Archive for May, 2008

Soccer Mohammedans

Jihadette wannabes are not happy with Dr. Ayman al-Zwahiri’s directive to get their biscuits in the oven and their buns in the bed (in Kinky Friedman’s immortal phrase):

Muslim extremist women are challenging al-Qaida’s refusal to include — or at least acknowledge — women in its ranks, in an emotional debate that gives rare insight into the gender conflicts lurking beneath one of the strictest strains of Islam.

In response to a female questioner, al-Qaida No. 2 leader Ayman Al-Zawahri said in April that the terrorist group does not have women. A woman’s role, he said on the Internet audio recording, is limited to caring for the homes and children of al-Qaida fighters.

His remarks have since prompted an outcry from fundamentalist women, who are fighting or pleading for the right to be terrorists. The statements have also created some confusion, because in fact suicide bombings by women seem to be on the rise, at least within the Iraq branch of al-Qaida.

But Al Qaeda’s loss is Hamass’s gain:

“Women were very disappointed because what al-Zawahri said is not what’s happening today in the Middle East, especially in Iraq or in Palestinian groups,” said Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that monitors militant Web sites. “Suicide operations are being carried out by women, who play an important role in jihad.”

If women choose to become terrorists, that’s fine with me. Fewer people to avoid killing in reprisals. After a Qassam attack, Israel could now reasonably respond by leveling an apartment building—or even a whole village—knowing they probably took out only one or two people uninvolved in terrorism. Everyone’s happy.

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Chills Down My Spine

The beginning of this Mark Steyn essay had me laughing:

How else to explain why their gal [Hillary Clinton] got clobbered by a pretty boy [Barack Obama] with a resume you could print on the back of his driver’s license, a Rolodex apparently limited to neo-segregationist racebaiters, campus Marxist terrorists and indicted fraudsters, and a rhetorical surefootedness that makes Dan Quayle look like Socrates.

Then I got to the main point and I wasn’t laughing anymore:

Smaller families may mean just a boy or a girl for liberal Democrats, but in other societies it means just a boy. The Indian writer Gita Aravamudan calls this the “female feticide.” Colleen Carroll Campbell writes that abortion, “touted as the key to liberating future generations of women,” has become instead “the preferred means of eradicating them”. And, while it won’t eradicate all of them, Philip Longman, a demographer of impeccably liberal credentials, put the future in a nutshell in the title of his essay: “The Return Of Patriarchy.”

A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle, the feminists used to say. I look for a lot of salmon to be cycling upstream in the not too distant future.

It is a maxim worth learning that any law passed to protect a certain members of society is almost invariably used to oppress them.

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The More You Know McCain, The Better You Like Him

Two weeks ago, the Atlantic did an interview with Barack Obama, in which he inelegantly compared Israel to a “sore”. They just did the same interview with John McCain. He has a different take on things, that’s for sure. He is in touch with reality. The interviewer is not, really, and can’t even acknowledge his own motivations, as the exchange below demonstrates:

JG: Do you think that Israel is better off today than it was eight years ago?

JM: I think Israel, in many respects, is stronger economically, their political process shows progress – when there is corruption, they punish people who are corrupt. The economy is booming, they have a robust democracy, to say the least. Bin Laden has not limited his hatred and desire to destroy the United States to the Israeli-Palestinian issue, though Israel is one of the objects of his jihadist attitude. What you’re trying to do is get me to criticize the Bush Administration.

JG: No, I’m not, what I’m –

JM: Yeah, you are, but I’ll try to answer your question. Because of the rise of Islamic extremism, because of the failure of human rights and democracy in the Middle East, or whether there are a myriad of challenges we face in the Middle East, all of them severe, all of them pose a threat to the existence to the state of Israel, including and especially the Iranians, who have as a national policy the destruction of the state of Israel, something they’ve been dedicated to since before President Bush came to office.

JG: What do you think motivates Iran?

JM: Hatred. I don’t try to divine people’s motives. I look at their actions and what they say. I don’t pretend to be an expert on the state of their emotions. I do know what their nation’s stated purpose is, I do know they continue in the development of nuclear weapons, and I know that they continue to support terrorists who are bent on the destruction of the state of Israel. You’ll have to ask someone who engages in this psycho stuff to talk about their emotions.

And here he is answering questions about Obama, naiveté, and the favorite concept of the left, nuance:

JG: Senator Obama has calibrated his views on unconditional negotiations. Do you see any circumstance in which you could negotiate with Iran, or do you believe that it’s leadership is impervious to rational dialogue?

JM: I’m amused by Senator Obama’s dramatic change since he’s gone from a candidate in the primary to a candidate in the general election. I’ve seen him do that on a number of issues that show his naivete and inexperience on national security issues. I believe that the history of the successful conduct of national security policy is that, one, you don’t sit down face-to-face with people who are behave the way they do, who are state sponsors of terrorism.

Senator Obama likes to refer to President Kennedy going to Vienna. Most historians see that as a serious mistake, which encouraged Khrushchev to build the Berlin Wall and to send missiles to Cuba. Another example is Richard Nixon going to China. I’ve forgotten how many visits Henry Kissinger made to China, and how every single word was dictated beforehand. More importantly, he went to China because China was then a counterweight to a greater threat, the Soviet Union. What is a greater threat in the Middle East than Iran today?

Senator Obama is totally lacking in experience, so therefore he makes judgments such as saying he would sit down with someone like Ahmadinejad without comprehending the impact of such a meeting. I know that his naivete and lack of experience is on display when he talks about sitting down opposite Hugo Chavez or Raul Castro or Ahmadinejad.

And, he’s able to put himself in the other guy’s shoes. Check this out:

JG: Do you believe that Israel will have to go into Gaza in force to deal with the rockets, and if Israel did, would you support it?

JM: It depends on what you mean by force. They’ve responded with air strikes, and identifying Hamas leaders and, you know, quote, responding. Would they respond with massive force? I don’t know. I know from my conversations with them that they are deeply concerned. They’re a democracy. How would an American government, how would American public opinion respond, if there were constant shelling, and kids had fifteen seconds – fifteen seconds – to get into a bomb shelter. I don’t know what the government of Israel is going to do. It somewhat depends on whether these attacks will discontinue or if other things happen. I did get the distinct impression, nothing specific, but I got the impression that the patience of the Israeli government and the people is growing short.

It is so refreshing to hear a politician who can clearly state obvious reality. And he’s not thin-skinned and full of himself.

I’m a fan.

- Aggie

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Freak Show

This is your country:

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This is your country on crack:

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Democratic activists began a potentially explosive hearing Saturday on how to seat the Michigan and Florida delegations.

Clinton’s campaign is calling for the results of the states’ primaries to be honored and the delegates awarded based on the results. That approach would help her chip away at Obama’s lead in pledged delegates because she handily won both states and would be awarded a greater share of the delegates.

Obama’s campaign disagrees, saying he followed the rules, took his name off of the Michigan ballot and did not campaign in either state.

Dozens of sign-toting, chanting protesters gathered outside the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, the site of Saturday’s events, to have their say on what the decision should be.

Some of the signs read, “Count our Florida votes” and “Rules, what rules?”

The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws panel met behind closed doors for five hours Friday night, emerging at 1:30 a.m. Saturday without an agreement.

“It was a full discussion,” said Harold Ickes, a DNC rules committee member from the District of Columbia who supports Clinton. “I think there was some agreement on some issues and still some disagreements on others.”

Really. Wow, thanks for the analysis, Harold.

I can’t say how this will turn out except for this: somebody’s gonna sue. This ain’t over by a long shot.

In the meantime, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. I’d suggest popcorn, but ethanol subsidies have driven up the price high enough already without our adding to the misery of the poor.

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Refuseniks

I’ve been hearing of a documentary about Soviet Jews, Refusenik, and their plight under Communist rule. Discriminated against, yet unable to emigrate, many endured time in labor camps before finally winning the right to leave (many, like Anatoly—now Natan—Sharansky, to Israel).

Haven’t seen it myself, but it plays in selected theaters around the country.

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Big Rocket Candy Mountain

Descriptions of the Palestinian situation have fallen from “grave” to “gravest” to “scurvy and desalinated”—sorry, “scary and desolate”.

Can we go back to grave—as in six feet under?

An Egyptian police official says boxes of ammunitions, RPGs and anti-aircraft missiles have been uncovered inside a mountain in the northern Sinai peninsula.

The official said some 2,200 bullets, 30 anti-aircraft missiles, several sacks packed with hand grenades and automatic rifles, and RPG launchers were stored inside the mountain.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu complained yesterday that Gaza looked like a ghost town—no children could be heard playing or seen waving at his limo. From that evidence, he concluded that the Israeli siege had sapped their will to live.

Maybe so, but not their will to kill.

PS: Even kill themselves:

Health officials say an explosion in the house of a Hamas operative has killed the man and wounded 16 relatives and neighbors.

Hamas officials say Abu Shaban was handling explosives when the blast went off. Doctors say two of the 16 wounded are in critical condition.

Get that? The dumb [bleep] blew his own ass off, but that wasn’t enough. He had to endanger the lives of his friends and neighbors. And how many of them, do you think, had no idea he was a Hamass bomb maker?

The human rights pansies whine about “collective punishment”, as if the Palestinian community were somehow not responsible for the terrorists in their midst—against all evidence that they are. If this were how punishment were meted out—by the guilty to their enablers—Israel wouldn’t have to do it for them.

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United Nazis

That’s what UN means to me. That’s what the UN is.

The saga of how a Jewish NGO was deliberately precluded from participating in the first substantive preparatory meeting for Durban II.

Speaker: Iran:
“The Islamic Republic of Iran after examining the relevant information decided to object to the accreditation of Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy.”

Speaker: Syria
“On behalf of my country I say that we support the position based by not admitting this NGO to participate in the PrepCom or in the Review Conference itself.”

Speaker: Libyan president Najat al-Hajjaji:
“Taking into account that Iran is still not satisfied with the responses received from this NGO to two of questions raised in its recent letter, the Bureau recommends that the NGO concerned should be requested to provide as soon as possible with replies to those specific questions. The consideration by the PrepCom of the issue of NGO accreditation will thus be further postponed for 48 hours. That’s to say until Wednesday mid-day.”

Oh man, talk about the banality of evil! Say what you will about the Islamo-scum running the UN (you think I’m exaggerating? just wait a minute), they know exactly how to mimic the language of colorless bureaucrats.

Check out this letter complaining about less than salutary comments to the UN Human Rights Council by some organization called the World Union for Progressive Judaism. (I won’t cut and paste lest I put you to sleep.)

Ooh, scary name. They must be some bad ass Jews. Reminds me of the Crips and the Bloods.

And speaking of the Human Rights Council:

Speaker: Anne Bayefsky, Editor, EYEontheUN.org

“Today’s outcome of the human rights election votes are a very poor sign for the efficacy of the Human Rights Council. The Organization of the Islamic Conference increased its numbers on the Council and that means that the stranglehold of the Islamic Group on every outcome of the Council is gotten actually worse. And don’t forget what the Council is about. 60% of the resolutions and decisions ever adopted criticizing governments have been about Israel. 4 special sessions on Israel; 7 regular sessions on human rights in the rest of the world, so that nightmare, that inability of the Human Rights Council to deal with human rights violations throughout the rest of the world is now going to increase. Furthermore, this outcome did not incrase the number of democratic states elected to the Council so you still have less than 50% of Human Rights Council members are fully free democratic societies. So the Human Rights Council remains, although it’s the lead human rights agency of the United Nations, it remains an ineffective and the foxes minding the chicken coup where the human rights abusers are in fact in control.”

And speaking of bad ass Jews:

Following are excerpts from an interview with Saleh Riqab, Hamas deputy minister of religious endowment, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on May 14, 2008.

“The goal of the Zionist movement is to establish a state in Palestine, which would become a base for ruling the entire world. Its other goals are to destroy the religions it opposes, particularly Islam; to corrupt values and morality; to spread permissiveness and sex; and to generate moral decline.”

“We see this clearly in the U.S. elections. Both Democrats and Republicans compete to please the state of the Jews. That’s why when a Democrat comes to occupied Palestine, he puts on a religious skullcap, goes to the Western Wall, bangs his head against the wall, and says: ‘Your philosophy and the need to please you is now inside my head.’ They all compete with one another, but the Jews maintain a balance, and they always prefer the Christian Zionists.

“If a Democrat comes to power, like [Bill] Clinton – who served them well in Oslo and elsewhere, and almost served them in the second Camp David, but then made statements [they didn't like] – what did Zionism do? It sent him the Jewish Monica, with whom Clinton had sex in the American White House.

“Clinton left [the White House], but there are thousands of pages documenting his sexual depravity, because he had sex in the White House. I read a report that Clinton used to call Arab leaders and talk to them while she was having sex with him.”

“The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which are a product of the 1897 Basel Congress, discuss how the Jews should seize control of the world. In Europe, and especially in the U.S., there was a quick Jewish takeover of the major mass media, because in the West, the mass media shapes their mentality and their views. They don’t read very much, they just listen.”

The last bit had nothing to do with the UN—but, really, could you tell the difference?

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Shop Dunkin Donuts

Why? Because the nutjobs at ANSWER are boycotting it.

US activists have called for a boycott of doughnuts-and-coffee chain Dunkin Donuts after it pulled an online ad that a conservative commentator said promoted jihad.

“Dunkin Donuts has capitulated and withdrawn an advertisement for its products following the allegation… that the spokeswoman in the ad was wearing a kaffiyeh, a scarf which is a staple of clothing traditionally worn by Palestinian men,” the ANSWER Coalition said in a statement.

I’m in the mood for one of those yummy chocolate dipped donuts and a cup of coffee right now, come to think of it.

- Aggie

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Dear Scott [UPDATED]

I’ve had my say on “Naughty” Scotty McClellan.

Let’s print a guest editorial:

“There are miserable creatures like you in every administration who don’t have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues…. No, your type soaks up the benefits of power, revels in the limelight for years, then quits, and spurred on by greed, cashes in with a scathing critique.”

“In my nearly 36 years of public service I’ve known of a few like you…. No doubt you will ‘clean up’ as the liberal anti-Bush press will promote your belated concerns with wild enthusiasm. When the money starts rolling in you should donate it to a worthy cause, something like, ‘Biting The Hand That Fed Me.’ Another thought is to weasel your way back into the White House if a Democrat is elected. That would provide a good set up for a second book deal in a few years.”

[The reader] assures McClellan that he won’t read the book — “because if all these awful things were happening, and perhaps some may have been, you should have spoken up publicly like a man, or quit your cushy, high profile job”

“That would have taken integrity and courage but then you would have had credibility and your complaints could have been aired objectively…. You’re a hot ticket now but don’t you, deep down, feel like a total ingrate?”

He signs the email simply: “BOB DOLE”

It’s legit: he wrote it. And in predicting a devoted response from the liberal media, he called it, too.

As a candidate for President, Bob Dole was a washout. But as a man, he could give lessons. And Scott McClellan could use ‘em.

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Want to see a fat man sweat? Me neither, but he’s about to start:

Former Bush spokesman Scott McClellan should testify under oath on Capitol Hill about his explosive new book in which he sharply criticizes his old boss, a Democratic congressman said Friday.

Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Florida, said McClellan, who served as the president’s press secretary before leaving the White House in 2006, would be able to provide valuable insight into a number of issues that the House Judiciary Committee is investigating.

Wexler said he did not know whether McClellan would fight a subpoena to testify before the committee, but suggested that any White House claims that McClellan should be barred from testifying due to executive privilege would be invalid because McClellan had put much of the information in the public domain with book and multiple television appearances.

McClellan has not said whether he would be willing to to testify before Congress.

Like he’d have a choice. The bright lights, the flashbulbs, the cameras, the hyena-pack of reporters—he’ll be praying for Bush to invoke executive privilege like a cripple prays for the use of his legs (or arm, in Sen. Dole’s case).

UPPERDATE
People are beginning to ask questions about who’s underwriting this media blitz. The per diem meal money alone would run into the high four figures.

UPPESTDATE
Sounds like he’s happy to sing for his supper. Given his appetite, I’d expect something the length of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung.

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Bad Ass Taliban

Who bad? They bad:

Taliban insurgents seized a remote Afghan town overnight, patrolling the streets for some hours before withdrawing ahead of a government operation to retake it on Friday, residents and officials said.

It sounds more like a motorcycle gang than an insurgency.

This is more typical:

In initial fighting, two Afghan soldiers and a policeman were killed and several were wounded, said the commander, Jalandar Shah Behnam.

“Later, ISAF air planes bombed the fort and 30 Taliban including their ranking commanders were killed,” he said. “There is no one left inside the fort.”

The Farah deputy police chief, Mohammad Nabi Popal, also said 30 Taliban were killed as was one of his policemen.

“They were mostly Taliban from Helmand and some Pakistani Taliban who infiltrated our province from neighbouring Helmand,” he said.

And this:

At least six Pakistani Taliban militants were killed in an explosion in their vehicle in the northwestern tribal areas bordering Afghanistan on Wednesday.

The Taliban could probably occupy Jeffersonville, Vermont for an hour or so if they wanted to. As long as it was between 3 and 4 am, and the local high school football team didn’t find out, and they got the hell out of the county before sun up.

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Obama: Dim and Uninformed

Or, to quote ABC reporter, Jack Tapper, “a one-man gaffe machine”. John Fund, of the Wall Street Journal has compiled a list of the stupid comments. And the media bias that goes hand in hand:

Take the Auschwitz flub, where Mr. Obama erroneously claimed last weekend in New Mexico that his uncle helped liberate the Nazi concentration camp. Reporters noted Mr. Obama’s revised claim, that it was his great uncle who helped liberate Buchenwald. They largely downplayed the error. Yet in another, earlier gaffe back in 2002, Mr. Obama claimed his grandfather knew U.S. troops who liberated Auschwitz and Treblinka – even though only Russian troops entered those concentration camps.

That hardly disqualifies Mr. Obama from being president. But you can bet that if Hillary Clinton had done the same thing it would have been the focus of much more attention, especially after her Bosnia sniper-fire fib. That’s because gaffes are often blown up or downplayed based on whether or not they further a story line the media has attached to a politician.

The whole thing is fun. Democrats never seem to be labeled “stupid” but according to current media standards, he richly deserves the tag.

- Aggie

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Jew?

The situation in Gaza had already deteriorated from “grave” to “gravest”.

But one day later, “gravest” has descended to “screwy and dissolute”.

I’m sorry, that should read “scary and desolate”:

Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Thursday said he was shocked by conditions in the Gaza Strip after months of Israeli sanctions.

The Nobel peace laureate said the coastal strip has become “desolate and scary” as a result of shortages of fuel and other basic goods.

“No people were in the streets. We were struck particularly by the absence of the sound of children playing or waving to (my) motorcade, like other countries.”

Well, that’s enough evidence for me. We know the children weren’t in school (unless it was metal shop class!); where else could they be but hiding scared under their desolate beds?

If the Bish thinks the place looks bad when it’s empty, he should see it when it’s busy.

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Odd that the Tut-ster never mentions this activity, but I suppose he couldn’t see the Qassam launchers in the orange groves from his motorcade. But this is probably an old picture. Israelis don’t hesitate to fire on launchers among the trees. Which is why the terrorists now fire from rooftops, apartment complexes, playgrounds, and the like. Maybe that’s where all the kids were—watching the fireworks.

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