Saturday, February 13, 2010

On a flight getting ready to depart for Memphis, Tn....

Jack was sitting on the plane when a guy took the seat beside him. The
guy was an emotional wreck, pale, hands shaking, moaning in fear.
‘What's the matter?’ Jack asked. ‘I've been transferred to Memphis;
there are crazy people there. They've got lots of shootings, gangs,
race riots, drugs, poor public schools and the highest crime rate.’

Jack replied, ‘I've lived in Memphis all my life. It's not as bad as
the media says. Find a nice home, go to work, mind your own business,
enroll your kids in a nice private school. It's as safe a place as
anywhere in the world..’

The guy relaxed and stopped shaking and said, ‘Oh, thank you. I've
been worried to death. But if you live there and say it's OK, I'll
take your word for it. What do you do for a living?’

‘Me?’ said Jack. ‘I'm a tail gunner on a Budweiser truck.’

Yeah, it's probably been around before, but someone sent it, and I like it

Bit of an update on the son

Currently somewhere in Kurdistan. He reports it as being cleaner than many other parts of Iraq, the people are friendly and the security status very stable: something along the lines of "The Peshmerga has control of the borders in the region, and they don't mess with the Peshmerga."

Also, the Kurds treat dogs somewhat better than most other people in the region.

Can't remember if mentioned this before, but he reported after his first tour that the dogs the troops in various FOBs adopted very quickly tended to note that people wearing ACUs "are part of my extended pack" and were treated as such; people not wearing ACUs... not so much.

So a socialist professor murders three people,

and it turns out she'd murdered before. And it seems that a politician, currently in the House of the Evil Party, had something to do with her not being prosecuted for the earlier crime...

Well, hot damn! Good for

Cheaper Than Dirt

A little more on 'all 50 states, snow on the ground'

Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
A snowboarder spoke to the photographer when he finished his decent of the volcano in the last rays of daylight, "This morning I surfed in five-foot waves at Pohoiki. My life is over, I've done everything now, I surfed and snowboarded today. This is a dream come true

And here we have proof that the 'conservative' party in (fG)Britain

is just somewhat less socialist than the CommieLabour Party:
Though Labour and the Tories have denied having any current plans to increase VAT, neither will rule it out and The Times understands a rise in the tax is being considered by both parties.

One City source close to the Tory tax team said: “There is a view across the Conservative Party that VAT is going to have to go up.”

Let's see, they could cut the informers running around making sure you don't watch tv without buying a license, they could cut all the nannies running around fining people for not properly sorting their trash, they could cut all KINDS of crap; but no, they'd rather raise taxes again.

Yeah, THAT'S going to save the economy.

Here's another thought on the idiot Audi ad

from Protein Wisdom. Excerpt:
The more I’ve thought about it, though, the more the teabaggy [my, Davey is sure obsessed with scrotums! … ed] interpretation just doesn’t quite fit. The thrill at the end, when they guy gets to accelerate away from the crowd, turns on satisfying the green police — not rejecting or circumventing them, but satisfying their strict standards. The authority of the green police is taken for granted, never questioned. If you’re looking to appeal to mooks who think the green police are full of it and have no authority, moral or otherwise, why would you make a commercial like that? Why offer escape from a moral dilemma your audience doesn’t acknowledge exists?

The ad only makes sense if it’s aimed at people who acknowledge the moral authority of the green police — people who may find those obligations tiresome and constraining on occasion, who only fitfully meet them, who may be annoyed by sticklers and naggers, but who recognize that living more sustainably is in fact the moral thing to do. This basically describes every guy I know.

Dave actually stumbles on why the ad is so disturbing to people who value freedom – because we find no moral authority inherent in the use of the threat of violence against people who don’t separate their trash.

And that Dave doesn’t know anyone that would question that authority is even more disturbing. Dave would be that person in Iran who supports the roving Moral Police who arrest or ticket women who show a little head hair or are out in public without a male relative as a chaperon because, you know, those obligations tiresome and constraining on occasion … but it is in fact the moral thing to do.

Clue to Dave: morality presupposes choice. When you take that choice away at the point of a gun, you strip individuals of their moral agency. And while law and morality overlap (i.e. laws against murder, stealing, et al) the law is a necessarily (in a country founded on Liberty) small subset of morality. Adultry is immoral but not illegal. A law against premeditated dumping of known, dangerous toxins in a lake is not equivalent – morally or logically – with a law against incandescent bulbs, campfires and using more than one square of toilet paper.

Dressed up in 'higher' motives, Planned Parenthood

still stands to make a lot of money off this. And considering their record, I wouldn't trust them in any case.

It sounds good,

but I'll believe it when the plants actually start construction. And the Obamites stop trying to destroy nuke plants in general.

I'm sure this makes Courtney Cook popular with her progressive friends;

which doesn't change at all what a miserable conniving bitch she is.

Go read, I'm not excerpting. It could also have been titled "How to get a troop killed, maybe along with some of those around him, so you can feel 'fulfilled'." Or whatever the excuse is.

Oh, and note the great concern she shows for the children involved; for that alone she deserves a turn at the whipping post.

Damn, a chief CRU guy has a burst of honesty

Or just got scared. Or something.
Phil Jones, the professor behind the “Climategate” affair, has admitted some of his decades-old weather data was not well enough organised.

He said this contributed to his refusal to share raw data with critics – a decision he says he regretted.
But he agreed that two periods in recent times had experienced similar warming. And he agreed that the debate had not been settled over whether the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than the current period.
This is a BIG admission from these guys; it opens up their bag and lets the cat out officially. We'll see what happens next.

By the way, the way the AGW Believers- including Jones- tried to wipe the Medieval Warm Period off the records WAS screwing with the data, and he damn well knows it.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Two problems with this case from Britain

First, that the crown prosecutors dragged this poor bastard through all this.
Second, a past record of violent crime, they admitted what they did and got a fucking suspended sentence and 'community service'?

At least the jury had the balls and integrity to acquit.

Bacon-Cheese Turtleburgers!


I have to wonder, do the Hebrew National franks object?

Thanks to daughter for passing this along

Bad action by a robbery victim

Firing at the bad guys car as it sped away.

Snow. All fifty states.


Oh yeah, we're in the very BEST of hands.

I would not have thought it possible that one could publish a book-length assessment of America’s security challenges and responses and NOT address the problem of Islamic radicalism or the Iranian bomb – but that’s just what Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mullen have done. From this one can draw one of two possible conclusions: these men are really, really stupid (not very likely), or they have deliberately minimised the current security threats to please the Obama administration and support the President’s desire to cut defence spending. The smart money is on the latter explanation.

I have to add Bill Nye the slandering little bastardScience Guy

to the list of people who can kiss my ass.
"[T]here's more energy in the atmosphere and this is stirring things up," Nye said. "If you want to get serious about it, these guys claiming that the snow in Washington disproves climate change are almost unpatriotic. It's really, they're denying science.
Screw you, Nye.

Oh, and apparently you never heard of Climaquiddick; not too up on this, are you? Or this?

It's started

Just heard the Marjah operation has begun.

It seems there's a small epidemic of politicians

getting bit in the ass by their own words.

This probably ain't SFW,

but- aw hell, just watch it.

Theo, you nearly owed me a keyboard

"That Star Wars crap will never wor-"

At 8:44 p.m. (PST), February 11, 2010, a short-range threat-representative ballistic missile was launched from an at-sea mobile launch platform. Within seconds, the ALTB used onboard sensors to detect the boosting missile and used a low-energy laser to track the target. The ALTB then fired a second low-energy laser to measure and compensate for atmospheric disturbance. Finally, the ALTB fired its megawatt-class High Energy Laser, heating the boosting ballistic missile to critical structural failure. The entire engagement occurred within two minutes of the target missile launch, while its rocket motors were still thrusting.

This was the first directed energy lethal intercept demonstration against a liquid-fuel boosting ballistic missile target from an airborne platform. The revolutionary use of directed energy is very attractive for missile defense, with the potential to attack multiple targets at the speed of light, at a range of hundreds of kilometers, and at a low cost per intercept attempt compared to current technologies

Damn. I need a drink.

Add this to all the other successful intercept tests, Reagan must be smiling. And various dictators and terrorists cursing.

Unless Obama decides this stuff is just as 'wasteful' as the F22 and tries to kill it, in the name of 'dialogue'.

In my post on the crap-brain Gibbs and the lies he spreads with a straight face,

I upset someone. They wrote this in comments:
Calling people names is just so vile. Is that what we have come to? It shows a true lack of vocabulary. You are only losing people's respect. Maybe you figure you are not worthy of respect in the first place. To show this kind of disrespect to our nation's leaders does not bode well for our future. You are only adding noise.

I responded, but decided to make a post of this also:
Let's see, Howard Dean says if I don't believe in AGW I 'don't believe in science', he's also called Republicans 'evil', Obama has been dismissive and insulting, same for Pelosi and Reid. Take a look at the crap thrown by the left at Bush for years and at anyone who dares to say they're conservative or libertarian; have you taken them to task for this? If not, why the hell not? Or is calling names only a sin when someone of conservative bent does it?

I've said before, this is my electronic soapbox to bitch and yell from; and when some slimy, honorless little bugger like Gibbs says crap like this I AM going to take him to task for it. Same for that clown Biden lying about his past and Obama lying to try to take credit for the victory in Iraq. I don't plan to change; they act like vile, two-faced, disgusting bastards, I'm going to call them on it.

If my use of the language is not sufficiently nuanced for you, can I suggest you try Tam or Lawdog? They have a better talent for calling lying bastards what they were in much nicer ways.

Fact is, I very much think I'm worth of respect as a free citizen of the United States; being treated like a brainless cretin by lying politicians, being insulted by them, just kind of pisses me off. Deal with it.

By the way, I looked at one of your blogs and found, among other things, the following:
We are going to leave Afghanistan the same way we left Vietnam - in disgrace. Iraq will also be a stain on america. We prowl the world seeking revenge. Our whole identity revolves around being a bully. We've been on the wrong side of history since world war II. But we've stayed true to conservative principles. We're real good at putting ourselves first. Things are much more important to us than people. We've got ours . Let them get theirs.

"it is impossible for elected Republicans to work with Democrats to improve our country. Their base are conspiracy mongers who don't believe Obama was born in the United States, that he is the second coming of Lenin, and that he is racist against white people. They already want to impeach him despite the glaringly obvious lack of high crimes or misdemeanors. If any Republican strays and decides to do the right thing and try to work in a bipartisan fashion, they suffer primaries and attacks. Even the Maine twins have quit cooperating out of fear of their homegrown teabaggers."

Hmmm, 'teabaggers', 'conspiracy mongers', you quote this with approval; that's not name-calling?

Yeah, get your ya-ya's out, you freaking fascists. You won't be happy until the USA looks like Haiti or Somalia, no taxes, no government regulations and lots of guns. It's a teabagger's delight. The rich should be richer, and the poor should be poorer. Don't worry about yourself, though. The rich like you. They'll take care of you. Just make sure you kiss that butt real good. You're bringing this country down, but for the rest of the world that's probably a good thing.
Well, well, more name calling from the guy who whines that I'm 'just adding to the noise'.

Screw you, you miserable little boob. You want to whine at me about calling Gibbs and Biden and Obama on lies? You want to accuse me of 'just adding noise', well, clean up your own damned act first you hypocritical little lefty jackass.

Oh, and if you object to my calling Biden and Obama liars, tough:

At the briefing today, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about Biden calling Iraq one of the great potential achievements of the Obama administration given that Biden had previously advocated that the country should be divided into thirds and split among Kurds, Shiites, and Sunnis, and then-Sen. Obama opposing the surge of US troops that many experts argue helped bring stability that allowed the reconciliation process to continue.

In fact, in January 2007 then-Sen. Obama said that he was "not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence. In fact, I think it will do the reverse."

Gibbs said the achievement was "putting what was broken back together and getting our troops home, which we intend to do in August of this year."

A reporter pointed out that the Status of Forces Agreement to bring troops home was signed before the president took office.

Gibbs called that agreement "something I think that the political pressure that the president, as a then-candidate, helped to bring about."

Yeah - 7 years and 10 months into his term of office George Bush responded to Senate pressure.

The weather is shifting around again, which means I feel like a bear

that just woke up in spring: "Uh. Wha? It's that time?(groan...)" Which is somewhat tempered by some of the news, like Patrick Kennedy(Drunk Driving Liberal-RI) not running for reelection:
Rep. Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek re-election to Congress, saying his life is "taking a new direction."
My first thought is YEAH! Second thought is Is he generally scared, or has he heard things indicating that RI has finally developed enough brains to get rid of him? Either way, bye bye, you arrogant bastard.

Further "Oh crap!" moment for the weenies,
Students, residents and community leaders will join together on Friday, February 12, to demand a fair and independent investigation of Michael Mann and Climategate. The University has a conflict of interest, and should not conduct an internal investigation without external oversight.
And about damn time; Mann and the university weenies trying to protect him and all that AGW money they've been getting must be having fits.

Well, the people of Californicated have a right to be mad at the idiots in the legislature; but they'd better reserve a large portion of anger for themselves, because they're the idiots who put these morons in office. Over and over and over.

Speaking of which, hey, North Carolina: you'd better do something about the progressive bastards running your schools. Into the ground. I've got a question for you folks: just how well- meaning 'accurately' and 'truthfully'- are these jerks covering this history in elementary and junior high? And if the answer is what I suspect, why are you putting up with it?

Right now, all I'll say about this battle beginning is that if we wind up with troops dead because of McChrystal's ROE not allowing them to fire when they should or get arty or air support when they need it, I hope they haunt him for the rest of his life. Or if troops fighting in some of the worst kind of conditions wind up being charged with crimes for not following the letter of those rules, for that matter; there's been far too much of that shit.
Added: more here at Mudville. And yeah, maybe I'm being too hard toward McChrystal; just after reading some of the previous accounts of consequences of the ROE I'm not feeling too tolerant.

No, I don't think Medina was set up; I think she got a question she didn't want to answer and tried to talk around it and let the cat out of the bag. Perry has some things I'm not wild about in his record, but we do not need a damned 9/11 truther- another one- in DC. No, I'm not in Texas and can't vote on this, I'm just stating opinion.

For that matter, was just listening to Glenn Beck, he says that during the interview they had people from Perry's campaign calling and raising hell along the lines of "Why are you talking to this woman, why are you giving her air time?" His response was basically "Screw you, I'll talk to and question anybody I want."

As to the 'trick' Pelosi wants to use to shove the socialized medicine bill through, if they do this then to hell with the tar and feathers, let's go straight to rope for a bunch of them. Lots of trees and lampposts in DC.

He does present a good question: all the journalists who didn't do their jobs during the elections, and have given aide and comfort to Obama & Co. since, will they actually start doing their job approaching the next elections? Or keep kissing up to the progressives and socialists and telling people looking for information "WE will tell you what (we decide)you NEED to know."?

That's it for now. Lots of stuff out there, but I need some aspirin. Maybe a fainting couch. Later, folks.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

One last thing tonight, clowns jumping on the tea party wagon

and trying to use it to gain power.

I originally heard about this jerk at Dick's Place; then found this and this.

Yeah, THIS is going to help calm things down...

Beat up the wife of the opposition leader, now there's a great idea!

The crap-brain little puppet Gibbs is claiming credit for victory-

which Obama still doesn't want to call it that- in Iraq.
Shameless liars. Robert Gibbs today tried to take credit for the success in Iraq even though both Biden* and Obama voted against the successful surge that stabilized the country. That’s not all. Biden caused rioting and protests when he pushed legislation to divide Iraq into three countries. Barack Obama told supporters in 2007 that, “Preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.”
On January 16, 2007, Chuck Hagel, Delaware Democrat Joe Biden (Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair), and Michigan Democrat Carl Levin (Armed Services Committee chair) co-sponsored a non-binding resolution that says it is “not in the national interest of the United States to deepen its military involvement in Iraq.”
Miserable little opportunistic liars and bastards, aren't they?

And Tommy and his family and friends know.

Well, we know the Franklin Park Borough PD

has at least one jackoff on the force. And Dick's right, the truck driver deserves ridicule.

Some quick links

Camel farts and enviroweenies in Australia

"Come see your kid perform; just bring your criminal background check papers along."

Trust the guards. To stand there while you're beaten.

Stormbringer's thoughts on Iran

No, I'd not heard of this mass murder; I wonder why?

Screw you Biden, you're a miserable little prick.

This boils down to Marvel explaining "We got caught."

Some of the left really do suffer from PDS.

But this is OBAMA screwing with privacy, so it's no problem. Or something.

That's it. Papers to burn, etc.

Mr. Completely has a Post #3 on rimfire magazines,

diagnosing problems and correcting them.

Part 1 here, 2 here

He also has a link to a postal match

So boobs who think globular warmering causes earthquakes

and tsunamis think Palin's intelligence 'hasn't evolved'...

These people aren't ignorant, they're actually frikkin' stupid.

Just because I need to blow off steam

after browsing a few more comments from these morons,
Steel doesn't HAVE to melt to lose strength.
Massive beams expanding under high temperatures weaken and break joints.
Chimney effect.
You idiots are somehow reconciling the idea that
An entire unit of American special-ops people would carry out orders to bomb the building,
nobody would notice all the activity for weeks preceeding the attacks,
none of said people would ever leak info about it,
and that somehow ALL the media from the NYEffin'Times to Fox would take part in helping somehow fake the airplanes crashing,
etc., etc., etc.
You people are fucking stupid. Possibly insane to actually believe all this.
Oh, and all that oil the war is supposedly about? Where's it being sold, again? Or was the EEEVILLLEEEE Bushitler also working to make the Russians and Chinese rich out of it?

Absolute effing brain-dead fools.

Some newly-released pictures of the Trade Towers collapse

over here. And looking at a few of the comments, the conspiracy assholes are thriving out there.

I do have to post this fine illustration of global warming

just sent to me from Fort Worth, Texas. Where they're expecting several more inches before the day is done.

If Biden was honest he'd say "Iraq is a success, despite

everything Obama and I did to screw it up." But now he's claiming I am very optimistic about — about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You’re going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer.

Isn't it just wonderful how this became an Obama-Biden success all of a sudden? Miserable little bastard.

Dr. Helen links to a piece on the hook-up culture on campus. Which points out that an awful lot of the girls involved are basically acting like members of a harem. Which does bring up the question 'How does being used this way fit in with your image of being a strong, empowered woman?'

Kind of like a lot of his other promises, his "I won't raise your taxes if you make less than $250k!" promise wasn't worth the air used to speak it. Big surprise? You didn't listen during the campaigns, then, because people were warning about this.

Lots of stuff at Gateway today, including RWPP Sharpton & Co. playing the race card again(do they every actually stop?). This time, apparently not wanting to help Obama play games with a 'jobs' bill is equivalent to stopping civil rights legislation. Screw you, Sharpton, and your little buttmonkeys, too.

It started in Iran the other day, question is how bad will it get? I think the regime is holding out against those who want a Chinese solution, but they're still willing to beat and torture and murder(just not in large enough numbers to actually cause problems internationally I'm guessing is their standard).

So if you think the 10th Amendment actually means something, you're now a 'tenther'; isn't it wonderful being pigeonholed by the media? Especially since they have- of course- tainted it with racism? JWF hits on something I mentioned a few years ago: since the feds like to blackmail states with "If you don't do what we want, we won't let you have these highway funds(which are actually your money BUT WE HAVE THEM! HAHAHA!)", lets see a number of states say "Well, since those funds are our money in the first place, we'll just cut out the middlemen(and the percentage you stealkeep and keep the money here and put it directly into fixing the roads." The feds would have bloody screaming fits because they would lose the chance to steal a bunch of the money AND lose leverage to force states to do things, and it would get interesting; it would also make a very important point to the politicians.

He's right; you critize this new power grab you'll hear "You don't care about the CHILDRENNN!" from the usual suspects.

Why Obama's change of mind on 'obscene' bonuses? Because he's getting a cut.

If the Democrats do this, then the whole damned lot from Obama down should be tarred and feathered. At the very least. Which is a lot milder than what I really think should happen to a lot of them.

I agree, Obama just wants Stupid Party members there so he can blame them for his crap not passing, so don't give it to him. He wants a way to try to ignore the fact that he can't get all the Evil Party members to back his bill(because the people back home have said, in no uncertain terms, "You do this, and you're toast.") and make an end-run around all those pissed-off citizens.

Damn, there's a lot out there today. And left from yesterday.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Two things about what's going on in Iran, the second being a real

"Oh BLEEP!" moment.

On the idiot-level things the mullah's government keeps doing,
A case in point: the political center of the city is Azadi Square, and workers have been stringing loudspeakers (and probably cameras) all over the square and the approach routes, in order to drown out the chants of the demonstrators. So today they tested the system by broadcasting the national anthem. Except it was the shah’s anthem, not the Islamic Republic’s.

And the second,
I believe that Khamenei fears the public disclosure and documentation of his many criminal acts, ranging from ordering the terrorist attacks in Lebanon against French and American soldiers and marines, to authorizing the killing of Iranian dissidents. There are many other cases, and, in a country like Iran, proof of Khamenei’s central role is undoubtedly in many hands, as is the proof of the falsification of the June 12th election results, which was just delivered to the Canadians by a certain Saeed, an employee of the Guardian Council who has been granted asylum by Ottawa.
Er, yeah, that could be downright embarrassing. In a really REALLY bad way.

Especially in light of the current weather,

Calvin & Hobbes snowmen! And thanks to Insty for finding this; there's a few here I don't remember.

After listening to various 'strong advocate' bullshit about Murtha,

I'm going to have to post this from Mark Steyn:
We are enjoined not to speak ill of the dead, but I think an exception should be permitted for an influential legislator trying to ensure defeat for his own nation in the middle of a war. In a way, "speaking ill of the dead" is what Congressman Jack Murtha did for the last six years of his life, dishonoring the sacrifice of his countrymen in the cause of tarnishing their mission.

If you're not familiar with the whole mess this corrupt bastard was involved in, go read it.

About two years ago

Sportsman's Guide had some Israeli milsurp sweaters, and I bought one.

About two months ago some folks at a gun show had a bunch of Brit milsurp sweaters, and I bought one.

Right now, I'm damn glad I've got them.

Among the reasons I have the categories 'PC Idiocy' and

'PC at any price' is garbage like this:
Health authorities in Australia say they are concerned about the growing number of women who have undergone some form of genital mutilation.

Female circumcision is illegal in Australia, but experts say there is evidence that it is being practised here.

More and more migrant women are also seeking help after having the procedure in their home countries
Not to the PC part yet.
"There is some evidence to suggest that it does happen in certain parts of Australia," he said.

"It's hard to gauge the actual numbers because it's prohibited by legislation and it's something that is performed in an underground way.

"But certainly there have been reports of children being taken to hospital after having the procedure done with complications from that procedure."

'Some evidence'? And what might that be?
Melbourne's Royal Women's Hospital says it is seeing between 600 and 700 women each year who have experienced it in some form.
Yeah, I think you could call that 'some evidence'. Wouldn't you? As Blair puts it,
And that’s just in Melbourne. What about Sydney? Adelaide? Perth? What the hell is going on here?
And now we come to the PC idiocy:
Ms Mohamud is optimistic the practice will end, but she fears migrant communities or individual women will be demonised.

"Some people when they hear they say, 'how can that happen?' It's when something is cultural and the people have been doing it for so long, it's not easy to either eliminate it or to say, 'you have got a bad culture'," she said.

"You have to work with them, listen to them. You have to know where they are coming from in order to help them."

To put it less politely than Mr. Blair, fuck that. "You have a sick culture and this shit is illegal. Whoever had anything to do with this is going to jail." I don't give a rats ass 'where they are coming from', you jackass.
Dr Ted Weaver agrees and he says ordering people against the practice would be inappropriate.

"If we try and dictate and pontificate about this and not provide culturally appropriate care, we'll further disenfranchise those women," he said
And fuck you, Dr. Weaver, you miserable little PC asshole. 'DISENFRANCHISE'?!? THEY'RE BEING MUTILATED and you're worried about APPROPRIATE criticism? And ordering people to stop would be 'INAPPROPRIATE'?

THESE ASSHOLES ARE MUTILATING WOMEN AND CHILDREN; THAT IS INAPPROPRIATE, SIR. Excuse me, let me rephrase: THAT is INAPPROPRIATE, you shit-brained little PC-at-any-cost(to someone else, of course) MORON. You, whose answer to this is
"But I think all we can do is advocate against it, speak out, try to educate women, try to empower women, certainly in this country, and we should do our best for international organisations that are also espousing the same message."
Bull-fucking-shit, Weaver; you make it plain to these bastards that if they do this, they'll go to jail. Period. That this shit is NOT acceptable in Australia* and will not be tolerated. AND THEN YOU ENFORCE IT. Fuck being 'culturally sensitive and appropriate' toward the child-mutilating culture they brought with them: they come to Australia- or the US or Britain or anywhere else- THAT SHIT STOPS.

"We'll empower women by not forcing the assholes mutilating them to stop, since it's part of the 'culture' " my ass.

*This shit is not acceptable any-bloody-where, but at this point we can't prevent it happening in Somalia or wherever; if the castrati like Weaver & Co. are not allowed to continue as they are, we can damn well stop it in civilized countries.

Michael Yon rode along on a Air Force delivery mission,

and it's worth the time to read.

I guess this is one of the benefits of all that immigration

and multiculturalism the Labour Party pushes in Britain:
Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister was met by a protester screaming “slaughter the Jews” as he spoke at the Oxford Union. . . .

During the hour-long session one student ran towards Mr Ayalon shouting the Arabic phrase “Itbah Al-Yahud” [Slaughter the Jews].
As many as 10 others, carrying Palestinian flags, made attempts to attack Mr Ayalon but were intercepted and removed by security.

Outside the hall protesters chanted: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

And another- maybe flock of- lying politicians

Insty pointed to this:
Yet, more than four months after the comment period ended, the Department of the Interior has failed to make any public announcement about the results, even though sources have told American Solutions for months the comments show a 2-1 advantage in support of offshore drilling.

It took American Solutions almost four months and the power of the Freedom of Information Act to finally uncover indirect confirmation that, out of over 530,000 comments submitted, pro-drilling comments outnumbered anti-drilling comments by a 2-1 margin.

In an email dated October 27, 2009, Liz Birnbaum, director of the Minerals Management Service, informs other Interior officials that a preliminary tabulation of the results of the comment period had not yet gone to Secretary Salazar, adding “[s]o the Secretary can honestly say in response to any questions that he’s [SIC] has not yet seen the analysis of the comments – staff is still working on it. I did, however, confirm to him the 2-1 split that these guys [at American Solutions] are emphasizing.”

When a public employee is on record condoning purposeful deception of the American people, the taxpayer should no longer have to fund his or her job. Secretary Salazar should immediately fire Liz Birnbaum for purposefully deceiving him, and in turn, the American people. It’s not possible for the Secretary to honor pledges of openness, honestly, and transparency in government if his staff is going to deliberately undermine such pledges
Actually, reading that, Salazar ought to resign. Or be fired. Because he knows exactly what Birnbaum is doing.

Of course, this post is from the Evil Demon Palin, so it'll be dismissed by the correct-thinking progressives out there; why, if they let the peasants actually speak their minds(officially), the progressives can't rule as they choose!

Speaking of progressive dirtbags,

we have AG Eric Holder stonewalling on the Black Panther voter intimidation case, and the Evil Party in Congress voted on Jan. 13 to roll over like whipped puppies when presented with a resolution demanding answers from the Justice Department. On a 15-14 party-line vote, committee Democrats voted to look the other way rather than hold the department accountable to Congress. Seven other committee Democrats did not even have the courage to vote on the resolution.
Can you say 'chickenshit politicians'? I knew you could.

Especially with Conyers own words from a couple of years back:
"The Committee clearly has authority under the Constitution to investigate and expose possible violations of law and abuses of executive power," Mr. Conyers wrote in a 22-page memorandum less than two years ago. "The Committee also needs more complete information on the issue of the politicization of the Department of Justice." Even more to the point, the Detroit congressman wrote: "The proper course is to recognize claims of privilege only when properly asserted in response to specific questions during a particular hearing. The courts have stated that a personal assertion of Executive Privilege by the President is legally required for the privilege claim to be valid."

In the case of the Black Panther investigation, the Justice Department is claiming privileges that are legally far weaker (if existent at all) than executive privilege, without any personal assertion by the president and on behalf of people who are technically career employees without any presidential access. Mr. Conyers' own past reasoning eviscerates these claims of privilege
Of course, back then he was whacking at a Stupid Party President; now he's kissing the ass of an Evil Party President. Which brings us back to 'chickenshit politician' and my label of 'miserable two-faced politicians'.

I need to hit the range,

as it's been two weeks and I think I'm going into withdrawal symptoms. Like it just took two corrections to get 'symptoms' right.
In the meantime, I'd like to point you toward this article on the immigration policy of the Labour Government in (fG)Britain:
The release of a previously unseen document suggested that Labour’s migration policy over the past decade had been aimed not just at meeting the country’s economic needs, but also the Government’s “social objectives”.

The paper said migration would “enhance economic growth” and made clear that trying to halt or reverse it could be “economically damaging”. But it also stated that immigration had general “benefits” and that a new policy framework was needed to “maximise” the contribution of migration to the Government’s wider social aims.

The Government has always denied that social engineering played a part in its migration policy.

However, the paper, which was written in 2000 at a time when immigration began to increase dramatically, said controls were contrary to its policy objectives and could lead to “social exclusion”
Short version: Labour decided that, since immigrants were more likely to vote for Labor, they'd flood the country with immigrants. This served two purposes: trying to put Labour in control damn near forever, and making them feel good in their social engineering work:
He alleged at the time that the sharp increase in immigration over the past 10 years was partly due to a “driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multi-cultural”.
Y'know, like a bunch of the progressives in this country want to flood the place with illegal immigrants and then allow them to vote, etc.; they figure it'll help put the progressives in power long and strong enough to 'transform the country', to borrow a phrase from Obama.

And, being progressives, they didn't want to let the peasants know what their objectives were:
The original paper called for the need of a new framework for thinking about migration policy but the concluding phrase — “if we are to maximise the contribution of migration to the Government’s economic and social objectives” — was edited out.

Another deleted phrase suggested that it was “correct that the Government has both economic and social objectives for migration policy”
Hey, Britain: nice little country you've gothad there; shame what's happening to it.

I think somebody's had enough winter...

And nobody reported a stuffed tiger, either

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Ain't it the damn truth?

Attention Michael Steele:

Fuck you. I haven't been pissed at you because you're black, I've been pissed because of the bullshit political-insider games. And now you throw this crap out?

Fuck you. You're just one more slimy little politician who'll play the race card when you think it'll help you. You still being the head guy proves why we call it the Stupid Party.

To Marvel Comics:

Screw you, you miserable little Obama asskissers.

Good grief, sailboats that'll hit

35 knots?

I just watched the 'Green Police' commercial, and I'm with Kevin:

there'd be blood spilled.

And Audi? You can freeze in hell before you'll see a dollar of my money.

Globular warmering in action!

From Drudge:
25% of plows broken...
Seats at a premium on planes, trains out...
18 forecasted for Philadelphia...
14 inches of snow coming in Chicago area... Up to 1 Foot Expected In NYC...
Blizzard Rearranges Announcement of Feds New Global Warming Office...
College students charged with felony snowball throwing...

"In other news, the FBI denies that they have been given a 'shoot on sight' order for former Vice President Al Gore if seen in the DC area."

Ok, so I made that last part up

Professionalism in airport security;

it's international!
Claims on behalf of authorities that naked body scanner images are immediately destroyed after passengers pass through new x-ray backscatter devices have been proven fraudulent after it was revealed that naked images of Indian film star Shahrukh Khan were printed out and circulated by airport staff at Heathrow in London.

Trickster is showing up all over the place

Even New York Effin' City:
Three coyotes turned up on the Columbia University campus on Sunday morning, prompting an e-mail alert to students and faculty.

A few hours later, a coyote was spotted darting around bushes and across a frozen lake in Central Park.

Urban coyote authorities say the dogs will likely be seen more and more in big cities as they fight one another for living space
And more pets and strays will become food; that'll go over well.

Yeah, this is a GREAT idea for a university

The University of Northern Colorado (UNCO) has decided it’s time to prohibit "Bias Motivated Incidents." When you hear about a “bias motivated incident,” maybe you’re thinking about a cross burning, or something of that nature. But at UNCO the “bias motivated incident” could simply be an "inappropriate joke" that is motivated by some form of bias.

The UNCO policy also says that “Any discriminatory act is a violation of the Housing & Residence Life Student Code of Conduct.” Well, what do they mean by “any discriminatory act”? According to the UNCO handbook this includes, but is not limited to, “racism, ageism, sexism, and/or homophobia.” And (get ready for this!) included in the definition is “intentionally, recklessly or negligently causing physical, emotional, or mental harm to any person.”
Got that? All anybody has to do to shut you up and get you in trouble is be ''emotionally harmed' by something you say. Or you 'disturb their mental peace' or some other idiot complaint.

Just freakin' wonderful. And the clowns consider this part of 'higher' education.

It was made apparent to me, a couple of days ago,

just how out of step I am with some of the people I know.

Had been invited to a birthday party, and as the honoree had made it known that dressing would not be amiss, I wore kilt; the whole five yards.* Just before I left(good evening) I showed a friend my dirk, as I recalled she'd never seen any of my work. She and her husband are both nice people, but after she looked it over she kind of frowned and said "You need to put it on a grinder or something and... make it dull."

I'll admit I was nonplussed. "But then it won't cut well."
"But it will be safer!"
"No, because then you have to force it to make it cut."
After I sheathed it, showed her my sgian dhu, and basically same thing: "It's too sharp!" Including the comment that them being sharp made her a bit nervous, "I'm a peaceable girl."
Which left me standing there for a moment wonder what the hell being peaceable has to do with sharp tools?

Nice people, but with some of them, at times we might as well be speaking languages the other doesn't know.

Hard as hell on the honest working people who live in the area,

but if it'd keep Congress shut down a few more days, some more snow would be a wonderful thing.

So the same media clowns who couldn't be bothered to investigate and actually report on Obama during the elections, or on his minions after, are still having fits because Palin had a note on her hand. Mitchell, the fact that you keep harping on this tells us everything we need to know about your brand of journalism.

Jim Treacher seems to be healing up, no thanks to the State Department and the moron who ran him down. And caused him to get a jaywalking ticket. Miserable bastards.

Murtha died the other day. You know what I think about him, 'nuff said. And, just like with Swimmer Kennedy, the Evil Party immediately started using his body to push for their socialized medicine plan. Screw you, Dems, and the progressive camel you rode in on.

So part of the problem is Just take a gander at Jacob Weisberg’s latest lament: ”what may be the biggest culprit in our current predicament: the childishness, ignorance, and growing incoherence of the public at large.“
Well, Weisberg, who's had control of the schools for quite a few years now? People like you, as I recall; which means of people are dumber it is, at least in part, your damned fault.

Bill Whittle has some thoughts on the tea party movement. Including:
"The people I have met at these events were generally the happy, decent, hard-working people that make up the vast middle of Silent America. They are not bitter, and they are not “consumed with rage.”

But they — I mean, weare angry. We have a right to be angry. As a matter of fact, we not only have a right but in fact have an obligation to be angry. The spending orgy in Washington brought on by the Democratic control of both houses of Congress and the election of the most liberal member of the Senate to the office of the Presidency is taking the country off the edge of a cliff and everybody knows it.
Now, was Scott Brown the perfect conservative candidate? To many – even many who supported him – he was not. That’s not the question we should be asking. The question we should be asking – and did ask, it seems – is not whether Scott Brown is more conservative than Ronald Reagan. The question is whether or not Scott Brown is more conservative than Ted Kennedy or Martha Coakley.

He is, and by a very wide margin. That’s a win!"

Chavez said the program would always be preceded by the sound of a harp playing local folk-music. "When you hear the pluck of a harp on the radio, maybe Chavez is coming. It's suddenly, at any time, maybe midnight, maybe early morning."
Well, isn't he the little il Duce-ette? 'maybe Chavez is coming', ok. And he's taking the country down the toilet "But it's a socialist toilet, so it's a wonderful thing!"

Ah, the wonders of one-sided 'tolerance'. Please note this bit:
He said: 'The head's response was hostile and offensive again. The very first thing she said to me was: “Oh you again! You're the only teacher that reports these things! Nobody else does!”.
Makes you wonder what all else is happening that others have given up on reporting.

Hehehe, here's how that Hopey!Changey!! is actually working out

Thank you, Theo

American and British forces poised to assault the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, have begun targeting insurgent leaders for assassination, The Sunday Times reported.

Special forces have been infiltrating the town on "kinetic" missions — jargon for armed attacks
Well, I should damned well hope so.

Looks like the mullahs and Ahmadogcrap are getting ready for Thursday; likely to get really nasty.

And the story behind another "Come and take it" moment: the Gonzales flag

Monday, February 08, 2010

Max Blumenthal, he's a real winner

Isn't he?

So what's Dept. of homeland Security been doing that it shouldn't

that we don't know about?
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security conducted a threat assessment of local pro- and anti-abortion rights activists before an expected rally last year, even though they did not pose a threat to national security.

The DHS destroyed or deleted its copies of the assessment after an internal review found it violated intelligence-gathering guidelines by collecting and sharing information about "protest groups which posed no threat to homeland security," according to a department memo written last year
Bunch of asshole bureaucrats with lots of power and not enough- not nearly enough- ethics and "This is NOT our job" sense.

Oh, and the police department that this was shared with?
After The New York Times reported on its contents in December, a lawyer representing anti-abortion activists who attended the rally asked Middleton police to release a copy of the assessment under Wisconsin's open records law.

In the department's Feb. 4 response, Capt. Noel Kakuske confirmed the department kept a copy of the report but declined to release it. He said the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which runs the intelligence center, and the Department of Homeland Security agreed the report should be withheld because it contains sensitive law enforcement information
Well, isn't that just wonderful and convenient? DHS 'destroyed'* the report but the PD kept it. And now, well, "We can't let you see it. Because you're just peasants, not Only Ones. And you can't make us. So there."

Which will last until the lawsuits start, at least.
"It's very disturbing that a local police department has tapped into the security apparatus of the federal government to potentially obstruct free speech," she said. "It's additionally disconcerting they will not release the documents in order for we the public to examine them."
You folks need to deal with the idiots in our police department. And we need to yell at our congresscritters about the dirtbags at DHS who did this.

Well, if this is what Audi does with their money,

it's a brand I won't be buying.

Where was I? Ah, the lying John Brennan,

Deputy National Security Adviser
...Problem is (and there's always a problem with the story of this gang) that by Brennan's own admission he didn't say anything about Mirandizing Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
"On Christmas night, I called a number of senior members of Congress," Brennan said on NBC, specifically identifying Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, as well as the ranking Republicans on the Senate and House intelligence committees, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., and Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich.

"I explained to them that he was in FBI custody, that Mr. Abdulmutallab was, in fact, talking, that he was cooperating at that point," Brennan said. "They knew that 'in FBI custody' means that there's a process then you follow as far as Mirandizing and presenting him in front of a magistrate. None of those individuals raised any concerns with me at that point. They didn't say, 'Is he going into military custody?' 'Is he going to be Mirandized?'"

So according to Brennan, a courtesy call on Christmas night is the one and only chance these four had to speak up. It was incumbent upon them to realize that 'FBI custody' meant 'Full legal rights' and that since they didn't instantly make that connection, they just need to shut the hell up now and forever.

Aside from the ridiculousness of that theory, it's just plain wrong. Writing at The Corner, Marc Thiessen demonstrates there was no reason for anyone to believe "FBI custody" automatically meant full Miranda rights because the Obama administration said it wouldn't.

just a few months earlier, the Obama administration announced that its new FBI-led “High-Value Interrogation Group” (HIG) would not necessarily Mirandize suspects it was questioning.

So who or what got to Greenpeace to cause this change of mind?

Ok, this is just plain effing COLD!

And, recommended by Kevin, Is it Crazy to Call Obama a Socialist or a Fascist?, which includes this:
Read your history, they admonish us. Well I have. And it's apparent that either they haven't, or they're banking on the fact that a lot of people haven't and that we will just buy what they're saying, cower before their derision, and Shut Up. Fortunately knowledge is a good inoculation against such ridicule.

Nazi is short for Nationalsozialist … which was a term for supporters of Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, or the National Socialist German Worker’s Party.

Be very suspicious about any political movement with the word “workers” in the title. They're all brothers. Communism, Socialism, Fascism, and Nazism.

Ah, the joys of bloody winter

That was just before I went out; now the yard's got a nice smooth coat and they're saying anywhere from 2-5" by the time it stops.

By the way, to the clown in the Expedition on NW 39th: it's a three-lane street that was wet with some slushy spots, so it's actually permissible to drive more that 25mph. It really is.

It's snowing. Again.

And they've upgraded from watch back to winter storm warning. So we'll see.

Let's see, Palin writes a note on her hand and a bunch of the tolerant, woman-friendly left(I guess for them I should've spelled it 'womyn') makes sexual remarks about it; Palin's answer.
I'll say it again: I just cannot understand the level of hate these clowns have for her. It's not enough to disagree, they want to ruin, preferably destroy her; if someone labeled 'conservative' said such things about a liberal/progressive female these same people would have bloody screaming fits.

Seems some people just aren't really happy with the bigoted Shea-Porter.

Our media and enlightened liberals display their racism; but people from other countries see the tea party movement for what it is. Kind of like our media mostly ignores it while British media actually covers the Climaquiddick stuff.

Well, isn't this encouraging.
The Europeans with deep-pockets are doing nothing – except insist that all countries under pressure cut their budgets quickly and in ways that are probably politically infeasible. This kind of precipitate fiscal austerity contributed directly to the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s.

I wonder if a lot of the people out there making excuses for these bastards will understand, before it's too late, that they really do mean annihilate.

What this boils down to is Sen. Schumer(Camera-Chasing Hypocrite-NY) has gotten enough heat to know people are pissed, and Obama basically cannot see how any such idea he likes and pushes could possible be a bad idea("The people will come around and see what a brilliant gem has fallen from my fertile mind", etc.), or seen as one.

Oh, that is a nice touch!

Stuff to do before the roads get bad, but there's lots more out there. And I'll get to some of it.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

So the IPCC is even more full of crap than thought

(wouldn't have thought it possible, myself) and so is the UN head(very possible):
...A report in Sunday’s London Times highlights new humiliations for the IPCC.

The most important is a claim that global warming could cut rain-fed north African crop production by up to 50% by 2020, a remarkably short time for such a dramatic change. The claim has been quoted in speeches by Rajendra Pachauri, the IPCC chairman, and by Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general.

There is however one teensy-weensy little problem. As Professor Chris Field, the lead author of the IPCC’s climate impact team has now told reporters that he can find “no evidence” to support the claim in the IPCC’s 2007 report
Now, that's pretty bad; their own people can find 'no evidence'?
(yeah, you know what's coming)
But wait! There's more!!
When the glacier story broke, IPCC apologists returned over and over again to a saving grace. The bogus glacier report appeared in the body of the IPCC document, but not in the much more carefully vetted Synthesis Report, in which the IPCC’s senior leadership made its specific recommendations to world leaders. So it didn’t matter that much, the apologists told us, and we can still trust the rigorously checked and reviewed Synthesis Report.

But that’s where the African rain crisis prediction is found — in the supposedly sacrosanct Synthesis Report.

So: the Synthesis Report contains a major scare prediction — 50% shortfall in North African food production just ten years from now — and there is no serious, peer-reviewed evidence that the prediction is true
And MORE!!!
A prediction about the impact of sea level increases on people living in the Nile Delta was taken from an unpublished student dissertation.

We're at the point that it would be easier to ask for a list of things they haven't flat lied about or used bullcrap 'data' to 'prove'.

A long time ago a guy pointed me to a pork shoulder recipe

that involved apples and wine and onions. I've lost track of the site where it was posted, but saved the recipe. It's a good one, but sometimes came out a bit sweet for my taste.

So today I tried it a bit different; less apple, immediately after browning I slopped some good barbeque sauce over the top, and instead of wine I put a couple of good splashes of whiskey in.

Damn, that came out good.

The gentleman up in Idaho is taking Dennis Henigan's work apart

I'd strongly suggest starting here and working your way up. Or just go to 'home' and work your way down.

He also notes the bigotry and idiocy of a clown named Morford.

Sunday morning,

and I wish I was still asleep; it's cloudy and chilly out there, be a perfect morning for sleeping in. If I could. Since I can't I guess I'll torture myself with news, and make you suffer with me.

Couple of key 'graphs from this piece:
None of this is to say that global warming isn't real, or that human activity doesn't play a role, or that the IPCC is entirely wrong, or that measures to curb greenhouse-gas emissions aren't valid. But the strategy pursued by activists (including scientists who have crossed the line into advocacy) has turned out to be fatally flawed.
“I don't think it's healthy to dismiss proper skepticism,” says John Beddington, the chief scientific adviser to the British government. He is a staunch believer in man-made climate change, but he also points out the complexity of climate science. “Science grows and improves in the light of criticism. There is a fundamental uncertainty about climate change prediction that can't be changed.” In his view, it's time to stop circling the wagons and throw open the doors. How much the public will keep caring is another matter.
One of the reasons a lot of people screamed so much about the AGW bullcrap was precisely this: the damage it was doing and would do to science: when anyone who doubts a theory is insulted and treated like a Holocause denier, that's got nothing to do with science, it's advocacy of the dirtiest kind. And all the "The science is SETTLED! The consensus has SPOKEN!!" bullshit just made it worse.

And let's not forget damage to the major media weenies; lots of people are taking notice that, just like with Obama, the media didn't do their damned job:
Nothing prevented Ms. O'Neil from taking a firsthand look at the IPCC report herself. She, like me, could have typed "WWF" (which stands for the activist group, the World Wildlife Fund) into a search box and found the 16 distinct WWF citations in the IPCC's 2007 report. Within a few minutes she could also have found the eight Greenpeace papers listed...

Instead, Ms. O'Neill - who has 25 years experience as a journalist - was utterly bamboozled by the PR machine which is the IPCC. She fell for their slick mirage. And then she passed it along to her viewers and readers
As Steyn points out it was Laframboise, a lowly blogger, who dug up the above while the major media weenies didn't bother to do anything but treat IPCC press releases as confirmed fact; but we're supposed to trust in a believe every word the poodles like O'Neill throw out. Actually, I guess it's their credibility they threw out...

Oh, I like this idea. Howzabout a 0 dollar bill with Washington saying "Here's your payoff, you corrupt bastard"? There's a bunch of people on ALL levels of government who should receive those.

I like the title Althouse used: Sarah Palin was a blithering idiot until she became a devious genius. I'll throw in two things:
She could decide to never run for office again, and she'll still have helped make a big change in things.
There's an awful lot of people out there trying to figure out either why everybody else doesn't hate her, and some thinking "How the hell did I misjudge this so bad?"

...Besides, he said, almost everyone was on some sort of pension, disability, or government benefit, and was unwilling to work, so his choices were either illegal immigrants or broke foreign students. Then he launched into a blast against socialism, and explained how he was forced to become an expert tax dodger, how he would barter for all the transactions he could, and why he hated the government. He finished by sighing that in Greece, the people spend their time either devising ways to get government money or scheming to avoid the tax collectors — or, preferably, both.
Greece, not Chicago or some other place here. Unfortunately, sounds like a lot of places here, doesn't it?

The other day was Ronald Reagan's birthday; the man was human, had his flaws, but as a President he was pretty damn good.

Back to Climaquiddick for a minute, let's not forget that a lot of people, like Gore and Pachauri, have made a buttload of money off this AGW crap.

Sorry Jane, but MoveOn are retarded to the lowest degree possible to still breathe. They are physically and mentally incapable of contributing anything productive to society, so they went into politics and now have bare majority ownership of the Democratic Party. They are, quite literally, a collective ambulatory vegetable with a point of view and a bank account.

Oh, I have got to get by CCiZ more often; as Phil says, drink warning in effect.

So if a woman has 'too small' a cup size to suit the censors... Australia, what the hell's happened to you?

Oh good grief, can't the IPCC check or correct ANYTHING?

Oh, this is just freakin' wonderful: massive overuse of antibiotics leading to highly resistant superbugs. Disaster in the making, folks.

'Carbon criminals' and 'no more snow'; uh huh.

And finally, Amnesty International: Friend of Terrorists
Gita Sahgal, head of the gender unit at Amnesty’s international secretariat, believes that collaborating with Moazzam Begg, a former British inmate at Guantanamo Bay, “fundamentally damages” the organisation’s reputation.

In an email sent to Amnesty’s top bosses, she suggests the charity has mistakenly allied itself with Begg and his “jihadi” group, Cageprisoners, out of fear of being branded racist and Islamophobic.

Sahgal describes Begg as “Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban”. He has championed the rights of jailed Al-Qaeda members and hate preachers, including Anwar al-Awlaki, the alleged spiritual mentor of the Christmas Day Detroit plane bomber