Thursday, October 23, 2008

Moving Day

I am starting to use my new blog site and allow this site to linger. At least to see what happens over there.

I hope you will continue to read my blathering.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Biden: Obama Ready for Armageddon Showdown He Will Provoke

The 'hawk does it again! drain your bladder to avoid accidents when you go read the reast of this.

iowahawk: Biden: Obama Ready for Armageddon Showdown He Will Provoke: "Biden: Obama Ready for Armageddon Showdown He Will Provoke

SEATTLE -- Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden promised a group of supporters Sunday that running mate Barack Obama "will absolutely 100% trigger a nuclear Armageddon kinda thing" within the first 20 minutes of his presidency, but added that "Barack Obama is looking forward to this apocalyptic opportunity to test his mettle, because he totally aced his LSATs."

"Mark my words," Biden promised at the Seattle fundraiser Sunday. "There will be an international crisis. The world will be looking. They'll say, hey, here is this handsome, clean, ar-ti-cu-late young president, not unlike a very, very tanned John Fitzgerald Kennedy, dancing at his inaugural ball with his beautiful wife who is not unlike a very very very extremely tanned Jackie. And our enemies will think, 'ba ha ha, look at how thees seely new Amerikanski preseedent dances so! Such skeels can only be from many years in zee dancing school, where theys do not teaching the toughness! Launch zee meesiles!' But these enemies are in for a big surprise. America's foes must never confuse Barack Obama's terrific dance floor moves with weakness -- because as an Afro-American African, Barack is a natural dancer."

"Listen, I can sit here all day and give you at least sixty or seventy scenarios from where it might originate," Biden said. "Iran, Russia, definitely France. India is a possibility because they have sleeper cells in all the 7-11s, and the Koreans with all their toxic dry cleaning chemicals. I wouldn't be surprised if Spain or Portugal started thinking, hey, ese, let's do a driveby and recolonize the New World." "

Obama 'admits' Kenyan birth?

If this was a Republican on either side of this lawsuit, the Media would be eating it all up. Since it is internal to the Dems, it can be safely ignored. This helps to explain why the Media hate the alternative news sources like the bloggers and the other New Media.

Why won't Obama answer with a real birth certificate? He has one, right?

Obama 'admits' Kenyan birth?: "Pennsylvania Democrat Philip J. Berg, who filed a lawsuit demanding Sen. Barack Obama present proof of his American citizenship, now says that by failing to respond Obama has legally 'admitted' to the lawsuit's accusations, including the charge that the Democratic candidate was born in Mombosa, Kenya.

As WND reported, Berg filed suit in U.S. District Court in August, alleging Obama is not a natural-born citizen and is thus ineligible to serve as president of the United States. Though Obama has posted an image of a Hawaii birth certificate online, Berg demands that the court verify the original document, which the Obama campaign has not provided.

Now Berg cites Rule 36 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which states that unless the accused party provides written answer or objection to charges within 30 days, the accused legally admits the matter.

Since Obama has only filed motions to dismiss and has not actually answered the charges in the lawsuit, Berg claims, according to Rule 36, Obama has legally admitted he is not a natural-born citizen.

Now Berg is asking the court for a formal declaration of Obama's admission and asking the Democratic National Committee for another presidential candidate."

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Going Gray -- and Making it Pay -- on Turtle Bay - Going Gray -- and Making it Pay -- on Turtle Bay? - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News: "Double-dipping, anyone?

The United Nations, with a headquarters staff of approximately 15,500, is apparently relying on a battalion of retirees to fill important vacancies. The cost of keeping codgers on its payroll to do jobs that full-time employees apparently cannot handle has soared from $33 million in 2004-2005 to $50 million in 2006-2007.

In the process, the world organization appears to have been violating its own limits on how much retirees are allowed to earn after they take a U.N. pension, and how long they can be kept on the job. Those rules were seemingly designed to prevent double-dipping by former workers, or the filling of jobs that might otherwise go to full-time staff.

But one small group of pensioners — 135 people in all — appear to have done far, far better than anyone else in breaking through the post-retirement salary ceiling. That group, consisting of higher-level professional and administrative employees, and representing little more than 10 percent of the total number surveyed, pulled in $11.4 million, or more than 20 percent of the amount spent on the growing post-retirement work force, according to an internal U.N. study on the group."

Bin Laden's plan for 'global fireball'

With all the wildfires consuming the West, especially California, how would anyone know if it is started by terrorists? As plans go, this is not a bad one. Good cover so that it is hard to pin on the terrorists.

Bin Laden's plan for 'global fireball': "Documents recovered from a remote area along the Pakistan border have revealed that Osama bin Laden wants al-Qaida to launch a 'global fireball' by lighting forest fires in Europe, the United States, Australia and South America, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

The documents, uncovered during an operation led by the British intelligence service MI6, have been described by experts in that agency as 'the most worrying [plot] that the world is facing.'

The catastrophic wildfires would not only produce an environmental disaster but would stretch emergency services often beyond their limit and leave insurance companies facing multi-billion-dollar claims for damages that could effectively destroy the already shattered economies of a number of countries."

Terrorists Attack Turkish Embassy

I wonder how long it took for security to arrive at this embassy? Finland is not exactly known as a hot bed of terrorism.

The Jawa Report: Terrorists Attack Turkish Embassy: "Terrorists Attack Turkish Embassy

(Helsinki, Finland) Four members of the Kurdistan Workers Party, known as the PKK, were arrested for an attack on the Turkish Embassy early this morning. One person was injured.

The attack occurred only a few hours after Kurds demonstrated outside the embassy in support of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the PKK.

The door of the embassy building was set ablaze around 3:00 am (0000 GMT), though the fire was quickly detected by a police patrol and extinguished, police said.

'We have four young men detained and we are questioning them to determine if they were involved,' chief inspector Markku Stenberg told AFP.

Finnish media reported some of the detained were of Kurdish origin, but Stenberg would not comment on those reports.

While police said no one was injured in the attack, the embassy said in a statement that the blaze had 'caused material damage in the entrance of the embassy and one functionary was hospitalised.'

'We strongly condemn this act which carries all the signs of a politically motivated terroristic (sic) attack carried out by the PKK/KONGRA-GEL terrorist organisation,' it said.

This incident is notable since it's a reminder that terrorists respect no borders. Any location on the globe is a potential tar"

Monday, October 20, 2008

Today's Racist Republican

Something... and Half of Something: Today's Racist: "Cobb County Police said George Ann Mills told them that she is a high priestess in Blythewood, S.C., and Cobb Commissioner Annette Kesting wrote her $3,000 in bad checks.

A Sept. 26 police report says Mills claimed the commissioner wanted Woody Thompson, who defeated Kesting in an Aug. 5 Democratic primary runoff, to 'catch cancer' or to 'have a car accident.'

Mills said Kesting gave her a $2,000 check for the ritual on Aug. 27 and postdated a $1,000 check for Sept. 11, and both checks bounced. The report said Kesting paid cash to make up for the first bounced check.

It's not the first time Kesting has been under fire.

Kesting had been invited to Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in February to speak about African American history and and the theme “Strength to Love,” which is the title of a book by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Instead, Kesting veered off topic. “I love my enemies. I pray every day with my enemies because I have to go up on the third floor and work with white women,” she said in the speech, claiming when she enters her office, she can feel 'the evilness' surrounding her.

Care to take a guess at her political party affiliation?"

On this day in 1981

Something... and Half of Something: On this day in 1981: "On this day in 1981

On Oct. 20, 1981, Sgt. Edward O'Grady, Patrolman Waverly Brown and Brinks guard Peter Paige were gunned down in Rockland County, N.Y. by heavily armed terrorists. The half dozen gunmen — all Americans — were members of the Weather Underground, a faction of the Students for a Democratic Society and the Black Liberation Army, formed from members of the Black Panther Party and the Republic of New Afrika.

Thanks to the bravery of the dead officers, the terrorists failed; but left behind were three widows and nine children, and like most victims, they have all been largely forgotten.

Let's be clear, very clear about something.

In the 1980s, the Weather Underground was still active in New York. The Brinks robbery occurred in October of 1981 in Nanuet, NY, 30 minutes from Columbia University, a few months after Obama enrolled at Columbia.

Barack Hussein Obama was not eight years old at that time, Barack Hussein Obama was 20 years old and a student at Columbia. William Ayers was also on-campus at Columbia at the time, working on a doctorate in education.

Funny that Obama and Ayers and Dorhn were all together at Columbia in the 1980’s, all of them there at the same time. Maybe they never met, maybe they did. We may never know the truth.

But, Barack Hussein Obama wouild have you believe that ten years later, when they became neighbors in Chicago, they never made that connection, or talked about those days?

Two of those involved in the Brinks robbery (Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert) were friends of Ayers and Dohrn. When Boudin and Gilbert received life sentences for their roles in the Brinks robbery, Ayers and Dohrn became legal guardians for Chesa Boudin, their son, then 14 months old. Ayers and Dohrn later adopted Chesa.

A quote from the grown up Chesa: "My parents were all dedicated to fighting U.S. imperialism around the world. I'm dedicated to the same thing."

Children learn what they live and Chesa certainly learned what he lived from the people he lived with, domestic terrorst William Ayers and Benadine Dohrn and he learned it during the years he lived on the same block as the Obamas.

Posted by LindaSoG at October 20, 2008 10:14 AM


'Gay' pedophilia and Obama

'Gay' pedophilia and Obama: "Remember the book 'Queering Elementary Education,' with the gushing blurb on the back from Obama's radical 'social justice' colleague Bill Ayers? Well, the same book has a foreword written by Jennings. In researching GLSEN over the years, I've found horrific elements of what can only be called child sexual corruption. The more closely one reads the GLSEN material, the worse it gets.

Just about every type of sexual practice imaginable is apparently acceptable and even worthy of 'celebration' by any age student or teacher as far as GLSEN is concerned. GLSEN also supports gender-distortion through cross-dressing, even for elementary school children.

Is this the kind of 'school reform' Obama has in mind?

Some of GLSEN's recommended reading material implicitly condones criminal sexual contact between adults with minors. Many such incidents are described in erotic and nostalgic passages. I've yet to see 'warnings' about the episodes in these books, which surely mislead thousands of vulnerable kids. I wrote in detail about what I will share below in 2002, yet the books in question, and many more just as objectionable, are still offered by GLSEN for sale on its site."

Mexico's civil war ignites in America

Mexico's civil war ignites in America: "The Mexican government and the drug cartels that operate throughout Mexico are locked in a battle over control of the country. With the Mexican army fully deployed and often fighting ex-Mexican army special forces working for the cartels, this is, in scope and casualties, truly a civil war.

To date this year, some 3,500 Mexicans have died in this war. In just the first 15 days of October, there were 387 deaths in Mexico City, 178 in the state of Chihuahua and 90 in Baja California – all attributable to the government versus cartel war.

Were it not for the fact that the cartels are also frequently at war with one another, they might have won the war by now and would be in control of Mexico."

Obama funded foreign thug who promised Islamic state

Obama funded foreign thug who promised Islamic state: "A controversial Kenyan leader for whom Sen. Barack Obama not only campaigned but raised almost $1 million during the run-up to that nation's 2007 presidential election, concluded a written agreement with Muslim leaders stipulating that if they delivered him the Muslim vote, he would in turn, once elected, change the constitution to declare Islamic law as the ruling authority in Muslim-dominated regions, protect terrorists and muzzle Christian evangelism.

WND previously documented that Obama supported and campaigned for Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga during a 2006 senatorial 'fact-finding' trip to Kenya and subsequently reported on documents revealing Obama's part in raising almost $1 million for Odinga.

According to a BBC report, Odinga says Obama's father was his maternal uncle. Barack Obama Sr., a Kenyan, married the Democratic presidential candidates' American mother while both were attending the University of Hawaii.

Odinga took over the office of prime minister in Kenya after his campaign called for protests of an election he lost by more than 200,000 votes to incumbent Mwai Kibaki. The resulting violence by marauding Muslim mobs left 1,000 people dead, hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes and 800 Christian churches damaged or destroyed. No Islamic mosques were damaged, however.

Among the worst attacks occurred wh"

Controversial Therapy Aims to 'Cure' Terrorists - Controversial Therapy Aims to 'Cure' Terrorists - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News: "A controversial therapy program has been initiated to 'cure' extremist Muslim inmates of their political beliefs, the U.K.'s Sunday Mail reported.

Psychologists in the prison service will use techniques similar to those used to “de-program” members of religious cults, the Mail reported. The experimental treatments are being developed by a special extremism unit, set up by the Ministry of Justice.

The therapy is part of a strategy to combat Islamic extremism in Britain's jails where Muslim prisoners are serving time for terrorist offenses, the paper reported. The Ministry fears that if they are left alone, their violent, jihadist interpretation of Islam will spread.

The therapy includes 'cognitive behavior' methods, based on the notion that it is possible to change people’s behavior by altering their perceptions and attitudes, the Mail reported.

In England's Whitemoor Prison, 39 out of 150 Muslim inmates have converted since early last year, but officers feel that some changed their faith because they were subject to bullying, the Mail reported."

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Military Develops 'Spaceplane' to Fly Marines to Trouble Spots Fast - Military Develops 'Spaceplane' to Fly Marines to Trouble Spots Fast - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News: "The American military is planning a “spaceplane” designed to fly a crack squad of heavily armed marines to trouble spots anywhere in the world within four hours.

At a recent secret meeting at the Pentagon, engineers working on the craft, codenamed Hot Eagle, were told to draw up blueprints for a prototype which generals want to have in the air within 11 years.

Pentagon planners have been encouraged by technical breakthroughs from Burt Rutan, chief designer on Sir Richard Branson’s White Knight spaceship, which is due to begin test flights next year and to carry tourists on suborbital journeys from 2010.

Last week Rutan, 65, who built the first privately funded craft to reach space and won the $10 million X prize for his achievement in 2004, gave his blessing to Hot Eagle, which could be based on White Knight’s technology.

Rutan said it would be an expensive way to transport troops “but it could be done. It is feasible.”

Will Whitehorn, president of Virgin Galactic, which is funding White Knight, recently predicted that it could be used to airlift emergency supplies into disaster zones."

Friday, October 17, 2008

Somalia: Private pirate fighters? Blackwater says it's ready

EagleSpeak: Somalia: Private pirate fighters? Blackwater says it's ready: "Somalia: Private pirate fighters? Blackwater says it's ready

Reported as Blackwater offering to protect ships from pirates near Somalia:

'We have the capability to assist' shipping companies, said Bill Mathews, Blackwater executive vice president. He and other company leaders are former Navy SEALs. Ship security 'is kind of what we did for a living' before joining Blackwater, he said.

Blackwater is offering the MV MacArthur, a 183-foot vessel with a crew of 14 and a helicopter pad, as an escort for ships through the Gulf of Aden. The helicopters and MacArthur won't be armed, although workers will carry guns, Mathews said.

The company will need a State Department license to sell its services to a foreign government or business, said Anne Tyrrell, a Blackwater spokeswoman."

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Smallest Minority has a funny!

Way too funny to miss! I wish I could down load it or link it here, so enjoy this guys link to the video.

The Smallest Minority: "Watch, Wallet, Gun. . .

And I thought the 'Denny Crane for President' clip was the best!

But I believe this is better."

Terrorism drill takes aim at foreign animal diseases

Terrorism drill takes aim at foreign animal diseases | Philadelphia Daily News | 10/16/2008: "Terrorism came to Philadelphia and Chester County yesterday.

Or at least authorities acted like it had.

In an exercise that was more than a year in planning, the FBI and other law-enforcement agencies said, they conducted an 'agroterrorism' test to see how the region might react to introduction of a 'foreign animal disease' in livestock.

The test was deemed a success.

'The whole objective is to learn how to minimize the impact of a potential or actual outbreak,' said Jerri Williams, an FBI spokeswoman. 'So, it was pretty successful.'

The daylong test was conducted by the FBI's Philadelphia division, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force."

Neither Snow, Nor Rain, Nor Anthrax...

Now the the Government is planning to have any Anthrax meds delivered by the mail, I have to wonder how they think that will work. It seems logical, but there are also a few things that seem weird about it. Like, will the postal workers want to go into a contaminated area to deliver medicine? Many will, because they are good loyal American workers who love our country and will work to save our people. Thanks guys!

I hope we don't need your services, but I am glad you will help.

Op-Ed Contributor - Neither Snow, Nor Rain, Nor Anthrax... - "IMPORTANT planning for responding to a future anthrax attack has quietly been under way since the last attacks seven years ago. A key part of this effort has been figuring out how best to deliver prophylactic antibiotics quickly to the people living in the city that is attacked.

This is at least as difficult and complicated as it might seem. First, an attack must be detected, either by one of the BioWatch air monitors that have been placed in many cities or by finding symptoms of anthrax poisoning in a victim. Either way, this can take at least 12 to 30 hours. Next, an adequate supply of antibiotics must be sent from the Strategic National Stockpile (held at 12 sites around the country) to the affected city, ideally within 12 hours.

Finally, the city must get the drugs out to its population. This third step is potentially the most time-consuming of all. But it can be speeded up — and made twice as effective in preventing deaths — by strategically involving the United States Postal Service and by greatly increasing the amount of medicine initially sent out to the affected city."

A Vote For Obama is a Vote For Civility

A Vote For Obama is a Vote For Civility

A Special Guest Commentary for Undecided Voters
by Those Two Smirking Hipster Assholes in 'Sarah Palin is a C---' t shirts

Hi undecided voters! Yes, we know what you're probably thinking: "hey, it's those two smirking hipster assholes in the 'Sarah Palin Is a C---' t shirts." We also realize that you probably find our brand of narcissistic street theater loathsome and tedious. In fact, we're pretty sure that after eight years of putting up with our shit, you're just about fed up with the screeching tantrums, and inane Bush-is-Hitler art installations, and incessant firehose of profane hate-vomit. Who wouldn't? No rational human being could be blamed for wanting us to just shut the fuck up, finish our bottled water, and go away. Luckily, there's an easy way you can make that happen: vote for Barack Obama.

Think about it. With Barack Obama in office, assholes like us will fade into a distant unpleasant memory. Don't get us wrong, we'll still be hanging around, probably as junior staffers in some federal arts agency. But you have our word on it -- we'll be practically invisible. No more C-word t shirts, no more intersection blockades, no more vandalism until the next election cycle. Nosirree, we'll be timid and well-behaved and quiet as church mice, working away on grant proposals. We think you will also be pleased to know that under Obama, negative news stories and the steady flow of shitty anti-American war movies will virtually disappear overnight.

We know what you're thinking -- "that sounds awesome, but what about the angry right wingers? Won't they suddenly start storming congressional hearings and vandalizing military recruiting stations? Won't they start producing Obama assassination fantasy plays at the local college?" Don't worry, as members of the incoming Administration, we will identify any potential troublemakers and prosecute them to the full extent of President Obama's new civility laws. And with the re-establishment of the Fairness Doctrine, you won't have to worry about accidentally tuning into right wing hate radio.

But it's a democracy, so by all means feel free to vote for McCain. But don't forget what we're capable of. Do you really think we'll give it a rest? Do you really think we've pegged our ugly-o-meter? Hey, friend-o, you ain't seen nothin' yet. With the kind of free time we've got, you'd be totally amazed at the kind of crap we can come up with. If you think the Bush stuff was disturbing, wait 'til you see our four year Palin Plan. It won't let up, because frankly, we enjoy this sort of thing. Dude, we get freakin' college credit for it. And it won't just be us -- it'll be the media, the blogs, Hollywood, that asshole at work who's always emailing you Bush monkey photoshops.

Do you really want that on your conscience? The choice is all up to you. Four more relentless 120-decibel years of us pelting Bristol and Trig with bags of feces -- or the sweet, intoxicating tranquility that awaits under an Obama Administration. We're sure you'll agree that a couple thou in new taxes is a small price for that kind of peace of mind. So remember when you go to the polls this November: a vote for Obama is a vote for civility.

And by the way, sorry for being such assholes. As the computer guys say: it's not a bug, it's a feature.

Psychological Profiling

Something to think about for the cops and others who have to work with others who might be unstable, ie, teachers, therapists, hookers, bloggers...

I home this makes you think.

Psychological Profiling: On the Street at "Psychological Profiling
An interactive case study

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Updated: October 14th, 2008 09:52 PM GMT-05:00

Human Factor Contributors

Recently "Tom" became hostile and defensive with me when I made the statement "Marriage is the hardest work we ever do." He was very adamant - angry even - in his reply, "No, life is the hardest work we ever do!" His statement has stayed with me because this was not a minor disagreement in his mind, but I had challenged the core of his belief system. He could not believe that anyone would have a different opinion and in hearing this began to unravel. During the conversation I witnessed a downward mood swing that sunk into the depth of his being. Over the next thirty minutes I witnessed instability in his mood that was uncomfortable and unpleasant to watch in reaction to an ordinary and innocent statement. Tom became depressed, confrontational, irritable, and his thought process appeared irrational.

Now, understand that while this happened in a non-law enforcement context, you know Tom, as well. You respond to his fights, mediate his conflicts, listen to his complaints and, frankly, take him into custody when his irrationality crosses the law. Tom is as familiar to cops as he is to therapists.

The reason Tom became offensive when his belief "life is hard" was challenged is because he is stuck in a victim mode. He believes life circumstances have control over him rather than seeing he has choices over his behaviors and moods that can create happiness. He is egotistical in thinking that life is only ghastly for him and he cannot conceptualize others go through similar experiences but choose different results. Tom lacks the needed skill of empathy to understand and recognize the pain of others except to manipulate them to his own advantage. He does this to inflict emotional pain onto someone else in a way that they will either pity him into acceptance or become so outraged they leave.

Another reason Tom felt challenged is he believes his belief system gives him the right to blame others when he feels emotionally uncomfortable and restless. He internalizes his discomfort as others attacking him, instead of recognizing that everyone has times of low self-esteem. As a result, Tom is looking for someone to give him self-esteem or to fulfill him. He is trying to find someone to fill a deep, dark endless void that has existed since childhood. It makes him feel unloved, defective, and discarded. Tom knows emotionally healthy people do not have this void and believes if he can only find someone to love him, it would go away. It exists because in the first two years of his life, he did not experience a loving nurturing caretaker. The irony is Tom cannot accept love when it is given; instead he begins a self-destructive cycle that pushes that person away.

In looking into Tom's relationship history there are a string of broken, enmeshed, and destructive relationships in his family of origin, past girlfriends, and close friends. Growing up his Mother was abusive towards Tom and emotionally dependent on him all at the same time. His Father was distant and emotionally weak. In talking with him a theme is revealed of people being viewed as "all good" or "all bad." He experiences the world in very concrete terms; everything is black or white. This way of thinking creates a world of chaos much like the Tasmanian Devil. It is a whirlwind of highs and lows that eventually wears people into exhaustion so they leave. However, when they start to leave, he expresses emotional dependence on them which may confuse someone into staying. The relationship becomes entangled as each person loses their identity which is also known as enmeshment. Tom also has a history of splitting people against one another in order to maintain control and a feeling of self-worth. Another trait you may find in Tom is a history of non-lethal suicide attempts when a relationship is on the verge of obliteration. It is the ultimate manipulation in gaining control and dependence. He does this because he fears abandonment.

The biggest reason Tom became angry at the statement "marriage is the hardest work we ever do" is that he did not want to be held responsible for his words and actions towards his wife. In his closest relationship, he needs to live life unfiltered and uncensored. Being held accountable for his inappropriate anger and mood swings triggers a string of self-deprecating thoughts inside his head that are never ending except when he turns his anger onto someone else. However, when his wife is about to walk away because she has had enough, Tom knows how to make her stay by expressing how he could never live without her. This is a continuous cycle as Tom repeatedly tests her love for him. In an attempt to fill his emotional void he provokes fights with his wife by jumping her boundaries physically and emotionally. He needs to know whether she will come back to him or abandon him like everyone else. Even his excessive encounters with the police due to his impulsive and abusive behaviors do not drive her away.

Tom was also angry since he knew he could not maintain a healthy relationship because of his mood swings, anger, self-absorption, and victim beliefs. He knew he needed to deflect the attention away from his behavior choices and onto how life has mistreated him, so that his wife would excuse the nasty harsh words he says to her every day. He would rather point out how his wife has failed him than to say I am sorry. For this person, life is going to be hard because his basic relationship skills are destructive and he will continue to encounter hardships in most environments where relationships are a key element to success.

We know you have a lot of personal and practical experience with Tom. You have encountered him often. Tom has a Personality Disorder at the root of his chaos. What we would love for you to do is to take a stab in the comment section below as to your experiences with Tom and, if you feel adventurous, what personality disorder you believe Tom has and why. Is he Antisocial, Borderline, Histrionic, Narcissistic, or Dependent Personality Disorder as classified by diagnostic criteria in the DSM-IV? Our next article goes live later this month on the 29th. In that article we will present our argument to Tom's diagnosis and Mike will describe the types of calls you would most likely encounter him on, and give practical tips on how to best respond.

Althea Olson, LCSW has been in private practice at Central Professional Group in Joliet, IL since 1996. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University. She provides individual, couples, and group psychotherapy for adolescents, adults, & geriatrics. She is also trained in Critical Incident Stress Management and is a certified divorce mediator. Once word got out her husband is a police officer, law enforcement agencies began to refer to her. Althea can be reached at her office at 815/725-6511.

Mike Wasilewski, MSW has been a Naperville, IL police officer since 1996. He holds a Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University and serves on the department's Crisis Intervention Team and Domestic Violence Team. Together, Mike & Althea, who have been married since 1994, provide unique training programs for police officers and therapists.

Idaho Mother Gets 10-Year Sentence After Boyfriend Impregnates 9-Year-Old Daughter

This pervert deserves to be chained to a mountain top and allowed to die slowly of exposure. Sick!

Is it a stereotype to ask if either adult in this story is a citizen? Can we deport these sick freaks? - Idaho Mother Gets 10-Year Sentence After Boyfriend Impregnates 9-Year-Old Daughter - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News: "An eastern Idaho woman whose boyfriend impregnated her 9-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Isabel Chasarez, 27, must serve at least one year in prison before she is eligible for parole, 7th District Judge Brent Moss ordered Tuesday at the sentencing hearing.

Chasarez pleaded guilty in August to failing to provide proper prenatal care for her daughter.

Her 38-year-old boyfriend, Guadalupe Gutierrez-Juarez, pleaded guilty to rape in September. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 28 and faces life in prison.

The girl became pregnant at age 9, sometime between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30 2007, authorities say, and gave birth in April."

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

5 more Afghan scholars missing from UW



Trained Taliban fighters disguised as students loose in the Rockys? Will the Neo-Nazis take care of them for us?

Local News | 5 more Afghan scholars missing from UW | Seattle Times Newspaper: "Five visiting Afghan scholars have been reported missing by the University of Washington after failing to show up to scheduled training sessions at the university over the past week.

The five scholars — part of a group of 38 from Kabul University — may have simply decided to "disappear into the fabric of American society" given the situation in Afghanistan, said UW spokesman Norm Arkans. In all, seven Afghan scholars have vanished from the UW this year. Two scholars from an initial spring group of 15 may have fled to Canada.

Still, faculty organizers say the Afghan program, which is aimed at enabling civil servants to rebuild their country, should continue.

The latest missing students, all men aged 30 and younger, were visiting the UW as part of a three-month program sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). They were supposed to be working on master's degrees. By disappearing, the students aren't breaking any laws but are violating the terms of their student visas, Arkans said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was told about the five missing students last week and is actively investigating the case, said spokeswoman Lorie Dankers.

All the students speak good English and have at least a bachelor's degree — and in some cases, a master's — said Sanjeev Khagram, a UW associate professor of public affairs and international studies who led the first group of students.

Many of the students hold prominent government positions dealing with schooling, water, infrastructure and other vital programs, while others work for agencies such as the United Nations."

US troops kill No. 2 leader of al-Qaida in Iraq

Hurray! I love the smell of dead terrorist in the morning!

Too bad he was not captured and questioned, but we have to take what we can get.

US troops kill No. 2 leader of al-Qaida in Iraq - Yahoo! News: "American troops acting on a tip killed the No. 2 leader of al-Qaida in Iraq — a Moroccan known for his ability to recruit and motivate foreign fighters — in a raid in the northern city of Mosul, the U.S. military said Wednesday.

The military statement described the man, known as Abu Qaswarah, as a charismatic leader who had trained in Afghanistan and managed to rally al-Qaida followers in Iraq despite U.S. and Iraqi security gains.

Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll, a U.S. spokesman in Baghdad, also said the military suspected that Iranian agents were trying to bribe Iraqi politicians to oppose negotiations over a security pact that would extend the presence of American troops in Iraq.

But, he said, the military had no reason to believe Iraqi politicians had taken the Iranians up on the offers."

Michelle Obama Lashes Out at "White Racists"

Mrs Obama vanished for a little while, but she is back to stir up the African vote. Not that they can vote in the US elections.

But stirring up the vote apparently means attacking the white racists who run America and telling the blacks that they are not allowed to vote for anyone not vetted by her and her husband. Naturally, black Americans have to be one voting block that votes for whoever the Democrat Party orders them to vote for. Do the Americans of Black African descent really belong to the Dems when it was the Dems who fought to keep them as slaves? That just cracks me up!

Gateway Pundit: African Press: Michelle Obama Lashes Out at "White Racists": "Reportedly, Michelle Obama held a phone conversation with the African Press International and blasted the organization for spreading rumors to to 'damage a black man’s name.' She also condemned the 'white racists' who were bringing up issues on Obama's citizenship.
African Press International reported:

When API told her that our online news media was only relaying what the American Bloggers and other media outlets had discovered through their investigations, Mrs Obama was angered and she came out loud with the following: “African press International is supposed to support Africans and African-American view,” and she went to state that, “it is strange that API has chosen to support the racists against my husband. There is no shame in being adopted by a step father. All dirt has been thrown onto my husband’s face and yet he loves this country. My husband and I know that there is no law that will stop him from becoming the president, just because some American white racists are bringing up the issue of my husband’s adoption by His step father. The important thing here is where my husband’s heart is at the moment. I can tell the American people that My husband loves this country and his adoption never changed his love for this country. He was born in Hawaii, yes, and that gives him all the right to be an American citizen even though he was adopted by a foreigner; says Michelle Obama on telefon to API.”

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Counterterrorism Blog: France's War with Jihadis

This is the one thing about France that makes them great - they understand about the terrorists! The French live with active terrorists moving around the country trying to stir up enough trouble to kill all the French men and enslave the women. Just as Mohammad would. Just as Mohammad did to the tribes around him when he was a rising power.

Counterterrorism Blog: France's War with Jihadis: "France's war with the jihadis is more intense than most Americans or even most Europeans would imagine.
With French troops engaging the Taliban in Afghanistan often coming under attack, jihadist cells have started targeting France as well as French presence in the Sahel, the north African Sahara.
In a recent interview with Parisian daily Le Figaro, French Interior Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie, provided significant revelations.

During a recent lecture tour of Europe I had the opportunity to meet with French defense and counterterrorism officials as well as with legislators, particularly members of the French National Assembly serving on the Afghanistan's committee.

According to Alliot Marie members of a terrorist group in Central Asia have recently been arrested in Mulhouse, in the east of France, where they were apparently undergoing military training.

This shows that active jihadist cells are indeed deploying inside France as they are inside many other Western European countries. The minister said: 'I can tell you that 89 Islamic activists were arrested in France in 2007.'"

Islam: A Religion of Peace?: Part One

this is an excellent debate in two parts. If you read the first, you can easily find the link to the next part. This should make you think and give something to discuss.

Is Islam a Religion of Peace? If you want to argue, make sure you give proofs! Banal whining and insults do not make for a good argument! Who wants to go first?

Family Security Matters » Publications » Islam: A Religion of Peace?: Part One: "The following is a transcript of a debate sponsored by The Harbour League on the subject, “Islam: a Religion of Peace? Is Islamic Law (“Shariah”) Consistent With A Religion Of Peace – And The U.S. Constitution?” Eli Gold, president of The Harbour League, introduced the participants. Moderating was Mark Hyman; for the affirmative was Suhail Khan and presenting the negative was Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy."

Syria establishes diplomatic ties with Lebanon

This is interesting. I have to wonder about the timing, however. Is it because of Hezballahs new strength? Now that the terrorists that Syria pays for are almost in power, there is less reason to invade and they can rule by proxy.

Any other thoughts?

Syria establishes diplomatic ties with Lebanon - Yahoo! News: "Relations between the Arab nations have been lopsided since the 1970s, when Syria sent its army into Lebanon and retained control there for nearly 30 years. Ties unraveled when former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was killed in a 2005 car bombing that many Lebanese blame on Syria — a charge Syria denies.

Hariri's assassination triggered huge anti-Syrian street protests and Damascus caved to U.S.-led international pressure and withdrew its tens of thousands of troops from Lebanon a few months after the bombing.

But establishing diplomatic relations remained a pressing demand of the anti-Syrian majority in Lebanon's parliament, which saw Syria's refusal to do so as a refusal to recognize Lebanese sovereignty.

Some observers say Syria is more comfortable dealing with Lebanon now that its ally Hezbollah has gained veto power in a unity government that was formed in July. In May, Lebanon installed a president sympathetic to Syria.

Just a few months later in August, Lebanon and Syria agreed to establish ties and demarcate their contentious border. That landmark agreement marked a final break in Syria's longtime dominance over its smaller neighbor."

Spooky snap taken at aquarium

I love ghosts! Not the creepy evil kind, just the ones that wander around and need to get to where they are going in the afterlife. This is the cool kind. I bet that tourism to this aquarium is going to jump significantly!

Happy Halloween?

Spooky snap taken at aquarium | The Sun |News: "IT’S just what you’d expect to see in a snap from an aquarium. A shark, blue water — and a disembodied HUMAN HEAD.

Emma Place, 21, took this eerie photo on her phone at Hull’s £53million attraction The Deep.

Boffins at the aquarium admit they are baffled by the appearance of the man’s face, which appears to be gawping up at a shark

Dentistry student Emma, of Doncaster, only spotted the ghoulish face when she arrived home.

She said: “My boyfriend said, ‘what’s that?’ I replied, ‘it’s a shark’.


“He said, ‘no, the face.’ I was like, oh my God! It actually looks quite spooky.

“I’m easily freaked-out.”

Although Emma’s dad Alan, 48, was stood next to her in the glass tunnel, she insists he looks nothing like the man in the photo.

Bosses have spent hours searching CCTV footage, which confirmed the pair were the only ones inside the tunnel."

Monday, October 13, 2008

Mexican soldiers crossed clear line

This is not news, unfortunately. Those who pay attention to what happens at the border know that the Mexican Army crosses it with impunity and has even fired at US Border Patrol agents. What IS news is that it is making headlines. Will anything happen with it however? I doubt it.

Washington Times - Mexican soldiers crossed clear line: "The nation's border czar has concluded that Mexican soldiers who held a U.S. Border Patrol agent at gunpoint in August did so after bypassing a barbed-wire fence and other clearly visible barriers to cross into the United States, contradicting claims by the State Department and the Mexican government that the soldiers were simply lost.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner W. Ralph Basham, in a private letter to the National Border Patrol Council Local 2544 in Tucson, Ariz., described the Aug. 3 border incident as a 'potential lethal encounter involving four Mexican armed military soldiers north of the international boundary.'

'There is a barbed-wire fence and new tactical infrastructure within sight that marks the borderline where the incident took place,' Mr. Basham said. 'Our uniformed agent, in a marked Border Patrol vehicle, identified himself in both English and Spanish.'"

Did Iran Attempt a WMD Attack on Israel?

I was guessing that it was nukes AND chemical weapons, but this new information scares the snot out of me! What if this is true? Take this ship back to where it came from and blow it up. It is the only way to be safe!

BLACKFIVE: Did Iran Attempt a WMD Attack on Israel?: "Did Iran Attempt a WMD Attack on Israel?
Posted By COB6

Remember that Iranian ship that the Somali pirates seized? Yeah the same one where the pirates suddenly started experiencing blisters, hair loss and even death.

I speculated earlier that the reported symptoms were dangerously close to what one would expect from severe radiation poisoning. Apparently others are thinking the same thing:

Russian sources claim she was an enormous floating dirty bomb, intended to detonate after exiting the Suez Canal at the eastern end of the Mediterranean and in proximity to the coastal cities of Israel. The entire cargo of radioactive sand, obtained by Iran from China (the latter buys desperately needed oil from the former) and sealed in containers which, when the charges on the ship are set off after the crew took to boats, will be blasted high into the air where prevailing winds will push the highly dangerous and radioactive clout ashore.

Given the large number of deaths from the questing Somali pirates, it should be obvious that when the contents of the ship's locked cargo containers finally descended onto the land, the death toll would be enormous. The ship was nothing more nor less than the long-anticipated Iranian attack on Israel."

Security concerns a major issue for Latin America

The Communists are destabilizing the region and demanding that someone do something about it? This sounds backwards. It is time to finish off those Marxist scum once and for all.

If things are so great in Communist countries, why do they always want to blame their lack of interaction with other countries on their surplus of poverty? And then they invade those other countries! Why do they have to make up provocations like this? To invade and destabilize others?

Violent crime and lack of security mechanisms have emerged as major concerns in Latin America and the Caribbean, regional leaders at the Americas Conference said Friday.

''Violent crimes going from kidnappings to executions have become front-page news in all the papers and broadcasts in the region,'' said Samuel Lewis Navarro, Panama's vice president and minister of foreign affairs. ``Today, in Panama, every poll made shows that security is among the first causes of concern of the population.''

At the session, ''Security in Latin America and the Caribbean,'' panelists argued that a strong police force is paramount for development, and that larger countries need to help smaller ones in their efforts to battle violent crime and criminal networks.

Haiti came up as an example of a country rife with insecurity, but that other nations suffered from more violent crime.

''Is Haiti the next Afghanistan?,'' asked Gerardo Le Chevallier, a United Nations official in Haiti on the panel. ``I believe that it is a little exaggerated -- Haiti is one of the safer countries in the Caribbean, as far as violent deaths and kidnapping.''

One panelist said organized crime can best be tackled when more developed countries pitch in to help smaller ones.

''It's not only an act of solidarity,'' said Le Chevallier, director of political affairs and planning in the United Nations, ``but an act of moral responsibility.''

Russian Forces Begin to Shut Georgia Checkpoints

The Soviets refuse to give up their conquests from the violent and dangerous Georgian barbarians. Why should they? Can anyone stand up to them?

Russian Forces Begin to Shut Georgia Checkpoints - "Russian peacekeeping forces dismantled one checkpoint and were at work removing several others on Sunday, five days before a deadline for Russian troops to withdraw from buffer zones outside the separatist enclaves of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The activity came two days after an explosion in Tskhinvali, the South Ossetian capital, killed eight Russian soldiers and three Ossetian civilians, threatening to disrupt the schedule for withdrawal.

Georgian authorities said the moves were signs that Russia would meet the deadline.

“They have probably decided to continue with the withdrawal,” said Shota Utiashvili, a senior official for Georgia’s Interior Ministry. “We expect by the 10th, it will be over.”

A peace deal brokered by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France set Oct. 10, this Friday, as the deadline for Russian troops to yield the buffer zones to Georgia. European Union monitors have been carrying out patrols in the buffer zones since last Wednesday in preparation for the transfer."

Iran Cracks Down On Hezbollah

Leadership: Iran Cracks Down On Hezbollah: "Iran Cracks Down On Hezbollah

October 13, 2008: Iran has taken tighter control over Hezbollah, a Lebanese organization it founded, armed and heavily influenced for over a quarter century. In Lebanon, Hezbollah is still fuming over the killing, last February of their number two guy, Imad Mughniyeh, in Syria. He was killed by a car bomb in Damascus. This was embarrassing for Syria, a police state with a long reputation for getting along with terrorists. Israel was blamed, although there were plenty of other suspects (Saudi Arabia, Lebanese, even Iraqis and Iran). But now a replacement for Mughniyeh has been revealed. It's Mohammad Rida Zahidi, a senior officer in one of the many secret police organizations that keep Iranians in line. Zahidi's most recent assignment was to run the security organization that protected senior government officials. A decade ago, he served as a senior official in the Iranian embassy in Lebanon.

Zahidi will take over the late Mughniyeh's chores of coordinating operations between Hezbollah and Syria. That's a critical job, as most Hezbollah weapons, and much else, comes across the Syrian border into Lebanon. Mughniyeh was considered the number two man in Hezbollah. But while Mughniyeh was Lebanese, Zahidi is an Iranian. It's believed that the Iranians want Hezbollah to calm down and not engage in risky behavior (like the 2006 war with Israel, which Hezbollah declared a victory, but wasn't, and Iran knows it.)

In an attempt to get some revenge for Mughniyeh's death, Hezbollah has threatened to make attacks against Israeli targets outside of Israel. This has not been done much in the past because Hezbollah relied on fund raising and recruiting among Moslems (especially Shia) living outside the Middle East (especially in the West). But in the past few years, Western counter-terror efforts have cracked down on both of these activities anyway. So there is real fear that the furor over Mughniyeh's death will encourage Hezbollah to branch out into international terrorism. The downside of this is increased international efforts against Hezbollah. Logic, however, does not always play with Hezbollah, or the Islamic radicals in the Iranian government who provide money and weapons for the Lebanese based Hezbollah. Then again, the Iranian Islamic radicals are on the defensive at home, where Iranians are increasingly angry over how the religious dictatorship has mismanaged the economy, and stepped up use of religious police to enforce rules on how people are supposed to live (no entertainment, dress codes for young men and women, press censorship, etc). Going international with their terrorism would be a big mistake for Hezbollah, but they just might do it. Unless their new number 2 guy, the Iranian secret policeman Zahidi, stops them.

Another Iraqi Christian murdered in Mosul

I can understand this being ignored. No one cares about Muslims killing Christians in the name of Allah. Except those who have hearts.

DEBKAfile - Another Iraqi Christian murdered in Mosul: "A businessman gunned down in his shop Sunday was the 12th Christian killed in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul since Sept. 28 in the worst violence targeting this minority in five years. Prime minister Maliki has deployed 1,000 police to patrol the four largely Christian districts of Mosul and set up checkpoints at churches, as some 3,000 have fled the city. Three homes of Christians were blown up Saturday.

The Iraqi authorities have not named the hand behind the murders of Christians except as an “anti-government groups working with criminal gangs.” DEBKAfile’s sources believe the campaign is waged by local radical Sunnis working with al Qaeda cells, which are still present in Mosul despite US operations.

The US military has detained six suspected “anti-government fighters” in Mosul one of whom is in believed to be in contact with a “foreign terrorist.”

Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako said: "We are the target of a campaign of liquidation,” and called on US forces to do more to protect Christians and other minorities.

The 800,000 Christians living in Iraq in 2003 have shrunk by a third as many fled the country, said Sako. In March, the body of the Chaldean archbishop of Mosul, Paul Faraj Rahho was found in a shallow grave in the city two weeks after he was abducted.

United Nations special representative to Iraq Staffan de Mistura is concerned by the spike in the violence targeting the Christian communities in recent days. The agency had provided help to 102 families and emergency assistance on Sunday to another 400, he said."

Rabbis and Sheiks set up joint forum to calm Acre

Those Eveel Joos! They wanted to have some quiet respect for their holiday and some innocent Pally who wanted to have a little fun. Why do the Joos always have to ruin the fun of the Pallys?

Naturally, the Peaceful and Fun Pallys held a Peace Rally in the devastated area(s) as soon as the Joos were finished looting the Arab shops, because they are the Religion of Peace and they Respect Other Religions. Especially the Jewish religion that they are descended from.


DEBKAfile - Rabbis and Sheiks set up joint forum to calm Acre: "A reinforced police contingent of 700 officers will remain in the northern Israeli town of Acre to keep the peace after four days of of Arab-Israeli clashes.

Dozens of arrests were made as Jewish and Arab youths pelted each other with stones. Three Arab apartments were torched and Jewish cars smashed. Mayor Lankry accused the police of being too soft in handling the violence in the town.

DEBKAfile reported earlier:

Israeli police have decided to play down the seriousness of the outbreak in the mixed northern town of Acre, which began with a noisy Arab motorist speeding through a Jewish street on Yom Kippur Eve, Oct. 8 and ended with an Arab mob screaming “Itbakh al Yahoud” (Slaughter the Jews)as they smashed and looted Jewish shops.

The ancient town of some 60,000 souls (of which one-third are Arabs) on Israel’s Mediterranean coast north of Haifa had settled down Wednesday night to pray and fast on the Jewish Day of Atonement, on which vehicular traffic customarily stops all over Israel, when a car driven by an Arab resident hurtled at high speed down a mostly-Jewish street on the eastern side of the town.

Witnesses reported that pedestrians fled in panic from its path. The driver refused requests to turn down his blaring radio, whereupon a group of Jewish youths smashed his car windows. He parked, ran into one of the houses and pelted the crowd outside with household objects and curses.

Fifteen minutes later, four more cars drove up packed with Arab youths. They careened around the predominantly Jewish neighborhood shouting “Allah is Great” and “Death to the Jews.” Meanwhile hundreds of young Arabs swarmed through Acre’s main thoroughfare, Ben-Ami Street, smashing and looting hundreds of Jewish shops. They overturned parked cars and knocked over traffic lights, Hebrew signboards and fences.

The police failed to intervene. In fact only half a dozen cops were on duty, none officers and none Jewish. After Yom Kippur was over, Thursday night, the police commissioner Dudi Cohen, ordered roadblocks set up to divide the mostly Jewish eastern side from the Arab western districts of the town (a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site for its rare antiquities)in the same way as he dismissed the earlier bulldozer attacks in Jerusalem as the work of lone individuals."

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Deadwalkers in Ramadi

Semper Fi lads! Keep the bad guys on the run. Enjoy the new security, but don't get soft like the sailors and fly boys.

Deadwalkers in Ramadi - The Long War Journal: "As recently as two years ago, the idea of deploying a Marine battalion to Ramadi in an advisory rather than a straight infantry capacity would have seemed unfathomable to many observers. To think that such a unit could control the volatile area then home to five full combat battalions would have seemed downright absurd. Then, Ramadi was home turf for al Qaeda in Iraq, the terrorist group fueling sectarian violence in central Iraq; huge improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, made large portions of the city impassable to the beleaguered units deployed there, which suffered fatalities at least weekly.

Today, though, the scars left by heavy machine gun and M1 Abrams main gun rounds are the only reminder of what Ramadi once was – it is a city reborn. During its deployment, according to records kept by the battalion, the Marines of 1/9 have been engaged in fewer than ten “troops in contact” incidents (cases in which troops and insurgents exchanged gunfire), and there have been barely a dozen IED attacks on the unit’s vehicles. Two Marines have been killed, both early in the tour – a far cry from the days in which Army brigades in Ramadi suffered seventy or eighty fatalities on a deployment."

Mystery "Death Ship" Released From Somalian Pirates

I am completely unable to argue with this gentleman about his conclusions. If this ship is not inspected on the high seas for the trail of noxious waste that is falling into the sea from it, that might be almost criminal.

Information Dissemination: Mystery "Death Ship" Released From Somalian Pirates: "Mystery 'Death Ship' Released From Somalian Pirates

Lets see if anyone is interested enough to investigate the strange rumors we have heard. The MV Iran Dianat (also spelled Deyanat) has been released.

On August 21, the pirates seized the Iranian bulk carrier, carrying 42,500 tons of minerals and industrial products.

'The ship Dianat was released on Friday morning after even weeks of negotiations with Somali pirates and all 29 members of the crew are safe,' Said public relations office of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL).

The ship is sailing towards international waters, IRISL added.

From a public health perspective alone, this ship should be inspected. When major mainstream media like Reuters runs a media report that something hazardous enough is on the ship to kill people upon minor exposure, and the ship has direct ties to the Iran Revolutionary Guard, doing nothing sends the wrong message."

Pakistan tribes raze Taliban houses after bombing

This is an interesting article for two reasons.

First, the Pakistani tribes are finally getting tired of the terrorists. About time! It is one thing to believe in the fundamental Islam, but killing each other because they do not like the way the other wants to run things is not the way to prove friendship. Islam can have multiple faces without having to kill all the minor variations.

Second, Reuters is reporting this and finding nothing in this to blame on Bush or America? What am I missing?

Pakistan tribes raze Taliban houses after bombing | International | Reuters: "Pakistani tribesmen exchanged fire with Taliban militants and destroyed their houses in a northwestern tribal region after a suicide attack killed at least 50 people, residents and officials said on Saturday.

Television channels put the death toll at as high as 80.

The bomber detonated a car loaded with explosives in the middle of a tribal council meeting in Orakzai region on Friday where hundreds of tribesmen were discussing a government-backed plan to raise a lashkar or tribal militia to evict militants.

Pakistan's tribal areas on the Afghan border are regarded as safe havens for al Qaeda and Taliban militants, and the government is under pressure from the United States to take stern action to stem the flow of insurgents to Afghanistan."

New Mexico-born Imam: Muslims should leave U.S., for "the punishment of Allah is hovering over America"

I agree, sort of. Any Muslim who wants America to fail should leave. Move to any Islamic country and enjoy the life they have there. If they stay here, they need to accept the American way of life.

Jihad Watch: New Mexico-born Imam: Muslims should leave U.S., for "the punishment of Allah is hovering over America": "Anwar al Awlaki, an American-born imam of Yemeni descent who now lives in Yemen, sees Allah's avenging hand in the economic crisis, and advises Muslims to leave America. Few Muslims, of course, will heed his words, given the fact that an America in economic collapse is still likely to be a more pleasant place to live than his own Yemen or most countries in the Islamic world. And then there is always the Muslim Brotherhood's grand jihad to eliminate and destroy Western civilization 'from within' -- can't do it from Yemen."

Friday, October 10, 2008

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

I have been telling people for years that the crazies came out at the end of all the other centuries and this is no different. Except the crazies have better weapons and more access to civilization than ever. One of the reasons I know this is from other sources that quote Major Griffith, and I have also read Laqueur and agree with most of his writing, not all, but most. He does good research and he should be in the library of all who following security issues.

Schneier on Security: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: "The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Guess the year:

Murderous organizations have increased in size and scope; they are more daring, they are served by the most terrible weapons offered by modern science, and the world is nowadays threatened by new forces which, if recklessly unchained, may some day wreck universal destruction. The Orsini bombs were mere children's toys compared with the later developments of infernal machines. Between 1858 and 1898 the dastardly science of destruction had made rapid and alarming strides...

No, that wasn't a typo. 'Between 1858 and 1898....' This quote is from Major Arthur Griffith, Mysteries of Police and Crime, London, 1898, II, p. 469. It's quoted in: Walter Laqueur, A History of Terrorism, New Brunswick/London, Transaction Publishers, 2002."

First U.S. Command in Africa Calls For Light Touch

First U.S. Command in Africa Calls For Light Touch | Newsweek International | "Not everybody is in favor of the scaling back of AFRICOM. Many African security experts believe that a blurring of lines between military and development missions would help the continent. 'You could say that soldiers are problematic,' says Naison Ngoma, Director of the Security Governance Program at the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa. 'But humanitarian organizations won't go into areas that aren't secure; so they should work hand in glove with the military.' Down the road, of course, a certain amount of mission creep may be inevitable. It may even be desirable."

Lepanto Anniversary

I missed this important date...

Oh well! Better late than never! Go read the rest of this history and learn of the battle that turned the tide against the invading Islamic armies. And navies. - Lepanto Anniversary: "Decisive Victory for the West Battle of Lepanto - detail

At this time of year, it is timely to remember one of the greatest victories of the west against the Islamic world. On the 7th October in 1571, Don Juan and the Holy League, led by Admiral Doria, defeated the larger Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Lepanto, saving Europe from the Turks and militant Islam. The Holy League was a coalition of different armies - of the Republic of Venice, the Papacy (under Pope Pius V), Spain (including Naples, Sicily and Sardinia), the Republic of Genoa, the Duchy of Savoy, the Knights Hospitaller and some others. Pope Pius V knew the significance of the battle – that Europe would be overrun by Islam if the Turks won – so he called all Europe to pray as never before. As there was no internet at the time, messengers on horseback were sent to as many places as possible to spread the word. There was certainly a feeling of unity of will – politically and spiritually in Europe and the response to the Pope’s call was immediate and positive, even if the Holy League was not that good a navy."

Latest Zionist crime: forcing prisoners to wear orange uniforms

If these terrorist pigs are determined to not wear orange because they are terrorists and not criminals, well, take them to the roof of the prison and shoot them until Gilad Shalit is released by the other terrorist piggies who are still running free. This is Islamic Justice!

Ibn Ishaq: 327 - “Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah desires killing them to manifest the religion.’”
"The Jews of the Banu Qurayza tasted Muhammad's wrath after their leader half-heartedly sided with the Meccan army during a siege of Medina (the Battle of the Trench). By then, Muhammad had evicted the other Jews and declared that all land at Medina belonged to him, so the original constitution of the town was no longer in effect. It is important to not that the Qurayza did not attack the Muslims, even after switching loyalties (contrary to another popular myth).

Although the Qurayza surrendered peacefully to the Muslims, Muhammad determined to have every man of the tribe executed, along with every boy that had reached the initial stages of puberty (between the ages of 12 and 14). He ordered a ditch dug outside of the town and had the victims brought in several groups. Each person would be forced to kneel, and their head would be cut off and then dumped along with the body into the trench.

Between 700 and 900 men and boys were slaughtered by the Muslims after their surrender.

The surviving children of the men became slaves of the Muslims, and their widows became sex slaves. This included the Jewish girl, Rayhana, who became one of Muhammad's personal concubines the very night that her husband was killed. The prophet of Islam apparently "enjoyed her pleasures" (ie. raped her) even as the very execution of her people was taking place. "

Elder of Ziyon: Latest Zionist crime: forcing prisoners to wear orange uniforms: "Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades is up in arms over the latest Zionist crime. From their English website:

Palestinian captives in the Zionist Hadarim prison asserted that they won't wear the orange uniform, which the Zionist prison authority tries to impose on them, urging Palestinian masses to support them in this regard.

Lawyer Buthaina Dakmak of the Mandela foundation that caters from Palestinian captives in Zionist jails met Palestinian MP Ahmad Sa'adat, the secretary-general of the PFLP, and Tawfeek Abu Na'im, one of Hamas's political leaders in the Hadarem jail, adding that both Palestinian leaders highlighted the importance of the Palestinian popular support in this regard.

She also quoted the two leaders as asserting that four of the Palestinian detainees were sent by the IPA to the isolation cells for rejecting to wear the orange uniform. She said that the four prisoners were denied their simplest human rights and that they were completely isolated.

The two Palestinian leaders, according to Dakmak, accused the IPA of attempting to deceive the captives by bringing new captives to the said jail, and then convincing them to wear the orange uniform in a bid to persuade other captives to accept it.

Palestinian captives were determined not to bow to the IPA pressures to wear the orange uniform, underlining that the orange uniform was fit for criminals, underscoring that they aren’t criminals but rather they are, as the entire world know, political prisoners and freedom fighters.

The captives also confirmed that the orange uniform bears reflectors that could turn them into a target for the Zionist soldiers, even in the darkness.

Somehow, I think if Israeli soldiers wanted to shoot them in prison, they could manage quite nicely without the help of reflective orange clothing."

EagleSpeak: Somali Pirates: More sophisticated than you thought

EagleSpeak: Somali Pirates: More sophisticated than you thought: "It is time for the Task Force 150 to start escorting ships en route to and from Bab-el-Mandeb (the southern entrance to the Red Sea) and to Somalia and Aden in convoys, while preparing for decisive naval action against the buccaneers. Naval powers with much at stake must recognize the growing problem and act decisively to deter and defeat the pirates.

In the longer term, the whole Somalia 'pirate coast' would need to be brought under control. It will need to be done by the Somali central government with more robust support from the African Union, Western government, and the United Nations. The rule of law, and alternative sources of employment, such as agriculture; fishing; pearl, aquaculture, and yes, tourism, will need to be developed."

Order to Free 17 Chinese Muslims Blocked

I am so glad to see that there are some judges with common sense! Now they just have to send these terrorists back to China.

ABC News: Order to Free 17 Chinese Muslims Blocked: "A three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has blocked the release of 17 Guantanamo detainees onto United States soil.
17 Uighur detainees could be headed to the U.S. from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A Baltimore-based refugee aid organization is preparing to help settle 17 Uighur detainees from the U.S. Navy detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in the United States. The U.S. government is appealing the decision to let the men enter the country.

A lower court had ordered that the men -- ethnic Chinese Muslims -- be released Friday. The men have spent seven years in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. The government no longer considers the men enemy combatants.

Tonight the Court of Appeals blocked the lower court order and set up a briefing schedule that would require all briefs in the case to be filed by Oct. 16."

Obama tried to sway Iraqis on Bush deal

Washington Times - Obama tried to sway Iraqis on Bush deal: "At the same time the Bush administration was negotiating a still elusive agreement to keep the U.S. military in Iraq, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama tried to convince Iraqi leaders in private conversations that the president shouldn't be allowed to enact the deal without congressional approval.

Mr. Obama's conversations with the Iraqi leaders, confirmed to The Washington Times by his campaign aides, began just two weeks after he clinched the Democratic presidential nomination in June and stirred controversy over the appropriateness of a White House candidate's contacts with foreign governments while the sitting president is conducting a war."

Report: North Korea Prepares to Fire More Missiles, Restart Nuke Facility - Report: North Korea Prepares to Fire More Missiles, Restart Nuke Facility - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News: "North Korea appears to be powering up its nuclear weapons program again as it tested missiles in apparent personnel training and announced plans to reopen its plutonium plant.

American satellite images confirm reports of short-range missile testing recently, which the Pentagon speculated could also be intended to “send a message” to the U.S. and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Washington does not know the motivation behind the tests, though generally considers such behavior a pressure tactic to force Pyongyang's removal from U.S. terror lists.

The U.S. said the moves did not mean the death of international efforts to persuade the North to recommit to an agreement that offers it diplomatic and economic concessions in exchange for nuclear disarmament.

But North Korea's statement that it was intent on restarting operations of its plutonium-producing reprocessing plant and other facilities at its main nuclear site appeared to be the clearest indication to date that it is not interested in keeping to the deal — at least for now."

Busted... Obama Lied About His ACORN Training Sessions

Gateway Pundit: Busted... Obama Lied About His ACORN Training Sessions: "The Obama Campaign claims that Barack was never an ACORN trainer and that he was not associated with ACORN in 1992:

• Fact: Barack was never an ACORN community organizer.
• Fact: Barack was never an ACORN trainer and never worked for ACORN in any other capacity.
• Fact: ACORN was not part of Project Vote, the successful voter registration drive Barack ran in 1992

However, The Cleveland Leader did some digging around in the internet archives and found some information that was recently erased by ACORN.

Evidently, the Obama Campaign was thinking this information had been airbrushed away for good.
Not so."

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Netanyahu's peace plan

Those "Evil Jews!" want to help the Pallys get jobs and security? How horrible! It would be much better to just die like the children of pigs and monkeys!

What is wrong with Leftists? I know what they are going to say about a topic just by banging my head on a wall and spouting the first nonsense that pops out. If I think about a topic, then I can't figure them out at all! This article is horribly slanted, even with the good quotes. Go read it with an open mind.

Elder of Ziyon: Netanyahu's peace plan: "The ancient town of Jericho, for instance, should capitalise on its proximity to the Jordan River to attract Baptist tourists from the US – a location which the hawkish leader of the Israeli opposition says is “easily worth tens of thousands of jobs”.

The Palestinians, Mr Netanyahu adds, would be allowed to hold on to their population centres. Other parts of the West Bank, such as the Judean desert and the Jordan Valley, should not leave Israeli control: “These areas are very significant for us because they are our strategic security belt,” he says.

Mr Netanyahu says he does not want to stop the current peace talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority. But he would shift the emphasis away from a comprehensive settlement aimed at the creation of a Palestinian state towards practical steps designed to bolster living standards in the West Bank. “It is not so much that peace brings prosperity – it is that prosperity brings peace,” he says.

Such hawkish views, which run counter to current Israeli policy, infuriate Palestinian leaders, who reject Mr Netanyahu’s plan as an attempt to confine them into Bantustans – partially self-governing areas."

Geronimo, Colonel Murphy

A True Hero has moved on. I will pray for your family and your soul.

BLACKFIVE: Geronimo, Colonel Murphy: "...One pathfinder job was to mark the drop zones for the paratroopers to follow. 'Bob was the first on the ground and the last to leave,' Nightingale said.

Mr. Murphy's role as paratrooper in the Normandy landing is depicted in Cornelius Ryan's book 'The Longest Day' and the film based on it, as well as in Mr. Murphy's own book, 'No Better Place to Die.'

Mr. Murphy, who retired from the Army as a highly decorated colonel and became a Boston lawyer and state assistant attorney general, died of cancer at Cape Cod Hospital on Oct. 3. He was 83 and had lived in South Dennis and Bonita Springs, Fla..."

McCain’s Racist Code Words

Disgusting! I did not realize that McCain was such a blatant racist!
Vote Obama or you're a racist!

IMAO » Blog Archive » McCain’s Racist Code Words: "McCain’s Racist Code Words
Posted by harvey on October 8, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Some folks say that McCain calling Obama “that one” during the debate was racist.

Some folks say that McCain campaign is using “code words” to appeal to the racist vote.

Some folks are absolutely right.

Here are some of the code words & phrases used by John McCain during the debate:
“working Americans” - as in Hillary’s “working, hard-working Americans. White Americans.”

“the match that lit this fire was Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac” - veiled reference to cross-burnings.

“I’d like you to see the letter that a group of senators and I wrote warning exactly of this crisis. Sen. Obama’s name was not on that letter” - there’s the “T” word again.

“some of these organizations that are the watchdogs” - “dawgs” or “gangstas”. Degrading to inner-city youths.

“$3 million for an overhead projector at a planetarium in Chicago, Illinois” - sounds like “plutonium”, which Obama would sell to Iran because he’s a Muslim and a terrorist sympathizer.

“eliminate our dependence on foreign oil” - a black substance."

Court orders release of Guantánamo Uighurs

What kind of moron is this??

These are known terrorists! Why are we letting them roam the streets? Every time one of these pig-lovers gets in trouble, the judge should have to accept half the punishment for himself. Idiot. / World / US & Canada - Court orders release of Guantánamo Uighurs: "A US court has ordered the immediate release of 17 Chinese Uighurs who have been imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay since 2002, in a landmark decision that deals another blow to the Bush administration’s detainee policy.

In the first court ruling to release prisoners from Guan-tánamo, Judge Richard Urbina said the Uighurs – Muslim Chinese from north-western Xinjiang province – posed no security risk to the US. He said the US constitution did not allow the Pentagon to hold the men indefinitely.

The Uighurs were captured in 2002 after they fled a camp in Afghanistan following the US invasion. The Pentagon cleared the men for release in 2004 after determining they were no longer “enemy combatants”. The US has refused to repatriate them to China because of concern they could be persecuted.

Washington has tried unsuccessfully for years to persuade other countries to accept the Uighurs. The Bush administration argues that they cannot be brought to the US because of anti-terrorism laws. "

Gardener ordered to take down barbed wire fence 'in case thieves hurt themselves on it'

This is why the world is going to pot. The next time the thieves strike, this guy now has a valid suit against the city for telling him to remove his safety fence. He can sue for damages, time, and the distress of the city ordering him to allow the theives to destroy his property.

Liberal morons. What needs fixing is the criminals! Then the need for this fence would go away.

Gardener ordered to take down barbed wire fence 'in case thieves hurt themselves on it' | Mail Online: "But his local council declared the security measure was a health and safety hazard and warned him they would forcibly remove it if he refused.

Bill said: 'It's an absolutely ridiculous situation, all I wanted was to protect my property but the wire had to go in case a thief scratched himself.

'The council said they were unhappy about the precautions I had made but my response was to tell them that only someone climbing over on to my allotment could possibly hurt themselves.

'They shouldn't be trespassing in the first place but the council apologised and said they didn't want to be sued by a wounded thief.

'I told them to let the thief sue me so at least that way I would know who was breaking into my allotment but everything I said fell on deaf ears. It seems as though they are so wrapped up in red tape, they are unable to help me.

'It was just three foot high and wasn't as though I'd dug a moat filled with piranha and erected six foot iron railings."

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Utah Residents Protest Sex Offender Treatment Facility Near Daycare Center

I have a special disgust for sex offenders. Especially ones who might harm kids. Putting these freaks near the kids is just horribly stupid. The people who put them there should be beat and the sex offenders should be hung. At least 80% of them are forever too dangerous to remain around my family and friends. If they have to be set free, or kept alive, send them to California. Especially San Francisco where they can meet other freaks and blend into a semblance of society.

If they are found in most of America they should be beaten and sent back. Perverted freaks. - Utah Residents Protest Sex Offender Treatment Facility Near Daycare Center - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News: "Dozens of Pleasant Grove residents protested a zoning law that allows for sex offender rehabilitation centers in some neighborhoods.

Residents of the Utah County town submitted a 2-inch stack of signed petitions to the city council Tuesday and said they don't want a rehabilitation center set up near a childcare center.

Alliance Youth Services wants to set up a sex-offender rehabilitation center in the town about 300 feet away from the childcare center.

'They are putting youth who have been convicted of sexual crimes in the backyard of children, literally,' Pleasant Grove resident David Lisonbee told the council and city staff.

Residents claim the company misrepresented which offenders would be housed in the proposed facility, omitting the severity of the crimes and the potential risk factor for the community."

Report: Passenger Allowed to Board Plane After Grenades Found in Luggage

If the police are upset that a guy was allowed to transport inert grenades used as paperweights, they should get their heads out of their butts and get over it. I do feel that the zero tolerance of fake weapons is getting way out of hand and I am glad to see that some screeners are using common sense.

Thank you TSA! About time you loosened back up a little! Just don't do it too much and please ALWAYS ensure the weapons are fake and/or inert. - Report: Passenger Allowed to Board Plane After Grenades Found in Luggage - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News: "It might seem uncommon for a passenger to be allowed on a plane after grenades are found in his luggage, but the Transportation Security Administration is standing by the procedure after reportedly doing just that on Tuesday.

Federal airport screeners found two grenades in the luggage of a man set to board a JetBlue flight at New York's Kennedy airport, according to

TSA specialists then determined that the explosives were inert and allowed the passenger to board the plane without ever informing police, the TV station's Web site reported.

The TSA maintained that it’s up to their own personnel to determine when to call police, and said the agency was reprimanded for notifying authorities in a similar incident last month, reported.

The port authority police union told the station that this was a “blatant disregard for public safety.”"

The differences between terrorist gangs and terrorist gangs

Counter-Terrorism: That Old Gang Of Mine: "Now that the suicide bomber terrorists in Iraq have been crushed (but not entirely eliminated), the army and police are able to go after the lifeblood of terrorism; money. While the terrorism gets started by anger at conditions that the terrorists feel are intolerable, the violence is fueled by cash, as well as anger. And cash requires thieving.

Islamic terrorists pay for things by using many of the same techniques employed by organized crime. That, however, has proved to be a major weakness, and is being exploited to hasten the demise of the latest wave of Islamic terrorism. For organized crime, terrorism is just another tool. For example, terrorism is regularly practiced by organized criminal groups. That's how the famous ones, like the mafia, or the Russian or Colombian gangs, make money and maintain discipline. What separates "terrorist organizations" from criminal gangs is ideology and goals. Organized crime groups just want to make money. Islamic terrorists, however, have other goals. In this case, imposing Islam on the entire world. In Iraq, the Sunni Arab terrorists wanted to regain control of the government. In Afghanistan, the Taliban have the same goal.

Making money using criminal methods is a means to an end for them, not an end in itself. Keep in mind that terrorist acts are a constant, and most of these actions are carried out by criminals in pursuit of a payday. Political or religious terrorists are using similar terrorism to either attract attention, as a fund raising tool, or a weapon to win concessions from governments.

Historically, it's quite common for terrorist organization, be they motivated by political or religious goals, to gradually turn into largely criminal gangs. That's where the mafia came from. Once a resistance organization (against foreign rulers in Italy), it evolved into a purely criminal outfit, and migrated to the United States, along with millions of law-abiding Italians. The IRA (Irish Republican Army) is of more recent vintage (late 19th century originally, but revived in the 1970s) that gradually turned into a group of criminal gangs that mainly paid lip service to the IRAs political goals (of a united Ireland). "

Attrition: The Terrorist Death Rate

I love that the deaths are hitting rock bottom. We are not fighting in war zones, we are working in barbarian lands where some people are fighting against civilization and modernization. The wars are over, in general, and this article points that out excellently.

Attrition: The Terrorist Death Rate: "In Afghanistan, the death rate for civilians, mostly from Taliban violence, has been 6-7 dead per 100,000 people, in the last two years. But just like Iraq, the media concentrates mainly on the incidents of violence, and not the pattern and overall intensity.

American military losses are also way down in Iraq. In September, 25 U.S. troops died, but most (two-thirds) of those were from accidents and disease. During the last five months, U.S. deaths in Iraqi have averaged about 23 a month, with less than half of them because of combat."

The Ayatollah’s Z(B)ig Dhimmi, Obama, and Iran

The Ayatollah’s Z(B)ig Dhimmi, Obama, and Iran: "The uniquely perceptive Professor Barry Rubin has published a serendipitous column on the same day when Obama’s erstwhile “adviser”—the maroonish Antisemite Zbigniew Brzezinski—suggested that the US negotiate with the Taliban. Daniel Casse attempted to penetrate Obama’s hubris (while they briefly interacted at the Asheville, North Carolina Grove Park Inn workout room) with this plea today, “Don’t listen to Brzezinski, he’s awful,” …He’s on TV talking about making deals with the Taliban.”

Given the destructive legacy of Brzezinski’s distressingly stupid courtship of Khomeini’s retrograde “revolution”—in reality a restoration of the kind of Shi’ite theocracy that ruled Iran almost continuously from Shah Ismail in 1502, until 1925—let us pray that Obama (should he be elected)—heeds Casse’s warning."

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The untold story of the battle against the ‘Soldiers of Heaven’

The untold story of the battle against the ‘Soldiers of Heaven’ - Army News, opinions, editorials, news from Iraq, photos, reports - Army Times: "The 11 Special Forces soldiers were speeding along in three Humvees. The call for help had come from an Iraqi army scout.

The Iraqis had moved a little after dawn to arrest what they thought were about 30 potential troublemakers.

The SF team members had no clue they were racing into a 24-hour battle, vastly outnumbered and outgunned by a heavily armed militia of about 800 cult-like Shiite warriors.

The “Soldiers of Heaven” were dug in to fight to the death in their quest to take over the city of Najaf and its holy shrine."

Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Threatened

Counterterrorism Blog: Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Threatened: "The Washington Institute published a piece by Richard Barrett, the head of the al Qaeda/Taliban monitoring team for the UN, on how a recent ruling by the European Court of Justice could put not only the EU's but the UN's targeted sanctions regime at risk as well.

Here is an excerpt from the piece:

In early September, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) -- the highest court in the European Union -- ruled that the EU's application of UN sanctions against Yasin Qadi and the al-Barakaat International Foundation infringed their basic rights, and declared the action illegal under EU law. Although the judgment applies only to these two parties, the ruling has far-reaching consequences, for not only the EU but also the entire UN system of targeted sanctions."

Fire in the Night by John M. Murtagh, City Journal 30 April 2008

Fire in the Night by John M. Murtagh, City Journal 30 April 2008: "During the April 16 debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, moderator George Stephanopoulos brought up “a gentleman named William Ayers,” who “was part of the Weather Underground in the 1970s. They bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other buildings. He’s never apologized for that.” Stephanopoulos then asked Obama to explain his relationship with Ayers. Obama’s answer: “The notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was eight years old, somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn’t make much sense, George.” Obama was indeed only eight in early 1970. I was only nine then, the year Ayers’s Weathermen tried to murder me.

In February 1970, my father, a New York State Supreme Court justice, was presiding over the trial of the so-called “Panther 21,” members of the Black Panther Party indicted in a plot to bomb New York landmarks and department stores. Early on the morning of February 21, as my family slept, three gasoline-filled firebombs exploded at our home on the northern tip of Manhattan, two at the front door and the third tucked neatly under the gas tank of the family car. (Today, of course, we’d call that a car bomb.) A neighbor heard the first two blast"

Monday, October 06, 2008

Back and gathering my thoughts

I have been swamped and travelling a lot, so here is my attempt to get caught up on some of what I have missed. Normally, I just click on an article and post it, but I want to get a lot of stuff in and try something new. I am even looking at transfering this blog to its own site. Anyone want to help?
How did the United States get to the stage where politicians decided it was necessary to scare the taxpayers into forking over $700 billion to purchase assets the private sector wouldn't touch? So far neither Democrats nor Republicans have shown interest in examining a major factor in the mortgage lending mess - federal government policies which, taken together with pressure from left-wing activist groups, eroded credit requirements to make mortgages available to people who could not possibly pay them back, including some who were illegally in the United States.
"I don't understand why that would not be a viable option," he said.

Urbina is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday that will examine whether he has the power to order the release of at least five of the Uighurs. Their attorneys have filed court papers asking Urbina to also consider releasing 12 other Uighurs who remain in custody.

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