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Oh Noes! Right Wing Zealots!

In Culture, Terrorist on September 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Tea Party media coverageA North Carolina man was arrested after posting bomb-making instructions on his Facebook page. Justin Carl Moose describes himself as an “extremist” a “radical” and “the Christian Osama Bin Laden.” Sweet, ain’t he? Moose allegedly planned to blow up a Planned Parenthood clinic and threatened to destroy the Ground Zero Mosque “Oklahoma City style.”

Think Progress, of course, immediately dragged out the 2009 DHS warning against “Right Wing Extremists” and linked Moose to the Tea Party movement because a Gadsden Flag hung over his doorway. Maybe he is, maybe he’s not… so what? Mohammed Atta was linked to Islam and, as I recall, we’re not supposed to judge a group by its fringe elements. Isn’t that what we’re told?

Apparently there’s a double standard in the characterization of any group of people. In President Obama’s press conference this morning, he invoked the First Amendment right of the Imam Feisal and the Cordoba Initiative to build a (victory) mosque at Ground Zero. In the context of that same press conference, the president described Terry Jones’ plan to burn the Koran on 9/11 as “dangerous.” The conclusion we’re left to draw is that if you want to destroy America because of its freedoms, then you have the unimpeded freedom to do so. But, if you want to exercise that freedom, you are dangerous. Got it.

via memeorandum

Radical Islam Uses Koran Burning to Fan Anti-American Sentiment

In Afghanistan, Culture, First Amendment, Terrorist on September 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Muslims around the world might not like America anymore if we burn the Koran.

In other news, an accused rapist says of his victim: she asked for it.

Afghan insurgents passed out leaflets to villagers describing Florida cult leader Terry Jones’ plan to burn copies of the Koran on September 11, according to ABC news. But this is just another verse in the song of the Great Satan that radical Islam has been singing for decades. It does nothing to change the tune.

General Petraeus himself has warned, even before the leaflets began circulating, that burning the Koran could lead to backlash against U.S. troops. I wonder if Petraeus considered the irony of asking Americans not to exercise the rights defended by his troops for the sake of the troops.

That’s not to say that, from both a social and a theological stand point (from which I speak with some authority), Terry Jones isn’t a complete ass-hat. He clearly is. But, just as Imam Feisal has a right under the first amendment to build his victory mosque cultural center at Ground Zero, so Jones and all two-dozen of his followers have the right to exercise their faith in whatever mis-guided way they see fit. That’s what makes our country what it is rather than some Islamo-Facist Theocracy. In fact, both Jones and Feisal have stated that, while they may have some regret in setting themselves on this course (something I doubt in both cases), the consequences of reversing now would be more detrimental. Both men are standing on the fringe of their respective religions and tarnishing the image of each of them.

There, was common ground so hard to find?

h/t memeorandum

Can Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s Beard Talk?

In Humor, Terrorist on September 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm

FIREDOGLAKE wonders if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s beard can tell the story of his treatment at Guantanamo through the stress hormone Cortisol stored in his hair.

Frankly, it doesn’t matter if KSM’s beard can talk, all I’d hear is “blah, blah, blah… I’m a dirty tramp terrorist.”

Mosque At Ground Zero, Not ‘Near’.

In 9/11, Terrorist on August 21, 2010 at 8:00 am

First, to establish some facts about the mosque at ground zero.

It is, in fact, at ground zero. Not near… at. Pieces of airplane fell through the roof of this building and were extracted from the basement. People who fell to their deaths from the World Trade Center buildings fell farther than the distance from those buildings to the proposed site of the new mosque.

Intended location of the Ground Zero Mosque

Further, the developers of the mosque, or Islamic cultural center as it is sometimes called, refer to the site as “Ground Zero”. This is clearly evident in tweets from Daisy Khan. Khan is the wife of Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, the group heading the ground zero mosque project.

The term “ground zero mosque” is also found frequently in the Cordoba Initiative’s web site. It is abundantly clear that Imam Feisel, as Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, and Daisy Khan, as head of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, specifically intend to associate this project with 9/11 and ground zero.

Erick Erickson at Red State says it well:

…this is sufficient to demonstrate that the “Ground Zero mosque’s” stewards aren’t unfairly tarred by the phrase: they wanted it. Everyone discussing this issue should face this fact squarely and honestly. It’s the “Ground Zero mosque” because it was conceived and intended as the “Ground Zero mosque.”

In spite of Cordoba’s apparent ease with the term “ground zero mosque”, the Associated Press has taken it upon themselves to rid the term from the media to the extent that they have the power to do so. In a “Standards Memo“, AP editors have decreed that the terms “ground zero mosque” and “mosque at ground zero” will no longer be used in AP stories or headlines. Since the AP feeds stories to news outlets large and small across the country, this sort of collusion stands to have a far-reaching effect.

We should continue to avoid the phrase “ground zero mosque” or “mosque at ground zero” on all platforms. We should continue to say it’s “near” ground zero, or two blocks away.

WE WILL CHANGE OUR SLUG ON THIS STORY LATER TODAY from “BC-Ground Zero Mosque” to “BC-NYC Mosque.”

In short headlines, some ways to refer to the project include:

_ mosque 2 blocks from WTC site
_ Muslim (or Islamic) center near WTC site
_ mosque near ground zero
_ mosque near WTC site

Now, having established the fact that it is indeed a mosque at ground zero of the attack on the United States by Islamic extremists, the question is: why?

The banner at the top of the Cordoba Initiative’s web site proclaims that they are “Improving Muslim-West relations”. Though born in Kuwait, Imam Feisel was educated in the west and must surely understand western culture. He holds a degree in physics and a master’s degree in plasma physics… he’s not stupid. In any case, it doesn’t take a genius to understand that planting an “Islamic cultural center” at the site where three thousand people were murdered in the name of Islam will not engender warm and fuzzy feelings. If the building site at ground zero doesn’t logically fit with its stated purpose then the question is, what is the real purpose in choosing this particular site?

There are certainly Muslims in Manhattan who simply want a place to bring their families to pray, who are horrified by the murders perpetrated in the name of their religion by power-seeking lunatics. There are Muslims who would like to say “[expletive] you, Bin Laden; you don’t own my city or my religion.” Imam Feisel is not one of them. In fact, Imam Feisel has suggested that blame for the 9/11 attacks falls, at least in part, on the United States. He also stated that there was “insufficient evidence” to implicate Muslim extremists in the attacks. How’s that for improving Muslim-West relations?

Even the name “Cordoba House” as the Mosque was initially to be called, carries with it ominous implications. Cordoba, Spain was the cultural center of the “Golden Age of Islam” in the tenth century. Often cited as a time of “peaceful coexistence” it was rather a time when Jews and Christians were subjugated by the ruling Muslims.

For almost four hundred years the Jews lived in Al-Andalus amid the moderate Islamic rule based in Cordoba. Later came the insurgence of the Muslim fundamentalist Almoravides in 1055, and not long after their enemies, the Almohades in 1147.  Both groups brought with them radically stricter controls over the infidels (non-Muslims). During this time Jews continued to work as moneylenders, jewelers, cobblers, tailors, and tanners. Soon however, they would be mandated to wear distinctive clothing, including of the wearing of a yellow turban to distinguish them from Muslims. These changes were a foreshadowing of the stricter controls that would soon be put in place.

As the origins of the Cordoba House’s name became known, the ground zero mosque’s name was changed to “Park 51”. The statement that it makes, however, is unchanged as is the Cordoba Initiative’s determination to move ahead with the project even as prominent muslims advise against it. Doctor M. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy puts it this way:

To put it bluntly, Ground Zero is the one place in America where Muslims should think less about teaching Islam and “our good side” and more about being American and fulfilling our responsibilities to confront the ideology of our enemies.

Khan and Rauf avoid discourse on reform and political Islam. Instead, they simply give us the familiar, too vague condemnation of “extremism and violence.” They seem to conveniently view 9/11, al Qaeda and every manifestation of militant Islamism as simply a public-relations problem for “Muslims in the West.” Imam Rauf has even gone so far as to bizarrely say that the 9/11 terrorists were “not Muslims.”

In the end, I can’t support a legal block to the building of this affront to the memory of those murdered on 9/11. Our Constitution affords Imam Feisel the right to believe as he wishes and to peacefully practice his religion accordingly. My hope is that pressure from the 70% of Americans who oppose the idea as well as the opposition within the Muslim community will eventually prevail. Failing that, New York construction workers may simply refuse to build the damn thing.

(A humble tip o’ the hat to KingShamus for the aerial photo)

Grasping at Enhanced Interrogation Straws

In Democrat, Terrorist on June 9, 2010 at 10:44 am

From Salon.com (emphasis mine):

According to [Physicians for Human Rights]’s investigation, the CIA conducted experiments monitoring sleep deprivation for up to 180 hours and experimented with waterboarding by adding saline to water to avoid killing detainees or rendering them comatose.

So, the CIA monitored the health of detainees subject to interrogation to ensure that they weren’t killed. Subject’s blood oxygen levels were monitored by doctors in order to ensure that the interrogation didn’t result in permanent physical harm or death. According to PHR, that’s… bad?

Apparently so. In fact, because the data was recorded, PHR (and every knee-jerk leftist covering the report) are calling it “medical experimentation” and went instantly  Godwin.

I now have a greater understanding of the Democrat controlled Congress’ desire to do-away with the word “retarded”; it makes it too easy to categorize the lunacy that comes from the left side of the ideological aisle.

Ladies, Are You Ready for Whole Body Imaging?

In Department of Homeland Security, Terrorist on January 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm

This image is a sample of what the “Whole Body Imaging” will look like to the technician charged with viewing everything you’ve got.

The TSA assures us that it is not possible to save or transmit the images. If that were true then you wouldn’t be looking at a picture of it right now, would you?

Delightfully Offensive Charlie Brown Islamic Jihadist Christmas

In Terrorist on January 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I only regret that I didn’t find this before Christmas.

White House to Critics: Stop Blaming Us While We Look For a Way To Blame Bush

In Obama, Terrorist on December 31, 2009 at 6:46 am

In the face of criticism of President Obama’s response to the Christmas Day Underpants Bomber, the White House is looking for a way, any means to blame Bush; all while complaining that others are playing the blame game instead of ‘condemning the attackers’.

Of course we condemn the attackers, Mr. President… we’re just wondering why it took you so long to do it.

The White House blog whines:

I think we all agree that there should be honest debate about these issues, but it is telling that Vice President Cheney and others seem to be more focused on criticizing the Administration than condemning the attackers…

Meanwhile, White House blame-shifting is in high gear according to the American Spectator:

White House counsel Robert Bauer… ordered staff to begin researching similar breakdowns — if any — from the Bush Administration. “The idea was that we’d show that the Bush Administration had had far worse missteps than we ever could,” says a staffer in the counsel’s office. “We were told that classified material involving anything related to al Qaeda operating in Yemen or Nigeria was fair game and that we’d declassify it if necessary.”

The Other McCain has more, including links to the AmSpec piece.

Obama Administration Sending More GITMO Detainees to Yemen (Update: Too Late)

In Obama, Terrorist on December 30, 2009 at 12:18 pm

In spite of recent public awareness regarding lax anti-terror policies, the Obama administration is moving forward with plans to transfer six Guantanamo Bay detainees to Yemen.

Senators Graham, McCain and Lieberman have called on President Obama to halt the transfer in light of Yemen’s links to the attempted Christmas Day Northwest Airlines bombing. Even Dianne Feinstein (D-Cali) can’t support this plan:

“Guantanamo detainees should not be released to Yemen at this time,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a statement. “It is too unstable.”

The administration’s response, courtesy Politico:

HONOLULU — A senior Obama administration official pushed back against critics of the White House’s plans to transfer some detainees at Guantanamo Bay to Yemen as it moves toward closing the facility, saying the process for transfers are “consistent with our national security interests.”

The official explained that the administration’s policy requires that Congress be notified of any transfers, that they are “consistent with our national security interest,” and that each case is reviewed “with a fine-toothed comb.”

I wonder if that’s the same comb that was used to screen the underpants bomber, Abdul Farouk Umar Abdulmutallab. Because, if it’s that comb, we know that it has already let through a lack of passport, a warning from the terrorist’s father and a name on a watch list. I don’t place a lot of faith in that comb.

In that same statement, the unnamed administration official made an interesting choice of words while addressing past transfers of GITMO alumni:

“I am aware of a lot of people pointing back at the way the transfers were handled under the Bush administration that apparently they have some concerns about that,” said the official, who had not seen the senators’ letter. “I didn’t hear many of those concerns at the time, but there were obviously hundreds and hundreds of detainees that were transferred under the old regime.”

We’re using the word ‘regime’ in White House statements to refer to U.S. leaders? Ed Morrissey (I like that guy more every day) at Hot Air:

Regime?  We don’t have regimes in the US — or we didn’t until now.  Is the Obama White House comfortable with calling themselves the present “regime”?

And for the record, some of us had serious misgivings about sending Gitmo detainees to Yemen.  In fact, some of us were warning about it as far back as 2005.  Maybe Obama was too busy running for his next office to notice.

As I said before, words have an exact meaning.

Update, Allahpundit:

You’ll be pleased to know that the six detainees whom McCain and Graham wrote to Obama about yesterday were actually returned to Yemen two weeks ago, right around the same time that the military was preparing the December 17 airstrike there on The One’s orders. Why he and Bush ever thought it was smart thinkin’ to repatriate people to a country where Al Qaeda has operated openly for years is unfathomable to me

Maybe they had the detainee’s dropped off at the site of the planned air-strike…

Suddenly It’s Not So Chuckle-Worthy

In Obama, Tea Party, Terrorist on December 30, 2009 at 12:04 am

Right-wing wacko, wing-nut, right-wing extremist… teabagger. I’ve always taken the epithets slung wantonly by the left with a chuckle and a grain of “is that the best you’ve got?” But tonight I ran across a post by Be John Galt that gave me pause. It reminded me of a phrase from Atlas Shrugged, the book that was the genesis of the fictional John Galt. Uttered by Fransisco, the phrase was: words have an exact meaning.

I listened to the President’s second attempt to address the Christmas Day terrorist attack.  It was a terrorist attack, it just was not as successful as the terrorists had hoped.  Yesterday Obama left me my expectantly disappointed.  Today he has hit a nerve that is turning into a slow boil.  Yesterday Abdulmutallab was an alleged suspect.   Today, he is an “extremist.”

This is not the first time Obama, this White House or his liberal supporters used the word  extremist.

Obama calls teaparty attendees extremists

Obama says those who oppose healthcare encourage extremists

Gibbs calls Town Hall attendees Extremists

those extremist tea baggers

If you attended a Town Hall last summer, if you have attended a Tea Party event, if you oppose Obama’s health care ideas… you are an extremist. Does your president equate you with plane-bombing terrorists?

Words have an exact meaning.