Friday, May 01, 2009

What al-Qaida and I have in common

From the AP:
In the days following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, alleged al-Qaida operations mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed intended to use his free Hotmail account to direct a U.S.-based operative to carry out an attack, according to a guilty plea agreement filed by Al Saleh Kahlah al-Marri in federal court.

The document shows how al-Qaida, at least in 2001, embraced prosaic technologies like pre-paid calling cards, public phones, computer search engines and simplistic codes to communicate, plan and carry out its operations.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Reason to Bring back the Guillotine

If there was ever a reason to reinstate the death penalty in France, this case would surely be it. French Jew, Ilan Halimi, was tortured for 24 days and then murdered by a gang known as “The Barbarians.” The ringleader of this group, Youssouf Fofana, “is described as a "perverted megalomaniac" who instructed accomplices to target Jews for ransom kidnappings "because they are loaded with dough."

The gang leader, also known as "Ossama" and "Mohammed," admitted to the murder at first, but has changed his version of the events several times and also switched lawyers 30 times.

So come now France, surely you have one of these in storage?

Because you Demanded It

Sarah Palin on American Chopper. Nuff said.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Huffington Post: Hangout for Jew Haters

CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) has a new piece that argues what I have been for awhile now: the Huffington Post has become a hangout for anti-Semites and Israel haters. They write:
“CAMERA’s analysis of several Huffington articles and their corresponding comment threads dealing with Israel indicates that the Huffington Post is not living up to its founder’s enunciated standards. These articles generated a torrent of unsubstantiated accusations and ad-hominem attacks by what appears to be a dedicated crowd of anti-Israel commenters who seem to be on permanent alert for articles dealing with Israel. These commenters dominate the talk-back threads, using them as a forum for promoting polarizing sentiments. Name-calling and personal attacks against commenters who dissent with their views appear all too often. Accusations against Jews and Israel, popular among political fringe groups, routinely are given voice. By opening the floodgates to readership response without providing sufficient editorial oversight, the Huffington Post has allowed — and possibly encouraged — commenters to disseminate falsehoods and express their prejudices.

Controversy over the Huffington Post’s treatment of news related to Israel is not new. CAMERA reviewed copies of comment threads appearing on the site as far back as 2006 containing crude and often vile slanders against Jews and Israel. For example, a series of comments on one thread dated March 2, 2008 began with the charge "the murdering Zionist is still too blood thirsty. They are in the middle of a genocide and they are not going to stop... they consider non-jews as sub-humans." This was followed by another commenter who asserted "I think the Zionazis need to be set back 60 years...it seems its in their blood to steal and pillage countries everywhere they go." A third commenter suggested poisoning the water supply in Israel.

In another example, outspoken pro-Israel advocate, and one-time Post blogger, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz denounced the Huffington Post for applying a double standard after it refused to publish his column supporting Israel because it contained criticisms of discredited anti-Israel academic Norman Finkelstein.”
Anyhow who frequents Huffington’s blog and reads the comments that go along with their stories on Israel won’t be surprised by this.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Specter is Out

David Frum explains why Specter's defection to the Democrats is just another blow to a Republican Party lead by the likes of Rush Limbaugh.
"Pat Toomey is of course the former president of the Club for Growth who planned to challenge Arlen Specter in the 2010 Pennsylvania Republican primary. Polls showed Toomey well ahead – not because he is so hugely popular in the state, but because the Pennsylvania GOP has shriveled to a small, ideologically intense core. Toomey now looks likely to gain the nomination he has sought – and then to be crushed by Specter or some other Democrat next November.

The Specter defection is too severe a catastrophe to qualify as a “wake-up call.” His defection is the thing we needed the wake-up call to warn us against! For a long time, the loudest and most powerful voices in the conservative world have told us that people like Specter aren’t real Republicans – that they don’t belong in the party. Now he’s gone, and with him the last Republican leverage within any of the elected branches of government.

For years, many in the conservative world have wished for an ideologically purer GOP. Their wish has been granted. Happy?
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What’s that Rush? You want the McCains to leave the Party as well? That’s just great...

Update:
Allahpundit gives me the heads up to some truth bombs from Lindsay Graham.
"I don't want to be a member of the Club for Growth,” said Graham. “I want to be a member of a vibrant national Republican party that can attract people from all corners of the country — and we can govern the country from a center-right perspective.”

“As Republicans, we got a problem,” he said."

C is for Communism

Concerning this, sent by a reader.