November 30, 2008
United Front Of Army And Iranian People
Just came across this at LiveLeak, very interesting.
Dear compatriots: Kindly check the below web link, and requesting compatriots to disseminate this paper, as well as, joining this United Front of Army and Iranian People to work toward liberation of Iran. United Front of Army and Iranian People -Article links to Ali Neshat Ali Neshat's father was executed in Tehran on April 11th, 1979.
Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Cold Khattab Family Edition
Does Joey Cohen look cold in this image to you? Dark circles, must be some good chronic?
Caption Joey's lovely wife (image below the fold) telling Youseff to, "Put down the bong, find a decent job and get some &^% %$$ heat in this place." Or his sheepish reply, whatever.
Fatwas will be issued Inshaallah.
Update : الله أقل! Fatwas Issued!
The "i will cut ur neck" fatwa goes to:
Marcus Soprano, for Dammit stop having cybersex with Samir and get an effing job... you should know better than anyone that whoring doesn't pay like it used to!
The "devil will do meetballs from your bodies" fatwa goes to:
col.smeag , for Look Mom I can rub my back hair with my chin!
The "why you insult holly quoran" fatwa goes to:
DMartyr, for So THAT'S what a goatse is!
I'll start, "Yousef! You spent the gas bill money on another effing fishing pole? How are we gonna heat this one room sh*thole?! If we'd have remained Jewish, my daddy would have made you a diamond broker by now!"
You know something like that.
Kos Kidz Logic
America sends money to Pakistan.
Stuff blows up.
America sends less money to Pakistan because stuff keeps blowing up.
Stuff blows up anyway.
Kos Kidz, "Its because of the the oppression maaaan." Their solution? "Send more oppressive imperialist dollars to Pakistan."
Wait a minute? I thought it was our oppressive imperial credits that started all this?
My head hurts.
Fatah "Work Accident"
A Fatah terrorist in Gaza was killed during terrorist training in 2005, and more than three years later the cellphone video recording documenting the event is circulating in terrorist websites.
The Blue Eye website, which brings this information, calls the video "very rare."
It shows Fatah terrorist Khalid Hamid of Khan Younis trying to fire an RPG at a vehicle marked with an More..Israeli flag. The rocket goes off prematurely and the other terrorists on the scene begin shouting 'Allahu Akbar' and crying after realizing Hamid is hurt.
New Jersey: Police Storm Bank Robber "Cut Out".
Montgomery Township police unable to interrogate robber, he was kinda "stiff"
Mumbai: Doctors Shocked At Hostages Torture
Doctors working in a hospital where all the bodies, including that of the terrorists, were taken said they had not seen anything like this in their lives.And Jesus wept.
"Bombay has a long history of terror. I have seen bodies of riot victims, gang war and previous terror attacks like bomb blasts. But this was entirely different. It was shocking and disturbing," a doctor said.
Asked what was different about the victims of the incident, another doctor said: "It was very strange. I have seen so many dead bodies in my life, and was yet traumatised. A bomb blast victim's body might have been torn apart and could be a very disturbing sight. But the bodies of the victims in this attack bore such signs about the kind of violence of urban warfare that I am still unable to put my thoughts to words," he said.
Asked specifically if he was talking of torture marks, he said: "It was apparent that most of the dead were tortured. What shocked me were the telltale signs showing clearly how the hostages were executed in cold blood," one doctor said.
The other doctor, who had also conducted the post-mortem of the victims, said: "Of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture marks. It was clear that they were killed on the 26th itself. It was obvious that they were tied up and tortured before they were killed. It was so bad that I do not want to go over the details even in my head again," he said.
At the end of article a National Security Guard was asked whether they tried to capture the terrorists alive.
"Unko bachana kaun chahega (Who will want to save them)?"Exactly.
Another article I read is very disturbing. It could be propaganda but who knows.
Mumbai photographer: I wish I'd had a gun, not a camera. Armed police would not fire back
Also related - Captured Terrorist Account of Mumbai Massacre
h/t LGF link thingy
U.S. Army Deserter Wants Asylum in Germany
(Frankfurt, Germany) A 31-year-old U.S. Army deserter, Andre Shepherd, has applied for asylum in Germany. According to Shepherd's lawyer, Reinhard Marx, "he does not want to take part in the American war in Iraq, a war that does not conform with international law and because he does not want to be implicated in war crimes."
The Apache helicopter mechanic from the 412th Aviation Support Battalion hopes to be granted asylum under a European Union directive that says the usual, "war is bad ... crimes against humanity ... blah,blah, blah." You know the drill.
Shepherd held a news conference Thursday in Frankfurt and claimed the Iraq War is illegal because people are killed with machine guns and Hellfire missiles. Shepherd said he feels guided by the Nuremburg Trials in making his own responsible decisions.
Strangely, he didn't mentioned the fact that he signed a contract.
Weekend Distraction: Michael Phelps and Pal
Olympic Gold Medal Winner Michael Phelps took his new girlfriend, Caroline "Caz" Pal, home to Maryland for Thanksgiving. Pal is a 26-year-old casino cocktail waitress in Las Vegas. What a pair (pic) they make.
Notably, Pal has a less than squeaky-clean image which appears to conflict with the all-American sports hero buzz on Phelps. The champion swimmer met the drink slinger while extending his competitiveness to the poker tables in Las Vegas.
Pal is an exotic-looking woman with an apparent love for tattoo needles. Essentially her entire back has some sort of graffiti emblazoned in ink. Knowing how time-consuming it is to acquire expansive tattoos and the pain involved, one must believe that it is an obsession with Pal.
It's questionable as to whether the Phelps/Pal relationship will endure. Kellogg or Subway or other sponsors may express some heartburn about a scantily-clad and tattooed bar waitress possibly smudging Phelps' All-American sports hero image.
Odds are that smoochy-smoochy loses in a contest with cha-ching. Probably NSFW below the fold.
Caroline Pal with growing tattoo
November 29, 2008
"Outrage" of the Day: Qaradawi Touches Woman's Hand
The eHadis have their panties all in a bunch over this shocking picture* showing the preeminent Sunni scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi shaking hands with a woman. Notice that they also photoshopped out the woman's face. I'm not sure if they're trying to protect her from the horror of having her face all over the jihadtubes or if they're pissed off that she's showing too much eyebrow.
Thanks to Samir who claims this is more evidence that Islamist scholars are "selling out".
*Note: Origina photo had al Jazeera logo on it, so I assume that's where it's from. I cut the photo to save bandwidth.
Megan Fox: Hot Star Wars Fan
A new Jawa semi-official babe? Move over Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson, Megan Fox is smokin' hot and a Star Wars fan.
Update: Ouch, I've been zinged! My eyes, they burn!!
USC Rips Notre Dame New Hole
Tomorrow's headlines, today!
But seriously, isn't it sad that Notre Dame sucks as bad as they do these days?
PS-Congrats to our Husker fan on their victory over Colorado. Not that you care since, you know, you play for the other team, but did you know Nebraska cheerleader Katie Rockwell is up for some kind of hot cheerleader of the year award or another? Sorry Trolling-for-male-hammer, there's no male cheerleader equivalent.
UPDATE: Ed is at the game twittering it. Expect a lot of expletives since he's a Notre Dame fan.
Troubling: "Deccan Mujahideen" YouTube Video from THREE WEEKS AGO [UPDATED]
Here's a video commenter "./." found over at YouTube titled "Deccan Mujahideen". The most troubling part? It was added on November 3rd, which means it preceded the Mumbai attacks by three weeks.
[UPDATE: Video removed within an hour of this post. I've reuploaded and reposted below, with a small screenshot of the title from the now defunct YouTube page above it.]
Coincidence? Probably, but I haven't seen any mention of "Deccan Mujahideen" prior to this week's attacks ... other than this. And given the name of the video and that the YouTube user who posted it uses an image of al Qaeda's #2 Ayman al-Zawahiri this can't be overlooked.
What's interesting about the video is that, other than the first clip, it's a compilation from Iraq. So, why name it "Deccan" given that "Deccan" is an area of India, not Iraq?
SH is looking for a translation of the title and of the end titles, but unless I miss my mark those are also from Iraqi propaganda videos. But I could be wrong on that point. Any one willing to do a fast and dirty translation please let us know.
The YouTube poster behind the video calls himself "va13007", says he's from France, and claims he's 32 years old. The good news is that he signed into his YouTube seven hours ago (as of 10:24 am Eastern), so that kind of rules out the obvious question.
He joined YouTube October 22 of this year and has only posted three videos. One of those videos is an interview with Ayman al-Zawahiri with an introductory note that viewers who want more of these types of videos should visit the al-Falojah forum--which since Ekhlaas went down seems to be the forum of choice for al Qaeda propaganda. It probably wouldn't be unfair to guess that "va130007" is a member of the al Folojah forum.
The other video is obviously a fake but alleges to show Americans abusing Iraqi women. Why any one would be so stupid as to think it's real is beyond me, but it's the kind of video that gets passed around again and again as proof that America is the common enemy of Muslims and which inspires young Muslims to violent jihad. What's troubling about this is that the video has been embedded at the well known Kavkaz Center website, which is the official website of al Qaeda's Chechen fellow travelers. The video was also embedded on Muslim.net by user "Blade" yesterday, the general reaction to it being something like why aren't all Muslims fighting to defend their women -- ironic, given the average Muslim.net user is typing that in from an internet cafe in Morocco.
Whoever "VA13007" is, his brief YouTube career is already beginning to be noticed by the online extremist community. Of course, like many jihad supporters on YouTube he may have had a previous account which was suspended. So he may already have been known to a few online friends who picked up the videos and linked them at extremist websites.
The only ones linking the "Deccan mujahideen" video is a German forum and they seem to have found it in the wake of the attack and are curious, just like us.
All in all it's mildly troubling given this week's atrocities in Mumbai. Like I said, probably coincidence, but imagine if a jihad supporter had posted a video online three weeks before 9/11 calling it something like "Mohammad Atta New York". It's worth digging deeper into. Let me know if any one finds anything else.
PS-I've already backed up his user profile, the "Deccan Mujahideen" video page, and have a copy of the video -- in case it's yanked by YouTube.
UPDATE: DB mentions in the comments that the user may have just renamed the video after the Mumbai attacks. Rickrolling, terrorist style?
Iraqis Find 33 Bodies Beneath Former Al-Qaeda 'Court'
BAQUBA, Iraq (AFP)--Iraqi authorities have uncovered several shallow graves north of Baghdad containing the bodies of 33 people believed to have been executed by Al-Qaeda earlier this year, officials said on Saturday.
Police, health officials and local residents unearthed the bodies, many of which had been blindfolded and handcuffed, at the village of Abu Toama in the Diyala province north of Baghdad, one of the deadliest regions in the country[...]
One of the corpses had a woman's long hair and another appeared to be a child, according to an AFP photographer.
The bodies appeared to be around a year old, meaning they would have been killed in the months after Al-Qaeda seized control of the area in late 2007, district police chief Major General Ibrahim al-Anbaki said.
Residents said Al-Qaeda drove everyone out of the village in early 2008 and transformed it into a "courthouse" where they tried and executed people from surrounding areas according to a radical interpretation of Islamic law.
The killings took place over several months, with small groups of bodies buried together at different times, Anbaki said.
Inshallashaheed praises the brutal killings by his beloved alQaeda & the Taliban but never mentions they also indiscrimately kill fellow Muslims.
Basement boy you make me laugh, such a brave "hope to be shaheed". You can't even afford your own place to live and still living with mommie and daddie. lulz
PS, I won't tell anyone you are teh gay >>>wink<<<
American Taliban John Walker Lindh Still Asking For Pardon
It's pardon time and Johnny Jihad is asking again.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Some high-profile convicts past and present are among more than 2,000 people asking President George W. Bush to pardon them or commute their prison sentences before he leaves office.Forgive you Johnny Jihad? Don't think so.
Junk-bond king Michael Milken, media mogul Conrad Black and American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh have applied to the Justice Department seeking official forgiveness.
Slaughter in Mumbai: Will American Liberals Heed the Warnings?
Interesting op-ed in Newsblaze.
When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assumed power in India in 2004, one of the first steps his administration implemented was to weaken the anti-terrorism laws on the books. Singh's concern was that innocent Muslims were being victimized by government discrimination.I certainly hope not but who the hell knows.
Since then, India has been hit by a series of terrorist attacks, culminating with the crisis in Mumbai which cost five Americans their lives[...]
Will Obama, Pelosi, and Reid duplicate the errors in judgment made by the Singh administration in India, leading to tragedy in America?
Update on Mumbai confirmed foreigner deaths here I will give Americans:
- Americans Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg, 29, and Rabbi Leibish Teitlebaum were found dead at the Mumbai Chabad Lubavitch center, also known as Nariman House. Holtzberg ran the center with his Israeli wife, Rivkah, 28, who was also killed.
Bentzion Chroman, another victim at Nariman House, was a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen. Americans Alan Scherr, 58, and his daughter Naomi, 13, were killed at the Oberoi hotel cafe. One other unidentified American was killed.
U.S. Troops Kill "Cross Dressing" Taliban Commander
Robert has the story at Jihad Watch
Who woulda thunk Taliban like burqa's...teh, chicken shite.
BTW Sammy, what color burqa do you prefer?
Again I won't tell anyone you are gay. >>>wink<<<
Update II Interesting Sammy commented on this but failed to tell me what color burqa he prefers.
I wonder why Rusty is obsessed with me. Sounds pretty gay.
inshallahshaheed Homepage | Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 9:10:33 PM
Inshallahshaheed, you will have to find someone else to fulfill your fantasy with - maybe Joseph Cohen aka Yousef al-Khattab.
You could have his ugly old lady watch, hell maybe she will even let you wear her burqa.
Mumbai Terrorist Siege Over, India Says
MUMBAI, India — The full scope of the horror and desperation of the terrorist attack on Mumbai began to come into focus on Saturday after Indian commandos finally took control of the last nest of resistance.
Government officials said Saturday afternoon that the death toll had risen to 162 and was likely to rise again. They also said 283 people had been wounded.
Most of the dead were apparently Indian citizens, but at least 18 foreigners were killed and 22 had been injured, said Vilasrao Deshmukh, the chief minister of Maharashtra State. At least five Americans were believed to have died in the attacks.
Just 10 militants, the city’s police commissioner suggested Saturday, had caused all the mayhem.
“With confidence I can say that 10 terrorists came in,” said the commissioner, Hasan Gafoor. “We killed nine of them and one was captured alive.”
His comments were confirmed by Mr. Deshmukh, although it remained unclear whether they might have been referring to 10 attackers coming in by sea to join accomplices who, according to unconfirmed local news reports, might have embedded themselves in Mumbai days before the attacks. Investigations were ongoing Saturday night.
A senior Mumbai police inspector, Nagappa R. Mali, identified the captured suspect as a 21-year-old Pakistani man, Ajmal Amir Kasab. Mr. Mali said the man had a fourth-grade education and worked as a laborer.
Are we to cry that this man only had a so-called fourth grade education? Gawd, who gives a shite.
CBN is reporting the death toll as 195. I realize it will take time to confirm exact death/injured toll.
MUMBAI - Commandos Saturday killed the last remaining gunmen in Mumbai's Taj hotel to end a devastating attack by Islamic militants on India's financial capital that left 195 dead, including 26 foreigners.
Shortly after dawn on the third day of the siege, heavy gunfire and loud explosions signalled the final commando offensive against the militants, who had held hundreds of security personnel at bay for 60 hours.
"All operations are over. All the terrorists have been killed," Mumbai police chief Hassan Gafoor said, as the special forces units emerged from the smoke-filled hotel and firemen moved in to douse a fierce blaze[...]
Mumbai disaster official R. Jadhav told AFP that 195 people had been killed and nearly 300 injured in the battle, which began when the dozen or so militants split into groups to attack multiple targets across the city, including the main railway station and a hospital.
TV channels described the attacks as "India's 9/11."
There were concerns that the death toll could rise as emergency services combed the warren of rooms at the main siege sites for more bodies.
The 26 foreigners killed included the eight Israelis, five Americans, two French nationals, two Australians, two Canadians, a German, a Japanese, a British Cypriot, an Italian, a Singaporean, a Thai and a Mauritian.
Around 15 security personnel were killed, including the head of Mumbai's anti-terrorist squad who was cremated with full honours Saturday at a funeral attended by thousands.
Eleven militants were confirmed dead and one captured. Indian intelligence sources said the detained gunman had confessed to coming from Pakistan.
One group entered Mumbai by boat, while others were believed to have rented property in the city -- stockpiling arms and explosives -- before the attacks were launched.
Those affected by this horrendous event are in my thoughts and prayers.
A Reply to Inshallahshaheed
A) You claim making jihad is an obligation.
C) Do these words sound familiar?
O Allah kill Rusty Shackleford and terrorize his family.D) You live with your parents.
E) You live with your parents.
November 28, 2008
Comes courtesy of a comment by the man, the myth, the legend, parent's basement dwelling Samir Khan, aka inshallamohammedisachildmolester.
Artist's rendering of the elusive eJihadi, who lurks in his parent's basement, and has been photographed exiting said house. Oops, guess we didn't need the artist's rendering after all
Now for the Epic Lulz:
If you pigs think you're so tough, why don't you come here and fight me like a man? The reality is that you McMericans are a bunch of talkers. That's why your military cannot face the Mujahideen overseas in-person and instead bomb them from the sky like cowards. You're probably all just a bunch of Internet Geeks with big thick glasses that have been unemployed for 5+ years. Anyways as I said, you idiots believe in things without doing your own research. But since it is apparent that Rusty doesn't know English that well and doesn't know that if one doesn't condone or condemn something that it implies they are neutral (probably too big of a word for him anyways), you idiots follow suit. I wouldn't be surprised to find out if half of you didn't even graduate High School. inshallahshaheed Homepage | Friday, November 28, 2008 - 9:34:28 PM |
Standoff In Mumbai Down To One Hotel
Via Herald Tribube
The standoff in the Indian commercial capital of Mumbai narrowed to a final running battle between commandos and at least one gunman who was still roaming the charred corridors of a luxury hotel, the Taj Mahal, but the murderous assault on this city continued to shake the nation and ratcheted up tensions with neighboring Pakistan.
American intelligence and counterterrorism officials said Friday there was mounting evidence that a Pakistani militant group based in Kashmir, most likely Lashkar-e-Taiba,[per Rusty see Bill Roggio's report- ed] was responsible for the deadly attacks on Mumbai.
After two days of fighting, Indian security forces killed the attackers in one luxury hotel in the city known as the Oberoi Trident, freeing civilians trapped inside, as well as gunmen occupying the headquarters of an Orthodox Jewish organization nearby, ending the conflicts there.
All told, police said, more than 150 people, including at least 22 foreigners, were killed in the attacks across the city, which began on Wednesday night, as more bodies were carried out from the two hotels and the community center.
More related info below the fold.
MUMBAI: The satellite phone and global positioning system (GPS) map recovered from a trawler abandoned in the high seas is now among the most crucial pieces of evidence connected to the terror attacks on Mumbai.
The vessel, Kuber, was found drifting 5-6 nautical miles off the Mumbai shore; the entire crew is missing except for the group leader, Amar Narayan, 38, whose body was found on board with limbs tied, blindfolded and neck slit open.
Kuber is believed to be the mother boat used to launch the inflatable dinghies which carried the terrorists to the seafront at Colaba. Intelligence agencies are scanning the satellite phone's records to track the places from where calls were made to the vessel.
The boat has been now handed over to the Mumbai police. The trawler had last set out from Porbandar, 310 nautical miles from Mumbai, on November 13. Owned by a man named Vinod Masani, it had a five-member crew. Sources believe it was most likely hijacked near the maritime boundary, where incursions by vessels on both sides are frequent.
The terrorists are believed to have used the trawler for cover to make the journey to Mumbai without being detected by the Coast Guard. A nondescript, 25-metre-long fishing vessel bearing the name ‘Kuber’ in the Gujarati script and a Gujarat registration number would have barely raised an eyebrow in a region dotted with numerous such boats. To complete the appearance, it carried nearly 50 kg of marinated fish, rice and lentils.
Lets hope this is almost over and clues will lead to who is truly responsible for this horrendous attack.
Former Taliban Spokesman Killed
You'd think I'd be excited about this, but I have mixed feelings: emphasis on former Taliban spokesman. There's some indication that "Dr. Mohamed Hanif" had some sort of falling out with the Taliban leadership after which he retreated to his family compound to lie low. If he did in fact turn on the Taliban and provided the good guys with usable intel, then it's too bad we lost him.
Then again, how much sympathy can you have for a guy who was the official spokesman for the Taliban? The same guy who the Taliban demanded be released from an Afghan prison, where he was briefly held in 2007 in exchange for Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo. When the Afghans didn't release Hanif they didn't carry out their threat, eventually releasing the Italian amidst rumors of a sizable ransom, but that's little consolation to his Afghan translator and driver, Ajmal Naqshbandi and an Afghan driver Sayed Agha, who they then beheaded.
So, crocodile tears.
When they finally get Qari Muhammad Yusuf, Zabiullah Mujahid, Mupti Abu Yasr, or Adil Watanmal then we'll have a party.
Silver Stars Awarded Simutaneously To Viet Nam Vet & His Son In Afghanistan
Via Orlando Sentinal
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) _ Jonathan Harris, a Blackhawk pilot who withstood enemy fire to save a wounded crewmember in Afghanistan, was awarded a Silver Star on Friday. Not to be outdone, his 60-year-old father was awarded a Silver Star and a Bronze Star in a simultaneous ceremony honoring his bravery in Vietnam.
The two generations watched each other through a video teleconference between Fort Campbell, where the elder Gary Harris was honored, and Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, where Jonathan is completing a tour.
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told retired Staff Sgt. Gary Harris via video that he hoped the special ceremonies repaid the Army's failure to give him an official ceremony nearly 40 years ago.
Gary Harris, of Corbin, Ky., originally received his medals in the mail. He was officially pinned with a Silver Star by the deputy commanding general-rear for the 101st Airborne Division for gallantry in action against an armed hostile force in Vietnam. He also received a Bronze Star for meritorious achievement during his time in Vietnam.
Congratulation to both of you.
Hayden Panettiere Packin' Heat
As far as I'm concerned, y'all can keep that Scarlett Johanssen chick...
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What's the Best Option for a Kalashnikov/AK?
Ragnar's got a feee-vah and the only cure is...a Kalashnikov-style rifle.
After quite a bit of research, I've pretty much decided to buy a Saiga 7.62x39. From what I've seen, the feedback from Saiga owners has been pretty glowing, despite the compatibility issues as re: "standard" or "true" AKs (more info here).
Jawa thoughts? Assuming the compatibility issue isn't a big deal for me, is there any better AK-style option on a $400 budget? Jawa input is greatly appreciated.
UPDATE: In he comments, Rusty asked why I want an AK variant.
Answer : I already have an AR. (I like it, but I've had trouble with it.) Though I own an AR, I don't like the AR direct-impingement design. Direct impingement is flawed in concept, as evidenced by the fact that it hasn't been employed in any major firearm designs other than the AR family. Eugene Stoner himself abandoned the idea after trying it in the AR-10.
The AK uses a much superior piston-based cycling system, and has the benefit of rock-solid Russian engineering and decades of design improvements. Further, there are more AK variant units out there than any other semi-auto rifle. Ammo, accessories and parts are plentiful and cheap. Finally, Obama may get hit with a stupid ray and try to ban them, in which case prices of existing units will skyrocket.
UPDATE 2: Thanks for all the feedback. As for those who've weighed in on what AK variant I MIGHT want to buy if the ~$400 budget wasn't an issue, the answer to that hypothetical would probably be a Lancaster, but removal of budget constraints tends to open up a lot of additional possibilities.
American Muslims Justify, Equivocate Mumbai Massacre [UPDATED, Bumped]
Samir Khan emerges from his parents' house in Charlotte, NC
Our nemesis Samir Khan [aka, "inshallahshaheed"] over at the "Ignored Puzzle Pieces of Knowledge" is talking about the Mumbai massacre over at this blog. I don't think long time readers will be shocked that he offers no words of condemnation. Only equivocation and justification.
The crux of his argument is the same used by Salafist extremists of his ilk in their routine justification of al Qaeda and Taliban attacks on civilians: okay, so, you people kill innocent Muslims all the time. Classic equivocation.
Not content with equivocating, he then goes on to say why the Mumbai attacks might be justified. First, he goes to the general argument that violence is never justified:
We wouldn’t take the words of Maulana Mahmood ul-Hasan Qasmi very seriously since he made a blunder when he said, “Islam never teaches anyone’s to take somebody’s life.” He was upset at the idea of Deccan Mujahideen retaliating for his honor.He then goes on to justify this particular massacre as legitimate if it brings the world's attention to the plight of Muslims in India:
All in all, it could just be that the Indian Muslims need that massive international media recognition so that their demands are met and at the same time, make the Indian population realize that the Hindu Massacres upon the Muslims is an ongoing threat and it needs to be solved now. Sure, the situation may appear extreme in isolation, but when put in context, one can acknowledge the history of this conflict and how the Muslims of India have always been the “underdogs.”Classy.
Joseph Cohen greets Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia
Next, let's see what Jewish convert to Islam Joseph Cohen [aka, Youssef al-Khattab] has to say about the attack. Unlike his friend Samir Khan, who in the post above claims the attacks are the result of Indian policies, Cohen claims the attacks are the result of American policies.
You'll notice that Cohen says that he doesn't condone the Mumbai attacks, but then also goes out of his way to say the neither does he denounce it.
Pretty bad, eh? Just to clarify his non-condemnation, this exchange takes place on Cohen's YouTube page:
Politically Slow: You're NOT denouncing it?But not as bad as the comments other Muslims have made on his blog. For instance "Salafiyyah" from Nigeria who it seems thinks Cohen is not strong enough in his support for the Indian massacre. Or Omar who proclaims:
Allahu akbar...May Allah aid and guide the mujahideen and help every other muslim male support the ummah of Muhammad(saws)Or Bilal who claims to be from Britain and identifies himself with the followers of Omar Bakri Muhammad with the website islam4uk.com:
It was pleasantly refreshing to hear they targeted Chabad Lubavitch. Allah will destroy His enemies wherever they are in the world. You will know when the Muslims have ignited in an insurrection when there is blood on the streets of London and New York like there is blood on the streets of Fallujah (and Mumbai). There is nowhere they can hide from the wrath of Allah and His soldiers.Or Abu Aisha who, like Ayman al-Zawahiri, seems to be a Malcolm X fan:
The crimes of the kuffaar are coming back to haunt them. its chicken come home to rooseIslam: Religion of Peace.
Is it really so hard just to say: we unequivocally condemn the murders in Mumbai?
UPDATE: Via Stable Hand, just when you thought it couldn't get worse, from Joseph Cohen's forum: Happy Thanksgiving: USA Blood Pudding Stuffing, dead jews in Bombay today, God Willing
It is good to Give Thanks that jews may very well die as brother Bilal pointed out as the jewish from Crown Heights Brooklyn had set up occupation in that city as well and is now under threat of death in this lovely lovely and happy episode of a Thanksgivings Day adventure. Williamsburg and Crown Heights in New York are so well guarded even by their own Chasid jew police besides New York's police, and what with the islands and limited on and off access and the bridges you almost cannot imagine that a God Damned jew can be killed there. I'm glad they came to Bomb bay to hopefully, God Willing, be killed in it.Oh, God........
Must Read: The Mumbai Massacre Analyzed
This deserves it's own post. Roggio at his best. He analyzes the Mumbai attack's tactics and emphasizes just how different this is from past attacks. Really, it's a must read. I have nothing to add but pass it on.
Two [up to7?] Brits Involved in Mumbai Massacre
Two British-born Pakistanis were among eight gunmen seized by Indian commandos who stormed buildings to free hostages, Vilasrao Deshmukh, the chief minister of Mumbai, reportedly said.I had a post up earlier speculating who was behind the attacks. The top of my list is not the Pakistani ISI. I think far too much is made of the ISI connection to Pakistani based terror.
The Foreign Office earlier said it was investigating reports on NDTV, a local television news channel, that the terrorists - who swarmed luxury hotels and other tourist sites in the city - included “British citizens of Pakistani origin”.
If the children of Pakistani immigrants to Britain were involved, then all signs point toward a terrorist organization with training camps Pakistan's uncontrolled regions. The attack doesn't seem very al-Qaedaish to me. Not enough explosions. And LeT is saying it wasn't them. That leaves only about a dozen groups which train "mujahideen" in Pakistan, the majority of them being offshoots of the Taliban, subdivided regionally, and of al Qaeda, subdivided by ethnicity.
But as Howie said in a private discussion amongst us:
Splitting hairs about exactly who and what is not very useful. They all share money, training and tactics.No Howie, I think you said it quite well.
So it may not be al-Qaeda proper. But it's all the same. Like al-Shabaab is not al-Qaeda proper, but they are an "al-Qaeda" type and allied group.
Not sure how to put it but it's the same face, different name.
I guess al-Qaeda's name explains it best. "The base" But the base is just one part of "the movement".
And if British born Pakistanis were involved, you can bet that they were indoctrinated into the Salfi jihadist worldview at home and down at the local mosque. And judging from their ages, it's probably a good bet that they found a virtual community online which shared their jihadi views and encouraged this type of atrocity.
Britain has big problems. Wouldn't want to be in their shoes.
UPDATE: It gets worse. Gateway Pundit notices another article which claims that 7 of the terrorists were British.
Seven? Hmmm. I'd suspect with a number that large that Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama'aah had something to do with it on the British recruiting side.
UPDATE II: Oh, so Lashkar-e-Toiba wasn't involved?
Sources have told NDTV that data from GPS revealed terrorists sailed from Karachi harbour on November 12 or 13. Their phone was used to call Lashkar commander Yusuf Muzamil in Muzaffarabad.Now, this is Indian media we're talking about here. We've had several personal experiences with Indian media reporting rumors as fact. So, don't jump to any conclusions. Yet.
UPDATE III: Hmmmm, Allah emphasizes something I didn't: that the British terrorists may have been from, "the same area as the London bombers." That would be the greater Leeds area. The Indians are playing this angle down.
Mumbai Based New York Rabbi & Wife Victims In Attack
Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, the beloved directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, were killed during one of the worst terrorist attacks to strike India in recent memory.
Jewish communities around the world reacted with shock to the loss of the couple, who were killed Thursday at their Chabad House during an apparent standoff between Indian military forces and terrorists.
Their toddler son, Moshe, managed to escape with his nanny some hours before Indian commandos stormed their building, known as the Nariman House, in the popular touristy neighborhood of Colaba. The Associated Press reported that the boy was unharmed, but was wearing blood-soaked pants.
Condolences to family and friends of Rabbi Gavri and his wife Rivka. Their poor child Moshe is now without parents.
Bastage murderous cowardly terrorists!
Update - Joseph Cohen aka Yousef al Khattab has a member post titled:
The bastage is rejoicing this couple was killed.
Update II - Death toll rises to over 150 and may climb to 200
Mumbai Bloggers Interviewed
Here are clips of the various Mumbai blogger interviews. Fuller multimedia round-up here.
Use the above link to view the rest.
FOUR Americans Among Those Massacred by Islamists in India; Two More Feared Dead.
58 year old Alan Scherr and his 13 year old daughter Naomi are among those murdered by Islamist terrorists in India. The two were in India for a spiritual conference on meditation in one of the affected hotels.
Rabbi Gabriel Holztberg and his wife Rivka are also feared dead. They were among the hostages in a Mumbai Jewish center which Rabbi Holztberg ran. This morning the bodies of five hostages were found in the center. The authorities haven't released the names of the dead, but they have said no hostages were found alive.
There are also conflicting reports that more Americans may be found among the dead.
It's times like these that I hope that there really is a hell where these Islamist scumbags can rot.
UPDATE: Sadly, Chabad has now confirmed the deaths of the Rabbi and his wife.
Iraqi National Assembly Approves SOFA
I was worried that the Status of Forces Agreement would not pass and we'd be in a world of hurt. Fortunately it did pass. Glad I was wrong.
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Thursday finally got the broad consensus he sought on the Status of Forces Agreement with the U.S. — 149 of the 198 lawmakers present in the 275-member National Assembly gave their support to a deal that allows American forces to remain in Iraq until the end of 2011.
Mumbai: Google Ads For Terrorism Training Spotted On IBN Live
Unbelievable! Two separate stories on IBN live reporting Mumbai terror attacks had Google ads for terrorism training
For continuing info on Mumbai follow Mumbai - Twitter. Some users are in Mumbai.
Second google ad below fold.
Stay classy Google.
For for list of hostages, injured, dead... helpline numbers... visit.. "Mumbai Help"
Heartbreak Tokyo Rosie's New Show Sucks
Rosie O'Donnell gave NBC a real turkey.
The network's attempt to revive the primetime variety show failed to draw an audience Wednesday night, tying for the evening's lowest-rated program.
Mumbai Update - 125 Dead, 327 Wounded
Two terrorists holed up with hostages at the Oberoi Hotel and the Nariman House in Mumbai made cell phone calls to India TV. Check out the press release with transcripts of the calls.
Identified as Shadullah and Imran Babar, the two terrorists openly admitted the strength of their groups, seven at the Oberoi and six at the Nariman. Call me perplexed. It's usually not a good idea to reveal your strength to an opponent.
Shadullah claimed that he belonged to Deccan Mujahideen, a little known outfit which had claimed responsibility of the terror strikes in Mumbai on Wednesday night.Shadullah demanded the release of all mujahideen from jails in exchange for the hostages. Otherwise, "We will get rid of them in such a manner that their sons will become orphans," he said.
The anchor repeatedly asked whether he was from Hyderabad, India, or from Hyderabad, Pakistan, to which he replied in his heavily Pakistani accent that he belonged to Hyderabad of the Deccan. Shadullah carried on with his litany of perceived injustices meted out Muslims in India.
Imran Babar, on the other hand, discussed his outrage that the Israeli Army Chief of Staff was allegedly working with the Indian Army concerning tactics and strategy in Kashmir. Muslims are ballistic about Israelis having anything to do with India.
In other news, CNN reports that the death toll is 125 and 327 people are wounded. The dead include at least six foreigners and 14 police officers. (h/t SH)
Update by Stablehand - Two Americans from Nashville were killed in the attack. Alan Scherr, 58, and his daughter, Naomi, 13.
Prayers for family of friends of all who have been affected by this murderous event.
November 27, 2008
Zawahiri Interview Released
The video is available to subscribers at Laura Mansfield.com
Released with English subtitlesI dunno, we'll get to it later.
Title: Al Azhar: THe Lion's Den
Very Egypt centric.
Update: I have the video available by email request, email Howie.
Its important to view it in order to understand that al-Qaeda intends no peace, only murder, chaos and war. Hope/Change does not effect al-Qaeda and the other terrorists' goals. They are at war with us.
The video is quite long. If interest is high enough, we'll upload a copy. I mean who wants to really spend 1:20 minutes looking at / listening to Zawahiri?
Update II. For those who are interested click the giant wart on Zawahiri's forehead to view the video.
Annual Turkey Bowl Report
One of my favorite holiday traditions is playing football with the guys at church, something we dub the Turkey Bowl. It's an excuse for us old guys to play.
(Pause for laughing from those who have seen pics of me)
Final score 14 - 0, my team over losers with Rusty as QB.
Anyway, I hope you all have similar traditions. Remember, that football is funner to play than just watch, even when you're a washed out old fart. The key is having a bunch of old farts to play against.
Blogged on iPhone since my ISP sucks.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
I'm forever thankful for being born an American and the individual freedom it represents. The American military is to be thanked for defending that freedom. I toast those defenders of liberty.
For decades, Bob Hope traveled to war zones with the USO to entertain American and allied troops. Each time, he took along and showed beautiful women to, in Hope's words, "remind you what you're fighting for."
In that spirit, for service members who read the Jawa Report, a reminder is below the fold. [Caution: NSFW]
In a similar vein, a fellow Internet-user has published a series of images of "Girls We're Thankful Aren't Puritans." Based on my purely academic review, the 16 women probably wouldn't deny their steamy sensuality. Here's my particular favorite.
Lastly, I send a big thanks to the readers, commenters and tipsters believing it expresses the wishes of all the Jawa contributors.
This one's for you know who.
Wow! Howie is "Seasoned Expert"
While observers waited for the release of the “official” Al Qaeda position on the election of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States, seasoned experts on the Jihadist movement had little doubt about the substance of the main message.Previous.
A Jawa Gift to The Taliban for Thanksgiving
Site has been removed.Hey Adil!
Thank you for reporting it.
U.S. Embassy In Kabul Attacked By Suicide Car Bomber
The attack was directed against an American convoy of Westerners gathering at the embassy for Thanksgiving.
Frustrated Claims Of Pro-Obama Media Bias - This Time From AlQaeda
Via Counterterrorism Blog
Global reactions to Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri's controversial condemnation of U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama as a "House Slave" (or, alternatively, "House Negro") have begun to pour in -- including via the top jihad web forums used by Al-Qaida to disseminate its propaganda.
Though hardcore Al-Qaida supporters have predictably dismissed any criticism of Dr. al-Zawahiri and are fiercely backing his choice of words, there is a rather ironic (if not entirely unfamiliar) twist to this issue. After observing international press reporting on the incident, these same supporters are now bitterly attacking the media for its "unfair" pro-Obama bias and for deliberately "confusing" the meaning of al-Zawahiri's message.
Suck it up alQaeda supporters.
November 26, 2008
Mumbai Under Attack (UPDATED)
At the top UPDATE by Rusty: Pic of one of the terrorists from Maharashtra Times.
(Mumbai, India) India's financial capital came under terrorist attack today with a series of explosions at multiple locations.
According to Mumbai General Railway Police Commissioner A. K. Sharma:
The terror strike which began at 1033 PM at Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus(CST),formerly known as the Victoria Terminus (VT), claimed 10 lives in the premises of the station alone, police said. Three persons were killed in a bomb explosion in a taxi on Mazegaon dockyard road and an equal number were gunned down at Taj Hotel. The victim in the hotel were its employees.Current casualty estimates are 80 dead and over 250 injured.
The lobby of the Oberoi hotel was on fire and the hotel evacuated, eyewitnesses said. Maharashtra DGP A N Roy said tonight's attack in "at least seven places" is a "terror strike."
Sharma said 30 persons were injured in the CST incident. Commandoes were rushed to the CST which wore a deserted look and train services suspended.
Some people were injured in the firing in Oberoi hotel, and taken to a nearby hospital in police vans and ambulance. Firing was also reported in Taj hotel.
Firing was reported at Colaba, Nariman Point and near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal, formerly Victoria Terminus and it was still continuing.
Firing was also reported at Cama Hospital in south Mumbai, police said, adding that a blast was reported in a taxi under a flyover in suburban Vile Parle. A bomb went off in a taxi in Mazegaon dockyard road.
Groups of heavily-armed gunmen are reported to be holding Westerners hostage at several locations as police try to get the situation under control.
UPDATE by Rusty: Number of dead keeps rising. CT Blog notes:
The incidents took place one day after the reported arrest of Lashkar -e-Toiba linked Raheel Sheikh by the Interpol in London. Raheel is one of the alleged masterminds of the conspiracy and was involved in the funding of the July 11, 2006, Mumbai serial train blasts that killed nearly 200 commuters and wounded over 500 people on that fateful day.India has big problems with homegrown jihadis. Expect updates.
[Update by Mike]
Unconfirmed information from various media sources.
- Terrorists entered the luxury Taj, Trident and Oberoi Hotels, rocking them with multiple grenade blasts. Fifteen people are reported to be held hostage at the Taj Hotel, half are believed to be foreigners. Police have surrounded the Taj Hotel.(Satellite image here)
- Terrorists entering the hotels were looking for people with American or British passports.
- Mumbai's Anti-Terrorist Squad Chief was killed by gunfire.
- Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamote died when he attempted to capture two terrorists.
- Seven Mumbai Police Officers have died so far.
- The Indian Army and Navy in Mumbai have been put on alert and 65 Army Commandos and 200 National Security Commandos are being dispatched to the city. The Indian Army has reportedly already entered the Trident Hotel.
[Update 4:45PM EDT]
From Mid-Day Mumbai:
Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed are the only militant outfits capable of carrying out Fidayeen (suicide) attacks in the city. It is not the handiwork of Indian Mujahideen, claimed the police.Sources say that the attackers were part of a suicide group backed by operatives.
A senior police said a specially trained squad carried out the attack, which began at 9.40 pm yesterday. The use of AK assault rifles and grenades hint at a highly specialised group, that may have been trained in Pakistan or Bangladesh.
UPDATE II by Rusty: A group calling itself "Deccan Mujahideen" is claiming responsibility in an email. No idea of the legitimacy of the claim yet. Thanks to ./. in the comments.
UPDATE III: 900 injured? FUBAR.
UPDATE IV by Jane: Bill Roggio notes, "The Indian Mujahideen (the Deccan Mujahideen) has been implicated as being behind several recent attacks in India." And then he lists them including the July 25 and 26 bombings in Ahmedabad and Bangalore, the Sept. 13 attacks in New Delhi, the bombings in Jaipur last May, and bombings in Uttar Pradesh in November 2007. A total of over 450 wounded and 130 people killed in the earlier attacks by Bill's count.
Bill describes The Indian Mujahideen as created by Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Harkat ul Jihad al Islami, linked with the jihadist Students' Islamic Movement of India, or SIMI. "The groups receive support from Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence and are al Qaeda affiliates," he says.
Update:(From Newbie) If this wasn't AQ central planned .....a new terror master planner on the scale of KSM has emerged on the world stage....Gird your loins boys and girls.
UPDATE by Rusty: I ran down the threat against Mumbai by the "Indian Mujahideen" referenced in a Hindi language video in the comments. Here's what I found. It's from Sep 15th:
“You should know that your acts are not at all left unnoticed; rather we are closely keeping an eye on you and just waiting for the right time to execute your bloodshed. We are aware of your recent raids at Ansarnagar, Mograpada in Andheri and the harassment and trouble you created there for the Muslims,” the group said in the email they sent to various media houses on Saturday evening.This and other emails were subsequently traced to Mumbai, sent by "firstname.lastname@example.org", "email@example.com", "firstname.lastname@example.org". The terrorists use unsecured wi-fi routers and proxy servers to avoid detection.
“You threatened to murder them and your mischief went to such an extent that you even dared to abuse and insult Maulana Mahmood-ul-Hasan Qasmi and even misbehaved with the Muslim women and children there,” the email said.
“If this is the degree your arrogance has reached, and if you think that by these stunts you can scare us, then let the Indian Mujahideen warn all the people of Mumbai that whatever deadly attacks Mumbaikars will face in future, their responsibility would lie with the Mumbai ATS and their guardians – Vilasrao Deshmukh and R R Patil,” the email said. “You are already on our hit-list and this time very very seriously.”
The terror outfit also threatened to target a senior Rajasthan police official. “All the Mujahideen who shook Jaipur are absolutely safe and secure, and are preparing for our next targets, one of which is A K Jain – the DIG of Rajasthan,” claimed Indian Mujahideen.
Updates below fold
Update by Stablehand: From comments - Warning about attack posted on 11/14. Pause it around 1:22 (does the date mean Hindu timezone?), 1:32-1:34
Also, Intelligence chiefs were expecting AlQaeda spectacular
The multiple attacks on Westerners in Bombay last night showed all the signs of an al-Qaeda strategy — picking on vulnerable Western “soft targets” but not in a country where there would be maximum security. The attacks on Western targets in Bali in 2002 when al-Qaeda-linked terrorists planted bombs in tourist-favoured restaurants and clubs was another example where the group switched its resources to achieve maximum impact.
Counter-terrorist experts last night said that India would have been selected for the latest spectacular “probably because that’s where al-Qaeda has sufficient resources to carry out an attack on this scale. They don’t choose for the sake of it, they look to see where they have the greatest capability and then order an attack,” a counter-terror expert told The Times.
Update II by Stablehand - The State Department established a Consular Call Center for Americans concerned about family or friends who may be visiting or living in Mumbai, India. The number is: 1-888-407-4747.
The terrorists, who created havoc in Mumbai overnight, came by boats and struck at 10 places but their number is not known immediately, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said.
Addressing a press conference in the wee hours, he said two terrorists had been killed in encounters with police and security forces and nine suspects have been detained.
The terror attacks began between 9 pm and 9.15 pm with indiscriminate firing and bomb blasts, Deshmukh said.
The terrorists came by boats and started firing, he said but their number was not immediately known.
Update III by Stablehand: MSNBC
The Times of India said more than 900 people were sent to hospitals. That number could not immediately be confirmed.
A U.S. official told NBC News that at least one American was seriously injured but there were no other confirmations of American injuries or deaths.
Officials at Bombay Hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a Japanese man had died there and nine Europeans were admitted, three of them in critical condition with gunshot wounds. All were brought in from the Taj hotel, the AP reported.
At least three top Indian police officers — including Hemant Karkare, the chief of the anti-terror squad — were among those killed, said Roy, the police official.
Authorities believed seven to 15 foreigners were hostages at the Taj Mahal, said Anees Ahmed, a top state official. It was also unclear where the hostages were in the Taj Mahal, which is divided into an older wing, which was in flames, and a modern tower that was not on fire.
Unconfirmed reports of Israeli's abducted:
(IsraelNN.com) Muslim terrorists in Mumbai reportedly have abducted Chabad Rabbi Gabriel, his wife Rivka and their two small children. Indian television reported that six Israelis are being held hostage.
The Foreign Ministry has not confirmed the report, and its last official statement was that no contact has been made with them. It added that 20 Israelis are missing since the terrorist attack Wednesday night.
Indian media reported that a couple and their teenage son, none of them Israelis, were killed in the Chabad House, called the Nariman House. One terrorist also was killed. Gunfire occasionally has been heard from the building, which the army has surrounded.
My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this terrible tragedy.
Update IV by Stablehand:
Aussie soap actress Brooke Satchwell hid in cupboard as Mumbai terrorists attacked.
Brooke Satchwell, her boyfriend David Gross and seven other Australians, English and Americans are trapped in a hotel in south Mumbai, unable to get help and increasingly afraid for their lives
Mr Gross cut his leg escaping from Cafe Leopold as terrorists attacked.
"I can't even get my leg dressed, we can't to the airport, that's been bombed, we can't go to the police centres, they've been bombed,'' Mr Gross said from a hotel room - which he asked not to be identified.
Mr Gross, the son of Sydney QC Bernard Gross, was concerned information would alert the gunmen to their location.
"Neither the consulate in Mumbai ior the Embassy in Delhi are answering their phones,'' he said.
"Our local driver has said it's too dangerous to drive on the roads, and if we do we'll be sitting ducks, with nine of us in two small taxis trying to leave.
"We don't know where to go, because we haven't been told where we need to go at this stage.''
More stories like this will certainly be coming in.
Update V from Stablehand - I found a twitter site that is continuously
Update VI from Stablehand - List of injured and deceased here
Happy Thanksgiving: When Star Wars Ruled Prime Time Variety Shows
Drew M. chimes in with some much needed palette cleansing. Kinda. Oh, the horrible horrible memories!
Flashback: The Donny and Marie Osmond Star Wars Special [Warning: Not safe for work unless you're Mormon, a woman, over 65, or you don't care if your co-workers think U R teh ghey].
Ross Douthat on Huckster vs. Saracuda
I like Ross Douthat, but it seems to me he mostly misses the mark in this column:
I'd say the difference has more to do with the fact that Huckabee was running in a primary campaign, when both he and his Republican opponents had an interest in highlighting his deviations from party orthodoxy - in his case, to win favorable press coverage and separate himself from the also-ran pack; in their case, to undercut his appeal among ideological conservatives. Palin, on the other hand, was dropped straight into a general-election campaign, which created a completely different dynamic. Since she was standing in the way of Barack Obama's coronation, she took immediate and constant fire from liberals in a way that Huckabee never did, which endeared her instantly to conservatives who might otherwise have looked askance at her gubernatorial record and occasional campaign-trail deviations from the right-wing line.As I've noted before, I believe there are true core philosophical differences between Huck and Palin. Despite his quasi-reaganesque rhetoric, Huck is clearly on the left of the Republican continuum on everything but the social issues. I don't see that in Palin at all, and I think her record in Alaska belies any claim that she is a tax-and-spender.
National Guardsmen Get Prison for Human Smuggling
Three Texas National Guardsmen, Julio Cesar Pacheco, Clarence Hodge, Jr. and Jose Rodrigo Torres, assigned to assist the Border Patrol have been sentenced to a combined total of eight and one-half years in prison for operating a sophisticated smuggling ring credited with effecting the successful undetected passage of more than 100 illegal aliens into the United States.
Meanwhile, Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean are serving terms of 11 years and 12 years in prison, respectively, for the nonfatal shooting of a Mexican drug smuggler occurring in the course of doing their jobs. Individually, Ramos and Compean will do more time than the entire alien smuggling ring.
Inexplicably, three men who ran a criminal enterprise while doing their jobs get sentenced to one-third of the time given to two men who arguably erred while properly performing their jobs. Doesn't seem right. (more)
Charlie Rangel (D) Is a Tax Cheat
In the words of the great Keith Olberdouche, RESIGN. RESIGN. RESIGN.
Heh. Even CREW is getting in on the act.
A culture of corruption and tax fraud you can believe in!
First there is the Washington Post's revelation that Rangel inappropriately claimed a tax break on his D.C. townhouse by claiming it was his primary residence. The five-year charade only netted the congressman from Harlem about $1,500, which is relatively small potatoes. But it nicely dovetails with two other Rangel escapades of late: That he failed to pay taxes on $75,000 in rental income from his luxury beach villa in the Caribbean because he—ahem—didn't know it was income; and that he scored several rent-stabilized apartments in New York, each of which he must claim as his primary residence. Taken all together, it looks like the top tax-writer in Congress is a tax cheat.For some reason, I don't think people like Keith Olberloon are interested in this story. Ask yourself why.
UC Berkeley: Jealousy. Obsessive Stalking. Cross-Dressing. Strangulation. Once-In-A-lifetime Sex
What is this all about?
Not only is the sex kinky, but its once-in-a-lifetime.I'll give you a Hint
Piracy In The Red Sea: Saudi Points Towards Israel
Da Jooooos are behind the Somalia piracy
Who woulda thunk?
Terrorists: Yes, Our Official Website Is Hosted in the U.S., so What?
Our friends at the NEFA foundation have released a translation of a communique from the "Shebaab al-Mujahideen Movement in Somalia" condemning al Jazeera for passing along false information that they condemned piracy off the coast of Somalia. The message from the Shabaab stops short of supporting piracy, but it goes to great lengths in saying that the official position of the al Qaeda affiliated group is that they have not condemned the hijacking of a Saudi oil tanker, which kind of speaks for itself, doesn't it?
While the crux of the statement is a condemnation of al Jazeera for it's "unsolicited involvement ... in the jihad in Somalia" and for standing "side by side with the anti-Islamic media" Jawa readers will be interested in a relatively minor point brought out by the al Shabaab spokesman: confirmation that their website is illegally hosted by the Vancouver, Washington based Dotster. They also confirm that their media wing is part of the Global Islamic Media Front, a group which constantly denies official ties to terrorists and yet publicly support those terrorists. The point of mentioning this is that al Jazeera is not the authentic source of news about the Shabaab, GIMF and their website are:
The movement has an official website [www.kataaib.net] which carries our official statements. Additionally, we have an official wing that manages all of our audio, video, and written releases. That wing is known as the 'Sada al-Jihad Media Center' and it belongs to the Global Islamic Media Front'. [Full PDF here]Interesting, no? Long time readers will remember that on several occasions the Washington based Dotster company has claimed that they have no way of verifying that kataaib.net [formerly almujaahid.com] was really al Shabaab's website and therefore it was up to us to prove it to them before they would take action. Even though, you know, the website carries Shabaab's logo, statements, "martyr" videos, and is heavily laden with images of Osama bin Laden they want "proof".
I'd say this constitutes proof, wouldn't you?
What's so disturbing about this is that the al-Shabab has an extensive network within the United States and this website is actively used to recruit Americans to fight for the al Qaeda linked group in Somalia. One of those men, Shirwa Ahmed, is suspected of recruiting in the Minneapolis area and of being involved in a recent suicide bombing.
The GIMF connection is also important. We've known there was a connection from several videos released in the past through GIMF, but this is the first confirmation that that the group considers GIMF their official distribution network rather than the normal al Qaeda al Fajr Media Center. GIMF is definitely centered in Europe, but also has cells operating in Canada and the United States. Troubling.
Here's how you can help. Contact Dotster and let them know that not only is it immoral to help the al-Shabaab movement spread their jihad propaganda (remember, these are the same people who recently stoned a teenage girl to death and who have murdered Western hostages) but that it is illegal.
You are hosting the official website of the al-Shabaab Mujahideen Youth Movement http://kataaib.net/. In the past you have claimed that you could not prove that the website belonged to the al-Shabaab and have, in violation of the law, denied requests to take down this website. Today the NEFA Foundation, a highly respected terrorism think tank, released a translation of an al-Shabaab communique in which they claim that the website in question does in fact belong to them.
On February 29, 2008, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice designated al-Shabaab and as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (as amended) and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 (as amended).
The consequences of this designation include a prohibition against the provision of material support or resources to al-Shabaab and blocking of all property and interests in property of the organization that are in the United States, or come within the United States, or the control of U.S. persons
Providing business services to al-Shabaab, even free ones, violates the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Each IEEPA violation carries a fine of up to $250,000.
Please back up any relevant material and IP logs before removing this website from your servers. This message may be copied to relevant law enforcement officials.
Thank you for your immediate cooperation in this matter,
kataaib.net = 22.214.171.124 = Dotster.net
8100 NE PARKWAY DR, FLOOR 3
VANCOUVER, WA 98662
We got the Taliban off the internet yesterday. I think it's time al Qaeda's Somalian affiliate was shut down. And for those of you concerned, this website has a low interactivity factor to it which makes it low on the intel value scale.
Obama's Top Pick For CIA Bows Out
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Barack Obama's top pick to head the CIA blamed his sudden withdrawal from consideration on critics who blamed him for harsh Bush administration policies on interrogations, detentions and secret renditions.Apparently Obama's advisers were worried about recent blog postings condemning Brennan for his stance on interrogation techniques.
John Brennan, a 25-year CIA veteran and career analyst who became the first head of the National Counterterrorism Center in 2004, preemptively declined to take any intelligence post in the new administration in a Nov. 25 letter sent to Obama.
A group of about 200 psychologists published an open letter to Obama on Monday opposing Brennan's leadership of the CIA. They cited several media interviews in which they deemed Brennan insufficiently opposed to rendition and harsh interrogation to make a clean break with the Bush administration's policies.Hopey changey keeping his constituents happy while screwing with vital interrogation techniques. Damn.
Stephen Soldz, director of the Center for Research, Evaluation and Program Development at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, spearheaded the letter.
"I do think they have to find someone who represents a clear break" with Bush administration policies, particularly the use of multiple harsh interrogation practices on detainees, he said.
Brennan has publicly disavowed waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning. But Soldz said his group considers the excessive use of isolation, sleep deprivation, cultural and sexual humiliation and other techniques in combination as torture, and Brennan had not repudiated their use.
Iran Fires Second Rocket Into Space
Click image for article.
Oopsie, wrong image. Oh well, I'll just say it's "kinda related".
The Arsenal 'Assault Weapon' Ban Quiz - Round Six
The prior round of questions comprised:
5.1 - According to surveys of prison inmates (various years), the percentage of inmates reporting ownership of at least one gun of a type characterized as an "assault weapon" (various definitions) is...?Answers here, along with today's question:
5.2 - According to the same surveys, what percentage of inmates were in possession of one of their "assault weapons" (whether not it was actually brandished or fired) when they committed the offense for which they were incarcerated?
Two of the rifles below were or would be banned from manufacture in the U.S. under the 1994 'Assault Weapon' Ban. Two of the rifles were or would be legal for manufacture in the U.S. under that law. Which two were banned, and which two were legal (ignore magazine design)?Good luck!
Nudists At War With Swingers
(Cap d’Agde, France) Militant, hardline nudists, also called naturists, have become suspects in three recent wife-swapper nightclub fires. Root cause is believed to be tensions developed between the nudists, who believe in being naked and healthy without sex, and the swinging wife-swappers, who seek sex with multiple partners.
Investigators suspect “fundamentalist” naturists of harbouring a grudge against the échangistes, or swingers, who are drawn to the town by the promise of sex.Therefore, the conflict simmers at the finger-pointing stage with investigations continuing.
A so-called boîte échangiste, or wife-swapping club, called Glamour, where couples engage in group sex, was the first to be razed, in April. The next day the Palme Ré, another orgy venue, went up in flames. In September the Tantra club and Zen, its neighbouring bar, were destroyed in blazes.
Nobody was hurt but the fires have shocked a community whose crime rate has been dominated until now by cases of exhibitionism. [...]
Some in Cap d’Agde attribute the fires to fundamentalist “mullahs of chaste nudity”, as one magazine called them, who have often harangued holiday-makers venturing onto nudist beaches in bathing costumes. Others denied that naturists could have been involved.
From a cultural standpoint, it appears the controversy stems from a perception of the fundamental naturists that the swingers are giving them a bad name. Imagine that. People who run around naked want to protect their reputation from being sullied by other people who run around naked.
November 25, 2008
Barack Obama To Bank Execs: Do As I Say, Not As I Do
Well, will the Messiah forgo his Presidential salary as the federal government spirals downward into the pit of deficits and debt? I doubt it.
CHICAGO – President-elect Barack Obama thinks bank executives should forgo their bonuses this year to show they are taking responsibility amid difficult economic times.
In an interview with Barbara Walters to air Wednesday, Obama also said he's trying to keep his BlackBerry or find another way to "break through the isolation and the bubble that exists around the president."
I highly doubt Barack will be forgoing his yearly salary, which he really won't need during his term. A $20.00 a week allowance and his wife's salary should keep him in patchouli for his entire term. It's not like the President has to, yanno, actually pay for food, lodging, and transportation himself.
Yet he's trying to keep his Blackberry. When we're amid difficult national security times. Wonder why that is? The "bubble" exists for a reason.
It's going to be a long, long, 2-4 years.
Jawa Twitter (Updated)
Nation-Wide Protests in Yemen
(Its in the news section, so if you note a modification in my tone, well, that's why.)
Rusty on the Radio Tonight
I forgot to write about this earlier, but I'll be on the Political Vindication radio show tonight from 9:15 - 10:00 Eastern. I'm sure the show will suck much less than our's did. Feel free to play the Jawa drinking game while you listen here.
Anal Republican To Keep His Job Under Obama
Sorry, I meant anal retentive. Just going with the vibe here.
CHICAGO – President-elect Barack Obama will keep Defense Secretary Robert Gates in that job for at least a year, according to an official familiar the two men's discussions.
Obama is expected to announce the selection of Gates and other members of a national security brain trust next week. Gates has served as President George W. Bush's defense chief for two years.
Gates, a moderate with long-standing ties to Republican administrations and the Bush family, would fulfill an Obama pledge to include a Republican in his Cabinet.
Glad to see that Barry O'messiah is extending his flying finger of friendship* in order to placate the moderate Republicans who lost the election.
*Read up on your dolphin behavior for that one.
Newton's 4th Law: Hot Chicks in Music Videos are Inversely Related to Sound Quality
The post in which I observe that Flea has sh*tty taste in music, but outstanding taste in hot chicks.
Can I work "anal" and "Republicans" in to this post? I'm still jonesing for that Time editor's slot.
Jessica "Washingtonienne" Cutler Engaged, Presumably Monogamous
***Exclusive**Must Credit Jawa Report*** [Very inside joke, sorry]
Only very very very old readers will recognize the name Jessica Cutler or Washingtonienne. We had some good times at Jessica's expense back in the day. Most of said good times related to how using variations of "butt sex" in a blog post lead one Ana Marie "Wonkette" Cox from a one joke gossip columnist obsessed with said anal adventures to becoming an editor at Time magazine.
Seriously, Wonkette's claim to fame at the time was that she published Jessica Cutler's diary and her sexual escapades [dare we say, sexcapades?] with Capital Hill aides. Woot, big deal that. News flash: mid-level Republican Capital Hill insiders like anal, willing to pay, sometimes premature]
Groundbreaking journalism revealing the hypocrisy of Republican aides.
See how that works? It wasn't so much that she was sleeping around as it was that she was sleeping around with Republicans. Oh, and taking it up the poop shoot.
Such groundbreaking and important journalism leading to a job at Time magazine.
I wonder if whoever broke the Spitzer story [parenthetically Cutler was also a friend of Spitzer's whore's madame and rumored to turn tricks in the same circles] is now an editor for Time? No? Shocka.
Which given that Andrew Sullivan was hired by Time at about the same time is, er, interesting.
Can we see a pattern here?
So, let's keep those posts about sex-in-an-uncomfortable place [Cue Kevin Smith: "You mean like in the back of a VW Bug?"] coming so that I, too, can fulfill my lifelong dream of an editorship at Time. Just remember that any such salacious posts must be about Republicans.
Because of the hypocrisy!
Anyway, kudos to Jessica "Washingtonienne" Cutler for finally giving it away for free. Good job landing a lawyer, babe!
Source: Wonkette [the new, improved, Wonkette without Ana Marie]
A new palm-size acoustic device designed by the British company Qinetiq calculates the exact position of rifle fire and an electronic voice alerts the soldier on bearing and range.
Called EARS for Early Attack Reaction System, the device allows the soldier to jump to safety and return fire. Welcome news, I think.
The device, which costs around £2,500, works by isolating the crack of the sniper rifle thanks to four microphones, a GPS system and a powerful microprocessor.The full range and accuracy of the gunshot localization system are understandably kept secret. Expect the device to be on the battlefield starting in January.
It takes less than a tenth of a second and provides the results in audio and visual formats. It can even send a grid reference via radio to supporting artillery and aircraft.
The system, which weighs less than 6oz, is so sensitive it can tell the difference between outgoing friendly fire and incoming enemy fire and can distinguish a sniper even in a gun battle.
It also works when the soldier is travelling at up to 50 mph on a vehicle.
The device has already been road tested in Iraq and Afghanistan to claims of great success.
Americans Flocking to Somalia to Fight for al Qaeda
We've been warning about this for a couple of years now, but with Iraq becoming more and more secure al Qaeda has sent out the call to jihad for young men to go to Somalia. Several Shabaab videos show fighters with American accents, but all of them seem to be white guys who, er, stand out amongst their African born muj brothers. Others show Arabs fighting. But this is the first I've heard of a large movement of the children of Somali immigrants returning to fight against the Ethiopian/U.S. backed non-functioning "government".
Of course, one of the leaders of the political wing of the movement--The Islamic Courts Union-- is also a naturalized U.S. citizen Ibrahim Hassan Addou. And at least one American convert to Islam and former online jihadi, Daniel Maldanado, is in federal prison for going to Somali to fight with the Shabaab. His buddy, Tarek Mehanna (also an online jihadi), was just arrested a couple of weeks ago en route to Saudi Arabia and possibly then on to points unknown.
They’re known in the Somali community simply at The Missing. More than 20 young Somali men, between the ages of 17 and 22, who have left the Twin Cities in the last few months, without a single word to their families.The good news here is that its the parents of these young men who are most concerned and who went to the FBI to report what their kids were doing.
The families and community leaders believe the men have gone back to fight in a bloody civil war, in which Al Quiada is a major player.
The real question we need to ask here is who is paying for these young men to betray their homeland?
And, as long as I'm thinking about this, Bill keeps reminding me that the Shabaab continues to host its website on U.S. servers -- contrary to U.S. law.
Thanks to Joel Steinke.
Bin Laden's Driver Going Home to Yemen
He's going home to the country where they cut deals with terrorists convicted of murder. I'm sure he'll be greeted as a hero. The other hundred at Gitmo pose a problem for Obama considering Yemen's near total lack of a counter-terror environment.
RNW: Osama Bin Laden's former driver is to be extradited to his homeland, Yemen, later this week. Salim Hamdan is currently being held at the Guantánamo Bay United States detention camp in Cuba. This year, he was found guilty of supporting terrorism and was handed down a five and a half year jail term. He will serve the remainder of his sentence in Yemen. As he has already served most of his term at Guantánamo Bay, he will be released at the end of the year.
This is an EXCELLENT article at the Weekly Standard by Thomas Joscyln. It analyzes the risk factors for returning the detainees finding: In sum, 227 (94 percent) of the 242 detainees we studied in detail had at least one of the four red flags outlined above; 181 (75 percent) had two or more red flags...Collectively, for example, the detainees have extensive ties to Islamic charities that are known to be al Qaeda fronts. And many of the remaining inmates have interacted with senior al Qaeda officials, including Osama bin Laden
Saudi All Girl Rock Band
In Saudi, yes, it’s a challenge,” said the group’s lead singer, Lamia, who has piercings on her left eyebrow and beneath her bottom lip. (Like other band members, she gave only her first name.) “Maybe we’re crazy. But we wanted to do something different.” (ed- Bingo! She's a rocker.)
In a country where women are not allowed to drive and rarely appear in public without their faces covered, the band is very different. The prospect of female rockers clutching guitars and belting out angry lyrics about a failed relationship — the theme of “Pinocchio” — would once have been unimaginable here.
I think that they sound great. Long live Rock.
Two More German GIMF Online Jihadis Arrested
Two more members of the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) have been arrested. They are named only as "Daniel P." (26) and "Harun Can A." (23). They join German "Irfan P" (19) and Austrian "Mohamed M." as GIMF members being prosecuted in Germany & Austria for the collection, translation, and distribution of al Qaeda propaganda and for their encouragement of European Muslims to support violent jihad.
Mohammed M., who with the help of Aaron from Internet Haganah we identified as Mohammed Mahmoud, is the former leader of GIMF and is currently serving time for a plot to plant explosives at U.S. military bases in Europe. His wife was also convicted.
"Irfan P." was already in custody for translating statements from al Qaeda in Iraq and has now been charged with 10 counts of disseminating AQI propaganda. "Daniel P" is charged with 18 counts and "Harun Can A." is charged with four.
GIMF was once an important group to the online jihad support community, many of whom don't speak Arabic. GIMF's main contribution was in translating Arabic statements into German, French, and English for wider dissemination. They also produced independent videos supportive of al Qaeda in Iraq and of Chechen Islamists. At one time the group ran a 24 hour online television station--The Caliphate Voice Channel. Members of the group were also responsible for "The Night of Bush Capturing" video game (below).
A Canadian GIMF member, Said Namouh (aka, "Nashraf"), helped out with English language propaganda before he was arrested for plotting terror attacks. Not so coincidentally, the group has its roots in the Yahoo "Global Islamic Media" group run by influential early Cnadian cyber jihadi called Abu Banan.
In addition to simply encouraging others to join al Qaeda and other Salafi jihad groups, the GIMF also raised money for them. GIMF is also well connected to al Qaeda branches in Somalia (they released a video of an American fighting in Somalia) and Palestine (it was GIMF that released the videos of a Fox News reporter being held hostage there).
I'll also note that while Charlotte based al Qaeda supporter Samir Khan (aka, "inshallahshaheed") claims he has no formal connection to the GIMF, the GIMF certainly knew Samir.
Yet another friend of Sammy in jail......
Leftist Go After Childrens Thanksgiving Program
Children are racist if they dress up as pilgrims and Indians according to a leftist college professor Michelle Raheja, of UC Riverside.
Click image for more from JWF.
Way to spoil the fun of 5yr olds Prof Raheja.
Surfs Up For Islamic Art
For a slideshow of burqini clad chics with their surfboards click image.
Added bonus - one chic shows her bare feet.
Am I The Only One that Wants to Give Don Ayala a Medal?
Here's the (very) brief story of Don Ayala, as recounted by Noah Shachtman in a series of posts over at Danger Room.
Earlier this month a social scientist with the Army's Human Terrain program, Paula Loyd, was out interviewing villagers in Afghanistan when a member of the Taliban, Abdul Salam, doused her with gas and set her on fire. She suffered second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body.
Don Ayala was a civilian contractor (read: bodyguard, I think) accompanying Loyd as she went about interviewing locals so that the Army might better understand them. Ayala grabbed Salam as he fled and then, with help of some soldiers, flexcuffed him. Then:
"After about ten minutes, a soldier approached the location where Ayalahad Salam detained and informed the personnel in the area that Loyd was burned badly. Ayala pushed his pistol against Salam's head and shot Salam, killing him instantly."
Ayala has now been arrested and is now back in the United States where he faces 2nd degree murder charges in federal court.
Me? I think he deserves a medal.
Okay, maybe that's hyperbole based on my gut reaction to having a piece of human filth who would douse a woman with gasoline and light her on fire shot. I think we can all agree that the world is better off without Abdul Salam. One down, thousands to go.
If I was in Ayala's shoes, I might well have pulled the trigger myself. Especially if it turns out at trial, as I suspect it will, that he and Paula Loyd are friends. So, maybe he doesn't deserve a medal, but shouldn't the better part prosecutorial discretion be to understand the mental state of Ayala when he pulled the trigger and reduce the charges? I'm guessing that jury will, and I hope they'll acquit.
I understand the need for our guys to act better than our enemies. I'm totally on board with upholding the laws of war -- generally. But I'm also all for leniency in the specifics, especially given the context in which Ayala killed Salam. I put myself in his shoes, and I don't see myself acting much differently -- or, at least, I can imagine the state of mind that would lead me to killing the son of a bitch.
British Marine Uses "Rugby Tackle" To Take Down Homicide Bomber In Afghanistan
A British Marine saved the lives of 130 soldiers in Afghanistan when he used a rugby tackle to take down a homicide bomber before he was able to detonate a motorcycle bomb, The Daily Mail reported Tuesday.Awesome bravery from this British marine!
The unidentified 40-year-old Marine sprung to tackle a Taliban fighter when he reached for a detonator button to blow 154 pounds of explosives strapped to a motorcycle that had been driven into a group of 130 Marines and Afghan soldiers, The Mail reported.
Explosives experts told The Mail that had the bomb gone off it would have destroyed everything within a 590-foot radius, most likely killing all 130 army personnel.
Dutch TV Station Receives DVD Containing Threat Against Belgium
The usual terrorist threat - remove your troops from Afghanistan or else.
THE HAGUE (AFP)--A Dutch television station said Tuesday it had received a DVD purporting to convey an threat from Islamic militants against Belgium because of its military presence in Afghanistan - apparently the same sent to two Flemish television channels[...]
The four-minute recording, with Dutch sub-titles, shows three armed and hooded men in front of a poster with Arabic lettering.
It urges Belgium to withdraw the 400 troops and F-16 warplanes it has stationed in Afghanistan as part of an international force and warns: "Your country will for this reason be plunged into chaos and blood and atrocious attacks can take place in any place at any time."
Belgian prosecutors have said they are taking the threat seriously and have have opened an investigation.
Afghanistan: 30 Marines vs 250 Insurgents - Marines Win
FARAH PROVINCE, Afghanistan — In the city of Shewan, approximately 250 insurgents ambushed 30 Marines and paid a heavy price for it.
Inshallahshaheeds "friends" are a bunch of chicken shites when faced with our finest and bravest:
“The biggest thing to take from that day is what Marines can accomplish when they’re given the opportunity to fight,” the sniper said. “A small group of Marines met a numerically superior force and embarrassed them in their own backyard. The insurgents told the townspeople that they were stronger than the Americans, and that day we showed them they were wrong.”
During the battle, the designated marksman single handedly thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machinegun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn’t miss any shots, despite the enemies’ rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position.
“I was in my own little world,” the young corporal said. “I wasn’t even aware of a lot of the rounds impacting near my position, because I was concentrating so hard on making sure my rounds were on target.”
After calling for close-air support, the small group of Marines pushed forward and broke the enemies’ spirit as many of them dropped their weapons and fled the battlefield. At the end of the battle, the Marines had reduced an enemy stronghold, killed more than 50 insurgents and wounded several more.
“I didn’t realize how many bad guys there were until we had broken through the enemies’ lines and forced them to retreat. It was roughly 250 insurgents against 30 of us,” the corporal said. “It was a good day for the Marine Corps. We killed a lot of bad guys, and none of our guys were seriously injured.”
Wow, just wow.
Immigration Fraud - Terrorism Concerns Converge in Suburban VA
What, me worry?
Two Annandale men have been arrested in an FBI sting that uncovered visa fraud, gun smuggling and references to Lebanon, Yasir Arafat and bombing the Pentagon with a missile....
During that transaction, Hamed is quoted as saying that he could obtain a missile that could reach the Pentagon. "You want to hit the Pentagon. You can put the bottle on it, the blue bottle, and hit the Pentagon," he is quoted as saying in the affidavit.
Holiday Mail For Heroes
Remember our finest and bravest when you make out your Christmas card list.
Go here for info
The Red Cross is partnering with Pitney Bowes this holiday season for the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. For the second year in a row, we’re collecting holiday cards to distribute to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world. Pitney Bowes is generously donating technology, resources and postage to make this holiday card program possible.
Our goal is to collect and distribute one million holiday cards to spread holiday cheer and facilitate thanks to these brave individuals and families.
Please send cards to this address, following the guidelines listed below:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Note - All cards must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Cards sent after this date will be returned to sender.
Please use above link for complete guideline information.
h/t El Campeador
Breaking! al-Qaeda Releases UBL Christmas Message to American People
The message is in English, but was cut short by events on the ground.
Jawa PWNS Taliban (AGAIN)
Thanks to Jawa readers the Taliban's official website, "The Voice of Jihad", looked like this yesterday:
Now it looks like this:
Kinda hard to operate a website without DNS or a webhost, isn't it Taliban?
Message to Murchal (Taliban webmaster): Next time, answer your Emails.
Give yourselves a collective pat on the back. America, f*ck yeah!
(Update)Indian Navy: Sinking of Somalia Pirate's Mothership
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Update on this post.
Indian navy releases photo of last weeks sinking of pirates mothership.
Related: Indian Navy Sending Guided-Missile Destroyer INS Mysore To The Gulf Of Aden
Update: Oopsie - The ship may have been a Thai fishing trawler. Indian Navy insists it was fired upon and sunk a "pirate" mothership.
Thanks to Kevin in comments.
President Elect Obama Makes Key Appointment
WASHINGTON DC - Ending weeks of speculation and rumors, President-Elect Barack Obama today named Bill Clinton to join his incoming administration as President of the United States, where he will head the federal government's executive branch.Read the rest.
"I am pleased that Bill Clinton has agreed to come out of retirement to head up this crucial post in my administration," said Obama. "He brings a lifetime of previous executive experience as Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States, and has worked closely with most of the members of my Cabinet."...
..The long anticipated naming of Clinton to head Obama's Oval Office team comes after a week that saw Obama appoint dozens of Clinton associates to his transition team including John Podesta, Rahm Emanuel, Eric Holder, Larry Summers, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hundreds of other Clinton Administration holdovers are rumored to be in line for remaining appointments, including Bill Richardson, Janet Reno, Webb Hubbell, Chelsea Clinton, zombie Vince Foster, and zombie Socks the cat.
Ten Taliban Arrested For Acid Attack On Schoolgirls
I hope these bastages receive the most painful of punishments.
KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN)
Afghan authorities have arrested 10 Taliban militants in connection with this month's acid attack on schoolgirls, a provincial governor said Tuesday.
The militants confessed and said they were paid 100,000 Pakistani rupees ($1,265) to carry out the acts, said Rahmatullah Raufi, governor of Kandahar, where the November 12 attack occurred.
The men said high-ranking Taliban officials in Pakistan paid them to cross the porous border to carry out the attack, Raufi said.
Huckabee Still Whining About Sarah Palin...
It's clear from this comment that Mike Huckabee still doesn't have the first damn clue why some of us hate him:
“I was scratching my head, saying, ‘Hey, wait a minute. She’s wonderful, but the only difference was she looks better in stilettos than I do, and she has better hair.’ It wasn’t so much a gender issue, but it was like they suddenly decided that everything they disliked about me was O.K. . . . She was given a pass by some of the very people who said I wasn’t prepared.”My thoughts on why this is total bullshit posted here. (h/t: HotAir).
November 24, 2008
North Texas Jawapalooza - Saturday, Dec. 6th
Attention all Dallas / Fort Worth / North Texas gun-totin' Jawa readers, rabble-rousers and associated ne'er-do-wells:
The First Annual North Texas Jawapalooza Blaster Shoot, Cookout, and Rabble Rouse has been scheduled for Saturday, December 6th, 2008!!
More details here.
(UPDATE: PWND!!) Help Get the Taliban Off the Internet (+Email the Taliban!)
UPDATE 11/25/2008 AM : PWND. Thanks for your help. Let us know, through an email, if it comes back up anytime soon.
UPDATE: I've updated this post to reflect what I hope to accomplish with your help: getting the Taliban off the internet. Please pass this along to all your friends. Our soldiers are dying fighting the Taliban, the least you can do is write a simple letter of complaint.
Here's what you can do to help:
1) Please click on the PrivacyProtection link below and let them know they are violating Dutch and international law by providing privacy services to the Taliban.
2) Then copy and paste emails below into "To" box on your email and let these service providers know they are breaking Malaysian and international law by hosting the Taliban's official website.
Make sure that they know that "The Voice of Jihad" is the official website of the Taliban (Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan). It is being hosted in Malaysia.
Who "owns" The Voice of Jihad? It's not clear because a Netherland based company, privacyprotect, is also illegally doing business with the Taliban and covering for the true identity of its webmaster. Not only is it illegal for any companies in these two countries to provide services to the Taliban, it also might bother the Dutch to know this since they are actively fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.
A sample letter might be something like this (feel free to copy and paste):
You are violating Malaysian, Dutch, and International law by providing business services to "The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan", better know as the Taliban.
The following U.N. Security Council Resolutions prohibit any individual or company from doing any business with the Taliban: 1267 (1999), 1333 (2000), 1390 (2002), 1455 (2003), 1526 (2004), 1617 (2005), 1735 (2006) and 1822 (2008). Specifically, the resolutions order member countries to "freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources, including funds derived from property owned or controlled directly or indirectly" of the Taliban. The Netherlands and Malaysia also have domestic laws implementing the above UN Resolutions.
Please cease and desist providing privacy/webhosting services to this internationally outlawed organization.
You can complain to PrivacyProtection here.
You can complain to the Taliban's webhost EASTGATE by emailing the following (not sure which ones are working):
-------Bonus: Email the Taliban!
Holy Land Foundation Organizers : GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS
A jury on Monday sided with the prosecution in the Holy Land Foundation trial, determining unanimously on more than two dozen counts that the defendants were guilty of charges related to the financing of the terrorist group Hamas.I've heard it's not a good idea to drop the soap... (h/t : LGF)
Good News: IAEA to help Syria Build Nukes
IAEA Chairman Mohamed ElBaradei leaped into action again on Monday, saying that his feckless agency has the 'right' to help Syria build a nuclear reactor - for 'peaceful' purposes only of course. The United States is seeking to block the aid.
Note to "Reality Based Community": Iraq War Over. We Won.
Although it's been said many times, many ways ... this post just never gets old:
THE Iraq War is over....Those on the Left (and some on the Right) who declared the war "lost" during the past four years should really join the reality based community. We won. No thanks to your defeatism.
Last week, I shed my helmet and body armor and walked in south Baghdad as evening fell. The US soldiers who took me along were from the battle-hardened 10th Mountain Division; about half the platoon were combat veterans from Afghanistan and/or Iraq. Though most were in their 20s, they seemed like older men. None had even fired a weapon during this entire tour, which so far has lasted more than eight months, in what previously was one of the most dangerous areas of Iraq.
Thanks to CJ's link thingy.
The Three Stages of the al Qaeda Propagandist
Stage 1: Create propaganda videos, nasheeds (music), or flyers in support of al Qaeda terrorists.
Stage 2: Disseminate said propaganda online.
Stage 3: (Option "A") Get caught. Rat out your friends who are doing the actual bombings/murders. Buh-bye al Qaeda cell.
(Option "B") Get killed.
While 3b is much more personally satisfying, option 3a probably is more effective in the long term. But either way, we encourage the eHadis to keep doing what they do.
Thanks to Howie.
Should I Twitter Jawa?
I keep getting e-mails from people asking me why I don't Twitter The Jawa Report. To be honest, I never saw the value of it compared to the effort. Here's an article on why conservative blogs should be using Twitter.
So, should I Twitter or no?
Layoffs Forecast at Weather Channel
The Weather Channel, owned by NBC, is cutting its entire Environmental Unit. The job losses are expected to exceed 50. Some are blaming NBC for forcing the layoffs.
One might think that this change means the Weather Channel will now play a diminished role as swooning cheerleader for the global warming political bandwagon. One might also be in error.
In a concurrent move, the Weather Channel has changed its normally blue logo to green, an indication that the cable channel will likely continue to sermonize in worship of Gaia.
Sleestack Voter Revealed!
I haven't read the article revealing who the dude was who voted for "Lizard People" in MN, but I'm guessing he looks something like this....
Thanks to Howie, who apparently is doing something called "work" --- whatever that means.
AQ Terrorists in UK Taught How to Torture in Prison
Zia Ul Haq, convicted for his part in an al Qaeda bombing plot to blow up downtown London, received stand up comedy training while in prison. There's no question that listening to his routine would be considered torture.
Thanks to Writer Mom LGF.
1/6 Marines Getting It On In Garmsir
Warning, barf bag used in one image....teh
Obama's Change.gov Has Sister Site At MySpace
MySpace Change.org is full of progressive non-profits.
President-Elect Obama says he wants to hear ideas from all Americans, so we're taking him up on his offer. Submit your ideas for how to change America, discuss with others, and vote for your favorites.The entry with the most votes is:
The "Top 10 Ideas for America" will be presented to the Obama Administration on Inauguration Day. We will then build a national campaign to advance each idea in Congress, marshaling the resources of Change.org, our anchor partner MySpace, and our dozens of partner organizations and millions of combined members.
Launch a National Service Corps to improve local infrastructureWhat was it Obama recently said about creating/retaining jobs to fix our roads, bridges and schools?
Some areas in America have failing schools and crumbling bridges. Others have no adequate health care facilities or libraries. Collectively these localized problems contribute to wide regional disparities in wealth and a slow erosion of American society. A large yet light and fast corps of workers - not unlike President-elect Obama's campaign infrastructure - mobilized to solve such regional blights could have a huge impact on our economy, our environment, our education, and our civic engagement and empowerment, all from the ground up.
Youtube Leaves Up Terrorist Propaganda, Removes Material Critical Of Islam
The Ehadis are doing a little campaign against AhmadsQuran3 for their Chapter 181 posting about Muhammad and his child bride Aisha.
Yet official propaganda from al-Qaeda violating the Geneva Convention, US law, as well as two executive orders --- they leave alone.
The above video is an official al-Furqan (al-Qaeda in Iraq) video that we have targeted for months. It features the decomposed body of one outs who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The fact that this video remains as well as so may others should outrage an American.
You can help.Use this link then click contact us and fill out your compliant about this disgusting al-Qaeda propaganda.
As Rusty has stated before, someone should sue Youtube for hosting this video and causing pain and grief to all of us and especially to the family of Major Gilbert.
Then ask Youtube why they remove factual videos critical of Islam, yet they continue to host the official propaganda of terrorists with whom the united states is at war.
You can fight back.
More on terrorist and their supporters on Jihadtube here.
Israel Fears US Will Dither While Iran Goes Nuclear
Mounting fears that the United States will do nothing to prevent Iran becoming a nuclear power will be outlined by Ehud Olmert, Israel’s prime minister, when he meets President George W Bush in Washington tomorrow.
Israel is concerned that Bush will pass the Iranian hot potato to Barack Obama, the president-elect, while the last chance of destroying Tehran’s nuclear bomb-making programme may be passing.
A Pentagon source told The Sunday Times earlier this year that Bush had given Israel an “amber light” to carry on with military preparations to attack Iranian nuclear sites.
According to Israeli intelligence sources, Iran has sufficient nuclear material to make an atomic bomb. “They are working on three programmes at once,” said the sources. “They are speeding up their centrifuges to enrich uranium, calibrating a warhead to fit their ballistic missiles and improving the range and accuracy of their ballistic missiles.”
Israel is in the ready:
In the baking heat of the Negev desert, the Israeli air force’s top guns are training for a secret mission. No one here knows if, or when, a raid will get the political go-ahead but the pilots say it could be their third attack in three decades on a nuclear plant and easily the most dangerous.
On the runway an F-16 fighter jet was preparing to take off. In the cockpit was a 25-year-old pilot whom we have agreed to call Captain M.
“I knew I was flying the special one,” said M, referring to the nuclear symbol painted on the fuselage to mark a “kill” 27 years ago when two bombs were dropped, each weighing a ton, on Saddam Hussein’s Tammuz nuclear reactor near Baghdad, destroying it completely.
"Interesting" comments there:
Iran is not developing a bomb. They are allowed to enrich uranium to less than 5% U-235, according to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and that is precisely what they are doing according to every IAEA inspector. The misinformation that keeps coming out of the talking heads isn't going to change fact.
Eric, San Diego, USA
There we go again - the biggest threat to world stability is not Iran but Israel when she is hell bent on annexing and occupying Arab lands. Israel's safety and security lies in accepting the 'Arab League 2002' proposal, not in striking at Muslim nations!
Ali, London, UK
'The Bomb' in Israeli hands is as much of a threat worldwide as it would be in Iranian hands.
Israel will have something to really worry about if certain forces in Palestine ever get hold of the technology.
Paul, London, Britain
Iran = good
Israel = bad
Go figure, San Diego and London
Iran May Use Force Against Pirates
Iran could use force against pirates hijacking ships if necessary, a government official said in comments published on Monday, after an Iranian-chartered vessel was seized off the coast of Yemen last week[...]I believe Hassan Qashqavi's real reason for making this statement is Iran wants help.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi told a news conference that "we have all options on the table" in dealing with the problem but did not elaborate.
Qashqavi called for an international solution, involving maritime groups and the United Nations as well as states with a maritime presence in the affected area.Mr Qashqavi is a idiot. Why would the US or any other country want to help Iran? Screw the Mullah's. Until Iran stops their war against the west they are on their own.
"These pirates ... they do seemingly as they please. This flies in the face of those who say that they rule the seas."
Qashqavi did not mention any country by name.
"They think that all the world is their sphere of influence. they should accept responsibility for these events," Qashqavi said in comments translated by Iran's English-language Press TV.
Reminder, please vote for Jane's blog - "Armies of Liberation" - in the BOB's weblog awards. She is the only American in it!
Iran Receives AlQaeda Praise For Role In Terrorist Attack
Delivery of the letter exposed the rising role of Saad bin Laden, son of the al-Qaeda leader, Osama as an intermediary between the organisation and Iran. Saad bin Laden has been living in Iran since the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, apparently under house arrest.
The letter, which was signed by Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's second in command, was written after the American embassy in Yemen was attacked by simultaneous suicide car bombs in September.
Western security officials said the missive thanked the leadership of Iran's Revolutionary Guards for providing assistance to al-Qaeda to set up its terrorist network in Yemen, which has suffered ten al-Qaeda-related terror attacks in the past year, including two bomb attacks against the American embassy.
In the letter al-Qaeda's leadership pays tribute to Iran's generosity, stating that without its "monetary and infrastructure assistance" it would have not been possible for the group to carry out the terror attacks. It also thanked Iran for having the "vision" to help the terror organisation establish new bases in Yemen after al-Qaeda was forced to abandon much of its terrorist infrastructure in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
Yemeni President Salah hearts terrorists.
h/t Weasel Zippers
November 23, 2008
The Long Awaited 24 Debut
Is it just me?
(Spoiler alert, the rest below the fold in deference to you people not in the Eastern Time Zone.)
Or does it suck? At least The Unit is on at 10.
Maybe it will pick up. How is he going to get back to CTU? The warlord has CW?
"Jack. Don't let them get the children."
Update: Well, he just killed someone with the strength of his thigh, but its still not working for me.
I'm in the BOB's!!!
Hi its Jane. I just found out I'm a finalist and there's only three days left to vote. "The BOBs are the world’s largest international Weblog awards for Weblogs, podcasts and videoblogs," (organized by Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international public broadcaster.)
The 'Assault Weapon' Ban - Round Five
The answer to Question 4 is now posted, along with new Questions 5.1 and 5.2:
5.1 - According to surveys of prison inmates (various years), the percentage of inmates reporting owning at least one gun of a type characterized as an "assault weapon" (various definitions) is...?See options here.
5.2 - According to the same surveys, what percentage of inmates were in possession of one of their "assault weapons" (whether not it was actually brandished or fired) when they committed the offense for which they were incarcerated?
UK: AlQaeda Launches "Reign Of Terror" Inside Britians Maximum Security Prison
Forcing Inmates to Convert and Setting up Sharia Courts.....
Nothing to see here, move along.
Fallujah Kentucky Fried Chicken?
We finally made it to Kentucky Fried Chicken in downtown Fallujah. The quest for KFC is over!
But let me clarify: on closer inspection it turns out this is not one of Colonel Sanders’ officially sanctioned franchises. In fact, appart from the large “KFC” sign in the window you’d be hard pressed to distinguish this from many other chicken restaurants in Fallujah.
The big difference though, is on the inside. Iraqis like baked chicken, and it turns out deep fried chicken is something of a novelty, and so they’ve been flocking to the restaurant over the past eight months since it opened - the local newspaper even ran a story about it, so I guess it’s not a Fox exclusive
The trip was made possible for the embed hosts by - Capt. Dan Micklis and the marines of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines.
Slide show of KFC trip below the fold
Somailia "Pirates": "We Love Saudi Arabia But Need To Recover Hijacking Cost"
The overhead in the hijacking business is high according to the Somalia "pirates".
Hijackers 'love' Saudi Arabia
He[pirate negotiater Jami Adam] mentioned that the kidnappers' ransom demand, which he refused to specify, was not exaggerated, especially as the tanker belongs to Saudi Arabia, which, according to him, "they respect very much and love because it is a Muslim country."
He also underlined the need to recover costs. "We had to bear many expenses to hijack it; $500,000 was paid for information and expenses for the people who hijack ships," he said.
Some expenses paid to other countries and possibly these al Shabaab terrorists below.
Photo courtesy of Inshallashaheed's "I love Shabaab". category:
Pilgrims And Socialism
Newsbusters post - "L.A. Times Teaches Kids About Pilgrims" reminded me of this audio.
Spreading the wealth around didn't work the first time. No need to try it again.
November 22, 2008
Iraq: Soldiers Reptile "Pet"
Nice big mouth he/she has.
Five die in Guatemala prison riot
At least five inmates have died in a brutal prison fight between gang members in Guatemala.
Emergency services said the prisoners at the Pavoncito prison, in the town of Fraijanes some 70 km south of the capital, mutilated and decapitated rivals, putting a head on a stick in a gruesome sight that could be seen from outside the prison.
Other heads lay on the ground inside the compound.
The rioting began when prisoners were transferred to the Pavoncito jail on Friday from another jail.
My word, what's with the beheading fetish. Head on a stick?
Can we place all the prisoners at Guantanamo here please.
Senator Pushes Iran on Investigation of Former FBI Agent Who Vanished in 2007
A U.S. senator introduced a resolution Thursday calling on Iran to allow the FBI to dig deeper into the 2007 disappearance of former agent Robert Levinson.
Sen. Bill Nelson's resolution asks Iranian investigators to confer with the FBI and for the Iranian government to provide the assistance it has pledged to Levinson's family, who have kept up a campaign to locate him for nearly two years.
The Levinsons live in Coral Springs, Fla. Nelson, a Democrat, is Florida's senior senator.
Levinson, 60, was last seen on March 8, 2007, on Kish Island, a tourist haven in the Persian Gulf, where he was doing investigative work for a private security firm. His credit cards and passport have not been used since his disappearance.
Iran says it has "no record" of Levinson's stay on Kish and has resisted attempts by the U.S. government to investigate.
The U.S. does not have formal diplomatic ties with Iran and uses the Swiss government as an intermediary. Iran has refused access to Swiss investigators seeking to visit Kish Island.
"Despite the grave differences we have with Iran, discussions with Tehran are vital to ensure the safe return of an American citizen," said Nelson. "Unfortunately, Iran continues to claim it has no information on the fate of Mr. Levinson."
The Levinson family, and their friends are in my thoughts and prayers. He must not be forgotten.
Good News! Arianna Huffington To Be "Queen Of Capital Hill"
"Friendship" has it's priviledges for secular progressive Arianna as well as support from George Soros.
Arianna Huffington looks set to cement her position as the Queen of Capitol Hill in the next few days.
The Times has learnt that the Huffington Post, her influential political website, will confirm within the next week that it has completed a $15 million (£10 million) fundraising from investors.
The money will finance the expansion of HuffPo, as it is known, into the provision of local news across the United States and into more investigative journalism. And it will ensure that Ms Huffington's influence continues to spread across the US political scene.
She is a close friend of Barack Obama, the President-elect - who, with Hillary Clinton, has posted on her site - and, at a dinner in London on Wednesday night, joked: “I only text three people - my two teenage children and Barack Obama.”
Hopey, changey plans for the "new media"?
Michael Yon: "Happy Ending"
Excellent article by Yon regarding story of survival by a South Baghdad resident who's codename was "Bishop".
Thanks to 1-4 Cav Commander, LTC James Crider, and some of the soldiers Bishop had worked with he is now in the US.
This is not just a happy ending, but a happy beginning. Please welcome this new family to America and pass this story to your local papers and radio stations. Ask them to talk with a real Iraqi who just got here. People need to know what happened in Iraq.
Read it all here. Such a amazing story. Yon also has link to Bishops e-mail for those of you wishing to welcome him to America.
Bloggers declare "Victory In Iraq Day"
Jawa is joining with other bloggers in declaring today as "Victory In Iraq" day.
Although there is no official declaration and much needs to be done this is our way of thanking our military, coalition soldiers, and brave Iraqi's who have worked so hard to bring freedom and democracy to Iraq.
God Bless our troops and God Bless America!
Blogs participating below the fold.
Victory in Iraq Day: Participating Blogs
Little Green Footballs
Because No One Asked
Dog Opus Blog
Oh No, Another Conservative Blog
Who Is John Galt?
Gathering of Eagles (national)
Gathering of Eagles New York
Gathering of Eagles North Carolina
Stop the ACLU
The Surfing Conservative
Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group
The Wide Awake Cafe
Lighthouse on the Right
Uncle Sam Ate My Baby
Down Is Up
Foreign and Domestic
The Blog of Record
Serr8d's Cutting Edge
Army Wife: Rants from Ft. Livingroom
Hamilton, Madison, and Jay
The Daily Blogster
I Call BS!
Something should go here, maybe later
The Bronze Blog
The Irascible Chef
Sharp Right Turn
Tman In Tennessee
Sith by Sithwest
Marooned in Marin
The Jack Knows
Red State Rumblings
High Plains Blogger
Air Force Pundit
Liberty for USA
Diary of a Madman
The Rumbler Report
Lock and Load
Conservative Action Network
A Herd of Turtles
Sayyad al Wahabiyya
Brain-Surgery With Spoons
American Syndicalist Party
CrossFit Camp Pendleton
The Cool Blue Blog
Life With Monkeys
The Atheist Conservative
King's Right Site
We are the Grizzwolds
The Jawa Report
Facebook group for Victory in Iraq Day
Barking Moonbat Early Warning System
Protein Wisdom Pub
Black & Right
Johnson County Republican Party
The Liberty Boys
This is Scooter Country
The Crescent Moon
From My Position...On the Way!
Letters to a Dying Dream
Blogs for Victory
Let's Get It Right
What Bubba Knows
Psycmeister's Ice Palace!
Stable of Zionist Hore #2
Conservative in Seattle
I Am, Therefore I Think
The Conservative Contessa
The Four Rs
Wake up America
Echoes in Eternity
supporting the troops
One Model Place
The Dumber Ox
The Lightning News
Lindy's Blog: Where Mom is Always Right
No Clever Pseudonym
Free Frank Warner
The Digital Hairshirt
The Blue Pelican
Nothing But the Facts
Irons in the Fire
no blood for sauerkraut!
Take Our Country Back
The Conservative Radical
Soldiers' Angels Germany
jweaks on Squidoo
Marie's Two Cents
The Other Club
Beyond the Veil
Michigan Taxes Too Much
Once More Into the Breach
Max Blumenthal: My Interview With Malcolm X's Daughter On Zawahiri, Obama
Malcolm X's daughter was upset about Zawahiri mentioning her father in the tape. She compared Zawahiri to Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan.
The day after the release of Zawahiri’s tape, I[Max Blumenthal] interviewed Malaak Shabazz, the youngest daughter of Malcolm X. Malaak never knew her father. When a Malcolm X was gunned him down in the Audobon Ballroom on February 21, 1965, Malaak was still in her mother’s womb. Since the accidental burning death of her mother, Betty Shabazz, in 1997, 43-year-old Malaak has come into her own, emerging as a torchbearer of her parents’ legacy.
“Looking at the Obamas, it’s like my father and my mother 43 years later,” Malcolm X’s daughter said.
Together with her sisters—she has five of them—and Dowoti Desir, the former daughter-in-law of actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Malaak oversees the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, a museum that was constructed at the site of Malcolm X’s assassination. In keeping with her father’s late-in-life internationalism, Malaak works at the United Nations, focusing on aid to women and children in developing nations. “I’m basically a global community organizer,” she said.
Malaak had not seen the Zawahiri tape by the time I called her. When I explained what Zawahiri said, she reacted angrily, immediately comparing the Al Qaeda figure to Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam chieftain who was an avowed enemy of her father and has admitted he “may have been complicit” in inciting his murder. Malaak has nothing but praise for Barack Obama. She is a self-proclaimed “diehard Obama supporter” who sees the incoming first couple as a vision of “my mother and father 43 years later.”
Read the entire interview here
Blumenthal's about page
A Conspiracy Theory You Can Believe In?
I'm not one for huffing paint fumes. I usually leave that to the denizens of the Democratic Underground or the bridge trolls snarling at each other at Daily Kos.
But something just occured to me the other day. Obama, a leftwinger steeped in and whose political career was borne of leftwing radicalism, is pissing some people off by not installing rabid, partisan leftwing nutburgers in key positions of power in his new Washington Mafia.
It has been said that the "new" Obamacrat Administration is looking a lot like the Clinton Administration. The drama has been dragging out with a "deal" for Hillary at SoS (does this seem a bit unusual to anyone else? Did any other cabinet post or appointment have all of this foot dragging and closed-door deal-making in order to go through?)
So keeping this in mind, I just flirted with this idea and thought that it would be teh awesome if true.
What if the Clintons have something on Obama that they're hanging over his head? Something so destructive and devastating to his Presidency that it could destroy it if made public? What if they're using it to shoehorn their peeps into positions they want - essentially blackmailing him with whatever it could be? Doesn't it just seem odd that Obama, who beat Clinton handily and won the campaign convincingly, would have to keep groveling and checking-in with Hillary and Bill? And why exactly are so many Clinton holdovers being seated in the new administration?
Now, Occum's Razor would suggest that perhaps Obama is really trying to be pragmatic and govern from the center, in which case he sold a lot of lunatics in his party out. Perhaps. I just don't trust him, though, given his voting record in the Senate and some of the lies he told on the campaign trail (public financing, gun grabbing, etc.). He's come too far too fast to be ditching the radical leftwingnut subversives that helped him bamboozle his way to the top.
I'm not endorsing this. I'm not saying I think this is happening. However, like the great Palin-uterus scholar and poet laureate
Powerglutes Andrew Sullivan, I think it something that can be "put out there."
Pirates Get Ships Routes From Yemen
They have collaborators in other places too. Asharq Alawasat interviews pirates:
Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat- Adam disclosed that the pirates benefit from information they receive from their partners who support and provide them with information from other countries and said: "We have countries that give us information about the ships in the sea, if there are commercial ships or sailing in our way." He added that these neighboring countries are Yemen, Eritrea, Kenya, and South Africa. Asked how they follow the ships, he said: "We have radars and know every ship's location. We have collaborators in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Yemen, and Dubai." He pointed out that these collaborators have nothing to do with the money "and they only provide us with the information." Jami Adam stressed that the pirates' partners who are present in more than one Arab, African, and Asian country raise the costs of their operating expenditures in the single hijack, adding that the cost of a hijacking might reach $500,000.
Full article worth a read.
WTF? From AlQaeda Terrorist To Stand-Up Comedian In Prison
Zia Ul Haq, who was involved in the 'Gas Limos Project' to bomb London, was reportedly enrolled on an eight-day comedy workshop at HMP Whitemoor.
He was among 18 prisoners, including murderers, who were given lessons in stand-up, comic drama, improvisation and scriptwriting.
Having completed the £8,000 course they were to have received a certificate and staged a performance for fellow inmates and guards at the Category A prison in Cambridgeshire.
However, justice secretary Jack Straw stepped in and closed the course after three days, The Sun reported.
"As soon as I heard about it, I instructed it must be immediately cancelled," he said. "It is totally unacceptable.
Ul Haq, 29, of Paddington, in west London, was jailed for 18 years last year for his part in a plot led by Dhiren Barot, who planned to set off a dirty bomb using limousines packed with explosives.
Haq may have started his routine with - a funny thing happened when I accidentally ate some pork. I killed the waiter.
Decent article from Mike McNally on Islamist response to the election:
Zawahiri’s outburst must have come as a shock to the more deluded Obama supporters (as opposed to the regularly deluded ones), who apparently thought al-Qaeda and the Taliban would be lining up along Pennsylvania Avenue on January 20 to lay down their weapons at Obama’s feet before rolling over to let him rub their tummies and joining the crowds in a teary rendition of Obama’s Gonna Change It. But if the more imaginative liberal pundits are to be believed, Zawahiri’s anger is perfectly understandable...Which is why the vast majority of radical Islamist hate Obama but prefer him to John McCain. The notion that the goal of al Qaeda is to hurt the United States by fighting us indefinitely is absurd. Al Qaeda and other Salafi jihad groups have distinct political & military goals. For them terrorism is a means, not an ends. In other words, they don't fight the United States for the helluvit.
The Islamists may be prepared to fight the West for a hundred years, but they also want to win...
Al Qaeda's strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan has always been to wear us down so we'll leave. That's it. End of story. That's the short term goal. Why do they want us to leave? So they can take over. Islamists, by definition, are not just religious ideologues, they are political ideologues who, like the Communists before them, have plans for a distinct Utopian political society. That society will be run by sharia, or Islamic, law.
They hate the United States for a number of reasons, just as the Soviet Union did. But for all the Soviet rhetoric about "decadent capitalism", which they really believed, the main problem the Soviets had with the United States was that we stood in the way of their plans to spread Communism and the borders of their empire. We were an obstacle to their goal.
So too is the United States an obstacle to al Qaeda and related groups' goal of establishing Islamic law. In the near term they only wish a local establishment of sharia; in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, North Africa, Chechnya, Palestine, etc. But if you begin to add up the countries where they are actively seeking sharia through violence, then it becomes apparent that what at a cursory glance seems like local groups with local goals is really a loosely interconnected network with a longer term goal: the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate--a transnational Empire founded on the principles of Islamic law.
In the medium term this Caliphate could learn to live with the West. It could come to a stalemate with us. But just like Communism, Islamism is expansive, apocalyptic, and embraces violence as a legitimate means to an ends. The gist of this is that these people will not be happy until Islam dominates the world. Regardless of who is President.
US Drone Kills British Terrorist in Pakistan
TOL: The suspected British mastermind behind the 2006 suspected al Qaeda plot to blow up 10 trans-Atlantic passenger jets with liquid explosives has been killed in a US missile strike, according to reports in Pakistan.
Had it succeeded, the plot could have killed on the scale of the September 11 attacks, and it resulted in tighter controls on hand luggage carried by passengers worldwide.
Rashid Rauf, originally from Birmingham, is believed to have been killed along with at least four other militants with links to al Qaeda by an unmanned US drone plane before dawn in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan.
They named another of the dead as Egyptian Abu Zubair al-Masri. Arab casualties in the region are usually taken as a sign of an al Qaeda presence.
Intelligence officers in northwest Pakistan, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Rauf had been killed, though there was no official confirmation....
A Foreign Office spokesman could not confirm that a British national had been killed in the incident this morning.
Note from Newbie: Just caught a report on NBC Nightly News that one of those killed today Abu Zubair al Masri was the son-in-law of Ayman Zawahiri.
The Importance of the Military Commissions for the Victims of Terrorism
Gary: I will remember November 3rd 2008 for as long as I live. It was the day that I was able to sit in a courtroom and come face to face with an Al-Qaeda terrorist. One of the deranged individuals that make up Bin Ladens army of radical Islamic terrorists. The terrorist who goes by the name Ali Hamza al-Bahlul. He produced a video that celebrated the attack on the USS Cole that claimed the life of our son. Fireman Gary G. Swenchonis, Jr.
The video was made for two main reasons, the first to recruit more people into Al-Qaeda to kill more innocent people, and of course to celebrate the murders of innocent people. Where fanatics and other people with twisted minds could get off at the images of bloodshed in that video. It was the first time that I have felt a sense of relief and peace since our sons murder, when I heard that he would be sentenced to life in prison for his aiding and abetting Al-Qaeda.
Yoga: Corrupting Muslims Everywhere!
According to Malaysia's top Islamic body, practicing yoga contains elements of Hinduism. Because of this, they have banned Muslims from practicing yoga so they are not corrupted.
The National Fatwa Council, which has the authority to rule on how Muslims must conduct their faith, issued a fatwa, or edict, saying yoga involves not just physical exercise but also includes Hindu spiritual elements, chanting and worship.
Council chairman Abdul Shukor Husin told reporters that many Muslims who practice the globally popular yoga failed to understand that its ultimate aim was to be one with a god of a different religion.
"We are of the view that yoga, which originates from Hinduism, combines physical exercise, religious elements, chanting and worshipping for the purpose of achieving inner peace and ultimately to be one with god," he said.
"It is inappropriate. It can destroy the faith of a Muslim," he said.
Yep - this one is right up there with some of the extremely wise edicts they have passed recently:
Recently, the council issued an edict banning tomboys, ruling that girls who act like boys violate the tenets of Islam.
Finally, an End to the Insanity
In July, Nebraska finally joined the other 49 states and passed a Safe Haven law. Nebraska's law allows parents to drop children off at designated hospitals in cases they feel they could harm the child or do not feel they can raise the child - with no questions asked. As of 12:01am on Saturday, this law was revised. Why the revision? Nebraska did not have an age limit and since July, 35 children, many of them teenagers, have been dropped off at Nebraska hospitals.
Lawmakers finally decided to have a special session this week and the governor signed the revisions on Friday.
The 30-day age limit will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and Nebraska will join 13 other states with a 30-day age cap.
Heineman signed the bill on Friday afternoon without fanfare and did not immediately issue a statement on the law.But some have criticized the amendment, saying it does nothing to address the social issues uncovered by the original law, like parents who feel they don't have the resources to face out-of-control teenagers.
Even before the Safe Haven law, resources have been available to help parents who feel they cannot handle their "out-of-control" teenagers. I'm pretty certain those resources were also available to parents who decided to drive OUT OF STATE to abandon their child in a Nebraska hospital. I, for one, am happy that they finally decided that the money for a special session was a necessary expenditure and that the right decision was made to change the law. It's a shame that it took the abandonment of 35 children to light a fire under our lawmakers.
I can fully appreciate the difficulties in raising children and, having witnessed my parents deal with a son addicted to heroin and whatever else he could get his hands on, sometimes it can seem overwhelming. There were times they probably wished they didn't have to deal with him or his behavior, but they did and they survived. They took responsibility for the child they brought into this world and I'm very happy that Nebraska finally returned that responsibility to the parents.
November 21, 2008
Pole Dancing Supporters Hope For Olympic Status
Poles might be used for more than just vaulting at the 2012 Olympics in LondonHmm, I wonder if hate preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed's daughter Yasmin [link NSFW] would be interested in this?
A group of supporters has started a petition to get pole dancing into the Olympic games.
It's not what you might think. Often associated with strip clubs, pole dancing is also an increasingly popular way for women to stay in shape.
"It's automatically assumed it has something to do with stripping," Lizz Schofield, owner of a Utah dance studio where "Pole Fitness" is in vogue, told KUTV.com, the Web site for a Salt Lake-area CBS affiliate. "But this is not stripping at all."
h/t Killian Gundy @ LGF link viewer.
Florida Teen Commits Suicide With Live Webcam Audience
Unbelievable. How awful for the family of this child.
MIAMI (AP) — The message OMG popped up next to the live webcam broadcast of Abraham Biggs laying motionless on his bed, followed by LOL and "hahahah."
But Biggs wasn't joking.
The 19-year-old Broward College student really did commit suicide by taking a drug overdose in front of a live Internet audience, as some computer users egged him on and others tried to talk him out of it.
Some watchers ultimately contacted the website to notify police, but by the time officers entered Abraham Biggs' home, it was too late. The reality of what happened came to a head for these viewers after police entered the video frame and were seen hovering over Biggs' body.
I am speechless.
Onion: New Pain-Inducing Advil Created
Wow, what great timing! This "pain inducer" will hopefully help those moonbats afflicted with Obamamania. With BDS soon to be a fleeting memory they need this. Let the pain begin.
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals unveiled a new pain-causing line of Advil this week that will help millions of benumbed, hollow consumers to feel at least somewhat alive for up to four hours.
Srzly, moonbats need this.
Watch Out Jane: Porn Star Works as NJ Teacher's Aide
This post is done with no ulterior motive other than to warn our Jane about what's going on in New Jersey public schools. No other motive whatsoever. None.
New Jersey elementary school teacher's aide Louisa Tuck also works under name Crystal Gunns as porn star. She claims she hasn't done porn in, like, five years. So, she says, it's cool that she's hanging around your young kids. But she also has a pornographic website which is still up and running. It's password protected and the welcome image has been taken down, but here's what Crystal Gunn's webpage looked like just a few days ago.
[Not Safe for Work of the PG-13 kind image from the old welcome page below]
Teenage boys all over New Jersey today lament the fact that she's at an elementary and not at a high school.
Irony alert! From the old version of her webpage:
Crystal says, "Let's protect our children AND our rights as adults.
If you want to keep children away from adult internet sites on your computer, please use one of these excellent services listed below."
Update by Jane: Thanks Rusty! NOW it all makes sense. I went to a parent teacher conference, and I asked, "How's my boy doing?" And they said, "Well, he's easily distracted..."
NSFW pic follows.
"The Paper": Somali Pirates Acquire Citibank
Speaking of The Pentavarate, here's today's lead story over at "The Paper":
The Somali pirates, renegade Somalis known for hijacking ships for ransom in the Gulf of Aden, are negotiating a purchase of Citigroup.This paper contains facts. And this paper has the eighth highest circulation in the whole wide world.
The pirates would buy Citigroup with new debt and their existing cash stockpiles, earned most recently from hijacking numerous ships, including most recently a $200 million Saudi Arabian oil tanker. The Somali pirates are offering up to $0.10 per share for Citigroup, pirate spokesman Sugule Ali said earlier today.
Timothy Geithner Named Treasury Secretary
The moderate picks keep coming from Obama. I don't know much about Timothy Geithner, but I know my stock portfolio likes him:
U.S. stocks rallied and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounded from an 11-year low after President-elect Barack Obama picked New York Federal Reserve Bank chief Timothy Geithner to head the Treasury....Good pick Obama. Now let's see what you do in Iraq.
The S&P 500, which capped a third-straight weekly decline, gained 6.3 percent to 800.01. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 494.37 points, or 6.6 percent, to 8,046.66, while the Nasdaq Composite Index added 5.2 percent to 1,384.35. Almost five stocks gained for each that fell on the New York Stock Exchange.
Update: Uh-oh, he worked for the CFR and Kissinger's firm. Let the Pentavarate conspiracies begin!
Now we are haggling about the price.
This reminds me of the old (alleged) Churchill conversation:
Churchill: Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?A non-distinction which seems to be lost on Eliot Spitzer's whore.
Socialite: My goodness, Mr. Churchill... Well, I suppose... we would have to discuss terms, of course...
Churchill: Would you sleep with me for five pounds?
Socialite: Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!
Churchill: Madam, we've already established that. Now we are haggling about the price.
Good News: Taliban Using FRENCH Equipment
The video is in French, but look at the equipment being used by the Taliban. It's French.
Note to Taliban: feel free to use the standard 7.62 mm round in French made FA MAS rifles. It works. I swear.
WarPorn: "Small Arms on Targets of Opportunity"
I know most people watch war porn for the big booms, but I'm more of a dialogue guy. It always fascinates me to hear what soldiers say during the heat of battle. Here's a video that has the best both: Firefight in Afghanistan.
Al Qaeda in Somalia Leaders Designated Terrorists by U.S.
Yesterday the U.S. Treasury Department designated three members of al Qaeda's Somalia affiliate as foreign terrorists. The three named are: Ahmed Abdi Aw Mohammed, Issa Osman Issa, & Mukhtar Robow. The designation means that any assets these individuals hold under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen and U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the designees. Those doing business with these individuals or with the al Shabaab organization may be severely fined under U.S. law.
Not that any of you are doing business with these people, but Washington based Dotster should consider themselves warned. Again.
Nick Grace has much more background over at Long War Journal.
Obama's 2.0: The Wired Whitehouse
This article drips with love for the "Messiah" and his campaign team. What is most interesting are the links.
After a historic presidential election, the tech-savvy campaigners who helped put Barack Obama in the White House say the nation is in for an equally historic four years of tech-savvy governance.
The way the Obama campaign used blogs, texting, social networking and other Web 2.0 tools to win this month's election is just "the tip of the iceberg," said Simon Rosenberg, president and founder of the political advocacy group NDN.
Those tools are quickly being adapted for the transition to the Obama administration:
A new Web site for the president-elect, Change.gov[we all know how changey this site has been...ed], made its debut on the day after the election, offering supporters an outlet for their suggestions and stories as well as their resumes. In the two weeks since then, the transition team says more than 200,000 job applications have flooded in[...]
Here comes the good links:
Governance by Web site
Some foot soldiers in the Obama organizing effort are taking the "what next" question into their own hands - and setting up Web sites to help answer the question. "Fix This, Barack" lets online users suggest priorities and vote them up or down. ObamaCTO does something similar, as does WhiteHouse2.
Jim Gilliam, a veteran of left-leaning Brave New Films, told me he set up WhiteHouse2 as a model of what he'd like the real White House Web site to look like. "It seemed so simple," he said. "All you would need to do is add comments."
Check the links.
Finally: Michael Jackson Converts to Islam
Michael Jackson converts to Islam. The pedophilia jokes practically write themselves, don't they?
I'll start: Yeah, but Aisha was a girl.
Your turn in the comments.
UPDATE: Ace starts with the funnies.....
CPJ to Honor Friend of Terrorists
Above: Al Qaeda fighters pose for Bilal Hussein in Fallujah
The Committee to Protect Journalists will honor, among others, Bilal Hussein--the AP stringer who was trusted enough by al Qaeda in Iraq that they posed for him. Just another example of a press so steeped in the idea of "neutrality" that they cannot make a moral distinction between al Qaeda and U.S. soldiers. Nor are they able to make a distinction between someone being held by an oppressive country for reporting on that regime's abuses and someone like Hussein, who was captured by U.S. forces harboring an al Qaeda fighter and with various IED making equipment in his apartment. A real hero right there........
Thanks to Soccer Dad.
Video: Thank You Sarah Palin
I'm not sure what the point is with this video. Just trying to make Sarahcuda feel better after months of attacks or trying to encourage her to run in '12? It's probably a bit sexist of me I know, but to be honest I feel kinda bad for her. Which is odd since I don't have the same emotional response to attacks on Hillary. Anyway, here it is.
Gary Bauer on Mike Huckabee
Posted at Human Events:
It is...unfortunate that, at a time when the GOP needs to close ranks and seek unity, Governor Mike Huckabee has aimed his fire at his fellow Republicans. In the just-released Do the Right Thing, which he has been promoting on news shows and in major newspapers, Governor Huckabee takes shots at several prominent Republicans, including his one-time rivals for the GOP presidential nomination Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson...Amen to that.
[T]alking with Huckabee was like playing whack-a-mole, because he had a number of issues that posed problems. It wasn’t just that he didn’t get it on foreign policy. His record on taxes and spending, illegal immigration, his apparent backing of Al Gore's carbon cap and trade scheme, support for voting rights for Washington, D.C., and cozying up to unions like the NEA all worried me. Huckabee can call it whack-a-mole. But for me there were just too many items where he wasn’t sufficiently conservative coupled with a lack of attention and experience on foreign affairs.
Cross-posted at The R.I.N.O. Hunters' Lodge.
(h/t HotAir headlines.)
EU To Deploy First-Ever Naval Force Off Somalia
Did they finally join the anti-piracy effort because a Saudi ship was seized?
Next month, the European Union is launching its first-ever naval mission, Operation Atlanta. Its dual aim is to protect United Nations food aid shipments to Somalia and to combat piracy in the region. At the moment, NATO has a small naval force temporarily stationed in waters near Somalia which is the base for most pirates.
Operation Atlanta is something entirely new for the EU because it is taking place far from Europe itself. Its first goal is to escort World Food Programme aid shipments to Somalia. These have been hit by pirates fairly often in the past.
The second aim is to combat the region's piracy in general. The problem of ships being hijacked for ransom has become much worse over the past year. Operation Atlanta is an ambitious project. The area of sea to be policed is enormous, while the resources are limited: just seven ships and a budget of eight million euros for a whole year.
"Low budget" protection.
Franken Voter: Sleestacks For President!
I for one welcome our new sleestack overlords!
And let me just use this as an opportunity to say: A) the new Bond film sucked (just as Vinnie warned me it would); B) I'll be the first in line when the new Land of the Lost film is released. Cha-ka no like!
America's Favorite Jihadi's al Qaeda YouTube Page
As Sahab is al Qaeda Central's (Afghanistan/Pakistan) production company. Look who created an as Sahab YouTube channel: none other than Samir Khan, aka inshalahshaheed. You'll notice that at the bottom of the screenshot he links back to his blog.
His own videos have been removed, but he links to several "favorites", including one from "Muslim92" who posts a "What is the least we can do for the Ummah [Muslim nation]?" song. The question is answered through a series of images of al Qaeda fighting in Iraq. I notice that one of the first images in the video was taken by AP stringer Bilal Hussein and shows al Qaeda terrorists firing a mortar at U.S. forces in Fallujah.
Isn't it good to know that traitors who support our enemies are using American corporate resources to inspire others to fight their own country?
Thanks to Howie.
Somalia "Pirates" Calling In More "Troops"
Somali pirates built up their defences around a captured Saudi Arabian super-tanker after demanding a $US25 million ransom.The most interesting tidbit left out of this article comes from AFP - "Shebab fighters also have arrived in Harardhere."
As foreign navies sent warships to Somalia's dangerous waters and shipping companies sought alternative routes, extra clan militia and other fighters were brought in to strengthen security at the pirate lair of Harardhere, residents said.
"Some of them are inside the town and others are taking shelter in a nearby village and can be called if need be," local resident Mohamed Awale said.
He said the fighters had come from neighbouring Gulgudud and Mudug regions.
Is there a connection between the "pirates" and the terrorist group al Shabab? Time will certainly tell.
Update - from Huffington Post Al Shabab out to save the day. Leftist's don't have a clue.
Update II - Why al Shabab is saying it will fight the "pirates" You dummies captured a muslim country vessel, we only want bounty from kaffirs.
The ''Assault Weapon'' Ban Quiz - Round Four
Yesterday's question was:
Which of the following cartridges, if any, were in the "Top 5" cartridges responsible for the deaths of police officers shot in the line of duty in 1994?Answer here.
Today's question is:
The total number of police officers killed in the U.S. with 7.62x39mm ("AK-47 ammo") over the 2002-2004 time frame immediately preceding the expiration of the "assault weapon" ban was was 15 police officers.Weigh in here.
The number of police officers killed in the U.S. with 7.62x39mm ("AK-47 ammo") over the 2005-2007 time frame immediately following the expiration of the ban was...
TIMES "Gloom & Doom": National Intelligence Council Prepares Report For Pres-Elect Obama
TIMES take on NIC's report.
Times Headline reads:
National Intelligence Council report: sun setting on the American centuryImage used with article is the Statue of Liberty. She is covered with ice while waves are crashing ashore. Gloomy image.
The next two decades will see a world living with the daily threat of nuclear war, environmental catastrophe and the decline of America as the dominant global power, according to a frighteningly bleak assessment by the US intelligence community.
“The world of the near future will be subject to an increased likelihood of conflict over resources, including food and water, and will be haunted by the persistence of rogue states and terrorist groups with greater access to nuclear weapons,” said the report by the National Intelligence Council, a body of analysts from across the US intelligence community.
The analysts said that the report had been prepared in time for Barack Obama’s entry into the Oval office on January 20, where he will be faced with some of the greatest challenges of any newly elected US president.
To add to the gloom and doom the report targets global warming:
The report said that global warming will aggravate the scarcity of water, food and energy resources. Citing a British study, it said that climate change could force up to 200 million people to migrate to more temperate zones. “Widening gaps in birth rates and wealth-to-poverty ratios, and the impact of climate change, could further exacerbate tensions,” it said.Report also predicts our military strength will decline:
“The international system will be almost unrecognisable by 2025, owing to the rise of emerging powers, a globalising economy, a transfer of wealth from West to East, and the growing influence of nonstate actors. Although the United States is likely to remain the single most powerful actor, the United States’ relative strength – even in the military realm – will decline and US leverage will become more strained.”On a happier note:
On a positive note it added that an alternative to oil might be in place by 2025.
Note to Obama - don't f*ck with our military.
Here is link to National Intelligence Councils report. Heavy traffic at that site. I have yet to read it to compare with this Times piece.
Algore's GAIA Hat
Not too bad. Kind of loses steam after the initial "ad," but still is kind of funny/true/funny.
21st Century Colonialism in Madagascar
This report is astonishing. The South Korean firm Daewoo is negotiating with the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar to use half the arable land for farming of crops to be sent to Korea.
The deal encompasses over 3.2 million acres of farmland, about half the size of Belgium, and it appears that Daewoo will be getting it for free. In return, Madagascar citizens will have job opportunities.
Critics are insinuating that Daewoo is committing rape of a poor East African country. Others say it's simply colonialism in the 21st Century.
In any event, it's a helluva deal which may be the beginning of a trend.
Achieve martyrdom the new, improved way. Become a suicide sawyer.
Argentina Confiscates Private Pensions
(Buenos Aires, Argentina) The government of Argentina, led by President Cristina Fernandez, has nationalized the country's private pension plans, known as AFJPs. Despite assertions otherwise, the move is no more than an asset grab to give the government funds to pay the bills of wild-spending politicians.
The Senate approved the bill by 46 votes to 18 with one abstention. Under the new regime, the AFJPs’ $26bn in assets and annual contributions of up to $5bn will pass to the state social security administrator, Anses, which will be responsible for all retirees under the state’s pay-as-yo-go system (sic).If the Democrats follow through on their announced intentions, expect the same type of confiscation to occur in the U.S. Remember, a milestone on the road to serfdom is the eradication of private property.
Miguel Pichetto, government whip in the Senate, called it “a change of historic importance”. But the opposition Radical Party’s Ernesto Sanz said: “We have no doubt that here the right to private property is being violated. Not just for us but for society and the world, this is a clear confiscation.”
The Obligatory "Sarah Palin Is Stupid Because She Pardoned A Turkey And Then Got Interviewed In Front Of A Dead Turkey" Post
Presented without comment.
H/T: someone, but not that someone.
November 20, 2008
The Pentagon has suffered from a cyber attack so alarming that it has taken the unprecedented step of banning the use of external hardware devices, such as flash drives and DVD's, FOX News has learned.
The attack came in the form of a global virus or worm that is spreading rapidly throughout a number of military networks.
"We have detected a global virus for which there has been alerts, and we have seen some of this on our networks," a Pentagon official told FOX News. "We are now taking steps to mitigate the virus."
I think Fox News has come under attack from the WENEEDRATINGS.ZIP virus, which rears its ugly head when news is reduced to the economy and the One's transition.
Monmouth College: Ayers Speaking Engagement Kept "Underwraps".
MONMOUTH — Former Weather Underground leader William Ayers — who was called an "unrepentant terrorist" in several campaign ads prior to the presidential election — spoke for the third time in four years at Monmouth College Thursday.Willhardt explains why Ayers speaking engagement was kept "under wraps":
The event, which was purposely "kept under wraps from the public," was part of the college's Introduction to the Liberal Arts (ILA) freshman seminar, said Mark Willhardt, a Monmouth College English professor and ILA director.
Prof. Willhardt said the event, which took place in Dahl Chapel & Auditorium, could seat only 500 people while 420 students are in the seminar, so it was not publicized to keep it an "on campus event." The class is required for all Monmouth College freshmen and usually includes four to seven speakers per year.
The theme of this year's seminar class is "Living an Exemplary Life." Willhardt said Ayers, now an education professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, could offer "a different take" on the theme.
He spoke primarily about the need for students to be active. Willhardt said Ayers told students to go out and act on their beliefs — and then to doubt, because that is the only way to double check yourself.
Ayers spoke for about 15 minutes then took questions for another 45 minutes. When asked whether he had any regrets about his past actions, Willhardt said Ayers did not discuss any specific Weather Underground activities but told students he acted on his own moral beliefs and conscious at the time, then talked about the larger nature of activism[...]
Ayers first spoke as part of the seminar class in 2005. Willhardt said one of the campus professors knew Ayers from time they spent together in Chicago and invited him down. Willhardt said Ayers first speech was "so good" the school has invited him back several times.
Just good buds I guess. Damn glad my tax money/support doesn't go to that college.
Democrats Abused Power in Probe of Joe the Plumber
The Ohio inspector general has finally concludes the obvious. The question now is: Whose heads will roll? Who will be prosecuted? When will the governor apologize for whitewashing this civil liberties scandal?Although the inspector, Tom Charles, needs to change his name to Inspector Cleuseu because according to the AP, he was unable to determine if the breech of Joe's privacy was "politically motivated" or not.
Well hell yes it was politically motivated! Geeesh.
Zawahiri's New Outfit
Gee I wonder what Abu Yaha Al Libi will think about him now?
Hat Tip: Vancouver.
The "Assault Weapon" Ban Quiz - Round Three ("Cop Killers")
Which of the following cartridges, if any, were in the "Top 5" cartridges responsible for the deaths of police officers shot in the line of duty in 1994?The list is here. (hint : the answer isn't "none" this time).
Did Any Republican Lose His or Her Seat for Listening to Rush Limbaugh's Advice?
If so, who was it? Give us a name.
If not, then please shut your damn pie-hole, Mr. Kondracke.
Three Stooges Reassure Markets
Here's Moe, Nancy and Harry speaking...
click image for story
And here's the reaction....
Red arrow marks the moment Harry Reid opened his mouth.
Seriously, don't anyone get any bright ideas about sending out Paulson or some other moron tomorrow either. I'd like to retire before I get as old and shriveled as these clowns.
Indian Navy Sending Guided-Missile Destroyer INS Mysore To The Gulf Of Aden
The Indian Navy will be sending guided-missile destroyer INS Mysore to the Gulf of Aden for patrolling the waterways hit by a spate of ship hijackings by Somali pirates, defence sources said Thursday.Kudo's again to the Indian Navy and their Marine Commandos.
The move comes after a successful hostile action against Somali pirates in the area by the Indian Navy.
The 6,900-ton Delhi class destroyers are the largest indigenously built warships till date and pack more fire power in them than frigates.
INS Mysore carries on board two Sea King helicopters, along with a Cheetah or a Chetak, and stock 16 Uran missiles, 100mm AK 100 Gun, four multi-barrel 30mm AK 630 gun.
Iraq Raid Kills Suspect In Slaying of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin
This will be good news to the family of Matt Maupin as well as the three other Marines families. It won't bring them back, but at least there was justice done.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN)
An Iraqi slain last week in a raid has been positively identified as a notorious militant suspected in the 2004 kidnapping of a U.S. soldier and the June killings of three U.S. Marines, the U.S. military said Thursday.
The U.S. military says Hajji Hammadi, a top-ranking al Qaeda in Iraq militant, was killed in a November 11 operation in Baghdad.
The military said Hammadi's terrorist activities included the abduction and slaying of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin. The soldier's remains were found in Iraq earlier this year, nearly four years after he was captured when his fuel convoy was attacked near Baghdad on April 9, 2004.
The military maintains Hammadi was the "mastermind" of a June 26, 2008, attack on coalition forces and Iraqi government officials at a sheikhs' meeting in the Anbar province town of Karma.
An attacker dressed in a police uniform detonated a suicide vest and killed "three U.S. Marines, two interpreters and more than 20 Iraqis, including the mayor of Karma and several other sheikhs. Hammadi escorted the suicide bomber to the location and videotaped the attack."
"The removal of Hajji Hammadi from the AQI network is yet another significant blow to the terrorist organization," said Brig. Gen. David Perkins, spokesman for Multi-National Forces-Iraq. "His death and the detention of his associates is bringing the people of Iraq one step closer to a safer, more peaceful Iraq."
The military said Hammadi had been affiliated with al Qaeda in Iraq since it began and became al Qaeda in Iraq emir of Karma and Abu Ghraib areas west of Baghdad in 2004.
He is thought to have had connections with the slain al Qaeda in Iraq founder Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the group's current leaders.
Enjoy your virgin goats you bas**rd terrorist.
Crimes Against Humanity in Yemen
Human Rights Watch has issued a report sharply criticizing the Yemeni government for a policy of collective punishment in its conduct of the Sa'ada war which includes bombardment of civilians, withholding food to the civilian population, mass arbitrary arrests, a media and communication black-out, and preventing international aid organizations from reaching the war refugees. Currently over 70,000 persons, mostly women and children, are without food or shelter and winter is approaching. No one can get to them.
The rest of my post is below the fold because it contains disturbing pictures of Yemeni children killed by their own government. However before I go under the fold, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rusty for the posting privileges and the rest of the gang here at Jawa including you readers for the continual support when I need it, most recently when Yemeni journalist Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani was sentenced to six years in jail for writing about the genocide in Sa'ada. (He's out now.) For more see, Jawa's category Yemen or visit my Yemen themed blog. To hear me rant about dim-witted US policy in Yemen , click the more button.
First an oped in the Guardian
Far from her home village, which was bombed by government warplanes in May, Fatima spoke in a low voice that showed her fear of arrest. She was telling me why she had fled to Yemen's capital, San'a.
"The planes and helicopters attacked the rebels for seven hours, so we fled," she said. "We went back after two weeks but our house was totally destroyed, and some villagers had been killed by the government's bombs. We went to a different village but three weeks later army tanks attacked that village too, so we fled again and came back to San'a."
Fatima and up to 130,000 fellow Yemenis are the invisible victims of a war in the country's northernmost governorate of Sa'da that the Yemeni authorities would prefer you not to hear about. In its four-year conflict with armed rebels from an Islamist revivalist movement called "The Believing Youth," or Huthis, after their founder Husain al-Huthi, the government has banned journalists from the conflict zone. It has arbitrarily arrested those who report on civilian casualties and has cut off most mobile phone services in the region.
Worse still, the government has systematically prevented aid agencies from reaching tens of thousands of people in desperate need of food, water, shelter, and healthcare. About 60,000 of them, mostly women and children who sought refuge in the town of Sa'da, received limited help after the most recent round of fighting ended in July.
But the government earlier blocked all commercial traffic, including basic foods and fuel, a policy of collective punishment outlawed by international law. Today up to 70,000 additional people in need of help remain in remote areas where aid agencies still have little if any access. In some cases, the rebels have also blocked access by aid agencies
In preventing aid agencies from reaching civilians caught between the warring sides, Yemen has failed to respect its international legal obligations to ensure that Fatima and tens of thousands like her at risk from armed conflict obtain humanitarian aid essential to their survival.
Over the past years security forces have also arbitrarily detained hundreds of men not taking part in the fighting simply because they come from the same region as the rebels, locking them up without charge or trial. A number were detained as hostages to force relatives to surrender, or even because they were journalists who published stories about the conflict. In detaining hundreds of people without charge or trial, Yemen has violated its fundamental human rights obligations.
How has Yemen gotten away with it? Yemen's neighbor, Saudi Arabia, provides unquestioning support. More disturbing has been the public silence from the United States and European Union member states – countries that provide tens of millions of dollars in aid to Yemen. Their silence in the face of such serious human rights violations can only fuel instability in Yemen. When the West – concerned about the government's fragile hold on power in a country known to shelter al-Qaida militants – stays quiet about flagrant abuses occurring right under their noses, the Yemeni public sees them as siding with an abusive regime.
Those who provide aid should press Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to end arbitrary detention and to release the dozens of people still held without charge. And with the onset of cold weather, the government and the Huthis need to stop blocking the life-saving work of the humanitarian agencies that are essential to help women like Fatima and the tens of thousands of desperate invisible victims of Yemen's forgotten war.
A few from my enormous stock of pictures of dead Yemeni civilians, these photos are of villagers digging out a family killed by the Yemeni government's bombardment of residential areas in the northern Sa'ada region:
If I can figure out how to do it, I'll post that video of the lady and the four foot high pile of limbs and other body parts. The reason the toddler's hair is yellow is severe malnutrition. In addition to bombing civilians, the regime has been withholding food and medicine. Shame on the US and EU, this "collective punishment" has been going on since 2005 and they know it.
What kind of idiotic, short sighted, 9/10 type of policy making determines the greatest security for the US against al-Qaeda comes from unequivocally backing a brutal dictator engaged in a genocide?
Stabilizing Saleh at all costs is a dim witted, unimaginitive plan that is doomed to failure. Yemeni democracy is a total sham, the "government" is actually a criminal mafia, the entire nation is starving to death and there's bad stuff is going on in the South, in addition to the bad stuff going on in Sa'ada. Oh and Al-Qaeda supporters within the Yemeni administration are deploying the tools of the state to help those who kill our troops in Iraq and civilian victims of terrorism everywhere. The Yemeni government as a whole is much more alligned with the terrorists than the US. There was no post 9/11 rehabilitation, there was only a better game by both Saleh and bin Laden.
Saleh should brought to International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity.
AlQaeda Linked Terrorists Attack US Logistics Team
MSNBC/AP PC "suspected Muslim militants".
American troops traveling in a Philippine army convoy came under fire earlier this week from suspected Muslim militants, officials said on Thursday. No casualties were reported.
U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Rebecca Thompson said the incident happened on Tuesday and that the U.S. military vehicle was part of the logistics mission.
Philippine police said a militant believed to be from the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group was killed in the clash on southern Jolo island. Police say six Abu Sayyaf militants ambushed the convoy in Indanan town.
At least one terrorist met his virgin goat.
Culture War: 9/11 Themed Halloween Costumes
Jawa reader emails this display of sick leftist humor.
Click first image to hear interview with owner of this blog regarding how he obtained these pictures. Good on him for exposing these idiots.
Not to be outdone these two d*ckheads show their costume.
"Twin Tower" d*ckheads music video.
Our finest and bravest put their life on the line just to have these sick bastages display disrespect for all who were affected by 9/11.
Iran Said To Have Enough Nucluer Fuel For One Bomb
Not good news for Israel.
Iran has now produced roughly enough nuclear material to make, with added purification, a single atom bomb, according to nuclear experts analyzing the latest report from global atomic inspectors.
The figures detailing Iran’s progress were contained in a routine update on Wednesday from the International Atomic Energy Agency, which has been conducting inspections of the country’s main nuclear plant at Natanz. The report concluded that as of early this month, Iran had made 630 kilograms, or about 1,390 pounds, of low-enriched uranium
Will Obama say to the mad mullah's "pretty please, don't bomb Israel".
In other news, Arizona Gov Janet Napolitano may be Homeland Security pick
Political Statements Gone Wild
Entrepreneurship is alive and well.
Joe Biden is noticeably absent. Poor Joe.
November 19, 2008
Unusual Used Car Commercial
Via El Campeador
Used car commercial you can believe in. NSFW
World Toilet Day
Today is proclaimed World Toilet Day by the Singapore-based World Toilet Organization.
"November 19th is World Toilet Day, a day on which we can remind others the importance of better sanitation for EVERYONE."Although World Toilet Day is supposed to be about sanitation, one might easily argue that it's an attempt to tax toilets and water usage.
Meanwhile, in a rather Zen-like spiritual show of support for World Toilet Day, the Dow Jones index closed in the toilet today, down more than 400 points. (more)
al-Qaeda #2 Has Message for Obama (bumped, video added)
As Sahab media - "The Departure of Bush and Arrival of Obama"
Zawahiri's voice is placed over still shots, quotes from Malcolm X are used. He even calls Obama a ,"house negro" which seems to be a theme the al-Qaeda supporters are using lately.
Zawahiri challenges Obama to fight al-Qaeda and their Somali branch al-Shabaab (AKA the African Taliban). Of course the thing not discussed much is the link between the increase in piracy of late in that area and the advance of the al-Qaeda linked Islamist insurgency there.
Here is the translation of the message as released by as-Sahab, al-Qaeda's media wing.
In the Name of Allah, and all Praise is due to Allah, and Prayers and Peace on the Messenger of Allah and on his family, Companions and allies.Update by Howie: I TOLD YOU SO!
Muslim brothers everywhere: Peace be upon you and the Mercy of Allah and His blessings. As for what comes after:
Barack Obama has won the presidency of the United States of America, and on this occasion, I would like to send several messages.
First, a message of congratulations to the Muslim Ummah on the American people’s admission of defeat in Iraq. Although the evidence of America’s defeat in Iraq appeared years ago, Bush and his administration continued to be stubborn and deny the brilliant midday sun.
If Bush has achieved anything, it is in his transfer of America’s disaster and predicament to his successor. But the American people, by electing Obama, declared its anxiety and apprehension about the future towards which the policy of the likes of Bush is leading it, and so it decided to support someone calling for withdrawal from Iraq.
The second of these messages is to the new president of the United States. I tell him: you have reached the position of president, and a heavy legacy of failure and crimes awaits you. A failure in Iraq to which you have admitted, and a failure in Afghanistan to which the commanders of your army have admitted.
Click here or on Image for Video
Update by Jane: On April 26, 2008, Al-Ikhlas posted an Al-Qaeda statement which urges naval jihad, calling it a "vital step" in establishing a global Islamic caliphate and noting specifically the Gulf of Aden, the Bab Al-Mandeb strait and the Red Sea are of supreme strategic importance."The mujahideen have successfully established units of martyrdom-seekers on land; the sea is the next strategic step towards controlling the world and restoring the Islamic caliphate.” (More here) Since then dozens of ships have been attacked and many taken hostage. Millions in ransoms has been paid. See my category pirates for more details.
Full transcript continues below the fold.
The other thing to which I want to bring your attention is that what you’ve announced about how you’re going to reach an understanding with Iran and pull your troops out of Iraq to send them to Afghanistan is a policy which was destined for failure before it was born.Al-Qaeda can go to hell!
It appears that you don’t know anything about the Muslim Ummah and its history, and the fate of the traitors who cooperated with the invaders against it, and don’t know anything about the history of Afghanistan and its free and defiant Muslim people.
And if you still want to be stubborn about America’s failure in Afghanistan, then remember the fate of Bush and Pervez Musharraf, and the fate of the Soviets and British before them. And be aware that the dogs of Afghanistan have found the flesh of your soldiers to be delicious, so send thousands after thousands to them.
As for the crimes of America which await you, it appears that you continue to be captive to the same criminal American mentality towards the world and towards the Muslims. The Muslim Ummah received with extreme bitterness your hypocritical statements to and stances towards Israel, which confirmed to the Ummah that you have chosen a stance of hostility to Islam and Muslims.
You represent the direct opposite of honorable black Americans like Malik al-Shabazz, or Malcolm X (may Allah have mercy on him). You were born to a Muslim father, but you chose to stand in the ranks of the enemies of the Muslims, and pray the prayer of the Jews, although you claim to be Christian, in order to climb the rungs of leadership in America.
And so you promised to back Israel, and you threatened to strike the tribal regions in Pakistan, and to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan, in order for the crimes of the American Crusade in it to continue. And last Monday, your aircraft killed 40 Afghan Muslims at a wedding party in Kandahar.
As for Malik al-Shabazz (may Allah have mercy on him), he was born to a black pastor killed by white bigots, but Allah favored him with guidance to Islam, and so he prided himself on his fraternity with the Muslims, and he condemned the crimes of the Crusader West against the weak and oppressed, and he declared his support for peoples resisting American occupation, and he spoke about the worldwide revolution against the Western power structure.
That’s why it wasn’t strange that Malik al-Shabazz (may Allah have mercy on him) was killed, while you have climbed the rungs of the presidency to take over the leadership of the greatest criminal force in the history of mankind and the leadership of the most violent Crusade ever against the Muslims.
And in you and in Colin Powell, Rice and your likes, the words of Malcolm X (may Allah have mercy on him) concerning “House Negroes” are confirmed.You also must appreciate, as you take over the presidency of America during its Crusade against Islam and Muslims, that you are neither facing individuals nor organizations, but are facing a Jihadi awakening and renaissance which is shaking the pillars of the entire Islamic world; and this is the fact which you and your government and country refuse to recognize and pretend not to see.
As for the third message, it is to the Muslim Ummah. I tell it: America, the criminal, trespassing Crusader, continues to be the same as ever, so we must continue to harm it, in order for it to come to its senses, because its criminal, expansionist Crusader project in your lands has only been neutralized by the sacrifices of your sons, the Mujahideen. This, then, is the path, so stick to it.
As for the fourth message, it is to the lions of Islam, the Mujahideen. I tell them: may Allah reward you in the best way for your historic heroics, which have ruined America’s plans and rendered its projects ineffective. So be firm and resolute. Your enemy’s stagger has begun, so don’t stop hitting him.
And I say to my brothers the Mujahideen in Iraq in general and the Islamic State of Iraq in particular, and to its Amir, the towering mountain Abu ‘Umar al-Baghdadi: your enemy has admitted defeat, and the forthcoming stage is expected to be dominated by conspiracies and betrayals in order to cover the American withdrawal, so you must persevere, for victory is in an hour of perseverance.
And I tell my brothers, the lions of Islam in Somalia: rejoice in victory and conquest. America is gathering its wounds in Iraq, and Ethiopia is looking for a way out, and for this reason, the stage of conspiracies and machinations has begun. So hold tightly to the truth for which you have given your lives, and don’t put down your weapons before the Mujahid state of Islam and Tawheed has been set up in Somalia.
And I tell all Mujahideen everywhere: the Hubal of the age has begun to falter and recede, and Allah has granted you success and honored you by making you the most important cause of that, so be resolute on the path of Jihad until you meet your Lord while He is pleased with you.
And my fifth message is to all the world’s weak and oppressed. I tell them: America has put on a new face, but its heart full of hate, mind drowning in greed, and spirit which spreads evil, murder, repression and despotism continue to be the same as always. And the Mujahideen of Islam, by the grace of Allah, continue to be the spearhead of the resistance against it to restrain it from injustice, aggression and arrogance.
As for my final message, it is to the American people. I tell it: you incurred defeat and losses from the foolish actions of Bush and his gang, and at the same time, Shaykh Usama bin Ladin (may Allah preserve him) sent you a message to withdraw from the lands of the Muslims and refrain from stealing their treasures and interfering in their affairs. So choose for yourself whatever you like, and bear the consequences of your choice, and as you judge, you will be judged.
And our final prayer is that all praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and may Allah send prayers and peace on our Master Muhammad and his family and Companions.
The "Assault Weapon" Ban Quiz - Round 2
If I forgot to mention it before, the federal "assault weapon" ban was a meaningless and stupid law.
Our "Assault Weapon" Ban Quiz is intended to illustrate the point.
The answer to yesterday's question is posted here, along with a new question:
Of the 16 firearms pictured below, how many were, or would have been, banned from new manufacture or importation after the effective date of the "assault weapon" ban according to the provisions of that law?Click here to see the list.
Iranian Fashion - "It's A Trap Set By Enemies of Islam & Of The Revolution"
Let's hope this "revolution" continues.
Related Update - link from Leapofaith:
Iran blocks access to over five million websites
Iran has blocked access to more than five million Internet sites, whose content is mostly perceived as immoral and anti-social, a judiciary official was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
"The enemies seek to assault our religious identity by exploiting the Internet," Abdolsamad Khoram Abadi, an advisor to Iran's prosecutor general, was quoted by Kargozaran newspaper as saying.
The Internet "inflicts social, political, economic and moral damage, which is worrying," he said, adding that "social vice caused by the Internet is more than that by the satellite network," Mehr news agency reported.
Keep fighting Iranians, don't give up. You shouldn't have to live under the mad mullah's oppressive regime.
US Military Assigns Army colonel to judge trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed
Hopefully Khalid will get his just due such as living with dogs and being all prisoners main butt holer.
Not all are happy about the appointment - namely the ACLU. They question the timing so close to Obama's inaugural. Obama's has promised to close Guantanamo and use criminal courts to try these bastages.
The US militaryhas assigned an Army colonel to take over the coming war crimes trial of alleged September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, a sign that the Pentagon is plunging ahead with plans for military commissions of alleged 9/11 co-conspirators.[...]
The American Civil Liberties Union derided the timing of the assignment: a day after President-elect Barack Obama restated his vow to close Guantánamo prison camps in a post-election interview on CBS' 60 Minutes.
ACLU executive director Anthony Romero called the timing "highly suspect and disturbing" and a bid "to sabotage President-elect Obama's plans by ramming through these cases while the new administration is making plans to dismantle the military commission system".
War court spokesman Joe DellaVedova said there was nothing sinister about the timing or the selection of Henley by Kohlmann to replace him.
Yes, lets ram the cases through before Obama screws it up.
Iraqi Official Detained For Smuggling Terrorists From Iran
Iraqi security forces arrested a local government official in Diyala for facilitating terrorist and weapons smugglings to the country from Iran, the Multi-National Force (MNF) said in a statement on Wednesday.His name has not been released but their is speculation he is the governor of Al-Khalis district, Uday Alkhaddran.
The local forces acted upon on a warrant issued by the Iraqi government for being involving in criminal activities, the statement added. The official was on a terrorist watch list and has facilitated terrorists' entry and explosives from Iran into Iraq, the MNF said.
UK: Drums Tested Positive For Anthrax
Christopher 'Pascal' Norris, 50, an artist and woodworker from the Borders, died on July 8, 2006 a few days after attending a drumming workshop run by teacher Geraldine Keita in Kelso.
His death was the first death from anthrax in the UK in more than 30 years.
The FAI, at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, heard that a dun dun and a djembe drum owned by drumming teacher Mrs Keita tested positive for anthrax.
The dun dun was used at a workshop in Kelso which Mr Norris attended on the Sunday before he died.
Asked whether Mr Norris played the instrument himself, Mrs Keita said she could not remember as he had his own drum with him that day.
He also attended a drumming class in Smailholm on Tuesday, July 4.
Mrs Keita, 34, told the inquiry that she had imported a number of drums from the Republic of Guinea, a country she visited in 2004.
Sheriff Principal Edward Bowen QC asked: "Did it ever cross your mind that there might be health risks regarding imports from that country?"
She replied: "I had not thought deeply about the specific risks associated with what I was doing."
Traces of anthrax have been found at a workshop belonging to a musician who died after contracting the disease.
Meanwhile, it is believed another man, Fernando Gomez, died in Homerton University Hospital, London, on November 2 after breathing in anthrax spores while using imported animal skins to make drums.
Fatal way to "drum" up business.
Senior Al Qaeda Leader Targeted In Airstrike In Bannu, Pakistan
Via Bill Roggio
This morning's airstrike in Pakistan's Bannu region targeted a senior al Qaeda leader with close ties to Osama bin Laden, sources told The Long War Journal.
The early morning Predator strike is thought to have killed Abdullah Azzam al Saudi, a senior al Qaeda leader operating in Pakistan's tribal areas and the Northwest Frontier Province.
Azzam, a Saudi national, serves a liaison between al Qaeda and the Taliban operating in Pakistan's northwest, intelligence officials said. Azzam facilitates al Qaeda's external operations network that is tasked with striking against the West. He also served as a recruiter and trainer for al Qaeda.
Pakistani intelligence officials reported Azzam was killed along with four other al Qaeda and Taliban operatives after Hellfire missiles launched from Predator or Reaper unmanned aircraft slammed into the home of Sakhi Mohammad in the Bannu Frontier Region.
Lets hope Azzam and the others met their virgin goats.
Indian Navy Sinks Suspected "Pirate Ship" Off Somalia
I believe "pirate" is just another name for alQaeda. Just sayin...
Anyhow, kudo's to the Indian Navy.
(NAIROBI, Kenya) An Indian naval vessel sank a suspected pirate "mother ship" in the Gulf of Aden and chased two attack boats into the night, officials said Wednesday, as separate bands of brigands seized Thai and Iranian ships in the lawless seas[...]
"Pirates were seen roaming on the upper deck of this vessel with guns and rocket propelled grenade launchers," said a statement from the Indian navy. Indian forces fired back, sparking fires and a series of onboard blasts — possibly due to exploding ammunition — and destroying the ship.
The owners of a seized Saudi oil supertanker, meanwhile, negotiated for the release of the ship, anchored off the coast of Somalia.[...]
Happy 150th British Columbia
The day a colony was born - Nov. 19, 1858.
To our Jawa readers from BC, "Happy 150th"!
Obama Coronation Threatens to Bankrupt DC
Soaring costs expected to accompany huge crowds in town for the Jan. 20 inauguration of Barack Obama could stick cash-strapped Washington, D.C., with a record-breaking bill for services.Hope and Change meets the cold hard realities of life. Realities like "stuff costs money." Realities like "soaring speeches don't sign city worker paychecks." Realities like "voting for some Chicago corrupticrat doesn't erase the cost of stuff."
Security and capacity measures recommended by the District’s congressional delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and others will almost certainly surpass the $15 million the federal government gives to the District each year to defray the cost of events, Norton said.
Police Chief Cathy Lanier expects to use an additional 4,000 police officers from all over the country in addition to her 4,000-member force, she said earlier this month. The city’s inaugural budget allows for only 3,000 extra uniformed officers.That's OK. His magical, uplifting rhetorical flourishes delivered in that sumptuous baritone will fix that. Whatsa matter? Don't you have any HOPE, Chief?
Imagine how much of this money, coupled with the $600 million he spent blanketing the US with campaign propaganda, could have gone instead to actually helping the poor or feeding the hungry. Where does it go instead? TV ads, followed by massive parties.
YES WE CAN bankrupt Washington. Let the masters show you how its done.
I think too many of you have resigned yourselves to depression over this clown's bamboozling of a gullible populace. Buck up, dammit! It's going to be entertaining watching this buffoon and his legions of sheep fall from the stratosphere and return to the surly bonds of this Earth over the next few years.
I'll be cheering them on all the way, urging them to heap their absurdities upon further absurdities. The American people voted for this, and they deserve nothing less than absurdities upon absurdities from their leadership. The One bankrupting Washington with his legions of disciples is a perfect symbolic send-off for what promises to be a hilariously over-serious, self-aggrandizing, over-reaching, pompous, preening, clusterf*ck of an administration.
It's Clinton's third term, people, and there will be lots of lulz to be had.
Group Made Famous for Beheadings Threatens Iraqi Christians with Throat Slittings
Ansar al-Islam (formerly Ansar al-Sunnah), a group that frequently joins with al Qaeda in Iraq in murdering hostages and which was made notorious by brutally beheading dozens of foreigners, is threatening to kill all Christians in Iraq:
“There’ll be no room in Iraq for the Christian infidels from now on,” the letter continues, threatening that those who remain will have their throats slit as “it is happening to the Christians of Mosul.” This is more than likely a reference to a recent attack on two sisters who were killed by Muslim extremists.
I've noted the uptick in Salafi violence in Iraq and speculated that it has something to do with the election -- that insurgents and terrorists in Iraq see Obama's victory as American weakness. But I wonder if the reemergence of a TV station dedicated to spreading terrorist propaganda might also have something to do with it?
Human Rights in Canada - Stripper Claims Age Discrimination
(Toronto, Ontario) Forty-four-year-old Kimberlee Ouwroulis has sued the New Locomotion strip club for age discrimination. The management told Ouwroulis (pic) that she was being let go because the club was "going for a younger look."
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario will process Ouwroulis' complaint.
Frankly, I'm curious about how this case will play out. If a strip club is forced to hire senior citizens as strippers, one must believe that business will be negatively affected. I'd suggest that most customers at strip clubs don't particularly want to see strippers that look like their mothers or, for that matter, their grandmothers.
To be fair though, a few seniors hold up well enough to be strippers. Most, however, don't.
Caution! It's probably NSFW below the fold.
Too old to strip
Unfortunately, if a club becomes known for having old strippers, the above may be the image in the minds of many customers. Old and wrinkly seldom trumps young and firm in the stripping business.
Freud Redeemed: WWII Really Was About Hitler's Genitals
But for a centimeter to the left, millions would still be alive: One of Hitler's balls shot off in WWI.
Russian Censors Warn Newsweek Not to Insult Muslims
Russia's state censors have warned Newsweek not to insult Muslims. So does this mean no more, "a rabbi, a priest, and an imam walked into a bar" jokes in the new Imperial Russia?
Holder Vetting for AG
Better than Gorelick, yes?
BC Eric H. Holder Jr., a former Justice Department official who was President-elect Barack Obama's campaign cochairman, is the leading candidate to serve as the next US attorney general, according to Democratic sources familiar with the choice.
Holder, 57, was offered the job late last week and accepted it on condition that he receive at least moderate support from Republican lawmakers and that he complete the vetting process, conditions set forth by Obama's transition team, the sources said. Intermediaries began to reach out to Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, and the vetting pace accelerated yesterday.
Update: NRO slams the pick.
The Real Obesity Crisis
A forklift, a flatbed truck and a reinforced concrete ramp are required to engage in sex.
The Surge In Afghanistan And Pakistan's Tribal Regions
Read the whole article, the yummy dead terrorist goodness is too long to quote under Fair Use rules.
I love the smell of Predator strikes in the morning. Smells like.....victory.
November 18, 2008
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Because I feel like it.
What an excellent song: Be jubilant, my feet!
Vids and lyrics below the fold:
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.
I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.
I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
"As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on."
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me:
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
Puff Meets Al Gore
Akkkkkkkkkkk, this vid is like Puff the Magic Dragon for the modern day libtard: Everything sux, lets move to the woods! Smog, traffic jams, fires, war, flooding, global warming, the stock market, oil shortage and BS politicians all in one song!
I just can't take it anymore, I just can't. I'm really sorry. I try to be a nice person, but my motto has always been, "Don't ask me a question if you can't take my answer." I would like to expand that to include, "Do not email me your vid complaining about The Man if your solution is whining." Because I will goof on your Tiki backdrop. Vid below the fold:
Furthermore, do NOT put my soldiers on par with smog. That's just not flying.
Update: this song from the same guy is good, really:
Stick to the blues, Merrell. Or something appreciating the soldiers per chance?
U.N.'s Human Rights Council Has Mural On Ceiling With A Cost Of $23 Million
I suppose the Human Rights Council feel a "beautiful ceiling" will heal the souls of those who are abused on a daily basis in Arab and other countries. "Waist" not, want not.
The U.N. Human Rights Council, frequently accused of coddling some of the world's most repressive governments, threw itself a party in Geneva Tuesday that featured the unveiling of a $23 million mural paid for in part with foreign aid funds.
In a ceremony attended by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo told the press that his 16,000-square-foot ceiling artwork reminded him of "an image of the world dripping toward the sky" — but it reminded critics of money slipping out of relief coffers.
"In Spain there's a controversy because they took money out of the foreign aid budget — took money from starving children in Africa — and spent it on colorful stalactites," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of U.N. Watch.
Can we throw the UN out of the US now?
h/t Island Libertarian at LGF link viewer.
Ayers Compares Treatment By FNC To Orwell's "1984"
Apparently Ayers feels the frequent need to "explain" himself. Good, I hope he continues to feel the "heat".
Islamic Theologian, "Muhammad is Probably a Myth"
MÜNSTER, Germany -- Muhammad Sven Kalisch, a Muslim convert and Germany's first professor of Islamic theology, fasts during the Muslim holy month, doesn't like to shake hands with Muslim women and has spent years studying Islamic scripture. Islam, he says, guides his life.Er yeah, could happen.
So it came as something of a surprise when Prof. Kalisch announced the fruit of his theological research. His conclusion: The Prophet Muhammad probably never existed..
...Prof. Kalisch's religious studies center recently removed a sign and erased its address from its Web site. The professor, a burly 42-year-old, says he has received no specific threats but has been denounced as apostate, a capital offense in some readings of Islam.
"Maybe people are speculating that some idiot will come and cut off my head," he said during an interview in his study..
Hat Tip: Dangelooo.
Obama's NSA & CIA Picks
Well, the picks are totally unpredictable? teh..
Somalia & Other African Nations: Refugee Program Stayed After Widespread Fraud
A fact sheet released this week from the U.S. State Department reported widespread fraud in the refugee program that has brought tens of thousands of people from Somalia and other African nations to the United States.
The reported fraud spurred the State Department to suspend a humanitarian program in August which was supposed to reunite African "anchor" refugees already in the states with their family members who are still overseas.
DNA testing conducted earlier this year by the government to verify blood ties between anchor refugees and their supposed family members revealed that fewer than 20 percent of those checked could confirm their biological relationships, the fact sheet stated.
Great, just great. I wonder how many of the other 80% have family working with "pirates" hijacking ships, family members in the Al-Qaida linked Al-Shabab terrorist group, or other terrorist groups?
This is not good.
h/t Islam in Action
Al-Rai TV - A Syrian Platform For Iraqi Terror Broadcasts
Al-Rai TV, which began broadcasting several months ago from Syria, provides coverage of events in the Middle East, focusing on terrorist attacks carried out by Sunni insurgents against U.S. forces and Iraqi security forces.
According to Arab media reports, Al-Rai TV is owned by former Iraqi MP Mish'an Al-Jabouri, former owner of Al-Zawraa TV - a channel that for several months in 2006 aired around-the-clock footage of terrorist attacks in Iraq. Following U.S. pressure, the Arab satellite companies Arabsat and Nilesat removed Al-Zawraa TV from their satellites, and the channel ceased to exist. Al-Jabouri fled to Syria after being implicated in several corruption scandals, for which he was sentenced in absentia to 30 years in prison[...]
Al-Rai TV is, in fact, a polished and upgraded version of Al-Zawraa TV. Its flagship weekly program "The Harvest of the Resistance," is presented by Hussein Hussein, who used to introduce footage of terror attacks on Al-Zawraa TV. On Al-Zawraa TV, Hussein Hussein appeared in guerilla fatigues; on Al-Rai TV, he wears a suit and tie.
From fatigues to suits, the "new Syrian terrorist media".
Obama, Soros & UBS April 16th, 2007
New York Magazine - "Money Chooses Sides".
The investment banker Robert Wolf first met Barack Obama one afternoon in December in a midtown conference room. Obama was in town to deliver a speech at a charity dinner for children in poverty at the Mandarin Oriental—but also to pursue another, less high-minded, but more momentous, objective: to begin the process of attempting to pick Hillary Clinton’s pocket.
The conference room belonged to George Soros, the billionaire bête noire of the right. After talking to Soros for an hour about his prospective bid for the White House, Obama walked down the hall and found assembled a dozen of the city’s heaviest-hitting Democratic fund-raisers: investment banker Hassan Nemazee, Wall Street power Blair Effron, private-equity hotshot Mark Gallogly, hedge-fund manager Orin Kramer. Most had been big-time John Kerry backers in 2004. Most had a connection to the Clintons. All were officially uncommitted for 2008.[...]
Wolf was wowed by Obama that afternoon: his straightforwardness, his “bold and impressive” early stance against the Iraq war. He handed Obama his card and said, “I’d like to get to know you more.” Obama phoned the next day. “When we hung up, he said, ‘I’ll call you after the holidays,’ and I’m thinking, Yeah, right, he’s gonna call me,” Wolf says. But call Obama did. The next week, they had dinner in Washington, just the two of them, on the night that George W. Bush gave his speech announcing the surge of additional troops into Iraq. “I felt so honored to be sitting down with him for two hours on an occasion like that,” Wolf recalls, “knowing that he was going off to be interviewed on television later.”
Within ten days, Obama had announced his intention to run and Clinton was officially in. A story in the Times reported that Obama had nailed two A-list New York donors: Soros and Wolf. But though Soros’s backing was a symbolic coup, it’s Wolf who has emerged as Obama’s most copious cash collector in the city so far—hosting two high-dollar cocktail parties, making countless calls, harvesting more than $500,000. As Wolf tells me about the soirées he’s hosted, he reaches into a meticulously organized scrapbook, takes out a photograph of him and Obama grinning madly, and tells me that I can keep it. “The way Barack has taken this nation with his rock-star status,” he says, “it’s very exciting!”
Robert Wolf is the President & Chief Operating Officer for UBS Investment Bank. He also serves as Chairman & CEO for UBS Group for the Americas.
Hopey, changey has a lot of IOU's.
Video - 11/13 George Soros was testifying about congress perception that hedge fund industry as the main factor of collapsing the current financial market.
On September 16, 1992 George Soros was responsible for devaluing the Euro which came to be known as "Black Wednesday".
Interesting link in comments from Mongol - Soros-Funded Democratic Idea Factory Becomes Obama Policy Font
The "Assault Weapon Ban" Quiz - Round One
The so-called "assault weapon" ban was stupid--and just about anyone who knows anything about it knows it was stupid.
If you're like most gun owners, you probably have at least one anti-gun friend who can't understand why gun owners opposed the federal "assault weapon" ban originally, or why we oppose it now.
What I've generally found is that the vast majority of those individuals know next to nothing, if anything at all, about what the so-called "assault weapon" ban actually was. What they generally know is that they don't like guns that much in the first place, and they sure don't like any gun specifically designed for "assault."
If you have such a friend, I encourage you to send your friend a link to this simple quiz and ask him or her to send back the answer.
Tuesday Morning Hotel Link Dump: God Bless America Edition.
I have a few minutes before I'm off to meetings, so here's some stuff to read.
Before I dump the links, quick story. Last night my taxi driver from the airport to the hotel happened to bes from Afghanistan. He's been here since 1984. He had fled Afghanistan when the Communists took over and eventually found his way to America.
Knowing how much Afghan culture values children and family, I asked him about his and if he had any grandchildren. No grandchildren, but all three of his kids had gone to college and were successful in their own right.
His daughter graduated from Harvard, eventually earned a Ph.D., and is about to go to Cambridge for a post-doc.
Think of that, his daughter. In Afghanistan she'd be wearing a burka, in the U.S. she's a freaking Harvard educated Ph.D.
What a wonderful country we live in, I told him. He agreed wholeheartedly.
God bless America!
Obama's taxes mean layoffs, so who gets the axe first? Every one in the parking lot with an Obama sticker on his car.
First an Iraqi, then a hero, and now an American. Welcome to America Bashar!
Next up on Obama's Karmic plate: reincarnation as a manatee.
Good news: Iran spending more money on Navy which will make sinking them all the more sweet.
I got news for ya: politically active students are far more likely to get their information from John Stewart than they are from their leftist professors.
Ooops, ran out of time. Poka, peeps.
Bill Ayers Lied People Died
William Ayers was in DC yesterday talking up his book "Fugitive Days". Due to the large crowd attending, the forum was moved to a church. Talk about ironic.
FReepers were there protesting the unrepentant terrorist visit. Unfortunately I am having problems posting one of their signs - "Ayers Lied People Died". Bestest poster evah. Be sure to follow the link for the images.
Here is the vid. Parts of it are blurry but the best sentence from a dissenter - "Why did you out Valerie Plame? Say what?
Check out what greets you when looking at Ayers book at Amazon
"Just so you know...* We're sorry! Some images in this book are not displayed per publisher request."Hiding stuff already?
Update - Protest sign. Thanks "This Ain't hell"!
(Update Video Added)Good News! A Flies Wing Can Heal You
"The Prophet Muhammad Said: 'If a Fly Falls Into Your Drink, You Should Dip It in the Drink, And Then Dispose of the Fly - Because One of its Wings Bears a Disease, and the Other Bears the Cure"Wow, we could get rich with this one. Forget bottled energy water, you can sell fly energy water. Think of the possibilities!
Best part about it - flies are free.
Update - SumDum Phool sees a small problem with the fly:
The only problem is- how do you know which wing bears disease and which cures? Ripping of all those doody covered wings and examining each one under a power microscope looking for germs might be awful labor intensive...I suppose we best ask Hamas Ahmad Al-Muzain the TV scientist
This hadith was included in the Al-Bukhari collection. This hadith makes it absolutely clear that the Prophet Muhammad confirmed a clear scientific fact: If a fly falls into a vessel - before a person drinks from this vessel, he should dip the fly in his drink, before disposing of it. Then he should drink the beverage, because it won't do him any harm. Why? Because one of the fly's wings bears the disease, and the other one bears the cure.Problem solved. The "cure" wing cancels out the diseased wing.
BTW, Al-Muzain also said the company Bayer developed a treatment for AIDS using this hadith.
"When Bayer, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, learned about this study, it derived great benefit from it. It established biological breeding farms, where they raised flies and extracted antibiotics from their wings - the strongest antibiotics in the whole world.I think we should stick with Fly energy water.
This antibiotic was made into a course of five pills, which is given to the patients, and it is used - believe it or not, my brothers - to treat AIDS patients.
Update - Video below fold. Thanks ? in comments.
MSM The Terrorist Network
Via Snapped Shot. Rueters, AP, etc. have no problem taking pictures for Hamas. Saves Hamas PR dollars.
The problem with this isn't the fact Hamas is a terrorist organization. The problem lies in photos they won't accept. Recently AP was upset that a photo of Army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody had been altered for PR purposes. Gen Dunwoody is the first female four star general.
Gasp, she had a American Flag placed in the background
"For us, there's a zero-tolerance policy of adding or subtracting actual content from an image," said Santiago Lyon, the AP's director of photography. Owen also said he views all photos supplied by the Defense Department skeptically.
AP has now suspended the use of photos provided by the Defense Dept. until this "problem" is fixed. What about suspending Hamas and other terrorist propoganda AP? MSM, anyone?
Save the Planet with Vegetable Oil
Meet a family that is devoted to saving the planet. Sara and Matt Janssen gave up a 1,600-square-foot home for a small apartment, then they moved into a recreational vehicle powered by vegetable oil.
They scavenged the oil from fast-food and mom-and-pop restaurants willing to give away "an increasingly valuable commodity."
The fueling process itself takes about an hour, Sara Janssen said, adding that the couple invested in an on-board oil filtration system, which strains the "batter and chicken chunks" before the oil reaches the engine. [...]Now, to save $25,000 on fuel while traveling 20,000 miles doesn't make sense. Reportedly, their RV gets eight miles per gallon of fuel. That means 2,500 gallons were used for 20,000 miles. $25,000 divided by 2,500 gallons equals $10 savings per gallon of vegetable oil used.
Having traded up to their 1998 Western Alpine Coach in September, they figure that they have traveled about 20,000 miles in all and resorted to diesel fuel just once, outside of Austin, Texas.
"It was our fault," Janssen said. "We didn't start looking early enough."
She estimates that they saved about $25,000 using the kitchen grease instead of conventional fuel.
With diesel running below $3 a gallon, how do the Janssens save $10 a gallon by replacing it with vegetable oil? Maybe they used some type of global warming math. It doesn't make sense to me. (more)
Join The Navy And Get A Wounded Serviceman A Laptop (Bumped, but not Sticky)
I've entered the Jawa Report into the Soldier's Angels Valour IT competition. It's a friendly competition, but us old crusty Navy guys would appreciate if you would put us over the top.
My fellow co-bloggers are invited to showcase the service of their choice, of course. Bring it on, bitches!!!
November 17, 2008
I rarely, rarely watch any t.v. anymore. But I was watching at the right place at the right time to catch this wonderful display of how the MSM shaped our election.
As an added bonus, the maker of the video hired Zogby to do a poll in order to back up the video.
Update by Howie: Ed Morrissey has more here at Hot Air.
Cincinnati airport, which is apparently in ... Kentucky?
What's the deal with Delta? Every time I go Delta something goes wrong. I've been holed up in Salt Lake, twice. I've missed my connection in Atlanta. And now I'm busy sitting on my arse waiting for a delayed connection.
Either G*d hates me or Delta sucks. Maybe both.
But do me a favor and don't forward this post to Congress or the White House. Congress because they'll want to save me from the eeeevil corpations and reregulate the airlines. The White House because they'll want to send the industry billions of dollars to save them from their own stupidity.
As much as I Hate Delta right now the alternative seems much worse. At least when Delta goes under they won't take me with them. Businesses run poorly are SUPPOSED to go under. It's the solution, not the problem (I'm looking at you Detroit).
When government screws up were all focked. They don't go down without a fight. And they force us to pay for their mistakes. Literally. Through higher taxes. So, like I said, were focked. Today I'm focked, but at the rate the government is throwing our money down rat holes it might be a good time to invest in that industrial sized barrel of KY.
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Its not us!
Blame http://js-kit.com/ who bought Haloscan.
Hint to JS-Kit: When you buy something cool, the first order of business should not be to eff it up completely.
Female Terrorist With PH.D. Called Mentally Unfit For US Trial
I think all terrorists are crazy but that doesn't mean they aren't sane enough to stand trial. This broad graduated from MIT. Insane, I don't think so.
Via Doctor Bulldog
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistani woman suspected of links to al Qaeda and charged with trying to kill American interrogators in Afghanistan is mentally unfit to stand trial, according to her psychiatric evaluation.
Aafia Siddiqui, 36, is “not currently competent to proceed as a result of her mental disease, which renders her unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against her,” U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said on Monday while reporting the results of the evaluation.
Berman ordered a hearing on Wednesday to discuss how to proceed with Siddiqui’s case, including the possible use of medication to treat her.
Prosecutors say Siddiqui, a U.S.-trained neuroscientist, while detained for questioning in Afghanistan, grabbed a U.S. warrant officer’s rifle and fired it at the interrogation team, which included two FBI agents. The warrant officer then shot her with his pistol.
A death penalty will cure her "Islamic" disease.
Iraq Doctor Admits He Is A Terrorist
An Iraqi doctor accused of plotting failed car bombings last year in London and Glasgow admitted to being a terrorist - but accused the British government of terrorism, too
These statements remind me of two unrepentant domestic terrorists.
Bilal Abdulla, a doctor in Britain's state National Health Service, insisted, however, he was not trying to kill or injure anyone. The 29-year-old is accused with Jordanian neurologist Mohammed Asha, 28, of conspiracy to murder and cause explosions in a failed double car bombing in London on June 29 last year.
They are also accused over a bid the next day to crash a car filled with gas bottles into the main terminal at Glasgow airport in Scotland. Both Abdulla and Asha deny the charges against them in the trial at Woolwich Crown Court, southeast London.
Asked by his lawyer whether he told an officer he was a terrorist after being arrested, Abdulla said: "I said something along those lines, but it was more like a question.
"Everyone was saying you are a terrorist, you are arrested under the Terrorism Act and so forth... I am told I am a terrorist, but is your government not a terrorist, is your army not a terrorist?
Abdulla do you miss your goats?
Somalia "Pirates" Hit Jackpot?
Pirates operating off the coast of east Africa have hijacked a Saudi supertanker fully laden with an estimated 2m barrels of oil in an attack that marks a significant escalation in the scope of banditry in the region.
The pirates, believed to be from lawless Somalia, seized control of the Sirius Star, which is owned by Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, on Saturday, 450 nautical miles south-east of the Kenyan Indian Ocean port of Mombasa[...]
The tanker is about three times the tonnage of a US aircraft carrier, making it the largest vessel ever seized by pirates.
The attack also took place farther out to sea than before, signaling that the pirates have become increasingly bold, organised and able to adapt their tactics, experts say.
“It certainly represents a fundamental change in the pirates’ ability to be able to attack vessels out to sea,” said Lieutenant Nathan Christensen, a spokesman for the US Fifth Fleet, which patrols the region’s waters.
Cyrus Mody, manager at the International Maritime Bureau, said the pirates would probably look to move the Sirius Star to the coast of Somalia where they would anchor it and begin negotiation with the owners.The monies these jihadi's *cough* pirates have received of late must be helping their stockpile of weapons *cough* groceries.
However, the pirates are likely to face challenges navigating the vast ship, which will be sitting far too low in the water to go anywhere near the coast where they have normally taken captured ships.
Mr Mukundan also warned there was a substantial danger of pollution, either if the vessel was involved in an accident through poor navigation or if the cargo was not properly cared for while it was being held.
The Sirius Star, flagged in Liberia and operated by Vela International, has a deadweight tonnage of 318,000 tonnes and sits 10m above the water level. Its 25-man crew is made up of numerous nationalities, including Britons and Saudis.
NATO: Russian Spy Passed On Missile Defense & Cyber War Secrets?
A spy at the heart of Nato may have passed secrets on the US missile shield and cyber-defence to Russian Intelligence, it has emerged.
Herman Simm, 61, an Estonian defence ministry official who was arrested in September, was responsible for handling all of his country's classified information at Nato, giving him access to every top-secret graded document from other alliance countries.
He was recruited by the Russians in the late 1980s and has been charged in Estonia with supplying information to a foreign power.
Several investigation teams from both the EU and Nato, under the supervision of a US officer, have flown to the Estonian capital Tallinn to assess the scope of what is being seen as the most serious case of espionage against Nato since the end of the Cold War.
Hopey, changey may have just had his "change" done for him by a suspected spy. Remember, Obama doesn't believe missile defense shields work.
South Yemen Forms National Liberation Council
Violence is breaking out all over Yemen, especially in the Southern governorates, in advance of April’s Parliamentary elections. Angry citizens have repeatedly attacked and expelled voter registration committees, and security forces opened fire on several occasions.
Yemen’s opposition party alliance, the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), is boycotting the registration process because the government reneged on implementing needed electoral reforms. In the south, southern Yemenis just elected their own representative body, The Southern Arabian Liberation Council (SALC), which has called for an electoral boycott claiming the central government, not just the election, is illegitimate in the South.
Yemen’s government deploys the institutions, processes and rhetoric of democracy to legitimize its rule and gain western support. In reality, the consolidation of democracy has made little progress since 1994 when Saleh’s forces re-imposed a unified state on southern Yemen by force. At the center of the national dynamic is greed. Saleh’s regime loots the state treasury at every step of administration. Brutal security forces, secret police, corrupt courts and systematic torture are the systems in place for those who do not succumb to bribery, blackmail and threats. While the forms of democracy have spread, the practice has not.
Elections since 1993 reduced the citizenry’s access to power and reinforced autocratic tribal power structures. The parliamentary majority of Saleh’s ruling party, the General People’s Congress (GPC), increased from 123 seats in 1993, to 187 in 1997 and 238 in 2003.
Through time, the state and ruling party became one entity. The state’s position as the largest employer in Yemen became a weapon of partisan politics. The GPC deployed a myriad of governmental resources in support of its candidates during the 2006 local and presidential election, and in meting out retribution after. Yemen’s first governors’ election in 2008 was a hasty process that rubber stamped GPC candidates. In the few cases where an independent won, the results were promptly overturned.
The impact of the ruling party’s merger with the state is magnified by the winner take all system (first past the post). The Yemeni opposition has long championed the proportional or list system. After the 2006 election, the ruling and opposition parties agreed to a number of electoral reforms based on recommendations from EU election observers. The GPC reneged, prompting the JMP to urge citizens not to register. The US funded National Democratic Institute that has been working with the parties is now urging consensus and, if necessary, postponing the election to allow time for the parties to come to an agreement. President Saleh said the election will go forward and numerous opposition activists have been arrested. Tensions have flared with Marib, Amran and Haja witnessing violence against electoral committees.
A significant development is South Yemen’s rejection of the entire political process. Yearlong regional protests were met with bullets and tanks, prompting southern Yemen to self-organize a representative political mechanism advocating. The election of the Southern Arabian Liberation Council may have been the first “free and fair election” in Yemeni history. Its platform advocates a peaceful struggle for independence. The election results were announced in Yafi' on November 14. The body consists of a president (Hassan Ba’oum), a ten member cabinet, 25 administrative officers and 352 National Council members.
The majority of Yemenis- north and south- are excluded from the ruling oligarchy. However Southern Yemen was under British rule for over a hundred years during which time several full bodied civil institutions functioned efficiently and impartially. The same cannot be said of northern Yemen during the Imamate or since the 1962 Republican Revolution. After the 1990 unification of north and south Yemen, media censorship, corruption and discrimination thwarted the institutional and cultural merger of the two Yemens. In Yemen, different histories and expectations are producing different outcomes among one people.
The 1994 north-south civil war ended with the military victory of President Saleh's northern forces. Since then, southerners claim, the south has been looted as the spoils of war. Southerners perceive themselves as treated as third class citizens who face institutionalized discrimination and exclusion from the central government, which is firmly in the grip of the President and his family.
Public protests began in the south in May 2007. Dozens of demonstrators were shot by police, hundreds injured and over a thousand arrested. The regime's response to the civil unrest consisted of a schizophrenic mix of violence, arrests and defamation sprinkled with fleeting allusions to wrong-doing by regime officials and superficial remedies to discriminatory policies. Thousands of troops reinforced the areas of greatest unrest. As government failed to remedy or even address the inequality, the response of the populist protest movement was to organize.
The failings of the JMP also had a demoralizing effect in the south where many as recently as 2006 were politically enfranchised and supportive of the opposition presidential candidate Faisel bin Shamlan. Southern disappointment lay not so much in the thuggish behavior of the GPC, which was expected, but instead in the opposition’s personal self-interest and capitulation. At a rally in the southern town of al-Dhalie on March 6, JMP speakers were pelted with stones and forced to leave. The JMP was again expelled from demonstrations in Radfan and Abyan in May 2008. Western observers’ lavish praise of a flawed process increased the sense of betrayal prevalent in the south. Following the 2006 election, it was the hope of achieving justice and equal rights in a unified state that prompted the year long demonstrations. It was the loss of that hope that brought about the Liberation Council which formally advances the notion that the south is illegally occupied by northern forces.
Electoral committees have been expelled throughout the south. There are also numerous no-go areas for government forces, including parts of Yafe, al-Dhalie, Abyan and others formerly under government control. All (northern) central government officials were expelled from Toor Albaha in Lahj in April 2008 and 40 soldiers captured. The soldiers were released four months later when the government agreed to several demands. Sheik Musa al-Nakhibi was freed by force from jail in Yafe on November 1. He had been charged with providing security for Hassan Ba'oum during the first Yafe conference in late October. The second Yafe conference, which elected the cabinet, was heavily guarded by men with RPGs, including farmers, laborers, academics and professionals.
Iranian Regimes Lobby Will Brief Congress Tomorrow.
Via Gateway Pundit.
According to sources, Trita Parsi who worked for the corrupt Congressman Bob Ney, and is protected by the likes of Zbigniew Brzezinski was said to be advising the Obama Camp on Iran this past year.
Trita Parsi is a noted Iranian Regime Sympathizer and president of the National Iranian American Council. The Iranian community is aware of Trita's close affiliation with Brzezinski as he was Trita's professor at Johns Hopkins and was one of his ardent supporters and protectors. Tomorrow Trita will take part in a Congressional briefing.
Hopey, changey, gets muddier.
Taliban Threaten Paris
DUBAI - The Taliban threatened to launch attacks in Paris unless France withdraws from Afghanistan, in a video aired by Al Arabiya television on Monday.Strangely, the Taliban claimed responsibility for killing 10 French troops in August of this year but the message in the tape appears recent.
Taliban commander identified as Mullah Farouq:
"We have killed 10 French soldiers today as a message to the French so that they rectify their mistakes and withdraw from Afghanistan, and if they don't they will hear our response in Paris."Taunting also in the video:
The video included footage of what appeared to be a French armoured unit being stalked by Taliban fighters. Some insurgents were later shown wearing uniforms of the French soldiers they had killed.More than likely they want us to believe it recent. Scumbag goat humping assmaggots.
Taliban fighters killed the 10 French soldiers and wounded 21 in a major battle near the capital Kabul after ambushing their reconnaissance patrol in August, in the biggest single loss of foreign troops in combat there since 2001.
November 16, 2008
Bill to Reauthorize Assault Weapons Ban Filed by Five Republicans
Did I mention that I hate R.I.N.O.s?
Hot Chick Taking Over Terrorist Networks One Website at a Time
In case you're wondering, the website of the Iraqi Jihad Union is now down.
Replaced by this hot chick, who seems to be popping up all over the jihad tubes lately. If this is the new face of Islamic jihad, sign me up!
Psssst......before you write and explain to me "what's really going on here" please double check your sense of humor and realize that I know what an expired domain registration is/
Satan is Karl Rove's B*tch
Stacy McCain says to hell with Karl Rove. Judging from the Democratic reaction to Rove the last eight years I'd say he's already been there, conquered it, and made Satan his prison bitch.
Unrepentant Domestic Terrorists Ayers & Dohrn Have Diarrhea Of the Mouth
Pinkerton: MSNBC Backs Obama, Gets $139 Billion Government Guarantee
Is MSNBC being rewarded for backing Obama? That's what Pinkerton is implying. GE Capital is a subsidiary of MSNBC's parent company GE.
The NYTimes has the article regarding the backing of GE Capital here.
If this were to be true, a new standard has been reached in media broadcasting.
Unnamed US & NATO Officials Preparing For Obama's Presidency
Headline at Columbia Tribune - "Officials Blame US for Taliban Renewal"
WASHINGTON - For seven years, the Bush administration has pursued al-Qaida but done almost nothing to hunt down the Afghan Taliban leadership in its sanctuaries in Pakistan, and that has left Mullah Mohammad Omar and his deputies free to direct an escalating war against the U.S.-backed Afghan government.
The administration’s decision, U.S. and NATO officials said, has allowed the Taliban to regroup, re-arm and recruit at bases in southwestern Pakistan. Since the puritanical Islamic movement’s resurgence began in early 2005, it has killed at least 626 U.S.-led NATO troops, 301 of them Americans, along with thousands of Afghans, and handed President-elect Barack Obama a growing guerrilla war with no end in sight.[emphasis mine]
A senior NATO official quoted at end of article states "All they’ve (US) done in the last two years is arrest one Taliban leader". WTF has this official been doing the "last two years"?
Looking forward to Pres-elect Obama to be sworn in.
Somalia Terrorists Make Bank Deposit
Hijacked Japanese vessel MT Stolt Valor has been released by Somalia "pirates".
The good news? All crew members are safe.
The bad news? "Pirates" deposited 1.1 million into accounts receivable for jihad.
Video link here.
November 15, 2008
Weekend Attitude Adjuster - Topless Women Taped (NSFW)
In another taping, it's reported that a wild and nasty woman gets crazy on an airplane.
Obama's Assault Weapons Ban : Back from the Memory Hole
Originally, the scary-looking gun ban (aka the "assault weapons" ban) was listed as an agenda item on Obama's CHANGE.GOV website.
Then it was magically disappeared from the website.
Now it's magically back.
More details at the Arsenal.
Strange advertisements. lulz
h/t El Campeador
Somalia President Admits Militant Gains
Dangerous situation in Somalia. BBC
Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed has said Islamist insurgents now control most of the country, and have advanced to the edge of Mogadishu. Mr Yusuf said there was no effective government in Somalia, and that insurgents were now able to carry out attacks in the capital at will.Wrong way to show strength by admitting weakness. The terrorist must be overjoyed.
The president was speaking to Somali parliamentarians in Kenya, a day after talks on forming a new cabinet failed. Last month, regional grouping Igad set a deadline of 12 November for a deal.The mandate of the Transitional Government of Somalia (TFG), formed in late 2004, is set to expire in August 2009.
He said the Islamist insurgency, which looked as though it had been crushed two years ago following intervention by the Ethiopian army, is now as strong as ever.
Members of the al-Shabab group now controlled most of the country and had advanced to the suburbs of Mogadishu, as well as Baidoa, the home town of the parliament, he said.
"The government controls Mogadishu and Baidoa and people are killed there every day," Mr Yusuf told the meeting in Nairobi.
"Islamists have taken over everywhere else, so if I ask you parliamentarians: do you know the situation we face? Who causes all these problems? We are to blame."
Somalia AlQaeda linked group al-Shabab (the youth) is a U.S. special designated terrorist organization. As most readers know, they use a U.S. server for their website but repeated requests to remove it have gone unheeded.
The lastest post in regards to this revealed they may have a worm so I will not link to it.
Below the fold is a al-Shabab martyr. He sploded himself in a truck bomb.
Shocka: Obama's Important Transition Document Leaked To Press
You will be shocked I tell you! Srzly.
For starters, William Ayers will be head of the Dept. of Education!
To see the rest go here.
Global Economic Summit: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Snubbed Marine
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was the only one out of two dozen leaders whose security would not allow U.S. Marines to open the door to his limousine for him.That Marine should be damn proud. teh.
Each of the leaders was delivered by limousine to the foot of a six-step staircase covered with a red carpet, where Mr. Bush stood waiting at the top of the stairs.
For every leader but one, a U.S. Marine in a dress blue uniform at the foot of the stairs opened the limousine door. The leaders then greeted Mr. Bush at the top of the steps, posed for a photo and walked into the White House with the president.
President Medveded, our Marines don't operate like the KGB.
The Black Hole
A sleep-deprived office worker accidentally discovers a black hole - and then greed gets the better of him...
Found link at Dark Roasted Blend.
Quite amazing collection of images, etc. there including these light sabers:
Somalia: Terrorist Group Al-Shabab Whip 32 Dancers
Somali al-Shabab fighters flogged 32 dancers for violating strict Sharia edicts after arresting them for taking part in a traditional dance near the capital Mogadishu, officials and elders said.Somewhat related:
The team was flogged in Balad township, 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu, where they were arrested overnight while performing a folklore dance.
"They were found dancing to traditional songs outside Balad last night and were flogged this morning. They were arrested by Islamist fighters," said Mohamed Sheikh Hussein, an elder.
Somali "Pirates" Seize Chinese Boat
Al-Shabab Warns Against Attack On Somalia Town
Onion: Should The Government Stop Dumping Money Into A Giant Hole?
Weekend brain food
Confiscated Insurgent Vehicle "Car Wash".
h/t Holger Awakens
Win-Win: Dictators, Islamofascists Fear "Oil Crisis"
Oil crisis-- I do not think that word means what you think it means.
Before we start de-mothballing our SUV's since gas is now almost free, think of this: low oil prices mean less money to countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Venezuela. Win-win, people. Win-win.
The term "oil crisis" usually means a spike in the price of oil, but as oil-producing nations reliant on this revenue, an oil crisis for us comes with a fall in the price of oil....If you follow the link to the original article, the author goes on to lament Arab corruption and incompetence and hopes that low oil prices will be the impetus for much needed reforms. I hope he's right, but I'm not holding my breath.
Its shocking that our hopes for a decade of prosperity is now in jeopardy, which is something that many fear, yet if we have learnt anything from our modern history we know this is not true. Hopefully, we've learned something from the first oil crisis of 1980s, which is not to hold our collective breaths waiting for the price of oil to go back up, since it took twenty years the last time around for it to rebound.
H/T: Ratherdashing on LGF's link thingy
Ayers Teaching Views Defended?
University of Nebraska has been given a lot of heat lately for uninviting unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. I agree with their decision but others certainly disagree.
Omaha World Herald has an article in defense of Bill Ayers. The "puff piece" is written by Jeffrey Robb. Upon reading it two sentences stood out:
In one paper available on his Web site, Ayers equates teaching to a single spark that can start a prairie fire.Apparently the author is unaware what Ayers is referencing when he speaks of "prairie fire".
"Teachers might not change the world in dramatic fashion, but we certainly change the people who will change the world," he wrote in his paper.
They openly admitted they were a communist guerrilla organization hell bent on overthrowing our government by working with our enemies.
Zombie is credited for discovering the book. If you haven't read Zombies entry on this I encourage you to do so.
Meanwhile, I wonder how the U of Nebraska's faculty and students "teach in" protest went. They believe uninviting Ayers is a threat to academic freedom.
Hizballah Wants Referendum on Keeping It's Weapons?
So, of the Lebanese say "no" they'll just peacefully lay down their weapons and get jobs at the local Starbucks? Like that's gonna happen.
Some analysis over at World Defense Review:
But the sudden, unprecedented call for a referendum this week suggests the terrorist group – emboldened by its political, military, and geostrategic gains since May – believes it has forcibly intimidated the Lebanese people to the point that the majority is no longer capable of standing up for true democracy. And a referendum in favor of Hizballah’s weapons might forever quash international demands for Hizballah to disarm.
The issuance of such a call is a clear expression of Hizballah’s confidence in its ability to advance its control of Lebanon. It’s also a huge gamble for the terrorist organization.
November 14, 2008
Aussies to Block 10,000 Websites
Promised before Christmas, Australian authorities will launch a six-week pilot project to censor the Internet.
The government has already identified 1300 websites that it wants to black list as part of the clean feeds scheme. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the sites mostly contained child pornography and other unwatned content, including images and videos.It's believed that websites criticizing the censorship scheme will be blocked for unwanted content.
"While the ACMA blacklist is currently around 1300 URLs, the pilot will test against this list - as well as filtering for a range of URLs to around 10,000 - so that the impacts on network performance of a larger blacklist can be examined," se said. [sic all]
[Update] Opposition to the Internet censorship scheme has made headlines. The head of one of Australia's largest ISPs has called Communications Minister Stephen Conroy the worst in the past 15 years.
Furthermore, check out this statement:
Internet providers and the Government's own lab tests have found that presently available filters are not capable of adequately distinguishing between legal and illegal content and can degrade internet speeds by up to 86 per cent.Well, isn't that typical of a government scheme? The only thing it's guaranteed to do is slow everything down.
However, some clarification has been provided regarding what will be censored. Presently, it appears that mandatory filters will, as a minimum, block websites containing child pornography, hard-core pornography and online gambling.
When queried about the meaning of "unwanted content," Minister Conroy said he didn't have time to answer that question but would have time at some future meeting.
WTF? Planned Prop 8 Protests Saturday Across Texas
"Join the Impact" has a list of cities and locations where to meet. They must be nucking futz.
Cities listed - Houston, Dallas, Austin, Arlington, Fort Worth, Midland/Odessa, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Denton, Lubbock, Rio Grand Valley United.
Update: The marxist group Indymedia are joining in the protests
The anarchist group "bash back" is also joining in other states. Their notice ended with "With x’s, o’s, and molotovs till we get real hope and change".
Maxine: Funny E-Mail From Friends
Everyone concentrates on the problems we're having in this country lately: illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida .
Not me.. I concentrate on solutions for the problems. It's a win-win situation.
+ Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border.
+ Send the dirt to New Orleans to raise the level of the levies.
+ Put the Florida alligators in the moat along the Mexican border.
Any other problems you would like for me to solve today ? Yes!
Think about this one:
2. The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments
C O W S
Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington?
And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.
T H E C O N S T I T U T I O N
They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq .... Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.
T H E 1 0 C O M M A N D M E N T S
The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this:
You cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal,' 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery,' and 'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians...It creates a hostile work environment.
PART OF THE PROBLEM
Also, Think about this:
If you don't want to forward this for fear of offending someone-- YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!
It is Time for America to Speak up !
Yep, I passed it on!
(Oopsy, which blog am I on? Oh ya, kill those mother f'n terrorists...ed.)
Terrorists Killed In Possible Predator Strike: Iranians And Japanese Journalists Hardest Hit
The lead paragraph in the story is about a possible Predator strike that killed some terrorists.
The headline is about the Japanese journalist getting shot in the leg. Shows what's important on the AP's mind.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A missile strike apparently by a U.S. drone hit a house in Pakistan's tribal region close to the Afghan border Friday, killing at least 12 people including several foreign militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
In the northwestern city of Peshawar, just outside the tribal areas, a Japanese journalist was shot in the leg and injured Friday. It was the third attack on a foreigner in the city in three days, police said.
I'm starting to think that Pakistan is a country that we should just take off and nuke from orbit.
African Taliban Back On The Move
Even in the capital, where the government is still nominally in control, Shabab fighters carry out public punishments like lashings and stonings, conduct training exercises and present themselves as alternate government.
The Ethiopians, who invaded and drove the Islamists into the hinterlands of Somalia, have apparently adopted a new strategy of sitting on their asses. Somalia is one country I'm starting to think would be better off if we just took off and nuked the place from orbit.
Good News: Sunni Scholars Give Green Light to Killing U.S. Soldiers
The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq, the leading Sunni group of scholars in that country, think it's fine and dandy to kill U.S. soldiers:
Iraqi soldier called Barzan Muhammad Abdullah from Talkeef region of Mosul was at the pickup government patrol vehicle when the occupation forces were trying to impinge an Iraqi girl. When the Iraqi soldier witnessed the event, then he took his weapon and fired all the ammunition to the occupiers where four of them died and three others wounded. Iraqi soldier also died at the attack.Does "impinge" in this instance mean they were talking to her, or what?
Thanks to Jeffrey Imm.
Nebraska: Students To Protest University Cancelling Ayers Lecture
The controversy over Bill Ayers continues this week in America's heartland. On Friday, November 14, a teach-in protest is taking place on the Lincoln campus at the University of Nebraska.
Flyers are billing the event as a chance to "make Nebraska history" as students and faculty come "to protest UNL's decision to cancel the November 15 lecture by Prof. William Ayers and that decision's violation of academic freedom."
"Make Nebraska history"? Pleeease. The protesters need to realize why his lecture was cancelled - pocketbook issues for the U of Nebraska.
Other academia happenings:
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia
Students at West Virginia University (WVU) were prohibited from distributing their conservative, student publication at the school library on October 14, despite prior approval from the college president.Go figure.
The conservative students immediately hired an attorney to represent their interests to the university administration and to protect their constitutional rights.
The Mountaineer Jeffersonian, a new, independent newspaper, was founded with assistance from the Leadership Institute (LI) of Arlington, Virginia. LI helped the group to obtain a donor-supported grant to produce their first issue this fall and provided publications training for the staff.
Chris Walters, advertising manager and owner of The Mountaineer Jeffersonian, said, “I am shocked that at an institution of higher learning, a library would bar distribution of a publication to which a member of the staff was opposed.
Illinois 8th Grade Political T-Shirt Experiment
"I wasn't expecting them to, like, go as far as telling me to die."
Obamabots in true form.
The Surge Worked
Must read - Michael Yon - "The war is over and we won".
Video h/t Ace
Bound Up? Time To See The Dokter
Too bad this wasn't titled "Inshallahshaheed goes to the "Dokter" but of course he is not married.
Joseph Cohen aka Yousef al-Khattab and his ugly wife?
"Psychic" below fold.
Dennis Miller: Leftist Women Hate Palin Because She Appears To Have A Good Sex Life"
It appears George Soros funded organization Media Matters can't take a joke about the leftist. They of course "police" the media for fairness in reporting.
Miller was damn funny. Approximately at 1:53.
BTW, Media Matters are in a push for the "Fairness Doctrine".
JWF - "There Coming To Take Me Away Ha Ha" chimes in.
17yr. Old Jihadi Fails to Splode "No Big Deal, Can I Go Back To School Now"?
"Free me, I've got exams"
Nematullah, 17, was arrested this morning on suspicion of planning a suicide bomb attack on the Company area of Kabul.
Nematullah drove himself to the capital in a Toyota Town Ace packed with deadly explosives. But the plan went wrong almost immediately. Nematullah panicked when he saw a police checkpoint and tried to turn around. Unfortunately for him, he then crashed into another car.
He fled the scene and hid. Police, who had by now found explosives in the crashed minibus, gave chase and captured the boy.
“My school exams are next week – the government should release me,” Nematullah told Quqnoos.com.
A day in the life of a failed martyrdom seeker.
Karma: Canadian Taliban Supporter Kidnappped, Presumably by Taliban
Canadian Beverly Giesbrecht, who goes by the name Khadija Abdul Qahaar and who runs the Jihad Unspun website, has been kidnapped in Pakistan. She was in Pakistan making a documentary sympathetic to the Taliban.
In each and every case of a kidnapping I've publicly supported the hostage, regardless of political stances. Hostage taking is barbaric, inhumane, and a sign that the enemies we fight are, in fact, very different than us.
Perhaps I'm speaking out of anger, but in this case I offer no such support. Jihad Unspun is a cesspool of propaganda on behalf of the Taliban, of al Qaeda, and of other "resistance" movements which are at open war with the United States of America, Canada --Giesbrecht's country --, and Western civilization. She is an enemy living in our midsts and abusing our tolerance for free speech.
She is a modern Goebbels. As in the case of all of our enemies, I wish her only ill will. She's a mother, you might object. She does charity work, you might object. Goebbels was a decent father, I hear. He also threw fabulous parties. That didn't make him any less our enemy.
For instance, this recent article which speaks of the Taliban as "the mujahideen". You'll also notice that the author spoke to the Taliban commander by telephone and that of all the things to relay from Emir Ullah they choose to pass on the wish that Muslims pray for the Taliban.
Or a video they post (scroll down) of an al Qaeda in Iraq IED hitting a Bradley. What do they call AQI fighters? Again, the mujahideen.
Here is an image from their Osama bin Laden section. You'll notice that bin Laden's supporters are only fighting to support Islamic values.
This is a Google News source that once reported that a U.S. soldier killed an Iraqi girl on a bet. The woman is a traitor, plain and simple.
Payback is a bitch, isn't it?
Having said that, there have been a number of controversies surrounding Jihad Unspun within the online jihad community over the years. For instance there have been accusations from other eHadis that JUS prints disinformation to make some jihad movements look bad. There have even been denouncements of JUS as being run by the Canadian or Amarican governments as a honey trap for collecting intel on jihadis. I see no evidence of either of these things. Thee paranoia of the online jihad community is not to be out done by the paranoia of physical jihad community.
Weasel Zippers reprints the MSM story here. I understand Canada is doing all they can to secure Giesbrecht's release. Let's hope that isn't true.
UPDATE: Roggio has related thoughts, and notes several journos have been murdered after being kidnapped recently. Peshewar may be about to fall to the Taliban.....
Dallas ISD Faulted For Using Fake Social Security Numbers.
Years after being advised by a state agency to stop, the Dallas Independent School District continued to provide foreign citizens with fake Social Security numbers to get them on the payroll quickly.Wow, just wow.
Some of the numbers were real Social Security numbers already assigned to people elsewhere. And in some cases, the state's educator certification office unknowingly used the bogus numbers to run criminal background checks on the new hires, most of whom were brought in to teach bilingual classes.
The practice was described in an internal report issued in September by the district's investigative office, which looked into the matter after receiving a tip. The report said the Texas Education Agency learned of the fake numbers in 2004 and told DISD then that the practice "was illegal."
It's unclear how long DISD had been issuing the phony numbers, and district officials didn't know Thursday how many had been given out. But the investigative report and interviews with DISD employees indicate the practice went on for several years before it was discontinued this past summer.
DISD human resources chief Kim Olson, who came to the district in 2007, said that she learned about the false numbers this past summer around the time the district's investigative unit was looking into them and that she put a stop to the practice.
"There's no way we should be doing that kind of stuff," Ms. Olson said. "Even if your intention is good to help employees get paid, you can't use inappropriate procedures to do that."
h/t trryhin at LGF link viewer
Good Morning America Interview: Unrepentant Terrorist Bill Ayers
This interview is very telling of where Ayers head appears to be at right now - still in the past. He lies about his group being "anti-war" when in fact the weathermen where trying to overthrow our government. They were an admitted communist organization.
Ayers appears to want to "finish" the weathermen chapter by "re-introducing" his 2001 book "Fugitive Days". Just sayin...
SCOTUS Rules Against Whales
(Washington, D.C.) The Supreme Court yesterday ruled against whale-lovers in a dispute involving the use of sonar by the U.S. Navy.
Writing for the majority in the court’s first decision of the term, Chief Justice John Roberts said the most serious possible injury to environmental groups would be harm to an unknown number of the marine mammals the groups study.Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Kennedy shared the majority opinion. I agree.
“In contrast, forcing the Navy to deploy an inadequately trained anti-submarine force jeopardizes the safety of the fleet,” the chief justice wrote. He said the overall public interest tips strongly in favor of the Navy.
British Sperm Shortage
(UK) With recent changes in confidentiality laws, British men are less apt to become sperm donors and a shortage of donors coupled with a limit of 10 babies per each donor means that sperm banks are unable to meet demand for the tiny messengers.
"The only countries that seem to have enough sperm are those that pay - like the U.S. and Spain - or the countries that retain anonymity," said Allan Pacey, a member of the British Fertility Society that warned of the shortage in the British Medical Journal.Obviously, the problem with the shortage of sperm is not due to a lack of the resource. It's a lack of the ability to collect it. (more)
November 13, 2008
Is There Something Wrong With This Title?
Pastor Of Dallas Megachurch Challenges Congregation To 7 Days Of Sex
India News Agency: You've Been Punked
India news was excited to report Pres-elect Obama had finally spoken with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Unfortunately the photo they used was, well, wrong is so many ways. Obama holding phone upside down for one.
Update - The photo is the brainchild of IMAO. Thanks to Veeshir in comments.
Debate - Ukraine Style
Ukraine's parliament voted Wednesday to dismiss a close associate of President Viktor Yushchenko as its speaker - raising speculation that Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko might fall next.
When do we get to see our representatives do this?
Is the GOP Just Too Darn Christian?
A lot of the "reformist" commentators, including David Frum, have decided that the GOP lost the last two elections because the party is just too influenced by Christians. They argue that the party's Christian stances on social issues have alienated the angry "moderates," who are, according to these commentators, generally pro-choice and in favor of gay marriage. Thus, the GOP must, in particular, do at least the following things to reach these angry socially liberal "moderate" voters:
Soften the GOP's opposition to gay marriageUnfortunately, these reformist commentators rarely offer anything in the way of actual evidence to support either proposition. It is enough, apprently, that these individual commentators are annoyed by the social issues, and that millions of other people feel the same way. That may be enough evidence to convince them of the proposition that gay marriage and abortion are costing the Republicans electoral wins, but it's not enough to convince me.
Soften the GOP's support for restrictions on abortion
Here's my challenge to any "reformists" who are arguing that the Republicans must jettison the "social issues" in order to win elections in the future:
Which Republican candidates lost in 2006 and/or 2008 because they were too pro-life and/or too opposed to gay marriageI'm pretty sure any honest answer starts with "Well, none, but...", in which case, SHUT UP.
If there were Republicans who lost their seats over abortion or gay marriage, let's hear their names.
It's not enough, by the way, that certain pro-life or anti-gay-marriage candidates lost. That's a mere correlation, which supports nothing. Using this logic, one could "prove" that Republicans are losing elections because they wear clothes and speak English--because, after all, every single Republican candidate who lost in 2006 and 2008 did both.
I'm challenging the reformists to show me a causation.
If there is no evidence that the presence of factor X is causing problem Y, there is no reason to think that eliminating factor X will remedy problem Y.
Video: Afghan Schoolgirls Acid Attack By The Taliban
Posting about this is one thing but actually seeing the damage the Taliban did is so disgusting. Taliban are cowardly, dirty, filthy, ugly, stinking goat humping assmagots.
Pakistan: 10000 cases of violence against women reported in the past 3 years
Over 1000 women killed for "honor", almost 2000 women raped, 4200 maids were tortured, etc...This is how islam treats its women.
From Daily Mail News
ISLAMABAD—Advisor on Interior Rehman Malik told during the Question Hour that during last 3 years, 10534 cases were registered regarding crime against women and 1019 women were killed in the name of honor.
During the Question Hour in the National Assembly on Thursday, Rehman Malik said that a total of 3236 women were killed during years 2005-07, 1019 were killed under the cover of honor killing, 1931 were forcedly raped, acid was thrown on 53 women, 45 were burnt when their cooking stoves blown up and a large number of 4250 home maids were tortured including attempts to take their life. He added that during this period no woman was sentenced to death.
Imam In Brunei Casts Out The Devil
Poor woman, the expression on her face appears to say "STFU I hate Islam".
Unrepentant Domestic Terrorist & Anti-Capitalist William Ayers Cashing In on Capitalism
Bill Ayers is hitting the circuit and "crying" about his unfair media coverage while promoting the "republication" of his book "Fugitive Days".
"I am not nor have I ever been a terrorist" Billy says. That phrase also came out of the mouth of his other half Bernadine Dorhn recently.
Don't worry, I'm not going AWOL again. I brought my daughter to campus today. Give her a view of how Dad makes a living and a preview of college life.
Bail Out Jawas Too!!!!
Dear Treasury Secretary Paulson, President Bush, Speaker of the House Pelosi, and members of Congress:AMEN BROTHA!
We are the co-executives of the uproariously funny, albeit fiscally insolvent, weblog–(Insert your blog name here) TheNoseOnYourFace.com. We specialize in made-up stories from a very partisan perspective. While we have a product that is clearly vital to the American people (see The New York Times, CBS News et al), we are completely unable to operate at a profit.
It goes without saying that this has caused no shortage of problems for us and our staff, both in the workplace and at home. Until now.Blog Bailout!
It has come to our attention that there is a government program available for businesses in our-apparently far from unique- situation. You can imagine our excitement when we found out about this generous offer!
We realize that some of the other businesses have received rather substantial "loans" (wink-wink). We have carefully reviewed our books and we certainly will not require $700 billion, $25 billion, or even $10 billion. Those amounts would be on the excessive side. No, we need a mere $2.5 billion.
The Jawas require only about $500,000,000.
For an extra billion or so we'll bring back the Templar coupe, Sportette and sedan! And add a new Sandcrawler SUV model.
(Update)Remember Times Square Recruitment Center Bombing?
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Re: Times Square bicycle bomber. Apparently French anarchists are linked to the bombing of the recruitment center.
French anti-terrorist police are holding 10 alleged members of a violent anarchist movement suspected of sabotaging power cables on high speed TGV train lines.
But it now transpires that the alleged culprits were netted thanks to information from the FBI, which allegedly linked two of them to the home-made bomb attack on an army recruitment centre in New York's Times Square in March.
Julien Coupat, 34, the suspected head of the "anarcho-autonomist" group, and his 25-year old girlfriend, known only as Yldune L, were stopped allegedly trying to enter Canada from the US illegally in January. It was claimed they were carrying anarchist texts in English and photos of an army recruitment centre in New York.
Although they had left the US before the bomb attack, they had allegedly been spotted shortly before at American anarchist meetings in New York.
Possible Facebook page?
Update - There is conflicting reports on this. Aaron in comments mentioned the two being French would not need a visa to enter Canada. This article states they were trying to enter the U.S. illegally. This makes more sense
Earlier this year, Coupat and his girlfriend entered the US illegally from Canada. In the couple's knapsack the FBI found documents in English linked to anarchists and pictures of a US military recruitment center located in Times Square, New York.
The FBI also says Coupat and company participated in a New York meeting of anarchists. Two months later, on March 6, 2008, the same NY military recruitment center was attacked by a grenade causing physical damage. Thanks to the FBI tip, the French police were able to shadow Coupat and his group and succeeded in neutralizing an operation of planned terror and chaos.
Pretty nasty group.
Barack Obama's "Lost Tribe"?
This group claims a sheikh in Galilee has evidence that he and his family are linked by blood to the new President. Mmm, k.
Obama has a host of relatives in exotic locations from Hawaii to Kenya, and during his run for the American presidency he discovered that he had an aunt living in Boston.
Now Barack Obama is being claimed by not one but as many as 8,000 Beduin tribesmen in northern Israel.
Although the spokesman for the lost tribe of Obama has yet to reveal the documentary evidence that he says he possesses to support his claim, people are flocking from across the region to pay their respects to the “Bedu Obama”, whose social standing has gone through the roof.
Video at above link. For photo gallery go here
Hail "Bedu Obama". lulz
Thanks to Rusty.
Taliban Double Standard
Via Bill Roggio at Weekly Standard.
The Taliban is urging the United Nations, the European Union, and the Red Cross to intervene to halt the execution of three Taliban fighters on death row. "We strongly request the U.N., the EU, the Red Cross and human rights groups to earnestly prevent this barbaric act," the Taliban said in a statement on their website, Reuters reported today."Judicial fairness"? Ask those Afghan school girls how it felt when the Taliban threw battery acid on them.
Predictably, the United Nations and the European Union oppose the executions, "citing concern about the standards of judicial fairness."
What about Paula Lloyd who was set on fire by the Taliban recently.
One of the most disgusting of Taliban's atrocities is the "12 yr old child beheads man video".(fixed link)
Judicial fairness my arse.
Iranian Diplomat Kidnapped In Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Gunmen abducted an Iranian diplomat in Peshawar Thursday, a day after a U.S. aid worker was shot dead in the city on the front line of an Islamist insurgency sweeping northwest Pakistan and parts of Afghanistan.
Suspicion for the kidnapping will inevitably fall on the Taliban and affiliated Sunni Muslim militant groups such as al Qaeda, who hate Shi'ite Muslims and predominantly Shi'ite Iran almost as much as they hate the West.
Criminal gangs using religion as a cover are also active in the area
Talk about PC in this article, "militant", "criminal gangs". What is so hard about saying Islamic terrorists...sheesh.
Just noticed a update on this story here
The diplomat, identified as Athar Zada, was heading from his home to office with his guard when his car was ambushed in Hayatabad, a neighbourhood near Khyber tribal region where al-Qaeda and Taliban militants as well as criminal gangs are very active.
"I confirm that the commercial attache of the Iranian consulate is abducted and his guard has been shot dead," police official Noor Zar said.
Lawsuit filed in defence of Marine vet's anti-Islam decals
A father of one of the 17 sailors killed in the 2000 USS Cole terrorism attack has been banned from visiting his son's grave at the Arlington National Cemetery. Jesse Nieto, a 25-year Marine veteran, has been banned because of displaying “offensive material" such as decals which say “Remember the Cole, 12 Oct 2000,” “Islam=Terrorism” and “We Died, They Rejoiced.”
“The banning of these decals is political correctness run amuck in the military,”
Thanks to Stable Hand for the pic
From the Catholic News Agency
Ann Arbor, Nov 13, 2008 / 06:56 am (CNA).- A Marine veteran whose anti-terrorist and anti-Islam vehicle decals hindered him in visiting the grave of his fallen son at Arlington National Cemetery has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the military order which rebuked his display of the decals.
Jesse Nieto, a 25-year Marine veteran, served two combat tours in Vietnam. His youngest son, Marc, was one of the seventeen sailors killed in the terrorist bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in October of 2000.
Since 1994 Nieto has been a civilian employee at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. In 2001 he began displaying various decals on his vehicle expressing sentiments such as “Remember the Cole, 12 Oct 2000,” “Islam=Terrorism” and “We Died, They Rejoiced.”
On July 31, 2008, two military police officers ticketed Nieto for displaying “offensive material.”
UK: Muslim Man Brutally Murders Roommates Catholic Girlfriend
Via Jihad Watch
A TEENAGER was brutally murdered by her boyfriend's Muslim flatmate because he did not approve of him going out with a Catholic.
Lidia Motylska, 19, was strangled in an alleyway in Leeds by Iraqi immigrant Abobakir Jabari who objected to his Kurdish flatmate's relationship with her.
Yesterday Jabari, 39, who was given British citizenship in 2005, pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court to murdering the petite Polish teenager.
Murderous bastage scum.
Click above link or image for complete story.
In other news Inshallahshaheed is praising the 3 Bali Bombers rotting corpses:
Three green birds that have never been seen before in that village were spotted circling over the tombs of the Bali Shuhada’. Just look at the reaction of the brothers and their cries and takbeer’s.Regarding three green birds, it is a common believe the souls of "shuhada"(martyrs) are carried in the hearts of green birds.
Mommies basement Inshallahshaheed gives link to YouTube video for readers to offer their thoughts. Here is the link for those of you who would like to offer your thoughts about imaginary "green birds" flitting about.
Darth Odie believes they are buzzards. I think he is right on.
Eat 'em up buzzards.
Ted Says It Well
RINOs are Fedzilla punks who feign support for conservative principles only when it serves their political interest. RINOs are also known for their moderate positions such as supporting tax increases, federal “bailouts”, “comprehensive immigration reform”, advocating more counterproductive gun control that guarantee more innocent victims, opposing the death penalty, and growing and sustaining Fedzilla and all its toxic mongrels by going along with the liberals. RINOs have forgotten President Ronald Maximus Regan's admonition that government is the problem, not the solution.
Say what needs to be said, Ted. Make the Beta Males among us tremble.
NYC: Anti-Prop 8 Protest
Photos of protest outside LDS Church in New York.
This protester is not feeling hopey, changey love.
Wonder if they will go to Chicago next and protest outside of Rev Wrights church.
Update: The marxist group Indymedia was at this protest as a show of solidarity with LGBT. One of their members explain why they are not protesting the African-American community:
One of the ugliest stories coming out of the passage of discrimination in CA, is that the African-American community is responsible. That is a lie!I say they are chicken shite.
The poll being cited is a totally unscientific exit poll conducted by CNN. The precincts with high percentages of Black voters mostly voted against Prop. 8.
This is an ugly attempt to pit white lgbt people against African-Americans. I hope it is address at the rally on Sat.
David in comments linked to this.
The people I spoke with had the following concerns:
* Proposition 8 would force their churches to either perform gay marriage ceremonies or risk a lawsuit or losing their tax exempt status.
* Gay marriage would be taught in schools
* The religous definition of the term "marriage" as being between man and a woman.
* Some had very strong religious views.
They are not the same thing as hating gay people or believing that gay people don't deserve equal rights. People were worried that gay marriage would hurt the things they care about.
Give it a listen if you so choose. I still think the LGBT are hurting their cause by joining with the marxist/anarchist groups.
November 12, 2008
It all makes sense now, the crazy spending, the "Compassionate Conservatism," the ridiculous ROE in the war, the bungling of the overthrow of Saddam.
Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush said he regrets the display of the ``Mission Accomplished'' sign as backdrop for a speech he gave about a month after the March 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
``To some, it said, well, `Bush thinks the war in Iraq is over,' when I didn't think that,'' he said in a CNN interview today. ``It conveyed the wrong message.''
The sign was hung on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, when Bush landed on the carrier wearing a flight suit to declare that major combat operations in Iraq were over. That speech has since served as a rallying point for critics of Bush's policies in Iraq.
Bush also cited other regrets in the CNN interview, which was conducted aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York after a Veterans Day ceremony.
``I regret saying some things I shouldn't have said,'' Bush said. He cited comments he made after the Sept. 11 attacks, when he said of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden: ``I want justice. There's an old poster out West that said, 'Wanted, dead or alive.'''
He also said he regretted telling Iraqi insurgents in 2003: ``There are some who feel like that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring 'em on.''
President Bush. Your nation rallied to you because of those words. We fought for you in 2004 because of those words.
Men are dead because they believed in those words and enlisted in the armed forces. They heard you say "bring 'em on" and rose to the challenge that you yourself uttered.
And now you tell us that you regret saying them. Tell that to the men and women who died defending them, President Bush.
Our nation stands at the edge of the abyss, staring into the dark pit of Socialism. Another New Deal and Great Society debacle, or even worse, looms if the Senate is given over to a Democrat filibuster proof Senate.
And all you can do is say that you're sorry for saying things that unified us as a nation.
When you should be apologizing for "compassionate conservatism," and expanding the federal government in ways your predecessor never dreamed of. Or apologizing for not even vetoing one spending bill in your first term.
We fought for you, Bush, because you said these inspiring things, and now you regret saying them.
Guess who else says inspiring things? Barack Obama. I'd bet good money that when he leaves office, if he ever does, he won't bother regretting what he said.
Someone wake me in eight years. I'll be in an alcohol-induced coma.
Layoffs at Al Gore's Cable Channel
Presumably, Al Gore's cable network Current Media hasn't been affected by the mortgage meltdown nor the high energy prices. Nevertheless, Gore's company has announced it is eliminating positions and laying off people.
Rumor is that more layoffs are coming in January.
Time for a bailout?
Fatwa: Emoticons are Un-Islamic
Dude, that's some crazy stuff right there:
Emoticons are forbidden because of its imitation to Allah’s creatures whether it is original or mixture or even deformed one and since the picture is the face and the face is what makes the real picture then emoticons which represent faces that express emotions then all that add up to make them HaramI especially love this discussion over why this ---> :-) is okay, but not this --->
Then there's this:
A woman should not use these images when speaking to a man who is not her mahram, because these faces are used to express how she is feeling, so it is as if she is smiling, laughing, acting shy and so on, and a woman should not do that with a non-mahram man.Since I'm already in for a penny, might as well be in for a pound. If emoticons are harem, what about emoticons of dancing terrorists?
It is only permissible for a woman to speak to men in cases of necessity, so long as that is in a public chat room and not in private correspondence.
Thanks to Jane.
UPDATE: Black Flag gets the fatwa for the day!
Obama Gets Advice
Here's a translation of an Arabic-language letter to President-elect Obama from the enemies of democracy in Iraq.
"Your campaign promises were built on change and the time for it has come, and we say with that the time has come… therefore we ask for change and do not listen to those who tell you that a withdrawal from Iraq is a defeat. We say to you that a withdrawal will mean a triumph of reason and logic…All that hopey-changey language has stimulated the enemy conclaves of religious fanatics to preach to the United States about reason and logic.
You must correct your mistakes and work with courage to pay compensation to all those who you have destroyed, their families or their house or their psychology.
And you must release all those you have as prisoners until the last Iraqi of them, and you must order the sectarian government to release all its prisoners and to return the balance of security to Iraq.
Without this we will not think that you will be coming with the change that you have promised, and if you do this you will be written down in history as the courageous one.”
I'd suggest that all intellectual and moral authority to preach about logic and reason was lost the first time a suicide vest was strapped on to one of their flock.
Obama Losing His Base Already?
No commentary from me, I don't have the five thousand words to express it.
For what's left of our liberal audience, I'll spell it out nice and slow.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
There are five pictures on Zombie's post.
5 X 1000 = 5,000.
The YouTube videos don't count as pictures.
Iraq: Al-Qaeda's beheading 'emir' captured, say reports
Some good WOT news..
Khales, 12 Nov. (AKI) - The Iraqi army arrested on Wednesday in volatile Diyala Province a militant who is allegedly responsible for many of the brutal beheadings carried out by Al-Qaeda, Arabic satellite TV channel Al-Arabiya reported on Wednesday. Ahmad Hasan al-Azzawi, known as 'the beheading emir' was arrested in a raid outside the provincial capital, Baquba, Al-Arabiya said.
The raid reportedly took place early on Tuesday in the mountains north of the village of Khales, 15 kilometres from Baquba - an Al-Qaeda stronghold
When Cut and Run is Success
Taranto notices an article by the AP claiming "US Military to Abandon Iraqi Cities". It's not just the headline that's misleading, it's the introductory paragraph which makes it seem like the U.S. is, in fact, "abandoning" Iraqis to a horrible fate. One problem, five paragraphs into the article the AP finally mentions that the reason U.S. troops are on track to pull out of several Iraqi cities is because we have been so successful and are therefore no longer needed there.
Good job AP! (sarcasm) Good find Taranto! (non-sarcastic) Thanks to Mike.
Good News: Al Qaeda Linked Insurgents Capture Somali Port
Make no mistake, the al Shabab movement is al Qaeda in Somalia. Together with their allies in the African Taliban -- The Islamic Courts Union -- they constitute a grave and imminent threat to the security of the United States. To let them take power would be to repeat the mistake of allowing the Taliban take power in Afghanistan.
Islamic insurgents seized a strategic port city in Somalia today, raising fears that they were gearing up for an assault on the capital about 50 miles away.These would be the same people who publicly stoned a 13 year old girl to death last month. Since the "real enemy" is in Afghanistan, I wonder if the new Obama administration will turn a blind eye to what is happening in the Horn of Africa?
The fighters, wearing red head scarves and chanting "God is great," marched into Merka without firing a shot after government troops fled the night before upon hearing of the imminent assault, residents said...
"Our martyrs are in full control of the town," said Mohammed Awil, a Shabab commander, speaking by telephone from Merka. "We will govern all of Somalia through Islamic law, reaching our goal step by step."
Utahns Riot, Call for Beheadings After Book of Mormon Set Ablaze
Protests we're unlikely to see.
Arapahoe County sheriff's deputies responded to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, some three hours after a church member found a burning copy of The Book of Mormon on a door step...Thanks to Bill in LGF's link thingy.
The caller who reported the fire told authorities a regional facilities manager indicated similar incidents had occurred at other LDS churches, primarily in California, and may have been in retaliation for the LDS church's stance on Proposition 8.
US Navy to battle Somali pirates with heat rays and loud ACDC
US vessels patrolling the Gulf of Aden and other waterways plagued by resurgent pirate gangs are to be fitted with "non-lethal people zappers," according to the DefenseNews publication.ACDC plus warporn under the fold
Vice Admiral Bill Gortney has requested delivery of a range of systems for the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet. The Active Denial system delivers a six foot wide ray over a range of 800 yards.
Anyone caught within the beam experiences an overwhelming sensation of burning skin, forcing a potentially hostile pirate to seek shelter "or even jump overboard."
A second system, the Long Range Acoustic Device targets a suspect with a 500 yard beam of excruciating noise. Sailors can attach the device to an Ipod or MP3 player to repel pirate boats with renditons such as Hells Bells by the heavy metal group AC:DC.
YouTube Jihad Continues Uninterupted
"Reports of a commitment by YouTube to rid its service of videos promoting the global jihad notwithstanding, a recently conducted random sample of 100 links to such videos found that 100% of the videos were still available for download, even though they had been online for quite awhile. The videos were also relatively popular, with 100 files being viewed a total of one million times."
Someone ought to get to suing those bastards at Google (which owns YouTube). Someone, perhaps, who has had a loved one KIA or wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan for instance.
Obama's Chief Of Staff Rahm Emanuel: Mandatory Civil Service Plan
Rahm Emanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff, in a revealing discussion about Obama and the Democrats coming mandatory civil service plan. Obama did scrub this from his change.gov site.
U.S. Military Launches "TroopTube"
The US military, with help from Seattle startup Delve Networks, has launched a video-sharing Web site for troops, their families and supporters, a year and a half after restricting access to YouTube and other video sites.The welcome screen at TroopTube greets you with this:
TroopTube, as the new site is called, lets people register as members of one of the branches of the armed forces, family, civilian Defense Department employees or supporters. Members can upload personal videos from anywhere with an Internet connection, but a Pentagon employee screens each for taste, copyright violations and national security issues.
Welcome to TroopTube by Military OneSourceLet's get the word out!
TroopTube is the new online video site designed to help military families connect and keep in touch while miles apart. The site is designed for easy use, so you can quickly upload videos and share the simple joys of each day with each other, either privately or with the whole world. Sign up today and begin sharing videos by clicking here. Already have a TroopTube account? Sign in here.
(Update)Taliban Murder U.S. Citizen Working In Pakistan
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Via Bill Roggio
The Taliban continue to press their terror campaign in Pakistan's violence-wracked Northwest Frontier Province. Taliban fighter shot and killed a US citizen outside of his home in Peshawar, the provincial capital. In a separate attack, a Taliban suicide bomber struck outside of a high school in the neighboring district of Charsadda.
A Taliban team gunned down killed Steve Vance and his driver outside of Vance's home in a so-called secure neighborhood in Peshawar "favored by diplomats and foreign aid workers close to the American Club," Reuters reported
Murderous degenerates! They kill one of our citizens and then take pride in killing students. Bastages.
I will keep his family (besides his wife he has 5 children) and friends in my thoughts and prayers.
For more on this use link above.
Update - Steve Vance was a UC Santa Cruz graduate.
Vance, a California native who graduated with a bachelor's degree in American Studies from UCSC, worked for Cooperative Housing Foundation, an international organization working on development projects in tribal areas between Peshawar and the border with Afghanistan, the Times reported.
Taliban prefer to live in the dark ages.
A National Ban on Concealed Carry?
David Hardy is hearing that rumor from a "DC insider."
Sometimes, you read something like that, and you say to yourself, "nah...surely they're not that stupid."
And then, it turns out later that they are, indeed, that stupid.
Cross-posted at The Arsenal.
Arrested Blogger Identified: Tarek Mehanna
UPDATE 10/21/2009: Mehanna arrested again! This time for plotting terror on US soil.
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The al Qaeda supporter and blogger arrested by the FBI earlier this week has been identified as Tarek Mehanna. Mehanna was arrested as he attempted to leave the country on charges that he had lied to the FBI about prior knowledge of another Muslim blogger's, Daniel "Al-Jughaifi" Maldanado, plans to travel from Egypt to Somalia to join the jihad. Maldanado is now in federal prison after being convicted of receiving specialized weapons training from an al Qaeda linked group in Somalia.
Like clockwork, Mehanna's family defends him as a nice boy who just completed his graduate work to become a pharmacist. What his family may or may not know is that Mehanna goes by the online handle "Abu Sayaba" and runs the "Iskandari" website which is devoted to promoting the Salafi ideology.
For instance, Tarek "Abu Sayaba" Mehanna has, literally, dozens of posts recounting the words of Abdullah Azzam, the intellectual backbone of al Qaeda. Also among his favorite authors are Sayyid Qutb.
In addition to friends like Maldanado who has been convicted on terrorism related charges, Mehanna's online buddies include:
Shades of Swords, who glorifies the executed Bali bombers as martyrs.
Inshallahshaheed, who we have an entire category devoted to and who claims he personally doesn't go off to fight the jihad because "it's hard" and who recently has set up his own media division in support of terrorist organizations.
Jihad Fields Are Calling, who's name pretty much sums it up.
And so on and so forth. In other words, the people he associated himself with online are either a) actively engaged in violent jihad; or b) actively engaged in supporting violent jihad through the distribution of terrorist propaganda.
You can bet that the FBI arrest on relatively minor charges was taken because there was a reasonable fear that Mehanna was leaving the country to join or further support the jihad himself. His friend Maldanado had also left the country to pursue "religious studies" in Egypt, but ended up in an al Qaeda linked training camp in Somalia.
If any one finds a picture of him, please pass it along. Thanks to Miss Kelly.
Above the fold update: Aaron provides handy box score for FOS (Friends of Sasjamal). If he (or I) had more time he'd also provide more cyber/meatspace scores for several other FOS's currently spending time in the the federal pokey and whatever the Canadian version of the pound-me-in-the-ass prison is. He also voices what several in the comments section also had to say:
(Hey, Samir! How about you book a flight overseas? After all, if Sasjamal can do it, why can't you...)Indeed.
Statements that Tarek Mehanna allegedly made to the FBI two years ago in the midst of a terrorism investigation came back to haunt him last weekend, when the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy graduate was arrested as he was about to board a Boston flight to start a new job overseas.Earlier:
Mehanna, 26, who was living in a sprawling house in Sudbury with his parents, is charged with lying to the FBI in December 2006 when questioned about the whereabouts and activities of Daniel J. Maldonado, a former Methuen resident who was suspected of training at an Al Qaeda terrorist camp to overthrow the Somali government.
An FBI affidavit unsealed in federal court in Boston Monday alleges that Mehanna told agents on Dec. 16, 2006, that he had known Maldonado for three or four years and that when he last spoke to him two weeks earlier, Maldonado was living in a suburb of Alexandria, Egypt, and working for a website.
But Maldonado had actually placed several calls from Somalia to Mehanna's Sudbury home four days before the FBI interview, urging him to "join him in training for jihad," the affidavit says....
Muslim Blogger Arrested in Boston?
American al Qaeda Traitor & Blogger Arrested in Texas
Daniel Joseph Maldonado: How the Internet Created a Terrorist
An American al Qaeda Devotee in New York
An American Terrorist in Somalia
Inshallashshaheed Outted: North Carolina Jihadi in the News
(Update)Obama To Vote
"Absent" "Unofficial" At G20 Summit
Scroll down for update.
Obama has graciously said "it is President Bush's summit meeting".
Maybe he is afraid he can't answer questions asked of him by the summit attendees?
WORLD leaders hoping for time with the US president-elect, Barack Obama, during this weekend's G20 will be disappointed after aides announced he would not attend the summit nor have one-on-one meetings with any of the 19 leaders who will be in town.The article went on to state:
"He will not be having any meetings with any of the leaders who are coming in Washington, Chicago or any other place," the co-chairman of Senator Obama's transitional campaign, John Podesta, said. Instead, it seems the Obama transition team has decided to treat the G20 as "the President's meeting".
There is logic to Senator Obama's method: the president-elect has only just begun security and foreign affairs briefings, which would make it difficult for him to respond in an informed way on many issues.
Thank you Obamabots for electing this "person".
Update: According to Reuters
Obama has tapped former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and a former Republican congressman to meet foreign delegations at the global financial summit in Washington this weekend.For some reason I have images in my head of Albright dancing with Kim Jong-il.
Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden said in a statement on Wednesday that Albright and former Republican Rep. Jim Leach would be available for unofficial meetings with foreign delegations.
Paglia and Morris on Palin
Camille Paglia, posting at Salon:
I like Sarah Palin, and I've heartily enjoyed her arrival on the national stage. As a career classroom teacher, I can see how smart she is -- and quite frankly, I think the people who don't see it are the stupid ones, wrapped in the fuzzy mummy-gauze of their own worn-out partisan dogma. So she doesn't speak the King's English -- big whoop! There is a powerful clarity of consciousness in her eyes. She uses language with the jumps, breaks and rippling momentum of a be-bop saxophonist. I stand on what I said (as a staunch pro-choice advocate) in my last two columns -- that Palin as a pro-life wife, mother and ambitious professional represents the next big shift in feminism. Pro-life women will save feminism by expanding it, particularly into the more traditional Third World.I agree with Paglia. I think there are good reasons why we rarely elect our Presidents from the Senate, and I think the foreign policy experience gained as a U.S. Senator is vastly overrated. I haven't spent a day in the U.S. Senate, and yet I'm pretty sure I'd never confuse Hizb'Allah with the Syrian military, as Sen. Joe Biden did recently in his debate with Sarah Palin.
As for the Democrats who sneered and howled that Palin was unprepared to be a vice-presidential nominee -- what navel-gazing hypocrisy! What protests were raised in the party or mainstream media when John Edwards, with vastly less political experience than Palin, got John Kerry's nod for veep four years ago? And Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, for whom I lobbied to be Obama's pick and who was on everyone's short list for months, has a record indistinguishable from Palin's. Whatever knowledge deficit Palin has about the federal bureaucracy or international affairs (outside the normal purview of governors) will hopefully be remedied during the next eight years of the Obama presidencies.
The U.S. Senate as a career option? What a claustrophobic, nitpicking comedown for an energetic Alaskan -- nothing but droning committees and incestuous back-scratching. No, Sarah Palin should stick to her governorship and just hit the rubber-chicken circuit, as Richard Nixon did in his long haul back from political limbo following his California gubernatorial defeat in 1962. Step by step, the mainstream media will come around, wipe its own mud out of its eyes, and see Palin for the populist phenomenon that she is.
Sarah Palin DOES need to fill in her foreign policy credentials, but she can do that much more effectively by hanging around with foreign policy wonks like Fred Thompson and history guys like Victor Davis Hanson. Because of the missteps made during this campaign, Palin doesn't get any benefit of the doubt on foreign policy next time around. If she wants to put questions to rest, she needs to OWN the issue. This can be done effectively without sending Palin to the Senate.
UPDATE: Dick Morris sets the record straight on the Palin Effect:
Sarah Palin made a vast difference in McCain’s favor. Compared to 2004, McCain lost 11 points among white men, according to the Fox News exit poll, but only four points among white women. Obama’s underperformance among white women, evident throughout the fall, may be chalked up, in large part, to the influence of Sarah Palin. She provided a rallying point for women who saw their political agenda in terms larger than abortion. She addressed the question of what it is like to be a working mother in today’s economy and society and resonated with tens of millions of white women who have not responded to the more traditional, and liberal, advocates for their gender.
Syria Blames IAF For Uranium Traces Found At Suspected Nuke Site
lulz. This revelation has to be the funniest thing I have heard so far.
Syria's foreign minister suggests that Israeli bombs may be the source of uranium traces that diplomats at the UN nuclear agency said were found at a suspected nuclear site.
Walid Mualem says the leaks by the diplomats about the traces found at the site were politically motivated and aimed at pressuring Syria.
Condi and Najood Named Women of the Year
Yemeni Child Bride Honored At "Glamour" Gala
(New York, NY) -- A ten-year-old child bride from Yemen has been honored as one of "Glamour" magazine's women of the year Monday night.
The "New York Daily News" is reporting that pint-sized Nujood Ali broke with tradition by demanding a divorce. The girl was given up for marriage by her impoverished parents.
Although her 30-year-old groom had promised to wait until Ali was older before becoming intimate, he reportedly raped and beat her on their wedding night. When no one would take Ali to the courthouse to seek a divorce, she went on her own and sat there until a judge took notice.
Human rights lawyer Shada Nasser shared the "Glamour" award for helping Ali become the first child bride in Yemeni history to be granted a divorce. The two flew in for the posh Carnegie Hall gala. Among the other honorees were Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Senator Hillary Clinton.
How nice that she is getting the recognition. She wants to be a lawyer when she grows up and help other girls. For the third year in a row, Yemen has been designated the most gender unequal country on earth.
Afghan Schoolgirls Scarred By Taliban Acid Attack
Such "brave" warriors they are.
Five Afghan schoolgirls have been attacked with battery acid by suspected Taliban fighters in the southern city of Kandahar.
The attack on Wednesday occurred when two men on motorbikes confronted the students outside the Mirwais Nika Girls High School.
Two girls were seriously injured by what was discovered to be battery acid.
I wonder how Inshallahshaheed, working in his mommies basement, will spin this.
Vile, cowardly maggots.
Obama Forced Into Presidency Early
So says the headline at "The Swamp".
Pres-elect Obama has the "unions" pulling on his yet to be purse strings.
For Mr. Obama, the crisis in Detroit is turning into an early test of his leadership. Organized labor, including the United Auto Workers, invested heavily in Mr. Obama's campaign.
It's a situation Mr. Obama's team had hoped to avoid, potentially giving the president-elect responsibility for an emergency before he has any real authority to deal with it. But with President Bush's clout waning, many parties are now looking to Sen. Obama -- a circumstance not seen since the interregnum between Herbert Hoover's presidency and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's in the early 1930s.
Obama leaks "revised" conversation with Pres. Bush to aides, aides in turn leak conversation to MSM, MSM follows prompt and turns the conversation into crisis for Obama.
MSM still hearts hopey, changey.
Change.gov Still Scrubbed
As SH noted earlier, Obama's Change.gov website scrubbed the "Agenda" portion of its website.
As of now, it's still scrubbed.
Screen shots of the Agenda are still available at AOSHQ.
Hope. Change. And Holy Shit They're On To Us.
November 11, 2008
Oh, to have $40K to Throw Up A Counter Ad...
Great "Holiday Ad campaign" there, huh?
Ads proclaiming, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake," will appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December. The American Humanist Association unveiled the provocative $40,000 holiday ad campaign Tuesday.
In lifting lyrics from "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," the Washington-based group is wading into what has become a perennial debate over commercialism, religion in the public square and the meaning of Christmas.
"We are trying to reach our audience, and sometimes in order to reach an audience, everybody has to hear you," said Fred Edwords, spokesman for the humanist group. "Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion."
Pardon me, but last I checked, Christmas was a religious holiday celebrating the birth of the SON OF GOD.
Oh, and just another little statistic just to point out how successful their campaign will be....
Yet few Americans describe themselves as atheist or agnostic; a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life poll from earlier this year found 92 percent of Americans believe in God.
Ten Iraqi Terrorist Groups Sign Their Death Warrants
BAGHDAD – Ten Iraqi insurgent groups have agreed to escalate attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces to derail the proposed U.S.-Iraqi security agreement, an Internet monitoring service said Tuesday.
The declaration against "the agreement of disgrace" was announced Nov. 4 in an audio speech by Sheik Abu Wael, a top leader of the Sunni militant Ansar al-Sunnah, who invited other insurgent groups to join, the SITE Intelligence Group said.
Interesting that this agreement was signed on election day. Maybe they should have waited for....inauguration day instead.
Five groups seem to be a tad bit smarter, and will probably live longer, than their short-sighted brethren:
In his speech, the sheik invited over 15 factions to join. Most of them posted statements accepting the invitation, SITE said.
This is just a personal opinion, but I don't think Bush is going to let Obama lose this war. Expect a firestorm of war, pestilence and death upon our enemies prior to his leaving office.
John McCain Finally Defends Sarah Palin And Admits He's A Flaming Douche
LOS ANGELES – In his first interview since conceding the presidential election, John McCain said Tuesday that Sarah Palin did not damage his presidential bid and he dismissed anonymous criticism aimed at her following their crushing defeat. [Nope, no bias there. TH]
"I'm so proud of her and I'm very grateful she agreed to run with me. She inspired people, she still does," McCain told Jay Leno during a "Tonight Show" interview taped for broadcast Tuesday night. "I couldn't be happier with Sarah Palin."
In an interview that mingled flashes of humor with political analysis, McCain did little to deflect responsibility from himself. He alluded to the difficult political environment for Republicans nationwide and conceded, "I could tell you a lot of things that we may have made mistakes on." He never listed them.
Well, let me list them for him.
1. Your campaign sucked.
2. Your campaign sucked ass.
3. Your campaign made John Kerrey's campaign look cool, it sucked so bad.
4. Your campaign sucked so bad, it decided to throw the only good decision, picking Sarah Palin, under the bus when it was over.
5. You and your campaign, minus Sarah Palin, are flaming douches.
6. Next time you campaign for office, change the name of your bus to The Icarus Express.
War Porn: It's Not Nice To Mess With A Bradley Crew
h/t Holger Awakens
"Sing Along With Hugo" on ITunes
The revolution will not be televised - it will be sung.
"The revolution is happiness, it's music. We wanted to make a disc to take the happiness of this electoral party to the streets," said Gustavo Arreaza, the musician and producer in charge of the project. The album was recorded by artists and groups "engaged with the Bolivarian Revolution."
Listening to the song, Venezuelan musician Carlos Rosales said he felt that "el comandante" had "everything that you need to sing our folk music: creativity and an ideal for which to sing."
He added that in order to sing this kind of music the most important thing is "to sing with passion, and we can't deny that when Mr Chavez speaks, both his supporters and opponents alike feel that he really means what he says."
Meanwhile, DC liberals to host unrepentant domestic terrorist Billy Ayers in their own "sing along".
Viva la revolution
A Challenger for House GOP Leadership?
First, if you haven't heard, Mike Pence (R-IN) has rejected rumors that he's done a secret backroom deal to support present Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), and has in fact stated that he will support a conservative challenger to Boehner if one steps up to the plate.
Several House conservatives have courted Lungren in the past two days, seeking change in leadership after demoralizing losses in Tuesday's election and two years of tussling with Boehner over earmarks, spending and most recently the $700 billion financial rescue package.Looking at their voting records, while both are conservative overall, Lungren has a somewhat better track record than Boehner on taxes and spending, and a dramatically better track record than Boehner on border and immigration issues. Both are solidly pro-life. That's all good news.
Unfortunately, Lungren has a significantly weaker track recond than Boehner on the Second Amendment. Lundgren's 2008 NRA rating was 71% (vs. 93% for Boehner).
Gun rights is one area where the present House GOP has been excellent. I'd need to hear more about Lungren's views on gun control before I'd jump in with both feet, but I'm certainly willing to be persuaded.
One area where Lungren is ahead of Boehner is in understanding the islamic jihadist threat:
Dan's lifetime belief that America's national defense is the number one responsibility and priority of the federal government was affirmed on 9/11. While he believes that America responded to 9/11 with resolve, determination and a ferocity born of our love for freedom, Dan asserts that we must continue to adapt to the changing tactics of our enemies and directly fight the transnational Islamic fascism of those who elect terrorism as their weapon of choice.Although it comes across a little bit in the quote above, their extemporaneous comments offered during our leadership interviews two years ago showed a dramatic difference between Boehner's fairly shallow understanding of the islamic threat and Lungren's much deeper appreciation of the threat and related issues.
In other words, anyone who considers the War on Terror the #1 issue can support Lungren without reservation.
Secret Service Code Names For Obama/Biden
The Secret Service code names for the First Family-elect are another odd assortment of seemingly random words, all starting with the letter R.
John McCain may have been a self styled Maverick, but Barack Obama's Secret Service code name is Renegade. Michelle Obama, a woman of wide interests, is Renaissance.
Malia Obama did not get named after one of the Jonas Brothers (no fair -- wasn't Clinton named after Elvis?). Instead, the 10 year old is Radiance, which sounds like a little New Agey. The littlest daughter Sasha has a name that was once the last utterance of newspaper mogul turned politician Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud.
Joe Biden, I should tell you, is Celtic (do they pronounce it like the Boston team or the original Irishmen?); his wife Jill is Capri.
Renegade the redistributor. Catchy
NY Times Reporter Taken Hostage by Taliban
Sources in Afghanistan say that American David S. Rohde, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist now working for the New York Times, has been taken hostage by the Taliban in Logar province, east of the nation's capital.
The Italian news agency AKI reports that the kidnappers belong to Siraj Haqqani's Taliban group and that Rohde has been taken to Eastern Afghanistan. Rohde's driver and interpreter are also said to have been taken hostage.
Siraj Haqqani is the son of the former Taliban Defense Minister Jalaluddin Haqqani. The younger Haqqani is said to have a close relationship with al Qaeda.
No demands have yet to be publicly made for the release of Rohde. We pray for his safe, unconditional, and immediate return.
UPDATE: Blue Grass, Red State says that Rohde's has been through this once before: he was taken "prisoner" in Bosnia in 1995. It was his coverage of the Bosnian war and documenting of allegations of war crimes while a Christian Science Monitor reporter that led to his receiving the Pulitzer.
Rohdes most recent NY Times article documented Pakistani ISI help in the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul. In other words, he wasn't the kind of reporter who was in country trying to equivocate between us and the Taliban.
Thanks to SH.
Queer & Trans Anarchist Thugery The Chicago Way
The demonstrations that have happened of late in regards to Prop 8 in California passing makes more sense now. Chicago politics?
These crazies bashed a church service in Lansing, Michigan.
Sunday, November 9, 2008 Michigan liberals sat peacefully through announcements, worship and prayer for the sick, our nation and our President-elect before staging a coordinated, disgusting and repulsive attack on worshipers and the broader concept of the church itself at Lansing's Mount Hope Church[...]From their "about" MySpace site
Prayer had just finished when men and women stood up in pockets across the congregation, on the main floor and in the balcony. "Jesus was gay," they shouted among other profanities and blasphemies as they rushed the stage. Some forced their way through rows of women and kids to try to hang a profane banner from the balcony while others began tossing fliers into the air. Two women made their way to the pulpit and began to kiss.
Their other props? I'll let them tell you in their own words... from another of their liberal blogs:
"(A) video camera, a megaphone, noise makers, condoms, glitter by the bucket load, confetti, pink fabric...yeh."
Lansing Bash Back is a newly formed autonomous pod of the collective Bash Back that was first formed in Chicago with the purpose of organizing a queer and trans response to the self-proclaimed "Republican" and "Democratic" National Conventions.
Until now, trans and queer organizing has been all but invisible within the Anarchist community. While recognized as a major form of oppression, queer/trans space has never been a focus for this hetero and T.G.-dominated movement. Making ourselves visible is a main focus for Bash Back as well as confronting all hetero-sexism, transphobia and all interlocking oppressions.
Hopey, changey has a lot of followers. I suggest the rational LGBT community keep a close eye on these groups.
Meanwhile, in California elderly lady assaulted
Matt Lauer's Palin Interview
Allah has it posted, if you haven't seen it.
I think Gov. Palin comes off well.
Lauer brings up a series of the recent "insider" smears against Gov. Palin and gives her an opportunity to respond to each.
Palin responds with unequivocal denials, and fact-based statements that would be fairly easy to either CONFIRM or DEBUNK, as appropriate. In my years watching politicians answer questions, liars asked tough questions generally don't volunteer additional details. Liars generally try to keep their answers as vague as possible, in order to retain the maximum wiggle room. In her interview with Matt Lauer, Sarah Palin doubles down.
I really don't know whether Sarah Palin is lying about these latest allegations, but so far, she's been forced to address a whole boatload of smears during this campaign, and NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THEM has panned out. During this campaign, I've seen Sarah Palin on the receiving end of one wild allegation after another, all of which have turned out to be lies. Now there's a new raft of allegations. Based on what I've seen previously, I'm betting that Palin's telling the truth, and that her anonymous detractors are lying--or at least spreading gossip without any particular regard to its credibility.
The lesson we perhaps should have learned from the earlier rounds of Palin smears is that reporters are not particularly good "filters" of information. Often, they're merely passive conduits for gossip delivered by anonymous sources who have their axes to grind, with or without the complicity of the media folks. Whether Carl Cameron is a naive dupe or a knowing co-conspirator, I really don't know, but the facts would seem to compel one conclusion or the other.
Although I've always had this idea that reporters (or at least their editors) double-check and verify the facts before going to press or on the air, we're learning more and more that they apparently don't do any such thing. Thus, there wouldn't appear to be any particular reason to believe that a sensational "inside scoop" showing up on television or in the paper has any particular credibility.
Although I've never been one to believe everything I see on television, I used to believe that there was, more often than not, at least a grain of truth to this or that piece of sensational gossip that showed up in the news, because a bare hearsay assertion just wouldn't make it through the "noise filter." I'm re-thinking that background presumption. I think I'm coming to the realization that a lot of these sensational "inside scoop" stories are about as likely to be completely false as even partly true.
Muslim Blogger Arrested in Boston?
Samir Khan reports that a Boston area blogger who goes by the handle "Abu Sayaba" has been arrested by the FBI. Abu Sayaba runs the "Iskandari" blog which frequently posts English language translations of classical Islamic texts and rulings in support of violent jihad.
Sayaba frequently lends vocal support on his blog to terrorist groups around the world painting a picture of them as true Muslims following the example of the early followers of Muhammad in a defensive war against infidels and apostates out to stamp out the true understanding Islam and out to oppress Muslims. The translated texts are used to bolster the argument that the violent jihad ideology represents this true form of Islam.
According to commenters who claim to know him, Abu Sayaba was a frequent protester at hearings regarding Aafia Siddiqui. Siddiqui was captured in Afghanistan, suspected of being an al Qaeda financier, and is accused of attempted murder. According to this post, Sayaba was in the audience at one of Siddiqui's hearings.
Siddiqui attended MIT, so perhaps Sayaba is an acquaintance?
I haven't heard of any arrests in the Boston area related to terrorism. If any one has any information about the true identity of Sayaba or about an arrest made in Boston on terror related charges, please let me know.
Onion: YouTube Video Challenge
YouTube Contest Challenges Users To Make A 'Good' Video
Bush & Obama Meetup: Loose Lips Sink......
President Bush is none to happy with this dude.
Update: White House responds
Obama Adviser Who Met With Hamas Is Back
Six months ago Obama's foreign-policy adviser, Robert Malley, resigned from the campaign. The resignation was due to Times of London reporting that Malley had been meeting privately with Hamas leaders on a regular basis - something that Obama had publicly pledged not to do.
Now it appears Malley is back
History will record that Barack Obama’s first act of diplomacy as America’s president-elect took place two days after his election victory, when he dispatched his senior foreign-policy adviser, Robert Malley, to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad—to outline for them the forthcoming administration’s Mideast policy vis-à-vis those nations.Maybe George Soros was just biding his time until after the election before asking favors?
An aide to Malley reports, “The tenor of the messages was that the Obama administration would take into greater account Egyptian and Syrian interests” than has President Bush.[...]
Within hours after Obama’s election victory, Malley was back as a key player in the president-elect’s team of advisors—on his way to Syria. Mr. Obama, meanwhile, received a most friendly communication from Hamas, congratulating him on his “historic victory.”
A Harvard-trained lawyer and Rhodes Scholar, Robert Malley is no newcomer to the Obama team.
In 2007, Obama selected him as a foreign policy adviser to his campaign. At the time, Malley was (and still is today) the Middle East and North Africa Program Director for the International Crisis Group (ICG), which receives funding from the Open Society Institute of George Soros (who, incidentally, serves on the ICG Executive Committee).
Hopey, changey changed again.
Iraq: Even Birds Know Who The Good Guys Are.
Soldier can't "shake" his new friend.
Veterans Day - Salute Our Heroes 2008
To all veterans past, present and future - Thank you!
Googling Teh Mortgage Savior
I have to tell you that this video of the woman in ecstasy discussing how Barack Obama will make it she won’t have to worry about gas or her mortgage remains the single most searched line that brings readers to this site in the past three days.
The post still receives a minimum of 600 reads daily. I thought you might like to see the Google search lines people are using to find out if The One will give them free gasoline and pay off their home mortgages for them.
Blogger Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison
(Rangoon, Burma) A 28-year-old Burmese blogger, Nay Phone Latt, has been sentenced to 20 and one-half years in prison after questionable charges were rammed through a one-sided court proceeding.
Simply put, Latt is going to prison because the military junta became outraged by his reporting of actual events and circumstances in Burma (Myanmar) on his blog.
Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association have expressed outrage and called for Nay Phone Latt's immediate release. They have also asked for bloggers worldwide to exhibit solidarity with Nay Phone Latt.
Posting of photos and writing to Burmese embassies are encouraged. (more)
November 10, 2008
Cheetah Girls' Adrienne Bailon : Naked, Nude, Racy Photos UNCENSORED
Because, as Bill O'Reilly says, "the public has a right to know," the fabled (and frantically googled) Adrienne Bailon nude/naked/racy pics are below.
What is it with all these Disney chicks (NSFW), anyways?
Obama Disrespects the Philippines
(Manila, Philippines) It's arguably unwise to disrespect a geographically-strategic ally. Check out the views of Obama being expressed in Manila.
In the first blush of victory, US President-elect Barack Obama accepted congratulations from nine presidents and prime ministers and returned their calls. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, one of the numerous early callers, was not one of the chosen few.Besides chatting with those nine world leaders, Obama also received and acknowledged congratulations from President Ahmadinejad of Iran.
The favored world leaders were Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Meanwhile, more than once, Philippines President Arroyo called to congratulate Obama and was told by Obama's team that her call was one of the first and he would call back. Inexplicably, no call was returned and the snub hasn't gone unnoticed.
The sidelining of the Arroyo call gave a glimpse of the importance of the Philippines to the United States at a moment of change of administration.Maybe it was all just an administrative glitch.
It is clear that the Philippines stands on the outer perimeter of US concerns in world affairs.
The first telephone conversations reveal the Philippines is not within the charmed circles of the Obama administration. It is a leper outside looking in.
It is imperative that Manila should rearrange its priorities vis-à-vis Washington. Obama is not our friend.
UK Muslim Conference: "Islam is not a Religion of Peace"
Omar Bakri Mohammad's followers in the U.K. held a conference in support of the imposition of Islamic law. A rare moment of clarity:
"Women need to be covered up, men lashed for fornication [outside marriage] and hands cut off for theft and breaking Sharia law," he said.Indeed.
When a woman in a burkha asked how he could justify this when Islam was supposed to be a religion of peace, the crowd mocked her. But it was Choudary who rose to put her in her place. "Islam is not a religion of peace," he said. "It is a religion of submission. We need to submit to the will of Allah."
Also addressed at the conference was the need for young Muslims to delete extremist videos from their computers. Not for young Muslims to avoid downloading them in the first place, just to be sure to delete them so the police won't find them when they come a knockin'.
Unlikely: Olby Apologizes to Sarah Palin
File under: things we're not likely to see in the near future.
IAEA reportedly finds traces of enriched uranium in Syria
The IAEA has alledgely found traces of enriched uranium at the same site which was bombed by Israeli jets back in September 2007.
"The agency clearly thinks it has something significant enough to report to put Syria on the (nuclear safeguards) agenda right after North Korea and Iran,"
From Jerusalem Post
Investigators from the International Atomic Energy Agency, which works under the auspices of the United Nations, have found traces of enriched uranium in Syria, a potential sign that the country had been attempting to develop a nuclear program, Reuters quoted diplomats familiar with the IAEA investigation as saying.
According to Monday's report, the uranium was discovered at the same site which was allegedly bombed by IAF jets in September 2007. Behind the scenes, Israel has reportedly been working to convince US and other Western officials of the legitimacy of the air strike, but the findings of the IAEA investigators provide the first independent confirmation that a nuclear program had indeed been in development.
The So-Called Enemy of Islam al-Qaeda Attacked
Nine-year-old Abdulla Mohammed is helped by a medic in a hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Nov. 10, 2008. A suicide bomber struck in a crowd that had gathered where an explosion went off moments earlier, with both blasts killing at least 28 people and wounding 68 others, officials said.
See the work of your beloved al-Qaeda baby killers Sammy? Honestly, this is nothing new. al-Qaeda kills as many civilians as they want in order to terrify the population and sew chaos. So that these foreign meddlers establish their so called Islamic State to rule over the people of Iraq.
Tell me what these Muslims did to deserve being murdered by al-Qaeda's "targeted bombing"?
May Allah allow our beloved Marines and Iraqi forces to slaughter these impure al-Qaeda murderers like the chickens that they are.
An Iraqi soldier secures the scene of a suicide bombing in the northeastern city of Baquba some 60kms from Baghdad. At least 28 people were killed, including women and schoolgirls, and dozens wounded in a triple bombing in a Baghdad market on Monday, the deadliest attack to rock the Iraqi capital in months, security officials said.
Mohammed Khalaf wipes blood from his face after surviving a bombing in Baghdad, Iraq on Monday, Nov. 10, 2008. A suicide bomber struck in a crowd that had gathered where an explosion moments earlier damaged a bus full of schoolgirls, with both blasts killing at least 31 people and wounding 71 others, officials said
This is all that remains of a 13 year old girl, that the Islamic State of Iraq strapped a bomb to, being hosed off the sidewalk. What? Could Samir Khan not make it to Iraq to deliver the explosive? Why did AQI use a child to do their dirty work?
Terrorits hijack trucks supplying NATO forces
The timing is no coincidence. Pakistan trying to hurt NATO forces because of all the air-strikes targeting terrorists inside Pakistan.
Last week during General Petraeus' visit to Pakistan he got an earful from the Pakistani government about NATO airstrikes inside Pakistan. Government officials claim that US air-strikes inside Pakistan are counter-productive to the War on Terror.
The Pakistani army "is a silent spectator. [Terrorists] attack [supply] trucks, loot them and kill our drivers in broad daylight, even near security checkposts".
This is the only way that Pakistan can hurt NATO forces in Afghanistan by cutting off their supplies. This isn't the first time either. Right after the US commando raid inside Pakistan's tribal area, NATOs fuel shipments were suspended by Pakistani officials.
Pakistan is using the terrorists to disrupt NATO's supply in order to insulate themselves from blame. More at ROA
Communist Celebration in Moscow
(Moscow, Russia) Tens of thousands of communists celebrated the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution this past weekend.
More than 150,000 citizens took part in the rallies across the country, according to the Interior Ministry, and in Moscow thousands of supporters marched (pic) Friday evening from Pushkin Square to Teatralnaya Ploshchad to commemorate the Revolution.Interestingly, it appears that most people didn't know exactly what they were celebrating. Confusion was caused since several days of commemoration popped up concurrently on the schedule. Besides celebrating the Bolshevik Revolution, people also rallied for People's Unity Day, the 1612 Defeat of Polish Invaders and the Day of Accord and Reconciliation. (source)
Led by Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov, his deputy Ivan Melnikov and a group of girls in red satin caps holding carnations, the demonstrators marched down Tverskaya Ulitsa toward the Kremlin, blocking two lanes of traffic.
The global financial crisis was one of the key themes in the rally.
"Capitalists! I recommend you start reading [Karl] Marx's 'Das Kapital,'" Zyuganov told the crowd in a speech.
Allah's Warriors Using 13 Year Old Girl for Suicide Bombing, Murdering Dozens of Civilians; NY Times Frets that U.S. Might be SECRETLY Hunting al Qaeda
Is it possible that the recent uptick in violence in Iraq is related to the election of Barack Obama? Possibly. Remember, insurgencies are fueled by hope-and-change. Seriously, insurgents fight because they a) have some sort of political change in mind -- in this case Islamism, or the institution of traditional Islamic law; and b) have hope that the insurgency has a reasonable probability that it will bring about that change.
Even with the promise of 72 virgins it becomes increasingly hard to recruit people willing to give up their lives if they believe the cause is a losing one. This is why AQI propaganda has always stressed that they were winning the fight and the U.S. was losing.
The spokesman for al Qaeda in Iraq has recently claimed that the election of Barack Obama was a signal by the American people that they are tired of fighting in Iraq. Sure they're wrong, the election of Obama seems clearly tied to the U.S. economy, but this is what at least some AQ supporters believe. To the extent that they believe it, it is their reality.
The best thing Barack Obama can do right now to safeguard the hard fought victories in Iraq is to publicly and clearly state that the U.S. is in Iraq to win and will not abandon our allies.
A 13-year-old girl became Iraq's latest suicide bomber today, killing four people at a security checkpoint in the town of Baquba...And in Baghdad 31 were killedand 71 injured in a car bombing.
n the Baquba attack, the girl blew herself up at a checkpoint manned by members of the Sunni Muslim 'Awakening' councils, which have led the fight against al-Qaeda in Iraq. Four men, including a leading Sunni militiaman, were killed and 15 civilians wounded.
And in the midsts of renewed al Qaeda efforts to murder civilians and rekindle Iraq's civil war, the New York Times is busy revealing national secrets once again over "concerns" that the Bush Administration went too far by -- ***SHOCK*** --- secretly allowing U.S. troops to kill al Qaeda operatives in countries like Pakistan, Somalia, and Syria.
Never let a Pulitzer stand in the way of national security.
Happy Birthday Marines!
The U.S. Marine Corps was founded on Nov. 10th, 1775. To my father the Marine, my grandfather who was a Marine when he was KIA, and all those who have served in the U.S. Marine Corps -- thank you for your service and Semper Fidelis!
Thanks to CJ for the reminder.
By order of Major Gen. Lajeune, General Commandant of the USMC, the following is read every year since 1921 to commemorate the Corps' birthday.
UPDATE: Thanks to Mark for this pic.
MARINE CORPS ORDER No. 47 (Series 1921)
U.S. MARINE CORPS Washington, November 1, 1921
The following will be read to the command on the 10th of November, 1921, and hereafter on the 10th of November of every year. Should the order not be received by the 10th of November, 1921, it will be read upon receipt.
On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name "Marine". In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.
The record of our corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world's history. During 90 of the 146 years of its existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation's foes. From the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home, generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.
In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our corps, Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term "Marine" has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.
This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the corps. With it we have also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as "Soldiers of the Sea" since the founding of the Corps.
JOHN A. LEJEUNE,
US Army 700, Mahdi Army 6
I love how Rantburg headlined this so I kept it and linked to their repost of the CBS Story, How Technology Won Sadr City Battle:
But in this battle of Sadr City, as 60 Minutes learned in a high-level debriefing with the U.S. commander in Iraq, the Americans overpowered the Shiite militias with hi-tech, including the most advanced, sophisticated, whiz bang hardware and software on Earth, like electronics, lasers, and high-resolution cameras that can literally cut through the fog of war.
The Bali that Got Bombed
El Marco, who worked as a photographer in Jawa and Bali for a decade, has a photo essay up about how Islam has terrorized the Hindu islands of the predominately Muslim country.
Proof: Allah is a Sith (UPDATE: Obama = Vader)
If the word "Allah" appearing in a mango is proof that Islam is the one and only true faith, then how is this not proof that Allah is really an evil Sith Lord?
Thanks to someone.
UPDATE: HA links this e-bay item this morning. The timing couldn't have been better. Hopenchange: it's what's for breakfast!
UPDATE: Siths always come in twos. Below: Now we know who Palpatine's new apprentice is.
Thanks to Kyros for that second photo.
UK Re-Arrests Osama bin Laden's Right Hand Man
Abu Qatada, who is on the U.S. Treasury's list of designated terrorists, has been re-arrested in Britain.
Yeah, I know what you're thinking: re-arrested? WTF was he doing out in the first place? Blame the British equivalent of a left wing judge. He was on what we in the U.S. would call house arrest. That's right, Osama bin Laden's right hand man in the UK on house freaking arrest!
Abu Qatada, who has been holed up in a large house in a leafy Acton street since he was released from prison in June, was arrested by immigration officers on claims he was planning to flee the country.RELATED:
Bail conditions placed on the 47-year-old, once described by a judge as Osama Bin-Laden's right-hand man in Europe, meant he had to spend at least 22-hours a day at the house, and was not allowed to meet with certain people.
US Company Hosting Specially Designated Terrorist Abu Qatada
Abu Qatada Resists Deportation to Jordan
Brit High-Maintenance Al-Qaeda Preacher
What an Incredible Smell You've Discovered! Britain Releases al Qaeda's #1 Man in Europe
Qatada on Wordpress.com: Terrorize Non-Believers!
Al Qaeda Leader Exchanged for British Hostage?
The Republic is not what it once was
Obama's Plan For Gitmo Detainees
Obama's advisors are quietly working behind the scenes:
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama's advisers are quietly crafting a proposal to ship dozens, if not hundreds, of imprisoned terrorism suspects to the United States to face criminal trials, a plan that would make good on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but could require creation of a controversial new system of justice.
During his campaign, Obama described Guantanamo as a "sad chapter in American history" and has said generally that the U.S. legal system is equipped to handle the detainees. But he has offered few details on what he planned to do once the facility is closed.
Under plans being put together in Obama's camp, some detainees would be released and many others would be prosecuted in U.S. criminal courts.
A third group of detainees -- the ones whose cases are most entangled in highly classified information -- might have to go before a new court designed especially to handle sensitive national security cases, according to advisers and Democrats involved in the talks. Advisers participating directly in the planning spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans are not final[...].
According to three advisers participating in the process, Obama is expected to propose a new court system, appointing a committee to decide how such a court would operate. Some detainees likely would be returned to the countries where they were first captured for further detention or rehabilitation. The rest could probably be prosecuted in U.S. criminal courts, one adviser said. All spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing talks, which have been private.
Whatever form it takes, Tribe said he expects Obama to move quickly.
I was under the impression some detainees couldn't be returned to their country due to refusal by said country? Also, release of some, where? In the U.S.?
Rehabilitating terrorists, sure. Design "new" courts with leftist judges, you bet.
The online terrorist supporters will be quite elated with this plan. For me, not so much.
Hopey, changey plans suck.
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Anatomy Of A Hostage Rescue
Via the Navy Times. Fascinating article, read the whole thing. Here's a tease:
The special operators see the Oct. 15 rescue differently. To them, the fact that U.S. forces were able to rescue an American hostage from a location where the kidnappers felt secure “sends a very clear message to any extremist groups that [kidnapping Americans] will be handled with vigilance and unrelenting persecution,” said the special operations officer.
The kidnappers, he said, “paid a pretty heavy price for trying to pull in some money.”
Thanks to OpFor.
November 09, 2008
Senior Yemeni Al-Qaeda: New Attack Planned Against US
The Age Osama bin Laden is planning an attack against the United States that will "outdo by far" September 11, an Arab newspaper in London has reported.
And according to a former senior Yemeni al-Qaeda operative, the terrorist organisation has entered a "positive phase", reinforcing specific training camps around the world that will lead the next "wave of action" against the West.
The warning, on the front page of an Arabic newspaper published in London, Al-Quds Al-Arabi — and widely reported in the major Italian papers — quotes a person described as being "very close to al-Qaeda" in Yemen.
The paper is edited by Abdel al-Bari Atwan, who is said to be the last journalist to interview Osama bin Laden in 1996. According to the report, bin Laden is himself closely following preparations for an attack against the US and aims to "change the face of world politics and economics". The operative is quoted as saying that "this will be shown by the fact that we now control a major part of the south of Somalia".
The ex-operative says he remains in contact with current chiefs of the organisation in Yemen and that only six months ago bin Laden had sent a message to all jihad cells in the Arab world which asked them not to interact with their governments or local political parties and to deny any request for mediation or formal talks.
The source also said that during the next few days the terrorist organisation may send a sign of its violent intentions.
A few things in the statement make sense 1) the end of the truce ("the period of calmness") in Yemen came as a result of an order from bin Laden, not because of agitation from returnees from Iraq, 2) the continuing importance of the original trusted network of Yemenis, 3) bin Laden's ability to communicate with people in Yemen.
With regard to Yemen/Somalia: On April 26, an AQI statement said establishing naval terror cells and control of the seas around Yemen is a "vital step". The Bab al Mandeb and Gulf of Aden were termed "of supreme strategic importance" in al-Qaeda's campaign to establish a global caliphate. The statement highlights Yemeni jihaddists prior attacks on the USS Cole and the French tanker Limburg as proof the operations are possible. Since then dozens of ships have been attacked and 31 others highjacked for ransom. Several millions have been paid. Full statement here. Within Somalia itself, the ICU and later al-Shahab were aided in large part with money, fighters and weapons shipped from Yemen
The "senior" leader who gave the statement would refer to one with connections dating back to the Afghan days. My first guess would be Abu al-Fida. He's a very chatty guy, has given many prior interviews and was most definitely top echelon. There's photos of him sitting with UBL. Al-Fida was a prime negotiator between the regime and al-Qaeda and described the truce period that started in 2003 as centrally ordered by bin Laden. Al-Fida in February reported the line of sucession in al-Qaeda would pass to bin Laden's son, Hamza, so al-Fieda has previously made officially sanctioned statements on behalf of the terror leadership. For prior reporting on al-Fida, click here.
20 Dead on Russian Submarine
(Vladivostok, Russia) Reported today, 20 people have died and 21 have been injured on the Russian nuclear submarine Nerpa during an onboard accident involving a fire extinguishing system.
The Akula II-class submarine was undergoing pre-commissioning sea trials in the Sea of Japan at the time of the accident. The boat was being prepared for delivery to the Indian Navy. (more)
Saudi Poet/Blogger Arrested for Apostasy
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information reported today that blogger Roshdi Algadir was arrested by the Hisba apparatus in Saudi Arabia on 4th November. He was taken from his place of work in Al-Dammam city, held for three hours, beaten up and forced to sign an agreement never again to publish his work on the internet. The reason behind the attack is the poem that Algadir has posted on his blog.
Roshdi Algadir, winner of an international award for his collections of poetry had posted some on them on his blog. Following this he was surprised by a number of the Hisba apparatus snatching him from his work, beating him and accusing him of apostasy.
Change.Gov: Now You See It Now You Don't
Re: "The Office of the President Elect" Change.gov is a changing.
"America serves" is a dead link.
Hopey, changey site maintenance.
Update: This makes sense now
Lost amid all of the jubilation of the Obama victory was the announcement by the Obama transition team that it had set up a separate transition program beyond the one that is paid for by the American taxpayer. Called the "Obama/Biden Transition Project," it is a 501(c)4 tax-exempt organization, with no limits on the contributions it can receive and no requirements to divulge the names of individuals or organizations that give it money.On the bottom of the site it states 501(c)4. No doubt George Soros MoveOn.org is huge contributor.
Update: Explanation of the 501(c)(4) here. WTF does Obama/Biden need a separate transition team than what is already provided?
"Allah Is Female & I Am Having Sex With Her" Says Rap Musician & Author
The New Testament of Allah website is rather strange.
If you have heard by now about my marriage to Almighty Allah, She is indeed the Goddess who created heaven and earth. So I won't be shy about The Exoneration when I did not know that God was a Woman. I guess we all learn sooner or later. I learned this uneasy truth last year. I was getting widespread rejection from Muslims and Christians for my religious synthesis. So, She married me.I will let him be responsible for giving his real name.
What I am telling you is that while people are being killed in Allah's wrath, She has this whole time been having sex with me right here in Salinas, CA. My birth name is XXXXXXXX. My Islamic name is Mahdi Muhammad. Allah is a Woman. I'm not saying that to make you angry. Allah is a Woman and She has married Her Apostle
Video of his below fold.
h/t Infidel Bloggers
Weather Underground Bernardine Dorn: "We Were Never Terrorists"
It appears the "gag order" is over for the NYSlimes.
Headline reads: "1960 Radicals Predict Rebirth of Social Activism".
Nothing is more non-nonconformist than a nearly two-hour panel discussion. But times have indeed changed, and the three former political radicals who gathered for one on Saturday in Manhattan did not seem to mind.
At a table in the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea, Tom Hayden sat next to Bernardine Dohrn. Next to her was Jamal Joseph.
Forty years ago, Mr. Hayden was a co-founder of Students for a Democratic Society, a driving force behind the movement against the Vietnam War. He was also a member of the Chicago Seven, who were tried on charges of conspiring to incite a riot at the Democratic National Convention in 1968. Ms. Dohrn was also a leader of S.D.S., and would later help form a violent splinter group called the Weather Underground that bombed government buildings in the early 1970s. Mr. Joseph was a young Black Panther in Harlem who went to prison in the ’80s for harboring a fugitive.
Today, Mr. Hayden, Ms. Dohrn and Mr. Joseph are lecturers, writers and activists. On the Saturday after Election Day, they spoke softly into their microphones and incited no riots among the small audience, but their spirits were high. Though President-elect Barack Obama was not a product of the antiwar movement 40 years ago, the panelists described him as a benefactor of its transformations and predicted he would be the inspiration for social movements.[...]
Update below the fold
Early on in the panel discussion, the moderator, Joshua Micah Marshall, editor and publisher of the political blog Talking Points Memo, asked Ms. Dohrn what it was like for her and her husband to play cameo roles in the campaign.I beg to differ Ms. Dohrn, you were a domestic terrorist.
She said they felt “tremendously lucky to have been together for almost 40 years now.” She added that they were still “proud radicals,” and were “definitively not now, or then, terrorists.”[...]
The discussion on Saturday was organized to promote an exhibition of photographs by David Fenton, who chronicled street protests and the lives of counterculture figures in the late 1960s and early ’70s.When speaking of the demonstrations Mr. Fenton said - “I don’t know if that will ever happen again. I hope it doesn’t have to.”
The exhibition, which runs until Nov. 26 at the Steven Kasher Gallery, features more than 75 photographs of Columbia University protests, Central Park be-ins and Black Panther demonstrations. Mr. Fenton went on to become chief executive of Fenton Communications, which represents the liberal antiwar group MoveOn.org.
MoveOn.org's founder is the man behind the curtain who helped elect Barack Obama, Mr George Soros.
I expect to see more "puff" pieces like this coming from the NYSlimes. Weather Underground weren't just anti-war, they were admitted communists as Billy Ayers has proudly said. WU were working to overthrow our government, now they "work" on students minds.
Update: Bill Warner (link in comments) has excellent background information on these three non/terrorists domestic terrorists here
November 08, 2008
Need Target Practice? Bali Bombers Last Will
Amrozi, 47, his brother Mukhlas, 48, and ringleader Imam Samudra, 38, were killed with shots to the heart on the island prison of Nusakambangan off southern Java
Click image to enlarge. Print it out and voila - fun target practice, use in bird cage, arse wipe, etc.
Pelosi: Prop 8 Passed Because Voters Were Too Dumb to Understand It
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed deep disappointment on Friday that California voters approved Prop. 8, the measure banning same-sex marriage, and defended her ally, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, against critics who say his actions contributed to its passage.Shame on you Pelosi. You need to apologize to the voters.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Chronicle, Pelosi said she believes some voters might not have fully understood the initiative, which overturned a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. The measure was approved 52 to 48 percent.
"Unfortunately, I think people thought they were making a statement about what their view of same-sex marriage was," the San Francisco Democrat said. "I don't know if it was clear that this meant that we are amending the Constitution to diminish freedom in our state."
McCain/Palin Aide : Campaign Leaker "Twisting" Palin's Words "Maliciously"
Via Rich Lowry (via Allah):
[Steve Biegun] says there’s no way [Palin] didn’t know Africa was a continent, and whoever is saying she didn’t must be distorting “a fumble of words.” He talked to her about all manner of issues relating to Africa, from failed states to the Sudan. She was aware from the beginning of the conflict in Darfur, which is followed closely in evangelical churches, and was aware of Clinton’s AIDS initiative. That basically makes it impossible that she thought all of Africa was a country.As for the "leak" about Palin's weak knowledge of North America / NAFTA:
On not knowing what countries are in NAFTA, Biegun was part of the conversation that led to that accusation and it convinces him “somebody is acting with a high degree of maliciousness.” He was briefing Palin before a Univision interview, and talking to her about trade issues. He rolled through NAFTA, CAFTA, and the Colombia FTA. As he talked, people were coming in and out of the room, handing Palin things, etc. She was distracted from what Biegun was saying, and said, roughly, “Ok, who’s in NAFTA, what the deal with CAFTA, what’s up the FTA?”—her way, Biegun says, of saying “rack them and stack them,” begin again from the start. “Somebody is taking a conversation and twisting it maliciously,” he says.This has all become a "he said, she said" debacle, but I notice that all the folks who say Palin has a good head on her shoulders are willing to say so publicly and with detail, while the folks who say she doesn't are doing so vaguely and anonymously through back channels.
That said, I can certainly understand the concern about political retribution, but it seems to me there are an awful lot of ways for whistlblowers to provide credible and verifiable information to the public without disclosing their identities to potential future employers.
Day In The Life Of A Iraqi 6th Grade Student
I like his "car" pencil box.
Petition : A Call to Replace Convicted Senator Ted Stevens
To: The United States Senate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
WHEREAS Senator Theodore Fulton Stevens has, during his 40 years in the U.S. Senate, established a notorious reputation for using Senate rules to benefit his friends and patrons at the expense of the taxpayers at large;
WHEREAS Senator Stevens has been identified by the non-partisan Club for Growth as one of "the Congress’ most notorious porkers";
WHEREAS Senator Stevens has shamelessly boasted that "I am guilty of asking the Senate for pork and proud of the Senate for giving it to me";
WHEREAS Senator Stevens was indicted on July 29, 2008, by a federal grand jury on SEVEN FELONY COUNTS of failing to report gifts received from VECO Corporation and its CEO Bill Allen;
WHEREAS Senator Stevens was found GUILTY on October 27, 2008 on ALL SEVEN FELONY COUNTS;
WHEREAS Senator Stevens has refused to resign from his Senate seat despite the guilty verdict; and
WHEREAS the United States Senate has the inherent power to remove Senator Stevens from the chamber and request that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin appoint a suitable replacement;
THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY REQUEST that the leadership and members of the United States Senate remove Theodore Fulton Stevens from the Senate and that Governor Palin appoint a suitable replacement for Senator Stevens.
Obama Offers Poland "No Comment" On Missile Defense Program
CHICAGO (AP) - President-elect Obama has spoken to the president of Poland about relations between the two countries but didn't make a commitment on the multibillion-dollar missile defense program undertaken by the Bush administration, an Obama aide said Saturday.Which is correct Barack Obama?
That contrasts with a statement by Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who said Obama told him the missile defense project would continue.
Just to remind everyone about Obama's "spoken word" on missile defense:
Obama's New Government Website "Change.Gov." Is A Changing
Office of the President-elect (whatever the hell that means) "Change.gov." ("America Serves") is editing.
Internet brownshirts must have alerted the "one" about his wording of requiring community service.
The words have now been changed to:
Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by setting a goal that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year and by developing a plan so that all college students who conduct 100 hours of community service receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free. Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start.
Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year. Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start.
Maybe Obama should have a wiki page instead if he really wants to have a honest and open government. We could see the edits then.
Hopey, changey indeed.
h/t lauren in comments on original post
(Update Bali Bombers Executed) Radical Muslim Cleric & Bali Bomber Mastermind Abu Bakar Bashir:" Become Terrorists"
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As the Bali bombers prepared for their executions, radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir urged Muslims in their home villages to follow them as terrorists.
After visiting the bombers' mother Tariyem in this tiny rural hamlet, Bashir emerged to praise Mukhlas and Amrozi and fellow bomber Imam Samudra as Islamic heroes who had brought honour to themselves and their families.
"Their fighting spirit in defending Islam should be followed,'' the ageing[sic] bearded preacher said.
"We will win the fight in this world or die as martyrs.''
Appearing before a large banner featuring photos of the condemned men at the hastily established "Heroes Who Fight For Islam Media Center'', Bashir said he was both sad and happy at the same time.
"Even if they are murdered, they will die as Islamic martyrs,'' he told the small but noisy crowd of mostly unemployed young men and curious locals.
"Heroes Who Fight For Islam Media Center"? Hmmmm.
Bashir as you may recall received a light sentence for his part in the Bali nightclub bombing in which 202 civilians were killed. 88 of the 202 victims were Australians.
Indonesian court system sucks. All those involved should be dead already instead of spouting off their mouths as Bashir is doing.
Update: BBC has profile of all Bali bombers.
May they meet their virgin goats.
Wow: Gays Attacking Blacks, Hispanics for Moral Stance on Marriage
Wow, I can't say that male on male sex is gross without being called a hatemonger, and yet these guys are calling African Americans "niggers" for supporting traditional marriage.
The Death Camp of Tolerance in action!
I need to cleanse my palette. I think I'll take my kids fishing. Ciao!
Senior Al Qaeda in Iraq Leader Killed
More good news from Iraq, even as their "leader" claims that the election of Barack Obama represents a victory for al Qaeda. Long War Journal:
Iraqi soldiers, backed by the local Sons of Iraq and US troops, killed Abu Ghazwan, a senior al Qaeda in Iraq leader, during a shootout....Given the incredible turn around we've experienced under the leadership of General Patraeus, is there anything short of total and immediate withdrawal that could ruin our prospects of victory?
Ghazwan, whose real name is Saad Ismael Abdul Salah al Hiyali, was a senior al Qaeda leader in the regions north of Baghdad in Salahadin and northern Baghdad province. He was a direct associate of al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al Masri.
In 2006 and 2007, Ghazwan led al Qaeda's efforts to take control of Baghdad. He commanded the "northern Baghdad belt," one of four regions surrounding the capital. Al Qaeda used these belts to control access to Baghdad and funnel money, weapons, car bombs, and fighters into the city.
Thanks to Franz
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November 07, 2008
ISI Leader Omar al-Baghdadi: Congratulations Barack Obama
Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) are "over joyed" with Obama's election. How nice, maybe they read his plans for Iraq on his new website Change.gov.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The leader of a jihadi group in Iraq argued Friday that the election of Barack Obama as president represented a victory for radical Islamic groups that had battled American forces since the invasion of Iraq.
The statement, which experts said was part of the psychological duel with the United States, was included in a 25-minute audiotaped speech[ed..what, not video?] by Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella organization that claims ties to Al Qaeda. Mr. Baghdadi’s statement was posted on a password-protected Web site called Al Hesbah, used to disseminate information to Islamic radicals.
In his address, Mr. Baghdadi also said that the election of Mr. Obama — and the rejection of the Republican candidate, Senator John McCain — was a victory for his movement, a claim that has already begun to resonate among the radical faithful. In so doing Mr. Baghdadi highlighted the challenge the new president would face as he weighed how to remove troops from Iraq without also giving movements like Al Qaeda a powerful propaganda tool to use for recruiting.
“And the other truth that politicians are embarrassed to admit,” Mr. Baghdadi said, “is that their unjust war on the houses of Islam, with its heavy and successive losses and the continuous operations of exhaustion of your power and your economy, were the principal cause of the collapse of the economic giant.”
"Heavy and successive losses"? Ummm Mr Baghdadi, do you mean your losses? Crap you can't even make a decent video tape. HAHAHAHAHA
The audio tape is in arabic, no translation yet. The slimes has excerpts. To read more use the above link.
13 killed in US drone attack in Bannu(Report: AQ senior leader/commander among the dead)
This strike was covered by kyros earlier but there is a report that among the dead is a Senior AQ leader/commander.
BANNU: At least 13 people, including five foreigners, were killed in a missile strike on Friday by a suspected US drone in Pakistan's troubled North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan.We will continue to watch for follow up reports and will post if and when we know the ID of that dead AQ leader/commander.
The missile struck the home of a tribesman in Jani Khel area near FR Bannu, 45 km from Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan Agency, early this morning. Five foreigners were among the dead, officials told.
Five missiles were fired and one hit the home of a tribesman, Ghani Gul, killing 5 foreigners including a senior al-Qaeda commander. However, their names could not be known.
The attack was the latest in a series of missile strikes carried out in Pakistan's lawless tribal belt by US drones operating from Afghanistan.
Video: Obama On Seances And Nancy Reagan
Nancy Reagan is recovering from a broken hip and Obama disses her.
Stay classy Obama.
Shocka, The Left Realize Over 56 Million People Voted Against Obama
To humanize that just a bit, that means that 56,378,316 individuals waited in line just as long as you did, and worked just as hard as anyone else, to try to make sure that Barack Obama would not become president of the United States.The rest of the article gets pretty nasty, rude, and damn crazy.
I don't know about you, but that scares the shit out of me. It means -- for reasons that go way beyond any immediate financial crises -- we're still in very deep trouble.
Who are they, and why do they feel this way? Well, they're 4.6 out of every 10 people you pass on the street. In other words, in spite of an electoral landslide and a historically significant popular margin, we still barely won. Just about as many people wanted it to go the other way.
If the Last Refuge of a Scoundrel is Patriotism, then The First Refuge is "Consensus"
Deep thoughts from Michael Crichton on the epistemological implications of "consensus science" and global warming. You really need to read the whole thing. He starts out by mocking the famous Drake equation which purports to "scientifically" express in -- equation format -- the number of planets which have intelligent life. The problem? It's bogus because there's no way of knowing what percentage of planets have spawned life (is it 1 in a million? 1 in a billion? 1 in a trillion?)!
Anyway, Kuhn fans take note:
I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had.....I, for one, actually kind of believe that global warming is real. How come? Faith. That is, I recognize that my belief in global warming is no different than my faith in God. Seriously, my advanced degrees are not in climatology, I simply have to trust that the climatologists have it right. Anyone who is not a climatologist--and even most of those who are--really have no basis other than faith. So, I have faith that the majority of climatologists who say that global warming is real (even if not nearly as significant as the models predict) are right.
I would remind you to notice where the claim of consensus is invoked. Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough. Nobody says the consensus of scientists agrees that E=mc2. Nobody says the consensus is that the sun is 93 million miles away. It would never occur to anyone to speak that way.
I'd be happily surprised if they were wrong and that the skeptics were right. I'd lose my religion in a second. Call me a show up at the Church of the Hot Earth on Christmas & Easter kind of believer.
I fear, though, that many who share my faith are the same kind of religious zealots who shouted down Copernicus. In fact the vast majority of global warming believers are under the false illusion that their belief isn't faith at all: it is ontologically absolute reality. They read a book or saw a documentary -- now they know. Brilliant.
Come to think of it, I think the better analogy isn't actually religious zealots rejecting Copernicus, Galileo, or Darwin: it is Marxist zealots. The people who weren't satisfied with socialism; no, they had to have scientific socialism. This wasn't faith, it was science. To a Marxist, to be against socialism was to be against science; to be against reality as it is.
And that is what I fear most about global warming zealots, that their false sense of certainty gets in the way of facts.
So, I have faith in global warming even if I may be skeptical about some of the specifics --- like huge temperature changes, mass starvation, planetary species die offs, etc. And that faith is very much akin to my belief in the Bible, even though I'm kind of skeptical about some of the specifics (like that whole flood thing, or that human civilization started @ 6,000 years ago).
But you know what I also have faith in? That human nature has basically remained the same for the past million years and that therefore global warming is inevitable. Good thing that I also have faith in the adaptability of man to changing environments.
Yes, I'm a man of many faiths. But I also recognize that faith for what it is: rooted in trust that others know more about certain things than me (such as global warming, or God) and that even the experts sometimes get it wrong. I also hope that I'm man enough to discard certain beliefs as new information shows them to be wrong.