September 30, 2008

Putting the Palin Hates Rape Victims Lie to Rest

If only it were this easy, but you know they just don't care. In any event, Palin addresses the rape kit smear head on.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:28 PM | Comments |

Help Needed: Click This, Help Soldiers

It's this simple. Click here. Scroll down and pick Soldier's Angels. Enter.

You just gave Soldier's Angels $2. That's it. And it didn't cost you a dime!

Squidoo.com decided they have $80,000 to give to charity, so they're letting people vote on which charity to give to. One vote = $2 until all the money is given away or until Oct. 15th when voting ends.

No gimmicks. They didn't even ask for an e-mail so they could spam you later. If they don't get 40,000 people to vote they'll just divide the money up proportionally.

Please pass this along to other bloggers, friends, and family members.

UPDATE: Come on people, click. If not for the good feeling you get for helping our brave soldiers, then for the evil yet surprisingly satisfying feeling that you'll get knowing that your helping put the #2 charity in the race farther and farther behind.

I'm told The Acumen Fund is a George Soros charity run by his daughter. Not that everything Soros does is evil, but people, GEORGE SOROS. Are we going to let them even come close? I don't think so.

Click, you know you want to. GEORGE. FRICKIN. SOROS.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:30 PM | Comments |

NPR Joins McCain Has Cancer Truthers

On the way back into the office I was listening to NPR which had a serious report about serious questions regarding McCain's unreleased medical records. Why, they asked, weren't McCain's people allowing the media full and unfettered access to his personal and private medical records? The people have a right to know!

Of course they never come out and say, "John McCain has cancer". They just raise unresolved questions about his skin cancer.

Oh and to be fair and balanced they spent about 15 seconds worrying the Barrack Obama used to smoke. But don't worry, he plays basketball.

People, I told you this was coming and mark my words: you're going to see more of this type of serious investigative journalism [which these days means a reporter reads a Daily Kos story linking some advocacy group pretending to be objective and raising serious questions] into two things: 1-McCain's health 2-Allegations that Sarah Palin is a right-wing nut.

One more thing you're going to hear, and dollars to donuts Andrew Sullivan is going to be all over this like white on rice: why isn't Sarah Palin releasing her medical records?

14 years after Newt Gingrich promised to cut off funding to National People's radio, here I am pissed off once again that I'm paying for this crap.

UPDATE: You're telling me this isn't orchestrated?

This is how you get the media to "ask the right questions" these days in three easy steps.

1) You post it to Kos.

Did I say three steps? Like Trollhammer, I'm bad at math.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:54 PM | Comments |

The Bad Girls Of Islam

This article is two years old, but, it just came across my desk and I just had to link it. My apologies if it's been linked here before.

Mainly for this part:

As a writer-activist who has fought for the rights of Muslim women, I thought I knew my fellow bad girls of Islam.

Bad girls of Islam, how do we love them? Let us count the ways.

Bonus Bad Girl of Islam, Omar the Goat Humping Bakri Mohammed's pole dancing daughter pic below the fold. No wonder she's a stripper, she grew up watching her old man hump goats.

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By Vinnie at 06:04 PM | Comments |

Graphic : Market Reacts to News of Gridlock on Bailout

Oh, the humanity...

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By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 05:33 PM | Comments |

U.S. drone strike kills five in Pakistan

Via Reuters

Happened just a scant few hours ago.... three maybe .....this is almost like real time reporting....odd....usually we find out about these strikes the next day.

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - A U.S. pilotless drone fired two missiles at a house in northwest Pakistan killing five people, Pakistani intelligence agency officials said on Wednesday.

Frustrated by an intensifying Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, U.S. forces have in the past month carried out seven missile strikes by pilotless drones and a commando raid on the Pakistani side of the border.

In the latest attack, a drone fired two missiles at a house near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan, at about midnight on Tuesday (7 p.m. British time, two intelligence agency officials said.

The area is a known sanctuary for Pakistani Taliban and foreign militants near the Afghan border.

"We have reports of five dead including foreign militants," said one of the officers, who declined to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Update:Via the Herald Sun

The attack happened shortly after Pashtun tribesmen shot at three drones circling the village of Khusali Toorikhel in North Waziristan, a known haunt of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants.
That is a whole lot of firepower over one village.

By Matt Damon at 04:35 PM | Comments |

Schwarzenegger Corrals Restaurant Menus

(Sacramento, California) Gov. Arnold "some-of-my-best-friends-are-conservatives" Schwarzenegger signed legislation (SB1420) into law today to require chain restaurants to post calorie, fat, carbohydrate and sodium content on their menus. A decision on the uniform insignia and color for the Restaurant Menu Police has not been announced.

Oddly, according to President Jot Condie of the California Restaurant Association, nobody knows whether the menu labeling requirement will have any effect on eating habits. It's assumed the government has made a good guess with the new law.

Now there's a motto: California State Government - We Guess Good!

By at 04:07 PM | Comments |

Imperial Good News: Taliban Leader Baitullah Mehsud Dead [Update: Not dead?]

Via CNN:

The leader of Pakistan's Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, is dead from kidney failure, sources told CNN.

The Pakistan government blamed Mehsud for the December 27, 2007, assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

An unnamed Islamabad-based source with connections within the Mehsud tribe in South Waziristan said Mehsud died about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Military officials in the field confirmed to CNN that Mehsud had died.

Good riddance.

UPDATE by Rusty: Via AllahP, denied? That sucks.

This post could use some cheering up. Meet Baitullah's dead brother, Abudullah.

Retardation runs in the family.

By Howie at 03:46 PM | Comments |

Astroturfing Stage 1: McCain is Going to Die!

As I've noted before, the left's astroturfing campaign strategy involves a two-stage narrative. Quoting myself:

The second ingredient in the narrative paints Sarah Palin -- who would take McCain's vacated Presidential office -- as not ready for the job. Obama's campaign has called her experience & intelligence into question, but there is also a "grassroots" viral campaign of deception that claims Palin is on the political fringe and is a religious lunatic.

Just in the past week, since we first began following the astroturfing of Sarah Palin, rumors have circulated that Palin was a member of the John Birch Society and that she hates rape victims. Bored with the spreading the lie that Palin thinks the Earth is 6,000 years old and that she banned books, this week the netroots are claiming that she supports witch hunts. Not metaphorical witch hunts, actual witch hunts.

What was step 1? Raise questions about McCain's ability to serve out his term.

Remember, when the grassroots are being led by the elite it's not "astroturfing": it's community organizing.

Thanks to Ace.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:16 PM | Comments |

Astroturfing the Children or the Cult of Obama?

Either way, it's kind of scary. It reminds me of our church's children program. Just substitute Obama for Jesus and there's not much of a difference.

What else does this remind me of?

Thanks to Kim Priestap who has comments and blog reaction.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:45 PM | Comments |

John Shadegg on the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Further to Rusty's post about the need for the bailout being a self-fulfilling prophecy, here's Rep. John Shadegg echoing the same point:

I have talked to a lot of smart people who know Wall Street, know banking, know the economy quite well, and you hear different opinions. Some will tell you that it is absolutely essential. Quite frankly, I’m skeptical about that.

But I think that in some ways the question doesn’t matter any more. Because Secretary Paulson chose to raise the matter in the way he did — that is, to go public in a very high-profile way, not just with his concern, but with a kind of Chicken-Little, the-sky-is-falling kind of demand — it became a self-fulfilling prophecy.

That is to say, once the secretary of the Treasury announces to the world that there is a pending financial collapse, perhaps as great as the Great Depression, and Congress must act — he has sent a signal that essentially tells world markets that Congress must act. I will tell you that has been one of the most frustrating things about this since the very beginning...

I can’t tell you how many members of Congress were stunned at that news, and were stunned that none of their local bankers were calling them. And then they called their local bankers, as I called my local bankers, and my local bankers said, “I think things are just fine.” I talked to one banker who said, “Gosh, we’ve got money, and we’re liquid, and we’re making a profit. And we’re in the market selling loans, and we’ve got competitors trying to sell loans against us.”

h/t : Todd at Volokh.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 10:48 AM | Comments |

A Petition in Opposition to the Bush Administration's Bailout Proposal

"For these reasons we ask Congress not to rush, to hold appropriate hearings, and to carefully consider the right course of action, and to wisely determine the future of the financial industry and the U.S. economy for years to come."- 190 University Economists

h/t: Ilya at Volokh.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 10:39 AM | Comments |

Shoot Out Between Pirates on Hijacked Ukranian Cargo Ship

The Somali pirates who hijacked the Ukranian cargo ship, Faina, are starting to feel the heat because of the US warships that have surrounded them. Apparently 3 pirates have been killed on board the Faina in a shoot out between themselves after agruing what to do with the stolen cargo.

More at ROA

By at 09:58 AM | Comments |

Blogger Poll: 71% Against Bailout -- Rusty now for it

What a difference 48 hours makes. Yes, I was one of those bloggers who opposed the bailout. Today? Not so much.

"The Market" is nothing more than the sum of individual economic decisions. By announcing to the world that if the bill doesn't pass we are doomed [DOOMED!], President Bush, Henry Paulson, & Ben Bernanke have created a self-fulfilling prophecy -- individual investors became frightened and sold off financial assets causing the market to go in the very direction predicted.

The long term structural problems at the root of the present crisis can be placed squarely on the backs of Democrats who intentionally created incentives for banks to loan money to those who in the free market would be considered too risky. That's the long term problem, and it needs to be fixed.

But the short term collapse of investments in Wall Street? That's Paulson, Bernanke, and Bush's fault. The job of an Administration is not to tell an already panicky public that they have every reason to panic so here's the open corral door, please don't let it hit you on the rear as you join the stampede. It's to reassure the public that everything is going to be alright -- even when things aren't going to be alright.

I'm sure that Obama and the Democrats would have cited such reassurances as proof that the Republicans are "out of touch" with "reality". But if I might paraphrase John McCain: I'd rather lose an election than see America in a severe recession.

So, I didn't support the bailout but now I do. Not necessarily because I think it was the only thing that could have fixed the long term structural problems of sub-prime lending and the financial instruments associated with them, but because now it is the only thing that will reassure investors that everything is going to be okay so please keep your money in the stock market.

Remember that The only thing we have to fear is fear itself thing FDR once said [I think he said it on TV, the day the market crashed]? The point he was trying to make is that the market is a psychological phenomenon and that the Depression was, in part, a self fulfilling prophecy based on irrational fears that soon became very rational.

Today we find ourselves in a similar situation. Congress must now act to pass the bailout because our nation's idiotic leaders have signaled to the world that unless it passes the US economy is at risk. If nothing is done more people will sell than buy, the price of stocks will continue to decline, loans secured by stock pledge will go sour, banks will loan even less money to each other, and a recession will follow -- perhaps a bad one.

They have no choice. The wheels have been set in motion. To not pass the bailout would be to cause the very thing we have been warned about -- in fact it already has. But it could get worse. In fact, probably will get worse.

I hope I'm wrong. God save us all from the politicians.

UPDATE: A couple of responses to comments.

1) Jaya: The TV thing -- that was a joke at Biden's expense. You been living under a rock?

2) bk425: see Mongol's answer. The market expects the bill to pass and prices probably reflect that.

3) LB: Bad analogy. The market is purely psychological and reflects the prices at which people buy and sell; it is an objective measure of subjective assessments. Your roof leaking -- completely objective.

4) A Stoner: Good point. I would have agreed two days ago. In fact, the worst part of the Paulson plan is his notion that we should pay $.60 for assets the market values at $.20!!! That's a direct corporate subsidy no matter how you look at it, and it's wrong. But at this point, I think subsidizing banks for the bad investments we encouraged them to make is the least of our problems.

5) newyank: That is the position I took two days ago. The only thing is that scale of the problem is so massive that it won't be just a few banks that go out of business; we're talking about a massive amount of money which has stopped circulating. Money that makes its way to Main Street. This is no longer a Wall Street problem, it's every one's problem.

6) Maybe I'm wrong. I hope I am.

UPDATE II: Hmmm, maybe I am wrong. Then again, maybe they're unrelated?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:21 AM | Comments |

So if The Fed Just Injected 620 Billion

Why do we still need to spend the other 700 Billion?

Via AFP: The US central bank said it was increasing its swap lines with other central banks by a total of 330 billion dollars to bring the amount available to 620 billion dollars.

The move came as part of a coordinated effort by global finance authorities to make credits available in dollars and ease strains in markets amid a freeze in lending among commercial banks.

The Fed said in a statement the efforts were designed "to support financial stability and to maintain a stable flow of credit to the economy during this period of significant strain in global markets."

"We will continue to adapt these liquidity facilities as necessary and will keep them in place as long as circumstances require," the statement said.

The Fed said it was boosting its own auction facility for US banks to 75 billion dollars per auction from 25 billion, beginning October 6. It also said two credit auctions worth a total of 150 billion dollars would be offered in November to help meet liquidity needs through the end of the year.

Heh, its being called a "Shadow Bailout".

I noted this story was prominent just before the markets opened this morning. Now its evaporating in favor of more bailout calls from Mr. Bush and Congress.

Hmmmm?

By Howie at 09:18 AM | Comments |

September 29, 2008

The Bailout : I'm at a Loss

As y'all know by now, there are few, if any, topics about which I don't have an opinion.

This bailout thing, however, has me scratching my head.

Ordinarily, I'd be arguing for letting the market forces work to return things to equilibrium. If the market drops, or the economy slows for a bit, so be it. I'd like to think that there really aren't that many folks whose personal survival depends on continuous economic growth and uninterrupted profit. Sure, we'd all like to see that happen, but we all know better than to rely on such assumptions. Of course, even though we all know better, I know an awful lot of folks have been living well beyond their means. Even for those living within their means, an awful lot of them have been living at the ragged edge. Those folks are going to have a tough time if the economy tanks.

A whole lot of folks I've always trusted as staunch free marketeers are telling us it's time to put all that "nice theory" aside and accept that massive government intervention is an "unpleasant reality" if we're even going to HAVE a market system tomorrow.

I feel a little bit like I might feel if my pastor advised me on the sly to visit the mosque every once in a while--ya know, just in case this whole "Jesus" thing doesn't end up panning out.

Maybe the prophets of doom are right about the need for this payoff. I'm not an economist and I really don't know. What I do know is that I feel ill.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 11:16 PM | Comments |

Podcast: Rusty on Astroturfing

One of three podcasts I download to my iPhone every week: Shire News Network interviews...Rusty Shackleford.

UPDATE: The other two are done by throatier female voices...

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:45 PM | Comments |

Definitions101: "Self Fulfilling Prophecy"

When you say that the markets will crash if a bill isn't passed.....

Guess what? Now they have to. And yes, I do have a f*cking degree in economics.

Last. Straw.


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:32 PM | Comments |

Two More Reasons To Love The Jawa Report

A. The current economic mess is passing us by. Yawn. We're going to party like it's 1929.

B. We still won't blog about the debates. Unless Sarah Palin wears a miniskirt (please God let it be so).

3. Pwning jihadist propaganda.

And, 4a. I still suck at math.

By Vinnie at 06:38 PM | Comments |

A Note From Teleprompter

Jawas, Selling slightly used and refurbished droids and teleprompters. that may actually belong to someone else, since before the clone wars!

We deliver! Check the horizon for our sandcrawler and get yours today!

By Howie at 04:49 PM | Comments |

Bin Laden's Son Makes Return to Pakistan

Eli Lake reports today in the New York Sun that Al Qaeda is consolidating its leadership in Pakistan

Osama bin Laden's son and heir apparent, Sa'ad bin Laden, has returned to Pakistan from his safe haven in Iran, according to messages posted on a Qaeda jihad Web forum known as al-Hesbah.

An organization that tracks and translates discussions on such forums, the SITE Institute, provided its subscribers with a summary of messages describing what it said was an escape by Sa'ad bin Laden from an Iranian prison. American counterterrorism officials, however, have considered him to be under a permissive version of house arrest since the American invasion of Afghanistan, in 2001.

The move of Sa'ad bin Laden to Pakistan tracks with the movements of other senior jihadists to the country since Al Qaeda re-established a safe haven in the 10,500-square-mile area that comprises the provinces along the border with Afghanistan.

Find the son...you find the father.

By Matt Damon at 03:59 PM | Comments |

Sheffield Council Changes Weekend Burial Policy

The Sheffield council admitted they "got it wrong" when they refused a family's request for a weekend burial because the deceased wasn't a muslim. Sheffield councilor Shaffaq Mohammed released a statement which said "The council would like to unreservedly apologise to Mr Lemaire's family for the distress that has been caused.

"After looking into this issue we can now see we got it wrong and this particular policy needs to change."

From The Star via Dinah Lord

SHEFFIELD Council has announced a dramatic U-turn after a policy allowing only Muslim burials to take place at the weekend caused outrage.
The Star reported on Wednesday how Jean Maltby from Greenhill was not allowed to bury her step-father Harold 'Charlie' Lemaire on a Saturday because the council only offered the service to Muslims at the weekend.

Now the heads of Sheffield's two leading parties have written to council officers about their disappointment and concern.

The council has admitted they "got it wrong" and is working out a new policy to offer people of every faith living in the city the same service.

By at 02:20 PM | Comments |

Pelosi Takes One Last Cheap Shot, Derails Bailout Bill

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What group elected this woman as their leader?

Via FOXNEWS: Opponents said part of the reason for the opposition from Republicans was what they termed a partisan speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said one GOP source. House Minority Whip Roy Blunt said he thinks Republicans could have provided a dozen more votes had Pelosi not given her speech.

Pelosi had said that Congress needed to pass the bill, even though it was an outgrowth of the "failed economic policies" of the last eight years.

"When was the last time someone asked you for $700 billion?" she asked. "It is a number that is staggering, but tells us only the costs of the Bush administration's failed economic policies — policies built on budgetary recklessness, on an anything goes mentality, with no regulation, no supervision, and no discipline in the system."

I know another thing where no discipline is present, Nancy Pelosi's mouth.

One can only hope that the next botox injection renders it out of service for some time.

Update: Michelle has the video here.

94 Democrats also voted against the bill.

Personally, I'm for just letting it tank. All the money we are spending to avoid pain only makes it worse in the long run. Had we let this recession happen in the very beginning, instead of throwing good money after bad, we might be through the worst by now.

By Howie at 02:07 PM | Comments |

US Warships surround Hijacked Cargo Ship

An unspecified number of US warships along with USS destroyer Howard have surrounded the hijacked Ukranian cargo vessel, Faina. The cargo vessel is carrying a large amount of weapons such as RPGs, anti-aircraft guns, AK-47s and 33 T-72 tanks. The shipment was destined for Sudan not Kenya as previously stated. Kenya is only a transit point for the shipment. The Somali pirates are demanding $20 million in ransom.

More at ROA

By at 12:00 PM | Comments |

Democrats: There Is No Crisis at Fannie...Freddie (Pt. III in a series)

I just want to be serious for a second, friends. This is a DEVASTATING video. It is absolutely unacceptable that this video is not being played on every news station and at every Democrat interview around the country over and over again.

More Democrats denying there was an impending crisis at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - this time, outright denied by Maxine Waters (D), the moron who threatened to socialize...er, nationalize the oil industry. And Barney Frank (D).

And more. So much more. Watch the whole thing, and send it to everyone you know. Link to it everywhere. Do it. Now. Point and laugh derisively.

Praising Franklin Raines. More Barney Frank. Democrats mad at the GOP for calling out these two corrupt companies...while denying there is a problem. Republicans calling for more regulations, oversight and accountability with Democrats blocking them, etc. All meat and potatoes here.

Nothing those who have been paying attention to people other than Barack Obama haven't seen, but note just how explicitly and exactly perfectly these clips crystallize the argument that this was a GOVERNMENT failure - and one party in particular's fault. Jackasses.

By Good Lt. at 08:01 AM | Comments |

Hugo Chavez Ready for Nuke Plants

Free Image hosting by ImageSnap(Caracas, Venezuela) Yesterday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Russia has offered to assist in nuclear plant development in his nation and he's ready to accept.

"We certainly are interested in developing nuclear energy, for peaceful ends of course -- for medical purposes and to generate electricity," he said.

"Brazil has various nuclear reactors, as does Argentina," he added. "We will have ours as well," he said upon his return from a tour in China and Russia.

Heh, it's a thrill a minute with "peaceful ends" Hugo.

By at 07:51 AM | Comments |

Islamists Firebomb Publisher's Home

Jewel of Medina cover.jpg(London, England) After being dissed by Random House, American author Sherry Jones found that the British publishing house Gibson Square would release her book about Mohammad, The Jewel of Medina.

This past weekend, the home of Martin Rynja, Gibson Square head executive, was firebombed.

Yesterday the right-hand man of preacher of hate Omar Bakri said the fire-bombing was the 'thin end of the wedge'.

Anjem Choudary, a former member of radical Islamist group al-Mujaharoun, said: 'This book is an attack on the honour of Mohammed. It is clearly stipulated in Muslim law that any kind of attack on his honour carries the death penalty.

Three men have been arrested for the firebombing. (More)

By at 07:17 AM | Comments |

September 28, 2008

Have You Seen Our Media Lately?

Where are they? Doing serious investigative journalism, bitches.

I mean, who gives a shiite about what almost happened in 1970?

That was 1970, dudes and dudettes, surely William Ayers and Co. have grown up and realized the error of their ways since then. I mean, if The Messiah, The One, The Only, the I AM! of American politics can see his way to forgiving Ayers for his terrorist past, shouldn't we all?

Okay, so I'm being facetious here. The media as we know it now will never report this kind of stuff, just as they've ignored (except for Fox News) the Ethan Winner scandal.

The good news? The media as we know it now is being increasingly ignored by mainstream Americans.

By Vinnie at 07:30 PM | Comments |

Family of Fallen Soldier Told Obama NOT to Wear Bracelet

Interesting.

I'm going to love the explanation for this when the media never brings it up and the Messiah doesn't explain it.

Ed Morrisey urges caution until confirmation has been obtained, since the interview from which this was unearthed is about six months old.

By Good Lt. at 10:14 AM | Comments |

September 27, 2008

Phillies Clinch NL East

How's our ass taste, New York?

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(AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

By Good Lt. at 09:23 PM | Comments |

Gov. Blunt Statement on Obama Campaign’s Abusive Use of Missouri Law Enforcement

I've had like 10 people send me the link, so rather than fight it: let them eat cake!

UPDATE: I didn't really get the big deal about this at first. In my mind I thought that this was some kind of misunderstanding on someone's part inflated for political gain on the Republican side. The giveaway? Slander and libel are civil offenses, so why would a prosecutor be involved in the first place.

But, maybe there is something to this and some local yokels are trying to discourage Obama bashing by raising the cost of gainsaying his Logosness? Even if it is all a bunch of bologney since the average schmo is pretty intimidated by the threat of a lawsuit.

I'm not in Missouri, but I'm sure many of my readers are. MO readers: let's just start making stuff up about Obama. You know, to mess with 'em.

I'll start.

Fact: Did you know that Barack Obama once had a gay sex orgy with the entire offensive line of the 2003 Nebraska Cornhuskers? I'm willing to swear an affidavit to it and take a lie detector test.

Viral attacks are where it's at in 2008!

Gov. Blunt Statement on Obama Campaign’s Abusive Use of Missouri Law Enforcement

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Matt Blunt today issued the following statement on news reports that have exposed plans by U.S. Senator Barack Obama to use Missouri law enforcement to threaten and intimidate his critics.

“St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.

“What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.

“This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights. The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.

“Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts - not a free society.”

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:43 PM | Comments |

The Palin Smear Goes Viral:
"Viral attacks are where it's at in 2008!" -- Geekesque

Looks like Geekesque, Chuck and Ethan Winner, and whoever is paying them is going to have their way after all. The "Palin is a right wing secessionist" smear has gone viral. Seriously, this has got to be stopped. We need to find out who is behind this. Not some of the more recent amateurish copycat videos, but the original video and the subsequent astroturfing campaign.

This one is the worst of them all:
Palin's Secret Allegiance

They intentionally mislead the audience by using only partial quotes. Like the Ethan Winner video, they provide some radical quotes by party members. They then quote Palin addressing the Alaskan Independence Party as, "I share your party' vision..." in such a way as to make it sound like she agrees with those radical quotes.

But notice the dot dot dot [which you can actually see in the video above] meaning they're only quoting part of the sentence.

Actual quote: "I share your party's vision of upholding the Constitution of our great state."

If I was Andrew Sullivan, I'd say this was gobsmackingly vile.

Copycat of Winner video:
Sarah Palin Heartbeat Away Extended Version

Repostings of original Winner video:Sarah Palin A Heartbeat Away From The Presidency
Sarah Palin - A Heart Beat Away From Presidency

Below is the original video of Sarah Palin addressing the Alasakan Independence Party which she refers to as "competition". I thought you "Obama is a secret Muslim" people were delusional freaks -- but at least I believe that you sincerely believe your insanity.

No one can possibly believe that Sarah Palin secretly harbors the notion that Alaska should be its own country. That makes those responsible worse than mere paranoid delusionals: it makes them liars.

UPDATE: Treacher chimes in with this reminder that what Palin actually said in the video makes clear she disagrees with the party.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:28 PM | Comments |

Barack Obama on Missile Defense: Then vs. Now

Down the memory hole: Obama was nominated because he represents the left wing "progressives" of the Democratic party. So, which Barack Obama will we be electing? The one that now supports missile defense, or the one who on the nomination trail campaigned against it? Obama's Flip-Flop On Missile Defense

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:35 PM | Comments |

Paul Newman Dead At 83

Of cancer.

Can't swim? Hell, it's the fall that'll kill ya.

Great actor, he will be missed.

By Vinnie at 10:40 AM | Comments |

Bitter Much?

From The People's Cube, we get a painful glimpse into a segment of America which is insular, bigoted and mired in despair.

It's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to lattes or faux populism or antipathy towards people who aren't like them... as a way to explain their frustrations.

Don't be angry with them, they're just victims of their circumstances and are in, no doubt, desperate need of your tax dollars.

By Gordo at 08:28 AM | Comments |

New Metallica

Below the fold because, as usual, I don't feel like resizing.

First I groaned, thinking it was a smear on the troops. Then I smiled, because it shows just what our guys and gals have to deal with over there on a daily basis.

Kudos to Metallica on this one.

By Vinnie at 01:33 AM | Comments |

September 26, 2008

Two Reasons To Love The Jawa Report

1. Sarah Palin Swimsuit Video.

2. Not one post about tonight's debate.

A. Pwning jihadist propaganda.

Okay, so I suck at math. Sue me.

By Vinnie at 11:09 PM | Comments |

'Toronto 18' Youth Guilty of Terrorism

(Brampton, Ontario) A 20-year-old homegrown Toronto terrorist, part of the infamous "Toronto 18" terror cell, has been found guilty of plotting to kill civilians with guns and explosives.

In the first verdict under Canada's new anti-terrorism laws, Ontario Superior Court Justice John Sproat rejected defence assertions the Toronto-area plot was nothing more than "musings and fantasies."

"It might well have been said prior to Sept. 11, 2001 that a plan to kill thousands and destroy landmark buildings in lower Manhattan and Washington had no possibility of implementation," Sproat said.

Sproat dismissed defence assertions that the group's co-leader - the youth's friend and mentor - was a self-aggrandizing liar who simply talked an ugly extremist game.

"I also reject the argument that (the alleged ringleader) was a hapless fanatic who posed no risk."

The 20-year-old accused, who cannot be named because he was 17 at the time of his offences, showed little emotion as the verdict was read.

The unidentified youth faces a possible ten years in prison at sentencing. No sentencing date was reported.

There's been no indication as to when we might be told the name of the 20-year-old convicted terrorist. Maybe after he gets sentenced -- or -- maybe never.

Frankly, I think it's dangerous to hide the identities of terrorists. After all, al-Qaeda's greatest challenge is to keep its members names a secret until they act. What kind of distorted Canadian logic is being used to keep terrorists names secret once they are caught and convicted? It's nuts.

By at 08:49 PM | Comments |

Video: Sarah Palin Swimsuit Competition

Like a viral video made by a VP of the fourth largest PR firm in the world, they tried to take it down -- but it's out there, baby! Seriously, once a video hits YouTube, there's no putting it back.

Sarah Palin at the Miss Alaska pageant swimsuit competition.

We'll see how long this version lasts. Save it. Upload it. Pass it on.

Viral is where it's at in 2008!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:54 PM | Comments |

No Publicis - Winner - Axelrod Connection

Okay I lied, it's Friday and I'm busy avoiding work as it is. So one more post.

Erick from Redstate sends this video along courtesy of -- I think -- Doug from Upland. When the story first broke he and others sent me links to a lot of different voiceover artists each claiming they knew who it was. My fellow Jawas were certain they knew [KNEW!!] who it was until the actress in question kindly wrote Merri back and said not me.

But after nearly a week of being away from it and now seeing the video he (or someone) made ...... I dunno, Doug might be on to something.

You'll notice that he doesn't mention the name of the Chicago area talent that he and some people at Free Republic think it belongs to. I won't either. I don't want her getting bombarded with hate mail, which is always the risk of naming somebody publicly involved in a scandal -- even if they were just hired help.

But some of you are intelligent enough to figure it out, so maybe you just want to email her and ask politely?

Also, remember that there may be legal considerations here. I know I've signed my fair share of non-disclosure agreements so she may not be able to legally reveal who hired her. But then again if this case has taught us anything it's that some people are sloppy and overlook tying up the loose ends. So, maybe there's no non-disclosure contract?

Also, keep this in mind: one of the things I learned while doing research for this was that the top voice over artists actually do most of their work from home studios and then simply e-mail their clients the finished product. So, it could be that the Chicago connection here is just incidental and that Winner really just liked the way she sounded from, well, I've no idea how you'd find the right voice. Maybe she does Moveon or Planned Parenthood ads, too? There could be other explanations.

Having said that, though, I really wish one more voice would be added for comparison. The one heard here at Axelrod's official website. Is it just me, or is it the same voice? And yes, Axelrod's AKP Media is in Chicago.

Also, Stable Hand has been trying to get one of us to link this all day so here it is:

Investigative reporter Ben Barrack is conducting a national talk show, encouraging all parties involved with both ads to provide the identity of their female voice-over talent and for Ethan Winner and others associated with the outright lies in the ad to issue a formal apology to Sarah Palin.
I don't know Ben Barrack or his work, but we appreciate the help.

Let's assume that Ethan is telling the truth and he was the sole force behind the ad. Even so, this is a major media scandal. The anti-Palin video is much worse than the anti-Hillary "Vote Different / Hillary 1984" ad made by Phil De Villis. That video sparked MSM interest [for instance, the New York Times] as to who made what amounted to a pretty mild attack on Hillary. When it was revealed that an employee of Blue State Digital with ties to the Obama campaign was behind it, De Villis he was forced to resign.

Has the world's 4th largest advertising firm, Publicis, demanded Ethan's resignation? [scoff]

MSM coverage of the Winner video has been limited to bloggers such as Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt, and Amanda Carpenter bringing it up to them. Nothing else. Nada.

Attack Hillary: scandal.
Attack Palin: yawn.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:19 PM | Comments |

Somali Pirates land 30 Russian Tanks in Hijacking

Somali pirates have hit a goldmine this morning when they hijacked a Ukranian cargo ship. The ship was carrying RPGs, Zu-23 anti-aircraft guns and 30 Russian T-72 tanks. You can bet these weapons will end up in al Shabaab's posession.

From Times Online

The pirates would hardly have been able to believe their eyes as they inspected the hold of their latest conquest, the Faina.

The Ukrainian vessel was heading for the Kenyan port of Mombasa loaded down with rocket-propelled grenades, anti-aircraft guns and 30 Russian T-72 tanks.

“They really hit the jackpot this time,” said a regional arms expert. “There is not much they can do with the tanks, but the RPGs and the Zu-23 anti-aircraft guns will soon find their way into Somalia’s arms markets.

“These are the sort of weapons that fighters in Somalia really like.”

Cross-post at ROA

By at 03:16 PM | Comments |

VIDEO: Burning Down the House

Who's responsible for the current crisis? GOVERNMENT, and Democrat policies in particular. Sorry, Democrats. This idea that this is BOOSH'S or MCSAME'S fault is laughable at this point. You're entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts or your own historical record.

Outstanding video (and it's on Drudge!). It moves fast, so pay attention.

Five stars for victory? LOL

ht: Ace

ROTFLMFAO - The ever-honest, concerned citizens at Dumbocratic Underground are getting the vapors over this video and are hoping and praying it gets debunked. Because they know (as we do) that THE FACTS are not on their side - even if the polls are.

Good luck re-writing the contemporary history, kiddies! This mess was caused by your policies - SO GROW UP AND OWN THEM. Be brave. Play nice!

Another good vid (although the music is too loud to hear the incriminating audio beneath clearly): COVERING YOUR FANNIE

By Good Lt. at 01:42 PM | Comments |

Put Joker in Charge of Financial Crisis! [Update: Or Peter Gibbons]

My one and only post for the day.

Because when there's nothing else to do, mock it.

UPDATE: Seriously, the final word then I'm off my lunch break: Someday I'm going to write a book, "The Courage to do Nothing." Because doing something, at the insistence of the something has to be done! crowd, is often worse than doing nothing. And sometimes it's a far braver act.

Book title, of course, stolen from ....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:48 PM | Comments |

Omar Bakri's Daughter a Pole Dancer

The daughter of hate preacher Omar Bakri, the guy who issued a death threat against Paul McCartney and threatened a 9/11 attack in England, leads a secret stripper life. Yasmin Fostok has performed in strip clubs across London and says she is "willing to go topless if the venue is right".

From The Sun

Busty Yasmin Fostok, 27, leads a secret life after rebelling against her fanatical Muslim dad — who rants against Western “depravity”.

She has performed in London pole dancing bars and gyrated half-naked in cages at club nights.

And she admitted: “I’m willing to go topless if the venue is right.”

Pic at ROA

“Bakri would have a heart attack if he saw his daughter on stage."

Somone send Bakri a video of his daughter gyrating half-naked on stage please!!!1!

I found this article this morning but Dusty from Dust My Broom found it before me. So, I'll give credit where credit is due.

By at 09:50 AM | Comments |

No Facing Mecca During Defecation

I assume that there is a rule written somewhere that says Muslims must turn their heads away from the holy city of Mecca when they defecate.

LONDON -- Olympic organizers issued detailed design rules for the 2012 London games Wednesday, including a mandate that at least some toilets in the Olympic park do not face the holy Islamic city of Mecca.
The fact that the Muslims are imposing design restrictions is troubling since the whole issue should be moot if one acknowledges that the Earth is a sphere.

Mecca sits at approximately 40 degrees E. longitude and 20 degrees N. latitude and on the other side of the Earth, straight through the core, sits Tahiti (approximate enough for discussion purposes). Now, for a Tahitian toilet to face Mecca, it would have to be mounted on the wall, facing downward toward the center of the Earth. Obviously, a wall-mounted toilet would not be functional.

Also, in Britain, at 0 degrees longitude, a toilet would have to be tilted 40 degrees from the plane of the floor to face Mecca. Chances are that a user would find it difficult to defecate at a 40 degree down angle.

So, if a respected Islamic scholar could rule that the Earth is not flat and it's impossible to face Mecca at most points on the planet, the dumb defecation requirement can be repealed. (More)

By at 05:38 AM | Comments |

Was this a BAAAAAAAAD Decision?

I'll bet this guy feels a bit sheepish:

Jeffrey Scott Haynes, 45, is serving a 2 1/2 - to 20-year prison sentence after pleading no contest to sodomy in 2006. He was found trespassing on a farm in Bedford Township in January 2005. The farmer called police when she realized one of her sheep was injured. A DNA sample taken from the sheep matched Haynes, a career criminal with convictions dating to 1985.

Now, common sense would tell you that Mr. Haynes is not required to register as a sex offender. After all, the victim was a sheep. PETA, of course, is having none of that! Here's what People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' director of the cruelty casework division, Martin Mersereau, had to say:
"I think the appellate court is being too literal in interpreting the letter of the law," he said. "It seems in this case, it's an issue of what's good and right being constrained by verbiage. I believe their hands are tied in that regard, so I can't blast them for that, but at the end of the day the community will suffer if people who abuse animals sexually aren't on the radar."

Mersereau said people who sexually abuse animals often do the same to humans.

"It seems about a dozen times a year we hear of cases involving people who sexually abuse a child, who have in the past done the same to a dog," he said. "The two go hand in hand, and any time the law does not help contribute to the awareness of a predator in their midst, the community suffers."

So, if Michigan considers a change to sex offender laws to include animals such as sheep, will the law state offenders have to stay a certain distance away from the circus, the petting zoo and the sheep farm?

By Merri at 01:22 AM | Comments |

Muslim Brotherhood Front Group Wants To "Rock The Vote"

Yeah, a lot of good it did P. Diddy, too.

Here's some background on MPAC to bolster the Muslim Brotherhood association claim.

Hat tip, and you're not going to believe this, but it comes from an honest to goodness, real life, moderate Muslim sick and tired of her 7th century religion being mired in the 7th century.

She's so un-Islamist, my wife and I have talked about converting to Islam, just so we can marry her.

Even better, she's so un-Islamist, this post might make greyrooster stop posting OUTLAW ISLAM in the comments.

One brave Muslim woman is standing athwart history, yelling "stop."

Update It appears the Muslim Brotherhood's front group website is having technical issues at the moment.

By Vinnie at 12:41 AM | Comments |

September 25, 2008

More Conservative Opposition to Wall Street Bailout

Via the Washington Times:

Rarely have Republican lawmakers - and especially the best conservative brains among them - been so openly rebellious against their own leadership in Congress and so critical of a GOP administration as they have been during the current financial debacle.

Elected conservatives, answerable to their constituencies back home and looking at less than two months before the general election, are saying they no longer believe the Bush administration.

RSC Chairman Jeb Hensarling says:
It defies common-sense to pass a potential trillion dollar bailout bill without having a rational and deliberate conversation about other potential alternatives and remedies. I remain skeptical of the Paulson plan and am utterly unconvinced that this is the only alternative.
Rep. John Shadegg says:
They are saying the consequences will be dire and imminent if we don't take up this solution now...Paulson says we can talk about reform later but the bailout must be accepted now. That's not where conservatives are now....Expecting Congress to the fix the current financial crisis is like expecting an arsonist to put out the fire he started. Government created this problem.
Sen. Jim DeMint:
They said new authority to bailout Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would solve the problem without being used, but they were wrong again. Now they want us to trust them to spend nearly a trillion dollars on more government bailouts. It’s completely irresponsible and I cannot support it.
Sen. Richard Shelby:
Without question, our markets and financial institutions need serious attention. I do not believe, however, that we can solve this crisis by spending a massive amount of money on bad securities.
Where do you stand? If you have an opinion, this would be a good time to share it with your people in Washington: (202) 224-3121

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 07:20 PM | Comments |

Geert Wilders On Glenn Beck's T.V. Show Tonight

I'm told it will be the first time any part of Fitna has been broadcast on television.

Should be worth a watching.

By Vinnie at 05:56 PM | Comments |

Al-Qaeda man feared hiding in Tanzania

Word out of Tanzania today that security forces are on high alert after reports Al Qaeda leader Fazul Abdallah Mohamed has entered the country.

The Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Commissioner of Police Robert Manumba, would not rule out the possibility that the top Al Qaeda man could be hiding in the country.

’’It’s true that we were alerted by our colleagues that the suspect may try to hide in Tanzania after escaping arrest in Kenya. We’re still not certain about his present whereabouts but remain vigilant,’’ said Manumba.


Fazul is the mastermind of the 1998 US Embassy bombings that killed 224 people. Getting him would be a major catch in the WOT.

By Matt Damon at 04:37 PM | Comments |

Pakistani troops fire at NATO helicopter

An act of war. Pakistani troops fired at NATO helicopters patrolling the Afghan-Pakistani border.

From CBC

Pakistani troops have fired at NATO helicopters patrolling along eastern Afghanistan, according to a news release from the organization.

The International Security Assistance Force helicopters were fired at by small-arms from a Pakistan military checkpoint in the Tanai district near the Afghanistan border on Thursday, said the release. There were no causalities or damages to the helicopters.

The helicopters were conducting routine operations and did not cross into Pakistani airspace, said the release.

The shooting follows a number of alleged incursions into Pakistan in the border area in recent days.

By at 04:14 PM | Comments |

Yemeni Journalist Al-Khaiwani Free!

I'd really like to thank everyone here at Jawa who helped in this effort, both the posters and the readers. The ladies of the Cotillion really did a wonderful job highlighting the petition and the case. A remarkable grass roots coalition they call it in the article. (No astroturfing here!) karim.jpg


The people at HAMSA who set up the petition, organized the facebook group and helped me with the media (akkk!) really deserve a lot of credit. Thirty-seven international human rights organizations and a variety of civil society groups in Yemen kept up the pressure since June when al-Khaiwani was sentenced to six years writing for an article that "made the military sad" as my nine year old called it.

Anyway for the second time in my life I have a post called Al-Khaiwani Sprung. (There's a few people around, including Rusty, who remember when we did this for al-Khaiwani the first time in 2005.)

Earth Times: BOSTON-- The American Islamic Congress (AIC) today hailed news that leading Yemeni journalist Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani has been pardoned after more than three months in prison on charges of "insulting the president."

AIC has campaigned for al-Khaiwani's release since June, generating over 1,600 letters to Yemeni officials from free speech supporters around the world (petiiton).

"This is a great day for freedom of expression in the Middle East," said Nasser Weddady, AIC's Civil Rights Outreach Director. "A pioneering Arab journalist who stuck to his principles is once again a free man."

"Freedom is not a gift, and the struggle is for everyone," al-Khaiwani said in a statement to AIC following his release. He left prison just before 4 pm local time and returned home, reuniting with his family.

"Today's victory illustrates that civil rights cannot be repressed without consequences," stated Weddady. "Activists around the world won't stay silent, and citizens are taking matters into their own hands without waiting for governments to act."

Weddady credited "a remarkable grassroots coalition" that united to campaign for al-Khaiwani. First to mobilize on the journalist's behalf were brave Yemeni reformers and activists across the Arab world. They were joined by Western human rights organizations and leading members of Congress, who maintained pressure for al-Khaiwani's release.

But one advocate who has tirelessly championed al-Khaiwani throughout his persecution from the Yemeni regime is New Jersey blogger Jane Novak, who orchestrated an international campaign from her suburban home (my blog). Her efforts were profiled by the New York Times, NPR, Fox News, and Al-Arabiya.

"Jane Novak is an inspiring example of how an ordinary person can stand up for freedom in the Middle East simply with an Internet connection and a dynamic blog," observed Weddady. "She is a true world citizen - and her example is a compelling model for how we can connect across borders to defend basic civil rights."

The American Islamic Congress is a civil rights organization promoting tolerance and the exchange of ideas among Muslims and between other peoples. With the motto "passionate about moderation," the organization leads initiatives around the world and has offices in Washington, Boston, Egypt, and Iraq.


By Jane at 11:20 AM | Comments |

The Bailout : The Conservatives Weigh In

I don't know much about the details of the financial markets, but when pretty much everyone I trust is against something, that usually tells me it's probably not a good idea. As near as I can tell, pretty much everyone I trust is either against or very wary of the bailout in its present form.

Newt Gingrich had this to say:

I think the idea of giving the Secretary of the Treasury $700 billion to bail out Wall Street is just so profoundly wrong. I can't quite imagine that they're moving forward with it. I mean, it's wrong in every way. It's wrong to take money and bail out Wall Street. It's wrong to give that kind of power to the secretary of the treasury. Watching this Congress write it makes me worry about what all the hidden details will be.
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) offers:
There are those in the public debate who say we must act now...The last time I heard that, I was on a used car lot. The truth is every time somebody tells you that you have to do the deal right now, it usually means they are going to get the better part of the deal. The American people deserve a seat at the table in this debate as well.
Fred Thompson:
You’d think we’d have learned by now: when the backstop of the federal treasury makes it easier for politicians, lenders, borrowers, welfare recipients, government contractors, or anyone else, to serve their own self interest at the expense of the taxpayer, many will do just that.

That is why we continue to see self-dealing, moral lapses, outright fraud and lack of management and oversight in a wide array of programs and government-sponsored entities, from housing to Medicare, education and the Small Business Administration, all costing taxpayers billions, even trillions of dollars.

The Detroit News has a good round-up. Excerpts:

George Will:

Members of Congress are being exhorted to stampede, like lemmings in reverse, away from a postulated cliff. But some of the economic geographers who say they know that the cliff is there, and that the economy will plunge over it if Congress stops to think before empowering the secretary of the Treasury to control the flow of capital through the veins of American capitalism, are some of those experts who said in March that prophylactic federal intervention in the matter of Bear Stearns was necessary to contain the crisis.

Everything that has been done for the last six months has been done to cope with what previous actions were supposed to prevent. A perhaps pertinent axiom: There is no education in the second kick of a mule.

Thomas Sowell:
Bailing out people who made ill-advised mortgages makes no more sense that bailing out people who lost their life savings in Las Vegas casinos. As recently as July of this year, Dodd declared Fannie Mae and Freddie "fundamentally strong" and said there is no need for "panicking" about them. But now that the chickens have come home to roost, Dodd wants to be sure to get some goodies from the rescue legislation to pass out to people likely to vote for him.
William Kristol:
[The bailout proposal] would enable the Treasury, without congressionally approved guidelines as to pricing or procedure, to purchase hundreds of billions of dollars of financial assets, and hire private firms to manage and sell them, presumably at their discretion. There are no provisions for -- or even promises of -- disclosure, accountability or transparency. Surely Congress can at least ask some hard questions about such an open-ended commitment.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 09:43 AM | Comments |

The French Connection to Palin Smears

What is an PR firm with an eyebrow-raising international affiliation doing producing an anti-Palin video?

And what is Publicis? By its own account, Publicis is the fourth-largest communications group in the world, having generated some €4.7 billion (or $6.9 billion) in revenue in 2007. With its distinctive postmodern headquarters on Paris’ Champs-Elysées just a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, Publicis also happens to be one of those highly politically-connected French firms that are so characteristic of the upper echelons of the French economy....

The obvious question, then, is for whom were Winner and his “associates” working? The most obvious answer is: the Obama campaign. Another and at least equally troubling possibility, however, is that they were working for one of Publicis’s high-powered European clients.

Read the rest. This is a politically connected firm. One guess on which side of the French political spectrum their connected to.

Just to reemphasize: it wasn't just Ethan Winner involved in the Palin smear, it was also his father who is President of the company he sold to Publicis several years ago, and at least one employee of the company. Yet Ethan claims sole responsibility for the video.

Also note while reading the article that Publicis has put Ethan Winner -- who works in their Los Angeles division -- over PR for the European Union.

Folks, I don't have any more time to dig into this, but if you do don't just focus on Winner & Associates, focus on Publicis and the dozens of media and PR companies they own.

PS-I didn't mean to imply that some foreigner paid for the campaign -- although that is John's emphasis, don't rule out the Europeans -- just that Publicis is the company to look at. They and their holdings in the US are major PR players here. W&A is just one of their assets, and the fact that they use W&A to run a EU PR campaign is evidence that they have no problems using whatever asset they think has the most strength for whatever cause they are engaged in.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:22 AM | Comments |

VIDEO: Barney Frank (D) Denying Problems With / Blocking Oversight of Fannie-Freddie in 2003

Who's responsible for the mess? It's a truth the Democrats and their surrogates don't want to face. But the record has them dead to rights.

The video clips presented in this report give you a clue. Quote of the decade from Barney Frank (D)- "Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not in crisis." Other juicy quotes from Chuck Schumer (D) as well.

BZZZZZT. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

Maybe that's why Obama won't be heading to Washington this week to deal with the crisis he and his fellow Congressmorons fostered, nurtured and ultimately tried to abdicate their responsibility for.

Note that McCain and the GOP and Alan Greenspan and Bush were all warning of this in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2006. Legislation for reform and oversight of Fannie-Freddie was proposed and was blocked every time - on party line votes - by the Democrats. Ignoring it won't change it, O!bots.

DEMOCRATS 08 - PARTY BEFORE COUNTRY.

By Good Lt. at 07:21 AM | Comments |

September 24, 2008

Winner & Associates Denies Axelrod Ties

Amanda Carpenter from TownHall e-mails a statement from Winner & Associates. Here it is:

September 24, 2008

STATEMENT BY WINNER & ASSOCIATES

It has been alleged by Fox News and a blogger that our firm may have “ties” to David Axelrod, the media advisor to the Obama campaign.

This allegation is completely false.

No member of the firm, including Ethan Winner, has a relationship with Axelrod, and no member of the firm has had any contact, direct or indirect, with Axelrod in at least 10 years.

Case closed?

Pssst: I was being ironical.

PS: Amanda will be on O'Reilly pretty quick talking about it.

UPDATE: Wow, what an arrogant dismissive ..... Hell, I don't even know if there's an Axelrod connection. That's why I'm asking the MSM to look into it. Because, you know, I'm just some dude with a keyboard.

They're the ones that can afford to sick "investigative journalists" on to the McCain campaign to find out what is really public record and that I could have done sitting on my ass.

What I do know is that Ethan isn't telling us all the facts. Maybe we're way off. Maybe Arianna Huffington herself paid Ethan to do it. I don't know. But now that Ethan is trying to get other people to buy airtime for the video? This doesn't pass the smell test.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:38 PM | Comments |

Holy Crap, a SECOND Winner Palin Smear Video? Michelle on Fox [UPDATE: Ad to be run on TV?]

I really don't have time for this, but it has to be said: mucho important.

While watching the Fox News segment interviewing Michelle Malkin on the Ethan Winner Palin smear video I noticed that it wasn't the same video!

Spot the difference. Original Ethan Winner video:

Here's the video of Michelle on Fox this morning. The ad starts about 25 seconds in. They don't run it all, and they may have spliced part of the middle of the video to the beginning ("quotes from the founder") but there is a part of their version which differs significantly from the original. Spot it, if you can. It matters.

Did you notice the difference?

The video that Fox aired has the voiceover artist saying, ""Sarah Palin and her husband were strong supporters". But that's not what the original Ethan Winner video said. The original video says, "Sarah Palin and her husband were MEMBERS of this ....."

If any one finds the source for the new and improved video, let me know. I haven't digested exactly what this means yet, but it's fairly good evidence that someone at sometime (new post-outing video? or made side by side with and at same time original was made?) decided that the claim that Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party was just too big a lie to get away with.

Allah asks some questions here, but dude: if people claiming to be members of al Qaeda and who presume the freaking CIA are wired into their skullcaps make these same kinds of stupid mistakes, why not an Obama operative? It gives too much credit to people who, in the end, remain people.

Eg, see Watergate break in.

UPDATE
: Here's the video source. It's from the YouTube page of Say's Me TV which seems to run this blog and is associated with this service. Does this mean that they're trying to get this on TV? Yes, it does.

New York Times:

Saysme.tv offers a service over the Internet that streamlines the submission process for homemade television advertising and offers cheap slices of cable-TV time — perhaps as little as $6 for a 25-second spot, assuming you are O.K. with appearing on CNN Headline News sometime next week in parts of Charlotte, N.C., in the wee hours.
They claim that this is what they're doing:
Timing its debut to the highly polarized 2008 elections, SaysMe allows you to promote the people and causes you care about most in a brand new way. Now, instead of passively writing checks and wondering how the money will be spent, you can choose 30 second ads from our library and run them on TV with your name branded on the end as the sponsor.

For you creative types, we encourage you to make your own ads and let people who share your views sponsor them. You'll even get paid every time someone runs your ad on TV.

This is getting interesting....

So, if Ethan's story is to be believed, then he produced two separate Palin smear videos and will pay [future tense, his words] for the voiceover out of his own pockets?

And his second video -- which is still a smear against Palin but which does not contain the objective statement about her being a member of the group [objectively not true], but the subjective statement that she strongly supports the group [hey, she sent a video to them once, that's strong support, right?] -- is now out and he's trying to get people to pay for it to be run on TV?

The story from Ethan was hard to believe the first time I heard it. Now I'm dying to hear his explanation!

UPDATE: They seem to specialize in anti-Palin videos, but not exclusively. All the other videos? Amateurish.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:56 PM | Comments |

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-brother-in-law of the brother of estranged wife of Palin lover is "insider" with knowledge of affair

A family "insider" who knows Palin had an affair because ..... his ex-brother in law's brother's sister's estranged husband was the guy. Did I get that "insider" relationship right? Seriously, this sounds complicated:

Burdett is a former brother-in-law of Hanson’s estranged wife Carolyn's brother, Craig Batton, and still speaks with many family members.

“I’ve known about Brad having had an affair for a long time, but it wasn’t until just recently that I learned his affair was with Sarah Palin,” Burdett told The NATIONAL ENQUIRER.

He swore it. In an affidavit. It must be true.

Funny enough, I used to get people begging me to link stuff about how Larry Sinclair swore in an affidavit and was ready to take a lie detector test over the truth (TRUTH!!) that he "took drugs, had homo sex with Obama".

I never linked it because it was teh stooopid. But, since I guess this kind of slime is now in play, there it is. And no, I don't believe Sinclair. Never did. Just like I don't believe this guy Burdett.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:19 PM | Comments |

Anti-Palin Smears Connected to Axelrod/Obama?

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Since we just got a mention on Fox News, I guess I'll come out of my hole and direct new readers to the report we did on how employees of a mega-PR firm are behind the smear and how there may be a connection to the Obama campaign.

Click here for the original report ---> Hope, Change, & Lies: Orchestrated "Grassroots" Smear Campaigns & the People that Run Them

Related:
Ethan Winner Responds: Claims He Produced Video
Obama Denies Behind Anti-Palin Video; Bloggers Solely Behind Accusations
Winner Worked with Axelrod in Past
How Much Money did Axelrod's PR Firm Get from Obama
How they Astroturfed Hillary Remembered
Second Winner Produced Palin Smear Video Appears

Thanks to Michelle Malkin for the shout out! I didn't see it, but Kafir says she was great.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:26 PM | Comments |

Circle the Wagons!

Too bad that lunatic Olberman is muzzled. I'd love to hear some ranting from him. In the meantime, this is pretty funny: JayTea at Wizbang fisks a Media Matters report called "The Jawa Report Shoots and Misses" ("Just another day at the office for the can't-shoot-straight gang on the far side of the blogosphere."). bwahahaha. JayTea makes oh, a few good points, take a look.

A few more good points can be found at The Examiner. Its a complete analysis, and this is from the conclusion:

If like me, you suspect that this video was an Axelrod production, it leaves you with two reasonable theories. First, the ad was possibly produced by Axelrod before The New York Times retracted the claim carried in the video. Then Axelrod shelved it. At that point, Winner probably had the ad from Axelrod and was either told to sit on it and he disobeyed or told to release it as a viral video.

Take note of the Obama spokespeson's denial. He said we had nothing to do with this "YouTube video". Let's parse that statement. By characterzing the video as a "YouTube video" he can disassociate the general act of making the video from the act of uploading it to YouTube. In fact, this does not expliciately deny that Axelrod's company or another contractor produced the video for the Obama campaign. Too fine a point? Does what the meaning of "is" is ring any bells? (emphasis added-j)

Or, perhaps, as Ethan Winner claims, he was completely responsible from top to bottom for the ad. Of course, a sleazy ad like this would harm any professional PR firm's reputation. What would his motivation be to damage his own reputation?

That's a good question, especially when there is no disputing the claim that the lovely Sarah was not a member of AIP. Ethan admitted he knew the smear was already de-bunked in the comments at the Youtube vid he posted spreading the smear. And we could see that if he didn't yank the vid and close his account within minutes of Jawa's post.

By Jane at 09:55 AM | Comments |

You can't bury your stepfather because he wasn't muslim

England is slipping further down dhimmitude by it's on free will. A cemetry in Sheffield England refused to bury a man on Saturday because weekends are resevered exclusively for muslim burials. The city of Sheffield explained the purpose of the policy is to accomodate islamic requirements that dead muslims must be buired as soon as possible. More at ROA

By at 09:11 AM | Comments |

Yemen Orders Release of Award Winning Journalist Al-Khaiwani: Reports

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Yemen's president Ali Abduallah Saleh has ordered the release of imprisoned journalist, Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani, the opposition "Al-Eshteraki" is reporting.

Mr. Al-Khaiwani, a noted regime critic, received a six year sentence in June, on purported "terror" charges. A global campaign eventually merged the efforts of 37 journalists organizations, Yemeni activists, American bloggers and civil rights groups. Al-Khaiwani was awarded Amnesty International's Human Rights Media Award after his imprisonment in recognition of his work covering the humanitarian costs of a little known conflict in Yemen's northern Sa'ada province. Earlier this month, Yemen denied a visa to the president of the International Journalist's Federation, Jim Boumelha, who intended to award the honor to Mr. al-Khaiwani in his jail cell.

Al-Khaiwani was supposed to be included in the prior release of political prisoners this month that included comedian Fahd al-Qarni and Socialist Party leader Hassan Baoum according to a dialog between Yemen's opposition parties and its ruling GPC party. However, while these prominent dissidents and nearly a thousand southern protesters were granted their freedom, al-Khaiwani remains behind bars. It is unclear if the reports of al-Khaiwani's impending release are grounded in fact, or just another of the GPC's bargaining tactics in the lead up to Yemen's 2009 Parliamentary elections.

Update: this is looking more and more real.

Update 2: Its true! He's not out yet but will be soon. Yay!

By Jane at 08:07 AM | Comments |

Atlantic.com Names Pic "McCain Loser.jpg"

As Fred, who grabbed some screen shots, remarks: This is just plain sloppy work on their part. As you can see, the name of the file is visible when placing your mouse over the photo in the story "McCain's Peak?"

Related:
Lessons on Intelligence from a Double Poster

Lessons on Intelligence from a Double Poster

By Jane at 07:29 AM | Comments |

Obama, California (pop. 55)

(Marin County, California) Not too far from the birthplace of the ebonics education movement, we get this exercise in preferential spelling.

Motorists entering the quaint, woodsy town of Olema near the sea in Marin County may notice a subtle change as they enter: it appears the burg's name has been changed to ''Obama.''

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama supporter and bed and breakfast owner Kelly Emery created a perfect mirror of the green sign people read as they enter the town's limits.

Now people unfamiliar with the area may think they are entering the town of Obama, population: 55.

I can see it now. A husband gets whacked on the back of his head as his wife says, "You stupid idiot! I told you to turn around but, NOOOO!!! You didn't listen. Instead, you've driven us right off the map."

Tip: Charley Nestor

By at 12:50 AM | Comments |

Idaho Cheerleaders Forced to Change Uniforms

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University of Idaho Cheerleaders

Spectators allegedly complained that the cheerleaders were flashing more than was appropriate. Even so, a number of fans thought the uniforms were okay. Check the pic, readers. Too skimpy? I don't think so.

Nonetheless, new uniforms are on order. They will have longer skirts and beefier halter tops. (More)

By at 12:45 AM | Comments |

September 23, 2008

Bloomberg News: How the Democrats Created The Financial Crisis

Must read editorial from Bloomberg News.

Send 10 copies of the link of it to your liberal friends and link it in every leftwing blog and news media blog you can.

Viral is where it's at in 2008, you know.

By Good Lt. at 10:07 PM | Comments |

Lessons on Intelligence from a Double Poster

The Atlantic's "reported" blog pontificates about how "it takes a willful suspension of belief to assume that the Obama campaign is stupid", and then duplicates the article in the body of the post. Here we go:

For example -- the videos were poorly hidden and easily traceable. (eswinner) -- It's easy on YouTube to be sneaky about these things. The videos' creators did not take pains to hide the videos until citizen journalists called them out, and the hasty effort to take them down suggests that that no organized thought was given to a "cover up" -- which, in these cases, is always more outrageous than the crimes.

Second -- using the same voice over artist... if you were intent on creating stealth videos, you'd be monumentally stupid to use a recognizable voice over artist - or one that's worked for the Obama campaign before.

--snip--

For example -- the videos were poorly hidden and easily traceable. (eswinner) -- It's easy on YouTube to be sneaky about these things. The videos' creators did not take pains to hide the videos until citizen journalists called them out, and the hasty effort to take them down suggests that that no organized thought was given to a "cover up" -- which, in these cases, is always more outrageous than the crimes.

Second -- using the same voice over artist... if you were intent on creating stealth videos, you'd be monumentally stupid to use a recognizable voice over artist - or one that's worked for the Obama campaign before.

Marc Marc seems rather convinced seems rather convinced the Obama camp is too intelligent to ask, hint or pay for a smear campaign against the lovely Sarah, or maybe its just the echo within his post.

Ethan's pulling all the videos down within an hour of the Jawa post is just too stupid for a guilty person to do, Ambinder says in his article, twice. His point is professional people wouldn't make those kinds of silly mistakes.

Go look while its still in its original form. For a more comprehensive discussion of the points in the article, see Rusty's post below.

Update by Trollhammer Before it goes down the memory hole, how about a nice screencap.

By Jane at 09:41 PM | Comments |

Obama Denies Behind Anti-Palin Video; Bloggers Solely Behind Accusations

Marc Ambinder in the Atlantic:

For the record, here is what Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor has to say:

"This one ranks as one of the most outlandish conspiracy theories in a campaign that has had its share of them. Neither our campaign nor any of our consultants had any involvement with this YouTube video, and the McCain campaign should provide a shred of believable evidence before advancing false allegations and misleading voters yet another time."

For the record, I tried to get the McCain camp to help me find who was behind the video. They declined.

Seriously, I practically begged for help from all quarters and the only help that was offered was from other bloggers. Bloggers who I also asked to get in touch with McCain's people to see if they would help scour Obama's financial disclosures for payments to Publicis Groupe owned companies.

The response? Crickets.

The McCain campaign wasn't interested. Neither was the MSM. Just us, a pajama wearing Army of Davids. Sitting around with nothing better to do than muckrake. Replacing real social interaction with ephemeral digital connections.

I'm busy again today -- as I'm going to be for the next month, sorry, but the real job calls and I spent nearly a week full time working on the Winner story at the expense of my other commitments that will not longer wait -- but the best response to Ambinder's evaluation of the scandal is from Ray Robison here.

I'd especially note Ray's observation of a critique Ambinder makes and I've been hearing from the beginning: no one could be that stupid.

At first I heard it from those who I told about the connection between "eswinner" and Ethan Winner. You're wrong, Rusty, that can't be Winner. There has to be a better explanation. No one could be that stupid.

Wrong. People can be that stupid.

When I write my tell all book about the stupid mistakes made by "anonymous" terrorist supporters online and how they can be tracked down we can have a longer chat. That's classified. No, actually it's not classified. It's all open source. I just like to say it's classified. Not discussing my minor role in all of it just makes me feel less like Comic Book Guy, and more like James Bond.

Ambinder's argument is that the Obama camp couldn't be so stupid as to have anything to do with the video.

Um, wrong again. The assumption being that they were directly behind it. Maybe they weren't? Subcontracting out work always runs the risk of sloppiness.

Who would have thought that the man who forced North Vietnam to the Paris negotiating table and who opened China could have blown a simple break in? Secret war in Cambodia, yes; grand larceny, no?

The answer: he didn't blow the break in. His subcontracters did.

I'd again direct readers to read Ethan Winner's confession that he was behind the video. Read the carefully crafted wording of it.

Sure, the VP of a PR firm could have produced the video on his own, personally paid for the voice talent, got the agency to bill him, asked his multimillionaire President of a well known Democratically connected PR firm of a father to legitimize its false attacks, created multiple sock puppet accounts, and asked his buddies at the PR firm which specializes in "grassroots organization" to spread it around the internet claiming it was from "A Group of Concerned Citizens" --- on company time. It's possible.

It's also possible that I'll get a shot at that Angelina Jolie - Scarlett Johannson thing. This is American damnit, everything is possible!

It's also possible that we have a case of astroturfing, plain and simple. Which, by definition, is a paid political campaign run by parties unknown, who wish to remain unknown, and who wish the whole thing to appear as if it's bottom up and grassroots.

But, who knows? Our investigation was really about getting the MSM off their lazy asses and doing the real digging. But apparently investigative journalism has been reduced to calling a campaign and getting a statement.

I think that's how Woodward and Bernstein did it, right? They called the White House and said, "Hey, Nixon, did you do it? No. Okay. Case closed."

At least that's how I remember All the President's Men.

Man, that part when Bernstein was all like, "Gotta get my boxer shorts at K-Mart." Classic.

Now excuse me. I deserve a vacation. Unfortunately I won't be getting one. But I do need to take some time off of the blog to get some of my personal and business affairs in order. Ciao.

PS--I'll be on the radio tonight.

UPDATE: Ace--"I think they're lying."

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:10 PM | Comments |

Rusty On The Radio Tonight

Patriot Radio with Andrea Shea King at 9 pm EDT.

Thanks to Cannoneer #4 in Aces(?) comments.

Okay, maybe he left the link here, I haven't read the comments today.

By Vinnie at 05:18 PM | Comments |

ATTN: Youtube User abusayaf888

http://www.youtube.com/user/abusayaf888

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Check out the progress here at Free Republic (comment # 247 on)

Andrea reports that Youtubes new policy seems to be somewhat effective on newer vids, older ones not so much.

More here and here.

By Howie at 02:43 PM | Comments |

It Depends on What the Meaning of the Word "Exchange" is

Barack Obama has stated that Bill Ayers was, "not somebody who I exchange ideas with on a regular basis."

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But according to the Daley Library records of of the CAC its clear that statement is somewhat less than accurate.

Via Stanley Kurtz at WSJ: The Daley documents show that Mr. Ayers sat as an ex-officio member of the board Mr. Obama chaired through CAC's first year. He also served on the board's governance committee with Mr. Obama, and worked with him to craft CAC bylaws. Mr. Ayers made presentations to board meetings chaired by Mr. Obama. Mr. Ayers spoke for the Collaborative before the board. Likewise, Mr. Obama periodically spoke for the board at meetings of the Collaborative.
But I'm sure that while Mr. Obama and Mr Ayers crafted those bylaws, no ideas were er uh exchanged.
The Obama campaign has cried foul when Bill Ayers comes up, claiming "guilt by association." Yet the issue here isn't guilt by association; it's guilt by participation. As CAC chairman, Mr. Obama was lending moral and financial support to Mr. Ayers and his radical circle. That is a story even if Mr. Ayers had never planted a single bomb 40 years ago.
Bingo!

By Howie at 01:15 PM | Comments |

U.S. Army Deserter Jeremy Hinzman Granted Reprieve

Jeremy Hinzman.jpg(Toronto, Ontario) The first U.S. Army deserter to seek refugee status in Canada, Jeremy Hinzman, was scheduled for deportation today, however, Crown Justice Richard Mosley granted a stay on the deportation order.

Hinzman's lawyer, Alyssa Manning, had argued that "evidence suggests U.S. soldiers who have spoken out against the 2003 U.S.-led Iraq invasion have been facing more punishment than other deserters." Furthermore, Manning stated that the immigration officer had not properly assessed the hardship Jeremy and his family would endure.

Now, Hinzman gets an additional appeal before a Canadian federal court to explain his properly-assessed hardship. Then, apparently the court will assess whether the properly-assessed speculative hardship is within Canadian standards for speculative hardship for U.S. military deserters. (More)

By at 12:59 PM | Comments |

al-Qaeda in Yemen: Attacks, Statements and Arrests

In September, al-Qaeda affiliated militants launched a complex attack on the US embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. It was the largest assault on an American embassy in a decade and the most deadly attack on non-military US interests since 9/11/01.

The attack may have been a bid to gain recognition by al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the attending global and domestic status. Several loosely affiliated Islamic militant groups exist in Yemen. The consolidation of these groups would heighten the considerable level of risk that currently exists in Yemen.

“Al-Qaeda in Yemen” (AQY) claimed responsibility for a complex suicide attack on oil facilities in September 2006 and is lead by Nasser al-Waheshi, an old guard Afghan Arab and bin Laden loyalist who was among the 2006 escapees. This group is likely responsible for the recent assault on the US embassy. The growing penetration of Saudi Arabian terrorists in AQY includes funding, personnel and expertise.

The “Yemen Soldiers Brigade” (YSB) claimed credit for two lethal attacks on tourists, a spate of mortar bombings in the capital and a variety of small attacks on Yemeni security forces. Several of the prior attacks including the “nuisance attacks” by the Yemeni Soldiers Brigade may have been training or rehearsals.

The YSB (and AQY) may have incorporated some the returning veterans of the Iraq jihad who would be more likely to agitate for strikes against Yemeni targets. Thousands of foreign fighters who entered Iraq were of Yemeni origin or passed through Yemen en route to Iraq.


After a July 25, 2008 suicide car bombing at a police station in Sayoun, Hadramout, authorities discovered military uniforms, explosives and a suicide car bomb factory at a terror cell hide-out. Several jihaddist groups claimed credit for the Sayoun attack. The assault on the US Embassy was launched about three weeks later and incorporated these tactics as well as suicide vests and follow-on snipers.

Following the maritime suicide bombings of the warship USS Cole in 2000 and the 2002 attack on the tanker, Limburg, Yemen experienced a lull in overt al-Qaeda activity. The escapee of 23 senior al-Qaeda operatives in February 2006 was followed by dozens terror acts, much of it directed at the Yemeni government. Al-Qaeda sympathizers within the Yemeni security forces and administration, governmental corruption and a policy of accommodation are all factors in the growing operational capacity of the terrorists as is the regime's open support of "wars of resistance" and its underlying philosophy. The following is a time line of these attacks within Yemen which includes statements by various terror grouping.

Timeline: Yemen Terrorist Activity and Statements

February 5, 2006, Twenty–three senior al-Qaeda operatives escaped a maximum security prison in Sana’a operated by the Political Security Organization. The prisoners tunneled 300 meters to the women’s bathroom of a nearby mosque. Reports indicate security officials may have assisted the escape. Several escapees were later killed confrontations with authorities; those who voluntarily surrendered are granted “loose house arrest” in exchange for a loyalty pledge to the Yemeni president.

September 15, 2006, Terrorists launched a complex, coordinated attack on oil facilities in Safer, Marib and Dhabba, Hadramout during shift changes. The first attack occurred in Hadramout at a 5:15 am when two suicide car bombers sped toward storage tanks. The driver of the first car bomb wore the uniform of facility staff, and the second driver was in a military uniform. Guards triggered the explosives with gunfire before they reached their target. At 5:50 a.m, security guards at a refinery in Mareb blew up two white cars loaded with explosives. One vehicle was stopped outside, and the other got through the gates and into the compound. Security officials opened fire and detonated the car about 100 yards from pipelines. The explosive devices were described as gas canisters wrapped with TNT. Two of the bombers were reportedly to among the February 2006 escapees.

November 7, 2006 Al-Qaeda in Yemen (AQY) claims responsibility for the attacks on the oil facilities in a statement posted to Islamic forums. “Our brothers’ blood is not cheap, and the killing of sheik Abu Musab (al-Zarqawi), God bless his soul, in Iraq, is not going to go unpunished,” said the statement, dated Oct. 13. The statement references a videotape issued days before the attacks by Ayman al-Zawahri that threatened attacks on the Persian Gulf and on facilities he blamed for stealing Muslim oil. “These operations were carried out upon the directive of our emir (leader) Osama bin Laden, may God protect him, in which he ordered Muslims to strike at Western economy and drain it, and to halt the robbing of Muslims wealth,” the Internet statement said. The group also called President Saleh to repent, return to Islam and to reject America’s “religion” of democracy. AQY warns the US and its allies that these operations are only the “first spark,” and what will come next is worse.

The trial related to the attack concluded in November 2007 and resulted in jail terms of between 10 and 15 years for several defendants including six suspects tried in absentia. The six were among the Al-Qaeda operatives who escaped prison in February 2006: Nasser Abdulkarim al-Wahshi, Ibrahim Mohammed Huwaidi, Qassem Yahya al-Reimi, and Hamza al-Qaeiti along with Yemeni-American Gaber Elbaneh and Mohammed Al Omdah, both of whom previously surrendered to authorities.

Testimony at trial indicated that al-Reimi was the cell’s military officer. Al-Waheshi was the leader of the cell. Al-Waheshi was Usama bin Laden’s former personal secretary in the 1990’s and was extradited from Iran to Yemen in 2003. He urged jihad for God and bin Laden “through ups and downs” cell members testified, and no decisions were made without his approval.

Abu Bakr al-Rabei, previously convicted in the Limburg attack, admitted that the cell planned to carry out attacks against Western and US interests, as well as the homes of foreign diplomats. He received an eight year sentence. Several other defendants received lesser sentences.

March 27, 2007 Col. Ali Mahmoud Qusailah, head of Criminal Investigation Division (CID) in Mareb was ambushed and killed. Earlier in the day he had met with a top al-Qaeda operative in Yemen who revealed important information, press reports indicated.

June 21, 2007 Qasim al-Reimi announces that Nasser al-Wahishi is the leader of “al-Qaeda in Yemen” (AQY) in an audio message posted on Islamist internet forums. Both are among the February escapees. Al-Wahishi, said, “I have been nominated leader of al-Qaeda in Yemen and I say no to any surrender to government forces. Ignorance and Islam can never blend together. Several tyrants have tried to insert ignorance in Islam but they have all failed….They want us to renege our beliefs and to repudiate some of our principles. But during this time when they have been waging their crusader war, the enemies are being defeated as is happening in Afghanistan at the hands of the mujahadeen," He said that al-Qaeda “could achieve in calmness period more than expected. It could recruit a lot of youths”, he said, indicating the Yemeni jihaddists “who joined Jihad in Iraq”, a number estimated to be in the thousands and a pursuit legal in Yemen.

July 2 2007 A suicide car bomber killed eight Spanish tourists and two Yemeni guides at an ancient temple in Marib. The suicide bomber was Abdeh Ruhaiqa from Makal village, Raima. He rammed his car into the center cars of a four car tourist’s caravan, detonating explosives in his car. A security contingent was leading and following the convoy. Authorities reported Ruhaiqa was recruited by Hamza Ali Saleh al-Dhayani and trained in the Wadi Abida area in Marib. Other cell members included Nasser al-Wahishi, Qassim al-Raimi, Hamza al-Qaeti, Ali Bin Ali Nasser Douha, and Imad al-Waeli and Saudi national Naif Mohammed al-Qahtani. The cell was sheltered by Naji Ali Saleh Jardan and Ali bin Ali Nasser Douha, later accused of killing head of Maribs CID chief.

August 18 2007 Authorities uncovered a terror plot by returned Iraqi jihaddists who were trained to execute suicide attacks. The cell leader was Mohammad Yaqot a/k/a al-Lahji, suspected of involvement in the July Marib suicide attack.

August 2007 Militants attacked a power station and a government building in Marib, causing a major power outage. The attack was a response to an earlier raid by security forces.

October 17, 2007 Convicted USS Cole bombing mastermind Jamal al-Badawi surrendered and was granted house arrest. After US protests, he is reportedly returned to jail although indications exist that he was freed again.

December 10, 2007 Security services apprehended a wanted member of Al-Qaida. Ali Saleh Amiofa, arrested for the murder of the director of Marib CID.

December 13, 2007 Six soldiers belonging to Central Security forces were injured in two bomb explosions near two security posts in Hadramout at four o'clock in the morning.

December 14, 2007 Ahmed Ali Homran and Abdul-Adhim al-Hitar were arrested in Sana'a, wanted by the security service in several cases.

January 13, 2008 Al-Qaeda in Yemen (YQY) issues its first issue of Echo of Epics, a monthly online magazine, and vows, "By God we shall not rest ... until we free our brothers and sisters from the prisons," In an article signed by Abdul- Aziz, the group states, "The blood of Muslims will not go wasted, The Prophet [Mohammad] ... has ordered that we free detainees.”

January 18, 2008 Two Belgian tourists and a Yemeni driver are killed in Hadrmaout's Wadi Dawan district when four gunmen waiting in a pickup truck near a speed bump along a rural road ambushed a four-car tourist convoy.

January 31 Purported Al-Qaeda in Yemen information chief Ahmad Mansour tells Al-Wasat newspaper in a phone call that Al-Qaeda operatives are deployed across Yemen and fighters have instructions from Osama bin Laden not to attack Yemeni government targets, and that the Yemen regime has asked the organization to fight the Houthi Shi'ite rebels. He added that the U.S. was still their No. 1. enemy, and that the jihad fighters in his organization may target tourists.

February 5 Bin Laden loyalist Abu al-Fida (Rashad Mohammed Saeed Ismael) denies AQ involvement in the attacks on the tourists in Hadramout and blames it instead on congestion in the security forces or an individual pretending to be an AQ affiliate. Abu al-Fida often negotiates with President Saleh and PSO head Gamil al-Qamish on behalf of detained and released al-Qaeda operatives.

February 27 The previously unknown Yemen Soldiers Brigade (YSB) issues a claim of responsibility for terror attacks that killed Spanish and Belgian tourists. The statement says the attacks were in retaliation for the killing and imprisonment of al Qaeda militants. The Yemen Soldiers Brigades also warned Muslims to keep away from "foreign and government facilities".

February 2008 The Ministry of the Interior announces it foiled a terrorist attack that targeted an oil pipeline in Wadi Anshar, located in Sirwah area, Marib province.

February 2008 US embassy learns convicted USS Cole bomber Fahd al-Quso has been released on loose house arrest.

March 2008 In this edition of Echo of Epics, Nayef bin Mohamed Al-Khatani a wanted Saudi member of Al-Qaeda urges al,-Qaeda operatives to to come to Yemen. Al-Khatani was accused by the Yemen authorities of being the main financier of the two major attacks on Yemen's oil installations in Marib and Hadramaut carried out by Al-Qaeda in Yemen in September 2006 "in order to escape sure arrest by Saudi authorities.” He says Saudi Arabia remains the main battlefield for al-Qaeda, both a as a major oil producer and as the symbolic center of Islam and the liberation of Saudi Arabia starts from Yemen. He says most al-Qaeda are either killed or in prison. He urges a unified effort between Saudi and Yemeni al-Qaeda and that the "life and the money of the Saudi mujahideen" be combined with the "land, life and the experiences of the Yemeni brothers." With this edition of Echo of Epics, AQY begins calling itself "Al-Qaeda in the Southern Arabian Peninsula" (AQSAP) which may indicate a possible link with the Saudi branch known as "al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula."

March 18 In Ja’ar, Abyan bombs exploded at 3:30 am at the perimeter wall of a public building and police station, wound five soldiers.

Mid-March Qasim al-Raimi, openly attended a funeral in Sana’a and mingles for several hours with fellow mourners.

March 18 Three mortars filed at the US embassy go astray and land in a school yard. One policeman is killed and several school girls wounded. Yemen later names Hamza al-Dhayany as a suspect in the mortar attack on the US Embassy. Al-Dhayany was named in July 2007 as the driving instructor for a suicide car bomber who murdered eight Spanish tourists in Marib.

March 19 In Aden small bombs were place near the perimeter of a bank, with little damage and no injuries. Officials said Islamic insurgents were behind the attack.

Mid March Abu Yahya (possibly Zakaria Ubadi al-Yafee) issues a statement via al-Wasat claiming to be Yemen’s al-Qaeda military commission member and denying the Yemeni government’s version that the mortar attack on the US embassy. (The Yemeni government regime claimed the attack was aimed at a girls’ school.) Abu Yahya says the group targeted the embassy and calls for forming a neutral commission to investigate. He also asserted that the al-Qaeda militants who carried out the attack against the U.S. Embassy are safe now.

March 21 The YSB claims the embassy attack in a statement on alekhlass.net "one of the mortars missed its target and fell in a school close to the embassy. We pray to God to speed the girl students 'recovery." The statement said: "We already warned Muslims not to get near to government and foreign facilities." The group says it is part of the Qaeda al-Jihad organization in Yemen.

March 25 Khalid Abdul-Nabi, leader of the Aden-Abyan Armey accused Yemen's security of targeting him in an ambush which left one of his escort wounded in Ja’ar city, Abyan. In a statement to Alsahwa.net, he said that five policemen in a military vehicle shot at him in an assassination attempt.

March 31 The YSB released the group's first video. The video celebrates the death of al-Qaeda member Fawz al-Raibi killed by authorities in October 2006. It begins with a quote from Osama bin Laden and ends with a statement by a suicide-bomber from Sanaa, Abu Miqdad, seen standing between a Kalashnikov rifle and grenade launcher who said that he was ready to sacrifice himself for Osama bin Laden.

March 31 YSB claims attacks on a French oil pipeline and a Chinese oilfield the prior week, claiming they detonated a timed explosive. In an internet statement the group also said it fired mortars at an oilfield in Hadramout "Both these operations are stated as means of support against the enemy," ther statement said. There were no previous reports of the alleged attacks.

April 4 A bomb attack in south Yemen wounds six soldiers.

April 5 An attack on a checkpoint with RPS’s and gunfire kills one soldier and wounds seven.

April 6 A Western housing complex in Sana’a was subject to a mortar attacks which did little damage.

April 8 YSB in its “statement number 4” claimed responsibility for the mortar attack on a residential compound housing Americans. The group said that the attack was carried out "to avenge our bother Mulla Dadallah." killed in a US air strike in Afghanistan in May 2007. "A group of the Khaled Ibn al-Walid brigade attacked late on Sunday April 6, 2008 a housing compound for foreign nationals and Americans in Haddah of Sana'a province with three mortar shells," said the statement. The group also claimed for two attacks on military checkpoints in Hadhramout on April 4. The statement, was posted on the al-Ekhlaas web site.

April 10 Bombs left outside the Nexen compound in Sana’a explode with little damage.

April 12 Two soldiers were killed on Safer road in Marib when gunmen opened fire on a military vehicle. Unknown men have distributed publications threatening the leadership and social figures in Mareb with death for being involved, as they claimed, in killing four Al Qaeda men.

April 12 Yemen claimed to have arrested Abdullah al-Reimi, connected to the attacks in 2003 suicide bombing in Riyad which killed 17, but it is later to be found to be a case of mistaken identity.

April 16 Marib a remotely controlled landmine killed three soldiers at a security checkpoint. A security source indicated the blast followed a series of attacks targeting a local military commander. Gunmen fired at the military commander's car on Sunday, killing his driver and wounding four people. Earlier two rockets were fired at the military headquarters of Marib province, but they landed in an empty lot and caused no casualties. The same sources said that a bomb planted at the main entrance of the provincial government headquarters was defused.

April 17 Six workers were injured in an explosion at a steel plant in Aden.

April 22 Sayoun central security compound in Hadramout was struck by three explosive left near the parameter wall. No one was wounded. The Sayoun compound was later subjected to a suicide attack.

Late April Mohammed Yarqout, was arrested in connection with mortar attack on US embassy and housing complex. Describes as a member of of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Yargout was earlier arrested in August 2007 after the Marib suicide car bombing in July and released two months later.

April 30 Mortar attacks on the Italian embassy in Al-Safia neighborhood caused some damage to the Yemeni Customs Authority. Some reports incidicated car bombs had been left inside the compound.

May 1 A presidential compound is targeted by mortars, later claimed by YSB in Ekhlass website.

May 3 A claim of responsibility for the Italian embassy attack seems to indicate the YSB is operating under the umbrella of the AQSAP, “Al Qaeda Organization in the Arabian Peninsula - Yemen Soldiers Brigades - claims responsibility for the blessed operation … on the morning of Wednesday April 30, 2008, (that attacked) the Italian embassy building in Sanaa with two mortar shells,” the group said in a statement posted on Ekhlass.

May The YSB issued a statement saying the group launched artillery shells on the presidential palace,. The AQSAP’s (formerly AQY) May issue of Echo of Epics contained the following statements: "We warn all the unbelievers who enter the Arabian Peninsula that [targeting] their money and their blood are religiously right for us.” The statement said, "We want to tell you that if you enter the Arabian Peninsula under any name or cover, whether as tourists, diplomats, university professors or journalists, know that we are justified in targeting you," said continued, "We do not respect any of the agreements signed by the Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh and various governments." The group also said it would also target Yemeni security forces and said, "No one will be safe without an explicit permission from Sheikh Osama."

May 26 Al-Qaeda’s central organization called its followers in Yemen to initiate “tough and painful” strikes against foreign interests mainly those of the U.S. “Marine Terrorism: A Strategic Necessity,” appeared on Ekhlass. “It has become very crucial to develop the battlefield to reach the sea,” the statement urges the Jihadists. “The sea remains the strategic step forward to dominate the world and reinstate the Islamic Caliphate.”

“We hope from our brothers in Yemen to get us back to the old days of attacking USS Cole and French Limburg as such operations influence the people nowadays,” the statement said and its followers in Yemen to focus on American targets. “Targeting a home belonging to “Ali Saleh” (Yemen’s President) or targeting a soldier in a Yemeni village is not useful nowadays,” the statement noted.

June Arrests included 11 suspected al-Qaeda militants, an unidentified high profile Indonesian al-Qaeda, and “most wanted” jihaddist Haitham bin Saad arrested in the Hadramout region and jailed in a prison run by central security in Sayun district.

After convicted USS Cole bomber Fahd al-Quso earlier released on house arrest received overseas money transfers, Yemeni security questions his guarantors. Al-Quso’s family said the transfers came from relatives abroad.

July 15 Abu Yahya issued a phone statement to al-Wasat newspaper that threatened to make Yemen like Iraq if the Yemeni government did not release Al Qaida men and stop hunting them down. “If you want to make Abu Ghraib in the prison of the political security [intelligence], then we will make Yemen second Iraq,”. Abu Yahya said that the military wing of Al Qaida in Yemen will reply in the appropriate time to such “irresponsible actions and arbitrary detentions”. The Yemeni government arrested about 50 young men, including students from Quran memorization schools in June, according to a statement by Abu Yahya.

July This month’s issue of Echo of Epics by AQSAP said, "It is a duty that detainees be freed through any rough way such as kidnapping tourists, who are numerous, or through various other ways." The group said it was pained some militants "had turned themselves in voluntarily to the ruling regime to improve their situation," an apparent dig at several of the February 2006 escapees who negotiated surrender agreements with the government. The same month, the YSB issued a statement saying operatives launched three Katyusha rackets on the Safer oil refinery in Marib on June 25 with the goal of “rupturing the artery of Zionist - Crusader supply.” Witnesses said two rockets had been found intact and not been fired, while the third missed its target.

In another media statement, a source close to al-Qaeda told Abwab magazine that “all attacks that targeted police stations and oil companies last months were carried out by Hamza al-Qaeti’s group that he said is different from Qasem al-Raimi and Naser al-Wahishi. It said that “al-Qaeti is interested to carry out attacks just to keep his group’s element enthusiastic, but al-Raimi and al-Wahishi do not agree to carry out operations unless they obtain crucial goals.”

July 25 A previously bombed Central Security compound in Sayoun was targeted by a suicide car bomber at 6 am. The compound is the Interior Ministry’s regional headquarters. AQY/AQSAP, Yemeni Islamic Jihad and the YSB later all claimed responsibility for the attack which killed one security officer and wounded 18 people. Yemen’s state-run SABA news agency said the bomber drove a 2003 KIA through the security camp’s gates and security forces opened fire on the bomber.

Authorities said Saudi Muhammad Bin Nayf al-Qahtani is believed to have planned and financed the suicide attack in Sayoun . The Sayoun suicide bomber, Ahmad Sayd Omar al-Mushajri, also known as Abu Dajjana Al-Hadrami was a third year medical student in Sana’a.

July 26 The al-Tawheed Battalions of Yemeni Islamic Jihad issued a statement congratulating the bomber on attaining Paradise. The group demanded five million dollars to refrain from more violent attacks and the cancellation of a concert by an Egyptian singer and said the attack was “defending Islam against rallies and celebrations that pollute the minds of our sons and daughters through singing, impudence and mixing of the two sexes.” It said its next operation would be in Sana’a to annihilate those who corrupt youth through singing and mingling of the sexes.

July 27 The Yemen Soldiers Brigades said in a statement on Elhaklas that the attack was in retaliation for the killing of al Qaeda militants in Yemen and later.

July 28 Hamza Al-Quaiti, a 2006 escapees previously linked to al-Waheshi in an audio tape threatened bigger operations if jailed al-Qaeda associates were not released. "You Ghalib al-Gamish 'head of the political security apparatus' you will see how our brothers would be freed from your prisons with the god's well," said al-Quaiti in his recorded threat. Al-Qamish, head of the PSO, frequently negotiates with Islamic extremists on behalf of the regime.

July 30 Al-Qaeda in Yemen took credit for the suicide bombing in an emailed statement that included a photo of the bomber Al-Masjari. “This attack was carried out in revenge for our brothers whose blood is on the hands of the infidel Yemeni force.”

August 4 Photos of the suicide bomber published by al-Qaeda led authorities to thirty al-Qaeda operatives in Hadramout and four in Abyan including eight wanted by Saudi Arabia. Fifteen of the thirty confessed during interrogation to planning attacks in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The raids generated leads to the Tarim cell.

August 10 YSB posted a statement to alekhlaas.net claiming responsibility for throwing a grenade at a police patrol, “The al-Qaeda Jihad in the Arab Peninsula, Yemen’s Soldiers Brigade, has carried out this holy operation, throwing a grenade to a police patrol under a bridge linking Mukalla to al-Sharj of Hadramout in solidarity with our brothers who are in custody of autocrats” said the statement. The attack came after al-Qaeda detainees in al-Mansoura prison in Aden sent a letter to AQY leaders Nasser al-Wahaishi and Hamza al-Quaiti.

August 11 Authorities killed al-Quiti and four others in Tarim, Hadramout. Documents and blueprints for a planned attack in Saudi Arabia were found. Al-Quaiti was previously named as the mastermind behind the four prior car bombings and the March mortar attack on the US embassy. A mortar attack on a bridge in Mukallah August 7 was also blamed on the group.

August 19 Five members of an al-Qaeda cell were arrested in Qatan district of Hadramout governorate in the south east of Yemen on Monday August 19, west of Sayoun. At a second hideoutl in Mukallah, police arrested one person and discovered firearms explosives and military uniforms. Authorities later announced the discovery of a huge store of weapons at the hideout including explosives similar to those used in the suicide car bombing in Sayoun and those found at the hideout of the Tarim cell. A workshop for assembling car bombs was discovered. Explosives, shells, RPG’s and ammunition were also confiscated.

August 26 A statement by YSB spokesman Abu Osama threatened to revenge the killing five of its operatives in Tarim including al-Quaiti. In a statement posted by al-ekhlaas.net said: “We vow to operate a reprisal operation very soon, if God willing. The news is what you see, not what you hear”.

August 30 Security forces in Ja’ar in Abyan engaged in a shoot-out the cell of Khalid Abdul Nabi, head of the Aden Abyan Islamic Army. Five extremists were killed and Nabi arrested. Nabi had surrendered in 2003 to authorities and was previously reported by government officials as living the life of a peaceful farmer.

September 17 In the most complex and lethal terror attack in Yemen since the USS Cole bombing, a double car bomb attack on the US embassy in Sana’a kills 16 including six attackers. Three terrorists were wearing suicide vests. Four civilians and six Yemeni security personnel were also killed. The terrorists managed to breach the exterior perimeter before exploding their car bombs within the second ring. The attackers were wearing military uniforms and driving police cars. Follow on shooters were embedded in the crowd.

Yemeni Islamic Jihad took credit for the attack in a fax to news agencies. "We, the Organization of Islamic Jihad, belonging to the Al-Qaeda network, repeat our demand of (Yemeni President) Ali Abdullah Saleh to free our detained brothers within 48 hours," said a statement signed by Abu Ghaith al-Yamani. The group said it would attack the Saudi, British and Emirates embassies unless its demands were met. The threatened nations are among major donors to Yemen.

-Jane Novak
jane.novak@gmail.com

By Jane at 12:14 PM | Comments |

Kuwait to Block Access to Youtube

Kuwait is to block internet access to youtube because of videos that could offend muslims. Which videos are those? Videos in which terrorists invoke verses of the quran/hadith to justify murder, pillage and terror? Or videos that actually point that out?

From Reuters

KUWAIT, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Kuwait has ordered local Internet service providers to block online video-sharing website YouTube over clips that could offend Muslims.

"Since the website displays the Koran in the form of songs sung with the oud (stringed instrument) ... and displays disrespectful pictures of the Prophet Mohammad ... please proceed with immediate effect in blocking the website www.youtube.com," read a copy of a memo obtained by Reuters.

The Ministry of Communications was not immediately available for a comment. The website could still be accessed in Kuwait on Monday.

cross post at ROA

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Oppose Obama, Get Suspended From Fifth Grade

The school says the students T-Shirt was er uh, "interrupting the learning environment" of their, "Show Your Patriotism Day"

Via FOXNEWS: An 11-year-old boy in Colorado was suspended from school after he refused to take off a shirt that read, “Obama is a terrorist’s best friend.” His father says that the school is violating his son’s First Amendment rights.

Daxx Dalton, a fifth grader at Aurora Frontier K-8 School in Aurora, Colo., wore the homemade shirt on a day when students were asked to show their patriotism by wearing red, white and blue, according to MyFOXColorado.com.

He must have disrupted all that HOPE/CHANGE indoctrination edumacation they were trying to teach.

His father seems to know exactly what's going on with this

“It’s the public school system,” he said. “Let’s be honest, it’s full of liberal loons.”
Update: Allahpundit has more including video here.

Well I guess "best friend" is a little strong, more like "just had dinner with best friend of best friend of some terrorists."

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By Howie at 11:34 AM | Comments |

September 22, 2008

Hope, Change, & Lies: Orchestrated "Grassroots" Smear Campaigns & the People that Run Them [Updated]

***Sticky***Scroll past on main page for newer posts***Updates sprinkled throughout post and summarized at end***

TOP OF POST UPDATES: Nailed! Ethan Winner confesses he was behind video!
UPDATE II: Obama campaign denies involvement, says McCain behind accusations. Wrong, we were.
UPDATE 9/23: Second anti-Palin video emerges. This one cleaned up and primed to be put on TV.
UPDATE 9/23 II: Winner & Associates issues statement denying ties to Axelrod "in at least 10 years".
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Extensive research was conducted by the Jawa Report to determine the source of smears directed toward Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Those smears included false allegations that she belonged to a secessionist political party and that she has radical anti-American views.

Our research suggests that a subdivision of one of the largest public relations firms in the world most likely started and promulgated rumors about Sarah Palin that were known to be false. These rumors were spread in a surreptitious manner to avoid exposure.

It is also likely that the PR firm was paid by outside sources to run the smear campaign. While not conclusive, evidence suggests a link to the Barack Obama campaign. Namely:

  • Evidence suggests that a YouTube video with false claims about Palin was uploaded and promoted by members of a professional PR firm.
  • The family that runs the PR firm has extensive ties to the Democratic Party, the netroots, and are staunch Obama supporters.
  • Evidence suggests that the firm engaged in a concerted effort to distribute the video in such a way that it would appear to have gone viral on its own. Yet this effort took place on company time.
  • Evidence suggests that these distribution efforts included actions by at least one employee of the firm who is unconnected with the family running the company.
  • The voice-over artist used in this supposedly amateur video is a professional.
  • This same voice-over artist has worked extensively with David Axelrod's firm, which has a history of engaging in phony grassroots efforts, otherwise known as "astroturfing."
  • David Axelrod is Barack Obama's chief media strategist.
  • The same voice-over artist has worked directly for the Barack Obama campaign.

This suggests that false rumors and outright lies about Sarah Palin and John McCain being spread on the internet are being orchestrated by political partisans and are not an organic grassroots phenomenon led by the left wing fringe. Our findings follow.

WHO PRODUCED THE VIDEO?

[UPDATE: Within 1 hour of posting, "eswinner" has removed all videos from YouTube and began removing any traces of his activities. But we have the video and all relevant websites backed up.

If "eswinner" isn't Ethan Winner of the Publicis Groupe, then why did "eswinner" yank the video so quickly? Or if this was just an innocent homemade ad, then what does he have to hide? You'd think he'd want more attention for it.

I uploaded it to my YouTube acount from the original unwatermarked Google version (see below for explanation) and that is the version you now see embedded below. Here's a screenshot of the "eswinner" account before it was taken down.]

Who is behind this video against Sarah Palin? It alleges:

Sarah Palin was a member of an Anti-American separatist organization.
It claims that Sarah Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party and cites The New York Times for that source. Then it quotes the founder of that Party with some pretty outrageous statements.

But here's what FactCheck.org says about that:

[Sarah Palin] was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.
And The New York Times was forced to retract their earlier claim that Palin was a member of the party, blaming the error on the party's chair. That retraction was published Sept. 3rd, 8 days before the video was first made publicly available.

Sarah Palin wasn't even physically at the party's convention. The clip you see is part of Palin's videotaped welcome for the convention's opening in which she gives some general remarks about the need for party competition and then tries to draw some common ground on the need to reel in government spending. Hardly evidence of extremism or anti-American sentiment.

In our opinion the Palin smear video appears professionally produced. Especially revealing is the voice over, which has a ring of familiarity to it and which also sounds professional.

If we are correct, that means that someone paid for the ad and for the talent behind it. Yet no one identifies themselves as being behind the video.

Using techniques that we've used in the past to find the identity of online terrorist supporters, the Jawa team went to work trying to figure out who was behind what appeared, in our opinion, to be a professionally orchestrated smear campaign aimed at Sarah Palin with the ultimate goal of electing Barack Obama.

VIOLATION OF FEC RULES?

Federal election law requires that a disclaimer from those paying for campaign ads, "must appear on any "electioneering communication" and on any public communication by any person that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate or solicits funds in connection with a federal election." Even when the ad is not paid for nor coordinated with the candidates election committee, "the disclaimer notice must identify who paid for the message, state that it was not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee and list the permanent street address, telephone number or World Wide Web address of the person who paid for the communication."

No such disclaimer appears on the ad in question. However, "General public political advertising does not include Internet ads, except for communications placed for a fee on another person’s web site." It is not clear to us whether a video is considered an "internet ad" or if the wording only meant to include banner ads or other more common forms of internet advertising.

All of the web only video ads that we could find produced by the Obama campaign carried the disclosure or some other clearly identifiable notice that they were responsible for its content.

It would appear that the ad, while professionally produced, was put on YouTube and then spread in such a way as to make it seem like amateurs had made it and spread it. We can't help but wonder if the missing disclaimer on the video was an intentional exploitation of a loophole meant to distance the people behind the ad from its outright lies?

We also can't help but wonder if maybe those who produced the ad believed that the lack of disclaimer constituted an FEC violation? Which would be an alternative explanation for why they did not wish to be connected to it.

Beyond the disclaimer, though, our reading of FEC regulations suggests that political campaign and 527 groups, such as Moveon.org, are required to report money spent on advertising opposing a candidate for public office. We can find no exception for advertising intended for web only campaigns.

We assume that if some group paid for the production of the video, that it would be reported to the FEC. Not doing so, we believe, would constitute a breach of federal campaign law.

PR FIRM BEHIND THE VIDEO?

The YouTube poster who uploaded the video did so under the account name "eswinner" [BACKUP SCREENSHOT]. He names his channel "AGroupofConcernedAmericans". The goal of his channel, says "eswinner", is:

Offering a fair and unbiased view towards life and politics...

I try to give an unbiased account of all things American.

The video was uploaded four times under the "eswinner" account, using different titles for each video. The video was also uploaded to Google Video on the same day and with the same title.

A Google search of other people using the nickname or account name “eswinner” reveals that someone very interested in yachts also goes by that name. There is, for example, a Picasa page under the account name “eswinner”. I won't link to that page because it also has pictures of his family, but I will include a screenshot here.

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That Picasa page [update: page disappeared] of "eswinner" is used by an "Ethan" advertising on Craig's List that he will rent out his yacht to interested parties. But "Ethan" also leaves his e-mail account: ewinner@winnr.com.

And just what is winnr.com? An alternate dns designation for Winner & Associates. A firm that employs one Ethan S. Winner.

Hundreds of pictures on the Picassa page belonging to "eswinner" show that the page belongs to the same Ethan S. Winner that is employed by the public relations firm of Winner & Associates.

[Update: To clarify, the images are of the whole Winner family, including the many family members who work for the company. But also young children, hence why I did not link the page. But there is no doubt that the "eswinner" who owned the Picassa page is the same Ethan Winner of Winner & Associates. None. I have the images backed up, but because many include images of children, I choose not to show them here.]

Other instances of an "eswinner" or "ewinner" posting on the internet are found sprinkled here and there. All of those postings seem to fit the profile of Ethan S. Winner and suggest that eswinner and Ethan Winner are one and the same.

The company he works for, Winner & Associates, is one of the largest PR firms in the country and part of an even larger international conglomerate Publicis Groupe, which is, "one the world's top 10 advertising and communications firms."

A firm that specializes in "helping companies survive and succeed" a "controversial issue such as a lawsuit, a government investigation, a political protest, a labor dispute, or a defective product or recall."

A firm that also happens to produce TV ads. And owns a number of affiliated firms which do similar work.

These people are professional guns for hire. Looking at their portfolio makes that clear. And they only work for big clients. The kind of clients that pay big bucks. The kind of people hired by Exxon to convince people that the effects of the Valdez spill were over. The kind of people hired to help push through oil fields in Chad and Cameroon or help companies respond to boycott threats over the Beijing Olympics.

The kind of people who would have an in-house attorney to handle PR for Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame. And get them a movie deal.

Also the kind of people hired by the European Union to help sell the new EU treaty. Who was the lead in that effort? Ethan S. Winner.

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In other words, probably not the kind of people who make anti-Palin advertisements with professional voiceovers in their spare time. But also not the kind of people to be averse to running a seemingly grassroots Palin smear campaign .

What I am told by a friend in the business is called "cyber ambuscade" when done by corporations. Apparently it is common practice for corporations to try to plant untraceable rumors about their competitors. In other words some corporations pay professionals to slime the competitors.

While it is clear that W&A are very big guns for hire, those that run it have been strong financial supporters of Democrat candidates and have links to the leftist netroots that first championed Barack Obama.

TIES TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND LIBERAL CAUSES

This is Charles "Chuck" N. Winner, the President of the company.

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Charles "Chuck" Winner was once described as:

A revered political consultant, Winner began his career working for California Gov. Pat Brown in 1958; he later worked for President John F. Kennedy. Winner is frequently called upon by a wide range of political groups, candidates and organizations for his unparalleled skills as an adviser, planner and strategic thinker.
Chuck owns $23,000 court-side seats for UCLA basketball. He's the type of guy who own horses that have raced at the Kentucky Derby.

He is a Barack Obama contributor. As are the rest of the Winner & Associate employees who share the family name. Chuck Winner contributed to Obama as early as February of 2007, which means he was a supporter from the beginning.

As have many of the employees of Strategy Workshop, headed by Leslie Song Winner and which once employed Ethan Winner who appears to have been in charge of their internet strategy. Leslie is Charles Winner's former wife, mother of Ethan, and the daughter of Alfred Song--who was California's first Asian-American legislator and a Democrat.

A cursory inquiry into the political contributions of the Winner clan--including Ethan-- also shows that they collectively contributed to: Max Baucus (D-Montana); John Morrison (D-Montana-ran for Senate); Claire McKaskill (D-MO); Democratic National Congressional Committee; Howard Berman (D-CA); Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Albert Robles (D-CA); Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA); Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; Sherrod Brown (D-OH); John Kerry (Pres campaign); Chris Dodd (D-CT); Wesley Clark (Presidential campaign); Diane Feinstein (D-CA); Maxine Waters (D-CA); Katrina Swett (D-NH ran against Sununu); John Dingell (D-MI)

Partner in their subsidiary of Winner & Mandabach Campaigns, Paul J. Mandabach, is an Al Franken (DFL-MN) contributor. He also contributed to Hillary, Edwards, Kerry, and Clark.

Notice a pattern here? These aren't just local Democrats, but are big name Democrats in big name races. All over the country.

But more importantly, look who else Charles Winner contributed to: ACTBLUE, "the nation's largest source of funds for Democrats" and which is "particularly favored by the netroots and left-leaning bloggers."

THE SOCKPUPPET GOES CORPORATE

Can we be sure, based on the above, that Ethan S. Winner and/or Winner & Associates was involved in production and/or promotion of the ad? No, but there’s even more evidence than what we've presented so far tending to indicate that Ethan S. Winner, Winner & Associates, and/or the Winner family are connected to this video.

As of the first draft writing of this report (9/12/2008) YouTube user "eswinner" had exactly three subscribers. One of them just happened to create a YouTube account on the very day the video was uploaded: "cnwinner".

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[Update: "cnwinner" account vanishes. Here's a screenshot of what it looked like before it went down.


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You'll notice "cnwinner" only had an interest in a single video]

Is “cnwinner” an account created by Charles N. Winner, founder and president of Winner & Associates? If so, that would explain why the age listed by the creator of the “cnwinner” profile [68] generally matches that of published reports on the age of Charles N. Winner.

YouTube user “cnwinner” (Charles N. Winner?) appears to be directly involved in a concerted effort to add legitimacy to the video's lies about Palin. How do we know? Because during the initial draft writing of this report a number of comments --including one by me -- have been left disputing the allegations made in the video. And our "cnwinner" (Charles N. Winner?) responds:

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And “eswinner” (Ethan S. Winner?) joins in the sockpuppet game with "cswinner” (his father Charles N. Winner?), pretending to be a bystander when he is the one who uploaded the video!

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Other apparent early sockpuppets included "Truthiness99" & "nowaymccain" both of whom joined YouTube within a day of the original video posting and seem eager to make claims that the video has its facts straight.

The same day (9/12/2008) another apparent sockpuppet account "gocamerica" was created. It is our opinion, based on activity under this account, that this account was created solely or primarily for the purpose of helping the video spread; "gocamerica" reuploaded the video naming it "Sarah Palin ABC Interview". Gocamerica apparently has as little problem lying about the contents of the video as he has with the lies directed at Sarah Palin in the video.

Does the user name sound familiar? As in Group Of Concerned AMERICAns or "gocamerica".

[UPDATE: Account removed. Are we seeing a pattern here? Click to see screenshot of original account]

And what does "gocamerica" have to say in the thread where many of the commenters laugh at the outright lies in the video?

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How transparent is gocamerica's sock puppetry? He says the same thing, word for word, in the comments thread of all four versions of the video. A cut and paste job.

Apparently someone has been taking sock puppet lessons from Glenn Greenwald!

LYING ABOUT SARAH PALIN: BUSINESS OR PLEASURE?

Many of the comments seem to have been written during normal business hours. Which, if everything else wasn't enough evidence, indicates that they are probably doing this on company time. For instance, this reply by "gocamerica" to a comment I left:

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You'll notice the message was left two hours before 5:16 pm Central time on 9/17/2008. Since it's highly likely that "gocamerica" is on Pacific time, then it follows that he left the comment sometime around 1:16 pm Pacific --- right in the middle of the work day.

On 9/19/2008 "eswinner" logged into his YouTube account sometime just before 3 PM Central -- or sometime just before 1 PM Pacific.

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From the available evidence, it certainly appears that someone is spending time on the company clock boosting the video. Trying to get the video to go viral. To take a life on of its own. Seeing how many people have viewed it.

What appears, in our opinion, to be a third sockpuppet account was created on 9/16/2008. This account belongs to "grpcncrndamrcns" and has only one video -- the same video uploaded by "eswinner" and "gocamerica": Sarah Palin: A Heartbeat Away.

As further evidence that these two are sockpuppets of the owner of the "eswinner" account, the videos uploaded by "gocamerica" and "grpcncrndamrcns" do not bear the hallmark signs of one YouTube user reuploading a video he or she found at YouTube -- the double YouTube watermark. Instead, all versions of the YouTube video have a single YouTube watermark indicating that the person/persons probably uploaded an original unwatermarked version of the video.

[Update: Within 2 hours of initial post, "grpcncrndamrcns" deleted video as well. Confirmed, these accounts are all sockpuppets.

Here is a backup of the page.]

[Update: Readers tell me that there are programs to download YouTube videos without the watermark. Noted. However, we think that given the fact that these videos have already been yanked from YouTube, that this is strong evidence that ll accounts mentioned are fronts for "eswinner" who we now strongly believe --even more strongly than before -- is Publicis employee Ethan Winner]


GETTING THE LIE TO SPREAD WITHOUT DETECTION

And their efforts didn't stop there. Someone emailed the video to a forum administrator at the Democratic Underground--a message board considerably to the left and far nuttier than even the far left wing bloggers. Says "EarlG" about the video he posted on the very day after it was created (and the same day that this particular version was uploaded):

Nice independent YouTube attack ad. I don't know who made this, it arrived in my email inbox this morning from "A Group Of Concerned Americans." [emphasis added]
As previously noted "A Group of Concerned Americans" just happens to be the name of the YouTube channel created by a person who we have reason to believe is Ethan S. Winner (aka, "eswinner") of the W&A PR firm.

But getting a video to go viral would take more than the Democratic Underground, it would take many more in the netroots willing to push the video. The video appeared on the largest leftwing blog on 9/12/2008 and became lauded as the prime example of what the netroots should be doing on their own to smear the McCain campaign.

[Update: Shock, the dKos page is now gone. Don't worry, I backed it up. Here's a partial screenshot.]

Daily Kos is the blog that really launched Obama's successful campaign. DailyKos diarist "geekesque" tells his audience of a plan to get this and other smear videos to go viral. And I mean just that: he admits that the video and others like it make false claims, but that the ends justify the means. It's pretty long but I'll post the whole thing just to show I'm not taking this out of context:

Viral attacks are where it's at in 2008. Emails, blogs, online news sources. Content flows upstream in today's media environment.

We can be the gun.

Indeed, if Barack can't or won't do the dirty work, then we have to do it for him. No excuses. No more hand-wringing.

Let's get to work.

How, you ask? Simple.

It's all about finding really damaging stuff--news stories, YouTubes, informative blog posts. And then circulating those with the intent of having them work their way up the media stream. Email it to your friends. Email it to any journalists whose email you have. Post it in diaries or blog comments.

Example, here is a devastating YouTube on Sarah Strangelove:

[The Palin smear video was inserted here]

You should email this to ten people. Or ten bloggers. Or both. Spread it far, spread it wide.

If you would like to do this on a regular basis, I've set up a couple of Google Groups to help out with that process.

One group, [group's name] is a gathering point for potentially damaging stories about the enemy. Folks who belong to that one can post whatever stories they find anonymously. Just post a link or create a page, and others will take it from there.

That brings me to the other group, [other group's name]. This group is the actual action group--the one where the most damaging stories collected by folks at the VMP. It's real simple. You log in or get an email alert, you copy and paste, and you email it to various folks--either friends and family or content-based websites like blogs and online news sources.

I am more than happy to add folks to either group or both. Just email me at:

[redacted e-mail]

and let me know which you'd like to join.

Let's go out and expose these bastards for what they are.

To the barricades.

Note: If you don't believe in scorched-earth politics, no one is forcing you to join this effort, of course. We all contribute in our own way.

How do DKos readers respond to the notion that spreading lies is acceptable behavior in getting their preferred candidate elected? Not a single negative response as of this writing. Here are some samples:
already sent the video on your diary to 300 contacts.

by rapcetera on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 12:27:36 PM PDT ...

Let's hammer these bastards any way we can. We have to influence the media narrative ourselves.

Cotton Mouth

by Countificus on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 11:58:45 AM PDT...

If you want to win without a dirty candidate... (5+ / 0-)

Recommended by:
slinkerwink, Geekesque, BachFan, kat68, Floande

...the candidate him/herself can't fight dirty.

When Johnson wanted a rumor spread that his opponent f*cked farm animals, he didn't stand up and make a speech to that effect. He told his campaign manager to spread the word on the sly.

Johnson? Remember that guy, back from when the Democrats actually won elections?

On s'engage, et puis, on voit. (Napoleon)

by sagesource on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 12:06:48 PM PDT

Spreading the message seems to be a theme that is echoed by one "Justyn Winner" who shares an unusually spelled name with a W&A Vice President, General Counsel, and Valerie Plame representative. From a comment "Justyn Winner" left about Obama's race speech at noted leftwing blog Crooks and Liars:
Fantastic spech! the best thing people can do is to circulate a link of it or its segements to all friends and family. Exposure is essential
Knowing the right people to prod into action is the key ingredient in getting a "grassroots campaign" off the ground and making it seem "spontaneous" and "ground up". The netroots of dKos are the perfect people to contact if one wanted to spread the message, but do it in such a way that it would appear to be spontaneous and undirected.

FERTILIZING THE ASTROTURF

But it wasn't just dKos and the DU that appear to have been contacted. Also posting the video on the very day it was created is noted gay-rights activist Pam Spaulding. Jesus' General posted it the next day.

Incidentally Jesus' General, who posted the video on his own blog without comment, thought he should leave his two cents in the video's comments. It appears that he knows the video presents outright lies as truth, but he doesn't care: the other side lies, he reasons, so why shouldn't the left?

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Another person interested in helping the smear go viral is David "Ben" Burch whose White Rose Society is dedicated to "fighting the new fascism" by.... lying about a VP candidate? A dedicated fan of Cindy Sheehan, of left wing radio, and of harassing Wikipedia users who don't see eye to eye with him. Burch also doesn't appear to have a problem spreading lies about Sarah Palin. It's for the greater good, you see. Nothing fascist about that!

There's no telling how many other bloggers or activists were emailed by the sockpuppet "A Group Of Concerned Americans" who we have reason to believe is Ethan S. Winner or other employees of one of the largest PR firms on the planet.

But would the people at Winner & Associates have the kind of experience to try and organize a grassroots campaign? From the Publicis website describing what W&A does.

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It appears that they do.

JUST A FAMILY AFFAIR?

Even if “eswinner” is indeed Ethan S. Winner and “cnwinner” is indeed Charles N. Winner, it is possible, of course, that the attack ad on Palin is a Winner family project, unconnected to Winner and Associates and their corporate owners at the mega-PR firm of Publicis. In fact, FEC regulations carve out an exception for individuals to use their computers -- even their office computers -- to spread political messages.

There is evidence, however, from which one might reasonably surmise that the attack ad on Palin was a project of the company itself. In particular, there are indications that other employees of Winner and Associates, not members of the family, have been actively involved in dissemination of the video.

As we've already seen, "eswinner" uploaded the same Sarah Palin smear video four times giving it four separate titles. Likely seven times, really, since "gocamerica" & "grpcncrndamrcns" both appear to be just other sockpuppets; and the video was also uploaded to Google. We've already seen how someone sent the video to two prominent leftwing internet websites--the Daily Kos and the Democratic Underground--and possibly to other leftwing bloggers.

What I haven't mentioned is that a second version of the same video uploaded by "eswinner" was posted separately at the Democratic Underground on the same day as the one forum administrator "EarlG" claims it was sent to him by "A Group Of Concerned Americans."

This version was posted by DU user "stckyfngz" on Sept. 12th. Here's a screenshot:

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Who is this "stckyfngz" who posted the video at The Democratic Underground the day after "eswinner" uploaded it to YouTube? There is evidence that leads us to believe that the “stckyfngz” who posted the video at DU is named Jared Liu-Klein.

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Jared Liu-Klein, aka, "stckyfngz", you see works in "Public Relations". And there just happens to be a Jared Liu-Klein who donated to Barack Obama.

That would be the same Jared Liu-Klein who represented Valerie Plame for Winner & Associates.

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From the Publicis website:
Associate, Winner & Associates

Jared Liu-Klein, an Associate, has almost a decade of experience in the information technology, new media, and multimedia sectors....

He is involved on the production side with several accounts, taking on roles such as conceptualization, scriptwriting, editing, and direction.

It looks like Jared does more than just represent Valerie Plame at W&A--he also helps write scripts!

Jared's mother is Carol Liu, a Democratic politician who previously served in the State Assembly & is currently running for State Senate. His father is Michael Peevey, the Gray Davis appointed President of the California Public Utilities Commission.

There was a bit of a scandal involving Jarad's parents last year when it was revealed by the L.A. Times that tens of thousands of dollars contributed to Carol Liu's campaign came from industries regulated by her husband. Businesses that also hired W&A to handle PR for them during the California Energy crisis. The crisis which would eventually lead to Gray Davis' recall.

[Update: Weekly Standard calls Jared Liu-Klein who didn't deny he was "stckyfngz" .... and then proceeded to hang up.]

DEEP THROAT SAYS "FOLLOW THE MONEY"

So what do we have so far? Evidence which strongly indicates that Ethan S. Winner and Charles "Chuck" N. Winner are behind a smear campaign aimed at discouraging people from voting for McCain/Palin. The production value of the ad indicates that it was produced by a professional firm. The family that runs that company has extensive ties to the Democratic Party, the netroots, and are staunch Obama supporters.

The timing of the comments seems to indicate that the video's promotion was done on Winner & Associates company time. At least one employee, Jared Liu-Klein, appears to have been instrumental in its dissemination. A concerted effort was made to distribute the video in such a way that it would appear to have gone viral on its own. There appears to be corporate sponsorship and organization behind a new "grassroots" smear campaign.

So, the million dollar question is who, if any one, paid Winner & Associates to produce this ad?

[NOTE: The Jawa Report legal department has pleaded with me to point out that everything from this point forward is pure conjecture on my part.

That said…]

THE OBAMA CONNECTION

My initial money was on George Soros who has contributed to Winner run campaigns in the past, . The sheer viciousness of the attack bears all of the hallmarks of Moveon.org.

But it could be any number of 527s that Obama has now given the wink-wink-nudge-nudge to start hammering away at McCain.

Or the money could come from an untraceable source like the "charitable organization" run by Justyn Winner.

So why would any one hire a PR firm like W&R? Did I mention that they specialize in "crisis communications?" Again, from the Publicis website:

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Which leaves open the possibility that Obama or the Democratic Party might also be the ones paying for the campaign. Is there anything that might be suggestive of that? Yes there is.

First there is Ethan Winner's Facebook account. Among the 27 friends Ethan has on Facebook, one of them is David Washington. Dr. David Washington is described as a senior Obama campaign adviser in California.

[Update: Facebook account vanishes, but here's the cache.]

In and of itself, that's not much of a link. Washington is involved in hosting fundraisers for Obama in the L.A. area, and as we've already noted the Winner family has contributed to Obama's campaign. Perhaps that explains the connection. But there are more compelling links between the video which we believe was uploaded by Ethan Winner and the Barack Obama campaign.

PROFESSIONAL WORK FOR OBAMA CAMPAIGN?

We began this post by noting that a video uploaded to YouTube appeared to have been produced with a voice over done by a professional. As this Politico article makes clear, voice over artists are often used over and over by the same campaign. That shouldn't be shocking to any one. That when called upon to make an advertisement a producer will use people that they've worked with before.

What is surprising is that voice artists are often partisans. Not only do they work for the same producers over and over, they often only work for one side of the political aisle. For instance, Betsy Ames is one of the premier voices for Republican campaigns. Kathryn Klvana is often heard on political ads -- but only Democratic ones.

We believe that the artist in the "eswinner" Palin smear video has also worked directly for the Barack Obama campaign. What we think is her voice can be heard in Obama's "Burden" video, released on Sept. 15th -- less than a week after the "eswinner" Sarah Palin, a Heartbeat Away video.

Audio from each advertisement was ripped by Dan Riehl and spliced so that a better compare and contrast between the two voices could be made. I then equalized volume levels on the two ads, producing this video. Sorry about its poor quality, I don't have the resources of a PR firm!

Are the two voices the same? You be the judge.

We think it is.

We also believe that she worked on this Obama ad, released on Sept. 20th, and this one, from August. She may be on others, but with over 1300 videos on Obama's YouTube channel we just didn't look for any more.

LINKS TO THE "KING OF ASTROTURFING" -- DAVID AXELROD

We believe the voice can also be heard on these AKP&D Message and Media produced videos. In fact, all of the female voice overs showcased on the AKP&D website seem to belong to the same woman. That's right, all of them. The same voice heard in some Barack Obama ads, and which was used for the "eswinner" slime campaign.

More importantly, though, what is AKP&D? It's the Chicago based political consulting firm headed by David Axelrod. Yes, that David Axelrod. As in the David Axelrod who is Barack Obama's chief media strategist.

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David Axelrod is also known as The master of "Astroturfing", which is what PR industry insiders call the practice of "manufacturing grassroots support." As Ace notes:

It tries to disguise itself as a "grassroots" phenomenon -- but it's artificial and inorganic. Hence, "Astroturf."

And David Axelrod is notorious for making extensive use of this controversial tactic -- and was notorious for it even before he begain running Barack Obama's campaign.

According to Businessweek, one of Axelrod's astroturfing campaigns stealthily spent $15 million convincing Illinois taxpayers that their power would be shut off if they didn't approve an increase in their electric bills. It wasn't until a complaint was filed with the state's regulators that it was revealed that Axelrod's "grassroots" campaign was fully funded by ComEd -- the power company which would benefit from the rate hike.

Axelrod is a "community organizer" you might say.

This does not mean that we believe that Barack Obama's campaign is behind the stealth Palin smear campaign. In fact, a preliminary analysis of Obama's campaign expenditures filed with the FEC did not find any payouts to Winner & Associates or Publicis. But our familiarity with how to search FEC expenditures is limited, and there are tens of thousands of recorded transactions.

What we do believe we have found is that David Axelrod's firm has worked with the voice over artist in the "eswinner" Palin smear video. In fact, each and every political ad showcased on Axelrod's website that has a female voice over seems to be the same voice from the Palin smear ad. That Axelrod used her over and over again in his videos going back several years.

We also believe that Axelrod has used her in several official Obama campaign videos.

We also know that David Axelrod is considered the master of orchestrating grassroots campaigns that appear spontaneous and which are difficult to trace to him.

In fact, Axelrod has a second company called ASK Public Strategies who's sole purpose seems to be running professional astroturfing campaigns. We can't help but wonder if they ever outsource any of their work?

We also can't help but ask if the Obama campaign has ever hired Publicis or Winner & Associates to do any work for them? Or the extent to which those advertising firms hired by Axelrod on behalf of the Obama campaign subcontract out to other large corporate PR firms?

A BROADER ASTROTURFING CAMPAIGN?

We believe that the case has been made that the Palin smear video was produced by the Publicis Groupe's Winner & Associates. We believe the evidence to this effect is compelling.

We also believe that the evidence shows that W&A tried to spread the lies about Palin in such a way as to catch the attention of the left-wing netroot supporters of Barack Obama. We think it is unlikely that one of the largest PR firms in the world would do this for free. That they would pay for video production out of their own pockets, hire a well known voice actress, or that its employees would work together in their free time to help the video go viral.

So, if we're right, who paid them? As of this writing we cannot answer that question. Our initial reaction was that this campaign had all the hallmarks of the Soros funded Moveon.org, but given David Axelrod's known predilection to these type of stealth campaigns it would not surprise us in the least if the Obama campaign itself was orchestrating it.

That this is what Obama meant by "taking the gloves off". Especially given the timing of the video's release -- during the brief period when Obama trailed McCain in the polls, and when most of McCain's sudden surge was attributed to the popularity of Sarah Palin.

And if the company has been hired to stealthily spread these Palin smears, what other smears might they be paid to spread? Ones in which they more successfully covered their tracks?

The Palin smear video analyzed here fits in nicely with the post-Palin pick narrative being offered by the Obama campaign. That narrative is that John McCain may not fill out his term in office. The narrative is bolstered by questions about McCain's age, the present status of the skin cancer he once had, and by demands that his medical records be released.

The second ingredient in the narrative paints Sarah Palin -- who would take McCain's vacated Presidential office -- as not ready for the job. Obama's campaign has called her experience & intelligence into question, but there is also a "grassroots" viral campaign of deception that claims Palin is on the political fringe and is a religious lunatic.

Just in the past week, since we first began following the astroturfing of Sarah Palin, rumors have circulated that Palin was a member of the John Birch Society and that she hates rape victims. Bored with the spreading the lie that Palin thinks the Earth is 6,000 years old and that she banned books, this week the netroots are claiming that she supports witch hunts. Not metaphorical witch hunts, actual witch hunts.

Sometimes rumors and lies get spread organically with no need from direction. But sometimes what may seem to be an organic bottom up grassroots movement, may actually be led from the top and may be professionally organized.

We believe at least one such campaign to discredit Sarah Palin is currently underway. It seems highly likely that others are as well. We've done the initial work, but now it's time for the professionals to take over and ask the tough questions.

UPDATE: Within an hour of this post going up, YouTube videos implicating Ethan Winner were yanked, sockpuppet accounts deleted, and more importantly, the Wikipedia entry on David Axelrod began to edit out mentions of his well know astroturfing campaigns. Hmmm, it sounds to me like we're on to something.

We have backups of all the deleted websites, and have now included them in the post.

Thanks to all who have linked this post. Due to high interest in the story, we are unable to check all posts relate to it at this time. If you have something important you think should go in updates to this post -- something we've overlooked -- please e-mail Rusty.

Update: Weekly Standard calls Jared Liu-Klein who didn't deny he was "stckyfngz" .... and then proceeded to hang up.

Nailed! Ethan Winner confesses he was behind video!

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Thanks to Jane & Stable Hand who did a lot of the Googling on this one, the Jawa team for input, and our legal division for extensive advice. Also thanks to Dan Riehl and Ace for input and help with drafts; and Patterico for putting together the bullet point summary.

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Prayers, Karma, and Good Vibes

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:32 PM | Comments |

Rusty on the Radio

I'll be on the Rusty Humphries show in t-minus zero minutes. Sorry about the no-warning.

Update by Jane: NOW!!! Listen Live Now, click here.

Its got to go something like: Hi Rusty! Hi Rusty! Tell me about Ethan-gate, Rusty. Sure Rusty.

Actually they are discussing "astroturfing" (my favorite new word) and the professional manipulation of the internet under the cover the private activism.

Update #2 by Jane: Transcript here, thanks to Cannoneer #4!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:30 PM | Comments |

Winner Worked with Axelrod in Past

Q: Who's media company did Charles Winner's Winner/Wagner & Mandabach work with to produce videos to help their clients pass Detroit's Proposal "E" pushing for casinos?

A:


CLICK ME FOR HOPE'N'CHANGE!

Call it a hunch, but I wonder if they've worked on power company related campaigns in the past, too????

UPDATE: As I've mentioned before, the internet hasn't been working reliably for me today (of all days!). I actually had Ray email me his post since I couldn't see it on the web. I now have checked the source material, and I've got to say that maybe this was a false alarm. I don't see the Winner connection.

UPDATE: Oh, that David Axelrod. I did a key word search on the page, and I must have typed in in wrong because.....

We had hired the political consulting firm of Winner/Wagner & Mandabach based upon their specialization in ballot measures, win record, and reputation for telling clients the truth [ed note: bwahahahaaaaaa!!]. Early in the year, we asked the firm to develop an in-depth poll to help determine if the campaign could be won and, if so, to develop a winning campaign strategy for us....

Despite these findings, Winner/Wagner & Mandabach partners Chuck Winner, Ethan Wagner, Paul Mandabach and Les Francis emerged from their in-house evaluation with a belief that Proposal E could be passed....

A major component of our strategy was to delay mounting a paid media effort until late in the campaign. This would avoid rousing the opposition into action and allow us time to secure the $5 to $10 million that our research indicated was needed to run a winning media campaign....

An ad featuring popular Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer was produced by the Mayor's media consultant, David Axelrod. It aired in the final days of the campaign, and asked Michigan voters to help Detroit reduce its dependence on state aid.

Hmmmmmmm. Again, the energy connection people. The energy connection.

Did I say it was a hunch?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:24 PM | Comments |

The Original Astroturfing: Change we can Fake

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Thanks to Brian.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:25 PM | Comments |

Intercepted video shows Axelrod Call to Winner?

Axelrod Called Ethan Winner?

UPDATE: Riehl tells me he was paid will be paying for this as soon as he's billed.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:18 PM | Comments |

Palin Hates Rape Victims Lie Put to Rest

Bob Owens can find no evidence that Wasilla ever charged rape victims for their rape kits. None.

A lie so stupid, that David Axelrod Ethan Winner may personally hire Winona Ryder to appear in his "homemade" video: Sarah Palin, why do you hate rape victims?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:28 PM | Comments |

Ethan Winner Responds: Claims He Produced Video

Ethan Winner responds. Written like a VP in a public relations firm that specializes in crisis management and grassroots organization. I'll post the whole thing below.

He produced the video? He paid for the voice-over narration which he found through a talent agency? The voice-over artist has never done any work for the Obama campaign?

Uh, yeah, right.

He then goes on to sidestep the question of the lie he puts forth in the video: that Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party -- which she wasn't. That is empirical fact.

Instead, in his carefully crafted explanation of the video, he claims she once attended the party's convention and that her husband was a member. But that's not what the video claims. The video claims she was a member. That is a lie.

I take it back, this sounds more like the company lawyer, Justyn Winner, crafted the response. You don't defend the lie, instead you talk about everything but the lie. It might work to confuse juries Justyn, but come on dude!

Do I find his response hard to believe. Yes I do. I would especially note the carefully crafted future tense usage for when he will pay the voice over artist.

It's almost .... Clintonesque.

So, he produces the video. He pays for the video production -- out of his own pocket. He then posts it to YouTube using multiple phony identities.

Then he gets his friends at one of the largest PR firms in the world to post it on the internet, to suggest to others that they pass it on, and spend company time defending the outright lies in the video --- all for free?

And the multimillionaire who is President of the firm also spends his free time defending the lies on his "homemade" -- yet professionally voiced over -- video?

Hey Ethan, with that business savvy no wonder you were forced to rent out the family yacht! Maybe it's time to also get rid of those courtside seats.

Ace:
PROTECT OBAMA
PROTECT AXELROD

Another question related to Ace's post: Why did Jared "stckyfngz" Liu-Klein have to check with counsel before he responded? Hmmmmm??

Riehl: Hey Ethan, do you have a sword?

UPDATE: You know what Treacher just said that this suddenly remindeds me of? Rielle Hunter

Yet again with the updates! UPDATE: Since the FEC report for September isn't due til next month, do you have to put a payment on the books if the company you paid gave the money back and said, "Hey, I'll cover this one"???? You know, like, my treat.

On to the propaganda piece statement:

Statement of Ethan Winner

The following is in response to questions I have received regarding the post on the Jawa Report website.

I produced and posted on the Internet the video entitled "Sarah Palin: A Heartbeat Away."

The idea for the video was mine. No one paid me to produce it. The only out-of-pocket cost will be the fee for the voice-over narrator, which I will pay personally when I receive an invoice. Contrary to the allegation in the Jawa Report, the voice-over artist has never done any work for the Obama campaign. I retained her through a talent agency based solely on the quality of her voice.

Neither the Obama campaign nor any independent political action committee has had a connection with the making and/or posting of this video. Just like the thousands of Americans who have posted videos on the Internet regarding the current Presidential campaign, I produced this video as an expression of my right to free speech, which is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

I believe the American people have a right and a need to know information about candidates for political office and their views. I made this video because I think it is important for the public to be aware of the association between Sarah and Todd Palin and the Alaskan Independence Party. The New York Times has reported that the Alaskan Independence Party website describes the party as seeking, in the words of the party, "a range of solutions to the conflicts between federal and local authority," including "advocacy for state's rights, through a return to territorial status, all the way to complete independence and nationhood status for Alaska."

While a number of media outlets have said that reports that Sarah Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party may have been erroneous, her attendance at the party's 1994 convention, her video speech to the 2008 convention and her husband's membership in the Alaskan Independence Party have not been called into question.

Some people have asked why I have pulled the video from the Internet. The reason is simple. Following the posting of personal information about me by the Jawa Report, my family began to receive threatening and abusive phone calls and emails.

Please, do not harass Ethan or his family. I purposefully did not link to pictures he posted of his familly for that very purpose.


The Freepers think the talent is Vicki Kaywood a Chicago area voice artist. I don't know if they're right --- in fact, I've had dozens of people send me emails with a link to the person they think is the voice talent --- but it might be. Seems like the closest voice so far at least.

Thanks to AllahP for the link.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:55 PM | Comments |

How Much Money did Axelrod's PR Firm Get from Obama

Reader Cathy took a cursory look at Obama's expenditures and found that David Axelrod's AKP Message & Media was paid at least $1.4 million from the Obama campaign in 2008 thru August 31. And that's just what she found.

Those dates would not include the ad in question, which was posted Sep. 11th.

I wonder how you bill astrotrurfing. Is that itemized, hourly, or is it just a flat retainer?

UPDATE: Since the FEC report for September isn't due til next month, do you have to put a payment on the books if the company you paid gave the money back and said, "Hey, I'll cover this one"???? You know, like, my treat.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:29 PM | Comments |

Anjem Choudary Predicts that Muslims Will Place Britain Under Sharia Law

Via The Sun:

Speaking at a rally marking 9/11, Anjem Choudary bragged that a birth explosion would let followers of Islam take control of the country.

Undercover Sun investigators secretly recorded Choudary telling a young and impressionable audience that they would eventually rule under strict Sharia law.

And our team listened in chilled silence as he predicted: “Islam is superior and will never be surpassed. The flag of Islam will rise over Downing Street.”...

...“We do not integrate into Christianity. We will ensure that one day you will integrate into the Sharia Islamic law. Our eyes are on Downing Street"

Also in attendance at the conference via webcam was the deported radical preacher Omar Bakri Muhammad.
Yesterday unrepentant Bakri said he could not understand what moderate Muslims have against Bin Laden, "Osama Bin Laden is a legendary person for Muslims round the world."
Omar Bakri Muhammad has repeatedly used the internet to continue to preach jihad in Britain from his exile in Lebanon.

By Howie at 04:59 PM | Comments |

Video : NRA Takes on ''Bitterness'' Charge in New Ad

Cross-posted at the Arsenal.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 04:24 PM | Comments |

Jared Liu-Klein (aka "stckyfngz"?) hangs up on Weekly Standard

Jared Liu-Klein, the employee of Publicis' Winner & Associates who we believe is DU member "stckyfngz" and who we believe helped in the astroturfing campaign against Sarah Palin got a phone call from the Weekely Standard. He didn't deny he was "stckyfngz" and then he hung up. Weekly Standard:

I just spoke with Liu-Klein on the phone and asked him about the matter, but he said that he would have to get back to me later. I gave him my email address and asked if he could give me a simple yes or no answer if he had ever posted a video on the Internet about Sarah Palin and the Alaskan Independence Party. Liu-Klein replied: "I'll have to get back to you as soon as I can." Then he hung up the phone. I'll post Liu-Klein's response if and when I get it.
Hmmmm.......

UPDATE: Ace chimes in. Ditto.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:18 PM | Comments |

"Oppressed" Palestinian Drives His BMW Into Crowd Wounding 15

Via International Herald Tribune:

JERUSALEM: Israel's rescue service says 13 people have been hurt in an attack at a busy Jerusalem intersection. The rescue service said a driver drove his car into a group of people at the intersection.

Police said the driver was shot and killed. Israel Radio said armed civilians killed the driver. He was not immediately identified, but the wording of the police statement indicated it was believed he was a Palestinian.

Ambulances and police units raced to the scene, and rescue services evacuated the wounded to Jerusalem hospitals. Police said 13 people were wounded — two seriously and the others lightly.

Police said the car was a BMW, and it plowed into the group of pedestrians. Witnesses said the car ended up on the sidewalk near the intersection.

AP reports 15 were injured.

Gee I can't wait for Joseph Cohen's next youtube.

By Howie at 03:50 PM | Comments |

When it Rains, it Pours

I can't think of a worse day to lose the internet. My connection has been on and off all day --- but mostly off. It's back. Knock. On. Wood.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:15 PM | Comments |

Are Obama or David Axelrod Responsible for Palin Smears? Some Thoughts and Reacts

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Lot's of blog reaction about the initial story that a major PR firm is most likely responsible for spreading smears about Sarah Palin, that the advertisement being spread has links to David "Astroturf" Axelrod and the Obama campaign, and that this is evidence of a broader effort organized from the top to spread false rumors about Obama's political enemies.

Let me get this out of the way: much of the hemming about whether or not "eswinner" is actually Ethan Winner and about whether or not Winner & Associates or other Publicis owned firms were behind the astroturfing campaign came on advice of counsel.

The original draft of the post had much stronger wording. No, I'm not 100% sure, but who ever is about anything?

I have a day job I have to attend to and my internet connection seems to be down as of this writing [what timing, right in the middle of writing this post!!], so those who have emailed or linked let me say -- thank you. I'm not ignoring you, I just have other commitments. Thankfully I have my iPhone so I can still get emails, but links will be difficult to check out right now [oops, that's odd, iPhone unable to connect to internet too. What's the deal with that? It's not using wi-fi lan connection].

I actually won't be able to publish this post until internet is back up. My fear is that information keeps coming in so fast that it will be stale before I'm able to comment on it. My other fear is that there are now so many independent blogs and readers out there with relevant information, that I won't be able to read it all and present the information in a coherent fashion.

So, here are some initial thoughts as of this AM.

If I had to merit a guess -- and this is sheer speculation -- I'd say that the video in question was probably produced by the Obama campaign itself. I'd guess it was produced immediately following the false allegations printed by the New York Times that Palin belonged to the Alaskan Independence Party.

I'd also guess that as soon as the New York Times retracted, that the campaign shelved the ad. As McCain's numbers surged post-convention and post-Palin, the Obama camp decided to "take the gloves off" and "get in the faces" of Republicans.

That is when someone decided that even though the allegations in the ad were false, that it was time to start spreading them anyway. This was seen as a legitimate response to false rumors about Obama being a Muslim or a closet communist already on the internet. A rumor, I should ad, that has not been carried by any of the top conservative blogs -- something that cannot be said about Palin/McCain smears on top leftwing blogs.

But the decision was also made that the allegations were so defamatory, that they could not be tied directly to the campaign. Hence, they subcontracted out the "astroturfing" work to mega-PR firm Publicis, or directly to W&A which is owned by Publicis.

It's a theory. To paraphrase Aragorn, I suppose a better one could be constructed.

Since Ace spent a lot of time on this acting as a sounding board for the initial draft, I'll go to his reaction first. He sent out a notice last night to the Democrats before I actually posted the evidence that we had the goods on the astroturfing campaign. He thinks that the speed at which the videos were yanked and accounts deleted is strong evidence that someone with the DNC or the Obama campaign tipped Winner off.

He also says, "This is just the tip of the iceberg." I happen to agree. Read the rest.

Dan Riehl, who also helped out by ripping the audio and by seeing the Facebook connection, has some thoughts here. Read it.

Michelle Malkin -- closet night owl -- stayed up into the wee hours of the night and backed up many of the YouTube pages as they were frantically being deleted. Check out her post.

Patterico has thoughts here.

Ed Morrissey, here.

Sorry about not linking others right now. I've read many posts with some good thoughts, but since internet is not working for me it's kind of hard to link. Will try to update later.

---Update: Obviously, internet restored. So I'm pushing the publish button, but work commitments remain. Sorry.

Update II by Howie: Rusty says,

I hope you got my message that internet is down. Can someone update my last post letting people know that?
Great timing, eh?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:02 AM | Comments |

Muslim Ex Boyfriend Charged in Murder of Two Sisters in Britain

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A man has been charged in the murder of two sisters murdered in their flat last week in Birmingham.

Via BBC: A man from Birmingham has been charged with the murder of two women who were found dead at their flat in the city.

The bodies of Yasmine Larbi-Cherif, 22, and her 19-year-old sister Sabrina were discovered on Monday.

Forensic tests revealed the pair, who lived at Jupiter Apartments near the city centre, died of stab wounds.

The original BBC report about the murders described the scene as...
challenging, forensically".

He added there was a "substantial amount of blood" inside many of the rooms

Charged in the murder is Mohammed Ali who has been identified as the ex-boyfriend of the elder sister.

Which makes the questions in this weekly standard article all the more relevant.

That being said, I see three significant issues. First, there is a question about rights that are due to specific political communities. Are the rights provided to women under British marriage or inheritance law a baseline that they are due, or can they freely contract to be given fewer rights? We have in fact already seen this happen under the sharia tribunals. In a recent inheritance dispute described by the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal’s Siddiqi, a deceased man’s estate was divided between his three daughters and two sons. The Times reports: “The judges on the panel gave the sons twice as much as the daughters, in accordance with sharia. Had the family gone to a normal British court, the daughters would have got equal amounts.”

This fact raises a question about how voluntary individuals’ accession to the sharia tribunals will actually be. Are women (for example) going to be forced by their families into marriages under sharia that provide them with fewer rights than they would have under British law?

Well the women could obviously choose to not use the Sharia court. Of course there will be er uh reactions from the Muslim community for choosing British common law over Sharia. A girl who wants to keep her head needs to keep that in mind. Too often families or others who feel their honor has been damaged resort to murder to restore it.

Hat Tip: Report on Arrakis.

(update: Sorry I misread the headline. Updated and fixed.)

By Howie at 11:00 AM | Comments |

September 21, 2008

Olbermann Evinces Sudden and Inexplicable Interest in Black African Pastor

Here's Olbermann's latest "expose." Olbermann suddenly and inexplicably cares about pastors, out-of-the-mainstream religious teachings and connections to odd goings-on in Africa.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 09:29 PM | Comments |

The Big Story

Check back later. Like late tonight or early in the AM. We'll have it up, I promise.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:28 PM | Comments |

If you liked Donald Rumsfeld's Iraq Strategy, You'll Love Barack Obama

I meant to write something on this a couple of week's ago after watching the Frontline special on the Iraq War. The point made in the PBS documentary was that Donald Rumsfeld's Iraq strategy was no different than that of Barack Obama's: get a "political solution", and then get the hell out.

It turns out, according the the documentary, that it was Condi Rice that pushed for the "clear, hold, & build" strategy. In my imagination, fed by MSM stories of the blood thirsty Rumsfeld, the SecDef wanted an indefinite commitment to Iraq while Rice wanted to get us out. Not so, apparently.

Here's a story from the WSJ on why the surge worked. You really should read it, but here's a teaser:

For the next three years, Donald Rumsfeld and the senior generals pushed a "short-war" scenario, "which was to get a political solution quickly, transition to the Iraqis security quickly, and get out," says Gen. Keane. "It didn't work." ....

In late 2006, after the midterm election debacle for Republicans, pressure rose for a quick if dishonorable exit from Iraq. Gen. Keane met Frederick Kagan, who was putting together a report on an alternative strategy for Iraq at the American Enterprise Institute. On Dec. 11, both men found themselves at the White House to push the plan. Congress, the Joint Chiefs, Iraq commander Gen. George Casey and the Iraq Study Group all wanted a fast drawdown. President Bush ignored their advice. Gen. Petraeus was sent out in February to oversee the new, risky and politically unpopular surge.

Barry O likes to talk up the fact that he was against the war when it wasn't the cool thing to do. Someday history may record that he was on the right side, if not the popular one.

But he was on the side of popular opinion when it came to supporting the Iraq Study Group's disastrous recommendations. And he opposed the surge. Just like Donald Rumsfeld.

If he had such prophetic foresight why did he not back the surge when it was still unpopular?

You know the only thing the two policies --the war and the surge -- have in common? They're both Bush's. Obama likes to call opposition to them wisdom and vision. Normally we just call it crass partisanship.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:31 PM | Comments |

FBI Officially Point Finger at Obama Supporter and Son of TN Democrat as Palin Hacker

Lord, forgive me. How could I not blog this? Gateway Pundit:

Feds break up a party to serve University of Tennessee student David Kernell with a search warrant!

David is a self-described Obamacrat and his father Mike Kernell is a liberal Tennessee State Representative.

You ever notice that Glenn Reynolds and David Kernell are never photographed together -- even though they're both supposedly at UT? I'm just sayin.....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:41 PM | Comments |

THERE IS NOWHERE FOR YOU TO HIDE

A brief interlude from my faithful blog Sabbath observance. If you read nothing else today, read this in the NYT:

When I left Baghdad two years ago, the nation’s social fabric seemed too shredded to ever come together again. The very worst had lost its power to shock. To return now is to be jarred in the oddest way possible: by the normal, by the pleasant, even by hope....

Everything here seems to be standing on its head. Propaganda posters, which used to celebrate the deaths of American soldiers, now call on Iraqis to turn over the triggermen of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia and the Mahdi Army. “THERE IS NOWHERE FOR YOU TO HIDE,” a billboard warns in Arabic, displaying a set of peering, knowing eyes.

We won. Patraeus '12!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:26 PM | Comments |

What's This? Obama Lied About Social Security? Get the F*ck Outta Here!

Scaring senior citizens by telling them McCain's going to "cut their benefits in half?"

Demonstrably false and a disgusting lie. Who's selling fear again?

Telling demonstrable whoppers about McCain's plan "to put social security in the stock market?"

Completely false and a disgusting lie.

Hope. Change. Disgusting Lies. Obama con Biden 08!

Hint, O!bots: Hope and Change does not require that lies be told to senior citizens, no matter what The Lord God Obama says.

Oh yeah, and one more thing.

When Obama claims that he's bringing "new politics" to Washington and that he doesn't take money from lobbyists.

Um...yeah. That's completely false, too.

So many lies. So little change. Read more at the New Hampshire Union Leader:
Obama in the mud: So much for honesty

By Good Lt. at 01:32 PM | Comments |

September 20, 2008

Saturday Night Fat Man In The Bathtub

Gave you an abbreviated Dixie Chicken a while back - now you get MOAR Little Feat (the real LF - with Lowell). The real track I wanted to post was the Rock n' Roll Doctor from the same BBC session, but embedding was disabled.

You can definitely settle for a bit of this crunchy groove in its stead. All I want in this life and time is some hit and run.

By Good Lt. at 10:34 PM | Comments |

Shocka: Media Fabricates Racist Who Won't Vote Obama

No comment:

An article in the St. Petersberg Times, quotes Cichon as having said, “I can't imagine having a black president . . .”

In a phone interview Saturday, Sandra Cichon of Spring Hill, Florida denied that she ever spoke with any pollster or reporter concerning Obama or about anything regarding race. Cichon was taken by surprise when phoned by this reporter, and she was not aware that she had been quoted in any newspaper.

Thanks to Stable Hand.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:13 PM | Comments |

Horror: Islamists Bomb Islamabad Marriott -- Again

Many reporting 20 dead so far, but when I first saw this on CNN they first reported 18 dead and then within minutes 19. Al-Jazeera says local police claim 40 dead, but Reuters is on the record at 50. Not a good sign.

Al-Jazeera:

Kamal Hyder, Al Jazeera's correspondent reporting from Islamabad, said it is "probably the most powerful explosion [in Pakistan] in recent times".

"Fires are still raging and no one knows how many people have been kileld in the explosion."

Imran Khan, also reporting for Al Jazeera, said he had seen a number of bodies removed from the scene of the explosion.

He said driver of the vehicle did not go through the security checkpoint.

"This is a massive explosion. Fire is spreading very quickly and has taken over the entire first floor of the hotel," Khan said.

CNN reporters two miles away claim that the blast was so big that it shook their offices and sounded like the explosion was just outside.

I didn't link this a few days ago, but I should have. To put the explosion into context read Hitchens' article: Pakistan is the Problem.

How bad is the problem in Pakistan? If the Pakistanis ever decided to round up jihad supporters they'd have prison camps so big as to make the Soviet gulag system seem like an act of moderation. And if they ever really went to war against them? Think along the scale of genocide.

The anti-war wing of the Obama camp should consider that.

UPDATE: Lest this sink down the memory hole, in 2004 the same hotel was bombed by the Taliban. Former Guantanamo Bay inmate Abdullah Mehsud claimed his wing of the Taliban were behind the Marriott bombing.

Yeah, this guy.

In January of 2007, two guards were killed at the same Marriott when they stopped a suicide bomber just outside the building.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:21 AM | Comments |

Interesting Drudge Flash...

DOW UP 40 POINTS IN PAST MONTH... UP 18% PAST 5 YEARS... UP 44% PAST 10 YEARS...
Bush gets the blame from Democrats for when it goes down - no matter what. How about some credit for when it goes up by almost half its value over the course of Bush's presidency?
By Good Lt. at 11:04 AM | Comments |

Video: What if Barack Obama Had Joined the Military?

Hamburger Hill? No: Veggie Burger Topped with Arugula Hill . Seriously, click the link.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:00 AM | Comments |

Finally: Abu Hamza al-Masri, the "Hooked Handed" Imam, Put to Use

Abu Hamza al-Masri: we always knew he was good for something.

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Thanks to Val Hallan.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:52 AM | Comments |

Jawa in Reuters on al Qaeda Website PWNAGE

Looks like someone at Reuters noticed us. Since WaPo, which ran the Reuters wire story, couldn't figure out how to link us I guess I'll return the favor: www.washingtonpost.com

India's Hindustan Times pointed the finger at Internet intelligence websites, which responded in tongue-in-cheek fashion.

Rusty Shackleford of My Pet Jawa (www.mypetjawa.mu.nu) denied his web group was behind any cyber-attack on the websites. "But if I was responsible I'd deny it," he added.

Aaron Weisburd of www.internet-haganah.com wrote: "The actual reasons for this are not known to me (and I would say that even if I actually knew what was going on)."

When less popular Islamist websites finally managed to post links to the much-hyped video -- which includes a "last will" recording by one of the September 11 hijackers -- downloaders noted that the password given to them was wrong.

Thanks to Aaron.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:42 AM | Comments |

Weekend Dining Tips

(Winterthur Resort, Switzerland) For those customers who apparently resent being weaned from their mothers' nursing, the Storchen restaurant is preparing dishes with human breast milk. According to Hans Locher, Switzerland's most controversial restaurant owner:

"I first experimented with breast milk when my daughter was born. One can cook really delicious things with it."
Paid about $6 a pint, donors are constantly being sought.

For those individuals concerned about growth hormones in cows' milk, you might want to pass on ordering the human breast milk dishes. Nobody has a clue what miscellaneous goodies could be in it. There appears to be a legal loophole.

"They are not on the list of approved species such as cows and sheep, but they are also not on the list of the banned species such as apes and primates," Rolf Etter of the Zurich food control laboratory said.
Fortunately, since the menu at the Storchen restaurant specifies that the dishes are made with human breast milk, it's logical to assume that no dishes are prepared using milky discharges from other parts of the human body. To be certain, consult your waiter.

By the way, it's notable that humans are not considered to be primates in Switzerland.

By at 07:42 AM | Comments |

S.F. Chronicle Column : If You're a Woman, and You Support Sarah Palin, You're "Dumb" and "Easily-Duped"

According to the white male author of this column, any women who are "dumb" enough to support Sarah Palin are pretty much the lowest form of ignorant dupes:

The universe must joking [sic], would not dare dump such a homophobic, Creationist evangelical nutball on us, this anti-choice, God-pandering woman...

...a great many pundits and reports have suggested that, just after the Palin VP announcement, a sizable chunk of predominantly white women nevertheless abandoned their tentative support for Obama and leapt into the lyin' arms of McCain, presumably simply because of Palin's gender and PTA momhood...

Let me, being a straight white male and therefore only capable of gazing in awe at the spectacle that is the indecipherable female intuitive response, foolishly attempt to decipher some of it anyway...

Women, according to the eternal mythology, are no such dupes, and choose more wisely, from deeper intuition, instinct. Right?

Wrong. Maybe this is our simple summary, the blaring headline we should be reading in the wake of recent events. "Easily duped Palin supporters prove: Some white women are just as dumb as men."

Good news: for any of you who just can't get enough of the author's "dangerously funny" insights, he has an email list:
To get on the e-mail list for this column, please click here and remove one article of clothing. To get on Mark's personal (i.e.; non-Chronicle) mailing list (appearances, books, readings, blogs, yoga and more), please click here and remove two more.
Alternately, you can email him directly. Or not. Just a thought.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 12:56 AM | Comments |

September 19, 2008

HuffPo Produced Video: Sarah Palin Hates Rape Victims!

In your face alert: Someone explain to me how the anti-Obama ads are more vicious than the anti-McCain ads? I've seen some pretty stupid Obama is a Muslim/Communist videos but they're all made by lunatics with fairly low production value and then posted straight to YouTube. This video, which accuses Sarah Palin of hating rape victims, is professionally produced. And guess who's behind it?

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Here's the ha-ha funny video. Outrage warning. My favorite part? The quip about John McCain wanting to develop a "rape based economy".

I can't decide whether or not the video is trying to be an edgy poke at stupid anti-Palin ads/caricatures of heartless Republicans or just another salvo in the anti-Palin hysteria. If the former they missed the mark -- by a country mile -- but given the source, I'm going with the latter: these people are just batshit crazy!

Does Arianna Huffington know where her millions of dollars in subsidizing the lunatic fringe are going?

UPDATE: It's almost like there is organization behind this......

UPDATE II: So this is the basis of the charge? Question answered: the people who made the video are serious about the charge, and their scum.

Here's the website, if you must know.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:25 PM | Comments |

What Do Sarah Palin's Alaska Roots Tell Us About Her?

Posted at Slate:

This sense of responsibility for the welfare of one's neighbors—even those whose lifestyles or beliefs give you the creeps—is still alive in glimmers. Palin's enduring popularity across party lines in Alaska would not be possible without it. She has governed pragmatically and without ideological rancor. In 2006, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the state was obliged to extend employee benefits to same-sex partners of its employees. The legislature subsequently passed a bill that would block the state from extending these benefits. Palin vetoed the measure, even though she, too, opposed the court decision. "Signing this bill," she explained, "would be in direct violation of my oath of office." In other words, she saw her ideological views as subordinate to her obligation to the rule of law. And unlike the legislature, she apparently saw no sense in creating further division when the only practical result would be more litigation and a heightened sense of division and offense.
h/t : HotAir headlines

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 03:56 PM | Comments |

11 taliban Scum Killed

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Ten taliban were killed by artillery and close air support after they attacked a base with rockets. The terrorists attacked a base near the Kandahar-Kabual highway in Sayed Abad district. Also, 20 terrorists were detained plus one killed in the Qaragagh district by Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF soldiers.

Cross-post at ROA

By at 03:24 PM | Comments |

Al Qaeda Releases 9/11 Video -- 8 Days Later -- Fat Bastard Dead?

The al Qaeda losers finally were able to get a copy of their 9/11 video released -- 8 days after I was blamed for thwarting its release:

U.S. groups monitoring Al Qaeda messages say the terror network has released a video marking the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Both Howie I have seen the video. YAWNER. I'll let him link it if he wants. Laura Mansfield subscribers can also download it.

I'll just quote my previous description of the video: Along with the usual cast of characters -- Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Abu Yahya al Libi, the video is said to also feature the "martyr video" of Ahmed Salah al-Ghamdi. This would be the first time the video was released [I think] and is consistent with past 9/11 al Qaeda videos which have also been used to release the video taped last statements of the 19 mass murderers.

Also of note: NO ADAM GADAHN

Can we finally declare Azzam al-Amreki dead now?

Update by Howie: Er uh, no.

And, for the first time, the media is blaming U.S. intelligence for thwarting the video's release:

Al Qaeda's annual September 11 propaganda video surfaced today, delayed eight days by a concerted US effort to block it. ...

But intelligence sources say the US, with help from German and Malaysian authorities, were able to disrupt al Qaeda's normal internet release method.

"It's something we've been trying to do for some time," said former CIA intelligence officer John Kiriakou, an ABC News consultant.

Intelligence sources say the US has made major strides in infiltrating the al Qaeda internet distribution network and chose to use its knowledge this year to keep the 9/ll tape from coming out immediately.

Wow, my taxdollars -- hard at work.

If there was a point to delaying the video it wasn't to delay it forever, just to embarrass al Qaeda as the incompetent fools that they are. And, it worked!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:35 PM | Comments |

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? "Community Organizers" Push for Homeless Vote

I got a press release from National Coalition for the Homeless saying they're declaring this National Homeless and Low Income Voter Registration Week.

Registering the homeless to vote? No potential for voter fraud there.....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:28 PM | Comments |

Out: Palin is too Christian!
In: Palin is Anti-Christ!

Or, if not the anti-Christ herself, at least the "harlot" from the Book of Revelations. There's nothing like a post on Sarah Palin's alleged ties to the John Birch society to bring out the creeps on that point of the political fringe where the nuts on the left and right collide.

Looks like "The Insidious Prophet", who left the comment, is just cutting and pasting from a chain e-mail, but it's the kind of kooky that is borderline funny. I've always been fascinated with conspiracy theories and eschatology, and this brings both together. I used to love to argue with the Lyndon LaRouche supporters. The kind of people who saw pretty much everyone as the anti-Christ: Zbigniew Brzezinski, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbechev, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush --- each in turn.

Posted for entertainment purposes only:

Beware Christians, do not be fooled by those who boast of their christianity, especially political parties. Is Sarah Palin The Harlot From The Book Of Revelations?

In Revelations John speaks of a vision in which he saw a woman, an unfaithful woman, a harlot, coming out of the wilderness riding a scarlet beast.

* Does this woman, this unfaithful woman, this harlot represent Sarah Palin? She did have an affair with her husbands former business partner.

* Does the wilderness represent the wilderness of Alaska or the State of Alaska?

* Does the color scarlet represent the republican party (Red)?

* Does the scarlet beast represent our government which has been seduced by Satan and controlled by counterfeit christians who have taken over the republican party (Red)?

That's some funny stuff right there!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:55 AM | Comments |

This Week's Obama Surrogate/Thug Theme: RAAACISM!!

A commenter at Ace's is connecting dots - an action item email must have gone out this seek to Obama surrogates to take aggressive actions to inject some good ol' Democrat outrage over non-existent "racism" into the campaign.

Observe how Racism Week Continues! So far, we've had:

Tues: Kathleen Sebelius:

and

Jack Cafferty

Wed:
Rush Limbaugh Ad
:

Today: NYT on Raines ad:

and

Ohio Obama Surrogates Say Not Voting For Obama = Racist

Yup. The O!bots have got their marching orders in a week when Obama told them to "get out there and get in people's faces."

What follows? Racism week.

What will next week be - Sarah Palin's Birth Records week?

By Good Lt. at 11:48 AM | Comments |

McCain Ads Are Racist!

Cuffy Megs takes us through a history of the most "racist" ads in history.

Dan Riehl e-mailed that America's conservative conscience, Andrew Sullivan, also thinks the ad is racist. Says Sullie, "There's a subtle racial undercurrent here as well:"

So subtle, in fact, that only our moral and intellectual superiors can detect it.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:07 AM | Comments |

Alleged Palin Hacker's Facebook Pages

A self-labeled "Obamacrat." Terry Frank has screen-shots of his Facebook page.

The Jawa Report gets a mention in this Tennessee report (although I'd contend that the report characterizes us (Rusty) as being somewhat skeptical), which contains two interesting bits of information. The first is a quote from Mike Kernell (D), the Memphis Democrat, about whether or not his son has been contacted by authorities in regards to the investigation. Note the lawyer-ness:

"The longtime legislator would not say whether rubico10@yahoo.com is his son's e-mail address.

"I can't comment on my son," he repeated.

Asked if he has been contacted by investigators, Kernell responded: "Me, no."

"I can't say about my son," he added. "That doesn't mean he has or hasn't been contacted."

That's a non-denial denial by his father on whether or not Kernell had been contacted by authorities, although it was probably reported last night before the "flat-out" denial we saw in the Washington Times today. Sounds an awful lot like there is an investigation going on that he's aware of, because refusals, accusations and threats of lawsuit would be flying from this Democrat's mouth if he were certain didn't actually happen.

Another interesting bit of information - which if it turns out NOT to be this kid would make this the biggest, most insane coincidence in the history of coincidences - from the site's reporting:

David Kernell excelled at chess while at Germantown High School and won the 2004 Tennessee Open Scholastic Chess Championship. Internet searches show someone uses the handle rubico on chess Web sites. In addition, an inactive blog, with one post dated May 2004, included rubico as a username. Its author identified himself as a chess player from Memphis named David
Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

By Good Lt. at 09:18 AM | Comments |

Shootout Between Police & Terrorists in New Delhi

An hour long gun battle erupted in the capital of India, New Delhi, between police and muslim terrorists. The police were searching for the terrorists responsible for last week's bombing in New Delhi that left 22 dead.

The gun battle left two terrorists killed, one detained and two escaped. One of the dead terrorists was wanted in connection for the bombings in Ahmedabad on July 26th that left over 60 people dead. More at ROA

By at 07:36 AM | Comments |

Hugo Chavez Boots Human Rights Watch

Hugo_Chavez.jpg(Caracas, Venezuela) According to a report by New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has instilled an environment of fear by enacting laws which concentrate authority in his hands.

Now, reportedly, Chavez simply strong-arms, demonizes and silences his opponents.

Releasing the report, HRW's America's Director, Jose Miquel Vivanco, said that Chavez has "degraded the country's democracy."

Consequently, Vivanco was called an imbecile and kicked out of the country. (More)

By at 05:31 AM | Comments |

September 18, 2008

Sarah Palin Was John Bircher?

Politico's Ben Smith takes up rumors that Sarah Palin was a member of the John Birch Society.

Where would he get such an idea? Hmmmmmmmmm.

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I just happened to have been forwarded an e-mail to the DU post earlier by a rabid Obama supporter trying to convince me that Sarah Palin is a right-wing lunatic. The original "gotcha" find was posted here and quickly went viral in lefty circles -- including several Kos diaries linking it and tying the accusation to false rumors circulating that Sarah Palin belonged to the secessionist Alaskan Independence Party.

The problem with that theory, of course, is that while the photo in question does show a John Birch publication it appears to have been a newsletter designed not to let the reader know that. It was called, "American Opinion" -- hardly a giveaway.

Further, the publication argues against a new "Constitutional Conventiona" ("Con-Con Call" = "Consitutional Convention Call"), a popular idea among Westerners back in the mid-1990s when one was supporter by the man pictured on the cover: Utah Governor Mike Leavitt who was then Chair of the National Governor's Association.

As the man who wrote the article notes:

"Any attempt to link her to the John Birch Society would be ridiculous," he said of speculation to that effect on a liberal blog that first noticed the magazine.

"We sent thousands of copies of that newsletter out to all kinds of people trying to forestall the constitutional convention," he recalled. "The plan at that time was for us to send copies of that newsletter to county commissioners, mayors, state legislators, local officials."

So, the John Birchers opposed the "radical" plan (as the DUers are calling it) to call a Constitutional Convention (found in Article VII of that "radical" document the Constitution of the United States) and sent thousands of newsletters to local politicians stating the case against it.

The question that I have here is not so much about the Left's desire to believe all sorts of conspiracy theories about Sarah Palin, but about a) how these theories are spread and b) how it is that media types are so plugged in to lefty accusations but so out-of-the loop on right-wing memes?

It's almost as if Politico's Ben Smith is a member of the Democratic Underground, a dKoser, or on a lefty mailing list -- you know, normal stuff for journalists.....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:35 PM | Comments |

Grand Ayatollah Sistani HACKED

Looks like it was a Sunni group going after the highest authority in Shia Islam's online presence [warning: possible malware left by hackers].

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The hackers defacement note says something about being a reply Sistani's sexual deviations -- probably alluding to Sistani's approving of anal sex-- and his treatment of Sunnis. And then they leave what may be their worst crime of all: an embed of a Bill Maher video!!

Oh, the torture! The sheer unfunny torture!!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:48 PM | Comments |

Palin Hacker Identified?Claims E-Mails Are Proof Palin Did No Wrong [UPDATE: DAVID KERNELL, Son of Democratic Lawmaker, Being Investigated]

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I'm getting bombarded with e-mails claiming that at least one of the persons responsible for hacking into Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account is David Kernell, the son of Tennessee state representative Democrat Mike Kernell.

The evidence is that the hacker responsible uses the e-mail: rubico10@yahoo.com .

That email was used at one time by a person named David Kernell. Democratic politician Mike Kernell has a son named David.

Pretty thin, but it's a starting place.

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CRITICAL UPDATE too important to put at the end and which merits bumping this post to the top: Ace is running the flaming skull -- Meet the Palin Hacker -- and pointing to Gateway Pundit who quotes a local news source in TN:

Kernell, a Memphis Democrat, said his 20-year-old son David had been contacted by authorities investigating the hacking of Palin’s personal e-mail account, the newspaper reported on its Web site this afternoon.
Hmmmm....... Yes, it's still in the evidence stage, but the evidence keeps -- what's that phrase? oh, yeah -- mounting.

Another update too important to bury at the bottom of the post: Palin's family hacked too?

Law enforcement officials are investigating claims that the private e-mail accounts of the Republican vice presidential candidate’s family and staff were also compromised.
If you can't find e-mails showing Palin was covering up "troopergate", then I guess you go after e-mails revealing who Trig's "real" mom was?

One more update: FBI's Memphis office, where Mike grew up and where his dad still lives, confirms being involved in the probe.
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Also, earlier I posted that it would be relatively easy to track down the Palin hacker by comparing the Wikileak IPs to the IPs recorded by the proxy server. I had some of the facts of this wrong, but it looks like "rubico" may not have been the person to upload the e-mails to Wikileak.

Also, "rubico" claims that a) he was trying to dig up dirt on Palin by hacking into her e-mails b) he found no dirt in the e-mails.

A Michelle Malkin reader is active at the website where the hacker first uploaded the material, and it isn't Wikileak. It's probable that the hacker took the emails to this particular website, and then other users uploaded it to Wikileak.

More importantly Malkin's reader--who also appears to be a hacker or a person in internet security --also forwards the following from original hacker who claims he was looking for dirt on Palin -- but didn't find any!

Which is exactly the point I've been making from the beginning: that the content of the e-mails uploaded are such non-big deals as to make the accusation from the Left that "Palin was trying to hide something" more than just a silly claim -- it's an outright lies! Rubico notes:

I read though the emails… ALL OF THEM… before I posted, and what I concluded was anticlimactic, there was nothing there, nothing incriminating, nothing that would derail her campaign as I had hoped, all I saw was personal stuff, some clerical stuff from when she was governor…. And pictures of her family ....

Earlier it was just some prank to me, I really wanted to get something incriminating which I was sure there would be, just like all of you anon out there that you think there was some missed opportunity of glory, well there WAS NOTHING, I read everything, every little blackberry confirmation… all the pictures, and there was nothing

Plot getting thicker......

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:55 PM | Comments |

Today's LOL

Electoral forecast? Horserace.

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ht: Ace

By Good Lt. at 04:50 PM | Comments |

Al Qaeda 9/11 Anniversary Video Watch -- Day 7

Seven days after 9/11, al Qaeda still hasn't been able to deliver its annual celebration video in a viewable format.

Seven. Days.

We're still waiting you fat hate spewing mongoloids.

You know, this would have never happened under Adam Gadahn's watch.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:03 PM | Comments |

Zawahiri Video: There Will Be No Password This Time

Via Laura Mansfield:

While most of the focus has been on the difficulties As Sahab is having in releasing the much-anticipated September 11 commemorative video, another As Sahab video has been quietly uploaded to the internet. It is expected to be released shortly.

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The video, which features Al Qaeda second-in-command Dr. Ayman al Zawahiri plays an audio message which sends condolences for those killed in the recent rockslides in residential slum in the Muqattum Hills near Cairo, Egypt on September 6. At least 95 residents were killed in the disaster.

We will be providing a full transcript later today.

The video can be downloaded by subscribers at Lauramansfield.com

So I guess due to the incredible debacle with the password in their last message, al-Qaeda decided to release this one with no password. Which brought up the same issue that made them use passwords in the first place.

OWNED!

If anyone wants to see it, subscribe to Laura's service, or wait on al-Qaeda.

I may upload a copy later. But its not much to see. Just Zawahiri's voice in Arabic and some still images. No subtitles. So again, Where's Adam Ghadan? The trouble they are having with these releases indicates he's er uh incapacitated.

By Howie at 02:51 PM | Comments |

Conservative House Republicans : "Stop Bailing Out Wall Street Fat Cats!"

As you read the following, it is very important to continuously repeat to yourselves that the Republican Party is the party of the Wall Street fat cats. If you don't repeat this mantra continuously, you may get very confused--particularly if you are even slightly aware of how much crazy money the Wall Street fat cats have thrown in to support Obama. Don't let yourself get confused, my friends. Remember the mantra...

Via ABCNews:

"Our heads are spinning now with the bailout mania," Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-MN, told reporters at a news conference Thursday.

"First we were told that Bear Stearns was too big to fail, then we were told that Freddie/Fannie were too big to fail, then we were told that AIG was too big to fail. What’s next, Starbucks too big to fail,” she pondered.

House GOP conservatives are sending letters to Secretary Henry Paulson and Chairman Ben Bernanke demanding no more bailouts for failing businesses and financial institutions.

"The bailout we are interested in is bailing out the American taxpayer,” said Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Tex., chairman of the conservative Republican Study Group.

h/t : HotAir.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 02:26 PM | Comments |

Rep. McCotter's Open Letter to the Gang of 10/16/20

Yet another occasion where Thaddeus McCotter (R-Awesome) identifies himself as one of the rare birds in Washington with an ounce of sense.

Via HotAir:

On behalf of our constituents and every American, we U.S. House Republicans urge you to reconsider your well-intentioned but ill-advised proposal to unleash but a portion of our nation’s energy supplies.

As you are doubtlessly aware, America’s energy crisis is harming people: high gasoline, natural gas and other energy supply prices are reducing margins for manufacturers, small businesses, all entrepreneurs and workers by raising input prices, which hit the most vulnerable in society extremely hard, particularly working people. Furthermore, higher transportation costs to move products and employees are leading to shrinking profits, reduced investment, downward pressures on real wages and a downward spiral on earnings. These ominous, convergent factors risk a period of economic stagflation not suffered by Americans since the 1970s.

Thus, we are compelled to oppose your present proposal.

Full letter here.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 02:06 PM | Comments |

Bush, GOP Warned of Fannie-Freddie Crisis...In 2003

Take a trip in the waaaaaaayback machine to September 11, 2003, when those heroic Democrats in Congress (bullied and oppressed by those eeeevil Rethuglikkkans) were busy trying to avert the impending financial meltdown of Fannie-Freddie trying to figure out the best way to smear/impeach/destroy George Bush.

From the Paper of Record, NYT:

The Bush administration today recommended the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago.

Under the plan, disclosed at a Congressional hearing today, a new agency would be created within the Treasury Department to assume supervision of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored companies that are the two largest players in the mortgage lending industry.

The new agency would have the authority, which now rests with Congress, to set one of the two capital-reserve requirements for the companies. It would exercise authority over any new lines of business. And it would determine whether the two are adequately managing the risks of their ballooning portfolios.

The plan is an acknowledgment by the administration that oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- which together have issued more than $1.5 trillion in outstanding debt -- is broken. A report by outside investigators in July concluded that Freddie Mac manipulated its accounting to mislead investors, and critics have said Fannie Mae does not adequately hedge against rising interest rates.

Get all that? CONGRESS was in charge of the oversight authority. The GOP wanted to reform it - the Democrats wanted to preserve the status quo. It's all there - black and white, clear as crystal.

And get this glorious, fabulous little tidbit from Barney Frank (D):

''These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis,'' said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ''The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.''
Really, Barney? What say you now? Raines? Obama? Hellooooo? Why should we trust your party to do ANYTHING right in this mess you helped create and exacerbate?

These are the same people that Barack Obama wants to advise him and to put in charge of the nation's economy. America can't afford more of these people. What they've done to Fannie-Freddie is just a drop in the bucket of what they'll do to the nation's economy.

By Good Lt. at 01:38 PM | Comments |

Shocka : National Organization of Womyn Still Exists

feminist.jpgI thought that N.O.W. died back around the same time as Abe Vigoda. Guess not. Via CNN:

The nation's oldest and largest women's rights organization made a rare endorsement in a presidential contest, endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president over the Republican ticket that features female Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin....

NOW has not endorsed a general election candidate since their endorsement of Democrats Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, the last year a woman was featured on a major party’s presidential ticket.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 12:33 PM | Comments |

Donald Trump Endorses McCain-Palin

Via Politico:

Donald Trump, the flamboyant New York magnate, said on CNN’s “Larry King Live” on Wednesday night that he is supporting Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for president.

Trump, never shy with his opinions, went on to say that McCain appears to be winning, and that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) should have chosen Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as his running mate.

“I know John McCain, and John McCain's a great guy, a tremendous guy,” Trump told King. “I've known him for a long time. And I'm with him, and I'm with him based on the fact that I have great knowledge of John McCain. Also, this is not the right time for tax increases. And Obama wants to increase your taxes drastically.”

h/t Jawa commenter Col. Smeag.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 11:53 AM | Comments |

Video : When PUMAs Attack : Prominent Hillary Supporter on Why She's Supporting McCain/Palin

The video is over at Gateway Pundit.

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By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 10:34 AM | Comments |

VIDEO: Fannie Mae CEO Calls Obama Member of "The Family," CBC Democrats "The Conscience of Fannie Mae

No wonder Nanci Pelosi was so quick to order investigation of "Wall Street." The domino that started all of these dominoes toppling - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - was so deeply in bed with the Democrat Party, Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats that it makes the Enron gang look like a bunch of pikers.

Take note of the new media template/Democrat mantra for this culture of Democrat corrution: When the Republicans are corrupt, the nation must be saved by electing Democrats. When the Democrats are corrupt, Republicans must be blamed and Democrats must be elected.

Meanwhile, the GOP tried to avert this crisis years back - with McCain and others leading the charge - and were stopped at every turn by Democrats. FOR THE CHILDREN!@! More on Fannie/Freddie's ties with Democrat voter fraud group and Obama pushers ACORN at Ace's.

Got it? Now get out there and get in their faces.

By Good Lt. at 09:28 AM | Comments |

Palin Hackers Close to Being PWNED

UPDATE: Palin Hacker identified as DAVID KERNELL, Son of Democratic Lawmaker. O-W-N-E-D?
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The partisan petty thieves who hacked into Sarah Palin's e-mail account will be found. As is the case off most hackers of this sort, they were careless enough to leave easily traceable IP information. And even though they used a proxy server to try to cover up their tracks, the owner of the proxy service says he's ready and willing to cooperate with law enforcement.

The Register:

The 25-year-old webmaster and entrepreneur is the operator of Ctunnel.com, the browsing proxy service used by the group that hacked into the vice presidential candidate's personal email account and exposed its contents to the world. While he has yet to examine his logs, he says there's a good chance they will lead to those responsible, thanks to some carelessness on their part. ...

To prevent abuse of the service - such as the occasional bomb threat or other illegal act that's been known to happen - Ramuglia logs each user's IP address, along with the time and web destination. That often isn't enough to track down people who access extremely popular websites. But in this case, the perpetrators included a whole string of random-looking characters when posting screenshots of Palin's hacked account. That will probably be enough for him to pinpoint the proverbial needle in the haystack.

And if that doesn't do it, the hackers had to then upload the material they stole to Wikileak. Opening a Yahoo email account via a proxy is pretty straightforward and had the hackers not been so careless as to take a screenshot revealing traceable info in the url field, they probably would have gotten away with it. But uploading & downloading large files is much harder to do via proxy. Trust me on this. I, er, know.

So comparing Ctunnel's IP/MAC addresses with those on Wikileak's servers should be pretty easy to match up. And from their you're only a patrol car away from arresting the felons.

And Anonymous, watch out for your cornhole, bud.

Thanks to Stable Hand.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:17 AM | Comments |

Biden: Government Raping You Through Taxes is "Patriotic"

That is to be expected from somebody who has more or less produced absolutely nothing in his life for nobody, who has donated 1/3 of 1% of his 300K per year taxpayer-provided salary to charity, and has lived off of taxes generated by private businesses and middle-class workers for his entire career.

Noting that wealthier Americans would indeed pay more, Biden said: "It's time to be patriotic ... time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut."
So let me get this straight - if I don't want to pay you idiots in government more of my money, I'm not patriotic? LOLOLOL

That's right, Hairplugs. Giving the morons who destroyed Fannie and Freddie - Democrats in Congress, many of whom paid off with political contributions from FannieFreddie CEOs and executives (like former FannieFreddie CEO Franklin Raines, a Barack Obama campaign adviser) in exchange for looser government scrutiny and resistance to GOP-proposed oversight - yes, giving these windbags more money to mismanage and waste is going to get America "out of the rut."

One interesting thing in this AP 'news' item was the language in this passage:

Republican presidential candidate John McCain released a television ad Thursday charging that Obama would increase the size of the federal government amid an economic crisis. Contending that "a big government casts a big shadow on us all," the ad features the image of a shadow slowly covering a sleeping baby as it exaggerates the reach of the Obama tax proposal.
Oh? Has this non-partisan, non-biased reporter made that determination, then? Is it a fact and not an opinion that the ad is exaggerating Charlie Rangel's (D) proposed tax increase under an Obama Administration - that is, the largest tax increase ever, at any time, in human history? Interesting that the news service judged for the reader that the ad exaggerated something so that you don't have to watch it and decide for yourself. Aren't they polite?

Biden rolled on, thankfully.

"We want to take money
Indeed. One of the first things a tyrant or king does is to take away people's money.
and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people," Biden said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."
There's a problem, Joe. The bottom 50% of wage earners in the US pay almost none of the income taxes, while the top 10% pay at least 75% of all income taxes (BTW - which includes income, not wealth). THE MILLIONS OF LOWER INCOME WORKERS YOU REFER TO DON'T PAY TAXES TO BEGIN WITH, SO THEY AREN'T GETTING "A TAX CUT." You're just giving away money to people to whom it does not belong.

That's theft at the point of a gun, you plagiarizing, self-agrandizing, grandstanding ass-monkey. Just so you know who the real tyrants are, I wanted to make sure Biden reminded you.

By Good Lt. at 08:08 AM | Comments |

September 17, 2008

Contaminated Baby Milk in China

(Beijing, China) So far, three babies have died from consuming Sanlu formula melamine-contaminated baby milk, two in the Gansu Province and one in Zhejiang Province, and over 1,300 babies remain hospitalized. A total of more than 6,200 babies have been confirmed sickened by the contaminated milk.

Some officials have now been booted from their positions due to the nationwide contaminated milk problem. However, no contaminated milk problems have been found in the U.S. (more)

By at 08:48 PM | Comments |

Breaking: US Citizen Killed in Terror Attack in Yemen

The family of Susan Ali Elbaneh, a US citizen, said she was killed today in the terrorist attack in Yemen. The 19 year old Yemeni-American was killed outside the US embassy during the attack. The newlywed Elbaneh was alongside her husband of two months, a family member reported. Susan Elbaneh is a relative of Yemeni-American Jaber Elbaneh who is on the FBI's most wanted list. Yemen has refused to extradite him. There are no indications that Ms. Elbaneh's presence at the embassy was anything more than a random occurrence. She accompanied her sister in law who had an appointment with the embassy. A Yemeni American child aged three, Ms. Elbaneh's nephew, may also be among the casualties.

ah, the MSM got it:

Yahoo: Susan Elbaneh, 18, a U.S. citizen from Lackawanna, N.Y., who was recently wed in Yemen in an arranged marriage, was killed along with her Yemeni husband as they stood outside the embassy, family members said Wednesday. They were apparently there to do paperwork for the husband's move to the U.S. when the attackers struck, said Elbaneh's brother, Ahmed.

Elbaneh's family was gathering at her father Ali's house Wednesday afternoon.

Two FBI agents who arrived to speak with family members at the home would not comment beyond saying they were there to talk to the family.

Relatives acknowledged, however, that Susan Elbaneh is related to Jaber Elbaneh, who is in custody in Yemen and faces U.S. charges of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. They stressed that had nothing to do with Susan, saying she was an innocent victim of Wednesday's attack.

Elbaneh, a high school senior, was among eight children in the family, which her brother described as "huge and close-knit." Ahmed Elbaneh said she planned to return to New York with her new husband, finish school and become a nurse.

She had been in Yemen for a month for the marriage on Aug. 25.

"She was excited. We threw her a shower. It wasn't like we were worried about anything. Tragedies happen. They are innocent victims in all of this," Ahmed Elbaneh said.

By Jane at 07:36 PM | Comments |

Predator Missile Strike Kills 5 in Waziristan

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The latest US missile strike inside Wazirstan Pakistan has left at least 5 terrorist scum dead. That's 5 more terrorists that found out there are no brown eyed virgins waiting for them in paradise.

From Reuters

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A U.S. missile strike killed five militants in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, a Pakistani official said.[...]

The latest U.S. missile strike by a pilotless drone came at dusk over Baghar village in the South Wazirstan region. The drone fired four missiles at a tented camp.

Three of the dead were Arabs, according to a Pakistani intelligence officer who declined to be identified.

Cross-Posted at ROA

By at 06:04 PM | Comments |

New Palin Scandal: She Used Personal Email to Email Politicos!

Hackers break into Sarah Palin's private e-mail, and then leak the contents to the internet. The scandal isn't that a VP candidates e-mails were illegally hacked. No, the real scandal here is that Sarah Palin was using her private e-mail account to contact other politicos!

Wow, that's some "scandal" you have there. Who the hell hasn't used their personal email account for business, or business email for personal use.

Seriously, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

And the content of allegedly scandalous emails seems rather tame, to say the least. This is a scandal?

As Paul McNamura says of the leaked e-mails:

"As for the sample e-mails, rather than bolstering the contention that
Palin uses private e-mail to avoid possible public scrutiny of
official business, at first blush they actually seem indicative of her
dutifully separating Alaska business from Alaska and national
politics. Both samples are overtly political in nature, which, based
on my admittedly limited understanding of the law in this area, make
them inappropriate when using government resources."
The real scandal as noted by Michelle Malkin is that the emails were hacked in the first place.

I'm busy following the latest al Qaeda non-release release of the 9/11 video, but the link to Michelle above and Allah's link should keep you occupied for awhile.

UPDATE: So I'm told the "real" scandal is that Palin denied using her personal email account. It's the "denial" that's the scandal. Um, WTF? Seriously, if I'm following this correctly she denied using her personal email so she could write embarassing stuff that could hurt her politically and couldn't be tracked.

The emails I've seen aren't scandalous at all. Certainly nothing that could be construed as Palin trying to hide them from scrutiny. Pretty mundane stuff.

UPDATE: Yet again I ask "where's the scandal"?? Now I'm told it's not the denial, it's that the personal email account was being used to hide evidence from a subpoena.

BUT READ THE FREAKING EMAILS. NONE OF THEM INDICATE ANYTHING WORTH HIDING.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:33 PM | Comments |

Al Qaeda Releases 9/11 Anniversary Tape --6 Days Late! (Update: Is al Qaeda even more retarded than we imagined?)

The elusive as Sahab produced al Qaeda 9/11 anniversary video -- the release of which purportedly was thwarted by yours truly -- has finally been released. At least, I think this is the video al Qaeda has been promising. They're calling it "The Results of Seven Years of the Crusades" -- a reference to the U.S. led war on terror which in AQ propaganda is referred to as a repeat of the Crusades and a war on Islam -- which meshes with what al Jazeera was calling the copy of the video they claim was delivered to them prior to September 11th of this year.

The brothers on the forums are claiming the video wasn't released "for security reasons" and that the main al Qaeda website was taken down "voluntarily" -- also for security reasons. Scoff. Six days bitches. Six days.

In any event it appeared that the embarrassment of losing their main propaganda outlet was too much for them to bear, so they released the video any way. Ahmed_al-Ghamdi.jpg

Along with the usual cast of characters -- Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Abu Yahya al Libi, the video is said to also feature the "martyr video" of Ahmed Salah al-Ghamdi [pictured right]. This would be the first time the video was released [I think] and is consistent with past 9/11 al Qaeda videos which have also been used to release the video taped last statements of the 19 mass murderers.

Not yet known whether Adam Gadahn appears on the video. His absence would be strong evidence that he indeed had been killed by a U.S. Predator strike on a compound in Pakistan earlier this year.

With al-Ekhlaas down I'm not sure where the video links first appeared. I got it at a secondary forum from a person who has claimed in the past to be part of al-Qaeda in Iraq's media wing but who seems, frankly, to be full of crap. So, if any one knows which forum al-Fajr has decided to use as a backup for releasing their vids, I'd be interested to know.

I'm downloading the video now, but I'll try to update the post after I see it.

PS: I never claimed I was behind the cyber attack against al Qaeda. I was credited with it by unnamed "sources close to Western intelligence", but I never once said it was me. In fact, it wasn't.

UPDATE: The password sent by al Fajr to unlock the compressed video doesn't work. This happened once before and the retards in al Qaeda's online "media brigades" were forced to addend the original post with a new password.

And these guys have the nerve to call me a mongoloid.

EPIC FAIL??

UPDATE II: Passwords still not working.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:08 PM | Comments |

Advisor to Former Chief Minister of NWFP Calls for Pact Between Pakistan & Iran

"Pakistan and Iran should enter military patch up [sic] and share military info and destroy their joint enemy [US]" More at ROA

By at 12:55 PM | Comments |

"Al Qaeda" Warns of Sleeper Cell WMD Attack Against Texas

The al-Yaqin Media Center purportedly interviewed an al Qaeda soldier and then posted the transcripts to jihadi forums. The Nine Eleven Foundation has released a translation of it.

In the interview, the al Qaeda member claims that there are sleeper cells in the United States made up of Muslims of European decent and who are prepared to attack at any moment. He also claims that al Qaeda continues to seek WMD, implies that they already have them, and that "Texas is in our sight!".

Time to evacuate Texas? Magic 8-ball says no.

Western intelligence has confirmed that al Qaeda does continue to seek WMD. They've also been public about their fears of Europeans in the al Qaeda organization carrying out attacks on the West. But the rest is just bluster.

Inactive sleeper cells in Houston that have been here since before 9/11, who have dirty bombs, and who are just waiting for the go-ahead from Osama bin Laden to kill tens of thousands of Texans? Not likely.

If Adnan G. El Shukrijumah ever managed to get a dirty bomb into Texas, why the hell wouldn't he just detonate it? Every day the bomb doesn't go off just increases the chances that the plot will be detected and therefore thwarted.

So, why post it? Because if the interview is to believed on a basic level then it provides a window into the mind of a low-level al Qaeda member.

He claims the U.S. left Saudi Arabia because of al Qaeda threats--not because we moved our forces into Iraq. He claims the U.S. is losing in Iraq -- post surge this is laughable. He also claims that the resignation of Musharraf came because of AQ's work.

As preposterous as this all sounds, he may actually believe this. And if he believes this then many in AQ might actually believe that the reason they haven't been able to mount a spectacular attack against the U.S. since 9/11 is because they're just waiting for the right time for an even bigger attack.

Highlights below. including the threats already mentioned but also a part in the interview when the AQ member laughs at 9/11 truthers. Really. He also claims that many university professor have been in contact with al Qaeda and helping them plot attacks against the US. A charge that I, oddly, don't find as hard to believe.

The giveaway here is that he also claims that the relatives of the many soldiers -- tens of thousands according to AQ propaganda -- killed in the GWOT but which the Pentagon claims are alive and well are helping AQ plot it's revenge. Mwuhahahahaahaaaa!

Again, highlights follow:

Our brothers have left for some time to all parts of the world and are waiting to receive the zero hour to implement operations. We ask God to guide the brothers who went out in support of God's religion, blessing be to the Exalted.

Some of them even exist since the events of September 11th and they are from the original Americans who did not leave America; waiting for the go-ahead signal to implement. This is up to the discretion of our Shaykh Usama bin Ladin, may God protect him. There are others scattered around the globe awaiting orders, and they are absorbed among the people to eliminate attention and to increase their penetration in the centers of the anticipated strikes.” ...

Now we know that there is an imminent strike against Europe and America, which is strong in the element of time and place, and there are so many so the mujahidin could choose the best. For example, during elections the state will be concerned with many things; such days are distinctive for Al-Qa'ida to prove its challenge and show strength when the world is awaiting the outcome of its elections! ...

Q) “There is a proposal that says that there are strikes specifically in Houston. Do you believe that the US President should evacuate Houston to protect his people from the strikes of the mujahidin? And if he paid no attention to such matters, would he be in an embarrassing position in front of his people as well as his situation is today?” ...

"Imagine that the city of Dubai, the city whose tyrant has spread all types of revelry and abomination, is more secure than Houston! Dick Cheney's company, which is called Halliburton, moved from Houston to Dubai, as they are keen to maintain their personal interests and they are primarily not interested in their people. Texas is in our sight!

"We in the Al-Qa'ida organization know the rule that states 'fight your enemy with the weapon he fears, not with the weapon you fear.' What our enemy fears the most are two matters: A. a chemical-biological-radiological nuclear strike; and B. a strike targeting the infrastructure of the energy industry!”

"If this is what intimidates and punishes our enemy severely, it is obvious that we use and focus on studying it and preparing for it.” ...

"Even if the strikes were carried out in Houston, for example, and tens of thousands of infidels were eliminated, Bush would appear before his people to exploit his media apparatus and people's emotions and say that he was correct in the foolishness and actions he took in which he fought us and failed, and that failure in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia was worth sacrificing them!”

"If all people in Texas perished, we would have not fulfilled the rights of the dead Muslims yet, and we will fight them until we take revenge on the criminals who fought us and we will never leave them. ...

A) “The brother John Walker Lindh is of pure American origin and is accused of fighting with the Taliban and Al-Qa'ida. Brother Adam Gadahn is also a pure white American who grew up and was raised in California. There are dozens of Americans and hundreds of Europeans who came to Afghanistan and were trained at our camps. Some were native citizens who entered Afghanistan
and returned to their homes without having anything on their passports that indicated that they came to Afghanistan or any of the countries surrounding Afghanistan
. This is part of the security measures that we cannot disclose.”

"Imagine what can happen when inside America and Europe there are mujahidin who carry their original names, have jobs, and even many who have not declared their Islamic religion but are waiting for a signal to carry out orders.”

"In addition to that there are many university professors in western countries who started contacting us and providing us with important information. Furthermore, the relatives of those Americans who were killed fighting with the American Army and had been, along with their relatives, underestimated by the American Administration which did not announce their names made them feel deeply frustrated. This made them cooperate and correspond with us to seek revenge from the American Administration which sacrificed their children and discriminated between its dead by not proclaiming most of them who were in the tens of thousands. The American Administration only announced the names of those who had close contacts with the officers and the officials. In addition, some individuals who work at their ministries [departments] contact us and provide us with information, for it does not make sense that the people of a country that is defeated continue to support and sustain it.

And this bit for the Truthers who still insist that 9/11 was "an inside job":
like what happened with the 11 September strikes and others. We knew that America would be hit within a few days, but we did not know the exact target. We used to laugh about them, and the brothers were making jokes about the Americans and those who promoted the saying that the 11 September strikes were planned by the enemy. We used to comment in a funny way about the silliness of their sayings, and this only demonstrated their weakness and lack of ploy.”
You get that? Al Qaeda is laughing at you!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:07 PM | Comments |

The 20 Most Obnoxious Anti-Palin Quotes (So Far)

Hawkins has the top 20 Palin smears, so far. My favorite?

"What is the difference between Palin and a Muslim fundamentalist? Lipstick." -- Juan Cole at Salon
Beheading apostates, believing the Bible's creation story: six of one, half dozen of the other!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:19 AM | Comments |

Yemeni Islamic Jihad Claims US Embassy Attack in Yemen

Some new details on the attack and Yemeni Islamic Jihad:

Yemeni security forces repelled a complex attack on the US embassy in the capital of Sana'a. More than sixteen were killed after terrorists detonated multiple bombs then launched a ground attack in an attempt to breach the compound.

The attack begun after several bombs were detonated just outside the embassy. The terrorists then ambushed the first responders by using pre-positioned snipers. The terrorists were wearing uniforms of Yemeni security forces and driving what appeared to be police cars, which enabled them to get close to the heavily fortified compound.

A sustained firefight then ensued between the terrorists and the embassy guards. The exchange of fire included machine guns, RPGs and hand grenades according to one report. Six attackers were killed as well as a dozen Yemeni security forces. No US causalities were reported. The Yemeni embassy reported that one of the attackers was wearing a suicide vest.

A group calling itself Yemeni Islamic Jihad took credit for today's attack. The group last month claimed responsbility for a July suicide car bombing at a police station in Hadramout which killed one policeman and injured 18. The police station had been previously bombed with no injuries.

Yemeni Islamic Jihad issued a statement Tuesday threatening more attacks unless the Yemeni government met its demands for the release of several members from jail.

"We, the organization of Islamic Jihad in Yemen declare our responsibility for the suicide attack on the American embassy in Sanaa," the statement read.

"We will carry out the rest of the series of attacks on the other embassies that were declared previously, until our demands are met by the Yemeni government."

The former leader of Yemeni Islamic Jihad, Hamza al Quaity issued an audio statement in August threatening future attacks if al Qaeda prisoners were not released from jail. Yemeni press at the time reported the failure of negotiations between al Quaity and the head of the Political Security Organization, Ghalib al Qamish, who frequently negotiates truce agreements on behalf of the Yemeni government. Al Quaity said in his August statement, "As for you, oh [Ariel] Sharon of Yemen, [Political Security director] Ghalib Ba Gumesh, you'll see how our colleagues will be freed from your prisons, Allah willing." Al-Quaiti escaped prison in 2006 along with 22 other al-Qaeda operatives and was named by the Yemeni government as a participant in the 2007 suicide car bombing at a tourist site in Marib that killed eight elderly tourists. Al-Quaiti was killed in August.

Cross posted from Long War Journal

Video: Did Obama Illegally Interfere With US Troop Withdrawal Negotiations?

I dunno, seems kind of like no big deal to me: Obama wanted the Iraqis to wait until his Messiahship would be annointed King to negotiate a status of forces agreement with his Holyship. Since Obama seems to think that his very presence at any negotiations will miraculously change the vital interests of foreign countries, perhaps he was well intended?

The problem is with Obama and many in Democratic circles thinking that individual personality is the key to diplomacy. Note to "reality based community": national interests matter and no charismatic figure can miraculously change conflicting national interests.

I think there's a word to describe that theory. Oh yeah: Realism.

Anyway, I'm getting bombarded by emails saying Obama violated the Logan Act which forbids "unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments".

Q: When was that last time someone was indicted under the statute?
A: 1803

Paper meet tiger.

Anyway, here's the video.

Obama isn't disputing that he tried to get the Iraqis to wait until his Holyship ascended to office.

That point is made here:

The three problems, according to campaign sources: The report was true, there were at least three other people in the room with Obama and Zebari to confirm the conversation, and there was concern that there were enough aggressive reporters based in Baghdad with the sources to confirm the conversation that to deny the comments would create a bigger problem.
Instead, he's trying to spin it as no big deal. See The Post, which first broke the story, for more details on Obama's response.

The politics as motivation angle?Bob Owens:

If the claims in the article are correct, Barack Obama was telling Iraqis to keep the number of American troops at current levels, while pressuring American officers for a withdrawal date and telling the far left anti-war base of his supporters that he was pledged to a nearly unconditional withdrawal.
Like I said, I think that we don't have to reduce Obama's interference to base political considerations. This fits his basic MO.

I'm not sure how to wrap this post up. How about a summation:

1) Obama tried to get the Iraqis to wait until he was President to sign an agreement.
2) While this may technically be a violation of the Logan Act, the act itself is mostly meaningless and unenforcable.
3) Obama probably was trying to do what he thought was in the best interests of the United States
4) This is exactly the problem with Obama who seems to think that his sheer Awesometude is enough to shape international relations.

It is point 4 above which is most worrisome.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:43 AM | Comments |

Bombing at U.S. Embassy in Yemen

(Sanaa, Yemen) A group called Islamic Jihad in Yemen has taken responsibility for a powerful car bomb exploding about 2:15 AM ET outside the gate of the U.S. Embassy in the capital of Sanaa. Multiple casualties have been reported.

Two cars were involved with the attack, Yemeni officials said. The first contained people in police uniforms who exchanged fire with Yemeni security forces, the officials said.

The second car exploded after it passed an outermost gate to the Embassy but before it reached a second protective barrier, the officials said.

Notably, Yemen is the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden and the U.S. Embassy has previously been targeted for attacks.

Updates by Jane Novak: 16 dead including 6 attackers, no US injuries.

US embassy in Yemen: First gunfire, then explosions may be car bombs or mortar attacks.

Yemeni embassy in US: two cars packed with explosives, and one of the dead attackers wearing suicide vest.

The last time we heard from Yemeni Islamic Jihad was last month when they claimed credit for a suicide car bombing in Hadramout, and threatened a future attack in the capital.

Update 2: Car bomb, 20 minute firefight, more explosions:

Yemen Observer: Attempt by terrorists to break into the American embassy was foiled. The incident happened at nine o'clock am Wednesday when an explosive-laden car exploded 100 meter from the American Embassy Premises. A few seconds later, a firefight broke out between security officers and terrorists using machine guns, RPGs and hand grenades. The battle with the terrorists resulted in the death of six police officers who were defending the American Embassy and the injury of a number of officers some of whom are in critical conditions, said security sources. Four other civilian guards of the Embassy were killed in the attack. The 20-minute battle with the terrorists resulted in the death of all terrorists that were around six including the suicide bomber.

Prior Suicide Car bombings, Yemen

September 2006 synchronized attacks on oil facilities in Marib and Hadramout
July 2007 car bombing at tourist facility in Marib killed eight Spanish tourists
July 2008 car bombing a police station in Sayoun Hadrmaout, one killed and 18 wounded

Early in 2008, mortar attacks were launched in Sana'a against western targets including the US embassy, Italian embassy and a western housing complex. After the July 2008 suicide bombing killed one policeman and injured 18 in Sayoun in the southeastern province of Hadramout, authorities rounded up over fifty suspected militants including AAIA leader Khalid Abdul Nabi and Saudi Muhammad bin Nayif al-Qahtani. After the arrests, Yemen announced that it had thwarted an attack in Saudi Arabia targeting oil industries. For history and analysis of al-Qaeda in Yemen, check my al-Qaeda category.

By at 08:27 AM | Comments |

September 16, 2008

Nude, Dog, Taser, Bruce Willis, Allah

You had me at Taser:

A 40-year-old man walking his dog in the nude Friday night in northwest Tallahassee was Tasered by police when he became belligerent and refused to follow an officer’s commands....

When asked what he was doing, the man told the officer, “Allah told me to watch a Bruce Willis movie and walk the dog,” McCranie said.

And with that my blogging career comes to an end. Seriously, how could I ever top that?

Goodnight folks, it's been a great ride.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:40 PM | Comments |

No Truce

One of my Yemeni readers asked me if I'm in a truce with the Yemeni government. The answer is no. I was never at war with them, just writing analysis the way I see things based on facts, which ruffled a few feathers to put it mildly. Some quick updates:

I'm depressed already about the Yemeni Parliamentary elections in April 2009. Carnack the Magnificent predicts the ruling GPC party will win in an overwhelming victory.

This is a paper I gave at the Carnegie Endowment in DC , which was later published by the Yemen Times. Its rather straightforward and notes media repression is a function of the criminalization of the Yemeni government.

In this op-ed I just got cranky. Al-Khaiwani is still in jail. (It's a six year sentence.) Instablogs wanted an opinion piece. I hadn't written one in a while. The title is "Yemen's President Unable to Raise the Dead".

Also check the Ladies Home Journal and More Magazine, the October issues, for profiles of your favorite Yemen blogger. The LHJ piece is titled "Power Around the Planet". Nice. (I haven't seen the More Mag article yet.)

Other than that, I'm working on a country report and I have a new client (woo-hoo) for analysis. And of course, hanging around here at Jawa with you guys.

By Jane at 08:39 PM | Comments |

Obama And His Blankie

Just like Linus, he takes it everywhere.

But the Illinois senator used a teleprompter at both his Colorado events Monday — making for a particularly peculiar scene in Pueblo, where the prompter was set up in the middle of what is normally a rodeo ring.

I don't know about you, but I have some experience speaking in public. And I have never, ever read a prepared speech in my life. And, I've never been told any speech I've given sucked. I do use an outline, to be fair.

But it really does seem that the Obama campaign is just scared to death to let him give extemporaneous speeches anymore, no?

And, also to be fair, McCain does read prepared speeches off a teleprompter, and when he does it, he sucks. He gets high marks, though, when he's in a town hall type setting. Same with Sarah.

I must admit, however, that when Sarah Palin gives a speech, I don't hear a word she says. I'm too busy staring at those oh-so-hot legs. Hey, I knew about her political views a long time ago, getting on the bandwagon was easy. Now I can just sit back and drool, most often uncontrollably.

By Vinnie at 06:32 PM | Comments |

Presidential Races We'd Like to See

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VS.

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Thanks to Professor Chaos.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:27 PM | Comments |

Report: Blogger Thwarts al Qaeda 9/11 Anniversary Plans **bumped**

Final [?] Bump and Sticky Update: Drudge took the link down, so I think I can unsticky this.

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Who are these bloggers who reportedly thwarted al Qaeda's 9/11 anniversary plans---with their minds? According to a report in the Hindustan Times it was ..... us:

Hackers prevented Al Qaeda from releasing a videotape to mark the seventh anniversary of 9/11. Al Qaeda has traditionally issued a video or audiotape by either Osama bin Laden or Ayman al Zawahiri, the terror network’s two leaders, to mark their massive terrorist attack on the US.

As-Sahab, Al Qaeda’s media unit, had indicated earlier this week that it would post such a videotape on September 11. As-Sahab had banner images on the internet showing a silhouetted head with a question mark and the words, “Wait 11 September”....

Sources close to US intelligence said, “Hackers knocked out Al Qaeda’s online means of communication, thus preventing them from posting anything to commemorate the anniversary.”

Western intelligence suspects two hackers who have targeted Islamicist sites before were responsible: Aaron Weisburd from Internet Haganah and Rusty Shackleford from the web group My Pet Jawa.

Both have been active in ongoing Internet battle between Islamicist hackers and their opponents.

Terrorism expert B Raman says, “I received word two days ago that it was possible the tape would not be released because of hackers.” He noted: “As Sahab is having problems. (Al Qaeda spokesperson) Adam Gadan, in charge of the website, has not been heard of for six months. There are reports he may have been killed in Pakistan.” He expects the tape to be issued three or four days from now. “Or they will send it to Al Jazeera.”

Cool. The force is strong with this Shackleford fellow and his band of Jawas.

My response:


A) I'm not a hacker, although I play one on TV.

B) Aaron is not a hacker.

C) News of my ability to thwart al Qaeda's online activities have been greatly exaggerated.

D) Neither I nor Aaron are responsible for the take down of al Qaeda's main forum and two of its sister forums. Reporting that they are down does not mean I'm taking credit. Neither does reporting on it mean that I even approve of taking down al Qaeda's main propaganda outlet.

But if I was responsible I'd deny it.

There are fatwas and there are fatwas, if you know what I mean. Taliban death threats? Those morons are all talk, no you-know-what. Been there, done that. Death threats from American al Qaeda supporters? Yawn.

But personally I'm not jonesing to be singled out by al Qaeda. Those guys are loco, man. Unless they promise to send Zombie Adam Gadahn to do the job. I'm down for going Night of the Living Dead on his ass!

E) Neither I nor Aaron know who is responsible. But we:

would say that even if [we] actually knew what was going on.

F) The reason that al Qaeda was unable to deliver its much hyped 9/11 anniversary film is as stated in the article: the forums were down. But other than that, I've no idea.

G) The downing of these websites by unknown parties is a major embarrassment to al Qaeda's main Pakistan/Afghanistan body which has been relegated to inspiring others to do the lion's share of killing the infidels. Their most important stronghold is not a cave in Waziristan. It is cyberspace where they promote their ideology and incite others to follow their path.

But apparently all al Qaeda's cyberspace are belongs to us.

Thanks to M.C. Hammer.

UPDATE: I've had some inquiries about donating to the Jawa team. There's a PayPal and Amazon link in the left column for those of you inclined to drop a few buck. Thanks in advance.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:59 PM | Comments |

God Bless

Blogger Hapkido goes in for brain surgery tomorrow. Prayers, karma, and whatever good vibes you have should be sent his way.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:57 PM | Comments |

Taliban Now Using Skype

I saw a similar report last week and meant to link it, but Stable Hand forwarded this today reminding me that I wanted to comment. CW:

Taliban fighters targeting British troops in Afghanistan are using Skype voice-over-IP phones to evade detection....

The British and American governments are said to be investing resources to crack voice-over-IP (VoIP) codes.

"The trouble with this technology is that it is easily available but devilishly hard to crack," a security source told the Standard. "The technology can now be accessed on mobile internet devices and the country's mobile phone network is expanding rapidly."

Right. My advice to Taliban? Keep using Skype.

The Taliban: the same braniacs that thought it would be a good idea to publish their phone number. Really.

--->>>Note to Adil Watanmal [aka, Murchal]: How come you haven't written back, dude?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:33 PM | Comments |

Sarah Palin Shoots Bigfoot!!!!!

From the Weekly World News. It must be true.

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This paper contains facts. And this paper has the eighth highest circulation in the whole wide world. Right? Plenty of facts. ---May McKenzie

Thanks to Confused.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:13 PM | Comments |

Pakistan Caves in to Taliban Demands

The Pakistanis are caving in to taliban demands for shariah law. The law will be put in place, in the Malakand district, later on this month. The taliban stated that they would quit fighting if the Pakistani government implemented shariah law. Quit fighting whom?

From GEO

PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP) central secretary information, Zahid Khan has said that the ‘Nifaz-e-Adal Shariat’ Regulation’s amendment draft would be enforced in Malakand Division on Ramazan 27.

Talking to Geo News, Zahid Khan said that the Tahrik-e-Nifaz Shariat Muhammadi Amir, Maulana Sufi Muhammad was also being taken into confidence on the amendment draft of ‘Nifaz-e-Adal Shariat’ Regulation Act.

NWFP law minister said that the Urdu version of this draft was being prepared, which would later be provided to the Tahrik-e-Nifaz Shariat Muhammadi Amir Maulana Sufi Muhammad.

Cross-Post at ROA

By at 02:03 PM | Comments |

Ayers Given Rings Made from Downed U.S. Airplanes

Vinnie just emailed this in saying he heard about it on Rush. Here's the claim:

After returning from Cuba, Dohrn [note: William Ayers' wife] and others met with North Vietnamese and Viet Cong representatives in Budapest, Hungary, to discuss antiwar strategy on US campuses. Speaking a few days later at an assembly of revolutionary student movements at Columbia University, Dohrn reported that the Vietnamese communists she met in Budapest were working with US GIs in Saigon, attempting to obtain military information.

As a gesture of solidarity, the Vietnamese who Dohrn met in Budapest presented her with a ring made from an American aircraft shot down over North Vietnam. Bill Ayers would receive a similar ring while meeting with Vietnamese communists in Toronto. He later recalled being so moved by the gesture that he "left the room to cry." He said, "I realized...America was an evil... and that I was... living inside the belly of the beast...."

I don't know what this says about Obama, if anything at all. In fact, this type of sympathy for all things communist and hatred for all things American is pretty standards stuff in academia. And if you'll remember, one of Obama's "qualifications" for Pres. is that he taught law.

Which I think says a lot more about Obama than his association with nuts like Ayers. Contrast Obama's touting of his days as a law school professor with Dr. Newt Gingrich. Yeah, Newt has a Ph.D. in history. When was the last time you heard him bring that up?

I'm embarrassed by most of the people in academia. So is Newt. Only in "progressive" circles would placing yourself squarely in the belly of the beast that is academia be something to claim as an accomplishment.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:55 AM | Comments |

A: Hagee, McCain, Limbaugh, Shackleford.
Q: Who are America's fat hate spewing mongoloids?

The brothers over at Ummah.com, one of the largest English language "mainstream" Muslim forums, incorrectly identify John Hagee as John McCain's pastor. Hagee is not McCain's pastor. He endorsed McCain and McCain has met with Hagee, which is so different than the relationship that Obama had with Jeremiah Wright-- who was Obama's pastor for years and years-- as to make the equivocation silly and meaningless.

In any event, I have no love for Hagee -- in fact, I'd never heard of him until the left started screaming about his endorsement of McCain -- who the brothers over at Ummah claim said something to the effect of, "The U.S. should destroy Islam." I've no idea if he said that or not, and I certainly don't endorse the notion. I'm for complete freedom of religion, which is why I'm against Islamism--political Islam. Under sharia or Islamic law--even so-called moderate sharia--Muslims are legally prohibited from leaving. Really.

Sure, moderate Islamists wouldn't want to kill an apostate, but they do propose fines and jail time. My favorite is the proposal from liberal Islamists that shariah courts would simply declare a person who leaves the faith insane or incompetent, thus allowing for a legal loophole which would let them convert without going against the words of Muhammad who commanded his followers to strike at the neck of those who change their Muslim way of life.

So, any one who claims that I am for "destroying Islam" is a fool. I'm not for destroying Islam. I am for the separation of church and state, something the Islamists are diametrically opposed to. The brothers at Ummah claiming that I share John Hagee's philosophy about Islam are fools or liars, but my money is on liars.

Our old friend Green Bird--calling himself "Slot" these days on Ummah -- says this in the Hagee thread:

Matt Drudge
Rush Limbaugh
Michael Savage
A. Aaron Weisburd
Rusty Shackleford

Radical Militant hate for Islam is rampant and rising. America loves these fat hate spewing mongoloids. They are just giving the bored public what they want, fear.

I'm happy to be called a fat hate spewing mongoloid by the likes of Green Bird. And to be mentioned in the same breath as these notables? Ecstatic.

And how does one Muslim who claims he's in Florida react?

If there's a war between America and Islam, my side is with Islam
Keep it up brothers. Keep it up.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:20 AM | Comments |

Seven Aussie Muslims Convicted of Plotting Terror

They wanted to die for Jihad but looks like the'll be taking it up the cornhole for Jihad instead.

Via BBC:

Australia's biggest terrorism trial has ended with the convictions of seven Muslim men.

They were found guilty of belonging to an extremist organisation that was plotting a violent religious war, targeting the former Prime Minister John Howard and major sporting events....

...Intercepted telephone calls were also central to the case against the 48-year old sheikh and his followers. Hundreds of conversations were secretly recorded by state and federal police investigators and Australian security agents.

"We want to die for jihad," Benbrika was heard saying.

By Howie at 10:49 AM | Comments |

French Commandos Rescue Hostages Kidnapped by Somali Pirates

Good to see the hostages were rescued and in good health. Paying out ransom only encourages more kidnappings and the money funds terrorist groups like al Shabaab.

From Globe & Mail

PARIS — French commandos stormed a sailboat to free two French tourists who were being held for ransom by heavily-armed Somali pirates, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Tuesday.

One pirate was killed and six others taken prisoner in the pre-dawn assault by some 30 troops. The freed hostages and the captured pirates were put on a French navy vessel sailing towards Djibouti, where France has an army base.

“This operation ... is a warning to all those engaged in this criminal activity. France will not accept that crime pays,” Mr. Sarkozy said after the operation.

Cross-post at ROA

By at 10:36 AM | Comments |

Youtube Video: What Islam is Not


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The answer is Religion of Peace of course.

By Howie at 09:33 AM | Comments |

Obama Confirms: Yes, I Did Try To Undermine US Foreign Policy. MCCAIN IS OLD!!2

If McCain were smart, he'd be making an even bigger deal out of this.

Not only is it confirmed - by Obama - that he tried to derail the foreign policy agenda of a sitting administration, but his campaign lied about it when confronted - aggressively.

HOPE (nobody's paying attention) and (I'm coming for your spare) CHANGE!

By Good Lt. at 08:15 AM | Comments |

Oh, THAT Great Depression Economy

Hey, Barry-O.

If you're going to pitch that same old class warfare/folk-Marxist song and try to politicize yet another crisis that your precious federal government stewarded, why don't you make sure that you don't have lots of loudmouthed, small-brained Hollywood celebutards in the mix?

You're for the "common man," after all.

Unless the common man can't afford a $28,500 per plate fundraiser bash in Hollywood. Question - couldn't that 9 million have gone to, say, a reading program for kids or a homeless shelter or a church charity? Yes, it could have - very easily.

Right, Barry-O?

Instead, it goes into some retarded ad for simpletons and screaming teenagers pretending John McCain doesn't know what a computer is.

LOL - noticed those polls lately, Barry-O?

By Good Lt. at 07:21 AM | Comments |

Red State Update : The Media vs. Sarah Palin

"RABIES!!! That moose had RABIES!!!"

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 02:05 AM | Comments |

Transformers: Good Gay In Disguise

Move over, Angelina Jolie, there's a new sheriff in town.

"Well, that year my boyfriend broke up with me, and I decided — oh man, sorry, mommy! — that I was in love with this girl that worked at the Body Shop," said Fox. "I decided that I was going to get her to love me back, and I went out of my way to create a relationship with this girl, a stripper named Nikita."

Fox said Nikita would do "these beautiful slow dances to Aerosmith ballads." The actress also said she would bring the Russian stripper gifts and try to inspire her to quit her line of work.

Fox's publicist, Dominique Appel, confirmed the contents of the GQ report Monday.

Bonus super hot Fox below the fold.

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By Vinnie at 01:05 AM | Comments |

September 15, 2008

American Muslim Explains the Morality and Genius of 9/11

In a series of posts he titles The Path to Understanding 9/11, American Muslim Samir Khan praises the genius of Osama bin Laden and justifies it as a retaliation against American atrocities.

Here is a taste from part 1 which begins with a poem by a 9/11 survivor and then goes on to justify the horrible murders:

Imagine a Government that committed atrocities and supported tyrants that committed atrocities for many years who then hid those events in the closet of history and then showed a face of complete innocence on 9/11 as if it were a new-born that was benefiting the world at large… this is precisely what happened with the US Government.
As all Islamist justification of mass murder always does, part 2 links 9/11 to the alleged injustices of Israel against Palestinians:
because of the immense American financial and military support for Israel, this heavily influenced Usaamah’s decision to attack America.
Let's skip to part 5. Parts 3 & 4 are real yawners involving tired claims that depleted uranium is baad, mmmkay, and that Saudi Arabia -- you know, the country that won't let women drive --- is an apostate regime.

Keep this quote in mind when you read the end of this post:

Now that you have understood the immense frustration and great anger of Usaamah bin Laadin - which is all for the sake of the religion - against the head of this snake, America, this helps you realize that this so-called “war on terrorism” is a complete cover up (to the reality of this war) and that there is another side to the war… the unreported side which the Government purposely hides from you since they want to make the appearance of the enemy seem simple: that they are terrorists and that they are the bad guys. The reality is that these “terrorists” are far above this and have morals, aspirations and ethics that are much greater than what the United States makes them to be.
Part 6 asks us to understand the motivations and the "sacrifices" made by the 19 mass murderers involved in 9/11. Really.

Samir Khan--who lives in his mom's basement in suburban Charlotte, North Carolina (really)--- sums up the lessons learned from 9/11 thusly:

In our last part of the series on “The Path to Understanding 9/11,” we now turn to the words of the intellectuals and think-tanks amongst the Mujaahideen; this is the last stage to opening our eyes to a world that is not even thought about in the West: people who know why 9/11 was done and what were the benefits behind it....

9/11 was the ‘umf‘ that the vanguard of Islaam needed in order to remobilize its efforts and to see the greater picture; and the greater picture tells us that Allah is al-Akbar (The Greatest) whereas the United States is not....

We hope you enjoyed this series and will now look at the “war on terrorism” as a war of hypocrisy and that you will look at September the 11th as a form of retaliation from the Islaamic world upon the tyrants of the West who are the heads of the oppressors that have been killing Muslims for years on end and supporting those who terrorize the Islaamic world for many years.

He ends his 7 part series praising Osoma bin Laden, the 19 mass murderers he sent, and justifying the 9/11 attacks by saying "This was not an attempt to justify 9/11." Right.

What was 9/11 to Samir Khan and other Westerners who support al Qaeda?

[9/11] was the Badr of the 21st Century; the Badr of yesterday changed world events, so much so, that it gave confidence to the Mujaahideen to conquer nearly half the world years later.
The Battle of Badr was the key turning point for the armies of the mass murderer Mohammed, prophet of Islam. After the Battle of Badr, the followers of Muhammad conquered Mecca, the Arabian Peninsula, and then set their eyes on the rest of the world.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:37 PM | Comments |

Some Weird Guys Pwn CNN

Today's economic forecast? Lulz!

By Good Lt. at 07:37 PM | Comments |

Oh, THAT Jill Greenberg

You know, the one that may have committed child abuse in the name of "art."

I remember this cupid stunt, I remember that story. Photographing John McCain in a bad light is the least of what she's done.

Jill Greenberg is a revolting pus filled boil on the ass of humanity. Why she's not in a pound me in the ass prison for abusing those children is absolutely disgusting.

There's been alot of worthless crap thrown up all in the name of "art." Andrew Serrano comes to mind. Outraging crap, to be sure, but real life abuse of defenseless children goes far beyond the pale.

Michelle Malkin wants to know why The Atlantic didn't vet this scumsucking bottomfeeder with a simple Google search. I want to know why the McCain camp didn't.

By Vinnie at 07:18 PM | Comments |

So What Did Barack Obama Acheive with Anti-American Terrorist Bill Ayers on That Annenberg Challenge?

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After all, he cited it as a resume enhancement.

Why don't we see this reported in the media? Don't we all want to know about Barack Obama's "experience?"

More from Tom Maguire and Ace.

By Good Lt. at 04:46 PM | Comments |

10 Years of Osama Material Leaked

10 years worth of Osama bin Laden statements and interviews all translated into English by the CIA. Have fun with it here or here,

The Truthers are going crazy since at least one of the documents have bin Laden claiming he had nothing to do with 9/11. What they don't seem to get is that most of this "classified" material consists of translations from open source material. The bin Laden quote that they are citing, for instance, comes from a Karachi based Islamist newspaper. Hardly top secret.

Thanks to ulike.a.dameatballs.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:44 PM | Comments |

To: al Qaeda -- From: Anteater -- RE: 9/11 Film

Yes, we've been down for most of the morning. Yes, we do suspect a ddos attack from al Qaeda's online fan club. No, we're not sure of it but the timing stinks.

Note to al Qaeda from or Shahor and The Jawa Report:


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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:33 PM | Comments |

Taliban Welcome Canadian Afghanistan Pullout in 2011

Last week Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised that Canadian troops will leave Afghanistan by 2011. Predictably the taliban have welcomed this news with wide open arms.

You know you're doing something wrong when the taliban praises your actions.

From National Post

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN - A high-ranking Taliban commander in Kandahar province says he welcomes Prime Minister Stephen Harper's pledge to withdraw Canadian troops from Afghanistan by 2011, adding that he doubts the Afghan forces will be ready to defend the war-torn country by then.
Cross-post at ROA

By at 12:32 PM | Comments |

Pakistani Army Blocks US Helicopter Raid

The Pakistani army and local tribesman blocked a US helicopter raid into Pakistan. Two US helicoptes were forced to turn around after coming under fire. This is the latest example of the Pakistani army defending the dirty terrorists.

From AKI

Wana, 15 Sept. (AKI) - The Pakistani army and local tribes on Monday were reported to have blocked an attempt by US troops to stage a fresh attack against militants in the region bordering Afghanistan.

Sources cited by Pakistan's Geo News, said US troops aboard two helicopters were trying to enter Pakistan near Angoor on the border when local tribes and Pakistani troops resisted the move and opened fire, forcing the helicopters to return.

Cross-Post at ROA

By at 07:25 AM | Comments |

British Make Sharia Courts Legally Binding

(London, UK) Civil and criminal verdicts by Islamic sharia courts are now legally binding under UK law.

A new network of courts in five major cities is hearing cases where Muslims involved agree to be bound by traditional Sharia law, and under the 1996 Arbitration Act the court's decisions can then be enforced by the county courts or the High Court.

Officials behind the new system claim to have dealt with more than 100 cases since last summer, including six involving domestic violence which is a criminal rather than civil offence, and said they hoped to take over growing numbers of 'smaller' criminal cases in future.

The revelations sparked uproar yesterday, with warnings that the fundamental principle of equal treatment for all - the bedrock of British justice - was being gravely undermined.

No kidding, Sherlock. Either there is equal treatment under the law or there is sharia. You can't have it both ways. Under sharia, women are considered to be less equal than men.

Now that the precedent has been set, it's arguably logical to assume that African voodoo proceedings conducted by divinely-inspired shamans will become legally binding under British law. Recognition of voodoo court decisions will likely be limited to cases of theft of spirit, proven disruptive mojo, and failure to pay debts.

In any event, my British friends, throw out the Magna Carta and British Common Law and expect to be governed by virtually any new system of rules that crosses the English Channel or flies into Heathrow.

By at 06:17 AM | Comments |

Sarah - The Warrior Princess

Brits are saying that Sarah Palin is the warrior princess who has stolen Barack Obama's thunder.

Heh.

By at 06:14 AM | Comments |

September 14, 2008

Video : The FACTS About Barack Obama and William Ayers

Think William "The Red Bomber" Ayers was only some kind of "casual acquaintance" of Barack "Chicago Slim" Obama?

Think again.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 09:07 PM | Comments |

Hugo Chavez to Pilot Russian Bomber

Two Russian strategic TU-160 bombers flew 13 hours across the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans last week to Venezuela, ostensibly for joint maneuvers with the South American nation. The bombers reportedly carried no nuclear weapons and were escorted throughout their flights by NATO fighters.

President Hugo Chavez welcomed the warcraft with glee and announced that he was hoping to pilot a TU-160 himself. In preparation, Chavez has been reviewing flight theory in a simulator. Apparently, Chavez has a goal.

Addressing his close friend Fidel Castro, Chavez said: "I'm going to fly a Tu-160. Fidel, I'm going to fly low past you there."
So, Hugo Chavez, who chews coca every day and has severely compromised vision due to permanent eye damage, is going to joyride a Russian strategic bomber at low altitudes over Cuba.

Good times.

By at 06:53 PM | Comments |

Two U.S. Navy SEALs died in Afghanistan

Taking the fight to the enemy has cost us two warriors.

Via MSNBC

CORONADO, Calif. - Two U.S. Navy SEALs died in Afghanistan Thursday night from injuries they suffered on September 11 during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator John Wayne Marcum, 34, and Chief (select) Special Warfare Operator Jason Richard Freiwald, 30, both distinguished and highly decorated combat veterans, were fatally shot in Afghanistan during a battle with heavily armed militants.

No location given other than somewhere in Afghanistan.

By Matt Damon at 03:18 PM | Comments |

NBC Video : 'Sarah Palin,' 'Hillary Clinton' and the "FLURGE" on SNL

(NOTE : We're not the only site featuring an embed of this clip, but ours actually works.)

This short sketch packs in a lot: Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton, better-than-usual Saturday Night Live comedy* and a brand new acronym for everyone to Google:

FLIRGE (n.): First Lady I'd Rather Get Elected (than have sex with)
* - yes, I know, "Saturday Night Live" pretty much is to comedy what "British" is to food, but there were some good chuckles in this one.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 11:55 AM | Comments |

Obama Camp Shrieking About 1320 Feet

Did the lovely Sarah go to Iraq? That's the burning question of the day for the Obama camp. She attended a re-enlistment ceremony during her trip to the Kuwaiti border with Iraq. And the question is whether she went a quarter mile across the border or not.

Yahoo: On Saturday, a Palin aide told The Associated Press the governor also traveled one-quarter mile into Iraq during her July 2007 trip to participate in a re-enlistment ceremony for a member of the Alaska National Guard. ....The (Boston) Globe said campaign aides and members of the Alaska National Guard subsequently explained that she did not venture beyond the Iraq/Kuwait border when she visited the Khabari Alawazem Crossing on July 25, 2007....

The discrepancy prompted a blistering memorandum to campaign reporters by aides to Democratic nominee Barack Obama..."Since naming Gov. Palin as their vice presidential nominee, the McCain campaign has distorted, distracted and outright lied to the American people about her record..."

They've got to be kidding. At least she didn't say it was seared, seared into her memory...

By Jane at 08:53 AM | Comments |

Obama: "On the Verge of Blowing the Greatest Gimme in the History of American Politics"

Via Telegraph:

A senior Democratic strategist, who has played a prominent role in two presidential campaigns, told The Sunday Telegraph: "These guys are on the verge of blowing the greatest gimme in the history of American politics. They're the most arrogant bunch Ive ever seen. They won't accept that they are losing and they won't listen."

After leading throughout the year, Mr Obama now trails Mr McCain by two to three points in national polls.

And I bet 45 percent of people know exactly what he did wrong. He don't like chicks.

By Howie at 12:46 AM | Comments |

September 13, 2008

Ike & Texas & Stuff


Dos Caronas

By Howie at 11:32 PM | Comments |

Paul McCartney Threatened with Suicide Bombers

Omar Bakri threatened Paul McCartney with suicide bombers if the former Beatle plays at a concert celebrating Israel's 60th anniversay.

"Paul McCartney is the enemy of every Muslim. We have what we call ‘sacrifice’ operatives who will not stand by while he joins in a celebration of their oppression."
More at ROA

By at 06:46 PM | Comments |

Uh-O... Pennsylvania's Bitter, Clinging, Bible-Thumping Gun Nuts Turning Against Obama

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If you think the above chart looks bad, wait 'til you see Zogby's latest numbers.

Ed Morissey surmises that Obama may be able to make up for a loss in Pa. with a win in Va., but I'm pretty sure that'd be a pipe dream for the Obama campaign. Virginia looked like it might be competitive in mid-2004, but Bush ultimately bested Kerry in Virginia by the same 8 point margin that he'd beaten Al Gore four years earlier. If Obama's game plan relies on a win in Virginia, I'm pretty sure he's royally screwed.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 05:42 PM | Comments |

Charlie Gibson's Probing Questions...

A selection of classic Charlie Gibson interview questions. Can you guess which of these probing questions were thrown at Democrats and which were thrown at Republicans?

"What did [your children] say about [your nomination]?"

"Did you know right away [when you first met your future spouse]?"

"Has the joyfulness of this hit home yet? Do you take joy from it?"

"[Your father] didn't care enough to stay. How did you internalize that?"

"Do you worry that [this race] could turn on race, age and class?"

"What did you think of [your opponent's] speech?"

"[T]hey went at you hammer and tong last night...saying the fundamental security of this country was at stake in this election, questioning [your running mate's] ability to be commander in chief. I wonder how you felt as you listened."

"I'm curious about your feelings last night. It was an historic moment. Has it sunk in yet?"

"On what three issues will this campaign turn to you?"

"Is the hardest part of all this behind you or ahead of you?"

"There's a million people pulling you in a million different directions, but when everybody clears out, the staff is gone, you're in your hotel room at night and you're alone -- do you say to yourself: 'Son of a gun, I've done this?'"

"Did [your opponents' attacks] make you in any way second-guess the decision...not to mention George Bush from the podium so often...?"

"You speak with such equanimity this morning. Didn't they make you mad last night?"

Answer: as you might have guessed, all of these cotton-candy softballs were lobbed at Democrat candidates.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 04:40 PM | Comments |

Video : Sarah Palin PWNS Charlie Gibson on Anthropogenic Global Warming Climate Change

Transcript:

GIBSON: Do you still believe that global warming is not man made?

PALIN: I believe that man's activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming, climate change...regardless, though, of the reason for climate change, whether it's entirely, WHOLLY caused by man's activities, or is part of the cyclical nature of our planet, the warming and the cooling trends, regardless of that, John McCain and I agree that we've gotta do something about it, and we have to make sure that we're doing all we can to cut down on pollution."

GIBSON: But it's a critical point, as to whether or not this is MAN-MADE. He's said it is, you have said in the past it's not.

PALIN: The debate on that even really has evolved into: "OK, here's where we are now." Scientists do show us that there are changes in climate. Things are getting warmer. Now, what do we do about it? And John McCain and I are going to be working on what we do about it.

GIBSON: Yes, but it's...isn't it critical as to whether or not it's man made? Because what you do about it depends on whether it's man made.

PALIN: That's why I'm attributing some of man's activities to potentially causing some of the changes in the climate right now.

GIBSON: But I...call me a cynic, but I hear a little bit of change in your policy there, when you say yes, now, you're beginning to see it IS man made. Sounds to me like you're adapting your position to Senator McCain's.

PALIN: I think you are a cynic. Show me where I've ever said that there's absolute proof that nothing that man has ever conducted or engaged in has had any effect, or no effect, on climate change.

Gov. Palin is absolutely right on this one. Gibson's entire line of questioning, based on a false and simplistic "man made/not man made" dichotomy, betrays that he's not at all familiar with the debate. Key points:
1. It is almost universally conceded that the earth's climate changes from time to time. The earth's average temperature has, in times past, been much colder (and also much warmer) than it is now.

2. It is almost universally conceded that the earth's climate is affected, to at least some degree, by one or more human activities.

3. It is almost universally conceded that the earth's climate is affected, to at least some degree, by one or more naturally-occurring phenomena.

The debate over global warming climate change is not over whether, on the one hand, man-made effects impact the climate or, on the other hand, natural phenomena impact the climate. As Palin tries, patiently but unsuccessfully, to explain to Gibson, there is some reason to believe that both factors have some effect.

To put it another way, the debate over global warming climate change rages over the relative weight, not the existence, of (2) and (3) above. The proponents of anthropogenic global warming climate change theory argue that human activity has a heavy impact on the earth's climate (i.e., a more substantial effect than natural phenomena). Skeptics of the theory argue that the impact of anthropogenic effects is dwarfed by the effect of naturally-occuring phenomena (e.g., the level of incident radiation on the planet's surface).

Despite Algore's confident pronouncements, the debate is not even close to being over. In fact, the skeptics appear to have the objective science on their side, while the anthropogenic global warming climate change brownshirts resort to doctoring their numbers and bullying heretics.

With her clear statements above, Gov. Palin has identified herself as a skeptic of the anthropogenic theory, and backed it up with a solid explanation for her position. As you can see, Gibson's attempt at another "gotcha" fell completely flat, as he was unprepared, unfamiliar with the background and way out of his league on the subject matter.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 02:57 PM | Comments |

Saudi Fatwa: Kill Vulgar TV Owners

File under religion of tolerance:

Al-Lihedan is chief of the kingdom's highest tribunal, the Supreme Judiciary Council. Saudi Arabia's judiciary is made up of Islamic clerics whose decrees, or fatwas, on everyday issues are widely respected....

"I want to advise the owners of these channels, who broadcast calls for such indecency and impudence ... and I warn them of the consequences," he said.

"What does the owner of these networks think, when he provides seduction, obscenity and vulgarity?" he said.

"Those calling for corrupt beliefs, certainly it's permissible to kill them," he said. "Those calling for sedition, those who are able to prevent it but don't, it is permissible to kill them."

Thanks to Mrs. Abe Froman.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:47 PM | Comments |

New York Times Military Correspondent : I'm Not 100% Sure What the 'Bush Doctrine' Is, Either

Posted at The Caucus:

Initially, the Bush Doctrine meant that the United States would hold nations that gave sanctuary to terrorists as culpable as the terrorists themselves...

Then, as Iraq approached, the Bush doctrine morphed or was further elaborated...[Because of the threat of WMD use by non-state actors,] preemption or preventive war was justified. Or so the argument went...

President Bush has also talked about a freedom agenda, the notion that the United States will ultimately become more safe if the Islamic nations become democracies...

So when ABC raised the Bush doctrine it was not that obvious to [Sarah Palin] just what the interviewer [meant]. He did not define it initially as it seemed intended as a gotcha question.

H/t: Ed Morrisey

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 01:27 PM | Comments |

Sheer Unadulterated Brilliance!

Via Iowahawk:

Good afternoon, madam. Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Wile E. Reporter, investigative correspondent for an international network news gathering organization. No doubt you may have seen my award-winning coverage, assuming your igloo is equipped with a satellite dish. No, I am not selling anything nor am I working my way through college, so let's get down to cases. You are a Republican candidate, and I am going to eat you alive. Now don't try to get away! I am more educated, more cunning, faster, and larger than you are... and I'm a genius. In fact, I have not one, but two diplomas from the Acme

By Howie at 12:27 AM | Comments |

September 12, 2008

To Taliban and Al-Qaeda From United States Re: You're Dead Meat!

If you want blood, you got it.

Via NPR: NPR has learned that the raid by helicopter-borne U.S. Special Operations forces in Pakistan last week was not an isolated incident but part of a three-phase plan, approved by President Bush, to strike at Osama bin Laden and top al-Qaida leadership.

Update (er uh link fixed)

By Howie at 10:29 PM | Comments |

Big Bad Hurricane Ike

Scary stuff. Track it real time here.

Weather Channel: As of 6 p.m. CDT, Ike was located about 100 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, with maximum sustained winds increasing to 110 mph; a high-end Category 2 hurricane. The forward movement is toward the west-northwest at around 13 mph....

A strike in this portion of the Texas coast will provide dangerous, perhaps life-threatening impacts. The inundation may be locally catastrophic.

The most severe conditions will impact areas just to the north and east of where the center makes landfall; the right front quadrant of Ike's circulation. Water level rise will be life-threatening in some coastal Texas counties especially Matagorda, Brazoria, Galveston, Chambers, Harris and Jefferson County.


Interesting how many new comments are on this vid, wishing well to Galveston as the hurricane approaches. I wound up there myself:

By Jane at 07:14 PM | Comments |

Obama shoots and blows off his foot.

Jonah Goldberg has a post up at National Review that destroys the Obama camp on the computer illiterate ad.....when you think O can't go any lower...he tops himself.

Yep. The day after 9/11, as part of its "get tough" makeover, the Obama campaign is mocking John McCain for not using a computer, without caring why he doesn't use a computer. "Our economy wouldn't survive without the Internet, and cyber-security continues to represent one our most serious national security threats," [Obama spokesman Dan] Pfeiffer said. "It's extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in chief doesn't know how to send an e-mail."
You would think they would take a few moments to google why McCain doesn't use a computer.
The reason he doesn't send email is that he can't use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the Viet Cong in service to our country. From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000):

McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain's encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He's an avid fan - Ted Williams is his hero - but he can't raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.

I've had enough of Captain Bullshit.

By Matt Damon at 06:18 PM | Comments |

Research : Liberals Haven't the Slightest Clue What Makes Conservatives Tick...

..but conservatives have liberals pegged.

Via Ace:

Jonathan Haidt, an associate professor of moral psychology at the University of Virginia, argues in an essay this month, “What Makes People Vote Republican?”, that it’s liberals, in fact, who are dangerously blind.

Haidt has conducted research in which liberals and conservatives were asked to project themselves into the minds of their opponents and answer questions about their moral reasoning. Conservatives, he said, prove quite adept at thinking like liberals, but liberals are consistently incapable of understanding the conservative point of view.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 06:12 PM | Comments |

More Thoughts on Charlie Gibson's Sarah Palin Interview

The lefties are shopping around the idea that we're pissed because Gibson asked Sarah Palin too many "tough questions."

Nice try, but from what I've seen, conservatives aren't angry with Charlie Gibson because he asked "tough questions."

Tough questions are fine. Tough questions should, in fact, be the rule, rather than the exception.

What we have a problem with (or at least, what I have a problem with) is the way that Gibson twisted Palin's previous words to make her look like she said something she didn't say at all--and then to look down his nose at her when she objected to his distortions.

We have a problem with Gibson's smug and condescending attitude and the way he interjected his own personal opinions into the conversation. Has he ever asked the Boy Wonder whether he is guilty of "hubris?" Methinks not. How, after all, could a perfect, chosen God-prince think too highly of himself? It's not even conceivable, right?

We object to the way Gibson acted as it "The Bush Doctrine" was some sort of well-established and well-defined philosophy when it isn't at all.

We object to the way the media has spun and twisted Palin's comments to make her appear to be some ignorant, half-cocked warmonger, and the way that ABC News flushed Gibson's factual mistakes in the interview down the memory hole.

It has little to do with "tough questions." It has to do with acting in a very conscious way to distort a candidate's positions.

To the extent that "tough questions" raise our ire, it's only because we realize that the Dems haven't received--and won't be receiving--the same treatment.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 05:33 PM | Comments |

Dear Cousins Across The Pond

Have you gone.....completely bonkers???

The threat of global warming is so great that campaigners were justified in causing more than £35,000 worth of damage to a coal-fired power station, a jury decided yesterday. In a verdict that will have shocked ministers and energy companies the jury at Maidstone Crown Court cleared six Greenpeace activists of criminal damage.

Jurors accepted defence arguments that the six had a "lawful excuse" to damage property at Kingsnorth power station in Kent to prevent even greater damage caused by climate change. The defence of "lawful excuse" under the Criminal Damage Act 1971 allows damage to be caused to property to prevent even greater damage – such as breaking down the door of a burning house to tackle a fire.

The not-guilty verdict, delivered after two days and greeted with cheers in the courtroom, raises the stakes for the most pressing issue on Britain's green agenda and could encourage further direct action.

Encourage further action? Gee, ya think?

To sane English still left over there, please feel free to hop on a modern version of the Mayflower and get your asses over here.

h/t Laggarticus.

By Vinnie at 05:26 PM | Comments |

Obama For Equal Pay For Women?

Via Seattlepi:

Compensation figures for his legislative staff reveal that Obama pays women just 83 cents for every dollar his men make....

...Why this disparity? One reason may be the under-representation of women in Obama's highest-compensated ranks. Among Obama's five best-paid advisors, only one was a woman. Among his top 20, seven were women.

McCain's 17 male staffers split $916,914, thus averaging $53,936. His 25 female employees divided $1,396,958 and averaged $55,878.

On average, according to these data, women in John McCain's office make $1.04 for every dollar a man makes. In fact, all other things being equal, a typical female staffer could earn 21 cents more per dollar paid to her male counterpart -- while adding $10,726 to her annual income -- by leaving Barack Obama's office and going to work for John McCain.

Guess not. Unless it sounds real nice in a speech.

By Howie at 04:52 PM | Comments |

Joe Biden Cheap Stingy Bastage!

Via Commentary Magazine:

the Bidens have been amazingly tight-fisted when it comes to their charitable giving. Despite income ranging from $210,432 - $321,379 over the ten-year period, the Bidens have given only $120 - $995 per year to charity, which amounts to 0.06% - 0.31% of their income.
Commenter avwh and Derek hit the nail square on the head with
“Bbbbut, but, but, Joe voted for all those tax increases to give money to the “poor”!”

Yeah, that was MotorMouth Joe’s “charity work” - why give dollars out of your own pocket when you can use all OUR money to look like a “hero” to “the poor” instead!?!

Amen brothas

By Howie at 04:23 PM | Comments |

Chavez: "Go To Hell, S--- Yankees!"

President Hugo Chavez has given U.S. Ambassador Patrick Duddy orders to leave Venezuela within 72 hours.

Chavez accuses Ambassador Patrick Duddy of conspiring against his government. He made the move in solidarity with Bolivia after his ally expelled the U.S. ambassador there, accusing him of aiding violent protests.

Chavez said he's also recalling the Venezuelan ambassador to Washington. And he said a new American ambassador will not be welcome in Caracas "until there's a U.S. government that respects the people of Latin America."

Obviously, Chavez is demanding a regime change in the United States as a prerequisite to diplomacy.
"Go to hell, s--- yankees, we are a dignified people, go to hell 100 times," Chavez shouted at a political rally to thousands of roaring supporters.
I guess that passes as dignified eloquence in the world of thug banana-republic rhetoric.

By at 03:04 PM | Comments |

How Obama Loving Kos Kids Observe Patriot's Day

Via Ace:

I have a screencap, too, for when they inevitably yank it.

Don't question their patriotism, though.

And don't question the patriotism of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Keith Olbermann and other assorted Koz Kidz, either.

Keeping it classy there Kosacks?

By Howie at 02:13 PM | Comments |

Free Internet game, Muslim Massacre, Angers Muslim Groups

A free computer game, called Muslim Massacre, available online has angered a lot of muslim groups in Britain. But reading the intro to the game "The United States of America has declared war on islam! Take control of the American hero and wipe out the muslim race with an arsenal of the world's most destructive weapons!" it seems like taliban/al Qaida propaganda to me.

Rusty pointed out that the wording "US has declared war on islam" is something that only a muslim would say. That's what made me suspicious of the intentions of the game.

"If it was the other way around, with a game featuring Muslims killing Israelis or Americans, there would be uproar and rightly so," he said, urging ISPs to block the site.
Isn't there that al Qaida doom mod that does exactly that? More at ROA

By at 12:33 PM | Comments |

Charlie Gibson Interviews Barack Obama

In his interview with Sarah Palin, it seemed to me to be pretty clear that Gibson was bound and determined to trip her up, working desperately for a "gotcha" moment, twisting her words to make it seem that she said something she didn't, accusing her of being guilty of hubris for even agreeing to run for VP.

Nonetheless, it occurs to me that maybe Charlie Gibson is just a tough interviewer. Maybe he sees that as his job.

Here's Gibson's recent interview with The Messiah. You be the judge.

No questions about Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, Michael Phleger, William Ayers or foreign policy. No questions about his myriad changes of positions on issues like national defense and wire-tapping. The only prodding Gibson gave was on The Messiah's complete abandonment of principle for expediency in abandoning public financing--and even that was light as a feather.

A few examples of Gibson's questions:

GIBSON: Do you worry that [the 2008 race] could turn on race, age and class?...

GIBSON: Is the hardest part of all this behind you or ahead of you?...

GIBSON: The picture of you in the paper, this morning, with your wife, watching the Clinton speech. What did you think of the Clinton speech?...

GIBSON: And finally your daughters. What did they say to you? Did they take it as a matter of course that Daddy could be nominated to be president? They never knew what older people know in terms of discrimination, although they may still feel some. What did they say about that?...

GIBSON: I watched closely your countenance last night, your mien, as you stood in that hall. You didn't smile much. Has the joyfulness of this hit home yet? Do you take joy from it?...

These guys aren't even TRYING to look neutral anymore...

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 10:59 AM | Comments |

Palin Smear Attack Ad Claims Palin a Secessionist, Implies America Hatred

***Bumped until we find out who's behind this***

While searching for the Sarah Palin ABC interview, I ran across this attack ad. It looks professionally done to me. Like someone was paid to do the voice over. Pretty slimy, eh?

So, who's behind the video I wonder?

It claims that Sarah & Todd Palin were members of the Alaskan Independence Party and cites The New York Times for that source. Then it quotes the founder of that Party with some pretty anti-American stuff.

But here's what FactCheck.org says about that:

She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.
And The New York Times was forced to retract their earlier claim that Palin was a member of the party, blaming the error on the party's chair.

So again I ask, who's behind this?

>>Originally posted 9/11/2008 @ 9:08 PM.
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UPDATE 9/12 4:44 PM: If you saw this post before, you might notice I took some info out. I've also turned off comments for now. Sorry.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:21 AM | |

Palin Watch: Washington Post Shrieks "Gotcha"

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"Driller"

A WAPO's article's breathless title is "Palin Links Iraq to Sept. 11 In Talk to Troops in Alaska", because she told an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would "defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans." Yeah, so? The current military objective in Iraq is to drain the swamp of al-Qaeda, yes? And it's working pretty well.

And Charlie Gibson, bah! I'm sick of the sneering, not only at Palin but at God. Wipe that scowl off your face, Charlie. "God has a plan" is a common belief and not equivalent to "the toothfairy left me a dollar." MSM Doofus.

In other news, the Obamamessiah said yesterday that he is going to make government "cool", because you know, he has so much "cool" to spare. And Todd Palin's secret service name is Driller, "a nod to his work as an oilman on the state's North Slope,", the WaPo reports. (The lovely Sarah's secret service name is Denali, after the Alaska national park and wildlife preserve.)

By Jane at 08:13 AM | Comments |

ATTN: Youtube User Jihad Jane

Buh bye.

http://www.youtube.com/user/jihadjane

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Everyone wave bye now ;)

Via FOXNEWS:

"Google's community guidelines for YouTube will now bar videos that incite violence, in addition to videos that contain hate speech and gratuitous violence," Sen. Joe Lieberman said in Washington on Thursday.

"YouTube was being used by Islamist terrorist organizations to recruit and train followers via the Internet and to incite terrorist attacks around the world, including right here in the United States, and Google should be commended for recognizing that," he said. "I expect these stronger community guidelines to decrease the number of videos on YouTube produced by Al Qaeda and affiliated Islamist terrorist organizations."

Sounds wonderful doesn't it? But....
At the time, Google said it had taken down about 80 clips that featured gratuitous violence and hate speech, but added that "there's nothing in our guidelines that says something produced by a certain group gets censored."
Which in real terms means that so long as al-Qaeda supporters are careful they can still spread their propaganda. This seems like a similar dance youtube played with Mr. Lieberman recently. Complaint followed by the minimum amount of action by Youtube. There are still plenty of clips out there produced by specially designated terrorist entities in support of al-Qaeda and Jihad.

But in the last few days it seems Youtube has removed some of the most flagrant and famous pro al-Qaeda videos and accounts. Removing Jihad Jane is high profile. But Jane never uploaded any videos. She just favorited them. So removing her actually hurts a bit, she was good source for finding the users uploading the propaganda.

So lets test out Youtube's resolve on this issue.

Starting out with suspended user ouillish who opened a new account here..

http://www.youtube.com/user/MuslimUSA
and says via email by Andrea.

My youtube account is listed under the name Ouillish and I found this page via a google search.

I just wanted to state that flagging a few videos is not going to stop them from ending up on youtube.

It amazes me that videos showing illegal US aggression are considered fine, while posting material advocating lawful self-defense gets people all worked up.

Do as you will, it makes no difference to me. I will post more videos under different account names if need be. I support the Islamic Army in Iraqi, Ansar al-Sunnah, Hamas, and a whole lot of other people you don't like too much.

353 posted on Sunday, July 06, 2008 9:04:09 PM by Ouillish (I HATE THE USA)

He lists three terrorist organizations he wishes to support on a US company's servers. Hamas is designated a terrorist organization by the US dept of state. He intends to use Youtube to support them, by law he should be suspended from using a US based platform to do so.

Moving on. One of our smackdown partners keeps a playlist of current terrorist propaganda here. A couple contain very graphic violence, including be-headings.

(note the first set of vids at the link are al-Qaeda training videos, just the type Youtube said it would remove)

abuse@youtube.com
editor@youtube.com

You can also flag the videos or use the form below to enter specific info about a video. For instance at this one you can say something like ,"At 1:12 terrorist chops off head." Or show the time of a call to violence, etc etc. Should be most helpful to JihadTube Youtube in their efforts, no?

Super duper complaint link here. Then click how to flag abusive vids, then click contact us, Should bring up form.

Hat Tip: Al

Update:

http://nl.youtube.com/user/alekhlaas
http://www.youtube.com/user/JihadJanesRevenge
http://www.youtube.com/user/Antilsrael
http://www.youtube.com/user/BeyondPrincess
http://www.youtube.com/user/islamicstate
http://www.youtube.com/user/ddaney01
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61p5IoNeozk

Update II: http://www.youtube.com/user/ravdov28 Suspended!

Update III: One down, not come on Jawas, lets go. The more who participate the more effective we are.

By Howie at 08:09 AM | Comments |

Predator Missile Strike Kills 14 in North Waziristan

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Up to 14 terrorists were killed this morning when a Predator fired 2 hellfire missiles at a former government building. The terrorists were living at the building with their families.

Just keep firing those missiles! Cross-post at ROA

By at 08:05 AM | Comments |

September 11, 2008

Never Forget, Never Forgive

**Sticky**New Posts Below**

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Update by Kafir:
I'm re-posting the following video as a tribute to the greatness of the American spirit - an edifice that cannot be touched by a hundred airliners or a hundred thousand jihadis. Let this video also serve as a reminder of what has been so brutally taken from us. Never forget.

Update by Kyros:
Never forget and Never forgive our enemies celebrated the 9/11 attacks.


By Vinnie at 11:59 PM | Comments |

My Analysis Of The Sarah Palin Interview

Can be found here.

My analysis starts at the 00:11 mark.

By Vinnie at 11:51 PM | Comments |

Charlie Gibson's Sarah Palin Interview

The reviews are still coming in on Sarah Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson.

For my part, I think Sarah Palin did just fine in her interview. There were a few missteps, but given the really incredible job the lefties have done in reducing expectations, she certainly didn't need to be perfect to chalk up a "win."

Sarah was clearly caught a little off-guard by his question about the "Bush Doctrine," but I watch this stuff pretty closely and I would've had a hard time defining the "Bush Doctrine" with specificity. Broadly defined, the Bush Doctrine could be characterized as "kill people and break stuff." Without knowing for sure what Gibson was asking, it would've been risky to make an assumption.

Palin may have been caught off-guard on the Pakistan question also, but maybe not. Keep in mind how much fun we on the right have had skewering Obama for his call for bold new military adventures on Pakistani soil. Keeping her answer vague was probably a good move tactically, even though it comes off on video as evasive.

Keep in mind: the game here is to get through the interview while avoiding any deadly soundbites. On that score, Sarah Palin passed with flying colors.

A side note: the video editing on the interview was pretty bad. We all realize that these videos are edits of much larger video sequences, but the final product came off, to me, as very sloppy.

Your thoughts?

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 10:01 PM | Comments |

Full Video: Sarah Palin on ABC News

The much discussed Sarah Palin interview by Charlie Gibson on ABC News tonight. I don't know how long it will be up, but I know I wasn't near a TV when it aired so maybe some of you haven't seen it either. My first time viewing in 3 ... 2 ...1.

Pt. 1

Pt. 2

I'm spent on being outraged by the media. Feel free to leave comments.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:40 PM | Comments |

To: AQI -- From: Al Qaeda -- RE: Stop Dying You Pussies!

Full details here--much more detailed than the Fox News report--but here's a taste:

An operative captured on Aug. 21 said the group has "lost the overall fight" and suffers from "extreme financial difficulties." Al Qaeda in Iraq and the Islamic State of Iraq do "not presently have any long time plan and are only focused on short time fighting," the operative told US forces.

Another operative, also captured on Aug. 21, said "foreign fighters in Iraq are on the brink of extinction and the group's "biggest concern right now is where to sleep at night without being arrested."

PS: Stop recycling old propaganda videos, morons!
"It's openly known on the al Qaeda forums that the Islamic State of Iraq and al Furqan Media Center churn out archival footage, including years-old attacks by Zarqawi's group al Tawhid wal Jihad," Grace said. "They have also been caught posting videos of attacks conducted by other groups in Iraq with their media logo. Sunni insurgents complained publicly about al Furqan's methods in September 2007."
Thanks to Bill "what's an iPhone?" Roggio.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:30 PM | Comments |

Secret Weapon Being Used in Iraq?

Secret death rays? The voice of G-d weapon? A secret thermal tagging system? More at ROA

By at 04:15 PM | Comments |

To: America -- From: Taliban -- RE: 9/11
To: Taliban -- From: America -- RE: RE: 9/11

To: America
From: Taliban
RE: 911

We're winning!

Doesn't America stand at the edge of historical defeat in Afghanistan? Don't the NATO forces get defeated by Mujahideen at every step?" Taliban said in a statement released to mark the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
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To: Taliban
From: America
RE:RE:9/11

Taliban wrote:
>We're winning!

F*ck you Taliban. Two 500 pounders. Nice.

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To: British
From: America
CC: Dutch, Aussies
FW:RE:RE:9/11

Can you believe these douchebags?

Begin forwarded message--------
Taliban wrote:
> We're winning!

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To: Taliban
From: British
CC: America, Aussies, Dutch
RE: FW:RE:RE:9/11

Ha! Taliban fight like women!!!

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To: Taliban
From: Dutch
CC: America, British, Aussies
RE: FW:RE:RE:9/11

Mwuahahahaaaaaaaa!!!

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To: Taliban
From: Aussies
CC: America, British, Dutch
RE: FW:RE:RE:9/11

Lulz ))) Happy 9/11, you goat buggering bitches!!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:25 PM | Comments |

Video: John McCain Released from POW

Long thought lost footage of John McCain being released by the North Vietnamese and turned over to the U.S. military. McCain was a POW for five and a half years. Longer than Barack Obama's entire Senate career.

UPDATE: Looks like SVT is after YouTube to yank the video. SVT video added. Sorry about it being in Swedish.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:08 PM | Comments |

Adult Female Virgin Reported in California

Natalie_Dylan.jpg(San Diego, California) Under a pseudonym, a member of the endangered population of adult female virgins in the state of California has been exposed in the news.

It appears the individual, called Natalie Dylan, announced her unsullied flower with the unusual cry of "For Sale! For Sale!"

The integrity of the maidenhead awaits confirmation by doctors. Once verified intact, Natalie Dylan's virtue will be auctioned via bunnyranch.com. The date of de-flowering is to be determined. (more)

By at 01:18 PM | Comments |

Bush Said to Give Orders Allowing Raids in Pakistan

VIA NYTIMES

WASHINGTON — President Bush secretly approved orders in July that for the first time allow American Special Operations forces to carry out ground assaults inside Pakistan without the prior approval of the Pakistani government, according to senior American officials.

The classified orders signal a watershed for the Bush administration after nearly seven years of trying to work with Pakistan to combat the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and after months of high-level stalemate about how to challenge the militants’ increasingly secure base in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

The gauntlet has been thrown......... and to the Al Qaeda leadership....the next knock you hear on the door... may be your death warrant.

Happy 9/11 BITCHES!!!

UPDATE: Details about last week’s commando operation have emerged that indicate the mission was more intrusive than had previously been known.

According to two American officials briefed on the raid, it involved more than two dozen members of the Navy Seals who spent several hours on the ground and killed about two dozen suspected Qaeda fighters in what now appeared to have been a planned attack against militants who had been conducting attacks against an American forward operating base across the border in Afghanistan.

Supported by an AC-130 gunship, the Special Operations forces were whisked away by helicopters after completing the mission.

By Matt Damon at 01:05 PM | Comments |

To: America -- From: Google -- RE: 9/11

Happy 9/11, Zionist-Crusader Imperialist swines!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:08 PM | Comments |

To: Shari'ah Committee of Ansar al-Sunnah -- From: Rusty -- RE: 9/11 EPIC FAIL!

Advice: Try not to stand directly behind rocket when firing from, uh, pipe aimed with, uh, old wire spool.


Happy 9/11, retards!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:58 AM | Comments |

To: al Qaeda -- From: Apache Helicopters -- RE: 9/11

Happy 9/11, bitches!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:51 AM | Comments |

Happy 9/11 al-Qaeda, Bitches!

How come al-Qaeda hasn't released its much hyped 9/11 commemoration video yet?

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http://www.youtube.com/user/elekhlaas

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:16 AM | Comments |

September 10, 2008

Matt Damon On Sarah Palin

Here's what you think you heard.

Here's what he really said.

Seriously, wingnuts, can't you get it right?

By Vinnie at 11:49 PM | Comments |

Media Priorities...

Heh. (h/t : Jawa commenter "Are You Sure?")

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 03:27 PM | Comments |

National Enquirer : New Palin Family Scandals Emerge

palincover.jpgThe National Enquirer has released some shocking new allegations about the Palin Family.

According to the Enquirer, and contrary to the "one big happy family" presented to the American public, Bristol Palin and Levi Johnson actually “broke up a few times" during their young romance. Not once. Not twice. A FEW times. Along the way, "they definitely messed around with other people,” according to sources. The "messing around" was apparently more than just a trip or two to the local sock hop, folks. Turns out more than one local boy claims to have "made out" with Bristol, which some surmise may have included HUGGING, HOLDING HANDS and KISSING. There have even been some allegations of DRY-HUMPING.

Bristol was also seen drinking alcohol, and may have smoked marijuana.

According to the Enquirer, Bristol is not the only "wild child" in the family. Track Palin has, like his brazen hussy of a sister, been seen drinking alcohol and was once implicated in a local vandalism incident. Wow.

The Enquirer alleges that Track Palin got himself addicted to pain-killers in high school. There are also allegations of addiction to cocaine and marijuana use. Man, who does this Track kid think he is? George W. Bush? Barack H. Obama? WTF?

That stuff is all pretty bad, but the scandal doesn't stop with the family. There is also a new scandal involving Sarah Palin herself. The Enquirer has learned that Sarah Palin was actually ANGRY when she found out her 17-year-old daughter Bristol was pregnant. Can you believe that? What kind of a mother would be ANGRY to find out that her 17-year old daughter had gotten knocked up by her boyfriend? My goodness...

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 02:02 PM | Comments |

Israeli Pensioner Affairs Minister Says Israel Should Kidnap Ahmadinejad

The Israeli pensioner affairs minister, Rafi Eitan, who was a former top operative for Mossad told Der Spiegel that if Israeli officers are kidnapped then Israeli should do likewise. He then went on to say that Israel should kidnap Iranian President Ahmadinejad and bring him to trial in The Hague.

"A man like Ahmadinejad who threats the existence of the state of Israel and is also preparing for it is worthy of being brought before the international court in The Hague even if it is by means of abduction"
Not a bad idea but I don't know how much influence a minister of pensioner affairs has over Israel's security apparatus. More at ROA

By at 12:18 PM | Comments |

"No country has done more than Pakistan in fighting terrorism"

The title of the post is a quote from Pakistani Defence Secretary Kamran Rasool which was delivered by Pakistan's ambassador to Germany. I suspect that when Rasool says terrorism he is referring to US & NATO forces in Afghanistan. There are plenty of examples of the Pakistani army and ISI providing help to the taliban. More at ROA

By at 09:31 AM | Comments |

Alaska Democrat Libertarian Mike Gravel Pwns Liberal Radio Hosts

He scolds the talk about Sarah Palin's family, "None of our damn business." But the libtard radio hosts keep trying to issue more leading questions to the Alaska Democrat and he keeps batting them down. He then links Obama and Biden to American Imperialism and the interview is abruptly ended.

Sweet!

Hat Tip: Allahpundit.

By Howie at 08:59 AM | Comments |

Al-Qaeda Planning Attacks in Western Algeria

Abdel Malik Droukedel.jpg(Algiers, Algeria) Abdel Malik Droukedel, head of the al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb, is reported to be planning suicide attacks during Ramadan on commercial targets in western Algeria.

Droukedel reportedly decided to change his strategy and relieve the pressure from central Algeria, recently the target of Al-Qaeda suicide attacks, to the western region to meet new objectives.

He reportedly decided to invest in these new attacks with the money from the ransom gained from the kidnap of several businessmen in Boumerdes and Tizi Ouzou, east of Algiers.

Meanwhile, the leader of al-Qaeda in central Algeria has been identified as Hudheifa Abu Yunes al-Asimi, formerly of Algiers.

The information appears reliable since it came from an informer who deserted al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb.

By at 05:46 AM | Comments |

September 09, 2008

Fundamentalist Quaker Separatists Behead Govt Worker

Or, headlines we're not likely to see:

Police found 29 spent M-16 bullets around the pickup truck of the victim, identified as 26-year-old Attapong Gonlom, after at least two gunmen opened fire on him at a school in Pattani, one of four southern provinces hit by the violence. "After the attack, the gunmen dragged his body out of the truck and chopped his head off, to the horror of students and teachers," a police incident report said. The incident pushed the number of people decapitated in the Malay-speaking region to 34, a Reuters calculation based on police data and newspaper reports showed
At a school, no less. I wonder what kind of message they were trying to send?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:07 PM | Comments |

Ron Paul Conclusively Proves (Again) That He Is Bat-Sh*t Crazy

From The Washington Times -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Libertarian-leaning congressman Ron Paul is urging voters to reject John McCain and Barack Obama and support one of the third-party candidates for president.

I'll just skip ahead to the grotesquely hilarious part:

He recommended Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party, former Georgia Republican Rep. Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party and former Georgia Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney of the Green Party. He invited them to his news conference Wednesday. [emphasis added]

To all of the Ron Paul supporters out there with your white-power, joo-hating, uber-Libertarian agendas...
Bwahahahahahahahah!!!!

Hat Tip: HotAir

By at 07:57 PM | Comments |

Palin Documentary: Highest Ratings EVER

How do you make the normally boring documentary genre into something that people actually want to watch? Sarah Palin.

Coming Soon: Michael Moore's Sarah Palin and Me.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:11 PM | Comments |

Palin Slimers PWN3D by FactCheck.org

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last week and a half, you know that Sarah Palin has been the subject of a constant barrage of smears. We in the right-wing blogosphere have stepped up to clear up the lies, but most readers are aware that we're not exactly indifferent as to whether Sarah Palin wins this election. Thus, it's perhaps understandable if moderates and independents may view our defenses of Sarah with a jaundiced eye.

The findings of the non-partisan, non-profit FactCheck.org are, however, not so easily dismissed. Their verdict? Sarah Palin has been "slimed" by her political opponents. Here's the first installment of the smackdown:

Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.

She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a "What if?" question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin's first term.

She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.

Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a "courtesy" when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.

Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska's schools. She has said that students should be allowed to "debate both sides" of the evolution question, but she also said creationism "doesn't have to be part of the curriculum."

Details here.

BTW, for those of you who unfamiliar with FactCheck.org:

We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in 1994 to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.

UPDATE by Rusty: I was going to put this in it's own post, but this seems more appropriate. Today at Huffpo there was a big deal about an alleged quid pro quo. Palin promoted a National Guard officer to 3 star general in return for his changing the tune of his praise for Palin.

The only problem? The General was appointed before Palin was picked as VP.

It's called reading. You should look in to it. Dumbasses.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 06:31 PM | Comments |

Obama: 'Lipstick on a pig'(Barry crossed the line)

Ben Smith is reporting on the Politico blog this evening Obama at a gathering in Lebanon, VA had this to say..

Obama poked fun of McCain and Palin's new "change" mantra.

"You can put lipstick on a pig," he said as the crowd cheered. "It's still a pig."

"You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still gonna stink."

"We've had enough of the same old thing."

The crowd apparently took the "lipstick" line as a reference to Palin, who described the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull in a single word: "lipstick."

This one was over the line...read the comments at Politico 500 posts and counting....Captain Bullshit stepped in it this time.

UPDATE by Rusty: Video added.

I talked to Newbie about this offline and frankly I don't think it's as big a deal as people are making it out to be. So, I'm with AllahP (in the updates) on this one. Innocent remark and part of the larger McCain = Bush 3 angle that he's been pushing for months.

I still don't get why the McCain people aren't pushing the 'Obama is the most liberal/partisan guy in the Senate' thing. Or that Obama has consistently been weak on defense, with policy positions that make John Kerry seem Hawkish and Jimmy Carter seem like the reasoned old sage of Atlanta. Both are sure fire winners, and the kind of truth that doesn't need a stretch, spin, or faux outrage.

Especially when the Left continues to attack Palin and her minor children in direct and genuinely outrageous ways.

By Matt Damon at 06:25 PM | Comments |

Profile: Peter Jemley - U.S. Army Deserter

Peter Jemley.jpg(Toronto, Ontario) A 42-year-old deserter from the U.S. Army, Peter Jemley, is seeking refugee status in Canada claiming he feared being ordered to participate in torture.

In a complimentary profile, Canadian media describe Jemley as a unique, quiet and polite, independent, father of two young children who is principled about stopping torture in the world.

Jemley enlisted in 2005, not as a patriot, but because "Iraqis are people too" and immediately entered the two-year Arabic linguist training program at the U.S. Army Language School in Monterey, California. Jemley was then assigned as an Arabic linguist with a top security clearance to the 341st Military Intelligence Battalion at Camp Murray, Washington, where he started reading media reports about torture at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Consequently, when learning that he might be sent to Guantanamo, Jemley deserted. (more)

By at 06:23 PM | Comments |

Sudden Jihad or Just Plain Crazy? Video: Man Beaten on Philly Train

I'm going with just plain crazy, but screaming Allahu-akbar while assaulting a random dude with a hammer on a SEPTA train doesn't make that position a slam dunk case like I'd like it to be.

But the crazy comes in all shapes and sizes and, as we've long noted, crazy and motivated by jihad ideology aren't mutually exclusive categories.

Still, watch the video below and you'll see why I'm taking the crazy position. He brings his kid with him as he senselessly beats a guy? Batshit.

The victim was just sleeping when the perpetrator, who is wearing an Islamic skull cap, woke him up by pummeling him with a hammer.

He kept saying something over and over again while he was beaten: Allah-something.

So, it's not just that he's a Muslim which makes the sudden jihad syndrome angle at least plausible if not entirely likely: it's that he invoked the name of his god during the act of violence.

They've IDd Mr. Father-of-the-year in the video but haven't released his name yet. Several news sources claim they expect an imminent arrest.

PS-- Forgot to put this in the original post: At least 10 people witnessed the beating, none of them bothered to help. None of them called the cops.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:51 PM | Comments |

Guard: Al Qaeda chief in Pakistan killed

Via CNN

The newly appointed al Qaeda chief in Pakistan, Abu Haris has died of his wounds following a missile attack in northwestern Pakistan, according to a guard who was also wounded in the attack.

The guard told CNN the missiles hit the compound of a key Taliban commander. Asked about the report, the White House had no comment.

The guard said the death toll from the attack has climbed to 25 and at least 20 were injured.

The guard said three other al Qaeda members died Tuesday from injuries sustained in Monday's attack -- Abdullah, a Saudi; Abu Hamza, another Saudi and Zain Ul Abu Qasim, an Egyptian.

Keep hitting them George!

By Matt Damon at 02:19 PM | Comments |

Obama Gains Huge Electoral College Edge.....

....in key states. Like France, Russia, & the UAE. You know, important states.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:16 PM | Comments |

Video: I am Sarah Palin

Hawkins new vid featuring Michelle, Pam, Wendy, Freeman and Skye.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:21 PM | Comments |

16 MILF Terrorists Killed in Air-Strike

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Awesome quote....."Based on the account of the pilots, they hit one of the bancas bulls eye". More at ROA

By at 12:32 PM | Comments |

Illegal Alien Advocates Want to End Drunk Driving Enforcement

(Pomona, California) A campaign to stop enforcement of drunk driving laws has been launched by an Ethics Studies Professor at UC - Riverside.

Professor Armando Navarro is urging all citizens to forward a form letter to the Pomona City Council indicating that sobriety checkpoints are "a grave threat to the stability of the local economy, and social harmony within the community."

I contend that enforcement of drunk driving laws is a good thing. Readers can weigh in, for or against, by contacting the Pomona City Council which is considering the issue.

Diggers Realm has the whole story.

By at 12:10 PM | Comments |

Barrack Obama's Executive Experience Similar to Running Enron

Obama supporters are making the claim that running a campaign counts as "executive experience". How pervasisve is the meme? Well, I heard John Stewart make that argument to Mike Huckabee on the Daily Show the other day.

Do I need to point out the obvious and mention that since nearly all polls indicate that Obama's campaign is now behind that of McCain then based on the premise that running a campaign = executive experience, then this is prima facie proof that McCain is the better executive?

Yeah, it's a dumb argument. But if you really believe it, as I suppose at least some of Obama's supporters do, then you're left with no other choice then to come to the conclusion based on the premise. Obama has executive experience, but he really sucks at it!

You know who else had 'executive experience' comparable to Barack Obama? Jeffrey Skilling.

QED people. QED.

Slublog makes a similar argument based on the premise that running for President = executive experience and how this would portend an Obama White House spending like there was no tomorrow.

Thanks to Larwyn.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:55 AM | Comments |

Good News: Canadian Taxpayers Paying for Palin Derangement Syndrome

Money quote at the CBC?

Republican men, sexual inadequates that they are, really believe that women will vote for a woman just because she's a woman. They're unfamiliar with our true natures. Do they think vaginas call out to each other in the jungle night?
Wait, you're saying they don't? Then what am I going to do with this vagina whistle call that I just bought online from Bass Pro Shops?

Kate has more relevant quotes.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:28 AM | Comments |

PSA: Save the Hippies!

Would ridding the world of hippies improve the world's air quality by more than 10 Kyoto treaties? TNOYF says maybe, but think of the consequences to the nation's hippie dependent industries.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:22 AM | Comments |

Stand Up and Fight - The John McCain Remix

Video below.

Next time: More Sarah Palin!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:17 AM | Comments |

Speculation about Kim Jong-il's Health High as he Misses 60th Anniversary of North Korea

Kim Jong-il reportedly failed to show up for North Korea's 60th anniversary military parade. A US intelligence officer speculates that Kim Jong had a stroke in the past two weeks. Some are even speculating that the leader of North Korea is dead.

A couple of weeks ago I read an article stating that Kim Jong-il has been dead for since 2003 and has been replaced by a double. I was saving the article for a slow news day but I figure this is a good time to post it.

From Japan Today

Shigemura cites as sources (without naming them) several people close to Kim’s family. He hears from them that Kim’s diabetes took a turn for the worse early in 2000. From then until his supposed death three and a half years later he was confined to a wheelchair.[...]

Kim’s family, meanwhile, was in a state of upheaval. His wife died—of breast cancer, said official reports; assassinated, according to persistent rumors. His favorite sister, a high-ranking Communist Party official, suddenly moved to Paris. Her husband lost his post. Clearly something was afoot.

In the spring of 2006, says Shigemura, American spy satellites succeeded in photographing Kim. An analysis of the photographs led to an astonishing conclusion: Kim had grown 2.5 cm!

Cross-post at ROA

By at 10:54 AM | Comments |

Daniel Pipes at Couterterrorism Conference - Live today.

Daniel Pipes will discuss the future of terrorism at the “World Summit on Counter-Terrorism” hosted by the Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel. He will be one of four speakers talking today, September 9, between 10-12 a.m. EDT. The live feed is viewable at mms://62.90.26.195/live/.
His topic is “An Islamist Strategy” and he will argue that lawful tactics work better than violent ones, while the two together work best of all.

More below the fold.

The other three speakers are:

* Dr. Boaz Ganor, Executive Director of ICT; Deputy Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya, Israel
* Prof. Sir. Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies and Vice Principal (Research) at King’s College, London, U.K.
* Prof. Fernando Reinares, Director, Program on Global Terrorism, Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid, Spain

For a complete schedule of the conference, see here.

He will be on again on September 10, moderating a workshop with Yigal Carmon, Mark Dubowitz, and Cliff May to discuss “Closing and/or Countering Radical Islamic Media?” at 7-10 a.m. EDT.

By at 09:37 AM | Comments |

Difference Between Muslim Terrorists & Sarah Palin? Lipstick

From Infidels are Cool
Juan Cole of salon.com accuses Sarah Palin, the GOP VP candidate, of sharing the same values with Hamas, Saudi Arabia and even Iran. I'm sure once Sarah Palin is in office she'll push for stoning of adultrious women, the death penalty for anyone who leaves Christianity, she'll take away the driving licenses of all the women in the US, and kill all homosexual people. That was sarcasm for those of you who are left of the aisle.

Uh...all I have to say is you stay classy left.

Palin agrees with Hamas and Saudi Arabia rather than supporting tolerance and democratic precepts. What is the difference between Palin and a Muslim fundamentalist? Lipstick.

By at 06:13 AM | Comments |

Polls and Google Trends Agree: McCain-Palin in Lead

****Bumped. Because I can.

I had a lengthy post about to go, but stupidly I closed Firefox without saving. Oh well, here's the gist of it: Add the Zogby poll released on Friday to all the polls used by Real Clear Politics and one thing because clear: McCain is now in the lead.

Every RCP poll has McCain either up (five of them) or tied (two of them).

And remember how I accurately predicted that McCain would choose Palin by using Google Trends? Check. This. Out.

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Also recall that Google Trends has a better track record of predicting elections than individual choices (such as VP picks) and I double-dog dare you to not leave this post whistling a soon-to-be standard of a ditty called Barracuda.

For a variety of methodological reasons I like Google Trends as a better forecaster than future markets such as Intrade (eg: sample size, selection error), but I'll throw that in to the mix: it still has Obama up. Barely. But consider this: Barely a week ago Obama was trading near 62. Today's closing price was closer to 52. And McCain? Up nearly 10 -- in a week.

But, like I said, I like Google Trends as a predictor is much better than Intrade.

This far out it's way too early to call, but the facts are the facts: McCain leads in nearly all the polls and people are energized about the McCain-Palin ticket.

Any bad news bones to throw at all you gloomers out there? Well, Election Projection still has Obama ahead with 278 electoral votes. So, there you are. Something for all you Obama backers to hang on to and for all of you too-good-to-be-true McCain backers to hedge your gloom against.

But look at the Election Projection data a little closer and you'll notice that they have Obama ahead nationally by under 1% --- which simply doesn't jibe with any national poll that I'm aware of.

Anyway, I had planned for much more analysis than this but just ran out of time.

UPDATE: Check out Brian Faughnan's take on the Intrade slide.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:17 PM | Comments |

ZOMG, Third Funniest Video EVAR???

Posted below the fold, because I'm not in the mood to resize, and Lord knows I wouldn't want to take anything away from Sir Bumpsalot of Academia.

Urgent Action Alert Update With Hot Smoking Bump Action

Okay, the link works. Stoopid Yootoob.

By Vinnie at 10:04 PM | Comments |

Sarah Palin: The Action Figure

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Obama doll: check. McCain doll: check. Sarah Palin doll: check.

Am I missing someone who doesn't have his own action figure? Perhaps someone who's smarter than the rest of us?

QED suckas. QED.

Thanks to Nyctalus Lasiopterus

UDATE: Sarah Palin is Lara Croft?

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:03 PM | Comments |

Down The Memory Hole

Charles posted this, now it's this.

Debunking these idiots is getting time consuming and wearying. Why not just hop down into the mud and go toe to toe.

You heard it here first, folks, the Jawa Report might just, through a close anonymous source, be able to confirm at some future date that Barack Hussein Obama is an in the tank, five-times-a-day-bang-his-head-on-the-floor radical Muslim follower of Osama Bin Laden.

We may, at some future, undisclosed point in time, be able to name Obama as the actual pilot of Flight 77, which, another anonymous source has told us, didn't actually hit the Pentagon, but was landed safely at Dick Cheney's secret bunker.

It's all yours, Fox News, run with it, you reich wing fascist glorious bastards!

By Vinnie at 07:02 PM | Comments |

Barack Obama, Stealth Muslim

A post by Hugh Fitzgerald at Jihad Watch that definitely deserves a hearty read it all.

Am I saying that I believe that Obama is a stealth Muslim? Not at all, but it's not important what I think, it's important what they think. And Mr. Fitzgerald has an excellent point on how they may view an Obama presidency.

By Vinnie at 06:04 PM | Comments |

Randi Rhodes: McCain 'Well Treated' as POW

I'd be outraged, but this is Randi Rhodes:

Of course he (McCain) became very friendly with the Vietnamese. They called him the Prince. He was well treated actually. And he was well treated because he traded these propaganda interviews for good treatment.
This is actually part of a larger meme that I thought had already bit the dust but which is apparently still in circulation.

Awesome. Seriously. It's like all the worst parts of the Leftist caricature of the Swiftboaters, only directed at a guy who didn't come home to accuse his fellow vets of being war criminals.

Keep it up nutroots. Keep it up.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:03 PM | Comments |

What's Old is New Again: Al Qaeda Releases 9/11 Anniversary Video to al Jazeera


Laura Mansfield sends this:

Once again, As Sahab has bypassed its internet release channels and has released its newest video directly to a television network, in this case releasing directly to Al Jazeera earlier today.

The hour and 30 minute video tape shows Zawahiri, Mustafa abu al Yazid, and Abu Yahya al Libi.

Check Laura's site later if you're interested.

More proof--like we needed any more--that Adam Gadahn is dead? Or is al Qaeda trying to reignite the flame of lost love they once enjoyed with al Jazeera's senior editorial staff?

In any event al Qaeda is promoting the new video over at Ekhlaas with the banner above. I wonder how they got it to al Jazeera before releasing it on the nets?

Or does al Jazeera have backstage access to al Qaeda's online hangout? If so, this says more about al Jazeera than it does about al Qaeda's as Sahab branded productions.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:55 PM | Comments |

Q: Is Sarah Palin a Racist

A: Yes. And by yes I mean no, Sarah Palin is not a racist.

Update: Hey, next time scan the back pages. You know, the one with the Kama Sutra how-to videos and pills to make you both slim and horny. The ones with Trig Trutherism and Michelle Obama love just don't pique my interests.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:33 PM | Comments |

American Airlines Celebrates Ramadan by Promoting Islamist Supremacy Group

A whistleblower---I'll call American Airlines employee X--sent me a screenshot of what was displayed at his in-house computer from a couple of days ago. The page is supposed to help AA employees come to a better understanding of Ramadan. It introduces us to a number of Islamic concepts and introduces us to a number of AA employees.

Employee X notes that one of the employees--who's name I will also redact--- looks like some sort of activist. But it's worse than just being an activist: in his spare time he works with the Islamic Circle of North America. The group promotes Islamist beliefs--the idea that Islam is not just a religious systembut is a total social system which includes the sharia or Islamic law.

And the group has ties to terror front charities, including Hamas. Four of the group's members were prosecuted in a plot to join the Taliban. Prior to 9/11 the group raised funds for an al Qaeda linked charity online.

On to the quotes:

[AA employee Y] was born in Pakistan and came to the U.S. in 2002 as a student at the University of Detroit. He now works in Jetnet Support and Development and is a member of the MERG. [He] wants people to know the truth about his religion so he is an active member of the Islamic Circle of North America, an organization dedicated to relief work and educating communities about Islam (www.icna.org). Says [Y], "Islam is the largest religion in the world. Yet unfortunately many Americans' first introduction to Muslim people was 9/11. ICNA hopes to create a better understanding of Islam so people can judge for themselves what is true, not just the upside-down picture painted by the media."
But it's not just employee Y. The AA promotion also includes Adnan Syed who is a director for the ICNA's South Central Region.

His name I won't redact. I can see a part time volunteer not knowing what he's been involved with, but a regional director? I don't think so.

Adnan Syed, a five-year AA employee in IT technology development agrees with [Y] that getting accurate information out about Islam can be difficult. Syed, originally from Pakistan, got his masters degree at SMU in telecommunications management. He has been ICNA's South Central Regional President for four years and is also on the organization's national board of directors. He is proud of ICNA's community outreach programs, and specifically mentions the women's shelter in New York, whose training and education programs enable Muslim women without families to live independently. Syed says people need to be reminded that suppression of women is not an Islamic teaching but rather a by-product of a country's culture.
That's why non-Arab cultures such as Pakistan are less oppressive than Jordan? Give. Me. A. Break.

How bad is the ICNA? According to one article in Middle East Forum, there is little doubt that the group has a radically Islamist orientation:

They both embrace the extreme Deobandi and Wahhabi interpretations of Islam. ICNA demonstrates disdain for Western democratic values and opposes virtually all counterterrorism legislation, such as the Patriot Act, while providing moral and financial support to all Muslims implicated in terrorist activities. An editorial in the ICNA organ, The Message International, in September 1989 bemoaned the "uncounted number of Muslims lost to Western values" which was a "major cause for concern."[47] In 2003 and 2004, ICNA has collected money to assist detainees suspected of terrorist activities, participated in pro-terrorist rallies, and mounted campaigns on behalf of indicted Hamas functionary Sami al-Arian.
None of this means that these employees are aware of the ICNA's radical ties nor does it mean that they are Islamists themselves. But whenever large corporations wish to do "outreach" to Muslims or want to "educate" their employees about Islam, why is it that they always turn to groups which are fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood and are explicitly Islamist in orientation?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:16 PM | Comments |

Lets Play Smack Down Joey Cohen

Our old friend Yousef al-Khattab is begging for attention. Specifically he began commenting on one of my Youtube videos here. Its a video that he had uploaded to dailymotion, but then removed. We saved a copy.

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He starts off with a couple swastikas then it just gets worse.

khaybarkhaybar has replied to your comment on Video: American Muslims Celebrating the Massacre of Jews:

I am proud of that video, if you want I can give you the full version. Anyway those rats are finished and in the hell fire.

Then he leaves us some "love mail", which he apparently thought better of and removed from the thread.
khaybarkhaybar has replied to your comment on Video: American Muslims Celebrating the Massacre of Jews:

Alhumdulilah the family is well, they hate you for the sake of Allah. That was not a celebration of murder just social hygiene.

So Yousef al-Khattab, AKA youtube user khaybarkhaybar calls the terrorist murder of Jews, "social hygiene"?

I thought that Yousef was trying to get some attention by commenting on my youtubes. Well at first I resisted because I don't want to give him the kind of attention he wants.

But Youtube Smackdown has already gotten two of his anti-semitic vids removed. He's on the bubble. So lets double down and remove this POS from Youtube.

See the video below. In it Yousef is praising Ghassan Abu Tir, the 22 year old Arab-Israeli who hijacked a bulldozer then started killing random civilians.



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His name is Joseph Cohen. He calls himself Yousef al-Khattab. He
supports terrorism. He, like other terror supporters, uses YouTube as
a tool to promote terrorism.

More videos promoting hatred of and violence against Jews from Yousef-al-Khattab here and here.

(one down! That makes 3 (actually five Andrea says, but still the user remains)

Super duper complaint link here. Then click how to flag abusive vids, then click contact us, Should bring up form.

Much more counter Cyber Jihad targets at Youtube Smackdown.

By Howie at 01:16 PM | Comments |

Obligatory MSNBC Drops Keef and Matty Post

Since I never watch MSNBC any way I wasn't going to post anything, but I keep getting emails about this so here's a link to a post done by AllahP yesterday.

The right triumphal? I don't think so. Matthews and Olbermann will be replaced by David Gregory which isn't much of an improvement is it? At least with Matthews and Gregory no one would ever argue that the coverage was unbiased since the two are partisan commentators and pundits. Gregory gives MSNBC the same bias but under the cover of journalistic independence. So, it's not just a wash but maybe even a step backward.

I'm more irritated with Olbermann's now regular appearance on NBC's NFL coverage. Seriously, what brainiac decided that one?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:20 PM | Comments |

Biden Takes Credit for Success in Iraq

Joe Biden claims things in Iraq are getting better. Why? Not because of General Patraeus's "Surge Strategy", but because the Iraqis finally started to listen to the smartest man on Earth--Joe Biden.

It comes in fits and starts, but this isn't a gaffe. He says it over and over again: Iraq is getting better because they are doing exactly what he recommended.

What's so funny is to see Tom Brokaw taking the surge has worked position while Biden argues against it. This comes only days after the Messiah himself proclaimed on Fox News that the surge worked.

I'd like to think this was just pure partisanship--that Biden won't admit that the surge has been an unequivocal success because that might hurt his electoral successes--but it's not. It's sheer ego. Over the years Biden's so-called foreign policy expertise can be summed up nicely as take any current U.S. position and add a bit of nuance to it.

The kind of nuance, I might add, that only himself and his intellectual peers on the editorial board of Foreign Affairs can rightly see. Seriously, you'll remember that his plan to partition Iraq was co-authored by that very editorial board (Foreign Affairs is a publication of the Council on Foreign Relations).

Anyway, it seems that the guy who is smarter than the rest of us never bothered to read the new Counterinsurgency Manual written by General Patreaus and colleagues, because if he had he would realize that the "surge" is nothing more than its implementation. The surge is about numbers, yes, but its also about how those numbers are used.

The "Biden plan" was not what we see in Iraq. It was a reduction of the total numbers of troops and the use of more special forces to hunt down terrorists. The latter part being well and good but you cannot control the streets of Ramadi with Delta Force.

A main factor in the surge success has been smaller units, but many many more of them put in forward positions. And these aren't specialized units led by Chuck Norris.

Anyway, on to the quotes:

SEN. BIDEN: No. The surge helped make that--what made is possible in Anbar province is they did what I'd suggested two and a half years ago: gave local control. They turned over and they said to the Sunnis in Anbar province, "We promise you, don't worry, you're not going to have any Shia in here. There's going to be no national forces in here. We're going to train your forces to help you fight al-Qaeda." And that you--what you had was the awakening. The awakening was not an awakening by us, it was an awakening of the Sunnis in Anbar province willing to fight.
Okay, partially correct, but mostly an ego induced fantasy.

Part of what made Sunnis willing to stand up and fight was that they became confident that we would not abandon them---the very thing which Joe Biden and Barack Obama have been trying to do since conventional wisdom decided that we could not win in Iraq.

People generally do not risk life and limb in losing causes.

Then Biden goes on with the Big Lie:

Far from--look, the bottom line here is that it's--let's--the surge is over. Here's the real point. Whether or not the surge worked is almost irrelevant now. We're in a new deal. What is the administration doing? They're doing what Barack Obama has suggested over 14 months ago, turn responsibility over and draw down our troops. We're about to get a deal from the president of the United States and Maliki, the head of the Iraqi government, that's going to land on my desk as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee saying we're going to set a timeline to draw down our forces. The only guy in America out of step is John McCain. John McCain's saying no timeline. They've signed on to Barack Obama's proposal.
Nuance or lie? I say lie. And Biden knows it. Had Barack Obama's policy been enacted, we would already be out of Iraq and the surge would have never even started.

Then it gets funny with Biden arguing with Brokaw about how his strategy has led to victory in Iraq:

MR. BROKAW: But the surge helped make that timeline possible, did it not?

SEN. BIDEN: Well, it did help make it possible. It did help. But it's not the reason. Look, they also--take a look at the analysis, Tom. They say the reason why there's such success against the, the insurgency is because of now small, very well trained counterinsurgency units. It's not the numbers, it's the type of units that are in there. What I was arguing about before was we have the wrong units in there. We have the wrong kind of force in there. We weren't focused on counterinsurgency.

What analysis? Who's analysis? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?????

Anyway, here are some more key ego shots:

Tell me what's happened in Anbar province. There are no Sunnis in Anbar province--I mean, Shia in Anbar province. It is de facto exactly what I said. That's what's working.....

MR. BROKAW: But are you encouraged they're moving toward a political settlement?

SEN. BIDEN: Yes, I am encouraged, because they're doing the things I suggested. They're localizing it, Tom. That's why it is moving toward some mild possibility of a resolution.....

MR. BROKAW: Five years from now, do you think Iraq will have relative stability and democratic principles in a central government?

SEN. BIDEN: If there is an Obama-Biden administration, yeah. If there is a John McCain administration and Sarah Palin, I think it's probably not going to happen....And by the way, that Biden proposal, 75 senators voted for it, including the majority of the Republican Party.

You mean the proposal which was, er, the exact opposite of the surge strategy> Yeah, that proposal.

An ego so big that it can simultaneously believe his own rejected proposal is the one responsible for success in Iraq!

Joe Biden has become a parody of his own caricature.

UPDATE: Related---Ask Biden a Question Get a 13 MINUTE response!

The rest of the transcripts can be read here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:35 AM | Comments |

Pickens and the "Buy Time Scheme"

T. Boone Pickens.jpgIs anyone else getting annoyed seeing T. Boone Pickens on television telling everyone that time is running out and he knows how to buy time?

Although Pickens talks in generalities, I sense that one unmentioned specific is that his "Buy Time Scheme" will need to be paid for by the American public.

When a businessman plans to prop up his project with taxpayer dollars, I am suspicious of the commercial viability of the project. As a result, I also lack trust in what Pickens says.

By at 09:11 AM | Comments |

Foreign Celebrity Endorses Obama

I guess Russell Brand didn't get the memo. Here it is: STFU!

These would be the same people who think Britney Spears deserved three awards.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:45 AM | Comments |

South Park: First Victim of New "Cold War"

MrHankey[1].jpgOh my G*d, Russia killed South Park. You bastards!

Prosecutors in Russia want to ban the award-winning satirical U.S. cartoon South Park, calling the series "extremist" after receiving viewer complaints, a spokeswoman said on Monday.
No, the offending cartoon didn't feature the Prophet Muhammad. It was Mr. Hankey the Christmas Pooh and apparently it's offensive to Christians or something.

Source: Bill Dauterieve

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:36 AM | Comments |

Another Missile Strike in Waziristan

US predator drones fired hellfire missiles at a madrassa run by a taliban commander in the capital of North Waziristan. The target of the attack was taliban commander Jalaluddin Haqqani who founded the madrassa. According to Haqqani's son he was not at the madrassa at the time of the missile strike.

Sixteen to twenty people have been reported killed so far. Most of those killed were Pakistani and Afghani taliban scum. Cross-post at ROA

By at 07:32 AM | Comments |

September 07, 2008

Chris Matthews "Really Worried" That Hillary May Not Campaign Hard Enough for Obama

If you have any independent friends who aren't yet convinced that Chris Matthews is fully in the tank for Obama-Biden, here's a telling quote to send their way:

"I really worry about that relationship, if it's solid enough, because I really do believe in states like Pennsylvania and Ohio, where Hillary did really well, Hillary could go in there and campaign with this fellow, Barack Obama, like gangbusters...In a lot of ways -- in the campaign in Pennsylvania, for example -- she came off as the girl next door. She was really powerful. So, if she could sell him, he'll win. But I'm not sure it's together yet."
- Chris Matthews, Tonight Show, 9/5/2008

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 05:07 PM | Comments |

Pakistan Suspends Fuel Shipments to NATO in Afghanistan

Our "major ally", Pakistan, has suspended fuel shipments to NATO forces in Afghanistan. Islamabad did not give any reasons for the suspension of fuel shipments but I wouldn't be surprised if it is in retaliation for the US raid into Pakistan that slaughtered 20 terrorists. More at ROA

By at 02:19 PM | Comments |

20 taliban Scum Killed by US & Afghan Forces

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20 taliban killed in two separate clashes. US forces killed 10 taliban in in the southeast province of Khost. Plus another 10 taliban were killed when they attacked a police post.

Good to see the Afghan police hold their own against the taliban.

From Reuters

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S.-led soldiers, backed by air support, and Afghan police killed more than 20 Taliban fighters in two separate clashes, officials said on Sunday.

A U.S. military statement said its forces killed more than 10 insurgents during an operation in the southeast province of Khost on Saturday, and did not mention any casualties on its side.

In Helmand, a southern province also regarded as a Taliban stronghold, militants lost 10 men in an assault on a police post, provincial police chief Mohammad Hussein Andiwal said. Four police were wounded defending their post.

By at 11:12 AM | Comments |

Video : Dear Mr. Obama

Simple, but AWESOME.

h/t: Bruce.

Ace posts a campaign commercial with a somewhat lighter take on the race.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 08:11 PM | Comments |

Just Testing Widescreen

Seriously, The content of the video is entirely unrelated to any political motivations of the author or The Jawa Report, sort of, Maybe, probably not.

By Howie at 07:30 PM | Comments |

Report: American al Qaeda Adam Gadahn Dead

Via the Telegraph

Western intelligence sources in Pakistan believe that al-Qa'eda's prize American recruit and propaganda chief may have been killed in a CIA-directed airstrike.

Months of attacks by unmanned US predator aircraft have caused carnage among the middle ranks of terrorist leaders in the lawless lands along the border with Afghanistan, where al-Qa'eda remains dangerous despite suffering a serious defeat in Iraq.

Their victims have included experienced Arab leaders and, it is now thought, Adam Gadahn, a former heavy-metal fan and so-called "killer computer nerd" originally from California. Nothing has been heard from him for months, leading intelligence experts to conclude that he may be dead.

Break out the cowbell.

UPDATE by Rusty: We'll keep the cowbell on ice for now. What's this, like post number 6 where we thought Adam Gadahn was dead?

But still: knock on wood.

I seriously would love some confirmation on this. Gadahn had such an inflated sense of self worth that he would often Google his own name. So every time we even have the slightest hint of a rumor that he's dead we'd publish it.

We also know he checks The Jawa Report from time to time.

So Adam, you fat ass piece of shit, if you're still alive, consider the gauntlet thrown.

UPDATE: The verdict seems to be this: If Gadahn doesn't make an appearance this year on the anniversary of 9/11, he's dead.

UPDATE: And while I'm at it, I had intended on linking to this post by Andrew Cochran but never got around to it. The title is the giveaway but the whole thing (links included) are worth a read: Now the U.S. Is Chasing OBL to His Cave

By Matt Damon at 05:50 PM | Comments |

Funniest Video EVAR????

I'm posting it below the fold because I have no patience for resizing at the moment, given that I'm busy in the email insulting our resident USC alum. Who, despite the fact that the lazy bastards took this Saturday off, is still in full gloating mode.


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By Vinnie at 05:50 PM | Comments |

Good Lt. Gets Married!

Good Lt. is getting married today. Mazel tav from all of us at the Jawa Report!

May your marriage bring you joy, health, prosperity, posterity, and a good deducttion.

So when do I get to exercise ius primæ noctis?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:07 PM | Comments |

Bill Maher: Douche (also not very funny)

A post so incredibly awesome, that it deserves to be linked at Google News*: Very Smart Man, Bill Maher, Who By the Way Is Much More Intelligent Than You Are, Pushing Trig Trutherism on His HBO Show

*For some fluke reason any post I link with a mu.nu extension gets listed on Google News. So any time I link Ace or others above the fold they get their post listed as "news". Although rarely does being a Google News source get you much traffic, it happens occasionally. And if any post deserves to be read, this one does.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:15 PM | Comments |

Irony: Muslim Student Group That Advocates Censorship Outraged Over Censorship

Last month the provost at the University of Southern California required the Muslim Student Union to remove a passage from an oft cited hadith calling for the murder of Christians and Jews which was hosted on the USC server.

The USC MSA is outraged over this censorship.

This would be the same group that was up in arms over the airing of Obsession and of Fitna.

And which 5 years after 9/11 still had up the testimony of Adam Pearlman on why he became a Muslim and changed his name to Yayihe Adam Gadahn.

I think USC is wrong in this instance. They should keep the offensive hadith up. Since it's considered authentic in nearly every corner of the Muslim world, it's an important reminder that both the original texts of Islam (Quran and hadiths) and the example of Muhammad (sunna) and his companions (sahaba) are steeped in violence. Censoring not only makes USC look bad, but it whitewashes Islam in the very way that many Muslims wish it to be whitewashed.

Related: USC Trojans beat Ohio State (next week's headline)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:00 PM | Comments |

McCain's Masterstroke

Although politics invariably involves ups and downs, many conservatives have found more reasons to be "down" than "up" in recent years. That said, I can recall being particularly happy about at least four specific political events in recent times:

1. The withdrawal of the nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court.

2. The collapse of the McCain-Kennedy Immigration Bill.

3. The Supreme Court's decision in Heller v. D.C.

4. The announcement of Gov. Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate.

Like many Americans, I've spent much of the last eight years not feeling particularly great about--and often feeling quite hostile toward--the Republican Party. Despite all the election-season promises that they "get it," our self-styled "conservative" leaders have let us down time and time and time again. We've learned all-too-well in recent years that any hack can learn to parrot Reaganite talking points. Having the brains to actually understand the underlying philosophies and the guts to fight for them are different things entirely.

(MORE BELOW THE FOLD)

Above and beyond our basic frustration, as American citizens, over Bush Administration mismanagement, conservatives have had an extra dose of anger over the Party's abandonment of core conservative principles. We were put through the puzzlingly absurd nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court and forced to stand by and watch the Republican Party apparently abandon all concern for fiscal responsibility and ethics. The Harriet Miers nomination was not merely a philosophical abandonment; it represented an almost unfathomably poor level of judgment. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together could have easily predicted, going in, that the Miers nomination would end up as a disaster of massive proportions. This was, of course, far from the only seriously poor decision by the Bush Administration. Americans were often left puzzled, wondering what the hell was going on in the White House and who (if anyone) was "minding the store."

Of course, the Bush White House didn't destroy the Republican brand all by itself. It had plenty of help. On the legislative side, we've gotten to enjoy learning way more than we ever wanted to about earmarks, about a "Bridge to Nowhere," and about the excesses of men like Bob Ney, Duke Cunningham, Mark Foley, Don Young and Ted Stevens. Even in the wake of the losses of 2006, with an opportunity to demonstrate that they "got the message," the House and Senate Republicans decided instead to re-elect their failed leadership teams.

To be fair, there have been a few bright spots for conservatives along the way--most notably, the welcome confirmations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito--but these are rafts of smart in a flood of stupid. Nevermind that we had to scream bloody murder to get Alito in there. In general, the Bush years have not been a fun time to be a conservative.

Like many of my fellow conservatives, I've been cringing at the thought of a McCain-Lieberman ticket or a McCain-Huckabee ticket. If the insider tips can be believed, the former option was a very real possibility at one point. After eight years of Bush's big-government "compassionate conservatism," and with rumors that our center-right Maverick would be inviting a far-left maverick to join him on the ticket, many conservatives were asking themselves whether the Republican Party was still a place they could call "home." Others had already asked themselves that question and decided that the answer was "no."

There were those voices, even among conservatives, that counseled McCain to focus on victory November--by which they meant he should play hard for the middle. The conservative base, they argued, would fall in line when push came to shove. Many conservative leaders, and especially among the social cons, were having none of it. There were predictions that a McCain-Lieberman, McCain-Ridge or McCain-Huckabee ticket would go into battle at half strength and 25% morale. I'm not at all certain that this prediction was wrong.

Heading into the November elections, with many indications that the Republican Party would be continuing its leftward drift (or drive) for the foreseeable future and serious questions as to whether grassroots conservatives even had a meaningful seat at the table anymore, many conservatives were seriously asking themselves whether this was a movement that they could, in good conscience, ask their friends and neighbors to support on election day. How many of us can maintain a believable smile while chomping down a turd sandwich? Not many, I suspect.

Some of you, even self-styled "conservatives," counseled that we should close ranks with McCain early without preconditions, and leave McCain free to make his VP choice as he saw fit. Anyone who advocated that course of action was simply wrong--embarassingly so. The events of the last week should have made that abundantly clear by now. While victory in November is certainly not a foregone conclusion, it is much closer at hand than it was eight days ago.

To many conservatives, the VP choice was partly about November, but it was about much more than that. McCain's VP choice was seen by many as a pivotal moment for the conservative movement and the Republican Party. I know I'm not alone in my conviction that Reagan's choice of establishment moderate George H. W. Bush as a running mate in 1980 was a wrong decision for which the conservative movement, and the Republican Party, is still paying a price today. For many conservatives, McCain's choice of VP wasn't just about what happens over the next four years. It was about what happens over the next few DECADES.

Intentionally or not, a Vice President Lieberman would've been taken as a clear signal that the GOP was moving directly away from Reaganite conservatism as an organizing philosophy. Along a different vector, a Vice President Huckabee would have been taken as a signal that Bush-style "compassionate conservative" populism was still on the ascension--and you ain't seen nothin' yet. A Vice President Romney would have been interpreted as a sign that it would soon be time to submit to our new android masters. True Reaganite hangers-on, if any, would certainly be welcome to stay around and vote Republican, of course, so long as they didn't get any silly ideas about having any real influence over anything important. Federalists, tax-cutters, pork-busters, "leave me the hell alone" types and android-haters need not apply.

Pundits have been chewing up hundreds of trees and billions of electrons over the question of whether McCain should "solidify the base" or "play for the center." It seemed to be taken as a given through the Summer that uniting the conservative base and playing for independents were mutually-exclusive strategies. And yet, in hindsight, I think we can all see clearly that they weren't at all mutually exclusive. Credit to John McCain for having the smarts to realize that there was at least one option that could galvanize the conservative base and win over the American people. And yet, McCain wasn't the first national politician to realize that this could be done. Ronald Reagan argued this point persuasively at least as early as 1977. The more things change...

With the notable exceptions of Charles Krauthammer and Peggy Noonan, it seems to be widely acknowledged on the right that McCain's choice of Gov. Sarah Palin was a strategic masterstroke by McCain. Sarah Palin's ascension to McCain's side was a signal to conservatives and to independents that he plans to shake things up and get the Republican Party back on the right track--and that was exactly the message McCain needed to send--both to the grassroots base and to the country as a whole.

Now, I'd be lying through my teeth if I claimed to have no doubts whatsoever as to whether McCain can succeed in that endeavor. Between now and November 4th, however, I'm willing to set those doubts aside and get 100% behind Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin.

We conservatives now have a ticket we can get behind with enthusiasm, and I strongly encourage my fellow conservatives to do so.

MCCAIN-PALIN '08!

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 02:00 PM | Comments |

Saira Nusrat Bibi Killed for Seeking Annulment at Age of 17

Saira Nusrat Bibi of Pakistan was forced into marriage at the age of nine...to a 45-year-old man. At the age of 17, she sought and obtained an annulment of this marriage. Apparently her parents weren't too happy about it because they arranged to have her killed for her actions:

DESPAIR among human rights workers in Pakistan over a rash of so-called "honour killings" intensified yesterday when it was disclosed that a girl forced into marriage with a 45-year-old man at the age of nine had been killed by her parents because she asked for an annulment.

The girl, 17, who had been fighting a lonely but successful legal battle, was coming out of court in the Punjabi city of Sahiwal after being granted the annulment by a judge when she was surrounded by a group of men and shot in view of police.

Another case has human rights groups upset - the case of five women in the province of Baluchistan who were killed when they were buried alive because they wanted to choose who they married.

Doesn't help that scum within their parliament defends these actions because they are traditions:

The Baluchistan case was worsened by an attempt by a member of the country's national parliament, senator Israr Ullah Zehri, to defend it, telling colleagues that "these are centuries-old traditions and I will continue to defend them", The Weekend Australian reports.

Finally, the Government ordered an "investigation" into the deaths.

Details that have emerged from the village of Baba Kot in Baluchistan indicate that the three girls -- aged between 16 and 18 - and two of their elderly relatives were "shot at" before being buried alive.

"When the fuming elders of the Umrani tribe came to know about the intentions of these girls, they picked them up from their homes along with two of their elderly relatives," one account said.

"The crying girls were pushed into official cars and driven to a deserted area. There they were pushed out of the cars, made to stand in a queue, and volleys of shots fired at them. As the bleeding girls fell to the sand, the tribesmen dragged them into a nearby ditch and levelled it with earth and stones.

"As the two shocked elderly women tried to rescue the hapless girls, they too were gunned down and buried in the same manner. The killers after burying these women returned to their tribe like conquerors without any action taken against them."

So....do you think there will be any charges officially filed against the killers? Call me a bit jaded, but I'm not sure there will be a punishment to fit the crime.

By Merri at 01:50 PM | Comments |

Was there a Second Special Ops raid into Pakistan?

I came across this Asia Times article bySyed Saleem Shahzad who I have always suspected had a pipeline into AQHQ or Taliban circles. I have also noticed he tends to bury a news nugget in his opinion pieces.

This peaked my interest...

Barely a week after a meeting on the US aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Indian Ocean between the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, and the chief of the Pakistani Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kiani, to discuss infiltration points for militants going from Pakistan to Afghanistan and to pin-point al-Qaeda training camps, American

special forces carried out two attacks inside Pakistan.

On Wednesday morning, US special forces entered Angorada in the South Waziristan tribal area where members of al-Qaeda's shura (council), Arabs and Uzbeks were believed to be operating. The rugged mountainous area is also a known launching pad for militants staging attacks on a US military post in the Birmal area in Paktika province in Afghanistan.

The special forces, who flew in by helicopter to a small village, soon realized that they did not have the numbers or air cover to conduct effective search operations. Firing broke out and about 20 civilians are believed to have been killed before the forces withdrew.

Twenty-four hours later, four militants were killed in North Waziristan, reportedly by US special forces. The dead did not include any of the senior al-Qaeda or militant leaders who were said to have been in the area.

I've checked news reports..... the death of the four killed in North Waziristan was thought to have been by Predator....did Shahzad just reveal something that was not known until now?

By Matt Damon at 11:14 AM | Comments |

Choudary Claims MI5 Tried to Assassinate Omar Bakri Muhammad

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Anjem Choudary leads Pope protest

It looks like Anjem Choudary has seen way too many movies, forgot to take his lithium, or is just a little depressed that he's been out of the headlines for too long so he's reduced to just making wild claims.

In the following press release posted at his website he goes on and on about soooper top-sikret electronic devices used to monitor Omar Bakri Mohammed. He also claims MI5 left a remote controlled bomb meant to kill Bakri Mohammed who has been banned from returning to the UK and now lives in exile in Lebanon.

At the end of the press release you'll notice that Choudary includes a cryptic warning to the British government that that attempt on Bakri Mohammad's life might constitute a breach in the "covenant of security" with Muslims. This is a reference which would only be understandable to those steeped in Islamic tradition and law and is a reference to the notion that Muslims are a separate nation that has a sort of treaty with the kuffar--the unbelievers. The results of any breach of the 'security covenant' by the British would be open war.

A subtle threat? Actually, a not so subtle threat, but a paper tiger nonetheless since Choudary and other of Bakri Mohammad's followers have claimed that the British already have broken said 'security covenant' over and over again. The presumable consequences of which would be an open declaration of war by the group which has never come to pass.

Choudary is the man who organized the infamous rally to protest the Mohammed cartoons where signs were carried saying, "Behead Those Who Insult Islam". He also organized the rally against the Pope. You know the one. It's the rally where placards reading, "May Allah Curse the Pope" and "Jesus Will Raise the Sword of Islam" were waved.

If that wasn't enough to get a feel for the inner-workings of Choudary, then ponder this: Two groups put together by Choudary and Bakri Muhammad have been banned in the UK as terrorist organizations; he helped organize a conference on the "Magnificent 19" praising the 9/11 hijackers; the BBC has him on record claiming that Muslims aren't allowed to kill innocents...but only Muslims qualify as innocent.

And Bakri Mohammad is to Anjem Choudary as a Sith is to his apprentice.

The thing about the claim that MI5 is trying to kill Omar Bakri Mohammad is that its equal parts bizarre and equal parts mega-downer inasmuch that it's probably not true.

If MI5 really wanted to kill Bakri Mohammad, he'd be dead.

I'm not sure if we'll ever get serious about instigators of terror like Bakri Mohammad. Cowards who encourage others to donate money and the blood of their sons to the 'mujahideen', but who always absolve themselves from the very actions they claim are required of other Muslims.

But we should. And when we do? Watch out.

Anyway, the press release is below and it includes a killer bonus: Anjem Choudary and Omar Bakri Mohammad's personal phone numbers.

A sinister plot by the British special branch and MI5 against Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammad has been uncovered.

Electronic devices designed to monitor the movements of Sheikh Omar, including a remote controlled explosive device capable of being detonated at a distance and weighing 1.5kg, were recently discovered.

Further information has exposed the underhand tactics of the British regime whose officers violated the sanctity of Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammad’s Lebanese apartment in Beirut-Doha by entering his flat without his permission. Using their own freshly made key, the intruders installed audio and visual surveillance devices in the Sheikh’s home, not to mention blatantly stealing personal and confidential documents, including his passport.

Some details of this sinister plot have been verified such as that the British officers were sent by the British government via the British embassy and that they had rented an apartment above Sheikh Omar’s apartment for surveillance purposes. The Sheikh declined to comment on whether his source gave specific personal details of the British agents.

Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammad is a prominent scholar in the Muslim world today for his uncompromising stance on the vital issues which affect the Muslim world. He is recognized as one of the leading figures struggling against the British crusade against Islam and Muslims. The attack against Sheikh Omar and those who struggle against manmade laws and struggle to liberate Muslim land, calling for the establishment of the Shari’ah is inherent in British government policy. This has manifested itself in the British government’s hand in the destruction of the Khilafah in 1924, the illegal occupation of Muslim land as in Afghanistan and Iraq, the giving away of Muslim land such as Palestine and Kashmir, the support of tyrant regimes in Muslim countries, the imprisonment of innocent Muslims and the introduction of many draconian laws targeted at Muslims.

Historically the British policy to target sincere scholars in India, Malta etc. has been well documented, today they are intentionally targeting activists like Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammad who always called for Muslims to propagate Islam and to observe the covenant of security where the life and wealth of the non-muslims is secure in return for the life and wealth of Muslims being secure. This raises the important question as to whether the British government wishes to remain in a covenant of security with Muslims.

Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an:

….They ….plot and plan and Allah is the best of planners [EMQ 8:30]

For further information please contact Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammad direct on 00961 7095 7759

Issued by Mr Anjem Choudary – Judge of The Shari’ah Court of The UK 07956 600 569

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:31 AM | Comments |

September 05, 2008

Youtube Video: Sarah Barracuda

By Howie at 09:44 PM | Comments |

Might as Well Put it to Music


These dirty little lies brought to you by talkleft (heh)

Slimey.

Update: More slimey already.

Give me a few minutes while I think up what Big Jim the plumber told me about Michelle Obama. Lets see what was it?

Oh Yes, He said that she said, "Oh Jim! Oh Shit! Yeees!!! Plumb me baby!"

Jim asked that I not use his last name, but screw that. Slade!

By Howie at 09:19 PM | Comments |

Gossip-Mongers *HEART* Saracuda Palin

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(Click image for latest results)

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 08:18 PM | Comments |

More War Porn

The Jawas called for more war porn so without further delay....more war porn

By at 06:53 PM | Comments |

Reader Love Mail: Jihad Tube Edition

Muahahahhaha!!!!!

Hat Tip: Andrea.

Update: The video has been removed.

Celebrimbor saved a copy here.

and mamomamo333, You lose!

By Howie at 05:53 PM | Comments |

Pakistan...the Taliban's Safe Haven

Whenever you read or hear about a Pakistani offensive against the taliban in the FATA just remember this quote...

“I cannot lie to you,” Namdar said, smiling at last. “The army comes in, and they fire at empty buildings. It is a drama — it is just to entertain.”

Entertain whom? I asked.

“America,” he said.

Read the whole thing at the NY Times. It's actually a pretty good article, long but good.

By at 04:25 PM | Comments |

P.U.M.A.s for McCain?

Further to this post yesterday, at least some PUMAs are lining up behind McCain-Palin.

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By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 04:16 PM | Comments |

McCain Exceeded Expectations as Well

I thought John McCain did very well last night. He's not exactly who I thought he was. I like him better. So does Bill Whittle, who writing at National Review has a few thoughts on the Republican ticket. First the lovely Sarah,

I think the magic of Sarah Palin speaks to a belief that so many of us share: the sense that we personally know five people in our immediate circle who would make a better president than the menagerie of candidates the major parties routinely offer. Sarah Palin has erupted from this collective American Dream — the idea that, given nothing but classic American values like hard work, integrity, and tough-minded optimism you can actually do what happens in the movies: become Leader of the Free World, the President of the United States of America. (Or, well, you know, vice president.)

-snip-

John McCain got me to believe tonight what I never really believed about him before: he is serious about changing Washington. He is serious about getting the GOP back to basics. John McCain wants to repair the brand. Claiming to want to do something is talk. What I think will cause many to believe him is something more than talk: McCain decided to man up. It’s our fault. We lost the confidence of the American people. We said we’d be true to our principles, and we weren’t. The Democrats didn’t make us do it. We did it to ourselves.

The whole thing is worth a read.

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By Jane at 03:48 PM | Comments |

iphone saves bloggers sanity

My power is out again. That's three out of the past four days sans power. But thanks to my iPhone I still have Internet access.

I didn't see the Sarah Palin speech the other night for the same reason: no TV. But again thanks to iphone I was able to watch it on YouTube.

Awesome!!

I had always planned on voting McCain. Reluctantly. Now I do so with enthusiam.

Thank you Sarah. And thank you iphone.

I don't know if he'll win, but at least now I feel like I can publicly admit my support.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:18 PM | Comments |

Another missile strike.. and I have given up counting

This one inside Afghanistan....and I've given up counting how many this makes.

Via NY TIMES:

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A missile strike from a pilotless United States reconnaissance aircraft killed between 6 and 12 people in a group of houses in southern Afghanistan, very close to the border with Pakistan, Pakistani residents of the area said Friday.
Spend those tax dollars George.......pour it on!!!

By Matt Damon at 01:32 PM | Comments |

Another Missile Strike in North Waziristan

Another Predator missile strike in North Waziristan killed 5 terrorist scum as the Pakistani parliament condemned a US ground raid inside Pakistan that killed 20 terrorist scum. The Pakistani parliament passed a resolution unanimously asking the Pakistani government to tell the ISAF that such raids into Pakistan are “bound to force fundamental changes of foreign policy”. So I guess that means Pakistan would openly support the terrorists.

The resolution passed by the Pakistani parliament also asked the government to “repel such attacks in the future with full force”. If Pakistan actually went after the terrorists with "full force" then there would be no need for US raids into Pakistan. I never heard of an "ally" that would complain every time someone would help kill the enemy.

In other related news, Afghan forces called in air-strikes that killed 8 taliban scum including commander Ghulam Farouq Niami in western Afghanistan.

By at 10:28 AM | Comments |

Palinmania Sweeping the Nation: Palin More Liked Than Either Prez Candidates

America's got a fevah and the only answer is more Sarah Palin!

Now, following a Vice Presidential acceptance speech viewed live by more than 40 million people, Palin is viewed favorably by 58% of American voters....

Perhaps most stunning is the fact that Palin’s favorable ratings are now a point higher than either man at the top of the Presidential tickets this year. As of Friday morning, Obama and McCain are each viewed favorably by 57% of voters. Biden is viewed favorably by 48%.


Source:
Rasmussen via HA's link thingy.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:50 AM | Comments |

Classy Pic: Palin Gives McCain Hummer

I guess it's viral, so here it is.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:28 AM | Comments |

The Post in Which I Express My Utter Disbelief at Media Partisanship [Updated]

Seriously, I can't believe this. It's like my entire worldview has been shattered by a single headline.

In related news MSNBC's Keith Olbermann was outrageously outraged! over a video shown at the convention on 9/11. So righteously filled with indignation was he that it made him want to go out and personally hunt down and kill the man responsible for the atrocious atrocities!!!!!

You know, John McCain.

Updated: US Magazine attacks Palin in same issue that it lauds Michelle Obama.

And as long as I'm busy getting the moron-blog on Google News at the expense of my own hits, here's a related post: AP Insists That Just Because We've Seen the Palin Children, They're Fair Game

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:18 AM | Comments |

Palin Troopergate: Small Town Politics

Any of you ever live in a small town? Then the "sordid details" of Sarah Palin's "troopergate" probably don't seem all that surprising.

News flash city-slickers: this is the kind of sh*t small town politics are made of.

Every firing, every hiring, every single one viewed through the suspicious eyes of personal relationships.

Every. Single. One.

Half the time its utter bullshit. The other half of the time its based on some bit of truth but hyperinflated to make it seem more salacious than it really is. It's our flyover country way of putting ourselves on par with you big city folks.

Sure we haven't had a murder since that time in 1994 when Jesse-Joe got wicked drunk down at the Road Club and some fool shot his mouth off at why SEC football is overrated, but did you hear that the County Judge just got his wife's cousin a job down at the sanitation department? It's like the Daly machine, only worse!

Trust me on this. I know small town politics. It's petty and it's personal.

Flopping Aces has some more details on "Palin-baby-momma-drunk-brother-in-law-fake-pregnancy-suit-trooper-gate".

Me? I'm not so interested. I'm still too pissed off that my cousin Betty was let go as a county school bus driver. I'm pretty sure its because she kicked the superintendent's wife's sister-in-law's son off the bus for shooting spit balls! They say she's a meth addict, but come one. Every one knows that's bullspit!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:08 AM | Comments |

Chinese Paid for Neighborhood Stink

(Beijing, China) The city government in Beijing is paying residents for their stinking neighborhood. It's called a stench subsidy.

Urban sprawl has surrounded a garbage dump and instead of closing it and creating a new one, the city just pays people to live in the stinking, vermin-infested neighborhood.

The citizens are not happy but they can't complain -- at least not loudly. The commies don't like protesters.

By at 09:03 AM | Comments |

This Isn't The Spam Your Looking For

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Via Jim Treacher:

You can call a woman a bad mother for not forcing her daughter to have an abortion, and claim that the same woman didn't actually give birth to her own son...

...but don't you dare ask what a community organizer actually does.

A commenter at QandO was nice enough to explain the difference between Obama Black Nixon and Palin:

Jesus was a community organizer. Pilate was a governor.

Barack McJesus?

By Howie at 08:38 AM | Comments |

"Barracuda" Lyrics - Fodder for a Palin Tribute?

Ace posted a video yesterday of Heart's classic rock song "Barracuda," which was also played last night at the convention. That got me to thinking. I think we should write new verses for the song in honor of Gov. Barracuda.

The lyrics to the song (more or less) are below the fold for your reference.

Any takers?

So this ain't the end - I saw you again today
I had to turn my heart away
Smiled like the Sun - kisses for everyone
And tales - it never fails!

You lying so low in the weeds
I bet you gonna ambush me
You'd have me down on my knees
Now wouldn't you, Barracuda?

Back over Time we were all trying for free
Met up with porpoise and me
No right no wrong you're selling a Song - a name
Whisper game

If the real thing don't do the trick
You better make up something quick
You gonna burn into the wick
Aren't you, Barracuda?

"Sell me sell you" the porpoise said
Dive down deep now save my head
You... I think you got the blues too.

All that night and all the next
Swam without looking back
Made for the western pools -silly fools

If the real thing don't do the trick No!
You better make up something quick
You gonna burn into the wick
Barra-Barracuda

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 08:19 AM | Comments |

More Questions than Answers in Latest Palin Family 'Scandal'?

Iowahawk channels Sullivan:

How can we really know that Bristol's new baby isn't actually the result of an incestuous prenatal affair between Trig and his probably-aborted missing twin sister during Bristol's still secret pregnancy last year? How many heads does it have? Is this new baby itself pregnant, or possibly wearing a tiny rubber pregnancy suit as a distraction from other Palin family pregnancy scandals? Americans need to know the truth whether this fetal mutant is Palin's grandchild, great-great-grandchild, or double-grandcousin uncle in-law twice removed.
Other viewpoints here.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 12:10 AM | Comments |

September 04, 2008

More People Killed In Chicago Than Iraq

Chicago?

You don't say.

By Good Lt. at 11:48 PM | Comments |

WWPD : What Will the P.U.M.A.s Do?

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Of the 37 40 MILLION Americans who watched Gov. Sarah Palin's speech last night, I wonder how many were PUMAs? I'm guessing quite a few. Of those, I wonder how many of them saw a candidate they could see themselves getting behind? Again, I'm guessing quite a few. Time will tell.

It's clear that Gov. Palin's speech attracted a GINORMOUS female audience:

The Nielsen ratings showed that Palin attracted a huge female audience of 19.5 million women, nearly 5 million larger than the third day of the Democratic convention when Hillary Clinton spoke.


h/t : Ace, who adds musical accompaniment as a bonus.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 11:27 PM | Comments |

Evil Blogger Disses Palin Down Syndrome Baby, Begging for Ass to be Kicked

****Bumped

Seriously, that's some f*cked up sh*t right here.

I'd mention who sent me the link, but I want to quote the commentary he sent along with it:

The left is evil. Not sure what to do with this that does not involve hunting down the author.
Dude, I'm speechless.

UPDATE: Visual added for those too lazy to click link. Screenshot:

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That's not even the worst of it....

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:43 PM | Comments |

What Bounce? Barry-O and McCain Tied Up Again.

Uh-oh. Couple this with a downward trend in the averages and you've got to be scratching your head as an O!bot. Where's that bounce going?

The media message has gone out, BTW:

YTRDESO LAIPN

By Good Lt. at 10:38 PM | Comments |

Independents/Undecided Voters React Negatively to Sarah Palin Speech

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I am not convinced that Palin's experience as a mayor or governor in Alaska meet the qualifications to be vice president much less one stroke or heart attack away from being commander in chief.
---Michelle, 44, Chicago independent/undecided.


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:19 PM | Comments |

Palin = Right Wing Nut Because.....

....she told the same old joke the nut once told.

In related news, I heard this one from Barack Obama at a cocktail party once:

A guy walks into a bar and sees a dog lying in the corner licking his balls. He turns to the bartender and says, "Boy, I wish I could do that."

The Bartender replies, "You'd better try petting him first."

That one kills. Every. Time.

You know who else told that joke?

The Washington Post: We blew the lid right off of friggin Watergate, and we're going to do the same off of Palin-Hagee-joke-gate!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:50 PM | Comments |

LOLCUDA

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By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 06:29 PM | Comments |

+1 For McCain/Palin

Had to call me mum, her birthday. She absolutely looooves Palin. Said she wasn't too interested before, but now its McCain/Palin all the way! She thinks Palin will bring a ton of votes.

Asked me to say that here. Happy B-Day mom.

By Howie at 06:08 PM | Comments |

Bloomberg : Palin Pick Shows Diminishing Clout of R.I.N.O.s

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Via Bloomberg:

At a Tuesday reception for moderate Republicans, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter hushed the cocktail chatter when he began ticking off a long list of like- minded [liberal] lawmakers who no longer hold office.

''Today, we're in a phone booth,'' Specter said.

To conservatives at the Republican National Convention this week, John McCain's choice of running mate Sarah Palin represented recognition of their clout. For remnants of the party's once-powerful Eastern Establishment, the Minnesota meeting signified a lost opportunity to prod their party toward the political center...

''There was shock'' over Palin's selection, said Jennifer Stockman, co-chairwoman of Republican Majority for Choice. ''We were looking for someone who would be transformative and take control of the party away from the social conservatives.''

Addressing the pro-choice group, Specter slammed anti-tax crusaders who tried to unseat him four years ago, and criticized a Republican platform that would ban abortions in all circumstances, including rape, incest, or pregnancies that threaten a mother's life...

Specter, a 28-year Senate veteran, is the product of a once-dominant faction of East Coast moderates that produced such presidential candidates as Thomas E. Dewey and Dwight Eisenhower. That old party establishment has been in retreat since the rise of Sun Belt conservatives like Richard Nixon [?-ed.], Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush [??-ed.].

Cry me a f'n river. As Michelle Malkin put it : "You lose."

Cross-posted at The RINO Hunters' Lodge.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 05:34 PM | Comments |

Official Barack Obama Website: Trig Trutherism, Palin is Unfit Mother

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The up side of letting your supporters start their own blogs on your official website is that they suddenly feel empowered and that they're contributing to your campaign.

The down side? You find out that your supporters are batshit crazy mother f*cking lunatics with a rabid hate for mothers who don't fit the mold!

Thomas Eytcheson asks the important questions. I'll skip the part where he promotes Trig Trutherism ["Being Govenor she could "pull her power" to have the birth certificate state her as mother"] and skip right ahead to the part where he accuses Trig's mother of, well, just read for yourself:

The Downs syndrome could possibly be a result of fetal alcohol syndrom" IF in fact the child is the daughters.
And Eytcheson isn't alone. Blue Jewe1s ponders the coverup:
No record of Sarah Palin's baby being born at hospital

Generally, parents have the option whether they want their information posted on the Nursery website. His photo not being there is no indication if he was born at the hospital or not.

Just keepin it real....

Reports state the baby was born at 6:30 am on April 18 at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.

however Mat-Su's "online baby nursery" does not have Trig listed:

Most of Obama's supporters at his official website don't seem to be buying Trig Trutherism. Kudos. The more common theme, instead, is that Palin is a horrible mother. Indicative is Palin Gate's post:
Even if I had FALSE labor with a special needs baby, I would get myself to the nearest hospital. Apparently, the hospital where Trig was born doesn’t even have a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. So, her water breaks, she flys across the hemisphere, lands in Anchorage, drives one hour to Wasilla (bypassing 2 major hospitals), only to end up at a hospital that doesn’t even have a NICU.

Voters have a right to have their questions answered. Sarah Palin seems to forget the little fact that the WE THE PEOPLE are the ones who will decide whether or not she becomes VP.

Yes we can haz vote on VP!

Ibis Alvarez-Robinson [aka, "Pacifist Mom"] wonders if breeders like Palin love their children less than, well, I guess her:

Why doesn't she hold her baby? ....

Ancient societies had women strapping babies to their backs and chests in order to keep mother and child together while moms worked in fields. Our modern day backpacks hold our babies close to our bodies while we hike, shop etc. for much the same reasons. Why on earth does this woman not hold her baby? She portrays herself as a family values candidate...and believe me I have serious concerns and issues about her so called values and her parenting abilities, but aside from all that I can't for the life of me understand why she or her husband don't hold the baby and it is always in the arms of it's older sister!

Wow, she's really on to something there, eh!?!? No says Loose Kannon. The real reason baby Trig is being held by older sister? To cover up the own little mistake who presumably should have been aborted at the first sign of life:
You don’t have to be a cynic to come to the conclusion that baby Trig was used, in part, as a prop to hide the expanding mid-section of his older sister. McCain admits to knowing about the pregnancy prior to Palin’s selection. This makes him complicit in what is, at best, a convenient omission, and at worst, an intentionally misleading cover-up.
Karl Rove, eeeevil genius. Because no one knows and will ever find out that Palin's daughter is pregos!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:59 PM | Comments |

CNN Message: Palin = Nazi??

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A picture worth 1000 media words?

The Penguin e-mailed me earlier today with this:

Someone has to get the front/top page image from the CNN pre 08:07 update of Palin at the podium. The spin doctors wet them selves with this one, when I first saw it I almost stood up clicked my heels a whipped out a zig salute. At 0807 the page self refreshed and it was a much toned down picture. I don’t have the mojo to go find where the image went but I'm sure you guys do. It' got all the subliminal elements in the image that would invoke the German bad guy. The lefties are grasping at straws to crash the McCain campaign so I expected this kind of stuff but this one was over the top. The image and context can not be lost down the memory hole this one is for the text books.
To which I answered that I was busy with other things but if he tracked it down to let me know. He did.

I dunno. Not-so-subliminal message about Sarah Palin being a Nazi? Hey, according to Dr. Protein Covered Glutes, I'm just doing my journalistic duty and asking the questions......

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:05 PM | Comments |

Afghan Intelligence Claims ISI behind Kidnapping of Japanese Aid Worker

Afghan Intelligence captured a Pakistani national who said that he was paid by the ISI to kidnap a Japanese aid worker in Afghanistan. Mr. Kazuya Ito, a Japanese engineer, was kidnapped on Aug 26th and later found dead with multiple gun shots. The taliban had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

ISI, the taliban...whats the difference?

By at 02:33 PM | Comments |

Where Does Sarah Palin Stand on Borders and Immigration Issues?

Conservatives are rightly thrilled with Governor Sarah Palin on right-to-life, gun rights and fiscal issues, but her stances on border and immigration issues are not well-known. I did some research into the issue, and took at her public statements, interest group ratings, state and local immigration policies in Alaska, and Palin's vetoes and administrative orders as governor. My research and conclusions are posted here.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 01:10 PM | Comments |

Palin Shirts Keep it Classy

Look, I think tasteless jokes are funny. And tasteless jokes about politicians? Less funny, but clearly within bounds.

But tasteless jokes about the minor children of politicians? Clearly out of bounds.

In fact, I'd say someone has an ass that deserves to be kicked. Seriously.

UPDATE: These are available in shirts, too. Hence the title of the post. The buttons/mugs are just easier to read.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:20 PM | Comments |

War Porn Fix

More evidence we're slipping. Not enough war porn!

By Howie at 11:48 AM | Comments |

National Enquirer 'Breaks' Story of Alleged Sarah Palin Affair Scandal

national_enquirer_sarah_palin_affair-cover.jpgThe media's attacks on Gov. Sarah Palin just keep on coming. The National Enquirer is now claiming it has credible evidence that Gov. Sarah Palin had an affair with one of Todd Palin's business associates:

Just as Sarah Palin was preparing to speak at the Republican convention in St. Paul (more on that momentarily), word bubbled up that the National Enquirer alleged in its print edition that John McCain's running mate had an affair with a business partner to her husband.
The cover reads:
Sara Palin's DARK SECRETS!

- Affair that nearly ruined her career

- How she tried to cover up teen daughter's pregnancy

- Family war that exposed her lies

The McCain campaign has responded quickly and forcefully:
“The smearing of the Palin family must end,” said senior adviser Steve Schmidt. “The allegations contained on the cover of the National Enquirer insinuating that Governor Palin had an extramarital affair are categorically false. It is a vicious lie...The efforts of the media and tabloids to destroy this fine and accomplished public servant are a disgrace. The American people will reject it...legal action will be considered with regard to this disgraceful smear.
As he did with Iraq, John McCain has "doubled down" on this story. For its part, the Enquirer says:
The National Enquirer's coverage of a vicious war within Sarah Palin's extended family includes several newsworthy revelations, including the resulting incredible charge of an affair plus details of family strife when the Governor's daughter revealed her pregnancy. Following our John Edwards' exclusives, our political reporting has obviously proven to be more detail-oriented than the McCain campaign's vetting process. Despite the McCain camp's attempts to control press coverage they find unfavorable, The Enquirer will continue to pursue news on both sides of the political spectrum.
While this statement includes a verification that the story includes "incredible" allegations of an affair, it fails to include anything along the lines of "the story is true," "we're confident in our sources" or "we stand behind the story," which one would normally expect in this sort of statement. I suspect they've gotten their asses in a vise on this one and they know it. Given the strength and forcefulness of the response from McCain-Palin, and the weakness of the response from the Enquirer, I'm betting that there's nothing at all there. After being considered a source of meaningless celebrity noise for years, the National Enquirer finally acquired some level of credibility by breaking the news of John Edwards' affair. I'm guessing that credibility will prove to be short-lived. In the meantime, though, the Enquirer will no doubt sell a lot of papers, which is what, after all, they're in business to do.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 11:23 AM | Comments |

Obama Backer of Unknown Party Affiliation Headed to Prison

The big-mouthed, lying, big-city-machine mayor of Detroit and noted Obama supporter Kwame Kilpatrick (D) is going to jail on two felony counts for lying under oath.

I expect the media to buzz about how this will affect the Obama campaign, since, you know, Obama endorsed Kw