March 31, 2008
Video: Jihad USA: Homegrown Terror
The Fox News documentary hosted by E.D. Hill about the threat of homegrown terrorists. The threat is real and homegrown jihadis nearly always get their start online. The video is in four parts posted below. Watch it all and pass it on.
Thanks to Walid Phares.
Petition in Support of Geert Wilders
To: The Dutch GovernmentIf you concur, go here to sign.
WHEREAS Geert Wilders has exercised his fundamental human right of freedom of expression and spoken out, with facts and evidence, of the threat posed by radical Islam;
WHEREAS certain elements within Islamic communities have threatened a boycott of Dutch goods if Geert Wilders is not punished by the Dutch government for exercising his freedom of expression; and
WHEREAS certain elements in Dutch industry and the Dutch government are suggesting that Geert Wilders be prosecuted civilly or criminally, in order to prevent such a boycott;
IT IS RESOLVED that, in the event that the Dutch government attempts, in any way, to punish or prosecute Geert Wilders, civilly or criminally, for exercising his freedom of expression, the undersigned will initiate a boycott of any and all Dutch goods.
Fitna Website Hacked by Cyberterrorists!
A website devoted to Fitna the movie has been hacked. I've been sent several e-mails about the website in the past claiming that it was really anti-Fitna, but have seen no evidence of this. What it appears to do is simply aggregate articles about Geert Wilders and Fitna. Since most of those articles are filled with idiotic statements about how hateful the movie and/or Geert Wilders is, then it's no wonder many have that impression.
The website had several version of the movie Fitna embedded on it, so I'm not sure how the claim that it was anti-Fitna can be backed up. It certainly not the official website for Fitna, which was here before Network Solutions caved and pulled the plug. If anything, it's another website trying to cash in on the Fitna phenomenon. Kind of like the douchebag who owns mypetjawa.com.
Apparently the hackers haven't bothered to watch the movie Fitna, which they claim "judge[s] a whole nation because of some extremists?". I'm sorry, just what "nation" do Muslims belong to? I was under the impression the "Muslim" denoted an adherent of a "religion" and not a "nation". Unless, of course, you are referring to the "ummah" which is the "nation of Islam". In which case, most of us would consider you the extremist for rejecting modern notions of nationality.
It also claims there is a Western conspiracy to cover up the truth of a massacre by Christians of Muslims in Indonesia. What is so odd about this claim is that several Christians were executed for these horrendous acts of barbarism against innocents in Indonesia. However, many more Christians have been killed by Muslim terrorists in the same conflict, none of whom have been given severe penalties to my knowledge.
If I recall the original website correctly, it is running on Wordpress. There are several known Wordpress exploits. The site was hacked by VoLcaNo & Cyb3rT, aka "Cyber - Terrorist". Cyb3rT claims to be from Saudi Arabia. He once hacked into one of Microsoft's servers.
Thanks to CJN.
Royal Marine Throws Himself on Grenade to Save His Mates
From the Telegraph:
His extraordinary courage, which could lead to a citation for the Victoria Cross, came after a tripwire booby-trap was stepped on during a nighttime mission outside the town of Sangin, Helmand province.Lance Corporal Matt Croucher suffered a bloody nose, but was saved by his body armor. Of course, there's no way he could have known that.
A live hand-grenade was released threatening to blow up L/Cpl Croucher, 24 and the rest of the patrol.
The marine shouted "grenade" and as his friends dived for cover L/Cpl Croucher lay with his back on the lethal device.
Hat tip: Garduneh Mehr.
Poll: 55% of Arab Muslims Believe "Offensive Words" Justify Violence
Wow. Religion of sticks and stones will break my bones, but mutter offensive words ... and we'll break yours!
Asked under what conditions violence is permissible, more than 60% cited Western interference in a Muslim country, while 55% said offensive words or behaviour was a trigger.I'd say the above explains the image below, but it doesn't. This pic was taken in Indonesia, often held up as a shining example of moderate Islam.
Gotta add this comment from Bluto: Don't call me violent or I'll kill you!
By the Sword
Coptic Priest Zakariya Boutrus explains how Islam gains converts - with regular swords and pork swords.
Hat tip: Julian.
The Holy Bible : Rife with Anti-Semitism?
Has the author of this article actually ever, ya know, read the Bible?:
Passages from the [Qu'ran] that rail hatefully against Jews have, unfortunately, long been misused as propaganda. That is tragic, as it is tragic that similar anti-Semitic passages are just as common in the Bible.Unless the author is saying that Old Testament exhortations to war against Israel's neighbors are necessarily "anti-semitic," I'm at a loss to understand what this author means. The Qu'ran exhorts Muslims to undertake violence against Jews as Jews. The Old Testament contains exhortations to the Israelites to fight for Israel and against Israel's enemies--who, true enough, were generally "semitic," as were the ancient Israelites.
I suppose an exhortation to Semitic Individual A to fight Semitic Individual B can be considered "anti-Semitic" to the extent that B is semitic and the exhortation is "anti-B."
Using that definition of "anti-semitic," the state of Israel, which is in conflict with its Arab neghbors, is an "anti-semitic" country. Of course, to use the term in this way robs it of meaning. "Anti-semitic" has traditionally been applied as a perjorative against non-semitic individuals and groups who have negative atitudes toward or take action against semitic people for no other reason than that those people are semitic. Under this definition of "anti-semitic," the term describes something to be condemned. Under a definition of "anti-semitic" broad enough to encompass the Old Testament, the word becomes nothing more than a neutral adjective, in the same way that an overly-broad definition of "racism" becomes similarly meaningless.
Dutch Dhimmifasciscts to Prosecute Geert Wilders (UPDATED)
Apparently blaming Islam for Islamist terrorism is verboten in the Netherlands. What exactly will be the charge, failure to submit to Islamic law?
The Dutch prosecutor's office is preparing to take legal action against the maker of an 'anti-Koran' film in an attempt to ease tensions over the film's release, the Dutch foreign minister said on Monday.If Wilders is indeed prosecuted, it's time to boycott the Netherlands. Alas, my trip to Amsterdam's red light district will have to be put on hold.
UPDATE: All a big mixup? I hope so.
UPDATE II: Radio Netherlands:
the public prosecutor was investigating whether any offence had been committedBut check out the Expatica article quoted by AllahP:
The Dutch prosecutor’s office is preparing to take legal action against the maker of an ‘anti-Koran’ film in an attempt to ease tensions over the film’s release, the Dutch foreign minister said on Monday…Doesn't look good.
I'm completely serious about boycotting the Netherlands if they cave to Islamic pressure & charge Wilders with any crime.
Hot or Not: Jihad Edition
Hot: Al Qaeda video of an attack on U.S. Humvee in Afghanistan.
Not: Islam + Gay + M.C. Hammer = Fabulous!
LiveLeak Resurrects Fitna!
Jeremiah Vs. the New York Times
When two repellent entities go at it, for whom do you cheer? In this case, maybe a cage match with hand grenades, or flame throwers at ten paces would settle the issue?
Time has reprinted a year-old letter from the Reverend Jeremiah Wright criticizing New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor's news story about Barack Obama's disinvitation of Wright from speaking at his candidancy announcement.
The Wright Rant is a tad strange for a couple of reasons.
First, as Captain Ed points out at Hot Air, Ms. Kantor somehow missed the invocations for God to damn America, the roosting of chickens a la Malcom X, the accusation of a government-created AIDS virus designed to eliminate people of color.
Here's how Kantor deals with those messy issues:
"...the church is also more Afrocentric and politically active than standard black congregations."Did she just not know about the radical black liberation theology Wright preached, or was she deliberately going easy on him?
The second strange, and rather chilling, aspect of Wright's letter is his preoccupation with Kantor's Jewish roots:
...a man [Obama] who understood that there were different branches of Judaism; a man who knew the difference between Hasidic Jews, Orthodox Jews, Conservative Jews and Reformed Jews...I wonder if Jeremiah Wright has ever used the phrase, "Jew York Times," but I don't wonder much.
When I told you, using one of your own Jewish stories from the Hebrew Bible as to how God asked Moses, “What is that in your hand?,” that Barack was like that when I met him...
I do not know why I thought The New York Times had actually repented and was going to exhibit a different kind of behavior.
Maybe it was my faith in the Jewish Holy Day of Roshashana...
Video: We Owe Muslims an Apology
You really need to see this video if you haven't already. Pass it on....
Thanks to Julian.
UPDATE: Bonus Video Below The Fold
If you are one of the handful of people left on the planet who have not seen the above video, then you may also enjoy this one. Cheers! ~ Kafir
Geert Wilders Rage Continues
They want to ban any kind of speech that mocks Islam, but it's totally cool to incite people to kill filmmakers.
Snapped Shot has more commentary.
You can watch the entire unedited English version of Fitna here.
Saudi Cleric Blames Facebook for Father Murdering Daughter
Sugiero has all the details of a Saudi man murdering his daughter over her use of Facebook, but here's a bit about a Muslim cleric's reaction to the honor killing:
A leading Saudi preacher told Al-Arabiya.net that Facebook was a "door to lust" for women and called for it to be blocked to prevent social "strife".Thanks to the Hot Air's link thingy.
Sheikh Ali al-Maliki said women were posting "revealing pictures" and "behaving badly" on the site, which has become popular with young Saudis.
Gilad Shalit is Alive!
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was seized in Israel by Palestinian militants in 2006, is alive, the leader of the radical Hamas group has said....Nowhere in the article does the BBC report that Hamas is a terrorist organization.
"Gilad is still alive and we are treating him a in good way while the Israelis treat our prisoners badly and everyone knows that," Mr Meshaal said.
Hawkins is a Playa
John Hawkins, once again, uses his cover as a top blogger to score phone numbers: Interviewing Six Conservative Female Bloggers On Dating. Make sure to scroll down to Sharon Soon. Hubba hubba.
Two Detained Near NJ Base
National Terror Alert brings word that:
Two people are being detained after being taken into custody near the Picatinny Arsenal and authorities are investigating photos taken around the area of the base late Sunday afternoon. One witness, according to the Daily Record, reported seeing an official using what appeared to be a Geiger counter near the seen. This has not been confirmed by officials.Oddly, the two were driving an SUV with an "I Love Israel" bumper sticker. I guess the bumper sticker could have been meant as irony. Or maybe they thought it would give them protection from the man? Seems unlikely that they were casing the joint for a terror operation, though.
Matt Maupin's Body Recovered in Iraq
UPDATED and Bumped by Rusty: R.I.P. Sgt Maupin. The Maupin family website, in honor of their son, is here.
We've been following this case for years, always with the hope that Maupin would be found alive. Maupin was captured & murdered by the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah. Our prayer is now that these terrorists will all be swiftly found and killed.
Sgt. Matt Maupin, who has been missing in Iraq since April 2004, is coming home at last (via The Cincinnati Enquirer):
Sgt. Matt Maupin is dead, the parents of the missing Clermont County soldier said today.More
Maupin's remain were found in Iraq, nearly four years after he was captured by insurgents, his parents said. An Army general visited them today and gave them the news, they said.
"Matt is coming home. He's completed his mission," his father, Keith Maupin, said.
Matt Maupin, Not Forgotten
Keith 'Matt' Maupin, MIA for a year
Is American Hostage in Iraq Keith Maupin Alive?
Remembering the Forgotten American Hostages in Iraq
Father of Kidnapped Soldier Keeps Faith Son Is Still Alive
March 30, 2008
Special Operations Firefight in Iraq ( Special Forces )
Youtube Video Special Operations Firefight in Iraq ( Special Forces )
Hat Tip: Kafir
[Editorial Note - I learned of this video from a comment here, so the hat tip really goes to "Tom W". ~ Kafir]
Dutch Businesses Considering Lawsuit Against Geert Wilders
Although we often talk about "the West" as if westerners share the same values, and though many westerners pay lip service to freedom, it's times like these that we're reminded that real, legally-recognized freedom of speech is pretty much an American thing:
THE HAGUE: Dutch businesses warned on Saturday that they would consider suing far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders if his anti-Islam film led to a commercial boycott of Dutch goods, while police said cars were set ablaze and graffiti called for Wilders to be killed.
“A boycott would hurt Dutch exports. Businesses such as Shell, Philips, and Unilever are easily identifiable as Dutch companies. I don’t know if Wilders is rich, or well-insured, but in case of a boycott, we would look to see if we could make him bear responsibility,” Bernard Wientjes, the chairman of the Dutch employers’ organisation VNO-NCW, told the Het Financieel Dagblad newspaper.
Blog Sabbath Caption Contest
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President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and a jambia.
CIA Director: AQ Training Western-Looking Operatives
CIA Director Michael Hayden appeared on NBC's Meet the Press this morning and told host Tim Russert that al Qaeda is using the remote border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan to train new recruits, including operatives who could pass for Westerners:
"They are bringing operatives into that region for training; operatives that wouldn't attract your attention if they were going through the customs line at Dulles with you when you were coming back from overseas."Since al Qaeda, or any other terrorist group, for that matter, could easily slip personnel across the US border with Mexico, there's an implication that these operatives might be used to once again attack using the American air transport system.
Good thing Transportation Security Administration airport security screeners are trained to view all people entering the secure area of the airport as potentially dangerous - a doctrine for which the screeners are often mocked by less knowledgeable air travellers.
Earth Hour Fun and Games
Yesterday's Earth Hour, defined as lights out between 8 and 9 PM local time, was reportedly observed in "hundreds" of cities and, according to a report out of Toronto, the Earth people know how to enjoy themselves when the lights go out.
Environmentalist Matthew McKenzie invited some friends to his house to celebrate.
"We're Earth-friendly people, so we thought: What better way to celebrate Earth Hour?" said McKenzie, whose household has well-sealed windows, energy-efficient lightbulbs and produces only half a bag of garbage every other week.Uh -- okay, but I must be missing something.
Blindfolded tree hugging would be first up.
"Basically, everyone's going in my front yard, we're going to put a green bag over their head, spin them around, and it'll be a race who can find the tree in my front yard the fastest," he said.
The winner was to get a small potted plant.
I don't mean to disparage the games McKenzie and his friends find entertaining but bumping into trees blindfolded sounds stupid. And I don't see the relationship between bumping into trees and supposedly saving the planet.
I'd suggest that these people were bumping into trees before they became environmentalists. It would help explain the photo accompanying the article which shows McKenzie's crowd huddled around a roaring fire during Earth Hour. I would wager that the fire added more hydrocarbons to the environment than were presumably prevented from entering the environment by turning the lights off.
Al-Sadr Asks For Truce, Tells Mahdi Army to Stand Down
Looks like Mookie's had enough.
The Iraqi Government is either hurting Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army badly, or al-Sadr wants to conserve forces for a later confrontation. Al-Sadr has ordered his gunmen off the streets.
From the Associated Press:
BAGHDAD (AP) - Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said Sunday that he was pulling his fighters off the streets nationwide and called on the government to stop raids against his followers and free them from prison.Hat tip: Kastrioti Skenderbeg.
The Iraqi government quickly welcomed al-Sadr's apparent move to resolve a widening conflict with his movement, sparked Tuesday by operations against his backers in the oil-rich southern city of Basra.
Al-Sadr's nine-point statement was issued by his headquarters in the holy city of Najaf and broadcast through loudspeakers on Shiite mosques. It said the first point was: "taking gunmen off the streets in Basra and elsewhere."
Wacky Iranian Mullahcracy "Summons" Dutch Ambassador
The Iranians were upset about "300." Now they're upset about Fitna, the short film, created by a Dutch lawmaker, linking Quran quotations to Islamist terrorism.
The Iranians have summoned Dutch and European diplomats:
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the Dutch ambassador on Sunday to protest against a film by a Dutch lawmaker that accuses the Koran of inciting violence, state radio said.Nothing to worry about. As long as the diplos aren't theh ghey. Or valuable as hostages (Iran does have a history of kidnapping diplomats).
A senior diplomat from Slovenia, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, was also summoned, the radio said. The Netherlands is a member of the 27-nation bloc.
The Blog Sabbath: You Ain't Got Nothin' Better To Do...
March 29, 2008
Yes Muhammad Had Sex with a 9 Year Old Girl, at least she wasn't a slut like your kids!
I've seen this clip before, but maybe some of you haven't. Dr. Abd Al-Hamid Al-’Ubeid's argument boils down to admitting Mohammad had sex with his 9 year old wife Aisha, but that somehow it's okay since Western teenagers are a bunch of sluts.
Arabs Helping Fight Taliban in Afghanistan
Cool beans. I guess. I hope. I dunno, something about them 'sharing Islam' as a way of connecting with locals kinda leaves me uneasy. But if the story is correct, they go into villages delivering aid and a message that the U.S. is here to bring peace, that it's the Taliban they should fear; if that's the case then I'm all for it. Maybe the best we can hope for in these countries is for them to be content oppressing their own people a tad bit less and leaving the rest of us alone?
Troops from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been delivering humanitarian aid to their fellow Muslims and, on occasion, fighting their way out of Taleban ambushes. Though Jordanian forces have been carrying out some base security duties, the UAE's troops are the only Arab soldiers undertaking full-scale operations in the country.Thanks to SH.
Until now, their deployment has been kept so secret that not even their own countrymen knew they were here. ...
Still, it is going to come as a surprise to most people that for the last five years, an Arab Muslim army has been operating here in Afghanistan, alongside the Americans as part of the coalition....
"And we try to convince the people about the US, about British. They came here to give you peace."
Video: Harassed While Wearing The Hijab
Those who harass believing men and believing women undeservedly, bear (on themselves) A calumny and a grievous sin. O Prophet! Enjoin your wives, your daughters, and the wives of true believers that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad) That is most convenient, that they may be distinguished and not be harassed.
And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Qur'an 33:58-59)
Wearing the hijab didn't help these two ladies. Too bad they weren't packin.
Maliki: Sadrists "Worse than al Qaeda"
As the Mahdi Army has stiffened its military and rhetorical resistance, Maliki has upped the ante as well. Saturday, during a televised meeting with tribal leaders in Basra, he accused enemy fighters in Basra of being "worse than al-Qaeda."Is Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki right in declaring Muqtada al Sadr's Mahdi Army "worse than al Qaeda"? Here is an image from one of the latest al Qaeda attacks in Mosul, Iraq.
Jessica "Washingtonienne" Cutler Linked to Spitzer's Tranny Whore
Ace has all the details: "Washingtonienne" Linked To Spitzy's Second Call-Girl Ring?
You have to be a long-long time reader to even know who Jessica "Washingtonienne" Cutler is. If you have the misfortune of remembering how she was outted by her friend Ana Marie "Wonkette" Cox you are seriously old school Jawa and probably deserve some kind of medal. I almost wish Ace hadn't reminded me of my one time fascination with the duo.
The series of explicit posts by Wonkette about Cutler's sex life put her blog on the map. So much so that it led to the right people taking her seriously, and eventually getting hired by Time magazine.
The moral of the story is that if you write lots of snark about Republican staffers liking ass sex with other slutty Republican staffers you're bound to get a full time job at Time magazine. Sorry, the offer is not valid for those making similar comments about Democrats.
The only interesting thing about the revelations that Cutler had some sort of relationship to a madame linked to Eliot Spitzer is that Cutler gave a "no comment" answer when asked if she had worked as a whore for Kristin "Billie" Davis.
Hmmm, how could this possibly benefit yours truly?
I got it: "sources" tell me that a) Davis is a "dude"--- with all the related implications about butt sex b) Davis is a Republican.
Now excuse me while I sit by my telephone waiting for the inevitable call from Time magazine.
Video "Iranian Air Defense System"
Came across the link to this video and laughed outright reading a comment in the forum. "See the defensive system of Iran. Americans have not chances.:"."
Hollywood's Latest Anti-War Propaganda Flick 'DOA'
Whodathunkit? Americans will not go to theaters in droves to watch their soldiers depicted as whiny little bitches. "Stop-Loss" is going directly down the toilet without even circling the bowl.
And Paramount's stockholders should start asking some hard questions. Here's a quote from an anonymous (and clueless) studio source:
"No one wants to see Iraq war movies. No matter what we put out there in terms of great cast or trailers, people were completely turned off. It's a function of the marketplace not being ready to address this conflict in a dramatic way because the war itself is something that's unresolved yet. It's a shame because it's a good movie that's just ahead of its time."Which really begs the question, if studio execs knew this, why did they waste so much money on a guaranteed flop?
Of course, the fact is that Hollywood has not yet released an "Iraq war movie." Stop-Loss and its ilk simply use the war as a backdrop for partisan attacks on the Bush administration in particular, and American culture in general.
If one of the Hollywood brainiacs decides to make an Iraq war movie focusing on the bravery and dedication of the average man or woman in Iraq, well, the wild success of "300" sent Hollywood a powerful message. It remains to be seen if anyone there was listening.
They can kill every single member of the Taliban for all I care. But in the end, it looks like Afghanistan's version of American Idol might just help win this war. Bridget Johnson:
Somewhere, in a mountainous lair, a bunch of Taliban are sulking at the cultural sensation that eats away at lingering loyalties to their brand of conservatism. Some are also, likely, secretly singing along or voting.Couldn't we win their hearts and minds with a better show? Do they have South Park in Pashtun?
CNN Interviews Fitna Creator
Not quite the wild-eyed extremist Muslim-hater that some would have us believe.
Geert Wilders explains that it's the ideological aspects of Islam, not the religious, that are so dangerous to the civilized world in this CNN report.
Hat tip: Brad Thor.
March 28, 2008
Body of Austrian Contractor Hostage Identified
More sad news from Basra (via FreeCote):
The family of Austrian Bert Nussbaumer was notified today that their son has been identified as the 5th body recovered. Our prayers also go out the Nussbaumer family.
Reader Love Mail: Fitna Youtube Edition
HEY U MOTHERFUCKER Darthodieus U ZIONIST JEWISH PIECE OF SHIT as the WHOLE WROLD KNOWS THT HYPOCRISY,LIE,CHEAT ND DECIET IS IN YOUR BLOOD tht is the very nature OF UR EXISISTENCE THTS Y U ROBBED THE LANDS OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE Living IN PALESTINE nd AMERICA ND WE MUSLIMS ARENT AS LOW AS U 2 DEFAME THE PROPHET OF GOD ALMIGHTY.LOOK AT WAT IS WRITTEN IN ur TALMUD U ZIONIST PIECE OF SHIT THT JESUS(peace.B.upon.him)was a BASTARD ND MOTHER MARY MAY GOD B PLEASED with HER WAS A WHORE.Bwahahhahahahaah!!!!! That was a good one!
THE MORE UR TRYING 2 MALIGHN ISLAM THE FASTER ITS SPREADING this SHOWS UR HELPLESSNESS THE DRAMA THT U SET UP OF 9/11 2 MALIGN ISLAM ND 2 conquer MUSLIM LANDS ND STEAL THEIR RESOURCES ND WEALTH HAS BACKFIRED THE WHOLE WORLD KNOW THT USAMA WAS UR AGENT ND 9\11 WAS DONE BY AMERICA ITSELF.MAY AMERICA BURN IN HELL FOR THE CRIMES U HVE COMMITED AGAINST HUMANITY.DEATH 2 THE UNITED SUCKS OF AMERICA ND ITS ILLEGITIMATE SON ISRAEL.
Lesson of the Day : Thuggery Works
Given the state of affairs in our world today, it's easy to get angry.
When some folks get angry, they go home and pour themselves a glass of scotch. When other folks get angry, they threaten people, kill people, smash things and start fires.
In a world where extortion and thuggery aren't tolerated, of course, threats and arson just don't pay off.
Unfortunately, we don't live in that world.
We live in a world today where extortion, thuggery and terror often do pay off, and sometimes handsomely. We live in a world where those least willing to play well with others often find themselves most rewarded for their behavior. In the meantime, those who operate under the normal, traditional rules of rational discourse and proper etiquette find themselves increasingly silenced and shunted to the sidelines in order to make ample room and comfort for the loudest and least reasonable among us. Our pointy-headed elites send out to the world the message that the future belongs to those least willing to accept compromise and conciliation, and to those who are willing to undertake whatever means they think necessary to advance their cause.
Long ago, the West set foot on a path to a society in which decisions were made based on persuasion and discourse. A system based on persuasion and discourse requires, of course, that everyone (or at least the vast majority) in the group buys in to the game. Unfortunately, there have always been those who preferred to "short-circuit" the system and revert to more "medieval" methods of persuasion in order to get their way. After all, if those methods work, what's to keep them from being used to trump the system? Nothing at all save personal morality and conscience. As you might have noticed, these are often in short supply, particularly among the ranks of the world's terrorists and extortionists. Thus, in the absence of a serious and meaningful official response to violence (or the threat of violence), violence (or the threat of violence) will ultimately carry the day.
People keep asking me "Why don't the so-called "moderate Muslims" speak out against terrorism?"
There are a number of ways one could explain this, and that's a good part of what we do here at The Jawa Report - try to make sense of an alien culture.
But some folks aren't getting the message, so I feel I must break this down to it's lowest common denominator.
This is why more Muslims do not speak out against terrorism:
THE WORD 'ISLAM' MEANS 'SUBMISSION'
The entire culture of Islam is geared towards accepting the "word of Allah" without question, not making waves and not using critical thinking skills.
What else would you expect other than a society of blindly devoted sheep?
Get it now?
Liveleak Caves to Threats of Violence Over "Fitna"
Never fear, we have our very own copy of Fitna for your viewing pleasure below. The genie is out of the bottle and can never be put back in. Spread the word!
Video follows this message of explanation just posted at Liveleak:
"Following threats to our staff of a very serious nature, and some ill informed reports from certain corners of the British media that could directly lead to the harm of some of our staff, Liveleak.com has beenThanks to BP Monaco.
left with no other choice but to remove Fitna from our servers.
This is a sad day for freedom of speech on the net but we have to
place the safety and well being of our staff above all else. We would
like to thank the thousands of people, from all backgrounds and
religions, who gave us their support. They realised LiveLeak.com is a
vehicle for many opinions and not just for the support of one.
Perhaps there is still hope that this situation may produce a
discussion that could benefit and educate all of us as to how we can
accept one anothers culture.
We stood for what we believe in, the ability to be heard, but in the end the price was too high."
Here's the vid.
Update by Howie: We're switching to the new edited version of Fitna. I'll add Youtube copies as soon as I can get the file converted, split and uploaded.
North Carolina Muslim to Geert Wilders: Islam Will Dominate Europe, Destroy Western Civilization, Tear Out Dutch MP's Heart
A moment of clarity from North Carolina Muslim Samir Khan [aka "inshallahshaheed", aka "revolution"] in an open letter to Geert Wilders:
[W]e are interested in letting you know that Islaam will dominate all of Europe, including your hometown, and the Jizyah [ed note: special tax on Christians and Jews] will be established upon your Country, leaving all of the disbelievers in humiliation until they come to Islaam. Let us remind that there are thousands of Muslims living near you; so always expect the unexpected.At least he's honest about the second class status Christians and Jews have under Islamic rule and the role of the special tax imposed on them as a form of humiliation for rejecting Islam.
He then goes on to promise the glorious return of Jesus. But unlike the Jesus of Christians, the Jesus of Samir Khan and of traditional Islam returns to wage jihad against Christians. Are we talking about the same Jesus here?
By Allah, the only thing that we will tear is your heart, the heart of democracy, and the heart of those who fight the Muslims. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) promises dominance, and so we too promise dominance. And how will you be O Geert, when Prophet Jesus returns to earth from the heavens and destroys Christianity and wages Jihaad against the world successfully?More honesty from Khan, responding to Wilder's claim in his short film Fitna that, "Islam wants to rule, submit, and seeks to destroy our western civilization."
That time is coming very soon.
Correct.He ends with this:
Just as your civilization seeks to destroy ours, our civilization seeks to devastate yours. Take a guess as to when we’ll stop. [sic]
So keep warning, and we too will keep warning. Islaam denounces Democracy, Islaam denounces Christians and Jews, Islaam denounces the corruption of the disbelievers upon the earth, and Islaam is coming to crush the armies of disbelief and smash the false governments and religions of the world to bring humanity from darkness into light....And just so you don't wonder who is Samir's inspiration, here are some images from his list of "Scholars of Islaam in this age whom we follow and support":
So Islaam will spread all over Europe, and we will win in the end and we will humiliate you in the end.
Congratulations Geert. Your movie has created more Mujaahideen amongst the Muslims.
And those are just three of dozens and dozens of "Scholars of Islām in this age whom [Samir Khan] follow[s] and support[s]", all of whom are members of al Qaeda.
Special note to readers & friends: Can I ask you, this one time, not to send complaints to the webhost? It only serves to make Sammy a martyr in the eyes of his readers. In this case, it's probably better just to give him some more rope and let him hang himself.
5 Down, Three to Go: Charges Dropped Against Haditha Marine
That brings the grand total to five Marines who have had charges dropped against them. It's become a cliché, I know, but still no apology from John Murtha.
"Jihad USA" Airs Tomorrow
Jihad, USA," a new FOX News documentary about the threat of homegrown terrorists hosted by E.D. Hill, airs on the FOX News Channel at 9 p.m. ET on March 29. Don't miss it. A preview of the documentary is here.
In related news, closing arguments are over in the second trial of six men accused of plotting terrorist attacks against Chicago's Sears Tower and FBI offices. The men were filmed by the FBI taking an oath of loyalty to al Qaeda. The FBI had been tipped off by a Yemeni man who was contacted by Narseal Batiste, the ringleader, who was looking for avenues with which to get in touch with al Qaeda. Now they claim they are innocent. Right.
FBI Looking into Four at Fort Detrick in Bioterror Investigation
What's old is new, eh? Initially fingers were pointed at an employee named Steven Hatfill, then we heard claims that Fort Detrick could not possibly be involved, we now learned that the only four remaining suspects in the Antrhax case all work there.
The FBI has narrowed its focus to "about four" suspects in the 6 1/2-year investigation of the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001, and at least three of those suspects are linked to the Army’s bioweapons research facility at Fort Detrick in Maryland, FOX News has learned.
Among the pool of suspects are three scientists — a former deputy commander, a leading anthrax scientist and a microbiologist — linked to the research facility, known as USAMRIID.
The FBI has collected writing samples from the three scientists in an effort to match them to the writer of anthrax-laced letters that were mailed to two U.S. senators and at least two news outlets in the fall of 2001, a law enforcement source confirmed.
Radical Muslim Terrorist Released From Prison Due To Overcrowding.
Updated, UK sez were sorry. See end of post.
You just can't make this stuff up. Yassin Nassari will now be free to carry on his jihad. What is UK trying to do, commit suicide?
A radical Muslim cleric jailed for terrorist offenses has been released early under a controversial Government scheme to ease prison overcrowding, the Daily Telegraph has learned.
Yassin Nassari, 29, was jailed for three and half years last July for possessing material that would be useful to terrorists.
He was caught trying to smuggle blueprints showing how to build a missile into Britain but was cleared of a more serious charge of possessing articles for terrorist purposes.
A little background on Nassari.
Nassari from Ealing, West London, was stopped at Luton airport in May 2006 after getting off an easyJet flight from Holland with his wife.
Police discovered a mass of jihadi material on a laptop and removable hard drive including blueprints for an Al Qassam 1.5 rocket used by the Palestinian terror group Hamas.
The files showed detailed measurements and information about the missile components, how to make the propellant and explosive charge and the assembly of the completed rocket.
Also hidden in the files were articles entitled 'Virtues of martyrdom in the path of Allah,’ 'Islamic Ruling on the Permissibility of Self-Sacrifical Operation - Suicide or Martyrdom?’ 'Taking care of the family left behind by the fighter’ and 'Providing for the families of the martyrs.’
Now he is free to continue what he started. At least some aren't happy such as Nick Herbert
The disclosure of his release last night drew fresh criticism of the scheme from the Conservatives, who say it should be scrapped.
Nick Herbert, the shadow justice secretary, said: ''Releasing terrorists early because the Government has failed to provide enough prison places isn’t just incompetent - it’s a disgrace.’’
This is more than a "disgrace". Gawd.
For more detailed background on this case see here.
Update: Nassari is the second terrorist released. Abdul Muneem Patel was released from Glen Parva prison on 7 January this year. He was involved in the UK Airline Bomb Plot
The UK is now trying to turn two wrongs into a right. They have stopped releasing terrorist. Terrorist releases prompts u-turn Ya think?
Israel Posts Clips On YouTube of Jerusalem Yeshiva Terrorist Attack
The Israeli government recently posted three videos showing images from the terror attack at Jerusalem's Mercaz Harav Yeshiva earlier this month in which eight students were killed....
While the person named as poster, AtiyaRachel, was not identified as having any connection to the government, TheMarker has learned that the Prime Minister's Office was actually behind the uploads to the popular video site.
Kudo's to the Israeli government for doing this. Hamas and other terror groups have propaganda videos of this horrendous act of terror. MSM gave more coverage of the terrorist family than they did to the victims of his attack. One such story was the "razing" of the terrorist family residence. That had never taken place.
American terrorist sympathizer Jewish convert to Islam New Yorker Joseph Cohen aka Yousef al-Khattab has a video "celebrating" the killing of the Yeshiva students. He also has a picture of the bloody Talmud and tagged it "funny picture".
Speaking of Joey please check Vinnie's post Open Season On Yousef al-Khattab Help is needed to give him a "nice" send off.
Warning, disturbing images.
Zimbabwe Presidential Election, Mugabe Favored
(Harare, Zimbabwe) According to a survey conducted by the University of Zimbabwe, 84-year-old President Robert Mugabe, arguably the continent's most vile thug dictator, is predicted to win tomorrow's presidential election with at least 56 percent of the vote.
With plenty of time to deny media coverage, stifle opposition, buy votes and generally rig the whole election, Mugabe should win. However, if he doesn't, he has said that he will not give up the power while he is still alive.
Meanwhile, the head of the Zimbabwe Republic Police has indicated that he will not recognize a government unless it is led by Robert Mugabe.
Yemen Returns Four al Qaeda to Saudi Arabia, One to Spain, None to US
Under a 2003 mutual security agreement, on Wednesday Yemen extradited four al-Qaeda operatives to Saudi Arabia. The agreement came one day after President Saleh returned from a visit with Saudi King Abdullah.
No extradition treaty exists with the US or UK. And Yemen's constitution prohibits the extradiction of any Yemeni. Thus Yemen refuses to hand over convicted USS Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi or Yemeni-American Jaber Elbaneh who was indicted in federal court. However under a treaty inked with Spain (after a terror attack in Yemen killed eight Spanish tourists in July), Yemen will extradite Nabil Nanakli, a Spanish/Syrian national sentenced to death in Yemen.
AFP Reporter Embedded With Terrorists
To think members of the Mahdi Army are anything other than terrorists is to not have a firm grip on reality. And yes, I know the al-Maliki government has been dealing with these terrorists for some time, and that al-Sadre's party is part of the ruling coalition (or was). Welcome to the mess that is the entire Middle East.
Photos from Essam al-Sudani, an AFP photog, embedded with the enemy.
And just one more that al-Sudani snapped of Mahdi members laying a roadside bomb.
Shiite fighters prepare a roadside bomb on the corner of a street in the southern city of Basra. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has offered Shiite militants a cash for weapons deal in an attempt to end violent clashes across Iraq that have killed more than 120 people.(AFP/Essam al-Sudani)
Iz Bill Jornlist Now? Yup
In many ways, what the combat team is doing there is a microcosm of the larger fight for Iraq—classic counterinsurgency, a slow, methodical fight waged within a complex web of relationships and power centers. The American forces spend much of their time trying to build trust among the Sunni and Shia sheiks, the Iraqi Army, the Iraqi police, and the Sons of Iraq (groups of Iraqi civilians organized by local sheiks and “reformed” insurgent leaders to assist in keeping the peace), any of whom might be—and often are—working at cross-purposes. Such low-level political maneuvering is not the stuff of a splashy, front-page feature, but it is the nature of the war America is now fighting, and it is going almost completely uncovered by the mainstream media. This is Roggio’s beat.Its quite an accurate profile. Current on Long War Journal : Bill reports from Iraq: Iraqi forces battle the Mahdi Army. Phil Peterson reports from Afghanistan: A memorial ceremony at FOB Salerno, Afghanistan. And there's a very informative story on a massive protest in South Yemen.
Seven Kids Victims of Muslim Bomber
(Yala, Thailand) In Thailand's Muslim-dominated southern provinces, over 2,000 people have been killed by "Islamic militants" since 2004 in an enduring conflict with the nation's Buddhist majority.
Yesterday, seven children and one soldier were victims of a motorbike-bomb explosion.
Two men parked the motorbike in front of the house, ostensibly to target a group of soldiers who were expected to patrol the area, police said. The bomb, detonated by remote control, injured one soldier who was on patrol, and seven children aged under ten who were watching television inside the house. All of them were admitted to a Yala hospital.The Yala Governor appears to cite an Islamic doctrine of notable obscurity.
Yala Governor Theera Minthrasak condemned the attackers, saying that if they were Islamic militants, the act against innocent children absolutely violated Islamic principles.
Empirical evidence would support the contention that Muslim killers don't care one whit who they are killing. They kill infidels, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, other Muslims, family members, the elderly, the mentally-challenged, children and babies.
Shocka: Leaders of Islamic Student Group Arrested over Terror Ties
The leaders of the Students' Islamic Movement of India were arrested yesterday. Imagine that, an Islamic student group as a front for terrorism. Seems unbelievable in the same way one really Can't Believe It's Not Butter.
In one of the biggest terrorist catches in recent times, the Indore police on Thursday picked up almost the entire leadership of the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) from a hideout in Indore.As I've often said, India is a natural ally, not Pakistan. If and when Pakistan falls apart or is taken over by Islamists, India will be the first line of defense.
Those arrested included Safdar Nagori, SIMI’s national general secretary and one of India’s most wanted terror masterminds who is believed to have planned the 2006 Mumbai train blasts that killed 187 people.
Twelve of his close associates, including chiefs of several state units, were also arrested. Police said the SIMI leadership, with close links to the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba terror group, had gathered for a meeting called by Nagori.
PS: Are we still banned in India which initially blamed us for the Mumbai bombings?
Two Pak Intel Agents Murdered by al Qaeda
It's on in Pakistan. Al Jazeera:
Two Pakistani counterterrorism intelligence agents have been killed after being shot in an apparent "target killing" in Karachi, the capital of Sindh province, according to police...In the U.S. if an officer is slain the gloves come off. Let's hope it's the same way in Pakistan.
The officials, identified as Fazal-ur-Rehman and Mohammad Ibrahim, worked for the bureau's anti-terrorism wing...
"The two officials were in the forefront of anti-al-Qaeda operations in Karachi. They were involved in the arrests of many of the terror network's operatives in the past two months," a senior intelligence official told the AFP news agency.
"They received death threats from the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Aware of these threats the authorities posted Inspector Ibrahim out of the country and he was to take up this post," the official said.
YouTube [Finally] Takes a Stand Against Dhimmitude! - Updated
In order to get the new Geert Wilders' Fitna film the widest possibly audience co-blogger Howie uploaded it to YouTube. Within minutes the Islamists, wishing to silence any criticism of the Quran, started flagging the video. Soon thereafter, sticking with their normal MO, the video was taken down and Darthodeius (known as Howie around the Jawa) received a message saying his account was suspended.
Dear Member:But then something--hmmm, shall we say miraculous?--happened. YouTube actually reinstated the video!
After being flagged by members of the YouTube community and reviewed by YouTube staff, the video below has been removed due to its inappropriate nature.
Fitna Part II English Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_4oreTDvWM
Due to your repeated attempts to upload inappropriate videos, your account has now been permanently disabled and your videos have been taken down. If you feel your account has been disabled in error, please contact us to explain why.
- The YouTube Team
Message from YouTube to Darthodieus:
This email is to inform you that a warning notification you may have received regarding content removed from your account was sent in error.Like the velocaraptors from Jurassic Park, they're learning. I never thought I'd say this, but thank you YouTube!
The content has not been removed and your account has not been penalized.
We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
The YouTube Team
Update: Co-blogger Bluto also received the nasty-gram and retraction from YouTube. His response is rather less charitable than this one. Bluto has asked YouTube to provide contact info for a YouTube staffer to explain the incident. Don't hold your breath.
Video: German Suicide Bomber in Afghanistan
The NEFA Foundation has obtained footage documenting the first suicide attack carried out by a German national of Turkish origin in Afghanistan. The March 3rd attack targeted the Sebari military compound near Khost, along the restive Afghan-Pakistani border. Cuneyt Ciftci (a.k.a. Saad Abu Furqan)--a 28-year old German national born in Bavaria to a family of Turkish immigrants--drove an explosive-laden truck into a US guard post killing 2 soldiers. An Uzbek terror group, the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), claimed responsibility for the attack. Ciftci had worked as a clerical worker in Germany, and was married with two children. He left Germany in April 2007 after formally deregistering as a resident at his local town hall. According to media reports, Ciftici was linked to Adem Yilmaz, detained in Germany in 2007 for plotting attacks against Frankfurt airport, Ramstein airbase, and other American interests in Germany. Ciftci's departure from Germany and his journey to the Pak-Afghan region was reportedly organized by Yilmaz himself.
March 27, 2008
Video: Fitna the Movie: Geert Wilders' film about the Quran (English) UPDATE: Several video versions available UPDATE: YouTube Video UPDATE: Liveleak Yanks Video!
Here it is, Fitna, the movie by Geert Wilders. Judge for yourself just how 'shocking' it is. UPDATE: Google video version still works. UPDATE II: YouTube version at end of post. We'll see how long that lasts....
Update: Liveleak caves to threats from Muslims over their release of Fitna. Instead of the movie, now one sees a short video explaining why the movie was taken down. I'm bumping the Google video version of the film up, and putting the Liveleak explanation at the bottom of the post.
Google Video version.
UPDATE: YouTube version below uploaded in two parts by Howie, aka "Darthodieus", and Bluto.
YouTube Part I (probably won't last long)
YouTube Part II (probably won't last long)
Thanks to Brad Thor and multiple readers.
UPDATE: Michelle has this pledge: "I will not submit”
UPDATE: Liveleak restores the video. Here it is!
Hope. Change. Indictments.
Boy - these Democrat governors are quite the culture of corruption, are they not?
Hope. Change. Transcendence. Higher Taxes.
What would a man who transcendence the everyday Marxist economic polices of the Democrat Party do?
Kudos to LiveLeak for Having Some Cojones
I've never been a huge fan of LiveLeak. Nothing against them, necessarily, just not particularly in favor, either.
As of today, LiveLeak is my new favorite video hosting site. They're not only hosting Geert Wilders' Fitna, they've featured it on their front page, along with a vigorous defense of free speech:
To many of us involved in LiveLeak.com some of the messages [in the movie] are personally offensive. That being said, our being offended is no reason to deny Mr Wilders the right to have his film seen. Pre-emptive censorship or a discriminatory policy towards freedom of speech are both things we oppose here on LiveLeak.com.Rock on!
Man Raped by Wombat
And the hideous experience made the New Zealander speak Australian. Then he made the wombat a sammich.
NYT Writer: Why We Chose to Betray America
Subtitle: We Hate President Bush
That's not really the title of Eric Lichtblau's defiant apologia, of course, excerpted here at Slate, but it might as well be. This Slate article contains all the dishonesty (and some inadvertent candor) we've come to know and loathe from the Gray Lady each time she chooses to screw the US and endanger her citizens in an attempt to boost circulation.
This time it's the "warrantless wiretapping" story. Why does Lichtblau choose to refer to the NSA's electronic interceptions of potential terrorist communications with the archaic term "wiretapping?" Because it evokes an emotional response: trenchcoated G-men pulling their fedoras low while they sneak about from house to house fastening alligator clips to telephone lines.
Admitting that the NSA program does not actually listen in to millions of conversations, but focuses on communications between known and suspected terrorists and American citizens would be counter-productive to the Times goals: making money while electing liberal Democrats.
Lichtblau actually admits that dislike of Vice President Cheney affected the decision to expose the anti-terrorist program:
Dick Cheney had thought about coming to the meeting but figured his own tense relations with the newspaper might actually hinder the White House's efforts to stop publication. (He was probably right.)This led Lichblau and his co-conspirators at the Times, who have after all, printed diagrams showing mujahideen exactly where to shoot Marines in order to defeat their body armor, to expose the program, rendering it worthless.
Ludicrously, Lichtblau justifies his culpability in this betrayal by pointing to the opportunistic political circus that has developed around the intercept program:
More than two years later, the Times' decision to publish the story—a decision that was once so controversial—has been largely overshadowed by all the other political and legal clamor surrounding President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program...Amazing, isn't it? The New York Times version of "journalistic ethics" (please excuse the oxymoron) always leads them to do what will profit the NYT the most.
It's Karma, baby.
Gallup : 73% Support Individual Right to Arms
This is good news, though, as AllahPundit notes, an April, 2007 poll found that nearly two-thirds of "the public" feels that it's more important to "control gun ownership" than to "protect gun owners' rights." Fortunately, that's a nearly meaningless statistic by itself. One person asked that question might be thinking of whether he wants the mentally-challenged convicted felon next door to own a legal machine gun. Another person might be thinking of whether he wants terrorists being free to carry guns onto airplanes. Who knows what images dance through the head of a non-gun-owner when asked about restrictions on ownership and use of firearms? Despite whatever fantastical thoughts may dance in my yankee grandma's head, where the rubber actually meets the road, the public has been broadly supportive of actual liberalization of gun control laws in the real world. This trend squares with piles of other polling data showing that, in general, the American public is decidedly pro-gun.
In general, the only way pollsters can get a decidedly negative reaction from poll respondents is to work the word "automatic" into the question, usually as part of the word "semi-automatic." Thus, a question about "semi-automatic pistols" almost always gets a different result than a question about "revolvers." A meaningful poll would actually present various guns to the poll respondents and ask, "would you support banning this gun?" I'm guessing the answer would generally be "no," even for semi-automatics, though some of the guns considered "scary-looking"--particularly the AK-47 variants--might draw majority support for a ban. After all, how many people have ever seen a semi-auto AK variant being fired from a bench rest in a controlled manner, one round at a time? Very few. How many people have seen dozens--if not hundreds--of AK variants in action movies, wildly spraying bullets in full auto? Close to 100%. The general public simply doesn't comprehend the difference, and this fact shows up in the poll numbers.
In practice, the recent trend in this country, especially in the South, has been been to liberalize, rather than constrict, gun ownership. Twenty years ago, states with "shall issue" laws for concealed carry were the exception. These days, they're the rule. Texas recently changed its penal code to allow pretty much all law-abiding citizens to carry handguns in their cars with no need for a permit or license. Other than the standard list of hippie bed-wetters, there's been no meaningful outcry or backlash against these pro-gun changes in the law. Similar patterns have shown up in other states of the Union.
Attn Youtube Terrorist Propagandists
SheikhAbuMusab had 17 videos and was a repeat offender!
Poppysmic had 326 videos!
Good job Andrea exposing these scum for smackdown. Be sure to click on her image above for more smackdowns.
Saddam Bankrolled Dem Senators' Antiwar Trip - Updated
The phrase "useful idiots" springs to mind:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency secretly financed a trip to Iraq for three U.S. lawmakers during the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.The likely recipients of Hussein's largesse:
The three anti-war Democrats made the trip in October 2002, while the Bush administration was trying to persuade Congress to authorize military action against Iraq. While traveling, they called for a diplomatic solution.
The lawmakers are not named in the indictment but the dates correspond to a trip by Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, David Bonior of Michigan and Mike Thompson of California.They say they wouldn't have gone if they'd known who was footing the bill. They don't say why they didn't bother to find out who was footing the bill.
Update: The Blog, Edited by Michael Goldfarb reports that the congressional Dems were curiously incurious about who was funding their trip, and Jim McDermott, asked how it felt to be used as a propaganda stooge for Saddam said, "If being used means that we're highlighting the suffering of Iraqi children, or any children, then, yes, we don't mind being used."
Taliban Shut Down Cell Towers Only To Find They Need Them
Afghanistan populace is irate after the Taliban demanded cell phone towers be turned off at night. For some it is their only outside contact in case of an emergency.
Now the Taliban realized that after trying to co-ordinate attacks they couldn't communicate with other fighters. Ya think? Bwahahaha
Taliban attacks on telecom towers have prompted cell phone companies to shut down service across southern Afghanistan, angering a quarter million customers who have no other telephones.
Even some Taliban fighters now regret the disruptions and are demanding that service be restored by the companies.
The communication blackout follows a campaign by the Taliban, which said the U.S. and NATO were using the fighters' cell phone signals to track them at night and launch pinpoint attacks.
But the cutoff is proving extremely unpopular among Afghan citizens. Even some Taliban fighters are asking that the towers be switched back on, said Afghanistan's telecommunications minister, A. Sangin.
That dissenting view shows how decisions made by the top-ranking Taliban leadership can have negative consequences for lower-ranking fighters in the field, the minister said.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid hinted in a telephone interview that the group could change its tactics.
"We see that some people are having problems, so we might change the times that the networks are shut down in the coming days," Mujahid said.
Must suck to be the Taliban.
Spitzer Serviced by Trannie Prostitute?
This is Kristen "Billie" Davis, the madame of yet another high-end escort service "Wicked Models" frequented by former New York governor Eliot Spitzer and who is said to have personally 'serviced' him. She was arrested this week in yet another prostitution sting.
Am I the only getting the trannie vibe here despite the enormous boobs?
UPDATE: No wonder Spitzer sometimes used this service. Their rates start at a measly $1,000 an hour. Chump change to someone used to paying $4,500.
Looking through their bios, I'm amazed Spitzer would choose a "Billie" over an Isabella. Unless, you know, he's into that sort of thing.
MSM Notices We PWND Lee Media
We've graduated from the New York Times characterization as 'internet vigilantes' to the Boston Globe's 'internet watchdogs'. While the latter is preferable to the former, it kinda lacks, I dunno, pizzaz.
We need a name for what we do that's cooler. Any suggestions?
For more than a year, a Burlington-based Internet company hosted a website that taught its members how to outfit a suicide bomber, aired Al Qaeda propaganda videos, and offered an "exclusive" Taliban video showing the beheadings of three "spies," according to computer records.The article is pretty fair but does cite sources within the intel community who think there is no real connection between online jihadis and actual jihadis--a claim we've debunked here dozens of times.
more stories like this
The English-language website, Leemedia.net, was taken down earlier this month - but not in a counterterrorism crackdown, government officials said. Instead, the Web server, Endurance International Corp. Inc., shut it down after Internet watchdogs made repeated demands to remove the terrorist material.
The case of Leemedia.net, which was operated by a suspected terrorist sympathizer in Karachi, is the latest example of how US Internet companies are unknowingly hosting possibly hundreds of the most virulent Islamic extremist websites in the world, inciting young Muslims to kill Christians and Jews.
No connection? Let's just look at the connection between Lee Media and actual terrorists:
We had occasion to go through our archives from the al-Nusra forum - a site that ceased operation after it's webmaster ceased breathing, killed as he was fighting for al-Qaida in northern Lebanon - and turned up this link to a LEE-distributed video.Repeat after me: no connection.
But also let me caution that just because we target some websites does not mean that we target all websites. Fox News just ran a pretty lame story accusing people like Aaron at Internet Haganah of just that. You can see his rejoinder here and that of Mrs. Weisburd here.
Thanks to Bill Warner who helped pass news of the Lee Media project on to the Globe.
It Sucks to be Lee Media Today (PWND)
Cry Havoc, and Let Slip the Blogs of War: U.S. Companies Hosting Terror Supporters (HELP NEEDED!)
Lee-Media: Taliban Behead Three "Spies"
LEE Media Network Presents: "Does this bomb vest make me look fat?"
Terrorists' Uranium Found
Before you go into shock mode, the story goes on to say that the uranium was so low grade that it could not have been used in a dirty bomb. The implication is that the numbnuts in Hugo Chavez's favorite terrorist organization thought they were getting the good stuff, but instead they just bought a bag of oregano. Miami Herald:
Colombian authorities said they seized up to 66 pounds of low-grade uranium hidden off the side of a road in southern Bogotá on Wednesday, which the Colombian Defense Ministry said belonged to FARC guerrillas.Thanks to Cindy.
The Defense Ministry said the discovery adds weight to the evidence found in a laptop belonging to slain guerrilla leader Raúl Reyes, which showed the rebels were interested in buying and selling the uranium on the international underground market.
Bodies of Two More Murdered Hostages ID'd
More tragic news from Iraq: the bodies of kidnapped contractors Josh Munns and Paul Reuben have been identified. Via FreeCote:
It is with saddening heart that we inform you that 2 of the 3 bodies has been identified. Late tonight U. S. officials contacted the families of the Paul Reuben and Josh Munns confirming their loss. The third body has not been identified yet but officials have ruled out that it is NOT Jonathon Cote’.
As you know, there is a 4th body that has not been recovered yet. Again, we have no idea how long it will be before we hear something but we’ll let you know as soon as we do.
My prayers go out to the Reubens and Munns families who have endured so faithfully through this long ordeal only to suffer this terrible loss. May God comfort and console them and the other families who are still awaiting word on the fate of their loved ones.
Al-Jazeera Staffers Quit English Service
(Doha, Qatar) According to this report, al-Jazeera English is burping disharmony.
Al-Jazeera English, the global news channel launched as a sibling to the Arab-language service, has suffered its most high profile defections yet amid growing unease among staff about its future.It seems to be that managers cannot agree on what direction al-Jazeera should take. And there have been rumors of sex, race and religious discrimination. Hmmm -- imagine that.
Steve Clark, a former senior executive at ITN and Sky News and a driving force behind the launch of al-Jazeera English, resigned at the end of last week while David Marash, a former CBS Nightline presenter who was the senior anchor in Washington, has also quit.
Insiders say more than 15 staff have quit or resigned in recent months amid complaints of a lack of clarity over its direction, contractual disputes and speculation over a relaunch later this year.
Ohio Police Hunt Mom in Girl Sex Case
Be on the lookout for 41-year-old mother-of-two Becky Jo Tatum (pic) of Bexley. She is being sought by police in Franklin County for unlawful sex with a young teen girl. Tatum is six feet tall, weighs 145 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes.
According to police, Tatum hoovered a 14-year-old girl in the bedroom of her house.
Tatum is also sought for questioning regarding sex with a 17-year-old boy. More.
Open Season On Youseff al-Khattab
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Spot the Tusken Raider
Can you spot the Tusken Raider protesting the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq?
"Mark as Read"
I just glanced over the 500+ messages in my inbox that have accumulated while I've been on vacation and hit "select all" then "mark as read". Sorry 'bout that. If you e-mailed over the past week and I didn't respond maybe you could do me a favor and e-mail me again?
Macktastick Rusty Wicked
A Priest with Balls
Zakaria Botros, kept alive and uncensored by a single fact: he broadcasts from the USA:
Botros is an unusual figure onscreen: robed, with a huge cross around his neck, he sits with both the Koran and the Bible in easy reach. Egypt’s Copts — members of one of the oldest Christian communities in the Middle East — have in many respects come to personify the demeaning Islamic institution of “dhimmitude” (which demands submissiveness from non-Muslims, in accordance with Koran 9:29). But the fiery Botros does not submit, and minces no words. He has famously made of Islam “ten demands,” whose radical nature he uses to highlight Islam’s own radical demands on non-Muslims.Personally I think the biggest thing that accounts for his success is that he's ballsy.
The result? Mass conversions to Christianity — if clandestine ones. The very public conversion of high-profile Italian journalist Magdi Allam — who was baptized by Pope Benedict in Rome on Saturday — is only the tip of the iceberg. Indeed, Islamic cleric Ahmad al-Qatani stated on al-Jazeera TV a while back that some six million Muslims convert to Christianity annually, many of them persuaded by Botros’s public ministry. More recently, al-Jazeera noted Life TV’s “unprecedented evangelical raid” on the Muslim world. Several factors account for the Botros phenomenon.
Thanks to Julian.
Michelle Obama "Our Fears Make Us Feel Justified In Our Ignorance, That's America"
h/t LGF link thingy
New York Terrorism Fan Exposed
An article by Fox News on Yousef al-Khattab, the former Jew turned supporter of the Taliban and al Qaeda in New York:
On any given day, log on to RevolutionMuslim.com and a host of startling images appear:Read the rest and make sure to check out the images and video linked by Fox.
— The Statue of Liberty, with an ax blade cutting through her side;
— Video mocking the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl, entitled "Daniel Pearl I am Happy Your Dead :) ";
— Video of a puppet show lampooning U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq;
— The latest speech from Sheikh Abdullah Faisal, an extremist Muslim cleric convicted in the UK and later deported for soliciting the murder of non-Muslims.
I especially love the part where Khatab says he "doesn't support terrorism". If that's true, then how come when we called him up a few weeks ago for Jawa Radio I asked him directly if he supported Osama bin Laden and he said "I neither deny nor confirm it". Must have been a real tough question for him.
I'm sure Khatab is just as sincere about not supporting terrorism as the time he asked readers to give a big smile and pray for the Taliban, but then noted "I neither support nor condone the Taliban."
You know, love what you guys did to Daniel Pearl and I'm going to pray for your continued success .... but if the FBI is reading this then rest assured I don't really support the Taliban.
DC Watson: "Misunderstanders Of Their Peaceful Faith"
From last nights Jawa BTR guest Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch
Our friend D. C. Watson updates his master list.
Here is an incomplete list of Muslims in the United States who have been arrested and/or convicted for either planning or acting out their "jihad" against unsuspecting, innocent men, women and children. Will the Muslim organizations in America ever stand up for once and address the facts, or will they continue trying to mask what's really going on within their own community by accusing Americans of practicing the biases and double standards that they themselves practice in accordance with their own beliefs?
Step right up, place your bets.
If my count is right there are 128 on the list!
Be sure and check it out here
Newsletter Of Obama's Church: Israel Making Ethnic Bombs
I guess the damage control at Trinity United Church missed this article on Rev Wrights "Pastor Page".
Sen. Barack Obama's Chicago church published an open letter from a Palestinian activist that labels Israel an "apartheid" regime and claims the Jewish state worked on an "ethnic bomb" that kills "blacks and Arabs".It is available at Trinity's website here.(PDF)
"The piece is titled "An open letter to Oprah," referring to talk show giant Oprah Winfrey, who last year accepted an invitation to visit Israel offered to her by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Winfrey had been a member of Obama's church but reportedly departed in 1986.
This is just a small snip to give you some idea what was in the article.
Dear Oprah, I do understand the enormous pressure you are subjected to. But I am encouraged by your speech to Howard University graduates. “My integrity is not for sale.… Do not be a slave to any form of selling out”, you remarked.It was originally published in the Palestinian Times.
When you return,[from Israel] may God of the Universe grant you the courage to tell the world of what you actually witnessed. Judging from the terrible attacks and insults former President Jimmy Carter has recently experienced for his book, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, I do not claim that the task is easy. However, it would be an unforgivable crime for those who have suffered from slavery and are still suffering from discrimination, to ignore the suffering of others.
With Peace and Love,
"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive".
Sir Walter Scott
Ready On Day One
Comedian Jackie Mason weighs in on Hillary Clinton's claims of executive experience.
"If a guy is a pilot and suddenly he's not there to make the dangerous landing, of course everybody says right away: "Quick, where's the wife?"Heh.
The Jawa Report: Radio Edition Welcomes Robert Spencer
Join us tonight for a discussion with Robert Spencer. A man, who, let's face it, has far too many accomplishments for me to list here.
As always (except for last week), we go on live at 9 p.m. EDT, 8 p.m. CDT
Good News! Islam Set To Top UK Religion
First, a moment of silence for those of you in the United Kingdom.
Moment over, now imagine "The United Kingdom of Islam". Dhimmitude will take you there. The U.S. certainly isn't immune from this as it is happening quite frequently. One example is Network Solutions suspending Geert Wilders because of the movie "Fitna". At the time they were hosting the terrorist group Hizbollah.
Network Solutions has joined the growing group of dhimmi's helping to spread
"political Islam" through "peaceful" means of course.
MUSLIMS are becoming the UK’s biggest religious group.
Figures show that Islam will have the most active followers if current trends continue.
The number of Roman Catholic worshippers at Sunday Mass will fall to 679,000 by 2020, while 683,000 Muslims will be praying in mosques on Fridays.
The statistics from Christian Research also suggested that over the same period the total of practising Muslims would overtake Church of England members going to Sunday services.
And if the Church does not reverse its historical decline, by the middle of the century there will be more active Muslims than the total number of Christians who regularly attend Sunday services across the whole country. The projections, which are based on Government and academic sources, were revealed after teachers’ leaders said state schools should allow children to study the Koran and other religious texts.
But a telephone poll in yesterday’s Daily Star showed readers disagreed with the National Union of Teachers’ proposals. We asked “Should all kids learn the Koran?’ and 95% of you said: “No.”
Ah, there is some hope if 95% of you said no to that proposal. Remember "Fitna" and be wary of the other 5%.
Senior Advisers To Clinton and Obama Visit Syria
At the same time as the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Egypt were refusing to travel to Syria for the Arab Summit, in protest of Syria's actions in Lebanon, senior advisers to both the Clinton and Obama camps had no problem visiting with Syrian President, and unrepentant terror supporter Bashir Assad.
DEBKAfile’s Middle East sources name them as Zbigniew Brezhinsky, President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, who now advises Democratic Senator Barack Obama on foreign policy, and the Iranian-American Hassan Nemazee, one of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s principal donors.
The advisers to the two Democratic contenders were in Damascus last week as part of a RAND Corporation delegation. While Nemazee was tight-lipped on his talks with President Bashar Assad, Obama’s adviser stated: “The conversation dealt with recent regional developments, affirming that both sides have a common desire to achieve stability in the region, which would benefit both its people and the USA.”
These words, in the tone of an officiating government servant, raised new speculation about the Middle East policies of the Senator from Illinois and his attitude toward Israel.
However, Brezhinsky went so far as to portray Assad as a seeker of Middle East stability. This sounds odd to anyone familiar with the Syrian ruler’s record of permitting anti-American fighters, weapons and cash to flow from his country to Iraq, his violent destabilization of Lebanon, his arming of Hizballah and his playing host to the command centers of the most radical Palestinian terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Jihad Islami.
Brezhinsky in fact called on Assad only days after the master terrorist Imad Mughniyeh was assassinated in Damascus, exposing for all the world to see the welcome he and his ilk enjoy in the Syrian capital. [emphasis added]
Apparently it is of no concern to our Democratic presidential candidates that they are thumbing their noses at the House of Saud and Egypt's President Mubarak, our allies in the region, by undercutting their attempts to isolate Syria.
And apparently, it does not matter one whit that Bashir Assad has been, and continues to be directly responsible for the death of U.S. troops, as he continues to allow Syria to be used as a conduit for arms and fighters flowing into Iraq.
And, of course, it does not matter that Syria has been complicit in undermining the democratic process in Lebanon, has been sponsoring the terrorist group Hizbollah in their attacks on Israel and has sided with Iran over US interests at every opportunity.
Not a peep in the mainstream media...
Supporters of Yemeni Journalist al-Khaiwani Pack Courtroom
The evidence against al-Khaiwani is only CD's of war photos, interviews and notes about the Saada war. He is being tried for "demoralizing the military" with an article that was yet unpublished when he was arrested. The charge carries the death penalty.
AFP : The courtroom was packed with dozens of lawyers, rights activists and other supporters who turned up to express solidarity with Khiwani.
The defence team also rejected charges against Khiwani on the grounds that authorities had eavesdropped on his telephone calls without an order from the prosecution.
"The law does not permit eavesdropping except through an order issued by the prosecution ... and for a specific telephone call with the aim of preventing a crime," said Hayel Salam, who heads the defence team...The court adjourned the case until April 8.
Yemen Blocks Blogs
I have a tee shirt that says, "Ali Saleh is scared of a blog." And apparently he really is.
A variety of online newspapers and opinion sites were previously blocked. However the administrators of the Yemen specific news aggregator YemenPortal.org have devised a web-based SSL proxy for web sites in Yemen banned for social, political or religious reasons.
My article on internet censorship appeared at the Yemen Times earlier this month.
Hillary Wrong Again, Pat Nixon Visited War Zone
Sen. Clinton erred again today even as she admitted she misspoke about her experience in Bosnia as First Lady:But as the article points out, Pat Nixon was the last first lady to visit a combat zone. And less safe circumstances than Hillary.Clinton backpedalled Tuesday, saying that she had “made a mistake in describing it. “We were … very much told by the Secret Service and the military that we were going into a war zone and that we had to be conscious of that,” Clinton told an audience. “I was the first first lady taken into a war zone since Eleanor Roosevelt during World War II.”
Refugees Struggle to Prove Their Homosexuality
According to a recent report, a gay Iranian, Mehdi Kazemi, was refused asylum by Britain because he could not provide authorities with actual proof that homosexuals are being persecuted in Iran. Fortunately, due to an outcry via the media, Kazemi's case is being re-evaluated. More on this later.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, gay asylum-seekers are confronted with a somewhat similar problem in proceedings before the Canadian Refugee Board. The Refugee Board doesn't want proof that homosexuals are persecuted in the asylum-seekers' home country, the board wants proof that the asylum-seekers are, in fact, homosexuals.
However, being homosexual is a lot easier than proving your homosexuality in public in a civilized manner. As a result, refugees are often relegated to simply pleading before the board "I'm gay! I'm gay! Can't you see I'm gay?" because no genuine, verifiable proof is available. What's needed is a sexual orientation test -- or something.
Last week MP Thomas Mulcair exploded at hecklers in the Commons and later shed tears at a news conference after Immigration Minister Diane Finley refused to allow Canada's latest gay refugee claimant Kulenthiran Amirthalingam stay in the country on compassionate grounds.Reportedly gay Nicaraguan Alvaro Orozco (pic), 22, is another asylum-seeker who was rejected. The adjudicator accused him of lying about his sexual orientation just to stay in Canada. Orozco is presently hiding out in Toronto.
All the while, the Refugee Board makes decisions in the context of a burdensome, politically correct environment that won't tolerate any hint of stereotyping or profiling of gay individuals. Therefore, all persons seeking asylum in Canada by claiming to be gay must make sure that their homosexuality is supported by evidence of some nature.
The Canadians are determined to prevent heterosexuals, masked as homosexuals, from entering the country as refugees.
Youtube Video: Brad Thor Discusses Fitna on Glenn Beck
Brad Thor discusses Geert Wilders film, "Fitna" and Network Solutions suspension of his web site on Glenn Beck's CNN Headline News program
Hugo Chavez Meddling in Peru
Hugo Chavez has been accused of using Venezuela's oil riches to meddle in Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia and Nicaragua. Now, Peru's president says the Venezuelan leader may be doing it here by funding militants and anti-poverty centers that preach populist revolution.As long as he has oil revenue coming in, you can count on Chavez being politically adventurous.
In recent weeks, Peruvian police have arrested nine people the government alleges are militants bankrolled by Venezuela. And the head of a Congressional investigatory committee accused Venezuela of supplying funds to outreach centers he says agitate against the government.
Sandcrawler PSA: Light Posting Warning
Well Howie is sick, so I can only do one thing at a time. Rusty's mommy won't let him come out to play. Vinnie is still hung over from the Jawa Radio interview with Robert Spencer.
I have is this video from Nose on Your Face.
I dunno about the rest. We may have a post or two, we may have ten, or it could just be nada. Depends on how much caffeine and sugar I can get down.
Howie therefore declares this thread open!
You may now carry on with your regular talking, linking and insult slinging activities.
March 25, 2008
Poking Network Solutions With A Stick + Bonus Video
In an update to my blog entry from yesterday, I thought I'd post the latest communication between myself and Network Solutions.
I had moved on to other things, and put this behind me, when I received a follow-up e-mail from Shannon, assistant to the Executive Officer, the woman I spoke with on the phone yesterday. Much of it, you've already seen:
Dear ****** *******,
Thank you for taking the time to speak with me, yesterday 3/25/2008. Network Solutions values the feedback from customers and the community.
Over the last month, Network Solutions received a number of complaints regarding the website FITNATHEMOVIE.COM. At the same time, our hosting customer for this site also made several public comments regarding their plans for the use of this site. In response to the complaints and the customer’s public comments, Network Solutions has made repeated requests to discuss the matter with our customer. We are still waiting to hear from our customer. In the interim, we have temporarily suspended the site.
During this suspension, the customer has full access to the site. If the customer provides Network Solutions with the content and it is determined that the content does not violate the Acceptable Use Policy, then the customer will be permitted to post the content. However, if it does violate our policy, then the customer is free to post the content using another number of other avenues, but not with Network Solutions.
Network Solutions does not proactively police the content of our customers’ sites. If a complaint is received, however, we do conduct a review to determine whether the site’s content violates our company’s Acceptable Use Policy.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any additional questions or concerns. I can be reached at 570-708-8700 ext. **** Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM Eastern time.
For all other inquiries, as a Network Solutions Customer, you are entitled to unlimited access, day or night, to technically skilled Customer Service representatives who are dedicated to delivering any level of support you may need. To reach us, call 1-888-642-9675. If you are calling from outside the U.S. or Canada, please call 1-570-708-8788. Or, email us at email@example.com.
Executive Support Specialist
O: 570.708.8700 ext: **** | F: ***.***.***
***** = Redacted
Needless to say, I was a bit annoyed by this form letter, so I responded as follows:
Dear Shannon *******,
Thank you for sending me the same form letter that is already freely available at several blogs.
Your lame attempt to brush me off, and to explain away your company's complicity in this matter does you no credit, and only further fuels my desire to bring pressure to bear upon Network Solutions.
In spite of your denials, your company IS engaging in preemptive censorship, as the site was removed prior to any content actually being placed there.
Based on the complaints you claim to have received, Network Solutions has shown most eloquently that your primary concern is political correctness, and not your contractual obligations to your customers.
It also comes as quite a shock to learn that Internet and DNS providers are now entitled to pre-press editorial oversight of their client's content, as you seem to believe.
This may be your most ludicrous and unsupportable stance to date.
It's my sincere hope that you have enjoyed the publicity your site has received since I posted my blog article yesterday morning.
Once it was picked up by several other large blogs, I'm sure the phone calls, blog comments and e-mails to your offices have been a small price to pay for your company's actions.
Until you sent me this form letter, further exacerbating your actions with such manipulative and disingenuous verbiage, I was content that I had done my part, and to let the matter drop. But now I see the error of my ways... and if you liked the results of my last article, stay tuned for the next few.
My congratulations to Network Solutions... you are my new cause, and I will be quite happy to continue bringing attention to your company and it's behavior.
Considering my last blog about your company inadvertently netted a half-dozen Hizbollah websites being removed from service, I'm quite sure it will be worth my time and effort.
Have a good evening. Get lots of rest... you are going to need it.
A Pit-Bull With A Cause
These folks need to be brought down a peg or two.
I'm pretty busy on a large project right now... so feel free to have at 'em!
Just remember - be polite, but don't give an inch.
For those who haven't seen Howie's post about how all of this culminated in several Hizbollah websites being "turned off", you should read it here.
And, finally, for those who are wondering what all of the fuss is about, here's the trailer for the Fitna movie, by Dutch politician Geert Wilders:
* I used my real name in the actual e-mail I sent her.
Land of a Thousand Cowards
From the Minneapolis-St. Paul StarTribune:
A national tour featuring decorated veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan won't be stopping at Forest Lake Area High School today as planned, after school leaders abruptly canceled the visit.Lesson for the kids to take home: Political correctness trumps the Constitution. Extra credit: The principal is a whining girlyman.
Steve Massey, the school principal, said the decision to cancel was prompted by concerns that the event was becoming political rather than educational and therefore was not suitable for a public school.
Update: Riehl World View looks at the principal's background.
ATTN: YouTube Terrorist Propogandist
Basheq007 had 32 videos 2 of which were sniper.
sssrrr82 had 2. He/she was just getting started BWAHAHA so long suckers!
Visit Andrea's sister site "Stop Internet Terrorists" for juba type videos for smackdown. For regular nasty videos click on the image above.
Canada Police Hunt For Fraud "Religious Healers"
Apparently people have been duped into so-called healing and then told through a bizarre ritual with eggs that they had won the lottery. The article caught my eye because of the name of one of the suspects Latafat Ali Khan aka Samir Ali or Shair Ali Khan. Inshallahshaheed aka Samir Khan came to mind. They aren't one in the same person, just thought I would mention it in passing.
Investigators from the Peel Regional Police Fraud Bureau want to alert the public about two male suspects who have been fraudulently representing themselves as religious healers amongst the Indo-Canadian community. Peel Regional Police have issued a Canada Wide Arrest Warrant for Mohammed Umar Ashrafi aka Mohammed Roshan Zameer, 43, of India, and Latafat Ali Khan aka Samir Ali or Shair Ali Khan, 36, of India for one count of Defraud the Public.
It is believed that the suspect used advertisements and radio show appearances to promote anyone with family, health and financial problems to contact him and he would pray to solve their problems. The service was offered free of charge and listeners were provided with phone numbers to contact the suspect, “Brother Roshan”.
Apparently on the victims first visit they were given healing session and told their problems were caused by a curse. They were told to return again in a few days so they could be prayed for again. Upon returning the second time they were told they had won the lottery and hadn't claimed their prize. The rest is so bizarre.
The suspect again prays and asks the victim to return in a few days with a dozen eggs with strict instructions to keep the eggs hidden and not tell anyone.
When the victims return the eggs are given to the suspect and he writes the names of their family members on each. The eggs are placed into a covered pot of water and they are boiled. The eggs are removed and each is broken open. When the suspect gets the egg with the victim’s name it is broken open.
Located inside the egg is a Lotto 649 ticket with their name and a message that they will win the lottery. But, in order for the victim to win the lottery they must provide money for the suspect to buy very expensive “prayer materials” from India.
The victims advise that they are required to bring the eggs to the suspect and the same ceremony takes place. When the eggs are broken on these further visits, they are given the lotto numbers, the date of the lottery win and the date to buy the ticket.
All of the victims were told that they will win the lottery on the December 29th, 2007. On the December 28th, 2007, several victims attended the suspect’s address. The house was vacant and the suspect was gone. At this time the victim’s learned that they had all been promised the same thing and been victimized.
The total amount defrauded was $l.2 million dollars!
Lesson learned, beware of egg peddling false prophets.
The British Are Angry
This article on British anger isn't so much to write home about, but the comments lashing out against the British open borders welfare state are encouraging.
Sadly, public realization of the full scope of the European mess, even if it occurred tomorrow, would be too little, too late. Europe is doomed. Once Europe finally collapses into the full-on socialist multicultural hell it is sadly destined to become, I predict we'll be seeing boatloads of white Euros looking for a new home. Guess we'll have to figure out what to do then, but I suggest we have a rule that no Euros get voting rights until they complete university courses in economics and basic statistics (particularly as regards human demographics and population growth.) I love my European friends, but as a voting bloc, the Europeans have clearly been flubbing those subjects for way too long.
h/t : HotAir
Network Solutions Press Release On Removing Fitna
UPDATE: VIEW ENGLISH VERSION OF FITNA THE MOVIE HERE!!
Network Solutions’ Statement Regarding the Suspension of Fitnathemovie.com
Herndon, VA — March 24, 2008 — Over the last month, Network Solutions received a number of complaints regarding the website FITNATHEMOVIE.COM. At the same time, our hosting customer for this site also made several public comments regarding their plans for the use of this site. In response to the complaints and the customer’s public comments, Network Solutions has made repeated requests to discuss the matter with our customer. We have also requested to review the planned content prior to it being loaded onto the site to determine whether the content violates Network Solutions’ Acceptable Use Policy. We are still waiting to hear from our customer. In the interim, we have temporarily suspended the site.
During this suspension, the customer has full access to the site. If the customer provides Network Solutions with the content and it is determined that the content does not violate the Acceptable Use Policy, then the customer will be permitted to post the content. However, if it does violate our policy, then the customer is free to post the content using another number of other avenues, but not with Network Solutions.
Network Solutions is by no means taking any action to limit freedom of speech or to preemptively censor content. Our company also does not proactively police the content of our customers’ sites. If a complaint is received, however, we do conduct a review to determine whether the site’s content violates our company’s Acceptable Use Policy.
stein hoist: Ripper in comments.
Al Qaeda In Iraq Not Having Much Fun These Days
Another great dispatch from the intrepid Michael Yon:
Al Qaeda is still trying to spin Iraq into civil war, but whereas in 2005-2006 al Qaeda was succeeding, today al Qaeda is being shredded.
An Iraqi officer near Sinjar told me that recently a group of perhaps twenty “jihadists,” many of them foreign, descended on a Nineveh village. The Iraqi officer said the terrorists killed some adults and two babies. One baby they murdered was 15 days old.
Until recently, such terror attacks inside Iraq could have coerced the village into sheltering Al Qaeda. Yet this time, the “jihadists” got an unexpected reception. Local men grabbed their rifles and poured fire on the demons, slaughtering them. Nineteen terrorists were destroyed. Times have changed for al Qaeda here. Too many Iraqis have decided they are not going to take it anymore. Al Qaeda in Iraq is still fighting, and they are tough and wily, but al Qaeda Central seems to realize there are easier targets elsewhere, perhaps in Europe, where many people demonstrate weakness in the face of terror.
As they say in the blogging business, go read the rest.
stein hoist: LGF link thingy.
Comic Strip Heroes Take On AlQaeda
According to the article the comic strip was launched in 2004 by a German security agency. Officials hope to combat the appeal for militant Islamism. The first launch of the strip dealt with zenophobia and racism.
A second adventure was launched in October of last year in hopes of combating
radical extremism. "Andi" is the main character in the comic strip. This adventure includes his girlfriend "Ayshe" and her brother who comes under the influence of a radical friend and a Islamic hate preacher.
According to the article the cartoon strip has been "well received" due to the fact
they were careful not to paint a certain "picture" of Islam. A Muslim group was a little upset they weren't told before hand and commented they could have made the strip "better". Also saying the radical imam was "a little over done".
As European authorities grope for ways of combating the appeal of militant IsThe comic -- printed in 100,000 copies and distributed to every secondary school in Germany's most populous state -- aims to show young people the difference between peaceful mainstream Islam and the violent, intolerant version peddled by militants.[...]
The cartoon, featuring boldly drawn Manga-style figures, is designed to be used in citizenship and religion lessons for schoolchildren aged 12 to 16.
"We have learned from our opponents. This is exactly the age at which the Islamists are trying, through Koranic schools and other means, to fill young people with other values," Moeller told Reuters.
"AL QAEDA NARRATIVE"
The unusual initiative is one example of how countries around the world are searching for new ways to prevent young people being drawn into Islamist violence.
Many security analysts speak of the need to counter the "narrative" of al Qaeda -- the message that the West is waging war on Islam in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, and that young Muslims must fight back, including if necessary by sacrificing themselves as 'martyrs'.
To some youngsters, experts say, al Qaeda offers a sense of identity, belonging and justice -- not to mention adventure and an aura of 'coolness'. The question is how to compete with that allure[...]
The approach of the German cartoon strip -- by using a medium that grabs children's imagination, seeks to get its message across more effectively.
If you're serious about getting through to young people, you have to choose a style that they'll take in their hands and accept, that's how the comic came about," said Thomas Grumke, the NRW official who thought up the original Andi idea.
This is a good idea as long as Muslim parents or guardians allow the children to read it. The boyfriend thing might be a problem. The article did say copies had been distributed to some mosques.
The U.S., Japan, Denmark and Austria have been the only countries so far to take a interest in this.
Abu Bakar Bashir Is Up To His Old Tricks Again
I guess this is what happens when you get slapped on the wrist by Indonesian authorities:
ISLAMIC cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has returned to his hardline rhetoric with a call for followers to "beat up" Western tourists and for young Muslims to die as martyrs.
In the sermon, organised by an Islamic youth organisation and delivered a few kilometres from the home village of convicted Bali bombers Amrozi and Mukhlas, Bashir likened tourists in Bali to "worms, snakes, maggots", and specifically referred to the immorality of Australian infidels.
The address was caught on video by an Australian university student.
"The youth movement here must aspire to a martyrdom death," said the cleric, who was convicted of conspiracy over the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, but was later cleared and released from prison.
"The young must be first at the front line - don't hide at the back. You must be at the front, die as martyrs and all your sins will be forgiven. This is how to achieve forgiveness."
Observers said the sermon's content was a clear indication of what many terrorism academics have noted - that the accused spiritual head of Jemaah Islamiah has been emboldened by his release from prison last year after serving 26 months for conspiracy in relation to the Bali blasts.
I'm suddenly in the mood for a trip to Bali. Just to piss him off.
stein hoist: Brad Thor
It Sucks To Be You
During a speech last Monday on Iraq, she said of the Bosnia trip: "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."
According to an Associated Press story at the time, Clinton was placed under no extraordinary risks on the trip. And one of her companions, comedian Sinbad, told The Washington Post he has no recollection either of the threat or reality of gunfire.
When asked Monday about the New York senator's remarks about the trip, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson pointed to Clinton's written account of it in her book, "Living History," in which she described a shortened welcoming ceremony at Tuzla Air Base, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
"Due to reports of snipers in the hills around the airstrip, we were forced to cut short an event on the tarmac with local children, though we did have time to meet them and their teachers and to learn how hard they had worked during the war to continue classes in any safe spot they could find," Clinton wrote.
"That is what she wrote in her book," Wolfson said. "That is what she has said many, many times and on one occasion she misspoke."
Asked about the issue during a meeting with the Philadelphia Daily News' editorial board on Monday, Clinton said she "misspoke."
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky."
Misspoke...Miss Poke....the Clinton legacy..........
Dayum, the media is full on in the tank for Obama, doncha think?
Do We Have Fitna Finally? (Update: Answer; NO!)
Hopefully, part 1 of the long-awaited Geert Wilders film:
Update by Vinnie Nope, it's "Islam, What The West Needs To Know." Still worth watching, though.
Damn. Oh well, blame Rusty. Bastard disappears on us when this stuff comes up.
March 24, 2008
Cyber Skirmish Website Death Toll: Us 1, Hizbollah 6
Lets see, it all started yesterday when Network Solutions took Down Geert Wilder's Fitna website due to complaints about a short film critical of Islam that was due to be hosted there. The move resulted in a flurry of complaints to Network Solutions about removing the site.
A commenter at Jawa noted that Network Solutions was providing services to Hizballah, a specially designated terrorist group. They were providing DNS services. Domain name services are how your computer finds the IP address of the server where a website is located. It is unlawful for US companies to provide services to specially designated terrorist entities like Hizbollah.
Soon the complaints to Network Solutions about Hizbollah's websites resulted in Network Solutions suspending DNS services to Hizbollah.org
hizbollah.org = [ ]
Which resulted in great joy over at Report on Arrakis.
The following URLs were also PWNED as of this posting!
In this case, the outcry against Geert Wilder's film has backfired. But why stop there. The Jawa Report reported that Many US companies are doing business with Hizbollah here. Updated Hosting info below the fold. Lets rack up a few more Hizbollah sites while were at it.
I feel your anger! It gives you focus! Makes You stronger!
Update: More here at Creeping Sharia. Who was actually on the Hizbollah/Network Solutions connection on Saturday.
Remaining Hizbollah websites all providers.
www.somod.org = [ 184.108.40.206 ]
DNS and Hosting provided by Go Daddy.
www.wa3ad.org = [ 220.127.116.11 ]
Hosted by: R & D Technologies LLC, USA Las Vegas.
Domain name registrar DomainsByProxy.com.
Phone US 1-480-624-2599
www.islamicdigest.net = [ 18.104.22.168 ]
Teleglobe Inc. , Canada
Domain name registrar is GoDaddy.com, USA
Hosting provided by Internap Network Services, USA
Domain name registrar is TopSpot, Inc., USA (dba 1hostjapan.com)
IP Address: 22.214.171.124
Network access provided by: ServePath.com, USA
Domain name registrar is Network Solutions, LLC, USA
Hosted by Yahoo!
Hosted by MSN/Microsoft
Hosted by MSN/Microsoft
The following sites still need updated DNS and hosting research. Hey! I'm tired, your turn.
Other terror related websites on Network Solutions or a sub-provider using Network Solutions.
Islamic State Iraq
ISI/IAI (al boraq Mirror)
Hat Tip: "."
Stay Classy, HuffPost
Yes - the bodies of our Troops now are cannon fodder for the antiwar left in the political war of attrition the Democrats are fighting against the REAL enemy - American progress in Iraq and elsewhere.
I said this in a comment at Hot Air, but it is becoming more and more evident that the left doesn't give a sh*t about the Troops when they're alive building schools, restoring electricity, providing medicine or food or water, sacrificing themselves for each other and for the Iraqis, etc. Only when they're dead to the become important to the left. When they're alive, they're taking part in a mass genocide for oil, profit and hegemony. When the Troops are alive, they're participating in the greatest injustice ever exacted on a people, they're killing millions of innocent Iraqis in the dead of night for fun, they're murdering puppies, and they're disgracing the American name. When they're alive, they're lost children who need the Great Parent of the Democrat Party to "speak for them" and cut their funding. When they're alive.
When they die, that's when the real fun begins at the Huffington Post. Right, Nico?
Turning this around, why didn't this little HuffPo troglodyte make a mosaic of soldiers who are alive and doing the hard work of rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan? Too much effort? Nope - its politically inconvenient and perhaps even patriotic. That's not an impulse the pathetic parade of antiwar imbeciles want to indulge.
The best part of this little smeck of truly vile antiwar propaganda? This disclaimer at the bottom of the post:
(Note: Since some photos of fallen U.S. soldiers are unavailable, there are duplicates.)What? So the soldiers are expendable, to be regarded as puzzle pieces in your little game? We're dealing with real patriots here - not those pikers who sign up to become cannon fodder in BOOSH'S war for bloodoilhalliburton.
Make sure to read the comments, because when the commenters begin pointing out to the HuffPo pinhead that there are duplicate pics, the "artist" responds that "the point" was missed. Yeah, the pic isn't actually the faces of all of the departed the "artist" was "honoring," but hey, this is the antiwar movement and the ends justify the means, right?
New bumper sticker slogan:
Antiwar Democrats: Defining Patriotism Down Since Vietnam.
(*Ed. note: I added a bit more to this, as my sentiments when the left uses the death of our Troops as political fodder are a bit more, shall we say, animated).
Rabbi Attacked by Islamists in NYC Subway?
Oh, they're probably just non-denominational youths frustrated by the soup-line that America has become. They're just forced to steal yamakas and beat up rabbis, dontchaknow. It's society's fault. It's all that American anti-Muslim bigotry.
Well, when one looks at the latest FBI Hate Crime Stats, Jews are the most set-upon religious group in the US by far. Almost a 9-1 ratio between Antisemitism and anti-Muslim crimes. So we can preemptively bag the moral equivalence, lefties.
The good news? The goblins will be prosecuted, and one of them got hit by a car:
Rabbi Ohana says as he ran back down the station's stairs two of Hussein's friends got up from this bench and chased him out of the station.LOL! Allah did not approve of Mr Hussein. Maybe, just maybe, violence against and intimidation of Jews isn't the will of G-d.
"They were screaming 'Allah Akhbar (God is great) and punching my face," Ohana said.
But Ohana says things came to a head when Hussein was hit by a car as he ran out onto Fourth Avenue. EMS officials confirm responding to a call at that time and location for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.
Go Rabbi, Go Rabbi, Go!
[...] Not for Rabbi Ohana, who says despite the fact Hussein was injured, he still wants him prosecuted to fullest extent of the law.Don't stop till you get enough!
Hussein is charged with grand larceny, petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. Prosecutors expect more charges will be filed.
And that name. Hussein. Don't know where I've heard that recently, but anybody mentioning it is obviously a racist.
Arianna Huffinpuff Tries to Demagogue McCain...PWNS Herself
AllahP keeps it short, sweet, and sharp:
Goldfarb spots a gaffe about a gaffe: Wasn’t it Iran, not Syria, that McCain claimed was an AQI training ground before correcting himself? So it was, my friends, so it was. What are we to make of this error, which isn’t the first mistake Arianna’s made in her haste to demagogue the hell out of a Republican candidate? Typo — or profoundly significant revelation about the startling ignorance of one of the web’s power players on all matters Middle Eastern? What would the left say? Or rather, what would the left say if they weren’t desperately trying to gin up a “scandal” out of an innocent mistake to draw the media’s attention away from St. Barack’s coziness with the good Rev. Wright?Well, it's obvious that Democrat gaffes like this are just instances of misspeaking. When a conservative individual does it, hoever, it means that everyone to the right of Chairman Mao is a troglodyte knuckledragging neeeeeeeocon. Right, lefties? You paragons of consistency and honesty?
Will McCain be getting an apology from this worthless partisan Democrat hack?
C'mon, Arianna. Just admit it - you have no idea what the hell you're talking about.
Save Us Pixy Misa, You're Our Only Hope
Good move Network Solutions, PWNED beeyotch!
Now this POS blog of yours is next to get TOSed.
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I expect this person to earn a real award, like, the Darwin Award, sometime soon.
Fatah Signed Yemen Sponsored Reconciliation by Mistake
JPost: Top aides to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday distanced themselves from a Yemeni plan outlining a path to reconciliation with Hamas movement, and one said an Abbas envoy only signed the document because of a mixup. Under the Yemeni proposal, signed Sunday, Abbas's Fatah movement and Hamas would agree in principle to unite in a single Palestinian government...A senior Abbas confidant, chief Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qurei, said Monday that al-Ahmed signed because of a mixup. Al-Ahmed called Abbas' office repeatedly to get guidance, but Abbas was meeting at the time with US Vice President Dick Cheney, and al-Ahmed went ahead and signed, Qureia said.
"There was a misunderstanding," Qurei told reporters Monday. "President Abbas was busy hosting Cheney, and Azzam tried many times to contact him (Abbas), but couldn't reach him. The talks were at the end, and time was pressing."
Meanwhile the US isn't pleased with the idea:
CNN: Asked whether the U.S. supports the Yemeni mediation effort to bridge differences between Hamas and Fatah, a senior administration official said that the United States has made it clear that it will not support working with Hamas unless there is a fundamental change in the group's current role, which the U.S. describes as terrorist..."The Fatah leadership has to make a choice," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. "They can have a peace process and dialogue with Israel or a coalition with Hamas. But it's clear that you can't have them both."
Pushing Back - My Conversation With Network Solutions
I just spent 30-40 minutes on the phone with Network Solutions (based in PA), complaining about their removal of the fitnathemovie.com website.
Ultimately, I was only able to get as high as a woman named Shannon, the Assistant to the Executive Officer (his name is Roy Dunbar), who gave me a polite brush off, without actually answering any of my questions.
But I was making her very uncomfortable...I could actually hear her blanching over the phone!
I explained why I was contacting her (she was already aware of Fitna), and when I was done explaining my gripe (forcefully), she asked me if I had any specific questions for her.
So I asked her some specific questions, and informed her they were for an article I was writing for a popular conservative blog...where upon her voice became even gloomier:
1. "Why did you remove a website for TOS violations when there was nothing but a parking page with the text "Coming Soon", and a photo of the Quran?"
She directed my attention to the notice on the page, saying "It is what it is."
2. "Why is an American based company willing to practice preemptive censorship, when there has not yet been any violation?"
Again, she had no answer.
3. "Is it Network Solutions' common practice to remove websites on the day prior to their launch, after months of work have gone into promoting those websites?"
She said she was not aware of such a practice, but she could forward my question upward.
4. I informed her I was in the process of building a new, massive website (true), and that I had planned to host with Network Solutions prior to this debacle (not true).
I asked her why American companies should give Network Solutions their business, when her company has demonstrated their willingness to ruin their customers' livelihoods for the sake of political correctness, and their own bottom line?
She just sort of sputtered, told me she understood my point, and assured me she'd look into it.
5. I asked her why an American based hosting company is more concerned about disgruntled Muslims than protecting free speech on the Internet?
6. I asked her for contact information for her boss, Roy Dunbar (CEO of Network Solutions), as she was unable to provide me with answers to my questions, and she declined, stating she could not allow every complaint to go directly to him, because he was a busy man.
I informed her I too am a busy man, and that I had just wasted more than a half hour of my time, being shuffled from person to person, trying to get answers she was ultimately unwilling or unable to provide.
I informed her I knew she was not personally responsible for this debacle (I had been pretty tough on her), and I apologized for what I was going to have to do.
I explained that, unlike radical Muslims, law abiding citizens did not have the option of issuing threats or becoming violent, thus our only recourse is to become such a pain in the ass that companies such as Network Solutions find offending Muslims preferable to the time and resources wasted dealing with us.
I told her I would be posting the gist of our conversation online, at a popular site, and that she was in for a bad week. I really hope I'm right.
Roy Dunbar, CEO
10 Azalea Drive
Drums, PA 18222
Give 'em hell Jawas!
Don't let yourselves be brushed off by the first few people you talk to... and don't waste a lot of your time talking to them. They are low level functionaries, and you are better off wasting the time of someone at a higher pay scale.
Just keep asking to speak with someone in the corporate offices until you are connected. Be polite, but firm.
In the comments section, a bit of levity from "mick187tharct" -
I also had endless fun talking with Networks Solutions this afternoon. I believe I also spoke to the aforementioned Shannon. I inquired legitimately as a potential customer who was interesting in launching a site exposing Left handed Lithuanians and their sacred religious texts. I was seeking legal guidance as to who I could offend and how much and whether potential violence on the part of the offendee would play any role in how fast my site was suspended pending review. I informed them that I had done extensive research on the violent tendencies of offended Lithuanians toward suicide hijackings, Chlorine truck bombings and beheadings and could assure them that none had been recorded. Alas I got no where, but much tongue in cheek fun was had by all.
And an interesting observation by "Thanos" -
On February 6, 2007, Network Solutions announced that General Atlantic, a private equity firm, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Network Solutions from Najafi Companies (formerly Pivotal Private Equity). Although terms of the deal were not released, the Wall Street Journal reported in a story on May 30, 2007 that the price tag was “around $800 million.”
In 2003 nearly 90% of the company’s revenue was from domain-name registrations, said Network Solutions Chief Executive Champ Mitchell. Since 2005, the company has added 69 services and products and today these new offerings are fueling Network Solutions’ growth. Now only 45% of the company’s revenue comes from domain-name registrations.At the end of July, 2007, Network Solutions had 6,659,150 domains under management and was in the top five wholesale domain registrars following Go Daddy with 19,709,215 domains and eNom with 7,646,676 domains. Tucows, the largest publicly traded registrar, has 6,622,982 domains under management with its recent acquisition of ItsYourDomain.com. Melbourne IT, a publicly traded company located in Australia, trailed with 4,664,019 domains under management.
In addition to being a wholesale registrar, Network Solutions provides web services such as web hosting and website design.
So Network Solutions is now owned by a global growth equity firm, General Atlantic, on their page they have a contact email at the bottom.
“Najafi” is also a name with Persian/Shia etymology, meaning “of Najaf” if I am interpreting right. It’s also noteworthy that when global equity firms buy companies, they typically leave old management in place and just insert their controlling influence in the board of directors.
Youtube Video Barack Obama - "Personal Jesus"
Hat Tip: Macktastic Rusty Wicked via Ace.
73 Different Pakistani Muslim Sects Declare Fatwa on Taliban
I had seen several rumors about this yesterday and today found the article. If true this could be a very good thing. Iraqi's saw how alQaeda brutally slaughters their own people and started to turn against them because of it.
It should be noted that Peshawar is the capital of the North-West Frontier Province and the administrative centre for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. See Wiki
The alleged militant group familiarly known as “Taliban” was declared “out of Islam” by 73 different sects of Muslims through an edict (Fatwa) circulated in parts of the narrow tribal strip of Darra Adamkhel.
The edict in Urdu language was circulated on behalf of Mufti Zainul Aabideen on Friday night. The one page edict focuses on Talibans’s terrorists’ acts in the area, particularly slaughtering of human beings and suicide attacks.
The edict against the Taliban terror is considered first-ever effort on the part of any religious figure in the last five years. Earlier, the late Maulana Hassan Jan publicly denounced Taliban acts, but he was mysteriously assassinated in retaliation. After the killing of late Maulana Hassan Jan, a large number of Ulema and religious scholars remained reluctant to say anything openly against the Taliban.
It is for the first time that a religious scholar declared “Taliban” as being “out of Islam.” The edict said that all the acts of Taliban are against the basic norms of Islam and humanity. “Even the Taliban leaders are considering themselves and their directives as superior to true Islamic principles and directives as ordained by Almighty Allah,” the edict said.
Must suck to be the Taliban right now. Using children to fight and now this. BWAHAHAHA
Al Qaeda #2: Kill the Jews & Americans Everywhere
A new audio message from Ayman al Zawahiri in which he declares open war against America and Jews everywhere. Which, er, isn't really news since al Qaeda declared this, what, 10 years ago?
Only two things interesting in the audio. Al Qaeda urges Muslims to organize themselves into terror groups and strike American interests. Interesting that al Qaeda itself is no longer able to do the organizing, isn't it? I'll save the second interesting tidbit for after the quote. NEFA has the entire thing translated already:
attack the interests of the Jews and the American... Select your targets, collect the appropriate funds, assemble your equipment, plan [your attacks] accurately, and then charge towards your targets... There is no place today for those who claim that the battlefield with the Jews is limited to Palestine... Let us hit their interests everywhere."Second interesting tidbit? Another audio message, once again, released in Arabic only. No translation. Calling Adam Gadahn, where are you? Dead, I hope.
Ed thinks that the “urgent tone” might indicate new attacks are on the way. I don't think so. If anything, the audio indicates that al Qaeda's capacity to organize large scale attacks is gone. They have moved from organizing to inspiring. Quite a difference in my humble opinion.
Oops, thanks to Jimbo.
UPDATE: Laura Mansfield notices another difference:
For several years now, even audio messages from Al Qaeda have been made into videos, with still images of the speaker. The significance (if it is in fact significant) of this deviation from normal operations is not known.Something is definitely up at al Qaeda's as Sahab video and al Fajr media center. Something big.
Today's video was released in MP3 format with Arabic transcript. No video
file was released.
PS: Vacation is over but still have relatives in town so posting, for my part, will probably be light. If you've e-mailed over the past week and I haven't responded, I'm sorry. I'll try to get around to answering in the next few days.
Darthodieus On The Youtube Bubble
While we were discussing Reverend Jeremiah Wright on Jawa Radio last week, one of the sound bites of the Mr. Wright particularly bothered me. It was his equivocation of the actions of the United States with the actions of Al-Qaeda.
We cannot see how what we are doing is the same thing al-Qaeda is doing under a different color flag!After the show was over, I took the short sound bite of Obama's former pastor, who sat on his campaign committee, and mixed it with a an image of Obama and Wright smiling Then I added various images taken from al-Qaeda and Taliban snuff films as well as an image of the body of Nick Berg. I mixed them all into a video and uploaded it to Youtube.
Over the weekend received the following from Youtube.
After being flagged by members of the YouTube community and reviewed by YouTube staff, the video below has been removed due to its inappropriate nature.So Darthodieus is now on the bubble so to speak.
Same Thing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VZyRSMQtcE
This is the second video removal notice for your account—if you receive one more, your account will be permanently disabled and all of your previously uploaded videos will be taken down.
I suspect the flaggers are disgruntled Youtube users displeased with our project to get Jihadi propaganda removed from youtube. Which is to be expected, all is fair in love and war you know.
Not to worry, if Youtube strikes Darthodieus down, he will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine!
Target #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24pVStnf-5A
Target #3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZytiqTk0Lg
Jawas! Flag your little hearts out!
Bodies of Two Iraq Hostages Found Near Basra
Heartbreaking news from the father of one of the hostages held in Iraq since Nov. 2006: the bodies of John Young and Ronald Withrow were recovered near Basra last Friday and flown to the US for identification and autopsies. The families were informed of the positive IDs late last night. Via FreeCote.com:
Approximately one month ago the U.S. Military-Government received DNA and prints. The FBI confirmed this information on Frebruary16, 2008 with us. On March 13, 2008 the FBI provided additional information that the DNA was from 5 severed fingers which one belonging to Jon, one to Josh Munns, one to Paul Reuben and one to Bert Nussbaumer, (Austrian) all co-workers of Jon. The fifth did not belong to John Young, the other Crescent Security employee hostage but instead belongs to Ronald Withrow, an American kidnapped two months after the others. We’re hoping that this act was “their” sick way of showing “proof of life”. We don’t know. We know of no ransom demands.
In the afternoon on Friday, March 21, 2008 the FBI visited us to inform us that the US Military-Government has recovered 2 bodies in the Basra area, the area where the hostages are believed to be held. Their identity was unknown at that time. The bodies were flown to the US Air Base in Dover, Delaware where they performed identification and autopsies. Late Sunday night March 23, 2008, we received confirmation from the FBI that the 2 bodies belong to John Young and Ronald Withrow. The parents and family have been notified. Other families are now uncomfortably awaiting word on any new development.
My deepest sorrow and sympathy go out to the Young and Withrow families, I can only pray that God will console them for this terrible loss and bring them comfort after such a long ordeal. Please continue to pray for the families of the remaining hostages --- Jonathon Cote, Paul Reuben, Bert Nussbaumer, and Joshua Munns --- while they wait for further news on their loved ones. Please pray that if those 4 men are still alive, that they will be supernaturally protected until they can be delivered from their captivity.
Taliban Training Children To Fight
Taliban child abuse at its finest.
h/t Mrs. Abe Froman in comments from this post. "Younger More Radical Leadership for the Taliban"
Baghdad's Stock Exchange
This is so awesome and a downer for those leftist and anti-war crowd who say we are losing the war and should pull out. heh
A small group of brokerage traders in Iraq were cheered this week by exchanging white boards for a new electronic trading system....
We have planned this for many years but faced many ups and downs," said Baghdad stock exchange Chief Executive Taha Salam.
It was originally called the Baghdad Stock Exchange and the name was changed to Iraq Stock Exchange. Background information here
View the website here
Kudo's to our U.S. and coalition forces plus the good people of Iraq for enabling this upgrade to happen.
Younger More Radical Leadership for Taliban
Apparently the Telegraph met with two mid level Taliban commanders in the provincial capital Lashkargar, Afghanistan. One in his late twenties and the other an older seasoned fighter. Both claimed the leadership has become less clear.
In a week spent in Helmand province, The Daily Telegraph has found widespread evidence that special forces operations are degrading the Taliban's leadership and its ability to co-ordinate operations.
But there are also indications of increasing radicalisation within the Taliban as more extreme fighters, many of them al-Qa'eda-linked foreign militants, fill the gaps left when experienced Taliban leaders are killed[...]
Using local intermediaries, the Telegraph was able to meet two mid-level Taliban commanders. "There are a lot of small commanders now," said one, a veteran of several years of fighting but still in his 20s. He said that changes had come since the death of Mullah Dadullah, the high-profile overall commander in southern Afghanistan who was killed by the Special Boat Service last May.
"Now, after Dadullah's death, we have a motto that everyone has become a Dadullah," he added, speaking softly with the Arabic-accented speech characteristic of Taliban fighters trained in Pakistani madrassahs (religious seminaries).
The other Taliban commander, who we met separately, was older. He said Taliban commanders were wary of becoming "a big name" as it made them a target.
Western military sources report that Taliban attacks have become steadily less co-ordinated in recent months.
"The Taliban have lost so many commanders, but it is not like losing a British general with 30 years' experience," said Hajji Mohammad Anwar, of the provincial council of Helmand. "Anyone who just comes from the madrassahs, tomorrow they are a big commander."
The older commander continued to speak of how local citizens complain of hard line views of the Taliban. Cutting off hands for robbing was one he mentioned. Apparently he failed to mention cutting off heads, arms and legs in front of the local population to deter them from working with the coalition.
As seen with al-Qa'eda in Iraq, Islamist terror groups have a history of progressively alienating local support through radicalisation. "The new Taliban are really emotional. They are very impulsive. They are war-addicted," said the older commander.
Interesting that the Telegraph is able to meet with these commanders.
Sexual Harassment in Saudi Arabia
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) Although women and men are now able to work in unison in retail establishments, no formal legal policies and protocols have been developed which define how they are supposed to behave toward each other. As a result, sexual harassment complaints are not being resolved.
Two young girls were buying lingerie from a man in a lingerie shop. He told one of them that the item she had chosen wasn't suitable for her but would be for her friend because her breast size was larger. Both of them were embarrassed and left the shop immediately.WTF?
What the salesman committed was verbal harassment. If he had known that there were laws to punish him for what he said while doing his job, he might have thought twice before saying what he did. He should have been punished for his callous remark.
I give up. What did he say that was callous?
"I'm sorry miss. You don't have the bosom to wear that article of clothing. But your friend does."Apparently, the callousness is criminal. So, they want to enact a law which would punish the person making that comment. I hesitate to think of what punishment would be appropriate.
No of course it wasn't al-Qaeda
Yemen released five persons held for questioning in connection to the mortar attack on the US embassy in Sana'a last week. The Interior Ministry denied that an al-Qaeda link had been established as earlier reported by the state run al-Thawra newspaper. Investigations are ongoing the ministry reported.
Afghan & US Led NATO Troops Kill Dozens of Taliban Fighters, Taliban Commander
The Defence Ministry had said in a statement the commander of the group Mullah Mohammed Hashim had been killed. Will give this the 24 hr rule.
Mullah Hashim is one of the "FM" mullahs using illegal radio stations in Pakistan to radicalize muslims. In a earlier post I mentioned "Radio Mullah" a pro-Taliban cleric whose FM radio station along with 2 others had been shut down. Radio Mullah is on the run. heh
The following was updated by Reuters to state US coalition spokesman said this happened on Friday and it was not two battles but one. They failed to mention the dead Taliban commander Mullah Hashim in the update so again will wait for confirmation.
Afghan and NATO-led forces killed or wounded scores of Taliban insurgents in a joint air and ground operation in southern Afghanistan, the Afghan Defence Ministry said on Sunday.
The ministry did not give an exact number of militants killed in the latest clash near the town of Deh Rawood in the province of Uruzgan on Saturday, but Afghan security sources said nearly 50 Taliban fighters had died.
"The bodies of the militants are on the grounds and Mullah Hashim, a well-known commander of the group, was among those killed," the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
Must suck to be the Taliban.
March 23, 2008
"Don't Label Me A Liberal?"
We didn't define you as a liberal, Mr. Obama.
This is OLD NEWS. He's also got a truly admirable habit of skipping votes that would force him to take a clear stand, but he hasn't done this enough to hide his liberal voting record.
Courage. Courage. Courage.
(Best Keith Olberdouce impression). Mr Obama- stop lying to the American people about who you are, the interests you represent, and the leftwing agenda you plan to foist on the populace.
You're a flaming, dyed-in-the-wool liberal Democrat. Deal with it.
Change. Hope. Clinical denial.
Midnight Deadline Looms for Austrian Hostages
Austrian officials are making "unrelenting efforts" to win the release of two Austrian tourists kidnapped in Tunisia and being held hostage in Mali before tonight's midnight deadline expires, while fighting between Malian troops and Tuareg rebels is hampering the attempts.
Network Solutions Takes Down Geert Wilder's Fitna Website
Web hosting service Network Solutions has taken down the website for Geert Wilder's film Fitna.
A blogburst has been organized, and we need to complain to this company for caving in to the demands of Islamic extremists. Nowhere did this website commit any violation of Network Solution's TOS.
For those of you who wish to make some comparison between this and what we do to Islamist websites, don't bother. It isn't a federal crime to host a website for a movie deemed insulting to Islam, and Geert Wilders isn't listed by the State Department as a terrorist organization.
Update: I changed the headline from "censors" to "takes down." Only the government can censor. Private companies can do as they wish, and we can complain to them.
Pope Benedict XVI Baptizes Prominent Italian Muslim at Easter Vigil Service
I believe this was done to show muslims that all peoples should have the choice to worship how they so choose. I suppose he is hoping to bridge the gap between Islam and other religions.
Unfortunately as long as Islam labels those who are not Islamist as so-called nonbelievers and kafir I don't see how this will make a difference. The converted Muslim will be labeled as an apostate which carries the sentence of death.
Italy's most prominent Muslim commentator, a journalist with iconoclastic views such as support for Israel, converted to Roman Catholicism Saturday when the pope baptized him at an Easter service.
As a choir sang, Pope Benedict XVI poured holy water over Magdi Allam's head and said a brief prayer in Latin.
"We no longer stand alongside or in opposition to one another," Benedict said in a homily reflecting on the meaning of baptism. "Thus faith is a force for peace and reconciliation in the world: distances between people are overcome, in the Lord we have become close."
Vatican television zoomed in on Allam, who sat in the front row of the basilica along with six other candidates for baptism.
An Egyptian-born, non-practicing Muslim who is married to a Catholic, Allam often writes on Muslim and Arab affairs and has infuriated some Muslims with his criticism of extremism and support for the Jewish state.
The deputy editor of the Corriere della Sera newspaper, Allam, 55, told the Il Giornale newspaper in a December interview that his criticism of Palestinian suicide bombing generated threats on his life in 2003, prompting the Italian government to provide him with a sizable security detail.
Mr Allam apparently has had death threats from the terrorist group Hamas:
Allam also explained his decision to entitle a recent book "Viva Israel" or "Long Live Israel," saying he wrote it after he received death threats from Hamas.
"Having been condemned to death, I have reflected a long time on the value of life. And I discovered that behind the origin of the ideology of hatred, violence and death is the discrimination against Israel. Everyone has the right to exist except for the Jewish state and its inhabitants," he said. "Today, Israel is the paradigm of the right to life."
In 2006, Allam was a co-winner, with three other journalists, of the $1 million Dan David prize, named for an Israeli entrepreneur. Allam was cited for "his ceaseless work in fostering understanding and tolerance between cultures."
This was a very brave thing to do and I hope Magdi Allam stays safe. He will certainly need added protection with the probable Muslim "outrage" that will ensue.
Whoda Thunkit: More Inconvenient Truths About Global Warming
As in, it is looking like little more than leftwing political advocacy.
It isn't science. Science incorporates contradictory data into its presuppositions and adjusts accordingly. Environmental whackjobs don't - they keep repeating the same debunked crap over and over again as if nothing ever changes.
Last Monday - on ABC Radio National, of all places - there was a tipping point of a different kind in the debate on climate change. It was a remarkable interview involving the co-host of Counterpoint, Michael Duffy and Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist and senior fellow of Melbourne-based think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Anyone in public life who takes a position on the greenhouse gas hypothesis will ignore it at their peril.BUT BUT BUT how is this possible? Algore said the debate was over, and his minions are likening people who pay attention to the actual science to Holocaust deniers! They just HAVE to be right!
Duffy asked Marohasy: "Is the Earth stillwarming?"
She replied: "No, actually, there has been cooling, if you take 1998 as your point of reference. If you take 2002 as your point of reference, then temperatures have plateaued. This is certainly not what you'd expect if carbon dioxide is driving temperature because carbon dioxide levels have been increasing but temperatures have actually been coming down over the last 10 years."
And he won an Oscar! SCIENCE!!123!!!
March 22, 2008
About Those Passports...
This is an outrageous breach of security and privacy, even from an Administration that has shown little regard for either over the last eight years. Our government's duty is to protect the private information of the American people (like their middle names) not use it for political purposes. This is a serious matter that merits a complete investigation, and we demand to know who looked at Senator Obama for what purpose," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.Well, it turns out that one of the individuals who did this was employed by a company run by an adviser to the Obama Campaign.
I demand to know what the employee was doing looking at McCain's information and for what purpose. On the double. Obama would expect nothing less.
Or else you could just blame "THIS ADMINISTRATION."
Change. Hope. Collected leadership. Hyperpartisan paranoid schizophrenia.
Obama's Building a Religion
The hits just keep comin' for The Liberal Jesus.
Explosion and Fire at Hotel in Sana'a, Yemen
It may look like an al-Qaeda attack on a hotel frequented by westerners, but what really happened was a raging fire broke out at a shop behind the hotel just as a military aircraft flew overhead and broke the sound barrier, per the English language, Yemen Observer, owned by President Saleh's media advisor, Faris al-Sanabani. But maybe it was an electrical fire and gas explosion.
ATTN: YouTube User NargOnline
This was a Jawa request and thanks to Andrea this scum is gone. His vids were the awful Juba the Baghdad Sniper. Jawa & others participation in YouTube Smackdown heeds results.
NargOnline was #7 suspended this month and at least five suspended this week.
Visit Andrea's sister site "Stop Internet Terrorists" for more juba type videos for smackdown. For regular nasty videos click on the image above.
Yemen Names Wanted Terrorist in Attack on US Embassy
Yemen named Hamza al-Dhayany as a suspect in Tuesday's mortar attack on the US Embassy in Sana'a. Al-Dhayany was named in July 2007 as the driving instructor for a suicide car bomber who murdered eight Spanish tourists in Marib. The 2007 attack was masterminded by top al-Qaeda leader, Qasim al-Raimi, who earlier this month openly attended a funeral in Sana'a and mingled for several hours with fellow mourners.
Pakistan Troops Shut Down 3 Illegal FM Radio Stations
Good on them. The more propaganda is silenced less will be radicalized. With re-publishing of Mohammed cartoons being an issue right now in Pakistan there inevitably will be some who will embrace radical Islam.
Pakistani troops shut down three FM radio stations Friday and arrested eight employees after the stations aired a speech by a pro-Taliban cleric, the military said.
Weapons, ammunition, audio cassettes and "provocative literature" were seized, and troops dismantled the stations' transmission equipment, the military said in a statement.
Pakistan's security forces have been battling Fazlullah's supporters in Swat for months as part of its anti-terrorism campaign against supporters of the Taliban and al-Qaida.
A day earlier pro-Taliban cleric Maulana Fazlullah, nicknamed "Radio Mullah", speech was aired on the stations. Fazlullah is trying to enforce Taliban style Islam in Pakistan.
The Taliban and the followers of Maulana Fazlullah have been responsible for numerous kidnapping's and beheading's. In October of last year they kidnapped and beheaded 13 civilians and security officers in front of local residents. They paraded the bodies and severed heads among the residents to scare them.
Jawa readers will also remember the shocking Taliban video of a 12 yr. old boy's beheading of a hostage. That video is seered in my memory.
Also Bill Raggio's "Swat joins Talibanistan" for comprehensive background on Fazlullah.
March 21, 2008
Obama, Ali Abunimah and Electronic Intifada
Via LGF, we find an article by Ali Abunimah, founder of the Palestinian propaganda site 'Electronic Intifada' entitled "How Barack Obama Learned to Love Israel" on how Obama is not hard up enough for the Palestinian quest to eradicate Israel because he's just grabbing whatever backsides he has to grab and saying what he has to say to get elected (aka being dishonest, saying one thing and doing another, lying, etc.). Read it all, because the EI founder lets it all out, about Obama and his beliefs.
[...] If disappointing, given his historically close relations to Palestinian-Americans, Obama's about-face is not surprising. He is merely doing what he thinks is necessary to get elected and he will continue doing it as long as it keeps him in power. Palestinian-Americans are in the same position as civil libertarians who watched with dismay as Obama voted to reauthorize the USA Patriot Act, or immigrant rights advocates who were horrified as he voted in favor of a Republican bill to authorize the construction of a 700-mile fence on the border with Mexico.Um...yeah. And the Mossad did 9-11.
Only if enough people know what Obama and his competitors stand for, and organize to compel them to pay attention to their concerns can there be any hope of altering the disastrous course of US policy in the Middle East. It is at best a very long-term project that cannot substitute for support for the growing campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions needed to hold Israel accountable for its escalating violence and solidifying apartheid.
More at Guide to the Perplexed.
Madness? This. Is. San Francisco!!!!!!
Go check out Protestshooter's coverage of Wednesday's harmonic convergence of Islamism, Socialism, and yes, Capitalism.
Irony, thy name is modern Liberal.
stein hoist: CJ, who says that Zombie has her own photos in the wings. I'll link it when it's available.
UPDATE (by Good Lt.): This. Is. LESBOS! (Somewhat appropriate when talking about San Fran):
What is "Racism?"
Obama's Uncle Jeremiah has raised some very interesting questions about race and racism, the most critical of which is the very definition of "racism." There seems to be a general agreement that "racism" is something to be condemned, but what, exactly, is it we are condemning? Scoping around the web and elsewhere, I found the following definitions of "racism":
"a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race"Seems to me that these capture the general, "typical white person" view of "racism"--namely, that "racism" is hatred toward another person based on the person's race. This is the sort of "racism" our society broadly rejected decades ago as being not only immoral, but also counterproductive.
"racial prejudice or discrimination"
"animosity toward others based on racial characteristics"
"belief in or doctrine asserting racial differences in character, intelligence, etc. and the superiority of one race over another or others"
"feelings or actions of hatred toward a person or persons because of their race"
"denial of a person's rights based on the person's race"
There's a second class of definitions of "racism"which don't necessarily have anything to do with hate or with any idea of racial superiority or inferiority. An example:
"associating a preconceived characteristic or stereotype upon an individual, based on that person's race"Thus, if you believe that humans of one racial group may be better suited to certain athletic pursuits than humans of another racial group, or you are more afraid of violence from one racial group than another, you are, under this definition, a "racist." Of course, under this definition, most people are "racist" in one way or another. The problem, of course, with using the exact same word to describe broadly-accepted and often-innocuous stereotyped attitudes as we use to describe the ideas and actions of jew-hating black nationalists is that we generally find the latter abhorrent but the former generally normal. Thus, like the warnings of the boy who cried "wolf!," the word "racist" loses its meaning and power. In a world where REAL racism is still alive and well, this is not a welcome development.
Postmodernist definitions of "racism" don't even require negative preconceptions as to any racial group. At their core, postmodernist definitions of "racism" require merely that "typical" members of racial groups encounter disparate environments and that the members of the "dominant" race accept this state of affairs. Examples of such definitions include:
"culturally sanctioned beliefs, which, regardless of intentions involved, defend the advantages whites have because of the subordinated position of racial minorities."It's no coincidence, of course, that under these definitions, the only way to be white and not a be "racist" is to be a marxist.
"a system of group privilege"
"making normative of white European culture with its attendant hegemony of power"
"...a highly organized system of 'race'-based group privilege that operates at every level of society and is held together by a sophisticated ideology of color/'race' supremacy. Racist systems include, but cannot be reduced to, racial bigotry"
Given these disparate definitions, it's no wonder that "typical white people" who don't hate anyone find themselves labeled as "racists" while being told that racial demagogues like Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan "can't, by definition, be racist."
From here on out, those who want to lob the word "racist" around at the drop of a hat should do us all the favor of providing a definition.
Child On Hamas TV Telling Women They Should Wear Hijab
How sweet, using a child to shame the women for not wearing the hijab. God forbid if they become like those evil lustful Westerners.
My sisters in Europe, in America, in the whole world, I would like to advise you that your hijab protects you from this false freedom, and in fact, [Westerners] don't understand anything except destroying their humanity, and satisfying their animal instincts. At last, let me say that the hijab is the best protection for any girl in the world. So there are a lot of [women] all over the world committed to Islam because of the hijab.
War in North Yemen: Update
A three year war in Sa’ada, Yemen generated thousands of causalities, wide scale destruction, tens of thousands of internal refugees and cost upwards of a a billion dollars. Progress toward implementing a cease-fire agreement negotiated by Qatar reached an impasse this week as both the Yemeni military and several thousand Shia rebels refused to abandon their positions. Reports of a prison massacre are heightening tensions amid sporadic skirmishes in the province which borders Saudi Arabia.
Violence flared at the Fakhra Central Prison in Sa'ada in early March. Sheik Salah Habra, the rebels’ representative, announced seven rebel prisoners were killed and others shot, beaten and tortured. The prisoners had been chanting anti-American slogans when the assault began.
The Sa’ada War began in 2003 when a Shia youth group, led by cleric and Member of Parliament Hussain al-Houthi, staged vocal demonstrations at the onset of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Sporadic clashes with security forces grew to armed conflict in 2004. Hussain al-Houthi was slain and his brother Abdelmalik assumed operational leadership of the rebellion.
The fighting intensified in 2005. A settlement mediated in 2006 failed in part because security forces continued targeting the rebels after amnesty. The Houthi rebels retreated from their villages to the mountain tops. When the third round of warfare began in January 2007, the rebels were dug-in and well armed with heavy weapons. The regime declared all-out war.
The Yemeni government charged the rebels seek to reinstate the Imamate that established centuries of Hashemite rule over North Yemen until 1962‘s republican revolution. The government also alleged the rebels received funding from both Libya and Iran. Yemen routinely describes the conflict as a battle against terrorists. However the rebellion is a domestic and political conflict arising from the widespread public disenfranchisement associated with Yemen’s authoritarian system. The rebels do not target civilians.
As in the earlier campaigns, in 2007 the military blockaded food and medicine to the governorate of 700,000 people. The military bombed cities and villages with mortars, rockets and Katyusha missiles, damaging thousands of homes, mosques and schools. In April, land mines injured 60. The ICRC estimated a minimum of 50,000 civilians were displaced by the fighting in 2007, many without shelter. Journalists and humanitarian aid were prohibited due to security concerns, the regime stated, and tens of thousands of civilians remain beyond reach.
A province-wide survey sponsored by the UN Children’s Fund High found that 92 per cent of sampled children witnessed armed conflict. Dozens of male children were subjected to arbitrary arrest and are imprisoned along with their relatives. Many detainees, including the children, were beaten. Shia teachers and other government workers were punitively fired.
The military inducted 8,000 Salafi tribesmen, some young teens, who were sent to the front lines. The Defense Ministry publicized a fatwa in early 2007 declaring the rebels apostates. Sectarian media incitement against the rebels began in 2004 and continues into 2008.
The Yemeni government also called on Sunni Islamic extremist groups including the Aden Abayan Islamic Army to support its military operations. The AAIA trained the tribal fighters and fought on behalf of the regime according to local reports. A least a thousand Yemeni soldiers were killed and several thousand were wounded in the last round of war. The rebel and civilian casualty figures are unclear.
Both sides now charge the terms of the July 2007 cease-fire agreement have not been fulfilled. Sheik Haba reported that a government list of 380 rebels recently released from jail were in fact unaffiliated civilians released in 2007. The blockade on food to the region has not been lifted. The agreement requires the rebels to give up their medium and heavy weapons and abandon in their mountain-top positions. They refuse to disarm and abandon their camps until military units withdraw from the rebels’ farms, homes and villages. Rebel leaders have not left Yemen for exile in Qatar as outlined in the peace deal.
As the process reached an impasse in March, the judiciary resumed the trials of alleged rebel “terror cells” although a general amnesty was another condition. Qatari mediation is ongoing. However the mediation team consists of several dignitaries, and no provisions have been made for a neutral peacekeeping force to supervise disengagement. The influence of powerful regime affiliated weapons merchants continues to have a negative effect on the peace process.
Anger Over AlQaeda Terrorists Jail Switch
Nothing like giving into demands of jailed alQaeda terrorists. Lets make it easier for them to radicalize more bro's. They were having much luck with the white population. Gawd, how idiotic. Regular Jawa readers will recognize these names. Some background on them is at bottom of post.
Two al-Qaeda terrorists have been moved from their jail after one complained it was "99 per cent white".
Dirty bomb plotter Dhiren Barot, 35, and Bluewater conspirator Omar Khyam, 26, both whined about their treatment at Frankland prison, Co Durham. Now prison bosses stand accused of giving in to their demands.
Government security adviser and Tory MP Patrick Mercer raged: "I think we have to remember who's in charge. These people have been convicted of hideous crimes. It's not up to them to dictate how they serve their sentence."[...]
Barot has now returned to Belmarsh jail, in South East London, which he was removed from nine months ago after radicalising other inmates. There, he was reunited with hate preacher Abu Hamza, 49, and July 21 ringleader Muktar Said Ibrahim, 29.
One insider said: "He was taken out because of his influence over some Muslims. Now he's back mixing with them again. Because of his notoriety he wields huge clout over other prisoners, some of whom are on remand and could go free He's a card-carrying al-Qaeda plotter. Nothing would make him happier than seeing somebody he encouraged carry out one of his own plans."
Dhiren Barot was Hindu and later converted to Islam. He wrote the chilling "jihad text", The Army of Madinah in Kashmir. Barot was radicalised by "Hook" Hamza. He was a lieutenant of Osama bin Laden who he met in 2004. The Islamic zealot, of Brent, North London, plotted to build a radioactive bomb, hijack tankers and blow up New York Stock Exchange.
Omar Khyam was converted by fanatical cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed at meetings near his home in Crawley, West Sussex. He plotted to bomb Bluewater shopping centre, Kent, after travelling to Pakistan and meeting Taliban chiefs in Afghanistan
*You will run across a couple names in the archives such as Jewish convert to Islam Joey Cohen aka Yousef al-Khattab and Samir Khan aka Inshallahshaheed. The following post by Rusty regarding these two I will link directly. It helps connect the dots so to speak. What you say? Connect what dots? heh
An American Alqaeda Devotee in New York
Arab Murder Suspect Flees to Yemen
(London, England) The student son of a wealthy Yemeni businessman, 21-year-old Farouk Abdulhak, is being sought by British authorities for questioning in the death of 23-year-old Norwegian socialite, Martine Vik Magnussen (pic).
Farouk fled Britain last Saturday, smuggled out on a private jet, to Athens and then to Yemen which, by the way, has a no-extradition clause in its Constitution.
Farouk's father, Shaher Abdulhak, is a politically-savvy billionaire in Yemen, known as the "King of Sugar."
A Western diplomatic source said of Mr Abdulhak's case: "If the father decides his son will not be touched, he will not be touched. He will be completely protected."Magnussen was last seen alive with Farouk as they left an exclusive Mayfair nightclub. Two days later and the day after Farouk left Britain, her partially-clothed body was found hidden in a basement of Farouk's apartment building. More.
Preemptive Conspiracy Thread: Join In! UPDATE: McCain's Too
Now that Hillary! and Obama! AND McCain... have had their passport info hacked on separate occasions and presumably by different people, give us your best conspiracy and we'll perhaps award a fatwah to the person whose conspiracy most closely resembles the facts as they shake out.
Or, if you're not into that, just comfort yourself with the knowledge that it was nothing more than the work for TEH ROVE. Business as usual.
O HAI THAIR ! LOL
Musing: Does anybody else find it hard to believe that McCain, who at this point has run a campaign that's even afraid to say the opponent's middle names, would have Clintonesque hacks in the State Dept. doing something like this.
If the current news reports are any indication, it seems in Obama's case to be a curious indiscretion by two fools. Hillary!s? Who knows.
CONSPIRACY AND WILD UNFOUNDED SPECULATION TIME! GO!!
Where's Adam Gadahn? New bin Laden Message not Subtitled
I've been really busy but I thought I'd throw up a couple of quick thoughts on the newest bin Laden message about "Palestine". So, the MSM is reporting on the content of the message, but I don't see much commentary about some highly unusual aspects of it.
Two days ago a "new" bin laden "video" came out which was obviously old. The content of the message was about the Mohammad cartoon controversy. An old message about an old issue. When it came out I noted how unusual it was that the announcement came without the usual banner.
That led me to proclaim, "Case closed: Osama bin Laden is dead!"
You can follow my thoughts on why the evidence seemed to suggest that here.
But yesterday another "new" bin Laden message came out. This one was even more unusual than the first. At least the bin Laden Muhammad cartoon video was subtitled in English. It's not clear if the message was the work of American traitor Adam Gadahn or not. It lacked much of his pizzaz, but since it's obviously an old message it's possible it is the work of Gadahn but just had not been released until now.
No one bothered to subtitle the new message. Think about the implications of that.
If the "Mohammed cartoon" message was poorly produced, this one has the lowest production value of any al Qaeda message that I've seen in, literally, years. Go over and watch the video here. Even though it's in Arabic only I think you'll notice the differences in the normal as Sahab video's immediately.
The most glaring difference is that it was not subtitled in English.
When the message came out yesterday I e-mailed a few people about it, including AllahP, so I'll quote him quoting me:
No announcement at all on AQ’s websites, no banner, no graphic, nada, despite the fact that the message comes from number one himself.In fact, the message went straight to al Jazeera, and was released on the forums after al Jazeera ran it. Something al Qaeda used to do, but years and years ago.
I'd really like to see a full translation of the message before I jumped to the conclusion that it was new. The Mo cartoon message was proclaimed new by the MSM, and many of them tried to put it in the context of the republishing of the cartoons, but nowhere in the video did it mention "republishing", something pointed out not only by me but also by the SITE Institute.
As of this moment, my only knowledge about this "new" Palestinian message is what I read filtered through the MSM. New? Maybe, but let's not forget that the Palestinians have been negotiating with the "Zionist entity" for years and years.
So, the case isn't closed on bin Laden being dead after all. It's very much an open case, even thought the new audio doesn't settle the question and leads to many others. Questions about relevance, but also questions about where he might be should his corpse continue to be animated. As AllahP noted about the Mohammad cartoon message:
Sounds like he’s phoning it in, literally.Yes it did, the new message even more so.
So, if alive, where is bin Laden?
So, that question is still out there, but the evidence keeps mounting that America's only indicted traitor, Adam "Azzam al-Amreki" Gadahn is missing, presumed dead. In my mind, that's some pretty good news.
Hot Potato with Gay Iranian
A 19-year-old gay Iranian, Mehdi Kazemi (pic), applied for asylum in the United Kingdom and was rejected, setting in motion the wheels to have him sent back to Iran. Before that could happen, though, Kazemi skipped to the Netherlands.
Britain denied the asylum request because authorities had no actual proof that homosexuals are being persecuted in Iran. In fact, President Ahmadinejad said there are no homosexuals in Iran, therefore, none could be persecuted.
Nevertheless, the Dutch authorities don't want to send Kazemi back to Britain because they would send him to Iran. Meanwhile, the Dutch are unable to offer asylum since EU rules specify that only one asylum application in one European country is allowed. As a consequence, the Dutch have asked the British authorities to reconsider Kazemi's case.
So, it's hot potato with the gay Iranian. Britain rejected him, the Dutch want him but can't grant asylum due to EU rules. And, keeping gay Iranians in the lurch will be the norm until verifiable information is available that Iran is, in fact, executing gay people for their homosexuality.
In an update to the story, British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced that 19-year-old Kazemi's case will be reconsidered. So, for the time being, he's safe.
Thoughts on the Cyber Jihad
Dancho Danchev's thoughts on countering the Cyber Jihad:
There're three perspectives related to cyber jihad, should the virtual communities be shut down, monitored, or censored so that they cannot be accessed by people who would potentially get radicalized and brainwashed by the amazingly well created propaganda in the form of interactive multimedia? Given the different mandates given to different intelligence services and independent researchers, is where the conflict of interest begins.Read the rest.
News Alert : You May Be a "Typical White" Racist and Not Even Know It.
So, from what I'm hearing, Barack Obama's kinda racist-ish white grandmother is, according to Barack, a "typical white person" who has her kinda racist-ish attitudes "bred into" her as a fundamental part of her whiteness...or something.
Obama's campaign explained later that Barack didn't intend, of course, to imply that ALL white people harbor kinda racist-ish attitudes like his grandmother. Just MOST, I guess.
Now, Barack apparently thinks a "typical white person" is gonna get nervous if she's alone and runs into a black male stranger on the street. Although Barack didn't come out and say it directly, the context of the statement would seem to indicate that he considers this "typical white person" reaction to be kinda racist-ish.
Of course, any female (of any race), walking alone at night, who runs into a male stranger (of any race) and doesn't give at least a passing thought to what intentions that male stranger may harbor, is naive.
And whether we like it or not, just as a woman's reaction is gonna vary depending on whether the man is in a business suit or a do-rag, a "typical white" woman's reaction is gonna be at least a little bit different depending on whether that male stranger is white or black. Of course, the black dude in the do-rag might very well be a gentle, selfless missionary to the homeless and the white bread dude in the suit might be the next Ted Bundy, but random street encounters rarely involve resume swaps. Gut-level reactions are all you really have, based on experience, intuition and common sense.
If you're walking down the street and you hear footsteps behind you, would you rather turn around and see: (a) a white dude in a business suit or (b) a black dude in saggy pants and a do-rag? If you answered (a), you're probably a "typical white person." (Now, on the other hand, if you'd rather see a white thug rather than a black executive, you may very well be a racist.)
If these feelings are kinda racist-ish by Barack's own reckoning, then an awful lot of people, and probably the vast majority of people, are kinda racist-ish. If his grandmother's race-based feelings aren't a reflection of racism, then what the hell was Obama's point in bringing them up in the first place? In other words, what relevance does "typical white" grandma's vague fear of strange darkies have to Uncle Jeremiah's blatantly bigoted"I Hate Whitey" show? If none, then...WTF?!?!?
UPDATE (by Good Lt): LOL
March 20, 2008
Hamas Terror Manifesto Published By Obama's Church
"Compares charter calling for murder of Jews to Declaration of Independence"
Sen. Barack Obama's Chicago church reprinted a manifesto by Hamas that defended terrorism as legitimate resistance, refused to recognize the right of Israel to exist and compared the terror group's official charter – which calls for the murder of Jews – to America's Declaration of Independence.
The Hamas piece was published on the "Pastor's Page" of the Trinity United Church of Christ newsletter reserved for Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., whose anti-American, anti-Israel remarks landed Obama in hot water, prompting the presidential candidate to deliver a major race speech earlier this week.[...]
In his July 22, 2007, church bulletin, Wright reprinted an article by Mousa Abu Marzook, identified in the newsletter as a "deputy of the political bureau of Hamas." A photo image of the newsletter was captured and posted today by the business blog BizzyBlog. The Hamas piece was first published by the Los Angeles Times, garnering the newspaper much criticism.
According to senior Israeli security officials, Marzook, who resides in Syria alongside Hamas chieftain Khaled Meshaal, is considered the "brains" behind Hamas, designing much of the terror group's policies and ideology. Israel possesses what it says is a large volume of specific evidence that Marzook has been directly involved in calling for or planning scores of Hamas terrorist offensives, including deadly suicide bombings. He was also accused of attempting to set up a Hamas network in the U.S.
Marzook's original piece was titled, "Hamas' stand" but was re-titled "A Fresh View of the Palestinian Struggle" by Obama's church newsletter.[emphasis mine] The newsletter also referred to Hamas as the "Islamic Resistance Movement," and added in its introduction that Marzook was addressing Hamas' goals for "all of Palestine."
Apparently neither the Trinity Church or Obama's campaign responded when World Net Daily tried to contact them requesting a comment on this issue.
Be sure to read the rest.
Remembering Grandma Again
One day when I was a little boy, I was taken over to my Grandma's trailer so she could babysit me for a while. Her little scottie dog Queenie ran around yapping and played fetch (sort of, Queenie didn't like giving things back once she got her teeth into them), but fifteen year-old mutt Wimpy just kind of lay there. And he was flatulent, too.
Grandma made a big batch of molasses cookies, which I have never particularly liked, sat me on a stool, and read me a story. Little Black Sambo. I know, the apologists say that the little boy is actually an Indian, otherwise, why would there be tigers? But c'mon, "Little Black Sambo?
That racist bitch. She might as well have taken me to a Klan rally.
Previous: Remembering Grandma: Wimpy bites me.
Video Obama Best Not Mess With This Preacher
Pastor Manning definitely doesn't mince words when it comes to Obama. Wow.
h/t LGF link thingy.
Democrat Infighting Continues
Barack Obama's wonderful magical mystery speech to deal with his Jeremiah problem gave Andrew Sullivan the vapors and made him boil in his pants.
But this portion of Obama's oration in defense of racist anti-Americanism:
On one end of the spectrum, we've heard the implication that my candidacy is somehow an exercise in affirmative action; that it's based solely on the desire of wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial reconciliation on the cheap. On the other end, we've heard my former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, use incendiary language to express views that have the potential not only to widen the racial divide, but views that denigrate both the greatness and the goodness of our nation, and that rightly offend white and black alike....has provoked Geraldine Ferraro to respond:
"To equate what I said with what this racist bigot has said from the pulpit is unbelievable," Ferraro said. "He gave a very good speech on race relations, but he did not address the fact that this man is up there spewing hatred."Ouch. That's gonna leave a mark.
"...but I'm here to tell you the hero is a scared man that don't walk away..."
This should be easy for the anti-war left to mock. Some country-singing rube who doesn't have a clue.
Islamic "Phone Marriage" Rejected By British Judges
The family of an autisitc man arranged the phone marriage so as to be sure he would be taken care of after they die. I don't buy that but maybe I am just cynical when it comes to stuff like this. Pushing Sharia to void English law is down right Islamic. I'm glad the judges ruled this way. England needs more like them.
Three senior appeal judges have refused to recognise an “over the telephone” Muslim marriage between an autistic British man and a woman in Bangladesh — even though the union is valid according to sharia or Islamic law.
The 26-year-old man, domiciled in England and identified only as IC, does not function above the level of a three-year-old and is said to be highly suggestible and vulnerable.
His parents, originating from Bangladesh but resident in England for many years, arranged for him to be married by telephone link to a bride chosen by them in Bangladesh with a view to his new wife, referred to as NK, obtaining a visa and joining him in this country.
The marriage was valid under sharia and the law of Bangladesh and, according to Islamic law, had taken place in Bangladesh Lawyers for the parents argued that it should therefore be recognised in English law.
It looks like to me someone wanted a visa to enjoy the plentiful subsidies given to them in Britain. Also the satisfaction of knowing Islamic law over rode English law. Scheme didn't work. BWAHAHAH
Former Canadian NHLers Play Canadian Troops in Kandahar
I would do a h/t on this but it comes from a far leftist. His headline "NHL The New Taliban?" perked my curiosity and is as far as I will go for a h/t. This is a nice story and to put it down that way disgusts me.
The score indicated a defeat for Canadian soldiers, but their sweaty smiles said otherwise.
Hundreds of spectators turned out today to watch Canadian troops grapple with a team of visiting former NHLers in spirited game of ball hockey at Kandahar Airfield.
With the Stanley Cup on display, Team Canada routed the soldiers 9 to 2, but there were no long faces when it was over as the two teams exchanged back-slaps and autographs.
Good on Team Canada for doing this.
Aussie Crack Heads Funding Taliban
Unfortunately Australia isn't the only place. "Get high and kill a GI" should be the crack heads damn song.
"Taliban's lifeblood, in mail from Kabul".
Brown heroin from Afghanistan is starting to fill a drug void on Sydney streets, write Jordan Baker and Ash Sweeting.
IN an Aladdin's Cave of confiscated narcotics in Kabul, among hollow samurai swords, car parts and fake almonds stuffed with drugs, lie two envelopes. Both had been bound for Sydney.
Each contained a marketable quantity - 10 grams - of brown heroin, a colour that distinguishes west Asian production, and a size that reflects, say drug experts, a growing trend towards importing small amounts of heroin to avoid detection.
What the people who intended to pick those packages up from newsagency postboxes in Leichhardt and Westmead might not have appreciated is that by ordering Afghan heroin, they were financing the Taliban's battle against Australian forces.
Heroin production in Afghanistan is booming as the Taliban raises money to pay for its insurgency, and there are fears the heroin is making its way to Sydney, filling the void created when Asian production fell and the heroin drought began almost a decade ago.
Afghan police will soon burn the tonne of heroin, tonne of opiates and five tonnes of hash amassed in the Kabul drug storehouse. The Herald understands an Afghan man has been arrested over the Sydney-bound envelopes.
Asian production falls and Afghan rises, how convenient.
Al Qaeda Rips Off 300
Jesse MacBeth Lied About War Atrocities to Get Back at Army for ... DESECRATING QURAN!
Jesse MacBeth became famous for lying about his vet status and then lying about atrocities his unit committed in Iraq. So, why did he do it? Well, according to postings claimed to be from MacBeth, he was just getting back at the Army for being so mean to him during the short time he was in basic training before he was kicked out of the service for being unfit.
It's not 100% clear that this is MacBeth, since it's online, but it certainly sounds like him and Ace seems to think it is. Or, at least, this is how I imagine a douche like him writing his online apology for smearing the troops would sound --- by further smearing them.
I used to hang out at the Above Top Secrets forum as they used to break incoming al Qaeda videos, but stopped when I realized that most of the people their thought the videos were really CIA propaganda made by the Rethuglicans so they could justify their Fourth Reich. Oh, wait, exactly the same kind of place you'd expect Jesse MacBeth to be comfortable with.
Among the many mean things done to MacBeth, this one sticks out the most:
i am muslim and have been most of my life. my family was muslim. i grew up in saudi arabia for the first seven years of my life. i joined the army an american muslim proud of my country and wanting to make a difference i knew that i could be an asset to operation in iraq because iam muslim i speak arabic, i can read it and write it, and i know the culture....So, a) he lied about war atrocities committed in Iraq-- a conflict he actually never saw because he was kicked out of the Army before even finishing basic training b) now claims those lies came to get back at the Army for desecrating the Quran and being generally mean to him because he is a Muslim?
intil during the secound one of my drill dgt (ds martin) appraoched me in the training bay in front of all the other iet soldiers in my platoon took the quran off my bunk spit in it and threw it across the room yelling "muslims dont belong in my army" and madde me crawl in his words" like the muslim dog i was" to get my holy book.....
but it only got worse during the 3 week of basic in the few hrs that we get to sleep i was pulled down from my bunk by my drill sgt. i was on the top bunk so the fall took the wind from me. he a and a couple of other iet soldiers beat me badly strip my cloths from me and tied me to the poll naked in the training bay.
for the next 2 days i was tied there naked. pages of my quran were ripped out and shoved down my throat. bacon was shoved down my thrat. cold water was dumped on me. i was called hajji, sand 'n-word', and several other slurs. i was repeatedly punched kicked and spit on while i was tied i did not sleep for the days i was tied to the poll and i had to urniated on myself. i had open wounds and cuts on my face and all over mybody the only nourishment i got were the words of allah.
Don't both a and b sound an awful lot like Jesse MacBeth's imagination is fueled by al Jazeera, the Arab Press, and the Democratic Underground? Not satisfied with making up believable lies, he has to regurgitate the kind of lies routinely published by the Western left and the Middle Eastern press corps.
No, even better, in his lies he has become the living embodiment of an Oliver Stone movie. Seriously, it reads like a bad screenplay. The kind of bad screenplay that eventually gets produced, bombs at the theaters, and then gets nominated for multiple Academy Awards for its "bravery" in "telling the truth" about the "casualties of war".
Ace has more analysis. Am I "papa" now? Anyway, hat tip to John on my end.
Zero Tolerance : Barack Obama Takes a Stand on Racism
Kudos to Barack Obama for taking a strong, unequivocal stand denouncing racial and ethnic stereotypes against "anybody of any ethnic group." In the wake of the kerfluffle over commentary considered "racist," Barack Obama announced a "zero tolerance" rule for such behavior:
“He didn’t just cross the line...He fed into some of the worst stereotypes...There’s nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group.”Of course, Obama wasn't talking about his racist pastor, who spent the last twenty years delivering weekly sermons angrily denouncing "The United States of White America" and the "US of KKKA." That would've required moral courage. In this case, Obama announced his "zero tolerance" rule in response to radio host Don Imus, who had made ONE, SINGLE, silly offhand comment about "nappy-headed hos," which took all the moral courage of...a typical politician.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and surmise that there's more where that came from.
I do seem to recall someone warning about "chickens coming home to roost."
(And yes, I FULLY realize that all this focus on Obama's racist pastor makes us all pawns in Hillary's primary strategy. I just can't help myself.)
Was Spitzer's Ho 17 on Girls Gone Wild Video?
Will the money faucet ever turn off for Ashley Alexandra "Kristen" Dupre? First her online songs go platinum, then she gets huge money offers from both Playboy and Hustler, now Stacey McCain says she was only 17 when she appeared in some hot lesbian action on a Girls Gone Wild video.
Quick, somebody get this girl a lawyer!
Oh, yeah, McCain has video. He also has the audacity to claim that Kristen had a boob job.
My point is that while you can take on the Taliban all you want, or uncover dozens and dozens of instances where U.S. companies are breaking the law, what the American public wants are salacious stories to satisfy their prurient interests. Tits = hits.
Two Hamas Men Splode In Work Accident
Hamas blames IDF but wont allow photographers or TV cameramen near. Since when does Hamas not want to do a photo-op?
Two Hamas men were killed Thursday in an explosion at a Hamas training base in the central Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials said. More
Must suck to splode early when working with bomb making material. LOL Just to be fair to Hamas, if this wasn't a "work" accident then good job IDF!
Yemen Limits Internet Hours, Requires ID to Surf
This is unsurprising in the wake of Tuesday's mortar attack on the US embassy in Sana'a. The Yemeni regime normally blocks the net during periods of negative publicity.
Mareb Press: The 14 October police station disseminated today a circular to most of the internet cafes' owners including closing the internet café at 12 am.... "The customers should bring their identification cards with them in order to enter the internet café," he said.
The officer of Rights and Liberties in Lawyers Syndicate, Mohammed al-Maswari, said in press released a copy of which was obtained by Mareb Press, this represent a clear restriction for the liberties and rights of citizens and businessmen. Eyewitness said that a number of policemen started yesterday evening closing some internet cafes in Sana'a city at 1am.
Meanwhile Yemeni President Saleh declares March 19 as "Yemeni Media Day" and someone issues a statement on behalf of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YSJ) praising the president; however it wasn't the YSJ. The YSJ was busy having a rally in support of journalist Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani who is falsely charged with terrorism. As we know, the actual terrorists are nearly all free, whether or not they were sentenced to jail.
Al-Khiwani has highly appreciated the support of his colleagues, but urged all who have concerns about freedom of opinion to not abandon their legal struggle to get more freedom and break through all restrictions the authorities want to impose on press. He confirmed he would continue fight for his liberty and opinion.I think his sentencing is March 25.
New Bin Laden Video to be Released UPDATE: We Have Video UPDATE: Muhammad Cartoon Rant
UPDATE: We have a copy of the video. UPDATE: Video can be downloaded here, courtesy of Laura Mansfield. UPDATE: Embedded video below. I had uploaded the video first to LiveLeak, but it got messed up somehow. Admin asked me to upload another version, but some one else beat me to the punch. Video below.
UPDATE: Transcript added below courtesy Laura Mansfield.
UPDATE: The video shows a static image of bin Laden with a voice over purporting to be of him all about the Mohammed cartoons controversy. This is the "new" speech by bin Laden on the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq?
The Muhammad cartoons were first published in September of 2005!
There is literally no doubt in my mind now. This is an old audio, probably from 2006, of bin Laden. As Sahab must have been embarrassed that they had nothing to offer the world on this the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, so they hurriedly released an old audio they had lying around. The fact that there was no accompanying banner is evidence that they threw this together last minute.
Case closed: Osama bin Laden is dead!
A rough translation of the video is below, expect English transcripts too.
UPDATE: About 2 minutes in bin Laden claims:
that despite your publishing of the insulting drawings, you haven't seen any reaction from the one and a half billion MuslimsNo reaction?
Like I said, this is an OLD audio.
UPDATE: Okay, at about 3.5 minutes in, "bin Laden" brings up something more recent, the alleged covering up of embezzlement in an arms deal for Saudi Arabia in the al-Yamama scandal which is said to have involved a Saudi prince. The cover up, though, was alleged to have happened in December of 2006.
UPDATE: At about 4:20 bin Laden brings the Pope into it:
Then came the publishing of these drawings, which came in the framework of a new Crusade, in which the Pope of the Vatican has played a large, lengthy role. And all of that is confirmation on your part of the continuation of the war, as well as testing the Muslims and their religion...When did the Pope reference the violence that ensued after the Muhammed cartoons? September 12, 2006.
UPDATE: The closest thing bin Laden says to something recent is a reference to Bush being "about to leave the White House" which people began talking about when? Like for the past year or more? Since the 2006 elections made his lame duck status really lame duck?
What's funny is that he rails against the U.S. for intentionally killing women and children, which he "testifies" that he has seen, and then compares that with the Mohammad cartoons. Which is worse? The Mo cartoons, of course!
UPDATE: Gotta love AllahPs take on the implications of bin Laden's threats over cartoons, which I'll remind you he says are worse than occupation and murdering women and children, to blowback theory.
UPDATE: Weekend at Bernie's II: Electric Bugaloo
UPDATE: Kevin asks, Kevin receives:
Adam Raisman, senior analyst at the SITE Institute, a Washington-based group that monitors terror messages, said that the tape's release coincides with an increased buzz in online jihadi forums calling for revenge on Europe over the cartoons.Wow, and all these years I've been giving it away free......
But Raisman noted that bin Laden's message did not specifically mention the republishing of the cartoons, only the publishing, and it did not give any other time landmarks to prove it had been recorded since then.
Raisman also noted bin Laden's silence on Wednesday's fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
"The tape doesn't give any specific evidence that would allow us to determine when it was recorded," Raisman said.
Original post from before I saw the video below. Transcript at end of post.
I don't see the animated image that usually accompanies as-Sahab produced al Qaeda videos yet, but I'll post it as soon as I find it. This is very unusual. The only thing I see is this, a text only announcement, which is not the usual method they announce upcoming videos/audios:
عاجل بعد قليل إن شاء اللهIt's notable that this is a "message" from "God's warrior, the Shiekh Osama bin Laden" is titled, "The Response Will Be What You See, Not What You Hear."
جديد (الجواب ماترون لا ما تسمعون )
للشيخ المحارب / أسامة بن لادن حفظه الل
Prediction: no new video, only audio. In other words, still no proof of life.
The video should be released to the forums soon, but I expect it to be video in the sense that it's a static image with a voiceover appearance from a bin Ladenesque voice--not necessarily that of bin Laden.
UPDATE: Interesting question from Doc, proof of life from Adam Gadahn in this one?
Seriously, I've never seen an announcement like this one at al Qaeda's normal forum. Never. They always have some kind of animated banner. What it means is any one's guess.
UPDATE: Oddly, the password provided on the forums for the message does not work. Moreover, this does not look like a video at all. The largest .rar file is only 52 kbs, which means it has to be TEXT only.
UPDATE: Nope, there was a text message in Arabic associated with the video.
In the name of Allah, the most compassionate, the most merciful.
To the intelligent ones in the European Union:
Peace be upon he who follows guidance.
This talk of mine is to you and concerns the insulting drawings andyour neglicgence in spite of the opportunity presented tpo take the necessary measures to prevent their being repeated.
To begin, I tell you: hostility between human beings is very old, but the intelligent ones among the nations in all eras have been keen to observe the etiquettes of dispute and the morals of fighting.
This is best for them as conflict is ever changing and war has its ups and downs.
However, you, in your conflict with us, have abandoned many of the morals of fighting in practice, even if you hold aloft its slogans in theory.
How it saddens us that you target our villages with your bombing: those modest mud villages which have collapsed onto our women and children.
You do that intentionally and I am witness to that.
All of this [you do] without right and in conformity with your oppressive ally who - along with his oppressive policies - is about to depart the White House.
And it is no longer hidden from you that these savage acts haven't ended the war, but rather increase our determination to cling to our right, avenge our people, and expel the invaders from our country.
And [you also know now] that these massacres are never erased from the memory of the peoples and the effects of this are not hidden.
Although our tragedy in your killing of our women and children is a very great one, it paled when you went overboard in your unbelief and freed yourselves of the etiquettes of dispute and fighting and went to the extent of publishing these insulting drawings.
This is the greater and more serious tragedy, and reckoning for it will be more severe.
And I bring your attention to a telling matter, which is that despite your publishing of the insulting drawings, you haven't seen any reaction from the one and a half billion Muslims, which includes an insult to the Prophet of Allah Jesus, the son of Mary (peace and prayers be upon him).
We believe in all of the Prophets (peace and prayers be upon them), and whoever detracts from or mocks any one of them is an apostate unbeliever.
And here it is worth pointing out that there is no need to use as an excuse the sacredness you accord freedom of expression and the sacredness of your laws and how you won't change them.
If so, then on what basis were American soldiers exempted from being subject to your laws on your land?
And on what basis do you suppress those who cast doubt on the statistics of an historical event
In addition, you know that there is one man who can put an end to these drawings, if it mattered to him: the crownless king in Riyadh who ordered your legal institutions to stop their investigations into the embezzlement of billions from the al-Yamamah deal, and Blair carried this out, and he is today your representative in the quartet.
To sum up, then, the laws of men which clash with the legislations of Allah the Most High are null and void, aren't sacred, and don't matter to us.
And in addition your practical stance towards the al-Yamamah deal requires you to admit that there are some values which are greater than your values.
In closing, I tell you: if there is no check on the freedom of your words, then let your hearts be open to the freedom of our actions.
And it is amazing and to make light of others that you talk about tolerance and peace at a time when your soldiers perpetrate murder even against the weak and oppressed in our countries.
Then came your publishing of these drawings, which came in the framework of a new Crusade in which the Pope of the Vatican has played a large, lengthy role.
And all of that is confirmation on your part of the continuation of the way as well as a testing of the Muslims in their religion: is the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) more beloved to them than themselves and their wealth?
The answer is what you see, not what you hear, and may our mothers be bereaved of us if we fail to help the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
And peace be upon he who follows the guidance.
Brooklyn: Israeli heard Allah Akbar When Attacked
25-year-old Israeli rabbinical assistant was assaulted by a group of Arab teenagers screaming "Allah akbar" in Brooklyn on Tuesday evening.
Uria Ohana, originally from Kfar Chabad, entered a subway station in the affluent Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn Tuesday evening, on his way to a lecture in Manhattan, when he noticed a group of Arab teenagers congregated on a bench in the station.
Ohana did not exchange words or make eye contact with the group, but proceeded upstairs to his train. On his way, he felt someone grab his kippa from his head and then heard laughter. Ohana decided to chase the boys to retrieve his kippa.
The 18-year-old boy who grabbed the kippa left the subway station and ran into the street, where he was hit by a car, breaking his leg. While Ohana chased the boy, the other teenagers began chasing him, screaming "Allah akbar."
"They screamed at me, 'Did you see what happened to him because of you?'" said Ohana, a Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical assistant who works in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Two of the Arab boys then started kicking and punching Ohana in the face
Apparently those two "yutes" got away and the one injured was treated and then arrested. Ohana said one police officer just brushed it off as ""just a couple of teenagers not knowing what allah akbar means".
h/t LGF link thingy
Islamic Savages STILL Rioting Over Cartoons
GET OVER IT. IT'S A CARTOON, YOU ANIMALS. WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY.
March 19, 2008
Mid-Week Bee Gees
Oh, that's right Vinnie. I went there.
You didn't want it. You didn't ask for it. So here it is, friends.
Dig these two Saturday Night Live performances of "One" and "You Win Again." FYI, the album "One?" Fantastic. Trust me.
It works as AOR pop. Tight vocal harmonies, pop song structures, good hooks.
Not disco. And the sound quality of the clip is, for some reason, excellent. Just try to resist the machismo charm of Barry Gibb. Just try.
Past entries in the Jawa Report Music Series here.
Ace PWNZ St. Sullivan of the Blessed Gobsmack
Nobody delivers a flying rhetorical jump kick to the loins of St. Sully like Ace.
Now, the headline calls Andrew Sullivan a racist. Not that he's tossing the slur "racist" around lightly, though of course he's doing that; Sullivan is a shallow, glib thinker at best, as deep as the sheen on a glossy magazine, and has made a career of disguising this fundamental unseriousness and lack of studiousness (to say nothing of candor and integrity) by simply ramping up his emotional excesses and finding clever-ish new slurs to toss at people; I, for example, am a "foaming Caesarist," which is a cutesy insult and one I wouldn't mind using, I suppose, were I more pretentious. But it does not establish his seriousness as a thinker or writer that he writes endlessly of "heart-ache" and "nausea" and "disgust" and "sickness-inducing vileness" and all the rest of his hypercharged girlishly overemotive palette of put-downs, all the time maintaining he's a pretty cool customer who views the world through eyes so coldly rational they positively glint with intellectual ice.LOL
Read it all.
Anti-War Crowd in D.C. For 5th Anniversary of Iraq War
Pictures and more videos of the loonies at This Aint Hell
Michelle Malkin has a take on this
Climate More Nuanced Than Algore Wants
This one's for you, Gorebots.
Looks, yet again, like the debate just simply isn't over.
The evidence says...anthropogenic global warming? Are you a moron?
U.S. Designates Somalian Terror Group While U.S. Host's Official Website
UPDATED & BUMPED by Rusty: It is no longer simply immoral that an American company is hosting the website of al Qaeda's Somalian affiliate, it is now illegal. We've been complaining for months that the al-Shabab movement has been spreading it's vile propaganda through U.S. webservers. Now, it looks like we can finally take legal action.
The following statement should be included in any letters of complaint to al-Shabab's service providers.
"Providing business services, even free ones, to al-Shabaab violates
the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) in the US. Each IEEPA violation of carries a fine of up to $250,000."
Remember, this is the official website of the al-Shabaab, not just a website belonging to its supporters.
The United States government has classified al-Shabaab, an Islamic militant group based in Somalia, as a terrorist organization.
This comes after the group reportedly committed various acts of terrorism, including beheading three government soldiers during an ambush on a checkpoint outside the capital, Mogadishu and praising Osama Bin Laden in the process. The militant group recently claimed responsibility for a series of bombings and attacks on Somali government and Ethiopian soldiers.
This should help shut down their website(see below) as previously the provider told Jawa reader StarCMC;
Please contact our legal department (firstname.lastname@example.org) in regards to this matter. Currently this site/organization cannot be proven by the abuse department to be "Persons Who Commit, Threaten To Commit, or Support Terrorism", and as such we can take no action based on freedom of speech rights. If a court or other legal entity determines this site to fall under the restrictions of Executive Order 13224 (see above links), our legal department will receive the request and the site will be shut down.Previous update by Rusty: Good news, the Shabab have a website...and it's hosted in the USA.
If you like you could contact Cimli Kataaib and tell him/her what you think about beheading.
Islamic Terrorists Behead 3 Somalian Soldiers & Have U.S. Based Website
Six Somali Terror Suspects Arrested in Scandinavian Internet Cafe Raid
GIMF: The AMERICAN Leader of al Qaeda in Somalia (& its U.S. Website)!!
African Taliban Desecrate Ethiopian Soldiers' Bodies
Florida, Michigan Companies Hosting African Taliban Website
Confirmed: Lynndie England Is An Idiot
Abu Ghraib's poster girl Lynndie England blames the media for exposing her inappropriate behavior to the world. It's as though she feels her right to privacy during war was violated. And then there's this:
"I'm saying that what we did happens in war. It just isn't documented," she was quoted as saying. "If it had been broken by the news without the pictures it wouldn't have been that big."Good grief!
She told the magazine that there are other photographs that have not been released that contain more graphic images than those that were seen on television, in newspapers and on the Internet.
"You see the dogs biting the prisoners. Or you see bite marks from the dogs. You can see MPs (military police) holding down a prisoner so a medic can give him a shot," she said. "If those had been made public at the time, then the whole world would have looked at those and not at mine."
Now we're going to have everyone with a laptop and a checkbook looking for those pictures. Get ready for another round of stories about the torture at Abu Ghraib.
April is Month of the Military Child
My Dad was a military brat and moved from base to base his entire childhood, both during WWII and after when his father decided to make a career as an officer in the newly formed Air Force. And some know that my mother lost her father, a U.S. Marine KIA in the South Pacific. So I couldn't resist posting this press release from Soldiers' Angels.
March 20, 2008, Pasadena, CA- April marks a very special month in the lives of the military families. Soldiers' Angels joins the US Department of Defense in recognizing April as the Month of the Military Child, a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and challenges they overcome. Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger, established April as the Month of the Military Child in 1986, underscoring the importance of military children and their role in military families.
"Being a parent, it breaks my heart to leave my wife and kids behind when I am called to (deploy)," said Cpt. Mark McEvers NDARNG HHC 164 ENG BN SECFOR. "But that is what we do when we are called. We have sworn to support and defend and that is what we do. Our families know this, respect this, and stand by us. When we deploy forward and leave that hole in the family, it's important for me to know that the nation has not forgotten about my family, and I am grateful that they are honored and supported this month."
These children make sacrifices and serve their country as much as anyone in uniform does, quietly shouldering part of the burden, making their mom or dad understand that what they are doing is important. Military parents often have to miss holidays and special occasions, and children are left home to worry while parents go on difficult missions. Active duty military families also have to move every two or three years, making the children uproot, change schools and say goodbye to friends. Because military children have to transition and adapt a lot, they gain great life experience and maturity at a young age. April serves as a reminder for military families that there is support available to them with resources to help.
" I don't think our children are told often enough how important and supportive it is to us when we come home from a difficult day and we see them smile," Lt. Dan Murphy, North Dakota National Guard JFHQ Deputy Public Information Officer said. "It is my children (who) give me the energy and desire to put this uniform on each day to protect and defend this great nation for their future way of life."
Soldiers' Angels encourages the nation to stand up and support the military families in their surrounding area by getting involved in a variety of ways. Throughout the month of April, the military will be hosting special programs and events to salute military children, to include, carnivals, health screening for children, youth talent shows, and more. Please contact your local military facility to see how you can best utilize your time and talent to show your appreciation during the Month of the Military Child. To all of the military children in our nation- thank you for your service to our country, you are a very important part of our freedom.
Soldiers' Angels currently supports tens of thousands of American service members stationed wherever the American flag is raised. Soldiers' Angels is dedicated in supporting the military during and after their deployment. In the time honored tradition of civilian support of American soldiers, Soldiers' Angels sponsors programs which provide support to American soldiers and their families. Soldiers' Angels' programs include first responder packs, support, and laptop computers to wounded soldiers who are receiving treatment at American military hospitals; care packages, letters, and support to deployed soldiers; armored blankets to military ambulances; items shipped for deployed soldiers to give children in the war zone; and memorial trees for the families of soldiers who have died in the service of their country. There are several ways to support our troops through Soldiers' Angels, for more information please go to our national website www.soldiersangels.org or contact Soldiers' Angels at (615)676-0239 or email@example.com.
"May no soldier go unloved, may no soldier walk alone, may no soldier be forgotten, until they all come home." ~ Patti Patton-Bader
I remember visiting my grandma as a small child. She lived in a cozy little trailer with two dogs. Queenie was an energetic, even hyper, scots terrier. Wimpy was a small, elderly mixed breed. He never moved very fast.
One day I tried to pet Wimpy and he bit me. It didn't hurt, but I was really startled. Two of Wimpy's teeth fell out. Grandma laughed.
Thinking back on it, it occurs to me that Jim Crow sheriffs used to set dogs on people. Just like Grandma. That bitch.
Or maybe, since Grandma was nice, this means that the Jim Crow sheriffs were nice, too. Just misunderstood.
Obama's Defense Plan Part II
I previously posted this last month.
In Obama's speech, given not far from North Carolina's Fort Bragg military base, he tells military families & local officials that the "U.S. less safe because of the Iraq war"
It is a long anti-war speech and some paragraph's stuck out to me.
So when I am Commander-in-Chief, I will set a new goal on Day One: I will end this war. Not because politics compels it. Not because our troops cannot bear the burden– as heavy as it is. But because it is the right thing to do for our national security, and it will ultimately make us safer.He didn't say immediate pull out as he has hinted in prior speeches. He goes on to give his "strategy" which appears no different than what we are doing now but for the exception of Iran. He thinks diplomatic talks will lead Iran in the right direction. Sure it will.
In the video above he gives his subtle plans for dis-arming the military. Now he wants to "enhance" it.
What I have talked about today is a new strategy, a new set of priorities for pursuing our interests in the 21st century. And as President, I will provide the tools required to implement this strategy.So instead of joining the military does he mean new recruits to join the Peace Corp? Peace, love, and harmony the leftist way. Geesh
That starts with enhancing the finest military in the history of the world. As Commander in Chief, I will begin by giving a military overstretched by Iraq the support it needs. It is time to reduce the strain on our troops by completing the effort to increase our ground forces by 65,000 soldiers and 27,000 Marines, while ensuring the quality of our troops. In an age marked by technology, it is the people of our military – our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen – who bear the responsibility for complex missions.
That is why we need to ensure adequate training and time home between deployments. That is why we need to expand our Special Forces. And that is why we must increase investments in capabilities like civil affairs and training foreign militaries.[...]
In addition, I will invest in our civilian capacity to operate alongside our troops in post-conflict zones and on humanitarian and stabilization missions. Instead of shuttering consulates in tough corners of the world, it’s time to grow our Foreign Service and to expand USAID.
Instead of giving up on the determination of young people to serve, it’s time to double the size of our Peace Corps. Instead of letting people learn about America from enemy propaganda, it’s time to recruit, train, and send out into the world an America’s Voice Corps.
"Instead on people learning about America from enemy propaganda". I say some of the propaganda comes from within America from people within Obama's circle of friends.
Spitzer Paid Way Way Too Much: Ashley Alexandra Dupre GGW Pics
So Elliot "The Idiot" Spitzer paid Five G's for this High Dollar Ho? Turns out he could have just bought her some drinks, maybe a bus ticket.
Via WAPO: Eliot Spitzer's high-priced hooker better learn to grab the cash - fast.Eliot, dude, You paid to poke leftovers? High Dollar Ho? Not Hardly. WTF were you thinking?
"Girls Gone Wild" honcho Joe Francis yesterday offered $1 million for Ashley Alexandra Dupre to appear nude in a video and magazine spread - but then quickly rescinded the deal after realizing he already had steamy footage of the hot-to-trot call girl in action when she was 18.
More images and links of Ashley whoring around below the fold.
Republican Leaders Want to Hear From YOU!
UPDATE: Don't waste your time. There's no spot for comments or real feedback. It's just another push poll and beg for cash.
You can share your thoughts here.
You may want to ask them what happened to that MILLION DOLLARS they recently lost.
Can we have, like, a 'do-over' or something?
h/t : Michelle.
"The Truth About Mohammed" Infuriates Moslems
Hmmm, is that why Jewish convert to Islam Yousef al-Khattab or Joey for short blowing his top?
Robert Spencer's book "The Truth about Mohammed" has been out now for about sixteen months. When Hamas learned that free copies of the book would be distributed by the weekly "Human Events" newspaper they became enraged.
Hamas must fear that some of the followers of Islam might read it. Hey, free is free so why not?
The Al-Arabiya.net site reports that a right-wing U.S. newspaper, Human Events, plans to distribute free copies of a book by Robert Spencer, entitled The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion.
The Arab site's report, replete with innuendoes implying that the book is anti-Muslim, quotes British writer Karen Armstrong as stating that the book is "written in hatred," contains "basic and bad mistakes of fact," and that the author "deliberately manipulates the evidence."
The Hamas website responded with fury to the news of the book's dissemination, strongly attacking what it calls the "campaign by Western extremists against the religion of Islam and values that are sacred to Moslems."
The Hamas site states that the dissemination of Spencer's work is "another in a series of actions designed to distort the image of Islam in the public eye. This follows the re-publication of the Muhammad caricatures in Denmark and the intention of a Dutch Parliament Member to air a movie against Islam."
Spencer himself responded to the latest report with cynicism, writing, "Al-Arabiya discovers a sixteen-month-old promotion for my book The Truth About Muhammad, and the spittle starts flying. As for the [sub-]headline of their piece [which reads: "Book is said to contain lies and hate"], I challenge anyone at Al-Arabiya, or anyone anywhere, to substantiate a single lie or hateful statement within the book."
McCain on Islamist Goals
McCain, speaking in Israel, on the Islamist agenda:
They are dedicated to the extinction of everything that the US, Israel and the West believe and stand for.Exactly.
Too little too late from Obama
Caroline Glick on her experience as a Jewish girl going to an almost all black school:
I was 13 years old when I stood up alone to all my classmates and told them that I thought they should be ashamed of themselves for supporting an anti-Semite for president. I was a child. But Obama came to Wright as an adult. And as an adult, he sat through 20 years of Wright’s anti-white, anti-Jewish, and anti-American vitriol and said nothing. Indeed, until just a few months ago, he was honoring him as his spiritual mentor. What does that say about him? ...Read the rest.
Obama’s denunciation of Wright’s bigotry amounts to too little too late. The time to stand up to him wasn’t now, when his association with Wright is sinking his hopes for the White House. The time to have stood up to Wright was when Obama was just another member of his church. If he truly believes in what he says he believes, he should have walked out of Wright’s church or grabbed Wright’s microphone and told his fellow churchgoers that Wright was wrong and that they mustn’t hate. In twenty years of attending Wright’s church, why didn’t Obama once stand before his fellow church members and tell them that they mustn’t hate their country and their fellow Americans?
The fact that he didn’t, and the fact that he upheld this man until just a few months ago as his spiritual mentor and still refuses to condemn him and his deeply flawed character tells me everything I need to know about Barack Obama. I think that he is an opportunistic, weak man. I hope and pray that he doesn’t become President.
CAIR Urges More Aid to Palestinian Terrorists
The Southern California chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, with a number of left wing "peace" churches (the kind of church Barack Obama goes to), are urging the U.S. to pressure Israel into lifting the blockade against Gaza. Gaza is run by the terrorists in Hamas who then give free reign to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad to intentionally kill Israeli civilians.
So let me see if I understand the foreign policy stance of CAIR, peace groups, and the left wing of the Democratic party: military responses to terrorism are bad, mmmkay, because innocents are killed and just causes more terrorism; but they also don't want economic responses to terrorism (those are bad, too, mmmkay) because it kills innocents and just causes more terrorists.
Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
The response, of course, will be that there are other options, such as diplomacy. But diplomacy is just another word for talk, and talk is cheap when military or economic responses are off the table.
The farthest left wing will argue that the only solution will be to "end occupation". Which of course begs the question of who's occupying Gaza? Israel left, yet terrorism increased.
It also rings hallow when it's not clear what "occupation" means. Who defines "occupation"?
The two causes which the left loves to talk about are Palestine, "occupied" by Israel, and Iraq, occupied by the U.S. The common denominator being that the U.S. or one of it's allies is the culprit.
If we go down the list of "occupied" lands, though, why stop there? Tibet enjoys a certain amount of clout among those against "occupation". So, let's add that to the list.
But what about Afghanistan? The majority of Pashtun speaking people in Afghanistan and Pakistan claim we are "occupying" Afghanistan, even as many welcome our presence there.
Kashmir? "Occupied" by India. Oh, except for all the Kashmiris who consider themselves Indian. Chechnya: "occupied". Southern Thailand: "occupied" by Buddhists. Southern Philippines: "occupied" by Christians. The list goes on and on, the vast majority of those who claim they are being "occupied" are Muslims.
East Prussia: "occupied". Wait, you're telling me you've never heard of East Prussia? Look it up:
Shortly after the end of the war in May 1945, Germans who had fled in early 1945 tried to return to their homes in East Prussia. However, they were stopped. The remaining German population of East Prussia was almost completely expelled by the Communist regimeAny one lobbying for the "right of return" of East Prussians to what is now Kaliningrad, Russia? No? It's almost as if the millions of German refugees found themselves a new identity in a German speaking state and then got over it.....
I'm not arguing that Palestinians who left their homes during the conflict didn't have it rough, but it's been 60 years, they lost the war, and now it's time for the international community to make things right. Not by sending them back to homes most "Palestinians" never lived in or by demanding Israel give up lands it won in wars started by Arab countries, but by condemning Arab countries for not assimilating these refugees and making them "Lebanese", "Syrian", or "Egyptians".
Is That a Blaster in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?
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Good News From Oral Arguments in Heller v. D.C.
It should be glaringly apparent, to anyone taking even a passing look, that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms, and not some "collective right" of the type suggested by the anti-gun, bed-wetting hippies. By all accounts, a majority of the Supreme Court concurs:
Because the current members of the Court had never taken part in a case testing the scope of the right laid out in the Second Amendment, it was not clear, going into the argument, where any of them (with the possible exception of Justices Scalia and Thomas) would stand on the question. But the Chief Justice, Justice Kennedy and Justice Scalia moved in, in the very earliest stages of the argument, to lay out clear positions — at least on the collective vs. individual rights dispute.During the argument, Chief Justice Roberts asked "What is reasonable about a total ban on possession?" Of course, we could probably have expected that Roberts, along with Scalia, Alito and Thomas, would weigh in on the individual rights view. It takes five votes to get a majority, though, and that's only four. The case could come down, as a number of recent cases have, to the opinion of Justice Kennedy. In this case, there's cause for optimism. During oral argument, Kennedy explained his view as follows: "In my view, (the Second Amendment is) saying there is a general right to bear arms, quite without reference to a militia." Works for me.
Within seconds after the defender of the District law, Washington lawyer Walter Dellinger, laid out his general theory that the Amendment only guaranteed a “militia-related” right, the Chief Justice focused on the text of the Amendment and said “If it is limited to state militias, why would they say ‘the right of the people. In other words, why wouldn’t they say ’state militias have the right to keep arms.’”
Based on everything I've read, it sounds like yesterday was a good day not only for gun owners, but for all Americans who believe in the principles of personal liberty and the right to self-defense.
What standard of review, if any, will the Supreme Court set out?Cross-posted at The Arsenal.
Given that members of the liberal wing have previously expressed support for the individual rights view of the Second Amendment, is there any chance of unanimity on that point?
How frickin' sweet would that be?
US Embassy Targeted in Yemen
The US State Department said late Tuesday that a mortar attack in Sanaa was directed at the US Embassy. Three mortars landed in a nearby school yard, wounding several students and four Yemeni guards at the embassy. An American source told CNN that the Yemeni government statements stating the attack was a criminal act directed against the school head mistress was "an attempt to distract us" from Yemen's security failure.
March 18, 2008
We cannot see how what we are doing is the same thing al-Qaeda is doing under a different color flag!
With all the respect due Mr. Jeremiah Wright, just let me say this: F*ck you sir!
Update: Youtube has rejected my video due to "inappropriate content".
What showing what al-Qaeda is really doing in Iraq is inappropriate? They say this video is not longer available. But they are wrong. I come prepared.
Hot Naked Pics Of Eliot Spitzer's Whore
I was going to title this post "Where's Von Nostrand" but, sadly, he dismissed me. Then I was going to title it "Where's salvage," but, that really doesn't bring in the hits.
So, ignore the title, and go spend well-earned time perusing Zombie's latest descent into the bowels of lefitist madness instead. Click the pic for the hilarity.
stein hoist: The blog grandfather.
Iran's Links to al-Qaeda
Michael Goldfarb Thomas Joscelyn on why and how Iran helps al-Qaeda when it is in its interest to do so, despite the fact that Iran is Shia and al-Qaeda are Sunni. Of particular interest is Iran's support of the butchers of Ansar al-Islam.
What's Said Don't Matter
OK, I haven't posted here in ages. I'm demoralized, frankly. I'm tired of being preachy, but a couple of things have recently got my goat, so I hope you'll indulge this brief tirade. The first is Obama's attempt to equate his support of some racist dogmatic mentor (Jeremiah Wright) with allegiance to his white grandmother. The second is that Apple Computers has been using false advertising to promote the sales of their cream colored router: Airport Extreme Base Station.
I'm just niggling about the latter. It irritates me, but that's because I'm cheap and uncharitable about a company that sells me inexpensive snake oil (a mere hundred-and-a-half bucks) and than deletes the sales pitch that snookered me from their corporate website, like it never happened. "Buy our product so you can wirelessly archive all your software and data." Then, after the transaction with thousands of customers, the sales pitch not only disappears without apology or explanation, but they systematically "monitor" (meaning remove) any reference to the false advertising from their online customer forum.
The truth is what remains in the wake of the eraser...
And in a similar vein we've apparently completely misunderstood Obama's relationship with Pastor Jerry. The fact that Wright can scream "God Damn America" into Obama's slightly over-sized but hard-of-hearing appendages simply means that we haven't gone far enough in the direction of group identity to overcome our collective crippling handicap. That's all Wright was really saying, so don't get so excited America!
Just push a little further, and we can put this unpleasantness behind us... forever! See, we haven't sufficiently perfected our social unity... and although Wright's tone was a little sparky, his heart was in the right place It's not so much a matter of patriotism or a belief in the goddamn founding principles, as the fact that we haven't put the state in harness to the overwhelmingly convincing principle that we're our brother's keeper. We haven't submitted, and goddamn you for thinking you ever really had an option!
Let us find that common stake we all have in one another, and let our politics reflect that spirit as well.
You may not immediately appreciate the wisdom of this commitment, but if I use the legacy of force monopolized by the state to get you in line, you'll eventually thank me. And, of course, God, Dan Rather, and Pastor Wright happen to be on the same page. The latter have a little work to do on their delivery, that's all.
Not that this principle has anything to do with the American Identity, or made any contribution to ending chattel slavery in the antebellum South. Nor was it instrumental to the plight of black Americans in the twentieth century, or to the state of education in predominantly black or urban schools. (According to the National Assessment of Education Progress, low scoring predominantly black schools are inexplicably better funded than higher scoring predominantly white schools. Not that the price of snake oil has anything to do with that disparity.) Such notions are central to Wright's hatred of America, and to the conviction on the part of the Kos Kidz that the US must be the "terrorist state par excellance," because the Lockean principles of the American Founding stand directly in the course such enlightened policies.
Anyone lacking the perception that the state must fulfill the role of the Grand Charity is the enemy of both mankind and God, after all.
And if your punishment for such an abstract offense has the dire consequences that Jerry Wright rails about, you can imagine where you're headed should your vote deviate.
BTW, anyone want to buy a slightly used Airport Extreme Base Station? It's real purdy.
Austrians in Contact with Kidnapped Tourists
An Austrian envoy says he has been in contact with abducted tourists Andrea Kloiber and Wolfgang Ebner, while the mother of the chief kidnapper has appealed to her son "to release them because they are innocent."
Rumor: Zawahiri Dead?
An intimation that Ayman al-Zawahiri is dead? AJ Strata notes this cryptic line in a report out of Pakistan:
Some unconfirmed reports say that a doctor of Arab origin who frequented the compound was among the dead.We'll keep MC Hammer on ice for now. Way too cryptic, and Arabs have an odd cultural penchant for keeping doctors around as a way to legitimize just about everything.
Obama's Ward Churchill Moment *UPDATED*
I agree with Ace that this was the most despicable remark--of a whole litany of despicable remarks--given by Barack Obama's spiritual mentor and pastor about the culpability of America in the 9/11 attacks:
I've been meaning to say something about the comment, but haven't had time between Spring Break chores around the house.
Let me just add that it's apples and oranges comparing the Rev. Wright's peculiar hate-America theology with the past sins of other religious groups, as AllahP thinks it's okay to do here. Obama goes to Wright's church now. These are not some former beliefs that the church teaches, these are present ones.
Further, these are not denominational beliefs or even broadly Protestant beliefs, they are the specific beliefs of a specific congregation which Obama voluntarily joined himself with. It's not like there aren't other United Churches of Christ in the Chicago area, one without a pastor who's more committed to his leftwing vision of the world than he is to the gospel.
Normally guilt by association isn't something I'm comfortable with, but if race-baiting and American bashing is the kind of theology that Obama is comfortable with, than in this particular instance it's a fair criticism. I used to like Barack Obama as a person--yes, I too thought he was inspirational--but no longer. Now I just think he's an asshole.
Go read Ace's post and watch the video. I don't know if I agree that Wright looks like he's "publicly celebrating" 9/11. In fact, it seems to me that he considers 9/11 a tragedy, just like the rest of us. We are victims, just not guiltless ones.
Wright's attitude--like Ward Churchill and Howard Zinn--reminds me of that movie The Accused. You know, it's a tragedy and all that Jody Foster got raped, but wasn't she just asking for it?
Wright is more angry at America for bringing 9/11 on ourselves than he is at al Qaeda and the Islamist ideology that inspired them. Which, if you think about it, is disgusting.
As a parting shot, let me leave you with this rather tasteless and over-the-top graphic I came up with the first go around with Ward Churchill over the notion that those who died on 9/11 somehow were the recipients of ironic cosmic justice and therefore, by implication, deserved what they got.
UPDATE: Like I said, I'm on vacation, but the stupidity of the Left is overwhelming sometimes. So, we're supposed to draw some sort of comparison between idiotic statements from right-wing televangelists (who have, unlike Wright, apologized for their idiotic statements) because they're Republican, even though they pastor no one, with Obama's pastor and spiritual adviser?
Seriously, that's just dumb. Wright was Obama's pastor for 20 years, for Chrissake. And, contrary to the statement by Glenn Greenwald, Robertson never blamed 9/11 on U.S. sin and Falwell apologized the next day.
The last time I checked, not only was Falwell nobody's pastor of importance, but not particularly important period. Like I said before, guilt-by-association is usually a game I'm not comfortable with. The Leftist assertions that since Republicans have met with idiots like Falwell ergo they share in some sort of guilt is an example. It's also why I don't personally post about [name idiot here] giving money to [name politician here]. Just plain dumb.
But at some point an association becomes a relationship, and it's clear that Obama's relationship with Rev. Wright was not a casual one but very deep. He married the Obamas. He baptized their kids. The Obamas regularly attended his church for years and years. This was not an occasional meeting for advice, this was a mentoring relationship which Barack has admitted over and over again. Hell, Obama's bestselling book takes its title from one of Wright's less anti-semetic anti-American sermons!
Nice work Glenn and gang. Your partisan vitriol only makes your stupidity look less like ignorance.
Warrior Jeep Sweepstakes To Benefit Wounded Warriors
Awesome idea for raising funds for our wounded warriors. Sweet looking Jeep.
h/t LGF link thingy.
The Saddam/Al-Qaeda Connection
A study prepared by the Iraqi Perspectives Project of documents captured after the fall of Saddam found, per Steven Hayes, "Saddam supported groups that either associated directly with al Qaeda (such as the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, led at one time by bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al Zawahiri) or that generally shared al Qaeda's stated goals and objectives."
Tom Joscelyn notes a document dated 1993 from the Iraqi Intelligence Service to Saddam detailing IIS relations with eleven terrorist groups/individuals including: (1) the Abu Nidal Organization (aka the Fatah Revolutionary Council), (2) the Palestinian Liberation Front, or "PLF" (3) Force 17, (4) an obscure group called the "Organization of AI-Jihad and AI-Tajdid," (5) the Al-Murabitun Organization, (6) The Palestinian Abd-al-Bari AI-Duwayk (Abu Dawud), (7) Abd-al-Fattah Abd-al-Latif Fakhuri (Abu Yihya), (8) the Egyptian Islamic Jihad Organization, or "EIJ" (9) the Jamiat-Ulema-e Islam, or "JUI", (10) the Islamic Afghani Party, or Hezb-e Islami and (11) the Pakistani Scholars Party.
Tom is just getting started, check back at the Daily Standard in the coming days and weeks for more.
Where's Rusty? Spring Break!
It's Spring Break, which means I'm on vacation. I guess no one bothered to tell my wife that "vacation" means "less work". I really need a vacation from this vacation.
Thanks to the Sandcrawler crew for filling in for me while I slave away at home.
More Hot Female Blogger Action!
From the blog who brought you the first installment of Hot Female Blogger Action. I'm especially fond of the super hot Mary Katharine Ham centerfold!
Hey, A guy can dream can't he?
Previous: Hot Female Blogger Action!
What A Novel Idea!
Interviews with more than two dozen senior officials involved in the effort provided the outlines of previously unreported missions to mute Al Qaeda’s message, turn the jihadi movement’s own weaknesses against it and illuminate Al Qaeda’s errors whenever possible.Where ever could they have come up with that from?
A primary focus has become cyberspace, which is the global safe haven of terrorist networks. To counter efforts by terrorists to plot attacks, raise money and recruit new members on the Internet, the government has mounted a secret campaign to plant bogus e-mail messages and Web site postings, with the intent to sow confusion, dissent and distrust among militant organizations, officials confirm.
Seriously, its about control of the battle space. Cyberspace is part of the battle space in this war. al-Qaeda seeks to use cyberspace to get its message out and to organize. We must at least show up and to fight them in this medium. Not so much to drive all terrorists from the internet. That's neither possible nor desirable. But we must show up to the fight. To break up the perception of legitimacy and power that a web presence brings.
Oh, and also to screw with their heads.
Look out! Zionist Internet Spies are everywhere!
Hat Tip: Bill.
Anti-War, Leftists, Dems Etc. Listen Up
God Bless American and God Bless our Troops!
Who Is Barack Obama?
In the wake of September 11, 2001, Barack Hussein Obama stopped wearing an Amercan flag pin on his lapel. Explaining his decision, Obama had the following to say:
I'm less concerned with what you're wearing on your lapel than what's in your heart.Fair enough. The problem with that idea is, of course, that the American people have no direct way of knowing what's in your heart. We can only infer, based on your outward actions, what might be in your heart.
Although you can't pick your family, some of us find it difficult to ignore the fact that your mother, Stanley, was a Marxist atheist. This wasn't just your birth mother; this was the woman who raised the young Barack and taught him what to think about the world. What, after all, does an embittered communist mother teach her young son about America? Along the same lines, we're also just a little disturbed by a campaign office sporting Che Guevara flags. Do your campaign people know what's in your heart?
Then again, your communist mother and the refusal to wear a flag issue may have come and gone if not for your later refusal to SALUTE the flag.
In a time when many of us are no longer quite sure which of our leaders really have this nation's best interests at heart, these situations cause Americans to question what is in your heart.
Then, we learned that your own wife only recently decided that she lives in a nation that she has any reason to be particularly proud of.
That tells me something about your wife. It tells us she fails to appreciate the greatness of America. This is the woman you picked to be your life partner and decided to send out on the campaign trail on your behalf. I could be wrong, but I strongly suspect your wife's sentiments tell us something about what's in your own heart.
And now, we learn of your 20-year association with Jeremiah Wright, an America-hating bombthrower that you yourself chose to bring into the closest inner sanctum of your life, a man you consult for all your major life decisions. As with the issues above, I suspect that your close relationship with Jeremiah Wright tells us something pretty important about what's in your heart. Given the disconnect between your rhetoric and your actions, I hope you'll forgive the rest of us if we fail to take you at your word.
UPDATE : Open support from the New Black Panther Party on your website probably isn't going to help things.
Iranian Website Incites Murder Using US services
Hmm, We missed one.
Via Internet Haganah: The Iranian "Movement of Students for Pursuing Justice" is offering rewards for the killing of Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Mossad director Meir Dagan, and military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin....A pdf document of the sanctions is here. It includes information or informational materials. (see image below the fold)
...A plain english explanation of US sanctions as relates to hosting websites is this: if a website offers news, information and opinions not commonly available in the Islamic Republic of Iran - e.g. it is a site that is opposed to the Ayatollah's regime) - then, on a case by case basis, the US Treasury may at its discretion allow such a site to receive services from a US company.
Even a cursory look at adlroom.com by a non-Farsi reader will reveal this to be a site that represents the most radical of pro-regime opinions from within the Islamic Republic, and so it seems unlikely that the Treasury would in this case grant an exemption to the sanctions.
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Domain Name: ADLROOM.COMOnline NIC Terms of Service:
Registrar: ONLINENIC INC.
Whois Server: whois.35.com
Referral URL: http://www.OnlineNIC.com
5. Illegal Content.Online NIC contact info here.
11. Providing/Promoting material that is grossly offensive to Internet Users which includes blatant expressions of bigotry, racism or hatred.
12. Providing/Promoting material about illegal activities or promoting physical injury or harm against any group or individual.
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Corporate Colocation Inc of Los Angeles California.
We ran this once before but so far the site remains. Go get em Jawas!
Hamas in Iraq Pwned!
They seem to have lost their DNS record somehow.
http://www.hamasaliraq.com/ = [ ]
It wasn't us! We swear! Or maybe it was ;-)
Khalid Salim A. Bin Mahfouz Using UK Courts to Silence Authors About al-Qaeda Ties
And when I say Fatwa I mean libel judgments against authors critical of or reporting Khalid Salim A. Bin Mahfouz's alleged financial aid to al-Qaeda.Via Pat Dollard:
NEW YORK - Rachel Ehrenfeld writes about terrorism for a living. But now she is the one who feels targeted.This is one of five books detailing the flow of money to al-Qaeda by those close to bin Mahfouz that have been censored or remain unpublished due to legal action in British courts.
Her modest midtown Manhattan apartment is filled to the ceiling with books, most having to do with global terror networks and Mideast conflict. Sitting at her desk, she gazes out at the Hudson River. She says she has a hard time placing her work. She says she has been blacklisted. If she travels to England, she fears she will be arrested.
“I feel like a leper,” she said.
Ehrenfeld faces a $225,000 judgment obtained in a British court in a libel suit brought by a former banker to the Saudi royal family, billionaire Khalid bin Mahfouz. “That’s the Damocles sword effect. He’s holding it above my head to intimidate me and others,” she said.
The source of the trouble is Ehrenfeld’s book, “Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed and How to Stop It,” published by Bonus Books. In it, she named bin Mahfouz as a financier of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Bin Mahfouz responded by suing Ehrenfeld — not in the U.S., but in England, which is friendlier to libel claims.
Via Wikipedia:Add to that list Alms for Jihad.
* June 2006: "The Forbidden Truth" / "La Vérité Interdite" by Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquié
* April 2006: Funding Evil; How Terrorism is Financed and How to Stop It, by Rachel Ehrenfeld
* July 2004: "Terrorism financing: roots and trends of Saudi terrorism financing; prepared by JCB Consulting"
* March 2004: "Reaping the whirlwind" by Michael Griffin, published by Pluto Books.
More on Khalid Salim A. Bin Mahfouz alleged ties to al-Qaeda here.
Via Wikipedia: Khalid bin Mahfouz helped set up a charity organization called the Muwafaq Foundation, Muwafaq being Arabic for "blessed relief". He funded this charity with $30 million, and put his eldest son, Abdulrahman bin Mahfouz, on the board of directors. In October of 2001, the U.S. Treasury Department named Muwafaq an al-Qaeda front organization. Neither Khalid nor Abdulrahman were accused of funding terrorism by the United States; however Yasin al-Qadi, a Saudi national hired to run the charity, was named a supporter of terrorism by and had his assets frozen by the U.S. Treasury Department.Khalid Salim A. Bin Mahfouz really hates for his name to be in the same sentence with al-Qaeda. So I made sure to do it twice.
(*Updated)Israel: Dead Palestinian Terrorist Denied "Wedding" Procession
This is just plain crazy. According to Islamic fundamentalists when a male is "martyrd" in the name of religion he becomes a groom. His funeral and burial is referred to as a "wedding." I realize they believe in the 72 virgins but wasn't aware of the "wedding".
Palestinian Authority is all in a tizzy because Israel held a quiet burial for Arab terrorist Ala'a Abu-Dheim. Dheim was responsible for murdering the youth at Jerusalem's Mercaz HaRav seminary.
Too damn bad is all I can say.
"...the shahid(martyr), Ala'a Abu-Dheim has gone without their (residents of the town Jabal Makaber) participation in his wedding procession" reads Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayal Al-Jadida.
As explained by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook of the Palestinian Media Watch organization, "The term 'wedding' is the expression commonly used in PA society, and in PA schoolbooks as well, to describe the death of Shahids - Martyrs for Allah. According to Islamic tradition, they will wed the 72 Dark- Eyed Maidens (Virgins) of Paradise."
According to the newspaper, among the residents of Jabal Mukaber, the terrorist's hometown adjacent to Jerusalem, "everyone was in a state of anticipation... preparing themselves for the wedding procession. At five o'clock in the morning the loudspeakers of the mosque minarets announced the shocking news to the thousands who were waiting, that the groom was buried in the morning without a celebration and without a wedding procession... frowning faces...expressing their sorrow for having been denied [the right] to participate in the groom's procession and to accompany him to the town's cemetery..."
Boo hoo! I do wonder if a male is a groom what is a female? I read a post at Jewish Convert to Islam Joey Cohen aka Yousef al-Khattab's Revolution Muslim forum where the poster glorified martyrdom for females. The muslima told of beautiful crystal chandeliers in a mansion among other ridiculous things. Gee, I will just run out and martyr myself so I can live in a mansion with crystal chandeliers...gawd.
Speaking of Joey, whom also celebrated the "martyr's wedding", the following image is just screaming for a photo-shop/lulz. Just leave your link to your "creation" in comments along with any captions. I will announce on Jawa BTR tonight who made me laugh the most.
Updated. Captions added.
Vinnie commented after seeing this image; "Joey is a gift that keeps on giving".
Veeshir made me laugh out loud with this one:
Hop on board as he steams into your home with good wishes and fun activities that celebrate not only a birthday but the important values of Jihad: beheading infidels and suicide bombing.
I also liked birdhurd's:
Yemen: US Embassy Guard Killed, Kids Wounded- Update: Killed
This could be anything from a revenge thing directed at the school to an attack on the embassy.
MSNBC: SAN'A, Yemen - A Yemeni Interior Ministry official says one Yemeni guard has been killed in an explosion near the U.S. embassy in the capital of San'a. Other local guards and some schoolchildren also have been wounded.Update: Three hand grenades were thrown at the school, not the embassy.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity as Yemeni officials often do. The official says the Tuesday blast came after unknown attackers fired a mortar at a school next to the embassy. It is unclear if the embassy or the school was the target.
Update 2: Three girls killed in Sana'a in the July 7 school, 15 wounded. The devices were thrown by two persons just as the girls came out of the school. About a week prior, the school administrator had some problems with the school's neighbors.
Also: Military compound bombed in Abyan
This also could be anything from a revenge thing to political violence to some kind of bargining by al-Qaeda:
ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Five Yemeni soldiers were wounded in a bomb attack against a government compound in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan on Tuesday, a provincial government source said.It was a local council building, an empty local council building.
The source said preliminary investigations suggested Islamist militants were behind the attack. Witnesses said the blast happened early in the morning, before employees arrived to work.
March 17, 2008
Gettin' All Up in God's Face
The Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's pastor for twenty years, preaches "black liberation theology." That isn't merely a belief that Jesus was black, and that blacks are the true "chosen race." Most Americans wouldn't have a problem with that kind of faith tradition, whether or not they shared the beliefs. It's the hateful, racist aspects that stick in the craw.
Here, the pseudonymous AsiaTimes writer "Spengler" examines the beliefs of one of Wright's mentors:
Either God must do what we want him to do, or we must reject him, Cone maintains:I think prudence dictates a less confrontational approach than the black liberation theologists take toward the Almighty, but that's just me.
Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community ... Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love. 
In the black liberation theology taught by Wright, Cone and Hopkins, Jesus Christ is not for all men, but only for the oppressed:
In the New Testament, Jesus is not for all, but for the oppressed, the poor and unwanted of society, and against oppressors ... Either God is for black people in their fight for liberation and against the white oppressors, or he is not [Cone].
Hat tip: larwyn
Facebook Now Allows Jewish Settlers In West Bank To List Israel, "Not Palestine" As Home
Facebook, which unwittingly had dropped itself smack in the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reversed itself Monday and now is allowing Jewish settlers in the West Bank to list themselves as residents of Israel, not a country called "Palestine."
Users of the social networking Web site who live in Maale Adumim, Ariel and other large Jewish settlements in the West Bank protested when Facebook automatically listed "Palestine" as their hometown, the Jerusalem Post reported.
A settlers group accused the California-based company of having a political agenda.
"I was surprised and disappointed to find that my hometown of Ariel is listed in Facebook as being part of a country called 'Palestine,"' Ari Zimmerman wrote in a posting on Facebook, Reuters reported. "I am a citizen of Israel, as are all of the other residents of Ariel. We do not live in 'Palestine,' nor does anyone else."
I would be upset too. Facebook can't change where a person lives just to pacify a certain group. There is a Palestinian group on Facebook now celebrating the killer who brutally murdered young students at Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Why does Facebook allow this? Maybe the same reason they originally listed Israeli groups residence as "Palestine".
H/T Hoosier Kuffar
Yemen Seizes Magazine, Cover Photo Unflattering to President
How Vain! Does Ali Abdullah Saleh think he's pretty when he's not biting his lip?
IHT: SAN'A, Yemen: Yemen banned a new magazine Sunday for publishing a picture of the nation's president deemed "inappropriate" by authorities, the paper's editor said. Nabil al-Soufi, editor of Abwab, said the security authorities banned the first issue of the magazine because they believed the picture of President Ali Abdellah on the cover made him look dour. The editor said the picture was a reprint.How about this one?
News Yemen: The chief editor and publisher of Abwab magazine, printed in Dubai, Nabeel al-Sufi said the security at the Sana’a International Airport had prevented 10,000 copies of his magazine’s first edition from entering the country because of a cover picture of president Saleh... in case security authorities refuse to release the 10,000 copies of the magazine, the magazine might be completely terminated.
U Wantz Demokracy?
Sorree, No Kan Do.
Update: I just couldn't help myself:
Update by Vinnie, I couldn't help myself either:
Me (Jane) again:
Yeah yeah, you Tarzan, I heard it before.
AP: al Qaeda "Militants" Won't Kill Hostages ... For Another Week
Good news, terrorists give hostages another week to live!
The AP actually identify the kidnappers of Wolfgang Ebner and Andrea Kloiber as "Al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa", but then are afraid to call them terrorists. Instead they use the terms: "militants" and "Islamist militant group". The only time the term "terrorist" is actually used is when they quote the Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer.
Militants Add Week for Austrian HostagesCowards in al Qaeda---threatening to execute tourists--not to be outdone by cowards in the media!
The Islamist militant group that kidnapped two Austrians last month in Tunisia is extending the deadline for the meeting of its demands by a week, according to a statement posted on militant Web sites Monday....
Al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa said that it had extended the original deadline of midnight Sunday by another week, and reiterated its demand to exchange the two Austrians for some of its members in jails in Tunisia and Algeria.
PS: Exit question for von Nostrand who claimed today that, "Invasions and occupations cause terror." Who did Austria invade and occupy to cause this?
PPS: Oh, and good luck on you know what! I'm completely serious.
Maverick Blames GOP Losses on Pro-Enforcement Rhetoric
As if there was any question whether our great white-haired hope has his finger on the pulse of public opinion:
On NPR’s “Morning Edition” today, John McCain suggested that strong anti-immigrant rhetoric contributed to two recent, high-profile GOP Congressional losses – of former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, who badly lost to Sen. Bob Casey in 2006, and Jim Oberweis, who lost the heavily Republican seat of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert this month in a special election.Let's set the record straight, here. As I set out before, the Republicans have been on track to lose Denny Hastert's seat since 2002. The loss in Illinois CD 14 was the culmination of year after year, election after election of erosion of the GOP support base in northern rural Illinois. Why the erosion of support? Because grassroots Republicans are tired of delivering the politicians one electoral victory after another, only to see the fruits of those efforts squandered.
"I know that there have been some races, like here in Pennsylvania, where Senator Santorum emphasized that issue [immigration] and lost by a large number,” McCain said on NPR.
“We just had a loss of Denny Hastert's seat out in Illinois. The Republican candidate out there, I am told, had very strong anti-immigrant rhetoric also, so I would hope that many of our Republican candidates would understand the political practicalities of this issue.”
No, pro-enforcement rhetoric will not, by itself, be enough to stem the tide. Did anyone ever think words alone would make everything fine? I suspect it'll take some serious pro-enforcement action before the prodigal voters are prepared to return to the GOP fold. The fact that Republican and conservative independent voters aren't ready to kiss and make up doesn't mean that open borders are the way to go. There's no wellspring of hispanic support out there just waiting to be snatched up by an open-borders Republican panderer. It simply doesn't exist. Even if it did, the GOP will never succeed in trying to "out-giveaway" the Democrats. Whatever goodies the Republicans are willing to give, the Democrats will always be willing to go one better. Some Republicans are smart enough to know not to play a losing game. Others, apparently, aren't.
Tacoma Anti-Troop Protestors Pwned By Failure To Bathe And Pro-Troop Counterprotestors, But Mostly Pro-Troop Counterprotestors
Outnumbered, outwitted, and outdone in the cleanliness department. Sorry, leftist losers, but the days of people who love their country and its military sitting idly by while you flit around carefree to every anti-American protest that you can slither into are over.
stein hoist: MM.
Update: As LT would say...Lulz! Note the harmonic convergence of Islamism, Socialism and....Capitalism!
Guinness draught hoist: LGF.
Obama Mentor: ISRAEL A "DIRTY WORD"
I'll send you over to Ace's to watch the video of Obama's spiritual mentor on Israel.
Exit question: If the Zionists control everything, why did they wait until it was too late to derail Obama's nomination to bring up this dirt? Or is this just all part of the master plan to elect Hillary?
Hillary: "We Cannot Win Iraq War" UPDATE: al Qaeda Supporters Celebrate Hillary's Comments
Cannot win? Hell, we've already won! Seriously, the Democrats are still fighting last year's war.
It's like the two Democratic candidates are running for the Presidency of France. First one to surrender wins!
Democrat Hillary Clinton charged on Monday the Iraq war may cost Americans $1 trillion and add strain to the sagging US economy as she made her case for a prompt US troop pullout from a war "we cannot win."The question is no longer if we can win, but what kind of country will we leave in the wake of our victory? If Clinton and Obama get their way, it will be a hallow victory indeed.
UPDATE: Friend of the Jawa jveritas happened to be cruising the most popular online support forum for al Qaeda and noted this reaction to Hillary's statement that we cannot win in Iraq:
“Moukhles Moutaalek”: You dogs, you sacrifice the future of your country so you can win a presidential election. If America withdraws from Iraq this will give a clear signal that America can be defeated and America will suffer from attacks all over the world. Taste the flavor of treason you Americans, I am mocking you, may allah put the in authority the traitors from their own skin, the slaves of thrones.One need not have supported the initial invasion of Iraq to understand that when we do leave it must be on winning terms. See Osama bin Laden's "strong horse" theory to understand why we cannot lose anywhere.
“Younis Al Shami”: In America's fight against the people of Mesopotamia, America will forget the horrors of Vietnam
“Hode”: Allah protect Sheikh Ossama the conqueror of the Americans from the plots of the enemies
Thanks to Doug.
UPDATE: "even if it descended into ethnic cleansing."
Arabic Pop-Star Joins al Qaeda
It's a few days old, but new to me. Put another nail in the coffin of the "poverty causes terrorism" narrative.
If I'm getting this straight, he was a pretty famous Arabic pop star who had some kind of religious experience. Eventually he became so religious that he decided to go fight the jihad for his religion.
He's a Presbyterian, right?
A retired Kuwaiti superstar singer has recently left the Gulf emirate for Afghanistan to join ranks with al-Qaeda and Taliban forces in fighting foreign troops there, according to a press report published Saturday.MEMRI reports that his family denies that he's gone to Afghanistan to join al Qaeda. They claim, instead, that he's in Iran for medical treatment.
Hussein al-Ahmad, who was until recently one of the Gulf’s most famous pop stars, decided to join “his Mujahideen brothers in Afghanistan to support Islam and fight alongside his fellow Muslims in al-Qaeda”, reported Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai Saturday.
The retired singer will soon appear in his new military outfit in Afghanistan, in a video expected soon on a website known to be affiliated with al-Qaeda extremists, according to the paper.
Hat tip to North Carolina's most famous al Qaeda supporter.
Ammo Mags for AR-15?
I'm in the market for some new ammo mags for my DPMS Panther. My current thoughts are posted HERE. Any input is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
For Your Listening Pleasure
Theh ghey for Hillary.
Thanks to Schadenfreude.
Gobbling Knobs in Beijing
Gustatory adventurism from the Timesonline: "China's penis restaurant."
I’m visiting the Guo-li-zhuang restaurant, a specialist penis and testicle emporium that caters mainly to wealthy businessmen and Communist party officials (who, truth be told, are often one and the same).Mmmm, now that's some good penis! Not too salty, with a nice musky taste and smooth texture. Slides right down the gullet. Can we have the recipe for that delicious sauce?
It offers every conceivable John Thomas you could ever want, which probably isn’t very many. Nonetheless, the menu is both extensive and impressive.
Tip o' the tam to Vicki No-Veil, certified penis afficianado.
Female Suicide Bomber Sploded Near A Mosque In Karbala, Iraq
A female homicide bomber blew herself up Monday amid a group of Shiite worshippers near a mosque in Karbala, Iraq, killing at least 32 people and wounding 51, officials said.
The worshippers were gathered about a kilometer, or half a mile, from the Imam Hussein shrine, one of the holiest sites for Shiites.
Karim Khazim, the city's chief health official, said the 32 killed included seven Iranians...emphasis mine
Police said the attacker was a woman but provided no other immediate details. Karbala is located about 50 miles south of Baghdad
My thoughts and prayers go out to those victims and their families.
I do wonder though who the 7 Iranians were and how Iran is going to spin this. Iran does supply weapons to the terrorists.
I Think I'll Question Their Patriotism Now
This is way out there, even for a Kos diarist:
Unfortunately, America is at a point that to be able to really feel again, to regain that compassion, it needs to be invaded and occupied in the same way that we have invaded and occupied Iraq. Then there might be a greater chance that Americans will be more reluctant to accept the invasion of another country. Maybe seeing and feeling the same level of destruction that we have inflicted on Iraq, at least the American public will understand why invading another country is unconscionable except in the most dire circumstances - which means after that country has directly attacked the United States. And that has not happened since World War II.
This is absurd on so many levels I don't even know where to begin. Except to say that believing your home country needs to be invaded and occupied by a hostile force isn't the height of patriotic rhetoric.
stein hoist: CJ
Update, Too: Here, salvage, go shopping. It'll make you feel better. I know it makes my wife feel better when she's feeling down.
Samir Khan aka Inshallahshaheed Hearts Westboro Babtist Church
AlQaeda supporter and NC resident Samir Khan aka Inshallahshaheed has this post about how the Westboro Babtist Church get's away with their lunacy. We all know how they do but apparently Sammy has just figured this out....sorta.
There is a hardcore Christian group residing in America that says things like, “Thank God for IEDs,” and “God Hates Fags” and “Your Pastor is a Whore” and “God Hates America” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and so on. ”
The funniest thing besides the obvious is that if Muslims were to say such things… can you imagine the reaction of the Kuffaar? Can you imagine how nuts the Kuffaar would go?[..]
Of course, the Muslims are too cowardly to say such things;
Apparently he has "forgotten" (taqqia?) his " Kill Rusty Shackleford and Terrorize his Family" post.
... the closest we have ever gotten (in America) was some of the things that our brothers from the Islamic Thinkers Society say and have done. For instance, they have tore up the American flag, they insult fagots, they pray for Israel’s destruction and more. Alhamdullilah, we should be proud that we have tough Muslims in America that don’t fear the finger pointing. The Muslims in America should be supportive of such groups because these brothers speak the Haqq loud and clear.
So we say to the Kuffaar, “Allah hates America,” and “Thank Allah for IEDs” and “Allah hates America,” and “Thank Allah for Dead Soldiers,” and “Don’t pray for the USA,” and “Say no to Uncle Sodom,” and “America is a Satanic Nation.”
He ends his posts of pictures (under the fold) of "the brave" Islamic Thinkers Society member Jewish convert to Islam New Yorker Joey Cohen aka Yousef al-Khattab. He forget to mention when Joey was picketing Starbucks a woman shut him down. Just thought I would mention that as Joey likes reading Jawa.
Also a commentor was instructing how to deal with angry people:
This is what I recommend to Muslims… if somone gets in your face about saying things against America, they may not know about this Christian goup so just tell the confronter and school him/her on them. If he refuses to get out of your face and go get in theirs once you’ve made him aware, he’s singling out you as a Muslim so give him one last warning to back up off you which should legally clear you, then hit him with everything you got and claim self-defense when the cops show up.
Fighting is a misdemeanor in most jurisdictions so even if they don’t buy self-defense, you’ll probably pay a fine. I hate to advocate violence like that, but when someone singles you out while you’re disadvantaged they already have plans for you because they think they can get away with them.
This has got to be the craziest post and comment I have seen from Sammy. Can you imagine how one would react when comparing what they are doing to the crazies at Westboro Babtist Church? Talk about making a laughing stock out of themselves. Or maybe that is what they want?
Al-Qaeda Extends Ransom Deadline, Demands $8.3 Million
The kidnappers of Austrian tourists Andrea Kloiber and Wolfgang Ebner have granted additional negotiating time but have tacked on a demand for 5 million euros, or $8.3 million. They had previously demanded the release of captive terrorists in Algeria and Tunisia. Via News.com.au:
AL-QAEDA-LINKED militants who abducted two Austrians in Tunisia want a €5 million ($8.3 million) ransom, Austria's Kurier newspaper reported.
The newspaper cited an "informed source" without giving further details.
Wolfgang Ebner, 51, and Andrea Kloiber, 44, were abducted three weeks ago by the al-Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb - an Algerian-based offshoot of al-Qaeda - as they were vacationing in the Tunisian desert.
Earlier Sunday, the kidnappers extended the original deadline for their demands to be met, which had been set at Sunday midnight. They have been calling for the release of prisoners in Algeria and Tunisia.
The article notes that while Austria has refused to negotiate with the terrorists, it has sent an envoy to Mali where Andrea and Wolfgang are being held. Prayers for their safe return and for the capture of their abductors.
Thanks to Stable Hand for keeping me updated during my dead cable modem crisis.
British: Let's Talk to al Qaeda!
Bad: Former chief of staff to Prime Minister calls for opening up channels of communication with al Qaeda.
Worse: Current British Security minister says it would be silly not to have secret talks with al Qaeda.
Both groups employed terror tactics, if not to the same degree. But the difference between groups like the IRA and al Qaeda is that the former have political goals we can live with, like a unified Ireland, while the latter have political goals that are completely unacceptable, like the establishment of a Taliban like transcontinental Islamic state.
What would even be on the table for such negotiations? Okay al Qaeda, we'll give you all the "stans" if you let us keep Israel, Jordan, and an oil rich kingdom to be named at a later date?
Camels Mean Beauty To Saudi Camel Breeders
This time of year, when the weather is still cool and comfortable and the desert is strewn with flowering plants and shrubs, a man's thoughts often turn to his camels.
Indeed, says Fowzan al-Madr, a camel breeder from the Kharj region southeast of Riyadh, there are few pleasures in life greater than a long, late-winter afternoon in the desert in the company of beautiful camels
How sweet? and yet how sad this is. Imagine looking forward to the end of winter by having a picnic with your favorite camel. One hump or two my dear?
Mr al-Madr had this to say about judging camels
"It's just like judging a beautiful girl," said Madr. "You look for big eyes, long lashes and a long neck." Maybe, he added, 99 or 102 centimeters, or 39 or 40 inches.
Another camel breeder Haza al-Shammari also has a keen eye.
"Camels are just like humans," Shammari explained. "They love and hate just like humans. That's why you have to bring them up very gently.
"See this one?" he asked, pointing to a white female camel with long eyelashes and a calm gaze.
"She isn't married yet, this one," Shammari said. "She's still a virgin. Look at the black eyes, the soft fur. The fur is trimmed so it's short and clean, just like a girl going to a party."
Suddenly, Shammari grabbed the white camel's chin and kissed her square on the mouth.
"When you get to know the camels, you feel love for them. My camels are like my children, my family."
I wonder what he meant by "this one isn't married yet". Married to who or what?
h/t LFG link thingy.
Iranian Cartoon Series: Eye Of The Invader
An Iranian cartoon showing how evil the Jooooooos are.
The cartoon makes Hamas childrens program look tame.
View clip at MEMRI TV
Video : Young Jeremiah Wright Explains Star Wars
"Fuck Lando Calrissian!!!"
Courtesy of Liberrocky, posting in Ace's 'hood.
March 16, 2008
Video: Berkeley Out Of America Now
Kinsley Attempts Irony--or Sarcasm--or Maybe Both; Fails On All Counts
I'm guessing Michael Kinsley is trying to make some sort of point to the effect that the hullabaloo about
Imam Rev. Jeremiah Wright is just a bunch of silly, meaningless political correctness gone out of control. If so, I'm guessing he's never heard Wright's comments, he doesn't understand the relationship between Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama or he's being willfully deceptive. In any event, to the extent he's trying to say that racist, anti-American and anti-Israel vitriol spewed weekly by a candidate's spiritual and political advisor is no more significant to a political race than an isolated personal insult uttered by a candidate's family member, Kinsley's article is far from the mark:
First of all, I unequivocally dissociate myself from remarks by my second cousin to the effect that my worthy opponent is a "prize bitch." My cousin is a dog breeder and thought she was being complimentary. She did not appreciate that such phraseology could give offense to certain segments of the population who are unfamiliar with dogs. Nevertheless, there is no room for canine imagery in a national political campaign, and Cousin Maisie has dropped out of our family in order to avoid causing any distraction from the central issues that we ought to be debating, such as terrorism and health care.By the way, when and if Barack Obama ever feels inclined to begin talking about some actual policies in some actual meaningful detail, I'm sure we'd be all ears. For my part, I won't be holding my breath.
h/t : HotAir
Jeremiah Wright Scrubbed From Obama Website
Hey! Obama's just been extended family to this guy for 20 years and has tithed tens of thousands of dollars to this church. How can you expect him to know what the preacher actually preached in the sermons every week?
Obama isn't SUPERMAN, after all, wingnuts! Except when it comes to extinguishing division, war, poverty, racism, hate, disease, etc. Obama would be able to do these things if it weren't for the multi-headed chimera of division and the vast right wing conspiracy.
Oh, and of course, the Church is reacting like a bunch of right-wing reactionaries and is blaming the media for writing Rev. Wright's sermons for him. Or for daring to actually cover the hate speech spewed each week in the church. Or something.
Newsbusters found a video of Obama lavishing praise on Rev. Wright last year, but it has already been scrubbed by YouTube. Somebody there was apparently afraid others might actually, you know, see it. (ht: LGF) The video can be viewed here.
Where is the media on this? Why aren't they digging furiously like we all know they'd be digging if this were the 20-year pastor/spiritual adviser of John McCain (R)?
**Jawa Report Special: Anonymous v. Scientology II - The Ides of March
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The Jawa Report brought you limited coverage of the last installment of the war between Anonymous and Scientology. I tried to augment the coverage at Mein BlogoVault. But now, it is time that you Jawaheads get the real scoop on this whole thing going on around you without your knowledge or concern. Rightly so.
The EPIC WIN of the last round of Scientology protests went off without a hitch, with lulz reaching levels over 9000 shared by all. Well, except the Church of Scientology, who proceeded to file failed lawsuits against various elements of Anonymous.
Today's round, held during the ominous Ides of March and dubbed "Operation Party Hard," was the next salvo from Anonymous in its ongoing battle with the
pyramid scheme / cult Church of Scientology. The battle is part of an ongoing struggle known as Project Chanology.
Now, you may be saying to yourself- Hey, Good Lt, the numbers aren't that impressive. A few hundred here, a few hundred there, maybe a worldwide total in the tens of thousands. What's the big deal?
Well, SHUT THE HELL UP THAT'S THE BIG DEAL. (thanks, Ace.)
For those completely unaware of this story (as I expect all sane people with lives to be), a loose-knit coalition of people that frequent sites like the massive repository for all things hilarious, offensive, tasteless, vulgar hilarious, infuriating, tedious, and teh awesome known as Encyclopedia Dramatica (ED), that do...well...see for yourself. "Things," This is important to know the flavor of ED, because it allows you to sample the gestalt and flavor of Anonymous and the movement at hand. ED is sort of like if we here at the Jawa Report (and most likely everyone at AoSHQ and the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler), and a sh*tload of anarchists, nihilists, bored people and cynics, had our own Wikipedia in which we informed you about everything in the world and on the Internets. Anonymous has decided that Scientology, a cult of the borderline terminally mentally unstable, needs to have an ongoing headache, and they've made it their project to, using ED and other message boards like 4chan, to make this worldwide event happen. They upload their videos, pictures and reports of the events either as they are happening or shortly after. They snip media coverage and upload that to a page designed to hold all of the videos from all over the world dedicated to this project. There's even an enclave in my hometown of Philadelphia, which was part of the Eastern USA chain of protests:
This is important to know the flavor of ED, because it allows you to sample the gestalt and flavor of Anonymous and the movement at hand. ED is sort of like if we here at the Jawa Report (and most likely everyone at AoSHQ and the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler), and a sh*tload of anarchists, nihilists, bored people and cynics, had our own Wikipedia in which we informed you about everything in the world and on the Internets.
Anonymous has decided that Scientology, a cult of the borderline terminally mentally unstable, needs to have an ongoing headache, and they've made it their project to, using ED and other message boards like 4chan, to make this worldwide event happen. They upload their videos, pictures and reports of the events either as they are happening or shortly after. They snip media coverage and upload that to a page designed to hold all of the videos from all over the world dedicated to this project. There's even an enclave in my hometown of Philadelphia, which was part of the Eastern USA chain of protests:
And for those of you who don't care, I don't care.
Democratic operative and Obama supporter Donna Brazile on Barack's radical "spiritual advisor":
"Jeremiah Wright is one of the more moderate black preachers."
God help us all if she's right.
The Blog Sabbath Fire Sale: In Honor Of Our 50th Takedown Of The Taliban
And, soon to be modeled by Bluto, I present the Jawa Thong!
Get these and more here.
I almost forgot, death to America.
And also, since you have nothing better to do on the Blog Sabbath, listen to last week's The Jawa Report: Radio Edition.
Anti-War Protests Held In L.A. & Other Cities.
I thought it quite interesting that Sharaf Mowjood of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was at the protest. As most of you are aware CAIR is an "un-indicted co-conspirator" in the Holy Land Foundation case.
CAIR was created in June of 1994 as a part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, a quad of groups looking for ways to finance Hamas from the United States. See Front Page Magazine
Protesters in several US cities held anti-war rallies Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, March 20th. More rallies are planned in coming days in other U.S. cities. Mike O'Sullivan reports, several thousand joined an anti-war protest in Los Angeles.
Sharaf Mowjood of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the continued presence of American troops is worsening conditions in Iraq, and diverting attention from domestic U.S. problems, including rebuilding New Orleans. The city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
"We need to pull out immediately. That's the main thing right now we need to do. It's a conundrum as it is," he said. "So it's in a situation where the best viable option is to pull out because you have a lot of these internal problems you have to deal with, health care, sub-prime mortgage crisis, Katrina, all that. We need to work on those issues first."
Too bad he didn't mention the real reason he wants the U.S. to pull out of Iraq. "Hamas in Iraq" terrorist group maybe?
March 15, 2008
Hillary! Supporters Boycotting Kos
The real reason I wanted everyone to see this was the comment section at the New York Times caucus blog.
You know, it's a funny thing. One side or the other of these camps of Democrats is intelligent enough to hit on the truth about the other candidate, but both sides seem too stupid to recognize that they both suck.
I unsubscribed from Move On after they were so pro Barack Obama that I just said forget it. These people don’t want my support anymore unless I conform to their candidate. Their empty candidate.Civil war mania!
— Posted by Lynn E
Actually it was worse than this report suggests, really nasty bullying, with sexist stuff too, and not just about Hillary, ‘personal’ type attacks on those who support her. For some time I tried to engage these bullies in dialog, and in the past, when Edwards was also in the race, it was occasionally possible. But when even the so-called ‘front page’ stories started making unproven, unlikely and quickly discredited ugly speculations about her, it was pretty clear that that site has chosen an candidate and a way of supporting him that wasn’t fair either to him, or to the Democratic Party. I guess they’re mainly kids with too much time on their hands and are too free with the nasty expletives. Oh well. There are other places to blog.
MyDD’s recent+recommended diaries list, and comments, are far more vicious than anything coming out of Daily Kos.
In fact, to say that dKos is abusive is to completely ignore pro-Clinton blogs/bloggers like No Quarter, Hillary Is 44, and Taylor Marsh, where the venom for a Democrat flows as freely as on redstate or freerepublic.
Spoken as someone not active at any of these sites.
— Posted by Ed
I believe the word I’m looking for here is “Waaaaa!” Sen. Clinton is much more of a fighter than the bloggers in retreat here.
— Posted by Adam B.
I’m all for unity. Just one thing: Where are those tax returns?
— Posted by worried
Liebercrats don’t belong on a Progressive blog anyway. I’ll miss humiliating them in debate.
— Posted by Steve Charb
Mr. Obama’s supporters are compiling quite a record of bullying in the name of their hero.
— Posted by Steve Bolger
It goes without saying that the majority of their readers are Democrats, at least in this instance. But make sure to take a few minutes and read the looong ongoing spat between Hillary! and Obama! supporters in the comments, with interspersed neeeeocons egging them on.
Pretty lulzy. Check it out.
Austria Negotiating with al Qaeda Over Hostages
Austria is said to be in negotiations with al Qaeda in North Africa over the release of two tourists being held hostage by the terror group, Andrea Kloiber and Wolfgang Ebne.
I think you all know how I feel about negotiating with scumbags like al Qaeda. It just encourages them to take more hostages and it makes them look more legitimate.
What's interesting is that the report claims that they know where the two hostages are being held. If we know where al Qaeda's base is, then why the hell aren't the Austrians sending a team in to free them and/or obliterate the terrorists?
Al Qaeda is in talks with an Austrian envoy about the possible release of two Austrian hostages held near a town in northern Mali, an Algerian Web site that specialises in security matters reported on Saturday.Keep the two hostages and their families in your prayers.
The Web site of the daily Ennahar said the two were being held by a group led by Algerian militant Abdelhamid abu Zeid at an al Qaeda base about 150 km (95 miles) from Kidal town.
A senior Austrian envoy had arrived in Mali's capital, Bamako, and had started negotiations by telephone with the kidnappers, who are demanding a ransom as well as the liberation of 10 militants held in Algeria and Tunisia, the Web site said.
Al Qaeda had demanded the release of the militants within three days from midnight on Thursday.
Door to Door Searches in D.C.
Beginning March 24, 2008 the District of Columbia Police are going door to door to private homes and "asking" parents to allow them to search for guns and drugs.
Last time I checked, we weren't living in a war zone, were we?
Navy Seal to Get Medal of Honor
SEAL and Petty Officer 2nd Class Mike Monsoor will posthumously receive the nation's highest award, the Medal of Honor. Fumento has the details.
Press Bias? What Press Bias?
Now here's an odd picture:
I could have sworn that Eliot Spitzer was a Democrat; they had it on the ballot and everything.
Of course, Agence France Presse wasn't really trying to fool readers into thinking that Spitzer is a Republican - the "(R)" means that he's standing on the right. Good thing they pointed that out, because Eliot and Silda are dead ringers for each other.
Thanks to LCBrendan of The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.
Portrait Of An Iraq Suicide Bomber
The suicide bombers who have killed 10,000 people in Iraq, including hundreds of American troops, usually are alienated young men from large families who are desperate to stand out from the crowd and make their mark, according to a U.S. military study.
As long suspected, most come from outside Iraq. Saudi Arabia, home of most of the 9/11 hijackers, is the single largest source. And the pipeline is continually replenished by al-Qaida in Iraq's recruiters.
The study, obtained by The Associated Press, profiles the suicide bombers and their support system based in part on interrogations of 48 foreign fighters who were captured or surrendered. The U.S. command is trying to understand the system, including al-Qaida in Iraq's recruiting, training and transportation network, so it can be disrupted before the bombers strike.
According to the summary, interrogators concluded that most foreign fighters are Sunni Muslim men from 18 to 30, with the mean age of 22. They are almost always single males with no children, and tend to be students or hold blue-collar jobs ranging from taxi drivers to construction and retail sales.
Plus add to that the mental health clients that have no control over what the terrorist do to them. Throw in some women to that percentage and you have the scope of alQaeda's suicide bomb network.
Cheap "labor" for alQaeda as there is no need to pay them for their "work".
Massive Explosion At Albania Army Depot
A massive explosion at an Albanian army ammunition dump near Tirana on Saturday killed at least four people and injured 215, including many children, authorities said. The prime minister said he feared there could be many dead.
The initial blast at the depot at Gerdec village, about six miles north of the capital, Tirana, set off a series of explosions, and ammunition continued to detonate for several hours. The blast was heard as far away as the Macedonian capital of Skopje, a distance of 120 miles, and prompted a brief suspension of flights at Tirana's nearby international airport, which was slightly damaged.[...]
Police said the cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, but terrorism was not suspected.
Health Minister Nard Ndoka said 215 people had been injured, including many children, and that 12 of the injured were in serious condition.
Infidels Are Cool has more on this with video from SkyNews.
My thoughts are prayers are with those affected by this.
Shocka? German Suicide Bomber Sploded In Afghanistan
Headline reads "Germany's First Suicide Bomber In Afghanistan?" and "Berlin's Worst Nightmare".
I don't know why they are so shocked. No country is immune from having its citizens radicalized by the terrorists. There are probably alot more where he came from.
A young German-born Turk could possibly have carried out an attack in Afghanistan that killed two US soldiers. The Islamic Jihad Union claims 28-year-old Cüneyt C. from Bavaria was responsible for the March 3 attack, now the German authorities are desperately trying to find out the bomber's identity.[...]
Ever since experts at the Berlin-based Joint Counter-Terrorism Center (GTAZ) discovered an Internet message that included the photograph of a grinning bearded man they have been pulling out all the stops to investigate the case.
There are indications that the Khost bomber was no Afghan or Pakistani radical. In fact it is likely that the perpetrator was a Turkish citizen from Bavaria, born in Freising and regarded as a dangerous Islamist. If it was him, it would be nightmare for the investigators -- the first suicide bomber from Germany.
Maybe a nightmare for them as further reading states they lost track of him.
Whore Fingers Associated Press...
...for wrongful use of her image.
From the Associated Press (lol):
NEW YORK - The lawyer for the call girl linked to the downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer lashed out at the media on Friday for thrusting the 22-year-old woman into the "public glare" without her consent and publishing revealing photos...Is this the very same Associated Press that had their gigantic legal department viciously threaten blogger Brian Ledbetter to the point where he felt he had to remove all photos from his blog Snapped Shot?
...Other media outlets, including The New York Times and The Associated Press, published other images that were from Dupre's MySpace page. The AP distributed three of those images, in one of which she is wearing a bikini, and issued a disclaimer authorizing the use of the photos only with reports or commentary on the Spitzer scandal. The photos were also restricted from commercial sale.
Thanks to Jules Crittenden, who has more.
Berkeley Anti-Marine Protesters Claim Abuse By Berkeley PD
From LGF link thingy
Berkeley protesters are accusing the Berkeley Police Deptartment of abusing them during protests. I bet the Berkeley PD would love to do that but are civil in their dealings with these moonbats.
Code Pink, The World Can't Wait, and Berkeley Cop Watch attended a Berkeley Police Review Commission meeting without representation from the police department...naturally!
Antiwar protesters lambasted the Berkeley Police Department — accusing officers of knocking them down and stomping them, among other things — at last night's Berkeley Police Review Commission meeting to review a petition regarding police crowd control tactics allegedly used last month on said protesters outside the downtown U.S. Marine Corps recruitment office.
Representatives from World Can't Wait, Code Pink, and Berkeley Copwatch talked and showed video clips of demonstrations. The BPD went unrepresented.
A series of protesters took the mic. One lamented "belligerent riot squads who use batons and arrests ... to silence political speech." Another claimed that "the Berkeley Police Department has committed acts of violence that ... create a climate of fear." Another described "a very marked escalation of hostility and physical violence on the part of the Berkeley Police Department" against people protesting "this disastrous, immoral, criminal war."
A Code Pink member described her group as "risking our lives" by protesting, because "there are people willing to kill to get what they want."
"Risking their lives" my arse. As stated further in the article the protesters encourage high school students to attend the rallies. Now get this...the protest groups stand behind the students. Kinda reminds me of human shields Hamas and other terrorist groups use. Cowards all of them.
Berkeley Independent School District Spokesman had this to say about one of the groups:
Interviewed yesterday, Berkeley Unified School District spokesman Mark Coplan voiced a different take on this. He has nothing against antiwar protests in general and attends them often, but he says World Can't Wait "just want to create disruption, to incite some type of negative response from police officers or other authorities." He says World Can't Wait regularly tries to make inroads at BHS, but are prohibited because "we will never be able to work with a group that encourages kids to walk out of classes."
World Can't Wait, Coplan says, actively advocates truancy among kids who are "fourteen, fifteen - literally babies," by giving them free logo shirts and bandannas and "getting them to hang out [at protests] all day. World Can't Wait thrives on those young kids, whom they use, telling them to line up against the cops, telling them, ‘The cops can't make you move. You have rights.'"
Maybe the next thing on the agenda for these groups is get the teenagers to do the Heil Hitler or Nazi salute?
KTVU Baysider has videos of the protests. I will have to hand it to the BPD, I wouldn't have stayed as level headed as they did.
More Slipknot + Explosions = Sweet War Porn
This kind of footage was made for this kind of music. Soulmates, baby.
NSFW warning because Marines, soliders, & Slipknot all drop the f-bomb like they were sailors.
Shocka: WaPo Shilling for IVAW Atrocity Liars
You know, the Iraq Veterans Against the War could simply argue that normal lefty line: Iraq is costly, not worth it, no al Qaeda in Iraq, Bush lied, blood for oil, yada yada yada.
Instead, they smear our troops with claims of atrocities. Which is par for the course for those that adopt the Oliver Stone world view. But for the Washington Post to parrot those claims without checking the facts? Beyond the pale.
Wait. Did I say beyond the pale? Sadly, that's par for the course, too.
Give 9/11 Plotters "Carrie" Treatment
Wow, that's quite the conundrum. How could we execute al Qaeda members who had something to do with 9/11 but do it in such a fashion that they would appalled at the thought?
Jerusalem: Terrorist Had Targeted Rabbi At Religious School
Update on earlier post regarding deadly shooting at Jerusalem's Mercaz Harav Yeshiva which killed 8 students and left others injured.
The Lebanese newspaper quoted Palestinian sources as saying that the terrorist, Ala Abu Dhaim (pictured above), planned to kill "an extremist rabbi who taught in the yeshiva," but having failed to track down the rabbi, he instead went on a shooting spree, killing eight students.
Apparently the group behind the attack was going to take responsibility but held back after learning the Rabbi had not been killed.
I wonder if Dhaim thought "since I am here I might as well kill someone". Thank God he is dead.
March 14, 2008
Bloggers PWN Taliban...Again + Bleg for Money *Sticky*
In the epic struggle between the Taliban and the Jawa Report, let's pause for a moment and take stock:
Ouch, sucks to be Adil Watanmal, Taliban webmaster. Just in case you didn't notice, the Taliban begged us to take on their latest official website. Completely and utterly PWND. They really don't learn, do they?
Thanks to all for the complaints filed with various service providers and law enforcement agencies. You know what? The Taliban actually know who we are. Seriously. How does it feel to be part of that?
And it turns out that our online nemesis in the Taliban, Qari Yousef Muhammad- -who actually is in charge of the propaganda on the websites, even if he leaves the computer programming to Adil -- actually moonlights for al Qaeda when he's not carrying out his official duties for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which I hear consists of buggering sheep or some other important job like that. So, it's not just the Taliban who we're engaged with, it's al Qaeda.
If you want to help fund the Jawa vs. Taliban war, why not donate some cash? All proceeds go to the feed Mrs. Shackleford fund. Basically this is how I bribe my wife into letting me spend all me free time searching and destroying the Taliban and other Islamist extremists online: I take her out for a nice meal every now and then.*
Donation links are in the left sidebar and you can use Paypal or Amazon. Every one who donates gets my personal thanks and assures their 72 virgins in Paradise!**
*There is also a slight possibility that if enough funds are raised, that proceeds will go to the "buy Rusty an iPhone" fund. You know, so we can take on the Taliban in a more mobile, cooler way.
**Virgins may or may not be 'white raisins', the original Arabic really is unclear. It's also possible that said virgins are really hardcore D&D players. You know, like Ace and his buddies.
Liberation Radio, Tonight: The Attack on the USS Cole
Join us tonight on Liberation Radio for a discussion with Gary Swenchonis Sr. , the father of fireman Gary Swenchonis who was murdered in the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen on October 12, 2000. Gary will discuss his understanding of the attack itself, the investigation that followed and US relations with the Yemeni regime.
Show airs at 11 PM Eastern, 10 Central, 9 Mountain and 8 Pacific. The link to the show will be posted here a few minutes before the show.
Archive is up. As usual, technical issues abound.
Military Bomb Hits Tulsa Apt. Building
Ooops? Just who was manning that?
Why no Muhammad Character in Dilbert?
Scott Adams on why he'll draw a character in his cartoons named "Jesus" (hay-soos) but not Mohammed:
My favorite rhetorical question, which I received an alarming number of times, was “Why don’t you mock Mohammed next? Huh? Why not?”We like to serve these rare moments of honesty with a side of fava beans and a nice chiante.
Well, aside from the blindingly obvious reason that I prefer life over death, I didn’t realize I was making fun of Christianity this week.
Hatemongering, Racist Minister Resigns From Obama Campaign
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., condemned racially charged sermons by his former pastor Friday and urged Americans not to reject his presidential campaign because of “guilt by association.”When the "association" lasts twenty years, including marrying you and your wife and baptizing your kids, supplying the title for your book, and being your "spiritual advisor," the "guilt" is yours as much as his, Barack.
Obama’s campaign announced that the minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., had left its spiritual advisory committee after videotapes of his sermons again ignited fierce debate in news accounts and political blogs.
There's also little doubt that this creature would still be a part of the Obama campaign if those pesky videos of him spewing his bile hadn't hit the internet. A decent man would have told this hatemonger off and left his church, oh, about twenty years ago.
Nice try, though.
Related: See Ragnar's recent post for a good discussion of just why this "minister's" actions and words are so vile.
Muslim Honor Killings, Maryam Namazie
Maryam Namazie bio truly is a courageous woman. She is the Spokesperson of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and also Spokesperson of Equal Rights Now-Organisation against women's discrimination in Iran.
Another Uplifting Message from
Imam Rev. Wright, c. 2006
Can you feel the hope? Can you feel the love? Can you feel it, Brother Obama?
Racism is how [America] was founded and how this country is still run. No black man will ever be considered for president, no matter how hard you run Jesse [Jackson] and no black woman can ever be considered for anything outside what she can give with her body. . . .So long as there are black leaders out there telling poor black Americans that a black man will never get a fair shake in this country, poor blacks will never be any threat to those rich elites Rev. Wright loves to rage against.
[America] supported Zionism shamelessly while ignoring the Palestinians and branding anybody who spoke out against it as being anti-Semitic. . . . We care nothing about human life if the end justifies the means. . . .
[America] started the AIDS virus . . . [America is] only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty. . .
No threat at all. Instead, huge swaths of black America will continue to wallow in their own self-pity, thereby rendering themselves as tiresome as they are irrelevant, a footnote to the broader human narrative.
Why, after all, play the game if you believe the outcome is already determined? Why stay in school if the teachers are racist? Why take out a mortgage when you'll probably be fired for no reason? Why raise a family when you and your sons might be thrown in prison at any time? Why bother trying to build or save anything when it can all be taken away by the system?
Those who are convinced of their own victimhood tend to maximize their returns by living in the RIGHT NOW rather than planning for their own future. The devastating effects of this soul-wrecking mindset are visible throughout America's inner cities.
So long as poverty pimps like Rev. Wright ply their trade, victimology and its society-destroying effects will be the rule rather than the exception in America's black communities.
UPDATE : Allah has more video of
Imam Rev. Wright.
Gubernatorial Glaze Bucket
Kristen speaks, sort of.
This ranks up there with "Death To America" in hilarity.
stein hoist: CJ
Obama Backpedals, Distances Campaign From Controversial Pastor
In a statement to The Huffington Post, Senator Barack Obama sets the record straight regarding his views on Rev. Wright's comments:
Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue. ...
The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign.
For the moment, let's take Barack Obama at his word.
Let's assume he does not share Rev. Wright's proclivities, and was unaware of them until he began his campaign.
Let's assume his association with this man says nothing about Obama's character or intent.
What then does this say about Obama's intelligence, perceptiveness and ability to lead a nation?
Here is a man he has had a close association with for 20 years... his friend, his mentor and the man who baptized his children.
And Barack Obama was completely unaware that this man is a raving lunatic.
How then will he fare as president, when he will have to gauge the true nature and intentions of foreign governments, our allies and our enemies?
How can we trust this man to make the right call, if he can't even determine the true nature of a man who has been so close to him for over two decades?
Either way you look at it, Obama is either too blind and incompetent, or too disingenuous and unpatriotic to be our nation's leader.
Take your pick.
Video: Cartoonist Blasphemes Prophet Muhammad!
A video so offensive, I'm going to have to put it under the fold with lots and lots of warnings. Watch in horror as Seppo Lehto draws a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as a .... PIG.
Is this guy Lehto just jonesing for a fatwa, or what?
Warning: Offensive material below. Do not view in any Muslim country. Do not view within thirty feet of Wahhabis, Salafis, or Khomeinists at risk of your own life.
I'm serious, this is pretty offensive to Muslims. I wouldn't want you to get killed over this.
Come on, don't you know that the penalty for blasphemy under Islamic (sharia) law is death? I'm not joking.
Ask yourself this question before watching: does free speech include the right to offend? If you answered NO, well, you're a moron. Free speech is not a right if it is limited by you're hurt feelings.
Another question: can you really have freedom of religion of you're not allowed to openly criticize religious leaders, such as Mohammad? If you said YES, well, you're a moron. Unless one can freely criticize, enter, or leave a religion you cannot be truly free to worship. Muslims living under sharia law are not freely worshiping Allah, they are coerced! They are slaves.
They cannot criticize Mohammed. They are not even allowed to hear criticisms of him. They are not allowed to leave Islam, under penalty of death, and missionaries from other faiths are not allowed to preach to them. It's sad, really, that they do not even know that they are slaves.
Last chance to bail. Okay, now watch. Video probably isn't nearly as interesting as the mahem, riots, and deaths that will inevitably follow should it become widely distributed in the Muslim world.
Top bin Laden Aide Captured!
Muhammad Rahim, a top Osama bin Laden aide, has been captured and transferred to Guantanamo Bay. Earlier this week news reports out of Hungary indicated that the CIA was moving a high-level prisoner. Same guy? Magic 8-Ball says, yes.
A Pakistani paper claimed back in August that Rahim had been rounded up near Lahore, so it's possible that he has been in Pakistani custody for some time and just given to the U.S., or that the CIA has been holding him in Hungary and just now transferring him to our Cuban base.
A Pentagon spokesman said that Rahim:
is one of UBL's (Osama bin Laden's) most trusted facilitators and procurement specialists. He helped prepare Tora Bora as a hideout for Osama bin Laden. He assisted Al-Qaeda's exodus from the area in late 2001," Whitman said.Rahim is also said to have helped Osama bin Laden escape from Tora Bora to Pakistan during the assault on the region by U.S. and Afghani forces.
Thanks to HA's link thingy. UPDATE: Now that Ed's got a story up, thought I'd better link it since I first noticed this in their headlines.
One interesting thing he points out that six months seems to be the magic number between capture and transfer to Club Gitmo.
UPDATE II: Or was he captured in January of this year, just 8 weeks ago? Hellfire drops this link:
Peshawar , January 12 (PPI) Security forces early this morning carried out a search operation in Koza Bandai area of Kabal. 41 militants have been apprehended including local Commander Muhammad Rahim who is close relative of Maulana Fazal Ullah. Huge quantity of arms and ammunition have also been recovered...Any one have the link to the full article?
UPDATE III: Last summer. Apparently Muhammad Rahim is like Joe Smith over there.
What's interesting is that the only paper that reported Rahim, Pakistan's The Nation, was also the first paper to claim that Adam Gadahn was dead. So, if they got it right here, why not in the Gadahn case?
"I Have Been Tortured"
(Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba) At a hearing before tribunal judge Col. Ralph Kohlmann, USMC, terrorist suspect Mohammed Jawad protested the proceedings as unfair and illegal while loudly claiming he has been tortured.
"I am innocent, I want justice and fairness," said Jawad, who spoke through a Pashto translator and asked the judge whether journalists could hear his statements. "Since I was arrested I've been treated unfairly. I have been tortured. I am a human being."Well, boo-freakin'-hoo!
The only specifics he offered were that he's had a "bleeding lip" for more than a year and he said he suffers from constant headaches from the bright lights in his prison cell.
Jawad is accused of tossing a grenade into a vehicle and wounding two U.S. soldiers. He is charged with attempted murder and faces life in prison, if convicted.
"I will be coming after you. You will pay the price. This is only the beginning and you will pay dearly for what you have done."
Thomas Sowell weighs in on the Myth of Spitz:
What Eliot Spitzer did [with the prostitute] was not out of character. It was completely in character for someone with the hubris that comes with the ability to misuse his power to make or break innocent people.
After John Whitehead, former head of Goldman Sachs, wrote an op-ed column in the Wall Street Journal, criticizing Attorney General Spitzer's handling of a case involving Maurice Greenberg, Spitzer was quoted by Whitehead as saying: "I will be coming after you. You will pay the price. This is only the beginning and you will pay dearly for what you have done."
When you start thinking of yourself as a little tin god, able to throw your weight around to bully people into silence, it is a sign of a sense of being exempt from the laws and social rules that apply to other people.
Top Leader of Al-Qaeda in Yemen Socializes in Capital
"Al-Qaeda in Yemen" leader Qasim al-Raimi openly went to a funeral in Yemen's capital, Sana'a. He stayed. He socialized. Then he left. He escaped from jail in February 2006 and since has been blamed for two deadly attacks that targeted tourists.
So we here have yet another terrorist, Qasim al-Raimi , bopping around Sana'a, with no worries. FBI Most Wanted, Lackawanna dude #7, Jaber Elbaneh came to court twice and left again. He promised to come back. (He was sentenced to ten years in November.) Convicted USS Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi went home after his surrender to Yemeni President Saleh, despite his 15 year sentence for murdering 17 US sailors. (He was just visiting his family the regime claimed.) Limburgh bomber Fawaz al-Reibi while on the lam visited his dad in the hospital, several times. His brother, Abu Bkr al-Reibi never spent a day in jail despite a ten year sentence in the Limburgh bombing. And Riyahd bomber Abdullah al-Raimi was preaching jihad in a big mosque somewhere in Yemen, I could look it up.
What conclusion can we draw? Yemen has reached the tipping point where the extremists have co-opted the state instead of visa versa? (There's only so many thousand radical Salafis the state can employ before the state institutions themselves start functioning - at least in part - as tools of the extremists, especially in the complete absence of a counter-terror environment at any level, even socially.)
Maybe there is a new deal between President Saleh and bin Laden, following the 1999 deal and the 2003 deal? (And yes I do mean bin Laden, not the poor old tired retired supposedly passive Afghan Arabs so completely discounted as a threat by current Western analysis.)
Maybe the correct conclusion is the "new generation" (if one exists, it was fostered by the old generation including those within the administration) has reached an agreement with the regime, indicating that there is not much of a schism after all between the terrorists who perpetrated murderous attacks from 1992-2002 and this so called "Zarchawi generation," 2004-2008?
The greater the internal civil pressure on Saleh, the more he is coming to rely on al-Qaeda affiliated actors, philosophy and networks. Socialists' protests in the South, Shiite rebels in the North, Saleh is stuck in the middle with Al-Qaeda. If there is a generational schism, Saleh is breaching it himself by making them all his allies, but thats nothing new.
Furthermore, it is entirely foolhardy to discount the broad international connections of the old generation. These are people who a few years ago were plugged in to bin Laden's allies at the highest levels all over the world. But now we are to believe that they are all going to be peaceful qat farmers because thats what they promised Ali Abdullah Saleh, who treated them so well if you overlook that little jail thing. And now there's some little rat pack of Iraq returnees who are disloyal to Saleh, the Afghan Arabs and bin Laden himself and one day they got a whim to spray a tourist caravan with bullets. mmmmkay
/end of rant
Terror in China's Skies
Tibet: No. Afghanistan: No. Iraq: No. Then what could possibly motivate a Chinese Muslim to try to blow up an airliner? Such thoughts make my head hurt.
Chinese authorities have announced tighter airport security ahead of the Beijing Olympics after saying an alleged Muslim terrorist tried to blow up a plane with soft drink cans containing petrol.Actually, huge swaths of Western China are Muslim and there is an Islamist resistance movement with al Qaeda sympathies.
Passengers will no longer be allowed to take liquids onto domestic flights, according to regulations posted on the national aviation authority's website, which said more specifics on that ban would be announced soon....
The new rules come after Chinese authorities said they foiled a terrorist plot by a 19-year-old Muslim woman to blow up a commercial airliner heading for Beijing.
The woman intended to explode the petrol bombs in the toilet of a China Southern Airlines flight from Urumqi city in the country's far north-western region of Xinjiang, Chinese state press reports said.
Democrat Andre Carson 1st Muslim To Represent Indiana In Congress
He only will hold that position for 35 days until the May 6th primary election. This special election was for his grandmothers seat that became vacated when she died of cancer.
Democrat Andre Carson defeated his Republican rival tonight (12th) by a wide margin in a special election to replace his grandmother in representing the 7th Congressional District.[...]
He called the win an “extremely humbling experience” and said his message of protecting Social Security, bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq and fighting for jobs and health care had resonated with the voters of the 7th District.
Carson will be the first Muslim to ever represent Indiana in Congress — and only the second Muslim nationwide in Congress.
Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama congratulated Carson on “winning a hard-fought race.”
“I know Andre, like his grandmother, the late Congresswoman Julia Carson, will be a tireless fighter for Indiana’s working men and women. I look forward to working with him in Congress to bring our troops home, keep our country and our communities safe, and ensure all Americans have the affordable health care they deserve,” Obama said in a statement.
"Bring our troops home" gawd. It should be noted that Carson is a
Don't get me wrong I have nothing against muslims as long as they don't plan on implementing the Caliphate. I don't want to see the black flag flying at the White House like the images I see displayed at forums that support terrorism to spread the Caliphate.
U.S. Companies Helping Iranians Target Israeli Officials
The Iranian "Movement of Students for Pursuing Justice" is offering rewards for the killing of Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Mossad director Meir Dagan, and military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin. The kicker? The website was registered by an American company in violation of U.S. law.
The Zionist overlords at Internet Haganah have the details.
Islamist Forum Posts Anthrax Making Instructions
More evidence that cyber terrorists are linked to actual terrorists.
Jveritas told me about the posting at a well known al Qaeda support forum giving instructions on how to cook up Anthrax a few weeks ago. I didn't mention it before for two reasons. First, this kind of posting clearly crosses a line making it a legal matter rather than a military or intelligence one. Second, developing Anthrax into a weapon is a little different then developing an IED. Like building a nuclear weapon, it's a little harder to do in practice than it is in theory
The fact that there are instructions, though, on al Qaeda's main public web forum for making WMD should give us pause to think. If this is what wannabe jihadis are talking about in public, what are the actual terrorists doing in private?
“I wanted to contribute in the preparations against enemies of God. Consider me the servant of the mujahideen. I closely follow your news. May God reward you for your sacrifices. It would make me very happy to see you use biological weapons against God’s enemies. Wait for my next detailed posting on how to build a Cessna 128 aircraft,” which is an easily maintained agricultural aircraft designed to carry and spread a chemical load of 200 to 280 gallons. ...The post describes, in detail, how to make Anthrax. Including how to extract Anthrax naturally from infected animals to seed bacteria production. Scary, no?
Carl in Jerusalem has more commentary.
US Led Coalition Strikes Taliban Compound In Pakistan
RS: Here is an update to our posting from yesterday about a U.S. led strike against a Taliban compound in Pakistan.
A Pakistani newspaper has confirmed that a precision guided missle struck a Taliban compound of the Haqqani network. The Haqqani network refers to "militants led by Taliban commander Sirajuddin Haqqani". It is believed that Sirajuddin remains one of the most important local partners for Al Qaeda in Waziristan.
I hope that missle strike sent some biggies to meet their 72 virgins including Sirajuddin. Heck, another Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah may have been visiting Sirajuddin. How sweet that would be to send him off too.
The US-led coalition in Afghanistan on Thursday said it had launched a "precision-guided" strike on a militant compound in Pakistan, after Pakistan’s army said four civilians were killed by US fire.
Pakistan, which forbids all foreign military activity on its soil, said it had lodged a "very strong protest" after two women and two children were killed by stray US shells in the North Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday.
A Kabul-based spokesperson for the coalition, which led the toppling of the Taliban regime in late 2001, said it could not comment directly on the Pakistani account but confirmed it had launched a strike.
"We can confirm a precision-guided ammunition strike on March 12 on a compound connected with Haqqani network 1,5km across the border in Pakistan," coalition spokesperson Major Chris Belcher said.[...]
Several previous missile strikes in the region have been attributed to the United States, including one that supposedly killed senior al-Qaeda commander Abu Laith al-Libi in North Waziristan in January.
Forget the Fence, Build a Moat. Put in Alligators, Sharks with Laser Beams.
Finally, a frickin' moat to protect the border. Okay, the alligator and sharks with lazer beams idea is a pipe dream. Everybody knows that shark-laser beam technology is years away from practical application and that alligators wouldn't survive the harsh Arizona climate.
The real solution? Piranhas.
Al Qaeda's American Supporters
We've been warning you for a long time. People like Samir Khan, Yousef al Khattab, and the Islamic Thinkers Society of New York. Al Qaeda Supporters one and all.
I can’t explain everything right now for security reasons, but we are traveling through America and trying to identify terrorists and their supporters who want to attack America like in 2001. We are trying to help law enforcement so they can protect America.,,,Read the rest.
It was no secret to the Iraqi people that Al Qaeda and their supporters were living in America. The borders of America are open and there are people who come across the borders to enter the U.S. When I arrived in the U.S. in late 2003, it was not long before we began to be followed and then some Arabs came to our home once. U.S. Government security handled the situation for us...
Even by saying this I am putting myself at risk because people who support Al Qaeda are living in America, and they consider that what I am saying is to be an Apostate. The penalty under Shari’a Law for Apostasy is of course death, and there are no boundaries for Al Qaeda as we all saw on Sept. 11th, 2001.
Thanks to Kafir.
Nanny State, Defined
As a matter of fact, it has been you, and me, and millions of others. I grew up in the '70s, and I remember waiting outside the grocery store in a car with no air conditioning while my mom went inside for half an hour in the blazing summer heat.
I died a horrible death. Which is how I managed to write this post. From beyond the grave.
I know, I know, there are parents who leave their kids to die in cars and I hate them, but this is overreach.
March 13, 2008
Nicaragua - Iran's Central American Foothold
(Managua, Nicaragua) Nicaraguan Energy Minister Emilio Rappaccioli announced today that Iran will build a $230 million hydroelectric dam and power plant on the Tuma River in northern Nicaragua. The project will be financed by the Export Development Bank of Iran.
The dam is one of many joint Iranian-Nicaraguan projects to result from agreements between President Daniel Ortega and Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian last year.
Under the Iran-Nicaragua pact, Iran will fund a farm equipment assembly plant, 4,000 tractors, four hydroelectric plants, five milk-processing plants, a health clinic, 10,000 houses and two piers in the western port of Corinto.It's worth noting that Nicaragua is also known as an illegal drugs and arms transshipment country. Iran's interest in those attributes wasn't disclosed.
In exchange Nicaragua will export coffee, meat and bananas to Iran.
Obama Steered Earmark To...His Wife's Hospital?
Change. Hope. Culture of corruption?
ht: Hot Air
Proof al Qaeda = Tusken Raiders (Sand People)
A pic posted by al Qaeda in North Africa accompanying a demand for the release of prisoners in exchange for the lives of Austrian hostages Andrea Kloiber and Wolfgang Ebner.
Come on, if these aren't "Sand People", I don't know who are. Just imagine that Landcruiser is a Bantha and it's uncanny. Hell, these guys could have been extras in Episode II.
And just like the Tusken Raiders, the only good al Qaeda member is a dead one.
Video of what we wish it would be like should the good guys find Andrea Kloiber and her captors below. It's time to go Anakin on their asses.
Kill them all, let Allah sort them out!
Shocker! Global Anti-Semitism On The Rise!
From Reuters, the news service that routinely publishes doctored photos, bogus death tolls and falsified accounts of Israeli "atrocities", all aimed at undermining Israel's right to exist, comes word that Antisemitism is on the rise:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Anti-Semitism, including government-promoted hatred toward Jews and prejudice couched as criticism of Israel, has risen globally over the last decade, the State Department said on Thursday.
"Today, more than 60 years after the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is not just a fact of history, it is a current event," it said in a report to Congress.
U.S. embassies have noted an increase in attacks on Jewish people, property, institutions, and religious facilities in the last decade, the report said.
The report, titled "Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism," did not give comprehensive statistics, and said that in any case such statistics were skewed against Western democratic countries more likely to report the incidents. But it said other governments and institutions had documented similar trends.
For example, Tel Aviv University's Stephen Roth Institute listed 593 cases of major anti-Semitic incidents in 2006, the highest number since 2000, the report said. Of these, 277 were physical attacks on Jews; 105 synagogues were damaged. Over half the incidents took place in Western Europe.
You can read the rest of the article here.
There is also a video posted below the fold that addresses the recent resurgence of antisemitism around the world.
Whatever the cause, I'm sure it has nothing to do with the global jihad.
Proof That Iran Is Arming Terrorists
These weapons were captured by the IDF, and taken from Hezbollah during the 2006 Lebanon War.
The weapons were manufactured in Iran, and supplied to a designated terrorist organization, in violation of United Nations sanctions and international law.
While Iran arms and trains their proxy armies, Hezbollah and Hamas, the world sits and looks on, or devotes their energies to attacking Israel for defending herself from those who openly advocate and work toward her destruction.
Iran cannot be allowed to attain nuclear weapons.
Whatever the cost.
Official Taliban Websites Return to Web (Update: Almost There!)
Update 03/13/08 at 8:40 CDT: All DNS records have been Pwned! Scroll down for hosting information.
But hopefully not for long. The website in question is for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan AKA the Taliban. The setup is quite complex and some of the providers are overseas, so bear with me. We'll use the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) for the domestic providers and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267 for the foreign providers.
PWNED! http://alemara.org/ = [ ]
Since its a DNS record that was removed, the site may be available to some until they reboot.
Dear customer,Hat Tip: Dirty Blonde.
Thanks for contacting OnlineNIC Customer Care!
The domain ALEMARA.ORG has been hold, if you have any question, please contact us again for help
The site is still up, although without DNS service, at the hosting provider Telekom Multimedia of Telekom Malaysia who is also violating United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267.
alemara.org = [ 188.8.131.52 ]
Bonus email a Taliban Terrorist at..
Howie's Little celebration below the fold.
HeyAdil! Jawas are Back!
And your site is Black.
DNS provided by a US company named OnlineNIC Inc. From their terms of service, things that qualify a website for termination of service.
5. Illegal Content.
OnlineNIC reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. Customers may only use the Services for lawful purpose. Transmission of any material in violation of US and International laws is prohibited.Well what a coincidence?! 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.
http://www.alemarah.110mb.com/ Pwned! Provider is located in Australia and Violates United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267.
http://alemarah.org Pwned! DNS provided in Iran by Directi Internet Solutions also in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267.
Update: Irpowerweb has passed the DNS buck to http://www.resellerclub.com/
More Pics of Ashley Alexandra Dupré
Yeah, I'm probably going to hell, but here are some pics I found of Ashley Alexandra Dupré, aka "Kristen", better known as Elliot Spitzer's high class ho. Some may have seen these already, but I hadn't. Just putting them up before her call-girl friends realize they have pics plastered all over the internet and start taking them down.
Ashley is in the middle.
More pics below.
I got no excuse. The Jawa Report isn't the New York Times. What's their excuse?
UPDATE: Just to clarify, these pics are not from Ashley's MySpace page, they are from the MySpace pages of her friends. Most of those pages have now been closed from public viewing, and I imagine many more pics are up on them but are now not publicly accessible.
More pics below.
Who the hell are these lucky guys hanging out with Dupre and friends in the Hamptons?
Spitzer: A Case Study in "Name That Party"
What bias, wingnuts?
Al Qaeda Releases Pics, Threatens to Murder Austrian Tourists
Al Qaeda in North Africa is giving Tunisia & Algeria 3 days to meet their demands or they will murder two Austrian hostages, Andrea Kloiber and Wolfgang Ebner. The message, posted at a well known al Qaeda linked forum, was accompanied by six images of the two hostages surrounded by their terrorist captors. The SITE Intel Group has reposted two of the images.
Like most terrorist organizations, al Qaeda in North Africa threatens to murder the two hostages if their demands are not made and then pin that responsibility on the governments of Austria, Tunisia, and Algeria.
"Austria is responsible for the lives of the two hostages in the event of the expiration of the time period and not responding to our demands," i[t] said and urged families of the two Austrians to pressure their government to meet the group's demands and "save the lives of the two tourists." ...The tragedy is that not giving in to al Qaeda's demands is a sure fire way to get Andrea Kloiber and Wolfgang Ebner killed, but giving in to the demands will inevitably lead to more kidnappings and more deaths.
"You are interested in the safety of your citizens," the group said, addressing Austria. "We are also interested in the release of our brothers who suffer different kinds of brutal torture in the Tunisian and Algerian prisons with the support of the Western countries, only because they believe in Allah."
Domestic Terror Indictments
(East Lansing, Michigan) Four people tied to the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) have been charged for alleged domestic terrorism in the December 1999 million-dollar arson (image) of Agriculture Hall at Michigan State University.
Marie Jeanette Mason, 46, Frank Brian Ambrose, 33, Aren Bernard Burthwick, 27, and Stephanie Lynne Fultz, 27, were all indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to commit arson, punishable by five to 20 years in prison. Mason and Ambrose also face two additional arson charges carrying a possible 40-year prison term.
MSU police and the FBI traveled "to more than 10 states and from coast to coast in the United States," to solve the case, MSU Police Chief James Dunlap said. However, authorities declined to say what happened recently that led to the arrests.According to court documents, Mason and Ambrose attacked Agriculture Hall on December 31, 1999, one day after the four environmentalists met and plotted.
The two opened file cabinets, dousing papers with gasoline. They also poured gas on computers, files and the floor. Mason used black spray paint to write "No GMO" on the wall, short for "No Genetically Modified Organisms," according to the indictment.ELF claimed responsibility for the MSU attack and said it was because of research on genetically engineered crops.
Ambrose lit a crude fuse, which ignited gasoline fumes -- and Mason's hair. The two fled the building as it began to burn.
As fire crews from three jurisdictions battled the blaze, the pair drove back to Empire, where they met up with Burthwick and Fultz. Fultz, whose maiden name at the time was Dzagulones, cut Mason's shoulder-length hair.
The next day, the four defendants, along with an unidentified accomplice, drove to Mesick, where they torched a John Deere Hydro-Ax Shear and a commercial flatbed trailer on the side of the road, according to the indictment.
Using black spray paint, Dzagulones painted the letters "ELF" and the words "Log in Hell" and "Go Log in Hell" on the flat-bed trailer, authorities allege. That fire caused nearly $18,000 in damage.
Obama's Nutbag Pastor: 'God Damn America'
As opposed to "God Bless America." Very nice words to come out of a clergyman's mouth, especially one who claims to be Christian and not Wahhabi.
This is not good news for a candidate who makes a point of eschewing an American flag pin, has a Che Guevara-worshipping staffer, a wife who has rarely been proud to be an American, and likes to cup his balls during the National Anthem.
Here's a sample of the hatred spewed by Jeremiah Wright, the man who married Barack and Michelle Obama:
"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people," he said in a 2003 sermon. "God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."Update by Howie: Ed Morrissey has the video here at Hot Air.
In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda's attacks because of its own terrorism.
"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye," Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.
Hat Tip: Stop the ALCU.
Video Below the fold.
Read the Book the Saudis Tried to Ban: "Alms for Jihad"
Thanks to the ruling family of Saudi Arabia you can no longer buy "Alms for Jihad", which recounts how Islamic charities, many of them with deep ties to the House of Saud, fund terrorism.
An anonymous tipster has uploaded the entire book. Download links below.
Who am I to stop you from downloading the book, changing the file name, and the re-uploading it to as many file sharing servers as possible?
If they want to make us dhimmis, they really are going to have to find something other than the British courts to pound us into submission.
UPDATE: Some files in PDF format, others in rar. You'll have to decompress the rar files. Oh, and if you do happen to upload the book somewhere, let me know. Links die fast.
Update II: New torrent link available below the fold.
Update III: More links added, including static link to dedicated server.
Activists At Work To Impeach Bush/Cheney And End The War
The author of the article that led me to this "Stop Congress" protest is a journalist/student and had this to say about himself. I won't link to him. Why give him more exposure?
Kevin is currently in a documentary film course working on a piece to look at students in the antiwar movement in Chicago and then he hopes to take a look at the militarization of public schools in Chicago.List of organizations that are part of the Stop Congress here. Naturally, Code Pink is one of them.
He is more than anything a student activist that believes in questioning their very way America's systems work(it's electoral system, it's military-industrial complex, it's foreign policy of American exceptionalism, it's media which has become the Fourth Estate,etc.). He believes in peace, love, and goodwill toward men, and while some will tell him what can be done, he is only concerned about what should be done.
Another U.S. Strike on Taliban in Pakistan
Pakistanis are miffed that a U.S. strike on their territory killed at least two women and two children. Sorry, but a lot less of your civilians would be killed if the Taliban would stop hiding behind them. Cowards.
[A Defense official confirmed to FOX News Thursday that at around 11 p.m. local time yesterday U.S. forces in the southeastern region of Afghanistan launched an attack on a Taliban leader believed to be just miles away from the border in Pakistan.]
[This official said the U.S. military has not yet been able to determine the success of the strike. The strike came in the form of artillery rounds and was based on information coming from U.S. intelligence sources. Strikes of this nature are "normally done in cooperation with the Pakistanis.
Apparently the target was Siraj Haqqani, who was hiding out less than a mile inside the Pakistani border. Let's hope they got him.
Thanks to Birddog26.
UPDATE: Much more from Long War Journal, including confirmation from U.S. that aerial surveillance showed no civilians in the area and several guards outside compound just prior to strike.
My Date with Scarlett Johansson
The crazy blog money finally going to good use, and it only cost me $40,100!
Thanks to AllahP for his obsessive Googling of "buy Scarlett Johansson".
Radical Cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi Urges Osama bin Laden To Surrender
Don't get excited, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who sez it is ok to blow oneself up as long as you kill a jew just wants bin Laden to prove his "innocence". The cleric must be losing a whole bunch of screws lately.
We all know how crazy his followers are, such as Jewish convert to Islam New Yorker Joey Cohen (aka Yousef al-Khattab) and North Carolina resident Samir Khan (aka Inshallahshaheed). They both leave a trail of screws while walking about.
Cairo (AKI) The Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who is also a preacher on the Arab satellite television network Al Jazeera, has called on al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to surrender.Can you imagine a far leftist judge trying a case like this? God forbid. This must be some crazy taqqia while terrorists plan their next move.
"I ask Osama bin Laden to surrender and to hand himself over to an international tribunal in order to respond to the charge that he ordered the attacks of September 11," said al-Qaradawi in an interview with the Arab newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat.
According to the well-known Muslim scholar, it is still not established "in a definitive way by the American secret services in their reports," of bin Laden's responsibility in the attacks that occurred in New York and Washington in 2001.
For this reason, he calls on bin Laden to surrender and allow himself to be judged, with the hope that he will find himeself in front of a fair court that will be able to also judge other al-Qaeda terrorists.
Israel Sends Four Terrorists To Meet Their Virgins
The article drips with "poor innocent" terrorists. The Islamic Jihad militants happened to be armed with assault rifles. Were Israeli special forces expected to walk up to their car and arrest them? They would be full of holes if they did.
The story is complete with an image of "Gazan's" weeping. Let them weep, four damn terrorist are dead.
Israeli commandos have opened fire on an unmarked car in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, shooting dead four Palestinian militants.
Those killed include Muhammad Shahada, 48, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad, and Ahmed al-Balbul, also 48, a leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.
Two others killed were identified as members of the Islamic Jihad group.
Hours later, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired at least four rockets at the Israeli town of Sderot.
No injuries were reported in the town after the attack which, according to Reuters news agency, was claimed by Islamic Jihad as an "initial" response to the Bethlehem killings.[...]
According to witnesses a team of Israeli commandos disguised as locals and driving a car with Palestinian number plates sprayed the militants' car with bullets.
Who were those "witnesses" that reported this. Come on BBC fess up.
Messin With the Taliban II: Electric Bugaloo
The Taliban want you to call them. Why else would they list their e-mails and telephone numbers?
Zabihullah Mujahid : firstname.lastname@example.org. 0707010740 / 0799169794 Qari Muhammad Yusuof : email@example.com / 0707163424 / 0700886853
Isn't the 07 country code Russia? I'm guessing these are satellite phones purchased through a Russian agent.
These aren't the phone numbers I had on file. Don't you hate it when terrorists keep changing their phone numbers? It's like the "T" tab on my Rolodex is completely useless!
This also explains why we couldn't get hold of the Taliban Tuesday night when we tried to call them on Jawa Radio. So, no Taliban, but we did have a chat with New York City's most famous Osama bin Laden supporter, Yousef al-Khattab. Click the Jawacast button above to hear it.
Barack's Spiritual Mentor Speaks His Mind
This is a sermon delivered by Barack Obama's pastor, Jeremiah Wright, at Trinity United Church of Christ.
May I please be as unprivileged and unrich as Mr. Obama, sir?
Iran's Spitzer Found with 6 Prostitutes
Tehran's police chief sees Elliot Spitzer's high class whore and raises him six. Anti-Mullah:
Tehran's police chief, Reza Zarei, has been arrested after he was found nude in a local brothel with six naked prostitutes, according to report on the Iranian Farda News.Why 6? Have you ever seen an Iranian whore? Six of them still pale in comparison to one Kristen.
Thanks to GM.
Why I don't Support the Troops
Man, if there ever was an ass that needed to be kicked. BDP:
Let me say it straight out—I do not support the troops and neither should you. It is objectively impossible to support the troops of the imperialist military forces of the U.S. and at the same time oppose the wars in which they fight....Hat Tip someone or another.
We need to support resisters within the military who have realized what they are doing and now choose to resist the role of the U.S. military...
United States troops are acting as destructive and murderous forces of invasion and occupation.
UPDATE: Pic added that Bluto sent along. Oddly, the pic is named "1assholedriller.jpg".
Islamic Terrorists Behead 3 Somalian Soldiers UPDATE: Have U.S. Based Website
Islamist insurgents cut off the heads of three Somali soldiers south of the capital on Thursday and the U.N. special envoy said he would try to set up peace talks between the opposition and government.UN sets up "peace talks" after beheading? Nothing like rewarding the terrorists for beheading is there. Gawd
It was the first case of beheadings since the government and its Ethiopian military allies ousted the Islamists from power in late 2006, sparking a bloody insurgency characterized by roadside bombs and hit-and-run attacks.
"This morning the mujahideen attacked the so-called government troops guarding the roads for the Ethiopian forces. We killed three of them," said Muktar Ali Robow, a senior commander of the Islamists' Shabab youth wing.
Witnesses in the area said they saw three headless corpses near Lego town, 130 km (81 miles) south of Mogadishu.
"We were terrified because we have never seen a human slaughtered like an animal," truck driver Hassan Mohamed Amin told Reuters.
"Islamist Shabab youth wing" is part of the Islamic Courts Union who, for PR purposes, denounce how radical the youth wing is. The actual name for them is Hizbul Shabaab (Arabic, "The Party of Youth") or Al-Shabaab (Arabic, "The Youth"). See Wiki
I, as well as many Jawas, have seen how the terrorists slaughter innocents by beheading. They are worse than animals as animals kill for food not pleasure.
UPDATE by Rusty: Good news, the Shabab have a website...and it's hosted in the USA.
kataaib.net = 184.108.40.206
Vancouver, Washington, USA
Kerry Reiterates Stance on U.S. War Crimes in Vietnam
Is John Kerry the gift that keeps on giving or what?
[Kerry then[: they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.I already owe Mattera a beer, but after seeing this I think I owe him two.
[Kerry now]:... many of those charges, incidentally, were subsequently verified by different entities.
Video: Torture House Kinetic Strike Gun Tape Footage
B-roll of A.Q.I. "Torture House" found on Mar., 2008 destroyed by a B-1 bomber with six, 500 pound GBU-38 bombs. Produced by Task force Marne Public Affairs.
Video: Torture House Kinetic Strike Gun Tape Footage
Savages Murder Iraqi Archbishop
Behold, the glorious "resistance" in Iraq. Various news sources are reporting that the body of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, kidnapped by al Qaeda in Iraq, has been found near the city of Mosul.
"Monsignor Rahho is dead. We have found him lifeless near Mosul," the agency quoted the auxiliary bishop of Baghdad, Monsignor Shlemon Warduni, as saying. "The kidnappers had buried him."3 others who were with Rahho were also murdered by al Qaeda.
I pray that the evil people who murdered Archbishop Rahho will repent, but in the meantime that their final passage meet their maker will be expedited at the hands of the U.S. Marines.
UPDATE: I'll consolidate Vicki's post into this one. Howie asked whether or not we knew who had kidnapped the Archbishop. Since Mosul is really the only major city left with a major al Qaeda influence, you can bet it was them.
What's interesting is that the AFP is reporting that the kidnappers claim Rahho died of natural causes. So, maybe they didn't shoot him, but if the Archbishop was already sick prior to being taken hostage then the kidnapping was most likely the proximate cause of death. That makes it murder.
Update by Vicki: He was murdered (via CNN):
The apparent kidnappers had contacted relatives on Thursday and told them the body was in the eastern part of town. Relatives and authorities went to the location and found the body, which had gunshot wounds.
Hi, I'm from the NY Times. Your Daughter is a Whore.
Ashley Alexandra Dupré, worth $5 grand for sex?
I wasn't shocked that we found out who Spitzer's whore was, what did shock me was that it was the New York Times that outed her. Isn't this better left to the National Enquirer? Or The Jawa Report? You know, rags.
I can imagine the Columbia trained reporter being assigned to show up at Ashley's childhood home and ask Mrs. Capalbo, "How does it feel knowing that your daughter is a whore who did the Democratic governor of New York?"
And yes, the Times actually contacted her mother and broke the news to her about her daughter being a prostitute. Maybe Kristen is fair game, but her mother?
Our nation's flagship newspaper, a class act through and through.
UPDATE: Howie points out that Ashley had told her mother a week prior to today's NY Times story. This morning on CNN they said otherwise. I stand corrected.
But still, "Hi, I'm from the New York Times. How does it feel that your daughter is a whore?"
UPDATE: Ouch, who's the real whore here?
ATTN: YouTube User oumMoadh
He had 123 video's that are no longer being seen. Teh awesome guys!
Sucks to be you oumMoadh! BWAHAHAH
BTW, Andrea said YouTube user Mr Autopsy is in need of a smackdown. He especially enjoys the "juba the sniper" type videos. He only has 5 right now so should be a "piece of cake" to smackdown. Remember, Jawa participation nets results!
Spitzer's Playmate Identified
Multiple sources are reporting that ex-Governor Eliot Spitzer's paid companion is an aspiring musician from New Jersy named Ashley Alexandra Dupre:
Late Wednesday, the New York Times Web site identified "Kristen" as 22-year-old Ashley Alexandra Dupre. A native of New Jersey, she lives in Manhattan's Flatiron District.She kind of looks like Sandra Bullock.
Dupre's attorney said she had been subpoenaed to testify in a grand jury investigation. She had not been charged.
March 12, 2008
Russian Charged With Trying To Sell Arms
A Russian businessman regarded by the United States as one of the world’s most notorious arms dealers was arrested in Thailand on Thursday as part of an American-led sting operation.
He was promptly charged in the United States with conspiracy for trying to smuggle missiles and rocket launchers to rebels in Colombia. The businessman, Viktor Bout, 41, is suspected of supplying weapons to the Taliban and Al Qaeda and of pouring huge arms shipments into Africa’s civil wars with his own private air fleet.
He was arrested by the Thai authorities at a hotel in Bangkok in an operation in which undercover investigators posing as rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, sought to purchase millions of dollars in arms.
Federal prosecutors in New York said they would seek the extradition of Mr. Bout (pronounced boot) and an associate, Andrew Smulian, who was also detained in Bangkok on Thursday, to stand trial in the United States on a charge of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Although American officials said Thailand appeared to be eager to be rid of Mr. Bout, it was not known when he would be brought to the United States. Michael J. Garcia, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said that Mr. Bout “was apprehended in the final stages of arranging the sale of millions of dollars of high-powered weapons to people he believed to represent a known terrorist organization, the FARC.”
“Today’s arrest marks the culmination of a long-term D.E.A. undercover investigation that spanned the globe,” Mr. Garcia said, “and it marks the end of the reign of one of the world’s most wanted arms traffickers.”
Awesome news to think they finally nabbed him. Now what was that I heard about Barrack Obama and a FARC computer hard drive? Wonder whatever became of that tidbit of information.
"Dr. Death" Jack Kevorkian To Run For Congress.
Assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian plans to run for Congress, complicating a Michigan race that is expected to be among the most competitive in the nation.
The so-called "Dr. Death," who was released from prison last year and remains on parole, will run as a candidate with no party affiliation for a congressional seat representing Detroit's suburbs, an associate said.
"Jack is in great spirits, and he intends to do this. He just hopes for some honesty in government," said Ruth Holmes, Kevorkian's longtime jury consultant.
Kevorkian plans to focus on prison reform and bringing integrity to the government, Holmes said. She said the retired pathologist was not available for an interview and would make a formal announcement next week.
Kevorkian told The Oakland Press of Pontiac, Mich., which first reported his plans on Wednesday, that his campaign was in a "formative stage" and that he was running because "we need some honesty and sincerity instead of corrupt government in Washington."
He should provide an interesting twist in the campaign for Governor. I guess you could say at least he is honest about what he does.
New Hoth Ready Burqua
Just right for those nights when you get trapped outside the blast doors on a cold Hoth winter night. No cutting open and sleeping inside her Taun Taun for this girl!
Click image to get yours today! (er I mean to go to LGF for more.)
But just look at what goes underneath! Below the fold.
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Lonely Muji + sexy cow just begging for it = "Let's Get it on"
Come back here you tease.
I got "sick" today so I went fishing. 6 hours and a whole lot of nothin'.
Note to self: next time, bring more dynamite. Lots and lots of dynamite.
US Receives Fingers of Iraq Hostages (Updated and Bumped)
A possible break in the case of the 5 kidnapped contractors? Via the Washington Post:
VIENNA (Reuters) - A fingerprint and DNA sample of an Austrian hostage in Iraq have been received by U.S. authorities, an Austrian official said on Wednesday after a magazine reported that fingers of five westerners had been obtained.
UPDATE: McClatchey Newspapers are reporting that one of the fingers belongs to Ronald Withrow, an American computer technician kidnapped in January 2007 in Basra, but who was not confirmed as being held by the kidnappers of the Crescent Security contractors:
Authorities have confirmed that the fingers belonged to hostages Jonathan Cote, of Gainesville, Fla., Joshua Munz, of Redding, Calif., Paul Reuben, of Buffalo, Minn., Bert Nussbaumer of Vienna, Austria, and Ronald J. Withrow, of Lubbock, Texas.
[. . .]
There was no word today on a fifth contractor who was seized with them, John Young, of Kansas City. Contrary to Austrian news reports, none of the fingers belonged to him, authorities said.
A page from an Iraqi newspaper of unknown date showing Ronald Withrow (bottom left)
Stratfor on the Times Square Bomber : Protesters are "Upping The Ante"
Stratfor's Fred Burton on the Times Square bombing:
The recent attack against the military recruiting station follows the same pattern as seen in earlier attacks. Times Square is one of the ultimate symbols of American capitalism and popular culture, making it an attractive target for individuals involved with the black bloc movement. Additionally, many affinity groups and other more mainstream activist organizations have adopted an anti-war message, making the Times Square recruitment center a frequent location of protest activities. However, this incident also could have been connected to events in Berkeley, Calif., where activists affiliated with the anti-war group Code Pink are protesting the presence of a U.S. Marine recruiting facility in the town.Eventually--and probably sooner rather than later--these freaks are going to get people killed.
Will people start to pay attention then? Probably not. The FBI can be counted on, as always, to appear on the scene promptly to state conclusively that the incident was "not terrorism," after which point everyone will go back to their regularly-scheduled zombie walk through life.
Spitzer Open Joke Thread
Well why Rusty's er uh "sick" we might as well have some fun. Keep it PG 13 if you can. As you probably have heard Eliot Spitzer resigned as Governor of New York this morning effective Monday.
NEW YORK - A prominent politician, especially one known for a certain righteousness, is alleged to be a customer of high-priced call girls. For comics, that's a hanging curveball over the plate.I like Letterman's joke.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer became the butt of jokes faster than, well, faster than it would take a prostitute to ride Amtrak from New York to Washington.
On CBS' "Late Show," Letterman told his studio audience that it was a beautiful day in New York.Oh and check out See Dubya's new Hillary 08 Bumper sticker.
"It's so sunny and bright outside that earlier today, Eliot Spitzer came out of a brothel squinting,"
Yes you have to click to see it. Hat Tip: Michelle.
I'll start us off with. Eliot Spitzer went down faster than a two dollar whore!
In fact come to think of it, if he had used a two dollar ho, he wouldn't be in all this mess.
Let er rip Jawas!
Update: Wow! its like a new fad or something. Iranian police chief caught with 6 whores. Probably a bribe from the Taliban in exchange for DNS services.
Jordon Releases Former Mentor to AlQaeda's Dead al-Zarqawi
Is Jordon trying to compete with Yemen for stupidity? Sure, release him so he can start back up with alQaeda and bomb more hotels. Gawd.
Jordan freed a former mentor to a late al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Wednesday after several years in police custody without a trial, a judiciary official said.
Isam Mohammed Taher al-Barqawi, also known as Sheik Abu-Mohammed al-Maqdisi, was arrested in 2005 and international human rights groups had called on authorities to release him or put him on trial.
He had shared a cell block between 1995 and 1999 with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who led al-Qaeda in Iraq before being killed in a U.S. airstrike in 2006.
Al-Maqdisi, a native of the West Bank town of Nablus, is said to have taught radical Islamic ideology to the future al-Qaeda commander. But hours before his arrest in 2005, he preached restraint to Iraq's insurgents, saying that he preferred a reduction in suicide attacks.
The call was rebuked by al-Zarqawi, who has warned in a statement posted on an Islamic Web site, that his mentor's comments could split Islamic fighters
A "reduction" of suicide attacks doesn't mean the same thing as "none".
He was released for "humanitarian and health" purposes the article states. I think the "international human rights group" need to stop sticking their noses into terrorism related cases.
Iraq: AlQaeda Torture Compound Destroyed by USAF B-1B
A B-1B Lancer aircrew destroyed an al-Qaida torture compound and prison with six guided bomb unit-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions at 2:07 p.m. March 10 in Zenbaraniyah.
The bombing marked a change of fortunes for the village, where local villagers began standing up to the terrorists a little more than a month ago in the former al-Qaida hotbed south of Baghdad.
The 500-pound-class Global Positioning System-guided bombs struck the torture compound in a coordinated effort with Multi-National Division - Center officials and Iraqi forces. “This (airstrike) removes the last remnants of al-Qaida from this area,” said Army Lt. Col. Mark Solomon, the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Squadron commander.
Residents apparently cheered after the clearing and a former Iraqi intelligence officer had this to say:
“We all feel good,” Aubid Abdalla said. “It’s a dark past that is gone.”
Mr. Abdalla, a former Iraqi army intelligence officer, was encouraging local citizens to give coalition efforts a chance, when he was kidnapped. He spent 15 days in the facility and saw a young boy and an old man killed while he was held prisoner.
Less than an hour afterward, after the B-1B’s precision deliveries destroyed the al-Qaida torture facilities, Mr. Abdalla said the event had changed him.
“I’m a lot happier now,” he said. “It was like my mother gave birth to me again.”
A Fort Hood, Texas airman had the honor of delivering the final blow:
Senior Airman Joseph Aton, a joint terminal attack controller assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, directed the final clearance in the B-1B’s deliberate JDAM weapons delivery process.
“It was great to be part of this,” Airman Aton said. “You can tell the people were happy to have this place gone and it was awesome to make a difference for them.”
Awesome is right Airman Aton. Our finest and bravest so rock!
Blinded by the White
With current Governor Eliot Spitzer reportedly ready to resign today, to be effective Monday, New Yorkers will be able to move on to a new Gubernatorial scandal.
As current Lieutenant Governor David Paterson takes the reins of Governor, this story should gain a bit more prominence.
Joseph Maioriello, who had performed his duties as a photographer for the state for twenty-six years was fired by Paterson for "poor performance." Paterson replaced Maioriello with an African-American woman. Maioriello claims that he was told the staffing change was due entirely to race.
Maioriello then filed suit against Paterson for wrongful termination. In a sworn deposition responding to the lawsuit, Paterson claimed that, because of his visual impairment, he wasn’t aware of either photographer’s race. Really. Paterson actually stated this in a sworn deposition.
But not to worry. There's a reasonable explanation. Paterson was just kidding:
Paterson's current chief of staff, Charles O'Byrne, yesterday dismissed the statement as a "Paterson quip, a joke."Brilliant. New York's next Governor likes to joke around while under oath.
"If you know anything about David Paterson, it's that he never used his blindness as an excuse for anything," said O'Byrne, who said he was in the room during the deposition.
But in a decision first reported by the New York Law Journal yesterday, US Northern District Court Judge Norman Mordue found it no laughing matter.
He rejected attempts by Senate Democrats to throw out the case, saying there is sufficient evidence "from which a jury could find that plaintiff was terminated so that Sen. Paterson could hire an African-American photographer in his place."
Life Saving Heart Surgery In Israel for Gaza Youngsters
Those darn jooooos care about the children of Gaza. Seriously this is awesome. Unfortunately Hamas will spin this as stealing their hearts and air it on Hamas TV for children. I don't know how they will work the Palestinian doctor angle though. Probably just omit that part. It is all about the joooos to them.
Israeli and Palestinian heart surgeons teamed up Wednesday to operate on three young girls from the Gaza Strip under a program to save children's lives despite hostilities between the Hamas-ruled territory and the Jewish state
Doctors said the lives of the children — aged 7, 4, and 8 months — would have been in jeopardy without the surgeries.
The baby underwent open heart surgery to correct a congenital heart defect, while the older girls were treated to close holes in their hearts. The operations were successful and the girls are doing well, doctors said.[...]
Since its founding in 1996, Save A Child's Heart has treated 900 children from Gaza and more than 1,000 from Iraq and other Arab states that have no relations with Israel, as well as countries across Africa, program director Simon Fisher said.
God Bless those who unselfishly give their time to this wonderful program.
BBC Fabricates Story Of Home Demolition Report
I had seen reports earlier that Israel had bulldozed the family home of Ala Abu Dheim, who murdered 8 students at the Rabbinical Seminary. I didn't bother to read the reports as I felt it was propaganda from Hamas.
I really was surprised to find out the BBC fabricated the story!
CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America)
On Friday, March 7, 2008, the BBC’s World News with Jonathan Charles (seen in the U.S. on PBS stations as part of BBC America) aired footage purporting to show the demolition and burning of a house that belongs to the family of Ala Abu Dheim, the terrorist who murdered eight students and wounded nine others in the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva (Rabbinical Seminary) .
Against footage of a bulldozer destroying a burning home, BBC reporter Nick Miles was heard in voiceover proclaiming:
In the hours after the attack, Israeli bulldozers destroyed his [the terrorist’s] family home. Later, his mourners set up Hamas and Islamic Jihad banners nearby.
But, in fact, it never happened! The film clip could not possibly have been of the terrorist’s family home, as it is still standing and, together with the nearby public mourning tent erected by the family, serves as a shrine dedicated to the "martyred" terrorist.[...]
Contrary to the BBC’s report, however, the only action taken by Israeli police against the Abu Dheim home was ordering the removal of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah flags from the front of the house!
The blantant lie by BBC is outrageous! Be sure to view the video at CAMERA and read the rest.
Thanks to CAMERA for alerting Rusty about this. The BBC need to be exposed for being a possible? mouthpiece for the terrorists. What other reason is there for fabricating this.
BTW Rusty has gone fishing.....teh
I forgot to mention this story aired on PBS. Our tax dollars help to fund PBS. In essence we are paying for terrorist propaganda. That sucks big time!
Two Terrorists Arrested in Phillipines
One suspected Jemaah Islamiyah member and one Abu Sayyaf Group.
Via XINHUA: The Indonesia-based militant group Jemaah Islamiyah and the AbuSayyaf, a small but violent southern Philippine-based group blacklisted by Washington as a terror organization, have been blamed for a series of deadly bomb attacks, including the February 2004 bombing of a ferry in Manila Bay that killed more than 100 persons.Hat Tip: Reliapundit.
The two were arrested in operations conducted on Boracay Islandlast week, the source said.
The Jawa Report: Radio Edition 3/11/08 (Sticky)
Join us tonight for another lively session of TJR:RE. 9 EDT, 8 CDT, 7 MDT, 6 PDT.
Jawa Radio, the only show that prank calls the Taliban.
Update The Taliban didn't pan out, but we did get ahold of You Seff Al Qatab! Highlight: Calls Vinnie a "kike" and refuses to answer Rusty's question on whether or not he supports Osama bin Laden!
You can also hear it at the Jawacast link at the top of the page.
Don't forget to join us Friday night at 11 EDT for Liberation Radio with Jane Novak!
On Wednesday, March 19, POG will be holding a torch-lit march to a modern day castle of abominations—our local military recruiting station. If the station remains open, we intend to evict it and everything inside of it, occupy the location, and transform it into something useful for the community. We'll also be bringing a movable cage in which to confine military recruiters until they no longer pose a danger to our friends and neighbors.
For peace with justice, In solidarity, Pittsburgh Organizing Group
So, they're going to try and take over a recruitment center by force. Then hold the recruiters against their will. The last time I checked, that's called kidnapping, and it's a Federal crime.
All in the name of peace and solidarity.
stein hoist: CJ
March 11, 2008
Exposing the Lies of Iraq Veterans Against the War and Dahr Jamail
Dahr Jamail, the man who pimped the false accusations of Jesse MacBeth about atrocities in Iraq, is also helping the Iraq Veterans Against the War in their reenactment of the Winter Soldier Investigation. He routinely pimps the lie that American soldiers are war criminals. Great expose here.
Hmmm, who does Dahn Jamail remind me of..........?
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Some Gitmo detainees will get to call home. What could possibly go wrong?
Good News : One More House Seat for the Dems
I can't say for sure that the loss of the special election in Illinois CD-14 (northern rural Illinois) is a portent of what's going to happen this November in the rest of the country. I CAN tell you that the Republicans have held this seat by wide margins for nearly two decades. As recently as 2004, the Republican (Dennis Hastert) won this seat by almost FORTY POINTS (69%-31%). That's dominance, folks. Four years ago, this was one of the safest GOP House districts in the country.
Michelle has a post up laying out some factors that contributed to the GOP loss, but the fact is that this race shouldn't have even been close. Ten years ago, the GOP could've run a dead gay monkey and won it in a walk.
And now? Whatever conclusions you can draw, I think it's safe to say there's no longer GOP dominance in Illinois CD-14.
There's a saying "Will it play in Peoria?" It means, essentially, "will middle America accept it?" Peoria's not in CD-14. It's actually a few miles south of CD-14, but it's not far. When the GOP is no longer "playing in Peoria," the GOP is in trouble. Based on the results of the special election, it certainly appears that the GOP ain't "playing in Peoria."
Some may look at these numbers and take it as a sign that we need to start playing a better game of "me too" behind the Democrats. Others may take it as a sign that Republican voters have finally become so disgusted with the GOP establishment and its lack of core principles that they're no longer willing to vote for what they perceive to be the slightly lesser of two evils. For my part, I'm pretty confident we're looking at the latter situation. If this is right, and the GOP doesn't get its head on straight REAL DAMN SOON, 2008 is going to be a very bad year for the GOP.
Some may shrug all this off as a fluke. Others, having long since decided that the GOP is beyond hope, may shrug it off as inevitable. Both conclusions are wrong. The GOP's not in good shape, but it's not beyond hope. The Party that was once rightly known as "The Party of Reagan" can once again be deserving of that title.
Austrian Hostages Moved to Mali
The al-Qaeda kidnappers of Austrian tourists Wolfgang Ebner and Andrea Kloiber are believed to have moved their captives from Tunisia through Algeria to their base in Mali (via Afrik.com):
The kidnappers and their hostages were spotted earlier on in the border towns of Tebessa and Oued Souf, in the south eastern part of Algeria, where the army had been deployed to search, according to the daily, adding that the crossing could have lasted at least four days.
Andrea Kloiber, 44 years, and Wolfgang Ebner, a 51 year old consultant, abducted from Tunesia February 22, were driven through a part of Algeria considered as a “hot” zone, a heavily armed islamist area .
More (including a map of the area)
Video: Civil Disobedience, Saudi Style. Woman Drives Car in Protest for IWD
When is driving a car civil disobedience? When you're a woman in Saudi Arabia. Video made by Wajeha Huwaider to protest Saudi oppression of women on International Women's Day.
Thanks to Desert Dweller.
Saudi women's rights activists have posted on the web a video of a woman at the wheel of her car, in protest at the ban on female drivers in the kingdom.
Wajeha Huwaider talks of the injustice of the ban and calls for its abolition as she drives calmly along a highway.
She says the film was posted to mark International Women's Day. Thousands have viewed it on the YouTube website....
"Many women in this society are able to drive cars, and many of our male relatives don't mind us driving," she says in Arabic.
"I hope that by next year's International Woman's Day, this ban on us will be lifted," she concludes.
Legalized. Prostitution. Now.
Should prostitution be legalized? Yeah, I actually believe it should be. And no, I don't think prostitution is moral. In fact, it's highly immoral. It's bad, mmmkay. Never been to a prostitute, never will. In my libertarian vision of the world what should stop people from engaging in immoral acts are shame and guilt, not the threat of violence at the hands of law enforcement.
Video/Pics: Jessica Simpson, Pussycat Dolls Visit Troops
Members of The Pussycat Dolls pose with three lucky bastards. Is that an AR15 in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
Operation MySpace, a "rock" concert for the troops in Kuwait.
Yeah, "rock" is in quotes. It's the actual word the DOD used to describe the concert. "Rock concert".
I have no idea why there's no footage of the Pussycat Dolls "entertaining the troops". Let's face it, there's only one way the Pussycat Dolls or Jessica Simpson ever entertain anybody. Which is why I'm kind of surprised there's no footage of the Pussycat Dolls. I mean, come on, I'm guessing twice as many servicemen whipped out their camcorders for that performance! It's a simple uploading process, dudes.
But we do have video of Jessica Simpson meeting and entertaining the troops.
Video below. Sadly, no Pussycat Dolls.
DOD Press release
By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - For more than four hours last night, Camp Buehring, in the middle of the Kuwaiti desert, became a hard rocking outdoor amphitheater.
Before the music began, about 5,000 service members heard a message of support and appreciation from President Bush. Both Lt. Gen. James J. Lovelace, commander of U.S. Army Central and Combined Forces Land Component Command, and his deputy, Maj. Gen. Dennis E. Hardy, visited with the performers and thanked them for their support.
Then, before comedian Carlos Mencia got the troops laughing, he gave them some words of thanks.
"You guys work every single day doing a job that other people would never even dream of doing," he said. "You do it proudly, and you do it with a smile, and I salute all of you."
Mencia's job was to keep the troops in stitches between music sets by Disturbed, Filter, the Pussycat Dolls, and actress/singer Jessica Simpson, a job at which he more than succeeded.
Then it was DJ Z-Trip's turn to crank up the volume on some special mixes.
The troops' reactions to the rock groups were quite different from they way they reacted to Simpson and the Pussycat Dolls. The latter groups elicited shouts of appreciation, and even marriage proposals.
There was no doubt the troops were excited to have the entertainers come all the way out to Kuwait just to perform for them.
"Yeah, it's breaking my heart," Indiana Army National Guardsman Staff Sgt. Brad Thurman joked, adding that he's looking forward to seeing Disturbed. "We'll enjoy it. We weren't expected to be here, (but) they changed us going north (to Iraq)."
Air Force Tech Sgt. Marcus Waller, deployed from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., expressed gratitude for the celebrities' appearance.
"I just want to give a big thanks to Carlos Mencia, the Pussycat Dolls and the various artists coming out in support of our troops," Waller said. "We really appreciate it. It's good to see faces, people thinking about us. As a whole, the U.S. military, we want to give you a big, 'Thanks.'"
The artists turned the tables, saying the visit and their interactions with the troops profoundly impacted them.
"This has been a life changing experience for us," Nicole Scherzinger, lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, said.
Simpson pointed out what the troops' service means to her. "What you guys represent is true sacrifice," she told the troops before singing her last number.
The other groups said they were honored to be performing for the troops and greatly impressed by the experience.
"We're coming over here to play rock music, and Frank's in the military, said Richard Patrick, lead vocalist for Filter. "Let's bridge the two worlds and let everybody know it's really one world."
"Frank" is Sgt. Frank Cavanagh, Filter's former bass player, who's now an Army reservist getting ready to deploy.
Disturbed's members were just happy to be able to take their support of the troops directly to the military members.
"We're happy that we finally have the opportunity to get out here and talk the talk ... and play for the troops and do what we said we've been meaning to do for the longest time. We're feeling really, really good about it," Disturbed's vocalist David Draiman said.
Z-Trip said he couldn't process all that was happening to him at Camp Buehring. "I'm probably going to be digesting this on the flight back," he said. "It'll probably all settle and make sense."
As the show concluded, all of the artists came to the stage to join Simpson in singing "God Bless America."
The concert, presented by MySpace, a social networking Web site, was streamed live on the MySpace site at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. It was presented in cooperation with Armed Forces Entertainment, a group that brings entertainment programs to deployed forces, and the defense department's America Supports You program, which connects citizens and companies with service members and their families worldwide.
ATTN: YouTube User's huzurr & 4IslamWorld
Be sure to click on the YouTube Smackdown image for more of these creeps to be smacked down.
A friend wanted a "different" kind of send off for these two. It wasn't quite the one he/she was looking for. I hope this will suffice.
CENTCOM Commander Steps Down; No Celebrity, Lesbian, or Whore Connection Found
Blackfive says Fallon isn't stepping down for the reasons being speculated about in the press. In fact, he's guessing Patraeus will replace him. Good choice.
I was looking for some kind of high dollar whore angle here, or at least some kind of Jessica Alba making out with Scalett Johannson implication, but can find nothing in the MSM about it. Don't worry, though, I'll keep digging!
Hot Jessica Alba Wants Brown Baby
Jawa reader and runner up for our hot celebrity mascot, Jessica Alba, wants a brown baby. Any brown readers willing to donate some DNA?
It's a theme, I got nothing else, it's working, and I haven't posted these pics in awhile. Deal with it.
Whore Resigns Over Ties to Governor
Press conference from "Kristen", the whore:
At a hastily scheduled morning press conference at the headquarters of New York's exclusive Emperors Club prostitution ring, high priced call girl "Kristen" announced that she would temporarily step aside in the wake of charges that she had engaged in sex with New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.Comedy gold! Thanks to CJ.
"I made a serious mistake and betrayed the trust of my co-workers, my many clients, and my pimps," she said in a quiet voice cracking with emotion. "I will be taking a leave of absence to earn their forgiveness, and redeem myself in the eyes of the entire expensive whore community."
Is incest between two hot lesbian twin sisters wrong?
Around here we acknowledge two kinds of gay: good and bad. Good gay is when two hot chicks get it on; bad gay is all the rest. Hence, good gay is pretty much a phenomenon only found on Cinemax After Dark and an occasional episode of The L Word (which Showtime just cancelled, life sucks).
If you're going to argue that gay is beautiful based only on the aesthetic of love, why can't I argue that gay is mostly icky based on the aesthetic of vomit hurling grossness?
Or, if morality is a purely subjective individual evaluation made on feelings, then why are your feelings of love valid but my feeling that I want to gouge my eyes out when watching you kiss invalid? Both are feelings.
If love is all that matters why can't brother and sister get it on? They love each other. And, contrary to popular belief, the effects of incestuous relationships on the gene pool are highly overstated. Sure, you get the occasional third ear, but it's rare. Very rare.
Incest is wrong because it's gross. It's called the Westermarck effect, look it up. Unsettling, no?
Which makes you kind of wonder: If the incestuous relationship lobby was headed by two hot lesbian twins (better yet, triplets), would the Massachusetts Supreme Court declare incest a Constitutional right?
Germany's highest court is about to rule whether incest will continue to result in a jail term. It is referring to the case of a brother and sister who have already had four children together....Thanks to the salacious readers of Hot Air!
But social research shows that incest is more likely to be the result of family problems than the cause. Eugenic aspects, which the German statue book cites regarding sibling incest, are a poor justification for punishment. The risk of hereditary disease for offspring also exists with other people with genetic defects. Yet the German constitution would scarcely forbid such people from having children.
UPDATE: New pic below. Better?
Arab Youth, "I Just Shot My Sister!"
A 19-year-old woman from the Israeli-Arab town of Naura in northern Israel was hospitalized in critical condition at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa Tuesday after being shot twice in the head by her own brother. The suspect shot his sister in order to preserve the "family’s honor," and was warmly congratulated by his family for his actions, according to Afula police investigators.Interesting, in this case the Father is obviously hoping she will recover.
I just shot my sister,” the youth told MDA medics, who immediately reported the incident to police. His sister, who was shot in the head and repeatedly kicked in all parts of her body, played dead while her brother boasted to the family that he had managed to kill her in order to preserve the family’s honor.
The young man than informed his family that he had shot his sister and was warmly greeted, hugged and congratulated by his brother and other family members.I guess the son thought since his father would not kill his sister to protect the "family honor" he would do it himself. The is no mention in the article of what the girl's alleged offense was to merit being shot in the head and kicked by her brother.
The shocked father rode along with his critically injured daughter to the Emek Medical Center in Afula, where she was initially treated before being transferred to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.
Selling Uzis to Iran is a No No
The guy claims he was just engaged in private diplomacy. Seriously. You know, like that time I tried to get the Sudanese to stop genocide in Darfur by selling them half a dozen old F-14s. What could possibly happen other than détente? Jihad Watch:
A Los Angeles court jailed an American of Iranian origin for three years and five months Monday for trying to buy up to 100,000 submachine guns and sell them to Iran, prosecutors said.
Seyed Mostafa Maghloubi, 50, was arrested in early 2007 by police acting on a tip-off and pleaded guilty last August to violating the US trade embargo against Iran.
An Infiltrater of Al Qaeda Speaks Out
Between October 2002 and January 2003 Mohamed Sifaoui infiltrated an Al-Qaeda cell in France in order to research his book "Mes fre'res assassins: Comment j'ai infiltre' unde cellule d'Al-Qaida" (My assassin brothers: How I infiltrated an Al-Qaeda cell). Middle East Quarterly:
MEQ: What was your reaction to Al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri's appeal on September 20, 2007, "to wipe sons of France and Spain" out of the Maghreb?Now we need to convince the Dem's and leftist that there is no way we can pull out of Iraq. Very interesting interview and be sure to read it all.
Sifaoui: I've been expressing the same warnings about Islamist terrorism for years. Zawahiri's statement doesn't surprise me. Since the GSPC [Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat] pledged its allegiance to Al-Qaeda in September 2006, Algerian terrorists and Al-Qaeda leaders expressed their objective very clearly: Intensify terrorist attacks against the Algerian regime and its institutions, as well as against lay and democratic people, targeting Western and especially French citizens.[...]
MEQ: Would you use the term Islamo-fascism to describe this threat?
Sifaoui: I certainly am one of the first Muslims to consider Islamism to be fascism. This is not a subjective decision but rather a serious, academic argument. Fascism and Islamism are comparable in many aspects: Fascism, without evoking all its particularities, bears similarities to trends also present in Islamism. I am, of course, making a reference to their will to exterminate the Jews. On this point, the Islamists may go even further in their doctrine than the Nazis did, considering that the end of the world could only occur when there are no Jews left on earth. In the three monotheist religions, apocalypse, end of the world, and doomsday exist and are liturgical events invested with a high degree of spirituality. Hence, the Islamists interpret the end of the world in a very special way. Whereas it is written nowhere in the Qur'an, exegetes describe the end of the world as the day when even the trees and rocks will be able to talk and tell the Muslims: "Come here, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him." And this would go on, until there would not be any Jew left on earth. This ideology is pure fascism.
MEQ: Are there other similarities?
Sifaoui: The will to exterminate or do harm to homosexuals is another similarity between Nazism and Islamism. The Islamists, also, say that they are the best community in the world, a superior race thanks to their beliefs. They use political means to arrive at this erroneous exegesis. I do not fear to call it fascism. And there are many more similarities between fascism and Islamism.[...]
MEQ: Do you believe it is possible to criticize Islamism without being called a racist?
Sifaoui: Absolutely, I would say that one must criticize Islamism. When I am criticizing Nazism, I am not being anti-German.
MEQ: When did you feel for the first time that you had to criticize Islamism?
Sifaoui: I have always felt that it was a moral duty.[...]
Sifaoui: Between October 2002 and January 2003, I spent four months infiltrating an Al-Qaeda terrorist cell in France. Two months before the launching of the Iraq war, when I was in the midst of the group, one of the Islamists said, "Now we are going to pray for George Bush to attack Iraq." I was surprised and acted as if I were stupid: "Really? Why do you want America to kill our brothers?" The most clever and elevated in Al-Qaeda's hierarchy, Amara Saïfi [the GSPC's emir in London] whispered to me, "All over the world, our brothers are now praying for George Bush to attack Iraq. War between the Muslim world and the Western world is bound to happen. Unfortunately, Muslims are too divided. Far too many of them do not pray regularly and neglect religion and jihad. In order to unify and mobilize all these people, we have to continue what we initiated on 9-11. We attacked America to make her retort everywhere in the Muslim world, in order to create a real war between Muslims and the West, and especially Israel."
MEQ: That's incredible.
Sifaoui: Another of the group added, "Once Iraq is at war, many of our brothers will go there to fight jihad. George Bush will have answered our prayers by suppressing our enemy Saddam Hussein and unifying the Muslims in jihad. Then as Westerners do not know how to fight attrition wars, we know that they will inevitably get stuck. We will wait until they leave in order to establish an Islamist state in Iraq. This war will be a pretext to launch terrorist attacks in Europe as well."
Unfortunately, you can see their theory is valid. They predicted exactly what is happening.
Islam Will Dominate America "By Force"
Bumped...because of teh red meat.
A follower of Omar Bakri Mohammed, the exiled British cleric, claims that the U.S. & Britain will be overthrown by Muslims from within or conquered by Muslims from without. The links in his sidebar clear show that "Duaat" is a Bakri follower, including links to several "Ahlus Sunnah wal jama'ah" organizations and a direct link to Barki's own webpage.
You'll most likely remember Bakri's followers through their U.S. branch at The Islamic Thinkers Society holding up this sign, pictured right.
Infidels Are Cool has the details, including this:
So how will Islam dominate the world? Most likely by force! If the people do not embrace Islam and implement the Sharee’ah on their own accord, it becomes an obligation upon the Muslims to fight and implement Islam. In countries such as Britain and America, their people have clearly rejected to embrace Islam and will never choose to live by the Sharee’ah.A rarely seen moment of honesty coming out of the Ummah.
Therefore, the only two ways in which these countries [ed: ie, Britain and America] can become under the domain of Islam is by the last two options, a group of Muslims rise and overthrow the government, or an Islamic state is established elsewhere and comes to conquer these nations.
Photos and Interview = Evidence of Terrorism: Yemen
Gee, its not like al-Khaiwani is A JOURNALIST or anything. Oh wait, he is a journalist. al-Motamar, the official newspaper of the ruling party, describes the evidence of terrorism against my friend Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani:
The court also allowed the prosecution to display seized evidence belonging to defendant Andulkarim al-Khaiwani and included 18 CDs containing pictures and scenes of Saada war labeled "Crimes of the Authority" and a recorded tape of contacts between al-Khaiwani and Ali al-Maqaleeh as well as a pad of paper containing names of insurgents participating in Saada war. Al-Khaiwani said he preserves his right to rely till the next session so that to be able to bring up his lawyer.Thats it? Of course thats it. There's nothing, just the state's vengeance for his audacity to speak freely.
Meanwhile the real terrorists are coddled. Convicted USS Cole bomber Jamal Al-Badawi was released on house arrest. FBI most wanted Jaber Elbaneh is walking free despite a ten year sentence. Abu Bar al-Reibi who received a ten year sentence in the Limburgh bombing never spent a day in jail his father said and now he is on trial again for the "thwarted oil facility attacks" but was granted a medical dispensation. The propaganda is wearing thin. The true face of the regime shows in this instance very well. They use the terror card against their enemies and the US but actually support al-Qaeda operatives in many ways.
England 3.000+Asian Children Abducted For Forced Marriages
The true number of Asian children vanishing from school and being forced into arranged marriages overseas could be as high as 3,000, two reports have indicated today.How many of those children return to England with their "babies" to live off the welfare there?
The figures were compiled in an official Government report to highlight how many children have disappeared from school registers in England - but it is feared many are forced into unhappy marriages against their will.
Information gathered from a separate report today suggests that the number of illegal forced marriages each year - most in Asian families - runs into several thousand[...]
MPs fear that young girls, and sometimes young boys, are being taken out of the education system and forced to marry against their will.
They believe that this is happening because the youngsters are deemed to be too Westernised.
One teenage Pakistani girl told how she was pulled out of school when she was just 13-years-old, taken to Pakistan and forced to marry a man who assaulted and raped her.
When the babies are old enough they too will leave to be forced into marriage. The cycle continues and more and more Islamist drain Englands economy through the welfare rolls. Exiled British cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed has openly stated how to work the UK's welfare system.
The article made reference to religious practices regarding "forced marriages" stating it had nothing to do with religion. Sure it doesn't. PC at its finest.
"However it still indicates the scale of the problem of forced marriages, which are unacceptable, and condemned by all religions. Forced marriage has nothing to do with religion - it is a part of a patriarchal system where parents believe they know what is best for their children."Can't offend Islam now can we? The author did mention this but not the religion that does this, note the "so-called" reference:
The Government also has concerns about 14 further areas which are suspected of having high rates of so-called "honour violence".They just don't get it do they or are they afraid to say? It isn't "so-called" it is part of Sharia law. Not once was Islam mentioned in the article. Again, for fear of offending.
On the subject of honour-related violence, the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, who recently said that Christians faced "no-go areas" in some parts of the country, asked: "Can you assure us that there is effective policing in all areas of the UK so that women exposed to violence are adequately protected?"
Lord West replied: "At times there has been nervousness that this might step across cultural or religious divides, but there are no cultures or religions that condone so-called honour-based violence."