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It couldn’t happen……

By Mike Cunningham On July 15th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

to a nicer, more deserving guy!

 

p.s. Nice haircut!

 

 

 

 

AFGHAN JUSTICE

By David Vance On July 14th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Is this what our soldiers are dying for?

This is the brutal lynching and public display of the close confidante who shot dead Ahmed Wali Karzai – the half-brother of president Hamid Karzai. A group of men in plain clothes hung the corpse against the wall in Kandahar for around 20 minutes before they carried it away. Ahmed Wali Karzai was assassinated on Tuesday by the man who is said to have been from his own tribe and home town, whom he had travelled with and worked alongside for seven years.

 

Brutal: Sardar Mohammad, who shot dead Ahmad Wali Karzai, half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, hangs from a building in Kandahar

Operations Gunrunner, Fast and Furious, Castaway, etc. etc. etc.

By Patrick Van Roy On July 14th, 2011 at 12:19 am

Fast and Furious, has a sister, “Operation Castaway”, also under the umbrella operation Operations Gunrunner. Operation Castaway apparently was a duplicate operation allowing straw purchased guns to leave Florida to Honduras. The information on this operation is just coming to light.

Operation Castaway targeted a Florida man who was illegally trafficking about 1,000 weapons, some of which wound up in the hands of killers south of the border.

Now a U.S. senator and two Congressmen – including Gus Bilirakis, R- Palm Harbor, want to know whether there were similar problems in the Tampa investigation.

“We are looking into allegations that Operation Castaway incorporated the same policies as Operation Fast and Furious, allowing guns to be purchased, or straw purchasers to buy guns, and then allow those guns to be transferred to third parties and not follow the guns,” said Beth Levine, a spokeswoman for Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

On Tuesday, Bilirakis wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Acting ATF director Kenneth Melson asking, among other things, if Operation Castaway “allowed weapons to be trafficked to Honduras” and if the agency has accounted for all the guns involved.

“I find it very troubling that the United States government would willfully allow weapons to be acquired by dangerous criminal and drug trafficking organizations, thus compromising our strategic and national interests,” Bilirakis wrote. “This appears to be an extremely misguided effort by the ATF and DOJ and I hope that we do not allow such flawed programs to continue to threaten the safety of the United States.”

No answer has been recieved yet as to whether or not the guns in Operation Castaway were tagged with Tracking chips, or just allowed to leave the country the same as Fast and Furious. What is discouraging and seems to make it likely that the weapons weren’t chipped, is who was running the Operation. Special Agent in Charge Virginia O’Brien.

SAC O’Brien was previously the Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division, was later promoted to the Deputy Assistant Director of ATF, but then stepped down to the position in Tampa.

O’Brien has allowed the “walking” of straw-purchased firearms to Honduras using the same failed strategy as the Phoenix Field Division’s Operation Fast and Furious.  That Operation Castaway involved arms smuggling to Honduras is also certain.

“There are emails in existence where O’Brien has advised those involved that Tampa does not have to report their walked guns because Tampa FD is not a part of Southwest Border or Project Gunrunner.”

So the information that has been released so far indicates that the same tactics from Fast and Furious of allowing Weapons to be delivered to Drug Dealers outside of the country, with only the serial numbers recorded, no tracking devices, so that weapons that show up in crime scenes can be tracked back to the U.S. seems to be for purely Political anti-gun motives is also the case in Operation Castaway.

ADD ON: This is the letter sent to Eric Holder after Melson the Acting Head of ATF Testified before the Oversight Committee regarding Fast and Furious. It’s a must read.

A Sad Day

By Mahons On July 13th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

When I was on the train this morning reading my newspapers I say the scary story of a nine year old boy in Brooklyn who had gone missing.  His family and neighbors searching high and low, time never on your side in such a case.  He was walking home on his own (six blocks) for the first time.  His mother and father waiting for him after his school/camp.  I can only imagine the stages of anxiety as time went on and he did not appear on the horizon. 

And now he will never appear.  

By the time I was in to work the news was that his body had been found, dismembered, in a suitcase and a dumpster.  The child-murderer captured and his family devastated.   A living nightmare, from which they will never wake up. 

As for the killer, can anyone express it other than it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea?  And that was Jesus going all medieval, a dude known for his forgiveness, whether you believe in him or not.  I’m not known for my forgiveness, and believe me that would be the minimum the killer deserves.   

We Americans recently had the spectacle of a nationally televised trial of the woman who almost certainly killed her own two year old, but who was found not guilty of that crime.  It just makes me wonder who are these people?  And how can we protect are most vulnerable from them.   And that we know we can’t, that killers are out there and that evil lurks.    I suppose there is no plan other than exercising common sense and hope.  And that in the end, and easier for me to say since I am not his sobbing parents, what we are left with at these times is sadness and trying as best we can to pick each other up and live.

DESTINATION WELL KNOWN…

By David Vance On July 13th, 2011 at 8:33 am

Multi-cultural: Immigration to Britain is increasing

Come on in, the welfare is lovely!

More immigrants settle permanently in Britain than any other country in Europe, a study revealed yesterday. The figure marked a rise of 14 per cent from the previous year. It was the largest increase in the developed world, at a time when most countries saw dramatic falls in the number of permanent settlers. The OECD report, Trends in International Migration also found Britain is one of the few countries where migrant workers are less likely to end up unemployed than locals. Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the think-tank MigrationWatch UK, said last night the figures proved Labour had made Britain a soft touch for immigration.

Well, that was the objective and Labour have succeeded in turning the UK into welfare central. It is quite stunning to discover that migrants are less likely to be unemployed than Brits. Why? It’s because in vast tranches of the UK Labour made it easier for people NOT to work. This is the new British disease and the Coalition has been very slow to deal with it. Why? The MSM consensus is that we must sustain welfare to those not working even though the truth is many of them could work. Cameron is reluctant to be seen to breach this lazy view. And so we continue to import vast number of immigrants whilst the indigenous base claim their job-seekers and plan the next flat-screen TV.

Ahhh The Poor Persecuted Pallies

By Patrick Van Roy On July 12th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

West Bank, Gaza Terrorists Use Google Earth to Select Israeli Civilian Targets for Rocket Attack

The world wide web’s dark side strikes yet again, this time with the popular web application Google Earth.  Ironically, the satellite mapping system that was funded by IN-Q-TEL, the CIA’s venture capital arm, is reportedly helping Islamic terrorists target and kill innocent Israeli civilians.

According to an Undhimmi report, members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade — the military wing of West Bank’s Fatah party — are using Google Earth to pinpoint Israeli civilian targets for their missile attacks.

Several of al-Aqsa’s members even went on the record with Slate, describing the militant Islamic group’s methods for lobbing rockets at Israel:

“The technology is always improving,” a terrorist calling himself Abu Saif told journalist Sharon Weinberger. “Our struggle started with the Kalashnikov, and then it moved to the suicide bomb, then the locally made rocket, and now the Grad rocket.”

Gaza terrorists in rocket launching crews use Google Earth to aim their weapons, Abu Said said. The program is seen as superior to maps because it is more up-to-date and gives precise locations for potential targets.

Gaza terrorists who spoke to Weinberger said they plan to continue with rocket attacks despite the deployment of the Iron Dome system, which shoots short-range rockets out of the air. “The Israelis are using a lot of money for this defense, but during the last rocket attacks, our rockets made it through,” explained Abu Hamza, a senior Islamic Jihad terrorist.

Saif later went on to suggest Gaza and West Bank terrorists would soon be employing new technologies to further their attacks against Israel. And reports have already surfaced of terrorists launching a laser-guided missile at an Israeli school bus, killing one teenager.

According to both Slate and Undhimmi, Hamas and Fatah terrorists are also stepping up their PR campaigns by making and disseminating their own “promo” videos. One of Abu Saif’s videos was reportedly even sent to Al Jazeera.

“In some way, rocket making has almost become an extreme form of reality television,” Weinberger suggested, “with the militants understanding that playing to the cameras is as important as, or perhaps more important than, actually launching rockets.”

It makes one take pause when our own technologies end up being used against us, and our allies.
From The Blaze

Media Malpractice

By Patty On July 12th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

From Newsnet5:

“CLEVELAND – The unruly passenger who caused a commercial jet flying from Chicago to Germany to divert to Cleveland Friday is facing federal charges.”

Unruly?  Unruly?  You have got to be kidding me.  Passengers report that this “unruly” man dismantled a bathroom mirror in one of the airplane lavatories, exposing the electrical wires. They say that they tackled him, tied him down and duct taped his mouth shut.

That sounds a little bit more than “unruly,” don’t you think?

Newnet5  goes on to name this “unruly” passenger and to point out that he is a Saudi national. No mention of possible motive,  however:

“The FBI said Monday that Saleh Ali S. Alramakh, aka Saleh Ali S. Alramaleh, age 21, of Riyadh Saudi Arabia, has been charged with interference with flight crew members and attendants.”

A similar article in The Daily Mail decribes the man more accurately, calling him  “violent,” but even The Daily Mail remains incurious as to possible motive. No mention of jihad anywhere.

Why are journalists still covering for would-be terrorists, pretending this guy is somehow “unruly” like a friendly footballer who has had too much to drink? This is media malpractice, imo.

HT: My Pet Jawa

 

INDEBTED TO A UNIVERSITY EDUCATION?

By David Vance On July 12th, 2011 at 10:04 am

When the Coalition determined that tuition fees for student could rise as high as £9000 (up from £3000 approx) we were assured this maximum fee  would be charged by only a small minority of Universities.  Yeah- and the rest.

More than a third of England’s universities have had their plans to charge £9,000 for every course officially approved. Some 58% will be allowed to charge £9,000 for at least some courses in 2012, said the fees watchdog the Office for Fair Access. But it also revealed that no university had been forced to cut its fees during negotiations. Ministers said far more money would now be spent on attracting poorer students.

Huh? This is a great example of how politicians make things worse. To be fair to the Coalition, it inherited a total mess from Labour. The huge increase in student numbers, driven by leftwing ideology, had driven up costs and so the Universities wanted to get more cash. It is no surprise to therefore see the majority hiking costs. Quite why this now means “poorer” students can now go to University beats me. We are creating transgenerational debt, an underclass of students with worthless degrees, and greedy bloated Universities.

State Produced Riots – Syria’s Dangerous Game

By Mahons On July 11th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Syria, where people aren’t permitted to protest peacefully by is government, was the site of the attempts to storm two embassies today.  State-supporting cretins attacked both the French and American Embassies.  Clearly this was a calculated response to the visit of American and French diplomats to areas where anti-gveoernment protests have been met with violence.

Since nothing moves freely in Syria without the government’s blessing, perhaps we can spare a drone for one of the Assad compounds? (I’m kidding, but not a lot).

I Thought It Was An Overplayed Queen Record

By Mahons On July 11th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

The News of The World Scandal is curious to us Yanks.  Did the police in the UK betray the royal family and government?  As rotten as Gordon Brown may have been, are the medical records of his family really something that a journalist might think was ok to obtain?  Do you hack into the phones and voicemails of murder victims?  Sad, wild and I hope criminal. 

Apparently Murdoch’s billion dollar media deal has now been delayed.  Will that delay work to his benefit, or is the snowball rolling down the hill too big for even Murdoch to get out of the way?