Saturday, July 05, 2008

CDC Still Searching for Source of Salmonella

Since multiple Media/Leftist sources have called for the President to be impeached because some tomatoes might be contaminated, will they now apologize? I am not going to hold my breath! Leftists only apologize for things they have no control over, like the slavery that some people practiced a few hundred years ago. And the many millennium before. Name a ancient society that did not have some form, if you can.

Fine all the Media that get blatantly involved in politics. Just a thousand dollars for inserting biased comments into a news story. Make them return to honest reporting. The Leftist Fairness Doctrine is to silence Right-wing voices, when a fine for blatant bias would silence Leftist voices. Anyone deny this? Which Right-Wing voice in the Media would be silenced? Limbaugh? No, he is a pundit, not a news personality. Just as the pundits on Comedy Central would be safe, as long as they do not try to claim to report the news and admit that they are just commenting on the news. It is a fine line for some, but a huge step for others.


CDC Still Searching for Source of Salmonella: "... the Centers for Disease Control had the produce [tomatoes] pulled from store shelves and off menus.

But, as testing continued certain types of tomatoes passed safety tests and went back on the shelves.

However, Salmonella cases continued popping up and over the past week the CDC admitted there may be 'something else' behind the outbreak.

'Everything we have done and all of our conversations with people who have gotten ill and people who haven't gotten ill, probably 80-percent have eaten tomatoes so that's where the focus has been,' said Emily Palmer, of the Dept. of State Health Service.

The CDC hasn't said what else may be linked, but it's looking at other produce.

So far, the health department has approved grape, cherry and tomatoes on the vine ..."

Boys punished with detention for refusing to pray to Allah

No longer allowed to worship, or even mention Christ, yet bowing to Allah is becoming mandatory? Liberals are getting ever more moronic in their War on Civilization.

Boys punished with detention for refusing to pray to Allah: "Two seventh-grade boys were given detention and their classmates forced to miss their scheduled refreshment break when the pair refused to kneel and pray to Allah during a religious studies class.

Outraged parents called the punishment of the boys for not wanting to take part in the practical demonstration at Alsager High School near Stoke-on-Trent, UK, of how Muslims' worship Allah a breach of their human rights.

'This isn't right, it's taking things too far,' parent Sharon Luinen told the London Daily Mail.

'I understand that they have to learn about other religions. I can live with that, but it is taking it a step too far to be punished because they wouldn't join in Muslim prayer. Making them pray to Allah, who isn't who they worship, is wrong and what got me is that they were told they were being disrespectful.

'I don't want this to look as if I have a problem with the school because I am generally very happy with it.'"

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Morocco breaks up al-Qaida bombers recruitment network

Once again, if I want good news in the Long War, then I need to turn to non-US sources. Of course, even I did not predict that CHINA would be a good source!

More dead terrorists. What a wonderful day!


Morocco breaks up al-Qaida bombers recruitment network - People's Daily Online: "Moroccan security forces Wednesday said they have arrest 35 members of a terrorist network specialized in recruiting volunteers for al-Qaida branches in Iraq and Algeria, official MAP news agency reported.

The network has recruited and sent to Iraq some 30 bombers, while three individuals were dispatched to fight for al-Qaida branch in Algeria, the report quoted police sources as saying.

The group, allegedly led by a Moroccan-born Belgian citizen, was also planning to commit terrorist acts in the north African kingdom, the report said. The suspects were arrested in several cities across the country."

Mexican Cartels and the Fallout From Phoenix

Wow and cool.

Editorial: Mexican Cartels and the Fallout From Phoenix: Top News Stories at Officer.com: "Late on the night of June 22, a residence in Phoenix was approached by a heavily armed tactical team preparing to serve a warrant. The members of the team were wearing the typical gear for members of their profession: black boots, black BDU pants, Kevlar helmets and Phoenix Police Department (PPD) raid shirts pulled over their body armor. The team members carried AR-15 rifles equipped with Aimpoint sights to help them during the low-light operation and, like most cops on a tactical team, in addition to their long guns, the members of this team carried secondary weapons -- pistols strapped to their thighs.

But the raid took a strange turn when one element of the team began directing suppressive fire on the residence windows while the second element entered -- a tactic not normally employed by the PPD. This breach of departmental protocol did not stem from a mistake on the part of the team's commander. It occurred because the eight men on the assault team were not from the PPD at all. These men were not cops serving a legal search or arrest warrant signed by a judge; they were cartel hit men serving a death warrant signed by a Mexican drug lord.

The tactical team struck hard and fast. They quickly killed a man in the house and then fled the scene in two vehicles, a red Chevy Tahoe and a gray Honda sedan. Their aggressive tactics did have consequences, however. The fury the attackers unleashed on the home -- firing over 100 rounds during the operation -- drew the attention of a nearby Special Assignments Unit (SAU) team, the PPD's real tactical team, which responded to the scene with other officers. An SAU officer noticed the Tahoe fleeing the scene and followed it until it entered an alley. Sensing a potential ambush, the SAU officer chose to establish a perimeter and wait for reinforcements rather than charge down the alley after the suspects. This was fortunate, because after three of the suspects from the Tahoe were arrested, they confessed that they had indeed planned to ambush the police officers chasing them.

The assailants who fled in the Honda have not yet been found, but police did recover the vehicle in a church parking lot. They reportedly found four sets of body armor in the vehicle and also recovered an assault rifle abandoned in a field adjacent to the church.

This Phoenix home invasion and murder is a vivid reminder of the threat to U.S. law enforcement officers that stems from the cartel wars in Mexico.

Violence Crosses the Border

The fact that the Mexican men involved in the Phoenix case were heavily armed and dressed as police comes as no surprise to anyone who has followed security events in Mexico. Teams of cartel enforcers frequently impersonate police or military personnel, often wearing matching tactical gear and carrying standardized weapons. In fact, it is rare to see a shootout or cartel-related arms seizure in Mexico where tactical gear and clothing bearing police or military insignia is not found.

One reason for the prevalent use of this type of equipment is that many cartel enforcers come from military or police backgrounds. By training and habit, they prefer to operate as a team composed of members equipped with standardized gear so that items such as ammunition and magazines can be interchanged during a firefight. This also gives a team member the ability to pick up the familiar weapon of a fallen comrade and immediately bring it into action. This is of course the same reason military units and police forces use standardized equipment in most places.

Police clothing, such as hats, patches and raid jackets, is surprisingly easy to come by. Authentic articles can be stolen or purchased through uniform vendors or cop shops. Knockoff uniform items can easily be manufactured in silk screen or embroidery shops by duplicating authentic designs. Even badges are easy to obtain if one knows where to look.

While it now appears that the three men arrested in Phoenix were not former or active members of the Mexican military or police, it is not surprising that they employed military- and police-style tactics. Enforcers of various cartel groups such as Los Zetas, La Gente Nueva or the Kaibiles who have received advanced tactical training often pass on that training to younger enforcers (many of whom are former street thugs) at makeshift training camps located on ranches in northern Mexico. There are also reports of Israeli mercenaries visiting these camps to provide tactical training. In this way, the cartel enforcers are transforming ordinary street thugs into highly-trained cartel tactical teams.

Though cartel enforcers have almost always had ready access to guns, including military weapons such as assault rifles and grenade launchers, groups such as Los Zetas, the Kaibiles and their young disciples bring an added level of threat to the equation. They are highly trained men with soldiers' mindsets who operate as a unit capable of using their weapons with deadly effectiveness. Assault rifles in the hands of untrained thugs are dangerous, but when those same weapons are placed in the hands of men who can shoot accurately and operate tactically as a fire team, they can be overwhelmingly powerful - not only when used against enemies and other intended targets, but also when used against law enforcement officers who attempt to interfere with the team's operations.

Targets

Although the victim in the Phoenix killing, Andrew Williams, was reportedly a Jamaican drug dealer who crossed a Mexican cartel, there are many other targets in the United States that the cartels would like to eliminate. These targets include Mexican cartel members who have fled to the United States due to several different factors. The first factor is the violent cartel war that has raged in Mexico for the past few years over control of important smuggling routes and strategic locations along those routes. The second factor is the Calderon administration's crackdown, first on the Gulf cartel and now on the Sinaloa cartel. Pressure from rival cartels and the government has forced many cartel leaders into hiding, and some of them have left Mexico for Central America or the United States.

Traditionally, when violence has spiked in Mexico, cartel figures have used U.S. cities such as Laredo, El Paso and San Diego as rest and recreation spots, reasoning that the general umbrella of safety provided by U.S. law enforcement to those residing in the United States would protect them from assassination by their enemies. As bolder Mexican cartel hit men have begun to carry out assassinations on the U.S. side of the border in places such as Laredo, Rio Bravo, and even Dallas, the cartel figures have begun to seek sanctuary deeper in the United States, thereby bringing the threat with them.

While many cartel leaders are wanted in the United States, many have family members not being sought by U.S. law enforcement. (Many of them even have relatives who are U.S. citizens.) Some family members have also settled comfortably inside the United States, using the country as a haven from violence in Mexico. These families might become targets, however, as the cartels look for creative ways to hurt their rivals.

Other cartel targets in the United States include Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement officers responsible for operations against the cartels, and informants who have cooperated with U.S. or Mexican authorities and been relocated stateside for safety. There are also many police officers who have quit their jobs in Mexico and fled to the United States to escape threats from the cartels, as well as Mexican businessmen who are targeted by cartels and have moved to the United States for safety.

To date, the cartels for the most part have refrained from targeting innocent civilians. In the type of environment they operate under inside Mexico, cartels cannot afford to have the local population, a group they use as camouflage, turn against them. It is not uncommon for cartel leaders to undertake public relations events (they have even held carnivals for children) in order to build goodwill with the general population. As seen with al Qaeda in Iraq, losing the support of the local population is deadly for a militant group attempting to hide within that population.

Cartels have also attempted to minimize civilian casualties in their operations inside the United States, though for a different operational consideration. The cartels believe that if a U.S. drug dealer or a member of a rival Mexican cartel is killed in a place like Dallas or Phoenix, nobody really cares. Many people see such a killing as a public service, and there will not be much public outcry about it, nor much real effort on the part of law enforcement agencies to identify and catch the killers. The death of a civilian, on the other hand, brings far more public condemnation and law enforcement attention.

However, the aggressiveness of cartel enforcers and their brutal lack of regard for human life means that while they do not intentionally target civilians, they are bound to create collateral casualties along the way. This is especially true as they continue to conduct operations like the Phoenix killing, where they fired over 100 rounds of 5.56 mm ball ammunition at a home in a residential neighborhood.

Tactical Implications

Judging from the operations of the cartel enforcers in Mexico, they have absolutely no hesitation about firing at police officers who interfere with their operations or who dare to chase them. Indeed, the Phoenix case nearly ended in an ambush of the police. It must be noted, however, that this ambush was not really intentional, but rather the natural reaction of these Mexican cartel enforcers to police pursuit. They were accustomed to shooting at police and military south of the border and have very little regard for them. In many instances, this aggression convinces the poorly armed and trained police to leave the cartel gunmen alone.

The problem such teams pose for the average U.S. cop on patrol is that the average cop is neither trained nor armed to confront a heavily armed fire team. In fact, a PPD source advised Stratfor that, had the SAU officer not been the first to arrive on the scene, it could have been a disaster for the department. This is not a criticism of the Phoenix cops. The vast majority of police officers and federal agents in the United States simply are not prepared or equipped to deal with a highly trained fire team using insurgent tactics. That is a task suited more for the U.S. military forces currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

These cartel gunmen also have the advantage of being camouflaged as cops. This might not only cause considerable confusion during a firefight (who do backup officers shoot at if both parties in the fight are dressed like cops?) but also means that responding officers might hesitate to fire on the criminals dressed as cops. Such hesitation could provide the criminals with an important tactical advantage -- an advantage that could prove fatal for the officers.

Mexican cartel enforcers have also demonstrated a history of using sophisticated scanners to listen to police radio traffic, and in some cases they have even employed police radios to confuse and misdirect the police responding to an armed confrontation with cartel enforcers.

We anticipate that as the Mexican cartels begin to go after more targets inside the United States, the spread of cartel violence and these dangerous tactics beyond the border region will catch some law enforcement officers by surprise. A patrol officer conducting a traffic stop on a group of cartel members who are preparing to conduct an assassination in, say, Los Angeles, Chicago or northern Virginia could quickly find himself heavily outgunned and under fire. With that said, cops in the United States are far more capable than their Mexican counterparts of dealing with this threat.

In addition to being far better trained, U.S. law enforcement officers also have access to far better command, control and communication networks than their Mexican counterparts. Like we saw in the Phoenix example, this communication network provides cops with the ability to quickly summon reinforcements, air support and tactical teams to deal with heavily armed criminals — but this communication system only helps if it can be used. That means cops need to recognize the danger before they are attacked and prevented from calling for help. As with many other threats, the key to protecting oneself against this threat is situational awareness, and cops far from the border need to become aware of this trend."

New weather records in US

This is a lie by Bush. Everyone knows that it is record highs that we are having! Only a moron would believe that the Gorical would lie!

Charlotte News - Local News Charlotte | Charlotte Observer: "This morning was downright cool in the Charlotte region -- cool enough to break a record that had stood for more than a century.

The temperature at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport was 56 at about 5:30 a.m., breaking the July 2 record of 58, set in 1885. The normal low for this time of year is 70."

Pentagon extends tour of Marines in Afghanistan

Semper Gumby, Always Flexible. The Marines dropped in and found a lot of bad guys to kill. They just need a few more units to finish the job.

Good luck, boys!


Pentagon extends tour of Marines in Afghanistan: "The Pentagon has extended the tour of 2,200 Marines in Afghanistan, after insisting for months the unit would come home on time.

The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is doing combat operations in the volatile south, will stay an extra 30 days and come home in early November rather than October, Marine Col. David Lapan confirmed Thursday.

Military leaders as recently as Wednesday stressed the need for additional troops in Afghanistan. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has repeatedly praised the work of the 24th MEU in fighting Taliban militants in Helmand Province.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, however, has repeatedly said he did not intend to extend or replace the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, calling their deployment there an extraordinary, one-time effort to help tamp down the increasing violence in the south."

Bush Blasts the Do-Nothing Democrats As Oil Hits New High

GWPundit finds the political goods again. Not that finding criminal or corrupt behavior among a group of political thugs like the Democrats is very difficult.

I want my ANWR oil!


Gateway Pundit: Bush Blasts the Do-Nothing Democrats As Oil Hits New High: "Oil prices have nearly tripled under the Pelosi-Reid Congress in less than two years. (Crude Oil Price History)

But, the Do-nothing Democratic Congress continue to stand against developing domestic energy reserves and repeating their false canard about the 68 million acres already available to drilling.

One leading democrat, impeached judge and Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Miramar), even admitted that Democrats have 'no answer' to the skyrocketing gas prices and said Americans need to get used to paying $5 to $6 a gallon for their gas.

Well Republicans feels differently...
President Bush blasted the Democratic Congress today for refusing to act on the gas crisis facing Americans."

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

AL QAEDA'S PLAN B

Wonderful to see how the terrorists are publishing the manuals to conquer the world for us! This lets us know their plans in return for the many times the Wests plans have been printed in the Media for the convenience of the terrorists. However, since the Media don't want the proles to know what the terrorists are trying, we won't see these plans published.

I have a plan on how to deal with this, but I know that the Left will cry about it since they know that they can convince the Muslims to end this Crusade against Civilization. Just as I know that the only way to stop either the terrorists or the Leftists is to beat them into submission.

Anyone want to argue a contrary position?


AL QAEDA'S PLAN B - New York Post: " NAJI makes it clear that the United States is the chief, if not the exclusive target, of jihad at this time. He mentions Israel only once, as "America's little female idol." His only reference to Palestine is in a historical context.

Naji asks jihadis to target oilfields, sea and airports, tourist facilities and especially banking and financial services. He envisages "a very long war," at the end of which the whole world is brought under the banner of Islam.

He identifies several Muslim countries as promising for establishing "the governance of the wilderness": Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Yemen, Turkey, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco. The implication is that "wilderness" units already exist in nations such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Somalia and Algeria.

Naji's theory is built on the concept of terror as the main organizing principle of the mini-states he hopes to set up everywhere in preparation for the coming Caliphate. He claims that the Prophet himself practiced the tactic by making his enemies in Medina, where he ran his version of the "wilderness," pay "the maximum price" for any deviance, and through constant raids on trade caravans belonging to his enemies in Mecca.

IN a simple language, Naji of fers a synthesis of the themes that appeal to different jihadi groups. With anti-imperialist sentiments, missionary dreams, ethnic and class grievances and puritanical obsessions, he mixes a deadly cocktail.

Naji's message is stark: Western civilization is doomed. Its last bastion, America, lacks the will for a long war. The "infidel" loves life and treats it as an endless feast. Jihadis have to ruin that feast and persuade the "infidel" to abandon this world in exchange for greater rewards in the next. "

A warped reaction

Ms Phillips consistently leave me cheering. I have been trying to figure out how to report on this incident myself during a busy day and she has me beat. As usual.

I will post other links after her story, just because this is too twisted.


The Spectator: "In Jerusalem today an attack claimed three lives and injured at least 45 people after an Arab in a bulldozer deliberately upended a bus and mowed down several cars in an attempt to kill as many people as he could.

But for the Guardian and the BBC, the most important fact to note was that the bulldozer driver was then shot dead. The Guardian headlined its report

Man shot dead after Jerusalem bulldozer rampage

while the BBC, whose website report is currently headlined

Deadly Jerusalem bulldozer attack

initially ran the headline

Israel bulldozer driver shot dead.

This was captured by Honest Reporting which commented:

...this example offers further evidence of the BBC's mindset - the initial instinct to portray Israel as an aggressor and a Palestinian as a victim even if that Palestinian was actively involved in a terrorist attack against innocent civilians...The BBC's very own correspondent Tim Franks even witnessed much of the incident from his office window. The BBC can have no excuse for not having the basic facts of the story in front of them from the very beginning.

True, the BBC did quickly change its headline; but even so, the warped reflex reaction is a dead giveaway. No surprise, but sickening nonetheless."

Other Links:

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/30525_Palestinian_Terrorist_Strikes_in_Jerusalem/comments/#ctop

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/021601.php

http://wolfhowling.blogspot.com/2008/07/palestian-terror-attack-with-bulldozer.html

http://www.solomonia.com/blog/archive/2008/07/4-zionists-killed-45-injured/index.shtml

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2008/07/terror-in-jerusalem-3-women-killed-in.html (This link is the best of the articles.)

The Gurkha ruling is shameful

The Brits refuse to pay honorable pensions to their faithful soldiers, yet they are paying millions to support the families of known terrorists that live on the dole? What a crock! I love England, but I am getting the urge to piss in their tea.

Fire the 'Justice' who is refusing justice. Save England.


The Gurkha ruling is shameful | Coffee House: "The Gurkha ruling is shameful
Peter Hoskin 5:02pm

Over the past few weeks, three Gurkha veterans have been challenging the Government's imbalanced pension plan for Gurkhas - by which those who signed up for the army before July 1997, and retired after that date, are valued at between only 24 and 36 percent of British rates. Today, the High Court turned their challenge down.

It's a shameful ruling. After all, these three veterans - and the group they represent - were just as prepared to sacrifice their lives for our country as any other soldier. By that alone, they have done more for the UK than most people ever will. And that's before we get onto the Gurkha's proud 200-year history, or the 13 Victoria crosses they've accrued in that time.

In turn, the UK should reward them accordingly. And that means not turning down their pension requests with the cry that they'll be 'unaffordable' for the public finances. Given that Gurkha's pensions currently cost around £40 million a year, we're talking peanuts by state standards. Especially when this Government's wasted £2 billion because of tax credit ‘incompetence’, £20 billion on a dodgy computer system, £300 million on a police radio network etc. etc.

The three ex-Gurkha soldiers will appeal against the Court's decision. I, for one, hope that delivers the result they want. The right result."

France’s Terrorism Strategy Faulted

Naturally the Left is upset about the way that France catches so many terrorists. How horrible! If the family members and friends want to avoid being picked up for questioning, why don't they stop their friends from joining in terrorist activities?

Friends don't let friends be terrorists! If they do, then they are supporting them and need to be scared straight.

Once again, Human Rights Watch notices the minor issues in the Western legal system and ignores the human rights of the victims who die or are mangled by the terrorists. I wonder if there is a connection? Either way, they can piss off and go examine real criminal regimes. Not that have the balls, or guts either, to handle real violations of Human Rights.


France’s Terrorism Strategy Faulted - NYTimes.com: "France prides itself on having the most efficient counterterrorism strategy in Europe. French counterterrorism officials insist that the flexibility of French law and the French judicial system has been crucial in their ability to respond to the threat of international terrorism and has helped prevent attacks on French soil.

But an 84-page report issued by New-York-based Human Rights Watch, entitled “Preempting Justice,” argues that that French practices result in too many arrests and convictions based on scanty evidence, putting the country “on the wrong side of the law.”

Specifically, the reports states that the broad and much-used charge of “criminal association in relation to a terrorist undertaking” is so sweeping that it is in essence “guilt by association” that allows authorities to arrest and interrogate large numbers of people even when they have nothing to do with suspected terrorist activity.

The charge is used in a number of other countries in continental Europe. Spain, for example, uses the charge much more aggressively than France, particularly against the Basque separatist group ETA.

“No specific terrorist act need be planned, much less executed, to give rise to the offense,” the report says, adding that even family members, friends, neighbors and casual acquaintances can be detained. "

NIMS/ICS Resource DVD: On the Street at Officer.com

I have taught this subject many times in the last few years and laugh at the people who try to learn it without a teacher to help explain and to provide examples. I have not seen this version of the training videos before, but I might get a copy soon to see how it compares to the FEMA ones.

I thank Mr Borelli for this article.


NIMS/ICS Resource DVD: On the Street at Officer.com: "For decades now the fire service has been managing large fire grounds through use of the Incident Management System. Within the past few years - since the attacks of nine eleven - it's been realized that such management can be applied to all serious disaster scenes. But, truth be told, the fire services, who have the most experience, simply don't have time to stop and train everyone else in public safety in how to use and work under the system. Enter the NICS/ICS Pro Edition training DVD. Distributed by Advanced Safety Products, Inc (+ASP), the training DVD provides basic training in how to use the NIMS system but also provides testimonials from those scene commanders who have used it in real disasters.

Now, with as much time as I spend sitting in front of a computer, I'm not usually one who looks forward to doing it more for training. That said, the NIMS/ICS disk is a DVD and wasn't specifically designed to be 'stand alone' training. Indeed the published material that came with it specifically states:

The DVD may be utilized in a standalone format (ICS 100 & 200) in conjunction with the free FEMA online testing programs, although this is not recommended, as it is a less effective method of teaching students."

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Intelligence: Congress Blinds The FBI

This is a small part of the full analysis of what the US Congress is doing to aid the terrorists to invade America and kill Americans. What heroes.

Intelligence: Congress Blinds The FBI: "These predictive models get better as the quality of the information going into them improves. As more terrorists are captured and interrogated, and their computers and data is translated, the predictions become more accurate.

Using more primitive computers, Germany employed data mining successfully in the 1970s, to find leftist, middle class terrorists who were operating with assistance from the East German secret police. The terrorists thought they were well concealed, but data mining can do wonders with the slightest pieces of information.

The FBI has been unable to make this point to Congress, mainly because some key legislators are ideologically opposed to data mining, and refuse to acknowledge the widespread success of the technique in civilians and military sectors."

Information Warfare: The Curious China Connection

I am getting more worried about the Chinese attacks and hackers! In a very real way, they might be more dangerous than the Muslim terrorists. If the terrorists need to be stopped, why not the hackers? I know that laws are scarce on line, but still, that means it is more open for actions to stop the hackers, too. Just send an EMP burst over China?

Information Warfare: The Curious China Connection: "The Curious China Connection

July 1, 2008: A recent analysis of web sites pushing malware (software that helps hackers steal data) revealed that half of them are connected with just ten ISPs (Internet Service Providers), and six of those ISPs are in China. This came as no surprise, as China has become the favorite hideout for Internet criminals.

There's just one catch. The Chinese Internet is highly policed by a special force of 30,000 secret police technicians. On the Chinese Internet, you don't do something the government does not want, at least not for long. So how do these criminals manage to survive on such a heavily policed portion of the Internet? It's no secret that a lot of Internet mischief comes out of China, with the tacit approval of the Chinese government. This includes vandalizing web sites of organizations that push democracy in China, or protest the restrictions on the Chinese Internet, or say anything the Chinese officials do not like. Whenever another country gets into a squabble with China, there's lots of hacking against that nations websites, particularly government. Most of the hackers can be traced back to China. The same pattern has been seen with numerous hacker attacks on government networks in Europe, India and North America. Apparently, if hackers are willing to "serve the state," they can find a safe haven in China.
"

Commies Employ Teenage Mind Wipe

The Left moved into the shelter of the Campus in all Western countries, and their allies. I am, unfortunately, not shocked to read this article. I doubt you will be either. Can you see the parallels between the Korean education system and the US one?

Information Warfare: Commies Employ Teenage Mind Wipe: "The South Korea government is beginning to realize why there is such a vigorous anti-U.S., pro-North Korea movement in a country that was devastated by a North Korean invasion 58 years ago. The reason is that most (OK, 51 percent) of South Korean teenagers know little about the Korean War (1950-53). After all, this was their grand-parents, or great-grand-parents war. The reason for the ignorance is the education system, dominated by leftists who have, over the decades, played down the unprovoked and savage North Korean invasion in 1950.

The South Korean Communist Party was outlawed in 1946, by the American occupation forces, for using violence to try and gain control of South Korea. But the South Korean Communists went underground, and some remained after North Korean forces were driven out in late 1950. After the war, North Korea sent agents and money south to keep leftist organizations going. Suppressing the bad memories of the Korean war (the North Koreans were exceptionally brutal, ask any South Korean over 70) was a typical communist Information War ploy, and it has paid big dividends by creating a generation of teenagers who can be convinced that the Korean War was all the fault of the United States (who had withdrawn its troops just before the North Koreans invaded, and that was not a coincidence.) After the Cold War ended, the Russian archives were opened a bit and it was revealed that the Soviets had convinced the North Koreans that the Americans would not defend South Korea. When that didn't work out, the Russians talked the Chinese to come in and keep the UN forces from taking control of North Korea. That operation cost the Chinese half a million dead, and a grudge against the Russians that led to decades of bad feelings. But the South Korean educational system has managed to purge most of this from the curriculum, or downplay the teaching of it in the classroom.

The Big Lie technique not only lives, it thrives, and you can see it happening in South Korea. "

Showing Solidarity with Obama

When I think about Obama becoming President, I get physically sick with worry. Frank J seems to have a piece on the O'Zombies that, while written tongue in cheek, seems to have a LOT of truth to it. Frank J is good at doing that! Thanks Frank.

IMAO: Showing Solidarity with Obama: "Obama supporters are starting to get Ronulan weird: Some of them are legally changing their middle names to Hussein to show solidarity with Changey McHoperson. If his cultish supporters want to show solidarity where they think Obama may be attacked, here are a few other suggestions:

WAYS TO SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH OBAMA

* When important family matters needs your decision, vote "present."

* If you're ever caught in a lie, blame those most devoted to you for the error.

* Never do anything significant and demand a huge promotion at work.

* Whenever anything goes wrong, immediately throw one of your friends or family members under the minivan.

* Look down on others despite being a completely worthless person yourself.

* Hang out with racists and other scumbags until challenged on it and then claim ignorance of the controversy.

* Send your friends to attack the military service of opponents.

* Insult people with real principles behind their backs.

* Change your positions daily to what seems most popular at the time. Back this up by generally making mealy-mouthed, non-statements about important issues.

* Marry someone angry and bitter who takes all of her blessing for granted.

* Talk in general bromides, and never back it up with any actions.

* Hint to your dislike of the country, but get really bitchy if it's brought up.

* Just generally be a sniveling coward."

Two Interesting Trends

Is Mr Farah really going to believe an article in the NYTimes? Well...
OK, the Times has a definite bias and will only print things that make people unhappy, but they still hire a few journalists who want to find the Truth. I think.

The gist of this article is that the US is handily winning against the terrorists, but the new government in Pakistan is supporting the terrorists and the US is still calling them an ally. Can't we just do a raid and steal all their nukes? We can keep them safe until the Islamic threat has died down. Died? heh!

Go read the rest of this. It is very well thought out and reasoned.



Douglas Farah: Two Interesting Trends: "There are two stories today that point to ongoing problems and the future contours of the conflicts in which we will be emerged in coming years.

The first is the extensive New York Times piece on who lack of resources, bureaucratic infighting and lack of unified vision (coupled with a high tolerance for Pakistan’s game-playing) has helped allow al Qaeda to regroup in the tribal regions.

Perhaps the most disturbing item in the piece, which chronicles numerous disturbing elements that show how much the inter-agency process is returning to its pre-9/11 mindset the further the memories recede, is the following:

Just as it had on the day before 9/11, Al Qaeda now has a band of terrorist camps from which to plan and train for attacks against Western targets, including the United States. Officials say the new camps are smaller than the ones the group used prior to 2001. However, despite dozens of American missile strikes in Pakistan since 2002, one retired C.I.A. officer estimated that the makeshift training compounds now have as many as 2,000 local and foreign militants, up from several hundred three years ago.

Radical Islamist groups (as well as most radicalized groups) desperately need areas where they can gather to mutually reinforce their beliefs, weed out unbelievers and build a joint narrative that allows them to tell"

Illinois Man Arrested for Extremely Poisonous Puffer Fish Toxin

I think that if we want to know why this nut wanted this poison, we can just put some of the dust in the room with him until he talks. He will be too terrified to move and will be dying to get out! Sounds simple to me!

What could be a possible legitimate reason for having this stuff? I can't think of one.


FOXNews.com - Illinois Man Arrested for Extremely Poisonous Puffer Fish Toxin - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News: "A suburban Chicago man was charged Monday with possessing an illegal toxin found in puffer fish.

Edward Bachner, 35, was charged with one count of illegal possession of tetrodotoxin, a felony. He was being held in federal custody pending a detention hearing Wednesday.

Using the alias Edmond Backer, Bachner allegedly claimed he was a doctor when he ordered 98 milligrams of the toxin from a New Jersey chemical company, the FBI said. An employee of the company became suspicious due to the large amount ordered and alerted the FBI.

Bachner was arrested Monday when he allegedly tried to get the tetrodotoxin from a member of the FBI, authorities said. Bachner faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to the FBI. His telephone number was unlisted.

It's not clear why Bachner wanted the toxin, authorities said.

Tetrodotoxin is a poison so potent the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it can 'produce rapid and violent death.' It is 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Puffer fish, called fugu in Japan, is consumed by thrill-seeking gourmets once the poison is removed. Eating the toxin can cause paralysis, vomiting, heart failure and death."

9/11 canine hero to be cloned: California lab

I love dogs! Helping this heroic dog to live on is a wonderful gift. I hope the MkII version is as good as the original.

9/11 canine hero to be cloned: California lab: "A dog that sniffed out survivors from under the rubble of New York's World Trade Center after the 2001 terror strikes is to be cloned, the California-based firm conducting the procedure said.

Trakr, a German shepherd who lives with his owner James Symington in Los Angeles, was picked by BioArts International as the most 'clone-worthy' canine in a competition offering an owner a free chance to replicate their pet.

Symington said he and Trakr were among the first search and rescue teams to arrive at Ground Zero after the September 11 attacks, and were responsible for locating the last human survivor under about 30 feet (nine meters) of debris."

Muslim outrage at police advert featuring cute puppy sitting in policeman's hat


Why is that Muslims move from their countries and then have to knock the way things are done in their new country?

Dear Tayside Police, This puppy and advert are very cute! Keep them! If the Muslims don't like it, then they can suck it up. Us Westerners don't like the Eid festival where Muslims cut themselves and their children up or the way the Muslims cover their wives in cloth trash bags. We tolerate it and they can tolerate our love of dogs.


Muslim outrage at police advert featuring cute puppy sitting in policeman's hat | Mail Online: "A postcard featuring a cute puppy sitting in a policeman's hat advertising a Scottish police force's new telephone number has sparked outrage from Muslims.

Tayside Police's new non-emergency phone number has prompted complaints from members of the Islamic community.

The choice of image on the Tayside Police cards - a black dog sitting in a police officer's hat - has now been raised with Chief Constable John Vine.
Poster

Tayside Police caused uproar in the Muslim community after they released this advertisement featuring police puppy Rebel sitting in a hat

The advert has upset Muslims because dogs are considered ritually unclean and has sparked such anger that some shopkeepers in Dundee have refused to display the advert.

Dundee councillor Mohammed Asif said: 'My concern was that it's not welcomed by all communities, with the dog on the cards.

'It was probably a waste of resources going to these communities.

'They (the police) should have understood. Since then, the police have explained that it was an oversight on their part, and that if they'd seen it was going to cause upset they wouldn't have done it.'

Councillor Asif, who is a member of the Tayside Joint Police Board, said that the force had"

Poland Won’t Sign European Treaty

It looks as if the Socialists and other Lefties in Europe are not as strong as they once were. Hurrah!

While I admire the efforts to make Europe into one unified block, the way that the Socialists have conceived is outrageous. Thank the Lord for the bravery of the Irish voters.


Poland Won’t Sign European Treaty - NYTimes.com: "As France assumed the rotating presidency of the European Union on Tuesday, the bloc’s wounded plans for reform took another hit , this time from Poland whose president said he would not sign the Lisbon Treaty that was intended to revitalize the EU’s institutions.

The treaty’s future was thrown into doubt last month when Irish voters rejected it in a referendum. Under the EU’s laws, the treaty, which was designed to modernize the institutions of the 27-nation bloc, required unanimous backing among its member states to be adopted. Ireland was the only country whose own constitution stipulated a referendum. The pact , has been approved by 19 national parliaments, including Poland’s.

In Warsaw, however, the signature of President Lech Kaczynski is required as the last step ratification. In a newspaper interview published Tuesday, Mr. Kaczynski said it would “pointless” to sign the Lisbon Treaty in light of the Irish rejection.

Mr. Kaczynski’s move highlighted the continuing struggle between his Law and Justice Party and Prime Minister Donald tusk’s center-right Civic Platform which was swept into power last year.

Mr. Tusk has been seeking to modify the strong Euroskeptic position forged by the Law and Justice Party when it was in government.

Poland’s decision was seen as a blow not only for the European Union but for President Nicolas Sarkozy as France took over the presidency.

In Germany, the treaty is also facing unexpected problems over ratification. President Horst Köhler has said he cannot sign the pact into law because two legislators have asked the Constitutional Court to decide whether it is unconstitutional."

Monday, June 30, 2008

Jihad Watch: "Someone like Charles simply doesn't make a story up"

Jihad Watch: "Someone like Charles simply doesn't make a story up": ""Someone like Charles simply doesn't make a story up"

Charles Enderlin is the French journalist responsible for the notorious Muhammad Al-Dura footage that ignited an orgy of mass murder by Palestinian Arab jihadists. The footage has been proven to be a hoax. But journalist Anne-Elisabeth Moutet finds that her journalistic colleagues are somewhat less enthusiastic about admitting a hoax when it exonerates the Israelis and the "extreme right."

"L'Affaire Enderlin: Being a French journalist means never having to say you're sorry," by Anne-Elisabeth Moutet in the Weekly Standard, July 7:

[...] Having dug in his heels in time-honored fashion, Enderlin, a seasoned journalist and a French-Israeli dual national who'd spent most of his adult life at the same job, never imagined the al-Dura story would dog him. He was covered by his superiors in the hierarchy, affording him the Zen-like serenity achievable in large French organizations, which are profoundly top-down and basically unchanged in spirit since the court of the Sun King. His coverage of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, while regularly criticized by pro-Israeli groups, was highly esteemed by his peers. He had produced a well-informed documentary series on the Oslo Accords, the peace process, and the 2000 Camp David talks, tied to a book that has been published in English; and, while it could be argued that he was perhaps too close to some of his sources (several of the parties to the peace talks actually held discussions at the France 2 bureau, loaned by a helpful Enderlin as discreet neutral ground), this was a notable achievement. Such a person could not, in the order of things, be seriously threatened by a bunch of activists or scruffy bloggers behind their computer screens questioning his professional judgment. When he dismissed accusations of a cover-up by explaining that he had chosen "not to show the full footage of the child's agony," which would have been "unbearable," he fully expected to be taken on trust."

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Where’s CAIR on Christopher Paul?

It is always interesting to see how the fanatics at CAIR can ignore their members legal problems. If these were black guys then I can't see the Reverends giving up on something like a guilty plea! The Black Panthers would still be rallying about the White Oppression of these innocent terrorists.

Central Ohioans Against Terrorism: Where’s CAIR on Christopher Paul?: "The most recent guilty plea by Columbus Al-Qaeda member Christopher Paul, however, provided a particularly difficult conundrum. Not only was Paul an active and well-known member of Masjid Omar, for years he had been the martial arts instructor for the mosque, presumably providing members there with jihadist training. This no doubt prompted Al-Akhras’ full-court media press at the time of Paul’s arrest.

And now that Paul has admitted his guilt and acknowledged that he had conspired to use weapons of mass destruction against US citizens at home and abroad, CAIR’s continued silence is as condemning as the respective guilty pleas by Iyman Faris, Nuradin Abdi and Christopher Paul. Considering that our local terrorist cell is the largest known Al-Qaeda operation in the US since 9/11, and that these convicted terrorists were close associates to CAIR officials (by their own admission), the campaign of silence by CAIR has becoming deafening."

Black Youths Attack Bus Full of Jewish Toddlers

What is wrong with people? These kids should be taken out and shot in the street. What a bunch of sick punks.

Gateway Pundit: Black Youths Attack Bus Full of Jewish Toddlers: "4 black teens were arrested on hate crime charges for attacking a bus of Jewish toddlers. They yelled epithats while they smashed the windows of the bus.
The New York Times and LGF Quick Links reported:

Four teenagers have been arrested on hate crime charges for throwing rocks at a school bus full of Jewish toddlers in a Brooklyn neighborhood with a volatile racial history, the police said on Friday.

The police said that three girls and one boy yelled epithets as they broke windows on the bus in Crown Heights last month. The children in the bus were not hurt. The teenagers arrested are black; each is 14.

The case is part of a string of events that have recently stirred tensions among black and Jewish residents in Crown Heights. Others episodes have included an assault on a black college student and an attack on an Orthodox Jewish teenager."

Brits Warned of Ambulance Bombs

The Jawa reported this and it scares me! I wonder if I should stop using eBay until they are willing to work with the Law Enforcement community.

Interested-Participant: "Brits Warned of Ambulance Bombs

From The Sunday Times:

Terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda may be planning to buy former NHS ambulances and police cars to mount suicide bomb attacks in Britain, MI5 has warned.

They may import a tactic already used in Iraq and Israel, according to a report by MI5’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre to chief constables.

In a statement to The Sunday Times, the Association of Chief Police Officers also warned of the risk of such an attack. It said ministers must legislate to stop the sale of such vehicles.

Its move has been backed by Lord Carlile of Berriew, the government’s terrorism watchdog. He said he feared terrorists could exploit a loophole which did not allow police sufficient powers to stop and search the drivers of suspicious vehicles.

Interestingly, the British Home Office asked eBay to quit selling used emergency vehicles, equipment and uniforms but were denied. Management at eBay said they won't act unless a new law is passed."

Briefing - The Origins of International Peacekeeping Operations

I found this older page while surfing and thought someone might find it interesting. I like seeing how things evolved so that I can predict where they might go in the future. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future.

StrategyPage.com - Combat Information Center analysis, facts and figures about military conflicts and leaders: "Briefing - The Origins of International Peacekeeping Operations

Military forces of many nations have often undertaken "military operations other than war," such as disaster relief or punitive expeditions, but the notion of "peacekeeping" operations is a relatively rare one. The earliest example of a peacekeeping mission seems to have been in 1625, during a lull in the Thirty Years' War. In 1624 the Count of Savoy, a French ally, had gone to war with the Republic of Genoa, a Spanish ally, over the ownership of some villages that dominated certain mountain passes of some strategic importance. It was a desultory war, but the "superpower" allies of the two small states, France and Spain, were concerned that it might ultimately involve them at a time when both were otherwise occupied. They intervened and pressured the two sides to agree to a cease fire and mutual withdrawal from the disputed areas, which were then policed by troops borrowed from the Pope. The peace was kept for about two years, when the French and Spanish decided to have it out themselves.

This early example of international intervention in the name of peace displays substantially the same pattern that most peacekeeping operations followed during the Cold War; The convergence of the interests of the superpowers - in this case France and Spain - to avoid becoming embroiled in a local war caused them to establish and enforce the peace.

In the wake of the Napoleonic Wars, the conservative powers of the "Concert of Europe" - Austria, France, Prussia, and Russia - several times mobilized substantial forces to intervene in internal crises in the weaker powers, primarily to suppress liberalism. Thus in 1821 a French Army intervened in Spain, while an Austrian one entered Naples, in order to overthrow liberal governments, while Prussian, Austrian, and Russian troops intervened in the Duchy of Warsaw in 1831 to surpass a Polish nationalist outbreak, and later in the century the major European powers several times provided troops to implement agreements between the Ottoman Empire and various minor Balkan powers.

Although arguably the "China Relief Expedition" (i.e., The Boxer Rebellion) of 1901 qualifies, the first "peacekeeping" mission in the modern sense took place in Albania in 1913-1914, when an international force occupied the country, left derelict by the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in the First Balkan War (1911-1912), in order to establish an independent state under an imported prince. Following World War I a number of similar operations took place. From 1919 through the early 1920s the League of Nations several times borrowed military forces from the great powers for various missions, primarily in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. League forces were used to supervise the plebiscites and oversee the demarcation of frontiers for the new countries and colonies that arose from the collapse of the old empires of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, and Turkey, and conduct observer missions to monitor cease fire agreements resulting from border wars, such as a potentially explosive Graeco-Bulgarian border incident in 1925 ("The War of the Dog."). But the last League activity involving military-contingents from member states was the Saar Plebiscite in 1935. By then the rise of aggressive confrontational regimes in Japan, Germany, and Italy, states that were unwilling to accept peace as an option, ended this experiment in international peacekeeping. Peacekeeping is not possible unless the great powers are more or less in agreement.

It was with the creation of the United Nations that peacekeeping began to become a commonplace of modern international relations. "

Taliban Seek To Regain The Magic

Interesting that the US keeps finding more good news about the War, but I have to really look hard to find it. Why is that?

I pray that our military and law enforcement heroes can continue to defeat the forces of barbarism that wish to cripple the world.


Leadership: Taliban Seek To Regain The Magic: "In Afghanistan, the Taliban are trying out a lot of new tactics, trying to find something that works. The recent prison break in Kandahar worked, but partly because the government had been sloppy, and had ignored NATO warnings, over a year ago, about security vulnerabilities in that jail. Two suicide bombers and a few dozen gunmen got nearly a thousand prisoners out of the jail. There's also suspicion that there was some inside help. That, alas, is quite common in Afghanistan.

But elsewhere, the new Taliban ideas have been failures. Shortly after the jail break incident, nearly 500 Taliban rode into a dozen villages south of Kandahar, took control of ten villages, and basically challenged the government to do something about it. The government, and some NATO troops quickly did so, and the Taliban troops were promptly driven out, with about half of them being killed, wounded or captured.

The Taliban have brought over 10,000 gunmen into the country from Pakistan. They have learned to bring most of these guys in as civilians, because the millions of dollars the Taliban are earning by "taxing" the drug gangs, enables them to buy weapons in Afghanistan for their Pakistani recruits. Most of these kids, and a lot of them are teenagers, recruited from religious schools, are pretty green. They have been studying the Koran for the last year or so, not how to move around the hills and fire a weapon. But these youngsters do have religion, and that makes it easy to use them as enforcers for the lifestyle rules the Taliban wants to impose. That means all women are covered up when outdoors, do not work outside the home, and don't go to school. For the men, no barbers, no music, no videos, no booze, no sex before marriage, not much fun at all. Many of these kids only use their guns to bully Afghan civilians. When faced with Afghan or NATO troops, the Pakistanis tend to quickly die, or flee, or both.

Even with all this effort, the overall casualty rate so far this year has been less than half what it was last year. The Taliban are active this year, but so more it's mostly smoke, and not a lot of fire. It's the NATO and government forces that are on the offensive this year, and the Taliban is desperate to change this embarrassing state of affairs. "

More Evidence of the Criminal-Terrorist Nexus

This is a key report about how the terrorists are having to shift to drugs for funding. Tell all your stoner buddies that they are helping to fund the terrorists!

Counterterrorism Blog: More Evidence of the Criminal-Terrorist Nexus: "Those who are skeptical of the growing ties between drug trafficking organizations and terrorist groups-which I think will be the real war we will be fighting for many years, given the resources obtainable by drug trafficking organizations-should read the latest UN Office of Drugs and Crime report.

Among the many interesting findings is that the two areas of greatest increase in illicit production of drugs in the world are in the hands of designated terrorist groups: the Taliban in Afghanistan and the FARC in Colombia.

A third party involved in the expansion of drug production is Burma, a rogue criminal state. This bodes ill for the rest of the world."

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