April 17, 2014
Mark Steyn on Freedom of Speech
The whole thing is a must read, here's a teaser:
I heard a lot of that kind of talk during my battles with the Canadian ‘human rights’ commissions a few years ago: of course, we all believe in free speech, but it’s a question of how you ‘strike the balance’, where you ‘draw the line’… which all sounds terribly reasonable and Canadian, and apparently Australian, too. But in reality the point of free speech is for the stuff that’s over the line, and strikingly unbalanced. If free speech is only for polite persons of mild temperament within government-policed parameters, it isn’t free at all. So screw that....Read it all.
As it happens, the biggest ‘safe space’ on the planet is the Muslim world. For a millennium, Islamic scholars have insisted, as firmly as a climate scientist or an American sophomore, that there’s nothing to debate. And what happened? As the United Nations Human Development Programme’s famous 2002 report blandly noted, more books are translated in Spain in a single year than have been translated into Arabic in the last 1,000 years. Free speech and a dynamic, innovative society are intimately connected: a culture that can’t bear a dissenting word on race or religion or gender fluidity or carbon offsets is a society that will cease to innovate, and then stagnate, and then decline, very fast.
As American universities, British playwrights and Australian judges once understood, the ‘safe space’ is where cultures go to die.
February 28, 2014
Sandcrawler PSA: Muslims Not Responsible For All Evil in The World
There's this meme going around about a crucified dog.
The problem is this is not a Muslim nor is it a result of Islamic ideology as claimed in the meme. Its from Mexico. Apparently posted to Facebook some time ago then used in this Meme in a libelous fashion against Islam.
There are plenty of authentic things in Islamic Ideology that are valid targets for criticism by western standards. For instance maybe these Sunni al-Qaeda extremists chopping off this person's hand for alleged theft.
Maybe even say Shia Iran executing people for being gay or apostasy.
Or maybe Sunnis blowing up Shiite Muslims for being the wrong kind of Muslims.
I don't really feel too bad about questioning this recent image from Syria, its been described as incredible and on PBS last night "unbelievable". I could not quite swallow the scale of it either, so I kept going till I could settle the issue of the image's authenticity for myself.
I'd rather find out I was wrong than be ignorant. Just my own personal preference.
Its a shame that its come to this. My hope for blogs was that it would allow us to cut through the fog of the mainstream chatter and create a new more accurate sense of reality. A place where we can find the accurate unfiltered information the MSM won't tell or show us. Free from the spin and political correctness that pervades our media.
Misleading memes like the one above is not what I had in mind.
February 10, 2014
Oh! The Insensitivity!
Canadian Imam upset with Canadian MP's Zombie Bin Laden target.
The photo shows Anders, the MP for Calgary West, and Mathieson, who is vying for the federal Conservative nomination in the upcoming Macleod byelection, standing back-to-back with guns in their hands at a Calgary shooting range last weekend.
Behind them is a target depicting a caricature of a bearded Muslim man wearing a turban and torn clothes, with an assault rifle in his hands. A website that sells the same target, ZombieTargets.net, identifies the character as a zombie Osama bin Laden.
Because Bin Laden preached sensitivity and love. Or something.
If anyone needs me, I'll be surfing ZombieTargets.net. Shutup and take my money!
Thanks to the Zippers.
January 31, 2014
Times Leaks More NSA Details About Spying on al Qaeda, Leaks Names of Spies
Wow, that's smart power! Remember, the Times justifies leaking classified material on the grounds that: a) the American people have the right to know what the government is doing; b) protecting civil liberties; c) they redact information that might harm national security, so no harm no foul.
In the case of the information they leaked yesterday via the traitor Snowden, though: a) they not only revealed what the government was doing, but how they were doing it (ie, means and methods); b) the information revealed was on how the NSA spies on al Qaeda, not on the American public; c) they didn't redact the documents sufficiently, instead accidentally leaked the names of NSA employees.
I don't trust government. But you know who I also don't trust? The media. And I especially don't trust the media to decide which aspects of government secrets I need to know, and which aspects I don't.
In my mind, the Times thinks I should trust the government when it comes to health care, but not when it comes to fighting al Qaeda. Now, I may be old fashioned, but it seems to me that it is the federal government's primary duty to fight foreign enemies and that providing health care comes way, way down the list of things we set up a government for. In fact, that's not on my personal list at all. It's something the government shouldn't do.
But killing our enemies abroad? Yeah, I kind of like that.
I'm going to skip the part about how the Times and other Snowden enablers revealed the means and methods by which the NSA was collecting al Qaeda SIGINT data, and skip right ahead to their amateurish "redacting". CS Monitor:
The paper also uploaded some of the slides, but with one problem: Amateurish redaction of some details, designed to hide the identity of an NSA employee and make it harder for terrorist groups to make good use of the information, that was no redaction at all. The paper quickly rectified the error but not before the original uploads were snatched by the anti-secrecy website Cryptome...That's pretty bad. These people think they're smarter than everyone else. The spooks. Us. But in reality? They are us. We may be morons, but working for the New York Times, the WaPo, or the Guardian doesn't magically give a person common sense.
This error highlights the risks of the tens of thousands of Snowden documents that are now floating around among at least a dozen journalists: Promises that all documents will be handled carefully and be fully vetted by responsible reporters are just that. The more documents and different organizations involved, the greater chances for error – and there is little point in closing the barn door after the horses have bolted.
In fact, we fought a revolution over this very idea. The idea that it's not that Kings are worse than the rest of us, it's just that they are no better than the rest of us. That is, prior to the American Revolution, the cause of bad government was thought to be rooted in the individuals running government. Bad government is caused by a bad King. So, the solution to bad government was .... getting a new King. This time, a "good" one.
But the Founding generation held a common belief that self-interested behavior was rooted in human nature. Hence, the solution to bad government was not to replace one self-interested person with another, but in putting self-interested individual within self-interested institutions and then letting those institutions have at it (ie, checks and balances).
The point I'm trying to make is that going to journalism school does not improve the human condition of a journalist any more than putting a crown on some guy's head and calling the guy King somehow means he is more likely to work for the common good than the rest fallen humanity.
In fact, I would go one step further: Giving a guy a crown makes him worse than the rest of us inasmuch as power has a corrupting tendency.
Is it just me, or do people who work for the top tier media outlets think of themselves as above the rules that apply to the rest of us? Kind of like some kings I've read about. Evidence, I think, that power really has corrupted them.
January 21, 2014
Espionage Porn: You had me at "Porn"
Marc Thiessen asks why the NYTimes thinks it's important to publish how our intel community gathers intelligence when there's not even an accusation that some of those methods are being used domestically. Papers like the Times constantly tell us they weigh national security and intelligence concerns against the public's right to know what the government is up to. That's a very noble sentiment, except in practice it means .... what? It means that an editor at the Times self-appoints himself to the role of what secrets deserve to be kept and which secrets they're going to publish.
Do you trust the NYTimes to make that call? Before you answer, consider this. A good friend of mine was tipped off that the NYTimes was about to reveal some information. Because the information was in regards to an ongoing criminal investigation, the Times was asked not to publish it. Not to withhold the story. Not to lie to the public. Just to withhold a couple of key points, in this case the name of a single individual. The Times ignored the request. The public needed to know, you see. And so the target of an ongoing criminal investigation know knew he was the target of a criminal investigation.
Before this disclosure, terrorists believed that if they did not connect to the Internet, they were “off the grid” and out of range of NSA surveillance. Now they know that is not true. As a result they can take countermeasures — and stop using the offline computers the NSA was monitoring — which means we will lose access to vital streams of intelligence we needed to prevent an attack.Indeed, how is the Times any different then the "rag" across town, the Post? At least the Post uses real porn to titilate its readers. They put boobs on the front page with the promise of even more cleavage on the inside. The Post is honest about what it's doing, the Times hides behind a veneer of the leftwing concerns of its typical readers.
As one former senior intelligence official told me recently, stories like this are nothing more than “espionage porn.” They serve no greater social purpose other than to titillate.
Read the whole article, it lists a bunch of Snowden revelations about our foreign espionage capabilities which do nothing to promote civil liberties but do directly hurt our ability to spy. It's almost like Snowden, the Times, and its lefty readers want America to be weaker.
To paraphrase Justice Potter Stewart, I'm not sure how to define espionage porn, but I know it when I see it. And most of what Edward Snowden has released fits that description.
H/T: Hot Air link thing
January 06, 2014
Of Course: Cold Weather Proof Positive of Global Warming
So on the way back from lunch I turned on NPR's "The Takeaway" (I'm an academic, we have to listen to NPR -- it's in the contract) The lead topic? How all this cold weather is proof positive that conservative global warming naysayers were so dead wrong.
The takeaway being something like: hey, wingnuts, you're all a bunch of flat earthers!
Your tax dollars, hard at work.
I used to have this same conversation with my Euroweenie friends whenever it got cold. The theory behind global cooling in the Northern Hemisphere caused by global warming is based on a shift in the Atlantic currents as the causal mechanism.
It's cold, so, see, the theory is correct!
The thing is the dreaded reversal in the Atlantic "conveyer belt" which moves vast amounts of warm water northward hasn't happened. It might happen. It could happen. Global warning fanatics believe it is likely to happen. But it hasn't.
So, the independent variable (the cause) hasn't changed, yet the dependent variable (the effect -- cooling in the North) has, then one has to wonder what, if anything, the theory is trying to show? Certainly not cause and effect. And if the theory shows neither cause nor effect, then is it a theory at all?
The answer: no.
December 13, 2013
A Lie So Big, It Had to Come from the BBC
Get this, the guy who says he was a fan of Osama bin Laden, who was inspired to jihad by the "Revolution Muslim" website, and who was just caught trying (and failing) to blow up the Wichita, KA airport ......:
Mr Loewen, an aviation technician, does not appear to have been affiliated with any religious group, police said.Bwahahahahaaaa!!!
Seriously, when "YALAAAAAAAAAAAA!" dropped this in the comments of that last post I thought it must have been a joke. So I went to the BBC website to check out the claim, thinking, surely, this was one of those things in the headlines that was misleading and then when you got to the story it turns out the whole thing is how this guy, Terry Lee Loewen, was radicalized online and wanted to become a jihadi.
Nope. Not a word.
But it's worse than that. We've come to expect silence when it comes to the ROP, but this is worse than silence: it's outright propaganda.
They used to just mislead by omitting key information: lies of omission.
Lies of omission lend themselves to plausible deniability. Oh, did we fail to mention the guy was screaming Allahu akbar! as he tried to blow himself up? Oops, sorry.
But this is just out and out misleading the readers with false information.
I've went ahead and archived the post, lest sometime in the next hour that sentence suddenly disappears and a new one appears about how this guy was a big Osama bin Laden fan and had sent money to Younes Abdullah Muhammad's grieving wife.
December 10, 2013
Bwahahahahaha: Dan Rather Still Claiming His Story was "Fake, but True"
I often wonder what it would be like to live in the mind of Dan Rather. Are there unicorns there?
“With our story, the one that led to our difficulty, no question the story was true. What the complaint… was ‘Okay, your story was true, but where you got to the truth was flawed.’”Ha ha ha, by "flawed" he means the documents used to "prove" Bush hadn't fulfilled his National Guard obligations were obvious forgeries.
Your media elite: everything we say is true, even when it objectively isn't.
December 05, 2013
Obama's Lies About a Weakened al Qaeda "Complicated" by Facts says .... NY Times
When you've lost the Times, you've lost the narrative. I think Chomsky said something like that once. And you know what? On the rare occasion, Chomsky was right.
Now the Times doesn't come right out and say that Obama has been lying about al Qaeda being on the run. No, they say the facts have "complicated the narrative" being pushed by Obama.
Which is as close as the partisans at the NY Times will ever come to calling The One a liar:
The new signs of an energized but fragmented jihadist threat, stretching from Mali and Libya in the west to Yemen in the east, have complicated the narrative of a weakened Al Qaeda that President Obama offered in May in a landmark speech heralding the end of the war on terrorism. The leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan, raised warnings in an interview on CNN on Sunday when they said that Americans were “not safer” from terrorist attacks than they were in 2011.Not only are we "not safer" --- which could be read as "not unsafer, either" -- we are, in fact ... less safe today than we were four years ago.
It's not just the President Obama has taken his eye off the ball. He seems to think the game is over. Unfortunately the fat lady isn't singing. Instead, she's decided to blow the stadium up.
September 26, 2013
Shock: CNN Covers Up Iranian Holocaust Denial
While CNN runs with headlines claiming Iran's new President condemned the holocaust, what he really did was dodge the question. In fact, his dodging of the question was a classic non-denial. In other words, Rouhani did exactly the opposite of what CNN continues to give him credit for.
When you claim that "I'm not an expert, I'll let the historians quibble over whether or not the holocaust really happened" you are, in fact, a Holocaust denier.
It's like all those 9/11 Truthers who claim, "We're just asking questions." Questions. Right.
I feel dirty posting the link, but here's Iran's own official newspaper calling CNN out:
The American news channel CNN fabricated the Iranian President's remarks in response to the network's question about the Holocaust in an interview which was aired on Tuesday and Wednesday.They then go on to note that since Christian Amanpour's father is Iranian and that since she spent much of her childhood in Tehran, that she would have known that CNN's translation was wrong since she speaks fluent Farsi.
During the interview, the CNN aired an English translation of President Rouhani's remarks which was totally inacurate and untrustworthy, and in some parts contained sentences which were not at all uttered by the president.
Here's their translation, which, as you can see, is clearly a non-denial of the Holocaust:
"I have said before that I am not a historian and historians should specify, state and explain the aspects of historical events, but generally we fully condemn any kind of crime committed against humanity throughout the history, including the crime committed by the Nazis both against the Jews and non-Jews, the same way that if today any crime is committed against any nation or any religion or any people or any belief, we condemn that crime and genocide. Therefore, what the Nazis did is condemned, (but) the aspects that you talk about, clarification of these aspects is a duty of the historians and researchers, I am not a history scholar."It's the kind of answer you get from terror supporters when you ask them if they condemn 9/11: we condemn all terror.
So, what was CNN's motivation for covering up this Holocaust denial? Do these people actually think: a) they could get away with it; b) that by doing so they could usher in a new age of love, peace, and harmony with the Iranians?
Remember, this is a network that sponsored an alternative to the Olympics as a way to try to end the Cold War. That's the kind of people we're dealing with here.
And I just love the fact that the Iranians are all up in a hissy fit over a suggestion that their President is not a Holocaust denier. Detente!
August 29, 2013
Cancel Those Travel Plans to Algeria in Near Future
Two Gitmo inmates who were trained by al Qaeda in Afghanistan are on a plane home. I can only say: I regret we have no drones over Algeria.
August 07, 2013
Confirmed: US Listening in on al Qaeda "Conference Calls" / UPDATE: AQ Plot Foiled in Yemen?
Did I call it or did I call it? Today the Daily Beast confirmed that the leak which revealed that the US was intercepting communications between al Qaeda's #1, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, was in fact an intercepted "conference call" between a number of top al Qaeda affiliate leaders.
So, now Ayman al-Zawahiri knows we've been able to geolocate him. Wonderful!
This leak was either the biggest intelligence eff up since Bradley Manning screwed his own country, or it's the most blatant bird dogging expedition since .... ever. (That's where you let the bad guy think you know where they are in an effort to flush them out and get them moving in the hopes spotting them)
Since I have to assume that the Daily Beast report is true then I'm left with the former explanation. In which case we are so screwed and someone needs to be prosecuted:
The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region....So, there you have it. Expect this to be the last of such conference calls. Yes, al Qaeda really does read the Western press.
The official said Zawahiri announced to the broader organization during the meeting that Wuhayshi had been promoted to “Ma’sul al-Amm,” an Arabic term that roughly translates as “general manager.” The promotion effectively gave the leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen operational control of al Qaeda’s many affiliates throughout the Muslim world, the official said, a key factor that led the State Department to close embassies, missions, and consulates throughout the region. “All you need to do is look at that list of places we shut down to get a sense of who was on the phone call,” the official said.
Also during the meeting, the various al Qaeda leaders discussed in vague terms plans for a pending attack and mentioned that a team or teams were already in place for such an attack.
Whatever edge we had on them that led to this intercept just went away. So, thank you leakers and thank you Daily Beast for letting our enemies know we are on to them!
“We just showed our hand, so now they’re obviously going to change their position on when and where” to attack, said Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst who was part of the team that hunted Osama bin Laden for years.But the damage is much more than that. It's not just a tactical showing of our hand, it's showing our methods. I wouldn't care quite so much if al Qaeda just picked a new target. But Zawahiri just got a heads up on throwing his mobile phone away and ditching whatever compound he was holed up in.
Update: Hmmm, are the two related? It was reported that Zawahiri asked AQAP to step up attacks. And that the attacks mentioned were rather vague. So, could the foiled plot by AQAP to take over a couple of cities in Yemen be the one that Zawahiri was referring to? That seems to be what Drudge is inferring in his headline:
Authorities foiled plots by al-Qaida to take over key cities in southern Yemen and attack strategic ports and gas facilities, a government spokesman said Wednesday amid a heightened alert that has seen Western embassies evacuated and a new suspected U.S. drone strike that killed seven alleged militants from the terrorist group.Here's the problem: this is Yemen. Do you know how to tell when the Yemeni authorities are lying? There lips are moving.
Al-Qaida planned to target the cities of Mukalla and Bawzeer, then send militants disguised as Yemeni troops to attack two strategic oil ports in the impoverished country on the Arabian Peninsula, government spokesman Rageh Badi said.
Other al-Qaida militants would also try to sabotage pipelines to "create panic among Yemeni army and Yemeni security services," Badi told The Associated Press, adding that authorities managed to foil the plots in the past 48 hours.
So, this could just be a face saving measure by the Yemenis who aren't too happy that we've pulled all personnel from their country. Round up a few of the usual suspects. Put them in front of a camera. Let them escape from jail a few months later.
The problem with a place like Yemen is that they really do have an al Qaeda problem and al Qaeda taking over entire cities and regions is something that really happens. It's the boy that cried wolf story over and over again. There really is a wolf, but the lies are piled so high and deep it's pretty difficult to tell what's real and what isn't.
So either the Yemenis just foiled the plot that closed US embassies all over the world or it didn't. Welcome to the world of news that doesn't enlighten.
UPDATE II: You can see that I'm not the only one thinking it:
However, a U.S. intelligence official cast doubt on the country's statement, telling Fox News that the claim was premature and that there is still fear in the intelligence community about “soft targets” in the Middle East and elsewhere.
July 31, 2013
Smithsonian Interested In Trayvon Martin's Hoodie
After seeing Trayvon Martin's framed hoodie at trial, I jokingly told friends the item would likely end up in a museum somewhere. I actually mentioned the Smithsonian specifically, but only in jest. I honestly didn't think the world's most incredible museum of history would stoop to pandering race-baiters like Al Sharpton and Barack Obama.
Sharpton would like to see the hoodie reside one day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture now under construction on the Mall and expected to open in 2015. The museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch, has assembled other pieces with legal themes. He acquired a guard tower from Louisiana’s notorious Angola State Penitentiary and the handcuffs used to restrain renowned African American scholar and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. in an episode that sparked a national debate about race and led to a "beer summit" with Obama aimed at cooling passions.
Martin's hoodie, Bunch said, represents a unique opportunity to further the discussion about race in America.
Ultimately, the decision for the fate of the clothing will be up to Martin's family. It is my personal belief they will choose the most profitable destination for the hoodie. The likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will have no problems raising whatever amount the Martins' demand.
July 09, 2013
And The Oscar Goes To...
Rapper Yasmin Bey (aka Mos Def) for his role as a cry baby terrorist!
(Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit)
And here's how someone who isn't a whiny little bitch does it:
April 26, 2013
Sandcrawler PSA: Looking For A Soul Mate?These Are Not Those Who You Should Seek
Unless you are a 9/11 truther/ Alex Jones follower.
Find and meet people that share a passion for liberty and freedom and are ready to start a relationship. GET FEATURED: E-mail: mods_love @ infowars.com your picture, 100 words or less description & your PlanetInfowars @ User Name!No, this is not a joke, it is for realz or as @jtLOL tweeted: "WHO SENT YOU???" #InfoWarsPickupLines"
Get the conversation going by ‘mentioning’ them! (Just type in your status bar @TheirUserName and it will notify them of your message)
@Maggot is from 'FEMA Region 9":
@Galeeshia likes being awake and telling others:
@BigChevyTruck finally found the truth after discovering the Alex Jones show:
Not sure about @BlackWolf91, tends to ramble in the moonlight or something:
There are more, a LOT more of 'em
April 24, 2013
When "Lone Wolf" Terrorists Aren't Alone
There's something ironical about calling two guys working together "lone wolves":
Lawmakers want to increase the powers of the CIA to track “lone wolf” terrorists, like the two brothers suspected as being responsible for last week’s Boston bombing, but they are wary of treading on the jurisdiction of domestic law enforcement.By definition, two people working together cannot be "lone wolves".
Maybe it's semantics, but inasmuch as our words are tied to our thoughts all concerned should think about the Tsarnaev brothers as an independent terror cell, not "lone wolves".
Nidal Hasan was a lone wolf. He worked alone.
Tamerlan & Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worked together. A small cell, yes. An independent cell, maybe. But a cell nonetheless.
April 19, 2013
HuffPo Becomes Leftist Parody of Itself on Boston Bombing
A brief moment of levity.
The meme has already been written. It's just a matter of timing it's release.
Thanks to John.
April 04, 2013
Boobies Against Islamists
BERLIN: Bare-breasted activists staged rallies in front of mosques and Tunisian embassies across Europe Thursday against what they called an Islamist crackdown on Arab women's rights.Probably NSFW in boobie fearing America.
A Femen activist burns a Salafist flag in front of the Great Mosque of Paris, on April 3, 2013.
"And we'll fight against them. And our boobs will be stronger than their stones."
The rallies targeted in particular the case of a Tunisian activist calling herself Amina Tyler who sparked a scandal last month when she posted pictures of herself online with the words "My body belongs to me" and "Fuck your morals" emblazoned across her naked breasts.
Why u insult holly banner of Islam?
More Fatwa seeking boobies below the fold.
Newest Protected Minority: Goths
A British police force on Thursday began recording attacks on goths and punks as "hate crimes" similar to those suffered by people targeted because of their race, religion or sexual orientation.We Irishmen are also a tiny oppressed minority with huge challenges.
Police in Manchester, northwest England, said the new policy would allow them to better protect goths, easily identified on the streets by their black clothes and pale make-up, and members of other "alternative sub-cultures".
Like finishing this bottle of whiskey is challenging, no?
April 02, 2013
Sudden Jihad at San Jose WalMart?
The story suggests the perp, Haamid Zaid, was on drugs. But the fact that the guy was high doesn't really explain the attack, does it? I mean, people get high all the time. I guess a lot depends on what drugs he was under the influence of.
So, why did Haamid Zaid try to kill random people at at San Jose WalMart with his car?
I'm not saying he was motivated by jihad, but since the MSM always discounts the possibility it's something to keep in mind:
Police released the name of a man Monday who allegedly crashed his car through the entrance of a Walmart store in San Jose then attacked customers randomly before being detained by a group of good Samaritans.Thanks to Kalifornia Kaffir
Haamid Zaid, 33, of Seaside, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run, being under the influence of drugs and resisting arrest, according to Ofc. Albert Morales, public information officer for San Jose Police.
March 10, 2013
UN: Journalist's Son Killed By HAMAS Rocket, Not Israeli Missile As Claimed
When Jihad Misharawi lost his son during Israeli air strikes, photographs of the tearful father holding his son's body became iconic anti-Israel propaganda. The Washington Post wasted no time placing blame:
An Israeli round hit Misharawi’s four-room home in Gaza Wednesday, killing his son, according to BBC Middle East bureau chief Paul Danahar, who arrived in Gaza earlier Thursday. Misharawi’s sister-in-law was also killed, and his brother wounded. Misharawi told Danahar that, when the round landed, there was no fighting in his residential neighborhood.
The problem is, it wasn't true. In their desperation to further demonize Israel, these media outlets reported Palestinian propaganda as facts. They lacked any journalistic integrity to present an objective story.
Jihad’s son was killed by Hamas, according to independent investigators from the United Nations. He was murdered by the journalist’s own neighbors, the very men who purport to be his biggest protectors, who live in the surrounding buildings in the city where he lives.
According to the advanced version of its report released by the U.N. Human Rights Council released late last week, "On 14 November, a woman, her 11-month-old infant, and an 18-year-old adult in Al-Zaitoun were killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel."
I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for updates and corrections.
February 12, 2013
*Shock*: Esquire Article Documenting John Rambo Treatment of Guy Who Killed bin Laden Full of Sh*t [UPDATED]
Did I not call this? Just to clarify, the article really is worth reading. But it's really two articles. One, a first hand description of the raid that killed bin Laden -- an excellent piece. And the other, a narrative which makes the guy who killed bin Laden -- "Shooter" -- a caricature out of just about any stupid movie about veterans made since 1975. To quote myself:
I'm surprised the piece didn't end with Shooter hitchhiking his way through a small Northwestern town, harassed by the the uncaring local police he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The final casualty of war? The entire Hope police department, 200 state troopers, and various weekend warriors of the Washington State National Guard. It's a good thing his old Colonel showed up to talk him down, otherwise we'd all be dead!Anyway, many of the "facts" laid out in this second narrative are now in dispute. Stars and Stripes:
Like every combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the former SEAL, who is identified in the story only as “the Shooter”, is automatically eligible for five years of free healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs.No, in fact the story does make some serious bullshit claims and overtly advances a narrative that the SEAL who shot bin Laden was just another victim of the military industrial complex. It really was that trite. Every single stereotype of the Leftist narrative is embodied by the SEAL.
But the story doesn’t mention that.
He's out of work. No health care. His marriage is collapsing. He's suicidal.
I'm not saying that the guy's life might be screwed up. What I'm saying is that it is atypical. Veterans are not victims and should not be treated as such.
For instance, veteran unemployment is below the national average. Sorry Occum, the stats you cite are wrong. Here's what the VA said last week:
On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Veteran unemployment data for the month of January. The unemployment rate for all Veterans was 7.6 percent—a slight increase from last month but still below the national average of 7.9 percent. For Post-9/11 veterans, the rate was 11.7 percent. While Veteran unemployment has ticked up over the past several months, the long-term trend remains downward.For other young people in the 18 - 29 year old range, the unemployment rate is 13%. Which means even younger veterans have a lower unemployment rate than the population of the same age group as a whole.
As I also noted yesterday, I predicted that Blackfive would take on the article:
in his article for Esquire, Phil quotes the wife: "the loss of income and insurance and no pension aside, she can no longer walk onto a local base... they've surrendered their military IDs." "He's lost some vision, he can't get his neck straight for any period of time..." If this were indeed the case, this is easy stuff to document in the out-processing; and they DO do a medical when you out-process for a separation physical. Period. If his vision, alone, was affected, they'd document it. Neck issues? The x-rays would pick it up.Go read the comments for some insightful analysis of how the Esquire narrative got it completely wrong.
He then writes that according to Shooter, ''if I come back alive and retire, I won't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of for the rest of my life.'' So what do you have now? If Shooter had retired, he'd have an income and med coverage, at a minimum. So he comes back from the 4-month deployment, leaves, and STILL has nothing? He'd have been better off waiting. At 18 years, he could have reached 'sanctuary' and been what we call 'retired on active duty'.
More and more issues show up the more I read the article. It's good fiction, but that's all it is- fiction.
Also as predicted, This Aint Hell has picked up that the Esquire author is tied in with the antiwar crowd. And not the nation-building isn't what we should be doing antiwar crowd. No, the America-is-the-real-terrorist antiwar crowd.
Let me also put up some comments by reader PSDiver on the Esquire article:
There are several points that do not track. First and foremost the Navy didn't tell me that I wouldn't have any benefits is I got out short of my 20. Funny, you have to sign paperwork stating that you understand that you will not have insurance, etc. if you do not retire from the service. Second, I am a member of the elite of the elite and no one is helping me out. If you were just Joe Blow Sailor I could agree with that one, but SEALs are tight and if you wanted help it would come your way. A third point is that this individual didn't want to keep carrying a gun, but didn't want a desk job either to finish out the 20... really?!? So just because you no longer want to do what you get paid for you should be able to do whatever you want?!? ...Again, I'm not blaming Shooter here. I think what Bronstein did was selectively take quotes from Shooter in order to foster a particularly Leftist point of view.
Finally, there are a bunch of people that would kill for the chance to be a beer truck driver... so suck it up.
UPDATE: Apparently, there was less room in the online version than in the print version. What the what?
And if you want to know just how thorough your betters in the MSM are, go check out this Twitchy post that shows that even after Esquire issued an apology, they're still forwarding the narrative that Shooter has no health care.
February 11, 2013
"I Shot bin Laden"
You haven't read the Esquire interview with "Shooter", the SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden? Do you hate America or are you just lazy?
I'm just looking at him from right here [he moves his hand out from his face about ten inches]. He's got a gun on a shelf right there, the short AK he's famous for. And he's moving forward. I don't know if she's got a vest and she's being pushed to martyr them both. He's got a gun within reach. He's a threat. I need to get a head shot so he won't have a chance to clack himself off [blow himself up].And we all know about bin Laden's porn stash, but what about his drug stash?
In that second, I shot him, two times in the forehead. Bap! Bap! The second time as he's going down. He crumpled onto the floor in front of his bed and I hit him again, Bap! same place. That time I used my EOTech red-dot holo sight. He was dead. Not moving. His tongue was out. I watched him take his last breaths, just a reflex breath.
In each computer room, there was a bed. Under the beds were these huge duffel bags, and I'm pulling them out, looking for whatever. At first I thought they were filled with vacuum-sealed rib-eye steaks. I thought, They're in this for the long haul. They've got all this food. Then, wait a minute. This is raw opium. These drugs are everywhere. It was pretty funny to see that. Altogether, he helped clean three rooms on the second floor.If you can get through the incredible amount of bullshit that the author, Phil Bronstein, lays out the story is more than just compelling: it's riveting.
Bronstein uses "Shooter" to forward the usual narrative about veterans. They're traumatized. Suicidal. They're marriages are breaking up. They can't find work. All because they "sacrificed it all" for a military that could care less about them.
I'm surprised the piece didn't end with Shooter hitchhiking his way through a small Northwestern town, harassed by the the uncaring local police he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The final casualty of war? The entire Hope police department, 200 state troopers, and various weekend warriors of the Washington State National Guard. It's a good thing his old Colonel showed up to talk him down, otherwise we'd all be dead!
Seriously, the author's narrative was really that trite and predictable. It's the kind of narrative that the guys over at Blackfive and This Aint Hell have been trying to counter for years. Mostly because it's a pile of bullshit. It's the warriors-as-victims narrative. And it's offensive.
But the story of what really happened that night? Compelling. It turns out that Zero Dark Thirty was pretty close to dead on.
The only really unanswered question is this: Who was the wise guy that planted the squirt guns? Come on SEALS, inquiring minds want to know!
January 31, 2013
Yes, Why Would Iran Strongly Support Anyone In This Israel-Hating Administration?
"Given that Iran, the people — I’m quoting right now from Iran — people of the Middle East, the Muslim region and North Africa, people of these regions hate America from the bottom of their heart," said Inhofe. "It further said Israel is a cancerous tumor in the heart of the Islamic world. They further said Iran’s warriors are ready and willing to wipe Israel off the map. The question I’d like to ask you, and you can answer for the record if you’d like, why do you think the Iranian foreign ministry so strongly supports your nomination to be the Secretary of Defense?"
Hagel responded, "I have a difficult enough time with American politics, Senator. I have no idea, but thank you. And I’ll be glad to respond further for the record."
Credit: The Weekly Standard
Administration Discovers "New" al Qaeda Problem
New? WTF? We've been talking about al Qaeda 2.0 since?? 2004!!! That would be during Bush's FIRST term. Here we are in Obama's SECOND term and only now his administration is discovering the problem?
Or is it just that the morons over at the Washington Post are just discovering it? Hell, Catherine Herridge over at Fox has been talking about this for years:
The Obama administration is working with its allies to frame a strategy to combat what might be called “al-Qaeda 2.0” — an evolving, morphing terrorist threat that lacks a coherent center but is causing growing trouble in chaotic, poorly governed areas such as Libya, Yemen, Syria and Mali.Yes, apparently no one at the WaPo ever heard of al Qaeda in Iraq, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al Shabaab, the Islamic State of the Caucuses, etc, etc. Groups that have been around for years, some of whom have killed Americans.
U.S. officials liken this new problem to the spread of cancer cells: Al-Qaeda nodes emerge in diffuse places, feeding off local issues and grievances. These cells have only a loose, ideological connection with what remains of the core leadership in Pakistan, but they are stubborn and toxic.
January 04, 2013
Jawa Sing Along With Little Johnny Syria
Basic Verse translation of the song in question which is a well known Al Qaeda hymn.
"If they call me a 'terrorist', I would say: 'It is an honor for me'
Our terror is praised, with a divine calling
Our leader, the Mullah (Omar), did not forsake his religion
All the soldiers have sold their souls to Allah
Our leader bin Laden, America's worst nightmare
With the power of faith and our weapons
We destroyed America with a civilian plane
The World Trade Centre was turned into a pile of rubble
What, you don't want to sing along with that? What do you hate democracy?
Also I'm monitoring rumors of a "Zawahiri" captured by the Syrian regime. Rumors are that its Mohammad Zawahiri although I can't figure why he'd leave Egypt. I can see why Ayman Zawahiri might go to Syria but I'd think Mohammad would be most useful to AQ in his safe haven in Egypt.
I can find no source that confirm the whereabouts of Mohammad Zawahiri, if you can please comment or email mypetjawa(at)gmail(dot)com.
Update: I've one source that Mohammad Zawahiri is indeed captured. The Idependent in the UK is running this report.
Rebel fighters insisted Mohamed al-Zawahiri was engaged on a humanitarian mission and had not been involved in violent acts. They also claimed that he had, in fact, proposed a local truce to enable aid to get through.Terrorist? Naaahhhh! Surely not.
However the Syrian regime is likely to try to capitalise on Mr Zawahiri’s presence in the country – if indeed they have him under arrest – as proof of their repeated charge that the revolution has been taken over by “terrorists”.
Update by SH: Per @ASAWinstanley: "AJE[AlJazeera English..ed]: Indy report abt Ayman al-Zawahari's brother being captured by Syrian regime is false: they spoke to him. Thx @MadeInNablus @Falasteeni"
So there's that.
December 28, 2012
Gun Law Craziness: Or, why I am a libertarian and not a "civil libertarian"
Additional subtitle: Why Mark Steyn is the greatest living almost-but-not-quite-yet American:
To Howard Kurtz & Co., it’s “obvious” that Gregory didn’t intend to commit a crime. But, in a land choked with laws, “obviousness” is one of the first casualties — and “obviously” innocent citizens have their “obviously” well-intentioned actions criminalized every minute of the day. Not far away from David Gregory, across the Virginia border, eleven-year-old Skylar Capo made the mistake of rescuing a woodpecker from the jaws of a cat and nursing him back to health for a couple of days. For her pains, a federal Fish & Wildlife gauleiter accompanied by state troopers descended on her house, charged her with illegal transportation of a protected species, issued her a $535 fine, and made her cry. Why is it so “obvious” that David Gregory deserves to be treated more leniently than a sixth grader? Because he’s got a TV show and she hasn’t?Steyn brings up a number of prescient points, but the one which stood out the most to me is one I brought up in the comments of a post put up by Howie earlier today (and later taken down by him, meaning only a few of you saw my comments). Namely, that the problem in the US isn't the way in which we enforce laws, it is that there are simply too many laws.
In this case the EFF fretting over a provision in the Patriot Act which gives FISA courts authority to issue wiretap warrants. That somehow if a different court issued the same warrant, then all would be fine. That is: that to fix this particular problem (or, not really a problem since they only offer "the potential for abuse" as justification for opposing a particular part of the bill -- so, the "potential problem") what we need are different procedures.
Groups like the EFF or the ACLU claim to be for liberty, but what they are really for isn't liberty at all: it's either procedural due process or "civil liberties" which are liberties connected to some democratic process or another. Hence, they aren't "libertarians" or "groups in support of liberty", they are "civil libertarians".
Which is why they might support David Gregory's "right" to show an illegal ammo clip on TV, but not your right to show one to your friends in the privacy of your own house. It's not because "free speech" or "media freedom" is important on their own, it's because these things are important to democracy.
David Gregory can (and should in their minds) get away with violating the law, because they view the media's role in democracy as more vital than, say, yours and mine.
It seems to me that liberty, to these people, is an instrumental value.
Liberty is something that is useful because it furthers another more lofty goal: democracy.
They've got it all wrong. Democracy is useful because it furthers liberty. Not the other way around.
Or, at least, it used to be.
These so-called "civil libertarians" want more and more laws to protect people from .... the state. Which is oxymoronic because the danger of state oppression is exactly proportionate to the number of laws which the state enforces.
You can never hope for more liberty and simultaneously build up the state's capacity to oppress.
I just got through watching Les Miserables with my mom (fine, you can have it. But I want my man card back come New Year!). One of the important points the protagonist, the redeemed ex-convict, points out is that he holds no grudge against the antagonist, the unredeemed police officer who relentlessly pursues him, because the police officer is merely doing his duty.
A libertarian believes that police ought to be given all the tools they need to do their duty. But they simply have too many duties!
A "civil libertarian" believes that police ought to have fewer tools to do their duty. Also that they should have more duties to do!
Which is why whenever I hear the word "civil libertarian" used by this or that leftist organization I cringe. These people care as much about liberty as I do about "social justice". Which is to say, not at all.
December 12, 2012
MSNBC: Americans For Prosperity Sabotaged Own Tent
SH & I earlier posted about union goons tearing down an Americans For Prosperity (AFP) tent. Video shows the violent mob pulling down the tent, running on it after it was on the ground and while people were still trapped beneath it, and, later in another video, slashing and cutting up the tent.
But MSNBC is reporting that the AFP deliberately sabotaged their own tent to make the union protesters look bad:
Thomas Duckworth, a Michigan resident and lifelong union member, said he’d been at the AFP tent earlier in the day, when he noticed a man in an NRA hat. Later, he said, he saw the man deliberately loosening the ropes holding the tent up. Duckworth acknowledged that labor supporters had cheered the tent’s collapse, but suggested that AFP had deliberately helped initiate the it, in order to depict their adversaries as an unruly mob.
Duckworth made the claim again later when interviewed by Progress Michigan:
In other words, don't believe your own eyes. The videos of the tent being torn down and stepped on while people were under it, of union thugs slashing the material, of Steven Crowder being sucker-punched, were all the manipulations of crafty, evil, right-wing conspirators who wanted to make the union look bad. The union members are the real victims here.
Below the fold, a different perspective. A union member says the tent accidentally collapsed and the union mob was simply trying to rescue and help those inside. Apparently, the "tear it down!" chants were just misinterpreted.
December 07, 2012
Film Questions Religious Leader, Terror Level Raised
Remember how the US raised the terror level after all those anti-Mormon films? Seriously, just do a YouTube search for "Joseph Smith fake prophet" and there are dozens of hits. There are no riots in Utah. No one is concerned about the Salt Lake federal building being bombed.
BELGIUM has raised its terror threat level to the second-highest ahead of the release of a new home-made film on the internet next week criticising the Prophet Mohammed.Yet, even with this level of hypocrisy in the mainstream narrative you know what bothers me the most? The fact that every news agency -- every single one -- uses the term "the Prophet Mohammad". As if Muhammad's prophethood was an empirical fact.
No one prints "the prophet L. Ron Hubbard". No one ever prints "the prophet George W. Armstrong". It's only Mormons who say "the Prophet Joseph Smith." To the media hes' "the Mormon Prophet" or "Joseph Smith, who Mormon's believe was a Prophet". Which is perfectly appropriate.
It's only Muhammad who is "the Prophet". I go back and forth on this as to motivation, and it's quite possible that members of the media have multiple reasons for doing this.
Part of it is the Leftist tendency to give passes to the out group. In this case, Muslims are the "powerless".
Part if it might just be to avoid the hassle. If you don't call Muhammad "the Prophet" then you are subject to the letter writing ire of the religion-of-perpetutal-outrage.
But you know what? Part of it is fear.
The very thing they do out of fear is evidence of the very thing they are trying to cover up. And that speaks volumes.
December 03, 2012
Interfaith: Islamic Radicals Welcome
An interesting exploration of government "interfaith outreach" programs over at FrontPage. It looks at how Philadelphia's city government uses interfaith outreach programs to reach out and legitimize Islamist radicals. In the name of tolerance the city tacitly endorses the intolerant.
Imagine if you will a city "reaching out" to the Westboro Baptist Church or to the KKK. They wouldn't, of course, and would be rightfully excoriated if they did so.
However, governments routinely "reach out" to Muslim organizations in favor of killing homosexuals, apostates, and blasphemers. They also support convicted terrorists and some of these groups, like the Nation of Islam, are explicitly racist.
This is just one more example in the long laundry list of examples in which liberal politicians lower their expectations for minority groups. In this case that Muslims can have all sorts of intolerant attitudes which would never be accepted if those same attitudes were held by Jews or Christians.
Anyway, go check out the article.
November 23, 2012
Curiously, America's #1 Lefty Blog Omits Palis Celebrating Attempted Mass Murder of Civilians
Every nation and culture has its share of SOBs. We have white supremacists and supporters of violent Islamism here in the states.
One major difference between civilized societies and barbarians is that we condemn acts of senseless violence directed at the innocent while barbarians celebrate it.
For instance, when one of our soldiers intentionally kills a civilian that soldier is put on trial for murder.
So, when the Left equivocates between barbarians in Gaza with the civilized society just over the wire in Israel, we have a prime candidate for why our own civilization is in the sunset of its existence.
November 19, 2012
Fauxtography: Palis Claim Wounded Israeli Baby is Palestinian
Our friends at the British-Israeli coalition made the find.
Also, I heard the first media question about whether or not Israel's response was "disproportionate" on the radio this morning. Was it al Jazeera? Iran's Press TV? Russia's RT News?
Nope, it was MSNBC. Natch.
Because failing to kill the civilians you were aiming at is somehow morally equivalent with killing terrorists who are intentionally hiding among women and children to many on the Left.
Thanks to Ron the Cop.
November 16, 2012
Meanwhile in Frisco
Obama Voters(sic) chant "Zionist scum your time has come"
Hat Tip: Adam.
November 03, 2012
Lean Forward: Staten Island Residents Plead For Food & Blankets; FEMA MIA, Red Cross Sends Cookies & Hot Chocolate
To the media's delight, President Obama made a brief visit to the Red Cross this past week, telling Red Cross workers to "lean forward." What he really meant was for victims of hurricane Sandy to bend over:
Staten Island residents are furious. They feel that in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy they’ve been ignored and left to fend for themselves. [...]
“Red Cross is here with hot chocolate and cookies. We need blankets, we need pillows, we need clothing. We can get hot chocolate and cookies, we need help!” resident Jodi Hannula said.
Meanwhile, the media is criticizing Romney for putting his campaign on hold to help collect - brace yourself - food, blankets and clothing for the victims.
October 30, 2012
Contrast: Cindy Sheehan v. Charles Woods
Cindy Sheehan & Nancy Pelosi
During the 2004 presidential campaign, a media eager to deny George W. Bush a second term made Cindy Sheehan, who lost a son in Iraq, a national heroine and reported virtually her every word and move.
"Cindy Sheehan," gushed NBC News, "is single-handedly bringing the Iraq debate to Mr. Bush's doorstep." ...
A few conservative outlets have talked to him, notably Fox News, and he's had much to say about how and why his son was abandoned by the government he served.
Woods is especially angry "that apparently the White House situation room was watching our people die in real time, as this was happening."
If Cindy Sheehan had made such a comment, it would have led every evening newscast.
October 16, 2012
White Liberals Threaten Race Riots If Obama Loses
I don't know which is more racially offensive - the claim that blacks will riot if their black candidate doesn't win or that white liberals have such a low opinion of blacks they think they can manipulate blacks into behaving erratically and uncivilly if the election doesn't go as desired.
Ann Coulter notes the real antagonists:
“I will note that white liberals are always threatening black riots whenever they’re about to lose an election. Al [Gore] did it in 2000.” [...]I think Ann Coulter is correct. If there are riots, it won't be racial 'black versus white' riots. These white liberals - the same people we see at #Occupy protests smashing windows and throwing Molotov cocktails at police - are essentially hoping the black community will do their dirty work for them. It's insulting to me as an American. I can only imagine how much more so it would be to a black American.
“It was very clear that [Gore] was speaking in both cases about black people rioting,” Coulter said. “Black people don’t riot, but thanks for the hat tip, liberals. And if it’s white liberals who are threatening to riot, I don’t think we have much to worry about from the people who have been hysterical about Big Bird over the last two weeks. You know, what are they going to do, knock over their sippy cups or throw a tantrum when mother is changing her blouse in the department store too long? I don’t think we have much to worry about white liberals rioting, and black people have not shown a disposition to riot, despite liberals slandering them by saying they are about to.”
I do disagree with Coulter about the severity of the riots, if they do take place. It will be a bit more than tantrums. Property damages will be high. But probably not much more than we've seen at #Occupy protests.
October 13, 2012
There's Good News & There's Bad News
The Good News: The tax-payer funded government program "Text Against Terrorism" has produced no credible tips about possible terrorist activities.
The Bad News: The tax-payer funded government program "Text Against Terrorism" has produced no credible tips about possible terrorist activities.
From Judicial Watch:
The U.S. government has blown nearly $6 million on an experimental “anti-terrorism” program in New Jersey that encourages the public to send tips via text message from their cellular phones.
Since it was launched in mid-2011, the federally-funded “Text Against Terror” project has produced no credible tips, according to a local newspaper report that reveals the feds have poured $5.8 million into the initiative. Police in New Jersey claim 307 tips have been texted so far and that includes people “testing the system.”
October 06, 2012
Taxpayers Foot The Bill; Big Bird Cleans Up The Profits
Shows like Sesame Street are multi-million dollar enterprises capable of thriving in the private market. According to the 990 tax form all nonprofits are required to file, Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 -- nearly a million dollars -- in compensation in 2008. And, from 2003 to 2006, "Sesame Street" made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales.
That works out to around $50 million a year in profits. In the end, it's the U.S. taxpayer that loses. It's time Big Bird is weened from the public teat.
October 02, 2012
Racism and Stupidity on Display at HuffPo
Or, why English professors need to get bent:
For decades, scholars in the field of critical race theory have demonstrated how "whiteness" is not a universal standard but instead a specific social identity built upon unearned entitlements. Romney's whiteness is most flagrant not in the remarkable privilege he enjoyed, but in his denial of how his race has fundamentally influenced his life's trajectory.Alternate subtitle: Why my IQ drops every time I read Huffpo; and/or: Where academia went tragically wrong.
H/T Instapundit who has related comments.