November 29, 2013

Huffpo Newspeak: Out "Terrorists", In "Activists"

I. Sh*t. You. Not.

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And who are these "activists" the NSA were spying on and thinking about leaking their online porn watching in order to discredit?

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"Activists" = convicted terror supporters and those actively encouraging Muslims to kill infidels.

You know, activists.

Remember, the NSA didn't even actually leak the info on these so-called "activists". They only considered it a possibility.

And I'm supposed to be bothered by this?

Thanks to you-know-who.

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

November 28, 2013

Obamacare Bureaucracy Cancels Little Boy's Life Saving Treatments

His family must be in the 5% who had crappy plans they didn't need anyway.

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Cancer ridden boy loses coverage:

WASHINGTON — Hunter Alford is the happy kid next door with a big grin who idolizes country music star Blake Shelton.

His parents call him a "wild, fun loving, zombie-killing boy who loves the military and police."

He is normal in every way, except this 7-year-old already plays guitar and keyboards and has his heart set on learning to fiddle.

Something else sets Hunter apart.

He was born with a rare form of cancer and lost his health insurance just after Obamacare went into effect.

Americans were told the health-care law was designed to help children just like Hunter, born with a deadly pre-existing condition and little means to pay for expensive treatments.

The Affordable Care Act was not supposed to take away the insurance these most-vulnerable children already had and leave them utterly defenseless against a life-threatening disease.

Answers are hard to come by, but it looks like that’s what the president's signature achievement has done in the small town of Gainesville, Texas.

If you wish to help with Hunter's treatment, you can do so HERE.

By DMartyr at 02:24 PM | Comments |

A Very Jawa Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all you turkeys!

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:24 PM | Comments |

November 27, 2013

Quote of the Day: The Hypocrisy of Glenn Greenwald

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"Why wouldn’t we consider doing to Islamic extremists what Glenn Greenwald does routinely to Republicans?"

--Stewart Baker to the Huffington Post on revelations published in the online rag by Glenn Greenwald that, to the rag's horror, the NSA considered leaking the online porn viewing habits of terrorists in order to undermine their credibility.

This quote is so awesome, I don't think I can top it today. So, like George Costanza, I'm bowing out on a high note. Thanks to Ace.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:20 PM | Comments |

SF Protesters Urging Obama to Act Like Emperor

I might as well keep the Star Wars theme going .... Zombie:

Yet even with the small turnout, there was a theme amongst Obama’s protesters/supporters (supportesters?): They didn’t want him to change his political agenda — instead, they demanded that he assume dictatorial powers so that he could finally implement the radical plans with which they already agree. The message of the day was: Stop dilly-dallying around, Mr. President: Ignore the Constitution and just make The Revolution happen, as you promised!
So this is how liberty dies...with thunderous applause.

--Oops, I forgot to put a link in the first go around. My bad. Way more pics here.

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

Iran's Darth Vader to Obama's Lando Calrissian: "I'm altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further."

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I'm just going to cut and paste an email I got from Omri Ceron at the Israel Project. He's never steered me wrong in the past, plus it's the day before Thanksgiving and there's food to be a preparin'. Also, he has an awesome Star Wars analogy thrown in

As you no doubt know, there's already a debate over whether last week's P5+1 interim agreement actually freezes Iran's uranium track the way it's supposed to. The language seems to allow Iranian scientists to continue enriching uranium, as long as they convert anything over their current stock of 3.5% into oxide. But the oxide can easily be reconverted back into material suitable for further enriching to weapons-grade levels: Mark Hibbs over at Arms Control Wonk says it only takes a few weeks, Olli Heinonen and Simon Henderson have similar numbers, etc. So 6 months from now Iran ends up with the same amount of centrifuges (19,000) and more nuclear material than they have now.

As far as Iran's plutonium track goes, the interim deal was supposed to halt progress on Iran's Arak facility, which has a heavy water production facility and a plutonium-breeding reactor. Per statements made overnight by Zarif, not so much.

This is becoming like a scene out of Empire. Iran keeps altering the deal and telling us to pray they don't alter it any further.

Of course it could be that they're not altering the deal at all, and they're telling the truth when they say that the initial WH description of the agreement was flat out false - either way it'd be nice to know how the deal can count as a "freeze" when Iran ends up with more uranium enriched and more progress made on its plutonium-breeding facility.

If Iran is Vader, and Obama is Lando ... then maybe I'm Han Solo because I've got a bad feeling about this.

Oh, I also added some underlining and bold for emphasis.

PS -- Also, it looks like Iran is trying to become a player in Somalia of all places.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:55 PM | Comments |

November 26, 2013

FBI Censors Consider Quran too "Offensive" to Present in Counter Terror Training

I actually took the time and looked at the whole document which shows various slides from powerpoint presentations that were purged from FBI counterterror training because they were deemed "offensive". Most of the censored images and slides were pretty milquetoast, there's no way any one outside a university sociology department gets offended by these.

Other slides are offensive, but obviously intentionally so that the audience will see what bigoted statements/images/stereotypes look like. One such slide shows Yosemite Sam as an Arab in a classic Bugs Bunny cartoon but the intent of the slide is obvious as it's labelled "Biases and Perception".

So, not only are the PC warriors eager to suppress speech deemed unpopular, they are also too stupid to realize when such "offensive" speech is being used in support of their preferred position.

But it gets worse then that. In an effort to show that Islam has no more of a violent streak than any other religion they .... censor slides simply quoting from the Quran.

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It takes a lot of chutzpah to censor counter terror training in the name of cultural sensitivity while at the same time claiming that the Quran can't be used in such training because it is inherently offensive to the sensibilities of ..... Muslims.

You can't read the Quran. It might give you the wrong idea about Islam!

I'm not saying that the above quotation from the Quran is the guiding principle for all Muslims. No more than quoting Jesus' "turn the other cheek" would ever be taken as the controlling verse for most Christians.

But if one were studying Christian pacifism of course one would have to look at Bible versus that could be read as pacific! The same is true of Islamist terror: it didn't come out of nowhere. It has a history. It has a context. And that context is Islam.

If the FBI wants its agents to understand Islamist terror of course they must understand Quranic versus which could be read as condoning violence in the name of God. Not because this is what Western bigots say about Islam, but because it is what some Muslims say to each other about Islam. The jihadi mindset is steeped in Quranic readings and traditions.

I'm not saying that the jihadis represent true Islam, only that they themselves claim to be the true followers of Islam. If we don't know what the enemy believes, then how can we identify who the enemy are? And if we don't know who the enemy are, then how can we fight them.

In any event, the Washington Examiner story is here and from that link you can download the PDF file documenting the FBI's censorship efforts.

I just found the whole thing both disgusting and deliciously ironic so I had to comment on it.

PS -- I'm closing the comments on this post because I know a bunch of you are going to spout off on how terrorists are just good Muslims doing what Allah tells them to do. This from Catholics who are convinced they represent "real" Christianity, or from Evangelicals who think their version of Christianity is the "authentic" one. Which is to say it's not up to me to judge what "real" Islam is or isn't.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:45 PM | |

Out: Selling Ecstasy -- In: Selling Uranium

I'm trying to figure out just what this means, but if I'm reading this right then the uranium the drug dealers were trying to sell actually is of a lower grade then naturally mined uranium. The implication, I think, is that this is post-processed uranium. Kind of the opposite of enriched uranium.

So, the drug dealer was trying to sell .... nuclear waste? Nuclear waste that wasn't from South Africa, but which had been ... imported from another country?

That's how I read it at least. Maybe someone who has more expertise could fill me in here? Business Insider:

South African officials seized 2.2 pounds of uranium and 90 ecstasy tablets from two men allegedly trying to sell the items in the city of Durban, reports AFP....

“Yes it is uranium and the tests suggest that it must have come from a country that is dealing with some uranium enrichment at the moment, very very unlikely (in) Africa,” NECSA spokesman Elliot Mulane told AFP.

The uranium is 0.38 percent made up of the U-235 isotope and is well below the average 0.7 percent of the U-235 found in natural uranium. Uranium would need to be at a 90% level in order to be considered weapons grade.

So, is this a big deal or not?

I found an older article about the arrests that says that what they were trying to sell was yellowcake. Now, I thought yellowcake was something we didn't want bad guys to get their hands on. You'll remember that when we thought Saddam Hussein was trying to get the stuff, it was something we frowned on.

So, I know the stuff is less radioactive then other types of uranium. But still, would you carry it around in a shopping bag?

A shopping bag filled with stolen uranium has been seized in a sting operation in Durban, triggering alarm among local and international nuclear watchdog agencies....

They were found with a bag of the material in powder form, known as “yellowcake”, in what The Witness has established is only the fifth confirmed seizure of smuggled uranium in South Africa in the past 20 years.

Carrying yellowcake around in a shopping bag seems to be about as bright an idea as carrying around a cobra in your purse.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:09 PM | Comments |

Where's Howie?

Getting pelted by his own groceries. Which is the grown up equivalent of the "Why are you hitting yourself" thing the bullies at school used to do to him.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:55 PM | Comments |

Some Released Gitmo Prisoners Really CIA Assets

If this was common knowledge, I was certainly out of the loop. The AP reports that multiple sources confirm to them that a facility at Guantanamo Bay nicknamed "Penny Lane" housed inmates who had been flipped and who agreed to help the CIA locate wanted members of al Qaeda's leadership.

You'll have to read the whole story, but here's a couple of nuggets:

In the early years after 9/11, the CIA turned some Guantanamo Bay prisoners into double agents then sent them home to help the U.S. kill terrorists, current and former U.S. officials said....

Some of the men who passed through Penny Lane helped the CIA find and kill many top al-Qaida operatives, current and former U.S. officials said. Others stopped providing useful information and the CIA lost touch with them....

President Barack Obama took an interest the program for a different reason. Shortly after taking office in 2009, he ordered a review of the former detainees working as double agents because they were providing information used in Predator drone strikes, one of the officials said.

The eight cell facility was closed in 2006, so it's history now. I'm assuming that all the assets have dried up and that's why the people are talking now, but it's not safe to assume: some people are asshats, and others are called reporters --- but I repeat myself.

But the cat is out of the bag and the one good thing that might come out of this revelation is maybe al Qaeda will be even more suspicious of ex-Gitmo terrorists who rejoined the ranks. Hey, al Qaeda, their all spies!

Oh, this part stuck out too. One of the inducements to being moved out of the normal cell blocks into the more cushy cells at "Penny Lane"? Porn:

Candidates were ushered from the confines of prison to Penny Lane's relative hominess, officials said. The cottages had private kitchens, showers and televisions. Each had a small patio.

Some prisoners asked for and received pornography. One official said the biggest luxury in each cottage was the bed — not a military-issued cot but a real bed with a mattress.

Porn: is there anything it can't do?

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

November 25, 2013

Uighur Jihadists Confirm They Were Behind Tienanmen Square Attack

They've just confirmed what we've known all along:

A video posted online by the Turkestan Islamic Party showed the organisation's leader Abdullah Mansour speaking in Uighur, said the Washington-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist forums.

In an eight-minute message, Mansour, his face obscured, described whose who carried out the attack as "mujahideen", SITE said. He warned that Uighur fighters would target the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square, where the ruling Communist Party holds its meetings.

Mansour was quoted as saying: "Chinese unbelievers, know that you have been fooling East Turkestan for the last 60 years, but now they have awakened.

"The people have learned who is the real enemy and they returned to their own religion. They learned the lesson."

Why do I have a feeling that these people are about to learn a lesson of their own?

Related: Islamist Terror Attack at Tiananmen Square Kills 5

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:21 PM | Comments |

Report: Anjem Choudary Tied to Jihadists in Syria

Really, you think? And this is .... news?

Groups linked to hate preacher Anjem Choudary have been labelled, the 'single biggest gateway to terrorism in recent British history'.

The radical Islamist has been identified as the link between groups who encourage the safe passage of British and European Muslims into Syria where they join Al Qaeda-linked forces.

According to a study by Hope Not Hate, organisations affiliated with Choudary have encouraged in the region of 80 young British Muslims to join the fighting in Syria.

They may also have had a hand in the recruitment of 300 more on the continent, the report said.

I don't know what the UK should do with this guy, but a good start would be cutting off his welfare benefits which is how he makes a living.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:15 PM | Comments |

Gurkha Who Beheaded Taliban Cleared

This is one of those instances where the double-standard imposed on our troops becomes almost unbearable. That somehow pissing on a dead Taliban soldier or taking the head off someone who is already dead is equivalent to what the Taliban do: behead someone who is alive.

I'm not saying we should be taking scalps, fingers, or heads off the enemy dead. Clearly this is wrong. But when this guy cut the head off a dead Taliban soldier he didn't "behead" him.

We use the word behead to denote the killing of someone, not the desecration of a corpse.

Moreover, crimes occur in all contexts -- even in war. It's how you treat the perpetrators of crimes that distinguishes the good guys from the bad guys.

If one of our soldiers were to behead a POW, we'd call him a murderer. When the Taliban do it, they call him a hero.

If you can't get that then you're not worth talking to. Unfortunately we have a word for people who don't understand such simple concepts. We call these people "reporters".

Fortunately this particular Gurkha soldier has been exonerated. It seems he only beheaded the dead Taliban because he was trying to get a positive ID on a high value target:

The Gurkha faced a court martial and possible jail sentence if he had been found guilty of a war crime.

However, the decision taken was that the soldier was fighting for his life and did not have time to reload his weapon as his victim attacked.

The Gurkhas had intended to remove the Taliban leader’s body from the battlefield for identification purposes.

But they came under heavy fire as their tried to do so. Military sources said that in the heat of battle, the Gurkha took out his curved kukri knife and beheaded the dead insurgent.

I'm glad this guy was found not-guilty and has been reinstated. What pisses me off are all the morons who called him a "war criminal". Once he explained himself to his commanding officer that should have been the end of it.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:02 PM | Comments |

American Humane Association Covered Up Movie Animal Abuses

The American Humane Association, most recognized for monitoring animal safety in movies, has been exposed covering up horrible abuses and animal fatalities during filming:

A THR investigation has found that, unbeknownst to the public, these incidents on Hollywood’s most prominent productions are but two of the troubling cases of animal injury and death that directly call into question the 136-year-old Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit’s assertion that “No Animals Were Harmed” on productions it monitors. Alarmingly, it turns out that audiences reassured by the organization's famous disclaimer should not necessarily assume it is true. In fact, the AHA has awarded its "No Animals Were Harmed" credit to films and TV shows on which animals were injured during production. It justifies this on the grounds that the animals weren't intentionally harmed or the incidents occurred while cameras weren't rolling.

Believe what you will about killing animals for food or for survival. But animals should never be harmed for entertainment.

By DMartyr at 01:55 PM | Comments |

Help, I'm being repressed by .... commas?

Apparently, I'm oppressing minorities when I insist on proper punctuation.

Yeah, I know: I wouldn't know proper punctuation if it was sitting on my face. But still ..... the repression!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:28 PM | Comments |

International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

Not widely recognized in the West as it may offend certain cultures. Except to point fingers.

ThinkProgress, like most liberal sites, is turning this into an American problem while avoiding the institutionalized abuses in Islamic countries:

Even though this type of sexual violence has reached epidemic proportions, it's still not widely discussed. Most Americans don't feel comfortable talking about it, which creates an environment in which victims don't feel safe enough to tell people about their abuse.

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By DMartyr at 12:30 PM | Comments |

Preparing for a Nuclear Iran

I no longer think the question is if Iran goes nuclear, it's now only when. The idea that we can trust but verify in Iran is about as believable as when Clinton made pretty much the same deal with North Korea. You remember how well that worked out?

Best case scenario: Iran and Pakistan nuke each other.

Worst case scenario: Iran and Israel nuke each other.

And as often as not, the future probably will be neither extreme. Iran's pursuit of a nuke is probably more linked to their fear of regime change then it is to their fear of a Jewish state. That is, a nuclear bomb is a way for them to prolong their own power when clearly no one -- including their own people -- really thinks Ayatollah Khomeini's particular brand of Islamism has worked out very well.

We need to remember that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan already has nukes and so far has remained in check by the prospects of Indian nukes, despite a good chunk of its own citizens believing the end is nigh so why not nuke a few billion infidels into oblivion. So, I don't see Iran nuking Israel just for spite or out of a dream of an apocalyptic oblivion. People in power generally want to stay in power, despite eschatological fantasies of hidden imams coming to save the day. Jim Jones and David Koresh are the exception, not the rule.

Since Obama's tenure in office is assured until early 2017 I don't see anything we can do to stop this deal from happening. It's a fait accompli.

The biggest irritation here is that just when Obama and the EU's policy of economic sanctions began to work, they folded. As we speak Iran is on the verge of complete economic collapse. The collapse could have actually led to regime change, but even if it didn't do that immediately it would have at least led to chaos. Maybe even the kind of chaos that Syria is going through. A weakened Iran.

But now, holding a straight flush, Obama .... folds?

Yes, elections have consequences. I fear we are about to see just how far reaching those consequences might be.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:46 AM | Comments |

November 22, 2013

Where's Howie?

Wal Mart.

By Vinnie at 05:14 PM | Comments |

Obama's Freedom Fighters Free Captured Soldiers Brain From His Skull

I've seen some of those fake videos released by the Assad regime in which a few so called Mujahideen, who don't talk or act quite right, murder someone out in the desert without witnesses. The narrative blaming al-Nusra and terrorist elements fighting in Syria.

Yeah, um, this isn't one of those.


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The terrorists don't hide when they murder people. They do it right up front and in broad daylight.

By Howie at 11:38 AM | Comments |

I'm a Racist! Zo's A Racist! Oprah's a Racist!

And that goes for the rest of you racist scallywags too!

PJTV:

Oprah has raised the debt ceiling on the race card. Even though she's got enough money to swipe that card 'til it smokes. Funny how the wealth she has mostly comes from her white fans, but somehow it's racism that's causing Obama to fail. It can't possibly be his policies.

By Howie at 11:30 AM | Comments |

Sandcrawler PSA: You're Screwed

Totally 100% FUUTA!

Barack Obama lied, that’s the only way what he said can be parsed. “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it, period” “If you like your doctor, you can keep them, period” Well, no you can’t, which is exactly what we have been telling you for years now. Barack Obama knowingly and with a full forethought of malice lied to YOU. Yes, he lied to YOU, not me, because I knew he was lying, most of the people in America on the right knew he was lying. Hell Joe Wilson (R) of South Carolina even shouted out “You lie! back in 2009 when Obama was lying before a internationally televised joint session of congress.

Many of you consoled yourselves with a rather disturbing fantasy, you allowed yourselves to believe that it would only be a small percentage of the population who would be negatively impacted by Obamacare, that finally the rich would be forced to pay their fair share. Man what bumbling dumbshits you imbeciles were.

Well said, well said.

By Howie at 11:15 AM | Comments |

German Rapper Who Once Toured w/ DMX Now Fighting Jihad in Syria (Updated/Bumped He's Dead Jim!)

I hadn't heard about this guy, but it piqued my interest. The last rapping jihadist I was familiar with was the late great Omar Hammami, who was rapping away in Somalia right until the moment al Shabaab slit his throat.

And as I kept reading about how he was a big time gangsta rapper in Germany I couldn't help but think: they have gangsta rap in Germany!

David Hasselhoff is rolling over in his grave right now. Wait, Hasselhoff is dead, right? But I digress.

Here's CNN's profile of Denis Cuspert -- aka Deso Dogg -- and more lately aka Abu Maleeq and aka Abu Talha al-Almani:

In August, al Qaeda's propaganda arm released a video starring the German rapper Deso Dogg.

Wearing combat fatigues and standing next to a waterfall in Syria, Deso Dogg raps in German calling on others to join the jihad and "to make an effort for Paradise."

Deso Dogg, whose real name is Denis Cuspert, is one of several dozen German citizens who have fought in Syria....

Cuspert joined Berlin street gangs and became a popular artist in the German gangsta-rap scene, known by his nom de rap "Deso Dogg" and touring with other rappers such as DMX.

Anyway, here's the video of Deso Dogg in Syria. It's kinda funny. I've never seen a jihadi so excited to play in the water.

And here's a music video featuring the musical musings of Deso Dogg dedicated to bottom ho, Osama bin Laden.

Is it just me, or was that the worst nasheed since .... well at least since Emerson "Nasheed Expert" Begolly got locked up in federal poundmeintheass prison?

So, does this guy suck or does German just not lend itself to the genre? Come on, when's the last good song you can think of actually sung in German? Nena's 99 Luftballons was almost three decades ago!

Update by Howie: He's dead Jim!

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Ask and ye shall receive. Inshallah....

Masha'Allah!


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:34 AM | Comments |

November 21, 2013

While The Boss Is Away

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By Vinnie at 07:53 PM | Comments |

I Like This Game!

It's called "Knockout" and when the thug tries to knock you out, you shoot him.

Sign me up!

By Vinnie at 07:21 PM | Comments |

The Post Wherein I Confess That I Am, After All, A Racist

For you see, recently I've gotten into the long lost habit of having peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. Usually on Sundays, because I'm more interested in the Packers game than eating.

Little did I know, this rebirth of an old standby lunch would make me a cross burning oppressor of minorities.

“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” Gutierrez asked. “Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.”

…The Tribune noted that the school started the new year with “intensive staff trainings, frequent staff meetings, classroom observations and other initiatives,” to help educators understand their own “white privilege,” in order to “change their teaching practices to boost minority students’ performance.”"Last Wednesday, the first day of the school year for staff, for example, the first item of business for teachers at Scott School was to have a Courageous Conversation — to examine a news article and discuss the ‘white privilege’ it conveys,” the Tribune added.

Last time I checked, we racist sewer dwellers ate tortas. And pitas. And tortillas and pretty much many other different types of foods from all of the races that have come to this country from all over the globe.

So chow down on that quesadilla. Nom on that gyro. Gorge on the fried rice. Hell, chomp on that fried grasshopper while you're at it.

But don't eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you racist bastard.

By Vinnie at 06:57 PM | Comments |

War P0rn: It's Coming Right For Us!

Best watched in full screen! No gore, just fun for the whole family!


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By DMartyr at 02:39 PM | Comments |

The Answer Is: Obamacare

If a bat and ball cost $1.10 and the bat costs one dollar more than the ball, how much does the ball cost?

More than half of the students at Harvard, MIT, and Princeton asked this simple logic problem got it wrong.

(Hat Tip: IHateTheMedia)

(Un)Related: The answer is no longer Obamacare.

By DMartyr at 02:28 PM | Comments |

Top Taliban Leader Killed in ... Seminary

Imagine that, a terrorist hiding out in an Islamic seminary. The other takeaway from this is that the seminary was located in village in one of the "settled areas" -- meaning it was under government control and not the "tribes":

A suspected U.S. drone targeted an Islamic seminary early Thursday in northwest Pakistan, killing six people in an attack likely to inflame tensions over the CIA drone campaign.

According to local officials, three missiles were fired into a madrassa in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province about 5 a.m. local time, a rare strike outside of Pakistan’s tribal areas...

Local intelligence officials identified two of the dead as Maulvi Ahmad Jan and Maulvi Hameedullah, who they said were close associates of Sirajuddin Haqqani, a leader of the Haqqani network.

A good day.

I'll be gone most of the rest of the week and Howie is at Hedonism II for their yearly meet up of old wrinkly gay white guys. Vinnie might be there, too. I dunno. So posting might be light until DMartyr wakes up from her hangover and makes the walk of shame back home.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:43 AM | Comments |

November 20, 2013

Awesome: "Dozens" of Iraqi Refugees May be al Qaeda

The news that two Iraqi refugees who had been bombmakers in Iraq isn't news at all: These guys were arrested two years ago.

The only reason this is news is that the FBI admitted to ABC that they are investigating "dozens" of Iraqi refugees for links to al Qaeda:

"We are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that," FBI Agent Gregory Carl, director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), said in an ABC News interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC News' "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline".

"I wouldn't be surprised if there were many more than that," said House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul. "And these are trained terrorists in the art of bombmaking that are inside the United States; and quite frankly, from a homeland security perspective, that really concerns me."

Dozens. That's more than one dozen, it's at least two dozen.

24 people, minimum.

That doesn't mean they'll find out these "dozens" of refugees are actually linked to al Qaeda, just that they could be and we don't know so we probably should devote some resources to finding out.

But still: dozens. 24.

How many people did it take to cause 9/11?

19

24 > 19

I just wanted to throw that out there.

Also, if these clowns can't be counted on to vet ten thousand or so Iraqi refugees do you really trust them to vet the 10 million illegal aliens they want to give amnesty to?

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

HHS: Key To Happiness Is For Women To Calm The F%@k Down

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This from the Department in charge of Obamacare:

[...]a study of hot marital fights indicates that when the wife calms down, the couples are more happy. Researcher Lian Bloch of the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto found that in a study she did at the University of California, Berkeley. She looked at data that included recorded arguments by long-time husbands and wives.

"The marriages that were the happiest were the ones in which the wives were able to calm down quickly during marital conflict."

There is no word on whether or not any male participant was brave enough to actually tell an angry woman to calm down.


This Muslim sheik explains the what the study discovered:


By DMartyr at 12:37 PM | Comments |

War Porn: IDF Targets Weapons Manufacturing Facility in the Gaza Strip


Video footage of yesterday's (Nov. 19) targeting of a weapons-manufacturing facility in the southern Gaza Strip. Secondary explosions prove the facility was in fact storing illegal weapons.

Yesterday (Nov. 19), soldiers reported rocket fire while operating in the vicinity of the security fence. In response, the IAF retaliated and targeted a weapons-manufacturing facility, two terror tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip, and a location used for terror activity in the northern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed:

By Howie at 10:25 AM | Comments |

At Last Good News From Iraq

It comes as no surprise that the Kurds are the source of this rare good news.

Iraq’s Kurds plan to start pumping oil to Turkey next month via a pipeline controlled by the central government in Baghdad, signaling an easing of their dispute over resources, according to two people familiar with the plan.

The new line will take Kurdish oil into the existing pipe that runs from Kirkuk in Iraq to Turkey’s Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, initially carrying 150,000 barrels a day starting in December, according to the Turkish energy industry officials who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. An Iraqi energy industry manager, who requested anonymity for the same reason, said the state oil company has accounted for the extra oil in 2014 plans.

Sweet!

By Howie at 09:15 AM | Comments |

Meanwhile in Baghdad

al-Qaeda set off two car bombs, following yesterday's bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut. The Syrian conflict is escalating very quickly outside of Syria.

A wave of attacks, mostly by car bombs, hit mainly Shiite and commercial areas of Baghdad on Wednesday morning, killing at least 24 people and wounding 87, Iraqi officials said.
The bombings were part of a surge in violence that has rocked Iraq over the past months as insurgents seek to thwart the Shiite-led government's efforts to stabilize the country.
Its apparent that AQI can now act in co-ordination from Beirut through Syria all the way through to Baghdad.


By Howie at 08:49 AM | Comments |

November 19, 2013

Private Organization Forcibly Takes DNA From Random Drivers (update: Private as in George Soros)

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, purporting themselves to be police officers, directed vehicles to pull off a main road into a parking lot, where the drivers were ordered to give DNA samples.

What's most frightening is that so many willingly gave up their Constitutuional rights without even a whimper.

Some drivers along a busy North Fort Worth street on Friday were stopped at police roadblock and directed into a parking lot, where they were asked by federal contractors for samples of their breath, saliva and even blood. [...]

Fort Worth police Sgt. Kelly Peel said he could not immediately locate any record of Fort Worth officers being involved in the roadblock but said he was still checking Monday evening.

A spokesman for nearby Haltom City police said his department was not involved.

NBC DFW confirmed that the survey was done by a government contractor, the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, which is based in Calverton, Md.

PIRE is a privately funded nonprofit organization that researches alcohol and drug issues.

Update by Howie: Behind PIRE is the Dark Lord George Soros.

P.S. He also wants your guns.

By DMartyr at 04:15 PM | Comments |

And Now An Editorial on the Religion of Peas

If you get jail time in Islamic nations for tweets, just imagine what a whole essay would get?

“The religion of peace,” is in fact the religion of blood.

Distressed by the Muslims’ trouble-making and killing sprees, civilized nations are bending over backward in the hope of placating them and helping them join the family of humanity by admitting hordes of immigrants and affording them all manner of hospitality and assistance. All seems to no avail. Many of the new arrivals, deeply infected by the Islamic ethos, find it impossible to assimilate in the host countries. Instead, they strive to impose their defunct order that is the cause of their backwardness and inhumanity on the host people.

Oh my, he is so going to get a Fatwa for that.

By Howie at 02:00 PM | Comments |

Vote Hadzovic!

She's got a platform we'd all like to grab onto from behind!

If sex appeal is power, then this Balkan beauty might have her eyes on the presidency.

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Serbian politician Vanja Hadzovic posed for a titillating photo shoot for a popular tabloid newspaper that has roused passions in the southern European Republic.

More and more and more and more here and here.

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I'm not sure what her politics are, but I believe in it!

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By Howie at 01:00 PM | Comments |

US Tax Dollars Funding Palestinian Terrorists

Substantial portions of the Palestinian Authority's budget comes from the US, the UK, and the EU. And how is that money being spent? To reward terrorists. And I don't mean in an indirect way, I mean by directly paying convicted terrorists:

Palestinian prisoners who were convicted of killing Israelis and then released by Israel as a goodwill gesture to smooth the path of peace talks were given at least $50,000 apiece as well as a comfortable monthly salary from the Palestinian Authority, the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said in a statement Monday....

The salary granted to each prisoner depended upon the length of his incarceration. Those who were held for over 25 years were entitled to $50,000, in addition to a position as a deputy minister or a promotion to the rank of major-general in the security forces, both of which earn monthly wages of NIS 14,000 (nearly $4,000)

That $4,000 figure is substantially higher than the average Palestinian salary and even higher than most civil servants in the PA].

So, who are these convicted terrorists who are celebrated in the Palestinian territories and who get cash bonuses and cushy civil service jobs for their evil deeds? Here's an example:

Issa Abd Rabbo, the most veteran of the prisoners released, received a $60,000 bonus, with the PA reportedly also offering to foot the bill for a wedding should he choose to marry. He was convicted of murdering two Israeli hikers south of Jerusalem in 1984, after tying them up at gunpoint and placing bags over their heads.
All societies have scumbags. What differentiates the good from the bad is how those societies treat the scumbags.

Palestinians celebrate murderers. So if we give them a state what could possibly go wrong?

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

Taliban Murder Kids in Afghanistan

Roadside bomb kills 7 children in Afghanistan, Taliban supporters unavailable for comment.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:38 PM | Comments |

Imam & 2 Others Sentenced in LA for Helping Shabaab

I emphasized the imam part because if this was a Baptist minister or a Catholic priest, it would be all over the news -- and rightly so. But we hold Muslims to such a low standard that this kind of story is back page everywhere except in LA -- and even there it's not the headline.

You mean a cleric was sending money to terrorists!?!?!?

Oh, he was Muslim. Eh, big deal:

Three Somali immigrants — an imam, a cabdriver and an employee of a money transmitting business — were sentenced Monday to federal prison for aiding a terrorist group in their homeland.

Basaaly Saeed Moalin, 36, the cabdriver, was sentenced to 18 years. Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, 41, the imam, was sentenced to 13 years. Issa Doreh, 56, the employee of the money transmitting business, was sentenced to 10 years.

The three were convicted of a conspiracy to send money from San Diego to Somalia to help al-Shabaab, termed by the U.S. government as a terrorist group linked with Al Qaeda attempting to topple the shaky governments in Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere.

Thanks to Rahm at Terror Free Somalia.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:31 PM | Comments |

Denmarks Most Threatened Poet Attacked by Muslim Terrorist at Copenhagen Central Station

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he poet Yahya Hassan was assaulted with punches to his head and body while waiting on a platform at Copenhagen Central Station yesterday, according to media reports.

According to Jyllands-Posten newspaper, DSB staff quickly apprehended a 24-year-old man who was subsequently arrested by police and will be charged today with politically-motivated assault.

“The assailant hit him in the head from behind with a closed fist several times and shouted that he was a infidel and should die,” Kenneth Jensen, the investigation leader for the Copenhagen Police, told Jyllands-Posten.

Yahya Hassan told a the Politiken newspaper,
"As soon as our parents landed in the airport, it was as if they gave up their role as parents," he told Politiken. "Then we could watch our fathers passively rot on the couch with the remote in their hands, living off state benefits, accompanied by a disillusioned mother who never put her foot down. Those of us who dropped out of school, who became criminals and bums, we weren't let down by the system, but by our parents. We are the orphaned generation."
He later defended his statement blaming Muslim parents for their children's criminality on a Danish television show, scoring records death threats from the followers of the Religion of Peas.
After his appearance in the DR2 news programme Deadline this week in which he criticised Muslim parents, Yahya Hassan, an 18-year old poet of Palestinian descent, has received more death threats than any other guest in the show's history.

"He is going to fucking die! That's all there's to it," one commenter immediately wrote on Deadline's Facebook page, while another wants Hassan to "shoot himself before someone else does it". A third wrote: "I wish I had a bazooka, then he would have been gone a long time ago."

His attacker is identified as 24-year-old Isaac Meyer aka Abdul Basit Abu Lifa.

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Denmark tried to deport him to his parents native Jordan after he was released after serving a seven year sentence.

But the district court emphasized that the Jordanian citizenship was not something he himself had chosen, but something he automatically had been awarded.

The 19-year-old Abu-Lifa serving a sentence of seven years in prison for being in league with the Danish Turk Abdulkadir Cesur and Swedish Bosnians failed Mirsad Bektasevich which in 2005 was taken in Sarajevo, including 20 kg explosives and are now serving long sentences in Bosnian prison.

By Howie at 12:09 PM | Comments |

Seven Score And Ten Years Ago...

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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

By DMartyr at 10:49 AM | Comments |

al-Qaeda Bombs Iranian Embassy

Let me be the first to condemn this horrific act of terrorism.

At least 22 people have been killed and more than 140 injured in a double suicide bombing outside the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut.

There are conflicting reports as to whether the Iranian cultural attache survived the attack or was killed.

Iran is a major backer of the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah, which has sent fighters to Syria to back the government of Bashar al-Assad.

TV images showed burning cars, bodies on the street and damaged buildings.

The Iranian ambassador to Beirut had earlier confirmed cultural attache Ebrahim Ansari's death to Hezbollah's al-Manar TV, saying it was not clear if he had been in the embassy itself or one of the residential buildings nearby.

But I'm pretty sure this was, you know, an inside job?
Director Oliver Stone's son says 9/11 was an ‘inside job’, Hezbollah are not terrorists, and Iran’s president is simply ‘misunderstood'
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Does Iran not have a motive to bomb itself then blame it on al-Qaeda in order to gain sympathy? I'm just asking questions here people, just asking questions.

This is a clear escalation of the the Iran vs Saudi proxy war going on in Syria. Saudi Arabia recently cut off diplomatic ties with the US over giving Iran too much slack in Syria.

Not to mention the large faction of the Syrian Sunni resistance who are strait up al-Qaeda. The West, Russia and Iran increasingly driven together by a common enemy, an enemy that Syria and Iran were quite satisfied with then they fight the US in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Oh the sweet irony of it all.

By Howie at 08:52 AM | Comments |

November 18, 2013

Moderate Muslim Country Sentences Twitter Blasphemer to 5 Years

Yes, they really will put you in jail for saying bad things about their alleged "prophet". But this time the guy didn't even say anything bad about Muhammad, like the fact that he was a child molester. No, he just insulted the descendants of the prophet:

A rights activist in Kuwait says a Twitter user has been sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of insulting the Prophet Muhammad....

Musaab Shamsah was arrested following a Twitter post he allegedly made in May that made references to the descendants of Islam's prophet. Activist Nawaf al-Hendal says Shamsah plans to appeal.

And to think we went to war defending these SOBs.

Thanks to IntelGirl111

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:14 PM | Comments |

French Hostage Escapes Nigerian Islamists

Good for him:

A French engineer abducted by Islamist militants in Nigeria has managed to escape after nearly a year in captivity, officials said on Sunday, in the latest dramatic turn for French hostages abroad.

President Francois Hollande announced that Francis Collomp, 63, was free after being taken by Islamist militants on December 19, 2012, in the state of Katsina in northern Nigeria...

"He watched his captors' prayer time. They always prayed for 15 minutes. And yesterday they did not lock the door to his cell," Mr Adeleye said. "While they were at prayer he sneaked out and began to run."

Mr Collomp stopped a motorcycle taxi and had it take him to the nearest police station, from where he was brought to Kaduna, the regional capital.

In related news, a french Priest was abducted in Camaroon last week with reports that he was taken to Nigeria by his Islamist captors. I'm guessing his collar isn't going to do him any favors with the terrorists holding him.

H/T: Rantburg

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:23 AM | Comments |

That's My Alma Mater: Obamacare Now Grounds for Mocking at USC/Stanford Football Game

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Also, USC 20, Stanford 17! I don't think I've been this proud to be a Trojan since the day OJ finally went to jail:

During Saturday morning's taping of ESPN's College GameDay, a fan held up a "Stanford Supports Obamacare" sign to insult the Cardinal football team, symbolizing how unpopular President Barack Obama's healthcare law is even on college campuses in Southern California.
Thanks to Tom Elia

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:14 AM | Comments |

HELL NO! The Sensible Horror Film

(Hat Tip: Law Of Self Defense)

Below the fold, a bonus horror film: Stay Indoors.

By DMartyr at 11:09 AM | Comments |

Brown Moses' New Yorker Profile

One of the best sources for clear headed information on Syria, no doubt.

As rockets fell in Syria, Eliot Higgins was asleep at his house twenty-three hundred miles away, in Leicester, England. He woke a few hours later, roused his toddler daughter, Ela, and padded downstairs to make her porridge. It was August 21st, and it had been ten months since Higgins was laid off from his job as an administrator at a nonprofit providing housing for asylum seekers. His days now consisted of looking after Ela and writing blog posts. As he made breakfast, he checked Twitter on his phone, and noticed reports of a possible chemical-weapons attack in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus.

...“Immediately, I gathered as much information as possible,” Higgins told me recently. Online, Higgins is known as Brown Moses, and, as Ela played, he assembled videos from Ghouta, preparing to post them on the Brown Moses Blog

Read the rest.

By Howie at 10:24 AM | Comments |

Tornadoes!

Pretty bad day, either you were hurt or you saw storms followed by sunshine and rainbows, tornadoes are truly an act of God, so fickle, terrible damage one place then so close to the destruction normality. Its surreal.

CNN:Washington, Illinois (CNN) -- Hundreds of thousands of people were without power and hundreds were without homes across the Midwest on Monday after powerful storms wreaked havoc in three states.
The worst damage appeared to be in Illinois, where six people died.

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An umbrella found undamaged in a remote area 10 miles from Brookport IL tornado

And three people in far southern Illinois died from what was believed to be a tornado there, two in the Brookport area and one in Unionville.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected, especially those who lost loved ones.

More here.

By Howie at 10:19 AM | Comments |

al-Shabbab Offers Comfort to Mullah Omar Over Mehsud Droning

Not to be outdone by Nigerian Ansaru, al-Shabbab rushes in to provide a circle jerk assist.

habaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, has issued a statement offering its condolences for the death of Hakeemullah Mehsud, the former emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. Hakeemullah was killed by the US in a drone strike in North Waziristan on Nov. 1.
Oh how cute.

By Howie at 10:11 AM | Comments |

Nigerian Terrorst Group Ansaru Kisses Mullah Omar and Zawahiri's Hand

I dunno, but sounds kind of like a bad gay man crush to me.

he leader of Ansaru, a Nigeria-based jihadist group that was added to the US' list of global terrorist organizations just days ago, recently called Ayman al-Zawahiri "our good emir" and Mullah Omar the "Emir of the Believers."

Abu Usama al Ansari, the leader of Ansaru, praised al Qaeda and the Taliban's top leaders in an Eid al Adha statement that was released on jihadist forums on Nov. 14. His statement was obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

Al Ansari described the leader of al Qaeda as "our good emir, and dear sheikh, the doctor of the Ummah [Muslims community], the man of dignity and determination."

Additionally, al Ansari described Mullah Omar as the "Emir of the Believers" [the title is also known as "Emir al Mumineen," or the Commander of the Faithful]. Mullah Omar's title has religious significance among jihadists; the Commander of the Faithful is designated the leader of their Islamist caliphate. Osama bin Laden had sworn allegiance to Mullah Omar.

Like my Pakistani friend explains to me, al-Qaeda does not do Jihad "for the sake of Allah or Muslims, be because they want to be Kings, or Emirs as they are called in the Islamic world.

Its good to be king you know.

By Howie at 10:06 AM | Comments |

al-Shabaab Issues Fatwa Against Smart Phones

Sabahi:

n a move that further prevents residents of Somalia's Lower Shabelle region from accessing news and information, al-Shabaab is intimidating people who use smartphones, saying the hi-tech mobile devices could be used for spying.

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The militants began their intimidation campaign October 10th, shortly after US commandos stormed a beach house in Barawe, targeting al-Shabaab commander Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, who goes by the alias Ikrima.

..."About four young men came into my pharmacy and saw my Samsung Galaxy phone while it was charging," Farah told Sabahi. "They ordered me to hand over the phone and immediately began searching my text messages, while asking me unnecessary questions about how I acquired the phone or if I send text messages abroad. I answered them with the answer they liked and told them I do not communicate with anyone outside the country."

The militants instructed Farah to never to use his phone again, threatening severe punishment if he is caught with it.

"When I asked them why I was being ordered to stop using it, they told me that smartphones are used to spy on Muslim people," he said. "I was really surprised."

Nahhh, surely not.

By Howie at 10:01 AM | Comments |

November 16, 2013

Chinese Jihadis Bring Axes to a Gun Fight

Eleven dead in Xinxiang province, native home to much of China's Muslim population. But if you look below the eleven figure, you realize nine of them were the attackers killed by bullets, while only two of the attacked killed by knives and axes:

At least 11 people were killed in an attack by a group of armed men against a police station in Serikbuya, a town in the autonomous Chinese region of Xinjiang, located approximately 400km southwest of the region's capital, Urumqi. According to the official state press Xinhua, nine men armed with axes and knives managed to kill two policemen and wounded two more before being shot down by other officers.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:59 PM | Comments |

Abu Sayyaf Suspected Behind Murder, Kidnapping of Tourist Couple in Malaysia

It looks like the Filipino al Qaeda affiliate, Abu Sayyaf, murdered a Taiwanese tourist in Malaysia and then kidnapped his wife. The murdered husband probably got the better deal:

MALAYSIAN police believe an al-Qaida linked terror group from the Philippines is behind the killing of a Taiwanese tourist and the kidnapping of his wife.

Unidentified gunmen shot dead Li-Min Hsu, 57, and kidnapped his wife An-Wei Chang, 56, early on Friday on Pom Pom Island, a popular scuba diving location in the eastern state of Sabah on Borneo island....

Khalid added the attackers were believed to have come in a group of eight in a speedboat.

The fear is with so much of the Filipino military tied up with disaster recovery that Abu Sayyaf terrorists are more free to do their thing. As if the Philippines didn't have so many other worries right now.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:47 PM | Comments |

Kazakh ID'd as Suicide Bomber in Pakistan

There's something about reaping what you sow that the Pakistanis just don't get. They think they can export jihad without facing the consequences at home. They're wrong:

Kazakhstani online video watchers identified another Kazakhstani appearing in a video to promote terrorists' idea of "jihad", Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Kazakh service reported November 14.

The video, which appeared on Facebook November 13 and runs more than five minutes, shows a young man wielding a Kalashnikov and driving. He speaks in Kazakh. At the end of the video, Russian-language text says that the man committed a car suicide bombing in Pakistan February 14.

And he blew himself up on Valentine's Day. How sweet!

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

All's Well That Ends Well for Husband of Suicide Bomber in Russia

We've heard of the black widow phenomenon, but what do we call this guy? The black widower?

Nah, let's just call him dead meat:

Ending a nearly monthlong manhunt, security forces killed the husband of a suicide bomber who blew up a public bus last month in the city of Volgograd, Russian officials said Saturday.

Officials said the husband, Dmitri Sokolov, 21, was killed, along with four others identified as rebels, by security forces in Dagestan, a violence-plagued republic in the North Caucasus....

The bomber, Naida Asiyalova, blew herself up on a crowded No. 29 bus in the center of the city, killing six other passengers in a fiery blast that was recorded by the dashboard camera of a car traveling behind.

Sure, the Russians are undemocratic, autocratic, and each day becoming more and more fascistic ... but you know what? They know how to kill terrorists. And that's saying something.

Thanks to @intelwire

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:24 PM | Comments |

November 15, 2013

Hacker w/ #Anonymous Sentenced to 10 Years for Stratfor Hacking

Since I know some of the writers over at Stratfor, yes, this is personal:

Jeremy Hammond, 28, was handed the maximum term for the December 2011 hacking of Strategic Forecasting Inc, an attack his lawyers contend was driven by concern about the role of private firms in gathering intelligence domestically and abroad.

Prosecutors say the hack of Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, resulted in the theft of 60,000 credit card numbers and records for 860,000 clients, which were then uploaded online. Hammond admitted being behind it in May.

He also admitted to hacking several law enforcement agencies and organizations, including the Arizona Department of Public Safety, releasing personal details of officers as part of an attack by the Anonymous-affiliated group LulzSec.

Which reminds me ...

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Thanks to @IntelGirl111

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:57 PM | Comments |

Appeals Court Upholds al Qaeda Blogger's Conviction

Boston local Tarek Mehanna was dealt a blow Wednesday when a federal appeals court upheld his conviction of aiding al Qaeda by providing translation to their media arm. Mehanna was well known on the forums and ran his own Iskandari blog.

The ACLU and various Islamist front groups like CAIR and MPAC said that by helping al Qaeda Mehanna was simply exercising his free speech rights. An argument completely and totally rejected by the appeals court:

The appellate court at times took a dismissive tone in addressing Mehanna's arguments to overturn his conviction. Some were cast aside as "meritless," while others were described as "convoluted theories" and "fishing in an empty stream." ...

The argument that Mehanna merely engaged in protected speech can only be accepted by "looking at the evidence through rose-colored glasses..." the court ruled. "His coconspirators testified that [Mehanna] persistently stated his belief that engaging in jihad was 'a duty upon a Muslim if he's capable of performing it,' and that this duty included committing violence. The evidence further showed that, following United States intervention in Iraq, the defendant concluded 'that America was at war with Islam,' and saw American 'soldiers as being valid targets.'"

How al Qaeda was this guy? We found out about his first (there were more to come) arrest by none other than Ishallahshaheed -- you know, Samir Khan who got droned along side of Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.

So, have fun with that whole cornhole thing there Tarek!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:47 PM | Comments |

Tea Partier Prime Suspect in String of Northwest Bombings

This guy's a right-winger, right? I mean, if the three bombings are related then it's definitely the Tea Party. Fits the profile.

They hate the government: check

They hate, er, ..... churches.

And they especially .... um ... hate Vietnam Vets:

An improvised explosive device blew out windows and ignited a small fire at the Jackson County prosecutor's office in Medford, Ore., Wednesday, but authorities said the damage could have been far worse had it ignited a large propane tank at the scene....

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible for leaving the devices in Coos Bay, which a source described as smaller propane tanks. One was found at the base of Vietnam War Memorial at a city park on Aug. 22.
On Sept. 3, someone placed another IED inside a church.

So, yeah, definitely someone from the Tea Party. Probably inspired by Ted Cruz.

This could not be some left wing Operation Wall Street type because as every one knows those people love the government, Christianity, and the military!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:07 AM | Comments |

Al Qaeda: "Oops, Our Bad. Next time we'll make sure we're beheading the right infidel"

Or, al Qaeda finally beheads someone who probably deserved it:

Militant Islamist rebels in Syria linked to al-Qaeda have asked for "understanding and forgiveness" for cutting off and putting on display the wrong man's head.

In a public appearance filmed and posted online, members of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, one brandishing a knife, held up a bearded head before a crowd in Aleppo. They triumphantly described the execution of what they said was a member of an Iraqi Shia militia fighting for President Bashar al-Assad.
But the head was recognised from the video as originally belonging to a member of Ahrar al-Sham, a Sunni Islamist rebel group that often fights alongside ISIS though it does not share its al-Qaeda ideology.

After inquiries, an ISIS spokesman admitted he was Mohammed Fares, an Ahrar commander reported missing some days ago.

Also, I hereby give you permission to laugh.

Thanks to Harry.

And yes, I really was out of town yesterday. I don't know what Howie's excuse was. He sent me a garbled text. Something about "rest stop" and "bail money". I couldn't make heads nor tails out of it.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:43 AM | Comments |

November 14, 2013

Where's Rusty? Gone Clamming

Good job. For executing the oldest known animal.

It had already been confirmed as the oldest animal that ever lived. But scientists who accidentally killed Ming the Mollusc, a deep sea clam dredged from the North Atlantic, have now discovered it was 100 years older than previously thought. Following painstaking analysis, experts from Bangor University reckon the animal was born in 1499, making it 507 when it was found.

Science!

By Vinnie at 11:33 PM | Comments |

Philippines To China...

Thanks, but no thanks.

(CNSNews.com) – China on Wednesday increased its offer of aid to Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines after an earlier pledge of $100,000 prompted derisive headlines and commentary about a lost opportunity to show goodwill in a region troubled by its belligerent behavior in the South China Sea.
With a U.S. aircraft carrier group making way towards the Philippines in a powerful show of humanitarian support, Beijing’s embassy in Manila announced that China would provide relief supplies worth 10 million renmimbi ($1.6 million), including blankets and tents.

Um, dear Commies, it cost us more just to move that carrier group to the Philippines than it did for you to offer even this.

Okay, Filipino and American friends, let's show the ChiComs how much we appreciate their effort!

By Vinnie at 07:20 PM | Comments |

Israeli Soldier Killed by Terrorist on Bus

Sometimes terrorists use knives:

This morning (November 13, 2013), a Palestinian terrorist stabbed and killed an IDF soldier at the Central Bus Station in the northern city of Afula. The soldier was 19-year-old Pvt. Eden Atias, from the Israeli city of Nazareth Illit.

Pvt. Atias was wearing an IDF uniform and was headed to a military base at the time of the attack. The soldier was severely injured and evacuated to a nearby hospital, where he died of his wounds. The terrorist was immediately detained and transferred to security forces for questioning.

Our prayers are with the family of the victim.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:50 PM | Comments |

More Taliban Killed in Pakistan's Major Cities

If the Pakistani people were honest with themselves, they'd realize that they had been in a civil war for years:

At least three suspected Taliban militants have been killed along with a member of the Pakistani security forces in a shootout in the southern city of Karachi, officials say.

The shootings began when members of the Pakistan Rangers paramilitary force carried out a raid in the city's Gulshan-i-Buner area.

In a separate raid, several militants were arrested and weapons confiscated.

The Taliban is growing in strength in Karachi, a city plagued by violence.

Remember, this is Karachi not Waziristan.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:39 PM | Comments |

Where's Rusty?

Someone took away his hammer before he could remove the nail.

(Not Safe For Guys. Women will have a nice laugh though.)


By DMartyr at 11:19 AM | Comments |

US Its Almost Time To Declare Boko Haram a Terrorist Group

Gee, Ya think?

he US state department is expected to designate the Nigerian Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, as a foreign terrorist organisation.

The move, expected to take place on Wednesday, means US regulatory agencies are instructed to block business and financial transactions with Boko Haram.

It will become a crime under US law to provide material support to the group.

Why the sudden rush to judgement?

By Howie at 10:24 AM | Comments |

UN Human Rights Council Appointments Are a Joke

I mean an effing joke double clutch but I hate to curse in too many headlines.

New appointment include

Cuba: A communist police state where political dissent or private enterprise can get your prison time.

Russia: Who you have to give credit for fighting the Nazis but probably killed more of their own people as the USSR than they did Nazi soldiers.

China: A communist police state where a relatively minor crime can get you marched up to a trench and shot in the back of the head, your family will be billed for the bullet.

And the worst of them all?

Saudi Arabia, women can't even drive or leave the house without a male relative. They have religious police. They still practice beheading and stoning.

Infidels are not allowed freedom of movement nor freedom of association. Its a true brutally religious apartheid state in the Middle East, but its not the apartheid you'll hear much about from the UN Human Rights Council I'm afraid.

By Howie at 09:32 AM | Comments |

Yes al-Qaeda Hates You

We helped Muslims in Afghanistan fight "Godless Communism"

For the most part, Abu Zubaydah is firm in his beliefs about the nature of the enemy that the mujahedeen are facing. After Kabul and the Najibullah government fell in 1992 and the Taliban took over in 1996, more Afghans arrived in the training camps. While most of them are “fit to be a soldier or a warrior,” he finds them still in the anti-communist mind-set and not embracing the outward-facing position he at this point has assumed.

“Most of them … know their enemy to be the communists, but they do not know the enmity of the brother, which is America, or the idea of democracy,” Abu Zubaydah writes. “Some of them love America as a symbol of freedom, and this is the most awful thing.”

n 1998, under the banner of the World Islamic Front, bin Laden and Zawahiri issued a statementwith heads of likeminded movements, assailing the United States for its “eagerness to destroy Iraq, the strongest neighboring state (to Israel), and their endeavor to fragment all the states of the region such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Sudan … and through their disunion and weakness to guarantee Israel’s survival and the continuation of the brutal crusade occupation of the (Arabian) Peninsula.

Their "fatwa" called on all Muslims to kill Americans and their allies — civilian and military. “This is in accordance with the words of Almighty Allah, ‘and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together … and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it.’”

Martyrdom, the fatwa said, was the reward.

This was our reward from freeing them from communism.

By Howie at 09:19 AM | Comments |

Why Bill Clinton's Comments on Healthcare Are BS

Yesterday Bill Clinton said something about, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to these people...." when talking about the number of people who's plans have been cancelled under Obamacare when they were told, "If you like your plan you can keep your plan."

Um yeah, about that. Now Bill may just be helping Hillary our for 2016 and that's about all it means because it comes too late. These canceled plans are over, kaput. Its what "canceled means".

The same with the government shutdown a while back, why was it a tactical mistake? Because it was too late. It was a done deal, it was inevitable. If there was to be any real change it would have had to been just after the 2012 election through say June of 2013.

So the buzz about Clinton now is just more political theater, there is no real split between Obama and Clinton because they know, well its over. You can say anything you like.

So looking ahead, the ObamaCare roll out plans will not achieve financial sustainability, these plans will be shelled into companies that can and will die on the vine.

But like Bill says, if you can't keep the promise to keep your plan, you can tweak it a bit. But when these plans fail the importance of having any plan at all will outweigh any discussion of "your old plan".

There will have to be change.

What I found in the bronze level, not the platinum level, in the bronze level, there's a PPO HSA policy that, between the higher premiums and the much higher maximum out-of-pocket costs, will cost me probably more than $5,000 a year more than what I'm already paying for health insurance.

It's been a total sticker shock. I have had some health issues this year, and I have had to reduce some of my workload. It's a real hardship right now. My husband is 67 years old. I'm 58. We are desperately trying to save for retirement.

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...I voted for President Obama twice. And I was totally supportive of the idea that every person should have access to affordable health care.

Um, uh I'm like totally refraining from stupid bitch comments today, but this would be a good place for one.

Anyway, they'll toss in a few sweeteners like say letting this lady buy a plan with no maternity care. They'll soften her five thousand dollar hit to say only 4200 and call it a "break for working families" or some sh*t like that.

The number of people paying the fine and not buying in will insure that these plans will have to be rescued from financial collapse, Like Bill says, "We should honor the commitment the federal government made to these people." There will be no choice.

That commitment being that Obamacare will work and lead to more people being insured. And if it can't be done at a profit, no one is going to buy out a money losing plan so they can lose more money are they?

I think we can all see where this is leading.

Update: Drew is correct, even if Upton's niece is like super hot, the bill is too little too late.

On Friday the House will take up a bill sponsored by Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (yes, he's Kate's uncle) that purports to let people who have health insurance polices keep them regardless of the ACA and HHS regulations. I say "purports" because it's unclear that the damage done by ObmaCare can be undone in time to prevent people from losing coverage on January 1st.
But I do have a problem with Drew's post. If you mention Kate Upton you have to upload Kate Upton. Its a rule.

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Banned!

By Howie at 09:04 AM | Comments |

November 12, 2013

Kurds in Syria Move Towards Independence

Like killing all the lawyers, it's a good start:

The main Kurdish party in Syria has announced plans to create a transitional government in the areas dominated by Kurds in the north-east of the country.

The move is the clearest sign yet that Syria’s Kurds are moving towards a long-held ambition of autonomy in the areas they inhabit.

And why do I love the Kurds so much? Because they're neither supporters of Hezbollah, like Assad, or supporters of al Qaeda, like many on the other side. In fact:
In recent months, it has fought fierce battles with various Islamist rebel groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra. After being pushed back in some areas, YPG forces last week regained the ground they had lost.

The clashes came just a week after Kurdish fighters seized the Yaarubiyeh crossing on the Iraq border from jihadists.

If I'm in charge I recognize a free and independent Kurdish state today. Who do we piss off by doing this? The Iranians, the Iraqis, the Syrians, and the Turks.

It's win-win-win-win-win.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:10 PM | Comments |

Two American Hostages Held in Nigeria Released Unharmed

We reported the incident in the 25th

Two Americans were kidnapped by pirates after their ship was attacked off Nigeria's coast, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The U.S.-flagged oil supply vessel C-Retriever was targeted in the Gulf of Guinea early Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Maritime news website gCaptain reported that the ship's captain and its chief engineer had been abducted.

They are reported to be safe and ion good condition.

Thanks to Laura.

There is no word on if ransom was paid but we can assume its likely. Still we are glad they are safe.

Not only do these pirates fund themselves by kidnapping, its thought that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula raises at least half its funds by kidnapping.

The other half comes from Saudi Arabia.

By Howie at 02:27 PM | Comments |

Thoughts and Prayers for the Philippines

Wow, this just keeps getting worse and worse.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Philippines. I'm not sure which charity to encourage you to give to, but I'm sure there are worthy ones out there.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:04 PM | Comments |

Last Jew in Afghanistan Not so Positive About Americans

At least he's not a Christian. There are none of them left:

In his 50s, Simintov is the last known Afghan Jew to remain in the country. He has become something of a celebrity over the years and his rivalry with the next-to-last Jew, who died in 2005, inspired a play.

Mindful of Afghanistan's extremely conservative Muslim culture, Simintov tries not to advertise his identity to protect the Balkh Bastan or Ancient Balkh kebab cafe he opened four years ago, naming it after a northern Afghan province....

There are no Afghan Christians left, at least none who is open about it, and the only permanent church is inside the Italian diplomatic compound. There is a small Hindu population, but it is shrinking rapidly....

However resolute Simintov remains about practising his faith, he is embittered - even enraged - by misfortune and by the failure of the U.S-led NATO force to create conditions for peace and security without the threat of the Taliban.

"It is better to see a dog than to see an American," he said. "If the situation in the country gets worse, I will escape."

Right, blame the Americans ... says the guy who's afraid to wear a kippah and is quick to point out that only Muslims touch the food he serves.

Thanks to @pspoole

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

When Syria Ends, Europe is Going to Get Bloody (bumped)

Yesterday I highlighted the arrest of a man in North Carolina who tried to join an al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. The same day the Washington Post ran a lengthy piece highlighting a German family who's 16 year old son went to Syria and who tried to kidnap him to get him back. It's an interesting piece and it immediately brought to mind cult deprogramming.

But I think the important take away here isn't even the focus of the story. It's the sheer magnitude of the number of Europeans who have gone to fight with violent Islamists in Syria:

In ultraconservative mosques in cities across Europe, Syria has become the focus of a widening fury. Imams sermonize about atrocities committed by Syrian government forces and urge their young faithful to join the struggle there to topple President Bashar al-Assad and create an Islamic state. Bargain flights to Turkey abound, and the citizens of some countries, including Germany, need to show only a government identity card, not a passport, to enter, frustrating authorities’ attempts to restrict movement by confiscating travel documents. From Turkey, organized rings of smugglers sneak people over the border into Syria, where they are funneled into training camps.

Most of the 23 young aspiring fighters in Pero’s group were born in Germany, but their parents were immigrants, the top security official of the German state that includes Frankfurt said Friday. Half of these youths had criminal records and none had full-time jobs, said Boris Rhein, the interior minister of the state of Hesse.

Precisely how many Europeans have traveled to Syria is difficult to track, but counterterrorism officials in the European Union estimate the number at 800 to 900, principally from Britain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. A small number of Americans also have fought in Syria.

Given that the young man, Pero's, group had about 25 people in it when they went to Syria I have to believe that the 800 - 900 number is a lowball estimate that is way off.

How way off? In most EU countries it is not illegal to go to Syria and fight. Even in countries that do make it illegal, enforcement is spotty, at best. For instance, this recent story we highlighted from Norway where one young man involved in the Kenyan mall massacre was known to authorities, known that he wanted to go join a terrorist group in Somalia, and what did the authorities do to stop him? They tried to talk him into not to going.

And that's from a country where it is illegal to fight for terrorist groups abroad!

Other countries that also make it illegal to fight for terrorist groups abroad, like Germany, are slow to actually name the terror groups proscribed. I don't know this for sure (any help?), but I'm pretty sure that Germany has yet to proscribe the al Nusrah Front as "terrorists". Most European news sites I read use phrases, when describing the al Qaeda linked al Nusrah Front, with something like "who the Americans have deemed terrorists".

To further muddy the waters, many of the groups fighting in Syria are not terrorist groups at all. They are secularists of one stripe or another, so in many countries its still not illegal to go fight with them. But as we learned from the Basit Javed Sheikh indictment yesterday sometimes a person goes to Syria to fight for the Free Syrian Army but decides the group isn't religious enough so they skip on to al Qaeda groups like ISIS and al Nusrah or maybe other Islamist groups.

So, if I had to merit a guess, I'd say the 800 to 900 number is off by at least an order of magnitude of 2x, but probably more in the range of 5x.

A lot of these dumb kids are going to die in Syria. Others will meet a local gal, marry her (or them), and settle down for the long haul.

But many more will come home. And when they do, some of those won't be content just sitting by and letting the kuffar "oppress the Muslims".

When the bloodshed ends in Syria, it will begin in Europe.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:45 AM | Comments |

Tropical Storm Hits Somalia!

Both goats feared dead.

Even as the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan began to emerge in the Philippines, Somalia too experienced one of the deadliest tropical cyclones in its history. Tropical Cyclone 3A moved over Puntland, Somalia, on November 10–11, 2013, causing flash floods that left more than 100 dead. The storm destroyed hundreds of homes and thousands of livestock, according to news reports.
*Look on the bright side......

*Its Somalia so..... um I'm working on it.

By Howie at 11:41 AM | Comments |

al-Qaeda Brings Polio to Syria

Its so nice to see al-Qaeda and the Taliban spreading their advanced Islamic culture to remote backwaters.....

At least 22 people - most of them babies and toddlers - are now believed to have contracted polio in Syria, the World Health Organization has reported.

If confirmed, it would be the first outbreak of the disease there in 14 years. Syria's Health Ministry began an immunisation drive on Thursday.

Before Syria's civil war began in 2011, some 95% of children were vaccinated against the disease.

Now, Unicef estimates 500,000 children have not been immunised.

WHO said the suspected outbreak centres on the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.

What? Why these kids would feel polio was a blessing from Allah.

By Howie at 10:04 AM | Comments |

The ObamaCare Community is Organized and Ready!

Once the website works, they can enter lies faster.

So I'm wondering how all those young healthy folks will feel about being force to subsidize fraud?

Speaking of fraud, the vulnerability could be expected to have a severe or catastrophic adverse affect on organizational operations … assets or individuals

Um, Yeah.

By Howie at 09:34 AM | Comments |

November 11, 2013

Veterans Day 2013 *sticky*

I did my Navy time, but I suck compared to this.

Known as the Doolittle Raiders, the 80 men who risked their lives on a World War II bombing mission on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor were toasted one last time by their surviving comrades and honored with a Veterans Day weekend of fanfare shared by thousands.

God bless them, and all that served.

By Vinnie at 11:56 PM | Comments |

North Carolina Man Arrested, Tried to Join al Qaeda Affiliate in Syria

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His name is Basit Javed Sheikh, he's 29, was born in Pakistan, but is a permaneant resident and now he lives in a suburb of Raleigh, NC. On Facebook he used the handle "Abdul Basit" where he decided to chat up an undercover FBI agent:

Basit Javed Sheikh, of Cary, is suspected by the FBI of trying to provide support to al-Nusrah Front in the Syrian Civil War. His father, Javed Sheikh, on Monday said there “is no truth in that,” referring to the federal allegations. Basit Sheikh was being held by Wake County authorities on Monday, according to county records.

Law-enforcement intercepted Basit Sheikh on Nov. 2 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, an FBI affidavit states. He had told a confidential FBI source that he wanted to join the jihad, or holy struggle, in Syria, according to an agent’s affidavit. He said in August that he had secured a job “with a brigade in logistics, managing medical supplies,” the document states.

This wasn't the first time Basit went to Syria. He was already there last year with the Free Syrian Army, but apparently they weren't jihadi enough for him. He came home disappointed, then tried to go to Syria yet once more. He had a ticket to Turkey but for some reason never showed up at the airport. That's when he hooked up online with someone from al-Nusrah (a Syian al Qaeda affiliate) but who was really FBI. This guy apparently thought he was pretty hardcore.

The affidavit is here (note:it's the worst PDF of a federal complaint I've ever seen).

In it we learn that Basit was a serial Facebook user, who got kicked off the platform no less than seven times. All of the accounts listed in the affidavit are now defunct.

Except maybe this one which belongs to an "Abdul Basit II" (another handle used by Basit says the complaint), frequently posts jihadi material, and which mysteriously stops on Nov. 2, the day Basit was arrested.

So, yeah, I'm pretty sure this is his Facebook account. Let's look at it, shall we?

There's really too much to post about here. I mean, this guy spent a lot of time of Facebook. But I think this image pretty much sums up what this guy was all about, who his heroes were, and who he wanted to become. From a Nov. 2 post.

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The question on everyone's mind here is if he had an online relationship with Samir Khan or one of the other seven jihadis in federal prison for the Quantico plot? I can't say at this point, but I will chime in that some evidence suggests that he and Khan hung in the same social circles online.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:56 PM | Comments |

The Steve Martin of Deer

That's one wild and crazy deer!

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Alright, I don't get this. Why didn't they just shoot it and eat it? Mmmmm, Bambi .....

Yeah, it's that time of year again when I blog from my deer stand. Wish me luck and .... HAPPY VETERANS DAY!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:05 PM | Comments |

Disgusting Pig Is Disgusting

I shouldn't be surprised at the amount of scum this bastard will wallow in.


By Vinnie at 01:53 PM | Comments |

Great: Jihadi Group in Syria Claims they have an "Air Force"

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Screencap of video showing Jaish al-Islam's (Syria) "Air Force"

And by "Air Force" they mean they've managed to salvage a couple of old Czech made trainers which can be armed, but which probably would be shot down fairly quickly if a Syrian MIG showed up for a dogfight.

But, still, for people who are more used to using 30mm truck mounted machine guns to try to shoot down planes, this is a step up:

Jaish al-Islam — the Army of Islam — last week published a YouTube video documenting its activities against the Assad regime, in which it showcases its two L-39ZA Albatros fighter aircraft captured earlier this year from a Syrian Air Force base east of Aleppo.

While the video shows the two small jet aircraft taxiing down a runway, it remains to be seen whether the Islamist militia has the experienced personnel and equipment necessary to operate the planes.

As a note, the video doesn't actually show the planes flying. So, good luck with that.

UPDATE: DMartyr found actual footage of the Islamic Army's "Air Force" in action below.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:45 AM | Comments |

In lieu of drones, I'll take a drive by shooting of Haqqani chief

I love the smell of drone strikes drive by shootings in the morning:

Nasiruddin Haqqani, a son of the Afghan warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani and the group’s chief fund-raiser, was shot dead by a gunman riding a motorbike outside a bread store on Sunday night, the militants said.

In telephone interviews from Peshawar and the tribal belt, two Haqqani network commanders confirmed that Nasiruddin, who was designated by the United States as a “global terrorist” in 2010, had been killed.

I have no problems with drone strikes. In a world of less than optimal choices sometimes the best option isn't the most desirable one because not all options are feasible.

If we could arrest these guys we wouldn't need to drone them.

But if we can find a way to get back to good old fashioned assassinations in the streets, I'm all for that too. You won't hear any one complaining about collateral damage here.

So, whether this was a "internal dispute" or whether we paid some Haqqani foe to ice this guy, I really could care less. No, I take that back: I hope it was the latter.

The only other thing to take away from the article is that the deceased Haqqani was killed on the outskirts of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan:

The fact that Mr. Haqqani was killed on the edge of the Pakistani capital was a major embarrassment to the Pakistani government, underscoring long-held accusations that the Haqqani network operates with ease inside the country, and not just inside the tribal belt.

“Another Abottabad? Massive Embarrassment,” Talat Hussain, a senior television journalist, said on Twitter, referring to the embarrassment caused by the American commando assault that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, near Islamabad, in May 2011.

Educated Pakistanis have long been in denial about the true nature of the failed experiment called Pakistan. It's not just tribal areas rife with extremism, but the state's foundational theory that Indian Muslims need their own country because ... Islam!

I don't see how they circle the square of calling the Islamists in FATAs extremists while insisting that there is nothing extreme about calling your country "The Islamic Republic of Pakistan".

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:24 AM | Comments |

Radicalized Muslim Convert + Gunless Cops = Standoff

Muslim convert brings knife to .... fistfight?

The mother of a Muslim convert who allegedly went on a knife rampage in a busy street described today how he had been changed by religion.

The suspect was heard chanting about killing “non-believers” shortly before it is alleged that he launched a frenzied knife attack on police officers near Clapham Junction station.

Armed with four knives, the 31-year-old caused terror and panic among shoppers and pedestrians as he ran amok for more than 20 minutes before being brought down by police Tasers.

I've never understood the British when it comes to guns. I was talking to a cop one day in the UK and just the word "gun" seems to make them uncomfortable. You would have thought I had asked him whether or not he'd been molested as a child. I'd say gun is a four letter word in the UK, except that in some parts of Britain f*ck seems to be the only adjective in their entire vocabulary.

So, gun is worse than a four letter word in the UK.

And having successfully rid most of the island of the dreaded g-word, the police turned to more pressing matters: like ridding the masses of knives.

No joke. Plastered all over every precinct headquarters in the UK are propaganda posters about stopping "knife crimes".

In some place slippery slope isn't a logical fallacy. It's a way of life.

Thanks to Rahm.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:45 AM | Comments |

The History Of Veterans Day

From Military.com:

November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day - the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislature that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.' As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

By DMartyr at 10:31 AM | Comments |

Out: Death to America! -- In: Death to .... France?

Wait, America is now #2 on Iran's enemy's list? Come on America, we can do better then this!

FRANCE was at the centre of a diplomatic storm yesterday after the French foreign minister was accused of sabotaging a deal with Iran which would end almost a decade-long standoff over the Iranian nuclear programme.

The most strident criticism came from Iran, where hardline press condemned the "disgraceful behaviour" of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius at negotiations in Geneva.

There were suggestions in Iranian media that trade ties should be severed with France and the country should replace America as the "Great Satan".

When France takes a harder line on Iran then America, you know your foreign policy team is led by either by a moron or an aging hippie liberal douche. Or both.

But you already knew that.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:31 AM | Comments |

November 10, 2013

Happy Birthday, USMC

By DMartyr at 10:24 PM | Comments |

November 09, 2013

Excellent: Son of President of S.A. Banana Republic Indicted for Aiding Hezbollah

The bad news: the son of the President of Suriname is willing to help any bad guy for a buck. And I do mean anybody. This guy was already in jail for drug trafficking.

Drug traffickers, terrorists: six of one, half a dozen of the other.

The good news: the "Hezbollah agents" this guy flew all over the world to meet with to help them set up a training base in the jungles of Suriname were really federal agents.

I wonder if federalpoundmeintheassprison is much different than a Surinamese jail?

U.S. prosecutors in New York have charged the son of the president of Suriname with terrorism offenses.

An indictment unsealed Friday says Dino Bouterse (BOW'-tur-say) agreed to provide heavy weapons and a home base in his South American country to U.S. operatives pretending to be with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Funny enough, I just got through reading a novel in which the dictator of an imaginary country lodged between Suriname and French Guyana did something pretty close to this.

Thanks to El_Grillo!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:42 PM | Comments |

CSI: Abu Dhabi

DNA experts scour the scene of suspicious adultery activity in Abu Dhabi:

Abu Dhabi: A woman and two men have been charged with committing adultery within the premises of a farm in Abu Dhabi although DNA tests have not conclusive, the Criminal Court of First Instance heard. [...]

When the authorities arrived at the scene, many of the men had fled except for three who were arrested and charged with committing adultery. "Two semen samples had been obtained from the women but the results do not confirm that they belong to the two men," Al Jaberi said.

(Hat Tip: TROP)

By DMartyr at 08:14 AM | Comments |

Islam: The Religion Of Kindness

Al Qaeda's gentler, softer side came out via Twitter. In an effort to apparent less violent, they are teaching followers how to kindly cut off a human head:

An article in Lebanese daily al-Ssafir has taken a look into al-Qaeda's increasing use of social media networks and media technology in spreading its ideology and even teaching people how to kill with kindness. [...]

They have an advertising ministry-like setup which issues statements on different subjects such as, Do not wear jeans, Do not use makeup, Do not shave your face, etc, and they get their statements from their clerics.

Most recently the advertisement ministry is training its followers how to "kindly cut human's head" because they don’t want to seem violent. They teach followers how they started their war, and justify their acts and lead people to their other pages and groups to join them.

Well, it is the Religion of Peace™.

(Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit)

By DMartyr at 07:26 AM | Comments |

November 08, 2013

Your Friday Night Drone Strike

It's in Yemen, but this reminds me of a roundtable discussion I heard on NPR this week that I forgot to blog about. They were complaining about drone strikes in Pakistan, innocent civilians, yada, yada. But the one expert commented that the drone strikes were actually pretty popular in the "tribal regions". It seems the locals like it when the Taliban and al Qaeda types get droned.

You know who doesn't like it? Pakistani nationalists (sovereignty!), Islamists (kuffar!), and American Leftists:

Drone strikes in southern Yemen killed five suspected al Qaeda militants, the country's interior ministry said Friday, as fighting between rebels and ultraconservative Sunnis raged on in the north.

Two strikes killed the suspects Thursday in Abyan province, while a third left no casualties, the ministry said.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:46 PM | Comments |

Zawahiri Orders Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Disolved

Zawahiri is suffering from delusions of grandeur methinks.

The leader of Al-Qaeda Ayman Zawahiri has announced that the rebel group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will be dissolved, leaving only the Nusra Front to carry out its operations.

A spokesman for Zawahiri told Al Jazeera that the leader of the ISIL, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, from now on will only be operational in Iraq. This will leave Syria completely to the Nusra Front commander Abu Mohammad Golani.

‘Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made a big mistake in forming the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant without consultation,’ the statement said.

Personally I doubt that either Nusra Front leader Golani or the ISIL, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's gives a rats behind what Zawahiri says from Pakistan.


All the dying with any lack of clear progress in months is causing the Sunni insurgency to fragment and melt down. But its too much of an opportunity for AQI to gain influence in Syria to pass up. So look for upcoming skirmishes between AQ allied Syrian rebel groups as well as between other Syrian rebels and the Kurds.

Which means even more confusion and dead al-Qaeda fighters. But remember they love death more than you love life so its all good, no?


By Howie at 12:55 PM | Comments |

World's First 3D Metal Printed Gun Making Rusty's Pants Much Less Loose

My review of this video showing a test of the world's first 3D printed metal gun.

Interesting. Interesting. Very interesting .... and then suddenly I lost interest.

Somewhere in heaven, John Moses Browning is a little happier.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:23 PM | Comments |

Akhis from AMEF Having a Bad Day

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:59 AM | Comments |

"Ally" in War on Taliban Ban Book by Girl Attacked by Taliban

Apparently Malala is an Islamophobe:

Malala Yousufzai’s recent book ‘I am Malala’ will be banned completely due to its ‘controversial’ contents in all private schools across the country, Pakistan Today has learnt.

“Our academics have thoroughly studied her (Malala’s) book and have concluded that reading that book will only confuse our children. Malala’s defence of Salmaan Rushdie in the name of freedom of expression, not writing Peace Be Upon Him after the name of prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and criticising the Quranic injunctions about the status of women in testifying as witnesses are only a few things which will challenge the ideological foundations of our next generation,” Kashif said while talking to Pakistan Today.

I'm not 100% sure, but I think they're using the Britishism "private school" to mean what we would call "public schools". So, blame imperialism for the confusion.

Thanks to Laura

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:28 AM | Comments |

Meanwhile, Iraq Continues Death Spiral into Post-Apocolyptic Chaos

On the bright side if things continue along the same trajectory my dreams of seeing Thunderdome will finally come true:

Twin suicide car bombings at an Iraqi army base just north of Baghdad killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens more, security and medical officials said. The late-night blasts struck the base in Tarmiyah, a predominantly Sunni Arab town about 45 kilometers (30 miles) from the capital.
Of course, I'll have to go to Iraq to watch two men enter, one man leave -- but the bad always comes along with the good. It's a yin-yang thing or something.

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

Then Rob Ford Started Jumping Up And Down Yelling KIll! Kill! Kill!

Well maybe "jumping up and down" isn't really a proper description when talking about the gravitationally challenged, but the rest is pretty accurate.


Um, Strong language in video

And also drugs are bad, Mkayy!

By Howie at 10:11 AM | Comments |

60 Minutes Retracts Benghazi Story?

Reading the NY Slimes this morning I see that CBS and the FBI don't agree on Benghazi?

We ran the full video which has now been removed from Youtube here.

I feel bad for Laura Logan that this source didn't pan out very well. But then again the administration sources have been FOS from day one.

Its unfortunate but it affects little the fact that Obama hasn't displayed even one lick of sense in his Libya policy. I mean unless you think trading Ghadaffi's libya for a new al-Qaeda infected proto-Somalia was a like a smashingly good idea.

By Howie at 10:07 AM | Comments |

Hakeemullah Mehsud Every Dog Has His Day

Daily Times:

y virtue of how he died, Hakeemullah Mehsud has been declared a martyr, at least by the populist media and vocal sections of the political class. According to Maulana Fazlur Rehman, even a dog will be declared a martyr if he is killed by the Americans. One is not surprised by this statement as this is the thinking behind the almost-hero status of the likes of Ajmal Kasab and the Difa-e-Pakistan bestowing the title of the ‘daughter of the nation’ on Dr Afia Siddqui. Both killed innocent people but have been declared heroes by Muslims who believe that any anti-western action, however violent, is justified to restore the wounded pride of Muslims.

Listening to Maulana Rehman’s statement, I was hoping some of the media personnel would remind him and the audience of WikiLeaks. Lest we forget, WikiLeaks cables informed us that the very same ‘anti-American’ Maulana, who in his infinite scholarly wisdom would declare a dog killed by the Americans a ‘shaheed’ (martyr), had informed the then US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson that should the Americans ‘support’ him politically he would extend ‘all cooperation’ to them.

Its not really any surprise that Maulana Rehman would try to extort a little $$$ from America, with a most likely empty promise. But I liked the author's spunk when describing Mehsud as a dog.

The next dog to be declared a martyr is probably Tehrik-i-Taliban's new leader Mullah Fazlullah who incidentally was behind the attempted murder of Malala Yousafzai. Malala's book is to be banned in Pakistani schools because, you know, Islam.

Sigh... SNAFU.

By Howie at 09:40 AM | Comments |

November 07, 2013

FYI - Columbus, OH Company Helping Terrorists in Iraq (updated PWNED!)

Above the old post update by Rusty: Let me just thank those of you who complained and to Jumpline for promptly removing the terrorist's website.

Sometimes we complain and complain and companies do nothing or say something along the lines of "prove it!", but to have the website taken down the same day as complaints started rolling in is a good sign that they didn't know who they were hosting and took appropriate action as soon as they found out.

Again, THANK YOU EVERY ONE!

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Just in case anyone pretending to enforce federal law, like OFAC, cares anymore. Or maybe they're all too busy these days looking into the backgrounds of Tea Party activists?

To paraphrase Return of the Jedi: It's an older site, it still checked out. In fact, somebody in Dubai just paid for domain registration for yet another year.

URL: http://ktb-20.com/

The website belongs to the "Jihad and Change Front", an umbrella organization that claims to speak for a number of violent Sunni groups in Iraq. The two most prominent of these groups are the Islamic Army in Iraq and the Ansar al-Sunnah, both known for their brutal beheading videos and the latter a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization by the State Department under their more commonly known name, Ansar al-Islam.

So, I'm pretty sure that hosting the website is illegal. But if not, it certainly is immoral and should be.

http://ktb-20.com/ = 208.86.184.66
Webhost = jumpline.com
Columbus, Ohio
Webhost abuse: abuse@jumpline.com
Registrar: http://www.name.com
Registrar abuse: abuse@name.com

I hotlinked that image above. When you can't see it anymore, then we'll know their account has been suspended.

If you refresh the post you'll notice the hotlinked image is dead.

Also.

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Oh I almost forgot.


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:25 PM | Comments |

Kassim Al-Himidi Looks Pretty Confident Before Trial

What a douche.

While an Iraqi immigrant accused of killing his wife awaits trial, his defense attorney said the lack of forensic evidence makes the case a true "whodunit."

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The trial for Kassim Al-Himidi has been delayed three months while defense attorneys bring in criminal experts to look through forensic evidence collected in the March 2012 murder of Shaima Alawadi.

Alawadi – an Iraqi immigrant -- was found unconscious, lying in a pool of blood in her dining room in the family's home on Skyview Street in El Cajon.

Nice spin there Mr. Al-Himidi. How about you have a seat on a lightsaber and take a spin.

By Howie at 04:13 PM | Comments |

Senate Passes Bill Forcing Rusty to Re-Hire Vinnie!

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Vinnie gets ready for work

Let's keep our fingers crossed that the House never takes the bill up because I don't think I could stand looking at Vinnie -- or as he wanted us to call him, "Chelsea" -- in high heels for one minute longer:

The Senate on Thursday passed a historic bill to prevent discrimination against gay and transgender employees – sending the bill to the House where GOP leaders have signaled that it’s dead on arrival.

Ten Republicans joined all Democrats in a 64-32 bipartisan vote. House Speaker John A. Boehner said earlier this week he will not bring it up for a vote.

In all seriousness, though, I don't believe in the legitimacy of any anti-discrimination laws. Governments ought not have the right to second guess any hiring/firing decision.

And these types of laws are in fact inherently unfair because it sets up special classes of people who have legal recourse above and beyond what other classes of people have.

So, for instance, women and minorities already have special legal status before courts because when they are fired a court can review the circumstances of that firing to make sure they weren't fired 'for the wrong reasons'.

But fire a white guy? Then there is no legal recourse. At least, no additional legal recourse beyond what everybody gets. But fire a woman or minority and in addition to normal recourse to law available to everyone special legalized protections accrue to them not available to everyone else.

I'm not arguing for discrimination, only that government has: a) neither the moral authority to stop it when it occurs between private individuals because that is not a legitimate role for government; nor b) has the capability of doing it in an equitable and just manner because when government does try to enforce anti-discrimination laws in the private sector it violates those very norms of equity they claim to be trying to protect.

So, please don't make me rehire Vinnie!

Also, I should have a help wanted post up by the end of the week. Lesbians are encouraged to apply. But only lipstick lesbians. You know, the hot kind.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:53 PM | Comments |

Saudis with Nukes: What could possibly go wrong?

Well, it looks like nuking Mecca might be on the table after all:

Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight.

Earlier this year, a senior Nato decision maker told me that he had seen intelligence reporting that nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery.

Last month Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, told a conference in Sweden that if Iran got the bomb, "the Saudis will not wait one month. They already paid for the bomb, they will go to Pakistan and bring what they need to bring."

It sounds to me that what they're trying to say is this:

Saudi Arabia has bought and paid for nuclear weapons, but which Pakistan has agreed to hold on to and to be delivered if and when the Iranians go nuclear.

But still, a nuclear armed Saudi Arabia? I don't know about you, but I'm still up in the air on whether or not the Kingdom should be allowed airplanes let alone nukes.

Thanks to Laura.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:55 AM | Comments |

Kate Upton Nekkid!

I'm pretty sure this is the best Youtube video evah!

By Howie at 11:54 AM | Comments |

Congratulations to Taliban's Next Drone Target

The Pakistani Taliban have named Mullah Maulana Fazlullah to replace the recently droned Hakimullah Mehsud as head of the terror group.

Falullah is more commonly known as "Mullah Radio" (no joke). Probably because he reminds the Taliban so much of Cuba Gooding's character in that movie.

Now, run Falullah, run!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:27 AM | Comments |

Cheap & Free Stuff for Veterans Day

A blog friend of mine C. Blake Powers has a couple of books out that he's selling at greatly reduced prices or free through Veterans Day:

From 7-11 November, readers will be able to get the Kindle version of my book “A Different View: Travels with Team Easy, Iraq 2007" for just $0.99; and, on 11 November (Veteran’s Day), they can download the Kindle version of my latest book “A Different View: Travels to Al Qa’im and Beyond” for free.
In exchange for a free or near free read, all he's asking is for you to donate to Team Rubicon or some other veteran's charity.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:03 AM | Comments |

But I Am Napoleon!

Caption this image of Muhammad Morsi at his first court appearance. He is charged with Murder and Incitement to Murder.

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Fatwas will be issued.

Update: Fatwas Issued!

The Our Hajj will be complete once we rape your women Fatwa issued against Spartan for

I was told I could get the Mubarak suite!
The Devil Will Do Meetballs From Ur Body Fatwa issued against Kafiroon for
I'll have two Cony Dogs and a Diet Pepsi, Please.

By Howie at 09:31 AM | Comments |

Ministry of Irony: Watch Out What You Wish For

You might just get it.

San Francisco architect Lee Hammack says he and his wife, JoEllen Brothers, are “cradle Democrats.” They have donated to the liberal group Organizing for America and worked the phone banks a year ago for President Obama’s re-election.

Since 1995, Hammack and Brothers have received their health coverage from Kaiser Permanente, where Brothers worked until 2009 as a dietitian and diabetes educator. “We’ve both been in very good health all of our lives – exercise, don’t smoke, drink lightly, healthy weight, no health issues, and so on,” Hammack told me.

The couple — Lee, 60, and JoEllen, 59 — have been paying $550 a month for their health coverage — a plan that offers solid coverage, not one of the skimpy plans Obama has criticized. But recently, Kaiser informed them the plan would be canceled at the end of the year because it did not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The couple would need to find another one. The cost would be around double what they pay now, but the benefits would be worse.

My advice, stop the light drinking and begin a full course of heavy drinking Stat!

By Howie at 09:08 AM | Comments |

Where's Howie?

I was out taking over Ukraine.

By Howie at 09:03 AM | Comments |

Go Sandpeople!

An "Arab" is protesting the Coachella Valley High schools' Mascot as racially insensitive.

A Southern California high school sports' team is not scoring any points for its name, the "Arabs."

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In a letter this month, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee accused the school of stereotyping and demanded a name change.

The group is also seeking a change of the Coachella Valley High School mascot.
The group said it was "shocked to learn that the Arab" is the official mascot of the high school in Thermal.

"Continued use of the 'Arab' mascot perpetuates demeaning stereotypes of Arabs and Arab Americans," it said. "Coachella Valley High School's gross stereotyping cannot be tolerated."

The school has a mascot that "depicts a man with a large nose, heavy beard, and wearing" a traditional head covering, the group said.

During halftime, "a female dressed as belly dancer entertains the mascot by dancing for him," it added.

The problem is that the mascot is not an Arab, its a Genie. A badass menacing looking Genie. I think I should always captitalze the word Genie to ward off, you know, curses and stuff. But I digress.

Wait a minute, did they say Belly Dancing?

Um, yeah yeah they did.

I had something profound I was going to say about this issue, Tusken Raiders and Princess Leia in a metal Bikini.

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But I forget now what the hell it was?

By Howie at 08:53 AM | Comments |

November 06, 2013

Guys Who Cut Off People's Heads for Fun Call U.S. "Immoral"

And why are we immoral? Sex, drugs, & rock 'n roll? Nope: The NSA spying scandal:


That's just choice.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:00 PM | Comments |

AQIM Proudly Murders 2 French Journalists

Let me point out that it is al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) themselves claiming they murdered the two journalists. They're proud of it:

A website frequently used by jihadists published a statement from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in which it claims responsibility for the slaying of two French radio journalists who were kidnapped and killed just outside the northern Malian city of Kidal last Saturday....

The statement said: "The organization considers that this is the least of the price which President Francois Hollande and his people will pay for their new crusade."

Thanks to @DaveedGR

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:26 PM | Comments |

Big Mac Attack: Woman Runs Over Boyfriend For Not Stopping At McDonald's

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From The Smoking Gun:

Crystal Greer Brooks, 33, Santiago Hernandez, 41, and a second man were traveling in Hernandez's truck early Thursday morning when Brooks got mad because "they didn’t stop at McDonald's," according to a Kingsport Police Department report.

Brooks demanded that Hernandez pull over. When he complied, Brooks replaced him in the driver's seat of the Chevrolet S-10. While Hernandez was standing in front of the truck, Brooks drove into him, knocking the father of her child to the ground. She then "pulled forward and struck him 2 more times with the truck," police charge.

It's time we ban Big Macs so things like this won't happen in the future.

By DMartyr at 01:09 PM | Comments |

This is What Islamic Law Looks Like

The residents of one Syrian town are no longer under any illusions about what it would be like to live under Islamic law:

The town’s women, meanwhile, have been ordered by ISIS via posters to ‘cover up their beauty’, according to CNN, and banned from seeing male doctors or even leaving home without a male relative...

She told CNN: ‘They [ISIS] are closing hair salons, women can't go out at certain times. They spat on one girl for disobedience. It's like Afghanistan. Now people call Raqqa Tora Bora.’ ...

What's more, the group's activities have spread to surrounding areas. Posters warning that thieves will have their hands cut off have appeared in a nearby town.

Most of the story is about thieves being tortured by the local al Qaeda, but then go on to say that it's not much different in this regard since Assad's thugs did the same thing.

I'll won't hold my breath for the Lefties to protest the widespread Geneva Conventions violations.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:49 AM | Comments |

C'est ne pas! Europeans Realize Obama Isn't Cool

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What a wonderful smell you've discovered:

For a long time, the U.S. president retained a much higher popularity on the other side of the Atlantic than that of the average European leader, even when his popularity collapsed among his own citizens. Obama resembled neither Angela Merkel nor Nicolas Sarkozy. Obama was a cool president.

This summer, the image caved in. The "Yes We Can" president became the "Yes We Scan" leader. In press cartoons, large ears pushed out. It's not the repulsion inspired by his predecessor, George W. Bush — not yet — but the charm is gone. Without Hillary Clinton's talents, Barack Obama is not cool, he is cold.

Chapeau pointe Maetenloch

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:03 AM | Comments |

Iraq Terror Death Toll at 5,500+ in Single Year

Which makes 2013 the worst year in terms of terror attacks since 9/11, possibly ever:

Attacks in Iraq killed 10 people on Tuesday, including eight security personnel, officials said, the latest casualties in a country-wide spike in violence that the government has failed to stem.

Iraq is mired its worst violence since 2008, a surge in bloodshed that has killed more than 5,500 people this year despite several major military operations and tightened security measures.

And by worst year I don't mean in Iraq, I mean in the world. In Syria it's even worse.

But, you know, Hopenchange!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:24 AM | Comments |

November 05, 2013

Good Guys Push Out Bad Guys in 19 Syrian Towns

Are there really any good guys in the Syrian conflict? Yes, there are. The Kurds:

Kurdish fighters have driven jihadists from 19 towns and villages across northeastern Syria in recent days, a week after capturing a key Iraqi border crossing, a monitoring group said Monday.

The Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPJ), the main Kurdish militia in Syria, has battled other rebel groups in a bid to carve out an autonomous region in the northeast, where the army is no longer deployed.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group that relies on local activists and other sources, said that "since Saturday, a total of 19 localities have fallen into the hands of Kurdish fighters."

If you want to go to a place in the Mideast where the people actually like Americans (outside of Israel, of course) go to Kurdistan. I've been calling for the US to recognize a Kurdish state for years and now that Iraq is once more descending into chaos maybe now is the time to begin pushing for this again. At the very least a Kurdish state would be a reliable ally in a sea of instability and double crossing.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:44 PM | Comments |

Good News: Terrorists Openly Fundraising on Twitter, Facebook

The propaganda is by terror groups on the internet is nothing new. Neither is fundraising. But the fact that this is now going on openly, with no fear of retribution is a new thing.

Given that Twitter and Facebook are both US companies it is illegal for them to provide any services to terror groups let alone facilitating fundraising:

To some Syrian rebels and their supporters, Twitter is not just a communications tool but also an online cash machine, useful for soliciting donations or even running auctions for donated cars and jewelry.

The sites’ growing popularity among the more extremist Syrian rebel groups — including some with ties to al-Qaeda — has prompted calls for more stringent policing by the U.S. companies that own them. A handful of accounts have been blocked, but the vast majority continue to operate...

Groups in Kuwait that support the Syrian rebels have used Twitter to run increasingly elaborate fundraising drives, including online auctions that accept cash bids for donated luxury goods, including Land Rover SUVs, diamond necklaces and resort properties.

Hell yes they should be stopped, and the internet companies that provide terrorists support should be held accountable.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:12 PM | Comments |

California Partiers Cheer As Man Burns To Death

Another leftist utopia with remaining morality crumbling to the ground.

Festival-goers can be seen on a video dancing to electronic music and cheering as a man becomes engulfed in flames during West Hollywood's annual Halloween carnival.

Gilbert Estrada, 51, later died. The video posted on YouTube shows him lying unresponsive after the fire was extinguished. Detectives say it appears Estrada may have accidentally started the fire while trying to light a cigarette.

As Estrada flails, some bystanders can be heard cheering. Others help put out the flames. One bystander recorded the scene with a cellphone camera and posted it on the video website.

Leftism is becoming a plague on society. Anywhere the leftist ideology dominates, you find high crime, decaying cities, extreme poverty, and a lack of any human decency or morality.

Watch the sickening scene here.

By DMartyr at 12:11 PM | Comments |

November 04, 2013

Good News: Turkey Busy Facilitating al Qaeda

So, we have two bits of news that run counter to each other. Today on the jihadi forums members were warning others to stay on the down low if going through Turkey to Syria because the Turkish government was cracking down.

But if the Turks are cracking down on Salaafi al Qaeda types passing through on the caravan of martyrs to Syria, CNN didn't detect any of it:

One man -- we'll call him Ibrahim -- has a clearer idea why so many foreigners come here: he's a smuggler, working to facilitate recruits joining the Syrian al Qaeda-linked radical group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Ibrahim collects many jihadis from the airport -- in fact, he left our interview to collect a Saudi man arriving a few hours later.....

In the past few months, Ibrahim tells me, he's moved about 400 people across the border, and that the rate of people making the crossing has almost tripled since the chemical attacks on the Damascus suburbs in August. And that's just him; there are many other smugglers operating in the area.

It's kind of a long story, but it's one you'll want to read.

Let's remind the Turks that during the Iraq insurgency Syria facilitated al Qaeda types, too. How did that turn out for Syria?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:48 PM | Comments |

(Palestinian?) Man Hijacks Bus in Norway, Kills 3

The BBC is reporting that the 50 year old hijacker of a bus in Norway who killed three people is 'foreign':

A man wielding a knife has hijacked a bus in western Norway and killed three passengers, media reports say.

The suspect, said to be in his 50s and of foreign origin, has been arrested, police told Norway's TV2 news channel.

The victims included the driver of the bus. There were no immediate details of the number of injured.

The man was overpowered by firefighters who rushed to the scene of what was initially reported as a traffic accident, police said.

DEBKA is reporting that he's Palestinian. So, terrorism? The caveat here is that witnesses also claim he was drunk.

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

How To Hack Helthcare.gov Without Really Trying

Just sign up, they'll do the rest for you.

Justin Hadley logged on to HealthCare.gov to evaluate his insurance options after his health plan was canceled. What he discovered was an apparent security flaw that disclosed eligibility letters addressed to individuals from another state.

“I was in complete shock,” said Hadley, who contacted Heritage after becoming alarmed at the breach of privacy.

After learning of the privacy breach, Dougall spent Friday evening trying to contact representatives from HealthCare.gov to no avail; he spent an hour waiting on the telephone and an online chat session was unhelpful. He also wrote to Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Tim Scott (R-SC), along with Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC).

“I want my personal information off of that website,” Dougall said.

Too late Mr. Dougall, the site clearly states in the comments section (available under view source on your browser) that the government now owns your personal information and they are free to do with it as they please and if they send it to say someone else, you can't sue them for doing their job because they are the government.

See how this works, its similar to Sodomy, you're um, yeah that.

By Howie at 01:51 PM | Comments |

Bob Schieffer The Destroyer

That's right, Bob Schieffer, liberal journalist, host of Face the Nation and gum shoe reporter who was discovered in Dallas after the Kennedy murder.

He's destroying ObamaCare single handed! By doing his job.

That's the problem with today's journalism, there are still a few actual journalists.

By Howie at 12:28 PM | Comments |

NY Leader of ICNA Convicted in Bangladesh for Mass Murder

Ashrafuz Zaman Khan is an Imam, leader of the Queens branch of the Islamic Circle of North America, and of the United National Antiwar Coalition. At least, he was antiwar when "antiwar" meant "US stop killing Islamists!" Now, I'm guessing it's not so much given that the ICNA vocally supports intervention in Syria. Here he is giving a speech in which he calls the US, his adopted homeland, the real terrorists.

He was convicted today in Bangladesh in absentia for war crimes:

A war-crimes tribunal in Bangladesh on Sunday sentenced two expatriates -- one now living in the United States and the other in Britain -- to death by hanging for the murder of 18 people, including prominent intellectuals, during the country's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

A verdict released in the capital, Dhaka, said the two men, who were tried in absentia, were guilty of "aiding, abetting, instructing, ordering, encouraging and providing moral support to" the killers of the 18 people, described as university professors, journalists and physicians, who supported the independence movement. The verdict said the two men "had de facto reasonable material and authority to control" those responsible....

The judges said in their ruling that the deaths were carried out by a "killing squad" associated with the pro-Pakistani Al-Badr militia, and that Mr. Mueen Uddin and Mr. Khan were important leaders in the group.

This is one time where I can say it's unfortunate that we won't extradite the SOB back to Bangladesh where the death sentence awaits him.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:02 PM | Comments |

Its 10:00 Do You Know Where Your Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Restricted Domestic Terrorists Are?

BBC:

A terror suspect who has gone missing after changing into a burka at a mosque is being hunted by police.

Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, 27, who was subject to an order restricting his movements, was last seen on Friday leaving the site in Acton, west London.

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CCTV images showed him leaving with his face totally covered.

Police say Mr Mohamed, who has been linked to the Somali militant group al-Shabab, should not be approached but do not believe he poses a direct threat.

By Howie at 11:26 AM | Comments |

ACA Kills!

But! But! But! The death panel promised you would be dead already.

Everyone now is clamoring about Affordable Care Act winners and losers. I am one of the losers.

My grievance is not political; all my energies are directed to enjoying life and staying alive, and I have no time for politics. For almost seven years I have fought and survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 2% after diagnosis. I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out: My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31.

My choice is to get coverage through the government health exchange and lose access to my cancer doctors, or pay much more for insurance outside the exchange (the quotes average 40% to 50% more) for the privilege of starting over with an unfamiliar insurance company and impaired benefits.

According to Think Progress, Whiner! Capitalism! Eleventy!

But in Think Progress' thrashing they inadvertently admit that without the change in the law, the evil capitalist system that kept this person alive much longer than expected would have continued to do so.

It was the ObamaCare straw that broke the camel's back.

By Howie at 10:08 AM | Comments |

Twitter Runs Interferance for For ObamaCare

The President's fascist minions are busy false flagging narratives they don't like.

Twitter has repeatedly suspended an account critical of the Affordable Care Act.

The account, @mycancellation, was just getting started when Twitter suspended it—twice—before reinstating the account late Saturday night.

The purpose of @mycancellation or mycancellation.com was to allow some of the millions of Americans who are losing their health insurance to post pictures of themselves with their cancellation letters. “Help us show Washington the faces who lost what they liked,” the account asked. “ObamaCare canceled your health insurance. Now, send us your letter,” the tagline for the website advertised.

Twitter, where you're free to share anything except when, you know, it causes butthurt to the President.

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By Howie at 09:02 AM | Comments |

Sandcrawler PSA: Iranian National Death To America Day!

But don't worry, they mean Death to America only as a figure of speech, kind of like when they talk about killing all the Jews on Earth.

It's just their culture, bigots!

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Of course long time readers know what this means.

Yup!

By Howie at 08:51 AM | Comments |

November 02, 2013

MEMRI YouTube Account Suspended

YouTube is claiming that the Middle East Media Research Institute's YouTube account was suspended for multiple "copyright violations". Clearly MEMRI was within their fair use rights to post video from Arab TV stations calling for the annihilation of Jews, support of terrorism, and general buffoonery since. You can legally post portions of copyrighted media for news reporting and political criticism, which clearly MEMRI is engaged in.

But I think we know the real reason YouTube yanked MEMRI's YouTube channel: followers of the religion of the perpetually outraged complained.

Don't make them angry. You wouldn't like them when they're angry.

Here's a screenshot:

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Thanks to Israel Survival Updates

Update: Here is the video that the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood doesn't want you see. The one that got MEMRI banned.

I've a copy if anyone needs it to upload.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:16 PM | Comments |

November 01, 2013

Shots fired at LAX -- UPDATE: Had Rifle, In Custody, 1 TSA Agent Dead

ABC

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A TSA employee has been shot at a checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 3.

The victim's condition is unknown at this time.

It's unclear if a suspect is in custody

UPDATE by Rusty:
The Los Angeles International Airport shooter "pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in" Terminal 3 on Friday morning, airport police Chief Patrick Gannon told reporters....

A TSA agent shot Friday at the Los Angeles International Airport is dead, according to an intelligence source briefed by Los Angeles police and a federal source....

The shooter walked to the security checkpoint, pulled out a concealed assault rifle and shot the TSA agent; the shooter then went through the checkpoint, and a police officer shot the shooter.

So, the shooter killed a TSA agent with a rifle -- that they're calling an "assault" rifle, but the normal media rule applies here that no one in the media knows what an assault rifle looks like so they're all "assault rifles" to them -- was himself shot by a police officer on duty, but the Times is also reporting that a third victim was checked into the hospital.

Reports are that the suspect is in custody.

UPDATE: Make that one dead and three at the hospital. I just saw the presser on the local Fox affiliate.

The newsies are reporting that it was an "AK-47 type assault weapon", but a guy who was standing near the perp as he opened fire claims he didn't hear the rifle shot, and the guy claims he's a hunter heading back to Canada.

Over at Hot Air, AP has some photos of what looks like a rifle on the ground, and it doesn't look like an "AK type" of rifle to me. Maybe an AR lookalike chambered in a .22? That would explain why it didn't make that much noise.

Here it is.

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I don't know how tall that cop is, so hard to gain perspective on the rifle's size, but it looks about right for all those AR lookalikes you see at WalMart (outside of CA, of course). Most of them are .22s. Just a guess until we have something more than that.

Update Matt Damon: Shooter is from Southern Jersey...

By Matt Damon at 03:04 PM | Comments |

Hakimullah Mehsud DRONED!

GMA:

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistani Taliban confirmed on Friday that their leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, had been killed in a drone strike in the lawless Pakistani region of North Waziristan, senior Taliban and Pakistani intelligence sources told Reuters.

"Hakimullah Mehsud's funeral is scheduled for 3 p.m. (Saturday) in Miranshah," an intelligence source said, referring to the main regional city.

Hakimullah Mehsud has been reported dead several times before. But late on Friday, several intelligence, army and militant sources across the country confirmed he had been killed in the strike in the lawless North Waziristan region.

"We can confirm Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in the drone strike," said one senior security official.

Mehsud's Pakistani Taliban is an umbrella of militant groups separate from but allied to the Afghan Taliban.

Mehsud took over the Pakistani Taliban in August 2009 after a drone strike killed the previous leader, his mentor.

Four security officials confirmed his death to Reuters. His bodyguard and driver were also among the dead, they said.



"Among the dead, who are in large numbers, are Hakimullah's personal bodyguard Tariq Mehsud and his driver Abdullah Mehsud, two of his closest people," said one intelligence source, adding at least 25 people were killed in the strike.
That image above was from a previous false report of Mehsud's death. Proving that good things come to those who wait.


By Howie at 01:13 PM | Comments |

Hamas Does Have Priorities You Know

Hamas runs Gaza can't afford fuel or are unwilling to pay the Palestinian authority to bring in fuel from Israel.

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - A shortage of fuel halted the production of electricity across the Gaza Strip on Friday, said the energy authority of the Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the Palestinian enclave.

"We have completely stopped the operation of (Gaza's sole) power plant this morning at 6:00 am (0400 GMT) because we don't have a single litre of fuel," Fathi el-Sheikh Khalil, the authority's deputy chairman, told AFP.

An AFP correspondent in the Gaza Strip said the electricity supply had been cut off across most of the territory.

Khalil blamed the power outage on Egypt's destruction of tunnels used for bringing fuel to Gaza and accused the Western-backed Palestinian Authority of charging Hamas too much for its fuel.

So they just can't pay for electricity for the people of Gaza.

But what is important enough to separate Hamas from its money? Stuff to kill Jews with.

On Thursday (24.10) more than 14,000 Palestinian weapons were seized at the Ashdod port.
The container was marked as suspicious and after the opening, there were found thousands cold weapons and other war materiel.
Maybe they should have spend that on fuel, because now they are out the money and also out of gas.

You are doing a heckuva job there Hamas.

By Howie at 10:45 AM | Comments |

This Video Dedicated to Yousef al-Khattab in Memory of His Late Cornhole

Now that Yousef al-Khattab has been convicted and will be joining Revolution Muslim co-founder Younes Abdullah Muhammad in federal poundmeintheass prison, I thought we'd resurrect this old video.

Ah, good times. Good times.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:40 AM | Comments |

Science! Men AND Women Read Jawa Report For The Eye Candy

Sorry for the delay blogging this morning I've had a heck of s time deciding with images to put with this story, its been rough.

News.com.au:

SCIENCE has confirmed what women have known for years - men really do look at women's bodies more than their faces.

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But a study published in the journal Sex Roles shows that women are just as guilty of staring at other women's bodies more than their faces.
The US study took 29 women and 36 men who were fitted an eye-tracking system which measures how many milliseconds the eyes remain on a certain spot.

Photographs of 10 women were shown, each with three digitally altered body shapes - curvaceous, much less curvaceous and in-between.

Both men and women focused on women's chests and waists.
Those women with bigger breasts, narrower waists and bigger hips prompted longer looks.

Study in this critical area of science continues below the fold.

Update:

No six-packs. Like six-packs.
Posted by: Valerie at November 01, 2013 11:26 AM
The reader is the boss you know, added below the fold.

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By Howie at 09:47 AM | Comments |

Obamacare Rollout Enrolled Six Count Em Six People

Jammie Wearin' Fool:

Damn, they were just making a joke yet nailed it on the head.
A “Saturday Night Live” parody of Obamacare and the healthcare.gov website got a lot of laughs when “SNL”‘s Kate McKinnon portrayed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Little did the cast know how accurate its over-the-top satire would be.

...The Obama administration said there were 4.7 million unique visits to the website during its first 24 hours.

But here’s the not-so-funny part: Only six users were able to enroll, according to CBS News.


By Howie at 08:19 AM | Comments |