Sunday, April 20, 2014

He Is Risen *Sticky* (11:15PM)


20:1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”

3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb.

4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in.

6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there,

7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.

8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;

9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

Oops: When Terrorism Goes Right (Part IV) (02:13PM)

'Splodey Taliban:

A local Taliban commander was among five militants killed following an explosion inside a mosque in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

Local government officials said the militants were killed while they were making an improvised explosive device (IED) to carry out a roadside bomb explosion.

But remember, Mosques are off limits to U.S. Troops because Muslims would never use a house of worship to store weapons or build bombs!

Oops: When Terrorism Goes Right
Oops: When Terrorism Goes Right (Again!)
Oops: When Terrorism Goes Right (Yet AGAIN!)

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Canadian Imam: A Beating Isn't Violence If It Isn't Agonizing (07:17PM)

Just another example of words and phrases having a different or hidden meaning in Islam.

A Canadian Imam agrees domestic violence is wrong. However, according to him, it is perfectly Islamic and acceptable to beat women. You see, it isn't violence if it doesn't cause agony.

Sheikh Omar Subedar of the Imam, Islamic Society of Peel in Canada, signed the White Ribbon pledge to: "never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls."

But the White Ribbon folks should have explored his definition of "violence" a bit more closely.

At the Canadian Council of Muslim Theologians, the Imam writes, "Strike them: If the problem still does not get resolved then as a final resort Allah has permitted the husband to discipline his wife by striking her, however this does not imply that Allah is promoting domestic violence. The Prophet (P.B.U.H.) has made it very clear that the beating should not be agonizing in any shape or form."

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Whenever I'd do a show in a Muslim country, I would change the Lyrics to "My Funny Valentine" to "My Funny Punching Bag"

:: FRANK SINATRA April 19, 2014 07:52 PM

Beating your wife is an act of love, like crossing the border to apply for food stamps.  Twisted language again. 

They work really hard at saying they are not doing what they are obviously doing, and at getting outraged when someone refuses to accept the words.  These psychopathic Imans know they are preaching from a book of lies writ by a psychopath, in a culture meant to mass-produce psychotic cannon fodder.  Sadistic beatings are their communion, arson and executions are their prayers, their choir the hysterical shrieking of the mob. 

:: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder April 19, 2014 09:09 PM

Give me a couple of weeks with him, clarifying. Don't let him know there is any end to the... interview, mind you. He might be right, but I'd need to understand more fully and I believe we could come to an understanding. I am absolutely certain we could. I am most agreeable.

:: Doom April 20, 2014 12:28 AM

Canada needs to start the cull...deport him.

:: canuck April 20, 2014 07:56 AM

Make certain he puts that lotion on his skin, Doom.

:: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder April 20, 2014 08:09 AM

I am confused by his interpretation. Perhaps we could demonstrate on him repeatedly....

:: TimO April 20, 2014 09:36 AM

Friday, April 18, 2014

Copy Cat Of DC Snipers? (02:51PM)

It looks like the Kansas City sniper may have been copying the DC snipers in individual jihad. Fortunately, he was nowhere near as deadly.

Mohammed Whitaker, suspect in the Kansas City-area highway shootings, is charged with 18 felony counts covering nine incidents, Jackson County's prosecutor said Friday. Two counts are "A" felonies alleging he shot someone by firing into a motor vehicle. Seven are "B" felonies alleging he fired into a motor vehicle. The other nine counts accuse him of armed criminal action, Jean Peters Baker said.

There's no evidence to suggest that anyone else besides the arrestee was involved in the Kansas City highway shootings, she said. (Source)

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Curiously, i cannot find the local police reciting the mantra of "nothing to do with terrorism." 

:: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder April 18, 2014 03:09 PM

"Mohammed Whitaker", another one of those nutball "Stand with Rand" Amish Tea-Partiers again, eh?

:: MtTB April 18, 2014 03:43 PM

Even better - Mohammed Pedro Whitaker!

So he's either a black radical, an Islamist, an illegal immigrant, or a right-winger.

:: DMartyr April 18, 2014 08:42 PM

Another ghetto jihadist.

:: Pat April 18, 2014 10:17 PM

I denounce myself for my private thoughts!

:: Jrr April 18, 2014 10:29 PM

Show Dingy Harry what a real domestic terrorist looks like.

:: LaZrtx April 19, 2014 07:17 AM

Maybe America pass law that say.....No one named Mohammed or Lee Harvey allowed to own gun?

:: KIM April 19, 2014 09:03 AM

The Walking Dead (11:54AM)

The entire series in under 3 minutes!

Zombie trivia: Did you know The Walking Dead is the adult version of The Toy Story? It's true!

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one minute fifty seconds.
what the hell was wrong with people in the seventies?

:: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder April 18, 2014 08:35 PM

I actually remember seeing one of these movies. My neighbor took all us kids to church one evening for a special showing. We were like, "GROOVY! A movie at church!" We lost interest about half way through and went outside to play with locust.

:: DMartyr April 18, 2014 08:46 PM

At Least They're Honest: Pakistani Madrassa for Girls Dubs Library "Osama bin Laden" (11:42AM)

It's a lot easier differentiating friend from foe when they're honest. Don't you wish all our enemies did this?

Jamia Hafsa, a religious school for women in the Pakistani capital Islamabad connected to the notorious Lal Masjid has renamed its library in honour of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden....

“It is true that we have named the library after Osama bin Laden,” a source told AFP Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“He might be a terrorist for others but we do not consider him as a terrorist. For us he was a hero of Islam.”

A small printed sign stuck over the library door gives bin Laden's name and refers to him as a “martyr.”

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They, too, prefer a straight up fight to all this sneaking around.

:: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder April 18, 2014 03:15 PM

Kassim Al-Himidi Found Guilty in Murder of Wife Shaima Alawadi (11:14AM)

Kassim tried to throw off police by leaving an Islamophobic note behind after he bashed his wife's skull in, didn't work.

NBC:A broken family’s screams erupted in a San Diego courtroom after a guilty verdict was announced in the trial of an Iraqi immigrant who killed his wife.
As the defendant cried out in Arabic "not guilty," his mother-in-law flailed her arms, screaming "you killed my daughter," while his two teenage sons chose opposing sides.

Jurors found Kassim Al-Himidi, 49, guilty in the death of his wife Shaima Alawadi -- a bloody, brutal beating once considered a hate crime that was, in the end, an act of domestic violence.

After Judge William McGrath handed off the verdict for reading, several family members began screaming, including the defendant's oldest son, who yelled profanities, saying he disagreed with the jury's verdict.

Somehow I doubt that CAIR will be running this verdict on their blog?

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I hope that California has the death penalty..

:: grego April 18, 2014 01:34 PM

Family Feud, except that instead of winning money and fame they kill each other.  Show has some potential.

:: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder April 19, 2014 08:33 AM

In answer to #1, Yes California does.

Good thing this trial was in the US, if it had been a muslim country, I would be pretty sure they would dig the dead body of the woman up and stone her.

:: free` April 19, 2014 08:31 PM

Noted Friend of Convicted Jihadi w/ Mustache Fetish and Former Jawa Troll Sentenced for Helping Jihad Jane (11:00AM)

It looks like all my old enemies from the Ansar Mujhadeen English Forum (AMEF) are all in prison now. I guess I can retire.

I'm too busy to go into the background of the entire case. Above I've posted part of a conversation between Khalid and his friend Emerson "Abu Nancy" Begolly as laid out in the federal complaint against him. Begolly was convicted of assaulting an FBI agent after they went to talk to him about his online activities in support of al Qaeda. The pair were part of a larger network that spent a lot of time online at the AMEF forum.

While it's true that most of their online friends form that forum are in jail, and that the forum also had a rather creepy obsession with me, Howie, and Aaron from SOFIR/Internet Haganah, contrary to popular belief I had nothing to do with any of their arrests nor have I been called to testify against any of them.

The fact that they've all landed in the federal penitentiary (or, in the case of Samir Khan, got themselves droned)? No, it's not a coincidence, but neither is it evidence that I had anything to do with it. It just means that a bunch of jihadis who couldn't help but draw attention to themselves by publicly stating their love of Osama bin Laden also happened to have mustache fetishes and angst about my sexual orientation. It's not causation so much as it is a correlation.

FBI Press Release:

PHILADELPHIA—Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 20, a Pakistani citizen and U.S. lawful permanent resident who resided in Maryland, was sentenced today to five years in prison for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Khalid participated in a scheme to support, recruit, and coordinate members of a conspiracy in their plan to wage violent jihad in and around Europe. He pleaded guilty on May 4, 2012.

Khalid conspired with Jamie Paulin-Ramirez and Colleen LaRose, aka “Jihad Jane,” who were charged separately, in a conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. LaRose also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements, and attempted identity theft and was sentenced to 10 years in prison; Paulin-Ramirez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Petrese B. Tucker ordered three years of supervised release, with limited access to computers, and a $100 special assessment. The sentencing result was announced by United States Attorney Zane David Memeger, FBI Special Agent in Charge Edward Hanko, and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin.

Khalid’s co‑defendant, Ali Charaf Damache, aka “Theblackflag,” an Algerian man who resided in Ireland, is in custody in Ireland pending extradition to the United States.

From about 2008 through July 2011, Khalid and Damache conspired with LaRose, Paulin-Ramirez, and others to provide material support and resources to terrorists, including logistical support, recruitment services, financial support, identification documents, and personnel. Khalid, Damache, and others devised and coordinated a violent jihad organization consisting of men and women from Europe and the United States divided into a planning team, a research team, an action team, a recruitment team, and a finance team, some of whom would travel to South Asia for explosives training and return to Europe to wage violent jihad.

As part of the conspiracy, Khalid, Damache, LaRose, and others recruited men online to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe. In addition, Khalid, Damache, LaRose, and others allegedly recruited women who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad. LaRose, Paulin‑Ramirez, and others traveled to and around Europe to participate in and support violent jihad. In addition, Khalid, LaRose, and others also solicited funds online for terrorists.

For example, in July 2009, Khalid posted or caused to be posted an online solicitation for funds to support terrorism on behalf of LaRose and later sent electronic communications to multiple online forums requesting the deletion of all posts by LaRose after she was questioned by the FBI. In August 2009, Khalid sent a questionnaire to LaRose in which he asked another potential female recruit about her beliefs and intentions with regard to violent jihad. In addition, Khalid received and concealed the location of a U.S. passport that LaRose had stolen from another individual.

The Khalid case was investigated by the FBI field division in Baltimore, in conjunction with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Philadelphia and the FBI field divisions in New York and Washington, D.C. Authorities in Ireland also provided assistance in this matter.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams and Trial Attorney Matthew F. Blue from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. The Office of International Affairs in the Justice Departments Criminal Division also provided assistance.

In light of Khalid's helping the Feds track down and prosecute his former associates, let me be the first to wish him pleasant times and a cell mate with a mustache that would make Tom Selleck jealous.

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Heh. He's got plenty of time in his jail cell now to daydream about his buddy's mustache and, well, you.

:: Money Jihad April 18, 2014 04:45 PM

This verdict "physically excites me"....  :)

:: Shadowman April 18, 2014 11:22 PM

Lol. Did you lose a play toy?

:: cold57 April 19, 2014 01:45 PM

ABC Shows Boston Bomber's Boat Note (10:48AM)


ABC News has released the contents of a letter written by Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It reads, in part:

"The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians, but most of you already know that... I can't stand to see such [bullet hole] go unpunished," says the handwriting captured in the image obtained by ABC News from a law enforcement official in Massachusetts. "We Muslims are one body. You kill one of us, you hurt us all."
As an Infidel, allow me to retort with my own letter:
"The Islamic umma is killing innocent civilians, theirs and ours. Most know this but refused to acknowledge it... We can't stand to see such [terrorism] go unpunished. We civilized humans are one body. You kill one of us, you blow up our cities, fly planes into our buildings, you rape our women, you enslave our children, you maim our daughters, you destroy our freedoms, you hurt us all."

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A little bit of advice from Frank Zappa for this perp;

:: dc April 18, 2014 12:01 PM

Am I the only one who chuckled when he came across the words "bullet hole" in this sentence? "The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians, but most of you already know that... I can't stand to see such [bullet hole] go unpunished,"

:: Respecter April 18, 2014 01:25 PM

I laughed.  Next time the note should say,
"The US bullethole cannot blood splash our and theirs hole hole hole hole SPLASH civilized human..."

:: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder April 18, 2014 03:19 PM

Good thing he wasn't doing this for religious reasons. I read that in the NYT.

:: Pat April 18, 2014 10:20 PM

Great reply DMartyr! 

I really like SSGB's comment too - good on you SSGB!  

:: Shadowman April 18, 2014 11:25 PM

Speaking of "hole", this mohammedan scum better duct tape his closed when he gets in the prison general population. On second thought, he will probably bend over voluntarily like most jihadi's.

:: nadadhimmi April 19, 2014 11:09 PM

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Today We Laid To Rest A Hero (08:30PM)

My father-in-law. Saw combat in Korea defending the Pusan Perimeter. Supported the troops in Vietnam while doing two tours in Thailand loading bombs on planes. He was an Air Force lifer, retired with full pension.

He taught me how to hunt deer. He taught me pretty much everything I knew about firearms. His job in the USAF was weapons. Yet he thought the 2nd Amendment applied to hunting rifles.

So he was also a staunch Democrat. The kind I look at and go "you voted for Obama"?

I don't care, I will always love and miss him.

RIP Pops.

Below the fold is my son's eulogy to him.

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Sorry Vinnie.  I know how you feel. Been there.
My Condolences.

:: Kafiroon April 17, 2014 09:13 PM

Thank you.

:: Vinnie April 17, 2014 09:43 PM

Very sorry for your loss Vinnie... My family sends our heart felt condolences to yours.

:: IraqVet April 17, 2014 10:48 PM

Thank you.

:: Vinnie April 17, 2014 11:20 PM

My heartfelt condolences for your loss Vinnie.
He now soars with angels.

:: The Man from Athens April 18, 2014 12:22 AM

God speed pops!!

Thank you for your service to America.

Hang in Vinnie!

:: topherone April 18, 2014 01:22 AM

condolences, prayers and thanks...

:: john April 18, 2014 06:49 AM

God speed. Politics be damned - a Father/son relationship trumps that crap. Sorry for your loss, and eternal thanks for his service.

:: Jrr April 18, 2014 08:32 AM

RIP indeed. Sounds like he was a great guy.

:: Richard April 18, 2014 10:19 AM

My condolences.
"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep."

:: Christopher April 18, 2014 10:28 AM

You are so lucky to have known a grand parent, Vinnie, and a heroic one at that.  My his memory be a blessing for generations of 'Vinnie's'. 

:: Bubbe April 18, 2014 10:37 AM

Thanks all.

:: Vinnie April 18, 2014 04:29 PM

Awesome: Russian Backed Separatists Said to be fighting Ukrainian "Fascism & Antisemetism" Requiring Jews to Register (11:49AM)

Russian Imperial Flag

The tragic irony here is that despite this report, my friends in Russia will continue to believe that the "fascists" behind the "junta" in Ukraine are also "antisemitic" nationalists. When in fact it is their own government that is fascist. They honestly think they have a free media because they can watch music videos and late night TV runs softcore porn. Porn and MTV: the bread and circus of the New Rome:

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to "register" with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated," reported Ynet News, Israel's largest news website...

Consequences for non-compliance will result in citizenship bein g revoked "and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property." A registration fee of $50 would be required, it said.

I use "the new Rome" here intentionally. I do not think Putin wishes to resurrect the Soviet Union, as some commentators are suggesting. Putin hates communism and hates the old notion of the "Soviet man". No, his lamentations on the collapse of the Soviet Union are because the Soviet Union was nothing more than the communist version of the Russian Empire. His real beef is that Russia has lost it's imperial greatness.

And you know what they call the Emperor in Russia? The Tsar. Which is just Russian for "Caesar". No, it's not a coincidence. They named themselves Caesar on purpose.

It's also the reason that the old Imperial Flag had the double headed Eagle. It represents Russia as the legitimate heir of Rome, both the Eastern empire in Constantinople (the eagle facing right) and the Western Empire in Rome (the eagle facing left).

Putin fancies himself Caesar of a new Holy Russian Empire. Or, at least, this is what he aspires to.

Thanks to Josh

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Could this be Maidan propaganda? (h/t hotair)

:: shadowofashade April 17, 2014 01:43 PM

We're not anti-semitic, we're merely asking them to register themselves and their possessions so that we can maintain a reasonably diverse population. 

/sarc (if anyone needed to be told that)

:: Gork April 17, 2014 01:47 PM

For Rusty

:: LaZrtx April 17, 2014 02:11 PM

Shadow, I see what you are getting at. Could Ukrainians be handing out the fliers attempting to stir the world to come to their rescue on the premise of preventing a 2nd holocaust. Confusing to say the least, hence not being lured into a knee-jerk reaction would be best. Although our Preezy wouldn't jump in to save a bunch of Jews any time soon, I don't think!

:: Frustrated Teacher April 17, 2014 03:45 PM

Is this the part where the isolationist, naive Rand Paul wing of the Republican
Party apologizes to Hillary Clinton for laughing when she compared
Putin to Hitler?

:: DK April 17, 2014 04:11 PM

It was stupidity to create binding alliances with the Baltic States.
They can and will offer us exactly NOTHING, and now the liability is very clear.

Oh and DK:
"The 80's called, they want their foreign policy back"
Barack Obama in response to Mitt Romney calling Russia America's greatest threat.


:: Guest April 17, 2014 05:13 PM

Still waiting to see if this charge has been verified as true. 

:: Bubbe April 18, 2014 10:39 AM

helping with a typo: "Fascism & Antisemetism" --> Only one e in Antisemitism.

:: Respecter April 18, 2014 01:27 PM

The Putin is Hitler and the Ukraine is the Sudetenland Thing Again (11:03AM)

A few weeks ago I noted that historical analogies can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing when we learn the right things from correctly applying lessons learned from history to similar current events, and a curse when we make the wrong comparisons and thus draw the wrong conclusions.

Is Putin a modern day Hitler? We, especially in the US, tend to focus on Hitler's antisemitism and genocide when thinking about what made Hitler so bad. But WWII didn't start because Hitler was persecuting his own people. It started because he invaded country after country in order to 'protect' German minorities, to right the wrongs of maps that didn't mesh with his dreams of ethnic unity.

Given that, then, yes, Putin is a modern day Hitler. Over at Forbes, Paul Johnson agrees. But he takes the analogy one step further: The Western leaders are modern day Chamberlains:

What’s to stop Putin? The West is led by the modern equivalents of Chamberlain: President François Hollande of France is a political nonentity repudiated by his own compatriots; Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have both ruled out the use of force to stop Putin from annexing Ukraine; and worst of all, President Barack Obama–the one man who has the power to stop Putin in his tracks–does nothing. He makes Neville Chamberlain seem like a bellicose activist.
Johnson goes on to say that we need to intervene militarily now, before it's too late. As I noted before, it's the same argument that Shirer made in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich -- had the Western powers intervened when Hitler sent troops into the Rhineland they would have nipped the problem in the bud before Germany had fully built up their military.

The question is ... what should our response be to Putin? Send the military into Ukraine to ensure that Putin doesn't invade is Johnson's idea. He thinks Putin wouldn't dare invade the remaining portions of Ukraine if US/NATO troops were there.

Me? I'm not so sure. If I understand correctly, the US has zero tanks left in Europe. I've no idea how many our NATO allies have but I can't imagine it would be enough to stop a land invasion through the Ukrainian steppe. We have air and sea superiority, but that only goes so far.

Also, the Ukraine isn't a member of NATO. We have no obligation to help it. If the Ukraine wanted our help, it should have signed on the dotted line years ago.

I guess there are two questions that I don't have great answers for: Should we even try to deter Putin from more land grabs so he won't try the same thing in NATO countries like Latvia & Estonia (also with large ethnic Russian enclaves)? And if we should try to nip this in the bud, then what are our feasible options given our weakened post-Cold War military stance in Europe and Europe's chronic under-spending on the military?

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Rusty another similarity is that FDR was hobbled by the rightwing conservatives. Obama likewise knows only too well that whatever he does a substantial percentage of Americans will automatically disagree. FDR was attacked for his purported secret religion and he was also constantly called a socialist. FDR did however get the support if the country after Dec7 when the GOP became the loyal opposition. Attacking the POTUS does not strengthen him and Putin knows this.
What price IS the USA willing to pay to confront Putin ? Nuclear war? An economic attack that might cost say a trillion ? (Anything less might not be effective)
The fact is the USA will choose to do little.
Oh and one other thing if Chamberlain had not given Britain those extra years to get ready do you think Hitler might have had a better chance to win ? Was Britain prepared yo Jo yo war earlier ?

:: Rightrt April 17, 2014 03:15 PM

I seem to remember hearing that the US promised to defend the Ukraine if attacked by Russia in return for them removing the nuclear weapons that were left on their soil. If that's true, then it shows the worth of our American politicians' words.

Also, Russia is depending on their tanks to support their invasion, and the old Warthog is the best tank killer in the world, which is probably why Obummer is trying to kill it.

:: TimothyJ April 17, 2014 06:25 PM

It's often forgotten that Neville Chamberlain eventually did recognize his error and deploy the full might of the British army against Hitler. The Germans rolled over them along with the French, leading Chamberlain to resign and the surviving British to evacuate at Dunkirk. Compare that to today's head-in-sanders, and Chamberlain looks downright hawkish in comparison. They would call him a warmonger and war criminal for even considering military force, and a racist right-winger for failing to recognize the legitimate grievances of the oppressed German people. And as Rightrt pointed out, Britain under Chamberlain prepared for war as a last resort rather than cut their army in the hope it would reduce the possibility of war.

As for what the US should do in Ukraine, I would sell them as many weapons as could be shipped over there. Let them fight their own war, but let them have the tools to do it.

:: Tang April 17, 2014 07:08 PM

Greetings, Doctor Shackleford:

I'm currently reading Robert D. Kaplan's "The Revenge of Geography" which I would recommend as informative about the current trainwreck in Ukraine.

And speaking of trainwrecks, if you want to understand one, you've got to start in the barn. Today's burst of bemusement about the Ukraine came from the festivities in Geneva, where Ms. Ashton, the EU's Deputy Dog of a Foreign Minister continued her slide into the background as Secretary Kerry and President Obama continued to assume more and more of the public face of this mess. President Obama's speech earlier today convinced me of only that I'd really like to play some poker with the guy.

My intellectual conceit of the UKrainian moment is that after the EU so graciously opened the door to the Crimea for him, President Putin actually served up a hanging curve when he declared that what went down in the Maidan was an "anticonstitutional coup" which, of course, the brill-yentos from the West carefully ignored lest they assign themselves any responsibility for their lunacy.

What I have a hard time tolerating is the media's complicity in totally ignoring what went on from November to Crimea and keeping all the focus on Beast in the East. ON tonight's PBS Newshour, Margaret Warner described Putin's appearance on a call-in show as "preening, cocky, and confident", terms which in a previous lifetime were found to be so charming in our own President.

:: 11B40 April 17, 2014 08:00 PM

Now I'm expecting the complete break down of the USA as the progressives keep claiming must happen to "rebuild and create their Socialist Paradise" as they are the ones we were supposedly waiting for.
But their shining examples of their brilliance are Olympic Class failures of stupidity.
So then I expect complete anarchy, the zombie apocalypse, various mexican gangs, and assorted warlords. After that expect some dictator followed by a King over whatever ruins remain.
So I really do not care what Putin and the Europeanstan moslimes end up doing. Putin may end up having the most liveable place on the planet.

:: Kafiroon April 17, 2014 09:44 PM

I hate what's happening to Ukraine. But I don't think that the US can afford to respond militarily.

:: Jedi Master Ivyan April 17, 2014 10:21 PM

A supine and compliant Obama's self admitted "FLEXIBILITY" is of course, along with Putin's megalomania, the sole cause of the upcoming big war. Putin is one of the few that has concluded correctly that Obama hates the Western Democracies and the United States in particular. And that Obama will do absolutely NOTHING to protect the interests of the U.S. Obama is a traitor and Putin knows it. Putin will take territory until a strong American President is in office. By then however, the momentum of war may be too strong to stop. Yes, Putin is Hitler. Ukraine is the Sudetenland, And Obama is Chamberlain. I will not sacrifice my only son to save the Goddamn Europeans. My Dad fought in Europe; my son won't. Fuck them.

:: nadadhimmi April 19, 2014 09:39 AM

Mark Steyn on Freedom of Speech (10:20AM)

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....

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.

Read it all.

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I read this article yesterday and it is excellent! He nails a lot of the PC crowd to the wall. Too bad they are too indoctrinated to realize it. They will smear his ONE sentence about 'alternatives to traditional marriage' and not even READ the rest.

:: Frustrated Teacher April 17, 2014 03:34 PM

*Excellent* stuff by Steyn. 

:: Shadowman April 17, 2014 09:23 PM

That rather explains where we are now, slidin' on down.
Any "not PC" voice shouted down or not allowed to speak.
Calls in the media by our self proclaimed "elite" to imprison or kill dissenting opinions.

:: Kafiroon April 17, 2014 10:05 PM

Man Beats Son To Death, Set Free Under Sharia Law (07:21AM)

Are we really considering allowing Sharia law in our court system?

ABU DHABI // A father who whipped his 12-year-old son to death has had his one-year jail sentence overturned by the court of cassation.

Emirati R M admitted repeatedly hitting his son with an electrical wire and a cane, claiming he only wanted to discipline him for poor school grades.

The beating was so severe the son was left unconscious and covered in blood.

He was driven to hospital by his mother where he was declared dead.

Prosecutors originally charged R M with causing death by beating, which holds a maximum jail term of 15 years.

At the first trial in Abu Dhabi Criminal Court, the charge was changed to premeditated murder.

As the boy’s heirs, the father’s parents, waived their rights to a death sentence, R M was sentenced to three years in jail and a blood money settlement of Dh200,000.

His sentence was later reduced by the appeals court to one year, as the boy’s mother also waived her right to blood money.

On Wednesday, the court of cassation ruled that the heirs should not have been consulted in this case.

The law states that a father cannot be charged with premeditated murder unless he confesses, which R M did not, or if it was a straightforward murder act.

In this case, as the tools he used to kill his son were not weapons, it proved it was an attack driven by anger and not planned.

Also, Sharia states that a parent cannot be executed for killing his or her own child.

(Hat Tip: TROP)

:: Comments left behind ::

This is true, in sharia a parent or grandparent can kill their kids or grand kids with impunity.

:: Stephanie April 17, 2014 07:47 AM

Stephanie, that sounds like a liberal Utopia!

:: Frustrated Teacher April 17, 2014 08:58 AM

Continuing reasons to hate islam and shariah.  Phuk all middle east states except Israel.

:: grego April 17, 2014 12:22 PM

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cleveland: Muslim Cabdrivers Refusing Airport Duty Over Gay Games (05:50PM)

As J.P. Travis at IHateTheMedia points out, Christian bakers and photographers are prosecuted and run out of business for refusing to perform at gay weddings.

But don't expect leftists to go after Muslims for similar refusals.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Some drivers of the zone-based taxis operating out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport have notified their companies they don't want to drive the cabs for religious reasons, citing rooftop placards that are advertising the upcoming Gay Games.

Hopkins released a statement saying that two of the three taxi companies operating at the airport -- Ace and Yellow Taxi – were informed by several of their drivers they will no longer participate in the airport's dedicated taxi cab program.

Patrick Keenan, general manager for the third company, Americab, said two of his drivers also have opted not to drive because of the Gay Games ads. The drivers are Muslims, Keenan and Hopkins spokeswoman Jackie Mayo said.

:: Comments left behind ::

they can be fired.

:: Valerie April 16, 2014 07:55 PM

But they are MOOOOslims...and you are a racist for suggesting that (just trying to beat the MSM to the punch)!

:: Frustrated Teacher April 16, 2014 11:38 PM

Business owners have different responsibilities under law than workers. As a worker I can refuse or quit for ANY reason

:: Rightrt April 17, 2014 10:50 AM

there is no wronged party in this case, ergo nobody to bring a lawsuit. Now if a Muslim driver told a gay couple that he wouldn't drive them, they certainly could sue, and everyone would support their right to do so.

:: alex April 17, 2014 11:17 AM

Quick! Someone call the White House, the DNC. There must be some sort of protocol that tells us which special interest group to pander to first!

:: Michael J. Bilek April 17, 2014 06:33 PM

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