September 30, 2009
Quick question. Can anyone remember, over the past eight years, anyone using an official government website to slam a leftist media personality?
Here's an example from the post, which is titled, "Trying to Turn a Point of Pride into a Moment of Shame":
RHETORIC: BECK SAID VANCOUVER LOST $1 BILLION WHEN IT "HAD THE OLYMPICS." Glenn Beck said, "Vancouver lost, how much was it? they lost a billion dollars when they had the Olympics." [Transcript, Glenn Beck Show, 9/29/09]
I have to agree with the White House on this one. Who gives a shit how much Vancouver lost, or will lose, on the Olympics when Iran is test firing missiles, the Chinese own our debt, and Russia bent our president over and shoved a whole missile defense system up his ass.
At any rate, below is an artist's rendering of the Obama administration's foreign policy.
Is She Retarded Retarded?
Intellectual giantess Whoopi Goldberg explains why giving a thirteen year old girl drugs and alcohol before boning her is not "rape rape."
DHS Cuts Near Million Dollar Check to ACORN
Pigs at the trough again.
CULTURE OF CORRUPTION.
Yeah, Let's Be More Like Europe!
They're so cultured over there!
WTF in Wisconsin
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Tourist Federation, a coalition of trade groups charged with the responsibility of boosting tourism to the state, has decided to change its name and corporate logo.
The tourism industry leadership apparently learned that its symbol had turned into a joke on the Internet.
A group of lobbyists for the state tourism industry has quietly traded Wisconsin Tourism Federation, WTF, for Tourism Federation of Wisconsin, or TFW.
43 Troops Have Died Since General Told Obama to Send Reinforcements; Obama Doesn't Care
We heard a lot of hue and cry from the Obamatrons all throughout the Bush years about how he "didn't care" that troops were dying. A lot of bluster from the Democrats about how "they'd fight the war better." A lot of bullsh*t jargon about "tough, smart power" and "Bush is a Nazi" and "the GOP is racist@!@!." The Democrats sure talk tough, but when the rubber meets the road in a war, they dont fight it. They lose it.
And now, Obama's getting blood on his hands due to all of this erudite preening and posturing without any action. This was a war, remember, that Obama himself said "had to be won."
Where are all of those principled, morally superior Democrat knaves and gaggles of jackasses now that their man in the White House is getting people killed while his party leaders go to U2 concerts? Where are the voices of the "reality-based community" while Obama worries about the Olympics being held in his hometown of Chicago (at the behest of his crime families there) while shoving health care legislation the public doesn't want down their throats and making rounds on TV talk shows like Letterman?
Where are you brave, principled Democrats now? Why aren't you speaking up to support the troops? Don't you support them? Didn't you support the Afghanistan war as "the good war?" Don't you oppose war while supporting the troops?
Troops are dying because you're all pussyfooting around and playing political grabass. Where is the outrage from the Democrat quarters over this?
Oh, wait. I know what it is. It isn't Bush, and blaming the guy you voted in for the things you accused Bush of doing just isn't vogue this year. Is it?
Touchy Feely Story Of The Day
So...... I gave my son Animal Farm with strict instructions to read it. He finished it in less than two days and then read 1984 without any prompting from me.
I think he's well on his way to being prepared for the future mentally, don't you?
Praise Allah And Pass The Popcorn
Islamist Somalis killing each other. What's not to love?
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's al Shabaab rebels said on Wednesday they would fight rival Hizbul Islam militants for control of the port of Kismayu, a lucrative source of taxes and other income for the Islamist fighters.
Residents said al Shabaab insurgents, who are also battling the fragile U.N.-backed government in the failed Horn of Africa state, had started digging trenches in the southern port.
Have at it, lads! Fight to the death! No quarter! No surrender!
Thanks to Ronin.
Senate Democrats To You: Eff Off And Die
So just how close are we to being inflicted with the Obama/Moore dream of anti-capitalist, competition-free, government-run health care? Closer than many realize. Multiple sources on the Hill have told The Foundry that as early as next week, the Senate could be debating Obamacare. Senate Majority Leader Reid has stated an intention to take the HELP Committee product and merge it with the Senate Finance Committee markup that is expected to be over by this Thursday or Friday. Their plan is to proceed to a House passed non-health care bill to provide a shell of legislation to give Obamacare a ride to the House and then straight to the President’s desk.
Gee, isn't that fantastic? Just attach your smelly piece of crap bill to one nobody's paying any attention to in the House and viola*! Obamacare!
Thanks to Norseman
*Spelled incorrectly. On purpose.
Study: Babes Boost Men's Libido
According to a study by researchers at the University of California, men get a biological lift by spending time with pretty women. Specifically, men were found to enjoy a temporary boost in testosterone and cortisol, both of which are associated with alertness.
Understandably, the level of testosterone and cortisol decreased in men who spent time with other men, apparently despite how pretty they were.
Note that the research failed to address anecdotal evidence of men experiencing a temporary muscle stiffness brought on by spending time with pretty women. Therefore, some people question the need for such research, especially since the results were also predictably obvious. Men with hot babes produces elevated testosterone. Well, DUH!
Incidentally, a similar study in August found that hot cars increase testosterone levels in men. Again -- DUH!
JIDF & Facebook
Yeah, I've been watching the JIDF's ongoing problems with Facebook. I've kinda tried to stay out of it. But here's a message from JIDF Founder David Appletree.
Subject: Help keep me on Facebook?I've not had any trouble with Facebook myself.
As some of you might know, I received noticed that my account is slated for deactivation in the next 9 hours. Perhaps you can help the situation by writing a short email in support of me and my work here to this address: email@example.com
For the latest updates and information please check out the JIDF site and http://www.facebook.com/l/40553;twitter.com/JIDF - many other accounts are slated for deactivation, apparently.
Also, I have created the following group, which address this issue:
Facebook Issues: Privacy, Content Ownership, and Selective TOS Enforcement
Unfortunately, this seems real, and I will lose over 2 years of correspondence, over 4,000 friends, over 50 groups and pages I created or admin with hundreds of thousands of members and fans, etc.
It just doesn't seem fair. Point 2 in Facebook's TOS says that we own our content. Apparently, that's not the case if some of us have to take certain precautions to protect our privacy, safety, and security.
Thanks for all your support of the years. I hope you'll continue to support our work - we will try to continue making the fan page active: http://www.facebook.com/thejidf - and we urge you to interact w/ the JIDF site, as people can now leave comments there.
Jewish Internet Defense Force
LEADING THE FIGHT
Genocidal Yemen Threatens to Expel Aid Orgs
Taking a page from its genocidal ally, The Sudan, genocidal Yemen this week threatened to expel foreign aid organizations (including Oxfam and the UN) unless they stop publicizing the dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Hundreds of thousands of Yemeni civilians are displaced and/or starving as a result of indiscriminate government bombing of cities and villages and the governmental blockade of food and relief supplies. Oxfam said, in Yemen, "another humanitarian catastrophe of terrifying proportions (is) unfolding as the world watches from the sidelines."
al Tagheer: Threatened the Yemeni Health Minister Abdul-Karim Rasa'a withdraw the licenses of the work of a number of international organizations working in Yemen in the field of relief to the displaced of the Sa'ada war, and attacked Rasa'a in a press conference held today, together with the official spokesman for the Yemeni government and the Minister of Information Hassan al-Lawzi attacked organizations, including organizations (Oxfam ) mentioned by name and said, "It's just weeping and looking for the media hype .. and their representative in Yemen remains busy in meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Health in Yemen."
و أضاف راصع " نحن سنقوم بسحب تراخيص عمل هذه المنظمات إذا لم تقم بعمليات النزول الميداني ومعاونتنا في الميدان لإغاثة نازحي حرب صعدة أما أن تظل فقط تصدر البلاغات وتتحدث عن أوضاع مزرية يعيشها اللاجئون فهذا غير مقبول . Rasa'a He added, "We will withdraw the licenses of the work of these organizations if they did not take down the field and help us in the field to aid displaced Sa'ada war or to continue only issued communications and talked about the appalling conditions of the refugees, this is unacceptable.
الجدير بالذكر أن الرئيس اليمني علي عبد الله صالح كان دعا في خطاب له بمناسبة الذكرى الـ 47 للثورة اليمنية قبل أيام هيئات الإغاثة الدولية إلى تقديم المعونات لنازحي حرب صعدة دون ضجيج إعلامي وقال " أدعو هيئات الإغاثة الدولية التي تتباكى على مواطنينا، ونحن أولى بمواطنينا، قدموا المعونة المساعدة دون أن تتباكوا علينا نحن المسئولين كنظام سياسي وكأبناء الشعب اليمني مسئولين عن إعانة إخواننا و أبناءنا النازحين و المتضررين من حرب صعده قدموا العون دون ضجيج إعلامي" . It is worth mentioning that President Ali Abdullah Saleh has called in a speech to mark the 47 anniversary of the Yemeni revolution days before international relief organizations to provide aid to displaced Sa'ada war without the noise of media and said "I call on the international relief organizations which calls for our citizens, our citizens, we first, made aid assistance without Taatbakua that we are responsible as a political and as children of the Yemeni people responsible for helping our brothers and our children and displaced persons affected by the war in Sa'ada province who assisted with minimal publicity. "
The Jedi Are Relentless
(Heh, its the trend of the day, why fight it.)
Afghan Women Will Suffer if We Abandon Afghanistan
The women of Afghanistan, left behind as their men fought, did what the women of World War II did—used their wits and resourcefulness to preserve some semblance of civilization. The Taliban’s backward vision of a radical Islamist state was a utopian fantasy. Except in the rural villages of the south, women before the Taliban worked as doctors, judges, teachers, broadcasters, and budding politicians.Here here.
Now Afghan women are terrified we will abandon them again. Anne McBride, who observed the elections last month, emailed me: “The women I met at polling stations risked their lives to come out and vote, but they are angry that the Taliban ruined their lives and are willing to risk it. They are not tolerant of half-steps for women.” Are we really considering throwing them back into the dark, leaving them even more vulnerable after their return to freedom?
Hat Tip: That liberal tard, Steve Inskeep.
A South Pacific Earth Quake
We have friends in the area, we pray they are safe and out hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones and property.
Where is Dr. Rusty Shackleford?
See the CNN video "Naked guy orders taco at outdoor stand."
Yup. Funny he didn't mention going to NY but there it is.
Jawa PSA: Military Coup Not Likely
I dunno some Newsmax article about "Obama Risks a Domestic Military ‘Intervention’ stirred up a bunch of lefty blogs. It appears Newsmax has taken it down. Which was a lot smarter than the decision to put it up to start with.
Jawa prediction of the chance of a military led coup in the US.
Hell freezing over comes in at .0000035%.
Where do people come up with this crap?
Update: Questions in comments about the article since its gone.
I'll direct you to The Moderate Voice who has some quotes up if you really really want to see it.
More here at Right Wing Nuthouse who thinks the article is plumb nutty. Oh the dripping irony there.
We Have Lawyers Yes We Do
Not being a lawyer, and not playing one on T.V., I thought this might make for some happy happy fun time while I spend my day off tomorrow making HGTV my bitch.
Sorry Rusty, but I sleep on my days off. Sure, I have trees in my gutters, but I could care less. Trees need love too.
Your Huddled Masses Yearning To Molest Children
MARIETTA, Ga. — Nine homeless sex offenders directed to live in the woods behind a suburban Atlanta office park have been ordered to move and are scrambling to find new places to go.
The sex offenders were searching for a new place to set up their tents Tuesday after state authorities told them they had to leave the area.
They had been directed to the spot by probation officers who said it was a location of last resort for the sex offenders barred from living in many areas by one of the nation's toughest sex offender policies.
As a father, my location of last resort would have been a firing squad, but that's just me.
We're the United Socialist States of America, isn't there some remote version of Siberia we can send these scumbags? Not only for our children's safety, but to stop hearing their incessant "Help! Help! I'm being repressed" whiny crap.
US Congress quietly approves fast tracking Super Bunker Buster Bomb
Congress has quietly approved to fast track the deployment of the BGU-57A/B or Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). The Pentagon plans to rush the deployment of 10 BGU-57A/B "bunker buster" bombs by June 2010. The MOP is so enormous that it can only be delivered by a B-52 or a B-2A. In fact, the B-2 bombers will need to be refitted in order to carry two MOPs. More at RoA
More NY Voter Fraud Due To ACORN
By now, this is just like saying that water is wet. For those who are challenged, this is a DEMOCRAT group that commits voter fraud for DEMOCRAT candidates.
Dozens of forged and fraudulent absentee ballots from people registered to vote on the Working Families Party line were filed in the Sept. 15 primary elections in Troy.WFP is a subsidiary of ACORN, and in fact, they share the same director - Bertha Lewis - who serves as the co-chair for ACORN subsidiary "Working Families Party" as well as the executive director of NY ACORN. More at Big Government - read it all and throw up at the way your democracy is being defrauded and corrupted by the most base and vile filth leftwing society has to offer - criminals cloaking themselves in the feel-good bromides and mantles of "social justice."
Documents at the county Board of Elections show the fraudulent ballots were handled by or prepared on behalf of various elected officials and leaders and operatives for the Democratic and Working Families parties.
There may be as many as 50 absentee ballots that were forged, according to people close to the case. Countywide, there were 126 absentee ballots applied for on the Working Families Party line.
Obama's ground troops, ladies and gents.
"Your Papers, Comrade?"
(Moscow, Russia) Proposed legislation mandates that undefined "required information" on Internet users be handed over to the government.
Internet providers operating in the Russian segment of the web will be forced to give information about their users to law enforcement agencies, according to a bill posted on the Justice Ministry’s web site.Penalties for noncompliance include fines up to 40,000 rubles and prison terms up to seven years. (More ....)
Neither the bill nor an attached memorandum indicated what kind of information the providers would be obliged to hand over.
Wow, Just When Did the Pope Make Obi-One A Saint?
Pretty good feat considering the president is not Catholic.
Maybe he's just a Temporary Saint?
North Korea promises to combat nuclear proliferation
North Korea, he said, "while in possession of nuclear weapons, will act in a responsible manner in management, use and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons as well as in nuclear disarmament."
Now that's rich. What about the North Korean nuclear facility in Syria that the Israelis destroyed? What about the Kang Nam, a North Korea flagged ship, suspected of carrying nuclear tech destined for Iran? Reuters
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 28 (Reuters) - North Korea's atomic weapons were for deterrent purposes only and will be handled "in a responsible manner" to ensure there was no nuclear proliferation, a senior official said on Monday.
But in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Vice Foreign Minister Pak Kil-yon said the Korean peninsula could only be denuclearized if the United States abandoned a policy of "confrontation" with Pyongyang.
North Korea is the one with a policy of confrontation. North Korea tested a nuclear bomb, and missiles in May, threatened nuclear war in the Korean peninsula, North Korea also threatened to "wipe out" the USA off the "globe once and for all", fires long range missiles towards Hawaii on Independence Day, threantens a nuclear attack over US-South Korean military drills and Kim Jong Il orders a third nuclear test.
Talib Islam Didn't Like America Very Much
We're talking about the moron who tried to blow up the Federal Building in Springfield Illinois
Via Jihad Watch: Tall and red-haired, Mr. Finton, 29, was known among co-workers as cheerful and polite, but unwavering when it came to religion and politics. He was especially critical of what he regarded as permissive society.Hmmm. He's named Talib as in Taliban, wants to blow stuff up and also wants to leave the U.S. and settle in Saudi Arabia.
"He didn't like America very much," said Mariam Fadel, 18, who works the counter at Seals. "He didn't think it was strict enough. He thought we needed more rules, so that people would behave."
She recalled him talking about a troubled childhood that included running away from foster care. He also spoke of hopes to leave the United States someday, she said, and settle in Saudi Arabia.
Nope no red flags there.
What do you have against red headed Englishmen named Finton anyway, you raaaaycyst bastages!
Shocking! Obi-One Close to ACORN
OMG! Who'd have thunk that the teh messiah has close ties to ACORN?
Via National Review: With the revelation that White House Director of Political Affairs, Patrick Gaspard, has close ties to Bertha Lewis and to ACORN, Matthew Vadum and Erick Erickson appear to be onto something significant. While the Gaspard matter needs further investigation before we form any hard conclusions, it certainly seems to confirm that President Obama’s ties to a whole series of ACORN-controlled organizations are neither minor nor by any means long-past.Shocking!
IED Kills 2 U.S. Seabees in Philippines
(Jolo Island, Southern Philippines) Early this morning on the island of Jolo (pic), two U.S. Navy Seabees (non-combatant construction team) were killed in a roadside IED explosion while riding in a Humvee.
Military spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner said one Filipino soldier was killed while two others were also wounded when the vehicle they were riding in struck an improvised landmine near Indanan town on the island of Jolo, a stronghold of Abu Sayyaf militants.Investigators reportedly have no leads despite the fact that al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf operates on the island. The Philippine Army is investigating the possibility that the IED was remotely detonated.
"At 8:30 a.m., September 29, there was an [improvised explosive device] attack in front of the Philippine Marines detachment which is based between Luamsing and Kagay barangays. As a result of this, two US servicemen were killed and one Philippine Marine was also killed and two other Philippine Marines [were] wounded," he told reporters.
Typically, IED attacks in the Philippines are infrequent and have been confined to the island of Mindanao. The IED attack on Jolo plus a January 2009 assassination attempt on the governor of Masbate Island indicate the deployment of IED tactics is widening.
Sadly, the two American Seabees were on Jolo to supervise construction of a medical clinic, an elementary school, and various other projects. They were a long way from home. Condolences to their families.
Strongly Worded Letter #34479
We've been doing the same thing to Cuba since 1959. How's that working out for us? Not good. Nothing's changed in 40 years.
Among the ideas being considered are asset freezes and travel bans against Iranian and foreign businesses and individuals who do business in those areas, the officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the measures were still under review.
The proposed sanctions would largely focus on investment in Iran's energy infrastructure and development, the officials said. Until now, the sanctions have dealt mainly with companies and people suspected of buying or selling weapons of mass destruction or their components.
Garduneh Mehr, if you're still out there reading, I'm so sorry we failed the Persian people.
Remember When Starbucks Was A Leftist's Dream Destination?
Today? Not so much. It seems the State Run Media has declared them worthy of inhaling the toxic fumes emanating from the rusty muffler under that old bus....
Seattle-based Starbucks had nearly $10.4 billion in revenue in 2008. Simon, however, argues the true cost of macchiatos and frappuccinos is much greater -- that Starbucks, a private corporation, has enriched itself in part by taking advantage of Americans' impoverished civic life.
This story really should have been titled "Moron With No Life Gets Headline By Going After Big Coffee."
Seriously. How stupid does one person have to be to claim that Starbucks is robbing Americans of their civic life because they sell coffee and have wi-fi.
Apparently, this idiot has never heard of Facebook.
September 28, 2009
Indoctrination: It's Just Not What It's Cracked Up To Be
"Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas," the president said earlier this year. "Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom."
Funny, before the left took over education in this country, the country was educated just fine. Compare the tests you took in 8th grade to this one from 1895.
President Zero isn't interested in helping our kids get more intelligent, he just wants to do something along these lines:
President Goes to Copenhagen to Lobby for Chicago Olympics
Meanwhile, back in Chi-town:
Chicago might not be the best place for citizens of the world to be wandering around, taking snapshots and asking for directions.
My New Motto II
The worst day of blogging is better than my best day at work.
My New Motto
A bad day fishing is better than a good day blogging!
Pssst -- if my boss asks, I was sick!
Hawaiian Garbage Goes to Washington
(Honolulu, Hawaii) To help keep the island of Oahu clean and green, Hawaiian garbage is being exported to the state of Washington starting today.
The city and Seattle-based Hawaiian Waste Systems reached agreement on a contract in August. The company will haul up to 100,000 tons of solid waste each year at a cost of $99 per ton to a landfill in Washington state.I've heard environmentalists cry that we are running out of landfill space. Frankly, those environmentalists are being disingenuous or they haven't had the pleasure of actually driving across the U.S.
Washington has enough space to bring in garbage from another state and Michigan has been importing Canadian garbage for years. The U.S. is not running out of landfill space.
Islamist Suspects Detained at Oktoberfest
(Munich, Germany) Heightened security at the Oktoberfest includes bag checks, increased video surveillance, establishment of a temporary no-fly zone over the grounds and hundreds of additional police officers.
Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Hermann said the increased security is precautionary and not in response to a specific threat which is odd since recent videos released by the Taliban and al-Qaeda have specifically threatened Munich.
The videos threatened Germans with terrorist attacks unless they elected a government on Sunday that would withdraw the nation’s troops from Afghanistan.Given that Angela Merkel was re-elected as Chancellor on Sunday, it appears that the preconditions for a terrorist attack have been met.
Meanwhile Munich police announced on Monday morning that they had arrested two suspected Islamists in connection with the videos. Both suspects allegedly had contact with al Qaida member Bekkay Harrach – who threatened Germany in one of the videos, police said.
The two men, who come from the Middle East, will be held until after the festival ends, they said.
Note that an estimated 6 million beer-lovers are expected to attend the festival. Since the terrorists want to kill as many people as possible, don't be surprised if an ugly situation develops in Munich between now and Sunday (10/4) when the Oktoberfest ends.
Imperial Good News: Iraqis Ruin AQI's Weekend
The Emergency Response Brigade’s 3rd Battalion arrests 16 alleged terrorists.
Weapons caches found in Diyala (Baqubah)
ISF arrests Ramadi VBIED cell member, 5 additional suspected terrorists (Baghdad)
Six suspects arrested during search for al-Qaeda emirs
Iraqi and U.S. Forces detain insurgents in Kirkuk (Kirkuk)
12 arrested in Mosul, Bayji security operations
Iraqi Security Forces arrest five suspected terrorists
Last week AQI released a video attempting to show their relevance in Iraq. This butt kicking appears to be a response to that by the Iraqi's.
Maybe AQI should change their name to "The Base of Wannabe Jihadi Losers in Iraq". I'm not sure how to say that in Arabic.
You can keep up with all the progress made in Iraq at MNF-Iraq's website here.
Big Hollywood Interviews Quentin Tarantino
For me? Pulp Fiction will always be his greatest contribution to cinema.
More 9-12 Taxpayer March Pics
LOTS of them at the People' Cube.
Tea Party FAIL
A vociferous but peaceful group of several thousand people marched for miles through the downtown area on Friday, united by opposition to the Group of 20 summit but expressing a diversity of mostly liberal causes as an army of stone-faced riot police watched their every move.
Aw, baby is vociferous, but peaceful! Because of those nasty STONE FACED, OBVIOUSLY REICH WING RETHUGLIKKKAN RIOT POLICE!!11!!!!!
But wait.... maybe, just maybe, they're a little more vociferous than they are peaceful...
Public safety officials said Friday night that 83 people were arrested at protests and other events and about $50,000 in property damage was done during the two-day summit, which ended Friday. They said a man who smashed store and business windows in the city's Oakland section on Thursday night was responsible for about $20,000 in damage.
Peaceful? Dear MSM,
Over a million people concerned about the future of their country converged on Washington D.C. recently and the best they got were cries of "racism."
Actual idiots who hate this country and want to crap on the Constitution get referred to as "vociferous but peaceful."
Even though no Tea Party people were arrested, and no property damage recorded in the recent march on Washington. Hell, these people left Washington D.C. cleaner than when they had found it.
BREAKING! (yawn) Iran Fires Missiles!
Iran test-fired medium-range missiles, state TV reported on Monday, a day after the Islamic Republic's elite Revolutionary Guards launched short-range missiles as part of several days of war games.
"Iran test-fires medium-range missiles," English-language Press TV said in a scrolling news headline, giving no further detail on the type of missiles or when the test took place.
So... did it look like this?
The Jawa Report. Asking those pesky questions the MSM just doesn't do anymore.
September 27, 2009
Maybe It's Not So Creepy After All...
Thanks to the Ada County Conservative Examiner (?) some new lyrics to the now famous Creepy Obama School Kids Chant.
Below the fold. Oh, yeah. Happy Monday.
Uh, er, um!
Barack Hussein Obama
He plans to take the government’s hand
And grab your wallet again and again
Uh, er, um!
Barack Hussein Obama
He said red, yellow, white or black
Take from the haves, giving to those who lack
Uh, er, um!
Barack Hussein Obama
He has great plans for us, you see
The world’s best health care soon will be free!
Uh, er, um!
Barack Hussein Obama
He said that we must take a stand
By holding talks with that nut in Iran
Uh, er, um!
Barack Hussein Obama
He travels the world with a glint in his eyes
So he can incessently apologize
Uh, er, um!
Barack Hussein Obama
America's allies fret and shout
His new foreign policy's selling them out
Uh, er, um!
Barack Hussein Obama
He cannot bowl a strike or spare
But picks on special needs kids without care
Uh, er, um!
Barack Hussein Obama
He's giving great power to radical czars
The Constitution's suff'ring great scars
Uh, er, um, uh, er, no!
Barack Hussein Obama
September 26, 2009
Toilet Paper News
Last month, the Cuban state-run toilet paper company, Cimex, announced that it is unable to supply adequate toilet paper to the nation until at least December 2009. Budget cuts slashed imports and Cuba has a shortage of raw materials to manufacture enough toilet paper to meet demand. Therefore:
"Until more supplies are produced, citizens are encouraged to conserve toilet paper by tearing off fewer squares, switching from two-ply to one-ply or using cigar wrappers."It's assumed that the guidance referring to cigar wrappers applies to specifically-grown, broad tobacco leaves as opposed to the actual people who wrap cigars.
Notably, the Cuban broadleaf tobacco is considered by many to be the world's finest so individuals using it as a toilet paper substitute can bask in the knowledge that they are wiping with the very best.
Meanwhile, people who arguably do wipe with the very best, Americans, are being criticized for using plush three-ply toilet paper. Americans prefer and seek softness in toilet tissue and environmentalists contend that old-growth forests are being destroyed because of the preference.
"The reason, they say, is that plush U.S. toilet paper is usually made by chopping down and grinding up trees that were decades or even a century old. They want Americans, like Europeans, to wipe with tissue made from recycled paper goods."Consequently, the challenge for environmentalists is to convince the American public to adopt a cult-like, save-the-planet mentality and welcome scratchiness in toilet tissue -- or -- get a law passed.
Nevertheless, the toilet paper situations in Cuba and in the U.S. have at least one thing in common -- an underlying utopian philosophy. In Cuba, it's Marxist utopianism where everyone shares in the sacrifice, except for those who do the divvying, of course. In the U.S., it's environmentalist utopianism where everyone shares in the sacrifice, also except for those who do the divvying.
In conclusion, one result of utopianism in Cuba is the people being told to wipe their behinds with leaves, just like the Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon did, and it could be argued that the environmentalists would be happy if the same thing happened in the U.S. (More ....)
Traitors Among Us
Here's my latest piece at Pajamas Media. In it, I note that it was a good week for counterterrorism:
To recap, this week alone we have news of four separate plots by Islamic extremists to commit acts of terrorism against Americans either on U.S. soil or abroad. It was also revealed that a fifth previously disclosed plot had a domestic target in mind.Read it all. Let me thank Mike, Vinnie, and Barbarossa for some of the details about all those arrests this week.
Altogether, five people were indicted this week within the U.S. on terrorism-related charges. Five more were arrested.
But 24 hours after writing it I now see that I kind of missed the larger point. 9 of the ten people either arrested or indicted this week were American citizens. That's an awful lot of traitors walking among us. 10 outed this week, but how many more undetected?
I'm on iPhone now, so can't upload a visual. But if I was going to pick an image it would be of Rowdy Roddy Piper in John Carpenter's They Live.
NBC changes story over Dateline producer's "Bite me Jew boy" email
Last night I noted the Big Government report that NBC Dateline producer and NYU journalism institute faculty member Jane Stone had sent a text message to Alex Rosenwald of Americans for Limited Government in response to a press release critical of ACORN. The text Rosenwald received from Stone's Blackberry was "Bite me, Jew boy".
Initially, Stone denied that she sent any text. Now she and her NBC overlords are claiming that she DID send a text message, but that it didn't contain the offending comment. Thus, they are claiming that Rosenwald is lying. Americans for Limited Government is standing their ground.
This could get interesting. What ALG needs to do is release a copy of the email with the headers.
Matt Vadum has all the updates on this story over at Big Government. Email exchange below the fold:
Bite me Jew boy! -
The Sanity Inspector I call foul. It's well known that the website proprietor has no control over the content of the blog ads, short of requesting that no adult content be run. Charles is talking about Beck, so the adbot is placing ads about Beck.
As a former client of BlogAds, it's the person who owns the site that approves the BlogAd. I think you may be confusing Google's Adsense with BlogAds.
BlogAds work differently than Adsense. There are actually people involved.
So, your call of foul is now officially a call of...
Father of Alabama jihadist blames US foreign policy for son's radicalization
So the father of Al-Shabaab jihadist Abu Mansour Al-Amriki (aka Omar Hammadi), who we recently learned was raised in Mobile, Alabama gave an interview with WKRG-TV this week where he blamed US foreign policy on Somalia for his son's decision to get into the terrorism bizness.
But since Shafik Hammami is one of the primary leaders of the Islamic community in Mobile, his real purpose was to assure everyone that his son's radicalization didn't occur in Mobile, which is the first point he makes in the video below. His son was just magically translated to Somalia by the beneficence of Allah and was radicalized there in response to US foreign policy. Whatever.
Here's the interview:
September 25, 2009
NBC Dateline producer Jane Stone texts ACORN critic: "Bite me Jew boy"
Matt Vadum at Big Government reports that NBC Dateline producer Jane Stone sent a little love note to Alex Rosenwald yesterday in response to his press release critical of ACORN:
Apparently NBC “Dateline” producer Jane Stone or someone else who has access to her Blackberry has a problem with groups that oppose ACORN and with an ethnocultural minority.
When Stone received an email urging Congress to defund ACORN from Alex Rosenwald, director of media outreach for Americans for Limited Government, the following sentence came back to Rosenwald from Stone’s account: “Bite me, Jew Boy!”
Stone claims that someone hacked her Blackberry. Uh, yeah.
Exit question: Will the liztards at Little Green Gulag blame this on 1) Glenn Beck, 2) Robert Stacey McCain, 3) the entire conservative blogosphere, or 4) All the above?
UPDATE: A commenter observes that Jane Stone is a faculty member for the journalism institute at New York University. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org in case you were wondering.
Today's "Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam" report (9/25/09)
Today's report comes to us from Sydney, Australia, where a Lebanese man was sentenced to 12 years for writing a book on jihad and martyrdom that he claimed was merely "religious journalism".
From the Australian Associated Press.
The editor of a do-it-yourself terrorism book that advocated "widespread and indiscriminate loss of life" has been handed a hefty sentence by a Sydney court.
Former Qantas cabin cleaner Belal Saadallah Khazaal has been jailed for a maximum of 12 years, with a non-parole period of nine years, for making a document connected with assistance in a terrorist act and knowing about that connection.
The 110-page book compiled between September 20 and 23, 2003, entitled Provisions Of The Rules of Jihad and published online in Arabic, was a "practical guide to achieving martyrdom".
It contained advice about terrorist acts such as exploding bombs, shooting down planes and assassinating people such as former US president George W Bush.
"It advocated widespread and indiscriminate loss of life, serious injury and serious property damage within the countries identified as enemies of Islam," Justice Megan Latham said in sentencing the man in the NSW Supreme Court.
Dual Australian and Lebanese national Khazaal, 39, has never denied compiling the book from online material but said it was never intended to incite terrorist acts.
He told prison officers that the material was "strictly religious journalism".
That is all.
Islamic Prayer Stat Sheet
Ever wonder how to catch up on that 5 prayer a day requirement say after your bomb belt malfunctions or you spend a few years in an undisclosed super sekrit CIA detention center with no arrow pointing to Mecca.
Not all mosques are the same. Allah grades a mosque based on its location. Here is what Allah says about the merit points (these merit points are exchangeable on the resurrection day).So see a prayer said while marching around the giant cube is like hitting a 100000 to 1 long shot at the track.
1 prayer in Mecca = 100 000 prayers in an ordinary mosque; 1 prayer in the Medina mosque of Muhammad = 10 000 prayers; 1 prayer at Bait al-Muqaddis = 1 000 prayers…(Ghazali, p.1.192)
Yet Another bin Laden Video to Europe (UPDATE: al Qaeda Plot in the Works?][UPDATE II: Multiple Warnings][Upd III: Taliban Threaten Germany]
Another audio of Osama bin Laden was released today. I have it, but have not yet watched it. I'll just link an MSM report, with the promise of further analysis later if it's merited.
I'll just note that bin Laden's message appears to be directed at European countries. The timing, though, probably means that it was geared at affecting the outcome of this weekend's elections in Germany. The ruling center-right coalition is expected to win.
The audio is probably meant to scare Germans into rethinking who they vote for because the present government supports a continued presence in Afghanistan. As evidence that this is bin Laden's intent, note the reference to the Madrid bombing. And the fact that it was only four minutes long means it was probably thrown together last minute. Also, the message was sent out translated into German.
Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has purportedly urged European nations to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan, in a new tape posted on the internet...Possibly more to come.....
t had German and English subtitles. Germans go to the polls in federal elections on Sunday. ...
"If you had seen [the mass killings] of your American allies and their helpers in northern Afghanistan ... then you would understand the bloody events in Madrid and London," Bin Laden said, referring to attacks in the two cities in 2004 and 2005 respectively.
UPDATE: Cruising around some of the good CT blogs, I noticed two important tidbits concerning something nagging me in the back of my mind.
First, from Thomas Hegghammer:
Personally I think al-Qaida would not issue all these messages if something really big was in the making in the next few days, precisely because media offensives put intelligence services on high alert.Remember, over the past few days we've seen several jihadi videos directed at Germany. And now one from el jeffe himself? It indicates something real may be in the works.
And the arrest today of an eHadi responsible for distributing the video may be significant. Most eHadis are worth watching. Most of them are unlikely actually participate in acts of terror (cowards and social misfits really -- at least, at first) but they may be connected to others who's proximate potential for terrorism is greater.
In this case, we know the person picked up on Germany must be connected online to al Qaeda's online distribution network. Who else does he know?
Second, this from Peter Neumann:
Others, such as my friend Guido Steinberg at the Berlin based think tank SWP, are not so sure. Steinberg believes that Al Qaeda wouldn’t make such a fuss if there wasn’t any activity on the ground. In fact, I have it from good sources that the German authorities are concerned about three groups of potential plotters right now.This all adds up to a potential higher security risk during the elections. And this isn't just me. If there is such a thing as a consensus view built on the buzz generated by the internet forums, every one thinks something is in the works.
Perhaps that vacation to Bavaria for Oktoberfest should be postponed until after this weekend?
Update II: Joining the US in warning of possible terror attacks in Grrmany are the Brits.
Update III: Just heard through the grapevine that a new Taliban video also threatens German targets. 5 videos in one week targetting Germany. Something is up.
German eHadi Arrested for al Qaeda Threats
A frequent poster at Islamist forums has been arrested in Germany for posting the most recent al Qaeda threats against Germany. The man is not suspected of producing the video, only transmitting it from al Qaeda to the internet forums.
Unsurprisingly, the man is unemployed. This seems to be a patter among European jihadis, doesn't it? Many of them receive welfare checks from their respective governments while spending the day chatting with other would-be terrorists and surfing the web for jihad productions.
Which, if you think about it, means that these governments are essentially paying would be jihadis how to become terrorists.
Fortunately, these guys are mostly losers.
German police have arrested a man suspected of posting a video on the internet threatening an attack in the country ahead of Sunday's federal elections.If any one has any insight as to the suspect's online handle do me a favor and drop me an email. We have some suspicions as to who this guy is, but would like confirmation.
Police in the southern city of Stuttgart said the 25-year-old Turkish man was not believed to have made the video, which was attributed to al-Qaeda, and it was not clear where he obtained the material. The video, one of three released in the last week, showed an al-Qaeda member warning Germany of a "rude awakening" if it did not end its "war" in Afghanistan.
A police statement said the arrested man "is known to the authorities as a supporter of Islamist activists and had been in the focus of investigators for some time"."The unemployed suspect, who lived alone, was apparently intensely active on notorious internet platforms.
Thanks to Or Shahor.
'Village' of white German al-Qaeda insurgents discovered
"The Europeans are there [in Waziristan]. The most dedicated people there are from Europe. They will do anything for Islam. They are not there because their father's are Muslim, but by choice,"
Muslims from Britain, Sweden, and now Germany are reportedly fighting against NATO troops in Afghanistan. Recently investigators have discovered a village in Waziristan, near the Afghan border, which is full of white muslim converts.
Afghanistan is not the only destination for muslims from Western countries. Muslims from the US, Canada, Britain, Sweden and Holland are presently waging jihad with al Shabaab in Somalia.
Are these the white European trained suicide bombers that al Qaida has threatened us with? Telegraph
The village, in Taliban-controlled Waziristan, is run by the notorious al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which plots raids on Nato forces in Afghanistan.
A recruitment video presents life in the village as a desirable lifestyle choice with schools, hospitals, pharmacies and day care centres, all at a safe distance from the front.
In the video, the presenter, "Abu Adam", the public face of the group in Germany, points his finger and asks: "Doesn't it appeal to you? We warmly invite you to join us!"[...]
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which has a foothold in several German cities, has capitalised on growing concern over the rising profile of German forces in Afghanistan. Their role has become increasingly controversial in Germany in recent weeks after dozens of civilians were killed in an air strike ordered by German officers.
Last night a foreign ministry spokesman told The Daily Telegraph they were now negotiating with Pakistani authorities for the release of six Germans, including "Adrian M", a white Muslim convert, his Eritrean wife and their four year old daughter, who were arrested as they were making their way to the "German village". They are particularly concerned about the welfare of the child.
Examining ObamaCare - Your Help Needed!
The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition has released a list of UNANSWERED QUESTIONS being asked by the American people about the Obama Administration's proposed Health Care Reform Plan.
They are calling on the American people to VOTE for the unanswered questions they would most like to see answered by the Obama Administration.
The votes will be tallied and the 10 most popular questions will be formally presented to the White House.
They are inviting all Americans help hold the Administration accountable by participating in this project.
The ballot page is here : http://toptenhealthcarequestions.com
The same people that think 9/11 WAS staged, think this WASN’T staged [UPDATE: REAL?!?!?]
I just ripped off the headline from a commenter over at Hot Air. Because, really, what else needs to be said?
Seriously, it's not even close to being believable.
Verdict: Hoax Epic Fail!
UPDATE: Wow, apparently this is real. What is fake is the spin that these are members of the military and that this represents some sort of state of martial law.
Big Government: More on Astroturfing at the NEA
I have another post up at Big Government about a professional astroturfer from Winner & Associates involvement in the NEA scandal. Go check it out.
PS-Also check out Patrick Courrielche's post over at Big Hollywood in which he asks if Buffy Wicks shouldn't be the next one under the bus? Which is kind of important here, since the NEA director claims that the whole scandal was Yosi Sargent's fault.
But that can't be the case, since Wicks works for the White House, not the NEA. And Bim Ayandele, who's participation I think is key since he's a paid PR guy who specializes in getting entertainers to lobby for health care reform, worked in the same office at the White House as Wicks up until a couple of months ago.
Sandcrawler PSA: Hannah Giles Defense Fund
Is located here. Help the lady defend herself from ACORN's lawsuit.
Germany Threatened Yet Again in "O Allah I Love You 2" Video
A new al Qaeda video entitled "O Allah I Love You 2" shows German traitor Abu Talha al-Almani threatening his homeland for a third time. Elections are scheduled in Germany for this weekend.
The U.S. State Department has issued a warning about a possible threat against Americans in Germany. In response to a video entitled O Allah I Love You 2?
The Jawa Report has intercepted what appears to be the inspiration for the video and threat. From a recent Paltalk chat:
Allah: Oh Abu Talha, I luv u.I never thought making fun of al Qaeda's gayness could get be so easy.
AT: O Allah I Love You 2
Allah: U R so cute ;-))
AT: Not as hawt as u <:-))
Allah: What R U wearing?
AT: Nada ;-)))))))))
Allah: Wanna take this private? ;-)))))
Come on guys, it's like you're not even trying any more!
Or at least about 52% of "us" did.
Freshly Dead Taliban In the Morning
I love these emails, its always nice when life gets in the way of blogging and boom first thing when you get back- DEAD TALIBAN!
A suspected U.S. missile strike killed 12 people in northwestern Pakistan, intelligence officials said — the latest in a spate of attacks close to the Afghan border that have squeezed al-Qaeda and the Taliban.Ahhh life is good.
Such strikes have killed high-ranking militant commanders, including Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, but have also killed civilians and drawn protest from Pakistani leaders.
Two intelligence officials said the latest strike took place late Thursday near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan tribal region. They said 12 people were killed in the attack, but gave no information on their identities.
Just think of all the Pakistani Muslim locals who can rest easy knowing twelve head choppers have been decommissioned.
Hat Tip: Ronin.
Overnight Alarmism: Warning of 3 Cities Targeted by al Qaeda
Gerald has all the info, but I've seen the original post at an Islamist forum by an eHadi known as "Black Flag". The message warns of imminant attacks on 3 cities, although, to be honest, it doesn't specify the country these cities are in.
Real danger? Doubtful. Just bringing this to your attention. You never know, especially given the context of known al Qaeda wannabes still on the street because an investigation was blown by an imam
informant double agent.
Overnight Palate Cleansers
Thanks to Barbarossa, we have proof Michael Moore lives on Tattooine:
But wait! There's more! Bonus hot chick below the fold. I have no idea what her name is, but.... what man ever remembers her name that first night out?
Spot The Hypocrite
I told the Sandcrawler crew that I was done with the dead horse known as what's his name, but, someone decided to show me this.
Is taking money from someone who you bash on a daily basis really hypocrisy though?
Or, is it irony when the ad in question says "Glenn Beck vs. the idiots?" You decide.
Update Much love to mrclark, who posted a similar screenshot some time in the past, which we missed. Sorry dude.
Today's "Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam" report***UPDATED
FBI is investigating a report on a Somali extremist website that a suicide bomber in last week's attack on African peacekeepers was a Somali-American who had been recruited in Seattle.
A federal grand jury added charges to indictment of admitted Al-Qaeda operative Najibullah Zazi for intending to use weapons of mass destruction against targets inside the US.
Islamic convert Michael Finton (aka "Talib Islam") is arrested for plotting to blow up a federal building in downtown Springfield, Illinois.
An illegal immigrant from Jordan, Mosam Maher Husein Smadi, was arrested for attempting to bomb a downtown Dallas skyscraper.
That is all.
UPDATE: Guess that wasn't all. Two more to add.
Vinnie notes the indictment of Betim Kaziu, who's indictment was unsealed today for conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. DOJ press release is here.
And in the comments Papa Whiskey notes the added indictments today for the Tarheel Jihadists Daniel Patrick Boyd and Hysen Sherifi for plotting to attack the US Marine base in Quantico, VA.
Mambo Numbah 5
That would be a Islamotard numbah five, actually, to add to Barbarossa's post above.
Along the way, Kaziu allegedly sought to join Al-Shabbab, an armed movement listed as a terrorist group by the U.S. State Department, and train in Pakistan to fight U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Balkans, the indictment said.
As if that isn't bad enough, sources close to the Jawa Report claim that he was.... a dirty Creationist!
Islamotard Does What Islamotards Do
Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian citizen who has been living and working in Italy, Texas illegally, was charged with "attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction," authorities said.
Authorities said Smadi had been under FBI surveillance for some time after expressing "his desire to commit violent jihad" numerous times.
Hmmm.... where have we heard the charge "attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction" before? Hmmm....
But, of course, that would be silly of me to link this "isolated incident" with that other "isolated incident," or even that other "isolated incident," because the FBI says so:
The arrest is not related to recent events in Colorado, New York or Springfield, according to FBI.
Not related, but the charges are the same in two out of three cases. Uh-huh, sure.
Thanks to that extremist Creationist blog, who, I am told, never wrote any NYT bestsellers. Or something.
Another conservative target resigns (NEA axes Yosi....)[UPDATED: Zero Degrees of Separation between Yosi and Bim]
Yosi is officially tossed under the bus..
The National Endowment for the Arts says that its communications director, Yosi Sergant, has resigned.How is that hope and change working for you Yosi...?
"This afternoon Yosi Sergant submitted his resignation from the National Endowment for the Arts. His resignation has been accepted and is effective immediately," said a spokeswoman, Sally Gifford, in a statement
UPDATE by Rusty: Getting warmer......
Bim Ayandele, Yosi Sergant, David Washington
Homegrown Jihadist Plotted Attack in Springfield, Illinois
Here's a homegrown jihadist, converted to Islam in prison.
A 29-year-old Decatur man arrested on charges of attempted murder of a federal employees and attempting to use explosives to detonate a vehicle bomb at the federal building downtown Springfield had his first court appearance this afternoon at that very building.Finton allegedly wanted to kill as many people as possible while also taking out Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) in his office.
Michael C. Finton, also known as “Talib Islam,” according to a statement from federal prosecutors, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron Cudmore and waived his right to a detention hearing. He remains in custody.
Federal officials allege that on Wednesday, Finton drove a van containing what he thought was explosive material and parked it directly in front of the northwest corner of the Paul Findley Federal Building. He got out of the van, locked the door and got into another vehicle driven by an undercover FBI officer and drove away. Within a few blocks of the federal building, Finton made a cell phone call to remotely detonate the purported bomb,” officials said.
He was arrested immediately after he attempted to detonate the device.
Finton works as a cook and is a big fan of John Walker Lindh, the American Taliban currently in prison. Reportedly, Finton became a Muslim terrorist in prison and expressed a desire to go overseas to become a jihadist fighter. Apparently, he's a real changey kind of guy.
Thx to Anonymous in Comments.
Good News: al Qaeda "Splinter Group" Active in South Africa
Did you know that the U.S. embassy in South Africa was closed this week? What a few years ago would have been news worthy of discussion has been relegated to the back pages.
Something known by those in our behind the scenes webgroup, but not something I've heard reported in the MSM until today: there are a lot of radical Islamists in South Africa.
This may even shock most South Africans, who over the past decade have become so hypersensitive at being labeled an apartheid sympathizer if not properly displaying the correct multicultural attitudes that they've turned a blind eye to the growing threat.
From Terror Free Somalia:
he security threat that led to all U.S. government facilities in South Africa being closed this week came from an al-Qaeda splinter group, a South African newspaper reported on Thursday.The U.S. facilities were closed from Tuesday following a threat that the U.S. State Department had said was based on "pretty credible information".The Star newspaper said that, according to "well-placed security sources", the group had telephoned the U.S. embassy in Pretoria on Monday warning of planned attacks against several of the country's buildings in South Africa.Watch your six if you're in South Africa. And I mean long term, not just this week.
Grand Jury Charges Immigrant on Terror "WMD" Charge
Wow, just wow. The indictment is full of terms meant to establish federal jurisdiction on the case -- namely, all the stuff about "interstate commerce". But the interesting thing is that the single charge in the indictment is conspiring to:
use one or more weapons of mass destructionAce is pretty skeptical of the MSM going along with calling the bombs that would have been used a "WMD". Would they have let the AG's office get away with calling TATP based bombs "weapons of mass destruction"?
I can't answer that.
But maybe Najibullah Zazi had something else besides conventional bombs in mind?
In the detainment motion filed today it mentions that Zazi, "and others flew ... to Peshawar, Pakistan." It was in Pakistan that Zazi learned how to construct bombs. He then emailed those instructions to himself. It was those bombmaking instructions that were found on his computer.
It then goes on to describe how Zazi had bought some of the basic ingredients for making a TATP bomb and then checked into a hotel where a stove was available -- the implication being that Zazi was experimenting on his bomb design there.
But it gets worse, because it also mentions that at least three other people in Colorado aided Zazi in buying bomb making materials.
Worse, why? Because only Zazi has been charged. Which means that unless the imam and his father who were both arrested for lying to the FBI were directly involved in the plot, that means that we have at least three other conspirators on the loose.
Another thing to note here is that when Zazi's home was finally searched, that the hardrive in his laptop has been removed. Luckily, and unkown to Zazi, the FBI had already backed it up on a previous search when they towed his car using a trumped up excuse.
As I opined last weekend, it now seems rather clear now that the FBI did not wish to tip off Zazi that he was being surveilled when they did. One has to wonder what other evidence has been lost because an imam who was supposedly informing for the JTTF tipped Zazi off?
I'm guessing that there is much more to this plot than meets the eye.
UPDATE: Or Shahor emails this:
in the federal code a bomb is a weapon of mass destructionI did not know that.
Cow Palace Gun Shows
(Sacramento, California) The California Legislature has passed a bill, SB585, to shut down gun shows at the legendary Cow Palace (pic) which straddles San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. Sponsored by uber-liberal San Francisco Democrat Senator Mark Leno, the bill will limit gun shows until 2013 when they will be completely outlawed.
Reportedly, there's a hopey-changey reason for the legislation.
The measure has the potential to limit gun violence by ending sales.Frankly, I contend that ending gun shows at the Cow Palace has a greater potential of limiting law-abiding citizens from obtaining guns to protect themselves. Violent criminals customarily don't obtain their weapons through legal means. They don't pass background checks, take safety courses and wait 10 days to take possession, all of which are reportedly required at Cow Palace gun shows.
In any event, the bill is expected to be on Gov. Schwarzenegger's desk shortly for signature.
Notably, the adjacent counties of Marin and Alameda have previously banned gun shows and it's presumed that statistics are being compiled reflecting a dramatic drop in gun violence -- uh, or maybe not.
Snake with hand
Found in China. University experts are evaluating.
Out: Suicide Belt
In: The Ass Bomb
When suicide bombs get very uncomfortable:
A SUICIDE bomber tried to kill a Saudi prince by detonating TNT hidden up his BACKSIDE.Is it just me, or does TNT generally have a, um, phallic shape to it?
Fanatic Abdullah Hassan Tali al-Asiri, 23, blew himself up - but his intended victim escaped with minor injuries....
TNT was the explosive used, according to the fanatics.
Which might explain why Abdullah Hassan had such an easy -- and enjoyable -- time inserting it!
Thanks to Cindy.
Video: Carrie Prejean in Hot Outfit at ComiCon
Here's the video showing former Miss California Carrie Prejean in a pretty hot outfit at ComiCon. The magic happens 1:17 seconds in. Carrie would be "Black Spider Girl".
Is it hot? Not Carrie Prejean in a metal Princess Leia bikini hot ... but still hot. Is it geeky? Definitely. So, instant link!
I'm not sure why the idiots at TMZ think this isn't "biblically correct". They obviously haven't read Song of Solomon lately:
Your stature is like that of the palm, and your breasts like clusters of fruit.
I said, "I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit."
May your breasts be like the clusters of the vine, the fragrance of your breath like apples, and your mouth like the best wine.
Reuters Pretty Much Drops All Pretenses at Shilling for Terror Apologists at CAIR
I'm not sure that a high school is the appropriate place to view Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West, but when her Oyall forwarded this Reuters article I was pretty appalled. It read just like a CAIR press release, including a link to an anti-Obsession website which claimed the movie featured "a veritable who's who of Muslim-bashers."
Muslim bashers like, um, Nonie Darwish and Khaleel Mohammad? Right.
Then I read to the bottom of the "article":
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic RelationsYeah, that seems about right.
About that Creepy Kids Worshipping Obama Video
Apparently it was shot last June at B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington Township, NJ and was part of an effort by Charisse Carney-Nunes to pimp her book I am Barack Obama.
Why does this all seem so ... familiar?
Suicide by Cop - Updated
Came across this vid while researching deer whistles.
The Man: 1 Bambi: 0
Below the fold: at Angus Dei's request, a bike hitting a deer.
Everything I've read about deer whistles says they don't work, yet the only time I hit deer was during a short period when I didn't have any deer whistles on my car.
A squad of six deer deployed themselves on the military crest of a rise on a NYS highway and lay in wait. Cresting the rise at sixty something, I managed to miss four of them. The other two did over $3500 damage.
The deer are organized now people. Be careful out there.
For you fans of the exotic and inexplicable: what goes up, doesn't come down:
Always getting in the way of quality blogging time!
Genocidal Policies in Yemen: Supported by the Saudis, Ignored by the World
The Yemeni government is bombing the hell out of its own citizens in Sa'ada. (Very graphic vid of the aftermath is here). As in earlier rounds of the Sa'ada war, a strict blockade on food, medicine and aid to civilians is in force. It is a deliberate practice that HRW called collective punishment in 2008. A MSF medical team that reached al Jawf was "asked" to return to the capital by the governor.
The rebels have asked for called for a cease fire with independent oversight. The Yemeni military continues "Operation Scorched Earth"- indiscriminately bombing cities, villages and recently a group of war refugees. Our friends the Saudis are not assisting in humanitarian efforts. In fact, the food aid is twelve miles on the other side of the Saudi/Yemeni border, still. The UN's flash appeal hasn't received much of a response.
There are at least 150,000 people who fled their homes, mostly women and children, and many are along road or in fields. Those who reach one of the few refugee camps find little there. Mohammed al Maqaleh, the editor who broke the story of the air strikes on the refugee camp "disappeared" last Thursday. Two other editors, Fuad Rashed and Salah al-Saqladi, have been detained for four months. Al Ayyam newspaper is still shut down. The US is calling for an investigation of the military attack on the refugee camp and a 72 cease fire to get humanitarian aid to the refugees.
AFP Food is running out for tens of thousands of civilians displaced in weeks of fighting between government forces and Shiite rebels in Yemen's north, a UN spokesman said on Wednesday.-Jane
"Foodstuffs for tens of thousands of refugees gathered in four camps in Saada and its suburbs, 6,000 others in Baqem, further north near the border with Saudi Arabia and 7,000 others in the province of Al-Jawf are being depleted," Laure Chedraoui told AFP in Sanaa.
"The continuation of hostilities, the failure of the truce and the closure of roads has prevented humanitarian agencies from coming to the aid of the displaced," she said...
Chedraoui said aid agencies have been unable to deliver a consignment of food to refugees in Baqem because the cargo is still in Saudi Arabia.
"The cargo is being held 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the border. The Saudi authorities have given the green light for the cargo to pass to Baqem, but we are still waiting," she said, also urging the kingdom "to open its borders to receive Yemeni refugees".
No Difficult Questions Please
Or the environuts will throw you out on your arse.
Via Big Hollywood: It really is a great time to be an independent journalist/filmmaker.So he asks, "Have you stopped flying?" After all if flying is the "worst" and we'll all be dead by 2055 aren't these liberal elites committing like the biggest genocide ever by flying around talking about how bad flying around is?
With the mainstream media devoting to trying to turn policy differences into racism it leaves the task of asking hard questions to people in power open to the rest of us
Inspired by James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles who have shone an uncomfortable light on Acorn by asking obvious questions and by simply letting people answer I decided to cover the New York premiere of “The Age of Stupid” – a documentary that claims the human race will be extinct by 2055 because of Climate Change.
Much of the “Age Of Stupid” is spent attacking those in the developing world who want our lives and lifestyles. The documentary is particularly critical of those in countries such as India who want to fly more for business or pleasure.
The documentary is quite clear that flying in aeroplanes is disastrous for the planet. “Apart from setting fire to a forest flying is the single worst thing an individual can do to cause climate change,” we are told.
So after applying for and being given press accreditation by their publicists I decided to find out whether the film makers and their celebrity supporters have stopped or even reduced their flying hours.
They are killing us all!!!!!!
Hat Tip: Say Anything.
Somali al Qaeda leaders captured in last week's raid?
Interesting news if the report is true..
Via Bill Roggio's site
Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera has some interesting news on the covert raid conducted by US Special Forces, dubbed Celestial Balance, that targeted an al Qaeda leader in Southern Somalia on Sept. 14th. According to a local stringer for the newspaper, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan was not killed but captured alive. Along with Nabhan, American commandos apprehended Abu Mansur al Amriki, the American convert to Islam who has become a commander in charge of military training for Shabaab.Hmmmmmmmmmm.
Calling All Gun Nuts
Of which I am proudly one. When, oh when, my brethren, did .223 become "high powered?"
-- Some Omaha police officers are making a financial sacrifice to make sure they have high-powered weapons for use on the job.
Discuss. This should make for a fun comment thread.
Just in case you displaced former lizards miss it
I didn't actually take the photo, which is probably why I'm not a moron in charge of a website that gets more hits in one hour than we do in a week.
But, hey, we have fun mocking!
The Comment I've Been Waiting For
Don't forget to de-link LGF !!!!!
Thanks, but, blogrolls are so 2000s. We use RSS readers now.
Okay, that's the official memo, but, honestly, blame HGTV. Rusty just doesn't have the time to delink anybody.
For God's sake, he has blogs on the blogroll from people who did one post and quit. But you didn't hear it from me.
September 23, 2009
BREAKING: Somali-American from Seattle carried out suicide attack on African peacekeepers
SEATTLE -- A Web site says a Somali-American from Seattle was one of the suicide bombers who killed 21 peacekeepers in Somalia last week, CNN reported.
CNN quotes an online Somali-language Web site as saying the bomber lived in Seattle until 2007.
The report could not be independently confirmed.
An FBI spokesman in Seattle, Fred Gutt, told CNN that investigators are aware of the report, but he declined to comment about it in detail. When asked if the FBI was looking into the report, Gutt would only say "we have continuing outreach efforts with the (Somali-American) community."
Federal agents have been investigating possible recruiting efforts in the United States by Al-Shabaab, a Somali group with ties to al Qaeda that the U.S. classifies as a terrorist organization.
More than a dozen young men of Somali descent have disappeared recently from their homes in and around Minneapolis, Minnesota, which has a sizable Somali population, as does Seattle. At least three have ended up dead in Somalia, community leaders say.
The first known successful American suicide bomber was Shirwa Ahmed, who was recruited for his terrorist attack from Minneapolis. This makes the second successful American suicide bomber.
Forget H1N1, This Will Really Make You Ill
And, as an added bonus, the vaccine won't be available until November, 2010. If then.
Again, thanks to Ragnar, who used to do this sh*t himself. Lazy bastard.
Well, That Wasn't A Very Bright Move
If ACORNHOLIO (NEEDS TP FOR ITS BUNGHOLE!!!!) did nothing wrong then why are they doing everything they can to shoot the messenger?
I'm not a lawyer, and I don't play one on TeeVee, but I do believe that with this lawsuit filing, ACORNHOLIO (NEEDS TP FOR ITS BUNGHOLE!!!!) just opened itself up to a whole bunch of discovery motions that may not help it in the end.
Thanks to Ragnar
Colonel Gaddafi defends taliban at the UN
"If the Taliban wants to make a religious state, okay, like the Vatican. Does the Vatican constitute a danger against us? No," said Colonel Gaddafi The Australian
LIBYAN President Muammar Gaddafi launched a spirited defence of Afghanistan's hardline Taliban overnight in a rambling address to the UN General Assembly.An islamic state is nothing like the Vatican. Does the Vatican put apostates to death? Does it cover women from head to toe? Does it allow physical abuse against disobedient wives? Does it chop off the hands of thieves? Does it ban music? Does it allow men to marry girls at the age of 9? I can go on for a while.
"Why are we against the Taliban? Why are we against Afghanistan?" he asked leaders of more than 120 nations attending the annual General Assembly debate.
"If the Taliban wants to make a religious state, okay, like the Vatican. Does the Vatican constitute a danger against us? No," said the Libyan leader, addressing the 192-member body for the first time in his 40 years in power.
Hamas children's program teaches kids to kill Jews
Obama's Partners for Peace. From Palestinian Media Watch:
The two hosts of a Hamas children's TV program use three different words for “slaughter” to describe how to rid Israel of Jews. The bear puppet Nassur explains that all Jews must be “erased from our land,” and the young host Saraa then specifies, "They'll be slaughtered."
Later in the conversation Nassur adds, "We want to slaughter them, Saraa, so they will be expelled from our land.” He repeats, “…We’ll have to [do it] by slaughter."
Three different Arabic expressions are used to describe the “slaughter” of the Jews: “Manhurin naher,” “Nidbah-hom” and “Shaht.”
The following is the transcript from the children’s program Tomorrow's Pioneers:
Nassur: “There won't be any Jews or Zionists, if Allah wills. They'll be erased.”
Saraa: “They'll be slaughtered.” (Manhurin naher)
Nassur: “And just like we will visit the Qaaba [in Mecca]... everyone will visit Jerusalem.”
[Seven-year old Palestinian child on phone tells how his father, a member of the Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades, “died as a Shahid (Martyr).”]
Nassur to child on phone: “What do you want to do to the Jews who shot your father?”
Child on phone: “I want to kill them.”
Saraa: “We don't want to do anything to them, just expel them from our land.”
Nassur: “We want to slaughter (Nidbah-hom) them, so they will be expelled from our land, right?”
Saraa: “Yes. That's right. We will expel them from our land using all means.”
Nassur: “And if they don't want [to go] peacefully, by words or talking, we’ll have to [do it] by slaughter.” (Shaht)
[Al-Aqsa (Hamas) TV, Sept. 22, 2009]
Updated By Howie. The original video was taken down. Hmm someone was so proud of it "before"......
But never fear, here's another copy.
Intensely Creepy Things...
...you didn't even know about.
Publius at Big Government reports the breaking news that the Internal Revenue Service is cutting its ties with...ACORN.
Now the Associated (with terrorists) Press reports that the IRS will no longer use ACORN as a volunteer organization offering free tax advice to low and moderate income folks. Apparently, they'll get a different group to handle the pimp and whore market.
It's simply astounding in how many places this corrupt organization has managed to insert its tentacles. Next we'll probably hear that ACORN is no longer a part of the Pentagon's volunteer civil defense plans.
War Porn: United Taliban of Losers Lose Again
Strong language warning.
Bank of America ordered flags removed for fallen Marine's funeral***Updated***
The Marine was killed in action in Afghanistan and local citizens were placing flags along the funeral procession route. BOA says it was a misunderstanding of corporate policy. That would be the same BOA who received a $20 billion taxpayer bailout and another $119 billion government-backed guarantee for their bad assets.
From the Palmetto Scoop:
A South Carolina Bank of America branch is drawing criticism Thursday after an employee reportedly ordered the removal of American flags placed to honor a fallen Marine over fears that people would be offended...
Bank of America released a statement apologizing for the incident and called it a misunderstanding.
“We want to ensure the community knows how deeply proud we are of the men and women who have sacrificed so much in service to our country,” the statement said. “The bank does fly the American Flag at our locations throughout the country and flags were displayed in front of our banking center in Gaffney the evening prior to our dedicated Marine returning home.”
Time for a boycott, I'd say.
UPDATE: In the comments, Mongol points to this news article stating that the county government in SC where this outrage occurred has pulled their accounts from BOA.
The Cherokee County Council voted Monday night to close its accounts with Bank Of America.
According to our coverage partners at the Spartanburg Herald Journal, the move comes nearly a week after the bank said a miscommunication in corporate police led a local branch worker to remove American flags that were placed on the bank’s property lining the road to honor the death of fallen Marine Lance Corporal Christopher Fowlkes.
The flags were down for a short period of time and the placed back up in time for the arrival of Fowlkes’ body.
Bad News: Fat American Traitor Appears on New al Qaeda Video
Adam Gadahn, America's only indicted traitor, appears in a new as Sahab produced video for al Qaeda.
Here's a synopsis of the video: 9/11 was justified. Global Jewish conspiracy. Americans are mean to terrorists or something. Oh, and death to America!
Really, at this point is there anything that al Qaeda can say that hasn't been said before? The only reason I even posted on the rather long and boring (2 parts? Don't you understand brevity Adam? This was worse than English Patient!) propaganda piece is that Gadahn makes an appearance. Which means, unfortunately, the Dodger loving Orange County, California native is still alive.
I guess Zawahiri still needs someone to shave his balls. And roam around the local Pashtun villages in search of the next 11 year old Mrs. al-Libi.
Your turn will come Pearlman. Oh yes, it will. And when it does I will have the last laugh.
Guy Who Specializes in "Leveraging" The Arts Community for Health Care Issues Coincidentally at NEA Conference Call (UPDATE: Also, Coincidentally, a "Pioneer of Guerilla Marketing")
The NEA apology from the White House is laughable, at best. Again, if this was just all a big misunderstanding then why was a representative from one of the country's largest political advertising firms involved? And pushing the health care agenda on company time?
I believe the following information might help explain Bim Ayandele's involvement. Not only did he help set up the Office of Public Engagement, but:
Before joining Winner & Associates, Mr. Ayandele served as the Director of Cures Now, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization leveraging a coalition of actors, directors, producers, musicians, and writers to promote the rapid, responsible and ethical advancement of science-related social issues, such as stem-cell research and diabetes awareness."It seems Mr. Ayandele's expertise is in "leveraging" the entertainment industry to "promote" health care related issues.
But I'm sure the sudden interest by the "non-partisan" Rock the Vote in pushing President Obama's vision of health care is just a coincidence....
Thanks to someone in the comments.
UPDATE: Also just a coincidence:
Ayandele developed and implemented some of the pioneering guerilla marketing techniques that were instrumental in deciding the 2008 United States presidential campaign.Nothing to see here folks. Move along.....
Thanks to Bim's newest buddy, Darth Odieus.
Mayor of Wellford South Carolina bans all police chases
Sallie Peake, the mayor of Wellford South Carolina, has banned all police chases in the city in an effort to save on insurance. This mayor is a complete nut-job, check out the video of her justifying the ban to see for yourself.
Iran builds new generation of centrifuges
Iran's top nuclear official announced that Iran has built a new generation of high capacity centrifuges. Apparently the centrifuges are capable of enriching uranium at "five times the output capacity" of the older centrifuges.
TEHRAN (AFP) – The chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation said on Tuesday that the scientists of the Islamic republic have managed to build new generation of high capacity centrifuges.
"Our scientists have built new generation of centrifuges and cascades with 10 centrifuges each are now being tested," Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.
Salehi said the new generation of centrifuges can enrich uranium with "more than five times the output capacity" of the earlier standard centrifuges and that Iran "plans to raise this capacity to 10 times."
Meet the "Secretary of War"
When Shachtman forwarded this article about Robert Gates, I was a little skeptical. Who still uses the term "military industrial complex"? It's so .... Eisenhower. Or maybe Michael Moore.
But the article is worth the read. It's about how Robert Gates is trying to turn the Pentagon into a war making department, rather than a war planning department. A distinction I have never really thought of before.
The argument is always that the military is busy fighting the last war. But Gates sees this as missing what really goes on inside the Pentagon. The military is busy planning for a future war, rather than busy fighting the current one.
And calling himself the "Secretary of War"? Sheer genius. You do know that the "Department of Defense" was called the "Department of War" up until Truman had to go all silly euphemism on us.
Environmentally-Friendly Marital Aid
(Sweden) A new environmentally-friendly marital aid is now on the market and gaining in popularity.
Made from recycled plastic and metal, "Earth Angel" is charged by turning the specially adapted key in its base. Four minutes of hand-turning is said to give 30 minutes of intense vibrations - saving money on new batteries. [...]Just think. Dim lights, a pitcher of your finest Kool-Aid and four minutes of hand-turning will allow you to experience an Earth-friendly marital session without messy battery cleanup. Heh.
The only downside to the Irish-made sex toy is the price tag. At 1,050 kronor ($153), it costs twice as much as a normal dildo. But, as it's self-charging, there's no need to buy expensive replacement batteries.
This morning, prior to taking one sip from my morning coffee, Mrs. Participant hands me a sealed envelope with my name on it. I said, where's this from? She said, from me. I said, for what? She said, anniversary. I said, who's anni . . . and caught myself. The utterance, unfortunately, had entered the ether and there was no way to suck the sounds back into my throat.
Caught! I was caught being stereotypical. The thoughtless husband who doesn't remember his blessed marriage.
However, in my defense I plead that I had a chemical imbalance. It is difficult to respond to challenging situations in the morning prior to the first jolt of caffeine, especially when caught by surprise.
I'd also like to suggest that Mrs. Participant should share in the blame because she didn't give me any heads up. Now just how hard would it have been for her to mention something last week? Something like, hey, what do you have planned for our anniversary?
Of course, nothing mitigates my error. If there's a lesson to be learned, I'd say don't ask or answer questions before morning coffee. Nodding and saying nothing is recommended.
Good News: Up to 24 Domestic Terrorists on the Loose
Police in New York City stepped up their patrols and increased their random searches on subways and buses Wednesday following reports that as many as 24 more people are being sought in a suspected cross-country terror plot.
Hot Fantasy Art: Hannah Giles Carving Up a Giant ACORN
Click for larger
Wow, now that's one for my new bachelor pad wall...
Hannah, I've got a chainsaw baby, you're welcome to come play lumberjack with me any time.
Hat Tip: Hot Air's link thingy.
Iranian Military Flyover Goes Horribly Wrong
Up above a big military parade in Tehran on Tuesday, Sept. 22, as Iranian president declared Iran's armed forces would "chop off the hands" of any power daring to attack his country, two air force jets collided in mid-air. One was Iran's only airborne warning and control system (AWACS) for coordinating long-distance aerial operations, DEBKAfile's military and Iranian sources disclose.Bummer, I mean here is Aminadinnerjacket getting ready to address the UN and make himself look good to the Iranians. And for some reason Allah ain't helping matters. Could it be he disapproves of the way things have gone in the Islamic Republic of Iran lately?
The proud military parade, which included a march-past, a line of Shehab-3 missiles and an air force fly-past, was planned to give Ahmadinejad a dazzling send-off for New York and add steel to his UN Assembly speech Wednesday.
Dubbed "Simorgh" (a flying creature of Iranian fable which performs wonders in mid-flight), the AWACS' appearance, escorted by fighter jets, was to have been the climax for the Iranian Air force's fly-past over the parade. Instead, it collided with one of escorting planes, a US-made F-5E, and both crashed to the ground in flames. All seven crewmen were killed.
Hat Tip: Ronin.
I find it rather sad that 7 men died in this incident. But it has to be a huge embarrassment to the Iranian regime.
As the Jihadis always say, "Allah knows best."
Infidels Asking Imam For Help in NYC Terror Investigation Not Helpful
Well who did they think Ahmad Wais Afzali would side with during this investigation? As I understand Islam, lying to the infidel police is just like lying to his dog. Not a sin. The only sin would have been if he had sided with the infidels over a Muslim brother. So he broke "our law" not his law.
The discussion of the Imam is located in the NYT's link near the end.
September 22, 2009
Turbo Tax Timmy censored cap-and-tax cost estimate
Uh, so much for that "transparency" thing.
Congressman Fred Upton has sent a letter (below the fold) to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner demanding that he release estimates of the cost of Obama's cap-and-tax proposal that has already passed the House. Upton's letter states that:
In response to a FOIA request, Administration officials deliberately censored figures that specify the annual costs cap-and-tax will impose.
So what got censored?
I am particularly interested in the one-page document entitled Domestic Climate Policy that was prepared by Judson Jaffe. The Jaffe document omits important figures, most glaringly, on the annual costs under a cap-and-trade regime, stating, “It will raise energy prices and impose annual costs on the order of XXXXXXXX dollars.”
Funny how that figure got left out. CHANGE!
HT: Zero Hedge
Upton letter below the fold:
Tijuana Border Crossing Closed, Shots Fired At Border Agents
Three people were wounded in the shooting at the crossing near San Diego and the Mexican city of Tijuana.
"The port is closed and will remain closed for several hours," said U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokeswoman Angelica Decima.
Obviously a bunch of Christianist Creationists attempting to avoid the coming SkyNet Apocalypse by illegally emigrating to Mexico.
Thanks to my new favorite blog, Little Green Weasel Zippers.
Well, their background is green, anyway.
If the White House Isn't Employing the World's Largest PR Firm to Use the NEA to Astroturf their Agenda ...(bumped)
... then why is Bim Ayandele, of Winner & Associates -- a subdivision of Publicis Groupe, one of the world's largest PR firms -- twittering this stuff during normal business hours? Dan Riehl passes on word that Ayandele likes to use the social networking tool twitter. A tool often used to help stories go viral.
This tweet from Bim Ayandele is from around 8:35 this AM.
But maybe Bim just got a late start this morning? Notice the time stamps. All of the links take you to either health care related or anti-Tea Party stories/blog posts.
Notice the date on the last one? August 11th. The day after the NEA conference call with "artists".
If this wasn't about politics, then why was a self-described (note to Bim I never said you "ran" a huge PR firm) "Senior Associate" for a subdivision of one of the world's largest PR firms involved in the call? A PR firm which specializes in "grassroots organization", "issues management" and "crisis communications"?
Bim isn't an artist. He's a political consultant.
And I'm pretty sure the White House is in "crisis mode" on health care right now. Who better than the professionals that handled Exxon's PR after the Valdez disaster to handle the health care PR debacle?
Why was he involved if not as an expert trying to get the artists to take the White House's message and make it appear to be a spontaneous "grassroots" effort?
Again, look at the date at that last twitter. I'll note that Bim has been twittering since July 28, 2008. Between his sign up date and a year later he only twittered 19 times. None of them political.
One year, no political tweets.
After the NEA conference call he's twittered 38 times. Almost all of them political tweets.
Are you telling me that Winner and Associates has not been hired -- either directly by David Axelrod in the White House or indirectly through a third party such as MoveOn.org -- to help orchestrate "grassroots support" for President Obama's policy agenda?
If that is the case, then this would be twice when Winner and Associates employees were using company time to push Obama for free. One has to wonder, what kind of business plan does Publicis Groupe have that it allows its employees to do the work of the left wing of the Democratic party all day long .... for free?
Here we have the quintessential grassroots viral tool -- twitter -- being used by a professional political consultant on company time; and who also was involved in the now controversial National Endowment for the Arts conference call and we're being asked to believe that the conference call wasn't designed to get artists to push Obama's agenda?
Just like we were asked by Ethan Winner to believe that the whole smear against Sarah Palin and the effort by Winner & Associate employees to try to get it to go viral was done on his own initiative -- even though we know it was done on company time?
It's amazing Winner & Associates makes any money at all.
Unless, of course, they were being paid to do all of this. In which case, one has to wonder whether any laws were broken?
UPDATE: Dan Riehl pointed out to me that Dana Loesch has already pointed out that after the conference call, other participants also became suddenly keen on tweeting for Obama.
The difference between the tweets by, say, Michael Skolnik and Bim Ayandele? Skolnik is an artist. Someone who, arguably, should have been in on a conference call on the arts.
Bim Ayandele works for a political consulting firm. If he wasn't there to help orchestrate a grassroots campaign -- in a paid capacity -- then why was he there?
UPDATE II: Wow, passing Obamacare is critical for the "arts community". It's almost as if the NEA is trying to get the "grassroots" to support the President's agenda...
Thanks to Drew M who has more on this "giant misunderstanding".
UPDATE III: But I'm sure this is all spontaneous "grassroots" stuff. No one is directing them. Especially no one in the White House....
UPDATE IV: Winner & Associates has a blog! And guess what one of their entries is about? How their firm can help you use twitter and other "Web 2.0" applications to manage crises. From the post:
However, as much as social media creates risks, Web 2.0 can also be a valuable tool for those who want to understand and potentially manage the actions, trends, and opinions that shape their reputations. As a borderless window to millions of minds around the world, Web 2.0 offers the opportunity to better understand global trends and opinions in the making – a knowledge which is critical to anticipating issues and/or crises and developing effective response strategies...So, Ayendale works for a firm that specializes in using social media to "manage issues and enhance reputations".
Ultimately, organizations must actively ENGAGE with the millions of digital minds which aspire to discuss, debate and influence the decisions being made about the products they purchase, the services they use, the environments in which they live and the issues they care about....
Whether it is by blogging, tweeting, linking, or creating their own forums, organizations must be proactive online if they want to maintain control over their reputations. They must engage with online communities, be aware of participant concerns and, when appropriate, develop responses to those concerns. In the Web 2.0 global village – where people live and learn through uncensored dialogue and near instantaneous interactions – traditional external communications utilizing earned and paid media are no longer enough.
Managing issues and enhancing the reputations of our clients has been the highest priority of my firm, Winner & Associates, since its founding in 1975. Our global Advanced Reputation Management System gives our clients a competitive advantage in the constantly evolving world of Web 2.0.
Issues like, say, health care? Reputations like, say, the President Obama's?
And doing it through unpaid media. This all seems like it's the very definition of "astroturfing" to me.
Thanks to Howie.
UPDATE V: Hmmm, BohicaTwentyTwo wonders if they were involved in the "No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick" Facebook scheme?
NEA Chairman admits mistake on August 10 conference call(Yosi goes under the bus)
Yosi gets tossed under the bus..
Lets see how the State Controlled Media reports this statement.... of a story they are trying to hide from the public.
STATEMENT FROM NEA CHAIRMAN ROCCO LANDESMAN
September 22, 2009
As chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, I would like to clarify the issues concerning an August conference call in which an NEA employee participated.
Here are the facts.
Fact 1: The former NEA Director of Communications helped organize and participated in an August 10th conference call to introduce members of the arts community to United We Serve and to provide them with information on how the Corporation for National and Community Service can assist groups interested in sponsoring service projects or having their members volunteer on other projects.
Fact 2: The former NEA Director of Communications acted unilaterally and without the approval or authorization of then-Acting Chairman Patrice Walker Powell.
Fact 3: This call was not a means to promote any legislative agenda and any suggestions to that end are simply false. Rather, the call was to inform members of the arts community of an opportunity to become involved in volunteerism.
Fact 4: Some of the language used by the former NEA Director of Communications was, unfortunately, not appropriate and did not reflect the position of the NEA. This employee has been relieved of his duties as director of communications.
Fact 5: This call was completely unrelated to NEA’s grantmaking, which is highly regarded for its independence and integrity. Artistic quality, excellence and merit are the guidelines for decision-making; favoritism or political affiliation plays no role in NEA grantmaking.
Fact 6: The NEA is a successful, independent federal agency that has supported the best of the arts and arts education for nearly 45 years. We take our responsibility to the American public very seriously and are committed to upholding this public trust.
Although my time here has been brief – in fact I arrived at the agency on August 11th the day after the conference call – I am proud to lead the National Endowment for the Arts, proud to work with its capable and energetic staff, and proud to play a role in enhancing the quality of life for the people of our great nation.
And the public who get their news from the MSM are left wondering what conference call...
UPDATE:(Newbie) Now theWhite House is taking steps to prevent the NEA call from ever happening again...........they promise.Who goes under the bus.......
Muslim Man Beheads Coptic Christian
Egypt (AINA) -- Osama Araban, a Muslim man riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, went on a rampage last week in Egypt, killing 63-year old Coptic Christian Abdo George Younan, in the village of Bagour, before traveling onwards and stabbing with intention to kill two other Copts in two different villages, at least 10 km apart (AINA 9-18-2009).Religion of something something.....
In the village of Behnay he repeatedly stabbed Coptic shoemaker Adib Boulos before being stopped by eyewitness Behman Saeed, after whom Osama Araban ran, leaving the victim behind. Adib suffered a broken scull and lung hemorrhage, and is still fighting for his life in intensive care unit at Shebin el-Kom Hospital.
Osama Araban then traveled to the village of Mit Afif and stabbed his third victim, Sobhy Barsum, a blacksmith. He also stabbed his brother Hani Barsum in the neck -- only to be saved by a co-worker. Hani was also hospitalized.
Osama Araban was arrested the following day.
...The details of the attacks, not told by the media, but exposed by Coptic lawyers and activists, reveal that 35-year old car painter Osama Araban not only stabbed Abdo nine times but also severed his head from his body -- an Islamic ritual beheading. He then meticulously washed his bayonet with the water hose the victim was using, before setting off on his motorcycle to the next two villages, looking for more Coptic victims.
I know, I hear all the time from Islamists about how they are so "tolerant of Christians" cause you know, "its in the Koran" that they are to be so. But until the vast majority of Muslims become outraged about these "misunderstanderers of Islam" and reject these acts utterly, nothing will change.
Copts have suffered years of abuse in Egypt at the hands of intolerant Muslims.
If you want "the kufr" to see your sixth century death cult as a religion of peace maybe you should get outraged the next time a Muslim murders a Christian, Jew or another Muslim who disagrees with the Jihadi nutbags.
That might be more productive than just getting upset when there's a rumor that a page in a Koran was ripped by an infidel somewhere.
Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers.
TNOYF: Trancript Of Phone Call Between Paterson and Obama
TNOYF was able to secure a transcript of the call that Obama made, and we present it here in its entirety.
Three in Terror Ring Charged (or, Rusty's Crazy Psychic Powers)
Which means that the NYPD probably jumped the gun. I'm not blaming them for this. Hindsight is a lot more 20/20 than making choices with incomplete information. And if we must err -- and this is inevitable -- then it's better to err on the side of caution.
I also notice that the imam was charged for tipping Najibullah Zazi off. Good move. Again, as I wrote this may be the most troubling aspect of the case.
I'm not sure how relevant this is, but for some reason it's very easy for me to imagine that a lawyer eager to defend a guy linked to al Qaeda also is caught smoking dope. I hope he doesn't use "the drugs weren't mine" defense for his client. Otherwise, we'll have a mistrial for lack of competent defense.
Anyway, I think I'll quit this academia gig and open my own psychic blogging service. Blogging imitating TV imitating how life should be if it was less tragic and more funny.
An Excuse to Link Someone
If you don't get the HGTV references below, if I seem preoccupied it's because my wife and I just bought a new project. And by project, I mean a foreclosed house that my wife can play with. And by my wife playing with it, I mean I get to remodel the whole damn thing.
Yeah, it sucks, but Mrs. Shackleford is so hot. She's worth it.
Any way, two semi-related things. First, a joke from TheoSpark:
A female police officer arrests a man for drunk driving.Speaking of holding them against me, PoliSat has an idea for a show based on Obama's "Boob's Czar".
She tells the man, "Sir, you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be held against you..."
The drunk says:
I'm a day late on this. Blame HGTV.
No Free Speech, Freedom of Religion in UK
When offending someone's religion is a crime, then you have neither free speech nor freedom of religion. Yes, it really is that simple.
Thanks to Fred Fry
Video: Taliban Trigger IED With Child Standing on It
The brave mujahideen doing what they do best: killing children. Luckily, they aren't very good at it.
Thanks to Matt.
September 21, 2009
Astroturfing the NEA: Winner & Associates in on the Scheme? (UPDATED)
Color me unsurprised to find out that an employee of Winner and Associates -- who you'll recall we revealed were behind the astroturfing campaign to discredit Sarah Palin -- was in on the National Endowment for the Arts phone call outlining how the Obama Administration would use that government organization to push its agenda.
After we uncovered the link between Winner and Associates, David Axelrod, and the smear campaign against Sarah Palin designed to look as though it was coming from the "grass roots" we begged -- literally begged! -- the MSM to look into whether the large campaign consulting firm was subcontracted by David Axelrod for work on the Obama campaign. As I noted at the time, I'm just a blogger and don't really have the resources necessary to conduct a thorough investigation.
As Ace notes here, once Ethan Winner confessed that he was behind the video, the MSM concluded that there was nothing more to investigate. This despite the fact that I showed that at least two other Winner and Associate employees -- a subdivision of the largest advertising agency in the world -- participated in the astroturfing campaign during normal business hours.
Three employees, one of them the President of the subdivision and another a VP, claimed they were doing this on their own time -- which we showed could not have been the case -- and on their own dime. On their own dime? Maybe, but it still seems unlikely.
And now we have another Winner and Associates guy at the NEA conference call? He's also listed as one of the founders of Generation Obama.
Are you going to now tell me that his relationship with Generation Obama is purely on a volunteer basis? And that his involvement with what appears to be a move to make the NEA push Obama's agenda is being done pro-bono?
Winner and Associates: the largest PR firm in California, but all their major work is done for free!
Something. Doesn't. Add. Up.
More over at Ace's.
We found out, when earlier this year, one of our Senior Associates, Bim Ayandele, was asked by the Obama Administration to help with the launch of the White House's Office of Public Engagement (OPE).And who runs the White House Office of Public Engagement? Buffy Wicks, who set up the NEA phone call.
Thanks to Stable Hand.
UPDATE 9/22/2009: It looks like Bim Ayandele uses twitter. His tweets after the August 10th NEA conference seem to suggest that he's involved in an orchestrated astroturfing campaign.
Follow the link and take a close look at the time stamps. He's pushing Health Care and anti-Tea Party propaganda on company time during normal business hours.
Also not that none of his tweets prior to the conference call were political in nature. After the conference call nearly all of them are. Yet we are to believe that a paid political consultant with a firm that specializes in damage control and grassroots organizations just happened to be in on a non-partisan call for artists?
Artists who, after the call, "spontaneously" begin to support Obama's health care plans?
Give. Me. A. Break.
This has all the signs of astroturfing. Will post updates at link above.
PS-- Here's the original Ethan Winner produced video mashed with an official David Axelrod/Obama produced video.
UPDATE NEWBIE:Its the Cover-up
Update by Howie:
Hmmm right after I started following Bim's twitter feed. He took down his icon.
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Odie must have frightened him. He is kinda scary in a harmless comic book kind of way. I mean not as scary as Bim's thug icon but pretty scary.
Oh and Bim, its called the Google cache.
Update II: Awww, you put it back, there you go Bim......if you're going to be a thug, be a proud thug.
See no ACORN. Hear no ACORN. Speak no ACORN.
Thanks to FS.
LGF Bans Baldilocks?
Okay, now I know Baldilocks. We've met on several occasions. And given the circles we travel in, I'm pretty sure she's met CJ. Personally. But he's banned her.
Thanks to Stacey.
Schadenfreude with Nut Sauce
On the menu today at the Hard Fact Cafe is a small serving of schadenfreude drizzled with nut sauce. Libs are battling libs.
Take our liberal acquaintances, the alternative energy activists and the environmentalists, who are in direct conflict with each other regarding use of the uninhabited stinking desert.
On one side, alternative energy supporters want to build a major solar power plant in the Mojave Desert. On the other side, environmentalists say "No! We must protect the lizards and snakes and bugs!" They want to create a national monument.
The controversy has now apparently been resolved and the environmentalists won. Plans for a major solar plant have been scrapped.
Whoa Baby Look at That Gun
Baby, that thing is huge!
Hat Tip: Scott.
Religion of Being Insulted By...
A Christian couple have been charged with a criminal offence after taking part in what they regarded as a reasonable discussion about religion with guests at their hotel.Muhammad a warlord? Well effing A double clutch he was a savage bloodthirsty warlord deluxe.
Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang were arrested after a Muslim woman complained to police that she had been offended by their comments.
They have been charged under public order laws with using ‘threatening, abusive or insulting words’ that were ‘religiously aggravated’.
Although the facts are disputed, it is thought that during the conversation the couple were challenged over their Christian beliefs.
It is understood that they suggested that Mohammed, the founder of Islam, was a warlord
that traditional Muslim dress for women was a form of bondage.....
Hat Tip: Robert.
September 20, 2009
Rusty Discusses the New York City Terror Plot and the Post-9/11 Catch-22(sticky)
In a new article at Pajamas Media, our esteemed Dr. Shackleford asks the question, Do we arrest potential terrorists too early and allow them to plead to lesser charges? Or do we wait and risk an attack? Its perhaps the most important question law enforcement is facing in an age when our enemy's goal is a catastrophic attack in the US.
The case raises important questions about how domestic terrorism should be fought. Should law enforcement wait until a threat becomes “imminent” before acting? If not, then at what point should law enforcement intervene given that much of a plot’s details may remain unknown?
It also raises important questions about just how much faith law enforcement can place in the cooperation of some Muslim clerics in terrorism-related cases.
Colonel Gaddafi welcomed by urinating dog
This Saturday Colonel Gaddafi was greeted by Maggie the dog, who promptly pissed on the rolled out red carpet in front of the Libyan mission in New York City. It's true what people say about dogs, they can sense douche bags.
Dinah Lord has more.
Patterson Dumps ACORN, Obi-One Throws Patterson Under the Bus
Obama asks Patterson not to run for Re-election. Which I take as "we won't support you".
Yeah right. You know Mr. President, last week the ACORN director said she would implement "new training" rules to help weed out all those bad apples.
Funny, if I recall things correctly, did you not help train ACORN workers in Chitown back in the day? Just sayin....
Oh and does anyone really think picking on a disabled minority governor of a big blue eastern state is going to work out for the White House? I don't.
Obama: No Plans to Ask Justice to Drop CIA Interrogation Probe
To be expected.....the left's War on US Intelligence goes on.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama says he has no plans to ask the Justice Department to end its criminal investigation into the harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists during the Bush administration.When we get hit...........and we will... it will be because of the holy war the left in this country has declared on the men and women who are there trying to protect all of us.
Seven former CIA directors have asked the president to do just that. In a letter to Obama on Friday, they warned that the probe could discourage CIA officers from doing the kind of aggressive intelligence work needed to fight terrorism.
Obama tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that he appreciates that the former CIA chiefs are wanting "to look after an institution that they helped to build."
Obama says he wants to make sure that he's not somehow overruling the decisions of prosecutors such as Attorney General Eric Holder who are there to uphold the law.
HeartBreak: Taliban Commander Dies in Prison
ISLAMABAD – A feared Taliban commander known for beheading opponents died in custody Sunday from wounds sustained during a fierce firefight with Pakistani security forces last week, the military said.A murderous head chopper dies a slow painful death in prison. Maybe Allah does indeed bring justice? He seems have done a good job on this one.
Oh My, ABC To Obama "What About The Pimp And Prostitute?"
Obama has went on the Sunday media extravaganza pimping his Obamacare Plan. Suprisingly enough ABC actually asked him a question about the ACORN pimp & prostitute scandal. His comments are strange to say the least. Is he asking for an investigation against James O'Keefe, Hannah Giles or ACORN? I will leave it for you to decided.
President Barack Obama says there should be an investigation into the hidden-camera video involving employees at the activist group ACORN and a couple posing as a prostitute and her pimp.He didn't know ACORN was getting a lot of federal money? Color me skeptical. He trained for ACORN and was also their lawyer yet he doesn't know know that they were getting our taxpayer dollars?
The two ACORN workers are seen apparently advising the couple to lie about her profession and launder her earnings to get housing aid.
The video is only the latest problem for the group, which had nearly $1 million embezzled by its founder's brother and has been accused of voter registration fraud. The House and Senate voted last week to deny federal funds to ACORN.
Obama told ABC's "This Week" in an interview broadcast Sunday that what he saw on the video "was certainly inappropriate and deserves to be investigated." But thepresident did not say who should investigate. And he said it is not a major national issue he pays much attention to.
"Frankly, it's not really something I've followed closely," Obama said. "I didn't even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money."
As far as him "not following closely" is ridiculous. He is ACORN.
Reader Love Mail: Rosh Hashanah Edition
Well Ramadan has ended and its a new year for observant Jews, and right on time comes Joey Cohen of Revolution Muslime with this wonderful new years greeting for all the Jawas.
Dear Sirs,Oh and Joey, do you kiss your wife with that mouth?
I find you repulsive,insipid,and in general just a bunch of Kike
loving, war mongering sphincters. Having stated the apparent,I would
like to commend you for the Milton Friedman post, it was a good find.
I believe in those days when things were made in the USA Milton had
a good case. Since Reagan shipped all industry over seas and things
are made by slaves w/o min wages or workers unions I would disagree
with him at present.Having said this, I hope your new year brings
your troops home and your govt. & liberal corptacrocies out of our
Worst Regards Douchbags,
President R.M. Corp.
Update: Comment from Newbie: Joey what exactly is corptacrocies? You made that up huh? Born stupid is no way to go thru life son...
War Crimes in Yemen
Its clear the Yemeni government has violated international law in its conduct of the current Sa'ada War. The bombing campaign is indiscriminate at best. HRW found that during the 2007 round of war, the government's blockade on essential supplies appeared to constitute collective punishment, as it does again.
The Guardian: Since Operation Scorched Earth began, the Yemeni military has been relying heavily on air strikes. This raises the question of how – if at all – they distinguish between rebel fighters and civilians, especially in a lawless part of the country where citizens habitually carry guns for their own protection....Read the rest at The Guardian. The Yemeni military is also bombing major cities and villages, as it has been doing since 2005. Video of dozens more civilian causalties here.
According to Human Rights Watch, one witness said that "Yemeni military planes conducted four raids this morning [Wednesday] and, without warning, bombed a group of displaced persons sheltering in an open area near a school. There were no armed clashes or rebels in the area at the time, the witness said, but the area was close to a road sometimes used by Houthi rebels."
Mohammed al Maqaleh, the Yemeni editor who originally published the news of the latest airstrikes on civilians, was abducted by security forces Thursday and his whereabouts are currently unknown. -Jane
World To End Today
Not only can Rusty dish it out, he can take it too. Because he's all down wit da Creationism, yo. Word to yo mutha.
September 19, 2009
Al Qaeda operative had $50k in unsecured loans from bailout banks
This story comes from Karl Denninger at Market Ticker. It seems the admitted Afghan Al-Qaeda operative currently being questioned by the FBI for a possible attack against NY targets, Najibullah Zazi, had obtained unsecured credit cards amounting to $50,000 by the time he declared bankruptcy this past March. As the NY Daily News reported yesterday:
Between 2005 and 2008, he opened credit card accounts with Bank of America, Chase, Capital One, Discover and Citibank and ran up a debt of more than $50,000.
When he filed for bankruptcy, Zazi said he hadn't worked in two months.
How many of those banks received bailout money? Sadly, all of these banks happily loaned mountains of money to immigrants - legal and illegal alike - and all other manner of individuals who had no possibility of repaying. Bills your children and grandchildren will be paying for many years to come.
As Denninger summarizes:
Can someone answer this question:
HOW IN THE HELL DO OUR BANKING REGULATORS ALLOW THIS SORT OF OUTRIGHT FRAUDULENT GRANTING OF CREDIT? $50,000 IN UNSECURED CREDIT LINES TO A FREAKING DELIVERY DRIVER WHO APPEARS TO BE A FOREIGN NATIONAL WITH NO ASSETS IN THE UNITED STATES AGAINST WHICH TO SECURE THE LOAN?
THE BANKS THAT WE BAILED OUT FAILED TO STOP THIS CRAP ALL THE WAY UP TO MARCH OF THIS YEAR AT LEAST (WHEN THIS GUY FILED BANKRUPTCY) AND PROBABLY STILL ARE DOING IT!
This is an OUTRAGE. Not only did this guy effectively stick the US Taxpayer with the $50,000 in debt it appears he may have been using the freaking money to plot some sort of terrorist attack as part of an Al-Qaida cell INSIDE THE UNITED STATES?
TO PUT THIS IN ONE SENTENCE: BANKS THAT WE BAILED OUT WITH TAXPAYER MONEY ARE FUNDING TERRORISTS INSIDE THE US?!
No doubt Osama bin Laden is kicking himself that they hadn't figured out this scam before the 9/11 attacks.
Armed Homeowner Kills 2 in Home Invasion
North Syracuse police went to 115 Elm St. in the village around 1 a.m. after a man called 911 to report that two men kicked in his front door and attacked him. One of the males reportedly was wearing a ski mask, according to officer Jeffrey Tripp of the North Syracuse police.
The resident, identified as Jeff Bush, 22, and another person in the home fought with the men, then fatally shot one with a shotgun, according to Tripp.
The other alleged assailant, who was fighting with the other resident, was also shot by Bush, police said. He died while being taken to a hospital, police said.
Meet the Rodney King of the "Extraordinary Rendition" Program: Khaled al-Masri
Remember that "hero" Rodney King, who's victimhood status propelled him to become a celebrity icon? After he won his $3.8 million civil suit against the LAPD he continued to pop up from time to time on TV after he'd been arrested for this or that criminal offense.
That's some "hero" you got there.
In any event, meet Germany's Rodney King: Khaled al-Masri. Al-Masri was the "victim" of the US "extraordinary rendition" program. After his release he reached hero status among the European Left as proof that the US was out to get innocent Muslims and circumvent the law.
In several past articles, John Rosenthal has exposed al-Masri's radical Islamist ties (follow the links in the article).
But what finally propelled al-Masri to Rodney King status was this week's attack on the mayor of Neu-Ulm. Al-Masri has been in trouble with the law ever since he's been back in Germany, but German courts have insisted that his crimes were the result of "US torture".
We'll see if al-Masri finally serves any time, but don't count on it. Apparently German judges believe that each and every victim of al-Masri's crimes have only the CIA to blame.
Which, come to think about it, doesn't seem so far out of line with Eric Holder's views about the CIA.
Maybe Holder will become Germany's next Hasselhoff? You never know.
A Terrorist Associated Mosque Near Site of 2012 Olympics
Jen in the UK found an interesting article in yesterday's print version of The Evening Standard. For some reason, she couldn't find any reference to it online. But here's what it said:
An Islamic sect with links to the airline bomb plotters and 7/7 suicide bombers has been warned it faces legal action over its illegal mosque near London's Olympic park.So, it's a permitting issue? The group preaches the hate and oppression that is political Islam -- the very same hate that led to the London Tube Bombings -- and they're worried about a zoning permit?
Newham council has given Tablighi Jamaat six months to submit plans for a "mega-mosque" or risk the removal of a temporary Portakabin-style structure it has used without planning permission for three years.
Tablighi Jamaat was followed by the 7/7 bombers and one of the 21/7 plotters.
Last week it was revealed that a mosque it controls in Queen's Road, Walthamstow, had been frequented by airline gang ringleader Abdulla Ahmed Ali, who was jailed on Monday for a minimum of 40 years for plotting to bring down seven transatlantic planes.
Today it emerged that Newham had made clear to Tablighi Jamaat that it would not approve a new bid for temporary permission to keep the building on the site at Abbey Mills. Tablighi Jamaat owns the site, making it impossible for the council to evict it from the land. Prayers are held daily in its temporary structure, with around 2,000 people attending on Thursdays.
It's good that they're finally doing something, but it's been three years and the group has been given six extra months to comply. Is this normal bureaucratic procedure in the UK or has the mosque been given special treatment because, you know, you wouldn't want to offend the ROP?
Smoking Gun: Dallas Cowboys Planned, Covered Up 9/11
Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia owns a luxery suite at the Cowboys' new stadium. He also has a private jet painted with the team colors of the Cowboys.
Bandar, is a national security advisor to the Saudi king, son of the crown prince, and was the Saudi ambassador to the United States when 9/11 happened.
Who else will be at the inaugural game?
Also, "Laura Bush said she and George W. Bush will be going to the game on Sunday night."
So, who was really behind 9/11 and the subsequent vast government cover up? The Dallas Cowboys!
Q.E.D. people. Q.E.D.
PS: The point? Go Giants!
UPDATE: It gets worser .......
Ah, So That's Why Little Green Footballs Has Gone South!
First, Stacey McCain and now Dan Riehl are racist? I've met Stacey McCain, hung out with him. There are a lot of adjectives I think he'd accept as describing him, some of which might not be the most flattering ... but racist?
And Dan Riehl, consistently a voice of reason in the blogosphere?
Dude, why are you doing this?
Oh, well now, this explains a lot.
More photos at TNOYF.
Empire Market: You Well Never Find a More Wretched Hive of Scum and Villiany
Heh, Rlusty must have finally scored....
Ahhh The Good Old Days
Well I'm a bit younger than a boomer. But still things have changed so much.
I am one of the baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964. I sometimes wonder how we survived. Consider:etc etc etc..... Cool post.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.
I was a bit later, 70's. Still seemed to be a lot more free.
One of my memories, short man bought a new Ford truck in 75. Immediately upon getting it home the tools came out and all the smog control equipment was taken off. Then the men sat around drank beer and talked about how much better it ran, "without all that sh@t on it."
Hat Tip: Larwyn.
September 18, 2009
Wow Just Wow
Apparently CJ's moderator Kilgore Trout went over there (Hot Air) last night and started posting racist stuff. To see, he said, if it would be cleaned up.Wow, just wow......that's soooooo low.
It wasn't. Because both Allah and Ed were asleep. It being the middle of the night.
Whaddya gonna do Chuck? Ban me?
(note: As Rusty says, this is my opinion and my opinion only. Opinions in comments are the poster's opinions. Posts at Jawa Report are the respective opinions of the author(s) of that post.)
See how this works Chuck?
Media Matters: Police Report Filed From ACORN Office
Apparently Media Matters, a George Soros arm, have a police report filed by a ACORN employee in Pennsylvania after the pimp and the prostitute visited their office in July of this year.
The employee apparently turned them in to the police. One thing wrong with this picture is the pimp, was named as James O'Keefe. Didn't James and Hannah go into the ACORN offices with fake names?
Color me skeptical about this police report...
BTW, O'Keefe and Giles have more videos per Andrew Breitbart.
Ahh, these conservatives are using Alinsky's Rules for Radicals......heh..
Health Care System That Increases The Age of An Average Life Unacceptable To First Lady
Prediction: This will not end well for the Obama Administration.
Colorado Terror Suspect Admits al-Qaeda Connection
DENVER -- The Aurora man under FBI investigation for alleged ties to a New York bomb plot has admitted he has ties to al-Qaida and is in negotiations to plead guilty to a terror charge, a senior law enforcement official told ABC News.Heh, I guess his lawyer was FOS then?
The official said Zazi had received explosives training and his possible guilty plea would be part of a deal to cooperate with the government.
The 24-year-old Zazi had insisted he had "no ties, no connection to al-Qaida" in interviews with reporters earlier this week.
Even better, he's negotiating to roll over on his brothers to the infidels to get a plea deal.
EPIC JIHADI FAIL!
NY Terror Plot Similar to 7/7 London Bombings
FBI unit set for more anti-terror raids in Queens; Fears of Madrid-style subway bombings - (UPDATED/Bumped)
NY Terror Raid Update: al Qaeda Connection?
New York residences raided in terrorism probe (UPDATED, BUMPED)
Hat Tip: Jane.
Oh and here's a tune for Mr. Zazi below the fold
Shake him down boys!
DoJ Elevates Self Above Parody: Now Suing Former Administration Officials over Potential Ties to Oil Company
They won't prosecute ACORN for the violations of the law we're all now familiar with and the DOJ is doing nothing about.
They won't investigate Charlie Rangel (D), the chairman of the committee that writes the nation's tax laws, for the serial failure to report excessive amounts of personal property and income on which he did not pay taxes.
They won't prosecute Black Panthers for holding truncheons and intimidation voters are polling stations in Philadelphia.
They WILL investigate some administration official from the Bush years nobody cared about from something she may have said regarding three oil shale properties in Colorado while in her position as Interior Secretary. From three years ago. Hope the root out the corruption from three years ago. Once they do that, they perhaps can pay attention to the corruption going on RIGHT NOW.
The irony? This was filed at the end of the Bush term by the Inspector General's office - the same office from which Gerald Walpin was fired earlier this year by the Obama Administration for sniffing around too close to the truth about Sacremento mayor Kevin Johnson (a prominent Obama donor) and the illegal use of AmeriCorps funding.
Milton Friedman Destroys Fool Before Your Eyes
Where is Dr. Friedman wrong?
This skinny dweeb in the red shirt is probably a bureaucrat somewhere in California. I do also realize that this is actually a video of bazooka destroying a fly.
Macho Sauce: Kanye Pest
I disagree with everything Alfonzo says even if I agree with what he says, cause we're different colors ya know. I always disagree with black men cause I'm raaaycyst!
I just post almost all his videos because I was ordered to by the Zionist Internet Cabal and Bushmcchimpyhellibacon. Otherwise they were going to drop me from the super sekrit conservative astroturf gravy train.
You know, the one so sekrit they can't tell you where they hid your money.
Now why do they want to promote Alfonso? That's the real question here.
Jedi Jones Booted from Store
(Bangor, North Wales) The founder of the 500,000-strong Jedi religion, Daniel Jones, 23, was allegedly kicked out of a Tesco supermarket for failing to remove his hood.
Head Jedi Daniel Jones with holy stick
Jedi Jones said his religion requires that he wear the hood in public but the store would not let him because it prevents him from seeing the specials.
Nevertheless, Jones accused Tesco of religious discrimination and he has filed a complaint and is considering a boycott. And, he seeks legal help.
UPDATE by Rusty: Funny thing, I've actually been to this very same Tesco if it's the really big one in Bangor, North Wales I'm thinking of. Bangor isn't really on the main tourist trail, so what are the odds? I guess the plausible deniability quotient on this one is pretty low.
Video: "Men Who Stare at Goats" Apparently Not Taliban Voyeur Porn
At first I thought it was a documentary on the average Taliban's sex life. Or on Kandahar peep shows.
But it turns out to be a comedy about a failed military program to develop 'psychic forces' -- Jedi warriors, as the George Clooney character claims in the promo.
So, it's an automatic link on two fronts: Taliban goat porn and lame Star Wars references.
It looks like it will be as funny as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. I just hope it's not as disappointing as Burn After Reading.
Back as an undergrad I used to deliver pizzas late at night and would listen to the Art Bell show. Whenever this subject came up -- they called it "remote sensing" -- I'd always pay particularly close attention to the hilarity of it all.
If these guys were so good at it, how come the military canceled the program?
BTW -- If any one sees The Informant this weekend, let me know if it was any good.
NY Terror Plot Similar to 7/7 London Bombings
Leaked news today indicates that all the backpacks were to be used to enter a subway station or other transport hub where security is more lax than airports and there would be a lot of civilians, er I mean infidels present.
Via CNN: A terror plot that came to light this week following raids in New York may have been targeting a major transportation center, sources close to the investigation told CNN on Thursday.Cross posted from Howie's Moisture Farm.
There was planning and preparation for an attack, presumably in the New York area, where there would be a large number of people and where security screening is lax such as a large railroad or subway station, essentially where there is no airport-style screening, the sources said.
Authorities are taking the plot seriously, because, the sources said, they think it involves "real-deal terrorists" operating and planning an attack in America.
Because of that fear, an unprecedented level of resources is being devoted to the investigation, the sources said. That includes the placement of a hostage rescue team in New York for possible raids and the deployment of additional resources to the Denver area in Colorado, where another phase of the probe is taking place.
Out: Corrupt Democratic Chicago Machine
My friend Matt Burden-- one of the best milbloggers in the business -- is running for the Illinois House of Representatives!
Go, Matt, go!
Out: Death to Israel!
In: Death to the Mullahs!
Regime speakers holler: DEATH TO AMERICA, People holler back: DEATH TO RUSSIA... Regime speakers holler: DEATH TO ISRAEL People holler back: DEATH TO CHINAI heard there were some very dangerous people protesting the Islamist regime. Creationists.
Out: God Hates Fags
In: God Hates Jews
The heavily Jewish village of Great Neck, New York has granted a protest permit to the assholes at the Westboro Baptist Church.
What we didn't know was that they also hate Jews.
Note to members of the Westboro Baptist Church: God hates you.
Thanks to Dan Friedman.
ACORN Employees to Sue the People Who Exposed Their Corruption
What a wonderful court system which allows the criminals to sue the people exposing them.
What could be more disturbing than a civil suit seeking punitive damages in an effort to quash free speech? It's a criminal complaint.
We'll see if the prosecutor declines to bring charges or not.
Yemen Kidnaps Editor al Maqaleh after Reports on Sa'ada War, Rights Groups Fear Torture
Yemeni security forces kidnapped leading editor Mohammed al Maqaleh Thursday in apparent retribution for reporting on the Sa'ada War. Human rights groups have expressed concerns of probable torture.
Mr. Al Maqaleh is the editor for the opposition Socialist Party's website, Al Eshteraki. On Wednesday, al Eshteraki reported on the Yemeni military's air strikes targeting civilians that killed 87 people and injured over a hundred. The victims were internal war refugees, mostly women and children, sheltering in an open field having escaped the fighting in Sa'ada City. The military launched a second air strike as the survivors fled to a nearby bridge.
Yemen is a state that regularly kidnaps critics, activists, journalists and opposition figures. As human rights groups note, arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention are the hallmarks of the Yemeni justice system. In dozens of instances, plain clothes intelligence operatives driving vehicles with military plates have snatched journalists off the street who are then "disappeared" and often tortured.
According to witness reports, five gun wielding masked men in a minibus intercepted Mr. al Maqaleh's car on Taiz street in Sana'a Thursday evening. They dragged a struggling Mr. al Maqaleh into their vehicle and sped away.
Torture is systemic in Yemen. Tactics include severe beatings, burnings, sexual assaults, threats to family, whipping and depravation. It is likely that editor al Maqaeh is being subjected to these tactics currently.
His cell phone is off and his car found abandoned with the tires slashed. Yemeni authorities refused to take a report from his family, which was turned away by both the police station and the Criminal Investigations Division.
The Yemeni government's targeting of journalists and suppression of newspapers and web sites is an attempt to cover-up military war crimes committed during the ongoing Sa'ada War. These war crimes include wholesale civilian slaughter, bombing of cities and villages, intentional starvation and the withholding of medicine and water. Other collective punishment includes the discontinuance of electric and telephone service to Sa'ada. The effected region is home to 700,000 citizens, and comparisons are often made to Darfur.
The Yemeni Center for Human Rights expressed "grave concern" over the safety of the press and especially editor Mohamed al-Maqaleh. The YCHR strongly condemned the kidnapping, demanded his prompt release and the indictment of the perpetrators of this crime.
In 2007, Mohammed al Malqaleh was imprisoned for several months for "disrespecting the judiciary" after he laughed during a particularly absurd moment during the trial of award winning journalist, Abdulkarim al Khaiwani, who was charged with subversion for writing about an earlier round of the Sa'ada war.
Becoming "Health Care Activist" for ObamaCare = "National Service"
At least, that's what the Serve.gov website job...er, "volunteer," listings are suggesting.
They're compensating "progressive activists" spouting White House talking points and propaganda with taxpayer funds. And guess who's intimately tied up with all of this?
A C O R N. The child prostitute-advising, tax-evasion enabling criminal leftwing radical organization that Obama used to litigate for, teach in and advise.
The Obama Administration - using your tax dollars to promote its political agenda and pay leftwing Democrats and "progressive" activists to "get in your face" and surrender your health care to the government since 2009.
Nice job by Dana Losech at Big Government to connect the dots here.
MORE: Here's a look at the ACORN cancer in my home state of Pennsylvania, where the group gets hundreds of thousands of PA taxpayer money to do...whatever the hell it is they think they're doing. Namely, advocating the violation of federal laws, harassing businesses and banks and fleecing the taxpayer.
You're now seeing just how deep these termites have bored into the civil fabric - behind the scenes until now.
Psychological Warfare Websites
Psywar sites are designed to disseminate web-based influence products and tools (i.e. text, graphics, images, video) to support strategic goals.
The secretive US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has awarded arms globocorp General Dynamics a $10m contract to set up a network of psychological-warfare "influence websites" supporting the Global War On Terror. France and Britain are specifically included as "targeted regions".The psywar sites apparently operate like typical news and information portals but their content is targeted to specific readers. Contractors will develop the sites, numbering from a minimum of two and no more than a dozen. Interestingly, the government specification for bidding on the contract is 67 pages long.
SOCOM is principally famous for its large contingents of elite, secret operatives from all four US armed services (Navy SEALs, Green Berets, Delta Force, Team-6/DevGru, "the Activity" etc etc). What's less well-known about the organisation is that it also includes the US forces' active psychological-warfare apparatus.
Terror Suspects Claim Fried Chicken Defense
(White Plains, New York) Last May, four men were arrested by terrorism task force members for allegedly plotting to blow up Jewish centers in the Bronx. The four suspects were identified as James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen. They face charges of conspiring and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction.
Defense attorneys are claiming that the men were entrapped by an FBI informant who bribed them with fried chicken to carry out terrorist bombings. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Leibowitz said he would check the fried chicken angle.
The four men are scheduled to stand trial on June 14, 2010.
Somali suicide bombers used UN vehicles, UN contractors funding Al-Shabaab
Rahm at Terror Free Somalia informs us that two vehicles used by Somali suicide bombers to attack African Union peacekeepers this week were UN vehicles.
He also points us to an article in the Wall Street Journal about an investigation of Somali UN contractors who are suspected of diverting aid funds to Al-Shabaab terrorists:
A United Nations group is investigating whether three Somali contractors it uses to ship food aid to people in the war-ravaged country are misappropriating aid and providing financial assistance to insurgent groups, according to U.N. officials...
A February U.N. internal report, written by U.N. officials and approved by several of its agencies, including the WFP, said the food-distribution system in Somalia posed "considerable risk to the reputation and effectiveness of the organization," according to a copy reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The WFP declined to comment on the report.
The WFP says its operation in Somalia, one of the agency's largest, reaches 3.5 million people. Officials from the U.N., African Union and Somali government say they are increasingly concerned about the dependability of some of the contractors used by the WFP, which handed out $35 million in food-aid distribution contracts in Somalia last year. It now uses 29 contractors.
The UN investigating itself. That usually works out well.
Don't Tase Me, Bro Guy Imitates Randy Marsh
Life imitating South Park again. Just because.
Yeah, about those British "anti-fascists"
Because nothing says "anti-fascism" like whipping crowds up at afternoon prayers, assaulting journalists, and throwing rocks and bottles at police - all while shouting "Allah Akbar". The last half of the video really shows these "anti-fascist" "youths" in action.
The videographer describes the scene:
When the EDL and SIOE supporters did not arrive, some youths in the protest - who, according to local community leaders, were not from Harrow - turned their aggression on the police. And when the police failed to retaliate these same youths then turned on the press, attacking and smashing cameras, and throwing fireworks into groups of photographers.
At least seven people were arrested, some carrying weapons ranging from bottles of bleach to a hammer and chisel.
How "anti-fascist" of them! But then he concludes that this "anti-fascist" violence plays right into the hands of the English Defense League (EDL):
Harrow community leaders said this behaviour by a small minority had played into the hands of the fascist movement and will undoubtedly be used as anti-muslim propaganda, which the EDL has already done on its web site.
Too bad the "anti-fascists" didn't beat him with a cluebat.
I hadn't heard of the EDL until just a few weeks ago. Don't know anything about them. No doubt my ignorance of who the EDL are and my skepticism of these "anti-fascist" activities will be cited by some as PROOF that I'm a white supremacist along with all the other raaaaacists in the conservative blogosphere identified as such in the past few weeks and months by those specially skilled in smoking us out. And I like milk too, so how much more evidence of my raaaaacism do you need? Oh, and I must also be a crypto-Creationist.
Al Qaeda-linked Uzbek militant killed in Pakistan
Al Qaeda is losing leaders faster than they can replace them.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Sept 17 (Reuters) - A senior Uzbek militant linked to al Qaeda was killed in a recent U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border, security officials said on Thursday.Top dead in Indonesia.....Nabhan in Somalia..
Najmiddin Kamolitdinovic Jalolov, also known as Yahyo, was killed on Monday when a pilotless U.S. drone aircraft fired a missile at a truck near the town of Mir Ali, which has for years been known as a militant sanctuary, the officials said.
"He was among three top militant commanders from central Asia who had an affiliation with al Qaeda and had been working in and from our territory," said a senior Pakistani intelligence official, who declined to be identified.
A second Pakistani security official said Jalolov was among four militants killed in the strike.
It gets better...
Its been a every bad week for Al Qaeda and its only Friday.
Another Pakistani intelligence official said a member of a militant group fighting Indian rule in the disputed Kashmir region was also killed in the Monday air strike.
He identified that militant as Illyas Kashmiri.
Go Team America!
September 17, 2009
The Ultimate Tea Party
Late night palate cleanser. Who says Star Wars geeks and Lord of the Rings nerds can't co-exist on the same blog?
They Stop At Nothing. Nothing In The Quest For Power
Massachusetts. Boston Common. The Shot Heard 'Round The World. It's getting hard to believe that this is where our nation's liberty was born.
The Massachusetts House voted late Thursday to change state law to give Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint a temporary successor to the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy until a special election is held early next year.
The vote has drawn controversy because a 2004 change in the law stripped then Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of the power to appoint a successor if Democratic Sen. John Kerry would have won the presidency.
The measure approved Thursday still must be approved by the state Senate and signed by Patrick to become law.
Part of me is fascinated by this, because the gubmint of Massachusetts is acting as though it's a-skeered that Kennedy's Senate seat may go to someone only slightly to the right of The Swimmer. Another part is appalled that one of the places overflowing with monuments to our founding on the principles of freedom has been reduced to a sleaze pit of Socialist garbage.
Crispus Attucks. We only hope that your death was not in vain after all these years.
Oh, wait. Crispus Attucks was a Creationist whose views should have been suppressed anyway. My bad.
Come to think of it, most of the men who died to make us free were probably Creationists as well, so maybe a nice Orwellian government wouldn't be so bad after all.
Ghost Of Reagan Haunting Earth
Everything old is new again. Tell me we're not in the process of reliving three years from now.
Now if we could just find a good leader...
Science! Babies Are Racist or Something
SIGNS YOUR BABY IS RACISTAlso, if you don't believe babies are born racist then you are probably a Creationist and your dissenting views ought to be suppressed.
* Will only drink white milk.
* Cries when you turn up the gangster rap.
* Doesn’t like Spike Lee movies.
* Has no interest in supporting Barack Obama’s health care reform.
Slain Somali al Qaida leader trained jihadis from Minnesota
Salah Ali Nabhan, the al Qaida leader recently killed by US commandos in Somalia, was widely believed to be involved in the 1998 US embassy bombing in Kenya was also connected to the Minnesota jihadis. According to the Minnesota jiahdis in custody, Nabhan was one of their trainers in Somalia. Nabhan was an expert in making car bombs, especially ones used for suicide attacks. NPR
Earlier this week, U.S. Special Forces killed a man U.S. intelligence said was the link between an Islamic militia in Somalia and al-Qaida in Pakistan. But he also had a connection to the U.S. that has not been reported: He was a senior instructor for new al-Shabab recruits, including a handful of young Somali-Americans from Minneapolis.[...]
Intelligence officials tell NPR that when agents flipped to a picture of one al-Qaida operative, several of the young men said they recognized him.
His name was Salah Ali Nabhan. He's the man American commandos killed in a daylight raid in southern Somalia on Monday.
The Minneapolis boys said they recognized him because he had been one of their trainers in the camps in Somalia — on loan from al-Qaida to boost the training operations of a Somali militia called al-Shabab.[...]
[Y]oung Minnesotan, Shirwa Ahmed, drove a car bomb into a government compound in northern Somalia last November. He and Nabhan were in the training camps at the same time.
Mad Man: Is Keith Olbermann Bad for America?
Remember that time when Time magazine asked if Keith Olbermann was bad for America? They didn't answer the question, nor were they being partisan hacks, but, ya know, they were just asking questions.
Wait. It didn't happen you say? Yet they do ask if Beck is bad for America. No double standard there.
Hmmm, but I wonder who else Time has just asked the important questions about?
No liberal media bias.
I actually don't watch Glenn Beck. I also never listen to his radio show (does he still have one?). But, come on, I've heard some of the nutty stuff he's talked about and he's got nothing on Keith Olbermann.
Not. A. Thing.
And unlike Olbermann, he's actually done some real journalism. You know, like exposing Obama's Czars and ACORN.
What has Olbermann ever done other than ruin the NFL?
Thanks to Hot Air's link thing.
UPDATE: Um, so, CJ has a post up about how nutty Glenn Beck can be. He uses a video analyzing the symbolism of hammer and sickle at NBC headquarters.
A bit nutty, granted.
But CJ says that the story, "should have been enough to thoroughly discredit Beck to any sane person."
So, drawing conclusions based only on similar uses of symbols is nutty?
Um, CJ, didn't you just do a post last week in which you tried to discredit the entire Tea Party movement based on this symbol?
I'm not sure I see the distinction between Beck seeing a Communist conspiracy in a symbol, and CJ seeing an extremist and dangerous movement based on .... a symbol?
To me, both notions are kind of nutty.
And yet, here I am willing to link both CJ and Glenn Beck. Calling them both out when they're wrong, and supporting them when they're right.
Maybe that makes me some sort of a kook. Or a fascist.
I always thought that just made me an adult.
Obama Has Never Supported the Public Option. Period.
Public option, down Organizing for America's memory hole.
Bali Bombing Mastermind Noordin Top Dead (UPDATED and BUMPED)
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(Jakarta, Indonesia) The mastermind of the Bali bombings and other terror attacks in Indonesia, Noordin M. Top, is reportedly dead, killed during a raid last night in Solo, Central Java.
According to Indonesian National Police Chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri, Noordin's identity was confirmed through fingerprints.
Police stormed a house on the outskirts of the city at around 7:00 a.m. after a nine-hour siege. Solo is a longtime stronghold of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) radical network.Heh.
Three other terror suspects were killed and three arrested in the raid. Also among the dead is Bagus Budi Pranoto or Urwah, a man wanted by police in connection with the July hotel bombings in Jakarta.
The other two killed in the raid were Hadi Susilo and Aryo Sudarsono, alias Aji. [...]
"We warned them to surrender but they didn't obey," said Bambang. "Since we knew there were dangerous people inside, we had to take strong action."
UPDATE by Rusty: This would be, what? The third time he's been reportedly killed? Knock on wood, people. Knock. On. Wood.
UPDATE by Newbie: The raid that lead to the death of Top wiped out most Al Qeada's Southeast Asia senior leadership. Bill Roggio has more details..
During the raid, police acquired two laptops and documents, which they said confirm that all four terrorists who were killed during the raid comprised the leadership of al Qaeda in Southeast Asia. Police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri suggested in a press conference today that the documents picked up in Solo show that they wiped out most of al Qaeda in Southeast Asia's senior leadership in this raid.
Wanted terrorists Bagus Budi Pranoto, Ario Sudarso, and Hadi Susilo were killed with Top, Metro TV reported.
Brandon "The Bullet Magnet" Camacho Earns Fifth Purple Heart
Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan - The soldiers in his New York-based combat unit call Staff Sgt. Brandon Camacho the "Bullet Magnet."
Camacho - either the luckiest or unluckiest soldier in Afghanistan - is on his second tour here with the Fort Drum-based 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
The reason for the nickname: He's just earned his fifth Purple Heart after being shot in the left knee in a firefight 100 miles south of Kabul, military officials said.
"One of my friends said, 'You're the luckiest unlucky person I know,'" said Camacho, 24, who grew up in Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. "I don't know what to make of it."
Hat Tip: Mike.
Oh and Brandon, be careful dude..
Update: The request for this story came in with comments about Brandon. I'll repost them here with permission.
may be a little bit biased about this but SSG Camacho is the best damned NCO I have ever worked with. He kicked ass as weapons squad leader and then stepped up to be our Platoon Sergeant and eventually Platoon Leader. He was wounded on May 20, 2009 during an R&S patrol along a drainage ditch and a wheat field (I was about 5 meters away when he was hit) and then came back and just kept going. He was hit for the 5th time on a night patrol when our platoon managed to kill a large number of anti-coalition forces. This is a real hero..
There Are No Honor Killings!
There are no U.S. troops in Baghdad:
A Moroccan man allegedly killed his 18-year-old Muslim daughter in northeastern Italy after she moved in with an older Catholic Italian man, press reports said on Wednesday....Thanks to angry Sith Princess Jane.
The Italian man, identified as Massimo de Biasio, 31, was stabbed several times but escaped with non-life threatening injuries, it said.
Ketawi's daughter, Sanaa, tried to flee but was caught a few metres (yards) away and was stabbed in the throat, the newspaper said.
Sarkozy says Iran working on Nukes
"It is a certainty to all of our secret services. Iran is working today on a nuclear [weapons] program," Jerusalem Post
After Paris warned that new sanctions against Teheran remained an option despite the likelihood of negotiations with Iran, French President Nicolas Sarkozy maintained that the Islamic republic was still working on a nuclear weapons program.An Iranian bomb would also be a threat to US and NATO troops in the region.
"It is a certainty to all of our secret services. Iran is working today on a nuclear [weapons] program," Sarkozy told lawmakers from his UMP party on Tuesday, according to Press TV.
"We cannot let Iran acquire nuclear" weapons because it would also be a threat to Israel, he added.
French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero had warned that Iran must make "concrete gestures" at the long-awaited discussions. He said the sanctions option remained on the table in case Teheran makes "an error of choice."Good luck with that. Iran has already turned down Obama's offer of dialogue. Any dialogue regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions will only be used to kill time by Iran.
"It is up to Iran to restore international confidence ... and show it is ready to seriously discuss its sensitive activities," Valero said at a press briefing.
Obama, Democrats Playing Politics with Troops Lives
Concerned for his political fortunes, Obama is delaying troop support because...wait for it...the Democrats don't like the fact that they have to take care of the troops in harm's way and fight the war, too.
So therefore, Barack Obama has abdicated his leadership role as commander-in-chief because he's concerned about the politics of being a wartime leader for an anti-war leftwing party.
Party before country, right champ?
He's now got the blood of our brave and decent fighting boys on his hands while he pussyfoots around with his idiotic, corrupt, narcisstic Congress.
EPIC FAIL, Barry. EPIC F*CKING FAIL.
RIP: Henry Gibson
Henry Gibson has died. A B actor? Yes, but I met Henry Gibson once. Very nice man. Much nicer than most of the A listers I've met over the years. He will be missed.
Thanks to Bob.
Sandcralwer PSA: Smackdown Thursday
Yes there is still terrorist propaganda on Youtube...... I've not linked the crew in a while. So if you have time stop over and help counter the cyber jihad and piss off some Jihadis.
You might even earn yourself a Fatwa!
Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain!
Via Malkin: Barack Obama can no more disown ACORN than he could disown his own shadow.
Another Isolated Rogue ACORN Employee Helps "Pimp" in San Diego
Hat Tip: Yid With Lid.
Sandcrawler PSA: As Promised
That is all.
Sheriff Arpaio and the Feds
(Phoenix, Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been given a deadline of October 15 to sign a new agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to allow him to continue to arrest illegals. The deadline could be extended.
Sheriff Joe has problems with the new arrangement since it attempts to limit public disclosure of illegal alien arrests. He vows to continue to talk to the media regarding raids and crime sweeps.
Arpaio said he is optimistic a new accord can be signed but added that if not, he plans to continue enforcing the state’s employer sanctions law — the Legal Arizona Workers Act.Frankly, I think it's illegitimately intrusive for the federal government to mandate line-by-line instructions on how a local sheriff is required to do his job.
The MCSO has arrested 310 workers on raids of 22 businesses since 2008 under the law. The MCSO also has arrested human smugglers and undocumented immigrants via traffic stops and other methods that do not require ICE approval.
September 16, 2009
Archive This, Bitch
Ken Boehm, a lawyer and chairman of the center, also disputed that the presidential records law applies, because the comments are pasted onto a third-party Web page and not official correspondence with the president.
"If the White House has nothing to hide, why is this cloaked in secrecy? Why won't they make the dollar amount this is going to cost public?" Mr. Boehm asked. "I don't think there is an expectation that this is being captured by the government and saved."
Oh, there WASN'T an expectation that your contributions on third party social networks was being captured by the government and saved, but there sure as Hell should be one now.
If you are participating in the discussions on official government accounts on social networking sites, I suggest you let them archive the following which I have so generously provided for you below the fold.
H/T Ragnar via........... wait for it.......... Facebook. LOL
And Then There Was San Diego, And Then.... And Then... And Then...
While we wait for the release, let us ponder how many other cities these brave patriots have gone to in order to expose the corruption that is ACORN. And don't forget. The ACORN doesn't fall far from the tree, because the SEIU is right there along side them. So there could be a domino effect coming. But, that's just a guess on my part.
Schadenfreude, sweet schadenfreude.
Wait, "schadenfreude" is a German word, is it not? Does that make me an extremist radical Christianist neo-Nazi hatemonger? It may, it just may.
But, back to the subject at hand. The San Diego office of ACORN will soon be buried by the busy little Breitbart squirrels.
It will be interesting to see how many more nuts there will be out there in the coming days.
Out: The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
In: The tree of liberty must, yearly, be shaken until all of the ACORNS are rotting on the ground.
Take A Moment to Thank Andrew Brietbart and Big Government.com
Busy week so far, huh?
Big Government's epic and ongoing PWNAGE of ACORN came like a bolt of lightning out of nowhere and has helped amplify a deafening silence on the part of the traditional media outlets and the Obama Administration regarding their ongoing willful blindness of this criminal enterprise that President Obama used to litigate for and advise.
The results that site has generated in such a short amount of time have been as powerful as a traditional newspaper campaign - forcing sunlight onto corruption, causing resignations and investigations (some of which will be whitewashes), identifying connections to government, getting legislation to the Congress floor and shut down of their funding, exposing the abuse and misuse of taxpayer money, exposing the systemic rot of the ACORN organization, creating a headache for the post-partisan President, uncovering criminal activity, etc.
In addition, Big Hollywood's exposure and derailing of NEA corruption has also gotten results.
Andrew Brietbart and company are owed a huge debt of gratitude. It's great to have some new daily reading. Go give 'em some love when you get a chance.
Update by Vinnie And another thing to thank Breitbart for. Exposing Hannah Giles' hot smoking loveliness.
Mmmm... Hannah Giles....
Sources: Admin Officials Head to Poland, Czech Rep. to Kill Missile Defense
Being a friend of America just became lethal..
According to reliable sources, Obama administration officials are on their way to Poland and the Czech Republic to deliver very bad news. The administration intends to cancel completely the missile defense sites that had been promised to these governments by the previous administration. This represents a complete capitulation to Russia's Vladimir Putin, who had demanded that the proposed deployments be halted as a price for improved relations. Ironically, the Obama administration, which is appeasing Russia in the hopes that Moscow will help put pressure on Iran, has made this mammoth concession just a few days after Moscow declared that it had no intention of supporting sanctions against Iran.They sold out Poland and the Czechs for nothing.
Where Rusty Stands on Rifqa Bary
I haven't really chimed in on the Rifqa Bary case yet because, to be honest, I'm not sure there is a "side" I want to take.
Unless the truth is a "side"?
I noticed that Charles Johnson -- one of the people responsible for inspiring me to launch this blog because he wouldn't cave to political correctness -- chimed in on it yesterday. In his post he accuses Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer of imagining a twisted and paranoid world in which, "all Muslims are honor killers, and that’s all there is to it. Evidence be damned."
Charles then cites a CNN article about the Florida Dept of Law Enforcement (FDLE) report about the Barys which found that they were no danger to their daughters welfare. Case closed.
What CNN does not tell you is that the local leader of CAIR and a lawyer hired by CAIR were present during the interview by the FDLE in which they decided that the Barys posed no threat to their daughter. And that they their liaison in Ohio was not from their peers in child welfare services, but rather was from the Office of Multicultural Affairs. A Muslim officer who had hosted multicultural summits in which CAIR had been invited to participate.
That would be the same CAIR that Charles -- at least, the Charles Johnson that I thought I knew -- who was always so willing to remind his readers was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case.
What CNN also doesn't tell you is that while the FDLE allowed CAIR's attorney to be present during the interview of the parents, Rifqa was not allowed to have her attorneys with her during the same process.
Do I think that Rifqa Bary's parents want to harm her physically for converting to Christianity? I don't know.
It's possible that Rifqa is like the thousands of other runaway teenagers who leave home every year and she's lying. That's believable.
But what is also believable is that Rifqa Bary's father intended to do her harm for shaming the family and for shunning her faith. Something which is far less likely now, thanks to all of the publicity surrounding the case.
Charles is right to say that if you think all Muslims are guilty of some crime then you are probably a bigot espousing hatred. A charge he levels at both Robert Spencer and at Pamela Geller. A serious charge which is not true in this case.
But what is also true is that if you think all Muslims are innocent simply because they are declared innocent by CAIR and the MSM which is always willing to forward the narrative that all religions promote equal amounts of intolerance and violence -- then you are not interested in the truth. It doesn't make you a bigot, but it does make you a dupe for those with an agenda.
And, sure Robert Spencer has an agenda. His website is called "Jihad Watch" for chrissake. He's not an uninterested observer. He never claimed to be one. But so what? Just as NFL websites report on the NFL, it would surprise no one that Spencer reports on .... drumroll please ... jihad.
And although I've disagreed with Pamela -- sometimes serious disagreement -- on a number of occasions, I think it would be fair to call her an activist with an agenda: to stop honor killings! It would not be fair to say that her fear for Rifqa's life or welfare was based in paranoia.
They both believe Rifqa's version of the story. A story I find plausible. This does not make them bigots.
So, again, would Rifqa Bary have been subjected to honor killings or banishment back to Sri Lanka had she not run away? I don't know. Like I said, it's definitely plausible. So is the she-just-ran-away (maybe for a boy?) and is now lying narrative.
The she-was-brainwashed-by-evil-Christianists-into-believing-her-parents-are-out-to-get-her as plausible? Not so much.
What I do know is that the mainstream media has done it's best to bend over backward in bolstering the narrative that there is no such thing as an honor killing, that any one who thinks Muslims are in danger for apostasy are likely bigots, and that between an explanation of "brainwashing" and "run away from abusive parents" that the media and the Left has chosen the former over the latter.
Because, you know, "brainwashing" is based on hard science and stuff.
Running away from abusive parents? That's just crazy talk!
Knowing the capital "T" Truth is always a difficult proposition. In this case, I'm happy to plead my ignorance and claim that I don't know it for sure. I agree with Charles that there are bigots out there. But what he fails to see is that there are also useful idiots who are so willing to believe that Islam is pretty much akin to Tibetan Buddhism that any facts to the contrary must be ignored.
Confirmed: Former Gitmo Detainee in Pakistani Custody
Former Gitmo detainee Mehdi Ghezali is innocent I tells ya! He was on his way to SWAT to see the sights, maybe catch the last rays of Indian Summer. Oh, the meeting with Taliban leader Zahir Noor? Nah, Zahir Noor is like "Joe Smith" over there. The Zahir Noor he was going to meet with is a local tour guide.
Zionist conspiracy! Pakistani puppet regime! Human rights! Bush-Hitler! Chomsky! John Perkins!
Did I say Bush-Hitler? I meant Obama-Hitler! Blah blah blah blah.....
[Note to Rahm: feel free to email, anytime]
Memorial to 9/11 Hijackers
(New York) The September 11 Memorial and Museum planned for the former World Trade Center site will display a memorial to the 19 hijackers with photographs and witness testimony. According to museum president Joe Daniels:
"Let the perpetrators speak for themselves," Daniels said.I suggest that the planned inclusion of the hijackers' words and photos will become a shrine to the martyrs and encourage additional fanaticism. It's not a good idea.
The museum has possession of videotapes the hijackers made in preparation for the suicide attacks and Reuters previously reported that visitors could play back the tapes, citing Daniels.
"That's a powerful and important thing that visitors to this museum need to hear -- bearing witness to the actual testimonials of those who committed the atrocities," Daniels told a news conference.
However, Daniels later told Reuters by telephone that the exhibit would be limited to photos and written text from the martyrdom tapes.
Yes, I Fear Megan Fox's Vagina
Paul over at OTB notes that in a new Rolling Stone interview, Megan Fox claims that "men are scared of vaginas."
Yes, Megan, I fear your vagina.
Wait, did I say fear?
Get the Popcorn Ready for Nov 10th: DC Jihadist Set to Get Death Penalty
Buh-bye John Allen Muhammad:
A US judge in Virginia has set a 10 November execution date for the man behind the 2002 sniper attacks on the Washington DC area.No mention at all in the article that Muhammad's accomplice Lee Malvo described the murders as part of the jihad.
FBI unit set for more anti-terror raids in Queens; Fears of Madrid-style subway bombings - (UPDATED/Bumped)
I am not sure the media should be telegraphing the FBI moves ahead of time...but if this report is true....we could be looking at a second Madrid coming to a city near you.
Fearful of a Madrid-style subway train bombing, authorities are poised to make more raids to seize bomb-making materials at locations in Queens, sources said Wednesday.It gets worse..
The FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Squad arrived in New York in anticipation of the offensive to thwart a Denver-based terror cell with ties to Al Qaeda, police sources told the Daily News.
Another source said an earlier raid uncovered nine backpacks and cell phones, raising memories of the March 2004 bombings in Madrid.And then this...
Scores of FBI agents inundated Denver Tuesday as they closed the noose on what sources say is a five-man cabal with ties to World Trade Center mastermind Osama Bin Laden's terrorist group.This is more serious then we are being led to believe....
UPDATE by Rusty: From the same article above (h/T: Jane):
In the car, sources said the feds found documents and papers about bomb-making and bombs.Also, predictably, the imam of the mosque he went to:
"Islam is against terrorism. It is a religion of peace."Nothing to see here folks, move along....
UPDATE: That's some imam you got there:
The man, whose name was withheld, had allegedly notified an imam that the FBI was looking for their Denver pal, and the Muslim leader, in turn, contacted the suspect's family to have them warn him.Would this be the same ISLAMISARELGIONOFPEACE imam noted above I wonder?
UPDATE: Could it get worse? No. And by no, I mean yes:
A suspected "al Qaeda" associate who prompted anti-terror raids on three city homes trained with the terror organization in Pakistan with several other Queens residentsUpdate:(Newbie): FBI is executing a search warrant at the home ofNajibullah Zazi in Aurora Colo.
Finally: The Boob Czar
I think Treacher sent me an email about his earlier post, but then I got distracted. By something. Or another. I don't know what.
Click the Boob Czar for more information about the Boob Czar.
Al Qaeda's Basement Dwelling Unit Warn Enemies of Attacks
Shaking in our boots alert. If you haven't been following the recent eHadi vs. counter-eHadi wars, here's a synopsis.
Last year the forum most directly connected to al Qaeda -- al Ekhlaas -- went down right around September 11th. Ekhlaas claimed they took the site down voluntarily.
This year the successor forum most directly connected to al Qaeda -- al Follojah -- went down right around September 11th. Several other well connected forums, like al Qimmah, also went down.
Last week, right around September 11th, al Ekhlaas suddenly reappeared and al Follojah suddenly went down. But now al Follojah is back up. And they're none too happy about Ekhlaas coming back online. Even going so far as to claim that the newly reopened Ekhlaas was a spy operation.
Ekhlaas responded by claiming that GIMF and al Fajr were slandering them and that they had reopened on 9/11 on direct orders -- presumably from al Qaeda central.
You can see why I've been constantly eating popcorn over the past week. When eHadis attack eHadis nothing but fun ensues. Let them sow discord amongst themselves. It saves the taxpayers time and money.
GIMF then responded with a lengthy statement recounting how Western intelligence agencies have tried and failed to stop al Qaeda's various media efforts.
They're wrong. Western intelligence agencies have done nothing to stop them. Law enforcement has been more actively involved -- for instance, in the statement GIMF recognizes that several of its founding members are now in jail, including Mohammad Mahmoud (pictured above) -- but not nearly enough resources have been devoted to it in my estimation.
I won't post the whole statement, but let me just highlight this part from one translation:
But - by the grace of Allah and His generosity to His servants - Allah empowered His servants to recognize their evil machinations and bury the plan before it was fully born. Now we are watching them - with the permission of Allah Ta’ala...That threat is a paraphrase of one issued by Ayman al Zawahiri a few years ago.
And we say to the enemies - you well know the size of what we can do, and the response will be harsh and the testimony will be in what you see, not in what you hear. The fever has begun
The fever part? Presumably from Blue Oyster Cult.
What could the basement dwellers at GIMF possibly do? Challenge us to a game of World of Warcraft?
We are collectively shaking in our boots! Bwahahahahaaaaaaaaaa!!
Yemen's Military Bombs a Refugee Camp, and a Market
The Yemeni government in the last 48 hours bombed a market full of civilians, killing mostly women and children. They also bombed the refugee camp near Sufian killing 85 refugees. There is no food, water or medicine moving into the Sa'ada region which is under a strict blockade since war resumed on August 12. With 150,000 internal refugees, the civilian population of 700,000 is undergoing a genocide.
On a broader level, it has been proven time and time again that Yemeni President Saleh's regime is not reformable, although many still cling to this illusion. The issues underlying the fighting in the north are those at the core of the uprising in the south. With oil revenues at 25% of last year's levels, once the regime can't make its payrolls, the state being the largest employer in Yemen, all hell is going to break lose.
from Free Aden: The youtube links show the massacre of the “Soq Al Taleh” on 14/9/2009 caused by the Yemeni air fighters. Some eyes witnessed speak about the massacre, in Arabic, and describe that they were normal people doing their shopping and hit during the peak time of shopping including kids, females, and food sellers. They Yemeni government claims it was a gathering of the Hothies fighters!!The next day, civilian refugees who fled the war in Sa'ada were bombed:
Al Eshteraki: Killed 85 displaced people, mostly women and children, Dozens of dead and wounded in the bombing of military aircraft for a gathering of displaced people... The sources added that a second air strike hit the IDPs (internally displaced persons) during their escape to one of the terraces of the streams. According to sources, that the displaced people stranded in the region since the beginning of the war, where relief organizations can not reach themMore on Yemen here.
Taliban Leaders Forced, Once Again, To Tell Subordinates that Sex With Boys is Bad
First, this isn't the first time the Taliban have tried to discourage its soldiers from "tak[ing] young boys with no facial hair ... into their private quarters".
Second, the fact that they have to order their troops not to do this .... I mean, how common must this practice be?
From the Taliban's newest set of rules:
Mujahideen have to avoid company of the youngsters without having beard, specially keeping them in campsYou can read the rest here.
It's like reading the Soviet Constitution. A written document with lengthy promises of adhering to civilized norms, but which in practice will be so routinely ignored as to make them laughable.
Except to the useful idiots who will point to them and say, "See, the Taliban are pretty decent folks!"
Judge Commends Rapist for Conversion to Islam
(Chelmsford, England) In Chelmsford Crown Court, a 34-year-old convicted violent child molester, Stuart Wood, has been convicted again, this time for rape.
Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC sentenced Stuart Wood for seven years for the attack, then told him: 'You have turned to Islam and this promises well for your future, particularly as you are now an adherent of a religion which respects women and self-discipline.'So, the judge is happy because the rapist is now a Muslim and he will respect women.
Incidentally, Stuart Wood "had shown no remorse and still protested his innocence" regarding the rape. Therefore, Muslim or otherwise I suggest that Wood isn't going to change his law-breaking ways.
Suspected 60,000 License Plates to Illegals in Ohio
(Columbus, Ohio) A widespread practice by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has allowed thousands of illegal aliens to register cars and get license plates. Reportedly, there is a "loophole" in the law.
More than 60,000 Ohio vehicle registrations do not have a Social Security number attached to them, raising the possibility that they are fraudulent. BMV officials cannot estimate how many are registered to illegal immigrants.The loophole apparently allowed people with proper identification to obtain registrations for illegals.
Sources within the BMV suggest they account for most of that number.
According to BMV Investigator Tim Hughes, "Central Ohio has become an area of sanctuary where undocumented foreign nationals" can get license plates and often drive without insurance."
More on the story here.
September 15, 2009
Did They Read The Koran?
Florida authorities' investigation into a teenager's claims that her life is in danger for converting from Islam to Christianity found no credible threats to 17-year-old Rifqa Bary, according to a newly unsealed report.
The 7-page summary of the probe into the Bary case by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was unsealed on Monday.
" . . . FDLE's inquiry to date has failed to reveal any evidence of a conspiracy to commit, solicitation to commit, attempt or other efforts to commit any such action or other violence against her," the report said.
If I were Rifqa Bary, I'd definitely be on the first plane home after this. Yes indeedy. Move along, nothing to see here, folks.
Oh, wait. That radical Christianist racist hatemonger would disagree.
I don't know about you, but I'm going with the radical Christianist hatemonger on this one.
America's Worst (For Now) President Cries 'Racism'
In an effort to pad out the "news" broadcast tonight to avoid mentioning ACORN or Van Jones, NBC "news" reader Brian Williams interviewed Jimmy Carter, who claimed that the "overwhelming portion" of criticism of President Obama's policies is motivated by racism.
Real Clear Politics has the video of the failed ex-President making this ignorant, outlandish charge.
According to Carter, who gives every indication of suffering from senile dementia, racial politics trumps the Bill of Rights.
Chime in by Rusty's iPhone: This would be the same Nobel Prize winning ex-President just endorsed by Osama bin Laden.
I Can Haz Lightsaber?
Proving that in the future all dumb ideas will have their own website.....
Thanks to Jason.
Osman Warning: Theo Van Gogh Type Threat
(UK) If Muslim extremists are angered enough to issue a fatwa for your death, the British police will inform you by issuance of an "Osman warning" indicating that your safety is at risk and it's your fault. Here's an excerpt from the Osman warning which the individual is required to sign.
"I have been informed that I am not under arrest or caution. I have been advised by the police that as a result of my lifestyle I have caused anger and upset in some sections of the community. This behaviour on my part has included the use of the Internet, making comments to the media, as well as involvement in arranging demonstrations. As a result of this the police have informed me that my safety may be at risk."The excerpt is from the warning given to Paul Ray, a founder of the arguably moderate English Defense League (EDL). The death threat was posted on the extremist Revolution Muslim chat forum with Mr. Ray's photo, address, and known places he frequents. The Revolution Muslim forum entry promised a repeat of what happened to Theo van Gogh, who was murdered in broad daylight in Amsterdam.
Presumably, the warning given to Mr. Ray was specific to his circumstances but it's not a stretch to conclude that the police are quite prepared to blame the victim as opposed to the perpetrators of terroristic threats.
It's difficult to erase the impression that the Muslim extremists can do anything they please while the police tell the general population to be quiet and don't make them mad. I contend that it's unacceptable for the police to be cheerleaders for political correctness.
UPDATE by Rusty: I'm not so sure about the EDL being "moderate". I might be wrong, but I know Robert Spencer wouldn't meet with them and I trust his judgment on this.
ACORN San Bernadino Child Prostitution Investigation Part I
Keep following here at biggovernment.com.
Update: ACORN is bitching something about....when the full videos are released it will show we're wonderful blah blah blah, and we will be vindicated.
Good luck with that line, you're going to need it.
We Get Death Threats!
Shaking in our boots alert. Apparently bringing attention to a tribute video to the 9/11 terrorists didn't sit well with the armchair mujahideen over at the Ansar al Jihad network. Sister Umm Anwar had these kind words:
I am sure whatever kafir pig is in here reading our posts is responsible for this!! & Inshallah i hope the kafir pig & his/her whole family catch aides or some worst desease & suffer & beg for death yet only suffer more!! I wish i could pour acid down their throats!!And then, to reiterate, in another post:
But i still want to pour acid down the pigs throats ;-)You know what makes death fantasies funny? Winky ASCII smiley faces!
But does Umm Anwar know who she's leveling those threats against? Apparently so, because later she makes this one:
the kafir animals on that filthy site called "the Jawa Report" were going to flag his videoTo this and the other threats, at least six other users chimed in to invoke the belssings of Allah on Sis Umm Anwar for wanting to pour acid down our throats. But only abdulrahman al muhajir has anything to add to the conversation:
May Allah curse themMaybe Allah will curse us, maybe he won't. I'm guessing he won't.
9/11 Hijackers Playing "Stick the Finger in the Hole"
If you see me doing one of these like this:
Or maybe like this:
And don't put your finger through the hole like this:
We get to tap you in the forehead with the finger like this. Hard.
Ha ha ha, you lose again Ayman!
NY Terror Raid Update: al Qaeda Connection?
Brian Ross over at The Blotter updated the story late last night, but I thought it deserved it's own post. Here are the further details:
1) The man who's trip to NYC triggered the investigation is called "Najibullah" by his friends.
2) He is an Afghan living in Denver.
3) He recently returned from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
4) He must spend more than a passing amount of time in NYC because he apparently has a mosque there where he regularly attends.
It is perhaps this last fact which is fueling the fire of the notion that there may either be an al Qaeda or related group connected here. If there's one thing we know about home-grown jihadis it is that while they usually want to kill as many infidels as possible, they are woefully unprepared to do so.
But add a bit of training and support from al Qaeda central (or related groups such as LeT) and things change. Dramatically. See, for instance, the 7/7 London bombers who's leaders were trained in Pakistan.
Is Najibullah just some innocent kid who's pattern of travel set off some warning lights leading to a false positive error? I've no idea.
It's well known that more than a few New York City residents openly support the Taliban and other Islamist extremist groups engaged in open warfare against the US. And if known Taliban supporters are can be open about it on the streets of New York, it's not hard to imagine that there's more than one or two who covertly support al Qaeda and would be willing to do violence for the cause.
Nevertheless, this is the ironic money quote from Naiz Khan about his friend Najibullah, who is at the center of the probe:
He's not dangerous, he's a kid. So he can't be dangerous.Just a kid. Can't be dangerous. Right.
Shehzad Tanweer, 19 year old London Tube bomber
When Stormtroopers Go Truther
Where were you when the Death Star was blown up by terrorists? If you're not into dark humor, don't watch it. But if you don watch it, make sure you get to the end.
Thanks to Professor Chaos and Jason.
Student Helps Career Burglar Kick Habit
BALTIMORE – A Johns Hopkins University student armed with a samurai sword killed an intruder in his garage, Baltimore police said Tuesday.Apparently the dead man who has not yet been identified has a record of burglary and had just been released from jail on Saturday.
Two laptops and a Sony PlayStation had been stolen by burglars Monday from the home, on University Parkway just blocks from the school, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Early Tuesday, one of the four Hopkins students who live in the home noticed the garage door was open and took a sword with him to investigate, Guglielmi said.
In the garage, the student told police he discovered a man and when the student told the man to get out, the man accosted him, Guglielmi said. The student defended himself with the sword, cutting off the man's hand and causing a severe laceration to his upper body, he said.
Well obviously this young man has saved the taxpayers a considerable future expense.
Cut him a check.
Obi-One Calls One Like He Sees it
Apparently our president called Kanye West a Jackass.
Well if the shoe fits.......
RIP Patrick Swayze
UPDATE by Rusty: Lest we forget. There will be no crying.
September 14, 2009
ACORN: The Pimp & The Prostitute
BTW these people believe, I think, that ACORN deserves to help pimps and prostitutes acquire housing and defraud the government in their tax reporting:
Senators who voted against defunding ACORN
* Dick Durbin (D-IL)
* Roland Burris (D-IL)
* Robert Casey (D-PA)
* Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
* Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
* Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
* Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
A moderate Democrat in NY with the name of Kirsten
Gillbrand.....I l think not.
Imagine going to an organization dressed in Halloween costumes and actually finding out ACORN believes you..more to come with these "actors" and the best is yet to come...
Osama bin Laden Endorses Jimmy Carter
Well, color me unsurprised. In his latest audio Osama bin Laden:
calls on Americans to “read what your former president, Carter, wrote regarding Israeli racism against our people in Palestine.”Thats quite an endorsement!
Hat tip: Sammy.
New York residences raided in terrorism probe (UPDATED, BUMPED)
Did we just dodge a bullet?
WASHINGTON (AP) - Law enforcement agents have raided residences in New York City as part of a terrorism investigation, and are preparing to brief Congress about the investigation.UDATED and bumped by Rusty: Um, you know where our suspicions are running, don't you? So, we don't even have to mention who exactly we think of when we think of terrrorism and Queens. Or maybe said tough guy's friends who you may have noticed lurking in the comments lately wishing us a "Happy 9/11"?
New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne confirms that searches were conducted in the borough of Queens on Monday by agents of a joint terrorism task force. He would not discuss the matter further.
Separately, federal authorities planned to brief senior lawmakers in Congress on the case later Monday.
Okay, here's some more info on the raid's location:
The New York City Police Department confirms homes on 147th Street between Parsons and 41st Avenue in Queens have been raided by law enforcement agents in connection with an ongoing investigation.It looks like this was not an imminent attack, but that the raid may have been triggered by the arrival of someone from the Middle East.
And AllahP asks a very important question:
Is that normal for U.S. intel in an average terror bust — to grab hold of the congressional leadership and get them up to speed ASAP?So, a real threat if not imminent. Also big enough that it's time to brief Congress about it?
I'll also note that it was multiple homes that were raided.
"They looking for some powder, some different things for making bombs and different things," resident Assad Niazi said.Pakistanis? Doesn't seem like a description of you-know-who.
In fact, the federal search warrant spelled out all manner of possible bomb-making components, including powders, gels, TNT, and fuses.
"I don't know [the other residents]," Niazi said. "They are roommates - they go to work in the morning, and at night they come back." ..
The building's superintendent, Ramiz Berisha, says those who were questioned are Pakistani.
Thanks to Google's "street view" function, we can see what the area looks like.
Update: Some minor details from NY Times blog [sorry for no link, but I'm in iPhone and found this at NPR:
The official said authorities had only a hazy view of the group, its operations and goals, but decided to act fearing that undercover surveillance had failed to detect plans that might be developing.This is good news that at least in NYC the JTTF is willing to risk early arrest and maybe a convction on a lesser charge rather than wait too long and risk another 9/11.
Update: Just saw this over at Hot Air, follow the link to AllahP above for original [again, sorry, iPhone]:
FBI agents have been monitoring a man from the western part of the U.S. who had recently driven to New York, federal sources said. The man met with several people in Queens, and the activities aroused enough suspicion to obtain warrants for the searches, the sources said.So, he drove to NYC and flew home? Sounds like a red flag to me.
The man the FBI had been watching has since flown home and is not in custody, the sources said.
Again, when it comes to terror it's not necessarily "jumping the gun" to arrest earlier than you would in other cases.
Has any one heard from CAIR yet?
Top Wanted al Qaeda Terrorist Killed in Somalia
Here's the FBI's page on Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan. He's wanted in connection with -- well, pretty much all of al Qaeda's activities in subsaharan Africa. He's also a key link between al Qaeda and the al Shabaab being both an al Qaeda operative and al Shabaab commander.
Or, make that was:
Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan and another person are thought to have been killed in the southern town of Barawe during a raid by what was originally reported to be French commandos; the raid is now said to have been carried out by US Special Forces.America, F*ck Yeah!
Nabhan fires a rifle. Image by Nick Grace. Click to view.
Witnesses said foreign troops swept into the town on helicopters, fired missiles from an attack helicopter, killed Nabhan and another terrorist, and captured two others after wounding them, Mareeg reported. Nabhan's body was recovered, ABC News later reported.
More at Long War Journal.
I may have more on this later as I know of some Barawe centered resources, but something else is breaking. This one a little closer to home and to The Jawa Report.....
UPDATE: Looks like me and Newbie were blogging at the same time.
Foreign troops raid south Somalia village: witnesses
Got a big one...AFP
MOGADISHU — Foreign military forces onboard four helicopters staged a raid on a village in southern Somalia on Monday, opening fire on a vehicle and killing people inside, elders and witnesses said.
The attack occurred in the small village of Erile, around 200 kilometres (120 miles) south of the capital Mogadishu, shortly after 1:30 pm (1030 GMT), the sources said.
Al Qaeda-inspired extremists known as the Shebab control the area and are believed to be holding a French agent kidnapped in July, but France denied local claims that its forces were involved in the raid.
"There was a military operation carried out by four foreign choppers in Erile village. A car was destroyed, we are also hearing that some of the vehicle's passengers were taken on the choppers," Abdinasir Mohamed Adan, an elder from the nearby village of Barawe, told AFP by phone.
Several local witnesses gave the same information, adding that some of the passengers in the targeted vehicle were killed.
CNN has just reported this was a US Special Ops raid targeting a senior member of Al Qaeda.....Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan...who was killed in the raid and whose body was taken away by US troops.....also see this Reuters article.
Video: We are at War with the Kufar, Flag of Islam Will Fly Over 10 Downing Street
Anjem Choudary once again opens his mouth and, predictably, tells us exactly what the plan is for Great Britain. There is war, he says, between those that want to impose Islamic Law in the UK and those who oppose it. Never fear, he claims, for the invertible result will be the flag of Islam flying over 10 Downing Street.
I don't know much about the English Defense League other than that a) they appear to be made up of violent skinheads; b) Robert Spencer refused to meet with them. Some people have defended the EDL to me, but to be honest it's rather hard to follow the back and forth from my computer half a globe away.
The fact that the YouTube version of the video embedded below is linked by the neo-Nazis at Stormfront make me think that there may be some truth to the accusations.
I'll note that even if the EDL are the thugs that they appear to be, that Choudary makes it clear that his Islamist followers are not just at war with them but with any one who opposes Islamic law. Specifically, those in the United Against Fascism movement, who Choudary describes as made up of socialists and communists who have joined with the EDL in opposing political Islam.
There's no mincing words here. It's either Islam as a political system or nothing. Any one who opposes this is the enemy and therefore presumably open game in what is seen as a very real war.
Which is one of the reasons Choudary makes such a great spokesman for political Islam: he's honest.
I think I take back all my calls for the likes of him and the other followers of Omar Bakri Mohammad and Abu Hamza al-Masri to be rounded up and put in jail. With a spokesman like this, who needs to waste time convincing people of their evil intents?
Wait 'til the very end to see the Londinistan Production credit. At first I thought it was a joke put in by whoever put it up at YouTube, but it actually appears in the original video at Choudary's website.
Thanks to Christopher Logan.
Islamic Forum Issues Veiled Death Threat Against Only Muslim in Congress
For all the posts we have put up about Keith Ellison being a tool for CAIR and other groups trying to put a shiny happy face on Islam's more fascist tendencies, I certainly wouldn't want anything bad to happen to him.
I hope that someday Ellison will wake up and realize that the people in CAIR have never met a Muslim accused of a terrorism related crime who wasn't "innocent". I also believe that Ellison is sincere in his wish for the US to win in Afghanistan, even while I believe he's misguided in thinking that somehow offering more civilian aid to that country would do anything to end the war.
But since Ellison is often held up as a shining example of a Muslim success story by Muslims themselves I was a bit shocked that Ellison has become a target by a radical website often used by Somali expats in the US, Canada, and Europe.
Irony? In the minds of Keith Ellison, CAIR, and our moral betters on the Left the greatest threat to Muslims in America are the alleged red-necks and Islamophobes out to get them. When, in fact, the greatest danger to Muslims like Kieth Ellison is from other Muslims who don't think he's quite Muslim enough and is a traitor to Islam and the ummah.
It's the domestic parallel to the Islamist narrative that Muslims around the world are being oppressed and killed by the Crusaders. When, in fact, the vast majority of Muslims in the world who are being oppressed and/or killed are the victims of other Muslims.
Today as I was eating dinner, I saw Keith Ellison interviewed on CNN. Keith Ellison is a so-called Muslim that is a Congressman for Minnesota. He is known for defending gay rights and falling into the blatant kufr of Istihlal. His supporters claim he does this to give a good ‘image’ to Islam. Anyways, today he was discussing the problem of Obama’s healthcare and before the interview ended, he was asked about what should be done in Afghanistan.How is this a veiled threat? Because the reader at the radical website would implicitly understand what the punishment for apostasy is: death.
You won’t believe what this Munafiq [hypocrite] had said.
He had a strategic plan in mind. And it was a brilliant plan for helping the Crusaders win the war in Afghanistan. He said that there should be a “civilian surge” as opposed to violence. It’s the first time I’ve heard of such a term, but he was saying Obama was making promises that he would do it (but has failed in his promise apparently). The purpose of this “civilian surge” would be to strengthen the economy in Afghanistan so that everyone could respect the Crusader’s more. In other words, he wants to deceive the Muslims in to believing that the Crusaders are good people who came to Afghanistan for noble reasons. Essentially, he sees himself on the same side of the Crusade.
Now, if he’s of this opinion because he doesn’t want to offend the Muslims with a more violent approach, that still doesn’t change the fact that he’s helping the Crusaders with his opinion, a deed which has been agreed upon by the ‘Ulema as one which is equal to Apostasy based upon the hadeeth of Hatib ibn Abi Balta’ah and other evidences.
Please see the book, ‘The Exposition Regarding the Disbelief of the one that assist the Americans” for all the evidences.
The same website carries a message at the top of every page:
God willing we will continue to the support the Muslim people and terrorize the enemies of the religion
Do not forget your sincere prayers from the Mujahiden in this holy month of Ramadan
Because USC Couldn't Cover the Spread
Losing a bet just goes to show that a win isn't always a win....
Also, I am Mike Pechar's biyatch!
A Long Time Ago, On a Facebook Page Far Far Away......
Thanks to Dr. Leopold Stotch.
ACORN Selling "Don't Tread On Me" Flags At DC Rally
What could go wrong?
Part III: Another ACORN Office Named
Independent film maker James O'Keefe on ACORN's statement saying they were thrown out of other ACORN offices including New York:
Go to above link for Part II of this visit.
And the Lord said,
Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
click for more images
About your message to the American people. See these flags. I bet you never thought that 8 years later every person in the office woulds still be flying their flag.
I disagree with Mr. Obama on almost every matter. But Mr. President sir, so far as the goal of victory over al-Qaeda, The Taliban and their allies, wherever they may be, you have my unending support Mr. Obama.
Now get out there and open up a giant can of whupp ass on em Mr. President.
War Porn: Taliban Work Accident
A group of insurgents emplacing a makeshift bomb in a dirt road in southern Afghanistan inadvertantly blow themselves up while U.S. Apaches from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade look on.
Oooops no infidels or apostates died. No virgins for you!
Hat Tip: Andrea.
Terror front CAIR supervised police interview of Rifqa Bary's parents on abuse allegations
A report by the Florida Dept of Law Enforcement (FDLE) that has been sealed by the court investigating the Rifqa Bary abuse and honor killing allegations is set to be released today. While the report is still sealed, we can report based on law enforcement sources who have read the report that the FDLE interview of Rifqa's parents was supervised by Hamas front organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). According to my sources, this is what the report says:
“FDLE/DCF Investigators were accompanied to the Bary residence by Sgt. John Hurst of the Columbus P.D. Child Abuse Squad. The residence is located in an apartment complex. Mr. Babak Darvish, Executive Director of the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Columbus and Mr. Romin Iqbal, Staff Attorney for CAIR OHIO were present. Investigators interviewed Mr. Bary in a non-custodial setting.”
What makes this decision by FDLE and the FL Dept of Children and Families to allow CAIR - who is not a party to the legal dispute and has not notified the court that they are representing the Barys in any legal capacity - is that FDLE/DCF conducted a three and a half hour interrogation of Rifqa, the victim in this case, without her attorney and guardian ad litem being present. We reported on that revelation 10 days ago.
The contrast of treatment between her abusers, who have their interview overseen by the terrorist front organization, and Rifqa, who was interrogated by three adult males without her attorney and guardian present is appalling.
CAIR's bloody fingerprints have been all over this case while they have remained behind the scenes. As we noted on August 21st, a source who attended a CAIR strategy session on the Rifqa case had stated that CAIR intended to push the story that Rifqa had been abducted and brainwashed by a Christian cult.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist ought to be ashamed to allow his FDLE and DCF goons behave in such an unprofessional and grossly political manner. Crist has clearly endorsed FDLE/DCF's conduct all in order to whitewash this investigation and send Rifqa back to her family and place her back in harm's way to placate the gods of political correctness and to avoid jeopardizing his US Senate race next year. Here's the contact information for Crist and DCF if you would like to tell them what you think about their handling of this case:
Governor Charlie Crist's office: Phone: (850) 488-4441, (850) 488-7146
Fax: (850) 487-0801
Florida Department of Children and Family:
George H. Sheldon, Secretary
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Building 1, Room 202
Phone: (850) 487-1111
Fax: (850) 922-2993
September 13, 2009
New Bin Laden Tape Released: Updated
Just two days after the eighth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington DC by Al Qaeda, the terrorist organization has released a new message from its leader, Osama bin Laden.subscribers can download the video at lauramansfield.com.
The 11 minute, 19 second message, released on jihadist sites, was announced with a banner showing the United States flag as a backdrop, and showing the New York City skyline featuring the twin towers of the World Trade Center still standing.
The part of the video I saw had no English subtitles.
Site Intelligence apparently has a transcript for its subcribers. We'll update when a public transcript becomes available.
If anyone needs/wants a copy of the original in Arabic email Howie.
Update: excerpted transcript below via Memri:
Osama bin Laden: "Oh American people – I address this speech to you as a reminder of the reasons for 9/11 and for the ensuing wars and consequences, and as a reminder of the way to end them from the core. I especially address the relatives of the people harmed in those events, who have recently demanded that an investigation be started into their reasons. This is an important first step in the right direction, among many steps taken deliberately in the wrong direction in the past eight lean years that you have been through. The American people in its entirety should follow in their footsteps, because the delay in understanding these reasons has cost you dearly, with no benefit to speak of.
"The White House administration, which is one of the two sides to the conflict, has told you, in the years that have passed, that the war is necessary to maintain your security. But wise people should make sure that they listen to both sides in a conflict, in order to know the truth. So lend me your ear.
"First, let me say that we have declared many times, over more than two and a half decades, that the reason for our conflict with you is your support for your Israeli allies, who are occupying our land of Palestine. It was this position of yours, along with some other injustices, that drove us to carry out the events of 9/11. If you knew how much we suffer from the injustice that the Jews inflict upon us, with the support that your administration provides them, you would know that both of our nations are victims of the policies of the White House, which is, in fact, held hostage by the lobbies, especially by the large corporations and the Israeli lobby.
"One of the best people who can explain to you the reasons for 9/11 is one of your own citizens, a former top CIA agent, who had pangs of conscience in the eighth decade of his life, and decided to tell the truth despite the threats and to explain the message of 9/11 to you. He has several works, including a book titled Apology of a Hired Killer (sic)."
Blog Sabbath Harley Search: Quiet, Peaceful and Reflective Musical Lamentation Edition
Great Jihadi Website Meltdown Of 2009
Zionist Internet Spies 5231, Cyber Jihad of Losers 0.
Or something like that.
Can You Hear Us Now?
Headline in the UK's Daily Mail:
"Up to two million march to US Capitol to protest against Obama's spending in 'tea-party' demonstration"
September 12, 2009
12 Year Old Yemeni Girl Dies in Childbirth
A government study found that 80% of Yemeni women marry prior to 19, and a quarter marry between 10-14 years old. A recent initiative to raise the marriage age to 17 was opposed by a block of religious hard liners who said a minimum marriage age contravened Sharia law.
SEYAJ PRESS RELEASE: On Friday, September 11, 2009, the girl child (Fawzia Abdullah Yusuf) aged 12 years died of complications in childbirth. SEYAJ confirmed that Fawzia of Hodeidah Governorate died after days of hard labor. She was transferred to the hospital where doctors were unable save her life.
Fawzia left school in the fourth grade and was married at 11 years of age. Her family suffers from severe poverty and her father has renal failure. At the age of 12, she conceived a child.
According to the SEYAJ volunteers, such incidents occur repeatedly and many young girls in the region die from early childbirth. However, there is little statistical data because the deaths are not monitored and documented.
The absence of laws in force settings the minimum age of marriage makes local officials powerless to prevent the marriage of children, especially female, or to punish their parents and avert the catastrophic consequences of early marriage.
Sanaa - Saturday September 12, 2009
SEYAJ Organization for Childhood Protecting
SEYAJ is a very good organization that advocates for Yemeni children in a variety of terrible situations. SEYAJ has a hotline but they are overwhelmed. Sometimes they save the kids. For others like Fawzia, the best we can say is at least someone is reporting her death. I think Fawzia's baby died too, but the release was unclear. Rest in peace, little angels.
This Is What Democracy Looks Like
Some say Barack Obama is a divider. They're wrong. He's a uniter of his opposition.
[UPDATE by Rusty: Looks like the pic above is old and was being passed around as new. But I saw the live shots, and the crowd size looked about the same. For instance, see Flopping Aces below.
2 million? I dunno, probably an overestimation. But certainly more than some who are trying to downplay the protest suggest.]
Check out the various streaming camera shots here.
Godspeed, you peaceful patriots. Give those heroically idiotic clowns what for.
UPDATE:(Newbie): Crowd estimated by ABC NEWS: 2 MILLION!
Rifqa Bary's father admits to "laptop" assault incident, lies on CNN
A sealed report concerning the Rifqa Bary prepared by the Florida Dept of Law Enforcement confirms a critical point of Rifqa's testimony. According to law enforcement sources who have read the report, Rifqa's father, Mohamed Bary, admitted to investigators that he lifted Rifqa's laptop over his head in a threatening manner. The FDLE report is expected to be unsealed and released to the public tomorrow or Monday.
According to an affidavit submitted to the court two weeks ago, Rifqa explained the incident her father has admitted to:
20. In a fit of anger that I had never seen before in my life, he picked up my lap top, waived it over my head as if to strike me with it and said "if you have this Jesus in your heart, you are dead to me! You are no longer my daughter." I continued to remain silent and then he said to me even more angry then before, I will kill you! Tell me the truth!"
The law enforcement source adds that the FDLE report was shabbily prepared and grossly incomplete. For example, FDLE investigators never asked Rifqa's mother about incidents of sexual abuse of Rifqa by her uncle that she claims her mother was aware of. They also failed to ask about her mother's threat to send Rifqa back to Sri Lanka "to be dealt with" - an incident her mother has already admitted to. This was the incident that prompted her to flee the home in the first place. No wonder the FDLE said they could find no evidence of a threat to Rifqa if she were returned home - it excluded asking about virtually everything that constituted a threat.
What makes this development interesting is that Mohamed Bary appeared on CNN yesterday and denied the laptop incident took place. If my source is accurate, Rifqa's father will be exposed as a liar and an abuser if and when the court releases the report in the next few days.
Whatever will the media cheerleaders who are hoping to see Rifqa offered up on the altar of political correctness say about Mohamed Bary's admission, and when will they finally start cover this story fairly and accurately?
Census Bureau Boots ACORN
The Census Director has sent a letter to the National Headquarters of ACORN notifying the group that the Census Bureau is severing all ties with the community organizing group for all work having to do with the 2010 census.Michelle Malkin has posted a PDF file of the Census Bureau's letter to ACORN explaining why they no longer wish to work with ACORN. The letter mentions the recent videotapes. This New York Times article about the Census Bureau action, curiously, does not.
Anyone have a good blog to read besides this one?
I've run out.
But the view from under the bus is fantastic. Is that Obama's gramma over there? Or is that Jeremiah Wright?
Have a nice weekend. Unless things change, Rusty will be a slave to HGTV, Howie will STILL be looking for his Harley, and I'll be working this weekend. Okay, for me, "working" equates to "screwing around with my smartphone on Facebook."
As far as the rest of the Sandcrawler, only they can speak for themselves.
September 11, 2009
A Note To The Islamist Trolls Infesting The Comments
Have a nice day:
Bonus blasphemy for you below the fold, you goat humping pricks.
Another Minnesotan Al Shabaab Bites The Dust
Thanks to Rahm. at Terror Free Somalia
This time the martyr is not a Somalia American.
St. Paul, Minn. — American jihadists A sixth Minnesota man is feared dead in Somalia after joining an Islamic extremist group shabaab there. But Troy Kastigar stood out from his fellow recruits, because the Minneapolis man was not Somali. Kastigar, 28, was a Muslim convert who apparently had no personal ties to the lawless east African country.Muslim convert in Minnesota turned martyr...shocka...not!
Troy Kastigar's family received reports of his death within the past week, according to friends of the family. The circumstances of his reported death aren't clear, and the information could not be confirmed by the FBI. Kastigar's involvement in Somalia is a puzzle in itself. He told his mother that he was going to Kenya when he left the Twin Cities last November. But authorities and Somali community members believe Kastigar was part of the last wave of Minnesota men who joined the violent militia al-Shabaab in Somalia. Read the rest.
More from Minnesota Public Radio
FLASHBACK: Obama's spiritual mentor blames US for 9/11, "God damn America!"
As we commemorate the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks we should revisit the views of the spiritual mentor of Teleprompter Jesus himself, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, concerning the events we remember today. As ABC News reported back in March 2008:
An ABC News review of dozens of Rev. Wright's sermons, offered for sale by the church, found repeated denunciations of the U.S. based on what he described as his reading of the Gospels and the treatment of black Americans.
"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people," he said in a 2003 sermon. "God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."
In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda's attacks because of its own terrorism.
"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye," Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.
"We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost," he told his congregation.
JihadTube Video: Hey, Let's Imitate "The Heroes" of 9/11" -- Like Mohammad Atta
Is Google lazy or evil? They don't bother remembering 9/11 nor do they bother purging terror supporters who use their services to praise the 9/11 hijackers.
The video is captioned "May allah Protect Sheikh Usama binladen" and tagged "qaeda jihad shabab somali" -- all red flags. But maybe YouTube just hasn't had time to bump the video and users? Well, it's been up since December of last year.
When will Google stop the pretenses that they no longer provide a platform for violent Islamists in helping spread propaganda -- the first stage in the terrorist recruitment process? Try, um, never.
Calling Joe Lieberman: We're counting on you to remind Google, once again, that there's a war on and that they're supposed to be on our side. But maybe you and your buddy McCain are too busy with the important issues of the day? Joe Wilson.
And the responses from viewers of this video? Excluding the ones complaining that UBL can't be right since 9/11 was an inside job:
AllahuAkbar08786A reminder that a shahada is the reward of the martyr.
indeed these strikes were a blessing and a response to the americans aggression hence they got their due punishment and also this was bravery of the lions of jihad
Mashaallah Möge Allah sie in der höchsten stufen vom Paradies belohnen!!!
May Allah give them the Paradise
may allah give them the shahada!
But the worst one of all?
MAY ALLAH BLESS THE BROTHERS FROM HAMBURG, YOU ARE THE FIRST OF A GENERATION, WE IMITATE YOU IN OUR PLANNING AND YOU ADMIRE YOUR FIRMNESS IN THE PATH OF ALLAH, MAY ALLAH BLESS YOUR GRAVES WITH LIGHT... YOU STOOD UP TO THE KILLER AMERICA AND ITS LEADER ISRAEL. We owe you our dear brothers, you are the lions that shook the pants of the kaffirs, we admire you brothers and are striving to shake the kaffirs soul yet again, day and night we plan , we ask allah for success..An idle threat? A masturbatory fantasy? A pipe dream? Probably.
But I wonder what the ratio is of idle threats written down online to actual threats unstated? 10:1? 20:1? 30:1? 100:1?
Whatever the number is, at some point you must assume that the people admitting online that they wish to emulate the 9/11 conspirators represent a larger pool of people who not only wish this, but who are at some stage of the process leading to "martyrdom".
I'm not saying Google's lax policies in policing this kind of file filth will lead directly to another 9/11 style attack. But it is clear that one of the common denominators between all -- and I mean all -- homegrown jihadis is that they like to spend their free time watching these types of videos. And from that pool, a certain subset will act if and when other factors align.
Is it too much to ask Google to police for al Qaeda and other terrorist propaganda with at least the same degree of scrutiny as they do to videos displaying nudity? I think not.
I began this post by asking if Google was evil or just lazy? It was a trick question. It's neither. The correct answer is that Google is negligent.
Hat tip: Samir ibn Zafar Khan.
Public Service on 9/11
As I understand, to remember the horror of 3,000 murders on 9/11/2001, President Obama has called for citizens to pick up litter or work in soup kitchens or register voters or some other public service. Frankly, I'm offended. It appears that the President wants the remembrance of 9/11 besmirched down to something similar to Arbor Day.
Personally, I want to relive all the sensations of 9/11, recharging my storehouses of outrage and white-hot anger, of sadness, of sorrow and of fear. I want to remember the heroism of the New York Fire Department, the New York Police Department and the Port Authority Police. I want my long-term memory prompted to recall images of sobbing wives and mothers and sons and daughters and fathers and husbands. I want to remember tears from reddened eyes on faces of loved ones holding photos of the missing, crying for help, crying for information. And, I want to remember who the terrorists were and still are and I want justice.
There are American children born after 9/11 who don't know what occurred and they are not going to learn by cleaning litter from ditches or planting trees. They will learn by national emphasis on what happened that day when 3,000 friends and neighbors were killed in a terrorist attack on the United States.
Today should be devoted to talking and learning about what happened on 9/11. Picking up litter can wait until tomorrow. (More ....)
Al Qaeda Dirty Bomber Spotted in Middle East, Traveling on Saudi Diplomatic Passport?
The report is that Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, one of the FBI's most sought after al Qaeda suspects, has been spotted in the Middle East traveling under an assumed name on a Saudi diplomatic passport.
Called "Jafar al Tayar [Jafar the pilot]" by al Qaeda, Khalid Shiekh Mohammad identified Shukrijumah under "enhanced interrogation techniques" as a sleeper agent. For a time it was thought that Shukrijumah may be the leader of a dirty bomb plot against the US.
How reliable is this report? At first it looks like it's coming from ANI, but if you check down into the story a bit you realize that their source is actually Gerald Posner for The Daily Beast. Posner is pretty reliable in my book, but that's mostly because I thought Case Closed was such a great read. I don't have any other basis for an opinion on Posner, so take it for what you will.
Here's the heart of what Posner reports:
A senior CIA intelligence analyst told The Daily Beast that the agency had tracked Adnan “somewhere in late spring to early summer” on several trips in the Middle East. On those travels, he used an alias—which the analyst did not disclose—and traveled with relative impunity on a Saudi diplomatic passport....Happy 9/11 people. In case you didn't recall, we're still at war and douchebags like this are still walking free.
Equal Justice For All Except Andrew Sullivan
No comment from Andrew on his blog about being shown favoritism by the federal prosecutor who dropped a possession of marijuana charge against him.
Political commentator, author and writer for The Atlantic magazine Andrew M. Sullivan won’t have to face charges stemming from a recent pot bust at the Cape Cod National Seashore — but a federal judge isn’t happy about it.I really don't care if Sullivan is a dope head. The fact that anyone gets arrested for small quantities of pot seems rather silly to me actually. BUT, it is the law... Man up and pay your fine Mr. Sullivan.
U. S. Magistrate Judge Robert B. Collings says in his decision that the case is an example of how sometimes “small cases raise issues of fundamental importance in our system of justice.”
Collings says he expressed his concern that “a dismissal would result in persons in similar situations being treated unequally before the law. … persons charged with the same offense on the Cape Cod National Seashore were routinely given violation notices, and if they did not agree to [pay the fine] were prosecuted by the United States Attorney … there was no apparent reason for treating Mr. Sullivan differently from other persons charged with the same offense.”
Just. Like. Everybody. Else. Does.
If pay the fine you cannot, put away the herb you must.
OMG Again? ACORN in DC Also Helps Undercover Investigator With Brothel
And then, we drove down to DC....
Unbelievable! So this behavior is not isolated to the Baltimore office? Shocking!
ACORN is so toast.
Hat Tip: Cube Neighbor Dave Via FOXNEWS.
Pro-life activist gunned down at Michigan high school
The media is sitting on this story out of Michigan. A pro-life activist was gunned down outside the high school in Owosso this morning.
State police at the Corunna post have confirmed a well-known anti-abortion activist was shot multiple times and killed this morning in front of Owosso High School.
The victim's identity has not yet been released but the shooting occurred around 7:30 a.m., after most students were off the buses and safely inside the building, said Owosso schools transportation supervisor Jayne Campbell.
State police also confirmed that a suspect was taken into custody about 8:15 a.m. at the suspect's home...
A black car can be seen parked at the corner of North and Whitehaven streets, where a portable oxygen tank is lying in a front yard next to a large sign bearing the image of a baby and the word "Life."
Surely everyone who were wringing their hands about the murder of George Tiller "The Killer" just a few months ago will be just as grieved and upset at MSNBC and the leftist hate radio clearly responsible for grinding an anti-life agenda. NOT!
Al Qaeda Gives World 9/11 Present
On the 8th anniversary of 9/11 al Qaeda's online wing has decided to reopen its premier forum, al Ekhlaas. Speculation in the jihad community is that the "19" in the new URL refer to the 19 hijackers. The above banner announcing the return of the forum seems to confirm this.
Many of the other major forums with jihadi street cred remain offline today.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, SOFIR has re-released its report on al-Ekhlaas membership.
Taliban Spokesman Arrested
SLAMABAD – Pakistani soldiers arrested the spokesman for the Taliban in the Swat Valley and four other commanders, the military announced Friday, striking its first direct blow against the leadership of the insurgency in the one-time tourist resort.I know for a fact that the other Taliban spokesmen and their webmaster are known to the Pakistanis. Arrest them too, then I might actually believe you care. Pakistan is so consistently inconsistent on these matters. I'm getting tired of the US sending them money to ignore stuff.
...An army statement said Swat Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan and commanders Mahmood Khan, Fazle Ghaffar, Abdul Rehman and Sartaj Ali had been arrested in the suburbs of Mingora, the Swat Valley's main city.
The first two had bounties of 10 million rupees ($121,000) on their head, the army said.
The detainees were being interrogated and security forces were already "conducting operations" based on information the detainees had given during the questioning, the army statement said, without giving details.
Muslim Khan, who spent several years in the United States, frequently called media outlets to claim responsibility for attacks. In an interview with The Associated Press in April, he said that Osama bin Laden was welcome to stay in the valley. Since the offensive, he has rarely been quoted by the media.
Obama says Islam has changed the face of America...
...and we couldn't agree more.
Why do you tolerate these foreign interloping Arabs anyway?
Via Guardian: The most significant recent development is evidence that al-Qaida's alliance with the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan is fraying, boosting the prospect of acquiring intelligence that will lead to Bin Laden's capture or death. Despite an intensive US-led manhunt, there has not been a credible lead on the Saudi-born al-Qaida leader in years. Bin Laden's nickname among some CIA hunters is "Elvis" because there have been so many false sightings of him.They are your "Honored Guests"? Its seems to me they have abused your hospitality and brought with them nothing but death and destruction. Your death and destruction. Have they worn out their welcome yet? They are the guests that never leave.
But we can help you with that. All it takes is one satellite phone call.
Two ACORN Employees Fired
Well that's good news and all, but ACORN does this every time they are caught breaking the law. They fire the employees and claim, "we had no idea".
Well after a while it starts to form a pattern and its about time the ACORN organization was held accountable for their actions.
I'm tired of my taxpayer dollars being sent to an organization tho commits voter fraud, intimidates banks into making bad loans, thus costing all of us via the 'bailouts" etc etc etc.
Given the record of ACORN over time its clear they are no better than a racket. A type of organized crime right out in the open.
727th EACS ("Kingpin") Present - Payback is a Bitch Reprise
Yes that's right, your fave war porn. Youtube don't like it. But hey I still have a copy.
Never forgive never forget, Payback's a bitch.
Update: If you are having trouble viewing the embedded copy, here's the direct link to the video.
Its worth the click.
Keith Olbermann (D) Is The Worst Person In The World
This is going to seem like a repeat posting, but it isn't.
We now officially have the most obnoxious, least informed, most abrasive fool on television lecturing others about civility (as if you didn't know this was going to happen):
September 10, 2009
HORRIFIC BOMBSHELL: Joe Wilson Took NoDoz Caffiene Pills in 2007 Or Something
Of course, this is just a pathetic leftwing non-smear-in-the-making (they're obviously trying to make you think he's some kind of whacked-out drug addict).
Let's compare: Ted Kennedy (D) killed a woman and was an alcoholic - sorry, because he was an alcoholic. Barack Obama (D) admitted he did coke and pot in college - habitually. That was acceptable behavior, according to Joe Wilson's critics.
Calling the Liar in Chief a liar in the midst of his weaving a tapestry of lies and taking caffeine pills two years ago is not acceptable behavior to those same people.
Wait - I'm sorry - heckling the President when speaking to Congress is OK when it's a Republican. I forgot the rules changed again.
So a question for those interested: is smoking cigarettes OK now? Obama smokes. Ask a doctor what he'd prefer you do if you had to choose - caffeine pills or cigarettes. Who is (and in Wilson's case, was) being more irresponsible regarding their own health - Obama or some Congressman who you didn't know existed until last night?
Up is down, black is white, freedom is slavery, ignorance is bliss, yadda yadda.
Out: KSM as Wookie Photo
In: KSM as bin Laden Photo
This is not your father's Khalid Shiekh Mohammad. The photo was taken by the Red Cross at Guantanamo Bay, then sent to KSM's family, who then promptly leaked it to forums linked to Islamist radicals (or who gave it to confidants who, unsurprisingly, hang out at Islamist forums).
There are actually more photos of KSM -- along with another Gitmo detainee Ammar al-Baluchi -- here.
Thanks to Howie.
Please Charles, Stop
Robert is no extremist. You know this. Stop it.
I'm right there with you on Birtherism. I'm right there with you on Israel. I'm right there with you on the hypocrisy of politicians like Geert Wilders wanting to ban the Quran.
But to imply that Robert Spencer is an extremist because some of his sponsors are Christians dedicated to the Christian principle that homosexuality is a sin is to imply that most Americans are extremists. Something which by definition can't be true.
They might be wrong -- maybe both the Old and New Testament are way off base and God approves of homosexuality -- but they're not extremists.
As for the alleged fascist tendencies of some the anti-jihadis in Europe I can only make the observation that almost all European political parties have fascist tendencies by your definitions. Nearly all left and right wing parties in Europe support banning "hate speech" of one kind or another.
If Geert Wilders is a "fascist" for this than so is Tony Blair. Both are wrong on the issue, of course, but neither is a fascist.
Charles, if you think the "anti-jihad movement" (if such a thing exists) has gone too far then call them out when they are wrong on what they are wrong about.
But stop the guilt by association nonsense.
I'm not even saying that some of the European movements and groups you have identified as having fascist roots and tendencies don't have those tendencies and roots. They may very well have. But it's the nature of European parliamentary government that centrist groups must --- and I mean must -- cooperate with extremists.
For instance, I was sent a link to this article today. Note that the committee heading the investigation into the wearing of the burka is headed by a member of the Communist Party. By any and every definition of the word a Communist -- even by European standards -- is an extremist.
If extremists and non-extremists can work together in parliaments across Europe where they make laws, then I'm not sure I get the fundamental objection to them sharing a stage at a conference discussing (ie, talking about but with no actual power to do anything about) the threat of political Islam -- something far less consequential.
So, stop it. So what if some of Robert Spencer's friends and sponsors are Christians? And so what if some of the Christians invited some (maybe) less than savory characters to share a meal with Robert Spencer (a meal which didn't happen and which Robert Spencer didn't even invite the alleged unsavory characters to)?
I've had dinner with Communists. Many times. Many many times. It says nothing about me or my beliefs on Communism. Hell, I've shared the stage at academic conferences with people who by any and every measure are extremists of all stripes.
It's not even guilt by association. It's guilt by association with those who are guilty of association. Guilt by association, once removed.
And if you're not trying to imply that Robert is some sort of extremist, than what is the point of all of these posts pointing out (sometimes, erroneously) that Robert has been invited to speak somewhere by extremists, that he has shared a stage with extremists (or shared a stage with someone who was at a rally once with extremists), that he has hyperlinked to someone who might be birther, or that he accepted an invitation to eat with someone who also might have invited extremists to eat?
Seriously, if that's not your intention than what is the point? The only other thing I can think of to explain it is that this has turned in to some petty blog war. Is that it?
Either way it is just silly and it has got to stop. Please.
UPDATE: I've avoided posting this for months. LGF is one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place. Charles has been something of a mentor to me for years. It --- literally -- hurts to write this post.
But, Robert is also a mentor. My links to the right are sequential order of when they were added to the blogrolll. You'll notice that LGF is just above Jihad Watch.
Which is why I think Brian from Snapped Shot expresses how I've been feeling for some time:
I expressed very strongly my neutrality in the long-past blogwar between Charles and Robert Spencer. In much the same manner as a child of divorcées tries to express neutrality when their parents fight, I reckon.For a little while I was privately trying to get Charles to reconcile with Robert (Rusty as Hayley Mills and Hayley Mills in Parent Trap)-- to no avail. And I still hope Charles will see that what he is doing vis a vis Robert is just wrong.
I've publicly (and privately) disagreed with Robert over this or that. Again, I call on Charles to do this when the occasion merits. But fairly. And on the merits of the argument.
Robert isn't running for office. We don't need to worry about a possible Spencer Administration or his Supreme Court nominees -- the Spencer Court.
In other words, he doesn't deserve the same level of scrutiny as, say, someone running for President of the United States. Someone with real power. Who might just actually let some of his cookie friends become a Green Jobs czar or something.
Moving on and looking at the comments, I see there are a lot of pissed off people who have been banned from LGF. I have no beef in that fight. LGF is Charle's blog. He can ban whomever he likes. It's not a public forum.
Start your own blog if you don't like it. And by the looks of the comments, it seems like some of you have.
Me? This isn't a free speech issue to me. I'm just too busy/lazy to ban some of your sorry asses! (Or have tried and failed --> Greyrooster)
Posts by me = my opinon. Posts by other Jawa authors = their opinion. Comments = your opinions.
Your opinions are sometimes insightful, sometimes wrong, sometimes hateful, and sometimes pretty damn funny.
As to the allegation in the comments that this or that website is a "hate site" because this or that web program classifies it as such, I will remind readers that one of the first links I got from LGF was when we got banned from Google News years ago for "hate speech". So I find that kind of ironical.
You know who also guilty of hate speech crimes? You. A computer program told me so. I flagged your speech as hate. Then the computer told me it was hate. Now it is empirical fact that your comments are hate!
If you don't know what GIGO is, look it up. Don't trust everything a computer program tells you.
The most ironic comment goes to one anonymous and moronic commenter who writes:
Perhaps you should ask Mr Spencer to stop lying about his associations and about Mr Johnson as well.Lying about his associations? So, he's defending a guilt-by-association argument with a (inaccurate) guilt-by association argument?
Anyway, I really hope Charles will think about this. At the very least, I hope he can just drop it with the posts about Robert and just learn to do what the rest of us do to people we've had a falling out with: ignore them.
Lessons on Civility From MSNBC
Just because. When the Obama News Network at MSNBC gets in high dudgeon about "incivility," they need to be reminded of their crown jewel star and his "civility."
Watch the Worst Person in the World doing what he does best - being a hypocritical, hyperpartisan, lying, bootlicking hack - and not being "civil" about it:
PS - Did you catch Screamin' Dean concerned that the Democrats disagreed strongly with Bush's deficits?
And you wonder why Joe Wilson called the head of the Democrats a liar last night? Their whole party is a lie.
Irony? YouTube Video of Zawahiri Explaining Why YouTube is Important for the Jihad
Ayman says "Click me for more info. Click me hard."
In the headline I put forth irony as a question. Of course it's not irony. It's the exact opposite of irony.
In this case we have al Qaeda using YouTube for ejihad in the exact way in which they claim they are going to use YouTube -- to spread their vile propaganda.
I'll refer you to Aaron's post for the relationship between YouTube user "albatr2" and JARCHIVE.INFO -- a repository of jihad videos.
But let me also point out some other troubling info from the user. Let's point out the links from the video's information side bar. In addition to his own link at jarchive.info, he provides "related forums" Of course, they're all various urls which will take you to al Fallujah forum -- al Qaeda's #1 hangout on the internet.
And who is linking this video? (Or was, two days ago before that particular url lost dns)
Unsurprisingly, the video is most popular in what two countries? Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
And yet YouTube has the gall to claim that they no longer allow terrorists to use their platform to spread propaganda, recruit, and raise money? Puh-lease!
Video: Republican Outbursts at Obama Speech w/ Sound Enhancement
Yet another one from TNOYF.
Stephen Farrell: Self Indulgent A$$Hole Costs Brit His Life
Via The Telegraph:
Mr Farrell, 46, and his interpreter, Sultan Munadi, 34, a father-of-two, were kidnapped on Saturday after they had travelled to the site of a US air strike on fuel tankers in the northern province of Kunduz in which 75 people were killed.Well you and the NYTs got your story Mr. Farrell. Now what are you going to do for those who mourn Sultan Munadi and the soldier who died for your life?
Afghan police and intelligence officers repeatedly warned journalists including Mr Farrell that it was too dangerous to go to the site.
...While Mr Farrell, who was kidnapped in iraq five years ago, and Mr Munadi were interviewing Afghans near the site of the bombing an elderly man warned them to leave as the Taliban were on their way.
But they stayed and shortly afterwards gunshots rang out and they were taken into captivity.
One senior Army source said: “When you look at the number of warnings this person had it makes you really wonder whether he was worth rescuing, whether it was worth the cost of a soldier’s life. In the future special forces might think twice in a similar situation.”
Another military source said: “This reporter went to this area against the advice of the Afghan police. So thanks very much Stephen Farrell, your irresponsible act has led to the death of one of our boys.”
Filed under Assmaggots for obvious reasons.
Bin Laden: The Comic Book (bin Laden desecrates Quran?)
Osama bin Laden as a comic book hero? Leave it to the French....
To be honest, the book seems less like bin Laden as hero and more like bin Laden as comic heroic foil. In which case I'm all for it. I'd say more on it, but the article I was pointed to is in German, so I've no idea what it's really about.
But look closely at the cover. No, not at the burka babe's nipples -- moronic pervs.
Under bin Laden's foot. Is that a Quran he's desecrating?
Thanks to Larry.
UPDATE: Thanks to Guest in the comments, here's a Radio Netherlands story:
Bin Laden Naked is a comic book that illustrates the humorous contradictions of religious extremism. The graphic work provides insight into the religious extremism that is spreading in some Islamic countries, particularly after the rise of al-Qaeda and Bin Laden.Three words I never want to hear used together again: Bin. Laden. Naked.
So, it is definitely anti-bin Laden and anti-radical Islam. But notice the Radio Netherlands wording in the intro paragraph that I reproduced above: religious extremism.
I wonder if Radio Netherlands would use the same terminology to describe the Dali Lama or other Buddhists with an extremist view on non-violence? I doubt it. Which is why the all-religions-are-the-same meme is so glaringly false.
Video: ACORN in Baltimore Helps Pimp & Prostitute With Taxes/Housing
And housing for underage prostitutes smugglers from el-Salvador.
The ACORN helper tells the pimp, "You don't have to worry about them" and "They don't exist" when speaking of the underage illegal immigrant prostitutes. Never seemingly worried at all at all about he victimization of underage girls.
Hat Tip: Katie.
UPDATE by Macktastick Wicked Rsluty: My cover. It's been blown!
Zionist Controlled Snake Bites Palestinian Woman; Returns to Super Sekrit Zionist Snake Base
Locals, who have often accused settlers of releasing wild boars into Palestinian villages and farmland, said the snake was likely released from a nearby Israeli settlement, noting that after the attack it escaped toward the settlement.Wow, that's pretty neat. Almost like the evil robot bigfoot. I wonder if it can ride a Harley?
Ohio terror mosque commissions interview with Rifqa Bary's parents
For the past week the media was conducting a full-court press to disassociate the terror-tied Ohio mosque named in Florida court documents in the Rifqa Bary case from her parents, Mohamed and Aysha Bary. After Rifqa's attorney submitted an extensively footnoted 35 page brief to the court on the Noor Islamic Cultural Center's ties to terrorism and Rifqa's own affidavit explaining her family's association with the terror mosque, the Orlando Slantinel and the Columbus Disgrace went into overdrive to push the narrative that Rifqa's family were not involved with the mosque. "Rifqa Bary who?" mosque officials told their media dhimmis.
With the media having accomplished their dutiful task, the Noor Center has now sent their own official videographer, Zerqa Abid of Zapsmedia, to film an interview with the Bary family just to prove they have nothing to do with the Bary family! In the picture below, we can see Zerqa conducting an interview at the Noor Center and identified as the director of the "Noor Media Group".
Zerqa's videos for the Noor Islamic Cultural Center can be found on the mosque's Noor TV page. Here's Zerqa Abid's interview with the Bary family:
But whatever you do, don't you even dare try to link the Noor Center with the Rifqa Bary case, you nasty Islamophobe.
Another shot of Zerqa Abid below the fold from this Reuters story about how great the niqab is!
September 09, 2009
Congressman Joe Wilson Tells The Truth, With Unhappy Ending
Since You, Too, Were Washing Your Hair, Or Trying To Help Me Get Howie's Harley Back In Mafia Wars on Facebook
I have decided to post the entire video, and, as an added bonus, the entire text of our Glorious Leader's address to Congress.
The Jawa Report, doing the same crap other bloggers do, but with better hair. And Harleys.
UK Rejects Cancer Drug Due to Cost
(London, England) Proven effective against liver and kidney cancer, Bayer Company's drug Nexavar has been rejected as too expensive by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Britain's healthcare bean-counting watchdog.
Nexavar received a preliminary rebuff from NICE in May but Bayer had hoped to convince the agency Nexavar was worth paying after it put forward a patient access scheme that would have reduced the cost of treatment to the National Health Service.Ironically, those cancer patients denied the most advanced health treatments and potential greater longevity can only blame NICE people. British patients must unfortunately be satisfied that they receive the very best health care that bureaucrats can provide.
Bayer said the decision on its drug, known generically as sorafenib, for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma was a blow to patients.
"We thought we had satisfied NICE's criteria for how Nexavar would be assessed -- however, the goal posts appeared to have moved," said Nicole Farmer, the company's British head of oncology.
"This proposal by NICE conflicts dramatically with the government's strategy to bring UK cancer outcomes in-line with the rest of Europe, where Nexavar is already widely available in countries such as France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Romania, and Greece."
Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common form of liver cancer, accounting for 80 to 90 percent of all primary liver tumors.
Things To Do During Obama's Latest Attempt To Emulate Big Brother
I think I'll either wash my hair, or try to get Howie's Harley back for him. Don't ask about Howie's Harley, he'll kill you before he tells you.
What will you be doing?
Game changer if it happens..
Michael Goldfarb reports : The boss hears from two sources that Hillary Clinton is considering stepping down as Secretary of State this fall in order to run for Governor of New York.Could Barry have a challenger in 2012.
If so Team Clinton will play to win this time.
Taxpayers Lose Tens of Billion in Auto Bailout
Just think of the miracles that could be worked if we just fork over freedom and choice to the government in the health care sector.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Taxpayers face losses on a significant portion of the $81 billion in government aid provided to the auto industry, an oversight panel said in a report to be released Wednesday.More money flushed down the O-shaped toilet of the Obama Administration.
The Congressional Oversight Panel did not provide an estimate of the projected loss in its latest monthly report on the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. But it said most of the $23 billion initially provided to General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC late last year is unlikely to be repaid.
"I think they drove a very hard bargain," said Elizabeth Warren, the panel's chairwoman and a law professor at Harvard University, referring to the Obama administration's Treasury Department. "But it may not be enough."
Now who's up for some government-run, "cost-cutting" health care, courtesy of the same dolts who orchestrated this disaster?
Looks Like al Qaeda in Somalia's Biggest Fans Are Having a Rough Month
Name: al Qimmah Forum
Purpose: Al Shabaab support
Membership: Somali expats in US, Canada, and Europe
Good News: Indonesia to Stone Adulterers
"Unmarried people who commit adultery will be caned one hundred times and married persons will be stoned to death"Update: What if Mohammad had written the Gospel According to John Chapter 8 (Red letter edition)?:
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, Kill the bitch!
Face Melting Anger: New Rules of Engagement Getting Marines Killed
Dashing from boulder to boulder, diving into trenches and ducking behind stone walls as the insurgents maneuvered to outflank us, we waited more than an hour for U.S. helicopters to arrive, despite earlier assurances that air cover would be five minutes away....Thanks to Brian.
U.S. commanders, citing new rules to avoid civilian casualties, rejected repeated calls to unleash artillery rounds at attackers dug into the slopes and tree lines — despite being told repeatedly that they weren't near the village.
UPDATE: WWYD? (What Would Yoda Do?):
I don't mean to be glib, but as Yoda said: Do or do not. There is no try. That may be a bit of silly Space Confuscianism but it's a damn good guideline in fighting a war. Our troops deserve a hell of a lot better than dying not to vindicate an important national security goal but merely to provide some politicians with political cover.
Five Lies Obama Will Say Tonight; Also, Just What is a Blue Dog Democrat?
Gabriel Malor has a top five list of Obama's lies he expects to hear tonight. The most important one to me is, "The President will say that his plan is deficit neutral."
I was talking to an aide for a top Blue Dog Democrat yesterday and he was going on and on about why his guy wasn't going to vote for Obamacare under any circumstance.
Most of those reasons being connected to [paraphrasing], "and we had to have a police escort to get out of that townhall meeting." In other words, he's not voting for it because its unpopular.
I then reminded him that I was under the impression that the one unifying factor of Blue Dog Democrats was that they were deficit hawks.
He scratched his head. His guy had voted for TARP I, TARP II, and the stimulus.
I guess the Blue Dogs have taken a cue from Obama and thrown deficit reduction under the bus.
I remember going to this particular Congressman's office during the Bush years. You know what he, and every other Blue Dog Democrat had in the hallways of the Rayburn building? A chart showing the deficit.
So what does it mean to be a Blue Dog these days I wonder? Does it just mean a Democrat from a Red district who is forced to talk like a conservative but only occasionally (when forced) to vote like one?
Or is a Blue Dog just Nancy Pelosi with a Southern accent?
What Terrorists Read: Dreams from My Father
Is the fact that jihadis in Guantanamo Bay are reading Obama's "Dreams from My Father" relevant or not? Discuss.
Saudi Terrorist Drives from Yemen to Saudi for Wife and Returns to Yemen
Bloomberg notes “It is paramount for the Yemeni authorities to crack down on the vast infrastructure of al-Qaeda in the country,” Gunaratna said. “Yemen is becoming an epicenter of global terrorism.” Its a comprehensive article but the Sa'ada War is not a full blown Iran/Saudi proxy war, yet.
Webster Brooks adds some important context: "As the poorest Gulf oil state Yemen is the regional nerve center for trafficking arms, narcotics and harvested body parts, transiting jihadists and sponsoring Somali pirating operations." Its not only a corrupt regime but a criminalized one.
Meanwhile there's still 150,000 sick, starving war refugees who have been denied international aid because the government refuses to cease bombing. The food is on the ground in Yemen, but they can't get it to the people.
Congress (D) Exempts Itself From Public Option Because, Well, It's Terrible
Crappy, inferior, government-run health care for thee, but not for me:
Public anger may explain why the White House is now insisting that Congress has not exempted itself from the Public Option, most notably in [a] new "Reality Check" video on the White House web site featuring former ABC reporter Linda Douglas, who now flaks for Obama as communications director for the White House Office of Health Care Reform.Bonus points for the propagandizing hack Linda Douglas lying through her teeth to you, the peons, who are forced to swallow this garbage that they're forcing on you.
The problem is, according to The Heritage Foundation's Robert Moffitt, the White House assertion is "incorrect."
[...] Moffit points to an amendment offered by Rep. Dean Heller, R-NV, during a House Ways and Means Committee meeting just before the recess began that would have required Members to be covered by the Public Option plan if they approve it for private citizens.
Predictably, however, the Heller amendment was defeated, with all 21 committee Democrats voting against it.
Kidnapped NYT Journalist Freed by Brit Commandos
Helicopter-borne British commandos raided a Taliban compound and freed kidnapped New York Times journalist Stephen Farrell, 46, taken last Saturday in Kunduz. Sadly, two good men were lost. It's reported that a British commando and Farrell's interpreter, Mohammad Sultan Munadi, were killed during the rescue operation.
Mr Farrell said that Mr Munadi went forward, shouting: “Journalist! Journalist!” but dropped in a hail of bullets. “I dived in a ditch,” he said, adding that he did not know whether the shots had come from allied or militant fire.Understandably, the British Minister of Defense did not confirm the death of the commando nor the involvement of special forces. (More ....)
After a minute or two, the dual Irish-British national who is a former Middle East correspondent for The Times, said that he heard more British voices and shouted: “British hostage!” The British voices told him to come over. As he did, he saw Mr Munadi's body.
“He was lying in the same position as he fell,” Mr Farrell said. “That’s all I know. I saw him go down in front of me. He did not move. He’s dead. He was so close, he was just two feet in front of me when he dropped."
September 08, 2009
Is this good or bad?
So, I just asked my two older kids what they thought about Obama's speech today. Let me paraphrase my conversation with my oldest daughter.
The speech from the President today. We talked about it this morning.
Oh, I asked my teachers about that after I got to school and they didn't know anything about it.
Um, I Think we have bigger problems here ....
Update: Just in case it wasn't clear from the above -- I'm blogging from iPhone again -- they didn't show the speech because apparantly they didn't know about it. What sand have these teachers been burying their heads in?
I'm much more worried about stupid teachers than Obama's stupid speech.
Reid Threatens Reconciliation Route on Health Care
The most important tidbit from today's Pelosi/Reid press conference:
"We still, after all these months, still have a place at the the table for Republicans," he said. "We do not want to do reconciliation unless we have no alternative."Translation: "Ya needs 'protection,' see? Otherwise things might not be too healthy for ya. Now gimme da dough, see."
And Pelosi calls health care reform protesters "mobsters?"
Video: Stargate Universe Babes' Wookie Mating Call
Tuesday afternoon Star Wars stupid. Wait, did I say stupid? I meant sexy.
Thanks to Flea.
Two foreigners among seven dead in NWA drone strikes
PESHAWAR/MIRAMSHAH: Seven persons including two foreign militants were killed and same number of others injured in drone missile strikes by a CIA-operated US spy plane in Machikhel village in the Mirali subdivision of the restive North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on Monday evening.Bill Roggio has some background on those killed.
Official and tribal sources told The News from Mirali by telephone that a car, which was entering an alleged compound of foreign fighters, was hit by the drone in Machikhel village. They said five people sitting in the car were killed on the spot. Subsequently, the sources said that seven persons were killed in the attack and same number of others injured. There were unconfirmed reports that the dead included a known Pakistani Jihadi commander Ilyas Kashmiri. Those believed to have been killed in the attack included two Arabs, three Punjabi militants and three locals.
A member of al-Qaeda named Mustafa Algaziri, a native of Algeria, was also found spotted at this place, but it was not known if he was there when the drone attack took place.The drone fired two missiles, which destroyed the car and caused partial damage to a room of the house. Seven other people sitting in the open for Iftar-dinner were injured in the missile attack.
Mustafa al Jaziri is a senior military commander for al Qaeda. "Jaziri sits on al Qaeda's military shura [council]," a senior US military intelligence official told The Long War Journal. "He is an important and effective leader." Jaziri is an Algerian national.Killing a member of the military shura council is a huge fete.
Good News: Taliban Sockpuppets Now on YouTube
The UnjustMedia.Com, now on YouTube. The website is run by a bunch of traitors -- literally, traitors -- in Canada. The "report" is simply a compilation of statistics as published by the Taliban themselves at the al Somod website.
Notice the use of the term "terrorists" and "enemies" to describe NATO forces.
The numbers put forth by the Taliban are completely made up -- 3 planes downed? -- but the important thing, in my mind, is not the accuracy of the report it is the report itself. Here is a Canadian website using an American company -- Google, which owns YouTube -- to spread enemy propaganda during an actual shooting war.
Having dupes in the West willing to propagandize for the enemy is bad enough -- remember that at least one "Tokyo Rose" was convicted of treason after WWII (and at least her defense she had no choice in making anti-US propaganda; can the traitors at the Unjust Media make the same claim?) -- but to have a U.S. corporation facilitate this?
It seems to me that those with family members killed in Afghanistan have reasonable grounds for a lawsuit here.
Suicide (Bombing) Is Painless
Feffer's 3,375 word apologia is summed up in this passage
We have our suicide bombers—we call them heroes. We have our culture of indoctrination—we call it basic training. We kill civilians—we call it collateral damage.Who are these holy martyrs to the cause of Western civilization? Well, Will Smith in the movie, I Am Legend. Sure, obviously a movie character blowing himself up to destroy a pack of zombie vampires is the exact equivalent of a devout Muslim youth walking onto an Israeli schoolbus wearing a suicide vest. Feffer also cites WWII-vintage American propaganda flicks (because Hollywood only makes propaganda for our enemies now).
But wait! Feffer has a military example from US history. Two hundred and five years ago a US Navy ship deliberately blew itself and its volunteer crew up trying to inflict damage on enemy vessels in Tripoli. Feffer describes the war against the Barbary Pirates as "America's first war against Islam." Forget the piracy, murders, hostage-taking, and demands for tribute.
And that's all it takes for Feffer to "justify" the 9/11 attacks. The terrorists hit the Pentagon, thus, 9/11 was a military strike, no different from American strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In Feffer's twisted weasel mind Chechnyan Muslim terrorists murdering hundreds of schoolchildren are exactly the same as Predator-launched Hellfire missiles targeting al Qaeda terrorist leaders.
And some, including one of the bloggers who exposed Van
Johnson Jones (damn, now Queef Olberdork will call me the Worst Person in the World again), consider the Institute for Policy Studies to be the President's "idea bank."
Al Qaeda Mole in New York UN Headquarters?
A Canadian diplomat who was held hostage by al Qaeda's North African affiliate believes he was betrayed. Robert Fowler, who was taken hostage by al Qaeda in the Islmic Maghreb, believes the circumstances leading to his capture is evidence that someone with knowledge of his diplomatic mission gave that information to the terrorist network.
What circumstances? Fowler was traveling within an area deemed "safe" by the U.N. -- one where al Qaeda normally does not operate. Because of this, he was traveling without body guards. And he thinks this is why al Qaeda hit him when they did. They also seemed to know who he was when they captured him.
But who could have tipped al Qaeda off? Fowler speculates to the CBC:
It could be the government of Niger, could be an al Qaeda sympathizer in the U.N. office in Niger, in the U.N. office in West Africa, in the ... secretariat building in New York.Speculation? Yes. But would it come as surprise to any one to learn that there were al Qaeda sympathizers at the UN's New York headquarters?
UPDATE: Oh, yeah.
Good News: "Partners in Peace" Helping al Qaeda
Over the past month the biggest story on the Islamist forums I follow has been Hamas' war with al Qaeda's Gaza affiliate, which culminated in the killing of its leader Abu Musa al-Maqdisi at the Ibn-Taymiyah mosque.
In the following weeks, there have been revenge killings and a call to arms from Salafi jihadists against Hamas.
What was a simple red on red good news story just turned into a complicated red on red on red story. Good news still? Only if you forget that the U.S. government gives millions of dollars to the Palestinian Authority which is run by Fatah. Yes, the same Fatah that may be now backing the al Qaeda elements in Gaza.
A Palestinian news agency quoted Gaza security source as alleging Fatah operatives assisted al-Qaeda affiliated groups to carry out a series of attacks on Hamas targets in the Strip.Would it be wrong to admit that I'm very conflicted over this?
Terror Lawyer Key Organizer of "Islam on Capital Hill"
I've mostly ignored the many emails urging me to write on the upcoming "Islam on Capital Hill" event. I had two reasons for this.
First, others -- like Robert Spencer -- have been covering the event and some of the links between it and its organizers have to radical Islam and Islamism. I pretty much assume you all read Jihad Watch, so what more could I add?
Second, some of the blog posts and emails directing me to them have been rather silly. Some of the emails and posts have complained that Muslims are getting together on Capital Hill -- as if the very presence of Muslims was enough to cause concern.
I'm generally no more concerned with Muslims getting together on Capital Hill than I am about Muslims going to Disneyland.
However, just as with protests or other mass mobilization events, those organizing the event may have ulterior motives or hope to use the events for recruiting purposes. The individual protester or event goer may be unaware of those motives and not share the views of organizers.
So, it comes as no great surprise to learn that one of the key organizers of Islam on Capital Hill, Hassen Abdellah, is a lawyer representing accused terrorists:
-Mr. Abdellah was the attorney for Faruq Brent, aka Mahmud Al Mutazzim who pled guilty to providing material support for Lashkar-e-TaibaThere's much more in the link.
-Mr. Abdellah is the chairman of the board at Masjid Dar ul Islam Elizabeth
-Mr. Abdellah was the attorney for Mahmoud Abouhalima, who was charged in the bombing of the World Trade Center....
-Mr. Abdellah is president of the Muslim Brothers Movement Inc...
-Mr. Abdellah represented Numan Malafi who was convicted of making false statements to federal agents...
-Mr. Abdellah was briefly the lawyer of Mohamed el-Atriss, who was convicted of selling fake IDs to two of the 9/11 hijackers...
It seems to me that the narrative Abdellah and many others tell themselves is that Muslims are unfairly being targeted by law enforcement. The Muslim community would do well to reject this narrative and accept the truth: the vast majority of terrorists in the world today are Muslims. And the vast majority of their victims are also Muslims.
Pro-Liberty Rallies Across the Nation this Weekend. Find One HERE.
Thousands of Americans are descending on Washington, DC this weekend for a March on Washington.
But you don't have to go to DC to stand up for liberty.
There are pro-liberty, anti-socialism events taking place across the country this weekend.
The Common Sense Citizens Network has posted a list of September 12th events HERE. Just punch in your zip code to find a September 12th rally near you!
Is Obama the Antichrist or The One?
I have four kids, three of whom are old enough to be in school. I told them to pay attention to Obama's speech today.
The last time I checked, he's the President of the United States. I'm an American. He's my President.
Let's all do him the courtesy of recognizing him as such.
For eight years we fought a losing battle with those infected with Bush Derangement Syndrome -- not because we were Bush partisans but because it was the right thing to do.
I had hoped that we were over those days, but judging by my inbox we're not. And if I don't misjudge, at least some of those ascribing evil motives and nefarious plots to Obama are the same people who would have absolutely scoffed -- rightly so -- if such attributes were ascribed to Bush.
Perhaps Hofstadter was right in judging that the paranoid style in American politics is endemic -- although, I would take out the "American" in his catchphrase and note that the paranoid style of politics is probably an ubiquitous phenomenon found all over the world.
Maybe there is something about the human psyche that longs for grand plots and conspiracies to explain away our personal or social failures?
In any event, if you kept your kid home today because you were worried that The One was going to send out his mesmerizing brainwaves and somehow gain another recruit I would suggest that you've succumbed to a social paranoia.
Obama is no more the antichrist than he is The One.
Don't let your dislike of Obama become the mirror image of the starry eyed fools who worship him.
Terror Plot Against Germany
Intelligence chatter in recent months indicate that al-Qaeda operatives are plotting a terrorist attack on unspecified targets in Germany. Security agencies have intercepted communications revealing that al-Qaeda of the Islamic Mahgreb (North Africa) has been assigned to conduct a 9-11 scale terrorist attack on a German target.
According to analysts with the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR), a recently intercepted jihadist communication declares that "everyone knows" that the "next strike is very near, a strike that will surprise everyone in its effect, which will be much more shocking than that of 9/11/2001." The writer of the chilling message notes that this is the Muslim month of Ramadan and that "we pray that it will indeed be in this month."Heads up, everybody! The latest jihadist communications specify timing of the attack to coincide with the end of Ramadan (September 19) and the date of the German national elections (September 27).
After referring to a previous boast by Osama Bin-Laden, that the enemy is afraid and unable to prevent the next attack, the communication says:
"And the Germans, grandchildren of the Nazis, know more than everyone else that they will be the first ones to taste [the nightmare]. It is just a matter of time - that is, days or weeks - and God willing you'll see things that you've never heard of before."
Tip: Ken Solomon
Run, Mary Jo, run!!!!
Ohio Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy is the gift that keeps on giving.
Last Thursday I noted that Jawa operative hourglass had asked Kilroy, Columbus Mayor "Tax Hike" Mike Coleman and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher after they spoke at an Obamacare rally how they intended to pay for Obamacare. Kilroy babbled like an idiot, Fisher claimed that wellness care would pay for it all, and Coleman had the smarts to walk away from the question. That video can be found here.
Now hourglass has done it again. At a sparsely attended rally yesterday in support of Obamacare, hourglass encountered Kilroy firing up the dozen or so supporters in her district that still back the plan. Despite telling the crowd that they need to have their questions answered about Obamacare, when hourglass began asking about whether illegal aliens will be covered under the program, Kilroy first informs our intrepid reporter that it isn't her job to know the details of every bill. Excuse me? I thought that was exactly her job and she gets paid $174k + benefits to know exactly what's in the bill she's stumping for.
But when hourglass continues to press the question, Kilroy simply RUNS AWAY!
Congressional comedy and cowardice at its finest. Full report by hourglass here.
RUN, MARY JO, RUN!!!!!!!!!
September 07, 2009
Arianna Gets All Wee-Weed Up
Epic sour grapes.
Arianna Huffington has posted (or someone who speaks English has posted for her) a "thank-you" to Glenn Beck:
Thank you, Glenn Beck. By helping force the resignation of Van Jones, you have done a great service to your country. But in the exact opposite way than what you intended.Beck's "vile and vicious smear campaign" consisted almost entirely of playing recordings of Van Jones' own words.
Your vile and vicious smear campaign has helped reverse one of the worst examples of miscasting since John Wayne took on the role of Genghis Khan in The Conqueror...
Contrary to the media caricature, the real Van Jones is a thoughtful leader who knows how to use words to move people to action. To stick him behind a desk, working out the details of tax credits for green jobs -- incredibly important though the job is -- was never the best use of his unique and abundant skills.
And, Jones is "...a thoughtful leader who knows how to use words..." You mean words like "asshole" Arianna? Does that move you?
You dirty girl, you. Perhaps you need a spanking.
Three Islamic Terrorists Convicted For Trying to Blow Up Airliner
I see the Brits didn't take the day off.
Via CNN:LONDON, England (CNN) -- Three men were found guilty Monday of plotting to blow up planes on flights between Britain and the United States and Canada, Woolwich Crown Court in London has said.Hat Tip: Rslutty via iphone.......
Abdullah Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar and Tanwir Hussain were all found guilty of conspiracy to murder in a majority verdict of 11 to 1. Five other men were found not guilty.
It was the second trial of the men arrested in August 2006 on suspicion of plotting to blow up planes with liquid explosives in soft-drink bottles.
Study: Men Like Boobies
This ground breaking news brought to you via The Daily Mail:
Women have long complained that their faces are often the last thing men look at – and now a scientific study has proved them right.Gee ya think? How much fun you think the professor had with Photoshop manipulating the boobies?
Researchers found that virtually half – 47 per cent – of men first glance at a woman’s chest. A third of the so-called ‘first fixations’ are on the waist and hips, while fewer than
20 per cent look at the face.
Not only are breasts often the first thing men look at, they also glance at them for longer than any other body part, the experts discovered.
....But the researchers conceded that there could be a more prosaic explanation. ‘Men may be looking more often at the breasts because they are simply aesthetically pleasing....
Why haven't you though of this before Shackleford?
Hat Tip: Writermom.
Isn't the fact that he has not returned all of his earnings to their rightful owners - the equipment manufacturers, staff and no doubt many others who helped him make his propaganda films - being selfish in addition to making him the world's biggest hypocrite (pun intended)?
Exit question: How much do you think that suit set him back?
HT: Gateway Pundit
POW/MIA Recognition Day: Sept. 18
Ran across this because I keep a Google Alert on Ahmed K. Altaie, from a request we had here at Jawa about him.
Via Muskkogee Pheonix: This year POW/MIA Recognition Day is Sept. 18. By custom, it is on the third Friday in September and honors the commitments and sacrifices made by our nation’s prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action.Nuff said... Read the rest.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is one of the six days specified by law on which the black POW/MIA flag shall be flown.
One of the 35 Oklahomans still missing and unaccounted from Vietnam War is CW2 Donald L. Wann, who was shot down June 1, 1971. This is very personal to me because he is my father.
Would You Like To Super Size That Today?
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Get a haircut hippies!
Update: Oh, and read this too....
Update II: Reading the lefty blogs coughhuffhackpopuke, they seem to think they've let Van down. No, Van let America down when he ascribed 9-11 conspiracy theory about al-Qaeda's murder of over 2000 people.
The next point is that an attack on Van Jones is an attack on President Obama because you know, they are both the same color. As if we are too stupid to tell the Neo-Commie Messianic One from the 9-11 Twoofer nutbag. I guess hiring a 9/11 conspiracy nutbag does kinda look bad for Obi-One, even if the nutbag may not have really believed it.
Cause that's just politics on the left right? Betraying your country to its mortal enemy for political gain?
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Law enforcement notified of death threat against Rifqa Bary
The Florida Dept of Law Enforcement and the FBI have been notified of a death threat against Rifqa Bary in the form of a Facebook group that states its mission as "we need to kill her". Facebook has removed the group as of this morning, but a copy of group page from Aug. 28th can still be found in Google cache. The group was created by a Mohamed Sahlan Suhail, whose personal FB page has also been removed.
According to the screen captures posted at Atlas Shrugs, there were at least 123 members of the group as of last night.
And for those of you wondering, yes that would be the same FDLE investigating that found no substantive threat to Rifqa in a report submitted to the court and sealed by the judge last Thursday. Will FDLE now revise its clearly erroneous assessment? Any guesses how many media outlets who picked up the FDLE report meme despite the court's gag order will pick up the story of this death threat? Will the Bary parents' attorney Shayan Elahi and the Council on America-Islamic Relations apologize for stoking the flames of religious hatred and bigotry against Rifqa and the Christian community in this case?
A screen shot of the page from Google cache can be found below the fold:
Olbermann Asks KosKidz For Dirt on Beck
Mincing metrosexual milquetoast Keith Olbermann has posted an appeal at DailyKos for dirt on Glenn Beck. Seems to be a transparent attempt to boost his own ratings above those of SpongeBob reruns.
September 06, 2009
No.10 turns on Obama and Clinton for criticising decision to release Lockerbie bomber
The other shoe drops.
Downing Street has hit back at Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for attacking the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber.
President Obama and the US Secretary of State fuelled a fierce American backlash against Britain, claiming Abdelbaset Al Megrahi should have been forced to serve out his jail sentence in Scotland – but a senior Whitehall aide said their reaction was ‘disingenuous’.
British officials claim Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton were kept informed at all stages of discussions concerning Megrahi’s return.
The officials say the Americans spoke out because they were taken aback by the row over Megrahi’s release, not because they did not know it was about to happen.
What did Obama know and when did he know it?
Eco-Terrorists Topple Radio Towers
(Snohomish County, Washington) Last Friday, members of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) toppled two radio station towers owned by station KRKO-AM. The towers, located about 25 miles north of Seattle, were toppled (photo) using a heavy-construction track hoe which was already at the site.
ELF immediately claimed responsibility with a sign left at the scene and an announcement from its press office.
"Due to the health and environmental risks associated with radio waves emitted from the towers, we applaud this act by the ELF," stated Jason Crawford, a spokesperson for the North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office. [...]KRKO owner Andy Skotdal has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of parties responsible for the destruction. The FBI has taken over the lead role in investigating the incident.
The North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office is a legal news agency representing the earth liberation movement. The NAELFPO reports on the covert direct actions taken by the Earth Liberation Front in defense of the planet.
Van Jones RESIGNS!!!
Waited until midnight on a holiday weekend while the country slept to toss Mr. Jones under that famous bus....only 30 more czars to go.
President Barack Obama's adviser Van Jones has resigned amid controversy over past inflammatory statements, the White House said early Sunday.said early Sunday.Bye!
Jones, an administration official specializing in environmentally friendly "green jobs" with the White House Council on Environmental Quality was linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the 2001 terror attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans.
Update: Van Jones calls us pointing out his past statements <" a vicious smear campaign against me,"
"On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me," Jones, special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said in a statement announcing his resignation just after midnight Saturday. "They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide."Lets be clear the only reason he resigned is someone in the White House focused grouped him and the numbers were so bad.....he had to go under the bus.
He continued: "I have been inundated with calls -- from across the political spectrum -- urging me to 'stay and fight.' But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future."
Lets give Gateway Pundit a big thank you he lead this fight.
On to the next one.
Update 2 (Barbarossa): This deserves some graphic action.
September 05, 2009
Voice of America interviews designated Al-Shabaab terrorist leader
Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, VOA.
A big HT to my buddy Rahm at Terror Free Somalia Foundation who notes that the Voice of America Somali service conducted an interview earlier today with designated terrorist Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys. Apparently Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri were not available to take VOA's calls. Rahm broke the story yesterday of the fifth Minneapolis jihadist killed in Somalia.
TFSF has previously noted the very close ties between the VOA Somali Service and the Al-Qaeda-backed Al-Shabaab in an article published nearly two years ago and the cheerleading by VOA of Al-Shabaab's bloody insurgency.
Even the Somali press mocks the VOA's support of Al-Shabaab, as this cartoon shows Al-Shabaab terrorist Yusuf Indhacadde doing an interview with VOA:
Your taxpayer dollars hard at work, America.
Fifth Minneapolis Somali Al-Shabaab jihadist killed in ambush in Somalia on Friday
An exclusive story from our friends at the Terror Free Somalia Foundation (HT: Rahm), a fifth jihadist from the Minneapolis Somali community, Mohamoud Hassan, was killed in an ambush on Friday as he and his friends were on their way to break their daily Ramadan fast:
A fifth Somali-American Jihadists from Minnesota was killed in his east African homeland today while fighting with the Somali extremist group al-Shabaab, according to a friend. Terrorist Mohamoud Hassan, 23, a student at the University of Minnesota, was apparently killed during heavy fighting between al-Shabaab and African peacekeepers Friday in Mogadishu.
A fellow fighter called at least one friend in Minnesota to report the news of Hassan's death, and some young Somali-Americans were quickly spreading the word Friday night through Facebook status updates.
According to one source who heard directly from the friend who received the phone call, Hassan and others were on their way to break their fast for Ramadan when they were attacked. The source, who knew Terrorist Hassan at the U, requested anonymity because he didn't feel comfortable speaking on behalf of Hassan's family.
As they say, read the whole thing.
Update: The Minneapolis Star Tribune is also now reporting that Hassan's family has heard he was killed yesterday.
Update2: The New York Times front page article on the missing Minneapolis Somalis back in July had this to say about Mohamoud Hassan (note they were listening to Anwar Awlaqi sermons):
If the first men who left for Somalia had struggled to find their place in America, the boys to follow were “our best kids,” in the words of one uncle.
Mohamoud Hassan outdid most of his peers at Roosevelt High School in 2006, becoming one of the few Somali boys to make it to college that year.
He stood out at the University of Minnesota. Answering to the nickname Snake, the tall, lanky freshman wore a black cotton beret and a pencil-thin moustache. Women found him clownishly charming, occasionally giving in to his pleas for their “digits.” The engineering major tried to cultivate a more serious image, writing poetry, debating politics and poring through “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” his friend Hindia Ali recalled.
Even his closest friends found Mr. Hassan an enigma. He had come to the United States without parents or siblings and looked after his ailing grandmother in a dim apartment in the Towers. He longed to return to his homeland, both to experience it for himself and to rebuild it. It was a common obsession among his friends. “It’s just this missing piece of us,” his friend Ruqia Mohamed said.
After the Ethiopian invasion, a circle of listeners sometimes gathered around Mr. Hassan at the Coffman student center. Mr. Hassan, then the vice president of the Minnesota Somali Student Union, defended the occupation, posting an essay on Facebook assailing the insurgents as “a handful of thugs.”
But over time, he began to see things differently.
Mr. Hassan’s interest in the Islamist movement dovetailed with his own religious transformation, friends said. In the fall of 2007 he began downloading sermons onto his iPod and soon was attending the Abubakar mosque.
By then, Mr. Hassan had become upset by the reports of rapes in Somalia and set out to learn more about the insurgency, one friend recalled. He began talking of joining the movement as early as February 2008, around the same time that a friend from the mosque — Mr. Maruf, the former gang member — left for Somalia.
“I wanted to go, so I got to know him,” Mr. Hassan said in a recent telephone conversation from Somalia with a Minneapolis friend.
That May, he was incensed by a United States military air strike that killed Aden Hashi Ayro, a leader of the Shabaab, along with at least 10 civilians. “How dare they?” Mr. Hassan demanded one afternoon at the student center. “Who is the terrorist?”
Mr. Hassan and another university student searched the Internet for jihadist videos and chat rooms, the friend said. They listened to “Constants on the Path to Jihad,” lectures by the Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is suspected of inciting Muslims in the West to violence.
While Somali nationalism had initially driven the men, a friend said, their cause eventually took on a religious cast. They became convinced that Somalia’s years of bloodshed were punishment from God for straying from Islam, the friend said. The answer was to restore the Caliphate, or Islamic rule.
“They saw it as their duty to go and fight,” the friend said. “If it was just nationalism, they could give money. But religion convinced them to sacrifice their whole life.”
Three Ohio Democrats asked about paying for Obamacare, all walk away
Just in time for Labor Day weekend we bring you this blockbuster video taken by Jawa operative "hourglass" Wednesday evening at an Obamacare rally at the Ohio Expo Center featuring hundreds of Democratic party operatives and union mafia goons. Our intrepid reporter asks three different speakers at this event how they are going to pay for this monstrously expensive government handout. Their answers are priceless.
Our first contestant is Columbus Mayor "Tax Hike" Mike Coleman, who immediately walks away from the reporter when asked how Obamacare is going to be paid for. In hindsight, he's the smart one of the three.
Next up is Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy who starts babbling like an idiot about "scoring" and is quickly whisked away by an aide (props to the aide, who realized their woman was sinking).
Last up is Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, who is running for the US Senate seat being vacated by George Voinocich (RINO-OH). Fisher responds that wellness programs will pay for it all and that we need to be sure that "we have a fence at the top of the cliff and not an ambulance below". WTF?????
The full report by hourglass can be found here.
September 04, 2009
Sandcrawler PSA: Posting will be light
...if at all so go enjoy yourselves. Have a great Labor Day weekend, I know I will.
Talking to Pretty Girls Makes Men Teh Schtooopid
And they spent how much money to determine this?
Via The Telegraph:The research shows men who spend even a few minutes in the company of an attractive woman perform less well in tests designed to measure brain function than those who chat to someone they do not find attractive.
Researchers who carried out the study, published in the Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, think the reason may be that men use up so much of their brain function or 'cognitive resources' trying to impress beautiful women, they have little left for other tasks.
Ur uh duh, I er uh two and two is sebun.
Hat Tip: Er uh who was that? Oh yeah, Instapundit I think it was maybe I dunno.
What were you doing on September 11, 2002 Mr.Van Jones while America mourned its dead?
As America gathered to mourn its dead on the one year anniversary of this countries worst terrorist attack people gathered in San Francisco for a 'peace' event one of those headlining the event.
# Wednesday, Sept. 11, 5:30 AM - 7:30 PM ALL-DAY SEPT. 11 PEACE GATHERING Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero at Market Street Join us in commemorating the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, and envisioning a world free of war and violence with a full day of art, culture, spirit, politics, and words of hope. 5:30 AM Buddhist Peace Service 12 Noon Break Bread for Peace Lunch Program 5:30 PM Concert w/Holly Near, Michael Franti, Ram Dass and others peace [at] globalexchange.org http://www.unitedforpeace.org 5:30 AM Buddhist Peace Service Led by the San Francisco Zen Center (impact time at the World Trade Center) 12 Noon -1:00 PM Break Bread Lunch Program Music and words of truth from diverse communities that have experienced violence 1-3pm United My Ass! http://www.truth-now.com If terrorism is a form of warfare, and war terrorizes, then what exactly is a war on terror? got freedom? God 'Less America 5:30 PM Peace Gathering & Concert Performers and presenters include: Michael Franti, Holly Near, Ram Dass Van Jones, Medea Benjamin, Dance Brigade Sat Santokh Khalsa, Guru Singh, Rabbi Michael Lerner Goapele, New Soul Singers, and othersI want to thank aTopsecretK9 at Ace of Spades place for finding this and David Ross at Gateway Pundit for pointing it out.
This places Van Jones at a truther event on Sept 11 2002.
In Chicago, a proposed ordinance will mandate five days in jail for any person caught with an unauthorized gun. Second offenses would result in 15 days mandatory jail time, third offense gets 30 days. The proposal goes to the city council next week.
In Missouri, a bystander pulls out his concealed-carry 9 mm and plugs a woman who threatened two lives. It all started with the alleged theft of a bag of meat and progressed to a victimized woman holding on to the hood of a car for her dear life.
A gun buyback is planned for Nassau County NY on September 12. Unlicensed handguns in working condition can be traded for $200 each with no questions asked. Odd that it's called a buyback since it implies that the guns were originally owned by the government.
In New York City, with some of the toughest gun control in the nation, Mayor Bloomberg has proposed making it also illegal to carry a gun while drunk.
In the sportsmen's paradise, the Louisiana legislature has granted a tax holiday this weekend for customers purchasing firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies. State and local sales taxes will be waived. It's time to stock up.
In Tennessee, a new state law allows guns in public parks but it's not a clear-cut authorization. Local and county ordinances are tied into the new requirements which have confused many people. State legislators may have to revisit the issue for clarification.
Alabama Man Identified as al-Shabaab Leader Abu Mansour al-Amriki
A week after the 9/11 attacks, a young Muslim at South Alabama University told the school's newspaper it was "difficult to believe a Muslim could have done this."Update by Rusty: I inserted the image above of "Abu Mansoor al-Amriki". I grabbed it from a video made by the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) last April on behalf of the al Shabaab terrorists in Somalia.
Now, eight years later, he is professing to launch attacks himself and calling on others to join the fight, as terror-related charges await him at home in Alabama, FOX News has learned exclusively.
..He was born Omar Hammami in May 1984, and he grew up outside Mobile, Ala., in the city of Daphne.
At the time, I wrote:
Here is a close up. Any one recognize the traitor? I'd really like a name if you have it. At the forums, all the bros are saying he's "white". He looks Arab to me.Hmmm, Omar Hammami sounds Arabic to me. Looks like I was right, and the akhis were wrong.
Let me also add this from the Fox story. One wonders where Hmmami learned to embrace his inner jihad?
During his later teenage years, Hammami attended Daphne High School and frequented the Islamic Society of Mobile, one of the most popular mosques in the Mobile area. It's unclear whether he was always a practicing Muslim, but a source told FOX News that he has family ties to Islam. A call to the mosque was not returned.Any mosque with "Islamic Society" in it makes me think that it is part of the Islamic Society of North America -- the Muslim Brotherhood's US and Canadian affiliate.
Rifqa Bary has less rights than a captured Al-Qaeda terrorist
SHAME ON YOU GOV. CHARLIE CRIST!!!!!
One of the bombshell developments from yesterday's hearing in Florida family court in the case of would-be honor killing victim Rifqa Bary is that the Florida Dept of Law Enforcement (FDLE) conducted a three and a half hour interrogation WITHOUT HER ATTORNEYS present - showing that Rifqa has less rights than a captured Al-Qaeda terrorist in Guantanamo Bay. The only thing FDLE stopped short of was waterboarding Rifqa.
Rifqa's court-appointed advocate/guardian ad litem was livid as she had requested that the Dept of Children and Families (DCF) notify her and Rifqa's personal attorney before an interrogation, which never happened. DCF and FDLE - both controlled by FL Gov. Charlie Crist - colluded to make this inquisition happen in the absence of her attorneys.
According to news reports, the guardian ad litem said that 15 minutes into the interview, Rifqa asked about having her attorneys present at which point the three adult male FDLE inquisitors told her that since she was the "victim" in the case, she wasn't entitled to have her attorneys present. Needless to say, her abusive parents had their attorneys present during their interview.
Contact Gov. Charlie Crist and tell him to end the inquisitions by his FDLE and DCF goons:
Governor Charlie Crist's office: Phone: (850) 488-4441, (850) 488-7146
Fax: (850) 487-0801
Florida Department of Children and Family:
George H. Sheldon, Secretary
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Building 1, Room 202
Phone: (850) 487-1111
Fax: (850) 922-2993
I Think Someone's Going to Get a Fatwa
A comic series depicting superheroes based on characteristics of Allah is reportedly on its way to British screens this year.Gee, remember all the stir about the Muhammad cartoons? If depicting Muhammad in images is haram (forbidden in Islam), how much more upset will the radical Islamists be over 99 depictions of Allah in tights? I hope one of the 99 turns out to be a voluptuous woman in a skin tight body suit. That will earn a Fatwa for sure!
The cartoons, named The 99 after the characteristics of Allah, were launched in 2006 as a comic book.
The cast of the comic books include Jabbar, a Saudi Arabian Hulk-type figure and Darr the Afflicter, a paraplegic American who can manipulate nerve endings with his mind to trigger pain.
More characters are being revealed as each comic book is released, but there will never be 99 characters because it is forbidden to depict all of Allah’s attributes.
Obi-One's Suggested Classroom Activities
Before the Speech
* Make sure each student gets a “President Obama Deputy Czar” patch.
* Teachers should create the proper meditative mood by playing appropriate music for a half hour before the speech. We strongly recommend the live version of Crosby Stills and Nash’s “Teach Your Children.” Or anything by Enya.
Update: while I'm on the subject, here's a nice photoshop via email from Nelson.
click for larger
Update II: Same subject, Mr. Right aka Rev. Right is now guest posting satire at IMAO. Here's his first post there.
Remember, our Dear Leader is counting on the cooperation of each and every one of you to help undo any damage that may have been inflicted on our poor, dear children by their awful, evil-mongering parental units during this excruciatingly long and painful summer. Thankfully, though, we have them back under our control now and with your hard work and commitment to our just and noble cause, I am quite certain that their young heads full of mush can still be molded into what our Great Society most needs — conformist worker drones.
How Will Dr. Rusty Shackleford Spend Labor Day?
A rare look behind the scenes at the Sandcrawler.
See Rusty, since you're the blow owner, that makes you management. Thus you scrub while Vinnie and I drink beer with our feet up.
Van Jones Caught on Organizing Committee of 9-11 Truther Event...in 2002
Nice catch here by Gateway Pundit. There's no denying it now - this guy wasn't just a Truther - he was one of the early advocates of this whole mental illness called 9-11 Trutherism, and he kept his toes in it for years. And he's going on record denying that he had any idea what was going on here.
He's either a buffoonish moron without three brain cells to rub together, or he's a 9-11 Truther loonbat. Either way, he's got to go, Barry.
Unfortunately for Van Jones and Obama, this was much worse than initially thought - this promo for a SF march to support an investigation into 9-11 (with the presumption that it was a false flag attack used to justify war) that GP dug up was from only FOUR MONTHS AFTER 9-11, where the rubble was literally still smoking.
And Van Jones - Obama's Green Jobs Czar - was organizing and promoting 9-11 conspiracy theories publicly and openly. Now, this piece of garbage has the ear of the President of the United States.
THIS IS NOT THE VAN JONES OBAMA THOUGHT HE KNEW.
This just in from Facebook:
No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick.
September 03, 2009
Well, I Guess I'm Stupid
My bad. Sorry for any confusion I may have caused with last night's post.
It still doesn't mean I'm keeping my kids home. But I have designed a game for us to play after school that day which we will call "pin the smile on the Joker."
Crowder: Gay Leprechaun
With this image burned in my mind, I may never go to Ireland again!
Human Rights Watch: Saudi Arabia must offer equality to Shias
How about offering equal rights to Christians, Jews, Hindus and anyone else who isn't muslim? BBC
A report by the Human Rights Watch pressure group has detailed what it says is systematic discrimination in Saudi Arabia against Shia Muslims.
Unfavourable treatment of minority Shia extends from education and employment to the justice system, leading to a big increase in sectarian tension, it says.
They comprise 10 to 15% of the Saudi population, and have long complained of being treated as second-class citizens.
Human Rights Watch wants a government commission to tackle the problem.
MoveOn Nut Goes Cannibal at Rally
One of George Soros' pet whackjobs bit off the finger of a 65 year old ObamaCare opponent at a rally in Thousand Oaks, CA:
After the argument, Rice returned to where his own group was standing.Big surprise. Get a rogue billionaire wannabe sonderkommando to fund a group of mentally ill activists and this is what you get.
A man from Moveon.orgs area then walked over to the opponents and verbally confronted Rice, allegedly calling him names and acting aggressively, Bonfiglio said.
Rice later told investigators he felt threatened by the man and punched him in the nose, Bonfiglio said.
The punch set off a fist fight between the two men, during which the tip of Rices left pinky finger was bitten off, Bonfiglio said.
Rice drove himself to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks.
Another man found the bitten-off portion of the finger and brought it to Rice at the hospital, Bonfiglio said.
The suspect fled the scene, authorities said.
A spokesweasel for MoveOn.org "regretted" the incident.
Al Qaeda Frequently Encountered in ... Virginia!??!
When I read this, I was stunned. Bombshell?:
Based on collection requirements established in 2008, al-Qa’ida, Al-Shabaab, HAMAS, Hizballah, Jama’at ul Fuqra, Lashkar-e Tayyiba, and the Muslim Brotherhood were assessed as potential international terrorism threats to Virginia. While most of these groups are known to have individuals that currently live, work, or frequently travel through Virginia, some groups were included in this threat assessment based more on historic data or emerging significance based on world events. These assessments were largely corroborated by recently released data from the Terrorism Screening Center. According to 2008 ground encounter data, the most frequently encountered groups were al-Qa’ida, HAMAS, and Hizballah. Occasionally encountered groupsSo, members of al Qaeda were encountered in Virginia? My immediate thought was that the wording here might be technical. So, I went to a definitional footnote to see how 'encountered' was operationalized:
and movements included Sunni Extremists, Jama’at Tabligh, Palestinian Islamic Jihadb , Islamic Jihad Unionc, Muslim Brotherhood, and the Taliban.
(LES) Encounters include air travel, traffic stops, arrests, firearms purchases, employment checks, and visa applicationsOkay, I'm guessing that most of these "encounters" were false alarms based on routine screenings which turn up false positives based on similar names.
But let's continue with the section specifically dedicated to al Qaeda and its links to Virginia [I've left the footnote numbers in so you can check them in the original if you want]:
Possible activities by al-Qa’ida members or sympathizers within the U.S. include fundraising through hawalas (moneylenders), front businesses, and narcotics sales, as well as recruitment and radicalization.5 Group members or sympathizers may have established a relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. and may be attempting to exploit minority communities that perceive themselves as marginalized. 6,7 Past intelligence indicates group operatives may be entering or attempting to enter the U.S. through Mexico and Latin America.8So, yes most of these 414 "encounters" were database checks -- again, hopefully we are talking about false positives -- but at least some al Qaeda "subjects" were encountered by law enforcement.
According to 2008 Terrorism Screening Center ground encounter data, al-Qa’ida was one of the three most frequently encountered groups in Virginia.9 In 2007, at least 414 encounters between suspected al-Qa’ida members and law enforcement or government officials were documented in the Commonwealth.d Although the vast majority of encounters involved automatic database checks for air travel, a number of subjects were encountered by law enforcement officers.
Double Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!?!
Who are these al Qaeda "subjects" being "encountered" in Virginia??????
While reports of encounters with known members or sympathizers are important to note, the potential for encountering unidentified al-Qa’ida members or sympathizers within existing Salafie populations in Virginia are also cause for concern. Enclaves of Salafist ideology adherents have been identified in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads areas.10 Al-Qa’ida may also have a presence in Central Virginia due to the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood.11 College campuses12 and correctional centers within Virginia also represent potential recruitment and radicalization venues.f According to 2009 public safety survey data, the counties of Fairfax and Spotsylvania reported awareness of individuals potentially linked to al-Qa’ida living, working, or otherwise linked to their jurisdictions.13This is pretty big. Read the footnotes for the sources of this information and you'll see that most of it is open source. Except:
10 (LES) 2009 VFC Threat Assessment Survey: Fairfax County, City of Falls Church, , Spotsylvania County, VSPSo, on the one hand I'm pretty freaking happy that some in law enforcement are taking the homegrown jihad threat seriously. On the other hand, it's not that comforting to know that, yes, those guys next door that you think might be jihadis might actually be jihadis!
11 (LES) 2008 VFC Threat Assessment Survey: FBI Richmond Field Office
12 (LES) 2008 VFC Threat Assessment Survey: Regent University Campus Police;
13 (LES) 2009 VFC Threat Assessment Survey:
I'm still kind of reeling from this. Maybe you've seen the whole report already as it's a few
days months old, but I'm still reading it. It's marked "LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVE" and "NO REPORT OR SEGMENT THEREOF MAY BE RELEASED TO ANY MEDIA SOURCES" but it's already out there.
Canada Free Press has the whole thing in PDF format here.
I'll probably update this post as I read the rest of the document. Let me know via email if there are others who have covered this already and have something worthwhile to say and link to; or, if as you read it something important sticks out.
UPDATE: How come none of you emailed me about this when it was first leaked? You're off the Christmas card list!
Good News: US Supported Somali President Talking with US Designated Terrorist for Inclusion in Government
Looks like Somalia's US backed "President", Sheikh Sharif Ahmed -- leader of the Taliban-like Islamic Courts Union -- is back in talks with his on-again, off-again friend/rival Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys -- leader of the al Qaeda like Hizbul Islam.
Aweys is closely aligned with al Qaeda and is wanted in the U.S. for his role in the African embassy bombings.
Peace at all costs!
The story is here.
Obama Green Jobs "Czar" a 9/11 Conspiracy Nut? [UPDATED]
Is Van Jones, President Obama's "Green Jobs Czar" a 9/11 Truther? Looks like it:
To give him the benefit of the doubt, it could be that someone else signed Van Jones up for the 911Truth.org statement. But it seems right in line with his radicalism -- including his membership in one of the most radical Marxist organizations in the US.
Right: Van Jones with Obama.
He claims to have "evolved" from hardcore communist in the early to mid-1990s to "revolutionary eco-capitalist" -- whatever the hell that means -- in the late 1990s.
One wonders if he has "evolved" enough to reject the 9/11 conspiracies which claim that the US government were behind the attacks now that he is part of the US government?
Remember, this statement with Van Jones' name on it came out in 2004. Perhaps now that Bush-Hitler isn't in power, the 9/11 conspiracy narrative no longer serves Jones' purposes?
Whether he has "changed" or not, this is pretty outrageous. Even in Obama's circle of friends where adherence to communism might be considered a quirky yet respectable position, I can't fathom that Trutherism would be socially acceptable.
I can't say I'm the biggest Glenn Beck fan -- nothing personal, I don't watch any of the talk shows on any of the "news" networks; I just don't like the format -- but of late CJ has been on a crusade against Beck, characterizing him as some sort of nut because Beck has been using some pretty out there language (I am told) to characterize Obama's "czars" as radicals.
Jones already admits he was a radical Marxist. If also turns out that as recently as 5 years ago he was a 9/11 Truther, I wonder if CJ will have to rethink his Glenn Beck is a nut position?
Gateway Pundit has more. Thanks to Mongol.
PS- I just sat down at the computer after teaching a riveting (IMHO) lecture on the allegory of the cave, so I haven't checked out anything beyond Jim Hoft's post yet. Expect updates.
UPDATE: Mongol is following up on this better than I am, so I'll just go ahead and put his comments into the body of the post as an update:
"To give him the benefit of the doubt, it could be that someone else signed Van Jones up for the 911Truth.org statement."Good questions.
That was one of my earlier thought too, but look at the following:
Remember my false alarm about scrubbing? Well what I found out was that Rachel Ehrenfeld, Ph.D. used to be #28 there. She's no longer on the list. Reason being she asked to be removed and after multiple requests she was finally removed in late July 2007. Whether she believed it or was signed up for the list by someone else aside, she was removed after she asked.
This brings me to the following two very ugly alternatives.
1) VJ didn't know about it and was signed up for the list by someone else. But if that's the case, can someone please explain to me how did the VETTER-IN-CHIEF miss it? And if they didn't miss it why they haven't requested it to be removed?
2) VJ did sign up for the list himself, which makes him a TRUTHER (really no huge suprise from my side as anyone who subscribes to commie philosophy doesn't have everyone home). Which brings up the question once again. If the WH knew and did nothing, what does it tell about WH? and if they didn't know, what does it say about their competence? What in this latter case to prevent a foreign agent (including Al Qaeda) from penetrating our executive branch?
Any way you look at it, this is really bad. All right scratch that, it's plain horrible.
And no, there’s no chance that he was mistakenly added to the list.Thrown under the bus in 4 ... 3 .... 2 ...
Al Qaeda Tells Obama He's Going to Hell
A new video from al Qaida's as-Sahab Media wing is titled, "A Calm Dialogue With Obama." It shows Shiekh Khalid bin Abdul Rahman al-Hussainan chastising America and President Obama for all of the problems of the Muslim world.
I especially love this diatribe about women and shoes. Maybe it makes more sense in the original Arabic?
“You bring the best and most beautiful woman you have and make her make publicity for shoes! Is this where you place women? Is this the standing of women? You make the most beautiful woman and the sweetest woman trade for shoes! Praise Allah! For us, Obama, a women is like a Jewel, a diamond.Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
The context of this particular non-sequitor is the tired accusation that U.S. soldiers routinely rape Afghan women and that therefore women should be "covered" (ie, where a burka). Again, with the notion that women who are uncovered are inviting rape. Victim as perpertrator.
But what does selling shoes have to do with this?
Anyway, later al Qaeda tells Obama he's going to hell. I'm not sure I disagree.
“Obama: Think of your fate…What is your fate after death, you Obama? You will die, by Allah, you will die, as your father died and your grandfather died, but what will be your fate you Obama after death? What will your fate be? The world will end, the prophet, Peace Be Upon Him, said: ‘any Jew or a Christian who hears of me, then would not believe on me, Allah will throw him in the hellfire’ as our Prophet, Peace Be Upon Him, said.”If you're interested, NEFA has a transcript of the whole thing.
Yeah, He's An Idiot
Well, come to find out today that Barry O's speech to TEH CHILLINS is going out to the K-6 set.
I don't know about the rest of you parents, but if he doesn't actually promise a Skittles shitting unicorn in every house, my 3rd grader probably won't be listening. Because, like most girls in third grade, her free time is consumed with dreams of 3rd grade princesses frolicking in pastures with Skittles shitting unicorns, while the adults deal with idiots like that Mr. President guy interrupting her day.
She'll be too busy yakking to her nearest neighbor about how to beat the latest boss in Pokemon Platinum while Obama yammers on.
And you were worried about your kid. Bitch, please.
September 02, 2009
Assorted Nationalities of Al Qaeda in Yemen, Govt Rejects Cease Fire Offer in Sa'ada War
Regarding the failed attempt to assassinate Saudi Counter-Terror Chief, Prince Naif, the bomber hid the explosive device in his butt, but things worked out well in the end. The bomber was a Saudi national who traveled from Marib, Yemen to Saudi Arabia under the guise of surrendering, and no one was killed but the bomber.
Yemen today arrested three random possible al Qaeda in Marib. The governor of Marib, Naji Al-Zayedi, said there had been a significant number of leading members of Al-Qaeda in Marib, headed by Yemeni Nasser Al-Wahishi and large numbers of followers, among them Yemenis, Saudis, Libyans, Moroccans, Egyptians and Algerians, the Saudi Gazette reported. (If Marib is an ungoverned region, what does the governor do all day?) "The tightening of security, however, has forced them to flee to other areas,” Al-Zayedi said.
While Yemen faces many challenges in countering al Qaeda, one difficulty is the security forces are subverted. In March, a suicide bombing in Hadramout killed several South Korean tourists. Days later, another twisted teen-aged suicide bomber targeted a convoy of South Korean officials, laying in wait as the route was known in advance. Fortunately, no one was killed in the second attack but the bomber.
In other news, the Yemeni government's blockade on humanitarian aid for war refugees from the sixth Sa'ada War remains in place. The UN reported today that it could only reach 10,000 people this month down from 95,000 in July. The UNHCR appealed for funds from the international community and the Muslim world in particular. The US donated 2.5 million in wheat and beans. There are an estimated 150,000 civilians without food, water or medicine since the war broke out three weeks ago.
Yesterday, the Yemeni government rejected out of hand the rebels offer of a humanitarian cease fire. The rebels posted a video showing the surrender of the 105th armored military brigade. (Independent reporting on the Sa'ada war is non-existent as reporters have been largely banned from the region since the wars began in 2004.) The rebels also set up an office in Najaf, Iraq, which some Iraqi Shiite lawmakers feel is fine considering Yemen's overt and covert support for Ba'athist and al Qaeda terror operations targeting the Iraqi government (and civilians). If the Sa'ada war continues to internationalize at the rate its going, its really going to get messy. Yemenis may be the new Palestinians, for the Shiite world at least. Iran anyone?
Massachusetts Lawmaker Seen Avoiding Taxes He Jacked
A Massachusetts state lawmaker, Westport Democrat Michael J. Rodrigues, voted to increase taxes on alcohol and subsequently was spotted brazenly loading tax-free booze into his car, which sported a Massachusetts House license plate, in the parking lot of a New Hampshire liquor store.
Rodriquez said he was buying the hooch during a bathroom stop at the liquor store and it's only a big deal because of "Republican demagoguery."
Frankly, traveling to a liquor store in an adjacent state to take a leak is a foreign practice to me. I'd look for a gas station. I suggest that Mr. Rodriguez might be fibbing. (More ....)
Obama to address a joint session of Congress.
Will address a joint session of Congress on Sept.9th in prime time.
Here's how President Obama intends to use his big megaphone: He'll address a joint session of Congress in prime time on September 9th on his plans for health care reform.Be sure its the night you wash the dog or clean the oven...
Stupid Outrage of the Day: Guards in Afghanistan Got Drunk, Had Good Time
A new Project on Government Oversight (POGO) report on private security contractors who guard the U.S. Embassy in Kabul makes several serious allegations. The most serious being allegations that they left their posts leaving the embassy nearly guard less.
The POGO report also claims that the private guards from ArmorGroup "hazed" incoming personnel. It doesn't really describe this hazing, but some forms of hazing are bad -- I guess.
And, if the point is that Marines should be guarding the embassy and not private security guards then I guess those making the point haven't been to many embassies. Outside the embassies locals guard. It's only once you get inside the embassy that Marines are in charge. At least, that's my experience abroad -- but I'm willing to be schooled on this. I'm guessing that the State Department hired an American firm to guard outside the embassy because the local Afghans couldn't be trusted?
But the MSM and State Department outrage of the alleged "lewd behavior"? Give. Me. A. Break.
And that the State Department, led by one Secretary Hillary Clinton, would feign such outrage? A woman who believed that similar lewd behavior in the oval office was completely understandable and that the country should just move on? I'm choking on the irony.
Because of the hypocrisy!
Let's analyze this *shocking* lewd behavior:
The report highlighted occasions when guards brought women believed to be prostitutes into Camp Sullivan and videotaped themselves drinking and partially undressed.Men in time of war seek out female companionship and are willing to pay for the privilege, provide booze.
On what planet are these prudes living on that such behavior is considered shocking?
Her Royal Clintoness should watch The Dirty Dozen one more time. You know the scene I'm talking about.
Or pick up a history book. And then read it. Just the parts describing the etymology of phrases such as "filthy as a sailor" and "girl in every port" might suffice.
They even go on to call this kind of behavior "deviant".
Did these people not get invited to any parties in college?
But if she and fellow prudes at POGO really want a shocker they might read how until well into the Victorian Age women of ill repute were considered as vital to war as hardtack and dry powder.
The report said supervisors held near-weekly parties in which they urinated on themselves and others, drank vodka poured off each other's exposed buttocks, fondled and kissed one another and gallivanted around virtually nude. Photos and video of the escapades were released with the POGO investigation.Shock! Horror!
Actual quote from one of the complaints describing the above: "no, they are not jamming guys in the ass per se, but they are showing poor judgment." He then goes on to describe the hazing as "gay shit".
I'm not saying that I'd ever participate in any type of "hazing" with gay overtones. Which is why I never joined a fraternity, peeps. Just sayin'.
But it's the outrage over it all that bothers me.
I'm also surprised that said anonymous whistle blower isn't being brought before a Congressional committee to explain why anything gay is bad or deviant. Isn't what he's saying a 'hate crime' to our betters in Congress these days?
The person who emailed me the article had this to say:
Don't buy into that (CNN comment) crap about not drinking in Kabul, Afghanistan. Shops were set up not far off base selling cases of beer of choice and booze of choice, just like our local liquor stores, but better and bigger. We even had a bar on top of our HQ until a car bomb took out.It seems that the major problem the MSM has with this is that they were private security contractors, not that young people are having a good time while away from home.
The last five paragraphs of the WAPO article is devoted to the phenomenon of private contractors. What they don't tell you is that the vast majority of these contractors are civilians involved in support roles that have nothing to do with the images conjured up by the body of the story.
Why does the MSM hate the private sector so much?
Thanks to Phil.
Wow: I Never Thought Pat Buchanan Was This Stupid
I've always had respect for Pat Buchanan on an intellectual level, even though I've long suspected his justifiable hatred for the Soviet Union clouded his ability to see World War II clearly. But this is too much:
Hitler had never wanted war with Poland, but an alliance with Poland such as he had with Francisco Franco's Spain, Mussolini's Italy, Miklos Horthy's Hungary and Father Jozef Tiso's Slovakia.Buchanan seems to know Hitler's mind better than Hiler.
Hitler in Mein Kampf, Vol. 2, Ch. 14:
Therefore we National Socialists have purposely drawn a line through the line of conduct followed by pre-War Germany in foreign policy. We put an end to the perpetual Germanic march towards the South and West of Europe and turn our eyes towards the lands of the East. We finally put a stop to the colonial and trade policy of pre-War times and pass over to the territorial policy of the future...The last time I checked Poland was due East of Germany. But that's just me and maybe my maps are different than Pat Buchanan's?
The future goal of our foreign policy ought not to involve an orientation to the East or the West, but it ought to be an Eastern policy which will have in view the acquisition of such territory as is necessary for our German people.
What's also odd is that Buchanan seems to forget that the very first thing Hitler did after consolidating his victory in Poland was to encourage migration of Germans to Poland. Exactly in line with his stated intent of gaining "liebensraum" or living space for Germans.
Of course Buchanan is right when he argues that Germany never wanted to conquer the world. We would not, as some claim, be speaking German now had we not entered WWII against Germany.
But did Hitler intend to invade, destroy, occupy, and then colonize the Polish state? Absolutely! Danzig was simply an excuse for the larger cause of lebensraum.
And then on to the Soviet states.
All of Eastern Europe would have been speaking German. Which is why so much of Mein Kampf is spent pining for the good old days of the Tutonic Knights conquering the East.
And while I think it is an interesting counter factual argument whether or not the Soviets and the Nazis would have annihilated each other had we not entered the war it remains a fact that Hitler declared war on us.
Obama Appointee, "Republicans Are A$$holes"
Van Jones, Special Advisor for Green Jobs, the White House Council on Environmental Quality. February 11, 2009, Berkeley, CA. From a lecture Jones gave at the 2nd Annual Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) event.Well, I don't really see the problem with that cause at Jawa Report....
We're all A$$holes and we're proud of it.
More here at FOXNEWS.
Hat Tip: That A$$hole Ronin ;).
Facebook: Israelis Living in Golan are in "Syria"
Possibly not the most important problem in the world, but it's worth noting. I wonder if Facebook would force people living in Kaliningrad to list their home country as "East Prussia"?
Honest Reporting's Facebook account:
Although the Golan falls under Israeli law, residents of the region wishing to write "Israel" in the Hometown section of their profiles are not give the option.
For example, if someone from Qazrin fills in the Hometown space, the only option will be "Qazrin, Syria." The same is true for all of the other Jewish towns, including Ramat Magshimim, Geshur, Mevo Hanna, Had Nes.
It is not for Facebook to decide the national origin of Golan residents. At the very least, Facebook must include the option of writing "Israel" in the hometown section, as it has done with Jewish residents of the West Bank.
OIL!!!!!!!!! A Whole Giant Heap of Oil!
But you know Obi-One only thinks its only worth while for Argentina to drill offshore. He'd rather the US spend its money on oil from "more friendly" places like say Saudi Arabia, where the majority of the 9/11 hijackers were from.
See how we've benefited from all that trade with them?
Fatwa Issued: Islam Allows Raping Prisoners
So long as the rapist prays as he rapes the prisoner.
"Can an interrogator rape the prisoner in order to obtain a confession?" was the follow-up question posed to the Islamic cleric.That's some religion of taking piece of bad gay action you've got there Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi.
Mesbah-Yazdi answered: "The necessary precaution is for the interrogator to perform a ritual washing first and say prayers while raping the prisoner. If the prisoner is female, it is permissible to rape through the vagina or anus. It is better not to have a witness present. If it is a male prisoner, then it's acceptable for someone else to watch while the rape is committed."
This reply, and reports of the rape of teen male prisoners in Iranian jails, may have prompted the following question: "Is the rape of men and young boys considered sodomy?"
Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi: "No, because it is not consensual. Of course, if the prisoner is aroused and enjoys the rape, then caution must be taken not to repeat the rape."
Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers.
Taliban Bombs Mosque During Ramadan
KABUL – A Taliban suicide bomber killed Afghanistan's deputy chief of intelligence during a visit to a mosque east of Kabul on Wednesday in an attack that left 23 others dead.So what does Islam say about attacking your opponent in Allah's house and killing him and other innocents Muslims as they are in the process of worshiping? Not to mention damaging the mosque?
...A Taliban spokesman said a suicide bomber on foot targeted Laghmani, a key figure in Afghanistan's security services. President Hamid Karzai and the United Nations condemned the attack.
So far as I understand the Taliban's view of Islam, Allah the bloodthirsty god will be pleased, and you probably get some extra white grapes for that.
Whether He Went on With the Blog...
...., or whether he did not go on with it, made no difference. The Thought Police would get him just the same.
We don’t have any information...
...to show the person who filed the report intentionally gave us false information.
Via Michelle Again : The Obamacare supporters in Colorado are on an unlucky streak.When the police were asked why they did not file a false reporting charge against the liars, they said they were not sure they intentionally lied.
Last week, Democrats falsely accused conservative opponents of the health care takeover of vandalizing their party headquarters. Turned out the “hate crime” was perpetrated by anarchist nutballs.
Next, supporters of Congressman John Salazar falsely accused a town hall protester of hurling a death threat at the Democrat.
(Rusty always says read Michelle first, but I thought it was just because he's a perv)
Rejected World Wildlife Fund Ad Proposal Stirs Controversy
Via Ad Freak:
Just in time for the anniversary of 9/11 comes this tasteless, nightmarish print ad for the World Wildlife Fund, showing dozens of planes headed for lower Manhattan. See a larger version here. The copy reads: "The tsunami killed 100 times more people than 9/11. The planet is brutally powerful. Respect it. Preserve it."Of course WWF has come out with a statement disavowing any knowledge of the ad. Saying it was a "concept" or a "proposal" that was rejected. But the ad apparently has been around Brazil for quite a while, even winning a public service award.
Funny how they just now found out about it huh?
You can almost see the point they are making. That natural phenomenon kills more people every year than terrorists. Except on the one side is an "act of God", and the other is intentional act murder of by those who imagine they are acting for Allah. As if God is unable to act for himself.
Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin.
September 01, 2009
Our Kids Are Going To School On September 8th
I'm sure you've heard about it by now, but Teh Oneness, his Highness Barry O is going to address the nation's young skulls full of mush on September 8th.
As I run around the intertoobz, I keep seeing calls to "keep the kids home!" It's getting to be almost as annoying as "Bush lied, people died!"
Oh, come on. Are you that insecure as a parent that you don't feel capable of countering Obama's message with your own? Do you think that your kid is that stupid, or that you failed so bad that you made your kid that stupid, that you think he or she will just suck up Obama's speech and turn into a Ohitler Youth overnight?
Sorry, but my kids are going to school on September 8th. And I will be sending them there with a reminder that to the best way to tell if President Obama is lying is if his lips are moving.
Those of you keeping your kids home from school? I don't know what to say to you, except to make your kids read Animal Farm that day.
The First Rule of Sissy Slap-Fight Club...
...is don't talk about Sissy Slap-Fight Club.
Get out the popcorn as Time's Dem partisan Joe Klein threatens to scratch out the eyes of Lefty McSockpuppet, Salon's Glenn Greenwald:
Twice in the past month, my private communications have been splashed about the internet. That such a thing would happen is unfortunate, and dishonorable, but sadly inevitable, I suppose. I ignored the first case, in which a rather pathetic woman acolyte of Greenwald's published a hyperbolic account of a conversation I had with her at a beach picnic on Cape Cod. Now, Greenwald himself has published private emails of mine that were part of a conversation taking place on a list-serve. In one of those emails, I say that Greenwald "cares not a whit for America's national security."Why should Greenwald care, doesn't he live in Brazil?
Greenwald has slapped back with this typically verbose piece and by sending his braindead minions (all of them are "rather pathetic," Joe) to slime Klein's comments section.
Stay classy now, ladies.
1k Words on State Legislators at "Work"
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Out: Cash for Clunkers
Belated link, but thanks to Brian for the tip.
Sandcrawler PSA: Its Not You
It’s not just you: Gmail (Gmail) is indeed down. We’ve been unable to connect to the popular email service from Google (Google) and receiving errors for at least 15-20 minutes (as of 4:00pm ET) and we’re not alone, as there are already thousands of tweets from frustrated users sharing the experience.We're hearing that some IMAP service is working and Rsluty got through via iPhone but everyone using a browser seems to be down. Chat is reported to work through 3rd party IM clients. Last word was they expect to be back in 1 to 2 hours. We'll see.
No word yet on the cause of the outage or when service might be restored. We’ll update here when we learn more.
So if you are emailing Jawa's we're probably not getting it.
I feel so lost .... ;)
Update: And its back......
Taliban: This is a Video of Us Murdering Someone We Don't Like
Over the weekend the Pakistani Taliban released a video of themselves murdering "spies" in Waziristan.
Spies, in the Taliban lexicon, meaning any one who works for the legitimate government of Pakistan, opposes them, won't lend them a goat, or who pretty much does anything that they don't like.
The "spies" are seen on the video "confessing". No doubt after long beatings and then promises of forgiveness if they would confess.
At least one of the spies is then seen on the video taken out during the night and then shot multiple times.
Oddly, the video comes from "Zarqawi Studios" -- an obvious tribute to the former leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, but one of only a few videos ever released under that "brand".
Images below. Not so graphic, but still disturbing.
Thanks to Akhi Abu Redmosque al Soontobedead.
Bombmaking Notes Found on UK Train
It's what they're not telling you in this article that's telling. First, they let you know what happened:
The discovery of bomb-making notes on a train sparked a bank holiday security alert.What they don't tell you?
Armed police were called in to search two trains at Luton station on Monday night after cleaners found documents describing "how to make a bomb", Bedfordshire Police said.
The notes were found at 8.23pm while one of the trains was at Bedford Station, and it left for Luton with around 50 passengers before the staff could raise the alarm.
Police took off the passengers at Luton, searching that train and another one which had also arrived from Bedford.
That on Sunday a group of "Asian youths" attacked the police in Luton.
These "Asian youths" really being a bunch of young Muslims. A number of Omar Bakri Mohammad's followers call Luton their home. It was these followers and fellow-travellers of al Mujahiroun who protested the homecoming of British troops calling them 'baby killers'.
Nothing to see here folks. Move along.
British PM didn't want Lockerbie bomber to die in prison
George Will Goes Wobbly
I'm not sure what to make of George Will's call to leave Afghanistan.
On the one hand he makes a good point in stating that the so-called "surge" in Afghanistan may not be nearly enough to be effective. Point well taken.
On the other hand, since the immediate goal of the Taliban is the expulsion of Western troops from Afghanistan, then how is Will's call for the U.S. to withdraw any different?
I've always been wary of the idea of nation building. That didn't go so well in Iraq, a country with far more potential as a nation.
If nation building is our goal in Afghanistan, then our strategy is seriously flawed. Our goal should be to make sure the Taliban never come back to power.
Will's notion that we can do this "offshore" is absurd. In fact, it's the kind of 9/10 thinking that gave us 9/11.
Will has fallen for the fantasies of the Dovish Left who have long claimed that all it takes to control a foreign threat are good intelligence, precision strikes, and superhuman secret agents.
While I enjoy a good thriller, I know that in the real world that a Scott Harvath or Mitch Rapp rarely gets the bad guy. And when they do? Another bad guy takes his place.
What Will and others need to realize is that our war in Afghanistan is one of attrition. The Taliban know this.
Their goal is not to defeat us outright, it is to bleed us until we no longer wish to stay.
Apparently, in Will's case it has worked.
But leaving Afghanistan would mean that the Taliban have won.
Whatever happened to patriots simply wanting their country to win its wars?
I agree that our present strategy is flawed. The kind of nation building that occurred -- and continues to occur -- in Iraq will probably not succeed in Afghanistan as it has in Iraq.
But is leaving the solution? I don't think so.
We must do whatever it takes to ensure that the Taliban never return to power in Afghanistan.
And by whatever it takes I mean exactly that.
Will says there aren't enough troops in Afghanistan and that even tripling the number of troops it would still take 10 years to succeed. If that is the case, then so be it. Triple the number of troops. Stay for ten years.
Whatever. It. Takes.
Summary: George will is for wars, as long as they are short and sweet. If not he changes his mind.
I have another thesis: George Will argues for wars when they are popular inside the beltway, against them when they lose their popularity inside the beltway.
Neither of which says anything positive about Will's alleged sage wisdom.
Today in Medal of Honor History
Honoring those who went above and beyond the call of duty.
Sandcrawler: Quote of the Day
If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.Who said it?