December 31, 2008
New Years Downer: Some Women Threaten No Sex If Men Shoot Off Fireworks
ROME (Map, News) - Some women in Naples said they won't make love if their men shoot off dangerous fireworks on New Year's Eve. "Se Spari, Niente Sesso" (If you shoot, no sex), as the reported group calls itself, claims to have signed up hundreds of women in the Naples area to combat celebrations that injure or maim hundreds each year.Se Spari, Niente Sesso - Happy New Year da cheeky donne al di sotto della piega (Happy New Year from Cheeky Women below the fold):
Happy New Year!
11 terrorists killed in Afghanistan
Happy New Year!!!! AKI
Kabul, 31 Dec. (AKI) - US-led forces have killed 17 militants in Afghanistan in separate attacks.
The US military said troops under its command on Tuesday killed 11 armed militants in an operation against the Hizb-e-Islami faction led by Islamic Afghan warlord, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, about 60 kilometres from the capital, Kabul.[...]
The US military said that the Hizb-e-Islami leader was wanted for trafficking weapons and fighters and for ordering attacks.
The militants had opened fire on approaching troops, it said.
IAF Hits Mosque Hamas Used To Fire Rockets From
It's not nice to fool the IAF.
h/t Israel Matzav, who also has more on this.
Al Shabaab vows to fight until shariah law imposed
This article states that al Shabaab will continue to fight even after Ethopian troops leave in order to establish shariah law throughout Somalia. However, al Shabaab's goals are much greater than just Somalia.
Recently, Ibrahim Almaqdis a terrorist spokesman for al Shabaab, stated "We wish to tell Bush and our opponents our real intentions. We will establish islamic rule from Alaska and Chile to South Africa, Japan, Russia to Solomon Islands and all the way to Iceland. Be warned, we are coming."
An insurgent group that appears set to seize control of Somalia said on Wednesday it will not stop fighting until Islamic law governs the country.
The vow to continue fighting came from the leader of al-Shabab on Wednesday as thousands of troops from neighbouring Ethiopia prepared to leave the country after two years propping up the government, and days after the Somali president resigned.
"We will not stop fighting even if the Ethiopian troops withdraw because our aim is to implement Islamic law across Somalia," said Sheik Muktar Robow, whose group is considered the most aggressive of the Islamic insurgency groups fighting in Somalia.
CA Women To Car Jacker "I'm Gonna Blow Your Balls Off"
From Bezerkley even.
Via Breitbart TV
She is not one to mess with.
Update: Here is another one:
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says an 88-year-old woman fended off a naked intruder by grabbing the man's crotch and squeezing.The man was apprehended and get this, his last name is "Dick". Bahwawawa
Deputy Paul McRedmond says the man got into the house Tuesday through a sliding door. He backed the woman into her living room and pushed her face down onto a chair.
That's when the woman reached behind and squeezed. The man tore free and fled.
Young Arab Gunman Opens Fire on Israelis in Copenhagen Denmark
A gunman wounded two Israelis working at a packed central Denmark shopping mall Wednesday, Danish police said.Too early to speculate? Never!
The two wounded men are Israelis in their 20s, police spokesman Lars Thede said. He said it was too early to speculate on whether they were targeted because of their nationality.
According to the B.T. newspaper's Web site, a man shouted something in another language and opened fire. Another Israeli inside the hairdressing shop threw a chair at the gunman, the newspaper said.Er, uh, ya'll reckon he may have shouted, "Allahu Ackbar?"
The shooter escaped in a dark vehicle.
The Foreign Ministry believes that the attack was related to anger over Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip.
Israel Matzav is following here. Also see Hot Air.
Appently Haretz has already done a PC rework of their article. The original first paragraph quote from RSS as listed on memeorandum.com below the fold
A group of Arab youths opened fire Wednesday evening on a number of Israelis working at a mall in the Danish city of Odenza, some 200 kilometers north of Copenhagen. — The Israelis, who were operating a stall in the shopping center, were lightly wounded in their legs.
Rasmussen: Only 31% Of Democrats Back Israeli's Decision To Take Military Action
Un f'n believable. Oh wait....
Sixty-two percent (62%) of Republicans back Israel's decision to take military action against the Palestinians, but only half as many Democrats (31%) agree. A majority of Democrats (55%) say Israel should have tried to find a diplomatic solution first, a view shared by just 27% of Republicans.
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Hamas Official: We Didn't Fire Rockets Into Israel, Collaborators With Israel Did
Interview with Ahmed Yusuf (Adviser, Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza) on NPR. Our tax dollars at work.
Yusuf is quite the comedian. If the situation wasn't so serious this would be damn funny. When asked about the reason Israel attacked Yusuf had this explanation.
SIEGEL: But, wasn't the response of firing rockets into Israel…
Mr. YUSUF: There is no - actually, when we…
SIEGEL: Wasn't that guaranteed to bring on this retaliation by the Israelis?
Mr. YUSUF: No. No. This has nothing to do with firing rockets because there is no rockets fired. There are collaborators, sometimes they fire based on the Israeli asking them maybe to fire some of these home-made projectiles. They know that Hamas did their best to protect the border and not to let anybody firing rockets.
SIEGEL: But you're saying that when rockets have been fired out of Gaza, you're saying that those are being fired by Israeli collaborators whom the Israelis are arranging for them to do that, so that…
Mr. YUSUF: Actually, we all - let me try me to check if there is anybody actually - we check with those political and militant group who are really showing their commitment. And when we check, well, they - all them denied any of them been firing rockets. So, who been firing these rockets? We don't have an explanation except from those Israeli collaborators.[...]
Unfortunately, all the time they deceive the world community by claiming many things, and unfortunately, we are the people who really suffering, and this air strike they targeting everything, universities, mosques, schools, civilian home, residential areas, and also all the governmental building, which has nothing to do with these firing rockets as they keep claiming.
Quite a fantasy world Yusuf lives in and very crowded I might add.
Support the 'Buy Israeli' Campaign
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Arab Sex Den Raided
(Madinah, Saudi Arabia) The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice arrested a male shop owner for engaging in sex with a young schoolgirl. The shop had been under surveillance by Virtue and Vice agents due to complaints by neighbors.
When a young schoolgirl entered, the agents followed. Soon a secret passageway was discovered and the man was found in flagrante delicto with the young girl.
The commission said it found evidence the man was recording his sex encounters and possibly using the digital images for blackmail. The commission also said the man’s mobile phone contained pornography and prurient images of him with different women.Although sketchy, the report does appear to explain an interesting nuance of Sharia law. If a married man has sex with a woman other than his wife, committing adultery, he's liable to be executed. If, on the other hand, a married man has sex with a child, it's considered child predation, a less severe crime.
In accordance with Interior Ministry regulations, the commission members handed over the suspect to police for further investigation.
Extramarital sex (zina) is a crime in Shariah, though premarital sex is generally treated much less severely than adultery; zina committed by a married person is a capital crime.
However, in this case it appears that the girl is being treated as a victim of sexual predation.
Therefore, under Sharia law, married men prone to infidelity should consider child molestation before cheating with another woman.
British Plan for Child Alcohol Consumption Starting at Age 5
(United Kingdom) With alcohol-related deaths among young people rising 57 percent in the last 15 years and hospital admissions of young people with liver disease having more than doubled, the British government is planning to issue official guidelines for consumption of alcohol by children, ages 5 and up.
Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson expects to have the new child alcohol program available sometime this spring and before the summer binge season.
Proponents say children will then learn a sensible approach to drinking alcohol. Critics say the plan is just more "nanny state" government intervention. (more)
War Porn: Hamas Terrorists Get Off One Last Rocket
Israel lights that last one for them, which then promptly falls on Gaza.
It it well be the last one that particular group of morons fire.....evah.
Update: Knock Knock, is Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh at whats left of his home?
We sure hope so.
Koz Kidz: "Israel Tries To Kill Cynthia McKinney, Relief Workers, Without Issue Warning"
I swear, every time I read or hear about Cynthia McKinney I immediately think of this video:
Hundreds Of Israeli Websites Hacked In Propaganda War (Update)
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Update on Pro-Jewish blogger site hacked
According to this article the hacking started shortly after Israel started their bombing campaign against Hamas.
It didn't take long after Israel's bombing of Gaza began for cyberwarfare to erupt as well: over 300 Israeli Websites over the past few days have been hacked and defaced with anti-Israeli and anti-US messages in an online propaganda campaign, a security expert says.
Gary Warner, director of research in computer forensics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham warned in his blog that U.S. Websites should be prepared for similar attacks. "In the current situation, the hackers supporting Gaza clearly believe Israel AND the US are culpable. That means American webmasters may wish to be especially vigilant right now," Warner blogged.
The attacks on Israeli sites occurred within a period of 48 hours, in what Warner calls a "Propaganda War."
"As soon as Israel started bombing Gaza we began to look for signs of a cyber response. And we've found it, in the form of more than 300 Israeli websites which have been defaced with anti-Israeli and anti-US messages," Warner blogged.
All I have to say about this is:
Update: Powerline was hit with a DDOS shortly after posting various IDF videos. The Force was strong and averted the attack. Sucks to be you pro-Hamas arseholes! bawahahahaha
Update II: Per Gary Warner "The number of websites have jumped from 300 to more than 10,000 Wow, just wow.
Video: Palestinian Rocket Launchers PWN3D Over and Over Again by "Disproportionate Response"
Oh, those poor widdle Palestinians. The big bad Juice and their scary weapons are literally destroying peaceful Hamas rocket launchers and rocket positions - you know, those "pencils with wings" - by the fistful.
IT'S ALL SO UNFAIR! Why don't the Juice just lay down and die already?
NYC: Israel And Gaza Protests
Update on Support Israel Rally.
This banner sums it up best:
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December 30, 2008
Hamas Ready To Sign A Ceasefire? (Updated)
Update: Sorry Hamas, Israel has rejected your plea for a ceasefire.
Once More The Sith Will Rule The Galaxy!
And... we shall have... peace.
The Droid Armies of the JIDF have joined with the Smackdown Corps to create a separatist movement that will make war against the Republic. Thus allowing Chancellor Shackleford and his apprentice Darth Odie to seize special emergency powers , take control of the clone army and declare the 1st Galactic Empire of the Jawas!.
We will bring peace to the galaxy!
Hat Tip: Phyllis Chesler.
Update: What? You don't believe me about the Droid Armies of the JIDF? Below the fold!
Pakistan shuts down NATO supply route
Has there ever been a war where one side's supply route ran through enemy territory?
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistani security forces launched an operation against Taliban militants in the nation's tribal region along the border with Afghanistan on Tuesday, shutting down NATO supply routes, Pakistani military sources said.
Eight people -- two suspected Taliban militants and six civilians -- died in the operation in the Khyber Agency that involved military helicopter gunships, according to Pakistani intelligence sources. The fighting was taking place near the town of Jamrud.
The Khyber Pass, a key transit link for NATO and U.S. military supplies from Pakistan to Afghanistan, has been closed as a result of the operation, said Tariq Hayat, Khyber's political agent. He said he didn't know when it would reopen.
Hamas+Human Shields=Collateral damage
Every innocent life matters and IDF is doing their best to avoid civilians. Hamas doesn't make this job easy.
Hamas terrorists are cowards, otherwise they wouldn't use women and children and the elderly as human shields.
Elder of Zyion has some amazing stats on IDF's operation Cast Lead
FNC: Hamas Apologist Has Interview Cut Short
Poor Hamas, they are the victims. Ya, right.
Reader Love Mail: Dissociative Disorder Edition
From comments, some Anonymous someone who seems unable to associate any of the subjects in their writing with the appropriate matching verbs. I mean, its even worse than Howie referring to himself in the 3rd person all the time.
Anonymous via Jawa Comments: and think to urself why u so vigorously defend israel when u r all obsessive jesus lovers, and jews think ur religion is fake and phony and ur messiah is a false f*ck? ill tell u why.. cuz of ur blind hate towards islam and its growing numbers. justify ur hate and stop watching fox news pussies loooooooooool u r all sad why am i wasting my energy with u bye.Er uh bye, but before you go.
Symptoms common to all types of dissociative disorders include:
* Memory loss (amnesia) of certain time periods, events and people
* Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety
* A sense of being detached from yourself (depersonalization)
* A perception of the people and things around you as distorted and unreal (derealization)
* A blurred sense of identity
Governor Ass-Maggot To Appoint Obama's Successor
Or Suck-sessor maybe. What part of, "NO!", doesn't Blagojevich understand?
Via CNN: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday will name former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate, sources familiar with the decision say.The Illinois House members looking at impeachment were none too happy that Rod refused to testify. They pointed out that in an impeachment, they can hold his silence against him. Impeachment was looking to move forward and Governor Rod. The Ass-maggot Blagojevich is going to against the will of the people of Illinois and the nation.
Burris' appointment would fill President-elect Barack Obama's former Senate seat. Blagojevich is to announce his choice at a news conference at 3 p.m. ET.
Is there a faster way than impeachment? Can Obama please go over there and plant a little hope and change on Blagojevich right between the snot and the spit?
Environmentalism Makes Jump From Faux-Religion to Real Religion
VIDEO UPDATE: George Carlin was right - nice catch (ht: danpa in the comments):
- - - - - - - -Original entry - - ->
And lo, there was sent from Algore and his highest choir of patchouli-soaked angels, the "Green" Bible:
Supporters of the book, which highlights verses related to what believers call "God's creation" and his desire for humans to protect it, say they hope it will encourage more Christians, particularly evangelicals, to embrace environmentalism.I believe highlighting some verses while excluding others is what's known as "cherrypicking."
"In every book of the Bible, there are references to the world and how we should take care of it," said Rusty Pritchard, editor of Creation Care Magazine, an eco-friendly publication for evangelicals. "When you look at it through that lens, it really jumps out at you . . . that God is calling us to care for the world around us."
But what would environmentalists know about cherrypicking - it's not like they do it with their "science," right?
All hail Gaia. Praised be thy name.
Australian MP: Ban topless beaches to protect muslims
An Australian MP, Fred Nile, wants to ban topless bathing in order to protect muslims. Mr. Nile stated that topless bathing risked "raising the ire of Muslim men". So that means he has received no complaints and is just acting in dhimmi fashion.
Who in they're right mind would want to ban topless beaches? Thats why Mr. Nile has received no complaints from muslim men, they're probably for them.
Conservative MP Fred Nile says he wants topless bathing banned in NSW to protect Sydney's Muslim and Asian communities.
The Reverend Nile has rejected allegations that prudishness is behind a bill he has prepared to ban nudity, including topless sunbathing, on the state's most popular beaches.[...]
"Our beaches should be a place where no one is offended, whether it's their religious or cultural views," he said.
"If they've come from a Middle Eastern or Asian country where women never go topless - in fact they usually wear a lot of clothing - I think it's important to respect all the different cultures that make up Australia."
The practice was at risk of raising the ire of Muslim men in particular, Mr Nile said.
Pro-Jewish Blogger Account Hacked By Hamas
Hamas sympathizers/supporters decided to play with Israpundit by hacking the site.
Maybe they are frustrated that Hamas is getting their arses handed to them by the evil Zionist Juice. Juice, that has got to be the best spelling evah..
IDF Launches YouTube Gaza Channel (Updated)
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Awesome, but it does come with a downer. Jihad err YouTube has removed some of the "Operation Cast Lead" videos. We all know how YouTube operates. Pro terrorism vids ok, anti-terrorism vids not ok.
The IDF Spokesperson's Unit is the Israel Defense Forces' professional body responsible for media and public relations in Israel and around the world. This is our new site that will help us bring our message to world.
We are saddened that YouTube has taken down some of our exclusive footage showing the IDF's operational success in operation Cast Lead against Hamas extremists in the Gaza Strip. As the State of Israel again faces those who would see it destroyed, it is imperative that we in the IDF show the world the evil directed against us and our efforts to stop it. It is also worth noting that one of the videos removed had the highest number of hits (over 10,000) at the time of its removal.
Update: From Carl in Jerusalem
Yesterday, the IDF opened a YouTube account.
I just got an email indicating that because YouTube has removed the IDF's most popular videos, the IDF spokesperson's office has opened an account at LiveLeak instead.
Hmmm, lets see how long LiveLeak keeps them up.
PSA: Support Israel Rally Tonight (12/30) In NYC
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Outside of Israeli Consulate in NYC
Corner of E42nd & 2nd Ave.
New York, NY
Hamas has been firing Kassam (Qassam) rockets into southern Israel/Sderot for the past 8 years.
This reprisal has been long overdue to protect Israeli civilians.
Come and show your support toward Israel.
Signs and fact sheets will be provided.
h/t Gateway Pundit
Mexican Beauty Queen Stripped of Crown
Updating last week's report, 23-year-old Mexican beauty queen Laura Zuniga has been stripped of her Miss Hispanoamericana 2008 title for her involvement with suspected drug traffickers.
Pageant promoters said Zuniga failed "to comply with the regulations of the title she represents."
Laura Zuniga pic is below the fold. It's probably safe for work although some people might be offended. (more)
Yacht Carrying Cynthia McKinney Reportedly Attacked
(Tyre, Lebanon) Former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and a group of activists were aboard a relief yacht reportedly intercepted by the Israeli Navy on a trip from Cyprus to Gaza. The mission was intended to make a statement and deliver medical supplies.
“Our boat was rammed three times, twice in the front and one on the side,” McKinney told CNN Tuesday morning. “Our mission was a peaceful mission. Our mission was thwarted by the aggressiveness of the Israeli military.”According to the reporting, it appears that McKinney believes she has an inside track on making demands of Barack Obama. It's not known how the President-elect will handle her.
She called on President-elect Obama to address the Gaza crisis, saying the weapons being used by Israel were supplied by the United States.
She denied that the incident was an accident, caused when the captain of the Dignity tried to maneuver past the Israeli blockade. “What the Israelis are saying is outright disinformation,” she said. “What happened to us last night was a direct threat to our mission, but not our cause.”
In a press release, the Free Gaza movement stated, “Contrary to international maritime law, the Israelis are actively preventing the Dignity from approaching Gaza or finding safe haven in either Egypt or Lebanon. Instead, the Israeli navy is demanding that the Dignity return to Cyprus -- despite the fact that the ship does not carry enough fuel to do so.” [...]
The activists, organized by the Free Gaza Group, said their 66-foot yacht called “SS Dignity” would defy an Israeli blockade of Gaza and ferry 16 activists and three tons of Cypriot-donated supplies.
December 29, 2008
Revolution Muslim Anti-Israel Protest Video
Dang Jooosef al-Khattab, Inshallahshaheed and Musab brought a lot of uglies with them to the protest today.
Those evil zionist juice bring out the beast in some people...bahahahaha.
Update: Uh, oh. Musab was caught by the evil zionist juice taking a little "love" side trip after the protest.
Josef Stalin Voted 3rd-Greatest Russian
(Moscow, Russia) I can't explain this except to say, propaganda works.
A Russian state television network says Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, who sent millions to their deaths in the Great Purge of the 1930s, has been voted the country's third-greatest historical figure.
Some of Stalin's great historical works
Rights activists have blasted Stalin's inclusion in the 90-day, nationwide project run by the Rossiya channel. They say authorities are trying to gloss over Stalin's atrocities and glorify his tyranny.This is comparable to naming Jeffrey Daumer the 3rd-greatest pioneer in brain surgery.
Nos. 1 and 2 were medieval leader Alexander Nevsky and Pyotr Stolypin, prime minister under Czar Nicholas II.
Noah Pollak: The Juicebox Mafia
:The Juicebox Mafia is working shifts on the Gaza crisis. Matthew Yglesias writes something dumb enough that it needs no elaboration:Noah's main point is spot on.But already the number of Israelis killed by Hamas rockets has increased (from a baseline of zero) since the retaliatory attack that was supposed to prevent such killings.Spencer Ackerman, who becomes very Jewish when it comes time to condemn Israel:Fellow lit’ry tribesman: do you believe for a moment that leveling Gaza will stop the rockets? Well, then you’ve lost your right to call the peaceniks naive.
No, what is interesting about the collective opinion of the Juicebox Mafia is the proposed rule of just war: Whoever kills more is the guilty party. This amounts to a total rejection of the distinction between aggression and self-defense and indeed the entire concept of deterrence. Taken to its logical conclusion, moral victory becomes impossible, because the moment one side has dispatched with a greater number of enemy than casualties have been suffered, justice has been forfeited. The only means of ethical conduct is pure immolation — which is indeed the prescription for Israel, expected to behave as the only true Christian nation on earth, responding to attacks by endlessly turning the other cheek.I then noted that there were some comments criticizing Noah for his new term.
The Juicebox Mafia? When will they learn to write?Which was almost a valid criticism until I saw this.....
So apparently there are Evil Zionist Juices, I just never knew. Vinnie suggests we can start calling Jooosef al-Khattab by his new name Juiceff al-Khattab.
Hat Tip: The Silent Majority who apparently took the above shot. Thanks to Urban Infidel.
Update by Stable Hand: The above shot was taken by Vigilant Squirrel Brigade.
Pin-Ups For Vets Ready for 2009
The lovely Gina Elise of Pin-Ups For Vets is making ready for a banner 2009 year. If you are not familiar with Gina Elise and her Pin-Ups For Vets projects let me enlighten you. For three years now, Gina has been making some stunning calendars that are used to raise funds and boost morale for veterans of all ages.
Gina Elise is supported by American Legion Post 360 in Lake Arrowhead, CA and makes calendars that she models in; the proceeds from which go to VA programs such as eyeglasses for Veterans, the home health program, recreational therapy, spinal cord injury & amputee programs, substance abuse program, women’s Veterans’ program, homeless program, reading materials and subscriptions for the Veterans, social relief fund, televisions, wheelchairs, and outreach programs for the visually impaired.
The Pin-Ups For Vets website is full of heartwarming stories and pictures about how her calendars and appearances have changed people. At the very least please order a calendar for yourself. If your New Year’s resolution is to help support a veteran then you most certainly should order a calendar for one. You could be totally awesome and send one to a deployed soldier, sailor, Airman or Marine.
Originally posted at chrisshort.net
Yemeni Arms Fuels Instability in Somalia
Yemen the main source of illegal arms to Somalia: UN
Jane Novak for the Yemen Times
SANA'A, Dec. 27— A UN investigation found Yemen is the primary source of arms and ammunition to Somalia which has been under an arms embargo since 1992. The panel of independent experts monitoring the embargo also reported arms smuggling from Yemen intersects with acts of piracy and human trafficking. The findings were presented in a December 10 report to the UN Security Council.
The report notes commercial weapons imports from Yemen supply Somali retail markets as well as opposition and criminal groups. The Yemeni government's inability to stem the large scale arms trafficking is "a key obstacle to the restoration of peace and security to Somalia," the panel found. The UN Security Council extended the monitoring group's mandate for another year.
Read the rest at the Yemen Times including the part that says the weapons are shipped from ports controlled by the military.
ATTN: Youtube User Mujahidfesabeelillah
Your little Cyber Jihad on Youtube is so over.
Update: Andrea sends us this special target, lets get this copy of al-Furqan's "The Missing" taken down.
Another portion of the same al-Qaeda in Iraq video here.
Super duper complaint link here. Then click contact us and enter your complaints.
Arsenal Gun Babe of the Day : Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft
Sporting a gorgeous pair of oversized cannons, Angelina Jolie kicked @$$ and took names as Lara Croft in ''Tomb Raider.'' Although we haven't seen the numbers, we're
guessing wondering if sales of Desert Eagles H&K USPs were up considerably in the wake of Jolie's performance as the impetuous young adventurer. (More photos here)
Talban Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid Claims Murder of 14 Children
KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A suicide car bomb blast near a voter registration site killed 16 people, 14 of them children, and wounded 58 in southeastern Afghanistan on Sunday morning, according to a senior police official and the U.S. military....Cue world wide outrage and protests over the murder of these civilian casualties in 5.....4...3... 2... never.
... Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman speaking by phone from an undisclosed location, said the suicide bombing was carried out by Qari Hameedullah, a Taliban fighter.
Elsewhere, a rocket attack in Kabul killed three teenage sisters and injured four other people Saturday night, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office said in a statement.
The girls died when one of two rockets fired on Kabul crashed into a house in the southern part of the city. In the statement, Karzai called those who fired the rockets "enemies of Afghanistan" who "can't achieve anything by firing rockets but the killing of innocent civilians."
But another Taliban commander, who must take murder of innocents as some kind of a sick contest, called for the murder of any girls being educated in the Swat Valley.
Via Gulf Times: Shah Duran, the deputy of Swat-based Taliban cleric Fazlullah, this week warned the administrations of government and private educational institutions not to enroll girls in schools.ROPMA!
The Taliban also issued a deadline of January 15, 2009 for the ban to be implemented, following which they said they would bomb the buildings of schools allowing girls to study....
...A Taliban commander in Pakistan’s Swat valley has banned girls from attending school, this week threatening to kill any female students who went to class after January 15
December 28, 2008
Look Ma, Those Hamas Terrorists Were "Kissed" by America
Well hot damn, da evil joooos went after Hamas with US supplied "new and improved" bunker busters. They recently received their shipment and "just had to try 'em out".
The Israel Air Force used a new bunker-buster missile that it received recently from the United States in strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, The Jerusalem Post learned on Sunday.
The missile, called GBU-39, was developed in recent years by the US as a small-diameter bomb for low-cost, high-precision and low collateral damage strikes[...]
The GPS-guided GBU-39 is said to be one of the most accurate bombs in the world. The 113-kg. bomb has the same penetration capabilities as a normal 900-kg. bomb, although it has only 22.7 kg. of explosives. At just 1.75 meters long, its small size increases the number of bombs an aircraft can carry and the number of targets it can attack in a sortie.
Tests conducted in the US have proven that the bomb is capable of penetrating at least 90 cm. of steel-reinforced concrete. The GBU-39 can be used in adverse weather conditions and has a standoff range of more than 110 km. due to pop-out wings.
I realize Israel frequently purchases military type items from the US but does my heart good to think good ole "Made in the USA' bombs are being used in this round of "kill Hamas" bombing.
Hamas Legalizes Crucifixion Of Christians
Hamas declared this earlier in the week. They must think they are a "legal organization".
Meanwhile, they are getting their asses pounded heavily by the IDF. Leaves little time for crucifying doesn't it Hamas. teh...
Sarah Palin Linked to Weapons Theft
(Wasilla, Alaska) Republican Gov. Sarah Palin is being named as a possible conspirator in a weapons theft case reportedly occurring several years ago. It's believed the weapons could have been used in a variety of crimes and sources say the disappearance of potentially lethal weapons has been linked directly to Republican Sarah Palin.
Notably, these new allegations against Sarah Palin follow right on the heels of her disreputable involvement in a drunken driving case. Republican Sarah Palin's daughter's baby's father's mother's blood alcohol level, while driving, allegedly exceeded 0.08. Legal and legislative action against Republican Sarah Palin awaits final resolution of her daughter's baby's father's mother's case.
The missing weapons are two 29-inch baseball bats allegedly stolen by the adopted stepson of a substitute teacher of Republican Sarah Palin's daughter's math class at Wasilla High School. Evidence indicates that Sarah Palin's daughter regularly attended the math classes with the adopted stepson and Sarah Palin was involved with their classwork.
Commercial flights to Wasilla are booked and private air traffic has surged as investigators and the media race to discover Sarah Palin's full culpability in the scandal. Sources indicate that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may call for an investigation by Congress and responsible Alaskan legislators are perusing possible censure or impeachment of Republican Sarah Palin.
Regarding Republican Sarah Palin's involvement in her daughter's substitute teacher's stepson's alleged theft of potentially lethal weapons, the investigation continues.
Detroit Lions Make History
In related sports lulz, the Dallas Cowboys, America's (most hated) Team, is currently getting stomped by the Eagles.
Hey Abushabaab Al-ansaari Over Here!
Ya'll might remember there was an English website for Al-shabaab (the African Taliban of Losers in Somalia) that was located here on wordpress. Not and "official" website. Just, you know, some guy who claims to translate al-Shabaab's statements to English out of the kindness of his heart for information purposes.
In fact he's looking for another translator now, or was till his website died. His engrish not so gooood.
Hey Abushabaab Al-ansaari!
It turns out that Abushabaab Al-ansaari! who ran that blog wants to give our Fatwa to Bill Warner?!
Via Email from Bill: From: Abushabaab Al-ansaariOnly problem is it was not Bill. It was a different Zionist Internet Spy/friend of Jawa. He complained to wordpress on 12/24 and the site was removed 12/26. I have proof, see below the fold. Now where's our Fatwa? We worked (months and months of complaints and superhuman patience) for it and by golly we're not gonna let Bill get OUR DAMNED FATWA! (lol)
Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2008 11:28 AM
Subject: Re: WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO STOP !
your efforts along with your other jewish friends paid off by the looks of it, i know you're probably Jewish with an Israeli passport probably, but insha'allah i will be back with another blog. but i can take one thing from this as a conciliation, Al-shabaab are poised to take over Mogadishu soon!
You know what i could say the same thing for nick berg, both animals died the same way, only one for them got a burial which unusual for a Jewish pig when mujahideen put the knife to his throat, personally i would've dumped him in a cesspool but i guess no rat of cockroach would his body around them!oh yes, you can share this message with your readers , especially its coming from a muslim". "ALLAH be praised! Abu ayyash Al ansaari".......
Hat Tip: Redacted (you know who you are)
Bonus: Email the African Taliban of Losers
And don't forget to ask him, "How's the weather in London?" Or, if you can translate Somali to English -well- and are a raving mad intolerant murderous Muslime nutbag, apply for his opening. Sammy, er I mean Samantha?
redacted to me, mypetjawa show details Dec 24 (5 days ago)
I've been reading quite a bit from the Jihatards that Somolia is there next start for the Caliph, a point a rally for the fighters.
I stumbled onto this site on wordpress. Any interest in trying to take it down since someone was successful taking down Samantha Kahn's site??
Howie to redacted
Dec 24 (5 days ago)
Yeah we've seen it before. I dunno. You can email email@example.com. It might go down.
If not maybe after New years.
Kinda busy this AM
On Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 8:22 AM, redacted wrote:
(Updated) NYC: Anti-Semitic Terrorist Sympathizers To Protest Today (12/28) Against Israel's Bombing Of Hamas Targets In Gaza
Scroll down for update II
Word has it 5 people showed up... BHAWAWAWAWA
Islamic Thinkers Society, Revolution Muslim, etc will there. See bottom of pamphlet for names.
Looks like they are using some old photos in this pamphlet. Word has it
more than 300 250 5 will be showing up showed up. Hamas really should ask all of them to go to Gaza instead. Just sayin...
Hmmm, I wonder if Jooosef al-Khattab from Revolution Muslim will show up as Tommy the tank? Jawa's spambot Musab will certainly be there so Joooey doesn't stray to another teh ghey fellow.
Has Jooosef's and Musab's ugly old lady finally gotten rid of her mustache. They do a threesome if you are wondering. Maybe they could do a foursome if Samir Khan aka Inshallahshaheed shows up.
Again, why aren't they in Gaza? They could have included some of their pictures in the pamphlet above....shucks. Oh well, they are a bunch of chicken shite aresholes anyway.
Update II: Apparently the number given was incorrect. Quite a few assmaggots showed up. Slideshow here
12Yr Old Dennis Channel Jr, Nicknamed "Bubba", Given Military Burial
My thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of this little soldier.
MILLERSPORT, Ohio -- The Soldiers flanked the casket, solemn and precise, and folded the American flag with a yank-and-flip motion. On one knee, a sergeant presented the flag to a grieving mother.
Around them, mourners with red eyes and heaving shoulders testified, silently, to the mark Dennis Channel Jr. left on each of them.
Seven Soldiers from the Ohio Army National Guard raised their rifles and fired three rounds. A lone bugler sounded taps, a haunting call that wafted over the nearby graves of veterans.
Dennis, known to all as "Bubba," was buried Monday with full military honors.
He was 12 years old.
The Millersport boy was too young to be a Soldier or a veteran, for whom such an honor is generally reserved[...]
He was his own kind of warrior. He waged a battle with brain cancer, diagnosed when he was just 5 years old. He was a brave Soldier, all agreed, one who changed the world for the better.
"He said he used to talk to God," said his father, who wore a dog tag adorned with a photo of his son. "And God wanted him to help people." He loved his country and developed a passion for the military from a young age, thanks to his father, a veteran, and relatives of his mother, Shawna.
It was his dream to be an Army chaplain.
An Army battalion based in Fort Campbell, Ky., adopted Dennis, who visited the Soldiers. They gave him a uniform and beret. He made fast friends with Soldiers based in central Ohio, too. He earned honorary status as a member of the U.S. Army and as a chaplain for the Ohio National Guard.
His dreams didn't go unfulfilled, said the Rev. Steve Bush, who officiated at Dennis' funeral at Lighthouse Memorial Church in Millersport. "Look at this room. He filled it," Bush said during the service, before an estimated crowd of more than 400. "Most chaplains, most pastors I know, would long for the influence Dennis had over those he loved, and even those he didn't."
Dennis was buried in his uniform and beret, in a casket painted with tanks and helicopters. A pair of combat boots sat nearby. Classmates at Millersport Elementary School signed a picture of an American flag, which sat inside the casket.
Dennis's story and slideshow
RIP little one.
December 27, 2008
Israel Bombards Hamas-Run Gaza (bumped)
Hamas ended truce with rocket bombardments into Israel and payed for it literally. 200+ dead. Video and more from Charles
Anti-Semitic MSM newstories courtesy of Hamas in 5 4 3 2 ....
Update by Stable Hand: Gaza weepers on the scene. Click for more images, some f'n awesome of dead Hamas terrorists..
Update II by Stable Hand: Up to date live blogging at Israelly Cool
Best Use of Slow Motion Ever?
Hat tip: Big White Infidel.
CIA Obstruction Stopped FBI from Uncovering 9/11: Wright
Lawrence Wright is the author of The Looming Towers. This excellent article in the New Yorker focuses on the failure of the CIA to coordinate with the FBI in the USS Cole investigation, which lead to a failure to uncover the plans for 9/11.
Outside the scope of the article is the fact that all the Yemenis mentioned (and a dozen not mentioned) are free in Yemen including those convicted in Yemen of the Cole bombing. The exceptions are Nasheri, "Khalled" bin Attash and others who are in Gitmo. These Yemenis were in the inner core of bin Laden's group. Mostly everyone at the Malaysia meeting, where both the Cole and 9/11 were planned, are dead or in jail except for the Yemenis who were in Yemeni custody.
Although they are given benign descriptions in the MSM (and by the leftards) like Abu Jindal "driver" or al-Quso "failed photographer", these are persons involved in large-scale lethal al-Qaeda attacks against the US: the embassies, the Cole and 9/11. Factoring in the passage of a few years and protestations of rehabilitiation, statistically they continue to have a high likelihood of recidivism.
The New Yorker article is certainly worth a read.
Iraq: AlQaeda Escapee From Prison Meets His 72 Virgin Goats
RAMADI, Iraq - A local chief of Al-Qaeda in Iraq who broke out of jail has been killed by Iraqi police snipers while two prisoners who escaped with him remain on the run, police said Saturday.
The man shot by Iraqi forces was Imad Ahmed Farhan, nicknamed "Imad the Killer" because police say the Qaeda operative had confessed to murdering at least 100 people and setting over 100 roadside bombs.
According to police Imad, 32, was shot dead around midday after a fierce gunbattle in which he had taken a family hostage in a home on Street 20 in the centre of Ramadi , capital of Anbar province in western Iraq .
Sources say Imad has been given a new nickname by American terrorists sympathizers Inshallahshaheed and Yousef al-Khattab and their minions. After a secret ballot, "Imad, the killer goat humper" won the most votes. Second place pick was "Imad, I love ewe".
Apparently the group prefers goats to sheep nine times out of ten.
March, 2007 - "Barack The Magic Negro" Debuted On Rush Limbaugh
The MSM is appalled again. RNC candidate Chip Saltsman’s sent Christmas greetings to committee members and included a music CD making fun of liberals. Titled "We Hate the USA", it includes a song called “Barack the Magic Negro” as well as "John Edwards Poverty Tour", "Wright Place, Wrong Time", and other goofy titles.
AS EVERY CARBON-BASED life form on this planet surely knows, Barack Obama, the junior Democratic senator from Illinois, is running for president. Since making his announcement, there has been no end of commentary about him in all quarters — musing over his charisma and the prospect he offers of being the first African American to be elected to the White House.
But it's clear that Obama also is running for an equally important unelected office, in the province of the popular imagination — the "Magic Negro."
The Magic Negro is a figure of postmodern folk culture, coined by snarky 20th century sociologists, to explain a cultural figure who emerged in the wake of Brown vs. Board of Education. "He has no past, he simply appears one day to help the white protagonist," reads the description on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magical_Negro.
The MSM would do well to research the reason behind this song instead of making complete fools out of themselves. Obama even thought the song was funny.
(Emphasis by Good Lt): I think it is important to remind the idiots in the mainstream media and on the left - of whom there is no shortage - that this phrase originated from a LIBERAL columnist. David Eherenstein is a LIBERAL columnist for the LA Times, you adorable little fact-challenged journalists and leftards. The operative word here is LIBERAL COLUMNIST DAVID EHERENSTEIN, not "Rush Limbaugh." If you want to spray your faux-outrage, spray it in his direction, for this is a creation of one of your own. This phrase did not originate on the Rush Limbaugh show. He merely repeated it (and also foretold that by him playing it, it would be picked up and attributed to him, which of course, happened). You lefties would be hilarious if you weren't so goddamned predictable, but wise man say -"don't let the facts get in the way of a good circle jerk of manufactured outrage. Fap fap fap fap fap...."
Video below fold:
Be sure to visit Rush's link for more behind this controversy.
Video: The Twelve Days Of Christmas - Err - Global Warming
Hail ye fear mongering Goracle!
December 26, 2008
UK: "For The First Time In Decades Religion Is Molding Public Life In This Country; That Religion Isn't Christianity"
The above headline quote by Britain's Douglas Murray, director of the Centre for Social Cohesion. He has been "told off" by trying to defy new standards of PC when it comes to Islam, terrorism.
Islam is the fastest-growing religion in Britain: the number of Muslims has grown from 1.6 million to two million since 2000. Moreover, every major public institution has changed its policies to accommodate the demands of Islamic "community leaders".
The Government, the Opposition, the police, schools, the Church of England, the BBC and now Channel 4[for airing Ahmadinejad's propaganda laced Christmas message..ed] are all helping Muslims construct a parallel Islamic state.
Early next year, the think tank Civitas will publish a survey of 100 British Muslim schools. Entitled When Worlds Collide, it will argue that some of them are pushing pupils into ghettos. Young women, in particular, are forbidden to pursue career opportunities. "Every year, an incalculable number of Muslim young women are lost to the wider world," says the report. One school website links to al-Qaeda; another directs pupils to a scholar who advocates the murder of Jews[...]
Government ministers rarely put the words "Islam" and "terrorism" in the same sentence. Conservative front benchers follow the same practice, except when addressing the Conservative Friends of Israel. "I have been told off by three members of the shadow cabinet for using the phrase 'Islamist terrorism' when I have appeared with them," says Douglas Murray, director of the Centre for Social Cohesion.
According to Murray, "what we are seeing is the state deferring to a seventh-century Arabian tradesman as a source for secular law". He was speaking on Christmas Eve. The next day, Ahmadinejad spoke to the nation. Yesterday it was reported that Baroness Butler-Sloss, one of Britain's most senior legal figures, wants Sharia divorces to be enshrined in law. For the first time in decades, religion is moulding public life in this country; but that religion is not Christianity.
Sharia is definitely creeping it's way into the US. For instance, a lawsuit has been filed by an Iraq war veteran Kevin Murray,on behalf of US taxpayers, stating the AIG bailout promotes Sharia in the US
This month, AIG announced that it would offer Shariah-compliant homeowner insurance policies, known as takaful, to U.S. customers through one of its subsidiaries. To be Shariah compliant, companies cannot earn interest and must agree to send a percentage of their revenue to Islamic charitable groups.
F'n bailouts not only destroy capitalism, promote socialism, but now may possibly promote Islamic law.
I have one thing to say about all of this:
Mumbai Massacre Victims Were Sexual Assaulted & Their Genitalia Mutilated
Via Gateway Pundit
Disturbing photographs made available to this newspapers by police sources indicate that several of the guests at the Taj Mahal Hotel during the siege November 26 were sexually humiliated by the terrorists and then shot dead.
Police sources confirm that even as the terrorists were engaged in a fierce combat with NSG commandos, they were humiliating their hostages before ending their terrifying ordeal[...]
"Even the Rabbi and his wife at Nariman House were sexually assaulted and their genitalia mutilated," said a senior officer of the investigating team, not wishing to be quoted.
Sick, twisted, bastardly Islamic terrorists. ROP my arse. Inshallahasheed and Yousef al-Khattab praised these f'n assmaggots.
Indian courts should order castration of the last surviving terrorist. Next, wrap it in bacon and send it to the Pakistani ISI.
Pakistani Troops Moved From Afghan Border To India Border
Score one for the Taliban and alQaeda.
The movement of Afghanistan troops to India border sucks for our military and coalition forces.
Pakistan is using a "show of force" against India for fear India will strike them because of the Mumbai terror attack. Pakistan still doesn't believe its citizens had anything to do with the attacks and are asking for more proof. I say this:
Pakistan doesn't want to admit their citizens and ISI were involved.
Afghan Tribal Leaders+Many Wives+Viagra=Intelligence
What a novel idea!
Helping tribal leaders score with their many wives scores one big for American intel operations. Click viagra for more.
December 25, 2008
What Child Is This?
2:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
Communists Celebrate Christmas, Dress as Santa
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) Vietnamese from the coast to the highlands are celebrating Christmas this week with communist government leadership notably supporting and participating in the gift-giving and well-wishing.
Astonishingly, communist leaders are even dressing up as Santa Claus and giving gifts to children.
Central Committee Section Head Ha Thi Khiet, Party Secretary Pham Quang Nghi, People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen The Thao, People’s Council Chairman Ngo Thi Doan, a delegation from the Ministry of Public Security and others were active throughout the country bearing gifts and wishing people a healthy and happy Christmas.
The reported extent of the celebration of the birth of Christ is surprising given that the latest census identifies the population of Vietnam as less than 10 percent Christian, mostly Catholic. Then, adding to the surprise, throw in the fact that the nation is run by customarily un-Christian commies. Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and others are surely spinning in their final resting places.
"Merry Christmas, Vietnam!"
December 24, 2008
Iraqi Christians Celebrate Christmas
Merry Christmas Iraqi's!
Thanks to President Bush, General Petraeus, our finest and bravest military including those of the coalition, Sons of Iraq and Iraqi forces, this was made possible.
HO HO HO And Not So HO HO HO
Christmas came early for the Phoenix Police Dept. Actor David Spade donated $100,000.00 to the department to help them buy rifles. The officers are required to buy their own so kudos to Spade.
The Goracle Grinch award goes to San Francisco Airport Commission. SFO will be the first airport offering carbon credits to their fliers. The company "3Degrees" has teamed up with the airport to offer coughripoffcough carbon offset credits.
h/t Stone K in comments.
I'm outta here and want to again wish ya'all Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and what ever ya'all celebrate!
Sandcrawler PSA: Merry Christmas
Despite the fact that we are always accused of being "Zionist Jews with a huge buget", We're not. So all the Jawas are busy celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Blogging will be light if not any at all.
So Merry Christmas to all the readers and contributors to Jawa Report. We wish you the very best.
Oh and Happy Hanukkah to all our super sekrit Zionist friends too.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Italy: Mosque In Nativity Scene - Nazareth: Banner Hung; "Allah Had No Son"
"Where's the suicide bomber" was a comment.
Good bye Italy.
Say hello to your new Muslim overlords.
Pakistani Intelligence Behind New Terror Plot
If Mumbai wasn't bad enough, now this:
Indian police detained three Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed operatives planning to execute an attack in Jammu and Kashmir who have been linked back to Pakistan's notorious intelligence service. The men "planned to set off a massive explosion in India on the lines of the truck bomb that destroyed the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad on Sept. 20," The Hindustan Times reported.
Read the rest at Long War Journal
Pakistan has a lot of explaining as to why they aren't reigning in these terror operatives.
Dhimmitude In Atlanta, Georgia
Update on - Georgia: Muslimah Jailed for Swearing at Baliff.
City court workers will undergo sensitivity training because of a prior incident. A Muslim woman refused to remove her hijab and became rather obnoxious. She was jailed one day for contempt.
Unfortunately the training isn't good enough for CAIR, who says training doesn't work, and her lawyer, who probably plans to sue.
Give into Muslim outrage and keep giving in, and in, and in.....
Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah!
Adam Sandler's classic, "Happy Chanukah"
Stupid Jihad Video of the Day, a. Ali and Mostafa
Tremble in fear oh ye Cross Worshippers at Christmas time for a. Ali and Mostafa are coming to apply Allah's punishment upon you.
Its almost like a Jihadi Napoleon Dynamite there for a while, till that last part.
Kind of puts a chill on the fun eh? This is what young Moroccan "youths" are aspiring to be these days.
Saudi Judge OKs Marriage of Girl, 8
(Saudi Arabia) Last Saturday, a Saudi judge reviewed a case filed by the mother of an eight-year-old girl seeking to annul the girl's arranged marriage to a 47-year-old man.
[T]he judge, Sheikh Habib Abdallah al-Habib, dismissed a petition brought by the girl's mother because she "is not the legal guardian of the girl," the woman's lawyer Abdullah al-Jutaili said.Therefore, it appears that the case was dismissed because the girl's mother doesn't have standing. Apparently, since the eight-year-old is now married, the mother no longer has a right to intervene in her life.
"Therefore, she cannot represent her daughter in these proceedings," al-Jutaili said.
Her parents are separated, he said.
According to the lawyer, the girl's father arranged the marriage in order to settle his debts with the man, who is "a close friend" of his.
The judge did ask for a pledge from the husband, who was in court, not to consummate the marriage until the girl reaches puberty, according to al-Jutaili.
The judge ruled that when the girl reaches puberty, she will have the right to request a divorce by filing a petition with the court, the lawyer said.
Hey, but there's nothing to worry about since the 47-year-old pledged to hold off on sex with the girl until she reaches puberty. It seems that pledges by middle-aged child molesters are relied upon in Saudi Arabia. Of course, since the girl was traded for the payment of debts, the issue of treating a person as chattel was apparently ignored by the court.
Mexican Beauty Queen Arrested with Alleged Drug Traffickers
Beauty Queen Laura Zuniga
Twenty-three-year-old Miss Sinaloa and Miss Hispanoamericana 2008, Laura Zuniga, was caught Monday night at a police checkpoint outside Guadalajara, Mexico, with seven male drug traffickers carrying guns, cash, ammunition and cell phones.
December 23, 2008
Top 10 Things Global Warming Was Supposed to Do To Us But Didn't
Lots of pwnage here, but it's not like the dolts who perpetrate this hyperventillating crap will ever revise their
acute mental diarrhea "predictions" to match reality. Sample:
3. GOODBYE, NORTH POLEMore things Globull Warming was blamed for this year or will lead to "in the future" but had nothing to do with. Sample:
IN April this year, the papers were full of warnings the Arctic ice could all melt.
"We're actually projecting this year that the North Pole may be free of ice for the first time," claimed Dr David Barber, of Manitoba University, ignoring the many earlier times the Pole has been ice free.
"It's hard to see how the system may bounce back (this year)," fretted Dr Ignatius Rigor, of Washington University's polar science centre.
Tim Flannery also warned "this may be the Arctic's first ice-free year", and the ABC and Age got reporter Marian Wilkinson to go stare at the ice and wail: "Here you can see climate change happening before your eyes."
In fact, the Arctic's ice cover this year was almost 10 per cent above last year's great low, and has refrozen rapidly since. Meanwhile, sea ice in the Southern Hemisphere has been increasing. Been told either cool fact?
Yet Barber is again in the news this month, predicting an ice-free Arctic now in six years. Did anyone ask him how he got his last prediction wrong?
Lesson: The media prefers hot scares to cool truths. And it rarely holds its pet scaremongers to account.
1. CannibalismAhhh, yeah. That's the stuff, Teddy.
In April, media mogul Ted Turner told PBS's Charlie Rose that global warming would make the world 8 degrees hotter in 30 or 40 years. "Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state, like Somalia or Sudan, and living conditions will be intolerable," he said.
Turner blamed global warming on overpopulation, saying "too many people are using too much stuff."
Crops won't grow and "most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals," Turner said.
Attn: Youtube User Jihadoujda
Some effing Jihadi moron called jihadoujda was using one of TJR's images in an anti-American pro Juba the Imaginary Sniper vid he created.
Get your own images Jihadoujda! Oh, and Juba Sucks!
I have copy of the stolen image and a personal message to Jihadoujda below the fold.
Don't be stealing my stuff.
To those of you reading this. TJR really doesn't care what you use of our stuff, so long as we get a mention now and then and you aren't part of the Cyber Jihad of Losers.
Most Stolen Iowa Hawk Post : Pelosi GTxi SS/RT
Via Iowa Hawk:
One example of that happened recently with my fake car ad for Congressional Motors. Apparently it has been making the rounds, now making me a uncredited, unpaid columnist for the Rocky Mountain News. Topping that? One day after it appeared this flaming fat thieving douchebag at KFMB San Diego decided he would simply copy and paste the piece onto his site, claiming himself as the author, and has refused to remove or modify it even after several requests.Ah Comedic Geniususussus never get any respect.
Apologies for the whiny little bitch act, but that sort of thing really cheeses me
Talk Radio 760 KFMB regrets that attribution was not given to David Burge and his very clever and entertaining “Congressional Motors” piece. It is the policy of KFMB to give proper credit for any and all postings on 760KFMB.com. The error was clerical and there was no intent from KFMB or Rick Roberts to represent Mr. Burge’s content as that of our own.Its kinda funny how they Ignored Iowa Hawk at first. Well I guess the amount of support for Iowa Hawk was just too much to ignore. I still think they should send him lots of crazy blog money.
We sincerely apologize. A correction has been posted http://www.760kfmb.com/?p=1580
Merry Christmas Iowa Hawk, the Jawas love your work.
George W. Bush Pardons 19; Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean Not on the List
WASHINGTON – Before leaving for the holidays, President Bush on Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of a drug offender and granted 19 pardons, including one to a man who helped the Jewish resistance in the 1940s.While two good border patrol agents spent another Christmas in prison, Bush has the audacity to pardon this guy:
With this latest batch, which includes forgiveness for convictions ranging from gun and drug violations to bank and mail fraud, Bush has granted a total of 191 pardons and nine commutations. That's fewer than half as many as Presidents Clinton or Reagan issued during their two terms.
John Allen Aregood of Riviera, Texas. Conspiracy to harbor and transport illegal aliens.I know there are quite a few W fans reading this blog, but if George W. Bush is such a "good man" and a "great President," how do you reconcile your opinion with the fact that he has two good men locked in prison for 12 years because they (arguably) failed to follow regulations?
The Editorial the NTY's Refused to Run
“Response to ‘The Real Bill Ayers’”
By Larry Grathwohl
My name is Larry Grathwohl and I infiltrated the Weather Underground for the FBI. I had no idea when my journey began in August 1969 that I would see and experience the degree of violence and hatred of our democracy that existed in the Weather Underground. Bernardine Dorhn, Bill Ayers, and the other people I would meet had as their sole purpose the destruction of the United States. The fact that I ultimately became the only source of information regarding the activities of the Weather Underground and the fact that Bill Ayers now claims their goal was only to bring about the end of the war in Vietnam requires me to respond.
At least Bill admits the Weather Underground “crossed” the line of legality but mitigates this admission by stating that the effectiveness of the “symbolic acts of extreme vandalism” is still being debated. He further states that the selected targets were “property, never people” and that their only purpose was to end the war in Vietnam. Bill is simply not being truthful and is rewriting history to reflect a completely different role for himself and the Weather Underground from what actually took place. “Bring the war home, kill your parents” was the mantra being chanted when the group decided to go underground in December 1969 and there certainly isn’t anything anti-war in that statement. I’m also curious as to who is debating their status. When I think about the Weather Underground my immediate thought is “terrorism and death.”
Billy goes on about how the Weather Underground came into existence because “peaceful protests had failed” and “after an accidental explosion killed three comrades.” The explosion of the townhouse in Greenwich Village was the result of a bomb factory which was preparing bombs containing roofing nails for use at a Fort Dix enlisted club. The inclusion of roofing nails can have but one purpose and that’s to injure or kill people. Prior to this event Bill’s wife, Bernardine Dorhn, placed a bomb of the same design at the Park Police Station in San Francisco and killed Officer McDonnell. Additionally, I was still inside the Weather Underground when the townhouse blew up and the commitment to sabotage and terrorism had already been established and the purpose was the overthrow of the United States government.
Bill implies that the questioning of his activities is dishonest and that at worst he may have made some mistakes in judgment but his motivations were just. Personally, I can think of nothing that would justify the activities of the Weather Underground and am astonished by Bill Ayers’ attempts to corrupt the historical facts by making himself a misunderstood leader of the anti-war movement. Robert Kennedy, possibly the most notable anti-Vietnam war leader of the late 60s, was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan in 1968. The Weather Underground published Prairie Fire in 1974 and dedicated it to Sirhan Sirhan. Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dorhn, and others signed this dedication but now they would ask us to accept their explanation that all they wanted to accomplish was an end to the war in Vietnam.
I could go on with many other contradictions in the new history Billy is attempting to impose on us. Today we are supposed to believe that Bill is merely an educator with no interests in the political aspects of our society. If this is true then why the picture of him standing on our flag? Why the statement that his only regret is that they (the Weather Underground) hadn’t done enough? What is the meaning of “I now consider myself an anarchist”? I can only conclude that Billy is a confluence of contradictions and revised history meant to confuse us as to what he is really about. Consider “guilty as hell, free as a bird, America is a great country.” Do you think he really means that?
I must conclude by acknowledging that in one respect Bill is probably being absolutely truthful. When he says that “I never killed or injured anyone,” he is most likely being totally honest. Bill, like Charles Manson, never exposed himself to any kind of danger. He always gave orders and then left it to his then-girlfriend, Diane Oughton, and others to implement his plan. If you listen closely you can even hear the similarities in the arguments Manson and Billy use today to justify what they did: the 60s made me do it.
Teh Awesome: US gives green light for first commercial spaceport
The FAA has given the go ahead for the first commercial spaceport in the world. The spaceport will be built in New Mexico by the end of 2010. Virgin Galactic will be contracted to provide 3-4 minute sub-orbital flights for people who can afford the $200 000 price tag. From Space Travel
The US Federal Aviation Administration has given the green light for the world's first commercial spaceport, New Mexico authorities said Thursday.
The FAA granted Spaceport America a license for vertical and horizontal space launches following an environmental impact study, according to the New Mexico Space Authority (NMSA).
"These two governmental approvals are the next steps along the road to a fully operational commercial spaceport," said NMSA Executive Director Steven Landeene.
"We are on track to begin construction in the first quarter of 2009, and have our facility completed as quickly as possible."
The terminal and hangar facility for horizontal launches is planned for completion by late 2010.
Huffington Post Accused (Rightly) of Stealing Copyrighted Content
What a shock - the woman who got rich solely by f*cking a Republican, pissing on his grave and then turning sides when she felt it would make a quick buck and make her part of the "in" crowd owns an enterprise that rips off the work of others wholesale.
The Hate-ington Post cuts and pasts oodles of copyrighted material - often nearly in its entirety - and posts it on its hate site. Obviously, most people never click through to the backlinked article because they can just read it on the hate site. The hate site site also eats up the Google aggregator so that the HuffinPuff Post gets the hits while the actual authors of the works get nothing. And guess who gets the ad revenue?
Don't worry - they're doing it all for the people.
China Wants to Build an Aircraft Carrier
(Beijing, China) The Chinese government is indicating that it wants to build an aircraft carrier to protect its interests.
"Aircraft carriers are a symbol of a country's overall national strength as well as the competitiveness of the country's naval force," Chinese Ministry of National Defence spokesman Senior Colonel Huang Xueping told reporters.For what it's worth, Hong Kong media have indicated that China could build its first carrier by 2010. The Chinese military have been urging the central government for years for a carrier.
"China has a large sea territory. It is the sacred responsibility of our armed forces to protect our sea territory and to maintain our maritime sovereignty and rights and interests. China, taking into account all relevant factors, will earnestly research and consider (building aircraft carriers)."
Understandably, Taiwan and Japan have expressed concern fearing possible belligerent intentions on China's part.
December 22, 2008
RIAA Ends Lawsuits Against Internet File Swappers
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has announced that it will no longer sue Internet song swappers for copyright infringement. Outstanding cases will be litigated until the books are clear but no new cases are currently anticipated.
With about 35,000 lawsuits behind it, the RIAA realized that the total return was less than its legal costs to file suit. Heh, so high-priced lawyers are blamed.
Instead of lawsuits, the RIAA intends to collude with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to identify illegal file-sharers and cut off service if violations continue after warnings. (story)
Pelosi Gives Obama Ground Rules
Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi conveyed the message to President-elect Barack Obama of just what she expects from him and his White House staff.
Pelosi's parameters for Obama include:
[N]o surprises or end-runs around her to cut legislative deals with moderate New Democrats or conservative Blue Dog Democrats, and details of talks the incoming administration has with any rank-and-file Democrats.Reportedly, there already is tension between congressional Democrats and Obama's people and Pelosi wants to avoid being blindsided by the administration.
Illustrating her intensity, here's a file photo of Nancy Pelosi demonstrating the unofficial testicular inducement grip, a motivator she is believed to use secretly and regularly on noncompliant Democrats.
Name that Party: Scandal-ridden Ohio A.G.'s Party Affiliation Irrelevant; Party Affiliation of Mother of Mother of Child of Son of Arrestee Highly Relevant?
Time for ANOTHER fun round of "Name that Party!!!"
Marc Dann was an elected official in Ohio who is now embroiled in a scandal. Marc Dann is a Democrat. How much coverage has Marc Dann's Democrat party affiliation received in the major news outlets? Let's see:
Google News search: "marc dann" + "ohio" = 423 hits.Okay, so maybe news organizations just don't consider party affiliation relevant to news about folks embroiled in scandal.
How many of these articles mention Dann's party affiliation?
Google News search: "marc dann" + "ohio" + "democrat" = 86 hits.
In other words, approximately 20% of the news stories about the Marc Dann scandal included his party affiliation.
By way of contrast, let's look at news reports of Sherry Johnston, who was recently arrested on drug charges.
Now, Sherry Johnston is not an elected official. She may or may not be a Republican. Sherry Johnston is, however, the mother of Levi Johnston.
Now, Levi Johnston is not an elected official and may or may not be a Republican himself. Levi Johnston is, however, the father of an unnamed unborn child (hereinafter, "The Baby").
Now, "The Baby"is not an elected official and may or may not be a Republican. The mother of The Baby, however, is Bristol Palin.
Now, Bristol Palin is not an elected official and may or may not be a Republican. Bristol Palin is, however, the daughter of Sarah Palin.
Sarah Palin, of course, IS an elected official and IS a member of the Republican Party. Thus, it is (apparently) very important to include Sarah Palin's party affiliation in any story about Sherry Johnston's arrest:
Google News search: "sherry johnston" = 540 Hits.
How many of these stories mention a connection to Republicans?
Google News search: "sherry johnston" + "republican" = 523 hits.
For those of you who are math-challenged, that's about 97%.
Fort Dix Six: Guilty as Sin
Just heard on Fox News:Ft dix 6 guilty.Update FOXNEWS has their version up now.
Five of six men were found guilty Monday of plotting to kill U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix in New Jersey.I guess these guys will spend some time watching out for their cornholes in the Federal Penn.
The verdict came after six days of deliberations. They could face life in prison.
The six men were arrested on May 7, 2007, in New Jersey, as two of them were meeting a confidential government witness "to purchase three AK-47 automatic machine guns and four semi-automatic M-16s to be used in an attack they had been planning from at least January 2006," according to a criminal complaint.
The sixth defendant, Agron Abdullahu, pleaded guilty in October to a reduced charge of providing firearms to illegal aliens and received a sentence of 20 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
The government was tipped off the the men's activities by an ordinary concerned citizen. One of the men asked a clerk at Circuit City to convert his Jihad training tape to DVD format. I guess maybe he wanted a version he could upload to the internet for all his Jihadi friends.
And therein lies a great lesson. The biggest danger to the terrorist supporters are their own egos. Their own pride and arrogance and craving for attention is their undoing in many cases. They believe Allah is protecting them. That he approves of them. So they get overconfident.
Thanks so much to Brian Morgenstern, if there is a reward available for busting up a terror cell, this man should be given a nice reward for his help. A great example for us all. Ordinary guy PW3NS terrorist wannbees. Sweet!
Former NRA President Sandy Froman Endorses Ken Blackwell for RNC Chairman
Posted at KenBlackwell.com:
I strongly endorse Ken Blackwell to be the next Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Ken served with distinction with my home-state Senator John McCain and with Georgia Republican National Committeeman Alec Poitevint on the International Republican Institute (IRI). He also replaced Vice President Dick Cheney on the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA).Cross-posted at The Arsenal.
Ken has been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and respects every individual's fundamental right of self-defense. I strongly support his candidacy and urge my friends on the Republican National Committee to join me in supporting Ken Blackwell.
US Drone kills 7 terrorist scum in South Waziristan
Seven terrorist scum were killed and 9 wounded when three Hellfire missile hit their targets. The targets were a couple of vehicles travelling near the town of Wana in South Waziristan.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Suspected U.S. missiles hit targets in Pakistani tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan on Monday, killing at least seven people, Pakistani intelligence sources and local officials said.
Three missiles reportedly targeted vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft guns, according to the sources. One missile missed its intended target and landed near a house.
The dead were suspected Taliban militants, a local intelligence official said.
Another local official said nine other militants were wounded in the attack.
The missile strikes took place Monday morning about nine miles (15 km) from the town of Wana in South Waziristan.
al-Shabaab Terrorists Destroy Christian and Sufi Holy Sites in Somalia
al-Shabaab Islamists in Somalia destroying Christian and Sufi Shrines.
Religion of Tolerance for the "People of the Book"?
Hardly. Note in an another interview of al-shabaab also from al-Jazeera, being run by Muscab at one of his blogs al-Shabaab warns that the west is their next target and their goal is to establish a global Caliphate. The idea of starting a global Caliphate from Somalia is a bit far fetched, but they believe it so that makes it very dangerous.
Wherever the Islamic Terrorists gain control, expect persecution of Christians Jews and many other groups as the very same Islamists talk about the "religion of peace and tolerance" and "protected groups" out of the other side of their mouths.
Remember the Taliban destroying the Buddah in Afghanistan once they had control of the country. Well now that the African Taliban is feeling confident, they have started their own purge and persecutions.
Both vidoes are available at Sammys dead website in the google cache.
Warming Cooling Climate Change Striking Worldwide
Boy, all that settled science on global warming really seems unsettled during ten-year cooling periods like this one. Eh, Gorebots?
Global warming strikes again!
First White Christmas in Canada since 1971?
Wind Chills of -30 in Chicago
Severe Cold Wave Headed for Europe
Bejing's Coldest December Day in 57 Years
Bitter Cold in Midwest
Snow, Winter Storms, Cold Blanket Much of Nation
Negative Wind Chills in NYC Cool Shopping
The Inshallahshaheed Humiliation Continues, Blog Homeless Again
Well I'll be darned, the Jawa's get an early Christmas present!
The new platform that Samir Khan moved his Ignored Puzzle Pieces of Knowledge blog to seems to have run into some er, difficulty. The site, thabaat.net, registered to an Achmed D in Belgium, was known as hangout for Dutch and other European terrorist supporters. It appears the host out of Kuala Lumpur has suspended the entire site.
Bwhahahahahaha! It wasn't me Sammy, I swear!! Now I won't deny last the time though or that I'm ROFLMAO right now writing this.
OK, so who wants to provide Inshallahshaheed's next free home? You know his mommy won't give him any money to buy his own site. Risk your website and freedom today, Host Samir Khan! Come on? someone? anyone? Inshallah?
Hat Tip: Anonymous Zionist Internet Spy #21.
Update: The latest Sammy Smackdown has been claimed by Bill Warner. In fact he went after the entire network Sammy was using. Hosting Sammy is hazardous to your network.
Resistance is futile Sammy.
Why There's not Much Crime or Jihad in Bumfuct Egypt
Cause people who want to come around making trouble will most likely find some.
December 21, 2008
Wind Power Greenies Admit Blowing Wind
(UK) It must be particularly unnerving to the greenies that math skills are important.
The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) has agreed to scale down its calculation for the amount of harmful carbon dioxide emission that can be eliminated by using wind turbines to generate electricity instead of burning fossil fuels such as coal or gas.I'm guessing that some person remarked, "Hey, you guys wouldn't be nearly so loud in your pronouncements if you used a calculator. For those who are unfamiliar with calculators, it's a thing with buttons that does arithmetic."
The move is a serious setback for the advocates of wind power, as it will be regarded as a concession that twice as many wind turbines as previously calculated will be needed to provide the same degree of reduction in Britain's carbon emissions.
A wind farm industry source admitted: "It's not ideal for us. It's the result of pressure by the anti-wind farm lobby."
For several years the BWEA – which lobbies on behalf of wind power firms – claimed that electricity from wind turbines 'displaces' 860 grams of carbon dioxide emission for every kilowatt hour of electricity generated.
However it has now halved that figure to 430 grams, following discussions with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
In any event, the amount of carbon offset is simply fodder to convince the public that wind power is a viable option. What isn't being discussed is the cost. Wind power is not viable unless it's coupled with massive energy price increases to the public and/or massive taxpayer-funded infusions of money to support the wind farms. As an energy source in a competitive market, wind power would be priced exorbitantly, garnering few buyers and likely fewer investors.
Indianapolis: RCA Dome Implosion
The Huff post twoofers are comparing this to the Twin Towers.
Evil Zionists,jooooos,bush,hitler,cheney,halliburton blew it up.
Kabul: Interview with Failed Teen Suicide Bombers
Brainwashing at it's best. Kevin Toolis of Mail Online interviews two failed suicide bombers. Be sure to read it in entirety.
Via Lock and Load
Intent to kill: Farman Ulla and Abdul Quboshi, both 16, were captured before their bomb exploded
Farman Ulla is just 16, though he looks much younger. He is thin, malnourished and with a face scarred by acne. It is hard to believe this scrawny boy is a terrorist[...]
The first question I ask Farman is about death: is he not afraid of dying?
‘Oh no, even before you blow yourself up the virgins come to the site of the explosion and wait for you to take you to paradise,’ he says confidently, parroting his Taliban masters, who promise suicide bombers they will be rewarded with virgins for their act.
Then, chillingly, he smiles. As he looks at me with his boyish grin, the door of the interrogation room opens again and Farman’s accomplice, Abdul Quboshi, is brought in[...]
‘How did your bomb work?’ I ask Farman. He seems confused by the question and it quickly becomes clear he doesn’t really know.
‘It’s God’s will if you live or die,’ he says. Even now, after his capture, this child is confused about how he was going to die — and who would press the button[...]
He doesn’t even know the Koran. He tells me what his Taliban brainwashers told him, that the former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, is a Jew and a Christian and should therefore be killed. But when I ask him to explain what a Jew is, he has no idea.[Hard to believe not knowing what a jew is - no?..ed]
As long as the Muslims requires women to walk around like walking grocery bags, brainwashing will be easy. The only sexual pleasure these youths, adults have is with goats, sheep, or fellow teh gheys.
"Sharia Don't Be Late" Sung By Ahmed & The Chipmunks
New to me. lulz
Children Of Iraq
Our bad ass military showing their softer side.
Also, "In The Arms of "Our" Angels"
December 20, 2008
Resident vs. Non-Resident Homeless
San Francisco city leaders are shocked. The city spends $190 million per year for programs to end homelessness but the homeless numbers keep going up. It's become obvious that new homeless people are showing up from other cities and states.
To solve the new sticky problem, city officials have developed a bold, new plan which appears to be contrary to San Francisco's sanctuary city reputation.
Homeless benefits will only be available to resident homeless people. Non-resident homeless people will be denied benefits until they meet the requirements for residency -- three weeks.
It's hard to dispute the contention that the new plan is nothing more than innovative wheel-spinning which does nothing to solve the homeless problem in San Francisco.
A Jawa Promotion
Who else can you count on to be #1 for "Blagojevich + Ass-maggot"?
Update: Heh, Lord of the Bangs.
Cyber Jihad of Frustrated Losers Issue Fatwas Against Facebook
Well, ya know Facebook started a little counter offensive since al-Qaeda supporting terrorist sympathizers vowed to use Facebook to spread Jihadi propaganda.
What was the reaction? They are getting Fatwas!
Chechen wrote at 9:56pm yesterdayOh, and a few other quotes.
Just proves who is sitting behind the desks for facebook. When they keep groups open saying **** Islam but they disable muslims accounts.
Chechen wrote at 12:37pm yesterday
facebook is disabling every account who put videos of jihad. may ALLAH destroy facebook.
Mohammed wrote at 3:04am on December 3rd, 2008Yeah, we hope you die too. How about a nice trip to Afghanistan so we can make that work out for you?
when my heart can beat no more ,i hope i die for a priciple or a believe that i had lived as a true muslim...
Mohammad wrote at 8:36am on November 30th, 2008So because facebook is not allowing terrorist propaganda on its service, they are ready to kill Jews Hindus and Amercians. How nice. Religion of something something?
La Illaha Illalahou Mohammadour Rassullulah...
Lets go to Jihad brothers, lets die as Heroes in the name of Allah...
I am ready to kill Jews and Hindus ANd Americans, are yOU?
Attn: Youtube! Did you read this part.
facebook is disabling every account who put videos of jihad.Facebook is doing what Jihadtube claims it can't or won't. In otherwords, Youtubes efforts to remove propaganda produced by terrorist groups is at best half-assed.
Oh and Facebook, nice job, we are jealous of your Fatwas ;)
Hat Tip: Stable Hand.
Update: Well, look's like all the users above went bye bye. How sad... LOL
Obama Trying to Ward Off Criticisms of Future Failures
It will the be refrain for every failure, every misstep, every corrupticrat scandal for at least the next four years. WE DON'T SUCK - IT WAS BUSH'S FAULT.
"There are going to be some painful steps that are going to have to be taken," Obama said.Millions of Americans are suffering blahblahblah, and Prezident Jesus is on his way to Hawaii. How many vacations does this clown take per year? More than you - that's how many.
He disclosed the latest members of his incoming administration on the eve of a Hawaiian holiday vacation. The Democrat has been pushing to finish putting together most of his Cabinet and White House team before his break.
It's well past time for the Democrats to enjoy the wonders of responsibility. It's something they've been avoiding their whole lives and have suddenly been saddled with.
My popcorn is popping and I plan on eating some the moment Mr. Hope-and-Change gets back from his second Hawaiian vacation this year.
DemCong Acheives Single-Digit Approval Ratings...Again
Way to go, Donks. I'd really like to see negative approval ratings. If you thought single digits were impossible, watch them achieve something that is mathematically impossible.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of likely voters found that only nine percent (9%) give Congress good or excellent ratings, while 54% give the legislature poor marks. Just one-out-of-50 voters (2%) think Congress is doing an excellent job.That deranged two percent is likely John Ryan and burtnoternie.
Yemen Primary Source of Illegal Arms to Somalia
The UN monitoring group on the 1992 arms embargo on Somalia finds "Yemen remains the most important source of commercial arms transfers to Somalia."
One shipment for the ONLF in Ethiopia contained 101 anti-tank mines, 100 hand grenades, 170 rocket-propelled grenade-7 rounds, and 170 boxes of 7.62 mm ammunition, each containing 440 rounds. The mines were packed in rice sacks from a company in Sana'a.
143. Not surprisingly, there appears to be an intersection between piracy and other criminal activities, such as arms trafficking and human trafficking, both of which involve the movement of small craft across the Gulf of Aden. One sub-group of the Puntland network, based in the Bari region, allegedly uses the same boats employed for piracy to move refugees and economic migrants from Somalia to Yemen, bringing arms and ammunition on the return journey.
Commercial weapons trafficking in Yemen is often sponsored by those in official positions. The largest Yemeni purported weapons dealers (for example, Faris Manna, Regent Street, Sana'a) are said to be partners with some very top officials (President Salah & family). This is part of the reason the military budget is so high. Not only is this hooked in with piracy and refugee smuggling but also drug and oil smuggling. Its John Gotti with an air force.
December 19, 2008
Because Youseff al-Khattab and his pig-ugly wife just can't be mocked enough.
Below the fold is the original unedited version of Youseff and all of his ugly wives. Email me at thortrollhammerATgmailDOTcom with your submissions and I'll add them to the post over the weekend.
Epic Fail: Facebook Jihad Shutdown
The jihadi's plan to invade Facebook went poof
A quickly growing jihadist group that used Facebook to spread its radical message has been shut down by the popular Web networking site after FOXNews.com alerted the company to the group's activities.
Facebook blocked the group, Fursan Ghazawat Alnusra — Arabic for "Knights in Support of the Invasion" — Thursday evening after the group swelled to about 120 members in just over one week.
Damn those Joooos at faux news. BHAWAWAWAWAWA
Previous: Jihadi Campaign to Invade Facebook
"Terrorists have no religion'
Thats what the guy above said. Click on the pic to find out who he is.
From Daily Times
LAHORE: Terrorists have no religion and we will have to understand each other with an open heart to spread the message of peace and love across the globe, United States Consul General in Lahore Brian D Hunt said on Thursday.
He was addressing the Happy Christmas 2008 event organised by Minhajul Quran International and Muslim Christian Peace Forum at the Minhajul Quran University on Thursday. Minhajul Quran Supreme Council member Hussain Mohaiuddin Qadri, Bishops Dr Markaz Fida, Wilson Gill, John Gill and Dr Akbar Khokhar were also present on the occasion. The participants celebrated the event by cutting the Christmas cake and singing peace anthems after the recitation of the Holy Quran and the Bible.
Hamas Ends Gaza Truce In Typical Islamotard Fashion
By failing to kill a single Jew that they've vowed to push into the sea.
JERUSALEM – Hamas formally announced the end of its unwritten, often-breached truce with Israel on Friday as Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired four rockets into southern Israel.
The Israeli military said two rockets were fired Friday morning and two more after sunset. It said troops guarding Israeli farmers in fields adjoining Gaza also came under sniper fire from across the border. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.
I think I have a new strategy for Hamas that just might work. Get all of the Palestinians under their control to line up at the border with their arms straight out and their hands palm up. Then they cross the border and literally push the Jews into the sea.
Oh, wait, that would push the Jews into Jordan. Guess when you're trying to push Jews into the sea, it sucks to be Hamas.
Iranian Woman Convicted of Attempting to Sell Night Vision to Iran
FORT LAUDERDALE - After representing herself at trial, an Iranian woman was convicted Thursday of trying to export U.S.-made night-vision goggles to Iran.Well she's more brave than her POS husband Mahmoud Seif who rather than face justice himself, allowed his wife to do it whilst he hides in Iran.
Sharhazad Mir Gholikhan, 31, vowed to appeal the verdict returned by a federal jury in Fort Lauderdale Is your Fort Lauderdale restaurant clean? - Click Here. after roughly 12 hours of deliberation: guilty of three export violations and not guilty of three related conspiracy charges.
Federal prosecutors said Gholikhan and her former husband, Mahmoud Seif, tried to illegally procure 3,500 sets of the military-grade goggles for Iran.
Authorities arrested the couple after a 2004 meeting in Vienna, Austria, where they had obtained a sample device from a U.S. government informant posing as an arms broker.
Good News! CODEPINK Has A New Propaganda Outlet - Sammy!
Samir Khan aka Inshallahshaheed has new anti-American friends, moonbats of COPEPINK. They were at the capital doing stupid things with shoes.
Sammy hiding their faces makes them seem even more rediculous. lulz
Its What Rusty Gets
For letting all us filthy stinking Irish drunks in here.
If that was "torture" then teenagers have been "torturing" their parents since oh oh about about 1950.
NEARLY 20 years ago, the US armed forces in Panama used the music of Guns N’ Roses and Elvis Presley, played at maximum volume over loudspeakers, to try and drive the country’s leader, Manuel Noriega, to surrender.LOL, torture my A$$! Well, maybe the Barney song, maybe the Barney song.
A tactic was born. Since then, music played at unbearable volumes has been frequently deployed in Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere by the CIA, as part of a sophisticated portfolio of torture against detainees.
But still...its kind of what these murderous al-Qaeda bastages deserve for not answering our questions. But actually calling it torture? Silly. But I suppose we can start driving tooth pics under their toenails if that would make you feel better.
Ret. US Adm. William Fallon to Israel - "Don't Fear Iran"
Maybe the dear admiral wants to be included in Hopey Changey's administration. Just sayin..
Israel is one of the strongest countries in the Middle East and needs to stop giving in to a "fear factor" with regard to the prospect of a nuclear Iran, Adm. (ret.) William Fallon, the former commander of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.Iran is determined to destroy Israel and the West.
In Israel for a regional security conference at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, Fallon told the Post that he could not understand why Iran would even contemplate using nuclear weapons against Israel unless the country wanted to be destroyed.
Israel, Fallon said, needed to come up with a strategic plan with regard to Iran and other threats. The military was just one tool among many that countries had at their disposal when dealing with a challenge, he said.
"The first order is to get our house in order, for sure in the US, and it seems here as well," he said. "This has to do with tasking. If the readiness is good, then you can be tasked. Therefore, you need to have your house in order and then you can take on other challenges."
A little refresher course on dear admiral. He opposed the surge and called Gen Petraeus "a ass kissing chicken shit" and refused to listen to Petraeus's call for more troops. He resigned this year over Bush's policy on Iran.
Yes, I do believe he is vying for a position in Hopey Changey's administration. Obama was also opposed to the surge and has refused to admit it worked.
Dear Gov Crooked Bastage
You were elected to look after the interests of the people of the state of Illinois. Who now want you out of office at a rate of 9 our of 10.
But all you look after is your own interests.
Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:Assmaggot! Assmaggot! Assmaggot!
Blagojevich Proclaims Innocence, Says 'I Will Fight, I Will Fight, I Will Fight' [3:12 p.m. ET]
For more, go to abcnews.go.com?CMP=EMC-1396
Update by Stable Hand, video of Assmaggot added.
Sorting Out the RNC Chairman's Race
Her'e's what I see in the current field:
First, I've pretty much counted out the four white guys, for the following reasons:
MIKE DUNCAN: Mike Duncan is the current RNC Chairman, and sees no reason why he shouldn't stay right where he is. If you're fairly happy with the way things have been going lately for the GOP, there's no reason whatsoever to change leadership. If you're one of us who are NOT so happy with the way things have been going lately, a leadership change would seem to be in order.That leaves the two black guys, both of which seem to be decent prospects:
KATON DAWSON: Setting morality aside, Dawson's 12-year membership in a whites-only / gentiles-only country club would seem to evince a SEVERE lack of good judgment. (I.e., W.T.F. were you thinking???) Thanks, but I'll pass. The GOP needs that kind of PR like it needs a hole in the head.
SAUL ANUZIS: Good personal story, appears to understand the GOP's technology gap, but appears to have presided over a fairly massive cratering of the Michigan GOP during his term as chairman there. Seems like a good guy, but I'm thinking he should probably stay in Michigan for now.
CHIP SALTSMAN: Former Tennessee GOP Chairman (good), former campaign manager for Mike Huckabee (ugh). Beyond that, I don't know much about Saltsman, and neither does anyone else, from what I can tell. When most of the hardcore political geeks couldn't pick you out of a police lineup to save their lives, that doesn't say good things about your promotional abilities.
MICHAEL STEELE: We all know Michael Steele as a vibrant and energetic supporter of the GOP and Bush Administration on FOX News. Steele's been a good salesman for the Party in a time of some particularly thin product offerings. Steele's not necessarily a "movement conservative," and he's been somewhat vague on his core political principles. Iffy on guns, but generally considered pro-life and pro-borders. Describes himself as a "Lincoln Republican" (Which means...???) Steele's founding leadership role in Christine Todd Whitman's "centrist" Republican Leadership Council further confuses (or perhaps clears up?) issues of his political philosophy. Steele has a fairly thin political resume--elected once to Maryland Lt. Gov. as part of the Ehrlich-Steele ticket, then lost his Maryland Senate race by over ten points.Two questions:
KEN BLACKWELL: Started out running for city council in Cincinnati, then mayor, and worked his way up to Ohio Secretary of State. Elected to statewide office 3 times in swing state Ohio. Has won 14 of his 17 elections. Generally considered a "movement conservative" and throughly wired in to core conservative policy groups (CFG, NRA, NTU, FRC). Very pro-life and rock solid on guns. Hated with a passion by the DailyKos crowd. Generally not quite as "good on the stump" as Steele. Despite a very good "win/loss record" overall, Blackwell lost his 2006 run for Ohio Governor by over twenty points--though defenders point out that the 2006 election was in the wake of a particularly bad year for Republicans in Ohio.
1. Do any of the four white guys deserve a second look?
2. As between Steele and Blackwell, did I leave anything particularly important out?
UK: Sisters Found Brutally Murdered
Sabrina Larbi-Cherif 22, shown in video, and her 19-year-old sister Sabrina were found blungeoned at their flat.
Forensic tests revealed the pair, who lived at Jupiter Apartments near the city centre, died of stab wounds.
The Algerian-born sisters moved to England with their parents 10 years ago. The suspect, 28, is due before city magistrates on Saturday morning. Police have not released his name.
The sisters were British nationals and had only lived in their flat for a few weeks. Their family live in the Wembley area of north-west London.
Another article states:
"Officers revealed the women - believed to have been killed at the weekend - had been so severely attacked they were relying on post-mortem examinations to establish how they were killed.So young to be taken away this way.
Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Mirfield, head of West Midland Police's major investigation unit, said: 'It was a chaotic and sustained attack. 'There was a substantial amount of blood inside many of the rooms.'
Via The Sand Box
Our SECFOR guys from South Carolina were not only the cream of that proud state, but they were funnier than hell to boot. Their original explanations for Afghan phenomena were imaginative and often hilarious.
Many areas of Afghanistan are boulder-strewn. In one place on the J-bad Highway where the passes open up into a mountain-bordered plain, it actually looked like a boulder farm.
Thousands of large round boulders appeared as if they'd been purposely arranged in rows. I chuckled to myself from the turret of the humvee as we rolled along. We would encounter these fields in many areas of the country, and some were just mind-boggling. Like a carton of bb's scattered on a living room carpet, the thousands of boulders had been there for eons.
SGT Burt Schtickum, (who is still recovering from a torn aorta and resultant valve replacement that he narrowly but miraculously survived), decided that the fields of large round rocks were, in fact, Taliban eggs. Taliban, SGT Schtickum reasoned, were hatched from these eggs-cleverly-disguised-as-rocks in much the same way that killdeer hatch from eggs that look like pebbles.
Be sure and read the rest, it is damn funny. Video of "Taliban eggs" also there.
Kashmir: Indian Military Kill LeT Commander
According to Press TV a senior LeT commander has been killed by the Indian Military.
LeT and their "charity" Jamaat-Ud-Dawa is responsible for the Mumbai terror attack.
The Indian military says it has killed a senior military commander of banned Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Kashmir region.
The militant commander was identified as Iqbal Malik, the LeT's southern Kashmir commander, the military said in a statement released on Friday.
It added that Malik and two other insurgents were killed earlier in the day as they were trapped in a cave during an exchange of fire in mountainous Doda district, south of Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir.
"Three LeT militants, including senior commander Iqbal Malik, who got holed up in a mountain cave were killed after a fierce eight-hour-long encounter today," Reuters quoted an unnamed army spokesman as saying.
May the martyrs enjoy their goat virgins. Allah knows best.
(Update)Shocka! CNN Joins The Global Warming Skeptics
Scroll down for update.
A few choice excerpts from CNN Meteoroligst Chad Meyers:
"To think we could affect nature is pretty arrogant."
"I think we are going to die from a lack of water, ocean acidification before we die from global warming. It's like saying we buy a car and it is great for three days then on the 5th or 6th day it's not so good".
"We only have data for a hundred years not millions of years that the world has been around.......I think it is the sun that does it, not man"
Update: ST in comments gave link to article stating the meteorologist recanted the next day; "The globe is getting warmer and humans are the likely the main cause of it.”
It's not nice to fool Goracle.
CNN Video below fold.
Egypt: Mass Internet Outage After Cables Cut
Suspicious or accident?
CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt's communications ministry says Internet cables in the Mediterranean Sea have been cut, causing massive Internet outages.
The ministry says three Internet cables running through the Mediterranean were cut Friday morning. Throughout the country the Internet is almost completely down or working sporadically.
Yemen and Sudan were also having phone and Internet difficulties Friday, but it was unclear if it was connected to the outage.
On a positive note, the online jihad will also be affected.
Child Abuse Iranian Style
(R)"Loving image" of Ayatollah Khomeini looking down upon martyr Hossein Fahmideh.
Can Hopey Changey reverse the damage done to these youths by meeting with the mullah's? I think not.
Related: Obama to create Iran outreach post
Shoprite Refuses 3 Year Old Adolf Hitler His Birthday Cake
All the wackos are in New Jersey.
Kudos to Shoprite which deemed inappropriate the request to write "Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler" on a birthday cake. Last year the parents also wanted a swastika on the cake, the Shopright spokeswoman said. (The parents ultimately got the cake at Walmart.)
The kid's sisters are named JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell.
Source: Rahm Emanuel Talked Directly To Blago, Pushed Jarret for Senate Seat
Can't wait to see what Prezident Hope-n-Change's "internal report" has to say about this.
President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had a deeper involvement in pressing for a U.S. Senate seat appointment than previously reported, the Sun-Times has learned. Emanuel had direct discussions about the seat with Gov. Blagojevich, who is is accused of trying to auction it to the highest bidder.Sure. Rahm and Obama were the only two virgins in the whorehouse. They're clean of this mess, don't you see.
Emanuel talked with the governor in the days following the Nov. 4 election and pressed early on for the appointment of Valerie Jarrett to the post, sources with knowledge of the conversations told the Sun-Times. There was no indication from sources that Emanuel brokered a deal, however.
A source with the Obama camp strongly denied Emanuel spoke with the governor directly about the seat (ed.- of course they did) saying Emanuel only spoke with Blagojevich once recently to say he was taking the chief of staff post.Can't wait to hear those tapes and for Obama to demand that they're released publicly.
But sources with knowledge of the investigation said Blagojevich told his aides about the calls with Emanuel and sometimes gave them directions afterward. Sources said that early on, Emanuel pushed for the appointment of Jarrett to the governor and his staff and asked that it be done by a certain date.
At least some of the conversations between Emanuel and Blagojevich were likely caught on tape, sources said.
This is the change you voted for, America. You deserve the
Chicago corrupticrat mafia "government" you get.
Notice the pattern, as I'm sure you have already:
1. We had no contact with this corrupt governor.
2. I had no contact with this corrupt governor.
3. My chief of staff may have had minimal contact with this corrupt governor.
4. My chief of staff had talked directly with this corrupt governor regarding the senate seat and is caught on tape doing so.
5. This is a sad day for America. The government was asleep at the wheel.
December 18, 2008
Pakistanis demand closure of supply route to NATO
"Down with America" and "Jihad is the only solution of America"
I'm sure the protesters meant that an inner spiritual struggle is the only solution of America.
Thousands of protesters in Pakistan's city of Peshawar have demanded an end to US air strikes and to supplies to Nato and the US in Afghanistan.
The protest was organised by the hardline Jamaat-e-Islami party.[...]
About 5,000 protesters demanded that the government close the route. At least 75% of overland supplies to foreign forces in Afghanistan travels through North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
They shouted "Down with America" and "Jihad is the only solution of America".
Egyptian USF Student Gets 15 Yrs In Terror Case
One down and one more to go for this group of online jihad community members. I would love to see a "few" I know face this same fate.
TAMPA — Former University of South Florida student Ahmed Mohamed received a maximum 15-year federal prison sentence Thursday for providing material support to terrorists.
In court, U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday pondered the 27-year-old's potential aloud, gazing at the former engineering doctoral student and teaching assistant who had once managed a 4.0 GPA.
"I still wonder why this young man in front of me at his age, at his intelligence, how he has become committed to this path," Merryday said.
Mohamed admitted in a June plea agreement to creating a YouTube video showing how to turn a child's remote control toy into a detonator. He told authorities the video was to be used by martyrs fighting "invaders" of Arab countries, including the U.S. military.
Prosecutors also disclosed for the first time Thursday that Mohamed uploaded the video from an engineering computer at USF. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Monk said the video was viewed 782 times before it was removed from the site. Prosecutors presented no evidence that anyone had followed Mohamed's instructions in the video and caused harm.
Federal agents superimposed English subtitles onto the video to translate Mohamed's words as he spoke in Arabic. He demonstrated how a blue, remotely controlled truck could be reassembled for use as a detonator. Mohamed's face isn't shown on the video, but he admitted to law enforcement that he produced, narrated and uploaded it to the Internet.
He and fellow student Youssef Megahed, 22, were arrested Aug. 4, 2007, and charged with illegally transporting explosive materials after a South Carolina deputy stopped them for speeding and found the materials in their trunk.I hope the gov wins the appeal and throws this arsehole in prison.
Prosecutors alluded to Megahed several times during the sentencing but never called him by name. Instead, they referred to him as Mohamed's "traveling companion." Megahed's trial has been postponed while the government appeals a judge's ruling to exclude certain evidence against him.
(Update) Happy Chanukah From The Alqaeda Dancers!
From the archives.
Update - desert dweller in comments linked this one:
US Navy's Robot Stealth Carrier Plane Unveiled
Awesome! Click image for more.
"O-O-O Baby! You Smell Like a Cow!"
Burger King has launched a beef-scented cologne called Flame. This is for real. Flame goes for $4.
Flame Beef-Scented Cologne
Excuse me but, at the moment, my mind is an amusement park of jokes. It's like a Tilt-A-Whirl is giving me writer's block.
Since It's Bash Jooosef Day.....
Allahdammit, the goat humping bastards left me out.
Inshallahashaheed Says "When A Person Eats, He Resembles What He Eats"
Hmmm, so I guess that means Jooosef looks like what he had for EID celebration?
Dang he is f'n ugly.
Joseph Cohen aka Yousef al-Khattab's Old Lady
To be continued.....update: done.
Who woulda thunk, a martyr chose to have sex with Yousef before sploding himself.
"Joosef", you teh ghey you!
Video: A Protest Where It Counts - Iran
The MSM and the left idolize the Iraqi shoe thrower and fail to recognize this brave soul.
Two weeks ago, this Iranian student ripped Ali Larijani to his face at a speech and denounced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:
Clinton Foundation Major Donor List
The media has been jumping for joy that Bill Clinton finally released his donor list. I think the "Messiah" should do the same for his online campaign contributions.
FNC has the list here
Earlier I tried going to the foundation but it was "too busy". teh.
Dutch Islam Institute Shutting Down
(The Netherlands) Apparently, funding has dried up.
The Islam Institute of the Dutch universities will finish functioning on January 1st of next year.The reason for the lack of continued funding hasn't been reported. I would speculate that it has more to do with the general state of the economy rather than a realization that the funding of arguably adversarial efforts is imprudent.
The University of Leiden doesn't see sufficient financial possibilities for continuing on, the university announced Wednesday.
The International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) was founded ten years ago by the universities of Leiden, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Nijmegen, and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
Hopey Changey Defends Rich Warren Decision
Move over everyone - make room for more under this damn bus.
Obama - Warren - Daily Kos
The leftist are in a huff over Obama choosing Rick Warren to give invocation at his inaugural.
Daily Kos headlines this outrage: Rick Warren: Penis Regulator (With Poll!)
The poll asks "How soon until Pastor Warren is outed as a deviant". One moonbat replied with this "ballot"
Stay classy koz kidz.
The RNC Race : Where Does Ken Blackwell Stand on the Second Amendment?
Michael Steele has been getting a lot of buzz in his race for RNC Chairman.
Unfortunately, Steele has been less than 100% supportive of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. I'm particularly troubled by this interchange:
Q: Should people have access to buy assault weapons or any gun that they want?Sad to say, but this same quote could've been spouted by John Kerry, Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. It's the LEFTIES, after all, who think the Second Amendment has something to do with "skeet shooting and hunting."
Michael Steele: Well, I mean you draw the line. I mean, what do you need an assault weapon for? I mean, if going hunting, I think that's a little overkill or whatever, but the reality of it is, I think it's important for a society, a community to draw the lines as we've drawn in a number of other constitutional areas, but I don't think that that means that you go to a total ban for those who want to use guns for skeet shooting and hobbying and hunting and things like that.
Michael Steele's softness on gun rights has had me looking elsewhere for a candidate to support.
One of the names mentioned as an alternative to Michael Steele is Ken Blackwell.
After reading some of Ken Blackwell's writing on the Second Amendment, I am happy to report that Ken Blackwell is not at all equivocal in his support for the Second Amendment. Whereas Michael Steele sounds like Sarah Brady, Ken Blackwell sounds like Fred Thompson.
Here's Ken Blackwell on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Important Links For Veterans
Argghhh has compiled an awesome list of links for Veterans
From their website:
Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA.
Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know.
Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won’t tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it. It's just how the bureaucracy works. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you - and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests. Those advocates are the VSOs. The websites are below the fold.
And I can’t emphasize enough - leverage the Veteran’s Service Officer resources. A veteran isn’t charged for their services, and they know how to cut through the red tape. They exist for the sole purpose of helping us and our families get through the maze to what we are due, in accordance with our needs.
Use above link for list and pass it on.
Britain Convicts Two al-Qaeda Terrorists
Take a gander at these two Jihadi muslime losers.
A British Muslim, described by counter-terrorism officers as an al-Qaeda mastermind who considered mass murder part of his duty, became the first person to be convicted of a charge of “directing terrorism” today.Of particular note is that these al-Qaeda terrorists were using Microsoft's Hotmail for dead drop email communication. That's when multiple users share an account and trade messages by adding draft emails that others may then access.
Rangzieb Ahmed, 33, was part of a three-man active service cell on an unknown terrorist operation in Dubai and Saudi Arabia in December 2005 when it had to be aborted.
He was regarded as so important to the organisation that a second man, Habib Ahmed, 28, was recruited to carry incriminating documents written in invisible ink that amounted effectively to a “terrorist’s contacts book”.
On The Big Screen Where All Arabs Are Israeli
According to Newsweek Arab actors refuse to take some roles because they are "stereotyped as terrorists'.
Anyone watching HBO's ongoing miniseries "House of Saddam" surely must be struck by the lead actor's resemblance to the late Iraqi dictator. Me? I was struck by something else: his Israeli accent. "Why does Saddam Hussein sound like my old grocer in Jerusalem?" I called out before checking the movie credits online. (Yes, an Israeli, but no, not my grocer.)
The post-9/11 era might be Hollywood's Arab moment. But Israeli actors seem to be reaping the benefit, getting many of the best parts. Take Yigal Naor. Before portraying Saddam Hussein, the stout actor from Tel Aviv played Iraqi Ahmed Chalabi in "10 Days to War," an Arab interrogator in the Hollywood film "Rendition" and a Palestinian militant in Steven Spielberg's "Munich." One of his costars in "House of Saddam" is Israeli Uri Gavriel, who portrays the depraved Chemical Ali. Gavriel also played a Saudi terrorist in "The Kingdom."
Certainly, plenty of Arabs are getting Arab roles. The Egyptian actor Amr Waked is riveting as Saddam's brother-in-law in the HBO series, and he also had a good role in "Syriana." Often, however, Arab characters in Hollywood films are terrorists—and many Arab performers won't take those parts. According to Jack Shaheen, whose book "Reel Bad Arabs" chronicles the history of Arab stereotyping in U.S. cinema, nuanced roles for Arabs are rare. "I don't believe casting directors think of Arabs in any other way except as playing terrorists or villains," he says.
But Alon Aboutboul, an Israeli actor who plays Al-Saleem in the recent thriller "Body of Lies," says there's a universalism in the anger and alienation of the characters he portrays. "I don't think of playing a terrorist," he says. "I think of someone who's idealistic and believes passionately in what he's doing." Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdoshloo, who is a star in her native Iran, plays Saddam's wife in the HBO series and once played a terrorist on "24."[...]
Still, moviegoers across the Arab world must find it unsettling to see themselves so often depicted by their enemies. Arab conspiracy theorists, already convinced that Israel engineered the war on Iraq, must view "House of Saddam" as further evidence. As for my old grocer, he might be wasting his time. He could be a movie star.
It's the Jooooooos fault. Besides, what I see coming out of Hollywood is sympathy for the terrorists, not stereotyping.
Video clip House of Saddam
Article reminded me of this video:
"Reel Bad Arabs"
Islamists Behead Nahla Hussain
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Gunmen broke into the house of a women’s rights activist in the volatile city of Kirkuk on Thursday and beheaded her, police in the northern Iraqi city said.May those who committed this horrific and unjustified act of murder be found and punished.
The victim was identified as Nahla Hussain, the head of the women’s league of the Kurdish Communist Party. She was alone in the house at the time of her death.
The Meaning of Money
Now would be a good time for everyone in America, and in particular the dolts and crooks in Washington, to read Atlas Shrugged, because we're literally living through episodes in this novel - sometimes down to the verbatim rhetoric of some of the characters.
In particular, you should really read Francisco's speech on the meaning of money, and internalize it. An excerpt:
Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.Read it all - it's lengthy, but so very worth it. And do yourself a favor - read the damn book if you haven't already. Stop saying, "Well, I plan to read it someday."
Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another – their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun.
But money demands of you the highest virtues, if you wish to make it or to keep it. Men who have no courage, pride, or self-esteem, men who have no moral sense of their right to their money and are not willing to defend it as they defend their life, men who apologize for being rich – will not remain rich for long. They are the natural bait for the swarms of looters that stay under rocks for centuries, but come crawling out at the first smell of a man who begs to be forgiven for the guilt of owning wealth. They will hasten to relieve him of the guilt – and of his life, as he deserves.
Then you will see the rise of the double standard – the men who live by force, yet count on those who live by trade to create the value of their looted money – the men who are the hitchhikers of virtue. In a moral society, these are the criminals, and the statutes are written to protect you against them. But when a society establishes criminals-by-right and looters-by-law – men who use force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims – then money becomes its creators' avenger. Such looters believe it safe to rob defenseless men, once they've passed a law to disarm them. But their loot becomes the magnet for other looters, who get it from them as they got it. Then the race goes, not to the ablest at production, but to those most ruthless at brutality. When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket. And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruins and slaughter.
Do you wish to know whether that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion--when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing--when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors--when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you--when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice--you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that is does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.
Do it. DO IT NAUW. You won't regret it.
Global Warming Strikes Vegas, Threatens NYC
WHY DOESN'T THE WEATHER LISTEN TO ALGORE? Doesn't it know it's supposed to be getting warmer instead of getting colder? No matter - this increase in cold weather and snow is just further evidence of an increase in temperatures.
One foot of global warming in Chicago.
Storm poised to hit NYC region tomorrow.
GLOBAL WARMING!@!2211eleventy!!!! RAISE TAXES OR WE'RE ALL GONNA DIEz!@!!
Jihadi Campaign to Invade Facebook
Last week on the password-protected jihadist forum Faloja, Umar Abd al-Hakim (aka Omar Abdul Hakim) posted an outline of a campaign to invade Facebook by jihadi propagandists.
Called “Ghazwat al-Nusra2″ (Aid Invasion2), the campaign is compartmentalized and hierarchical. See the disturbing outline below the fold.
According to Umer's post:
* We have already had great success in raiding Youtube.Umer also explains how to sign up for Facebook and describes the organization of the campaign. Seven brigades comprise the effort, each with a commander.
* American politicians have used Facebook to get votes, like the house slave Obama.
* Anyone can join and you can reach millions of people. The April 6 youth are a good example of this.
* I am writing this because supporters of jihad don’t know how to use Facebook to reach Americans or Muslims.
* Don’t worry about security as long as you don’t disclose your personal info and you use new email addresses to subscribe.
* A large number of people in the Arab world are using Facebook.
* We can use Facebook to fight the media attack on Jihadi media and the forums. We can post media on Facebook that shows the Crusader losses.
* Since Facebook is so widespread, we need to use it.
* By using Facebook, we can move from the forums and engage common people and Americans themselves to show them the reality of their losses, which are being concealed by their media.
* One of the goals of invading Facebook is to “move away from elite society (the forums and the Jihadi websites) to Muslims in general and participate and interact with them.” [parenthetical comments are `Umar's]
* The brothers should immediately start to build their expertise in using Facebook.
* I’ve called this campaign “Ghazwat al-Nusra2″ (Aid Invasion2) because we are aiding our brothers on the forums: Hesbah, Firdaws, Boraq, and Ekhlaas. [sic all]
1. Sharia Brigade: spreads Salafi-Jiahdi doctrine and responding to doubts planted by erring people to misguide Muslim youth. It will distribute articles and audio messages from Salafi-Jihadi scholars.Each week, brigade commanders will prepare a written report to the leadership council which will then prepare a report on the campaign's progress.
2. Media and Planning Brigade: distributes Jihadi media files and incitement plans
3. Statements Brigade: posts Jihadi statements
4. Preparation Brigade: distributes military training material
5. Security Brigade: distributes security info required for Jihadi media and also security courses
6. English Media Brigade: posts Jihadi media and statements in English
7. Martyrs and Prisoners Brigade: distributes bios, writings, and videos of martyrs. Also material on prisoners. [sic all]
Thanks to an anonymous tipster.
University Announces "Free Speech" Zone
Deserving to be in the spotlight this month is the University of Cincinnati which has announced a policy that allows free speech in one designated campus area only.
Free speech is permissible in the specified area but only after being authorized and scheduled by the Campus Scheduling Office.
Those individuals failing to comply with the policy are threatened with criminal trespassing charges.
Muslim Woman Jailed Over Headscarf
(Douglasville, Georgia) A 40-year-old Muslim woman, Lisa Valentine (aka Miedah), is claiming religious discrimination after bailiffs at the Douglasville Municipal Court building told her she would have to remove her scarf (pic).
"It bothers me because it's from the court that's supposed to be protecting people's rights and granting people's rights and being fair," said Valentine. [...]Despite Valentine's airs, the Douglasville Police Department is reviewing her complaint.
Valentine admits she used vulgar language when told of the policy. She claims the bailiffs handcuffed her and took her to Judge Keith Rollins.
Valentine says the Judge charged her with contempt of court. She was jailed, then released a few hours later.
"I've been a Muslim 11 years," said Valentine. "This is the first blatant discrimination I've experienced."Valentine is pursuing a possible lawsuit with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union.
In a related action, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called on Georgia Attorney General Thurbert E. Baker to place sanctions against Judge Keith Rollins for violating the religious rights of Valentine and other women.
Pat Toomey, Steve Forbes Endorse Ken Blackwell for RNC Chairman
Toomey's endorsement, via Hotline:
I believe our party has to change and that starts at the top. The beginning of the comeback for the GOP starts with the election of a new Chairman of the Republican National Committee.I'd been leaning toward supporting Michael Steele, but the endorsement of Toomey and Forbes carry a lot of weight with me. Hmmm...
That's why I am writing you: To let you know that I am proud to endorse Ken Blackwell for Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Ken will be a strong conservative voice leading the RNC. He will fight for smaller government and "getting back to basics."
In 1995, Speaker Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Dole asked Jack Kemp and Ken Blackwell to serve on the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform. This group initiated the debate around the Flat Tax.
I am not the only economic conservative endorsing Ken either; leaders like Steve Forbes have already come out in support of his bid for Chairman.
December 17, 2008
(Update)Finally, Helen Jones Kelley Resigns Over Joe The Plumber Snooping Incident
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She is using the same old BS "I fear for my family's safety". Safety from what? Sheesh. She tried to ruin Joe's reputation for the "Messiah" and now we are to feel sorry for her? Hell no.
CINCINNATI: A state official resigned Wednesday in the wake of a finding that she improperly used state computers to access personal information on the Toledo-area man who became known as ''Joe the Plumber'' during the presidential campaign.
Department of Job and Family Services Director Helen Jones-Kelley said in a statement that she won't allow her reputation to be disparaged and is concerned for her family's safety.
Gov. Ted Strickland suspended Jones-Kelley for a month without pay after Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles found in November that she improperly used state computers to find personal information on Samuel Wurzelbacher. The investigation also found that she conducted improper political fundraising activity for now President-elect Barack Obama.
''The governor values Helen Jones-Kelley's years of public service as a dedicated advocate for the most vulnerable among us,'' Strickland's spokesman Keith Dailey said Wednesday night. ''He understands her decision and accepts her resignation.''
Charles' investigation could not confirm that Jones-Kelley accessed the records of Wurzelbacher with political gain in mind. His report did indicate that she had used her personal Blackberry to send the Obama fundraising requests — though it was synched up to state equipment.
Good bye and good riddance.
I wish him luck with his lawsuit. No one should have their privacy invaded the way his was.
LULZ: Anteater & I Hate Nature
Anteater is being "picked on" at a rather funny blog, "" F**k you, Penguin"
The following video "I Hate Nature" is a lot like the above blog...lulz
Cyber Jihad of Losers on Jihadtube Admit Defeat
For many months Operation YouTube Smackdown has effectively shut down almost 15 thousands terrorist videos posted on Youtube and this has caused a lot of anger among the cyberspace terrorists. Operation YouTube Samckdown is a group of patriots who took upon themselves to prevent spreading terrorist propaganda on Youtube. We have an ongoing thread here on FR about this operation and it is posted by Freeper "StarCMC".He's right ya know, Jihad Jane was probably our most valuable tool for finding and removing new uploads. Special thanks to you Jihad Jane from the Zionist Internet Spies.
Today, a member of an Al Qaeda terrorist forum called "Al Falojah" admitted that they have been utterly defeated on Youtube by Operation You Tube Smackdown.
He also blamed the members of the terrorist forums for making it easy to spot the YouTube terrorist videos when they post links of these videos on the forums.
The poster name is "Song of Terror" and the date of his post is December 16 2008.
This is a link to thread http://al-faloja.info/vb/showthread.php?t=38871 in case someone has access to "al falojah" terrorist forum and knows how to read Arabic.
Below is a partial translation of the post:
"Members of Al Falojah forum swallow the bitterness of a crushing defeat on YouTube.
I have warned multiple times in my replies to the some threads and in private e-mails that I sent to some brothers about posting Yotube jihadi videos links on the pages of the jihadi forums because they (the videos) would be disabled within few days…… The Zinoist YOUTUBE SMACKDOWN network has few members but they have a lot of accounts on Youtube where they do a lot of "Flags" to the jihadi publications in particular the ones with English titles and contain tags such as "Iraq, IED, humvee, martyrdom, jihad, war".
End of the partial translation.
Congratulations members of Operation YouTube SmackDown, keep up the great work, you are hurting the terrorist enemy and preventing them from publishing their terrorist propaganda on YouTube.
PS: The internet terrorists are now aiming toward "MegaVideo" website to make massive publications of their terrorist videos there.
Oh and a personal note to Song of Terror (the nasheed guy) below the fold.
Poll: 37% Of Americans Unable To Locate America On A Map
Satire, although most Huff Post readers believed it. Be sure to read the comments below.
Washington, D.C. -- According to a Gallup/Harris poll released Monday, a full 37 percent of American citizens are incapable of identifying their home country on a map of the United States.This is the funny part:
"On the whole, these figures should be construed as somewhat disappointing," Gallup spokesman Keith Ventner said. "Especially the two percent that believed the United States was located on the map's color-coded inset legend. I think we as a nation likely could have done without seeing that."
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security sees the Gallup/Harris poll results as a blessing in disguise. According to Secretary Michael Chertoff, the nation would be better off if these numbers skewed even higher.Here are some choice comments:
"Personally, I believe if fewer people in this world could spot America on a map, we'd have a much better chance of avoiding national tragedies like 9/11," said Chertoff. "You can't attack a country you can't find."
80% of Huff Post readers fail to read the part that says "this article is a satire."...
Considering that about half of them voted for Bush twice, it's no surprise....
The problem is, given the dumbing down of this country, who can be sure anymore? I wasn't..........
Hmmmmmmm.....that is a coincidence.
37% of the country is Republican and thinks we lived with Dinosaurs 6,000 years ago.
I think we can say Lincoln was a lousy President, and we - the North - LOST the Civil War. Red States lead the Blue states in divorce, drugs alcohol consumption, support for Sarah Palin and political corruption. We should have let them escape in 1860........
Guys, read the first line of the article: "Editor's note: This post is a satire.".....
I realize this is satire, however, according to my dictionary, "America" is a continent of the western hemisphere consisting of North America and South America, joined by the narrow isthmus of Central America. It doesn"t seem unreasonable that folks wouldn"t know where "America" is since the question isn"t clear. Perhaps the results would be more positive if the question was "where is the United States?.......
Sandmonkey Ponders Hidden Meaning of Metal Bikini
And the answer is; with pics like these who really cares?
Hat Tip: Rlusty. (kinda figured that didn't you)
African Taliban of Losers in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia Dec 17 (Garowe Online) - At least five people were killed in Somalia's capital Mogadishu after suspected insurgents targeted separate military bases housing African Union peacekeepers and Ethiopian troops, Radio Garowe reported Wednesday.Ethiopians hand them their ass.
The Islamist al Shabaab group claimed responsibility for the attacks, including a violent attack near KM4 junction where AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeepers are based.
Mogadishu — At least ten people have been killed and more than twenty others have been injured when a heavy fighting between Ethiopian troops and Islamist insurgent forces erupted in Yaqshid district north of Mogadishu, witnesses and officials said on Wednesday.al Shabaab outraged!
"We inform the Mujahidins (Islamic fighters) in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir and every where in the world that commander Abdulahi Salad Farah (Abu Khalid) and other mujahidins were martyred,"Abu Mansur told reporters via phone press conference in Mogadishu.May God bless and speed the victory of these Ethiopian troops. A fine early Christmas present to the world, dead al-Shabaab fighters.
How to Get Banned From the Al-Qassam English Forum in One Post
LOL! I guess the terrorist supporting scumbags who scream free speech when we try to stop them from using US assets and companies to spread their propaganda weren't willing to extend us the same hospitality they get from places like Jihadtube.
Interview With Muhammad
Iranian-born Dutchman Ehsan Jami has produced a film which imagines an interview with the Prophet Mohammad if he were alive today.
An Interview with Muhammad
The film is essentially a call to present-day Muslims to reform their thinking. It is interesting and even has some, likely controversial, humor. (more)
Taliban No Likey "Road" Kill
A funny looking camouflaged Talibaghead on his way to punish vendor for feeding him road kill.
Inshallahsheed appears to be getting off on it.
Dang, the military had a good thing going....srzly. Gonna have to find someplace else to dump the dead animals. Maybe alQaeda will like 'em.
h/t Weasel Zippers
Iraqi Ambassador vs Code Pink
Code Pink lose but too stupid to realize.
GITMO Lawyers Are The Latest Radical Chic
Excellent Op-ed from WSJ.
Within the ranks of our leading law schools, law firms and legal centers, it would be hard to find a cause more popular than the detainees of Guantanamo Bay. Every lawyer wants his own detainee or detainee group. The result is that dozens of the world's most dangerous men now have their own legal Dream Teams.Evilneoconjoosboooshhitlercheneyrovehalliburtonrumsfield must be held accountable - not the terrorists.
In this context, wouldn't it be refreshing to hear the dean of some Ivy League law school, or a partner in a white-shoe law firm, stand up and say these words: "As part of our pro bono commitments, we hereby offer our services to the overworked men and women trying to keep our nation safe from terrorist attack."
These high priced lawyers would rather receive their "chic award" to add to their collection:
Last year, at a dinner at Washington's Ritz-Carlton hotel, the National Legal Aide Defender Association bestowed its "Beacon of Justice Award" on 50 law firms for their pro bono work on behalf of the detainees.Meanwhile the Justice Department is over whelmed by the number of "chic" firms and progressive organizations present in the courts.
These firms included WilmerHale; Jenner & Block; Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan; Paul Weiss Rifkin; Mayer Brown; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Dechert; Pepper Hamilton; Venable; Perkins Coie; Hunton & Williams; and Fulbright Jaworski. These firms in turn are joined by law professors from Stanford, Yale and Northwestern right on down to Fordham.
The imbalance was illustrated by a scene last week at the federal courthouse building in Washington, D.C. There Judge Thomas Hogan was to consider rules governing the habeas corpus petitions of the detainees.
That meant half a dozen Justice Department lawyers waiting in a room packed wall-to-wall with high-priced partners -- many backed up by legions of associates, outside legal experts, human-rights centers, and concerned law students.
Hmmm, I wonder how many of these "concerned" groups were ripped off by the Madoff scandal Hopefully all of them.
NY: PTA Official Teaching Sex Ed To 13 Yr. Old In Backseat Of Nissan
BALDWIN, N.Y. (CBS) ― A prominent PTA official is facing some serious allegations involving a teenage boy.
Police arrested Joan Tuckruskye after allegedly finding her in the backseat of a parked car with a 13-year-old boy on Friday night. Both of them, police said, were partially unclothed.
It was in the rear of the elementary school parking lot where patrolling officers said they noticed the foggy and steamed windows of an SUV. They approached and knocked on the window.
"They observed a woman in her 40s and a boy who appeared to be a teenager. They were not clothed from the waist down," said Lt. Kevin Smith of the Nassau County Police Department.
At first, police said, the boy said he was 18. Later at the hospital, though, he admitted being 13 but claimed he and the PTA mom were only kissing
Ya, they were just kissing, uh huh.
Call for stopping US aid to Pakistan
Its about frigging time.
Eleven billion dollars in aid has been given to Pakistan since 2002. There are countless examples of Pakistan turning a blind eye, assisting, helping, training and arming terrorists, who are actively fighting us. The worst part is that there has been little or no outrage from our political leaders regarding this situation.
With the recent Mumbai attacks and information coming out that the attacks were planned, the terrorists trained and attacks coordinated from Pakistan there seems to be a little momentum to stop giving Pakistan aid money. A few US congressmen have publicly called for stopping US aid to Pakistan. These congressmen include Frank Pallone, Robert Menedez andGary Ackerman.
Source article at ROA
Shocka! Chomsky Says Obama Controlled By Da Joooooos
With Obama, Israel and less than 2% of the American population is now in full control of the American governmentWhat Chomsky doesn't know that is that he himself is actually a tool of the World Wide Zionist Conspiracy. In fact there's a Zionist Hindu Muslim Jooo with a mind control ray installed on his iphone making me write this stuff right now.
Rlusty, point that thing back at Vinnie would you?
Down with BoooshMcObamahellibacon!
Dammit Rsluty, I said stop it!
Video: How To Reach A Soldier
How this works:
We have volunteer Soldier "contacts" on the "Where to Send" page. Click through the names and select the one(s) you wish to support. They list what the folks they represent want and need. We even have a search capability so you can easily identify what the troops need most.
All the Soldiers involved in this effort are military volunteers stationed in areas that are in harm's way. You send your support (letters and/or packages) addressed to them and when they see the "Attn: Any Soldier®" line in their address they put your letters and packages into the hands of Soldiers who don't get much or any mail first. Everything is shared.
Pretty cool, check it out.
Sun Times: Rahm Emanuel Had At Least 21 Taped Conversations w/ Blago...Pushed for Jarret for Senate Seat
Chicago Sun Times today:
President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, was pushing for Obama's successor just days after the Nov. 4 election, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.Rahm also has reportedly had at least 21 conversations with Hot Rod about the Senate seat, and they're on tape.
Emanuel privately urged Gov. Blagojevich's administration to appoint Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett, and the Sun-Times learned Tuesday that he also pressed that it be done by a certain deadline.
Emanuel's discussions do not indicate he was involved in dealmaking with the governor. However, his deeper involvement creates a sticky political situation for Obama.
Yeah - they had NO IDEA what was going on. The-babe-in the-woods-routine.
So, brave reporters, your question now becomes- WHAT DID OBAMA KNOW AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT? HOW ABOUT RAHM? Get to work, my little media darlings. Why don't you airdrop a few hundred reporters into Chicago to get to the bottom of this like you did in Wasilla? Whatsa matter? Afraid of exhibiting the audacity of
hope asking a few tough follow-up questions after Obama tries to cut you off?
Transparency. Honesty. Integrity. Openness. Corruption-free. Change.
ALSO: This image is being shoved down the memory hole by some savvy Winston Smiths out there in the Illinois government. Try finding it in a Google image search, for example:
Baker Refused To Decorate Cake For Child Named Hitler
Weird arsed people do weird arsed things.
The trouble, the New Jersey shop said, was that it was "inappropriate" to put such a name on the cake. But the little boy's father, Heath Campbell, said it was unfair of ShopRite supermarket to turn down his request.The Campbell's also have a 8 month old baby named after SS head Heinrich Himmler.
Heath Campbell said he named his son after Adolf Hitler because he liked the name and because "no one else in the world would have that name."
But the problem does not stop there.
The shop has also refused to make a cake for Mr Campbell's second child, who turns two next February. Her name is JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell.
Nazi lovers are arsemaggots. Those poor children stuck with those names.
Chinese Sailors Thwart Somalia Pirate Attack
Surprise suckers, you lose.
MOGADISHU: Chinese sailors backed up by international navies fought off Somali pirates trying to hijack their ship on Wednesday, as the UN authorized land operations against the increasingly bold bandits on land.
The dramatic high-seas encounter was among a fresh wave of attacks by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, where three other ships were hijacked on Tuesday, as China considered whether to send warships to the pirate-infested waters.
A band of pirates boarded the Chinese-owned vessel "Zhenhua 4" on Wednesday, but the sailors prevented them from invading their crew accommodation for several hours – enough time to seek help from the coalition forces.
"I'm actually very surprised that the crew managed to hold back the pirates. I don't know how they did it, but they did it," said Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau piracy reporting centre in Kuala Lumpur.
"Because of this action, the military helicopters came and they managed to chase the pirates away. The pirates on board eventually left the ship and the master is proceeding on his course," he told AFP.
"Eventually left? Sheesh, should have walked the plank.
Samir "The Pest" Khan
It's a great time for someone in Belgium to be hosting an al-Qaida propaganda site.Internet Haganah is limiting access to subscribers only, if they can get enough subscribers. We're trying to sell some droids now but with the market like it is.....
So show some interest at contact [at] sofir [dot] org
Michael Williams Enters the race for U.S. Senate
Conservatives across the U.S. should be heartened by the news that Michael Williams, Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, has officially thrown his hat into the ring for U.S. Senate:
With much encouragement from my fellow Texans, with the support of my wife Donna, and with firm resolve to make the America of tomorrow more prosperous and free than the nation we know today, I am announcing my candidacy for the United States Senate.Of particular interest to Jawa readers:
National Security: we need to ensure safer communities and neighborhoods by enforcing our laws, protecting our borders and making sure our military continues to be the strongest in the world to defend America and defeat our enemies.For those of you who are interested in discussing Michael Williams' race, there's a discussion group set up HERE.
Illinois Governor Website Deletes Blago Obama Photo
Now you see this, now you don't
If You're Leaving Chicago For DC...
....as part of the transition and just can't fit everything in Blair House consider Jones' Big Ass Truck Rental and Storage.
All this dude needs is an endorsement from Michelle Obama and Boom, the new Donald Trump of big ass truck rental and storage.
Pres-Elect Named "Person Of The Year"
No surprise except Governor Palin was one of the runners-up.
(NEW YORK) President-elect Barack Obama has won another contest: He's been named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2008.
The magazine has named Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Gov. Sarah Palin and Chinese director Zhang Yimou as runners-up.
Georgia: Muslimah Jailed For Swearing At Bailiff After Refusing To Remove Hijab In Court - CAIR Cries Foul
Suck it up muslimah.
WASHINGTON -- CAIR calls on DOJ to probe possible civil rights violationsBoo hoo, enjoy your time in jail.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate a series of incidents in which Muslim women in Georgia were prevented from entering courtrooms because they were wearing Islamic headscarves, or hijabs.
In the most recent incident, a Muslim woman was jailed today following a dispute over whether she could enter the courtroom while wearing her hijab.According to the woman's husband, she was seeking to enter the courtroom in Douglasville, Ga., to deal with a matter related to a nephew's traffic citation.
After she walked through the security area, a bailiff allegedly told her she would not be permitted to enter the courtroom wearing her religiously mandated scarf. Frustrated at being prevented from entering the court, the woman reportedly uttered an expletive and sought to leave the area. As she attempted to leave, the bailiff reportedly handcuffed her and took her to the judge's chambers where she was sentenced to 10 days in jail for "contempt."
h/t Islam in Action
Hmmm, I wonder if she pulled down her face cover and said this:
December 16, 2008
In The Christmas Spirit - Webcam Julia
Blame/thank Ace, he linked to a cannibal story there
Sexy 'Webcam Julia' has a new song for Christmas: 'Ring my Bells'. Click image for video. Probably NSFW
The 21-year-old from Magdeburg, Germany, is a hit on the web thanks to her penchant for stripping off provocatively and singing for an online audience. She takes men’s breath away by rubbing oil into her silicon-enhanced breasts and pouting into the lens.
Ruh Roh: Daily Kos Declared Bernie Madoff Progressives No1 Enemy
Krazy Koz Kidz upset.
Granted a lot of "honest" people were affected by the Ponzi scheme but it does my heart good to see other "less than honest" people affected by this.
Via US News
Daily Kos today declared Bernie Madoff public enemy No. 1 for progressives not only because of his alleged Ponzi Scheme swindling, but also because he will instantly result in a loss of funding for hundreds of progressive organizations - some of which were doing environmental work.
Madoff controlled the funds of the JEHT Foundation, a major source of grants for organizations like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the ACLU. According to a statement from President and CEO Robert Crane, the foundation will close its doors next month. Virtually all of its grants will be cancelled.
List of grants from JEHT here
Poor ACLU, etc. BHAWAWAWA
h/t LGF link thingy
Jawas In Iraq
From Michael Totten's article "On the Hunt in Baghdad"
"Yeah, but what are you guarding," Captain Looney said.
"There are air conditioners out here," said Eddie, our interpreter.
"It's junk," Captain Looney said. "It's just junk. You guys are like jawas. Is that your sand crawler?"
h/t cdr salamander
Update: Opus Rex linked to this parody.
Afghan National Commandos, Coalition Forces Capture Two Taliban Commanders
Not a shot was fired.
Afghan national commandos, assisted by coalition forces, detained Taliban commanders Abdul Aziz and Abdul Rahman as well as one militant, Ishmail, during a security patrol in Jalalabad City, Nangahar province, Dec. 15.
Abdul Rahman is a Taliban commander associated with facilitating improvised explosive device activity in the Korengal Valley, Konar province and is also directly linked to more than 50 attacks against Afghan national security forces and coalition forces. Rahman’s nephew, Ishmail, is also linked to anti-Afghan forces activities in the Korengal Valley.
Abdul Aziz is a well known insurgent in Konar province and has conducted numerous attacks on the ANSF and coalition forces. He is also responsible for the deaths of foalition forces members and Afghan citizens.
The ANA commandos and coalition forces conducted the patrol after receiving credible information from local officials on AAF activities in Jalalabad City.
ANA commandos searched a home for suspected illegal material and AAF after gaining permission from the owners to enter. During the course of their search they detained the three known insurgents while safeguarding 20 men and 30 women. All three individuals identified themselves during questioning by commandos.
During the patrol no shots were fired and no non-combatants were harmed.
Taliban are chicken shite when they come face to face with the military.
Inshallahshaheeds brave warriors...lulz
Star Wars: The Musical
Llama Butchers says OH GOD, NOOOOOOOOO!!!one1!!
To which we say, "Search your feelings - you know it to be true."
Thanks for Russ at Ace's. Nerds.
CODEPINK Trying To Defy US Sanctions On Iran
But, but, it will help peaceful relations plus help Iran combat global warming.
CODEPINK leaders announce plans for investment in Iranian wind energy company Hope to defy sanctions and build peaceful relations.
WHAT: CODEPINK to lay out plans to invest in Iranian wind energy; "Let's talk!" campaign with Obama
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 12 to Sunday, Dec. 14
WHERE: United for Peace and Justice National Assembly, Wyndham O'Hare Hotel – near Chicago O'Hare Airport, 6810 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL
CHICAGO -- To defy crippling U.S. sanctions on Iran and build peaceful bridges between the countries, CODEPINK Women for Peace will announce plans this weekend to launch a new company that will invest in an Iranian wind energy company, allowing Americans to show support for peace and sustainability in Iran.
The company, called Winds of Change, will sell shares for $5 each. The shares will give investors an opportunity to support the Saba Niroo Wind Company, based in Tehran, and the campaign to end sanctions. Saba Niroo designs, develops and manufactures medium and large wind turbines, with a commitment to furthering the development of pollution-free energy to improve the health of our environment[...]
By supporting wind energy in Iran, investors will not only aid the environment but improve the political climate by breaking down trade barriers between the United States and Iran.
"Under present U.S. law, companies that invest in Iran are subject to a $1 million fine," said Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder. "We're challenging those unproductive restrictions and pushing the Obama administration to lift sanctions and establish peaceful relations with Iran."
Fine the f'k out of them if they attempt this. "Winds of Change" - f'k them.
LA Times Compares Shoe Hurler To Joe Wurzelbacher
This is a new low for the LA Times. They must feel this is more important than Blagojevich scandal.
In the few seconds it took Iraqi journalist Muntather Zaidi to wing a pair of shoes at President George Bush, the Middle East got its own version of Joe the Plumber.
Just as Joe Wurzelbacher's gripes to Barack Obama during the U.S. presidential election catapulted him to fame, Zaidi's burst of rage toward Bush during a Baghdad news conference Sunday has made him a household name across the Middle East.
To many, Zaidi is a hero for engaging in the ultimate Arab world insult -- hurling his shoes -- at Bush, who ducked to avoid being slammed in the head. To others, Zaidi is an embarrassment for a society that prides itself on being hospitable to guests, even those who are not much liked. Whichever way his act is viewed, there's no question that Zaidi, like Wurzelbacher, is no longer just another Joe.
Hopey Changey the darling of the MSM. Dare anyone question him about "spreading the wealth".
LA Times has yet to release the tape of Obama attending a Jew Bashing party
Related: ABC News brands shoe thrower a "folk hero".
Video: California Grandmother Beaten by Teens Shares Ordeal
Poor woman. She is lucky to be alive.
(Updated) Millions Warned Not To Use Internet Explorer After Chinese Fraudsters Use Security Flaw To Hijack Computers
Scroll down for update
Via Daily Mail
More than two million computers worldwide have been infected because of a major security flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser, the software giant admitted today.
Security experts urged people to switch to rival browsers such as Firefox, Opera or Safari, until the bug has been fixed.
The problem, first revealed last week, allows criminals to take over computers and steal passwords if the user visits an infected website.
As many as 10,000 sites have already been compromised to take advantage of the flaw, according to anti-virus software producer Trend Micro.
So far the websites, which are mostly Chinese, have been used to steal computer game passwords which can be sold on the black market.
Hackers can secure up to £9,000 for these passwords from fanatical gamers. But Trend Micro security researcher Paul Ferguson confirmed there were major concerns that the problem could be exploited by 'more financially motivated criminals for more serious mayhem'.
Update: More detailed info from Shadowserver Foundation here
Update II: Microsoft issuing an emergency fix
Saudis Thwart al-Qaeda Hajj Plot
Seems kind of a self-defeating move for al-Qaeda to target the Hajj, but here's the article:
MET: Alerted by Saudi and other intelligence agencies that al-Qaida planned to launch a bloody assault on Muslim pilgrims taking part in the annual pilgrimage - the Hajj - the Saudi government last week launched a huge counterterrorism operation, one of the largest in recent memory, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
The article also details the shift in Saudi counter-terror policy over the last few years and the resulting influx of terrorists to Yemen. There's more work to be done, but part of the KSA's problem is the fractured nature of the leadership structure. One hand thwarts attacks while the other finances extremist education.
"Afghan Revolutionary Front" Warns France
That unless France bow to their demands they will murder people. How original.
PARIS – Police acting on a warning Tuesday found a bundle of dynamite inside a Paris department store at the height of the Christmas season, and a group demanding that France withdraw from Afghanistan claimed responsibility.Hmmmm, COUGHGIMFMETHINKSCOUGH.
Sticks of dynamite tied together but without a detonator were found in the Printemps department store, a favored shopping destination for tourists, and a Christmas season attraction because of its festive window displays.
Iraqi Doctor Convicted of UK Attack Facing Life
An Iraqi doctor has been convicted of conspiracy to murder in a car bomb attack at a busy Scottish airport in June 2007 and failed attacks in London a day earlier.Mohammed Asha will be released and immediately deported back to Jordan.
The jury at Woolwich Crown Court in south London found Bilal Abdulla guilty of conspiracy to murder and conspiring to cause explosions, a court spokeswoman told CNN.
But the jury acquitted Jordanian doctor Mohammed Asha of the same offenses, said the spokeswoman, who declined to be named.
The two-month trial dealt with the discovery in June 2007 of two explosives-filled Mercedes cars in central London.
One of the cars was parked outside a packed nightclub near Piccadilly Circus and the other was parked just off Trafalgar Square.
As you may recall the fourth defendant Kafeel Ahmed (image below). Died of his injuries whilst being cared for by a gay nurse in a UK hospital.
click for larger image
Hmmm, I wonder if there has ever been a Fatwa stating what happens if the last person to touch you before you die was a bacon eating bad gay infidel? Our heart touching, sensitive, Jawa Report obit for Kafeel Ahmed here.
Ill. Democrats Vote to Let Blago Appoint Senate Replacement
Guess they feared the electorate, because they knew they'd get their asses thrown out of office. No matter - they're just delaying the inevitable.
But now, we get the amusement of watching the most brazen, crazy, lunatic, mentally-unstable psychopath (their definition) of a Democrat governor to emerge on the scene in decades appoint the Senate replacement he was just weeks ago trying to sell to the highest bidder. Courtesy of...the Democrats in the Illinois House.
CHANGE CORRUPTION YOU CAN KEEP FOSTERING!
NOT a good move for them, the Democrats (who won't condemn this at the national level, lest their party have bad PR), or their proxies in the WH (the people who knew nothing except for when they knew something). Fitzmas continues unabated.
December 15, 2008
Yemen's most wanted terrorist blames state for terror attacks
My article in the Yemen Times.
Update: I was better when I was ranting. "Its Not All America's Fault", my 2003 article at the Yemen Times, that popped up on my google alert. I forgot I wrote it, but I was a bit cranky with the UN , the French, the wacko-Islamists and so on in 2003.
Full Military Honors for Enlisted KIAs
All enlisted U.S. Army soldiers who are killed in action will be granted full military honors and burial at Arlington National Cemetery.
Normally accorded only to officers, Medal of Honor recipients and enlisted members who reach the highest possible enlisted rank of E-9, full honors include an escort platoon, a colors team, a band and a horse-drawn caisson.According to Army Secretary Pete Geren, the policy will apply also to members of other services if requested and authorized.
These are rendered in addition to the military pallbearers, firing party, bugler and chaplain that are a part of standard honors, according to cemetery officials.
(Update) New Danish Book Draws Jihadi's Ire
Update: Image's added of "Groft Sagt" and author Lars Hedegaard.
Here we go again
It is an equation becoming all too familiar. A new book released in Europe contains essays critical of Islam and illustrations of the Prophet Mohammed. In response, some are calling for blood.Danish journalist Lars Hedegaard's book Groft Sagt (Rough Talk), was released in Denmark earlier this month. It is a collection of about 100 of his favorite newspaper columns from a Copenhagen daily.
Many of the columns are critical of Islam. In addition, the book features 26 new illustrations from Kurt Westergaard, whose drawings of the Prophet Mohammed in the newspaper Jyllands Posten in 2005 sparked a wave of violent protests.
An Israeli security center is sounding the alarm about calls for a violent backlash after noticing a series of incendiary posts on jihadist web sites. According to an International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) release, someone identifying himself as Abu Salem posted comments about Hedegaard's book on a website called Hanein, "a mouthpiece for Al-Qaeda and other jihad organizations":
"Abu Salem requests that all who love the Prophet Muhammad help spread the news of the upcoming publication and notify religious leaders of what ‘these pigs' are attempting to do. One forum visitor responded to the post, suggesting that Bin Laden attack Copenhagen, repeating the call: ‘Bin Laden, Copenhagen!' several times.
Another forum visitor wrote: ‘Our blood... our souls... our children... our money... all that we have... the entire world… anything so that a single hair of your distinguished head [i.e. Muhammad] is not harmed.'" In a separate post on another site, the ICT reports an internet user identified as Saqr Al-Islam Al-Maqdasi said a boycott of Danish goods would be an insufficient response. Instead: "[…] by attacking Denmark everywhere so that it be known we are a nation sacrificing itself for Islam and its Prophet […] this cattle doesn't understand anything but the language of rage, and we will decapitate the heads and set fire to the ground underneath their feet. They do not understand anything but the language of blood and scattering of body parts. I ask that Allah make successful the way of the loyal Jihad warriors, in order to blow up and set fire to Denmark."
Umm, it is you jihadi's that don't "understand anything but the language of blood and scattering of body parts". Bastages.
Cheap Christmas Dinner - Guinea Pig
In Peru, cash strapped shoppers are opting for guinea pigs
LIMA, Peru—Are hard times threatening your Christmas dinner? Well then, Peru has the answer: guinea pig.At least they didn't suggest what Joey Cohen aka Yousef al-Khattab ate for his holiday - a rams head:
Officials in the coastal Peruvian province of Callao on Monday hailed the Andean rodent as a low-cost, low-fat alternative to a traditional turkey or roast pork Christmas dinner.
Guinea pigs can feed seven or eight for about $3.20, Callao official Mario Sanguinity told Associated Press Television.
"The idea is to give the people a tasty, economical option," he said.
The presentation included a live guinea pig dressed as Santa Claus and eight of its comrades laid out fried, broiled and roasted in traditional dishes from different regions of Peru.
6 Troops Missing From Vietnam are ID'd
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office said the six men were killed aboard an aircraft that came under heavy enemy fire May 12, 1968.
Two of the men were from Illinois —Air Force Maj. Bernard L. Bucher of Eureka and Army Capt. Warren R. Orr Jr. of Kewanee. They will be buried Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.
The other servicemen — also from the Air Force — are identified as: Maj. John L. McElroy of Eminence, Ky.; 1st Lt. Stephen C. Moreland of Los Angeles; Staff Sgt. Frank M. Hepler of Glenside, Pa., and Airman 1st Class George W. Long of Medicine, Kan.
Evil Prudish Employers Oppress Boobies in the Workplace
Jessica from Feministing is in rare form as she howls about an email in which an Evil Patriarch asks a female worker to cover up her cleavage.
However, some girls just like to show em off. So if my cube neighbor has em on display and sits jiggling them all day, its not my fault my productivity is not so hot. Far be it from me to oppress her jiggling.
Ace suggests that to make it fair men should have Testicle Tuesdays, although I'm not sure that will work as well as say Nippley November might.
UN Human Rights Council Denied Entry To Israel
Via Jerusalem Post
Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council's special rapporteur on the situation of Palestinian human rights in the West Bank and Gaza, was denied entry to Israel, it emerged Monday.
Falk, an American Jew, arrived at Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday with his entourage for his first visit since assuming his role in order to compile a report on the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories, which he plans to submit to the UN in March 2009.
Simona Halperin, the director of the Foreign Ministry's International Organization and Human Rights department, said that Falk was turned back since as rapporteur he was "illegitimate."
Halperin called Falk "completely unobjective," citing his comparisons of Israelis to Nazis and Israel's actions to the Holocaust, and as such, she said, he was "unwelcome."
UNHRC sucks. UN sucks.
Obama Kicks Off Inaugural Celebration Riding Train To Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Barack Obama will kick off his inaugural celebration on Jan. 17 — the weekend before his swearing in as the country's 44th president — by traveling on a train to the nation's capital.
He and his family will start their daylong journey with an event in Philadelphia before boarding the train and picking up Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his family in Wilmington, Del. The president-elect and his group then will make a stop in Baltimore before making their way to Washington.
"We hope to include as many Americans as possible who wish to participate, but can't be in Washington," Emmett Beliveau, the executive director of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, said in a statement. "These events will allow us to do that while honoring the rich history and tradition of previous inaugural journeys."
Hmmm, I wonder if they will include these two "cheeky" gals?
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Mousegun Shootout : .380 ACPs
There's no doubt that most of the press on semi-auto handguns these days seems to go to the 9mm, .40 S&W and 45 ACP models. This isn't without good reason. A medium-frame semi-auto loaded with 18 rounds of 9mm JHP is a formidable thing indeed.
Even with all the offerings available in the larger calibers, however, there continues to be a market for the noble 9mm short (.380 ACP). For some, the size of a medium-frame 9mm Luger is an issue. For others, the recoil of the relatively-powerful 9mm Luger may be a little bit stout.
After looking around the web for a good run-down on the medium-frame product offerings in .380 acp, and coming up mostly empty-handed, we decided to put one together ourselves. We researched the Walther PPK, the Sig P232, the CZ 83, the Bersa Thunder, the Beretta Cheetah and the Taurus PT-58. If you're in the market for a carry gun in .380, or you'd just like to learn more about James Bond's favorite sidearm, here you go.
Iraqi Shoe Throwing Journalist Is A Che Guevara Lover
I was surprised to see the little tidbit about Che.
Missing from this article and others is US and coalition forces gave him that freedom to throw his shoes. Saddam era he likely would have been tortured and killed.
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi TV reporter who hurled his shoes at George W. Bush was kidnapped once by militants and, separately, detained briefly by the U.S. military — a story of getting hit from all sides that is bitterly familiar to many Iraqis.
Over time, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, a 28-year-old unmarried Shiite, came to hate both the U.S. military occupation and Iran's interference in Iraq, his family told The Associated Press on Monday
Al-Zeidi's act of defiance Sunday transformed an obscure reporter from a minor TV station into a national hero to many Iraqis fed up with the nearly six-year U.S. presence here, but also fearful that their country will fall under Iran's influence once the Americans leave. Bush was not hit or injured.[...]
A day after the attack, al-Zeidi's three brothers and one sister gathered in al-Zeidi's simple, one-bedroom apartment in west Baghdad. The home was decorated with a poster of Cuban revolutionary leader Che Guevara, who is widely lionized in the Middle East.
Middle East only? Not hardly.
Somali Pirates Face Justice
Sort of, but it's a start. Via Wired
MOMBASA, KENYA -- At a small federal courthouse in this sweltering port town late last week, the Kenyan legal system won a major victory in the international war on piracy.
Eight suspected Somali pirates, captured by a British frigate while allegedly trying to hijack a Danish cargo vessel off the coast of Yemen in November, filed into a room full of lawyers, reporters and witnesses for a brief hearing, during which they were officially charged with piracy.
There were no other major actions -- the case is being deferred until January -- but the very fact that a Kenyan court is hearing piracy cases is a big step.
Thursday’s court date coincided with a formal deal between the U.K. and Kenya for the Royal Navy to bring captured pirates to Mombasa. The Royal Navy has assumed command of a new European Union anti-piracy force that on Sunday kicked off its first mission, escorting a food ship to Mogadishu.
I wonder what will happen to others recently captured by the Indian Navy?
Hopey Changey: Grand Jury Probes Richardson Donor’s New Mexico Financing Fee
Axelrod, Emanuel, etc: "Move over everyone it is getting crowded under here".
Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- A federal grand jury is investigating how a company that advised Jefferson County, Alabama, on bond deals that threaten to cause the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, did similar work in New Mexico after making contributions to Governor Bill Richardson’s political action committees.
The grand jury in Albuquerque is looking into Beverly Hills, California-based CDR Financial Products Inc., which received almost $1.5 million in fees from the New Mexico Finance Authority in 2004 after donating $100,000 to Richardson’s efforts to register Hispanic and American Indian voters and pay for expenses at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, people familiar with the matter said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation asked current and former officials from the state agency if any staff members in the governor’s office influenced CDR’s hiring, said the people, who declined to be identified because the proceedings are secret. Richardson, who is President-elect Barack Obama’s designate for Commerce Secretary, has a staff of at least 30 people.
Hopey Changey promises us a honest and open government.
Iraq: Troops Give President Bush Tremendous Sendoff
Full video here
Three Germans Kidnapped in Yemen
Yemen's law is based on Sharia and tribal norms. The government often kidnaps people and holds them hostage as a way to pressure family members. In other cases, state hostage taking is simply retribution by a powerful person. Considering the judicial system is no remedy, tribesmen regularly resort to kidnapping foreigners in order to get their relatives released. Why foreigners? Because no one cares when they kidnap Yemenis. Depending on the tribal identity of the kidnappers, the state sanction can range from financial rewards to prison time.The hostages are usually released without harm. The only exception was when jihaddists kidnapped foreigners in 1998. That ended with several fatalities. The tribesmen on the other hand have never been known to hurt the hostages and usually are very hospitable.
AFP: Three members of a German family, among them a UN expert, have been kidnapped in Yemen and are being held in a mountainous area of the impoverished Arab country, a security official said on Monday.
The three were seized on Sunday in Bayda northeast of Sanaa and taken to Bani Dhabian, an area that lies 60 kilometres (40 miles) east of the capital but is difficult to access, the official said on condition of anonymity.
A tribal source told AFP that the kidnappers were tribesmen but that he did not know their demands.
Zindani: Women Cant Talk and Remember at the Same Time
I think that was it. I cant remember now that I'm talking.
This is the guy identified by the UN's 1267 committee as a terror financier and Yemen of course does nothing. Actually Zindani is a powerful ally of President Saleh.
Video and transcript from MEMRI: Abd Al-Majid Al-Zindani: "The American Time magazine, in its July 31, 1995 issue, published this picture from research about the brain functioning of men and women. This is the ma... This is the female brain, and this is an image of the male brain. What do we see? We find that in the case of women, this area... And there is another here... Two areas in a woman's brain are activated when she talks.Huh? What? Can you repeat that?
"Both men and women have centers for speech and for memory. In the case of men, the center for speech is here, while the center for memory is here. When a man talks, his center for speech is active, and when he remembers something, his center for memory is active. On the other hand, when a woman wants to talk, she puts both centers into action. This may give us an explanation why women are more talkative.
"What is the outcome of this? When a woman talks, she uses the part of the brain that contains the memory, because in the case of women, both centers function for speech and memory. So when a woman talks, she might use the part of the brain containing the memory for talking – and that's it, the data is lost.
India Captures Yemeni and Somali Pirates, Next Move Unclear
(CNN) -- : The Indian navy captured 23 piracy suspects who tried to take over a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden, between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, Indian officials said.
In addition to the 12 Somali and 11 Yemeni suspects, the Indian navy seized two small boats and "a substantial cache of arms and equipment," the military said in a statement.
Among the seized items were seven AK-47 automatic rifles, three other automatic weapons and 13 loaded magazines; a rocket-propelled grenade launcher along with rockets, cartridges and grenades; up to three outboard motors and a global positioning system receiver.
But what to do with them? The Hindu reports, The Navy is saddled with two-dozen pirates it captured in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday with no country willing to take them into custody....There was no enabling provision in the international law to deal with a situation where pirates are arrested in the international waters.
International prison for international crimes? Make them walk the plank?
Update: Yemen asks for its pirates back (before they start talking) to determine their identities and put them on trial if there is evidence. Lets see if that goes any better than when they put terrorists on trial...
AP Jumps the Shark Over Global Warming
This hyperventilating piece of propaganda masquerading as a news item really has to be read to be believed. The content is not believed, as this propagandist has attained a new level of left-wingnut global warming/cooling/neither happy horsesh*t demagoguery, but you just have to witness the depths to which a once arguably objective news service has sunk to fellate the Obama Administration, quote Clinton associates as if they were Gods, and stick the fingers in the ears singing LALALAICANTABSORBNEWFACTSLALALA. It is truly pathetic.
For example, up is down, freedom is slavery and cooling is now warming:
Mother Nature, of course, is oblivious to the federal government's machinations. Ironically, 2008 is on pace to be a slightly cooler year in a steadily rising temperature trend line. Experts say it's thanks to a La Nina weather variation. While skeptics are already using it as evidence of some kind of cooling trend, it actually illustrates how fast the world is warming.BWAHAHAHAHA! Further evidence that people who preach this nonsense are slowly driving themselves insane because it is dawning on them that their religion has led them astray. No, Seth. You can't control the weather. Neither can Obama. Sorry, little one.
Isn't it interesting that the solution to "global warming/cooling/neither" is simply raising taxes, giving Democrats and liberals more government power, controlling the means of production, politicizing and torturing scientific data, prosecuting those who disagree and refusing to acknowledge plain facts? And what's the hurry? These people are always in such a hurry to ram this kind of statist crap down everyone's throat. What are they afraid of - people getting wise to the racket? Judging by the hysterical tone of this propaganda piece, it is plainly evident that the author thinks time is running out on the socialist agenda - economic reality will ensure that nobody accepts it (as always). Never forget -the people so obviously pushing this kind of statist crap have a different agenda than world-saving (which, of course, they can't do because they can't control what can't be controlled). They just think you're too stupid to know what it is.
December 14, 2008
Arlen Specter's Polish Comedy Routine
With a reelection race looming on the horizon, you'd think an incumbent Senator would be careful about unnecessarily offending one of his state's largest ethnic groups. Guess not:
Specter let loose with a stream of Polish jokes. The Post said he recounted the old one about a person who tells another person that he knows a good Polish joke. The man responds, "Hey careful, I'm Polish!" Specter delivered the punchline: "That's OK, I'll tell it more slowly."I'm not big on political correctness, myself, but a whole lot of folks make their voting decisions on items of even less consequence than a politician's fondness for ethnic jokes.
Not that Pennsylvanians don't already have plenty of reasons to vote against Arlen Specter in 2010, but why give them more?
Snarlin' Arlen's RINOHunters profile is here.
Cross-posted at The RINO Hunters' Lodge.
Exclusive Interview with Nasser al-Nuba, Head of the Southern Yemeni Opposition, MCA
Brigadier General Nasser al-Nuba is the head of the Retired Military Consultive Association (MCA) in Aden and the southern governorates. The MCA under General al-Nuba organized demonstrations in South Yemen beginning in July 2007 to demand equal rights for military retirees and southerners in general. As the year long demonstrations began to swell to include hundreds of thousands, demonstrators were met with an increasingly repressive response on the part of security forces. Over twenty protesters were shot dead, hundreds severely beaten and over a thousand arrested.
On September 2, 2007, security forces in Aden assaulted Mr. al-Nuba’s house. They broke down the door and arrested him. On September 8, al-Nuba was transferred from Aden to Sana’a for trial in a military court. He faced the death penalty on charges of treason for calling the unified Yemeni state an illegal creation. Mr. Nuba’s arrest triggered new widespread protests. He was released from custody on November 29th, 2007 by presidential decree.
In an interview with Jane Novak, December 7, 2008, Mr. Nuba said the following:
"South Yemen, when it achieves its independence, will be a country of peace and stability, relying on the constitution and the impartial application of the law. We look forward to joining the community of nations as a modern state, and we will work with our neighbors and the international community to create stability in the region. We will cooperate with international forces in the Gulf of Aden and with international efforts on the issue of terrorism. South Yemen will open its economy to investment and expansion. We hope to soon take our rightful place among nations."
Q: What is your relation with the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), the alliance of opposition political parties?
Nuba: The JMP is the opposition to the regime, and they believe in a federalist solution to Yemen’s problems. This is their right to make these demands.
We are not part of this opposition. The MCA has no relation to the Yemeni Socialist Party or the JMP. We reject the federalist model as a solution able to resolve the injustices pervasive in South Yemen. The MCA recognizes the only solution for South Yemen is independence and to return to two legal states.
There are two UN Resolutions (924 and 931) governing the cessation of hostilities at the end of the civil war in Yemen. We expect to receive international recognition of the fact that Saleh violated those resolutions and imposed "unity" by force. We are an occupied country. The unified Yemeni state is itself an illegal entity according to international law.
Q: There are some good people and activists in the North. What conditions need to exist before you and the MCA would join with them for a national movement?
Nuba: Yes, it’s true there are some good people in the north. They are working to deal with their problems of Saleh themselves. Once we in the South have achieved our independence, then we would support them later in their quest for justice for themselves.
Q: So the answer is no, there are no conditions under which the MCA would join in a national movement for reform?
Nuba: Correct. For years we in the south were suffering and everyone knows this, and no one said a word.
Q: What is the MCA's relation with former leaders and expatriates abroad?
Nuba: We have no formal or political relation with them. We have cordial relations and contacts with many people, but our movement is an internal movement entirely. The MCA is an independence movement by the people of South Yemen in South Yemen.
Q: What is your relation with the Southern Liberation Council?
Nuba: The SLC has the same ideology and goals as we have, which is the liberation of South Yemen from the illegal unification with the North. Our group, The Military Consultive Association, is comprised of the military and civilian (illegally) retired, the youth, women and others. We organized the public demonstrations since July 2007 throughout the southern governorates.
Q: Are there conditions under which you would negotiate with the regime?
Nuba: Saleh said on November 29th that he was ready to sit for negotiations. We replied that we would enter discussions based on two conditions: 1) if Saleh accepts to discuss the subject of southern independence 2) if he withdraws all northern military forces from South Yemen. I listed these conditions by email. If these conditions are met, then we would agree to negotiations.
Q: Thank you for this interview.
Nuba: You're welcome and with my regards for your effort on behalf of the people of South Yemen.
(Cross posted at Armies of Liberation)
Aussies Loosen Gun Laws, Citizens on Buying Spree
(New South Wales, Australia) The NSW government has implemented changes in law which allow wider ownership of gun licenses. As a result, gun dealers are seeing a flood of sales.
Specific changes in gun law include the removal of a waiting period for purchase of a weapon and the restoration of the ability of people previously subject to apprehended violence orders (AVOs) to have the orders revoked so they can legally own guns.
Gun control activists have complained but, so far, not loudly. (more)
Video: Immigration To The US, 1870-2007
Cool animation showing patterns of immigration to US from 1870 to 2007.
Video below fold
Immigration to the US, 1820-2007 v2 from Ian S on Vimeo.
Following Rabbi's Murder, Extremists Surround Jewish Homes in Yemen: No action from Yemeni government
Following our earlier report on the sectarian murder of a Jewish rabbi, a group of Muslim extremists (associated with the murderer) are surrounding the houses of several Jewish families, throwing rocks and preventing them from leaving their homes. The government has taken no action and in desperation, the murdered man's brother called a local news outlet.
Rabbi Yehiya Yaish, one of the leaders of Jewish community in Yemen, said that he and other Jews are home arrested as eight suspected of killing his brother Moshe Yaish Nahari last Thursday are surrounding their houses since Saturday evening.
“We are home arrested and cannot even open doors due to threats by the gang that is surrounding houses in the area and throwing stones to windows and doors,” said Rabbi Yaish in a telephone call with NewsYemen....
Yaish said the order of the Interior Minister to arrest the eight suspects was “just for media coverage, but what is happening is that we are being attacked in broad daylight.”
Yaish refused to bury his brother Moshe and said Moshe would be buried together with the killer, calling Muslims to protect Jews.
Next, the churches?
Yousef Al-Khattab's Eid-Al-Adha
This is what Joey had to say about his "feast" when asked by a nitwit.
id mubarak!Hope he enjoyed his "head":
Man, you just cut that lamb's throat for being white! Lol.
How did it taste!
LOL classic akhi! alhumdulilah it was great so far. The 1st day we slaughter it we eat the kibdeh (liver,guts,intestinal track and head) then after 3 days we start to eat the flesh. I have no idea why but Shaikha Qamar my wife tells me that is the way we do it so,so be it insha'Allah.
Eid Mubarek Akhi
Eating shit like that no wonder they are f'n crazy.
"I dubs the nose, horn, mouth, eyes, ears, etc. Ummm, the burnt hair is the best."
Mama al-Khattab I love when you smell like burnt ram hair. Makes me want to hump our pet goat. No offense dear but.....I still love you, but I prefer our goat.
Obama "Stimulus" Plan to Reach $1 Trillion
We often heard liberal caterwauling about THE MASSIVE FEDERAL DEBT LOL over the past eight years, but it looks like the Leftwing Jesus doesn't really care all that much about it.
In fact, the estimates Captain Bullsh*t and Co. keep giving as to the size of his New New New Deal have already gone from $500 billion to $600 billion to $700 billion and now up to $1 trillion. Change(ing) the cost of implementing failed liberal policy!
It's the Chicago way - say one thing, do another! And who was this Blago guy that Obama never knew? Just some random insane maniac, I suppose.
BREAKING: Global Warming Attributed to Liberal Imagination
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A recent study by the Multinational Council on Climate Research, a Washington-based think tank, found that global warming, the phenomenon that is causing average temperatures on Earth to rise, is actually nothing more than a collective figment of overactive left-wing imaginations across the country.Read it all.
The study also found that glacial retreat, extreme weather events, and the melting of polar ice caps is not so much due to emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as it is to an infatuation with universal healthcare, unwavering support of communist governments, and an affinity for high taxes.
Also see: Today in climate history: December 12, 1938
Blog Sabbath Brain Teaser
What is evil, old and decrepit, and looks like it just fell out of the arse of an eagle?
Hint: He met with exiled Hamas leader today
Sara Palins Home Church Torched
More info on suspicious fire here
Afghanistan: Top UN Official Deplores Taliban Use Of Child In Suicide Blast
Cowardly bastages using children in suicide attacks.
The United Nations envoy to Afghanistan has strongly condemned a suicide bombing, “allegedly” using a 13-year-old boy, against British forces in the south of the violence-wracked nation[emphasis mine..ed]
The attack, which killed three marines, “again demonstrates the Taliban''s total disrespect for human rights,” Kai Eide, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, said in a statement issued today[...]
“Such unscrupulous use of children cannot be justified under any circumstances. Forcing or coercing children directly into such action is wholly unacceptable by anyone''s standards,” said Mr. Eide.
The Special Representative urged the Taliban and all others to stop using children in warfare, stressing that “the rights of children must be fully protected.”
Taliban will deny charge, the article does say allegedly, and carry on as usual.
(Update) Baghdad: President Bush Greeted By Iraqi Color Guard
President Bush made "surprise" visit to Iraq to sign SOFA agreement and congratulate soldiers on victory.
President George W. Bush walks with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani during an arrival ceremony at Salam Palace in Baghdad December 14, 2008.
Damn awsome picture!
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Update: A commenter apparently enjoys spamming threads. This comment however will not go unnoticed.
WHERE,S JUBA WHEN YOU NEED HIM
So brave commenting and yet so chickenshite.
Shocka! Moderate Canadian Muslim Leader Shows Up In AlQaeda Propaganda Video
Canadian Muslim leader Mohammed Musab aka "Mohammed" Robert Heft was apparently a "former" extremist He was involved "innocently" with the Toronto terror cell.(2006)
So Muhammad Robert Heft thought it a tad strange that his acquaintance, Fahim Ahmad - one of the alleged leaders of a Toronto terror cell busted last week - chose the Salaheddin mosque, of all places, to hand him a DVD promoting the jihadist martyrs of Chechnya, Afghanistan and Iraq.
"That's one of the most-watched masjids in Canada," says Heft, using the Arabic word that denotes a Muslim place of worship. "I thought he was pretty naive to be handing out stuff like that publicly and thinking he wasn't going to be a suspect."
He must practice Taqiyya (lying)
Watch at app 0:36.
Toronto 18 youth guilty of terrorism
Mohammed Robert Heft tells his story
FPM: The Complicity of Muslim Silence
Homegrown terrorist plot thwarted
Jihad Watch: Canada: Jihadist video aimed at Muslim youth.
Cracking the Toronto Terror Cell
Mohammed Robert Heft Facebook page.
h/t Weasel Zippers
December 13, 2008
Clergyman Bans Christmas Carol
(Dorset, England) Reverend Stephen Coulter has prohibited his parishioners from singing "O Little Town of Bethlehem" during Christmas this year because the Israelis have put up a fence in the town and stationed security guards amid a conflict that has devastated the West Bank.
So, for reasons that have nothing to do with celebrating the birth of Jesus nor with Christianity, Coulter bans a popular Christmas song.
By inserting his political two cents into Christmas, I contend that Coulter is simply a bully. (more)
(Update)Jihadi Propagandists Invade Megavideo
From Rusty who is busy partying it up:
Online supporters of militant Islamist groups announced in a message posted on the Falloja forums that they’ve completed one of the biggest "jihadi projects" in the history of e-jihad by uploading the entire jihadi media library.
According to the message, Megavideo has now become the main online depot for all jihadi videos ever to have been released online
Nice to know what they use...teh
Update: The videos violate Megavideo terms of service
# publish falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage Megavideo Limited or any third party;
# submit material that is unlawful, threatening, harassing, hateful, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate;
Report abuse here(Until we have exact videos this site won't work)
Use this link
Refer to CBS news article here
Socialists to the Left of Me, Socialists to the Right (Updated, Bumped)
I've tried to avoid the bailout subject, but I just can't any more. There is one, and only one, proper response to Detroit's woes: It's none of my business, and it's none of yours. That means you Washington. And that means you readers.
Keep your damn hands out of my pocket. That last thing we need is for redistribution of wealth to failed businesses.
The response from some corners of the Right are even more disappointing than that from the Left given our alleged commitment to free markets. Washington will give Detroit my money if unions will just make some concessions, some leading pundits and politicians tell me.
Screw that. Who put the Republican party in charge of labor contract negotiations? A contract is a contract. It is none of Washington's business if that contract leads to bankruptcy.
That's how free markets work: businesses that do stupid things fail.
Trying to screw union members over as a condition of helping out a failed business is more than a little irritating, it's the same kind of socialism offered by the Left.
What the Democrats and some Republicans are wrangling over now is how private businesses should be run. The Democrats are trying to force these businesses to make cars that the free market does not demand at the current offering price -- green cars -- and some Republicans are trying to legislate the terms of a private labor contract. In either case the government is getting involved in the day to day operations of a private business.
It's as if Washington thinks of itself as a super-board of directors. Each time I hear a Congressman or pundit some offer advice I want to scream. If you people are so damn business savvy why the hell are you drawing a Congressional salary?
To an old fashioned libertarian like myself, this is completely unacceptable. It's not the Republican party's job to take sides with management when there is a labor dispute any more than it is the Democratic party's job to take side with labor. Private organizations -- corporations and unions -- are fully capable of handling disputes without the government coming in an legislating a solution.
Then again, sometimes they don't solve the problem. Which is the beauty of the free market and of capitalism: when private organizations fail the failure remains private. In fact, failure in the market is no failure at all: it is the solution. Failed business teach other businesses the hard consequences of irresponsible action.
When governments fail the consequences are far more severe. That is why bailout fever is so troubling. When businesses backed by government fail, we're all on the hook. And unfortunately, there's no evidence that politicians ever learn the hard lessons that the market teaches.
UPDATE: A couple of comments that I think merit responses. burtnoternie.com claims that no one likes the bailout.
But fewer yet would want to see the resulting job losses -- 15% national unemployment by some estimates -- and economic hardship -- potentially lasting decades -- that would result from letting it sink.15% unemployment? Estimates based on, er, what? Nothing more than expert opinion. The same lot that forecast last year the this year would experience moderate growth. Any one who puts any faith in such forecasts have no idea about underlying methodologies which consist of nothing more than expert opinion. If such experts were really so good at forecasting they'd be out of the expert business and into the business of being multibillionaires.
Also, any one that thinks bankruptcy means that a company ceases to exist and all employees lose their jobs doesn't understand what bankruptcy is. Bankruptcy is simply a way of shielding oneself from creditors. That's it. Nothing more. When you go bankrupt you don't cease to exist. Well, neither does a company. Many companies successfully emerge from bankruptcy.
It's the last part of burtnoternie.com's comments, though, that are so troubling:
let's give them the cash, replace the leadership and set specific quarterly progress benchmarks. If they're not met, than the government can take control of these businesses and divest as they see fit. If the UAW wants to screw themselves in the process, let them.A) Who is this "us" in "let's" (a compound of "let us")? If you are so confident that you can run GM better than present management, by all means buy stock and demand new management at a the next shareholders meeting. Don't include me in your "us". B) Yeah, government is so efficient. I'm sure they'd do a much better job at running GM.
Iran Calls for Toppling Regimes in Egypt and Saudi Arabia
(Tehran, Iran) The Iranians are becoming even more belligerent by encouraging supporters and operatives in Egypt and Saudi Arabia to take action.
Iran's attacks and accusations against Egypt and Saudi Arabia have recently intensified. In early December, Iran's leading conservative government dailies Kayhan and Jomhouri-ye Eslami accused the Egyptian and Saudi regimes of treason, and called on their peoples to topple their regimes.Note that whenever there are assertions of unity in the Islamic world, remember that Muslims kill each other more often than they kill infidels. Nonetheless, Iranian rabble-rousing cannot be ignored. Fanatics in Cairo and Riyadh are undoubtedly getting the message.
Kayhan editor Hossein Shariatmadari, who is close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, praised Khaled Islambouli, the assassin of the late Egyptian president Anwar Al-Sadat, and called to follow his example. At the same time, student demonstrations were held in Tehran, during which protesters called for killing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and threw firebombs at the Egyptian interest office.
Also, on December 10, 2008, an Iranian group called "Brothers of Radhwan" set fire to the offices of Saudi Arabian Airlines in Tehran, to protest against what the group called the rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and "the regime occupying Jerusalem."
Bettie Page Died
Bettie Page died in Los Angeles on Thursday. Heart attack at age 85.
Rest in peace.
Che Guevara on Imperialist Music
"Rock and roll as well as jazz was what they called ‘imperialist music’…He hated artists, so how is it possible that artists still today support the image of Che Guevara?"
Hopey Changey Wanted To Move In Early To DC's "Blair House"
Times are tough all over. teh
Barack Obama wanted to move his family into the presidential guesthouse early next month, but the Bush administration has hung out a "no vacancy" sign.
Obama asked if he could settle in at Blair House, the guest residence across Pennsylvania Ave. from the White House, a few weeks early. But he was told it's already booked - and the guests can't be evicted, aides said. Blair House traditionally becomes available to the incoming President's family five days before the Jan. 20 inauguration.
Some comments on this article are, well, stupid.
Now, we can't have spooks to close to us can we? Anyway, the Bushes will be headed to their lily white neighborhood with their black servants deep in the good ol' south. Home sweet home. Good riddance to this non English speaking drunk.
Space Station Crew Exchanges Season Greetings With Earth
HOUSTON (AFNS) -- Soaring high above the Earth, the crew of the International Space Station beamed down season's greetings that will air on NASA Television starting Dec. 12.
The public can return the extraterrestrial good will and send greetings to the crew by visiting: NASA.postcards
The e-mailed greetings can be sent through Jan. 5. Last year, thousands of messages were sent to the Expedition 16 crew from throughout the world.
The current station crew -- Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke and Flight Engineers Sandra Magnus and Yury Lonchakov, will celebrate this holiday season 220 miles above Earth. Mr. Fincke and Mr. Lonchakov have been on the station since Oct. 14, and Ms. Magnus joined the crew Nov. 16. The main focus of their mission is to prepare the station to house six crewmembers for long-duration missions beginning in May 2009.
The station crew's greetings will air on NASA TV as part of the daily Video File, beginning at 11 a.m. CST Dec. 12. The video also will be broadcast in high definition on the NASA TV HD channel at 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Dec. 15 through 17.
For NASA TV streaming video, scheduling and downlink information, visit: NASA.gov
While your at it you can send Christmas greetings to our soldiers by going here.
You can also play Santa by helping out Soldiers Angels They need help to get 40,000 care packages shipped before Christmas.
Here's a petition asking Congress to provide for free shipping for packages being sent to soldiers in the field. Our soldiers deserve this!
Lithuania, F*ck Yeah!
Michael Yon reports from Afghanistan. Near the end he mentions the unusual habits and bravery of Lithuanian troops:
U.S. and Afghan soldiers in Zabul Province give high marks to the Lithuanian Special Forces, who like to ride these captured Taliban motorbikes to sneak up on, and chase Taliban fighters. The “LithSof” are on their way to becoming living legends: Both Afghans and Americans report that the Taliban are afraid of the Lithuanians. Stories about them are filled with dangerous escapades and humor.Pretty cool. I always wanted to go to Lithuanian. I've made it to Estonia and Latvia, but never Lithuania. Now I have my excuse. If you're ever there and you meet a soldier or veteran, buy him a beer.
Americans say that the Lithuanians are sort of a weaponized version of Borat, who think nothing of sauntering around a base in nothing but flip-flops and underwear. “They look like mountain men. They never shave, sometimes don’t bathe, and often roll out the gate wearing nothing but body armor and weapons. Not even a t-shirt,” an American soldier told me. The Lithuanians may be a little bit nuts, but the Americans love to have them around because Lithuanians love to fight, and when you need backup, you can count on them. That contrasts starkly with many of the NATO “partners.” Maybe when your country spends almost a half-century with the Soviet boot on its neck, its first generation of free soldiers know what freedom is worth — and that you sometimes have to fight for it.
Domestic Terror Kills Oregon Cop? (Update: 2nd Cop Dead)
A bomb kills a cop in Oregon, domestic terror? Not all bombings are acts of terror. It's possible that the bomb was part of a badly planned & executed bank robbery attempt.
But if the bomb was meant to kill the police officer then it is terrorism, plain and simple. In this case, though, what comes to mind are not Islamist extremists but anarchists, environmentalists, and others of the leftwing anti-capitalist violent fringe. Rule nothing out, though.
Any one claiming responsibility for this? That seems like the normal M.O. for terrorism.
Update by Stablehand - video added below fold
Alaska Guard Continues Operation Santa
News not likely to be reported by the MSM.
CAMP DENALI, Alaska (AFNS) -- Children from rural Alaskan communities were treated to an early Christmas this year as members of the Alaska National Guard completed Operation Santa Claus for young people in communities across the state.
The 50-year community relations and support program provides toys, books and school supplies to Alaskan children.
More than 100 students from McQueen School in Kivalina, a city in Alaska's Northwest Arctic borough, received books, presents, a holiday meal and photos with Santa Dec. 6.
Members of the 176th Wing from Kulis Air National Guard Base in Anchorage flew a C-130 Herculeswith the Christmas gifts to the Kivalina children.
"This is so much fun, and the presents are really cool," said 14-year-old Jasmine Adams of McQueen School.
"This is the best; better than anything," said Warren Hawley, a 13-year-old fellow student. "This doesn't happen very much, and we want you guys to come back."
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made a surprise visit too.
"It's wonderful to be here in Kivalina to celebrate the holidays and to be able to do this for the children of the community," said Governor Palin, who was accompanied by her daughter, Piper. "It's good to be able to show our support for the National Guard and to show the people of Alaska what our Guard is up to."
Several military guests were on hand, including Gen. Carrol H. "Howie" Chandler, the Pacific Air Forces commander; Lt. Gen. Craig E. Campbell, Alaska's adjutant general; Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, the Alaskan Command commander; and Army Brig. Gen. Thomas H. Katkus, the Alaska Army National Guard commander.
"The greatest thing about Operation Santa Claus is that we get to share our gifts, and the people of the communities get to share their culture," General Campbell said. "Operation Santa Claus becomes a bonding experience for both urban and rural Alaska."
Bad arse military have big hearts!
Muslims Cautioned About Hopey Changey Expectations
According to this article Obama was elected because he wants to repair America's image with Muslims.
WASHINGTON // Barack Obama, the US president elect, had a ready audience this week when he spoke of repairing the country’s image among Muslims and the international community – issues he trumpeted on the campaign trail that last month led him to victory.Until Muslims clean up their act there will never be a "central and safe" destination.
“One of the problems he faces is expectations, they’ll be very high,” said James Zogby, the president of the Washington, DC-based Arab American Institute.
“Many Muslims hope to see a swift resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a fast fix for the Iraq war, neither of which will be solved within the first 100 days of Mr Obama’s presidency,” said Mr Zogby, who also writes a column for The National. He has to look for smaller, but real, things to do. The small things don’t let people down and they win him time.”
For instance, Mr Obama must “make clear his commitment not just to two states, because that doesn’t say much anymore, but to make a statement of concern about the suffering of the Palestinian people – and then to do something about it”[Israel has to put up with daily katyusha rockets and he says Palestinians are suffering?.. ed]
In an interview with The Chicago Tribune this week, Mr Obama promised an “unrelenting” desire to create good relationships with countries “who want their citizens and ours to prosper together”.
“I think we’ve got a unique opportunity to reboot America’s image around the world and also in the Muslim world in particular.”
Mr Obama also reaffirmed his plan to make a major speech in an Islamic capital some time after he is sworn in on Jan 20 – news that spurred much speculation about which city that might be and what he might discuss there. Some reports have suggested Cairo, the Egyptian capital, would provide a central and safe destination for Mr Obama to speak.
Obama needs to assure the Muslim world that the US does not see Islam as an illness to be treated or something defective and flawed that ought to be fixed,” said Mr abou el Fadl, a former Bush appointee to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.
“If Obama recognises that, like racism and anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Islam hating has become a major problem in today’s world and proclaims that the US affirmatively condemns and is strongly opposed to all acts designed to perpetuate religious hatred and bigotry, this will have a very healing effect,” he said in an e-mail.
Mr Obama is uniquely suited to rebuilding America’s image with Muslims, observers say. He is a Christian with ties to Islam – his Kenyan father was raised a Muslim. As a child he lived for several years in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country.
Radwan Masmoudi, president of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democrac said that with his ties and experience abroad, Mr Obama is bound to have more knowledge and respect for other religions[Ties and experience?...ed]
“And frankly I think that’s why he was elected,” Mr Masmoudi said. “I think that the American people are tired of the wars and the confrontation. They want to see more respect and more dialogue and more reaching out to the Muslim world.”
Nothing will please the Muslim world unless we become the "United States of Islam"
December 12, 2008
3rd Arab Free Press Forum: Tyrant Regimes Block Participation
The Yemeni government stopped our buddy al-Khaiwani at the airport last week but reversed its ban. The Saudi Kingdom prohibited blogger Fouad al-Farhan from going, Tunisia also blocked two journalists from attending- and sent government representatives in their place- and Syria blocked one. Its an interesting article here from Menassat.
Nearly not attending was Yemeni journalist Abdel Karim Al-Khaiwani, the former editor in chief of Al-Shoura newspaper in Yemen. Al-Khaiwani was recently stopped from traveling to a UN-sponsored human rights conference in Cairo. It appeared that a travel ban resulting from his prison sentence on charges of aiding terrorism—charges that rights groups say were trumped up—had not been lifted, despite Al-Khaiwani having received a presidential pardon in September.
But the travel ban was eventually lifted, and Al-Khaiwani (photo) was able to participate in a panel discussion under the title, Oblique Government Tactics to Impede a Free Arab Press. Al-Khaiwani began by bringing a salute to his four missing colleagues. "I would also like to condemn those who prevent journalists from traveling because they think they can hide what is happening in their countries," he said.
The panelists all mentioned that one of the major problems in their home countries is the accusation of terrorist activity, which governments are increasingly using to silence independent journalists, bloggers, and activists.
"Most journalists are accused of terrorism or of other accusations that have to do with defamation. Other times they are accused of attacking the reputation of their country," Al-Khaiwani said. "The government is using the war against terror to attack journalists and the press."
But he also said that government repression is a sacrifice that journalists have to make for freedom. "Yes, the price is high... but it is not too high for a person who believes in change and equality... There is no value for life without sacrifice."
US Bans Personnel from Hotels in Yemen
Chatter apparently, nothing specific. Seems prudent to me...
Seattle Times: The State Department has banned U.S. diplomats and other government personnel from all Western hotels in Yemen because of the threat of terrorism. Officials said they were not aware of any specific, credible threat to Americans in the Red Sea country but noted a continuing stream of information that has prompted the U.S. Embassy in San'a, the Yemen capital, to issue two terror-related warnings this week alone.The proximity of Yemen and Somalia compounds the threat potential of each individually.
"As a result of continuing threat information, the U.S. Embassy has placed all Western hotels in Yemen off-limits to embassy personnel and visitors," it said in a notice sent to Americans in the country on Friday.....A top National Intelligence Council official said in August that Yemen is rapidly re-emerging as a jihadist battleground and is a potential base of operations for large international terrorist attacks.
Plane Stupid Protesters Funded by Airport Tycoon
Well, isn't this interesting? A tycoon with shops in airports around the world bankrolled the global warming activists who shut down London's Stansted Airport earlier this week.
Mark Constantine, the owner of Lush Cosmetics, was today accused of profiting from airline passengers while funding groups whose actions can severely disrupt their journeys.Constantine owns 600 shops worldwide and he's a global warmiac against any expansion of air travel.
Lush has contributed £20,000 to anti-aviation organisations including Plane Stupid, which masterminded the protest at Stansted by more than 50 activists that brought flights to a standstill for two hours on Monday, reports London's Evening Standard.
I contend that Constantine should be sued into bankruptcy or, more logically, maybe a painful hoovering of the pocketbook. (more)
Shocka! London Art Work Displays Burqa Clad Woman Exposing A Breast
A SEXUALLY explicit art work depicting a Burkha-clad woman sparked outrage today after it went on on display at a London gallery. The image shows a woman in a full-length burkha – but instead of having a cut-out for the eyes, the cut-out exposes one of her nipples.
The artwork has already been condemned by the Union of Muslim Organisations of the UK and Ireland (UMO) as "blasphemous, cheap porn".
Photographer Yeon Lee, defended her image, titled Seeing is Believing, claiming it "highlights the ways women are categorised in male-dominated societies".
But the UMO said the image could spark similar angry scenes to those in Denmark in September 2005 when a newspaper printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed portraying him as a terrorist.
The "blasphemous" image below the fold.
h/t LGF link thingy
Minnesota Congressman Makes Hijjah
It appeared Congressman Ellison enjoyed his pilgrimage to Mecca
You don’t have to be a believer or even get close to the Kaaba to be part of the surreal, inexplicable experience. No one remains unmoved and unaffected by the sight of the faithful from all parts and corners of the world — black and white, tall and short and rich and poor – submit themselves before God as equals in the brotherhood of faith and humanity.
As Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of the US Congress who performed Haj this week, told CNN, you forget who you are –- black or white and American or African — and where you come from when you are before God circling the Kaaba in a two-piece unstitched garment.
UPDATE by Rusty: Uh, yes you do.
Update by Stablehand: Well if it is obligatory for non-muslims to do a "exit right", screw it. Who would want to go anyway.
I have a few questions though - Congressman Ellison, did you brutally slaughter any animals during Eid al-Adha (Fesitval of Sacrifice) or was it done for you?
Also, did American taxpayers pay for your trip to Mecca?
CAIR/ACLU Set Up "Help, I'm Being Oppressed" Hotline
Marvelous. Just freaking marvelous.
I think it looks something like this (NSFW language warning).
Later, of course, we learn that he actually had drugs on him. Imagine that.
Record: One Unit, 10 Silver Stars
If every Green Beret is a hero, what do you call these guys? Superheroes.
Thanks to Opus Rex.
Senate Democrats Had Enough Republican Votes to Pass the Bailout
The UAW complained the GOP halted the bailout plan. One little known fact is Democrats had enough Republicans on their side to pass the bailout.
It didn't pass because the entire Democratic caucus didn't vote.
Eight Democrats bailed on the bailout (Reid, it should be noted, voted against it for procedural reasons, in order to bring it up for a vote again).
Four Democrats voted 'nay': Baucus, Tester, Lincoln, and Reid.
Four Democrats did not vote: Biden, Kennedy, Kerry, and Wyden.
(And, of course, the Democrats would have another member right now if Blagojevich had sold that Senate seat before he was busted.)
Nancy Pelosi is jumping on the bandwagon with the UAW and calling the Republicans irresponsible for failing to pass the bailout.
Hey Nancy, didn't you forget something?
Al Anbar Province, Iraq: Marines vs Terrorists
Caution, VERY GRAPHIC. Lots of dead bad guys.
Inshallahshaheed Is In Love
Samir Khan aka Inshallahshaheed's new girlfriend. No wonder he lives in mommy's and daddy's basement. I wonder if she knows he has lust for Joey Cohen aka Yousef al-Khattab?
Russian Working For Nuclear Company Dies In Iran
A Russian man working for a nuclear company in Iran has been found dead after disappearing 18 days earlier, Iranian media and a Russian spokeswoman said Thursday.
According to the state-owned Iran newspaper, the man's frozen body was found Tuesday at a recreational area in a mountainous area just outside of Tehran, where nighttime temperatures dip well below freezing[...]
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the state-run Russian company coordinating the Bushehr project, Atomstroiexport, said the deceased was an employee and that he died in an accidental fall from a rock in the recreational area.
The spokeswoman, Irina Yesipova, would not identify the man or give specifics about his job. She said the area is a popular weekend getaway destination.
Hmmm, who snuffed him?
Good News, Bad News.
Is Obama a "Natural Born Citizen"? Coffin, Meet Nail
I hate to even link stuff debunking the idiotic -- IDIOTIC!!! -- notion that Obama isn't a natural born citizen. Even answering the stupid, lame, paranoid arguments makes me feel dirty.
I need a palette cleanser. Someone send me some pr0n. Quick.
Seattle Jihad Barber Killed in Somalia fighting for al Qaeda
Alls well that ends well, eh? Ruben Shumpert (aka, "Amir Abdul Muhaimin") has been identified as the American killed in Somalia a few months back. Crocodile tears. Big fat crocodile tears.
Back in April of 2007 the FBI raided a Somalian grocery store in Seattle looking for Shumpert. Too late, Shumpert was gone. Already on his way to Somalia to fight for al Qaeda's local branch, the al Shabaab Youth Mujahideen Movement.
Later Shumpert pulled a Hannibal Lecter and called the FBI from Somalia. He saw too many movies, I guess. In real life the fighters for Allah end up dying, get no virgins, and their deaths do absolutely nothing to further any cause worth dying for.
Fred Fry has all the necessary links and background to the announcement by the al Shabaab that Shumpert was "martyred".
RED HORSE Airmen Close Chapter With Iraqis
Airmen with the 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron witnessed the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a community center Dec. 5 in Hawr Rajab.More images.
Through a program called Village of Hope, RED HORSE Airmen taught Iraqi citizens the basics of construction over a 10-month period that yielded four remodeled houses, a community center, a school for boys and 181 graduates from the course.
The RED HORSE teams conducted training on basic construction, plumbing and electrical skills.
"This was a great opportunity to interact with the Iraqi people in a positive way while providing valuable training they can use in the future," said Col. Wilfred Cassidy, the 557th ERHS commander.
Thank you RED HORSE Squadron, you rock!
Air Force Recruiter Stabbed In New York
An Air Force recruiter was stabbed outside her Harlem recruiting office Dec. 11 at about 12:45 p.m. in New York City.
Staff Sgt. Sarah Charles, a recruiter with the 313th Recruiting Squadron, is currently in critical but stable condition.
Sergeant Charles was talking with a potential applicant at the time of the attack. A suspect has been apprehended.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Sarah and her family," said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Maceachron, 360th Recruiting Group deputy commander. "Sarah is one of our superstar Airmen. She is a role-model and always displays a professional and friendly attitude. The Air Force is a family and her teammates and friends are rallying around her through this ordeal."
My thoughts and prayers for Sgt. Charles and her family.
Somalia Jihad Recruiting
A few things.
1) Somali immigrants in America and other Muslims are being recruited in U.S. cities to conduct Islamic jihad in east Africa.The disappearance of noticeable numbers of men from U.S. Somali communities in Columbus, OH, Atlanta, Boston, San Diego, and Seattle are believed to be the result of jihad recruiting operations and now authorities are somewhat concerned. (more)
2) An off-the-books, untraceable money transfer system called hawala provides funding for recruiting and transportation of jihadis.
3) Homeland Security officials have largely said, "Well ... uh ... we ... uh ... no comment."
4) Mainstream media sources have indicated that something is happening but it's not that important because we don't know what it is and it would be politically incorrect to do something if we did know.
5) It's logically predicted that the jihadi recruiting in the U.S. will ultimately result in the selection of targets in American cities.
Play Santa For a Solider
Soldiers Angels needs help to get 40,000 care packages shipped before Christmas.
These good folks have run out of funds to pay for the postage to ship out 40,000 care packages for the troops. They've already shipped out thousands. So, if you don't terribly mind....Hat Tip: GM.
UPDATE by RS: Here's a petition asking Congress to provide for free shipping for packages being sent to soldiers in the field.
Taliban Issue Death Fatwa Against Pakistani Journalist
ne of Pakistan's most eminent journalists is confined to his home under permanent armed guard because he fears he'll be killed for speaking out. Najam Sethi is getting death threats from the Taliban for writing articles warning of the threat of Islamist militancy to his country. Sethi says part of his problem is anchormen at private TV channels spout fundamentalist views and incite violence.Just have to remember that every time they say "religious nationalists" they really mean "Islamic State" with Sharia law. Like the Taliban was in Afghanistan.
Don't Worry Ma, I Just Joined Terrorist Group al-Shabaab
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) -- Last month, 17-year-old Burhan Hassan told his family he was catching a ride to school with a friend. He then vanished.
His mother spoke to her son just a few days ago over the phone. To her shock, she says, he told her he was no longer in the United States.
"Mom, I'm in Somalia! Don't worry about me; I'm OK," the mother quoted her son as saying.
Details of how he got there and what has transpired in his life since his November disappearance are sketchy. His mother, who agreed to be identified only as Amina, says her son has clearly changed.
"He was different," she said of his attitude on the phone.
Muslim Kills Jew in Yemen, 100,000 Civilians Deliberately Starved
The murderer previously killed his wife, but he paid blood money and never went to jail. I wonder whose life is cheaper in Yemen, a woman or a Jew? A woman's blood money is half a man's. Anyway the story today is one of the 400 remaining Jews in Yemen was murdered in cold blood. He has eight kids. The murder was entirely arbitrary, except for the fact that the man was targeted for his religion. One thing to remember is the government's media encourages the religious fanatic mentality, and extremist organizations receive a lot of overt and covert support from the government.
INN: The murderer fired on Nahari several times, made sure he was dead, and then waited for police to come. Ash-Sharq il-Awsat identified the killer as Abed el-Abdi, a former pilot. El-Abdi murdered his wife two years ago, but was not imprisoned because he agreed to give his wife's family financial compensation. Yemeni officials said the shooter who killed Nahari was deranged. The shooter was arrested, and allegedly told police he had killed Nahari because “Those Jews need to become Muslim."
In related news of targeting by religious identity, the Yemeni government is engaged in collective punishment of its civilian population in the war torn Sa'ada region. The military has withheld shipments of food and medicine and is thwarting attempts by international aid organizations to reach the 100,000 people displaced by the war. Winter is coming and starvation rates are extremely high among the children and young mothers who make up the bulk of the displaced population. Islamist trained tribal paramilitaries targeted the predominantly Zaidi Shiite region, along with tanks, artillery and bombardment on and off since 2004 when a small band of rebels began shouting slogans.
Look Out, Rahm - The Bus is Comin'
The funniest part is yet to come, when President "I had no idea any of this was happening in such a pristine environment as Chicago and in Illinois politics" tries fo fire Fitz.
Compare and contrast the media frenzy, dare I say GLEE, at the Plamegate story for years, compared to the "sad" tone we're fed over this story (as if rampant, rank, stinking Democrat corruption is an accident or tragedy, like a plane crash):
"Pakistan epicenter of terrorism"
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday that Pakistan is the "epicenter of terrorism". Wow, finally a politician who speaks the truth about Pakistan.
A Lone Jewish Gentlemen Uses His First Amendment Rights Against Anti-Israel Protesters
The guy was walking his dog and came across a group of protesters - complete with keffiyeh scarves - and told them what he "thought".
Watch video - F**k Palestine, f**k Palestine
December 11, 2008
(Update)It's Almost Time For The Beautiful Camel Contest
It seems like only yesterday that this beautiful camel was named Miss KSA.
Prince Mesh’al Bin Abdul Aziz is reminding everyone there will be no criticism of this years camel beauty contest!
Those who violate the regulations of the festival of King Abdul Aziz Prize for camel pageant by raising sectarian slogans or casting doubts on the performance of the festival’s committee will be punished,” he said.Who am I to laugh or make fun of such a wonderful pageant. I don't mind if they are nuckin futz. BHAWAWAWAWA
Update - Commenter Fatbill reminds us not to forget the "goat pageant"
Abu K; "trade you my two hump for bling bleat". Abu M. replied; "two hump no good, bling bleat gives me many hump pleasure".
Star Wars: The Musical. Kinda.
Please, won't somebody stop George Lucas before he brings on the apocalypse?
Suspected U.S. Strike Kills Six in Pakistan
Another missile strike in South Waziristan....these are becoming common ....strike count is up to 30 since August of this year..
A suspected U.S. strike killed six people Thursday on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border, a lawless region believed to be a stronghold of Al Qaeda, two intelligence officials said.Faster pace please.
The identities of those killed in the attack was not immediately known, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
"At present, local Taliban have surrounded the destroyed house, and they are not letting anybody get close to it," said one of the officials.
Citing agents and informants in the field, the officials said six people were killed in the strike late Thursday in a village near Azam Warsak in South Waziristan.
Followup: Belgium's Top Internet Jihadi Arrested (Again)
Follow up to my earlier post about 14 Belgians arrested for being al Qaeda members. It turns out one of them is Malika El-Aroud, who has been arrested in the past for running an al Qaeda support website. If you speak French and hang around the eHadis, you'd probably recognize her from her frequent appearances at the minbar-sos forum.
Looks like the Belgians arrested her as she was attempting to leave the country to go to Afghanistan. Bin Laden supporter going to Afghanistan: what could possibly go wrong? WZ:
The federal prosecutor's office in Belgium identified one of the suspects as Malika El-Aroud, the widow of one of the men who assassinated a key opponent of the Taliban in Afghanistan two days before September 11, 2001.Thanks to Howie who is busy cooking his pet rabbit for supper.
El-Aroud's late husband was one of two men who killed Ahmed Shah Massoud, a leader of the Northern Alliance, in a suicide mission ordered by Osama Bin Laden.
Belgian police aimed to prevent El-Aroud, whom the police source called an "al-Qaeda living legend," from moving to Afghanistan to play a role in the fight against the coalition forces there, the source said.
Finals Blogging Haiku
You wrote Veep Gore on final?!?!
Ergo, you don't exist.
Can Bailout Supporter Duncan Hunter Claim the Title ''Conservative Leader'' with a Straight Face?
As many of you know, Duncan Hunter was one of only 32 Republicans who voted in favor of the automaker bailout. Even 20 Democrats voted against it. While some folks may be surprised by that, it's actually fairly consistent with Hunter's overall track record on federal spending:
Given many, many chances to restrain the size and scope of the federal behemoth, Duncan Hunter all-too-often went the other direction.More on Duncan Hunter at The R.I.N.O. Hunters' Lodge.
Case in point : Duncan Hunter's 2007 Club for Growth rating was 26%.
He did receive an 82% rating from Citizens Against Government Waste in 2003, but the rest of the years, Duncan Hunter has failed to live up even to that mediocre standard. His 2004 CAGW rating was a dismal 51%. Overall, Hunter has a lifetime average of 65% from these two groups--which places him in the LOWER HALF of the California Republican delegation...Hunter's ratings from the National Taxpayers' Union echo the numbers from Club for Growth and CAGW, with Hunter's NTU ratings hovering around the 50% level in most years...
Thursday Funnies - AlQaeda Doesn't Exist
I just couldn't pass this up. Nice Che avatar "green gorilla" has.
Al Qaeda does not exist and never has
The acceptance of the hoary old myth of Al Qaeda by those who oppose the government-led conspiracies concerning 911, the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations, and the 'War on Terror' indicates just how deeply brainwashed we all are by the Bush propaganda.
Those who persist in referring to Al Qaeda as a terrorist entity are either ignorant of reality or are in some way part of the conspiracy to keep us all hoodwinked.
Gawd it feels good to be part of the "plot" to "hoodwink" >>>wink<<<
Philly: Man Told To Remove American Flag From Desk
He had it taped to his computer. Oh, the horror!
Ralph Silvestro, a legal clerk who works at the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia, never imagined that anyone would have a beef over the American flag he had taped to the side of his work computer.
After all, he works in a courthouse.
To Silvestro, who served in the Navy for six years and in the Air Force Reserve for another six, the miniature American flag affixed to his computer was a symbol of his patriotism, he said.
"I served this country for 12 years. I could have died for this flag, but I can't hang it up. What's up with that? I don't understand," Silvestro said in an interview earlier this week.
Silvestro added: "For me, this is about my rights being taken away from me in a building where your rights are supposed to mean more than anything."....more
Did this ACLU help him out with this? Hell no.
When asked if Smith[Silverstro's boss] had violated Silvestro's constitutional rights, perhaps infringing on his freedom of expression, a civil-rights lawyer said: "No."
"Here's the thing: Your boss rules your life," said Mary Catherine Roper, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania's Philadelphia office. "Your employer gets to make the rules."
Must depend on what "rules" the ACLU doesn't like.
President Sarkozy Angers Iran
(Tehran, Iran) French President Nicolas Sarkozy made comments that have angered the Iranians. Consequently, the French Ambassador to Iran, Bernard Poletti, was summoned for a sit-down to discuss Sarkozy's remarks. To wit:
"How is it that a people such as the Iranian people - one of the world's greatest peoples, one of the world's oldest civilisations, sophisticated, cultured, open - have the misfortune of being represented as they are today by some of their leaders?Ambassador Poletti was told that there would be repercussions for French-Iranian relations if such remarks were repeated.
"I have said this to my friend Kofi [Annan]: I find it impossible to shake hands with somebody who has dared to say that Israel must be wiped off the map.
"I know perfectly well that we must resolve what is perhaps the most serious international crisis we are having to resolve: that of Iran moving towards a nuclear bomb.
"We cannot resolve it without talking to Iranian leaders, but, after what was the Shoah, after what was the 20th century, I cannot sit at the same table as a man who dares to say: Israel must be wiped off the map." [Note: Shoah is the Hebrew term for the Holocaust]
Well, Mahmoud, I'm repeating them. Will you now punish the French?
UN Pulls Head Out of Asses, Declares Jamaat ud Dawa Terrorist Organization
We've been harping on the fact that Lashkar-e-Taiba's [LeT] "charity" and "political" wing --Jamaat ud Dawa [JuD]-- operates freely in Pakistan for some time now. Every one knows that JuD is just a front for the LeT terrorists, but only a few countries were willing to condemn the JuD which claims its main mission is charity work for Muslims in Kashmir.
One can only deny reality for so long, though. Especially after nearly 200 dead in Mumbai at the hands of LeT trained terrorists who were given operational direction from leaders of the JuD. Today the U.N finally declared JuD a front for the LeT and named several of its leaders as the terrorists that they are.
The ball is now clearly in Pakistan's court. Keep your fingers crossed, but don't get your hopes up too high.
Jennifer Aniston Bares It All - Almost
GQ's January 2009 cover will feature Aniston with only a tie.
Below the fold - NSFW
h/t LGF link thingy - has 329 clicks so far..teh
Stop Sharia Petition
I've been hearing about this for some time now, and maybe some of my colleagues here at the Jawa Report have linked to it before, but I never took the time to read the text of the petition. Here it is:
We reject Sharia law because it is discriminatory, cruel and barbaric and demand an end to Sharia law across the world.I wholeheartedly agree. Sign the petition here.
We unequivocally support the struggle of people everywhere whether in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia or in Britain and the West, to oppose Sharia and live in secular societies, where at a minimum religion is a private matter and separate from the state, legal and educational systems and universal human rights and citizenship rights are guaranteed.
Bruce Springstein Agrees: His Music is Torture
Listening to music is torture, or so says a coalition of musicians who object to terrorists being forced to listen to their music. I'll make a special note that Bruce Springsteen is one of those artists who believes his music is torture. For once we agree.
14 al Qaeda Terrorists Arrested in Belgium
More evidence of Europe's home-grown terrorist problem:
A Belgian counter-terror source says that four Belgians, along with others from different countries, met "an al Qaeda liaison known by his initials, 'M.G.'" ...Thanks to Howie.
At least 14 suspected militants with alleged links to al Qaeda have been arrested in terror raids in two Belgian cities. Sources say three of them were allegedly involved in an imminent suicide attack, possibly targeting a European Union summit.
Hundreds of police officers carried out dozens of raids Thursday across Belgium, focusing on the cities of Brussels and Liege.
Fourteen people accused of having links to al Qaeda were arrested. Three of them are suspected of preparing an imminent suicide attack, possibly targeting the EU summit taking place in Brussels Thursday and Friday.
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Senator Hillary Clinton's Replacement?
Guess who wants to be the next U.S. Senator from New York? Check below the fold. (story here)
December 10, 2008
Australia: "Green Terrorist" Exercise Drill Angers Environmentalists
I suppose the police didn't want to offend Muslims so they used "forest activists".
POLICE have apologized for a hypothetical terror exercise in which a forest activist hijacks a plane and threatens to crash it into a pulp mill.
The hypothetical scenario - acted out by about 70 police at Devonport airport on Tuesday under the codename Western Approach - angered Australian Greens leader Bob Brown, the Tasmanian Greens and The Wilderness Society.
They called it offensive, unnecessary and irresponsible and made formal complaints to Tasmania police. Acting Assistant Commissioner Steve Bonde later apologised, The Mercury reports.
The scenario involved a forest activist who hijacks an aircraft en route to King Island from Hobart and threatens to damage the Wesley Vale pulp mill before landing the plane and taking the passengers hostage.
After negotiations, the armed offender leaves the building but is shot.
Wilderness Society senior forest campaigner Vica Bayley said the scenario was outrageous. "This exercise is offensive and totally misguided," Mr Bayley said.
I guess a scenario like this could happen, maybe.
Video: "Once A Marine"
The awe-inspiring story of Nick Popaditch, a 15-year Marine trigger-puller tank commander who won the Silver Star. His tanks surrounded Firdos "Saddam" Square in April 2003 and pulled down the hated statue.
An AP photo put Nick on the front pages of newspapers around the world as "The Cigar Marine." Nick was critically wounded in Fallujah one year later by an RPG to the head. This is Nick's harrowing story of combat, courage, and recovery.
Veronica said he's currently promoting his book around the country at book signings and discussions.
Thanks for the link Veronica.
Terrorist Safe Havens in Yemen
(AFP) — The US chairman of the joint chiefs Admiral Michael Mullen said Wednesday he was "extremely worried" about the potential for safe haven for terrorists in Somalia and Yemen.The issue is not just the ungoverned territories, its that they exist in an nation with a minimal and erratic counter-terror posture. The following is a very well written and researched article on the Guantanamo detainees published by West Point, but it's recommendations are dangerous.
"A significant objective in Afghanistan and Pakistan is to not have a safe haven, and I am concerned about the potential for a safe haven in Somalia as I am in Yemen," Mullen said. "I am extremely concerned about that."
CTC :For the remainder of the Yemeni detainees, which would likely be a sizeable portion, the United States may find that its best option is to silently partner with the Yemeni government and support a modified hostage system, which has a long tradition in Yemen as a tool of governing.... The hostage system would also further fracture al-Qa`ida in Yemen by exacerbating tensions and loyalties within the group... This system would require the United States to temper many of its criticisms of Yemen's opaque practice of individual deals with terrorists, such as Jamal al-Badawi and Jabir al-Banna. Years of Guantanamo, however, have removed the good courses of action from the table and left the United States with only a limited set of options.
This is a stupendously bad idea. It gives the jihaddists a specific and localized grievance against the US. Reinforcing tribal norms is not what the US is about, individual responsibility is.
The practice of taking hostages is partly what prompted Yemen's 1962 republican revolution and is a major cause of unrest today- nearly all the recent kidnappings of foreigners had as their cause, relatives held hostage. The Yemeni government's practice of taking hostages (or arbitrary arrests we can call it) prompted weekly protests in the capital. Its a clear human rights violation, no matter how often the regime does it.
The fact that Yemeni President Saleh boxed himself into a corner by negotiating with terrorists doesn't mean that US foreign policy has to be bounded by sympathy for his difficult position or should encourage his brutal practices.
The US has every right and an obligation to criticize and censure a regime that knowingly and duplicitously released the convicted terrorists that murdered 17 US sailors in a sneak attack. The minute we stop standing up for our military we are doomed, because they are the ones who stand up for us. A silent betrayal is still a betrayal. Its really very simple.
Hello Dad, I Just Lost My Virginity!
Semantics question: Did Elizabeth Frisinger mean this was her first time, and that it was on the beach (eg, Wedding Crashers)? Or, that this was her first time on the beach, an aspirational mountain few of us have yet to conquer?
Either way, there's no way Dad was happy about this.
Too good to be true?
John Brownlee over at Boing Boing calls shenanigans. Maybe, but funny because it seems like it could be true. Unless you're the Dad. Then it's time to break out the ol' shotgun.
One of These Things Is Not Like the Other
An excellent article by John Rosenthal in Policy Review of a recent European Court of Human Rights ruling which found that when German police do things worse than interrogators at Guantanamo it should not be considered torture.
So, when the U.S. uses enhanced interrogation techniques ---> Torture.
When Euroweenies use techniques that even Donald Rumsfeld found were too harsh ---> Not torture.
It's not so much a double standard as it is a simplistic world view: America is bad, hmmmkay.
From Barak Obama to the Arab leaders: Do not expect me to support your family enterprises
By Munir Mawari
A number of Arab leaders, who have been in power from 20 to 40 years each, wrote to U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama congratulating him on the success of the “change” he would bring to the United States. Since Obama did not respond to these leaders, the author of this article decided to volunteer to take on this task on behalf of Mr. Obama, as Thomas Friedman once did on behalf of President George W. Bush.
To avoid ambiguity it must be noted here that Mr. Obama is not aware of any of the contents of these messages. The way I write these letters is unacceptable in real diplomacy. The real Barack Obama would never “bash” the leaders of sovereign states or criticize their actions, as I take liberty to do. But what is not allowed in real practice may be just the thing, in our collective imagination.
In this spirit, the following is the full text of a letter from the virtual Barack Obama to Arab leaders, with attached telegrams, which are also imaginary:
Sirs, Presidents, Kings and Emirs of Arab States:
Greetings, all; Happy Eid al-Adha (the most important religious event for Muslims):
I have received with deep gratitude a number of congratulatory messages on my election as the next President of the United States.. I apologize to you that I will not be able to reply formally, for the following reasons:
First: I have not yet formally assumed my duties or moved into the White House. President Bush continues to exercise his powers until the 20th of next January. I am committed to my country’s customs and Constitution, which do not allow the existence of two presidents at the same time. I will exercise presidential powers only after President Bush leaves office and after I take my Constitutional Oath of Office, in accordance with U.S. customs. Only then will I be able to exchanged cables with you. I have been told that you love exchanging cables with other leaders, and also that your official media love to cover this habit. I have been advised to have an intern in the White House who can devote his or her time solely to engaging in this hobby with you on my behalf.
Second: Since the United States is rich in the diversity of its people with different experiences and backgrounds, an American of Arab origin volunteered to write this response to you. I appreciate that you took a portion of your valuable time to write to me, and I thank you in advance for setting aside some of the time ordinarily allotted to the vigorous suppression of your people, to read this virtual reply.
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Dear Arab leaders:
I am sorry that I cannot use the word "friends" when I address you, even though I honor the friendship of your countries. Frankly, however, I care about your people’s friendship, and I seek to earn the approval of the vast majority of your nations’ populace. I do not want, therefore, to gain the friendship of only 22 persons while I simultaneously lose 300 million potential Arab friends, and more than a billion potential Muslim friends, whose gratitude to the American people for electing me as their next President has been shown in many of the writings translated from the press in many Arab and Islamic countries.
While I thank you deeply for your tribute to freedom and democracy in the United States, and the yearning of the American people to achieve the dream of change, I would like to assure you that the peoples of the whole world – not just Americans -- are also eager for change. Perhaps, in fact, your peoples are more in need of change than any other peoples in the world. No doubt you aware of the matter, and by continuing your policies, you are helping your peoples to achieve this precious dream, as we say, “by one means or another.”
(note from Jane, I think I like the telegram to Kaddafi the best. The Yemen section references a recent article at West Point's publication CTC Sentinel which advises US policy on the Guantanamo detainees should be to release them all to Yemen and encourage the Yemeni government to literally hold their families as hostages. Continue reading below the fold:)
Dear Arab leaders
I would like to give you an overview of my background, which your advisors may forget or neglect to mention to you.
I am a specialist in Constitutional law, and hold a Ph..D degree in this area. I have taught law at university level. My legal background may allow me to change my approach in dealing with international tribunals, and if the United States signs the treaty establishing the International War Crimes Tribunal, we will hope to replace military methods with legal methods to pursue and deal with perpetrators of genocide against their own peoples.
The cane of International Law might then fall on the backs of many international leaders, who will be seen standing in the same box with Mr. President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, as soon as the memorandum of his arrest becomes activated. The courts may be expanded in the future to prosecute corrupt leaders, state officials engaged in piracy at sea and on land, and to deal with drug traffickers and arms smugglers wherever they are. I would advise you to take this advice as an early warning to put a stop to such practices if they exist in your countries.
Although I have passion for the law and a legal background, my limited time has not allowed me to read each of your countries’ Constitutions. Yet I know that the Constitutions of some Arab Republics limit presidential terms to two. It appears, however, that at times, the respective heads of these republics amend their countries’ Constitutions each time their final term draws close. They usually reset the meter, amending their Constitutions, snuffing out the hopes and aspirations of the new generation by a stroke of the pen. Far be it for me to interfere in the internal affairs of your countries, Sirs. But since I have not started my duties as a U.S. President, I speak with you now strictly as a legal expert who wishes only the best for your people.
I do not believe the myth that your clinging to power in your countries long beyond the time contemplated by your Constitutions has led to stability, as you have claimed. Rather, it appears to have produced internal conflicts and even civil wars, from southern Yemen to northern Algeria, through the Saada and Gaza, Darfur and other hotbeds of conflict and massacres. It seems that the Constitutions are easily changed in countries like Yemen and Algeria, and thus, I personally do not find it surprising that a rich country like Algeria has been unstable continuously since 1962, or that a country with a strategic geographical location such as Yemen has intractable internal problems persisting from that same year. Certain of you have ruled for decades over chaos and strife.
Most of you have been in power throughout the terms of five U.S. presidents: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Some of you remain in power since the era of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Yet you continue to preside, leading your peoples, from failure to failure, up until today, and I'm afraid that the next U.S. president, four or even eight years from now, will receive similar congratulatory telegrams from you again – ironically, on the subject of change!
Your staying in office all these years does not bother me personally; it does not matter to me even if this represents a discrepancy with your countries’ Consti-tutions. I do not even care, in fact, if your sons inherit power from you when the grasp of your hands inevitably fail because of age alone. What I am interested in is the protection of major U.S. interests. Looking at the Guantanamo Camp, which I intend to close, I regret to have to mention that most of the guests from your countries fought together with Al Qaeda terrorist organizations in Afghanistan. Some of them even participated in planning the attacks of September 11th against our country.
Don’t you think we have the right to ask why all these dangers came from Arab countries? Are there others like Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiri and Abu Zubaydah, who are eager to harm us and our citizens, while still enjoying protection from your “stable” regimes? Should we not protect ourselves from such dangerous people? Is it not right to ask whether your long terms in office make you at least partly responsible for what is going on, as we are reaping the results of your years and years of work? Is it not our right to wonder about the consequences of your preparing your sons to inherit the countries that their fathers have raped?
This inheritance would lead, for a broad section of your people, to the utter loss of hope for peaceful change; Americans might pay a high price, in blood and lives lost, for the sake of your sons, who seek power after you. The region will become a lake of instability, which presents a clear threat to our security as well. If you were good rulers, you would be loved by your people and your sons would be accepted by your people, but the widespread popular rejection of your sons and “ruling family enterprises” is essentially a rejection of your continuation of governing from your graves.
I have read the history of your countries, both ancient and contemporary, and I enjoyed the identification of the greatness of your people and culture. I must be clear that we would love to win the friendship of your great people. We may disagree with the government, but our friendship with the people must be eternal.
We disagreed at times with the Arab leader Gamal Abdel Nasser; nevertheless we all respected him because he was clean, free of corruption, and sought to serve the poor of his own people. Perhaps if he had prepared his son to succeed him, he would have been welcomed by his people from El-Arish to Halaib, and perhaps from Baghdad to Rabat. Before the emergence of Nasser in the fifties, another great leader had political aspirations with the good of his people at heart: the religious leader Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was assassinated by a terrorist. Now, his followers can be a great resource to Egypt, for they are more capable than others in the fight against terrorism and could actually eradicate its roots.
Outside the Arab world, we now disagree with the Iranian Islamic regime headed by Ahmadinejad and his mentor, Ali Khamenei, but our respect and appreciation of the Iranian people and our recognition of their inherent greatness is still strong. Ahmadinejad will leave soon, but the Iranian people will, we hope and believe, go on to become themselves again, free and glorious once more, over the decades.
As you know, the U.S. faces a historical domestic economic crisis that requires every second of my time before the Inauguration. I must study our problems, evaluate ways to address these problems, and prepare to confront them effectively after January 20th. Yet I took time to read the latest secret and public reports on the countries of the Middle East, so I can be ready to deal with you for four -- or eight -- years to come. After deep reflection, in fact, my belief is that your region shows the following:
First: There are three regional forces that deserve my attention in order to preserve the interests of these competing forces without negatively affecting American interests. These forces are Iran, Israel and Turkey. Each of these three countries has their national enterprises, with which we may agree or disagree, but rest assured, we will deal with them positively or negatively, according to our interests and our potential.
Secondly: There are family enterprises that prevail in most Arab League member States, either as evident in the GCC, or under the cover of a Republican identity, as is the case in Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and Libya. It is difficult, of course, for the legitimate president elected by the people of the United States to deal with these relatively small, yet powerful and even dangerous, family enterprises. Thus, I will have no choice but to deal directly with your great peoples.
As you know, Iraq under Saddam Hussain had its own family enterprise, but the Iraqi people were lucky to be rid of that nightmare, with U.S. support. This kind of action, however, will not be repeated in any other Arab country during my administration, for the following reason: because you also succeeded in part in supporting factors that destabilized Iraq. And why? Because of your fears that the experiment with democracy in Iraq might threaten your own various family enterprises.
While I am here to assure you that the American military intervention in Iraq -- which I opposed since the beginning -- will not be repeated under any justification, because American blood is not cheap, I must at the same time assure you that we will not allow the continuation of the tragedy that is playing out in Iraq at this time. We will not accept disruption of the local elections scheduled next month in 14 provinces in Iraq. I must remind you that during my administration, the United States will not stand against the interests of your peoples in achieving the ambitious project of change and prosperity, and therefore we will not provide your family-type enterprises with protection or comfort.
Indeed, we have experienced “family enterprises” in our own country at various times and places, and we have ruthlessly identified them as corrupt organizations, and passed laws to deal with them. We do not offer criminal enterprises our protection within the United States; we will not do it outside the United States either, even if the family enterprise in your countries masquerades as a legitimate form of governmental power. We made this mistake for more than half a century, and the price we paid was a terrorist attack in September 2001 against us, within our borders, the likes of which we had never witnessed before.
As we have decided not to again send American troops to topple any Arab leader, nor will we send a single American soldier to protect any Arab leader against the will of his own people.
Our intent is to live in peace as you do the same.
Dear Arab leaders:
My predecessor, President Bush, explained to you on many occasions that U.S. interests in the 20th century pushed us to help Arab rulers to achieve “stability” in their homelands; unfortunately, that was frequently done at the expense of principles of democracy, freedom and human rights.
The repression, impoverishment and neglect allowed or even caused by your leaders has reached a level where your territory has become a hotbed of exporting terrorists, and thus, your countries have became real threats to our security and to the peaceful aspirations of peoples all over the world.
The corruption of your governments has exacerbated the problem of terrorism, as young, angry, disenfranchised individuals turn toward acts of outrage rather than towards acts of constructive cooperation. Thus the best interests of our people are closely linked to the prosperity and well-being of your people, and it is essential for the U.S. to help your peoples rid themselves of corruption, oppression, poverty and unemployment, the evil seeds of terrorist sentiments.
These problems have spiraled out of control in your countries, generating blind hatred, mindless suicide bomb attacks, international criminality, explosives and terrorism against our citizens, our embassies and our interests, all because of a mistaken impression that we support your regimes, your behaviors, and your misconduct, when in fact, we have nothing to do with it.
As we disavow your policies, we would like to assure your people that the United States, under my presidency, will support the principles and values of justice, freedom and pluralism that induced the American people to elect me. When I say we will not try to impose our values and our principles upon you, at the same time, I assure you that we will not hesitate to support your people’s values, by all peaceful means.
We are aware that positive change cannot be imposed from distant powers abroad; we also realize that your peoples are able to impose the required changes as they deem appropriate, and we will support them, because their sufferings harm our security, while the flowering of indigenous peoples and prosperity removes the threat of terrorism from America and Europe, and perhaps the entire world.
Thus, look to your own values: If your people’s best interests are foremost in your hearts, you will rejoice in our support for them; if your people’s interests are actually inimical to your interests, that is, if you are oppressors and tyrants, our sympathies and assistance to your peoples will help them remove you from their misery.
What is happening in your countries is very important to us, not only because of the humanitarian impulse imposed by our human values, but also because the threat of terrorism has turned your countries into breeding camps of international criminals. You can resolve a large part of this problem, and stop the threat that affects you and us, through peaceful and legal means, and by putting an end to the policies that worsened the problems, as follows:
1 - Stop the practices of corruption and tampering with the peoples’ health and wealth, for corruption by the government and by the powerful is a major cause of terrorism.
2 - Prepare your countries for peaceful power transfers: Prepare your sons and families for your countries’ benefit, and stop preparing your countries for your sons’ and families’ benefit. They will only inherit crisis and problems.
3 – End the highly centralized governments, which created major discontent in many areas of your countries. We will not invite you to learn from the experience of the American Federation, it is our own experience. But we invite you to learn from the experience of the United Arab Emirates, in adoption of the federal system. That showed how to end separatist movements, how to solve problems arising from popular perceptions of lack of power, and how to focus on the well being of the whole country, rather than only in the authoritarian capitals.
4 - Stop the widespread and well known violation of human rights in your prisons, and immediately stop the kidnapping of activists and journalists. Release all political prisoners and and apologize to them, as did the young Moroccan King Mohammed VI.
5 - Halt the abuse of migrants and stop treating guest workers as slaves under the guise of the “KAFEEL” system in the Persian Gulf states. We will publicly confront this slavery system in the coming years; it behooves you to act on this before that happens. The world is aware of the viciousness of these practices. Preferably, the GCC leaders should start thinking of a remedy for this problem, before the Kings and Emirs involved begin to receive international arrest warrants similar to that drawn for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
6 - Stop dominating and suppressing the media and inciting terrorism in the government broadcast channels, newspapers and official websites. Incitement to terrorism is the same as conducting terrorist acts.
7 - Respect minorities’ rights and accept pluralism. We are not calling you to follow the example of pluralism in the United States, but we do call upon Arab leaders to follow the pluralism that prevailed in the era of Prophet Muhammad. Bilal, who was Ethiopian, Salman the Persian, and Suhaib Rumi were among the most important and respected advisors to the Prophet, valued members of the inner circle of founder of Islam; they were influential in the decision-making at his side regardless of their various diverse ethnic backgrounds.
8 - work on improving management and services, education and health in your countries. Since you have been so preoccupied with the establishment of armies to guard your palaces, you have been guilty of forgetting about the needs of your citizens.
A typical Arab youth nowadays has only three options: either engage in the guerrila anti-popular activities of corrupt governmental regimes, if circumstances allow; or migrate north to Western countries in the “boats of death”; or join the ranks of the frank terrorist groups that congregate in the streets and even the mosques stirring up directionless rage among the hopeless and hapless. We, America, can see and must condemn this social situation, because ultimately, we pay a share of the price in one way or another, although the bitter results of your social disintegration are not our fault.
I hope you are not expecting me to criticize the policies of my predecessor, President Bush, in his having reduced the amount of American aid to some of your countries. It is unusual for any U.S. president to criticize the policies of his predecessor after the end of an election campaign.
According to the American values of respect for each other, I will give President Bush his due, and I must also say that he had a realistic interpretation of some situations, in reducing the size of American contributions to some Arab governments. In fact, you will find that I support continuing to downsize aid wherever I see rampant corruption. And I will look closely, even though your governments are not open for transparency, at your regimes’ dismal lack of seriousness in the fight against terrorism and in efforts to bring terrorists to justice.
It will be the responsibility of my Government to fight corruption and terrorism at once. Terrorism and corruption are two sides of one coin, and both lead to the destruction of international values, humanity and peace. The existence of widespread corruption and tyranny is a major root of terrorism.
It is time, also, for me to remind you that, according to the system of our country’s state department, we must know how our financial assistance abroad is being used. We have already provided you with the machinery and equipment to combat terrorism. Unfortunately, it was too often the case that your military and security forces used those resources against journalists and human rights activists. We cannot give cash assistance where we have reason to suspect that the resources will be used to fuel terrorism and corruption, rather than to combat it.
On the other hand, most of you Dear Leaders have visited the White House and you have seen for yourselves that the U.S. presidents live modest, if not austere, lives, while you -- whether your countries are rich or poor -- live in opulance and excessive luxury. You have apportioned large parts of your capital cities to build impressive palaces. You are spending your peoples’ money as you want; we, in a democracy, are controlled by the Congress in every dollar we spend.
Special messages to heads of states with particular importance:
Dear President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt:
You are the only Egyptian President who has ever had a rare opportunity to prepare the country for a peaceful transfer of power. Regrettably, instead of taking this opportunity to set a new course for your glorious country, you have decided to prepare Egypt for your son. Although I am personally against the idea of dynastic inheritance of governmental power, I would support your son with one condition: He must show the Egyptian people substantial changes, immediately, now, so that your people can begin to experience this development while you still live.
Promises are not enough for Egypt now. Inherited power might produce a form of short-term stability, but the long-term success of Egypt requires real change for the benefit of the struggling middle class, not only for the ruling elite.
You put Ayman Nour in prison not because; he is a threat to your son, but as a matter of abhorrent personal revenge. You forced Saad Eddin Ibrahim into exile because he dared to criticize the abhorrent practices of your misguided regime. I ask you, Mr. President, not to expect me to support the Monoufia Regime at the expense of the U..S. taxpayers. I would never allow our aid to be used for the suppression of your people, or to shackle freedom in Egypt.
I ask you, Mr. President, to watch, on YouTube, how your people in al-Mahala destroyed a huge poster of you, without any help from American tanks. I wish that you would recognize that change, desperately needed by Egypt, will not be achieved by the Jihadist groups or by the Muslim Brotherhood. It is coming through the enthusiastic Internet youth. They brought change in America and made their hopes into reality. Their counterparts in Egypt are able to organize demonstrations using Face Book and other communication tools. It will be difficult for your government to stop the Storm of Change when it begins to become a reality.
The opportunity is still available to you to be part of the coming change. You can even become the main engine of positive change rather than seeking to impede it, for rest assured, change is coming, and nothing can really stop that.
In fact, if you resist change now by means of tyranny and oppression, that could produce a successful push to open a Pandora’s Box in your government, exposing large files full of corruption, oppression and bullying, including names of a large number of Egyptians and Arabs who disappeared from the face of Earth in your capital during your Presidency. This would not be good for either your regime or for stability. Supporting real and positive change, however, could relieve you of bearing the consequences of such an eventuality.
Dear President Bashar al-Assad of Syria:
I realized that you are not guilty of choosing a role that you never conceived of. The sudden death of your older brother Basil forced your father to choose you to take over the reigns of government after him, so he could keep ruling Syria, his way, even from the grave. It is not my problem, anyway. I have nothing to offer you or to ask you at this point in time, except to listen to the advice of Ms. Buthaina Shaaban, who is more aware of changing international conditions than the senior members of the Alawite ruling sect in Syria.
You can also open the way for the Syrian people to freely surf the Internet and access information without fear. The Syrian media always mention the fact that the Syria’s President has experience in computers and the Internet, but this claim is not consistent with official resistance to allowing the majority of Syrians to use the service freely.
I would like to point out, in this context, that the United States may be able in the foreseeable future to provide free Internet service to the Arab nations via satellite, and will study the possibility of this free service to save people in the region from the dominance of repressive Arab governments. Then repressive regimes will not be able to curb the storms of freedom coming in from space!
Finally, I would love to remind you that your great county’s place should be by the free nations, not with the Regime of Clerics.
Dear His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia:
Let us talk, King: peace with Israel is a critical factor for the stability of the entire region; it is not, however, the only way to remove the Iranian threat.
There are issues that belong to you, only to you, in your country. The dialogue of religions abroad will not relieve you, for instance, from releasing Matruk al-Faleh and all other “opinion detainees” at home. Your government must begin to move toward more respect for the rights of minorities, women and immigrants. The firing of the Saudi prince from his post as a governor because of his position against the Ismaili community in Najran gave us a strong and encouraging message that you are serious in this matter.
But you might also need to persuade your brothe Naif that the fight against terrorism does not provide a free card for wholesale violation of individual human rights. It would help if you could convince him that, whereas we may disagree with the views of militant preachers, Sunnis or Shiites, we do not support the violation of their human rights. We do not support the dumping of human rights activists in prison without trials. Justice must form the foundation of your rule. It will be difficult in the future for the world to deal with Naiyf as king, or even as a crown prince, if he does not care about Justice as an interior minister.
At this particular time I hope you read an article written by Aid Qarni, a prominent Saudi cleric who has an interesting imagination, on what the fate of Barack Obama would have been, had his father Hussein decided to emigrate to the Saudi Qassim instead of to Hawaii. I also wish to bring to your attention the fact that there are Saudis in the eastern region who transport their pregnant women to Riyadh to give birth in hospitals in the capital, instead of Qatif. The reason: a birth certificate from Riyadh will not subject their son or daughter to discrimination, although they are Saudis. These parents seek Riyadh on their children’s birth certificates to enable these children to one day be eligible for the army, or security forces, or even the civil service in Saudi Arabia. This is also true for the followers of the Shafei sect in Mecca and Medina, who suffer discrimination from the Hanbali doctrine.
And this is happening to Saudis on their own soil, while followers of these sects who have traveled to American and Europe coexist together with mutual love and respect.
Dear Marshal Ali Abdullah Saleh, President of the Republic of Yemen:
I hesitated to address you with that title because I did not know that there still existed in this world someone holding the rank of “Marshall” -- or Mushir as you say it in Arabic. I thought that “Field Marshal Idi Amin” was the last Marchalat in the developing world. Vice President Elect Joe Biden, who is expert in foreign affairs, however, assured me that there are still several field marshals in the countries of the Middle East, some of whom have never participated in any war to defend their people and country, but who, instead, got their titles fighting internal wars against their own people within their own territory! This delivered quite a surprise to me; one learns a lot from Joe Biden.
At any rate, Dear Marshal Saleh:
We are following carefully what is happening in your country, and we know very well that you have recently waged five wars against a part of your country, which now enjoys semi-autonomy in the north-western part of Yemen. We also know very well that the provinces in the entire southern part of your country have expelled the representatives of the election committee you placed there, rejecting in advance a sham election that does not reflect the true democracy.
We also know that al-Qaeda is alive and well in Yemen, and that the attack on our Embassy was only the latest terrorist act.. It killed 12 of your innocent people, including a number of the brave Embassy guards. We also know that you are trying to hold a parliamentary election without the opposition parties, who claim with some credibility that the upcoming election is simply a tool meant to reproduce the same faces – and the same anti-democratic forces – that have occupied your parliament for the last 30 years.
We also know that chaos and instability are prevailing in many parts of your country because of the lack of a real local government system which would allow citizens to elect their representatives and manage their own affairs. We are afraid that the discontent in Yemen now will not only prevent the holding of elections, it might even force the international community to make some tough choices leading to the acceptance of a new state or states in the region.
Such new states might show more willingness to combat pirates on land and at sea; such new states might demonstrate real support for efforts to combat terrorism and corruption. The governments of such new states might actually arrest known terrorists and hand them over to the offices of international justice, thus ensuring the safety and prosperity of the citizens, and maintaining their property on their land. Such new states might be devoted to protecting their people against the possibility of falling under the control of destructive ideologies.
These possibilities exist for the future of Yemen, make no mistake about it.
Finally, I apologize that I cannot accept your offer, which we have received through two U.S. university scholars, to solve the Guantanamo dilemma by adopting a Yemeni System that could invoke only gales of mockery and genuine horror on the part of any civilized people: I speak of the system of releasing detainees while arresting and keeping their innocent relatives as hostages in your prisons, to be funded by the United States taxpayers! Any high school civics student in American would call that idea “retarded.”
We are the nation that protected the relatives of Osama bin Laden, the day after the attacks of September 11th 2001; we sent them back to their own country safely, realizing they were not to be held culpable for the act of their relative. How dare you, Marshall, ask us to help you legitimize a manifestly unjust system of keeping innocent people hostages in your abusive facilities? Are you not aware that this disreputable system was one of the main reasons that the Yemeni people revolted in 1962, and John F Kennedy recognized the new regime set up at that time for that very reason?
I know that you are not a member of the Arab League, and do not even like to read the Arabic language, but since you are part of the Middle East, I would like to address you so that your supporters in the Arab world can read this. I want to draw to your attention the fact that you should not hold your breath waiting for me to sit with you in dialogue. I am not retreating from my campaign election promise, but I have some other reasons, including:
1 - I firmly believe you are just an employee of the religious leader, Ali Khameini, who is in control of all strategic decisions in Iran. If there is to be any talk, it must be carried out with the actual decision-maker.
2 - I firmly believe that you will lose your position in the approaching election, because you failed to keep your promises to your people. After all those irresponsible promises to better your people and increase their standards of living and their conditions, what you did was to make everything considerably worse! So do not expect me to enter into dialogue with a bankrupt who no longer has acceptance among his own great people.
3 – Dialogue with Iran requires preparation that may take a long time, and we must wait until after the Iranian elections. Before that, the real leadership in Iran, should not continue to believe in the present delusion. Choose: you can either stay in power or seek nuclear weapons, but not both. We are not threatening to invade Iran. But we have our means of supporting the drive of the Iranian people to rid itself of a dangerous and authoritarian rule; we have the means to provide support to your people’s desire for their proper destiny of change.
For all these reasons, among others, the Iranian leadership should recognize that Barack Obama may be a man of dialogue, but only to serve the interests of his country.
Mr. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya:
I wish to inform you that U.S. President Ronald Reagan is no longer in the White House. He is in fact deceased, so it is not feasible for us to continue to attack him and he would not return to attack Libya tomorrow.
I hope that you stop repeating words inappropriate for a leader of a revolution. Only people like Ayman al-Zawahri use racial slurs in public speech. My only advice to you is "Say something good or be silent."
Finally, special thanks to the Arab poet Ahmad Matar, who addressed to you a long poem on my behalf, saying:
I am a busy man;
I have no time to waste with you;
My time is shorter than the rule of Your Majesty.
Let me start with a warning:
I am not your brother, to be blamed
for not having communicated with you!
I am not the father of any of you, to claim any of you.
Arabs are not the ones who elected me.
Neither have I selected Islam as my religion.
You can call someone else to adopt you, other than me,
or -- stay orphaned!
I am an example of a people who refuse to be governed by rape.
At all the times of my life,
Never did it enter my mind that I should be responsible for you.
Fatah al-Islam Leader Dead
The leader of al Qaeda's Lebanese affiliate is said to be dead. Pretty good news for a Wednesday afternoon. BBC:
The militant Islamist group Fatah al-Islam has said that its leader, who fled from Lebanon last year, has been killed or captured in Syria.Thanks to Ronin.
The group said Shaker al-Abssi and two other members had been ambushed by the Syrian security forces in the small town of Jermana, south of Damascus.
It said Abu Mohamad Awad had been named as his successor.
The story of Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Nick Popaditch, a tank commander wounded in Iraq, and the Wounded Marine Careers Foundation.
Wounded Marine Careers Foundation website
Congrats to the Arsenal Gun Babe of the Day : Gov. Sarah Palin!!!
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Good News! Malaysia Releases 9/11 Suspect And Bilogical Weapons Expert
Via Weasel Zippers
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Malaysia said Wednesday it had released suspected terrorist Yazid Sufaat, an alleged biological weapons expert who was also linked to the September 11 attacks in the United States.
Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar said Yazid, a member of regional militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, who was arrested in 2001 and held at a detention camp in northern Malaysia until November 24, was now safe to be released.
"He was considered as a threat to public security in Malaysia because he was part of Jemaah Islamiyah, trying to establish an Islamic government within the region," he told reporters.
"I think after holding him for so long, he can be brought back into society but at the same time we will follow closely everyone that may have ideology (of) militancy or extremism."[...]
The United States' 9/11 Commission Report has said that Yazid, a US-trained biochemist, was tasked by Al-Qaeda to develop a biological weapons programme and spent several months trying to cultivate anthrax at a lab in Afghanistan.
It also said that in 2000 he hosted at his apartment in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur four figures involved in the September 11, 2001 suicide plane attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people.
Damn, this sucks.
Illinois Senate Seat For Sale On EBay
A commenter at Ace's gave the link. Click image, its for real has a $1.000.00 bid.
"This used prison toilet and sink combination will be the best conversation piece that you have ever owned! "
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Video : The Robotic Chair
IQ Test: Canada is to America as _________ is to al Qaeda.
Obama's Bus Is Getting More Crowded
Rahm Emanuel said that he and Obama were top advisers to Blagojevich during his run for governor.
He and Obama “participated in a small group that met weekly when Rod was running for governor,” Emanuel said. “We basically laid out the general election, Barack and I and these two.” A spokesman for Blagojevich confirmed Emanuel’s account
Emanuel is now "clarifying" what he said.
Go to Gateway Pundit's post on this for more.
Mumbai Terror Group Trained American Jihadis
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Noah Shachtman over at Wired has a pretty good run down on the American jihad supporters who have direct ties to Lashkar-e-Taiba. I'd suggest that the circle is much broader than the few individuals he names given the support of its "charity" work done by Jamaat ud-Daawa. Such "charity work" consisting of building hospitals, feeding the displaced, and blowing people up.
It is, however, a must read.
A parting note that the image in Noah's piece of convicted jihadi Randall Todd Royer is from an article written by Royer for Muslims Matters from federal prison. Not a word of condemnation of Royer to be found. Read the comments. Those searching for red meat won't be disappointed. Muslim Matters suggests, however, that readers drop the would be terrorist a line. Who are we to argue with that?
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Day Without A Gay
Today, people are encouraged to "call in gay" and don't show up for work. "Day Without A Gay" coincides with International Human Rights Day.
Update your DayPlanners accordingly.
With the economy limp, though, be advised that it's probably imprudent to stiff your employer by being absent for the sake of homosexual activism. Absenteeism makes it harder to meet sales and production targets.
Just Say No to "Special Election" to Replace Obama
Via Chicagobusiness.com: (Crain’s) — The state’s top two legislative leaders Tuesday said they will move fast to seize control of the process of selecting a replacement for Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate, taking that power away from Gov. Rod Blagojevich.Well that's the effing dumbest idea I've ever heard! Funny how this is suggested by a bunch of Blagojevich's former friends.
In separate statements, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President Emil Jones said they will call a special legislative session next week to repeal the state law that now gives the governor the power to fill Mr. Obama’s seat. Both said they will press instead for a special election to fill the remaining two years of Mr. Obama’s term.
The Democrats running the state of Illinois want to waste time and blow a bunch more money on a special election? Can the state even afford that as broke as it is? Does anyone think Governor Rod will even sign this bill? Is this even legal? Why just strip him of one power? Take it all.
Lt. Governor Pat Quinn has called on Milorad Blagojevich to resign.
Via Sun Times: Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn called on Gov. Blagojevich today to “do the right thing and step aside.”If Governor Rod won't resign by the end of this week, the best most efficient way to resolve this crisis is for a session to request that Mr. Fitzgerald present his evidence in an impeachment trial and he be removed from office ASAP.
The No. 2 state official added, “I hope he does the appropriate thing for Illinois.”
There are too many critical decisions before the Illinois executive branch. Milorad Blagojevich has lost all credibility to make those decisions. In fact every decision he has ever made is now in question. Blagojevich has embarrassed the State of Illinois and its people. He should be removed immediately and Pat Quinn should be sworn in to make these critical decisions.
Its the only right and fair way to proceed.
LULZ: Teh GayZ Martyr
Better caption anyone?
UPDATE by Rusty: Just to clarify, this is an actual picture of an actual Chechen "martyr" found in actual jihadi propaganda. Seriously, you can't make this shit up.....
I Think Ebay Must Have Pulled.....
....this Senate Seat Auction down, I cant find it anywhere. I figured, you know, if The Jawa Report controlled a Senate seat, it would be an effing valuable thing....
But Iowahawk has saved the Blagojevich Ebay Super Super Senate Seat Sale!
Attn: Youtube User FatimaLaRose
Also wave buh bye to....
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Mumbai Attackers Called Part of Larger Band of Recruits
Some very interesting details are emerging on the recent Mumbai attack. The 10 terrorists(nine dead,one captured) come from a larger cadre of 30...the whereabouts of those other 20 is unknown at this time.
The Mumbai police said Tuesday that the 10 men who carried out the terrorist attacks here last month were among 30 recruits selected for suicide missions, and that the whereabouts of the other 20 were unknown.Why would someone go to all the trouble to select and train 30 and then not to use them....those missing 20 could spring up anywhere.
It was the first time the Indian police disclosed the larger number of recruits, all of whom belonged to the Pakistani militant organization Lashkar-e-Taiba. The police said there was no reason to believe that the other 20 were in India, but expressed concern about that possibility.
“Another 20 were ready to die,” Deven Bharti, a Mumbai Police deputy commissioner, said in an interview. “This is the very disturbing part of it.”
The Indian police have consistently maintained that only 10 gunmen participated in the attacks in Mumbai last month that left 171 people dead, including nine of the gunmen, and raised tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan to the highest level in years.
Mr. Bharti said the information about the other 20 recruits came from the sole surviving attacker, Muhammad Ajmal Kasab, who was arrested during the attacks and has been in police custody ever since.
Mr. Bharti also said that according to Mr. Kasab, the 30 recruits were provided with highly specialized training, including marine combat skills.
December 09, 2008
Good News: Hizbollah's Forum Hosted in USA (Bumped)
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With a name like Hezbullah.org and prominently flying the Hezbollah flag you kind of wonder what the excuse from the American host is? This isn't some little known terrorist organization. The website is registered to "Mokawame Islimyeh" which is just part of Hizbollah's longer official name: Hizb Allah Al-moqawama Al-Islamiyah fi Lubnan.
http://hezbullah.org = [ ]
Hizb, Allah you lose! But thanks for playing ;-)
A sister website, hezbmedia.org, is also hosted in the U.S.
Update by Kyros: Don't forget about Hizbollah.tv
Although the site is hosted in Syria their domain name is hosted by an American company. You can send them a message through this link
Domain Name: HIZBOLLAH.TV
Registrar: REGISTER.COM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.register.com
Referral URL: http://www.register.com
Name Server: DNS247.A.REGISTER.COM
Name Server: DNS184.B.REGISTER.COM
Name Server: DNS012.C.REGISTER.COM
Name Server: DNS010.D.REGISTER.COM
Updated Date: 11-nov-2008
Creation Date: 23-nov-2000
Expiration Date: 23-nov-2009
UK: Prison Muslim Youth Celebrate Eid With Riot
The youths "celebrated" for 5 hours.
A FIVE-hour rampage by young Muslim prisoners armed with hammers and chisels was broken up by a riot squad yesterday.
Dozens of inmates barricaded themselves into a workshop and grabbed tools including saws. Riot police and 100 specially-trained prison officers — kitted out with body armour, shields and helmets — were called in.
When negotiations failed, the officers moved in and overpowered the prisoners — many of whom were teenagers.
It is believed the rampage at Aylesbury Young Offenders’ Institution started after inmates celebrated the Muslim festival of Eid which marks the end of Ramadan.
The article states most are serving long sentences including life. Maybe they wanted to celebrate the end of Ramadan with martyrdom.
Axelrod: Obama Had Talked To Blago About Replacement
Obama denies meeting with Blago.
Is Axelrod next to go under the bus - as in gone?(Clarification)
Name That Party (Rod Blagojevich Edition)
Via Google News:
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Blagojevich-Obama Caption Contest!
This is not the corruptocrat thug Obama thought he knew!
Obama Deputy Steve Hildebrand: STFU Liberals
This is not a time for the left wing of our Party to draw conclusions about the Cabinet and White House appointments that President-Elect Obama is making. Some believe the appointments generally aren't progressive enough.Others are offering explanations behind the picks such as former weather underground member Mark Rudd
Having worked with former Senator Obama for the last two years, I can tell you, that isn't the way he thinks and it's not likely the way he will lead. The problems I mentioned above and the many I didn't, suggest that our President surround himself with the most qualified people to address these challenges. After all, he was elected to be the President of all the people - not just those on the left.
* Obama plays basketball. I'm not much of an athlete, barely know the game, but one thing I do know is that you have to be able to look like you're doing one thing but do another. That's why all these conservative appointments are important: the strategy is feint to the right, move left. Any other strategy invites sure defeat. It would be stupid to do otherwise in this environment.What Rudd may be speaking of is Fabian socialism. Forbes has a excellent op-ed piece by Jerry Bower regarding this:
"Who needs Molotov when we've got Alinski?"
Barack Obama is a Fabian socialist. I should know; I was raised by one. My Grandfather worked as a union machinist for Ingersoll Rand during the day. In the evenings he tended bar and read books.
After his funeral, I went back home and started working my way through his library, starting with T.W. Arnold's The Folklore of Capitalism. This was my introduction to the Fabian socialists.
Fabians believed in gradual nationalization of the economy through manipulation of the democratic process. Breaking away from the violent revolutionary socialists of their day, they thought that the only real way to effect "fundamental change" and "social justice" was through a mass movement of the working classes presided over by intellectual and cultural elites.
Before TV it was stage plays, written by George Bernard Shaw and thousands of inferior "realist" playwrights dedicated to social change. John Cusack's character in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway" captures the movement rather well.
Arnold taught me to question everyone--my president, my priest and my parents. Well, almost everyone. I wasn't supposed to question the Fabian intellectuals themselves. That's the Fabian MO, relentless cultural and journalistic attacks on everything that is, and then a hard pitch for the hope of what might be.
That's Obama's world.
He's telling the truth when he says that he doesn't agree with Bill Ayers' violent bombing tactics, but it's a tactical disagreement. Why use dynamite when mass media and community organizing work so much better? Who needs Molotov when you've got Saul Alinski?
So here is the playbook: The left will identify, freeze, personalize and polarize an industry, probably health care. It will attempt to nationalize one-fifth of the U.S. economy through legislative action. They will focus, as Lenin did, on the "commanding heights" of the economy, not the little guy.
As Obama said, "the smallest" businesses will be exempt from fines for not "doing the right thing" in offering employer-based health care coverage. Health will not be nationalized in one fell swoop; they have been studying the failures of Hillary Care. Instead, a parallel system will be created, funded by surcharges on business payroll, which will be superior to many private plans.
Be sure to read the rest
Failed Mohammad Cartoon Bomber Gets Life
24 year old Youssef Muhammad el-Hajdib has been sentenced to life for a failed plot to bomb German trains in retaliation for a German newspaper reprinting the now infamous Mohammad cartoons. The Lebanese born man and an accomplice had planted multiple bombs on German trains in 2006 but none of them exploded correctly. Instead, the charge caps went off without detonating the primary explosives -- propane gas tanks.
El-Hajdib claims he didn't really want the home made bombs to go off. That he just wanted to send a message to Germans that they shouldn't tolerate mocking Mohammad. Yeah right, and I hit that pop fly on purpose!
Thank God for small miracles and retarded jihadis!
Unsurprisingly, the New York Times article reporting el-Hajdib's conviction fails to mention the Mohammad cartoon connection. Uncharacteristically, the CBC does mention it. Well, I guess there's a first for everything. CBC:
El-Hajdib said Hamad planned the attacks as revenge after some German newspapers reprinted caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, first published in a Danish newspaper in 2005. He admitted taking part in the plot but said Hamad oversaw it...Which immediately brings to mind Mohammad Atta and the Hamburg cell. I wonder how many other Osama bin Laden fans are roaming the streets of Germany?
Judge Breidling said el-Hajdib had a "radical Islamic attitude" and counted among his role models al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq.
But with the blast shield down I can't see a thing!
Your eyes can deceive you. Don't trust them. Stretch out with your feelings.
Is there anything the Pentagon won't rip off from Star Wars?
The Coming Guantanamo Propaganda War
The “confessions” turned declaration of victory will be picked up by Al Qaeda and other jihadi groups and transformed into vital material for propaganda: videos, audio and texts. The “show” inside court will be used for indoctrination purpose around the world. A myth will be set in motion and emotional reactions to the “story” will be mutated into future revenge operations.Read the rest.
From there on, leave it to the architects of jihadi propaganda: statements made by the defendants will be used by operatives online, in the chat rooms but also on Al Jazeera (by callers and guests), and in other medium to widen the radicalization of youth in the Arab and Muslim world and within the West as well. An Al Qaeda “control room” will use the feed from the Guantanamo trials to produce a victory in their war of ideas against democracies. The fate of the 9/11 detainees isn’t the issue to Al Qaeda. By pledging loyalty to the “mission” through the so-called “confessions” or statements they have already sacrificed themselves ideologically. What KSM and his comrades are offering to their “brothers” around the world is an unbeatable series of images, footage and audio — pure gold for Al Qaeda propagandists and ideologues.
I really have nothing more to say than I'm afraid Walid is right.
Yes, But Will it Have Virtual Beheadings?
One need only look at any Islamic message board to see where this is going. It won't be long before the ehadis begin inhabiting it, using it to espouse their worldview, and then begin to recruit.
A trial version of the first virtual world aimed at the Muslim community has been launched.Begin to be very afraid when they begin raising money for "relief of oppressed Muslims".
Called Muxlim Pal, it allows Muslims to look after a cartoon avatar that inhabits the virtual world.
Based loosely on other virtual worlds such as The Sims, Muxlim Pal lets members customise the look of their avatar and its private room.
Aimed at Muslims in Western nations, Muxlim Pal's creators hope it will also foster understanding among non-Muslims.
Thanks to A. Nonymous.
Baghdad Property Prices Soar Amid Improved Security
Senator Reid, are you going to buy property in Baghdad?
Property prices in Baghdad's residential districts have soared in the past year as security has improved, and estate agents say the trend is set to continue, given a serious shortage of homes.
"The price per square metre in the Zayuneh district has risen from $500 in 2005 to more than $1,000 today," says Abu Abbas, owner of Zayuneh estate agency in an upmarket area of Baghdad on the east bank of the Tigris.
Apparently sellers have become "greedier" since the recent ratification of the security agreement with the United States.
Illinios Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) Arrested
If you thought Illinois politicians were going to bring Hope/Change to the federal level, well just look at all the hope/change governor Robb er I mean Rod has brought ......
Via FOXNEWS: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was taken into federal custody at his North Side home, The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday, the next step in a three-year federal corruption investigation of "pay-to-play politics" in the governor's administration.Update: Video from ABC's Chicago affiliate Channel 7 here.
The Tribune said federal authorities were permitted by a judge to record the governor secretly before the November election after raising concerns that a replacement for President-elect Barack Obama would be tainted.
More here at Michelle Malkin.
UPDATE by Rusty: Name that party!
Q: The New York Times mentions Blagojevich's party in which paragraph?
A: Trick question, it doesn't!
Slu plays the same game with CNN. I think none of you will be shocked to learn how they reported the Ted Stevens scandal versus this one.
Update III: Via CBS2:
Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a United States Senator; threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich; and to obtain campaign contributions in exchange for official actions – both historically and now in a push before a new state ethics law takes effect January 1, 2009.continues below the fold...
Blagojevich, 51, and Harris, 46, both of Chicago, were each charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery. They were charged in a two-count criminal complaint that was sworn out on Sunday and unsealed today following their arrests, which occurred without incident, announced Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation....
...."The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering," Mr. Fitzgerald said. "They allege that Blagojevich put a 'for sale' sign on the naming of a United States Senator; involved himself personally in pay-to-play schemes with the urgency of a salesman meeting his annual sales target; and corruptly used his office in an effort to trample editorial voices of criticism. The citizens of Illinois deserve public officials who act solely in the public's interest, without putting a price tag on government appointments, contracts and decisions," he added.
Mr. Grant said: "Many, including myself, thought that the recent conviction of a former governor would usher in a new era of honesty and reform in Illinois politics. Clearly, the charges announced today reveal that the office of the Governor has become nothing more than a vehicle for self-enrichment, unrestricted by party affiliation and taking Illinois politics to a new low."
Afghanistan: Another Taliban Commander In "Pieces" Thanks To NATO & Afghan Forces
KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO and Afghan forces killed a Taliban commander during a targeted operation just south of Kabul in a province militant fighters have poured into this year, the NATO-led force said Tuesday.
The commander, Mohammad Bobi, had facilitated suicide bombings and had a history of torturing and kidnapping Afghan civilians in the province of Logar, NATO said. Bobi was given the option of surrendering, but he instead attacked the combined force and was killed during an overnight raid, NATO said. His death was confirmed Tuesday.
British Global Warmiacs Shut Down Airport
(London, England) A group of more than 50 global warming extremists breached the perimeter of Stansted Airport, shutting it down for more than five hours. Members of the anti-airplane group, Plane Stupid, used bolt cutters to cut through the wire fences about 3 AM Monday. They then secured themselves to the metal fences with chains they brought.
The Plane Stupid leader, Lily Kember, 21, said,
"Being arrested is a terrifying prospect, but not nearly as terrifying as the threat of climate change. There are 100 flights leaving here an hour - that is so much CO2.In addition to shutting down Stansted Airport, it's notable that, to varying degrees, regional and Europe-wide air travel was disrupted and thousands of travelers were affected.
"Our parents' generation has failed us and its now down to young people to stop climate change by whatever peaceful means we have left."
A total of 57 global warmiacs were arrested. Although it's not clear what else needs to be known in the case, Essex Police are reportedly investigating. (more)
December 08, 2008
On The Ground Footage Of Todays F/A 18 Crash In San Diego
This news report states two civilians were killed.
God Bear Grylles Injured
Bear Grylles, Les Stroud, and Andrew Zimmerman: Rusty's Holy Trinity.* Sadly, his holiness Bear Gryles seems to have been injured. We wish him a quick recovery.
PS-Any one seen that new Man vs. Food show? Seriously, I can't get the Sasquatch Burger off my mind. I've always wondered what Big Foot would taste like.
*Sorry Bourdain, but you're more like Michael the Archangel. It's the whole loving France thing....
Former ISI Chief Gets Talking Points From 9/11 Twoofers
Strange sheep baa's at end of video.
Monday, December 8, 2008: General Hamid Gul, the former head of the Pakistani ISI, told CNN yesterday that both the Mumbai attacks and 9/11 were inside jobs, much to the chagrin of host and CFR luminary Fareed Zakaria, who told viewers that Guls opinions were absolutely wrong and thoroughly discredited.
Just a Reminder of What the U.K. is Up Against
Saw this posted over at America's #1 blog for basement dwelling al Qaeda supporters. The protest is kind of old, but the video is new, it's got a beat, and you can dance to it! You just gotta love a protest which claims Abu Hamza is "innocent under Islam". I wonder if the distinction between "innocent" (clearly he broke the law in trying to set up terror training camps in Oregon) and "innoncent under Islam" (ie, setting up said terror training camps is perfectly fine under the Salafist version of Islam espoused by these people and given that the target was the US) was intentional or just kind of serendipitous?
The YouTube account belongs to "londondawah" who claims to represent "London School of Shariah" and who lists his homepage as www.islam4uk.com. So, there's a good bet on this YouTube account belonging to Anjem Choudary the chief "Judge" of the "Shari’ah Court of the UK" and "Principal Lecturer at the London School of Shari’ah", or one of his devotees.
So just throwing it out there to remind the Brits of the traitors in their midsts. And also to remind us that many of their fellowtravellers live right here in the US of A. Remember, I found the link at the blog of a dude who lives in his mom's basement in Charlotte, N.C. and who is pretty open about his support of al Qaeda.
MEMRI: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Implies US Involvement in Mumbai Massacre
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Oklahoma: Trooper Honored Who Subdued Armed Man At Burger King Praying For Allahs Help To Complete His Mission
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Sheldon tackled a many praying to Allah who threatened to kill everyone at a Burger King.
"It was one of those deals of being in the right place at the right time," Robinson said. "I believe he would have loaded up that gun and gone to town because he was praying for Allah to help him carry out his mission."
Jerome Norvell Denson, 24, of Tulsa was arrested on charges of attempting to perform an act of violence and possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony. He remains in jail awaiting a preliminary hearing.
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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to Plead Guilty, Get Death Penalty [UPDATED: Judge Puts Plea on Hold]
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This is breaking, so I don't have all the details yet, but the gist of it is that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Gitmo inmates have decided to plead guilty to all charges. This is not a plea bargain: the prosecutors are still asking for the death penalty. I'd be happy to grant it.
[UPDATE II: The latest word is that a) The five say they will only plea guilty if they get the death penalty; b) The judge has refused the plea pending a closer look at the law to see whether he can in a capital case. Keep fingers crossed that he can. The sooner the KSM and co. are dead, the better the world will be.]
UPDATE: False alarms? Eh, kinda -- but not really. Just jumping the gun a little. Further stories clarify that KSM and posse aren't actually entering a plea, rather they sent a letter to the judge claiming they wanted to claim credit for 9/11 and complaining about the entire system, including their lawyers. So what this is is an indication that they're through with fighting the charges which could lead to a guilty conviction -- knock on wood -- fairly soon.]
This is an admission of guilt and what appears to me to be Mohammed and company looking for martyrdom. So, do we give it to them? Al Qaeda's #2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, recently released a propaganda video extolling the virtues of the Bali bombers ("martyrs", he calls them) put to death by Indonesia.
But before the anti-death penalty crowd gets too overconfident in their argument that killing the 9/11 planners would "just be giving them what they want: martyrdom" -- which appears to be actually right on in this instance -- let me point out that al Qaeda propaganda video after propaganda video have also extolled the virtues of Khalid Shiekh Mohammed while he was busy rotting in Guantanamo. Ie, he's already a "martyr" for the cause alive or dead.
Also I'll note that among al Qaeda's many "reasons" given by Osama bin Laden for the 9/11 attack was that we were holding Omar Abdul Rahman ("The Blind Sheikh") in the federal pokey. The moral of the story is that whether we kill them or simply hold them prisoner those with the jihadi mindset will still hate us and find reason to blame us for an act of "injustice".
So, why not give them their wish and kill them? Call it an act of national catharsis. Palette cleansing if you will.
UPDATE III: Having dispensed with updates in their proper order, AllahP's comments on this seem appropriate right about here. Read it. Like I said, if it's six of one half dozen of the other vis-a-vis the propaganda front, I'm all for executing Chewbacca forthwith. It just feels so right.
Self-described Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants today offered in a Guantanamo Bay courtroom to plead guilty to charges that could lead to the death penalty.Read the rest.
The five reached agreement to “announce our confessions and plea in full,” according to a document read in court by Judge Stephen Henley, an Army colonel....
“Are you prepared to enter pleas to the charges against you today?” the judge asked Mohammed.
“Yes,” Mohammed responded.
The document read today in court was filed by all five defendants on Nov. 4 following a series of meetings among them.
“Our success is the greatest praise of the Lord,” the judge read from the document.
I wonder how the 9/11 Truthers are going to spin this one? Don't worry, they will spin it, it's just a matter of how.
Thanks to Jeffrey Imm.
UPDATE: Hmmmm, so what does this mean? It's not an actual guilty plea, they just want to take credit for 9/11 mixed in with firing their "Zionist" lawyers? Good luck with that:
The letter implies they want to plead guilty but does not make clear whether they will admit to any specific charges. It says the men, who are representing themselves, wish to drop all previous defence motions.Update by Rusty quoting G.I. Jane:This is from an e-mail conversation, so forgive the lack of caps and such, but Jane notes something important:
Mohammed told Henley today that he had no faith in him, his Pentagon-appointed lawyers or the US president, George Bush.
"I don't trust you," he told the judge in English. Henley was assigned to the case after the previous judge resigned for undisclosed reasons last month.
both bin al-shibi and walid bin attash are major players in the USS cole bombing and the question also becomes, if the 9/'11 guilty plea is accepted, will these two then face trial for the USS Cole?Good question.
Chesler: Political Pornography and The Electronic Intifada
In addition to expert combat training and isolation, Lashkar-e-Taiba, (LeT), brainwashed the Mumbai Ten by having them watch video footage of “Hindu extremists demolishing the Babri Masjid (mosque) and Hindu mobs killing Muslims in the aftermath of the burning of a train full of Hindu pilgrims passing through Godhra (Gujarat) in 2002.” A former LeT recruit said he had been shown photos of Muslim women raped and killed and dumped in mass graves in Bosnia.I might add a couple points, one other part of this enemy propaganda is where "righteous murder" or "Allah's punishment" is carried out on some poor individual. This death porn is also used to warp the minds of "believers", desensitize and incite them to approving of or performing the same types of heinous acts.
Why do I describe the footage of real events as “propaganda” films?
Unlike the Palestinian faux-tography which depicts fake massacres in Jenin and the fake murder of children, these are, presumably, true depictions of anti-Muslim atrocities. But, they may still be viewed as “propaganda” because the footage is not presented right alongside other, opposite, horrific photos in which Muslims commit atrocities nor are the terrorist recruits guided to more ethical and less barbaric responses to barbarism. On the contrary, these films and photos are used to inflame and incite soldiers to hate as well as to kill.
Another angle often seen is the same event or battle portrayed both as a "victory of the Mujahadeen against the crusaders" and the same event described elsewhere as "great atrocity against innocent Muslims by invaders of Muslim lands".
I read this entry over the weekend. It gives a good overview of the disinformation strategies used by the terrorists, some of it comes directly from the al-Qaeda field manual, other portions from various conflicts.
I think our readers will find it interesting because some arguments discussed came up in comments here. And also because it explains the "show me the evidence" taqiyya. Where one might know exactly what happened, but asks for "proof" anyway. It is really a strategy to cause your opponent to reveal his intelligence capabilities.
Taliban raids NATO convoys for second night
The taliban attacked a NATO supply base, not even a mile away from the distribution terminal that was attack yesterday, burning an additional 50 vehicles. The taliban terrorist scum were able to "overpower" the security guards and disarm them.
Some security Pakistan gives us, it's only for show. In the previous attack which saw 160 NATO vehicles torched, only a couple of lightly armed guards were protecting the warehouse. In another attack which the taliban captured a couple of Humvees, the Pakistani military was a silent spectator.
Pakistan is our weakest point in the war against islamic terrorists. More at ROA
Good News: Pakistanis Burn 100 NATO Supply Trucks
A picture worth 1k words.
A friend of mine -- who I don't know if he wants to be quoted so I won't attribute this -- says Peshewar is about to fall to the Taliban. While the Pakistanis claim they opened fire on the estimated 200 Taliban fighters, it's hard to say for sure what happened. As far as we know they fled at the first sign of trouble. Hell, as far as we know, they could have opened the gates and high-fived the Taliban as they marched in.
Anyway, here's the story as it appeared in the New York Times*:
More than 100 trucks loaded with supplies for American and allied forces in Afghanistan were destroyed Sunday by militants in Peshawar, a Pakistani city that serves as an important transit point for the Afghan war effort.Read the rest.*
*Might as well give the Times some business. Call it charity. Who would we pick on if the Times went under?
Pakistan Arrests Key Mumbai Plotter
One wonders what Condi told the Pakistanis that they would actually raid one of Jamat ud Dawah's camps to go after some of the Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders suspected of orchestrating the Mumbai massacres? Whatever it is, keep it up Condi. I'll direct you over to Gateway Pundit, but here's the teaser:
One of the suspected planners of last month's attack by gunmen on Mumbai was arrested by Pakistani security forces in a raid on a militant camp, an official with a charity linked to the militant group said on Monday.Interesting enough, there's nothing about this over at JuD's English language website.
The Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, said Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was taken into custody following Sunday's raid on a camp used by Lashkar-e-Taiba fighters outside Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir.
Also of note is Ed's analysis which adds:
The US has an interest in Lakhvi as well. Intelligence has Lakhvi sending recruits and cash into Iraq in 2004 in an attempt to destabilize the country and attack American forces. The US also believes that Lakhvi helped coordinate support for jihad in Bosnia, Chechnya, and Southeast Asia.Unfortunately, a few arrests aren't going to be nearly enough. On what scale would Pakistan have to act in order to weed out its jihadis? Think massive civil war. Think tens of millions dead. Yes, it's that bad.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin's link thingy.
Afghanistan: "The War Here is Just Starting."
We've won in Iraq -- no thanks to the surrender monkeys on the left -- says Michael Yon, but the war in Afghanistan is just beginning:
I write these words from Kandahar, in the south. This war here is just getting started. Likely we will see severe fighting kicking off by about April of 2009. Iraq is on the mend, but victory in Afghanistan is very much in question.Not good.
The Goose Creek Plot Examined
For those interested in counterterrorism issues and how a bunch of jihad wannabes is becomes a terrorist cell, here is an analysis by NEFA of the South Florida gang of jihadis arrested near Goose Creek. From a methodological viewpoint it's interesting because they were caught midstream: sometime after they began supporting jihad online but before the "cell" had fully formed solid plans for acts of terror.
Mumbai Attack Mirrors '93 NY Landmarks Plot
Did anybody read Andrew McCarthy's book Willful Blindness? The NY Landmarks plot wasn't thwarted in a straight line, more like a series of fortunate blunders. That's an eye opening book.
To the topic at hand, Strafor makes an interesting point about three similarities between the Landmarks plot and the Mumbai attack and concludes the planner, or the plan perhaps, were the same:
Stratfor: As indicated, the striking similarities between the Landmarks plot and the Mumbai attack suggest that Ramzi Yousef and other early al Qaeda operatives who helped prepare the Landmarks plot in New York authored the Mumbai plan. Considering that the militants launched their original attack from Karachi, Pakistan, and the previous involvement of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency — which has connections with al Qaeda leaders in western Pakistan — it is very likely that al Qaeda in Pakistan at least provided the blueprints for this attack. On-the-ground operations like training, surveillance and the actual attack appear to have been carried out by the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba in connection with Indian Islamist groups.
Here we see more evidence of the existence of an ideological or strategic battle space that exists in the radical Islamist world, which has been greatly influenced by al Qaeda. Like a contingency plan that might sit on the shelf for years or decades before it is useful, terrorist plots (especially good ones) can have a long shelf life and be applied in various scenarios.
December 07, 2008
(Arafat Valley, Saudi Arabia) It's reported that an estimated three million pilgrims participated in today's Hajj activities pleading for forgiveness from Allah and chanting "Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik" (O God, I am answering your call).
Starting at dawn, the believers walked and rode (pic) toward the Mount of Mercy, where Prophet Mohammed delivered his last sermon.
The scene in Arafat reached its peak when pilgrims performed the combined and shortened Dhuhr (noon) and Asr (afternoon) prayers.It's hard to imagine three million people chanting together much less three million people properly performing Wudhu (ablution) prior to the multiple daily prayer sessions. Despite how many facilities are available, there must be massive lines of people waiting to cleanse themselves.
Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, led the prayers and delivered his annual sermon at Namerah mosque.
Al-Sheikh stressed the unifying power of Islam and called for a return to religion by following the teachings of Islam.
All necessary services and facilities, including medical facilities, fresh water and foodstuffs, were available in Arafat.
Helicopters were flying in the morning over the plains of Arafat to contribute to the smooth progress of the pilgrims while the security forces, traffic officials, civil defense and boy scouts were on the spot to provide the pilgrims with all possible services. Many trucks, parked by the side of the road, were giving away food and water to pilgrims.
Beggars, with their emotional tricks, were lying at the center of Arafat roads despite efforts by police to ban them.
Given the tremendous crowding, I suspect that some folks are glad that the Pillars of Islam only require one pilgrimage to Mecca during a lifetime.
Wind Power Campaign Called A Waste
(Manchester, England) According to a study conducted by an environmental research group, the rooftop wind turbine-generator program in the city of Manchester is a waste.
In almost all scenarios, they found, the turbines would NEVER 'pay back' the cost to the environment.Arguably, this is another instance of a group of people racing toward a greenie idea without sufficient planning.
The researchers found that the city used erroneously high wind speed data during initial feasibility studies. Actual wind speed typically won't generate enough electricity to do more than boil a pot of water once a week.
EPA Proposal - Tax Cow Farts/Belches
This is for real
"The American Farm Bureau is strenuously opposing a U.S. EPA greenhouse gas proposal that would tax livestock producers for their animals’ emissions. AFB says it doesn’t even pass the smell test, let alone the straight face test.
But EPA is considering steep fees based on animal emissions that Farm Bureau says would force many livestock producers out of business. American Farm Bureau lobbyist Rick Krause says it’s no laughing matter.
“We’ve already heard from one of President-elect Obama’s senior environmental advisers that they intend to take up this regulation early next year, when they come in, Krause said. “The only saving grace that I think that we might have, in stalling this, is the state of the economy.”
Update - Image of "cow gas tank" thanks to 2 cents in comments.
Kufr Akbar in comments also linked chart for measuring cow farts.
A must for every homeowner.
CFU courtesy of The People's Cube
The ISI's history of sponsoring terror
Bill Roggio and Tom Joscyln have a new piece in the Weekly Standard on the attacks in Mumbai and the role of Pakistan's ISI in sponsoring that attack and jihadist terrorism throughout South and Central Asia. Its a stunning and informative article, well worth a read.
Surviving Mumbai Terrorist Is Indeed From Pakistan
There is absolute proof he is from Pakistan.
Since the terrorist attacks in Mumbai 10 days ago, speculation has been rife about the birthplace of the lone surviving gunman, Ajmal Amir Kasab. India and Pakistan have clashed over reports that he came from the Punjab.
Saeed Shah, after spending days travelling throughout the region, tracked down the killer's home - and his grandfather - and found conclusive proof of his identity[...]
And where exactly was he from? Faridkot is what he told his interrogators, but this is a common village name. There were four candidates in the Punjab region.
Days of trying to establish which was the right one had led to a Faridkot near the Indian border, outside a town called Depalpur. The nearest city was Okara. It seemed to fit. And it was at this Faridkot that Ajmal's father was believed to live.
Initially villagers were unhelpful. No, said those approached, there was no one known here of that name. Even shown a photograph of Ajmal taken during the Mumbai siege, all swore they did not recognise him. The mayor was clear. 'There is a man who came to see me called Amir Kasab, who was worried,' said Ghulam Mustafa Wattoo. 'He told me that the Ajmal on the news was not his boy. That boy's gone away to work. There's no extremist network here.'
Was this another dead end?
Finally one villager confirmed what was going on: 'You're being given misinformation. We've all known from the first day [of the news of the terrorist attack] that it was him, Ajmal Amir Kasab. His mother started crying when she saw his picture on the television."
Attempts to meet Amir, the father, however, were not to be successful. Villagers eventually told us that he and his wife, Noor, had been mysteriously spirited away earlier in the week.
'Ajmal used to go to Lahore for work, as a labourer,' continued the villager who feared being named. 'He's been away for maybe four years. When he came back once a year, he would say things like, "We are going to free Kashmir."[...]
The authorities may now attempt to deny that Ajmal's parents live in Faridkot, but, according to some locals, they have been there for some 20 years. But by the end of our visit, a crucial piece of evidence had been gained.
The Observer has managed to obtain an electoral roll for Faridkot, which falls under union council number 5, tehsil (area) Depalpur, district Okara. The list of 478 registered voters shows a 'Mohammed Amir', married to Noor Elahi, living in Faridkot. Amir's national identity card number is given as 3530121767339, and Noor's is 3530157035058.
That appears to be the last piece of the jigsaw. A man called Amir and his wife, Noor, do live in Faridkot, official records show. They have a son called Ajmal.
Following our last visit to Faridkot, the mayor, Wattoo, announced via the loudspeaker at the mosque that no one was to speak to any outsiders. By yesterday, Pakistani intelligence officials had descended in force on Faridkot. Locals, speaking by telephone, said a Pakistani TV crew and an American journalist had been roughed up and run out of town. It appeared that the backlash had begun.
Jamaat-Ud-Dawa, Pakistan School In Lahore Which Mumbai Terrorist Said He Attended
This organization is connected to LeT terrorists.
Jamaat-Ud-Dawa "spokesman" Yahya Mujahid denies having any involvement in the Mumbai massacre. Al-Takeyya (lying for the sake of Islam)? He also clearly states India is the enemy.
Bill Roggio -
"Hafiz Saeed, the Lashkar-e-Taiba leader who is wanted by the Indian government for his involvement in last week's Mumbai terror assault, has given an interview. Saeed, the founder of Lashkar, denied involvement with the group, claiming he relinquished his leadership after the Pakistani government banned the group. The interview demonstrates how Saeed lies about his connections to terrorist groups.
Terrorists behind Mumbai massacre have US hosted website
Jawa India archives
Update: Pakistani forces take over a camp used by Lashkar-e-Taiba This comes from a "eyewitness" at the Jamaat-Ud-Dawa.
Pearl Harbor - "A Date Which Will Live In Infamy"
Sixty Seven years ago, December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, bringing the United States into World War II.
Groundbreaking for the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Museum & Visitor Center took place November 5, 2008.
Update - Robineus in comments gave this link for audio of FDR's "Address to the Nation" given on December 8th, 1941
Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Inshallahshaheed Goat Love Edition (Fatwas issued!)
Caption this image of Samir Khan and his lovely FatimaLaGoat
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.
The "i will cut ur neck" fatwa issued against WriterMom for
You had me at BAAAAAAAA
The "devil will do meetballs from your bodies" fatwa issued against Elliot Spitzer for
I'd hit it.
The "why u insult holly quoran" fatwa issued against Sapper Chris for
I SAID OCCUPIED!!!'
I'll start us off with, FatimaLaGoat to Sammy, "Is it in yet?"
The Winner of the BOBs Best Press Freedom Blog is
not me, but wow! Look who I lost to:
BOBS: The 2008 Reporters Without Borders Prize was awarded by the jury to a pair of blogs. Zeng Jinyan, the wife of an imprisoned Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia, and 4equality, a Persian blog that fights for women's rights in Iran.
Placed under house arrest, Zeng Jinyan's blog describes life under constant surveillance by the Chinese authorities. "It's a moving example of what people go through when someone is always watching what they are doing," said Clothilde Le Coz, the Reporters Without Borders representative on the jury. "She is isolated at home raising a daughter with her husband in jail. Hopefully this award will raise her spirits."
"This blog is an alternative media," said Farnaz Seifi, the BOBs' Persian-language jury member, adding that 48 people involved with the movement surrounding the blog landed in prison and that the Web site had been blocked by Iranian authorities a total of 17 times.
I agree with the judges completely. Tthe two winners deserve it, and furthermore they need the publicity and international support more than me. I have rights; my Chinese and Iranian co-finalists are fighting a bigger battle under much more dire circumstances, and really its an honor to be grouped in with them. Good job ladies. Thanks to everyone who voted for me. I wasn't in last place. Yay!
Statue Honoring Fallen Marine Recovered, Suspect Charged
Scumbag. His mugshot in inset:
LITTLE FERRY — A borough man has been accused of trying to steal a statue erected in honor of fallen Marine Sgt. Matthew Fenton, a borough resident killed in Iraq in 2006, police said.
The suspect, Vincent J. McManus, told police he took the statue to sell for scrap metal — only to discover later that it was made of glazed concrete, police said.
The statue of a soldier was recovered yesterday in McManus’ back yard, where it was hidden under a garbage can, Lt. Frank Novak said. The only damage is a broken finger, he added.
The statue was reported missing from its base in front of Memorial School on Sunday morning, Novak said, and Police Chief Ralph Verdi made its recovery the department’s top priority.
Pat Dollard has story on this marine.
Pakistan Agrees To 48-Hr Deadline To Act Against LeT
Hmmm, will Pakistan have the emm, guts to do this.
Pakistan has agreed to a 48-hour timetable set by India and the United States to formulate a plan to take action against Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) and to arrest at least three Pakistanis who Indian authorities say are linked to the multiple attacks in Mumbai, a top US daily reported citing a top Pakistani official.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of diplomatic sensitivities, said India has also asked Pakistan to arrest and hand over LeT commander Zaki ur-Rehman Lakhwi and former chief of Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Hamid Gul in connection with the probe into Mumbai carnage, which killed nearly 200 people, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, who has expressed his country's solidarity with India, is expected to review plans by his nation's top military and intelligence officials and follow through on India's demands, the official said.
If report true this could get interesting.
Mumbai: Massacres Carried Out In "Real Time"
(IsraelNN.com) Fresh evidence unearthed late last week by investigators in India indicated that the Mumbai attacks were directed from at least two Pakistani cities by leaders of the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, according to the Associated Press.Some reports say one of the men is a undercover agent. If true, why in the hell didn't he stop it? Doesn't make sense.
Indian and American intelligence officials have already identified a Lashkar operative, who goes by the name Yusuf Muzammil, as a mastermind of the attacks. On Thursday, Indian investigators named one of the most well-known senior figures in Lashkar, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
The names of both men came from the interrogations of the one surviving attacker, Muhammad Ajmal Kasab, 21, according to police officials in Mumbai.
While Muzammil appears to have served as a control officer in Lahore, Pakistan, Lakhvi, his boss and the operational commander of Lashkar, worked from Karachi, a southern Pakistani port city, said investigators in Mumbai.
It now appears that both men were in contact with their charges as they sailed to Mumbai from Karachi, and then continued guiding the attacks as they unfolded, directing the assaults and possibly providing information about the police and military response in India
In regards to the Shabad house massacre "Almagor", an Israeli terror victims' group, has a few questions:
1. Was there an intelligence command post in Israel or in the Consulate in India that collected information on Chabad House from previous visitors? Did the command post assist the Indians with vital information?
2. Why didn't the Indians use 'selective fire' as accepted in units that must operate in a terrorist attack with hostages?
3. Why was the cleansing operation carried out gradually and not by deploying numerous forces simultaneously, as is generally mandated in scenarios involving hostages, so as to save the lives of the abductees?
4. Why didn't the Indians censor the online filming of their operatives climbing on the roof of the building? The entire world had access to those films including, evidently, the planners and commanders of the terrorists who were able to communicate with the terrorists inside via phones and walkie-talkies.
BBC, CNN and others also aided in reporting too much information during the attacks.
Mumbai: Terrorists Influenced by LeT's Hate Preacher Hafiz Mohammed Saeed
Older article (12/01) I hadn't seen before.
THE al-Qa'ida-linked Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists suspected over the Mumbai massacre were trained in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, and were incited by speeches from their leader in Lahore[...]
They were ordered to "kill until your last breath" and murder up to 5000 people.
They did so after provocative speeches by Hafiz Mohammed Saeed last month in Lahore, capital of the Punjab.
Saeed, described as LET's supreme religious and political head, declared in one speech: "The only language India understands is that of force, and that is the language it must be talked to in."
Ummm, Saeed has only said they were a charity, nothing more, nothing else. Uh huh.
Terror analyst Praveen Swami said that at a meeting of key LET leaders in Lahore on October 19, LET leader Saeed, who insists he is only head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa welfare organisation, made plain his view of Pakistan's neighbour.
"India, he claimed, was building dams in (Indian-controlled) Jammu and Kashmir to choke Pakistan's water supplies and cripple its agriculture," Mr Swami reported Saeed as saying.
"Earlier, in an October 6 speech, Saeed claimed that India had 'made a deal with the United States to send 150,000 Indian troops to Afghanistan' and that it agreed to support the US in its existential war against Islam.
"Finally, in a sermon to a congregation at the Jamia Masjid al-Qudsia (mosque) in Lahore at the end of October, Saeed proclaimed that there was an 'ongoing war in the world between Islam and its enemies'.
"He claimed that 'crusaders of the East and West have united in a cohesive onslaught against Muslims'."
Video: FTG-05 - Sucessful Missile Defense Test
Update on Rusty's post.
Grope Hill-a-thon, The Change You Can Believe In?
Remember Obama's job application questionnaire?
Question No. 58 in the transition team vetting document for the Obama White House asks that applicants: "Please provide the URL address of any websites that feature you in either a personal or professional capacity (e.g. Facebook, My Space, etc.)"Ooopsy, Obama's speechwriter Jon Favreau (L) has some explaining to do.
Question No. 63 asks that applicants "please provide any other information ... that could ... be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the President-Elect."
NYT's 12/05 Op-Ed By Unrepentant Terrorist William Ayers
He titled it The Real Bill Ayers".
It should have been titled "The New and Improved Lies by Bill Ayers"
IN the recently concluded presidential race, I was unwillingly thrust upon the stage and asked to play a role in a profoundly dishonest drama. I refused, and here’s why.
Unable to challenge the content of Barack Obama’s campaign, his opponents invented a narrative about a young politician who emerged from nowhere, a man of charm, intelligence and skill, but with an exotic background and a strange name. The refrain was a question: “What do we really know about this man?”
Secondary characters in the narrative included an African-American preacher with a fiery style, a Palestinian scholar and an “unrepentant domestic terrorist.” Linking the candidate with these supposedly shadowy characters, and ferreting out every imagined secret tie and dark affiliation, became big news.
I was cast in the “unrepentant terrorist” role; I felt at times like the enemy projected onto a large screen in the “Two Minutes Hate” scene from George Orwell’s “1984,” when the faithful gathered in a frenzy of fear and loathing.
With the mainstream news media and the blogosphere caught in the pre-election excitement, I saw no viable path to a rational discussion. Rather than step clumsily into the sound-bite culture, I turned away whenever the microphones were thrust into my face. I sat it out.
Now that the election is over, I want to say as plainly as I can that the character invented to serve this drama wasn’t me, not even close. Here are the facts:
I never killed or injured anyone. I did join the civil rights movement in the mid-1960s, and later resisted the draft and was arrested in nonviolent demonstrations. I became a full-time antiwar organizer for Students for a Democratic Society.
In 1970, I co-founded the Weather Underground, an organization that was created after an accidental explosion that claimed the lives of three of our comrades in Greenwich Village[?] The Weather Underground went on to take responsibility for placing several small bombs inempty offices — the ones at the Pentagon and the United States Capitol were the most notorious — as an illegal and unpopular war consumed the nation.Still a lying bastage. Be sure to read the rest
The Weather Underground crossed lines of legality, of propriety and perhaps even of common sense. Our effectiveness can be — and still is being — debated. We did carry out symbolic acts of extreme vandalism directed at monuments to war and racism, and the attacks on property, never on people, were meant to respect human life and convey outrage and determination to end the Vietnam war[all emphasis mine - ed]
NYT's, the terrorist media.
Mumbai attack: Act now, or we’ll act, America warns Pak
Remember, this is a India newspaper.
Islamabad US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has told Pakistan that there is ‘irrefutable evidence’ of involvement of elements in this country in the Mumbai terror attacks and it had no option but to act urgently and effectively to avert a strong international response.
Rice ‘pushed’ the Pakistani leaders to move against the perpetrators of the terror strikes warning that ‘otherwise, the US will act,’ the 'Dawn' reported on Saturday.
The clear message was conveyed to Pakistan's top leadership by Rice during her brief stopover in Islamabad on Thursday, diplomatic sources said, giving credence to the report
Wishful thinking maybe.
h/t LGF link thingy
Reader Love Mail From Samir Khan's Mommy's Basement
I can't wait to see you Kafir's get slaughtered like your fellow Russian fagots.LOL! Yeah I'm always almost killing people by mistake too. How about you guys? Er Sammy, I made your momma a very happy woman last night ;). Just like Black Lion said, we Kafir men understand what makes a lady happy.
So when are you cowardly Kafir's going to show your guts - if you have any - and come down to Charlotte and fight me? I'm waiting for a good brawl. Last time I had one, I almost killed the guy by mistake. :-P
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So Sammy what make you expect you'll get to watch us slaughtered? Someone going to send you a tape? Will you have your dick in your hand like you did when you were watching and spreading the tape of the Russians being murdered?
Note the racist use of the word Kafir? Samir Khan considers the rest of us animals, you don't execute or murder an animal. You slaughter it. Thus is the sick doctrine that Samir Khan follows
U.S. Department Of Interior Announces Final Firearms Policy Update
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Lyle Laverty today announced that the Department of the Interior has finalized updated regulations governing the possession of firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges.Original letter dated 12/14/07 was sent by Senators asking for updating the law, it contained 47 signers. I was curious the number of Democrats who signed this. There were eight:
The final rule, which updates existing regulations, would allow an individual to carry a concealed weapon in national parks and wildlife refuges if, and only if, the individual is authorized to carry a concealed weapon under state law in the state in which the national park or refuge is located. The update has been submitted to the Federal Register for publication and is available to the public on www.doi.gov.
Existing regulations regarding the carrying of firearms remain otherwise unchanged, particularly limitations on poaching and target practice and prohibitions on carrying firearms in federal buildings.
“America was founded on the idea that the federal and state governments work together to serve the public and preserve our natural resources,” Laverty said. “The Department’s final regulation respects this tradition by allowing individuals to carry concealed firearms in federal park units and refuges to the extent that they could lawfully do so under state law.
This is the same basic approach adopted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the United States Forest Service (USFS), both of which allow visitors to carry weapons consistent with applicable federal and state laws.”
Tim Johnson SD, John Testor MT, Pryor AR, Blanch Lincoln AR, Bryon Dorgan ND, Benjamin Nelson ME, Jim Webb VA and Max Baucus MT.
A second letter signed by four Senators was sent 2/11 of this year. It contained only one Democrat signature - Russ Feingold WI.
December 05, 2008
Abduction of human rights defender, Ms Jestina Mukoko
Front Line is deeply concerned following reports received of the abduction of Ms Jestina Mukoko by Zimbabwean security forces from her home in Norton Harare in the morning of 3 December 2008, at approximately 5:00 am. Jestina Mukoko is the Project Director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP), an organisation monitoring and documenting violence and human rights abuses across the country through a network of peace observers.
On 3 December 2008, at around 5:00 am, approximately fifteen armed men in plain clothes, driving a Mazda Familia with no registration plates, surrounded the home of Jestina Mukoko. Four of them broke in threatening the guard with guns and abducted Jestina Mukoko, while still in her nightdress. The abductors are suspected Central Intelligence Officers (CIO) and police agents. Jestina Mukoko´s son, who witnessed the abduction, reported the kidnapping to human rights organisations who are searching for her in police stations around Harare. As yet, her whereabouts remain unknown.
Front Line believes that the alleged abduction of Jestina Mukoko may be a result of her legitimate work in defence of human rights, in particular her work in documenting violence and torture in Zimbabwe. Front Line is concerned about the recent increase in the harassment of human rights defenders in Zimbabwe and is gravely concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of Jestina Mukoko.
Petition of Activists and Human Rights Defenders in Bahrain
We, the undersigned, are activists and human rights defenders, who, individually and in association with others, strive for the protection and realization of fundamental freedoms as well as the economical, social, cultural, civil and political rights in Bahrain and abroad.... We, thus:
1- Call upon the Bahraini Authorities to cease harassments of activists and human rights defenders, and eliminate all practices of its various organs, which are aimed at impeding the exercise of their rights and their role in the realization, protection and promotion of economic, social, cultural, civil and political Bahrain, including the introduction of those rights through the available means and mechanisms established by The United Nations and international human rights organizations.
2- call upon the Bahraini Authorities to stop activating and reforming all legislations promulgated during and post the era of the State-security measures, which confiscate the recognized basic rights and violate all norms, international covenants and treaties, including the rights of activists and defenders of rights.
3- Recognizing the important duties performed by human rights defenders, and the dangers they face, we call upon the current representative of the Secretary-General on human rights defenders to put Bahrain in the list of priorities and expedite the visit to Bahrain and meet with activists and defenders of rights there.
1. Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.
2. Mohammed Al-Maskati, president of Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights.
3. Abduljalil Al-Singace, head of the Human Rights Office at the Movement Liberties and Democracy "HAQ".
4. AbdulGhani Al-Khanjar, spokesman of the National Committee for Martyrs and Victims of Torture.
5. Abbas Omran, a trade unionist and member of Bahrain Center for Human Rights.
6. Mohammed Saeed, human rights defender.
7. Layla Dashti, human rights defender.
8. Nader Al-Salatna, spokesman of the Committee of Unemployed and Underpaid and member Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights.
9. Naji Fateel, member of Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights – (Imprisoned for 5 years since December 2007).
10. Hasan Abdulnabi, the president of the Committee of Unemployed and Underpaid (Imprisoned for 7 years since December 2007).
11. Mohammed Al-Singais, Head of Committee to Combat High Prices - (Imprisoned for 5 years since December 2007).
12. Maitham Sheikh, Member of the Committee of Unemployed and Underpaid – (Imprisoned for 5years since December 2007).
13. Shaker Mohammed Abdulhussein - the Committee of Unemployed and Underpaid – Detained and under prosecution since April 2008).
14. Hassan Kathom Ebrahim Ahmed - Member of the Committee of Unemployed
and Underpaid work – (Detained and under prosecution since April 2008).
15. Sadeq Jawad Al-Fardan - Member of the Committee of the Committee of Unemployed and Underpaid – (Detained and under prosecution since April 2008).
16. Ali Mohamed Habib Ashoor - Committee for the Defense of the Detainees – (Detained and under prosecution since April 2008).
17. Habib Mohammed Habib Ashoor - Committee for the Defense of the Detainees – (Detained and under prosecution since April 2008).
18. Sayed Omran Hameed Adnan - member of the Committee Against 1% - (Detained and under prosecution since April 2008).
19. Fadhel Abbas Mohamed Ashoor - member of the Committee to Combat High Prices – (Detained and under prosecution since April 2008).
Mumbai Terrorism Has NEW JERSEY Link?
Very interesting little tidbit wedged in this article about Azam Amir Kasab, the sole surviving Mumbai attacker, which says that one of the cell phones used by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists had a SIM card in it from New Jersey.
Which goes right back to the post I just threw up minutes ago: is this evidence of a LeT sleeper cells in the U.S.? One thing noted in that previously cited article is that the FBI suspect LeT cells operating in New Jersey.
Perhaps there is another Ziyad Khaleel walking around the Jersey shores right now? You'll recall that Khaleel was the Virginia student and Hamas webmaster who bought Osama bin Laden's satellite phone. That would be the same cell phone used to order the African embassy bombings.
You'll also recall that Khaleel used funds for an "Islamc charity" he worked for to purchase bin Laden's phone and the minutes he used to order terrorist hits against the US. While I still find it hard to believe that in the post 9/11 world there are LeT "sleeper cells" roaming about, I do not find it a stretch to imagine Islamic "charities" raising funds and supplies for "Muslim victims of Hindu aggression in Kashmir". Money no doubt used to fund the LeT terrorists funneled through their Jamaat ud Dawaah "charity".
Keep an eye on this one:
Police are also investigating a possible link to the United States – a mobile SIM card found with the terrorists which possibly came from New Jersey. "Nothing is confirmed, but we are looking at this and have made enquiries with mobile operators," Mr Maria said.Then again, the SIM card link to New Jersey could be nothing more than a coincidence based on stolen SIM cards. Let me know if any one has any more details.
Thanks to SH.
UPDATE: In the comments ./. points us to this article which claims all 10 SIM cards were bought in India then sent to Pakistan via Bangladesh. Which, to be honest, doesn't make any sense since, er, how would any one know the mail route these SIM cards took? My limited experience with Indian publications is, er, shall we say, not so good.
Like I said, we're still on keep your eyes peeled alert. Nothing solid as of yet.
Good News: Mumbai Terrorists Have Facebook Fans
The JIDF has learned that Jamat-ud-Dawah -- the "charity" and "political" front for Lashkar-e-Toiba -- is active on Facebook. At least one of them is American. Hooray Facebook!
In related news, a Bangladeshi General warned Britons that the children of immigrants in the UK are often more radical than their South Asian counterparts. The cultprit? The internet and particularly Facebook.
Gunmen may have survived Mumbai attack - U.S. experts
Chilling speculation in this Reuters article from a couple of counter-terrorism experts.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several attackers may have survived the three-day siege of Mumbai that killed 171 people last week, analysts said on Thursday.And if that bit of speculation wasn't bad enough we have this from a man who served under Gen. David Petraeus as a senior counter-terrorism advisor.
"I think there are more. My sources say (there were) at least 23 of the gunmen," said Farhana Ali, a former CIA and Rand Corp counterterrorism analyst and expert on militant networks. Ali, who most recently visited India and Pakistan last month before the attacks, said her information came from Pakistan, but declined to further identify the source.
"If that's true, that makes one wonder why we haven't seen more attacks. Are they lying low?" she said "I think they (Indian authorities) are bracing themselves for more," she said.
Ali spoke at a briefing for U.S. government counterterrorism and military officials, and others. It was sponsored by the Counterterrorism Foundation, which supports research and publication on terrorism issues.
David Kilcullen, who has served as a senior counterterrorism adviser to U.S. Gen. David Petraeus and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, said he agreed that were probably more attackers.Are there 13 additional attackers sitting in Mumbai waiting to strike?
They equipped themselves with fake identification and wore Western clothes with clean-shaven faces, indicating they probably did not view the attack as a suicide operation, Kilcullen said. "The fact that they lost nine out of 10 identified attackers killed doesn't necessarily indicate that it was intended to have all those people dying," he said.
"The Indians said there were 10 attackers, based on the fact that they captured one and killed nine -- you have to assume there are more out there," he said.
He noted, however, that there was no short-term follow-up attack on a target such as a hospital treating victims -- a characteristic of some Iraqi insurgent strikes.
The fighters had high-level professional training, Kilcullen said. They entered the city by sea, launched diversionary strikes, and seized two hotels and a Jewish center, where they held off authorities and rampaged for three days.
"A Seal team would have had trouble mounting this operation," Kilcullen said, referring to U.S. Navy commandos regarded as among the most skilled special forces.
Kilcullen suspects they're still out there.
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Feds Watching Lashkar-e-Taiba Sleeper Cells in the U.S.?
To be honest, I'd be surprised to learn that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists -- the group behind the Mumbai attacks -- had actual "sleeper cells" in the US. Using the term "sleeper cell" conjures up images of secret agents living for years within a society and just waiting for a go signal to carry out their missions.
It's much more likely that we have many many LeT sympathizers within the Muslim immigrant com