They bravely turned their tails and fled….

July 31, 2008

It seems "Al Qaeda in Iraq’s" leadership has decided that discretion is the better part of valor and fled redeployed to Afghanistan and Pakistan:

The leader of the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq and several of his top lieutenants have recently left Iraq for Afghanistan, according to group leaders and Iraqi intelligence officials, a possible further sign of what Iraqi and U.S. officials call growing disarray and weakness in the organization. 

U.S. officials say there are indications that al-Qaeda is diverting new recruits from going to Iraq, where its fighters have suffered dramatic setbacks, to going to Afghanistan and Pakistan, where they appear to be making gains. 

(…)

Some al-Qaeda in Iraq members blamed the group’s troubles on failed leadership by its head since 2006, an Egyptian who has used the pseudonyms Abu Hamza al-Muhajer and Abu Ayyub al-Masri. Some of the fighters said they have become so frustrated by Masri that they recently split off to form their own Sunni insurgent group. 

Abdullah al-Ansari, an al-Qaeda in Iraq leader in Fallujah, said in an interview with a Washington Post special correspondent that Masri had traveled to Afghanistan through Iran and designated Abu Khalil al-Souri, the pseudonym of another top leader of the group who came to Iraq in 2003, to run the organization in his absence. 

"It’s not known yet whether he would come back or not," he said, referring to Masri.

You can find good analysis at this Hot Air piece, so instead I want to honor the brave, brave jihadi leaders of al Qaeda with a song I think is especially fitting: 

Way to inspire the troops, O Knights of Allah. Loser


Inconvenient truth watch: about that melting polar ice

July 31, 2008

There have been breathless predictions that, by the end of summer, the ice cap at the North Pole will have melted. Curse that global warming, damn George Bush and the Deniers, save us Al Gore, and all that jazz.

Guess what? There’s plenty of ice there, and it’s going to have a darned hard time meeting that predicted disappearance. Not only that, but the Barents Sea is reporting more ice than normal for this time of year.

How inconvenient.

(hat tip: Tigerhawk)

 


An Obama cabinet

July 30, 2008

John Kerry as Secretary of State? Chuck Hagel at Defense? Aaaaaiiiiieeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now how am I supposed to sleep tonight? Worried Nailbiting

 


Did I miss inauguration day?

July 30, 2008

Really, did I sleep through the election? Or was it canceled and Barack Obama anointed World Savior US President by popular acclamation? That must be the case since, according to Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, President Obama has already done his victory tour of D.C. (emphasis added):

Barack Obama has long been his party’s presumptive nominee. Now he’s becoming its presumptuous nominee.

Fresh from his presidential-style world tour, during which foreign leaders and American generals lined up to show him affection, Obama settled down to some presidential-style business in Washington yesterday. He ordered up a teleconference with the (current president’s) Treasury secretary, granted an audience to the Pakistani prime minister and had his staff arrange for the chairman of the Federal Reserve to give him a briefing. Then, he went up to Capitol Hill to be adored by House Democrats in a presidential-style pep rally.

Along the way, he traveled in a bubble more insulating than the actual president’s. Traffic was shut down for him as he zoomed about town in a long, presidential-style motorcade, while the public and most of the press were kept in the dark about his activities, which included a fundraiser at the Mayflower where donors paid $10,000 or more to have photos taken with him. His schedule for the day, announced Monday night, would have made Dick Cheney envious:

11:00 a.m.: En route TBA.

12:05 p.m.: En route TBA.

1:45 p.m.: En route TBA.

2:55 p.m.: En route TBA.

5:20 p.m.: En route TBA.

The 5:20 TBA turned out to be his adoration session with lawmakers in the Cannon Caucus Room, where even committee chairmen arrived early, as if for the State of the Union. Capitol Police cleared the halls — just as they do for the actual president. The Secret Service hustled him in through a side door — just as they do for the actual president.

Inside, according to a witness, he told the House members, “This is the moment . . . that the world is waiting for,” adding: “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.”

As he marches toward Inauguration Day (Election Day is but a milestone on that path), Obama’s biggest challenger may not be Republican John McCain but rather his own hubris.

No kidding, Dana. I thought Bill Clinton kissed the mirror in the morning, but Obama can’t take his eyes off himself. It’s amazing to think that a man with such a meager record of accomplishments can so buy into his own hype. I mean, there really is nothing there behind the pressed shirt: no articles published as editor of the Harvard Law Review, a mediocre record as a community organizer, voting “present” 130 times as a state senator, and no major accomplishments in the two years he spent in the US Senate before running for president.

And for this he’s earned the right to say “I have become a symbol…?”

Typical of liberal elitists, Obama has forgotten that Americans, while we love our elites, don’t want them to act like they’re superior to the rest of us. FDR, whose blood was as blue as you can get in this country, held “fireside chats” with the nation during the depths of the Great Depression. He didn’t talk down to the people; he made them feel he was one of them, like friends talking in the living room at night, reassuring each other.

FDR became a symbol for the nation. He didn’t declare himself a symbol.

I’ve many times teased Obama about the cult of personality that’s sprung up around him from his adoring followers, calling him “the Prophet Barack” and “the Harbinger of Hope and Change.” And I knew he was somewhat vain: after all, one doesn’t run for president without having a hefty sense of self-worth.

But this is ridiculous.

There’s one thing Dana Milbank forgot to mention about Obama’s vanity: in Greek mythology, Hubris was often followed by Nemesis, the vicious goddess who punished the prideful and boastful.

Obama had better be careful, or he may well find Nemesis has set a trap for him on the way to the victory parade.

LINKS: More from Blue Crab Boulevard, Jennifer Rubin, Dean Barnett (and here, for the frantic Democratic reaction), Sister Toldjah, and Daniel Halper.

 


You’ll be happy to know

July 29, 2008

Public Secrets Imperial HQ came through today’s shaker with no problems, not even a single glass hit the floor. Normal blogging service resumes tomorrow. Peace Sign

 

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A good man

July 29, 2008

Tigerhawk has an interesting post showing why Bill Frist, who may have been a medicore Senate Majority Leader, is undoubtedly a very good man.

And, in an addendum that illustrates how one man makes a difference, he links tot he story of how Bill Frist may have saved the American war effort in Iraq.

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You’ll never do lunch in this town again, buster!

July 28, 2008

Actor Jon Voight on the Democrats and Obama:

We, as parents, are well aware of the importance of our teachers who teach and program our children. We also know how important it is for our children to play with good-thinking children growing up.

Sen. Barack Obama has grown up with the teaching of very angry, militant white and black people: the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, William Ayers and Rev. Michael Pfleger. We cannot say we are not affected by teachers who are militant and angry. We know too well that we become like them, and Mr. Obama will run this country in their mindset.

The Democratic Party, in its quest for power, has managed a propaganda campaign with subliminal messages, creating a God-like figure in a man who falls short in every way. It seems to me that if Mr. Obama wins the presidential election, then Messrs. Farrakhan, Wright, Ayers and Pfleger will gain power for their need to demoralize this country and help create a socialist America.

The Democrats have targeted young people, knowing how easy it is to bring forth whatever is needed to program their minds. I know this process well. I was caught up in the hysteria during the Vietnam era, which was brought about through Marxist propaganda underlying the so-called peace movement. The radicals of that era were successful in giving the communists power to bring forth the killing fields and slaughter 2.5 million people in Cambodia and South Vietnam. Did they stop the war, or did they bring the war to those innocent people? In the end, they turned their backs on all the horror and suffering they helped create and walked away.

Does Angelina know? And I wonder if Hollywood has treason trials? Chicken

(hat tip: Hot Air)

 

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Creepy

July 28, 2008

Rick Moran of Rightwing Nuthouse has posted his list of the Top Ten Things about the Prophet Barack that creep him out. I share most of them to one degree or another, but this one really rang my bell:

It creeps me out that with the exception of most conservatives, Obama’s radical associations and radical past – including his being on a first name basis with an unreconstructed terrorist – doesn’t seem to bother many people. What am I missing here? When Obama makes an actual political alliance with a radical Maoist organization like The New Party, going so far as to attending their meetings and recruiting their members to work on his state senate campaign, why is there no call for the candidate to explain himself? Nor has there been any effort – save a couple of scattered stories in the National Review and elsewhere that detail Obama’s association with the radical group ACORN.

It’s as if the entire “Obama movement,” made up mostly of good, mainstream Democrats, is so in thrall to the candidate that they can’t see the warning signs of this fellow’s true radicalism. They dismiss his past by simply pointing to the here and now and saying “See? He really is a moderate kind of guy after all.” We don’t know that because no one has ever – ever – asked him to explain why he sought the endorsement of a radical communist group when running for the state senate and why he associated himself with the radical group ACORN.

Beyond creepy. Truly scary…

Let’s not forget, Obama got his political start in the home of William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, former members of the Weather Underground and people who urged armed struggle to bring about a communist government in the United States. They were involved in a plot to murder soldiers and civilians by bombing a dance at Fort Dix in 1970. To this day, Dohrn believes that living in America constitutes living "in the belly of the beast" and in the "heart of the monster." For more on Obama’s friends, go here and here. For more on his efforts to gain the endorsement of the communist New Party in his early races and why that should creep us out, click here.

Then there’s Reverend Wright. Senator Obama has long since sacrificed his association with the "good reverend" and Trinity United on the altar of political expediency, but that was after 20 years of membership in a church whose pastor preached a) that the deaths on September 11th were America’s "chickens coming home to roost," implying they were divine punishment; b) that AIDS was a creation of the White man to get rid of Blacks; c) preached a Black "liberation theology" that comes hair-splitting close to being old-fashioned racism; and d) who called on God to damn America.

This is the same man who performed the Obamas’ wedding and baptized their children. And yet Obama claims he knew nothing about Wright’s hateful views until recently.

Yeah, right.

Oh, and don’t forget his association with Father Pfleger.

Tell me again how Obama’s comfortable hanging with these people and giving them government money?

You bet that creeps me out. It should creep you out, too.

LINKS: Fausta and Sister Toldjah are also creeped out.


Quote of the day

July 27, 2008

David Frum on Senator Obama’s speech in Berlin:

Obama’s vague language is the product of an unrealistic mind. He denies the reality of conflict — and flinches from the obligations of self-defense. Obama has risen to power by using a soothing cloud of meaningless words to conceal displeasing truths and avoid difficult choices. His more worldly supporters will quietly whisper that Obama thinks more incisively than his speeches suggest. Let’s hope so. Yet the speech in Berlin should cause us all to wonder: Maybe Obama’s mind really is as foggy as his language.


Religion of Peace!

July 27, 2008

Bombers in India killed at least 46 people in terrorist attacks that were in no way motivated by religion:

India on alert after two days of bombings kill 46

India’s major cities were put on high alert on Sunday, with fears of more attacks after at least 40 people were killed in two days of bombings that hit a communally-sensitive western city and a southern IT hub

At least 16 small bombs exploded in the Indian city of Ahmedabad on Saturday, killing at least 39 people and wounding 110, a day after another set of blasts in Bangalore killed a woman.

A little known group called the “Indian Mujahideen” claimed responsibility for the Ahmedabad attack on Saturday. The same group said it carried out bombs attacks that killed 63 people in the western city of Jaipur in May.

It is unusual for any group to claim responsibility, but India says it suspects militant groups from Pakistan and Bangladesh are behind a wave of bombings in recent years, with targets ranging from mosques and Hindu temples to trains.

Pakistan and Bangladesh are, of course, both Islamic countries with strong jihadi movements, which have been waging war against India for years, just as they have been against the West. (It’s no coincidence that India is also a democratic nation: Islamists regularly denounce democracy as an affront to Allah.) But don’t you dare connect violence with Islam: that would be “Islamophobic.” Just ask the Indian Union Muslim League:

Condemning the Friday’s serial blasts in Bangalore, the Indian Union Muslim League has asked the media and public to not to brand the perpetrators of the deed as Muslims.

“I appeal to the media and the public not to brand the perpetrators of the Bangalore blasts as Muslims,” State president of IUML K M Khader Mohideen told reporters here on Saturday night.

“These kind of people are neither Muslims, Hindus or Christians. The Centre and the state government should take steps to nab them quickly,” he said.

Sorry, Mr. Mohideen. The Qur’an and the ahadith both make jihad against the unbeliever a requirement of the faith, holy acts first committed by Muhammad and to be emulated by all pious Muslims. And have you noticed how in the modern world, while not all Muslims by any means are terrorists, it seems every act of terrorism is committed by a Muslim? If that makes me an Islamophobe, so be it.

Until Muslims honestly face the violent, supremacist imperatives within their sacred texts, the assertions that Islam is a “religion of peace” will meet with a well-deserved skepticism.

(hat tip: LGF)

LINKS: More at Jihad Watch.

 


Live reading

July 27, 2008

If you thought Gerard Baker’s send-up of the near-religious mania surrounding Barack Obama was funny, you’ll enjoy the live reading:

 

Sheer genius. Not worthy Rolling on the floor

(hat tip: Sister Toldjah)


Fudging the figures?

July 25, 2008

The Obama campaign claims 200,000 people listened to the Prophet Barack speak. At the World Politics Review blog, however, John Rosenthal analyzes the live coverage of the event on German TV and wonders whether the Obama campaign lied about attendance and inflated the numbers by a factor of ten.

In other words, did only 20,000 people show up to hear the new World President?

Hmmmm… Thinking

 

(hat tip: Michelle Malkin)

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"Can’t I finish my martini?"

July 25, 2008

So, Barack Obama suddenly canceled his planned trip to visit wounded American servicemen and women while in Germany. According to the campaign, it was because they didn’t want to turn the visit into a campaign event “out of respect for the troops.” Odd, if you ask me, since the whole trip has been nothing but one long campaign event.

Well, now we know the real reason. After a hard day regaling the masses in front of a Prussian-Nazi monument in Berlin, he needed a drink.

Way to show depth of character, O Prophet. Waiting

(hat tip: Campaign Standard)

 


The Apocryphal Book of of the Lightworker

July 25, 2008

There’s been something lacking in the campaign of the Prophet Barack, Harbinger of Hope, Change, and Waffles. What, you ask? What could the Prince of Post-Racial Politics and the Healer of White Liberal Guilt, He Who Lowered the Oceans, possibly lack?

His own gospel.

I mean, face it. A web site is great and hanging with Oprah is cool, but any self-respecting World Savior needs his own Holy Chronicle, a compendium of “thees” and “thous” and “begats” (no “smiting,” however. Smiting is for nasssty conservatives who are against Hope and Change.) that truly conveys the Divine Mystery of us being the ones we are waiting for.

Or something like that.

Anyway, enter Gerard Baker of the London Times to fill the gap: He ventured forth to bring light to the world.

And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.

The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.

When he was twelve years old, they found him in the temple in the City of Chicago, arguing the finer points of community organisation with the Prophet Jeremiah and the Elders. And the Elders were astonished at what they heard and said among themselves: “Verily, who is this Child that he opens our hearts and minds to the audacity of hope?”

In the great Battles of Caucus and Primary he smote the conniving Hillary, wife of the deposed King Bill the Priapic and their barbarian hordes of Working Class Whites.

And so it was, in the fullness of time, before the harvest month of the appointed year, the Child ventured forth – for the first time – to bring the light unto all the world.

St__Obama

My knees tremble with awe. I weep in profound gratitude I… No, actually I’m laughing my head off. Read the whole thing, and you will, too. Rolling on the floor

 

(hat tip: Power Line)


All politics is local

July 24, 2008

Tip O’Neill‘s famous dictum isn’t just for American politics. Writing on the arrest a couple of days ago of Radovan Karadzic, Jonathan Davis explores three possible reasons for Karadzic’s sudden capture, all related to Serbian internal politics:

  • Poetic Justice: Political rivals set up the Interior Minister, Dacic, with the hope that Dacic would then be killed by the organized-crime and security-service elements that had been protecting Karadzic. The “poetry” comes from the suspicion that Dacic’s Socialist Party was involved in the assassination of then-Prime Minister Djindjic in 2003, and that Karadzic’s arrest was arranged as “payback.” Davis notes that Dacic quickly issued a statement saying he had nothing to do with the arrest.
  • Backlash: Former Prime Minister Kostunica or elements in the Radical Party used their influence with the security services to create a nationalist backlash against President Tadic of the Democratic Party (Serbia). As Davis thinks the majority of Serbians actually welcome Karadzic’s arrest, he doesn’t give this one much credit, in spite of legitimate Serbian anger at the ICTY’s failure to punish war criminals who committed crimes against Serbs.
  • Tadic Transformed: This is the explanation Davis thinks most likely, or at least hopes is true. In this scenario, President Boris Tadic waited for the right time to move against Karadzic (and those protecting him) to enhance Serbia’s chances for entry into the EU — and his own power in Serbia, of course. The decision of the Serbian Socialist Party to become a mainstream social-democratic party and support Tadic’s coalition (and this bringing with them their secret influence in the security services) made it the right time for this move, which weakens Tadic’s nationalist rivals and brings Serbia much closer to EU membership, though much is left to be done.

Davis lives in Belgrade and is thus much closer to the situation, so, for the sake of justice for the victims Karadzic and Mladic, and for stability overall in SE Europe, I hope he’s right.

Oh, and Karadzic still deserves to hang.

 


Accolades for the Prophet

July 24, 2008

Barack Obama, the Harbinger of Hope, Change, and Waffles, has won the Dorwin Award. No, not “Darwin,” but “Dorwin.”

Fans of Asimov will be amused.  Hee hee

(hat tip: Instapundit)

 


In this modern, wired age…

July 23, 2008

We expect politicians to stretch the truth occasionally; it’s part and parcel of a mass democratic process. The system encourages them to slant things to put themselves in the best possible light.

But, in an age when one’s every utterance can be fact-checked within seconds, why would a candidate for president lie about his committee memberships to impress his hosts, when it’s a certainty the lie will be exposed?

Forget for a moment what this says about the candidate’s character. Just what does it say about his intelligence?

UPDATE: And why, oh why, do they lie when it can be captured for eternity on YouTube? (hat tip: Ed Morrissey)


Good news

July 22, 2008

Serbian police have arrested Radovan Karadzic, former leader of the breakaway "Republika Srpska" during the 1990s Bosnian, and a man guilty of some of the worst atrocities in Europe since the Nazis.

Radovan Karadzic, the Serbian war crimes suspect, worked in a medical clinic under a false name and had tried to conceal his identity with a white beard before his arrest, a Serbian minister has revealed.

"Karadzic used false documents with the name Dragan Dabic," said Rasim Ljajic, the minister in charge of cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

He had been posing as a doctor of alternative medicine, sporting long hair, a beard and glasses to hide his face.

A picture shown to reporters showed an unrecognisable Karadzic, markedly thin, with a long white beard and flowing hair. Serbian officials said he was walking freely around town and earned money from practising medicine.

They said they could not divulge more details because it might jeopardise efforts to arrest two other war crime suspects on the run.

Karadzic was arrested late on Monday night in Belgrade by the Serbian security services, the office of Serb president Boris Tadic said. The 63-year-old former war leader is accused of orchestrating the worst acts of brutality Europe has seen since the Nazi campaigns of the Second World War.

Some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were executed in and around the town of Srebrenica in 1995, while more than 10,000 others died during the Serb siege of Bosnian capital Sarajevo.

A swine such as Karadzic deserves hanging for his crimes. If he’s handed over to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, however, I’m sure they’ll screw it up just as they embarrassed themselves during the Milosevic trial. And given the perverse nationalism that runs strong in Serbia, it may well be that a large portion of the Serbian public thinks of Karadzic as a hero.

Real justice would have him turned over to the survivors of Srebenica for trial and execution, but we can’t have that in this civilized age, can we?

Still, one can hope.

 


Obama love

July 22, 2008

Anyone who’s been paying attention and who isn’t, well, blinded by love knows that the media is deeply, deeply in the tank for Senator Barack Obama, to the point where all pretense of objectivity is forgotten.

The McCain campaign decided to have some fun with this. They’ve come up with a great satirical commercial. They’re letting the public vote for which song goes with the commercial best; this was my choice:

 

At least the Republicans have a sense of humor.  Rolling on the floor

 


The Democrats’ oil policy

July 22, 2008

Over at Coyote Blog, Warren Meyer takes a look at the reality of the Democrats’ opposition to new drilling for oil, a set of self-contradictions so twisted that they wind up looking like a pretzel:

Here is the problem that smart Democrats like Drum face, and the reason behind this confusing logic:  They have adopted environmental goals, particularly the drastic reduction of CO2 in relatively short time frames, that they KNOW, like they know the sun rises in the east, will require fuel and energy prices substantially higher than they are today.  They know these goals require substantially increased pain and lifestyle dislocation from consumers who are already fed up with fuel-cost-related pain.  This is not because the Democrats are necessarily cruel, but because they are making the [faulty] assumption that the pain and dislocation some day from CO2-driven global warming outweighs the pain from higher priced, scarcer energy.

So, knowing that their policy goal is to have less oil at higher prices, and knowing that the average consumer would castrate them for espousing such a goal, smart Democrats like Drum find themselves twisted into pretzels when they oppose oil development.  They end up opposing oil development projects because in their hearts they want less oil around at higher prices, but (at least until their guy gets elected in November) they justify it with this bizarre logic that they oppose the plan because it would not get us oil fast enough.  The same folks who have criticized capitalism for years for being too short-term focused are now opposing plans that don’t have a payoff for a decade or so.

Be sure to read the whole thing.

This new ad from the McCain campaign hits the mark:

 

(hat tip: Tigerhawk)


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