January 31, 2014
Sandra Fluke Contemplates Run For Congress
Sandra Fluke, the women’s rights activist who became a lightning rod in a national discussion about contraception, said she is “strongly considering” a run for Henry Waxman’s soon-to-be vacant House seat.
I wonder how much in birth control she'll demand to get through Congress? You think her contraceptive bills were high screwing Georgetown boys, just wait until she starts screwing the American taxpayers...
Leftist Antisemitics Demand Israel Closes Factory That Employs Hundreds Of Palestinians
Jews and Palestinians might think an Israeli company providing hundreds of jobs in Palestinian territory is a way to promote peace and prosperity, but some international groups think they know better. [...]
The SodaStream factory, situated in one of the largest West Bank settlements of Ma’ale Adumim, has been a persistent target of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, established in 2005 with the aim of supporting calls for the West Bank to be returned to Palestinian hands and to delegitimize any Israeli businesses that operate from the territory.
SodaStream, whose commercial for their fizzy drink maker will be screened during the Super Bowl, provides on-site prayer facilities for all its workers and has constructed a synagogue and a small mosque within its premises. But most of all, it provides work in an area where jobs are scarce.
“Before boycotting, they should think of the workers who are going to suffer,” one man told the Monitor. He said he earned the equivalent of $6 a day plucking and cleaning chickens at his last job,but now earns nearly 10 times that at SodaStream, which also provides transportation, breakfast, and lunch.
Times Leaks More NSA Details About Spying on al Qaeda, Leaks Names of Spies
Wow, that's smart power! Remember, the Times justifies leaking classified material on the grounds that: a) the American people have the right to know what the government is doing; b) protecting civil liberties; c) they redact information that might harm national security, so no harm no foul.
In the case of the information they leaked yesterday via the traitor Snowden, though: a) they not only revealed what the government was doing, but how they were doing it (ie, means and methods); b) the information revealed was on how the NSA spies on al Qaeda, not on the American public; c) they didn't redact the documents sufficiently, instead accidentally leaked the names of NSA employees.
I don't trust government. But you know who I also don't trust? The media. And I especially don't trust the media to decide which aspects of government secrets I need to know, and which aspects I don't.
In my mind, the Times thinks I should trust the government when it comes to health care, but not when it comes to fighting al Qaeda. Now, I may be old fashioned, but it seems to me that it is the federal government's primary duty to fight foreign enemies and that providing health care comes way, way down the list of things we set up a government for. In fact, that's not on my personal list at all. It's something the government shouldn't do.
But killing our enemies abroad? Yeah, I kind of like that.
I'm going to skip the part about how the Times and other Snowden enablers revealed the means and methods by which the NSA was collecting al Qaeda SIGINT data, and skip right ahead to their amateurish "redacting". CS Monitor:
The paper also uploaded some of the slides, but with one problem: Amateurish redaction of some details, designed to hide the identity of an NSA employee and make it harder for terrorist groups to make good use of the information, that was no redaction at all. The paper quickly rectified the error but not before the original uploads were snatched by the anti-secrecy website Cryptome...That's pretty bad. These people think they're smarter than everyone else. The spooks. Us. But in reality? They are us. We may be morons, but working for the New York Times, the WaPo, or the Guardian doesn't magically give a person common sense.
This error highlights the risks of the tens of thousands of Snowden documents that are now floating around among at least a dozen journalists: Promises that all documents will be handled carefully and be fully vetted by responsible reporters are just that. The more documents and different organizations involved, the greater chances for error – and there is little point in closing the barn door after the horses have bolted.
In fact, we fought a revolution over this very idea. The idea that it's not that Kings are worse than the rest of us, it's just that they are no better than the rest of us. That is, prior to the American Revolution, the cause of bad government was thought to be rooted in the individuals running government. Bad government is caused by a bad King. So, the solution to bad government was .... getting a new King. This time, a "good" one.
But the Founding generation held a common belief that self-interested behavior was rooted in human nature. Hence, the solution to bad government was not to replace one self-interested person with another, but in putting self-interested individual within self-interested institutions and then letting those institutions have at it (ie, checks and balances).
The point I'm trying to make is that going to journalism school does not improve the human condition of a journalist any more than putting a crown on some guy's head and calling the guy King somehow means he is more likely to work for the common good than the rest fallen humanity.
In fact, I would go one step further: Giving a guy a crown makes him worse than the rest of us inasmuch as power has a corrupting tendency.
Is it just me, or do people who work for the top tier media outlets think of themselves as above the rules that apply to the rest of us? Kind of like some kings I've read about. Evidence, I think, that power really has corrupted them.
Google Chrome Spellchecker Advice: Help!
So about a month ago the automatic spellchecker thingy in Chroms stopped working. Which kind of sucks because I am the world's second worst speller (Howie is #1). I'm of that generation that learned whole reading from the get go which means I read very, very fast -- but spell poorly. We whole readers see words more like hyroglyphs then strings of letters and so we miss many of the nuances of spelling. Also, I often start a post and then have real work to do, so I go back a few minutes later and so you kind of miss the flow of the sentence and overlook grammatical errors.
I know, too many excuses.
But the point of this post is this: How do I turn the spell/grammar check function back on in Chrome?
UPDATE: Thanks to Balls in the comments for helping me out. In fact, I'm so happy, I would totally kiss Balls! Yes, I love me some Balls.
Economist Apologizes for "Jews Control Congress" Cartoon
Who knew that "some people" would be offended by a cartoon showing the President shackled by a Congressional seal which just happens to have a Star of David replacing the normal 5 pointed stars on it. I mean, "some people" are just so oversensitive and "reading into" the cartoon things that aren't there!
Also, everyone knows that it's the Illuminati, and not the Jews, that controls Congress! Jews controlling Congress? That's just crazy talk!
Thanks to Paul in Ireland.
PS - I ran an earlier post on this about the cartoon, but when I searched the archives for cartoons run by the MSM which were antisemetic I had so many hits I just didn't want to waste my time surfing around for an hour looking for this particular one.
The Most Irresponsible Gun Report I've Ever Seen
A young person should never ever be allowed to handle a gun without first being instructed in the proper handling and dangers firearms, even if its unloaded and controlled.
First of all, some of these kids are too young for that to start with. But the instruction of don't ever touch a gun is totally inadequate and disingenuous. You might as well tell them to point it at their face and leave the room.
The first instruction should be what end the business end is and never to point that end at anything you don't intend to kill. Loaded or not.
I received my first rifle at around 6 and I was appalled at the level of recklessness in 20/20's anti gun propaganda report. Its a worthwhile endeavor to prevent young people from having access to firearms, so you're going to do what? Hand a pre-school kid a firearm? Insane!
Anti-gui zeal has gotten the better of ABC's judgement in this case, to allow uninstructed and unready young people to handle any firearm is just beyond the pale of stupidity.
Its like send your child to learn to ride his bike on an interstate highway, unsupervised.
Maybe Sawyer was dunk again? That might explain it, I dunno. Geesh.
Update: Newsbuster agrees:
Lois Lerner Personally Approved Malik Obama's IRS Application for Tax Exempt Status for Barack H. Obama Foundation Within 30 Days
Its quite clear that Obama uses the Chicago Way management style. See next post.
Gateway Pundit: Obama’s IRS unfairly targeting hundreds of conservative groups, but President Obama’s radical half-brother “got a sweetheart deal” from the IRS.So in a way Obama's operative Lerner helped facilitate the funding of Hamas a specially designated terrorist entity. An entity he himself just called terrorists in his State of the Union Speech.
According to the Daily Caller, Lois Lerner, the senior IRS official at the center of the decision to target tea party groups for burdensome tax scrutiny, signed paperwork granting tax-exempt status to the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a shady charity headed by the president’s half-brother that operated illegally for years. Lerner approved the foundation’s tax status within a month of filing.
If she was acting this way because her boss wanted her to then he also lent material support to terrorists.
Isn't that kind of like an impeachable offense? Hmmmm?
Previous: Bronco Bamma's Bro Hearts Hamas.
January 30, 2014
The Bloom Is Off The Rose
If you're on social media you may have seen this already. If not, presented without comment.
Thanks to Rebelpundit.
Enterprise in 10 Years? No
Botany Bay in 10 Years? Probably
I was reading this Slate article that speculates that it will be centuries before we can build a Constitution class starship like the Enterprise. Even dropping hings like warp drive the construction is just too daunting
But I feel the right question is can we build a DY-100 class ship like the Botany Bay in ten years?
length 100 meters, weight 2.72 million kilograms, ship's complement 22, and chemical/fission propulsion.
A mass produced ship built on Earth that uses fission, chemical and ion propulsion for trips to carry people and cargo to near solar system destinations like say Ceres or Mars or Luna (the moon) even possibly Jupiter's moons in a convoy of ships.
The answer is obviously, Yes we can. Or could say if Obama had anything close to ambition.
Meanwhile in Baghdad
Obama said in the State of the Union that he would take the US off of a permanent war footing or out of a permanent state of war.
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ISIS suicide team assaults Iraqi ministry
By BILL ROGGIOJanuary 30, 2014
A suicide assault team likely from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, al Qaeda's branch inside Iraq, killed 24 people after attempting to storm the Transportation Ministry today.
A heavily armed team of six suicide bombers "took a number of hostages .. and killed nine of them inside the building, which was used to receive visiting delegations," Reuters reported. "It was not immediately known where the other eight victims died."
Iraqi security forces responded and killed the suicide assault team in a firefight. At least one policeman was killed while battling the insurgents, the National Iraqi News Agency reported.
While no group has claimed credit for today's attack, the ISIS is currently the only group in Iraq staging suicide assaults of this magnitude in the Iraqi capital. Ansar al Islam (or Ansar al Sunnah), another al Qaeda linked group that operates in Iraq, occasionally deploys suicide bombers against Iraqi security forces and civilian targets, but has yet to claim what the ISIS calls a "storming operation."
I'm cool with that but al-Qaeda apparently didn't get the memo.
A Touching Interview With Dutch Terrorist Holding a Kitteh
He's not a terrorist because, Look! Kittehs!
Isn't that supporting ISIS? The Islamic State of Iraq? The same Islamic state of Iraq that murders Shia truck drivers for being the wrong kind of Muslim and posts their bodies on the road. The same Islamic State of Iraq that is murdering hundreds in Iraq as well as Syria?
Apparently Twitter thought so.
And also the article points out he expects to die in Syria so he probably won't do a terrorist attack in Europe, I mean not like unless Allah wills that he doesn't die and then well, I guess that's cool.
Whack a mole anyone?
Terrorist and posting Kitteh are not mutually exclusive categories.
Ministry of Jiggly: Olympic Edition
Should this not be an Olympic Winter Sport in Sochi 2014?
Make it happen Jawas.
January 29, 2014
Where Are Rusty's Students?
As we all know, Rusty is an academic meathead. Here are the fruits of his labor.
Notorious Hate Corporation Doubles Down On Its Hate By Attempting To Murder Stranded Motorists With Its Fat Fat Fatty Death Meals
The Usual Suspects.
Some of the drivers had been stuck in their cars for nearly seven hours without any food or water. So the staff of the Chick-fil-A decided to lend a helping hand.
“We cooked several hundred sandwiches and stood out on both sides of 280 and handed out the sandwiches to anyone we could get to – as long as we had food to give out.”
Dear Lord, this is hatred only equal to Wal Mart.
What's worse, these hypocrites violated their own Christian creed by attempting to get strangers to sleep together! Bastards!
“We opened up our dining room to anyone who wanted to sleep on a bench or a booth,” Audrey told me.
OH THE HUMANITY!!!!!!
Shia Terror Supporters Making Fun of Sunni Terrorists Killing Each Other
The irony here is killing me. And the fact that some guy in Tehran doesn't get the irony? That makes it doubly delicious.
Thanks to @BellumLetale
Bronco Bamma's Bro Hearts Hamas
Here's Barack Obama's brother, Malik Obama head of the Barack H Obama Foundation wearing one of those cool Hamas Kaffeyehs.
The text on the scarf that the president’s brother is wearing in the 2010 photo reads, “‘Jerusalem is ours – WE ARE COMING!’” It also includes a map of Palestine that reads “From the river to the sea!”
Kind of ironic given all Obama's talk about rejecting terrorism in the SOTU speech, and the leader on Palestinian Islamic Jihad just being declared a specially designated global terrorist and that PIJ and Hamas who is also a specially designated terrorist group share a command.
Malik was also Obama's best man at his wedding.
Hat Tip: B'emet Or.
SuperDrone Was This Close to Killing al-Shabaab Leader Godane (update: Almost There)
Sources in Somalia say a U.S. drone strike on Sunday nearly hit the leader of militant group al-Shabab.
A militant source and sources close to the African Union mission in Somalia told VOA that Ahmed Abdi Godane was in the vicinity of the drone attack, which took place north of Barawe, in the Lower Shabelle region.
The militant source said Godane was alive, although it was not clear whether the al-Shabab leader was injured.
A senior aide of Godane's, Ahmed Abdulkadir -- known as "Iskudhuuq -- was killed along with his driver Sunday when their car was hit by a missile.
The sources in Somalia said Godane and Iskudhuuq may have had a meeting right before the attack, and that Godane was supposed to travel in the car that was targeted.
I can hold it? That's what I told Mrs. Howie back in the day before the so called shotgun incident.
Update: Almost there......
A U.S. military strike in southern Somalia Sunday was targeting Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of Al-Shabaab, the Somali-based group with ties to al Qaeda, according to three US officials.There are also reports that after the strike Shabaab went on one of its purges, killing random people with phones accusing them of being spies. Ha!
U.S. officials are waiting for DNA evidence as well as intelligence gathered from local Somalis on the ground before they can confirm Godane was in the vehicle and killed by the drone strike.
Somali officials have said the man killed was Sahal Iskudhuq, an Al-Shabaab operative who was close to Godane and involved in planning attacks over the years.
Rusty Reacts to Last Night's State of the Union Address
Wait, what? I honestly haven't watchd one of those in years. Besides, me and my new buddy Marty were out hover skateboarding all night. Fun guy, but I still can't figure out why he was so interested in who won the World Series from 1985 - 2013.
Thanks to Maetenloch.
---Oooops. Something was wrong with that image. I dunno why, Ace and I share a server, but the image wasn't working. So I uploaded a copy of it and put it above the fold. The "Marty" reference probably makes more sense now.
Red on Red in Syria: Hezbollah Terrorists Massacre al Qaeda Terrorists
If this keeps going on, I'm going to have to invest in popcorn futures. I'm putting the video below the fold because it shows a bunch of dead bodies and so consider yourself warned.
The only other caveat is that there's no way to verify any of it. The video is labeled "Hezbollah ambush Jabhat Al-Nusra on Syria/Lebanon Border," but as we've seen in the past, the videos coming out of Syria are often flat out lies. They take a video of a bunch of dead people, and then both sides use the same video to either claim responsibility or claim the other side did it and it was a "massacre".
But still, one can hope, right? Worst case scenario this isn't the result of a Hezbollah assault on al Qaeda, it's the result of an al Qaeda assault on Hezbollah. Or one group of al Qaeda on another group. Or on Syrian regulars.
So basically I'm saying that whoever it is who is dead, they probably deserved it.
Thankst to Golem Bar
Wow, Scott Adams Continues His Quest for a Death Fatwa
That's two days in a row. The force is strong with this one.
Seriously, I'm loving this guy. Thanks to Kenny.
NY1 Interview With Michael Grimm (R-NY) Goes Horribly Right
Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm physically threatened NY1 political reporter Michael Scotto at the conclusion of an interview in the Capitol Rotunda following Tuesday night's State of the Union address.
Watch Michael Scotto’s report on the incident.
Grimm's threats came at the end of a brief interview in which he discussed the president's speech, calling the address "divisive."
Scotto then tried to ask the congressman about the ongoing federal investigation into his 2010 campaign fundraising:
"And just finally before we let you go, we haven't had a chance to talk about some of the..." Scotto began before Grimm cut him off.
That's the same thing Vinnie says to Rusty right before they um, you know, disappear into the bowels of the Sandcrawler.
January 28, 2014
Live Blogging The SOTU
I'm here! I could only get a minute and a half before I was recognized and thrown out but I got this!
al Qaeda in Syria Mujahideen at Glory Hole
Two al Qaeda fighters wait in line for their turn servicing a glory hole at a rest stop in Homs, Syria.
H/T: al Qaeda
Muslims Massacred at Mosque by Christian Extremists
I think I might be having a bout of some dyslexia. I keep mixing up my religions, and that whole mosque vs. church thing has always left me confused:
At least 22 parishioners of a Catholic parish in eastern Nigeria were "slaughtered" by Boko Haram attackers on Sunday, the bishop has told the BBC.When people try to equivocate between the Christian past and the Muslim present, I try to stay calm and not think of the fact that some people are too dumb to differentiate between past and present. Instead, I think of bunnies. Fluffy, cuddly bunnies. That soothes me. Those things taste good, real good. Mmmmm, bunnies ....
Stephen Dami Mamza, bishop of Yola, Nigeria, said parishioners from Waga Chakawa village described to him how attackers arrived in trucks near the end of mass. The intruders locked the church, fired guns at those trying to flee, and cut the throats of others, Mamza told the BBC. They set off bombs and for the next four hours, burned houses and took hostages, the bishop said.
Thanks to Pat
Scott Adams Really Wants that Death Fatwa
Seriously, this is a good way to get yourself killed. Death threats in 4 .... 3 ... 2 ...
Thanks to Kenny
War on Women! Sarah Palin vs. Wendy Davis
One of these things is not like the other.
Multicultural Win! Speaker at Holocaust Rememberance Big Fan of Hitler
So you invite a guy named "Hassan Farooq" to come speak at a Holocaust Remembrance event at London's City Hall last year. If you watch the video of his minor part in the event it's clear that he was invited as part of the required liberal rainbow of diversity. It looks like the cover to every college catalogue in the US.
How's that diversity-for-diversity's-sake thing working out for ya?
It's kind of funny in that tragic sort of way.
Oh, and one guess on which radical cleric in the UK this guy is a fan of.
Leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad Ziyad al Nakhalah (Abu Tariq) Named Specially Designated Global Terrorist
The State Department today designated Ziyad al Nakhalah (Abu Tariq), the Deputy Secretary General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). PIJ has been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization since October 1997.
Nakhalah “has repeatedly taken credit for attacks against Israel,” the State Department said. In addition, he has “cultivated strong relations with the Government of Iran, the world’s primary State Sponsor of Terrorism.” Nakhalah was one of a number of officials in Palestinian Islamic Jihad to admit that Iran had provided Palestinian terror groups, including PIJ, with Fajr-3 and Fajr-5 missiles that were used during Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012.
Pete Seeger Kicks the Bucket!
He went to that Wonderful Atheistic Soviet Collective Farm in the sky.
Image Credit Rolling Stone
Gun Clinging Bible Reading Redneck Tea Party Gun Culture Doesn't Kill Many People
Headlines that blame a "gun culture" for the high rate of firearm- related homicides in the United States are not too difficult to locate (e.g., here, here, and here). The need to eliminate this "gun culture" is then used as justification for restriction of 2nd Amendment rights. What goes unmentioned about the so-called "gun culture" is its pervasiveness, or lack thereof, throughout our society as a whole. Even a casual reader of local news headlines should not be shocked to learn that firearm-related homicides are more prevalent in some neighborhoods than others. However, what may be shocking is the near exclusivity of firearm-related homicides to a small subset of neighborhoods; neighborhoods that vote predominately for Democrat candidates.So the "gun culture" the left paints as the problem "gun culture" in America is not the actual problem. Its the more urbane "gun culture" that results in the highest rates of homicide.
But what are *Crips and Bloods really? An organized community?
*Jawa Classic Comments
January 27, 2014
Will Piers Morgan Ever Recover From His Cranialus Rectalitus?
What disease is that you say? Why, the one where you have your head so firmly shoved up your ass in such a way it may take several years of surgery to remove it.
Given the young ages of most mass/random shooters in America, I'd make it illegal for anyone under 25 to buy a gun of any kind.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 27, 2014
Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy weren't available for comment.
Al Qaeda Unionizes in Syria
Q: How many members of al Qaeda does it take to man a check point?
A: 4. Two to man the check point, and two more to sit on their asses making sure the other two man the check point.
H/T: al Qaeda
What difference, at this point, does it make?
Cankle's biggest regret during her tenure as SecState? Benghazi.
“My biggest, you know, regret is what happened in Benghazi,” Clinton said when asked to identify “do-overs” of her time as America’s top diplomat during her keynote appearance before the the National Automobile Dealers Association in New Orleans.
Well, bless her heart. Except it's way too little and way too late for regrets or apologies. Especially after sticking to the phony "the offensive video did it" defense.
Sorry, dear, but the only things that are fitting for you are shackles.
Beyoncé's Labia Makes Grammy History
Papa don't preach, because when a woman's labia hangs out of her leather g-string it shows her empowerment.
Beyoncé's Grammy Awards performance was slammed by concerned parents on Sunday as they deemed the incredibly risqué routine too explicit for children to watch.Reminds me of that old joke, Two people meet inside Beyoncé's vagina.
The 32-year-old singer wore a revealing black thong bodysuit over fishnet tights to perform a rendition of her hit Drunk In Love alongside husband Jay Z at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
However Beyoncé's sexy dance routine, which aired at 8pm on both coasts and at 7pm central time, left many furious parents posting comments on social media that the performance was 'disrespectful' and entirely inappropriate for children to watch.
The second asks the first of he has a flashlight so they can find their way out.
The first guy replies, "If we had a flashlight, we'd find my keys and drive out of here!"
Update By request Beyoncé's natch moved below the fold.
Not One New Thing
Since I, Howie, have been out for a while I figured maybe world peace had happened or something. But fortunately you can always count on The Islamic Struggle to keep hell packed with fresh souls or some shit like that.
Good News! Gaddafi's missing missiles found! al-Qaeda has them....
Well good to know all is right with the world.
Person Who Denied More Security at Benghazi Fired
Did I say fired? I mean promoted. This must be what it feels like to be schizophrenic:
Charlene Lamb, cited for failures in leadership from the Department of State’s own Accountability Review Board report, has been promoted to Regional Security Officer.Wow. Wake me up when this nightmare called the Obama Administratin is over.
Awesome: Afghanistan Begins Releasing Captured Jihadists
Exactly how is our little project of state-building in Afghanistan going? Not good:
The US government has condemned an ordered release of the first wave of 88 prisoners from Bagram prison, saying that more than 40 per cent of the prisoners who are set to go were involved in direct attacks against the US and Afghan forces.Michelle has more.
The Afghan Review Board (ARB), led by Abdul Shakoor Dadras, has ordered the release of the first 37 of 88 from Bagram, which the US military categorised them as “dangerous”.
As I've come to realize over the past 10 years of blogging, there's not much we can do to improve the sh*thole that is Afghanistan. The best strategy moving forward is to put them on notice that should they ever allow the Taliban to come back to power that we will not hesitate to wipe the country from the face of the Earth. And yes, I do mean that literally.
R Legislator Convicted for Assault on Women Still in Statehouse, Media Ignores
Did I say "R"? I meant "D". Which kind of explains why pretty much no one in the media is reporting this, yet they spend literally hours and hours of air time discussing what Republicans say. Because WAR ON WOMEN! or something.
Remember, this guy was actually convicted yet the first time I heard about it was when I got an email from DaTechGuy this morning. The media always frames these things as local aberrations when it's a D so pays it no national attention, but when the same thing happens with an R it's a national story because its indicative of some broader phenomenon.
Sandcrawler PSA: Jawa Archives Now With No Porn Redirect!
Long story short an old ad service died and got taken over by nefarious characters causing old posts to well, you know.
My personal apology for screwing it up and for it taking so long to rebuild all those entries.
And thanks to our hero Pixi Misa.
Congrats To The Lucky Virgins
The US military has launched a missile strike in Somalia targeting a suspected Al Shabaab militant leader.
Yay us. We should have nuked that hellhole in 1993.
January 24, 2014
Al Qaeda's Official Forum Having a Bad Day
The schmucks at al-Shamikh used to to be all like this:
Now they're all like:
Couldn't have happened to a nicer crowd.
Hey, let's support al Qaeda -- but, you know, the more "moderate" al Qaeda"
Wow, this is possibly one of the worst ideas ever. Generally I respect the guys who wrote this ... but supporting one branch of al Qaeda over the other because, you know, one is worse. This is like supporting Stalin over Hitler if they had actually fought over Poland:
First, Ahrar al-Sham and its partners in the Islamic Front, Syria’s largest rebel coalition, are at war with ISIS, which is a far bigger concern for the United States. ISIS has the strongest track record of supporting global jihad, and it has American blood on its hands from its war against U.S. forces in Iraq. ISIS is an indiscriminate killer of Syrian civilians and, finally, it is the primary conduit through which the conflict in Syria is spreading to al-Anbar in Iraq. The Islamic Front, including Ahrar al-Sham, represents the best hope in Syria for defeating ISIS.Wow, I don't know where to start with this. We should ally with militant Islamists because they are: a) less militant than ISIS; b) only want to impose Taliban style law locally; c) would bloody the nose of Iran.
Second, designating Ahrar al-Sham as a terrorist group would destroy what little chance the United States has of building relationships with the other militias in the Islamic Front. Those relationships will be important for ensuring that the Front treats Syrian civilians well during the war and after, should Assad ever be toppled. Making a direct enemy of Ahrar al-Sham would also make it extremely difficult for U.S. nongovernmental organizations to move aid through territory controlled by it and the Islamic Front, because U.S. law prohibits working with terrorist organizations.
Finally, Ahrar al-Sham’s leader, Hassan Abboud, has never endorsed bin Laden’s vision of a global jihad. His struggle is limited to Syria. Designating his group as a terrorist organization might backfire by pushing it completely into al Qaeda’s camp. (Indeed, Suri’s statement itself might be indicative of an internal debate about whether to hew closely to Nusra, ISIS’s rival claimant to al Qaeda’s mantle in Syria.)
Of those, only "c" is a goal worthy of pursuing. It is in our interests to see a weaker Iran in the region. The fall of Assad would bloody Iran's nose. But if that means that he is replaces by an Islamist government organized along the lines of the Taliban, then that's helpful because?
All of this is based on the false notion that if the US makes friends with these guys then we will be able to influence them in the long run. I call BS. Historical example of BS off the top of my head: arms-for-hostages -- remember when we reached out to "moderates" in Iran? How'd that work out for us.
That's just on the fly, I'm sure we could come up with a dozen examples of US policy backfiring when we supported "moderate" fascists.
The truth is that US national interests are served in an even more unsatisfying way than McCants et al. want to believe. Their argument is that keeping one branch of al Qaeda off the designated terror list is the least bad of a number of bad options. I disagree. The one option they haven't considered is that it is in our interests to prolong the war. To see that it ends in a stalemate. No one likes a stalemate, but Iran vs. al Qaeda vs. al Qaeda is a battle that serves or interests the longer it goes, not the shorter.
Moreover, there is a third actor here that has already driven out both militant Islamists and the Baathist regime from many areas in Syria: the Kurds.
Of all the groups involved in the conflict, the secular Kurds are our strongest ally in the region, the most moderate, and also the most successful at governing territory that has been liberated. If any group in this complex civil war deserves our help it is the Kurds. It is in a free and independent Kurdistan that we should be spending our time and efforts, not in failed colonial states like Syria and Iraq.
Let them kill each other until the last man standing claims to be the new Caliph or the Hidden Imam. More power to 'em.
Thanks to @pspoole
North Korea Lands Man On Sun
North Korea is hailing this as one of the greatest human achievements of all time:
North Korea has landed a man on the Sun. 17-year-old Hung Il Gong started his journey at 3am this morning, travelling alone, to reach our nearest star, a journey that took him just 4 hours.
A North Korean central news anchorman said during a live broadcast: "We are very delighted to announce a successful mission to put a man on the sun. North Korea has beaten every other country in the world to the sun. Hung Il Gong is a hero and deserves a hero's welcome when he returns home later this evening".
In case you are wondering how he managed to land on sun without burning to death - well, DUH! - he landed at night!
On Racing and the Redistribution of Wealth
I was watching this before class and I thought I'd pass it along. It's pretty cool.
Oh, and I think this is very much related from Michelle Malkin on why the US Chamber of Commerce has very much become an entrenched advocate of the status quo.
January 23, 2014
Ok, this is kinda cool: New Uniform for Sikhs in US Army
More power to 'em...
It's all good, except ....
Muslim, Sikh, Jewish and Wiccan soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen can now request exemptions to strict military uniform and grooming policies.And I don't really mind any of these people wearing slightly altered uniforms or maybe exempted from shaving.
But ... what about the female soldiers? What if a Muslima insists that her version of Islam requires her to cover from head to toe? That I'd have a problem with.
Yes, this exists.
Also, Wiccans have special clothing they wear? What is that, a pair of Doc. Martins, black eye liner and nailpolish ... for the guys?
Liberals Caught On Video Mocking Wheelchaired Greg Abbott; Labels Disability A Liability
Zawahiri: Why can't we all just get along?
Al Qaeda's Rodney King moment has arrived:
The emir of al Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri, has released a new audio message addressing the infighting between jihadist groups in Syria.,,,Let's hope no one listens to the Z-man. All this hot al Qaeda on al Qaeda fighting is giving me a semi.
Zawahiri implores the jihadists to "let go" of their "partisan fanaticism" if it cuts against the "unity of your ranks." The infighting distracts them from fighting their true enemies, including Shiite forces, Russia, and China, all of whom are supposedly colluding with the "Crusader campaign."
Democracy! Video Shows Afghan Politician Calling for Jihad Against the US
His name is Abdul Sattar Khawasi and he's a member of Afghanistan's parliament representing a political party with Taliban sympathies. After a US raid, he had this to say about the liberators of his country:
"Jihad is legitimate against the U.S., and silence against the U.S. is an act in violation of religion, I am obligated to tell you," Khawasi says in part of the video....And by firing on "you" he meant the Taliban. See, us = Taliban, you = everyone else.
The footage also shows the MP, a member of the U.S.-backed government in Kabul since joining Parliament in 2004, accusing other government officials of being "collaborators" for working alongside the U.S.
"Now lets focus on the government officials, these corrupt miscreants have no right to fire on you, I promise revenge," Khawasi said.
Meanwhile, the President of Afghanistan blames the US for a Taliban attack that targetted Western civilians in Kabul:
After the Taliban attack on a Lebanese restaurant in Kabul last week that left 21 people dead, including 13 foreign civilians, Karzai insinuated that the U.S. was responsible for the foreign deaths in Kabul because of the Afghan deaths in the Ghorband operation.Because I'm sure the Taliban would pick up their toys and go home if the US left.
And, just to be clear, I think it's high time we got out of Dodge. We did what we came to do. We kicked the Taliban's ass. It's this whole nation-building thing that I don't think we should be involved in. If the Afghans want a state bad enough, let them fight for it. And should the Taliban come back to power we have plenty of nukes that haven't been tested in awhile.
Where's .... Everyone? Twerking is the Dark Side of the Force Edition
January 22, 2014
Guy Who Got Stuck in Antarctic Ice Receives Award for Super-Accurate Global Warming Model
You know, this makes absolute sense in a kind of bizarro dreamworld kind of way:
Professor Chris Turney has been awarded the 2014 Frederick White Prize for his research on understanding past and present climate change and on improving climate change models....Yeah, that Antarctic Expecdition.
Professor Turney is expected to arrive back in Australia today, after leading the 2013-2014 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, a scientific program aimed at increasing our knowledge of the vital Antarctic region.
Thanks to the Realist of Queensland.
Israel Busts 3 AQ Types in Jerusalem
They were recruited online, buy a guy in Gaza. But they got caught and won't get a chance to blow up Jewish kids. At least, not until the next time Israel exchanges dozens of these guys for a single hostage and they become Pali heroes and go on the PA payroll. After that, all bets are off. Such is life in Israel:
The guy that recruited these guys? Yeah, safely in Gaza under the protection of Hamas.
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced on Wednesday that it arrested three Palestinians from east Jerusalem recruited online by an al-Qaida operative in Gaza, who were in the midst of preparations to carry out a string of large-scale bombing and shooting attacks on multiple targets in Israel.
The intended targets included the Jerusalem Convention Center, a bus traveling between the capital and Ma'aleh Adumim, the US embassy in Tel Aviv, and emergency responders who would have arrived at the scene of attacks.
But the author has a key takeaway:
The investigation underlines the fact that the Internet remains the main means of expansion for global jihadi elements, the source said. Terrorist operatives use the internet to create operational cells, local commanders, and transfer bomb-making know-how.Apparently these guys were recruited, received "virtually training", and were prepared to act on their intentions within a very short period of time. That's something to think about.
The relationship between recruits and their handlers online is similar to relations between a cow and a calf, the source said. "The calf wants to suckle, and the cow wants to give it milk," he added.
January 21, 2014
Islamist Child Abuse
They train them young in Syria. This kid is what, maybe four?
If You See These Women Near Sochi, Russia ....
The thing is, Sochi is actually right smack dab in the middle of the Caucuses. The fact that the city is mostly made up of Christian Slavs & not Turkic Muslims has more to do with Soviet ethnic cleansing than with its location. I just hope the bribes to the Olympic Committee were sufficiently large for them to overlook the minor detail of locating a dozen miles from what is essentially a war zone.
Thanks to The Jester.
Espionage Porn: You had me at "Porn"
Marc Thiessen asks why the NYTimes thinks it's important to publish how our intel community gathers intelligence when there's not even an accusation that some of those methods are being used domestically. Papers like the Times constantly tell us they weigh national security and intelligence concerns against the public's right to know what the government is up to. That's a very noble sentiment, except in practice it means .... what? It means that an editor at the Times self-appoints himself to the role of what secrets deserve to be kept and which secrets they're going to publish.
Do you trust the NYTimes to make that call? Before you answer, consider this. A good friend of mine was tipped off that the NYTimes was about to reveal some information. Because the information was in regards to an ongoing criminal investigation, the Times was asked not to publish it. Not to withhold the story. Not to lie to the public. Just to withhold a couple of key points, in this case the name of a single individual. The Times ignored the request. The public needed to know, you see. And so the target of an ongoing criminal investigation know knew he was the target of a criminal investigation.
Before this disclosure, terrorists believed that if they did not connect to the Internet, they were “off the grid” and out of range of NSA surveillance. Now they know that is not true. As a result they can take countermeasures — and stop using the offline computers the NSA was monitoring — which means we will lose access to vital streams of intelligence we needed to prevent an attack.Indeed, how is the Times any different then the "rag" across town, the Post? At least the Post uses real porn to titilate its readers. They put boobs on the front page with the promise of even more cleavage on the inside. The Post is honest about what it's doing, the Times hides behind a veneer of the leftwing concerns of its typical readers.
As one former senior intelligence official told me recently, stories like this are nothing more than “espionage porn.” They serve no greater social purpose other than to titillate.
Read the whole article, it lists a bunch of Snowden revelations about our foreign espionage capabilities which do nothing to promote civil liberties but do directly hurt our ability to spy. It's almost like Snowden, the Times, and its lefty readers want America to be weaker.
To paraphrase Justice Potter Stewart, I'm not sure how to define espionage porn, but I know it when I see it. And most of what Edward Snowden has released fits that description.
H/T: Hot Air link thing
What do you call 50 dead Boko Haram members?
What, Surely You Jest? PROOF Despotic Arab Regime Systematically Tortures Citizens
I'm shocked! SHOCKED!11!!! There's no way an Middle Eastern dictator would ever stoop to such lows:
A team of internationally renowned war crimes prosecutors and forensic experts has found "direct evidence" of "systematic torture and killing" by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, the lawyers on the team say in a new report.Next they'll tell us that al Qaeda does bad things and Palestinians are treated as second class citizens by every Arab country.
Their report, based on thousands of photographs of dead bodies of alleged detainees killed in Syrian government custody, would stand up in an international criminal tribunal, the group says....
"This is a smoking gun," said David Crane, one of the report's authors. "Any prosecutor would like this kind of evidence -- the photos and the process. This is direct evidence of the regime's killing machine."
Where's Howie? Body Builder Blames Boobs For Broken Legs
Russian Dimitri Moskovich ended up with two broken legs at the weekend after falling from a rope the 48-year-old had climbed so many times before.
"I was looking at a very nice topless girl and I forgot what I was there for and next thing my legs were completely smashed," he told the Daily Telegraph while laid up in St Vincent's Hospital. (Source)
California Democrat Discovers Ghost Gun That Fires A '30 Magazine Clip' In Under 30 Seconds
When I first purchased a couple of 50 round magazines for my SKS, I loaded them up, fired them off, and then immediately regretted blowing $75 for less than a minute of thrill.
I can only imagine how it feels to waste so much expensive ammo in a half the time...
(Hat Tip: IHateTheMedia)
January 20, 2014
10 Years Ago Today, Rusty Said "Let there be blog." And Rusty saw the blog, and it was good: 10 Years of Blog Sabbaths **STICKY**UPDATED**
1/20/2014 UPDATE: Scroll down for original non-updated post.
Wow, thanks to so many of you for the well wishes and linkage, I appreciate it. Since it's a holiday today I'm going to take the day off. But just a couple of things.
If you're new to the Jawa Report why not read the two posts I put up in anticipation to this one?
1) The Jawa Report: 10 Years of Fatwas & Death Threats! -- which is .... er ... pretty self explanatory, but includes such classics as "devil will do meatballs from your body" and "I will cut ur neck"
2) The Jawa Report: Celebrating 10 Years of Offending People Who Need to Be Offended -- which is a short highlight reel of the "important" posts we've done over the years, including my very first post explaining why I started this thing, the Reutersgate picture kill, "Death to all Juice!", and my favorite death threat from my favorite droned terrorist.
Let me also direct you to James Joyner's excellent post on the days of blogging gone by. Blogging once was a community. Blogs were about talking to other blogs. I miss that. We used to do something called "trackbacks" which were a way of notifying one blog that you were posting related content and linking to their post. That way, we knew who was linking us and could comment back to them. It was a conversation. Now, not as much. So how can we get that back without going back to the obsession of "rankings"? That's a real question. Feel free to email me suggestions or drop them in the comments. Blogs made a difference in the 2004 elections, but I don't think we've had much impact since then. There's got to be some way of retaining independence but maximizing impact.
Also, this is the point where I'd link back to all of you but the simultaneous Instalanche, Hot Air & Ace link (thanks Gabe) means I'm not really sure who all the well wishers are. See what I mean about trackbacks? So a blanked thanks!
Also, best not to let the wives know about the concubines. That's not a commandment, just a bit of free advice."
Can you believe it's been 10 years since I started this blog? Soon after I started blogging I realized I was getting burned out. So, I started the blog sabbath. Just a promise to myself that I'd spend at least one day a week blog free.
As the good Lord said, "Man was not made for blogs, but blogs for man."
And by the "Lord" I mean Glenn Reynolds. I think.
But my ten year blogoversary falls on the blog sabbath this year. What to do? I think Jesus said it best when he said, "Which of you shall have an ass, like Vinnie, when he falls into a pit on the sabbath day won't straightway point your fingers at him and laugh?? Ha-ha!"
He said that right after he condemned that dirty whore to death by stoning. It's in there. In the back somewhere.
That last little bit is one of the oldest running gags here. When Muslims would tell me they love the Prophet Jesus, also that stoning is Allah's will for the unfaithful wife .... yeah, I guess I missed that part in the New Testament.
I actually grew up observing Sunday as a sabbath day, the Lord's Day, the day of resurrection and of renewal. I still do. Mostly.
But I was also taught that the sabbath was not just a day of rest, but a day to give thanks, and a day to do good. So, in that spirit, let me give a few shoutouts.
Let me give thanks to Charles Johnson, of Little Green Footballs, my blogfather. He has left the fold, yet if it wasn't for him this blog never would have gotten off the ground. We're still here Charles. Come on home whenever you want.
Thanks to Allahpundit and to Ace of Spades for their early support. In many ways the humor and irreverence of this blog began with those two in mind. 10 years ago blogging under a badass pen name was actually the norm. But it's good to see at least two of the OGs still keeping the faith.
Thanks to Robert Spencer, for tirelessly speaking his mind. His voice helped me find my own. Why speaking out against religion is ok, but, not, you know, the single religion which must not be criticized doesn't strike people as hypocritical and always leaves me scratching my head. Moreover, I safely receive death threats behind the veil of internet anonymity, but Robert gets many more such threats and he does so in public. He and I have had our disagreements over the years. He has had the class to keep these between us. Thank you Robert, you are a much braver man than I am.
A shout out to Emperor Misha of the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiller. The name of this blog owes a little bit to Misha. You see, 10 years ago Misha was directly confronting, well, idiots. He tried to offend them. His url was (and still is) nicedoggie.net. So, I thought something like "Nice Jawa" would be a good name. Then, that old joke, "No, my Jawa doesn't bite. But that's not my Jawa!" So .... My Pet Jawa.
Yeah, I know that's kind of free form thought. But that's how I named the blog. Thanks Misha!
When did I change the name of the blog from My Pet Jawa to The Jawa Report? Oh, that's a story worthy of telling.
Way back when, I don't remember exactly when, but Howie was already on board co-blogging so probably 8 years ago, there was this new thing called "Google News". [I looked it up, it was Oct. 2004] So this "Google News" thing decided that aljazeera.net -- not aljazeera.com, aljazeera.net -- which was just a blog run by some lunatic anti-Israel professor -- was listed as "News".
Back then, there were maybe only a couple of hundred sources on Google News. So, I thought it would be really funny if I could get Google to list my blog as "news". And I thought adding "Report" to anything makes it sound serious. Yeah, I'm looking at you Matt Drudge. And so, The Jawa Report! Now a Google News source.
Not anymore. But still, we had some fun with that while it lasted. Good times.
A number of other bloggers need a shout out of thanks here. Michelle Malkin, who was always so quick to link when a bleg from me came her way. Also, for being just so nice. Seriously, the chick has class.
Ed Morrisey, for being a voice of reason and a cool competitor back when we were all trying to claw our way to the top -- and he made it! Congrats. No bad feelings. No sour grapes for going corporate and getting a paycheck for this. The fact that I get paid almost nothing while you have health care benefits for blogging doesn't bother me a bit. That I have to keep my lousy day job while you're living off the fat of the land. Kudos. But I do know where you live. That's not a threat. I'm just kidding. But not really.
Thanks to Stacey McCain, Jeff Goldstein, and Jim Hoft. The thing about these guys? They are exactly like their blog personas in person. I mean exactly. McCain? Just as abrasive and funny in person. Jim? Just as serious and committed to the cause as you'd expect. I'm also glad to hear that Jim is feeling better and back to blogging. And Goldstein? I always thought I was an instigator. But Goldstein takes that to a whole new level. I start stuff on the internet. This guy does it in real life.
Stacey gets a second shout out along with Jason Mattera. The pair once arranged a clandestine meeting of bloggers along with Andrew Breitbart. One of my fondest blogging memories. Hanging out with some of my heroes. And getting to tell the press "No photos!".
Rusty at the British Museum
There are a bunch of other bloggers I need to thank for supporting me over the years. Some of them still blogging, many more who have hung up the fedora. If I miss you in this list, I apologize. Most of these are bloggers I need to thank for early support and inspiration. Many more of you have inspired me over the years, but these guys did so in the early months of my blogging. Steve Sherman, the Kommissar, my other blogfather who is no longer a political blogger. Aaron, of Aaron's Ranblog. Iowahawk, FrankJ, and Scott Ott for being so funny. Kate of Small Dead Animals for teaching me that Canadians, unlike gingers, do have souls. Laughing Wolf for general military awesomeness. The Grand Vizier, the Llama Butchers, and The Maximum Leader for teh funny. James Joyner of OTB and Kevin Aylward for helping a brutha out. Laurence Simon for being Full of Crap. Bill Roggio for overall journalistic excellence, and Bill Ardalino for a set of cajones so big he has to carry them in a shopping cart when he goes to a war zone. Dean Esmay for, I dunno, stuff and junk. Cox and Forkum and Yogi Love for the art. Jeff Quinton for general awesomeness. Rumcrook, who you'll still see in the comments from time to time. Cooper -- whatever happened to Grimey? Simon of Simon World -- who I can't link because of some virus infesting his old site. Scott from Election Projection for just beating me to the 10 year punch. Way Off Bass for being my brother in the good news. Publius and Senator Pundit -- where are you guys? Hatemongers Quarterly -- for the H8t3. NZ Bear for, literally, putting us on the map. No-pasaran for ... Fwance! Big Hominid for ... Korea! Spoooon! Right on red, because you rulez. Hot Abercrombie Chick for the linkbait. M.H. King for being cool. Vodkapundit for being sober, sometimes. Michelle from A Small Victory -- where is she these days?
And, of course, Glenn Reynolds for the (very) occasional link.
Over the years I've also had some wonderful co-bloggers. Like most bloggers, many of them have hung up the gloves. Some of them I've lost touch with over the years. Others check in from time to time. Let me apologize to them for the lack of contact. I suck. There's no other excuse.
These include the lost: BRD of Anticipatory Retalliation, who went on from blogging to make a documentary about Darfur.
Demosophist -- dude, where are you? I hope you found your dream job and your niche. Gordon, the Cranky Neocon -- also, would love to hear from you bro. Chris Short -- also AWOL and would love to hear what's up. See Dubya -- broseph? Ragnar -- keep fighting for Texas! Good Lt. -- hope all is well. Black Flag -- the underworld of the intertubez still await. Barbarossa & Ronin -- man, we miss you. Mike Pechar, the Interested Participant -- one of my oldest friends who we still hear from on the very, very rare occassion. Merri -- you must have so much patience, because ... Vinnie! [UPDATE: Oh, and Bluto! How could I have forgotten the Dread Pundit Bluto who I just found on Twitter again? Thanks bro!]
And to the co-blogs that I still keep in touch with and who do, from time to time, still post here.
Jane Novak, who is not only a friend and co-blogger, but the only blogger I know to be a national hero. Ok, so it's not our nation, but still -- she's a voice of reason and liberty for a whole country stuck bass ackwards in the stone ages. Of all my co-blogs, she's the one I've known the longest and she's also the one who's probably had the most real world impact. She's just incredible and someday I hope that Yemen will rise to a level of progress which includes minimum standards of decency and human rights.
Newbie, aka, Matt Damon, who at last count has lost his login 9 separate times. Thanks for all you do.
DMartyr who, shares my sense of humor and need to offend the right people. And for the awesome pShop skillz. Thanks.
Vinnie for never letting me get too full of myself and for introducing me to Brad Thor, who once almost shot me (for reeelz). Vinnie and I are kindrid spirits. He's my own Ron Swanson. A government employee who loves guns and who hates the government. Vinnie is truly awesome. I hope someday we'll meet in real life.
Howie, my most loyal sidekick and who I've actually met a couple of times. So much has happened over the years that I don't know where to begin with Howie. He gave us the scare of a lifetime when a hee took on a deer with motorcycle, and lost. He beat that close call, and he's in the midsts of another scare. That's why he's not around. But the guy can't die. It's science. He's truly a good and loyal friend and I hope that I can repay him for his friendship someday.
To Stable Hand. We miss you SH. I'm literally about to cry thinking of you. Keep SH in your prayers. She needs it. Seriously.
And to Professor Chaos who was not only there in the beginning, but before the beginning. We actually had a blog together before this one and he was there from the get go. And still is. I don't know how to explain our friendship, but it's real. And our buddy still back at USC: say hi to George Lucas for me and tell him I still think he's an a**hole for the whole Greedo thing.
Aaron -- I'm not sure what category to put you into. You're like the Emperor to my Darth Vader. You taught me to use the Dark Side of the Force in the meat world. Despite popular myth, we are not the same guy. Although I have been known to play one on TV. Say hi to your lovely wife for me. She is a saint.
Last but not least of the inner circle is Pixy Misa for hosting this blog for free for almost 10 years. Despite how much I grumble about this stupid old version of virus infected MT that won't allow us to rebuild old posts, you do get what you pay for. Pixy, you are awesome!
Whew, that took a lot longer to write then I planned. Something's wrong with the spell check in Chrome, so do me a favor and pretend this whole thing is spelled right and with the propper grammer and what not. I also intended to say so much more to so many more people. Especially my many many blogchildren. my friends at YouTube Smackdown, and to the you the commenters. I wanted to thank so many of you. But I'm outta steam and outta time. So, thanks! If you drop a line in the comments section I'll try to say hi and to thank you personally.
January 18, 2014
The Jawa Report: 10 Years of Fatwas & Death Threats!
Tomorrow is the 10 year anniversary of this blog. It started out as my way to offend those I thought needed offending. Sometimes I did offensive things deliberately because I wanted our enemies to show their true stripes. At other times, we just did things we wanted to do not really trying to offend any one in particular, but also not really caring if we did.
One of the ways in which the Islamist supremacists continue to exert an influence which far exceeds their proportional nubers is through intimidation. Islamist scholars of all stripes issue fatwas against those they deem having broken this or that Islamic rule or law. Sometimes those fatwas call for the deaths of those deemed breaking those rules.
And you know what I've always thought about these people? Screw them. If they want something to fatwa, we'll give them something to fatwa.
Over the years we've gotten our fair share of hate mail. Okay, so hate mail isn't a fatwa, but a guy can dream can't he?
So, in that spirit I present some of my favorite death threats.
First, a couple of death threats which became running jokes. Islam Online:
The Jawa Report is full of "vile sons of monkeys, pigs, and cross worshippers" who deserve to die.A little known fact: the "why us insult holy quuran" and "I will cut ur neck" fatwas come from the same guy. It's a fatwa two-fer!
why u insult the holy qouran ? why why....
give me ur country & address and give somtimes
to ............ cut ur neck
yes i willl cut ur neck beazn allah i will do that
if ur brave give ur address and somtimes to
killing u cut ur hand whiche Sacrilege the holy qouran
in shaa allah i will cut ur neck
Vinnie gets the "devil will do meatballs" fatwa:
when muslim's are in heaven,you all christs burn in hell.devil will do meetballs from your bodies.Mmmmm, meatballs.
And then there's this guy who combined our two favorite themes: jihad and "tea baggers":
AL JIHAD will be successful in dominating and subjugating the western kuffar. AMEEN...You know where I live? Right. Okay .....
You kill a teabagger, he becomes your slave in the afterlife. KILL THEM NOW. Watch your back, baggers...
I can't wait to fucking torture you, and then kill you, you peice of shit. Watch your back, ass hat. I know where you live
Now, I'm not a Jew but I do play one on TV:
F*CK YOU FILTHY, STINKING JEWSpeaking of da Juice, this guy wishes us all the best and a long life to Osama bin Laden. How'd that work out for him?
Muslims should kill you rabid, corpse-eating, blood-drinking Christian ghouls and send you to your partially-eaten, rotting Jew corpse you call god. Long live the brave and fearless Warrior of Allah, OSAMA BIN LADEN, who brought the S H I T pile aka America, to her Jew-worshipping kneesSpeaking of Jews ...
The reader imitates Jeff Dunham imitating life imitating art Silence! We Keeel You fata goes to YouTube user Terrorist2014:
We kill youAt least he was succinct. Oh, and I always liked this little bit of photo analysis.
The ALL CAPS AND NO LOWER CASE MAKES JACK A DULL BOY FATWA goes to this guy:
THE DAY OF QIYAMAH WHEN THE MUJIRIMUN WILL WISH THEY NEVER HAD SHAYATEEN COMPANIONS AND INDEED ALL YOUR EVIL LIVES WILL BE SHOWN TO THE 3ALAMEEN AND THE PEOPLE WILL CURSE YOU ON THAT DAY. YOU ARE A BUNCH OF HIZBU SHAYTAN, USELESS CREATION ALL YOU ARE GOOD AT IS GIVING HASANAT TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN WRONGED BY YOU.Actually, I have no idea what that guy was saying, but .... CAAAAAAPS!
And to this guy who seems to think Howie had a purtty mouth and that such sentiment can only be expressed via the cap lock:
MAYBE I ALREADY HAVE YOUR IP AND KNOW WHICH HOLE YOU LIVE IN, JEWISH RAT! MAYBE I AM JUST LOOKING FOR A CLEAN GUN TO CLEAN YOUR BRAIN MATTER OFF YOUR SHOULDERS. JUST MAYBE. I ASSURE YOU THAT YOU WILL LIVE TO REGRET THIS DAY, JUST LONG ENOUGH TO EXPRESS YOUR REGRET, ZIONIST FILTH!Funny enough, Howie isn't Jewish either. Or Vinnie. Or Jane. Or DMartyr. But I am cut, so, you know, I'm kinda halfway there already.
All of you will God willing die at the hands of Muslims in the name of the vengence for Aafia!The "I'm gonna shut you down" fatwa:
gonna shut you down for hate speech and Islamophobia
And yet another promoter of free speech:
How can you open a website and start saying things about another faith you obviously no nothing about, well ill tell you how you don't come across as a very educated person in the first place. If you don't take down all your bull shit I'm going to take this to higher matters.
The al Mosul forum doesn't seem to like us half as much as we liked them. No, seriously, you guys made me hot. That one day. Alone at the park. Memories. Such nice, dirty, memories:
Hey Pig you Are So fool Hill is Waite For you son of pigs Kuffars ur lieing rusty pig we love our death u lols now cant join our forum we block ur ips dandapeer our brother ansa you soon pigsssssssssss iam happyt then i kill pig inchaa Allah Ansar Al Mujahideen Hacking Group soon hack u pigggggggggggggggggggggggggg
The "there is no compulsion in religion" fatwa goes to this guy:
This kuffar website is full of shirk and kafiroon and immorality. I request the scummy kuffar who owns this website convert to Islam NOW. It's going to be shoved down your throat anyway, you SLIMY KUFR.
This guy rulez:
F*ck Anti Muslims
i will f*ck you,zarqavi is my favourite man,and usame bin laden,Adam olun
And last, but not least, the "I made death threats against Rusty and then got droned in Yemen" fatwa goes to Samir Khan, for this:
You tried to make ‘jihobbyists’ butt of all jokes,but they keep coming back,and u get desperate,wondering internet haganah and jawa report are enough or not to knock out these ‘jihobbyists’No, we didn't knock you out Sammy. A drone did that!
Thanks to all the H8TR3! It's been a helluva ride!
January 17, 2014
The Jawa Report: Celebrating 10 Years of Offending People Who Need to Be Offended **Sticky**
UPDATE: Welcome back friends and neighbors. Two related posts for the 10th anniversary --
The Jawa Report: 10 Years of Fatwas & Death Threats!
10 Years Ago Today: My Shout Out and Thanks to Bloggers and Friends
Two days from today will be our ten year anniversary. I started this blog on Jan. 19, 2004 with this post:
If you think this is offensive, just wait til I really get going!People used to email me constantly demanding -- DEMANDING!!111!! -- that I take this or that down. Don't you know you might offend someone? But they didn't get it, I wanted them to react that way. I wanted them to be offended.
For me, in the midsts of two shooting wars, you don't worry about offending the sensibilities of your enemies. Previous generations understood this. Have you ever watched the old Looney Tunes cartoons from WWII? They didn't pull any punches. In fact, many of these cartoons are now considered so offensive that Warner Bros. didn't renew the copyright on them and doesn't include them in their usual syndication deals. They're "banned" for being too offensive.
As one of my historian colleagues reminded me sometime in 2004: we didn't fight Nazis, we fought the Germans. There was no Nazi Army, there was only a German Army. It was only after WWII was over that we started talking about good "Germans" vs bad "Nazis". It was historical revisionism within a few years of the actual war. I do not mean to say there weren't a lot of Germans who opposed Hitler, only that it didn't matter. A guy with a gun pointed at your head who is a Nazi is no different at that moment than a guy with a gun pointed at your head who is really sorry to be killing you, but you know, orders.
So, we fought Germany and Germans were the bad guys. Call it a casualty of war, but dehumanizing your enemies is a necessary evil. It's hard to pull the trigger when you think of the guy at the end of the barrel as no different than your buddy next to you.
Unfortunately our present generation is so ignorant of history and so far removed from the actual labor of war in which the lives of men and women are on the line that they mistake legal and semantic disagreements as actual important issues. As one Marine famously put it, "America isn't at war. The Marine Corps is at war. America is at the mall."
But I guess that's what you get when you have whole generations of Americans who have never had to bear the burden of war and who's only experience with actual "work" consists of reading, writing, and pointing and clicking.
And so as Leftists whined, fretted, and gnashed their teeth over every little mistake made by our military and confused their criticism for something important and this blog was born. It was born out of frustrationg with Leftists who were pointing fingers at our men women in uniform and of Muslims in denial about the depths to which people within their own ranks were sympathetic to an evil and totalitarian ideology.
On the second day I blogged, I wrote a longer defense of what I was doing. I think it's worth reprinting most of it here as I celebrate 10 years:
The question for me is this: How dangerous is the Islamist movement?Since writing those words 10 years ago I believe this blog has made some of the right enemies so we've been somewhat successful at what we were attempting to do.
In my view the answer is: Very dangerous.
This is no small matter and I think it is one that divides the country. In some ways the division between Cold Warriors and the Dovish libs were largely differences of perception. IF communism was a REAL threat to the US, THEN the investigations into communist party members in the State Department were a good thing. However, IF communism was NOT a very large threat to the US, THEN we should let commies, or democrats, or whoever work in the State Department. Liberals did not really believe that communism was such a large threat while conservatives generally saw it as such (forget the left, to them communism was GOOD, or at least better than bourgois capitalism).
Today, we must ask ourselves if the Islamist movement threatens our nation, its interests, and the world. In my view the answer is YES, YES, YES. Islamists wish to replace friendly regimes with hostile ones. They wish to replace secular law with Sharia. They wish to take back lands once ruled by Islam (from Spain through India). In the long run they envision a world ruled by Islam. Yes, it is true that they would allow Christians and Jews to privately worship, but would ban conversions and religious free speech. Christians and Jews are to be ruled as second-class citizens. If that isn't bad enough, they also wish to vanquish Buddhism, Hinduism, and animism from the world--totally.
With that in mind, we need to dig deeper and ask, Q:What is the ideological source of those that wish to create the world-wide Caliphate? A: Islam.
Another way in wich our war against Islamists is similar to the Cold War is the way in which liberals and conservatives disagreed on the role of Marx. Many libs and lefties were always so eager to diss the Soviet Union but wished to somehow shield Marx from any culpability in Stalin's crimes. The kind of standard answer to any one blaming Marx was to say something like, "Well, Marx didn't want it to be this way." or "Marx never came up with a good plan for the transition from Socialism to Communism." Which of course is all well and true if not totally irrelevant because in Marx's writing we find the ideological justifications for the crimes of Stalin and Mao, Lenin and Castro. Think about it, if the capitalist class really was exploiting the proletariat than what is the big deal with killing those who are the oppressors? And what is the big deal if reactionary forces are sent to reeducation camps? Since Marxism is "science," those people who don't beleive in it are under false consciousness and ought to be reeducated. Right?
Many political scientists and historians look at Stalin's crimes as somehow seperate from Marxist ideology. For them, Stalin didn't really beleive in Marx but just used communism as a way to further his own personal ambitions. Have these people actually ever read Stalin's writings? Are they unaware of Stalin's devotion to Marx? In my view it is a lazy view of history that begins with an assumption of individual motives and never looks beyond that.
In our day, this intellectual laziness is even worse than during the Cold War. The intellectual elite wishes to blame certain extremists in Islam without blaming Islam itself. It is simply too difficult to beleive, for this crowd, that other human beings might actual perceive the world in a way that is totally inconceivable to Western sensibilities. To them, Stalin was just after power--it is inconceivable that Stalin might have done the things he did because he thought it was the RIGHT thing to do. To them it is similarly inconceivable that terrorists do the things they do because they think it is the RIGHT thing to do. Ok, some of them will admit that Islamic terrorists are religiously motivated, but that somehow that is not rooted in mainstream Islam. Have these people ever read the Koran? Do they know nothing of the example of Muhammed?
So far I have ellaborated two assumptions that go into writing this trifle of a blog:
A) The war against Islamists threatens the short-term security of the US and the long term survivability of Western culture.
B) The root cause of Islamism is Islam. Not poverty. Not oppression. Not Zionism. Islam.
Last, and really the gist of this blog is this:
C) In a real war, against real enemies, we need some good old fashioned, sweet down-home, funny, bigotted propoganda. Tell me, what would the "greatest generation" think of liberal wusses cringing at words like "kraut" and "nip"? Remember all those great bugs-bunny cartoons demonizing the Nazis? "Nazis is zee craziest people!" Rip-roaring fun with a message: the enemy is real and we are better than they.
So, poke fun at Islam. Make fun of Muhammed. Paint our enemies in the worst light possible. Tell jokes about them. Create art that ridicules them. Sing songs not suitable for prime-time. Offend people that need offending.
We will have no WILL to fight if we do not beleive that are cause is right and no STOMACH for the horrors of war if we do not beleive that our enemies are real.
There was a brief period of time between maybe 2004 - 2005 when blogs were going to change the world. I never bought into that. I always thought of myself as "just a blogger". But "just a blogger" seemed better than the alternative, which was to sit back and do nothing. It was during this time when blogs were the new black that we were involved to a minor extent in a number of minor media scandals. Those included exposing major news outlets hiring stringers with ties to terrorists and in the phenomenon of "fauxtography". In fact, the post that drew more attention in 10 years than any other was the one which exposed a photo taken by a stringer in Lebanon as doctored proving that, in fact, many of those covering the war with Israel had an agenda. Reuters later fired the stringer and was forced to recall the photo (see pic at beginning of this post above). Hooray for blogs!
But I didn't start this blog to change the world. I started it to directly confront our enemies. To annoy them. To make fun of them. To be a thorn in their side. And that's what I've done.
For instance, did you know this blog was blamed for Muslim riots and banned in India? This because we pointed out the irony of a fake story circulating in the Muslim world that a Quran got flushed down a toilet. India blamed those riots on people saying things. A few years later the Mumbai blasts woke them up and they turned towards those actually responsible: violent Islamists.
You'd think the lesson would have been easily learned, but sadly, history does repeat itself and ... Benghazi.
But we weren't content with just offending nation-states. No, we wanted to offend actual terrorists. One of the ways we did this was just to mess with them. One time noted eHadi Samir Khan decided to hotlink some of our images. What that means is that he wanted to show one of our images from our server on his webpage. So, naturally we switched the image so that the al Qaeda supporters that visited his webpage would see this.
And for that the future propaganda minister for al Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula threatened my life and the life of my family. He wrote this in 2007:
Samir got droned sitting next to Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011. Who's laughing loudest now, Samir?
So let them laugh now, but we will be the ones laughing in the afterlife.
O Allah kill Rusty Shackleford and terrorize his family.
Who else have we butted heads with over the past 10 years?
The Taliban, because we got their website shut down dozens of times:
For a long time now the official site of the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan - Taliban has been shut down-- due to the exposure and prosecution it was closed by the enemies of Islam.How about the various goons at Revolution Muslim who have taken us on? Zachary "Abu Talhah" Chesser, now serving 25 years for attempting to join and aid al Shabaab. Jesse "Younes Abdullah" Morton, now serving 12 years for threatening the creators of South Park.
And last, but certainly not least, is Joseph "Yousef al-Khattab" Cohen who threatened both me and Howie on a number of occassions including once when he decapitated a goat in my honor and in an earlier video mocking Daniel Pearl in which he used Star Wars action figures to make the general point about his hopes and dreams for my head to be removed from an otherwise intact neck:
Despite a sudden change of heart about "terrorism" which coincided precisely with the arrest of several of his friends -- including that of Carlos "Death to all Juice" Almonte (whom you'll remember The Jawa Report was first to identify) -- Yousef has plead guilty to making online terroristic threats.
Yousef is awaiting sentencing, and despite his plea bargain and rumors that he'll walk he tells me that he's going to serve some time.
@mypetjawa I will get time,I have not yet been sentenced.— Yousef al-Khattab (@yousefalkhattab) January 11, 2014
And who can forget the half Nazi, half Islamist supremacist Emerson "Goatly" Begolly and his buddy Mohammad Hassan Khalid and their devotion to men with mustaches and what I thought of their sexual orientations? Of all the lines delivered by all the jihadis in all the years I've been confronting them, nothing made me laugh harder than to see them fretting about me in a federal indictment.
Begolly = Abu Nancy, Khalid = Hassan
Begolly is now serving 8.5 years and Khalid is still awaiting sentencing for his role in the Jihad Jane plot.
And in a very Forrest Gump like moment I accidentally crossed paths online with a guy claiming to be the leader of al Qaeda in England. He urged Muslims to take up arms and kill the Prime Minister for their "war crimes". I even testified at his trial in the UK using my pen name. It was ... surreal. He's now serving 5 years.
So, mess with The Jawa Report go to prison! Or, in the case of Samir Khan, get droned.
Ok, it's not such a straight forward relationship. I can't really take credit for any of these people being in jail, law enforcement and intelligence agents get credit for that. I only point this out to illustrate that if one of the reasons I started this blog was to directly confront our enemies then I seem to have picked the right enemies.
After 10 years of directly confronting evil we have never done anything illegal. Which is why when the New York Times characterized me as a "cyber-vigilante" I was left scratching my head. Vigilantes take the law into their own hands. When we and our readers asked private companies to follow the law or their own Terms of Service when hosting the websites of terrorist organizations then how, exactly, is that being a "vigilante"? Nor is directly confronting terrorists and their supporters anything resembling vigilantism.
On this front we've been especially successful. We been instrumental in the takedown of dozens and dozens of websites belonging to terrorist organizations designated by the State Department. Those websites include the Taliban (literally dozens of them), al Qaeda, and many, many al Qaeda affiliates.
Some have criticized us over the years as being engaged in a kind of "whack-a-mole" with terrorist websites. Okay, maybe. But what's the alternative: letting the moles have at the yard?
You sit back and do nothing. Me? I'm going to do all I can to confront evil.
I always liked Christopher Hitchen's response to Michael Totten as to why he felt he needed to deface signs belonging to a fascist party in Beirut:
call me old fashioned if you will, but my line is that swastika posters are to be defaced or torn down. I mean, what other choice do you have?For their reward the pair were beat up by the fascist thugs.
But I agree with that sentiment. I have never been one with either the inclination nor the ability to refrain from confronting evil when it needs to be confronted and it is in my power to do so.
Moreover, what I'm doing here isn't really all that important on the grand scale of things. The men and women in Afghanistan are the ones really confronting evil. Me, using a pen name, from the safely of my internet connection, what am I really doing?
In one sense I am not much better than the leftists and Islamist apologists that I started this blog to counter. They criticize the real heroes safely removed from reality by an internet connection. I confront those we fight from that same safety.
But if I am unable to carry a rifle the least I am able to do is defend those that do. And if I am not in the position to kill the enemies of America, then I am honor bound to do what I can do to make their lives moderately less pleasant.
I started this blog with the intent of being a minor nuissance. I think I've done that here. It's a low bar, I know, but this is a blog. A web log. A personal diary of my thoughts and the thoughts of a few of my friends. I never expected it to last 10 years. I never expected to do anything more than amuse myself and maybe a few of my friends. The fact that I've been able to do any good with it and have any impact at all means I've exceeded all of my hopes and expectations for it.
Thank you all for making this blog a success and for your support over the years. I literally couldn't have done any of it without you.
DOJ Says Will No Longer 'Profile' Muslims
Of course most Muslims aren't terrorists. But most terrorists are Muslims. It's simply a matter of resource management. If you pretend that all people are equally likely to be bad, then you will inevetably spend your valuable time looking at the innocent. Which means the bad guys are under less scrutiny. Which means more crime, or in this case more terrorism.
That the Eric Holder's DOJ is insanely politically correct to the point of a death wish is the bad news. The good news is that since this is so clearly insane, very few people in law enforcement will do anything more than give lip service to the policy:
President Obama's Department of Justice wants to "expand its definition of racial profiling" so that federal agents will no longer be able to consider religion, national origin, or gender/sexual orientation in their investigations...That's funny: since when did being gay or being Muslim constitute a race?
ACLU national security attorney Hina Shamsi praised the proposed changes, saying: "Putting an end to [these profiling techniques] not only comports with the Constitution, it would put real teeth to the F.B.I.'s claims that it wants better relationships with minorities."
Even More Hot Red on Red on Blue Three Way Action in Syria
Everyone is killing everyone in Syria:
Syrian rebels ousted an Al-Qaeda-linked faction from one of its northwestern bastions on Friday, activists said, a significant blow to the group after two weeks of infighting that has undercut the insurgency against President Bashar Assad.In related news, al Qaeda central seems to also be condemning ISIS.
Rebels from Islamists to relatively secular moderates have been fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) faction in the worst internecine violence to break out since Syria's conflict began in 2011.
And why does everyone hat ISIS so bad? Well, maybe this is a clue.
People love their booze!
Which Star Wars Character Are You?
If I'm being honest, when I was a kid all I wanted to do was grow up to be Han Solo. Or Indiana Jones. Not Harrison Ford, per se, but the guy did get to play the two coolest SciFi characters in history.
Now if I could only find a bullwhip that did't break when you tried to swing on them my life would be complete.
Thanks to Laura
January 16, 2014
Peace, what Peace? 5 Rockets Fired on Israel from Gaza
If, say, Cuba fired one rocket at the US I'm pretty sure there would be no more Cuba tomorrow. Now imagine five rockets:
Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system has intercepted five rockets fired at the city of Ashkelon from the Gaza Strip and the military responded with a series of air strikes on the Hamas-controlled territory.Now imagine that that was just five rockets today, and that rockets continuted to be fired on us nearly every week.
Me? I got no problem with Israeli retaliation, up and to the complete elimination of Gaza as anything other than a nuclear wasteland. Yeah, I know that's not so feasible given the drift of radiation, but can't a guy dream?
Two Women Heading to Syria Arrested in London w/ "Large Quantities of Cash" (UPDATED)
I've noticed a bunch of jihadi blegs of late asking for money to be sent to the "mujahideen". I'm guessing the Brits have just arrested two of their mules:
A 26-year-old woman was arrested at Heathrow Airport as she was preparing to embark on a flight to Istanbul, Turkey.The other woman, a 27 year old, was arrested in north-west London -- presumably at her home.
A large quantity of cash was also seized.
I'll be eager to see if the money was collected under the pretense of "Islamic charity". You'll recall that one of the biggest charities in Turkey was raided two days ago because it turned out they had links to al Qaeda.
Expect updates with details, this news is literally minutes old.
UPDATE: Interesting details:
Both women were held on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism, the statement said.
Both arrests were intelligence-led and not in response to any immediate threat or risk, it added.
January 15, 2014
Rusty is busy today so he asked us to post something. Okay, boss, here you go.
BTW, have you seen our Facebook page? It's been awhile since I pimped it.
New Book Explains Everything Obama Knows About Job Creation
It's an old joke, but it still works.
Great for the coffee table. Buy it here.
John Kerry Opens Mouth, Proves He's Stupid
Of course, many Leftists would simply call this level of stupidity sophistication, not knowing that to be sophisticated has until recent times been a bad thing.
And so we have a huge common interest in dealing with this issue of poverty, which in many cases is the root cause of terrorismWow, that's a new level of dumb. This guy is only four heartbeats away from the Presidency.
Thanks to Laura
Syrian eHadis Who Hacked Obama's Facebook Page Get Hacked
Lulz, a Turkish hacker took on the Syrian Electronic Army -- a group of pro-Assad hackers who infamously hacked President Obama's Facebook and Twitter accounts -- and PWNED them.
January 14, 2014
Bwahahaha: "Charity" Made Infamous When Israeli Commandos Stormed Ship Raided by Turkish Police for, ahem, Supporting al Qaeda
There are so many levels of irony here, I don't know where to begin:
Turkish anti-terrorist police raided the offices of an aid agency on the border with Syria on Tuesday, in part of what local media said was an operation in six cities against individuals suspected of links to al Qaeda.You'll remember it was the raid on one of the IHH's ships from Turkey trying to illegally run the blockade of Gaza that started the rift between Turkey and Israel in the first place (or, at least, made that rift much worse). Turkey demanded -- DEMANDED! -- that Israel apologize for stopping the "humanitarian aid" and killing the "activists".
The Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) said police had raided its offices in the southern Turkish city of Kilis, which borders Syria, and detained one person.
The IHH came to prominence in May 2010 when Israeli marines stormed its Mavi Marmara ship to enforce a naval blockade of the Palestinian-run Gaza Strip and killed nine Turks in clashes with activists.
Chickens, welcome home to the roost!
But it gets better. Turkish sources claim that one of those arrested was ex-Gitmo prisoner Ibrahim Sen. If true, this would be the second time the Turks arrested this guy for terrorism since his release. Apparently, being a member of al Qaeda isn't serious enough that they remand you to custody when you appeal your sentence in Turkey:
Among those arrested was Ibrahim Sen, al-Qaida's Middle East deputy, who was released from the U.S. prison camp in Cuba in 2006, Today's Zaman reported Monday.Let's hope Turkey has rounded a corner with this one. But don't hold your breath.
Sen was handed over to Turkish authorities in 2008 and later sentenced by a Turkish court to six years in prison on terror charges. The case is on appeal.
Also arrested was Halis Bayancuk, the terror group's representative in Turkey.
Iranian President: Yeah, the US Surrendered to Iran
Out: Cheese eating surrender monkeys.
In: Arugala eating surrender monkeys:
Our relationship w/ the world is based on Iranian nation's interests. In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation's will— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) January 14, 2014
I've finally figured out why Obama deserves his Nobel Prize. You see, the fastest road to peace is surrender.
QED people. QED.
Obama's America, we're the new France!
Do You Feel Lucky, Punk? Retired Cop Shoots Texter In Movie Theater
Maybe it's just my dark sense of humor, but something about this story makes me feel good:
An argument between a retired police captain and a couple who was texting inside of a Florida movie theater erupted into gunfire today that left one man dead and a woman wounded. [...]
Police said that Reeves asked Chad and Nichole Oulson several times to stop [texting], and then Reeves left the theater. When Reeves returned, Chad Oulson asked Reeves if he reported his phone use to the theater managers, police said. That prompted an argument which ended when Reeves pulled out a gun and shot Oulson in the chest, police said.
"The victim was on his cellphone, he was texting. We believe he was making some kind of noise. This noise led to an altercation," Sheriff Chris Nocco said [...]
So She Won?
But, but, but... Isn't Chicago a gun free zone?!!eleventy!!
CHICAGO - A South Side woman has been charged with a felony count of reckless discharge of a weapon after police say she shot her brother in the eye last week while the two argued over whether or not her handgun would fire. (Source)
January 13, 2014
US Citizen Charged w/ Aiding Iran
Since I grew up in LA I knew a lot of Iranians. Most of whom preferred to be called "Persians" since they detested the Mullahs and didn't want any one to erroneosly associated them with the Iranian regime. Many of them fled Iran because of the regime.
But apparently, not this guy:
The investigation against [Mozaffar] Khazaee opened in November after investigators from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) noticed a shipment that Khazaee sent by truck from Connecticut to a freight forwarder in Long Beach, Cal. Although the documentation on the shipment said that it contained household goods, inspectors found "numerous boxes of documents consisting of sensitive technical manuals, specification sheets, and other proprietary material relating to the U.S. Air Force's F35 Joint Strike Fighter program and military jet engines," an affidavit attached to the complaint said.I don't think there's much of a fear that the Iranians would be able to replicate the F35. But such specifications could be used to develop weapons against them. And I don't see the Iranians keeping this info to themselves. They could easily sell it to the Russians and Chinese. And they might try to replicate our technology.
Court Upholds Underwear Bomber's Sentence to Life of Ass-Pounding
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man who tried to set off an explosive hidden in his underwear while aboard a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day in 2009, on Monday had his life sentence upheld by a federal appeals court.He also tried to argue that the life sentence was "cruel and unusual punishment" and that having his "junk scorched" by the faulty bomb was punishment enough.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by Abdulmutallab, known as the underwear bomber, that the trial judge erred by letting him represent himself despite doubt about his competency and by admitting incriminating statements he made without having first been read his rights.
I might have made part of that last bit up.
Stunning Snowden Revelation: Racist Aliens Behind US Power
I'm stunned. This is incontravertable proof that "tall white" aliens were behind Hitler and now the US:
A stunning Federal Security Services (FSB) report on the nearly two million highly classified top-secret documents obtained from the United States Department of Defense (DOD) run National Security Agency-Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) by the American ex-patriot Edward Snowden states that this information is providing “incontrovertible proof” that an “alien/extraterrestrial intelligence agenda” is driving US domestic and international policy, and has been doing so since at least 1945...Given that the source is the Russian FSB (the new KGB) being reported on by Iran's Fars News, you'd think the "secret regime" would be, you know, "monied interests" (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).
In Snowden’s own words, this report continues, he outlined to Greenwald the reason for his highly secretive group obtaining and releasing these documents by warning that that there “were actually two governments in the US, the one that was elected, and the other, secret regime, governing in the dark.”
But no! It appears that our alien overlords are not the "Zionists" but rather, outer space is controlled by Scandis:
Even though Defense Minister Hellyer’s exact statements to the FSB in regards to Snowden’s documents remain classified, shortly after his “extensive electronic interview” by the FSB he was allowed to appear on Russia Today’s program SophieCo this past fortnight where he shockingly admitted that aliens have “been visiting our planet for thousands of years” and described several types of these extraterrestrials, including “Tall Whites” who are working with the US Air Force in Nevada.Tall. Whites. And what else have these tall white aliens been up to? Helping the Nazis, natch:
Of the many explosive revelations in this FSB report, the one most concerning to Russian authorities are the Snowden’s documents “confirming” that the “Tall Whites” (further revealed by Defense Minister Hellyer as noted above) are the same extraterrestrial alien race behind the stunning rise of Nazi Germany during the 1930’s.And it's not just the Nazis. Remember that old slogan, "I like Ike"? Part of an alien plot:
In just one example of the many outlined in this FSB report, it shows that with this “alien assistance,” at the end of the 1930’s, when Nazi Germany possessed just 57 submarines, over the four years of World War II it built 1,163 modern technologically advanced submarines at its dockyards and even put them into operation.
Snowden’s documents further confirm, this report says, the “Tall Whites” (Nordic) meetings in 1954 with US President Dwight D. Eisenhower where the “secret regime” currently ruling over America was established.Wait, so the Iranians are saying that the Russians are saying that Edward Snowden is saying that a bunch of racist aliens are the real puppetmasters?
I thought the Iranians and Russians blamed the J-O-Os for the "secret regime"?
I'm so confused.
But wait, there's more! Who is behind the NSA's electronic surveillance program? The aliens:
Most disturbingly, this FSB report warns, is that the “Tall White” agenda being implemented by the “secret regime” ruling the United States calls for the creation of a global electronic surveillance system meant to hide all true information about their presence here on earth as they enter into what one of Snowden’s documents calls the “final phase” of their end plan for total assimilation and world rule.And who else do these racist aliens have on their side? The first black President, of course:
Most to be feared by Russian policy makers and authorities, this report concludes, is if those opposing the “Tall White” “secret regime” ruled over by Obama have themselves aligned with another alien-extraterrestrial power themselves.Ok, so Obama is aligned with one group of aliens, but then others are aligned with these other unnamed other aliens?
I think I've seen this story before.
Thanks to @intelwire
*An earlier version of this post erroneously titled it "Sunning Snowden". Call it a Freudian slip ... you know what was on my mind.
New Photos of Princess Leia in Metal Bikini Emerge
Call Peter Mayhew -- the guy who played Chewbacca -- a pervert for snapping these photos, sure. But he's my kind of pervert.
God bless you Peter Mayhew!
Don't judge us!
Taliban Leader Mysteriously Removed from FBI Most Wanted Terrorist List, Even Though He was Never on It
Apparently the people of Pakistan are shocked (SHOCKED!) that Mullah Omar has been secretly removed from the FBI's most wanted terrorist list. Several Pakistani papers are reprinting this story:
Why Mullah Omar is no more a wanted terrorist?A conspiracy? Um, no. You have to wait until the sixth paragraph to learn what's going on:
Senior officials at the US State Department in Washington are clueless about the conspicuous removal of the ‘ameer’ of the Afghan Taliban Mullah Mohammad Omar’s name from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most wanted terrorists’ list.
It has been over 12 years since the former ruler of Afghanistan and founder of Taliban movement vanished into the trackless terrain outside Kandahar amidst repeated claims by US authorities that he is guiding his militia while hiding somewhere in Pakistan, possibly in Quetta. But the authorities in Islamabad keep refuting the American claims as baseless.
Asked by this scribe during a visit of the US State Department in Washington why Mullah Omar’s name no more exists on the FBI’s website amongst the most wanted terrorists, a senior official of State Department’s Bureau of Counter Terrorism expressed lack of knowledge about the development, adding that he could only tell that he still features on the State Department’s list under the Reward for Justice programme, offering $10 million to anyone who provides information leading to the capture of the reclusive ‘ameer’ of the Afghan Taliban.
But senior FBI officials in Washington now claim [while requesting anonymity] that Mullah Omar’s name was never on the FBI’s most wanted list.End of story, right? No, the author then goes on for another dozen or so paragraphs ignoring the FBI's statemen, ending the story with this:
The covert US raid that led to Osama’s killing did cause speculations that Mullah Omar will be the next target of the American commandos. But these rumours are set to die down with the removal of his name from FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists.So, is this an FBI conspiracy? Are we no longer at war with the Taliban?
So, I looked at the FBI's most wanted terrorist list from 2011 through the Internet Archive. Mullah Omar isn't on there. The reward for his capture is offered by the State Department, not the FBI and apparently always has been.
They call that journalism in Pakistan. And we wonder why Pakistanis of all political stripes hate us?
January 11, 2014
Details on the AQ Linked Plot to Derail Toronto - New York Train
It's a pretty in depth story, but worth the read as it gives some pretty good detail as to how the FBI & RCP worked together to arrest the pair of would-be jihadis attempting to derail a passenger train. Among the details in the story:
An RCMP constable and an FBI employee known as Tamer both infiltrated the alleged conspiracy early on and proved “very effective,” according to police.Al Qaeda training in .... Iran. The area they went ofor training was actually near the Afghan border. It's not clear to me whether the implication is that the Iranians are letting AQ do their thing here or if this is one of those instances where the Iranians would like to have AQ out of the area but just don't really have real control over the territory. Or, maybe, some mixture of both.
In addition to Mr. Esseghaier and Mr. Jaser, two others were identified by police during the investigation in relation to terrorist activity but have not been arrested.
For Mr. Jaser, acquiring a rental house and land was “integral to his planning of terrorist acts,” the RCMP alleged.
Mr. Esseghaier had traveled to Iran prior to his arrest, the documents indicate. The RCMP has said the train plotters received “direction and guidance” from Al-Qaeda “elements” in Iran.
Red on Red in Syria Popcorn Status: Keep it Comin'
At this rate, I may just run out of popcorn before the red-on-red violence in Syria stops. Let's hope these guys don't kill so many of each other that they don't have any bullets left for Iran's proxy in the region, Assad:
An al Qaeda affiliate in Syria battled rival rebels across the country's north on Saturday and dozens of bodies piled up in a hospital in an insurgent-held city, a monitoring group said.Ideally this would be one of those Mexican standoffs, but all of them pull the trigger at the same time. Unfortunately it looks more and more like Assad is going to pull this one out of the hat and retain power. So, maybe it's time to rethink supplying arms to the rebels? Just to keep things going awhile longer.
A week of infighting between the al Qaeda-linked group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and other groups including another al Qaeda-affiliated faction has killed hundreds of fighters opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.
Arik, King of Israel, Dead
From the Jerusalem Post:
Former prime minister Ariel Sharon died on Saturday at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, days after his condition deteriorated dramatically. [...]
Sharon's career ended in January 2006 when he suffered a debilitating stroke, his second in under a month. Since then, he has been in a coma on life support systems. [...]
Sharon was one of Israel's legendary politicians and military leaders. He played an instrumental role in IDF victories in the Sinai desert in both the 1967 Six Day War and in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. His victories on the battlefield, immortalized by the image of him in an IDF uniform with a white bandage wrapped around his wounded forehead, earned him the title, "Arik, King of Israel."
January 10, 2014
What, Me Worry? US Vets of Syrian Civil War Being Recruited by AQ for Attacks Against Homeland
Or, the inevitable consequences of dozens of Americans going to Syria to fight. Add that to the thousands of Europeans who are there now, and eventually you have what we call in the business: a problem.
And if I have this right, then American jihadis who went to Syria and returned before the al Nusrah Front was designated a terrorist group, then they didn't do anything illegal.
Islamic extremist groups in Syria with ties to Al Qaeda are trying to identify, recruit and train Americans and other Westerners who have traveled there to get them to carry out attacks when they return home, according to senior American intelligence and counterterrorism officials.That's 70 Americans that we know of. One wonders if there are any more that we don't know of?
These efforts, which the officials say are in the early stages, are the latest challenge that the conflict in Syria has created, not just for Europe but for the United States, as the civil war has become a magnet for Westerners seeking to fight with the rebels against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. At least 70 Americans have either traveled to Syria, or tried to, since the civil war started three years ago, according to the intelligence and counterterrorism officials — a figure that has not previously been disclosed.
Justice? White Charged With Hate Crime; Black Charged With Misdemeanor For Same Crime
Same crime, different charges.
A few weeks ago, a white man was charged with a hate crime after punching an elderly black man. The attacker videotaped himself committing the cowardly act. He deserved the harsher charge.
But now we are seeing how "hate crime" penalties are being used to dispense racially biased justice based on skin color. In a very similar case, a black man videotaped himself punching out an elderly white woman. But the Rochester police are only charging the attacker with misdemeanor harassment.
While misdemeanor harassment carries little, if any jail time, hate crime charges can add an additional 10 years in a federal prison.
That's white privilege for you.
Powerful New Zealand PSA Goes Viral
As it should. The commercial pulls no punches.
"Separatists" Suspected in String of Russian Bombings
Is it on in Russia? Maybe:
The bodies of three men and explosive material were found Thursday in a vehicle in Maryinskaya in Stavropol province, Russia's Investigative Committee said on its website.And who is suspected in the string of bombings?
A day earlier, a vehicle containing a body exploded in Tambukan, in the same province, as police approached it, and two other bodies were found in other vehicles in Zolskaya Wednesday, the Investigative Committee said.
No group has claimed responsibility for those attacks, but suspicion has fallen on Chechen separatist groups.Chechen separatists.
You literally have to read another 10 paragraphs -- reading about these mysterious and unnamed "militants" several times -- before the article bothers to name the group in the very last paragraph. The paragraph they're banking on you not reading:
Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, leader of the Islamist Caucasus Emirate group, last summer called on his followers to do what they could to disrupt the games.I guess we should be glad they named the group at all.
State Department Lists Benghazi Attackers as "Terrorists", Nullifying Earlier Stance that the Attack was Caused by 1st Ammendment Expression
Now that the State Department has officially listed some of those involved in the attack which killed Ambassador Stevens, does that mean that it is now the White House's official stance that the attack was the work of terrorists? And if so, are they now going to apologize for the way in which they misled the American public?
Don't. Hold. Your. Breath:
The Department of State has announced the designations of Ansar al-Shari’a in Benghazi, Ansar al-Shari’a in Darnah, and Ansar al-Shari’a in Tunisia as separate Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and as Specially Designated Global Terrorist entities under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. In addition to these group designations, the Department of State has also designated Ahmed Abu Khattalah, Sufian bin Qumu, and Seifallah Ben Hassine, commonly known as “Abou Iyadh,” as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under E.O. 13224. The consequences of the FTO and E.O. 13224 designations include a prohibition against knowingly providing, or attempting or conspiring to provide, material support or resources to, or engaging in transactions with these organizations, and the freezing of all property and interests in property of the organization and individuals that are in the United States, or come within the United States or the control of U.S. persons. The Department of State took these actions in consultation with the Departments of Justice and Treasury.Expect a full fledged Sunday New York Times article this weekend "debunking" the myth that terrorists were involved in the Benghazi attack. If you read the earlier Times piece, it was really a semantics argument about what "al Qaeda" means. As if it was just as misleading for some Republicans to claim that it was al Qaeda that was behind the attack as it was for the administration to claim that the attack wasn't the work of terrorists.
Created separately after the fall of the Qadhafi regime, Ansar al-Shari’a in Benghazi and Ansar al-Shari’a in Darnah have been involved in terrorist attacks against civilian targets, frequent assassinations, and attempted assassinations of security officials and political actors in eastern Libya, and the September 11, 2012 attacks against the U.S. Special Mission and Annex in Benghazi, Libya. Members of both organizations continue to pose a threat to U.S. interests in Libya. Ahmed Abu Khattalah is a senior leader of Ansar al-Shari’a in Benghazi and Sufian bin Qumu is the leader of Ansar al-Shari’a in Darnah.
Founded by Seifallah Ben Hassine in early 2011, Ansar al-Shari’a in Tunisia was involved in the September 14, 2012 attack against the U.S. Embassy and American school in Tunis, which put the lives of over one hundred United States employees in the Embassy at risk. The Tunisian government has declared Ansar al-Shari’a in Tunisia a terrorist organization, and the group has been implicated in attacks against Tunisian security forces, assassinations of Tunisian political figures, and attempted suicide bombings of locations that tourists frequent. Ansar al-Shari’a in Tunisia, which is ideologically aligned with al-Qa’ida and tied to its affiliates, including AQIM, represents the greatest threat to U.S. interests in Tunisia.
The U.S. Government is committed to taking all appropriate actions against the organizations and individuals responsible for the attacks against the U.S. diplomatic facilities in Libya and Tunisia. We remain committed to working with the Libyan government to bring the perpetrators of the September 11, 2012, Benghazi attacks to justice and to ensure the safety of our personnel serving overseas. Likewise, we continue to urge the Tunisian government to bring to justice those responsible for the September 14, 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tunis.
Today, the Department of State updated its Rewards for Justice website (www.rewardsforjustice.net) to include a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of any individual responsible for the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks.
Except that the White House intentionally misled the public, while those claiming that it was al Qaeda are only wrong in the most literal academic sense. Okay, so it wasn't al Qaeda proper. Instead, it was a local Salaafi Islamist group staffed and led by former members of al Qaeda and who have the same goals and methods as al Qaeda.
So, yes Poindexter, you are correct: it wasn't "al Qaeda". It was "Ansar al-Shariah". Thank you for the lesson on organizational boundaries.
But trying to equivocate outright lies by Obama and Hillary Clinton in an attempt to spin a narrative which would be helpful politically in an election year with simple semantic mistakes is meaningful only in the most academic sense, and is itself misleading. And since I'm pretty sure that the ediorial staff at the NYTimes is fairly educated then I can only surmise that their obfuscation is intentional.
Yeah, it's not news that the NYTimes is a partisan rag. But it's a sophistaced partisan rag, so that's okay then.
Thanks to Laura.
I Love the Smell of Dead Boko Haram in the Morning
Your morning cup of joe:
In a statement issued on Thursday, Colonel Mohammed Dole of the Nigerian army said the troops of 195 Battalion in Damboa "successfully repelled planned Boko Haram terrorists’ attack" on residents and a military camp in Damboa, in Borno state.Yeah, this is Nigeria so take military reports with more than a pinch of salt. The same guy says they're "winning" against Boko Haram, whatever that means.
"In the early hours (0100 hours) of Thursday 9 January 2014, the insurgents attempted to attack Damboa to cause havoc and mayhem.
"But due to timely information and gallantry displayed by the troops, the attack was repelled and inflicted heavy casualty on the terrorists," Dole said.
While 38 fighters died, others fled with "various degrees of injuries", he said.
But if Red Dawn taught me anything it was even exaggerated body counts start with at least one dead. So, even if just one Boko Haram guy is dead it's a good way to start the day.
January 09, 2014
Fun with Martyrs
At first Abu Zackariah al-Tunisia was all like this:
Then he was all like this:
This red-on-red fighting is just making my day.
The most ironical of the whole thing is that last picture is actually from an al Qaeda video which claims he'd been murdered. The video shows that he had his hands tied behind his back and had been shot in the head execution style.
This would be the same al Qaeda which posted this earlier today.
Pot, meet kettle.
See, when al Qaeda does it it's "justice". But when it happens to one of their own, it's "murder". They seem to have got that right half of the time.
Jihad Jamie Gets 8 Years
Er, I'd say something about the cornhole ....
What do you say to the woman in your life about to get 8 years in the federal pokey:
A Colorado woman who married an Algerian terror suspect and helped support his jihadist training has been sentenced in Philadelphia to eight years in prison.That's two down, one to go. The husband, Ali Charaf "Black Flag" Demache is fighting extradition from Irelenad to the US. Apparently US courts would violate his "human rights", while his plot to murder a guy over a drawing was just defending the Prophet.
Jamie Paulin-Ramirez is getting a break after helping the FBI investigate her husband and others, including a Pennsylvania woman who called herself "Jihad Jane."
Paulin-Ramirez is sometimes referred to by the moniker "Jihad Jamie" because of her connection to the plot.
Jihadis Unclear on the Concept of "Lone"
Brigade of .... Lone Wolves
"Brigades of Lone Wolves" Claims Attacks, Kidnapping in Egypt http://t.co/Wi0QAPEHlZ— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) January 9, 2014
Actual image of the leader of this brigade of loners
Ex-Soldier to Plead Guilty to Aiding Terror Group
At least he's saving us the trouble of a trial:
A former Army soldier accused of trying to provide support to a terrorist organization in Somalia after he left the military intends to plead guilty in connection with the case, court documents show.The cornhole: watch out for it!
Craig Baxam of Laurel, Md., was arrested in Kenya in late 2011, and prosecutors said he was on his way to neighboring Somalia to join the terrorist group al-Shabab. Baxam was ultimately charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to the group. Baxam’s trial in federal court in Greenbelt, Md., was set to begin Monday, but this week prosecutors filed a court document signaling his intention to plead guilty in the case.
ISIS: Yeah, We're Murdering Tribal Leaders in Iraq
I think maybe I forgot to mention in that last post about al Qaeda now controlling more actual territory that there is also an actual shooting war going on in Iraq, with ISIS pretty much taking over Fallujah and Ramadi.
And just to remind people that things haven't changed much, here's a pic tweeted just a few hours ago by al Qaeda itself. The caption is "Implementation of the judgment of God on the awakening leader in Salahuddin province".
This isn't even Muslims shooting other Muslims in the back of the head for being the wrong kind of Muslim. Presumably most of the tribal Awakening leaders are themselves Sunnis like al Qaeda, and not Shiites like those in government power.
This is Sunni Islamists murdering other Sunnis because they don't show the appropriate amount of enthusiasm for al Qaeda's "liberation" of Anbar province, aren't the right kind of Islamist, aren't Islamists at all and believe in a more secular governance, or wish to retain tribal power at the expense of al Qaeda's power.
In the end it doesn't matter which. All that matters is that they got on the wrong side of al Qaeda. And no matter how much al Qaeda wishes to refashion themselves as the "Islamic State" of this or that, in the end they are really just a bunch of thugs with a cause and with guns.
I'll remind you that it's al Qaeda themselves putting these photos out. They take great pride in murdering people.
Meanwhile, Iraq's leadership is complaining that we've kind of dropped the ball. Really, ya think?
I'm not saying this is our mess to fix. I'm done with these people. It's a problem, but it's not our problem.
But it would be nice if the media would force Obama to own the consequences of the mess he's made with his policy choices.
Obama Win! AQ Now Controls More Territory
How's the reset with the Muslim world working for Obama? That great, huh? I have an idea: let's give this guy a nobel prize:
From around Aleppo in western Syria to small areas of Falluja in central Iraq, al Qaeda now controls territory that stretches more than 400 miles across the heart of the Middle East, according to English and Arab language news accounts as well as accounts on jihadist websites.And remember how Obama said he wanted to abandon Iraq so we could use lazer like focus on defeating al Qaeda?
Indeed, al Qaeda appears to control more territory in the Arab world than it has done at any time in its history.
Yeah, me neither. I don't remember him saying anything like that nor a buncfh of idiots in Norway giving him a Nobel Peace Prize. None. Of. It. Ever. Happened.
Instead ........ minimum wage!
Good News: AQ Ousted from Aleppo Bad News: 70 Prisoners Found Dead
Is it possible that the more secular elements in the Syrian revolution are finally getting the upper hand on the al Qaeda affiliates? Reports over the past few weeks suggest that the various factions are in a full blown shooting war with each other.
I'm not sure what the long term strategic outcome of this intra-rebellion fighitng is going to be, but I am sure of this one thing: Dead al Qaeda = Good.
But to muddy the waters even more, there are two separate al Qaeda affiliated groups in Syria. The al Nusrah Front and ISIS. Al Nusrah is now fighting with the secular Free Syrian Army against ISIS.
When one al Qaeda affiliated group thinks the other al Qaeda affiliated group has maybe gone a little crazy, then you know things have gotten bad on the ground.
Syrian rebels on Wednesday ousted the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS] from its last major base in the city of Aleppo, freeing 300 mostly civilian prisoners and dealing an enormous setback to the al Qaida-affiliated group.It's not clear why the 70 prisoners were murdered by ISIS, but the account of one of the freed Turkish journalists is tellling. He was blindfolded, shackled, and interoggated for three weeks.
Fighters who raised the flags of both the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army and the recently formed Islamic Front over the base found the bodies of 70 people who’d been detained and killed by ISIS at the Aleppo Eye Hospital, which the group had seized and turned into a base, Syrian television journalist Hazem Dakel told McClatchy.
The accused crime? Since his news outlet was Turkish, and every one know the J-O-Os really control Turkey from behind the scene, then Q.E.D -- he was an Israeli spy!
Obviously: Inmate Seeks Injunction Ordering Steelers Into Playoffs
Obviously this case has merit:
A Steelers fan in the Pennsylvania corrections department has filed a handwritten lawsuit against the NFL in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to seek a "temporary emergency injunction" for the playoffs on the grounds that the Steelers should be in the playoffs instead of the San Diego Chargers.Well, duh.
The Kids Aren't Alright
VDH has some words about what's wrong with my profession and higher education in general. Go read it all, but this part especially stood out to me:
5. Administration. Much of the recent explosion in annual costs is due to administrative bloat — special assistants to this and deputy associates of that. Left unspoken is that many of these trumped-up six-figure positions are to promote “diversity” and “technology” that have little to do with mastery of reasoning, prose, and scientific knowledge. Most administrative jobs require less formal expertise than does a faculty position, and it is generally recognized that full professors who take on administrative positions are sometimes welcomed out of the classroom given their poor teaching and research records. But why should those who dreamed up exploitative part-time teaching positions be exempt from their own logic? Private enterprise could supply all sorts of part-time administrative clerks to the university at a fraction of the present in-house costs. If a PhD in French can be hired as a lecturer for $800 a month, surely the Associate Provost for Diversity Affairs can be part-timed and outsourced for $600?Indeed. In the unit where I work we haven't added a new faculty member in years. The only new position has been an extra layer of administration added on to one of the subunits -- a "director" of a unit that only has two full time instructors. This "director" who only oversees two faculty members is so busy in their "work" that they've been excused from 1/2 of their teaching load.
And if you were to walk over to the administration building it would be worse. Far, far worse. I can't count the number of Dean-of-this-or-that and Assistant-Vice-Chancellor-of-obscure-little-fiefdom who have sprung up over the past 12 years.
Prayers for Howie
Our best wishes and prayers for Howie who is currently at the doctor's office trying to, you know, hit that. Good luck. You'll need it.
But seriously, the guy could use some prayers.
January 08, 2014
It's Almost like the Palestinian Authority is Run by a Bunch of Gangster Thugs or Something
Wait, did I say almost? If Lethal Weapon II taught me anytghing it was that diplomatic immunity should not be given to a bunch of thugs:
A weapons cache that exploded inside a locked safe at the site of the future Palestinian Authority embassy in Prague was entirely unregistered, and the illegal cache may be just the tip of the iceberg of a Europe-wide weapons smuggling ring, according to Czech officials. The sources made the allegation in interviews with Czech-language Aktualne.cz, which were translated by the Elder of Ziyon blog....Really, ya think?
peaking on condition of anonymity, a Czech anti-terrorism official pointed out the possibility that the Palestinian embassy in Prague could have served as a transit point to freely ship firearms to any of the 26 countries within the Schengen Area, allowing passport-free movement within the EU.
Persecutions of Muslims Doubled in 2013
Because ..... Islamophobia!
Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey.I'm banning myself for being a 'phobe.
Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 “martyr” killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year, it said.
Where's .... Everyone?
Omaha national guardsman Travis Kitkowski is offering his apologies to two Nebraska police officers after he attacked them while running down the street nude, high on bath salts.Vinnie:
Oklahoman given 'atomic wedgie' died from suffocation, trauma to head.DMartyr
A man has been arrested in a Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma homicide. The man said he gave his stepfather, who died from suffocation and trauma, an “atomic wedgie,” officials said.
An upstate New Yorker held his entire family hostage for a week armed with only 15 cases of beer, police said.Matt Damon:
Two suspected methamphetamine manufacturers were taken into custody in Oregon after they tried to tip their server with an envelope crammed full of the drug following an evening of dinner and drinks at a restaurant in Seaside..... and .... Rusty is .....
Ryan Bensen, 40, and Erica Manley, 37, went to the Twisted Fish Steakhouse for a good meal and ended up on the hook for charges of possession and manufacture of methamphetamine after their server turned them in to police.
Photo courtesy The Realist of Queensland
Tues. Afternoon al Qaeda in Syria Superhero Photoshop/Caption Contest
I spent the last post ragging on the Assad regime. The fairness doctrine compells me to post this from al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria. Proof the mujahideen can fly!
My entry: Jump, Forrest! Jump!
On second thought ... I'm pretty sure this is #1 on your typical Syrian al Qaeda playlist. Those guys in the background? They look like they are gettin' funkay.
Thanks to B'emet Or
Update By DMartyr: My contribution - "First day at Hogwarts."
Fauxtography: The Syrian Massacre That Wasn't
Since the Syrian opposition is now busy fighting amongst themselves, it would be wise to remind readers that many of the extraordinary claims made against anti-regime forces are .... hard to believe.
Frankly, we are talking about a regime here that has a propaganda machine modeled after the Soviet Union's. So, it should come as no surprise that many of the so-called "attrocities" just never happened.
Check out this article from The Interpretor, which examines the role of Russian state media in propigating the lies of the Assad regime about what would have been the worst single massacre by the opposition -- had it actually occured. This would be the "massacre" of 80 Christians and Alawites in Adra back in December.
The problem? It doesn't appear to have happened.
The only photographic evidecne shows caskets from a month before the alleged massacre.
So just remember that both sides in this civil war in Syria lie so often that it is probably the best course of action to remain skeptical of all extraordinary claims. You'll know they are lying when their lips move.
Thanks to Zionist Internet Overlord #1
Global Warming Fanatics as the New Millerites
Possibly the best analogy I've read on global climate change alarmism and apocolyptic religoius fundamentalism in some time. Read the post, but Millerites were not just adventists: they were date certain adventists.
Of course when the dates for Armegeddon came and went many of them left the group ... only to form new groups with new dates. The most famous of these being Jehovah's Witnesses and their 1914 date.
Given the evolution of Witness eschetology over the past 100 years, maybe our global warming true believers will begin to frame the coming catastrophe as a spiritual heavenly event, and not literal earthly one?
Like, global warming is happening ... in our hearts.
January 06, 2014
Natch: Noted Radical Islamists Says Cold Weather is Allah's Retribution on America
Allah and Mother Gaia have a lot in common. Both think Americans are parasites, and both punish us with bad weather.
Here is Anjem Choudary confirming the fact that he is to Allah what Al Gore is to Mother Gaia.
Britain & the USA should ask themselves why they are being hammered by snow, floods, winds, storms & hurricanes: all are soldiers of Allah!!— Anjem Choudary (@anjemchoudary) January 6, 2014
If weather is Allah's punishment on the wicked, I wonder what that says about Allah's thoughts on Indonesia?
Today is "Blue Monday", the Most Depressing Day of the Year
Science! This is the time at the Jawa where we dance.
Wow, I don't remember the early eighties being so freaky deaky. This is how I remember the early eightees.
Father, you have been avenged!
Taliban Commander Sends His 10 Year Old Sister to Blow Herself, Infidels Up
Just another day in the life of the Afghan freedom fighters? Or maybe she's daddy's favorite so he decided to get even:
The Afghan Interior Ministry says it has detained Spozhmay, a 10-year-old girl who was about to be used by Taliban as a suicide bomber.Thanks to someone.
The girl was allegedly rescued before she could blow up her suicide vest in the southern province of Helmand.
The Interior Ministry spokesperson Sediq Sediqi said she was spotted by Afghan soldiers who she was sent to attack. Sources say she was forced into the planned attack by her brother, a top Taliban commander. Reporters in the Southern province say the girl seemed extremely confused.
Greedy Super Rich Bastard al-Gore Lays off 90 Poor Struggling Workers From Green Jobs
Al Gore, the high priest of AGW theory, has closed all of his Alliance for Climate Protection field offices, and laid off 90% of his staff. Contributions have all but dried up since 2008.ManBearPig!
Utah Company Refuses to Sell to Sniper Systems to "Ally" Pakistan
Or, the kind of moral backbone we'd like to see more of:
In 2013 we faced a moral dilemma that I wanted to get some opinions on. The current US administration is sponsoring FMS arms sales to Pakistan forces. In 2013 We had been approached with a multi-million dollar opportunity to legally supply sniper systems to Pakistan. I was never in the armed services but we employ several military veterans. Our greatest fear was that our equipment might be used against US troops. I started this company to protect Americans not endanger them. In consulting with other arms companies the general responses I got was, if they don't buy it from you, then they will get it somewhere else, or money is money. After much internal review we elected not to sell to Pakistan. I wanted to throw this out to our military friends to see if our concern was legitimate and hear your thoughts on it.My thoughts? These people rock.
Thanks to several readers and Twitter friends
Tom Hanks, Still Alive
Of Course: Cold Weather Proof Positive of Global Warming
So on the way back from lunch I turned on NPR's "The Takeaway" (I'm an academic, we have to listen to NPR -- it's in the contract) The lead topic? How all this cold weather is proof positive that conservative global warming naysayers were so dead wrong.
The takeaway being something like: hey, wingnuts, you're all a bunch of flat earthers!
Your tax dollars, hard at work.
I used to have this same conversation with my Euroweenie friends whenever it got cold. The theory behind global cooling in the Northern Hemisphere caused by global warming is based on a shift in the Atlantic currents as the causal mechanism.
It's cold, so, see, the theory is correct!
The thing is the dreaded reversal in the Atlantic "conveyer belt" which moves vast amounts of warm water northward hasn't happened. It might happen. It could happen. Global warning fanatics believe it is likely to happen. But it hasn't.
So, the independent variable (the cause) hasn't changed, yet the dependent variable (the effect -- cooling in the North) has, then one has to wonder what, if anything, the theory is trying to show? Certainly not cause and effect. And if the theory shows neither cause nor effect, then is it a theory at all?
The answer: no.
Congressional Dems. Invite Spokesman for Designated Terror Group to Brief them on "Drone Strikes"
Luckily the guy was denied a visa, but doesn't the fact that Congressional Democrats invited a guy who is a spokesman for an al Qaeda-like group say volumes about them?
Then again, who would no more about drone strikes than al Qaeda?
Mohammad Al Ahmady, the Yemen director for Geneva-based NGO Al Karama, was expected to brief Reps. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), and Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) the morning of the Nov. 19, according to press release from Grayson’s office.The Democratic Congresscritters when asked why they invited a guy who works for a designated terrorist organization to come tesitfy on Capital Hill, plead ignorance. Which if you think about it kind of sums their existence up quite nicely.
Ahmady, who also serves as a top official in an al Qaeda-linked Yemeni political party, did not attend because of visa issues. The State Department said it could not comment on visa matters.
Several Al Karama officials have faced terrorism allegations. Al Karama’s founder and current president Abdul Rahman Naimi was designated as a terrorist and al Qaeda supporter by the U.S. Treasury Department in December, along with the group’s Yemen representative Abdulwahab Al-Humayqani. Al Karama’s legal director, Rachid Mesli, is currently wanted for terrorism charges in Algeria.
Dogs are so attuned to the Earth’s magnetic field that they line up with it to relieve themselves, a new study found.
Dogs of all breeds overwhelmingly prefer to do their business facing north-south, not east-west, according to research.....
Fatwa This! Ten Commandments Islamic Style
A past her expiration date stripper asked me once if I wanted it Memphis Style, then my eyes adjusted to the light.
Um, no. No I don't.
Everyone Wave Buy Bye To Jihad Jane (She Gets 10 Years Memphis Style)
A woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" and helped suspected terrorists overseas faces decades in prison at her sentencing Monday in Philadelphia.Jawa Report's Stupid Nasty Bitch archive.
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A federal judge must decide if 50-year-old Colleen LaRose of Pennsburg, Pa., presented a real threat to the U.S. or was easy prey for extremists seeking followers with U.S. passports.
After spending close to five years in prison and receiving mental health support, her outlook and priorities have changed, she said.Hat Tip: Gerald.
"I don't want to be in jihad no more," LaRose said.
Second Syrian Civil War Breaks Out Among Rebels
Clashes between Syrian rebels and their rivals from an al-Qaeda-linked faction have spread from the country's opposition-held areas in the north to a key eastern city, activists have said.
Monday's rebel-on-rebel fighting in the eastern city of Raqqa, a long-time bastion of an al-Qaeda-linked group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), reflects a widening war within a war in Syria, as the Free Syrian Army tries to quell more hardline elements of the opposition.
Monday's offensive in Raqqa came after three powerful rebel alliances on Friday launched what they called a second "revolution" against ISIL in the northern province of Aleppo and Idlib to its west.
"The foreigners are being held in other buildings, outside Raqqa city," said the Observatory, a Britain-based group that tracks the conflict.
Another activist group, the Local Coordinating Committees, also reported the Raqqa clashes, saying they were focused around a city post office.
The Observatory said rebels had surrounded ISIL's chief compound in Raqqa and had liberated at least 50 detainees from a nearby prison.
Sandcrawler Public Service: Jawa Warming Center
These mid winter side and underboobs brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Jawas.
Meanwhile in Fallujah
I thought Bronco Bamma endeded the war in Iraq, no?
raq’s prime minister on Monday urged residents and tribes of Fallujah to “expel” al-Qaida militants from this western city to avoid an all-out battle — remarks that may signal an imminent military move to retake the former insurgent stronghold.Guess not.
Nouri al-Maliki’s message came as dozens of families were fleeing from Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in fear of a major showdown.
Iraqi government troops have surrounded the city, which lies in the western Sunni-dominated Anbar province and which was overrun by al-Qaida fighters last week.
January 05, 2014
U.S Sends Icebreaker To Free Icebreaker Sent To Free Global Warming Nuts
You can't make this sh!t up. The US is now having to rescue the icebreaker sent to rescue global warming scientists trapped in ice:
The United States Coast Guard is sending the Oregon-based icebreaker Polar Star south to the Antarctic to free a Russian research ship that got trapped in the ice, and also to free a Chinese icebreaker that got trapped in the ice while trying to free the Russian ship. An Australian icebreaker also was unable to help.
President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha left their vacation in Hawaii on Saturday, but left First Lady Michelle Obama behind on the islands, according to news agency reports. The president reportedly let his wife stay on in Hawaii with friends as a "birthday present." Michelle Obama will turn 50 years old on Jan. 17. (Source)
January 04, 2014
Intercourse = SEX = Rape
All you men out there are nothing but rapists.
Intercourse is the very means through which men oppress us, from which we are not allowed to escape, yet some instances of or PIV [Ed: penis in vagina] and intercourse may be chosen and free? That makes no sense at all.
First, well intercourse is NEVER sex for women. Only men experience rape as sexual and define it as such. Sex for men is the unilateral penetration of their penis into a woman (or anything else replacing and symbolising the female orifice) whether she thinks she wants it or not – which is the definition of rape: that he will to do it anyway and that he uses her and treats her as a receptacle, in all circumstances – it makes no difference to him experiencing it as sexual. That is, at the very least, men use women as useful objects and instruments for penetration, and women are dehumanised by this act.
Right... And telling a woman she doesn't have the mental capacity to know what she wants isn't dehumanizing at all.
January 03, 2014
Kim Jong Un Feeds Homeless, Starving Dogs (Updated)
I bet you didn't know this guy had a sensitive side!
The execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle was more brutal than initially reported, according to a Beijing-controlled newspaper, which said the country's second-most-powerful figure was thrown into a cage filled with starving dogs and eaten alive.
The Singaporean Straits Times cited a report from Wen Wei Po, a Beijing-control newspaper, that said Jang Song Thaek and five close associates were stripped and fed to 120 dogs that had not eaten for three days. The entire process, witnessed by 300 senior officials, lasted for about an hour, the report said.
UPDATE: It's probably - probably - not true.
Beaten By Husband, Muslim Woman Dies On Video
This young woman had so much potential and, judging by her family's responses to the hospital staff, she was a kind, loving person. But her husband, in exercising his religious right to beat his wife, took her life.
Nezami, a vibrant 27-year-old woman who could speak three languages, wanted to pursue an advanced degree in engineering at Michigan Technological University. Instead, she was brain dead just a few weeks after unpacking her bags, the victim of a fatal beating by her new husband, according to police.
Technology allowed family in Iran to watch her final hours. The family's faith in the hospital staff led to consent for an extraordinary donation: Nezami's heart, lungs and other life-saving organs were transplanted to seven people in the U.S., a remarkable gift that occurs in less than 1 percent of all cases.
One part that also stood out for me, is that funeral services were given by an Episcopal priest, not a Muslim cleric:
Nezami was buried Dec. 18 in a local cemetery. As a light snow fell, the hospital's chaplain, the Rev. Leon Jarvis, read Muslim prayers over the casket while about 20 people, mostly nurses and others who cared for her, watched.
Jarvis, an Episcopal priest, said he pledged to Nezami's father that "as long as I draw breath and live in this city, your daughter will never be alone."
Where was the Muslim community, which has quite a large presence in Michigan? Where no imams available for the services?
Can you imagine the Muslim community in a Muslim country coming together in such respect for a non-Muslim victim of domestic violence?
Sadly, I can't.
January 02, 2014
New Year, Same Ol' Sh*t
Sorry folks, as an academic meathead I am given more vacation than even this guy.
What was it that Spider Man's uncle told him right before he croaked? With great responsibility comes great vacations.
Something like that.
So I just popped onto the intertubez from my penthouse sweet overlooking the vast South Pacific while sipping a drink with a bunch of fruit and a little umbrella. Yeah, I might be a drunk, but if I am it's the kind of being a drunk that you don't share with your friends. Do they have a 12 step program for girl-drink drunks?
Anyhoo, just wanted to pop in and say hola. So, hola!
Is it just this basketball sized coconut filled with blue alcohol talking or does the world actually seem less safe today for Muslims then the day President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for "resetting" US relations with the Islamic world? Because I keep waking up to news that Muslims are dying all over the Muslim world because other Muslims don't think they're the right kind of Muslim.
But, you know, BUSHHITLER!
It's not that I blame Obama for any of this. I don't. When someone murders someone else, I blame the murderer not the guy thousands of miles away telling the cameras about how awesome their foreign policy is and, yes, aren't we all just so lucky to have him as President?
But I think it's pretty telling that the US news media has pretty much given up on covering the bloodshed all over the Muslim world because ... OBAMA.
I can't believe I have to put up with three more years of this sh*t.
Anway, I'll be back next week.
Allah's Will: Muslim Family Killed Twice
First by Assad in Syria, and then by the evil Jooos...
talk about bad luck. The same family that was killed in Syria by Assad, also killed by IDF bombing Gaza few days ago. pic.twitter.com/uKVnpcEZhx— SkepTorr (@SkepTorr) January 1, 2014
(Hat Tip: Jihad Watch)