Archive for the ‘terrorism’ Category

Not a Parody. (from The Weekly Standard)

“Respected American journalist Helen Thomas’s answer shows … a courageous, bold, honest and free opinion which expresses what people across the globe believe: that Israel is a racist state of murderers and thugs,” Hezbollah MP Hussein Moussawi said in a statement.

Ugh again.

As Dennis Miller said today in his show, Helen Thomas has enrolled in an immersion language class for Farsi. He also opined that he doesn’t think she attained her lofty position by sleeping her way to the top, meant as a compliment, I guess.


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President Obama is now funding known terrorists in the so called Palestinian nation to the tune of $400 million bucks, per CNN.

Washington (CNN) — The United States will contribute $400 million in development aid to the Palestinian territories and work with Israel to loosen its “unsustainable” grip on Gaza, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

Obama’s announcement came after White House talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The money will be used to build housing, schools, water facilities and health care systems in both the Palestinian Authority-controlled West Bank and Gaza, which is ruled by the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas.

Surely there is no reason at all to doubt what this money will be used for.  Surely this won’t end up in the hands of Hamas. Surely we imposed some sort of restrictions that say, oh, if any aggression is shown towards our ally Israel then no more cash, and instead we will kick your ass. Surely we couldn’t find more worthy people to give this money to.

Don’t call me Shirley. Ugh.

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Which is more cringe inducing? Sadly, this spectacle makes Philo’s point about our so-called war on terror even more depressing: we aren’t even pursuing the flunkies in any way that is coherent.  The Taliban knows who there their enemy is, and will advertise to one and all who the enemy is.  We glance nervously around and knit our brows and courageously refuse to impugn a religion

Don’t you feel like the poor kid who’s being defended by Mr. Smooth here?  America is Stan Rothenstein.

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Allegedly attorneys are lining up to defend Shazbot Fail, who failed in his attempt at setting off a car bomb in Time Square. Dennis Miller yesterday expounded on this saying (not his exact words, but the flavor) …   This is a career enhancer. It will put them in good standing with Eric Holder for future employment in the Justice Department.

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No, dear, that dress doesn’t make your asterisk look fat.

My dog ate my homework.

The system worked.

What part of this scenario makes no sense?

On Sunday night, about 24 hours after the smoking Nissan Pathfinder was left on a bustling Manhattan street, investigators identified Mr. Shahzad as the buyer of the car. While the vehicle identification number had been removed from the passenger compartment, a detective found a duplicate number on the engine block.

But at that point, officials said, they were uncertain of Mr. Shahzad’s role and did not think they had enough evidence to arrest him and charge him with a crime. Instead, they began an urgent manhunt; F.B.I. agents located Mr. Shahzad in Bridgeport, Conn., and began to follow him.

It remained uncertain Tuesday night at what time Mr. Shahzad had been found and when he was lost. Paul Bresson, an F.B.I. spokesman, declined to comment on the surveillance issue.

But at about 12:30 p.m. on Monday, more certain that Mr. Shahzad was the suspected terrorist, investigators asked the Department of Homeland Security to put him on the no-fly list. Three minutes later, the department sent airlines, including Emirates, an electronic notification that they should check the no-fly list for an update. At about 4:30 p.m., more information was added to the list, including Mr. Shahzad’s passport number, officials said.

Hint: Since when do you have to have enough evidence to arrest someone before you approach and ask him to come in for questioning, as a car that belongs to him is involved in a crime?  If he’s innocent of any wrongdoing, he might be able to help investigators.  He might have lent the car to someone, he might have left it at a repair shop.  Do I think he wasn’t approached because the Feds are shot up the you-know-what with “sensitivity”?  Uh, yes.  If this guy had actually been white, no problemo, we haul him in, chat him up at a leisurely pace while we gather more evidence and check out his story.

Update: Fun fact, which will amaze all of your friends who read the 9/11 Report (or even anyone who remembers 9/11)

Airlines are not required to report cash purchases, a Homeland Security official said. Emirates actually did report Mr. Shahzad’s purchase to the Transportation Security Administration — but only hours later, when he was already in custody, the official said.

Excuse me while I retrieve my teeth.

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Janet Napolitano is the Blanche DuBois of national security: “I’ve always depended on the kindness of observant strangers to stop terrorists.” In the case of the Times Square deferred-success bomber, it was a tee shirt vendor and Vietnam vet Lance Orton.  And while she and Eric Holder love vigilant Americans, you don’t have to be a citizen of the United States to become America’s last line of defense against tea-bagging rightwing militia lone wolves who sport strangely exotic names like Nadal, Abdulmutallab, and Faisal.  You can be just an ordinary Dutchman who doesn’t want to get blown out of the sky.

In the meantime, we have found out a few things about the lone wolf disgruntled right-wing teabagger extremist nut job who is probably a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (although perhaps not on our side…) which would account for his mental instability unless he’s suffering from anticipatory PTSD.

Something I don’t know: did he get searched as thoroughly as I did when I was traveling with my daughter to Los Angeles?  Sometimes I want to go all Al Sharpton on someone’s *ss and rant about “Guilty of traveling while white, middle-aged, Christian, and female!!”

In other news of social unrest caused by the violent right-wing militia teabaggers, a peaceful demonstration against the Arizona Immigration Bill erupted in hooliganism and mayhem when anarchists Branch Davidians Fundamentalist Mormons these women started destroying property in Santa Cruz.  Here’s the AP’s take [h/t Best of the Web]:

Close to 20 businesses were damaged after what started as a peaceful immigrants’ rights march in downtown Santa Cruz [Calif.] turned violent, requiring police to call other agencies for help, authorities said.

Police spokesman Zach Friend said an estimated 250 people started marching through the city around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

It was a harmonious but “unpermitted and unsanctioned event,” he said, until some in the crowd started breaking windows and spraying paint on retail shops that line the downtown corridor.

Friend said he wasn’t sure if the damage was caused by people marching in support of immigrants’ rights, or if the group was “infiltrated by anarchists.”

“Peaceful immigrants’ rights march…” “Harmonious…”   How tewwible that this Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood March was infiltwated by those nasty Anarchists.

This is the Santa Cruz Sentinel‘s take:

What started at the Town Clock turned into a march down Pacific Avenue that seemed to attract, according to videos that have been posted, a variety of young people and even some not so young. Many seemed to be proceeding as if it were a party, holding torches, chanting slogans, running onto sidewalks.

Various causes seemed to be espoused — from leftist rhetoric about workers’ rights, to outrage over immigration laws, to the supposed freedom to do whatever the mob wanted to do.

Then it turned ugly.

People dressed in black, some with hooded sweatshirts, others wearing masks, began darting out and throwing large rocks through shop windows.

Others spray-painted graffiti on walls and objects; still others tossed paint bombs.

By the time police were able to respond, at least 18 businesses, some of them small and locally owned, had suffered damages. And downtown had suffered yet another blow — to the bewilderment and outrage of merchants and city leaders.

Huh: torches, slogans, running down sidewalks.  Sounds harmonious.  Dressed in black, hoods, masks, rocks, spray cans, and paint bombs: must be infiltrators.  That’s the only explanation for why things “turned ugly.”

Can I point out the obvious? When you go to a Tea Party rally, there will be elements that most would agree represent an extreme.  In Texas, it’s the secessionist yahoos (who seem to have won the lotto, btw.)  But Tea Partiers are by definition law abiders.  They also are big fans of the 2nd Amendment, which tends to keep things orderly.  People who are promoting illegal immigration don’t care much for the rule of law.  And people who think that the people of Arizona should just shut up and take it don’t really care about the rights of law abiders and property owners.  So, hey- this behavior in Santa Cruz, doubtless carried out by spoiled middle class whities who don’t actually have real jobs unless you count sponging off the ‘rents, is perfectly consistent.

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As Iran becomes a nuclear state, it appears the people there are looking for more help with their economic plights. From the Telegraph.co.uk:

When Iran fuels Western alarm over its nuclear ambitions – as it did again yesterday with orders to start construction of new uranium enrichment plants – it has in the past been able to count on widespread domestic support. Even critics and opponent of the regime led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have stood up for Iran’s right to develop nuclear technology. However there is now increasing resentment that the once popular nuclear programme could be detracting from more urgent needs in the face of economic mismanagement and sanctions.

Today Dennis Miller on his radio show identified our latest round of sanctions: we will no longer permit Iran to receive blue-ray dvd’s from Netflix.

So I guess we hope will pull the plug on their nuclear ambitions due to these economic pressures, sanctions come down, and happy days are here again. Not so fast. Per Mark Steyn at National Review online, North Korea is fast on the nuke trail and they don’t even have an economy. All it takes is an plutonium fisted leader and let’s roll down the nuclear highway. Don’t be fooled, Iran is not backing off one bit in their quest for nuclear power regardless of their economy.

I believe the US is no longer trying to prevent Iran from obtaining these weapons, and have gone into containment mode, and we are running some kind of 4-corner offense – wait, basketball is over – we are running a penalty kill on a 5 minute major, except the clock isn’t running. Ahmadinejad doesn’t care, he’s still on offense, and we’re a man down.

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