Funny, I Never Saw This At Gitmo

I guess if we treat “prisoners” like this then the euroappeasers will be ok with it

The kidnappers of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston have released a new video of him in which he is wearing what he says is an explosives vest.
…In the tape, posted on a website used by militants, Mr Johnston is seen wearing a device around his torso and attached to shoulder straps.
“The situation now is very serious. As you can see I have been dressed in what is an explosive belt, which the kidnappers say will be detonated if there was any attempt to storm this area,” he says.

Nice fellows, but of course it’s our fault that he’s being held

Mr Johnston was abducted by a group calling itself The Army of Islam.
A video was released on 1 June by the previously unknown radical Islamist group, in which the correspondent said he was in good health and was being treated well.*
The Army of Islam has demanded the release of Abu Qatada, a Palestinian-born Islamic cleric who is suspected of having close links with al-Qaeda and is held by the UK government as a threat to national security.

I really really hope these ‘negotiations’ in no way shape or form involve releasing Mr. Qatada.

In a statement, the (BBC) said: “It is very distressing for Alan’s family and colleagues to see him being threatened in this way.

How the hell do you think it makes Alan feel?
*”treated well” being defined as “getting to wear an un-exploded bomb vest”

sigh…Let’s Go Over This One More Time

…since the Speaker seems to be a little slow catching on.
Example A: These are CANADIANS.
Example B: These are not

Task: Using a No.2 pencil, choose the correct military service who most closely resembles the troops you keep trying to pull funding from while still ‘supporting’ them.
Bonus Question: If time allows, for five extra points ~ circle the mostest doofiest suit in THIS picture…

“Look! Nuthin’ up ma sleeve!”

And no cheating/mirror checking or you’re immediately disqualified.

Happy Birthday

…big guy!

A United Front…For ONCE

could be a very powerful statement to everyone: directly involved or otherwise.

Closing ranks against Hamas, Egypt’s president invited Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders to a peace summit, officials said Thursday, the biggest show of support yet by moderate Arab states for beleaguered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The meeting will take place Monday in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, said Israeli government spokeswoman Miri Eisin. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has invited Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. Jordan confirmed Abdullah would attend.

Anybody Wanna Tell Me WHY


Police on Wednesday were pleading for witnesses to help them track down members of an angry mob that beat a man to death after the car he was riding in apparently struck and injured a child.
Investigators were struggling to piece together what happened Tuesday when David Rivas Morales died defending the driver from members of a crowd. There could have been anywhere from two to 20 attackers, Austin Police Commander Harold Piatt said.
The car in which Morales, 40, was a passenger had entered an apartment complex’s parking lot when it struck a 2-year-old boy, Piatt said. The boy was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver got out of the car to check on the child and was confronted by several people, Piatt said. When they attacked the driver, Morales got out of the car to protect the driver and was attacked as well. Police said no guns or knives were used.

…didn’t make either ABC’s World News Tonight or NewsHour last night?
I can guess why, but, being blonde and all, I need positive reinforcement.

Sweet Jesus, I Thought This Headline

was from Gaza at first.

Texas Crowd Kills Man After Car Hits Kid

Then the ‘Texass’ clicked.

A crowd attacked and killed a passenger in a vehicle that had struck and injured a child, police said Wednesday.
Police believe 2,000 to 3,000 people were in the area for a Juneteenth celebration when the attack occurred Tuesday night. The man who was killed had been trying to stop the group from attacking the vehicle’s driver when the crowd turned on him, authorities said.

But that’s where we are, in this day and age? It’s now okay for murderous mob vengeance after what, I’m assuming, was an accident? Hell, even if it wasn’t an accident ~ you hold the perpetrator for the authorities.
What kind of animals were in this crowd anyway?
Damn if it doesn’t remind me of that horrible photo taken the day two young, young British soldiers took a wrong turn on the streets of Northern Ireland. They tried desperately to get away, but were swarmed, pulled from their car and beaten to death. There’s a haunting, heartbreaking photo taken of the one kid’s terrified face peering out from the broken car window, just before the mob reaches in. God help me, it’s so awful I’ve never forgotten it.
UPDATE: Good God. ‘Animal’ question answered.

…Morales was beaten to death by as many as 20 men and left lying in a parking lot, Piatt said. A preliminary autopsy listed blunt force trauma as the cause of death.
The little girl, 3 or 4 years old, was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver, who got away from the crowd, is cooperating with investigators, police said.

They sicken me.

Stop The Presses! RoP “Incensed”

Finally someone in Buckingham Palace shows some cojones

The Government has expressed its “deep concern” over reported comments by one of Pakistan’s ministers which suggested Salman Rushdie’s knighthood could justify suicide attacks.
The announcement comes amid continuing protests in Pakistan over the awarding of the honour to the controversial author.
Earlier in the day Pakistan’s government summoned Britain’s high commissioner in Islamabad for talks on the escalating row.

I think this is great.

“Salman Rushdie has turned into a hated corpse which cannot be resurrected by any action,” Mohammad Reza Bahonar, first deputy speaker of Iran’s parliament, said in an address to the house.
“The action by the British queen in knighting Salman Rushdie, the apostate, is an unwise one,” he said, to loud cheers from MPs.
“The British monarch lives under this illusion that Britain is still a 19th century superpower and that bestowing titles is something still deemed important.”

Yes, and it’s so unimportant that you guys are foaming like there’s no tomorrow!

Hardline daily Jomhuri Eslami also launched a scathing attack on the queen, describing the monarch as an “old crone” whose action was a “grimace to the Islamic world”.
“The question is what the old British crone sought by knighting Rushdie, to help him? Well, her act only shortens Rushdie’s pathetic life,” it added.

God bless the Old Crone! She knew exactly what she was doing. It shows official support for Rushdie and it tweaks the noses of the Islamotards (like her eldest son) and gives them yet another occasion to show the fools that they are.

“This is an occasion for the world’s 1.5billion Muslims to look at the seriousness of this decision,” said Mohammed Ijaz ul-Haq, Pakistan’s religious affairs minister.
“The West is accusing Muslims of extremism and terrorism,” he told his country’s parliament.
“If someone exploded a bomb on his body he would be right to do so, unless the British government apologises and withdraws the ‘sir’ title.”

I mean, what more is there to say, really?
Well, there’s this from Labour’s Lord Ahmed

Labour’s Lord Ahmed expressed surprise at the decision to give a knighthood to Rushdie, who was placed under a fatwa, or death sentence, by Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini 18 years ago after the publication of the allegedly blasphemous The Satanic Verses.
“I was appalled to hear Salman Rushdie had been given a knighthood,” Lord Ahmed said.
“Two weeks ago the Prime Minister was calling for building relations between the Muslim world and Britain, then suddenly this knighthood is given to a man who has not only been abusive to Muslims, but also to Christians – because he used abusive language towards Jesus Christ.”
…”This man not only provoked violence around the world because of his writings, but there were many people who were killed around the world.
“Forgiving and forgetting is one thing, but honouring the man who has blood on his hands, sort of, because of what he did, I think is going a bit too far.”

You see, this type of logic is what I love about these nuts. Rushdie writes a book, and a crappy one at that, honestly; I couldn’t get through the first chapter. Please note that even though he may in fact have “used abusive language towards Jesus Christ” there were only followers of one certain Religion of Peace that were “provoked to violence” and killed “people around the world.”
Damn Presbyterians.

Oh How Horrible

Keep their families in your prayers

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Nine firefighters perished in a blaze that swept through a furniture warehouse, Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley said Tuesday morning.
The mayor called the dead firefighters “brave, heroic and courageous,” as he said that they were in the building when the roof collapsed.

Just horrible.

Martha Raddatz Does Some Straight Talking

…on PBS’ Washington Week last Friday.

MR. HARWOOD: Martha, I talked to a Republican strategist this week who said he sees the table being set for a report in September that suggests that the surge has not been as effective as they had hoped. Republican senators would start getting nervous, not back the administration on continuing the surge, and the White House would turn towards those recommendations of the Iraq Study Group. Is that the scenario you see playing out?
MS. RADDATZ: Well, I think the Iraq Study Group is something that we’ve watched for a couple of months now, too. In fact, White House officials will say listen to what the president is saying, he’s talking about the Iraq Study Group much, much more in public in that, hey, I like this part of that and I like this part of it, and that’s a good recommendation. The thing about the Iraq Study Group is that overall they say you have to follow all the recommendations and I think that’s the bottom line with those. I think –
MR. HARWOOD: But does it signal combat troops coming out?
MS. RADDATZ: I don’t – I think truly that you have to wait and see the conditions on the ground. David Petraeus, who was criticized by Senator Reid as not painting the accurate picture, although Senator Reid himself has been there one time and that was two years ago. Dave Petraeus is going to be in a position he has to give a progress report. Dave Petraeus is highly admired, thought of as a very, very honest person. I mean, certainly he points out some progress there, but it is going to be very, very difficult after this week with the Samarra bombing to show progress.
There was a report this week that violence all over Iraq has grown. In Baghdad it’s slightly better. That’s where they now have 28,500 troops. Of course it’s going to be better, but what has happened so many times in the past, what I have seen so many times there, is you calm one area down and they move to other areas, and that is exactly what’s happening. But I think Petraeus would like the surge to continue. He knows you can’t have success unless you stay there long term.

She’s written a pretty damn fine book, too. If you check out the posted reviews, you will find some from the soldiers of the unit she profiles.

El Gato Beats El Tigre

“It’s mine!”
And he sure earned it.
You could hear the Nanny-Staters gasp in horror every time they showed a picture of Angel puffing away on a smoke.

Oh, You Just Gotta Love a Feisty Old Codger

…So, if global warming isn’t such a burning issue, why are thousands of scientists so concerned about it?
“Why are so many thousands not concerned about it?” Bryson shot back.

…like this. It’s music to my ears.

…Bryson didn’t see Al Gore’s movie about global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth.”
“Don’t make me throw up,” he said. “It is not science. It is not true.

As he notes, he’s gone in to work gratis every day since he retired in 1985, so he doesn’t owe jack to anybody. It’s like the scene in ‘Fried Green Tomatoes‘, where Kathy Bates says, “I’m older and have more insurance.” It gives you a certain freedom to stop speaking with a forked tongue.

Some Blondes Will Do ANYthing

…to get noticed.

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FATHER’S DAY ~ to major dad, Bingster, Crusader, Grinch, Mr. Summers, Cullen, Kraut, Robb Allen and all the marvelous, wonderful Swiller dads!!!!

You guys da MAN!

I’m Not Sure What’s More Disturbing

The email I just got with…

Video: Gay Bomb

…as the subject line, or the fact the dweebs actually considered it to begin with. In either case, it’s old news and purloined goods, because a fellow named Harlan Ellison came up with the concept decades ago. Snuggled in his Shatterday short story collection is a little gem titled:

How’s the Night Life on Cissalda?
Synopsis: Temponaut Enoch Mirren returns from a venture to time/universe Earth-2 inseperably, obscenely, and rapturously attached to a disgusting thing from the planet Cissalda. Two months later scientists finally manage to separate human and Cissaldan, ending their sexual congress. The Cissaldan dissapears and is found three hours later in a broom closet with Dr. Marilyn Hornback. Not long after that, the terrific and disgusting little things (which happen to be the “most perfect fucks in the universe”) start popping in all over the world, fastening themselves onto everyone – famous or not. Everyone, that is, except Enoch Mirren…
Comments: “Cissalda” isn’t soul-wrenching or fever-inducing or nightmare-causing or any of the other things you hear about Ellison’s work. It is, quite simply, a fucking hilarious bit of writing. Artists who think that sex wasn’t invented (you know, REALLY invented) until the 90’s should look back on just how shocking and irreverent Ellison was almost twenty years ago, describing the infiltration of the Cissaldans:

Truman Capote, popping Quaaludes like M&Ms, rolled himself into a puffy little ball as his Cissaldan mounted him. The level of dope in his system, however, was so high that the disgusting thing went mad and strained itself straight up the urethra and hid itself against his prostrate. Capote’s voice instantly dropped three octaves.
Maidservants to Queen Elizabeth, knocking frantically on the door to her bedchamber, were greeted with silence. Guards instantly forced the door. They turned their heads away from the disgusting sight that greeted them. There was nothing regal, nothing imperial, nothing even remotely majestic about what was taking place there on the floor.

Those entwined with the creatures forget to eat or sleep and eventually die. The Cissaldan hops off in search of the next victim ~ it’s a war of attrition. Civilization as we know it ceases to exist because the Cissaldans have seduced everyone. And the poor astronaut is the last guy standing on Earth.
The ‘gay bomb’ on alien love crack.
Mr. Bush, build that wall!

I Can Understand This Father’s Grief

His 14 year old was killed when the vehicle she was a passenger in struck a freight train parked on a country road train crossing at night. It had no warning lights or cross bars. I can understand and feel for their pain deeply.

“Those lives were taken because of our negligence!…I hope you lose your job and go ahead and suffer some loss!”

What I CAN’T understand is HOW his daughter came to be there. Or any of the other victims.

“The impact killed all four backseat passengers.”

Three FOURTEEN year old girls and one THIRTEEN year old boy.
The driver and front seat passenger lived ~ both FIFTEEN year old boys.
They were speeding.
In a STOLEN jeep.
It was 3:30…A.M.
You can blame them all you want but…
I don’t think Union Pacific killed your kid, Dad.

So, I Read This

…on Drudge yesterday morning

Senators Plan to Revive Immigration Bill

…which, in the oddest coincidence, is also the day I got my RNC survey. So I filled it out.

Ahnuld’s Correct

…But you know they will make him pay for saying it

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a gathering of Hispanic journalists that immigrants should avoid Spanish-language media if they want to learn English quickly.
“You’ve got to turn off the Spanish television set” and avoid Spanish-language television, books and newspapers, the Republican governor said Wednesday night at the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
“You’re just forced to speak English, and that just makes you learn the language faster,” Schwarzenegger said.
“I know this sounds odd and this is the politically incorrect thing to say, and I’m going to get myself in trouble,” he said, noting that he rarely spoke German and was forced to learn English when he emigrated from Austria.
Schwarzenegger was responding to a question about how Hispanic students can improve academically. Many journalists for Spanish-language organizations in the audience were surprised by the remarks.

He’s 100% correct…and incorrect.

The Most Ethical Congress Ever!

And kids under the age of, um, er, 50 or so fly free!

Pentagon officials are bracing for a fight with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over her desire to allow lawmakers’ adult children to tag along on taxpayer-funded travel for free.
Pelosi wants them to be able to fill the role of lawmakers’ spouses when the latter are unable to make a trip because of health issues or work commitments.

Bet you didn’t know about this “long-standing policy”

“It has been longstanding policy that, in the absence of a congressional spouse, the adult child of a member of Congress may accompany the member on official U.S. government travel abroad for protocol reasons and without reimbursing the U.S.
Treasury,” Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said. “Speaker Pelosi believes that a modern policy must reflect the professional responsibilities or health realities that might prevent a spouse from participating, and instead permit an adult child to fulfill the protocol needs of the official trip.”

Sorry, that sounds like an aristocratic-class policy to me.
And it’s completely disgusting and corrupt.

This Is So Dangerous

UPDATE and BUMP: Oh, the weaselly son of a bitch.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed Thursday that he told liberal bloggers last week that he thinks outgoing Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Peter Pace is “incompetent.”
Reid acknowledged similarly disparaging Army Gen. David Petraeus, head of Multinational Forces in Iraq.
But Reid, whose comments to bloggers first appeared in The Politico, also told reporters: “I think we should just drop it.

Easy enough for you to want turn tail and run, Dirty Harry. You seem to be pretty well versed in those tactics.

A Democratic challenge to Gen. Peter Pace indicates that uniformed officers no longer are exempt from the partisan fire on Capitol Hill once reserved for civilian policymakers.

Mr. Levin might want to recall how the military was harangued for even the perception of losing their political neutrality when it came to respecting a certain Democratic commander-in-chief.

…Military personnel aren’t required to like their Commander in Chief, or even respect him in the privacy of their own hearts. But they are required, in accordance with military law and tradition, to show respect for the office, regardless of how they may feel about the office holder.

The ‘privacy of their own hearts’. Like when the civilian in charge asks for your opinion, you give it truthfully and earnestly. But if he decides to go the other way, it’s then ‘yes sir, yes sir, three bags full’ and you carry out your assigned mission, again, to the best of your ability. Because, no matter your rank, you are SUBORDINATE to your civilian commander. That’s the duty you’re sworn to. And the duty that once sworn is compelled by the force of law.
The miserable incompetence of this war’s handling has nothing to do with it’s military prosecution and everything to do with policy. Policy=political, because only elected civilians can set ‘policy‘. Oddly enough, that’s what another Congressperson argues, when setting out why Gen. Pace (and henceforth ALL military officers, I guess) should be castigated publicly.

…[Rep. Ellen O., D-Calif.] Tauscher said his [Pace’s] comments on gays “showed his ignorance” and “had to be deeply discounted because they came from a man who had presided over a war that we got into on a lie and what I consider to be a serious dereliction of duty in having our troops and our readiness so destroyed by the policies of this administration.

I’m sure there are Republicans who could have said as much to Marines during Clinton’s foray into Haiti, for example. Or his morphing of the mission in Somalia to hunt down bald headed warlords, vice the ‘feed the children’ exercise major dad went in-country for originally. Those would have been legitimate moments to ask military commanders “What the F*CK were you thinking?” ~ don’t you think? But your questions would have to be addressed to the policy maker, vice the implementer. The U.S. military has never ordered ITSELF anywhere.
And where does this end, once the Pandora’s Box is spewing its contentious contents unchecked? Does it end with a sitting Democratic president making policy, because the majority now agrees with him, so all decisions must be peachy? Does it end when Mr. Levin abuses a military member at the table before him ~ for policies over which he had no control and could only do his sworn duty to do them to the best of his ability ~ and said service member breaks and calls Mr. Levin a sweet, well-earned perjorative, only then to be prosecuted for breaking the cardinal rule, “in accordance with military law and tradition, to show respect for the office”?
Of course, no member of the United States military would ever, ever do such a thing. Mr. Levin and Mr. Tauscher and all the despicable loser lefties in the United States Congress know it. They demand the respect their offices provide and wield the power therein to abuse, belittle and destroy those who protect their institution but have no recourse ~ those whose oath actually carries penalties.
Mr. Levin obviously feels shooting uniformed fish in a barrel suits his purposes…makes his point…makes GREAT television theater. Be damned what it does otherwise.
UPDATE: Some background.

Article 88, which states:
“Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”
…Not likely. The UCMJ is not the product of military fiat, but rather a 1950 act of Congress. Congress intentionally chose to narrow the prior version of Article 88, which had covered all soldiers, in order to ensure that it applied to officers but not enlisted personnel. From a policy standpoint, why did it chose to do so?
First, Congress probably recognized that the primary purpose of Article 88 should be to prevent active military officers from meddling in politics–a persistent problem in other republics, both ancient and modern.
…More recently, a number of military officers faced disciplinary action after drawing attention to deficiencies in President Clinton’s moral character – an activity which for civilians seemed to constitute a hearty national pastime throughout the 1990s. These cases, while relatively few in number, became emblematic of Clinton’s difficult relations with the military, particularly its professional officer corps.
For example, Maj. Gen. Harold Campbell was compelled to retire after referring, no doubt affectionately, to the “gay-loving,” “womanizing,” “draft-dodging” and “pot-smoking” President in a speech at an Air Force banquet. Other officers received reprimands for characterizing their Commander-in-Chief as a “lying draft dodger,” a “moral coward,” and an “adulterous liar” in letters to their local newspapers.
Even retired officers may be at risk when they speak out – as Lt. Col. Michael J. Davidson noted in his July 1999 Army Lawyer article, “Contemptuous Speech Against the President.” Davidson noted that Article 88 may apply to retired commissioned officers by virtue of other articles of the UCMJ.

Okay ~ I Wanna Know WHO BOUGHT This

…and I wanna KNOW NOW!

… Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, made $1,462 from sales of her suspense novel, which features a combative, liberal senator much like herself.

Sales ~ the article says ‘sales’.

Anybody Else

…catch the irony in this? Or is it just me?

And the Flying Fickle Finger of Blame Points to

the JOOS!

Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Fatah movement on Wednesday accused Israel of propelling the Palestinians into the current state of security chaos.
Spokesperson for the movement in the West Bank, Dr. Jamal Nazzal, told the Italian Radiotelevisione Italiana, known as RAI, “Israel paved the way for the growth of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, by destroying the PA [Palestinian Authority] departments and security forces’ buildings between 2000 and the election to power of Hamas.”

“Anybody moves, the cook gets it!”
A Swill salute to the American Israeli Patriot for pointing us in the right direction.
UPDATE: Does this mean they’re through?

President Mahmoud Abbas will dissolve the Palestinian Authority’s government Thursday after fighting between rival parties Hamas and Fatah consumed the Gaza Strip and was expected to call for a state of emergency, sources close to Abbas confirmed to FOX News.

The Disease Where You Forget You Were A Nazi…

Waldheimers, just lost its founder

VIENNA, Austria (AP) — Kurt Waldheim, whose legacy as U.N. secretary-general was overshadowed by revelations that he belonged to a German army unit that committed atrocities in the Balkans in World War II, died Thursday. He was 88.

I Ain’t Fallin’ for the Old Banana

in the tailpipe.

President Bush, trying to salvage an immigration overhaul legislation, endorsed a plan Thursday that would lock in money for border security as way to win over conservative lawmakers and a skeptical public.

Shoulda been doing that from the get-go, yo.

Insta Asks “Is killing your husband less serious than serving kids beer?”

The Preacher’s wife sentencing is insane, no doubt. But let’s not trivialize what this women in Virginia did. It’s not like she innocently let the kids have a sip of beer. She planned for the kids to drink

Elisa’s crime was to hold a birthday party for her 16-year-old son Ryan and serve his friends beer.
As a precaution, she and her ex-husband, who is serving 30 days for bringing the alcohol onto the property, made sure that none of the kids would be able to drive home.
As they arrived at their 6000ft suburban mansion on the outskirts of Earlysville, she confiscated their car keys, put them in a bucket, barricaded the drive with her Hummer and told them to have a good time.
They were all expecting to have a sleep over and, since Elisa knew most of the kids because she had taught them at school, she did not think it was necessary to warn their parents that beer would be consumed.

The kids were 12 to 18 years old and she and her husband decided to serve them alcohol and never consulted the parents. I’m sorry, this is premeditated drugging of someone else’s children. My Daughter is 13, and I can assure you that, firstly, she’d never be at a sleepover party with 30 kids at someone’s house, and, secondly, if she was at such a party and I found out that the parents had planned it so the kids could drink…well, in that case then I might be the one looking at jail time right now.
There is no excuse for this, and she is being properly punished.

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