November 30, 2009

Where's Rusty, Part XIV

Pimp slappin', of course.

By Vinnie at 10:48 PM | Comments |

Post In Which I Defend Barack Obama From Fat Slob

Michael Moore says:

Dear President Obama,

Do you really want to be the new "war president"? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do -- destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they've always heard is true -- that all politicians are alike. I simply can't believe you're about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn't so.

Mr. Moore, Mr. Obama is our president. This decision, agree with it or not, is his and his alone. Sure I'm not happy with all his decisions. I may not even be happy with the way he carries out this strategy.

But...... Given that he is going to outline a strategy and attempt to make it work. I think its not a bad idea to hear the man out. Because remember, he is handing out orders to our troops, its his job to protect our vital interests.

I feel we at least owe it to our President and our troops to hear the man out and support their efforts as best we can.

I'm not personally invested in the political aspects of if he fails or not.

I do have an interest in seeing that WE and that Afghan people win. And that The Taliban and al-Qaeda loose.

Now go STFU Mr. Moore and have another burger.

Some days I think if Fidel Castro were running this thing then Mr. Moore would be the first in line to cheer-lead for him.

By Howie at 04:00 PM | Comments |

UN on Climategate: Don't Worry, Be Happy

Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN's IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) commenting on the greatest scientific scandal evah:

"The processes in the IPCC are so robust, so inclusive, that even if an author or two has a particular bias it is completely unlikely that bias will find its way into the IPCC report..."

...So I think it is a very transparent, a very comprehensive process which insures that even if someone wants to leave out a piece of peer reviewed literature there is virtually no possibility of that happening."

So just send us the billions of dollars we agreed upon and shut the hell up.

Of course anyone with more than three neurons to rub together knows that the scandal is much more than hijinks from a couple of obscure scientists.

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I assure you these are just
insignificant teeny tiny little itsy bitsy fibs.

By Bluto02:51 PM | Comments |

Apaches Blast Enemy Fighters in Zabul

Time for more war porn!

By Stable Hand at 01:49 PM | Comments |

Revenge of The Death Tax

Sithlordobama.com
You're dead, now pay up!

Via Washington Times:

The Obama administration and its congressional allies have a pretty straightforward choice when it comes to the death tax, which Democrats like to call the estate tax. They can set aside their ideological fixation, kill off the counterproductive death tax and reap a harvest of jobs before the 2010 elections, or they can stick to their fixation on robbing the productive rich at the cost of a bigger political bloodbath in 11 months.

Tempting as it is to back President Obama's tax-increasing plans, which could strip him of his congressional majority, the need for a real stimulus is too great. If Congress and the administration do nothing, the death tax is scheduled to disappear in a few weeks, only to be reinstated to its pre-2001, 55 percent rate in 2011. The tax on the accumulated savings, property, income and long-term profits of the nation's job creators when they die is a killer of family businesses and farms and the jobs they create.

By Howie at 01:05 PM | Comments |

Hamas Bans Two Things in Gaza

Er uh Hot female dancers and er uh chicks on scooters.

Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- The Islamic Hamas movement banned girls last month from riding behind men on motor scooters and forbade women from dancing at the opening of a folk museum. Girls in some public schools must wear headscarves and cloaks.

Signs of Hamas’s creeping Islamization are everywhere in Gaza, the Mediterranean coastal enclave that Hamas has run by itself since 2007. Gaza is already politically divided from the West Bank, the Palestinian territory administered by the secular Fatah movement.

So here is exhibit A of what young men won't be seeing in Gaza.

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And hot Brazilian Samba Dancers (NSFW maybe).

Gee no wonder young men there want to blow themselves up. Hamas takes away even the simplest pleasures.

Go Figure.

Hat Tip: Jihad Watch.

By Howie at 12:48 PM | Comments |

Return of Uncle Jimbo

Via In the Crosshairs

Yeah I’m turning this baby back on. I need a place where the vicious beatdowns, vitriolic rants and profanity-laced tirades can sit right next to the thoughtful, engaging, informed commentary. You heard me right.
Hat Tip: Jim.

By Howie at 11:32 AM | Comments |

I saw the horse move just a little....

....whack.

You have been dead to me for years, just die already!!

This is long but interesting.

By Ronin at 11:26 AM | Comments |

"That's right, the women are smarter..."

Women lead Swiss in vote to ban minarets

Choice quotes:

“If we give them a minaret, they’ll have us all wearing burqas,” said Julia Werner, a local housewife. “Before you know it, we’ll have sharia law and women being stoned to death in our streets. We won’t be Swiss any more.”

Tatiana, a teacher who had previously voted for the left, was quoted in a newspaper as saying she would vote for the minaret ban as she could “no longer bear being mistreated and terrorised by boys who believe women are worthless”.
Socialist politicians have been furious to see icons of the left joining what is regarded as an anti-immigrant campaign by the populist Swiss People’s party, the biggest group in parliament.

One of them, Julia Onken, warned that failure to ban minarets would be “a signal of the state’s acceptance of the oppression of women”. She has sent out 4,000 emails attacking Muslims who condone forced marriage, honour killings and beating women.

By Hetz Shahor at 11:14 AM | Comments |

Sandcrawler PSA: This Twitter Linkbait Spam is Annoying

Lately I've been getting a lot of sock puppet scam mail.

I ain't fallin' for it so stop.

I'm considering dropping twitter just for all the fake spam crap you get. Its useless mostly.

By Howie at 10:48 AM | Comments |

Cop Killing Bastage Is On The Loose

Damn is all I can say.

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Police in Washington state say the suspect in the killings of four police officers in a Seattle-area coffee shop is not inside the house that they've surrounded since early Monday morning.

Negotiators spent the night trying to communicate with 37-year-old Maurice Clemmons, but discovered after a search of the Seattle house and that the suspect was not inside.

Related:
University of Washington has sent out an email and text message alert
UW Police say the Lakewood shooting suspect might be in the university area. Expect more police presence in the district this morning. Police searched a Seattle neighborhood overnight but did not find the suspect, Maurice Clemmons. Prosecutors have charged him with four counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the death of four Lakewood police officers on Sunday, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Be alert and call 911 if you see the suspect.
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Slain Lakewood Police Officers
Terrorism in Washington: Four Police Officers Murdered

By Stable Hand at 10:16 AM | Comments |

Introducing New Elin Woods Driver

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By Howie at 10:05 AM | Comments |

Cyber Jihad Week

A pictorial here.

My fave is the one of the very dead Abu Muscab al-Zaqueery.

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Always brightens my day.

More here.

By Howie at 10:02 AM | Comments |

Oh My, Al-Qaeda Linked Al Shabab Use Obama Portraits For Target Practice

Hopey Changey is feeling terrorists love.

The recruits gather in scorching desert hideouts in Somalia, use portraits of President Barack Obama for target practice, learn how to make and detonate bombs, and vow allegiance to Osama bin Laden.

Training camps in the lawless nation of Somalia are attracting hundreds of foreigners, including Americans, and Somalis recruited by a local insurgent group linked to al-Qaida, according to local and U.S. officials. American officials and private analysts say the camps pose a security threat far beyond the borders of Somalia, including to the U.S. homeland.

h/t Jim Hoft

By Stable Hand at 09:03 AM | Comments |

Google Hosts Global Islamic Media Front's Contact US Page

GIMF Stands for the Global Islamic Media Front. They are the primary media outlet for the al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia.

So nice to see Google helping terrorists out in other ways besides Jihadtube.

http://anonymouse.org/cgi-bin/anon-www.cgi/http://gimfmail.blogspot.com/ (Anonymoused link)

Er uh GIMF wants "input" er uh may as well give em some eh?

By Howie at 08:38 AM | Comments |

Terrorists Take Three Spanish Hostages

Via CNN:

Madrid, Spain (CNN) -- Three Spanish aid workers kidnapped in Mauritania appear to have been abducted by al Qaeda, Spain's interior minister said Monday.

"Everything points" to al Qaeda as being responsible for the kidnapping, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, the interior minister, told reporters in Brussels, a senior aide traveling with Rubalcaba told CNN.

Rubalcaba said he was not absolutely certain it was al Qaeda, but added that he's concerned that "we are facing a kidnapping by Islamic radicals."

Religion of something something.

By Howie at 08:33 AM | Comments |

Tempers Flare at Anti-War Rally at Travis AFB (UPDATED-Video's Added)

...Videos below fold....
Via Freepers
Sheehan shoves her bullhorn in the face of a unidentified military veteran:

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A Saturday rally led by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan at Travis Air Force Base nearly ended in a brawl when a military veteran physically confronted the protesters.

Anti-war group Code Pink demonstrated at the military base Saturday morning in the first of six planned protests against unmanned military drones currently in use in overseas war zones.

She's lucky he held his cool and only slapped the bullhorn away.

CBS13 has video's of this incident, needless to say the veteran was pi**ed off.

Video of confrontation
Interview with military veteran

Veteran - "Get the f**k out of my face"

By Stable Hand at 08:27 AM | Comments |

Slain Lakewood Police Officers

Via City of Lakewood

Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar publicly identified the four slain police officers after an extensive and very difficult notification process. “All four of our slain officers had been with this department since it started five years ago.

Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold, and Greg Richards were police veterans when they started and all have been outstanding professionals. This is a very difficult time for our families and our officers. The families will have many challenges ahead of them and we ask that their privacy be respected. Please keep our families and Lakewood Police in your prayers.”

Sergeant Mark Renninger, age 39 with thirteen years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by a wife and three children.
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Officer Ronald Owen, age 37 with twelve years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by a former wife and a daughter.

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Officer Tina Griswold, age 40 with fourteen years of law enforcement experience. She is survived by her husband and two children.

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Officer Greg Richards, age 42 with eight years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by a wife and three children.

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RIP officers.

Family and friends of these officers are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Terrorism in Washington: Four Police Officers Murdered

By Stable Hand at 06:50 AM | Comments |

November 29, 2009

Climategate Deniers, Bonehead Stupid or Simply Tragically Uninformed?

Josh Marshall, returns from vacation on Bizarro World and spouts off at Talking Points Memo about his political enemies' supposed hostility to science:

There's been a lot of recent evidence not only that Republicans disproportionately disbelieve the evidence for man-made global warming but that their skepticism is growing. I think that trend is fairly classed under the general heading of Republican/conservative hostility to science. But the other point interests me no less.
Maybe it's just me, but I'd say the people who are hostile to science are the ones who destroy data to thwart FOIA requests, plot mind control games, and corrupt the peer review process.

Josh, dude, it's called "Climategate.". Where you been?

By Bluto09:29 PM | Comments |

Terrorism in Washington: Four Police Officers Murdered (UPDATED)

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Four police officers murdered for no apparent reason other than that they were cops? That makes these political assassinations, and that means terrorism.

What particular ideology motivated the murderer and his accomplice matters little at this point. But echos of John Allen Muhammed and Lee Malvo come immediately to mind.

Second guess? Christopher Monfort. If Monfort was a terrorist, this guy certainly qualifies as one.

The suspect is described as "black man, mid-20s to mid-30s, 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 10, medium build, scruffy and wearing a black jacket over a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans."

Earlier reports indicated that the man may have had an accomplice driving a car, but later reports say he fled on foot.

Add "bleeding" to the description. The latest reports are that one of the officers may have got a shot off before the suspect fled.

If there is an immediate cosmic justice, then he will bleed to death. I personally don't put too much faith in immediate cosmic justice. I have more faith in the police and a 10 mm Glock.

Go get 'em boys!

Our prayers go out to the families of the officers slain.

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Via Breitbart


SEATTLE (AP) - A suspect in the slaying of four police officers gunned down in a suburban coffee shop was holed up at a Seattle house early Monday, wounded and possibly dead, police said.

Negotiators were trying to communicate with Maurice Clemmons, 37, using loudspeakers and explosions to try to prod him from hiding. At one point, gunshots rang through the neighborhood, which is some 30 miles from the original crime scene.

"We don't know and that's why we need to go in and contact that individual," Kappel said.

Officers from around the region were hunting for Maurice Clemmons, 37, who was believed to near the Parkland coffee shop around the time of the shooting, said Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff. Troyer declined to say what evidence might Clemmons to the shooting.

Clemmons has an extensive violent criminal history from Arkansas, including aggravated robbery and theft, the sheriff's office said. He also recently was arrested and charged in Washington state for assaulting a police officer, and second-degree rape of a child. Using a bail bondsman, he posted $150,000 and was released from jail last week.

I hope this bastage is alive in order to find out if others were involved in this terrible tragedy.

Related:
Michelle Malkin asks Huckabee’s Willie Horton II?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:15 PM | Comments |

A Convenient Ruse: Man-Made Global Warming Data Destroyed

The "scientists" at the East Anglia Climatic Research Unit have admitted that the raw data used to divert trillions of dollars to combat Anthropogenic Global Warming has been dumped, supposedly to save space on their servers:

SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.

It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.

That means there's no chance that their results can be replicated by reputable scientists.

By Bluto12:54 PM | Comments |

57% of Swiss voters demonstrate at least partial immunity to the European Malaise

The remaining 43% will be readily identified by the drool frozen in gobs at the corners of their mouths as they stare longingly at window displays of Odeur de Chevre™ brand articles de toilette.

Switzerland Approves Minaret Ban In Referendum:

Right wing politician Ulrich Schluer from the Swiss People's Party told the Swiss website swissinfo.ch that minarets symbolize a political-religious claim to power.

“We do not forbid Islam -- we forbid the political symbol of Islamization, and this is the minaret,” Schluer said. “The minaret has nothing to do with religion; the minaret is a symbol of political victory [of Islam]. The first thing the Turks did when they conquered Constinople -- they installed a minaret on the top of the most important church.”

Amnesty International has warned that the ban would violate Switzerland's obligations to freedom of religious expression.

Agencies report that partial results from the poll indicate that the German-speaking canton of Lucerne accepted the ban. But the French-speaking cantons of Geneva and Vaud have reportedly voted against.

By Hetz Shahor at 11:35 AM | Comments |

Honest Ibe Hooper Sports A Natty New Look

Sunday funnies!!!!!!

Ibrahim Hooper's image as it appears in Human Rights Tribune's article titled "Love for Jesus brings Christians, Muslims together".

He looks a lot like Robert Spencer wouldn't you say?

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Click image for rest.

By Stable Hand at 08:59 AM | Comments |

November 28, 2009

A Conversation With a First Rate Douche

I think this pretty much sums up everything you need to know about Scott Fenstermaker:

I still don’t know who attacked the World Trade Center and, yes, I still don’t care
Everything else he says is just so much window dressing. The level of douchbagerry is so bad here that I'm almost embarrassed for Ed for being so civil to the assmuncher.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:44 PM | Comments |

Emails From Obama's Science Czar Included in Climategate Leak

Did you wonder why the President is still going to Dopenhagen to negotiate the destruction of America's economy, even though the science of AGW has been compromised with the release of the CRU documents?

Some of his advisors are acolytes.

John Holdren, President Obama's Science Czar, who Forbes described as "...a fierce ideological environmentalist..." brags to the CRU conspirators about an email exchange (included at the link) he had with a Man-Made Global Warming skeptic:

From: "John P. Holdren" Subject: For the EPS Wednesday breakfast group: Correspondence on Harvard Crimson coverage of Soon / Baliunas views on climate Cc: jeremy_bloxham@xxxxxxxxx.xxx, william_clark@xxxxxxxxx.xxx, patricia_mclaughlin@xxxxxxxxx.xxx, Bcc: Colleagues-- I append here an e-mail correspondence I have engaged in over the past few days trying to educate a Soon/Baliunas supporter who originally wrote to me asking how I could think that Soon and Baliunas are wrong and Mann et al. are right (a view attributed to me, correctly, in the Harvard Crimson). This individual apparently runs a web site on which he had been touting the Soon/Baliunas position. While it is sometimes a mistake to get into these exchanges (because one's interlocutor turns out to be ineducable and/or just looking for a quote to reproduce out of context in an attempt to embarrass you), there was something about this guy's formulations that made me think, at each round, that it might be worth responding. In the end, a couple of colleagues with whom I have shared this exchange already have suggested that its content would be of interest to others, and so I am sending it to our "environmental science and policy breakfast" list for your entertainment and, possibly, future breakfast discussion. The items in the correspondence are arranged below in chronological order, so that it can be read straight through, top to bottom. Best, John
It's nice to know that the country is now in the hands of such arrogant, egotistical, thorough-going elitists.
By Bluto01:47 PM | Comments |

Terrorists Bomb Russian Trains Killing 20+

ITAR-TASS reports 20 killed, but Pravda puts the number at 39. Some of you may recall that I lived in Russia for a time. My heart goes out to the Russian people.

The usual suspects in this act of terror: Muslim extremists from the Caucasus.

Don't let the fools in the media mislead you on this by claiming "Chechen nationalists" or "Chechen extremists". Chechnya is just one piece of the larger Islamist goal in Russia. The dream is of a pan-Caucuses state ruled by sharia law.

What's interesting about the Islamist movement in the Caucuses is that many of the leaders are not Salaafist Sunnis. They are Suffis. The most peaceful branch of Islam alleged to be the most compatible with Western values.

There goes that theory out the window.

Look to this website for an official claim of responsibility in the next few days.

Pravda:

At least 39 passengers were killed and about 96 were injured when the Nevsky Express train #166 derailed at 18:34 GMT Moscow time at Bologoye, between Moscow and St. Petersburg, an emergencies ministry source said Saturday. The FSB has confirmed that the derailment was caused by a terrorist bomb.

Just prior to the accident, the train driver had applied the brakes. The last four cars out of thirteen left the rails. Witnesses speak of a loud explosion just before the train derailed and claim that a crater with a diameter of one meter appeared in the track.

Aleksandr Bortnikov, Director of the FSB, declared to President Dmitry Medvedev that a bomb with the equivalent of seven kilos of TNT was detonated and caused the incident.

I've been on that train. Our prayers are with the Russian people.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:36 PM | Comments |

Finally: Sneakers for the Stormtrooper on the Go

Adidas unravels its new Star Wars line. One guess which pair I'll be getting?

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Thanks to Flea.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:52 PM | Comments |

Fort Hood "Not a Terrorist" Sent Money to Terrorist Group?

Nidal Hasan is not a terrorist.

Nidal Hasan is not a terrorist.

Nidal Hisan is not a terrorist.

Just keep saying that over and over. If nothing else, it will make you feel safer. TOI:

Sources aware of the FBI investigations into the killings by Hasan said the army psychiatrist, who went on a rampage killing US armed forces personnel, regularly wired money to LeT in Pakistan...

Investigations since, according to sources here, had identified recipients of Hasan's money as Jamat-ud-Dawa -- the front organisation of Lashkar. Sources said the accused, who regularly accessed Hafeez Mohammad Saeed's speeches on JuD's website -- had wired thousands of dollars to contacts known to the LeT chief.

Thanks to Jane.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:42 PM | Comments |

Climategate's Little Red Book

Included in the documents leaked with the East Anglia Climatic Research Unit emails is an interesting little piece that could have been entitled, "Mind Control for Dummies," but goes under the less sinister sobriquet, "The Rules of the Game - Evidence base for the Climate Change Communications Strategy" (full text posted here).

It bears this message on the cover:

The game is communicating climate change;
the rules will help us win it."
The pamphlet was forwarded to Tim Osborn of CRU by Saffron O’Neill, formerly of CRU, but now with the University of Melbourne:
Hi Tim

I've found some 'communicating cc' ref's which I've attached - nothing too hard going! Futerra's 'rules of the game' is a good intro to what climate change communicators should be working towards in terms of best practice. Sophie's poster is a summary of the main findings of her PhD research from a couple of years back in ENV, and is a message that some NGOs in particular would still do well to heed! Finally, the communicating CC document is an
outline of Defra's recent initiative, as followed on from Futerra's
consultancy work.

"Defra" is the innocuously named British Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. The pamphlet was produced by Futerra, a private firm dedicated to selling various Green agenda; "For over eight years we've helped you save the world."

A few techniques they're using to save the world:

Sex sells:

6. Use both peripheral and central processing
Attracting direct attention to an issue can change attitudes, but
peripheral messages can be just as effective: a tabloid snapshot
of Gwyneth Paltrow at a bus stop can help change attitudes to
public transport.
Be trendy:
8. Use transmitters and social learning
People learn through social interaction, and some people are
better teachers and trendsetters than others. Targeting these
people will ensure that messages seem more trustworthy and are
transmitted more effectively.
Commoners are stupid and selfish oafs:
3. There is no ‘rational man’
The evidence discredits the ‘rational man’ theory – we rarely weigh
objectively the value of different decisions and then take the clear
self-interested choice.

By Bluto12:23 PM | Comments |

Sharia in the Fast Lane

(Khartoum, Sudan) Over a period of merely 90 minutes, a 16-year-old Christian girl, Silva Kashif, was arrested, tried, convicted, sentenced and flogged under sharia law for wearing a short skirt. She received 50 lashes for the crime of offending public morality.

Reportedly, the skirt hung between the knee and ankle and was quite appropriate in Kashif's community. However, the Sudanese Islamic morality police thought differently.

By at 07:27 AM | Comments |

November 27, 2009

Al-Qaeda imam emailing Ft Hood killer was repeatedly arrested for soliciting prostitutes

I was reading some background info on Anwar Al-Aulaqi, the Yemeni-American Al-Qaeda cleric that was corresponding with Ft Hood killer Maj. Nidal Hasan, and remembered something curious I saw several years ago. It took me a while to track it down, but a 2004 article in US News and World Report on Al-Aulaqi provided this curious tidbit about the "imam":

The probe of the 9/11 attacks soon led Washington FBI agents back to San Diego, where they found that al-Awlaki had twice been busted for soliciting prostitutes in 1996 and 1997 but had avoided jail time. Al-Awlaki has previously described these charges as "bogus." But FBI agents hoped al-Awlaki might cooperate with the 9/11 probe if they could nab him on similar charges in Virginia. FBI sources say agents observed the imam allegedly taking Washington-area prostitutes into Virginia and contemplated using a federal statute usually reserved for nabbing pimps who transport prostitutes across state lines. But in March 2002, al-Awlaki abruptly left the country for Yemen. "When he left town, it was as if the air went out of the balloon," says one FBI source. Al-Awlaki briefly returned to the United States in October 2002, but federal authorities did not have sufficient cause to detain him, even though his name popped up on a terrorist "lookout" database. Now he's back in the Middle East, where FBI agents are said to be keeping their eyes on him.

That's right, just like Nidal Hasan frequenting strip clubs, the Al-Qaeda imam has a taste for infidel whores.

Just thought you should know.

By Barbarossa at 07:15 PM | Comments |

Ahmadinejad and Chavez renew vows of love

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"we're going to be together until the end," Ahmadinejad to Chavez. No Joke.

By at 03:32 PM | Comments |

The REAL American Taliban: Hey, Let's Kill Adam Lambert

What's a busy blogger to do on a slow news day? Turn to the old standby, Yousef al-Khattab (anonymized link).

Khattab juxtaposes an image of Adam Lambert in front of an American flag with an image of two homosexuals being hanged by the Iranian mullahs. The image is captioned, "Two very well hung Iranian gay men."

Funny. Really funny.

He then polls his readers with the question, "Adam Lambert performed deviant homosexual sexual behavior on American TV. How do you think society should reward him?"

AS of this writing 73% answered "I prefer the Sharia [ed: Islamic law] punishment of throwing them off the highest cliff."

Another 8% answered, "The Iranian example is lookin good poppy!"

The next time someone tries to compare fundamentalist Christians who disapprove of homesexuality and might not support, say, same-sex marriage with fundamentalists Muslims by calling them "The American Taliban" point out that while both positions may not be supportive of certain gay rights that there is a world of difference between trouble getting health insurance and throwing you off a cliff.

If you don't get that, then you are a moral idiot.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:31 PM | Comments |

Good News: Saudis to Behead "Witch"

I know what you're going to say, that Christians used to kill "witches" too. If that's your position then you should really learn the difference between past and present tenses.

A second objection to pointing this out might be that in areas of Africa and Southeast Asia people are sometimes killed for similar reasons -- accused of sorcery. True enough, but the last time I checked in Saudi Arabia they could mostly read, write, and had a basic understanding that if your well dried up it wasn't the fault of the one eyed guy in the next village over who probably hexed it.

In fact, when and if the Saudis get around to killing this poor man it won't be because he summoned a dark demon to lower oil prices -- that is, his crime isn't in the result of the alleged psychic ability -- his crime is one of claiming magical powers that only God possesses and thus elevating himself to deity.

And Allah is a jealous God, who's infinite forgiving mercy is only overshadowed by his blood lust.

Asia News:

Ali Sibat, a Lebanese psychic who made predictions on a satellite TV channel from his home in Beirut, was arrested by religious police in the holy city of Madinah during a pilgrimage in May 2008 and then sentenced to death by decapitation on 9 November this year. ...

Sibat’s case is not unique. Dozens of people are arrested each year on charges like witchcraft, recourse to supernatural beings, black magic and fortune telling. These practices are considered polytheistic and severely punished according to Sharia rules.

It's like a bad Monty Python skit, but where the angry villagers all drive Bentleys and King Arthur's knights of the round table have F-16s.

Consider that your transitory sentence to the inevitable video. You deal with the infinite sadness of it your way, and I'll take two pills and pop in The Holy Grail.

Hat tip: The Religion of Peace

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:20 PM | Comments |

Man pleads guilty to selling counterfeit chips to Navy

A California man, Neil Felahy, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and counterfeit-goods trafficking. He faces up to Mr. Felahy sold counterfeit computer chips to the Naval Sea Systems Command. The counterfeit chips were purchased from China. More at RoA

By at 12:15 PM | Comments |

Listen. Can You Hear The Heads Of Liberals Exploding Like Popped Balloons?

The noise is made from the rapid release of air that occupies the space where brains should have been. Heh.

By Ronin at 10:00 AM | Comments |

The Internal Workings of Ace of Spades HQ Revealed

A group of right wing hackers has apparently penetrated the layers of security at AOSHQ. Revealing at last the true intentions of this Sorros funded false flag operation.

Ace to Inner_Circle

Re: Double posting

George Soros demands a certain schedule for my double-posting. It has to be me, specifically, per the terms of my contract. I will float the idea that LauraW might do it for a while, but he's not a fan of hers, as he was bitten by a seahorse as a child.

Please delete this email immediately.

Will the MSM report on this important issue? Hell the entire theory of the Vast Global Right Wing Khinspiracy is teetering on collapse now.

But I'm sure they have some thing more important to report, like the increasing effect of gravity on Brittany Spears' Nipples maybe?

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By Howie at 09:50 AM | Comments |

Dammit 3P0!

Some droids never know when to shut up.

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Hat Tip: Fred.

By Howie at 09:01 AM | Comments |

November 26, 2009

Pumpkin Pie

Thanks to Mrs. Vinnie, the aroma is already filling the house.

Fried turkey tomorrow (or today, this post is sticky), with all the trimmings.

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Hope you all have a better Thanksgiving than that guy. George Washington's Thanksgiving address is under the fold.

Enjoy, the struggle against the jihad will still be there on Monday.

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor -- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be -- That we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks -- for His kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation -- for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of His Providence which we experienced in the tranquility [sic], union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed -- for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One [capital O] now lately instituted -- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which He hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions -- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually -- to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed -- to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn [sic] kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord -- To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease [sic] of science among them and us -- and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York
the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789
George Washington

By Vinnie at 11:26 PM | Comments |

Rifqa Bary's Imam Buddies with Anwar al-Awlaki, al Qaeda's #1 fan and the man who inspired Nidal Hasan to Massacre

Like I've said before, I'm agnostic on Rifqa Bary's motive for running away from home and just how much danger she is there. What I do have a problem with is a judicial system turning a blind eye to the threat of honor killing and allowing CAIR attorney's to be present when Rifqa's parents were interviewed.

Cultural sensitivity is a nice sentiment, but so is truth. And the truth is there are a significant minority of Muslim immigrants who have brought with them customs that have no place in America.

Robert Spencer:

Salah Sultan, formerly of the Noor Mosque in Columbus, Ohio, (before he himself was barred from entering the United States), and Anwar al-Awlaki, Nidal Hasan's jihadist imam, led a Hajj trip together in 2002....

Yet we are told that Rifqa Bary won't be in any danger, as a convert from Islam to Christianity, if she is returned to her father, who attends this mosque and who she says threatened to kill her.

Again, Anwar al Awlaki is the American imam now in exile in Yemen. He's alleged to now be on the run since it was revealed that the Fort Hood murderer Nidal Hasan was a big fan. Apparently the feeling was mutual as Awlaki's last blog posting was in praise of Nidal Hasan's massacre.

And the mosque Rifqa's parents attends once was presided over by a friend of al-Awlaki.

No, this doesn't prove that Rifqa's life is in danger. But it is evidence that the kind of Islam that her family practices would be more suited to Saudi Arabia than her parent's native Sri Lanka. And that I think is something the court needs to look into.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:39 PM | Comments |

Tree Stand Blogging, Part II

Okay, not actually in the tree stand right now but I took my 8 year old son out to hunt today. I must be doing something wrong.

The last time I saw precisely zero deer. About dusk I heard a loud shot from across a dense stand of hardwood -- maybe 800 - 1000 yards off.

So, today I take my son to a different stand. After sitting up there for about two hours -- most of which were spent by my son playing games on the iPhone -- still not a deer seen. These must be magical deer down here, only appearing when the front end of my car is within 10 feet and too late to swerve.

On the way back from the stand I take a detour to scope out a meadow and this car comes driving right towards us. No, not a four wheel drive, just a subcompact. Right across this field with grass up to my knees.

I wave the guy down, thinking he's a poacher. He pulls up and we start chatting. He's not a poacher but has permission to be there.

It was his rifle I had heard the last time I went hunting. He says he shot the biggest doe in his life. Great.

So I tell him about this tree stand I've been in and he asks me to show him where it is since he's got a buddy with him and the stand I was in was pretty big. The last words, literally, out of my mouth as I leave is that, "I hope any deer I scare on my way out come your way."

Just before I get back to my car I hear two more shots.

The rat bastard has killed himself another deer! I sat two hours or more in that stupid stand and he's up there 5 minutes -- literally -- and shoots one. He's actually reached his bag limit now.

So, what the hell am I doing wrong here? Or does God just hate me?

A happy Thanksgiving indeed......

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:54 PM | Comments |

Hypothetical American 'MSM' Coverage of Climategate

Here is an example of the type of video report that Americans might see if the major broadcast media, ABC, CBS, and NBC, were at this time able to match the professional and ethical standards of Russia Today:

We can only hope that, over time, American "journalists" will see the value of providing full coverage of events, regardless of their personal agenda. Until then, it appears that Russia Today is setting the standard for how a free press should behave.

By Bluto07:38 PM | Comments |

More Man-Made Global Warming Monkeyshines? Updated

Ruh-roh. The raw data from New Zealand's equivalent of the UK's Climate Research Unit seems to contradict the official Warmist position. Looks like the same sort of troubling pattern of data manipulation suspected at CRU.


Update: The CRU connection:

An agency of the New Zealand government has been cooking the books to create a warming trend where none exists, according to a joint research project by global warming skeptics at the Climate Conversation Group and the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition. The chief cook? Dr. Jim Salinger, considered one of the country's top scientists, who began the graph in the 1980s when he was at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the UK. CRU, of course, has become ground zero of Climategate at Dr. Salinger has maintained close relations with CRU since, as seen in the Climategate emails.

By Bluto11:10 AM | Comments |

Jesus Embraces Stoning Adulterers, Chopping Off the Hands of Thieves

Oh, yes, the Jesus of political Islam. The one who "ebraces God's law". Like stoning women to death who commit adultery. Which is, like, right out of the New Testament I think. Somewhere in the back.

The event is billed as a "debate". I'm putting my money on Jesus. I hear Satan throws it.

Thanks to Jen.

Also, yes, I hotlinked that image. If Anjem Choudary or the rest of the scrotum lickers over at Islam4UK swap it out let me know.

Double PS: They were also kind enough to leave some phone numbers. What you do with them is your business.

General Enquiries: 07961577221 (Abu Yahya)

Media Enquiries: 07956 041 034 (Abu Rumaysah)

Is asking the best way to win the love of a good goat a general or a media inquiry?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:36 AM | Comments |

Hezbollah as Pimp

I was going to say something really snarky about this. I don't support prostitution, but I do support its legalization. So when I was forwarded this article about "temporary marriages" arranged by Hezbollah for their supporters I had a funny kind of image in my mind of Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whore House in Texas wearing a burka.

But reading intot the specifics here, it's worse:

"After the 2006 war, Iranian money came to Lebanon in abundance, and money opened the door to sexual luxury that could not be ignored or controlled," noted Slim. "Therefore, Hezbollah decided it is easier to allow sex under certain religious titles in order to keep the control over the community." ....

It is, of course, not only men who take advantage of mutaa. Zahra, a fully veiled 25 year-old Shiite woman who is completing her master's degree in English literature, comes from a family of Hezbollah supporters and party members, and has been a lifelong Hezbollah member herself. She explained that she practices temporary marriage because it is a religious duty.

"I take good care of myself, and make sure I look perfect every time I go into a mutaa marriage because I should please my husband, temporary or not," she said. "It is my religious duty to do so. God allowed this kind of marriage for a reason, and I never question God's wishes."

It is, of course, not only men who take advantage of mutaa. Zahra, a fully veiled 25 year-old Shiite woman who is completing her master's degree in English literature, comes from a family of Hezbollah supporters and party members, and has been a lifelong Hezbollah member herself. She explained that she practices temporary marriage because it is a religious duty.

"I take good care of myself, and make sure I look perfect every time I go into a mutaa marriage because I should please my husband, temporary or not," she said. "It is my religious duty to do so. God allowed this kind of marriage for a reason, and I never question God's wishes."

Convincing young women that it is their religious duty to sleep around? It reminds me of something out of Nazi Germany.

Thanks to Esther.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:26 AM | Comments |

November 25, 2009

Taliban Leader Wishes World Happy Eid; US Company Still Ilegally Helping Taliban

I had a long post on a new message from Taliban leader Mullah Omar wishing every one a happy Eid. That message was posted on the Taliban's official website, The Voice of Jihad. That website is registered by a proxy service run by the Portland, Oregon based Active Domains company.

But since my computer crashed and the post got lost this will have to do. I think you get the gist of it. It's illegal to help the Taliban. Yada yada yada. As if any one in our government cares anymore. Rough up a terrorist and it's, literally, a federal case. Actually aide and abed the enemy in a time of war and, heh, no big deal.

Here's the money quote from Mullah Omar. It sounds like it could have been written by any number of Leftist professors or "progressive" intellectuals:

You should not fall prey to the misleading assertions of your colonialist rulers as they call this war, a war of necessity. This is a farce weapon in the hands of your rulers under the colonialist pretext of fight against terrorism. Thus they want to throw dust into the eyes of people. It is the demand of your conscience and moral duty to raise your voice for the prevention of this savagery. ...

Fight against terrorism is an unjustified colonialist term fabricated by Pentagon and Washington. They want to colonize independent countries by using this proposition and bring under their belly natural riches and economic resources of these countries and trample on belief and religious traditions of these countries. [emphasis in original]

Right. All we want is Afghanistan's vast riches of, um, sand and dirt.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:26 PM | Comments |

Tree Stand Blogging

I'm sitting in a tree stand waiting for an elusive deer to show up. It's payback time for my commuter car's front end.

I wonder, is this a blogosphere first?

Also, I grew up in LA so I don't have a whole lot of experience with this. Other than sitting here on my rear waiting, is there something more I'm supposed to do? Because, as it is, this isn't the most excitng thing I've ever done.

~iPhone

Update: Nada. I'll try again in the morning.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:30 PM | Comments |

Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brenan released!

Finally some good news. The hell that Amanda and Nigel had to endure for 16 months is over. More at RoA

By at 04:19 PM | Comments |

U.S. Islamists Congratulate Fort Hood Murderer, Urge Muslim Soldiers to Follow His Example

A U.S. based jihadi forum has issued a statement calling Nidal Hasan a hero and urged Muslims in the U.S. Army to follow his lead and attack their fellow soldiers:

We hope other “Muslims” in the US army repent from their apostasy and take [Nidal Hasan] as a role model, instilling fear in the enemies of Allah and taking them by surprise wherever they may be
The statement also condemns Muslims in the West for speaking out against the attack.

Well, I can't exactly call this shocking. The forum is overtly supportive of al Qaeda, so why not support the man who murdered so many at Fort Hood in the name of Allah?

The Ansar al-Mujahideen forum is hosted in Brussels, but the English side of the forum is run out of the US. It is internet based, which means that its editorial staff is decentralized, but we do know that North Carolina's Samir Khan helps run it. His blog is now hosted by them, he uses it to distribute his internet magazine, and his clique of friends and al Qaeda fellow travelers congregate there.

To be honest, I've been scratching my head as to why Samir "Inshallahshaheed" (a martyr, God willing) "Abu Risasas" Khan hasn't commented on the shooting. The last post any one put up over at his blog was on the 16th, and the only word on Nidal Hasan has been his reposting of a WaPo article on Anwar al-Awlaki's support of Hasan.

Olly olly oxen free, Sammy! Come out, come out wherever you are!

Samir doesn't officially take credit for the statement, but it looks like his work. But given his other treasonous writings, why not take credit?

I think the answer is twofold. First, inasmuch as this statement is about as far over the line of sedition as they come -- they actually urge others to follow in Hasan's footsteps -- I think he's afraid of legal repurcussions. We all know that no one at the Justice Department has the guts to try a traitor like Samir for sedition, but to the paranoid mind U.S. agents are constantly on the prowl to arrest Muslims for far less.

The second reason I think will become clearer as Hasan's internet connections are made public.

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Here are some highlights. I'll reproduce the entire statement below the fold.

We issue this statement in support of the actions of brother Nidal Malik Hassan; as a congratulations for his brave and heroic deed .... May Allah make you an example for others to follow. ....

[Muslims in the US in] no way are to condemn Nidal Malik Hasan or his actions, ... Rather, all Muslims are to regard [Hasan] as a brother and Mujahid who risked his life in avenging the weak and oppressed Muslims around the world....

In conclusion, we again congratulate all Muslims, especially those in the United States, and especially our heroic brother Nidal Malik Hasan, for indeed he has raised our heads and made us proud. He realized the truth about the “war on terror”, and waged his own war on terror. When he realized the sin of being in the army, and when he came to know he may be sent overseas to fight Muslims, he instead chose to fight those who truly deserved to be fought. He risked his life to show that the Muslim Ummah is one Ummah indeed, and that Muslims must target their enemies wherever they may be, even in their own lands. We hope other “Muslims” in the US army repent from their apostasy and take him as a role model, instilling fear in the enemies of Allah and taking them by surprise wherever they may be.

Shocking? Not so much. In fact, par for the course.

Also par for the course? The lawyerly class running our government calling this "free speech". I wonder what FDR would have to say to those people?

Thanks to Stable Hand.

The entire statement follows. I'll only comment that you should notice that the assumption here is that of infidels fighting the Muslims. The Muslims defined as al Qaeda and the Taliban, but not the many thousands of Muslims fighting against them in the armies of Iraq, Afghanistan, or Pakistan.

In the Name of Allah. All praise is due to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, and upon his family, companions, and those who follow his footsteps till the day of Judgment.

To proceed:
We issue this statement in support of the actions of brother Nidal Malik Hassan; as a congratulations for his brave and heroic deed, as well as the jealousness he displayed for the pains suffered by the Muslim Ummah as a result of the modern Zionist-Christian Crusades against it. May Allah reward you brother Nidal. We ask Allah to accept this great feat of yours and make you an example for others to follow.

We also issue this statement due to the unfortunate yet expected wave of apologetic statements being given around the world which smack of apostasy, especially in the land of the Lead Crusaders, the United States of America, the likes of which are only given either to safeguard their worldly gains from living there, due to their misguidance and ignorance of firm principles which they easily throw away based on their false concepts of “general interest”, or due to the verdicts of misguided or evil scholars.

On this point we briefly state the following:

* The general principle is that it is not allowed for the Muslims to live permanently in the lands of the infidels. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:

« أنا بريء من كل مسلم يقيم بين ظهراني المشركين...»
“I am free of every Muslim who lives amongst the polytheists…”

* There are scholars who have stated its permissibility, but with the condition that the Muslim is able to practice the tenets of his religion properly, from the most important of which is matters of alliance and disavowal (al-wala’ wal-bara’ - the clear declaration of alliance with the believers and enmity and disassociation from the disbelievers). For most people living amongst the polytheists, this is not something possible.
* It is not permissible for Muslims to aid the infidels in any way in war against the Muslims, whether physically, morally, financially, or strategically. There is a consensus amongst the scholars that whoever does so, even by a mere gesture, has committed an act of apostasy and has left the fold of Islam, based upon the verse:

۞ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا الْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَىٰ أَوْلِيَاءَ ۘ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ ۚ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِّنكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْهُمْ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ
O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as allies, they are but allies to one another. If any amongst you allies them, then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allah guides not those people who are the wrong-doers. (Al-Ma’idah: 51)

Joining the infidel armies is one of the worst forms of this aid.
* The actions of Nidal Malik Hasan were not contrary to the religion of Islam, rather they are encouraged by it, for no covenant exists between Muslims in the U.S. and the U.S. government and army. If there was initially some covenant, that covenant is now void due to the various crimes the United States has committed to break it, from them engaging in war with the Muslims, imprisoning Muslims, and by the rape and abuse of Muslim men and women to name a few.
* If one does hold the opinion that the covenant stands, they in no way are to condemn Nidal Malik Hasan or his actions, as there are legitimate scholars and opinions which state otherwise. Rather, all Muslims are to regard him as a brother and Mujahid who risked his life in avenging the weak and oppressed Muslims around the world, who based his actions on valid and legitimate texts and opinions of scholars. Even if he had not based his actions on valid opinions and indeed was mistaken, the most which would be said that he made a mistake, and that the sin of the infidels was much worse than his mistake, as Allah said in the Qur'an:

﴿يَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ الشَّهْرِ الْحَرَامِ قِتَالٍ فِيهِ قُلْ قِتَالٌ فِيهِ كَبِيرٌ وَصَدٌّ عَن سَبِيلِ اللّهِ وَكُفْرٌ بِهِ وَالْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ وَإِخْرَاجُ أَهْلِهِ مِنْهُ أَكْبَرُ عِندَ اللّهِ وَالْفِتْنَةُ أَكْبَرُ مِنَ الْقَتل﴾

They ask you concerning fighting in the Sacred Months. Say, "Fighting therein is a great (transgression) but a greater (transgression) with Allah is to prevent humankind from following the Way of Allah, to disbelieve in Him, to prevent access to the Sacred Mosque, and to drive out its inhabitants, and fitnah is worse than killing…” (‘Al-Baqarah: 217)

This was revealed in regards to a group of Muslims who killed some polytheists of Makkah during the sacred months in which fighting was forbidden. Al-Qurtubi said:

Mujahid and others said that the word fitnah here means disbelief, meaning, “your disbelief is worse than our killing them.” The majority said, “The meaning of fitnah here is putting Muslims through trials which may turn them away from Islam and be destroyed,” and that this is a greater crime than their killing in the forbidden months.

If one reads and ponders over the event mentioned, they will find many benefits indeed.

* We warn all Muslims, both individuals and organizations, to fear Allah in the views they hold and statements they make in regards to the validity of Nidal’s actions, the character of our brother, and the correct Islamic views in relation to matters of this sort. They must be very careful that they do not knowingly or unknowingly fall into disbelief and apostasy.

In conclusion, we again congratulate all Muslims, especially those in the United States, and especially our heroic brother Nidal Malik Hasan, for indeed he has raised our heads and made us proud. He realized the truth about the “war on terror”, and waged his own war on terror. When he realized the sin of being in the army, and when he came to know he may be sent overseas to fight Muslims, he instead chose to fight those who truly deserved to be fought. He risked his life to show that the Muslim Ummah is one Ummah indeed, and that Muslims must target their enemies wherever they may be, even in their own lands. We hope other “Muslims” in the US army repent from their apostasy and take him as a role model, instilling fear in the enemies of Allah and taking them by surprise wherever they may be.

And our final prayer is: All praise be to Allah, the Lord of all that exists.

ولا تنسونا من صالح الدُعاء

Don't Forget Us in Your Prayers

Your Brothers at: Ansar al-Mujahideen

www.ansarnet.info

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:27 PM | Comments |

Omar Ain't Down Wit Da HC

Ouch!

Obviously Omar got Obama's message that the US has surrendered by the dithering response from the administration and the lack luster support....uh..I meant treacherous combativeness from the left of center public and government officials. No hopey changey here....what kind of bully would agree to talk with the pussy anyway.

Sack up Pres and let our boys do the job!

Oh, and you inevitable wussbags in comments, I know its Karzai but he doesn't wipe his ass without Obama's infamous middle finger involved in the digging for dingleberries.

By Ronin at 02:25 PM | Comments |

Princess Leia Bikini Pillow Fight

Best pillow fight ever?

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Thanks to Locomotive Breath.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:36 PM | Comments |

Hope Fading Among Dem Loyalists

In her NYT's op-ed column today, Maureen Dowd bemoans the fact that President Obama has been noticeably neglecting some of his most loyal supporters, people who have invested their careers, their fortunes and their reputations in Obama.

Dowd cites names and circumstances but the overall theme is that Democrats and liberals, particularly campaign contributors, are questioning their hopes for Obama. They sense a letdown, having hoped for more. Loyalists feel a chill.

Additionally, given that Obama "faces tough midterms and a less-than-certain re-election," Ms. Dowd is perplexed by Obama's icy detachment as important helpers are figuratively nudged off curbs just as buses pass.

In summary, a life-long, high-profile liberal woman, Maureen Dowd, is raising questions about the "hopey" part of "hopey-changey" and the seemingly-heartless disposability of Obama loyalists. Also, it appears that anxiety in Obama's camp is troubling enough to write about.

By at 11:43 AM | Comments |

Finally: The Burqa Sunglasses

Wow, I actually think this is serious. When oppression becomes a fashion accessory.

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Thanks to Esther.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:36 AM | Comments |

Throwing Navy Seals Under the Bus

Oh my, Uncle Jimbo is not too happy with the way AllahP handled the news of three Navy SEALs court martialed for allegedly roughing up the man behind the murder of American contractors in Iraq -- one of whom was a former Navy SEAL himself.

I'm not trying to insert myself into a blog war, but two things I want to clarify. First, the fact that they chose court martial rather than administrative punishment says either:

a: They are innocent. As Jimbo points out, the first rule of al Qaeda is to allege abuse. Hell, nearly all terrorists detained in the war on terror make this claim -- much of which is borders on the fantastic (such as the claim of Muslim women randomly picked up off the streets and then taken to prisons where they are gang raped in front of the prisoners in order to demoralize the Muslim men) to the absurd but probably accurate (they wouldn't tell me which way was Mecca, torture!). So, maybe the SEALs are innocent? If anyone deserves the presumption of innocence it is our men and women in uniform. Especially Navy SEALs involved in successful counterterrorism operations.

b: Or, one of the SEALs did rough up the prisoner and his buddies covered it up. Big. Freaking. Deal. And, no I'm not condoning roughing up a prisoner. I'm saying that good deeds do in fact cover up a multitude of sins. As Uncle Jimbo points out, a raid and snatch operation is very difficult. These guys probably deserve a medal. Yes, you do give allowances to heroes caught up on the heat of the moment.

Second, pursuing charges against these SEALs creates a perverse incentive to treat prisoners even worse. The intent of disciplining them is to send a message that once a prisoner is apprehended then all the rules of the Geneva Conventions should be followed. This is a noble sentiment.

However, the lesson learned really is that before a suspected terrorist is taken into custody that he should be shot. A dead suspect registers no complaints. And in the fog of war who's to say that he didn't "resist"?

Given the choice between a punch and a .223 in the face, I'll take the fist every time.

Will these guys get off as AllahP predicts? I hope so, but I dunno. Prosecutorial discretion should mean that the charges are dropped before they ever get to court martial. Remember that video shot by Kevin Sites of a Marine giving the ol' double tap at point blank range to an Iraqi laying on the ground during the second battle of Fallujah?

The point being that these Marines had learned a valuable lesson when in the previous days other Iraqis had feigned being dead as a ruse to lure the Marines in closer and then attack. The incentive in that tactic being that instead of helping the enemy wounded you had better make sure they are good and dead.

An investigation ensued and that Marine was cleared. Hopefully these three will be as well. But who knows given the present political climate.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:36 AM | Comments |

OMG! Pass Health Care Bill Now!

Look! Squirrel!

Swine Flu in perspective.

By Ronin at 08:31 AM | Comments |

Man detained at behest of FBI may have Rana connection(Illyas Kashmiri captured?)

Very huge if confirmed..

Ottawa Citizen

The fast-moving international case against a Pakistani-Canadian businessman charged with plotting a terror attack in Denmark and suspected of others in India moved into Pakistan on Monday night with news of the capture of another suspect.

Illyas Kashmiri, a former Pakistani military officer and now a reputed commander of the Pakistan-based Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) militant group, is believed to have been detained by Pakistan at the behest of the FBI, according to an unconfirmed report in The Times of India.

It's not clear when and where Kashmiri may have been taken into custody or if he is among as many as five people reportedly arrested by Pakistan in connection with the plot in recent weeks, including some former or current Pakistani military officials.

If confirmed, Kashmiri's arrest will expand the global nature of the case, which already has connections to Chicago, Copenhagen, Mumbai and Kanata. It would also highlight the intercontinental reach of suspected terrorist operations.

Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 48, and Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley, 49, were arrested in Chicago by the FBI last month and accused of plotting the murder of an editor and cartoonist at the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which ran controversial cartoons of the prophet Mohammad in 2005. They face charges of conspiring to provide material support for terrorism and providing material support to terrorism.

UPDATE(NEWBIE): Picked up TWO MONTHS AGO
Denying a report that serving officers were picked up in connection with the case that was being probed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Major-General Athar Abbas, the military spokesman, said only one retired Major was picked two months ago and was now being questioned by intelligence agencies.

By Matt Damon at 03:44 AM | Comments |

Hide the Decline

Ahh, the sweet funkadelic strains of chicanery circling the bowl:

Thanks to Rodney Graves at Wizbang.

By Bluto12:55 AM | Comments |

Brits Blame Obama For Flagging Public Support on Afghanistan

The Telegraph reports that Defence Minister Robert Ainsworth is publicly blaming Obama for dropping the ball:

A “period of hiatus” in Washington - and a lack of clear direction - had made it harder for ministers to persuade the British public to go on backing the Afghan mission in the face of a rising death toll, he said.

Senior British Government sources have become increasingly frustrated with Mr Obama’s “dithering” on Afghanistan, the Daily Telegraph disclosed earlier this month, with several former British defence chiefs echoing the concerns.

But Mr Ainsworth is the first Government minister to express in public what amounts to personal criticism of the US president’s leadership over the conflict which has so far cost 235 British lives.

Polls show most voters now want an early withdrawal, following the death of 98 British service personnel this year alone.

Let's hope things change.

By Bluto12:05 AM | Comments |

November 24, 2009

The Silence of the Shams

So far, the major American news broadcasters are still covering up the East Anglia Climate Research Unit Affair ("Climategate" for the vulgar). The hacked, or leaked, emails and documents that seem to show a troubling pattern of dissembling and data manipulation among top anthropogenic global warming advocates scientists have not seen the light of day on NBC, CBS, ABC, or any of their puppet cable stations.

This is a huge, gigantic, humongous, story. Trust me. I studied journalism in college. Then I decided I wanted a more honest venue and went into advertising. Seriously, you can be arrested for false advertising.

You get the Pulitzer for false journalism.

By Bluto06:07 PM | Comments |

Why, Google Without Terrorist Propaganda is Like Whip Cream Without the Cherry!

Star has an excellent post about YouTube's continual aiding and abetting our enemies in a time of war.

Put up a video featuring TnA and it's down in minutes. Videos pushing al Qaeda's agenda? Eh, no big deal.

As a reminder the YouTube channel purporting to belong to the Taliban remains up. What have your complaints wrought? An adult content warning.

At one time I was considering helping get a lawsuit going against Google for their contribution to the deaths and maimings of Americans abroad and at home. That effort kind of fizzled out since I was trying to do it behind the scenes for fear of being outed.

No more. If you or your loved ones have been killed or injured in Iraq, Afghanistan, or in the recent Fort Hood shootings let me know. It's time to sue Google. They help spread the propaganda that inspires the jihadis, including Nidal Hasan.

Also, if you are in the military and may soon be deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq you also might have standing in such a lawsuit.

I'm serious about this. Email me at the contact link above and just ignore the snarky and condescending emailing instructions left my be.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:52 PM | Comments |

Daily Kos Now in Charge of Military? Navy SEAL's Get Court Martial Instead of Medal for Capturing Most Wanted Terrorist

The guys who captured the mastermind behind this:

Are about to be court martialed for maybe giving that guy a fat lip.

This would be the same incident in which Americans were murdered in Fallujah over which Markos "Kos" Moulitsas said, "Screw them."

Now Kos' candidate is in the White House and the military is more interested in punishing heroes who may have barely stepped over some imaginary ethical line than in rewarding them for a job well done.

Imagine: Hey guys, thanks for putting your life on the line and in a job well done capturing Osama bin Laden, but now I'm going to bust you down to private because one of you might have kicked him once while he was down and the rest of you covered it up.

Screw them, indeed.

I think I'm going to be sick.

FoxNews:

Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told FoxNews.com....

Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.

Now, instead of being lauded for bringing to justice a high-value target, three of the SEAL commandos, all enlisted, face assault charges and have retained lawyers.

Matthew McCabe, a Special Operations Petty Officer Second Class (SO-2), is facing three charges: dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee, making a false official statement, and assault.

Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe, SO-2, is facing charges of dereliction of performance of duty and making a false official statement.

Petty Officer Julio Huertas, SO-1, faces those same charges and an additional charge of impediment of an investigation.

The anger is at face melting levels.....

Apparently military lawyers are just as idiotic as their civilian counterparts. My confidence level in the lawyerly profession has just about reached the limits of tolerance for the absurd.

UPDATE: 100% agree with Don Surber who titles his post "They should have just shot him.":

The message is getting clearer to the American military on how to handle people like KSM: Better dead than alive. Less paperwork.
Indeed.

You know, the last two thrillers I've read -- the latest from Vince Flynn and Brad Thor -- have been variations on the theme of counterintel types being fed up with all the BS that comes with working for the government. And you know I've just assumed that this was pretty much the world of fantasy. That in the real world when push came to shove that we would defend those that put their lives on the line. Maybe I was wrong?

There is always a lot of BS that comes along with working for government. That's the nature of the beast. But at some level won't it be tempting for people like these Navy SEAL's just to up and quit?

When the Atlas that is shrugging is involved in front line of counterterror operations then our nation's security is at risk.

And for what? So that a couple of pencil necked lawyers can say that the letter of the law was followed.

Thank a lawyer for the next time we are attacked.

Another update: Jack Murtha emails DrewM to say:

This guys are cold blooded smackers and I won't rest until they are given the death penalty. Coincidentally, the executions will take place in my district after we build a prison and death chamber with a 7 billion dollar earmark I am inserting in next year's budget.
Heh!

And just a reminder: one of the men who was murdered was a former SEAL.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:51 PM | Comments |

Anti-Christian Riots Spreading in Egypt

Apparently the anti-Christian riots in Egypt are spreading. The Muslim on Christian violence started when a Christian man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12 year old Muslim girl.

How arresting a sexual predator pisses off Muslims is any one's guess. REAL:

– “Since early morning on Saturday, November 21, the Upper Egyptian town of Farshoot, as well as the neighboring villages of Kom Ahmar, Shakiki and Ezbet Waziri, has been the scene of ongoing Muslim mob violence against Coptic Christian inhabitants. The mob looted, vandalized and burnt Coptic property, while Copts hid indoors fearing to venture out. Reuters Cairo reported that a witness said ‘chaos is overwhelming (in the city).’ ”
– “The Violence is still going on. There are reports that seven Coptic women have been abducted.”
– “Witnesses said that nearly 3000 angry Muslims have congregated since the early morning in front of the Police Headquarters in Farshoot, in an effort to kidnap Girgis Baroumi while being transported to court to renew his detainment, in order to kill him. Bishop Kirollos said it was agreed with the family of the Muslim girl Yousra to await the Court decision ‘but they did not wait for that.’ ”

– “Coptic priest Rev. Benjamin Noshi was driving his car when the mob stopped and assaulted him, fracturing his skull. He is currently in hospital.”

– “By the evening most Coptic businesses were looted and burnt. ‘They are destroying the Coptic economy in these areas,’ says Wagih Yacoub of Middle Eadt Christian Association”.

– “A witness said that some Coptic families were thrown out of their homes, which were occupied by Muslims.”

And we are supposed to believe that when the Caliphate is restored that love, peace, and harmony will exist between the great monotheistic faiths.

Here's a video.

Much more at REAL.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:20 PM | Comments |

Crowder: Thanksgiving Sucks!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:10 PM | Comments |

It's Official: Census Worker Supposedly Murdered Due to Right Wing Anti-Government Extremism Really Committed Suicide

Look, I'm one who actually believes there are such things as right wing extremists. That is, I don't imagine the Klan sitting around reading Chomsky or Marx. But extremists, by definition, are on the fringe. And it's a long way from Glenn Beck to The Anarchist Cookbook.

UPDATE: Michelle has more.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:07 PM | Comments |

ACORN Document Bonanza at BigGovernment.com

Just in case you're not following it, BigGovernment has TONS of dumped documents it obtained from various ACORN offices.

Keep scrolling. You will not believe the level of corruption this organization was engaged in. I mean that - you thought it was just limited to Democrat voter fraud and political maneuvering.

There's much more, if that weren't enough to make you vomit.

Can anyone guess the reaction from the left and the media if ACORN were, say, Focus on the Family?

By Good Lt. at 01:59 PM | Comments |

Ahmadinejad Says US, Israel Lack Gonads

(Brasilia, Brazil) Visiting Brazil, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held a press conference yesterday and said military threats against Iran are a thing of the past.

Fielding a question on whether he feared an attack from Israel or the United States, Ahmadinejad said armed confrontation was no longer a possibility.

That's clear "even for mentally challenged people," he said with a smile.

Besides, he added, "those you mention (Israel and United States) don't have the courage to attack Iran. They're not even thinking about it."

So, Americans and Israelis are dumb cowards, according to Ahmadinejad. Heh. I'd suggest those are fighting words in most neighborhoods.

By at 12:36 PM | Comments |

Threat Against Fort Benning

Via Army Times:

A box of hollow-point bullets and an anonymous note threatening an incident like the one at Fort Hood, Texas, were discovered Thursday at Fort Benning, Ga., sparking a criminal investigation and greater police presence, a witness told Army Times.

According to a witness at the scene, a box of 20 hollow-point shells and a handwritten note were found in the motor pool area between 1st Battalion and 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry, under the 197th Infantry Training Brigade.

“The note said ‘tell the commanding general to call off all charges or there will be a re-enactment of Fort Hood,’ ” the witness told Army Times. He spoke on condition he wouldn’t be identified.

After the discovery, he said, military police arrived with dogs, cordoned off a 20-foot perimeter around the box and began dusting for fingerprints and questioning people.

“They’re talking with anyone with a pending [Uniform Code of Military Justice] charge and people who are getting chaptered out to see if they can find out who it is,” the witness said.

Nothing to see here, move along.

By Howie at 08:37 AM | Comments |

Well There Went Shackleford's Diet

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By Howie at 08:32 AM | Comments |

November 23, 2009

9/11 Defense Lawyer: The Jurors Will Determine Whether They Murdered People

The lawyer is a bastage, that is the only way I can describe him.

Areshole.

By Stable Hand at 10:30 PM | Comments |

Yet Another Day Wasted Seeing a Doctor

Hi. It's me. You know, the guy who kind of owns this blog.*

Yes, Rusty.

So, I spent the day going to and from the doctor once again. My wife seems to be getting better. At least, the infection she got from the "minor" surgery seems to be not growing.

Not growing. Doctor's words, not my own. And he used them with a smile on his face as if not getting worse is, in fact, equivalent to getting better.

Right.

And so, here we are once again with a new and stronger antibiotic since, you know, the second surgery didn't fix it, nor did the second round of stronger antibiotics.

But at least she's not getting worse!

It's a bitter victory, but I guess I'll take what I can get.

Let's pray this even more potent antibiotic get's things moving in the right direction. That my wife will start getting better rather than just not getting worse.

In all of this I'm tempted to lose faith in our health care system. The doctor obviously screwed up. Yet, in the past few weeks the doctor hasn't been able to admit this. Despite not admitting guilt, he hasn't charged us a dime for the followup surgery nor any of the five or so visits. I think his actions here pretty much sum it up that he knows something didn't go right and that he's responsible. And the fact that he can't admit this has soured our relationship.

I know a lot of people complain about insurance companies standing in the way of the doctor patient relationship, and I'm not sure I disagree, but in my mind it is the lawyers that do the most harm. How can one have a relationship -- even a business relationship -- when the truth is not permitted to be spoken? How can you trust someone who cannot tell you the truth?

I'm not against malpractice lawsuits in theory. I understand their value. Hell, I've contemplated one over the last few weeks. But there is some level of litigiousness at which normal relationships are no longer possible. It's not just that unnecessary medical tests and procedures lead to higher costs for every one, it's that the entire relationship of trust between doctor and patient is broken.

I don't think I have very many answers for reforming our medical system but I'm pretty sure that reforming the legal system would be a good start. The economist in me understands this as a cost saving measure. But speaking as a husband and a human being, I also think it's necessary in repairing the doctor-patient relationship.

And until the Democrats in Congress get this through their collectively thick skulls I'm afraid that any "reforms" they pass that do not address medical malpractice lawsuits will be worse than empty gestures.

*For the sake of full disclosure although I own this blog, Pixie Misa pays for it, and Howie reaps all of its meager profits. Don't ask me how any of that happened. It just did.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:04 PM | Comments |

Eight more Somali-Americans charged with terrorist support

The bad news is that none are currently in the US. From CNN:

Eight Somali-American men from Minnesota are charged with federal terror-related counts involving al-Shabaab, a Somali group considered a terror organization by the United States, officials said Monday.

The alleged offenses include providing financial support to those who traveled to Somalia to fight for al-Shabaab, attending terrorist training camps operated by the group and fighting on behalf of al-Shabaab, federal prosecutors said in a release. The U.S. State Department has said al-Shabaab is believed to have ties to al Qaeda.

None of the eight is believed to be currently in the United States, and only one is in custody, the Justice Department said in a news release. Mahamud Said Omar is in Dutch custody after being arrested in the Netherlands.

By Barbarossa at 06:15 PM | Comments |

ACORN Document Dump Scandal, Part II The Evidentiary Stage

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Update on Howie's post Dear ACORN: Its not the Scandal, its the Cover up.

Via Big Government

In seven out of eight offices, ACORN employees attempted to aid and abet O’Keefe and Giles’ illicit “scheme” to establish a brothel for underage illegal-immigrant prostitutes from Central America. .

That phase has been tabled for a future date, as I forthrightly stated last Thursday evening to Attorney General Eric Holder on FOX NEWS’ Hannity show.

The next phase will be the evidentiary phase. Starting with, but not limited to an extraordinary document dump at the San Diego office that was one of the offices O’Keefe and Giles exposed, causing the firing of a single employee[...]

Last night, I hosted a three-hour show on KFI 640 AM, the largest radio station in the country, and use the opportunity to announce the existence of 20,000 deeply sensitive and highly political documents discovered in the dumpster behind ACORN in San Diego on October 9, nine days after ACORN was announced to be under state investigation[...]

Listen to the entire interview with the private investigator who filled his Suburban with the documents in the following audio. It is explosive radio that hopefully shows the proper authorities that ACORN is making a mockery of this country’s laws and judicial process.[ Ed - Listen here]

I am listening right now and it boggles the mind what he discovered.

By Stable Hand at 05:42 PM | Comments |

China Jails Earthquake Blogger

Another reminder that China is still a communist country and its population is considered to be more oppressed than even that of Iran.

Via CNN: Beijing, China (CNN) -- A Chinese blogger who helped victims of a devastating earthquake has been sentenced to three years in prison, his attorney said Monday.

Huang Qi received the maximum sentence for "illegally holding secret state documents," according to his lawyer, Mo Shaoping.

The U.S. State Department had protested the blogger's jailing, saying his activities support China's efforts to institute the rule of law.

Huang was detained in June 2008 after working to help families of children killed in the May 12, 2008, Sichuan earthquake because of the collapse of poorly constructed school buildings, State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid has said.

Well apparently Ob-One's visit to China really helped this man. Way to go Obi....
end sarcasm.

By Howie at 03:57 PM | Comments |

Everything You've Always Suspected About the Global Warming 'Consensus' May Be True Updated

Update:Watts Up With That? looks at the "hide the decline" email and discovers incriminating evidence hidden in the programmer source code:

Computes regressions on full, high and low pass Esper et al. (2002) series,
; anomalies against full NH temperatures and other series.
; CALIBRATES IT AGAINST THE LAND-ONLY TEMPERATURES NORTH OF 20 N
;
; Specify period over which to compute the regressions (stop in 1960 to avoid
; the decline
Thanks to Ace of Spades.

Over the weekend it was reported that "hackers" had stolen electronic data from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in Britain, one of the most prominent Climate Change proponent institutions in the world. The data were posted on the intertubes by "FOIA," a nom de plume that leads me to suspect a whistleblower rather than a hacker, as the scientists whose files were taken discuss the troubles of dealing with British Freedom of Information Act requests.

The hacked (or leaked?) emails and documents from the East Anglia Climate Research Unit paint a picture that seems less about modern scientists engaged in research than it does about medieval inquisitors engaged in protecting the True Faith.

The emails reveal a three-pronged approach to achieving the political ambitions of the Global Warming Movement.

Massage and package the data. Excerpted from 942777075.txt:

I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.
Suppress dissenting views by controlling the peer review process. Excerpted from 1089318616.txt (emphasis added):
...The other paper by MM is just garbage - as you knew. De Freitas again. Pielke is also losing all credibility as well by replying to the mad Finn as well - frequently as I see it. I can't see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report. Kevin and I will keep them out somehow - even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!
Cheers Phil
Excerpted from 1106322460.txt:
...I'm not sure that GRL [Geophysical Research Letters] can be seen as an honest broker in these debates anymore, and it is probably best to do an end run around GRL now where possible. They have published far too many deeply flawed contrarian papers in the past year or so. There is no possible excuse for them publishing all 3 Douglass papers and the Soon et al paper. These were all pure crap. There appears to be a more fundamental problem w/ GRL now,unfortunately...Mike
Fight "skeptics" by denying Freedom of Information Act inquiries. Excerpted from 1228330629/txt:
When the FOI requests began here, the FOI person said we had to abide by the requests. It took a couple of half hour sessions - one at a screen, to convince them otherwise showing them what CA was all about. Once they became aware of the types of people we were dealing with, everyone at UEA (in the registry and in the Environmental Sciences school - the head of school and a few others) became very supportive. I've got to know the FOI person quite well and the Chief Librarian - who deals with appeals.
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) has called for a congressional probe into the shenanigans at CRU. Expect it to go nowhere because Inhofe has an "R" after his name and looking into this business would endanger the Democrats' much-coveted Cap and Trade bill.

An Elegant Chaos has created a searchable archive of the emails.

Video of retired climatologist Dr. Timothy Ball discussing the CRU email scandal at the end of this post.

By Bluto03:40 PM | Comments |

Hitchens on Multicultural Masochism

Namely the kind of PC bullshit that leads so many to ignore the elephant in the room and blame ourselves for you know everything

Via Slate: It's both amusing and educational to observe a consensus when it suddenly starts to give way at all points without yielding an inch. A couple of weeks ago, the consoling view was that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was a man more to be pitied than feared, a full-blown officer in the U.S. armed forces who was too shaken up by the stories of returned veterans to be able to function properly, and a physician too stressed-out to bear in mind that there was such a thing as a Hippocratic oath. Why, even the FBI had interpreted his e-mails to Anwar al-Awlaki as quite "consistent with research being conducted by Maj. Hasan in his position as a psychiatrist at the Walter Reed Medical Center."

...For a start, did Hasan or Muhammad ever say what "killing" of which "Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan" they had in mind? There isn't a day goes by without the brutal slaughter of Muslims in both countries by al-Qaida or the Taliban. And that's not just because most (though not all) civilians in both countries happen to be of the Islamic faith. The terrorists do not pause before deliberately blowing up the mosques and religious processions of those whose Muslim beliefs they deem insufficiently devout. Most of those now being tortured and raped and executed by the Islamic Republic of Iran are Muslim. All the women being scarred with acid and threatened with murder for the crime of going to school in Pakistan are Muslim. Many of those killed in London, Madrid, and New York were Muslim, and almost all the victims callously destroyed in similar atrocities in Istanbul, Cairo, Casablanca, and Algiers in the recent past were Muslim, too. It takes a true intellectual to survey this appalling picture and to say, as Wright does, that we invite attacks on our off-duty soldiers because "the hawkish war-on-terrorism strategy

Read the rest seriously.

Hat Tip: Marcus.

By Howie at 03:13 PM | Comments |

Anatomy of Minneapolis Star-Tribune's partisan hit piece on Glenn Beck radio advertiser

So you're a reporter at a far-left newspaper and you get a call from a buddy that just happens to work for a far-left advocacy group who also just so happens to have a dossier with some damaging information on a new advertiser for one of the far-left's most hated villains - conservative talk radio. What do you do?

Baird Helgeson (baird.helgeson@startribune.com) of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune appears to provide one answer to that question. He authored a partisan hit piece published last week targeting Solutions From Science, a company who recently began advertising on Glenn Beck's radio program. Helgeson's article, "Sowing the seeds of survivalism on talk radio," attacks the $149 vegetable and fruit seed package sold by Solutions From Science as "crazy, off-the-grid suvivalism". He makes it clear that his attention to Solutions From Science is because their "ads have been airing on KTLK's morning Glenn Beck show."

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The plot thickens. It seems that Helgeson was not acting purely in the public interest in targeting Solutions for Science, as the information about the company in his Star-Tribune article is nearly identical to a dossier compiled by a Democratic Party opposition research firm targeting Glenn Beck advertisers and currently being circulated by a Soros-funded liberal media advocacy group (go ahead, take a guess). And it also seems that several of these dossiers on Glenn Beck advertisers are making the rounds on various "journo-lists".

I emailed Helgeson Saturday afternoon asking him directly if he had been provided the information on Solutions for Science from outside sources and if he failed to identify those sources in his article. I also asked if that was indeed the case, were his editors aware he was using partisan opposition research material without attribution. Helgeson has thus far failed to reply to my inquiry.

The timing of Helgeson's hit piece is also peculiar in that his article appeared just two days after Bill Heid, the owner of Solutions From Science, appeared in several news reports as the chief opponent on a plan to relocate Taliban and Al-Qaeda terrorists from GITMO to a mostly-empty prison in Thomson, Illinois less than a mile away from the offices of Solutions From Science, the largest business in Thomson.

Heid told one news station:

This prison deal would be a financial boon to me personally and to Thomson in general, but we can't just look at this from a purely economic perspective. I don't have any concerns about someone escaping from the prison, but what I do worry about is my granddaughter's elementary school getting taken over by friends of those terrorists hoping to get them freed. Do we want to risk making Thomson, Illinois synonymous with Beslan just so we can get some temporary financial benefit?

No doubt the timing of Helgeson's hit piece targeting Heid and his company, and Heid's statements opposing the Obama administration's proposal to establish GITMO North in his own hometown was purely coincidental.

What isn't coincidental, however, is the very different treatment the Star-Tribune recently afforded another individual pushing the exact same "crazy, off-the-grid survivalism" that Helgeson claims Heid and his company advocates. Check out who I'm talking about below the fold:

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That's right, just a few weeks ago the idea of growing your own garden was a wonderful idea to the Star-Tribune, which published a glowing AP article, "Michelle Obama, DC schoolchildren help with 2nd major harvest of White House garden" on October 29th. In my email to Helgeson, I pointedly asked:

Would you also characterize the First Lady of the United States as "sowing the seeds of survivalism"? The last sentence of the article - again, printed by your paper in the last month - quotes the First Lady as saying that "it cost about $180 to prepare the soil and plant the seeds and seedlings", and yet Solutions From Science sells their seeds for only $149. Is the First Lady also "antagonizing anxieties for profit"?

Again, Helgeson has thus far failed to respond to my email inquiry.

That there is collusion between reporters at Leftist rags like the Star-Tribune and Democratic political operatives is nothing new. The "mainstream" media has always been the handmaiden to the far Left agenda. But the attacks against advertisers on talk radio - print media's largest competitor for advertisers - seems little more than a brazen attempt to maintain a leftist media monopoly. Any bets that Baird Helgeson is a supporter of the "Fairness Doctrine"?

By Barbarossa at 03:07 PM | Comments |

Is The Thrill Gone?

Dier Spiegel is showing no love for the One, via AoSHQ

In Tokyo, the new center-left government even pulled out of its participation in a mission which saw the Japanese navy refueling US warships in the Indian Ocean as part of the Afghanistan campaign. In Beijing, Obama failed to achieve any important concessions whatsoever. There will be no binding commitments from China to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A revaluation of the Chinese currency, which is kept artificially weak, has been postponed. Sanctions against Iran? Not a chance. Nuclear disarmament? Not an issue for the Chinese...
Saturday Night Live dared to bash the One on his policies.

Chris Matthews thrill may become less than thrilling,:

In the Carter presidency, the optics were not exactly robust, and Ronald Reagan rode that to a big victory in 1980. Is the Obama White House sending some Carteresque signals these days?
Victor Davis Hanson's article yesterday sums it up: "Where has the thrlll gone?

Now for your listening pleasure:

By Stable Hand at 02:47 PM | Comments |

Outrage In Midwest

As thousands of Cheeseheads riot over cartoon images depicting the Prophet Lombardi (PBUH) as somewhat less than a deity.

Green Bay, WI - Like a pot of bratwurst left unattended at a Lambeau Field pregame party, simmering tensions in the strife-torn Midwest boiled over once again today as rioting mobs of green-and-gold clad youth and plump farm wives rampaged through Wisconsin Denny’s and IHOPs, burning Texas toast and demanding apologies and extra half-and-half.

Cartoon that shocked Midwest

The spark igniting the latest tailgate hibachi of unrest: a Texas newsletter's publication of caricatures of legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi.

Protestors demonstrated against the images throughout the Badger State yesterday, with violent egging and cow-tipping incidents reported in Oconomowac, Pewaukee, Sheboygan, Ozaukee, Antigo, Oshkosh, Waubeno, Wauwautosa, Waunewoc, Wyocena, Waubeka, and Washawonamowackapeepee.

Yeah, I know I'm a bit late to this party. Just got around to reading it. Classic IowaHawk awesomeness.

By Howie at 02:40 PM | Comments |

Dear ACORN: Its not the Scandal, Its the Cover Up

Via Big Government:

On October 1st, 2009 California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced that an investigation had been opened into ACORN’s activities in California, resulting from undercover videos showing employees seemingly offering to assist the undercover film makers with human smuggling, child prostitution and even tax advice to boot.

Although ACORN has denied any wrongdoing, some of the employees involved were terminated, and ACORN has publicly stated that they would fully cooperate with any investigations that followed.

Shockingly, we now learn that the ACORN office in National City (San Diego County) engaged in a massive document dump on the evening of October 9th, containing thousands upon thousands of sensitive documents, just days prior to the Attorney General’s visit.

...Documents shared with BigGovernment.com include information exposing not only the inner workings of ACORN in California, but also personal, sensitive information belonging to employees, members and clients of ACORN. ACORN and its few remaining defenders insist that the “good” ACORN provides outweighs the transgressions exposed in the recent undercover video sting. But, ACORN’s massive dumping of these documents and the cavalier manner in which it betrayed the trust of its supporters betrays that talking point.

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By Howie at 10:46 AM | Comments |

Political Correctness In the Face of Jihad

Doesn't work.

Via WSJ: For those of us who have tracked Islamic militancy in Europe, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's actions are not extraordinary. Since Muslim militants first tried to blow a French high-speed train off its rails in 1995, European intelligence and internal-security services have increasingly monitored European Muslim radicals. Whether it's anti-Muslim bigotry, the large numbers of immigrant and native-born Muslims in Europe, an appreciation of how hard it is to become European, or just an understanding of how dangerous Islamic radicalism is, most Europeans are far less circumspect and politically correct when discussing their Muslim compatriots than are Americans.

A concern for not giving offense to Muslims would never prevent the French internal-security service, the Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire (DST), which deploys a large number of Muslim officers, from aggressively trying to pre-empt terrorism. As Maj. Hasan's case shows, this is not true in the United States. The American military and especially the Federal Bureau of Investigation were in great part inattentive because they were too sensitive.

Political correctness that ended up costing 13 lives.

Hat Tip: Yid with Lid.

By Howie at 08:51 AM | Comments |

Surfing the Cyber Jihad

Where to start, why Jihadtube! Where else?

Via Free Republic: Talk about your tangled webs! When you start looking at the online terrorist community you can get lost in a never ending circle. Here's the journey I took today - starting where else? YouTube, the terrorists dream come true. Let's take a trip, shall we?
Star examines the connections on a suicide bombing video from GIMF, the Global Islamic Media Front on Youtube.

Who, by the way, is still hosting the official Pashto and English video channels for the Taliban.

Check out this cool new graphic.

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Thanks to Clarity & Resolve.

By Howie at 08:36 AM | Comments |

November 22, 2009

The Trial of The Next Century

So, Khalid Sheik Mohammad is being tried in a civilian court in New York City. What could go wrong with that?

Day 1 - KSM slips out of the courtroom with Lynne Stewart and proceeds to lead NYPD on a three hour chase through midtown Manhattan.

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Day 15-46 - Leading defense attorneys seek diligently for a jury pool of peers - terror-bent Islamic jihadis. Failing that, they seek sympathetic jurors.

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Day 132 - Closing arguments.

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Throughout - The media savvy judge maintains the highest standards of jurisprudence and decorum.

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And Day 289 - The Verdict.

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Well, there's always hope that KSM will spend the rest of his life looking for the real killers. With AG Holder's help, we may be able to capture them in Crawford, Texas.

Thanks to Nigel and Brian at Six Meat Buffet

By Gordo at 10:03 PM | Comments |

No Mammogram For You!

(Johnson City, Tennesssee) According to decision-makers at the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), no mammogram screening of women between 40 and 49 years of age should be performed. Presumably, it's all about efficiency and cost.

However, not everyone agrees.

Jocelyn Medina, M.D., a radiologist at Mountain States Health Alliance says with the study’s recommendations, many lives in the Tri-Cities would be at risk. From this year alone, cancer cases at the Women’s Health and Imaging Center prove her point.

“I can tell you we had 92 cancers diagnosed. Twenty of those were between age 37 and 50. That to me is not an insignificant number,” she said.

Having medical choices decided by demographics as opposed to diagnostics is disturbing. I'd hate to think that people would have to phony up their personal data just to assure they could see a doctor. (More ....)

By at 08:43 AM | Comments |

SNL Mocks Obama's Trip To China

Gonna be tough for the Obamabots to fact check.....heh

Via MsUnderestimated

Referring to the billions we owe China - "President Obama, why are you trying to do sex to me"?

h/t HA's headline thingy

By Stable Hand at 08:26 AM | Comments |

WashTimes: Maryland Islamic Center keeps ties to Iran

From this morning's Washington Times, "Islamic Center in Maryland keeps ties to Iran" by Mehdi Jedinia:

A Potomac, Md., Islamic center maintains links to Iran despite its claims that it is independent of a foundation that is being sued by the U.S. government on charges of funneling money to the Islamic republic.

Ali Mohammadi, the current manager of the Islamic Education Center (IEC) of Maryland, told The Washington Times that the center's only relationship to the Alavi Foundation is that of tenant to landlord. He quoted a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office as saying that forfeiture proceedings initiated earlier this month against the foundation - which also owns property in New York and other states - would not affect tenants of the foundation.

However, Mr. Mohammadi has served as the opening speaker for meetings between the Iranian-American community and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he comes to the U.N. General Assembly each September.

An Iranian-American who asked to be identified only by his first name, Ahmad, said the center is generally perceived as being sympathetic to the Islamic regime. He noted that Iran's interest section, which is in a small office in upper Georgetown, held a party at the Potomac center celebrating the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

The interest section represents the Iranian government in the absence of formal diplomatic ties between Washington and Tehran.

On Nov. 12, federal prosecutors in New York filed a civil suit seeking forfeiture of the Alavi Foundation's interests in a Manhattan skyscraper and other properties in New York, Maryland, Virginia, Texas and California.

U.S. officials say the foundation is a front for the Iranian government and that rental income goes to Iran's Bank Melli, which is under U.S. sanctions for suspected links to Iran's nuclear program.

Read it all, as they say.

By Barbarossa at 02:45 AM | Comments |

CNN gets panties in a twist over 2007 execution of Iraq insurgents by US soldiers

There is heavy breathing at CNN tonight over a story they are breaking about an investigation by the US Army into the execution of four insurgents captured in Iraq in March 2007. The Army conducted an investigation in early 2008 and convicted the three sergeants who conducted the execution. They are currently serving life sentences at Ft. Leavenworth.

U.S. soldiers interrogated by the Army in the 2007 murders of four Iraqi detainees blamed a military policy they said made it too hard to detain suspected insurgents, a CNN investigation has found.

Soldiers questioned in the killings said the sergeant in command of their detachment ordered the suspected insurgents killed because Army rules made it too difficult to hold them.

"They're gonna be right back on the streets," one soldier put it.

CNN obtained an extraordinary 23½ hours of Army interrogation videotapes that detail the March 2007 executions of the prisoners by three sergeants who were attached to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment....

By all accounts, the incident began after soldiers from the company were fired upon. The soldiers went to a house where they found four Iraqi men and a small weapons cache.

The men were loaded into the back of a Bradley fighting vehicle. But instead of being taken to the detainee housing area, they were driven in a convoy of 13 soldiers to the canal and killed, according to trial testimony and other documents in the case...

The tapes, and the investigative case file obtained by CNN, reveal how the soldiers believed the policy for taking in and holding detainees was not working, and was the reason for the murders.

"Seems like, even if you do your job and take these guys to the detainee center, they just come right back," Leahy said on tape. "The same [expletive] guys shooting at you."

I'm having trouble understanding exactly what CNN is trying to make of this. First off, there doesn't appear to have been any cover-up. The Army dealt with the matter expeditiously. Apparently, CNN is upset that they weren't informed immediately so they could make a major international incident about it while Bush was still in office. Boo-freaking-hoo.

There are larger questions this incident raises, namely the ridiculous rules of engagement and the policies regarding captured insurgents. Also, according to international conventions the US is entirely justified to summarily execute insurgents. Excepting their disobeying orders about detainee treatment, which may be absurd but are military rules nonetheless, under international law these men were entirely justified in their actions.

This case does expose the glaring absurdities of our military's rules of engagement and detention. Are soldiers now supposed to act as cops, gathering evidence and the like, while trying to fight a war? Is it any surprise that incidents like these occur when tens of thousands of detainees continued to go through the revolving door, only to kill more American soldiers?

Given the facts of the case (the insurgents were captured with a cache of weapons), on what basis were these men tried for murder? Last time I checked, we were in the middle of fu**ing war in Iraq in March 2007. Should we also prosecute the military leaders of the 1991 Gulf War, namely Norman Schwartzkopf and Colin Powell for killing 100,000 Iraqi soldiers without trial or evidence? Should the soldiers in this case make an appeal based on international law? Is their only crime not executing these insurgents on the spot, rather than taking them somewhere and conducting their execution? What say you?

By Barbarossa at 12:57 AM | Comments |

November 21, 2009

TNOYF: Chris Matthews Interviews Nadal Hasan

Older but new to me and too good to pass up. TNOYF hits a slam dunk, fits "is it a crime to contact alQaeda" Matthews to a T.

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Major, I’ll get right to the question that’s on the mind of most Americans– how are you coping with the loss of your fellow soldiers?
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BTW, according to Hasan's lawyer the terrorist bastage is paralyzed from the waist down. Kinda sucks to be a jihadist doesn't it Hasan...may your paralysis reach your brain.

By Stable Hand at 10:36 PM | Comments |

Saturday Night Rocket Rochambeau

I have absolutely no idea what this guy was thinking.

By Bluto09:45 PM | Comments |

Ruh Roh, Joey's Old Lady Is Being Hit Upon

It seems NY alQaeda sympathizer Joey Cohen aka Yousef al-Khattabs ole lady has a message for Xariif:

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Hitting on her are ya? Maybe you should pick up some of these "Burqa Barbies" to play with since you struck out with the darlin above.

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By Stable Hand at 09:03 PM | Comments |

Germany, Hey Holder, You Can't Use Our Evidence For Death Penalty in Upcoming KSM & Fellow Terrorists Trial

Via Jammie Wearing Fool

Justice Ministry spokeswoman Katharina Jahntz on Saturday confirmed a report in Der Spiegel that a German observer would attend the trial to ensure that no evidence provided by Germany would be used to apply the death penalty.
So let me get this straight, the German government is going to send a monitor to US to make sure the evidence they obtained from these vermin won't send said vermin to hell? Earth to Germany, New York is not in your jurisdiction.

This trial is indeed going to be a circus thanks to AG Holder living in a 9/10 fog.

By Stable Hand at 08:03 PM | Comments |

Ft Benning, Georgia: Note Said Ft Hood Style Shooting Could Happen

Maybe some idiot wanting to cause a stir for the hell of it or?

Via Army Times

A box of hollow-point bullets and an anonymous note threatening an incident like the one at Fort Hood, Texas, were discovered Thursday at Fort Benning, Ga., sparking a criminal investigation and greater police presence, a witness told Army Times.

According to a witness at the scene, a box of 20 hollow-point shells and a handwritten note were found in the motor pool area between 1st Battalion and 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry, under the 197th Infantry Training Brigade.

“The note said ‘tell the commanding general to call off all charges or there will be a re-enactment of Fort Hood,’ ” the witness told Army Times. He spoke on condition he wouldn’t be identified.

After the discovery, he said, military police arrived with dogs, cordoned off a 20-foot perimeter around the box and began dusting for fingerprints and questioning people.

“They’re talking with anyone with a pending [Uniform Code of Military Justice] charge and people who are getting chaptered out to see if they can find out who it is,” the witness said.

Here's hoping they find this arsehole/aresholes.

Oh, and speaking of arseholes, Xariif - quit spamming the comments with your bs.

By Stable Hand at 07:30 PM | Comments |

Updated: Al Qaeda in Yemen Seizes Japanese Hostage from Tribesmen

Update: The governor of Sana'a says he is still with the original group of tribal kidnappers and negotiations are underway. Yemeni officials do not have a great record of telling the truth but in this case I hope its true.

Original post: Damn. Japanese engineer, 63-year-old Takeo Mashimo was earlier kidnapped by tribesmen who wanted to bargain for the release of a 22 year old held by the state without charges after fighting in Iraq. Hammoud Mounassar (the Yemeni president's translator) reports for AFP that Al-Qaeda gunmen seized Mr. Mashimo last night from his tribal kidnappers in Yemen. Here's an earlier report on the kidnapping.

By Jane at 08:58 AM | Comments |

November 20, 2009

Scenes From The Front Lines

A great photo essay courtesy of the Denver Post.

Thanks to KB.

By Vinnie at 11:28 PM | Comments |

Google's YouTube Hosts Taliban's Official Channel **Bumped**

UPDATE by Rusty: I'm bumping the post. This is too important. This is either the official YouTube account for the Taliban or it's by a fan passing it off as official. Either way, which part of it's illegal to provide business services to the Taliban and their supporters does Google not get?

One is left to wonder whether Google's YouTube is one of the 200 or so Islamist extremist English language websites that the Saudis claim now outnumber similar Arabic websits?

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Adil Watanmal, the official Taliban webmaster known for such wonderful sites as http://www.alemarah.info, has opened a Youtube channel.

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

Which is from "The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" which is the name of the shadow government of the Taliban.

We'd just like to thank Youtube for giving an officially sanctioned terrorist entity with whom we are at war a nice free platform from which to spread its propaganda.

End sarcasm.

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By Howie at 04:18 PM | Comments |

Sarah Palin's Uterus Speaks

Sarah Palin's uterus has too many important thoughts to keep silent forever. Like, did she have a nine month long relationship with baby Trig?

Also, can she get me Megan Fox's uterus' phone number?

Thanks to Joy.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:22 PM | Comments |

Whistleblower Video Reveals SEIU Ballot Fraud

Obama's purple shirts violating US code Sec. 1702. Obstruction of correspondence

-STATUTE-
Whoever takes any letter, postal card, or package out of any post office or any authorized depository for mail matter, or from any letter or mail carrier, or which has been in any post office or authorized depository, or in the custody of any letter or mail carrier, before it has been delivered to the person to whom it was directed, with design to obstruct the correspondence, or to pry into the business or secrets of another, or opens, secretes, embezzles, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both. Via Big Government.

Chicago thuggery...

By Stable Hand at 01:35 PM | Comments |

"Megan Fox Wears Panties, Lifts Foot Above Head (PHOTOS) -- Most Important Huffpo Post of the Day

Megan-fox_net-crotch-spread-legs3.jpgImportant, important stuff over at HuffPo. And yes, that's the actual headline.

Megan is actually wearing a leotard, as the html in the Huffpo link suggests. Which explains the, um, crotch snap. And that HuffPo knew it was a leotard, but changed the title to panties.

The online publication of record, I believe. A Washington Post or New York Times for the new millennium.

Even funnier? The pics are outtakes from a photoshoot for The New York Times Magazine.

The Jawa Report, though? We're just a silly blog. We put up the photos for purely prurient reasons. The New York Times and Huffpo have something more noble in mind, I'm sure. Like dispelling the myth that Megan is a slut by taking really really slutty (and hot!) pics of her. Google bait never entered the minds of their editorial staff. They're above that sort of thing.

Actually, I'm putting the photos up for Howie. We're worried about him in the Sandcrawler. Ever since his last break up the gays have been trying to recruit him. Megan Fox is like kryptonite to the gay. It's why you never see Megan Fox crotch shots over at Revolution Muslim.

Kinda not safe for work images below.

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Megan-Fox.Net has more pics.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:11 PM | Comments |

People Waking up to American Involved in Mumbai Bombings?

One Washington Post article which weaves together two common themes I've been hammering home both here at The Jawa and in a series of articles with Pajamas Media.

First, that we have got to start thinking about homegrown radical Islamists in the US as part of the global jihad -- with targets both here and abroad.

Second, that it would appear that a raid on a halal meat packing plant in Illinois last month has uncovered connections between two Chicago area men and the worst case of terrorism in recent Indian history.

WaPo:

One counterterrorism official described as "eye-opening" an investigation that concluded the two men worked with two Pakistan-based terrorist organizations allied with al-Qaeda, Lashkar-i-Taiba and Harkat-e-Jihad-e-Islami. It is a reminder, others said, that al-Qaeda or its imitators continue to try to build a network of operatives inside the United States.

The case "stands our counterterrorism approach on its head," said Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), chairman of a Homeland Security subcommittee on intelligence. "We've been looking for people who want to attack us, whether foreign or U.S. persons, in the United States. We haven't really been looking at U.S. persons who want to attack other countries." ...

One of Headley's alleged Lashkar-i-Taiba associates was arrested in Pakistan this summer, and the U.S. case has triggered a broad investigation in India. Government authorities there suspect Headley played a role in advance of the November 2008 terrorist assault on Mumbai and may have been working on future operations, as the FBI alleges.

Indian police say they think Headley scouted Mumbai targets, including a cafe and two upscale hotels that drew fire in the coordinated attack, which left 165 people dead. He also allegedly posed as a Jew to visit Chabad House, the site of an Orthodox Jewish center also targeted that day.

Scary stuff, but at least some in power are beginning to recognize the threat.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:48 AM | Comments |

Laughable: Only 50 al Qaedaish Arabic Websites
Believable: Over 200 English Language al Qaedaish Websites

It's very self serving for the Saudis to claim that, thanks to their efforts, there are only 50 or so websites which openly support al Qaeda. The number is completely bogus. Sure, many of the large websites have been shut down -- most famously the al-Ekhlaas forum, al Qaeda's semi-official online meeting place -- but there are a lot of smaller websites popping up all the time.

Now the number 200 for the same types of websites, but in English, seems much more believable:

The number of English-language sites sympathetic to al-Qaida has risen from about 30 seven years ago to more than 200 recently, said Abdulmanam Almushawah, head of a Saudi government program called Assakeena, which works to combat militant Islamic Web sites.

In contrast, Arabic-language radical sites have dropped to around 50, down from 1,000 seven years ago, because of efforts by governments around the world to shut them down, he said.

It's disturbing how after atrocities like Fort Hood happen how interest in these websites becomes intense. Give it another three months of talking heads claiming that there's really nothing that can be done for all of this interest to go away.

I understand the argument that some of these websites are valuable intelligence assets, and I am sympathetic to it. The major caveat, of course, is the word some.

However, the argument that nothing can be done since this is the internet and therefore can't be controlled or that nothing should be done on the grounds of free speech are both rather pathetic.

The latter because it is morally repugnant: one can kill our enemies but not suppress their speech?

The former because it is simply not true.

We have over hundred thousand troops at risk in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them engaged in missions with low value. With a few hundred men we could eliminate 99% of the online jihad. The other 1% could be left up to gather intel. Just keep the Justice Department out of it and we're halfway to victory.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:26 AM | Comments |

al-Gore's Global Warming Khinspiracy

If the data doesn't match the global warming religion of tax the hell out of everything and create a whole new economy from nothing, well no problem, just fudge the data.

Via Hot Air:Controversy has exploded onto the Internet after a major global-warming advocacy center in the UK had its e-mail system hacked and the data published on line. The director of the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit confirmed that the e-mails are genuine — and Australian publication Investigate and the Australian Herald-Sun report that those e-mails expose a conspiracy to hide detrimental information from the public that argues against global warming
Everyone burn something quick! Kill a plant, something. The earth is cooling! It must be stopped before the price of my carbon credits fall!

UPDATE: Here are the docs. Thanks to Ron.

By Howie at 10:54 AM | Comments |

ROP Murders Priest For Preaching to Muslims

Via NCRegister:

A masked gunman entered a Russian Orthodox church in Moscow Nov. 19 and shot a priest who had been preaching to Muslims and warning about the growing Muslim minority in Russia, according to an article in this morning’s New York Times.

Father Daniil Sysoyev, 34, died on his way to hospital. The church’s choir master also had been injured in the attack and was in the hospital under armed guard.

Father Sysoyev had been receiving death threats for some time because he was converting Muslims and criticizing Islam, prosecutors and Church officials said. But that didn’t stop him.

In a February 2008 television interview, he said he had received 10 threats by e-mail for decapitation if he did not stop preaching to Muslims.

“As I see it, it is not a sin to preach to Muslims,” said Father Sysoyev, who was originally from Tatarstan, a predominantly Muslim area on the Volga River.

Oh but it is according to the Koran wrong to preach to Muslims. Islam is the only religion I know of that is so insecure in itself that it calls on its followers to murder those who preach other religious values.

If Islam is so perfect,why does it fear the preaching of other religious values so?

Hat Tip: Sultan Knish.

By Howie at 10:19 AM | Comments |

Organizing for America Skeert of Girls

Organizing for America

Darth --

Right now, Sarah Palin is on a highly publicized, nationwide book tour, attacking President Obama and his plan for health reform at every turn.

It's dangerous. Remember, this is the person who coined the term "Death Panels" -- and opened the flood gates for months of false attacks by special interests and partisan extremists.

Heh that's pretty funny, no not that they call me Darth, but that at every turn they dismiss Palin. Then they turn around and say how "dangerous" she is and go begging for half a mil to counter her.

LOL, Pussies.

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Oh, and Obama's plan? I'm pretty sure that Obama has no plan. That's why he gave the task of writing the bills to those geniuses in congress. That and so when it sucks air, he can blame those same congressmen he tasked with writing it.

Pretty slick eh? If only Obi-One were as good at making people believe his BS as Bill was.

By Howie at 09:52 AM | Comments |

Attn: Youtube User Talibabdurrahman

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

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PWNDED!

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Related; Attn: Youtube User sahab929.

By Howie at 09:08 AM | Comments |

Taliban Murder 16 Afghans Including Two Children

via Yahoo News:

In the suicide bombing earlier Friday in western Afghanistan, a bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up about 55 yards (50 meters) from the Farah provincial governor's compound in a crowded square, said Gov. Rohul Amin. The dead included two children and a police officer, he said.

Afghan police shouted "Stop! Stop!" at the motorcyclist before he detonated the explosives, provincial police chief Gen. Mohammad Faqir Askar said. It was unclear what the bomber was targeting.

Dr. Shir Agh Asas at the hospital in Farah city said several children also were among the wounded.

"These days Taliban are causing high casualties because the foreign forces and Afghan forces have been conducting operations against the insurgency in the region," Askar said.

Since so many children were killed and wounded expect a release on the Taliban's Jihadtube channel blaming Da Joooos in 5, 4, 3, 2........

By Howie at 08:34 AM | Comments |

Poll: Moderate, tolerant Turkish Muslims not so moderate or tolerant

Surely CAIR will immediately denounce the rampant infidelphobia!?

From Hürriyet Daily News (HT RoP):

Turkish people strongly identify themselves as religious and also regard religion as a source of tolerance. But when it comes to religious worship, a significant number are not as tolerant of people from other religions, concludes a survey released Tuesday...

The findings on tolerance toward religions are remarkable as well. Ninety percent of the Turkish population reported having a positive view toward Muslims, but this ratio dropped to 13 percent for Christians and around 10 percent for Jews. Those who said they have highly positive views about non-believers of any religion totaled 7 percent.

When it comes to accepting political candidates from different religions, 37 percent of Turks said they would absolutely not accept this and 12 percent said they would most likely not accept it. However, 23 percent said they would absolutely accept it and 24 percent say they would probably accept it. Eleven percent of Turks said people from different religions should absolutely be allowed to organize public meetings to express their ideas, while 24 percent said they should be allowed to do so.

Thirty-six percent said people from different religions absolutely should not be allowed to organize such meetings, while 23 percent said they should not be allowed to do so.

Of course the exclusion of non-Muslims from high-ranking positions of government is standard Islamic law, and there is no freedom of speech or religion is Islam for non-Muslims both doctrinally or practically.

So why not let them into the EU?

By Barbarossa at 01:24 AM | Comments |

November 19, 2009

(Updated) Nidal Hassan to Anwar Awlaki: See You in Paradise

Ah, in typical American fashion, the contents of murderer Major Nidal Hasan's emails to Anwar Awlaki (Yemeni-American pro-sectarian-violence blogger) are starting to trickle out.

the Blotter: United States Army Major Nidal Hasan told a radical cleric considered by authorities to be an al-Qaeda recruiter, "I can't wait to join you" in the afterlife, according to an American official with top secret access to 18 e-mails exchanged between Hasan and the cleric, Anwar al Awlaki, over a six month period between Dec. 2008 and June 2009.

"It sounds like code words," said Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a military analyst at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies. "That he's actually either offering himself up or that he's already crossed that line in his own mind."

Other messages include questions, the official with access to the e-mails said, that include when is jihad appropriate, and whether it is permissible if there are innocents killed in a suicide attack.

"Hasan told Awlaki he couldn't wait to join him in the discussions they would having over non-alcoholic wine in the afterlife," the official said.

Major Hasan also wrote, "My strength is my financial capabilities."

Federal investigators have found that Hasan donated $20,000 to $30,000 a year to overseas Islamic "charities." As an Army major, his yearly salary, including housing and food allowances, was approximately $92,000....

The American-born Awlaki is considered a recruiter for al-Qaeda. He has been in hiding since the shooting, (ed- no, he's home in Shabwa) but a Yemeni journalist told ABC News today that the e-mails show Hasan was "almost a member of al-Qaeda."

There was one odd al Qaeda statement in mid-October that referenced both Texas and educated American al Qaeda recruits.

Update: Michael Isikoff confirms the email's contents through his formidable sources and notes,

Ft. Hood investigators will want to know why Hasan’s email contacts with Awlaki didn’t create more alarm. To answer that question, they’ll want to examine the contents of the emails. But intercepts gathered by U.S. intelligence—mainly by the ultra-secretive National Security Agency—are usually considered some of the government’s most sacred secrets.

Really? There's a lot of books by ex-spooks that document things pretty well. Basically, there's a giant vacuum cleaner in the sky that sucks every thing in, and then it gets strained. Somehow and tragically, Hasan's emails slipped through with the rest of the innocuous chatter. Is the howling over the emails coming from any of the same people who opposed the Patriot Act, and its renewal? If so, they should STFU and leave it to people with a brain.

Federal officials and the Military failed individually and together in identifying the risk level presented by Hasan. It was a deadly failure for 13 of our troops. The issue of siloed information has to be addressed, but not by another left wing witch hunt that aids our enemies. The Isikoff post at Newsweek goes into the issues of declassifying the material, while Rayond Ibrahim has a primer on some of Islam's doctrines for those who need it and Daniel Pipes shoots down the "nutcase" theory with an analysis of Hasan's life, which was quite ordinary for a jihaddist.

By Jane at 08:36 PM | Comments |

The Pimp & Prostitute Go To ACORNS L.A. "Program for Torture Victims"

James and Hannah went to L.A. and actually found the only ACORN employee they encountered in their travels who was honest and turned them away (he was given ACORN employee of the year award by James) when they commented their prostitute business would involved underage girls. You will see him in the beginning of video #1 below.

Last week they put out a teaser video with only him in it. This is the rest of the story via Big Government



Part 2 below fold

heh...

By Stable Hand at 08:20 PM | Comments |

Internationalized Domain Names

(Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt) Get ready for domain names in Chinese, Korean, Arabic and Japanese characters.

The first applications were accepted on Monday for internationalised domain names (IDNs), in one of the most significant steps to making the Internet more accessible around the globe.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has opened the application process, ending the exclusive use of Latin characters for website addresses.

On the first day, "we have already received six applications from around the world for three different scripts," ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom told an Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

I predict an elevated confusion factor.

By at 03:55 PM | Comments |

Feds Raid Gibson Guitars for Bad Wood

(Nashville, Tennessee) Thanks to an international crackdown on logging of endangered trees, the feds are going after Gibson Guitar Corp. for allegedly fretting with bad wood.

The Gibson manufacturing facility in Nashville was raided on Tuesday by agents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

By at 03:47 PM | Comments |

Yemen: Child Refugees Starving to Death at "Alarming Levels"

I'm speechless. These kids are IN the UN camp, and there's not enough food or medicine apparently to save them. Imagine the thousands of families sheltering outside the camps without any support whatsoever. They must be starving to death rapidly. More than half of Yemeni kids are stunted from malnutrition on a good day. Those in the war zone and suffering the Yemeni government's blockade on food are extremely vulnerable. This article from the Yemen Times also has a good wrap up of Saudi troops fighting on Yemeni soil and the Saudi fatwa on the Yemeni rebels.

Yemen Times SA’ADA, Nov. 18 — Yemeni and Saudi forces continue their ground and aerial strikes against Houthi strongholds in the districts of Malahidh, Shada, Razih, Maqash, Hassana, and nearby villages. Houthis said that the Saudi army launches airstrikes and rockets while the Yemeni army fires mortar shelling and Katyusah missiles, plus intensive air raids on villages and farmlands stretching over 60km along the Yemeni-Saudi border. A Saudi official source said their troops used F-15 and Tornado jets, Apache fighters and heavy mortars in attacking Houthi hideouts.

Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz said on Monday that the kingdom’s territory were cleared of Houthis, and clashes between Houthis and Saudi troops are taking place on Yemeni soil...

UNICEF voiced deep concern at the escalation of the conflict in north Yemen, where the United Nations now says 175,000 people have been displaced by the fighting. More than 15,000 are staying in al-Mazraq camp in Hajjah province, the population of which has doubled in the past month, according to Kaag.

"Deaths have been recorded among children in the camp as malnutrition, already a chronic problem in Yemen, is reaching alarming levels," she noted. “More than 600 children in the camp are being treated for severe acute malnutrition.”


By Jane at 12:17 PM | Comments |

How Sweet: Indicted Terrorist Writes Known NYC Terror Supporter a Love Letter

Tarek Mehanna, a man who has helped al Qaeda'a media wing in the past and who is currently under indictment on terror related charges, writes Joseph "Yousef al-Khattab" Cohen a love letter from jail.

In it he claims that he's innocent and that jail sucks. Shocking revelations on both counts.

As to the former point, there's an interesting conversation between Mehanna and an online associate that the AG's office released in a proffer document against bail. In it, he suggests that his parents suspected that he was up to something and that it was essential that they didn't find out about his activities in furthering al Qaeda's propaganda wing.

So besides the normal incentive to avoid federal-pound-me-in-the-ass prison, there's also a shame factor here.

As to the latter point about jail being a not so nice place -- ha!

Oh, and Tarek: Watch out for the cornhole buddy.

UPDATE: Ron Mossad wonders why we allow people like Joey to preach his vile hatred? I don't think that vile hate speech should be outlawed. What I do think is that in a time of war -- which our betters on the Left and at the Justice Department seem to have forgotten -- speech in support of our enemies is called sedition and that should be a crime.

PS to Tarek-- the next time Joey comes to visit, make sure he brings some of this. It might come in handy.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:42 AM | Comments |

Shocka!?! Obama Irritates India, Envoy Applies the Balm

Obama is really smert and dupelomatic.

New Delhi: US president Barack Obama ruffled Indian feathers on Tuesday. The next day, the American ambassador to India spent considerable time in soothing the offended sentiments. Timothy Roemer almost ran out of adjectives to describe the state of India-US ties, even as the ministry of external affairs expressed displeasure at Obama's statement with Chinese president Hu Jintao, which seemed to project China as the prime mover for peace and stability in South Asia.....

A joint-statement by the US and China on Tuesday had said: "The two sides are ready to strengthen communication, dialogue and cooperation on issues related to South Asia and work together to promote peace and development in that region." This is being interpreted as Obama bowing deeper to Beijing than to the emperor of Japan, and involving China in Indo-Pak ties.

heh...

By Stable Hand at 10:05 AM | Comments |

Zo:Red flag Drag

Very nice, liberals are forcing us to tolerate evil, "Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil."

Poor Zo, today Jesse Jackson issued a Fatwa and declared him a white guy.

Welcome Zo, we'll take you into the pasty white geeks club.

By Howie at 09:19 AM | Comments |

NEFA Foundation: Interview with Spokesman for Pakistani Al-Qaida

Excellent read. Via Evan Kohlmann.

The NEFA Foundation has obtained a transcript of an interview, produced by the As-Sahab Media Foundation, with Dr. Ahmad Farooq, Senior Media Official, Al-Qaida in Pakistan. During the interview, Dr. Farooq was asked "how Pakistani individuals" had become a part of Al-Qaida, which "is commonly known as an Arab organization.”

He explained, "“The claim can be true to the extent that a great majority of the Mujahideen – many of whom have been martyred to this day - who laid its foundation and joined it at the start, was that of the Arab brothers; and even today, a large part of Al-Qaeda comprises of the Arab Mujahideen. But this neither is an introduction to Al-Qaeda, nor any condition to become part of it...

We see that Al-Qaida is active on diverse fronts including Algeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. It embraces Muslims of different nationalities; not only the locals of the areas it holds presence in, but also those belonging to America, different European states, Australasia, the Philippines, Indonesia and numerous other Muslim countries. People from all backgrounds come and join it. Pakistanis are part of it too and this is nothing improbable.” more...

By Stable Hand at 08:52 AM | Comments |

HBO: Terror in Mumbai

Documentary airs tonight.

More info

Not related but related, for those of you wondering where you can help Fort Hood victims, families and know your donations go directly to them. Go to Fort Hood AUSA. Sara Palin had the link, via Gateway Pundit, in her comment about visiting Fort Hood on her book tour.

By Stable Hand at 08:39 AM | Comments |

Report Said Hasan Had "Poor Judgement" and "Inappropriately Discussed Religious" Topics

Those "inappropriate religious topics"? Stuff like suicide bombings, beheading, and the supremacy of Islamic law. But, hey, religion is religion is religion. right?

The National Capital Consortium Psychiatry Residency Program Report to Credentials Commitee on CPT Nidal Hasan ss available here at NPR and it ain't pretty(.pdf).

May 17, 2007
Memorandum for: Credentials Committee
Subject: CPT Nidal Hasan

The Faculty has serious concerns about CPT Hasan’s professionalism and work ethic. Clinically he is competent to deliver safe patient care. But he demonstrates a pattern of poor judgment and a lack of professionalism. In his PGY-2 year, he was counseled for inappropriately discussing religious topics with his assigned patients.

The report goes on to say that in the opinion of the examiner.
In spite of all of this, I am not able to say he is not competent to graduate nor do I think a period of academic probation now at the end of his training will be beneficial. He would be able to contain his behavior enough to complete any period of probation successfully
So despite all the very serious concerns Hasan was passed on through the system. And people are now dead because of it.

The rest of the NPR story is here.

By Howie at 08:11 AM | Comments |

Revolution Muslim Labels Pro-Democracy Muslim an Apostate

Even though Jasser is a Muslim, the site Revolution Muslim has chosen to judge that he is an apostate, for you know, not agreeing with them.

Via Investigative Project: A New York-based Muslim extremist group known for its unabashed support for violence against Jews and others posted a link on its website Tuesday branding American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) Executive Director, M. Zuhdi Jasser, a "murtad," or apostate. Being labeled an apostate – a Muslim who renounces Islam – is a very serious accusation, often resulting in a death sentence in many places throughout the Muslim world. And while this is not a certainty in all cases and contexts, it is troubling that Revolution Muslim (RM) thought it acceptable to bestow upon themselves the license to label a pious Muslim as such.

And it's not the first time the group has slurred Jasser this way.

RM's latest attack against Jasser came in reaction to a video, originally posted by AIFD, showing him and U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) engaged in a Capitol Hill forum about Islam's internal struggle against radicalism. Rather than assessing the complete debate, RM elected to post just one segment (of nine) where, it says Ellison "gives the Murtad Zubi [sic.] Jasser a schooling." We at IPT News must have heard something completely different when we attended and reported on the forum last month.

Jasser, a Navy veteran, is a devout Muslim who challenges radical Islamists and advocates a separation between religion and political ideas such as the spread of Shariah law.

I guess Younis Abdullah Muhammad and Joey must have held some little bad gay Sharia court session to determine this?

Ohhh my minds eye, it burns.

But seriously this points out that the people in the most danger from the radical terrorist ideology espoused by those who think like Joey is other Muslims.

You might think it is us. And yes we are in danger too, but time and time again al-Qaeda and others like them murder Muslims they declare as apostate.

Joey's little fatwa represents a line of thinking that murdering Mr. Jasser would be acceptable and even admirable. For the penalty for apostasy, leaving Islam or siding with the Kufr against Islam, is an offense that requires the death penalty.

So basically the Revolution Muslim website just attempted to incite others to "implement the rule of Allah" upon M. Zuhdi Jasser AKA murder him.

By Howie at 08:00 AM | Comments |

November 18, 2009

The unFORTUNEate 500

The top 500 most influential Muslims.

It's a veritable who's who of Islamofascism!

It's a PDF uploaded to Google Documents, so if you can't see it, I'll try to find a work around tomorrow. It's a tad late to be trying to download and upload this.

By Vinnie at 11:15 PM | Comments |

God, Grant Them Success In Their Holy Endeavour

Holy Grail holy schmail. These dudes have the right quest in mind.

Bringest thou out the Holy Shot Glass. Count thou not to two, nor to four, but only to three, and three shall be the number that is counted, and then thy shall drink!

By Vinnie at 11:08 PM | Comments |

Sarah Palin Book Tour Dates

May as well, since she asked on her Facebook page to pass it around. It's under the fold.

By the way, if you want to be my Facebook friend, just go to Sarah Palin's fan page. I'm there. Send me a friend request.

November 18th

GRAND RAPIDS, MI
Barnes & Noble
3195 28th Street SE
Space B116
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
6:00 – 9:00 PM

November 19th

FORT WAYNE, IN
Meijer’s
10301 Maysville Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
12:00 – 3:00 PM

NOBLESVILLE, IN
Borders Books and Music
13145 Levinson Lane
Noblesville, IN 46060
6:00 – 9:00 PM

November 20th

CINCINNATI, OH
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati OH 45208
12:00 – 3:00 PM

COLUMBUS, OH
Borders Books and Music
6670 Sawmill Road
Columbus, OH 43235
6:00 – 9:00 PM

November 21st

WASHINGTON, PA
Sam’s Club
80 Trinity Point Drive
Washington, PA 15301
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

ROCHESTER, NY
Borders Books and Music
1000 Hylan Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
6:00 – 9:00 PM

November 22nd

ROANOKE, VA
Barnes & Noble
4802 Valley View Boulevard NW
Roanoke, VA 24012
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

November 23rd

FORT BRAGG, NC
AAFES Bragg N Main Shop
Bldg 8-5050, 2nd & Butner Road
Ft. Bragg, NC 28307
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

BIRMINGHAM, AL
Books-A-Million
757 Brookwood Village
Birmingham, AL 32509
4:30 – 7:30 PM

November 24th

JACKSONVILLE, FL AREA
Books-A-Million
Orange Park Mall
1910 Wells Road
Orange Park, FL 32073
9:00 – 11:00 AM

THE VILLAGES, FL
Barnes & Noble
1055 Old Camp Road
The Villages, FL 32162
2:30 – 5:00 PM

ORLANDO, FL
Barnes & Noble
Colonial Plaza Market Center
2418 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
7:30 – 10:00 PM

RICHLAND, WA
TBD


December 1st

PHOENIX. AZ
Costco
1445 West Elliot
Tempe, AZ 85284
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

ROSWELL, NM
Hastings Books
1705 N. Main Street
Roswell, NM 88201
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


December 2nd

SPRINGFIELD, MO
Border's Books & Music
3300 S. Glenstone Avenue
Springfield, MO 65804
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


December 3rd

FAYETTEVILLE, AR
Sam's Club
3081 North Highway 112
Fayetteville, AR 72704
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
Hastings Books
2300 West Main Street
Norman, OK 73069
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


December 4th

DALLAS, TX
Legacy Books
7300 Dallas Parkway
Plano, TX 75024
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

FORT HOOD, TX
AAFES
Main Exchange, Building 50004
Clear Creek Road
Fort Hood, TX 76544
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


December 5th

FAIRFAX, VA
BJ's
13053 Fair Lakes Shopping Center
Fairfax, VA 22033
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


December 6th

SIOUX CITY, IA
Barnes & Noble
4400 Sergeant Road
Sioux City, IA 51106
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SIOUX FALLS, SD
Barnes & Noble
3700 West 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM


December 7th

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Barnes & Noble
Mall of America
118 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM


December 8th

BILLINGS, MT
Borders Books & Music
2833 King Avenue West
Billings, MT 59102
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Borders Books & Music
1710 Briargate Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


December 9th

SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Costco
1818 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

RENO, NV
Costco
2200 Harvard Way
Reno, NV 89502
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


December 10th

COEUR D'ALENE, ID
TBD

SANDPOINT, ID
TBD


December 11th

HOME TO ALASKA!

By Vinnie at 11:05 PM | Comments |

Gun Control - A Public Health Issue?

Not a big surprise.

In a very quiet development last month, the National Institute of Health (NIH) began studying gun violence after a 13 year ban on the topic.

In 1996 Congress stripped the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of its $2.6 million dollar annual funding for firearm injuries. The Bush administration continued this ban while in control of the agency. At the time, Former Senate Majority leader Bob Dole and Former Senator Trent Lott argued gun related violence was not a public health concern and therefore not under the jurisdiction of the CDC.

Interestingly, the same gun control advocates who are steamrolling a massive government takeover of health care are looking for ways to make the right to bear arms a public health issue.

I suggest it's not a coincidence that gun control is being snared into the universe of health-related crises requiring government action at the same time the government is swallowing the health industry.

By at 05:41 PM | Comments |

Serene Fort Hood Jihadist Investigation on Capital Hill Tomorrow

Well, if Lieberman is in charge then maybe the hearings won't turn out to be so bad:

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) Wednesday called the shootings carried out by Major Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood Army Base earlier this month the “most destructive terrorist attack on America since 2001.” ...

Lieberman said the investigation will focus on answering two specific questions: did the Federal Government know information concerning Major Hasan that could have prevented the attack on Fort Hood, and, how does this incident affect the government’s understanding and enforcement of “home grown Islamic terrorism” in the U.S.?

Also, yet another example of people giving Islamist radicals a pass simply because they don't meet their predisposed expectations that extremism should come out in the form of an aggressive behavior. The very same classmates who complained that Hasan was a radical came to the same conclusion as the FBI -- that he wasn't dangerous. Based on what? Demeanor:
Hasan's classmates say they cut him slack because he didn't scare them. The balding, chunky officer "wasn't an in-your-face, antagonistic, intimidating sort of person," the third classmate says. "He was almost serene, which probably explains why people weren't so alarmed by him." But his personality had a flip side: "You could tell he knew what he was doing when he provoked by saying these kinds of things," the third classmate says. "He was very rational, very studied about what he was saying and doing, and you could tell he knew he was intentionally being provocative.
As if Osama bin Laden wasn't soft spoken!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:30 PM | Comments |

Sen Graham to Holder: Will Osama Bin Laden be Mirandized?

Holder had a tough time answering.

Via Breitbart

By Stable Hand at 01:12 PM | Comments |

American imam Bilal Abdul-Kareem defends Ft Hood Massacre

Bilal Abdul Kareem runs American Islamic Media (AIM Media). In this short video clip he attacks Muslim groups that have condemned the Ft Hood massacre and justifies the shootings on Islamic grounds.

By Barbarossa at 10:26 AM | Comments |

Indonesian girl hired as maid, sold as sex slave to Saudis

Because Wahhabis are so much more moral than us infidels.

From CNN:

By Barbarossa at 09:35 AM | Comments |

Epic Fail: Second Terrorist Attack Maersk Alabama

Via Yahoo News:

NAIROBI, Kenya – Somali pirates attacked the Maersk Alabama on Wednesday for the second time in seven months, though private guards on board the U.S.-flagged ship repelled the attack with gunfire and a high-decibel noise device.

....Pirates hijacked the Maersk Alabama last April and took ship captain Richard Phillips hostage, holding him at gunpoint in a lifeboat for five days. Navy SEAL sharpshooters freed Phillips while killing three pirates in a daring nighttime attack.

Four suspected pirates in a skiff attacked the ship again on Tuesday around 6:30 a.m. local time, firing on the ship with automatic weapons from about 300 yards (meters) away, a statement from the U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain said.

An on-board security team repelled the attack by using evasive maneuvers, small-arms fire and a Long Range Acoustic Device, which can beam earsplitting alarm tones, the fleet said.

The AP story is quick to raise the "guns are bad" angle and that the Captain of the another ship hijacked this week has died in captivity.

I'm not what the point is other than to try and downplay the effectiveness of the security measures that saved the Maersk Alabama this time.

Perhaps if the crew of the Theresa had been only lightly armed armed their captain would not be dead and the 28 North Korean crew would not be held hostage along with the ship?

By Howie at 08:44 AM | Comments |

November 17, 2009

Hasan Friend Was Jihad Enthusiast, Linked to NY City Radical Muslim (Hasan also Linked?)[UPDATE: Blotter gets it wrong and so do we?}[UPDATE #2, will the real ooklepookle please stand up.. ]

Scroll down for update.
This post was premised on the idea that The Blotter correctly identifies that YouTube account with Hasan's friend Duane Reasoner. That account does belong to a Muslim, but one thing that seems off is that several videos which appear to show "ooklepookle" rambling semi-incoherently show someone that seems much older than 18 years old. He may live with his parents, but I doubt very much that he's 18.

Also, we have audio of "Duane Reasoner, Jr." here. The voice does not match the voice of "ooklepookle".

I'm not going pull the entire post yet, but there's something wrong with the Blotter's facts which have seriously screwed up our research. Keep that in mind as you read on. Let me know where the Blotter got it wrong. Is it just the YouTube "ooklepookle" that isn't Duane, or is it all of their links?

Blotter is usually so good with their info, so this is kind of a let down. Especially since I may have to offer a scumbag like Cohen an apology!!

That, and the fact that I just spent the last three hours of my life on this.

Seriously, I could use some help figuring out what went wrong here. Are there two "ooklepookles" and the Blotter, and therefore we, just assumed the two users with the same nickname were the same guy?

PS - Oh, and the Blotter article has a lot of quotes from Jarret. He didn't even know they published it. He was just used as an expert and didn't have any knowledge of the link they were making between Duane and "ooklepookle".

Update #2 by Stable Hand: It appears the blotter could have made a mistake by trying to compare two different ooklepookles. By searching it appears the apparent real ooklepookle (Duane Reasoner) is 18 years old and is from Copperas Cove, TX which is part of the Kileen, Temple, and Fort Hood Metropolitan area according to wiki.

Ooklepookle #2 appears to be Duane Edwards who goes by the same handle. His Myspace site says he is 32 yrs old and is also from Texas.
UPDATE 3 by Stable Hand..After further research they are both the same Duane,apparently he changed his profile including removing his pix. The YouTube, as Rusty noted, is the wrong ooklepookle.

The question remains, have both been in contact with Joey?

I've received several emails about this ABC story on Nidal Hasan's friend, frequent dining companion, and protege Duane Reasoner, Jr. According to that report one of Reasoner's online handles was "ooklepookle".

I had already written about some of this, but thought it deserved it's own post.

While the Blotter story does tell us that Reasoner had at least one online conversation via YouTube with someone using the "IslamicRevolutionTV" account, what it doesn't tell you is that "IslamicRevolutionTV" is run by New York City's Joseph "Youssef al-Khattab" Cohen. Cohen's voice can be clearly heard in this video posted by IslamicRevolutionTV here.

The profile page for IslamicRevolutionTV also links to Cohen's Revolution Muslim website.

islamicrevolutionTVYouTube.jpg

From the Blotter with my comments in the brackets:

On August 1, 2009, in response to a video that was posted on YouTube by user IslamicRevolution TV [Cohen's channel], "ooklepookle" [Duane Reasoner's YouTube handle] posted the comment, "Ya Abdullah do you have any vids on martyrdom operations or the ruling on them." The user [Cohen] answered, "No I don't but look around online on the Jihadi blogs."
So, the convert Hasan took under his wings "knew" [in the internet sense of the word] Cohen. It kind of makes you wonder if Hasan himself was aware of Cohen's work at Revoloution Muslim and to what extent did the propaganda he and others produced influence Hasan's decision to murder his fellow soldiers?

Reasoner also subscribes to Cohen's personal "Revolution Muslim" channel [see subscriptions here] and to YouTube account the boys at Revolution Muslims run for exiled Shiekh Abdullah al-Faisal [see subscriptions here].

Reasoner also added Cohen as a "friend" on his JustinTV page (see image at top of post).

I think it is fair to say Reasoner traveled in the same online circles as Cohen. It would therefore not be shocking to learn that so did Hasan.

In fact, there is evidence that Hasan also followed Cohen's website.

While doing a search for "ooklepookle" Howie came across his name as a registered user on Cohen's website on a Google cache page of it. It seems that the "robot" that snaps pictures of websites for Google just happened to take the image at the exact moment that "ooklepookle" was online.

ooklepookle_online_revolution_muslim.jpg

At first this seemed to be the most significant piece of information from that Google cache page. Hasan's friend was a registered user at Cohen's website. It also appears Cohen is trying to purge the site of Reasoner's tracks.

Until you look closer at the post. The post is actually a comment by "Slave of Allah". Which is what Hasan had printed on his own business cards --- "SoA".

It's a generic enough name, but appearing on the same web page as a known friend of Nidal Hasan? That would be quite the coincidence, indeed.

The one thing working against this theory is that the "Slave of Allah" posting here identifies himself as a "revert" -- which is what Muslims call converts. However, I know of many times when those who were born into a Muslim family, strayed, and then "found the truth" also called themselves revert.

In any event, if this is not Hasan we do have proof positive that his friend Duane Reasoner was definitely a fan of Khattab's Revolution Muslim website and his YouTube propaganda videos.

Another example is here.

The Blotter article also mentions another YouTube user that Reasoner subscribed to:

On another unknown date Reasoner became a subscriber to the YouTube channel of a YouTube user named Sahab929 who posted videos of al-Qaeda leaders Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. "Sahab" is the name of the media company that produces al-Qaeda's videos and, said Brachman, might be adopted as a user name by a fan or supporter of jihad.
We actually posted this morning about the notorious Sahab929 with the good news that his site had been owned by the YouTube smackdown team. We had no idea that Reasoner was a fan at the time.

And what of his other online activities?

Well, like his mentor Nidal Hasan we learn that Reasoner was once supportive of President Obama. His photobucket account show a mixture of terror symbols, such as these Hamas and Hizbollah symbols ....

... and several campaign images for Barack Obama.

Other images, though, show that Reader, like his mentor Hasan, may have become disillusioned with Obama. For instance, this image of the President:

Or this image of the White House with Osama bin Laden over it:

The point of all this is that jihadis do not exist in a vacuum on their own. They feed off each other, giving each other support, send each other propaganda which reinforces their radicalism, and they egg each other on to transition from what Jarret Brachman calls "jihobbyist" to becoming terrorists.

As I said earlier, Cohen is certainly no Abdullah Azzam. Hell, he's not even a Samir Khan or a Adam Gadahn. He's more like the Paris Hilton of the eHadi world. A publicity whore with little to no talent.

But nevertheless the narrative pushed by those involved in the media jihad is dangerous in that it reinforces the agenda of al Qaeda and other violent Islamist groups. I can't begin to tell you how many mushy headed students actually admire Paris Hilton. Cohen, I'm sure, has a following of his own.

That following included one of Nidal Hasan's freinds, and may very well have included Hasan himself.

Certainly by his own self admission he's rubbed shoulders with plenty of indicted or convicted would-be terrorists. Smoke is not always accompanied by fire, and there's no indication that Cohen has the balls to do that which he praises in others. But the narrative which he pushes is dangerous. And inasmuch as a certain percentage of morons look up to him, then he needs to be stopped.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:02 PM | Comments |

Study: Fox News Is Most Fair and Balanced

Despite being rated as toughest on Obama, Fox was also found to be the most fair and balanced, as Forbes' S. Robert Lichter explains:

So how could Fox have both the most balanced and the most anti-Obama coverage? Simple. It's because the other networks were all so pro-Obama. CMPA analyzed every soundbite by reporters and nonpartisan sources (excluding representative of the political parties) that evaluated the candidates and their policies. On the three broadcast networks combined, evaluations of Obama were 68% positive and 32% negative, compared to the only 36% positive and 64% negative evaluations of his GOP opponent John McCain.
But Fox was equally tough on McCain, while ABC, CBS, and NBC's correspondents had their lips firmly locked on Obama's butt and other appendages.

By Bluto04:06 PM | Comments |

Having Spent the Morning Laughing at Islamotard from NY, We Now Turn Our Attention to Asking you to Refrain from Kicking His Ass!

First, he made you laugh. Now here's Joseph "Yousef al Khattab" Cohen dressed as Hamas TV's "Farfour" the mouse. Farfour is usually seen in the Gaza strip urging young Palestinians to murder Zionists. Or was. Before those devious and wily Jews murdered him!

In this "episode" of what is sure to become a staple for Cohen, "Farfour" lectures us on why Nidal Hasan was morally justified in killing so many and how he is not a "terrorist" since his victims at Fort Hood were uniformed members of the armed forces.

Fair enough, Farfour. If that's how you want to define the word then maybe Hasan wasn't a "terrorist". But he certainly meets every definition of the word "traitor".

Here's what "Farfur" says about Hasan's attack against his fellow Americans and fellow soldiers at Fort Hood:

Last week a Muslim [Hasan] made a decision...

He weighed the issues....

He [Hasan] had truth and he had falsehood [motioning "on one hand" and on "the other hand"].

He [Hasan] said to himself "Self, should I go overseas and become a kafir or should I die a Muslim."

That's probably what was in his mind. Any way he decided to die a Muslim.

It didn't work out that way, but do you guys watch boxing? The bottom line was 13 knockouts, like 38 TKOs, and zero losses!

Wow, I think I learned something about the fighting words defense somewhere along the way. But please, do no violence to Cohen. It would be a shame to turn the 'tard into a martyr.

FDR would have called his words sedition, but today we call it free speech.

In fact, I would argue that Cohen and his fellows involved in the online jihad are doing far worse than, say, Lynne Stewart. Smuggling messages from family members to terrorists by an officer of the court is bad, yes. But inciting others to acts of terrorism is far worse. Which is exactly what Anwar al-Awlaki did with Hasan, and what Cohen and others continue to do online. In fact, I look forward to finding out just which online forum Hasan was active on and what American eHadis he was in contact with. Surely these people have some culpibility?

Here's the video.

Here's a parting shot from Hitchens in response to underlying logic of Cohen's justification of Hasan: that America is at war against Islam.

his overwhelming and reiterated objection to the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, and al-Qaida in Iraq, is that it is "a war on Islam." It might be worth noting that this means that the Taliban does represent Islam, whereas the current governments of Iraq and Afghanistan somehow do not—a core belief of the Islamic purists who use the dogma of takfir to excommunicate such Muslims and render them liable, along with many other kind of infidel, to holy slaughter.
Indeed.

One more parting thought, and this to my colleague Jarret Brachman who commented on this video that Cohen's own foolishness is commentary enough.

Maybe. Cohen is certainly no Abdullah Azzam. Hell, he's not even a Samir Khan or a Adam Gadahn. He's more like the Paris Hilton of the eHadi world. A publicity whore with little to no talent.

But nevertheless the narrative pushed by those involved in the media jihad is dangerous in that it reinforces the agenda of al Qaeda and other violent Islamist groups. I can't begin to tell you how many mushy headed students actually admire Paris Hilton. Cohen, I'm sure, has a following of his own.

Certainly by his own self admission he's rubbed shoulders with plenty of indicted or convicted would-be terrorists. Smoke is not always accompanied by fire, and there's no indication that Cohen has the balls to do that which he praises in others. But the narrative which he pushes is dangerous. And inasmuch as a certain percentage of morons look up to him, then he needs to be stopped.

CRITICAL UPDATE: This stuff below was premised on the idea that The Blotter correctly identifies that YouTube account with Hasan's friend Duane Reasoner. That account does belong to a Muslim, but one thing that seems off is that several videos which appear to show "ooklepookle" rambling semi-incoherently show someone that seems much older than 18 years old. He may live with his parents, but I doubt very much that he's 18.

Also, we have audio of "Duane Reasoner, Jr." here. The voice does not match the voice of "ooklepookle".

I'm not going pull the entire post yet, but there's something wrong with the Blotter's facts which have seriously screwed up our research. Keep that in mind as you read on. Let me know where the Blotter got it wrong. Is it just the YouTube "ooklepookle" that isn't Duane, or is it all of their links?

UPDATE: Step away from the office for a few hours and the world changes!

I've received several emails about this ABC story on Nidal Hasan's young protege, Duane Reasoner Jr. I plan to have an independent post up about his online activities in the next hour or so but here's a key bit of information that I think a lot people are going to overlook. My comments are in brackets:

On August 1, 2009, in response to a video that was posted on YouTube by user IslamicRevolution TV [That would be Joey Cohen's channel, as shown in the above video], "ooklepookle" [Duane Reasoner's YouTube handle] posted the comment, "Ya Abdullah do you have any vids on martyrdom operations or the ruling on them." The user [Cohen] answered, "No I don't but look around online on the Jihadi blogs."
So, the convert Hasan took under his wings "knew" [in the internet sense of the word] Cohen. It kind of makes you wonder if Hasan himself was aware of Cohen's work at Revoloution Muslim and to what extent did the propaganda he and others produced influence Hasan's decision to murder his fellow soldiers?

UPDATE: Reasoner also subscribes to Cohen's personal "Revolution Muslim" channel [see subscriptions here] and to YouTube account the boys at Revolution Muslims run for exiled Shiekh Abdullah al-Faisal [see subscriptions here].

I think it is fair to say Reasoner traveled in the same online circles as Cohen. It would therefore not be shocking to learn that so did Hasan.

UPDATE: Clearest evidence

Hasan_protoge_friends_cohen.jpg

Thanks to Stable Hand and Howie.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:34 PM | Comments |

Gaddafi and 500 Italian Babes

Italian Escorts.jpg(Rome, Italy) Through a local hospitality agency, Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi arranged mysterious meetings with 500 of Italy's most glamorous hostesses.

Officially, Gaddafi went to Rome to attend the World Food Summit but, while there, he decided to try and get hot Italian babes to become Muslim converts. He lectured on the superiority of Islam and had his female staff distribute Korans and his "Green Book" of wisdom.

I suggest that Gaddafi's "female staff" may need some recruits and hot Italian hostesses would provide diversity -- or something.

Of course, in the spirit of tolerance and multiculturalism, a Christian evangelist should be able to schedule events in Libya to convert young attractive girls to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

On second thought, probably not.

By at 02:22 PM | Comments |

NY: Guess It's Time to Order Blind Sheik's Terrorist Loving Disbarred Lawyer To Jail

With KSM possibly being tried in New York they must feel they had better clean up the mess.

Disbarred radical lawyer Lynne Stewart is going to jail - maybe for a lot longer than she thought.

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld her conviction for smuggling messages to her jailed terrorist client (blind sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman), and said she deserves more than the 28 months she got because she may have lied at her trial

Stewart, 70, is to surrender to U.S. Marshals immediately. The Brooklyn resident has been free on bail since 2006.

h/t Weasel Zippers

HA has more

By Stable Hand at 01:28 PM | Comments |

Should Congress Investigate Hasan?

Part of me says yes for the reasons given by Ed Morrisey -- namely that Congress has a duty to find out on what grounds Hasan was declared "not dangerous" by someone in the FBI; why information that he was communicating with a known terrorist was not passed on to the military; and why the military ignored all of its own red flags that Hasan held extremist views antithetical to core American values.

But another part of me says no. It may be a false choice, but if I had to choose between the military and the FBI on one side and Congress on the other side in investigating systemic failures then the choice seems obvious.

It seems to me that if some sort of PC concern about Islamophobia is at the root of the failure to oust Hasan from the military then let us lay blame square where it belongs: with the politicians in Congress who no doubt wish to point fingers elsewhere.

If there has been pressure in the past on the FBI and the military to treat Muslims who act in a suspicious manner with kid gloves for fear of alienating "the community" then I would propose that much of this pressure has come from the same Congressional Democrats who will be in charge of investigating the Fort Hood atrocity.

Let Congress summon the ACLU, CAIR, the ISNA, and other "civil rights" organizations that make a living off of screaming Islamophobia whenever another Islamist is tied to terror.

Do that, and maybe I'll be less conflicted.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:22 PM | Comments |

What Do You Get When You Duct Tape 8 Water Bottles to a Metal Rod?

Jewish convert to Islam and al Qaeda sympathizer Joseph Cohen aka Yousef al-Khattab's body workout session.


Must suck when the bottles fall off......

h/t Jarret Brachman. Check his link out for more such as "Revolution Kids, Education Time With Farfour".

UPDATE by Rusty: We've linked this previously but the ability to watch it over and over again and still get a chuckle is what makes it a classic!

By Stable Hand at 12:03 PM | Comments |

Europe Not So Hopey and Changey

Obama's failure at delivering the US on a new climate change treaty leaves the Europeans all depressed and icky feeling.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:47 AM | Comments |

Sandcrawler PSA: Help Out Fort Hood Victims

via Email:

Not sure if this was posted on the Jawa Report or if it should be, but in light of the FT Hood shooting, I found this for anyone who wants to help out the families. It was in the Belvoir Eagle, which is FT Belvoir's newsletter.

Fort Hood officials have said they appreciate the out pouring of love and support for their community. Chaplains at the post are accepting donations to help Soldiers and families.

Checks can be mailed to:

Chaplain’s Funds Office
761st Tank Battalion, Bldg. 44
Fort Hood, Texas, 76544.

Checks should be made payable to “CTOF” (Chapel’s Tithes and Offerings
Fund) with a note on the memo line stating “Nov. 5 Tragedy.“

Contributions on behalf of Fort Hood Soldiers can also be made to:

Fisher House
Bldg 36015, Fisher Lane
Fort Hood, Texas 76544
Phone: 254-286-7927 or 254-286-7929

Killeen Red Cross
208 W. Ave. A,
Killeen, Texas 76541
Phone: 254-200-4400 or visit waco.redcross.org

USO Fort Hood
Building 1871, 50th St.
Fort Hood, Texas, 76544
Phone: 254-768-2771 or visit uso.org

Thanks to R.

By Howie at 11:05 AM | Comments |

Good News: Obama Appoints 'Devout' ROP Members to Top Security Posts

Via Israel National News:

(IsraelNN.com) U.S. President Barack Obama continues to “reach out to Muslims” by appointing them to key security posts amid charges he wrongly ignored internal Muslim terror. One recent appointee was harshly criticized for appearing on a British-based television station whose host is a member of a radical Muslim group.

President Obama has continued to “reach out Muslims,” as he said in his keynote speech in Cairo last June, and this past week he swore in a Muslim rights advocate to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, shortly after the Fort Hood massacre. HSAC members are involved in expertise on national security.

Personally my preference for top national security posts are all drunken Irishmen. What could possibly go wrong?

Hat Tip: Writermom.

By Howie at 08:59 AM | Comments |

What if an American Was the Next Khalid Shiekh Mohammad? (UPDATED)

My latest article for PJM "U.S. Now Exports Terror: American Linked to Mumbai Attack". It ties together several posts I've written here on the potential involvement of a Chicago area man in India's 9/11 -- the Mumbai terror attacks.

Here's a teaser:

Since the 9/11 attacks, conventional wisdom has held that acts of terror on U.S. soil would most likely come from abroad. Much time and effort has been spent on beefing up border security to make sure the next Mohammad Atta never reaches the homeland. Yet the massacre at Fort Hood by Major Nidal Hasan underscored what has long been known in counterterrorism circles: Muslims born and raised in the U.S. might become radicalized and perpetrate acts of terror here at home, and more resources need to be directed inward.

Now, a string of arrests by the FBI over the past year has raised awareness of a new phenomenon: there exist Americans who wish to commit acts of terror abroad....

Late last month, two arrests in Chicago seemed to confirm a pattern of American citizens wishing to engage in acts of terror abroad but failing. But new reports from India indicate that at least one of the two arrested may have been involved in planning the coordinated attacks in Mumbai last year. Those attacks killed 173 people and have been described as India’s 9/11.

Read the rest and then pass it on.

I'm really at a loss as to why this isn't front page news here in the US. An American possibly involved in the planning stages of the worst terror attack in India in recent history? It's all over the Indian press but somehow our superiors in the MSM --- and even most bloggers --- have chosen to ignore this. In my mind it's a big deal.

Especially given that the first Mumbai attacks, several years before the one last year, were blamed by the Indian government on me. Yes, yours truly was fingered as inciting Muslims. My fault for printing not-so-flattering images of Muhammad and the Koran, you see. Muslims are like children not responsible for their own actions.

Well, it seems that India was right on one account: an American may have been to blame and I'm glad their general attitude has changed towards blaming terrorists rather than towards those that mock them.

Like I said, pass this along.

UPDATE: It looks like the Canadian press is begining to pick up on the connection between Tahawar Rana -- a Canadian citizen -- and the Mumbai massacre. CTV had this report: [Had to move the video below the fold. Scroll down to see it. Sorry.]

And the Canadian Prime Minister toured Mumbai yesterday, including the Chabad house. Seven people were murdered there during the Mumbai attacks. Four months prior to the attacks Rana's accomplice, Chicago's Daood "David Headley" Gilani cased out the Chabad house claiming that he was Jewish and in need of a place to stay.

Thanks to Writer Mom and Square Mile Wife.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:47 AM | Comments |

Canadians investigating missing Somalis possibly recruited by Al-Shabaab

From Rahm at Terror Free Somalia comes word that Canadian officials are concerned that several young Somali men have left the country to wage jihad with Al-Shabaab.

Stewart Bell of the National Post reporting:

Counterterrorism officials are investigating a group of youths who allegedly left Canada for East Africa two weeks ago, amid concerns they may have gone to join the Somali militant group Al-Shabab.

Two sources familiar with the case said investigators had been canvassing Toronto's large Somali-Canadian community for information about as many as five men who departed Canada together in early November.

They are believed to have flown to Kenya, the sources said. Kenya borders the region of southern Somalia controlled by Al-Shabab, an Islamist militia aligned with al-Qaeda and sometimes likened to the Taliban.

By Barbarossa at 02:20 AM | Comments |

Maj. Hasan - Going Rogue or Going on Allah's Path?

So asks the Occidental Jihadist:

The ranks of those who still argue that Islam had nothing to do with Nidal Malik Hasan’s personal jihad at Ft. Hood are growing increasingly thin (at least among the intellectually honest), especially after news outlets carried the story yesterday about the interview by a Yemeni journalist of Hasan’s overseas clerical mentor, Anwar al-Awlaki. Al-Awlaki said that "fighting against the US army is an Islamic duty today," and that “the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the US army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal;” he also added “"I blessed the act because it was against a military target. And the soldiers who were killed were not normal soldiers, but those who were trained and prepared to go to Afghanistan and Iraq."

The last refuge of those sporting COEXIST bumper stickers on their Volvos—blindly wedded to the canard that all religions are equally peaceful or, alternatively, violent—is that al-Awlaki is representative merely of a marginal, extremist, non-state-sanctioned demographic slice of the world’s Muslims that has arisen promoting violence only in the wake of U.S., Bush/Cheney-led “crusades” against the Islamic world. But facts, especially historical ones, are stubborn things for those that study them and don’t simply turn a blind eye to any that don’t fit their preconceived ideology.

He provides additional background on those historical examples.

By Barbarossa at 02:09 AM | Comments |

ABC News: Maj. Hasan tried to open war crimes prosecutions on patients

Isn't this a gross breach of professional ethics and conflict of interest?

Officials: Major Hasan Sought 'War Crimes' Prosecution of U.S. Soldiers

Major Nidal Malik Hasan's military superiors repeatedly ignored or rebuffed his efforts to open criminal prosecutions of soldiers he claimed had confessed to "war crimes" during psychiatric counseling, according to investigative reports circulated among federal law enforcement officials...

Investigators believe Hasan's frustration over the failure of the Army to pursue what he regarded as criminal acts by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan may have helped to trigger the shootings.

"The Army may not want to admit it, and you may not hear much about it, but it was very big for him," said one of the federal investigators on the task force collecting evidence of the crime.

His last effort to get the attention of military investigators came on Nov. 2, three days before his alleged shooting spree, according to the reports.

Colonel Anthony Febbo at Fort Hood reportedly told investigators he was twice contacted by Hasan, on Nov. 2 and a week earlier in October, about the question of whether he could legally provide information on "war crimes" he had learned in the course of psychiatric counseling he provided soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Col. Febbo told ABC News he could not comment because of the on-going investigation.

His supervisor in the Department of Psychiatry, Captain Naomi Surman, told investigators that Hasan raised similar issues with her in conversations in October, according to documents reviewed by ABC News.

Captain Surman told investigators that Hasan had formally contacted military prosecutors to report patients he was evaluating, according to people briefed on the exchange. She said Hasan signed his e-mails with "Praise Be to Allah." Legal analysts say psychiatrists are strictly bound by the rules of patient confidentiality except in cases where they might become aware of crimes about to be committed.

Is this more blame-shifting to get the narrative away from his raging and glaringly apparent violent Islamic ideology? What say you?

By Barbarossa at 02:04 AM | Comments |

November 16, 2009

Finally: Crowder at Gitmo

Crowder's been teasing this for like two weeks. He finally got it done. Good job, dude.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:44 PM | Comments |

NY's Dem Governor Rips Obama a New One

Throwing people under the bus can have consequences.

For instance, embattled New York governor David Paterson now feels free to air his true reaction to the Obama administration's idiotic decision to try 9/11 conspirators in New York City:

NEW YORK (CBS) ― Gov. David Paterson openly criticized the White House on Monday, saying he thought it was a terrible idea to move alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspected terrorists to New York for trial.

"This is not a decision that I would have made. I think terrorism isn't just attack, it's anxiety and I think you feel the anxiety and frustration of New Yorkers who took the bullet for the rest of the country," he said.

Paterson, who replaced disgraced Democratic governor Eliot Spitzer, has refused Obama's demand that he stand down from running for governor even though he has virtually no chance of winning.

The guy can't be all bad; the SEIU thugs are bankrolling advertising against him.

By Bluto07:03 PM | Comments |

Plot Thickens: Indians Now Believe American Key to Mumbai Massacre
UPDATE: Attack on Nuke Sites Planned?

I reported on Saturday that India was looking into the possible connection between the Mumbai massacre and two men arrested in Chicago last month.

Daood Gilani (who had his name changed to David Headley in order to make it seem more "American") had been urged by his contacts in Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) to abandon his plot against Denmark's Jyllands-Posten newspaper for publishing the controversial Mohammad cartoons in favor of targets in India.

Last week Indian officials revealed that "Headley" had visited Mumbai and that two of the hotels he stayed at were attacked during the terror raid by LeT operatives. Those attacks killed 173 people and have been described as India's 9/11.

To give context to Headley's visit, one must remember that he had made similar trips to Coppenhagen in order to do reconnaissance on the Jyllands-Posten. On that trip he passed himself off as someone interested in buying advertising from the newspaper. From the federal complaint against Headley:

Among other things, HEADLEY conducted extensive surveillance for the purpose of facilitating terrorist attacks ...

HEADLEY identified and conducted surveillance of potential targets of
terrorist attacks in Denmark
, and reported and attempted to report on the results of his surveillance and related matters to other members of the conspiracy, including, among others: Individual A; Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A, and Ilyas Kashmiri.

Today we learn that Headley also visited Mumbai's Chabad center -- also a target in the 2008 attacks -- and passed himself off as Jewish.

On Saturday I said that this could be a coincidence. The two hotels that Headley stayed at are frequented by Westerners. But to call this a coincidence would be to stretch incredulity.

It is becoming increasingly clear why the FBI would raid a halal meat processing plant (that employed only 13 people) run by Headley's accomplice -- Tahawar Rana -- with over 100 agents: Headley and possibly Rana were involved in the Mumbai massacre.

To what extent did Headley or Rana know that LeT was planning an attack on such a massive scale? That remains a mystery. It could very well be that Headley alone or in concert with Rana was asked to scope out areas of Mumbai but not told for what reason.

But it should be remembered that Headley approached LeT with the plan to attack the Jyllands-Posten. That is, we know that he is a terrorist entrepreneur. Perhaps he thought Mumbai offered a soft target the LeT would be interested in?

Either way, this is bad news. Headley is an American citizen. And to have any Americans involved in the Mumbai attacks is bad news. It means our homegrown terror problem is much worse than even I thought.

YNET:

The American and Indian authorities are questioning an American citizen of Pakistani descent on suspicion of involvement in last year's Mumbai terror attacks. Indian media reported on Sunday that the suspect pretended to be Jewish, stayed at the Chabad center and prepared the ground for the lethal attack....

According to the report, Headley visited the Chabad center in Mumbai in July 2008 – four months before the attack – and presented himself as a Jew in order to stay at the place. Prior to the Chabad center, he stayed at the Taj Mahal Hotel, which was one of the central targets of the terror attack.

Also, let me further note once again that Headley and Rana ran an immigration service. Who were they helping immigrate to the US and to what ends?

Thanks to Esther.

UPDATE: It gets worse:

India has put its nuclear power plants on alert and tightened security after intelligence about possible attacks, a report said on Monday.

The step comes after a man arrested in the United States on charges of plotting attacks in India was found to have travelled to Indian states that have nuclear installations, the Press Trust of India (PTI), the country's biggest news agency, said....

A senior home ministry official, who is not authorised to speak to the media, told Reuters that some states had been asked to tighten security around "vital installations", without giving out more details.

Thanks to JT.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:59 AM | Comments |

Irishman Ready to Kill for Allah (Updated)

Westerner becomes a Muslim and then decides to take on the infidels in the service of Allah? It's a theme we've heard before.

But this is the first Westerner from Ireland who joined the caravan of martyrs to the lands of jihad that I recall.

Not that we didn't already know of several jihad sympathizers in Ireland. We've known that for a long time. Including directions from AQ to Irish Muslims to attack US troops at Shannon and Dublin airports en route to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Joseph "Yousef al-Khatab" Cohen also has a buddy that lives in Dublin. So, they are there.

You'll also notice the Omar Bakri Mohammad connection here. The guy was once a member of al-Muhajiroun, the organization founded by Bakri Mohammad.

UK Times:

Khalid Kelly, a former altar boy from the Liberties area of Dublin who used to be known as Terry, told The Sunday Times he is undergoing weapons training in Pakistan’s mountainous tribal region in order to fight jihad against the enemies of Islam. His dream is to face a British soldier in combat, although he would “settle” for an American, he said.

“I’m already on the path to jihad. I’ve already picked up a gun and done target practice to make myself familiar with weapons. The other day I learnt how to use an M-16 [rifle] in five hours,” he said. “Next week, inshallah, I could be in Afghanistan fighting a British soldier.” ...

Ireland is also a legitimate target, according to Kelly. “Ireland has a US embassy so it is open to attack,” he stated...

Kelly moved to the UK in 2002 where he joined Al-Muhajaroun, the now disbanded hardline Islamic organisation, and an associate of radical clerics Omar Bakri Mohammed and Anjem Choudary. He achieved notoriety in 2007 when he declared the London bombings of 7 July a “happy day”.

Let's hope that Kelly gets his wish and becomes a martyr. Win-win.

Thanks to Ken

Update by Stablehand - below the fold is a video from October 2003 of Kelly being interviewed on Irish TV.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:29 AM | Comments |

An Interview With Nidal Malik Hasan

Via TNOYF:

Chris Mattews: Major, I’ll get right to the question that’s on the mind of most Americans– how are you coping with the loss of your fellow soldiers?

Nidal: Coping? I was actually trying to purge the earth of those Muslim-killing pigs.

Read the rest.

By Howie at 11:16 AM | Comments |

Taking Chinese Cyber-Espionage Seriously

What the Chinese have done, are doing, and why US corporations should take the threat seriously.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:14 AM | Comments |

Holocaust Denier Hacked

Irving haz been pwnd.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:12 AM | Comments |

Worth Another Post: Fort Hood Terrorist Frequented Strip Club

Yeah, I know we already mentioned that Nidal Hasan was a frequent visitor to strip clubs, but it's worth an additional post on two fronts.

First, because it gives me yet another excuse to post an image of Omar Bakri Mohammad's stripper daughter. No, it never gets old. Especially since we know that many followers of the now exiled British cleric frequent our site.

Second, to point out that there is not necessarily a contradiction between devout Muslim terrorist and strip club goer. Those within the jihadi community often forgive themselves their sexual predilections based on the notion that the weight of whatever act of terror they are about to engage in will somehow wipe out the relatively minor acts of sin.

What's a lap dance compared to the killing of X number of infidels?

Bonus reason: strippers and guns.

Blotter:

The girls at the strip club Starz remembered Major Hasan well. He visited Starz, which features fully nude dancers, at least three times. According to Jennifer Jenner, one of the dancers at the club, he bought two $50 lap dances from her and one from another dancer. The devout Muslim brought his own beer and did not hesitate to pay the $50 cost for each lap dance.

Right next door to the strip club is the gun store, Guns Galore, where authorities say Hasan bought his semi-automatic pistol and bullets and in the weeks before the shooting, 13 extra ammunition clips that could hold up to 30 bullets each.

Thanks to Natalia.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:03 AM | Comments |

Video: Pirate in the White House

Fairly mild but probably NSFW

By Stable Hand at 10:50 AM | Comments |

Taliban Spokesman Azam Tariq Releases Statement Through as-Sahab Productions on Youtube

as-Sahab is al-Qaeda's "production label" So here we have an official terrorist communication being released and referenced by AP on Youtube.

Via AP on Google Hosted News:PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Militants staged a pair of attacks against anti-Taliban figures in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing one of the men as part of an escalating campaign to weaken the country's resolve to fight Islamic extremism.

Suspected militants have killed more than 300 civilians and security personnel in the last month in retaliation for an army offensive launched in the tribal area of South Waziristan, where al-Qaida and Taliban leaders are believed to be hiding.

The government has supplemented its military campaigns by helping tribal leaders and local government officials set up militias to battle the Taliban. The militias, known as lashkars, have been compared to Iraq's Awakening Councils, which helped U.S. forces turn the tide against al-Qaida there.

As in Iraq, militants in Pakistan have targeted the leaders of such groups.

The story goes on about recent attacks and the response of Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq.
In a video released Sunday, the group denied the allegations, saying it was focused on attacking the Pakistani government and did not believe in killing civilians.

Repeating conspiracy theories that have appeared in local media, Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq blamed the recent attacks, including a suicide bombing at an Islamic university in the capital, on the Pakistani government and the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater.

"The dirty Pakistani intelligence agencies, for the sake of creating mistrust and hatred among people against the Taliban, are carrying out blasts at places like the Islamic university, Islamabad, and the Khyber bazaar, Peshawar," said Tariq, who appeared in the video at the base of a large tree flanked by gunmen.

Obviously the Taliban and al-Qaeda are using this particular piece of propaganda to attempt to negate the damage to public opinion from some of their recent attacks. Using the same old tried and true Kkhinspiracy theories they always use.

But where did they choose to release it? Where did the AP pick it up? Why on Jihadtube of course.

What has Jihadtube done to stop this terrorist propaganda from being hosted on their service?

Answer: Diddly squat.

The original video is posted here by a user called talibabdurrahman.

Another Youtube jihadi has also picked up and is helping to spread the propaganda, username sahab929.

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By Howie at 08:49 AM | Comments |

Former Hostage Roy Hallums Upcoming Book

Roy will tell the story of his captivity and dramatic rescue in a new book.

Via Commercialappeal.com: Cordovan Roy A. Hallums, who endured 311 days as a hostage in Baghdad, states what might appear hyperbolic with a calm earnestness.

"I hoped they wouldn't decide to just cut off my head and videotape the occasion for mass distribution to the international media...," he writes in the first chapter of his new memoir "Buried Alive: The True Story of Kidnapping, Captivity and a Dramatic Rescue."

Hallums, who was kidnapped in Baghdad five years ago this month, tells other lurid tales in the memoir slated for release in January.

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Who knows there might even be a Jawa or two in it.

There's a preview up here at Flipcart.

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By Howie at 08:11 AM | Comments |

Yemeni Terror Cleric Awlaki says Nidal Hasan "had wide knowledge of sharia law"

Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Shaea interviewed jihad proponent and blogger, Yemeni-American Anwar Awlaki about his relationship with Nidal Hasan. On behalf of the Washington Post, Shaea traveled to Anwar's home in Shabwa governorate. (The Yemeni government had no idea where Awlaki was...) In his correspondence to Awlaki, Hasan often used "evidence from sharia that what America was doing should be confronted." Awlaki maintains that he did not instigate Hasan to engage in any specific acts of violence, although he approves.

Aulaqi said Hasan viewed him as a confidant. "It was clear from his e-mails that Nidal trusted me. Nidal told me: 'I speak with you about issues that I never speak with anyone else,' " he told Shaea...

Of the dozen or so e-mails, said Shaea, Aulaqi replied to Hasan two or three times. Aulaqi declined to comment on what he told Hasan. Asked whether Hasan mentioned Fort Hood as a target in his e-mails, Shaea declined to comment.

Aulaqi said Hasan's alleged shooting spree was allowed under Islam because it was a form of jihad. "There are some people in the United States who said this shooting has nothing to do with Islam, that it was not permissible under Islam," he said, according to Shaea. "But I would say it is permissible. . . . America was the one who first brought the battle to Muslim countries."

The cleric also denounced what he described as contradictory behavior by Muslims who condemned Hasan's actions and "let him down." According to Shaea, he said: "They say American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan should be killed, so how can they say the American soldier should not be killed at the moment they are going to Iraq and Afghanistan?"

By Jane at 07:04 AM | Comments |

Five Arrested in UK Terror Raids

(Manchester, England) Early this morning, around 40 officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit raided at least four properties in the Greater Manchester area.

Five men have been arrested and further arrests are possible.

The 4 AM raids were conducted by unarmed officers who now are searching the properties. Police said the raids are related to an alleged overseas terror threat and not due to any danger in the Greater Manchester area. The names of the arrested suspects have not been released.

Police said it was a "low-key operation." Heh, I disagree. If the feds roust my pristine glutes out of the sack at 4 AM, I'd be highly-keyed. (Links)

By at 05:34 AM | Comments |

November 15, 2009

Per-Kilometer Tax on Vehicles

Public_Urination_sm.jpg(The Netherlands) Effective 2012, Dutch drivers will be monitored by satellite and pay taxes on a per-kilometers-driven basis. Present promise is that the tax will increase every year until 2018. After that is anyone's guess.

The Cabinet approved a bill Friday calling for drivers of an average passenger car to pay a base rate of euro0.03 per 1 kilometer (7 US cents per mile), beginning in 2012. Drivers of heavier, more polluting vehicles will pay more, and the cost will go up for driving in peak hours.

GPS will track the time, hour and place each car moves and send the data to a billing agency.

The Transport Ministry predicts a decrease in traffic. Of course, now that individual cars are tracked by GPS, it's logical to ultimately expect GPS tracking of citizens.

In any event, the Minister of Transportation Camiel Eurlings said that the kilometer tax would cut carbon emissions in half.

By at 08:31 AM | Comments |

November 14, 2009

Greta on Good Etiquette

(Actually Cass started it after BSC Beth brought it up.)

By Jane at 09:31 PM | Comments |

Update on Mrs. Shackleford

The good news is that your prayers seem to have worked and Mrs. Shackleford seems to be in full recovery mode. Thank you.

The bad news is that she's well enough now that she has me laying tile in the kitchen. Thanks a lot!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:59 PM | Comments |

PSA: College Football Honors Our Troops

Two college teams playing today are honoring our troops.

On November 14, in honor of our troops, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and University of Maryland Terrapins will wear specially designed uniforms for their Game Day match-ups versus the University of Florida Gators and Virginia Tech Hokies respectively.

The teams will take the field in black and desert camouflage uniforms featuring the Wounded Warrior Project logo. The uniforms will also feature a warrior core value embellishment - Duty, Honor, Courage, Commitment, Integrity, Country, and Service - will replace the players’ last name on the back of each jersey. The South Carolina vs. Florida game will be nationally televised on CBS beginning 3:30 p.m. EST

Three wounded warriors will serve as honorary captains at each game. Click here to download their bios.

This unique gear is being sold in college book stores, local military base exchanges, and online. A portion of the fan gear proceeds will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project. A select number of game jerseys will be auctioned off after the game on the University websites with 100% of the proceeds donated to Wounded Warrior Project.

To find out more, visit www.underarmour.com.

I am watching the the Gamecocks play the Gators and kudo's should go to those athletic directors (or whomever was responsible) for doing this.

As a tribute to veterans, last Sunday FOX NFL went to Afghanistan for their broadcast. I hope this trend continues..

End of PSA...

By Stable Hand at 04:21 PM | Comments |

Headless Goat Polo at Karzai Inauguration

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Headless Goat Polo

(Kabul, Afghanistan) To honor President Hamid Karzai during his inauguration next week, a traditional Buzkashi sport competition (headless goat polo) will be held.
The competition, which will be held November 19-21, consists of players on horseback who try to hold on to a headless goat as long as possible while riding full gallop to gain sympathy from the viewers.

Other players attempt to tear the goat carcass from its "owner" using practically any means. The carcass is sometimes thrown over a goal line, or slam-dunked into a vat. [...]

The Buzkashi competition is typically fierce, as other players may use any force short of tripping the horse in order to thwart scoring attempts.

Riders usually wear heavy clothing and head protection to protect themselves against other players' whips and boots.

I'd suggest that Ingrid Newkirk and others of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) make airline reservations for Kabul as soon as possible. PETA should loudly protest. Surely, headless goat polo violates at least some of PETA's rules.

By at 02:19 PM | Comments |

EU Forcing Homosexual Agenda on Lithuania

The European Parliament and the Lithuanian Parliament are crossing swords regarding homosexual propaganda in schools and member state sovereignty.

Paraphrasing, the EU said "do it or else." Lithuania said "bite me" -- with all due respect, of course.

By at 02:16 PM | Comments |

West Rejecting Barbaric Cultural Baggage of Immigrants?

A trend or just a blip on the radar screen?

Western governments are beginning to wake up to dangerous or “barbaric” practices among immigrants—especially among Muslim immigrants. Whether such practices are pre-Islamic, non-Islamic, even anti-Islamic (and people have argued all of the above), the truth is that certain “barbaric” practices are most often committed by Muslims against Muslims. Sikhs and Hindus, to a much lesser extent, also commit honor murders.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:38 PM | Comments |

Great: Obama Doesn't Want Fort Hood Probe

So, if the Fort Hood massacre isn't worth investigation by Congress then what is? Bush-hitler, of course!

UPDATE: Good point in the comments that I hadn't thought of:

Yeah right Congress would do its usual great job in investigation. PUHLLEEEZE NOOOO!! I would prefer to have the FBI and the military do the investigations.
But what about Ed's point about the need to change military processes to make sure something which in hindsight seems so preventable from ever happening again?

The one and only one thing Congressional investigations do is shame those that need shaming. And in this case a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves.

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

Chicago Man Suspected of Helping Plot Mumbai Massacre?

We already knew that Daood Gilani (aka, David Headley) had made "business trips" to Pakistan to meet with at least two terror organizations. We also already knew that his contacts with the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists had discouraged him from pursuing his plot against Denmark's Jyllands-Posten newspaper in favor of targets in India.

What is new here -- or, at least, something that didn't stick out in my mind before -- is that "Headley" made several trips to India, including Mumbai. It gets worse: two of the hotels he stayed at were the main targets in the attack.

Coincidence? Maybe. They are popular hotels catering to Westerners. But given that he went to Coppenhagen multiple times in order to plan attacks -- including one trip in which he actually met with staff in the Jyllands-Posten building -- it wouldn't be a stretch to infer that his trips to Mumbai might also have been for the same purpose.

And if that isn't the inference being made by authorities in India, then why write an entire article on the connection?


IBN
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The passport shows that Headley visited New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Agra between 2006-2009--trips investigators suspect were recces for terrorist attack conspiracies.

Headley, while visiting Mumbai in March 2006, listed Hotel Trident as a place of residence. He stayed at guesthouse near the CST Railway Terminus and he booked a room at the Taj Hotel. The Trident, the Taj, and the CST terminus were three main targets of terrorists during the November 2008 attacks.

All the more disturbing when you remember that Headley and his co-conspirator Tahawar Rana ran an immigration service. I'm sure the FBI is looking into exactly who the pair helped get into our borders, but it's a reminder that immigration is not just an economic issue but a national security priority.

Thanks to Newbie.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:49 AM | Comments |

They Were Soldiers Once, And Young

Jules Crittendon notes:

Forty-four years ago today, Nov. 14, 1965, 1/7 Cav of the 1st Cavalry Division choppered into LZ X-ray in the Ia Drang Valley in a reconnaissance in force that encountered three regiments of the People’s Army of Vietnam dug in on and around the Chu Pong massif.

What ensued was the first major engagement between U.S. and North Vietnamese regulars, and some of the bloodiest days in American military history; with up to 70 percent battalion-level casualties and some platoons almost entirely wiped out on the single bloodiest day of the Vietnam War, Nov. 17, 1965, when the troopers of 2/7 Cav thought it was over and the enemy was defeated. It wasn’t.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:27 AM | Comments |

November 13, 2009

Yemen Lied, There's No New Military Agreement with US

Yemeni Chief of Staff Ahmed Ali al-Ashwal in a statement to SABA news agency said the US and Yemen concluded an agreement on enhanced intel sharing, military training and new equipment. And the news went all around the world.

Deal or no deal?

No deal, Howie. Both the Embassy and the Pentagon issued a statement that the two sides signed the minutes of a meeting, not a new military agreement.

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Pentagon said on Friday the United States had not signed a military cooperation deal with Yemen, refuting a report from Sanaa's official news agency

"There were no agreements signed," spokesman Bryan Whitman told AFP...Yemen's official Saba news agency said on Wednesday that the two countries had signed a military cooperation agreement during talks in the capital Sanaa.

Normally the US doesn't bother contradicting the bizzaro Yemeni statements, which in unfortunate because the Yemeni people and the world believe them. But what kind of sleezy dirtbag government (Yemen?) issues a flat out lie through the official media about a meeting with a major ally. Its very difficult to believe anything coming out of the Sana'a regime on any topic.

Our initial report noted, "To clarify, its quite possible the Yemeni government is lying; they do it all the time. Every visit by any US official, according to reports from SABA news agency over the last five years, is for the express purpose of praising Yemen's democracy and counter-terror cooperation."

By Jane at 10:04 PM | Comments |

CAIR cashes in on Ft Hood massacre

From the Daily Standard comes this email from Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) executive director Nihad Awad using the 14 dead Americans killed at Ft Hood last week to raise funds for the terrorist front group.

Urgent Action: Help CAIR Defend Your Community in Times of Crisis

Dear XXX,

As-salaamu alaykum(Peace be with you),

When a crisis such as the Fort Hood attack and now the government’s move to seize four American mosques occurs, CAIR is there to defend you and the Muslim community.

Within hours of the Fort Hood attack, CAIR, along with other organizations, held a news conference at its Washington, D.C. headquarters and issued a statement of condemnation to thousands of local, national and international media outlets.

Perhaps you saw CAIR spokespeople interviewed on MSNBC's Hardball or on PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, MSNBC, or the BBC. Or maybe you read CAIR quotes in the Washington Post, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, or USA Today.

CAIR's professional staff has been working non-stop in dealing with these crises.

CAIR provided advice and support for Islamic centers nationwide on how to handle the crisis, including ensuring your safety in case of an anti-Muslim backlash. CAIR soon became the most watched non-profit on You Tube.

Our tone and immediate response is paying off. Major media acknowledged the strong statement that American Muslims issued condemning the Fort Hood attack. On CNN, Anderson Cooper reported that CAIR “reacted to the shooting spree, condemning the attack in the strongest terms possible.” ON MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews noted that CAIR was “quick to condemn the massacre.”

But our efforts are not without associated expenses. Sending just one statement about the Muslim community's stance against violence and extremism can cost thousands of dollars in staff time and distribution costs.

There’s no way for me to soften this: We need financial help to meet these crises and push back against those who seek to score political points off the Muslim community in the wake of the Fort Hood tragedy.

Please consider giving $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500, $250, $100, $50 or whatever you can.

If you donated in the past, please consider doubling that donation.

All contributions are zakat-eligible and tax-deductible.

Thank you for your support and may Allah bless you. We will continue to monitor the situation to prevent backlash against our community.

Nihad Awad

CAIR National Executive Director

P.S. Responding effectively to this crisis is pushing CAIR’s resources to the limit. Please donate right now. Then send this appeal to your friends and family, and post to Facebook, Twitter, and other Internet sites.

From the Jawa Archives: "War against Islam? Where would he get that idea? CAIR!":

Update by Barbarossa: A war on Islam? Where, oh, where might he have ever got that idea? Oh wait! That's right -- Parvez Ahmed, the Chairman of the Board for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR):

War on terror is war on Islam, says advocate By Nisa Islam Muhammad Staff Writer Updated May 28, 2008 - 11:30:00 AM

WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - The global war on terror has become a thinly veiled excuse to wage a global war on Islam with increased arrests of Muslims, calls for regime change in Muslim countries and racial profiling, according to a leader with a national Islamic organization.

“The tactic of terrorism—and yes it is a tactic, not an ideology—has been deployed by a multitude of groups of different religions, ethnicities and ideologies and yet the Islamic faith, unlike any other, is erroneously and incessantly associated with terrorism,” said Dr. Parvez Ahmed, a national board member of the Council on American Islamic Relations. “The association of a faith practiced by 1.2 billion people worldwide to terrorism creates the perception that the GWOT is a war against Islam.”

By Barbarossa at 06:22 PM | Comments |

Obama's AG To Treat 9/11 Terrorists as Common Criminals Updated

That means, of course, conferring full American Constitutional rights upon these unevolved barbarians.

From the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and four other men accused in the plot will be prosecuted in federal court in New York City, the United States attorney general announced Friday.
Brilliant. Why not paint a giant target across Manhattan while you're at it, fool.

Attorney General Eric Holder is "confident" that the the terrorists will get what's coming to them. Any lawyer who is truly "confident" of what a judge and jury will do is incompetent. Can't wait for the defense lawyers to start the discovery process. Motion to change venue and suppress the confessions in 3...2...1...

You know it's going to be a completely PC show trial. How many "moderate" Muslims will be on the jury? It only takes one to hang a jury.

Update: Via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb disagrees:

"...They do not belong in our country, they do not belong in our courts, and they do not belong in our prisons..."
Has the Boy President gone too far this time?

By Bluto03:08 PM | Comments |

Joey to Rivera: I Wish They Would Cut Your Head Off

Jewish convert to Islam & terrorist supporter Yousef al-Khattab (aka Joseph Cohen) was on Brian and the Judge discussing Joey's love for the Fort Hood terrorist.

Hate to give the areshole any publicity, but this is quite entertaining listening to Joey getting beotch slapped.

h/t Guest in comments link to Johnny Dollar's Place.

By Stable Hand at 02:41 PM | Comments |

Boston Blogger Assisted al Qaeda in Iraq

A document produced by the AG's office in support of keeping would-be jihadi Tarek "Abu Sabaya" Mehanna in jail pending trial is a treasure trove of information on how the fifth columnists among us think. Even more importantly, the tone of the lengthy paper give me hope that some in the federal government finally get the online jihad.

You can check it out over at SOFIR's archives here.

A couple of things.

First, it's worth noting that Mehanna takes credit for producing this video which claims to be from the media wing of al Qaeda in Iraq -- al-Furqan. That is, he considered himself to be working in a freelance capacity for al Qaeda.

Second, I'll note Mehanna's glee at seeing the desecration of the bodies of dead Americans. For instance, this reaction to a video of two US soldiers -- Thomas Tucker and Kristian Menchaca -- on an al Qaeda video. Mehanna says:

nice juicy BBQ

I want ... more BBQ sauce videos

Last, I'll note that Mehanna thought of his signature contribution to the jihad his widely circulated translation of the 39 Ways to Serve and Participate in Jihad by at Tibyan. It's on this point that it seems that someone at the FBI and the AG's office get it.

Several pages of the document describe how Mehanna saw himself as participating in the 39 steps. He often complained that his attempts at joining terrorist organizations had been unsuccessful. But by using the internet in support of terrorists abroad he was, in fact, participating in jihad:

The danger he poses is not limited to the commission of crimes of violence (whether here or abroad) against Americans and American interests. The weapons he used included a keyboard and computer.
And:
it is clear from many of the excerpts discussed above, that MEHANNA was serving jihad, and following many of the “Steps” set forth in 39 Ways, which was translated by him for more wider distribution and availability....

Step 2 is “Truthfully Ask Allah for Martyrdom.” 39 Ways, at page 9. MEHANNA authored a poem entitled “Make Martyrdom What You Seek.” ...

He spread praise for the individuals and glorified their military successes....(Step 12: “Praise the Mujahidin and Mention their Accounts and
Call the People to Follow in Their Footsteps.”)

“Follow and Spread the News of the Jihad” (Step 21)....

(Step 16: “Call and Incite the People to Jihad.”) 39 Ways, at page 28. As described above, MEHANNA (and ABOUSAMRA) encouraged others
(not just Maldonado)....

MEHANNA was a teacher who provided information to others who were less knowledgeable. In 39 Ways, the author directs the readers to “Advise the Muslims and the Mujahidin” (Step 17). The reader was also urged to “Speak Out
For the Mujahidin and Defend Them,” (Step 14)....

MEHANNA often criticized those in Muslim community who urged moderation or criticized the violent tactics of the mujahidin; MEHANNA was taking the step that urged him to “Expose the Hypocrites and Traitors” (Step 15). Similarly, he often
expressed true hatred for, for example, U.S. leaders and other “infidels.” (Step 31: “Have Enmity Towards the Disbelievers and Hate Them.”) ...

MEHANNA participated in message boards and other forums for discussions. His efforts were intended to “assist the Jihad on the internet.” 39 Ways, at page 45. (Step 34: “Electronic Jihad.”)...

As discussed above, MEHANNA was also constantly sharing speeches of al Qa’ida leaders in video, audio and text files, and other pro-jihadi media. He was thereby following Step 22, that directed him to “Participate in Spreading Their Releases of Books and Publications.” ...

MEHANNA took it a step further and created media projects - following the instructions “everyone should try and prepare some media projects regarding
Mujahidin and their affairs.”

In sum, it appears that Mehanna was a would-be jihadi. However, only if one views jihadis as those physically engaged in acts of terror. By his own definition and by al Qaeda's definition, there was nothing would-be about Mehanna's efforts to foment violent jihad. His electronic jihad is part and parcel to al Qaeda's overall strategy.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:07 PM | Comments |

Freepers: YouTube: A terrorist's dissemination and recruiting tool

A new post a Free Republic detailing how a al-Qaeda production is being spread through the Ansar.net website. And how Jihadtube er uh excuse me, Youtube is a critical step in that process.

In the last post I put up, I showed you how the terrorists use the videos that they post at YouTube. Now I'd like to show you what some of those videos are about. I was surfing around terrorist websites and found this gem. The site is Ansar al-Mujahideen, which is a website for the Mujahideen terrorists (as you might suspect from their name.) Here are some screen caps of the page, with an anonymized link. This video is produced by As-Sahab, the media wing of Al Qaeda. Their logo is plainly visible in the lower right corner of the screen.
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By Howie at 01:43 PM | Comments |

Some "Leadership," Obama: Troop Morale Dropping in Afghanistan

Boy. The selfishness of our troops in Afghanistan. Thinking of only themselves and not the incredible burden and sacrifice that our Dear Leader Barack Obama is making for them by taking his time enacting the strategy he laid out in...March. It's November.

WASHINGTON – Morale has fallen among soldiers in Afghanistan, where troops are seeing record violence in the 8-year-old war, while those in Iraq show much improved mental health amid much lower violence, the Army said Friday.
Oh, so it's OK to admit that Iraq's stable now. After Bush made the decision to increase troop levels. Per his general's requests. In the face of criticism from everyone, including Obama himself. He's been given a model and told what he needs to do.

And yet, there's so much more to think about here. Like the 2012 election news cycle and the focus groups of Democrats next year.

By Good Lt. at 12:10 PM | Comments |

Getting Barefoot and Gay for Gaia

Of all the dumb ideas to combat global warming, this is the gayest.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:20 AM | Comments |

Pelosi: Buy Health Insurance or Go To Jail

Via Confederate Yankee:

You know what the difference is between Bill Ayers wanting to put Americans in concentration camps for believing in capitalism, and Nancy Pelosi wanting to put you in prison for not buying government-rationed insurance?

Not a damn thing

By Howie at 09:40 AM | Comments |

Sick Taliban Bastards

Beat a 14 year old child until he submits and agrees to be a suicide bomber.

Target? A mosque.

They beat me hard for five days. I wasn't given any food. While they were beating me I agreed to become a suicide bomber.

Just sick.

By Ronin at 09:37 AM | Comments |

Sudden Jihad Syndrome in Rochester?

Via WHAM:

A Rochester man is facing numerous charges, accused of trying to run down people with his car on Thursday afternoon.

Altogether, seven people, including the suspect were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, but police spokesman LaRon Singletary says it could have been a lot worse...

...The suspect is identified as 27 year old Munir Muthana of Rochester. He faces numerous charges including assault and vehicular assault. there's no other word right now on a possible motive.

Hmmmmm. Obviouslly he's probably just mentally ill.

Hat Tip: C.

Update: Apparently the driver was also drunk, So probably not SJS. Unless he needed to drink up a little courage first.

Update II: Ahh not so fast.

Muthana is facing five counts of second-degree assault, DWI and reckless driving. He is accused of injuring six people. They are 21-year-old Dominick Nicholson, 20-year-old Tyrese Beard, 40-year-old James Pross, 50-year-old Debra Hollis, 25-year-old Luis Cruz and 49-year-old Diane Neil. All are Rochester residents.

In his statement to police, he said he drank six cans of Budweiser in an hour. Then he started using swear words, cussing police and government. He said, "Ben Franklin was stupid. He should have made it so you *expletives* can't swerve the law. The Muslims will fix this country."

When bail was being set at $20,000, the prosecutor said that Muthana has ties to Yemen.

Emphasis mine, Nothing to see here, move along.

By Howie at 08:52 AM | Comments |

American Somali arrested by Dutch authorities identified as Mohamud Said Omar

Rahm at Terror Free Somalia is on top of this. From the Star-Tribune:

A Somali man from Minneapolis being held in a Dutch jail on suspicion of bankrolling terrorist activities has been identified by sources in the Twin Cities Somali community as Mohamud Said Omar, 43.

Government officials in Amsterdam and federal authorities in Minneapolis would not confirm the identity of the man being held in the Netherlands. But several sources there and here say Omar, who is known by the nickname "Shariif," is the man in custody.

Dutch authorities said in a statement that U.S. prosecutors suspect the man of bankrolling the purchase of weapons for Islamic extremists and helping other Somalis to travel to Somalia to fight in 2007 and 2008. Special Agent E.K. Wilson of the FBI's Minneapolis office also would not confirm that Omar is the man being held, but acknowledged that the arrest is related to the ongoing counterterrorism investigation that began here when young Somali men began disappearing in 2007.

More background.

By Barbarossa at 08:39 AM | Comments |

Feds Offered Mehanna Chance to Flip Prior to Arrest

This is the guy who tried to receive terrorist training in Yemen among other places but was rejected. The big revelation today is that the Freds tried to flip him. Isn't that standard procedure for the FBI in Mafia and corruption cases? They use the little fish to get the bigger fish (or at least they do on TV). So what's the big deal?

AP: A Massachusetts man accused of plotting to kill Americans was portrayed by federal prosecutors Thursday as a jihadist who is too dangerous to be released on bail, but the man's lawyer said he was charged only after he refused to become an FBI informant against Muslims. (ed- Muslims or jihaddists?)

Tarek Mehanna, 27, of Sudbury, was arrested a year ago and charged with lying to the FBI. New, more serious charges were added last month, when Mehanna was accused of conspiring with two other men to shoot shoppers at U.S. malls, to kill two unnamed prominent U.S. politicians and to kill American soldiers in Iraq....

(His lawyer) Carney said the FBI twice approached Mehanna in 2007 and urged him "to become a cooperating informant against individuals in the Muslim community."

Carney said FBI agents made a third attempt in 2008, when they spoke with him about charging him with lying in 2006 about the whereabouts of Daniel Maldonado, who is now serving a 10-year prison sentence for training with al-Qaida to overthrow the Somali government. The FBI "said he would be charged with a crime if he did not cooperate," Carney said.

I'm not having a problem with that.

By Jane at 07:58 AM | Comments |

Guantanamo: 40 to Trials (Federal and Military)

Ahha! The decision to release 26 Yemenis to Yemen makes a little more sense as part of an overall push by the Obama administration to clear Gitmo of as many detainees as possible before January. Some high value detainees are coming to New York for trial, others like USS Cole bomber Nashiri will have military commissions and some detainees may stay incarcerated as too dangerous to release.


WaPo Khalid Sheik Mohammed -- the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks -- and four co-defendants will be tried in federal court in New York instead of a military commission, a federal official said early Friday.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, accused of orchestrating the bombing of the USS Cole when it was docked off the coast of Yemen in 2000, will be tried at a military commission, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decisions have not yet been formally announced by the Department of Justice...

Administration officials say they expect that up to 40 of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay will ultimately be tried in either federal court or military commissions -- possibly including federal courts in the District or Alexandria. Approximately 90 others have been cleared for repatriation or resettlement in a third country, according to an administration official.

Obama, speaking to reporters in Japan on the first day of an eight-day overseas trip, declined to comment extensively on the decisions, saying Attorney General Eric Holder would hold a news conference later in the day. But he said he was "absolutely convinced that Khalid Sheik Mohammed will be subject to the most exacting demands of justice. The American people insist on it, and my administration will insist on it."

Administration officials say they expect that up to 40 of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay will ultimately be tried in either federal court or military commissions -- possibly including federal courts in the District or Alexandria. Approximately 90 others have been cleared for repatriation or resettlement in a third country, according to an administration official.

That leaves up to 75 individuals remaining at Guantanamo who could continue to be held under the laws of war because they are deemed too dangerous to release but cannot be prosecuted because of evidentiary issues and limits on the use of classified material.


By Jane at 07:19 AM | Comments |

November 12, 2009

Obama to Release 26 Gitmo Detainees to Yemen

Apparently plans are afoot to release 26 Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Yemen. The Obama administration refuses to make the threat assessment public or even respond to the concerns repeatedly articulated by Rep. Wolf (R-Va.) who has written the White House several times.

Congressman Wolf's latest letter is below and thoroughly details some of the risks associated with transferring these "dangerous individuals" to the care of Yemen, especially following the Fort Hood terror attack. Wolf omits a few salient facts. For example, all the perpetrators of the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole who were convicted in Yemen were later granted an early release. And Jaber Elbaneh, of the Lackawanna Seven fame, despite being wanted by the FBI and convicted of terrorist acts in Yemen, was permitted to wander free after a deal with the Yemeni president.

Dear Mr. President:

As the author of the language that created the National Commission on Terrorism in 1998 and the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations subcommittee with oversight authority for the Justice Department, I remain deeply concerned about the administration’s imminent release of as many as 26 Guantanamo Bay detainees to Yemen -- a growing haven for al Qaeda in the Persian Gulf. It is my understanding that you are also preparing to release several other detainees to another country that anyone with a basic understanding of world affairs would agree is unacceptable.

The American people have the right to know who these detainees are and what acts of terror they were engaged in. If the public had this information, they would never tolerate the release of these men back into unstable countries with a sizeable al Qaeda presence.

If the administration does not halt these pending releases immediately, it could be responsible for creating a new revolving door of terrorism that will cost American lives. The security of the American people could be at risk because of your administration’s relentless pursuit of a campaign promise to close Guantanamo Bay by January 22, 2010.

Why has the administration made basic information about these dangerous detainees so highly classified that it cannot be shared with the American people or the media? I have reviewed the materials. These are dangerous individuals. To release committed al Qaeda terrorists back to Yemen under these conditions would be an act of gross malfeasance that undermines the safety of the American people.

Read the rest below the fold:

Earlier this year, I offered an amendment to the fiscal year 2009 supplemental appropriations bill requiring the administration to provide unclassified fact sheets and threat analyses of any Guantanamo detainees scheduled for release. The American people have the right to this information, which has direct implications on the safety of our military and civilians. The amendment was defeated by a partisan vote thus allowing your administration to operate under a cloak of secrecy to empty Guantanamo Bay.

You receive intelligence briefings daily and must know that Yemen is undoubtedly one of the most unstable countries in the world today -- and the country where al Qaeda has reconstituted its operations over the last year. The director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Michael Leiter, stated last month in a Voice of America interview, “In Yemen, we have witnessed the reemergence of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and the possibility that that will become the base of operations for al-Qaida.” His sentiment is shared by United Nations sanctions coordinator Richard Barrett who indicated that few places in the world provide a more perfect safe haven to al Qaeda than Yemen.

Instances of former Guantanamo Bay detainees launching terrorist attacks from Yemen include one just a month ago. On October 13, Saudi police prevented an imminent suicide bomb attack as two al Qaeda terrorists slipped across the border from Yemen. Notably, one of the would-be suicide bombers, Yousef Mohammed al Shihri, was a former Guantanamo detainee released in 2007 to Saudi Arabia. He quickly left Saudi Arabia for dangerously unstable Yemen where he rejoined al Qaeda.

Just over a year ago, in September 2008, another former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Said Ali al Shihri, helped orchestrate the terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, killing 10 guards and civilians. Since that time, al Qaeda's posture in Yemen has grown stronger with the merger of the Saudi and Yemeni arms of al Qaeda into one group--al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula--with Yemen as its base for training and operations.

Yemen is also now home to radical cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi, who influenced alleged Fort Hood gunman Major Nidal M. Hasan. As you may recall, al-Aulaqi mentored two of the 9/11 hijackers before fleeing to Yemen in 2004. He is believed by U.S. intelligence to be a critical link in al Qaeda’s efforts to radicalize Muslim Americans and incite domestic terrorist acts. According to one expert cited in a 2008 Washington Post article, "Aulaqi is 'a huge inspiration to home-grown terror cells in the U.K. and Europe.'"

As the facts surrounding the Fort Hood attack have emerged, it is becoming clear that anyone who is cited in the 9/11 Commission Report -- as al-Aulaqi was on page 221 -- as a “significant” contact for 9/11 terrorists Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar should be considered a “significant” connection to Hasan. Al-Aulaqi has subsequently praised Hasan’s attack stating on his Web site: “Nidal Hassan is a hero... Nidal opened fire on soldiers who were on their way to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done? In fact the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the US army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal,” according to a translation.

The American people deserve a full accounting of al-Aulaqi’s relationship with Hasan and his incitement of terrorism in Yemen. Since fleeing to Yemen in 2004, al-Aulaqi has taught his radical ideology at the Iman University in Sanaa, Yemen -- the same university attended by convicted terrorist John Walker Lindh. In 2002, the university was temporarily closed following a deadly attack by one of its students on three American citizens in Yemen. If al-Aulaqi were able to have this impact on a U.S. Army major at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Fort Hood, what impact will he have on the newly freed detainees in Yemen?

Iman University’s founder, Abd-al-Majid al Zindani, is a long-standing ally of Osama bin Laden and was designated by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2004 as a “specially designated global terrorist.” However, the Yemeni government has refused to turn over Zindani to U.S. authorities amid speculation that President Salih is protecting him for political purposes. If the Yemeni government is obstructing the arrest of high-profile terrorist financiers like Zindani, how can we trust that they would even attempt to rehabilitate or monitor detainees released from Guantanamo Bay?

You were at Fort Hood on Tuesday for the memorial service. You saw the grief-stricken families of those who died. You saw the heartbreak of innocent children who will grow up without a parent, the gut-wrenching sorrow of spouses who are left to carry on alone, the tears of mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles of the fallen soldiers.

I raise these concerns directly with you because, according to everyone with whom I have spoken, detainee transfers and releases are being run directly out of the White House. Setting aside the obvious concerns about politicization of the National Security Council (NSC), it is clear that your consolidation of operational authority within the NSC could certainly be viewed as an attempt to thwart congressional oversight and exert greater political control over the process, as reflected in instructions not to inform Congress about the effort to release Uyghur detainees into the U.S. earlier this year.

In my May 1 letter to you -- to which I am still awaiting your response -- I expressed my ardent opposition to the transfer of any Uyghur detainees from Guantanamo Bay to northern Virginia. The planned-transfer was ultimately scrapped over congressional objections, including mine. It should be noted that according to the New York Daily News, the Dar al-Hijrah mosque where Major Hasan first encountered Anwar al-Aulaqi, “is directly across the street from a residence where a half-dozen Turkmen Muslims known as Uighurs were slated to be relocated from Guantanamo Bay, according to a law enforcement source. Lawmakers scuttled the plan.” Had I not been informed about the NSC effort to release the Uyghur detainees into the U.S., your NSC would have completed the release without ever informing a member of Congress or the American people.

I raised these concerns as well in my November 2 letter to you. To date, I have not received a reply to either of these letters nor to my letters dated March 13, April 23, May 13, July 7, July 10, October 1, and November 2 to your attorney general on these matters. This is disappointing. Why is the administration not answering the legitimate questions of the American people?

In closing, I implore you to immediately halt the release of detainees to Yemen and other unstable countries. If the administration is intent, however, on proceeding with the release of detainees, it has an obligation to provide the American people with fact sheets and threat assessments for each and every detainee who leaves Guantanamo.

Best wishes.

Frank R. Wolf
Member of Congress

From The Hill

By Jane at 10:26 PM | Comments |

Feds to Sieze Mosques Tied to Terror

Wow. Just, wow. I mean, this is a first, right?

Federal prosecutors are taking steps to seize four U.S. mosques and a New York City skyscraper owned by a nonprofit Muslim organization. The organization — called the Alavi Foundation — has long been suspected of being under Iranian government control. Prosecutors say the foundation has been helping to illegally funnel money back to the Iranian government.

The government filed a forfeiture action in federal court in New York to seize four mosques in the city and in Maryland, California and Houston. The government also wants to take control of a 36-story office tower on New York's Fifth Avenue.

Somebody in the AG's office has found himself a pair!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:50 PM | Comments |

I Predict A Coordinated War Against Israel in Early January (UPDATE)

UPDATED: Original post below. Abbas, on the 5th anniversary of Ofumble's Nobel Prize Award in arms peep's demise, has announced the cancellation of elections in January. Gut reaction is this takes the incentive away from Hamas to disrupt anticipated elections in January, but the flip side is that Fatah has given up on peace talks, thanks to Ofumbles gaffe on settlements, so they may not stay out of a spontaneous conflict. Hell, they might help start it. *End update.

Lots of things happening here.

1. There is the unwritten understanding of resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue by year end. This will not happen so the Ofumble Administration will be forced to take some half-ass measure if they are to have any smidgen of credibility, unless something crazy happens in the region, such as a major conflict.
2. There have been endless reports of weapons build-ups in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip for Hezbollah and Hamas. Debka and Israel Matzav have more.
3. Very disturbing but less to do with the imminent conflict is Turkey's actions over the last year, and especially the last few months. I have touched on this a few times recently here, here, and here. They are now openly facilitation the transfer of munitions from Iran to Syria, which simplifies and speeds up the process of arming Hezbollah and Hamas.
4. Hamas has ordered Palestinians not to take part in elections scheduled for January 24th.
5. Lingering froth from the Al-Aqsa babysitting....and you know how long the pants wetters hold a grudge.....they are still pissed about cartoons.
6. Miscellaneous - Israeli/Palestinian peace efforts falter, Hamas/Fatah reconciliation falters, Goldstone report, Ex-Egyptian Chief of Staff saying more Israeli-Arab wars are definite, etc....

Iran needs to cause a "look at the shiny thing" moment near the the new year and Hezbollah and Hamas are now armed to the teeth and ready to comply with their master's orders. Plus, Hamas would like nothing more that to get a chance to take a whack at Israel for Cast Lead and disrupt the scheduled Palestinian elections. All this adds up to a significant incident in the early part of January that engulfs the region in a sh!t storm, IMO. This includes minimally two fronts and possibly a third minor front out of the West Bank. Or maybe I'm wrong, I hope I am...we'll see in about 2 months.

If it goes down, anybody want to take a guess at Ofumble's reaction? I'm guessing something similar to a deer in the headlights, at best, provide aid to Syria, at worst.

By Ronin at 04:00 PM | Comments |

Followup: Any One Know Who Khadeeja Nuur Is?

This is Khadeeja Nuur (alt: Khadjia Noor?). She started the Facebook group in praise of the Fort Hood terrorist Nidal Hassan.

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A few days ago I asked any one for information about her. I haven't heard anything substantial, but if you have any idea who she is let me know. All we know about her is that she is a fan of Islamist terror, she claims to work as a lobbyist in the DC area, and she hates the J-O-O-S.

Let me repeat: terror supporter who also claims to be a lobbyist.

Call me a paranoid right-wing fanatic, but I'm a bit uncomfortable with that.

PS-Oh, her Facebook page disappeared.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:33 PM | Comments |

Hasan Charged With 13 Premeditated Murder Counts

With an emphasis on premeditated. Do they still have the firing squad?

Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan will be charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder in last week's Fort Hood mass shootings, a military source told Fox News Thursday.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:17 PM | Comments |

Video: Modern Warfare 3 (Beta) Most Realistic Military Experience Every Created

Ah, the existential question of modern warfare first -- asked first by Von Clausewitz : Would you rather do Jessica Biel or Shakira?


Hat tip: Shachtman

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:54 PM | Comments |

Jayson Blair Invited to Give Keynote Address on JOURNALISTIC ETHICS at College

And modern media mavens and bobbleheads wonder, "what is happening to our industry?"

This. This is what's wrong with your industry, and your souls:

Disgraced New York Times reporter Jayson Blair emerged from media exile here last Friday courtesy of Washington and Lee University. The college that boasts it is "the birthplace of journalism education in the United States" paid arguably the most infamous journalist of the 21st century $3,000 to deliver the keynote address at a journalism ethics seminar.
Hint: Jayson Blair is just a symptom of your industry's illness, and is not the underlying disease.

On a related note, guest lectures on ethics in Harvard University are now being given by...Eliot "Client #9" Spitzer (D).

Because if anyone should be lecturing others on ethics and standards, it's Eliot "I Keep My Socks On" Spitzer (D). And shame on Harvard University - allegedly the world's finest educational institution - for enabling this. For. Shame.

Welcome to Obamanation - up is down, black is white, 10.2% unemployment is "recovery" and unethical and illegal behavior is rewarded at the expense of the ethical.

Nice knowing you, America.

By Good Lt. at 12:10 PM | Comments |

Predictable: Hasan Chatting it Up With American Jihadis

So, who will we find out Hasan has been hanging out with online?

Behind door number one we have the friends of North Carolina's favorite son Samir Khan, over at his personal website or the Ansar al-Jihad forum. Samir's being the most popular domestic terror support blog and his forum the most active for jihadi fifth columnists in the US.

Behind door number two we have Joseph "Youssef al-Khattab" Cohen and his buddies at the Islamic Thinkers Society of New York. Khattab being quite the social networker who recently admitted to being online friends with several indicted and convicted jihadis.

Behind door number three we have all my old buddies who were so displeased with the way I ran things once upon a time that they started their own "Anti-Imperialist Forum". That kind of pan-Muslim-nationalism-as-jihadism seems plausible as a place for Hasan to hang out in cyber space.

And behind door number four we have Anwar al-Awlaki's site (soon back online!), which isn't a "forum" per se, but did have an active commenting section filled with self-identified Americans.

The caveat here, of course, is that all four of these websites are interconnected and there is a revolving door of membership between them.

WaTimes:

Maj. Hasan made some of the contacts while visiting known jihadist chat rooms on the Internet, according to one of The Times' sources, a senior FBI official. He said that several people with whom Maj. Hasan was in contact had been the focus of investigations by the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force.

The other source, a military intelligence official, said those in contact with Maj. Hasan are located both in the U.S. and overseas. The official said they are "broadly known and characterized as Islamic extremists if not necessarily al Qaeda." ...

These ties are in addition to Maj. Hasan's already-reported links to radical Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, who called Maj. Hasan a "hero" on a blog post about last week's Fort Hood shooting, which left 13 dead and 29 wounded.

Very very interesting. Any one have a guess as to Hasan's chat room handle?

Thanks to Hot Air's headline thingy.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:01 PM | Comments |

Until Military Treats Political Islam Like it Does Neo-Nazism, then Another Fort Hood Virtually Gauranteed

Right. On. The. Money:

Patrick Poole, a counterterrorism consultant to law enforcement agencies and the military, said he expects more attacks like the one that occurred at Fort Hood because the Pentagon so far is unable to produce a "threat model" that correctly identifies the threat posed by both internal and external jihadism....

Among the other incidents of Muslim extremism in the military, Mr. Poole noted the case of Ali Mohamed, an al Qaeda military chief who was an Army sergeant at the Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., during the late 1980s. There he gathered intelligence before defecting to help al Qaeda with its war-fighting skills. Mohamed was allowed to continue working at Fort Bragg despite warnings from both the Army and Egypt's military that he held jihadist beliefs, Mr. Poole said.

Mr. Poole said the military has policies designed to ferret out neo-Nazis, gang members and those with psychological problems from the ranks but is unwilling to do the same with radical Muslims. "Why these existing rules could not be applied to jihadism can only be explained by the delusion that there is no problem to solve," he said.

"If jihadist ideology is so isolated from institutional Islam as Islamic groups claim, they should have no real fear of trying to weed out the jihadists in the military, because it has nothing to do with the thousands of Muslims who are serving honorably and courageously," he said.

Read the rest.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:26 AM | Comments |

Fort Hood Soldier Wounded Speaks Out.

Army Spc. Logan Burnette speaking to all media outlets vid here.

"Out of nowhere a man stood up in uniform, screamed 'Allah Akbar'.....

"We heard the shooter continue to move to the opposite side of the building as he continued to fire. Very, very quick reload on that weapon, very swift and very tactical in what he was doing."

Be sure to follow News8Austin link above to get the full account of what happened.
My thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery for all involved in this attack.

By Stable Hand at 09:42 AM | Comments |

American Muslim: "Yes, Hasan Was Motivated by His Religion"

NPR's Morning Edition was in full defensive mode this morning with at least three separate segments devoted to the Fort Hood massacre. One segment, though, was surprising. An interview with an American Muslim who says that, yes, religion was a motivating factor for Nidal Hasan:

"To say it has nothing to do with the faith of that individual would be dishonest," [Irfan] Nourredine said. "It may not represent the faith of Muslims around the world or American Muslims, but it does represent his faith and probably people of like mind — the fringe of the community, people who are on the outskirts, who we may not pay as much attention as we need to."

There are extremist Islamist elements in America, he says. And he wishes Muslims would accept that and begin dealing with it. For too long, some Muslims have stayed silent about radical beliefs they may not endorse because they don't want to appear un-Islamic, he says. For some Muslims in the government or in the military, that's a battle that can't be won.

"You're looked at as a suspect in your own society," he said. "Then you're looked at as a hypocrite in your community."

Now, why do I expect that the person conducting the interview was shocked at the honesty?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:40 AM | Comments |

Nidal Malik Hasan in Communication, Sending Money To Pakistan?

Via Dallas Morning News:

WASHINGTON – Authorities have been examining whether Fort Hood massacre suspect Nidal Malik Hasan wired money to Pakistan in recent months, an action that one senior lawmaker said would raise serious questions about Hasan's possible connections to militant Islamic groups.

Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, would not identify the sources. But he said "they are trying to follow up on it because they recognize that if there are communications – phone or money transfers with somebody in Pakistan – it just raises a whole other level of questions."

Hat Tip: Yid with Lid.

By Howie at 08:36 AM | Comments |

Siraj Wahhaj Meets With Mayor Bloomberg

Via Ace O Spades HQ:

Siraj Wahhaj has defended the convicted WTC bomb plotters, called the FBI and CIA the "real terrorists," and said he hopes all Americans eventually become Muslim.

He was among religious and civic leaders who met with (Mayor Mike) Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to discuss the deadly Fort Hood shooting spree.

... As he was leaving, a Channel 2 reporter asked the mayor if he was uncomfortable about Wahhaj's presence.

"I don't know. He's not here," the mayor responded. When told that Wahhaj was in fact in the meeting, Bloomberg reversed course.

"That one. Yes. We have to talk to everybody," he said.

Drew at Ace's: It's hard enough to get people to stand up and disavow these clerics but there's zero incentive for average Muslims to do so when these same "leaders" are invited to mayoral sit downs and feted as if they are the keys to keeping the city safe.
Well put sir.

By Howie at 08:26 AM | Comments |

Light Hearted Story Of The Day

How about a collective aaaahhhhh?

An Australian Special Forces explosives detection dog has been found alive and well almost 14 months after going missing in action (MIA) in Afghanistan.

Sabi spent more than a year in the desolate south of Afghanistan and repeated attempts were made by the Special Operations Task Group to find her.

The US soldier who found her, and who can only be identified by his first name John, was aware Australian Special Forces soldiers were missing one of their explosive detection dogs.

Story here at ABC AU:

By Ronin at 08:23 AM | Comments |

Something For The Liberals Choke Down

I wasn't sure I was going to post this because of my general bad taste of Bush's last couple years in office, but as I reflect on the acid mouth wash that is dissolving my face that is the current administration, I find this article carried at Israel Matzav and written by Caroline Glick very fitting.

And, for my personal enjoyment, Scottie and his fellow Kool-aid engorged pod of blowholes can chew on the fact that a hefty chunk of the population are now looking back in comparison to Bush and calling it the glory days. Pretty sad, uh? Your guy sucks!!!eleventy!!

By Ronin at 08:12 AM | Comments |

Backlash: Christian Gives Life to Save Muslim Girls

christianhero.JPGQuite the bittersweet story today on CNN:

Afsheen Zafar, 20, is in mourning. Three of her classmates, girls she describes as "shining stars," were killed on that terrible day.

Still, she says the carnage could have been much worse if not for the actions of a lowly janitor, who was also killed.

"If he didn't stop the suicide attacker, there could have been great, great destruction," Zafar says.

"He's now a legend to us," says another 20-year-old student named Sumaya Ahsan. "Because he saved our lives, our friends' lives."

Great Job Pervaiz Masih.

By Howie at 07:57 AM | Comments |

Sigh, Obama Rejects All Afghan Recommendations

Via MSNBC:

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama does not plan to accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, pushing instead for revisions to clarify how and when U.S. troops would turn over responsibility to the Afghan government, a senior administration official said Wednesday.
Bummer. I hope you have some damn good ideas of your own Mr. President.

Please consider that not only is the US perceived as an "invader" at times. There's another side to that coin. There are many who want freedom, who would love it. But they fear, with pretty good reason, that the US is not good for its word and will leave their ass hanging in the wind. So therefore they play the fence.

If we abandon the people of Afghanistan to the Taliban it will destroy our credibility for years to come.

Its time the US says what it means and does what it has said it will do.


By Howie at 07:51 AM | Comments |

Yemen's President Gets Recruits from Al Qaeda, US Non-Committal on New Military Aid

A few days ago a leading Saudi member of Yemen's Al Qaeda called for Sunni men to join with Yemeni President Saleh's forces in battling the Shiite Houthi rebels.

It would be a bit sticky (or is it just me) if the US was to arm and train them.

The Yemeni government is insisting it inked a new military deal with the US yesterday. The US however declined to comment, AFP noted.

Update: To clarify, its quite possible the Yemeni government is lying; they do it all the time. Every visit by any US official, according to reports from SABA news agency over the last five years, is for the express purpose of praising Yemen's democracy and counter-terror cooperation. But in this case, the Obama administration has already raised the subject of doubling military aid.

By Jane at 07:29 AM | Comments |

Ft Hood killer's superiors questioned behavior; no record of harrassment claims or formal attempts to be released from service; no records of enlisted service

From the AP:

A group of doctors overseeing Nidal Malik Hasan's medical training discussed concerns about his overly zealous religious views and strange behavior months before the Army major was accused of a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 dead and 29 wounded.

Doctors and staff overseeing Hasan's training viewed him at times as belligerent, defensive and argumentative in his frequent discussions of his Muslim faith, a military official familiar with several group discussions about Hasan said. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the meetings and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Hasan was characterized in meetings as a mediocre student and lazy worker, a matter of concern among the doctors and staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a military medical school in Bethesda, Md., the official said.

The concerns about Hasan's performance and religious views were shared with other military officials considering his assignment after he finished his medical training, and the consensus was to send the 39-year-old psychiatrist to Fort Hood, the official said.

Fort Hood, one of the country's largest military installations, was considered the best assignment for Hasan because other doctors could handle the workload if he continued to perform poorly and his superiors could document any continued behavior problems, the official said.

That worked out well, eh? But there's more:

Meanwhile, the Pentagon has found no evidence that Hasan formally sought release from the Army as a conscientious objector or for any other reason, two senior military officials told The Associated Press. Family members have said he wanted to get out of the Army and had sought legal advice, suggesting that Hasan's anxiety as a Muslim over his pending deployment overseas might have been a factor in the deadly rampage.

Hasan had complained privately to colleagues that he was harassed for his religion and that he wanted to get out of the Army. But there is no record of Hasan filing a complaint with his chain of command regarding any harassment he may have suffered for being Muslim or any record of him formally seeking release from the military, the officials told the AP.

And now for the big question mark:

The Army has said it has no record of enlisted service for Hasan, instead noting that his military service began when he started the medical school program in 1997.

As the late 20th Century social philosophers C+C Music Factory once opined, "things that make you go hmmm..."

By Barbarossa at 12:58 AM | Comments |

November 11, 2009

It's Veteran's Day, 2009

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Veterans Day 2009 Pictures, Images and Photos

To my fellow veterans, thank you for having my back, and I am simply glad that for a short while, I had yours too.

By Vinnie at 11:59 PM | Comments |

Some Cheesecake for your Veterans Day: Pin-Ups for Vets

I can't let Veterans Day pass without a shout-out to Gina Elise and her Pin-Ups for Vets project.

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Her project publishes pin-up calendars for three purposes:

1. The calendars would be sold to raise funds for our hospitalized Veterans.

2. The calendars would be delivered as gifts to our ill and injured Veterans with messages of appreciation from the donors.

3. The calendars would be sent to our deployed troops to help boost morale and to let them know that Americans back home are thinking of them.

I understand her 2010 calendar is now available. Consider giving Pin-Ups for Vets your support.

By Barbarossa at 10:04 PM | Comments |

Taxpayer-funded Somali youth center in Sweden used to recruit for terror

From Rahm at Terror Free Somalia:

A former taxpayer-funded youth recreation center in Stockholm served as a recruiting center for a group of Muslim extremists, Swedish authorities allege.The Kreativitetshuset center, started by a mosque, received $70,400 in funding from the city during four years before closing in 2008, The Local reported Wednesday.

An official at the center allegedly encouraged local youth to join the Somalia-based Islamist group al-Shabaab by glorifying war and showing them videos of war victims and decapitated heads, Per Johansson, head of the city's department for clubs and associations, told Sveriges Radio in a story published Wednesday."It had a big impact on those who weren't strong enough to stand up to it," one unidentified youth told Sveriges Radio.

Al-Shabaab recruited an estimated 20 youths from Sweden in recent years, some of whom were killed in battle in foreign countries, the Swedish security service Sapo said.No information was available on whether any of those recruits attended the Kreativitetshuset center.

How many of these do you think we have in the US?

By Barbarossa at 09:15 PM | Comments |

Ofumble Stimulus Goes From Paltry To Irrelevant Using......

.....wait for it......here it comes.....don't close your eyes...

Facts, research, and documentation instead of the normal Ofumble accounting practices of lies and distortion.

Am I jumping the gun or can I go ahead and call it.....Presidency FAIL.

By Ronin at 03:56 PM | Comments |

Cigar Afficianado Bill Refers to Opponents Using Vulgar Sexual Innuendo

Taking some time out from skirt-chasing (and hosing), disgraced former President Bill Clinton offered this revolting comment about the health care debate:

Whitehouse quoted Clinton arguing: "The reason the tea-baggers are so inflamed is because we are winning."
"Teabagging" refers to the act of squatting over a person's mouth and dipping the male genitalia into it repeatedly.

But, why is Slick Willie, who normally follows the polls like a dog sniffing buttholes suddenly so hot for health care? All the better to send Barry down in flames in 2012, clearing the way for Hillary.

By Bluto03:32 PM | Comments |

Terroristic Threats Just Big Cultural Misunderstanding

Apparantly, in his country, grabbing someone's crucifix while wildly yelling is considered normal. Which, unfortunately, might actually be true, making the excuses given for Hamid by his family all the more plausible (if not irrelevant):

Abdul Walid Hamid of Hayward appeared before Judge Christine Moruza yesterday for an arraignment on charges of battery, grand theft, terrorist threats and exhibition of a deadly weapon....

Hamid, 22, who works at a kiosk in the mall, was arrested by Pleasanton police Nov. 4 after he reportedly yelled "Allah is power" and "Islam is great," while holding a pen in a fist over his head and then allegedly grabbing and breaking a crucifix off a man's neck. Witnesses also said he had been shouting anti-Christian comments, according to police....

Hamid's family members, who declined to give their names, say it was all a misunderstanding....

His family also said that he's only been in the country a few months and is still learning the language and the laws.

Another question here is just what country Hamid came from? I mean, if this guy is here only recently do we really want him here? In my mind, no.

I'm reminded of half a line from the movie Office Space, "This isn't Riyadh." Indeed.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:23 PM | Comments |

Taliban: Fort Hood Killer a "Hero", Warn of Further Attacks

What, you thought the Taliban would condemn the attack? Note, also, that the Taliban dismiss the notion that Hasan was motivated by a psychological breakdown:

the hero of the attack is the Muslim psychiatrist in the rank of Major in the American Army, from Palestinian origin...

before the attack, he was sitting behind a table [or desk], and then he flounced and loudly shouted ‘Allahu Akbar,’ [Allah is the greatest] then he opened heavy fire towards the soldiers and the surrounding people...

Some of the Western organizations and media sources say—regarding the factors that made the American soldier Nidal Hasan carry this attack—it might be caused by psychological illness and stress, which spread amongst the soldiers in the battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq...

other specialists, next to these factors, diagnosed another special factor; that the oppression and the monstrosity and prisoner torture and air raids and general killing, carried out by the American army in Iraq and Afghanistan, have led to a situation of widespread dissonance and exhaustion between the American soldiers, and the American military bases. Maybe this incident was a reaction to these injustices, and disowning them...

In the end we say: the most recent attack in the [Fort Hood] Texas military base warns that if the American leaders’ occupation policy remains on this routine, and they do not fold the rugs of occupation and invasion off of the stages in Afghanistan and Iraq, it will become normal for incidents and attacks similar to Texas’ to expand to the Pentagon and the rest of the American military bases, and it is inevitable that those with a spark of self-awareness to react with fundamentalist rebellion.

Full Report Here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:53 AM | Comments |

Teh Awesomely Kool

Wired by way of Ace:

So it is an extremely big deal that NATO and Afghan troops announced today that they found 500,000 pounds of the stuff — along with 5,000 improvised bomb components — in a Kandahar compound.

The fertilizer, ammonium nitrate, is illegal in Afghanistan. “This find will undoubtedly save many lives,” NATO spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Vician said in a statement.

He’s right; more than 70 percent of coalition casualties are now caused by improvised bombs.

Sweet haul.

By Ronin at 11:27 AM | Comments |

DEBKA: NATO "Ally" Now Helping Iran

Caveat? It's DEBKA. Problem? Sometimes DEBKA gets it right:

Turkish prime minister Tayyep Recep Erdogan and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck military cooperation deals which promised Iran Turkish military intelligence and air force assistance against a possible Israeli attack on its nuclear sites....

According to Western intelligence sources in Ankara, heads of the Turkish army objected to their government's strategic turn to Iran and the cutoff of its ties with Israel. However its pro-Islamic leaders, which have gradually eased the army out of policymaking, have forced them to accept operational ties with the military of an anti-Western Middle Eastern nation as being in the nation's best interests.

If true, then the question of weather or not Turkey should be allowed into the EU becomes moot.

The real question is whether or not Turkey should be kicked out of NATO?

Thanks to Ben.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:08 AM | Comments |

Out: Garden Gnome
In: Garden Jawa

Far less likely to steal your shoes or garden rake, but make sure to inventory your droids on a daily basis.

Thanks to Brad.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:57 AM | Comments |

Headline Competition

I'll start.

Three go down after Nutt sack.

By Ronin at 10:40 AM | Comments |

Naval Academy Color Guard members pulled from World Series for being too white and male

As we celebrate Veterans Day today, and in light of the memorial service yesterday for the victims of the Ft Hood Massacre, I would like to note the emerging story about how two members of the Naval Academy's Color Guard at the World Series were pulled because they were both white and male. Scott at Powerline has more:

It appears that Naval Academy senior commanders decided during the World Series to remove two midshipmen from the color guard that appeared. What was their offense? The color guard was deemed too white and too male. There was accordingly a push to make the color guard more "diverse."

Two members of the color guard were removed and replaced by a Pakistani and a woman to achieve the requisite "diversity." The Pakistani unfortunately forgot his cap and shoes. He himself had to be replaced at the last minute by one of the two middies removed earlier. The midshipmen have reportedly been ordered not to speak of these events (i.e., punishment will be dispensed for violating a direct order) In any event, the middies aren't talking.

He directs readers to an article by Diana West and coverage by the Navy Times. The story seems to have been first reported at the CDR Salamander blog. Powerline has more links.

By Barbarossa at 09:39 AM | Comments |

Communism Failing Miserably in Venezuela

Er uh, blackouts in Venezuela, really no kidding?

Via New York Times: CARACAS, Venezuela — This country may be an energy colossus, with the largest conventional oil reserves outside the Middle East and one of the world’s mightiest hydroelectric systems, but that has not prevented it from enduring serious electricity and water shortages that seem only to be getting worse.
You'd think that would be like predictable given the past performance of heavily communist policies in the past?

So look kids, this is the ordinary result of communism. I know a lot of the youngsters don't remember the actual result of severely restrictive communist economic policy. So yes I'm sure it seems so glamorous in class, but this is the hard real world reality of it. Sorry to bust your little neo-commie bubbles.

By Howie at 09:18 AM | Comments |

Lies, Damned Lies and California Attorney General Investigations

Via Big Government.com

On October 15th, local ACORN spokesman David Lagstein was the special guest of the East County Democrat Club in El Cajon, CA. Lagstein is ACORN’s chief organizer in the San Diego area. The meeting was held at Coco’s Restaurant, a very public venue. Because of ACORN’s close ties to the Democrat party, Mr. Lagstein clearly felt he was among friends. These two clips suggest the investigation of ACORN announced by California Attorney General Jerry Brown already has a pre-determined outcome.

By Howie at 09:11 AM | Comments |

Good News: Somali-American Jihadi Recruiting Terrorists in Netherlands

The Netherlands, you know the country where is totally impossible to remove terrorist websites. And yes I have a list.

Via Jihad Watch: A 43-year-old Somali man from Minneapolis was arrested this week in the Netherlands for allegedly financing the recruitment of up to 20 young Somali men from Minnesota to train and fight with terrorists in their homeland....

...Dutch prosecutors said in a statement that the man lived in Minneapolis before leaving the United States in November 2008 and arrived in the Netherlands about one month later.

The statement said American authorities asked for the man's arrest and are seeking to have him extradited. Wilson said he could not confirm or deny that.

By Howie at 08:46 AM | Comments |

Well At Least he Was Honest About Wanting To Murder His Daughter

Via Ottowa Sun:

The city’s taxi union boss was handed a year in jail Tuesday for what a judge deemed an “honour crime.”

Yusef Salam Al Mezel, 44, had pleaded guilty to criminally harassing his 23-year-old daughter, Eman, over three weeks in July 2007.

“Mr. Al Mezel has threatened his daughter with serious violence and has caused her to fear for her safety in the name of honour,” Judge Lynn Ratushny wrote. “He has committed the crime of harassment against her in the name of honour.”

Al Mezel admitted to pushing his daughter, threatening to break her legs and kill her and smashing her computer. When she fled marriage to a Syrian man for a $9,000 dowry, he stalked her to a shelter and a friend’s home.

He sent her e-mails threatening her uncles and cousins would go “crazy” over the family’s honour and to come home before someone got hurt.

Police spirited the young woman — and the family sheltering her — out of Ottawa.

There’s no evidence Al Mezel would have killed her but his threats “invoke a seriously dangerous belief system that can and has led to violence against women,” Ratushny wrote.

"seriously dangerous belief system"? Does anyone else here see that elephant in the room?

Hat Tip: Robert.

By Howie at 08:42 AM | Comments |

Please Help MSM Help Fort Hood Shooter

Heh, pretty good.

News fairly unbalanced. We report. You decipher.

Journalists across the nation, moved by the plight of a troubled Muslim psychiatrist whose "understandable emotional turmoil" broke out in gunfire last week at Fort Hood, Texas, will hold a major fundraising event in the coming weeks in honor of the accused shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.

News coverage of the tragedy sparked reporters and anchors in the mainstream media to "reach out to Hasan in love and brotherhood because his righteous indignation at the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan led him to express his outrage in the only avenue open to a non-journalist," according to an unnamed organizer of the upcoming charity event.

"We in the free press naturally see Hasan's actions as a First Amendment issue," the source said. "As a disadvantaged Muslim American, and captive of the U.S. military, Hasan's options for speaking truth to power were quite limited. He did what he could within his means, and now he's being punished for this expression of free speech."

Twoof to Power!!!!$$##@!!

Hat Tip: Michael.

By Howie at 08:33 AM | Comments |

Sandcrawler PSA: How To Say Muhammad Was a Pedophile in Italian

Today's Lesson.

Daniela Santanchè is the outspoken Italian political leader who was recently assaulted for protesting against the burka.

Hat Tip: Astuteblogger.

Fatwa?

By Howie at 08:24 AM | Comments |

Al Qaeda in Yemen Recruits Fighters for Government

Its really bizarre. They are all so cozy.

Xinhuanet: In an audio recording posted on an Islamist website, Mohamed bin Abdul Rahman al-Rashid, one of the Saudi most wanted suspected terrorist, said "Shiite Iran poses an extreme danger to Sunnis of Yemen and Saudi Arabia than Jews or Christians." (And incited) the Saudi-Yemeni Sunni Muslims to "fight Iran-backed Shiite rebels."

The Yemeni government has been fighting the Houthi rebels since 2004, but now they are allowing Saudi Arabia to bomb in Yemen and blockade the coast. Al Qaeda is also backing the Yemeni government in the war, one reason why Yemen's level of counter-terror cooperation is so very poor.

By Jane at 12:00 AM | Comments |

November 10, 2009

Yemen Decides to Search for Anwar Al Awlaki

Yemeni-American terror advocate and penpal to murderer Nidal Hasan, Anwar Awlaki was never charged with a crime in Yemen or the US. He had one of those "Saleh" deals - he promised to refrain from all violent activity within Yemen and they let him released him from jail. Its quite a common arrangement. But he stopped checking in nine months ago.

One person jailed with Awlaki, Nabil al Dahab, later showed up on Syrian television confessing to a Fatah al Islam suicide car bomb attack that killed 22 people in Damascus in September 2008. His brother in an 11/07 interview with Marib Press said al Dahab was arrested as a result of a personal dispute and later transfered into the PSO prison with al Alawki. This cell mate is another person associated with Anwar al Awlaki who committed a terrorist act besides 9/11 hihgjackers Ramzi Binalshibh, Nawaf al Hazmi and Hani Hanjour. Abdulmajid al-Zindani referenced in the AP article below is classified by the US Treasury and the UN's 1267 committee as a major terror financier.


AP -- A radical American imam who communicated with the Fort Hood shooting suspect and called him a hero was once arrested in Yemen on suspicion of giving religious approval to militants to conduct kidnappings. Yemeni authorities are now hunting for Anwar al-Awlaki to determine whether he has al-Qaida ties.

Al-Awlaki, who has used his personal Web site to encourage Muslims around the world to kill U.S. troops in Iraq, disappeared in Yemen eight months ago, according to his father (former Minister of Agriculture and previous head of Sana'a University). Yemeni security officials say they believe he is hiding in a region of the mountainous nation that has become a refuge for Islamic militants. ( In August Anwar excitedly blogged about a battle in Marib between Yemeni forces and al Qaeda.)

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Al-Awlaki was arrested in 2006 with a group of five Yemenis accused of kidnapping a Shiite teenager for ransom...The group also plotted to kidnap the U.S. military attache in Yemen and rented a villa near the attache's house using a fake ID, the officials said. There was no immediate confirmation of the plot from American officials.

But investigators could not find any evidence for al-Qaida ties. Tribal leaders - who hold enormous influence in Yemen, where the central government is weak -intervened and pushed for the group's release, the Interior Ministry official said. The group was freed in December 2007 after they signed documents promising to remain in Yemen and to avoid any contacts with militants.

But authorities' suspicions over al-Awlaki were raised again several months after his release because he stopped checking in regularly with security officials as required under his release agreement, the officials said. Also, months later, another member of the group arrested with al-Awlaki left Yemen and was arrested in Syria on terrorism charges.

By Jane at 10:54 PM | Comments |

John Allen Muhammad Is On The Highway To Hell

Fittingly, he hit the on ramp at 9:11 p.m. EST. Good for Virginia in noting the symbolism, if that's the case.

A prison spokesman says John Allen Muhammad died by injection at 9:11 p.m. Tuesday at Greensville Correctional Center.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Thanks to RB

By Vinnie at 08:47 PM | Comments |

Occidental Jihadist: Major Hasan not an extremist, but a good, literalist Muslim

Challenging thoughts from Dr. Timothy Furnish (aka the Occidental Jihadist) at History News Network:

While the mainstream media outlets continue their politically-correct embrace of one another, rallying around the propaganda point that Hasan’s killing of 13 soldiers and civilians at Ft. Hood had nothing to do with his Islamic beliefs, even the more gimlet-eyed feel compelled to use terms like “extremist” to describe Hasan’s worldview. For example, Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), in calling for possible Senate hearings into the murders, said he was doing so because “there had been strong warning signs that Hasan was an ‘Islamic extremist.’”

But was—is—he? The “Washington Post” today is reporting on the Power Point presentation Nidal gave to fellow doctors in 2007, entitled “The Koranic [sic] Worldview As It Relates to Muslims in the US Military.” The “Post” even has copies of the 50 slides he used for this lecture, a number of which detail the Qur’anic-prescribed afterlife rewards for “believers”—Muslims—and punishments for non-Muslims. The slides themselves simply provide the Qur’anic citations for these (and other) Islamic beliefs, and the “Post” story is ambiguous about whether Hasan was reporting dispassionately on these beliefs or advocating them. However, according to a story yesterday in the U.K. “Telegraph,” at that same talk Hasan “had told US military colleagues that infidels should have their throats cut,” as well as “be beheaded and have boiling oil poured down their throat.”

Are such beliefs “extremist” for a Muslim? Actually, no—at least not for a Sunni like Hasan...

Read the rest here. I would also like to belatedly point out Raymond Ibrahim's article from over the weekend, "Islamist Perfidy and Western Naivety: Which is More Lethal?". Both are worthy of your attention.

By Barbarossa at 06:47 PM | Comments |

Another Communist Flushed From Obama Administration

Good little leftist water-carriers that they are, the Washington Post manages to explain Anita Dunn's departure as Obama's communications director without once mentioning Chairman Mao.

This is about as close as the Posties come to conceding that controversy marked Dunn's tenure:

A source inside the White House, who was not authorized to speak about strategy meetings, said at the time that Dunn went out front against Fox first and foremost because it was her job, but also because it potentially gave the administration the opportunity to distance itself from the flap with the Roger Ailes-led news channel once she leaves the communications job.
No mention, of course, of this video:

By Bluto02:59 PM | Comments |

Code Pink Scum Psychologically Abuse Children On Halloween

Children from military families waiting to get into the White House Halloween party.

Benjamin, whose work prolonging the insurgency in Iraq with humanitarian aid and political support for the terrorists is believed by many military families to have led to the maiming and killing of thousands of American soldiers in Iraq, has now focused her energies on helping our terrorist enemies defeat America in Afghanistan by propagandizing against reinforcements for our troops.

Dressed in fatigues with a bloody bandage wrapped around her head, Benjamin loudly moaned as she emoted being a ‘zombie soldier’, while holding a black cut-out of a rifle and wearing a pink sign that read, “The White House is haunted by the ghosts of Bush’s war.”

What absolute scum these people are. These shining examples of upright excrement are so awful, even state run Reuters was appalled.

Thanks to Shark4.

By Vinnie at 02:36 PM | Comments |

Wow. Just Wow. What An Ass.

Guess who is now concerned with cost? Yup. Ofumble. Check at 4 minutes remaining...and that little nugget didn't make it into the writeup

You know, sending more troops to Afghanistan to help win, and hence, end the war so that we minimize the loss of life, and hence, the cost of the war....well it costs money. And we don't want to spend too much money *coughTARPGMHealthCareCapandTaxcough*.

Hed haz xploded.

By Ronin at 01:41 PM | Comments |

Maj. Nidal M. Hasan's Presentation

You know the one where we infidels all need hot oil poured down our throat and our heads chopped off.

Is here.

Hat Tip: Malkin:

By Howie at 01:40 PM | Comments |

Buh Bye John Allen Muhammad

The DC sniper will be executed tonight.

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has cleared the way for the execution of sniper John Allen Muhammad.

Kaine denied Muhammad's clemency request Tuesday. Muhammad is scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday night at a Virginia prison for killing Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station during a three-week spree that left 10 people dead in 2002 across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, were also suspected of fatal shootings in other states including Louisiana, Alabama and Arizona. Malvo is serving a life sentence.

Muhammad's attorney, Jonathan Sheldon, says Virginia will be executing a severely mentally ill man.

And my friends, shouting Alluha Ackbar before you pull the trigger is now all the sudden a mental illness.

And I kind of agree Fundamental Islam of the nature followed by terrorists is a mental illness of sorts.

But its not "crazy" crazy. Its just a natural progression of the ideology these folks are following.

I've followed the online side of this for many years, I'm just sad that it took the events of last week at Fort Hood to point out the danger we've talked about at Jawa Report till we are blue in the face.

By Howie at 11:11 AM | Comments |

Anwar Awlaki's Blog Down

Well here's some kind of good news anyway. Yemeni-American jihad proponent and associate of Nidal Hasan, Anwar Awlaki's website is down. It was hosted in the US.

Hasan was in contact with several known al Qaeda figures. More on the Hasan/Awalki nexus here and at USA Today:

Despite the contact between the two men, the FBI did not investigate Hasan further in the Awlaki case because "the content of those communications was consistent with research being conducted by Maj. Hasan in his position as a psychiatrist at the Walter Reed Medical Center," in Washington, D.C., where he counseled soldiers returning home from combat or heading overseas, the FBI website said.
Exchanging emails with an al Qaeda sympathizer doesn't automatically make you a terrorist yourself, and its unclear if the concerns and reports received by the military were forwarded to the FBI. The FBI's press release is here : "The investigation to date has not identified a motive..."

By Jane at 08:50 AM | Comments |

Happy Birthday Marines!!!

Today is the 234th anniversary of the founding of our US Marine Corps.

Thanks to each and every one who served and prayers for those currently deployed.

By Jane at 08:27 AM | Comments |

South Korea Fires on North Korean Warship Near Border

Gird those loins...

Bloomberg

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- South and North Korean warships exchanged fire off their western coast after the North’s vessel crossed a disputed sea border and ignored several warning shots, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Seoul.

The North Korean vessel ventured 1.3 kilometers (0.8 miles) into waters claimed by South Korea at about 10:33 a.m. local time today, triggering a two-minute exchange of fire that left 15 holes in the South Korean vessel, according to the military. The North’s ship returned across the border in flames after it was badly damaged in the exchange, Yonhap News reported, citing a government official in Seoul it didn’t identify.

If you are wondering why now...
The first clash in seven years comes a week before U.S. President Barack Obama is to visit South Korea as part of an Asian tour. The Obama administration plans to send special representative for North Korean policy Stephen Bosworth to Pyongyang in a bid to bring the regime back to disarmament talks, a White House official said yesterday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the decision hasn’t been announced.

International test underway...this could get very serious .....very fast.

By Matt Damon at 03:43 AM | Comments |

November 09, 2009

Milton Friedman on Health Care...in 1978

Prophecy? Or common sense and wisdom?

By Good Lt. at 09:53 PM | Comments |

WTF? Feds Dropped Inquiry Into Hasan's Contact With Jihadis Because He Didn't Seem Violent

Tell that to the families mourning their loss.

Via AllahP

Intelligence agencies intercepted communications last year and earlier this year between Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who is accused of shooting to death 13 people at Fort Hood, Tex., and a radical cleric in Yemen known for his incendiary anti-American teachings. But federal authorities dropped an inquiry into the matter after deciding the messages warranted no further action, government officials said on Monday.

Maj. Hasan’s exchanges with Anwar al-Awlaki, once a spiritual leader at a mosque in suburban Virginia where Maj. Hasan worshipped, indicate that the troubled military psychiatrist came to the attention of the authorities long before long before last Thursday’s shooting rampage at Fort Hood, but left him in his post. It is not clear what was said in the exchanges, believed to be e-mail messages, and whether they would have offered a hint at the major’s outspoken views or his declining emotional state…

But federal officials briefed on the case said their decision to break off the investigation was reasonable based on the information about Maj. Hasan that was compiled at the time, which they said gave no indication he was likely to engage in violence.

As I said, tell that to the families who are mourning their loss of loved ones and to those who were wounded.

By Stable Hand at 09:26 PM | Comments |

Anti-Muslim backlash begins

Fresh satire from Sense of Events:

DES MOINES, IA--Upset by killings at Ft Hood, Texas, by a suspect believed to have been motivated by his Islamic faith, a Methodist minister pulled his car next to the car of a Muslim woman attempting to change a flat tire. The minister changed the tire while the Muslim woman made sure her first-grade Muslim child did not stray out into traffic.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, immediately demanded that the woman's husband beat her severely with a rod no thicker than his thumb for spending time in the company of a man to whom she was neither married nor related by blood. It is not known whether the husband has yet complied.

MONTGOMERY, ALA.--Southern Baptists of this deep South city, enraged that a Muslim had apparently shot more than three dozen people at Ft Hood, gathered boxes of Gideons New Testaments and walked through Muslin neighborhoods passing them out and inviting them to Christian worship come Sunday.

The imam of Montgomery's largest mosque has filed a complaint with state authorities demanding that the Baptist churches' tax-exempt status be revoked for engaging in political activities. "It is takfir for Muslims even to touch infidel books," he said, "so their gesture was extremely offensive to us. This incident just illustrates how hard Muslims have it in America."

HOPE, ARK.--After three known white supremacists were arrested while trying to set fire to the only mosque in the same town where Bill Clinton grew up, men of a local African Methodist Episcopal Church began patrolling the mosque's perimeter 24 hours per day.

The men are equipped with cell phones to call police and two-way radios to contact one another. AME Pastor Andrew Thomas said that no one would permit anything to happened to the mosque like happened to a few black churches in the 1950s.

"We don't know how long we'll walk these patrols," he said. "We have several men who served in the Army and Marines since Nine-Eleven who say that this is nothing compared to what they had to patrol in Iraq or Afghanistan."

Other local churches volunteered to bring hot food and drink to the AME men. "The Church of Christ has been very helpful," said Pastor Thomas.

"The only thing we have to be careful about is not to set foot on the mosque's actual campus," he continued. "The congregants here told us that would defile their mosque."

Will the madness ever stop??

By Barbarossa at 09:19 PM | Comments |

More Prayers Needed

Rusty has to take his wife back to the hospital. That's all we know.

By Vinnie at 05:27 PM | Comments |

al-Shabab Defection?

Interesting?

The commander, named Sheik Mohamed Sheik Abdullahi, better knows as Pakistan has defected from al Shabaab and joined to the government.

Better known as Pakistan? One word? Like Madonna or Bono? I am in full support of this new trend to differentiate, no...uniqueify, their identities. Taking on a symbol would be cool too. Maybe Joe Cohen could change his name to Asshat and his symbol could be a goat's brown-eye .

Oh, you want analysis? I have nothing, just sarcasm. In all honesty, we need more info before making an informed prediction. If it is true, there are some tactical benefits...names, movements, bases...but remember, the current "government" of Somalia are terrorists too. Just less terrorist than al-Shabab so that means they are better...at least that's what heard. Coughbullshitcough.

Update: More from Terror Free Somalia here.

By Ronin at 04:53 PM | Comments |

Muslim Separatist Insurgency

Really? Isn't that a little harsh? Maybe Abu Sayyaf should be referred to as something a little less sinister. I got it...Freedom of Religion Activists. I mean, all they did was lop off a dome 'cause the dude's family wouldn't hand over the restocking surcharge.

By Ronin at 01:42 PM | Comments |

Frank and Ready

(Boston, Massachusetts) In August 2007, James Ready of Ogunquit, Maine, was arrested for possession and cultivation of marijuana and use of drug paraphernalia. Mr. Ready is widely recognized as the same-sex partner of Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank who yesterday admitted he was present when Ready was arrested.

Frank said he was sitting on the porch when the police came but was unaware that his best-friend-forever had marijuana plants. Congressman Frank contends that he wouldn't recognize a marijuana plant because he's "not a great outdoorsman."

In addition, Rep. Frank said he didn't live with Mr. Ready and he only smoked cigars. Even so, it's not unreasonable to suggest that Rep. Frank's close physical and emotional proximity to Mr. Ready would have made it virtually impossible not to know of the cultivation and use of marijuana.

Furthermore, circumstances alone could lend justification to suspect that Rep. Frank might have occasionally been tempted to puff on a joint himself. Therefore, I suggest there's reason to be skeptical about Rep. Frank's professed complete lack of awareness.

By at 01:42 PM | Comments |

Tunisian Blogger Jailed for Libel

Fatma Riahi.jpg(Tunis, Tunisia) A 34-year-old college professor and blogger, Fatma Riahi, was investigated last week by Tunisian authorities for suspected criminal libel against President Zine el Abidine BEN ALI.

On Wednesday, she was arrested.

Riahi, known as "Arabicca" online, has been accused of being the person behind the blogger Blog de Z, a popular Tunisian cartoonist renowned for being critical of President Ben Ali. Blog de Z's cartoons portray Ben Ali as corrupt, surrounded by thugs and not in the least bit interested in the Tunisian people who are depicted as blind, useful idiots. (More ....)

If you look close, Blog de Z cartoon in extended entry is NSFW.

Blog de Z cartoon-2.jpg

By at 01:25 PM | Comments |

Good Week For Dead Taliban

This from Reuters:

A combined force of 700 Afghan troops and 50 NATO soldiers cleared villages of fighters, killing more than 130 insurgents including eight Taliban commanders during a five-day operation, NATO spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Todd Vician said.

Majority of the force was Afghan? Good to hear.

By Ronin at 09:52 AM | Comments |

Updated: Anwar Awlaqi in Contact with Hasan Prior to Attack, Today Calls Hassan "a Hero"

Yemeni-American jihad propagandist Anwar has been off line for a bit but manages to surface long enough to lavish praise on murderer Nidal Hasan. NEFA had the statement:

“Nidal opened fire on soldiers who were on their way to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done? In fact the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the US army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal.”

“The heroic act of brother Nidal also shows the dilemma of the Muslim American
community. Increasingly they are being cornered into taking stances that would either make them betray Islam or betray their nation. Many amongst them are choosing the former. The Muslim organizations in America came out in a pitiful chorus condemning Nidal’s operation.”

It was learned earlier today that Hassan communicated with Awlaki, according to US CT officials, who determined the messages didn't constitute a threat.

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. counterterrorism officials detected communications between a radical Muslim religious leader and Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the suspect in the Nov. 5 shootings at a Texas Army base that left 13 dead, a U.S. official said.

The official said Hasan’s communications were with Anwar al Awlaki, who news reports said was the imam at a Falls Church, Virginia, mosque when Hasan and his relatives worshipped there. U.S. authorities, who intercepted the communications before the attack at Fort Hood, determined the messages didn’t pose a threat, said the official, who requested anonymity.

In October, al Qaeda in Yemen issued an odd statement referencing Texas: “Many university teachers in western countries started contacting us and providing us with important information,” said the unidentified militant, adding “the families of killed American nationals also began contacting us,” and “if the entire population of Texas were to perish, we would not have done our duty to the Muslims. We will continue to fight the Americans and will never let them go,”

The Washington Post gave Awlaki an open forum in November 2001 to discuss the true meaning of Ramadan.

In August 2006, Awlaki was arrested in Yemen, leading to the arrests in October of eight Europeans on charges of smuggling weapons to al Qaeda in Somalia. All were later released.

Update by Barbarossa: Sorry to butt in here, Jane, but I think it is worth repeating what I noted just the other day that this is the same Anwar al-Awlaki praised by the New York Times just weeks after the 9/11 attacks as an American imam representing "a new generation of Muslim leader capable of merging East and West":

Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki, spiritual leader at the Dar al-Hijra mosque in Virginia, one of the nation's largest, which draws about 3,000 worshipers for communal prayers each Friday, said: ''In the past we were oblivious. We didn't really care much because we never expected things to happen. Now I think things are different. What we might have tolerated in the past, we won't tolerate any more.''

''There were some statements that were inflammatory, and were considered just talk, but now we realize that talk can be taken seriously and acted upon in a violent radical way,'' said Mr. Al-Awlaki, who at 30 is held up as a new generation of Muslim leader capable of merging East and West: born in New Mexico to parents from Yemen, who studied Islam in Yemen and civil engineering at Colorado State University.

As this quote from a former top homeland security official taken from this Telegraph article, shows, the Times crapped out on their bridge between East and West:

Charles Allen, a former under-secretary for intelligence at the Department of Homeland Security, has described al-Awlaki, who now lives in Yemen, as an "al-Qaeda supporter, and former spiritual leader to three of the September 11 hijackers... who targets US Muslims with radical online lectures encouraging terrorist attacks from his new home in Yemen".

Awlaki's name has come up recently in connection with the Toronto 18 terror case.

The obvious warning signs were not only ignored in Hasan's case, but Awlaki's also. The media was wrong then; why should we believe them now?

By Jane at 09:40 AM | Comments |

Iranian Spy Satellite

Back in February, Iran launch the cleverly named Hope spy satellite. That was subtle. Now, Iran is ready to launch the even more fittingly named Messenger or Ambassador. What is the message from the Ambassador, you ask? Fu(k off West!

And you will all be happy to hear that the new rocket design is much larger and can reach a shade farther than the other rockets in the toolbox. Israel? Yup. Europe? Yup. Seems they don't need Norf Koweas help anymore either. Awesome.

Read it here at DEBKA.

By Ronin at 08:05 AM | Comments |

November 08, 2009

Tea Party Protesters Attack, Hospitalize CA State Worker

Did I say tea party protesters?

Oops! I meant Obama's brownshirt SEIU union thugs stomping a state worker who threatened to expose the corruption of a local chapter.

A state worker is recovering after a bloody brawl at a union hall. He says members of the local SEIU 1000 beat him up and sent him to the hospital all because he wanted to expose allegedl corruption within the union.

Ken Hamidi is a state worker at the California Franchise Tax Board. Last night he walked into a union hall in Sacramento for an SEIU local 1000 meeting.

Barack Obama's peeps, these salt-of-the-Earth SEIU union thugs. "Hitting back twice as hard," and "getting in their faces," as it were.

Yeah. Those rightwingnuts sure are fomenting a lot of violence these days - but it seems instead to be the violent freakouts of their Obamacrat opponents. EVERYBODY KNOWS that no Obamacrat would ever lash out violently at a political opponent - real or perceived. Right? Except for that one time this summer Ken Gladney got stomped by SEIU thugs for standing on a sidewalk, or that other time when an Obamacrat bit the finger off a protester who in essence told said Obamacrat to keep the change.

So violent, those teabaggers. So brownshirt-like, aren't they?

By Good Lt. at 10:52 PM | Comments |

Obama Draws Criticism for Sitting Out Berlin Wall Anniversary

Boy President will sit out the anniversary of one of thegreatest milestones of the late 20th century.

Voting "Present" once again.

President Obama squeezed in a trip to Copenhagen last month to lobby, unsuccessfully, for Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. He plans to travel to Oslo next month to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, an award that even Obama has said he does not deserve. And this coming week, he sets out on a weeklong tour of Asia.

But the president does not plan to travel to Germany to attend the 20th anniversary celebration Monday of the fall of the Berlin Wall, drawing heated criticism from those who say he's ignoring a shining triumph of American-inspired democracy.

"A tragedy," is how former House Speaker Newt Gingrich described Obama's absence.

Some question whether the decision not to go was a nod to Russia, with which the Obama administration is trying to mend relations, or just another attempt to play down the perception of the United States as an exceptional superpower.

For its part, the administration is citing a scheduling conflict. The White House says the president simply does not have the time to go, with the trip to Asia starting Wednesday.


By Matt Damon at 04:05 PM | Comments |

Slain Fort Hood Victims

The slide show and complete background on those slain is here

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Grant Cahill (Ret.)(62), Cameron, Texas
Maj. Libardo Eduardo Caraveo (52), Woodbridge, Virginia
Army Staff Sgt. Justin DeCrow (32), Plymouth, Indiana
Capt. John Gaffaney (56), San Diego, California
Spc. Frederick Greene (29), Mountain City, Tennessee
Spc. Jason Dean Hunt (22), Tipton, Oklahoma
Sgt. Amy Krueger (29), Kiel, Wisconsin
Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka (19), West Jordan, Utah
Pfc. Michael Pearson (22), Bolingbrook, Illinois
Capt. Russell Seager (51), Racine, Wisconsin
Pvt. Francheska Velez (21), Chicago, Illinois
Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman (55), Havre De Grace, Maryland
Spc. Kham Xiong (23), St. Paul, Minnesota
RIP

By Stable Hand at 12:20 PM | Comments |

Sen Lieberman Announces Senate Investigation Into Fort Hood Shootings

Amen..

FOX The Independent Democrat, who chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said there were 'strong warning signs' that the alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was an 'Islamist extremist.'

Sen. Joe Lieberman announced Sunday that he intends to lead a congressional investigation into the mass shooting at Fort Hood, saying the attack could qualify as a "terrorist act" rooted in Islamic radicalism -- the worst since 9/11.

The Independent Democrat, who chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said there were "strong warning signs" that the alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was an "Islamist extremist."......

He had this to say about the shouting of "Allahu Akbar" by the killer Hasan:
Lieberman said bystanders' accounts of the attack raise "genuine concerns that this was a terrorist" act."
Unfortunately the good Senator will have a fight on his hands due to the PC of his colleagues.

By Stable Hand at 11:10 AM | Comments |

We have no way to know what his motives were...

This guy will be on the fast track to promotion at DHS.

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HT: Failblog

By Barbarossa at 08:53 AM | Comments |

Major Hasan: "Jihad means holy war"

Asra Nomani's article on the Ft Hood shooter has new information about Major Hasan's views derived from conversations he had with another member of the Muslim Community Center in Silver Springs, Golam Akhter (HT: HotAir). We reported on the Salafi extremism of this mosque back on Thursday.

Akter's final analysis? "He was a typical fundamentalist Muslim."

Not long ago, inside the quiet library of the Muslim Community Center here in Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., Golam Akhter, a local Bangladeshi-American civil engineer, 67, got into a fierce debate with a young Muslim doctor over how to interpret the concept of “jihad” within Islam. Akhter argued, “Jihad means an inner struggle, fighting against corruption and injustice.”

The young doctor responded. “That’s not a correct interpretation. Jihad means holy war. When your religion isn’t safe, you have to fight for it. If someone attacks you, you must fight them. That is jihad. You can kill someone who is harming you.”

The conversation would be just another theological debate, interesting but irrelevant, except that the doctor was Maj. Nidal Hasan, 39, the gunman in the tragic Fort Hood rampage. After being posted to Walter Reed Hospital as a psychiatrist, Hasan called the Muslim Community Center his local mosque.

And then there's this:

In the midst of the many conversations he had with Hasan, Akhter stood outside the Muslim Community Center, distributing photocopies of a Washington Post article about an Afghan mother who tried to stop her radicalized son from carrying out a suicide bombing; the bomb exploded in the family’s home, killing the mother, her son and her three other children. In a later email to mosque members, he urged them, “Let us wake up,” and take note of who are “potential terrorists, who are fanatics, who are fundamentalists” in the community.

No one in the mosque responded with concerns about Hasan’s extremist views. Rather, when he had distributed the newspaper article, Akther said, a member of the mosque yelled at him, charging him with causing “fitna” in the ummah.

Two years later, this past Friday after the Fort Hood massacre, TV crews and journalists thronged the yard of the mosque with questions about the religious identity of one man: Maj. Hasan.

Nomani's article is a must read.

By Barbarossa at 12:17 AM | Comments |

November 07, 2009

House Dems Declare War on American People, US Constitution

The House of Representatives just passed the Socialized Medicine bill, with 218 Dems and 1 Republican, Ahn "Joe" Cao of Louisiana, voting "aye."

Bill Owens, Dem elected to New York State's 23rd district, voted for the bill, despite campaign promises to the contrary. It will be interesting to see if Owens even bothers to run in the 23rd next year.

By Bluto10:35 PM | Comments |

Malik Hasan Tied to 9/11 Hijackers, Radical al Qaeda Preacher

Shocking headline? Well, it's true. As first reported at the Jawa, Hasan attended the radical Saudi funded mosque in Virginia who's now oft quoted and shocked-and-horrified imam is also a big supporter of the ISNA.

What we didn't know was that Hasan attended that mosque at the same time as two of the 9/11 hijackers -- Nawaf al-Hamzi and Hani Hanjour.

Did Nidal Hasan know them? Maybe, maybe not.

But the most disturbing part is that the imam of the mosque at the time was Anwar al-Awlaki (pictured right). Awlaki is an American who now lives in exile in Yemen where his website incites Muslims to jihad and who has nothing but praise for al Qaeda.

Awlaki is hands down the most cited English language preacher in the underworld of online jihad.

And what was Hasan's view of al-Awlaki?

Hasan's eyes "lit up" when he mentioned his deep respect for al-Awlaki's teachings, according to a fellow Muslim officer at the Fort Hood base in Texas, the scene of Thursday's horrific shooting spree.
Any one who knows anything about al-Awlaki knows he is as radical as they come.

A deeper terrorist plot? No indication of that. But those who continue to claim that the attack had nothing to do with a broader goal of jihad really have nothing left to stand on.

Again, let me remind the simple minded that like most human behavior murder is often motivated by many things. Sure, Hasan very well could have been distressed over an impending deployment and perhaps that deployment was a proximate cause. He may also have been bat shit crazy.

However it is also clear that he held the same world view as the vast majority of Islamist terrorists and that this was at least one of his motivations.

Thanks to Jeffrey Imm

UPDATE: Just checked AllahP who quotes a U.S. Intel official:

There is good reason to believe Anwar Aulaqi has been involved in very serious terrorist activities since leaving the United States, including plotting attacks against America and our allies.”
Seriously people, WTF was this guy doing getting promoted to Major this year?

And given that friends at Malik's mosque are calling him a "typical fundamentalist Muslim", perhaps Dar al-Hijrah is where we should be looking to find Khadeejah Nuur?

Update by Barbarossa: Yes, that would be the same Anwar al-Awlaki praised by the New York Times just weeks after the 9/11 attacks as "a new generation of Muslim leader capable of merging East and West":

Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki, spiritual leader at the Dar al-Hijra mosque in Virginia, one of the nation's largest, which draws about 3,000 worshipers for communal prayers each Friday, said: ''In the past we were oblivious. We didn't really care much because we never expected things to happen. Now I think things are different. What we might have tolerated in the past, we won't tolerate any more.''

''There were some statements that were inflammatory, and were considered just talk, but now we realize that talk can be taken seriously and acted upon in a violent radical way,'' said Mr. Al-Awlaki, who at 30 is held up as a new generation of Muslim leader capable of merging East and West: born in New Mexico to parents from Yemen, who studied Islam in Yemen and civil engineering at Colorado State University.

To show you how fu**ed up the judgment of the Times is on these matters, take a look at this quote from today's Telegraph article:

Charles Allen, a former under-secretary for intelligence at the Department of Homeland Security, has described al-Awlaki, who now lives in Yemen, as an "al-Qaeda supporter, and former spiritual leader to three of the September 11 hijackers... who targets US Muslims with radical online lectures encouraging terrorist attacks from his new home in Yemen".

What a great bridge between East and West, don't you think?

Awlaki's name has come up recently in connection with the Toronto 18 terror case.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:20 PM | Comments |

Facebook Jihad: Praising & Praying for Malik Hasan

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Thanks for Islam in Action for doing the major research on this, their post is worth the visit.

I see some of our friends have already seen these disgusting Facebook pages -- including Darth Odieus. The vast majority of comments on them are scathing rebukes.

Gloves are off people. These are some really sick bastards.

Major Nidal Malik Hasan - True American Hero!
Description: This group is dedicated to heroism of Brother Nidal Malik Hasan.
(see pic to right that they have up)
Admin: Ra'd Jundallah
Personal website: Islam in Russia and Abroad

Praying for the recovery of Dr. Nidal Malik Hasan
Description:Together we pray for the recovery of Dr. Nidal Malik Hasan, MD. May Allah see fit to return this loyal son of Islam back to perfect health. Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam.
Admin: Khadeeja Nuur (Washington, DC)

This is Khadeeja.

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She claims to work for an "Islamic-interest organization, lobbying on behalf of those we represent." She also claims to work in Washington, D.C.

Any one know this evil woman?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:03 PM | Comments |

Not-So-Sudden Jihad Syndrome at Fort Hood

My latest article for Pajamas Media explores the phenomenon of 'Sudden Jihad Syndrome' and why, in most cases, there is nothing "sudden" about followers of political Islam turning violent:

Shock” and “horror” are the words being used to describe the massacre at Fort Hood by Major Nidal Malik Hasan. But while the events were “horrible,” they should have come as a “shock” to no one — at least if by “shock” they mean “surprised that Hasan would turn so violent.”

Hasan was a devout Muslim who, prior to his transfer to the Texas base, attended a conservative mosque on a daily basis and was known by associates to occasionally rant about U.S. involvement in the War on Terror. Press accounts also claim that Hasan had at one time been the subject of an FBI investigation because of an internet posting bearing his name which justified suicide bombings.

No one should be shocked that Hasan would turn to murder and terror.

Read the rest.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:43 PM | Comments |

BBC: Ft Hood mosque member defends shootings: "they were troops who were going to Afghanistan and Iraq to kill Muslims. I honestly have no pity for them."

Thanks to DB in the comment section who directs us to this post, which features a BBC interview by Gavin Lee with a member of the Killeen, Texas mosque outside Ft Hood, the Islamic Community Center of Greater Killeen, where Malik Nidal Hasan was currently attending.

In the interview (the whole interview can be heard here), mosque member "Duane" not only refuses to condemn Hasan, but justifies their murder because "they were troops who were going to Afghanistan and Iraq to kill Muslims".

Here's the relevant portion of the interview:

Duane : I'm not going to condemn him for what he did. I don't know why he did it. I will not, absolutely not, condemn him for what he had done though. If he had done it for selfish reasons I still will not condemn him. He's my brother in the end. I will never condemn him.

Gavin Lee : There might be a lot of people shocked to hear you say that.

Duane: Well, that's the way it is. I don't speak for the community here but me personally I will not condemn him.

Gavin Lee : What are your thoughts towards those that were victims in this?

Duane : They were, in the end, they were troops who were going to Afghanistan and Iraq to kill Muslims. I honestly have no pity for them. It's just like the majority of the people that will hear this, after five or six minutes they'll be shocked, after that they'll forget about them and go on their day.

Over at Biased BBC they wonder whether this is the same Duane Reasoner quoted today by the New York Times:

Duane Reasoner Jr., an 18-year-old substitute teacher whose parents worked at Fort Hood, said Major Hassan was told he would be sent to Afghanistan on Nov. 28, and he did not like it.

“He said he should quit the Army,” Mr. Reasoner said. “In the Koran, you’re not supposed to have alliances with Jews or Christian or others, and if you are killed in the military fighting against Muslims, you will go to hell.”

Reasoner was also interviewed by Stars & Stripes:

Just last week, Hasan expressed views that Muslims shouldn't serve in the military and fight other Muslims, according to Duane Reasoner Jr., a recent Muslim convert who had been having dinner regularly with Hasan.

Hasan had taken 18-year-old Reasoner under his wing, mentoring him in his new faith. After evening prayers he would often buy a fish dinner for Reasoner and sometimes the iman at the Golden Corral, a chain buffet restaurant. Besides mentioning that he prayed for a wife, the conversation almost never strayed from religion, Reasoner said, describing Hasan as warm and caring.

Looks like Hasan has left some disciples to continue his work at Ft Hood.

By Barbarossa at 12:01 PM | Comments |

NY Post: Take a look at Ft Hood shooter's old mosque

Stephen Schwartz follows up on our post from Thursday about the extremist Salafi mosque in the DC area attended by Ft Hood shooter Malik Nidal Hasan, the Muslim Community Center in Silver Springs, in today's NY Post:

The Silver Spring clerics have issued formal statements condemning the carnage at Ft. Hood. But Imam Faizul Khan, long the main prayer leader at the mosque and a friend of Hasan, said he never believed Hasan capable of such an act.

Yet what docrines did Hasan absorb at the mosque? While he was a communicant, it hosted at least four talks by Enver Masud, the founder of The Wisdom Fund, the main Muslim "truther" group in America.

And Khan is a leading board member of the Islamic Society of North America -- the main Wahhabi-lobby group in the United States, established by Saudi Arabia to impose extremism on American Muslims. ISNA has a long and disgraceful record of promoting radical Islam.

There is much more.

By Barbarossa at 10:05 AM | Comments |

November 06, 2009

"Rifqa Bary...the Christian Bitch...Must Die"

Tom Trento of the Florida Security Council reports this evening on a death threat they received earlier this week against Rifqa Bary, the Ohio girl who converted from Islam to Christianity, and is the subject of ongoing legal wranglings over whether she will be returned to her family who have threatened her life over her conversion. A screenshot of the threat is posted on the council's website.

They have specific information where this threat originated, as Trento discusses in the video below. They also openly offer Ohio authorities all the information they have on the matter. It remains to be seen whether those authorities will take these threats seriously and investigate them, or whether they will continue to ignore these threats (they are hardly the first) in order to satiate the gods of political correctness and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

By Barbarossa at 09:02 PM | Comments |

Barry Rubin: America's the bad guy this I know, for my TV tells me so

More profundity from Barry Rubin:

My teenage daughter watches the “Bones” series and described the latest program to me. An American soldier who had served in Iraq is found dead in the United States. FBI agents discover he was in a battle where U.S. soldiers had stormed a house and one of his friends was killed by Iraqis posing as civilians before the Americans wiped them out.

Of course, you know what happens. The soldier killed in the house really died from friendly fire; the rest of the soldiers murdered all the Iraqis in cold blood and planted guns on them. She hasn’t seen the end yet but I can guess that one of the other murderous American soldiers who’d been there had also finished his enlistment, returned to America, and killed the second soldier to shut him up.

I feel sorry for American veterans, soldiers, and their families who must put up with anti-American slanders from rich American show business types who live in luxury, feel smug, and never do anything for their country but bash it. This is also the kind of thing that brings us to a world where Libya, Iran, and Sudan condemn Israel for alleged war crimes as part of the Western intelligentsia cheers.

Read it all, as they say.

By Barbarossa at 04:31 PM | Comments |

Hasan: "Muslim First, American Second" Claimed There was a "War Against Islam"**Updated** Where would he get that idea? CAIR!

Here's a great idea: let's give this guy a military commission and then promote him to Major!

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding 30 others at the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas, regularly described the war on terror as “a war against Islam,” according to a doctor who was in a graduate program with him.

“He was very vocal about the war, very upfront about being a Muslim first and an American second,” said Finnell, 41, a preventive medicine doctor in Los Angeles

Sounds like someone shares the world view of Osama bin Laden and hundreds of millions of other Muslims around the world who claim victim status to the global Zionist-Crusader plot against them.

Thanks to Robert Spencer.

Update by Barbarossa: A war on Islam? Where, oh, where might he have ever got that idea? Oh wait! That's right -- Parvez Ahmed, the Chairman of the Board for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR):

War on terror is war on Islam, says advocate By Nisa Islam Muhammad Staff Writer Updated May 28, 2008 - 11:30:00 AM

WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - The global war on terror has become a thinly veiled excuse to wage a global war on Islam with increased arrests of Muslims, calls for regime change in Muslim countries and racial profiling, according to a leader with a national Islamic organization.

“The tactic of terrorism—and yes it is a tactic, not an ideology—has been deployed by a multitude of groups of different religions, ethnicities and ideologies and yet the Islamic faith, unlike any other, is erroneously and incessantly associated with terrorism,” said Dr. Parvez Ahmed, a national board member of the Council on American Islamic Relations. “The association of a faith practiced by 1.2 billion people worldwide to terrorism creates the perception that the GWOT is a war against Islam.”

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:06 PM | Comments |

Another Mass Murder

This time in Orlando Florida.

At least two people were killed and five injured in a shooting at an office building in downtown Orlando, Fla., according to authorities.

...Police said they are going floor-by-floor looking for more victims, but wouldn't confirm whether the shooter was still at-large.

Update: The shooter has been identified.
Orlando police spokeswoman Barbara Jones identified the gunman as Jason Rodriguez, 40, and said he might be in a 2002 silver Nissan SUV with license plate D119UX. She said he used to work at the building but did not say where or when he left.
Update II: He's been caught.

By Howie at 12:45 PM | Comments |

More al-Shabaab Sickness

From the BBC:

Islamists in southern Somalia have stoned a man to death for adultery but spared his pregnant girlfriend until she gives birth.
An official from the al-Shabab group said the woman would be killed after she has had her baby.

Religion of peace let Mr Abdirahman scream and bleed from his head for 7 minutes until he finally died. Nice.

Update by Howie: What? al-Shabaab is going to violate Muhammad's message? According to Hadith - Al-Muwatta 41.5

Malik related to me from Yaqub ibn Zayd ibn Talha from his father Zayd ibn Talha that Abdullah ibn Abi Mulayka informed him that a woman came to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and informed him that she had committed adultery and was pregnant. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to her, "Go away until you give birth." When she had given birth, she came to him. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to her, "Go away until you have suckled and weaned the baby." When she had weaned the baby, she came to him. He said, "Go and entrust the baby to someone." She entrusted the baby to someone and then came to him. He gave the order and she was stoned.
So first the baby has to be weaned before you murder its mother.

Compare and Contrast.

By Ronin at 11:36 AM | Comments |

Hero

alg_kimberly_munley.jpgVia NY Daily News:

The hero cop who ended the bloody rampage at Fort Hood had been directing traffic moments before she confronted the gunman and pumped four bullets into him despite being shot herself.

Civilian police Sgt. Kimberly Munley and her partner responded within three minutes of reported gunfire Thursday afternoon, Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said Friday.

Munley, who had been trained in active-response tactics, rushed into the building and confronted the shooter as he was turning a corner, Cone said.

"It was an amazing and an aggressive performance by this police officer," Cone said.

Munley was only a few feet from crazed Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan when she opened fire.

Not much to say other than, that's one tough lady cop er uh heroine.

By Howie at 10:26 AM | Comments |

Police Raid Nidal Malik Hasan's Appartment

Via KDHnews:

Bell County SWAT teams barricaded and evacuated a downtown Killeen apartment complex where Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan lived before authorities say he killed 13 people and injured 30 more during a massacre at Fort Hood Thursday.

...In the morning, neighbors said Hasan handed Qurans and donated his furniture to anyone who would take it.

Neighbors described Hasan as a quiet man who began wearing "Arabic clothing" in recent weeks. Edward Windsor, a neighbor, never suspected Hasan was in the Army. Hasan's rank surprised Windsor who would never have imagined an officer with a rank of major would have lived in an apartment that rents for $350 and houses soldiers ranked as private first class.

Here is a youtube from a store he visited. The owner says it was Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.

So he'd been wearing the white clothing of a Shaheed (martyr) for several weeks. Giving away his furniture. I guess the question now, given the history that is becoming apparent, how was this allowed to happen?

NPR reported this AM that he had given a speech at an academic conference that disturbed those who heard it. Including another Muslim colleague. I'm on Morning Edition's site now trying to locate the quote.

Update: The story about his speech is here at around 3:48.

A couple of years ago he gave a Grand Rounds presentation.... ....instead of giving an academic paper he gave a lecture on the Koran.. ...it seemed to be his own beliefs... ...He talked about if you are a non-believer the Koran says you should have your head cut off...
Update: Glenn has the complete quote transcribed as well as some more thoughts here at Instapundit.
Kind of reminds me of that old Saturday Night Live skit on “The Shooting of Buckwheat.” You know: “What was he like?” “Nice guy, quiet, kept to himself.” “Are you surprised he shot Buckwheat?” “Oh, no — it’s all he ever talked about.”
Heh.

By Howie at 09:45 AM | Comments |

Obama Can't Tell Difference Between Congressional Medal of Honor and Congressional Gold Medal

The person President Obama gave a "shout-out" to in his banter before his "address" to the nation regarding the Ft. Hood attack yesterday was Joe Medicine Crow.

Obama wanted to thank that "Congressional Medal of Honor winner" for showing up at the very important, very vital conference Obama was attending (skip to 0:56).

Only one problem -Joe Medicine Crow didn't receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. He won the Presidential Medal of Freedom (given to him by Obama, no less) and the Congressional Gold Medal.

In other words, Obama doesn't know the difference between a Congressional Gold Medal and the Congressional Medal of Honor (the highest award a member of the military can receive).

Your President, Obamacrats. So subtle. So smooth. So suave. So sensitive. So intelligent. The best ever.

F A I L.

By Good Lt. at 09:39 AM | Comments |

AP Unclear What Motivated Devout Muslim Shouting "Allahu Akbar" to Kill

It's a mystery. Probably one that will never be solved:

Soldiers who witnessed the shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" — an Arabic phrase for "God is great!" — before opening fire, the base commander said Friday....

The motive for the shooting wasn't clear, but Hasan was apparently set to deploy soon and had expressed some anger about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Personally, I blame Bush.

Update by Barbarossa: Instapundit adds this tidbit:

On NPR I heard — I can’t find the story on their website yet — that he had given a presentation on the Koran at a professional conference where he claimed that unbelievers should be beheaded, burned, etc. to the discomfiture of the attendees.

But nobody saw this coming...

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:48 AM | Comments |

Muslim group "outraged" at Ft Hood shooting justified Hezbollah suicide bombing that killed 241 Marines

This video below features Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) president Salam Al-Marayati expressing his "outrage" at yesterday's shooting at Ft Hood. That would be the same MPAC that in 1999 published a counterterrorism policy paper that justified the Hezbollah suicide bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut, which killed 241 US Marines, sailors and soldiers:

"…this attack, for all the pain it caused, was not in a strict sense, a terrorist operation. It was a military operation, producing no civilian casualties -- exactly the kind of attack that Americans might have lauded had it been directed against Washington's enemies."

This is the very same ideology preached by Malik Nadal Hasan in defense of suicide bombings. No doubt Hasan considered yesterday's mass murder a "military operation".

In June 1999, al-Marayati was selected by then House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt to a 10 member congressional commission on terrorism. However, after reports of Marayati's open support of terrorist organizations came to light Gephardt was forced to withdraw his nomination. Where might you find such information? Well, you used to be able to find it at this link ("US Muslim leader denies he's a terrorist sympathizer") at CNN until is was recently scrubbed.

Marayati was also infamous for appearing on a LA radio station on 9/11 blaming the Jews for the terrorist attacks.

More on Marayati and MPAC at the Investigative Project.

By Barbarossa at 08:39 AM | Comments |

NY Muslims: I Love Osama bin Laden & I'm Friends with Terrorists

It looks like Joseph "Yousef al-Khattab" Cohen and Younis "Yes-I-do-A-to-M-for Joey" Abdullah Mohammed have finally gotten their wish and are fast becoming the Anjem Choudary and Trevor "Abu Izzadeen" Brooks of the US. Last night Younis was on AC360 and CNN has this report of their activities:

Protected by the Constitution of the country they detest, radical Muslim converts like Yousef al-Khattab and Younes Abdullah Mohammed preach that the killing of U.S. troops overseas is justified. In their thinking, so were the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States -- and so are attacks on almost any American....

Al-Khattab and Mohammed consider al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden their model.

"I love him like I can't begin to tell you, because he doesn't seem to have done anything wrong from the sharia," al-Khattab said, referring to Islamic law. "If you're asking me if I love him as a Muslim, I love him more than I love myself."

I feel partly responsible for their ill gotten fame. But mostly I blame Howie.

But it gets better as Joey now is admitting publicly what we've all known privately for some time: that he's friends with terrorists:

Neil Bryant Vinas, a young New Yorker who has pleaded guilty to plotting to attack trains on the Long Island Rail Road, met with al-Khattab. Al-Khattab said Vinas and "some brothers" traveled to Atlantic City, New Jersey, and had dinner with him. Al-Khattab said they considered him something of a hero because he left Israel and converted to Islam.

Al-Khattab also claims friendships with Tarek Mehanna, now under indictment in Boston, Massachusetts, on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, and Daniel Maldonado, who pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Texas to receiving military training from Islamic militants in Somalia.

I'll note that before hooking up in meat world that Cohen most certainly met up with Mehanna, Maldonado, and Vinas on the internet.

Thanks to Barbarossa.

Update by Howie: Yousef's DNS registration is by the unreachable Domains by Proxy.

And his site revolutionmuslim.info is hosted by Go Daddy.

abuse@godaddy.com

In a recent post about Yousef's site I said

You know one of these days Joey is going to incite someone to actually kill someone. Maybe then it will be taken seriously. I hope it doesn't come to that but that seems to be what is going to take.
It appears from this article that I was all too prophetic. Has anyone died yet due to Yousef's activities? I'm not sure, but lets not wait to find out.

Its clear that Yousef al-Khattab's admitted buddy Tarek Mehanna knew what he was doing.

MEHANNA also sought to provide material support to al Qa'ida and other terrorist organizations by translating and distributing videos and text that were intended to inspire others to participate in jihad.


Among those translations, the proffer alleges, was a document called "39 Ways to Serve and Participate in Jihad." An online correspondent of Mehanna said the work was establishing him as "Al Qaeda's English wing" and "Al Qaeda in Iraq's media wing."

Is that any different than Younis distributing al-Qaeda propaganda?

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Or Statements from the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan"?

Or the terrorist group al-Shabaab in Somalia?

Not IMO. The indictment on Mehanna shows these people know exactly what they are doing, no matter how carefully they word their "disclaimer".

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:31 AM | Comments |

Ft Hood shooter was on Homeland Security task force offering advice to incoming administration

Caught this little nugget at the end of Scott McCabe's Washington Examiner profile this morning of Ft Hood shooter Malik Nadal Hasan:

In April 2008, Hasan was a participant in George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute task force that aimed at providing advice on security to the new administration.

Perhaps they included him to get the terrorists perspective?

By Barbarossa at 08:01 AM | Comments |

Dead Census Worker Apparently NOT Linked With Tea Parties, the GOP, the American Right Or Anything Else Alleged By the Nutosphere

Remember that census worker who was found dead with "Fed" scrawled across his chest?

You know - the one whose death was a DIRECT RESULT of conservative protesters protesting Obama's idiotic health care legislation (according to the knuckle-dragging cretins across the nutosphere)?

Yeah - investigators are now saying its is more likely that it had nothing to do with tea parties, protesters, health care legislation or anything else and that it looked like a suicide.

Investigators probing the death of a Kentucky census worker found hanging from a tree with the word "fed" scrawled on his chest increasingly doubt he was killed because of his government job and are pursuing the possibility he committed suicide, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

Two officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case, said no final conclusions have been made in the case. In recent weeks, however, investigators have grown more skeptical that 51-year-old Bill Sparkman died at the hands of someone angry at the federal government.

HMMMMM. Well, THAT'S going to crimp the accepted leftwing narrative a bit, isn't it?

I expect retractions, corrections, apologies and mea culpas galore. We won't get them, because being an Obamacrat douchenozzle means never apologizing for your idiotic prejudice against people you know nothing about, even when you accuse them of heinous crimes and are proven completely and utterly WRONG.

But let's not jump the gun here. This could just be a disinformation campaign formulated by some astroturfed Brooks Brothers' political terrorist Nazi racist tea party group to make you THINK they had nothing to do with it while they regroup and prepare to come eat your babies and kill your puppies.

DAMN YOU TEABAGGERZ!@!!!11!

By Good Lt. at 06:42 AM | Comments |

November 05, 2009

Apologists For Terrorism Unite!

I'm utterly loathe to send this clown the traffic, but, they pimped themselves in the comments, so it's all good.

Muslims all the nation over are condemning the Ft. Hood attack, our erstwhile friend is quick to point out. Propaganda, thy name is American Muslim Journal.

Note the organizations our good pal uses as examples of Islamist goodwill. MPAC. ISNA. CAIR.

ISNA? Well, long time readers will recognize that as a front group for the Muslim Brotherhood.

CAIR? The un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial. You know, the same Holy Land Foundation that funneled cash to Hamas.

MPAC. Ah, good old MPAC. MPAC is, thanks to info provided by Barbarossa, the political arm of the mosque where....... wait for it....... wait......... used to be run by the former head of the ISNA.

So, I'll link this clown with the caveat that he's just a front blog for the Muslim Brotherhood. And an asshole. But mostly a front blog for the Muslim Brotherhood.

By Vinnie at 10:41 PM | Comments |

Ft Hood shooter was member of extremist Salafi mosque in DC area

The Washington Post has a good background article on the Ft Hood shooter, Malik Nidal Hasan:

Hasan attended the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring and was "very devout," according to Faizul Khan, a former imam at the center. Khan said Hasan attended prayers at least once a day, seven days a week, often in his Army fatigues.

Khan also said Hasan applied to an annual matrimonial seminar that matches Muslims looking for spouses. "I don't think he ever had a match, because he had too many conditions," Khan said.

That would be the same Muslim Community Center in Silver Springs that the Post profiled back in 2006, "For Conservative Muslims, Goal of Isolation a Challenge".

UPDATE: Bumping my update from the last post.

AP article states that Army was aware of Hasan's statement in support of Islamic suicide bombings, but that there was no investigation pending.

Doug Ross found the original postings to Hasan's scribd profile:

There was a grenade thrown amongs [sic] a group of American soldiers. One of the soldiers, feeling that it was to late for everyone to flee jumped on the grave with the intention of saving his comrades. Indeed he saved them. He inentionally [sic] took his life (suicide) for a noble cause i.e. saving the lives of his soldier. To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause. Scholars have paralled [sic] this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers. If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered a strategic victory. Their intention is not to die because of some despair. The same can be said for the Kamikazees [sic] in Japan. They died (via crashing their planes into ships) to kill the enemies for the homeland. You can call them crazy i [sic] you want but their act was not one of suicide that is despised by Islam. So the scholars main point is that "IT SEEMS AS THOUGH YOUR INTENTION IS THE MAIN ISSUE" and Allah (SWT) knows best.
By Barbarossa at 10:08 PM | Comments |

NY Muslim: "Get Well Soon Major Nidal We Love You"

New York's own Joseph "Yousef al-Khattab" Cohen, who's buddy wished my wife a slow painful death today, couldn't help but praise the Muslim terrorist who murdered 12 Americans today:

Major Nidal Hasan M.D.

An officer and a gentleman was injured while partaking in a preemptive* attack.

Get Well Soon Major Nidal

We Love You

*as opposed to a USA's"Preventive War"(aka war crimes)

Clearly, Khattab wants his ass kicked. But regardless of Joey's sedition and treason, I've got to admit that he at least gets it: Hasan may have had mental issues but jihad seems to have been a motivation.

Crazy and motivated by jihad ideology are not mutually exclusive categories.

If Hasan's online statements in support of jihad are verified as coming from him, then clearly this was an act of individual terror. And as such Khattab is right to consider himself on the same side as the traitor.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:00 PM | Comments |

Terror at Ft. Hood: 7 9 12 Dead, 31 Injured, Major Nidal Malik Hasan Wounded And In Custody

There has been a reported shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas. Up to seven 9 12 dead with another 12 20 30 confirmed wounded. Initial reports are conflicting, but they say that there were two to three shooters, and that one is still on the loose.

At least one captured. The shooters were said to be wearing military style camouflage.

No reports of any jihad relationship. Initial thoughts agree with AllahP and are that the plot is similar to that of the disrupted Fort Dix Jihad. But in 1997 a white supremacist group also plotted an attack on Fort Hood in order to rid it of it's "UN presence". So, go with either scenario. If you hear anything on who is behind the attack, please email or drop a comment below.

Developing....

UPDATE by Jane: Early reports indicate two persons in military fatigues murdered seven today at Fort Hood in Texas. One shooter in custody and the other may be holed up. There may be a third shooter on the loose. Twelve were injured. Fort Hood is the largest US military installation in the world.

MSNBC: At least seven people are dead and 12 wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, the base's public affairs office told NBC News on Thursday...The base was reportedly on lockdown.

Fort Hood is adjacent to Killeen, and 60 miles northeast of Austin. The sprawling complex is home to at least 4,929 active duty officers and 45,414 enlisted. Civilian employees total nearly 9,000.

UPDATE by Howie: Breaking news here.

UPDATE by Rusty: Fort Hood's website is down.

UPDATE by Rusty: From the local ABC affiliate:

We've learned an incident has taken place at the sports dome, now known as the soldier readiness area.
Also, all local schools in Killeen on lockdown.

UPDATE: Tom Elia reporting that "shooting started at the House Theater and then moved to an athletic complex."

Also, unconfirmed rumors that Pentagon is already calling a terror attack.

UPDATE: Via Newbie, HLN reporting that one suspect "neutralized". One suspect "detained". One on the loose.

UPDATE by Kyros: the detained suspect apparently wore a military uniform with a rank of Major

UPDATE: Feds tell Fox News there is no terrorism nexus, meaning theres no direct link immediately available.

Update by Kyros: MSNBC is reporting one shooter, who apparently was a Major with an "Arabic" sounding name, was killed.

Update By Howie: One of the shooters is identified as Major Malik Nadal Hasan. Hes' dead, two more in custody.

Update by Kyros: URGENT need of ALL blood types at Scott & White Memorial Hospital which is receiving several gunshot victims from Fort Hood.

Update by Vinnie: 12 dead, 31 wounded.

Update by Kyros: Major Malik Nadal Hasan was a MD. Psychiatrist according to CBS News

Video of President Obama giving a 'shout out' to an audience member before addressing the tragedy at Ft. Hood.

[Update 6:45PM EDT by Mike Pechar] Pic of Major Hasan from here.

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Update by Jane: FOX reports that Major Hasan received a poor performance rating while serving at Water Reed. Fox also interviewed Col Terry Lee (ret) who met Major Hassan during a conference and said he heard Hassan say that Muslims should "stand up to the aggressor." There was an investigation of Hassan's remarks, Col. Lee said

“They were telling him that one guy was shouting something in Arabic while he was shooting,”

Our amazing soldiers: AP: Greg Schanepp (U.S. Rep. John Carter's regional director in Texas) was at the ceremony when a soldier who had been shot in the back came running toward him and alerted him of the shooting, Stone said. The soldier told Schanepp not to go in the direction of the shooter, he said.

Fox News reporting the two suspects were released and another was brought in for questioning.

Update 8:42 ET by Rusty via iPhone: One other man now in custody, possibly an accomplice. Reports that a lone gunman behind this using only handguns - presumably a pair of 1911 Colts - doesn't seem to mesh with a dozen killed. Eye witnesses report automatic gunfire, which may have been return fire but would mak a lot more sense if it was Hasan or an accomplice given the number of killed/wounded.

Also, CNN says that Hasan was under investigation for Internet postings in which he talked of suicide bombings.

Update 8:20 pm by Vinnie: Press conference at Fort Hood. Hasan is not dead. He was wounded, and is in custody. He is also believed now to be the only shooter.

Update 9:50 by Barbarossa: AP article states that Army was aware of Hasan's statement in support of Islamic suicide bombings, but that there was no investigation pending.

Doug Ross found the original postings to Hasan's scribd profile:

There was a grenade thrown amongs [sic] a group of American soldiers. One of the soldiers, feeling that it was to late for everyone to flee jumped on the grave with the intention of saving his comrades. Indeed he saved them. He inentionally [sic] took his life (suicide) for a noble cause i.e. saving the lives of his soldier. To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause. Scholars have paralled [sic] this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers. If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered a strategic victory. Their intention is not to die because of some despair. The same can be said for the Kamikazees [sic] in Japan. They died (via crashing their planes into ships) to kill the enemies for the homeland. You can call them crazy i [sic] you want but their act was not one of suicide that is despised by Islam. So the scholars main point is that "IT SEEMS AS THOUGH YOUR INTENTION IS THE MAIN ISSUE" and Allah (SWT) knows best.

Army confirms that Hasan is not dead.

Update 9:57 by Barbarossa: Interview with Fox News of former co-worker explains his repeated statements supporting the Little Rock Recruiting Station shooting back in June and other views in support of Islamic violence.

Ubiquitous condemnation by CAIR. Press release warning of "backlash" forthcoming no doubt.

“We condemn this cowardly attack in the strongest terms possible and ask that the perpetrators be punished to the full extent of the law. No religious or political ideology could ever justify or excuse such wanton and indiscriminate violence. The attack was particularly heinous in that it targeted the all-volunteer army that protects our nation. American Muslims stand with our fellow citizens in offering both prayers for the victims and sincere condolences to the families of those killed or injured.”

Bullshit there's no religious or political ideology that would justify such attack. It's the very ideology pushed by CAIR and its allies. What a bunch of pussies that they can't accept the consequences of their own ideology. Brave warriors of jihad indeed.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:35 PM | Comments |

Man made climate change belief now legally a religion

A British court ruling has given belief in man made climate change the same legal protections as religious beliefs.

This makes total sense...seriously though. Isn't a religion something one believes in but cannot prove on scientific grounds? More at RoA

By at 01:33 PM | Comments |

GOP Health Bill Better Than Dem Bill

Why is this not the top headline on the MSM? Nothing. Not CNN, MSNBC, or Fox.

If it gets a flaming skull from Ace, it sure as hell should be.

*Title change by Ronin

By Ronin at 12:55 PM | Comments |

Youtube's Continued Suckage

A certain Jihad forum was passing around links to some super kool videos posted on this page O death which is cunningly called Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Obviously with a name like that one could easily stay under the radar.

So that led me on a trip through Mr Emirate's friends. One of his good buddies, Taliban Mujahideen, had a comment from patsyd80. And guess what...

I want to start jihad in the uk . the goverment is criminal and i am willing to give my life and go jail. so wish me luck brother

Wow, I say to myself, that is probably taken out of context...lets check out patsyd80 to see what this misguided youth has going on. And here we are, a nice, peaceful, muslim man provides this guidance...

why would you tell everyone on the internet you want to do jihad

those secret service bitches are very tight and they perform the most humiliating tortures you wouldn't even want to dream off.

Stay quiet brother there is only one Jihad and that is inside.

When you are perfected inside you can perform real Jihad which is on the battlefield in many fronts.

This guy is hardcore. Jihad this and Muji that. Tough as nails until you read these lines in his self description...

My pages are named Mujahideen as i am reppin the Brothers who are fighting......and.....fighting for my Deen of Islam With my tongue

Looks like we have a Samir wannabe. Oh, and he doesn't like Hindus much.

Hobbies: Killing Hindu euenech bitches ripping tehir heads off pissing on tehir bitch god statutes

Update: Rusty kindly pointed out that I should clear up Patsyd80's comment....seems he is a Jihadi chain puller. Good on you Patsyd80.

By Ronin at 11:43 AM | Comments |

From Rusty: Keep the Prayers Coming

Friends,

My wife is doing so much better. Thank you very much for the thoughts and prayers. I have no logical explanation as to why I believe in the power of prayer, but I do. So, please keep those prayers coming!

Thanks,
Rusty

PS-My schedule for this week is pretty much to do the minimal necessary at work and on the blog. But if my wife continues to recover, then I should be back Monday.

UPDATE: I had a few minutes so I read through the comments and prayer wishes over at that last post. Thank you very much.

Oh, and Nussrah -- who wished that my wife would "die f*cking slowly" -- is in the Woodside neighborhood of Queens. You know, just in case you were wondering.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:21 AM | Comments |

Saudi Arabia Bombs Northern Yemen

A follow-up to our post yesterday, Yemen Rebels Invade Saudi Arabia, today the Saudi air force launched air strikes on the Saudi outpost that was taken by the Yemeni rebels. The Saudi air force also launched sustained bombing on targets inside northern Yemen, a Saudi advisor told the WaPo (links below the fold).

The quote of the day, ""After what happened yesterday, it is clear they have lost track of reality and it has got to a point where there is no other way. They have got to be finished," he said. There are a great many groups and individuals in Yemen who have lost touch with reality.

The incident is significant in that this is the first admission by the Saudis that they are bombing northern Yemen. Their justification is the cross border attack by the rebels on the Saudi outpost yesterday. One Saudi soldier was killed and 11 wounded. However, the Saudi forces have been lending air support to the Yemeni military for quite some time, and the rebels presented photo documentation of Saudi missiles in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is also largely funding the war.

If anyone is interested in the back story of the military outpost, it had changed hands several times before. It was another secret deal gone bad.

According to the rebels website as of yesterday, all the encounters were in Jabal Al-Dukhan (Smoky Mountain!), and only with Yemeni troops, who were handed the former Saudi military post by the Saudis to fight the Houthis. After the Houthis took over the mountain. they agreed with the Saudi border troops to return the outpost to the Saudis, only to find that the Saudis gave it back to the Yemeni troops. The Houthis then again kicked out the Yemeni troops and took over the outpost. When the Saudis sent out a patrol to scout the area, the Houthis hit the patrol as they have warned that they will not allow the takeover of the outpost again by the Saudis to have it given back to the Yemeni forces.The Saudis then went on to shell the Houthis and other areas in Yemeni territory. killing one and wounding another of the Houthi fighters.
Meanwhile there is an extreme humanitarian disaster in northern Yemen among the civilian population and war refugees. Tens of thousands are without any support whatsoever, because the Yemeni government refuses to stop bombing long enough to create a humanitarian corridor.

Both Yemen and Saudi Arabia are in violation of international laws of war. Both are bombing residential areas. The Yemeni government is withholding international aid to Sa'ada since August, and Saudi Arabia is refusing entry by civilians fleeing the violence. The rebels are mingling among civilian populations, drawing fire.

Yemeni president Saleh is allowing Saudi Arabia to indiscriminately target villages in Sa'ada but refuses to allow the US to engage in targeted Predator strikes against al Qaeda.

Supporting links below the fold:

WaPo, Saudi air force hits Yemen rebels after border raid

TJR Yemen Rebels Invade Saudi Arabia

Yemen Observer, quasi-governmental.
Continuous confrontations between al-Houthi rebels and Saudi forces kill dozens

Cross Roads Arabia Saudi Airforce attacks Yemeni Rebel Villages

AOL Yemeni tanks and artillery demolish Sa'ada City

By Jane at 10:41 AM | Comments |

Town rejects 9/11 memorial because of "Murdered by Moslem extremists" phrase

James Gadiel
February 3, 1978
A gentleman and a gentle man
Lifelong resident of Kent
Murdered by Moslem extremists
September 11, 2001

The above is what was suppose to be inscribed on James Gadiel's memorial in the town of Kent. But resident Catherine Posselt appealed to the city to reject the wording because the wording is "racially insensitive". The town granted Posselt's appeal and rejected the memorial.

This is absolutely insane. We can't even name the barbaric throwbacks who killed more than 3,000 people on September 11th because we might hurt their feelings. First off, how is the memorial "racially insensitive"? "Moslem extremists" are not a race, they're a bunch of islamic supremacists who kill innocent people in order to establish shariah law.

From NBC

Peter Gadiel lost his son James when planes struck the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. He has asked for a memorial planned in the town to be inscribed with the phrase that has divided the town and gotten national attention, the Waterbury Republican-American reports.

Kent resident Catherine Posselt Bachrach led a citizens' appeal to reject the wording, the Republican-American reports, and town officials agreed with her.

First Selectman Ruth Epstein told the the Torrington Register Citizen that the inscription would be racially insensitive and not appropriate for a monument paid for with taxpayer dollars.

“I feel it was such a catastrophic episode for the United States, and we lost one of our own, that it is a good idea to memorialize James. But we could not condone that wording for anything on public land,” she told the Register Citizen.

By at 10:06 AM | Comments |

Hope/Change Iran Sends Tons of Weapons to Hizballah

Via Jpost:

Hundreds of tons of weaponry, ten times the size of the Karine A shipment of 2002, were seized in an overnight raid Tuesday by the Israeli navy, some 100 nautical miles west of Israel, officials said.

Defense officials said the 140-meter long Francop, intercepted near Cyprus, was carrying arms sent by Iran and destined for Syria and possibly also Hizbullah.

The weapons seized on the ship, which was sailing under an Antiguan flag, included some 3,000 rockets of various types, as well as bullets and ammunition.

Of course one now has to wonder how many successful shipments Iran has sent.

By Howie at 08:04 AM | Comments |

November 04, 2009

Marisa Miller supports the troops!

Now this is an effort I can clearly get behind:

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More here, you horndogs (link is mildly NSFW).

By Barbarossa at 06:48 PM | Comments |

Health Reform and Fetus Farming

Although Democrats in Congress have enough party votes to pass health care reform, agreement on funding for abortions has been an elusive sticking point. Most Democrats appear to favor abortions being included in the reform package but a vocal minority demands that abortions be excluded.

Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) is spearheading the anti-abortion Democrats, a group of 40 who can block any bill from achieving 218 votes needed for a majority. As long as the Democrats continue to wrangle over the abortion issue, health care reform legislation is stalled. Notably, if the legislation is stalled very much longer, Congress will have to put the issue on the legislative schedule for 2010.

Interestingly, while Congress hashes out whether taxpayers should fund abortions, news has surfaced that a commercial company has started marketing cosmetics made out of cells from aborted fetuses.

Therefore, by just connecting dots, it's not inconceivable for taxpayer-funded abortions to become the source of fetuses for use as raw materials in the making of retail products. All the legislative doors seem to be prepped for opening.

Let's hope my analysis is wrong. The idea of having fetuses become the equivalent of farm products is disturbing.

By at 05:09 PM | Comments |

Yemen Rebels Invade Saudi Arabia and other developments

First up, the Houthi rebels have crossed the border and taken a Saudi military outpost that the rebels claimed was aiding the Yemeni army in the Sa'ada War. They have claimed (with photo documentation) the Yemeni military is using Saudi bombs, also that Saudi airplanes are bombing in Yemen and Saudi forces were firing across the border earlier in the week. This support is augmented by the millions and millions of dollars that Saudi Arabia is giving Yemen to fund the war. The Yemeni government accuses the Iranian religious establishment of supporting the rebels. The war which began rooted in domestic grievances is impacted by regional influences.

Second, three security chiefs were killed in an assassination, that may be an al Qaeda plot, drug related or tribal. Meanwhile Yemen says it is aware of the location of all the al Qaeda and is containing them.

Thirdly, a Yemeni American journalist was banned from writing in Yemen for life and sentenced to two years in jail. The journalist, Munier Mawari is here in the US, but the Yemeni editor, Samir Jubran, who published the article was also banned from work and his paper in Yemen, al Masdar, shut down. Mohammed al Maqaleh is still disappeared. He is the Yemeni journalist kidnapped by Yemeni security forces late in September after exposing the military bombing raid on some refugees. That bombing was followed by an airstrike on a hospital and others on civilian targets, recently killing 31.

By Jane at 01:08 PM | Comments |

You're So Vain

You probably think this show is about you.

During the 10AM ET hour of America’s Newsroom on Fox News Channel, fill-in co-host Martha Maccallum told viewers what President Obama watched on election night while Democrats suffered big losses in New Jersey and Virginia: “Robert Gibbs said, well, he was actually watching, you know, the HBO special about his year-long campaign and how it all went.”

Hat Tip: Ken.

Update: Hmmmm it appears the HBO special was mentioned but it was not specifically said that President Obama watched it or not. Sorry.

Mmmmm, this crow is delicious, a bit tough but tastes like chicken, a dirty tough old chicken but kind of the same.

By Howie at 12:47 PM | Comments |

British muslim mom: I will turn my kids into suicide bombers

Shall I give in to the rule of tyrants? Do you think that is something I would do? No, I would not, because I fear Allah. Myself and my children would seek revenge and we would be bombs for the sake of this religion."

A muslim mother of 6 of was convicted of possessing documents, and sentenced for 2 years, for the purpose of terrorism has vowed to turn all of her children into suicide bombers. Good thing the British authorities set her free because she already served 1 year in jail on remand.

From Manchester Evening News

Divorcee Houria Chahed Chentouf kept information about how to kill and maim in the name of Islam on a computer memory stick tied to her burkha.

She admitted at Manchester Crown Court to hoarding terrorist manuals - but detectives believe she may have been working for a terror cell in the region.[...]

The M.E.N can also reveal that she was eventually arrested after a handwritten note was found at a Chentouf's address in Holland which suggested she planned to become a suicide bomber. It said: "Forgive me. Shall I give in to the rule of tyrants? Do you think that is something I would do? No, I would not, because I fear Allah. Myself and my children would seek revenge and we would be bombs for the sake of this religion."

Chentouf, 41, was convicted of possessing ducuments for terrorist purposes. She was sentenced to two years in jail - but immediately freed because she had spent more than a year on remand.

By at 11:33 AM | Comments |

Prayer Request

My wife had what I thought would be minor surgery yesterday. It went well and she's fully expected to recover, but I don't think I realized the extent to which this would effect her. I definitely did not expect that I'd have to pick her up off the ground after she passed out -- twice.

Doctors think she'll pull through with no problem, but if you're a person of faith then I would ask that you remember her and my family in your prayers.

Thanks,
Rusty

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

Beating Up a Dead Hobo

At some point picking on the New York Times just gets boring: When a Dem wins, it's Bush's fault; but when a Republican wins this has absolutely nothing to do with Obama.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:04 AM | Comments |

Video: Tehran protesters chanting Obama, Obama either with the Mullahs or us

Here is another video from today's anti-Mullahcracy protests in Tehran. In what was suppose to be a rally to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the takeover of the US embassy, protesters have turned it into a renewed protest against the Mullahcracy and the rigged elections in June.

In this video protesters are calling out President Obama and asking him if he's with the Mullahs or the pro-democracy Iranians.

H/T: Revolutionary Road's facebook.

By at 06:26 AM | Comments |

November 03, 2009

Christie is a Big, Fat WINNER

This video is certainly appropriate. Maybe Neal Cavuto was right.

By Good Lt. at 10:20 PM | Comments |

Russia simulates nuclear attack on Poland

A Polish leading news magazine, Wprost, has obtained documents that show that Russia and Belarus conducted a war game that simulated nuclear attacks on Poland.

The war games took place back in September around the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Poland by the Soviet Union. If you recall, the Obama administration also canceled the missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland.

Poland is on it's own, no help will come from Obama, the EU or anyone else and Putin and co. know this. Looks like Hillary's wish to reset the relationship between the US and Russia have reset them back to the cold war era.

From Telegraph

The armed forces are said to have carried out "war games" in which nuclear missiles were fired and troops practised an amphibious landing on the country's coast.[...]

The documents state the exercises, code-named "West", were officially classified as "defensive" but many of the operations appeared to have an offensive nature.

The Russian air force practised using weapons from its nuclear arsenal, while in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, which neighbours Poland, Red Army forces stormed a "Polish" beach and attacked a gas pipeline.

The operation also involved the simulated suppression of an uprising by a national minority in Belarus – the country has a significant Polish population which has a strained relationship with authoritarian government of Belarus.

By at 04:07 PM | Comments |

Liars and Haters and Cons, Oh My

Like an M. Night Shyamalan movie, this headline from the Syracuse Post-Standard promises but fails to deliver: Dede Scozzafava says 'hate, lies' wore her down

Somehow the story doesn't back up the headline. "Lies and hate" are lamented, but nothing specific is alleged.

And it softpeddles the problems NY23 Republican voters had with Dede:

Scozzafava had been elected as a pro-choice Republican to be mayor of Gouverneur and member of the New York state Assembly. Suddenly, she was not conservative enough for the rest of the country
Well, if pro-choice were the only issue, but Scozzafava is also anti-traditional marriage, anti-secret union ballot (card check), pro-porkulus...and ultimately pro Democratic challenger Bill Owens - that choice validated virtually every criticism of Scozzafava as a RINO.

Cry me a river, Dede, just do it on the other side of the aisle, where you belong.

By Bluto03:47 PM | Comments |

What's Totally Awesome?

Achmed the Dead Terrorist Wine, that's what.

I'm not a wine drinker, but I may just have to procure a bottle anyway.

Thanks to Fireman166

By Vinnie at 02:45 PM | Comments |

Shoot a Cop Get a Job for the Democrat Party

Gee I bet when he told them he'd shot a policeman, the local Democratic chairman jumped right up and said, "You're our boy!"

Via Electionjournal.org: How would you like to be a New Jersey police officer and look out your window and see several known criminals, including a man you arrested several weeks ago and another who had just been released from prison for shooting a cop? And then find out that the men were sent into the neighborhood by the Democratic Party for GOTV operations - complete with lists of voters names, addresses and phones numbers!
And you know, if you don't vote or even if you do I reckon there is a fair chance you're going to notice stuff missing in the next few weeks eh?

You know, I'm damned lucky to live in Bumfuct Egypt where the local democratic chairman registers Republicans with a smile and a handshake and doesn't hire felons. Yes Virginia there still are old fashioned democrats here. And yes we know we are all relics of a more civilized age.

(my apologies to Arlo)

By Howie at 12:12 PM | Comments |

Looks Like Nancy Somehow Lost

Oh about $300,000,000,000, she never claimed to be a math wiz anyway.

Via Hot Air: Nancy Pelosi rolled out her 1,990 page bill to overhaul the American health-care system like a Hummer on the showroom floor (and almost as heavy). Like any good car salesman, Pelosi told the press her version of the low low price!

..House Republicans found a few more things lost in the translation — namely, over a hundred new bureaucracies created by Pelosi’s bill:

Well 111 new bureaucracies should help Nancy keep all her supporters employed. After all public service, AKA soft cushy jobs for inefficient can't find a job any where else political supporters, on the taxpayer's dime is like the highest calling is it not?

Update: Oooops left out two zeros, so many zeros in this bill it boggles even me ;)

By Howie at 09:32 AM | Comments |

Shocking Shabaab al-Mujahideen Hates Da Jooos

Via Counter Terrorism Blog:

The NEFA Foundation has obtained and translated a communiqué from Shabaab al-Mujahideen declaring the formation of the "Al-Quds Brigade." According to the statement, on October 30, 2009, “Hundreds of thousands of citizens in the Islamic districts in [the] south and middle of Somalia…came out [to the streets]…in solidarity with their brothers in occupied Palestine and as a condemnation of the crimes of the hated Jews."
It seems to me that all al-Shabaab has to do is look around a bit and they might realize that the Palestinians are better off than they are. The threat is mainly to target Jewish interests in Africa.

Let's see, choice. Live in Gaza or the West Bank, Somalia, Gaza or the West Bank, Somalia.

Er uh I'll take Gaza or the West Bank for $200 Alex.

By Howie at 08:49 AM | Comments |

Remember The Story of Daniel in the Lion's Den?

Well apparently it does not work for Muslim terrorists in a bear's den?

A bear killed two militants after discovering them in its den in Indian-administered Kashmir, police say.

Two other militants escaped, one of them badly wounded, after the attack in Kulgam district, south of Srinagar.

The militants were armed with AK-46s but were taken by surprise - police found the remains of pudding they had made to eat when the bear attacked.

It is thought to be the first such incident since Muslim separatists took up arms against Indian rule in 1989.

Bodies found

The militants had made their hideout in a cave which was actually the bear's den, said police officer Farooq Ahmed.

The dead have been identified as Mohammad Amin alias Qaiser, and Bashir Ahmed alias Saifullah.

I guess Allah must have been busy that day.

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By Howie at 08:42 AM | Comments |

Too Good To Pass Up

When Rusty checks the blog this morning, I may be fired. I don't care. I'll just go on welfare and take his tax money.

USC_Priceless Pictures, Images and Photos

By Vinnie at 01:07 AM | Comments |

November 02, 2009

Child-Prostitution-&-Tax-Evasion-Enabling ACORN to "Protest" Election Results in NY-23 Tomorrow?

Of course. Of course.

For an election that means nothing, at all, EVER, the left is trying to mobilize for a fight.

Anita Moncrief, one of a handful of brave and principled souls taking on this cancer on the body politic, has much more at this Green Room post.

Hint: Follow the stimulus $$$.

By Good Lt. at 06:56 PM | Comments |

AZ honor killing victim Noor Almaleki dies from her injuries

Noor Almaleki, who was run over by her father on October 20th in an attempted honor killing in the Phoenix area died earlier today. Her father had fled to Mexico, took a flight to the UK, where he was turned away and put on a flight to Atlanta, where he was apprehended. He was then extradited back to Arizona. According to prosecutors at his arraignment in Arizona today, Faleh Hassan Almaleki had received considerable assistance from both his family and the Islamic community in Phoenix to help flee justice. Prosecutors will be adding murder charges to his indictment. JihadWatch has the law enforcement press release.

Noor Almaleki was 20 years old. Her crime was being "too Westernized". The AP notes that another woman injured in the attack, the mother of Noor's boyfriend, is expected to recover.

By Barbarossa at 05:39 PM | Comments |

Wafa Sultan: I receive death threats on a daily basis

Religion of tolerating dissent alert: An interview with ex-Muslim Wafa Sultan:

I receive death threats on a daily basis. I'm a well-known writer in the Arab world. My writings expose me to millions of devout Muslims who have nothing positive to prove but the sheer cruelty of their teachings. Islam has deprived them of their intellectual ability to face criticism with an effective and acceptable way.
I have a friend who thinks of herself as an ex-Mormon, and who constantly is complaining that the Mormons won't leave her alone. You know, terrible stuff like they knock on her door and sometimes call her home phone number. They even have the audacity to show concern for her salvation.

I have this other friend who converted to Judaism. He's constantly pissed off that fundamentalist Christians tell him that they're worried that he'll go to hell. The audacity of people worrying about his soul! He even says some relatives have shunned him.

The cold shoulder and concern for salvation? If only ex-Muslims were as lucky as ex-Mormons and ex-Christians!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:18 PM | Comments |

Yon: NY Times Lying About Paying Ransom for Reporter; Endangering British Hostages

Yon tweets about the New York Times which claims they did not pay a ransom to the Taliban for the release of journalist David Rohde:

Numerous very well placed sources have told me New York Times/associates paid millions to get Rohde release....

I have been told by very close sources that ex-CIA officers helped pay off release for Rohde. I knew this while it was ongoing.

He also claims that the New York Times reporting on the movement of two British hostages in Somalia is putting their lives in danger:
Kept it all quiet for NYT. Now why are the NYT endangering British hostages in Somalia? NYT needs to shut up. They are endangering British.
The NY Times says they paid nothing other than minor bribes to help locate Rohde. Rohde himself was told by the Times that they paid no ransom.

If Yon is right then it means that Rohde's five part series detailing his escape -- an account that I praised -- was either fabricated or that Rohde was unaware that his captors had been paid off to look the other way while he escaped.

So, who do I believe: Michael Yon or the New York Times?

Let me reveal the hypocrisy of the Times. When Rohde was taken captive by the Taliban we reported it on the expectation that it was big news. A reporter friend of Rohde's -- who I took to be representing the Times -- contacted me and urged us to take down the post on Rohde's on the grounds that even mentioning his name would endanger his life.

I thought the request was stupid. But after a few back and forths and the invocation of Rohde's family, I agreed.

So, a Times' reporter: don't even mention his name because it will endanger him.

Two British tourists: not only do we mention their names but we report on their movements within Somalia.

I don't believe mentioning Rohde endangered him. In fact, I think not pressing the Taliban for his release in a public manner was a big mistake - just look at how the Sunni radicals responded to the public outcry over Jill Carrol. Neither do I think mentioning Paul and Rachel Chandler -- held hostage in Somalia -- endangers them. But the NY Times put a story kill request out on one, and on the other isn't phased one bit by reporting on the hostage situation themselves.

Hypocrisy, thy name is New York Times!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:30 PM | Comments |

Snooze: al Qaeda Calls for Attacks Against West

Al Qaeda calling for home grown jihadis in the West to attack. As if they haven't been trying for years? Oh, and to kill any Muslim writer who supports, um, Muslims who oppose al Qaeda.

Wake me up when these guys get some new material.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:07 PM | Comments |

Movie to Show Muhammad Committing Genocide, Having Sex with 9 Year Old Girl

Not. The guy who did the Matrix also doing movie on Muhammad. He claims he'll show Muhammad's "humanity", which I'm sure won't include his ordering of the murders of the entire Banu Qurayzah tribe or the consummation of his marriage to then nine year old Aisha. In fact, should the movie dare to depict this latter sex act it would be considered child pornography and banned in most civilized countries.

Thanks to Dan.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:38 PM | Comments |

Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Imperial Guard Duty Edition (Fatwas Issued!)

You are the sekrit service agent in the stormtrooper oufit, miffed over the bag of fruit and healthy snacks the Emperor gave you instead of the bag of real candy you really wanted. Or whatever.

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Fatwas will be issued.

UPDATE: Fatwas issued!

The "i will cut ur neck" fatwa issued against Randman for

I can't believe Michelle went topless standing next to the storm trooper.
Ooooh, he's a brave one ;)

The "devil will do meetballs from your bodies" fatwa issued against Col.Smeag for

Kid to Obama.."trick or treat"
Bama to kid.."OK Here's some Red Vines."
Kid to Obama.."But I wanted Meat Balls"
Obama to Kid..." You'll have to ask the Wookie."
Kid to Obama..."You mean the one dressed like a cat?"
We're all going to hell for this, you know that?

The "why u insult holly quoran" fatwa issued against LittleRed1 for

I went to the White House Halloween party and all I got was carrot sticks and the bill.

By Howie at 12:15 PM | Comments |

President Obama: Fire General McChrystal, Patraeus & Gates

Dear President Obama,

Since late this summer General Stanley McChrystal has been asking for more troops for Afghanistan lest we lose the war. Early last month those sentiments were expressed in a formal request for 40,000 additional troops. General Patraeus and Secretary of Defense Gates have publicly endorsed Gen. McChrystal's request.

Since that time you have been considering whether or not to provide those troops and whether or not the use of those troops in a counter-insurgency strategy -- similar to that employed in Iraq -- is wise or not. If press reports are to be believed, then top members of your administration have serious doubts as to whether or not the strategy as outlined by Gen. McChrystal and endorsed by Gen. Patraeus and Sec. Gates will work.

Your inaction on this request speaks volumes and one can only draw one logical inference from it: you do not trust the judgment of Gen. Patraeus, Sec. Gates, or Gen. McChrystal.

If you trusted their expertise, then you would have immediately begun to implement their strategy.

Since it is glaringly obvious that you do not trust the judgment of your top commanders in the field or of your own Sec. of Defense, then why don't you fire them?

If they are so wrong, then they should be fired.

The American people deserve competent military leadership in Afghanistan. The fact that you refuse to heed their advise is prima facie evidence that you think that their advise is bad and that they are incompetent.

Since you obviously think that Gen. Patraeus, Gen. McChrystal, and Sec. Gates are giving questionable advice, they should be fired.

Again, if press reports are to be believed, then Vice President Joe Biden is the source of much of the skepticism over Gen. McChrystal's plan in the White House. Since his opinion carries at least as much weight as your top military commanders, then why not appoint V.P. Biden to command CENTCOM in Gen. Patraeus' place?

I find nothing in the Constitution prohibiting the Vice President of the United States also carrying a military commission. You yourself are Commander in Chief, so why not make Biden your Vice Commander in Chief?

I mean, you must think that Joe Biden is at least as smart as Gen. Patreus when it comes to military strategy. Other wise you would dismiss his arguments as carrying less gravitas and would have already made a decision.

The time for decisive action is now. Fire your top military commanders! Promote Joe Biden!

Failing to do so must mean you are weak, indecisive, or more concerned with public opinion than winning. And saying you are weak, indecisive, or not interested in winning is just crazy talk!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:53 AM | Comments |

Hamas vs al Qaeda

Interesting article in World Tribune. Just more reassurance that the US needs to stay involved and keep Israel as our #1 ally. Who can be trusted in this region? Egypt? Turkey? And, of course, character limits would underestimate the number of references I could make to Iran and Syria. Ofumble needs to re-prioritize, especially after this tidbit

Couple pretty damn funny quotes from the World Tribune article:

"No clear line exists between them and the more moderate Islamists of Hamas." - Jonathan Spyer of Global Research in International Affairs Center

Follow up question for Mr Spryer....which globe are you doing the research where Hamas is moderate?

"Hamas now faces a powerful Sunni opposition to Iranian infiltration and influence," the source said. "The Al Qaida people would also oppose any directive by Iran to suspend the war against Israel."

The chances of Iran suspending the war against Israel, you ask? 1 out of 1,000,000. "So you're telling me there's a chance. Yeah!" - Lloyd Christmas

H/T: Carl in Jerusalem

By Ronin at 11:05 AM | Comments |

Bill Clinton Statue in Kosovo

(Pristina, Kosovo) Ethnic Albanians flocked in miserable weather to honor former President Bill Clinton on Sunday. Clinton attended the unveiling of an 11-foot statue of himself on a street named after him.

Clinton is a hero to the Kosovo Albanians since he directed the NATO bombing of the Serbs, stopping them from attacking the ethnic Albanians. The Serbs are not so hot for Clinton, thinking he should be tried for war crimes.


Bill Clinton, hero or villain? You make the call.

By at 07:12 AM | Comments |

Feds warn on violent reprisals by Muslims after Detroit imam shooting death

While groups like CAIR are beating the "backlash" drum to avoid answering questions about the violent Islamic supremacist ideology preached by Detroit imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah that led to his death last week during a shootout with the FBI, the Feds are warning of a possible backlash of their own by Muslims who may be looking to settle the score with law enforcement. This news comes from a homeland security fusion center that issued a warning late last week to law enforcement.

From the Washington Times:

Federal officials have issued a warning that the shooting death of a radical Sunni Islamic leader in Michigan on Wednesday night may engender retaliatory violence against law enforcement officers there as well as in the Washington area, though law enforcement officials played it down as a routine measure.

Gunfire erupted during the arrest of Ummah leader Luqman Abdullah and members of his group after Abdullah pulled a gun and shot and killed an FBI canine, according to a document obtained by The Washington Times from the Washington Regional Threat and Analysis Center (WRTAC).

FBI agents returned fire at the warehouse in Dearborn, Mich., and killed Abdullah, who was charged with selling stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms.

"Abdullah's death and associated arrests may foster resentment, violent rhetoric, and threats from Ummah adherents," said the raw intelligence document issued by the WRTAC.

"Because of the group's anti-law enforcement sentiments, law enforcement officers should be particularly mindful of this change in the threat environment and the possibility for retaliation," the WRTAC said.

As for implications in the D.C. area, the WRTAC said that "Ummah sympathizers or other similar groups may be operating in the National Capital Region. Officers should be alert for possible retaliatory actions as a result of the FBI Detroit raid."

By Barbarossa at 07:06 AM | Comments |

November 01, 2009

Muslims Protest Islamist Leader

ABBashir.jpg(Jakarta, Indonesia) Although anecdotal, this story indicates that average everyday Muslims do occasionally stand up to terrorists.

Tensions were high in Banten early on Sunday when radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was confronted by angry residents and asked to leave their village.

About 50 people surrounded a house in Kaujon village, Serang, where the former head of the hard-line Indonesian Mujahideen Council (MMI) was visiting. They demanded Bashir leave because his presence caused concern among residents.

But Bashir refused to leave, saying he was invited to attend an event at his friend’s house. “On what grounds do you reject me? I’m only visiting and attending a Koranic recital — I am not a terrorist,” he told the residents.

Of course, Bashir used the episode as an opportunity to bash his detractors, calling the residents "people who dislike the unity of Indonesians."

Ultimately, though, the residents allowed Bashir to stay, making the incident an insignificant blip on the religion of peace radar. Regarding his appearance in a small village outside Jakarta, I don't buy the Koranic recital story. I'd suggest he's attending a terrorism planning session. It's his forte. (Cont....)

By at 07:54 PM | Comments |

Does Charles Johnson Hate America?

Thanks to William Teach at Stop the ACLU we learn that Chuck has named Doug Hoffman of the NY23 as the "Glenn Beck candidate", apparently for the unforgiveable sin (in Johnson's faith tradition) of endorsing Beck's Nine Principles, 12 Values:

1. America Is Good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
God “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” from George Washington’s first Inaugural address.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
Honesty “I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
Marriage/Family “It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.” Thomas Jefferson

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
Justice “I deem one of the essential principles of our government… equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.” Thomas Jefferson

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness “Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence.” Thomas Jefferson

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
Charity “It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.” George Washington

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
On your right to disagree “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.” George Washington

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
Who works for whom? “I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation.” Thomas Jefferson

The 12 Values
* Honesty
* Reverence
* Hope
* Thrift
* Humility
* Charity
* Sincerity
* Moderation
* Hard Work
* Courage
* Personal Responsibility
* Gratitude

By Bluto04:34 PM | Comments |

Online Phone Bank Launched for Doug Hoffman

As y'all know, RINO disaster Dede Scozzafava just endorsed the liberal Democrat candidate in the race for New York 23, thereby showing her true colors.

A lot of people are pissed about this. I say 'don't get MAD, get EVEN':

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

Scozzafava Shows True Colors

Dede Scozzafava, the erstwhile Republican nominee to represent New York's 23rd district, has endorsed the Democrat candidate after withdrawing from the race.

No word yet on what sort of payoff Scozzafava will get for her whoring herself out to the American Marxist Left:

A Democratic source said that Scozzafava and her husband, Ronald P. McDougall, met with U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, D-Huntington, and state Democratic Committee Chairwoman June F. O’Neill at a restaurant in Gouverneur on Saturday afternoon to discuss the endorsement.

By Bluto03:38 PM | Comments |

Shocking al-Qaeda Involved in Afghanistan UN Attack

Via Bill Roggio:

Al Qaeda and the Haqqani Network coordinated last week's deadly assault on a UN guest house in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

The attack, which killed five foreign UN workers and three Afghans, was launched by three terrorists who were dressed as policemen and were armed with grenades, assault rifles, and suicide belts. The terror assault team jumped the walls of the compound and began hunting foreigners in the Kabul compound.

Residents of the guesthouse bolted themselves in rooms and escaped to the rooftop during the two-hour gun battle, which ended when Afghan police and soldiers began clearing the building. The attack has forced the UN to evacuate non-essential personnel just one week ahead of the runoff presidential election.

Afghan intelligence claimed the attack was carried out by three Pakistanis from the Swat Valley, which was under the sway of the Taliban until this spring. The information was obtained from eight suspects who served as the support cell for the UN compound attackers, Amrullah Saleh, an Afghan intelligence official told The New York Times.

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By Howie at 11:57 AM | Comments |