Sarah Palin's presence in the lower 48 means the Arctic ice cap can finally return.

calendar   Monday - March 19, 2012

SSDD in Syria

Heavy fighting in Syrian capital


Rebels fought security forces in Damascus on Monday, in the most violent gunbattles the Syrian capital has seen since the start of the year-long uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, opposition activists said.
Witnesses said the sound of heavy machinegun fire and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) had echoed through al-Mezze for two or three hours.

“There is fighting near Hamada supermarket and the sound of explosions there and elsewhere in the neighborhood. Security police have blocked several side streets and the street lighting has been cut off,” a housewife who lives in the area said.
The United Nations says more than 8,000 people have been killed and some 230,000 forced to flee their home, including at least 30,000 who have escaped abroad. The government says about 2,000 members of security forces have been killed.

Syria, a country which sits on the fault lines of several regional and ethnic conflicts, denies accusations of brutality and says it is grappling with a foreign-backed insurgency.


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calendar   Thursday - October 20, 2011

Got Him

Moamar Ghadafi Captured In Libya

Updated: Thursday, 20 Oct 2011, 7:40 AM EDT
Published : Thursday, 20 Oct 2011, 7:40 AM EDT

SIRTE, Libya - Libyan strongman Moamar Ghadafi has been captured, a Transitional National Council military commander said Thursday.

“He has been captured. He is badly wounded, but he is still breathing,” Mohamed Leith told AFP, adding that he saw Ghadafi himself and that he was wearing a khaki uniform and a turban.

Ghadafi was said to be wounded in both legs, according to Reuters, which said he was detained near Sirte.

Libyan TV channel Libya lil Ahrar also said that he was in custody.

However, the TNC’s UK spokesman, Mahmoud Nacua, warned that there was “not enough information” to confirm Ghadafi’s capture, and a former TNC spokesman in Britain, Guma al Gamati told Sky News that “this is not confirmed.”

Sirte, Ghadafi’s hometown and the last bastion of his supporters, was the last holdout against TNC forces. The town’s capture, which both military officials and new regime political sources said was expected later Thursday, would pave the way for the TNC to officially take control of Libya and move its headquarters away from its Benghazi stronghold in the east to the capital, Tripoli.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens next. One less dictator in the area, but what will become of Libya now?

UPDATE: Oops, He’s Dead Now

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya’s interim rulers said.

His killing, which came swiftly after his capture near Sirte, is the most dramatic single development in the Arab Spring revolts that have unseated rulers in Egypt and Tunisia and threatened the grip on power of the leaders of Syria and Yemen.

“He (Gaddafi) was also hit in his head,” National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.”

Reports are conflicting. Some say he was caught in a spider hole like Saddam, and surrendered. Yet somehow managed to get shot in the legs twice, and then in the head? Other reports say he was gunned down by a NATO attack on a fleeing convoy of vehicles. And so on. No word on whether the new “battle-dozer” had anything to do with his death or capture, but it also appears that the town of Sirte has fallen. And that should be about the end of the fighting in Libya. Now, show us his body, and show us how it’s disposed of, so we infidels can learn. Betcha they throw his corpse to the dogs.

details on this armored creation here

UPDATE 2: Rat In A Drain Ditch
the drain pipe where Muammar was hiding when he was captured ... and then executed? Lyndon gives us the latest news link!

14:03 NTC spokesman Abdel Hafez Ghoga says: “We announce to the world that Kadhafi has been killed at the hands of the revolution. It is an historic moment. It is the end of tyranny and dictatorship. Kadhafi has met his fate,” he added.

14:00 PM David Cameron to give statement on reports of Gaddafi’s death imminently.

13:57 The revolutionary fighter who says he saw the capture of Gaddafi tells Sky News he hit him with his shoe (one of the worst insults in the Islamic faith). He was reportedly shot once in the head and once in each leg.

13:54 NTC spokesman Abdel Hafiz Ghoga also now confirming the former leader’s death.

13:52 If reports are found to be true that Gaddafi was found in a hole underground in District 2 in his hometown of Sirte, the similarities to the capture of Saddam Hussein are unavoidable. The Iraqi dictator was discovered in a small, underground hole concealed next to farm buildings near the his own hometown of Tikrit. He had been hiding out for months with a handful of his most loyal aides.

Rat in a drain ditch
Caught on a limb
You know better but
I know him

14:34 Let’s recap all reports of deaths and captures. Just to be clear, none have yet been independently verified:

Muammar Gaddafi: Dead - NTC officials

Mutassim Gaddafi, Col Gaddafi’s fifth son: Dead - NTC officials

Moussa Ibrahim, Gaddafi’s spokesman: Captured - NTC officials

Abu Bakr Yunis, former defence minister: Killed in Gaddafi’s convoy - NTC officials

Ahmed Ibrahim, Gaddafi’s cousin and adviser: Captured. - Mlegta.

Mansour Daw, Gaddafi aide: Captured. - Libya TV

cellphone pic of captured Gaddafi, mostly dead


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calendar   Thursday - June 02, 2011

fool me twice, shame on me

لا القرف شيرلوك

Hopes fade for peaceful Arab transition to democracy

The roar of the jubilant crowd assembled in Cairo’s Tahrir Square said it all.

Nearly four months ago, longtime Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak finally yielded to political reality and stepped down from power. Mubarak’s fall—coming on the heels of the ouster of neighboring Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali—was seen by many as part of a domino effect.

The Arab world, it seemed, was finally on the brink of a peaceful democratic transition that had eluded the troubled region for generations.

Today, however, the promise of a peaceful Arab Spring appears to be yielding to the reality of a long, violent summer as dictators across the Middle East and North Africa draw a line in the sand and fight to maintain control of their countries.

Protesters, meanwhile, are showing no sign of backing down.

“We’ve seen the last (Middle East) dictator leave voluntarily,” Michael Rubin, a regional expert at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington think tank, recently told CNN.

U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western leaders will continue to push for peaceful change when possible, Rubin said. But dictators in the region have been spooked by the fate of Mubarak, who is now facing trial and a possible death sentence, and Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, who is facing an onslaught from armed rebels and NATO air forces.

They “see there is no possibility of a peaceful retirement,” Rubin said. And many of them also “believe that their country is their personal fight.”

Blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda. If you can even be bothered to click the mouse, read the rest here at CNN. The left’s never ending capacity for both projection and wishful thinking is doing another nosedive straight into the well used kitty litter once again. Did they really, really believe things were going to be otherwise? Are they really that immature? Crivens, I can’t wait; in another 6 months they’ll finally realize that the Muslim Brotherhood is a threat, and that these uprisings and revolutions across the entire muslime world are orchestrated by Iran with one goal in mind: bringing about the Caliphate and the rise of the 12th Imam. Which is what Glenn Beck said ages ago, but he’s a crazy religious rightwingnut, so don’t listen to him. Or to any of those countless other Conservatives who have been saying essentially the same thing.

I read another bit of projectionism at CNN’s site yesterday, about how all of Egypt was simply outraged at the “virginity check” done to those female protesters. I didn’t see any point in updating my post on the subject with their BS. Funny how the article had quotes from various protest leaders about their gripes with the military junta now running Egypt, but not one word about the plight of these women. Guess why? Because they couldn’t care less. Worse: they fully support any and all acts of degradation against women who dare to protest against their Allah-granted status as bipedal livestock. But the lefty newswires are hot with “Egyptian indignation” now that the allegation has been admitted to. Pure projectionism. And still, not a word from any of the leading Western women’s organizations.

No woman in her right mind, no female capable of objective reasoning, could possibly want to be a muslim. Period. It’s long past time for a planet-wide abolitionist movement. Free our sistas in bondage!

PS - paste the title into Google Translate.


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calendar   Wednesday - May 25, 2011

Still Not Working

Libya: Obama’s Vietnam?

That’s the proper thing to say, isn’t it? Any war any US president gets us involved in that isn’t done, won, and over in 3 months is another Vietnam, right? An endless quagmire with no possibility of victory ever? A pointless military money pit? Don’t blame me; I’m just following established journalistic precedents.

Without any real discussion with the legislature or the American people, Obama started bombing Libya March 19th. It’s almost June. So it’s not quite 90 days, but “only” 66, yet there is no end game in sight, and no exit strategy carved in stone. I’m pretty sure there isn’t even any congressional approval yet; this is Obama’s personal military action. And it’s a pointless one at that; he’s not trying to be “gutsy” and take down Gadhaffi. He’s not feeding arms to the Libyan rebels so that they can win and “free” their country. He’s not even making sure the US Navy is leading the way; some euro-dude somewhere is literally calling the shots, and US forces are doing the grunt work. Our guys aren’t even paid mercenaries; the Libya adventure has cost the US taxpayer nearly a billion dollars at this point. And like Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, it’s become part of the new normal so quickly that it’s barely even news any more. Nothing to see here, move along. But in 3 weeks will things have changed one whit?

NATO warplanes pounded Tripoli for a second day, raising military pressure on Muammar Gaddafi while diplomatic efforts mounted to force his departure.

Six loud explosions rocked Tripoli late on Tuesday within 10 minutes, following powerful strikes 24 hours earlier, including one on Gaddafi’s compound, that Libyan officials said killed 19 people and state television blamed on “colonialist crusaders.”

A NATO official said the alliance hit a vehicle storage bunker, a missile storage and maintenance site and a command- and-control site on the outskirts of Tripoli. Government targets around the Western rebel outpost of Misrata had also been hit.

“We were quite active in the past 24 hours and will continue to be so,” the official said. “Striking fighting units and people trying to give the orders is having the desired effect.”

Libyan news agency Jana says NATO hit a telecommunications station in Zlitan overnight, causing “material and human casualties losses” west of Misrata.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague dismissed fears that Western states were being drawn into an Iraq-style conflict. “It’s very different from Iraq because of course in the case of Iraq there were very large numbers of ground forces deployed from Western nations,” Hague told BBC Radio on Wednesday.

France, Britain and the United States are leading the air strikes, which began on March 19 after the U.N. Security Council authorized “all necessary measures” to protect civilians from Gaddafi’s forces as he sought to crush an uprising against his 41-year rule.

The three countries say they will keep up the campaign until Gaddafi leaves power. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Tuesday that the NATO bombing campaign was making progress and should achieve its objectives within months.

Sure it will. It’s been months already. Last time I looked, Libya had about 5 cities. The rebels seem to be in control of at least 2 of them. The rest of the country is sand. Empty. Desert. Bedouins and Tauregs; random rare nomads on camels. There is nothing there. How long does it take to blow up nothing? Look, if you want old Mohmar gone, take him out. Oh, it’s against US policy? Here’s your solution: this Zuma guy from Africa is coming to visit Gadhaffi next week. Put a tracking buy on him. Slave a satellite for a couple days. When he’s actually meeting with the sand rat, mark the location, then use your spy satellite and some high altitude UAVs to follow every vehicle that leaves that meeting. And have NATO drop a bomb on each one 10 minutes later. Odds are pretty good you’ll get him, with plausible deniability.

What happens to Libya once Mohmar is wall splatter? Who knows? Who cares? Not Obama. But at that point he can make a claim for another round of gutsy non-spiking of another football, and we can stop pissing away tax money by the ship load.


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calendar   Wednesday - May 18, 2011

Calling Alex Trebek

Jeopardy, the Middle East Version



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calendar   Thursday - April 14, 2011

Well, they did invent the banjo after all


Musicians from the pharaonic New Kingdom playing the plucked lute

dada deeda deeda deeda dee ...

Islam: The Crazy Is Bred In

Consanguinity ("con- (with/together) sanguine (blood) -ity (noun marker)") refers to the property of being from the same kinship as another person. In that respect, consanguinity is the quality of being descended from the same ancestor as another person.

The percentage of consanguinity between any two individuals decreases fourfold as the most recent common ancestor recedes one generation. Consanguinity means the amount of shared (identical) DNA, the genetic material. For example, first cousins have four times the consanguinity of second cousins. First cousins once removed have half the shared DNA as full first cousins. Half-fourth cousins sometimes cannot be detected at the DNA level.[5] Finally, double first cousins share twice the consanguinity as first cousins and are as related as half-siblings.

As a working definition, unions contracted between persons biologically related as second cousins or closer (F ≥ 0.0156) are categorized as consanguineous. This arbitrary limit has been chosen because the genetic influence in marriages between couples related to a lesser degree would usually be expected to differ only slightly from that observed in the general population. Globally, the most common form of consanguineous union contracted is between first cousins, in which the spouses share 1/8 of their genes inherited from a common ancestor, and so their progeny are homozygous (or more correctly autozygous) at 1/16 of all loci. Conventionally this is expressed as the coefficient of inbreeding (F) and for first cousin offspring, F = 0.0625. That is, the progeny are predicted to have inherited identical gene copies from each parent at 6.25% of all gene loci, over and above the baseline level of homozygosity in the general population. In some large human populations genetically closer marriages also are favoured, in particular uncle-niece and double first cousin unions where the level of homozygosity in the progeny is equivalent to 0.125.

Everywhere in the western world, people look at the savage violence that is a daily occurrence in the Muslim world and shake their heads in stunned disbelief.  A pastor of a very small Christian flock in Florida burns a Koran.  Weeks later at literally the global antipode, Muslim imams drive through neighborhoods in a vehicle with loudspeakers attached, calling the townsfolk to riot.  The townsfolk respond, and before it is all over, at least 22 innocent people are dead at the hands of these townsfolk, with at least two of them beheaded.  How is this possible?  How can this be?  How can human behavior and culture be so monstrously different?  Is this difference attributable to nothing more than environmental nurture theory?

No.  There is something else.  There is a catalyst—absent in every other culture on earth—that has poisoned the cultural soil, thus yielding the fruit of bad harvest for nearly 1,400 years.  That catalyst is inbreeding.  As a direct result, the Muslim population is mentally developmentally disabled on a mass scale.

But there is one culture, one faux “religion,” that expressly condones and encourages consanguineous marriage and breeding.  That system is Islam, and the document that explicitly ratifies incest is the Koran, specifically Sura 4 verse 23
First cousin marriage for just one generation is extremely risky in and of itself.  This is why virtually every other culture on earth prohibits it, and treats it as a cultural taboo.  When two people come together who carry so many similar genetic alleles, the chance of an undesirable recessive trait expressing itself in their offspring soars.  Now, understanding that single-generational risk, understand that Muslims have been marrying their first cousins over and over again for 1,400 years.  Sit in stillness for a moment with the full, terrifying gravity of this. 


Ah sayd on yore knees and squeal lak a infeedel, boy!

Algeria34.0 %
Bahrain45.5 %
Northern Egypt 32.8 %
Southern Egypt80.4%
Iraq60 %
Jordan63.7 %
Kuwait64.3 %
Libya48.4 %
Palestine66.3 %
Qatar54 %
Saudi Arabia66.7 %

Selected countries, rates of maximum consanguinity

Information on the history of the banjo and it’s descent from the plucked lute of dynastic Egypt can be found here. “Modern” versions of the instrument that are still widely played across the Middle East, like the teharden pictured above, can be found here.


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calendar   Wednesday - April 06, 2011

Speak Now, Pay Later

How Much Will It Cost The US To Apologize For This One?

Latest Defense Department report mirrors Cameron’s costly statement: Pakistan either isn’t trying very hard, or they just plain suck

US doubts Pakistan’s plan to defeat Taliban

WASHINGTON: Pakistan lacks a robust plan to defeat Taliban militants and its security forces struggle to hold areas cleared of the al-Qaida-linked fighters at great cost, according to US report released on Tuesday.

The United States wants Pakistan to subdue Taliban fighters using safe havens in its rugged tribal areas to attack US forces across the border in Afghanistan.

“There remains no clear path toward defeating the insurgency in Pakistan, despite the unprecedented and sustained deployment of over 147,000 forces,” President Barack Obama’s administration said in a report to lawmakers in Congress.

“This is the third time in the past two years that the army has had to conduct major clearing operations ... a clear indication of the inability of the Pakistani military and government to render clear areas resistant to insurgent return,” the report said.

One problem was the “low operational readiness” of the Pakistani military’s helicopter fleet—a vital tool in effective counterinsurgency strategy. The report noted this situation had been exacerbated by Pakistan’s reluctance to accept US maintenance teams to work on the helicopters.

Sure, sure, it’s diplomatic and all, and what the press is printing doesn’t name names. But there is lots of space between the lines here, so you can read the unwritten words easily because they are set in really large fonts.


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calendar   Sunday - April 03, 2011

Rolling Rolling Rolling

UAE “special forces” Captures Pirates, Frees Ship

Under Sharia Law, Will Heads Roll?

UAE Special Forces stormed a hijacked Dubai-bound ship yesterday, rescuing the crew and arresting all the pirates who had seized it.

Special counter-terrorism units, with support from the Air Force and Air Defence, as well as the US Fifth Fleet, stormed the MV Arrilah-I, a bulk carrier en route from Australia to Jebel Ali, the Armed Forces General Headquarters said in a statement.

The ship was hijacked in the Arabian Sea, east of Oman, early on Friday.

The military said the vessel was now headed towards Emirati shores, guarded by UAE Special Forces. The pirates will be handed over to the Ministry of Interior once they arrive in Dubai.

The Armed Forces said the rescue showed the UAE’s commitment to acting “firmly” in the face of piracy, adding that the country would “not succumb to such threats”.

The 37,000-tonne ship is owned by the Abu Dhabi National Tanker Company and the National Gas Shipping Company, two subsidiaries of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc).
Pirate attacks are estimated to cost between US$7 billion (Dh25.7bn) and $12bn annually in losses to the global economy, according to a December study by the One Earth Future Foundation.

See, even the arabs can take down pirates if they feel like it. And muzzies have no compunction at all about killing fellow muzzies. They simply apply their “religion”, and it’s “Hassan chop!”


Meanwhile, at the other end of the continent, certain people have no compunction at all about killing anyone. As the battle for the presidency rages on in the Ivory Coast, word gets out about a head chopping massacre. At least 1000 dead in the streets, whacked into chunks by barbaric animals for the “crime” of ... of nothing really. Just being in the way I guess. Typical africa.

Machete thugs hack to death 1,000 in just one town as Ivory Coast battle rages

A thousand civilians have been found massacred in a small town in Ivory Coast amid worsening civil conflict in the West African state.

The victims were discovered by aid agency workers in Duekoue. Some had been shot and others hacked to death with machetes.

It was not clear last night who carried out the attacks, but the area is thought to be in the control of supporters of Alassane Ouattara, who won Ivory Coast’s election late last year. President Laurent Gbagbo has refused to step down.

Red Cross spokesman Dorothea Krimitsas warned: ‘There is a risk this kind of event can happen again.’

Last night 10,000 refugees crowded into Duekoue’s Catholic church, guarded by 1,000 United Nations peacekeepers.

Yeah, and?? Then what happened? You don’t ever ever hear a story out of Africa that starts “10,000 refugees hid out in a church” without the follow-on “where they were all burned to death by opposition forces while useless blue helmets stood around picking their asses”.  So far ... that news hasn’t been reported. Keep your fingers crossed.

Col. Chaib Rais, the U.N. military spokesman, told The Associated Press that nearly 1,000 peacekeepers at Duekoue “are protecting the Catholic Church with more than 10,000 (refugees) inside and we have military camps in the area.”

But he said “I have no special report of (mass killings).”

Rais said there was fighting in and around the town on Sunday and Monday, between forces loyal to the rival leaders.

On Monday, fighters loyal to Ouattara took Duekoue.

ICRC spokeswoman Dorothea Krimitsas said “communal violence” erupted there, apparently on Tuesday.

International and Ivorian Red Cross teams visited Duekoue Friday and saw a “huge number of bodies,” estimated at more than 800, she said.
Human Rights Watch issued a statement Saturday saying it had documented abuses, with the vast majority perpetrated by forces loyal to Gbagbo against real or perceived Ouattara supporters, as well as against West African immigrants and Muslims.

“The documented abuses include targeted killings, enforced disappearances, politically motivated rapes, and unlawful use of lethal force against unarmed demonstrators,” the statement said. “These abuses, committed over a four-month period by security forces under the control of Gbagbo and militias loyal to him, may rise to the level of crimes against humanity.”

Africa ... it’s where you want to take your next vacation. NOT IN TEN MILLION YEARS THANK YOU VERY MUCH !!

Oh - the bit of info that should not be lost in the story of this atrocity? The UN “peacekeepers” already control the town where this atrocity occurred. So, WTF are they good for? Why did this happen? Did they forget that they’re there to protect people, not just treat the local underage girls like whores while stuffing their pockets with whatever they can steal or extort?

JOHANNESBURG - More than 800 people have been massacred in a western Ivory Coast town where hundreds of U.N. peacekeepers are based, the International Federation of the Red Cross said Saturday, but the U.N. military spokesman said he had no information about mass killings there.

The Roman Catholic charity Caritas put the toll at more than 1,000 dead, an estimate reached by its workers who visited the town of Duekoue on Wednesday.

The REAL title that these new reports should have is UN Cowards Allow Vile Giant Massacre To Happen Under Their Noses, Do Nothing To Prevent It.

Yeah sure, “Colonel” Rais didn’t know nothing ‘bout no killings. Not a thing. Didn’t see or hear anything, even though Duekoue is a tiny town of perhaps 40 streets and covers one square mile. Pull it up on your map software and see.


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calendar   Thursday - March 24, 2011

Is This War Or a Life Cereal Commercial?

You remember, I’m sure ...


“What’s this stuff?”

“Some cereal. It’s supposed to be good for you.”

“Are you gonna try it?”

“I’m not gonna try it. You try it.”

I’m not gonna try it. You try it!”

“Hey, I know, let’s get Mikey to try it. He won’t like it; he hates everything! Hey, Mikey!”


Somehow this seems familiar

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed NATO’s decision to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya, although it will not take total control of the military operations against Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., called the decision a “sign of progress,” in a statement.

Under the terms of the agreement, which was announced in Brussels, the U.S. will hand over command and control of part of the international operation. The U.S. has appeared eager throughout the campaign to pass the baton.

Obama: “Colonel Gaddafi has lost all his mojo. It is time for him to go. It is time for regime change. It is time for Change. I Hope. We will enforce a no-fly zone in Libya to curtail the bloody excesses of the tyrant, my best friend and my favorite preacher’s best friend, Mohair Gadaffy. Under the bus with him.”

UK: “I’m not gonna kill him, you kill him.”

France: “I’m not gonna kill him, you kill him!”

Germany: “Der are no joos here! Ve are goink home!”

UAE: “What do yoiu mean a no-fly zone actually means military action? We didn’t sign up for any of that!”

Shrillary: “Black is white, up is down, left is right, peace is war. I’m talking out of both sides of my mouth at the same time so fast even I don’t understand what I’m saying anymore. What’s my opinion? Well, what time is it? The USA will take the lead in blowing the Libyans to hell and back, but NATO and our EUropean allies have to take the lead here. We will not be involved in a war in Libya while we are involved in a war in Libya.”

Obama: “Everybody samba!!”

News Media:"The overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt caught the White House flat footed. The civil war in Libya caught the White House flat footed. Now the situation in Yemen with President Saleh and his top general running away have caught the White House flat footed. After millions protested for freedom in Egypt, the people there are launching pogroms against Christians. A few hundred miles to the south, Muslims are also launching an anti-Christian pogrom in Ethiopia, even though Ethiopia is 90% Christian. And they’re getting away with it! Meanwhile net door in Sudan, under the guise of tribalism, Muslims continue their genocide against Christians. In Saudi Arabia and Bahrain the armies have been called out and are ready to shoot anyone who even pouts at a government employee. 35 years of US Middle East policy has gone out the window in a matter of months as unrest spreads like wildfire across the entire region. All these governments are teetering on the very brink or have already fallen over, and nobody here has a single clue about who or what will replace any of them.”

Obama: “Hey, did you check out my basketball bracket picks on Twitter? They’re mega-awesome!”

Glen Beck, Mark Steyn, and 123 other right wing pundits: “Oh look, it’s the Caliphate being born. Told ya. Hand in hand with the Marxist Progressives. For now.”

MSM, including hyper-ventilating Fox News talking head Shepard Smith (aka Little Geraldo): “You guys are crazy. These poor oppressed people just want freedom. They want to be just like us!”

Maybe somebody can get Obama some Pop Rocks and a Coke. It worked for Mikey, right?


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calendar   Monday - March 21, 2011

Do We Get A Choice?

Send Him Keith Olberman and Chris Matthews Quick!!

Gadaffi Using Journalist As Human Shields

An attack on the compound of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi on Sunday had to be curtailed because of journalists nearby, Fox News has learned.

British sources confirmed that seven Storm Shadow missiles were ready to be fired from a British aircraft, but the strikes had to be curtailed due to crews from CNN, Reuters and other organizations nearby. Officials from Libya’s Ministry of Information brought those journalists to the area to show them damage from the initial attack and to effectively use them as human shields.

The curtailment of this mission led to a great deal of consternation by coalition commanders, sources told Fox News, but they opted to call off the mission to avoid civilian casualties.

During a Pentagon briefing on Monday, coalition commanders said the huge compound was targeted due to its air defense systems on the perimeter and a military command and control center. It was not targeted to kill Qaddafi, commanders said.

Meanwhile, U.S. military officials said on Monday that Qatar is sending six planes to Libya to participate in support missions, becoming the third Arab nation to send aircraft to the African nation. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) also announced on Monday that its role in Libya is “strictly confined” to the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Libya.


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calendar   Sunday - March 20, 2011

Convert to Christianity or Die!

I’m thinking I should just start posting the email correspondence with my old friend in Afghanistan. He works in Army intelligence…

(pause for obligatory Army intelligence jokes… Done? Good. Let’s continue...)

...and sends me stuff he finds. We sometimes get into interesting conversations over the most obscure things. One example is my previous post. He simply sent me something he thought was ‘cute’ and I ‘fisked’ it as Rich K mentioned. The surprise was when my friend agreed with my ‘fisking’…

well put...I had not thought about that tag line in that way.  I guess perspective is everything.

I have been spoiled, you see. Though it broke the bank, so to speak, my children went to Catholic school until I got over to Germany.  There the military requires all uniformed members with children in their schools to work with the teachers, often visiting classes during the duty day.  This has led to teachers, heck, the whole system, being a WHOLE lot more accountable. My wife and I have even submitted formal complaints against one teacher a while back and she was fired (several parents banded together and the administration had to bow to our wishes) for incompetence.

So, he sent me another missive, which I proceeded to expound upon. The article he sent is here. My reply:


Seriously, I’m having a hard time picking sides in the Mideast turmoil. Both sides are, as near as I can tell, Islamic. Sunni, or Shiite. Both are not friends of the USA.

Personally? I’d let them bleed each other, then move in and reclaim all of the oil fields and facilities that they ‘nationalized’ back in the 50s and 60s.

Oh, one other thing: if they seriously want our help, they are all required to convert to Christianity.

I’m serious about this. Islam is not a religion. It is a fascist political movement disguised as a religion. Fine. You want to mix religion and politics, I can do that too. No foreign aid unless you convert to Christianity. No humanitarian aid in event of a natural disaster unless you convert to Christianity.

Certainly no military aid unless you convert to Christianity.

Well, that would be a large part of my Mideast policy if I were President.

I’d also not recognize ‘Palestinians’. They don’t exist. There was a WW1-era ‘Palestinian Mandate’ that the British governed. It was broken up in 1948. Israel was one result. Jordan was another. The so-called ‘Palestinians’ are those who a) didn’t want to move to Jordan, b) had their lands occupied as a result of Israeli victories in 1948, 1967, and 1973. Such lands that were NOT ‘Palestinian’, but were either Egyptian, Jordanian, or Syrian. At no time has Israel occupied a Palestinian state. No ‘Palestinian’ state has ever declared war on Israel. Israel never defeated and occupied any ‘Palestinian’ land.

Why? Because no ‘Palestinian’ state has ever existed.

But, wasn’t it it Hermann Goering who said something like ‘a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.’?

_____ replied:

well said

I TOTALLY AGREE: Red on Red is a good thing for us.  Who cares how many they massacre?  They will do it anyway.  I had not thought about the conversion angle, but you know, that has merit.  We could use that as leverage.  SO...Do you Arabs REALLY want our help?  OK, here is the price… We only help Christians.  We withdraw all aid to any country (note, I agree, Palastine is NOT a country) that remains muslim.  That would weed out our real friends from foes...oh and save us oodles of cash.

What weapons, sure, we will sell items to you, as long as they are not state of the art, and btw, go ahead and slaughter each other some more.

Opinions? What does the BMEWS community think?


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calendar   Saturday - March 19, 2011

Missiles Launched

U.S. Launches Cruise Missiles Against Qaddafi’s Air Defenses

The U.S. Navy fires the first U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles against Libyan leader’s Muammar al-Qaddafi’s air defenses Saturday, a military source tells Fox News.

The U.S. military strikes clear the way for European and other planes to enforce a no-fly zone designed to ground Qaddafi’s air force and cripple his ability to inflict further violence on rebels, U.S. officials said.

Hours after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton attended an international conference in Paris that endorsed military action against Qaddafi, the U.S. was poised to kick off its attacks on Libyan air defense missile and radar sites along the Mediterranean coast to protect no-fly zone pilots from the threat of getting shot down.

“We have every reason to fear that left unchecked, Qaddafi will commit unspeakable atrocities,” Clinton said.

A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive military operations, said the Obama administration intended to limit its involvement—at least in the initial stages—to helping protect French and other air missions.

French fighter jets fired the first shots at Qaddafi’s troops on Saturday, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising that had seemed on the verge of defeat. The French military says warplanes have carried out four air strikes, destroying several armored vehicles of pro-Qaddafi forces, according to AFP.

In the hours before the no-fly zone over Libya went into effect, Qaddafi sent warplanes, tanks and troops into Benghazi, the rebel capital and first city to fall to the rebellion that began Feb. 15. Then the government attacks appeared to go silent.

Initial reports say that 110-112 missiles have been fired against Tripoli and Misrata. And that’s just the beginning.

The United States Navy has launched more than 110 Tomahawk missiles in an effort to destroy Muammar Gaddafi’s air defense system. It’s being described by Pentagon officials as the “first phase in a multi-phase operation”. The true thrust of the international military operation has begun.

Shortly after the missile attacks, President Barack Obama informed the American people of the efforts by a “broad coalition.”

“The use of force is not our first choice,” the president said from Brasilia, Brazil. “It is not a choice I make lightly. But we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his own people that there will be no mercy.”

I am not happy about this. Is Gaddafi a looney who needs to go? Without question. Is eliminating his air defenses and blasting up his tanks going to make the rebels win? Probably not. Will he be pushed from power by his people? Wait and see. And if he is, then what? And if he isn’t, then what?

Looks like we’re now involved in a 3rd war in the sand lands. Good thing the 1st one is 99% over and the 2nd one is forever stuck in 2nd gear.

I think this is a no-win for the USA. And I would not be at all surprised if the price of crude oil shoots up $25/bbl on Monday.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/19/2011 at 03:46 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - March 05, 2011

How America Works?

This is a question I came across on

Ricochet, please permit me to introduce you to my dear friend Mert, a new member of Ricochet and a student of constitutional law here in Istanbul. He’s about to embark on the writing of his dissertation. He wants to write about the American presidential system. He’s particularly interested in the idea of checks and balances in the US political system and the limits placed by our Constitution on the president’s power.

There’s an important reason for his interest. In Turkey, the ruling AKP is considering the introduction of a presidential system to replace Turkey’s traditional parliamentary mode of governance.

There were several comments. Here’s the one I posted:

I hate to say it, but our Federal Presidential system was a result of 13 separate States, or Countries, forming a Federation. And previously a Confederation. My guess is that Turkey cannot successfully implement our Presidential system. They are not a union of separate, sovereign, states. There’d be no separation of powers, no multiple chambers in the legislature, no Electoral College, etc.

The result? A dictatorship. An Islamic dictatorship.

Was denken Sie? (I hope I remember my freshman college German)


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calendar   Friday - March 04, 2011

Dry Bones, shaken not stirred



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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
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