August 31, 2008
Rumor: Is Olbermann a Tumor on Kos’ Ass?
Whenever Keith Olbermann, a major media figure, posts at the Daily Kos, his message always is 100% harmonious with Netroots values.
Others have said that Markos “talks out of his ass” and Keith is considered to be a major a******.
I’m not sure what to make of this. One one hand, malignant masses of cells have been known to kill people, but on the other hand this is one insightful case of sarcoma.
So, how should we react?
An Interesting Quote from LBJ
From my new passport, of all places. Hmmmmm.
How's that working out for everyone?
The Sandcrawler Just Ran Over Excitable Andi
We fully and wholeheartedly endorse, and will respect, Ace's request not to link The King of Protein Injections.
Not that it's been much of a problem for us, really, but we are nothing if not helpful to our fellow right wing bloggers in their hour of need.
Besides, Andrew Sullivan is a douchenozzle of the highest order.
Dave Matthews Saxophonist Dies
I know most of you don't care about this (I'm the former goddamned hippy of the crew here), but I've loved DMB - the music, not the idiotic politics - since their early days when they were playing small clubs and opening for bands like Blues Traveler and Phish.
LeRoi Moore sorely missed - he was an integral part of the band's unique sound palette, and DMB is one of the few bands left in the mainstream that still can hold some claim of originality and talent. Got a little too big and trendy-college-kid-crowd for my taste, but they're still solid.
Rock on, LeRoi. God rest. In honor, enjoy a nice jammed out #41 (with Victor Wooten (!)):
Sarah Palin Arrested By Left-Leaning Fashion Police
And for good reason, just look at those shoes! They could be described as anything but comfortable.
It's obvious Candidate Palin needs to be remanded to the nearest N.O.W. re-education camp.
Democrat Nutroot Smear Machine Goes Into Overdrive
You knew it was coming. Less than two days after the pick, blog and article comment threads, forums and anywhere else discussing the story you can think of have been flooded with Obama's 16-year-old keyboard kommandos with every piece of conspiratorial bullsh*t they can manage to fling.
Jeff Goldstein has an astonishing roundup of the frothing letwingnut hysteria, rumor-generation, smears, lies and assorted other garbage from fetid swamps of Kos, DU and assorted sectors of Nutrootopia. Much of it is aimed at her pregnancies, her family and her children, her ability to raise children and do her job, etc. It is really a despicable sight to behold.
But hey - HOPE and CHANGE and NEW POLITICS and all that.
Bottom line: This VP pick has energized many a conservative, and they know it. That was the last thing the nuitroots wanted - they thought they were going to have an "old/rich/racist/sexist/homophobic/WASP/McSame/BlahBlahBlah Republican male ticket," which didn't happen.
It's hilarious watching them pull their hair out trying to keep their misogynist instincts suppressed. Amazing what one (attractive) non-Marxist, pro-woman executive can do to a nutosphere full of Marxist ideologues. They agitate for women to climb the ladder, and when one gets there, they're given an ideological purity test to see if they're the "right type (leftist)" of woman.
Palin failed the Marxist litmus test, and therefore "doesn't count." Just like Clarence Thomas "didn't count." Just like Condi Rice and Colin Powell "didn't count." Only candidates with little or no experience to lead the party's presidential ticket are acceptable, because they kiss the feet of Marx.
Got it? Typical Democrats: Rules for thee, but not for me.
Sarah Palin Linked to Christian Groups
The left-wing blogosphere is in high alert after learning that Gov. Sarah Palin is a Christian--and not just one of those safe, left-wing "religious" types, but a real, God-fearing, Bible-reading conservative Christian. Rumor has that she may even attend church because of faith and personal conviction, and a personal belief in Jesus Christ. She associates with other Christians who are rumored to hold the same beliefs. Some of these Christians believe in radical ideas like talking to other people about their faith and ministering to young women considering abortion. This, you understand, is simply not acceptable.
As I'm sure you can understand, the lefties are convinced they've uncovered quite a blockbuster scandal with this one.
The scandal doesn't end there. You may be shocked to learn, for example, that Sarah Palin is a member of the Juneau Christian Center, an Assemblies of God church headed by Pastor Mike Rose. (I, for one, had no idea.) Pastor Mike Rose is connected to other Christian pastors, including Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne, who is, according to the lefties, somehow connected to certain members of a "neopente dominionist"/Christian survivalist movement known as "Joel's Army". To the left-wing mind, the fact that Barack Obama has been an active member of Jeremiah Wright's radical black liberation church for 20 years doesn't really tell us anything at all about Barack Obama's personal beliefs, but the allegation that Sarah Palin can be indirectly linked to certain members of a radical group via a "six degress of separation" game tells us all we could possibly need to know about Sarah Palin's core beliefs. Such is the nature of the left-wing mind, I suppose...
But wait--there's more! In addition to being a member of a pentecostal church, which has a pastor, who knows another pastor, who may know some other people who have some kinda scary ideas about "dominionism," Jesus and Christianity, Sarah Palin is apparently connected, directly or indirectly, with a network of other Christians and conservative politicians, including Kenneth Blackwell, Cathie Adams and T. Ray Grandstaff--all of whom, apparently, believe in spreading conservatism and/or Christianity.
According to the lefties, Sarah Palin is also apparently connected, directly or indirectly, with a wide variety of Christian-related groups and movements, including Hobby Lobby, Eagle Forum, Focus on the Family, Feminists For Life, Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Concerned Women for America, Bearing Fruit Communications, Athletes in Action, Military Religious Freedom Foundation and Chi Alpha.
So, anyways, that's the latest line of lefty attack against Sarah Palin. It's burning up the internet tubes over there.
Hurricane Gustav Evacuations
Hurricane Gustav at 14:15 UTC, 8/31/08
(Southeast Louisiana) New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered mandatory evacuation last night. Nagin called Gustav the "mother of all storms." Assisted evacuation will continue until later this afternoon. Plans are to close the New Orleans International Airport at 6 PM.
As of 2 PM today, an estimated 1.1 million people have evacuated southern Louisiana. According to State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson, 90 to 95 percent of coastal Louisiana residents have evacuated. Notably, reports are that traffic flow has been smooth and contraflow (all lanes, same direction) has been suspended on some sections of road.
The communities on the West Bank of the Mississippi River (i.e. Gretna, Marrero, Algiers, Harvey) were ordered evacuated earlier this morning in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Gustav. (more)
Sarah Palin "Scandals" - Are More Naked "Sarah" Photos Coming Out? Are They Legit?
At least one purported "naked pic" of Sarah Palin has been flying around the internet. I think most folks have decided that that particular pic is probably not a pic of Sarah Palin. There's certainly no evidence that it was, in fact, a picture of Sarah Palin. Given how hot a topic Sarah Palin has become these past two days, though, I suspect we'll be seeing more of this sort of thing in the coming days:
Are THESE the blockbuster pictures everyone's been searching for? It's not 100% clear at this point. Let me say at the outset, though, that there is ZERO evidence that these are photoshops or any sort of photo manipulations. These are genuine photos. They've been verified by at least one expert as genuine photos. Further, the person in these photos is clearly naked, so there need be no question as to whether these are, in fact, naked photos.(NOTE to those slower on the uptick: this is a goof. These are obviously not pictures of Sarah Palin--or if they are, that would be the most ginormous of coincidences. This is nothing more than a goof on all the hype surrounding Sarah Palin and the quest for nudie pics, so chill.)
The person in these photos also appears to be a young woman, and appears to me to be someone who is enjoying the outdoors at the beach. What do we know about Sarah Palin? We know she is a young woman who enjoys the outdoors in Alaska--the state with more coastline than any other state in the union. Thus, statistically, chances are these pictures were taken in Alaska. We also know that Sarah Palin is an attractive woman who has been naked (aka nude) at times, and that she's had a whole lot of pictures taken of herself over the years. And if you look at her, she does kinda look like a "Sarah," doesn't she? So, there are plenty of reasons to believe that this is a genuine photo of a naked woman in Alaska named Sarah Palin--but it could be Julia Louis-Dreyfus. It's clear that a whole lot of folks can't tell the difference between the two.
Yemen Arrests Wanted Jihaddist, NOT
The lead of many news stories on Yemen today is something like: Yemeni authorities have arrested a leader of the Islamist Jihad movement (Khaled Abdel Nabi) in the south of the country after a five-year search, a security official said on Saturday.
Nabi is a leader of the Aden Abyan Islamic Army. The 2003 State Department Patterns of Terrorism report says Yemen repeatedly reported to the US that Nabi was dead but actually they released him. Officials in 2006 said Nabi was pardoned by President Saleh and living the life of a peaceful farmer. He is a graduate of Judge al-Hittar's rehabilitation program and was reported in Sa'ada, with his gang fighting against the Houthis and training tribesmen for the military.
Now he's a wanted terrorist that they have been chasing for five years? No, he's not.
DNC Chairman Piece of Sh*t Gleefully Wishes for Hurricanes to Destroy, Kill for Political Gain
Here's yet another of the "compassionate, level-headed, classy" Democrats taking a cue from the clouds of pollution escaping from Michel Moore's obese piehole and wishing a hurricane to hit the US so that the Democrats can...gain some kind of political advantage by the death, destruction and tragedy.
The next time you see this creep - Don Fowler (D), chairman of the DNC, throw him down a flight of stairs and laugh at him. Then tell him there must be a God because his arm is broken, and that his injury is good because it helps the other political party.
This is what the Democrat party has become - sick, twisted, foul, soulless pieces of excrement interested solely in how exploiting death, tragedy, uncontrollable natural disasters and pain can benefit them. They're as bad as any 9-11 Truther selling DVDs who profit from the death of the victims and the tragedy. They're as bad as the Fred Phelps clan - EVERYTHING, no matter how unrelated, is about advancing the ideology and forcing the interpretation of any event through their ideological and political prism. They can't separate politics from real life any more, and this is the end result.
Stay classy, Democrats. Stay classy.
August 30, 2008
Change You Can Believe In
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Out: Julia Louise Dryfus Nude Pics; In: Sarah Palin Nude Pics
Nude pic of "Sarah Palin" all over the intertubes. I won't link it directly, but I'll send you over to Don Surber and then you're one click away from seing the "Sarah Palin" nude pic.
But I will post a very Not Safe For Work pic below. I found it by doing a Google image search of "Julia Louis Dreyfus nude". Compare it to the "Sarah Palin nude" pic that is making its way around the internet. It was the very first hit.
Debunking time? Five seconds. And the tabloids actually had to call Sarah Palin to get "her side of the story"?
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Camille Paglia : Sarah Palin is "Tough as Nails"
“We may be seeing the first woman president. As a Democrat, I am reeling...That was the best political speech I have ever seen delivered by an American woman politician. [Sarah] Palin is as tough as nails... Good Lord, we had barely 12 hours of Democrat optimism [before the Palin bombshell dropped]... It was a stunningly timed piece of PR by the Republicans.”
USC Trounces UVA; Nebraska Plays ...... WMU?
USC killed UVA.
Who do the Huskers play? Western freaking Michigan?
If you're going to play a pansy team at least play one that's in a BCS conference.
I'd call Nebraska a bunch of pussies, but that term is reserved for LSU which consistently has the weakest opener of any top ranked football team.
Next game: (3) USC vs. (2) Ohio State
Missile strike kills five near Afghan border
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) — At least five people were killed when a missile fired from Afghanistan hit a suspected rebel hideout Saturday in Pakistan's South Waziristan, a known hub of Al-Qaeda, an official told AFP.Time will tell who they were tracking....tick tock.
"A missile apparently fired from across the border hit a compound near Wana and initial reports say five people died," said a security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Local military spokesman Major Murad Khan told AFP that "an incident involving an explosion happened in South Waziristan but we do not know what caused the incident."
A local intelligence official said the missile struck the house of a tribesman in the Zelli Noor area just outside Wana, the region's main town.
The official said the owner of the house had recently rented it out to some "foreigners", a term used in Pakistan to describe Al-Qaeda fighters.
Unconfirmed reports from the area said among the dead were four foreigners, the official added.
A Sarah Palin Sex/Drugs/Rock'n'Roll Scandal?
As we speak, there are rumors buzzing the left-wing blogosphere that Sarah Palin is not the wholesome "hockey mother" of five we've all been presented with.
This was inevitable. When a relatively unknown politician takes national stage for the first time, there's always the risk that previously unknown facts will emerge at inconvenient times. Thus, a candidate's political opponents will scour the tubes of the internets looking for such things. It just happens.
Thus, it should not be surprising to see a barrage of nutroot allegations that Sarah Palin (aka "Miss Wasilla 1984" and runner-up for "Miss Alaska") is not, in fact, the real mother of her fifth child (the one with Down's Syndrome--some claim the child is actually her teenage daughter's child), that she experimented with drugs (e.g., marijuana), that she is a bad mother engaging in what amounts to child abuse by having a career, that she has been known to gallavant onstage in front of hundreds of men (and on camera) half-naked, wearing a two-piece bikini swimsuit (or "bathing suit" as some call it), that she murders wild animals for fun, that there is a bootleg video out there somewhere showing her with an entire hockey team, that she once had some scandalous pictures taken with a Wasilla moose, etc., etc. The list goes on.
Given their penchant for innuendo and allegations based on half-truths, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see a DailyKos post sometime soon along the lines of the following:
There is solid evidence that Sarah Palin may have been fully naked (aka nude) at certain times during her term as Governor, may have worn scandalous lingerie at other points, and may have even engaged in wild sex acts in private that would be positively scandalous in public. Although the full details are still unavailable, it's come to light that Sarah Palin repeatedly exploited a blue-collar Eskimo worker for her own private amusement in the bedroom, and that she had sex with him on at least four separate occasions. It's also well-known in Alaska that Sarah Palin got pregnant by a young snowmobile racer (see photo at right). (The snowmobiler openly admits he is the father of Palin's child. Palin claims her husband "Todd" is the father.)I don't even know what all that means, but it sure sounds pretty bad, doesn't it? Whatever happened, you can bet the crack team of amateur sleuths at Daily Kos will find it.
The allegations don't stop there. In the course of our investigations, we have uncovered that there are very credible allegations of topless dancing, moose-tipping, mooning, miscegenation, murder, Mormonism, racketeering, racism, favoritism, flatulence, "Fairbanks hot plates," goobery, global warming, oral sex, orgies, onanism, Catholicism, conspiracy, carbon emissions, corruption, cronyism, cover-ups, climate change, cohabitation, cornhole, usury, short-sheeting, smuggling, satan worship, Santaria (aka "voodoo"), infidelity, whistle-blowing, animal sex (including bestiality), astigmatism, abortion, prostitution, polyamory, peeing in the snow, papism, pornographic (aka "porn" or "sex") videos, embezzlement, bribery, battery, barratry, bigotry, buggery, backroom dealing, nepotism, nihilism, nudity, dildos, and various gay / lesbian activity (i.e., sodomy) taking place in Alaska, the very state Sarah Palin promised to clean up.
There are credible claims that Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie and Pat Buchanan have each visited Sarah Palin's state on at least one occasion--and engaged in who knows what sort of illicit and/or racist behavior while they were there. The Pat Buchanan allegations are particularly disturbing, owing to the fact that the Alaska governor had full knowledge of Buchanan's travel plans and allowed Buchanan safe passage into and out of Alaska without even detaining or questioning him. Some claim that Buchanan was even granted "protection" by Alaska state police and local law enforcement. If any state or local law enforcement officials made any formal requests for authorization to capture or kill Pat Buchanan, such requests fell on deaf ears, and were very likely suppressed at the very highest levels of government. Was this the real reason Michael Wooten and Walter Monegan fell out of favor with the Ice Queen? Were they threatening to blow the whistle? I suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg.
UPDATE : Ace weighs in.
UPDATE: And so it begins: "Sarah Palin" nude pics here.
Palin News Brings McCain $
4.5 Seven Million in One Day
If there is any question whether the GOP faithful are happy with Sarah Palin, yesterday's
4.5 SEVEN Million dollar haul should go a long way to answering it.
RINO Down! Fred to Replace Governator at GOP Convention
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is skipping the Republican National Convention this week in Minnesota to manage an ongoing budget dispute in Sacramento. Republican officials say Fred Thompson will take his place in the prime-time lineup Monday night and onetime presidential candidate will have nearly three times longer to speak than he was originally given for his speech on Tuesday.I know some former Fred-lovers soured on Fred during the primaries, but whatever you may think of him, there's no question that Fred Thompson is one of the very best spokesmen for Reaganite conservatism. Fred's presence in prime time is a boon for the party's conservative wing.
Cross-posted at The RINO Hunters' Lodge.
h/t : HotAir
A Couple of Questions for Obama
Pro-lifers have some questions for Obama:
1) Given the fact that Sarah Palin's youngest child has Down Syndrome, do you believe that the governor and her husband were "punished with a baby"?
2) If, at the last minute, Gov. Palin had decided that she did not want the baby, should it have been legally permissible to allow him to die unattended in a linen closet in order to preserve a woman's "right to choose"?
August 29, 2008
MSNBC Sycophant Roots for Hurricane?
Tonight was the first time I watched MSNBC in a long time. Its become the lunatic channel apparently, with no attempt at professionalism whatsoever. The channel's forte seems to be nasty personal attacks, fatuous suck-uppery (see below) and delusional, self congratulatory statements of self-importance.
Keith Olberman couldn't keep the anticipation out of his voice discussing the prospect of hurricane Gustav coinciding with the Republican convention. He seems to be hoping for a disaster. How sickening. Peggy Noonan notes that in the Democrat's world, everyone has exploding feet, and on MSNBC, the Obamamessiah makes certain MSNBC hosts hear music.
"Everybody is sick in their world. Everybody is an unhappy, unwed single mother whose feet are exploding," Noonan said, (watch here) . "I'm actually putting a little edge on my criticism just to make up for the fact that on MSNBC last night somebody said, quote, 'it wasn't a speech: it was a symphony.' I'm sorry; I won't even name who did it. I am here to balance that bit of fatuous -- fatuous suck-upping!"
And now the knives are out for the lovely Sarah. Its amazing how dismissive and self-righteous some broadcasters without ever considering the demographic of their audience. They are discussing the "gullibility level of women" within a one sided presentation of all the candidates.
Apparently there's only room in this campaign for one American story, one unlikely candidate, and that's the big O, with his years of community service. Palin's journey from PTO, to Ethics Committee, to Mayor, to Governor, to VP candidate is somehow not drawing any accolades from the leftists, even in passing. Its a sad commentary on the enduring liberal bias against women, wives and mothers who celebrate those identities without claims of victimhood.
(HT on Breitbart, Fausta)
Update: NRO: “For 42 minutes, not a sour note,” Olbermann declared at the conclusion of Obama’s nomination acceptance speech at Denver’s Invesco Field. “And spellbinding in a way usually reserved for works of fiction . . . almost a fully realized, tough, crisp, insistent speech in tone in the sense of cutting through the clutter. I’d love to find something to criticize about it,” he said to his MSNBC co-anchor.
Kos Diary: Palin Faked Pregnancy to Cover for Slutty Daughter
Really, no joke. They even put a phony poll up wondering if they should delete the post. Not because its patently stupid and untrue, but because "its a private matter".
I. Shit. You. Not.
Stay classy there Kos. Stay classy.
Thanks to HA's link thingy.
UPDATE: Jawa poll added!!
Poll : 93% of Malkin Readers Ready to Embrace McCain/Palin
(Click image to vote and see latest results.)
She's the One: So How Do You Feel Now?
I say GREAT F-ING PICK for Team JohnnyMac. The Republican ticket just got a red hot jolt of SEXY.
I've already detected a few undeniable "sneers" from various CNN correspondents and anchors through the stories on Palin. They hate this. They don't know what to do, because this is a curve ball they didn't see coming.
Let us know in the comments what you think. Are ya fired up? Are you 'eh?' Bad idea?
AllahP says we've got nothing to lose this year except for everything, so why not mix the salad up a bit and make the Republican ticket a bit more, er, easy on the eyes.
And if it doesn't pan out, there's always the ANTEATER. Don't forget to add any cool facts about Sarah Palin in the comments.
Optional video of acceptance speech below fold ->>>
Awesome Update by Rusty: Looks like I'm not the only one into little known facts about Sarah Palin:
# Sarah Palin paid her way through school by hunting for yeti pelts with a slingshot.
# Sarah Palin knows the location of DB Cooper’s body because she threw him from the plane.
# The Northern Lights are really just the reflection from Sarah Palin’s eys.
# The raw energy of Sarah Palin melts the Alaskan ice roads every spring.
Experience : Palin vs. Obama/Biden
One of the lefties' lines of attack against Sarah Palin is that she's just not experienced enough to be a "heartbeat from the Presidency."
Here's the facts:
Sarah Palin began serving in political office in 1992. Barack Obama began serving in 1997. (For the benefit of our resident hippie trolls, I'll do the math for you: Palin's been in public office FIVE years longer than the Messiah.) Joe Biden has been in the U.S. Senate forever. So, in terms of total years of public service, the three stack up as follows:
1. BidenIn terms of executive experience, there's not even a contest. Sarah Palin first served in an executive capacity in 1997, and took over her first state-level executive branch position in 2003. From what I can determine, Barack Obama has never served in an executive capacity at any level, and Joe Biden has never served in an executive capacity at any level. So, in terms of executive experience, the three stack up as follows:
2. Biden and Obama (tied, with zero each.)
Video: Sarah Palin 'Gives off Naughty Librarian Vibe'
Craig Ferguson senses a naughty librarian vibe from Sarah Palin.
Wishful thinking: I think she was kind of coming on to me a little bit.
WSJ Reveals Secret to Palin Hotness: Dodging Grizzlies on Midnight Runs; Eating Cute, but Lean, Baby Caribou
The Wall Street Journal has a fevah and the only cure is more Palin:
In the summer, when it's always light, she'll sometimes run as late as midnight. In the dead of winter, when it's dark, she sneaks in an afternoon run, or else grudgingly runs on the treadmill at home or at the gym in the evening. Gov. Palin keeps dumbbells at home, but she says most of her upper body strength comes from snowmobiling with her family. "It's the best upper body workout you could ever have," she says. "You're maneuvering through hundreds of pounds of powder." (Todd is a four-time champion of the Tesoro Iron Dog, the world's longest snowmobile race.) ...Oh, it gets better: this is just a teaser for the full article coming out in the WSJ magazine tomorrow.
"My family and I eat a healthy diet heavy in wild Alaskan seafood, moose, caribou and fresh fruit," she says.
McCain-Palin Rally Sign - Conservative Version
And here's the bumper sticker:
Jawa-ette Sez Sarah is Spiffy!
She can shoot a moose, feed a baby and reform a state, all without smudging her make-up. Joy notes, "the female side of the rightosphere exchanges high-fives." See Nicki and Joy and Ith and BSC Beth and Zoey and Fausta and Vivian and Kat and Nice Deband more....
Graphic courtesy: Sam @ Not Exactly Rocket Science
Khawaja Should be Freed Because he Wanted to be a Mujahedeen not a Terrorist
The past couple of weeks have been interesting in Canada's first anti-terrorism court case. Momim Khawaja is on trial for 7 charges for participating in, facilitating and financing a terrorist group and its activities. The defence admits Mr. Khawaja was making a remote-control detonating device for a terror cell in England planning to blow up a nightclub.
A couple of weeks ago, lawyers for Momim Khawaja, argued that he should be freed because he never planned on being a terrorist but wanted to become a mujahedeen in Afghanistan to fight NATO troops including Canadians.
From the National Post
Lawrence Greenspon said prosecution testimony and other evidence, including Mr. Khawaja's emails, repeatedly suggest he wanted to join the mujahedeen and do what he could to support Muslim insurgents to quench his rage for what he perceived to be a new Crusade against the Muslim world.More at ROA
While joining the mujahedeen and Taliban against Canadian and other western troops may be offensive, it is not what he is on trial for, Mr. Greenspon said.
Mark Levin on McCain-Palin : "Count Me in With Both Feet"
Posted at The Corner:
Few have been more critical of Sen. McCain than I, both here and on my radio show. And I have long said on my radio show that his selection of a running-mate will be key in determining my enthusiasm for his candidacy. If McCain has, in fact, chosen Gov. Palin, then count me in with both feet. It would be a terrific choice.I'm not sure I'm "in with both feet" yet, but Palin is a game-changer. I gots me some thinkin' to do.
Palin is by all accounts a principled conservative and government reformer who can contribute mightily to the decision-making that occurs in the White House. She has more executive experience in her two years as governor than Obama, Biden, and McCain combined. She is a mother of five in what appears to be a loving and functioning family. And she is someone Republicans, conservatives, and others can rally behind in the future.
UPDATE : Rush sez : "It’s an inspired choice… this is absolutely fabulous."
Hillary fans are beside themselves.
Allah maps out the pitfalls for Obama-Biden:
The good news is that everyone to the right of the nutroots will be rooting for her to do well, so personally appealing and comparatively guileless is she. That’ll buy her some leeway, as will the fact that Team Barry has to tread lightly when attacking a small-town girl in the year of PUMAs and Bittergate.While he also sees pitfalls for the McCain-Palin team, our beloved pessimistic blogger lauds the pick:
Not only is this the most galvanizing pick Maverick could have made, but the thought of watching progressives tie themselves in knots over the next two months trying to square the inevitable attacks on the “bimbo” beauty queen with poor, poor Hillary’s sexist treatment by the media is worth it even if we lose. Imagine the sort of crap that’ll be airing against her on MSNBC come mid-October. I haven’t cut a check for a candidate since 2004, but I’m suddenly inspired. Here’s the link.
VPILF: Sarah Palin
UPDATE so awesomely awesome that it gets put right at the top: Somebody has a VPILF website!!!!
It was registered August 4th. They registered it using a privacy company. But whoever you are high fives are in order.
Thanks to Lorie Byrd
Sarah Palin: Miss Wasilla 1984
Nyctalus lasiopterus says Ace coined the phrase. I'm not sure what VPILF stands for (plausible deniability any one?), but somehow I find it easy to believe that Ace's morons were behind it.
UPDATE: I only report people. I only report........
UPDATE II: Sarah Palin with Salmon.
UPDATE: Double freaking awesome: Palin with AR-15! Update: Video added for those too lazy to click (now working) link.
UPDATE: Palin kills caribou.....
..... with her bare hands!
UPDATE: Score one for Gordon: "Don't forget there is an even shot that she will end up our CICILF."
Score one for Wonkette: GILF.
UPDATE: Blogger claims Palin into giant rockets, totally misses golden opportunity for low-brow Beavis and Butthead moment.
Sarah Palin Pick a Plus for McCain Ticket
I'm sure we'll all be suffering from "Palin overload" by next week, but she's still a bit of an unknown at this point. Initial reports look good, from a conservative perspective. The Club for Growth sure seems to like her. From a recent press release:
“At a time when many Republicans are still clinging to pork-barrel politics, Governor Palin has quickly become a leader on this issue,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “She is a principled reformer who understands how badly wasteful spending has marred the Republican brand.”Palin took on her state's porkmongers and generally won. That says a lot right there.
In other news, She's a lifetime member of the NRA and is considered fairly solid on Right-to-Life issues. As Michelle says:
Palin is solid on life issues, taxes, fiscal conservatism, energy, and the environment.Michelle's verdict?
Yes, I’m impressed. Very impressed.Some of Palin's other positions are recorded here.
The big question mark on Palin is the immigration issue. Yeah, she is a governor of a "border state," but I don't think they face quite the same issues up there.
Strategically, Palin gives the conservative base another reason to support McCain. Overall it looks to me like McCain made a very good choice for Veep--and it certainly doesn't hurt that she's HOT--especially in THIS PIC.
Think Progress Smears Palin Already
Of course, there is nothing that has suggested Palin had any direct involvement with pressure brought against her former brother-in-law, and it was her aides that were accused of wanting the state trooper fired.That's some casting off the worn-out ideas and politics of the past ya got there Think Progress.
And perhaps part of the reason the governor's aides wanted this trooper fired wasn't because he was part of a divorce, but because he shot a cow moose... out of season.
It could also have been because he was caught driving drunk... in a patrol car.
May be it even might have had something to do with the fact he tasered his 11-year-old-son.
New Google Buzz: Palin Will be VP [UPDATE: Palin Confirmed: bumped]
UPDATE: Fox News & CNN say McCain camp has confirmed Palin!
Here's Sarah Palin's Wiki entry for more on her background
Google users 1, media elite 0.
Yesterday I did a brief analysis using Google Trends to predict who John McCain's Vice President pick would be. Only one problem: I didn't throw Sarah Palin into the mix.
Here's what it looks like comparing the search volume for Sarah Palin with three other oft discussed VP hopefuls: Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, and Joe Lieberman.
The results? It's Palin.
I also noted last night that Google's Hot Trends was down for maintenance, but it's up and running now. So, what's hot on Google?
As I mentioned yesterday, there are a lot of theoretical reasons why ground up information from sources like Google are better predictors than "expert" opinion. I know it's a little different than elections (which have successfully been predicted with this method) given that ultimately it's John McCain's decision. But expert opinion on who McCain has picked is an act of one person (the expert) reading another person's (John McCain's) mind.
I also mentioned that I like a source like Google Trends better than formalized futures markets like Intrade (which, not-so-incidentally has Palin way up too) because there are more participants.
I can't help but let the political scientist in me come out for a bit and wonder if this wouldn't be a good case study to test alternative theories of elite vs. mass publics' knowledge?
Check out the graph from Google Trends above again. You'll notice that while Palin is generating the most buzz from general users that Romney is still getting much more attention by the media elite. Do the media elite know something that we don't or are they just speculating like the rest of us?
If they're just speculating then there is no reason to think that they have some special insight into McCain's mind. Yeah, I know reporters think they're smarter than the rest of us--and who knows, maybe they are--but that doesn't mean that they are more wise.
Update: Sarah looks good on that bike! (below the fold)
Hot! (er uh click the image)
Hat Tip Michelle
UPDATE by Rusty: Gratuitious fishing pic!
Democrats Leave Mounds of Fetid Garbage in Denver
The Environment is our most precious resource.
But sometimes, Democrats have to bend their own edicts about "being green" in order to put on their expensive, wasteful parties and conventions.
Another Leak: Palin is VP Pick
MSNBC reports that it's Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
So, let's run down the McCain VP "leak" list so far:
I think this says something about my confidence level in those reporting that they have a "friend in the inner circles of the campaign". Yeah right. And I have a "friend in the inner circles of the Pitt/Jolie bedroom".
Every single candidate mentioned so far, including Palin, claims they won't be in Dayton today. So, someone is lying or it's going to be a dark horse after all.
My money's still on Romney. But since Barrack "I am the humble son of an inconsequential white woman and black man" Obama is turning the campaign in to one of identity politics, maybe the Mav will choose Condi Rice? Hey, it could happen.
Update by Howie: CNN is running a red banner that says that Sarah Palin is the pick.
You know why this sucks? I'll be working when the official announcement comes. Stupid "the man" always keeping me down.
Thanks to Michelle.
Israel Will not Let Iran Go Nuclear
The sanctions imposed on Iran by the US and EU so far have had no effect on stopping Iran's nuclear program. Israel, which is constantly threatened by Ahmadinejad, has decided to prepare for a military strike against Iran if it is close to achieving nuclear weapons. Israel believes it has a year and half to two years before Iran can build nuclear bombs.
More at ROA
Our Candidate Weighs In On Obama's Acceptance Speech
August 28, 2008
Leak: McCain Picks Pawlenty
Erick Erickson hears that it's Tim Pawlenty. How confident are they? They've got the siren up and spinning. Redstate:
A source close to the campaign now confirms for me that it "more likely than not" is Pawlenty. He does, however, caution me that the campaign does not actually want to leak tonight lest the Obama camp get too much of a chance to play the victim card with a sympathetic media.So, the campaign is leaking to Erick that Pawlenty is McCain's Vice President pick .... but, I really shouldn't oughtn't tell you that because then Obama will find out and that's no good so just ignore what I just said?
So, is it Pawlenty or not?
To be honest, the post I did below about Google searches indicating that Romney would be the pick started as a prediction that Tim Pawlenty would be the guy. That was because we were getting a ton of hits for Pawlenty. And just looking at hits for Pawlenty shows hits way up. It's only when you compare Pawlenty to Romney that you see Romney's hits are WAY WAY up.
Anyway, Vice President Tim Pawlenty sounds good to me. We'll see tomorrow, eh?
Six Americans Jailed in Yemen
One was a former drug criminal who converted to Islam in US prison. He was thrown in jail in Yemen without charges. He was hoping to study Islam at a hard core Salafi institute in Maber, Yemen. His wife complained about the lack of rights in Yemen. Kind of ironic, yes?
Philly News: "They told me there were no formal charges," Calloway-Gould said. "With their government, they do what they want to do, when they want to do it. Here, he has rights. Over there, there are no rights...."
Gould said that her husband had planned the trip to Yemen for a year to study Islam and Arabic with an imam in Mabar....
In November 2006, he was released from state prison on drug-related charges, his wife said....
Though his father was Muslim, he did not study Islam until his most recent jail term.
Dar al-Hadith is a network of educational institutes in Yemen that teaches fundamentalist Salafism and attracts students from around the word. The main school is in Dammaj and is repeatedly referenced as a terrorist training center by the US military at the Guantanamo proceedings. The second largest Dar al-Hadith institute is in Maber headed by Sheik Mohammed al-Imam al-Reimi.
Feds Raid Berkeley Anarchists' Cafe
sniff, sniff...I'm just a little disappointed that it wasn't Code Pink or International ANSWR.
Not Guilty: Marine Acquitted in Civilian Court on War Crimes Charges
Marine Sargeant Jose Luis Nazario found NOT GUILTY by a civilian court on charges that he committed war crimes in Fallujah, Iraq.
UPDATE: Lucianne has links with more details.
Very Good Gay! How to Kiss Like Angelina Jolie
UPDATE: Had to put video below the fold. Why? Because Internet Explorer sucks, that's why! But here's an image to keep you occupied while you scroll down. Freakin perverts....
WARNING: PG-13 borderline R borderline awesome not safe for work video.
Hat Tip: Mike Pechar.
Google Buzz: McCain Picks Mitt Romney for VP
UPDATE 8/28: Ooops. I didn't consider Palin in this. If you throw Palin's name in the mix everything changes.
If Google searches are any indication then McCain has picked former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to be his Vice President. Searches for Mitt Romney over the past 24 hours are up, while searches for Tim Pawlenty have flat lined. The same holds true for Joe Lieberman. And look at the past week.
We'd get a better feel for this if Google's Hot Trends was working, but as of this writing it's down for maintenance.
There are a lot of theoretical reasons why ground up information from sources like Google are a better predictor than "expert" opinion. I know it's a little different than an election given that ultimately it's John McCain's decision, but expert opinion on who McCain has picked is an act of one person (the expert) reading another person's (John McCain's) mind.
I actually like Google Trends as a predictor more than futures markets like Intrade because there is a larger sample size and therefore, presumably, more sources of knowledge. Bigger collective, more wisdom. But even so, Intrade has Romney to be VP at 57% while Pawlenty lags at about 40%.
So, if the collective wisdom about who McCain has picked is better than that of the so-called experts: tomorrow John McCain will announce Mitt Romney as his running mate.
To be honest, I hope this is a case where Google Trends is wrong. Why? Just Google "Pawlenty" or "Tim Pawlenty" then scroll down a little and I think you'll see why a Pawlenty pick is in my self-interest.
Finally: OJ Simpson Gets Ass Kicked by Girl
His own daughter, no less! Karma, baby. Karma.
Thanks to Cindy.
Say 'Hello' to FRED PAC
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Iranian Minister's Forged Diploma Exposed
(Tehran, Iran) To gain support for his appointment as Iranian Interior Minister, Ali Kordan (pic) showed off his "honorary doctorate of law" from Oxford University. It worked and Kordan was appointed Minister earlier this month.
However, there were some questions about Kordan's degree.
Alef, a news site with opposition connections, obtained a copy of Kordan's "diploma" and asked Oxford to check its validity. The University promptly replied that it never gave Kordan any degree. Besides exposing Kordan's fraud, Alef also mocked the minister for riddling his "certificate" with English spelling errors.Frankly, I suspect this type of scheming is a common practice in Iran.
Alef got quite a reward for its scoop. Soon after breaking the story, access to the site was blocked, a common punishment the regime has used against antagonistic websites.
Instead of firing Kordan, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defended him and rejected criticism because of a "piece of torn paper."
Hizbollah Terrorists Ready to Kidnap Jewish Businessmen in Venezuela
Even though Hizbollah has had a presence in Venezuela since at least the early 90s some Western anti-terrorism agents are growing concerned about Tehran and Caracas' growing relationship. They fear that Hizbollah, which is sponsored by Iran, will take advantage of the situation in Venezuela. This past June, The U.S. Treasury Department designated two Venezuelian citizens as Hizbollah supporters and froze their U.S. assets.
One of the Venezualians, used embassy posts in the Middle East to raise funds for Hizbollah while the other citizen, a travel agent, facilitated the travel of Hizbollah agents to and from Iran for training.
Also, Venezuelians have been recruited by Hizbollah and Revolutionary Guards to gather information about Jewish tourists/businessmen inside Venezuela. Hizbollah and the REvoluationary Guards apparently have special agents inside Venezuela ready to kidnap Jewish businessmen and take them to Lebanon.
More at ROA
Child Abuse on the Afghan/Pakistan Border
The next time they scream that the U.S. dropped bombs on "innocent children", remember this pic.
From the Islamic Jihad Movement, an Uzbeki group in Pakistan allied with al Qaeda.
Confirmed: Dancing in Abu Ghraib Orange is Gauranteed Laugh
That's some funny sh*t right there.
Money quote:"Have you ever seen men strap guns to a camel?"
Attn: Youtube User Abdullhasif
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Al Qaida in Iraq Desperate for Suicide Bombers
Al Qaida in Iraq resorts to drugging and tricking it's suicide bombers.
"Thank God I am finished from this vest," Herald Sun
A day after the arrest, Rania was still in a daze as she spoke about the people who put her up to it -- her relatives who forced her to don the vest and apparently drugged her; her husband, who police accuse of being a member of the group al-Qaida In Iraq, and her mother, who seemed to play a central role in turning Rania into a bomb.
Cross posted at ROA
Obama: Most Liberal Senator was Liberal Legislator
Shocking, I know. I don't get why the GOP isn't playing this angle up? Obama won the Democratic primary precisely because he was left of Hillary Clinton on every issue except healthcare.
The real meat of Obama's liberalism in the Illinois legislature is found on page 3. The crux of the votes is a legislative history that is consistent with Obama's Harvard law degree: one which hampers the ability of police to do their jobs effectively and reduces criminal sentences.
Of course Obama has reasons why he voted the way he did, but those reasons are also connected to his Harvard law school training. In other words liberal preferences couched in Constitutional argument.
The Democratic brand is in much better shape than the GOP brand, and perhaps this is why McCain's people aren't focusing on Obama's liberalism. But even though being a Democrat seems to be in vogue these days, being a liberal isn't. And being a liberal Harvard educated lawyer of the ACLU strain? That's the death sentence of any campaign.
Free advice to McCain's people: Playing up Obama's celebrity status and inexperience is good, but the jugular is in defining Obama as a liberal. The trick, of course, is making the liberal label stick.
And Now, for a Little Stuck Mojo (Video)...
Club For Growth Weighs in on GOP Convention Lineup
A few days ago, I noticed that the GOP Convention lineup will be showcasing the party's squishy left wing while squeezing out the conservatives. Apparently, I wasn't the only one who noticed.
From The Club for Growth:
With the Republican Party’s brand in shambles, it is important for the Party to showcase those leaders who are currently in office fighting to preserve the limited-government, free-market principles the GOP used to stand for...Amen to that--but I wouldn't be holding your breath.
So why are [popular fiscal conservatives] absent from the GOP’s convention lineup?
“Many of the slotted speakers are impressive leaders in their own right,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey, “but it is hard not to notice the absence of the Party’s most pro-growth elected officials. We hope Senator McCain will broaden the list of speakers and demonstrate his commitment to reclaiming the mantle of fiscal conservatism for the GOP.”
Obama: "I'm not comfortable"
Hat Tip: Ed Morrissey
Update: Heh! I'm sure Bill would like to have this button on his computer.
Who is Rep. Eric Cantor?
Over the past days, I've done a few profiles on some of the folks considered likely candidates to be McCain's veep. I outlined my problems with Joe Lieberman here. The reasons why Huck is the wrong choice are manifold.
Before today, my favorite of the supposed front-runners was Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty may still be my favorite, but after having a look at Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, I think I may have a new favorite. Cantor is SOLID, across the board, on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, securing the border, imposing fiscal responsibility on Washington and the Right to Life. (The interest group ratings for Eric Cantor referenced below are here.) Conservatives have reason to be very happy if John McCain announces Eric Cantor as his running mate.
Eric Cantor on Gun Control
Eric Cantor has racked up consistent A's from the NRA year-after-year. Over the 2002-2007 time frame, Cantor received an average of 71% from Gun Owners of America--no mean feat (John McCain's average GOA rating from 2000-2006 was 38%). Cantor can be considered solid on guns.
Eric Cantor on Borders and Immigration
Both FAIR and ABI have given Cantor consistently high marks over his congressional career. His career average is 81%--a nice contrast to John McCain's 13% rating (which also included ratings from AIC and U.S. Border Control).
Eric Cantor on Taxes and Spending
The ratings of Club for Growth and Citizens Against Government Waste show that Eric Cantor is on the side of the angels on tax and spending issues. Of course, John McCain is on the right side of this issue, as well, so this is not quite as important as it might otherwise be. Still, why not have two deficit hawks on the ticket?
Eric Cantor on Abortion
Throughout his congressional career, Cantor has racked up consistent 100% ratings from National Right to Life and consistent 0% ratings from NARAL. For the math-challenged in the audience, I'll remind everyone that you can't do better than 100%. I don't care what your football coach told you.
In sum, conservatives have every reason to be thrilled at the prospect of McCain adding either Tim Pawlenty or Eric Cantor to the ticket.
August 27, 2008
The ACLU, Enemy of the State
Back in 2004 the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of an unknown internet service provider against the FBI challenging the FBI's use of National Security Letters, NSLs.
National Security Letters allow the FBI to obtain information from third parties, such as telephone companies, financial institutions, Internet service providers, and consumer credit agencies. In these letters, the FBI can direct third parties to provide customer account information and transactional records, such as telephone toll billing records. However, the FBI can't access the content of email/telephone conversions, they can only see the email address sent to or the phone number that was called.
Judge Victor Marrero of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that the NSL statute was unconstitutional under the First and Fourth Amendments. So after the suit Congress had amended the statute.
But now the ACLU is after the gag orders within the amended NSL statute. The gag orders prevent third parties, contacted by the FBI, from revealing that the FBI had requested information about a specific individual.
The appeals courts on Wednesday questioned a lawyer representing the U.S. government on whether the FBI violated free speech rights in placing the gag orders.If there are no gag orders then terrorists/would-be terrorists will certainly find out that the FBI is tracking them. The NSLs specifically request information about a certain individual that is connected to an ongoing investigation relating to terrorism. So yes, a terrorist will find out if there are no gag orders.
The government argues they are in place for national security concerns, such as keeping terrorists from learning what they are investigating.
"You can't tell me that any terrorist is going to make anything out of the fact you issued NSLs to AT&T and Verizon," said Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor, using a hypothetical example.
Help: Malicious Script?
Lots of reports that the site is running slow or causing browser to freeze. Works fine for me in latest Firefox. Any one know what's up?
Anti-Fitna Muslim Hackers Deface Dutch Websites
Hundreds of Dutch websites hacked by Muslims. Their crime? Being Dutch. Here's an example of one of the websites that was hacked:
This hax0ring is to defend ISLAM - The Religion of [ Abraham, Moses, Jesus & Muhammad ( Peace Be Upon Them All ) ] that Insulted by a Cow ! from Netherlands !Hacked websites also feature a video of Khalid Yasin, who claims that Osama bin Laden is a patsy for the real perpetrators of 9/11. You know, the same people who created AIDS: the American government out to kill brown people, Muslims, and you know, everyone. No doubt developed by an evil scientist with a last name like Rosenblatt or Goldberg.
Show Some Respect ! so , I can Leave you in Peace ! [ You've Started it ! ] , I don't have problems with your site but, that what Geert Wilders Cow! chose for you ;)
If you think that " Insulting GOD Religion is a Freedom of Speech as your country did , then allow me to show you my Freedom knowledge of Hacking ;) "
[ by the way, nothing was deleted relax ^_^ only your index renamed ]
[ NO WAR ] ... [ NO HATING ] ... [ NO Lammers ! ] ... [ NO Subdirs ;) ]
Can Break Your Lame Security !
لعيون اللي يعزون علي كلهم
aB0 m0h4mMed .. for the Old Times
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Funny video with some pretty stupid comparisons that you often here in lefty circles about why its unfair to call terrorism committed in the name of Islam Islamic terrorism.
Novak : Avoiding a Lieberman Disaster
Reports of strong support within John McCain’s presidential campaign for Independent Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman as the Republican candidate for vice president are not a fairy tale. Influential McCain backers, plus McCain himself, would pick the pro-choice liberal from Connecticut if they thought they could get away with it…Ugh...
Lieberman surely doesn’t know that much about Republican politics, but he has close Republican friends. One of them prevailed on Lieberman to tell McCain that a McCain-Lieberman ticket would be a disaster for all concerned, and especially for the GOP…
At this writing, nobody knows McCain's choice. He is keeping the selection process secret, and his closest aides are in the dark. Could he still name Lieberman after being told by Lieberman himself that it is not a good idea? Nobody absolutely rules it out.
Cross-posted at The RINO Hunters' Lodge
Celebrity Sightings. The Bad Kind.
Good celebrity sighting:
Kid Rock: Stupid Celebs Like Me Should Keep Our Traps Shut
Sage advice from Kid Rock.
The Democratic Convention Drinking Game
Gee since we don't have Jawa Radio, we can't drink every time Rusty interrupts any more.
Take a drink every time Obama stands in the light in such a way as to make you believe his skin color is a mix of red, white and blue.Damn! I'm going to have to make a run to the liquor store!
Take a drink for every state delegation that makes a point of showing off what state they are (Hawaiians wearing leis, Texans wearing cowboy hats, Utahans practicing polygamy, etc.)
In honor of Ted Kennedy, take a million drinks.
Bad Day to be a Terrorist
Yesterday was a bad for terrorists worldwide. 110 MILF terrorists killed in the Philippines, clashes between the taliban and Afghan security forces left 40 taliban dead after air-strikes were called in. And almost 50 taliban were killedby Pakistani security forces near the Pakistan-Afghan border.
A Question for Mike Huckabee
Does a governor have a constitutional duty to abide by the decisions of a Supreme Court?
Not too long ago, Huck seemed to think that a governor did have such a duty.
Here's Huckabee on FOX News, November 14, 2007, explaining that he had no choice but to raise taxes as governor of Arkansas, since he had a court order hanging over his head:
That was in the context of [an Arkansas] Supreme Court order that we had to fund education at a higher level. The legislators had come down to the special session and there was all kinds of talk about, well, this tax increase or that revenue possibility is out of the question, dead on arrival. … Now we were at the point, with a court order over our heads – we were going to have to improve our schools.So, in this version of Huckabee's world, a Governor is under an obligation to enforce and implement the law as the Supreme Court interprets it. Agree or disagree, but that was Huck's position on the separation of powers in November, 2007.
Fast forward to this week, where Mike Huckabee explains that governors are not under any obligation to comply with a court order with which they personally disagree (in this case, a court ruling on gay marriage):
You know, it’s interesting, the California [Supreme Court] decision as well as the Massachusetts decision, I don’t think should ever have been implemented by the governors, Schwarzenegger and Romney... They were both decisions that the governors simply could have said the court has said that we have to do it, but let them enforce it. Because those were administrative decisions that had to put that in place and there was no mandate.As usual, the Huckster adopts whatever theory of governance serves his purposes at the time. When he needed court orders to be inviolate in order to cover his butt, he pronouced them so. When he sees the chance to score some cheap political points against a political rival, supreme court orders become merely advisory. Classic Huckster.
UPDATE : Ace asks:
How come you didn't just defy the courts yourself, Huck?Cross-posted at The RINO Hunters' Lodge.
Why is it that Mitt Romney and only Mitt Romney has this special executive power to defy the courts?
A Note To Hillary
Very good. I've never seen one hold such dignity, such poise, in the face of being railroaded out of a job that they've worked that hard for in my life.
With the reinstatement of Florida and Michigan you need less than 20 or so super-delegate votes to beat Obama. I've never seen anyone smile and give that good a speech while getting it up the A$$ from their 'political ally"
In your speech you talked about never give up. Well Hillary you did. I could see it Bill's face, you could still take this thing if you were willing to fight for it.
I'm almost as disappointed as Bill was.
Not that I'd have voted for you in the general, but winners never quit and quitters never win.
Bloggers Love or Hate Romney
Hawkins asked me to participate in this "who do you want McCain to pick as VP" poll. I declined. It's not that I don't have someone that I would like McCain to pick, I do, it's that I just don't care that much.
But since you guys are into this stuff almost as much as you're into atheist, lesbian, male-to-female, transexuals, I'll go ahead and throw you a bone.
The interesting thing here is that Mitt Romney tops Bloggers list of who they would like McCain to pick, with 31% picking him as the VP.
But who would Bloggers least like McCain to pick? Running a close second to Joe Lieberman is ....... Mitt Romney? With 12% of Bloggers saying he's their least favorite VP candidate.
So, what's the deal here? I have three theories:
1) The hair. Too John Edwardsy.
2) His liberal record on healthchare and his flip flop on abortion.
3) He's Mormon.
If comments around here are any indication its probably a mixture of 2 and 3. I get the second argument, but the third?
When Trey Parker and Matt Stone were asked in an interview once why they were always picking on Mormons--for instance the hero of their classic Orgazmo was Mormon missionary Elder Joseph Young--they answered that they weren't picking on Mormons: who better for the hero than a Mormon. Every one likes Mormons, right?
Even in the episode of South Park making fun of strange Mormon beliefs, in the end its the Mormons who get the last laugh.
Is there any other group more mainstreamed into American life than Mormons? I really don't think so. But maybe that's because I'm from the West and we had a lot of Mormons there.
But if the vicious emails and comments I used to get from "Christians" every time we'd run a post with anything positive to say about Romney are an indication, then Parker and Stone are wrong: every one doesn't like Mormons.
In fact, a small percentage of people are such nuts that they would never vote for one.
These kind of people should be put in the same category as those who would never vote for Obama because he's black. The nutty and bigoted fringe.
Oh, and don't bother leaving a comment about why Mormons are wrong about Jesus or whatever, because I'm not going to read them. Frankly, I don't give a shit. Jefferson was wrong about Jesus, too. Benjamin Franklin was in the same boat. Last time I checked we weren't electing a pastor and conspiracy theories about a church hierarchy controlling whoever is in office should have stayed in the 19th century and the Know-Nothing party.
That is all.
Actually, no its not. My first choice for VP had been Joe Lieberman. I know the party faithful and conservatives don't like him, but in my mind the overarching issue of the day is the war on Islamist terror. It's a limited analogy, since in the end it didn't work out all that great, but picking Lieberman would be comparable to Lincoln's choice of Johnson for VP in his second term. It's a magnanimous gesture that would serve the purpose of reconciliation and put a unified face in the great struggle for freedom we are in.
And up to now I didn't want McCain to pick Romney because I thought it might hurt his chances of winning. See theories 1-3 above.
But now? I think McCain should pick Romney. Why? Spite. I can think of worse motivations than spite.
The pleasure of seeing a bunch of nutbags squirm for the next four years would be well worth the used car salesman hair---which has always been my number one concern.
Better yet, aren't there any black women Mormons McCain could pick? Now that would be fun.
UPATE: McCain/Knight '08?
Thanks to Joe Hung.
Ted Stevens Wins; Young-Parnell Race Tight
Via the L.A. Times:
SEATTLE -- A widening corruption scandal threw a new shadow over Alaska's powerful Republican political establishment Tuesday, with veteran congressman Don Young fighting to hold onto the seat he has held for 35 years.As of right now, incumbent Don Young leads challenger Sean Parnell by 145 votes. A third GOP candidate, Gabrielle Ledoux, has 8,539 votes. She ran on a "clean up Washington" message generally parallel to Parnell's message, and wasn't a real contender at any point. Not sure what her motivation was to stay in the race, but the effect of it may be to ensure Don Young's political survival. There are roughly 4,000 absentee ballots, which I understand are yet to be counted.
With more than half of the primary votes counted, Young was running neck-and-neck with Republican Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who has been endorsed by Gov. Sarah Palin.
But Sen. Ted Stevens, facing a federal indictment over improperly reported income, was winning easily against six Republican challengers, pulling 63% of the vote.
Cross-posted at The RINO Hunters' Lodge.
O! NOES: Ayers Reaffirms His Terroristic Acts As "Restrained"
Who's this "Bill Ayers" guy, wingnuts? OK, so he's a piece of sh*t terrorist who was a political ally and friend of Barack Obama. So what? How many kitchen tables John McCain's wife owns is the real issue.
Ahh, I can hear the Democrat gyroscopes warming up as I type this:
In the  interview, conducted three years after the September 11 attacks, Ayers argued the U.S. government had carried out “many other acts of terror … even recently, that are comparable,” and claimed he and his bomb-planting comrades were “restrained” in their actions.Just some random radical-type bloke that Barack Obama never knew, never worked with, never confided in, never sat on boards with, never gave political favors to, never visited his house for a fundraiser, etc. Or some guy that Barack Obama thought he knew but didn't (he does that a lot, doesn't he? Must be all of that superior judgment informed by boundless experience).
Now you know why he's trying so desperately to sue, er, somebody for something. This is the next Jeremiah Wright, and Camp O! knows it.
August 26, 2008
FactCheck.org: Yup, Obama Lied on Infanticide Bill
I'm sure you're as surprised to learn this as I am, but Barack (...) Obama lied about his vote on infanticide.
Show it to your favorite O!bot and have them explain how the lying was for the good of Michelle Obama's children.
The Alaska Primary is Today, August 26
Will Sean Parnell dethrone Don Young?
Will Dave Cuddy knock off Ted Stevens?
Polls close at either 7:00 pm or 8:00 pm, Alaska time.
Returns will be posted here.
UPDATE : revised to correct the matchups.
Image from DNC Makes Blogger Throw Up in Mouth a Little
The ever important atheist, lesbian, male-to-female, transexual lobby on display at the Democratic National Convention. Or, your typical Obama Supporter.
Worst gay ever?
UPDATE: Video of this, er, dude?
Aafia Siddiqui’s son in Afghan custody
This story just took another strange twist.
WASHINGTON: US authorities have confirmed that the 11-year old boy they claim to have captured with Dr Aafia Siddiqui in Kabul is her son Ahmed.No word on the whereabouts of the other two children..
According to a report in the Washington Post, in a letter to Siddiqui’s family, US authorities said that photos and DNA tests strongly suggest that the youngster in Afghan custody is Siddiqui’s son Ahmed. The boy is claimed to have been detained on July 18 when Afghan police arrested Siddiqui near a government compound in Ghazni. Siddiqui and her three children disappeared in 2003 in Karachi.
Non-Sarcastic Good News: Jihadi Gets 33 Years!
Speaking of individual acts of terror: Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar Gets 33 Years for Plowing SUV Into Crowd of UNC students to "Avenge Muslim Deaths".
How did he justify the attacks? Christian fundamentalist theology, of course:
4. Methods of fighting in the cause of AllahAnd still, none dare call it terrorism!
4.1 To inflict equal casualties on the enemies of Allah's followers as the enemy has inflicted: (2:178-179, 5:45, 42:39-42)
4.2. Cutting of limbs and crucifixion: (5:33)
4.3. Beheading and removing fingers: (8:12, 47:4).
4.4. Ambush (the method I chose on 3/3/2006): ....
P4) Believers in Allah are those who strive with their possessions and their persons to obey Allah. (49:14-15).
P5) Obedience to Allah is mandatory for Believers. (2:285, 33:36, 49:14-15).
P6) The United States government is responsible for killing thousands of believers. (see Voices of Terror: Al-Quaeda articles).
P7) American taxpayers finance the military conquests of the United States government.
P8) My attack at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on March 3, 2006 was intended to serve as a form of violent retaliation against American taxpayers.
P9) I premeditated the killings of and assulted with the intent to kill nine people at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on March 3, 2006. (Officer Mark Mantyre- UNC Police).
P10) Allah demands of Believers to retaliate violently against persons responsible for attacking them or their fellow Believers around the world. (2:178-179, 5:45, 8:72, 9:38, 9:71, 42:39-42, 49:10). (9:5).
What Kind of Guy Stands Between Michelle Malkin and Vile Nutbag?
Our kind of scum. A follow up to a previous post by Howie. Look at the shirt.
Michelle approached by 9/11 Truther Alex Jones.
Alex Jones begins to verbally assault Michelle. Who steps in to make sure he doesn't touch her?
Someone give that guy a high-fiver! Now where can I get that shirt?
Man Identified in "al Qaeda in Britain" Cell
One of the four men detained by Lancashire police over terroristic threats on Gordon Brown's life in the name of 'al Qaeda in Britain' has been identified.
His name is Ishaq Kanmi, a 22 year old teacher from Blackburn.
The Telegraph reports.:
The mother of one of the arrested trio insists that her son is innocent.Ah, yes, the traditional Ramadan Hajj to ...... Helsinki?
Mariam Kanmi, 50, said her son, Ishaq, 22, a teacher, was arrested as he prepared to fly out to Helsinki, where he was due to spend the month of Ramadan at a conference.
"My son is an innocent boy and we are a well-respected family here," said Mrs Kanmi. "He is not involved in terrorism.
"He hasn't incited anyone to kill Mr Brown. He hasn't plotted with terrorists. We haven't even got a TV here or the internet.
"He was going to Finland for Holy month. There was going to be a grand opening but he has missed that. He's been going there for six years. He always teaches abroad".
She added: "It's wrong that he's being held. Why are they taking this long?"
You notice that she says he doesn't have the internet at home. Maybe not, but I'd guess that he had internet access at work. Which also happens to be a school.
Which I'm guessing also had publicly accessible computers. Where any one--say, one of his friends from mosque--might go and surf jihadi websites. Or email people. All on the taxpayers dime........
Huckabee for Veep: Deal-Killer for Conservatives?
Is someone passing around stupid juice at Republican dinner parties?
Rich Lowry thinks the Huck would be a keen choice for Veep:
the press likes Huckabee (for now), he's a different kind of Republican, and his selection would be such a shock, it might even be considered bold.Let's see how long the press likes Huck once he becomes an actual contender. They also used to *HEART* McCain, if you recall. Despite the fact that Huck stands for so many things media liberals loathe, the press has boosted Huck for one reason--they and their Dem allies have considered him an "easy kill" for the Dems in the general election--and they're probably right in that assessment.
Jonathan Adler has more sense:
[I]f McCain were to select Huckabee as his running mate he would lose my vote for sure. I'm luke-warm on McCain to begin with, but I care enough about judges, trade, judges, spending, and judges that I'm still likely to pull the lever for him come November. But not if he were to tap the Huckster.Kathryn Jean Lopez has similar thoughts:
Don't encourage! I'm certain this is the case, that he's getting a second look, and, if McCain picks him, there will be a clear, renewed declaration of independence among many conservatives from the Republican party, especially inasmuch as it is the McCain/Huckabee party.I think I'm with Adler and Lopez here. I haven't decided to vote for McCain, but Huck would probably be a deal-killer for me.
h/t : HotAir.
Cross-posted at The RINO Hunters' Lodge.
Afghan Opium Production Declined in 08
A report by the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime says that opium cultivation in Afghanistan has dropped 19% or down to 157000 hectares from 193000 hectares in 07. However, Opium production has only dropped 6%, 8200 kg to 7700 kg because of a higher yield this year. Part of the reason for the decreased cultivation of opium is because of a famine in north west Afghanistan.
Most of the opium cultivation/production occurs in the south eastern provinces of Afghanistan where the taliban still operate. It is interesting to note that areas of heavy opium production correlate with taliban activity or vice versa.
More at ROA
Nancy Pelosi, for one, welcomes our new overlords!
I, for one, welcome our new overlords!
Who is Laura Elizabeth Morales?
Even at her young age, Laura Elizabeth Morales has already established a reputation as a rising star in the conservative movement. She is the Director of Public Relations for the Young Conservatives of Texas and the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Young Conservatives of Texas chapter at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Under her leadership, the UTSA chapter of YCT was named the 2007 Chapter of the Year.
Laura has been featured on CNN’s American Morning, Marie Claire Magazine, ABC World News with Charles Gibson, The Politico, C-SPAN, the Joe Pags Show and was a speaker at the February 2008 CPAC.
In 2008, she was inducted into the “Townhall of Fame” in the inaugural issue of Townhall magazine.
I'm thrilled to announce that Laura has now become a regular contributor to Arsenal and La Frontera, thereby increasing the collective intelligence of our blog crew by at least 200%. Laura also runs her own blog, Memoirs From a Young Conservative. I encourage y'all to drop by and say "hello."
NOTE : Laura's next media appearance will be TONIGHT on the Stephen Dirkel Program on BlogTalkRadio. Details HERE.
Vets: Why Won't Obama Acknowledge Surge Success?
I'll let Vets for Freedom speak for themselves.
To give Obama his due, he has acknowledged the success of the surge, but there's always a caveat.
It's the liberal instinct, really, to give credit to the other while being overly critical of the self.
It's the kind of credit a guy might give his wife on how hot she looks after her new boob job, but what are you going to do about those cottage cheese thighs?
Jack's Smirking Revenge knows what I'm talking about.....
Chief of US Consulate Attacked in Pakistan
Lynne Tracy, the chief officer at the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar was attacked by men described as Taliban gunman yesterday. After stopping the consular vehicle, three men got out of an SUV and opened fire with automatic weapons.
Luckily, Tracy's SUV was armor plated and no one inside the vehicle was hurt. In addition to Tracey, two other consulate employees were in the car.
The chaos from Pakistan's "tribal areas" slowly encroaching on its cities.
The Embassy claims that the mission in Peshawar mostly dealt with humanitarian issues and doling out USAID money for development projects.
Which would be tragic, if true, given that: a) the city is more and more under siege by the Taliban and related groups; b) there are lots of rumors that certain high-level al Qaeda members call the city their home; and c) the Taliban don't really give a damn how much aid we give them.
I hope the mission's Marine contingent is strong enough to do the job of protecting the consulate. They're right smack in the middle of hostile territory.
Rasmussen: Obama Drops 3 Points on Convention Day One
O! had better whip up some of that good old fashioned hope 'n change, and stat.
Fourth Arrested in Umar Rabie "al Qaeda in UK" Plot
A fourth man arrested in connection online threats made by "Sheikh Umar Rabie al-Khalaila" the emir of "al Qaeda in Britain". This particular Umar Rabie associate is described by several British papers as a 25 year old "white convert" to Islam living in Blackburn.
A source with connections to the Manchester area tells me that the fourth man was seen protesting last night outside the home of "Umar Rabie" and his brother, both of whom are in police custody but have not been charged. He tells me that a local paper took pictures of the man and they may be published either tonight or tomorrow.
A police van was also seen parked in front of an Islamic bookshop in the Whalley Range neighborhood near where the man was arrested. That bookshop is most likely the Islamic Book Centre, on Whalley Range in Blackburn. The shop's website does not seem to promote extremist literature.
Another source says that police were seen investigating a small apartment in the back of a halal meat shop in the same neighborhood.
In addition to threatening a terrorist attacks against the British government in January, Umar Rabie has claimed to have personally met Osama bin Laden. A claim not unlike his claim to be the leader of al Qaeda in England---that is: probably not believable.
Nevertheless the arrest of a fourth 20-something year old man indicates that Umar Rabie, his brother, and their other associates were at least talking about how to commit acts of terror ---even if plans to carry them out were in their early stages or were mere bluster.
The problem, of course, is that you cannot know who is full of bluster and who will actually follow through on promises to kill the infidel until its too late. This is especially dangerous in an era where al Qaeda increasingly encourages its fans to carry out individual acts of jihad. They've essentially green lighted entrepreneurial supports to commit acts of terror in their name without any further guidance or support from central command.
Further, two of the suspects--Umar Rabie and an unnamed associate--were nabbed as they were leaving the country for Finland. Which means the plot may have included other extremists that the group met online. Scandinavia has a large Muslim immigrant population, including many Kurds with sympathies toward an Iraqi terror group called Ansar al-Islam. Several years ago a group calling themselves al Qaeda in Scandinavia made several poorly made videos warning of terror attacks.
Prior to the online threats against the UK government in the name of al Qaeda, Umar Rabie and his associates from the Blackburn area publicly asked for British Muslims willing to carry out suicide attacks to contact them.
UPDATE: Two of the suspects are said to have lived on Percival Street where their family has lived for some time. Most likely we have found the home of the Umar Rabie brothers. Percival Street is only two blocks long.
A neighbor says the pair attended an Islamic school. Unsurprisingly, he also describes them as "normal everyday lads".
Previous Posts on Umar Rabie:
Man Identified in "al Qaeda in Britain" Cell
Notorious al Qaeda Sympathizer was Security Guard
Emir of al Qaeda in Britain Arrested
Al-Qaeda to Britain..Leave Iraq and Afghanistan
Good News: "al Qaeda in Britain" Announced
US Ambassador to UN Held Unauthorized talks with Zardari
Mr. Khalilzad, the US ambassador to the UN, has held several secret talks with Zardari, the leader of the PPP Pakistan's largest political party, and possible Presidential nominee. This has angered several senior administration officials because Mr. Khalilzad is not authorized to speak to Zardari.
With an uncertain political future in Pakistan it is very foolish to appear to side with anyone at the moment. Sharif, the leader of the PML-N has just backed out of the ruling coalition party so therefore the government could dissolve within the near future.
Hypothetically speaking, imagine if the above were to happen and Sharif's PML-N party wins the majority in Pakistan's parliament. Sharif would be upset with the US for sidding with his arch rival, Zardari, and as a result may not go after the taliban as much as we would like him to.
More at ROA
Michelle Attacked By "Reality Based Community"
Nice guys these liberals. Big stocky man attacks nice little brown lady.
Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit.
Apparently the attacker is Alex Jones, you know the twoofer.
UPDATE (Good Lt.): An addendum:
Alex Jones is not just any 9-11 Twoofer. He's the ostensive leader of a loose-knit cult of conspiracy whackaloons that do things like holding 9-11 Twoof rallies at Ground Zero, or forming regular "confrontations" with those in the media and other visible public figures (politicians, people who debunk conspiracy theories, etc.). It is somewhat inaccurate to characterize him as a leftwinger. He's an equal opportunity nutburger and has as much in common with Pat Buchannan and Ron Paul as he does with O!bama - he promulgates 9-11 conspiracy theories, anti-immigrant sentiments (he believes there is a North American Union being formed), is anti-war, is anti-"Zionism," is anti-corporate culture, etc. Covers all bases, so he's difficult to pigeonhole politically (although he supported Ron Paul).
Jones and company are NOT by default O!bots. They're Ron Paulbots - that is, they have a very interesting, nuanced idea of what the GOP actually is (as does Ron Paul), and believe that the Democrats are just a bunch of weak-minded New-World-Order/One-World-Government shills who are the other side of the same coin.
Thank you for your time. The New World Order also thanks you.
Update: Pajamas media version of the event. You can clearly see Alex Jones pushing one of Malkin's crew.
Imperial Good News: al-Qaeda in Iraq Ekhlaas Contributor Killed or Captured
That's one way to stop online terrorists. Kill them, or even better capture them. I say capture because after reviewing several press releases at MNF-Iraq, I can't find any al-Qaeda propagandists killed as claimed on Ekhlaas. I did find several captured.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq takes more hits (Baghdad)
101st Soldiers unearth weapons caches in Salah ad Din
Al-Qaeda bombing, propaganda networks degraded (Baghdad)
Coalition strikes al-Qaeda facilitation networks (Baghdad)
Raiders detain two, find weapons in separate operations
It would fit the terrorists MO to claim that a member was KIA rather than captured, you know the martyr thing and the humiliation of being captured rather than fighting to the end kind of disrupts the brave mujahadeen image.
So it looks like we'll have to wait a while longer for that next cheap ISI IED video. So sad.
Hat Tip: Internet Haganah.
Obama Death Plot?
(Denver, Colorado) Authorities have arrested four people on methamphetamine and weapons charges who are also suspected of plotting to kill Barack Obama during his acceptance speech on Thursday. Nathan Johnson, 32, Tharin Robert Gartrell, 28, Shawn Robert Adolph, 33, and Natasha Gromek (Johnson's girlfriend) are in custody.
The cascade of arrests started with a traffic stop of Gartrell for erratic driving. Methamphetamine, high-powered rifles, camo clothing, bullet-proof vests, wigs, walkie-talkies and licenses in the names of other people were found during a search. The group is suspected of possibly being linked to a biker gang called the Sons of Silence and white supremacists.
The Feds aren't taking chances but right now they see the group as more meth-head losers than a serious threat to Obama or the convention. A news conference is scheduled for this afternoon. (more later)
August 25, 2008
Photo of the Day
A hard-working, selfless patriot crashes for, like, five minutes at the DNC.
Brought to you by the Democrat National Convention. Boy - this thing brings the crazies outta the woodwork like mosquitoes to a mosquito lamp, doesn't it?
Here's my suggestion for a good GOP ad:
YouTube: Helping Kill Americans Since 2005!
YouTube allows terrorist sympathizer to spread terrorist propaganda. That propaganda incites Muslims to become terrorists and kill Americans.
No, most Muslims who view this propaganda won't become terrorists. That's not how propaganda works.
But many will cheer. Some will become sympathetic. Some of those will become angry or, even worse, inspired. Some of these will donate funds to "resistance movements". Others will join the "Islamic resistance" in Somalia, Chechnya, Kashmir, Afghanistan, or Iraq. If they can get there.
And some will stay home and kill. Or try to.
Sure, Islamic extremists have long used the internet. Before there was a YouTube, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's underground army of internet helpers, led by Britains Younis Tsouli, thought they had perfected the art of preparing and disseminating propaganda meant to show that the jihadis were winning and terrify Muslims into non-cooperation with the US.
Looking back, they were amateurs. Because compared to the global reach of YouTube, their distribution systems were clumsy and limited.
If you were already a jihad sympathizer you could always find al Qaeda's propaganda. But it was work. Now? YouTube is your one stop-shopping experience where all the latest videos showing Americans getting killed are just one click away.
What WalMart is to retail, YouTube is becomiing for the jihad community.
The most hardcore jihadis continue to hangout at forums like Ekhlaas and al-Firdaws where links to videos are swapped (many of these videos hosted at archive.org, which like YouTube is also owned by Google). But YouTube reaches a much wider audience and is much more easily accessed than the password protected forums where one is only admitted after having been "vouched" for.
What's the difference?
According to Alexa, the percent of global internet users who visited Ekhlaas, al Qaeda's official propaganda outlet, over the past three months is 0.00016%.
Al-Firdaws, which has what many consider the most "authentic" of all the English language terrorist forums, boasts 0.00029% of internet users.
YouTube? 18.5% of all internet users regularly visit YouTube.
While al Qaeda's official outlets reach only tens of thousands of people a day, by distributing their propaganda through YouTube they have a potential audience in the tens of millions.
So, if you've had loved ones killed or wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan over the past three years you may just want to thank YouTube for giving terrorists the tools they need to raise funds and recruit new blood.
How bad is it over at YouTube? Very.
For instance, meet user "abdullhasif" from "Iraq". Apparently "abdullhasif's" occupation is "jehad" and he works for "Al Qaeeda".
Now meet "elekhlaas" from Iraq. He says (in Arabic) that his channel's mission is to "transfer the facts and true picture of the raging fight being waged between the young heroes of Islam". He features Osama bin Laden's Message to the peoples of the West on the 60th Anniversary of Israel.
Here is "fas556". His website is " http://www.al-ekhlaas.net" which happens to be the closest thing al Qaeda has to an official forum. It is the place where al-Fajr releases all of al Qaed'a productions (either through their as Sahab or al Furqan brands). The same Ekhlaas forum I mention above.
Fas556 is 25 and lives on the Arabian Peninsula. His avatar, the symbol he has picked to represent himself online, is the flag of the Islamic State of Iraq--al Qaeda's front group in Iraq. He doesn't have many videos, just two. One a tribute to Osama bin Laden. The other one lamenting the tragedy of the Crusader occupation of Muslim lands and encouraging Muslim youths to become mujahideen.
How many others at YouTube have some relationship with Ekhlaas? Hundreds if not thousands.
Homepage: http://www.ek-ls.info/forum/ (alternate Ekhlaas URL)
Avatar: Army of al-Mustafa (al Qaeda ally in Iraq)
Videos: Islamic State of Iraq (al Qaeda), Ansar al-Islam (designated terror group), Army of al-Mustafa
Major theme: Killing Americans
Homepage: http://ek-ls.org/forum (alternate Ekhlaas URL)
Avatar: Islamic State of Iraq (al Qaeda)
Videos: (favorites only) al Qaeda in Iraq.
Themes: al Furqan al Qaeda in Iraq support videos (Americans killed, mujahideen martyrs, IEDs, etc)
User: CPOJdrbj (Confidential Path of Jihad)
Homepage: http://verity4all.c.la/ (French jihadi site, links Ekhlaas)
Avatar: Confidential Path of Jihad
Videos: Original productions in support of Ekhlaas, al Qaeda in Iraq, al Qaeda
Themes: Lauding martyrs of al Qaeda & urging others to follow their example
Those are only some examples of users who directly link to the Ekhlaas forum. Thousands of others openly support violent jihad and show videos of attacks on Americans in that context.
But of all the thousands--and I mean literally thousands--of jihad propaganda videos on YouTube, you know which one pisses me off the most? Al Qaeda in Iraq video showing the desecrated body of Major Troy Gilbert.
Troy and his wife Ginger have five children together.
The user lists the disgusting video as comedy.
Iraqi Girl Aborts Suicide Mission
She was still wearing the vest, which police had to remove before detaining her.According to U.S. military spokesman Major Jon Pendell, the girl's surrender "indicates that the Iraqis are continuing to reject Al-Qaeda and its practices."
“Reports are that she approached the IPs (Iraqi police) saying she had the vest on and didn’t want to go through with it,” US military spokesman Lieutenant Commander David Russell said Monday. “If she was forced to put on the vest or if she did it voluntarily, that is still being reviewed.”
It's beyond my ability to understand the evil that would send an innocent, young teen girl on a suicide mission. I'll never be convinced there is honor in killing your own children.
Scarborough/Olberdouche EPIC FAIL @
When Joe starts letting loose some information about McCain that rubs noted objective newscaster and Edward R. Murrow protege Keith Olbermann the wrong way (and coincidentally, would rub Barack Obama the wrong way politically, natch), the line of where the coverage ends and the FAIL begins becomes blurred.
Enjoy a little indigestion within the personal propaganda organ of the Democrat Party and Barack Obama campaign - MSNBC. Olberdouche's microphone is supposed to be off, but like the dumbass he is, he just ignores it and lets it all hang out. Good move, slatch. Real professional.
American Issues Project Ad That Obama Doesn't Want You to See
Geesh Barack, don't you know the harder you fight to keep people from seeing something, the more plays it gets?
Unless you are a Jawa that is ;)
Update video moved below the fold.
Biden: "I don't have Barack Obama money."
The eternal gift to the GOP - Biden's big fat mouth coupled with an empty skull - knocks a pillar out from St. Baracky's "class warfare" ad.
Keep talking, Joe! At this rate, McCain won't have to say another word - Biden will defeat the Democrats for him.
CAIR Board Member : Michelle Malkin is an "Enemy of the People"
Exit question : does that count as a fatwa?
(Denver, Colorado) A self-proclaimed redneck, Les Spencer, stated that he's "not worried about Obama taking away my guns" while holding a sign reading "Rednecks for Obama."
Apparently, Mr. Spencer knows absolutely nothing about Obama (nor Biden for that matter). Obama and Biden are on record as vehemently supporting gun control and would fight each other for the lead in repealing the Second Amendment.
Either Mr. Spencer is overdosing on Kool-Aid or he's a political operative planted for the media's consumption. Take your pick.
Quote of the Day
Good News: Somali "Youth Movement" to Officially Join al Qaeda, Export Jihad
After long denying that the al-Sabaab Youth Movement is involved with terrorism, it's leader now openly admits the two groups work together. And they've begun the process of officially joining al Qaeda following the model of the al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb, previously called the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat.
How does that work, exactly? Joining al Qaeda? Is there some kind of pledge followed by a week of thinly veiled homo erotic hazing (thank you sir, may I have another!) after which one is taught the secret handshake and given a talk about bros before hoes (also thinly veiled homo eroticism)?
The article starts off with the incredibly stupid claim that no one could possibly have ever imagined that al Qaeda could take hold in, of all places, Somalia. You know, the place where al Qaeda popped its cherry.
It was almost enough to stop reading the article. Having survived years and years of MSM ignorance, BS, and spinning, though, I trudged on and found these important tidbits:
After once denying or downplaying links to the terrorist network, a senior leader of Somalia's most notorious Islamic militia now acknowledges that his group has long-standing ties to Al Qaeda and says he is seeking to forge a closer relationship."As I've long noted: keep an eye on Somalia, it's the next Afghanistan.
We are negotiating how we can unite into one," said Muktar Robow, a top military commander of Shabab, which the U.S. State Department designated a terrorist organization this year. " We will take our orders from Sheik Osama bin Laden because we are his students."
Merging with Al Qaeda operatives in the region makes sense, he said, given the recent U.S. crackdown, including a May 1 airstrike that killed Shabab's previous commander.
"Al Qaeda is the mother of the holy war in Somalia," he said. "Most of our leaders were trained in Al Qaeda camps. We get our tactics and guidelines from them. Many have spent time with Osama bin Laden.".....
"Once we end the holy war in Somalia, we will take it to any government that participated in the fighting against Somalia or gave assistance to those attacking us," he said.
Thanks to Bill who has taken up the cause of getting the Shabab website off U.S. servers.
UPDATE: More good news: Al Qaeda-linked Shabab in control of southern Somalia
Bill Kristol Falls for Yet Another Dumb Idea
Via the New York Times:
[McCain] could select the person he would really like to have by his side in the White House — but whose selection would cause palpitations among many of his staffers and supporters: the independent Democratic senator from Connecticut, Joe Lieberman.What makes Joe Lieberman so awesome? Well, for starters...
Lieberman could hold his own against Biden in a debate.True, but so could a wide variety of potential VP's. Lieberman isn't known for his awesome debating skills. He's competent. No more, no less. Next?
He would reinforce McCain’s overall message of foreign policy experience and hawkishness.This is important, of course, because voters who care about foreign policy experience and hawkishness are likely to have difficulty seeing any difference between the stalwart veteran war hero and the young pup who promises to surrender (and gut the military) as soon as possible. Yup, McCain vs. Obama is going to be a real tough decision for those voters who cast their votes based on national security...or maybe not.
But [Lieberman] is pro-abortion rights, and having been a Democrat all his life, he has a moderately liberal voting record on lots of issues.WRONG. Lieberman does not have a "moderately liberal voting record on lots of issues." If Lieberman's votes in favor of Bush foreign policy are removed from the equation, Lieberman consistently ranks as one of the most liberal members of the U.S. Senate. Lieberman is a left-wing Democrat, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either ignorant or is trying to sell you a bill of goods--or both.
Now as a matter of governance, there’s no reason to think [Lieberman's ideas] would much matter. McCain has made clear his will be a pro-life administration. And as a one-off, quasi-national-unity ticket, with Lieberman renouncing any further ambition to run for the presidency, a McCain-Lieberman administration wouldn’t threaten the continuance of the G.O.P. as a pro-life party.This is a straw man. No one, to my knowledge, is arguing that four years of Lieberman would be enough to "threaten the continuance of the G.O.P. as a pro-life party." What it might very well do, however, is have an effect on Administration policy over those four years, and that's reason for concern--and not just in the area of abortion policy. The same holds true for gun control, immigration and (to a lesser extent) spending.
In other areas, no one seriously thinks the policies of a McCain-Lieberman administration would be appreciably different from those, say, of a McCain-Pawlenty administration.This is absolutely wrong, as I, for one, do think that the policies of a McCain-Lieberman administration could very well be appreciably different from those of a McCain-Pawlenty administration. Over the course of the next four years, there will be countless strategy meetings involving the President and his cabinet. Real, substantive policy decisions will be made in those meetings. Whose voices will be heard, and what viewpoints will be presented in those meetings? How often will a President John McCain go with his gut? I think he'll do that quite a bit. How often would he go with a majority or a consensus view? I think he'll do that quite a bit, as well. The voices around the conference table will matter.
Even setting aside the electoral implications, Lieberman as VEEP is a bad idea on a number of levels. Just say no to Joe.
Cross-posted at The RINO Hunters' Lodge.
UPDATE : DrewM at Ace's has similar thoughts:
It's clear that Biden is going to be the attack dog in this campaign. Yes, Lieberman has gone after Obama on Iraq and foreign policy but how does he go after him and Biden on domestic issues they agree on? McCain needs someone who will attack from the right, Lieberman, with his 16 lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union, isn't that guy.
Europeans to Launch ... A-Wing Fighter?
George Lucas must be proud.....
Thanks to Kyros.
Good News: Gang Sells Fake Passports from Mosque, Terrorists Welcome
Where did "Mr. Big" find clients for his fake Bulgarian passports? A mosque. How come he thought he could get away with it?
The cocky crooks were convinced they were untouchable, knowing police raids could inflame racial tensionYeah, but I'm sure his clients just wanted the documents so they could more easily find work, right?
By phone our investigator spun him the yarn that he was an Islamic extremist seeking travel documents for a cell of Muslim radicals trying to evade capture by the law.Best part?
The 29-year-old boss was still happy to do business and said: “I can help. We can make as many passports as you want.”
Cops found images of underage children on a computer, along with binoculars on a window sill overlooking a junior school.You know what they do to guys like this in prison, right? Mwuahahahaaaaaaa!!
Lefties Love America So Much They Support Those Killing American Troops...
....like Muqtada al Sadr.
To the hard Left: true patriotism = supporting America's enemies.
UPDATE: LULZ! Look at the bottom left hand corner of banner carefully. Since when did maggot infested hippies start drinking Coors?
Thanks to Nicky, who I once met in a hotel lobby.......
Video: Leftist Brownshirts Target "Hostile" Reporter
And by "hostile," I mean he is a reporter who works for ... FOX News! THE HORROR!
O, the tyranny! O, the jackbooted heels of totalitarinaism! A news network that has more conservative pundits on their opinion shows than the networks and CNN! O the humanity!
If you want a glimpse into the street-level 'activism' that will result from an Obama presidency, watch closely at how these Democrat
brownshirts activists stifle "tolerate" dissent from their political orthodoxy free speech.
See how liberating it is to agree with Democrats, comrades? You're absolutely, positively free to agree with everything they say...or else.
Hell, even reporting on Democrats if you're not from one of their "approved news agencies" is now apparently dangerous to your physical well being.
Flip the party affiliations of the crowd and the news reporter and picture the hew and cry from the left if the shoe were on the other foot. Fortunately, conservatives actually value free speech more than the left does, so this situation would never happen going in the other direction.
Irony of ironies for all of you, I know.
Update video moved below the fold.
Omar Abdel Rahman Mans Anti-Aircraft Gun
Or: Why the Taliban are such shitty shots.
Yeah, that's Omar Abdel-Rahman the mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing. Aka, the Blind Sheikh. And FYI: he lost his sight in childhood.
Thanks to Samir Khan who thinks Rahman's example of going to Afghanistan to fight should be emulated by today's would-be mujahideen. For once we agree.
8 Year Old Wants Divorce in Saudi Arabia
Too bad Aisha didn't have this option when she was forced to sleep with Mohammad at 9. IBA:
A court in Saudi Arabia is reported to be preparing to hear a plea for divorce from an eight-year-old girl who has been married off to a man in his 50s.You know what this father needs? A good ass-kicking.
The Saudi newspaper al-Watan said the girl had been married off to the man by her father without her knowledge.
The child's mother is thought to be pushing for the marriage to be annulled - though the father opposes the move.
Thanks to Robert.
When Analogies FAIL: Taliban = Vikings
Islam Online argues that the Taliban are no worse than the Vikings. You know, the scourge of Middle Age Christian Europe that went around raping, pillaging, murdering, and causing general chaos wherever they went.
Muslims take pride in the Taliban just like modern Scandinavians take pride in their Viking heritage.
Of course, the Scandinavians stopped pillaging, what, like 900 years ago?
Great analogy you got there. Mind if I spread it?
Terror Chic on Display at DNC
Thanks to Carl in Jerusalem.
Obligatory Cuban Tae Kwon Do Guy Kicks Ref Pic
Best Olympic moment ever or what?
Thanks to Scott Thong who has more.
Pakistan Bans Taliban
It's only taken the Pakistani government 7 years to ban the taliban and only after the taliban had started causing trouble inside Pakistan. Better late than never I guess. More at ROA
Joe Biden's Record on the Issues
In case you didn't know, Joe Biden, like Barack Obama, hails from the left wing of the Democrat Party.
Biden has been a reliable vote for the open borders lobby, staunchly pro-choice, anti-gun and sorry on fiscal issues.
After losing in 2000 and 2004 with mixed north-south tickets, the Democrats have apparently decided, in their infinite wisdom, that the key to victory is to leave off the conservative hayseeds this time and go with two left-wing yankees.
That might make sense if not for the fact that the only two times the Dems have won in the last 7 presidential races, it was with a pair of conservative southerners.
Ah, well. Whatcha gonna do? On to Joe Biden's record...
Biden on Immigration and Border Enforcement:
Biden's recent ratings from pro-enforcement and border security groups reflect an open-borders, anti-enforcement record (certain ratings may be numeric equivalents of letter grades):Biden on Gun Control:
Like Obama, Biden is a gun grabber through and through. He is, after all, the guy who recently boasted proudly about being "the guy who wrote the Assault Weapons Ban." His recent ratings from Gun Owners of America are as follows (certain ratings may be numeric equivalents of letter grades):Biden on Fiscal Policy:
Biden's ratings from Citizens Against Government Waste from 2001-2005 were as follows: 15%, 0%, 33%, 21%, 17%.Biden on the Right to Life:
Biden's ratings from Club for Growth were 1% in 2006 and 17% in 2007.
The National Right to Life Committee rated Joe Biden 0% over the 2001-2002 and 2005-2006 terms.
The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) has been much more generous. Biden racked up solid 100% ratings from NARAL in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
August 24, 2008
Coalition forces capture two key al-Qaeda leaders in Baghdad
BAGHDAD – Coalition forces captured two suspected senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders in Baghdad during recent operations, dealing AQI a hefty blow by removing experienced terrorists from the top of the extremist network.
Salim ‘Abdallah Ashur al-Shujayri, also known as Abu Uthman, was captured during an operation Aug. 11. He is reportedly the AQI emir of the Rusafa district of Baghdad. Ali Rash Nasir Jiyad al-Shammari, also known as Abu Tiba, was captured Aug. 17. Both men are assessed to be longtime members of AQI.
Abu Tiba is assessed to be the AQI senior advisor in Baghdad, providing guidance and targeting assistance to subordinates throughout the city, including Abu Uthman. Abu Tiba is suspected of terrorist activity since 2005. He was previously reported to be the AQI emir of the Karkh district of Baghdad and managed the AQI presence in the capital during its most active operational period in early 2007. He reportedly oversaw financial and attack operations for up to 15 attack cells, providing them with money, weapons and explosives. He is alleged to have personally approved targets for car and suicide bombings targeting Iraqi civilians, intended to incite sectarian violence.
In Baghdad’s Rusafa district, Abu Uthman is suspected of overseeing car-bombings and suicide attacks by his network, which targeted Iraqi civilians and attempted to incite sectarian violence. Reporting also indicates he associates with AQI senior leaders, including AQI leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir.
Abu Uthman was initially a leader in another extremist group where he handled the group’s finances and oversaw a group of 100 subordinates. He is alleged to have participated in both battles in Fallujah in April and November 2004, when other terrorists began calling him “Abu Nimr,” meaning “The Tiger.”
He is believed to be the planner behind the kidnapping of American journalist Jill Carroll. His associates have allegedly been involved in several other kidnappings, including a group of Christian peacemakers and Margaret Hassan.
Although the capability of AQI’s bombing network in Baghdad is degraded, it is still able to conduct sporadic attacks, targeting Iraqi civilians. In 2007, AQI conducted almost 300 bombings, killing more than 1,500 civilians and injuring more than twice that many. In the first half of 2008, 28 attacks killed 125 Iraqi civilians.
“The capture of Abu Tiba and Abu Uthman eliminates two of the few remaining experienced leaders in the AQI network,” said Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll, MNF-I spokesman. “Iraqi and Coalition forces have made great strides in improving security in Iraq, especially in Baghdad.”
Democrat National Convention Pro-Abortion Rally
Hot Air special correspondent Jason Mattera went undercover yesterday at the Democrat Convention protest ramp-up in Denver to capture a sampling of the statements and attitudes of the Planned Parenthood activists.
Check out these videos via Hot Air.
Obviously both videos are anecdotal but I'd suggest they are quite representative of many activists.
Notorious al Qaeda Sympathizer was Security Guard
It turns out Umar Rabie, the self-proclaimed leader of al Qaeda in Britain, really did have a brother who, as some of you know, used the incredibly cryptic online nom de plum "umar rabies bro". Genius.
As we noted a couple of days ago, Umar Rabie and two others were arrested last week on terrorism related charges. Umar Rabie, on behalf of al Qaeda in England, had made threats against Gordon Brown at a famous online forum. I also predicted at the time that one of the three would turn out to be "Umar Rabie's Brother".
I was right. Umar Rabie's brother was arrested along with one other.
There is no God but Allah and Rusty is his Prophet.
I, along with pretty much every one else who knew the pair from their online antics on lesser known forums, never took them very seriously. But maybe I should have?
Three suspected terrorists have been arrested over internet threats to kill the Prime Minister.So, the question is what was Umar Rabie's bro, who publicly claimed he was a member of al Qaeda, guarding?
Two men were arrested at Manchester airport last week as they prepared to leave the country and a third, the brother of one of the other men, was detained in Accrington, Lancashire where he worked as a security guard.
This is a guy who recently publicly wrote:
Make Duaa for me that Allah gives me Martyrdom in his path.And who upon hearing about the death of al Qaeda leader Abu Laith al-Libi wrote:
we will take revenge O' crusaders... soon....This guy. Was guarding someone or something. Scary, no?
And FYI, just in case any one is interested, Umar Rabie (not the "bro", the Umar Rabie) also has publicly claimed that he has met with Osama bin Laden:
i say this because when i met sheikh usama in 1999 he told me about zawahiri, and he praised sheikh ayman so much that i start thinking that az zawahiri is obl's leader.UPDATE: Our Zionist cabal insider notes in the comments that Umar Rabie would have been somewhere around 13 back in 1999, so maybe he's not to be taken at his word. This wouldn't be the first time Umar Rabie or his bro stretched the truth. Duly noted.
sheikh ayman az zawahiri is a hero,
whenever he sends an audio/video then he incites all sunni muslims to defend their religion...
Then again, with some people, jihad runs in the family.
Not that I take anything these guys said at face value. I don't.
In fact, for many reasons the Umar Rabie trio reminds me of the Boy Who Cried Wolf story. What most people get out of that story is that you shouldn't lie. These three had the art of lying down to a science.
But another thing to get out of that story is that sometimes there really is a wolf.
North Korea Develops Noodles that Delay Feeling of Hunger
After years of famine in North Korea, Kim Jong II in all his wisdom and infinite love for his people has developed special noodles that delay the feeling of hunger. He develop these noodles to save the brave people of North Korea from chronic hunger. Ingredients of the special noodles include shredded paper, bugs, and inedible roots. Mugabee has apparently indicated interest in the noodles for his starving population.
More at ROA
Random House Cowers on Muhammad Novel
Random House has decided not to publish The Jewel of Medina, a romance novel by American author Sherry Jones about Muslim prophet Muhammad and his wife Aisha. The publisher fears a Muslim backlash. A description of Muhammad's and Aisha's wedding night is considered offensive to some Muslims who might resort to violence.
Consequently, it's suggested that the First Amendment to the Constitution now has an unwritten de facto rider stating that free speech must meet the approval of Muslims. (more)
A Warning to the Press From Our Candidate
Don't mess with our candidate. He does not react well to being hounded.
The Anteater appearing ready to kick all ass in the video is a genus of anteater called tamandua.
And this one's had enough of your shit and isn't going to take it anymore.
August 23, 2008
Adam Gadahn's Ménage-à-Trois Fantasy
Adam Gadahn, Osama bin Laden, & Mullah Omar bad-gay threesome. Also called the "Kosher sandwich". That guy in back knows what I'm talking about....
Somalian al Qaeda Kidnap Two Journalists
They are 27 year old Canadian Amanda Lindhout and an Australian named Nigel Brennan.
As always, we demand their immediate and unconditional release.
Bill Warner has some thoughts on this kidnapping as it relates to the Abu Shabbab group most likely responsible. The group, which is a designated terrorist organization, maintains its official website in the US.
How do we know it's the official website even though we don't speak Somali? Because their biggest fan tells us it is.
Led Zeppelin Too Hot for Olympics
(Beijing, China) At the Olympic closing ceremonies tomorrow, the mayor of Beijing, Guo Jinlong, will officially hand over the Olympic flag to Mayor Boris Johnson of London, the venue for the 2012 Olympics.
The centerpiece for the eight-minute British showcase segment will be a double-decker bus opening like a lotus flower to reveal Jimmy Page leading a rendition of "Whole Lotta Love," the 1969 Led Zeppelin classic to be sung by Leona Lewis.
Except and without my approval, the original Led Zeppelin lyrics have been deemed too racy, so they are to be revised for the Olympic closing ceremonies.
According to London 2012 officials, Lewis - who grew up in east London close to the Olympic site - requested a change to the song's second verse because she was worried they would not make sense for a female singer.The ceremonies will also include singers and dancers and David Beckham kicking a soccer ball into the assembled athletes in the infield. Set your TIVO.
In the original, recorded in 1969, frontman Robert Plant sings, "I'm gonna give you every inch of my love".
But in the version that will be sung tomorrow, however, Lewis changes the words to "every bit" of my love.
The band also agreed to a request from organisers to drop the third verse, which includes similar sexual innuendoes, to fit in to the eight-minute performance.
And just think. Someday, with the help of the Brits, the ChiComs and the Olympics, we'll have a world where nobody is ever offended by anyone.
Imperial Good News: 35 Taliban Killed
35 taliban scum found out today that paradise ran out of brown eyed virgins a long time ago. Reuters
In other related news, Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani said the government would address the 'root causes' of the increasing violence in the North Western Frontier Provinces (aka talistan). You know, poverty, unemployment, health care and lack of educational facilities. The stuff the taliban is always screaming about. More at ROA
UPDATED! Our Candidate Responds to St. Barack's VP Pick
UPDATE: *** PRESS ALERT 6:15p EST ***
See this post's comments for details.
The 2008 Anteater Campaign is in no way, shape or form affiliated with the Joo-hating faculty at UC-Irvine or its subsidiary collegiate sports programs whose mascot just happens to be a retarded dolphin. Er...an anteater. Sorry.
The campaign also released the following photo:
Who Is Joe Biden?
So, let's analyze the situation. Reportedly, there are millions of young, tech-savvy, first-time voters prepared to watch changiness and hopiness become reality when their candidate, Barack Obama, becomes President of the United States. Excitement abounds. Obama has been received and revered as a rock star, a true American idol and a Messiah.
Last night, with tingly anticipation, the millions of followers waited nervously to be the first to know who Obama picked for a running mate. They were special, an integral part of the Obama campaign, and they would be treated special by receiving a personal text message to make sure they knew first.
Well, that didn't happen. Officially, the announcement of Obama's running mate didn't go out until about 3AM, considerably after the mainstream media had the story. Interestingly, the broadcast and cable channels were all abuzz a little after midnight about the impending announcement, while those waiting for text messages had to suffer delays due to heavy telecommunications traffic. So, despite assurances that they would be the first to know of Obama's pick, the tech-savvy hope and change crowd were likely the last.
Hey, but no big deal. The Obama supporters are young, vibrant and they are not easily besmirched. Of course, they were understandably puzzled by Obama's selection of Sen. Joe Biden. Being mildly speculative, it's reasonable for people, believing a rock star would make a good political leader, to ask, "Who is Joe Biden?" Naturally, this compounded the texting traffic problem as Obama's faithful queried their friends.
In the end, Obama's reported millions (the number is a secret) of followers saw the chosen running mate as the MSM flooded the Internet and TV. It's unknown what percentage of the hope and change crowd remarked, "Damn, that guy looks like my grandfather."
Somehow, hope and change seems to disappear when grandpa enters the room.
Moron of the Day
The threatening letter with a white powdery substance that was sent to McCain was apparently sent by a follower of the religion of peace. Marc Harold Ramsey, 39, currently a guest at Arapahoe County Detention Facility wrote the letter but signed it as Akeem Ramsey El. The best part is the envelope included his name and the return Address.
Ramsey is currently awaiting a trail for charges of menacing, harassment and assaulting a peace officer. He can now look forward to additional charges of knowingly threatening to harm or kill through the U.S. mail.
The letter reads as follows...
IF you are reading this then you are already Dead!
Unless of course you can't or don't breathe.
There are numerous substances which are deadly for humans to inhale.
There are just as many time periods for signs of illness to show, by which time it's to late.
Who expects to develop cancer 40 years after Vietnam?
Only those that knew the risk and side effects of Agent Orange.
DoD, DOW, Diamond Shamrock, U.S. Surgeon General
You're out of time.
Akeem Ramsel El
Chicago Annenberg Challenge Records to be Released Tuesday
Loser Ticket Confirmed
Praise the Lord and pass the popcorn. This is going to be more fun than Carter/Mondale '80.
And I don't even like McCain that much.
Update From Jane via Exurban League:
Update: By Howie.
August 22, 2008
I would like to take this opportunity to formally introduce myself to all the Jawas. I'm Kyros from Report on Arrakis which most of you probably never heard of and I'll be blogging here from time to time.
Now I'll explain my blog. I chose the blog theme to be based on Arrakis, the desert planet from Frank Herbert's Dune novel. I read the Dune series when I was I little kid and the books first introduced me to the concept of jihad (holy war). For a long time I thought jihad was just a product of Herbert's imagination. I only realized that jihad is a real world concept when 4 jumbo jets were hijacked and flown into the WTC towers, the Pentagon and into a field in Pennsylvania.
The Jawa Report inspired me to start blogging so it's totally awesome that now I'll be posting here! On a side note, George Lucas took inspiration fron Herbert's Dune series to create the Star Wars universe. So now the circle is complete.
UPDATE by Rusty: On behalf of the Sandcrawler, we welcome Kyros, who's geek quotient was just high enough to score him a slot here, but still three nothces below the nerd herd over at AOSHQ.
Emir of al Qaeda in Britain Arrested
It turns out that al Qaeda's "emir" in Britain, "Sheikh Umar Rabie al-Khalaila", is a guy in his early 20s from the Manchester area. You may remember him from the threat he made against Gordon Brown back in January on al-Ekhlaas and other forums.
A punk kid wannabe who was more talk than actual threat? Maybe. At least that's how he started out. But kids grow up. And even if he had no direct connection to al Qaeda (nobody really took him serious when he made the threat), it looks like the Brits nabbed him with two of his buddies (one of them, no doubt, his "brother" who was always bragging about him on a certain forum) as they were leaving the country.
As we've learned over and over again, it's not that difficult to go from wannabe to terrorist. And given his connection to at least two others, that makes it a cell. A cell of jihad supporters who spent their days fantasizing about killing the infidel online.
Three wannabes together are a lot more dangerous than an individual. It's a simple law of probability: one of them might actual do something bad someday: or worse, the three motivate one another to do collectively what they lacked the courage to do individually.
On a personal note to Umar Rabie, here's a bit of advice.
Anyway, on to the facts as we know them. TimesOnline:
Three men arrested under terrorism legislation are being questioned over internet threats to kill Gordon Brown and the former Prime Minister Tony Blair.Note to friends of Umar Rabie and his "brother" below:
One of the men being questioned by police in Manchester is suspected of posting a death threat on a recognised jihadi website and styling himself Sheikh Umar Rabie al-Khalaila, leader of al-Qaeda in Britain.....
The three detainees are aged 21, 22 and 23 and all come from Blackburn, Lancashire, where extensive searches have been carried out.
One man was detained in the Accrington area and the other two were arrested at at Manchester airport before they could board a flight to the Finnish capital, Helsinki.
UPDATE: The three were arrested on August 14, 8 days ago. Which may mean something .....
Since it's open source, let me just add this teaser: in addition to a lot bluster about "Umar Rabie's" ties to al Qaeda in Iraq, the group also made terroristic threats online prior to the threats they made against Gordon Brown.
Specifically, they put out a call for suicide attack volunteers to attack British civilians.
I also opened a category archive on Umar Rabie. Expect updates on this.
Friends of Umar Rabie from that other website should feel free to drop a comment or an e-mail. I'm sure all of you are as delighted as I am. And, since I know what's on your mind, the answer is: no.
I.C.E. Mothballs "Self-Deportation" Program
A sum total of EIGHT PEOPLE made use of it.
Via the Kansas City Star:
The I.C.E. spokesman (soon to be relieved of duty, no doubt) had harsh words for the "(illegal) immigrants' rights" crew:
"Quite frankly, I think this proves the only method that works is enforcement," Jim Hayes, acting director of ICE's detention and removal operations, told The Associated Press on Thursday....
Cross-posted at La Frontera.
"["Immigrant rights" advocates] want amnesty, they want open borders, and they want a more vulnerable America," Hayes said.
h/t Ace of Spades HQ.
Who is Tim Pawlenty?
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is being mentioned frequently as a potential VP for John McCain. Despite being a political geek, I know very little about the guy. I did a little digging around to see what I could come up with about this guy. I focused on Pawlenty's record on:
a. Immigration and borders,The results of my research are below the fold...
b. The right to keep and bear arms,
c. Taxes and spending, and
d. The right to life.
Pawlenty's Record on Immigration:
Pawlenty on the need for vigorous immigration enforcement:"If you have a country that's based on the rule of law and the rule of law gets knowingly cast aside and we allow illegal behavior to continue then the rule of law is diminished and one of the cornerstones of our country gets eroded in a pretty pronounced way,"As Governor, required federal electronic verification for state employment and contracting.
From the Wikipedia page on Pawlenty:Early in 2006, after issuing a study that estimated the cost of illegal immigration to the state as approximately $188 million, Pawlenty announced a program for reforming the way the state deals with persons who are in the United States without permission from the federal government. Pawlenty noted the economic benefit does not justify the illegal behavior. By mid-year he sent Minnesota National Guardsmen to the U.S.-Mexico border at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Critics have accused Pawlenty of exaggerating the dangers of illegal immigration -- an issue that arguably has more direct implications for southern and southwestern U.S. states than for Minnesota.
Pawlenty's Record on Taxes and Spending:
Rated 75% by Taxpayers League of Minnesota in 2002.
Rated 75% by Taxpayers League of Minnesota in 2001.
Rated 88% by the Minnesota National Federation of Independent Business in 1999-2000.
Rated 73% by the Minnesota National Federation of Independent Business in 1997-1998.
Pawlenty's Record on The Right to Keep and Bear Arms:
Dave Kopel has described Pawlenty as "pro-gun."
Pawlenty on gun control: "The people of our state respect Second Amendment rights for gun owners... Minnesotans understand that it's wrong to play politics with our constitutional rights."
Pawlenty also signed into law a "Shooting Range Protection Act" to protect shooting ranges from hostile localities.
Rated A by the NRA in 2006.
Rated A by The NRA Political Victory Fund in 2000.
Rated A by The NRA Political Victory Fund in 1998.
Pawlenty's Record on the Right to Life:
NYT Joins Reality Based Community
It's not the first time they've said it, but it's refreshing to hear them admit it nonetheless: "The surge, clearly, has worked"
New Zawahiri Video Released
As promised two days ago, al Qaeda's as-Sahab production arm has released a video of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The video shows Zawahiri eulogizing Abu Khabab al-Masri (aka, Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar) and Abu Abdullah al-Shami.
The video puts to rest rumors that Zawahiri was killed in a CIA Predator earlier this month.
The video is in Arabic only, which as we've been noting for some time means that the American traitor Adam Gadahn was probably not involved in its production.
The only other thing noteworthy about the video is that Zawahiri appears in the video in front of a blue screen. Images of al-Masri and al-Shami are digitally imposed in the background.
Do any techies know the ins and outs of blue screen technology? Will any old blue or green background do (for instance, a blue curtain) or is there something special about the screens used?
I'm just thinking about how difficult this would be to film in a small compound in Waziristan. The editing, of course, is out of the box software technology that could have been done anywhere.
Laura Mansfield's Strategic Translations subscribers can see the video here.
Update By Howie: Video added below the fold.
The video is short. He appears tired or possibly ill. Much less animated than in previous videos of him. Note no finger pointing or much movement of his hands, which is unusual. His mouth is somewhat drawn into a frown. He also appears to be somewhat uncomfortable sitting. This could indicate that strikes earlier that were thought to target him may have come close.
Either that or that he is just depressed over all his buddies dying. Anyway my first reaction was what that he didn't seem like his normal self in this production.
direct link to Google video copy
Blogger Sparks IOC Investigation into Chinese Cheating
As noted last night Stryde Hax has pretty solid evidence that He Kexin is only 14 years old and that the Chinese government has been trying to cover it up as fast as they can. That evidence was collected from saved copies of the official Chinese government sport website which were recently purged in light of the accusations that they have been falsifying the ages of Olympic gymnasts.
The IOC is now investigating the claims.
Blogger triumphalism? Indeed. It's not often, but every now and then "citizen journalists" get things done.
Al-Qaeda bombing, propaganda networks degraded
BAGHDAD – Coalition forces detained 16 suspected terrorists during operations targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq bombing and propaganda networks Thursday and Friday in the central and northern parts of the country.
An alleged weapons facilitator in Mosul is in Coalition custody after forces captured him and six additional suspects Friday. The wanted man allegedly stores explosives for AQI attacks and delivers weapons to foreign terrorists and suicide bombers. He is also assessed to have ties to AQI senior leaders in Mosul.
Coalition forces captured a wanted man and three additional suspects Friday in Bayji, about 160 km south of Mosul. The wanted man is suspected of directly conspiring with AQI leaders to plan an attack using poison.
In Al Suwayrah, about 50 km south of Baghdad, Coalition forces detained one suspect Friday while targeting a man involved in the AQI propaganda network. An operation Thursday in Mosul targeted the same network, and netted four suspected terrorists.
Funny, al-Qaeda in Iraq's al-Furqan production company released its first new video in a long time yesterday. Then suddenly this.. Sweet! Upload another one morons.
We have the video, it pretty much sucks. But if you must have a copy email Howie.
Imperial Good News, 30 Dead Taliban
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (August 20, 2008) – Afghan National Army Commandos and Coalition forces conducted a cordon and search operation in Laghman province in order to disrupt suspected Taliban safe-havens and IED cells, Wednesday.
The operation took place in response to information gathered following a recent attack by militants on International Security Assistance Forces in that area.
As ANA and Coalition forces approached the area, they were engaged by militants using small-arms fire. Approximately 200 civilians were seen fleeing the area, including women and children.
Once the area was clear of women and children, Afghan Commandos and Coalition forces returned fire on the militants and called for close air support, destroying one enemy fighting position.
During the operation, more than 30 militants were killed and a large cache of mortar rounds and IED materials were destroyed by the commandos.
A wounded militant was medically evacuated and taken to a Coalition medical facility for treatment.
No civilian casualties were reported.
Source: Combined Joint Task Force 101.
Looks Like al Qaeda's Online Arm is Having a Bad Day...
Having database problems? Did someone forget his cup of double latte mochachino this morning?
Iraq War Crimes Trial Starts in CA
They're trying this in a civilian court?
Chinese Athletes Using Stag Penises
The consensus is that performance and stamina are enhanced. However, it's feared that the penises may contain banned substances.
[Update] Added pic below the fold. It's probably SFW since it kind of looks like a clarinet or maybe a boathook. By the way, the penises are available in lengths exceeding 14 inches.
McCain Camp in Damage Control Mode in Wake of "Dungeongate"
You probably have to be a real D&D geek to fully appreciate this story.
August 21, 2008
Hell's Ready for You, Joseph Edward Duncan III
I remember when the story of Shasta and Dylan Groene was heavy in the news. Everyone seemed to be praying that Shasta and Dylan Groene, brother and sister, be found safe and sound after they were kidnapped. It's unfortunate that Dylan lost his life at the hands of a disgusting waste of a human being, Joseph Edward Duncan III. Duncan pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and Dylan's murder. Now his fate is in the hands of the jury who can either choose to execute him or send him to life in prison without parole.
I personally think that the bastard should fry, although our "humane" way of executing brutal murderers such as Duncan is far too kind. Actually, I think he should be eviscerated and shot in the head, just in the fashion that he chose to kill little Dylan. ...and to think, Dylan may have been able to be saved...
Cooper said the description of the boy's injury — he was eviscerated, his sister said, with his "guts" hanging out — indicated it was "a very potentially salvageable injury."
"We see this on the battlefield fairly often," Cooper told the jury. "They can live for several hours like that."
Cooper also said Duncan may have had enough time to get Dylan Groene to a hospital from the remote western Montana campsite where the shooting occurred.
Now that his case is before the jury deciding his punishment, he's decided to represent himself. I can't help but believe he is getting some sadistic pleasure out of reliving his crime while at the same time trying to convince the jury that he isn't such a bad guy after all...
Duncan, acting as his own attorney in the sentencing phase, suggested in cross-examining Cooper that the girl was exaggerating her brother's injury.
"How much in your experience do children tend to elaborate or exaggerate and fill in details ... especially after a traumatic experience like that?" Duncan asked.
Children who exaggerate are typically much younger, between 4 and 6, and lack the vocabulary to describe what happened to them, Cooper said.
Duncan asked whether the "guts" mentioned by the girl could have been RamDon noodles the boy had eaten earlier.
There's a special place in hell for people like Duncan. I can only hope the jury gets him a one way ticket there sooner than later.
Proof Chinese Gymnasts Cheated
A screenshot of an official Chinese government website showing gymnastic medalist He Kexin is only 14 years old, thus disqualifying her from the Olympics.
A hacker and blogger? This guy is my kind of scum. The official website for the "General Administration of Sport in China" purged its records of He Kexin's real birthday after various reports claimed the Olympic gold medalist was really 14 years old, but that didn't stop Stryde Hax from finding an archive of the file.
For a country that sponsors hackers that can break into the DOD's servers, you gotta wonder how it is that they don't know about archive caching? Stryde Hax:
In the Baidu cache, which apparently has not been hit with the scrub brush (yet), two spreadsheets published by the Chinese government on sport.gov.cn both list He Kexin's birthday as 01-01-1994, making her 14 years old. For as long as these links work, you can access the documents directly, either using the directions and screenshots above, or these links: cache1 cache2I've posted a partial screenshot at the top of this post. For the full screenshot and updates check out Stryde Hax.
So, if and when the Chinese are forced to give up several Olympic medals thank a blogger.
PS: I sent this off to the Sancrawler earlier tonight to see if the other guys would post it, but I think Howie was too drunk and Trollhammer too into some, er, actually, I don't even want to know what Trollhammer was into. Any way, did any one else watch the men's beach volleyball finals tonight? Awesome.
UPDATE: Changed out the image above. Thanks to Max.
Good Gay Photo Of The Day
Chinese Beach Volleyball team members Mi Chao Hu* and Hu Chao Mi* celebrate their silver medal in good old fashioned Jawa Report good gay style.
We're still waiting for some good gay photos of the American gold medal champions, we'll post them as soon as the MSM quits sucking up to the ChiComs.
For now, this will just have to do.
*Not their real names.
Threat Mailed to McCain Campaign Office in Colorado
Two John McCain campaign offices received envelopes supposedly containing an unidentified white powder and a threatening note Thursday afternoon — so far one of the envelopes has been deemed safe by authorities.Move along....
Spokesman Jeff Sadosky told FOX News that the first letter was found in their Denver office at about 5 p.m. ET. Another was found in their Manchester, N.H., office more than an hour later.
Authorities, though, found no powder in the Manchester envelope and have deemed it safe. They are still investigating the letter.
No injuries were immediately reported.
Update by Rusty: Cyanide maybe? I think you know where I'm going with this......
You know, I was thinking. It seem that today the election really got started. You know what I mean. So before we start on this little er uh process, below the fold.
NSFW without, you know, headphones.
I don't understand what the liberals are so on about with McCain.
Do they want him sitting on top of a mountain of money, greedily counting his riches and counting his properties?
Did they care when John Kerry and his wife, owners of multiple properties,were revealed to be filthy stinking rich (richer than McCain)? You might enjoy a stroll down memory lane in 2004 with "The Many Mansions of John and Teresa Kerry."
To listen to Barack Obama try to talk like he's "middle class" or like he's some poor man is laughable. In fact, it is laughable that ANY Democrat tries to engage in the juvenile pissing match known as class-warfare politics. They're the ones with the money. 12 of the first 20 wealthiest members of Congress are Democrats, with 7 of the top ten having D's next to their name.
Don't make us laugh.
And besides, McCain is a bonafide war hero - are the Democrats really going to start suggesting that a war hero is not entitled to his due if he can get it? What has Barack Obama done to deserve this nation?
Yup. They count that as a strike against him.
Good News: Pakistan Parliament Unified in Conspiracy Theory; Demands Release of al Qaeda Operative
Signs that the day of reckoning with Pakistan is fast approaching, or just domestic politics as elected leaders of the world's dumbest "democracy" succomb to mass hysteria? I'd opt for the latter if it wasn't so intricately tied to the former.
Pakistan's parliament Thursday demanded the immediate repatriation of a female scientist held in the United States on charges of trying to kill US officials in Afghanistan, officials said.They are also sending a parliamentary delegation to visit Aafia Siddiqui who has taken on martyr status in the Muslim world as "proof" that the U.S. routinely detains, tortures, and rapes harmless women and children.
A resolution moved by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and adopted unanimously by the lower house also demanded immediate information on the whereabouts of Afia Siddiqui's three children, they said.
How big is this? The first point of order a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press briefing today was not about Musharraf's resignation or about the dramatic rise in Taliban terror attacks, it was about what steps Pakistan was taking in securing the release of Aafia Siddiqui.
The thought never crossed their minds that maybe the reason that Aafia Siddiqui and her children have been missing these long years was because she didn't want to be found? She was, after all, fingered by none other than 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shiekh Mohammad as having some role in the al Qaeda network.
Obama Housing Policy: Epic Fail
Heh This headline is kind of Ironic, "Obama raps McCain for ignorance of his own houses".
Considering that Obama was ignorant of his own constituents living conditions only a short distance from his home. They were even part of a program that Obama worked hard to get. Funny how he was unaware of the rotten fruits of his own labor, isn't it?
Hat Tip :whuptdue.
Chavez Grabs Cement Industry
(Caracas, Venezuela) At midnight on Monday of this week, the state Energy and Oil Minister led workers in a symbolic takeover of a cement plant in the eastern part of the country which signified the nationalization of virtually all cement production in Venezuela.
So, in addition to telecommunications, oil and gas, iron and steel industries, President Hugo Chavez has nationalized the cement industry, reportedly to boost housing construction. But there are clouds in utopia.
Al-Qaeda Network in Yemen
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) Here's an al-Qaeda terrorist network update from the Arabian Peninsula. Arguably, its an oversimplification because it doesn't address the various tribal connections while describing al-Qaeda chiefly as a somewhat cohesive organization rather than a diverse network of individual terrorist cells.
A Saudi citizen, Naif Mohammad Al-Qahtani has been identifed by sources as the leader of the alleged “Al-Qaeda Network in the South of the Arabian Peninsula.” He has been in Yemen for almost one year and is receiving financial support from Iranian and Libyan individuals to finance terrorist operations against Yemen and Saudi Arabia, Al-Watan reported.No information has been disclosed as to how Iran and Libya are able to funnel money to Al-Qahtani on the south of the Arabian peninsula.
Al-Qahtani, nicknamed within the network “Abou Hammam” runs the Al-Qaeda operations in Yemen, together with the Yemeni national, Nasser Al-Wahishi.More
Al-Qahtani, a high-school graduate from southern Saudi Arabia, is thirty-years-old and has a son named Mohammad. Al-Qahtani is wanted by Saudi authorities on terror-related security charges. Six Al-Qaeda detainees provided this information to Yemeni security forces after they were arrested in July.
The sources said Al-Qahtani is responsible for the financing of several terrorist operations targeting Yemeni facilities as well as major sectors, including the attack on Spanish tourists in mid-July.
Good News: Terrorists May Have Attacked Nuke Plant in Pakistan
Bad: 59 people killed in Pakistan. Worse?
Experts have suggested that facilities related to Pakistan’s secretive nuclear weapons program are located in the Wah area, possibly including a uranium enrichment plant.The Pakistanis deny that the facility is tied to their nuke program. Then again, what choice do they have but to deny that the facility enriches uranium?
Why do I get the feeling that a year from now we're going to wish we had that two bit dictator Musharraf back in office?
Another Arrest in Hamas Holy Land Foundation Case
Yet another indictment related to the Holy Land Foundation. Channel 5 in Phoenix:
The indictment alleges Akram Musa Abdallah, 54, who is also known as Abu Saiaf, told FBI agents that he was not involved in fundraising for the Holy Land Foundation, an organization that allegedly provided financial support for Hamas, a designated terrorist organization.Signs that your Islamic charity might be funding terrorism: the guy raising the funds goes by an alias, just like all the other prominent jihadis.
RINOs to Rule the Stage at GOP Convention
The GOP has released the conventional schedule. Notorious RINO Rudy G. is the keynoter. In general, left-wing Republicans will be basking in the primetime spotlights while the conservatives are mostly off the stage:
Monday primetime (10-11pm Eastern Time)It's good to see Palin and Jindal in prime time, but they are the two reformers in a sea of RINO. I see that notorious RINOs Sam Brownback (KS), Norm Coleman (MN), Mitt Romney and Mel Martinez (FL) are also prominently featured in the daytime lineup. I can understand the rationale for playing to swing states, but if that's the idea, why no presence from Ohio or Iowa? Where's John Kasich (OH)? Where's Chuck Grassley (IA) or Steve King (IA)?
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.
President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush...
Tuesday primetime (10-11pm Eastern Time)
Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska
Fmr. Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.
Fmr. Mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-New York City ***KEYNOTER*** ...
Wednesday primetime (10-11pm Eastern Time)
Vice Presidential nominee
Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., will speak after the VP nominee
In general, popular conservative figures are scarcely to be seen in the lineup. At least we get to hear from Fred! on Tuesday.
So, what message is this lineup intended to send to the American people? Vote Republican--we're a lot squishier than you think? Is that a winning message?
Barack Obama Docs: FAIL
How did the Chicago Annenberg Challenge do when Barack Obama was its Chairman of the Board? The only real world executive experience Obama has ever had? FAIL.
via LauraW at AOSHQ.
Hezbollah TV in Australia: FAIL
Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Uncle Waddah clarifying whether or not Jews are the sons of pigs and apes. Australia seeks to ban the station from being broadcast by an Indonesian satellite service popular with local Muslims.
RIP: Major Ed Freeman
Desperation Time for the Obama Campaign (UPDATE: McCain Camp Smacks Down)
Boy - a pre-convention email blast/IMPORTANT ACTION ALERT must have gone out somewhere sending orders for the O!bots to begin throwing any old stupid sh*t up against the wall and to see what sticks. Desperation and panic will do that to the a campaign.
We've got Lord Dumbass Harry Reid quoted as saying he "can't stand McCain." That's funny coming from somebody who the country can't stand, leading the lowest rated Congress in American history.
We've got the jackass Time Kaine saying that McCain can't count to seven. Funny, coming from the piehole of a moron who just two weeks ago said the Russians and Georgians were following Obama's calls for cease-fire. Yeah. How's Obama's decree working out these days over there, you idiot?
We've got O!bama swinging wildly at McCain for having the GALL to own seven properties (actually, it's his wife's $$). They had no problem with the massive inherited wealth of Terry Heinz Kerry and her gigilo JFKerry, but that's all in the past, man. They have no problem with Algore's energy-sucking mansions and houseboat. They've had no problem with John Edward's property being the most expensive residence in the state.
Not to mention that the wealthiest members of the Senate and the House are Democrats. Is comparing incomes and wealth a game Barry-O (a millionaire himself) wants to play?
Is this the best the surrogates of Captain Bullshit have? Is this their new "tougher, fighting nutroots-style" approach being rolled out (which bears a strange resemblance to the politics of old)?
If it is, they're in some serious trouble, and they know it.
UPDATE: Team McCain blows this idiocy out of the water. BRING IT ON, O!:
Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses? Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people “cling” to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?
The reality is that Barack Obama’s plans to raise taxes and opposition to producing more energy here at home as gas prices skyrocket show he’s completely out of touch with the concerns of average Americans. –McCain spokesman Brian Rogers
Reid Spokesman : Except for Iraq, Joe Lieberman Has Always Stood With Harry Reid
Further to my post yesterday on the myth of Lieberman's "maverickness," this quote seemed apropos:
"Senator Lieberman has always been there for Senator Reid, even on close votes, except for Iraq," - Reid spokesman Jim Manley.In other news, it's been confirmed that Lieberman will indeed be addressing the GOP convention.
Latest Poll in Alaska House Primary : Sean Parnell Up By Two Over Don Young
Posted at RCP:
Cross-posted at RINOHunters.org.
The poll, taken by the Republican firm McLaughlin & Associates, surveyed 300 likely primary election voters on 8/18 for a margin of error of +/- 5.7%. Republican Rep. Don Young, Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell and State Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux were tested.
Primary Election Matchup
Da Machine Protecting Obama
The relationship between the ambitious Obama and the unrepentant Ayers is a subject that excites Republicans, who haven't really thwacked that pinata as hard as they might. It really irritates Obama and his political champion, Chicago's sovereign lord, Mayor Richard M. Daley.I guess that says it all doesn't it? John Kass speculates that Da Machine will keep these records under wraps until after the election. That is, if they don't toss them down the memory hole too.
"This is a public entity," Kurtz told us Wednesday. "I don't understand how confidentiality of the donor would be an issue."
You don't understand, Mr. Kurtz? Allow me to explain. The secret is hidden in the name of the library:
The Richard J. Daley Library.
Update: Wow, Check out Riehlworldview. Looks like there are plenty of reasons why Obama may not want this looked at too much. Like about $50,000,000 wasted dollars worth.
Barack Obama was a dismal failure squandering millions of dollars on education programs which had basically no real effect. They also strongly suggest Obama's claim that un-repentant terrorist Bill Ayers is just a teacher who lived down the block is an outright lieYup, that's why Illinois has high taxes, runs a deficit (while its neighbors run a surplus), and can't pay its bills within 90 days. Too many wasted dollars.
It's Time for Suskind to Produce Tapes
The CIA agents who Ron Suskind claims admitted to him that they forged a letter linking Saddam Hussein to al Qaeda have publicly denied Suskind's claim. Ray Robison thinks the letter might be legit. Go read his post. There are other documents which speak to whether or not its plausibility is within the realm of reason.
Me? I've no idea. But it would be much easier to believe that, if a forgery, it has Iraqi origins rather than in the CIA. For background: see every post about Arab regimes ever written at The Jawa Report. Truthiness is just a matter of routine in Arab governments.
What's so interesting about Suskind's claim that the document is a forgery is that the major crux of his argument is that it's just too good to be true. The document links al Qaeda and WMD to Saddam Hussein. A neocons wet dream.
An obvious forgery to justify the invasion of Iraq.
But if the document was so obviously a forgery that, as Suskind claims, within a week no one was talking about it anymore, why the hell would the CIA produce it?
The CIA: smart enough to overthrow South American dictators, not smart enough to produce a believable forgery!
Come on, we're better than that people!
Now, if you want to argue that one of Iyad Allawi's cronies produced an obvious forgery I'll lower the evidence threshold. If even half the stories about the Iraqi Interim Government are true, then the ability to forge documents (especially accounting documents) was practically a job requirement.
But if you want to claim that the CIA did it then you're going to have to do more than cite two agents who claim they did not forge the documents.
Ron Suskind: if you have them on tape put up. Otherwise shut up.
Hamas Formalizes Relationship With al Qaeda
I got this press release from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. I hesitated at first because the press release version of the article seems to indicate a very close relationship between Hamas and the al Qaeda affiliated Jaish al-Islam--which I know isn't the case. Yeah, I know it sounds odd, but some terror organizations think other terror organizations are just loco.
But the full story elaborates on the on again off again tensions and fighting between the two groups. Which is even more troubling, because a) it makes the report all the more legitimate in my eyes; and b) which means that al Qaeda's Gaza offshoot is now under the protection of Hamas; which leads to c) if Hamas ever has a really horrible mission that even the nuts in Islamic Jihad think is off the reservation, they have their own go-to people to carry it out all served with a heaping side of plausible deniability.
The last round of violent confrontation between Hamas and Jaish al-Islam also took place on August 2, 2008. The battle zone was the al-Sabra neighborhood in Gaza. Hamas forces attacked the homes of Jaish al-Islam activists suspected of involvement in planting the explosive charge that lead to the death of five senior Hamas activists on the Gaza seacoast.10Gaza: once claimed by Egypt, even they don't want it back!
Following a series of violent clashes, Hamas and Jaish al-Islam established a joint committee to regulate relations between the groups and to solve disputes and crises between them. Mumtaz Durmush, the leader of Jaish al-Islam who openly admitted ties with Al-Qaeda, participated in meetings with Hamas representatives that led to the final agreement to establish the joint committee. Abu Hassan al-Maqdisi, a senior member of Jaish al-Islam, divulged to a German news agency that, as a result of the talks with Hamas, agreement had been reached on all outstanding issues between the two groups.11 In essence, Hamas recognized Jaish al-Islam as a legitimate armed movement inside the area under Hamas jurisdiction.
In a previous agreement between the two groups, Hamas had given Jaish al-Islam $5 million and more than a million Kalashnikov bullets in compensation for its freeing of BBC journalist Alan Johnston. Jaish al-Islam also received formal recognition from Hamas as a legitimate jihadi organization, and it was agreed that joint actions carried out in the past would not be revealed.
Obama Describes Reverend Wright as "Wonderful Man" in 1993 Interview
Yes the same Reverend Wright that says, "God Damn America" and compares the Unites States to al-Qaeda. Amanda Carpenter has the video and the quote here at Townhall. Here's a snippet
...the sense of liberation that is embodied in the historically African American Church, is really something that moves me deeply, and I think is probably the main pillar around which a lot of inner city communities are going to be built, and Rev. Wright, my pastor who I speak about in the chapter in the book, I think represents the best of what the black Church has to offer."
Inconvenient Truth Alert: 2008 Coolest Year in 5 Years, World Hasn't Warmed Since 1998
Neither could NBC - the "green" network.
We'll keep following up with them to see what they have to say.
WTF? Terrorist Is Registered Voter
UPDATE by Rusty: Please click the link above for a not-so-shocking revelation which Presidential candidate he's mostly likely supporting. Hint: it rhymes with Osama.
August 20, 2008
It's For The Children
The entire staff of the Jawa Report* would greatly appreciate you hitting the tip jar** so that we can attend this.
Why is it for the children? Because Congress has taught us that you can never, ever, ever, not give up your hard earned cash if a cause is for the children.
Thank you very little.
* Okay, just us males.
** Okay, just so Rusty can go.
Chuck Schumer (D) To Be Probed Over Bank Run?
Sweet, although they're only "mulling over" the proposition at this stage.
California's attorney general is reviewing a request by former employees of IndyMac Bancorp Inc to investigate whether a New York senator triggered the bank's collapse by releasing confidential information.Make it happen. The jackass may have hurt Michelle Obama's children somehow by flapping his gums, so all bets should be off.
At issue is a much-publicized letter that Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, sent in June to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) and Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) questioning the company's ability to survive.
Update: Anteater responds below the fold:
Anatomy of a Nutroot Smear
Let's look at what happens when an unedited video gets into the hands to the nutroot hatchet men, shall we? It's instructive to watch the cockroaches operate.
It's been debunked, but don't let that get in way of a good smear. Here's the original video (4:43 in length), for reference (curiously omitted from an idiotic ThinkRegress post, which I won't link - go thru Hot Air):
Here's the HOPE-N-CHANGED version courtesy of the nutroots smear merchants - note where they cut it off (1:53 in length):
But no matter - McSAME IS BRINGING BACK THE DRAFT LOL!!12!two!@
No wonder Captain Bullshit (thanks, Ace) is tanking in the polls.
Keep up the FAIL, nutroots.
Would a McCain-Lieberman Ticket Really Be That Bad an Idea?
Joe Lieberman, one of John McCain's BFFs, is being floated as a likely VP pick.
Yes, Lieberman is a Democrat, but he's stood steadfastly with the President on the conflict in Iraq, despite the fact that it puts the lefties into conniptions.
Wouldn't a centrist Democrat VP be just the ticket to put the lie to Obama's empty "post partisan" rhetoric?
A true centrist or conservative Democrat VP might not be a bad idea, actually. Bringing a guy like David Boren or Gene Taylor on board the ticket might be a great move. Problem is, Lieberman is so far from "centrist" that you can't even see it from where he stands.
A McCain-Lieberman ticket would make a stark contrast to the Obama campaign over Iraq policy, but it would largely muddy up two otherwise defining issues (abortion and gun rights). Perhaps even worse, it would only exacerbate McCain's existing problems on the immigration issue.
As with many issues of interest to conservatives, John McCain is decent, but certainly not great, on the right to life. His recent annual ratings from National Right to Life range between 33% (2002) and 82% (2004). He's considered a generally-reliable vote for the pro-life side. Obama, of course, is awful on the abortion issue. He may be the most pro-abortion member of the U.S. Senate--and that's saying a lot.
So, the McCain-Obama matchup presents a pretty clear distinction for pro-lifers. As with many other areas, it's not that McCain is even close to a great choice, but the sheer awfulness of the other option is likely to steer the pro-life grassroots to the polls when the rubber meets the road.
Now, if you throw Lieberman into the mix, you muddy the waters a bit. Lieberman isn't quite as pro-abortion as Obama, but he's been a solid vote for the pro-abortion camp. His recent NRLC ratings range from 0% (in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006) to 7% (in 1998), while racking up 100% ratings from NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Lieberman is nowhere close to the center on abortion. (More data here.)
Adding Lieberman to the ticket has the serious potential to raise new questions in the minds of already wary pro-life voters, causing them to wonder, "who is this McCain guy, and what does he really believe about the right to life?"
Gun control presents another area where McCain has a real opportunity to draw distinctions with Obama--IF he plays his cards right.
Although McCain's record on gun rights has often been spotty, and McCain has supported both the Scary-Looking Gun Ban (aka the "Assault Weapons" Ban) and a ban on private transfers of firearms (under the guise of "closing the gun show loophole"), Obama's record on gun rights is abysmal. Although McCain's record doesn't merit better than a mediocre C+ from the NRA, Obama's record as a state senator in Illinois, and in the U.S. Senate, is that of a hardcore, anti-gun zealot. (More here and here.)
Thus, gun rights, like abortion, presents another golden opportunity for McCain to draw clear distinctions with Obama on an issue of policy. Obama is so awful on gun rights that McCain looks like Charlton Heston by comparison.
Throw Lieberman into the mix, however, and the issue gets muddy.
Liberman's annual ratings from Gun Owners of America have ranged between 0% (2005) and 100% (2006), but the vast majority of the time, Lieberman's votes on gun rights issues have placed him in the 7-10% range with GoA, and earned him consistent F's from the NRA. (more data here.) Thus, on gun rights, Lieberman is, again, far from the center. He is, like Obama, a gun-grabber through and through.
Thus, as with the abortion issue, adding Lieberman to the ticket has the potential to raise some very troubling questions in the minds of bitter gun owners in places like Ohio and Pennsylvania, who are notorious for sitting home (or going hunting) when given a ballot choice between bad and worse.
Unfortunately, McCain and Obama are not far apart on the immigration issue. Philosophically, both are generally in favor of amnesty and open borders lunacy, and everyone pretty much knows it. (The One is still too wet behind the years to have much of a federal track record. McCain's numbers are here.)
Even though McCain is talking tough on border enforcement today, few take him seriously. Border security Republicans are seriously wary of McCain-with very good reason.
That said, John McCain has an opportunity here to create a distinction on immigration with a smart VP pick. A rock-solid border champion like Tom Coburn or Tom Tancredo may be too much for border security advocates to hope for, but there are a lot of Republicans who are solid on the immigration issue and could help McCain reassure the border security crowd that "secure" really means secure.
On that score, however, Lieberman would, yet again, be a move in exactly the wrong direction. He has, like McCain, racked up year after year of dismal ratings from groups like English First, Americans for Better Immigration, FAIR and U.S. Border Control. (Data here).
Thus, a McCain-Lieberman ticket would serve as yet another thumb in the eye of the border security conservatives, at a time when John McCain could really use their help.
We all know what the New York Times crowd wants McCain to do. They'd love to have McCain add Lieberman on the ticket. They're still not gonna vote for him, of course--and that's the problem. 80%+ of the folks who think it would be a really cool idea to have a liberal Democrat on the GOP ticket wouldn't vote for a Republican in a million years. At the same time, the conservative grassroots who form the core of the Republican base are already unsure of whether John McCain is on their side. A McCain-Lieberman ticket would only scuff old bruises, raise new questions and divide the GOP base at a time when McCain seriously needs to solidify it.
Free advice to the McCain campaign: just say no to Joe.
Report: US missile strike kills 8 in Waziristan
WANA: Missiles fired from Afghanistan hit a militant hideout in Pakistan’s tribal belt Wednesday, killing at least eight people including some foreign extremists, security officials said. The strike in the South Waziristan region was the first since key US ally Pervez Musharraf resigned as president on Monday and left Pakistan’s recently elected government in charge of tackling the militants. Two missiles hit a house owned by a local tribesman with links to militants in Wana, the officials said. “It was a known hideout for militants. At least eight people were killed and some foreign militants are among them,” one security official told said on condition of anonymity. “The missiles came from Afghanistan,” the official said. Residents said the owner of the house, named as Haji Yaqub, was wounded and was pulled from the rubble, but people were scared to stay in the area because aircraft were flying overhead. “Arabs often stayed with him (Yaqub),” one resident said.I bet Haji regrets turning his place into Motel 6.
New Al Qaeda Message Confirms Head of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan Still Alive
Andrew Cochran at Counterterrorism Blog is reporting Ayman Zawahiri and Mustafa Abu al-Yazid are alive.
The SITE Intelligence Group has issued a press release that a new speech is forthcoming from Al Qaeda's #2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, containing eulogies for two recently killed Al Qaeda commanders, Abu Khabab al-Masri (a.k.a. Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar) and Abu Abdullah al-Shami, an escapee from Bagram prison in July 2005 and killed last month in a U.S. strike.Update by Rusty: I'm not sure why we need a press release from a third party when al Qaeda puts out their own. Here it is:
قريباً بإذن الله # رثاء كوكبة من الأبطال # لحكيم الأمة الشيخ / أيمن الظواهري حفظه الAnd the traditional banner announcement:
[Googlish: Soon, God lament # # constellation of heroes of the nation Sheikh Hakim / Ayman Al-Zawahiri keepers
Someday Z man will be dead. Someday.
Which brings up another thought: where have Gadahn and bin Laden been lately?
Video : I.O.U.S.A. the Movie (Just How Broke Are We?)
Interior Department Holding Up 'Virtual Fence'
Cross-posted at La Frontera.Work on "virtual fences" planned for Arizona's stretch of the U.S.-Mexican border has been brought to a halt.
The Interior Department has not granted the Homeland Security Department permission to use the land for constructing the surveillance towers that form the backbone of the virtual fences, said Barry Morrissey, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C.
Without authorization to use the land, no work could begin, which prompted agency officials to instruct the lead contractor on the project, Boeing Co., to suspend activities until further notice, Morrissey said.
No date has been set to resume work.
Liars Blink More Afterwards?
Liars blink less frequently than normal during the lie, and then speed up to around eight times faster than usual afterwards.Well, if that's true then.....
Nancy Pelosi must have told some doozies.
ACLU: Spanking Children = Racism, Beating
More than 200,000 children were spanked or paddled in U.S. schools during the past school year, human rights groups reported Wednesday.After corporal punishment was banned from our schools, it took about five minutes for the kids to figure out they were free to rule. Leading to the early retirement of a 5th grade teacher with 25 years + experience. Not that she used it much but occasionally it was necessary. Detention does what? Trains kids to be able to handle their future jail terms?
Every public school needs effective methods of discipline, but beating kids teaches violence, and it doesn't stop bad behavior," wrote Alice Farmer, the author of a joint report from Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union. "Corporal punishment discourages learning, fails to deter future misbehavior and at times even provokes it."
True, spanking does not work for all children, for those where it does not there is an alternative, expulsion.
Obama Supporter & Muslim Activist Convicted & Jailed
Maybe it's because I'm no longer in LA that I hadn't heard about the case against Project Islamic Hope founder Najee Ali. Ali can frequently be seen on the LA scene decrying this or that alleged police abuse, always crying racism.
I used to turn off the Larry Elders show ever time the SOB came on.
The AFP piece notes, correctly, that Project Islamic Hope's webpage shows pictures of Ali with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Barack Obama. Leading the reader to believe that Ali and his organization are non-partisan.
What it fails to mention is that also prominently displayed on the website is this:
No bias here. Hope and change friends. Change and hope.
A prominent Los Angeles-based Muslim activist has been jailed for four years after pleading guilty to attempting to bribe a witness, prosecutors said Tuesday.Advice for Najee Ali: Watch out for the cornhole, man.
Najee Ali, who heads the community group Project Islamic HOPE (Helping Oppressed People Everywhere), was sentenced on Monday after he admitted an attempt to interfere with a witness in a court case involving his daughter.
Obama's Brother Lives in Hut on Less than $1 a Month
Billy Carter he is not. Obama family hope-n-change:
The Italian edition of Vanity Fair said that it had found George Hussein Onyango Obama living in a hut in a ramshackle town of Huruma on the outskirts of Nairobi....Makes me grateful that I'm an American and not a Kenyan.
"No-one knows who I am," he told the magazine, before claiming: "I live here on less than a dollar a month."
Update by Howie: For only 80 cents a day you can save an Obama from a life of poverty.
Update by Rusty: Heh!!
Yawn: Somebody Found Obama's Lost Brother
STOP THE PRESSES: He's living in a destitute shanty town in Kenya. Whoop-de-do.
Interesting that an intrepid reporter managed to find this guy in the middle of nowhere in a shanty town in Africa, but the intrepid reporters with all of the resources in the world in the US and elsewhere can't seem to gain access (or are being blocked by a shadowy "someone") to the stash of 947 public files containing information about what Obama and terrorist Bill Ayers did in Chicago with their "Annenberg Challenge" during Obama's tenure as chairman.
Stanley Kurtz and others are trying, but they're being stonewalled. Maybe if CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSDNC, the NYT, the LAT, USA Today, etc. got on it, it would be a little clearer. But alas, that is asking the media to investigate one of their own. I'm guessing the mainstream press will be using the "John Edwards" defense. That is, they're not going to bother because what they fear they might find about this time in Obama's vaunted political career may hurt the Liberal Jesus and by extension the Democrat Party.
Besides, this is all a "distraction." Ironically, this wouldn't be an issue at all if Obama actually had, you know, accomplishments on his "better than McCain LOL" resume he could point to.
Now that people are scrutinizing his paper-thin "resume," they're being told not to look at it, or that looking at his time as a "community organizer" in Chicago is somehow a distraction from "the real issues."
Online Jihad: FAIL!
Epic geography fail: I live in Georgia. How come I don't see any Russian tanks?
Thanks to Scott.
August 19, 2008
Yoda Cat or an impostor....YOU decide.
UPDATE: Anteater responds:
Or so the Russians think. And for once, the Russians are right:
The Russian Ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, dismissed the impact of the emergency meeting in Brussels, Belgium: "The mountain gave birth to a mouse."Yes, they actually are laughing at NATO. Pretty lengthy post below.
You really should go read Allah Pundit's commentary on Pat Buchanan's latest piece calling for American isolationism. It's dead on in its criticism of Buchanan who with each passing day begins to sound more and more like a paranoid Illuminati conspiracy theorist. Also dead on in taking the middle ground between complete failure to support Georgia and declaring war on Russia.
One thing I would note is that I think Buchanan is right in that admitting the Ukraine into NATO with its present borders would be problematic, to say the least.
Buchanan is rather inelegant in referring to Yalta as the "vacation resort of the czars". The point he was trying to make, I think, is that certain areas of the traditional Russian homeland were only ceded to the Ukraine during Stalin's reign. The Crimea was always considered Russia and its people Russian.
See for instance this pre-WWII map.
I have some friends in Sevastopol (that's on the Crimean peninsula). They consider themselves Russian, and not Ukrainian.
They blame Stalin for giving the Crimea to the Ukraine.
Since it was an integral part of the Soviet Union the notion of "giving" the Crimea to the Ukraine seemed laughable at the time. But now? Not so much.
Parenthetically, and I'm sure many of you already know this, but can you name Joseph Stalin's nationality? No, he wasn't Russian, he was Georgian.
What does that have to do with the present conflict in Georgia? Nothing, but it does have everything to do with potential future conflicts with Russia.
For even though Stalin was born Georgian, he was really the first homo-sovieticus: Soviet Man. The communists were anti-nationalist. Stalin, being a true believer, also believed that communism would transform the citizens of the Soviet Union from Russians, Ukrainians, Georgians, Turks, etc into something completely new: Soviets.
It seems laughable to us today. We tend to take the cynical view of Stalin that it was all about his personal ego. I don't think so. The crimes of the Soviet Union were the crimes of communism. If anything, communism became less severe in later years because the communist rulers are guilty of that which we impose on Stalin's character: cynics who really didn't believe.
They just didn't believe in communism enough to let a few million murders get in its way. To paraphrase all of my high school coaches: they just didn't want it bad enough.
Digressing? Not really. Because the present make up of many Eastern European countries were imposed during an era when it was thought that national boundaries no longer mattered.
Does any one really believe that now? I don't think so.
The point being that most Russians believe, and with good reason, that certain areas of the Ukraine should be Russia proper. If not for Stalin's insane notions about the new "Soviet man" places like the Crimea would be Russia, not the Ukraine.
The reverse holds true, of course: there are many areas of Russia proper that probably shouldn't be if the locals had any say in the matter.
This isn't an argument for breaking up Russia or the Ukraine. It's not. What it is is an argument against considering the Ukraine for inclusion in NATO. At least not now.
It's also just a little history lesson to make sure that the rhetoric stemming from analogy doesn't overstep the limits of the analogy. This isn't Mexico demanding Arizona back. Or Canada demanding -- okay, sorry, can't continue with that analogy since it's "unpossible" to imagine Canada demanding anything. Those issues were settled by America's awesomeness at assimilation in conquest.
When we speak of the former countries of the Soviet Union, we are speaking of boundaries created by Czars and dictators. Boundaries I for one am not comfortable shedding American blood over. Which is exactly what NATO membership would mean.
If that was Buchanan's main point, I think it probably got lost in his increasingly odd rhetoric and Chomskyesque logic of blame-America for all the ills of the world. But I tend to agree that European problems should best be left to the Europeans.
If Europe feels threatened by Russia's moves against its neighbors, shouldn't they step up to the plate? I think so. But they won't. Why? Because as noted in the title of this post: they're pussies.*
More than just pussies: they're pussies who don't have to spend an appropriate amount of GDP on their own defenses so long as they are under the American security umbrella.
*My apologies to all the Europeans who are disgusted by their governments' collective pussytude.
Mahmoud's Satellite Blues
Radar tracking by the USS Russell, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer patrolling the Persian Gulf confirmed the satellite launch was a failure. According to the data collected by the USS Russell, the dummy satellite lost control at high altitude never completing its ascent profile.Heh, did not reach orbit. Epic Fail!
Gay British Spies
(London, England) MI5, the British equivalent of the FBI, has indicated that homosexuals will be recruited as spies. The intelligence agency is collaborating with the gay advocacy group Stonewall.
The security service, which deals with counter-terrorism within the UK, has hired Stonewall to try and attract a broader range of candidate.Since lack of acceptance is a hurdle for the gay community, many individuals are somewhat secretive about their orientation and, logically, an intelligence organization should highly value a spy's ability to keep secrets. Therefore, gay spies in MI5 would seem to be a natural fit.
This year the organisation will appear in Stonewall's graduate recruitment guide, which lists gay-friendly employers. [...]
Ben Summerskill, director of Stonewall, who coincidentally went to school with MI5's Director-general Jonathan Evans, said: "I am optimistic that in 10 to 15 years their [MI5's] employment profile will look very much like modern Britain. There is no reason why there shouldn't be a lesbian or gay director-general."
He added: "People from all minority communities do have experience of getting on with people who are different and of fitting in."
Being obviously progressive in their policies, the Brits may also want to consider the formation of elite gay commando units. Just imagine the nervousness of terrorists fearing that gay commandos will take them down.
Video : Attempting Kite Surfing Tropical Storm Faye
Hat Tip: Cube Neighbor Brian.
Who is Hiding What About Obama, Bill Ayers and The Chicago Annenberg Challenge?
Very interesting article by Stanley Kurtz at NRO. He is trying to access the records of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. He was at first told he could have access but then, out of the blue, access was suddenly denied.
The problem of Barack Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers will not go away. Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn were terrorists for the notorious Weather Underground during the turbulent 1960s, turning fugitive when a bomb — designed to kill army officers in New Jersey — accidentally exploded in a New York townhouse. Prior to that, Ayers and his cohorts succeeded in bombing the Pentagon. Ayers and Dohrn remain unrepentant for their terrorist past. Ayers was pictured in a 2001 article for Chicago magazine, stomping on an American flag, and told the New York Times just before 9/11 that the notion of the United States as a just and fair and decent place “makes me want to puke.” Although Obama actually launched his political career at an event at Ayers’s and Dohrn’s home, Obama has dismissed Ayers as just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood,” and “not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.” For his part, Ayers refuses to discuss his relationship with Obama.With Obama's nomination now little more than a week away, its in everyone's best interest to know the truth now. But it appears the delay will be at least past the Democratic National Convention. How convenient for Obama eh?
Hat Tip: American Thinker.
Hat Tip: kat in your hat.
Mexican Gangs Kidnapping Dozens of Americans for Ransom; Media Response=*crickets*
This is troubling:
Even more troubling is the fact that this story, sent out by Reuters, is getting almost ZERO play in the U.S. media. A Google News search for "southern california tijuana kidnapping" brings up a sum total of four hits, one of which is the original Reuters piece, and none of which is a major front-line news outlet.
TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - American businesswoman Veronica was stepping out of her car in California when two men forced her into the passenger seat at gunpoint, pushed her teenage daughter into the back and drove them into Mexico...
Mexican intelligence officials say Veronica is one of around 30 Americans abducted in southern California and taken to Tijuana since last November. Many of the victims are of Hispanic origin and hold double nationality.
"We have seen an increase in the number of kidnappings of U.S. citizens in Tijuana, including cross-border abductions," said FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth in San Diego.
Several Americans have also been kidnapped in Texas this year and held for ransom in Mexico, the FBI said...
Cross-posted at La Frontera.
Islamists Kill the Queen? That's Unpossible!
British terror cell, composed mostly of college & high school students, may have wanted to kill the Queen. Aabid Hussain Khan, who is now 23, had pictures, maps and details of royal residences from information available on the internet:
A terror cell caught with details of bomb-making and suicide vests may have been plotting to attack the Queen and members of the Royal family, it can be disclosed.Oh, but there's more to this story than that.
The cell, which included Britain’s youngest ever terrorist, arrested on his way home from his GCSE chemistry exam, was found with information about the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh along with the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal.
Khan, who's online handle was "Ocean Blue" was also in communication with Mohammed Atif Siddique, a 21 year old from Edinburgh, Scotland, convicted of possessing "extremist materials".
In fact, Siddique helped run a jihadi website which distributed materials on how to make IEDs and other potential terror weapons, was active on jihadi forums, and planned to become a suicide bomber.
Oh, and today's Jawa theme: Ralph Wiggum.
Update by Howie: Oooops Rusty and I had the same subject this AM. I moved my post to the Moisture Farm.
A Town Mourns Two Heroes
Army PFC Paul E. Conlo & Marine PFC Daniel Maguire, both of Mashpee, Massachusetts, are mourned.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)
6 of 10 Students Drop Out of LA High Schools
We should be thanking the bureaucrats in the Democrat-run public school system out there (and in every major inner city). They're doing yeoman's work:
Students in this inner-city school say gang members frequently disrupt class, and teachers spend much of their time dealing with troublemakers.From diploma factories to drop-out factories within two decades. YES WE CAN!
The biggest problem here, however, may be what you don't see - all the dropouts.
With a 58 percent dropout rate, Jefferson has the worst dropout record in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation's second-largest.
"It's horrendous," said Debra Duardo, director of the dropout prevention and recovery program at the district, which averages 33.6 percent dropouts.
While half the students typically quit inner-city schools nationwide, Jefferson is at the lower end of the spectrum of so-called "dropout factories" because of a concentration of factors that are rarely all present at schools in other cities.
These disciplined, well-read, well-rounded children are the future of America. Maybe we should just tithe all of our incomes to the government. After all, spending more money on schools always helps improve
teacher salaries test scores, unwarranted tenure graduation rates and ultimately gives teachers' unions students the entitlements and pensions education they need to get paid for failing at their jobs succeed in a cruel, complicated world.
YES WE CAN!
Here's another LOL:
A shift in demographics has spurred racial divisions that peaked three years ago when blacks and Latinos clashed in several bloody melees.Ah, these lucky students are even getting the benefit of a diverse, multicultural education. What a wonderful treat for our country.
A quarter-century ago, Latino students totaled 31 percent of the student body; now they account for almost 90 percent. Blacks comprise about 10 percent and a sliver are Asian or white.
YES WE CAN!
August 18, 2008
Has Obama's Fate Been Sealed?
With this dumb ass on his side, Obama's as good as doomed.
Let's take a trip into the mind of Rosanne Barr for a moment (oh, and please wear your HazMat suit...this won't be pretty):
The neocons who own jon voight and make him dance on the chabad telethons are the worst most elitist people on earth. glen beck and jon voight are their bitches... both of them are used tampons who must be flushed down the toilet immediately! jon voight your evil spawn angelina jolie and her vacuous hubby brad pitt make about forty million dollars a year in violent psychopathic movies and give away three of it to starving children trying to look as if they give a crap about humanity as they spit out more dunces that will consume more than their fair share and wreck the earth even more. (just sayin').
Jealous, Roseanne? When was the last time you had a career that paid *you* $40M a year? I also sense the need for you to go back to school for some grammar lessons. Just sayin. On a side note, I wonder if Glenn Beck and John Voight enjoy being called bitches of the neocons. I'd rather like the title myself. Just sayin.
And the rant continues against Angelina...just because she hasn't decided who she will endorse for president. Now, I imagine that Angelina and I have pretty different political opinions, but Roseanne makes Angelina look like a staunch conservative so I'd probably pick Team Angelina over Rosanne (whose mouth seems to make up a team all by itself).
Aren't you supposed to be somewhat enlightened, or do you not know that the african daughter you hold in every picture had parents who suffered and died because of the republican party's worldwide economic assault on africa over the last few decades since reagan? whaaaa...??????!!!! (for that matter, the thai and cambodian sons you are photo'd with weekly too who's pictures you sell to raise money to help the poor? Their families are victims of America's right wing military incursions too.
After reading this pseudo "endorsement" of Obama, it sure makes me want to go vote for him so I can stand side by side with my level-headed, intellectual buddy Rosanne. How 'bout the rest of you?!?!?!?
Rosanne's "P.S." was icing on the B.S. cake:
Ps....it might be good for your asian and african children's self esteem to know you support a brown man for the leader of the free world.)
Um, Rosanne? Perhaps it would be a better lesson for anyone's children to teach them to pick a candidate for president not by the color of his or her skin, but by the convictions and beliefs they possess along with the actions that demonstrate their position and their character. Just sayin.
There's A Difference?
Funny, I thought porn was porn.
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadians who may have become tired of being passed over as porn stars will have a new, home-grown outlet to showcase their erotic talents.
"I think as Canadians there is a bit of a tiredness in seeing all American stuff," Shaun Donnelly, president of Real Productions, said during an interview on Friday.
I, as an American, welcome our new Canadian overlords.
"The Red Primer for Children and Diplomats"
An illustrated 1967 anti-commie book long out of print, it is extremely cogent and makes its points directly (even humorously). The People's Cube reproduced the book in its entirety. Just keep scrolling - I guarantee you won't regret it.
There are lots of pictures, so even today's public-school molded "progressives" can understand it. Read it all and share it with everyone.
Hazrat Ali dead in Kurram Agency fighting?
Sources in political administration said the bloody skirmishes between local Taliban and tribesmen were reported from the troubled Jhoai, Arwali, Alizai, Balashkhel, Sangeena, Borki and Teri Manga and Char Deewar despite the government’s repeated appeals, asking the warring groups to remain peaceful. The tribesmen are using heavy and light weaponry against each other. During the clashes, two key militants Hazart Ali and Maulana Akbar Din were also killed.Who you ask isHazrat Ali he is known for allowing Osama Bin Laden to escape to Pakistan during the fighting at Tora Bora back in 2001.
Before someone points it out to me in the comments.... yes the name is mis-spelled in the article which is known to happen from time to time.
UPDATE: The Dawn has the correct spelling...Hazrat Ali.
Illegal Alien Recruiting Ads
(Chiquimula, Guatemala) A local radio station is currently airing the following ad:
"We offer trips to the north, in quality buses, and it is only necessary to walk one hour at the border with Mexico. We take you only if you have relatives in the U.S., but we guarantee your arrival."Quality buses and only a short walk, what a deal! Apparently there are no impediments to conducting an illegal alien recruiting business in Guatemala. Somebody should shut down the operation.
The people traffickers then “shamelessly” furnish their phone number; “due to the fact that in the eastern portion of the country there is great interest in emigration, people go for whatever is available.”
The radio station manager said that the ads are by a well known party who also uses other radio stations. ”Other small ads are placed in different printed media, many times disguised as excursions or vacations.”
Donald Gonzalez, an Immigration spokesman, said “This is nothing new, but the only thing these souces haven’t yet said is ‘I’m a coyote’“
Unsung Heroes of Star Wars: Cliff Clavin
Okay, so where's Norm?
Thanks to Flea.
Sooo Sad: GIMF Forum Closed
It's in German, but I think you'll get the gist of it, which is that, sadly, the Global Islamic Media Front's (GIMF) online forum was "closed for security reasons." Nary a worry, what's old is new again: in lieu of a forum the al Qaeda support group says it is back to blogging.
The last known GIMF blog address that I had doesn't seem to be working either. If you have it, let me know.
Thanks to the online IDF.
Wanted: Ugly Women
(Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia) Mayor John Molony of this heavily-male, mining community has appealed for "ugly" women to come, live and find love in Mount Isa. Molony's exact words, reportedly, were:
"If there are five blokes to every girl, we should find out where there are beauty-disadvantaged women and ask them to proceed to Mount Isa."Molony also said that ugly women appeared happy with a five-to-one male-to-female ratio which is hardly surprising.
Needless to say, the women are outraged. (Story)
[Update 8/19/08] The beauty-disadvantaged women demonstrated in protest and called for Mayor Moloney's resignation. (Story w/pic)
American Jihadis Beg for al Qaeda Propaganda in English
Remember, according to "scholars" and the MSM, Samir Khan and his friends over at The Ignored Puzzle Pieces of Knowledge "aren't breaking any laws". Yeah, treason and sedition aren't laws. Here's the latest: a call for more English translations of magazines and other publications which support violent jihad against the US:
Translations are important for many reasons; of the most important of them is to disseminate the reality of the Haqq as well as the current events in the lands of the Muslims. All languages are important to translate the Arabic works into, but one of the most important is the English language due to the fact that English is widely spoken amongst the globalized world. The English language acts as a liaison between people today, hence the reason why Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri spoke English for the first time in the latest As-Sahab release.He's right, of course, about the importance of the English language in the worldwide jihad. More Muslims speak English than Arabic.
They then goes on to list a number of magazines which should be translated, some of which are official al Qaeda publications.
And just in case you weren't clear on the concept of "treason":
The point is so that this “culture of Jihaad” can be passed on throughout our communities, from person to person, in order to soothe the hearts of the believers....Don't panic. He's only adhering to the enemies of the United States and giving them aid and comfort in an actual time of war. Nothing treasonous about that.
But it’s nothing like the magazines which discuss the issues in-depth and takes it a step further by talking about ‘Iraaq (or other lands or issues) from the perspective of Shaykh Zarqawi or Shaykh Husayn bin Mahmood or Shaykh Abu Yahya al-Libi and so on.
If our translators can start working on bits and pieces of magazines which they feel are important, then that will be an excellent start.
We pray to Allah that He continues to give the Muslims His aid and support and to give the Mujaahideen a sweeping victory.
Video: Hillary Clinton's Hands
Epic Fail: Stormtrooper Style
Thanks to "bane-of-Mikey".
Magazine Warns That Gays Are Diseased
(Berlin, Germany) An article in a German Arabic-language magazine has sparked outrage by warning readers that shaking hands with gays can transmit diseases.
The article, in the free magazine al-Salam which is distributed to restaurants and cafes around the German capital, is couched in pseudo-scientific language, and accompanied with graphic photos of skin diseases.Besides being outraged, gay and lesbian groups are generally afraid that if they criticize the Turkish and Arab communities, they'll be accused of racism. Consequently, the anti-homosexual slurs from Arabic-speaking populations often go unchallenged.
Titled "A flesh-eating bacteria and sexual abnormality," the article claims that gay men are hit by deadly diseases and that Muslim "brothers" should not shake their hands as “one never knows what kind of bacteria and germs are found on them.”
Evidently, racism trumps homophobia in the contest of politically-correct forces in society.
President Musharraf announces resignation
ISLAMABAD: President Pervez Musharraf announced in a televised address to the nation Monday that he had decided to resign after nine years in power to avoid the threat of impeachment.Now the games begin...
"After viewing the situation and consulting legal advisers and political allies, with their advice I have decided to resign," a grim-faced Musharraf said, backed by Pakistani flags and a portrait of the country's founder.
August 17, 2008
Message From Our Candidate
Here's what our candidate has to say about lobbyists, advisers, and various other sycophantic suckups that latch onto politicians like remoras on to sharks.
ANTEATER '08! REAL CHANGE!
Hope in Space
(Tehran, Iran) According to the official Iranian news agency IRNA, Iran today launched its first domestically-made satellite into space.
"Iran's Omid (hope) satellite was launched on Sunday using the Safir (ambassador) satellite-carrier rocket," IRNA said, quoting a statement from Iran's armed forces.President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad read the launch countdown prior to the satellite named Hope being blasted into orbit.
It's not known if there is a link between Obama promising hope for America and Iran shooting hope into the lifeless void of space.
August 16, 2008
Deputy Emir Of Pakistani Taliban Killed In Bajaur District(Maulana Faqir Muhammad)
Maulana Faqir Muhammad, the Deputy Emir of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, has been killed along with eight other Taliban militants, according to a report in the Urdu-language newspaper Roznama Khabrain.Big news if true....Muhammad is friend and protector of Ayman Zawahiri.
According to the report, the Pakistani officials confirmed that Maulana Faqir Muhammad was killed during the fighting between the Taliban and the Pakistani security forces in the tribal district of Bajaur Agency.
Looks Like I Picked The Wrong Week To Quit Sniffing Glue
In related news, my duct tape supplier failed me, my head just exploded.
Have a great effing weekend.
Proof that Dogs Hate the Taliban
Infidel Zionist Crusader dogs, no doubt:
U.S. coalition dogs bit two fleeing suspected Taliban militants during an operation in eastern Afghanistan in which a total of eight insurgents were detained, the coalition said Friday....Thanks to Writer Mom and Laura Mansfield.
In Islamic tradition, dogs are shunned as unclean and dangerous.
Proof of McCain's Racist Ads
Racism bubbles just below the radar screen and we have proof.
Exhibit A: The latest McCain Ad:
Case Closed? Evidence: Online Threat NOT Made by Denver Cyanide Man
Saleman Abdirahman Dirie, a recent immigrant to Canada from Somalia, was found dead in a Denver hotel with a pound of cyanide a block from the state capital and a few miles and a week away from where the Democratic National Convention would be held. That in itself was enough to bring the FBI in to investigate the case and see whether Dirie had terrorist connections.
But when it was found that one "Abdirahman Dirie" had left a comment on a blog in favor of violence against Christians in Somalia, the speculation that Dirie meant to do harm in Denver took off like a wildfire. Here is what Dire wrote on a post at the now defunct Zot Media website describing the horrible murders of Christians in Somalia by the al Qaeda linked African Courts Union:
Please don’t talk shit , that man deserves what happened to him , simply because having the bible in one hand , and a bread in the other hand , is not a correct thing ,! Kill Them , Kill them , Kill them , that is my massage,!” Comment by Abdirahman Dirie — July 11, 2008 @ 10:33 pmWas this "Abdirahman Dirie" the same Saleman Abdirahman Dirie found dead in Denver? If it was, then Dirie was most certainly planning some sort of terrorism (however ill conceived)--either as an individual act of jihad, as al Qaeda is now openly encouraging, or as part of an organized plot.
But what if the two--the Dirie posting online threats and the Dirie found dead--were not the same? Then the evidence for this being terrorism gone wrong is much weaker.
To get to the bottom of this I attempted to get hold of Vimto, the former proprietor of the now defunct Zot Media blog, and see if he could track down the IP left by Abdirahman Dirie. If the IP traced to Canada, we would be fairly certain that the two are one in the same person. The e-mail I found for Vimto was no longer working, but I also learned that he was a one-time coblogger over at Nuke Gigrich. So I also e-mailed Nuke and asked him if he could get in touch with Vimto if he had a working e-mail address.
He did. So, what did Nuke find out from Vimto?
OK all you internet sleuths, the IP address 188.8.131.52.I've run several different IP traces on it, all of which lead back to .... FRANCE. The IP does not appear to be a proxy.
Which means that unless Saleman Abdirahman Dirie was in Paris in mid-July, that he is not the Abdirahman Dirie who left the threatening message at Zot Media.
A couple of things to remember here: Abdirahman is a VERY common Arabic name. The English transliteration here is of عبد الرحمن which is (if I'm getting this right) usually rendered Abdul Rahman or Abdel Rahman. And Dirie is also apparently a common Somali last name. Just Google it.
This isn't the last word on whether there is a terror connection to Saleman Abdirahman Dirie (I'm working on another angle here, thanks to Dale in Atlanta), but all those looking into his mysterious death (including law enforcement) should be made aware that the IP evidence seems to indicate otherwise.
And yes, I know that IP's can be proxies (although on a first glance, this one doesn't appear to be) and that if Durie was part of a larger plot that Paris wouldn't be out of the question. But that would mean Durie was part of a larger organization (which might help explain how he could afford the hotel he was staying at) which also would imply some kind of training. And if the theory is that this was some kind of "work related" accident, then how does that mesh with the fact that he died of cyanide poisoning? Poisoning yourself with cyanide isn't easy to do--unless it's on purpose. It's why you can buy the stuff over the counter.
So, yesterday I was scoffing at the notion that there wasn't some kind of terror connection here. Today? Not so much.
Thanks to Nuke for helping out on this.
"I think this war is officially over.”
Joe Honan reports from Ramadi:
I couple of days ago I brought a number of Anbaris to Baghdad to get visas to go the states later this year. We set up VIP air transport to get them in, and were expecting to spend the whole day there. Well the paperwork was all in order, and it went a lot faster than we thought it would. So about 3 that afternoon we’re wrapping up and one of them comes up to me.
Him: “Can we leave now?”
Me: “No sir, the flight isn’t going to leave until later tonight. We need to bus you all to the landing zone after dinner.”
Him: “Well, can you just let us out at the gate? We’ll find our own way back.”
Me: “…..O.K…. how many of you Sunni leaders want to get left in the middle of Baghdad to find you’re way to Ramadi instead of flying with an armed escort?”
Him: “Oh we’ll all go and rent a couple of cars.”
Me turning to Gunny: “You know, I think this war is officially over.”
August 15, 2008
Faculty Development Mtg. Blues
The only thing worse than yesterday's diversity training (which at least had some snark value as I was able to spend the day taking pics and sending them into the Sandcrawler. Note: "Diversity Turkey" now copyrighted by The Jaws Reprt; all rights reserved)? Today's small group "breakout session" where in addition to "synergy" & "paradigm shifts" there was nary a moment for online snark.
Small groups not condusive to excessive iphoning.
Blogged via wicked cool iphone, suckas.
In The Dog House
Because I bought this.
She said she'd never speak to me again. I said....
Seattle Lawyer Seeks to be Un-Googled
Frankly, it seems impossible, rather like un-ringing a bell.
Nevertheless, Ethiopian-born civil rights lawyer Shakespear Feyissa is trying to force the removal of an archived news story from the student newspaper at Seattle Pacific University.
August 14, 2008
Blogger Ordered to Remove Content
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) Blogger Raja Petra will likely get prison if he doesn't comply with the High Court ruling.
Blogger and website editor Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin has been given until Friday to remove three articles on his blog which were considered defamatory of lawyer Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.They want to prosecute the commenters also. So much for freedom of speech in Malaysia, eh?
At the same time, Raja Petra was ordered to reveal the source(s) for these articles as well as the identities of those who have posted their comments and messages on the three articles by Saturday.
These injunctions were granted by judge Datuk Tee Ah Sing in chambers at the High Court about 4.30pm yesterday.
Muhammad Shafee had taken out a writ of summons against Raja Petra for defamation over all the three articles posted on his blog at his Malaysia Today website on Aug 6, 7 and 11.
Previous post on Raja Petra.
Bali Bombers Nearing Execution
(Jakarta, Indonesia) The murdering scum Bali bombers, Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra, have exhausted all avenues, presumably, for appeal of their convictions and are set to be executed before the start of Ramadan on September 1st.
Security has been heightened at the Nusakambangan Island prison in West Java and sea traffic is being monitored. Fishermen and fishing have been banned in the island's vicinity.
A last ditch non-procedural effort by the terrorists' lawyers claims that execution by firing squad, customary in Indonesia, is torture. The three express a desire to have their heads lopped instead. (more)
A Message from the Club for Growth:
Courtesy of Pat Toomey:
A new poll done for Sean Parnell in his Alaska Republican primary race against the "Bridge to Nowhere" congressman, Don Young, shows Parnell with a four point lead, but the race is within the margin of error of the poll, so we must leave nothing to chance.Click HERE to donate to Sean Parnell's campaign.
The election is now just 12 days away. Now is last chance for you to have an impact.
Now is the last chance to get rid of Young, who recently voted with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats to raise income taxes.
Now is the last chance to defeat Young, a three-time winner of Citizens Against Government Waste's "Porker of the Month" award.
Now is the last chance to replace Young, who sided with the Democrats to override all three of President Bush's vetoes of budget-busting bills last year...
If you usually only donate to help win elections in November, consider this. Every public poll done in the last two months shows Young loses in November if he is the Republican nominee. Parnell is the best candidate on economic issues and the best candidate for winning in November.
The most recent campaign reports show that Young's #1 source of campaign funds comes from unions who love Don Young's vote for the "card check" bill that would banish secret ballot elections to organize a union.
Good News: Austria to Fund al Qaeda Terrorism
Not a joke. AKI [which provides, by far, the best terrorism related reporting] notes that Austria has agreed to pay al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb up to $5 million for the release of two civilian hostages, Andrea Kloiber and Wolfgang Ebner.
They would have already paid the ransom, but it appears that al Qaeda's North African branch is having some internal disagreement over whether or not the $5 million is enough or if Austria must also concede some political demands that were also made.
Does Austria know that the $5 million it pays will be used for terrorism and likely will lead to even more hostage taking? Undoubtedly.
AKI also notes that:
Since the kidnapping, this group has been forced to cease its terrorist activities in the area due to lack of funds and is seeking a ransom in order to relaunch their role in the region.So, no ransom = less terrorism. Terrorism doesn't come cheap, folks. And with poor opium growing conditions combined with few banks able to receive wire transfers from the Swiss banks of Islamic charities, what else do they have?
As always, we hope and pray that the two hostages will be released unconditionally. Paying al Qaeda ransom may save these two, but will lead to the deaths of many more.
Mapping US Strikes on High Value AQ Targets in Pakistan
Interesting map from Will McCants over at Jihadica. Click on over there for a better view.
Best Contest Evah: Win a Threesome With Scarlett Johannson!
If I'm asleep, please don't wake me!
Best contest evah? Nah, just best sounding contest ever.
Notice the two major caveats here. The asterisks reads: "Threesome refers to moviegoing date experience consisting of three people."
Trollhammer thinks that's a major problem, but not me. Not if my past "moviegoing date experiences" are an indicator of how said date is going to end.
I will make Scarlett Johannson mine. Oh yes, she will be mine.
So, the only potential problem I see here is that this threesome could end up being the bad kind. You know, two dudes.
Like in Chasing Amy. Yeah, that movie was a major letdown at the end.
If Vicki Cristina Barcelona ends like that, I'm going to demand my money back.
100% Definitive Proof Bigfoot Lives
World's most important question: Does Bigfoot exist? Yes.
World's second most important question: What does Bigfoot taste like? Yet to be answered, but soon people. Soon.
Seriously, I've loved Bigfoot lore ever since I saw Legend of Boggy Creek as a kid. I even took a Boy Scout troop out on a Bigfoot hunt. That's kind of like a snipe hunt, only bigger bags.
Of course, the whole debate over whether or not Sasquatch is real was made rather moot when Steve Austin got his ass kicked by Bigfoot, wasn't it?
New Dave Cuddy Television Spot
Dave Cuddy, running to oust incumbent Senator Ted Stevens, has a new television spot out:
The Alaska Primary is August 26.
Dave Cuddy's campaign site is HERE.
Sister: Denver Cyanide Man "Not Terrorist". Why? Because He Was a Muslim (Update: Broader Conspiracy?)
Gotta love the logic here. Saleman Abdirahman Dirie's sister tells reporters that her brother was not a terrorist. Evidence? He was a Muslim and terrorism is against Islam.
"He was not a terrorist," Dirie's sister told CanWest News Service on Wednesday from the family home in Ottawa. "We don't want to hear that word. It is against our religion."Classic irony. It would be funny if it weren't so sad.
The same article contradicts itself by first citing the family who claim that Dirie may have committed suicide because he was schizophrenic, and then goes on to quote the sister:
"He was doing fine," she said. "He was just a normal person." She said he didn't seem suicidal.A bit of a contradiction, no?
UPDATE: Not that I wasn't thinking this, I was. Like Jay Tea, I also checked in to the prices at the hotel Dirie was staying at and came to the same question: how could a recent immigrant from Somalia afford such a place? Which inevitably leads to questions about whether he had some kind of support system. Which leads to some other conclusions which, frankly, I'm not quite ready to discuss.
File that one in the back of your mind for future reference. I wasn't going to bring it up, but since Jay Tea went there, it's open for discussion.
I Love the Smell of Insurgent Goo in the Morning
Apache 30mm on insurgent = "goo". Their words, not mine.
Thanks to Alex.
Pigs Fly: A Muslim at the Jewish Journal
Umar Cheema joins the Jewish Journal. He's a Pakistani who's never met a Jew before. Thoughts on his own country's commitment to battling terrorism?
“Even the places America considers its allies,” Cheema said, “they are friendships of necessity.”
In Pakistan and Turkey, two integral Muslim countries in the United States’ war on terror, anti-Americanism is incredibly common and in no small part because they perceive American efforts as a war on Islam.
August 13, 2008
The Murky Relations Between the Yemen Government and al-Qaeda: Al-Qaeda Operatives Killed
Escaped al Qaeda operative Hamza al Quayti was killed in a shootout along with four other al-Qaeda operatives as well as two policemen. President Saleh said the group was planning attacks in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. A published report indicated elements within Yemeni security forces directed al Qauyti in March to launch a failed mortar attack on the US embassy and cleared the roads for his escape after the attack. The coordinates were off deliberately, the report says. Makes sense. The official regime meme is the current raid is proof Yemen is cooperating in the WOT, and deserves "greater international support and understanding" (!!money!!).
Daily Times: Yemen’s leading Al Qaeda fugitive killed in shootout....Hamza al-Quayti, one of 23 Al Qaeda militants who broke out of jail in February 2006, was killed along with four other fighters in Monday’s clash in the town of Tarim, the defence ministry website September 26 said. Two policemen were killed and three others wounded, while two militants were wounded and captured, it added. The ministry said the militants who were hiding in a house stormed by security forces had formed a cell which “planned to execute terror attacks and bombings in Yemen and abroad”. It said police found explosives and documents including Arab passports, including two belonging to Saudis. It claimed the cell was behind attacks including a suicide car bombing that killed eight Spanish tourists and two Yemeni guides at a historic site in Marib, east of Sanaa, in July 2007.
The group was also behind a foiled (pre-election) attack on oil installations in Marib in 2006, and a suicide car bombing last month in the Hadramaut town of Sayun, in which one policeman was killed and 17 people wounded, it added. Three of the 23 Al Qaeda escapees remain at large, five have been killed and 15 others recaptured (and re-released on loose house arrest).
So many Al-Qaeda operatives have been accused of the 2006 thwarted pre-election attacks (including both American Jaber Elbaneh and USS Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi who are both free), but if it was al-Quayti, it makes a lot of sense when factored in with the mortar attacks, which the group claimed "credit" for and all of which missed (the March 18 mortar attack that missed the US embassy, an April 06 mortar attack on a western residential compound that caused no casualties and little damage, and an April 30 mortar attack on the Italian Embassy in Sana’a that missed and hit a neighboring Customs authority building).
On 4/22/08 three late night explosions rocked Sayoun, Hadramout at the main police center, near a wall and no one was wounded. In July, the same police station was targeted by a suicide bomber, the work of al-Quayti bargaining for (overdue?) releases of al-Qaeda members, although the attack was also claimed by by Islamic Jihad Yemen.
Al-Qauyti and the others were killed in a shoot-out with security similar to the earlier deaths of Fawaz al-Raibi and the Egyptian Diwadier, both of whom are purported to have had close relations with top Yemeni officials.
A blast from the past:
"Not Terrorism": Dead Somalian Had Pound of Cyanide
Confirmation that the white substance found in Saleman Abdirahman Dirie's room was, as suspected, cyanide.
Somalian immigrant to Canada. Says "Kill them" on website discussing members of the Islamic Courts Union--what we call the African Taliban -- murdering a Somali Christian. Found dead with a pound of cyanide in Denver.
Police response? foul play was not suspected
FBI response? no apparent connection to terrorism
About a pound of highly toxic sodium cyanide was found inside a hotel room where a 29-year-old Canadian man's body was discovered, authorities in Denver said.I'm not saying this was definitely a "work related accident". But I'm also not ballsy enough to say it wasn't.
Police said foul play was not suspected and FBI spokeswoman Kathy Wright said Wednesday there was no apparent connection to terrorism
The second & third postings are obviously a reference to Dirie being dead. One a reference to what hell feels like and the other a disappointment at his 72 virgins being 7 dudes. What are you guys, morons?
Jesse Jackson Going Under The Bus?
Lulz - best election EVAR:
Jackson, a controversial civil rights activist who ran for president in 1984 and 1988, last month had to apologize for saying Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) “is talking down to black people.” With a microphone recording what Jackson thought was a private conversation prior to an appearance on Fox News, he went on to make other critical comments about Obama. Jackson used a racially charged remark and also said he would like to remove a part of the male anatomy from Obama.Don't worry, Jesse. You'll have a job with the rest of Obama's Bus Brigade when the Saviour is coronated. And at that perfect moment, you will realize that you have been liberated by Obama. Bless His Holy Name.
The Illinois senator has accepted Jackson’s apology.
But Jackson’s widely publicized comments have likely eliminated him as a possible speaker at the Democratic convention in Denver, which starts Aug. 25.
You Know What Pakistan's Dictator Needs? A Blog!
Russia Moving Tactical Nuke Weapons into Georgia?
Not good if true. We need Barack Obama back here STAT to play president and tell them to stop.
Col. Sam Gardiner notes, in an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now, Russia has deployed tactical nuclear weapons to South Ossetia. The SS-21 Missile launchers are relatively weak compared to bombs that have already been used against Georgia by the Russian air force. However, this move does indicate Russia is potentially upping the game from a conventional weapons war to a tactical nuclear weapons war. Gardiner notes that at a news conference on Sunday, the US Deputy National Security advisor has noted these weapons arriving in South Ossetia.
Georgian Attacks: Remember Estonia?
Yet another update regarding the ongoing Georgian cyber attacks. For those that don't realize the significance of this some botherders and do-it-your-self hacktivists have pretty much succeeded in taking most of Georgia's government news outlets off line. Most of the gov.ge sites have now regrouped on the Blogspot platform but there are some residing on other providers.
I have been following this very closely and working with others to get a better picture of what is happening. The results of those efforts are being updated over at the Shadowserver news wiki but I'll repost it below the break for your convenience.
Here is the latest update:
Georgia and Estonia Have Something New in Common
Since last Friday (August 8, 2008) a large number of Georgian websites, both government and non-government alike, have come under attack. There has been a lot of speculation about whether or not foreign governments were involved in the attacks or if it is just the work of outraged citizens taking the action on their own. While no one could really say for sure who was behind the attacks, one thing was clear--the attacks were having a devastating impact on their targets. Even at this very moment, several Georgian websites are still unreachable.
We have been seeing constant distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against Georgian website from various command and control (C&C) servers since last Friday. In fact they were still on going. However, we have not observed an attacks against several of the different websites that are currently offline. While we of course do not have in sight into all DDoS attacks, we were still surprised to see these sites offline and not have observed any traffic destined for them. We were not real sure why this was until today.
Additional Attack Information
Shadowserver has received reliable information that one of the Georgian government websites was being attacked by dozens of Russian computers from several different ISPs throughout the country covering both dialup and broadband users. The traffic destined for the website is overwhelming ICMP traffic. Did we dare say Russian? Yes we did, however, let's be clear here: we were not pointing fingers and we are absolutely not implicating any government involvement (no reason to suspect this).
What does it mean though? Lots of Russians host and lots of ICMP traffic. Could this be a botnet that instructed all of its hosts to send an ICMP flood to the destination? Possibly. However, usually botnets are widely dispeared in several geographic locations. Why on earth would be see such an overwhelming amount of Russian hosts?
Is it possible the same thing that happened to Estonia is happening to Georgia? To put it quite simply, the answer is yes.
The Grass Roots Effect
Lots of ICMP traffic and Russian hosts sounds a lot more like users firing off the 'ping' command and a lot less like some evil government controlled botnet. It did not take us long to find out what is going on. Much like in the attacks against Estonia, several Russian blogs, forums, and websites are spreading a Microsoft Windows batch script that is designed to attack Georgian websites. Basically people are taking matters into their own hands and asking others to join in by continually sending ICMP traffic via the 'ping' command to several Georgian websites, of which the vast majority are government.
The following text is a redacted version of the script being posted:
@echo Call this file (MSK) 18:00, 20:00
@echo Thanks for support of South Ossetia! Please, transfer this file to the friends!
We have removed the actual commands and parameters of the script to avoid being a distribution point for it. However, you can see the raw list of targets that are being spread across the websites. This script has been posted on several websites and is even being hosted as "war.rar" which contains "war.bat" within it on one site. It would appear that these cyber attacks have certainly moved into the hands of the average computer using citizen.
It appears evident that the average user is now getting involved and helping to attack Georgian websites. We do not know the size of the attack, but with many most likely sympathetic and the message spreading from blog to blog and forum to forum, it might not slow any time soon. Whether it is through the use of a botnet or a personal machine, it is quite clear what kind of effect these attacks can have on an infrastructure that is unable to fend them off. We will continue to monitor the situation and report back any developments we observe.
Cross Posted at The Black Flag.
Note to al Qaeda: By the Time You Look Up, It Will Already be Too Late UPDATE: Domestic Terror Plot Link?
Thanks to all those who e-mailed me this. A lot of people are focusing on the fact that Aafia Siddiqui had maps of New York City, chemical compounds, guides on how to make WMD, and a Ph.D. in a related field. All very interesting, yes. But making WMD is much harder than most imagine and without some kind of delivery device to get said weapons from Kandahar to NYC, all kind of moot.
And the notion that she or her friends could pull off an attack on Plum Island a la the Nelson DeMille novel? Laughable.
The most important aspect to her arrest is the electronic trail she left linking her to al Qaeda operatives and leaders. I'm guessing her arrest probably had something to do with this, hence the title to this post.
The Blotter has the scoop:
That haul of information has led multiple government sources to describe Siddique, a 36 year-old MIT graduate, as a potential "treasure trove" of information on terrorist supporters, sympathizers or 'sleepers' in the United States and overseas.Very interesting.
"She is the most significant capture in five years," said former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who said she lives up to her reputation as an alleged terrorist 'Mata Hari.' ...
"This is a major haul, a major capture for the FBI," said Kiriakou. "To find someone who has such rich information, computer hard drives, e-mails, that is really a major capture." ...
When nabbed by a team of Afghanistan National Police officers on July 17th, she also had in her possession a one gigabyte digital media storage device - a thumb drive - whose contents included a large trail of emails that authorities are now poring over, sources said. Those e-mails, a source involved in the investigation said, are between "what she described as 'units' and what we would call 'cells'."
Oh, and a note to our paranoid Muslim friends:
Pakistani officials present at the hearing said they had "no information" on the allegations that Siddique had been secretly held prisoner and "no information" to offer on the allegations that their government may have assisted in that capture.Jay has a video up of the Islamist reaction to Siddiqui's arrest that I've been warning about for days now.
UPDATE: WTF? Ed speculates that maybe Siddiqui's thumb drive might have had something to do with Saleman Abdirahman Dirie. I think his cautionary maybe it's just a coincidence is much more likely. But I'm glad he linked it because otherwise I wouldn't have heard about this:
Less than two weeks before the Democratic National Convention a man has been found dead in a Denver hotel room with a container of what authorities initially suspect to be the deadly poison cyanide.Domestic terrorism?? Since I'm obviously late to the game here, any one with any info on Dirie should e-mail me.
Adding to the intrigue is that the dead man, Saleman Abdirahman Dirie, 29, appears to be from outside the U.S. No passport was found on Dirie, who is believed to have entered the country from Canada.
A large container of a white powdery substance was found in the man’s room on the fourth floor of The Burnsley hotel at 10th and Grant.
Republic of Georgia Cyber Attacks "Part Deux"
I posted about the ongoing attacks against Georgian resources on August 11th. Since that time a lot of the media have been getting on the "lets blame the Russian Business Network and Russian Government" bandwagon without really putting things into context. I mentioned the RBN in the original post as an unverified point of interest (RBN is worth reading up on whether involved in this or not).
To clarify a few points Shadowserver's "Mike Johnson" has updated the wiki with a post titled "Georgian Websites Under Attack - Don't Believe the Hype". It warrants reading as it lays out a bit more historical information on the botnets involved.
An excerpt from that post is below.
We have been tracking these servers for a while now, some for a year or more (and before you ask, yes we've tried to get them shut down, but with little co-operation), so we know their history. We have seen many different DDoS attacks from these particular C&C servers, but there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. What does seem apparent is that the targeted sites don't strike me as being something a government would go after. Without listing the actual targets, they fall into the following broad categories:
* Adult video websites
* Prostitution websites
* White supremacy websites
* Carder websites (sites that trade in stolen credit card numbers)
* Online gambling websites
* Virtual currency websites (think PayPal, but not nearly that legitimate)
* Russian news websites
* Random Russian websites
* Many other websites
The ddos attacks appear to be ongoing as of this morning (13 August 2008) and it is of note that the botnets involved continue to simultaneously attack other web sites that do not belong to the Republic of Georgia.
Update: For more context see Popular Mechanics interview with RBNexploit's Jart Armin.
(cross posted at The Black Flag)
Cross border missiles kill militants
AT least 10 militants were reported killed when four missiles fired from Afghanistan hit their hideouts in a Pakistani tribal area, officials said today.So who was the target of this installment of ZOTTING an Al Qaeda leader?
The missiles struck two militant hideouts in Baghar village in the restive district of South Waziristan on Tuesday night, a senior security official said.
"At least 10 militants were killed in the strikes according to our initial reports,'' he said.
"There were reports about presence of Arab, Turkmen and local militants in the two hideouts, run by a local commander Zanjir Wazir,'' he added.
The pace has picked up of late.....FASTER PLEASE!
UPDATE: AFP is reporting the latest missile strike took place at a Islamist training camp with FOUR missile striking two houses within the camp.
Witnesses said the missile strike destroyed two houses close to each other and rescue workers were seen removing debris amid fears that more people could be trapped inside.This strike has the signs of a hit on a High Value Target.
Local militants cordoned off the area and journalists were not allowed access to the site. Residents said the houses were part of a militant training camp.
UPDATE II: Reuters Nine dead pulled from the destroyed houses with reports now of aircraft flying overhead..
"This camp was run by Hizb-e-Islami and there were about 15 people including foreigners there at the time of the attack," he said referring to a militant faction allied with the Taliban.
Militants sealed off the area and were not letting anyone approach, he said.
"They aren't even letting residents who live nearby go there but our information is that they have recovered nine bodies," he said.
Residents said aircraft had been flying over the area.
Video : Dave Cuddy Explains Why He's Running for the Senate
Dave Cuddy is running against indicted incumbent Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK).
Polls show that Ted Stevens is on track to get trounced in the general election.
If you believe, like I do, that it's long since time to kick out the RINOs and reform the Republican Party, please take a good look at Dave Cuddy.
IN OTHER NEWS, Sean Parnell is up 4 points over Don Young.
August 12, 2008
Convicted Murderer Expressed Regret!
Ah.....but for the wrong reasons.
A young drug dealer who wanted to become a major underworld figure was sentenced to a minimum of 42 years yesterday for killing three men with a machine gun and then stabbing two women when he ran out of ammunition.
Miran Thakrar, 24, shot the men, including a father and son, in their living room because he was upset with the quality of drugs in a previous deal. He had turned up at Keith Cowell’s home in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, with his brother Kevan armed with a Mac 10 semi-automatic.
He first shot the family’s pet, a Staffordshire puppy, before shooting Mr Cowell, Mr Cowell’s son, Matthew, 17, and Tony Dulieu. After he ran out of bullets he stabbed Matthew’s girlfriend Clare Evans, 23, eight times as she tried to protect her three-year-old daughter.
Why was he regretful?
Another involved in the investigation said that Miran, also known as Mike, regretted the bullet he had wasted on the dog: “If they had not run out of ammunition, Christine would not be alive today.”
While I'm sure PETA would be proud of Miran since he regretted popping off the dog, I'm just wondering how he got his hands on a Mac 10
when firearms are banned in the UK...
I'm glad there's a rather large body of water and prison bars between here and there...42 years simply isn't enough.
When Plastic Surgery Goes Wrong
So, you set up an appointment for consultation on having plastic surgery performed on your body and this licensed medical professional greets you.
A prudent patient might want to consider acquiring a second opinion. One female patient didn't with questionable results. She's below the fold (NSFW).
The story is at Wicked Thoughts [Scroll to mid-page]. Note that the medical procedure was performed in a foreign country and I suspect it's a third-world nation with few plastic surgeons. It would explain why Dr. Cross-Eyes has any patients at all.
Debunking Environazi Myths on Offshore Drilling
National Review The Washington Post:
[T]here are three "truths" masquerading as fact among drilling opponents that need to be challenged:h/t: Volokh.
· Drilling is pointless because the United States has only 3 percent of the world's oil reserves...
· The oil companies aren't using the leases they already have...
· Drilling is environmentally dangerous...
At least the Russians are still Russians...
Best F*cking Music Video Evar
I dare you to make it all 4:18 without laughing. I couldn't do it.
I CAN STILL HEAR IT IN MY NIGHTMARES! ARrrgh!!2
Exit question: Possible ANTEATER '08 campaign song?
***IMPORTANT UPDATE BELOW FOLD: ----->>>>>
OH DEAR GOD
Update II by Trollhammer Dear Good Lt:
UPDATE III (Good Lt, to Trollhammer):
Good News: al Qaeda Inspiring AMERICANS to Terrorism in America
Ted Gistaro, the National Intelligence Officer (NIO), spoke at The Washington Institute today. His speech reiterated what we all know: al Qaeda still wants to commit acts of terror in the US, they are recruiting Europeans for the job, and they are having a much easier time doing it now that Pakistan has essentially given up sovereignty to their Taliban allies in the so-called "tribal" areas.
Also a few things I didn't know, such as al Qaeda has developed an order of succession. Should one of it's leaders get killed, someone else will just step into his shoes.
But this? I've been beating the drum about this for years. It's good to see that people who ought to know what al Qaeda and their fellowtravelers are doing online do know.
Al-Qaeda is working to motivate more "homegrown" extremists -- radicals who are inspired, but not directed, by the group -- to plan attacks inside the United States. Though difficult to measure, the spread of radical Salafist internet sites that provide religious justification for attacks, violent anti-Western rhetoric, and signs that self-generating cells in the United States identify with bin Laden's violent objectives all suggest a small number of individuals here may radicalize to the point that they consider conducting violent attacks.Apparently the memo has been passed up the ranks. See for instance Charlotte's Samir Khan who today urged the cutting off of the hands and feet of those who might mistreat Muslim women, all within the context of the legal detention of Aifia Siddiqui who is charged with trying to kill two Americans.
• A growing portion of al-Qaeda propaganda is in English and aimed at an American audience -- either in translated form or verbally by American al-Qaeda members. One such member publicly urged Muslims in early January to violently protest the president's Middle East trip.
This might also help explain why the recent interview of Ayman al-Zawahiri was done in English. Z man claims they did it in English because his Urdu sucked, but maybe there was a second motivation here: connecting with his fans in the U.S. and U.K. in a one-on-one kind of a way.
In any event, as I've long noted, far more Muslims in the world speak English than they do Arabic so that even if the total number of al Qaeda wannabes in the U.S. nubered in the low double digits, the bin Laden fan club is pretty big in Pakistan, Mumbai, Indonesia, Kenya, etc.
Al Qaeda Denounces Armed Coup in Mauritania, Calls for Armed Coup
Consistency, al Qaeda style:
"Raise the banner of jihad and let us bleed and have our limbs severed until we bring back a caliphate styled along the lines of The Prophet's way," the leader of the al Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb, Abu Mus'ab Abd el-Wadoud, said in a statement posted on the Internet on Tuesday...
Tuesday's Web statement condemned what it called "apostate regimes ruling the Islamic Maghreb". "Those regimes that enslave their people have always raised the banner of democracy in their fight against Islam, while people see that most of them assumed power through military coups," el-Wadoud said.
"Youths" Murder Man for Blasphemy
Your R.O.P. in action:
Witnesses told Daily Trust that the man, though a Muslim, made a statement residents considered as blasphemous against the Holy Prophet after his relatives denied him his share of the estate left by their deceased father....Although in Africa, I'm sure the root cause of these youths' anger is somehow related to lack of social mobility in French society.
A witness said, "Many youths carrying various types of dangerous weapons have started grouping themselves for further action over the issue before the police and Hisbah men dispersed them."
He said the victim made the alleged blasphemous statement Friday night and repeated same on Saturday morning.
When the news spread to the neighborhood about the man's statement, a group of youths mobilized and attacked him.
US Denies Siddiqui Was Held Prior to Last Month
Another day yet another Aifia Siddiqui protest.
Thanks to Miss Kelly who, like me, thinks the Aafia Siddiqui arrest is a much bigger story than the attention its garnering. She writes:
While the Siddiqui case isn't garnering much attention here, it's HUGE in Pakistan, as you know. I can't believe how many Pakistanis believe that she's been "continuously tortured and raped" by Americans for five years at Bagram.It's true, not only in Pakistan but around the Muslim world tens of millions of people actually believe that Siddiqui was held for years and routinely tortured and raped. Not only that, but they believe that she is representative of many other Muslim women who the U.S. tortures --- for the fun of it or because we are a bunch of Islamophobes.
"But yesterday, US officials vehemently denied that Siddiqui had been in American custody until her recent arrest."Meshes well with the notion I have that Siddiqui wanted to get caught, doesn't it?
"Dean Boyd, a Justice Department spokesman, called the allegations 'absolutely baseless and false.' A CIA spokesman also denied that she had been detained."
" 'For several years, we have had no information regarding her whereabouts whatsoever,' said Gregory Sullivan, a State Department spokesman on South Asian affairs. 'It is our belief that she . . . has all this time been concealed from the public view by her own choosing.'
A theory that Miss Kelly heard from a colleague and which Newbie keeps coming back to is that Siddiqui was being held by the Pakistani ISI--either in some kind of witness protection program or in some kind of nameless horror that must by a Pakistani detention center--and that she was dumped in Afghanistan after pressure mounted for her release early last month.
Like I've said, I'm not inclined to buy into that story. It seems much more likely to me that she wanted to get caught in order to garner more support for al Qaeda which uses the "US tortures/rapes Muslim women" as justification for spectacular terror attacks. I fully expect that the next successful al Qaeda attack will be done in Siddiqui's name.
I also can't help but wonder if her capture might help explain how we were able to kill "the commander of al Qaeda in Afghanistan", Abu Saeed al-Masri today? It stands to reason that if the two are related then any intel she gave us must have been fresh enough to use, and therefore, contrary to the widespread conspiracy theories in the Muslim world, she has not been in either our or the Pakistani's custody until very recently.
Do You Know a Good Attorney in North Texas Interested in Working to Protect Gun Rights?
UPDATE: The case is a pro bono case involving First and Second Amendment issues. It does not involve any criminal defendants.
If you know anyone who might be interested, please point them over this way.
Al-Qa'eda's Abu Saeed al-Masri 'killed on Afghan border' UPDATE: Commander of AQ in Afghanistan
If this report is true Al Qaeda has just suffered another major blow..
Abu Saeed al-Masri, said to be among the top leadership in the terror group, was killed in fighting in the hotly disputed border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.Update by Rusty: This is a big deal so Im going to bump it. I got an email from Luara Mansfield (see link on right sidebar--sorry, I'm on iphone again) who reminded me that Al-Masri is called "the commander of al Qaeda in Afghanistan". He's AQs #3 man and their top operational leader.
"He was believed to be among the top leadership of al-Qa'eda," the senior security official in Pakistan said.
Al-Masri, which means Egyptian, was the senior most Al Qa'eda operative to have been killed in Pakistan's tribal belt since the death of his compatriot, Abu Khabab al-Masri, an Al Qa'eda chemical and biological weapons expert, last month.
Al-Qa'eda have yet to confirm the latest death.
Champion Pig Named Muhammad
(Columbus, Ohio) Former members of 4-H and the Future Farmers of America will appreciate this report. A young competitor at the Ohio State Fair, Tyla Voight, raised a pig named Muhammad Ali that sold for $30,000 during the 41st annual Sale of Champions.
The retail food chain, Kroger Co., purchased Voight's prize pig for $30,000 so it can be assumed that many of Kroger's customers will be eating Muhammad Ali.
Tipped by Patrick Poole who anticipates complaints and possibly a boycott of Kroger from the quick-to-be-offended Muslim groups. I surely wouldn't be surprised.
Gay Athletes at the Olympics
Reportedly, there are only 10 openly-homosexual athletes out of more than 10,000 competitors at the Beijing Olympics.
It seems to be a rather small number of gays to be part of thousands of trim, toned and muscular young athletes.
Videos : McCain vs. Obama on Russia
Barack Obama, earlier this year: "Instead of threatening to kick them out of the G8, we need to work with Russia."
August 11, 2008
Video : McCain's Veep Suitors
Stupid, but kinda funny...
Another Gun Totin' Jawa!
Not that I'm bragging about my new precioussssssss, but thought you might enjoy a little weapon pr0n:
Video : "The One"
I've gotta hand it to McCain's guys. They're running circles around "The One" when it comes to viral/online video projects.
Did Aifia Siddiqui WANT to get Captured?
Pakistani women protest the detention of Aifia Siddiqui today
I'm assuming that by granting al Qaeda operative Aafia Siddiqui access to doctors that they mean she will be taken to a hospital and not simply see the in-house medical staff. You'll recall that she was caught in Afghanistan and later shot as she tried to kill her captors. As I've said in the past, expect further charges for Siddiqui who was mentioned by her former uncle-in-law Khalid Sheik Mohammed as a possible facilitator & financier.
A frail-looking Siddiqui appeared in a wheelchair as her lawyers argued for her release in Manhattan federal court.I usually don't subscribe to conspiracy theories. But if I was a betting man I'd have to guess that Aifaa Siddiqui wanted to get caught. I'm serious.
At the hearing, initially scheduled to discuss bail, her lawyers said she was in dire need of medical care. That was granted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Pitman, who also ordered she continue to be held without bail.
The timing here just stinks to high heaven. This story is BIG NEWS amongst the radical Islamist community. Siddiqui is now claiming that the long held Islamist conspiracy narrative that she has been held in secret for years by the U.S. is true.
Siddiqui's lawyer claims that she was held for years by the US, tortured, and raped. A nearly identical story first put forth by al Qaeda about "Prisoner 650" who last month began to be associated with Sidiqqi through al Qaeda sympathizers at Cage Prisoners.
Here is what Cage Prisoners reports:
A Pakistani woman charged with attacking US army officers in Afghanistan last month has told her lawyer that she was in US custody for years, despite claims that she was only arrested last month....This is a big deal. Protests over Siddiqui are being held on a daily basis by Pakistani Islamists and a bunch of nuts showed up in New York to protest Siddiqui's detainment today.
Her US lawyer, Elaine Sharp, who interviewed her for three hours on Wednesday, said her description of the place she was detained meant it could only be Bagram, the US base in Afghanistan.
"The abuse was horrendous, it was physical, as well as psychological. It was torture," Sharp said. "When you're locked up in such a place and treated so horrifically, they don't exactly give you a calendar, but she says it was a very long time, years for sure ... They [her captors] were Americans, there's no doubt about it."
While Sharp declined to give details of the alleged abuse, Siddiqui's sister, Fauzia, told a press conference yesterday in Islamabad that Siddiqui had been "raped repeatedly". Sharp said Siddiqui was not getting proper treatment for a bullet wound, which may have gone septic.
The line being given by the Islamists is that Siddiqui has been held at Bagram in Afghanistan since 2003 where she has been tortured and raped. Thus they believe she is "Prisoner 650", a woman who Abu Yahya al-Libi and other al Qaeda members claim the U.S. has been holding in Afghanistan for years.
Even worse? They now also claim that the U.S. is holding Siddiqui's three young children.
But the association of Siddiqui as "Prisoner 650" only came early last month with a press conference organized by British al Qaeda supporters was held in Pakistan. That press conference was held the first week of July. Siddiqui was captured on July 17th.
Doesn't the timing seem a little odd to you? That Siddiqui would suddenly appear a few weeks after Islamists began agitating for her 'release'?
The timing is explained by Islamists as being somehow related to the upcoming elections. I suppose this goes hand in hand with their narrative that the War on Terror is really a horse-and-pony show designed to give Americans a pretext to attack Islam and Muslims.
But it seems to me that there is alternative explanation for the timing: maybe Siddiqui wanted to get captured.
What if Siddiqui planned to get caught and then, once caught, claim she is "Prisoner 650"? It would spark, as it has, worldwide outrage and protest. And had she been killed, as may have been her wish given her attempt to kill two Americans while in custody, then the worldwide Islamist movement would have a martyr on their hands.
Not Aiffa Siddiqui the al Qaeda financier, but Aiffa Siddiqui the innocent mother of three who has been tortured and raped for years before the Americans murdered her.
I don't know, maybe the theory is wrong. Maybe the whole thing is just bad---and I mean terrible--timing. But the notion that Siddiqui is the much discussed "Prisoner 650" is just way too incredible to believe. It's far more plausible to me that al Qaeda would sacrifice one of its own to garner public sympathy--at a time when much of the Muslim world has lost interest in supporting them.
I just wanted to get these thoughts down. Like I said, this is a BIG DEAL with tons of petitions being circulated for her release and talk of vengeance in her name. If you'll remember, one of the major justifications al Qaeda in Iraq had for killing civilian hostages was the claim they made that the U.S. routinely detained, tortured, and raped Muslim women in Iraq.
Don't be surprised if the next wave of terrorist attacks by al Qaeda and their fellow-travelers were done in the name of revenge for Aifia Siddiqui.
Phallus Shaped Veggies Key to al Qaeda Defeat
Veggie Tales: Banned by al Qaeda for erotic imagery.
As a good friend of mine half-jokingly used to say: it's always about the c*ck. Indeed:
Besides the terrible killings inflicted by the fanatics on those who refuse to pledge allegiance to them, Al-Qa'eda has lost credibility for enforcing a series of rules imposing their way of thought on the most mundane aspects of everyday life.And from what I hear, al Qaeda fighters bought a lot of cucumbers. Few, if any, ever reached home.
They include a ban on women buying suggestively-shaped vegetables, according to one tribal leader in the western province of Anbar.
Sheikh Hameed al-Hayyes, a Sunni elder, told Reuters: "They even killed female goats because their private parts were not covered and their tails were pointed upward, which they said was haram.
"They regarded the cucumber as male and tomato as female. Women were not allowed to buy cucumbers, only men."
Thanks to Dave.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Novaculus writes:
When you think about it, it isn't surprising the al Qaeda boys find exposed goat p***y distracting.Heh!
Boycotting Jews Can be Hazardous to Your Health
It's pretty cheesy/corny, but the point is well taken. Levi Strauss was a J-O-O? All part of the global conspiracy I suppose. Is there anything those wascally Zionists didn't invent?
Thanks to Shy Guy.
Update: Georgian Government Websites Under DDoS & Cyber Attack
The Georgian Republics Parliament website has been defaced as well:
parliament.ge now shows:
Original post continues below:
Some of the Internet resources of the Georgian government have been the targets of fairly steady DDoS attack's since early July of 2008. The website of the President of Georgia has been hit fairly heavily over the last few days and is currently going off line randomly as it is overcome by the attack (it was up this morning but has been down for several hours now).
The Threat Expert Blog had an article about similar attacks on president.gov.ge back on 20 July 2008. In that article they credited Steven Adair for the information regarding the botnet involved in the attack, likewise Steven gets credit for bringing the ongoing attacks to my attention this morning. Stevens latest post on this issue can be found on the Shadowserver web site later today (I'll update this post when that info becomes available).
True to form there's appears to have been a cooperative effort between the cyber attacks and the military attacks on the ground in Georgia. Whether the attacks are the work of the Russian government or that of those sympathetic to their cause remains to be seen. Estonia recently suffered a similar fate less the actual physical invasion forces.
Update by Howie: Comment by Thomas R. Burling, CFO
Tulix Systems, Inc, reprinted in main post by permission.
Just trying to get the word out. Because of the conflict between Russia and the Republic of Georgia we are getting hammered. We broadcast, for expatriots, three Georgian television stations and a special announcement site for the Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili (president.gov.ge) if you are carrrying any Georgian based material be careful, we are receiving attacks all across the spectrum, not only on our Georgian websites but all of our issued IPs. Fortunately we have the equipment and technicians who can handle it. But if you don't and have any material related to the war you may want to premptively take it down.We agreed to host the President's site because Russian hackers had taken down the entire internet in Georgia. These people are nuts. Our techs are getting no sleep at all. It's one thing to attack the .ge site. It is another to take our table out of ARIN and try to take the whole network down.
Here's a sample of what we're seeing regarding the attacks on Georgian resources, on and off, since mid July (source IP's removed):
2008-07-20 15:15:14 184.108.40.206 president.gov.ge flood icmp www.president.gov.ge
2008-07-20 15:15:12 220.127.116.11 president.gov.ge flood tcp www.president.gov.ge
2008-07-20 15:15:08 18.104.22.168 president.gov.ge flood http www.president.gov.ge
2008-07-20 14:14:23 22.214.171.124 president.gov.ge flood icmp www.president.gov.ge
2008-07-20 14:14:20 126.96.36.199 president.gov.ge flood tcp www.president.gov.ge
2008-07-20 14:14:17 188.8.131.52 president.gov.ge flood http www.president.gov.ge
2008-07-20 13:13:33 184.108.40.206 president.gov.ge flood icmp www.president.gov.ge
2008-07-20 13:13:32 220.127.116.11 president.gov.ge flood tcp www.president.gov.ge
The RBNExploit blog claims that the Internet routing for the Georgian Internet resources may have been under attack in an effort to stop proper routing to those services. The RBNExploit Blog claims the Russian Business Network is involved, I can't verify that claim but if you don't know what the RBN is you need to go find out. RBN is responsible for quite of bit of the nastiness on the Internet as far as cyber crime and fraud goes.
Additionally, the Georgian Office of Foreign Ministry was also defaced with images likening the Georgian President to Hitler, details are available at Interfax.
(This article cross posted at The Black Flag)
Cutest Blog Evah: 10 Year Old Supports McCain
The Georgia/Russia War Will be Blogged
Georgian President : We Are Engaged in a War for the Future of Europe
Published in the Wall Street Journal:
Ostensibly, this war is about an unresolved separatist conflict. Yet in reality, it is a war about the independence and the future of Georgia. And above all, it is a war over the kind of Europe our children will live in. Let us be frank: This conflict is about the future of freedom in Europe.I'm not sufficiently familiar with the geopolitics of Georgia and its surrounding nations to even venture a suggestion as to how we might effectively help our ally right now. It certainly seems that it is in our best interest to do whatever we reasonably can, for the same reasons that it has been in our best interest to stick it out in Iraq. Would-be liberal democratic reformers around the world need to know that they have at least one strong ally in their conflicts with regional hegemons, and they are learning, sadly, that the powers of Western Europe can't be counted on to stand with them. As President Saakashvili notes:
No country of the former Soviet Union has made more progress toward consolidating democracy, eradicating corruption and building an independent foreign policy than Georgia. This is precisely what Russia seeks to crush.
This conflict is therefore about our common trans-Atlantic values of liberty and democracy. It is about the right of small nations to live freely and determine their own future. It is about the great power struggles for influence of the 20th century, versus the path of integration and unity defined by the European Union of the 21st. Georgia has made its choice.
If Georgia falls, this will also mean the fall of the West in the entire former Soviet Union and beyond. Leaders in neighboring states — whether in Ukraine, in other Caucasian states or in Central Asia — will have to consider whether the price of freedom and independence is indeed too high.
Bill Richardson on Russia v. Georgia : We Should Immediately Get Russia to Condemn Itself
From Bill Richardson, no less:
We should immediately go to the United Nations Security Council, condemn Russia’s action, and then get the Security Council to pass a strong resolution getting the Russians to show some restraint, and possibly at the same time generate some U.N. peacekeeping troops.The U.N. Security Council will pass a strong resolution against Russia when Hell freezes over. I hope few of our regular Jawa readers need to be told why.
Episode VI: The Return of the Rusty Shackleford
You may have noticed that my posting has been rather on again off again all summer. Where have I been? I'd tell you but I'd have to kill you. Suffice it to say it's a private matter.
I will say that I've been on the road for the past two months, it was rather unexpected, and that it was urgent. So much so that I told almost no one outside my immediate family that I had gone or where I was. I was home a day or two here or there, but other than that I've come to learn one thing about this great land of ours: there are Wendy's in nearly every town. Thank God for that!
The posting I was able to do was mostly from hotel rooms on my laptop and over the last week from my new iPhone.
I'm home now and since I have a day job commitment I should be here right through the end of the semester. My apologies to all those who I left in a lurch and for the hundreds of e-mails I've been forced to ignore.
Now, where to begin?
PS--As you can see I have too many e-mails to check. If you have something that is urgent or still relevant you might want to resend.
UPDATE: Okay, you caught me. I spent my summer training with Jeff G. to enter the octagon.
OMG, They Killed Chef! Isaac Hayes RIP
You bastards! Isaac "Chef" Hayes dead at 65. I had a few Scientology jokes lined up but suddenly they didn't sound so funny. Instead, here's South Park's tribute to Isaac Hayes. The funeral oratory from "Chef Returns".
MILFs Attack, 130,000 Flee Southern Philippines
(Mindanao Island, Philippines) The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has attacked and occupied the North Cotabato Province of central Mindanao causing 130,000 majority Christian citizens to flee. Fifteen villages have been occupied.
The MILFs demand more land and cancellation of democratic elections.
Harsh criticism that the government doesn't protect Christians has prompted officials in Manila to respond swiftly with bombs from Philippine Air Force planes and artillery from ground brigades. Guerillas are reportedly putting up "heavy resistance." Fortunately, casualties reported thus far have been slight.
The Red Cross is sending food, water and medicine to aid the evacuees.
Note that the theft of real estate owned by others is apparently defined as liberation by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Interestingly, it's the same definition used by Castro in Cuba, Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Stalin in the Soviet Union and many other totalitarian despots.
August 10, 2008
New Zawahri Tape; He Speaks English
This is a first... an audiotape from an Al Qaeda leader in.... English no less.... yeah all those days and nights in a safehouse were put to good use....he learned a language.
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri calls for Pakistanis to support jihad in his first ever audio statement in English, which aired today on a Pakistani television station, according to IntelCenter, a Washington-based firm that tracks terrorism.No word if the tape was made before or after the July 28th missile strike that killed the WMD guy.
Update:AFP is reporting ARY One Television censored the Zawahiri tape.
"Some portions of the video were not telecast due to sensitivities and personal attacks," deputy director of the ARY One television network, Mazhar Abbas, told AFP.
Obama Dumps Stars & Stripes for Campaign Symbol
Presumptive Democrat candidate Barack Obama recently remodeled his campaign airplane at a cost of $500,000. Changes included new paint and removal of the Stars and Stripes from the tail.
In place of the American flag, his personal crest/icon, the Obama symbol, is now displayed.
BEFORE and AFTER
As an individual act, it's not a big deal. However, when one considers it with the National Anthem episode and the lapel pin kerfluffle, it's telling. Obama has repeatedly dissed the symbols of freedom. (More)
Video: Raw footage from the Russo-Georgian War
ADDENDUM: The body count for this conflict, barely a week old, is already at 2,000 on both sides and is rising. Where is the "world outrage" at the levels of intensity that were seen prior to and during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars?
Not to trivialize every tragedy in this conflict to make a tit-for-tat point about the realities and myths of our conflict, but I sometimes find the contrast between the two, shall we say, teachable.
Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: What to do with my hand? Edition
click image for alternate photo
More Caption fun here at America is an Obamanation.
A Blog Sabbath Thought from Rudy
1-There is a God.
2-I'm not Him.
August 09, 2008
Another Terrorist Attack in Remote China
Apparently the threat of attack on China was not an idle threat. A second series of explosions occurred early Sunday morning in the same region as the first. A threat was released on the 6th of August promising more attacks by a group called Islamic Party of Turkistan.
Via CNN: Several explosions rocked a county in northwestern China early Sunday, killing at least two people, state-run media reported.Luckily the group may be unable to carry out its threats except in the remote areas where these attacks occured.
The explosions, which occurred between 3:20 and 4 a.m., blasted the 400-population Kuqa County in China's remote Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, which borders Tibet to the south, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.
They came less than a week after an attack in the same region killed 16 police officers and injured 16 more, forcing authorities to step up security.
Somehow I doubt the strategy of messing with the Chinese will pay off for this group. When they tire of this and the Olympics end I foresee a big push back from the Chinese government. And I don't think it will be gentle.
Video : The Original Intro to Episode IV
Italy Busts Terror Cell
Five North Africans have been arrested in Italy on charges of conspiring to commit acts of international terrorism.
Police in Bologna say they arrested four Tunisians and a Moroccan and are seeking a sixth man.
They are investigating an alleged international terrorist ring, which they say recruited suicide bombers for Iraq and Afghanistan.
What Others Do In War
File these images away in the back of your minds and pull them out the next time
some moonbat starts going on and on about "our brutality."
These are civilians - dazed, confused, injured and dying - after Russian air strikes. This is scorched earth war - what some on the left want us to believe the US military does on a regular basis.
AP photo: George Abdaladze
Almighty Allah Arrested on Drug Charges
Let's Retire Don Young (R-AK)
Don Young is one of the worst congressmen in the U.S. House. His massive appetite for earmarks and pork projects, including the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere," is legendary. He is one of only 13 Republicans to vote in favor of ending secret ballots in union elections. He has spent, to date, $1.2 million responding to ongoing federal corruption investigations related to his VECO and Coconut Road dealings.
Don Young's arrogance and habit of spending taxpayer money as if it were his own are exemplary of just about everything that is wrong with the Republican Party today. Given his bad press, it's no wonder that the Dems are looking forward to facing Young in November.
Luckily for conservatives (and Republicans), Don Young is being challenged in the primary by Sean Parnell, a young reformer who has been endorsed by National Review, the Club for Growth and Alaska Right-to-Life, among many others.
The choice here, between a pork-o-rama 35-year incumbent under federal investigation and a young conservative reformer, should be pretty easy for anyone who understands that the GOP has serious problems and needs to change its big spending ways and get back to true conservative principles.
The Alaska Primary is on August 26. Please support Sean Parnell.
As a side note: given the choice between the big-spending porker and the proven reformer, anyone want to hazard a guess which candidate Mike Huckabee is backing?
“I am at the same time humbled, thrilled, and deeply appreciative of Governor Mike Huckabee's endorsement. The Governor is a true conservative who has motivated and inspired many Americans, including myself, by standing for what is good about and good for our nation.” Young said.Sadly, that was one was no surprise. If you believe Mike Huckabee is a "true conservative," I've got a bridge to sell ya.
Cross-posted at The RINO Hunters' Lodge.
John Edwards Mistress's Family Challenges Him To Paternity Test
The family of John Edwards' former mistress, Rielle Hunter, is challenging the former senator to take a DNA paternity test after his claim that he did not father Hunter's six-month old child.So there you have it folks. OK Mr. Edwards, the ball is in your court again.
In the first reaction from Hunter's family, her younger sister Melissa told ABC News that Edwards should immediately follow through on his pledge to take a paternity test.
"I would challenge him to do so," the sister said. "Somebody must stand up and defend my sister," she said.
Goergia Declares "State of War" with Russia
Not good news, not good at all.
Via CNN: Georgia's parliament Saturday approved a request by President Mikhail Saakashvili's to impose a "state of war," as the conflict between Georgia and Russia escalated, Georgian officials said.I hope this conflict can be resolved quickly with as little bloodshed as possible.
Saakashvili accused Russia of launching an unprovoked full-scale military attack against his country, including targeting civilian homes, while Russian officials insist their troops were protecting people from Georgia's attacks on South Ossetia, a breakaway Georgian region that borders Russia....
... President George Bush, speaking from Beijing, called for an immediate halt to the violence, a stand-down by all troops, and an end to the Russian bombings.
The Georgian "state of war" order is not a formal declaration of war, and stops short of declaring martial law, according to Georgian officials who described it to CNN.
Bernie Mac Dead at 50
Wow. Via Chicago Tribune
Comedian and Chicago native Bernie Mac died early Saturday morning from complications due to pneumonia, his publicist confirmed.He also enjoyed a good cigar and talking to "America" on his show.
Mac, 50, had been hospitalized for about a week at Northwestern Hospital, according to his spokeswoman. A few years ago, Mac disclosed that he suffered from sarcoidosis, a rare autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in tissue, most often in the lungs.
The comic born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough could cut an imposing figure. He stood six-foot-three, was built like a fullback and carried himself with a bouncer's reticence. But perhaps the strongest weapon in the Chicago comedian's arsenal was that voice, that amalgam of thought and a delivery that could rise like a tidal wave, outpace a Gatling gun and remained, to his last days, loud and unapologetic..
People's Cube: Best Facts About Obama
1. Every now and then, Obama opens his eyes and the world springs into existence.Al-Qaeda really wants into the community organizing business, but Obama has not yet been able to guide them because of that damned Bush.
2. When a tree falls in the forest, Obama hears it.
3. Obama can clap with one hand.
4. Prometheus was punished for plagiarizing Obama.
5. Obama can make a journey of a thousand miles without a single step.
Video : How to Kill an American
Odd title, but cool message...
August 08, 2008
Youtube Video: Wafa Sultan on Sharia
Hat Tip: The Astute Bloggers. (click here for Robert Spencer Interview)
I'd like, write more, but the Coronas.... Also illegal under Sharia I might add. In fact Iran hangs more people than any other nation including China. And yes they can hang you in Iran for drinking.
Attn: Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR
S.M.C. or ORUSBU COCUKLARI!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Union workers and officials at a Tyson Foods plant in Tennessee said Friday they have agreed to reinstate Labor Day as a paid holiday, and the plant will also observe the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr this year.It appears that if you are Muslim you will still get to observe Eid, if you are not you still get Labor Day. Which is how it should be. No?
Tyson had previously agreed to drop Labor Day and substitute the Muslim holiday as part of a new 5-year contract to accommodate Muslim workers at the plant in Shelbyville, which is about 50 miles south of Nashville. The decision sparked widespread criticism, from local politicians to talk radio to the Internet.
The Springdale, Ark.-based company said it requested reinstating Labor Day after complaints from plant workers and the public.
Tyson's previous decision to drop Labor Day as a paid holiday drew intense scrutiny. In a letter to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette newspaper published Thursday, the local mayor and other state elected leaders said substituting Labor Day "for a nontraditional holiday is unacceptable."Ibrahim Cooper of CAIR located in Washington DC said of the incident..
"For over a hundred years, Labor Day has stood as a symbol to honor the working men and women of this country. But for the past few years traditions like Labor Day have been under attack. This time it's gone too far and we, as patriotic Americans, must draw our line in the sand," the letter said states.
This wasn't something imposed. It seems that this backtracking would be the result of the backlash from anti-Muslim hate (Web) sites and Islamophobes on the InternetAllahu Chicken!
Previous: The Jawa Report: Tyson Foods Trades Labor Day For Eid
Hat Tip: Michelle.
We used to get a lot of comments from Muslims in turkey from asking us to ORUSBU COCUKLARI! That is when they were not threatening to deface our website or kill us in the name of Allah.
We're still here, waiting patiently.....
Our Candidate Weighs In On Edwards Scandal
There's still a chance to vote for REAL change, people. Don't waste it.
Chinese Bench Penis Incident
(Hong Kong) A 42-year-old man, his name isn't disclosed so I'll call him Bob, enters the 24-hour exercise area of Lam Tin Park right after taking a male enhancement tablet. Bob then unzips his shorts, exposes his jade stalk and commences doing push-ups on a perforated exercise bench. Well, guess what happens.
Yes, Bob gets stuck, calls for the Fire Department and horror and hilarity ensues. The story has been burning up the Hong Kong Internet forums.
Check out the local Chinese video. Bob's painful moans can be understood in any language.
Conference on Muslim Takeover of Britain
Attention, Sharia supporters! In case your personal invitation got lost in the mail, here's the official notice.
"One day the Islamic flag will fly over Downing Street!"- Sheikh Omar Bakri
Let me suggest that someone with a videocamera attend and report about the moderate plans to create the British caliphate.
Russia Invades Georgia: When 2 Natural Allies go to War
Russia invaded Georgia today in response to Georgian moves to retake a breakaway province. As some of you may recall I lived in Russia. Again, I'm typing this via iphone so no links and only a couple of thoughts.
What should our response be? I don't know. Both countries are vital to our national interests. Contrary to popular belief (I noticed Michelle Malkin say something to this effect) the conflict in Chechnya is not over. People only think it's over because the Russians keep a very tight lid on the media, like complete silence. If you don't believe me just Google "Kavkaz center".
So, we need both countries to suppress the trans-Caucasian Islamist movement. Especially now that Turkey has decided that it will not go after elements of this movement within it's borders.
Also, contrary to the media line the Chechen separatist movement is very much allied with al Qaeda.
The same Islamist fighters who terrorize Russia operate in Georgia.
A quick refresher: South Ossetia is in Georgia but North Ossetia is in Russia. Also in North Ossetia--Beslan.
So you see we need both countries to help quash the Islamist uprising in the Caucuses. I know our natural inclination is to root for Georgia but the hard reality is that we need Russia as an ally (if not as a friend) more than we do Georgia. Yes our interests often conflict with those of Russia and rarely with Georgia but that is only because Georgia has few global interests to begin with.
Russia shares a border with a number of "stans" each of which has the potential of becoming the next Afghanistan. If push comes to shove, better Russian blood spilt invading than US blood.
So the situatin is far more complicated than pro-American country (Georgia) vs anti-American country (Russia). The Georgians may be our friends but our tenuous alliance on certain key issues with Russia is more important to our long term national interests.
For this reason don't look for us to help Georgia out. We won't. I know this is unsettling and I know there would be a certain amount of satisfaction in certain circles should Russia be given a bloody nose, but our national interest should come before pride--and even friendship.
Prominent Democrat Comes Out In Favor Of Drilling
WASHINGTON - Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday admitted to an extramarital affair while his wife was battling cancer. He denied fathering the woman's daughter.
Edwards told ABC News that he lied repeatedly about the affair with a 42-year-old woman but said that he didn't love her. He said he has not taken a paternity test but knows he isn't the father because of the timing of the affair and the birth.
But it's okay. As we learned in the '90s, everybody does it.
ALTERNATE HEADER (by Good Lt.): ** Former Vice Presidential Running Mate for Kerry of Unknown Party Affiliation Admits Lying to American Public; Media Now Permitted to Cover Story By DNC **
Thank you. Thank you.
Where's Dr. Rusty Shackleford?
The Force is what gives a Jedi his powers. It's an energy field created giant boobies. It surrounds us, penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together!
There Can Be Only One.
I don't know who originally created it but I ran across it this morning.
You can enjoy it below the break.
Woman Denied Bid to Leave Islam
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) A Sharia Court of Appeal has denied permission for a 35-year-old local Chinese woman to leave Islam and convert to Christianity. Noorashikin Lim Abdullah (previously known as Lim Yoke Khoon) had her case thrown out because the legal paperwork had the wrong name on it.
The woman acquired the name Abdullah three years ago when she married a Muslim. However, her former name, Lim Yoke Khoon, appeared on the paperwork which the court ruled was a person that no longer existed.
Interestingly, when her marriage fell apart, the woman tried to change the name and religion on her identity card but the National Registration Department said she must first get permission from the Islamic Sharia Court to renounce Islam. So, she goes to the Sharia Court where she's told she can't renounce Islam because she hasn't changed her name.
Notably, the disputes regarding religious conversions in Malaysia are frustrating minorities since Sharia Courts almost always rule against people wanting to leave Islam.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Nuclear Power But Were Afraid to Ask...
August 07, 2008
Islamists For Obama Announce New Election Strategy
Because I didn't spend the better part of half an hour Pshopping this just to let It languish in an old post...
You know what sucks though? I did this from the road via my iPhone, which means I had to do the entire thing--html and all--by hand--with a tiny little keyboard. You know how hard THAT is?!?!
One of The Coolest Thing About 2nd Graders is...
Wednesday at Gen. Tommy Franks' iDebate Developing Leaders Camp
The participants in General Tommy Franks' iDebate Developing Leaders Camp had a chance to take a little time off yesterday afternoon at General Franks' ranch, but most of the week, the students have been working hard to learn the facts and hone their arguments on the selected debate issues, which have included federal taxation policy, health care reform, and privatization of social security. The iDebate website describes the program as follows:
Developing Leaders with General Tommy Franks is a 5 day leadership development camp for 48 of the finest high school students from across the nation. This summer, these students will gather to voice their views, positions and concerns about some of the most important public policy issues of our day.Yesterday, the focus was on national health care policy, and the teams worked in breakout sessions.
Hosted by the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute, the National Center for Policy Analysis, and the Academy of Leadership & Liberty at the Oklahoma Christian University, these students will be immersed in the issues permeating this year's presidential debates. Presenting their ideas in a televised, free-style debate, and moderated by a nationally known debate moderator, students will have a chance to share their vision for the future with their peers and the American public.
Nathan Brown tries out an argument on his team members, including Hillary Heisel
Brenna Middleton weighs in, while Christopher Carroll checks his notes
Emmett Giles sets out his position on universal health care.
Roza Essaw provides another perspective.
Christopher Opperman practices his speech.
Meredith Potter, in a moment of levity.
Cody Merrill argues forcefully against universal health care.
Debate Coach and law student Sarah Stephens shares some feedback.
The team was all ears.
To learn more about the iDebate program, you can find more information here:
Justice? I Don't Think So
Slap on the wrist? Try a pat on the head.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A military jury gave Usama bin Laden's driver a stunningly lenient sentence on Thursday, making him eligible for release in just five months despite the prosecutors' request for a sentence tough enough to frighten terrorists around the globe.
Salim Hamdan's sentence of 5 1/2 years, including five years and a month already served at Guantanamo Bay, fell far short of the 30 years to life that prosecutors wanted. It now goes for mandatory review to a Pentagon official who can shorten the sentence but not extend it.
What a load of crap. That's about all I can say on a PG-13 blog.
Second Threat Against Olympics from Islamic Party of Turkistan Released on Youtube
A group calling itself the Islamic Party of Turkistan has issued a second threat against the Olympic Games in Beijing. Laura Mansfield is working on a translation of the statement.
More here from Internet Haganah.
The IPT's site (tipislamyultuzi.com) is currently suspended, and the cleric's site (kanzhassan.com) is inactive.Already suspended? Sigh, wonder how that happened? I blame the Worldwide Zionist Conspiracy Inc.
The involvement of the al-Fajr Media Center can be taken as a sign that the IPT enjoys a positive working relationship with the al-Qa`ida Home Office in Waziristan (or wherever it actually is). It appears that someone launched a successful attack in Kashgar, Xinjiang, but it remains to be seen if the people who issued the threat can actually manage to pull off an attack in Beijing during the Olympics.
So nothing left for Jawas except to maybe email a terrorist?
If you manage to get a reply please forward, do not cut and paste, to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
Coalition forces capture alleged terrorist leader
BAGHDAD – Coalition forces detained 25 suspected terrorists Thursday during sweeps targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq operations and facilitation in central and northern Iraq.
The alleged leader of an AQI network within Baghdad and one of his suspected associates are in Coalition custody after two precision operations in the city. The man is believed to be associated with the terrorist network in the Karkh neighborhood. The associate is also reportedly involved with AQI’s foreign terrorist network, helping to bring facilitation agents to Baghdad. Another alleged Baghdad link to the foreign terrorist network was captured in a separate operation with two additional suspects.
Coalition forces captured a man and one additional suspect in Salman Pak assessed to be part of the Rusafa car-bombing network. Both the Karkh and Rusafa networks are known to attack Iraqi civilians and the security forces that protect them, and due to the degradation of AQI’s terrorist networks, their membership has begun to overlap.
Coalition forces continued to target AQI senior leaders in Mosul, capturing a suspected leader and one of his alleged associates. Intelligence reports indicate the suspected leader uses a local mosque to recruit extremists, collect money to finance terrorism, and store weapons for attacks against Coalition forces. Nine additional suspects were detained in the operation.
Coalition forces also targeted foreign terrorist facilitators in Bi’aj, about 130 kilometers southwest of Mosul, detaining four suspects.
South of Mosul, Coalition forces in Bayji detained three suspected terrorists for their suspected participation in hiding weapons and foreign terrorists in the area.
SOF, Baghdad National ERB capture eight AQI, detain two more in Diyala
BALAD – Iraqi Security Forces captured eight suspected terrorists and detained two others in separate operations in Diyala province Aug. 5 and 6.
On Aug. 6, in the Diyala River Valley area, Iraqi Special Operations Forces captured two suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq network members. The individuals are believed to have recruited and trained female suicide bombers in the Old Baqubah neighborhood of the city.
ISOF arrested four other suspected AQI terrorists on a Ministry of Justice warrant and detained two others near Muqdadiya August 5.
During a separate operation in the Diyala River Valley area, Aug. 5, Baghdad National Emergency Response Brigade captured two cell members from the Islamic State of Iraq, a front organization for the foreign-led AQI.
Mormon Sex Case Kidnapping Linked to Cloned Dogs
Bernann McKinney achieved notoriety by cloning her pet pit bull Booger. Through the news, people noticed that Bernann looked remarkably like international fugitive Joyce McKinney, wanted for prosecution in the famous Mormon Sex Case Kidnapping in the 1970s.
Bernann admits nothing but circumstantial evidence is compelling.
An Afternoon With General Tommy Franks
While in Oklahoma covering the iDebate Developing Leaders Camp, I had a unique opportunity Wednesday to spend the afternoon with four-star General Tommy Franks at his Oklahoma ranch. Of course, I jumped at it. If you've ever wondered how General Franks is enjoying his retirement, I invite you to judge for yourself...
General Franks shares some pearls of wisdom with a few of his young visitors.
Read more about my Evening with General Franks BELOW THE FOLD.
General Franks opened his beautiful home to a group of 48 young debate competitors from across the country. The 48 participants were selected from a pool of 2,000 applicants.
General Franks holding court in his living room in front of his young guests.
General Franks shared valuable advice and life lessons with his guests. He encouraged them to realize just how much they owe to their country and their fellow citizens, and to avoid the entitlement mentality that has become so pervasive in our society. I wasn't aware that General Franks entered the Army as a private, the son of a mechanic. Over his career, General Franks has had the opportunity to see it all, from top to bottom, giving him a unique perspective on life. In his remarks, General Franks particularly emphasized the importance of cooperation and a certain humility whatever one's role in an organization. He told his young guests to always remember: "Yes, I do windows."
One of the young guests thanks General Franks for his hospitality and for the opportunity to be involved in the iDebate program.
After General Franks' time with his young guests, the group retired down to the valley, where General Franks had set out a huge barbeque dinner for the participants and their families. He also offered hayrides around the ranch and a fast draw shooting demonstration.
Being a car buff, one of my favorite parts of the visit was the opportunity to check out some of General Franks' toys, including a cherry 1960 corvette...
And a sweet custom Harley...
Down in the valley, we had the opportunity to check out the traveling museum that General Franks had put together. It included photos and memorabilia from his life, including the Army dress uniform we've all seen many times on television...
After dinner, General Franks brought the group back together to share some closing remarks and encouragement before sending the group on its way.
General Franks was an incredible host, and it seemed to be the consensus that the trip to the ranch was the high point of the week for the participants.
To learn more about General Franks' work with the iDebate program, you can find information here:
U.S. Embassy Bombing Suspect Evades Kenyan Authorities Again
Today is the tenth anniversary of the al-Qeada bombing of two US embassies in Africa. One of the prime suspects, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, has managed to elude capture for ten years now. He narrowly escaped capture again this last Saturday.
Via IPP Media: Kenya security agents have alerted Tanzanian authorities over Al-Qaeda East Africa linkman and suspected master mind of the August 7, 1998 bombing of US Embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, Fazul Abdul Mohammed.Also interesting is that Abdullah Mohammed has been bleaching his skin to appear more like an Arab.
The notice issued yesterday came as Kenyan police widened the search for Al-Qaeda mastermind to Nairobi and Malindi towns.
Fazul escaped a security dragnet to arrest him in the Kenya coastal town of Malindi. The suspect arrived in Malindi from Somalia.
He is said to be having a kidney ailment. Anti-terrorist police stormed his hideout where they found two passports bearing his photographs but with two different names, and a laptop.
But as questions linger, it has been disclosed that the Al-Qaeda operative keeps bleaching his skin and can pass either as an Arab or African.Image credit and more here at VOA.
His current bleach allows him to pass as an Arab, hence the involvement of experts to draw his most recent illustrations.
Video : Liberal Democrats (Heart) McCain
h/t : Allahpundit
Bulletproof Your Invasion
Beat The Fatwa
Some 900 days after I became the only person in the Western world charged with the “offence” of republishing the Danish cartoons of Muhammad, the government has finally acquitted me of illegal “discrimination.” Taxpayers are out more than $500,000 for an investigation that involved fifteen bureaucrats at the Alberta Human Rights Commission. The legal cost to me and the now-defunct Western Standard magazine is $100,000...Ezra still owes his legal council $10,000(can). He is accepting donations on his blog here.
...And if I had been a defendant in a civil court, the judge would now order the losing parties to pay my legal bills. Instead, the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities won’t have to pay me a dime. Neither will Syed Soharwardy, the Calgary imam who abandoned his identical complaint against me this spring.
Both managed to hijack a secular government agency to prosecute their radical Islamic fatwa against me — the first blasphemy case in Canada in over 80 years. Their complaints were dismissed, but it is inaccurate to say that they lost: They got the government to rough me up for nearly three years, at no cost to them. The process I was put through was a punishment in itself — and a warning to any other journalists who would defy radical Islam.
Forget Global Warming, Overweight in '48
(New York City) Published in the journal Obesity, research results indicate that all U.S. adults will be overweight in 40 years. U.S. government survey data were analyzed to determine "that 86 percent of American adults will be overweight by 2030, with an obesity rate of 51 percent. By 2048, all U.S. adults could be at least mildly overweight."
Well, this is cause for some celebration. I've been biting my virtual nails thinking of a response to the global warming/climate change alarms telling me I'll experience famine and drought in the near future. Now, however, I can relax a little because the obesity police have officially said I'll be a waddling chunky.
Of course, I remain forever annoyed by the fact that the mainstream media doesn't call out the lefties for not coordinating their end-of-the-world alarms. It would be appropriate to ask, "How can everyone end up overweight when the Gorebots shriek of impending drought and famine?"
August 06, 2008
Which Comes First...the Chicken or the Human?
It didn't take PETA long to find a connection between the gruesome beheading of 22-year-old Tim McLean on a Canadian Greyhound bus and the terrible pain we humans inflict on our protein sustenance:
This tragic incident will certainly leave scars on the minds of the other passengers and the victim's family and friends. While it isn't every day that a human is violently attacked and eaten by another human, it's worth noting that it is the norm for many people not to give any thought to the fact that restaurants are serving flesh that comes from innocents who were minding their own business before someone came after them with a knife. How amazingly and conveniently compartmentalized the human mind is…
Luckily, we who eat the "innocents" will be enlightened via an ad that PETA will be running in the Portage Daily Graphic. You can find the ad (and all of the other PETA propaganda) here. An excerpt from their ad as they compare the murder of McLean to the slaughter of animals for human consumption:
Right now, this exact scenario is reality for many. They are sensitive, they value their lives, they see what is happening, they cannot run away, and they often suffer greatly yet are being killed for nothing more than a fleeting taste of their flesh.
I'm not surprised that a group like PETA would take every advantage of a tragedy such as this brutal murder to push their agenda. I do find it extremely insensitive to the victim's family. When comparing the value of human life and animal life I will pick human life every time. To imply that the death of a chicken raised to feed humans is on an equal par with the vicious murder of this young man is thoughtless and atrocious at best. It does, however, demonstrate the extremist thinking of the wackos over at PETA.
Hat tip to Hot Air's Headlines.
I don't care if you're left, right, up, down or in between, isn't this what's known as an act of war? If not, maybe what we get on page two is?
Since 1996, there have been more than 200 confirmed incursions by the Mexican military into the United States.
I'm just wondering how many times our bloodthirsty, hegemonic, imperial military has made incursions across the border into Mexico. I'll take a guess that it's a big fat goose egg, given that the powers that be refuse to station any of our military on the border with Mexico. Oh, wait, yes they did. They sent some National Guard troops down there. Unarmed. Yeah, lot of help that did.
I know that our military is stretched right now, but a little help in the area where this is occurring couldn't hurt. Imagine the look on Juan's face when he cocks and locks his .50 cal on his Humvee and an M-1 Abrams comes calling.
HopeNchange: Illegal Campaign Contributions to Obama from .... GAZA
What a marvelous smell Pam has discovered! Not content with assuming that Rafah is in Georgia and not Gaza, the Federal Elections Commission overlooked a zip code of "972". Morons.
This reminds the movie Big, when Tom Hanks he is asked for his Social Security number and he starts rattling off random numbers, but stops after only 3 or 4 not knowing he's supposed to give nine digits.
Aaron Klein looked in to Pam's discovery and actually finds the two Palestinian brothers who illegally contributed to Barack Obama in Gaza.
Did I mention the two were morons? Check this out from World Net Daily*:
Monir and Hasam Edwan denied their financial transactions online – listed as donations in U.S. government election filings – were actual donations to Obama's campaign. Instead they claimed they purchased about $30,000 in Obama T-shirts from the presidential candidate's online store....The secret to why Gaza is such a poverty ridden craphole revealed!!
"Some young men even bought the T-shirts for 60 shekel ($17.29), which is a lot to spend in Gaza on a T-shirt, but that is how much Gazans like Obama," Edwan claimed.
But it was pointed out to Edwan the T-shirts for sale on Obama's website are listed as $20.08 and that selling the merchandise for less would not yield a profit.
When asked about where interested parties could call to buy the shirts Edwan responded, "Er, 867-5309. Area code? Er, 55. More? 5."
Barrack Obama: Gaza's choice in '08!
*I'd link WND but last week they quoted extensively from The Jawa Report and even though they're an internet only publication somehow couldn't figure out how to link us. UPDATE: Had a chat with someone who shall remain anonymous over at WND and he apologized for the non-linkage. So I went ahead and put the link in the post.
David Brooks at Young America's Foundation 30th National Conservative Student Conference
Brooks had a nice on liner in the speech, He says working as a conservative at the New York Times makes him feel as popular as, "The Head Rabbi at Mecca".
His speech, which is here on Cspan, starting at 2:10 minutes into the stream.
(if you have trouble paste this link rtsp://video1.c-span.org/15days/e080508_yaf2.rm
into real player)
But then as I watched him at the 2:47 minute mark he says,
American conservatism was founded in a titanic struggle over the size of government. Socialists and Communists wanted a totalitarian government what would rob people of their freedoms, Conservatives and Libertarians fought to restrain the size of government to preserve freedom and preserve virtue. I think that struggle is basically over. I think government is not going to get any smaller than it is now. There is no willingness on the part of the American people to reduce it anymore.Although I found this very depressing, I feel Brooks is right.
We as a movement have lost on what I consider the two most important issues. The preservation of liberty and controlling the size and power of the federal government.
If Mr. Brooks is right, I'm not sure what to do. If these planks are gone from the Conservative/Republican platform why bother to support Republicans or conservatives any longer. The Republican party has failed us on the two issues that brought all the pieces of the conservative movement together.
May as well go over and join those damn nuts at the Libertarian party. It will do about as much good as continuing to support the Republicans, who have sold out our ideals. And what did they get for it? A short term rule that has left us wounded and damaged, the nation on the brink of being ruled by the most liberal left wingers the Commiecrats have? Depressing.
Finally: Pictures of John Edwards With Illegitimate Child
Now this is interesting. Not only did the National Enquirer catch John Edwards visiting Rielle Hunter late one night at the Beverly Hilton, they also managed to get a picture of Edwards holding what they claim is his illegitimate child, Frances Quinn Hunter, at the same hotel.
Now, how did they manage to do that?
Don't worry, I'm sure this will be the lead story at every major MSM outlet tomorrow.
Book About Aisha Banned, But Not Because It's Child Porn
I think all those who are outraged over the fact that Random House has nixed the publication of a book about Muhammad's wives over fear that Muslims might react violently are right on. I like Glenn Reynolds snarky comments, for instance. Or Robert Spencer's.
But they seem to be overlooking the major thing missing from all of this: the book shouldn't be published. Not because it offends Muslims and a certain number of them would, on cue, would react violently. But because the book is child pornography.
How so? Here is how Sherry Jones describes Aisha losing her virginity to Muhammad:
the pain of consummation soon melted away. Muhammad was so gentle. I hardly felt the scorpion's sting. To be in his arms, skin to skin, was the bliss I had longed for all my life.The author claims to be "giving voice" to the "remarkable women" who were married to Muhammad and thus shaped Islam. What she doesn't say is that this particular "remarkable woman", Aisha, who Sunni Muslims claim was Muhammad's favorite wife, was NINE YEARS OLD when the marriage was consumated.
Yes, she is describing how a NINE YEAR OLD girl would feel after having sex with a man in his FIFTIES.
Since Sherry Jones felt at liberty to give Aisha voice, perhaps I can too. I think this is what she probably was saying, "RAPE!! HELP, A CHILD MOLESTER IS RAPING ME!!!!"
A harsh ahistorical critique which overlooks how common child marriage has been in history? Perhaps, but I have a 9 year old daughter and if someone were ever to lay their hands on her--social norms be damned--I'd kill him. End of story.
So, jeers to Random House for caving in to Muslim extremists. But cheers for not publishing a book which apparently describes child molestation as something beautiful.
Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's driver, found guilty of some charges and acquitted on other charges.
Guilty of providing material support for terrorism. Not guilty of conspiracy to commit acts of terror.
Given that he was bin Laden's driver and confidant and that the conspiracy to commit acts of terror charges revolved around Hamdan overhearing bin Laden talk about acts of terror and that he was caught transporting an RPG it's not surprising that he was acquitted.
The argument from the Left has been that Hamdan was a low-level al Qaeda member which doesn't seem like much of an argument at all. No one ever said Hamdan was a top member of al Qaeda. Isn't being a member of al Qaeda enough?
Justice served? In the good old days they would have taken him out back and shot him. We'll have to be content with life in prison, which is what Hamdan is facing.
The Air in Beijing
Midday in Beijing - 8/4/08
Here's some optimistic news from China. The President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, remarked yesterday that "our medical commission has indicated that there is no health problem for every event lasting under an hour and taking place at indoor arenas." (more)
BREAKING: Noted Obama Supporter Is Racist Gutter Trash
The O!bots are all applauding this celebritard as if she somehow just delivered a stinging, fatal blow to McLame.
Funny thing is, Paris Hilton is a brainless, poor-hating, racist piece of gutter trash. From the gutter tramp's mouth (just keep watching - I know it's hard and that it kills brain cells):
Smart. Very smart. Keep it up. I'm sure this kind of celebritard endorsement and vision of a Democrat White House will play well in the heartland.
Where is the outrage in the media over this - the days of hand-wringing over "subtle/hidden/coded/subliminal" racist messages?
August 05, 2008
And So the Lies About Aafia Siddiqui Begin ...
I knew this was coming. The jihadi intertubes and their allies in the "human-rights movement" were all abuzz about "Prisoner 650" prior to the news that Aaifia Siddiqui was captured in Afghanistan on July 17th. According to various "rumors" a woman has been held by the U.S. at Bagram Air Base, tortured, and raped since 2003. Who started the rumor? None other than al Qaeda itself in a video called "Escape from Bagram" in which several al Qaeda members, including Abu Yahya al-Libi himself, claimed they tried to rescue the poor woman from the evil infidels.
Laughable, no? Well, no. Because tens of millions--possibly hundreds of millions--of Muslims actually believe that "Prisoner 650" exists.
Recently several "human rights groups" began to associate "Prisoner 650" with Aaifia Siddiqqui. Based on what? Nothing other than believing that "Prisoner 650" exists, that Siddiqqui was missing and wanted by the FBI, and one of Siddiqqui's uncles claiming he thought she had been picked up by the ISI for questioning.
If you looked closely at these "human rights groups" you'd see that they were not so much interested in, say, the rights of Tibetans for self-government as they are about getting Khalid Shiekh Mohammad martyr status. The most important being the self-styled "human rights" group at Cage Prisoners who are really a front for the followers of Omar Bakri Mohammed and Abu Hamza. Take a gander at the prisoners they're trying to get set free and you'll see names like Johnny Walker Lindh (admitted American Taliban), Jose Padilla (suspected in a plot to commit "dirty bomb" attacks), and, unsurprising, the blind mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing, Sheikh Omar Abdur Rahman.
Are we getting the picture here? The rumors that women were being held and tortured at Bagram Air Base by the U.S. was started by ... al Qaeda. The rumor that Aaifia Siddiqui was being held by the U.S. was started by ... Siddiqui's family, many of which are known al Qaeda sympathizers. On top of that, this is Pakistan we're talking about, where "facts" are often derived from rumors.
But who started the rumor that Aaifia Siddiqui was the alleged "Prisoner 650" that so many in the jihadi world are constantly fretting about? That rumor, as far as I can tell, was started by Yvonne Ridley, described in hardcore Islamist circles as a "respected journalist".
Last month this "respected journalist" flew to Pakistan to hold a press conference about "Prisoner 650--the Grey Lady of Bagram" and to agitate for the mythical figure's release. Attending the event and at Ridley's side was Imran Khan, a marginal Pakistani political figure and other seemingly legitimate "human rights activists".
The press conference was immediately picked up by the Iranian press, other Islamist outlets, and of course, the Western far-left.
Who put on the press conference? The aforementioned Cage Prisoners group of which Ridley is a member. Her first husband was Daoud Zaaroura, an officer in the PLO. Oh, she's also a politician on George Gallaway's "Respect" ticket. And a woman who claims the CIA is out to kill her.
Are you kind of seeing the big picture here yet? There is no evidence--NONE--that any women were EVER held at Bagram Air Base. There is no evidence--NONE--that Aafia Siddiqui was in U.S. custody prior to July 17th of this year when she was captured by Afghan soldiers. In fact, the U.S. DENIED rumors circulated by Siddiqui's extended family that she was in U.S. custody.
IF THE U.S. HAD SIDDIQQUI IN THEIR CUSTODY THEN WHY WAS THE FBI SEEKING SIDDIQUI FOR QUESTIONING JUST DAYS AGO?
This does not mean that her capture story doesn't sound, er, strange and a bit hard to swallow--it may turn out to be a wee less exciting once the smoke clears--but it's fairly certain that she wasn't in U.S. custody prior to a few weeks ago.
With this all settled and part of the public record, then why is The UK's rag of record continuing to circulate this garbage?
For five years no one would say for certain whether Aafia Siddiqui, a mother of three with a PhD from an elite American university, was alive or dead. Her family did not know and authorities in Pakistan and the US were not saying.Total falsehood. The U.S. was saying that not only did we not have Siddiqui, but:
The lead FBI investigating office in Boston also stated that as far as the FBI was aware, Siddiqui was not arrested by any other nation either.The rest of the story goes on to repeat the lie that Siddiqui was, indeed, "Prisoner 650". The source?:
Siddiqui's sister, Fauzia, said she had been raped and tortured.The article, in true journalistic fashion, does give the U.S. side of the story, which is to deny pretty much all of the allegations and rumors first started by al Qaeda. But who gets the last word? The side which believes Siddiqui has been held in Bagram, tortured, raped, and lost her mind.
"Her rape and torture is a crime beyond anything she was accused of," said Fauzia Siddiqui. "This is the real crime of terror here."
No less than seven full paragraphs devoted to the conspiracy theory side closes the story out. Here's the last full paragraph:
"They just release the information when it suits them ... everything we know about Bagram means that we know she [Siddiqui] would have suffered abuse," said Qureshi.The reason this is a big deal is that tens if not hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world hate us because their news reports are filled with such libelous accounts. The reason so many fight us--and so many more support those who fight us--is because they truly believe that the American war in Afghanistan is one of aggression targeting Muslims. They believe that Americans--not as a matter of a few criminals engaging in unapproved of behavior-- but as a matter of U.S. policy tortures and rapes Muslim women.
They really believe this. Thank you Guardian for helping spread another blood libel started by al Qaeda and spread by their facilitators and the willingly ignorant.
UPDATE: Good news: al Qaeda conspiracy theories now being circulated at British taxpayer expense! Thanks to Fred Sled,
"I eat terrorists and crap freedom."
That was my favorite from the list, anyway.
...except I thought we'd already kinda settled on "Fuck it...McCain."
Maybe I missed a memo...
Jose Ernesto Medellin: Appeal Denied, Execution Carried Out
Justice was served...
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Supreme Court denied the last-ditch appeal of a Mexican national on Texas' death row late Tuesday, paving the way for him to be executed for a pair of brutal slayings, state corrections officials said.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons said about 9:15 p.m. that the court had turned down the appeal of Jose Ernesto Medellin. His death warrant said he could be executed by injection any time before midnight.
The Medellin case was laden with issues - not about whether he participated in a brutal gang rape and murder of Jennifer Ertman, 14, and Elizabeth Pena, 16, but whether he had appropriate access to legal support in his home country of Mexico. I'm sorry, but if you come to my country and murder people, you should be punished to the extent of the law no matter what country you call home.
As of 9:57pm, Medellin was pronounced dead, following the lethal injection administered seven minutes earlier.
Flurries of appeals, international court rulings and reluctant pressure from President Bush to pass legislation that would give their client a new hearing before punishment is carried out...none of these actions stood in the way of carrying out justice for the 14- and 16-year-old girls who weren't given any due process the night they died.
Full Complaint Against Aafia Siddiqui: Wanted al Qaeda Terrorist
Aafia Siddiqui is being arraigned in NYC today on charges that she tried to kill Americans in Afghanistan a few weeks ago. It's fairly clear that these charges will only be the first of many to come. Since she holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience, worked as a neurobiologist, and is also a known associate of several top ranking al Qaeda members...well, you do the math.
Here is the entire complaint against Siddiqui as filed in federal court. The NEFA foundation has a PDF photocopy of the original, but I thought I'd put out a text copy for any one wanting to cut and paste or who has trouble with PDFs.
It's interesting to note the drama that was her detention. They don't know who they have in custody so she's in a fairly low security situation. She grabs an unsecured rifle and then tries to shoot her captors while screaming one-liners? She's taken out with a pistol shot to the gut? Man, it's like the screenplay has already been written! Don't let Michael Bay get a hold of this thing as he'll cast Ben Affleck in the star role and ruin the whole thing.
All emphasis below is mine. It doesn't really get good until 4b below. Note that in addition to various documents found in her purse which might indicate she was helping plan an attack against New York City, that she was also found with a 1 gig thumb drive. I'm betting the information on that drive will prove to be very useful.
Seriously, if you don't read anything else, at least read the highlighted parts. It reads like an thriller. Perhaps we have the workings of the next Scot Harvath novel here?
See Dubya has more as well as Bill Warner.
Approved: (Signature of CHRISTOPHER L. LAVIGNE) 08 MAG 1697 CHRISTOPHER L. LAVIGNE Assistant United States Attorney
Before: HONORABLE THEODORE H. KATZ
United States Magistrate Judge Southern District of New York
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SEALED COMPLAINT
- v. -
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, ss.:
Mehtab Syed, being duly sworn, deposes and states that she is a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI")/ and charges as follows:
1. On or about July 18, 2008, in an offense begun and committed outside of the jurisdiction of any particular State or District of the United States, AAFIA SIDDIQUI, the defendant, who will be first brought to and arrested in the Southern District of New York, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did use a deadly and dangerous weapon and did forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede, intimidate, and interfere with a person designated in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1114, namely, officers and employees of the FBI and the United States armed services, while engaged in and on account of the performance of official duties, to wit, SIDDIQUI obtained a United States Army Officer's M-4 rifle and fired it at officers and employees of the FBI and the United States armed services.
(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 111(a)(1), (b),
and 323 8.)
2. On or about July 18, 2008, in an offense begun and committed outside of the jurisdiction of any particular State or District of the United States, AAFIA SIDDIQUI, the defendant, who will be first brought to and arrested in the Southern District of New York, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did attempt to kill officers and employees of the United States and agencies in the executive branch of the United States Government while such officers and employees were engaged in and on account of the performance of official duties, and persons assisting such officers or employees in the performance of such duties and on account of that assistance, to wit, SIDDIQUI obtained a United States Army Officer's M-4 rifle and fired it at officers and employees of the FBI and the United States armed services.
(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1114(3) and 3238.)
The bases for my knowledge and for the foregoing charges are, in part, as follows:
3. I am a Special Agent with the FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Force (WJTTF"), and I have been involved personally in the investigation of this matter. I am familiar with the facts and circumstances set forth below from my personal participation in the investigation, including my examination of reports and records, and my conversations with other law enforcement officers and other individuals. Because this affidavit is being submitted for the limited purpose of establishing probable cause, it does not include all the facts that I have learned during the course of my investigation. Where the contents of documents and the actions, statements and conversations of others are reported herein, they are reported in substance and in part, unless noted otherwise.
4. Based on my review of FBI and other law enforcement reports, as well as witness statements, and based on my conversations with law enforcement officers, I have learned the following:
a. AAFIA SIDDIQUI, the defendant, is a Pakistani national who previously has lived in the United States.
b. On or about the evening of July 17, 2008, officers of the Ghazni Province Afghanistan National Police ("ANP") discovered a Pakistani woman, later identified as SIDDIQUI, along with a teenage boy, outside the Ghazni governor's compound. ANP officers questioned SIDDIQUI in the local dialects of Dari and Pashtu. SIDDIQUI did not respond and appeared to speak only Urdu, indicating that she was a foreigner.
c. Regarding SIDDIQUI as suspicious, ANP officers searched her handbag and found numerous documents describing the creation of explosives, chemical weapons, and other weapons involving biological material and radiological agents. SIDDIQUI's papers included descriptions of various landmarks in the United States, including in New York City. In addition, among SIDDIQUI's personal effects were documents detailing United States military assets, excerpts from the Anarchist's Arsenal, and a one gigabyte (1 gb) digital media storage device (thumb drive).
d. SIDDIQUI was also in possession of numerous chemical substances in gel and liquid form that were sealed in bottles and glass jars.
5. Based on my review of FBI and other law enforcement reports, as well as witness statements, I have learned the following:
a. On or about July 18, 2008, a party of United States personnel, including two FBI special agents, a United States Army Warrant Officer (the "Warrant Officer"), a United States Army Captain (the "Captain"), and United States military interpreters, arrived at the Afghan facility where AAFIA SIDDIQUI, the defendant, was being held.
b. The personnel entered a second floor meeting room. A yellow curtain was stretched across the length of that room, concealing a portion of it from sight. None of the United States personnel were aware that SIDDIQUI was being held, unsecured, behind the curtain.
c. The Warrant Officer took a seat with a solid wall behind him and the curtain to his right. The Warrant Officer placed his United States Army M-4 rifle on the floor to his right next to the curtain, near his right foot. The weapon was loaded, but was on safe.
d. Shortly after the meeting began, the Captain heard a woman's voice yell from the vicinity of the curtain. The Captain turned to the noise and saw SIDDIQUI in the portion of the room behind the curtain, which was now drawn slightly back. SIDDIQUI was holding the Warrant Officer's rifle and pointing it directly at the Captain.
e. The Captain heard SIDDIQUI say in English, "May the blood of [unintelligible] be directly on your [unintelligible, possibly head or hands]." The Captain saw an
interpreter ("Interpreter 1"), who was seated closest to SIDDIQUI, lunge at SIDDIQUI and push the rifle away as SIDDIQUI pulled the trigger.
f. The Warrant Officer saw and heard SIDDIQUI fire at least two shots as Interpreter 1 tried to wrestle the gun from her. No one was hit. The Warrant Officer heard SIDDIQUI exclaim, "Allah Akbar!" Another interpreter ("Interpreter 2") heard SIDDIQUI yell in English, "Get the fuck out of here", as she fired the rifle. The Warrant Officer returned fire with a 9 mm service pistol and fired approximately two rounds at SIDDIQUI's torso, hitting her at least once.
g. Despite being shot, SIDDIQUI struggled with the officers when they tried to subdue her; she struck and kicked them while shouting in English that she wanted to kill Americans. Interpreter 2 also saw SIDDIQUI strike and kick the officers trying to restrain her. After being subdued, SIDDIQUI temporarily lost consciousness. The agents and officers then rendered medical aid to SIDDIQUI.
WHEREFORE, deponent respectfully requests that AAFIA SIDDIQUI, the defendant, be arrested, and imprisoned or bailed, as the case may be.
MEHTAB SYED SPECIAL AGENT FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Sworn to before me this 31st day of July, 2008
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
THEODORE H. KATZ
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Also see the other documents NEFA has archived related to Siddiqui.
In your opinion, what is the best way to stuff $90,000 in the freezer?
Did General Patraeus Save the U.S. Economy?
Short answer: Yes. Now here's a post worth reading. Seriously, it's not often that I'm thrown something unexpected. But connecting the success of the surge to the recent downward pressures on oil prices? Now that's some original thinking. And you know what? It makes a lot of sense. Especially when you think about the what if/counterfactual: "what if we had listened to Barrack Obama and withdrawn our troops?" Iraq's oil production would be much less than it is today and world prices even higher.
Man Beheads Himself
Beheadings have become a regular feature in the news but this is the first I've heard of someone doing it to himself.
(Jakubow, Poland) A 48-year-old businessman, Tadeusz Szewczek, committed suicide by tying a steel rope to a fence, wrapping it round his neck then speeding off in his car.
The car containing the decapitated body of Tadeusz Szewczek sped off down the street as his head bounced towards his home where his horrified wife was watching.Wife Malgorzata was treated for shock.
Police are baffled as to why the 48-year-old, from the village of Jakubow in eastern Poland, wanted to kill himself in such a grisly way.
They said he waited for his wife to come home before taking his own life.
Saudi Sharia Judge Caught with Drugs
Arrested in Dubai, Sharia Court Judge Hamad Salim bin Naif and his wife say the hashish is for personal use only. They await Sharia Court proceedings.
Notably, use of hashish among Arabs should hardly surprise anyone since Middle Eastern populations have a long history of affinity for the drug. In fact, the English word "assassin" is etymologically derived from the Arabic "hashshashin," an order of drug-crazed Muslim killers who terrorized Christians during the Crusades.
Tyson Foods Trades Labor Day For Eid
Via Clarksville Online:
SHELBYVILLE, TN: Tyson Foods in Shelbyville is rocking the boat for approximately 500 workers accustomed to the traditional Labor Day holiday on the first Saturday of September.So, a union trading off Labor Day for Eid? Ironic!
In its new five-year contract, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union has opted to ditch the familiar paid holiday in favor of a change that will please the plants 700 Muslim workers: Eid-al-Fitr, which occurs at the end of Ramadan. The contract contains the same number of paid holidays as before; the holidays have simply changed. Eid al-Fitr, which this year happens on Oct. 1, ends the Muslim faith’s month of fasting.
Hat Tip: Dirty Blonde 2.0 Beta.
Image Credit: TMQ2.
August 04, 2008
OMG. LOL. WTF?
Anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is planning to disarm the Mahdi Army by turning the militia into a civic and social service organization, a significant strategic shift, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
In a brochure obtained by the paper and confirmed by Sheikh Salah al-Obeidi, Sadr's chief spokesman, the Mahdi Army will now be guided by Shiite spirituality instead of anti-American militancy. A new guiding principle will also be introduced: al-Mumahidoon, indicating that his supporters will be the foot soldiers of the Shiite messiah, Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi, who Shiite Muslims believe will return to rid the world of evil.
The move, according to the Wall Street Journal, could further enhance the stability of Iraq amid a government military crackdown and dwindling popular support. The brochure states the al-Mumahidoon will undergo an intellectual and scientific jihad focusing on education, religion and social justice.
"[The army] is not allowed to use arms at all," the brochure reportedly says.
If you believe this, then you'll believe that Ron Paul is John the Baptist and Obama really is Teh Messiah. Oh, and the moon landing was fake and 9/11 was a government plot.
Mookie trading in his guns for a bullhorn a la Al Sharpton. I call bullshiite.
They'll Use Any Excuse
I thought I'd heard it all, but guess I was wrong...
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A death row inmate scheduled for execution in October says he's so fat that Ohio executioners would have trouble finding his veins and that his weight could diminish the effectiveness of one of the lethal injection drugs.
Richard Cooey was sentenced for raping and murdering two University of Akron students back in 1986 and has pretty much exhausted all legal avenues to stay alive and now is looking for other ways to wriggle out of the sentence handed to him.
Cooey's attorneys cite a document filed by a prison nurse in 2003 that said Cooey had sparse veins and that executioners would need extra time.
"When you start the IV's come 15 minutes early," wrote the nurse who examined Cooey. "I don't have any veins."
The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in Columbus, also says prison officials have had difficulty drawing blood from Cooey for medical procedures. Cooey is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 267 pounds, according to the lawsuit.
He's apparently also on a drug for his migraines that may "diminish the effectiveness of the first three drugs" used in Ohio's lethal injection process, which could cause him to have an "excruciating" execution. Boo freakin' hoo.
His execution isn't scheduled until October, so he has plenty of time to lose weight. Go off the migraine meds, Richard, if you want a minimally painful execution.
Meanwhile, Dawn McCreery and Wendy Offredo - the women he was convicted of raping and murdering in cold blood - could not be reached for comment...
Animal Rights Extremists Firebomb Scientist's Home
(Santa Cruz, California) Apparently following up on a threat reported on 7/31/08, animal right terrorists firebombed the home of a University of California-Santa Cruz molecular biologist this weekend.
Just before 6 a.m. Saturday, molecular biologist David Feldheim's home was firebombed, forcing him, his wife and their two young children to flee down a fire escape.A spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front, Dr. Jerry Vlasak, said, "If their father is willing to continue risking his livelihood in order to continue chopping up animals in a laboratory, then his children are old enough to recognize the consequences." Although he expressed an attitude of apparent approval, Vlasak said he didn't know who did the firebombings.
About the same time, a car belonging to a different, unidentified researcher was destroyed by another firebomb.
Santa Cruz police described the explosives as a "Molotov cocktail on steroids," and said the attack on the Feldheims' house was being investigated as an attempted homicide because the family was at home.
Feldheim performs research on mice to determine how brain connections form during development and, as such, animal rights extremists believe he deserves to have his own and his family's lives placed in danger. Sick.
Hopefully, law enforcers will gather up the perpetrators of the firebombings before they kill someone.
By that I mean that I'm writing this post with my new iphone 3g. Initial prognosis? Awesomeness!
Even as I type I have the same funny feeling in my pants that Dan Rather has at an Obama rally. I think it moved.
An unnatural lust? Perhaps, but consider this non-3g mere mortals: I blogged this while watching college girls volleyball.
Oh, and rumor has it that the 2.1 software will have cut and paste capabilities, but, alas, for now all iPhone blogging is link free.
Secret deal kept British Army out of battle for Basra
A secret deal between Britain and the notorious al-Mahdi militia prevented British Forces from coming to the aid of their US and Iraqi allies for nearly a week during the battle for Basra this year, The Times has learnt.Words fail me...
Four thousand British troops – including elements of the SAS and an entire mechanised brigade – watched from the sidelines for six days because of an “accommodation” with the Iranian-backed group, according to American and Iraqi officers who took part in the assault.
FBI concedes Aafia Siddiqui in US custody: lawyer
WASHINGTON, Aug 3: Five years after her mysterious disappearance in Karachi, the FBI has finally conceded that an MIT-trained Pakistani neuroscientist is alive and is in US custody in Afghanistan.Background here and her FBI seeking information page here.
Aafia Siddiqui, 36, disappeared with her three children while visiting her parents’ home in Karachi in March 2003, around the same time the FBI announced that it wanted to question her over her alleged links to Al Qaeda.
I guess this is one secret the New York Times failed to reveal.
Chinese Drug Company Doped Greek Olympic Weightlifters
(Beijing, China) Either intentionally or negligently, a Shanghai-based drug company, Auspure Biotechnology Co., provided vitamins to the Greek Olympic weight-lifting team that were laced with banned doping ingredients. As a result, 11 members of the Greek team tested positive for banned substances.
Greek weight-lifting coach Christos Iakovou was suspended after the results of the tests, carried out by the World Anti-Doping Agency, were released.The Chinese government acknowledges that the Greek team was "mistakenly" doped. (more)
Five men and six women from the Greek team returned positive results for banned substances following the random tests. The entire team could now be disqualified from the Beijing Olympics because of the large number of positive results.
Walking Eagle Wants "Windfall" Tax on Evil Profits
The "windfall profits" tax is back, with Barack Obama stumping again to apply it to a handful of big oil companies. Which raises a few questions: What is a "windfall" profit anyway? How does it differ from your everyday, run of the mill profit? Is it some absolute number, a matter of return on equity or sales -- or does it merely depend on who earns it?Walking Eagle? Oh Yeah. That the Obamamessiah's indian name. It means, "an eagle who's so full of it he can't fly."
If Senator Obama is as exercised about "outrageous" profits as he says he is, he might also have to turn on a few liberal darlings. Oh, say, Berkshire Hathaway. Warren Buffett's outfit pulled in $11 billion last year, up 29% from 2006. Its profit margin -- if that's the relevant figure -- was 11.47%, which beats out the American oil majors.
....consider Google, which earned a mere $4.2 billion but at a whopping 25.3% margin. Google earns far more from each of its sales dollars than does Exxon, but why doesn't Mr. Obama consider its advertising-search windfall worthy of special taxation?
Who Are Hot Uber Geeks Voting for? Comicon Answers
The question on everyones mind: Who are uber geeks at Comicon voting for? Catwoman almost convinces me to vote for Ron Paul, but Lou Ferrigno may crush my skull if I don't vote for McCain.
Thanks to the Professor Chaos who's mystery is only exceeded by his power.
Worst Gay Ever: SFPD Stands by as Men, er, You really don't want to know.
Zombie went to the "Up Your Alley" event in San Francisco. The cops stood by and did nothing as men performed various disgusting sexual acts on each other in public. That's one f*cked up town right there.
RIP: Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Alexander Solzhenitsyn has died.
Perhaps the most complete account of the gulag system is Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago, but the enormity of the work makes it difficult reading. An easy afternoon read, and a better piece of literature, is his One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich which recounts the humanity of a single victim on a single day under the oppression of the gulag system.
As a young men returning from WWII Solzhenitsyn was sent to the gulag. His crime? He made a joke at Stalin's expense in a letter. Yes, really.
He will be missed. Thansk to Trollhammer.
Advice for Ronery Men
Hawkins interviews three dating gurus. I figure Howie could use the advice.
Video : Senate Candidate Dave Cuddy on the Farm Bill
As noted previously, Dave Cuddy is challenging indicted porkaholic Senator Ted "Bridge to Nowhere" Stevens (R-AK) in the GOP primary.
Recent polling shows that Ted Stevens is likely to be defeated by Democrat challenger Mark Begich in the general election.
For those of you who think we need a change in direction in the GOP, here's a chance for you to do something about it.
I've posted a whole bunch more info about Cuddy and Stevens over HERE.
Cuddy's campaign website is HERE.
The Alaska Primary is August 26.
A Jew Grows in Kosovo
The more Totten writes about Kosovo, the more hope I have that other majority Muslim countries can lose their raging antisemitism. We'll call the amount of hope I have a smidgen.
Terrorist Attack in China
(Xinjiang Province, China) Early this morning, at least 16 police officers were killed and 16 others were injured in a terrorist attack at a Chinese border patrol station.
Two trucks smashed through fences into a camp compound as terrorists tossed grenades among troops and then hacked policemen with knives.
Fourteen troops died immediately and two were fatally wounded. Five attackers were killed and two were captured.
The detained men said they wanted to unleash a jihad against ethnic Han Chinese.Officially, the Chinese government has only said that an investigation is underway while calling the terrorists "rioters."
The regional public security department said a terror group styled "East Turkistan Islamic Movement" which planned subversive attacks ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games starting August 8 could be behind the attack.
The violence follows last month's Internet video posting warning the Chinese that Islamist militants would "target the most critical points related to the Olympics." Although the attack took place 2,500 miles from Beijing, the news is center-stage in the media, arguably a critical point for those concerned about public opinion.
August 03, 2008
Kenyan police say Al Qaeda's Fazul escapes raid
One of Africa's most wanted al Qaeda operatives, sought for his role in the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, has narrowly escaped capture in Kenya, police said on Sunday.Memo to the Kenyan police: Hunt the bastard down...
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, high on Washington's list of terrorist suspects, left a home in the Indian Ocean resort of Malindi late on Saturday just minutes before officers crashed through the door, police said.
"We sealed off the whole area and had sea and land patrols but unfortunately, Fazul got leakage of the intended raid and escaped," said one senior detective who asked not to be named.
"We are still looking for him."
Al Qaeda confirms death of top bomb maker Masri
Confirmed... Abu Khabab al-Masri, a chemical weapons expert DEAD!
Abu Khabab al-Masri was among a group of "heroes" who joined "the caravans of martyrs," said a statement signed by Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, Al-Qaeda's general commander in Afghanistan.And we are left with a bit of a mystery...six people died in the strike that killed Masri...
Pakistani security officials had told AFP that Abu Khabab al-Masri's 18-year-old son, another Egyptian, two Saudis and a Pakistani were also among the six people killed when missiles hit a house attached to a village mosque.That is SIX.....so who are these two gentlemen who also were listed in the AQ statement as killed in action...
It named other slain militants as "the mujahed sheikh and educator Abu Mohammad Ibrahim bin Abi al-Faraj al-Masri," Abdul Wahhab al-Masri and Abu Islam al-Masri.How did they die and where did they get a Predator enema...... who is "the mujahed sheikh and educator Abu Mohammad Ibrahim bin Abi al-Faraj al-Masri".
Sources: Assad adviser assassinated(General Mohammed Suleiman)
Well known sources informed Albawaba that General Mohammed Suleiman, an adviser to Syrian president Bashar al Assad, was assassinated on Friday. Suleiman also served as Syria's liaison officer to Lebanon's Hizbullah movement.Beware of things that go bump in the night..
According to the sources, Suleiman was shot dead by a sniper in the Syrian port city of Tartous. They added the funeral service will be held on Sunday in Suleiman's home-town of Driekesh which is located less than 20 kilometers away from Tartous.
August 02, 2008
Video : Senate Candidate Dave Cuddy on the National Debt
Former State Representative Dave Cuddy is running in the GOP primary against indicted U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. He is running on a platform of limited government and reduced federal spending.
Should you feel inclined to contribute to Cuddy's campaign, you can do so HERE.
Rogue Pakistan spies aid Taliban in Afghanistan
President George W Bush confronted Yusuf Raza Gillani, Pakistan’s prime minister, in Washington last week with evidence of involvement by the ISI, its military intelligence, in a deadly attack on the Afghan capital and warned of retaliation if it continues.But it gets even better..
Bush warned that if one more attack in Afghanistan or elsewhere were traced back to Pakistan, he would have to take “serious action”.To be a fly on the wall when Bush told Gilliani this....
Gillani also met Michael Hayden, director of the CIA, who confronted him with a dossier on ISI support for the Taliban. The key evidence concerned last month’s bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul, which killed 54 people, including the military attaché.
An intercepted telephone conversation apparently revealed that ISI agents masterminded the operation. The United States also claimed to have arrested an ISI officer inside Afghanistan.
When we asked them for more information, Bush laughed and said, ‘When we share information with your guys, the bad guys always run away’.”Bravo Mr.President!
He's Watching You
Click The Sith Lord to Smackdown
May The Dark Side be with you.
Breaking! Microsoft's IE 7 is a P.O.S.
Update: Apparently its been fixed.
I didn't notice. See Above.
Taliban Deny Zawahiri Dead
Nothing at the Afghani Taliban's official website, but Reuters managed to score this interview with a Pakistani Taliban spokesman who not only denies the report that al Qaeda's #2 Ayman al-Zawahiri was dead, but also feels the need to rub our noses in it:
Zawahri has been killed by them several times. But once again this claim is wrong. This is baseless," Maulvi Omar told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed locationEnjoy your moment Maulvi Omar. I have a feeling you have few moments left in your short life.
Roggio has a good roundup on this and he's been warning me from the beginning not to put too much stock in it.
When Z man does finally die, global warming will probably be to blame.
Hot Ukrainian Babes
(Kiev, Ukraine) Hot Ukrainian babes dressed up as prostitutes to protest the prostitution industry at a gathering in central Kiev.
I'd suggest it's a toss-up as to whether it's a protest or an advertisement.
August 01, 2008
Report: Al Qaeda #2 Ayman al-Zawahiri Dead!?! (Bumped)
Stratfor reports that the United States is attempting to verify rumors coming out of Pakistan that al Qaeda's #2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed in a July 28 Predator airstrike.
Intelligence sources told The Jawa Report last week that 'the hunt was on' in Pakistan for a 'big fish'. Could this be the big fish they were talking about?
The major -- and I mean major -- caveat here is that Zawahiri has been rumored to have been killed on a number of previous occasions.
US Forces are said to be going to make an announcement soon about the rumors.
Developing...will post updates below.....
Hat tip: Trollhammer who heard it from Rush Limbaugh....
Update by Howie: I thought this was important enough to leave above the fold.
Via CBS News: (CBS) Ayman al Zawahiri - the second most powerful leader in al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden's No. 2 - may be critically wounded and possibly dead, CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan reports exclusively.Updated again Via CNN
CBS News has obtained a copy of an intercepted letter from sources in Pakistan, which urgently requests a doctor to treat Zawahiri. He's believed to be somewhere in Pakistan's remote tribal areas of Pakistan.
The letter refers to Sheikh Dr. Ayman ul Zawahiri by name - and says that he is in "severe pain" and his "injuries are infected."
It is reportedly written by local Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, whose signature and seal are visible on the letter.
U.S. counterterrorism officials said Friday they have seen no evidence to support a media report that al Qaeda's No. 2 official, Ayman al-Zawahiri, may be critically wounded or dead...More here from Bill Roggio who is depressingly sober about the reports.
...Pakistan's ambassador to the United States said his country was "unable to confirm or deny" the report.
UPDATE: Taliban also denying.
U.S. officials have already confirmed that the july 28th airstrike killed an al Qaeda chemical weapons expert named Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar (aka, Abu Khabab al-Masri). The target of the attack was a house close to a madrasa used by jihadists near Azam Warsak village, about 20 km (12 miles) west of Wana, the main town of the South Waziristan region bordering Afghanistan.
Several foreigners in addition to Abu Khabab were also said to have been killed in the attaack
UPDATE: Bill Roggio from The Long War Journal e-mails and says he's not buying it.
He says that there were at least two Egyptians reported killed: Abu Khabab al Masri and one other guy. He thinks maybe Stratfor heard "Egyptian" and "Waziristan" and equated it with Zawahiri.
There is No Spoon: Obama is THE ONE
Obama contemplates The Truth: There is no spoon.
I don't like commenting on the elections because a) it's done to death & b) it's as boring as hell with gaffes, tiny changes in polling data, and endless talk of strategy replacing anything of substance.
Wake me up when it's over. But this McCain video? That's some funny stuff right there.
Funny in the Jon Stewart The Daily Show kind of way--you know, a hacky partisan observation about "the Truth". But it's really only funny to partisans on your side of the aisle.
But since I'm this side of the aisle, funny.
Plus, it finally gave me an excuse to Pshop Obama as Neo. Whoa!
Pakistani spies reportedly aided Kabul suicide attack
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that members of Pakistan's spying service helped plan the suicide bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul this month, The New York Times reported on Thursday.This can not be any more clear.....they have been caught red handed.
U.S. government officials told the newspaper that communications had been intercepted between Pakistani intelligence officers and militants who carried out the July 7 attack that killed 54 people.
The newspaper said it was the clearest evidence to date that Pakistani intelligence officers were actively undermining U.S. efforts to combat militants in the region.
The unidentified U.S. officials also said new information showed that members of Pakistan's Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, were increasingly providing militants with details about the U.S. campaign against them, allowing them to avoid missile strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas.
"It confirmed some suspicions that I think were widely held," one State Department official with knowledge of Afghanistan issues said of the intercepted communications, according to the Times.It makes sense now why we have struck a few empty buildings of late.
"It was sort of this 'aha' moment. There was a sense that there was finally direct proof."
Sometimes the Obvious Needs Stating: Pakistanis Admit ISI Full of Taliban Supporters
They say recognizing the truth is the first stage in recovery. The lesser known second step in the healing process has something to do with threats of horrifying thermonuclear devastation. ROA:
Pakistan's government has said it needs to purge Taleban sympathisers from within the ranks of the country's intelligence service - the ISI.Having reached step one, perhaps it's time we reminded Pakistan of step #2? Thanks to David.
The statement comes amid claims from the US and India of links between the ISI and Islamic extremists.
Analysts say it is the first time that the Pakistan government has made such an admission.