March 31, 2014

Karma Is A Bitch

And I love her.

From News.com.au:

But that wasn’t enough punishment for the road rage thug who made headlines around the world last week for falling victim to a beautiful act of karma. Karma struck twice.

At the weekend he was arrested by authorities, Florida television news network WTSP reports. Not only for reckless driving, but for leaving the scene and failing to wear a seatbelt.

You could even say karma struck a third time, because police publicly identified him as Jeffrey White, age 33.

And if you count the fact he is now an international sensation who has been named and shamed as far away as, well, Australia, it’s fair to say karma steamrolled him four times.

By DMartyr at 09:32 PM | Comments |

Almost There!

On the mend kids.

Thanks in advance for all your support. I was finally released today about noon. With family, mending.

In the next few days I'll try and check my mail and stuff, but for the moment it feels like a truck hit me. A big giant truck full of trucks.

Update: Damn someone post some damn content! We need like some more content! I don't care. Content!

By Howie at 06:21 PM | Comments |

Spring Break & Howie Update

Thanks to DMartyr for covering for me while I was away on a family vacation. I had a great time just hanging out with my wife and kids. We got to visit some historic sites and the kids didn't kill each other, so I consider that a minor victory.

I know some of you are wondering what's going on with Howie. I'll give you the quick and not too intrusive into his privacy version.

He's still in the hospital. This is week #2 for him there. The bad news is that after his surgery things went bad and they sent him to the ICU for several days. His main complaint was that they weren't letting him drink anything, not even water. It was IV only.

He's out of the ICU so things are looking better for him in the short term. He's on a liquid diet, which really sucks, but at least he's not perpetually thirsty.

I'll let him tell you why he had to go in for surgery if and when he's ready to talk about it. The reason I'm writing about this at all is because I know a lot of you care for Howie and I'd like you to keep him in your prayers.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:30 PM | Comments |

Healthcare.gov Shuts Down For "Maintenance"

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Coincidentally, if you don't get through today, your deadline for signing up is extended until April 15th:

The Obama administration's health care website stumbled on deadline day for new sign-ups. Visitors to HealthCare.gov on Monday morning saw messages that the site was down for maintenance. [...]

Administration spokesman Aaron Albright said the website undergoes "regular nightly maintenance" during off-peak hours and that period was extended because of a "technical problem." He did not say what the problem was, but a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services called it "a software bug" unrelated to application volume. (Source)

By DMartyr at 11:07 AM | Comments |

Don't Worry - He'll Still Be Able To Vote!

Homeowner kills intruder:

According to 1200 News Radio WOAI, the three invaders "forced their way into [the] home... about 2 a.m." When they got inside "the homeowner was standing there to greet them."

A struggle ensued, and "several shots were fired." One of the intruders was killed and the two others fled but were "quickly apprehended" by police.

By DMartyr at 10:33 AM | Comments |

Oops: When Terrorism Goes Right (Again!)

Gotta love Allah's dark sense of humor...

At least seven militants were killed while making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

The interior ministry following a statement said the incident took place inside a mosque in Deh Yak district on Saturday.

The statement by interior ministry further added that the explosion left seven militants dead and there were no other casualties. (Source)

By DMartyr at 10:29 AM | Comments |

March 29, 2014

Prayers for Howie **STICKY**

My good friend and long time collaborator Howie went under the knife again. Please keep him in your prayers.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:43 PM | Comments |

March 28, 2014

A- Minus University Essay

This "essay" final received the grade of A- at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

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The essay in its entirety:

On the evening of December Rosa Parks decided that she was going to sit in the white people section on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time blacks had to give up there seats to whites when more whites got on the bus. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Her and the bus driver began to talk and the conversation went like this. "Let me have those front seats" said the driver. She didn't get up and told the driver that she was tired of giving her seat to white people. "I'm going to have you arrested," said the driver. "You may do that," Rosa Parks responded. Two white policemen came in and Rosa Parks asked them "why do you all push us around?" The police officer replied and said "I don't know, but the law is the law and you're under arrest.

(Hat Tip: IHateTheMedia)

By DMartyr at 03:06 PM | Comments |

March 27, 2014

Can You Do Kindergarten Math?

I used to be pretty good at math. I was in the advanced algebra courses in high school. But now math has gotten much more difficult.

I can't figure out this simple kindergarten math problem. Can you?

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I only showed one finger. Guess which.

(Hat Tip: Twitchy)

By DMartyr at 10:39 AM | Comments |

March 26, 2014

Hump Day War P0rn

I know, old stuff. It's getting hard to find new footage.

New war p0rn will be even harder to find under Obama. RIP, hellfire:


http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=629_1328885933

By DMartyr at 12:59 PM | Comments |

Harry Reid: Obamacare Website Isn't Faulty; People Are Just too Stupid To Use It

This is what Harry Reid thinks of the American people:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said the fault of struggling to sign up on the Obamacare exchanges didn't lie with the faulty website, but with the people who weren't "educated on how to use the Internet."

Explaining the reasoning behind the latest Obamacare delay, Reid said too many people just didn't know to use their computer properly and needed more time. Apparently, it had nothing to do with the well-documented failings of the website that have embarrassed the White House for months.

Those who were intelligent enough to sign up and found their new insurance policies lacking are all just a bunch of liars.

By DMartyr at 12:50 PM | Comments |

March 25, 2014

Attn New York City Patriots (Bumped)

A new charity devoted to helping veterans find long term careers is being launched. I'd go if I was in the area, but if you live anywhere near New York City mark your calendars.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:10 PM | Comments |

This is What you Get for Thinking Outside the Box in Today's Military: A Reprimand

I don't have a lot of time to post as I'm headed out to a family vacation for spring break, but I didn't want to leave without posting about this article on Maj. Jim Gant. If the facts here are true, then the military brass really should be ashamed of themselves for the treatment this hero got.

I'm not going to post a lengthy excerpts, but I'll instead point you to the article which really needs to be read from start to finish.

The one reservation I have about the article is that it is written entirely from the point of view of one of Gant's supporters with a bunch of "declined to comment" coming from the brass that drummed him out. I had enough reservations about it that I emailed a couple of milbloggers to get their take on it. They seem to think that Gant was the real deal, and one of them said it didn't surprise him that the post-Patraeus/McCrystal powers that be treats anyone that doesn't follow the rule book like this.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:46 AM | Comments |

Yeah, That Sounds Right: College Students in D.C. Can't Name a Single Senator

This annoys the hell out of me. Not only are these kids in college, they're at American University in the nation's capital. The thing is that a lot of these students go to American because they have political/governmental aspirations (but couldn't get into Georgetown).

It gets worse: a bunch of them didn't know how many Senators per state there are.

I'm seriously ready for the zombie apocalypse.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:23 AM | Comments |

March 24, 2014

New New Egypt About as Free as Old New Egypt and Old Egypt

Under Mubarak: We have show trials for our political enemies.

Under Morsi: We have show trials for our political enemies.

Under whoever the hell is in charge now: We have show trials for our political enemies:

n Egyptian court handed death sentences to more than 500 people that state media said were supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, on charges including murdering a police officer.

The criminal court in the southern province of Minya imposed the death penalties at the end of a trial that began on Saturday, said Osama Metwally, director of security in Minya. The court referred the sentences to Egypt’s Grand Mufti, the country’s leading authority on religious law, for ratification, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported. The ruling sparked an outcry from human rights activists.

It's funny how the more things change the more they stay the same in the countries.

I guess if there's always going to be some SOB in charge, it's better that he's our SOB.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:17 PM | Comments |

Syria: Suicide Bombing A Family Affair

The suicide bomber was videotaped with his mother and father next to an armored personnel carrier (APC), which had been loaded with barrels full of explosives weighing several tons. His mother, wearing a niqab with only a slit for her eyes to peek through, expressed support for her son's suicide mission. She said that she had come to accompany him to his upcoming wedding with the black-eyed virgins who await him in paradise. She recommended to other mothers to follow her path.

The father said that the suicide mission is in fact, a wedding, and an act of obedience to the word of Allah, which makes the person performing it eligible for meeting Allah. He expressed hope that Allah would recognize their sacrifice and forgive them. The father recommended to all fathers, not to prevent their sons from embarking on jihad, and reminded them that a Muslim who dies in the path of Allah will get the right to defend 70 of his relatives before Allah, so that they too may enter paradise. (Source)

The bold is one of the reasons so many Muslim parents are willing to raise their children to become suicide bombers. It is for their own selfish end - to have a loved one intercede on their behalf so they can gain entry to paradise.

By DMartyr at 11:22 AM | Comments |

March 23, 2014

Louisiana Welfare Program Prohibits Fund Use For Nonessentials

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana welfare recipients will be prohibited from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under new limits enacted by state social services officials.

The Department of Children and Family Services announced the emergency regulations late Thursday. They cover the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program — commonly known as welfare benefits — and the Kinship Care Subsidy Program. (Source)

Of course, recipients can simply withdraw the cash from ATMs and use the funds for unnecessary items and services.

Another program exploiting hard-working Americans.

By DMartyr at 10:34 AM | Comments |

Caption Contest: What's Missing?

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(Hat Tip: Twitchy)

Fatwas may be handed out. It just depends on how lazy I feel when the time comes.

The image above is of the New York Times in Pakistan. The censored article was about Osama bin Laden and how much Pakistan knew about his whereabouts.

But I am certain that isn't nearly as fun as what the Jawas can come up with...

UPDATE: My photoshop below the fold

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By DMartyr at 10:13 AM | Comments |

March 22, 2014

Palestinians Throw Live Puppies At Israeli Police Patrol

Just when you think the Religion of Peace™ couldn't sink any lower:

Arab residents of Abu Dis Arab threw four puppies at a border police patrol, causing them deaths A heartbreaking action near the separation barrier in Abu Dis, East of Jerusalem. Arabs threw four bags with live puppies from behind the high walls at a border police patrol while on activity. The stunned police were still able hear the puppies whimpering. They opened the bags and found three puppies had died on the spot, and another puppy dying. The cub was transferred immediately to a vet, but died a short time later.

These are the savages the left wants to protect.

The link includes heartbreaking images.

By DMartyr at 03:01 PM | Comments |

Liberals Quote The 2nd Amendment

To keep the U.S. government from acting like the British, the right of the people to keep and bear certain arms shall be regulated and limited to those who have not been in prison.

No kidding. That's what they think it says.

From a middle school workbook:

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By DMartyr at 10:55 AM | Comments |

Texas A&M Study Ranks Greatest U.S. Presidents; Obama Comes In 5th

From iOwnTheWorld via IHateTheMedia, here is the complete list of Presidential ranking:

1. Reagan & Lincoln tied for first
2. Seventeen presidents tied for second
3. Twenty three other presidents tied for third
4. Jimmy Carter
5. Obama

By DMartyr at 10:26 AM | Comments |

March 21, 2014

FGM Comes To London

Up until now, female genital mutilation was performed outside the UK or in illegal clinics. Parents, predominantly Muslim parents, would send their daughters to Islamic countries to have the barbaric procedure performed.

But now the mutilations are being done in National Health Service hospitals, totally funded by UK tax payers:

A doctor has been charged with Female Genital Mutilation at a National Health Service Hospital. Dr Dhanoun Dharmasena is accused of carrying out the mutilation whilst another man, Hasan Mohammed, is alleged to have aided and abetted the crime.

The alleged crime took place at Whittington Hospital, in North London. The hospital is owned and operated by the National Health Service, meaning Dr Dharmasena would have been in receipt of a taxpayer funded salary at the time of the alleged offenses.

It's just a matter of time before the dhimmi UK makes the procedure legal, so as not to offend their Islamic constituents.

By DMartyr at 02:18 PM | Comments |

Guy Who Desecrated Christian Graves in Fla. Pleads Guilty, Tried to Join al Qaeda's Syrian Affiliate


Hello mom, I'm in jail. I like it here.

In my last post I was just musing about how common this is becoming:

A 20-year-old Florida man has pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges after authorities say he conspired to aid al-Qaida and traveled to the Middle East to join terrorist groups.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Jacksonville reports that Shelton Thomas Bell pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

H/T: Rantburg

Previously: Florida Man Tried to Join al Qaeda, Desecrated Christian Religious Statues

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:02 AM | Comments |

FBI Arrests 2 in North Carolina Trying to go to Syria for Jihad

Their names are Akbar Jihad Jordan and Avin Marsalis Brown and they were arrested just as one of them was about to head to Syria. You know, we could have saved the taxpayers tons of money had we just let them go to Syria where they probably would have died anyway. They die and get their virgins, maybe kill a Hezbollah goon or two, we don't have to pay to incarcerate them, everybody's happy. It's win-win-win.

Interestingly enough, I did a Google News search of these guys and only WRAL has anything to say about them at all. No national news outlet is covering this (that I could find).

At what point did a couple of Americans wanting to go join al Qaeda become so common and mundane that it doesn't even merit a back page story at the Times or the WaPo?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:54 AM | Comments |

AZ, IL Companies Helping Hezbollah


Image hotlinked from Hezbollah's US based website
Just an FYI, in case any one cares any more, but Hezbollah's official Somod.org website was registered and is given DNS service by Arizona's GoDaddy.com. The site redirects to somod.shiaweb.org which is on servers owned by Illinois' gigenet.com.

Just thought these two companies would like to know they are breaking the law by doing business with a listed Foreign Terrorist Organization. But, you know, probably not.

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

March 20, 2014

Bombshell that Shocks Precisely No One: Pakistanis Knew Osama bin Laden Lived a Few Hundred Yards from Military Academy

And the whole world gasps in shock and horror to learn that the Pakistanis knew exactly where Osama bin Laden was, and that he had a "handler" to watch over him (said no one ever):

In trying to prove that the ISI knew of Bin Laden’s whereabouts and protected him, I struggled for more than two years to piece together something other than circumstantial evidence and suppositions from sources with no direct knowledge. Only one man, a former ISI chief and retired general, Ziauddin Butt, told me that he thought Musharraf had arranged to hide Bin Laden in Abbottabad. But he had no proof and, under pressure, claimed in the Pakistani press that he’d been misunderstood. Finally, on a winter evening in 2012, I got the confirmation I was looking for. According to one inside source, the ISI actually ran a special desk assigned to handle Bin Laden. It was operated independently, led by an officer who made his own decisions and did not report to a superior. He handled only one person: Bin Laden. I was sitting at an outdoor cafe when I learned this, and I remember gasping, though quietly so as not to draw attention. (Two former senior American officials later told me that the information was consistent with their own conclusions.) This was what Afghans knew, and Taliban fighters had told me, but finally someone on the inside was admitting it. The desk was wholly deniable by virtually everyone at the ISI — such is how supersecret intelligence units operate — but the top military bosses knew about it, I was told.
You have to read the rest of this *bombshell* as the details are actually kind of interesting even if the conclusion was foregone and the NYTimes writer annoyingly puts herself at the center of the piece.

The main point of it, I guess, is that when the US leaves Afghanistan that our *ally* in Pakistan is pretty much going to ramp up the proxy war it's been fighting through the Taliban oh these many years. Which, again, surprises practically no one.

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

Is it Even Worth Mentioning that Debris "May" Have Been Spotted from Missing Plane?

I don't know if this is something or nothing. Reading the whole article, there's so much hedging that it sounds to me that the fact that "debris" has been spotted by satellites doesn't mean much at all:

Complicating the search -- which the Australian Maritime Safety Authority suspended Thursday night -- is the fact that the debris field is probably far away from where it was when it was spotted in satellite images shot four days ago. "It could have drifted a thousand miles," he said.

And he noted, too, that the debris may be unrelated. "It could be just a false lead," Taylor told CNN's "New Day."

John Blaxland, senior fellow at Australian National University and an an expert on Australian radar, agreed. "I'm a little bit pessimistic," he told "New Day."
He said the debris might be one of the ubiquitous cargo containers carried by ships around the world.

I guess it's not all that uncommon for big piles of trash to be floating around out in the ocean. So, hopefully this is something, but probably not. Also, if it is the wreckage it could have already drifted a thousand miles from where the plane went down which would mean, what? 1,000 miles is the radius, so square that and then times by pi = 3,141,592 .... that's a search area of 3 million square miles!

So, you know, good luck with that.

(Did I do the math right on that?)

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

Wishing Fred Phelps a Slow and Painful Death (Bumped & Updated)

It looks like the founder of the Westboro Baptist church is in deteriorating health and has been placed in a "care facility". I think the interesting thing here is that if you check out the link the media goes right to a gay rights activist to get his take on the news. Why not go to a veterans group?

UPDATE By DMartyr: Phelps is dead. God must be punishing WBC for being gay.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:13 AM | Comments |

Report: Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov is dead

Unconfirmed for now....get ready for MC Hammer's happy dance

(CNN) -- Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, one of Russia's most wanted men, has died, a Chechen jihadist website said Tuesday.

The Kavkaz Center website said Umarov would be replaced as leader of the Islamist group Caucasus Emirate by Ali Abu Mohammed.

Umarov's forces have claimed responsibility for several deadly bombings, including in Moscow. His death has been reported several times by the Kremlin-backed leader of the Chechnya region, but never before by Umarov's sympathizers.

The report of Umarov's death has not been independently confirmed.

The website did not say when or how Umarov had died. It called him "a martyr."

Someone will update this post with Mr.Hammer when its confirmed...

UPDATE by Rusty: FIRED!

By Matt Damon at 03:56 AM | Comments |

Democratic Attorney General: Corruption Investigation Racist Because Only Black Democrats Accepted Bribes

We already know it is racist to criticize President Obama. But now it is also racist to conduct an investigation that results in exposing black officials for corruption.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office ran an undercover sting operation over three years that captured leading Philadelphia Democrats, including four members of the city's state House delegation, on tape accepting money, The Inquirer has learned.

Yet no one was charged with a crime.

Prosecutors began the sting in 2010 when Republican Tom Corbett was attorney general. After Democrat Kathleen G. Kane took office in 2013, she shut it down.

In a statement to The Inquirer on Friday, Kane called the investigation poorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism, saying it had targeted African Americans.

Those who favored the sting believe Kane killed a solid investigation, led by experienced prosecutor Frank G. Fina, that had ensnared several public officials and had the potential to capture more. They said they were outraged at Kane's allegation that race had played a role in the case. [...]

Sources with knowledge of the sting said the investigation made financial pitches to both Republicans and Democrats, but only Democrats accepted the payments. (Source)

(Hat Tip: IHateTheMedia)

Many Pennsylvania representatives were offered bribes in exchange for votes. Only four African-American Democrats accepted the bribes. That, according to the left, makes the investigation unfair and racist.

Identifying and punishing criminals is no longer the goal of law enforcement in Obama's America. Political Correctness is its only goal now. That means those of minority status are given preferential treatment while the white privilege majority are to be sacrificed at the altar of Social Justice.

By DMartyr at 02:59 PM | Comments |

Clemson Pub Insults Law Abiding Gun Owners; Gun Owners Fire Back

Backstreets Pub in Clemson, SC posted this sign in their restaurant window this week:

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The owner certainly seems to have some issues with law abiding gun owners. But what he didn't expect was the backlash he received from the very people he felt compelled to insult for no reason:

"NO CONCEALED WEAPONS ALLOWED. If you are such a loser that you feel a need to carry a gun with you when you go out, I do not want your business. Douchebag."

That's the message Backstreets Pub & Deli recently sent to gun owners with a sign posted in its store window. The backlash against the establishment, located in Clemson, S.C., was swift after the conservative website Twitchy posted several photos of the sign from Twitter.

The Washington Times reports that the pub has a one-star rating out of five on Yelp.com, "with pages upon pages of negative comments and reviews by Second Amendment supporters."

Liberals are outraged by the response of these law abiding citizens speaking out against the pub's unprovoked and derogatory sign. They fail to see the hypocrisy in how they treat some groups and how they treat right wing citizens.

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By DMartyr at 01:19 PM | Comments |

Sacramento Cabdrivers Angry Over New Hygiene Requirements

When I first read this headline, my initial thought was that it must apply to Middle Eastern cabbies. But then I dismissed that notion as me being an Islamophobe...

Ahmid Mahmoud is fired up about the proposed changes.

"We don't have rent to pay? We don't have bills to pay?" he said.

So he's lining up his fellow drivers to take on City Hall.

The city is considering putting stricter rules in place for Sacramento taxi drivers including:

  • - Making sure vehicles are no more than 8 years old,
  • - A dress code of a collared shirt and slacks,
  • - Making it mandatory for all taxis to accept credit cards,
  • - and a new policy requiring drivers to be hygienically clean.

"That's very insulting for me, and for all drivers," Mahmoud said, calling the last requirement unnecessary.

By DMartyr at 11:29 AM | Comments |

It's 1938 All Over Again, and Obama is our Chamberlain, the EU our Daladier

I think the title of this post pretty much sums it all up.

The world is reshaping in unexpected (to me) ways. For awhile I had hoped that America could disengage, retreat and rebuild. Let the world sort out it's own problems. But now? I'm not so sure.

The lesson we thought we learned immediately after WWII was that we could have stopped Hitler early on without too much of a fight. But we talked and talked for years, until it was too late. The war came and pulled us kicking and screaming into it. Tens of millions died who would have otherwise lived had we stopped Hitler early on. (See Shirer's Rise & Fall of the Third Reich for the earliest and best defense of this position)

In the 1990s revisionists like Pat Buchanan began to tell us that the real lesson of WWII was that the US didn't need to get involved at all. That the real mistake was choosing sides. It's the Homer Simpson view of foreign relations: we tried and failed miserably, the lesson here: never try.

For some time given our experience in Afghanistan and Iraq I've been partial to that latter, non-interventionist view. We did good in these countries, for sure, but as soon as we left (or leave) the place falls apart. See the Homer Simpson quote above.

This has led to a general attitude on my part that goes something like: Sure, such and such bad thing in the world is a problem, but it's not our problem.

I still feel this way about the Muslim world. It's time for disengagement, not more engagement. Let them handle their problems, I'm through with trying to help. Call me back in 100 or 500 years when you've caught up with the rest of the world. Until then, good luck with that.

But what's going on in the Ukraine? It's far too similar to the Sudetenland crisis to not draw the analogy. Inaction and milquetoast responses by the EU and US far too similar to "Peace in Our Times" to not go there.

Putin isn't Hitler, and while it's easy to forget the past and therefore doom us to repeat it, it's also just as easy to learn the wrong lessons from the past and therefore doom us to repeat it as well.

So, while when making Hitler comparisons we tend to focus on the horrors of the Holocaust, we need to remember that we didn't fight Hitler to stop the holocaust. We fought Hitler because he invaded sovereign states.

But before we fought him, we let him take over Austria bloodlessly. Before we fought him we let him violate the Versailles treaty dozens of times (rearmament). Before we fought him we let him reoccupy the Rhineland even though Germany had "guaranteed" the borders as they stood. We allowed him to take the Sudetenland without a shot fired.

The next year he carved up the rest of Czechoslovakia -- still the Western European powers did nothing. Give diplomacy a chance, the public was told.

All those bloodless invasions were done in the name of uniting Germans abroad with the Motherland, rectifying the artificial boundaries imposed by old empires and post WWI mandates. Many in the West thought this wasn't such a bad idea.

Hitler acted, no one did a thing about it. The lesson learned was that he could act without impunity and no one would do a thing.

It wasn't until Hitler invaded Poland in 1939 that the UK and France responded. And by this time, it was too late: Germany had rearmed to the point that they had the largest, most modern, and most effective military in Europe.

Again, I don't want to take this analogy too far, but we need to remember that the Ukraine isn't the first sovereign country that Russia has invaded in order to put Russian speaking people's living abroad under the protection of Mother Russia. Just ask the people of Moldova how they feel about the Russian occupied "Transnistria" or the people of Georgia about the Russian occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

As Michael Totten notes:

That’s not one, not two, but three times Russia has pulled this stunt since the end of the Cold War. Putin is doing it to Ukraine because it worked in Moldova and Georgia.
And it has worked in Crimea. Putin acted, the West did nothing: the lesson here is that he can keep taking territory with impunity.

Again, I don't think Putin has some kind of grand plan for Russian lebensraum. At least, I hope not. But it seems clear now that that he does have plans for a Greater Russia. Something like the return of the Russian Empire. Perhaps his plans aren't maximalist (wanting the entire empire back), but neither is it minimalist (content with borders as they stand).

Historically, then, the question is who is right? Shirer, who says Hitler should have been stopped earlier, or Buchanan who says that Hitler wasn't our problem to begin with?

I'd like Buchanan to be right. I'd like the world to be ok without US involvement. I'd like Putin to be someone else's problem.

But I don't think he his. Sizable Russian speaking populations already live within NATO countries, especially in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Which means that if Putin has plans for the Baltic states, that we are obligated by treaty to come to their defense.

Which makes Putin our problem, whether we want it or not.

So, what's the red line where we say enough is enough? Is it Eastern Ukraine? Belarus (already effectively a Russian puppet state)? Kazakhstan?

I'm not saying we need to go to war with Russia over the Crimea, but if we continue on the path we are on with limp wristed responses that no one in Russia takes seriously then war may in fact come whether we like it or not. That is the irony of WWII: that the very actions meant to avoid war were the actions that led to it and made it much worse than it had to be.

We can put off action to the future, but we do so at the peril of that action being much worse for all parties involved.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:08 AM | Comments |

Hezbollah Brings Roadside Bomb to an Israeli Fighter Plane Fight

It looks like Hezbollah was behind a roadside bomb in Israel yesterday that wounded some soldiers in the Golan Heights. So in retaliation, Israel struck Syria today:

Four Israeli paratroopers were injured Tuesday when the bomb exploded under their patrol jeep in the Golan Heights, near the frontier between Israel and Syria, the Israel Defense Forces said...

Israeli forces responded to the blast with artillery fire aimed at Syrian military targets across the frontier, it said. This was followed by airstrikes early Wednesday....

A statement from the Syrian army command, broadcast by Syrian state TV, said one soldier was killed and seven others injured in Israeli airstrikes on a checkpoint in the Quneitra area.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:04 AM | Comments |

Suicide Bomber in Somalia was Norwegian

You'll recall that one of the Westgate Mall murderers also had Norwegian citizenship. And back in 2011, another Norwegian citizen was killed in Somalia. Yesterday, another mass murder in Somalia at the hands of a Norwegian -- 20+ dead.

But don't worry, Norway has this totally under control. Whenever they know someone is about to go abroad to become a terrorist they send a social worker to talk him out of it. I'm not joking:

Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, a 23-year-old Somalian whom Kenyan authorities believe was one of the terrorists in the Westgate mall seige, was 'well-known' to the[Norwegian] PST domestic intelligence service, its chief said yesterday....

She said: 'We had several talks with him... before he left Norway more than three years ago. Obviously we didn't succeed, but there was quite an effort put into the preventive side of this.'

And when talking doesn't work, I guess we're all just S.O.L.

Now that I think about it, it seems to me that President Obama and the Norwegians have a lot in common. Their answer to every problem is the same: when talking fails just talk some more.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:29 AM | Comments |

March 18, 2014

Taliban Murder 17 in Afghanistan

Just another normal day in the 'Stan:

A suicide bomber riding a rickshaw blew himself up outside a checkpoint near a market in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 17 civilians, officials said, in the latest attack in the countdown to next month's presidential elections....

The attacker was approaching a checkpoint where cars were being searched on a road leading to the governor's compound in Maymana, the Faryab provincial capital, when he detonated his explosives hidden in the rickshaw, the officials said.

However, most of the victims were vendors peddling fresh bread and other people at the busy roadside market area.

Yup.

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

Proof Is In The Quran: Sun Rotates Around The Earth

More warped thinking by the brainwashed. Muslims believe the Quran is the unalterable and literal word of Allah himself. Therefore, it can never be incorrect. Which means modern science is wrong:

Al-Fawzan's proof for his claim that the sun revolved around the Earth is none other than the Koran. The interview aired on Saudi Channel 1 and was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

In the interview, the host asks Al-Fawzan, "Allah says in a Koranic verse: 'And the sun runs towards its stopping point. That is the determination of the All-Powerful, the All-Knowing.' Does the sun revolve around the earth?"

Saleh Al-Fawzan replies by saying, "There is no doubt about it. The Koran says: 'The sun runs…' Nevertheless, they say that the sun stands in place and the Earth moves. This contradicts the Koran." (Source)

By DMartyr at 03:21 PM | Comments |

Everything's Comin' up Putin: Chechen Leader Dead


Hi, I'm Dokku Umarov. I'm in hell.

Putin is finally living the dream of sitting around in his underwear all day, eating a block of cheese the size of his head, annexing parts of a neighboring country with no repercussions, and his mortal enemy dead. Seriously, this guy is having a pretty good year so far.

Kavkaz Center:

The Command of the Caucasus Emirate officially announced the martyrdom of the Emir Dokku Abu Usman.

Dokku Abu Usman (Dokku Umarov) went to jihad in 1994, as soon as he learned about the invasion of Chechnya by Russian troops. He gave up his lucrative business in Russia and returned home.

Since then, Dokku Abu Usman was forced to leave Chechnya for several months only once, at the beginning of 2000 due to a severe wound. After treatment, he returned home and continued the Jihad....

In 2007, Dokku Abu Usman raised the banner of monotheism and proclaimed the Caucasus Emirate.

And now, he's dead and in hell. Thanks to Admiral Ackbar.

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

National Guardsman Arrested, Wanted to aid al Qaeda, Blow up LA Subway

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Nicholas Teausant says, "I can has al Qaeda strong muscles?"

I know, I know, your first question is .... LA has a subway? I know I'm late to this one, but remember I have this thing called a "day job", so cut me some slack.

Apparently Nicholas Teausant was picked up on an Amtrak train heading to Canada en route to Syria, to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). From his many selfies posted at his Facebook page we can see that his extreme pencil-neckiness will help him fit right in. The other funny thing here is that his last post announces that he's en route to London, apparently getting on the Amtrak train near Tacoma Washington. This would be the same train he's arrested on so ... lulz.

His YouTube account has one video of himself discussing whether smoking is haram or not, but he has a bunch of other videos he links about Anwar al Awlaki and jihad in Syria.

The headline above is kind of misleading (but that's what most of the MSM newsies are running with) because apparently Teausant was in the process of getting kicked out of the National Guard. He was such a dumbass that he couldn't keep his grades up at a community college.

From the criminal complaint:

Beginning on October 3, 2013, and continuing to the present, there is probable cause to believe TEAUSANT, a United States citizen, has explored ways of supporting violent extremist activities and providing material support to various terrorist organizations, culminating in his attempt to join a foreign terrorist organization known as Al Qa'ida in Iraq, which has recently announced it was changing its name to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also translated as the Islamic State oflraq and Syria, as discussed below.
As for the subway angle:
On December 5, 2013, TEAUSANT texted CHS asking how he could acquire a .,firework" from China Town. CHS inquired what $,pe of fireworks and TEAUSANT responded "Mm the big loud one! With the biggest boom and the one that's also compact!! Lol or at least close to it." A later text from TEAUSANT to CHS stated: "Don't go to LA Anytime soo Akhi Please trust me on this...and ifyou do go don't use the subway."

During a phone call on the same date between TEAUSANT and CHS, TEAUSANT advised that he had been on a camping trip with seven people over the weekend
after Thanksgiving, who discussed "hitting" Los Angeles on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, specifically targeting the subway in Los Angeles.

So, he actually never got around to the subway plot but did try to make his way to Syria to join an al Qaeda affiliate so bad, that even al Qaeda disowned them.

This guy reminds me a lot of Zach Chesser. Maybe it's the scraggly beard.

Any thoughts?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:19 PM | Comments |

It Begins: Ukrainian Soldier Dead as Russians Storm Base

Bang a gong, it is on:

Troops stormed a Ukrainian base on the outskirts of Simferopol on Tuesday, according to a Ukrainian military spokesman.
One Ukrainian officer was initially reported to have been wounded in the neck. The Interfax and Reuters news agencies reported that a soldier had been killed.
Kyiv has blamed Russia for the attack.
Normally Hitler comparisons are over-the-top rhetoric. In this case, though, the comparison works.

Oh, yeah, Russia has "annexed" the Crimea and Putin is -- literally -- laughing at the sanctions the US has placed on them.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:50 AM | Comments |

Abdul Rahman al-Qadhi of Hezbollah Like Totally 100% Dead Jim

The Red on Red violence between al-Nusra and Hezbollah is transpiring according to design.

A suicide car bomb attack has killed at least four people in a Hezbollah-dominated area of the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, near the border with Syria.

Among those killed in the attack, which struck the village of al-Nabi Othman late on Sunday, was Hezbollah's local leader Abdul Rahman al-Qadhi, according to Al Jazeera's Ehab al-Okadi, reporting from Lebanon.

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"The blast was carried out by a suicide attacker. Hezbollah members knew he was about to carry out the attack, and tried to stop the vehicle. That was when the attacker detonated the vehicle," a Lebanese security source told AFP.

Hezbollah-dominated areas in eastern Lebanon and south Beirut have suffered a series of deadly attacks, many of them suicide car blasts, since the powerful Shia movement acknowledged sending fighters to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad's troops as they battle rebels.

The latest attack was claimed by Jabhat al-Nusra in Lebanon, as well as by the little-known Liwa Ahrar al-Sunna in Baalbek, a Sunni Muslim armed group opposed to Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian conflict.

Energize!


By Howie at 06:50 AM | Comments |

March 17, 2014

Happy International Drink and Fight Day

Today, everyone is Irish so you now have permission to get drunk and fight your friends.

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St. Patrick's Day is just like Fight Club, only they can't stop talking about it.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:21 PM | Comments |

How Badass are the SEALs? This Badass

Navy SEALS: is there anything they can't do?

A team of Navy SEALs seized control of an oil tanker from Libyan rebels, the Pentagon announced early Monday....

"No one was hurt tonight when U.S. forces, at the request of both the Libyan and Cypriot governments, boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory, a stateless vessel seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans,” said Kirby in a statement.

"The boarding operation, approved by President Obama and conducted just after 10 p.m. EDT on March 16 in international waters southeast of Cypress, was executed by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs attached to Special Operations Command Europe,” he added.

HT HA's headlines

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:11 PM | Comments |

Crimeans "Vote" to Join Russia

This is looking an awful lot like an old-school Soviet "election":

Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine and join Russia, election officials said Sunday, capping a heavy-handed campaign that blocked most voters from hearing a vision for any alternative to unification with Moscow.

Crimean election Spokesman Mikhail Malyshev said the final result was 96.77 percent to rejoin Russia and 2.51 percent against.

Only 2.5% against? Give me a break. Given a normal distribution of idiocy, at least that many should have accidentally voted no.

Part of the high vote for joining Russia might be explained by opposition groups boycotting the election. We might also cite intimidation as another factor explaining this. But still, even though we all expected the vote to go this way the numbers, as they stand, spell out one thing: FRAUD.

And how is President Obama treating what could very well be this generation's Sudetenland crisis? He's busy all day meeting with the PA President Abbas.

How I long for the good old days of the strong and robust foreign policy of Jimmy Carter.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:59 AM | Comments |

March 16, 2014

Fatwas Fatwas Everywhere

But not a single one for Jawa.

Here is the so called offensive tweet.


Haram and/or offensive to Muslims.

While tweets of the heads of Syrian Muslim Rebels who rebelled against the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi branch of al-Qaeda in Iraq's (ISIS) attempt to rule over Syria.

WARNING: Graphic images below the fold.

Update 03/18/2014: The person posing with the heads below the fold is Dutch jihadi Maar de teksten die K., alias Abudurahman. The heads are claimed to be al_nusra fighters who rebelled against ISIS.

bdurahman, apparently a Dutch jihadi from Almere, can be seen on You Tube with a bloody knife behind five cut-off heads. He is originally from Iraq, and has lived more than ten years in The Netherlands. He lived there off of social security as he was found unfit to work and used drugs against claustrophobia and schizophrenia.

In 2012 an AFP picture emerged on which Abdurahman could be seen next to a dead body, while he was reading the Koran. Initially he joined the Jabhat-al Nusra movement in Syria, which is linked to Al Qaida. It seems that he has now moved to the even more barbarian ISIS jihadis

Hearing voices?

Batshit Homicidal Crazy?

*The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria wants you!

*Sorry about ruining your breakfast dude. Truth has a way of doing that. I'm sure the major networks have nice sanitized breakfast friendly news for you.


Is Halal or not offensive to Muslims and is permitted by the silent and complicit Twitter, who might, you know, get a Fatwa for banning butchery and murder.

If you don't get why they murder of Muslims at the hands of other Muslims doesn't cause outrage, join the club.

By Howie at 07:11 PM | Comments |

Actor Wayne Knight Insists He Isn't Dead

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Wayne Knight, best known for his Seinfeld character Newman, has died. At least according to one website.

The actor, however, is insisting it isn't true:

My personal favorite role of Knight's was as Officer Don Orville on 3rd Rock From The Sun (pictured above).

In other news, Tonight Show comedian David Brenner really is dead. Rest in peace.

By DMartyr at 05:37 PM | Comments |

Sandcrawler PSA: And May God Bless Rusty And Vinnie And All Jawas Each And Every One

Due to a minor technical glitch with my DNA, Howie will be on a super extended blogging Hiatus, lasting somewhere between three to eight weeks or possibly, you know, way longer ;-)

It's always a pleasure, now you kids watch out for Rusty and take care until either Jesus or I get back. Or both. Whichever comes first.

The Force will be with you, always.

By Howie at 04:12 PM | Comments |

When Pranks Turn Funny!

A social experiment goes right:

By DMartyr at 12:06 PM | Comments |

BBC Censors 'Offensive' Song Lyrics

The BBC forces singer to change lyrics containing the word "Jesus":

BBC management banned singer Eliza Doolittle from using the word 'Jesus' in a performance of her love song 'Walking on Water'. She was forced to change the lyric from "Sometimes I wish I was Jesus, I'd get my Air Max on and run across the sea for you" to "Sometimes I wish it was easy..." when she appeared on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2.

The Islamic BBC doesn't give a crap about Christians or their sensitivities. While they may be pretending to protect all religious figures equally, I have no doubt their real agenda is to further prop the defense of Muhammad. Their ultimate goal is to protect Islamic sensibilities, even if they have to put on a guise protecting other religions.

Banning not so innocent lyrics has happened before, of course. Try and guess which offensive lyrics The Ed Sullivan show attempted to ban during this 1967 performance:

45 - 50 years ago drugs and sexual gyrations were taboo. Hell, even into the 70's television programs refused to show toilets or double beds in their programs. Today, the word "Jesus" is offensive.

How far we have come.

By DMartyr at 11:17 AM | Comments |

March 15, 2014

RIP: 10 Years Ago Today Christian Missionaries Murdered in Iraq

I didn't know this until today but Scott Elliot's parents were missionaries in Iraq, there to bring them clean water. They were murdered by the terrorist scumbags 10 years ago today in Mosul.

They've gone to be with the Lord.

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

'Wreck It' Rahm Poetry

Prophets from a Chicago's youth poetry team explains Mayor Rahm Emanuel's influence in the community:

These young people prove there is still hope for Chicagoland.

Transcript below the fold.

Hide Your Schools, Hide Your Homes, Hide Your Children, Cause He's Wrecking it All

Hammer in one hand paint brush in the other
Rahm Emanuel is single handedly destroying our city
Mr. wreck it Rahm
look what Chicago is becoming
bending the rules to fit in the lie of building a new chicago
building new streets
when his own plan got some pot holes

Tearing down our dreams
its getting really windy in these streets
Red X's mark the spots where his wrecking balls are next to drop

We are not included in the Blue Print of the New Chicago: we're being pushed out
our buildings transformed into condos - and we know those AINT FOR US
Thermal shock is setting in from the whipping wind of the heartless sins
of the mayor

Norfolk Railroads is pushing us southern folk out
Homes replaced with tracks
that will be laid
where our heads used to
If dry wall could talk
it would speak many prayers to keep our homes
now vacant lots that hold lots of remnants
of 60 years of backyard barbeques
baby showers
and when electric sliding was the super power of the summer
55th and Normal
we are losing all of this

Torturing, tormenting us as we choke on the ashes of our memories
*Cough Cough*
Let's hope we don't get sick
Because he's closing all our clinics
He needs to get treated
And then maybe we can sew back on the other half of the middle finger
that he has been giving us

Its almost as if he's E Manuel of E-Limination
Exportation!
Extermination!
Eradication!

Step one: Take away our schools
Step Two: Put them out their home
Lastly: Destroy it all and
Deny Deny Deny
But remember, to always keep a straight face when you lie!

Try to pour the cheap paint over our eyes while stealing dollars from under our mattresses
There's not enough? Close their schools
But he's building a new DePaul stadium
Using our TIF funds to Transform the South Loop into the Promised Land of redevelopment
and some river walk
of course downtown
The paint is starting to streak.
Building a new Chicago or extending a new lie!
How can a city so in debt blueprint something so expensive?

Banneker Elementary - Closed
Woods Elementary - Closed
Yale Elementary - Closed

The paint is cracking:
From every west side basketball brotherhood
To south side sisterhood bonds through pom-poms
And every poetry team that had dreamed of being on this very stage
has been ripped apart,
Goodbye

Bad foundation for our future generations
struggling with 40 students in one class
so they learn from the streets
There's not money for our schools, but, there's enough to build a New Chicago
But that New Chicago is NOT for us.
The paint is wearing thin and so was our patience
Irreparable damage has already been done

Time to stop the destruction of OUR city
Prevent the further corruption of our already twisted politics of Chicago

25% of Chicago school children won't amount to anything
25
50
75
100% sure that we will be something
See Rahm we are mathematicians
your lies are adding up
and this new Chicago is just another one of them

By DMartyr at 01:50 PM | Comments |

Big Anti-Putin Rally in Moscow (~50k Demonstrators)

I'd like to believe that anti-Putin sentiment was high enough that it would turn Russia from its neo-fascist policy of incorporating any land where there is a majority Russian speaking population. I'd also like to believe cheeseburgers have no calories. Yet, I guess it is a good sign that at least some in Russia's capital are speaking out.

The rally was yesterday and began at Pushkin Square, one of my old haunts back when I lived in Moscow. Of course, what drew me there was a pretty decent peroshki diner and McDonalds. It looks like it proceeded from there to the old "White House" -- the parliament (Duma) building.

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What's so ironic here is that Putin keeps citing threats from Ukrainian "fascists" as the justification for taking Ukraine. It's almost like the guy never read anything about Hitler or, say, the Sudetenland at all. At the very least he's banking on the majority of his own people not knowing what fascism is or the history of the Third Reich.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:13 PM | Comments |

Malaysia Now Also Saying Missing Plane was "Inside Job"

I wonder if two years from now when we know what happened we'll look back and say, of course you idiots:

he Malaysian Prime Minister stopped short of calling the disappearance of Flight 370 a hijacking, but he said Saturday that the jet veered off course, likely due to deliberate action taken by someone aboard....

"Evidence is consistent with someone acting deliberately from inside the plane," Prime Minister Najib Razak said, officially confirming the plane's disappearance was not caused by an accident....

Shortly after Najib spoke with reporters, a source close to the investigation told CNN that Malaysian police had searched the home of pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53. Shah lives in a gated community in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur.

Any new theories on this since the last thread in which I hypothesized an act of terror gone wrong where the passengers took charge once they realized the plane had been taken?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:56 AM | Comments |

Oops: When Terrorism Goes Right

I guess he didn't want to get a ticket for parking in front of building...

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber accidentally detonated his explosives near a popular hotel in the Somali capital.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the bomber appeared to have prematurely detonated his explosives-laden car Saturday as he tried to park near a hotel. No others were hurt or killed in the blast.

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By DMartyr at 10:32 AM | Comments |

March 14, 2014

Democratic Paradise

From The Looking Spoon:

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By DMartyr at 10:34 PM | Comments |

Spain Arrests 4, Morocco 3 in Large-Scale Jihadi Recruitment Cell

It's being called the most active and largest terror cell in Europe. The suspects come from all over, including Belgium and France. Their crime? Recruiting fodder for the killing fields in Syria (but also Mali). I think you all know my new position on this: let them go and die, save the arrests for when they come home:

"It has been a very big operation that has dismantled an international cell, without doubt the biggest and most active in Spain and one of the biggest and most active currently in Europe," Spain's Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz told a news conference.

Security forces arrested four of the suspects in Spain, including the head of the network, and another three in Morocco, in what his ministry called a "hard blow" against extremist killers and kidnappers.

Security forces seized the suspected leader of the ring, Mustafa Maya Amaya, a Belgian naturalised in Spain, as well as two French suspects he is thought to have recruited to send to Syria, the interior ministry said in a statement.

Amaya is suspected of recruiting volunteers on the Internet and sending them to join "terrorist organisations" in countries including Syria and Mali, it said.

Actually, after reading further into the story, it looks like at least some of these guys had already been battle hardened and returned from the jihad fields. So I guess I'm ok with these guys getting arrested. But as long as these a-holes are volunteering for an almost certain death, and in the process just might kill a few other a-holes in Hezbollah, why not let them go?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:13 PM | Comments |

Plot Thickens on Missing Malaysian Plane: Hijacking, Terrorism Gone Bad? (UPDATED)

The facts are so muddied about what happened to Malaysian Airlines flight 370 that I've deliberately steered away from the subject for the past week. But with crazy conspiracy theories still filling the air waves, we are getting some facts that have been around for a couple of days and have yet to be debunked so I'll go ahead and pull the trigger here.

Here's what we think we know: Sometime after takeoff, someone on the airplane deliberately turned off two pieces of the communication system:

US officials believe that two communications systems aboard Malaysian Airlines flight 370 were shut down separately, 14 minutes apart - which indicates the plane did not come down because of a sudden catastrophic failure.

The data reporting system was shut down at 1.07 am and the transponder was turned off at 1.21 am just after the the pilot signed off to Malaysian air traffic controllers with 'All right, good night,'

Right after the transponder is turned off, the plane diverts West towards the Middle East:
Analysis of the Malaysia data suggests the plane, with 239 people on board, diverted from its intended northeast route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and flew west instead, using airline flight corridors normally employed for routes to the Middle East and Europe
Some are speculating that the plane landed in the Andman Islands, but people familiar with this particular kind of plane say that there isn't a landing strip big enough for the jet to land. Which means that the plane is probably somewhere at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, and not the South China Sea where the search and rescue operation has been looking unsuccessfully for a week:
And a senior U.S. official on Thursday offered a conflicting account, telling CNN that "there is probably a significant likelihood" the plane is on the bottom of the Indian Ocean.
The US and India have both deployed assets to look in the area around the Andoman islands.

Ok, so what we think now is that:
a) Someone deliberately turned off the airplane's communication systems.
b) The plane then banked West, away from its intended course
c) A piece of hardware was last heard "pinging" its corporate headquarters somewhere over the Indian Ocean on a course over the Andoman islands.

The new theory is that is that this was either an act of terrorism or a hijacking gone awry. The implication is that someone on board with commercial flight training -- say, one of the pilots or a passenger who was a pilot -- is responsible.

And remember, just this week at the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith in NYC a witness, Saajid Badat, claims that he met with Malaysian terrorists and gave them one of the shoe bombs that al Qaeda had intended for him to use (he was the second "shoe bomber" who chickened out, Richard Reid was the other). NYT:

Mr. Badat testified in 2012 that some months after Sept. 11, 2001, he met with members of a Malaysian terrorist group who were ready to perform “a similar hijacking to 9/11.”
Now, there is some technical evidence that Richard Reid's shoe bomb would most likely not have brought a plane down unless a variety of other factors went right for him. So, I'm not suggesting a shoe bomb brought down the plane.

But the real insight here is that there are al Qaeda types operating in Malaysia (you know, that bastion of "moderation"). I can't find this at the NYTimes story I linked above, but I heard the author of the piece on NPR the other day and he mentioned that Badat claimed that one of the Malaysians he met with had had some flight training.

So, some kind of hijacking or terrorism? Maybe an attempt to use the plane 9/11 style on an Indian city?

Here's what's missing from this theory: if this was some kind of terrorism, where's the video statement from the 'shahids'? Where's the statement from al Qaeda or its Malaysian sympathizers?

If this was a hijacking: where are the demands for money? Or where are the demands for the release of 'political prisoners'? Or the return of Kashmir to Pakistan?

So far none of the pieces fit together so neatly that we have a clear picture of what happened. Any other theories?

UPDATE: Been busy today. And by "busy" I mean went home after teaching classes and took a nap. But here's some added thoughts I put in the comments and then decided to update the post with.

Interesting thoughts all. Just to lay some facts down:

You can't take over a plane via the intertubez and then fly it "remotely". Just isn't possible. Too much TV people.

Dry run? There's no such thing. Terrorists don't "dry run" anything, they just do it. Often, they fail. The chances for detection double when you practice the act of terror before you do the act of terror. It's why they don't do it. Again, too much TV.

Pakistan? That means the plane flew over India. Indians would have noticed. Also, the Pakistanis have plenty of airplanes. No need to hijack one.

You can't land something like this on a dirt strip. Well, you might land it, but you'd never get it to take off again. The tires, struts, and shocks on these things just aren't built for that.

I've heard a few theories about they took the plane to use it in a terror attack against the US (either in the homeland or Diego Garcia). But ... um ... why the US? Militant Islamists have plenty of targets more proximate than the US. In the region, India is considered the little Satan with Kashmir being the regions Palestinian question. But Thailand is also little Satan. And all the secular and apostate governments in Muslims countries. Etc, etc.

I like John's hypothesis. Someone took the plane with the intention of using it somehow (kidnapping, 9/11 style attack) and then something went wrong and it crashed.

I can see a number of scenarios where this works. The pilots take the plane. It's all good for an hour or so. One of the passengers turns on his GPS and notices they're headed towards India, not China. Word spreads. The passengers revolt, not willing to become fodder in a 9/11 style attack.

Plausible?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:02 PM | Comments |

The Word Of God

Surah 109:

Say: O unbelievers!
I do not serve that which you serve,
Nor do you serve Him Whom I serve.
Nor am I going to serve that which you serve,
Nor are you going to serve Him Whom I serve.
You shall have your religion and I shall have my religion.

Only a divine entity could come up with that...

Dante must have been a prophet:

While I on seeing him was all intent,
he looked at me, and opening with his hands
his breast, he said: "See now how I am cloven!

Behold how torn apart Mahomet is!
Ali in tears moves on ahead of me,
cloven in his face from forelock down to chin;
and all the others whom thou seest here
disseminators were, when still alive,
of strife and schism, and hence are cloven thus.

There is a devil here behind, who thus
fiercely adorns, and to the sword's edge puts
each member of this company anew,
when we have gone around the woeful road;
because, ere one return in front of him,
the wounds thus made have all been closed again.
But who art thou, that musest on the crag,
perhaps to put off going to the torture
adjudged thine accusation of thyself?"

"Death hath not reached him yet," replied my Teacher,
"nor to a torment is he led by guilt,
but that complete experience may be giv'n him,
I, who am dead, must needs conduct him here
from circle unto circle down through Hell;
and this is true, as that I speak to thee."

By DMartyr at 11:59 AM | Comments |

March 13, 2014

Book Review: Israel Strikes

Israelstrikes.jpgOne of the privileges of being a high powered blogger is that people are constantly sending me freebies (or trying). Mostly, I just turn them down. If I'm interested in your book I'll pay for the dang thing! If I accept a freebie and I don't say anything about it, chances are I didn't think much of it. Or at least, it was nothing I thought worth mentioning. It doesn't mean I hate your book, it just means, I dunno, I gave it a meh. Or meant to write something and then got all ADD and forgot about it.

At other times people buy ads in the sidebar and I just ignore them. A few months ago, though, I saw this book being advertised called Israel Strikes by William Strook and it seemed interesting so I bought it. That means I paid cold hard cash for it, just like the rest of you, so if you think my (short) review is biased by some kind of financial incentive then screw you guys, I'm going home.

Here's what I thought about it: Loved it!

So go buy the book. Now. It's only $2.99 on kindle. That's cheaper than a Big Mac and much more satisfying.

Synopsis: Israel bombs the hell out of everyone you and I think need to be bombed the hell out of. Lots of twists and turns. Bad people die, liberals whine, the reader comes away satisfied.

I'd say it's a kind of mini-version of Tom Clancy's World War III epic novel Red Storm Rising. But instead of the US vs the Soviets this is Israel vs. Iran & Hezbollah. It has that same multi-person point of view narrative that Clancy often employs, but maybe not as much technical detail (although there were a few times I found myself Googling this or that piece of military hardware). I especially like the Saudis role in the whole affair.

So, there it is. It's a pretty good read. It sat on my Kindle for a few months and I forgot I had bought it, but a couple of weeks ago I had a long flight and remembered it was on there and then couldn't put it down until I was through.

Any other good reads out there? Recommendations?

UPDATE: Oops, that should have been WWIII not WWII, obviously

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:37 PM | Comments |

Irony: Lesbian Police Chief Wears Hijab in Show of Cross-Cultural Solidarity

LOL, I really hope the future we keep liberals around. You know, so they can entertain us with their stupidity:

Muslim employees at Minneapolis City Hall recently declared "Hijab Day" in the workplace and convinced non-Muslim co-workers to don the Muslim head covering, including the city's police chief, Janeé Harteau, who is well known as a homosexual.

Female Muslim employees at the government building declared February 28 to be "Hijab Day" then systematically convinced nearly every female employee at work to don the traditional headwear to pose for pictures which were later posted to Facebook....

Interestingly, Omar and her other Muslim co-workers convinced Police Chief Janeé Harteau to don a hijab, too. Last August, Harteau was celebrated by the Minneapolis Star Tribune for having married her "favorite sergeant," Holly Keegel.

Chief Harteau ought to go to any country where women commonly wear the hijab and take her "wife" with her and see just how mutual this "cross-cultural understanding" really is.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:49 AM | Comments |

Brit Rapper Goes to Syria to Become Jihadist, Gets Kidnapped, Robbed by Other Jihadists

This guy is the son of Adel Abdel Bari, one of Osama bin Laden's closest associates, who has been indicted in the US for his role in the al Qaeda bombings of two US embassies in Africa. So, lulz!

A British rapper who joined rebels fighting the Syrian regime has claimed he was kidnapped, tortured and robbed by members of rival Islamic terror groups.

Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 23, walked out of his family's £1million home in Maida Vale, west London, last year to join militant groups, telling them he was 'leaving everything for the sake of Allah'.

Now Bary - whose music has featured on BBC Radio 1 - has posted on Twitter that he and another Briton were abducted and robbed, with their money, phones and guns stolen by other jihadists.

Unfortunately, it looks like Assad and Hezbollah are going to win this one. Which is sad because every day that this war drags on is another day when one bad guy kills another bad guy -- and often in an extraordinarily hilarious and ironic way.

Also, who said war couldn't be funny?

When the war ends you know what I'll miss the most? The jokes.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:34 AM | Comments |

Thank You Canada: The Withdrawal from Afghanistan Begins

It's a bittersweet moment, the lowering of the Canadian flag in Afghanistan. They're leaving after being part of NATO's post-9/11 mission for 12 years. On behalf of those that care, let me say thank you for your sacrifices on our behalf. This war was not yours to fight, but you fought it anyway:

After more than 12 years and under a blanket of security in Kabul, Canadian military operations in Afghanistan came to a formal close this week. As the Canadian flag was lowered at NATO headquarters in a low-key ceremony, officials looked back at a mission that began in 2001 and cost the country 158 military lives.

Two Canadian civilian contractors, a diplomat and a journalist also died during Canada's involvement in Afghan operations.

Canadian troops were active in the restive Kandahar province in the south of the country, dubbed the "home of the Taliban," from 2006 and have latterly been involved in training Afghan National Security Forces in the capital, Kabul.

Over 40,000 Canadian troops have been rotated in and out of the country since NATO's ISAF operations began -- the largest deployment since the end of the Second World War. The remaining 100 Canadian military personnel will leave the country by the end of the week.

I tend to give Canada and Canadians a lot of crap for no other reason that I can, but when it comes right down to it our two countries are really one nation separated by a border drawn by the former imperial master of us both. You're like the kid brother we tease but we really love. And when the fit hit the shan on 9/11 you were there to help us punish the wrongdoers. Thanks again.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:12 AM | Comments |

March 12, 2014

Stop Iran from Going Nuke Ad

It's an ad but it's pretty good and can I really call it an ad if I'm not getting paid to run it?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:06 PM | Comments |

Israel Under Attack from Gaza Again

Israel suffered the largest rocket attack in years today. Thank God, no one was killed:

Israeli communities near southern and northern Gaza have come under heavy rocket attack on Wednesday evening. The IDF said at least 30 rockets had been fired in the largest attack since 2012's Operation Pillar of Defense.

The IDF said eight rockets hit urban, civilian areas. One rocket landed in Sderot, according to police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld, although there were no immediate reports of casualties...

The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack, saying that over 90 rockets had been fired toward Israel, a spokesman for Al-Quds told Palestinian news agency Ma'an.

Remember, these rockets are coming out of the unoccupied territories -- Gaza, the place that Israel left years ago.

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

Muslims Ban Upcoming Mega-Flop "Noah"

Meh, does this even bother anybody anymore?

One of the world's most respected Islamic institutions has issued a fatwa against a Hollywood epic about Noah's Ark because it 'contradicts the teachings of Islam'.
Russell Crowe's £75million film Noah has also been banned in three Arab countries after religious leaders complained that it depicted the Biblical figure - who is also a holy messenger in the Koran.
Due to premiere later this month, the blockbuster will not show in Qatar, Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates and several other countries are expected to follow suit.
This kind of censorship happens every day in the Islamic world and yet I'm told that the real villains are the Koch brothers.

If I might bastardize a phrase from So I Married an Ax Murderer:Hey Jane, get me off this crazy thing called .... Earth.

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

I May Be Getting Covered

President Obama laid out a new budget for people like me who can't afford health insurance. All I have to do is cut out my cable bill. And my phone bill. And my cell phone bill. And my car payments. And my electricity bill. And my water bill. And my gas bill. My car insurance, my home insurance, my mortgage payments, and cut out that luxurious grocery bill.

Then I will be able to afford healthcare under Obamacare!

(Washington, D.C.) - The President recently participated in a health care town hall with Spanish-language media. He responded to a question received via email, from a consumer who makes $36,000 per year and cannot find insurance for a family of three for less than $315 per month. The President responded that "if you looked at their cable bill, their telephone, their cell phone bill... it may turn out that, it's just they haven't prioritized health care." He added that if a family member gets sick, the father "will wish he had paid that $300 a month."

Yeah! Healthcare here I come!

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By DMartyr at 11:55 AM | Comments |

Confirmed: Russian Media About as Reliable as Taliban Propaganda these Days

So, the Russian media has been reporting that two US drones were shot down over the Crimea. What's so funny about this is that it sounds eerily similar to the kind of propaganda put out by the Taliban lo these past 13 years in which every day dozens of "crusader forces" are killed in "operations" which also destroy "many enemy tanks". In other words, the Russian media is pretty much just making stuff up at this point:

According to a Voice of Russia report that has now mysteriously vanished, two American drones were shot down over Crimea this morning, including a "heavier, two-engine drone." The story popped up on Reddit's world news front page, and has been floating around Twitter, too. But lest we think World War III broke out over the Black Sea this morning, there are plenty of reasons to think the report, which cites info from Novosti Kryma (News of Crimea), is totally false.

One is that the American military has no two-engine drones.

Well, at least they pulled the report off their website. So, what is it that the Russian people are being exposed to in its place?

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Never underestimate the power of propaganda when that propaganda reinforces a preexisting underlying paranoia.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:49 AM | Comments |

March 11, 2014

Missing Malaysia Plane Changed Course

Note the Malaysian military now says they search north and east of Vietnam is futile because...

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's military believes a jetliner missing for almost four days turned and flew hundreds of kilometers to the west after it last made contact with civilian air traffic control off the country's east coast, a senior officer told Reuters on Tuesday.

In one of the most baffling mysteries in recent aviation history, a massive search operation for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER has so far found no trace of the aircraft or the 239 passengers and crew.

Malaysian authorities have previously said flight MH370 disappeared about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for the Chinese capital Beijing.

"It changed course after Kota Bharu and took a lower altitude. It made it into the Malacca Strait," the senior military officer, who has been briefed on investigations, told Reuters.

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They also report that the planes transponders were off after the course change, which would put the plane on course for Indonesia. Either Banda Aceh or Medan being the nearby large cities. After you pass Indonesia there is nothing but open water for thousands of miles, the next land being Extreme Southern India then Somalia or slightly more to the North Yemen.

As for the terrorist connection and speculation about Iran, there have been recent acts of terrorism in Indochina against mostly Jewish targets attributed to Iran. But the only motive I can think of at the time is Iran attempting to assist its patron Russia by distracting the West from Ukraine. If so it worked.

The plane flying with the transponder off points very much to either foul play or Space Aliens.

The Space Aliens have denied any involvement.

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If the destination was Indonesia or East Africa then you have to add various other Sunni terrorist groups to the mix of suspects as well as Iran.

There are reports that some debris near Hong Kong is being investigated.

Once the plane is found the "What?" will be known. The "Who?" may be more difficult unless there is evidence on the cockpit voice recorder indicating who took control of the plane and what their demands were.

I would think answers to those questions will be quite some time in coming.

By Howie at 11:53 AM | Comments |

Where's Vinnie?

Trying to line up a job in Denver:

Todd Mitchem, O.PenVAPE's chief revenue officer and spokesperson, said local cannbis businesses are experiencing rapid growth and are seeking qualified professional employees in the areas of management, retail, sales, marketing, accounting, IT, quality control, administration and horticulture.
Yes, they now have brands of marijuana.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:35 AM | Comments |

Libyan Civil War Not Quite Over

The al-Qaeda supporting rebels of Eastern Libya -- who fought gave al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi a hero's funeral and started a war to topple the Gaddafi regime (aka, Bronco Bamma's freedom fighters) -- are now fighting a war for oil against the new Libyan state.

Libya on Monday stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker that had loaded oil from a rebel-held port, after naval forces briefly exchanged fire with the rebels, officials said.

They also said the government will assemble forces to "liberate" all occupied ports, raising the stakes over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenue.

The conflict over oil wealth is increasing fears that the OPEC producer may slide deeper into chaos or even splinter as the fragile government fails to rein in dozens of militias that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now defy state authority.

The rebels, who have seized three ports and partly control a fourth in the North African country, said they had dispatched forces to central Libya to deal with any government attack.

I'm like totally 100% shocked by these developments.

On the bright side, now Libyan terrorist groups have direct access to a lot of oil money. Yay!

By Howie at 09:39 AM | Comments |

ISIS Commander Abu Khaled Smoking Too Much Crack?

After making Syria into the new Afghanistan Abu Khaled, an ISIS commander, says in interview he intends to establish an Islamic caliphate in Syria:

"The aim of the ISIL is to set up an Islamic Caliphate that will attract Muslims from all over the world"
Attract Muslims from all over the world?

Surely, he just means like only the Muslims who are really super eager to be tortured and beheaded for calling their Great Aunt in Ultra Zionist Dearbornistan Michigan?

Good luck with that.

By Howie at 09:27 AM | Comments |

March 10, 2014

Tens of Thousands of Foreign Students Missing

I was recently visiting another college campus when I noticed a whole bunch of foreign students. I brought this up to the person showing me around and they mentioned that they have a big ESL (English as a Second Language) program on campus that they're quite proud of. It's a little known aspect of many schools, but administrators look to foreign students (especially the Chinese, these days) as cash cows. They pay out of state tuition and on top of that do it in cash. They especially love it when these students pass the TOEFL test and then matriculate into graduate programs, which on top of out of the already higher out of state tuition also charge more for tuition generally.

The point? So, we're talking about this when my guide mentions that right after 9/11 they lost a lot of students but they're back up to full numbers now.

The students were from the wealthy Gulf States. UAE, Oman ... Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabian students: what could possibly go wrong?

The federal government has lost track of tens of thousands of foreign students who came to the U.S. to study and then took jobs, often in violation of the terms of their visas, according to a new internal audit.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t even consistently collect information or have the tools to monitor all of the foreign students who take part in the optional practical training (OPT) program, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report released late Friday.

That's tens of thousands of students they can't account for, not thousands. And we're supposed to trust these people with immigration reform.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:41 PM | Comments |

Congratulations to Dear Leader on Election, Victory Over Reactionary Counter-Revolutionary Forces

We offer warm congratulations to the Dear Leader on his electoral victory:

With no one else on the ballot, state media reported Monday that supreme leader Kim Jong Un was not only elected to the highest legislative body in North Korea, he won with the unanimous approval of his district, which had 100% turnout.
In related news, I was listening to the Dianne Rhem show this morning where a panel of experts was talking about Obama's handling of the Crimean crisis. Two of the three panelist said he was doing a B-/C+ job, while the guy from Harvard passed on the opportunity to assign a grade.

How does this relate to North Korea? Even on our own national socialist public airwaves dissent and criticism is allowed. And by dissent and criticism we mean giving Obama something less than an A+++.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:58 AM | Comments |

Anti-Israeli Activists Show Tolerance, Engage in Meaningful Dialogue at NUI Galway

The headline? Yeah, it just might be a tad misleading. What, you think any one in the BDS movement ever engages in "dialogue"? Dialogue to these people means you sit there and listen to them berate you. If you open your mouth you're a fascist not interested in meaningful engagement.

Thanks to Paul

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:41 AM | Comments |

Spokesman for Somali Terror Group Now Reachable Only by Seance

It looks like the spokesman for al Shabaab is dead. Let's hope he stays that way.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:33 AM | Comments |

Saudi Returning From Syrian Jihad Bloodbath Advises GTFO

Wasn't it just a while back that Saudi Arabia was stirring up the Jihad in Syria?

A 24- year old Saudi man,who was part of the most brutal of the terror groups- Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), currently fighting the Assad forces, has revealed that the Syrian war is not a revolution but a fight among various muslim factions, who are killing innocent people.
But now Saudi Tee Vee is all.

@ntfooosh's twitter feed, Look at all the @s baby! Sweet mama.

By Howie at 08:00 AM | Comments |

March 09, 2014

DHS Approves Of Public Stonings

The Department of Homeland Security has forbidden border agents from defending themselves against rock throwers:

Top administration officials have directed 21,000 border patrol officers to retreat whenever illegal immigrants throw rocks at them, and to avoid getting in front of foreign drug-smugglers’ vehicles as they head north with their drug shipments.

“Agents shall not discharge firearms in response to thrown or hurled projectiles… agents should obtain a tactical advantage in these situations, such as seeking cover or distancing themselves,” said the instructions, issued Mar. 7, under the signature of Michael Fisher, chief of U.S. Border Patrol. [...]

The new rules were issued at the direction of Jeh Johnston, the new head of the Department of Homeland Security.

The rules match the recommendation of a report by an advocacy group that wants to reduce policing of illegal immigration.

The commissioned report was challenged by mid-level DHS officials, who argued that the rules barring self-defense from rock-throwers “could create a more dangerous environment [especially for agents operating] in rural or desolate areas, often alone, where concealment, cover and egress is not an option,” according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

But Johnston overrode the internal response, and forced the implementation of the advocacy groups’ recommendations.

(Hat Tip: IHateTheMedia)

By DMartyr at 09:47 PM | Comments |

March 07, 2014

What Really Happens When Arabs Achieve Freedom

Sometimes you get more Jihadis, but then sometimes you get.

By Howie at 03:50 PM | Comments |

Caption This! Newlywed Edition (Fatwas Issued!)

Caption the following image.

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The winner gets their very own brand new super exiting Fatwa!

Update:

The I Will Cut UR Neck Fatwa issued against Bill M for

This is taking "put a bag over her head and f**k her for a lost cause" just a bit too far.
The Devil Will Do Meetballs From Your Body Fatwa issued against KIM for
Maybe....That AK go where no Meatball go before?
The Why U Insult Holly Koran? Fatwa issued against Bubbe for
Ready to go to WalMart, honey?

By Howie at 03:23 PM | Comments |

Zionist PSA: On Cornhole Watch? Call Dan!!!!

He doesn't promise results he can't give, like say getting Goatly off. But he will take your money!

Oh did I mention this ad is causing a lot of controversy? Probably because of that six pointed star at the end there.

But trust me, at the Joooish Hospital you see all kinds of full blown black burqas and radical Islamic types. When mommy is facing death or Habib incarceration even a radical Islamist knows where to turn.

By Howie at 02:30 PM | Comments |

R-S-P-E-C-T, Find Out What It Means To Me!

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Obama misspells "respect" during tribute to Aretha Franklin:

All he had to do was quote the song. But something tells me President Clueless doesn't know the song.

By DMartyr at 11:30 AM | Comments |

March 06, 2014

Tragedy: Iranian Grad Student at Georgia Tech Dies

Nothing to see here folks. He was just making Molotov Cocktails in his apartment. You know, normal stuff at Georgia Tech:

The Georgia Tech graduate student burned over 90 percent of his body last month died Thursday, the Institute said.

Saamer Akhshabi was burned in a Feb. 4 explosion inside his apartment, where investigators found a suspected Molotov cocktail and several plastic bottles filled with gasoline and kerosene. Akhshabi, 26, was transported in critical condition to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died early Thursday, Georgia Tech shared with the campus.

The whole article is so rife with the subtlety you'd expect from people in denial but I don't think I can legally quote the whole thing.

Ah, who am I kidding? As if I care. Also, since my post is a criticism of the actual article -- fair use, baby! It continues (emphasis mine):

"We have worked closely with other law enforcement agencies during the investigation of this tragic incident," Robert Connolly, interim police chief for Georgia Tech, said in an emailed statement. "The FBI has relayed that, to date, they have not developed any information or evidence indicating criminal intent in this investigation."
Okay, so the FBI doesn't tell Georgia Tech anything and so the guy's clean? As if the new and improved Eric Holder beholden FBI doesn't have an agenda here.
Investigators determined that Akhshabi was not a threat to the Georgia Tech community, Connolly said. But no information was released regarding why Akhshabi had the explosive materials.
Not a threat. Of course he's not a threat ... he's was in the hospital and now he's dead!

I'd link more, but it's all just as mind boggling politically correct -- just as you'd expect.

Whatever happened to journalists doing, you know, journalism? We have an Iranian who explodes himself and what do the journalists do? File a report citing one source: the University.

I'm not sure if this is just a lesson on laziness or on bias? Either way, the American public is so boned.

I honestly am not trying to say that this guy is a terrorist and that we are being hoodwinked, although I know that it's kind of the way this post is coming off. What I really intend to say is that I just don't trust the media any more on reports on these so I'm with skepticism or a kind of agnosticism on the matter. I just don't know, and the amount of actual investigating these people do is so bad that I'm not sure we'll ever know.

Thanks to Laura

Related: Terrorist "Workplace Accident" at .... Georgia Tech? Iranian Grad Student Blows Self, Apartment Up (UPDATE: Media Declares 'Not Terrorism')

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

Good News: Chechen Jihadists Rule Emoticons OK -- Bad News: Women Not Allowed to Use Emoticons

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Whew, for awhile there I was worried Allah was going to damn me to hellfire for all the smiley faces I use on Facebook. But I can relax now as the terrorists better known for their recent threats on the Sochi Olympics say emoticons are ok because, "they do not contain parts of the face such as eyes, mouth, nose, and no head or ears" and that the, "majority of jurists believe that if part of the image will be removed, without which it ceases to be alive, such images are not haram."

However, there is some bad news for lady Jawa readers. Apparently you're not allowed to use them:

A woman should not use these images with no mahram men [ie, men other than blood relatives], because so it shows his feelings, ie, she laughs, smiles, embarrassed, etc. and it is not permissible to fellowship with other men.
Alas, Y-Not, Laura, and Bubbe are going to have to go elsewhere to get their emoticon based flirtation on.

Thanks to @IntelTweet

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:36 PM | Comments |

Natch: IRS Employs Cop Convicted of Tipping off Terror Suspects

I'd say I was surprised, but this is the IRS we're talking about. Nothing they do these days surprises me. Not even hiring a guy convicted of abusing his power as a cop so he could tip off his buddies who were being investigated for terrorism:

Weiss Russell (he has changed his name from “Weiss Rasool,” the name under which he was convicted), is currently employed as a financial management analyst in the IRS Deputy Chief Financial Officer’s Office.

In 2008, Russell/Rasool was prosecuted for his role in tipping off Abdullah Alnoshan, a close associate of al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and a friend of Russell’s from their mosque. According to the Justice Department’s Statement of Facts filed at the time of Russell’s indictment, Alnoshan provided license plate numbers to Russell for cars he believed were conducting surveillance on him. Russell then checked those plate numbers in the FBI’s NCIC database, which came back to a leasing company which federal prosecutors claimed would have tipped off Russell to the bureau’s surveillance.

Wow. Just, wow.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:54 PM | Comments |

Act of War: Russia Scuttles Boat to Blockade Ukrainian Navy

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Photo src: Black Sea News (Russian language)

Reports from the Crimea indicate that Russia has scuttled one of it's own ships in order to prevent the Ukrainian navy from entering the Black Sea. Even if we suspend reality for a moment and pretend that the "self defense" forces in the Crimea aren't really Russian special forces, blockading the Ukrainian navy is clearly an act of war:

Ukraine Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Alexei Mazepa said Russian sailors pulled the anti-submarine vessel Ochakov out of a naval junkyard and sank it in the straits that connect the Black Sea with a body of water known as Donuzlav Lake. He said the act was intended to prevent Ukrainian navy ships from leaving a nearby base and going to sea.
Meanwhile, the Crimean parliament has green lighted a referendum asking the locals if they would like to become part of Russia:
Lawmakers in Crimea voted today for this mostly Russian enclave to become part of Russia and moved up a referendum to decide the matter to March 16....

When Russian President Vladimir Putin was asked two days ago about Russia annexing Crimea, he told reporters: “Only the people who live in a certain territory have the right to decide their own future.”

I especially like that last bit from Pres. Putin. If he's so keen on self-determination, why doesn't he let the Chechens and Dagestanis vote on whether or not they want to remain part of mother Russia?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:07 PM | Comments |

Video Proves Israel is Apartheid, Racist State

I had no idea last year's Miss Israel was black.

Update: Oops, I embedded the wrong video the first go around.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:54 AM | Comments |

More Totally 100% Random Acts of Violenc

In our never ending quest to identify some sort of trend or pattern, we once again came up empty.

West Youkshire coffee shop patron threatens, "I will cut ur neck."

A man threatened coffee shop staff after being challenged over his loud expletive-filled conversation.

Mohammed Asif warned one worker at Costa Coffee on Leeds Road that he would slit his throat as he tried to prevent him from entering again.

After grabbing his crotch and making thrusting motions at an Asian girl Asif was arrested. Ironically Asif complains that his arrest will interfere with his plans to, "Provide for my daughter."

Heh.

ISIS implements Sharia in Syria.

Saudi-style religious police now patrol the area of Syria controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A picture of a minivan belonging to the terrorist group's religious police was posted Monday on a Twitter account called "Al Dawala al-Islamiya."

Arabic script saying "al-Hisba" was visible on the vehicle. The name is used by a newly established committee in Syria. It exists to enforce the group's rigid interpretation of Islamic law.

Another Twitter account belonging to an al-Qaida supporter said the minivan came from Raqqa, a Syrian city controlled by ISIS.

"This al-Hisba car urges praying and promoting virtue, and the prevention of vice. You will die from your rage. You enemies of sharia," the supporter wrote.

Our rage? I mean our rage? Of course, its because of our rage. How silly of me.

World's most rejected Jihadi to continue Jihad of rejection.

The failed fighter who has been turned away so many times has finally found his place. “I don’t want to get out of prison,” he told his prosecuting magistrate in 2011. “I feel good here. I’m learning about my religion. If I got out today, I’d be lost.”
Not to mention all the cornholing. But knowing the Fwench the'll oppress him further by releasing him from prison.

Libya blames Youtube video for Benghazi attack. No Wait!

Benghazi — In a first-of-its-type statement, interim Libyan Culture Minister Habib al-Amin on Friday (February 28th) said "radical Islamists" were behind the Benghazi assassinations.

"I hope others will be as direct and clear with Libyans, but what's happening now in Benghazi is the growth of extremist Islamist groups' influence," al-Amin said in a talk show on Libya Al Ahrar TV.

"Add to them other criminals who benefited from unstable security and managed to engage in their acts, which are related to kidnappings, looting and killings for criminal motives," he continued.

I'm sure Susan Rice can set this guy strait, I mean its almost as if he's blaming Islamic terrorists. I just can't fathom that. Where is the evidence?

Good News! Assad still winning! Jihadi still dying.

But surely the cause of this so called war must have been those pesky Mormons. But its not clear enough to establish a trend. After all Mormons are mostly peaceful.

Muslims Behead Christian Then Thrust Crucifix into His Heart.

Look squirrel!

Moderation in Pakistan.

Its kinder, its gentler, Its Suna but not Suna or Sunna as in Islam. Suna as in like a Sauna. Where a girl can just relax and be healthy. Really.

Totally unjustified paranoia. Totally 100% unjustified.

US counter-terrorism officials are involved in a frantic search for a friend of the Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after she failed to return from Chechnya.
She's probably just went out for milk and cookies, yeah that's it milk and cookies.

By Howie at 11:35 AM | Comments |

Tales of Torture Murder in ISIS Prison

Hey but at least they didn't subject this poor fellow to loud music or nor force him to maintain an uncomfortable position.

It had been 20 days since Mohammed's arrival in Turkey, after having spent more than three grueling months inside prisons run by the notorious Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria. Mohammed, 20, came to Gaziantep from the Syrian town of Al-Bab in Aleppo province, where ISIS has imposed a strict interpretation of Sharia since capturing it in September 2013. Smoking is prohibited, women must wear black niqabs and arbitrary trials and detentions take place daily.

The large bump on his forehead is one of the many scars that provide a glimpse into Mohammed’s story.

“I can still remember four Syrians from Damascus who got out of the bus and started smoking. They were immediately beaten by ISIS militants,” Mohammed, not his real name, said while smoking a cigarette in a coffee bar in the Turkish city.

...Torture methods included electricity shocks and hanging him upside down from the ceiling. The cries and screams of other inmates were constant, but he doesn’t know exactly how many people were detained, as he was put in a separate cell with only one other person. There was no electricity, only a small window without bars.

“I shared a cell with an Alawite officer. They were beating him so severely that the whole cell was covered in blood," Mohammed said. He had been forced to watch.

He added that he was forced to sleep in his cellmate's blood, who told him that he hadn’t seen his three children for more than two years.

“Outside the prison I would probably hate him like I hate Bashar, but inside the cell we supported each other. God bless him."


By Howie at 10:02 AM | Comments |

March 05, 2014

To Whomever is Attacking Jawa Report

Is that all you got? I gots me a Pixi Misa.

Losers!


By Howie at 04:50 PM | Comments |

Is it Better to be Loved or Feared?

Obama thought the right answer was loved. Apparently, Putin didn't get the memo.

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

In The Name of Allah

The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful......

Syrian Christian Forced To Convert To Islam, Then Beheaded Anyway
In the video the Muslim judging the Christian man forbids the Muj from shooting him as this would be "mercy to him".

Which is why I wrote the post the way I did, Ironic the claim of Allah as merciful seems to have fallen deaf on these particular Muslim ears.

By Howie at 01:51 PM | Comments |

Inevitable: Putin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Also, Edward Snowden, natch:

US whistleblower Edward Snowden, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among the nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, as the Nobel Institute announced Tuesday a record 278 candidates...

The former KGB agent is credited with averting a US attack against Syria by suggesting putting Bashar al-Assad's regime's chemical weapons arsenal under international control.

Putin should give a speech. That ought to clinch it for him.

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

Fwance Sentences Cyber Jihadi

He only got a year, but this is Fwance so we'll take what we can get:

A man who published Al-Qaida propaganda translated into French on the web has been sentenced to a year in prison. A Paris court found. Romain Letellier, alias Abou Siyad al-Normandy, guilty of "apology for terrorism" on Tuesday.

Letellier, a 27-year-old convert to Islam, was sentenced to three years in jail, two of them suspended.

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

Jihad Jane Co-Conspirator Ratting Friends Out

Mohammad Hassan Khalid's sentencing hearing has been postponed, yet again. Apparently he's been spilling so many beans that the Feds want to keep him on hold for a few more months. After that, it looks like some jail time and then deportation back to Pakistan:

Khalid has provided substantial cooperation to the feds since his arrest, the government wrote. "He met approximately 20 times with government agents from this district and elsewhere. He has talked about his activities for dozens of hours, reviewed scores of written documents. . . . There can be no doubt that Khalid's assistance advanced multiple national security investigations in important ways."

Yet, Khalid's "status as a young U.S. terrorist recruit has captured the world's attention, and this sentencing presents an important opportunity to send a strong message to others in his position who might be enticed by online extremists promising fame and honor," the feds added.

Because Khalid is not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face deportation proceedings and could be sent back to Pakistan after he serves his sentence.

Incidentally, the mastermind of the plot, Ali Charaf Damache, is still fighting extradition from Ireland.

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

Obama Promised the Most Transparent Administration Ever

Your thoughts betray you Ms. Learner.

The Daily Caller says Lois fears for her life if she testifies. Because of alleged threats against her.

Yeah, I bet had she not pleaded The Fifth, that might be indeed pretty dangerous, it would be a shame if something Chicago Style(D) happened to her. Its a very dangerous city you know.

By Howie at 11:01 AM | Comments |

Judge to Spoiled Teenage Brat: Congratulations on Your Emancipation

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A New Jersey judge has ruled against a teenager’s request to sue her parents for immediate financial support.

Rachel Canning sought immediate relief in the form of $650 (£390) in weekly child support from her parents, and the payment of the remainder of her tuition at Morris Catholic High School, as well as attorney's fees.

But Judge Peter Bogaard denied the 18-year-old’s request, warning that her attempt at suing her parents could create a “potentially slippery slope”.

“We have to ask ourselves, do we want to establish a precedent where parents live in constant fear of enforcing the basic rules of the house,” he said. “If they set a rule a child doesn’t like, the child can move out, move in with another family, seek child support, cars, cell phone and a few hundred grand to go to college.

"Are we going to open the gates for 12-year-olds to sue for an Xbox? For 13-year-olds to sue for an iPhone?" he asked.

Emancipation! Freedom! Would you like an apple pie with that?


By Howie at 10:13 AM | Comments |

Exclusive Super Sekrit Interview with Dr. Rusty Shackleford

Like Rusty, you've been totally doxed dude.


at 00:18
That's when I first found out, you know, I had thunder down under.


By Howie at 09:13 AM | Comments |

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Iraq's government has offered a reward of $17,200 (£10,300) for each foreign militant killed from al-Qaeda or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a former affiliate.

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A larger reward of $25,800 (£15,500) is being offered for the capture of militants belonging to the two groups.

The announcement was made on the website of the ministry of defence.

Al-Qaeda and ISIS have been blamed by the authorities for the surge in sectarian violence over the past year.

Iraqi government data says more than 1,000 people were killed in January.

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By Howie at 09:09 AM | Comments |

March 04, 2014

Where, Oh Where Did The Muslimah Go? Oh Where Can She Be?

Boston bomber's (alleged, lol) girlfriend travels to Chechnya. Stays.

US counter-terrorism officials are involved in a frantic search for a friend of the Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after she failed to return from Chechnya last year and has now posted 'alarming' pictures online of women in head-scarfs dressed as jihadi soldiers. Terrorist experts have become concerned that Heda Umarova, 23, may have become radicalized to commit Islamist violence and poses a threat to Americans at home and abroad because her US passport allows her relatively easy foreign travel.

Let's file this under: No Shit, Really?

Is there nothing that can be done about passport? Revoke her privilege to re-enter this country and let her take her chances with the Spetznaz. When they're done conquering Crimea, of course.

By Vinnie at 06:52 PM | Comments |

Somali Muslimas Come Out in Favor of Kinder Gentler Female Genital Mutilation

Moderation in Somalia..

Somalia (AP) - The 30 Somali teenagers - both boys and girls - all agreed: Female genital mutilation is harmful and the practice should be abandoned. But what they really meant, they revealed moments later, is that girls should have their genitalia cut - just not sewn shut.

"It's our tradition and if the girls are not subjected to suna(cutting) she will not be accepted for marriage," said Asthma Ibrahim Jabril, 17.

The students, who are part of an afterschool club in Somaliland which the U.N. children's agency helps fund, discuss issues like child labor, early marriage, and female genital mutilation in a classroom with several large hearts scrawled along the walls.

Of course Islamists will tell you that female genital mutilation is not part of Islam, its not in the Koran.

Which is true, they call it Suna in Somalia, as in The Sunna, the traditions of Muhammad and his companions, as such it becomes an Islamic practice.

Still its not in the Koran which is how they sucker westerners.

By Howie at 04:09 PM | Comments |

Moderation in Pakistan

Hot chick becomes lawyer in Islamic nation

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And is murdered on her first day in court.

Young Pakistani lawyer Fizza Malik is being seen by many as the face of the latest tragedy in Pakistan's conflict. The country's media and social networks have seen an outpouring of grief since it emerged she had been killed in Monday's attack on a local court in Islamabad, reports BBC Urdu's Iram Abbasi.

"I wish my sister had listened and come with me to Dubai," said her brother Ali.

Aged 23, Fizza had just qualified as a lawyer. She was working on a criminal case in the court in the city's F-8 area when militants mounted a suicide gun and bomb attack on the premises.

Er um shocking I guess, sort of.

By Howie at 04:04 PM | Comments |

Where's Rusty?

Yes, again. I know he's like a pregnant drunk.

By Howie at 03:45 PM | Comments |

Remember Back When We Didn't Want Russia Peace-Keeping in Syria

Good times, its worked out so well don't you think?

I for one was always for Russia doing its job in former USSR clients like Syria.

Now the Russians are in Crimea at the invitation of the Crimean Parliament. I've noticed that although they are showing force, Russian troops so far have been well behaved. No one has been killed and the predicted bloodbath has not occurred. Insomuch as they act in support of Crimean authorities when requested but otherwise only protect Russian assets and interests in the region I'm failing to see the problem.

Of course Putin is acting strongly, the main problem the west has with it is that it shows their lack of influence and power in that region. A region where we've never had any power or influence to start with.

Look, in winter all Russia's northern ports are frozen in, so the Black Sea ports at Sevastopol and other places are of serious national interest to Russia. Russia is to be an ally of the west, share and work for some of the same interests as the west. We need to treat then as such. Lord knows they have a serious Sunni extremist terrorist problem that even reached our shores last year in Boston.

Given we all have many common interests and we've welcomed Russia into the league of civilized nations since the fall of the Soviet Union, we'd be well served to work with them and issue statements of support rather than the saber rattling John Kerry and the Obama administration have been doing. Its more of Obama's knee jerk reaction to being shown to be limp wristed and weak in the leadership department than anything else.

Ukraine is going through a transition, a move away from Russian influence that had tipped just a bit too far for Ukrainian comfort. But Ukraine can never totally leave the orbit of Russian influence due to the fact they are neighbors any more than Ukraine can isolate itself from European influence. Its a crossroads of the east/west culture. In so much as the West and Russia can work together to bring stabilizing influences to this transition, this is a good thing.

Ukraine can expect little if any help from the west as far as boots on the ground in Ukraine, if Ukraine can keep stability in the north and prevent bloodshed as the transition is ongoing, more power to them. The more the Crimeans with Russian support can do the same in the south, the better.

What we all need to work for is an orderly democratic solution over time that allows Ukraine's national interest to be observed and all a parties to bring their concerns to the table in an open and honest fashion. After all that WAS the goal, the future we hoped for after the fall of the USSR.

Attempting to push Russia's influence and assistance out of these matters because Obama sucks at foreign policy just highlights that Obama sucks at foreign policy.

If Russia acts badly we need to quietly send the message to Russia that its acting badly, publicly scolding Russia in an area we have no business, let alone any power or influence to back up a public scolding is folly. While in public praising what they are doing right.

Privately: "We recognize your interests in Crimea but could you be a bit more subtle about it."

*Publicly: "Although Russian forces are in Crimea Putin has shown remarkable restraint and we're pleased that to this point the result has not been more bloodshed. We hope Russia can continue to show restraint and help bring about a peaceful resolution while respecting the concerns of all sides in the matter."

See, this isn't so hard.

We didn't want Russia to assist Syria, its former client, in helping keep the peace and stop its civil war from spinning out of control. Now instead of us looking out for protesters and minorities who wanted to see their rights taken into account look at what we have at present in Syria. Assad didn't go and its a destructive civil war, a country destroyed. Taken from a Middle Eastern vacation state and transformed into another Afghanistan. A failed state with its heritage in ruins, no end in sight.

A better result with Russian help might have been a preserved Syria that would be better not only for the Baathists that rule but for the rest of Syria.

Now since Ukraine there is little or no hope of directing Russia's influence back to Syria to push Assad to dispose of his chemical weapons. Russia will do little now in Syria except supply arms to the regime, it has time and attention for little else.

Rather than give Russia its due and let it act in areas where it can, we spend our time issuing impotent statements about consequences. In Ukraine and Syria we have little or no power to do the things that really matter, Russia could and should be doing the heavy lifting. But sadly our administration is stuck trying to put lipstick on the pig that is Obama's foreign policy. In the process we only look weaker and more foolish. Putin must be having a really good laugh.

Even if Putin decided to invade all of Ukraine, which I seriously doubt he will, there's not a damn thing we can do about it rather than have an all out war. A war we're not prepared to fight nor to win. A war that would be a step back for all parties involved.

Exit question: Is the problem between Putin and Obama due to the fact that both are leftist socialists, and as the leftist Alinsky tells us, the other should always be treated as "the enemy". I've found myself wondering as this unfolds just how much these leftist principles have thrown a wrench into efforts for countries that should be allies, that are allies, to work together in solving these problems.

I for one am not willing to go back to the days where Russia is our enemy. Although the cold war did have the added benefit of keeping a lid on much unrest around the world as it watched the two big dogs fight. The Russian did have sense enough not to nuke us and we had enough sense not to nuke them.

So lets not test that again because, well I think the Russian still have sense enough, but I'm not too sure about Obama. Iif this kid's foreign policy aptitude were gasoline, he wouldn't have enough to run a piss ant's Prius half way around the Oval Office.

*Or some shit like that.

By Howie at 02:53 PM | Comments |

al-Nusra Offensive in Yarmouk Cuts Off UNRWA Food Distribution

You might recall just last week, the unbelievable photo from those awaiting UNRWA aid.

Miami Herald:
The news is bad out of Yarmouk, the strategic Damascus neighborhood that for a brief while seemed to offer proof that humanitarian aid to a civilian population could be carried out in spite of the ongoing Syrian civil war. Turns out optimism was misplaced. The deal between rebels and supporters of Bashar Assad to let aid be distributed appears to have fallen apart.

Feb. 27 – last Thursday -- was the last day food would get handed out, however, despite the optimism of the day before. Here’s how Gunness reported the day’s events: “UNRWA distributed only 75 food parcels and 200 packages of bread in Yarmouk today, after access was granted at 15:30. At 17:00 the UNRWA team was forced to withdraw following sounds of gunfire in the vicinity of the Tabgha School distribution point.”

Every day since apparently there has been fighting in the northern part of the district. The peace agreement apparently has fallen apart. Nusra, according to some reports, has returned to the area, and pro-government forces are apparently fighting to prevent them from re-establishing themselves.

More here from Ma'an news agency which is a Palestinian outlet.
DAMASCUS (AFP) -- Firefights and shelling on Sunday shattered a weeks-old truce at the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, but a ceasefire allowed residents to return to another besieged area near Syria's capital.

...Meanwhile some good news emerged with Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas released by Wahhabi militants in Syria after six months in captivity, said his employer El Periodico newspaper.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front and the pro-regime Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -- General Command had resumed hostilities in Yarmouk.

That's good news about Marc Marginedas release. He is reported safe in Turkey.

Here is a pic of what are called ISIS troops in Yarmouk.

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Its from an ISIS feed Twitter feed here. A translatable page is here in this Indonesian site.

This particular branch of ISIS seems to be a unit specific to Damascus rather than the al-Qaeda in Iraq ISIS from the more western part of Syria. There were clashes between that group and allied FSA and al-Nusra groups last week.

The regime put out this video of accused Jihadis in Yarmouk as "proof that their blockade of Yarmouk is justified. Although the translated claim is of Hussein Alouti Brigade which is an extremist Shia group out of Yemen.

An extremist Shia group out of Yemen? Well Islam certainly is creative and diverse when it comes to extremist groups, no?

Anyway, other regime tilted info shows more fighting in the area around Yarmouk.

SNAFU.

Update: One analyst commenting on the ISIS feeds confirms that the ISIS presence in Yarmouk is a limited and local splinter group. Their claims of control are stretching it. Yet there is enough activity among all factions of the rebels in Yarmouk to stop the aid flow.

Q: What’s your sense of ISIS’s presence elsewhere in Damascus and Outer Damascus, particularly in Qalamoun?

Damascus province stands out because this is one of the few areas where ISIS is not fighting with other rebels, everyone's really focused on the regime. That's not to say there are no tensions, but there's been a lack of infighting. Again, it's in this range of dozens at most. But they are not fighting with other rebels. [In Qalamoun], it's pretty much that they're all focused on the priority to push back against regime forces. ISIS in Qalamoun does have a bit of history, in that in the past they did have joint fronts with Jabhat a-Nusra and this Saudi muhajireen-led battalion called the Green Battalion, which basically was announced in August and is led by Saudis, though it does have a number of other nationalities, including native Syrians.

It does kind of shatter last week's portrayal of aid distribution where Youmouk is portrayed as containing only helpless unarmed starving Palestinian orphans.

There are fighters of all groups in and around the area.

By Howie at 11:31 AM | Comments |

Fatwa This!

Fatwa Fatwa Fatwa!

Fatwa?!

By Howie at 10:21 AM | Comments |

March 03, 2014

Surenos Gangbangers in .... Syria? (UPDATED)

This is pretty surreal. What the hell are two gang-bangers doing in Syria fighting for Hezbollah? One of the guy says he's Armenian the other guy says he's Surenos which would make him, what, Mexican?

What the hell?

UPDATE: Thanks to Birbal Dhar, here's a video of these guys posted last year which is straight gang banger. Growing up in LA it's hard for me to put Armenians into the category of gang bangers. All the Armenians I've ever known were straight out of the immigrants make good category -- recent immigrants who quickly became middle class.

But looking at some of the symbols these guys are sporting, it's interesting to note that they use Cyrillic script which Armenians don't do (they have their own alphabet which is neither Latin nor Cyrillic) . So I can't help but wonder if there's aren't ties to the Russian mafia here? Now when I lived in Moscow if you asked who the criminals were they would tell you Armenians, Georgians, Chechens, and generally any one from the Caucuses who would generally be described with an adjective meaning "dirty".

Of course that was never my experience, especially growing up in LA but maybe there's this other element out there I just don't know much about. Also, there's some speculation in the comments by Birbal and MtB that they could be jailhouse converts or maybe they just see the Syrian government as more sympathetic to the Armenian minority there?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:06 PM | Comments |

Non-Sarcastic Good News: Israel Targets Terror Rocket Launchers

Sweet:

Moments ago, an IAF aircraft targeted terrorists preparing to launch rockets in the northern Gaza Strip.

The mission was carried out in order to eliminate an imminent attack targeting civilian communities of southern Israel.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, IDF Spokesman: “IDF intelligence, operational capability and determination to eliminate a real-time threat keeps Israelis safe in their homes. This is our obligation and commitment to the civilians in the south of Israel.”

God bless 'em!

Meanwhile, our President is busy trying to make peace. Not in the Ukraine where Russia is busy invading it's neighbors, but in Israel. You know, you gotta have your priorities.

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

Some Thoughts on the Religion of Peas

It's almost like there's a pattern to all this violence. Almost:

Islamist insurgents have killed at least 31 people in a village in northeast Nigeria, a lawmaker said on Monday, taking the death toll from three days of attacks to 116 as soldiers struggle to contain raging violence.

Insurgents have killed more than 400 people in just over a month, security sources say, making it one of the deadliest periods in the Islamist sect Boko Haram's insurgency, which began with an uprising in Borno state in 2009.

I'm trying to figure out the common thread here:
Evidence at the crime scene showed that the Kunming Railway Station terrorist attack was orchestrated by Xinjiang separatist forces, the municipal government said Sunday.

At least 29 innocent people died, and more than 130 were injured in the attack as of 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, the local authorities said.

Okay, I think I have it now:
A BLOODY attack on a crowded District Court complex in Islamabad has left 11 people dead and about 30 others wounded, shattering hopes of an imminent negotiated end to violence gripping the country.

In a rare assault on the Pakistani capital, between four and six gunmen stormed the building in the city centre just before 9am yesterday, opening fire on court workers and visitors and lobbing grenades into lawyers’ chambers and judges’ offices before two of the attackers detonated suicide bombs inside the central court building.

Nope, lost it. These are all just random acts of violence. Nothing to see here folks, move along.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:43 PM | Comments |

UN Demands Obama Give Back Nobel Peace Prize

Or, headlines we're unlikely to see. How's that smart diplomacy working out for us these days?

Ukraine says Russian forces controlling the strategic region of Crimea are demanding that the crew of two Ukrainian warships must surrender.
As per Drew M, it really doesn't matter who is in the White House now -- we're not going to intervene and the Russians really couldn't give a plying puck what an Obama, Romney, or George W. Bush administration thinks. They want the Crimea, they know we can't do a thing about it, so they're taking the Crimea. Beginning, middle, and end of story.

What this episode does, though, is offer us a moment of moral clarity. Whose vision of world politics is right? Those that think that talking is the same as action? Or those that think actions are what matter?

It also helps clarify the position of so-called "international institutions" like the UN. The UN was set up explicitly to end wars of aggression by one state against another state. How's that working out now?

Anyway, I hate gloating over being right about what is a legitimate tragedy but gloating is really all I have at the moment. Go read Drew M's thoughts. I tend to agree.

PS - When you've lost the Washington Post, you've pretty much lost all foreign policy credibility.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:51 AM | Comments |

Where's Howie?

Unfortunately someone else has been accused of the dastardly crime.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:32 AM | Comments |

March 02, 2014

Utah Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Rape of Boy



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Brianne Altice

(Farmington, Utah)

A former Davis High School English teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a then-16-year-old student pleaded not guilty to charges Thursday.

Brianne Land Altice, 34, is charged in 2nd District Court with three counts of first-degree felony rape and one count of first-degree felony forcible sodomy.

After the woman entered her pleas a two-day trial was set to begin May 12.

According to court documents, Altice is accused of having sexual intercourse with a male student, now 17, on several occasions between January and September of 2013.

Prosecutors say the teacher acknowledged to investigators that she had engaged in sex with the boy on two occasions.

So, Altice told investigators that she did the nasty and then pleaded not guilty to doing the nasty. Go figure. (More….)

By Mr. E. Blogger at 11:17 PM | Comments |

March 01, 2014

Muslimas Smarter Than You Think

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Fatwa?

Hat Tip: Sam

The I Will Cur Ur Neck!Fatwa issued against Tonto for...

i've herd this goat joke before.. and i'm tired of all the kidding around..
Seriously? Blasphemy!

The Why U insult Holly Koran Fatwa issued against Kuffar for...

Having a goat means never having to say you're sorry...
The Devil Will Do Meetballs From Your Body Fatwa issued against Valerie for ....
I have no idea why my comment above posted three times. That was certainly not my intent.

By Howie at 03:44 PM | Comments |

al-Qaeda's Grand Strategy

Its worth noting that many Jawa readers are well aware of al-Qaeda's strategy.

Mary Habeck is a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She has been an Associate Professor of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins-SAIS and taught for 11 years in the Yale University History Department. She served on the National Security Council 2008-2009. A member of the Editorial Board of FPRI’s quarterly journal Orbis, she is also now a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

This essay is a revised version of the 17th Annual Templeton Lecture on Religion and World Affairs that she delivered in Philadelphia on October 3, 2013. For previous lectures in this series, visit: http://www.fpri.org/ event-lecture-series/templeton [2]

Defining what precisely is meant by grand strategy and how al Qaeda, in particular, views grand strategy is vital for our national security. In fact, grand strategy is intertwined with every policy debate over al Qaeda that is currently ongoing in Washington, D.C.

The questions of what is al Qaeda, and who is al Qaeda have been debated since 2001. More recently, questions have arisen about affiliates and what is their relationship with al Qaeda. Is there any command and control between al Qaeda and its affiliates? What is the proper way to deal with these groups? And can we actually win against them? This talk will seek to add to this debate by offering answers to the questions of what al Qaeda is and what the group hopes to achieve.

The key to winning is not all out war against al-Qaeda. Its measured yet damaging responses to al-Qeada while preserving our financial ability and political will to fight. For instance a long war in Afghanistan or Iraq could be replace by the kick the shit out of them and leave while they're down strategy. Or even the troll them into killing each other strategy.

In the nation building strategy all they have to do is exist to win, and they get to train against the best and over time gain way too much support.

al-Qaeda attacks us in hopes that later we'll be too financially drained from insurgent conflicts to interfere when they make later moves to control territory in the Mideast or other Islamic nations.

The problem they're having is both that we're still around and also once they get control of an area, the people, mostly really Muslim people find out that they really hate living under their very strict and radical so called Caliphate.

*Anyway its a very good read and overview of al-Qaeda's grand strategy to rule the world.


*Hey just can't most boobies all the time, I need to post more cerebral stuff now and then, don't I?

By Howie at 02:54 PM | Comments |

Sandcrawler PSA: The A-10 Was Designed for Use Against Columns of Russian Tanks And APCs

Still want to get rid of the A-10?

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In any conflict with Russia our other jets may have their own problems maintaining air superiority against Russia's very good fighter jets. In such a situation I certainly would like to have a few A-10's under that umbrella doing the so called dirty work.

Just saying.


By Howie at 01:03 PM | Comments |

Michelle Obama: Women 'Confused and Bewildered' By Grocery Shopping

Dirty laundry and housework also confuses and bewilders me. Thank goodness us women have people like Michelle guiding us through these difficult times in our daily lives.

(CNSNews.com) - Apparently it's not the price of the groceries, but the nutrition labels on food packages that make grocery shopping such a difficult and trying experience for the moms of America.

In pitching new, improved nutrition labels at the White House on Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama tried to identify with women who do the grocery shopping for their families. [...]

"This stream of questions and worries running through your head when all you really wanted to know was, should I be eating this or not? Is this good for my kids or not? And if it is healthy, how much of it should I be eating? But unless you had a thesaurus, a calculator, a microscope, or a degree in nutrition, you were out of luck. So you felt defeated, and you just gave up and went back to buying the same stuff you always buy.

Ain't that the case!

I know when I'm about to buy some carrots, as soon as I realize I left my thesaurus and microscope at home, I always just say, "fuck it" and buy a bag of potato chips instead. It's just too confusing and bewildering.

By DMartyr at 07:56 AM | Comments |