July 2006


31 Jul 2006 11:08 pm

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Hezbollah supporters place a banner showing US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and reading in Arabic: “The massacre of children in Qana 2, is the gift of Rice. The clever bombs..Stupid,” in downtown Beirut.

John Hinderaker of Powerline has some questions about the too quickly appearing 30 foot banner in downtown Beirut denouncing Secretary of State Rice after the Qana attack took place Sunday morning.

What seems odd about this is that the banner was unfurled within hours after the Qana attack took place. The building where the civilians died was bombed on Sunday morning, and the demonstration took place during daylight hours, later the same day. I have no idea what kind of facility it takes to produce a 30-foot-high banner like this one.

Jonah Goldberg also has questions and some pertinent points made by readers knowledgeable about printing.

In addition so far, only 26 bodies have been recovered. So much for the parade of dead babies on CNN Sunday.

And speaking of CNN many are wondering how such a large banner could have been produced so quickly. I recall a story told to me by my husband about Somalian protesters being handed anti-American banners and posters by Europeans who appeared to be working for CNN. Does that organization have the ability to produce the banners?

I wouldn’t put anything past the tricky Nics.

Michelle Malkin has more.

31 Jul 2006 07:45 am

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For two years I’ve operated the Wide Awake Cafe and it’s been a lot of fun! Here’s my first entry and the reason why I named this blog The Wide Awake Cafe.
History behind the Wide Awake Cafe

The cyber Wide Awake Cafe is but a shadow of the actual Cafe. The real Wide Awake Cafe was a corner cafe downtown owned by Greek immigrants. My grandparents had a dry-cleaning shop a few doors down from the Wide Awake and my mother and I would join my grandmother there for coffee. Of course, I was too young for coffee but the Wide Awake served cream in miniature clear glass tumblers. The red -headed lady who always waited on us made sure that I had two of the little tumblers of cream.

I savored every little sip of the cream as I listened to my mother and grandmother’s conversations.

The cafe no longer exists but the Greek family that owned it is still in the food business. They don’t serve cream in miniature glass tumblers anymore but now I am able to drink the coffee. So I name my blog the The Wide Awake Cafe in honor of those long ago days.

30 Jul 2006 10:27 am

Boy I hate to add Mel Gibson to the Pat Buchanan category of anti-Semites but after the news of his drunken rampage I have no choice. I’m glad he’s apologized but he still hasn’t addressed his anti-semitic statements.

Hot Air has more.

29 Jul 2006 11:53 am

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Photo from Lucianne

Naveed Afzal Haq, a Muslim of Pakistani descent with some history of mental illness and a permit (?) to carry a gun went on a shooting rampage in Seattle, Washington yesterday. He shot a receptionist and five others, then had the receptionist call 911, and while claiming he had hostages, the self-described Muslim-American told the officers on the phone that he wanted the weapons out of Israel.

Recently he was arrested for exposing himself to women at a mall.

In March of this year, he climbed up on a raised coin fountain inside Kennewick’s Columbia Center mall and began “catcalling” women at the makeup counter at the nearby Macy’s store, said Lisa Beaton, a Kennewick city prosecutor. When young women walked by his perch, Haq unzipped his pants and allegedly flashed his penis at them, Beaton said.

Haq, 30, was charged with lewd conduct — a gross misdemeanor — and was scheduled to stand trial in Benton County District Court on Thursday. But the trial was postponed, said Haq’s attorney, Larry Stephenson, because Stephenson had to try a different case in another courtroom.

We believe it’s a lone individual acting out his antagonism,” said David Gomez, who heads the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts in Seattle.

“Acting out his antagonism? What is wrong with that statement besides being pre-school teacher lingo? A three year old “acts out” his antagonism when he bites another three year old.

Why is it so hard for the FBI or any federal authorities to respond to the evil deeds done by the jihadis amongst us with honesty? Why are they so afraid of calling it what it is? I’m tired of seeing these white-bread responses from the authorities to obvious attacks by Islamists. It’s like hearing the equivalent of soothing, banal, Muzak coming out of their mouths.

Nutty religious wackos can hate just as fiercely as political extremists and as we learned yesterday lone wolf jihadis can also kill. I have a feeling that the authorities fear an anti-Muslim response more than they fear the threat of Islamic attacks. Do they distrust Americans that much? David Gomez heads the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts in Seattle but he sounds more like Police Chief Charles Moose.

First Haq allegedly exposed himself to women and then he shot five of them. What’s up with that? A religion that treats females as inherently evil by forcing them into the backseats of cars, requiring them to cover their bodies completely, and executing them if they smile at any unrelated male is not in reality a “religion of peace.”

Roger Simon’s reaction in Seattle……….

I have to admit I am beginning to view the whole world as a battlefield, a far cry from my outlook during my more traditionally liberal “give peace a chance” days. So I wince when I see various rightthinking folk putting the squeeze on Israel for a cease fire, because I have no reason to believe that spells anything but disaster. Hezbollah, a collection of vastly better armed and better trained religious psychopaths with the exact same values and attitudes as the Seattle Pakistani, will simply take the opportunity to resupply and attack again. Why wouldn’t they? It’s what they are sworn to do and what they believe. God told them it’s so.

And yet Israel is expected to stand down. After all, they are the superior “developed” nation. The grown-ups. Actually the whole thing is inherently racist on two levels at once. Jews are treated anti-Semitically (differently from other nations) and the Arabs are treated as irresponsible “Wogs”, children essentially. These two are incapable of solving their own problems. Only a multi-national force will save the day.

Andrew McCarthy writes that it couldn’t be more clear that it is terrorism…..

This is militant Islam in action, but we don’t want to think or talk about Islam, so we’ll pretend that the fact he’s a Muslim is irrelevant (”terrorists come in all shapes and sizes” is the official PC postion of government), and if we can’t attach a known group to the shooter we’ll close our eyes to the fact that he might have reason the understand that his religion impelled him to act.

Jim Miller writes about the Jihadi enablers among us……

Fortunately, I had finished my lunch when I came across this Seattle Times headline, which says that I should be eradicated.

Eradicate those who have put us in the Middle East

The headline was for a letter from a reader, Mark Lemmon. The last paragraph, which apparently inspired the headline, reads as follows:

Yes, we Americans have our own problems: We need to weed out these neocons and their globalist conspirators! It’s wake-up time because the alternative is World War III.

Hugh Hewitt notices the media Not Terrorism Meme……..

Five weeks ago seven would-be terrorists, home grown division, were arretsed in Miami. Their stories have largely vanished from the news.

Seven weeks ago 17 would-be terrorists, come grown/Canada division, were arrested in Toronto. Their stories have largely vanished from the news.

So in less than two months we have 25 arrests of terrorists intent on killing in the US, only one of whom succeeded, but the successful one is described by the home town paper as “having a history of mental illness” and the others have dropped off the list of MSM-approved topics for coverage.

Can we agree that all terrorists have some degree of mental illness? Can we also agree that it is completely and utterly irrelevant to the victims of their crimes?

What we need to know –and what the American MSM seems profoundly uninteretsed in– is where did they come from? What made them terrorists?

Let me also raise the possibility that there are many, many more where the 25 came from, but that we don’t know where or how to look for them. Instead of thinking through how such a search can be accomplished without infringement on civil liberties, elite media –the New York Times and Los Angeles Times to be very specific– are busy hobbling our few non-intrusive investigative techniques.

Hat tip: Instapundit

28 Jul 2006 10:28 pm

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Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn.

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Well, I don’t. A cat’s a better mother than she.

The Scratching Post is hosting this weeks Carnival of the Cats #123. Go see and don’t miss the Special Announcement.

28 Jul 2006 05:27 pm

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Bloggers are honoring the memories of the innocent victims of that awful day…

I’ve signed up to honor a 911 victim.

She is: Ada M. Davis, age 57.

Place killed: Pentagon. Resident of Camp Springs, Md. (USA).

To sign up to honor a 911 victim for the 2,996 Tribute project go here.

28 Jul 2006 02:18 pm

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Sabby is hungrier than normal and has become quite a couch potato. Sleeping and eating.

That’s the life.

For more kitty summer fun or funk check out the Friday Ark #97… at Modulator

28 Jul 2006 12:54 pm

Good Lord. This is not art.

Photographer Jill Greenberg has whipped up a storm of controversy with her new exhibition, End Times. The pictures in the show, for which she deliberately provoked tearful outbursts from children by taking away lollipops she had just given them, have been described by some as tantamount to child abuse.

How did you come up with the idea for the project?

I saw this little girl who’d come to a party with her mom, and she was beautiful, so I thought it might be interesting to photograph her. When they came to my studio, the mother brought along her toddler son, and I decided to shoot him too. We took off his shirt because it was dirty. He started crying on his own, and I shot that, and when I got the contact sheets back I thought, “This could go with a caption, ‘Four More Years,’” like he was appalled at George Bush’s reelection. The images have a real power—they immediately get under your skin. The emotion you see is just so compelling, yet they’re beautiful at the same time. That was one of the things that interested me about the project—the strength and beauty of the images as images. I also thought they made a kind of political statement about the current state of anxiety a lot of people are in about the future of the country. Sometimes I just feel like crying about the way things are going.

Thomas Hawk writes……..

The ethics of photography are by no means simple — shooting strangers, permissions, capturing pain and suffering, many different subjects require that photographers think through their ethics before coming up with the best way to make and display their work. There are a lot of gray areas and a lot of different opinions on many different areas of what should be captured and what should not be captured. I generally fall into the camp of just about anything ought to be ethical for capture assuming it’s natural and the photographer is working as a witness, bystander, artist, photojournalist, citizen journalist, etc.

But what Jill Greenberg is doing makes me want to throw up. And it shouldn’t be allowed. I’m torn about even posting this post because she is obviously using her art as an excuse to do something horrible and is looking for publicity and response and that’s exactly what I’m giving her here. But I’m hoping that through others being made aware of what she is doing that somehow pressure might be borne to stop it from happening.

Just looking at this gallery of crying children brings tears to my eyes.

What kind of cold hearted moonbattery could drive a person to do such a thing? I suspect it’s more than Bush Derangement Syndrome. No doubt Greenberg wants to make some cold cash from her work and has succeeded in getting the attention she wants based on her reasons for doing it. Sick.

It should be common knowledge that it’s wrong to abuse kids for any reason, political or otherwise. Greenberg obviously hasn’t received the memo.

It’s abuse, plain and simple. I am sick of the word “art” being hijacked by moonbat idiots who have not one drop of talent in their bodies. Just hate.

If the Republicans win in November what will Greenberg do? Based on what she’s done so far I hate to even imagine.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin

28 Jul 2006 10:38 am

Treppenwitz an Israeli blogger, has the story.

He also wrote an amazing post recently that included this quote…….

As much as it may sicken the world to stand by and watch it happen, strong hands need to hold back the weak-hearted and let the fight continue until one side finally admits unambiguous defeat.

Hat tip: The Full Montey Pieathon

28 Jul 2006 09:32 am

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Here is a video of Kevin Cosgrove’’s last call. It was hosted at Hot Air but that video has been removed. I found another one. It’’s hard to listen to.


The recording was played at the Moussaoui trial which is why we now have access to it. The video”’’s hard to listen to (and watch) but it”’’s an important reminder of why we are sending young men and women to fight Islamic terror.

Some are actively turning their heads, pretending 911 never happened and even blaming it on our own government but Kevin Cosgrove reminds us it did happen.

That this moonbat could call Kevin Cosgrove and his fellow employees Nazis is unbelievable.

And now an islamic convert professor is teaching a course about 9/11 being an inside job at the University of Wisconsin. Sick.

UPDATE: The Anchoress has posted about Kevin Cosgrove and makes this important point……

While you’re watching, be cognizant of the fact that if those planes had struck the WTC 15 minutes later, the enemy might have managed to kill, not 3,000, but 30,000. And that would have pleased them just fine. Realize that there is an enemy out there that doesn’t want anything from us, not land, not money, not concessions…they simply want us dead.

A daughter of a friend of mine worked at The World Trade Center and has a riveting account of her experience here.

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