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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