May 31, 2008
Burmese Told to Eat Frogs
For those voices who constantly complain about the conditions in the United States, check out this report from the Bangkok Post.
Rangoon - The military junta began evicting destitute families from cyclone relief centres on Friday and rejected foreign food aid - because people can survive perfectly well by hunting "large, edible frogs."Heh.
An accurate final tally may never be known, but so far it's estimated that 134,000 are dead or missing.
Weekend Student Sex Stories
A 32-year-old cafeteria lady, Deborah Kissell, groomed a boy with Tuesday's macaroni and Wednesday's chicken nuggets, starting at age 13, until he was old enough for shaky pudding action at 16.
The parents learned of the relationship when Kissell sent the boy naked pictures of herself.
For felony indecent solicitation, Kissell gets probation and two weeks in jail.
And then there's the report of a 36-year-old school bus driver, Paula Tomlin, being arrested for getting some action from a 16-year-old male student. She told police she loves him. The boy said he loves her.
It appears that the only school employees remaining to join the adult-child sex crime game are crossing guards and custodians.
Fuck You, He's an Anteater...
I don't know about the rest of y'all, but I'm not at all thrilled with our options this fall, and I think we desperately need a different option.
I think we need a candidate who don't take shit from nobody.
I say we draft the Anteater.
"Habeas corpus? I got ya habeas corpus right here..."
I'm in Daytona Beach. This place sucks ass. I know it's killer for about three weeks during the spring for undergrads with a 2.5 or lower and low self-esteem. I also know it's pretty cool in the few days before and after the Daytona 500. So that's, what, like 49 weeks out of the year where it sucks ass?
Anyway, there is one thing happening in a few minutes that has me excited: the Space Shuttle launch. My window faces the beach and slightly southward. I get to watch it from my balcony. Now how cool is that?
The Perfect Girl for Prof. Chaos?
Al pastor? Check.
South Park? Check.
Say Hello to My Little Friend
From the video description:
US Soldier Firing SMAW At Insurgent Sniper Hiding In Balcony In Baghdad, Iraq.
Yet another fine vid from prolific LiveLeaker IRAQI TRANSLATOR USMC.
Iran: Nuclear Enrichment Is Non-Negotiable
(Tehran) Iran today set preconditions for any negotiations regarding nuclear enrichment with anybody at any time.
Iran will not give up its right to enrich uranium, a senior Iranian official said on Saturday, days before major powers submit an upgraded package of incentives to try to coax Tehran into halting the work.So, weapons-grade uranium enrichment is off the table as presumably is the previously stated goal of wiping Israel off the map. Of course, this means that if Sen. Obama is elected President, he won't be able to sit down and chat with Iranian President Ahmadinejad without preconditions. Iran has already established them.
"Suspending enrichment is not negotiable ... Depriving Iran of its right cannot be on offer," Gholamhossein Elham, the government spokesman, told a weekly news conference.
And, all the world's hope and all the world's change won't dissuade Ahmadinejad, a fanatic whose actions are dictated by a desire for global tumult and a worldwide caliphate accompanied by a prophet coming out of a well.
May 30, 2008
Yesterday Rusty made this statement in one of his posts:
Given 20/20 hindsight, I've slowly come around the to argument that invading Iraq was a mistake. We shouldn't have invaded Iraq. That decision did not enhance our national security.Meaning no personal disrespect to Dr. Shackleford, I feel compelled to publicy disassociate myself from Rusty's statement.
I couldn't disagree more. We've discussed this issue heatedly in our private forum, and my first inclination was to simply let the post pass unremarked (other than in comments), but I didn't want any Jawa reader to think that I was endorsing this viewpoint by my silence.
Iraq opened a vital second front that prevented jihadis from across the region from massing against Coalition troops in Afghanistan. It required them to divide their resources. Just ask the Soviets what happens when mujaheddin region-wide mass on a small front; even with near total control of their own media, massive injections of troops and materiel, and an utterly ruthless approach to counter-insurgent warfare, the Soviets withdrew in defeat.
In addition, we took out a ruthless tyrant who was slaughtering his own people using WMD (unless you're some kind of conspiracy theorist who believes those Kurds were actually gassed by the CIA), was openly defying UN resolutions, was participating in fraud with the collusion of German and French interests in the oil-for-food scandal, was openly supporting terrorists via monetary support to the families of suicide bombers...well, if you're going to say the invasion was a mistake then you're required to make the case for keeping Saddam in power. I'm sure the French and the Germans could make that case (or would have before their perfidy was exposed).
The invasion of Iraq has helped us in the Long War by dividing our enemies and keeping them occupied far away from our homeland. Compare the number of terrorist attacks since we invaded Afghanistan and Iraq with the number in the nineties, when we treated terrorist attacks as police matters. Certainly, many attempts have been thwarted by increased vigilance, but it's foolish to believe that many were not stillborn because the jihadis were occupied closer to home.
Update: From the comments, See-Dubya points us to this post he made in April at Michelle Malkin's site, highlighting a respected analyst who believes our troops in Iraq have greatlly enhanced America's security and credibility.
Which Part of "It's Illegal to Host Taliban Websites" Do You Not Understand?
Official websites of The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, better known as the Taliban:
Update by Howie: 05/30/08 at 4:38pm CDT.
Updated: 110mb sites P3NED!
The Freewebtown sites are also disabled!
The yahoo sites have now also been removed!
The Jawas totally own the Taliban again!
We'll keep and eye and make sure they don't come back up.
In the mean time send Adil the Taliban webmaster a note at
Let him know how much you care.
Bonus: Add these e-mails to your pork of the month club list: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Update by Vinnie ALL HAIL TEH ANTEATER ON DIGG!!!!
Updated by Howie 08/29/08 at 10:24 CDT: These Taliban Websites remain available on the American Provider Yahoo Inc, who owns Geocities.
If these last two go down I promise to repost the "F you I'm an anteater!", image again, or maybe even the Imperial March, or even both. But not a second before we completely P3WN the Taliban.
So Ya'll can think about that while you write your complaints. Vote in comments. Oh and be sure to be nice and include this...
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.
More People Trust McCain than Obama
On the critical issues of the economy, Iraq, National Security.
Via Yahoo:When it comes to the economy, 47% of voters trust John McCain more than Barack Obama. Obama is trusted more by 41%. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey also found that, when it comes to the War in Iraq, McCain is trusted more by 49% of voters. Obama is preferred by 37%. McCain has an even larger edgeâ53% to 31%--on the broader topic of National Security. These results are little changed from a month ago.What I found interesting was that over a quarter of Obama's own party doesn't trust him.
McCain is trusted more by 25% of Democrats. Sixty-four percent (64%) of Democrats trust the likely nominee of their Party.Given how close the last few elections have been, maybe Hillary is right. Losing 25 percent of your own party can't be good. Maybe they are just old enough to remember Jimmah?.
I still remember the joke about President Carter.
Hello. Ahm Jimmah Cahtah, your friendly neighborhood president. I told you I'd turn things around, nothing is working.The sad part of that joke is it was true. Carter led the US into the biggest funk I've ever witnessed.
Austrian Hostages Held 100 Days
VIENNA (AFP) — Austrians held hostage by an Al-Qaeda linked group spent their 100th day in captivity on Friday, as the Austrian government voiced confidence in their eventual release.
"Our work is characterised by confidence," said Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, foreign ministry spokesman and spokesman for the crisis team handling the case.
"Everyone working for their release believe that the two hostages are still alive," Launsky-Tieffenthal said.
Wolfgang Ebner, 51, and Andrea Kloiber, 44, were seized in Tunisia on February 22 by Al-Qaeda's north African offshoot but are now believed to be held in Mali...
...Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb only acknowledged responsibility for the kidnapping on March 10. The kidnappers initially demanded the release of a number of Islamic extremists imprisoned in Algeria and Tunisia.
Then they later asked for the withdrawal of Austrian troops from Afghanistan and the release of two Islamic militants jailed in Vienna, with unconfirmed press reports saying a five million euro (7.9 million dollars) ransom was also being sought.
A Damn Good Idea from John McCain
I spend plenty of electrons on criticism of our nominee, but this "League of Democracies" idea is a damn good one.
Anti-American Coalition Calls For Dunkin Donuts Boycott
The anti-American, anti-Israeli umbrella organization ANSWER has called for a boycott of Dunkin Donuts because Dunkin Donuts pulled an ad featuring Rachael Ray in what appeared to be a kaffiyeh:
"Dunkin Donuts has capitulated and withdrawn an advertisement for its products following the allegation... that the spokeswoman in the ad was wearing a kaffiyeh, a scarf which is a staple of clothing traditionally worn by Palestinian men," the ANSWER Coalition said in a statement.The kaffiyeh has become a pro-jihad fashion statement for the evil and the hopelessly boneheaded chic worldwide.
Will the boycott work? Since the ANSWER demographic seems more tilted toward the sort of people stupid enough to pay more for the inferior Starbucks product anyway, probably not.
Am I The Only One Who Missed Out on the White People Trust Fund?
Barack Obama's buddy Michael Phleger tells whites that they should all be held personally responsible for slavery and Jim Crow unless they give up the "benefits" of those practices.
I'm not even sure what the hell that means. For starters, whites who lived in slave states and Jim Crow states were always a minority of whites overall. If a white person's wealth and privilege supposedly derives from his ancestors' position under slavery or Jim Crow, doesn't it kinda matter whether his ancestors actually lived in those states? What if a white person moved to the U.S. in 1990. Does that white person get tagged, as well?
In any event, most of segregation was economic stupidity. If my grandfather owned a restaurant or motel in the 1950s that excluded black customers, how much MORE profit did my grandfather make by excluding an entire class of paying customers? I'm not an economist, but I'm thinking gramps would have made LESS profit, not more, by turning away paying customers. How much in taxes did whites in southern states save by wrongly accusing, wrongly convicting and imprisoning innocent black citizens? Seems to me they likely paid MORE in taxes, not less. Racism is an irrational motivation. A prevalence of irrational motivations tends to REDUCE, not increase, the overall wealth in an economy. Thus, while southern white racism in the 20th century imposed an economic COST on southern blacks, there was no corresponding economic BENEFIT to southern whites as a whole.
I'm not even sure that slavery was an overall benefit to southern whites as a group. It likely benefited certain southern whites who held slaves, but did it really benefit the majority of southern whites who weren't slaveholders? It may have, but it's by no means a foregone conclusion that it did.
I don't know about any of the rest of y'all white folks, but I sure didn't get any "trust fund" by virtue of being white. I have a couple friends who have "trust funds," but they're definitely the exception to the rule. I worked as a roofer for my Dad and he hooked me up with a couple of neighborhood lawnmowing gigs as a kid, but I certainly didn't get any sweet cushy career thanks to "white family connections." More often than not, the people I worked for during college weren't white males, and certainly had no reason to be biased toward me based on skin color.
If black folks think that regular, middle-class whites all have trust funds and the inside track to wealth and power, they live in a fantasy world. That's not to say that there aren't upper-class elites (of all ethnic groups) who benefit from family wealth and family connections. It's just to say that the very nature of being "elite" means it's a small group.
That said, if you happen to be the descendent of a slaveholder and you're living the rock star life off some ginormous pile of cash he built up on the backs of black slaves, ya might want to consider maybe sending some love to the United Negro College Fund or something. I'm just sayin'.
Al Qaeda in Iraq "Near Strategic Defeat"
Here's the money quote from CIA Director Michael Hayden:
Near strategic defeat of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Near strategic defeat for al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. Significant setbacks for al-Qaeda globallyAnd yet the Democrats continue to insist that the surge strategy has failed. If this is failure, who wants a success?
Personal note to the Jihad Media Brigades: Can you say, The Islamic State of Losers?
Kos: The Real Terrorists? Jews Against Obama
This follows closely on the heels of A 'False Flag Attack' on Obama Will Set the Stage for Nuking Iran.
Foot Doctor Gives Breast Exams
(Fresno, California) Foot doctors apparently must feel women's breasts during examinations of their feet. That was the ruling out of a California court this week.
So, ladies, if you go to a podiatrist for a foot problem in California, expect to be felt up.
[Update] In a breaking story out of Illinois, a foot doctor, Anthony Overton, gets six years in prison for examining female parts other than the feet.
A Dog Named Allah
(London, England) A 28-year-old prison guard, Chris Langridge, and his sniffer dog, Allah (or Ali), have been transferred away from Britain's high-security Belmarsh Jail after a Muslim inmate complained. Langridge insists the dog is named Ali, not Allah.
One Belmarsh officer said: "This is political correctness gone mad."Heh.
Belmarsh houses some of Britain's most notorious extremist Muslims, including hook-handed Abu Hamza. It also has the highest proportion of Muslim prisoners of any jail in Britain.
"Muslims don't like dogs and it would have been an insult to their religion if the dog had been called Allah, which is sacred to them. It is disgraceful the way the management kow-towed to them despite Chris's denial."
May 29, 2008
Obama Story of the Day
Well, I guess we should post this. I wasn't going to, but then Obama Again was, "shocked to learn" that things like this were being said in his church. Yeah Right.
Hat Tip: Big Tent Democrat who I believe had it first this AM.
Jane: "I'd never get out of the airport alive."
This is a nice article about, well...me and al-Khaiwani and Yemen again. Its from Menassat in Lebannon. Its based on a different interview: "While they block my blog, the Jihadi Al-Qaeda web sites are working just fine in Yemen. They release the USS Cole bombers and throw journalists and even comedians in jail. It leaves me speechless. This is supposed to be a U.S. ally. I feel I have an obligation to let people know," she said.
It takes a lot to leave me speechless.
Take a look. There's a cool graphic. They call my blog unabashedly American. And it is.
And if by chance this article tips you over the edge and you decide to sign a letter for al-Khaiwani, along with the 1200 people who took a stand for civil rights in Yemen, the link is here.
The Jawa Report: We Have Cameras Everywhere
We just caught Youseff al-Khattab out for a stroll.....
Nancy Pelosi: Super King Kamehameha Bitch
It's not that I question her patriotism, it's that I question her f*cking sanity!
Will she also thank Al Qaeda for scaling back its beheadings and bombings?You got me, I do question her patriotism. As Greenwald says, it's more than a slip up, it's slander.
Anyway, click on over to Allah's post and then scroll down to the end for Karl's money quote. I really have nothing more to add except that for all of Bush's failings, at least he's rooting for our side to win.
Update by Howie: Gee this is dangerous! I hope Rusty doesn't keeeel me!
But to sing along just replace "Kyle's Mom" with "Nancy Pelosi"
Don't let the door hit ya
And by beotch I mean Susan Sarandon.
A Soros Connection I think Does Matter
Like I said, I think the connection between George Soros and Scott McClellan is tenuous enough to be irrelevant. But is there a connection that has relevance? Yes we can.*
*With apologies to Stephen Colbert for stealing the nonsensical answer to my own question shtick.
Was Osama bin Laden Right?
Given 20/20 hindsight, I've slowly come around the to argument that invading Iraq was a mistake. We shouldn't have invaded Iraq. That decision did not enhance our national security.
We experienced the Americans through our brothers who went into combat against them in Somalia, for example. We found they had no power worthy of mention. There was a huge aura over America -- the United States -- that terrified people even before they entered combat. Our brothers who were here in Afghanistan tested them, and together with some of the mujahedeen in Somalia, God granted them victory. America exited dragging its tails in failure, defeat, and ruin, caring for nothing.
America left faster than anyone expected. It forgot all that tremendous media fanfare about the new world order, that it is the master of that order, and that it does whatever it wants. It forgot all of these propositions, gathered up its army, and withdrew in defeat, thanks be to God.
---Osama bin Laden, October 2001
WHENEVER retreat-now activists or their favored presidential aspirant are confronted with our progress in Iraq, their stock reply is, "Al Qaeda wasn't in Iraq in 2003."I'm not sure why that erroneous decision should have any impact on the present debate over today's war in Iraq. If our national security is our paramount concern, then disengaging from Iraq would be disastrous.
Well, I happen to agree with Sen. Barack Obama and his supporters on that count: At most, the terrorists had a tenuous connection with Saddam's regime. But it's 2008, not 2003. And our next president will take office in 2009. It's today's reality that matters.
This morning I was listening to Michael Scheuer on NPR (listen here), and he claims we've now fought to a standstill in Iraq and Afghanistan. He's wrong. We've fought to a standstill in Afghanistan, but not Iraq. Our final victory over Islamist forces in Iraq is now all but assured.
Ironic given that the initial argument by the Left against the Iraq war was that we needed UN approval and more allies in order to win there, you know, like we had in Afghanistan. That Leftist argument has been lost down an even deeper memory hole than the Right's WMD argument. At least the media challenges the WMD argument and the Right, for the most part, has come to terms with the fact that international estimates of WMD in Iraq were way off.
Peters makes the point:
To date, not one "mainstream media" journalist has pressed the leading advocates of unconditional surrender to describe in detail what might happen after we "bring the troops home now."Indeed.
Getting back to Scheuer who, like me, thinks the initial decision to invade Iraq was a mistake. His mistake is in the now outdated view that we can't win. But Scheuer did make a good point: Since al Qaeda's goal has always been inspiration, withdrawal from Iraq would be a moral victory for al Qaeda.
Here's what he said:
If it turns out that the 800lb gorilla withdraws with its tail between its legs, yet again, bin Laden looks like a genius rather than a destroyer of the jihadi movement.Many discussing the front page news that there are internal divisions within al Qaeda and the much discussed breaks with al Qaeda by influential former supporters have largely missed the point. These are breaks over tactics, not over goals. In other words, these criticisms of al Qaeda from within and without are not about the short term goal of creating Islamic states modeled after the Taliban, nor are they about the longer term goal of the reestablishment of the Caliphate. They are discussions over whether intentionally killing civilians is moral. Or they are discussions over whether or not such tactics are practical. Others question the tactical decision by al Qaeda to turn Iraq into the central front in its war against the U.S.
It should never be far from our mind that the view of the United States presented by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda is that we are not willing to fight the hard fights and that given enough bloodshed that we would withdraw our support from anti-Islamist regimes in the Muslim world. Withdrawal, whether it is in Iraq or in Afghanistan, will only bolster this view.
Peters, again, is right on:
If we nonetheless quit Iraq in 2009, the defeated remnants of al Qaeda will be able to declare victory, after all. The organization will be able to re-launch itself as the great Muslim victor over the Great Satan. We'll have thrown away a potentially decisive triumph and revived the fortunes of the fanatics who brought us 9/11.Should we withdraw from Iraq within the near future Osama bin Laden's estimation of the U.S. will have been proven correct. America will have been proved to be the "weak horse", and radical Islam the "strong" one.
Al Qaeda and their Salafi allies have always only had one demand in Iraq: that we leave. How can any self-proclaimed patriot actually suggest that giving in to our enemies' explicit demands is in our national interest? It's simple: a patriot can't. And yes, I'm questioning the patriotism of the Left.
It's one thing to claim we can't win and therefore fighting is just wasting American lives in a lost cause, but evidence suggests quite the contrary. We have defeated al Qaeda in Iraq and are now squarely on the path to defeating Khomeinist forces there as well.
Using a sports analogy, this is a game we should have never agreed to play in the first place. But once the game has started you can't truly call yourself a fan while simultaneously insisting that the team should forfeit and vacate the field.
Either support victory for the home team, or get the hell out of the stadium.
Carbon Belch Day Planned
A group skeptical of all the global warming alarmism has announced June 12th as "Carbon Belch Day."
Conservative grassroots group Grassfire.org wants people to waste as much energy as possible on June 12 by "hosting a barbecue, going for a drive, watching television, leaving a few lights on, or even smoking a few cigars."Reportedly, Carbon Belch Day will counter the "goofy save the Earth mandates" of "Earth Hour" held on March 21st.
The point: the group wants to "help Americans break free from the 'carbon footprint guilt' being imposed by Climate Alarmists."
On a related note, I'm curious to see crime statistics associated with the turn-the-lights-off Earth Hour time period. I'd speculate that there was a noticeable uptick.
A George Soros Production
Why does it seem that most every sordid, underhanded attempt to humble America before the world and encourage her enemies to kill more Americans leads back to George Soros?
UPDATE by Rusty: Just to be clear, I don't really think the connection is important. As you know, CJ over at LGF has no bigger supporter or fan than me. I just don't see why the owner of the publishing company has any sort of bearing on the content of the book? It could have motivated the company to publish McClellan's book, but if the implication is that somehow McClellan decided to criticize the Bush administration because Soros owns his publishing company or because its Board of Directors are a bunch of liberals, then I'm not on board. Smacks too much of the Chomsky and Hermann's Manufacturing Dissent thesis about corporate media power.
I think it's interesting to note the relationship, but that's it. Just an interesting fact, nothing more. Charles doesn't note anything more than the relationship, and neither should readers somehow read into it anything more than just that. Please don't read into this some sort of Soros funded conspiracy.
It may say something about the company's motivations, but not McClellan's.
The Rimfire Pistol 'Virtual Shootout'
I've had my mind on getting myself a rimfire pistol for a while now. To that end, I've been doing quite a bit of research on what's available. Turns out there are quite a few rimfire pistol options on the market, including offerings from Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Browning, Beretta, Walther and Sig Sauer. I've posted my findings on the 'big-name' offerings over here.
Druggie Teaching Grade School? School Board Says OK
(North Conway, New Hampshire) A 26-year-old sixth-grade teacher at John Fuller Elementary School, Kelly Horrigan, was arrested early this month for possession of marijuana.
Police stopped a car for erratic driving and found Horrigan and Lauren Kulberg, 23, smelling of marijuana and in possession of two small bags of the drug.
Notably, Horrigan assists local police officers in teaching anti-drug DARE classes to her sixth-grade students. Nevertheless, her teaching position is not in jeopardy. The Conway School Board has ruled that drug charges or convictions for misdemeanor actions away from school grounds cannot be used as a basis for dismissal.
Stuff to Listen To
I'm listening to Shire News Network's discussion of French television's coverage of the Mohammed Al-Durah hoax. Why aren't you?
One Year of Captivity for British Hostages
Today is the one year anniversary of the abduction of 5 Britons from the Ministry of Finance in Baghdad by armed men dressed as Iraqi police. The families of the missing men continue to be hopeful as the British government seeks to negotiate their safe release. Via Times Online:
Britain made a fresh appeal today for the release of five British men who were kidnapped exactly one year ago from a finance ministry building in Baghdad.
Christopher Prentice, the British Ambassador to Iraq, said: “The British Government remains committed to working for the release of all those held and I appeal again to those responsible to release these men, in order that they may return home.” The hostages, Peter Moore, a computer consultant, and his four security guards, were seized by a gang of about 40 gunmen wearing police uniform from the Finance Ministry compound in a brazen mid-morning attack on May 29, 2007.
The kidnapping sparked a major manhunt by US, British and Iraqi forces that is still ongoing. The men have yet to be found, however. There is speculation that the five might have been taking to a hideout in Iran.
Youseff al-Khattab, The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Keep trying to make videos that mock American soldiers, Joey. This is what happens:
Sorry, Rusty, you didn't remove musab's comment quite in time for my mad mocking skilzz
May 28, 2008
Fixing the Education System
(San Francisco, California) Yesterday, the San Francisco School Board approved a strategic plan which institutes a new grading system for all schools in the district.
Each school will be judged by how well it "serves each and every student based on that school's ability to disrupt the historically predictive power of racial, ethnic, linguistic and socio-economic student attributes," according to the plan.Therefore, if a school can successfully disrupt predictive powers of student attributes, the school is fixed -- apparently.
Jane on the CBC, 7 pm
I'm on Canada Radio One, the Canadian Broadcast System shortly, a little after 7 tonight in each time zone. The show is called "As It Happens". I'm going to be talking about Yemen, al-Khaiwani and the whole situation. Update: weeeeeee, I got it all in: the war in Sa'ada, the massive protests in the South, kidnapping al-Khaiwani, no water, corruption.
Update: Archive up! Listen at this link here. Click on May 28, Part two. I thought it was great.
Which Liberal is Speaking at Your Graduation? UPDATE: Craig's List founder responds
The Young America's Foundation just completely a study of who's speaking at the top 100 universities in America. To be honest, a lot of the speakers don't seem to have any overt political agendal. Most of these are either sports figures or CEOs of major corporations, which I guess the Left will say represents the Right. You know, corporations in their minds are de facto right-wing institutions.
But of those that do have some sort of political agenda the vast majority are left-of-center.
Luckiest graduates? I know some of you would say the College of William and Mary for inviting Steelers coach Mike Tomlin or maybe the University of Delaware for bringing in Cal Ripken, Jr. Wrong. Pepperdine grads got to listen to the voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully. How cool is that?
But what's the fascination with Craig Newmark? No less than two universities have invited the Craig's List founder to speak at their graduations.
UPDATE: Craig Newmark decides to drop this comment in response. Now how cool is that?
I don't get it either.I'm not sure what it means to be a libertarian moderate. Sounds oxymoronic to me since libertarianism certainly is outside the mainstream and therefore not very moderate at all. I don't mean that pejoratively since I'm a small "l" libertarian myself.
Also, spoke at Montclair State.
If it matters, I'm some kind of libertarian moderate.
Anyway, shouldn't we be calling you Dr. Newmark, Craig?
UPDATE: Er, Craig, you and a bunch of liberals keep using that word "libertarian". I do not think that word means what you think it means. Check out Craig's political contributions. All big government Democrats.
Thanks to M.
Video : What Are You So Afraid of, Barack?
h/t : Allah
Lieberman Responds to NYTimes YouTube Nonsense
Common sense from Joe Lieberman on the cyber jihad and YouTube's refusal to police itself. I'd quote the whole thing, but that would be a violation of fair use. Here's a teaser:
What is ludicrous is the claim that YouTube has been pressured to pull down videos just because I don’t like them. Al Qaeda and its affiliates are engaged in a wartime communications strategy to recruit, amass funds and inspire savage attacks against American troops and civilians. Their Internet videos are branded with logos, authenticating them as enemy communications. They are patent incitements to violence, not First Amendment-protected speech. And they fall outside Google’s own stated guidelines for content.Read the rest.
John McCain could do worse than picking Joe Lieberman as a running mate. On the issues that matter most to me he's right on the money.
Thanks to J-man.
Yes, Leaving Islam is a Crime
The Iranians have arrested dozens of Christians this year, ten in one city in the past several months. Their crime? Leaving Islam. No, I'm not kidding.
As if putting people in jail for this "crime" wasn't enough, the regime has recently decided that the hadith attributed to Muhammed on "changing one's deen" is authentic. Which means apostates now face the death penalty in the Islamic Republic. Really.
Which is why political Islam, even when it rejects terrorism, is still dangerous. Dangerous to freedom, liberty, and all those values cherished by the Western world since the Enlightenment.
Thanks to the ROP.
F*ck it: McCain '08
Finally, some truth in advertising.
UPDATE: Wunderkraut had fun with a McCain bumper sticker contest while I was gone. Go check it out for a few giggles.
PWNING Jihadis for Fun and Profit
Sooo, sad. Maybe you should think twice before posting videos encouraging nuclear attacks on the United States? Whoever did this pwnage, kudos.
UPDATE: No, no profit only fun. But it just sounds better written that way. If any one figures out how to make a living out of this little hobby, sign me up.
Brit Universities Consider Institutionalizing Antisemitism
Today British higher education institutions debate whether or not Jews who support Israel should be denied employment. No, really.
Belgian Woman Promotes Jihad from Home
I'm not as concerned with the NY Times coverage of Malika El Aroud as JWF is. I'm more concerned with the fact that despite being once convicted of inciting jihad through her now defunct website, that she's back at her home inciting jihad online once again. She makes no bones about the fact that she supports al Qaeda and encourages European Muslims to go to Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Somalia to fight in the global jihad.
I think the point the NY Times authors were trying to make was that the cyber jihad is a well oiled machine being run by competent & sophisticated people. On this point they're right and it's good to know your enemy.
The disconnect is not the report, it's at the NY Times editorial desk where they continue to insist that while it's okay to kill a member of al Qaeda, it's not okay to censor them.
UPDATE: I'd be happy to take her on, but to be honest I'm not sure what website she hangs around these days. She writes in French. Which, you know, would make pwning her a double whammy.
Arab Cross-Dressers Apprehended
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates) According to Dubai Police Chief, Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, an undisclosed number of male cross-dressers have been arrested and the Ministry of Social Affairs (MSA) should conduct research to pinpoint the causes and establish a solution to the "dangerous" trend.
Lt. Gen. Tamim suggested that cross-dressing has become more prevalent because of coed schools and lack of parental guidance.
British Garbage Police Compiling Dossiers
(Plymouth, England) Residents are being instructed to complete a garbage police (called bin police) questionnaire, providing the city with detailed personal information. Healthy fines are threatened for those who fail to comply.
Residents are instructed to name the one individual in the household who will be responsible for facing criminal charges and paying fines when the garbage is handled incorrectly. Putting trash in the wrong bins or at the wrong time or place will prompt enforcement action.
Individual household garbage volume will be compared to other disposers and justification must be provided for higher than average amounts. Relevant medical conditions of members of the household must also be revealed and documented.
Seems like the Brits are trending toward requiring a license to throw away a candy wrapper. Undoubtedly, a home is not a castle in Britain.
May 27, 2008
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Good News: Taliban Has Secret Cell at Kabul University
This article raises a number of questions, not the least of which is if the Times of London knows the identity of several members of a secret Taliban cell don't they have a moral responsibility to give those names to British authorities? Especially given that the cell members claim they are just waiting for orders to strike and kill.
Or does the journalistic ethic of not revealing sources somehow trump the moral obligation to protect human lives? And in a time of war, when Britain is actively fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, wouldn't not revealing these names constitute a form of treason? Or does the ethical principle of press neutrality go beyond partisan politics and include being neutral on whether or not your compatriots are killed by your sworn enemies?
Hopefully the Times has given this information over to the Coalition and the above is just a hypothetical. Hopefully.
Another thing to note is how the Times buys into the moderate vs extremist Taliban rhetoric. The new, younger, hipper, and more moderate Taliban apparently only want to kill foreign infidels. The more extremist Taliban, according to the Times, also want to kill foreign infidels ... and then force every one to grow a beard. Which kind of misses the point given that the Times writer is himself a foreign infidel and would be equally dead given the druthers of either group.
But the narrative is meant to bolster the argument that what Afghanistan really needs is for NATO troops to leave. This argument, often put forth in our own comments section by you-know-who, says that what creates terrorism and extremism is occupation. So, if the U.S. would just leave these moderate Taliban would somehow take power and everything would be hunky dory.
Which is exactly what happened when the Soviet occupation ended, right? They left, religious extremism in Afghanistan went way down, and nary a terrorist could be found in this newly freed land of peace and prosperity.
What they do not know is that when class is over he spends his time on less wholesome activities - watching videos of bomb attacks on American troops and plotting to overthrow the Afghan Government.What's funny in a disturbing kind of way is that "Abdul" would probably feel right at home on many American university campuses. Hell, they'd probably elect him student body president at Berkeley.
Abdul is not just a Taleban sympathiser: he is a member of a secret Taleban cell at Kabul University that claims several hundred members and is a worrying new sign of the movement’s expanding influence...
The university cell does not fight but is ready to take up arms if called upon by its leaders, according to Abdul and another member, who gave false names. “I’ll fight until I die but I won’t do suicide because it’s forbidden in Islam,” said Abdul, who claims to have recruited nine other students...
At the same time it suggests that the Taleban is divided between extremists, who target civilians and reject all forms of modernity, and relative moderates, who want development but oppose foreign troops.
Lockerbie Bomber May Get Conviction Overturned
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet Al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, may get a new trial if a previously secret document is released to the public:
Legal discussions about a potentially crucial top secret document that could help clear the Lockerbie bomber should be heard in private, the appeal court in Edinburgh was told Tuesday.Al-Megrahi's lawyers want the document released to the public. It's unclear why they wouldn't agree to the private session.
Britain's top legal officer in Scotland, Advocate General Neil Davidson, told three judges in the case that they should discuss whether the document should be made public behind closed doors and with specially-vetted lawyers.
The document most likely concerns allegations about the timing device authorities believe was used in the bombing. The timer, called an MST-13 was produced by the Swiss company Mebo Telecommunications. Twenty were sold to the Libyans in 1985. These aren't egg timers. They're specifically designed to serve in Improvised Explosive Devices. There are allegations that one of the devices, or parts of one, were supplied to an investigator of the Lockerbie terrorist attack, with the implication that it was used to fake evidence of al-Megrahi's involvement.
Mebo is also alleged to have supplied the the East German intelligence agency Stasi with their products.
257 people died when Pan Am 103 went down, including 11 people on the ground in Scotland.
Report: al Qaeda Discussing "Why we lost in Iraq"
It seems that the jihadis are finally admitting what we've know for months: they've lost in Iraq. It's stunning. Not so much that al Qaeda has lost in Iraq, but that they're online supporters are now admitting it. Just a few months ago my reading of the online discourse was that al Qaeda's fans were in total denial, continuing to call us the "United States of Losers" in Iraq.
For any of them to admit defeat is a real victory. If this report is correct, its importance cannot be overstated. Why? Because a key to insurgency recruitment has always been hope for victory. Far fewer people are willing to risk death in a cause they believe they cannot win. Hence, al Qaeda has long pushed propaganda designed to present an image of imminent victory in Iraq.
Since so many al Qaeda operatives are always dying, a key to keeping up the fight is in recruiting. But the perception of defeat means far fewer recruits, translating into weaker fighting ability.
Al Qaeda web sites are making a lot of noise about "why we lost in Iraq." Western intelligence agencies are fascinated by the statistics being posted in several of these Arab language sites. Not the kind of stuff you read about in the Western media. According to al Qaeda, their collapse in Iraq was steep and catastrophic. According to their stats, in late 2006, al Qaeda was responsible for 60 percent of the terrorist attacks, and nearly all the ones that involved killing a lot of civilians. The rest of the violence was carried out by Iraqi Sunni Arab groups, who were trying in vain to scare the Americans out of the country.Read the rest.
Now that al Qaeda's supporters have admitted to the obvious, will the reality based community on the Left admit we've all but won the war that "couldn't be won"? Don't hold your breath.
Video Urges Nuclear Jihad Against US [UPDATE: "Code" Threatens September 2008 Attack?]
The most popular jihadi web forum has posted an "unofficial" video urging Muslims to use nuclear weapons against the U.S. and the West. The video is titled "Nuclear Terrorism". By unofficial they mean that it was produced by forum users, and not by al Qaeda's official video production arm.
The lengthy video uses reports popular in the Arab and European Leftist press that the U.S. used chemical weapons in Fallujah as justification for using WMD against the United States. The star witness is Jeff Englehart.
It also quotes a fatwa by Saudi imam Naser Bin Hamed al-Fahd which gave permission for Muslims to use nuclear and other WMD against Western targets. In addition to using nuclear weapons, he urges the use of chemical and biological weapons which al-Fahd says are much easier to attain.
The video is already available on a YouTube channel devoted to spreading al Qaeda propaganda.
AKI, which offers the most extensive coverage of jihadi propaganda of any news service, asks whether or not this is:
A simple jihadi propaganda video or a dangerous message to a sleeper cell in the west?I think it's alarmist to even ask the question as this obviously is a simple propaganda video. And not a very good one at that. But wait for the end of the post to see why it might have some worried.
The video also quotes Osama bin Laden's rantings against the Muhammad cartoons as justification for using nuclear weapons against the West.
About 30 minutes into the video the editors splice in an English language video claiming that if al Qaeda ever got enough fissile material, they could easily make a nuclear weapon out of it.
The video ends with this odd series of numbers. Any clue what they could mean?
Maybe a cryptic message with no meaning, but meant to scare since it seems like some kind of code?
As improbable as it is that this is some kind of coded message to a sleeper cell, risk assessment usually trades off probability for possible adverse effects. Which is just another way of saying that you assign priority to defending against improbable events when such an event would be catastrophic should it ever occur. Highly unlikely, but if we're wrong about how unlikely it is then we're screwed.
E-mail me and I'll send links to the full vid, not the YouTube version which is split up into 4.
UPDATE: I almost forgot to mention this name that will be immediately recognized by long-time Jawa readers: Adnan el-Shukrijumah
UPDATE II: Shibumi does a rough Google translation job of an Italian article discussing the ending "code" which appears in the video. Apparently, the code has reference to a specific date in which the threatened attack--a "plague"-- should take place. They seem to think it has reference to a bacteriological attack. When?
UPDATE 5/28/2008 10:27 AM: As noted above, the video is not an official al Qaeda release and as I said, "not a very good one at that". Evan Kohlmann agrees.
ATTN: Youtube User BonsnianWarrior
Also suspended Youtube user: http://www.youtube.com/user/Irhabi84
Whos name translated roughly to, "Terrorist in Iraq."
Hat Tip: Backdoorman.
Also two copies of Juba, gone!
One more and he's gone.
This is especially gratifying. Bosnian Warrior sent me a message with a video of Joosef al-Khattab threatening Jawas and trying to intimidate me. Which gave me, you know, some motivation to flag videos and other stuff.
So long sucka!
Taliban to Open YouTube Channel
The biggest tool in the propaganda war? YouTube. Operatic irony on display.
The Taliban are preparing to launch a propaganda offensive with greater (global) outreach by arming some of its members with requisite skills to upload videos on websites such as YouTube.I started this blog as a response to the al Qaeda propaganda war at a time when very few understood its centrality to the long term goals of terrorists. Over the past several years I've seen international policymakers slowly coming to understand how the internet is used by terrorists to garner sympathy, recruit, raise funds, and coordinate attacks.
“The real war is the media war,” Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud told Daily Times. “It is our desire to learn also how one should fight the media war.” ...
“The Taliban have not been very advanced as far as the media war is concerned. But we are making efforts to catch up with the latest methods, and we will soon be available on YouTube,” a non-Pashtun and non-combatant member of the Taliban’s media cell told Daily Times, his face covered up to evade the identifying gaze of invited lenses.
What I've always found odd, though, is how so many who are willing to kill members of al Qaeda finding it more morally troublesome to censor them. As if taking the bullhorn out of the hands of terrorists is somehow worse than killing them.
Worse, private companies such as YouTube refuse to actively police the way their platform is used as a tool for terrorists and internationally outlawed organizations such as the Taliban. Instead they rely on community flagging, as if sufficient numbers of non-jihad sympathizers are actively punching in searches for "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" rather than "Lindsay Lohan nude". And when such videos don't include violent images but are limited to long discourses on fighting the infidels, one might argue that they don't actually violate YouTube's Terms of Service (TOS) agreement.
The method becomes even more problematic when a jihadi organization, such as the Taliban, has their own YouTube channel. Videos are flagged as inappropriate, not channels or users. Just try to lodge a complaint against a user at YouTube and you'll run into all sorts of headaches. Videos may occasionally be removed for TOS violations, but account suspensions are a rarity.
I wish there was some sort of wrap up point I could make here, but there isn't. No good news on the horizon, nor some words of outrage that might muster some kind of action. I'm afraid YouTube is just a lost cause.
A Visit to an American Jihadi Sympathizers House
I was off gallivanting in the UK when Fox News ran a story about Charlotte's own jihadi propagandist and bona fide admirer of al Qaeda, Samir Khan. The Rude Dog, who also blogs from Charlotte, decided to go pay Sammy a visit.
He didn't meet Samir, who has gone into hiding, but he did meet Khan Sr. who threw him off the property. Go read the account for a good chuckle and give Rude Dog some props for a ballsy move.
I would urge any one who knows where Samir lives, though, to not post his address or too much personal information about him. Too many nuts out there to give that kind of information out.
Rumor: Bin Laden Holed Up in Pakistani Mountains (UPDATE: Rumor II: Bin Laden Dead)
Al Arabiya is reporting that Osama bin Laden is holed up in a Pakistani cave along the China / Afghanistan border. They also claim the US is about to start a major offensive inside Pakistan. Nothing much new to these rumors, except for the part about the US planning feet on the ground in Pakistan, which in my estimation means that the entire report is bogus.
The Central Investigation Agency (CIA) of the US has located bin Laden in the "rooftop of the world", the area of Pakistan that borders Afghanistan to the west, in particular the chain of mountains in the province of Nurestan, and China to the north, Arabic television network Al-Arabiya quoted unidentified sources as saying....There's also an interesting follow up quote about support for Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda which seems rather prescient given the number of articles in the MSM over the weekend claiming that al Qaeda is at "war with itself" or that support for the group has dramatically fallen.
The Dubai-based network reported that US security and military officials had a top-level meeting at a military base in Qatar's capital Doha to plan an operation to hunt for bin Laden a few days ago.
According to Al-Arabiya , support for al-Qaida is broadening among the Afghan Taliban, Pakistani tribes that deny bin Laden's presence in their areas and fundamentalists including the Muslim Brotherhood, which has changed its strategy.Thanks to Birddog26.
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mahdi Akef has called bin Laden "a mujahid" fighting against "foreign occupation".
UPDATE: Or is Osama bin Laden dead? Rumormania, baby! If the truthfulness of a rumor was somehow related to my hopes, then the latter one would be empirically, ontologically, metaphysically, capital-T True.
Learning the Lesson of Islamist Appeasement: The Barbary Pirates
Michael Weiss recounts the experience the Founding Fathers had with the Barbary Pirates in this PJM article. I'm sure most of you know the story of how the North African states extorted Western countries based upon Islamist principles, but it's important to remind ourselves that the Islamist war against the West (and everyone for that matter) is not a new one.
What I find interesting in the article is that in the early years of the Republic we actually did negotiate with the petty Islamist rulers of North Africa. In fact, one year we paid nearly 20% of the national budget as tribute in return for promises that US shipping would be left alone. The attacks didn't stop, of course. For as soon as we paid off one tyrant others demanded the same. Lesson learned?
If there is a lesson to be had in all this, it is that talk is not cheap in matters of geopolitics, and can be instructive in ways one hadn’t even considered.Is it better to be loved or feared? As Jefferson noted in justifying his undeclared war against North Africa, "It will procure us respect, and respect is a safeguard to interest."
But no commander-in-chief need be blind to the arrogance and intransigence of his foe, particularly when it is an Islamist one. (And Jefferson and Adams did not have to contend with a foe seeking the ultimate means of apocalypse.) Santayana got it backwards, in fact: even those who remember history are still doomed to repeat it.
That goes double for America’s involvement in the Middle East.
And now a Zen Moment of PWNAGE: Jooosef al-Khattab Loves Pork Chops
Especially Prophet Brand Pork Chops, mmmm, mmm good.
Jooosef (or whoever is collaborating with you in Dublin these days), you've been Pwned!
You'd think the online Jihadi morons would learn about hotlinking Jawa Report images.
Update: Massive double Smackdown Pwnage!
Did Obama's Uncle Serve in the Red Army?
Apparently so, if Obama is a credible source--but then who can believe anything Obama says anymore?
Afghans Beg US to Strike Pakistan
A state-controlled newspaper in Afghanistan is calling on the U.S. to strike more Taliban positions within Pakistan. This comes on the heels of the Taliban declaring a cease fire with Pakistan, instead focusing its efforts on Western troops in Afghanistan. Report on Arrakis reprints this report:
The United States should target militant bases in Pakistan, an Afghan state-controlled paper said on Monday, reacting to a threat by a Pakistani Taliban leader to carry out attacks in Afghanistan....What to do with the SOBs in Pakistan? As Ned Flanders would say, it's a real dilly of a pickle!
"Similarly, the United States of America which heads now the international campaign against terrorism, needs to focus all its attention on the terrorists' genuine nests," the state-run daily said in an editorial, referring to militant bases in Pakistani tribal areas along the Afghan border.
The present policy of limited air strike incursions only on high value targets is not working. The worry is that an all out invasion or even an escalation might have the effect of some sort of anti-American coup or all out civil war spreading from the "tribal" areas to major cities. And I don't need to remind you that Pakistan has nukes.
This is what democracy has wrought in Pakistan. A government wishing to negotiate with Islamist terrorists. I'm guessing (read: hoping) that behind the scenes that we are threatening the new Pakistani government that if they do not take action against the Taliban that there will be consequences.
What was it that Richard Armitage said to the Pakistanis shortly after 9/11 if they did not begin to cooperate in the war on terror? Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age.
We don't need to go that far, but a little arm twisting is in order here.
Frenchman Making Record Sky Dive
(North Battleford, Saskatchewan) Meet 64-year-old Michel Fournier, a daredevil parachutist and retired French Army officer.
Fournier plans to jump out of a balloon today at an altitude of 130,000 feet (40,000 meters) to set new world records for fastest free fall, longest free fall, highest jump and highest altitude reached by man in a balloon. Good luck!
At some point on the way down, Fournier will break the sound barrier and approach 1,000 miles per hour.
Bon voyage, mon ami!
May 26, 2008
Thanks to the US Military
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FDR: December 24, 1943
"And today we salute our unseen allies in occupied countries, the underground resistance groups and the Armies of Liberation. They will provide potent forces against our enemies......
There have always been cheerful idiots in this country who believed that there would be no more war for us if everybody in America would only return into their homes and lock their front doors behind them."
Happy Memorial Day Everybody, Enjoy Freedom
He'll Kick You Apart
Had a nice day in Valley Forge today for Memorial Day. Saw Washington's HQ and too a long hike. Perfect weather.
Speaking of Washigton,
A Memorial Day Reflection: Thank You Grandpa
A repost, but every bit true today.
I just received an e-mail from my mother inviting our family to take a moment of time to reflect on her father who was a Marine killed in the Pacific during WWII. My mother never knew her biological father because she was so young when he went off to war.
I never knew my maternal grandfather, but I am proud of his voluntary service and of his supreme sacrifice to our country. RIP.
To my paternal grandfather, who was a pilot in WWII, and a career Air Force officer, thank you for your service. RIP.
To my father who was a Marine--once a Marine, always a Marine--thank you for your service. To my niece, currently a Marine, may God's protection and blessings be upon you in the service of your country.
The image above is from the Punchbowl National Cemetery, where my maternal grandfather is buried. The image below is from the National Archives of my grandfather's service record. If one of your relatives was KIA during WWII, you can visit the National WWII Memorial website and look up their information. There, you can also find where your loved one is buried. Perhaps, like me, you will be able to visit their grave someday.
New Push to Rescue British Hostages
Iraqi troops are kicking their efforts up a notch in order to find and rescue five British hostages before the one-year anniversary of their abduction. Via The Telegraph UK:
The five men, a computer consultant and four security guards, have been held by a Shia extremist group since May 29 last year.
A dossier given to Iraqi ground commanders, who entered the Sadr City slum last week under the terms of a ceasefire agreed with the forces of Moqtada al-Sadr, the Shia cleric, contains the men's names, photographs and an intelligence briefing summarising information about their captors.
"These people are top of the list of people we're interested in finding here," said an American officer who delivered the documents to his Iraqi counterparts.
Continued prayers for the safe rescue of the 5 kidnapped men, and prayers for the protection of those brave troops searching for them.
May 25, 2008
Abdul! No! Point it That Way! AIIEEE!
After several seconds of intensive training, an insurgent uses his rocket propelled grenade to kill several of his comrades. Darwin would be proud.
Obama: Chavez is Bush's Fault
"Since the Bush Administration launched a misguided war in Iraq, its policy in the Americas has been negligent toward our friends, ineffective with our adversaries, disinterested in the challenges that matter in peoples’ lives, and incapable of advancing our interests in the region.No wonder indeed, you f*cking idiot.
No wonder, then, that demagogues like Hugo Chavez have stepped into this vacuum."
Chavez was elected to power in 1998, during the Clinton Administration. Bush had nothing to do with it. Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Nadda. Goose-egg.
He's probably just tired. Traveling the 57 states nonstop offering fistfulls of HOPECHANGE! is enough to tire even the most Holy Messiah out.
Why can't you wingnuts just let him finish his waffle?
Iowahawk : Return to Sender
Trying to figure out why Republicans are losing seats across the country? Iowahawk's latest provides some clues to the clueless. It'd be even funnier if it weren't so damn true:
From the Desk of Congressman Jerry T. Bristolh/t: HotAir.
...Just look at Townsburgh's shiny new Bristol Viaduct and the Jerry Bristol Causeway to Townsburgh State's new Bristol Center for Government Excellence. In total, over 4000 permanent bridge building jobs in Townsburg alone. All due to the tireless work of Jerry Bristol, ranking minority member of the House Transportation Subcommittee for Bridges.
It's that proud 14-year record of rock solid, principled bipartisanship that has made Jerry Bristol a legend in Congress, and earned the endorsement of the National Bridge Contractors Association and Tollbooth Workers Local 601. It's a can-do spirit that figures out how to get things done, for you, even when that spirit is confined to home in an ankle monitor. With a record like that, can the 3rd District really afford sending a untested newcomer like Chuck Larson Jr. to represent us?
May 24, 2008
Let Freedom Ring!
Thanks Everybody! These are the bloggers who carried the story and/or the petition for Karim al-Khaiwani in its earliest days. People who posted twice may be listed twice. (The verdict and possible death sentence were "suddenly postponed" until next week.) There's some really beautiful sentiments expressed in these posts, very appropriate for Memorial Day. Check them out. Its nice to see people standing for freedom and civil rights, even for some poor guy in Yemen who just refuses to concede his right of free speech, no matter what the consequences. God Bless America. You people ROCK!!!!
A special shout out to Congressman Trent Franks (AZ) who wrote a letter to the Yemeni government asking them to live up to their stated democratic goals and drop all charges against the respected journalist al-Khaiwani. A letter follows from journalist Karim al-Khaiwani to his supporters: We believe that democracy and freedom have an expensive price...
Thank you very much for this campaign, which comes in the context of the overall values that we believe, and they punish us when we believe those values and adopt them. I do not want to talk about myself, but rather the environment that we live in and suffering we endure from the inconsistency between what the authorities announce about democracy and freedoms, and what happens when we believe in those same things, democracy and freedoms.
They want us to practice our rights as they understand them, but we do it ideally. The regime said that democracy is the way of ruling, but when we try to practice our rights within this concept, criticizing the way that the regime governs and how they act, then they deal with us in a way that has no relation to democracy. They deal with us as outlaws. They use all of the state's resources to attack anyone who has any opinions not corresponding with their opinions, and to attack those who even discuss their way of ruling.
What I am suffering and facing is part of the price I and many others pay for the democracy and freedom we hope to achieve in the future. At least we are preparing for a healthy environment that we want the next generation to live in. We believe that democracy and freedom have an expensive price, and this is a part of that price.
However that doesn't mean we will keep silent and bend, as it is the price. We will refuse injustice peacefully. Solidarity is a way to enhance new civil values which support the democracy we will make with our sacrifice and with the support of others. We pay the price of the freedom for ourselves and for the generations after us. Again, thank you very much for your help and support.
(from Jane: Its not to late to sign. Its making a difference. We may save his life or if they kill him, he'll die a known hero.)By Jane at 06:49 PM | |
"Yemen Lax on Terrorists, Brutal on Reporters"
The campaign for al-Khaiwani is gaining momentum. Feel free to join us.
Yemen on Line A congressman requested the Yemeni authorities to acquit and free a jailed opposition journalist.
Congressional representative, Trent Franks (AZ), sent a letter to the Yemeni Ambassador to Washington, Abdulwahab al-Hajri, addressing the ongoing prosecution case of opposition journalist Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani.
In his letter, Franks called upon the Yemeni government to abide by principles of democracy and human rights in al-Khaiwani’s case and to drop all charges filed against him.
Congressman Frank also expressed his concern over the “maltreatment” of journalists in Yemen top of whom is journalist Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani.
“Khaiwani is an independent and respected journalist,” the letter read.
“Al-Khaiwani’s newspaper was cloned, his news website was blocked and he was kidnapped and even his children were threatened and terrorized,” the letter added.
Several local and international media and rights groups expressed their grave concern about the trial of journalist al-Khaiwani, charged with being a member of a terrorist group and appealed to President Saleh to free al-Khaiwani as he is prosecuted for expressing of opinion.
The American Islamic Congress called on Tuesday the Yemeni government to drop all charges against al-Khaiwani, who faces a sentencing hearing that could result in the death penalty.
"When terrorist masterminds walk free but investigative journalists get arrested, there is a serious threat to freedom of the press," said Nasser Weddady the organization Civil Rights director.
"The Yemeni government has been lax with terrorists and brutal with reporters.
That is unacceptable," Weddady explained.
The Specialized Penal Court postponed on Wednesday its sentencing hearing against al-Khaiwani.
The court did not set a date of Khaiwani’s next hearing.
Observers said that Yemen postponed al-Khaiwani’s trial after receiving a letter from the American Islamic Congress calling for dropping charges against him.
Vacation in Scenic Arizona
If you're planning some fun and sun out west this summer, be sure to stop and drink in the famous beauty of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.
Enjoy the pristine beauty of many rare and exotic plants and animals. Due to loss of habitat, some are threatened or endangered.
Pictured is a nesting place for the protected species, migratus continuins continuins, a common snake-like creature known to attain hundreds of meters in length.
Be advised that disturbing the natural environment may result in criminal penalties in accordance with state and federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
Maxine Waters - Communist
Enjoy one of the stupidest f*cking things ever uttered by one of the most brain-dead of all Congressweasels.
It should surprise nobody that the much hyped-DemCong has a frikin' 13% approval rating when earth-shatteringly stupid human beings like Waters are elected to Congress.
May 23, 2008
Jawa VI: The Return of the Rusty Shackleford
I'm back. I spent the last couple of weeks in Scotland. It's a wonderful country full of dramatic landscapes and kind people. Hagas? It's actually pretty good.
Thanks to fellow members of the Sancrawler for the
mediocre awesome job they did in my absence.
It's true I haven't read any of their posts. So let's just assume they did a great job filling in. I'm forever in their debt.
My apologies for not responding to any e-mails over the past couple of weeks. I have nearly 1,000 unread e-mails in my inbox--and I have at least three other e-mail folders where messages get diverted depending on key words! There's no way I'm going to be able to read them all.
If you sent an e-mail that still needs a response please resend it.
So, did I miss anything?
John Hawkins : "Why I Will No Longer Support John McCain For President"
Posted at RightWingNews:
I will defend John McCain when I think he deserves to be defended, excoriate Barack Obama and/or Hillary Clinton at every opportunity, and I will continue to stand behind the sort of Republican candidates who actually deserve conservative support. But, what I will not do is vote for John McCain in November.For the record, I'm not in the same place as Mr. Hawkins. I can't stand John McCain, but I haven't totally ruled out voting for him in November. I also haven't totally ruled out not voting for him.
What I HAVE ruled out is being cajoled onto (or off of) the McCain bandwagon by the hysterical scare tactics and "sky is falling" rhetoric employed by far too many McCain supporters. Much like the Ron Paul fanatics we've all learned to know and love, many McCainiacs and other die-hard GOP fanatics are more than happy to berate, ridicule and insult any conservative or independent who refuses to leap on board for their man immediately and without question. There may be people who respond positively to that sort of thing, but I don't know any.
UPDATE: Ace isn't happy at all:
This is the nasty edge of McCain's conception of himself as impeccably righteous -- he believes he's so above the rest of us in terms of honesty and integrity he can also decide what constitutes a lie and what constitutes bad behavior and what represents a broken promise. As in, his mind, his presidency is absolutely indispensible to America, tiny deceptions like this are not merely excusable, but downright imperative, and thus justified.
Or perhaps it's simpler: John McCain is unfailingly honorable; if he acts in a way that seems to be dishonorable, you must be perceiving it incorrectly, because John McCain is unfailingly honorable.
In fact, I imagine he conceives that there's a great deal of integrity in his "having the guts" to tell the conservative troglodytes what they needed to hear in order to secure the nomination.
Back to the point, I haven't yet gotten to the point that Mr. Hawkins has, but I respect his decision along with that of anyone else who has decided that the costs of a McCain presidency would likely outweigh the benefits. I also respect the decisions of those who've determined that the benefits of a McCain presidency likely would outweigh the costs. I suspect there are folks in both groups who can respect a voter who's still waiting to hear what McCain says and does over the next five months before deciding.
The rest of y'all can bite me.
Good News, Bad News; Royal Edition
Bad News: It wasn't the Duchess of Cornwall.
Taliban Reiterate Stance on Killing Westerners in Afghanistan
Pakistan's brilliant strategy of negotiating with Islamist terrorists seems to be paying off. For them. For us? Not so much.
Tehrik-e-Taliban announced a cease-fire in Pakistan's tribal regions last month. [Faqir] Mohammed said Friday the group would hold its fire as long as peace talks continue with the Pakistani government.Sooner or later there will come a reckoning with Pakistan. Unlike other countries with Islamist and terrorist sympathies, Pakistan has nukes. So do we. More of them. And we know how to use them.
"We will not attack government positions and whoever indulges in such an attack will be treated as an enemy," he said.
But Mohammed said the Western troops in Afghanistan remained a legitimate target.
"We are Muslims and the enemy of infidels," Mohammed told the gathering. "We will continue our jihad (holy war) in Afghanistan as long as the foreign allied forces are there."
Rachael Ray: Not Every Scarf is a Kaffiyeh
Charles Johnson notes this Dunkin Donuts ad campaign featuring Rachael Ray. He and others think that the neckwear worn by Ray looks like a kaffiyeh, the scarf that is a symbol of Palestinian "resistance". I don't see it.
Kaffiyeh's are generally checkerboard patterned, although there are some variations. Compare Rachel Ray's scarf with the one worn by Hugo Chavez as a sign of solidarity with Palestinian terrorists.
Not every black and white scarf is a kaffiyah. If anything, it appears to me that Rachel Ray is trying to look French where scarf wearing has always been considered somewhat en vogue.
So, on the positive side it doesn't appear to be a keffiyah to me. On the minus side it does make her look French.
You decide which is worse.
Yon's Book Not Being Sold on Military Bases
Folks are asking why "Moment of Truth in Iraq" is not being carried on most military bases within the United States.Wow, outrageous! Go on over to Yon's site to find out how to take action.
My publisher and literary agent have been working with the private companies who handle book distribution on military bases in order to get "Moment of Truth in Iraq" on their shelves. The process is arduous, to put it mildly.
They have succeeded in getting the book into overseas bases. But as the publisher and my agent are slowly working their way through US distributors who cover different geographic regions, they have been told "no" by the largest distributor, the Anderson News Company. ...
Anderson News Company has almost a complete monopoly over the books carried on Army, Navy and Air Force book shelves
Video: "We Sort of Stretched the Facts, and People Ate it Up"
h/t : HotAir.
McCain-Kennedy "Comprehensive" Bill a "Top Agenda Item" for a McCain Administration
Yesterday, John McCain provided the nation with 'comprehensive' evidence that a McCain Administration will be teh 4wes0m3:
“Senator Kennedy and I tried very hard to get immigration reform, a comprehensive plan, through the Congress of the United States...[W]e must enact comprehensive immigration reform. We must make it a top agenda item if we don’t do it before, and we probably won’t, a little straight talk, as of January 2009.”I realize this attitude might hack some of you off. If so, you need to get it out of your system. You must vote for John McCain this November. If you don't, the revolving-door lobbyist/staffers in Washington D.C. might transition over to abolishing our national sovereignty under the "Democrat" brand instead of continuing to do so under the "Republican" label. That would mean that when the government allows control of our nation's ports to be taken over by foreign governments, it will be doing so in a "Democrat" way rather than a "Republican" way. When the government continues to look the other way when our immigration laws are blatantly violated, or hands control of our coastlines and oversight of our gun control laws over to United Nations bureaucrats, or throws border patrol agents in prison for doing their jobs, or orders state courts to set aside sentences based on the decisions of international tribunals, it will be a "Democrat" government doing all these things and getting all the credit.
Plus, kittens will die and Jesus will cry.
UPDATE: Jim Geraghty reports that Team McCain has told him to pay no attention to what the old man says.
Recent Muslim Convert Arrested for Bombing
(Exeter, UK) A 22-year-old recent convert to Islam, Nicky Reilly, was arrested after detonating at least one bomb in a busy shopping center during which he wounded himself.
Reilly has been described as being "preyed upon and radicalized" by jihadis and having the mental capacity of a 10-year-old.
Nicky Reilly, 22, received serious facial injuries after the device went off at lunchtime in a family restaurant at the new £230 million Princesshay shopping centre. Another device was defused by bomb disposal teams.I'm guessing BFG stands for big-something-something. Police said there is concern that jihadis are taking advantage of mentally and physically disabled people. Reilly is under guard at a hospital.
Tony Melville, Devon and Cornwall’s Deputy Chief Constable, said last night that Mr Reilly had been “preyed upon, radicalised and taken advantage of”. Mr Reilly’s neighbours said that he had been brainwashed. [ ... ]
Mr Reilly’s neighbours described him as “naive and easily lead”.
Daniel Turner, 20, said: ”He is mentally ill and he probably has the mental age of a ten-year-old.
“He changed his name to Mohammed Rasheed about a year ago at a registry office. He was brainwashed into becoming a Muslim by local men. He can’t think for himself.
“Nicky is schizophrenic. We call him the BFG, but he obviously met up with the wrong people.”
Under YouTube's Veil
When YouTube and Google recently declined Senator Lieberman's request to remove jihadist videos from their servers, they spouted a bunch of nonsense about their guidelines, and relying on users to police the site for them.
Fine. We'll do just that... and let's see how diligently YouTube will respond to the following profiles being flagged by readers of The Jawa Report.
Oh... wait... that's right.
You can't flag profiles, because that would make things too easy and rational. Instead we will be forced to flag individual videos, backgrounds and profile images (where appropriate).
The profiles listed below the fold all violate YouTube's terms of service in one way or another.
I stumbled onto one joker who apparently didn't get the memo about not showing your friends and subscribers on your profile, and I just kept finding more and more blatant jihadist profiles in his "network".
So you know what to do*, boys and girls.
Go get 'em!
But before you go unleash pwnage upon these adherents of "The Religion of Peace", please view the following video... and try to read between the lines.
Now perhaps I'm just being paranoid, but after viewing his profile, his "friends" and some of the comments he's left at YouTube, I have the distinct impression that this guy wants to do more than just "inform" people.
I didn't add this guy's profile to the following list... but he's one to be watched.
Not just because he's teh ghey, but also because he's really, really creepy.
OK. Now go get 'em!
Yeah. I know.
Nobody said it would be easy, or it wouldn't take time, keeping up with the propaganda campaign of the bad guys. But if we don't do it, who will?
Certainly not the staff of YouTube, of their own accord.
Thanks for your help putting the hammer down on these vermin.
Pam Anderson's Breasts Lure Boy for Sex
(Launceston, Tasmania) In January 2007, a local woman, Courtney Issabella Bailey, pleaded guilty to five counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old boy. Bailey admittedly used Pamela Anderson's breasts to lure the boy into doing multiple U-turns under the covers.
A 32-YEAR-OLD woman sent a picture of Pamela Anderson's breasts to a 15-year-old boy shortly before beginning a sexual relationship with him, the Supreme Court in Launceston has heard.This week, 34-year-old Bailey was sentenced to be a good person for two years. More ....
Courtney Issabella Bailey, now 34, told police that the boy had texted her asking her for a picture of her breasts -- but she sent a picture of the Baywatch star's breasts instead.
FOX Interviews Michael Yon On Iraq Progress
If you don't know about Michael Yon, he is former special forces, and now works as an author, journalist and blogger.
His dispatches have been frequently hailed as among the most accurate and unbiased accounts of the situation in Iraq, yet he is largely unknown outside the MilBlog community.
Apparently, the unvarnished reality Yon presents has generated friction on all sides.
In this video, Yon tells the FOX morning show about the remarkable progress that has been made in Iraq since the surge began, progress that has been largely blacked-out by the mainstream media.
Hat-Tip to Allah at HotAir.
Don't Worry, That'll Buff Right Out
Well, maybe not.
An Apache takes out an insurgent vehicle near Hawijah, Iraq with a well-placed Hellfire (NSFW comment or two when the Apache pilot thinks he's muffed the shot).
Christian Prosecuted for Converting From Islam
(Algiers) A 37-year-old Algerian woman, Habiba Qawider, faces a possible three years in prison for abandoning the Islamic faith without government permission. Her court case is being held in Tiaret, 400 kilometers west of Algiers.
Qawider was arrested during a police spot check of bus riders in April and found to be carrying 10 copies of the Bible. She didn't have a special permit to follow Christianity as required by law nor did she have the authorization to change her religion.
Six other Christians face the same charges in a separate court case. Their trial starts on May 27.
Amerikanische Hausfrau Makes Yemen Nervous
An article about me from the Swiss paper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), a major German language Swiss daily newspaper based in Zürich. (This is a translation from the German to English, with thanks to the very nice Marcus.) Sign the petition now?
From the Living Room, A Government Much Nervous
A housewife from New Jersey interferes in Yemen
If a newspaper in Yemen wants to sell more copies, it publishes a picture of Jane Novak. The 46 year old American housewife and mother of two children has reached surprising popularity in the southern Arabic country. All because of her Internet Blog. For the Yemeni government she has become something like enemy of the state number one.
The descriptions and names of Jane Novak are diverse: A member of al-kaida, an American secret agent, a Shiite monarchist, a Zionist - that’s what representatives from the Yemeni Government have called the women on different occasions. A women which sits some thousand kilometers away on a different continent, in front of her a Laptop-Computer blogging, assumed her children are in school and she has time at the moment.
The 46 year old housewife out of the American state of New Jersey openly admits to have known almost nothing about Yemen just a few years ago. In the meantime she is known in Yemen by her given name “Jane”. Also she possibly is the best known foreigner in the country even though the opinions about her greatly differ. Already the name and the graphical design of her Website, in the colors of the American flag ought to be enough to get the blood of Islamists and Arabic governments rushing through their veins.
Everything began with a petition
Everything began in the year 2004 with a petition to free the Yemenite journalist Karim al-Khaiwani. Khaiwani had attracted his governments anger, because he dared to write about a rebellion in the north of the country. He was charged with high treason and theoretically he has to fear the death penalty.
Out of the simple appeal on the Internet developed a Blog, which stood at the beginning of a campaign whose momentum holds steadily. The Website has developed into a kind of bulletin board for Journalists which are particular near to the countries opposition and oppositional politicians. They send emails which provide new information and make the blog into more than the hobby of a dilettante. One thing lead to another: But mainly the Yemeni government made the mistake to created the concept of the enemy “Jane” which made her an icon. By now Novak also publishes in the English “Yemen Times”. Her articles show a considerable knowledge of the inner workings.
Talk guest on “al-Jazira”
2005 Novak was a first time guest in a discussion on the arabic television station al-Jazeeza. When it was the speaker of the Yemeni governments turn he began with a tirade against Novak: "You do not speak Arabic, you never were in Yemen and you aren’t even a journalist. Everything you have is a website you are using to smear Yemen."
No “normal” activist
Reading her biography the 46 year old doesn’t really fit the picture of an activist who fights for the rights of people in an exotic country. According to “The New York Times” she was working as sales manager for a textile company before she became a mother. When a Yemeni Minister visited Washington last year he offered to meet “Jane”. She refused because the trip to Washington was too expensive and the complications in securing the supervision for her children.
Through her campaign Novak was sucked into one of the least known and most complex conflicts in the middle east. In the southern Arabic country, which formerly was divided into Northern and Southern Yemen, a rebellion of tribes in the north west has existed for years. The rebels which are located near the border to Saudi Arabia are fighting against the central government who accuses the rebels of being supported by Iran. The death toll is located in the thousands. The Journalist Karim al-Khaiwani whom Novak supports wrote, in spite of an official embargo, about the conflict on his website. This was the reason for the charge against him.
The Yemeni government accuses him of being a supporter of the “Terrorists”, which is the government's portrayal of the rebels. According to Novak this is a bitter irony because the stance of the regime on this subject has to be called ambivalent. Numerous prisoners which were incarcerated because there existed the suspicion of ties to al-Kaida have been freed in spite of protests from the West. The twilight of the global terror networks also lies on the small country on the southern tip of the Arabic peninsula. The definition of friend and foe is seldom definite.
Novak is convinced that al-Khaiwani is on the right side . The two have never met but are still corresponding by email. By the way, it took Novak months until Novak confessed to her protégé that she isn’t a Journalist but a housewife with a Laptop at home.
Canada Rejects Deserter
(Toronto, Ontario) In 2006, U.S. National Guard Sgt. Corey Glass deserted his unit and fled to Canada. He claimed he deserted because the Iraq War is illegal and he was mad because, when he joined, he thought the National Guard was a humanitarian organization.
Glass sought refugee status in Canada.
This week, the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board denied 25-year-old Corey Glass' application for refugee status. A June 12 deportation order was issued.
Activists haven't given up. They hope to energize a political appeal through the House of Commons to keep Glass in Canada.
Renewed Hopes for Austrian Hostages
Negotiators working to win the release of kidnapped Austrian tourists Andrea Kloiber and Wolfgang Ebner say they are confident the hostages are alive after three months of captivity, and that progress is being made to end the abduction (via AFP):
"My feeling is that we are halfway across choppy waters in a boat which we mustn't rock too much or else it could go under," Vienna's envoy in Africa Anton Prohaska told AFP. "(But) we can see the other side, it's within our reach."
The diplomatic metaphor conveys the delicacy and painstaking pace of the indirect negotiations over the pair.
"Things are progressing, but slowly," added a Malian official within the negotiating team. "Contact has been made on several occasions through intermediaries. What is important is that the hostages are alive, and that the kidnappers respect their commitment to keeping them alive."
May 21, 2008
Jawa Report, LGF, AllahP Make American Communications Journal
A fascinating recount of the 2006 Fauxtography scandal. Dan Riehl, Ace and the infamous zombie all appear in the journal article as well.
And an excuse to re-post this Jawa Report classic:
Youtube Video: Thank God For Israel
Posted because Youtube Jihadis find this video offensive and....
Never mind, that's reason enough, isn't it?
ATTN: YouTube User SwordOfBaghdad
Update: Oh Yeah, Another Hat Tip to Senator Joe Lieberman.
Al-Khaiwani Verdict Postponed
The verdict and sentencing in the case of al-Khaiwani has been postponed until an unknown date. It may be as early as next week. Its a ploy to wait until attention is focused else where.
Also postponed, the trial in the lesser known but just as stupid case of Fahd al-Qarni, a singer/comedian who is charged with attempting to overthrow the regime with a song. Yes, really: (al-Qarni) has been charged with inciting an armed overthrow of the government and insulting the President.
Video : John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Agree : "Close the Gun Show Loophole"
Toilets for Homeless
(Seattle, Washington) In 2004, the Seattle City Council approved a $6.6 million, 10-year contract to provide five toilets for the homeless in city parks. Now, it's been decided that it was an expensive and ineffective idea.
Part of the reason is that the denizens of Seattle noticed more, rather than less, human waste on the streets after the toilets opened. It also didn't help that the toilets became gathering places for hookers and druggies.
Brits Building New Aircraft Carriers
(London, England) In a statement issued May 20th, the British government has announced that two new 65,000-ton aircraft carriers will be built for the Royal Navy.
The British government has officially given the go-ahead to a 3.9 billion pound ($7.6 billion) program to build two aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy. The first of the warships is planned to be in service in 2014.It's anticipated that pre-production formalities will be completed in four to five weeks. More ....
Stuff to Read: Lazy Ass Blogger Edition
So Howie has been lazy on the blogging, but I saved up a few links this AM.
Return of Filthy Allah? I know I can't wait.
Open thread for comments because I'm too damned lazy to post more links ;)
I now return me to my regularly scheduled lazy assed nap.
Three Aid Workers Kidnapped in Somalia
More trouble out of Somalia (via AFP):
MOGADISHU (AFP) — Gunmen kidnapped three aid workers -- two Italians and a Somali -- in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region on Wednesday, the latest in a string of attacks against humanitarian groups, officials told AFP.
"Three aid workers, among them two Italians, a man and a woman, were kidnapped early this morning by armed men who blindfolded them and took them away," local elder Mohamed Ibrahim Ali told AFP.
A local security official confirmed the kidnapping and said the security forces were trying to locate the hostages.
May 20, 2008
Ignorant Race-Baiting From
the Guardian Spike Lee
The Drudge Report, which should know better, links to this pathetically uninformed Guardian story [in] which [Spike Lee, linked above at the Timesonline] tries to foment racial resentment, and, incidentally, attack a rarity in Hollywood these days - an unabashedly patriotic movie.
Flags of Our Fathers opened yesterday [October 21, 2006], and the Guardian immediately launched their assault[emphasis added]:
in Flags of Our Fathers, Clint Eastwood's big-budget, Oscar-tipped film of the battle for the Japanese island that opened on Friday in the US. While the film's battle scenes show scores of young soldiers in combat, none of them are African-American. Yet almost 900 African-American troops took part in the battle of Iwo Jima, including Sgt McPhatter.[Lee has pretty much repeated the Guardian's charges] The Guardian is not a newspaper [and Spike Lee is not a director] that likes to let a little fact-checking get in the way of a good rant. If they were, they might have found out that the United States sent 110,000 Marines to invade Iwo Jima. That means that the 900 African Americans who participated represented eight tenths of one percent of the invasion force.
So, if the movie, as the Guardian says, portrayed "scores of young soldiers" (and by the way, they weren't "soldiers", they were Marines, you insipid socialist limey jackasses), and we generously allow "scores" to mean "100," that means that a proportional representation of African Americans would require that eight tenths of a Marine be portrayed as black. Given the ferocity of the battle for Iwo Jima, perhaps that would be appropriate.
What's not appropriate is for a foreign leftist scandal rag [or a director who makes money by provoking racial tensions], whose editors are so blindingly stupid [the Timesonline has repeated this stupid part in their Lee story] that they don't even know the difference between a soldier and a Marine, to seek to foment racial tension.
The Jawa Report: Radio Edition Welcomes Bill Roggio
Join us tonight as we discuss the battle for Iraq with Bill Roggio of The Long War Journal.
Bill was just recently reporting from Iraq, and his insight will be greatly valued. We'll also have quite a bit of fun, I expect.
8 pm CDT, 9 pm EDT.
Archive is up
Baha'i Leaders Jailed in Iran
The Islamic government of Iran jailed six top Baha'i religious leaders last week, contrary to the advertised philosophy of the religion of peace and tolerance.
Iranian intelligence agents searched the homes of the six on Wednesday and then whisked them away, according to the Baha'i's World News Service. The report said the six are in Evin prison and that the arrests follow the detention in March of another Baha'i leader.The Baha'i is the largest minority religious community in Iran and the government considers its followers to be apostates. Since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became president, attacks against the Baha'i have increased.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry could not immediately be reached for comment, and the incident has not been mentioned in Iran's state-run media.
"Their only crime is their practice of the Baha'i faith," said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha'i international community to the United Nations.
About 300,000 Iranians follow the Baha'i faith out of the 65 million total population in the country.
House Votes to Sue OPEC, Overturn Laws of Cause and Effect
Don Quixote certainly would approve:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Tuesday allowing the Justice Department to sue OPEC members for limiting oil supplies and working together to set crude prices, but the White House threatened to veto the measure.Clever. Following the first law of politics, point the finger in a slightly relevant (if you cross your eyes and stand on one foot) direction when your chickens come home to rrrooost.
The bill would subject OPEC oil producers, including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela, to the same antitrust laws that U.S. companies must follow.
It might work if we were the only customer for OPEC oil. You know, if there wasn't a huge ready market desperate for oil at almost any price. Certainly there are many rapacious villains within OPEC. So what? They're willing to drill for oil. We aren't.
It is Congress that has allowed the ban on drilling in ANWR to stand. It is Congress that has not acted to approve drilling in our coastal waters - better that Mexico do it. We have not built a new oil refinery in more than 25 years, and are not building any now, despite the dire warning of Hurricane Katrina, which threatened the few we have. It is Congress that has allowed ignorant, superstitious crackpots to halt nuclear power plants in this country, leaving the generation of electricity up to coal- and oil-fired plants. And it is Congress that allows the states to keep their own idiotic "environmental" recipes for gasoline. Do you remember what your gas mileage was when President Bush suspended the practice temporarily after Katrina? Mine was 25-30% better. Does the vastly reduced mileage under my state's gasoline recipe help the environment? Seems doubtful.
So here we have a pack of witless, giggling turds in Congress tilting at windmills. Wonderful. I'm sure it will help a lot.
Another article about me but this one is in the New York Times and doesn't call me a Mason
OMG the Times article is too funny. The fact that there is a Times article is funny enough, but its a killeh because its all true, for example:
The government’s allies routinely vilify her in print as an American agent, a Shiite monarchist, a member of Al Qaeda, or “the Zionist Novak.” (True. I particularly liked "Jane Novak: A Docile Pupil of a Monkey Monk".)
“This is a country that lets Al Qaeda people go free, and they’re putting a journalist on trial for doing his job?” she said. “It’s just completely crazy.” (True!)
She speaks with a distinct Brooklyn accent, having grown up in Flatbush. (True. One of the commenters after the first Jawa radio show said, "Great show, but who was that woman who sounds like Edith Bunker?")
It was after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that Ms. Novak "thought it would be a good idea to write in the English-language Arabic press on subjects we could all agree on, freedom of the press, equality, stuff like that,” (True, true, there's a lot we all agree on.)
“He’s just such a nice guy (al-Khaiwani),” Ms. Novak said. “He really believes in democracy, and he’s paying the price for it.” (True, and he's very polite.)
Ms. Novak’s perpetual harping on these themes appears to infuriate the Yemeni authorities. (True, bwahahaha.)
Some professional Arabists speak a little disdainfully of Ms. Novak’s blog... (True, yet another badge of honor.)
“Some say there’s no progress in the Middle East,” she said. “But if they could just see these people — they’re really modern heroes.” (Very true.)
Its called: "A Living Room Crusade Via Blogging". (Yes, they called it a crusade.)
The only thing that is missing is all the help with the petition I had from the Hands Across the Middle East Support Alliance (a great organization), and Jawa and the thirty other bloggers who are carrying the story of al-Khaiwani. But I guess a three page article would have been a bit much...
Anyway, have you signed al-Khaiwani's petition today? (Click here.) Really you should, your mother would want you to.
USNavy Violates Venezuelan Airspace
(Caracas, Venezuela) A U.S. Navy S-3B Viking aircraft strayed into Venezuelan airspace over the weekend, prompting a strong denunciation by Hugo Chavez's government.
Lockheed Martin S-3B Viking jet aircraft
According to State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, the breach of airspace was inadvertent.
"While conducting a counternarcotics mission in international airspace, the pilot realized that a navigation error had occurred," Mr. McCormack said.Not so, said Venezuelan Defense Minister Gustavo Rangel. It was deliberate and another link in a chain of provocations toward Venezuela, said Rangel.
"He contacted a Venezuelan tower to report the error, stating that he would immediately return to international airspace. The exchange was polite and professional."
Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro has summoned U.S. Ambassador Patrick Duddy to provide an explanation.
May 19, 2008
Youtube Blows off Senator Lieberman, Refuses to Remove Terrorist Content
Senator Joe Lieberman earlier today publicized a letter he sent to Eric Schmidt demanding Google remove "content produced by Islamist terrorist organizations from YouTube."Heh that's funny, the CNET geek thinks that hosting content from specially designated terrorist entities on youtube is "legal" and protected as free speech.
The Connecticut Senator wants all videos mentioning or featuring these groups removed from YouTube - including videos featuring legal nonviolent or non-hate speech.
I know we're about to get into the thick of the political silly season but no less than a veteran U.S. Senator should take a look at the United States Constitution now and then. It's one heck of a document. Really.Seems to me like Charles Copper of CNET and Eric Schmidt of Google need to read International Emergency Economic Powers Act as well as executive orders 12947 and 13224. All of which are quite constitutional.
See when a US company hosts videos (or other propaganda) created by specially designated terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and al-Qaeda with the goal of aiding their war against the United States, that is unlawful.
I hope senator Lieberman's next call is to the Dept of Treasury Office of Foreign asset Control. If OFAC needs to start using its power to fine Youtube and other web hosts who refuse to remove terrorist content. A few 250K fines would go a long way in changing their minds.
The senator's press release is here.
At long last, I can use these two words together:
Somehow, I feel I understand this culture a little better now.
It is certain the camel does.
American Islamic Congress to Yemen: Target Terrorists Not Journalists
The American Islamic Congress called today on the Yemeni government to drop all charges against independent journalist Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani, who faces a sentencing hearing tomorrow that could result in the death penalty.
“Mr. al-Khaiwani is one of the most prominent independent reporters in Yemen and the Arab world,” said Nasser Weddady, the organization’s Civil Rights Director. “His newspaper has been closed, his website blocked, and his young children beaten. He is being persecuted solely for his investigative journalism.”
While Yemen has a vibrant independent media, the government has targeted outspoken editors like al-Khaiwani, who has been repeatedly jailed and beaten over the past three years. The prosecution of independent journalists comes as the Yemeni government has allowed masterminds of the USS Cole bombing to go free for months and repeatedly released suspects on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.
“When terrorist masterminds walk free but investigative journalists get arrested, there is a serious threat to freedom of the press,” Weddady explained. “The Yemeni government has been lax with terrorists and brutal with reporters. That is unacceptable.”
The American Islamic Congress has joined an international partnership of human rights organizations, including several Yemeni press freedom groups, to launch a letter-writing campaign on al-Khaiwani’s behalf. Already, over 750 people from around the world have sent letters to Yemeni, US, and European officials about al-Khaiwani’s case.
“Al-Khaiwani and all of Yemen’s journalists are entitled to practice their profession without fear of political retribution,” said Weddady. “We hope the Yemeni government will drop all charges and target terrorists rather than journalists.”
The American Islamic Congress is a civil-rights organization promoting tolerance and the exchange of ideas among Muslims and between other peoples. With the motto “passionate about moderation,” the organization leads initiatives around the world and has offices in Washington, Boston, Egypt, and Iraq.
Samir Khan is a Rebel Spy...
So I guess I need to back that up. Given how both the NYT's and FOX have now said that Samir Khan's activities are not "illegal".
North Carolina Muslim to Geert Wilders: Islam Will Dominate Europe, Destroy Western Civilization, Tear Out Dutch MP's Heart.
U.S. Muslim Thanks Allah for Tornadoes Killing Americans
Samir Khan Not So Tough
Al Qaeda "New" Face of Terror?
Reader Love Mail: At Least He's Honest Edition
GIMF Raising Money Online for al Qaeda
American Muslim: "Pray for al Qaeda in Iraq
Reader Love Mail: From Inshallahshaheed With Love Edition
New GIMF Video: Caravan of Martyrs in Iraq (Updated: GIMF's English Propagandist Identified?)
For Inshallahshaheed: Rot in Hell you SOB Traitor!!!
And if that is not enough, yes we have a lot more, I give you Rusty's post directly addressing this:
But a minor beef is this from the article:At Jawa we call that treason, sedition, aiding the enemy in its propaganda effort.It's not that he doesn't want to go and fight for al Qaeda--it's just that he isn't able to at this time. So, as he has publicly said, he fights for al Qaeda from his desktop. By publishing their propaganda. By helping them in their propaganda war. By inciting others to do violence against the United States.
Its as simple as who's flag that Samir Khan Flies over his posts....al-Qaeda's flag.
When the US government and law enforcement will begin to take these online activities as seriously as al-Qaeda and their supporters do is anyone's guess?
Turkey Going Cold Turkey on Smoking
(Istanbul, Turkey) Effective today, a nation-wide comprehensive smoking ban has been instituted in Turkey.
Smoking is banned in almost all enclosed areas such as public buildings including education, health, entertainment, sports, production, business, cultural and social facilities -- plus all public transportation, including taxis, trains and boats.
I speculate that the government will have difficulty enforcing the ban. The hookah is very popular in Turkey.
Iraqi Bishops Oppose Death Penalty for Murdered Archbishop's Killer
Church leaders in Iraq issued a statement calling for "forgiveness and reconciliation" following the news that an Iraqi court has sentenced an al Qaeda terrorist to death for the kidnapping and murder of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho earlier this year. Via Asia News:
Baghdad (AsiaNews) - "If Archbishop Rahho himself were still alive, he would not accept that someone should have to die for him. Let us remember that the principles that have always inspired the Church in Iraq are those of forgiveness and reconciliation". Shlemon Warduni, auxiliary bishop of Baghdad, spoke to AsiaNews about the death sentence for Ahmad Ali Ahmad, a leading al-Qaeda militant involved in the kidnapping and assassination in March of the Chaldean archbishop of Mosul, Paulos Faraj Rahho.
Transplants Denied for Medical Marijuana Users
(Seattle, Washington) Two recent cases have raised awareness that medical marijuana users are being rejected for organ transplants.
Timothy Garon, 56, of Seattle died after being rejected for a liver transplant and 33-year-old Jonathon Simchen of Fife, a town south of Seattle, still seeks transplant help after being rejected by two medical facilities.
Marijuana advocates are not amused.
Obama: Hey, Hey, Lay Off the Little Woman
Appearing on ABC's Good Morning America today, Democratic presumptive candidate Barack Obama flew into a little snit about a Republican ad running in Tennessee that *gasp* uses Michelle Obama's own words to make a point. When GMA asked Michelle about the ad, Barack interrupted, presumably to protect Michelle's delicate feminine sensibilities:
The Illinois senator told "Good Morning America" that he expects hardball tactics from the Republicans if he becomes the Democratic presidential nominee.Obama also trotted out the "snippet" defense to explain away his wife's belief, spoken aloud at at least two different campaign stops, that, "...for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country [because her hubby is running for president]."
"But I also think these folks should lay off my wife," he told "GMA" as his wife chuckled beside him.
Previous "snippet" defense: Obama's pastor of twenty years calls for God to "damn America," and proclaims that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were America's "...chickens comin' home...to roooooooost."
May 18, 2008
Murderer of Iraqi Archbishop Sentenced to Death
An Iraqi court sentenced an Al Qaeda member responsible for the February kidnapping and murder of Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho to death (via BBC):
The archbishop of the northern city of Mosul was kidnapped in February by gunmen who attacked his car, killing his driver and two bodyguards.
His body was found in a shallow grave two weeks later.
The Iraqi government said the criminal court had imposed the death sentence on Ahmed Ali Ahmed, known as Abu Omar.
The US embassy in Baghdad welcomed the verdict.
Fidelity to Our Heros: Ali Soufan
When I was reading this excellent WaPo about the USS Cole bombers all being free, I was focused on this: "Diplomatic relations soured further in February, when the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa learned that Fahd al-Quso, another Cole conspirator, had been secretly freed nine months before. Like Badawi, Quso faces U.S. charges in the Cole case and has a $5 million bounty on his head."
While my head was exploding, I entirely failed to notice this quote from former US Ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine, who Gary (Jawa pal and father of one of the murdered sailors) and I view as an impediment to the FBI's efforts:
Bodine said the FBI was slow to trust Yemeni authorities....The FBI was "dealing with a bureaucracy and a culture they didn't understand," she said. "Yemen operates on a different timeline than we do. We had one group working on a New York minute, and another on a 4,000-year-old history." The FBI and some White House officials, in turn, suspected Bodine was too sympathetic toward the Yemenis. The FBI special agent in charge, John O'Neill, was forced to return to New York after butting heads too many times with the ambassador.
One person who noticed Ms. Bodine's comments was a former FBI investigator Ali H. Soufan who makes a few VERY GOOD POINTS in an oped in the WaPo:
Rather than supporting us, Bodine declared John O'Neill, a man greatly respected by his Yemeni counterparts, persona non grata. Many American officials in Yemen, including members of Bodine's team, shared our frustration. Even victims of the Cole were offended by her. I'll never forget one sailor telling me that Bodine visited the ship soon after the attack and acted "as if we had just inconvenienced her country." (ed: I heard that too. She walked around the deck with the wounded still bleeding and blamed the crew.)
If Yemen is truly an ally, it should act as an ally. Until it does, U.S. aid to Yemen should be reevaluated. It will be impossible to defeat al-Qaeda if our "allies" are freeing the convicted murderers of U.S. citizens and terrorist masterminds while receiving direct U.S. financial aid.
The families of the victims of the USS Cole, and all Americans who want to see terrorists face justice, should be assured that this is not over. Many determined agents will not rest until justice is served. Their efforts, thankfully, receive unconditional support from Mueller. In the FBI, we believe that fidelity to our fallen heroes' bravery exemplifies true integrity and real patriotism.
Yes why are we giving money to this regime that shelters and protects the terrorist murders of US sailors? Is this what we've come to? Appeasing the appeasers? Loyalty to these sailors must transcend geo-political concerns or we are nothing as a nation. Pragmatism cannot trump fidelity in this or any war.
Finally A Little Appeasement to US from Yemen
FBI Most Wanted Jaber Elbaneh was jailed after losing the appeal of his conviction in the case of the "thwarted terror attacks" that occurred days before Yemen's presidential election. Evidence against the Yemeni-American in the 2006 attempted attack on oil facilities was weak, Interior Minister Rashad al-Alimi had said, defending Elbaneh's prior release on bail after surrendering to President Saleh. However its possible that Elbaneh is innocent in the "thwarted attack" case, and the whole thing is a temporary ploy to take some pressure off Saleh after the recent news about all the USS Cole bombers being effectively pardoned. Elbaneh is one of the Lackawanna group who trained in bin Laden's al-Farouq terrorist training camp. He never returned to the US.
YO: The political security personnel arrested al- Elbaneh immediately and took him from the court hall to the political security prison.
The order came during the Appeal Court's session for trying 36 al-Qaeda suspects accused of committing terrorist acts in Yemen, including the bombing of some oil facilities in Marib and al-Dhabah of Hadramout in 2006. They are also accused of planning to attack several foreign interests and governmental institutions, as well as public places, including main hotels.
May 17, 2008
Jihad Funding Ring Busted
A group of Islamists with ties to al-Qaeda were rounded up yesterday by German, French and Dutch authorities.
Police in Germany, France and the Netherlands arrested 10 people on Friday suspected of providing funding to Islamic extremists in Uzbekistan, officials said.In France, eight suspects were arrested in a suburb of the eastern city of Mulhouse, about 30 miles from Weil am Rhein. The French domestic intelligence agency DST investigated the group for about a year.
The 10 men arrested after a yearlong investigation are suspected of belonging to a network involved in funding the Islamist terror organization Islamic Jihad Union, German press agency DPA reported.
In Germany, a 35-year-old Turkish immigrant was arrested in Weil am Rhein. Extradition to France is pending court approval.
In the Netherlands, a 48-year-old Turk was arrested in the southern town of Tilburg. Extradition to France has been requested.
Good! At least one channel for funding the terrorists is out of business.
Chinese Whiz in the Fish Tank
(Changchun, China) A local restaurant owner has modified the 12-foot men's room urinal trough to become a fish tank urinal trough with a sign posted saying, "Please urinate here."
As a novelty, the urinal fish tank is a big hit with the more well-equipped customers simply tickled by the idea. However, some fish experts have voiced criticism. Mostly, it's considered disrespectful to the Chinese fish culture. It has also been condemned for harming the fish.
The restaurant owner disagrees, saying the fish are not harmed and they are not served to the public. More ....
May 16, 2008
New Plea for British Hostages
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey made a direct appeal to the kidnappers of 5 British men abducted a year ago in Baghdad and believed to be held in Iran. Via Times Online:
The former Archbishop of Canterbury has broken a year-long government news blackout to appeal directly to the group holding five “forgotten” British hostages who were abducted in Baghdad last May.
Lord Carey of Clifton released a video statement through The Times in which he greeted the hostage-takers as “honourable men” and “men of faith”.
His words were addressed, over the heads of British diplomats and Iraqi government officials, to the kidnappers.
“You believe, as I do, that faith is important in this broken world,” Lord Carey said. “I appeal to you, as good people, to release these men who long to be back home once more.”
I received this advertisement in the mail and was wondering if the price was reasonable. Nobody I know has purchased one of the AK-47 Pistols. Maybe the readers can weigh in.
Price is good until May 19th but, with only four left, they may sell out soon.
Lindsay Graham : The Worst Republican Senator?
Quin Hilyer thinks so:
South Carolina's Lindsey Graham is a flop. He pretends to be a conservative, but sells out conservatives and insults them while doing so. He pretends to be effective at reaching across party lines, but the only thing he effectively does is help the other party. He inhabits the Senate seat of Strom Thurmond, legendary for great attention to his South Carolina constituents, but Graham spends most of his time trailing behind John McCain like a valet as McCain criss-crosses the country in pursuit of the presidency. He called Ted Kennedy "one of the most principled men I've ever met." In sum, in the words of conservative movement stalwart Richard Viguerie, "Lindsey Graham is part of the problem."Full article here.
I'm not sure that I agree that Graham is the worst GOP senator. Not that Graham is any good, mind you, it's just that Graham faces some very stiff competition in that contest (literally so in the case of Larry Craig).
Lindsay Goober Graham is definitely a schmuck, and an embarassment to the GOP, but in a Senate that hosts Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Arlen Specter, John Warner, Chuck Hagel, Ted "Bridge to Nowhere" Stevens, Gordon Smith, Richard Lugar, Pete Domenici, Lisa Murkowski and Larry Craig, I'm not sure that Lindsay Graham is the worst of the lot.
A Message From An "Iraqi Citizen" Regarding Our Elections - UPDATED
While I usually recoil from citizens of other nations who seek to meddle in our political process, as they are typically the same people who complain about the U.S. meddling in their affairs, I cannot deny that the citizens of Iraq will directly feel the effects of our upcoming presidential election.
I do not agree with everything said in this video, but I believe he's got the right to voice his opinion about our election, as it may well mean the difference between life or death for his country.
This man has no vote in an election that will determine his fate. He only has your conscience.
Liberals and Conservatives alike, take heed.
Upon further consideration of this video, and the comments left at YouTube by it's creator, I see not the slightest shred of gratitude for the blood and treasure our nation has spent to secure Iraq's freedom.
I see no indication that this man takes the slightest personal responsibility for the fate of his nation, or the actions of his fellow countrymen.
I see nothing but self-justification, complaints about how we do things... followed by demands that we do more (accompanied by music and text designed to tug at our heart strings).
The enemy of my enemy is not always my friend.
This man in not a friend to America (or Republicans), no matter whom he supports for president.
Here's a little quiz for our readers. Answer below the fold.
Q: How many Iraqi nationals use the word "dude" in common parlance?
A: My guess would be none. I don't actually have an answer.
I'm going to go ahead and call bullsh** on this one, after he referred to me as "dude" during our debate in his comments.
He claims he was an interpreter with the army for a few years, so I guess it's possible he picked it up from our guys.
But I seriously doubt it.
Suddenly, I am unable to comment on the video.
Right after noticing he didn't know the difference between "allah akabar" (what he said) and "allahu akbar" (the correct way).
You'd think an Iraqi would know that.
How interesting... lol.
I'll say this for the guy - if he's lying about being an Iraqi, he's at least consistent in his lie, as he's posted basically the same information at quite a few sites besides YouTube.
I still have considerable doubts regarding the veracity of this guy's claims, however I have no proof to support my belief that he's not an Iraqi.
Just a funny feeling. And those don't hold up well under scrutiny.
So he's either a clever, manipulative sock-puppet, or a not-too-clever, manipulative ingrate. Readers will have to make their own call on this one.
Taliban Rocket Bounces Off Brit Officer
Too bad we don't have video.
Last Saturday, a 30-year-old British officer, Lt. David Robertson of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was hit in the chest by a Taliban rocket and survived.
It happened as Lt. Robertson's company crested a hill during an advance on a Taliban position.
Several RPGs fired and one ricocheted off the Lt.'s body armor and detonated against his armored vehicle.
"I didn't get my life flashing in front of me but it did slow down.Lt. Robertson received only minor injuries. Lucky guy.
"The thing split into three parts - it coming towards me, it hitting me and bouncing off and then detonating.
"It must have just skiffed off me and went to my left and detonated on the fully open gunners hatch.
"I was knocked backwards I hit the back of the turret pretty hard.
"I remember a big bang and a heat wave and then felt burning in my arm and side."
H/T - G. Mehr
U.S. DoD: Offensive Computing and Cyber Warfare
To quote the infamous Cypher, "All I see now is, blonde, brunette, redhead".
The United States Air Force Cyber Command (AFCYBER) is due to "stand up" and begin operations on October 1, 2008. There is a lot of attention being paid to the cyber space realm as a means of warfare, more so than the average person would know about. Denial of service and cyber espionage are in common use by most modern governments these days. It pleases me to no end that the United States is gearing up to make things happen in this battle space.
The Air Force Cyber Command, U.S. Navy Network Warfare Command and The U.S. Army's "Joint Functional Component Command Network Warfare" are well on their way to insure America is a Superpower in Cyber Space.
That being said, I recently saw a contract placed up for bid by the U.S. DoD that I found interesting.
It appears, that AFCYBER is accepting bids from interested parties to assist it in establishing it's offensive computing capability.
Dominant Cyber Offensive Engagement and Supporting Technology
Solicitation Number: BAA-08-04-RIKA
Agency: Department of the Air Force
Office: Air Force Materiel Command
Location: AFRL - Rome Research Site
I. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION:
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)/RI is soliciting white papers for various scientific studies and experiments to increase our knowledge and understanding of the broad range of capabilities required in support of Dominant Cyber Offensive Engagement and Supporting Technology, to include testing of prototype capabilities. Solutions to basic and applied research and engineering for the problems relating to Dominant Cyber Offensive Engagement and Supporting Technology are sought. This includes high risk, high payoff capabilities for gaining access to any remotely located open or closed computer information systems; these systems enabling full control of a network for the purposes of information gathering and effects based operations. Of interest are any and all techniques to enable user and/or root level access to both fixed (PC) or mobile computing platforms. Robust methodologies to enable access to any and all operating systems, patch levels, applications and hardware are of interest. Also, we are interested in technology to provide the capability to maintain an active presence within the adversaries' information infrastructure completely undetected. Of interest are any and all techniques to enable stealth and persistence capabilities on an adversaries infrastructure. This could be a combination of hardware and/or software focused development efforts.
Following this, it is desired to have the capability to stealthily exfiltrate information from any remotely-located open or closed computer information systems with the possibility to discover information with previously unknown existence. Any and all techniques to enable exfiltration techniques on both fixed and mobile computing platforms are of interest. Consideration should be given to maintaining a "low and slow" gathering paradigm in these development efforts to enable stealthy operation. Finally, this BAA's objective includes the capability to provide a variety of techniques and technologies to be able to affect computer information systems through Deceive, Deny, Disrupt, Degrade, Destroy (D5) effects. Of interest are any and all techniques including enabling D5 effects to computers and their networks; integration of effects with Access, Stealth and Persistence and Cybint capabilities; command and control of effects; and determining effects' link to operational impact. In addition to these main concepts, we desire to have research efforts in the supporting areas including (but not limited to): Information Assurance through Flattened Computer Architectures in special application/user environments; NGPSec: Secure Next Generation Protocol Suite to investigate feasibility and determine whether reinventing the network protocol stack can be done and the resulting success quantified; Proactive Botnet Defense Technology Development specifically as applies to new ideas/concepts for practical application; Carbon nanotubes for high density interconnects and RF applications, to allow for incorporating novel IA designs into computer architectures through nanotube interconnects with nanotube based RF peripherals (antennas).
I've got your "Cyber Jihad" right here.
McCain Campaign (Finally) Invites Michelle Malkin
As you may know, John McCain's campaign
has been inviting recently decided to invite left-wing critics to participate in weekly blogger conference calls, while not inviting certain vocal conservative critics, including Michelle Malkin.
I'm all for "outreach," but it seems to me a little "inreach" is in order. (Though given McCain's treatment of the conservative base, it might be better characterized as a "reach-around.")
In any event, after some artful lobbying, Michelle's finally persuaded (or perhaps shamed) McCain's team to allow her to participate in weekly conference calls just like the leftist bloggers do.
Good for Michelle--and credit to the McCain team for making the correct (if belated) decision.
UPDATE : It has been pointed out in the comments that: 1. the practice of inviting lefty bloggers is a recent practice, and 2. some right-wing bloggers less than favorable to McCain (e.g., Hugh Hewitt) had been invited to prior calls. I've amended the above to clarify.
Video : New "One Period a Year" Pill Debuts (Beware Side Effects)
Hell Hath No Fury...
Eh John Ryan?
May 15, 2008
Tennessee Republican Party welcomes Michelle Obama - ouch.
Peggy Noonan : The Deer in the Darkness
The Republicans? Busy dying. The brightest of them see no immediate light. They're frozen, not like a deer in the headlights but a deer in the darkness, his ears stiff at the sound. Crunch. Twig. Hunting party.Read it all.
The headline Wednesday on Drudge, from Politico, said, "Republicans Stunned by Loss in Mississippi." It was about the eight-point drubbing the Democrat gave the Republican in the special House election. My first thought was: You have to be stupid to be stunned by that. Second thought: Most party leaders in Washington are stupid – detached, played out, stuck in the wisdom they learned when they were coming up, in '78 or '82 or '94. Whatever they learned then, they think pertains now...
"This was a real wakeup call for us," someone named Robert M. Duncan, who is chairman of the Republican National Committee, told the New York Times. This was after Mississippi. "We can't let the Democrats take our issues." And those issues would be? "We can't let them pretend to be conservatives," he continued. Why not? Republicans pretend to be conservative every day.
h/t : HotAir.
And Now A Message From Dr. Rusty Shackleford
Hi everyone, sorry I can't be there. I miss blogging, but I've uncovered some very important findings in my academic research here in Scotland.
Thanks Vinnie for posting my findings, the mystery has been solved, and my paper on it will be peer reviewed and may gain me that chairmanship in the GBLT Studies department that I've craved for so long.
To see the fruit of Rusty's exhaustive research in Scotland, go below the fold.
London Police Confront Radical Muslims
Towards the end of this vid you will see who has control of the situation.
Hint, it isn't the London police.
The Ultimate Rush?
Move over Nanolight here comes Rocket man. Wow.
Skydiving "Russian Style" below the fold.
Dead Guy OBL Awakens Again For New Message
From Laura Mansfield
Just two weeks shy of the tenth anniversary of Osama Bin Laden's declaration in a televised press conference that he "does not differentiate between those dressed in military uniforms and civilians: they are all targets".
Bin Laden once again attempts to take center stage, with the announcement of a message addressing the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.
It would have been surprising to see such an event as Israel's 60th anniversary
come and go without a Bin Laden message. It also is likely we'll see another message shortly from Zawahiri addressing the current crises in Egypt in the coming week.
We will have more as it develops.
Update by Howie: We have the video. It is uploading now. Also if you are one of Laura's subscribers she has it available for download.
Update II: The video will be available here shortly. (Waiting on Google)
Iraq: U.S. General Cites Iranian Link to "Special Group" Terrorists
Apparently the Iraq government finally "opened" their eyes to the Iranian complicity in supplying arms and other materials to terrorists.
Earlier, according to Defense Secretary Gates, Iraqi troops were sent into Basra by Prime Minster Maliki to go after Iranian backed terrorist. They found substantial caches of Iranian-supplied weapons. This apparently was the "eye opener".
WASHINGTON — So-called “special groups” terrorists operating in Iraq apparently are receiving training, arms and funding from Iranian sources, a senior U.S. military official posted in Iraq said May 14.
“Over the course of the last several months, we have publicly discussed numerous times, and shown numerous times, the evidence on four separate occasions on what we have found and continue to find: Iranian-made weapons in the hands of criminals in Iraq,” Army Maj. Gen. Kevin Bergner told reporters during a Baghdad news conference.
U.S. officials previously have discussed evidence that indicates some Iraqi militants “are being trained in Iran and receiving funding from Iranian Quds forces to conduct violent attacks in Iraq,” Bergner said. The Quds Force is a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard widely believed to be responsible for operations, including terrorist operations, outside Iran’s borders.
Such Iranian meddling in Iraqi affairs violates Iraq’s sovereignty, Bergner pointed out.
“With this evidence, the government of Iraq has recently engaged its neighbor and again sought fulfillment of Iranian commitments previously made to stop the flow of weapons, training and funding” to insurgent groups in Iraq, Bergner said.
I certainly wouldn't hold my breath waiting for Iran to stop, they won't.
ATTN: Terrorist Loving YouTube Users
Awesome work guys for smacking these jihadi lovers down!
Fred is BACK!
The rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated. Via Townhall:
Our nation has some serious issues to work through for today … and for the next generation. Now isn’t the time for conservatives to be looking for a tailored message or a politically expedient route to victory if the end result is going to be the inevitable slide toward the liberalization and secularization of America, and the growth of government and loss of freedom that inevitably ensues. For us conservatives it must be about principles and policies that are grounded in freedom, free markets and the rule of law. That’s what I’ve been talking and writing about for the past few years, and that’s what I want to talk write about here on Townhall and in the new Townhall Magazine.h/t : HotAir.
I Can Haz Amnesty Now? (v. 2.0)
What it comes to amnesty, John McCain is still stuck on stupid if he thinks any of his immigration proposals are likely to bring illegal immigration under control within four years. He offers a "retrospective" from 2013 in which he envisions this happening. Via Michelle:
Illegal immigrants who broke our laws after they came here have been arrested and deported. Illegal immigration has been finally brought under control, and the American people accepted the practical necessity to institute a temporary worker program and deal humanely with the millions of immigrants who have been in this country illegally.
Media Bias In The Kennedy-Andropov Affair
Interesting interview with Bestselling author Paul Kengor at Frontpage Magazine.
Seems nobody in the mainstream media wants to hear about Ted Kennedy's "indiscretion" at the height of the Cold War.
Seems nobody in the liberal media will touch a story about a U.S. senator's back-door collusion with our greatest enemy at the time, or his blatant attempts to undermine the Reagan administration and the people who elected him president.
Apparently, you can run your own foreign policy, steal and destroy classified records from the national archives, leak top-secret documents to the media, surrender to an enemy we are clearly beating, meet with designated terrorists in defiance of national policy or cozy up to racists for 20+ years, and get off scott-free... provided you are a Democrat.
Here's the money quote from the interview:
History is determined by those who write it. There are the gatekeepers: editors, journalists, publishers. The left’s ideologues are guarding the gate, swords brandished, crusaders, not open to other points of view. The result is a total distortion of “history,” as the faithful and the chosen trumpet their belief in tolerance and diversity, awarding prizes to one another, disdainful and dismissive of the unwashed barbarians outside the gate.
Read the full interview here.
Obama's Global Poverty Act Bill S 2433 - Wolf In Sheeps Clothing?
There has been alot of uneasiness in regards to a bill Obama introduced which is scheduled to be introduced to the Senate today. Besides more of our tax dollars going to aid global poverty what else is in the bill?
S.2433The following summary is provided by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan government entity that serves Congress and is run by the Library of Congress. The summary is taken from the official website THOMAS.
4/24/2008--Reported to Senate amended.
Global Poverty Act of 2007 - Directs the President, through the Secretary of State, to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the U.S. foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.
Requires the strategy to contain specific and measurable goals and to consist of specified components, including:
(1) continued investment or involvement in existing U.S. initiatives related to international poverty reduction and trade preference programs for developing countries;
(2) improving the effectiveness of development assistance and making available additional overall United States assistance levels as appropriate;
(3) enhancing and expanding debt relief as appropriate;
(4) mobilizing and leveraging the participation of businesses and public-private partnerships;
(5) coordinating the goal of poverty reduction with other internationally recognized Millennium Development Goals;
(6) integrating principles of sustainable development and entrepreneurship into policies and programs.
The Millenium Development Goal keeps popping up.
Nat'l Ledger The bill defines the term “Millennium Development Goals” as the goals set out in the United Nations Millennium Declaration, General Assembly Resolution 55/2 (2000).[...]
In addition to seeking to eradicate poverty, that declaration commits nations to banning “small arms and light weapons” and ratifying a series of treaties, including the International Criminal Court Treaty, the Kyoto Protocol (global warming treaty), the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Millennium Declaration also affirms the U.N. as “the indispensable common house of the entire human family, through which we will seek to realize our universal aspirations for peace, cooperation and development.”
This "wonderful" UNDP program has helped the Maldivians to write the world's first Muslim criminal code. It is one of the most comprehensive modern criminal codes in the world - modern Sharia Law is a better word. Same law but now will have a "penal code" that co-ordinates with the Koran. The code now awaits action by the parliament.
The Ugandan's also have been affected by the "wonderful" UNDP program. They were disarmed under the UN gun control mandate. Now they joyfully are being brutalized by the same government that was suppose to protect them.
Be wary, very wary of Obama's bill. The Global Poverty/UNDP is very dangerous to our own democracy.
UNDP Countries Check out the US, we are listed as "partner". Will that change to full fledged country if and when this bill passes?
Also, h/t to ST for his link to Reason's article on Uganda and how the Kyoto Protocol fits in with this.
Israeli study - US A Digital Haven For Terrorists
Terrorist organizations are exploiting well-known Internet Service Providers to get their messages out, according to a new study by an Israeli researcher.
Prof. Niv Ahituv, academic director of the Netvision Institute for Internet Studies (NIIS) at Tel Aviv University (TAU), said that some of the world's most dangerous organizations, including Hezbollah and al-Qaeda, host their web sites on servers owned by popular American and Canadian ISPs used by most North Americans.
"Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah are among the dozens of terrorist organizations and hundreds of terrorist blogs that abuse the web. They use the same well-known service providers that we all use," Ahituv tells ISRAEL21c.
"The coordination of 9/11 was partially done by e-mail, written in plain English," Ahituv continues. The terrorists disguised the logistic information in coded messages, which ostensibly dealt with normal kinds of information, such as registering for a degree at a college. They did this right under the eyes of the FBI.
Read the rest here.
What have we at The Jawa Report been saying all along?
Oh yeah... I remember now. More or less the same thing.
Stating the Obvious...
...and having some self-absorbed boomer throw a tantrum over it.
President Bush, speaking to the Knesset on Israel's sixtieth anniversary:
"Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along," the President said to the country's legislative body, "We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: 'Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.' We have an obligation to call this what it is –- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history."The Obamessiah, believing that he had been personally attacked, flew into a snit:
"It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 6Oth anniversary of Israel's independence to launch a false political attack. It is time to turn the page on eight years of policies that have strengthened Iran and failed to secure America or our ally Israel. Instead of tough talk and no action...[yada-yada-yada]Whoops, looks like Barack has a guilty conscience. White House spokesperson Dana Perino sets him straight:
"I understand that when you are running for office sometimes you think the world revolves around you. That is not always true and it is not true in this case."Another Bush staffer suggested that the President was not referring to a specific individual, though the name of America's worst president, former peanut farmer Jimmah Carter did come up.
May 14, 2008
Reader Question Mail: Good Gay Porn Edition.
Answer: Why yes, I think so. As long as it contains the words, Brittany Spears....
and/or Angelina Jolie.
Or, you know, any two hot chicks getting it on.
Update: I forgot, Scarlet Johannson and Natalie Portman.
Or Katie Reese.
Obama Apologizes For Calling Female Reporter "Sweetie"
UPDATE: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama has apologized to WXYZ reporter Peggy Agar for calling her "sweetie" during a campaign stop Wednesday in Sterling Heights.Here's the youtube.
Obama apologized in a voicemail he left on Agar's cell phone at 3:16 p.m:
bama apologized in a voicemail he left on Agar's cell phone at 3:16 p.m:
"Hi Peggy. This is Barack Obama. I'm calling to apologize on two fronts. One was you didn't get your question answered and I apologize. I thought that we had set up interviews with all the local stations. I guess we got it with your station but you weren't the reporter that got the interview. And so, I broke my word. I apologize for that and I will make up for it.
"Second apology is for using the word 'sweetie.' That's a bad habit of mine. I do it sometimes with all kinds of people. I mean no disrespect and so I am duly chastened on that front. Feel free to call me back. I expect that my press team will be happy to try to make it up to you whenever we are in Detroit next."
Should be Sweeties Against Obama, but hey whatever.
Missile Strike Against Taliban Safe House
From Bill Roggio
The US military appears to have conducted yet another strike against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistan’s lawless tribal regions. Reports from Pakistani indicate a missile strike targeted a terrorist safe house near the town of Damadola, killing between seven and 14 Taliban.
Maulvi Omar, the spokesman for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, said four Taliban and three children were killed in the strike, and six were wounded. An unidentified Pakistani security official said 14 were killed in the strike, including "foreigners."
The mode of the attack is not yet known. An unnamed Pakistani security official told Reuters that "One or two missiles were fired from a drone," but "we don't have any details." The US military used precision guided, ground-launched rockets in an attack on a Taliban compound in North Waziristan earlier this year.
This is the fourth such strike this year. Lets hope we sent some high ranking bastages to meet their 72 virgins. Remember, in February a missile strike killed Abu Laith al Libi, a senior al Qaeda commander in Afghanistan.
Rusty Will Probably Fire Me
Before Rusty left he gave specific instructions, "NO BAD GAY PORN!"
Via CNN: WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will endorse Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday at a campaign event in Grand Rapids, MichiganUpdate: Caption Contest? Sure...
Obama-Wright Closer Than Pretended
Through painstaking research of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church magazine, Tom Blumer at BizzyBlog and Stanley Kurtz of the Weekly Standard have collected a trophy case of evidence that Barack Obama was not telling the truth when he said he didn't know what was being preached at Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC).
For those who delude themselves about Obama's spiritual roots and believe the story that he was only a worshipper of Jesus Christ at TUCC without knowledge of Rev. Wright's radical Marxist black liberation theology, think again after reading here.
Furthermore, seventeen TUCC magazines with cover images, called Trumpet Newsmagazine, tell of the history of thought at the church and of Rev. Wright. Sorry, but I can't believe that Barack Obama never picked up and read the church magazine -- especially when his is the featured cover picture on several issues.
Some may continue to rationalize Obama's mendacity as truth, but I would contend that he was shoulders-deep in the muck of anti-American and hate-whitey rhetoric at TUCC and his assertions to the contrary are false.
Of course, this all leads to the unasked question of why did Obama stay with the congregation for twenty years. Unfortunately, as long as the mainstream media lets Obama get away with feigning ignorance about the agenda at TUCC, the question won't be asked.
Erick Erickson : Going Old Testament on the GOP
Posted at RedState:
We here at RedState knew when the GOP had its leadership elections after the 2006 debacle that we would wind up here.I agree nearly 100% with Erick, except for one very minor point. It seems to be conventional wisdom that there is this "second midterm curse" that plagues the party holding the White House, such that they invariably lose legislative seats in the second midterm elections. Although elections prior to 30 years ago seems to support the idea of "the curse," electoral history over the last 30 years doesn't follow the pattern. (Like I said, minor point.)
We knew Tom Cole would be ineffective at the NRCC. Heck, all you had to do was look at the GOP primary against Tom Coburn for the U.S. Senate to see how well Cole would do.
We knew John Boehner and Roy Blunt would be incapable of launching necessary institutional reforms in the House GOP. No offense to John Boehner or Roy Blunt, but they don't exactly represent "change" like the voters, and the GOP base, strongly indicated they wanted after 2006.
We knew that this November would wipe out a lot of bodies and a lot of the caucus would retire before getting there.
This was as foreseeable as the sun rising in the east.
Hamas Worried Hearting Obama Hurts His Campaign
Due to the publicity of Hamas's apparent support of Obama, the terrorist group is considering making an official statement saying they don't endorse "any" U.S. presidential candidate.
In a recent interview with World Net Daily, Hamas political adviser Ahmed Yousef stated "we like Obama and hope he wins the presidential election". Hamas now says Yousef was misunderstood.
The Hamas terrorist organization is strongly considering issuing an official statement claiming it doesn't endorse any U.S. presidential candidate and that remarks made by an official supportive of Sen. Barack Obama were "misunderstood," a top Hamas leader told WND.
Other Hamas sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the terror group "understands" praise for Obama last month from Ahmed Yousef, Hamas' chief political advisor in the Gaza Strip, is harming the Illinois senator.
In an interview with WND and WABC Radio last month, Yousef said he "hopes" Obama becomes president and compared the Illinois senator to President John F. Kennedy.
"We like Mr. Obama, and we hope that he will win the elections," said Yousef.
"I hope Mr. Obama and the Democrats will change the political discourse. ... I do believe [Obama] is like John Kennedy, a great man with a great principal. And he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community, but not with humiliation and arrogance," Yousef said, speaking from Gaza.
Yousef was not asked which presidential candidate he supports. He volunteered his endorsement in response to a question inquiring whether he was surprised Obama and other presidential candidates criticized Jimmy Carter's recent meetings with Hamas.
Yousef's endorsement has become a top theme in the presidential campaign, with Sen. John McCain and Obama repeatedly trading barbs over the Hamas official's comments. More...
Sorry Hamas, I'm not buying what you're selling.
Pastor Manning: The Trinity of Hell
Pastor James Manning - "Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, and Jeremiah Wright are the Trinity of Hell." Fiery fellow isn't he.
The craziness of Pastor Manning is something else. Even crazier, I found this article that is even further out there than this video.
Bobby Jindal on the Second Amendment
Via Glenn Beck:
People are always inventing things, adding things to the Constitution that aren't there. Here's something that's clearly there. If you don't like it, go try to change it, but don't ignore it. Don't ignore the fact that it's so explicitly in the Constitution to me, and I'm no attorney but I'm amazed at how attorneys can find things in the Constitution that aren't written there and somehow conveniently ignore what is written there. And the arguments against it are bogus. The arguments that, well, it's outdated or whatever. The argument is if you don't like it, go change it. But you don't have the right to ignore it or interpret it to think what you think it means. That Second Amendment right is important. We need it. It's not theoretical, it's not hypothetical. People need it, when they needed it most, tragically in some instances it was actually trampled on.(The full interview is here.)
OK, nevermind what I said before. We need this guy in the White House ASAP! ;-)
I could have sworn he said he was GOING to Scotland. Go figure.
Power To The Bra - Solar Bra That Is
The Solar Power Bra will be a must have to save the planet. Greenies will be drooling over this. Just think, one could charge their cell phone or iPod with the power that the solar bra generates.
The bra will be available once a few "kinks" have been worked out.
Japan - Lingerie maker Triumph International Japan Ltd unveiled its environmentally friendly, and green colored, "Solar Power Bra" on Wednesday in Tokyo which features a solar panel worn around the stomach.
The panel requires light to generate electricity and the concept bra will not be in stores anytime soon, said Triumph spokeswoman Yoshiko Masuda, as "people usually can not go outside without wearing clothes over it."
While the greenies are waiting for the bras release, the company has a bra that turns into a shopping bag. If you are hungry another turns into chopsticks.
How very "green" of them to come up with these uplifting ideas for lingerie! To avoid appearing sexist they should come up with maybe a solar power "cup" brief or a solar power boxer "cup" that turns into a shopping bag. The ideas are limitless.
Maybe We Should Write A Book
If he gets a death fatwa first, we are going to be pissed.
Oh well, we'll always have this.
Blogger Code of Conduct
From The Guardian:
Nearly half of all internet users would support a voluntary code of conduct for bloggers and online commentators, according to research.The DLA Piper company has 64 offices in 25 countries with 3,700 lawyers. As such, the company has credibility but I wonder about the "web users" who were queried. My guess is that they were all lawyers.
A survey by legal firm DLA Piper said 46% of web users think bloggers should sign up to a code that reflected the laws on defamation, intellectual property and incitement, with 15% ambivalent and 4% strongly opposed.
Around 34% of bloggers opposed the idea but 32% supported it.
Additionally, I would suggest that a Blogger Code of Conduct is the first step in crafting a law for censoring blogs.
AlQaeda In Iraq Stock Crashes
First the going price for info and capture of alQaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri was 5 million. Masri's "net worth" was later reduced to 1 million and now his "stock" bottomed out of the State Departments "Rewards for Justice" program.
His head is now worth up to 100,000 dollars in a little less well-known rewards program run by the Defense Department.
AlQaeda in Iraq you so suck.
More Vermin Extermination
I'm sure the large secondary explosions are from bags of grain or something, not Iranian ordnance. It's nice that the last thing these insurgents hear in this world is the thunder of the planes, coming down on their heads like the judgement of God.
Pakistan Based Terror Group Behind the Attack In India?
The group India authorities believe is behind the recent bombing attack at Jaipur is Lashkar-e-Toiba. Lashkar-e-Toiba is one of the largest and most active Islamist militant organization in Asia. The group is based currently near Lahore, Pakistan.
Authorities report 80 were killed and 150 others wounded as of the latest count. They also said the count would have been higher had they not been able to diffuse other bombs they found.
More on this at Times Of India
My thoughts and prayers go to those who were affected by this senseless barbaric killing.
BTW, Lashkar-e-Toiba translates to "Army of the Pure".
How Important is the GOP Loss in Mississippi-01?
As you probably know, the GOP just lost the special election in Mississippi's First Congressional District.
How bad is that? Well, it's bad.
First of all, as you probably realize, Mississippi is a DEEP RED state. This is a state that sent the buffoonish Trent Lott to the Senate last time by a margin of almost two-to-one in 2006. The state is so Republican that the Democrats didn't even bother to field an opponent against Sen. Thad Cochran in 2000. That's a damn RED state, y'all.
Mississippi has four congressional districts. Of these, two (CD-2 and CD-4) are considered reliably Democrat, while the other two (CD-1 and CD-3) are considered reliably Republican. Historically, CD-1 has been considered a "gimme" for the GOP. In 2002, the GOP candidate (Roger Wicker) outpolled the Democrat (Rex Weathers) by just a hair shy of THREE-TO-ONE (95,404 votes to 32,318.) In 2004, the Dems, still licking their wounds, didn't even field a candidate. In 2006, the Dems fielded another challenger (James K. Hurt,) who was beaten by almost two-to-one (95,098 votes to 49,174) in a year that was considered a pretty bad time to be a Republican.
In this special election, the Dems closed the gap. In fact, the race wasn't even particularly close. The Dems took this "safe Republican" seat by a margin of almost 8,000 votes (57,276 to 49,314.) Basically, the Democrat faithful showed up to vote, and the Republican "faithful" stayed home.
So, what happened in Mississippi-01? Does this represent some public groundswell of support for the Democrats? Doubtful. The Dems didn't get any more votes in this election than they got in 2000. I suspect these results do, however, reflect INTENSITY and ENTHUSIASM of their party faithful as compared to ours. This was a special election, which means turnout is generally lower and enthusiasm matters a great deal. Getting people out for a special election means getting people to take time out of their busy lives to go vote for ONE GUY. Most likely, these results mean that the Dems were able to get most of their 60,000-odd "party faithful" voters out to the polls, while the Republicans weren't able to get more than half of their ~95,000 to bother. I'd be willing to wager that most of the 95,000 voters that pulled the "R" lever in 2002 and 2006 are still generally "Republican". They just weren't "feeling it" enough to go to the polls on Tuesday.
This is not the end of the world. Anyone who's panicking at the loss of MS-01 needs to sit down and take a deep breath. That said, anyone who would shrug this loss off needs to think again. Barring massive incompetence on the GOP side, this seat will return to GOP hands come November, but there are some important lessons to be learned from this loss, and the GOP had better get to learnin' quick.
Who Is Speaking At Your Local Mosque?
If you are unable to attend your local mosque maybe you can catch a program at your local community college.
Who exactly is Khalid Yasin aka Abu Muhammad Khalid Yasin? Pretty innocent fellow really. He believes much the same as Obama's ex-pastor Rev Wright except he takes it a little further(Christian missionary's helped spread AIDS) adding seasonings from political Islam - homosexuals should be put to death, womens rights is ridiculous and wife beating is OK, belief of Jews and Christians is filth, etc., etc. Oh, he is a Christian convert to Islam too.
He has lectured with Omar "the goat humper" Bakri Mohammed [click "goat humper" for Jawa archives]. Yasin also was featured in the UK documentary "Undercover Mosque", which showed radicalization of UK mosques by Saudi wahabbism.[YouTube link]
Nothing to worry about right? One could compare his lecture to Rev Wright, Louis Farrakhan, bin Laden and Westboro Baptist Church members giving a lecture at your local Baptist church.
Ask Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch if you don't believe me.
TV Producers Torturing Contestants
Wow I never realized that people would willingly subject themselves to torture just to get on the TEE VEE.
Research shows that sleep deprivation makes people emotionally volatile and temperamental — a fact that hasn't escaped the notice of some reality TV producers. In fact, though it's not always obvious to the audience, many reality shows feature contestants who could use a little more sleep....Wow, so you mean all those all nighters I pulled in my DP career, making blips go where they are supposed to, were torture?
...Lincoln Hiatt, executive producer of the reality show Solitary on the Fox Reality Channel, calls sleep deprivation "a producer's ally on almost any show."
But sleep researcher Carskadon isn't so sure. She notes, "I don't want to say that it's unethical, but maybe it is. There's documentation that sleep deprivation has been used as torture in prisoner of war settings."
Hurry call Code Pink! Call the ALCU! Call OSHA! Call the Hague! And Hurry. The Man and I have a settlement to make.
Sandcrawler PSA: Open Thread
Oh my, Howie is not feeling too well.
Place your home remedies and whatever else you want in comments.
Update: Winner: ZA bottle of vodka and a fat polish woman.
Feliceyta is resting comfortably now.
When Good Comments Go Bad
It seems I went off my rocker today.
It started with a bad mood caused by learning of a Pally-Rally to be held in my hometown tomorrow, and culminated in a severe case of blogarrhea in the comment on one of Howie's posts.
I just couldn't stop myself.
After apologizing to Howie for going ape-sh** in his comments, it was suggested by a couple of my fellow Jawa co-bloggers that I should post my commentary on the front page, rather than consigning it to Haloscan comments on an already forgotten thread.
From Howie's post:
I've been thinking, its really not accurate for al-Qaeda to call themselves a state any more. So maybe we should help them out and think up a new name for what's left of them. I have a few, add yours to the comments.
Why not just call them by name at this point?
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 1:53 pm | #
"MSNBC Newsflash - "In their most recent attack, Abdul, Imad and Faisal were able to infiltrate the Green Zone, kill two goats and make off with 13 spent shell casings. Developing..."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 1:55 pm | #
MSNBC Correction - "This just in from the Associated Press. It appears earlier accounts from Iraqi sources were exaggerated. According to confirmed MNF sources, we now learn that Faisal was injured while making OUT with a goat. Imad and Abdul were taken into custody while still trying to get back into their burkas. The spent shell casings have been recovered following several hours of intensive body cavity searches. Developing..."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 2:01 pm | #
MSNBC Update - "The whereabouts of the second goat cited in earlier reports, is unknown.
Iraqi police units are currently scouring Sadr City, and view the goat's retrieval as slightly more important to the war effort than locating Faisal, who's whereabouts are also unknown following his goat-violation and subsequent injury. Developing..."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 2:05 pm | #
"In a stunning turn of events, Faisal is now in custody, having been turned in by the goat.
The war is over."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 2:06 pm | #
"MSNBC has declared the war over. Therefore we must bring our troops home NOW, before U.S. forces become embroiled in the looming civil war between Iraqis and goats, that most experts agree cannot be avoided."
"More hand-wringing after the break..."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 2:11 pm | #
"Clearly these goats are the hand of God, and we ask you to make a donation to help them continue in their good works...."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 2:13 pm | #
"al-Jazeera has learned that Mossad agents have been providing training and material support to goats for over 30 years.... Developing..."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 2:14 pm | #
Israeli government Press Release:
"We deny the allegations that Israel has in any way collaborated with goats, who as you know are not kosher.
In an effort to reach some consensus on this issue with our Arab neighbors, we'd like to give you the Golan Heights."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 2:19 pm | #
Response to Israeli proposal from League Of Arab Nations -
"Thank you for the Golan Heights. Now give us Jerusalem, or we will make it look like you are also in league with wombats."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 2:21 pm | #
"Wombats deny allegations of cooperation with Zionist Entity and withdraw embassy from Tel Aviv"
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 2:22 pm | #
"Wombats and goats both share an affinity for Bill O'Reilley"
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 2:39 pm | #
"The United Wombat-Goat Coalition (UWGC) emphatically denies the racist and demeaning suggestion that there exists any affinity for Bill O'Reilley within the goat or wombat populations.
But we like Shep Smith just fine. He's one of us."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 3:17 pm | #
InterTrobe Genetics Laboratory Inter-Office Memo:
While test confirm that Sheppard Smith is in fact a goat-wombat hybrid, we would like to remind our employees of the non-disclosure agreements you have all signed prior to your employment here.
InternTrobe seeks to avoid the geopolitical implications implicit in these test results, and we are concerned that premature disclosure of the results may result in a declaration of jihad against Sheppard Smith for his ties to the goat and wombat communities, and his connection to events that led to the arrest of Faisal in Iraq.
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 3:22 pm | #
Daily Kos Comments:
"Fuck those Joo goats. And fuck Shep Smith and FOX news too. I always know that son of a bitch was in league with wombats and joos. Fucking neocon tool"
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 3:24 pm | #
Ron Paul Campaign Headquarters:
"See? We told you so."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 3:25 pm | #
Westboro Baptist Church sign:
"God Hates Fags and Wombats."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 3:28 pm | #
"The goats and wombats are a distraction. The real problem is Sheppard Smith."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 3:30 pm | #
"In what has been described as a pivotal moment for world peace, the Arab League, Israelis, Palestinians, Goats, Wombats, Cable News, talk radio and the populations of over 142 nations have all agreed that Sheppard Smith is really the problem."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 3:33 pm | #
"Bullshit. O'Reilley is the problem."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 3:34 pm | #
New York Sun -
"Former governor Eliot Spitzer was arraigned early today on charges of paying for sex with wombats, goats and Geraldo Rivera.
Mr. Rivera and the wombats were unavailable for questioning, but the goats said emphatically, "Naaaaaaaaahhh", refuting the charges.
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 3:38 pm | #
Dr. Rusty Shackleford -
"We have been forced to relieve Kafir Alalazoo from his duties as a co-blogger at The Jawa Report, after an unfortunate incident in the comments.
We have advised Mr. Alalazoo to seek professional help, and we wish him well on his road to recovery.
We have also been forced to remove several badly traumatized goats and wombats from Mr. Alalazoo's custody, and place them in the care of the San Diego zoo.
Charges are pending."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 3:42 pm | #
San Diego Zoo Promotional Announcement:
"Come visit the San Diego zoo's new goat and wombat exhibit. You'll learn all about the Arab-Israeli conflict, the media and the dangers of blogging."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 3:45 pm | #
Loose Change 3rd Edition:
"Internal documents from the U.S. Department of State confirm a nexus between the Bush white house and various factions within the goat and wombat intelligence communities. These documents provide clear evidence that Karl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz knowingly conflated reports of al-Qaeda connections to the wombat underground.
In fact it was these men who financed and supplied the goats during flight training, and instructed wombat agents in the use of controlled demolitions to take out the south tower of The World Trade Center."
Kafir Alalazoo | Homepage | 05.13.08 - 4:00 pm | #
Thank God my wife called me at that point, or I might still be at it!
Since you bothered to read to this point, here's your reward:
May 13, 2008
The Jawa Report: Radio Edition, Now With 100% Less Teh Ghey
Join us tonight at 9 EDT, 8 CDT.
Brad Thor will be sitting in for the vacationing Dr. Rusty Whatshisname.
Archive is up.
Campaigning For Obama In Gaza
Obama's ME adviser Robert Malley must have been very busy before he was ousted for meeting with Hamas.
h/t seekeroftruth for link to video and story.
Footsie With Mohammad?
Was Mohammed being walked on or massaged? Whatever the case, this image has caused outrage and death threats from "religion of perpetual peace".
Click Mohammed's back for more.
Teacher Fired for Nudity, Students Revolt
(Sydney, Australia) A 24-year-old primary school teacher at Naraweena Public School, Lynne Tziolas (pics), was fired from her position last week for appearing nude with her husband Antonios in a magazine article titled "Buck Naked Couples Talk About Their Sex Lives."
The article ran interviews with 10 couples about "what they get up to between the sheets" and asked Ms Tziolas and her husband, Antonios, how many times they have sex a week, their favourite body part and the most risque sexual thing they've done.For the shoot, they received $200 and they said they would do it again despite the fact that she was fired.
"Leaving the blinds up and the lights on, which is all the time," Antonios said in response to the last question.
In any event, the firing of Mrs. Tziolas prompted her students and their parents to launch petition drives to get her reinstated. The issue is now being considered by the Department of Education.
It's unknown why Mr. Tziolas, also a teacher, wasn't fired. Could it be that racy photo spreads of men are less offensive to school system officials?
UPDATE (RD) : And even more "More" below the fold (NSFW)...
Call to Lebanese Army To Topple Government
This is not a good development. It does clear up the inactions of late by the Lebanese Army against Hezbullah.
Pro-Syrian Lebanese Druze leader Wiam Wahhab calls on the Lebanese army to topple the Lebanese government. Israel Matzav has more with video.
UK: Drunk Darth Vader "Attacked" Church of Jedi Members
Apparently the guy drank the better part of a two and half gallon "box" of wine before the attack and claims "he doesn't remember the "attack". Well, yah.
A man who dressed up as Darth Vader, wearing a garbage bag for a cape, and assaulted the founders of a group calling itself the Jedi church was given a suspended sentence Tuesday.
Arwel Wynne Hughes, 27, attacked Jedi church founder Barney Jones -- aka Master Jonba Hehol -- with a metal crutch, hitting him on the head, prosecutors told Holyhead Magistrates' Court.
He also whacked Jones' 18-year-old cousin, Michael Jones -- known as Master Mormi Hehol -- bruising his thigh in the March 25 incident, prosecutors said.
He got off pretty easy:
District Judge Andrew Shaw sentenced Hughes to two months in jail but suspended the sentence for one year. He also ordered Hughes to pay $195 to each of his victims and $117 in court costs
Maybe the court felt sorry for him. Darth Vader in a "garbage cape"? Nutz.
h/t LGF link thingy.
Terrorist Attack in India
Developing story. Seven coordinated explosions. Ed Morrissey is following here at Hot Air.
al-Qaeda ‘Virtually Destroyed’ in Kirkuk
WASHINGTON — Violence in Iraq’s Kirkuk province has dropped by 70 percent, and coalition and Iraqi forces have “virtually destroyed” al-Qaida in Iraq in the region, the commander of the U.S. brigade combat team in the area said May 12.
Army Col. David Paschal, commander of 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, said that as security improves in the strategic northern province, changes are happening in the economy and in governance that help cement the security progress in place.
Four developments have helped the battle against insurgents in the Rhode Island-sized province of 1.5 million, Paschal told Pentagon reporters in a teleconference from his headquarters at Contingency Operating Base Speicher. The developments are:
- Precision targeting against insurgent leadership;
- The growing capabilities and capacities of the Iraqi police and army;
- Establishment of a “Sons of Iraq” program, in which citizens aid in the security effort; and
- Partnership with Kirkuk’s provincial reconstruction team, composed of State Department and military personnel working along with experts from other governmental and nongovernmental agencies to aid local development.
The brigade arrived in September 2007 and has killed or captured 20 high-value targets. U.S. soldiers also captured 63 “persons of interest” in the area, the colonel said. Enemy activity began trending down in August and remains low, he added.
None of this would be possible without the improvement in the Iraqi security forces, Paschal said. Iraqi police are responsible for maintaining security in Kirkuk, a city of roughly 800,000 people. The 15th Brigade of the 4th Iraqi Army Division conducts independent, intelligence-driven operations outside the city. The Iraqi army unit has also conducted joint operations with the fledgling Iraqi air force.
The Sons of Iraq program has been a cornerstone to security in the region, he said, noting that 400 men who were part of the Sons of Iraq program from the brigade’s Arab areas are graduating from two months of police training this week. They’ll be reassigned to the outer district on the western side of the province.
With more security, the Iraqi people are feeling more confident, Paschal said.
“The information and actionable intelligence that they provide has grown exponentially,” he said. “That actionable intelligence is in the form of the turning of caches, location of [roadside bombs] and, in many cases, instances of insurgent or terrorist leaders throughout the province,” he said.
The reconstruction team helps rebuild the province and gives the Iraqis the tangible benefits of peace.
Kirkuk is the northern oil center of Iraq, and it is providing the lifeblood to the country. “Since our arrival, there has not been an interdiction on the oil pipeline,” Paschal said. “In fact, we have exceeded all … pre-war level exports. Just last month, the Northern Oil Company exported 13 and a half million barrels of oil, which has been a phenomenal increase in its capacity.”
Kirkuk may turn over to provincial Iraqi control in November or December this year. “That will be based on the capability of the Iraqi security forces to maintain the security gains that we've achieved and continue to defeat the insurgents,” the colonel said. “I think it all ties back into the economic opportunities that we are working in conjunction with the provincial reconstruction team.”
The PRT is working with the Iraqi government in sponsoring a technical training school in the province, and it is working on an adult literacy course. The team also is encouraging outside investors to come to the province. “With the increased security, we've had some outside investors come that are interested in … conducting some projects within the Kirkuk province,” Paschal said.
The Iraqi government also is hosting a small-loans program, anywhere from about $2,500 to $10,000, which opens up small businesses. “With the increased security, what we're starting to see is some of these that I would refer to as smaller ‘mom and pop’ businesses that are coming back into play,” Paschal said.
The challenge ahead is to sustain the new security climate, Paschal told reporters. “When we first arrived, the enemy was the al-Qaida in Iraq,” he said. “We have virtually defeated al-Qaida in Iraq within the Kirkuk province. It's important that we continue to maintain the pressure.”
Obama General Election Strategy Taking Shape
The Journalist wing of the Democratic party weighs in with a clutch of stories about the "raw racism" encountered by Obama's field staff (this Washington Post story is amplified by reposting at MSNBC and USA Today):
For all the hope and excitement Obama's candidacy is generating, some of his field workers, phone-bank volunteers and campaign surrogates are encountering a raw racism and hostility that have gone largely unnoticed -- and unreported -- this election season. Doors have been slammed in their faces. They've been called racially derogatory names (including the white volunteers). And they've endured malicious rants and ugly stereotyping from people who can't fathom that the senator from Illinois could become the first African American president.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds a bar owner selling t-shirts comparing Barack to Curious George the monkey, and United Press International has their own anecdotal tale of racial woes.
Why picture Obama as Curious George?
"Look at him . . . the hairline, the ears, he looks just like Curious George," Norman said.The bar owner makes a good point; Obama does look a lot like Curious George, even though George's skin looks suspiciously Caucasian. And does this mean that all the Leftists who have compared President Bush to Curious George had some darker, racially charged motive?
When a story hits this many outlets simultaneously it's pretty clear that there is a coordinated effort to establish a new "meme." This meme: if you're white and vote against Obama, you're an ignorant racist.
This will be a common theme right through the election in November: racism may cost Barack, the post-racial candidate, the election (white racism that is, blacks voting over 90% for Obama isn't "racism." It's payback, just like the verdicts in the Reginald Denny case were payback).
This is what decades of affirmative action and racial victimhood politics have done to American society.
Islamic State of Losers in Iraq Feeling Insecure
In the latest release from al-Furqan media the so called Islamic State of Iraq admits flat out that it is feeling the heat from US and iraq forces as well as the Awakening councils.
Allah enabled your brothers in the Islamic State of Iraq to carry out 49 blessed operations and raids, in 12 of which enemy casualties could not be counted because of security situation. So this press release covers 85.51% of the operations.Good security situation for Iraq = bad security situation for al-Qeada.
Even more interesting is the low numbers in the press release.
Total number of Jihadi operationsSo in two weeks al-Qaeda only got of 18 mortar rounds? Pathetic. But look at all the booty al-Qaeda captured
Explosive devices detonated: 9
Mortar shells: 18
Targeted eliminations: 7 (murders)
Implementing Allah's verdict: 1 (murder)
Martyrdom operations: 3
Spoils of war:Golly Gee, with two AKs they ought to be able to rule the world!
- Weapons and ammunition: 2
- Kalashnikov machine guns: 2
Armored vehicles:Wow 2 Bradleys and 1 Humvee? How will we ever replace those?
- Bradley: 2 destroyed
Humvee: 1 destroyed
Miscellaneous vehicles: 1 damaged
Vehicles of apostates: 2 destroyed, 3 damaged
At the end of the release they beg Allah to do the fighting for them..
O Allah, Revealer of the Book, Mover of the clouds, Destroyer of the co-coalition (the enemies), destroy the co-coalition. Destroy the spiteful rawafid, the zionist Crusaders and whosoever aids them.Yeah Allah, the ISI's capability is so degraded, why hast thou forsaken these murderous thugs? If you don't expel the Zionist Crusaders it ain't gonna happen because al-Qaeda can't do it.
O Allah, make them and their weapons a booty for the believers.
O Allah defeat them, destroy them O the All-Strong, the All-Mighty
The release was a low quality pdf/.jpg document, no video, no audio. Just a crappy power point type release. If anyone wants the original email Howie.
I've been thinking, its really not accurate for al-Qaeda to call themselves a state any more. So maybe we should help them out and think up a new name for what's left of them. I have a few, add yours to the comments.
The Islamic Postage Stamp in Iraq.
Three Guys Hiding in an Orchard in Iraq.
The Mujahadbeens Sura Council.
Megan McArdle on "Jindalmania"
Money quote : "No one should run for office this year as a Republican who doesn't have to."
In any event, as Megan illustrates, Gov. Bobby Jindal is establishing quite an impressive track record down in the bayou:
With a river of federal money flowing in, Louisiana, which used to be stuck at the bottom of state corruption indices, could have gone back to business as usual while the politicians and the powers that be diverted a few rivulets to their own use. Instead, Jindal and the legislature passed anti-corruption laws that in a surprising turn of events actually seem to have done something about corruption--suddenly the state is getting the best scores in the country. They pushed through disclosure rules for all government officials--state and local, appointed and elected. He got a law passed that forbid legislators from doing business with the state. And he took on a tax and regulatory structure that had been built around the notion that companies couldn't go anywhere, and could hence be bled dry.Read it all.
H/t : Jon Henke
Taliban's Letters Of The Night
Taliban sneak around at night slipping death threats under Afghani's doors. Sounds like a good time to have a surprise waiting for them from the other side. Just sayin..
KHOST, Afghanistan - Afghans call them 'night letters' -- notes scattered or pushed under doorways by Taliban militants in the dead of night, threatening villagers' lives if they cooperate with foreign forces and the government.
The threats have picked up in recent weeks in areas across southeastern Afghanistan, U.S. officers and Afghans say, as the Taliban intensify their activities along the Pakistan border and in mountainous communities inland towards Kabul.
The notes are often poorly written but the message is clear -- have nothing to do with the foreign troops or serve in the government they back, otherwise, your business will be destroyed, your livestock snatched or your throat cut.
At least six people have had either throats slit or were beheaded by the militants for allegedly acting as spies for the foreign forces only in recent weeks in various parts of southeastern Afghanistan, according to officials and the Taliban.
Brutal, barbaric evil bastages.
U.S. Fourth Fleet Concerns Latin Dictators
(Washington, D.C.) On April 24th, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughhead announced the re-establishment of the U.S. Fourth Fleet responsible for U.S. Navy ships, aircraft and submarines operating in the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Former Navy SEAL, Rear Adm. Joseph D. Kernan, the current Commander of Naval Special Warfare, will be assigned as Commander, U.S. Fourth Fleet.
Kernan is the first Navy SEAL to command a numbered fleet.
U.S. Fourth Fleet will be dual-hatted with the existing commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO), currently located in Mayport, Fla.Effective July 1st, the Fourth Fleet will have operational responsibility for U.S. Navy assets assigned from east and west coast fleets to operate in the SOUTHCOM area.
U.S. Fourth Fleet has been re-established to address the increased role of maritime forces in the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) area of operations, and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to regional partners.
Massive Immigration Raid at Iowa Packing Plant
(Postville, Iowa) Early yesterday morning, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents led a swarm of more than 100 state and federal officers in establishing a perimeter then launching a massive raid on the Agriprocessors, Inc. meat packing plant in this small community in the far northeastern county of the state.
Along with social security number fraud, there have been allegations of serious worker abuse and that a methamphetamine lab was operating in the plant.
As a result of two years of investigation, immigration officials expected to arrest more than 600 workers on criminal offenses out of a total work force of 1,000.
Illegal alien advocates will likely protest.
May 12, 2008
There's talk now that the Huckster's on the short list to be Maverick's Veep.
So far it's just a rumor, but if the GOP were to actually field something like that combo this November, I suspect I'd likely be
sitting this one out skipping that part of the ballot--and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be alone.
I realize it's heresy to admit such a thing in an election year, but even if worse were to come to worse and the Liberal Jesus got elected Prez, I'm quite certain the Republic would still survive. The main difference would be a dramatic rise in the number of commie hippie suicides brought on by President Obama's announcement that the troops will be staying right where they are for the time being. One by one, even the hardcore Obamaniacs will begin figuring out that Obama's been peddling the biggest load of unmitigated, smoke-and-mirrors bullshit to come down the pike since L. Ron Hubbard made up Scientology.
UPDATE : The post originally said I'd likely be "sitting this one out"--by which I meant this Presidential race, not the entire election. I'm fortunate to have a lot of good conservative candidates to vote for on the ballot, and I plan to vote for all of them. It makes no sense to punish the conservatives for the sins of the RINOs. I've revised the language to clarify.
LOL Thread at the People's Cube
Yes - I know it's old.
South Carolina Anti-Stress Dolls "Calm" Deployed Military
Cool story coming out of South Carolina. While checking the net I found the "dolls" have been around since 2006
Carol Davis, a SC grandmother has come up with "Dang-it-Dolls". As a joke she sent one to her grandson Senior Airman Thomas Hagmaier and to a family friend deployed in Iraq. The idea has since blossomed with numerous requests for more.
A South Carolina grandmother has become a sensation among stressed-out U.S. military men and women around the globe by sending the most incongruous of gifts: pliable, google-eye dolls.
Not that soldiers, Marines and airmen are doing much cuddling with her hand-stitched, foot-tall playthings. Carol Davis' "Dang-it-Dolls" are built to take punishment from homesick, frustrated troops and her work is getting rave reviews.
"The legs are shaped so you can grasp onto them," Air Force Staff Sgt. Rachel Staub wrote in a recent e-mail recalling her homesick days based in the United Arab Emirates. "It returned with me to the States with an eyeball missing and the stitching around the legs loose with some of the stuffing coming out."
The little doll "was used mostly for laughs and to keep my mind off being homesick," said Staub, of Melbourne, Fla. "It brought a smile to all our faces!"
Nearly 17,000 of the goofy dolls have been shipped around the world in the four years since Davis made her first one and sent it as a joke to her grandson, who was in the Air Force then in Aviano, Italy.
"I thought it would get a rise out of my grandson, 'Why are you sending me a doll?'" Davis said. "But after I sent 'em, I got messages back: "Can you send us some more?'"
Davis's grandson, 26-year-old Senior Airman Thomas Hagmaier, estimates he's given out between 1,000 and 1,500 of the dolls on his own.
"Everybody around me asks for one," he said in a phone interview from his base in Little Rock, Ark. "And I tell them, even if they destroy one, that's what it's for. I can give you more."[...]
Army Staff Sgt. James Borchardt said that when tension rises in his tactical operations center in Iraq, he grabs his doll by the legs and beats the stuffing out of it.
Pretty smart grandma Carol Davis is!
A Letter from Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani
A letter from persecuted Yemeni journalist Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani to all of us who support him:
Thank you very much for this campaign, which comes in the context of the overall values that we believe, and they punish us when we believe those values and adopt them. I do not want to talk about myself, but rather the environment that we live in and suffering we endure from the inconsistency between what the authorities announce about democracy and freedoms, and what happens when we believe in those same things, democracy and freedoms.
They want us to practice our rights as they understand them, but we do it ideally. The regime said that democracy is the way of ruling, but when we try to practice our rights within this concept, criticizing the way that the regime governs and how they act, then they deal with us in a way that has no relation to democracy. They deal with us as outlaws. They use all of the state's resources to attack anyone who has any opinions not corresponding with their opinions, and to attack those who even discuss their way of ruling.
What I am suffering and facing is part of the price I and many others pay for the democracy and freedom we hope to achieve in the future. At least we are preparing for a healthy environment that we want the next generation to live in. We believe that democracy and freedom have an expensive price, and this is a part of that price.
However that doesn't mean we will keep silent and bend, as it is the price. We will refuse injustice peacefully. Solidarity is a way to enhance new civil values which support the democracy we will make with our sacrifice and with the support of others. We pay the price of the freedom for ourselves and for the generations after us. Again, thank you very much for your help and support.
We are privileged to be able to support a brave man like Mr. al-Khaiwani who is willing to sacrifice his life to to help bring freedom to his oppressed countrymen. Please sign the petition protesting his prosecution and possible death penalty by the Yemeni government. Please keep Mr. al-Khaiwani and his family in your prayers, and send them a message to let them know he is not alone and will not be forgotten.
SCSU Student Leaves Tech Training
A St Cloud University Student was forced to leave his position early at Technical High School due to the threats against his service dog by a Muslim student. Due to his epilepsy, Tyler Hurd needs the dog for his protection and for emergency supplies for first-aid responders.
Apparently the administrators are saying this is just a misunderstanding and lack of communication on their part to fully prepare students for "diversity" of campus life.
Frankly, I don't get it. Due to Hurd's disability the service dog is his life saver but yet he was forced to leave for the safety of his dog. This sucks.
Hot Air has more about this "misunderstanding".
Historic Hearing On Democrats Violating Parliamentary Procedures
In August of 2007 Democrats may have violated House rules in defeating a motion denying illegal aliens welfare benefits.
The hearings are to start tomorrow (Tuesday). High ranking Dems such as Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Michael McNulty (D-N.Y.) are scheduled to testify.
2007 vid below of the apparent violation...teh.
Tuesday’s hearing before the “Select Committee to Investigate the Voting Irregularities of August 2, 2007” will be the first time in the history of the House that members of Congress have faced such an inquiry and been subjected to questioning by members of the opposing party.[emphasis mine] more
h/t LGF link thingy.
Israel: Qassam Rocket Attack Kills
80 70 Yr Old Woman
Terrorist group Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility. Terrorist wet themselves in joy when an innocent er evil joooo is killed.
Palestinians no doubt are dancing in the streets over this "brave act" of killing a senior citizen of Southern Israel.
Elder of Ziyon has more
Ooops, thanks guys.
Hmm, wonder if he is considering wearing one of these while in Edinburgh, Scotland?
Obama, Farrakhan, Rev Wright & "The Wheel"
Farrakhan and followers believe there is a great wheel hovering over the earth, the Islamic space ship of death that will bring destruction on all who oppose the NATION OF ISLAM.
UFO sightings? (Twilight Zone music playing) Nah, it's the Islamic space ship of death.
Shocka NYTimes Op-Ed Piece: Obama's Muslim Birth
The slimes had relentlessly published articles accusing others of racism, bigotry, etc. for having the ahem to state Obama was born a Muslim.
Apparent the NYSlimes for whatever reason has now changed their stance. A op-ed piece appeared regarding Obama being born a Muslim and the problems it would cause when dealing with the ME if he indeed becomes POTUS.
Charles has more.
Muslim Father Regrets His Failure to Kill Baby
For Abdel-Qader Ali there is only one regret: that he did not kill his daughter at birth. 'If I had realised then what she would become, I would have killed her the instant her mother delivered her,' he said with no trace of remorse.That's some religion of peace, er, I mean killing babies you have there.
Two weeks after The Observer revealed the shocking story of Rand Abdel-Qader, 17, murdered because of her infatuation with a British solider in Basra, southern Iraq, her father is defiant. Sitting in the front garden of his well-kept home in the city's Al-Fursi district, he remains a free man, despite having stamped on, suffocated and then stabbed his student daughter to death.
If I had realized after 9/11 just how hopelessly primitive and murderous the Islamic culture in the M.E. was, I'd not have advocated spending treasure and our soldiers precious blood on trying to help those nations become something better. I'd have just said, "Nuke the F*ckers and get it over with!"
Update: Now that I'm not quite as upset, this story brings up a good point Rusty made on Jawa radio last week. Even in Islamic nations that have "secular" government, family law is still Sharia law. The new constitutions we've allowed in Afghanistan and Iraq are the same way. We've allowed the Muslim "common law" AKA Sharia to stand.
Were the Iraqi police "wrong"? Not really. In Sharia law, which governs family matters, this man is perfectly within his rights. The only err I can think of that he may have made was in not taking the matter to the local Sura council first. An err that is obviously easily forgiven. Given, you know, the daughters heinous act of talking to someone.
(Yeah I know, but I'm upset by this, I mean after all we've laid out, this guy murders his daughter and breaks his wife's arm and walks. WTF?)
Actually There Are 57 States..
Maybe Obama would be willing to wear one of these on his lapel?
Allah's Will? Another Hamas Terrorist Blows Up Prematurely
Over the weekend Allah willed that a Hamas member's unholy mission to murder some Jooos be cut short.
AP Via Yahoo News: GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A member of the militant group Hamas has been killed in an explosion along Gaza's fence with Israel, the group said Sunday.No raisins for him!
The Islamic group's military wing says the member was killed and another injured during a "holy mission." Such language is used when explosives meant for an attack on Israel explode prematurely.
Israel's army said it was not operating in the area at the time of the explosion early Sunday.
May he enjoy his quick trip to hell and may his partner in crime suffer greatly. Inshaallah of course.
May 11, 2008
Comments from Yemenis in Support of Journalist Al-Khaiwani
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"We must stand for freedom , and work against those wanting to eliminate free speech." Read about al-Khaiwani's case here and please sign a letter of support here. To follow are translated comments from Yemenis to the world left at this post:
Our hearts with you, and our spirits too.
The Regime attacks wont stop the change revolution.
Keep fighting for freedom
With solidarity, we can win ...
Free press is full truth for a new era of humanity , for that we find it as a cultural value that promote society.. We are joining this campaign to fight for freedom.
We are all with Al-khaiwani
FREEDOM TO MR. ABDULKAREEM ALKHAIWANI . NOBODY CAN CLOSE OUR MOUTH WE ARE GOING TO TELL THE TRUTH TO THE LAST DROP OF OUR BLOOD . WE ARE ALL AGAINST THE CORRPUTION .AND THIEVES .
They preparing for a hard sentence against Al-Khaiwani to eliminate the margin of press.
Al-Khaiwani is the character of freedom...
Lesbian Counselor Gets Prison for Child Sex Crimes
(Puyallup, Washington) After pleading guilty to raping and molesting a 15-year-old girl, 40-year-old junior high school counselor Diane Amanda Hillman was sentenced in Pierce County Superior Court to five years in state prison. Hillman had asked Judge Lisa Worswick for extensive sex offender treatment rather than prison. The judge denied the request.
Hillman's lawyer, Zenon Olbertz, indicated that Hillman suffers from mental health problems and needed treatment, not prison. Personally, I reject the idea that mental health issues lead to child rape which is what the lawyer implied.
Interestingly, there seem to be more instances of lesbian child molesters being prosecuted than in the past. As I recall, it was an extreme rarity just a few decades ago.
This Is John Galt Speaking
Currently reading Atlas Shrugged again. Compelling sh*t.
In celebration of this monumental achievement of literature and philosophy, here is an excellent mp3 of Edward Hermann reading John Galt's speech from the book.
45 minutes or so.
Did Algore's Pelosi-Ginrich Ad Violate Election Law?
If so, it would be the LOL of LOLz.
The Alliance, which was founded by (Former) Vice PresidentEdits mine.
GoreManBearPig and is funded in part by his Palestinian Terrorist of the YearNobel Peace Prize award, is a nonprofit corporation organized in the District of Columbia and headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif. Most corporations are barred from making donations to federal campaigns. According to Mr. Bopp, even an unincorporated group would be limited to a single $2,300 gift for the primary. “This is no doubt way over $2,300,” he said. The ad could also trigger a requirement for Mr. Gore’s group to report publicly on its donors, campaign finance lawyers said.
Read it all.
Happy Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day to all! A special thank you to all Mother's serving in the military. You rock!
Older but classic.
This guy has a strange likeness to Napoleon Dynamite.
May 10, 2008
"Electric Avenue" Iraqi Style
More vids below the fold thanks to Carl and AW1 Tim in comments.
A Little Justified Brown-Nosing
The most edifying aspect of blogging is the knowledge that there are others out there who give a crap.
I'd like to take a moment to thank ALLAHPUNDIT from HotAir.
He knows why.
Cremation: Deceased Members Of U.S. Military Need To Be Treated With Dignity
When I came across this article it made me sick and damn mad. Our finest and bravest deserve better than this.
It has since been rectified but that doesn't undo the insensitivities done.
The U.S. military has, since 2001, cremated some of the remains of U.S. service members killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in a Delaware facility that also cremates pets, a practice that ended Friday when the Pentagon banned the arrangement.
The facililty, in an industrial park near Dover Air Force Base, has cremated about 200 service members, manager David Bose said Friday night. It uses separate crematories a few feet apart to cremate humans and animals, he added.
Pentagon officials said they do not think any humans were cremated in the pet crematory. "We have absolutely no evidence whatsoever at this point that any human remains were at all ever mistreated," Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said late Friday.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates found "the site and signage insensitive and entirely inappropriate for the dignified treatment of our fallen," Morrell said. "The families of the fallen have the secretary's deepest apology," he said.
The revelation came to light when an Army officer who works at the Pentagon traveled to Delaware on Thursday to attend the cremation of a military comrade.
Offended to discover that the facility was labeled as a pet crematory, the officer sent an e-mail late Thursday to superiors at the Pentagon that included a photograph of the signage more.
BTW, the facilities billboard said Friends Forever Pet Cremation Services
My state and congressional representatives are definitely going to hear from me.
Burmese Leaders Taking Credit for Aid Shipments
(Yangon, Burma/Myanmar) The military thugs running the country of Burma/Myanmar have finally allowed some international relief efforts to commence, but not without propagandizing the situation to their benefit.
"We have already seen regional commanders putting their names on the side of aid shipments from Asia, saying this was a gift from them and then distributing it in their region," said Mark Farmaner, director of Burma Campaign UK, which campaigns for human rights and democracy in the country.Experts continue to estimate that the dead will exceed 100,000.
"It is not going to areas where it is most in need," he said in London.
State media say 23,335 people died and 37,019 are missing from Cyclone Nargis, which submerged entire villages in the Irrawaddy delta.
"The World Will Be Dominated By The Sharia Law".
Anjem Choudary is famous for his "Killing of Non-Muslims is Legitimate" comment. Video of that and info about his relationship to Omar "the goathumping" Bakri Mohammed below fold.
From Rusty's earlier post (Their are several more but no need to go into it at this time.)
FYI--Anjem Choudary is head of The Society of Muslim Lawyers, which you may recall was one of the groups that organized an event in Birmingham mocking the victims of the 7/7 London bombings. Who organized that event? Followers of Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed.
Oh and Choudary was once the spokesperson for the now banned al Ghurabaa. So, under British law you cannot belong to al Ghurabaa since it has been banned, but its members can keep on doing and saying the exact same things?
Iraq: Hawr Rajab Residents Speak About Life Under Al-Qaeda
Hawr Rajab, Iraq - If you’ve ever wondered what its like to live in a village under the sway of insurgents, criminals, or Al-Qa’eda, today you’ll hear about it from the survivors themselves. The criminal and terrorist gangs controlling Hawr Rajab imposed tight curfews and “justice” based on their regressive interpretation of Islam.
Gorby the Wad
(Moscow, Russia) Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said this week that the United States cannot be trusted.
"The United States cannot tolerate anyone acting independently. Every U.S. president has to have a war," he concluded.Coming from a communist, that hurts.
Didn't Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro say the same thing?
Cloned Sniffer Dogs
(Seoul, Korea) Six Labrador Retriever puppies, cloned from an accomplished drug-sniffer named Chase, have started their training to become drug-sniffers for the Korean Customs Service. Although the puppies were carried by three different surrogate bitches, they look identical.
Called Toppies (for "tomorrow's puppy"), they are numbered to tell them apart.
Lesbian Teacher Gets Prison for Sex Crimes
(Somerville, New Jersey) A 40-year-old phys ed teacher and coach, Pamela Balogh, was sentenced yesterday to seven years in state prison for sexually molesting a 15-year-old girl at a Catholic high school. She was convicted last December.
Balogh had rejected a plea deal which would have sent her to the slammer for 10 years. She benefitted by going to trial.
Arguably, it seems that there is a disproportionately high percentage of lesbians in the athletic/coaching realm as compared to the general population.
A Whiff of Sarcasm for Obama
Obama made the following statement in regard to Hezbollah's actions in Lebanon this week.
It's time to engage in diplomatic efforts to help build a new Lebanese consensus that focuses on electoral reform, an end to the current corrupt patronage system, and the development of the economy that provides for a fair distribution of services, opportunities and employment.Which prompted this response...
Oh the time we wasted by fighting Hizbullah all those years with rockets, invasions of their homes and shutting down their media outlets. If only we had engaged them and their masters in diplomacy, instead of just sitting with them around discussion tables, welcoming them into our parliament, and letting them veto cabinet decisions. If only Obama had shared his wisdom with us before, back when he was rallying with some of our former friends at pro-Palestinian rallies in Chicago. How stupid we were when, instead of developing national consensus with them, we organized media campaigns against Israel on behalf of the impoverished people who voted for them.Ouch, that's gotta hurt.
May 09, 2008
Campaign Launched for Yemeni Journalist al-Khaiwani, Please Join
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Sign here please. Its a letter campaign to the Yemeni government, US, UK, UN and EU for my friend Yemeni journalist al-Khaiwani who may be sentenced to death in two weeks for insulting the president. We can't have that. No. So please sign here. In Yemen, the campaign is co-sponsored by Member of Parliament Ahmed Saif Hasid who gave Jawa an interview about conditions in Yemen prisons and two prominent female journalists/activists.
Also the UK journalists organization, Article 19, has endorsed the campaign.
Some Al-Khaiwani quotes:
October 27, 2005 Yemen Times article by al-Khawiani "Stop Attacking the American Journalist" :
"Being an independent political article, Jane is an effective voice having its strong reverberation in different parts of the world. After their failure to attract Novak to their side, the Yemeni authorities turned to terrorize journalists, harm the reputation of Novak and prevent the circulation of her articles in the country in order not to let the Yemeni journalists know the westerners who back them."
From my article after his 2007 arrest (but before his kidnapping):
Dec 2004, he wrote me from jail, "Democracy and freedom are not granted by a leader or a regime, it is a world wide human achievement of all the free people on earth." and "I believe in democracy, freedom, equality and rights and am willing to suffer for their sake simply because I do not wish my children to suffer dictatorship and I will strive to provide them a better future."
May 2004, "We will continue our fight against corrupt crooks at the power center who are annoyed by the reports that have touched their interests," he told the Yemen Times.
December 2006, he wrote to the United Nations, "The State hunts us, abuses our rights, and restrict our freedom of expressions. We were subjected to abduction, forcible disappearance, and illegal and unconstitutional arrests. We are deprived of our livelihood sources because we criticize corruption and the military regime that has been grasping power for 28 years." (The United Nations failed to respond.)
In February 2007, al-Khaiwani was forcibly brought to court related to a published article. "I wished the court showed a similar zest in Anisah Al-Shuabi's case or doing justice to Raash villagers," he noted, referring to women raped by police and an entire village displaced at the whim of a sheik.
February 2007, he said his website Al-Shoura was blocked, "because we are criticizing corruption, the prejudices of rights and freedoms, and our continuing need for political and cultural reforms and good governance."
December 2007: Al-Khiwani told MENASSAT.COM, "I am paying the price for believing the government and its claims about pursuing rise of democracy. After they broke into my house and terrified my family and kidnapped me in public, in front of the Al-Nida newspaper, I have this feeling that the authorities have decided to spill my blood."
Article 19's report on Yemen, "Freedom of Expression in Peril", contains this from Al-Khaiwani, "They mobilize religion, laws and even the tribe against us. We, on the other hand, only own our dreams. They even want to rob us of this."
4/28/08: IFJ Calls on Yemeni President to End Intimidation of Independent Journalism and Media
2/6/08: CPJ Annual report Yemen
CPJ's Senate Foreign Relations Committee Testimony about al-Khaiwani's case
11/2007: RSF: Journalist faces possible death penalty over photos "liable to undermine army morale"
9/07/07: US State Department Notes Disturbing Trend
8/27/07: CPJ: Yemeni editor abducted, severely beaten
8/26/07: RSF Despite Denials, Security Officials Were Involved in the Kidnapping
CPJ troubled by terror charges against outspoken Yemeni editor
Swingers Club with Young Children Performing Sex Acts
A 29-year-old Texas mom, Shauntel Mayo, was sentenced to life in prison for operating a money-making club featuring sexual performance by children, even her children.
Mayo's boyfriend, 36-year-old Jamie Pittman, was sentenced for the same crimes and also got life in prison.
Interestingly, both Mayo and Pittmen were found guilty by different juries that deliberated for a total combined time of less than 16 minutes. Hell, I've had to wait longer than that for a pizza.
British Muslims to Outnumber Christian Churchgoers
According to research published today by think-tank Christian Research, practicing British Muslims will outnumber practicing Christians by 2035.
Even though Christians outnumber Muslims by more than 20 to one, data indicate that fewer Christians attend church while Muslims practice their faith more religiously.
The Church of England discredited the research, saying it is "flawed and dangerously misleading."
AlQaeda And Hezbollah To Clash In Lebanon?
Crazy stuff coming out now.
In an interview with Sunni clerics Al-Arabiya TV network described the ongoing clashes as a sectarian strife. Now Al-Qaeda leaders have called on their operatives to go to Lebanon to protect the Sunni from Shia backed Hezbollah.
Al-Qaeda has reportedly called on its operatives to go to Lebanon and defend what it called the Sunni community of the country.
The report came while some Arab media outlets described the current clashes in Lebanon as a fight between Sunni and Shia communities.
The TV network reported that al-Qaeda on all of its websites urged its operatives to defend the Sunni community of Lebanon.
This is nucking futz. Iran is funding alQaeda in Iraq and also Hezbollah. Hmmm.
If true this should prove to be very interesting.
h/t Weasel Zippers
Obama: I've Been To 57 States & 1 More To Go
So tell me Senator Obama, where exactly are those "extra" states you have been too?
Allah has more.
Obama Sacks Adviser Over Talks With Hamas
In this Times "puff piece" it appears the author is trying to soften the blow of this new found revelation as the article ends with "the respected Robert Malley".
Bullshit, I don't respect anyone who hearts Hamas.
One of Barack Obama’s Middle East policy advisers disclosed yesterday that he had held meetings with the militant Palestinian group Hamas – prompting the likely Democratic nominee to sever all links with him.
Robert Malley told The Times that he had been in regular contact with Hamas, which controls Gaza and is listed by the US State Department as a terrorist organisation. Such talks, he stressed, were related to his work for a conflict resolution think-tank and had no connection with his position on Mr Obama’s Middle East advisory council.
“I’ve never hidden the fact that in my job with the International Crisis Group I meet all kinds of people,” he added.
Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for Mr Obama, responded swiftly: “Rob Malley has, like hundreds of other experts, provided informal advice to the campaign in the past. He has no formal role in the campaign and he will not play any role in the future.” The rapid departure of Mr Malley followed 48 hours of heated clashes between John McCain, the Republican nominee-elect, and Mr Obama over Middle East policy.
Damn terrorist syphathizers anyway. They keep screwing it up for Obama. teh..
Who will be the next one to come forward?
Ace has more
Kennedy Says Obama To Screw Hillary out of VP Spot
May 9 (Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama isn't likely to pick rival Hillary Clinton as a running mate, according to one of his most prominent supporters.Has Hillary not earned her way onto the ticket? If Obama tries to blow her off, I predict a big McCain win. I doubt conservative mid-western Democrat women will stand for this. They'll vote McCain in droves. Not only because of the snub by Obama, but also as a check against a likely more liberal congress.
``I don't think it's possible,'' Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy said in an interview on Bloomberg Television's ``Political Capital With Al Hunt,'' airing this weekend.
Kennedy, 76, without naming names, said Obama should pick someone who ``is in tune with his appeal for the nobler aspirations of the American people.''
``If we had real leadership -- as we do with Barack Obama -- in the No. 2 spot as well, it'd be enormously helpful,'' Kennedy said.
Obama's Bill To Hand US Sovereignty to United Nations
Wow just wow!
Via Four Winds: Obama's bill S2433 would require the U.S. to initially direct .7 percent of our GNP into the United Nations coffers for distribution as they see fit, for "food" to third world nations. Under earlier agreements this would evolve into a national tax on the U.S. with the UN attempting to levy this on all first world nations.So Obama finally tried to do something. What's the use of running for president when you are just going to hand your power over to the Secretary General?
The U.N. would have the power to increase this rate of taxation.
The U.S. would be required to surrender some of its sovereignty over foreign aid by putting it under UN control. The bill would force the U.S. to sign onto the U.N.'s Millennium Declaration, which would commit us not only to "banning small arms and light weapons" but also to adhere to the International Criminal Court Treaty and the Kyoto Protocol.
WND called Obama's office and the others who support this bill....No comments.Yea I bet no comments. I'm still waiting for an answer from Obama's campaign the he would rule out Bill Ayers as secretary of Education. Same deal, no comment. I'm surprised they didn't say, "No comment but you are welcome to send us some money."
We can't really tell if the bill requires all that or just requires we develop a plan to do all that. It seems to me that in the end, the result is the same.
Reuters Employee "Ruffed Up" In Lebanon
Of course there has been nary a word about this from Reuters. Wouldn't be proper to show the "true" side of Hezbollah ruffing up one of their employees.
Snapped Shot has more on this - "Embedded With The Enemy?"
NY: 911 Operator Charged With Misuse Of State & FBI Databases
The accused 911 operator, Ms. Nadire P. Zenelaj, stated she is being singled out because she is a Muslim.
Ms Zenelaj was just practicing that's all. So what if at least one name in her search just happened to be on the terrorist watch list.
A former city 911 operator faces multiple felony counts for illegally searching state driving records and state police databases that included the FBI’s terrorist watch list, officials said Wednesday.
The fired employee, Nadire P. Zenelaj, 32, of Rochester insists she did nothing wrong and is being singled out because she is Muslim.
“I feel they targeted me because of my religion,” said Zenelaj, who worked at the 911 center for nearly six years. “I have no criminal history. I have never gone against the law.”
Richard Vega, director of the city’s Office of Public Integrity, said Zenelaj was “running personal information on herself, on her family and on friends. I think it went beyond curiosity. … We think she was accessing this information to pass it on to others.”
At least one of the 227 names that Zenelaj searched for was on the terrorist watch list, according to police. She was fired in December, arrested Tuesday and pleaded not guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor official misconduct and 232 felony counts of computer trespass — one for each allegedly illegal search.
As for knowing someone on the watch list, Zenelaj said: "Regardless of that person, I've seen many people on many lists."
Nothing to see here.
h/t LGF link thingy.
RedState's Erick Erickson : "To Hell With You All"
Posted at RedState:
If [the GOP] won't clean their house up now, I'm prepared to sit back and let the voters do it for them in November. Remember: I'm all for being on the team, but not when the team is solely interested in me filling out the roster, but not letting me on the field.I've been withholding support from the Party slush funds for a while now, and I've been recommending the same to other conservatives. I ceased some time ago to trust the "Party insiders" to make decisions on my behalf and build backroom power structures at my expense. You think the Party insiders care whether a candidate is liberal or conservative? Think again. The Party insiders care about whether a candidate can win. That's pretty much the sum total of what they care about. These days, I'm more than happy to give to candidates I can believe in. I don't need a gatekeeper to make my decisions for me, and neither do you. Please give, but give smart. If you are a conservative, giving to the Party slush funds is not smart.
So, pay attention House Republicans: if you are not willing to publicly turn your back on people like Don Young and Jerry Lewis, to hell with you all. I'll support individual candidates, but I will continue to withhold support from the NRCC.
Official Hezbollah Websites Hosted in US/Canda
http://www.alintiqad.com PWN3D! (as of about 1 am 05/10/08) Hosted by ServePath LLC
San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 869-7000
Toll free: (866) 321-PATH / (866-321-7284)
Fax: (415) 869-7001
Update 05/10/08 07:30 CDT
http://www.alintiqad.com is back up, but not 100%. Moved to Amsterdam.
DNS provided by DNSmadeeasy,
Hosted by Groupe iWeb Technologies inc.
http://www.alnour.com.lb PWN3D! Hosted by: ServePath LLC
San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 869-7000
Toll free: (866) 321-PATH / (866-321-7284)
Fax: (415) 869-7001
Update: 05/10/08 09:16 am CDT. http://www.alnour.com.lb/ is back up, also with a few problems, images and stuff not right. Have fun re-uploading all those boys. This one also moved to Amsterdam. Which is fine with me. So long as they are out of the US.
Hosted by: ServePath LLC
San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 869-7000
Toll free: (866) 321-PATH / (866-321-7284)
Fax: (415) 869-7001
http://www.jihadbinaa2006.org is also back online.
DNS provided by:
R & D Technologies, LLC
Las Vegas, NV.
manartv.com PWN3D! Hosted by: Oversee.net
Los Angeles CA
Hezbollah is a specially designated foreign terrorist entity.
Via Infoplease.comHezbollah (Party of God); LebanonAnd here.
ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION)Hosting Hezbollah violates the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Each IEEPA violation of carries a fine of up to $250,000.
Hezbollah has a couple more sites hosted in various places overseas, Namely Syria, Iran and Lebanon. We may look at these later as I'm sure they will be difficult to remove to say the least.
Hat Tip: Some Jihadi dumbass named Ali.
Update: The .lb on some of the sites means the provider is different. Note some info has been updated.
Update: Four sites down. Two have been semi-restored. Annoying the heck out of those Hizb,Allah webmasters, we are.
Political Trivia : Who Said It?
I have nothing against a community that is made up of people ... trying to maintain the ethnic purity of their neighborhoods. This is a natural inclination.The speaker was:
A. Louis Farrakhan
B. David Duke
C. Robert Byrd
D. Jeremiah Wright
E. None of the Above
Canada "Hate Behind The Veil" Hate Crime?
The above cartoon appeared in the Chronicle Herald newspaper was drawn by Bruce MacKinnon and is supposed to reference the wife of one of the Toronto 18 Cheryfa MacAulay Jamal.
In November 2006 he was released on 100,000 bail and charge of intent to cause explosions were dropped. Since then the '18' accused has now dwindled to 11. Hopes are it won't dwindle to -0-.
Album of Qayyam and some of his co-horts here
After her husbands stay Cheryfa threatened publicly to sue the Canadian government for millions. Now an Islamic center in Halifax has claimed that the cartoon is a hate crime.
"Achmed the Dead Terrorist" should add this line. Silence - I Suuuue You.
Click above image or here for more from Darcey of Dust My Broom
Religion of Peace: Oh Allah Kill Them (Jews and Americans) Down to the Very Last One
Since it is Friday, The Muslim Holy Day, it is worth noting that today prayers and sermons like these will be repeated in many mosques.
Following are excerpts from a sermon delivered by Ahmad Bahr, acting speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, which aired on Sudan TV on April 13, 2007.
Hizb,Allah Coup in Beruit?
A MEDIA COUP IN LEBANON: HEZBOLLAH'S SUBTLE TAKEOVER: "Hezbollah's militant takeover of Beirut and its systematic destruction of the authority of the state and freedom of the press suggests a sophisticated and planned campaign to take power.And that might also explain why Ahmadinejad running off at the mouth again.
Exit question: What ancient city on a hill lies between souther Lebanon and Tel Aviv?
Abu Ayyub al-Masri Reportedly Captured (UPDATE :FALSE ALARM)
We're hearing all over that the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq has been captured. He also holds the position of Minister of War in the fictional Islamic State of Iraq. This guy has been reported dead or captured more times than a dog has fleas. I'd take it with a grain of salt until confirmed.
AP Via Yahoo News: BAGHDAD - The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was arrested in the northern city of Mosul, the Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesman said Thursday.Not hammer time quite yet.
Spokesman Mohammed al-Askari said the arrest of al-Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, was confirmed to him by the Iraqi commander of the province. There was no immediate confirmation or comment from U.S. forces on the arrest.
The U.S. military in Baghdad said "we are currently checking with Iraqi authorities to confirm the accuracy of this information."
Update 05/08/08 at 06:26: pm cdt: We at TJR predict this will turn out to be another false report. We have our reasons. Remember you heard it here first folks.
Update by Vinnie Since some are skeptical of our skepticism, here's what we received from our sources on the subject:
From a buddy over there hunting that dipshit right now:
By the way...wrong guy. The stupid Iraqi General screwed up the guys kunya (Abu name). Oops. Looks like an Iraqi General has hummous on his face.
Via CNN: Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the head of al Qaeda in Iraq, has not been captured, a senior U.S. military official told CNN on Friday. Iraqi authorities said Thursday that al-Masri had been captured in Mosul.Hate to say it, but we told you so...
War Porn: With a Flick of the Switch
We'll blow ya sky high!
War Porn: Chase The Ace
Wake up Jawas! Its Friday!
May 08, 2008
Leave Bobby Jindal ALONE!!!11!!one!
I'm getting so completely sick and tired of hearing otherwise sensible people angling for Gov. Bobby Jindal for McCain's VP.
Unless McCain succeeds in driving the Republican brand even further into the ground than George W. Bush has managed to do, Gov. Jindal will be an excellent presidential candidate for 2016, or maybe even 2012. When he runs, I'll be among the first folks out there walking precincts for him. Comparisons to Ronald Reagan are way overdone, but in this case, I truly believe that Bobby Jindal has the potential to be another leader very much like Reagan.
In the meantime, Bobby Jindal is exactly where Bobby Jindal needs to be right now. Leave the man alone and let him do his damn job. Let him rack up some more of that executive experience we all love to dog Obama about not having. (OK, I'm not sure that's really a sentence. Deal with it.)
This year, there are plenty of folks who'd make a good VP. Fred would've been good, but he won't take it. Until recently, I would've said Newt, but I'm becoming increasingly concerned about Newt's sanity--or at least common sense. Some otherwise sensible people are calling for Mitt Romney, as if he was some kind of great conservative icon. Face it: Romney is a RINO, just like McCain and Huckabee. Romney's only (temporary) virtue was that he was thought to be the least bad of several bad options for a very narrow (and very strange) window of time. He was not McCain, and he was not Mike Huckabee--and that was more than enough for many conservatives.
If the GOP wants to do something to shake things up, they should put Janice Rogers Brown on the ticket. They probably won't do that, though. That would actually be, ya know, kinda...SMART. Instead, I'm thinking they'll likely pick a hispanic, and maybe even an open-borders advocate like Mel Martinez or Linda Chavez, just to make absolutely certain that the grassroots conservative base knows exactly where they can stick it. Maybe McCain will go completely off the playbook and pick Joe Lieberman. Wouldn't that be a hoot?
Incest Dungeon Master Josef Fritzl Explains Himself
Following up on a previous report, incest dungeon master Josef Fritzl, 73, has broken his silence in discussions with his lawyer.
“I knew that Elisabeth did not want the things I did to her. I knew that I was hurting her," Mr Fritzl said in notes given by his lawyer, Rudolf Mayer, to an Austrian magazine.So, there you go. He was motivated by strong family values. Fritzl desired many children who wouldn't grow up alone like he did. But that's not all. Fritzl also claims he imprisoned his daughter to rescue her from bad people.
“But the urge to finally be able to taste the forbidden fruit was too strong. It was like an addiction.” [ ... ]
“In reality I wanted to have children with her. I was looking forward to the offspring. It was a beautiful idea for me -- to have a proper family, also down in the cellar, with a good wife and a couple of children.
“I always wanted to have many children. Not children that would have to, like I had, grow up alone but children that would always have someone to play with. I had a dream about a large family ever since I was a little boy.”
“Ever since she entered puberty she did not adhere to rules anymore. She would spend whole nights in dingy bars, drinking alcohol and smoking. I only tried to pull her out of that misery," he said.As time went by with Elisabeth locked up, his urge to have sex with her became stronger and stronger.
“I got her a job as a waitress but she would not go to work for days. She even escaped twice and hung out with bad people during this time and they were not good company for her. I would bring her back home each time but she would try to escape again.
“That is why I had to do something. I had to create a place where I could keep Elisabeth, by force if necessary, away from the outside world.”
"It was a vicious circle, a circle from which there was no exit -- not only for Elisabeth but also for myself."Well, that should clear things up for everyone. Fritzl believes that he was caught in a vicious circle from which there was no escape but to imprison his daughter for 24 years and impregnate her at least seven times.
I heard that the maximum penalty Fritzl faces under Austrian law is 15 years in prison. It's not enough punishment.
(Updated)German Court Rules Muslim Girl Can't Skip Co-ed Swim Lesson
With the burqini readily available this case is not about "protecting"
this childs "modesty". It is about political Islam. Just sayin...
A Muslim girl in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia cannot skip co-ed swimming lessons because of religious prohibitions against wearing formfitting clothing, a German court ruled on Wednesday.
The administrative court in Düsseldorf ruled that the state's responsibility to educate the girl outweighed the potential infringement on her religious freedom.
The 12-year-old girl's parents sued her school in the northern German city of Remscheid after the school refused to allow the girl to skip swimming class. Citing religious reasons, the parents said they did not want their daughter to participate because her body would not be covered
Earlier the girls teacher offered to let her swim in leggings and shirt, which the parents refused citing "the material would cling to her body".
The parents plan on appealing the ruling.
Update - Due to the lively discussion in comments I would like to add this tidbit from the above article to clarify the ruling:
The Remscheid school said it did not have the personnel to separate boys and girls in swimming lessons. In the past the school had allowed Muslim girls to skip the lessons and take a different class instead, but a rule put in place last year explicitly requires participation by Muslim students.
I believe the parents are trying to use the "modesty" law of Sharia to break the known requirement of Remscheid. This has nothing to do with religion but all to do with expecting host countries to change their laws to adhere to political Islam.
War Funding Bill Pulled From US House Floor Schedule
Defeatocrats have successfully delayed funding because of education benefits for military veterans. in the bill.
Any excuse will do to undermine funding for the GWOT.
WASHINGTON - The Democratic House leadership was forced to delay plans for its $195 billion war funding bill to be considered on the floor of the U.S. House Thursday.
The delay was primarily due to the unwillingness of the fiscally conservative "Blue Dog" coalition of House Democrats to support a key provision of the spending package.
"We were successful in getting the emergency supplemental bill pulled from the schedule this week",[emphasis mine] said Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., one of the leaders of the Blue Dog Democrats.
The group opposes plans to add funding for education for military veterans to the bill without offsetting the cost elsewhere.
The Blue Dog coalition met with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., late Wednesday and told him they wouldn't support the veterans' benefits included in the bill.
A leadership aide in Hoyer's office denied that the decision to pull the bill came as a result of the lack of support from the Blue Dogs.
It was the Republicans fault you see:
"It was a combination of giving us an opportunity to educate our members on what was in the bill and the fact that Republicans have slowed down business" in the House, the aide said.The aide was referring to the delaying tactics employed Wednesday by Republicans to prevent passage of a housing bill aimed at providing relief to distressed U.S. homeowners.
Something Special for the Special Groups
A gift from the municipality of Washington DC to the unrighteous, resisting Hezbollah in Iraq.
Illegal Alien Arrested for Rape After Girl, 10, Gives Birth
(St. Anthony, Idaho) A 37-year-old illegal alien, Guadalupe Gutierrez-Juarez (pic), was arrested on April 28 for the alleged rape of a 10-year-old girl who subsequently gave birth. Gutierrez-Juarez has been charged with one count of rape.
This story is sickening. Furthermore, although child molesters populate every demographic group, it doesn't make me ignore the fact that Gutierrez-Juarez shouldn't have been in the U.S. in the first place.
Initially, medical officials reported to police that a child was pregnant and an investigation was launched. Several witnesses then came forward and implicated Gutierrez-Juarez.
The girl gave birth less than two weeks ago by caesarian section at Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Fremont County Sheriff Ralph C. Davis and other authorities said. Officials would not disclose the gender, date of birth or paternity of the baby.Gutierrez-Juarez was booked into jail with bail set at $250,000.
"I wouldn't have believed a 10-year-old could conceive in the first place," Davis said.
A hospital spokeswoman would not discuss the condition of the girl or the baby and would not say whether either was still in the hospital Wednesday.
When Weasels Attack...
Funniest parts: Begala's coalition of "eggheads and African Americans", and the fantasy that Donna Brazile regularly goes out and pounds down a few with the little people.
Enjoy this while it lasts, because, once the Democrat nomination is sewn up, the Dem media machine, including NBC, CBS, ABC, the NYT, WaPo, et. al. will dump all this unpleasantness down the memory hole along with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers...
Update: Suspected Pedophile Held After Global Manhunt
This is awesome news. Kudo's to who directed the authorities to this scumbag.
A suspected pedophile who became the subject of an international manhunt earlier this week after an appeal from Interpol has been detained in the United States, a spokesman for the global police agency told CNN Thursday.
Wayne Nelson Corliss, 57, was arrested at his apartment in Union City, New Jersey, about midnight Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, Interpol said in a written statement.
Corliss later confessed to the allegations during police questioning, Interpol said.[emphasis mine]
Interpol on Tuesday announced it was attempting to identify the man, who was featured in 100 photographs sexually abusing at least three boys between the ages of 6 and 10, it said.
The images came to light in 2006, when Norwegian authorities discovered them in the possession of a man they arrested. They were believed to have been taken in Southeast Asia.
Interpol posted six pictures of the suspect on its Web site.
"Two days ago, this man's nationality, identity and location were totally unknown," Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said.
Palestinian Checkpoint On The UC Berkeley Campus
Zombie has a roundup with images of the "Students for Justice in Palestine" (SJP) mock "security checkpoint" held yesterday at Sather Gate on the U.C. campus.
It was held to commensurate Israels 60th anniversary.
They came equipped complete with "toy" guns:
Zombie - This guy made a game of pointing his fake machine gun at people (including me), as toddlers played nearby and students studied in the sun.
Now, on the conscious level, the SJP members were supposed to be portraying villainous
JewsIsraelis; but on the subconscious level, it seemed that they were actually enjoying the power that comes with a gun -- even a pretend gun. Something about the whole scenario was unsettling.
My Burqa Makes Me Blue
From the Burqa Band. The Burqa Band (or the Blue Burqa Band) was an all-female indie rock band from Kabul, Afghanistan. They performed anonymously, all of the members wearing burqas in protest against the Taliban's rules regarding Islamic dress.
Happy 60th Israel
Congratulations Yisra'el on your 60th anniversary.
Hot Israeli Models below fold - and - not just for guys.
Mahdi Army In Lebanon
Via Gateway Pundit:
Beirut Spring posted this photo of a bridge banner in Beirut that reads: "A gift from the municipality of Tehran to the righteous, resisting Lebanese people."...That's just silly, its almost as likely that there is an Iranian backed group called Hezbollah in Iraq.
...Christian Lebanese Forces leader, Samir Geagea, referred to Hizballah as the Mahdi Army in Lebanon.
Hat Tip: Instapundit.
Remington 597 Range Report
First impressions here.
May 07, 2008
War Porn: JDAM Dropped On Taliban Position In Afghanistan
Hat Tip: Garduneh Mehr.
Youtube Video: Humans Smell with Their Tongues
Or something like that..
Hat Tip: John.
I'm So Offended By...
And also because...
A. I'm hurt, badly?
B. Its a good excuse for another boobie post?
C. I'm an evil Zionist?
D. Muslims don't like Boobies?
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Bikini Teacher Has Playboy Offer
(Port St. Lucie, Florida) Playboy magazine has reportedly contacted bikini fishing mate Tiffany Shepherd.
She may no longer have a job with Port St. Lucie High School, but all the publicity around the bikini-wearing biology teacher has landed her an offer to appear in Playboy, according to our news partners at CBS 12. [ ... ]There has been no confirmation of the offer.
One of the charter boat owners told CBS 12 that the magazine offered Shepherd $25,000 per photo.
Coulter Finds The Silver Lining?
So before remembering that we are now left with two dangerous choices for president -- a young liberal who is friendly with terrorists or an old liberal who is friendly with Teddy Kennedy -- take a moment to revel in the fact that our long national nightmare is over. It turns out getting rid of the Clintons was the change we've been waiting for.It's a small victory, but a victory none the less. No matter what happens now, the Clintons are out of the quest for the ultimate prize, and that just makes me feel good.
So fight on, Hildawg. Fight on. Obama needs to be neutralized from every possible angle, and you're just the gal to do it.
She's tough. I'll give her that. That, or absolutely, positively shameless.
Where's Dr. Rusty Shackleford?
Last we heard, he was boarding a plane.
al-Qaeda Facilitator Claims Iran Supports Sunni Insurgents in Iraq
Really?!? Ya don't say?
Via FOXNEWS: KUWAIT CITY — A Sunni fundamentalist from Kuwait who has been linked by the United Nations and the United States to Al Qaeda, said in an interview published Wednesday that Iran is supporting Sunni Arab insurgents fighting American troops in Iraq.Which is interesting since the left attacked the NTY's for reporting that Lebanese Hezbollah is helping arm and train Shia militia near Tehran
The comments by Mubarak al-Bathali came just days after reports surfaced here that three Kuwaitis recently carried out suicide bombings in Iraq, including a Kuwaiti who was a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner. Kuwaiti authorities have not confirmed those reports.
The U.S. has accused Iran — which is predominantly Shiite like Iraq — of supporting Shiite militias in Iraq. Iran denies this and blames the U.S. troops presence for the violence in Iraq.
The accusations by al-Bathali were a rare occasion that a Sunni fundamentalist claimed Tehran also backs Sunni extremists, linked to Al Qaeda. In the battlefields of Iraq, Sunnis and Shiites are archenemies.
In the interview in Kuwaiti Al-Qabas daily, al-Bathali said that Tehran is supplying Al Qaeda fighters and other Jihad movements in Iraq with "weapons and money" and claimed he has personally sent fighters to Iraq by way of Syria.
Al-Bathali alleged that Iran's motivation for backing both the Sunnis and Shiites opposed to Washington, was because Tehran is eager to "place hurdles in front of America" so that the U.S. would be "too busy to fight" Iran. He also said Iran facilitates the entry of fighters into Iraq and Afghanistan.
This despite the fact that a group named, uh, Hezbollah in Iraq had a website before it ran into difficulties.
Hezbollah in Iraq also maintains two youtube accounts here and here. Note the videos on youtube show the use of sophisticated Iranian made EFP's or Explosively Formed Penetrators. Where else does one get these if not from Iran? There is also certainly support for Hezbollah from Syria as well, but the weapons are of most likely of Iranian origin.
Here is a copy of of what Hezbollah in Iraq claims is one of their more recent videos, firing rockets at the green zone. Note the symbol in the upper right.
Click Image for Video.
Now note the flag of Lebanese Hezbollah.
Kinda weird how similar the symbols are, isn't it? Hmmmmm? What could that mean?
Hezbollah first emerged during the Lebanese Civil War in the early 1980s as a militia of Shia followers of the Ayatollah Khomeini, trained, organized and funded by a contingent of Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Also note the similarity in the names. Hezbollah and Hezbollah in Iraq. See how this works?
Code Pink Puts Pelosi "In Bed" With President Bush
Code pink has been careful about forewarning of their protests lately. I just happened to come across this:
What: Nancy Pelosi and George Bush in Bed Together
When : Thursday, May 8, 2008
Times: 7am Washington Harbour Condominiums 3030 K St NW, Washington, DC
12noon Capitol Building sidewalk @ Independence and New Jersey
4pm Speaker Pelosi's office, Cannon 235 (possible arrests)
CODEPINK condemns Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for her backroom maneuvering, guaranteeing George Bush $162.6 billion more for war. Admitting abdication to the Executive Branch, the Speaker recently stated, ''We would rather just save time and get it over with right from the start.'' CODEPINK's response, "So where is the democratic leadership? In bed with George Bush!
CODEPINK will take a bed with masks of Bush and Pelosi to her DC home and the Capitol on Thursday[...]
VISUALS: pink canopy bed, Bush & Pelosi costumes, chants and songs. Great photo opps!
Great "photo opps" of idiots is more precise.
Good News: Another "Innocent" Gitmo Detainee Reaffirms Loyalty to Osama Bin Laden
GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden's suspected "media director" rejected U.S. terrorism court proceedings against him and renewed his allegiance to the al Qaeda leader on Wednesday...Nice guy. I reckon we should probably release him as he's just a misunderstood Muslime. How long can we maintain this racist policy of holding as prisoners of war those who want to kill and make war against us? Till they stop making war on us?
... He had earlier held up a handwritten "boycott" sign and declined to answer when asked whether he was rejecting his military attorney, though in a lengthy statement to the court he indicated he would not contest the charges against him.
"I am not going to say I'm not from al Qaeda," Bahlul said. "We will continue in our jihad and nothing is going to stop us."
Bahlul, who is from Yemen, was charged with conspiracy, solicitation to commit murder and providing material support for terrorism. He was accused of preparing a propaganda video glorifying the attack on the American destroyer Cole, preparing the videotaped will of Sept. 11 ringleader Mohamed Atta, and operating computer and communications gear for bin Laden.
"I am renewing my allegiance to Sheikh Osama bin Laden," said Bahlul, who wore a beard and loose green shirt as he sat at the corner of the defense table, with two military bailiffs behind him.
It's just their culture man.
AlQaeda In Iraq Infiltrated By Mossad?
The proof is some are not circumcised. WTF?
Even crazier, there is a discussion at a terrorist supporting forum about this. A member stated he wasn't circumcised. His revelation isn't going over too well.
UPDATE: A related video has been added below the fold. ~ Kafir
Maryland Supreme Court Rules Against Pakistani Man's Attempt To Cite Sharia Law
Sharia denied and sanity prevailed.
This ruling is important in regards to stopping Islamic law from creeping into U.S. courts. Political Islam is our "silent" enemy and political correctness feeds it.
UK knows all too well the implications of allowing sharia law.
Saying "I divorce thee" three times, as men in Muslim countries have been able to do for centuries when leaving their wives, is not enough if you're a resident of Maryland, the state's highest court ruled yesterday.
Yesterday, the Court of Appeals rejected a Pakistani man's argument that his invocation of the Islamic talaq, under which a marriage is dissolved simply by the husband's say-so, allowed him to part with his wife of more than 20 years and deny her a share of his $2 million estate.
The justices affirmed a lower court's decision overturning a divorce decree obtained in Pakistan by Irfan Aleem, a World Bank economist who moved from London to Maryland with his wife, Farah Aleem, in 1985.
I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you, was this Pakistani mans favorite words - until now. teh
Religion For Me but Not for Thee
Open the pages of a liberal magazine or peruse the liberal blogosphere, and you’re bound to come across denunciations of the religious right, if not religion itself. The “reality-based community,” as self-satisfied liberal bloggers call themselves, was a term created in direct response to the “faith-based community,” what the Bush administration called recipients of money from its Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Given the religious right’s use of “faith” to justify hoaxes such as “intelligent design” and the ruinous attempt to convert homosexuals into heterosexuals, the left had good reason to criticize, and sometimes mock, the absurdities that are the inevitable result of religion mixing with politics.Hat Tip: Dean Esmay who adds.
Yet the left, with its healthy skepticism toward religion, has shown itself to be cynically flexible over the past few weeks in response to the utter insanities emitted from the big mouth of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Sen. Barack Obama’s pastor, mentor and friend of 20 years. Suddenly, some liberals have discovered a newfound love for extremists who hide behind the cloth to justify their radical views.
There is, of course, an anti-American religious right, just like there’s an anti-American religious left. What I find odd is how seldom we talk about the religious left, as if they are meaningless or utterly lack power or clout.
MEMRI Video: What Islamist Websites Really Say
A video showing some of what MEMRI'S internet monitoring project has found on terrorist websites. Of particular interest is the chap at 1:51 seconds with the heavy British accent.
Hat Tip: Israel Maztav.
al-Bahgdadi Sock Puppet Operator Identified?
Via al-Arabiya: Authorities have identified the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, as Hamid Dawoud al-Zawi, an Iraqi police official told Al Arabiya News Channel.The identity of al-Bahgdadi, real or imagined, has been in question since al-Qaeda member and former leader of Ansar al-Sunnah, a man namded al-Mashhadani, was captured in July of 2007. al-Mashhadani said during interrogation that al-Baghdadi was a figure head played by an actor to give the impression that Iraqis, not al-Qaeda's foreign Arab leadership, were in control of ISI.
Al-Baghdadi, who heads the Islamic State of Iraq, is originally from Haditha. He served in the Iraqi army under Saddam Hussein before joining al-Qaeda in 2003, the official said on condition of anonymity.
The U.S. military in Iraq did not confirm the report, citing security reasons. Until now, it has described Baghdadi as fictitious.
Hopefully, if this is accurate, the revelation of his identity will lead to his er, uh, neutralization.
Update: Here's his picture.
Hat Tip: Grey Fox.
Predator Takes Out Five Insurgents
The end was too merciful for four, but the UAV gets to play a little cat and mouse with the last little piggy.
Medina Muslim Or Meccan Muslim?
The interview was focused on incorrect interpretations of kafirs (non-believers) of names, words, and phrases about Islam and the dangers of doing this.
One example of incorrect interpretation is the "politically correct" recent government policy memoranda of developing a new "speech code"[PDF] for the lexicon on the war on terror. The words jihad, jihadist and mujhadid are to be avoided.
FP: Bill Warner, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Warner: Thank you Jamie.
FP: I’d like to talk to you today about how many of the names, words and phrases we use about Islam are muddled and incorrect. Many non-Muslims create certain terms about Islam to try to make the world seem safer and to feel good about themselves. But many of these terms have no actual basis in Islamic theology or culture and have no real meaning in an Islamic context.
I think the best way to start this discussion is to begin with the term “moderate Muslim."
Warner: “Moderate Muslim” is a perfect example of the muddle and incorrect terminology that kafirs (unbelievers) use.
This term is intended to describe a Muslim who doesn’t seem dangerous or advocate violence. But “moderate Muslim” is a non-Muslim name, one that kafirs made up.
The doctrine of Islam does talk about the different kinds of Muslims. The measure of a Muslim is the Koran and the Sunna. Anyone who follows these teachings is a moderate Muslim, by definition.
Islamic doctrine defines what is moderate and not moderate. Since we are dealing with Islam, we need to know that the doctrine is dualistic. Islam can have two doctrines about any issue. This follows from the Koran. The early Koran, which was written in Mecca is generally religious. The Koran written in Medina is very political and includes jihad. The two Korans are not only very different, but they also contradict each other in major ways.
So we have the possibility of two kinds of moderate Muslims, since we have two doctrines. Osama bin Laden is a moderate Muslim, who follows the Koran of Medina, the Koran of jihad. Kafirs call him an extremist or radical Muslim. Actually, Osama obeys the Koran of Medina and the Sunna of Mohammed, so he is a moderate, pious Medinan Muslim.
The jihadists on September 11, 2001 were all moderate Medinan Muslims. They were not extremists or radicals.
The other kind of moderate Muslim follows the Koran of Mecca and he is more generally what kafirs mean when they say “moderate Muslim”. But how moderate is a Meccan Muslim? A moderate Muslim thinks that you are a kafir, but he isn’t violent, just antagonistic.
FP: So tell us exactly what “kafir” means. We take it to mean unbeliever but I presume it is more complicated than that.
Warner: The usual translation of this Arabic word is unbeliever, but unbeliever is only a very small part of its meaning. It is the Koran that defines the word “kafir” and it says the most terrible things can happen to them. The Koranic doctrine about kafirs says they are hated and are Satan’s friends. Kafirs can be robbed, killed, tortured, raped, mocked, cursed, condemned and plotted against. The Koran does not have one good thing to say about kafirs. (There are some psuedo-good words, but more about them later.)
For over the last 1400 years, 270 million kafirs have died as a result of the political doctrine of Islam. It is the biggest single source of suffering in the history of the world.
The word kafir is the worst word in the human language. It is far worse than the n-word, because the n-word is a personal opinion, whereas, kafir is Allah’s decree. Nearly two thirds of the Koran is devoted to the kafir. Islam is fixated on the kafir and the moderate Muslim thinks that you are a kafir. How moderate is that? More..
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Full scoop here.
Pipes : Is Obama Lying About a Muslim Childhood?
Earlier in the campaign, questions were raised as to whether Barack Obama was raised as a Muslim as a child. Obama seemed to have put the questions to rest by stating unequivocally that he has always been a Christian and was never raised as a Muslim. Daniel Pipes collects a substantial amount of evidence that Barack has been less than forthcoming on this issue:
Nedra Pickler of the Associated Press reports that "documents showed he enrolled as a Muslim" while at a Catholic school during first through third grades. Kim Barker of the Chicago Tribune confirms that Obama was "listed as a Muslim on the registration form for the Catholic school." A blogger who goes by "An American Expat in Southeast Asia" found that "Barack Hussein Obama was registered under the name ‘Barry Soetoro' serial number 203 and entered the Franciscan Asisi Primary School on 1 January 1968 and sat in class 1B. … Barry's religion was listed as Islam."(h/t: Ace) It's already been established previously that Obama attended an Islamic school as a child and attended Koranic studies classes. Pipes points out that Obama learned his lessons so well that he is still capable of reciting the opening lines of the Adhan (the Muslim call to prayer) "with a first-rate accent."
Obama has already distanced himself from his early religious training in the Muslim school, as well as the later religious influence of his chosen pastor and mentor of 20 years. In both cases, Obama is now claiming that he sat there, said what he was supposed to say at the time and did what he was supposed to do at the time, but didn't really buy in to any of it. Obama went through the motions, as he always has, to get where he needed to go.
The idea that Barack is some sort of "Manchurian Candidate" who will sell us out to al Qaeda as some sort of grand international conspiracy is pretty silly, but that's not the true concern here. The true concern, which is bolstered by everything we've learned about him over the past twelve months, is that Barack Obama is a social and political chameleon, capable of presenting whatever identity he needs to at a given point in time. No one, save perhaps his closest confidantes, can seriously claim to know what is to be found in the heart and soul of Barack Obama. Unfortunately, far too few voters seem to really care who Obama is. He has brown skin, and he gives a good speech, and that is apparently enough.
Malaysian Blogger Jailed for Sedition
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) A 58-year-old blogger and editor of Malaysia Today, Raja Petra Raja Kamaruddin, is scheduled to stand trial in October for an alleged seditious article he posted on his website.
The article alleges government corruption by withholding evidence and influencing the judiciary in a high-profile murder case.
Additionally, a visitor to Raja Petra's blog, author Syed Akbar Ali, is charged with the same offense for a comment he wrote. Therefore, not only is the content of a blog post considered seditious but a comment on a blog is also.
The alleged seditious writings pertain to the October 2006 murder of pretty, young Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu (pics), 28, whose mutilated body (remains were blown up with hand grenades) was found in a jungle clearing adjacent to a Kuala Lumpur suburb.
Altantuya's former lover and head of a political think tank, Abdul Razak Baginda, 46, and two bodyguards for Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak were accused of committing the murder. Three Malaysian police officers were also implicated as having a hand in the crime.
Chinese Blogger Jailed for Reporting False Information
(Shandong Province, China) A Chinese blogger (netizen), called "SS Highland Teacher," has been sentenced to five days administrative detention for cross-posting a story he found on an obscure local forum and not verifying that is was true.
The Chinese blogger merely cut and pasted a report of a train collision which characterized it as a terrorist act while inflating the number of casualties. The authorities cited a law which states that mis-reporting to disrupt public order is criminal. Since SS Highland Teacher didn't verify the accuracy of the report he copied, he was jailed. More ....
The Jawa Report: Radio Edition With Laura Mansfield
Join us tonight at 9 EDT, 8 CDT for a conversation with Laura Mansfield.
May 06, 2008
Al-Durah Affair Examined - Three Bullets And A Dead Child
Excellent documentary. It is 55 min but well worth the time.
Esther Schapira is a documentary filmmaker in Germany who has produced a remarkable film that reveals more than ever how the Palestinian Authority has used children to advance its goal of attacking Israel in the world media.
Schapira’s film, “Three Bullets and a Dead Child” shows viewers what actually happened that fateful day in Gaza when 12 year-old Mohammed al Dura was reported to have been deliberately shot by Israeli soldiers.
h/t LGF link viewer.
Links to North Carolina and Indiana Primary Results
The North Carolina results are being posted here.
At present, Barack is up in North Carolina by almost 20 points. The political commentators are all saying "you just can't fight the demographics." (From what I can tell, the word "demographics" is a euphemism for "black people.")
The Indiana results are here.
Hillary is up, 55% to 45% over Barack.
Apparently, they don't have too many "demographics" in Indiana.
Is Opposition to Amnesty "Racist" and "Ignorant"?
We received a few nice comments from my prior post on John McCain's re-embrace of the "comprehensive" amnesty plan. True to form, amnesty proponents are completely unable (or at least unwilling) to discuss the issue without accusing others of acting out of "ignorance," "hate," "fear" and "racism," or of avoiding the (perpetually unnamed) "real issues." First, this from "Fernando Almeida":
Wow. It's sad to see how ignorant people take this to be the real issue. So now it's the big corporations' fault? Who else are these people, who apparently have nothing better to do but create problems and point a someone and not give any creative problem solving strategy, going to hate on? It's border line disheartening.I'm not at all sure what you mean by "this," which is taken by the "ignorant people" as "the real issue," but apparently isn't.
But to answer your question...
...YES, the lack of enforcement of our immigration laws has absolutely resulted from the actions of the employers. Who do you think is bribing our politicians to prevent enforcement of our immigration laws? You think the Senate is cowering in fear at the thought that illiterate migrant workers might mount a fax-blast campaign? Are they afraid that armies of pissed-off non-citizen tomato pickers are going to vote them out of office? It's the employers, stupid! More than any other group, the employers stand in the way of enforcement. This should be obvious to everyone with two or more working brain cells.
I don't "hate" the corporations and the illegals much at all. I'm not even pissed at most of the illegals. Am I pissed at the employers? Absolutely. And you should be, too. They are imposing public costs on all of us--including you--for their own private gain.
We have solutions to this problem. The elites just don't like our solutions, so they deny their existence--or they deny that they're realistic. The elites and their useful idiots refuse to debate the substance of the issue. They prefer to insult and demagogue rather than inquire and discuss. They've learned too many tricks from the leftists.
"Rich" provides his own insightful comments:
Wow, you are stupid and racist. How does a comprehensive plan compromise border security. Any intelligent person not motivated by fear and hatred recognizes this. Fences are already being climbed, tunnelled under or smuggled across. Why do champions of the market call for marxist, totolitarian solutions to immigration.Believe it or not, you're not the first person to accuse me of being (a) stupid, (b) racist or (c) both. So, yeah. Go with that.
I'm guessing your second sentence was meant to be a question. Going on that assumption, the "comprehensive plan" (i.e., amnesty,) compromizes border security in a number of ways. If you'd bother to read history a bit, you'd figure that out pretty quick. But the bigger issue is that the term "comprehensive plan" is a euphemism (look it up) for REAL amnesty combined with IMAGINARY enforcement, and everybody who's been paying the slightest bit of attention to the debate knows this.
As to the "this" that's apparently recognized by every intelligent person not motivated by fear or hatred, I'm not sure what the "this" is, so I can't really address that point
The last part, about the "Marxist" and "totolitarian [sic]" solutions, just makes no sense.
Indonesia: Muslims Kill 3 Christians, Burn 60 Homes and Three Churches
Muslim village Saleman has been in dispute with Christian village Horale for several years over land. And now the Muslims of Saleman have attacked Horale, killing 3 Christians, burning 3 churches and setting ablaze many other buildings.Killing the old and the children over a land dispute? ROPMA!
Central Maluku district police chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Widodo said the three fatalities were identified as Edward Unwaru, 84, Welmina Pattiasina, 47, and her grand daughter Yola Pattiasina, 6.
American Soldiers are now Protectors of the Sunni
Via NYT's blog: BAGHDAD — I came back to Baghdad last week.Good luck Mohamed, glad to see you made it home. While I don't like being called Ansar al-Sunnah much, his heart is in the right place. I'm all for replacing those butchers so that the people of Iraq know what real protection is.
First, it is important to mention the main cause that made me leave everything behind and go to Syria. By the end of 2006 my neighborhood had become an unbearable place. No one could continue there. It was without any simple services, from bakery shops to the hospital and physicians. They all closed their doors and left.
But the real cause is something hidden inside me that affected me more. One day while driving my car to work I saw a corpse thrown alongside the road, and for next three days no one could remove or even touch it. If you moved it you would face the same fate.
So I was gazing at that corpse twice a day for the next three days. That made me think about the whole situation and I said: “It is possible there will be a day when I will be the next corpse laid on that road.” ...
...After spending more than a year in Syria one day my father called me saying: “You can now return, and do not worry. Everything is fine now.”...
...Now, maybe if we think deeply about it, we will find that each needs the other. People need the soldiers to secure them. At the same time the U.S. troops are now in a safe place, maybe they can have more than one Green Zone.
Will it stay safe or not?
I guess that all depends on the American troops, since we will not have qualified Iraqi forces soon. Although most Iraqi forces are sincere you find some have been infiltrated by groups of gunmen and sectarian people who made the mess all around us.
So we still need the Americans because if they intend to leave, there will be something like a hurricane which will extract everything - people, buildings and even trees. Everything that has happened and all that safety will be past, just like a sweet dream.
As people say in my neighborhood: “The Americans are now Ansar al Sunna.” Protectors of the Sunni.
Also blogging Michael Goldfarb.
Trailer For "The Last Patriot"
Books have trailers now, who knew?
Via the Thorum
Obama Campaign Signs at Indiana Polling Sites
What Obama sign? Oh, the "can I help" one.
Tribeca Film Festival: Lioness
Kudo's to the women in the military. Click image for more.
Lioness, the provocative and powerful new documentary from Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers tells the story of five women who served together for a year in Iraq.
These women made up the core of the group dubbed "Team Lioness" by their commanders. Due to the complexities of winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people during this controversial war, some of the women in the US military were used to help defuse the tensions with local civilians. The unintended consequence of this maneuver was that they often found themselves fighting some of the most horrific counterinsurgency battles of the war.
Through intimate moments with the women who made up Team Lioness, we get their deeply personal stories of how this experience affected them on the battlefield and what the cost of that deployment has been as they work to rebuild their lives back home
This is the first I have heard of this documentary. Unfortunately the New York premiere is over but will be looking for other dates/times.
Dotster CFO Hosting Terrorists = Freedom of Speech
Dotster officials said they pass along all complaints to law enforcement agencies, but unless required by law, the company does not remove its customers’ content from the Internet.The first amendment to the constitution does not cover the speech of foreign nationals located outside the US. Kataaib.net, being a foreign terrorist entity in Somalia, is not protected.
The site under fire, kataaib.net, is associated with the Shabab movement in war- and genocide-torn Somalia, according to reports from the BBC and Reuters. In addition to praising Islamist militants, the site lists news about battles and bombings in Somalia. “Kataaib” is Arabic for “Brigades.”...
...“We are not in a position to judge and be a jury on what content may be legal or acceptable,” said Brian Unruh, chief financial officer at Dotster. He would not comment specifically about kataaib.net, except to say, “We feel we have escalated this to the right authorities.”
...Dotster routinely receives complaints about Web sites it hosts, and evaluates each complaint before forwarding on potentially criminal sites to law enforcement agencies, Unruh said.
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the right to freedom of speech and expression, and for that reason Dotster attempts to be very careful about balancing the rights of its customers with other concerns, Unruh said.
“We don’t censor people based on what they say, as long as it’s legal,” he said. “We may not agree with some activities our customers do, but we are not in a position to be judge and jury. If the authorities issue an order to take down a site, we follow that order.”
The authorities Doster is talking about are the FBI. The enforcement of kaatab.net is a matter for the Dept of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control.
When Dotster was first notified of the site it was a business matter. Apparently Dotster considers the business gained by hosting terrorists to be more important than the lives lost in Somalia to the al-Qaeda linked group al-Shabab! The site has clearly been illegal since al-Shabab was formally declared a "specially designated foreign terrorist entity in February 2008.
This site is a pure propaganda outlet. There is little intelligence value to be gained from it. Its purpose is simply as an outlet for al-Shabab's terrorist propaganda. To glorify "martyrs" and to help recruit more to their cause. So far as we know the website has nothing to do with the recent air strike against al-Shabab's leader as his death was announced on the website soon after he was killed.
In my contacts with Dotster, the employee I was dealing with was sympathetic and even tipped me and English version of their webpage on Wordpress that appears to be maintained by a terrorist sympathizer outside of the US. But obviously his hands are tied by management.
So the bottom line is since al-Shabab was officially declared a terrorist organization, Doster is in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) in the US. Each IEEPA violation can carry a fine of up to $250,000."
But in the mean time Dotster has made a business policy judgment, that protecting the speech of foreign terrorist organizations, with whom we are at war, is more important than the lives lost. Islamic extremists have murdered no less than four Christians in Somalia recently.
You can make a business judgment as well, To not do business with Dotster so long as it considers the a few dollars from al-Shabab and foreign terrorists' speech rights more important than removing kaataib.net.
Imperial Good News: al-Shabab Leader Dead as a Rock
al Qaeda's Somalian affiliate, al-Shabab, Websites Dead
U.S. Designates Somalian Terror Group While U.S. Host's Official Website
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
John McCain : I Can Haz Amnesty Now?
Now that John McCain has the nomination locked up, he's willing to admit that his talk of "securing the borders first" was a load of bullshit. Via Captain Ed:
The Arizona senator...seemed to move past his usual “secure the borders first” mantra in favor of calling for, as he put it, “comprehensive immigration reform.”...Si, se puede.
“Unless we enact comprehensive immigration reform I don’t think you can take it piecemeal,” he explained Monday, answering a question about providing visas for skilled workers.
No, we absolutely CAN "do it piecemeal," Senator. Your buddies running the American sweatshops just don't WANT to, because they're afraid that they might have to raise wages to *GASP* normal levels, thereby cutting into their precious profits.
We're told that our industries are running on the ragged edge, threatened with economic collapse if they have to raise wages. We're told this at the same time we see a constant stream of news reports of RECORD PROFITS in the same industries that employ these workers.
This debate is all about keeping wages and benefits LOW, and keeping corporate profits HIGH.
Don't piss on us and tell us it's raining.
INTERPOL Asks For Publics Help In Finding Pedophile
This sicko needs to be found before more children fall victim to this sexual deviant.
More at INTERPOL
LYON, France - INTERPOL is asking for the publics help in identifying a man pictured sexually abusing children in a series of images found on the Internet and retrieved from the computer of a convicted paedophile.
The man, whose name, nationality and location are unknown is featured in approximately 100 images in a series of around 800, which are believed to have been taken in Southeast Asia and depict the sexual abuse of at least three boys aged between six and 10 years old. The first pictures of the man were originally discovered by police in Norway in March 2006.
CNN's Roland Martin On Wright Controversy
CNN contributor Roland Martin perceives Obama's Rev Wright controversy will haunt conservative "media elite" when their own "preachers" are put to task.
Now that Sen. Barack Obama has denounced his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, many of his critics, especially those who call themselves conservative, are happy he has put the dashiki-wearing, American-criticizing former Marine in his place.
See, these same voices, many that are allegedly Christian, have reacted with glee by calling Wright a prophet of hate and a race baiter.
They hold themselves up to be so concerned about their fellow brother and sister, yet if you looked at their personal lives, I doubt you'd find many with African-American friends and associates (and I doubt their staffs are the most diverse in the world, but that's another story) [emphasis mine]
But be careful what you ask for.
Yes indeed Mr Martin be careful what you ask for. Flashback, July 23, 2007 - Martin discusses Don Imus controversy.
War Porn from Uncle Jimbo and More
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Man of my word...
Not sure who they are but they graduated in June 2007.
Meeting With The Taliban Commander Face To Face
Was the reporter "bugged" in order to get co-ordinates on this bastage? Probably not, but the description of where he met Faqir just might help the good guys.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Taliban cleric Faqir Mohammed is tall, thin, very serious and very religious. His eyes are hard and he speaks slowly. He never smiles.
And when you hear what he has to say, you won’t be smiling either.
"If we get hold of nuclear weapons – which we hope to get very soon – then we will safeguard them until Allah Almighty guides us when and against whom to use them," he told NBC News in an interview at his mountain hideout.
These days, the 38-year-old cleric prefers to be called "Commander Faqir." He thinks it befits his new role as deputy leader of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the umbrella organization that was formed last December to try and unite Pakistani militants.[...]
Maulvi Omar is Faqir's spokesman and a seasoned Taliban fighter who goes by several names. He is now in charge of the Taliban's media machine. Omar arranged for NBC News’ Mushtaq Yusufzai to meet Faqir to discuss the ongoing attempts between the Pakistani government and the local Taliban militants to negotiate a peace deal. The newly elected democratic government in Islamabad is trying to kick start those negotiations by offering separate peace deals to different tribes and factions in hopes of bringing an end to hostilities in the tribal areas.
Yusufzai met Omar, in Khar, the capital of Bajaur, one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal regions along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. From there, he was escorted by armed men in two white Toyota pick-up trucks to Faqir’s mountain stronghold, less than two miles from the Afghanistan border. More...
As noted above the article describes, almost in detail, where this hideout is. Lets hope Faqir doesn't plan to move to another spot anytime soon. Be sure to read it all.
Somalian Warlord Accuses France of Kidnapping Pirates
Oh the irony! Via AFP:
NAIROBI (AFP) - Somalia's main opposition group said Monday that France lacks the legal mandate to charge six pirates with hostage-taking and accused the European power of "kidnapping" them.
"France and Somalia do not have an extradition treaty and French laws are not applicable to crimes committed outside France," said Hussein Mohamed Aidid, chairman of the Eritrea-based Alliance for the Reliberation of Somalia (ARS).
"If the pirates were extradited illegally, like it happened in this case, then they were kidnapped by the French special forces. If the pirates acted against the law, the French should not have done the same.
Palestinian TV Puppets Educate Kids On How To Conquer Tel Aviv
Meet Cookoo err Kuku and Fufu.
Thanks to MEMRI TV for providing transcription
Kuku: We will persevere, Allah willing, and we will return to our land, Allah willing. We will return to Jaffa, Acre, Lydda, Ramle, and Ashdod. We will return to all these cities, Allah willing.
Fufu: Kuku, where are you from?
Kuku: I am from Tel Rabi'a, which they have named Tel Aviv. Allah is our support. I say that we must return to our homes, and to our lands, God willing.[...]
Fufu: What's now, Kuku? Are we done for? Will we never return to our cities, Kuku?
Kuku: What are you saying, Fufu? We must never say such things. We must return to our land, Allah willing. We will return to Jaffa, Tel Al-Rabi', Lydda, and Ramle. All those who emigrated to Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq, and America will come to their country with their heads held high
Whatever happened to Cookoo for Cocoa Cocoa Puffs. Sheesh.
Stephen King: Army is for Illiterates UPDATED
Stephen King's novels have suffered over the past few years from his earlier wild success. King has never been noted for diligent research, but more than made up the lack with imaginative plot twists and characters. Unfortunately, it seems that King became so successful that editors were afraid to point out to the author his more extravagant and stupid personal indulgences; for instance, including himself as a character in his disappointing Dark tower series.
While King's early research faux pas were relatively minor (in The Shining: a magneto from a snowmobile described as looking like an "octopus" when only high-end racing snowmobiles had more than two cylinders), now King's disdain for mental rigor has led him to slander America's armed forces, echoing John Kerry's idiotic gaffe.
I don't want to sound like an ad, a public service ad on TV, but the fact is if you can read, you can walk into a job later on. If you don't, then you've got, the Army, Iraq, I don't know, something like that. It's, it's not as bright. So, that's my little commercial for that.NewsBusters has the video as well. It's really a shame that Stephen King seems to have suffered irreversible brain damage when that van hit him a few years ago in Maine.
Or maybe it's just the bitterness that many physically weak and dorky men feel toward the people who protect them from harm. It's a sort of defense mechanism, I suppose, a revenge of the nerds rejection of those more capable.
Update: (below the fold)
King responds to NewsBusters' Noel Shepard piece with whiny misdirection:
A message from StephenUnfortunately for King, the video reveals that his imagination has gotten the better of his memory.
That a right-wing-blog would impugn my patriotism because I said children should learn to read, and could get better jobs by doing so, is beneath contempt. Noel Sheppard says, “Nice sentiment when the nation is at war, Stephen.” I guess he feels ignorance and illiteracy are OK when the country needs cannon-fodder. I guess he also feels that the war in Iraq has nationwide approval. Well, it doesn’t have mine. It is a waste of national resources. . . and that includes the youth and blood of the 4,000 American troops who have lost their lives there and for the tens of thousands who have been wounded. I live in a national guard town, and I support our troops, but I don’t support either the war or educational policies that limit the options of young men and women to any one career—military or otherwise. If you agree, find Sheppard on the internet, and send him an email:
“Hi, Noel—Stephen King says to shut up and I agree.”
Noel Shepard takes note of King's continued hole-digging here. Shepard also notes that Stephen has shut down his own discussion boards.
For the record, I don't impugn King's patriotism because he wants tiny, cute little children to learn to read. On the contrary, since the American military doesn't accept illiterates, patriotic youth hoping to serve their country should get the best education they can. The also-rans can always read Stephen King novels while waiting for their Welfare checks.
I'm impugning King's patriotism 1) because he's become such a douche, and douchehood precludes patriotism, 2) because he has no clue about qualifications for military service and no interest in learning about them, 3) Stephen King is clearly a self-admitted defeatist and defeatists are, pretty much be definition, not patriots, 4) King thinks the First Amendment applies only to himself and people who think like him, and 5) because he's become such an effeminate, whining douche.
And finally, it's been suggested to me that the photo I posted, allegedly of Stephen King, may actually be former Attorney General Janet Reno. I'll look into it.
Muslim Violence in Southern Thailand
(Narathiwat, Thailand) It was a busy weekend for the religion of peace extremists. Sunday night, a terrorist bomb hidden in a garbage can was detonated at the annual Red Cross Fair in Narathiwat Municipal Park. Twelve people were taken to the hospital.
Extremists also burnt two schools in Rueso district on Sunday night, police said, and six roadside pavilions were torched by suspected insurgents.Presumably, all the peace-making will soon spread happiness and contentment throughout the land.
A high voltage electricity transmission tower in Rangae district was blown into two pieces after a bomb was remotely detonated by a cell phone, causing a complete blackout in one village.
In nearby Pattani province, closed circuit television captured the images of four men wearing knitted ski-masks who stormed into an automobile showroom and burned five cars in an operation that took only three minutes to complete.
May 05, 2008
Jawapalooza New York City; Edinburgh
I'll be in Manhattan this Thursday evening. I know it's short notice, but if any one wants to get together for drinks/kicks/hobo fights drop me a line at mypetjawa-at-gmail.com .
I'll also be in Edinburgh, Scotland next Tues-Sat. Same as above. Oh, sticky.
Shipboard Sailors Get Barracks
Ex-Navy types will appreciate this report from Navy Times.
Within three years, almost all junior sailors living aboard ships in port will trade their mass berthing, gang heads and daily inspections for two-person barracks rooms with private bathrooms, cable and Wi-Fi.More ....
Mainstream Internet companies A Home For Terrorists
A new study was conducted by Tel Aviv University on use of American Internet Companys by terrorist organizations. The findings were a shock I tell ya!
Seriously, regular Jawa readers know this already. Still a good read.
If you use one of America's top Internet service providers, you may share server space with an organization that enables worldwide terrorism, says a new study by Tel Aviv University.
A workshop on terrorist organizations and the Internet was organized for the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) by the Netvision Institute for Internet Studies (NIIS) and the Interdisciplinary Center for Technology Analysis & Forecasting, both of Tel Aviv University. Berlin's Institute for Cooperation Management and Interdisciplinary Research (NEXUS), affiliated with the Technical University of Berlin, also participated in the workshop.
The findings were presented in Berlin to a closed audience of high-ranking representatives from NATO in February 2008.
Jawa has one up on them, we have a "open" audience that regularly participate in shutting known terrorist sites down.
Enlisted by NATO officials to study the web activity of terrorist organizations, researchers found that some of the world's most dangerous organizations are operating on American turf. Hezbollah, the Islamic Jihad, and al-Qaeda all have websites hosted by popular American Internet service providers -- the same companies that most of us use every day.
"These websites hosted in America are targeting Muslim mothers in America, Canada, the U.K. and all over the world, convincing them that being 'Shahid' or a suicide bomber is particularly good and very important for their sons," says Prof. Niv Ahituv of the NIIS.
Available in English, Arabic, Spanish and other languages, the websites also provide tutorials on bomb building and enlist impressionable American and British Muslim women and men into a life of terror activity. More...
America's First Amendment rights was also brought up in the study.
Think New York Alqaeda supporters Joseph Cohen aka Yousef al-Khattab and North Carolinian Samir Khan aka Inshallashaheed aka Revival whatever.
The both have disclaimers citing the First Amendment at their sites.
Taliban Sets Deadline: Stop Shaving Beards
Photo by Regina Pirrie
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has set a deadline of two months for all males to stop shaving beards in tribal areas. The TTP central Naib Amir (deputy leader) Maulvi Faqir Mohammed and spokesperson Maulvi Umar have warned the people in tribal areas to be careful and avoid shaving beards.
"They have also set a deadline of two months and said that after the deadline period strict action would be taken against the violators," a private television report said.
"They said Taliban give much respect to women and said this is a responsibility of every Muslim that they should follow Islamic principles," the TV report quoted the Taliban leaders as saying.
I think they should use their beards as in the above image. Just sayin...it would give "much" respect to their women. They can hide behind their beards as the women are required to hide behind the burqas.
Video Message to Liberals : Pick a Side
Code Pink Spreading "Pink Love" To Iraqi's
Oh, and using Iraqi children to protest the war.
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h/t This Aint Hell
“I was once a jockey, and I ran the Kentucky Derby – in Iraq.”
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – Determination filled the faces of both the decorated stick horses and their jockeys as they approached the line – and as fast as they rode in, they were off. This was the big one. The one everyone had been preparing for, and even though this wasn’t the most traditional “Kentucky Derby” ever held, it was close enough for the Soldiers of Multi-National Division – Baghdad and the 4th Infantry Division.
MND-B Soldiers got a taste of the 1st running of 138th “Kentucky Derby” race held at the divisions headquarters parking lot May 3. The “Kentucky home-grown Gala” was hosted by Soldiers of the Kentucky National Guard’s 138th Fires Brigade.
Each section within the MND-B headquarters building was represented by a “jockey,” which had to “gallop” one lap around the building as they mounted a creatively-decorated stick horse.
The event was celebrated the first Saturday of May – just like the classic American horse race held at home in the Commonwealth. Three races took place during the event: The Baghdad Mile, The Quarterback Cup and the main event, of course – The “Kentucky Derby.”
In the “Kentucky Derby” race, the participants paraded with their stick horses to make an amusing representation of the real one. There were Mint Juleps, without the alcohol of course, and the traditional playing of “My Old Kentucky Home” by the 4th Infantry Division Band.
To conclude the event, Sgt. George Martinez, the winner of the “Kentucky Derby” was brought to the “Winners Circle” and the winning horse was presented with a wreath. Although, this was just a celebration of the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, the Soldiers who participated will always be able to say, “I was once a jockey, and I ran the Kentucky Derby – in Iraq.”
Our finest and bravest riding "stick horses"... teh awesome.
Viral Outbreak in China, 1000s Infected, Dozens Dead
(Shanghai, China) Chinese authorities have ordered health officials to take quicker action in responding to the outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease (pic) which has recently killed 24 children and infected thousands.
"Our doctors will leave hospitals to find potential patients rather than sitting in the hospitals to wait for them," deputy health minister Liu Qian told state television in the worst-hit area, Fuyang city in the eastern province of Anhui.The cases in Fuyang were caused by enterovirus 71, called EV71, according to the World Health Organization. It is transmitted by contact with infected blisters or feces. It can cause high fever, paralysis, swelling of the brain and death. Also, recent studies indicate that children who survive the infection have long-term neurological effects.
According to Dr. John F. Modlin of Dartmouth Medical School, outbreaks of EV71 infections have the possibility of becoming epidemics and, therefore, enterovirus 71 should be added to the list of emerging diseases.
Approximately, 90 percent of the fatal infections are in children younger than five years old. Outbreaks have occurred with some regularity: "in Malaysia in 1997 with 30 deaths and in Taiwan with 78 deaths in 1998, 25 deaths in 2000, and 26 deaths in 2001." Travelers to China and East Asia should take note of the potential danger.
Obama's First Fundraiser, Bill Ayers, Standing on American Flag
Increased Casualties are Result of Fighting Mahdi Army
Uh Duh! Michael Yon points out that taking the fight to Jaysh al-Mahdi is the resaon behind increased U.S, casualties for the month of April.
Via NY Daily News: April saw 49 U.S. casualties in Iraq, the highest total in seven months. Does this mean, as some insist, that the enormous progress we have made since the start of the military surge is being lost?Yons later point about the Mahdi Army eventually becoming unpopular as it turns from a protector of Shia areas to a rouge militia focusing on implementing strict Sharia law in areas it controls i s proving to be correct.
As one who has spent nearly two years with American soldiers and Marines and British Army troops in Iraq - having returned from my last trip a month ago - here's my short answer: no.
We are taking more casualties now, just as we did in the first part of 2007, because we have taken up the next crucial challenge of this war: confronting the Shia militias.
In early 2007, under the leadership of Gen. David Petraeus, we began to wage an effective counterinsurgency campaign against the reign of terror Al Qaeda in Iraq had established over much of the midsection of the country. That campaign, which moved many of our troops off of big centralized bases and out into small neighborhood outposts, carried real risks.
In every one of the first eight months of 2007, we lost more soldiers than we had the previous year. Only as the campaign bore fruit - in the form of Iraqi citizens working with American soldiers on a daily basis, helping uncover terrorist hideouts together - did the casualty numbers begin to improve.
Now we are helping the Iraqis deal with a much different problem: the Shia militias, the most well-known of which is "Jaysh al-Mahdi," known as JAM, largely controlled by Moqtada al-Sadr.
In case you have not heard. The current operations against the Mahdi army are dividing Sadr City in two. A line of barricades are being built and the Iraqi Army and US forces plan to implement a type of "West Berlin" strategy in the southern portion and begin to deliver services and aid to Iraqis there. Leaving the northern portion for later.
So far as I can tell they hope that if they can improve life in the southern sections enough that support for al-Sadr will diminish. This depends on out performing the Mahdi Army in both combat and providing for the Iraqis.
Hat Tip: Instapundit.
Barack Obama's "Wonderful New Pastor"
Presidential hopeful Barack Obama recently praised Otis Moss, the man slated to become the new chief pastor at the Trinity United Church of Christ.
Obama called Moss "a wonderful new pastor" plus a good replacement for Reverend
Wright. Apparently Obama hasn't scrutinized Mr Moss as well as he should have or is well aware of Moss's form of preaching.
Otis Moss, the man slated to become the new chief pastor at the Trinity United Church of Christ, referenced a rap song during one of his recent sermons that includes among its lyrics "F--- America" and states the U.S. is "still with triple K" – referring to the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan.
Moss was lauded last week by Sen. Barack Obama as a "wonderful young pastor," and an acceptable choice to replace retiring pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose controversial remarks landed the presidential candidate in hot water.
Obama, though, told the New York Times last week he will continue his membership in Trinity. He referred to Moss as "wonderful."
The 37-year-old Moss, nicknamed the "hip-hop pastor" by congregants, will become the head of Trinity Christ in next month.
Otis Moss believes Rev Wright was "lynched" by the media and apparently wants to begin where Rev Wright left off.
What will Obama's excuse be this time?
Below the fold is a NSFW video of the "hip-hop-pastor" relating to the rapper "Ice Cube".
According to the Census Bureau, the 2007 estimated population in the state of Arizona is 30 percent Hispanic, double the national average of 15 percent.
It's recommended that people brush up on their Spanish.
Sweet. Good old American can-do spirit and technology. Just don't over-analyze the technology, especially the aerodynamics of a man flying in a suit of armor. Try not to launch lunch on the dollop of moral relativism (rapacious captitalists selling advanced weapons to terrorists) and enjoy the show, especially when Iron Man's software individually targets multiple terrorists using human shields and takes them all out at once.
Try not to recreate my theater experience: urban morons who brought three pre-schoolers, laughed like Red Skelton doing Heathcliff, passed glasses of vodka back and forth, applauded and giggled loudly during the film, passed the smallest child across the seats after she filled her pants, wore flowery cologne that wore off about a half hour into the show, exposing the audience to mutant BO - I finally moved when the kids started crawling back and forth over the seats.
Good News: Another "Innocent" Gitmo Detainee Becomes "Martyr" in Iraq
Many of these former detainees are now the protagonists in documentary after documentary. The rest are dead or missing after rejoining the jihad they claim they were never part of in the first place.
I'd say that we are beginning to see a pattern here, but that would be misleading. This pattern has been clear for a long time now.
Above is his picture that I found posted by the jihadis along with a recording of his voice and some tunes praising the martyr. Below is his "martyr's video" as posted on, where else? YouTube by a guy using Osama bin Laden as his avatar and lists al Qaeda's forum as his personal website.
A Kuwaiti man released from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay in 2005 has carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq, his cousin told Al Arabiya television on Thursday.
A friend of Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi in Iraq informed his family that Abdullah carried out the attack in Mosul, his cousin Salem told the Dubai-based television channel.
"We were shocked by the painful news we received this afternoon ... through a call from one of the friend's of martyr Abdullah in Iraq," said Salem al-Ajmi in a telephone interview aired by Arabiya.
Update by Howie:
An XLT of the Arabic in the video courtesy of Garduneh Mehr:
The very first white print on black background just reads "There is no god except Allah".
Then the customary Muslim opening "In the name of Allah the beneficient...."
Then it says "Your brother Osama Asad presents for you" [By the way Asad means lion.
When the lion's eyes appear and you start hearing the rant, the following three names (more than likely pseudonyms) appear on the screen:
"Asad Qowantanamo" [The second word is the Arabic mispronunciation of Guantanmo]
"Abu Saleh al-Mohajer [al-Mohajer means the emigre or expat. I guess this guy lives in the west]
"Abdullah ben Saleh al-Ajami" [al-Ajami means outsider, and usually refers to Iranians. I'm guessing this guy is an Iranian by the name "Abdullah Saleh"]
Then the last yellow scribbling says something like "With best wishes for you in the hereafter".
And goes on to say that the video was prepared for "The Islamic Ikhlas Network". And the last sentence asks their deity Allah to accept their "Martyr".
Some Bad Advice for Dealing with al Qaeda UPDATED
A must read below, but Ignatius misses the mark in his conclusions because he simply does not understand the new counterinsurgency strategy for which he lays credit for defeating al Qaeda. That new strategy is not one of a smaller footprint, but rather a much larger footprint. Ignatius succumbs to Delta Force syndrome: a malady, prone to Democrats, in which the sufferer delusionally believes that all of America's enemies can be defeated by sending in small units led by Chuck Norris.
The strategy that is working in Iraq is exactly opposite what Ignatius argues for. More boots on the ground in a more vulnerable position.
Further, Pakistan is not Iraq. Iraqis are now and have always been much more secular & forward looking than Pashtuns in the so-called tribal areas of Pakistan.
For Iraqis, the horror of living under forced sharia was something they hadn't experienced for 100 years or more and was enough to turn the tide of public opinion about who the greater enemy was: the Great Satan and their allies in Baghdad or al Qaeda and their local Islamist allies. But in Pakistan, local tribal rule is virtually synonymous with Taliban-like sharia. Tribal alliances with Islamabad do not put an end to the horrors of sharia, only reinforce them. It is the status quo, and the Pakistani strategy of "turning" the tribes into allies does nothing to change this.
The alliances formed between our "allies" in Pakistan and the "tribal leaders" have never born any positive fruits and are counterproductive. We may be able to exploit the petty political ambitions of one tribal group against another for temporary tactical gains, but aside from inter/intra-tribal wrangling the vast majority of "tribal" Pakistan have two things in common: devotion to an 8th century version of Islam and a hatred for America.
Such a culture does not give one much hope for an "Anbar awakening" in tribal Pakistan.
This evidence from the field suggests two conclusions:UPDATE: As if on cue. Ed is right: Pakistan either controls the territory or it doesn't, but I'm not sure invading Pakistan, even under the hot-pursuit doctrine, does much good in the long run either.
First, al-Qaeda isn't a permanent boogeyman; it's losing ground in Iraq and Afghanistan because of U.S. counterinsurgency tactics, especially the alliances we have built with tribal leaders and the aggressive use of Special Forces to capture or kill its operatives. These anti-terrorist operations require special skills -- but they shouldn't require a big, semi-permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq or Afghanistan. Local security forces can handle a growing share of responsibility -- perhaps ineptly, as in Basra a few weeks ago or in Kabul last weekend, but that's their problem.
Second, the essential mission in combating al-Qaeda now is to adopt in Pakistan the tactics that are working in Iraq and Afghanistan. This means alliances with tribal warlords to bring economic development to the isolated mountain valleys of the FATA region in exchange for their help in security. And it means joint operations involving U.S. and Pakistani special forces to chase al-Qaeda militants as they retreat deeper into the mountains.
Joyner asks an interesting question as to what will work? Go read his depressing answer. He might just be right.
May 04, 2008
Something Still Isn't Wright
Newsweek, via anonymous sources, explains why Oprah left Obama's church in this article, Something Wasn't Wright:
According to two sources, Winfrey was never comfortable with the tone of Wright's more incendiary sermons, which she knew had the power to damage her standing as America's favorite daytime talk-show host. "Oprah is a businesswoman, first and foremost," said one longtime friend, who requested anonymity when discussing Winfrey's personal sentiments. "She's always been aware that her audience is very mainstream, and doing anything to offend them just wouldn't be smart. She's been around black churches all her life, so Reverend Wright's anger-filled message didn't surprise her. But it just wasn't what she was looking for in a church." Oprah's decision to distance herself came as a surprise to Wright, who told Christianity Today in 2002 that when he would "run into her socially … she would say, 'Here's my pastor!' " (Winfrey declined to comment. A Harpo Productions spokesperson would not confirm her reasons for leaving the church.)Newsweek goes on to say that Obama joined the church partially to discover his racial identity, which was not a consideration for Oprah, who was "secure in her blackness." Both Obama and Winfrey were impressed with the church's outreach programs for the poor. Of course, Hamas does the same thing, and for the same reason - to cultivate an air of legitimacy while raising a crop of hatred.
How admirable that concern for her money-making ambition led Oprah to leave Wright's hateful pulpit. How sad that Obama didn't recognize the danger to his political ambition.
And what a tragedy that neither Oprah nor Barack could recognize the destructive, bitter hatefulness that permeates this so-called house of God. Or just didn't care beyond appearances.
Where the Heck is Rusty?
Congratulations to the Imperial Class of 2008!
Mr. Gay UK Kills and Eats His Friend
(Leeds, England) A 35-year-old former Mr. Gay UK contest winner, Anthony Morley, has been arrested for the murder of his friend, 33-year-old Damian Oldfield. After the killing, it appears that Morely prepared a disgusting dinner.
Police were alerted after Morley, covered with blood, entered a retail shop and announced, "I am the murderer, call the police."
When police discovered the body of Damian Oldfield, 33, at a terraced house in Harehills, Leeds, they are said to have found part of his right leg had been carved up and the flesh diced and cooked on a kitchen worktop. It is thought tests showed the flesh was human.Morley became a minor celebrity in 1993 when he won the Mr. Gay UK contest at the age of 20. At the time, he was a people-pleasing costumier who liked body-building and dancing. He reportedly beat stiff competition from a score of other finalists to win the title.
A police source told a newspaper: "It appears it was being prepared for cooking."
Tip: Van Helsing
Paul Bots "Dork" Side
Couldn't pass this up.
Paulians "Restoring The Republic" their way.
People's Cube: The Post-May Day Blues
Post-May Day depression is a growing malady that affects many progressives and pro-Communists each year, usually beginning late in the afternoon on May 1 and continuing until the morning of the next May Day. For some, it is a result of too much sign-making and short-range marching with very few people giving a crap. Many left-wing agitators in the United States and other free nations have mild symptoms, but others are subjected to an almost paralyzing agony.
Nigeria Rebels Mulling Obama's Ceasefire Deal?
WTF? I didn't realize Barack Obama won the presidential election. I must have slept through it all.
LAGOS - Rebels who have stepped up attacks on Nigeria's oil industry in the last month said on Sunday they were considering a ceasefire appeal by U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has launched five attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta since it resumed a campaign of violence in April, forcing Royal Dutch Shell to shut more than 164,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd).
"The MEND command is seriously considering a temporary ceasefire appeal by Senator Barack Obama. Obama is someone we respect and hold in high esteem," the militant group said in an e-mailed statement.[emphasis mine]
MEND did not say when or where Obama, the leading candidate for the Democratic ticket for November's U.S. presidential election, made the appeal. It said it hoped the government would use any ceasefire to improve conditions for its detained leader, Henry Okah.
The terrorist group holds Obama in "high esteem"?
I hold Obama "highly accountable" at this time. If true, who else is he "negotiating" with?
All the USS Cole Bombers Free in Yemen, Journalist on Trial for Terrorism
On October 12, 2000, two al-Qaeda suicide bombers on an explosives laden dingy attacked a US destroyer in the Gulf of Aden, killing 17 US service members and injuring 49 others. The perpetrators of this terror plot are all free in Yemen despite being found guilty in court and sentenced to jail.
If Saudi Arabia pardoned 9/11 highjacker Mohammed Atta while imprisoning a completely innocent journalist on terrorism charges, the US would be in an uproar. But that's exactly what is going on in Yemen. The USS Cole bombers are free. My good friend, the journalist al-Khaiwani, is on trial in terrorism court. Sentencing is May 21.
Regular Jawa readers are familiar with the Yemeni regime's habitual accommodation of al-Qaeda terrorists, but this is a great article from the WaPo on the bombers. Besides what I've written, its the first comprehensive treatment of what happened to the bombers after the trial. Much of details we published here at Jawa on the last anniversary, but the WaPo incorporates the recent updates on the release of mastermind Jamal al-Badawi and his sidekick Fahd al-Quso and has some good quotes.
One thing that's new to me is al-Nashiri was in Taiz after the bombing, but the Yemeni government insisted he was out of the country. This type of obstruction is actually quite in character with the regime's approach to the USS Cole investigation and, generally speaking, to the murderers of US soldiers whether on the Cole or in Iraq:
Amid the friction, U.S. and Yemeni investigators soon identified the ringleader of the attack as Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi national of Yemeni descent who served as al-Qaeda's operations chief in the Arabian Peninsula.
At the time, Yemeni authorities insisted that Nashiri had fled the country before the Cole bombing. But a senior Yemeni official said that was not the case and that Yemeni investigators had located Nashiri in Taizz, a city about 90 miles northwest of Aden, soon after the attack. The official said Nashiri spent several months in Taizz, where he received high-level protection from the government. "We knew where he was, but we could not arrest him," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared retaliation.
Nashiri eventually left Yemen to prepare other attacks on U.S. targets in the Persian Gulf, U.S. officials said. He was captured in the United Arab Emirates in November 2002 and handed over to the CIA. He was detained in the CIA's secret network of overseas prisons until he was transferred to Guantanamo Bay in September 2006.
Sooner or later the story will eventually turn to the fact that regime affiliated persons are using tools of the state in a variety of ways to produce and facilitate suicide bombers of all nationalities that kill our troops in Iraq. In 2005-2006, over Yemeni 1800 jihaddists went to Iraq with the assistance of Yemeni military commanders and others within the Yemeni administration. That's another part of the paradigm that needs more attention.
It's nice to see some US governmental outrage about the release of the USS Cole bombers. The families need to know that, so do our soldiers and the rest of the country.
Q: "After we worked day and night to bring justice to the victims and prove that these Qaeda operatives were responsible, we're back to square one," said Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent and a lead investigator into the bombing. "Do they have laws over there or not? It's really frustrating what's happening."
A: Yes, Yemen does have laws and they are quite consistently applied. This is no anomaly. One way to discern what the laws actually are is is to compare the lenient treatment of al-Qaeda with harsh treatment of a) criminals and tribal kidnappers, b) the Houthis and the 700,000 people in Sa'ada or c) the southerners and their leaders. It is often said that Saleh is bending to public pressure on the al-Qaeda issue; however he refuses to bend to public pressure on any other issue, be it the south, Sa'ada, reform or even the fuel riots. It is an alliance, whether financially or ideologically driven. To stipulate that Saleh is unable to move against al-Qaeda in any way presupposes that the movement was always or has become as powerful as the military and tribal legs of the regime. The alternate view is that Saleh chooses not to antagonize al-Qaeda because it benefits him in some way or another. The current rash of missing mortars and nightime bombings of government buildings is a result of Saleh's policy of appeasement, one way or another.
WaPo: Yemen's interior minister, Rashad al-Alimi, said the deal-cutting was necessary because al-Qaeda has rebuilt its networks in Yemen and is targeting the government.
"Our battle with al-Qaeda is a long one," he said. "It isn't our battle only. Our tragedy -- and what makes things worse -- is that al-Qaeda is united. And our coalition is divided, even though we have a common enemy."
Some Yemenis have questioned whether their government has other motives. One senior Yemeni official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Badawi and other al-Qaeda members have a long relationship with Yemen's intelligence agencies and were recruited in the past to target political opponents
Al-Qaeda functioning as a paramilitary of the Yemeni regime raises the question of the terms of the quid pro quo.
PS: I have a plan for al-Khaiwani and I will need help. Will advise within 48 hours
May 03, 2008
(Updated)Michael Moore Using Michael Yon's Famous Image In Header
I went to comment at Michael Yon's on "Moment Of Truth In Iraq" which I recently finished reading.
A commentor gave a link to asshat Moore's site stating he was using Yon's famous copyright image in his header
on a April 21st post.[It is the main header at MichaelMoore.com]
As you can see below it is being used. Click on image for Moore's site.
Update - Thanks to Andrea's comment Michael Yon's Attorney has been contacted and has replied. No need for further contact with him.
Germany: Muslim Honor Killings "The Whore Lived Like A German"
"Honor killings" is now becoming a silent, slow growing cancer spreading to the West. Left untreated it will metastasize further, taking with it countless innocent victims.
Article dated 2005, how many more have happened?
In the past four months, six Muslim women living in Berlin have been brutally murdered by family members. Their crime? Trying to break free and live Western lifestyles.
Within their communities, the killers are revered as heroes for preserving their family dignity. How can such a horrific and shockingly archaic practice be flourishing in the heart of Europe? The deaths have sparked momentary outrage, but will they change the grim reality for Muslim women?
The recent murder of Hatin Surucu adds another name to the throngs of women murdered in the name of "honor".
Hatin's crime, it appears, was the desire to lead a normal life in her family's adopted land. The vivacious 23-year-old beauty, who was raised in Berlin, divorced the Turkish cousin she was forced to marry at age 16.
She also discarded her Islamic head scarf, enrolled in a technical school where she was training to become an electrician and began dating German men. For her family, such behavior represented the ultimate shame -- the embrace of "corrupt" Western ways.
Days after the crime, police arrested her three brothers, ages 25, 24 and 18. The youngest of the three allegedly bragged to his girlfriend about the Feb. 7 killing. At her funeral, Hakin's Turkish-Kurdish parents draped their only daughter's casket in verses from the Koran and buried her according to Muslim tradition. Absent of course, were the brothers, who were in jail.
The crime might be easier to digest if it had been an archaic anomaly, but five other Muslim women have been murdered in Berlin during the past four months by their husbands or partners for besmirching the family's Muslim honor. Two of them were stabbed to death in front of their young children, one was shot, one strangled and a fifth drowned. More...
RIP Hatin Surucu.
'Secret' Chinese Submarine Base on Hainan Island
The communist Chinese People's Liberation Army is building an underground nuclear submarine base near Sanya on Hainan Island. It is reported to be a "vast, James Bond-style edifice capable of concealing up to 20 nuclear-powered submarines, which will enable China to project its power across the region."
Sanya Submarine Base, Hainan Island, China
(DigitalGlobe QuickBird satellite images)
Upper right image shows two tunnel entrances to the mountain. Upper left are four moored destroyer-sized warships. Middle left is a ballistic missile submarine, moored. Lower left image was taken in 2005 and it shows construction operations of the entrance to the underground base. Lower right image shows the entrance as of December 2007.
Although military insiders globally are most likely quite familiar with the 'secret' facility, the Chinese government is presumably less than pleased that the existence of the base has been exposed to the public.
Unfortunately, satellite image resolution is too poor to see the crowd of anti-nuclear demonstrators protesting at the entrance to the base. That is, if there were any.
Botnet Or Bot Fly?(Update: Video Added)
Which is worse.
Botnet herder or a Botfly?
Click image for more.
Thanks to Andy in comments for link to video.
Nausea warning. teh
Duct tape has many uses. Yuk.
Youtube Video: The Empire Strikes Barack
Youtube Video: The Empire Strikes Barack
Sadr City: Armed Militias Command & Control Center Bombed
Will be waiting on word "who" may have been "lucky" (for us) enough to be inside the center.
I wish Muqtada al-Sadr had been there but he is hiding behind Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad and the mad mullahs. But maybe....
Baghdad - The U.S. army in Iraq reported on Saturday that its troops and Iraqi forces bombed and destroyed today a centre for the leadership of the armed militias in Sadr City, north-east of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
A statement by the US army said that the joint forces shelled at 10:00 a.m. this morning the headquarters for command and control of the militias using precision-guided munitions.
USAF F-16 Pilot Breaks His Own Flying Record
An US Air Force Reserve pilot deployed in Iraq broke his own world record for hours spent flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon when he surpassed the 6,000-hour milestone on May 2.
Lt. Col. Michael Brill, a pilot assigned to 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, has been breaking world aviation records since 1993, when he surpassed the world’s first pilot to fly 3,000 hours in the F-16. In August 1998, he became the first pilot to fly 4,000 hours and, in November 2002, he was the first pilot to attain 5,000 hours.
“The sustained effort required to spend 6,000 hours flying the F-16 is phenomenal,” said Brig. Gen. Burton M. Field, commander of 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, of which the 421st EFS is a part. “Six thousand hours equates to 250 days in the cockpit — not counting all the time in ground ops before and after the flight. That is an incredible amount of time in a high-G [force], high-speed, high-stress arena.
Congratulations Lt. Col. Michael Brill!
BTW, he led the first F-16 strike into Afghanistan following Sept. 11, 2001, a 10-hour mission he described as an “eye-opening experience.”
Giant Walking Rectum, Ken Livingstone, Out as London Mayor
On May 1, 2008 Livingstone was defeated in his re-election bid by Conservative candidate Boris Johnson and will officially give up the post of Mayor on May 4 2008...Buh Bye Mr Livingstone, don't the the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.
...Livingstone became involved in a major dispute with Peter Tatchell, who had previously supported him, when he invited the Islamic scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi to a conference on the wearing of the hijab by female students in July 2004. The conference was called following the French law on secularity and conspicuous religious symbols in schools, which particularly affected Muslim girls. Peter Tatchell, who had stood as an independent Livingstone supporter in the 2000 elections, strongly criticised the invitation because of al-Qaradawi's support for "female genital mutilation, wife-beating, the execution of homosexuals in Islamic states, the destruction of the Jewish people, the use of suicide bombs against innocent civilians and the blaming of rape victims who do not dress with sufficient modesty". Livingstone defended the invitation on grounds of Qaradawi's eminence as "one of the most authoritative Muslim scholars in the world today" who "has done most to combat socially regressive interpretations of Islam on issues like women's rights and relations with other religions". He also published a dossier giving a rebuttal to Tatchell.;
According to Le Monde diplomatique, Livingstone had requested a report to inform himself on al-Qaradawi before his visit. After reading the study, he concluded "nearly all of the lies distorting al-Qaradawi's statements came from the MEMRI institute, which pretends to be an institute of objective research. However, we found out that the MEMRI had been founded by a former Mossad officer, who systematically distorts not only al-Qaradawi's statements, but what many other Muslim scholars say. In most of the cases, disinformation is total, and this is why I published this study."
Peter Tatchell formed part of a coalition of some London-based community groups which objected to al-Qaradawi, but whom Livingstone refused to meet. The Lesbian and Gay Coalition against Racism issued a statement of support for Livingstone signed, among others, by Ben Summerskill of Stonewall and Linda Bellos, which cited his record of support for gay rights "irrespective of the differing views over his meeting with the Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi". The row went on for many months, with Livingstone insistent that the mayor of a major diverse city had a duty to maintain close relationships with all faith groups even if he disagreed with some of their views.
Iraq Al Rafidein TV Airs Anti-American Fillers
Here is a small sampling of the fillers being used by Al Rafidein between programs in Iraq.
"Andrew Jackson 1829-1837, AKA 'The Slaughterer of Indians'; Annihilation of hundreds of Indian tribes.
"Pierce Franklin [sic] 1853-1857; Threatening the Japanese empire with the American fleet.
"Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865; The American Civil War. Thousands of dead and wounded.
Freedom of the press is a good thing for Iraqi's. Unfortunately we have to take the good with the bad.
Al Rafidain TV is a Sunni endorsed satellite station. I presume some are still mourning Saddam much like the Democrats are still mourning Al Gore losing in the 2000 Presidential elections.
Click image for full text and video.
May 02, 2008
Poll 58% Say Obama Full of Crap
Wise 58% of the people are.
Jonathon Cote Laid to Rest
The last of the six hostages kidnapped in Iraq more than a year and a half ago was honored at a funeral Mass in his hometown of Buffalo, NY today. Via The Buffalo News:
Haunting questions, nagging questions, and unanswerable questions were raised this morning at a memorial service in Clarence where more than 850 people gathered to say a final farewell to Jonathon M. Cote.
The Rev. Randy Rozelle, one of the clergy officiating at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, offered some answers to soothe the hearts of Cote's many mourners, after raising the questions.
"Why didn't we do more to find the hostages? If God was so loving, why did He let it happen?" said Rozelle, who is pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Clarence. "It's just not fair . . . and it is fair . . . "
He told the close to 1,000 people at the service not to succumb to guilt.
"Perhaps there's the temptation to beat ourselves with "if onlys.'"
The individuals responsible for kidnapping Cote and his four co-workers in Iraq, he said, can and will be held responsible.
"God said vengeance is mine," Rozelle said.
Bill Richardson Looking for Job in Obama Administration?
Is Richardson's trip to meet with Hugo Chaves similar to Jimmy Carter's trip to meet Hamas? To telegraph the attitudes and policies of a still theoretical Omaba presidency?
Via The American Spectator:s Bill Richardson campaigning for Secretary of State? Investor's Business Daily wondered as much as the New Mexico governor jetted off for a tete-a-tete with Hugo Chavez.Maybe it will go as well as Richardson's misguided efforts to snuggle up the the Taliban under the Clinton administration?
The New Mexico governor thought he could talk Chavez into pressuring Colombia's FARC into releasing its hostages, including three U.S. contractors they've held since 2003. Given his catastrophic negotiations with the Taliban, however, you'd think he'd know better.
In April 1998, Richardson was new to the role of U.N. Ambassador, and he set out to make peace in Afghanistan. The Taliban and the Northern Alliance were locked in a bloody battle. And Osama bin Laden was hiding out in Taliban territory as their honored "guest." Richardson had a South Asian junket planned, and in a press briefing an unnamed "senior State Department official" told reporters that "if it is possible to deliver a message to the Afghan parties to think peace as opposed to war, this is the time to do it before they resume their spring offensives."Well, lets hope it works out better.
An "ebullient" Richardson bragged on April 17th about getting the Northern Alliance and the Taliban to agree to face-to-face-talks, and then sidestepped his failure to secure the extradition of Osama bin Laden, one of the goals of his trip....
...Naturally, the Taliban walked out of the peace talks with the Northern Alliance within days, the talks fell apart, and the war's spring offensives resumed. I don't have statistics at hand for the number of female college graduates from Taliban U after 1998, but I feel safe in doubting that there was a drastic jump. In fact, the lot of women under Taliban oppression improved not a bit.
Still, the Taliban kept one of their promises to Richardson: they kept bin Laden comfortably "under wraps" -- while he and Al Qaeda planned the African embassy bombings for that August, and even worse in 2001.
R2D2 Nikko Projector DVD Player
I can't help myself, I've got to have one of these.
DVD, XBox Port, mobile.... If it had a wet bar it would be perfect.
NYC Lawsuit Against Gun Industry Tossed
(New York City) The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit accusing the gun industry of selling firearms with the knowledge that they could be diverted to illegal markets. New York lawyers cited a violation to a state nuisance law which makes it a crime to knowingly create a condition which endangers people.
The lawsuit asked for no monetary damages. It had sought a court order for gun makers to more closely monitor those dealers who frequently sell guns later used to commit crimes.The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act enacted in 2005 by President Bush protects gun makers from lawsuits by crime victims and liberal city politicians. The court ruled that the New York nuisance law doesn't override the federal law.
"I am disappointed in the court's decision," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "Regardless of this ruling, we will continue our fight against illegal guns full bore--in the courtrooms, on the streets and in the Congress."
Meanwhile, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has once again revealed himself as a leftist politician, despite the fact that he's a registered Republican. I'd say he is a devout gun-control liberal.
Interestingly, a rumor is currently being floated that Bloomberg is on the short-list of potential running mates for Barack Obama. Given Bloomberg's leftist viscera, it makes sense.
Rusty's Star Wars "Fetish" Develops into "Problem"
Where's Rusty really? Training his dogs of course, and I don't buy that lame excuse about, "mommy bought the costumes", either.
And Master, does Pixi know you named your dog after him?
Hat Tip: Dirty Blonde.
It's finals week folks. You know what that means.....
Altar of Freedom
From YouTuber Americaluvunit.
My favorite line, regarding Code Pink and their diseased ilk: "They are not worthy of your concern, and, truth be told, in the pits of their fickle, cowardly hearts, they wish they could be just like you."
Pat Buchanan Expresses Hope for the Future...
Posted at Human Events:
Hopefully, the peoples of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, who are about to inherit the earth as we [i.e., European whites] pass away, will treat us better than our ancestors treated them in the five centuries that Western Man ruled the world.OK, so it's not much to hope for, but hey--it's something! ;-)
(Updated)Hillary Advisor Kantor's 1992 Video Causes Uproar
A youtube video surfaced today[
video no longer availablelive leak video below fold] supposedly showing a vid made in 1992 of James Carville, George Stephanopolous, and Mickey Kantor conferring over polling results for Indiana.
Mickey Kantor is currently an advisor to Hillary and is heard in the video calling Indianans "white n***ers" among other things. I listened to it and I found it hard to make out what Kantor was saying due to his whispered voice.
Needless to say the video has caused a uproar in the blogosphere. Remember, Indianans go to the polls in less than a week.
Hot Air has discovered alot more about this. Check it out.
Update II: The liveleak vid I found below is also no longer available...hmmm. This is getting more and more interesting.
Update III by Howie. Kossacks get PWNED on fake video pull post. Ironic since the Kossacks chided other blogs for, "ignoring the video." when they did not put it up as fast as they thought it should be done. Tsk tsk tsk.
This was pulled from youtube and someone managed to upload to liveleak.
Who Advised DHS & State Dept To Ban The Word Jihad?
Good luck finding out.
Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project tried to find out which Muslim groups were consulted by the DHS and influenced their decision—and the DHS refuses to reveal that information.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is refusing to identify the “influential Muslim Americans” and “leading U.S.-based scholars and commentators on Islam” who met with Secretary Michael Chertoff in helping shape a softer approach to government lexicon about terrorists and their ideological motivations.
“Our policy is we don’t comment on the Secretary’s private schedule,” spokeswoman Amy Kudwa told the IPT. Nor would she identify any of the participants’ organizational affiliation.
This is troubling, very troubling. Why are they refusing to say what groups requested this. Talk about dhimmitude dude.
Home Owner Holds Burglar at Gunpoint
Via Twincities.com: The security alarm sounded in Jon Sokol's St. Paul home early Wednesday while he and his wife were asleep.Obama voted twice against a bill that would exempt homeowners from being prosecuted under Chicago handgun ban if they were defending their property from an intruder or burglar.
He looked up the stairs from their lower-level bedroom and saw a man, dressed all in black, walk by. Sokol, 49, grabbed a revolver — he started keeping a gun in the home after it was burglarized 20 years ago — and went upstairs, Sokol said Thursday.
The burglar, who Sokol thinks was hiding behind a door, hit him in the forehead when he got upstairs. The gun went off, and the burglar flew back a few feet, landing on the floor, Sokol said.
"I held him at gunpoint, and I told him: 'Do not move. Don't you dare move — otherwise I will shoot,' " Sokol said. "He did not move."
Police arrived and found a 31-year-old man who was feigning "unconsciousness but finally responded to police and said he had not been shot," according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday against Michael Gregory Spencer, of St. Paul, by the Ramsey County attorney's office.
Spencer was charged with first-degree burglary of an occupied dwelling and first-degree burglary with assault of a person. He had been convicted of a St. Paul burglary in October and sent to the Ramsey County Workhouse.
"Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that it is an affirmative defense to a violation of a municipal ordinance that prohibits, regulates, or restricts the private ownership of firearms if the individual who is charged with the violation used the firearm in an act of self-defense or defense of another. Effective immediately."Hat Tip: Power Line.
Obama voted against this bill twice. It passed anyway. The governor vetoed and the legislature overrode the veto.
UN Relief Work Agency Cries Help - Sits On Stockpile Of $l.2 Billion
No biggy, it was already figured in on the rising food prices so says WFP's executive director Josette Sheeran.
Granted, OPEC prices suck, (as of Thursday OPEC's price is $106.13 dollars a barrel), everyone is feeling the pain of the rocketing effect of soaring costs.
What is the reason behind UN not being up front about monies on hand? I believe another "oil for food" travesty is at hand.
Just weeks before it announced the onset of a global food crisis and the urgent need for donors to provide at least $775 million in additional funding, the World Food Program (WFP) was sitting on a cash and near-cash stockpile of more than $1.22 billion.
The startling figure is contained in the latest audited statements of the WFP, which were endorsed by WFP’s executive director, Josette Sheeran, on March 31, 2008 — just a month before Sheeran announced at an international aid conference on April 22 that a “silent tsunami” in rising food prices demanded the huge infusion of cash for WFP’s latest budget.
In an op-ed article published in the International Herald Tribune on May 1, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon further declared that the WFP had just “$18 million cash in hand” in the wake of its appeal for emergency funding.
The audited statements are due to be presented to the annual Rome meeting of WFP’s supervisory executive board in June.
High prices now have forced the UN to cut Palestinian refugee's food aid. I guess their $1.2 billion stockpile wasn't already slated for Gaza.
Rising prices and funding shortages [emphasis mine] have forced the United Nations to stop providing emergency food aid to more than 13 percent of the 750,000 Palestinian refugees it feeds in Gaza, a U.N. official said Friday.
More including evil jooo video below fold.
The United Nations' Relief Works Agency has over the last few weeks gradually reduced the number of Palestinian refugees to whom it distributes packages of basic foods to about 650,000 people, spokesman Matthias Burchard told The Associated Press.
It has also had to further reduce rations, he said.
"Soaring food prices, transport and fuel costs are forcing us to reduce what we can give," Burchard said.
Too bad the Arab's refused to let their "own"[refugees] become citizens in their countries and instead expect Israel take care of it by giving up their land - all of it.
The UN is continuing the farce by this latest announcement of cutting aid. More outrage will definitely follow. Those evil jooooos!
Conservative Blogger Hands al-Franken his Ass
Blogger Michael Brodkorb's site, Minnesota Democrats Exposed, is creditied with exposing al-Franken as a tax evader.
AP via Yahoo News: EAGAN, Minn. - Senate candidate Al Franken wants to talk about jobs, health care and global warming. Republican blogger Michael Brodkorb wants to talk about Franken's failure to pay all his income taxes on time.Hmm why is it that Democrats are always calling for, "Higher taxes on the wealthy", but at the same time they try and evade those same taxes?
Guess what everyone is talking about?
From the kitchen table in his tranquil suburban neighborhood, Brodkorb for the last year has used his blog "Minnesota Democrats Exposed" to launch a furious political assault on Franken. He's labeled the former comedian and liberal commentator a "mean-spirited and un-Minnesotan" candidate who's running a "desperate and ridiculous" campaign.
As each month passed this year, new revelations pushed a governor under siege deeper into his bunker. Prosecutors began scrutinizing real estate dealings of Blagojevich's wife, Patricia. Christopher Kelly, a second member of his inner circle of political advisers, was indicted on tax evasion charges.Like I aways say, if you want to see what the US will look like if the Democrats hold the presidency and majorities in the House and Senate just look at Illinois. Not very pretty is it?
Great work by Michael Brodkorb exposing al-Franken for the tax for thee but not for me liberal hypocrite he is.
Context of Mosque Bombing in North Yemen
Fifteen people were killed and dozens wounded in a mosque bombing in the northern Sa'ada province where a four year war between the government and Zaidi Shiite rebels has displaced 77,000. An explosive device detonated as worshipers were leaving services. A cease fire mediated in June 2007 is unraveling. The rebels charge their homes and farms are still occupied by the military, and they refuse to abandon their positions.
The war is a domestic and political conflict arising from the widespread public disenfranchisement associated with Yemen's authoritarian system. The rebels do not target civilians. The Yemeni government has engaged in indiscriminate bombing.In Southern Yemen, protests that began a year ago have become increasingly heated. Twenty one protesters were killed by security forces since August. Analysts have begun to express doubts about the sustainability of the Yemeni regime.
The military bombed cities and villages with mortars, rockets, and Katyusha missiles, damaging thousands of homes, mosques, and schools and blockaded food and medicine to Sa’ada, a predominately Zaidi Shiite governorate of 700,000 people. An estimated 77,000 are internal refugees.
A survey found that 92 percent of sampled children had witnessed armed conflict. Dozens 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.
Report: Tehran Police Chief Zarei Commits Suicide
(Tehran, Iran) In March, Tehran's Chief of Police, General Reza Zarei (pic), was arrested after being caught in a brothel with six prostitutes whom he had asked to pray naked in a row in front of him. Odd, eh?
The arrest proved to be quite embarrassing for President Ahmadinejad since he had personally picked 52-year-old Zarei for the post and made him responsible for policing vice in the capital.
Before last month, the government denied that prostitution even existed in Iran and refused to confirm that Zarei had been arrested. But websites and newspapers got the story and Iran's Justice Department was forced to admit the truth -- prostitution happens in Iran and Zarei was, in fact, locked up.
And, now, there's this.
Last Wednesday it was reported that Zarei committed suicide in jail, raising speculation that an inconvenient Tehran insider had been liquidated. Tehran, though, says Zarei is still alive.So, officially, General Reza Zarei's status is unknown. More ....
Top Five Rev. Wright Rant Cartoons
Check out the top 5 Rev Wright rant cartoons from the blogosphere and vote for your favorite here.
April Smackdown Totals
Via The Freepers:
7 SuspensionsAnd those are just the totals since the freepers came on board. Via Andrea these additional suspensions.
With those 7 suspensions, 179 videos were removed from YouTube:
Plus an additional 43 Smackdowns:
FajrFM (71) AprHoly moly!
kazasker50 (9) Apr
jihadiraq (11) Apr
alqaeda33 (80) Apr
Zakariyya400 (42) Apr
smerarabi (6) Apr
cihaderinet (30) Apr
bmjaffal 32 Apr
thhisisoilwar (20) Apr
jihadsoldierr (4) Apr
jihadlover22 (169) Apr
kuwait66 (10) Apr
Smacky an al-Shabab video here.
Click image for Youtube Smackdown!
Andrea asks that all the Jawas play because you know, We rock!
For Obama The Chickens Have Come Home To Roost
Cluck err click the image for more.
Teacher Tiffany Shepherd Fired for Bikini Work
(St. Lucie County, Florida) A 30-year-old science teacher, Tiffany Shepherd, has been fired from her position at Port St. Lucie High School. Shepherd claims that she was booted because of her second job as a bikini-clad mate for a charter fishing boat operation.
On the contrary says school spokesman Janice Karst indicating that Shepherd was released because of more than 30 unexcused absences from work.
Shepherd counters that rumors about her bikini job were widely known by school board members and administrators before she was fired and the knowledge was a factor in the decision to can her.
So, the controversy continues. More ....
Update by Howie: Video!
Hat Tip: Hot Air.
Things Are Back To Normal It Seems
The blog is back, beeyotches, and Greyrooster is still an asshole.
Yup, all is right in the world.
Official: Indonesia's Largest Terror Network Does Not Exist
The Zen of Indonesia: If a terrorist organization doesn't officially file incorporation papers, does it really exist?
The Indonesian vice-president, Jusuf Kalla, says the government cannot ban the militant Islamic group, Jemaah Islamiyah, because it does not exist.Thanks to Big White Infidel.
"Jemaah Islamiyah does not exist as an organisation and therefore it cannot be banned," said Kalla in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI).
"How can we impose a ban? Who is the [group's] president? Where are its headquarters? Who are its members?" asked Kalla.
Jemaah Islamiyah is the terrorist group blamed for most of the deadly attacks that have hit Southeast Asia in the last few years. These include the 2002 Bali bombings which killed 202 people and injured 209 others.
Do I even need to say who Indonesia's Vice President reminds me of?
Islamists Blow Up Other Islamists for not Being Islamist Enough
Red on red. If we could just get more of these guys to kill each other, we'd could save a buck or two on expensive intelligence operations. Pakistan:
Several people were feared killed on Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the office of an Islamic group in Pakistan's restive Khyber Agency, officials said.Too bad innocents were probably killed in the attack. If none were then crocodile tears.
The suicide bomber targeted the office of the ''Amar bil maroof wa nahee aanelmunkar'' (promotion of virtue and prevention of vice force), the religious police of a group led by Haji Namdar at Bara, the main town of the northwestern Khyber Agency.
A spokesman for Haji Namdar said the head of the suicide bomber has been found.
Official sources said Haji Namdar was the actual target of the attack though he escaped unhurt. He is a rival of Mangal Bagh Afridi, another radical leader who heads the Lashkar-e-Islam group.
Thanks to EFP.
Indian Cleric Ashraf Mohamedy: All Muslims Should Be Terrorists
Ashraf Mohamedy believes that implementing sharia law by use of "Muslim terrorists" will lower the crime rate in America.
He stressed the Islamic rule (sharia) of punishment for rape is so harsh it would solve America's ills. He failed to mention however the victims of rape. Unless proof - male proof - that the rape occurred, women are subject to death by stoning.
Message to Mohamedy - Just try to force me to wear a burqa. You will be staring down the barrel of something that will undoubtedly make your life flash before your eyes.
Ain't gonna happen, no how, no way.
Interview With a Former Slave in Sudan
An interview of Sudanese ex-slave Simon Deng, conducted by Jonathan Gelbart. In the interview Deng recounts his enslavement at the age of 9, escape from slavery, and how the world ignores the widespread problem of slavery in the Muslim world.
The Islasmist Sudanese government's sponsorship of jihad against Christians & animists is directly linked to genocide and slavery in Southern Sudan. Enslaving non-Muslim children has long been viewed as a legitimate means of spreading Islam and Arab culture to conquered territories such as those belonging to Deng's tribe, the Shiluk.
Video in three parts below.
Imperial Good News: al-Shabab Leader Dead as a Rock
Their website may still be up, but Aden Hashi Ayro the leader of al-Shabaab has been killed by a U.S airstirke!
Via Report on Arrakis: Aden Hashi Ayro the leader of al-Shabaab, a terrorist group linked to al Qaida has been killed in an airstrike along with 30 other terrorists. Aden Hashi Ayro trained in Afghanistan with al Qaida before 2001, and is responsible for linking al-Shabaab to al-Qaida. He is also implicated in the murder of an Italian nun back in 2006.
UPDATE by RS: It's official, al-Shabaab's website declares Ayro (Aadan Xaashi Cayrow) a shahid (martyr). The al-Shabaab website continues to operate illegally in the U.S. Don't bother calling the FBI, this is a Dept. of Treasury OFAC enforcement matter.
The U.S. military killed a man believed to be the head of al-Qaida in Somalia and 10 others in an airstrike overnight, an Islamic insurgent group said Thursday.The AP story goes on to quote a number of "experts" who claim that killing al Qaeda's #1 ally in Somalia might be a bad thing since it could alienate so-called 'moderates' within the movement. Reuters had a similar take, see Ed's commentary. The main worry from the 'experts' is that Ayro's death could derail upcoming peace talks.
The U.S. military confirmed an attack on a suspected al-Qaida target but did not identify the target.
Aden Hashi Ayro was killed when the airstrike struck his house in the central Somali town of Dusamareeb, about 300 miles north of Mogadishu, said Sheik Muqtar Robow, a spokesman for the Islamic al-Shabab militia.
What neither mention is that Ayro and the al-Shabaab had threatened to murder any of these same 'moderates' who attended the peace talks. So, we risk alienating moderates by killing the man who threatened to behead them? Gotta love that logic.
Aden Hashi Ayro in hell's elevator! I'll see you later.
Yeah! Dead as a rock!
Obama and Rip Van Winkle - Asleep for 20 Years
It's a thrill a minute with the Democrat Presidential nomination-seekers. However, with regard to Obama, it seems that a clue comes every twenty years. It took two decades immersed in the hate-filled windwash of Rev. Jeremiah Wright before Obama was clued in and said, "This is enough!"
And, interestingly, Obama didn't come to the realization by himself. It was the loss of support for his presidential campaign and polling results that convinced Obama to jettison Rev. Wright. It's like his only reliable political consultant is Rip Van Winkle.
[To refresh memories, Rip Van Winkle was a man who missed everything occurring around him for 20 years because he was asleep. It's a story by American author Washington Irving.]Based on history, Obama characteristically lacks the ability to correctly react within a reasonable time period to threatening and damaging situations. He didn't react for 20 years to circumstances which have now greatly injured his political aspirations.
I contend that a question must be asked. Does America want in the Oval Office a man who is incapable of recognizing hate-America windwash?
There is, of course, another argument. Specifically, Obama didn't fail to recognize the hatred for America spewed by Rev. Wright, instead, he is a disciple of the hate-America philosophy. Take your pick. Obama is either clueless OR he possesses the hate-America ideology.