Tuesday, February 28



A report detailing Iran's uranium enrichment efforts and a secret project linked by U.S intelligence to a possible atomic weapons program will be issued Monday to the board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, diplomats said.

The board already reported Iran to the U.N. Security Council, but the council is waiting for the report and the outcome of the meeting before taking any concrete action. The council has the power to impose economic and political sanctions on Iran.

The IAEA, a notoriously docile, toothless, animal is final admitting to an Iranian atomic weapons program. Rest assured it is far deeper, much further along and much more dangerous than described.

Much ado (about nothing) is being made of the "new and improved" Iran Russia deal;

Iran strikes deal with Russia on uranium enrichment project
IRAN has reached a basic agreement with Russia on a "joint venture" to enrich uranium, Iran's nuclear chief said yesterday, in a deal that could put an end to the growing international crisis over fears that Tehran wants to build atomic bombs.

This hardly ends my fears but serves to increase them. The world is looking for any way out. The world is begging to be conned. The slumbering masses want desperately not to have to deal with this.

Iran says it agrees basic nuclear deal with Russia
BUSHEHR, Iran (Reuters) - Iran has reached a "basic" agreement with Russia on jointly enriching uranium, officials said on Sunday -- but there was no immediate sign that it would suspend home-grown enrichment to allay fears that it is developing nuclear weapons.

Just for knowing, I am not buying any of it, not for a second. Everyone wants their fears assuaged but a "joint venture" between Russia and Iran is like a joint venture between Stalin and Hitler. No good can come of it.It reeks of the unholy alliance: Stalin's Pact With Hitler and I am sure Ahmadinejad will turn on Putin in much the same way Hitler turned on Stalin.

Everyone gets caught in the nuclear crossfire.........

Whatever you may think of the shortcomings of the measure, I hope you'll join me in calling the offices of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to express support for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's $85 million democracy package for Iran.
hat tip: Asher A

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6225
Majority Phone: (202) 224-4651
Minority Phone: (202) 224-3953

Also you can call the senators from your own state to express support here

FULL TEXT HERE of the Embargoed IAEA Report on Iran's Nuclear Program

Monday, February 27

Danes Appologize For Cartoons

Your Mullah wears Army boots!


Burning Infidel Love

More tales of forbidden love at Canis Iratus.

Sunday, February 26

The Samarra Shrine And Shia Mischief

Iraq Depresses Jesus Too - From Michelangelo's Pieta - DC/MG

By now, everyone who is familiar with the situation in Iraq, whatever Media they retrieve their information from, is aware of the Bombing of the Shrine of Imam Hasan al-Askari , which like an exfoliated onion, saw layers of its golden dome peeled off in great chunks by an explosion or two.

The Shrine is one of the most sacred Shia landmarks, and as noted by Ian Wood commenting at the Belmont Club, was the final resting place for the 11th Imam (Hasan al-Askari) (who) was the father of the 12th Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi...the same al-Mahdi whose whose Return Iranian President Ahmadinejad apparently thinks will be hastened by his acquisition of nuclear weapons.

He goes on to further tell us:

The al-Askari mosque also houses a slightly smaller, more elaborately decorated domed shrine called Maqam Ghaybat, which was supposedly built over the cellar into which the Imam Mahdi disappeared before his occultation (hence his attribution, the "Hidden" Imam) in 873. As far as I can tell from photos, that dome is intact.

As one would expect, the reaction to the Shrine's attack has been fast and furious among the Iraqi and other Bloggers. So much information and opinions pouring forth, that it is almost impossible to keep up with events on the ground in Iraq.

Zeyad has provided the best and most intense-laden coverage of the aftermath, including details of his own neighborhood being threatened by the mysterious "Men In Black", likely members of Mahdi's Army, Muqti al-Sadr's gang of thugs, louses and ruffians:

Fierce streetfighting at my doorstep for the last 3 hours. Rumor in the neighbourhood is that men in black are trying to enter the area. Some armed kids defending the local mosque three blocks away are splattering bullets at everything that moves, and someone in the street was shouting for people to prepare for defending themselves...My father and uncle are agitatedly walking back and forth in the hallway, asking me what we should do if the mob or Interior ministry forces try to attack us in our homes? I have no answer for them.

UPDATE: Apparently, the attackers were fended off in our neighbourhood. The fight ended about 2 hours ago, about the same time electric power returned to our area. Now we are only hearing sporadic gunshots here and there...

Zeyad emerged safe, but the Mosques are taking a beating:

In Karbala, a remote controlled car bomb explosion killed 4 civilians and injured 10 close to a popular market, according to police officials. A suspect was arrested at the scene with no further details.

In Buhriz, south of Ba'quba, gunmen broke into a Shi'ite residence and killed 13 men from one family, Ba'quba police said.

Two rockets were fired at a Shi'ite mosque in Tuz Khurmatu, a Shi'ite Turkomen town northeast of Baghdad.

The Salman Al-Farisi shrine in Madain, southeast of Baghdad, still occupied by Interior ministry forces was bombed with mortars. Madain residents say the town has been blocked for the last 3 days and dozens of people have been detained. They sent an urgent appeal to the Iraqi government to intervene.

The Anas bin Malik shrine in Shu'ayba, west of Basrah was attacked and vandalized. My old friends in Basrah have confirmed this over the phone. Things are now quiet in the Sunni towns of Zubair and Abu Al-Khasib, south of Basrah. Sadr's followers continue to demonstrate, but in general, things appear to have calmed down there.

Unconfirmed news of Mahdi militiamen in pickup trucks crawling on the capital from areas south of Baghdad yesterday, despite the daytime curfew. Last they were heard of was in Mahmoudiya. clashes erupted in Hor Rijab, a rural area south of Dora, this morning...

Uncomfirmed news of black clad militiamen, accompanied by Interior ministry forces, spreading in several areas of Abu Dshir, south of Dora, near the Al-Kadhimain Husseiniya, led by an individual named Sa'di Al-Wahsh (Sa'di the monster).

And Zeyad questions the Iraqis Madness:

What kind of nation are we? What kind of nation kills its intellectuals and academics, its doctors and healers, its women and children, its clerics and preachers? What kind of nation blows up churches and mosques, hotels and schools, funerals and weddings? We have left nothing sacred. Yet we have the insolence to accuse others of offending us, of vilifying us. I announce today that we have proved ourselves worthy of that vilification. Ten years ago, I denounced religion and disavowed Islam. I do not want to be forced to disavow my country and nation today, but with every new day, I'm afraid I am getting closer to it.

Zeyad The Busy has everything from Reports and Maps of Assaulted Mosques to photos of the Mysterious Men in Black to the Shrine and its clean up...and a whole lot more.

But how accurate is Zeyad's coverage. Wretchard from the Belmont Club provides his own analysis of it:

it's probably good to treat Zeyad's report as a series of unconfirmed reports which are being reported verbatim. What can we say for sure or nearly sure?
Mosques are a focus of fighting
The fighting in his neighborhood has ended for now.
The authorities are trying to keep the lid on
Reported incident casualties are fairly low.
What can we say as probable?
There are small groups racing around fighting actions against each other.
What's a maybe?
Maybe some units of the National Guard are doing their job
Maybe some units of the Interior Ministry are in cahoots with militias
Overall what would be reasonable to conclude? There's some unrest, but Baghdad is not burning -- yet -- and the trends while still unclear are not clearly in the direction of all-out fighting.

Elrod commenting at Zeyad's takes issue with Wretchard's assessment:

Take what Wretchard says with a huge grain of salt. If everything he said was true then Iraq would be the shining beacon of peaceful democracy and civil liberty the world over. He's a consommate pollyanna if there ever was one. There is simply no way to know what's going on in Iraq right now, not to mention what will happen once the total lockdown is lifted. Only bits and pieces of human turmoil and trial.

Omar and Mo are also doing a good job of providing local coverage of the Iraqi Religious Riots with the ITM Boyos slightly trailing Zeyad in quality output, but covering a wide range of issues and events.

In this blurb, Omar showcases the duplicity of the political parties:

The Sadr trend holds two meetings with Sunni leaders; one on the clerical level with the Association of Muslim Scholars and the other on the political level with the Accord Front.
A couple of joint press releases were made after the meetings in which the two parties made calls for unity among Iraqis and condemned all kinds of attacks on mosques and civilians.
In both cases the US and Iraqi authorities were blamed for the escalating situation.
Ironically, these are the very two factions believed responsible for the greatest deal of the violence in the past few days!

Meanwhile Hassan tells us what he believes was the reason for the attack:

I believe that the reason for such an attack, is an attempt to stir up civil war, between the Shias and Sunnis. In addition, of course, Al-Sadr is not helping at all. His militias are already calling for revenge, and raiding Sunni mosques. Someone should tell him that Sunnis condemned these attacks, and that no one has claimed responsibility yet, why should he presume it is Sunnis. Does he not notice that he is falling into the plain trap laid in front of him?

Sam the Hammorabi Guy who allegedly in a pique of anger
over being slammed by about 90 percent of his commenters for his stance on the U.S. Ambassador's actions in Iraq, closed his commenting section -- Sam, if you have an alternate explanation for why you did so, drop me an email -- puts the blame of the attack, you guessed it, on those Dirty Steenking Cock-a-rooch Wahabbists:

The barbaric and savage attack on the Shire of Imam Al-Hassan Al-Askari in Samara is a continuation of the barbarism of the Saudi Wahabi terrorism, which started such destruction against the entire ancient heritage.

The Shrine is more than a thousand years old and is an important historic site irrespective of who was buried there.

This barbaric act represent only the failure of the terrorists to achieve their goals and it may be one of their last cards against the Shia in Iraq.

Until now thousands of Shiites were killed and their shrines were destroyed since 2003 after the regime toppled. This is nothing but a racist act.

Alright Sam, so they blew up the freakin' roof of the shrine. Does that justify the actions of your fellow Shia to attack and mame Sunnis and their Mosques in the aftermath? Which is worse, Sam, a collapsed roof or a collapsed country,if it comes to that?

And are you sure it's the Wahabbists? Could very well be your fellow Shia or a combo platter of groups...

Sam by the way has the entire collection of Ayatollah Sistani Religious Action Figures:
Preaching Ayatollah; Don't Touch the Jews and Christians Ayatollah... Just teasing you, Sam.

Ali at Free Iraqi, back with a vigor after a hiatus of enervation tackles Sunni - Shia intransigence and the actions of the "Beloved" Ayatollah Sistani, whose moduc operandi seems to have exacerbated the situation:

I read both Sunni and She'at papers and what I read is horrifying. Most of those papers don't even care to hide that hatred and scorn they have towards the other and they go with their insults and hatred back to the 7th century. Also, Sistanis constant attempts to calm the She'at and ask them to be the forgiving ones actually made She'at just more resentful towards Sunnis. One might say that Sistani is trying to protect Sunnis or his country as a whole but that's not true as I see it. By asking She'at to be forgiving and tolerant he's actually blaming the Sunnis, as if he thought the criminals in any terrorist attack were just a bunch of terrorists who do not represent Sunnis then why would She'at need to be tolerant or forgiving! You don't tolerate or forgive terrorists but you only do so when you think a whole community is responsible, and that's what Sistani thinks.

One has to admit that terrorists are mostly Sunnis, Arabs but also backed up by some radical Iraqi Sunnis and ex-Ba'thists, but to generalize it to include all Sunnis is a grave mistake that many make including Americans. On the other hand the She'at militias have been committing probably worse crimes towards Sunnis in an almost indiscriminative manner using the cover of the police or the army and using fighting terrorism as a justification to settle old accounts or even to inflame the situation more to serve their Iranian masters and also to provoke more reaction so that they can have a better case when they talk about forming an independent She'at state in the south and the center (Which the SCIRI is now advertising for strongly through its TV and Radio stations after today's attack and present it as the only solution).

So, Shia Mischief is afoot once more.

Fay, who believes in Free Speech, if you're not critical of Islam, commenting over at Ali's wants to get the inevitable (?) Iraqi Civil War over with:

Hi Ali,

Good to see you blogging today. I needed to read your excellent analysis of the situation.

Like you, I've been saying to myself, "Let's have the civil war and get over with it."

Fay, who's a bit cranky these days (LOL), commenting over at
24's disparages the notion of mourning for an empty building:

And can you tell me why we have a week of mourning over the shrine bombing when nobody was reported killed?

So every time a building get bombed we mourn for a week? Would that apply to all sectors of Iraqi society? Shouldn't the freaking government be working to establish law and order instead of this show off of holiness.

Sorry 24, but the hypocracy of the Iraqi government is unbelieveable. That's not my opinion only. The same opinion is held by other Iraqis who e-mail me on a regular basis.

I can't disagree with Fay. Is it not ridiculous that every time there's a crisis in Iran Iraq, the PM runs off to his Ayatollah Daddy, Sistani to
confer about events. Hello Islamic Republic, Goodbye Hoped-For Secular Democracy.

And Fay, who's replacing Oscar on Sesame Street (ha ha ha) veers away from Baghdad, where much of the blogging and media focus occurs, to provide us with an on-the-scene look at the tribal festivities in Basra, where her local correspondent Queen Amidala resides and tells us:

I've heard the audio file Zeyad published on his blog It's really frightening to listen to it. God help them.

Here -- I mean in my area -- is much more quiet than that. But last night around 7:30pm, we went out to buy some food. We saw strangers on the streets. They were wearing all black clothes with scarves on their heads in a strange way.

I'm at work today. I will keep you updated.

Three hours later, Fay received another update:

Actually the situation here is getting worse by the minute. Yesterday, its seems that they killed one of the most important Sunnis in Basra. This morning while my father was at the market, he heard that they killed another one. If this is what I heard happened in my area, then what else is happening in other parts of town?

And I was back home as soon as I sent you the previous letter as I found myself the only one at work today. I called my father to come take me back home. The streets were almost empty. We saw very few shops open on our way back home.

I’m sure the situation here isn’t any close to Baghdad; but the city is boiling.

Fay goes on to note, that the Queen's neighborhod in Basra has been relatively peaceful for the last three years.

Speaking of the likelihood of a Civil War, Iraqi Pundit questions the New York Times declaration -- "The killings and assaults across Iraq amounted to the worst sectarian violence since the American invasion."
-- of Civil War:

If Moktada Al Sadr's thugs are behind much of the violence, would it really be accurate to describe this as open civil war? The information the reporters give us does not match that of an open civil war.

There is no question that Al Sadr's thugs are indeed a troubling group. And the chaos they seek to create should not be dismissed. But how much influence over the rest of the population do these gangsters have? How representative are they of the Iraqi people?

There have been reports of joint Sunni-Shiite peaceful protests of the attacks on the mosques, and there have been calls for calm from both Sunni and Shiite leaders. There also have been several joint Sunni-Shiite prayers throughout the country to help calm the tensions.

And in a show of unity, thousands of Shiites joined Sunnis and attended the funeral of a Sunni religious figure who was murdered by unknown thugs.

Iraqis have been working hard to avoid a real civil war in the midst of suicide bombings, killings and kidnappings. But the media prefer to ignore these efforts and instead choose to focus on the agressive acts of Moktada Al Sadr's gang.

Truth, frequent commentator to the Iraqi and Kurdish Blogs
provides some new information on the actions of President Jalal Talabani, certainly one of the few politicians in Iraq, exhibiting any leadership skills in the aftermath of Shrine attack:

The Peshmerga protect the holliest Sunni shrine in Baghdad

Iraqi President J.Talani has agreed to the dispatch peshmerga units to Bab il-Shiekh to protect one of the Holliest Sunni shrine in baghdad Shiekh Abdel Kadir al-Gaylani , so now many peshmerga taking their positions on the roof and many parts ,in case of any attack .
Iraqi units closed all the roads leading to the area !
A nice defensive move by the President to spoil things for the thugs , as some both (Sunni&Shiaa)in their interests to keep it boiling and worsening !
The President T. called Iraqis to unite and would be away to answer this horrendous attack by forming the new Iraqi goverment and spoil their joy !

Morbid Smile Grins and Bares her Morbid Smile, the chaos of a city and nation conflicted, the Iraqi Soul in torment:

Now as I'm writing this, I hear gunshots out there. Baghdad has become a city of ghosts. But even in the city of ghosts there are some ghosts walking down the streets, while in Baghdad even ghosts are afraid to go out!! It was called The Land of Peace. How ironic is that! Where is the government in all of this? It's nowhere to be seen. It even failed in protecting the dead people in their Shrines!!

I am a true Morbid Smile now! I'm watching my country being destroyed little by little, its holly places are attacked severely, and its people are killing each other. A great civilization of more than 7000 years is going to waste. It's the country that once was!

I started writing this at about 12:30 midnight, and now it’s 2:30. The radio is still on. I kept switching the stations and the gunshots are still in the open air out there in the city of hell. The radio voice cannot swallow the sounds of explosions anymore.

And at the end, I woke up in the morning to screams and cries of my neighbors. Their old sick father died in his bed last night!

Are you still asking why I am a "Morbid" Smile??

Ye Clueless One, wherever he's hiding out, Truth About Iraq spews his
Hate America bile:

This has to be the most corrupted incompetent government ever assembled by US foreign policy. It doesn’t function on so many different levels.But then again, this government was never about governance, but sowing dissent. This dissent was planted in the early days by the Iraq Governing Council and now it is bearing fruit.

Dr. Truth is part of the "Blame America Brigade" too:

I personally feel very sorry for this criminal action, and condemned who planed and who executed this act.
Till now there are more than 160 mosques attacked and some set to fire by men in black, claimed they are belong to the Mehdi army ( armed militia under the controll of Moqtada Al Sader). Tens of dead bodies were found at different places near Baghdad.

Congratulation America you did what you are came for.

Why Thank You, Dr. "Truth" and "Truth About Iraqis", America is always glad to be of assistance, but before you get too caught up in your hostility over the current chaos in Iraq, ask yourself the following questions:

Is the United States responsible for attacking the Shrine? No.
Is the United States responsible for the reprisals by the Men In Black and the destruction/killings in retaliation for the Shrine's attack? No.
Is the United States responsible for the actions of Muqti al-Sadr? No.
Is the United States responsbile for electing the current ineffectual government, not once, but twice? No.
Is the United States responsible for Saddam Hussein coming to power in Iraq and establishing a dictatorship aided and abetted by your fellow Iraqis: Sunni, Shia, sometimes Christians, even Kurds, Turkmen, etc.? No.

No, Dr. "Truth" and the other "Truth", your fellow Iraqis (with occassional help from Iran, Saudia Arabia, and Syria) are responsible for the above actions, not America. Your blame is sadly misplaced.

From Jihad Watch via AP we
learn Surprise-Surprise, Iran is also in the Blame-The-US mode:

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed the United States and Israel on Thursday for the blowing up of a Shi'ite shrine's golden dome in Iraq, saying it was the work of "defeated Zionists and occupiers."...
"They invade the shrine and bomb there because they oppose God and justice," Ahmadinejad said, referring to the US-led multinational force in Iraq.

And in another shocking surprise,
Baghdad Treasure abrogates Iraqi's personal responsibility, going in to full victimization mode, blaming the US too:

And now, I am sad to see a country suffered from tyranny will suffer from a civil war. I am afraid that we'll have the same fate of Lebanon. I don't know if this civil strife will stop or continue. Even under dictatorship and tyranny, we have not gone through such a day. It is hard to see this beautiful and ancient country destroyed. It seems what the Americans have done was not enough. Iraqis should suffer, be killed, watch themselves humiliated, and kill each other just because America wants to remove Saddam from its way to make the world safer. Or let's say to make America safer and hell be with the non-Americans as some of them say. Let the whole world be happy and "safe" now because Iraq's "liberation" made it safe for them, but unfortunately made it a hell for Iraqis.

Commenting at Jihad Watch, Catherine would disagree with Baghdad:


Well, none of course. We (as in the majority here) seem to possess some personal responsibility and a lack of the victimization ethos. Get retrospective Iraqis, the Real Truth -- not Dr Truth's version or Baghdad Treasure's or Truth About Iraqis or Riverbend's or the Jarrar's -- is contained within you.


Sunni Mo, commenting at Zeyad's almost does this, as he lays the blame on either George Bush, or the reigning Iraqi Government/Hezbollah/Iran/Muqti:

It just happens that everytime the preasure mounts on the Hizbollahi-thug coalition, the bombs start exploding left, right and centre in shia "strongholds". The UIA-Hizollahi thugs use the deaths and attacks as political capital to consolidate their grasp on power and move the country closer to a clone of the "Satanic Irani Republic".
No need to smell a dead rat me thinks, THERE IS ALREADY A DEAD RAT and it's name is UIA-Satanic Republic-Bad Brigade- Muqty the Fatty- Hizollahi-Baseeji THUGS!

While Over the River Bend is imbued with a sense of foreboding after the Shrine attack.

Crazybird Ladybird put on her Colombo Raincoat and
got down to some serious detective work ferreting out the guilty parties in the attack:

Think about it logically, the mosque in samara was there centuries ago, never been assaulted, attacked or any harm done to the building before.
Since the occupation, the mosque was an "available target" but nothing happened so why now and how will benefit from such attack?.
We have two suspects:

Iran wants to see a civil war waged between Sunnis and Shiites, the outcome of this civil war will be an independent Shiites region which is in conclusion will be an Iranian region.

You can't dismiss an Iranian-Syrian-Zarqawi axis using such an attack to foment as much trouble and strife in Iraq as possible. Iran has been implicated in sheltering and giving aid to Al Qaeda in the past, there's evidence of them coordinating actions with Syria, and there are rumors that Zarqawi has fled to Iran. And with the damage to the shrine not desecrating the Mahdi's Residence of Occultation, very important in the Messianic Beliefs of the current Iranian regime, you can't rule this type of connection out.

But then Ladybird's logical processes jump the shark:

Samarra is a failure to the US, they attacked it many times but brought no results, the city is still an accessible for the Americans, gunmen attack the Americans daily in Samarra and the surrounding areas, so intensive that few weeks ago I read on an Iraqi newspaper that American checkpoints outside the city are seizing telephones with build-in cameras from Samarra citizens so the attacks are not filmed and distributed through the internet.

(LB citing Rumsfield)

US troops are so desperate to enter the city that Rumsfeld said:
you cannot allow a series of safe havens or a consistent pattern of misbehavior…..So you have to do something about it …

Creating this assault on the mosque is just one of their attempts, this time they want to enter the city but in a different way, not as occupiers but as saviors, an old trick but it works (sometimes).

Of course that makes no sense to anyone but Ladybird and her Legion of American-Hating Lefties, but hey whatever gets you through the night, alright.

Ukhti Ukhti Ukhti from thean iraqi tear blog is one such America-Hater. She's a single mother in Baghdad, so you feel for her frustrations and uneasy situation, but Whoah Nellie she is suffering from one severe case of BDS. I guarantee you she sees the Bush Demon in her dreams trying to impregnate her with his Christian seed.

So, of course, she's blaming the Shrine attack and the events afterwards on Bush and
the Americans:

Bush could state now that his mission in Iraq had accomplished... He tried his best toward dividing Iraq and the Iraqis supported by those who were back on the board of his tanks… For the first time I am afraid of a civil war.
The unashamed silence World should admit that what had happened in Iraq last Wednesday would not be happened if the occupation forces were not in Iraq. A holy shrine was exploded and tens of mosques were attacked and burnt.

Ukhti also offers her theory on who perpetuated the Shrine Bombing:

Who will get benefits of a civil war in Iraq?
Kurds are the first; because Barzani said before months that he will announce his independent state as soon as a civil war will begin… the Americans, again to protect the Iraqis!! And the political “leaders” who are becoming wealthiest day after another from the chose in Iraq…

The Kurds! Well, that's certainly a new take on possible culprits. But Ukhti isn't done with her Bush bashing:

Bush, as usual without feeling any shame, said on the day when tens of mosques were burning and tens were being killed that Iraqis are enjoying the freedom of media and speech!! Who will help us and will tell him SHUT UP MR. LIER..
The Iraqis and the nobles of the world should curse Bush, Blair and every body who are observing the Iraqi bloods without trying to stop it.

And Ukhti, I think, becomes the first Iraqi Blogger to try to link the Mohammed cartoons
to the bombing:

why no body is trying to find the link between
the cartoons attacking the prophet and exploding the holy shrine?

Gee Ukhti, I can't tell you why no one else is doing it. You just have a talent for innovation, I guess.

Be sure to check out Ukhti's other posts of appreciation for George Bush and Iraqi Democracy:

The DEMOCRACY beheads the students!

Thank You Bush for Making Iraqi's Life Enjoyable!

“Timer” and the Special Guest of Bush..

Okay Ukhti, have a nice day, come again.

Akba is down in the dumps over recent events and sees the strength of the Militias (except for the Peshmerga) as being the main hinderance to a Demcratic Iraq:




Akba, who needs to go a bit easy on his Capitals, also takes issue with Shia reaction and leadership:

What happened this week has truly brought this tension and animosity to the forefront, (with the help of some scrupulous meddling of some people of course), we have seen thousands of desperate Shi’a go to the streets and vent their anger at the Sunni community. What upsets me is that this has and was nurtured and urged upon from the so called leaders of the Shia community.. They have continually nurtured this illusion of a tension in order to best serve their political aspirations. These leaders have acted irresponsibly towards their constituents and Iraq, and it is for this reason that I absolutely abhore them.

As for the militia’s. I really want to hear one Shia Iraqi come out with it and condemn these barbarians. And NO,, the Shia militia’s are not the same as the Beshmerga of Kurdistan, and they have proven that time and time again.. the Mehdi Army and Bedr Berigades are o more than Mafia Mudering thugs intents on doing everything that Iran asks of them,, they are not Loyal to Iraq and they must be crushed.. Any politician that supports these private mafias has no place in Iraqi politics and should be discredited.

Can't disagree with him at all. The Militias: Mahdi's Army and the Badr Brigade et al., really need to be eliminated, but their actions in recent days highlight a continuing problem of Shia Mischief in Iraq.

True, elements of the Sunni and Shia have both acted like petulant children in Post Saddam Iraq. The Sunni giving aid and succor to the Baathists, Syrians, Arab Extremists, and Al Qaeda in a furious attempt to return the Nation of Iraq to their past dominance through murder, explosions, kidnappings, and assaults.

The Shia meanwhile, impregnated with Iranian cash, mercenaries, and agents have used their Militias to settle old scores, turning the Southern half of the country in to Iranistahn, imposing harsh religious edicts, besides engaging in torture, death squads, and executions. A Pox on both their houses of extremism I say.

The Sunni Sins have been well documented. Now, we will examine some of the pre-Shrine-attack Shia Lawlessness.

"Shia Death Squads in Basra" Or Who Might Have Killed Steven Vincent

Abu Kazem
the former leader of an Islamic militant group in Basra admitted... that his movement "took part in death squads which operated in this city" with input from the Iranian secret services. Abu Kazem, who declined to name his group, told Adnkronos International (AKI) the 'members' of his political movement "were part of a group tasked with carrying out murders in Basra".

As Kazem relates:

"We met from time to time at the base of one of the [Islamist] organisations along with members of the Iranian secret services who gave us instructions on the people who were to be killed... All the parties and the movements were in possession of a variety of arms which were usually used for this [murders] along with police uniforms and police cars which were provided to the parties at the time by the former chief of police" he added.
Abu Kazem underlined that the decisions on which people to kill were made "according to orders from Iran, and first and foremost targets were local officials, academics and journalists".

Journalists, like Steven Vincent, one wonders? Did Iran have Stephen Vincent killed for exposing the activities of these Basrian death squadists?

Wouldn't suprise me...

The Engineer and The Shia Torture Facilities

I remember growing up, eating Good N' Plenty, and having their theme song percolate inside my head:
Choo-Choo-Charlie was an engineer...

Well, "The Engineer" in Iraq is a far different character from those good tasting licorice thingies. Yes, indeed, this Engineer's specialty is murder and torture, licensed by the
al-Jaafari government and the Interior Ministry.

The story (via The Washington Times - Hat Tip Free Republic) came to light via Gen. Muntazar Jasim al-Samarrai, the ex-Iraqi general, who was "formerly in charge of special Interior Ministry forces..."

General al-Samarri told the Washington Times that a

"senior Iranian intelligence officer was in charge of a network of detention centers where suspected insurgents were routinely tortured and sometimes killed."

Gen. al-Samarrai said the Iranian intelligence officer, Tahseer Nasr Lawandi, works directly under the Kurdish deputy minister, Gen. Hussein Kamel, and is known throughout the ministry as "The Engineer."
"The Engineer was behind the torturing and killing in the ministry and was also in charge of Jadriya prison"

...The Iranian officer not only masterminded interrogations, tortures and executions at the prisons, but also would take part in torture sessions, often using an electric drill, Gen. al-Samarrai said.

Some of the tortured prisoners were found in morgues with drill holes in their legs and eyes, according to another security source, who declined to be identified.
The general said Mr. Lawandi had worked with the minister and deputy minister to form a special security service to run the detention and interrogation operation and a separate group called the Wolf Brigade to capture suspects and bring them to the secret locations -- usually under cover of darkness.

An electric drill! Whoooo, he's handy with the power tools. Why isn't he known as The Carpenter. These Coo-Coo for Cocoa Puffs Iraqis can't even get their torturers named right.

And why is General al-Samarrai revealing all of this information now?

Gen. al-Samarrai, a 46-year-old career officer, was ousted from the Interior Ministry in a purge of about 600 staff in July. Many were replaced by hard-line loyalists to new Interior Minister Bayan Jabr Solagh and his allies in the Badr Brigade, a militia affiliated with Iraq's largest Shi'ite religious party, the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq.
The general said the minister had brought 17,000 Badr organization fighters into the ranks of Interior Ministry forces after Iraq's militias were officially disarmed. Most had received military training in Iran and were infiltrated into Iraq soon after the defeat of dictator Saddam Hussein.

17,000 mostly Iranian trained and infilitrated militia men in to the ranks of the Interior Ministry. That's a Big 10-4 of Badness and Extremism just waiting to happen.

And the General details more of the Iranian influence:

While in the ministry and on visits to detention facilities, Gen. al-Samarrai said, he often heard the officers and jailers speaking among themselves in Farsi, the Iranian language, echoing previous statements to The Washington Times by businessmen who visited the ministry. Iraqi Shi'ites, although adherents of the same branch of Islam, speak Arabic, not Farsi.
Gen. al-Samarrai also said that salaries for many of the ministry's employees came from Iran.
"Most of the torturers were either Iranians or were Iraqis who had lived in Iran and had come to Iraq after the invasion" in 2003, he said.

Baghdad Houston, we have a problem, as the General describes the Shia Torture Facilities:

Gen. al-Samarrai said...that he knew of 10 such facilities... al-Samarrai listed in detail a number of secret detention and interrogation facilities that had been set up apart from the Jadriya prison. Four were in the Iraqi capital, including the one raided by American forces... he said.

Another three are in largely Shi'ite regions of the country, the general said. He said there are also two detention centers for women in Baghdad, where "female prisoners are tortured and raped."

Here, with the Raping and Torturing of female prisoners, we see the clear influence of the Iranians, exporting their own sadistic penal policies. It certainly takes a strong stomach to wade through these Shia miseries.

Fortunately, for some of these prisoners, the US came to the rescue:

U.S. troops raided the secret Jadriya facility in mid-November and found 166 prisoners, many emaciated and bearing obvious signs of torture.
An American raid... on another facility in Baghdad found 625 prisoners huddled in overcrowded and degraded conditions, including at least 13 who required hospitalization.

Abu Gharib My Ass...

Meanwhile, Back to The Shia Death Squads
Before the Shrine came down and the Shia Religious Riots started, the US forces caught a
Shia Assassination Team, whom evidently thought they were in El Salvador:

In the death squad case, Iraqi security officials said the Interior Ministry probe would focus on a single incident involving 22 Iraqi policemen who U.S. authorities said were detained last month before they were able to kill a Sunni Arab man north of Baghdad. "They were dressed as Iraqi highway patrolmen but only four of those individuals were planning to conduct a kidnapping and subsequent murder of a Sunni individual," Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch told reporters Thursday. Maj. Gen. Joseph Peterson, who commands the civilian police training teams in Iraq, gave a slightly different version to the Chicago Tribune for a story Thursday about the death squad. Peterson said the 22 men were wearing police commando uniforms but turned out to be employed by the Interior Ministry as highway patrol officers. He said four were believed to be ringleaders while the 18 others were likely following orders. All were picked up at a checkpoint. "We continue to believe that there's more of these out there," he said.

The funny part, in a big time ironic way, is that the Interior Ministry is going to investigate it. LOL, the same Interior Ministry that ran/runs the Torture Prisons and sent out the Death Squad in the first place...

The Naughty Ayatollah Sistani Funneling Money To Iran

We've already seen as demonstrated by Ali at Free Iraqi, Sistani's misinformed efforts
to soothe Shia-Sunni tension, and his foolish call in the midst of the Shrine Riots for protests to be staged. Along with these two no-no's and the actions of his son during the last election (see below), the Evil Ayatollah also has been funneling money to Iran. The Wall Street Journal via Jihad Watch) tells us:

Iraq's most prominent Shiite religious leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, maintained close ties with Tehran during Saddam Hussein's rule and today channels millions of dollars monthly into Islamic research centers and theological schools in Iran, according to his Web site, demonstrating the growing convergence of Iran's and Iraq's religious elite.

Islamic research centers and theological school indeed. But, what's wrong with that you say? LOL, naive ones, the Corrupt Mullahcrocacy in Iran skims a large percentage of the funds that these alleged establishments take in. I can't give you a percentage, but the Evil One is insuring that the Totalatarian Regime in Iran is raking in millions of dollars from poor Iraqi saps.

As Robert commenting at Jihad Watch asks in regard to Sistani's money laundering schemes:

Say, would any of that new-found wealth making its way to religious schools in Iran have been the $8.8 billion of American taxpayers' money that went missing in Iraq and just can't "be accounted for"? (...) Or would that money instead be part of the other hundreds of billions also spent by American taxpayers in Iraq to build "Iraq the Model" a/k/a "Iraq the Light Unto the Muslim Nations" that is the money that can be accounted for, that was deliberately plowed into the country, and spread around like confetti, so "Iraqis" could feel good about themselves, and about the wonderful Americans?
Diverted, or deliberately given, and then sent to Iran? (...) And since it is apparently against the law to supply the Islamic Republic of Iran with American funds directly, let's just let Sistani, and members of Dawa and SCIRI, and Moqtada al-Sada, hetman of the harafish, do it for us. Saves on postage. And handling.

I guess it does!

The Naughty Ayatollah's Naughty Son Does His Part To Sway The Last Election
For List 555

Nibras Kazimi from the Talisman Gate notes Muhammad Ridha Sistani, the Ayatollah Sistani's son's influence in campaigning for List 555 in the last Iraqi election. Sistani Jr.'s campaign used "mosque sermons and catchy jingles" so that:

the Shia faithful got the message that voting against 'Haydar's Candle' would anger Imam Ali. ['Haydar's Candle': Haydar is an alternate name for Imam Ali, and the ballot symbol of the UIA list no. 555 was a candle, the same as the January election.]

Sistani Jr. and Iranian Intelligence -- Did they coordinate their efforts? -- also organized massive demostrations to in response to an election eve appearance on Aljazeera by "anti-liberation Iraqi commentator... Fadhil Al-Rubaiee":

Al-Rubaiee's outburst allowed Muhammad Ridha Sistani and Iranian intelligence to orchestrate massive demonstrations across Baghdad and southern Iraq that came out denouncing Aljazeera, supporting the UIA and burning and tearing down all rival election posters and related paraphernalia. This was the clearest and most timely opportunity afforded to the Sistani camp to strongly suggest to their flock the virtues of voting for the UIA.

Dawa And SCIRI The Former Terrorist Groups (or present terrorist groups as some would claim)

Paul Mushine writing for NJ.Com notes Dawa and SCIRI's terrorist past and attack on the American embassy in Kuwait:

What would you call someone who wants to hand over control of Iraq to a group of terrorists that first made its reputation by blowing up a couple of American embassies?
I'd call him President Bush.
The group is called the Dawa party. In the early 1980s, Dawa terrorists bombed our embassies in Kuwait and in Lebanon. They were universally recognized as vicious America-hating, Iranian-supported terrorists. Now they're part of the coalition that is expected to win control of the new Iraqi parliament in Thursday's elections.
The other coalition partners aren't much better. The sanest group on the Shi'a side is the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq. A 1984 Washington Post story portrayed the group, known by its initials SCIRI, as "a kind of parent organization for four operational terrorist groups." SCIRI was founded in Iran a couple of years earlier by the Ayatollah Khomeini with the goal of taking control of Iraq. Now, they're about to do so, courtesy of George W. Bush...

And they did too. Former CIA agent Bob Baer, whot with Dawa during the 1980s in the Mideast, tells us:

"These guys are murderers. They were the core element that blew up our embassy in Beirut in 1983."

Nice people. Have they changed from their Terrorist days? Baer doesn't think so:

Not likely, says Baer.
"I used to meet with them in the '90s, and they'd never shed their beliefs," he told me. "But no one asked us."

Iran And Their Iraqi Agents Assassinating Sunni Pilots

The Telegraph (via Jihad Watch)
we learn that the Iranians and their fellow Shia assistants in Iraq were/are assassinating, "Iraqi Sunni pilots who were involved in the Iran-Iraq war... " The assassinations attempts have been so numerous that Jalal Talabani was offering the remaining Sunni Pilots sanctuary in Kurdistan:

Iran is backing a Shia insurgent campaign of systematically assassinating former elite Iraqi air force pilots as part of a covert sectarian war against Sunnis, according to senior politicians in Baghdad.
The spate of murders of pilots has prompted an intervention from Jalal Talabani, Iraq's president, who has offered them safe haven in his native Kurdistan even though some of them were involved in dropping chemical weapons there.

Talalbani, despite a few flaws, seems light years ahead of your average Mideast Politician and should be running the country as PM, rather than the useless al-Jaafari.

Everybody Loves Muqti

Everyone's favorite thug and politician Muqti al-Sadr and his Men In Black Mahdi Army (along with the Badr Brigade) are raising quite a ruckus these days with their attacks on Sunnis and mosques, but Muqti and his gang were quite busy before this latest campaign.

There was his foray in to female slavery (via Dhimmi Watch which tell us):

In full accord with traditional Islamic laws governing warfare, a top aide to Muqtada al-Sadr has told Iraqi jihadists that if they capture female soldiers, they can keep them as slaves. From AP:

BASRA, Iraq - A senior aide of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told worshippers during a... sermon in southern Iraq that anyone capturing a female British soldier can keep her as a slave.

I don't think they would want to capture any American women and make them in to slaves, because they wouldn't get any housework out of them. And home-cooked meals...ha ha. They'd be tossing the American women out after a week and getting back to some good old fashioned Iraqi slave gals.

Then there was Muqti's guy offering money for capturing or killing members of Iraq's former Governing Council:

The aide, Sheik Abdul-Sattar al-Bahadli...offered money to anyone capturing or killing a member of the Governing Council, the widely unpopular interim administration appointed by the U.S.-led occupation 10 months ago.

And al-Bahadli, like Muqti his commander, a well behaved man:

Al-Bahadli kept an assault rifle next to him as he spoke to an estimated 3,000 worshippers, occasionally lifting it as he screamed "jihad!," and "Allahu Akbar!," or "God is greatest!"

Lastly, It's Time For Mister Ghost's Law Of Inopportunity

I formulated this law on March 3, 1991 at 3 PM - I know, because I wrote the date, the time, and the Law down on a scrap of paper and left it buried away in a desk drawer, until I unearthed it recently:

During the most Inopportune Times,
The most Inopportune Events,
Seek their Opportunity

And Inopportune Events seeking their Opportunity during Inopportune Times, that my friends is Iraq in a nutshell today.

Saturday, February 25

Security Versus Being Secure

It is, to say the least, unsettling to find out that no one in the higher positions of authority in the country seems to have been aware that the USA was putting out the welcome mat to the UAE on the ports issue. It is especially unsettling when Bush and others claim to be watching out for us, and we are supposed to believe, they have our security well in hand.

Quite frankly, I have been trying to figure out how they can possibly believe that. As I thought about it, it came to me that the Bush administration does not see security as I see it. Since I was watching an old kung fu movie on the TV this morning, I´ll use that as an example. An old crook hired the kung fu expert as his bodyguard, and so he was secure. He had his security. Of course, that did not last long in the movie. The kung fu expert soon discovered his boss was a crook and became his worse enemy. Security was having the force necessary to repel all attacks. Being secure was something else.

My idea of being secure is like building a castle. If you build a castle where there are holes in the wall where anybody and everybody can get in, then you're dead meat. You can have lots of security, but you are not secure.

Does the Bush administration focus on security or on being secure? If I have to use the ports issue, or the border with Mexico as an example, then I would have to say that they are more focused on security, but not on being secure.

Friday, February 24

Some Gas from the Past ...

If we are not afraid of the Arabs, we'd better examine our heads. They have strategic power over us. They are unstable, they are fundamentalists, tyrants, anti-women, anti-free press.

Jane Fonda
Publicity interview for Rollover, 1981

Chances are you won’t see that interview on the new DVD edition of Rollover, the paranoid “thriller” about a Saudi Arabian plot to crash the Western banking system by rolling over all of their hidden assets. It was produced by Jane Fonda’s own company, IPC Films, and gives you some insight into the trendy leftist view of the Middle East, circa 1981.

It’s typical of Fonda’s sophistication that she identifies the enemy as “Arabs” – at the very time that the world was anxiously confronting the rise of a fundamentalist non-Arab regime in Iran. Jane has never been the sharpest instrument in the Useful Idiot Toolbox.

Arabs, Muslims, whatever … The liberals and the progressives had no use for them in those days. Arabs were not cool in 1981. Not even Palestinian Arabs. Sandinistas were the big thing back then. The Sandinistas no longer exist, which is something for Palestinians to keep in mind as they soak up all the funky love vibes they’re getting lately. Those International Solidarity Movement guys are the very same kind of people who were hanging around Managua in 1981, trying to find "I would like to buy some marijuana, please" in their little Spanish phrase-books. Lot of help they were. Today, if the entire country of Nicaragua fell through a crack in the earth, they'd barely notice.

Thursday, February 23

Technology and Me = Oil and Water

I've never pretended to really understand computers, but I think I get computers much more than I get the internet. The problems I've had with Loading, going from thread to thread and refreshing have been the subject of many of my posts on LGF - part of the price you pay, I guess, for being on dial-up (neve mind my constant cleaning of cache etc., disabling of all firewalls and the like).
However, it's not the internet or LGF communicability I want to post about today. It's about computers. If I linked this story correctly (crosses fingers)the latest and greatest are the new "purse" sized "laptops"
"while computer makers scramble to roll out models that are ever smaller and lighter, nobody has stopped to ask just how small is too small.

Dialogue Technology Corp.'s Flybook and Fujitsu Ltd.'s Lifebook P1500 are two purse-size tablet computers that beg the question. Each has 8.9-inch displays and weighs less than 3 pounds."
I don't know about the rest of youse'all, but the keyboards on those I can only use with an pencil eraser and "hunt and peck" and the meese and/or trackballs require TEENIER fingers than any human over the age of 7 or so, should have. So who uses these (very expensive) bitty computer babies? Is it just "hip" or cool (kewl?) to own them even if you can't use them or use them only with great inconvenience or, as usual these days, am I missing something here?

Wednesday, February 22

The Patriot Riders: A Sane Response to Crazy Religion

Just when I think we've seen the last of religious nutcases making a mockery of Christ's teachings, up pops yet another legalistic, preacher perverting the lessons of the bible to suit his own agenda. The Rev. Fred Phelps appears to believes American deaths in Iraq are divine punishment for a country that harbors homosexuals. My, my, isn't that special. I wonder what Jesus would have to say about what he's doing, but this nut job isn't the real story here, it is Don Woodrick and his response to yet another crazy preacher's misguided or diliberate efforts to advance his own agenda at the expense of others pain.

Don Woodrick has started a counter-protest response to the rantings of the Fred Phelps of the world.

Calling themselves the Patriot Guard Riders, they are made up of motorcycle club members who could no longer tolerate a Kansas-based fundamentalist church picketing military funerals with signs that read, "Thank God for IEDs." The bikers shield the families from the protesters, and over-shadow the jeers with their own patriotic chants and a sea of red, white and blue flags.

"The most important thing we can do is let families know that the nation cares," said Don Woodrick, the group's Kentucky captain. "When a total stranger gets on a motorcycle in the middle of winter and drives 300 miles to hold a flag, that makes a powerful statement."

Don's impact is being felt nationwide:

Across the nation, Patriot Guard riders number more than 5,000 and at least 14 states are considering laws aimed specifically at the funeral protest group led by the Rev. Fred Phelps, who believes American deaths in Iraq are divine punishment for a country that harbors homosexuals.

Ride on brother! Speak for those whose voices are muffled in their grief, or who cannot ride.

And what does the Rev. Phelp's group think of all this?

Shirley Phelps-Roper, a daughter of Fred Phelps and an attorney for the Topeka, Kan.-based church, said neither state laws nor the Patriot Guard can silence their message that God killed the soldiers because they fought for a country that embraces homosexuals.

"The Scriptures are crystal clear that when God sets out to punish a nation, it is with the sword. An IED is just a broken-up sword," Phelps-Roper said. "Since that is his weapon of choice, our forum of choice has got to be a dead soldier's funeral."

Yes folks, people like this really do exist, and they give Christians a blackeye because the uninformed and anti-God crowd think this is representative of how we are to emulate Christ's teachings.

It is not for me to mete out to Phelps the same measure he metes to others, besides, the LORD of all is the only one worthy to judge and sentence us. We are commanded to LOVE our neighbors and enemies, but the actions of this group cannot by any stretch of the imagination be considered loving or Christlike.

On the other hand, Don Woodrick and the others that ride with him are standing for those who cannot stand for themselves. They are biker angels watching over the families of soldiers lost while defending our freedoms and protecting us from an enemy unlike any we've ever known before. And that includes the freedom Phelps uses to spread his hatred.

Phelps is a traitor.
Woodrick is a hero.
And that's the plain truth of it.

How I Called Ms. Tiscareno a Pussy and Have So Far Lived to Tell About It

My article on Roe V. Wade attracted more attention than anything I've ever written. Even more than my USENET classic, "Defenestration in Film". I got a great deal of positive responses after the excellent Jane Galt linked it in her blog-study of abortion, and I got lots of angry email, too. If I were a sour-faced Perfesser of Stuff at the University of Michigan, like Juan Cole, I'd be suing a bunch of people.

In short, my little salvo set off rather more secondary explosions than I expected, especially for something that I had never intended to blog about as long as I lived. It was a rather passing fancy that made me shell that day-care center, and it must have been a Palestinian day-care center because there was a freaking ammo dump inside of it.

Anyway, of all the places for me to turn up, the article turned up on rense.com, the website of the Jeff Rense Radio show. The government of my beloved United States of America (Love it or get your butt out of my amber waves of grain, and stay the hell out) does not entirely approve of rense.com. The State Department describes it as a "conspiracy theory website" which contains "a great deal of unreliable information".

I don't know what is on rense.com that required government attention. There seems to be a lot of UFO speculation, and the State Department is certainly courageous enough to stand up to fleshy-headed alien trespassers, so long as none of them turn out to have a Saudi passport. I didn't ask to be there, but now that I am, I've asked the Foggy Bottom Boys to amend their description to read: "a great deal of unreliable information, and a few bits of deeply moving prose."

Anyway, some responsible person at rense.com should have thought twice before dumping my cogitations on a bunch of people who get all their information from The X-Files. Many of these people do not even have "Net Nanny" installed and are more or less at the mercy of anybody with a keyboard. The victim in this case was a Ms. Tiscareno, who went into convulsions after being exposed to me.

Ms. Tiscareno exhausted the entire Planned Parenthood vocabulary in ripping me a new one, even the rarely-used word "Mommy". She accused me of being against birth control, of failure to use prophylactic devices, and of taking a jovial view of coat hangers and abortion clinic bombings. And so on and so on. But what really made her mad was:

I wouldn't be so mad right now, if this A...Hole wasn't so insulting by directly calling us Pussies.

Oh yea, final line, "Sisters are supposed to be doing for themselves, you Pussies."

Free speech or not, that is out completely out of line.

[signed] A very angry Ms. Tiscareno

Okay, so I called them pussies. It's probably not a good idea to call people "pussy", as it leads to playground accidents and fraternity drinking fatalities. But I did Roe V. Wade fans the courtesy of assuming that they were more responsible than that. I was just snapping their jockstrap a little. Ms. Tiscareno had no cause to take it personally - for all I know, Ms. Tiscareno killed her last boyfriend with a carpet razor, and has not a single pussy bone in her body.

But I'm not a pussy either (in spite of what my last girlfriend thinks) and I'm not intimidated by the litany of accusations that the Roe V. Waders hurl at anybody who questions their Sacred Writ. I am particularly unmoved by the "argument" that I am not entitled to even have an opinion because I'm a man. This is the United States Constitution we're dealing with, not "Hints from Heloise". I regard such intellectual bluster as mere bullying, and if you scratch a bully you'll find a pussy every time.

They could all prove me wrong - and someday they may have to. When Roe V. Wade goes to the ash-heap, like Communism and Disco did before it, they'll have to take their case to the state legislatures and fight the democratic fight. They'll win some and lose some, and we'll find out what they're really made of. So screw your courage to the sticking place, pussies.

Tuesday, February 21

Confronting the "Blue State of Mind"

I don't like to post here just to point you to a post at my own blog. I had intended this as a follow-up to Mack's post about Grushka's sinister "I Hope Cheney's Shooting Victim Dies" diary.

I posted it at Canis Iratus instead because it turned out to be very long. Even after I chopped most of it out. If you read it, I hope you'll find it worth your time: Diary of a Blue State of Mind.

My intentions in writing it are explained there ("Adventures first," said the Gryphon in an impatient tone: "explanations take such dreadful time.") and I don't think I need to add any more. Not in a time when political differences are so sharp that serious people talk casually about civil war.

By the way, anybody who wants to come into my head-space and criticize the furniture is more than welcome.

Monday, February 20

The Roof

The Roof, the roof is on fire. We dont need no water let the motherfucker burn.

Burn motherfucker. I don't know about you all, but I'm about tired of the cartoon riots. That's why G-d made a riot gun.

MX model riot gun at work.

Works for me.

The Best Blonde Joke in the World.

Let's see how long it takes the Mafia Princess to figure it out :-)

Sunday, February 19

The World Is At War. Will We Survive?

The world is at war. It is a global war of epic proportions; it is like none other we have ever faced. I am deeply concerned that we may be losing this war. The short term success of our enemy is virtually assured because we have failed to recognize the nature of our enemy, and political forces from within have successfully demonized our current leadership and convinced many of us that our enemy is actually ourselves. Ironically this is true, but in the opposite way they intend.

"We have met the enemy... and he is us"
-Walt Kelly

The war of the 21st century is between people, whose minds and culture have remained in the 14th century, and people in the rest of the world who choose to live in the 21st century. Our enemy really hates us not because of what we have done, but rather because of what they themselves have failed to do. Witnessing our success serves only to cause them embarrassment and envy. Our enemy’s theocratic traditions prevent them from changing while encouraging them to conquer or destroy us.

Our enemy’s crippling 14th century culture suffers from all seven of the “Key Factors for Failure” identified by LtC Ralph Peters in 1998:
• Inability to accept responsibility for individual or collective failure.
• Domination by a restrictive religion.
• Restrictions on the free flow of information.
• The subjugation of women.
• The extended family or clan as the basic unit of social organization.
• A low valuation of education.
• Low prestige assigned to work.

Our enemy’s culture is dominant throughout the Middle East, the northern half of Africa, Indonesia and Malaysia. However demographically, our enemy’s culture is rapidly spreading throughout Europe and much of the western world. Europe and many western nations like Canada are dying because fertility levels are well below replacement levels. To survive, Europe must import labor from other countries; over the last several decades, these immigrants often came from Islamic countries. For example, France is now approximately 10% Muslim and growing.

But the statistics only tell part of the story; the immigrants are the young folks who will rapidly replace the aging original inhabitants. As we are aware from the French car-burning riots, Muslims rarely assimilate into the culture of their host country; in fact their religion forbids it. Muslims are convinced that their culture is superior, whereas the people of the west are full of self-doubt and are ashamed to promote or defend their own once magnificent but dying culture.

Our enemy has failed in every measurable way and they can no longer ignore their own collective failure because they have been thrust into the information age; each day they must contrast the abject failure of their culture with the success of western culture. They were once successful in blocking out the influence of modern culture, but they can no longer do so. Our enemy cannot afford to admit failure because to do so would mean that their religious beliefs are a lie.

Similarly, our enemy cannot change because they are taught from birth that their religion requires belief or death. This religion is intolerant of all other religions and any attempt to reform or soften its requirements is considered blasphemy. These poor people are trapped and there is no escape even for those who want to escape.

Our enemy cannot accept the status quo and they cannot change. Their only alternative is to attempt to destroy us as commanded by their religious scripture. Unlike all our previous enemies, our new enemy is not afraid to die. They welcome death because they believe that death brings honor and paradise, and as a bonus it will free them from the squalor and embarrassment of their failures on earth. Their profit from petroleum provides the means necessary to purchase modern 21st century weaponry. They will not hesitate to use them.

Ironically, America and the western world is now the strongest it has ever been both economically and militarily. In the 20th century, America and its allies succeeded in conquering fearsome enemies, but there was no doubt about the identity of the enemy. However, this war is different because most of us cannot even recognize the enemy and many deny the terrifying danger that we face. The mantra of multi-culturism has placed blinders over our eyes by convincing many of us that western culture is evil and its achievements have all come at the expense of those who have not achieved. Any courageous soul who dares defend his proud western culture will endure bogus charges of bigotry and intolerance; protesting intolerance is deemed intolerant. The daily worldwide atrocities committed by our enemies are either ignored or excused by somehow blaming ourselves. Our own occasional failures, like the disgusting treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, are played and replayed endlessly. Our mainstream media, once merely embarrassed by its inherent bias, has now been cowed to the point where it can no longer honestly report news, as was illustrated by the recent Danish cartoon controversy.

What does the future hold? In a couple of years the current Republican leadership of the United States will end. The war will not. Because the Republicans have been successfully demonized as imperialist, nazi-like war-mongers, it is likely that the next U.S. President will be a Democrat; many suggest it will be Hillary Clinton.

In the U.S. there will continue to be enormous political pressure for us to abandon the work we started in Iraq. We will probably withdraw militarily before the 2008 elections and Iraq’s nascent democracy may falter as a result. Meanwhile we will continue to demonstrate that we are powerless to stop Iran from developing a nuclear arsenal. It is obvious from the rhetoric of Iran’s current leadership that they plan to use those nuclear weapons as soon as possible. Meanwhile there are many tactical nuclear weapons unaccounted for in the former Soviet Union; it is likely that these will end up in the hands of terrorists seeking paradise. The next Democrat administration will likely ignore our enemy or negotiate from a position of weakness which will only encourage them to act sooner rather than later. The evisceration of our Patriot Act will cripple our ability to detect and prevent the next catastrophic terrorist act.

Only after the next historic conflagration erupts on American soil, will America realize that it must defend its very survival with the resolve necessary to utterly destroy the enemy. Half measures and appeasement will no longer be acceptable as we found after WWI. Unfortunately, America will respond with the over-kill mentality which she always does when her survival is at stake, and many more innocent people will die. The irony is that today’s doves probably will be the ones screaming the loudest for blood. They will scoff at their erstwhile allies in Europe who will continue to blame the victims and urge calm. This confluence of events will also lead to a worldwide economic depression which will last for many years. Fortunes will be wiped out, retirement savings will evaporate, and many will be bankrupted. Eventually the survivors will recover and 14th century values will be soundly rejected. Progress back toward current levels of prosperity will slowly occur, but the lesson will have had an unprecedented cost in terms of lives and treasure.

Please convince me I’m wrong. I sincerely want to believe that I am. Maybe all bad things really are the fault of George W. Bush, and after he leaves office everything will be fine.

It may sound strange to say, but [somehow] what we have to do is to take the 14th century culture of our enemies and bring it into the 17th century…But they've got to accept [responsibility for] their own failure, personally, nationally and culturally. That is the essential first step.
-Stephen Den Beste

Saturday, February 18

Cox & Forum Illustrates MSM Hypocrisy & Dhimmification!

Friday, February 17

The Daily LGF DOS Attack Thread

Talk amongst yourselves...

Wednesday, February 15

Return to 'Return to Normalcy'

By Redefining Normal

By now everyone knows Mickey Mouse Kaus is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Hell, he's more of a hammer when it comes to being sharp :-)

This is, however, well nuts:

1) It covers a lot: The essential premise is that Bush has stretched the military, the Constitution and the civility of our politics to the limit in reaction to the threat of future 9/11s. All this fevered straining and leveraging may have been appropriate at the time, but there's no real need to keep running in hyperdrive. We can routinize the anti-terror struggle the way we routinized the Cold War, when just as much was at stake. We don't have to make an end run around the Constitution or a duly-passed statute (wiretapping). We don't have to torture prisoners or hold them forever without hearings.

Terrorists have rights, too, so just deal with it. As a matter of fact, they have the right to plot to kill you free from Government interference, and when they do kill you, they should be treated humanely if they survive. Yes, this is the beginning of a winning strategy.

We don't have to slight disaster relief (Katrina) because the Department of Homeland Security worries only about terrorists.

Mayor Nagin was only worried about Terrorists? Oh, that's right, State and Local Governments are supposed to be so incompetent that the Federal Government should just declare Martial Law at the outset during an emergency.

Expecting local officials to know their ass from a hole in the ground is apparently a bit much.

And note how he downplays terrorism again. Don't worry about al Qaeda. We didn't worry about them back when god Clinton was President, and that didn't cause any problems. Did it?

We don't have to alienate our allies.

I think he means Saddam Hussein's allies. Google Oil for food scandal. What we did is discover who our real allies are.

We don't have to run giant deficits to finance our armed forces, as if the "Global War on Terror" were a temporary crisis that will be over in three years. It's not. It's a semi-permanent part of the landscape. Democrats can contain the terrorist threat the way, for four decades, they helped contain the Russians--while (as during the Cold War) we allow ourselves to turn our attention to domestic problems such as health care and Social Security.

Riight, contain them the way we did the Soviets. Kaus needs to come up with a list of 100 Islamic cities we nuke on the next 9-11. It was called Mutually Assured Destruction, Kaus.

Without the destruction, there is no containment. We contained the Soviets with a thermonuclear chain around their throat. And then we strangled them with an economic garrot.

How do you do that to people who believe murder-suicide is a sacrament? Even with a credible nuclear threat, containment is not an option.

Read the whole thing. I've just fisked his first point. He's nuts. I love this:

The abnormal--an experiment in Iraqi democracy--is now the normal. Or, rather, it needs to be the normal. Isn't it easier to simply convince the public that a Dem approach will be just as effective at making the best of that situation, at a tolerable casualty level?

First we kill all the L³iberals.

Think Kaus would consider that a "tolerable casualty level"?

I'm beginning to think that it will be necessary to win this war.

DailyKos hits Bottom, Digs

(Hat Tip: enderw, LGF) In all fairness, Kos (or his administrator) pulled the diary, but I think, in the interest of knowing our enemy it is important to see this.

That, Guys and Dolls, is why I keep predicting a L³eftist 'Splodeydope before 2008. Personally, I think we've already had one. Just as great pain was taken to keep John Muhammad "unrelated" to Islam, so too this kid.

These screenshots give us a greater insight into the minds of our L³eftist enemy. I wrote earlier about the Cold Civil War that we are now engaged in. I would submit to you this as additional proof of that thesis.

Weather Categories

Hello my friends. It is 38 degrees and partly sunny here in New York City at 6:45 am, and just for your information, last weekend’s Northeast snowstorm ranks as a Category 3, or major, storm, the National Climatic Data Center said Tuesday in its first use of a new impact scale.
A category 3. We shattered every record snowfall since 1879, our closest compettitor was 59 years ago and we were just a category 3.
I can't find any link to any place that says how many categories there are as in, say, an earthquake, where you have a 1 (hardly noticeable) 2 (will wake you up, at least)3 (will shake your house, knock stuff off the shelf and cause some serious damage) 4 ( a "major earthquake, knock down houses, bridges etc) and a 5 (which is, I gather, is someting like being hit by an atomic bomb, only without the radiation).
But assuming the scale for snowfall works the same way, if last weekend's 29 inches of snow and 30-50-mph winds here in NYC, (breaking every record since they started keeping records in 1879, and beating out the most severe snowstorm before this one, which occurred some 59 years ago), I don't, repeat DON'T want to be here for a category 4 or 5.
I also don't know why they called it a "N'oreaster" instead of a Northeaster. N'oreaster is sort of a sea-faring expression. Me and every one I know was in our respective homes, heat on and snug as bugs in a rug! So why the nautical terminology?
I guess it doesn't matter, but it does make you wonder (and gives TV weatherpeople near orgasms just saying it!!)
Less than a week after our "gold medal" winning N'oreaster, we are supposed to have highs in the low 50's. If it's rainy and windy, think they'll call it a S'oueaster?

Tuesday, February 14

Valentine's Day Open Thread

Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. ~Author Unknown

Love - a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker. ~Author Unknown

Monday, February 13

Scattershot Anti-Gun Snark Backfires In Cheney Mishap

I realize that in internet terms, Vice President Cheney's hunting accident is rather old news now, but I'd like to note the Brady Campaign's inept political spin on the incident.

As mentioned on LGF way back yesterday by Killer Tomato, the following snarky news release was sent out by "gun control" activists Jim and Sarah Brady on behalf of their anti-gun organization (formerly called Handgun Control, Inc.) shortly after the story broke:

FEBRUARY 12, 2006
5:40 PM

CONTACT: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Peter Hamm, 202-289-5792

James and Sarah Brady Comment on the Vice President's Hunting Mishap

WASHINGTON - February 12 - James and Sarah Brady made comments today related to Vice President Cheney's reportedly accidental shooting yesterday in Texas.

[emphasis added - Dar ul Harb]

"Now I understand why Dick Cheney keeps asking me to go hunting with him," said Jim Brady. "I had a friend once who accidentally shot pellets into his dog - and I thought he was an idiot."

"I've thought Cheney was scary for a long time," Sarah Brady said. "Now I know I was right to be nervous."

Now to me, this shows just what a spent political force these "gun control" people have become. For so many years we were told by "gun control" activists that they had nothing against hunters, or weapons used for sporting purposes, and that nobody was talking about your deer rifle or hunting shotgun. They were only interested in banning your "Saturday Night Specials" and black ugly guns (a.k.a. "assault weapons") that supposedly had no sporting purpose. We've all heard the "I've never gone hunting with an AK-47" testimonials from supposedly "moderate" Democrats on the campaign trail.

Well, if these people aren't interested in guns used by hunters and sportsmen, what's the point of this press release (other than to underscore what low-class political hacks the Bradys are)? I suppose it must fall into the category of "no such thing as bad publicity so long as they spell your name right".

But if anyone had ever really believed them about their disinterest in hunting guns, they certainly wouldn't now. And if I was to be as crass as Ann Coulter, one could even call this a brain-damaged public relations strategy...


Listen, watch. Let me know what you think.

Death to the Memes

Do you know what a "meme" is? I know the word is all over blogville like some kind of Stephen King super-flu, and people breathe it in your face a hundred times a day, but do you know what it is, really?

Know first that the word was popularized by Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene. Now, it would be ad hominem to criticize the word just because Dawkins is a crank and a git, whose favorite meme is "Boycott Israel". Or even because The Selfish Gene (as Stephen J. Gould and others have endlessly pointed out) is biological nonsense that is actually quite destructive of the Darwinism that Dawkins claims to champion. As an artifact of science, the meme belongs alongside ectoplasm, phlogiston, and other slime-related psychokinetic events - of great interest to Egon Spengler, but not to me. I don't take vocabulary lessons from the enemies of science and civilization.

As a writer, I despise the very word "meme". It is a most unimpressive phonetic event; an insignificant little whiff of hamster flatus. If it has any substance at all, it is the substance of body odor poorly camouflaged by bogus French perfume. Furthermore, it's jargon, and jargon is bad. (I don't even like the word "jargon", but I digress.) Worst of all, it's a cliché : a hundred-times-a-day cliché, if I were a poet and didn't know it.

If we are going to disguise jargon and cliché as thought, we might as well take on all those multisyllabic belches that the Postmodernists use. Then we can all sound like Martin Heidegger after a dose of bad speed - making no sense, but a stupendous amount of noise.

But if you really want to see the damage that memes are doing to the most vulnerable members of society, check out this great little piece by Mickey Kaus.
Much of Democratic politics seems to now consist of embracing and fanning similarly comforting, but ultimately deceptive, liberal memes. Enron has fatally damaged Bush, Abu Ghraib has fatally damaged Bush, Katrina has fatally damaged Bush, Abramoff has fatally damaged Bush, the Plame investigation will fatally damage Bush--you can catch the latest allegedly devastating issue every day on Huffington Post or Daily Kos (and frequently in the NYT). If you believe the hype ... you'll believe that Democrats don't need to change to win. They just need to push all of these hot memes forcefully.
Obviously, the "meme" is the greatest disaster to befall our leftward friends since the discovery of cannabis sativa. Once again, an intellectual fad has left them lying dick-in-the-dirt, mumbling incoherently to themselves.

Does this mean we should keep pushing the "Meme" Meme, for our own cynical political gain? Regardless of the appalling human cost? How can you even think such a thing? Crack open a history book and look at what happened when we tried to put LSD in Castro's cigars. A bunch of crackpots at the CIA had a lot of fun for a while, but nothing positive was accomplished. Why don't we just revive G. Gordon Liddy's plot to flood the air vents at the Democratic Convention with Nitrous Oxide? Heaven forfend. Abandoning all standards of ethical restraint is obviously not an option.

Instead, we must educate youth about the dangerous seduction of memes. Talk to your children about memes. (I have no children of my own, so I'd be glad to come over to your house and help out with this.) You know they're being exposed to memes at school: memes involving low-cut jeans and primitive Clintonian theories about sex. These can lead to more serious abuses, like a career in "journalism". Are you scared now?

Sunday, February 12


It's a beautiful, perfect, glorious day outside--shirtsleeve temperatures, a golden sun in a bright blue sky, birds flying everywhere, and trees swelling with the first growth of spring. I am about to go out with a bunch of friends to go geocaching all afternoon, after which we will gather with even more friends for dinner. We're a mixed sex/age/marital status group of folks, and we will be driving our SUVs and Jeeps and other late model vehicles. We'll be able to drive all around Placer County finding caches completely freely, even being able to go into Sacramento or El Dorado counties should we decide we want to. We'll be using high-tech GPSers, PDAs, and laptop computers in our quest, dressed however the heck we please. We'll be able to come home whenever we want to, even if it's in the wee hours of morning. And we'll be gathering in the meeting room of a Christian church for our potluck dinner, even those who are not Christians.

This is a great country, and every time I have a wonderful day like this I am grateful for the men and women who came before me and MADE IT POSSIBLE.

Thanks to all who have!

UPDATE, Sunday morning: it was a great afternoon and evening! We hiked all over the foothills around Rocklin and Roseville to find 10 caches and went to dinner sweaty, dirty, and happy. WHAT A GREAT COUNTRY!

Saturday, February 11

We're all paint-shopping Danish infidels now

And a big dose of my half-baked theories about comics at Canis Iratus.

Thursday, February 9

Pimping Yourself, Sheehan Style

Anyone want to buy Cindy Sheehan off E-bay?

The Cold Civil War

OR, How the L³eft Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Islam

11 SEPTEMBER 2001, a day that united all of America after a very divisive Presidential election.

For less than a month, America was united. More accurately, those who weren't behind the US kept their heads down, and said all the right things. After a month, though, the gloves came off and it has been worse and worse.

In truth, this has been building since the early 1990's. The Waco Massacre and the "Assault Rifle" ban were the call to arms, for the Right. We rallied the troops, and the Republican Revolution swept the Democrats out of power in the House and Senate.

And the L³eft went insane. While Bill Clinton triangulated and philandered and subborned perjury, the L³eft ceased to care about anything other than winning. And they won the impeachment fight, allowing a lamer-than-usual soon to be ex-President duck to limp his way out of office.

And to lose the Presidency when the People of Tennessee told Al Gore exactly what we thought of him and the Gun Control Party. And then the Towers fell.

And the second-guessing began. This would be bad enough (Clinton was President for 8 years; Bush for 7 months. If you can't figure out who had more time to deal with the problem, you might be a Democrat :-), but in the ensuing years it has gotten worse. It has, in fact, gotten so bad that an "I'm feeling lucky google for "Dick Durbin Al" turns up anti-US propaganda in Al Jazeera instead of an endorsement of the former vice-President.

It has gotten to the point where Terrorists Rights trump National Security if it can be spun for partisan advantage.

"I would not want any president _ Democrat or Republican _ to have the expanded power the administration is claiming in this case," Pelosi, D-Calif., said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Funny, I couldn't find her blistering condemnation of the Waco Massacre. And there is this little point that she (although not the WaPost reporter who actually did her job) failed to note:

Shortly after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Bush approved a program that allows warrantless monitoring by the NSA of the international communications of people on U.S. soil who may be linked to al-Qaida.

al-Qaida phone home. This is, as Martha Stuart would say, a good thing if it helps the Democrats to Pelosi.

There has been hardening on both sides of the line, admittedly. The rise of alternative media has given the Right a voice that did not exist in 1980, and as we have learned that there are more of us out here than we suspected, we have became more vocal.

While the L³eft have gone nuts. It is one thing for us rabble-rousers to rouse the rabble, it is quite another for a US Senator to compare American troops to Nazis on the floor of the Senate while we are at war. When he knows that enemy propaganda is using his words.

We are fighting a Cold Civil War. That is what the whining about the privacy rights of terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan is really about. That is what the constant whining about "Panties on their head is torture!" is really about. Much as America supported the Muslims against the Soviet Union, the Democrats support them against America. The enemy of their enemy is their friend.

That is not loyal opposition. It is adhearing to the enemies of America and, in the case of Durbin in particular, providing aid and comfort to them.

There is a word for that.
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