October 15, 2010
When your city’s population has shrunk by half since 1950, thousands of buildings are unoccupied, Hollywood uses it for “urban apocalypse” shots, and it’s earned the title of “Murder Capital of the USA,” what does it need?
No, not a Marine Expeditionary Force, silly! It needs a $500 million light rail project!
That goes nowhere.
Reason.TV has the story:
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)
December 28, 2009
I linked to this earlier, but I really think this video needs emphasis. Flight 253’s would-be mass-murderer, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, has promised that more like him will follow. And where are they learning the skills need to wage jihad fi sabil Allah? Meet the next al Qaeda staging grounds: Yemen.
Note also that the British had the sense to place him on a no-fly list. Why we didn’t, I have no idea. Must be that system working, again.
They’re still trying to kill us, in case you didn’t know.
RELATED: Acting as a President should, Barack Obama has already been hitting al Qaeda in Yemen. Let’s keep it up and step it up. (via Legal Insurrection)
December 27, 2009
If this is true, then several executions are in order for gross stupidity:
A Michigan man who was aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 says he witnessed Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab trying to board the plane in Amsterdam without a passport.
Kurt Haskell of Newport, Mich., who posted an earlier comment about his experience, talked exclusively with MLive.com and confirmed he was on the flight by sending a picture of his boarding pass. He and his wife, Lori, were returning from a safari in Uganda when they boarded the NWA flight on Friday.
Haskell said he and his wife were sitting on the ground near their boarding gate in Amsterdam, which is when they saw Mutallab approach the gate with an unidentified man.
While Mutallab was poorly dressed, his friend was dressed in an expensive suit, Haskell said. He says the suited man asked ticket agents whether Mutallab could board without a passport. “The guy said, ‘He’s from Sudan and we do this all the time.’”
Mutallab is Nigerian. Haskell believes the man may have been trying to garner sympathy for Mutallab’s lack of documents by portraying him as a Sudanese refugee.
All I can say is that al Qaeda apparently knows how to play our society’s multiculturalist, PC guilt-trip like a Stradivarius: “Oh, you poor victim! It would be racist of me to demand a passport of you (forget that passports are regularly issued to stateless refugees), and there is no way I should ever ask the well-dressed gentleman for proof that what he says is true. No, if I take what he says at face value (or push it off on my manager who will do likewise), then I will prove myself wise, sophisticated, and tolerant. And get to go home on time.”
My God. We are all Thanksgiving turkeys waiting for the farmer’s ax.
December 27, 2009
Regarding the attempted Christmas Day bombing of NWA Flight 253 by a Nigerian jihadi, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said:
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up an Amsterdam-Detroit airline flight Christmas Day demonstrated that “the system worked.”
I suppose that’s true, if your “system” involves a brave Dutch passenger and an improperly constructed bomb. Worked like a charm, Madame Secretary. Indeed, the design shows a Wile E. Coyote level of genius!
Of course, this is the same Secretary Napolitano who issued the infamous right-wing extremists report that was such a shoddy piece of work it wouldn’t have even passed a freshman remedial research course, so perhaps we should have expected such a boneheaded statement.
Oh, and I suppose the system was working today when another Nigerian went nuts and had to be pulled off the same flight? (UPDATE: He may have been legit … or it may have been another dry run.)
I feel so secure about flying. Don’t you?
RELATED: Michelle Malkin adds another item to the myth of the poor, oppressed jihadist. ABC News explores the Yemen connection. (It’s kind of hard to be working alone when al Qaeda builds the bomb for you…) In fact, he may have links to the imam who was the spiritual mentor to Major Hasan, the jihadi behind the Ft. Hood massacre. He was certainly on a list, but why not the no-fly list? By the way, the bomber’s father tried to warn us. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard is looking into a possible UK connection. Richard Fernandez looks at the plane’s schematics to determine just what Abdul Mudallad had in mind. Fausta calls it the Flying Dutchman Security System. Finally, via The Jawa Report we get a link to a video about binary explosives and how little is needed to cause a lot of damage.
Let’s all say it together, now: They’re still trying to kill us.
UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg wants this “patently unqualified hack” fired.