Archive for October, 2006

In a sure sign it was Halloween weekend Fidel Castro appeared on State television and a world-wide audience as if some ghostly apparition. Looking tired, gaunt and holding that days newspaper as proof he was still alive, but certainly not kicking.

In fact he appeared as though he couldn’t do much other than waddle a few steps and struggle to hold the paper.

As The Undead awaits his rightful place for a long, long dirt nap holder of the socialist keys brother Raúl has decided to wield the mighty powers bestowed upon him by The Comandante and conduct a study to discover why socialism causes people to steal.

Cuba examining socialism for flaws

The Cuban government has launched a study with a surprising focus: What about socialism causes people to steal?

In the wake of an unusual investigation by Cuban state journalists into public employees who regularly cheat customers, Havana has announced an even more surprising response: a study of what’s wrong with the entire system.

Hey, I’m all for government studies. They’re are a great way to waste money. Look around Raúl, look at the place.

When the predominate sight on Cuban roads are cars that could be appraised on the Antiques Roadshow the problem is fairly evident. At least it is for those not straining to hold onto the reigns of power to a failed communist state.

Good luck with your study Raúl, but I think you’ll find the results will match those if the same study were conducted of those that participated in the Mariel Boatlift.

And that was twenty six years ago.

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The White House says NATO chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer blames the Taliban for NATO’s killing of Afghan civilians, saying the Islamist militia was taking “human shields” to try to ward off attacks.

“Let me say that when, in those actions of NATO, of those brave NATO soldiers, civilians are killed, as happened two days ago, that’s always a tragedy. That’s a tragedy,” the secretary-general said.

I’m SHOCKED! Jihadist-cut-throats use civilians as cannon fodder?

Flip over your egg timer. Before the sands run out some [Dim]ocrat will pipe in with “it’s Bush’s fault, not Afghan Freedom Fighters”

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You Can Always Count on the WaPo

Need your mellow harshed? Count on the WaPo. You say you won the lotto and are afraid the excitement may bring on a heart attack? Check the WaPo obits, they’ll predict your death before the EMT’s get there.

Here’s the headline splashed all over the front page of Saturdays edition. Housing Slump Sends Chill Through Economy. Here is the first sentence of the story:

Financial analysts are split on whether diminished growth rate reflects an economy poised for a rebound or further slowdown.”

I may be fairly stupid, but even I know if the finance gurus can’t come to a consensus that headline is misleading in the extreme.

Is it any wonder polling consistently show Americans believe the economy is in far worse shape than it is? Also not surprising is how the country’s print media continues to lose readership.

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Very nicely I should think based on the latest from South of the Earth’s waistline. Seems they have a major problem with “uncovered meat,” at least they do according to the mufti of Sydney’s biggest mosque.

It’s safe to assume he’s not referring to naked sheep in the local market if your were. Sheik Taj Aldin al Hilali gave a religious address on adultery to around 500 worshipers in Sydney. During that address he compared women who do not wear a headscarf to “uncovered meat”, implying that they invited sexual assault.

Hilali said: “If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside … without cover, and the cats come to eat it … whose fault is it, the cats’ or the uncovered meat’s?

“The uncovered meat is the problem. If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred.”

Frankly I’m shocked. I never realized the hajib held such power as to ward of the advances of males seeking to get them some. It’s all very Capt’n Kirk like: “Shields up, they’re going to attack!!!”

It’s important to remember his statement was in response to attacks on four women for which a group of young Lebanese men received long jail sentences, 65 years to be precise.

Sheik Hilali said in a statement he was shocked by reaction to his sermon. Yea I bet he was, shocked his words leaked out and the infidels got wind of them. At this point someone within his mosque can probably expect his 72 virgins to all look like Oprah – with an overdose of botox.

It’s nice to know even the jihadist-cut-throats have those that leak sensitive information to those not “privileged” to hear or read it. It’s very New York Times-like would’t you agree?

As expected the mufti (how can anyone take seriously someone with the title of MUFTI?) at word of the leak issued an “apology.”

“I would like to unequivocally confirm that the presentation related to religious teachings on modesty and not to go to extremes in enticements, this does not condone rape, I condemn rape,” he said. “Women in our Australian society have the freedom and right to dress as they choose, the duty of man is to avert his glance or walk away.”

Condemn rape to the infidels, in English. But within the mosque, in Arabic and in front of the like-minded, it’s women and goats take cover. The “cats” are hungry. The government backed jihadists in the Sudan lay waste to any thoughts of jihadists thinking rape is a criminal affair and should be condemned. They use rape as a weapon.

Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner Pru Goward said Hilali’s comment was an incitement to rape and that Australia’s Muslims should force him to stand down.

An excellent sentiment, but not likely. Two years ago while in Lebanon he said the Sept. 11 attacks were “God’s work against the oppressors.” Nothing happened then and nothing will happen now.

UPDATE: The Counter-terrorism Blog has an excellent piece up on the rise of home-grown Islamist militancy in Australia.

UPDATE: II Wizbang’s Kim Priestap notes a related story from Australia’s “News.com.” The Australian mufti was greated by a hoard of reporters as he emerged from Friday’s prayers. When asked whether he would quit over his ludicrous speech he replyed: “After we clean the world of the White House first.”

He must be on Pelosi’s and Dean’s mailing list, he’s using the same idiotic talking points.

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al-Reuters has posted a sop piece about a young Saudi Arabian man, Ahmed al-Omran, who bemoans the fact he lives in a sand encrusted Hell hole. Gee, I wonder why?

Maybe because he lives in a place where any, and everything, is under the thumb of the Committee for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (aka the Religious Police) But I could be wrong, and I digress.

al-Reuters point is to demonstrate a job poor economy and very restrictive social environment leads to terrorism. Again, Gee, ya th … never mind you get the idea.

Saudi Jeans is a blog authored by this young man (and well written I might add) and the article offers these quotes from Saudi Jeans:

“We are watching movies and serials from outside, and we are saying ‘why are we different, why can’t we live the way they do?’,” he told Reuters in an interview.

“OK, we are a little different, we have our traditions and lifestyles, but we also don’t see the big difference, especially compared to neighboring countries, like Bahrain or Kuwait.”

Let me see if I can answer that for you, it’s directly related to the Religious Police and a King, a/k/a “Government,” that has refused to diversify its economy and relies almost entirely on its oil revenue.

That’s the exact opposite of the neighboring Kuwait and more specificly the U.A.E. Saudi Arabia has steadfastly refused to diversify on any large scale and insists on providing cradle to grave benefits, with the exception of a viable job market, they can’t afford.

al-Reuters continues:

In Saudi Arabia, strict gender segregation means there are no cinemas, women are not allowed to drive, single men are often banned from shopping malls, and trendy coffee shops — which have become hugely popular in big cities — are men-only zones.

Hello Religious Police. Again, and probably forever.

One interesting conundrum to note is Ahmed al-Omran seems relatively free to write, as least considering the location he’s in. He does remark that he has taken care and been more circumspect recently because his name has been linked to the blog.

“It’s easy to be anonymous. Everyone has his reasons. I used to be afraid,” said Omran, who has been invited to take part in international forums on media and blogging. “After a time I was sick of it, so I put my name and photo to see what would happen. I think you have more credibility. But I’ve become now careful about what I write. I think twice about posting anything.”

The overriding issue of course is why a youth with poor job opportunities and a near zero social life would would visit “suicidebelt.com” and seek out the nearest infidel.

Some would have you believe it’s the conditions they live under, I for one think that’s a bunch of bullshit. Be that as it may, al-Reuters for once has published an interesting article and I would recommend a visit to Saudi Jeans as well.

It’s well written and he has some interesting things to say.

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As the current controversy rages over CNN’s SniperGate fiasco calls have gone out to bar the network’s reporters from embedding with the U.S. Military in Iraq. It will never happen of course, and if it did the ACLU among others would be hot-to-trot and file lawsuits, but it would be well deserved.

As this story has exploded in the U.S. the United Kingdom has faced a similar problem. Britain’s Defense Ministry has complained long and hard about ITV’s Iraq coverage to the point of barring embeds of ITV reporters with British Troops.

The ministry accused ITV News of inaccurate and intrusive reporting in a series of broadcasts last week that documented the treatment provided to injured troops returning from combat.

Several of the reports were critical of the standards of hospital care offered to the injured and of the treatment of soldiers who said they were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Employees for the network will not be allowed to join British military units on embed programs — where journalists report alongside troops in battle zones — until the dispute is resolved, said a Defense Ministry spokesman speaking on condition of anonymity under civil service restrictions.

As expected, ITV News Editor in Chief David Mannion, is standing “by our stories.”

One of the ministry’s concerns are “inaccuracies in some of the reporting” and some images of wounded soldiers were shown without seeking the permission of the individuals concerned.” Which certainly sounds reasonable to me.

I doubt if one of Mannion’s relatives were flattened by a passing lorry and they were shown on TV injured in the road he would be standing on any journalistic principles, he’d be screaming to high heaven. And ringing up the nearest barrister.

And speaking of barristers, the Defense Ministry must have of few of their own to call.

In a letter sent to ITV News, the ministry warned it will consider taking the case to broadcasting regulators and is assessing the potential for legal action over an alleged invasion of privacy of one injured soldier.

“You should be under no illusions about the level of anger that exists as a result of items you carried on your programs,” said the ministry spokesman, reading from the letter.

If only the U.S. Military would have such large balls!

God Save the Queen!

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As reported by Newsbusters, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann a/k/a “The OberFool” went off on another of his tiresome anti-Bush rants Monday evening. Color me not surprised. If it weren’t for the Bush hatred spewed on a regular basis his miniscule viewership would reach into the negative numbers, if that’s possible.

Maybe I’ll ask the Nielson Rating Service. Not that it matters much.

Anyway during this rant The OberFool decided to rewrite the definition of “terrorist.” by accusing President Bush and Republicans of committing the “dictionary definition” of terrorism in trying to scare Americans into voting for them, even contending that “the leading terrorist group in this country right now is the Republican Party.”

Setting aside for the moment his cluelessness about terrorist groups operating within the U.S. such as Hezbollah, HAMAS, Palestine Islamic Jihad to name a few, is The OberFool’s screwy definition of “terrorist.”

So for the benefit of The OberFool, if he happens by the Cavity, I’ve compiled a list of definitions of the word Terrorist:”

Terrorism: The unlawful use of — or threatened use of — force or violence against individuals or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies, often to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives.

Terrorism: The calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear)

Terrorism: a psychological strategy of war for gaining political ends by deliberately creating a well-founded climate of fear among the civilian popuation. Such a strategy may be used by an occupying army on the occupied population.

And that’s a short, a very short list. So the question now is just who has threatened use of, or actually used force or violence against The OberFool? Has a police report been made? How about 911 phone records, are they available for review of such heinious acts against a member the the MSM?

What about intimidation? Just where has that come from and who is The OberFool afraid of? Has he gotten a restraining order?

In reality, none of the above has happened. The OberFool is just a lilly-livered, pansy-assed, pussy who takes great delight in hearing himself speak. (based on TV ratings that’s about the extent of his audiance)

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The “infidels” are being threatened again. Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has used the holiest Muslim holiday of the year to warn that his men will intensify their fighting in Afghanistan to “surprising” levels to drive out foreign infidels.

Doncha just love the adjective al-Reuters selects to describe a jihadist-cut-throat? A “fugitive,” much like you would describe a bank robber on the run or Wesley Snipes hiding from the IRS.


That aside, we’ve seen this before. Some point to Osama’s tape released just before the ’04 election as the reason Bush was re-elected. Of course some of the same moonbats believe the tape was produced in some secret studio under the White House.

“I am confident the fighting will be a surprise for many,” Omar said. I doubt it will surprise the U.S. and NATO forces on the ground. I’m just as sure they are all chomping at the bit waiting from them to come out of hiding.

Every time the Taliban pop out of a cave the kill ratio is on the order of 20 to 1 in favor of NATO.

In the words of an erstwhile presidentail candidate, “Bring it on!”

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Human species ‘may split in two’. I can’t speak for the entire population of the Earth, but one thing is certain.

In North America, more specificially, the U.S. the human species has already split. On one side are the Republicans (the grown-ups). On the other are the [Dim]ocrats who will do and say anything to regain the power they have been without, save for the Clinton Years, for decades.

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So the cat, and the NIE leaker, is out of the bag. The NIE was complied from the government’s 16 spy agencies, completed in April and leaked to, and published by the NYT last month.

As a result of the selectivity of the excerpts leaked the [Dim]crats and anti-war types immediately seized on it as a basis of another round of political rhetoric.

At the time Bush suggested the document was leaked for “political purposes” weeks before the midterm elections. He later made public four pages of the estimate’s key findings.

Unsurprisingly he may have been spot on. But we all kinew that didn’t we? The AP is reporting House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra has pulled the security clearance of a [Dim]ocratic staff member pending an investigation into whether he leaked the NIE to the NYT.

In a letter to Hoekstra dated Sept. 29, Rep. Ray LaHood (news, bio, voting record), R-Ill., a committee member, said the Democratic staffer requested the document from National Intelligence Director John Negroponte three days before a Sept. 23 story by the Times on its conclusions.

“I have no credible information to say any classified information was leaked from the committee’s minority staff, but the implications of such would be dramatic,” LaHood said in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. “This may, in fact, be only coincidence, and simply ‘look bad.’ But coincidence, in this town, is rare.”

The response from the Dims is predictable: The Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, Jane Harman of California, wrote to Hoekstra that she was “appalled” by his action, which was “without basis.”

“I demand that you immediately reinstate the staffer’s access to classified information,” she said.

Typical isn’t it? Damn any investigation, damn any possibility he may in fact be guilty and still have access to classified documents (and leak more material). Just damn it to all hell, give’em his job back!!!!

What a bunch of freakin’ children!

And BTW, as I write this the story is only 3 hours old. I fully expect more pleading little sheep bleats heard from more [Dim]ocrats echoing the same tripe heard from Harman. Bank on it.

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