Metal Jacket
You are nothing but unorganized grabastic pieces of amphibian sh*t!!3
Friday Night Stupid
And I mean...stupid*
stein hoist: LGF
*Not the video itself, the whole damn "change" routine these jackasses are running for office on.
The Romney 'He Raised Taxes' Whisper Was .... Open Mike
No, the whisper wasn't space aliens. No, it wasn't he Holy Ghost. No, it wasn't a super-sekret transmission prompting Romney--presumably because the dual Harvard Law/MBA Romney is an empty suit. Looks like someone in the control room forgot to turn off a hot mike.
So, it could be Brian Williams, but I'm guessing it was Ron Paul mumbling to himself. We're just lucky Paul's mike wasn't on 30 seconds earlier. Chances are we'd here him saying 'Illuminati mind control'.
"We heard the same thing you heard," MSNBC VP for Communications Jeremy Gaines told RAW STORY via e-mail Friday afternoon. "There was obviously an open mike which picked up the whisper, but we have no way of knowing who did the whispering." ...Case closed.
"As far as figuring out the mystery of who or where it came from, that is being worked on, and we hope to have an answer soon," Montanaro continued. "It puzzled us here too, and we’re looking through tape of other candidates to see if it was one of them. We’ll let you know."
Now, on to more pressing issues....
(VID ADDED) Teh Culture Wars: Anonymous v. Scientology
UPDATE: Here's the video message to the Scientologists from Anonymous.
---> Original Post --->
If you don't know what Anonymous is, all you need to know is that Scientology should be afraid. Very afraid.
Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.
War Porn: US Forces Help Two Suicide Bombers Get 72 Virgins. Number of US Casualties? Zero
DOD released the following statement with the video:
Major General Bergner - "The following video clip is an example of that tough fight our soldiers are engaged in. Before showing it, I want to note that no Coalition Forces were killed or injured as a result of the suicide blast you will see.Islamotards. Video below.
"During a recent operation, Coalition Forces targeted an al-Qaeda Iraq leader associated with a terrorist group north of Baghdad. During that operation, a terrorist emerged from the building and appeared to be holding something in his hands . . . when he continued to move toward our forces he was engaged with small arms fire which detonated a suicide vest he was wearing.
"The second video shows the ground force which was then engaged from inside the building. Another terrorist who was armed with explosives caused a second explosion on the other side of the building.
"Again, none of our forces were killed or injured in these engagements..."
Thanks to SierraTango69
Suicide Bomber Kills Self By Falling Down Stairs
A WOULD-be suicide bomber fell down a flight of stairs and blew himself up as he headed out for an attack in Afghanistan, police say.ht: AI Rott.
War Porn: 500 lb JDAM vs. Jihadis
Hella wicked! 500 lb JDAM dropped on Salafi jihadis hiding in shed. You'll hear the soldier or Marine filming the bombing say that it might be overkill. Overkill? Is there such a thing?
Personal Memo from Rusty to the Taliban
To: Taliban Shura Council
CC: Propaganda Dept.; Cyberwarfare; Planning;
BCC: Adil 'Murchal' Watanmal; Qari Muhammad 'Ahmadi' Yussuf; Zabihullah Mujahid
From: Rusty Shackleford, The Jawa Report, & Sandcrawler Crew
Subject: Cyberattack Failure
Nice try. Your cyberattacks are even more pathetic than your actual attacks on NATO forces, all of which are easily repelled. Next time you should probably hire someone who is not a total retard to manage your webspace and cyberattacks.
Let's tally the score Adil:
Taliban websites successfully attacked by Jawas over past week: 41
Jawa websites successfully attacked by Taliban in the past week: 0
Wipe Them Out!
All of them!
We have wiped out every single one of the Taliban websites listed on our post here. There may be a few stragglers left, one on Wordpress I think. But we can address that later. Now is the time at Jawa when we dance!
Thanks to everyone who helped with the massive pwnage of the Taliban Webmaster! Only now, at the end, does he understand the powah of the dark siyde!
Update: Why wait?
Here's some links to help persuade wordpress.
I know, I can't stop!
Oh and before I forget. Hey Adil!
More Evidence Tom Clancy Should Run Things
How much did the threat assessment that determined the Superbowl would be a possible terrorist target cost? Because my copy of The Sum of All Fears was $7.99.
Nail, Meet John McCain's Election Coffin
Guilt by association isn't the same as guilt, but when you hire a Mexico-firster then at the very least it shows poor judgment and management skills.
Prettyboys of the Taliban
A little dark eyeliner, some judicious waxing of that unibrow, a soupcon of foundation and blush, et voila, even the most hardened Taliban terrorist becomes a hunky vision of pert buttocks and lithe loins.
"When a crow flies over Kandahar, it only flaps one wing. It covers its tail with the other."
Thanks to the Ronster.
Zawahari's Unanswered Questions
Online jihadis are getting impatient for al Qaida's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahari, to answer their questions. As time goes by more and more news outlets are publishing some of the jihadis' questions posted to a popular al Qaeda affiliated web forum.
This one in paticular "caught my eye", it was from a frustrated female and no, not "that" kind of frustration.
"My question: What is the role of women in al Qaeda? ... We are the ones who sit with broken hearts and we sit here with nothing to do,” one woman asked, according to the U.S. based terrorism monitoring service SITE Intelligence Group."A brain on alQaida is a terrible thing to waste. It destroys body and soul.
Another woman was frustrated due to "lack" of opportunities in alQaida.
Isn't the "broken hearts" and "opportunites" the result of alQaida's terrorism, they have been pounded pretty good lately, not "love" for their own? alQaida only knows how to destroy, not rebuild.
Terror Investigator Killed By Car Bomb
He was marked, having had two attempts already. Looks like Bashar and his cronies got lucky this time.
BEIRUT, Lebanon - A car bomb ripped through eastern Beirut on Friday, killing Lebanon's top anti-terrorism investigator as he returned from a meeting on the probe into the 2005 assassination of a former prime minister, authorities said. Three others died in the blast.
Oh, silly me, what am I saying. Syria vigorously denies being behind these bombings. We can believe them, can't we?
Going After The Bad Guys
They're mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore.
BAGHDAD - The Iraqi prime minister announced Friday that the government was preparing to strike back against al-Qaida in the northern city of Mosul after two days of deadly bombings killed nearly 40 people. He promised the fight "will be decisive."
Good luck and godspeed to the Iraqi and American forces taking part in this operation. We look forward to more LiveLeak videos of terrorist pwnage.
Boobs for Paulians
I was feeling sorry for Paulians, really.
Most make fun of them with the Blimp thing, and their strange ways of showing support for "their man".
I would like to give them some enjoyment. I am a nice person and nice people like moi care...really!
Without further ado, I present......drumroll......."Boobs for Ron Paul" ..h/t Tizona
Added captions from Son of the Godfather...teh
"Ron Paul can hold back two torpedos!"
"Ron Paul can withstand dual bazooka blasts!"
Or, we can use it when the kook finally drops out..
"Ron Paul, thanks for the mammaries..."
( . )( . )
Son of the Godfather
New York Times Attacks John McCain
By endorsing him:
We have strong disagreements with all the Republicans running for president. The leading candidates have no plan for getting American troops out of Iraq. They are too wedded to discredited economic theories and unwilling even now to break with the legacy of President Bush. We disagree with them strongly on what makes a good Supreme Court justice.Surely the NYT's editorial board realizes that, as an alleged news organization that has actively sought defeat for America in the War on Terror, their thumbs up has almost the same degree of negative impact as would endorsements by the Ku Klux Klan or the Benedict Arnold Society.
Still, there is a choice to be made, and it is an easy one. Senator John McCain of Arizona is the only Republican who promises to end the George Bush style of governing from and on behalf of a small, angry fringe. With a record of working across the aisle to develop sound bipartisan legislation, he would offer a choice to a broader range of Americans than the rest of the Republican field.
So, does this mean they really do like McCain, or do they see him as the strongest competition for their own party, the Democrats, and hope to destroy his campaign?
Court OKs Firing Marijuana Users
(San Francisco, California) Oddly, the ruling came from a California state court.
The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that employers in the state can fire workers found to have used medical marijuana legally recommended by doctors.The company claimed it feared a federal raid if it allowed workers to smoke dope. It was also argued that companies could lose possible federal contracts and are liable to be sued if a worker high on marijuana causes damage or injury.
A Sacramento-area company, Ragingwire Inc., successfully argued it rightfully fired Gary Ross after he flunked a company-ordered drug test because all marijuana use is illegal under federal law, which does not recognize the medical marijuana laws in California and 11 other states.
In his defense, Ross claimed that marijuana smokers should receive the same workplace protection from discrimination that employees with painkiller prescriptions enjoy.
Jawa Radio: Test Run II
Listen here or click the Jawacast link at the top of the page.
We go on at the top of the hour. I'll open the chat room at quarter of.
Update: We're done. And there were major issues with the BTR switchboard tonight. Nothing I could do about it.
The show's archived until we start the regular show Feb. 12th at 8 pm CST.
Update: Overnight bump. Because I can.
January 24, 2008
Iowa Statehouse Opens Session with Muslim
Well, this is just disgraceful:
The Iowa Legislature started just over a week ago and some people were upset before the first issue was every addressed. When the session began, a Muslim Imam began the prayer in the Iowa Legislature. This is where the controversy begins.Suggestion - maybe this imam can leave the belly of the Great Satan if it troubles him so, and instead return to the
The prayer asked of "Victory over those who disbelieve," and "Protection from the great Satan" among other things.
Pastor Steve Smith of the Evangelical Free Church in Albert City is among those concerned about the Muslim prayer. Rev. Smith admits that he doesn't know about all the levels of Muslim but knows that the Jihadists believe those in the U.S. are the great Satan.
Where do I sue?
ht: LGF link viewer thingy
New Mohammed Chicken Chip Cookie!
"Moltov Mitchell", political TV host fed up with PC Islam decided to have a go at eating Mohammed on "Flamethrower TV". which Moltov created and hosts.
Interesting to note he lives "somewhere in North Carolina." Long time readers will know who else lives there...lol...
There is a regular segment on Flamethrower titled "WWMD"..what would Mohammed do? In that segment members dress in traditional Muslim clothing and show, as Mitchell puts it "what some jerk named Mohammad did this week" using real news stories. I don't know how well this will be received by some people, and imagine we will be hearing more about this.
Visit WND, to watch the video of "Moltov" devouring Chicken Chip Mohammed.
Woman Laughs About Killing Gay Guy
(Tucson, Arizona) In December 2006, a local exotic dancer, Melissa Arrington, hit and killed bicyclist Paul L'Ecuyer, 45, as she drunkenly drove down the road.
At the time, Arrington's blood alcohol level was 0.156, almost twice the legal limit, and she was driving on a suspended license from a previous drunk driving conviction.
Two months ago, 27-year-old Arrington was convicted of negligent homicide and two counts of aggravated DUI. This week, Arrington was sentenced by Pima County Superior Court Judge Michael Cruikshank.
Arrington was presumably hoping for a lenient four-year prison term, the minimum, however, Judge Cruikshank said he had new information to consider, Arrington's own words during a jailhouse conversation. More ...
Cruikshank said he found a telephone conversation between Arrington and an unknown male friend a week after L'Ecuyer was killed "breathtaking in its inhumanity."Viewing Arrington's sentiments as "shocking and disgusting," Judge Cruikshank imposed a sentence of 10 and one-half years in prison. Instead of laughing, Cruikshank said Arrington should have "been rendered silent."
During the conversation, the man told Arrington that an acquaintance of theirs believed she should get a medal and a parade because she had "taken out" what he said was a "tree hugger, a bicyclist, a Frenchman and a gay guy all in one shot."
Arrington laughed, and when the man said he knew it was a terrible thing to say, she responded, "No, it's not."
The message in this case is ages-old. When you're in a pile of crap, keep your mouth shut.
Suicide Bomber Trips, Falls, Boom!
He succeeding in killing himself and injuring three others in his own building.
The would-be attacker tripped as he was leaving a building apparently to target an opening ceremony for a mosque that was expected to be attended by Afghan and international military officials, said Sakhi Mir.Apparently Allah does have a sense of humor.
"Coming down the stairs, he fell down and exploded. Two civilian women and a man were wounded,'' Mir said.
Hat Tip: Ace.
Yemen Refuses to Lock Up USS Cole Bomber, US Cancels Conference
The Forum for the Future in Sana'a Yemen was canceled by the US as a result of Yemen's refusal to keep convicted USS Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi in jail. The Yemenis are spinning it as if the US withdrawal is a response to their refusal to extradite al-Badawi to the US; however, the fact is Yemen didn't keep al-Badawi in jail for his 15 year term. Instead he escaped twice, surrendered twice and was given a conditional release in October 2007. He was dragged back to jail for a day and then released again. Al-Wasat newspaper reported al-Badawi was in Marib after the second release. Al-Badawi is a convicted killer who perpetrated a terror attack on an American warship, killing 17 US sailors including Gary Swenchonis Jr. The Jawa Report was honored to release an open letter to Yemeni President Saleh from Gary Swenchonis Sr. calling for the re-imprisonment of his son's killers and for Yemen to be placed on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. The fact that the Yemeni regime is more interested in placating al-Qaeda than the US says a lot about the sincerity of Yemen's partnership in the GWOT, if we are still allowed to call it that.
AFP: Yemen had been slated by the Group of Eight most industrialised nations to hold the fourth forum in November, but it was postponed then because of Rice. A foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday that "Yemen has decided to excuse itself from hosting the fourth Forum of the Future ... because it has not received a commitment from the Group of Eight on a new date."
However, the Western diplomat, who spoke on condition of anyonymity, said the real reason was because "security concerns" meant Rice would stay away. "The American administration is also unhappy with the Yemeni authorities for allowing Jamal al-Badawi, an Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen wanted by the United States for terrorism, to live at home rather than being kept in detention."
Badawi was sentenced to death in September 2004 for his part in the USS Cole bomb attack, which killed 17 sailors, and which was claimed by Al-Qaeda. An appeals court later commuted the sentence to 15 years in jail.
Mr. Swenchonis's letter and previous al-Badawi blogging below the fold.
1/14/2008 Open letter to Yemeni President Saleh from Gary Swenchonis Sr.
10/12/2007 The USS Cole Bombing: What We Know Today
10/16/2007 Jamal Al-Badawi Freed
10/26/2007 Money Quote of the Day
10/28/2007 Other Scary Terrorists Yemen Freed
10/28/2007 Yemen Sez al-Badawi Never Freed
10/28/2007 Yemen Spins Al-Badawi's Release
10/29/2007 Al-Badawi Never "Re-Arrested"
Related, 2/16/2006 World Press Escape in Yemen: Facts, Theories and Rumors
I can't tell you, but I can give you a hint....
Actually, he's just really, really busy.
Found at Ace.
Spain's Reward for Cowardice
From the Associated Press:
MADRID, Spain - Police acting on a tipoff that a radical Islamic group was plotting suicide attacks in Barcelona moved against the cell last week even though it had not amassed enough explosives to make bombs, Spain's police chief said Thursday.Via Charles at little green footballs who asks why there would be a suicide bombing plot after Spain courageously withdrew her troops from Iraq and began bashing Israel to appease the Islamists.
Interesting story behind this commercial. They traveled to ten states and 50 locations to create "American Marines". Pretty amaziing footage and alot of you will recognize the locations, I know I did. Do too numerous requests they have an extended version at above link. Our Marines, and all Military Branches so Rock!
"Operation Meltdown" San Jose, CA.
NBC 11 News "Undercover Op Leads To Cell Phone-Triggered Bomb."
"San Jose and Santa Clara police chiefs announced Wednesday the results of a massive sting operation in their cities. "A Fremont man was arrested in October as part of Operation Meltdown. He is accused of trying to sell the officers improvised explosive devices capable of being denoted remotely by a cell phone."
" During a news conference at San Jose Police headquarters Wednesday morning, police showed a video recorded by hidden camera, of the suspect demonstrating the technology to officers by detonating a bomb for them."
"Operation Meltdown was begun in March 2007. Undercover officers from both departments opened a fake metal-recycling business in the city of Santa Clara called Jose Clara Co-Op"
It is interesting to note that over the life of the operation "273 suspects were investigated, 63 of whom were arrested over the course of the investigation. Another 73 suspects were picked up during a sweep Tuesday. There are still another 70 suspects with outstanding warrants yet to be arrested."
This investigation apparently reached as far away as Carson City, Nevada. Copper is a hot item and will be interesting to see "why" bombs that could be detonated by a cell phone would fit into this. There is plenty of copper thefts in my area and have never heard of a "bomb"? being used in those? thefts. Please read the lengthy report at news link as too numerous to mention all that was was involved in this sting operation such as auto theft, narcotics to name a couple. h/t ZH#3
Brit Movie Ad Campaign Paints Troops as Psychos
Remember "The Deer Hunter?" And "Full Metal Jacket?" "Platoon?" All part of Hollywood's propaganda effort to make the public believe that returning Viet Nam veterans were mentally ill. Unless they renounced their service and slandered their comrades, of course, then they were qualified to serve in the Senate.
This ad is being run in UK movie houses:
Yeah, they're all nuts - that's the ticket. Probably shouldn't let them vote or hold public office unless they undergo "treatment."
I think this is the part where I came in.
Official Taliban Websites Hosted in US (UPDATE: Jawas Pwn 32 Taliban Websites!)
Update 01/24/08 11:00 AM CST. Another site down! Still more work to do. See just before the jump for info.
UPDATE 1/22/2008 10:21 AM: Nearly all websites down! Thanks to every one for taking the time to complain. That's 32 websites pwned in this round alone! By my count that's well over 50 Taliban websites we've taken down. Just two more left.
Why do we do it? Patriotism. No really.
That, and the fact that Rusty thinks its cool that the inner circle of the Taliban knows his name. And wants him dead.
But mostly the patriotism. Not true patriotism as defined by the Left, mind you. You know, dissent. The kind of dissent where the patriot wants his country to lose in a war.
Our kind of patriotism is defined as love of country. Second rate patriotism, maybe. Orwellian, maybe. But it's the only kind of patriotism we know.
So, thanks second-rate patriots and scoundrels hiding behind flags who actually love their country and want it to kick Taliban ass!
Just two more websites to go!
Several official websites belonging to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the group better known as theTaliban, are back up once again and operating on US soil. The websites are named the "Voice of Jihad".
Again the Taliban webmaster, Adil Watanmal (aka Murchal), has opted to use a Yahoo! Geocities (California) and Freewebtown (Georgia) accounts. All those millions from heroin sales and you can't afford to pay for a website Adil?
The websites include contact e-mails for the Taliban as well as working phone numbers for Taliban spokesmen Qari Muhammad Yussuf (Ahmadi) & Zabihullah Mujahid, often quoted by the MSM.
Both free webhosting companies have been very responsive to complaints in the past. I'm sure once they are notified the sites will come down. But, as always, the number of complaints seems directly correlated to how quickly the websites come down.
Again, these are the OFFICIAL websites for the Taliban. Need I remind you readers that we are at war with the Taliban? Yes, it's a little like whack-a-mole, but the alternative is to cede cyberspace--which all agree is part of the overall battle space--to our enemies.
Providing business services, even free ones, to the Taliban violates the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Each IEEPA violation of carries a fine of up to $250,000.
You can help by e-mailing the webhosts below, and reminding them of those little facts. Make sure to copy and paste all of the offending websites into the message.
Jawas are persistant and I think we can finish this job. Some sites remain online. I've got a new email for one of them. The others are all Yahoo's geocities and you just have to be persistant.
Update by Howie: Remaining Taliban websites 01/25/08
http://www.murchal.8rf.com/ complaint email is firstname.lastname@example.org Down! http://tarani.110mb.com/ Down! Site removed! thanks to 110mb. email@example.com
And the Geocities sites that are still up. Keep up the pressure on Geocities!
http://www.geocities.com/wahal211/index.htm (English) Down Removed!
Please be sure to email about these sites. We need you the reader to make this effective. The more readers who participate, the more effective we'll be. Be polite and business like, but persistent and we'll win!
Sites down! Thanks to every one for complaining!
Freewebtown abuse: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Taliban websites:
Yahoo! Geocities complaints: email@example.com Update by Howie: Better emails firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. You may get a faster response from these rather than the general abuse email for Yahoo.
Other Taliban websites:
http://pashtootarani.12gbfree.com/ Down 403! If anyone can access please email Howie or Rusty. Could be geoblocked in US? http://tarani.freeweb7.com/ Down 404! Email here firstname.lastname@example.org for these last two. Both Down 404! Yay!
20 Dead al-Qaeda Terrorists
Not a bad days work for our boys in Iraq.
Iowa State Legislature..Opening Prayer by Imam
h/t writer mom at LGF"
There seems to be some concern over the opening prayer at the Iowa State Legislature by Imam Muhammad Khan of the Islamic Center of Des Moines.
Frankly I don't see any reason to get excited over it. We hear the phrases all the time! Now tell me would "Victory over those who disbelieve" or "Protection from the great Satan" be cause for alarm?
Senator Steve Kettering was questioned over it he stated he had not heard the opening prayer and added "I should point out that the Senate had a Catholic priest for their opening prayer".
Well that clears everything up Senator Kettering although Rep Gary Wartham of Storm Lake seems to disagree. He happens to have 2 sons in the military and stated "the words jumped out at him". more....
Freepers: Top 40 Political Cartoons of 2007
Click Image for the rest. #1 is Jawatastic!
Hat Tip: Scott.
Soros Wants Power Shift From U.S. to China
During an interview with the BBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, billionaire leftist George Soros weighed in on the power and influence of the U.S.
"I'm not looking for a worldwide recession. I'm looking for a significant shift of power and influence away from the US in particular and a shift in favour of the developing world, particularly China."So, there you have it -- straight from Soros' anti-American lips.
Therefore, whenever you see the multitude of Soros-funded leftist groups creating havoc in the U.S. economy, culture and political system, there should be no doubt as to the intent. Soros wants to beat down the United States while championing the ChiComs.
Soros obviously doesn't support free markets, free speech nor individual liberty. Presumably, leftist American groups backed by Soros money and pushing his agenda don't either.
January 23, 2008
Starving For Jawa Radio?
Click on the JawaCast link at the top of the blog.
Regular shows will begin February 12th at 8 pm Central, 9 pm Eastern, 7 pm Mountain, 6 pm Pacific.
If we do any more test runs, I'll let you know.
Oh, and if you want to be a guest panelist, email me at email@example.com
And, yes, Rusty will be there when we start the real deal. He just couldn't make it to the test broadcast.
New al-Qaida Tape
"An al-Qaida spokesman called for unity among this week Islamic militants worldwide in a new recorded message, according to a US intelligence official."
"The approximately 28-minute tape features al-Qaida spokesman Abu-Yahya al-Libi telling Islamic scholars to lend their weight to support the jihad, a holy obligation or struggle. The intelligence official said this is an apparent effort to counter some Islamic scholars who are criticizing al-Qaida's violent activities, saying they do not qualify as jihad."
We will update as more information is available. It does look as though there is "sadness" in the ranks when not all agree with killing of innocents....teh, BTW, where's Waldo, I mean Adam the un-American terrorist? Forgot, he has pink eye.
Update by Howie: We have the tape but its all in Arabic with no subtitles. So I have not uploaded it. If you want a copy email Howie and I'll send you one. Or if you subscribe to Laura Mansfield's service you would have had it days ago.
I've added some frames below the fold. We'll try and update with a translation as soon as one becomes available.
The video opens with al-Liby slaughtering a goat.
Shrimp Queen Teacher Busted in Teen Sex Case
(Biloxi, Mississippi) The 1996 Shrimp Bowl Queen and science teacher, Rebecca Bogard, was arrested last Friday for allegedly engaging in sex with a 15-year-old male student.
Bogard, 27, has been charged with sexual battery. More here.
The boy's family alerted the police.
Bogard has been suspended from her teaching position at Fernwood Alternative School. She was booked into custody and released on $50,000 bond.
Brits Dump Three Little Pigs for Fear of Offending "Asians"
That's funny I thought "Asians" had like 10,000 delicious ways to cook pork?
Via BBC: : The CD-Rom digital version of the traditional story of the three little pigs, called Three Little Cowboy Builders, is aimed at primary school children. But judges at this year’s Bett Award said that they had “concerns about the Asian community and the use of pigs raises cultural issues”.Hat Tip: Little Green Footballs.
The Three Little Cowboy Builders has already been a prize winner at the recent Education Resource Award - but its Newcastle-based publishers, Shoo-fly were turned down by the Bett Award panel, run the government’s technology agency. The feedback from the judges explaining why they had rejected the CD-Rom highlighted that they “could not recommend this product to the Muslim community”.
Feel free to save this image and re-post it wherever you'd like.
It is my sincere hope that some radical Islamist, somewhere on the planet, will get really pissed off about it.
It's the little things in life...
Look Who Opened a Youtube Account
He also used Fileflyer so now the Mossad is watching him too! LOL. And Sammy if you're wondering how your video got flagged as "Adult Content", It was me.
So Sammy, creating your own terrorist propaganda now rather than just distributing it? Quite an escalation on your part. Direct aid to al-Qaeda's propaganda effort. I can't wait till you are in the federal pen. I'm going to visit you weekly to be sure you get all the full body cavity searches you deserve.
Update: What? Sammy is posting on McGehee's blog? I'm so jealous. Hey McGehee! Howie cn have his IP?
Jawa Radio: A Test Run
The Jawa Report is expanding into internet radio. Join us at 2 pm Central today as we conduct a half hour test run.
Update: I've gone ahead and opened up the chat room.
Update: We're done, but the show will be archived at the above link.
Update: Just a quick, one time bump.
Islamic Network Pay Your Bills
It appears Islamic Network. has a slight problem. The link is well, just a link. This is so sad...sniff..bwahaha!
"You are seeing this page because the current DNS service has expired.
This is usually just a temporary error while the DNS service is being renewed. But you will want to ask your system administrator to make sure they are aware of this error and payment is made.
"If your system administrator is having you use the wrong resolving name servers you will want to notify them of this mistake right away."
I wonder what Jamal and Fatimahye are doing with their money?
Muslim Pad sign up states brought to you by IN. Bwahahah
Maybe some "charitable" organization will give them a hand.
Hard? earned money doesn't go as far these days. Dries up sometimes. ROFLMAO
Reminder: Why Gaza Was Closed
Yes the Palestinians are "desperate for cigarettes and gasoline but apparently they have no shortage of explosives.
Via Yahoo News: RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Palestinians poured into Egypt from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday through a border wall destroyed by militants, and stocked up on food and fuel in short supply because of an Israeli blockade.The AP article goes on to say...
"Those people are hungry for freedom, for food and for everything," said an Egyptian shopkeeper who gave her name only as Hamida, surveying shelves emptied swiftly by Gazans paying with Egyptian pounds and Israeli shekels.
The fall of the Rafah wall punched a new hole in efforts by Israel, under frequent rocket attack from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, to keep pressure on the territory in the face of an international outcry over shortages and Palestinian hardship.
"The Palestinians living in Gaza are living under chaos because of Hamas, and the blame has to be placed fully at their feet," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.And that is very correct. Hamas has done nothing to stop daily mortar and rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza. Not that I expected them to stop the attacks. But the people of Palestine are suffering because of the actions of terrorists. Why should Israel cooperate and aid the Hamas regime in Gaza when they are being attacked daily?
"It is obviously a situation that is very troubling for Israel and for good reason, it is Hamas's actions of lobbing upwards of 150 rockets a day into their territory that ... caused Israel to implement the blockade," she said.
Below is a recently released video from Al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades showing them firing homade rockets at Israel. They are the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees.
Via Wikipedia: The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) are various Palestinian militant organizations which operate in the Gaza Strip and are regarded as terrorist organizations by Israel and the United States. Set up late 2000 by former Fatah and Tanzim member Jamal Abu Samhadana, the PRC are composed of ex-Fatah militants combined with Hamas, Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades members. Allegedly, the PRC are inspired and financed by Hezbollah. The PRC specializes in planting roadside bombs and vehicle explosive charges - directed against military and civilian convoys in the Gaza Strip.The rockets have no guidance and fall randomly in Israel so the claims that they are being fired against Israeli targets are not very credible.
Hamas and The Popular Resistance Committees have no trouble smuggling in parts for rockets and explosives. Let them also smuggle in food, fuel and cigarettes!
Shocking? NYT Story.
I for one like to "connect the dots" and remember the McCain/Feingold debacle.
Be sure and read all of the Bush/Cheney/Rove/Haliburton/Joooos (my take..ed) conspiracy, you'll be glad you did?!?
Not mentioned? The website is funded by George Soros and the website reads like a press release from the organization. That's some unbiased, independent, non-partisan reporting from the NY Times!
Study: Global Warming Causes Fewer Hurricanes
(University of Miami) A new study by University of Miami researchers Wang and Sang-Ki Lee says that global warming causes the oceans to produce fewer and weaker hurricanes. The study is published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
Some previous studies found that global warming was increasing the number and intensity of hurricanes, a conclusion that supported the conventional wisdom that warmer seas automatically turbocharge hurricane development.Therefore, scientific data have been gathered to support the contention that global warming causes more frequent and stronger hurricanes while also supporting the contention that there will be fewer and weaker hurricanes.
I hope this clears up any confusion people may have regarding global warming. Obviously, it's the eco-political trump card, playable at any time for any purpose.
Former Fredheads Offer Free Advice to Romney
Why pay someone for advice when you can get it for free? Ace:
Offer a five-year moratorium on any legislation designed to grant amnesty or a "path to citizenship." The five years moratorium would be designed to ensure that border security has been achieved before moving on to any sort of "comprehensive" solution.There's more free advice.
The point of this, of course, is to make McCain choke, as he will not offer such a guarantee himself.
So Mitt Romney should offer it.
Note to Ace: I hear Romney's loaded. You should be selling this stuff, man.
Shock: Liberal Filmmaker Can't Find Osama bin Laden
Rumors had been circulating that lefty filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, no doubt started by his own publicist, had found Osama bin Laden. Alas, the rumors turned out to be false.
Spurlock's new movie, Where in the World is Osama bin Laden, comes to the shocking conclusion that it's really hard to find bin Laden. Not satisfied with the mundane, Spurlock's new film is groundbreaking in that it claims, probably for the first time ever, that bin Laden got away because the Bush Administration was distracted by Iraq.
Epiphany: when psycho theory that the CIA really knows where bin Laden is, or is secretly holding him somewhere, all in an effort to bolster support for police state and war for oil turns out to be, well, psycho, then fall back to default "blame Bush for everything" theory.
The film obviously deserves and Academy Award.
Fun With Turkish Terror Supporters
Hotlinking an image isn't cool. It's a form of theft: you're stealing someone else's bandwidth. It's doubly not cool when the people hotlinking your image are jihadists.
It's triply not cool when the image you're stealing is being used to advertise a website dedicated to Shia supported terrorists, like the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas.
The best way to deal with jihadi hotlinkers? Replace the image they're stealing with cartoon Mohammed. And pork products.
Today is looking to be a good day.
And You Thought The Cloverfield Trailer Was Vague
The Jawa Report is about to expand into unchartered territory.
Locking the Barn Door After the Horse Is Gone
From an Agence France Presse story about Hillary defending Bill's shrill attacks on Barack Obama [emphasis added]:
Obama's campaign said it was unbecoming for a former commander-in-chief to be engaging in harsh attacks against a fellow Democrat and some party figures have advised Bill Clinton to tone down his words or risk tarnishing his presidential legacy.Umm...impeachment, disbarment, stanky cigar, hosed down little blue dress, bimbo eruptions, rape accusation, charges of unwanted fondling? Bill's antics are very much in keeping with the image of this former president.
"I think it's not presidential, it's not in keeping with the image of a former president, and I'm frankly surprised that he is taking this approach," said former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle, who has endorsed Obama.
What's to tarnish?
January 22, 2008
So F%*king Pwnd
Anybody want to come up with some appropriate metaphors to accompany this video? I'll get it started:
The GOP come November. lulz
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Good News: "Moderate" Regime in Afghanistan Sentences Student to Death for Blasphemy
I've already reported on the plight of Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, the Afghan student accused of "mocking Islam and the Quran". Up until now, though, a death sentence for the journalism student for blasphemy was only a potential.
Now an Afghan court has actually sentenced Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh to death.
Yes, Islamic law really does call for the death penalty for blasphemy. Why? Because under the Islamist world view blasphemy is a form of treason.
If you follow the link below to the Fox News story you'll see that the objection by friends and family to the death penalty is not over freedom of speech or religion, but rather on procedural grounds. Not that one should be free to criticize Islam if one wants, but that the trial was secret and that Kambakhsh didn't have a lawyer. That he wasn't guilty of the crime, not that the crime itself is absurd.
Jesus wept. Again.
The so-called moderate Islamists don't want to legalize blasphemy, a minimum requirement for modernity. No, the moderates want to replace the death penalty with fines or jail time.
This is political Islam.
As to whether this means our efforts in Afghanistan have failed, please see my previous post on Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh and the difference between "allies" and "friends".
An Afghan court on Tuesday sentenced a 23-year-old journalism student to death for distributing a paper he printed off the Internet that three judges said violated the tenets of Islam, an official said.
The three-judge panel sentenced Sayad Parwez Kambaksh to death for distributing a paper that humiliated Islam, said Fazel Wahab, the chief judge in the northern province of Balkh, where the trial took place. Wahab did not preside over the trial.
Kambaksh's family and the head of a journalists group denounced the verdict and said Kambaksh was not represented by a lawyer at trial. Members of a clerics council had been pushing for Kambaksh to be punished.
"Gay Rights" Quietly Put on Ballot
Miami voters are being asked Jan. 29 to approve a "Citizens' Bill of Rights'' that would, among other things, promote religious freedom, clean air and scenic beauty.Heddy Pena, leader of SAVE, Miami's largest gay-rights group, said that gays are trying to avoid making the issue political because then "you have a fight on your hands." It's thought that a ballot entry described as "Citizens' Bill of Rights" without reference to homosexuality will adequately camouflage the gay-rights provisions of the measure.
It would also ban discrimination on the basis of domestic relationship status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression -- though relatively few people are aware of it.
The proposed city charter change hasn't drawn much attention. The actual ballot wording never mentions gay or transgender rights. On Monday, even some leading gay and Christian activists didn't know anything about it.
According to Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, sponsor of the legislation,
"It would bring a modern approach to people's rights in the city of Miami, including sexual preference and gender identification as classifications that are rights that will be upheld in the city of Miami."Members of SAVE helped craft the wording in the proposed ordinance. Once passed, it's expected that transgender protections will be added to the ordinance.
Notably, this isn't the first time that a special interest group in Florida has used sneaky means to get controversial measures passed by the voters. Some may recall that after a mendacious petition drive, the Florida Constitution was amended to protect pregnant pigs.
Congressional Testimony about Yemeni Journalist al-Khaiwani
Al-Khaiwani has been a target of the regime for years because of his refusal to self-censor. Currently he is facing an entirely bogus "terrorism" trial, having earlier been kidnapped and beaten by security forces. Testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee by the Committee to Protect Journalists:
In June, in one of the year’s most troubling press freedom incidents, Abdel Karim al-Khaiwani, editor of an opposition news Web site and former editor of the online newspaper Al-Shoura, was brought before a State Security Court on vague terrorism charges that carried a possible death penalty. The government made a slew of unsubstantiated accusations, reinforcing the belief among Yemeni journalists and political observers that the editor’s arrest was an attempt to punish him for his unrelenting criticism of the government’s fight against anti-government rebels in northwestern Yemen, as well as his writing about government nepotism. The preliminary evidence against al-Khaiwani consisted of photographs of the fighting in northwestern Yemen, an interview and contact with a rebel leader, and news articles, including one he wrote that criticized President Ali Abdullah Saleh...The testimony , which also covers Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco concludes, "This is why it is essential for those involved in promoting political reform and media freedom to redouble their efforts to unmask stealth attacks on the press and expose empty media reforms...Press freedom activists, human rights groups, and concerned colleagues have multiplied in the last decade, providing a voice for besieged journalists." Unmasking stealth attacks and exposing empty reforms, a Jawa specialty...
His case took a dangerous twist in July 2007 when, following his release pending trial, several gunmen abducted him as he attempted to hail a taxi. The assailants threatened him, beat him, and tried to break his fingers. The gunmen also threatened to kill the journalist and his family if he wrote another word against the president or the country’s national unity.
During the year, there were several other cases of violent attacks and criminal prosecutions of independent journalists.
Fredheads, It's Time to Support Mitt
Dear fellow Fredheads,
It's time to support Mitt Romney. Can Mitt win in a general election? I don't know. Certainly he has always had a better chance than Fred. And if the opposition is Hillary Clinton, then maybe.
McCain can beat Hillary. But McCain is, well, McCain.
To be honest, I'm not as down on McCain as most of my fellow Jawas and you, the readers. But that's just because I've been a one-issue guy since right around, oh, let me see, I think the date was 9/11/2001.
But still, McCain doesn't get that the border is tied in with our national security.
Mitt does. And he seems to get the war on political Islam.
Sure, Rudy also seems to get both, but it's probably too little too late for him.
I'm hearing some oddball theory that a lot of Fredheads are natural Huckabee supporters. That's insane. Like, certifiably insane.
It's built on the presumption that the evangelical supporters of Thompson are in the same boat as the evangelical supporters of Huckabee. I got news for Tom Edsell: they aint the same animal. Sure, they may have the same funny accent, and so I'm guessing that to an outsider like Edsell the presumption is that they must be the same species. But they're not.
One is a Christian and a conservative, the other is just a Christian. One liked Thompson's policy positions in spite of his rather flawed character. The other likes Huckabee because he's a Christian. A good guy. God's man in the White House. Yup, that's about as deep as it gets.
Go check out the results of Ace's poll here. I see one vote for Huckabee. I'm guessing that was Slu. But he's probably drunk. And I mean smashed. [Update: Allahpundit has a poll out now, too, but doesn't even have Huckabee as a choice. Guess who's WAY ahead?]
I suspect that former Fredheads for McCain are jumping on the Mac is back train because they want to support a guy who can win. I can respect that. Politics isn't religion. You don't need to go to confession after pulling the lever for a guy you can barely stand. You don't get cooties from voting.
But I think Romney can win too. His chances are less than that of McCain, but I think it's doable. And he's by far the most conservative guy left in the race, save possibly Rudy.
Sure, he's a Mormon, and I think that there are just enough bigots out there that won't ever vote for a Mormon. A fair number of those are Huckabee supporters. But since the race may come down to the choice between a Mormon, a black guy, or a woman, I think we can safely assume that the morons will just stay home and not affect the outcome of the election.
For every Huckabee Republican who won't ever vote for a Mormon, I think we'll find an equal number of Union Democrats who fear a woman with PMS in the White House or despise the fact that those people are now running for the nation's highest office.
The numbers are small, but in a close race they could matter. But my guess is that the numbers are small going both ways.
So, it seems to me that Mitt Romney is our guy. To be honest, I haven't heard a single thing from him that I haven't liked. The worst thing I know about him is that he's been late to join the pro-life wagon. Or some idiotic thing from Duncan Hunter about how we shouldn't support Mitt because his former company is pairing up with the ChiComs to produce weapons.
He's been criticized for promising too much. Not a problem in my book. As long as politicians are promising in the right direction, that's what is important.
Promising me X amount of tax cuts and delivering X/2 is much better than promising X amount of increased spending and then delivering only X/2 spending increases.
And infinitely more realistic than, say, abolishing the IRS and going to a nationwide sales tax.
Other than that, the criticisms are rather vague. Usually people saying they don't trust him. Like he's been back and forth so many times on so many issues. But I can't for the life of me figure out what these people are talking about.
The majority of people who are pro-life were pro-choice at some time. I know I was. I thought it was the right position. I thought it was consistent with my libertarian streak. I changed my mind some time after I got married, but I wasn't really committed to the position.
Then my wife got pregnant and I saw the first ultrasound. And the second time another ultrasound. And the third time another ultrasound. The the fourth time another ultrasound. And now I'm pro-life. More consistent with my "thou shalt not murder" position.
I had what I thought was a well thought out position. I was presented with a new set of facts, ones that I had purposefully avoided thinking about for at least a decade, and then I changed my position. Did a 180, really. A regular flip-flopper I am.
So, this doesn't really bother me about Mitt. Not in the least.
I think the hardest part, really, is admitting that Hugh Hewitt has been right all along. Big 10 fans are right occasionally. Very occasionally. Just as long as they're not talking sports, they may have something intelligent to say.
And the hair. Mitt's hair is a little much. Other than that, I don't see any problem supporting Mitt.
So, for now, Mitt's my man. I'd urge the rest of you Fredheads to get on board and support Mitt.
Here is Mitt Romney's webpage. No, it's not HughHewitt.com.
Update on Briana (Brianna) Denison
Update on this post... Missing, Briana Denison Reno, Nevada..note Reno Police Dept has the spelling of Brianna, not Briana...
A hot line has been established just for Brianna. Anyone, please if you have any information call one of these numbers. While you are at it, please say a pray for her and her family and friends to give them strength through this horrific ordeal.
"Monday evening, members of Brianna Denison’s family made an appeal for her return and for anyone with information about her disappearance to call the tip line at:
(775) 745-3521. Information can also be called into the Secret Witness Program at (775) 322-4900, or the Reno Police Department Detective Division at (775) 334-2115"Here is the website:
"Reno Police Dept. Established 24 hr Hotline"
Also Reno Gazette Journal has a site with other pictures and more information such as a Facebook page set up by friends. Please visit the above link.
Just received link to FaceBook here...
Comments Acting Funky
Something's going on with Haloscan. I keep having to hit refresh to see them.
No, your comments aren't getting deleted by any of us.
Columbia University Instructor Had Seven Pipe Bombs
Strange situation and Columbia University. A guy accidentally shoots off the end of his finger and police discover seven pipe bombs.
"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people."
Sharia Coming to Malaysia
No picking your checkout line based on which one has the hot chick in it!
AP Via Yahoo News:KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's only state run by the Islamic opposition party will get stricter about enforcing separate lines for men and women at supermarkets, an official said Tuesday.So my next question is, can a female checkout girl work the male line and visa versa? Or does the checkout person have to match the assigned sex of the line? This seems inefficient to me, as the male line will always tend to be much shorter.
Authorities in the northern state of Kelantan — governed by the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party — will fine supermarkets and shops if they let men and women use the same lines at checkout counters, said party spokesman Anual Bakri Haron.
Chief Minister Nik Aziz Nik Mat has called for stricter enforcement "to safeguard the ladies" from being harassed and to avoid close proximity between opposite sexes while lining up to buy groceries, Anual said. "He wants the enforcement to be looked into thoroughly."
Kelantan is the only Malaysian state governed by the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party. The rest are ruled by the National Front coalition, which is made up of various parties representing Malaysia's different ethnic groups.
These Islamists need to lay off the hashish before they ruin the world economy. So paranoid they are scared of girls.
Supreme Court Rules against Muslim Prisoner
Everyone loses stuff when moving, why did this guy think it would be different for him...teh
"The Supreme Court said Tuesday that a Muslim inmate cannot sue the government over the disappearance of the prisoner's copies of the Quran and a prayer rug."
"In a 5-4 ruling, the justices said the federal law the inmate relied on prohibits lawsuits against federal corrections officers."
"Abdus-Shahid M.S. Ali says the missing books and rug reflect widespread harassment against Muslim inmates in federal, state and local prisons stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
This is one lawsuit that isn't going to pad the accounts of ?.
Kudo's to The Supreme Court on this.
This Week In The Pentagon
Defense Department officials announce the deployment of over 3000 marines. LtGen Russel Honore is honored. A look inside a Marine virtual trainer.
Interview With Taliban Spokesman Zahidullah Mujahid
NEFA investigator Claudio Franco recently conducted a telephone interview with Taliban spokesman Zahidullah Mujahid. In it, he denies that the Taliban were behind the Bhutto assassination, blaming the U.S. instead. Audio here, transcripts here.
You may remember Zahidullah Mujahid from 32 of his websites which we recently --with your help-- pwned. Several of the websites carried his personal signature -- Dr. Mujahid -- to let the reader know the sites were official.
How hard is it to get an interview with the Taliban? Not hard. I have Zahidullah Mujahid's personal phone number. I'm not joking. Any of you feel like giving him a ring so you can tell him to f*ck a goat just drop me a note and I'll be happy to share it.
Better yet, give Qari Youssef a call. He speaks English, and I'm pretty sure he's into buggering little boys.
WTF are these assholes still doing alive? WTF isn't a bomb falling on Zahidullah Mujahid and Qari Youssef Muhammed right this very instant? Please tell me that there is some intel value in letting these two bastards live, because if not, then my faith in the intel community is pretty much shot.
Because if NEFA, or I, can just pick up the phone and talk to the spokesman of a group that we are at war with, then something is seriously FUBAR!
UK Mosques More Extreme Than In Iraq?
Converts to Islam are often more absolute in their adherence, and more radical in their outlook. One reason for this - radical indoctrination from the pulpit.
From MoD Oracle, via The Sun -
The Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq has claimed mosques in Blackburn are more extreme than in his own country.
Dr Barham Salih’s comments have sparked outrage among British Muslim leaders.
Shadow culture minister Tobias Ellwood revealed the comments Dr Salih had made to him at a dinner party in Baghdad.
The Tory MP claimed the Iraqi said: “I am not surprised that you British are facing so many problems with extremists after what I saw in those mosques in Blackburn.
"What I saw would not be allowed here in Iraq - it would be illegal.” (emphasis added)
Let's hope the 'outrage' of British Muslim leaders does not escalate into Islam's typical response to any perceived affront - riots, arson, kidnappings and murder.
Read the full article here.
MND-North Soldiers liberate 2 From al-Qaeda Prison
BAQUBA, Iraq – Coalition forces liberated two Iraqi males with signs of torture from an al-Qaeda prison near Arab Jabar, south of Baquba in the early morning hours of Jan. 20.
Soldiers of 2-1 Cavalry, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Lewis, Wash., discovered the building, which was closed off by a heavy, deadbolt-locked door. The Soldiers were clearing the area of AQI in support of Operation Raider Harvest, the Diyala province portion of Operation Phantom Phoenix – a country-wide offensive to rid Iraq of extremists.
“We could hear voices inside the room,” said Spc. Christopher Nollenberg, a cavalry scout with 2-1 CAV., who was one of the first to enter the chamber. “They called out for help and told us they were prisoners.”
Inside were two adult male prisoners. Both were contracted by Coalition Forces as electricians to install power lines. They had bruises on their backs and legs. Soldiers found braided wire cords, cables and a strap hooked to the ceiling used to hold the prisoners while they were beaten.
The liberated prisoners were transported to Forward Operating Base Warhorse for medical treatment, meals and questioning.
The men were kidnapped by al-Qaeda gunmen while driving to visit family in Baquba Jan. 9. They were bound and blindfolded and taken to the prison chamber. They were routinely beaten and questioned during their first three days of captivity. AQI operatives asked the men for names of Concerned Local Citizens in their towns, and also asked them who in the area supports the CLCs and who wants to join the CLC group.
Rifles were pointed at their heads and knives held to their throats. They were threatened daily and told they would be killed. One was beaten over the head with a pistol. Both men were bound and struck repeatedly with cables. They were fed rice with dates and one cup of dirty water a day, according to the liberated prisoners.
There were 14 prisoners detained in the al-Qaeda chamber at one time. The other 12 prisoners were either killed or released, according to the liberated prisoners.
“These people (AQI) don’t deserve to live,” said one victim. “I will remember for the rest of my life the day that the Coalition forces gave me a second chance to live.”
The victims were released from FOB Warhorse and reunited with their families the afternoon of Jan. 20.
Al Qaeda Remains Coalition’s, Iraqi’s Biggest Target
WASHINGTON — Al Qaeda remains the most dangerous terror group in Iraq, and coalition and Iraqi security forces continue to attack it, Navy Rear Adm. Greg Smith, a spokesman for Multinational Forces Iraq, said yesterday in Baghdad.
Smith gave an update on Operation Phantom Phoenix and a short history of al Qaeda’s operations in the country. He also spoke about Iran’s influence in Iraq.
The effects of Operation Phantom Phoenix have been substantial, Smith said. “Since January 1, Operation Phantom Phoenix has conducted 18 battalion-level operations, detained 1,023 terrorists and killed 121 terrorists,” Smith said during a news conference. Coalition and Iraqi forces have captured or killed 92 high-value targets and found and cleared 351 caches, 410 improvised explosive devices and three car bomb and suicide bomb factories, and uncovered four tunnel complexes.
Smith told reporters attacks using deadly explosively formed projectiles have fallen off following a surge in attacks using the Iranian-supplied weapons earlier this month. “The number of signature weapons that had come from Iran and had been used against coalition and Iraqi forces are down dramatically except for this short uptick in the EFPs in the early part of January,” he said.
“It’s uncertain, again, what is happening in Iran that's leading to that occurrence,” Smith said. Coalition officials said they believe Iran continues to train Iraqi insurgents and fund Shia insurgent organizations.
But even with the problems caused by offshoots of the Shia Jaish al-Mahdi special groups, al Qaeda in Iraq remains the biggest threat, Smith said.
Al Qaeda infiltrated Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein. Its purpose was to purge the coalition, which it refers to as “the infidels” – from the country. “Al Qaeda senior leadership, who by that time had been driven into northwestern Pakistan, saw Iraq as its caliphate, its center of struggle and dominance for establishing its Taliban-like ideology in the heart of the Arab world,” Smith said.
The group is foreign-led – its current leader is Egyptian – but uses dissatisfied Iraqis as fighters.
Al Qaeda in Iraq uses barbaric tactics to intimidate Shia, Sunni, Kurds and Christians. “They executed young and old, men and women,” Smith said. “They beheaded fathers in front of their children. They extorted, kidnapped and murdered for little or no reason. To even the most casual observer, it appeared that all of Iraq was the enemy of al Qaeda. No Iraqi was spared from their wrath.”
The main weapon in al Qaeda’s arsenal is the suicide bomber. Suicide attacks launched against the Golden Mosque in Samarra in February 2006 came very close to pushing Iraq into a civil war. There have been a number of high-profile suicide bombings in recent months, even though the overall numbers of attacks are down. Smith said foreigners carry out 90 percent of the suicide attacks in Iraq.
At the beginning of 2007, al Qaeda seemed on its way to victory, Smith said. Vast stretches of Iraq were under the terrorists sway and in Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar province, al Qaeda even sponsored a parade down the main street. The group had freedom of movement and safe havens in many areas of the Western Euphrates River Valley and in many neighborhoods of Baghdad.
In 2007, al Qaeda in Iraq launched 4,500 attacks that targeted civilians, Smith said. “Al Qaeda murdered 3,870 Iraqis, injuring nearly 18,000 additional innocent civilians,” he said. “The violence peaked in March and April and as the surge of operations pressed through the summer, the number of high profile explosions slowly began to decrease.
“However,” he said, “the numbers still remain alarmingly high.”
The keys to progress against al Qaeda were the surge in U.S. forces into the country and the increased capabilities of Iraqi forces, the admiral said. Iraqi security forces continue to grow, develop their capabilities and shoulder more of the burden of providing security. “In 2007, the Iraqi security forces grew by more than 106,000 personnel,” Smith said. “The total force now stands at over 567,000.”
The growth enabled the success of the “clear, hold, build” strategy in the country. Coalition and Iraqi forces cleared areas, then had the numbers to hold the areas and protect the people living there from al Qaeda re-infiltration.
By the end of 2007, some 140 battalions of Iraqi army, National Police and special operations units were in the fight with 122 of those battalions capable of taking the lead in operations. “All Iraqi battalions are heavily involved in combat operations and have been increasingly the first line of defense, with losses two to three times that of the coalition,” Smith said.
Beyond the military fight against al Qaeda was the role the tribes, sheikhs and people played, he said. The so-called “Anbar Awakening” had a profound influence on taking large areas out of al Qaeda’s dominion. The people were tired of al Qaeda’s bloody tactics and began working with Iraqi and coalition security forces to improve security.
“Today, more than 130 different concerned local citizen groups are providing neighborhood security throughout Iraq, with over 80,000 active members – 80 percent of whom are Sunni (and) 20 percent Shia,” Smith said. “Under the control of local Iraqi security or coalition forces, these brave Iraqis have turned the tide against al Qaeda and are no longer afraid to fight against their ideology and violence.”
Progress depends on squeezing al Qaeda in Iraq from every direction and with every possible means, Smith said. “Progress made in security must be followed quickly by improved economic security, with employment being foremost,” he said. “The government of Iraq is acutely aware of this challenge and has worked side by side with the provincial leadership to address many of their needs and concerns. All of this will need to be worked in order to continue squeezing al Qaeda out of their safe havens and operating bases and into the open where they can be killed or captured.”
Overall, operations against al Qaeda in Iraq in 2007 resulted in the capture of 8,800 terrorists while an additional 2,400 were killed, Smith said. Of those captured or killed were 52 emirs, 32 improvised explosive device leaders, 24 cell leaders and 92 facilitators.
“As Operation Phantom Phoenix continues, we know that a tough fight is ahead, and we remain committed to pursuing al-Qaeda in order to ensure security and stability for all of Iraq,” Smith said.
Dalai Lama on Islam
I dig the Dalai Lama, but what he doesn't know about Islam may get him beheaded someday since Tibetan Buddhism is polytheistic.
To Set the Record Straight
Russ Vaughn reviews To Set the Record Straight: How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry. Check it out.
Jose Padilla Sentenced to 17 Years
MIAMI (AP) - Jose Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up a radioactive "dirty bomb," was sentenced Tuesday to 17 years and four months on terrorism conspiracy charges that don't mention those initial allegations.
Cooke also imposed prison terms on two other men of Middle Eastern origin who were convicted of conspiracy and material support charges along with Padilla in August. The three were part of a North American support cell for al-Qaida and other Islamic extremists around the world, prosecutors said.
Jurors in the criminal case never heard Padilla's full history, which according to U.S. officials included a graduation from the al-Qaida terror camp, a plot to detonate the "dirty bomb" and a plot to fill apartments with natural gas and blow them up. Much of what Padilla supposedly told interrogators during his long detention as an enemy combatant could not be used in court because he had no access to a lawyer and was not read his constitutional rights.
Justice served? I think not.
McCain-Huckabee '08 : A Fried Squirrel in Every Popper!!!
The good news for conservatives is that Miguel the Huckster has turned out to be a "one-trick pony." He can fire up (some) evangelicals, but has no significant appeal outside of that group. He's running fourth in Florida and dropping fast. Things don't look much better for the Huckster in the rest of the country, where he's dropping in the national polls, not to mention broke. If things don't change pretty dramatically for the Huckster, and very soon, I think we can stick a fork in any thoughts Huck may have of headlining the ticket.
The bad news for conservatives is that Juan the Maverick seems to be dancing in high cotton these days. He's at the top of the national polls, and on track to win Florida, California and Pennsylvania.
While McCain has a good shot at locking up eastern and western states, he may yet have trouble in the heartland, owing in no small part to his rocky relationship with the folks he's been known to refer to as the "agents of intolerance."
Pulling Huckster's endorsement might very well go a long way to soothing some of those sore evangelical toes and bringing the faithful back into the fold.
Thus, if things don't change direction pretty soon, it's not at all impossible that the GOP could end up with "McCain-Huckabee 2008" come November, giving us the combination of a wannabe Democrat and...well, another wannabe Democrat.
Taliban, Meet The A10 Thunderbolt
Check out how fast the A10 fires and the rounds arrive before the sound.
Hat Tip: Lucky.
Original Scott Beauchamp Documents Revealed
Here's Beauchamp's original written confession that his stories in the New Republic were bogus.
Muhammed Loves Porn
Fred Fry just sent me a piece of spam he got from "Muhamed Bakri". Something about "amaateur arches her back and raises her asz high see".
No need to quote the rest, I think you get the point. At least it wasn't goat porn.
"The Politics of Ahistorical Destiny"
January 21, 2008
Proud Of Our Work
We at the Jawa Report are proud of the fact that we have yet to cover one single solitary Presidential Primary debate. On either side.
Analysis: Journalists More Prone to Violence Than General Populace
Answering the New York Times' ridiculously transparent attempt at "SUPPORT THE TROOPS BY CALLING THEM MURDERERS" story, Iowahawk takes the very same investigative approach and finds that media personalities are more prone to violence and mental instability than the general populace.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. If you see a journalist, commit them to the nearest institution for their own good.
Do your patriotic duty.
Bubba in Dreamland
America's first black president nods off during MLK Day festivities.
Here's a pic, but to get the full effect, watch the video accompanying the New York Post story.
In Clinton's defense, this speaker did drone on in that awful, soporific, Sharptonesque style.
Team America F*ck Yeah!
This is so very, very, very, NSFW.
Do I make myself clear? NOT. SAFE. FOR. WORK.
Thus, the truth is spoken.
If you just got fired for watching this, well, I warned you.
stein hoist: Garduneh Mehr
The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Huh? Edition ***Fatwas Issued***
This is dying for a caption. As always, the BSCC is sticky, scroll down for new content, if any,
These people are demanding we stop Global
Warming Climate Change!1!!!!!1
Please observe the SNOW!
Fatwas will be issued to those who insult the best!
The "i will cut ur neck" fatwa goes to fasternu426 for:
"What do we w-ww--ww-want?"
"A fookin' f-f-f-fire barrel"
"When do we wwww-want it?"
The "devil will do meetballs from your bodies" fatwa goes to Rep J for:
Woefully jacketed and coated college students rallied outside the state building to protest the four seasons of North America, most particularly, winter. One person, beating the drums of war against so-called 'climate change', said, "We prefer the sunny, balmy days of summer and hopefully the government can find a way to make it summer all the time." Another woman holding a blue sign said, "If there are more summer days, then everyone can use solar energy, which is renewable energy, and that would be better for the environment as a whole." When asked about the rally against Winter, Presidential candidate Fred Thompson quipped, "Are they f*cking nuts?"
The "why you insult holly quoran" fatwa goes to doriangrey for:
For gods sake, somebody stop global warming before I freeze to death...
And the special "sorry, but I HAVE A FREAKIN' LIFE!!!!1!!!1" fatwa goes to Randman for:
Weeellllllll? Who are the winners ya big tease?
Okay, well, that's not entirely true. I really have no life, as evidenced by the fact this didn't get judged yesterday because I watched roughly 8 straight hours of football.
Goat Got Your Tongue?
They came. By the hundreds they came. They came to ask the almighty al-Zawahiri their questions.
And just what did they get in return?
CAIRO, Egypt - Sympathizers submitted hundreds of questions to al-Qaida deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri's "on-line interview" before a recent deadline. Among them: Why hasn't al-Qaida attacked the U.S. again, why isn't it attacking the Israelis and when will it be more active in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria?
So far, there have been no answers.
Who knows, maybe he banged his head on the ground once too often and is unable to speak.
stein hoist: Howie
Michael Yon In The NYT
I gotta give credit where credit is due. They were pretty fair to him.
Except they put it in the Business Section.
Truth Banned In Yemen
“When the website was blocked on Saturday evening, I initially thought it may have been a technical fault with the site, but when I realized that it only users in Yemen couldn’t access the site while visitors abroad could view it normally, I understood that the website was definitely blocked,” Al-Saqaf said. “Our portal is a mere news aggregate which publishes material from more than a thousand sources and it is inevitable that some of the articles may be critical of the government. However, blocking the whole search engine for that is absurd!” he added, mentioning that he was warned personally that there may be repercussions for allowing some critical content from blocked websites to appear on the search engine. The incident comes amidst an unprecedented systematic filtering and blocking of websites dealing with news and opinions.Like many dictatorships, the Yemeni regime attempts to create a false reality for its own citizens and the international community. The regime survives on a combination of propaganda, lies and censorship. Article 19's recent report on press "freedom" in Yemen noted the practice of cloning, whereby a look alike newspaper (with a pro-government line) is issued in replacement of an opposition newspaper. The amount of effort the Yemeni government puts into deception is staggering.
Terrorism Is Just a Criminal Act & Not Terrorism
From "American Muslim"
As if Europe isn't dhimmi enough this article compares persecution of Jews to persecution...huh?..of Muslims. Sorry, I don't see any connection. Author of the article sites past "history" of the Jewish peoples to current affairs of Muslims.
Also appearing to agree with Director of Public Prosecutions that we are NOT fighting a war and terrorist acts are really only "miss guided youths"(my take..ed) and should be tried in the courts. We made that mistake in the US, and it has cost us dearly.
h/t writer mom who headlined this .. "Muslim the New Jew" .. seems so appropriate..
"Muslims are now getting the same treatment Jews had a century ago"
"This is not just about foreign neocon wars, or politically correct anti-racism, or multiculturalism - or even the defence of the human rights of British citizens who are Muslims. It is about the security of all British citizens. As Ken Macdonald, director of public prosecutions, warned last week, if we want to safeguard our security we must abandon delusions that we are fighting wars, and deal with terrorism in the context of criminal justice. With more terror arrests inevitable, and the prospect of new anti-terrorism legislation any day, the need to grasp what is really going on could not be more urgent."
Sorry, but most of us have "grasped" what is going on Mr McDonald, it is the "War on Terror" and not mis-guided youths...
Hot Off the Runways of Tehran
Some photos from the 2008 Islamic Fashion Convention in Tehran (via Reuters):
Scarlett Johansonn: Patriotic Hottie Visits Troops!
Here's an unedited DOD video of Hollywood hottie Scarlett Johansson visiting the troops in Kuwait on a USO tour. The video was taken January 19th. I ripped it and then uploaded it to YouTube. Sorry about the quality, blame the Department of Defense.
Lucky, lucky soldiers!
At the very end of the video a soldier sings to Scarlett. The ballsy bastard gets a kiss for his effort. What I get out of it is that if you ever meet Scarlett Johansson make sure to break out into song proclaiming your undying love for her.
Thanks to Outlaw 13 who swears on the Holy Koran that he found the video while cruising the DOD's website for video of missile shots from last year and not for "Scarlett Johannson nude". He has more background on Scarlett Johansson's USO visit here.
UPDATE: Looks like DOD finally released some higher quality pics. Michelle has them up here.
And yeah she's a partisan Democrat, and maybe it's a publicity stunt, but that kind of misses the whole point of visiting the troops. You think any of those soldiers really gives a damn at this point?
Original Beauchamp Documents Revealed
The DOD had responded to Bob Owens' Freedom of Information Request. He'll be posting scanned documents related to the Scott Beauchamp case throughout the day. At first glance, they're pretty damning.
Saudi Arabia Joins 19th Century
Real progress in Saudi Arabia. Women in the Kingdom have been given the right to drive. They also have been given permission to check into hotels all by their little ol' selves.
Next on the Saudi women's lib agenda? Securing the right to be out after dark without a male relative escorting them. Or possibly reducing the number of male witnesses required to prove guilt in a rape case from two to one.
You've come a long way, baby.
200 Girls Genitals Mutilated for Muhammad's Birthday
But according the the New York Times, we should not judge Indonesia too harshly.
VIA NYTs: Nonetheless, as Western awareness of female genital cutting has grown, anthropologists, policy makers and health officials have warned against blindly judging those who practice it, saying that progress is best made by working with local leaders and opinion-makers to gradually shift the public discussion of female circumcision from what it’s believed to bestow upon a girl toward what it takes away. “These mothers believe they are doing something good for their children,” Guarenti, a native of Italy, told me. “For our culture that is not easily understandable. To judge them harshly is to isolate them. You cannot make change that way.”
Click Image for more slides.
Hat Tip: Phyllis.
Video : Pat Condell Kicks Sharia Ass
h/t : Michelle
Scumbag Jay Grodner Says Moving To France
In case you've forgotten, was facing charges for intentionally keying a Marine Sgt. Michael McNulty's car. He was sentenced last week to a 600 dollar fine and 30 hours community service.
Via Chicago Tribune:Jay Grodner, the Chicago lawyer who keyed a Marine's car in anger because the car had military plates and a Marine insignia, finally got his day in court last week.Which is perfectly fine with me. Good riddance. And Jay, be sure you spend a lot of time with the mayor of Paris and maybe, just maybe, you'll get a taste of your own moral relativism.
Grodner pleaded guilty in a Chicago courtroom packed with former Marines....
....Grodner told me he'd describe himself as a "radical liberal" who's ready to leave Chicago now with all this negative publicity and move to the south of France and do some traveling.
Hat Tip: Stable Hand.
Hugo Chavez: I Chew Coca Every Day
President Chavez admitted to chewing coca and it's being viewed as an endorsement of illegal drug use. I'm not surprised.
From Miami Herald:
Chavez's comments on coca initially went almost unnoticed, coming amid a four-hour speech to the National Assembly during which he made international headlines by calling on other countries to stop branding two leftist Colombian guerrilla groups as terrorists and instead recognize them as "armies."Chavez has praised coca before, saying he wanted to de-Satanize the product.
"I chew coca every day in the morning . . . and look how I am," he is seen saying on a video of the speech, as he shows his biceps to the audience.
Chavez, who does not drink alcohol, added that just as Fidel Castro "sends me Coppelia ice cream and a lot of other things that regularly reach me from Havana," Bolivian President Evo Morales "sends me coca paste . . . I recommend it to you."
It was not clear what Chavez meant. Indigenous Bolivians and Peruvians can legally chew coca leaves as a mild stimulant and to kill hunger. But coca paste is a semi-refined product -- between leaves and cocaine -- considered highly addictive and often smoked as basuco or pitillo.
"It is another symptom that [Chavez] has totally lost the concept of limits," said Aníbal Romero, a political scientist with the Caracas Metropolitan University. "It shows Chavez is a man out of control."
All this information possibly sheds a new perspective on why Hollywood-types and other celebrities flock to have meetings with Chavez. Also somewhat explained is Chavez's apparent paranoia regarding the U.S. and the ease with which he can give four-hour speeches.
I Stand With Rusty
Like Rusty, I hope that Lionheart is acquitted of the ridiculous charges being brought against him in England. Also like Rusty, and after closely following the dustup that's been going on the past couple of weeks, I've come to the conclusion that Lionheart is, indeed, a douchebag.
Charles Johnson is not my friend (unlike Rusty, who I am proud to call a friend), he's not my mentor, nor did he inspire me to start a blog. I started a blog after following a link in a Michael Ledeen piece at NRO to Iraq The Model. That's how I learned what a blog was.
However, I've come to my conclusion based on Lionheart's vehement reaction to Charles' update in his initial post. When it was revealed to him that Lionheart was a BNP supporter, Charles rightly distanced himself, without withdrawing his support for Lionheart's case.
Instead of saying "well, I disagree with you about the BNP" and thanking him for the continued support for his personal case, Lionheart went on the attack.
He then posted a tepid apology, but even in that took a swipe, claiming that he had been defamed and slandered, despite the fact that his support for the BNP is quite clearly noted throughout his blog.
When you're in the situation that Lionheart is, you need all the help you can get. Going after people who want to see you triumphant, while not necessarily agreeing with all of what you do, is rather counter-productive.
Frankly, the BNP supporters of Lionheart showing up in comments on just about every post on this issue remind me of the Paultards. Which means that I think our side needs them like we need a new asshole.
Especially this person that left the first comment on Rusty's post:
Sadly, like Charles, at heart you are just another leftist Dr. Shackleford. Hence, an insidious traitor as opposed to a open one.
A traitor to whom, Mr. Mysterio? Or, better, a traitor to what? If you think Rusty is a leftist, please show evidence, other than the fact he, nor any of us here at the Jawa Report, support Neo-Fascist douchebags.
Fred and Florida
There's a lot of talk about Fred dropping out. There's a lot of talk about Fred not dropping out. I'm not sure what to think right now. I have thought about who I might be willing to support if Fred were to drop out. I haven't made up my mind, but McCain and Huck are out as far as I'm concerned. If we're going to have a Democrat in the White House, I'd rather he or she operate under the Democrat brand name.
If this poll is reflective of general sentiment, 3 of 4 FredHeads would support Romney if Fred were to drop out of the race.
If these polls are accurate, Romney is 5 points behind McCain in Florida and Fred has 8.5 points in his corner. Three-fourths of 8.5 is about 6.4.
So, if Fred were to drop out before Florida, and 3 of 4 Florida FredHeads were to actually break for Romney, Fred could very well hand Romney a win in Florida by dropping out of the race before the Florida vote.
On the other hand, if Fred stays in the race, and there's no serious shift in the polls in the next nine days, Fred might secure a McCain win in Florida by staying in.
Place Your Bets
I say Patriots by 14.
Saw it on Friday. I was thinking of writing a review, but this one captures it better than I would have.
h/t : Ace, who has his own review here.
January 20, 2008
Just Another Day In The Sand Box
Sand storm moves into Al Asad, Iraq
Just another example of the difficult conditions coalition forces must deal with on a daily basis. Remember this the next time you feel like complaining about the weather...
Video Hat-Tip - biggles9 at LiveLeak.
Still images below the fold.
Sand storm moves into Al Asad Airfield, Iraq
These are older photos, and not from the same storm seen in the video.
Imminent Arrival of New Stupidest Movie Ever Made Detected
VARIETY: Oliver Stone to make film about George W. Bush. Josh Brolin to star... Developing...
Brit Terrorism Newspeak
British Home Office Secretary Jacqui Smith has ordered "Islamic terrorism" to be called "anti-Islamic activity." The newspeak strategy is to portray terrorists as not fighting for a religious cause.
Officials also indicated that "war on terror" and "Islamic extremism" will no longer be acceptable terminology among those involved in counterterrorism. More here.
Israeli Cabinet Ministers Call for Nasrallah Assassination
A day after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah claimed that he possessed the body parts of Israeli soldiers killed in the 2006 Lebanon war, several cabinet ministers said it was time for Nasrallah to "be eliminated." Via Jerusalem Post:
"We shouldn't be afraid of Nasrallah, we should eliminate him," Internal Affairs Minister Meir Sheetrit (Kadima) said.
Before the meeting, newly appointed Minister of Religious Affairs Yitzhak Cohen said Nasrallah was a lunatic that must be eliminated.
Housing Minister Ze'ev Boim (Kadima) referred to Nasrallah as a "sewer rat" and said that he should never see the light of day.
Minister Ghaleb Majadle (Labor) insisted that "we should analyze Nasrallah's speech and understand why he made it. Everything he does is calculated. We shouldn't fall into his traps."
Meanwhile, opposition member MK Zevulun Orlev (NU-NRP) said: "We always knew that Nasrallah does not have a heart. It's about time he did not have a pulse as well."
During yesterday's Ashura celebrations in Beirut, Nasrallah taunted Israel by claiming that they left behind a "large number" of bodies as they retreated from Lebanon in the summer of 2006:
"Your army left behind the remains of soldiers in our villages and fields," he said, addressing the Israeli people, during a speech to the crowds in south Beirut. "We have in our possession arms and legs of Israeli soldiers and we also have a near-complete body. They [Israeli army] were so weak on the field that they left behind remains not of one, two or three, but a large number of [their] soldiers."
The black-turbaned Nasrallah, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of people, was speaking after taking part in commemorations marking Ashoura - the most important holiday for Shi'ites - which honors the death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson.
The IDF released a statement on Saturday night in response to Nasrallah's speech which it called "evil cynicism" and rejected his claim that he was holding the body of a dead Israeli soldier left behind in Lebanon.
"Nasrallah is trampling the basic ethical code of human respect," according to the statement, which also said that his claim of holding body parts belonging to IDF soldiers negated basic international treaties. "Hizbullah's actions are against basic codes held dearly by various religions, including Islam," the statement said.
While the IDF has accounted for all of the bodies of the 119 soldiers killed in the Second Lebanon War, officials said it was possible that small body parts were not found during evacuations that took place from within Lebanon and while under enemy fire.
We pray for the families of the IDF soldiers who were killed in Lebanon in 2006, that they will comforted for this insult added to their grief. And prayers for the innocent people who will undoubtedly die because of this monster's cruel and barbaric words and deeds. And let's not forget the Israeli soldiers whose abductions were an impetus to the 2006 war: Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped in Gaza in June 2006, as well as Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, who were kidnapped near the Israel-Lebanon border in July 2006.
H/t The Stable
Belarus Editor Sentenced for Blasphemy
From US News:
MINSK, Belarus (AP) --
A Belarus court sentenced a newspaper editor Friday to three years in prison for reprinting a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked worldwide riots when it was initially published in a Danish newspaper.
In Vienna, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe protested the sentence and called for the release of Alexander Sdvizhkov, the former deputy editor of the small-circulation Zhoda newspaper.
Security officers in Belarus launched an investigation of Sdvizhkov in February 2006 when he published the caricatures which had originally appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
Fiery protests swept across Muslim countries in early 2006 in reaction to the Danish publication.
Three years hard labor for reprinting a cartoon. Okay, now what happens to those that totally lost it because their Prophet Mohammed was "insulted". Anything? Certainly not....that would be blasphemy, everything is blasphemy anymore.
Who is running the show here....certainly isn't "freedom of speech". Maybe freedom stepped out for a smoke or maybe a drink and decided not to return. Looks like this gentlemen could use some prayers in his struggle to win his appeal. Three years hard labor is rediculous.. more....
January 19, 2008
"Juba" in Puff Piece at Variety
The article at Variety by Bryan Pearson starts out with the "now" feud of IAI and alQaeda.
"When it comes to Internet propaganda, Al Qaeda and the rival Islamic Army of Iraq are in a war for the Web."
Ok, not so bad yet...note the "chilling" in next paragraph....
"But whereas Al Qaeda's propaganda messages are often long and verbose, the Islamic Army's are short -- and chilling."
The article ends with what appears as a glorification of "Juba" and the videos associated with it. It is enough to make one vomit. Such a slap in the face to our Military and Coalition forces.
He also directs the reader to the website of bagdad sniper dot net...Yes, that one.
"In the latest video -- "posted at baghdadsniper.net" -- one sequence shows the marksman taking aim at the silhouette of a soldier in the window of a concrete watchtower. A shot rings out and the body collapses like a puppet, and then falls from view."
The author of this puff piece needs a reality check, we are at war...not playing video games..
Please read the full article at "Variety" link above.
Light Saber Granted to a Ho?
Yup, that's right and that zionist be me.
I would like to thank Dr Rusty and the rest of the Jawa crew for this honor. Dr Rusty.. I ain't giving up that sekrit picture I have of your Mrs....not yet..I ain't that stupid.
Further posts will follow once I figure out how this place works. Hiding in comments is one thing and being out in the open is well open.
Ever Expanding Stable of Hos
Let's give a big Jawa round of applause to our newest author: Stable Hand.
Why did we add yet another author? Blackmail.
Now can I have those pictures of my wife back?
Google (UPDATE: NOT) Censoring Egyptian Human Rights Activists?
It's pretty difficult to get excluded from the Google search engine. It can be done, but it takes a bit of code on all your pages. That is, you have to want to exclude searchbots from listing your website. You have to work to do it.
So, when a group of Egyptian human rights activists has their website excluded from Google you know something is up. [UPDATE: Looks like nothing to see here folks. See update below]
So we have the nation's largest webservice, Google, taking down the websites of the liberal Egyptian opposition while the nation's second-largest webservice, Yahoo!, refusing to take down the official website the Taliban?
Crushing pro-American dissent: patriotism.
Supporting anti-American dissent: patriotism.
I guess I see how the Brave New World works. Dissent truly is the highest form of patriotism. As long as that dissent hates America.
UPDATE: A friend e-mails:
am far from defending Google in many cases but... Google "kefaya.org "...Okay, point taken.
The problem is NOT a "de-listing" but the fact that Kefaya as a TERM has more popular results than this particular site.
Furthermore - if you Google the TERM "Kefaya" - the 102nd site that comes up... is kefaya.org
......If they want kefaya.org to come up higher - then LINK to it. That is an important way to get a site higher in Google rankings.
Charles Johnson is an "Insidious Traitor"
I'm no political purist. If douchebags want to jump on the anti-Islamist bandwagon I welcome the douchebags as allies. In politics there are no friends, only allies.
Hell, we fought side-by-side with the Soviets during WWII. They weren't our friends, they were our allies. There's no hypocrisy in this. We did what we had to do to protect our interests.
But when one of your allies goes to war with someone who is friend, ally, and mentor, then it becomes personal.
I started this whole thing in the LGF comments section. Charles inspired me to start my own blog. He started as a mentor, has always been an ally, and now I can say he's my friend.
Charles mentions that Lionheart calls him a traitor. Actually, the phrase he uses is insidious traitor.
That makes it personal Lionheart.
What the British government is doing to Lionheart is still wrong. I'm not sure how prosecuting someone for criticizing Islam isn't either a partial adaptation of sharia or dhimmtide. I hope Lionheart wins his case.
But wouldn't it be nice if our test cases had more sympathetic figures? A Rosa Parks would be nice right about now.
Imagine this scenario: The Brits try to prosecute some poor old working class lady. Her neighborhood has slowly been 'Stanified' over the past 20 years. Now when she walks home from work the local unemployed thuggish sharia enforcers harass her for not covering her head. She starts an online publication, with the help of her grandkids, in which she speaks out against recent Muslim immigrants for not assimilating. She blames Islam.
I can't imagine a jury that would convict. It would also show these anti-hate laws for what they really are.
Instead the Brits are going to prosecute someone who is unstable, a former drug user, and a supporter of the neo-fascist BNP party. A real douchebag.
Fun With Trolls
I haven't fisked in ages. Thanks to one of our newer trolls, "salvage," the time has come.
But China, they're still cool right?
Why is that? As bad as Cuba is (and it is) it's never invaded a neighbor or threaten a nearby Democratic nation with invasion.
Someone's never heard of Grenada.
It seems as long as oppressive communist dictatorships are far away from America and provide cheap goods for Wal-Mart they're tolerable.
Free market capitalism de-stabilizes Communist regimes. See: Soviet Union. And it's not our fault they're backsliding. We don't control the fact that they elected an ex-KGB agent as their leader.
And of course America had no problem doing business with Cuba when it was a different flavor of dictator running the island.
Nations don't have allies, they have interests. And that different flavor of dictator didn't invite the Soviet Union in to place nuclear weapons. See: Cuban Missile Crisis. Now, you answer something. Was Cuba more free, or less free, under Batista?
Do you ever think about these things?
Yes, yes I do. But you, however, don't. You just feel these things.
January 18, 2008
Email from a friend:
If you've seen Joey Cohen's Youtube page recently, you'll notice that he hasn't put up any more videos of him giving speeches since you made your video mocking him. I think you've shut him up. All of his videos are of other people who have joined the world's largest hate group. And he has one new video making fun of some right wing Jewish activist. I think he's chicken to face you.
Well, really, it sucks to be me, then. I've had high hopes he'd post some sort of response on YouTube.
How "shadowy" is this cult when the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmagonnameetallah, is a member of it?
BAGHDAD - Violence left nearly 50 people dead in two major southern cities Friday when members of a shadowy, messianic cult attacked police and fellow Shiite worshippers — a year after a similar plot was foiled during Shiite Islam's most important holiday.
And has any reporter ever bothered to learn what the "mahdi" in "Mahdi Army" means?
Radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr warned he may not extend a six-month cease-fire by his Mahdi Army militia, because security agencies are packed with "criminal gangs," his spokesman said in reference to Shiites from rival groups. The group's cease-fire, due to expire next month, has been a major factor in the reduction in violence.
Two observations. One, the Iranians aren't all that happy with the good news in Iraq recently. Two, the media is overjoyed that there's some bad news coming from Iraq recently.
Russian al Qaeda's Texas Hosted Website
The Russians are pretty good at suppressing speech. So why are they letting the official spokesman for "The Islamic Emirate of the Caucuses" continue to operate? My guess is that the internal security apparatus is too busy-- what with the arresting oil tycoons, independent media operators, and international chess champions. You know, the real threat to Russia's security.
"The Islamic Emirate of the Cuacuses " was declared by Umar Dakaev (or Dokka Umarov) back in November with little fanfare, after another group of former rebels declared they would be abandoning their arms and joining the political process. The "rebels" had hoped to draw attention to the new alliance by declaring war on the US with its inaugural announcement. No one paid attention. This seems to have irritated Russia's rather large Islamist insurgency who felt that the move would bring more attention to the frequent attacks they make against Russian targets.
The move to form a shadow government in the Russian Caucuses mirrors that of al Qaeda in Iraq's formation of the "Islamic State of Iraq". Islamist rebels in the region have deep ties to al Qaeda, and wish to form an Islamic state based on the template used by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The website "Head of the Emirate of the Caucuses" can be found here. Since they declared war on the US, I'd say I have a problem with a Texas company hosting them.
http://generalvekalat.org = 18.104.22.168
TGIF, Unless You're a Wahabi/Salafi Terrorist
A Wahabi/Salafi terrorist safehouse goes boom in Balad, Iraq, courtesy of a USAF Predator:
Meanwhile, an Air Force F-16 takes care of a carload of terrorists:
Both were posted by "Iraqi Translator USMC" whose profile statement is pretty unequivocal: "I born to kill Wahabi and Salafi terrorist pigs, and piss on thier dirty dead bodies."
Here's a video of an EFP explosion in Iraq. Slowed down, you can see why they are so dangerous--the explosion is directional.
The EFP in the video is powerful, but the jihadotards miss. Better luck next time boys.
Prominent Republican: The Surge Has Failed, Time to Leave Iraq
It's the best headline I could think of on the fly. Ironical. UPDATE: For the 30 watters out there: that means that I just made the headline up for no particular reason other than that I was in a hurry and it seemed sensationalist.
The reduction of ethno-sectarian violence in Baghdad from December 2006 to December 2007.
I created the animated gifs from maps found at Bill Roggio's Long War Journal. For all of the skeptics about our progress in Iraq, it's a must read. I take that back. It's a must read for everyone.
What are you waiting for? Go read it!
Belgian Tourists Murdered in Yemen
A guy opened fire on a group of tourists and killed them in cold blood in an unsophisticated attack targeting the economy as much as the foreigners. The attack follows a web statement (that may or may not be what it seems) calling for more releases of incarerated al-Qaeda. The prior attack in Marib in July that killed seven Spanish tourists also followed a web statement with the same demand.
It could be: a) a fanatical guy who wants to cleanse Yemen of the infidels defiling it; b) senior al-Qaeda using terror attacks as a bargaining chip with Saleh; c) a disenfranchised splinter group on its own path rejecting the alliance with Saleh; d) related somehow to the civil unrest in the South.
Undoubtedly, the regime's pattern of negotiation and appeasement has emboldened the militants.
SANAA (AFP) : Two Belgian tourists were among three people killed, with four more Belgians wounded, when gunmen opened fire on them in Yemen's Hadramut province on Friday, a local official told AFP.
The tourists' Yemeni driver was also killed by the unknown attackers in the southeastern province of the impoverished Arabian Peninsula state.
Fred Thompson on How to Deal With Earmarks and Activist Judges
At a rally in Clemson, S.C.:
You know the ax handle that old Buford [Pusser] used to carry? I got me one of them. I knew Buford Pusser. His daughter gave me one of those ax handles and I still got it. I thought about it many, many times. There's a lot you can do with that.I don't care what anyone says. I love Fred Thompson.
h/t : HotAir
Jihadis Use Web to Plan Attacks Against Paris
The al Ekhlas forum is a lot like Mos Eisley Spaceport: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. MEMRI:
This data, which I got from the website Wikipedia... enables the mujahideen to choose the targets [for attack]... and to rank them according to their importance. [This list reveals] that Paris is an important capital, [both] in terms of its symbolic [significance]... and in terms of the density of air traffic... Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris is ranked... as the fifth most important airport [in the world]. This shows that Paris is not just a symbolic capital, but is a major European trade [hub]. My mujahid brother, one disaster in Paris, and you will see how many economic enterprises crash, and how many businesses collapse...There's more at MEMRI.
"As for [targeting] individuals, the mayor of Paris would be a legitimate [candidate for assassination] for media purposes. If we manage to eliminate him, it would break Sarkozy's power."
"[Possible] operations [in Paris] therefore fall into two categories: ...those targeting the most popular and the most economically significant [sites]... and those targeting important Parisian figures – first and foremost the Mayor.
Remember, the same forum announced the formation of al Qaeda in Britain two weeks ago. My guess is that both the al Qaeda in Britain and the operational planning against Paris are a bunch of kids. But even so, a few nutty kids inspired by jihad and egged on by forum members can do more than a little harm.
Huckabee Betrays Ignorance of History, Theology, Linguistics, Butt Pirates...
A preliminary note: some people reading this post may get sidetracked into thinking this is a post about gay marriage, or miscegenation, or bestiality or pedophila. It's not about any of those things. This is a post about knowing history and telling the truth about it.
From an interview with Beliefnet:
Marriage has historically, as long as there’s been human history, meant a man and a woman in a relationship for life. Once we change that definition, then where does it go from there?Someone without much knowledge of history may be inclined to agree with Huck on this one, but this is just nonsense.
Before anyone starts in again with "No, what Huck MEANT to say...", I'm going to stop you right there. Before anyone starts in with that BS, I want to know why, when it comes to Huck, we're so often asked to ignore what Huck ACTUALLY SAID and discuss instead what he MIGHT HAVE MEANT? In this case, as in many others, what Huck said is nonsense, and I suspect we may be hearing yet another follow-up explanation at some point.
Taken at face value, Huck's comment is an exposition on the definition of the word "marriage"--but if this is really what it is, it's nonsense. The word "marriage" itself extends back hundreds--but not thousands--of years. Last time I checked, human history extends back millions of years. Thus, for most of the history of mankind, the word "marriage" has had no definition at all. Even today, the word "marriage" has no definition or meaning for the vast majority of humans who don't understand the English language. Thus, to speak in terms of some kind of ancient definition of the word "marriage" through ages of humanity is just silly.
If we were to morph his actual words into a discussion of something akin to some ancient and universally-accepted "concept" that is today embodied in the English word "marriage," this idea is also nonsense. The concept of a lifelong, heterosexual, monogamous pairing has certainly existed in a variety of human cultures, but at no point in human history has this idea ever been any kind of universal rule across humanity. Polygamy and divorce weren't invented in 1980. Far from it. Both go way back, and have been widespread. While the Old Testament, for example, teaches in places that monogamous, lifelong relationships are preferable, polygamy is far from forbidden. The Qur'an, on the other hand, teaches that polygamy and easy divorce are just fine--preferred even. Polygamy has been known in Africa and Asia for millenia. In white Christian Europe, jus prima nox blew a big hole in the idea of monogamous marriage.
Over the course of human history, a large portion (probably the majority) of people paired up, male and female, for at least some portion of their respective lives, but this idea that "Marriage has historically, as long as there’s been human history, meant a man and a woman in a relationship for life" is just complete nonsense.
What Huck should have said is: "Different human cultures have embraced varying family concepts over the years, but over the course of the last few hundred years, the idea of two or more dudes playing 'hide the flagpole' with each other never really made it into the definition of 'marriage,' and I see no reason to put it in there now. That's just nasty, man."
Yeah, But We Still Own Gitmo, Bitches
WASHINGTON — Cuba is not interested in improving relations with the United States while President George W. Bush is in office and will wait for a change in U.S. leadership before extending an offer for dialogue [sic], says Cuba's top diplomat in the United States.
Well, guess what? The United States isn't interested in improving relations with Cuba while the Castros, Fidel and Raul, maintain their Communist grip. They'll wait for a truly democratic change in Cuban leadership before extending an offer to dialog, says America's chief diplomat of the Jawa Report, Vinnie.
Islam's A.N.S.W.E.R To Peace!
Ha! The other side has moonbats too!
The 26-year-old does not renounce his father, Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden, but in an interview with The Associated Press, he said there is a better way to defend Islam than militancy: Omar wants to be an "ambassador for peace" between Muslims and the West.
He's into the older women, wonder why he didn't woo St. Cindy of the Sacred Heart-Ache?
I personally think he's full of crap, but, the fact that he's doing this in public has got to give the old man headaches. Or make him spin in his grave, depending on your point of view.
Let's be serious for a moment, though. If this was actually genuine, this clown would be in hiding, and not trying to get his face on the news. This is Propaganda 101 stuff.
January 17, 2008
Child Abuse: British Jihad Supporters Using Kids to Incite Terror
Earlier today I mentioned that the second edition of The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point's Sentinal magazine had come out. Yeah, I know this is the third time I'm mentioning it, but this is just too depressing to not comment on.
Check out this little tidbit from James Brandon's "The Changing Face of Salafi-Jihadi" Movements. He's describing followers of Omar Bakri Mohammed, and seems to be talking about a number of them in the London suburb of Luton, when he writes this (pdf):
...[O]ne mosque has apparently circumvented laws against incitement by using child imams who cannot be prosecuted as they are below the legal age of responsibility. In autumn 2007, one such child imam lectured worshipers on the injustices suffered by Muslims held in prison on anti-terror laws before calling on the congrgation to "resist" the British government" [emphasis mine]How does Brandon know this? The footnote tells readers that he personally witnessed the child speaking in October 2007.
The context of the child urging Muslims to "resist the British government" is important here. Brandon argues that jihadis in the UK are learning to phrase their pro-terror messages in ambiguous terms so as not to draw attention from the authorities, while at the same time the listener would be crystal clear on the message.
Using children to deliver the messages that adults are now afraid to deliver is another such tactic.
Given what we know of the jihadis willingness to use children as suicide bombers and human shields, it should come as no surprise that they would use children to incite terrorism.
Maybe the child can't be prosecuted, but what about their parents? Don't you have child abuse laws on your side of the pond?
Just one more way in which our philosophy is different than theirs. As Osama bin Laden reminded us, "You love life, we love only death." True indeed.
Add to that that we love our children, and you see yours as tools of death only.
Case in point: This picture posted by American al Qaeda fan, and fellow traveler with Omar Bakri Mohammed's minions, Samir Khan (aka, Inshallahshaheed) of Charlotte, North Carolina.
This is a picture of a Palestinian mother stepping on the corpse of her son who betrayed the Muslims by helping the Israelis.Isn't this culture of death sad? A culture which destroys the natural bond of mother to child.
If all mothers were like this,
Our lands would be liberated in no time.
I'm sure that this Palestinian mother didn't want to desecrate the body of her murdered son. But if she didn't put on this display, she'd probably be labeled a collaborater herself. And she may have other children. Sad.
But it's just sickening that the Salafi jihadis, like Samir Khan, celebrate her vile act.
Here's a final visual that I'll let serve as a last thought. An old friend at a forum I once helped operate but which has been subsequently taken over by the jihadis uses it as his avatar. Thanks Lucky Luciano.
Stop Me if You Think That You've Heard This One Before: UK To Tackle Online Terror
Don't we hear this about every fortnight or so? The article is rife with skepticism (scepticism to you Brits) about the ability to actually fight the online jihad.
Gee, it's just so hard, say the experts.
True. But compare the costs and difficulties of fighting cyberterrorists to, you know, actual terrorists. The it's really hard excuse is not just dumb, it's dangerous.
Hey, let's not fight al Qaeda. It's really hard, and they'll just move to a new country.
Yeah, brilliant logic. You can read the article below.
Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, had this to say as quoted by Times Online:
"Counter-terrorist policing is not just about sharp end - the disruption of those who see to attack us - crucial though that is," she said. "It must also be about stopping people becoming or supporting terrorists, We cannot, after all, simply arrest our way out of the problem." ...The rest of the article goes on to say how gosh darn hard it is to go after the internet jihadis, and thus, not worth doing.
"Let me be clear: the internet is not a no-go area for government," she said.
"We are already working closely with the communications industry to take action against paedophiles, and together we have improved the way that instances of possible abuse can be reported by internet users.
"If we are ready and willing to take action to stop the grooming of vulnerable young on social networking sites, then I believe we should also take action against those who groom vulnerable people for the purposes of violent extremism.
"In the next few weeks, I will be talking to industry and, critically, those in the community about how best to do this - and how best to identify material that is drawing vulnerable young people into violent extremism. Where there is illegal material on the net, I want it removed."
To be honest, I'm skeptical of any governments ability to fight the online jihad. That's why they should rethink their strategy. Government goals can often times be better met with private means. Let the private sector fight this war. Our enemies use non-hierarchical distributed networks, we should fight them using the same.
Good News: Journalist Could Get Death Penalty for Blasphemy in "Liberated" Afghanistan
I've never been that optimistic about Afghanistan's prospects of becoming civilized. Too many Muslims committed to Islam. I'm much more optimistic about Iraq, where people tend to take Islam a wee less seriously. What a difference a year can make, eh?
At best I hope for a stable country that will kill our enemies for us so we don't have to. And that won't harbor al Qaeda or other jihadi groups. And maybe cuts poppy production by a percent or two. Is that too much to ask?
But still, it is rather disheartening to think that the best we could leave in our wake is a government which is actually contemplating listening to calls from the mullahs that a student journalist be given the death penalty on charges of blasphemy and defaming Islam. Yes, they actually want to kill Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh for "mocking Islam and the Quran" and for writing a story which suggested *shock* that Muhammed wasn't the most pro-woman prophet in history.
Imagine that, someone suggesting that Mohammed wasn't a feminist icon.
I guess it's progress, measured in some ways. Seven years ago the story wouldn't have been about how some in Afghanistan want Kambakhsh dead. Or that Kambaksh is awaiting trial for blasphemy. The story would be about how the Taliban took him to the local soccer field for execution.
So, look on the bright side of things. Under the new moderate Islamic regime blasphemers only get jail time, and not the death penalty. Mostly.
Say, how is that different than Iran? Oh, yeah, at least they're our SOBs.
Related: If the Afghanis decide to follow the dictates of Islamic law, which proscribes the death penalty for blasphemy, and behead Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, what will the British Ministry of Truth call it?
My head hurts.
Canadian GIMF Cyberjihadi Gets Bail Hearing
Achrafe Said Namouh, aka "Nashraf", a Canadian propagandist for the Global Islamic Media Front, will get a bail hearing. He's been indicted for his part in an international bomb plot.
Oh, and helped produce al Qaeda videos, one of which threatened acts of terror in Austria.
Let him out on bail. What could possibly go wrong? It's not like he could do any damage from home. In his mom's basement. On the internet.
Video: Russian Islamists Get Killed
I was originally going to call this Stupid Russian Jihadi Propaganda of the day. Watch and see why. This video is actually being circulated by jihadists in the Russian Caucuses as proof that jihad is alive and well against the infidel Russian imperialist crusaders. You'll notice it's produced by "The Islamic Emirate of the Caucuses"---al Qaeda's Russian affiliate.
Of course, by the end of the short video all the jihadis are dead. Islamotards.
As I've said many times before, Russia is our natural ally in the war on terror. Russia has a far bigger problem with violent jihadis than we do. Unfortunately, the current regime in Moscow is full of KGB trained idiots.
UPDATE: Speaking of galoboi chelovekii in Russia, it appears that Putin's regime is more afraid of the Beslan mothers than they are of al Qaeda in the Caucuses.
You'll notice that the Beslan mothers group was summoned to Ingushetia, which is just this side of Chechnya and has an active Islamist movement. Dagestan, mentioned in the video above, is on the other side of Chechnya. Collective, they make up the future "Islamic Emirate of the Caucuses", the cause the terrorists were murdering for during the Beslan crisis.
Fred Has The Big Mo in South Carolina
Posted at FredHeadsUSA:
[P]olls are often unreliable for predicting where one candidate will come out against another candidate on election day. Polls are fairly reliable, though, for determining which candidates are gaining support and which are losing support over time. By that measure, it's clear that Fred has solid upward momentum in South Carolina, while Huckabee has been dropping like a rock.
What Wasn't Said Yesterday
You may have noticed this press release on all the news services yesterday. You may have seen it on the crawler on your local news.
TIKRIT, Iraq – Three Multi-National Division – North Soldiers were killed by small arms fire while conducting operations in Salah ad Din province Jan. 16.Bad news indeed. Our condolences and appreciation to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and to their families.
Additionally, two other Soldiers were wounded and evacuated to a Coalition hospital.
The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin and release by the Department of Defense.
I myself heard this parroted over and over on every news outlet I saw yesterday. So what did the MSM leave out? What other releases were skipped over to bring you this news? Turns out quite a bit.
These two releases were made prior to the announcement of the lost soldiers.
These were released during the same day following the casualty release.
Iraqi Police capture suspected terrorists (Baghdad)
Operation Phantom Phoenix: U.S. Soldiers find cache, given warheads (Baghdad)
ISF, MND-N Soldiers kill seven extremists after attack (Mosul)
Female suicide bomber kills 7, wounds 15 (Khan Bani Sa’ad)
Coalition forces target facilitation networks, attack cells; three terrorists killed, nine detained
Suspected al-Qaeda counterfeiter arrested (Baghdad)
Phantom Phoenix denies enemy sanctuary (Arab Jabour)
Soldiers capture HVT south of Baghdad
Three IEDS found, destroyed in Adwaniyah
U.S. Special Operations Forces train Iraqi Security Forces (Baghdad)
But at 10:00pm the crawler was still harping on about the lost men. This upset me a bit because I had surfed all the press releases yesterday. I don't want to minimize lost soldiers in the slightest way. But as you can see the overwhelming majority of news from Iraq yesterday was positive. These men did not die in vain. May God take them and comfort their loved ones.
Be sure to read all MNF-Iraq's press releases regularly. Lest you become discouraged by the mind numbing repetition of bad news by the established media.
We Won in Iraq Part XXII
Since Reliapundit sent me the tip, I'll direct you to his site. I'm guessing that you won't see this on the news lest Democratic voters be persuaded that we've turned the tide.
It's good that we've won this thing, but I expect that the timing of it will be that most of the troops are brought home sometime after a Democrat is inaugurated. At which point Hillary Clinton will claim she won in Iraq, a line which will be parroted over and over on all the major networks.
Al Qaeda's US Allies Acknowledge 'Unproductive Year,' Will Redeploy
From the Politico via the Drudge Report:
After a series of legislative defeats in 2007 that saw the year end with more U.S. troops in Iraq than when it began, a coalition of anti-war groups is backing away from its multimillion-dollar drive to cut funding for the war and force Congress to pass timelines for bringing U.S. troops home.The revised goal is actually sensible, since responsible members of Congress should be involved in long range international agreements.
In recognition of hard political reality, the groups instead will lower their sights and push for legislation to prevent President Bush from entering into a long-term agreement with the Iraqi government that could keep significant numbers of troops in Iraq for years to come.
On the other hand, a sudden attack of common sense isn't enough to excuse the years of useful idiocy on the part of these antiwar groups that, without question, encouraged terrorist leaders, thereby contributing to US casualties, which were then used to grief-pimp opposition to the war.
Cyberterrorism & al Qaeda's Use of the Internet
Evan Kohlmann's piece in The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point Sentinal that I mentioned yesterday is now available in it's full form. Some very important information about the use of the internet in the recruitment of terrorists.
Also in the issue is an article by Gabriel Weimann on the extensive use of the internet by al Qaeda and their supporters. GIMF even gets a mention.
Should be required reading for all presidential candidates and members of Congress.
Read them both here.
Nine Ways to Defeat Islamic Jihadism
This is an urgent call to all free people to rise and defeat the Islamic Jihadists who are marching under the banner of the Qur’an to subdue all non-Muslims.Here's Amil's first two points
It is imperative that the values and the way of life of civilized people be protected against the assault of Jihadists’ savagery born from a primitive culture of long ago Arabia. There is nothing to negotiate here. Nothing to compromise, for the Jihadists are on a non-negotiable campaign of Allah. The goal of this mission from Allah is the eradication of just about everything that falls under the rubric of human rights.
* You don’t have to take up arms and go around killing the Jihadists. That’s the Jihadists’ way of dealing with us and anyone they don’t approve of. Decent humans value life, even the life of a Jihadist. By contrast, the Jihadists have no compunctions at amputating limbs, stoning, beheading and hanging people even en mass. The brutal mullahs ruling the Islamic Republic of Iran welcomed the new-year by hanging thirteen people, one of them the mother of two young children. We need to dry up their sources of support and beat them in the battle of ideas. We need to show them the fallacy and danger of their pathological belief.Read the rest.
* Fight to end the deadly practice of political correctness. Truth, only naked truth, can set us free. And freedom is our greatest gift of life. Life without freedom is death disguised as life. Remember Patrick Henry’s cry: Give me liberty or give me death. We must fight for life, for liberty and freedom.
Internet Jihadi Was Diplomat's Son
If you've been around the Jawa Report for any length of time, you know who Younis Tsouli is. Tsouli, better known as Irhabi 007, is responsible for al Qaeda's internet strategy. He pioneered the use of the internet to spread propaganda and bring in new recruits.
Yesterday we received a bit of good news on an otherwise dreary day: Younis Tsouli's jail sentence has been increased.
Contrast the Brits increasing an internet terrorist's sentence to the Belgian's releasing actual gun carrying terrorists. One of France Jr's finest legal minds thought that hating Americans for their unjust war for oil was a mitigating factor for becoming a terrorist. I. Kid. You. Not.
Lots of links on the Younes Tsouli story, but I'll direct you to Wretchard's post here.
The one other interesting factoid from the story is that Tsouli was in Britain because his father was a Moroccan diplomat.
UPDATE: Thanks to Charles for the link to this BBC show about Tsouli. Am I mistaken, or is that a super-sikret Zionist internet spy being interviewed?
Heartbreaking Decision Ahead for Hostage Wives
The wives of four South African contractors kidnapped in Baghdad more than a year ago may be forced by financial difficulties to have their husbands declared dead in order to access their pensions (via Independent Online):
Financial woes could force the wives of four South African men who went missing in Iraq 13 months ago to declare them dead.
The wives of the so-called Baghdad Four - Andre Durant, Callie Scheepers, Hardus Greeff and Johann Enslin - recently learnt that in order for them to get their husbands' pensions paid out, they would have to take such a step.
However, they are not keen to do this as they firmly believe the men may still be alive.
The four, employed by Safenet Security Services, were kidnapped near Baghdad on December 10, 2006, by people in Iraqi police uniforms. Since then the kidnappers have not made contact with the families.
The wives say they are in a catch-22 situation: to get their husbands' pensions, they need to do what they refuse to admit in their hearts.
Durant's wife, Lourika, asked: "Would that mean everyone is just giving up on them? Will they officially cease to exist?"
Retha Scheepers said it was a very difficult and emotional decision. "I never dreamt it would reach a point where I might have to declare Callie dead. At this stage I feel I would rather suffer financially."
Elmarie Greeff said such a move would go against everything she believes in, but she had three children whose future she had to provide for.
A source close to Safenet explained that the men were all insured under the Defence Base Act in the US, and their pensions can be paid out to their wives only once they have been declared dead. The difficulty is that the families will have to initiate the process, and they refused to give up hope.
"This is to ensure the families survive financially without their husbands' income," the source said.
Prayers for these families to be guided wisely through this legal and financial mess set in motion by their husbands' abductions. Continued prayers for the safety of the 4 hostages, and for the information to come forth that will result in their rescue.
Video : How to Not Get Your Ass Kicked
January 16, 2008
Should America Kiss Saudi Ass?
Fred sez "Hell, No!"
"It's not in the United States' long-term interest to go hat in hand begging people to do things that in the end we know they're not going to do," Thompson said.
"What we need to concentrate on is diversifying our own energy sources here in this country and opening up what oil reserves that we have here ... using nuclear more, using clean coal technology more and all the other things that we can do," Thompson said.
Mark Steyn Is Not Alone
All too often we are caught up by headlines about bombings, shootings, kidnappings and other violent acts committed in the name of Islam. But these acts are only a single part of a multi-faceted strategy being waged against the west. Through litigation, the Islamists seek to use western legal systems to harass, intimidate and undermine any voice that speaks against them.
Even those not experienced in warfare know from books and movies that one should always try to use an opponent's strength against him. In this instance, our enemy is using one of our greatest strengths - rule of law - to his advantage, and doing so with an alarming degree of success.
Islamists have adopted the very laws they so abhor - laws derived from the Judeo-Christian ethic - and twisted them into a weapon to be used against us...
And it's high time we sat up and took notice.
The full article by Brook M. Goldstein is below the fold. I urge you to read it.
* Not to be confused with a "Lawfin". (pictured below)
Mark Steyn Is Not Alone
by Brooke M. Goldstein
January 15, 2008
Award-winning author Mark Steyn has been summoned to appear before two Canadian Human Rights Commissions on vague allegations of "subject[ing] Canadian Muslims to hatred and contempt" and being "flagrantly Islamophobic" after Maclean's magazine published an excerpt from his book, America Alone.
The public inquisition of Steyn has triggered outrage among Canadians and Americans who value free speech, but it should not come as a surprise. Steyn's predicament is just the latest salvo in a campaign of legal actions designed to punish and silence the voices of anyone who speaks out against Islamism, Islamic terrorism, or its sources of financing.
The Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC), which initiated the complaint against Steyn, has previously tried unsuccessfully to sue publications it disagrees with, including Canada's National Post. The not-for-profit organization's president, Mohamed Elmasry, once labeled every adult Jew in Israel a legitimate target for terrorists and is in the habit of accusing his opponents of anti-Islamism -- a charge that is now apparently an actionable claim in Canada. In 2006, after Elmasry publicly accused a spokesman for the Muslim Canadian Congress of being anti-Islamic, the spokesman reportedly resigned amidst fears for his personal safety.
The Islamist movement has two wings -- one violent and one lawful -- which operate apart but often reinforce each other. While the violent arm attempts to silence speech by burning cars when cartoons of Mohammed are published, the lawful arm is maneuvering within Western legal systems.
Islamists with financial means have launched a legal jihad, manipulating democratic court systems to suppress freedom of expression, abolish public discourse critical of Islam, and establish principles of Sharia law. The practice, called "lawfare," is often predatory, filed without a serious expectation of winning and undertaken as a means to intimidate and bankrupt defendants.
Forum shopping, whereby plaintiffs bring actions in jurisdictions most likely to rule in their favor, has enabled a wave of "libel tourism" that has resulted in foreign judgments against European and now American authors mandating the destruction of American-authored literary material.
At the time of her death in 2006, noted Italian author Orianna Fallaci was being sued in France, Italy, Switzerland, and other jurisdictions, by groups dedicated to preventing the dissemination of her work. With its "human rights" commissions, Canada joins the list of countries, including France and the United Kingdom, whose laws are being used to attack the free speech rights and due process protections afforded American citizens.
A major player on this front is Khalid bin Mahfouz, a wealthy Egyptian who resides in Saudi Arabia. Mahfouz has sued or threatened to sue more than 30 publishers and authors in British courts, including several Americans, whose written works have linked him to terrorist entities. A notable libel tourist, Mahfouz has taken advantage of the UK's plaintiff-friendly libel laws to restrict the dissemination of written material that draws attention to Saudi-funded terrorism.
Faced with the prospect of protracted and expensive litigation, and regardless of the merit of the works, most authors and publishers targeted have issued apologies and retractions, while some have paid fines and "contributions" to Mahfouz's charities. When Mahfouz threatened Cambridge Press with a lawsuit for publishing Alms for Jihad by American authors Robert Collins and J. Millard Burr, the publisher immediately capitulated, offered a public apology to Mahfouz, pulped the unsold copies of the book, and took it out of print.
Shortly after the publication of Funding Evil in the United States, Mahfouz sued its author, anti-terrorism analyst and director of the American Center for Democracy, Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, for alleging financial ties between wealthy Saudis, including Mahfouz, and terrorist entities such as al Qaeda. The allegations against Ehrenfeld were heard by the UK court despite the fact that neither Mahfouz nor Ehrenfeld resides in England and merely because approximately 23 copies of Funding Evil were sold online to UK buyers via Amazon.com.
Unwilling to travel to England or acknowledge the authority of English libel laws over herself and her work, Ehrenfeld lost on default and was ordered to pay heavy fines, apologize, and destroy her books -- all of which she has refused to do. Instead, Ehrenfeld counter-sued Mahfouz in a New York State court seeking to have the foreign judgment declared unenforceable in the United States.
Ironically, Ehrenfeld lost her case against Mahfouz, because the New York court ruled it lacked jurisdiction over the Saudi resident who, the court said, did not have sufficient connections to the state. Shortly afterwards the Association of American Publishers released a statement that criticized the ruling as a blow to intellectual freedom and "a deep disappointment for publishers and other First Amendment advocates."
The litany of American publishers, television stations, authors, journalists, experts, activists, political figures, and citizens targeted for censorship is long and merits brief mention. There is an obvious pattern to these suits that can only be ignored at great peril. And we must expect future litigation along these lines:
* Joe Kaufman, chairman of Americans Against Hate, was served with a temporary restraining order and sued for leading a peaceful and lawful ten person protest against the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) outside an event the group sponsored at a Six Flags theme park in Texas. According to ICNA's website, the group is dedicated to "working for the establishment of Islam in all spheres of life," and to "reforming society at large." The complaint included seven Dallas-area plaintiffs who had never been previously mentioned by Kaufman, nor been present at the theme park. Litigation is ongoing.
* The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) sued Andrew Whitehead, an American activist, for $1.3 million for founding and maintaining the website Anti-CAIR-net.org, on which he lists CAIR as an Islamist organization with ties to terrorist groups. After CAIR refused Whitehead's discovery requests, seemingly afraid of what internal documents the legal process it had initiated would reveal, the lawsuit was dismissed by the court with prejudice.
* CAIR also sued Cass Ballenger for $2 million after the then-U.S. Congressman said in a 2003 interview with the Charlotte Observer that the group was a "fundraising arm for Hezbollah" that he had reported as such to the FBI and CIA. Fortunately, the judge ruled that Ballenger's statements were made in the scope of his public duties and were protected speech.
* A Muslim police officer is suing former CIA official and counterterrorism consultant Bruce Tefft and the New York Police Department for workplace harassment merely because Tefft sent emails with relevant news stories about Islamic terrorism to a voluntary list of recipients that included police officers.
These suits represent a direct and real threat to our constitutional rights and national security. Even if the lawsuits don't succeed, the continued use of lawfare tactics by Islamist organizations has the potential to create a detrimental chilling effect on public discourse and information concerning the war on terror.
Already, publishers have canceled books on the subject of counterterrorism and no doubt other journalists and authors have self-censored due to the looming threat of suit. For its part, CAIR announced an ambitious fundraising goal of $1 million, partly to "defend against defamatory attacks on Muslims and Islam." One of CAIR's staffers, Rabiah Ahmed, bragged that lawsuits are increasingly an "instrument" for it to use.
U.S. courts have not yet grasped the importance of rebuffing international attempts to restrain the free speech rights of American citizens.
This is troubling. The United States was founded on the premise of freedom of worship, but also on the principle of the freedom to criticize religion. Islamists should not be allowed to stifle constitutionally protected speech, nor should they be allowed to subject innocent citizens who talk to other citizens about issues of national security to frivolous and costly lawsuits.
Brooke M. Goldstein is a practicing attorney, the director of the Legal Project at the Middle East Forum and the director of the Children's Rights Institute. She is also an award-winning film producer of The Making of a Martyr, an adjuct fellow at the Hudson Institute, and the 2007 recipient of the E. Nathaniel Gates Award for Outstanding Public Advocacy.
Three Harkat-ul-Mujahideen Al-alami Terrorists Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Plot To Kill Musharraf
Flag of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen Al-alami (HuMA)
From the South Asia Terrorism Portal -
The chief, vice chief and finance secretary of the banned Harkat-ul-Mujahideen Al-alami (HuMA) were on January 15 sentenced to life imprisonment – based on their alleged confessions – for conspiring to kill President Pervez Musharraf in 2002, according to Daily Times. Justice Ghulam Ali Samtio of a Karachi anti-terrorism court gave the verdict against Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Haneef and Ashraf Khan. In a judgment announced inside Central Prison, Karachi, co-accused Sharib alias Arsalan Farooqui, Jameel and Inspector Waseem Ahmed of the Rangers, were exonerated of the charges for lack of evidence.
According to the prosecution, the accused had parked a vehicle laden with explosives on Shahrah-e-Faisal on April 24, 2002. President Musharraf was scheduled to travel from the Karachi airport to the State Guest House along this route. The plan to kill him, however, failed as the remote-controlled device attached to the explosives apparently failed to detonate.
The conspiracy came to light when the men were arrested in a bomb blast case at the US Consulate in Karachi. They confessed to this incident and were charged with attempted murder under Section 324 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
More from the Associated Press can be found here.
Barack Obama, Tough On Terror
As long as the victims, yanno, aren't human.
"What about animal rights?" a woman shouted out during the candidate's town hall meeting outside Las Vegas Wednesday after he discussed issues that relate more to humans, like war, health care and the economy.
I hope Obama campaigns here. I would like to sneak in and shout "What about terrorists rights?" and see what he says.
Wretchard is a Homophobe....
.....the internet told me so. I'm pretty sure you're all thought criminals. Each and every one. Especially you Vinnie. And gay.
New Adam Gadahn Video Hits Internet
Image Credit - IntelCenter
As the English speaking mouth-piece for al-Qaeda, Adam Gadahn has been seen regularly in video propaganda hosted on Islamist websites. Typically, Gadahn's trademark has been long, meandering diatribes that lack cohesion or any semblance of sanity.
In the latest video from Gadahn, however, he makes his most salient case for the global jihad, and illustrates in dynamic fashion how radical Islamists plan to overwhelm their enemies in the west.
This demonstration of al-Qaeda's strategy is the most chilling yet, and it seems inevitable that the following display will gain many new converts for the global jihad.
Video is below the fold.
Adam Gadahn Demonstrates al-Qaeda's True Strength
Breaking The Monotony
A U.S. Marine tells an Iraqi cab driver to send some insurgents his way.
The deadpan delivery of the request is clearly lost on the cab driver, and makes this video quite amusing - even though liberals will immediately jump on this as "proof" that our troops are all rabid baby killers with a thirst for blood™.
"... and don't run with scissors."
Good News: "al Qaeda in Britain" Announced
On January 2nd a message left on a website associated with al Qaeda proclaimed the formation of "al Qaeda in Britain". That website's banner is shown above.
The message urged Muslims to take up arms against Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Tony Blair. It also promised major attacks on British soil in the near future.
The message was written in English.
The BBC carried the news last night and British papers claim that the authorities are looking into the threat. Some analysts are skeptical of the claim.
Given the number of Islamists with sympathy to the global jihdad in Britain, combine that with the number of idiots and lunatics, then even the lone jihadi nut could pose a threat. It's one to watch.
Zionist Ho #2 has more info from the British press on the matter.
Fred Slams Bush Administration Over 2nd Amendment Case
You probably won't be surprised to learn that Fred has weighed in on the Bush Administration's involvement in the Heller case:
Asked his opinion of the Second Amendment and the Solicitor General’s request that the DC Circuit Court remand the appeal back to the trial court for “fact-finding”, the lawyer turned Senator from Tennessee said the Bush Administration was “overlawyering” and stated that he opposed remand and that the case should move forward to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Former Congressman and UN Delegate Indicted on Terror Charges!
UPDATE: GOP Congressman! AP:
The former Republican congressman from Michigan, Mark Deli Siljander, was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and obstructing justice for allegedly lying about lobbying senators on behalf of an Islamic charity that authorities said was secretly sending funds to terrorists.Here's a copy of the DOJ press release issued with the indictment against the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA) and several of its former officers.
Since it's a press release, I'll post the entire thing below.
It's important to note, though, that Siljander is alleged to have committed fraud, not that he knowingly helped support al Qaeda. Instead, the indictment alleges that Siljander helped launder money tagged for USAID operations in Africa to his own wallet and that he obstructed justice by lying to the Grand Jury looking into IARA's terror financing activities.
Siljander was hired by IARA to lobby for their removal from the specially designated terrorist list. It doesn't look like he was directly involved--or even indirectly--with terror financing. Instead, it looks like he's a crooked lobbyist.
But a crooked lobbyist willing to sell his services to terror supporters.
Get a rope!
Thanks to John from Infidels Are Cool, who has more.
Michelle is following closely and points us to the Amboy Times who notes that he was writing a book about how Islam and Christianity are not that different. Nope, no differences at all. Not anything important.
UPDATE: When I heard this piece of filth was from Michigan, I figured that Debbie Schussel would be all over it. But not in the way I thought. She used to work for Siljander! Strange days indeed.
Here's the press release.
The 42-count superseding indictment returned today was announced by Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; John F. Wood, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri; Joseph Billy, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division; and Monte C. Strait, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Kansas City Field Office.
“This superseding indictment paints a troubling picture of an American charity organization that engaged in transactions for the benefit of terrorists and conspired with a former United States Congressman to convert stolen federal funds into payment for his advocacy on behalf of the charity,” said Assistant Attorney General Wainstein.
“An organization right here in the American heartland allegedly sent funds to Pakistan for the benefit of a specially designated global terrorist with ties to al-Qaeda and the Taliban,” said U.S. Attorney Wood. “By bringing this case in the middle of America, we seek to make it harder for terrorists to do business halfway around the globe. The indictment also alleges that a former congressman engaged in money laundering and obstruction of a federal investigation in an effort to disguise IARA’s misuse of taxpayer money that the government had provided for humanitarian purposes.”
IARA, the Islamic charitable organization named in today’s indictment, was headquartered in Columbia, Mo., and was formerly known as the Islamic African Relief Agency-USA. IARA was officially formed in 1985 and closed in October 2004, when it was identified by the U.S. Treasury Department as a specially designated global terrorist organization. Mubarak Hamed, 51, of Columbia, Mo., a naturalized U.S. citizen from Sudan, served as IARA’s former executive director and is named as a defendant in the indictment.
Also charged in today’s superseding indictment is Mark Deli Siljander, 57, a former U.S. Congressman from Michigan (1981-87) who serves as the owner/director of Global Strategies, Inc., a planning, marketing and public relations company located in the Washington, D.C. area.
Other defendants named in the indictment are Ali Mohamed Bagegni, 53, formerly of Columbia, Mo, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Libya and a former member of IARA’s board of directors; Ahmad Mustafa, 55, of Columbia, a citizen of Iraq, and a former fund-raiser for IARA; Khalid Al-Sudanee, 56, a citizen and resident of Jordan, and the regional director of the Middle East office of the Islamic African Relief Agency (also known as the Islamic Relief Agency, or ISRA); and Abdel Azim El-Siddig, 51, of Palos Heights, Ill., a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Sudan, and formerly vice president for international operations for IARA.
On March 6, 2007, IARA, along with five officers, employees and associates were charged in a 33-count indictment for illegally transferring funds to Iraq in violation of federal sanctions. They were also charged with stealing government funds, with misusing IARA’s charitable status to raise funds for an unlawful purpose, and with attempting to avoid government detection of their illegal activities by, among other things, falsely denying in a nationally-televised interview that a procurement agent of Osama bin Laden had been an employee of IARA. These charges are included in the superseding indictment returned today.
New Terrorism-Related Charges Against IARA
Today’s superseding indictment adds to the original charges by alleging that IARA and its former executive director, Mubarak Hamed, engaged in prohibited financial transactions for the benefit of Specially Designated Global Terrorist, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, an Afghan mujahideen leader and founder of the Hezb-e-Islami-Gulbuddin (HIG), who has participated in and supported terrorist acts by al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Hekmatyar has vowed to engage in a holy war against the United States and international troops in Afghanistan. The U.S. government designated Hekmatyar as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist on Feb. 19, 2003, thereby blocking all property and interests in property of Hekmatyar.
According to Counts Thirty-Four through Forty-One of the new indictment, IARA and Hamed knowingly and willfully engaged in financial transactions for the benefit of Hekmatyar’s organization by sending approximately $130,000 in 2003 and 2004 in numerous transactions to Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA) bank accounts in Peshawar, Pakistan, purportedly for an orphanage housed in buildings owned and controlled by Hekmatyar.
“Sending money to benefit designated terrorists jeopardizes both U.S. national security and the security of nations around the world,” said Assistant Director Joseph Billy, Jr., FBI Counterterrorism Division. “The FBI will continue to work diligently with our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence community to pursue suspected terrorists and their supporters, whether in the United States or overseas.”
It is important to note that the indictment does not charge any of the defendants with material support of terrorism, nor does it allege that they knowingly financed acts of terror. Instead, the indictment alleges that some of the defendants engaged in financial transactions that benefited property controlled by a designated terrorist, in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
New Charges Against Former Congressman
Today’s superseding indictment also names Mark Deli Siljander as a defendant on counts of money laundering, conspiracy, and obstruction of justice. According to the indictment, Siljander was hired in March 2004 by defendants IARA, Hamed, and Bagegni to advocate for the removal of IARA from a U.S. Senate Finance Committee list of non-profit organizations suspected of being involved in supporting international terrorism.
The Senate Finance Committee placed IARA on this list of charities and published the list on Jan. 14, 2004. Siljander was to advocate for IARA’s removal from the list and reinstatement as an approved government contractor by gathering information and meeting with individuals and agencies of the U.S. government.
As compensation for the services that Siljander agreed to perform, IARA transferred roughly $50,000 in stolen federal funds to accounts that were controlled by Siljander at the National Heritage Foundation and the International Foundation. According to the indictment, the funds used to compensate Siljander for his services had previously been stolen from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) by IARA, Hamed and Bagegni. The International Foundation and the National Heritage Foundation, which is not related to the Heritage Foundation, are not charged with any wrongdoing in this case.
IARA, Hamed and Bagegni had previously entered into a series of agreements with USAID for relief projects in Mali, Africa. When USAID terminated those agreements in December 1999, the amount of money involved totaled approximately $2 million. IARA had allegedly failed to fully fund the matching contributions required to receive USAID funds. After the termination of these agreements, the indictment alleges, IARA, Hamed and Bagegni, without authorization, retained approximately $84,922 of USAID money and failed to return the funds to USAID as called for by the agreements.
According to Count Twenty-Eight of the indictment, Siljander and defendants IARA, Hamed, Bagegni and El-Siddig conspired to engage in money laundering by transferring stolen USAID funds, knowing that the transfers were designed to conceal the nature, source and ownership of the proceeds. Counts Twenty-Nine through Thirty-One of the indictment charge Siljander along with IARA, Hamed, Bagegni and El-Siddig with engaging in money laundering by transferring stolen USAID funds, knowing that the transfers were designed to conceal the nature, source and ownership of the proceeds.
Obstruction of Justice
Count Thirty-Two of the indictment alleges that Siljander obstructed the due administration of justice in the grand jury investigation in the Western District of Missouri by making false statements to FBI agents in December 2005 and to FBI agents and federal prosecutors in April 2007.
According to the indictment, Siljander told federal officials that he had not been hired to do any lobbying or advocacy work for IARA and that the money or checks he received from IARA were charitable “donations” intended to assist him in writing a book about bridging the gap between Islam and Christianity. When he made these statements, he then well knew and believed that each statement was false, the indictment alleges.
The public is cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. AID-Office of Inspector General.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony P. Gonzalez from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri, in conjunction with Trial Attorneys Corey J. Smith, National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and Steven M. Mohlhenrich, Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Internet is the new al Qaeda Training Camp
A sobering study by Evan Kohlmann to be published tomorrow by West Point's Combating Terrorism Center shows how jihadi forums are being used to recruit new members for terrorist organizations. We've long noted the centrality of the web for the distribution of propaganda, and have often noted it is key for recruitment, but the study actually documents cases where Muslims are recruited over the internet for actual jihad operations.
One case is a Sudanese man named Zaman al-Rahman, whose web nickname was Zaman al-Hawan, or era of Shame. He first started writing on the Muntada al-Ansar forum in April 2004. By November of that year, he stopped posting and in March 2005 the site published eulogies to him, claiming he had killed himself in the second battle for Falluja.Other cases that we've documented include Daniel "Al-Jughaifi" Maldonado, from Houston, who was a moderator at an Islamist forum and who was eventually convinced that it was his duty to travel to Somalia to fight for Islamist rebels with links to al Qaeda. Maldonado now sits in federal prison.
"In the same way that traditional terrorist training camps once served as beacons for would-be jihadists, online support forums such as Muntada al-Ansar and al-Ekhlaas now operate as black holes in cyberspace, drawing in and indoctrinating sympathetic recruits, teaching them basic military skills and providing a web of social contacts that bridges directly into the ranks of Al Qaeda," [Evan] writes. "Rather than simply using the web as a weapon to destroy the infrastructure of their enemies, Al Qaeda is using it instead as a logistical tool to revolutionize the process of terrorist enlistment and training."The article then notes that Rudy Giuliani is the only candidate to take notice of the online terrorism phenomenon.
A senior editor at the Combating Terrorism Center, Erich Marquardt, yesterday said Mr. Kohlmann's paper discloses the connection between what might be called arm chair jihadists in cyberspace and the actual members of Al Qaeda. "There has always been a question as to whether forum participants are merely arm chair enthusiasts or actual jihadist linked fighters," Mr. Marquardt said. "Not only are these people deciding to pick up arms after spending time on the forums, you also have hard-core Qaeda operatives who are participating in the forums."
West Bank Leader of Islamic Jihad Killed
Israel surrounded the leader of Islamic Jihad in the West Bank. After a gun battle, Walid Obeidi was killed and his two body guards captured.
Via JPost: The West Bank leader of the Islamic Jihad was killed in a joint IDF-Shin Bet (Israel Security Service) operation before dawn Wednesday, the group said.Nice!
Walid Obeidi was wanted by Israel for years, Islamic Jihad said. When IDF troops entered the village of Kabatiya south of Jenin under cover of darkness, a heavy exchange of fire erupted between the soldiers and Islamic Jihad gunmen, the group said. Obeidi was killed and two of his bodyguards were wounded, the group announced, adding that the two bodyguards were arrested.
The army took up positions around Obeidi's home and ordered him to turn himself in. He refused and was killed in the ensuing gunfight, Israel Radio reported.
Islamic Jihad is significantly smaller than Hamas, and lacks the wide social network that Hamas has. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad was formed in the Gaza Strip during the 1970s by Fathi Shaqaqi and Abd Al Aziz Awda as a branch of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, an organization currently led by Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Westboro Psycho Cult to Picket Marine's Funeral
The twisted degenerates of the Westboro Baptist Hate Cult are hoping to seize on the publicity surrounding the recent murder of a pregnant Marine and the search for another in her death.
Jay at Stop the ACLU has excerpts from a Westboro Baptist Hate Cult online pamphlet.
Below, Fred Phelps, leader of the Westboro cult, who so fears the gay beast locked inside himself that he won't touch himself down there.
Video : What Happens When You Mix Rube Goldberg With Guinness Stout?
h/t : Glenn.
Self Inflicted Justice
Via WISH TV:
KOKOMO (WISH) - A Howard County man is behind bars after he robbed a convenient store and then accidentally shot himself in the groin.According to AP, he shot himself right square in the nuts.
The incident happened on Ohio Street in Kokomo. The suspect was caught after a family member called 911.
Just before 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, investigators say 25-year-old Derrick Kosch walked through the front door of the Village Pantry in Kokomo with a handgun and pointed at the woman working the counter.
Detectives say the store's grainy surveillance video doesn't paint a very good picture of the fear on the woman's face or what also happened during the robbery.
Investigators say Kosch accidentally fired the gun and the bullet struck him in the groin.
A short time later, police found 25-year-old Derrick Kosch at a home with a gunshot wound to his right testicle and lower left leg.Bwahahaahhaahha!
Kosch was released from the hospital Tuesday and booked into the Howard County jail on a charge of armed robbery, criminal recklessness and battery.
Hat Tip: Dirty Blonde.
"Conservative" Huckabee Wants to Outlaw Push Polling, Censor Political Attack Ads
Mike Huckabee keeps telling people he's a conservative, and that the charge that he's not conservative are based on misunderstandings of his positions. I'm a conservative, I keep hearing over and over from Huckabee.
To quote Inigo Montoya, I do not think that word means what you think it means.
While driving in to work this morning I caught an NPR interview with Mike Huckabee on Morning Edition. You can listen to the interview here.
During the opening minute of the interview with Huckabee I liked what I heard. Huckabee sounded conservative, and claimed he was. He wants to lower taxes and cut regulatory red tape, he claimed. Contrary to popular discussion, he claimed he was attracting the same voters that made up the Reagan Coalition, not trying to break the Coalition apart.
Maybe, I thought, we've been unfair to Huckabee.
Then the interview turned to South Carolina and the news that a pro-Huckabee group is using push-polling. Here's a partial transcript:
I personally wish that all of this was outlawed. I think that every candidates should speak for themselves, and that every thing that involves the candidate's name or another candidate's name should be authorized and approved by that candidate, otherwise it shouldn't be spoken....Wait, so not only does Huckabee want to outlaw push-polling, he also wants to require that "every thing that involves another candidates name should be authorized and approved by that candidate"?
The point is that candidates can't force these special interest 527 groups to stop. I wish we could.
So, if I want to run an ad calling you a liberal, Mr. Huckabee, I'd have to get your approval? Isn't that the very essence of censorship?
As I tell my students, the First Amendment was not passed because the Founding Fathers were particularly concerned about your right to download porn at incredible speeds. The First Amendment was passed to protect political speech. Criticizing candidates is the fundamental reason why we have a First Amendment in the first place, and a democracy cannot function without it.
Huckabee isn't a conservative, he's a nightmare.
I Love the Smell of War Porn in the Morning
Operation Rolling Thunder, Iraq. Set to music. And with explosions. Lots of them.
Pentagon Fires Islamic Law Expert
(Washington) Triggered by a disagreement with Hasham Islam, a special assistant to defense bigshot Gordon England, terror analyst Stephen Coughlin was fired by the Pentagon.
Mr. Islam, a Muslim, referred to Mr. Coughlin as a "Christian zealot with a pen" during the meeting several weeks ago, a slur rejected by Mr. Coughlin's supporters.A number of senior officials have spoken in support of Coughlin, indicating that he has been a leader in promoting understanding of radical Islam. It's believed that the Joint Staff has lost its only Islamic law scholar if the firing stands.
Critics of Mr. Coughlin are spreading word -- falsely -- that he is being let go because he talked out of school to the press. One official suggested the action was due to budget cuts.
But defense and military officials supportive of Mr. Coughlin said the real reason is that critics, like Mr. Islam, want him sidelined because they oppose his hard-to-refute views on the relationship between Islamic law and Islamist jihad doctrine. (ed. bold)
Those views have triggered a harsh debate challenging the widespread and politically correct view of Islam as a religion of peace hijacked by extremists.
Some said Coughlin was fired for merely telling the truth and not toeing the politically correct line.
So, I gots to ask, "Does America want radical Islam to be unexamined by the Pentagon?" Apparently, SecDef Deputy Gordon England does.
Your Tax Dollars At Work
Harry Pelosi and Nancy Reid are about to go down as two of the most ineffectual Congressional leaders in history.
But that doesn't mean they have failed completely.
Newly ascendant Democrats may have hit roadblocks on Iraq and fiscal issues, but they have revamped congressional menus, replacing fatty, pre-made foods with healthier, gourmet alternatives. The once dreary congressional cafeterias now abound with haute cuisine.
The menu transformation is part of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Greening the Capitol” plan to make the House campus more environmentally friendly and socially progressive.
True to Leftist form, they know what's good for you, and you're damn well going to pay for it.
House officials explained that the fresher and more varied foods were indeed more expensive but that they had tried to preserve low-cost alternatives such as pizza, sandwiches and prepared salads, which remain around the same price.
I have a guess which is going to get eaten, and which is going to get thrown out in the trash.
The "haute cuisine" is going to tossed out, every day, in large numbers. The lack of sale of the "haute cuisine" will cause Nancy Reid to replace all menu items with "haute cuisine" in order to raise revenue. Congressional staffers who can't afford "haute cuisine" will then flock to nearby McDonald's and the like.
Proving that once again, the private sector beats the Feddle Gubmint bureaucracy every time.
And also proving that Harry Pelosi is an utter imbecile. Not that it was really in doubt.
January 15, 2008
Best Thing Ever, Part VIII
Charles also highlights an interesting tidbit posted by Ezra Levant: the Saudi radical filing the lawsuit for being "offended" at the Mohammed cartoons is himself facing a lawsuit.
Can you guess what it is?
Discrimination against women.
ht: Hot Air
Islamist Website Threatens Bush With "Dirty Bomb"
An English language jihadi website recently published a lengthy tirade against President George W. Bush threatening his life with a "dirty bomb". Accompanying the message were several threatening images, like the one above.
The lengthy propaganda piece announced that the President should expect death at every turn during his ongoing visit to the Mideast. None of the threats are really all that interesting, especially given the propensity of Islamists to claim they are going to kill President Bush, except for the ones that mention dirty bombs.
If you get in a church… don’t touch the Grail…there you find some Venom…It’s a dirty bomb… If you pass by a mosque… don’t try to open the door… it’s a full-of expolsive-door…That last part is too funny. The rest...not so much.
Be careful of every single flower… beautiful flowers which may pick you when you try to scent their odor… ANOTHER dirty bomb with Toxic Gaz…
No one wants you HERE…You may travel to the moon to escape the force of Busho-hatred…THERE you will find a UFP(undefined flying person) saying ALLAHU AKBAR and exploding your HEAD…
The website also urges readers to prepare themselves for all out nuclear war, and gives them advice how to survive a nuclear attack.
The threat carried a "disclaimer" that:
The postings in the discussion Blog do not undergo monitoring, and do not necessarily reflect Sawt Al-Jihad’s viewsHowever, the blog post in question is not in the comments section, and it's not entirely clear what a "discussion blog is". The post was put up by someone with a password to the Wordpress powered website.
While the website mostly carries messages from al Qaeda and the Taliban, and it flies the flag of al Qaeda in Iraq, its registration info suggests that it is run by Hamas sympathizers.
Probably not a serious threat, but whenever Islamists talk about dirty bombs it's time to pay it a little attention. Just so you don't forget: Adnan G. El Shukrijumah is wanted in connection to dirty bomb threats against the U.S.
UPDATE: Robert Spencer adds:
You just can't parody this stuff.No, you really can't. Is there a word that describes something which is both disgusting and hilarious at the same time?
Court Rules That Chimpanzees Aren't People
Sort of, and, of course there will be an appeal. But, it now appears that the Austrian court is satisfied that Matthew Hiasl Pan is, in fact, a chimpanzee, rather than a human being.
From the Associated Press:
VIENNA, Austria - Austria's Supreme Court has dashed hopes by animal rights activists to have a chimpanzee declared a person, a statement suggested Tuesday.The real shame is that the lawyers and the idiots who hired them, who have just wasted thousands of hours of everyone's time arguing that Matthew Hiasl Pan, chimpanzee, is a person, are considered human, instead of being locked up in cages with their feces-flinging clients.
The court recently rejected a petition to appoint a trustee for the chimp, named Matthew Hiasl Pan, the Vienna-based Association Against Animal Factories said, and subsequently vowed to contact the European Court of Human Rights over the matter.
I Am Hereby Declaring this Election Officially Insane
So, the two candidates who are HATED by conservatives are now tied for first while the three who are PREFERRED BY (Thompson) and/or ACCEPTABLE TO (Romney, Giuliani) conservatives are now tied for third?
Not that any of this means much. Given the number of 5-10 point moves we've seen this season over a course of a few days, a 10-point spread just doesn't seem to mean much.
Even so, this election is just nuts.
Belarussian Editor on Trial for Mohammed Blasphemy
On Friday the trial against Belarussian editor Aleksandr Sdvizhkov opened in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Sdvizhkov, former deputy editor of the now closed independent weekly Zgoda, is charged with ”incitement to religious hatred” after having published the Danish Mohammed cartoons back in February 2006. If convicted Sdvizhkov can be sentenced from three to ten years in prison.
Beirut Bomb Targets US Embassy Vehicle
A vehicle belonging to the US Embassy in Beirut was destroyed by an explosion originally thought to be a car bomb, but now believed to be a remotely detonated roadside device. Conflicting reports say that either 3 or 4 Lebanese residents of the Christian Dora-Karantina neighborhood were killed. The driver of the Embassy vehicle was wounded, although the passengers appear to be OK. Via Fox News:
BEIRUT, Lebanon — An explosion targeted a U.S. Embassy vehicle Tuesday in northern Beirut, killing at least three Lebanese and injuring an American bystander and a local embassy employee, U.S. and Lebanese officials said.
The blast, which damaged the armored SUV and several other vehicles, took place just ahead of a farewell reception for the American ambassador at a hotel in central Beirut.
No Americans were in the car, which was carrying two Lebanese employees of the embassy, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in Washington.
There were conflicting accounts of the death toll, with the State Department, from information provided by the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, saying four people had been killed and Lebanese authorities saying that only three had died.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called the bombing a "terrorist attack."
"The United States will, of course, not be deterred in its efforts to help the Lebanese people, to help the democratic forces in Lebanon, to help Lebanon resist force and interference in their affairs," she told reporters in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
The bombing — which came as U.S. President George W. Bush and Rice toured the Mideast — was the first attack on U.S. diplomatic interests in Lebanon since the 1980s, when the country saw some of the deadliest terror attacks against Americans in U.S. history.
The banquet for Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman has been cancelled. Please pray for the safety of our diplomats and Embassy staff in Beirut and other troubled parts of the world. As we saw with the murder of John Granville in Sudan on New Year's Day, the civilian side of the War on Terror can be deadly as well.
Fred Thompson Goes After McCain, Huckabee
I can't decide whether or not attacking McCain is ballsy, because the Mav is the closest thing the Republicans have to a media darling, or if it's no big deal because McCain's conservative record is just so darn easy to attack? I mean, hasn't McCain set himself up for this by being "the maverick"?
It's like McCain has been asking "is my ass fat?" for the last decade and nobody has had the balls to say, why yes Rosemary, your ass is fat, now make me a sandwich!
Allahpundit has the video.
Too late for Fred? I hope not, but I'm personally more worried about another compassionate conservative--Huckabee-- in the Oval Office than the Mav. At least the Mav has that whole POW thing going for him. There's something about a war hero in the White House that is appealing on a gut level.
I'm with the Club for Growth on this one: if forced to choose between a Turd Sandwich, McCain, and a Giant Douche, Huckabee, I'll take the Turd Sandwich.
Yemen: Journalist Al-Khaiwani Facing Death Penalty for Article; Would-be Assassins of US Ambassador Released
An appeal court in Yemen ordered the release Monday of two Yemenis convicted of trying to kill the former US ambassador to Sanaa, Edmund Hull, in 2004. Hizam Ali al-Mass and Khaled Saleh al-Heleila were found guilty in 2006. The sentence was reduced from five years to three, and they were ordered released on time served.
Meanwhile editor Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani faces the death penalty for having information about the Sa'ada war in his possession, in pursuit of his journalistic duties. He faces charges of "demoralizing the military." Al-Khaiwani is beginning a new trial today, contesting the constitutionality of the specialized penal court where the "terrorism" trial is being held. Lets pray for an honest judge. They do exist in Yemen, at great peril to themselves.
Ode To Hillary Clinton
Warning: Explicit Lyrics
Fred Reached His $1 Million Fundraising Goal!!
With almost $50K to spare. Thanks a TON to everyone who contributed.
Should you be inclined to bump that number a little higher, you can do so here.
SECURE the borders
KILL the terrorists
PUNCH the hippies
Georgia Tech Student Admits Jihad Aspirations, Linked to Irhabi 007
Former Georgia Tech student Syed Haris Ahmed has admitted that he had jihad aspirations. Oddly, in one breath he says the whole videotaping of potential targets was a big joke, but in the next he claims he hoped that the videos would land him a gig in an al Qaeda training camp, and then from there to do battle with the infidel.
The videos, in his mind, were an audition tape for al Qaeda rather than an actual plan to attack US monuments. Which is somehow...er...better?
In any event the videos ended up on the hard rive of Younis Tsouli, better known as Irhabi 007. This is significant because Irhabi 007 is the great granddaddy of the internet jihad. If one man--or kid, really--is responsible for coming up with the strategy of using the internet to spread jihad, Younis Tsouli is him.
Nearly every would-be western jihadi or cyberterrorist active between 2002-2005 had some sort of link to Tsouli. Tsouli was a central nexus between al Qaeda jihadists and their supporters in the West.
Tsouli is an unindicted co-conspirator in the case.
If Tsouli had Ahmed's videos, you better believe others did as well. And even if Ahmed himself wasn't planning to attack sites in the U.S. [which is questionable], but would rather limit his planned jihad to international targets, Tsouli's other friends would have no such compunction.
Michelle Malkin has more of the details.
Bosnian Islamist Website Posts Death Threats, Gets Hacked
I got an e-mail from 1389 Blog this morning tipping me off about death threats posted at a Bosnian Islamist website against a University of Belgrade faculty member, Darko Trifunovia. The death threats has cause Trifunovia to cancel his plans to participate in this year's European Police Conference, which notes:
Prof. Dr. Darko Trifunovic, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Security Studies, informed us that he will not be able to come to Berlin and to speak at the 11th European Police Congress, since he has been put under pressure by radical groups. He received very dangerous death threats. For this reason he decided not expose himself and endanger the congress.The website, bosnjaci.net is said to be an al Qaeda support forum. One of the members of the forum is said to be Sakib Mahmuljin, a Bosnian Islamist with ties to al Qaeda and who has been accused of war crimes. Others include Izet Nanic and Rasim Delic, also accused of war crimes.
The Terror Finance Blog has more complete details here.
Cassandra reprints, in English, this threat made on the website:
"Help us God to erase Trifunovic and entire his family from Earth - We must teach our kids from age of 5 how to use pistols and guns, and that they hold in one hand (knjiga) Ku'ran and in another hand a gun ready for use - If Darko Trifunovci goes to the 11th Police Congress in Berlin, God help that all Muslims finish him - Such individuals as Darko Trifunovic, we need to harass him, and we need to continue to discredit him by all means and to very end, until others dare not show up to talk about terrorism"It's almost like these guys read from the same death threat manual.
As of January 13th, the Bosnjaci.net website is no longer functioning. Instead, when you click the link you see this message.
web stranica "bosnjaci.net" je trenutno zatvorena.Any one have any idea what the message says? I speak a little Russian, so some of the words are recognizable [update: I meant, they're recognizable since Russian and Serbo-Croat-Bosnian is so similar]. If I'm not mistaken, the second sentence mentions something about hackers from Russia (?) breaking in on the 13th over the Darko threats, and then in the next sentence something about their servers.
Razlog je hackerski napad koji je poceo u nedjelju, 13. januara 2008., nakon sto je zvanicno objavljeno da je Darku Trifunovicu uskraceno gostovanje na Kongresu Evropske Policije. Ko stoji iza ovog napada mozete i sami zakljuciti.
Tim bosnjaci.net radi na sredjivanju server-a i nadamo se da cemo uskoro opet se oglasiti.
Do tada, mozete nas kontaktirati na firstname.lastname@example.org
It appears, folks, that the website has been hacked. I could use some translation help here.
For a complete background on the case, check out Cassandra's post here.
UPDATE: A number of people, including Misha and Ortner, have a rough translation in the comments, confirming the hacker narrative. Here's a portion of anonymous's translation:
Web page 'bosnjaci.net' is currently closed.Way to go Team America!
Reason being - hacker attack "commencing on the 13th after the publication of the fact that Mr. Trifunovicu had canceled his appearance at the European Police Congress." Who was behind this attack you can conclude yourself.
The AP Tells The Truth!
Politicians will ignore this simple fact that we all know:
That mirrors the deep distrust many Americans hold toward Saudi Arabia — the homeland of 15 of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers — even as U.S. leaders praise Saudi Arabia's leadership in the region and its crackdown on Islamic extremism.
Saudi Arabia isn't cracking down on Islamic extremism, they invented it, for God's sake. Mecca and Medina aren't located in Guam, last I checked.
They're cracking down on threats to the royal family, all the while funding Islamic extremism around the world.
After 9/11, the left whined and moaned and navel gazed about "why they hate us." Nice to see in this little snippet that it's about time they started to wonder "why we hate them."
Suffer The Children
The video is too heartbreaking for me to post. Go watch it here if you can stomach the pain and agony that is displayed.
I pray for a cure.
Stalemate No More
Looks like Rusty's wish has come true. No more stalemate in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - Military officials said Monday that about 3,200 Marines are being told to prepare to go to Afghanistan — a move that will boost combat troop levels in time for an expected Taliban offensive this spring.
Once complete, the deployment would increase U.S. forces in Afghanistan to as much as 30,000, the highest level since the 2001 invasion after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Looks like a case of The Surge is breaking out all over.
Things To Make Your Head Go Kapoof
Go read this back and forth Glenn Beck had with a caller, it's hilarious. Almost as funny as reading the comments here when Greg shows up.
January 14, 2008
T2.5: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Ladies and gentlemen, I do believe we have found something worthy to sate the appetite while 24 remains in hiatus due to the fickle stupidity of Hollywood.
I give it 3 1/2 out 4 R2 units.
Political Expediency Nuance On Iraq
Inspired by AllahP's highlighting of John Edwards' 2002 "nuance" on Saddam Hussein, I couldn't resist. Regulars have seen it a hundred times, and newcomers need to send it on to their friends.
Consider this a public service for your medium-term memory. This will be posted frequently this year, as Democrats attempt to pretend they never said what they said and believed what they believed.
Fred's Red Truck Fill-up - Only $23K to Go!!
As of this writing, Fred is only $23K away from hitting his goal of raising $1 million by midnight tonight.
Whaddaya say to dropping by Fred's site and showing some blogger love?
If Hollywood Had Balls
But they don't, and they won't.
The DaVinci Koran
A rather long but interesting article from the Asia Times concerning the Koran.
Sorry, I meant holly quoran.
What if scholars can prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Koran was not dictated by the Archangel Gabriel to the Prophet Mohammad during the 7th century, but rather was redacted by later writers drawing on a variety of extant Christian and Jewish sources? That would be the precise equivalent of proving that the Jesus Christ of the Gospels really was a composite of several individuals, some of whom lived a century or two apart.
It has long been known that variant copies of the Koran exist, including some found in 1972 in a paper grave at Sa'na in Yemen, the subject of a cover story in the January 1999 Atlantic Monthly. Before the Yemeni authorities shut the door to Western scholars, two German academics, Gerhard R Puin and H C Graf von Bothmer, made 35,000 microfilm copies, which remain at the University of the Saarland. Many scholars believe that the German archive, which includes photocopies of manuscripts as old as 700 AD, will provide more evidence of variation in the Koran.
If this gets out....Oh! The seething humanity!!!
stein hoist: shipmate Tim.
Retarded Jihadi Video of the Day: Insurgents "Shoot" Soldier
In this video the 1920s Revolution Brigade claims to have sniped at a U.S. soldier. The problem is that the soldier doesn't go down. In fact, it doesn't appear that the soldier has been hit. Or that anyone has even shot. Instead, the stupid propaganda video seems to simply add the rifle sound to a video of a soldier walking back and forth. The "hit" only coincides with the soldier changing directions.
They even stole the opening song from al Qaeda. It's the same audio that our own Sout al-Kuffar team uses for their counter-propaganda videos.
Islamotards, one and all.
FYI: This 1920s Revolution Brigade is actually the remnants of a Sunni Baathist group which is now working with the Coalition. Unfortunately some of the insurgents took the Islamic rhetoric too seriously.
Which Finger is Halal to Pick With?
Watch the girl in the background. Warning: Don't drink milk while watching video.
Thanks to Mr. Biggles.
Rasmussen : Fred Thompson Surging in South Carolina
Over the past several days, the only real movement in South Carolina’s Republican Presidential Primary has been a four-point gain for Fred Thompson and a five-point decline for Mike Huckabee.Graph courtesy FredHeadsUSA.
Murdered USS Cole Sailor's Dad Writes Yemen's President
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It has been over seven years now since our son and his mates were brutally murdered in your country on October 12, 2000 when terrorists attacked the USS Cole and murdered 17 innocent young sailors and injured 39 more. Let me begin by thanking all the Yemenis who called us at our home and sent letters of condolence. The kindness, compassion, warmth and sympathy expressed in those calls and letters comforted us and gave us a strength that we carry with us today. Unfortunately we never received a letter of condolence from you or your government sir.
You never even denounced that horrible tragedy, nor did anyone in your government. On the contrary, your government hindered the investigation at every turn. But then, so did our own; US Ambassador Bodine continually obstructed the FBI’s investigation.
When the trials were held in Yemen, the resulting sentences were a mockery of justice considering the heinous crime and multiple loss of life. Then those sentences were reduced upon appeal. Now it is my understanding that one or more of the killers recently received a conditional pardon from you. This is despicable sir!
But we expected no less from you or your government from the beginning. We pleaded with our government to have the killers extradited for trial to another country where the government is not in league with terrorists. I want you to know that I am doing everything in my power to see to it that Yemen is placed on the United States list of countries that “Support and Sanction Terrorists Acts”.
The Clinton Administration’s agreement with you to refuel the USS Cole in the harbor at Port Aden was signed with our son’s blood. Most Americans know now what we knew then, that the negotiations should never have been conducted considering your past connections to terrorists and that some members in your administration support terrorists. These include high ranking members of the military, security and intelligence services.
We Americans also know that most Yemenis want a real democracy, not the pseudo-democracy that you are the Dictator of now. I don’t want to see the good people of Yemen punished. I want to see dictators like yourself and other corrupt people in your government disposed of by Yemenis who want true freedom.
The USS Cole tragedy is one of the most shameful and embarrassing events in United States history. US leaders covered up their own mistakes by blaming others including the ship’s captain, Commander Lippold, who is another victim of the Cole tragedy. To add insult to injury, the Bush administration continued to appease terrorist supporting governments like yours.
However, the truth is leaking out slowly but steadily, at least in this country. The tragedies 10/12 and 9/11 could have been averted if only people such as yourself and your cronies would have worried more about their citizens instead of their own egos, political futures and fortunes.
To their credit, some US politicians after 9/11 stated how they had all failed to protect the American people by ignoring the wake-up call of the USS Cole Tragedy. But mostly, the Political Speak after 9/11 was, “This is not the time for pointing out the mistakes made by officials before 9/11. There will be plenty of time after this emergency has passed to deal with those in our government who failed the American people.”
As so often happens with American leaders who make serious mistakes that cost so many people their lives and so much suffering, “later” never came. Instead both political parties closed ranks and deflected responsibility for the USS Cole attack and 9/11. Incredibly, US politicians returned to dealing with corrupt foreign governments such as your own. It was business as usual.
You Sir and your government do not deserve any support from the US in the form of grants, weapons or advisors until you and your government join the other civilized countries in denouncing acts of terrorism and you stop providing support and refuge for them.
You and your government could make a good start by offering a sincere apology and condolences in writing to the victims’ families of the Cole Tragedy. But I seriously doubt that any such action will ever materialize on your part. We all know that would anger the “influential persons” in your government who support killers like Bin Laden.
You could also cease the charade of justice with regard to our son’s killers. At least, keep them in prison for the allotted time they initially received from the court. Why were the killers not given extended sentences for multiple prisons breaks? Instead, their sentences were reduced after their escapes!
These men killed innocent young men and women going about their daily duties, at your invitation, in a country that is supposedly a US ally. How many other people have these terrorists killed before our son? How many more families will find their lives shattered when they murder indiscriminately again?
I read about journalists, activists and everyday people in Yemen who risk their lives, their careers and even their own families to speak out about your corrupt dictatorship. I admire and respect these people very much. My family and friends respect their heroism. These brave Yemenis give me hope that your days in power are numbered. I believe a Free and prosperous Yemen will emerge victoriously, no matter how ruthless you are in your attempts to squash that movement.
We, the families of the sailors murdered in Yemen, have just won a lawsuit against a government similar to your own, the government of The Sudan. It is my goal to obtain the right to present a case against your government in a court of law as well. Notice I say “your government”, not the good people of Yemen. It appears that you are only threatened by the loss of money and not the loss of human lives, which is why it is so important that your government, President Saleh, be placed on the list that support terrorism. There is ample evidence to support this designation.
There are politicians in this country (and yours) that still know right from wrong, politicians that will be responsible and correct one of the most shameful events in both countries’ histories. I believe that these leaders will fix this miscarriage of justice not for their own political convenience but because it’s the right thing to do. They will send a message to all potential terrorists and governments that America stands behind her citizens and their right to life, not with a bunch of eloquent words and worthless threats, but with concrete action.
The survivors and families victimized by terrorist acts are entitled to some form of Justice. I believe a Bill will be enacted to prohibit our government from dealing with individuals such as yourself, a supporter of fanatics like Bin Laden who has brought so much death, misery, and suffering to thousands of people.
I do not hate you President Saleh, nor the politicians and both US presidents that looked the other way when our son was murdered. I do pity you for the wasted opportunity that your reign represents. It is so sad to think of all the good things you could have done for your country and its peoples, and the positive changes that you alone could have instrumented.
You could have stood against tyranny, terrorism, and corruption. Yemen could have been known as a beautiful and civilized country that respected the rule of law and human life, as your people certainly deserve. Instead the world now looks at your government as just another little backwater dictatorship that oppresses its peoples, where the politicians grow richer everyday off the suffering of their citizens, where repression is the norm, and where the law is what you and a few terrorists say it is.
Your day of justice is coming, President Saleh. You must live in fear everyday, and rightly so, knowing your terrorist friends could turn on you any day. I believe a movement within your country will rise up and cast people like you where they belong, in prison.
If Yemeni people can risk their lives everyday battling your corrupt regime, then the least I can do for our deceased son and the future victims of acts of terrorism is to establish a method for dealing with governments such as yours. I hope no one will ever have to face the pain we went through when we were told over and over by US politicians, “We would like to help you, but you have no recourse. You can’t attend the trial. You have no say, no representation, and no way to gain redress for your son’s murder.”
We have stand by helplessly as the killers who murdered our son are rewarded by you and your government and while our own government does nothing to interfere with your actions. That is a horrible experience for any mother, father, wife, husband, and other family member. We have no closure. We have nothing, except flowers and empty words spouted by insincere politicians. I want to change all that.
President Saleh, I have a question. Is there even a little marker or a plaque where our son and his mates were murdered? I would think that our ally, who invited these sailors to Aden, would erect a nice monument to the dead and wounded, assuming they were sincere. Have you taken such action?
Our government told the American people that my boy and the other sailors died protecting your citizens and our people against terrorism. If only that were true, instead our son was killed due to political incompetence in this country and your administration’s support for Bin Laden. Our son was sold out by his own government and yours as well sir, just like all the other victims of terrorism. But I am his father, and I will not let that stand.
In this country we are preparing for another presidential election. Real democracies do that Sir. My hope is that a new president will be elected who will not deal with people like yourself. I hope this new president will help to correct the injustices that have been committed by the last two presidents and administrations in this country in ignoring small groups of victims of terrorist attacks, and in providing money and assistance to corrupt leaders like you who took our money and then looked the other way when our son was murdered.
Bin Laden and his fanatical followers did not carry out their horrific crimes in a vacuum. Bin Laden and other terrorists need political leaders and countries that are sympathetic to their evil ideologies. These leaders including you foster extremism and provide terrorists with a safe haven where they conducted the business of planning the murder of 17 US sailors, and later the mass murder of thousands of Americans and peoples of all nationalities. These are acts of pure unadulterated evil.
Mr. Saleh, to quote an old saying "You can kill people. But you will never kill the dream of freedom." Make no mistake, your people and nation will be free one day from you and your supporters. They will be free from the terrorists like Bin Laden, and his oppressive followers. The dream of freedom will become a reality in Yemen. I would like to visit Yemen when your people have obtained their freedom and to know that our son had a small, yet significant part in making that dream a reality.
Gary G. Swenchonis, Sr.
Note: Petty Officer Gary G. Swenchonis, Jr. and 16 other Americans on the USS Cole were murdered by two Yemeni al Qaeda operatives while the ship was anchored in Yemeni waters. Several suspected in the plot were never charged. Those convicted received light sentences, have escaped from Yemeni jails, or have had their sentences commuted. It is unclear if a single suspect remains in jail today. For more about the USS Cole Bombing see The USS Cole Bombing in Yemen: What We Know Today.
Since Gary doesn't have a blog, he asked me to post this for him in order to get this out to as wide an audience as possible. Jane
1,500 British Converts Already Trained for Jihad
This is why racial profiling doesn't work: MI-5 says that at least 1,500 "white" Britons have already trained for terrorism. Not only are they planning to carry out acts of jihad in Britain, they trained in the UK as well.
Oh, and they're all converts.
You'll notice, though, that all 1,500 are Muslim. Racial profiling may not work, but religious profiling might.
AP/Reuters Publishing Taliban Propaganda UPDATE: E-mail/Call the Taliban Spokesman
The Taliban has The Associated Press and Reuters on speed dial.When the MSM publishes enemy propaganda, they are the enemy.
Elias Wahdat, a stringer for Reuters and BBC news services in Khost province, said that every time the Taliban launch an attack or American troops call in an air strike, he gets a text message.
The Taliban will give its version of what happened, often claiming that American bombs killed civilians. It may take officials with the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan hours to put together a news release for the press. In the meantime, the Taliban version is already circulating.
UPDATE: Check this out from Charles today. The Taliban spokesman who's press release was quoted is Zabiullah Mujahid, an old "friend" of mine.
In fact, I believe I still have his e-mail address and phone number laying around the office somewhere. Might be time to dig that up again....
Okay, here it is: email@example.com
Zabiullah's satellite phone: (011 from US, then) 8821621360585
Iran: 13 Days, 21 Executions, Untold Number of Limbs
As of yesterday Iran has officially executed 21 people in 2008. That's 21 in 13 days. But, as Anti-Mullah points out, that's the official estimate. Many more are simply taken to remote areas and shot. At least two have been sentenced to death by being thrown off a cliff.
This doesn't count those who aren't killed but have their hands and feet chopped off.
Thanks to GM and Locomotive Breath.
PC Run Amock at DOD
This is just silly. When you can't call a pretty soldier a "babe" then it's time to repeal the 19th Amendment. Mandatory babe photo of Jill Stevens below.
Mainstream Editor Becomes ACLU Director
(Abilene, Texas) Congratulations are appropriate for Terri Burke, the former editor of the Abilene Reporter-News. She has been chosen for the position of Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas. Tomorrow is her first day.
Burke says her new job seems like a continuation of her work in the newspaper business.Really?
Frankly, I concluded long ago that there is barely a breath of difference between the mainstream media-types and hardcore leftist-types and Burke's assertion of interchangeability provides confirmation.
Burke takes a wealth of experience with her to the ACLU. She previously held management positions with the Hartford Courant in Connecticut, the Dallas Morning News, the Albuquerque Tribune and the Austin American-Statesman. Obviously, her mainstream media connections will be valuable in getting the ACLU's message heard.
The Odd Saga of Lionheart
Something fishy about all this. Very odd.
I've been defending Lionheart against the accusations that he's a BNP supporter. Maybe I was wrong?
Britney Spears Converting to Islam? Beheading Threats in 3...2...1
Rumors are that Britney Spears will be converting to Islam, thus ending all doubt that she belongs in a mental institution. And if embracing the religion of perpetual outrage wasn't enough to prove her insanity, then how about this: Spears has talked about faking her own death and starting over again in....... Pakistan.
Just like Elvis.
Her not-so-pious Muslim boyfriend, Adnan Ghalib, comes from a Sunni Muslim family in Birmingham, one of the epicenters of radical Islam in Briton. His parents, tabloids are claiming, have disowned Ghalib. Disowning, I guess, is a lot better than what Ghalib's fate would be in Pakistan.
I for one would welcome Britney Spears joining the other team. But if Spears does embrace Allah as the only God and Muhammed as his prophet, then be prepared for outrageously outrageous outrage when her Muslim boyfriend delivers on the promise he's made to sell topless pictures of Britney.
Either that, or the rest of us get death threats for insulting Britney's new found faith.
In either case, prepare for outrage in 3...2...1....
Last night HE was plotting to sell TOPLESS pictures of Britney, 26, and BOASTING in detail of their drug-fuelled sex life, saying she loves him to TALK DIRTY to her in his Birmingham accent.
But SHE was telling pals how much she's in LOVE with Ghalib, 35 and that she plans to MARRY him and convert to his faith, ISLAM.
In her crazier moments she's even been threatening to fake her own death to start a new life with him in Pakistan.
LOL Terorizm! **Fatwahs Issued!
After coming up with your best caption for Vinnie's captioning contest, try your hand at the best LOLterrorism caption for this one.
1-14-08 UPDATE: Fatwahs for LOLtererizm caption contest!
- No put QRAN in littrbx r u di...kaithxbai!
- This bk sz I cn haz Gregz ass for me pzy
- Mufti not know, is chocolate in vest
- I holz holy koranz in left handz - that's the poopie handz!
- Invisible Prophet- let me show him 2 u.
- I can has litrasy?
- Tarzan....you cheat....lol..
- I be poze for virgins. I can haz playgirl now?
- This book my rewardz? Me give u stern look.
- I poze fr picher, I can haz falafl?
- Scaree taroriss lookin scare
- I can haz blackbook
- No virgins for me LOL
- Jihad iz sirius biznis and I iz sirius moohadjeanz LOL
- Figurin mah rocket book got nos answers.
Bush Administration Weighs in on DC Gun Ban
Not even sure what to say about this:
[T]he Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief in the DC Gun Ban case, asking that the Supreme Court overturn the Court of Appeals decision striking down the DC Gun Ban.
FredHeads Roll in to South Carolina
FredHeads, Thompson Troops and Young Professionals from all over the country traveled to South Carolina this weekend to pitch in and help Fred in his full-court press leading into the vote on Jan. 19th.
It was quite a time. Anyone who'd like to get involved in South Carolina this week can contact the FredHeads here.
January 13, 2008
PETA Tombstone Stunt
(Louisville, Kentucky) By taking its radical animal rights campaign into a cemetery, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) show scant respect for our dearly departed.
PETA proudly placed a headstone, inscribed with animal rights propaganda, near Colonel Sanders' grave.
Visitors to Louisville's Cave Hill Cemetery--the final resting place of KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders--will notice a new headstone just a stone's throw away from the colonel's.By going into a cemetery to disrespect the dead, PETA has shown itself to be categorically similar to the late-night vandals who knock over tombstones and deface them with swastikas.
The new headstone is inscribed with a moving tribute to a "Kind Friend of Chickens," but upon closer examination, the bright-red letters down the left side of the poem spell out an unmistakable message: "KFC Tortures Birds."
The Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Insult Yusuf al-Khattab Edition (UPDATE: FATWAS ISSUED!)
Caption this photo of Yusuf al-Khattab, aka Joseph Cohen, and get the coveted Jawa Fatwa!
Caption contests on the Blog Sabbath are always a Sticky Post. Scroll down for new content, if there is any.
The "i will cut ur neck" fatwa goes to: Mrs. Abe Froman for This is the only female I dated that didn't say BAAA
The "devil will do meetballs from your bodies" fatwa goes to: RINOstomper for Damn it feels good to be a gansta
The "why you insult holly quoran?" fatwa goes to: doriangrey for When thou pullest the pin on thine holy vest five is the number that thou shall count to...
Special "shameless plug" fatwa to Nigel for pimping his blog.
Yemeni Security Fires on Protesters in Aden, Killing Three
3 were shot dead and 12 wounded in Aden, Yemen during a demonstration at Al-Haashimi esplanade today.
Eye witness reports stated that National Security forces shot without warning from rooftops down on to demonstrators. Southern Yemen protesters were meeting to publicly reconcile opposing tribes that clashed on this day in 1986 and unify against northern political oppression. Lack of jobs, lack of fair political representation, and forcibly retired southern military personnel who were replaced by northerners were named as causes of today's demonstration. During an interview a witness reported that demonstrators would resolve to maintain a peaceful stance after the shootings. More exclusive photos and reporting below the fold.
Update: Now with video. Its eight minutes of the crowd rescuing the wounded amid sporadic firing. No one goes home.
On the 21 Anniversary of 13 January events
Yemeni Security Forces Kill Two Persons and Wound Thirteen in Aden
Two persons were killed and fifteen wounded in Aden when Regular Forces opened fire on crowds of southerners protesters who came from all southern governorates in a gesture of reconciliation and tolerance.
The protesters crowded in al-Hashimi station in al-Sheikh Othman district starting in the early morning in commemoration of the 21 anniversary of 13 January 1986 events which occurred in South Yemen between the different wings in socialist party (Y.S.P) who led the south before unity.
A responsible source in the Joint Meeting Parties (J.M.P) in Aden governorate said to Armies of Liberation that the ruling party never ask for peace and what happened in al-Hashimi station this morning is a proof for that, and he added, “We will continue in our adjusted demanded until achieving equal citizenship and get back all our legal rights.”
January 12, 2008
Yemen: Protests in the South, War in the North, And a Wall
A massive rally is planned in Aden in Southern Yemen for Sunday. During the last rally, witnesses reported helicopter gunships strafed would be protesters halted at check points en route to the site. To the north, the Sa'ada war is breaking out for the fifth time. Renewed fighting shattered a six month cease fire between northern Shiite rebels and the Yemeni military. Thirty rebels, soldiers and civilians were reported killed. After celebrating Eid al-Ghadeer, (a normal Shiite holiday) Al-Jaon village was shelled by the military. The religious holiday was banned in Sa'ada in 2004 at outbreak of the war. Civilian casualties included a four year old. An extremist Salafi aid to General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, President Saleh's half brother, labeled the rebels "disbelievers" in a mosque sermon.
Saudi Arabia began construction of a border wall with Yemen. Tens of thousands of Yemeni children are smuggled annually to Saudi Arabia as beggars and servants. Many of the about 20,000 refugees who arrive in Yemen from the Horn of Africa eventually make their way to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries across the porous border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. A vast amount of weapons are trafficked into Saudi Arabia from Yemen. One weapon used in the 2004 attack on the US consulate in Jeddah was traced back to the Yemeni military. Drugs from Pakistan are another commodity with an established route through Yemen. In December, the Kingdom arrested a terror cell led by a 37 year old Yemeni who trained at the al Farouq camp in Afghanistan. Eight Chinese made missiles (not RPG's) were smuggled from Yemen by the cell in preparation for attacks on vital installations.
George Soros Funded 1/2 of Phony Lancet Study
Of course, it took over one year for this information to come to light.
And Soros and Co., being the models of honesty, transparency and intergrity that they are, came right forth and made it known that this was in fact partially their study. BECAUSE OF TEH TRANSPARENCY!@1one!!!
How convenient to a certain antiwar political party.
Team Clinton Member Up To Old Antics
Shameless Clinton flak Sydney Blumenthal scores an aggravated DWI.
Put these people back in the White House!
Publisher of the Western Standard, Ezra Levant, gives a government flunky the smackdown over publishing the Mohammed cartoons.
stein hoist: AoSHQ
More of this
interview interrogation here.
U.S. Military Angers Filipinos
The Armed Forces of the Philippines said it would relocate a Marine camp put up near a government hospital in the southern province of Sulu after a scandal involving US troops.The U.S. military "camps" are political hot potatoes since the Filipinos don't want any "permanent" foreign military bases in the country. Consequently, the camps are called "temporary" training facilities in support of the global war on terror, however, they have become semi-permanent in nature. The "temporary" designation is justified by having U.S. forces regularly transfer in and then out after a short duration. Needless to say, the last thing desired is publicity.
US troops in Sulu ordered last month a hospital in Panamao town to close every night that prevented medical personnel from treating patients after sundown. American troops who put up their camp at a Marine base near the hospital even told doctors to treat their patients at the municipal hall.
Dr. Silak Lakkian, head of the hospital, has complained about how US troops meddled in their operations. US soldiers also threatened to shoot anybody in the hospital in case there is an attack by terrorists. American soldiers have been in Sulu since 2006 to train local forces to hunt members of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group.
The meddling of US troops in local affairs drew widespread criticism and protests from provincial leaders and triggered calls from political activists in Manila for the House of Representatives and the Senate to hold an investigation into the incident.
US military commanders in Sulu apologized for the incident and the AFP ordered the soldiers away from the hospital. US soldiers insist a threat exist against them in the town from suspected Abu Sayyaf militants.
Responding to the incident, Army Maj. Gen. Ruben Rafael said the camp would be moved to another village.
Friday Night Genesis
And for the oldheads, the Musical Box. Yes, that's a young Peter Gabriel with Phil on backing vox. Sweet.
BONUS: The Carpet Crawlers 1999 remix --->
January 11, 2008
Political Asylum for UK Blogger Lionheart?
Yes, it's come to this. Actual discussion about whether or not there is a case to be made that Lionheart, the British blogger who will be arrested upon his return to Bedfordshire for criticizing Islam, qualifies for political asylum in the United States.
I first got an e-mail about it from a long-time reader who works for the Border Patrol a few days ago. To be honest, I was stunned by the suggestion that Lionheart may need to flee political persecution in Britain, of all places. It seems almost silly.
This is the U.K., not Iran. This is the same country that granted Karl Marx political asylum. It was in England that Marx wrote The Capital, a book that would inspire thugs and dictators to murder tens of millions of people.
But now it's considered a crime in England to criticize Islam?
And the formal charge is laughable: "Stir[ring] up Racial Hatred". Islam is not a race, and Muslim is not an ethnic identity!
One might hate Muslims and would be a bigot for doing so, but that would certainly not make you a "racist". Nor could being critical of Islam and Muslims, even if done in an over-the-top or insensitive way, ever be construed as "stirring up racial hatred." Ever.
As to the charges that Lionheart is a supporter of the BNP, I've seen no evidence of it. He's openly and avidly pro-Israel, for what that's worth. I don't know the ins-and-outs of the BNP, but if the "evidence" that Lionheart is a supporter is the fact that he uses Crusader imagery on his blog and so does the BNP, then I'm not impressed.
Anyway, perish the thought that it could come to this, but it has. At least, were at the stage where this is put on the table as an option and we begin the discussion. My gut instinct tells me that even if Lionheart were arrested, that there's no way an English jury would vote to convict.
Er, you chaps still have juries, right?
Here's some of what the Border Patrol Agent had to say. I'll keep his name anonymous.
I can say with some degree of certainty that Lionheart would be able to get asylum in the US if he asked for it.In a follow up e-mail, responding to my question on whether or not Lionheart could really ask for political asylum because he's from Britain, he added:
He could fly to a US port of entry and when he's passed through immigration there, ask the CBP officer how to apply for asylum. I'm sure it's done differently at airports than here on the Southern border, but if he's looking at years in prison vs. freedom, it's worth it to try. I'd suggest he make sure his flight goes to the South, Midwest, or Texas, just to avoid regional political bias and end up getting the boot.
The process is such that even if he chose to go so far as walk across the Mexican-US border and enter illegally, he'd probably get it. Reasonable/credible fear of persecution, including for political opinions, is included as a reason to grant asylum. He'd get handed off from CBP (Customs/Border Protection) and given to a regional asylum officer, who'd run through his case.
Country of origin isn't important at the basic level - I've never heard anything about it being important before. The country limits on immigration have more to do with what types of workers come from what regions, I think. The indictment would be evidence of persecution, no?So, does Lionheart have a case or not? I've no idea. The reader seems to think so. It's certainly an option to think about.
As for written evidence, it sure would help. If he's already been issued a warrant, or has some paperwork to appear in court, it should be more than enough. From the stories I've read, it looks like he wouldn't have much trouble presenting a case....
The relevant parts of the definition of "refugee" straight from the Immigration Law book is: any person who is outside the country of his nationality... and is unable or unwilling to return to that country or avail himself of the protection of that country because of persecution or a well founded fear of persecution because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.
Note the following: The term refugee does not include any person who ordered, incited, assisted or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. Thus, it would be important that he applies somewhere that the immigration authorities won't simply agree with Big Brother. He does still have to apply for asylum status, and then must stay in the US for a year to change from refugee to an immigrant.
Lastly, the Border Patrol Agent wants to send this last shout out to Lionheart:
If it makes him feel any better, I wouldn't deport him.I don't know about Lionheart, but it certainly makes me feel better.
Republicans Have More Sex Than Dems, Thompson Supporters the Most
-- 55 percent of Republicans have sex at least once a week, compared with just 43 percent of Democrats.Republicans are freakay, Thompson supporters freaky-deaky.
-- 14 percent of Thompson supporters and 12 percent of Obama supporters claim to have sex "almost every day."
Actually, the full results show that Republicans tend to have fewer sexual partners over their lifetimes, begin to have sex later on in life, and have sex more frequently than Democrats. They are, in fact, much more "sexually healthy", if that term means anything.
But this isn't anything surprising at all. Despite the stereotype of get married then stop having sex, married couples are much more sexually active than singles. If you think about it, there are a lot of single people out there having zero sex, which brings your averages way way down.
So, if anything, the survey just reconfirms everything we know about married people: we're getting it on a lot more than you single losers. No, internet porn doesn't count as "sex".
And it also reconfirms what we already know about Republicans: they're more likely to be married than Democrats.
So, married people are more likely to have regular sex and be Republican.
None of this, of course, explains why Thompson supporters are the most likely to have sex everyday. Theory? I'm guessing size really does matter.
This calls for a Ron Paul girl pic. Yeah, Ron Paul is a Republican. Sort of.
Pop Goes The Nutroots
If you hear a strange boom today, that would be Markos "Screw them" Moulitsas Zuniga's head exploding.
Three young women have returned home to Michigan after being rescued from an orphanage in a remote village of strife-torn Kenya by Blackwater Worldwide.
I have a question for you, dear readers. If you had to leave your daughter alone in a room with someone, who would you trust more, any Blackwater employee, or Kos?
Red Chinese Beat Blogger to Death
Chinese blogger Wei Wenhua was filming a confrontation between villagers and municipal officials on his cell phone when fifty or so of the public servants set upon, and beat him to death.
Police have detained 24 municipal inspectors and are investigating more than 100 in the death of Wei Wenhua, a 41-year-old construction company executive, Xinhua reported on Friday.But not to worry, responding to what offical news agency Xinhua refers to as the "accident," China has fired one of the officials, thus clearing the way for prosperous, shining festivities during Olympics good luck, happy time.
The swift action by officials reflects concerns that the incident could spark larger protests against authorities, whose heavy-handed approach often arouses resentment.
Or global warming. Come to think of it, that's Bush's fault too.
For the first time in memory, snow fell across Baghdad.
Don't read the rest of the article, it's just another example of the AP's attempt to spin a happy story out of Iraq into something depressing. I only linked it out of courtesy.
One step forward, two steps back in Afghanistan's Madrassas
Here's a BBC report about plans to "modernize" Afghanistan's madrassas. The hope is that they will become "moderate" and then compete with Pakistan's "radical" madrassas for students.
So, instead of Pakistani trained suicide-bombers with no comprehension of physics and a commitment to stoning homosexuals we'll get Aghani trained suicide-bombers with a basic knowledge of algebra and who take the more moderate position that homosexuals should be jailed, not stoned to death. Brilliant.
Reports on Press Freedom in Yemen
The third annual report on press freedom has been issued by the Yemen based NGO, Women Journalists Without Chains, and is quite detailed.
Article 19's report on Yemen, "Freedom of Expression in Peril", contains this from our friend Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani, "They mobilize religion, laws and even the tribe against us. We, on the other hand, only own our dreams. They even want to rob us of this."
The report examines the slander of female journalists. I also found this to be a good section:
3. MEDIA MUZZLED AND JOURNALISTS UNDER ATTACK................. 9
3.1. Media environment: state monopoly and censorship
3.1.1. Cloning the media.
3.1.2. Licences withdrawn.
3.1.3. Websites and SMS services filtered and censored
3.1.4. Access to and dissemination of information
3.2. Media professionals under attack: violence, prosecution and imprisonment
3.2.1. Harassment, threats and assaults of journalists
3.2.3 Prosecution and imprisonment of Journalists
3.3. Prosecuting journalists before the Special Criminal Court on Terrorism
Human Events Endorses Thompson
I'm not sure how much the Human Events endorsement will help Fred out. The National Review's endorsement of Mitt Romney didn't seem to help out much, and NR seems to have a much wider circulation than Human Events. But I agree with the editors: Fred Thompson's certainly has the most bona fides as a conservative.
One thing that bothers me about Thompson is, as Human Events mentions, his support for the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform--a law which is clearly unconstitutional in my mind. Why do conservatives constantly bring this up when talking about McCain, but give Fred a pass on it?
Yesterday, Sen. Thompson told myself and a few other bloggers that celebrity endorsements don't usually count for much. His supporters will have to hope that this endorsement plus his performance in South Carolina last night will be enough to move him up in the polls.
In his Senate years, Mr. Thompson compiled an American Conservative Union lifetime rating of 86.1, which is higher than both Sen. John McCain (82.3) and Rep. Ron Paul (82.3). The Club for Growth has praised Thompson as someone who has a strong commitment to limited government, free enterprise and federalist principles.I think its that last part that is most attractive to me. But, again, it seems to me that both Rudy and McCain also do a good job of attacking the far left as the warmed over anti-American commies that they are. McCain even goes so far as to question the patriotism of the radical left. I like that.
On the issues that matter most to conservatives, Sen. Thompson’s positions benefit from their clarity. He is solidly pro-life. He said that he was in favor overturning Roe v. Wade because it was “bad law and bad medical science.” As the National Right to Life Committee said in its endorsement of him Nov. 13, 2007, “The majority of this country is opposed to the vast majority of abortions, and Fred Thompson has shown in his consistent pro-life voting record in the U.S. Senate that he is part of the pro-life majority.”
Thompson’s record is solid on voting to preserve gun owners’ rights, cut taxes, reduce government spending and drill for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He has voted consistently against gay marriage. Thompson is by no means perfect. He strongly supported the McCain-Feingold bill, did not support the impeachment of Bill Clinton on perjury and more than once voted with the trial lawyers against limitations on liability in defective product and medical malpractice cases.
We like the way Thompson unhesitatingly attacks the liberal ideologues and their activists such as MoveOn.org and the ACLU, and the way he reaches out to those we knew as the Reagan Democrats.
To be honest, my ideal candidate would be a combination of something like this:
John McCain's life story and commitment to American winning its wars, even if that means firing incompetent generals and field commanders.
Ron Paul's domestic agenda, divided by two, minus the tin-foil, and then rounded to the nearest politically realistic position.
Mike Huckabee's personality. And Huckabee's Chuck Norris.
Mitt Romney's business experience, family, and hair.
Duncan Hunter's position on immigration.
Do these add up to Fred Thompson? No, but Thompson's positions seem to be closest to my own Burkean libertarianism.
Remember, when we vote we aren't looking for the ideal--one of the reasons I could never fully swallow the libertarian pill--but rather for the best of the given choices. We are, as Trey Parker and Matt Stone reminded us four years ago, deciding between a Giant Douche and a Turd Sandwich.
UPDATE: Yup, you're right, it's Giant Douche not Giant Douchebag.
You know what I can't stand? Giant douches in the comments section that don't understand the differences between a metaphor and name calling. Saying the choice is between a giant douche and a turd sandwich is just a metaphor for no candidate is perfect. Saying the commenter is a giant douche--that's just name calling.
GOP Debate Open Thread
Here's your chance to discuss what you're watching on the t.v. right now.
Wait, I'm getting an IM from someone.
Aw, shit, we missed it again.
Oh, well, back to getting jihadist websites removed from American servers.
Ron al-Amriki AKA Adam Paul
I blame the comments. Someone noted that Adam Gadahn, aka Azzam al-Amriki, aka Richard Pearlman al-Traitordouche, resembled a certain someone running for President of the United States. I won't reveal the name of the candidate, but it rhymes with Lawn, Y'all.
Fred Adminsters the Whoop-Ass to Huckster
Judging by the debate tonight, Fred appears to have run out of chewing gum....
h/t : Allah.
Hot (Debatable) Naughty Mayors
In an interview with the (Pendleton) East Oregonian, the mayor said she did nothing wrong and those who are offended need to get over it.
I see nothing wrong here, and they definitely need to get over it. After all, this town had no problem when Kim Basinger purchased it, right?
What would be interesting would be to see how many of the protesting citizens receive a Victoria's Secret catalog in the mail. Or any other catalog that has a picture of a woman wearing a bra in it. I'd guess the local newspaper would be guilty of that.
So, Hot (debatable) Naughty Mayors of the United States of America, feel free to post pictures of yourselves in your underwear on MySpace. The 99.999999999% of us who don't live in your town and can't vote for you anyway are rooting you on.
Uh, is this really worth the national attention it's getting?
January 10, 2008
Hizbollah in Iraq's YouTube Jihad hosted from ...
Dallas (UPDATE: PWND!!)
Update: Website down. Thanks to the quick response from the good people at Softlayer. The YouTube propaganda videos are still up as of this writing.
is was the website for "Hizbollah in Iraq": http://www.alasaeb.com/ = 22.214.171.124
Hezbollah in Iraq's website is hosted by SoftLayer Technologies in Dallas, Texas: firstname.lastname@example.org
features featured many videos of American and Iraqis being killed. Guess who hosts all of Hizbollah in Iraq's videos? YouTube.
YouTube user "qasimhaider2007" has 21 videos. Most of them are embedded on Hizbillah in Iraq's website. User "habebalmurshid" has 24 videos, most of which are also embedded on the Hezbollah Iraq website.
Here is Hizbollah in Iraq's logo, as it appeared on the webpage before it was taken down.
Look who left their directory open. The website was updated as recently as January 5th.
Call me "old fashioned", but am I the only one in the room who has a problem with two American companies helping spread enemy propaganda?
Maybe it's just "dissent"? If it is, I'm told it's the "highest form of patriotism" or something like that.
Thanks to NewsBuckit who notes that the domain registration runs out in 3 days. I'd suggest someone buying it and putting up a goat porn site in its place, but the jihadis would flock to it in even larger numbers.
Arab Press Sabotaged First Fallujah Attack
Propaganda from so-called "news" outlets al Jazeera and al Arabiya was cited, in a leaked secret intelligence assessment, for cutting short the first attack on Fallujah in April 2004.
From the report, via a story in the Washington Times:
"The outcome of a purely military contest in Fallujah was always a foregone conclusion — coalition victory," read the assessment, prepared by analysts at the U.S. Army's National Ground Intelligence Center, or NGIC.
"But Fallujah was not simply a military action, it was a political and informational battle. ... The effects of media coverage, enemy information operations and the fragility of the political environment conspired to force a halt to U.S. military operations," concluded the assessment.
Of course, American media outlets did their part as well, passing on the al Jazeera and al Arabiya reports as if they were actually coming from journalists [emphasis added]:
The authors said the press was "crucial to building political pressure to halt military operations," from the Iraqi government and the Coalition Provisional Authority, which resulted in a "unilateral cease-fire" by U.S. forces on April 9, after just five days of combat operations...From the report itself, as published by Wikileaks, are facts that never seemed to find their way into al Jazeera or al Arabiya "news" reports:
Crucial to the failure, the authors said, was the role of the Arabic satellite news channels Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya.
• (S//REL TO USA, MCFI) Insurgents deliberately fought from sensitive areas such as mosques, schools, and residential areas. Mosques served as command centers, fighting positions, weapon caches, rallying points, and hospitals. Minarets were used by snipers, observers, and forward observers.Thanks to Commodore Lowly Knave of The Pirate Armada.
No Honor Killing Here, Move Along
A lengthy, but worth the time article on the blood boiling case of Amina and Sarah Said.
Notable quote from the still very much alive son:
"Why is it every time an Arab father kills a daughter, it's an honor killing?" Islam said. "It didn't have anything to do with that." He declined to answer other questions.
Then why don't you tell us what the reason was, Islam. If you know what it had to do with, why refuse to answer any more questions? Hm? Why not get it out there and dispel the rumor?
I, for one, hope the police are taking a very close look at Islam Said. I'd bet good money that he knows where this murdering scumbag is. If it were me, I'd be tapping his phones and following him everywhere. I'd be on him like stink on shit.
I found a picture of Islam Said showing his inconsolable grief at his sisters' funeral:
I'd caption that picture; You got what you deserved.
Here's the father, still on the run. If you see him, beat the shit out of him before you call the cops. Make sure you say he fell down the stairs.
U.S Forces Pound al Qaeda in the Ass (Video)
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – More than 40 targets were hit Jan. 10 after precision air strikes destroyed reported al-Qaeda safe havens in Arab Jabour. Thirty-eight bombs were dropped within the first 10 minutes, with a total tonnage of 40,000 pounds.
This is the biggest air strike in some time with more bombs being dropped in 10 minutes than in the entire previous month.
The precision air strikes supported Operation Phantom Phoenix, the overarching operation that includes Operation Marne Thunderbolt.
A joint operation between the Air Force and Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division required extensive planning to prevent collateral damage and to deny the use of the area for attacks into Baghdad and against Coalition Forces.
Two B-1 Bombers and four F-16 fighter jets, directed bombs at three large target areas. Each bomber made two passes and the F-16s followed to complete the set. Coordination between the Army and Air Force was essential in making the operation a success.
Operation Marne Thunderbolt is an ongoing operation aimed at flushing out remaining al-Qaeda extremists operating in the southern Arab Jabour area, and to create conditions for improved security.
Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division will join Iraqi Security Forces and Concerned Local Citizens to continue these offensive operations to keep pressure on the enemy.
SRC: MNF IRAQ
Conference Call With Fred Thompson
A number of bloggers, including myself, are talking with Fred Thompson right now.
As you know, I've been a tepid Fred Thompson supporter for some time, so I'm pretty jazzed to get to talk to him today. I'll let you know what happens.
Check back for updates.
1:55: We ended with notice from Jon that Sen. Thompson will be on Sean Hannity's show at 3:15 ET.
I like Fred, but I wish we could have spent more time discussing issues like how his administration would treat the war in Afghanistan differently. We seem to have turned the tide in Iraq, but in Afghanistan we have been in a stalemate for a few years now.
In any event how can we expect the MSM to pick up on Fred's conservative message when we bloggers act just like the MSM and focus on the "horse race" aspects of the election rather than substance?
1:50: Matt from Townhall asks if Fred is going to get any celebrity endorsements. Naturally the conversation moves to Chuck Norris. Fred says he doesn't believe celeb endorsements, including Chuck's, don't matter that much.
1:47: A lot of talk about South Carolina, which is kind of boring. I can sense that Fred wants to talk about substantive issues, but bloggers more interested in the race. Which is ironic since the same bloggers are wondering why media isn't paying Fred more attention. When the story is the race, then, naturally the stories are about "winners" and "losers".
1:42: "It's about me. I either work or I don't....I stand or fall on who I am and what I believe." Great answer about the dog & pony show.
1:38: Dan Riehl asks a great question about Sen. Thompson's career in Hollywood and how that might effect his electability. Thompson says he won't back away from who he is and what he does.
1:35: Fred says that he supports directing the federal government to disregard earmark spending.
1:32: Fred says he's drawing the line in South Carolina and that it's his "neck of the woods." He's the "clear cut conservative candidate".
1:30: Jon Henke says Fred is going to get a "big celebrity endorsement tomorrow." Tease.
No Cussing Allowed, Dammit!
(St. Charles, Missouri) Well, shucks! A bill has been proposed to control the level of liveliness in the historic downtown area of St. Charles. Apparently, people are having way too much fun. The legislation would prohibit table-dancing, drinking contests and cussing.
Specifically banned would be "indecent, profane or obscene language, songs, entertainment and literature" in bars.
Business owners see the bill as not well defined and a possible violation of civil rights. I believe it would be almost impossible to enforce. Of course, that's even assuming that the town leaders could agree on what constitutes "indecent, profane or obscene." Nonetheless, a meeting is scheduled at City Hall next Monday to hash out the proposal.
American Contractor Kidnapped in Basra Identified
Mark Koscielski at Save5.net has posted an ad he received from an Iraqi newspaper that shows the 5 kidnapped Crescent Security contractors, as well as a previously-unidentified American kidnapped Jan. 5, 2007 in Basra. Ronald Withrow is believed to be the American abducted at a phony checkpoint along with two Iraqi translators who were found murdered the next day. There is no date on the ad which was sent to Save5, and no information available on Ronald Withrow yet. If he is indeed the kidnapped contractor, we pray fervently for his safety and that of the other hostages, who have been missing since Nov. 2006.
Note to FBI: pay your effing phone bills!!
Why would you need conspiracies to explain government failures and inaction when incompetency works just about every time?
Obama Bloggers: We Was Robbed!
Now this is fascinating in its own right, independent of content; a deadtree media outlet exploring a story first put forth by scruffy bloggers.
The Dallas Morning News reports on rumblings from the Obama supporting section of the blogosphere that the New Hampshire primary was rigged:
AUSTIN – The results weren't even in when the blogosphere started to hum with a theory that sharply divided Democrats online: Barack Obama lost to Hillary Rodham Clinton in New Hampshire because the vote was rigged.Oh c'mon now, who believes that the Clintons would ever be involved in something this unsavory?
"Something stinks in New Hampshire," a commenter posted on the popular liberal site Americablog.com.
Curious about the "wildly inaccurate" polls that put Mr. Obama in a double-digit lead going into Tuesday's primary, blogger Brad Friedman, a Los Angeles-based election-fraud watchdog, questioned the results as soon as they arrived, and all day Wednesday.
But, on the other hand, you know there just has to be something to it, because the Ron Paul supporters are getting into the election fraud act, too.
Interview With Lionheart
Islamist rule over the UK may, alarmingly, be on its way. Today, the British police want to question and/or arrest the British blogger known as Lionheart. His crime? Turning his life around as a young school dropout and petty drug dealer and emerging as a believing Christian who opposes the drug plague in his hometown of Luton and who views the Pakistani Islamist and al-Qaeda control of the drug trade in Luton as both criminally and politically dangerous. For this, Lionheart has been charged with “stirring up racial hatred”—which is a crime in the UK.Phyllis interviews Lionheart a bit later in her post.
P: How can people help you? Is anyone already helping you?
L: People can help me by using their resources to get this message out to the world, if the injustice that has been leveled at me is brought out into the open, then the message about Islam and its global Jihad will reach the masses. Many good people are helping me like yourself. This is as much about them as it is about me, its just I am the one who is being silenced.
Italy Expels Imam
I wonder how many other imams would be expelled if their sermons were simply videotaped? I'm guessing a lot.
In the past I've argued that the least intrusive way of stopping the spread of radical Islam in the West would be to simply base visas for clerics on a reciprocal basis. This would drop the number of foreign born clerics to nearly zero since Muslim countries rarely let Western clerics in. It would also give an incentive to Islamic countries to embrace modern notions of freedom of religion.
Italy expelled a Turin imam to his native Morocco Wednesday after his sermons were secretly filmed and his views were deemed a threat to public security, officials said.Good riddance!
Mohamed Kohaila, who had been living in Italy for years, was deported in the evening, according to the Interior Ministry.
The ministry said local and national anti-terrorism authorities determined that Kohaila was inciting "violently anti-Western behavior" and maintained relations with extremists close to militant jihadists.
Hat tip: Rantburg
Man "more dangerous than bin Laden" is Metrosexual
Pictured right is Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Taliban in South Waziristan, and the man blamed for the murder of Benazir Bhutto.
He's been described as "more dangerous than Osama bin Laden".
Check out the hair. It's fantabulous! CDR Salamander is sure he uses curlers.
I'd call him ghey, but I wouldn't want to insult homosexuals by placing him in the same category as many of our patriots.
Besides, it's no business of mine if the Taliban's #1 guy is the "bitch", "the catcher", or "the wife".
But he's definitely a metrosexual. Maybe he and John Edwards should get together and discuss hair products? I bet he could give Edwards a tip or two about split ends.
In related news, Reliapundit notes that a rival tribe in South Waziristan is taking up arms against the Mehsoud clan. Keep your fingers crossed, but I'm not hopeful. Seems more like inter-tribal warfare than any deep commitment to secular government.
And, lest this sinks down the memory hole, Baitullah himself signed a much heralded "peace agreement" with the Pakistani government in which he also promised help in tracking down al Qaeda.
Pic from Bill Roggio.
UPDATE: Just talked to Roggio who tells me the government line that Nazir was "pro-government" is completely false. Like I said, the government also used to claim that Mehsoud was "pro-government".
Roggio has more on how this is exactly like I said nothing more than inter-tribal warfare.
Vote Jill Stevens!
Jill Stevens is Ms. Utah, and she's smokin' hot. If you need one more reason to vote for her: she's a veteran who served in Afghanistan.
You can vote for Jill Stevens once a day here. Just click on Utah and then vote.
Thanks to Outlaw 13.
Disclaimer: It seems that the contest is somehow related to a reality show on TLC where the Ms. American contestants live under the same roof.
Just when you thought beauty pageants couldn't get any dumber. It's The Real World, only in this episode hot chicks discuss ending global warming. Seriously, I think I'd rather gouge my own eyes out than watch this.
Unless there is a bikini contest.
Or a shower cam.
Transcript Of Adam Gadahn's Lunatic Rant
Interesting in that the Arabic is translated.
Which fills in the blanks of those portions of the video. I for one am simply thrilled to know now just what it was he was saying with his crazed warbling.
Meet the Man "more dangerous than Osama bin Laden"
His name is Baitullah Mehsud, and he's the Taliban's top guy in South Waziristan. Jawa readers will remember him as the SOB responsible for the kidnapping and subsequent release of five Pakistani Christians he took hostage.
Baitullah Meshud [sic: should read Baitullah Mehsud or Mesood], also known as the emir of South Waziristan, is described by Pakistani authorities as a brutal but able leader who commands thousands of followers. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf blames him for the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, as well as a spate of recent attacks here that have left more than 400 dead. NATO authorities in Afghanistan have offered a $50,000 reward for his capture.There are no known photos of Baitullah Mehsud's face, but you may recognize his brother Abdullah from this photo.
"I think he is now a much bigger threat than bin Laden and al Zawahri in this part of the world," said ABC News consultant Rahimullah Yusufzai.
"He seems to have a large reservoir of suicide bombers, and he is a bigger threat in this region, in Pakistan and certain border provinces of Afghanistan than even the al Qaeda leadership," said Yusufzai.
Unless Baitullah Mehsud is about 100 IQ points smarter than his brother, I'd say he's not nearly as dangerous as some are claiming.
Too Little, Too Late?
The US military released footage from a UAV showing al-Qaeda in Iraq taking a man from a trunk and murdering him. The CNN reporters call the footage, "shocking" and "spectacular" After mentioning the discovery of five severed heads they this shows that Iraqis take the brunt of the violence in Iraq.
WTF? What if the MSM had shown people the real truth of what these people do from the start? On a much wider scale than sites like Jawa can provide.
If people had seen what happened to Menchaca and Tucker. If they had seen what happened to Daniel Pearl, Paul Johnson and other civilian hostages. If they had seen what happened to countless Iraqis, shot and chopped and murdered mercilessly. Maybe they would have recognized the pure evil of it and fought. There would be no more of that moral equivalency crap.
I know there are problems with graphic images and video, but I've never saw the work of Satan so obvious upon this earth. There can be no acceptance of al-Qaeda and those like them. The truth must be shown.
So now the military and the MSM decide to show it? The MSM was more than willing to show graphic video of dead and dying Americans in Vietnam. But not willing to show the utter brutality of al-Qaeda in Iraq?
Just pisses me off!
Hat Tip: Dirty Blonde.
Michael Totten's Lastest Dispatch From Iraq
Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit.
al-Rashadeen Army Video Release Pwned
The al-Rashadeen Army announced an new propaganda video release today. They released with the banner below and this link.
Almost immediately they lost DNS and the server to the http://alrashedeen.org site.
LOL, we don't know. Not us. Must have been some other Zionist internet spy. Good job to whomever you are. Jawas love it!
But since they are dumb enough to post the http://al-rashedeen.info addy which is still up, we may as well join the party.
DNS provided by Afilias
Hosting provided by mcshosting.
I'm having a little trouble locating info on mcshosting. If anyone has contact or website info on mcs hosting out of Malaysia email Howie. Don't be discouraged, I've emailed shadowy providers in Malaysia before and got an unexpected favorable response. We'll see.
You may recall, we completely pwned the Rashadeen army in October.
Like Rusty says, "Whack a mole."
Update: The correct email for mcs hosting is email@example.com. Their website is here.
http://al-rashedeen.info somehow lost DNS.
http://al-rashedeen.info = [ ]Just terrible. If you reboot and refresh your DNS tables you should be able to see the DNS error, but will be unable to access the site. The site is still up as my tables are still loaded.
Update II: Bonus! email a terrorist! firstname.lastname@example.org
Jawa War Porn Intermission
Since I spent all my time this morning listening to Vinnie's interview and everyone seems to be gone except Bluto. Here's some nice video of stuff blowing up to keep you occupied. A couple days old but I never get tired of this stuff.
Apache vs Cars
Apache vs Houses
Hat Tip: Lucky.
Iran Claims Video of Speedboats Faked
Proving that it is impossible to understimate the intelligence of the mullahcracy in Iran, its leaders are claiming that the US faked video of Iranian speedboats harassing American warships in the Strait of Hormuz:
And the state-run Press TV quoted a spokesman for Iran's Revolutionary Guard Navy as saying that the video "had been compiled using file pictures and the audio had been fabricated."Just a small conspiracy involving hundreds of ordinary sailors and officers, mind you, though the claim should be sufficient to inflame the morons at DailyKos and DU.
Where are the Paulestinians Tonite?
The Paulestinians like to give the impression that they're multiplying and growing in strength and number each day.
Apparently, not in NH or IA.
Care to let us in on the secret, Paulbots?
When will Uncle Ronnie be taking over the race and detonating the suicide bomb of FREEDOM?
January 08, 2008
Hillary Edges Out Obama in NH
Looks like the tears worked.
Talk to Vinnie Tonight Live
Update #5: Latecomers can still listen if you click the link. Or, you can listen here. (requires Windows Media Player).
Update #4: Wow, Vinnie's very smart. Who knew? I thought he was just funny. Anyway it was really a great show. Will post the podcast as soon as I find it.
Original post starts here:
Oh this should be fun. Join us.
Update: (@9pm EST) Click here to listen now.
9pm EST, 6pm PST
Tonight on Political Vindication Radio Vinnie from The Jawa Report comes on to talk in detail about the history of our War on Terror. Did we rush to war? How did we go from being a liberating force to an occupation army? How has the American military turned the tide? Will Iraq be an ally of America's in ten years? n our second hour we'll be going through the New Hampshire primary results as they roll in. If you have something to say about the direction this country is headed, this is your chance to join the national conversation! The chat room will be open 15 minutes before show time, and to join us on the air live, dial (646) 652-4598
Tuesday Live at 6 p.m. PST
Oh yeah, two hours of Vinnie unplugged, a rare treat.
Update: (My bad) Tune in, call in and chat with the one and only Vin-meister between 6-7 PST, a/k/a 9-10 EST or just hang out in the chat room. They'll read your message on air as long as its, you know, coherent.
Another al-Qaeda in Iraq Media Cell Captured
I always thought the best way to stop al-Furqan was to kill and capture them. The effect has been outstanding so far. With each capture or killing of a media cell followed by silence, then an attempted come back. Then another capture and more silence. Excellent!
Via MNF-Iraq: n Baghdad, Coalition forces captured a wanted individual believed to be an associate of the al-Qaeda in Iraq media and propaganda network. The wanted individual allegedly replaced a suspect detained by Coalition forces Dec. 21, and is believed to have ties to numerous senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders in the region. Two suspected terrorists were detained in addition to the wanted individual.Al-furqan was able to release a lame IED video against an Iraqi police car on the 6th, complete with the voice of the sock puppet Baghdadi.
North of Manusuriyah, Coalition forces detained five suspects while targeting associates of the al-Qaeda in Iraq network operating in the northeast Diyala River Valley region. As the ground force cleared the area, they discovered numerous machine guns, military style assault vests and grenades which were safely destroyed on site.
During operations yesterday, Coalition forces detained 14 suspects in Baghdad and Mosul while targeting associates allegedly involved in al-Qaeda in Iraq media networks and assassination operations.
“The barbaric nature of al Qaeda and their Taliban ideology is being rejected by the Iraqi people,” said Navy Capt. Vic Beck, MNF-I spokesman. “Iraqi and Coalition Forces will continue to close ranks against these terrorists, disrupting their networks and forcing them out of their safe havens and operating bases.”
To steal al-Furqan's own motto. The best way to take down internet terrorist is go strait to the source.
Islam in American Courts: 2007 Year in Review
"Court cases are an undervalued source of strategic intelligence about the threats we face from radical Islam within the U.S." - Jeffrey Breinholt, IASC
From the International Assessment And Policy Center comes this lucid analysis by Jeffrey Breinholt, who suggests there is valuable intelligence to be gleaned from the details disclosed in court cases involving Islamic terrorism.
History is important. It gives us perspective into modern problems. We can gain immediate comfort seeing how so many " new" issues have been considered by courts in the past. As I have written, American court opinions explain that the threat of Islamic actions against out nationals is the very reason we have diplomatic assets overseas, and how al Qa�ida targeted the United States in part because of the economic sanctions we promoted against Iraq well before our 2003 military invasion. They also show that FBI wiretaps are hardly a new controversy, nor is the phenomenon of Muslims exploiting charities in hopes of achieving worldwide domination.Read the entire article here.
Legal history is particularly relevant to national security and counterrorism, and not merely because we are a country governed by the rule of law. Judicial opinions are interesting because of the facts they generate. Court cases are an undervalued source of strategic intelligence about the threats we face from radical Islam within the U.S. People is this category generally do not advertise that fact, and being parties in litigation forces them to disclose more about themselves than they otherwise would. Court opinions give us a vantage on the goals and methods of people who are not always willing to be transparent.
The history of Islam in the U.S. courts is not a long one, which is a good thing. It means this aspect of legal history is easily digestible. Most of it comes from the last 25 years. We now have another year under our belts. Which cases from 2007 will future historians and strategists use to glean trends relevant to American national security?
Hat-Tip: CT Blog
Huckabee Sets the Record Straight on Birthright Citizenship
Huckabee on birthright citizenship, c. August, 2007:
I think there is reason to revisit that, just because a person, through sheer chance of geography, happened to be physically here at the point of birth, doesn't necessarily constitute citizenship. I think that's a very reasonable thing to do, to revisit that.The Washington Times, as of yesterday:
Mike Huckabee wants to amend the Constitution to prevent children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens from automatically becoming American citizens, according to his top immigration surrogate — a radical step no other major presidential candidate has embraced.Huckabee again, as of today:
Mr. Huckabee, who won last week's Republican Iowa caucuses, promised Minuteman Project founder James Gilchrist that he would force a test case to the Supreme Court to challenge birthright citizenship, and would push Congress to pass a 28th Amendment to the Constitution to remove any doubt.
I do not support an amendment to the constitution that would prevent children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens from automatically becoming American citizens. I have no intention of supporting a constitutional amendment to deny birthright citizenship.
US To Release Recordings Of Threats From Iranian Patrol Boats - UPDATE: Video Released
According to Iranian officials, the recent encounter between three U.S. naval vessels and five Iranian fast boats was 'No special engagement'. Iran claims their fast boats failed to correctly identify the three U.S Navy vessels, and that the encounter was 'an ordinary identification'.
It seems the U.S. government is about to put the lie to these claims, supported by audio and video recordings of the event:
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - The U.S. military has video and audio recordings of Iranian boats that threatened to blow up U.S. Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz and plans to release them, the top Navy commander in the Mideast said Tuesday.
Vice Adm. Kevin Cosgriff disputed Iranian claims that the incident early Sunday was a routine encounter, saying Iran's "provocative" actions were "deadly serious" to the U.S. military.
Cosgriff, the commander of U.S. 5th Fleet, which patrols the Gulf and is based in nearby Bahrain, said the American vessels had already been identified by Iranian authorities earlier in the day before the confrontation occurred.
"The group had been successfully queried by an Iranian ship, possibly a Revolutionary Guards ship, and two or three Iranian (shore) stations and an Omani station," Cosgriff told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday.
The U.S. commander also pointed out that the American ships were clearly marked and the incident took place during the day when they could be seen. "I can't help but conclude that it was provocative," Cosgriff said.
"There is video" of the incident, Cosgriff said. "We're using it as part of our assessment. That will be made available in due course, as well as the audio."
Read the full article here.
The video has been released and is below the fold.
Video Hat-Tip: Airedale
Iran Grinds To A Halt Following Blizzard
This is clearly George Bush's fault... or perhaps part of the super-secret Zionist Weather Control Program™.
Filed under Global... um... Warming?
Carville, Begala Join Clinton Team
Just now, it was announced on FOX News that James Carville and Paul Begala have been added to the Hillary campaign team.
She's for change!
Oddly, the names are the same as in 1992. The only missing element is Stephanopolis.
LTTE Assassinate Sri Lankan Official - UPDATE: Video Added
Image Credit - Sri Lanka Ministry Of Defence
From the Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence:
Non Cabinet Minister for Nation Building, D.M Dassanayake was assassinated by LTTE terrorists this morning (January 8). The Minster and five others were critically injured when LTTE terrorists exploded a roadside bomb targeting the Minister's vehicle around 10.35.a.m at Thudella, Ja-Ela.
According to the police sources, the blast has taken place at a location close to the famous Rukmani Devi statue on the Negombo- Colombo main road. The terrorists have targeted the Minster's vehicle which was plying towards Colombo, the sources added.
The Minster and 11 others were admitted to Teaching Hospital, Ragama following the incident. Hospital sources said that five of the wounded including the minister were in critical condition. Later, Minster D.M Dassanayake and a personal body guard succumbed to injuries at the Intensive Care Unit, hospital sources said.
As Minister of Nation Building Mr. Dassanayaka was directly in charge of rehabilitation and reconstruction work in the Eastern Province that was liberated from the clutches of the separatist terrorist LTTE some months ago. He was spearheading the rehabilitation work in the East, restoring normalcy to the lives of people after more than 15 years of control by the LTTE.
Read the full article here.
Background on The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) can be found here, here and here.
A video of the aftermath has been added below the fold.
The Second Place Strategy: Romney Still in Lead With Second Show
I'm not sure I get all the hype over Huckabee's Iowa win and a possible McCain win in New Hampshire. Even if McCain wins, Romney is still in the lead.
It's simple math, really, which is why I guess most pundits can't figure this out. Primaries, in most states, aren't run on a winner-take-all system, as are the general Presidential elections in all but two states. They have proportional delegate election schemes of one sort or another.
Because of this, Mitt Romney is still in the lead. As it stands now, Romney has 26 delegates to the Republican convention next summer, and Huckabee only has 20. Third place? Fred Thompson with 6. Coming in a distant fourth is Ron Paul with 2.
New Hampshire only has 12 delegates. The formula is rather complicated, and it's further complicated by the fact that the RNC is cutting New Hampshire's delegation in half from the normal 24 because of a scheduling violation. Assuming McCain gets the most votes, but has less than a majority, he'll get something like 6 votes. If Romney comes in a tight second, as the polls indicate, he'll pick up something like 3, with the remaining 3 split between the other candidates.
So here's the delegate tally, assuming the polling numbers are correct, after today's primary:
Romney: 29 (assuming 3 delegate pickup)
Huckabee: 21 (assuming 1)
McCain: 9 (assuming 6)
Thompson: 6 (assuming 0--Fred is last in polls in NH)
Paul: 3 (assuming 1)
Giuliani: 2 (assuming 1)
With so many candidates, a second place strategy could prove the winning one for Romney. He'll easily win in Michigan, but Michigan has been stripped of [update] half of its delegates for violating RNC scheduling rules. The big loser is Giuliani because Florida has also lost [update] half of its delegates for the same reason.
Hugh Hewitt, the blogosphere's number 1 Romney fan, has similar thoughts here.
I'm still a bigger fan of Fred than any one else, but unless he changes things drastically in South Carolina, I'm just not sure he's doing any good--except maybe helping Huckabee.
Yeah, I know I've said I'm not that interested in the primaries so far, but I've heard so much lunacy over the past week about the importance of NH or Huckabee being the guy to beat now that I just thought I had to throw in my two cents.
Hackers PWN British Islamist Website: Jihadis Heart Tranny Porn
A group of Russian hackers recently infiltrated a website run by radical Islamists in Britain and uploaded a keystroke recording program which allowed them to follow the internet browsing habits of members. The website, called Islambase, is run by the followers of exiled British cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed. His followers are best known for a number of protests, including one in which followers urged the beheading of those who insulted Islam.
The Islambase website should be very familiar to Jawa Report readers. In March of last year we reported that the website carried al Qaeda literature, including Osama bin Laden's "Clarification of 9/11" and a "Declaration of War". They also secretly distributed an online book titled, "The Virtues of Killing the Non-Believer."
Arabic speakers would immediately recognize the significance of the website's name, since "qaeda" means "base".
So, what did the Russian hackers find about Bakri Mohammed's followers?
Abu Jihad - recently responsible for a gloating post on Islambase about the five British hostages in Iraq, which he summed up with the beautifully scribed "When Jihad beckons no Fatwa is soughts Fatwa on the Day of Jihad is blood"- likewise spent an age online a couple of nights before Christmas....Seriously, you can't make this stuff up! An interesting sidenote is that our very own Inshallahshaheed is also connected to the website. I'm guessing Samir Khan is probably into the Tranny porn, too!
It's at one thirty in the morning when the real Abu Jihad appears and turns to the website Pandora'ssecrets.com where he logs in (clearly a regular site user) and spends forty five minutes flitting between sex stories; not male stories but female ones....
In one keyboard impression trail, Hamza shows himself up as a genuine sicko; visiting the site Strangeland.com, he goes to a section entitled Death Flix and watches a video called "Leftovers from suicide bomb", then a video called "Iraqi execution: WARNING GRAPHIC" before tucking into some "Franz Reichelt Jumps Off the Eiffel Tower with his Coat Parachute and Dies". He then switches to Strangeland's porn section where he watches several short clips including: "Wifey in the shower", "Trapeze titties on Titty Tuesday", "Pedifile's Punishment" and "Santa's Jugs".
After seventeen minutes on Strangeland, he goes for something even more hardcore on a site called Puretna. Clicking on "TNAFlix full length streaming porn movies for free!!!" he then clicks on "Long Videos" and starts browsing by category. I won't print here the results of the category search he undertakes but - according to the Russians - the categories he searches through include "Gay/Bi-Male", "SheMale/Trans" and "Home Made". One stream is particularly indicative of Hamza's online desires:
Read the rest of Baldwin's piece here. Thanks to RW.
5 Christian Hostages Released by Taliban
Five Christians abducted three days ago in the Taliban stronghold of Waziristan were released today. Altaf Masih, Babar Masih, Emanuell, Sakhawat Masih and his son Imran Masih were kidnapped three days ago by Taliban operatives suspected of being led by Baitullah Mehsud.
It appears that other Taliban officials pressured Mehsud to release the Christian hostages. Apparently kidnapping and then beheading Christians didn't seem like a good PR move. And yes, the Taliban have their own PR apparatus.
The hostage takers had initially demanded the release of several prominent Taliban operatives held by the Pakistani government. It appears that Pakistan did not cave to the demands.
Mehsoud is suspected of being behind the Bhutto assassination.
Ahmed Saif Hashid: Yemen Times' Person of the Year
The Yemen Times has selected Ahmed Saif Hashid as its Person of the Year. Mr. Hasid is a prominent human rights activist as well as a Member of Parliament, a newspaper editor and chair of a rights organization.
Jawa readers will recall our exclusive interview with Mr. Hashid in which he discussed a range of issues. After the interview, the Yemeni Parliament began steps to withdraw Mr. Hashid's parliamentary immunity. Mr. Hashid also forwarded to us witness testimony from the dungeons of Yemeni prisons, where in children, women and men described torture, depravation and abuses.
The Jawa Report would like to congratulate Mr. Hashid on this honor and note that it is well deserved.
Links to our previous reporting below the fold.
Witness Testimony: From the dungeons of Yemeni prisons
Prisons in Yemen: Torture by Acid and Electricity, Children Housed with Adults, Hostages, Political Prisoners, No Food for Some
After Interview, Yemen Revokes MP Hashid's Immunity
Larry The Cable Guy Can't Write This Stuff
I don't care who you are, that's funny right there.
Zeigle said the suspect, who wore camouflage clothing and a black helmet and face mask, told the teller he wanted all the money, while showing her a bag that he said contained a bomb.
But the teller informed him the money had already been removed from the till and all she had was the candy.
That's when he fled in frustration.
Fun With Adam Gadahn, AKA Azzam al-Amriki, AKA Adam Pearlman al-Traitordouche Pt. I
First in a series!
I'll do this in pieces like this, I think. That way I can fit in real life things like
playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, blogging, scratching myself spending time with the family along with laughing at ASSam al-Tightpants.
Rush's Frustration with the Huckabots
Thomas Sowell Hammers McCain
Posted at RealClearPolitics:
John McCain trails the pack in the temperament department, with his volatile, arrogant, and abrasive know-it-all attitude. His track record in the Senate is full of the betrayals of Republican supporters that have been the party's biggest failing over the years and its Achilles heel politically.
The elder President Bush's betrayal of his "no new taxes" pledge was the classic example, but the current President Bush's attempt to get amnesty for illegal aliens, with Senator McCain's help, was more of the same....
McCain's betrayals include not only the amnesty bill but also the McCain-Feingold bill that violated the First Amendment for the illusion of "taking money out of politics." His back-door deal with Democrats on judicial nominations also pulled the rug out from under his party leaders in the Senate.
The White House is not the place for a loose cannon.
January 07, 2008
British Blogger to be Prosecuted for Criticizing Religion of Peace
I've linked to Lionheart in the past since he and I have a mutual friend, so I'm shocked to learn that he'll be arrested for "stirring up racial hatred."
It's stories like these that make me want to call it quits and withdraw from Europe altogether. If the Brits start prosecuting people for criticizing Islam and Muslim immigration patterns, then we've truly lost.
As to Charles' caveat about what Lionheart says on his blog, I've no idea. I've certainly never read anything that would indicate that Lionheart was a BNP supporter, but for all I know he could very well be. I know that our mutual friend is not what they would call "white" in Britain and that he's pro-Israel, so I'm not sure how the BNP plays into all of this.
Sorry if this is old news to some, but as you know, I've been out of the loop for the past few weeks and this is just too outrageous to not leave a thought on.
Tampa Terror Update: Celeb Lawyer Dropped
Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, one of two University of South Florida students arrested on terror charges & the suspect who posted a Youtube video instructing would-be jihadis how to use a toy in IED construction, has fired his lawyer. John Fitzgibbons was let go by Mohamed after the suspected terrorist gave him a note saying, "I don't want you to represent me anymore."
It's not clear why Fitzgibbons was fired.
Fitzgibbons....Fitzgibbons....now, where have I heard that name before? Oh, yeah, right.
He also represented Debra Lafave, the hot teacher who was convicted of having sex with a student and who violated parole ... twice! He also represented Jessica Sierra, the American Idol contestant who was arrested on drug and assault charges. Rumor has it there's a Jessica Sierra sex tape out there, too.
Fitzgibbons was being paid by the Egyptian consulate to represent Ahmed Mohamed. Maybe Fitzgibbons was just connected to too much smut for the would-be jihadi to be associated with?
More from Tampa Bay Online.
Thanks to Bill Warner for the info.