April 17, 2014

Today We Laid To Rest A Hero

My father-in-law. Saw combat in Korea defending the Pusan Perimeter. Supported the troops in Vietnam while doing two tours in Thailand loading bombs on planes. He was an Air Force lifer, retired with full pension.

He taught me how to hunt deer. He taught me pretty much everything I knew about firearms. His job in the USAF was weapons. Yet he thought the 2nd Amendment applied to hunting rifles.

So he was also a staunch Democrat. The kind I look at and go "you voted for Obama"?

I don't care, I will always love and miss him.

RIP Pops.

Below the fold is my son's eulogy to him.

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By Vinnie at 08:30 PM | Comments |

Awesome: Russian Backed Separatists Said to be fighting Ukrainian "Fascism & Antisemetism" Requiring Jews to Register

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The tragic irony here is that despite this report, my friends in Russia will continue to believe that the "fascists" behind the "junta" in Ukraine are also "antisemitic" nationalists. When in fact it is their own government that is fascist. They honestly think they have a free media because they can watch music videos and late night TV runs softcore porn. Porn and MTV: the bread and circus of the New Rome:

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to "register" with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated," reported Ynet News, Israel's largest news website...

Consequences for non-compliance will result in citizenship bein g revoked "and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property." A registration fee of $50 would be required, it said.

I use "the new Rome" here intentionally. I do not think Putin wishes to resurrect the Soviet Union, as some commentators are suggesting. Putin hates communism and hates the old notion of the "Soviet man". No, his lamentations on the collapse of the Soviet Union are because the Soviet Union was nothing more than the communist version of the Russian Empire. His real beef is that Russia has lost it's imperial greatness.

And you know what they call the Emperor in Russia? The Tsar. Which is just Russian for "Caesar". No, it's not a coincidence. They named themselves Caesar on purpose.

It's also the reason that the old Imperial Flag had the double headed Eagle. It represents Russia as the legitimate heir of Rome, both the Eastern empire in Constantinople (the eagle facing right) and the Western Empire in Rome (the eagle facing left).

Putin fancies himself Caesar of a new Holy Russian Empire. Or, at least, this is what he aspires to.

Thanks to Josh

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:49 AM | Comments |

The Putin is Hitler and the Ukraine is the Sudetenland Thing Again

A few weeks ago I noted that historical analogies can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing when we learn the right things from correctly applying lessons learned from history to similar current events, and a curse when we make the wrong comparisons and thus draw the wrong conclusions.

Is Putin a modern day Hitler? We, especially in the US, tend to focus on Hitler's antisemitism and genocide when thinking about what made Hitler so bad. But WWII didn't start because Hitler was persecuting his own people. It started because he invaded country after country in order to 'protect' German minorities, to right the wrongs of maps that didn't mesh with his dreams of ethnic unity.

Given that, then, yes, Putin is a modern day Hitler. Over at Forbes, Paul Johnson agrees. But he takes the analogy one step further: The Western leaders are modern day Chamberlains:

What’s to stop Putin? The West is led by the modern equivalents of Chamberlain: President François Hollande of France is a political nonentity repudiated by his own compatriots; Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have both ruled out the use of force to stop Putin from annexing Ukraine; and worst of all, President Barack Obama–the one man who has the power to stop Putin in his tracks–does nothing. He makes Neville Chamberlain seem like a bellicose activist.
Johnson goes on to say that we need to intervene militarily now, before it's too late. As I noted before, it's the same argument that Shirer made in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich -- had the Western powers intervened when Hitler sent troops into the Rhineland they would have nipped the problem in the bud before Germany had fully built up their military.

The question is ... what should our response be to Putin? Send the military into Ukraine to ensure that Putin doesn't invade is Johnson's idea. He thinks Putin wouldn't dare invade the remaining portions of Ukraine if US/NATO troops were there.

Me? I'm not so sure. If I understand correctly, the US has zero tanks left in Europe. I've no idea how many our NATO allies have but I can't imagine it would be enough to stop a land invasion through the Ukrainian steppe. We have air and sea superiority, but that only goes so far.

Also, the Ukraine isn't a member of NATO. We have no obligation to help it. If the Ukraine wanted our help, it should have signed on the dotted line years ago.

I guess there are two questions that I don't have great answers for: Should we even try to deter Putin from more land grabs so he won't try the same thing in NATO countries like Latvia & Estonia (also with large ethnic Russian enclaves)? And if we should try to nip this in the bud, then what are our feasible options given our weakened post-Cold War military stance in Europe and Europe's chronic under-spending on the military?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:03 AM | Comments |

Mark Steyn on Freedom of Speech

The whole thing is a must read, here's a teaser:

I heard a lot of that kind of talk during my battles with the Canadian ‘human rights’ commissions a few years ago: of course, we all believe in free speech, but it’s a question of how you ‘strike the balance’, where you ‘draw the line’… which all sounds terribly reasonable and Canadian, and apparently Australian, too. But in reality the point of free speech is for the stuff that’s over the line, and strikingly unbalanced. If free speech is only for polite persons of mild temperament within government-policed parameters, it isn’t free at all. So screw that....

As it happens, the biggest ‘safe space’ on the planet is the Muslim world. For a millennium, Islamic scholars have insisted, as firmly as a climate scientist or an American sophomore, that there’s nothing to debate. And what happened? As the United Nations Human Development Programme’s famous 2002 report blandly noted, more books are translated in Spain in a single year than have been translated into Arabic in the last 1,000 years. Free speech and a dynamic, innovative society are intimately connected: a culture that can’t bear a dissenting word on race or religion or gender fluidity or carbon offsets is a society that will cease to innovate, and then stagnate, and then decline, very fast.

As American universities, British playwrights and Australian judges once understood, the ‘safe space’ is where cultures go to die.

Read it all.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:20 AM | Comments |

Man Beats Son To Death, Set Free Under Sharia Law

Are we really considering allowing Sharia law in our court system?

ABU DHABI // A father who whipped his 12-year-old son to death has had his one-year jail sentence overturned by the court of cassation.

Emirati R M admitted repeatedly hitting his son with an electrical wire and a cane, claiming he only wanted to discipline him for poor school grades.

The beating was so severe the son was left unconscious and covered in blood.

He was driven to hospital by his mother where he was declared dead.

Prosecutors originally charged R M with causing death by beating, which holds a maximum jail term of 15 years.

At the first trial in Abu Dhabi Criminal Court, the charge was changed to premeditated murder.

As the boy’s heirs, the father’s parents, waived their rights to a death sentence, R M was sentenced to three years in jail and a blood money settlement of Dh200,000.

His sentence was later reduced by the appeals court to one year, as the boy’s mother also waived her right to blood money.

On Wednesday, the court of cassation ruled that the heirs should not have been consulted in this case.

The law states that a father cannot be charged with premeditated murder unless he confesses, which R M did not, or if it was a straightforward murder act.

In this case, as the tools he used to kill his son were not weapons, it proved it was an attack driven by anger and not planned.

Also, Sharia states that a parent cannot be executed for killing his or her own child.

(Hat Tip: TROP)

By DMartyr at 07:21 AM | Comments |

April 16, 2014

Cleveland: Muslim Cabdrivers Refusing Airport Duty Over Gay Games

As J.P. Travis at IHateTheMedia points out, Christian bakers and photographers are prosecuted and run out of business for refusing to perform at gay weddings.

But don't expect leftists to go after Muslims for similar refusals.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Some drivers of the zone-based taxis operating out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport have notified their companies they don't want to drive the cabs for religious reasons, citing rooftop placards that are advertising the upcoming Gay Games.

Hopkins released a statement saying that two of the three taxi companies operating at the airport -- Ace and Yellow Taxi – were informed by several of their drivers they will no longer participate in the airport's dedicated taxi cab program.

Patrick Keenan, general manager for the third company, Americab, said two of his drivers also have opted not to drive because of the Gay Games ads. The drivers are Muslims, Keenan and Hopkins spokeswoman Jackie Mayo said.

By DMartyr at 05:50 PM | Comments |

BLM Damaged Tortoise Dens, Used Bulls For Target Practice, Destroyed Bundy Property

An update to this story.

The BLM is accused of not only killing cattle and destroying water tanks and fences belonging to Bundy, but also damaging the dens of the tortoise they claimed to be protecting:

(Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit)

By DMartyr at 02:55 PM | Comments |

'Heroic Restraint'

Regardless of how you feel about the Confederate flag, what it boils down to is this: two students carry a piece of cloth in exercise of their first amendment rights and the school praises minority students for not resorting to violence.

SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Two Long Island high school students have been suspended for allegedly bringing a Confederate flag to school.

Brother Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington, said the two seniors walked in with a Confederate flag draped around their shoulders during an after-hours sporting event at the school.

As CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown reported, there is outrage and disgust on Long Island.

"The African-American students who immediately saw it really exercised heroic restraint and fortunately a teacher immediately confiscated the flag and took the students out of the gym," Cregan said.

This is indicative of what is wrong with today's educational system. In this one incident, the school administration displays its ignorance, its political correctness, its intolerance, and its double standard for acceptable violence.

Frankly, African Americans should be offended more by the principal's comments about 'heroic restraint.' Is he suggesting blacks are more prone to violence so it takes some grand effort just to behave civilly?

That's sounds horribly racist if you ask me, even more so than carrying a Confederate flag. Really, which is more 'heroic' - restraining from committing violence against someone displaying something you don't like, or carrying a harmless, albeit controversial, symbol in such a hostile environment?

By DMartyr at 11:58 AM | Comments |

*Secret* Document Surprises No One: Afghanistan Not Ready to Govern Self

When I read the headline over at the Washington Times regarding a super-secret State Department memo that claims that Afghanistan won't be ready to govern itself by the time US troops pull out I had to laugh out loud (LOLing, to you younger readers).

That is a .... secret?

Confidential U.S. assessments, which the State Department tried to hide from the public, show nearly all Afghan Cabinet ministries are woefully ill-prepared to govern after the U.S. withdraws its troops, often describing the gaps in knowledge, capability and safeguards as “critical” and describing an infrastructure in danger of collapsing if left to its own accord.
Earth to Captain Obvious: how can something that every single person in America knows* be a "secret"?

*I use know here as an epistemological certainty

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:55 AM | Comments |

UN Human Rights Expert: UK Is Most Sexist Country On Earth

Some of you may immediately ask, "but what about Islamic countries that allow men to legally abuse women and prevent them from leaving the house? What about countries that demand women provide witnesses to rape or face execution? What about countries that don't allow women to drive, to vote, or even leave their own house without a man's permission? What about countries that ignore 'honor killings'? What about countries that still allow slavery? What about places that publicly beat women for not covering their bodies?"

You have to be kidding. Those things are nowhere as bad or as sexist as availability of porn or taking pictures on a subway.

Sexism in Britain is more widespread than in any other country due to a 'boys' club culture', a United Nations official has concluded.

Rashida Manjoo, a South African human rights expert, was charged by the UN Humans Rights Council to monitor violence against women in the UK and report back to them. [...]

In particular, she highlighted "the easy availability of porn, the use of social media including influencing young children around images" and "harassment on the [London] Tubes", referencing the current 'Women Who Eat On Tubes' trend of people taking pictures of women eating on the London Undergound, and posting them onto Facebook.

And, in case you are wondering, Manjoo is a Muslim. That may explain why she completely ignores the abuses of women in Islamic countries while condemning western countries.

By DMartyr at 10:45 AM | Comments |

FBI: Real Terrorist Threat Isn't From Middle Eastern Men But U.S. Citizens Talking About Big Government

An FBI agent walks into a gun store...

Sounds like the start of a bad joke. But, unfortunately, it isn't.

From SHTF Plan via Gateway Pundit:

After showing proper identification, the agent told the shop owners that he was tasked with all the gun shops in the general area and that he was charged with investigating "suspicious purchases" in accordance with counterterrorism operations.

The suspicious purchases he mentioned, however, were completely normal transactions. This included, paying with cash, purchasing long guns, and other similarly innocuous behavior.

However, what surprised the owners the most was his statement regarding what he was most interested in tracking.

According to the witness, the agent stated, "If you see some Middle Eastern guy come in. You don't have to be so worried about that. What we're really looking for are people talking about being sovereign such as sovereign citizens or people talking about Big Government."

By DMartyr at 10:14 AM | Comments |

April 15, 2014

Hundreds Of Al Qaeda Members And Leaders Gather; Obama Administration Misses The Boat

From CNN:

A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn't know about it or couldn't get a drone there in time to strike.

U.S. officials won't comment on that, but every frame of the video is now being analyzed by the United States.

In the middle of the clip, the man known as al Qaeda's crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen. Al-Wuhayshi, the No. 2 leader of al Qaeda globally and the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has said he wants to attack the United States. But in the video, he looks unconcerned that he could be hit by an American drone.

The video started appearing on jihadist websites recently, drawing the attention of U.S. officials and global terrorism experts. U.S. officials say they believe it's authentic.

By DMartyr at 06:49 PM | Comments |

Hit Them Wherever You Find Them And Call Them Poopy Heads

Islam classes in German schools are producing more hatred for non-Muslim. Yet one German dhimmi disagrees. Germany's Education Minister claims Islam spreads peace. No where in the curriculum, he says, does it command Muslim students to hit [non-Muslims] when you find them (@ 00:37).

Of course, the Quran doesn't say to hit non-Muslims so why should the curriculum say it? Either this Minister is completely clueless or he is hoping no one will find out, what the Quran actually says is "kill them wherever you find them." (v. 2:191)

Let's not let facts get in the way of a good, multicultural narrative...

(Hat Tip: The Muslim Issue via TROP)

By DMartyr at 11:58 AM | Comments |

Kansas City Shooting is Terrorism, Not 'Hate Crime'

What exactly is this mythical 'hate crime' that Frazier Glenn Cross, the man who opened fire at a Jewish center in Kansas, is going to be prosecuted for? The problem I have with 'hate crimes' is not that I don't think that what he did deserves a separate and distinct legal category from ordinary 1st degree murder, it's that we already have a legally distinct category. We call this category "terrorism".

Motive does actually matter in the committing of a crime. For instance, motive is what distinguishes murder from manslaughter. In the former you intended to kill the victim, in the latter you accidentally killed the victim through some act of negligence.

Mens rea is what lawyers call it -- the guilty mind.

The problem I and others have with "hate crimes" is that our betters in Washington have decided that hate as a motive for murder deserves more punishment than, say, greed as a motive for murder. I'll agree that if you accidentally kill someone I know I will be less angry than if you intentionally kill someone I know, but I can't see me being less angry or feeling less violated if you killed him because you wanted his money vs. killing him because he was Jewish.

If I may paraphrase my old skate-boarder buddies: hate is not a crime.

But terrorism is a crime treated differently than other crimes and much (but not all) of what passes for 'hate crimes' is actually just terrorism.

In this case for instance I have no problem calling this particular piece of excrement a terrorist. The fact that he actually killed no Jewish people in his murder spree only shows that he, like most terrorists, was an idiot. The point of his act of terrorism, like all acts of terrorism, was to kill people belonging to a particular class of people (in this case, Jews) in order to send a message to all people in that class: be afraid, be terrorized.

Hence, the oldest terrorist group in the US remains the Ku Klux Klan and those groups related to it. When the Klan would burn a cross on a black family's lawn, they did so not just to intimidate that particular family. No, they did it to intimidate (terrorize) all black families who might challenge the status quo.

Killing random Jews (or trying to kill Jews) is an act of terrorism in the same way that blowing up a pizza shop in Israel is. The perpetrators in both cases aren't targeting an individual out of jealously, greed, or avarice like the more common murderers. The perpetrators are instead randomly killing Jews (or in the Kansas case trying to kill Jews) in order to intimidate all Jews.

The best definition of terrorism is something like this: the intentional targeting of civilians by non-state actors in order to cause fear or intimidation in the furthering of political goals.

This is exactly what our suspect in Kansas City was doing. The fact that his larger political goal -- some sort of white supremacy -- is not feasible and based on delusional conspiracy theories of the ZOG (Zionist Occupied Government) really doesn't matter. In fact, many al Qaeda types would agree with the paranoid ZOG theories and would only replace white control with Islamic control.

Now you might argue that my objection to hate crimes is simply semantic, that in the end what matters is that we recognize that pieces of crap who commit crimes aimed at a race or class deserve prison sentences longer than ordinary criminals and so whether we call them 'hate criminals' or 'terrorists' the outcome is the same.

Maybe. But it seems to me that semantics actually matter a whole lot more than such dismissiveness.

By acquiescing to that am I not acquiescing to the very notion that hate is a bad thing? It seems to me that much of squishy modern thinking starts with that premise, but it is a premise that I cannot agree with. Hate, in my mind, can be a valuable emotion under certain conditions and in certain contexts.

I, personally, hate terrorists. I kind of count that as a good thing.

WaPo:

The suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross, who also used the name Frazier Glenn Miller, is believed to have links to various hate groups. He was a former “grand dragon” of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

The hate crime designation means that Cross could face both federal and state charges in connection to the killings at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and at the Village Shalom Retirement Center, both in Overland Park, Kan., a Kansas City suburb.

“The U.S. attorney’s office will file hate crime charges against the defendant,” said Barry Grissom, U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas. “We will be presenting it to the grand jury in the not too distant future.” ...

Rabbi Herbert Mandl, chaplain for the Overland Park Police Department, told CNN that the shooter was shouting neo-Nazi slogans as he was taken away. Mandl also said he was asking people whether they were Jewish before he fired. And KCTV reported he was yelling “Heil Hitler” during the arrest.

None of the victims of the shooting were identified as Jewish, authorities said.

Also, I hate this guy.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:04 AM | Comments |

Hypocrite Harry Reid: "It's Not Over."

Harry Reid responds to BLM backing down in seizing Clive Bundy's ranch:

"It's not over. We can't have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it."

Had the report who took that quote had any balls, he would have asked Reid about his missing campaign money. Or the millions of illegal immigrants pouring into our country. Or the continued persecution of George Zimmerman, despite a trial acquittal. Or ACORN voter fraud. Or the Del Webb land swap. Or fast & furious. Or the IRS targeting right-wing groups. Or Obamacare delays. Or countless other illegal activities by Reid and this administration.

Freedom Outpost writes:

No greater example of hypocrisy has ever been seen in history than the likes of Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Barack Hussein Obama, and Eric "You don't want to go there, Buddy" Holder. These individuals are the epitome of repeated lawbreakers who function with impunity. As the stand-off between the Bureau of Land Management and Cliven Bundy winds down, for the moment, in Nevada, Sen. Harry Reid, on Monday, told KRNV- TV, "Well, it's not over. We can't have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So, it's not over." [...]

If you have any doubt what a lawbreaker looks like, take a good look in the mirror then look at your "idol" Obama and his sidekick, Holder. When you are done with that, continue on to Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein and every Democrat in Congress. You can also include every Republican in Name Only under the lawbreaker status. Every alphabet agency in Wash**ton (yes, this is intentional), DC is also filled with lawbreakers: Lois Lerner, Jeh Johnson, Kathleen Sebelius, James Clapper, Keith Alexander - but, you get the picture.

The entire Wash**ton, DC area is littered with lawbreakers and traitors who walk around with impunity. You might take a look at history, Mr. Reid. You will learn that Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were put to death after being convicted of treason for less infractions than what has been committed by the likes of you and your ilk in the nation's capital.

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By DMartyr at 10:47 AM | Comments |

Israeli Hackers Expose Anonymous Members

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Israeli hackers hijacked the webcams of several Anonymous members and posted their images online:

Israeli hackers have gone on the offensive against their anti-Israel opponents in revenge for the #OpIsrael hacking attack against Israeli sites and servers.

After the failed "operation" by members of the "Anonymous" hacker network, Israeli hackers from Israel Elite Force took the fight to them - robbing them of their anonymity by posting details and even photos of some of the hackers on their website.

The hacker behind the counterattack, an Israeli known as "Buddhax", said that he did it to make anti-Israel hackers "think twice" before attacking Israeli sites, and to expose them as amateurs. [...]

After infiltrating the target computers via a Trojan horse, he managed to lure the hapless hackers to their computers and take pictures of them using their own webcams - which he promptly posted online together with a list of personal information and a direct message to his targets: "Next time don't take part in OpIsrael. Long live Israel."

View the Anonymous hackers HERE.

By DMartyr at 12:28 AM | Comments |