Full frontal fisking
The AP gets one over at The
Reader's Digest condensed version
I have no time this morning.
So they're fighting
The PA still isn't taking away their weapons. However, we can hope. That
they kill each other, of course.
So, new readers, if you like what you're reading most days (today I simply
chose sleep over blogging, go figure), hit my tipjars. The bills are going
to be tough to manage this month.
What cease-fire? Mortar
attacks in Israel and the Gaza strip. A bomb
explodes near a passing bus. And another
victim dies from the Netanya bombing, raising the death toll to five.
But Condi Rice told
This time, we really mean it: Condi Rice
told Syria that they really, really, really have to stop
sponsoring terrorism. Raise hands, those of you who've heard this
song before. Raise hands, those of you who think Baby Assad is going to
close down the Damascus planning centers of the many terrorist organizations
he supports. Oh, and she told the PA that they really, really, really
have to start do something about the terrorists.
Uh-huh. Really. Because the PA isn't going to get $3 billion from the
G8 for doing exactly what they've been doing. Because they don't already
realize the world refuses to call terrorism against Jews terrorism. Yeah,
I'm really looking forward to the changes that Condi's speech is going
to bring. I am waiting with bated breath. Uh-huh. Truly. I swear.
Got one in Nablus: The world is the better
for the death
of one terrorist at the hands of the IDF. Too bad they don't all try
to resist arrest and get shot for it. But here's an interesting piece
According to AP, Aassi was in the company of a British
national at the time of the arrest, who Palestinian witnesses said was
a reporter. The army rejected the claims that the British woman was
a journalist, and said she was an activist who gave refuge to fugitives
in her home.
ISM terror enablers shielding terrorists. Whoda thunk it?
Strong stomach warning: Check out the BBC's
collection of editorials about the Netanya bombing. Scroll down to
the bottom, where the BBC has quoted palestinian editorials. Oh, the hypocrisy.
And the utter bullshit. Still batting zero on the "suicide bombing
of innocents is wrong" concept.
And I'm done here. Check out The
Jewish View, where my co-bloggers are picking up the slack while I
settle into my new temp job.
Silly search thing: "How
can you tell a male and female cat apart"? Okay, here's the clue:
One of them has balls. The other doesn't.
Weird search thing: "cheap teeth grills."
Uh. Okay. (Backing away slowly.)
I'd buy that for a dollar thing: I wish
someone would invent a comb for corn on the cob that pulls out all the
cornsilk before you eat it.
New job thing: It's mostly clerical, excruciatingly
boring, and damn, I'm tired of temping. I need a full-time job. Time to
start going into overdrive for that. I'm back to getting up a half-hour
early to make sure you all have a new post in the morning. Remember that
next time you want to complain about posting being too light. Okay, so
nobody really complains about posting being too light, but remember it
anyway just in case you're thinking of complaining. And stop thinking.
If there's one thing I hate, it's readers that think. Read, and parrot
blindly. That's what the weblogging world is all about, right?
(Anyone who answered that last question in the affirmative needs to go
on a long vacation.)
Must-not-see TV: Okay, I taped the first
few episodes of The Inside on Jonathan
Last's recommendation, and finally got around to watching them on
Monday and Tuesday. Gotta say, I'm not surprised the show's been pulled.
I mean, really, the pitch? "Gee, I have a great idea for a show!
It's the Serial-Killer-of-the-Week, and oh, yeah, the star was kidnapped
at age ten and we keep flashing back on her captivity! Woo-hoo, it's a
And, by the way, I think it was a really, really bad idea to watch three
episodes in one day. I may write a longer review later, but yes, I agree
the acting was terrific, and yes, I agree the writing was good, and yes,
I agree the production values were great. But it's a show devoted to catching
serial killers. Every week. The subject matter is just too dense to support
a weekly format, and let's face ityou really have to suspend
disbelief to watch them catch a serial killer a week when it takes decades
to catch the real-life ones.
Did I mention how stupid an idea it was to watch three episodes in one
day? Oh, yeah, I wanted to go to sleep that night. Not.
I will not mention my nightmares from last night. Suffice to say there
was blood. Lots of it.
I think I shall not watch the rest of the season.
It's not terrorism if it happens
death toll is fourall women: And 90 wounded. The New York Times
will give you this
story as a result of a search on terrorism, but still refuses to call
suicide bombs in Israel terrorist acts. Further down in the article, the
Madrid bombs are terrorism, of course.
says Iran may be behind the bombing. Gee, ya think?
Shiqaqi's move to Lebanon enhanced the movement's
ties with Hizballah and Iran. Iran became the movement's major financial
sponsor, and Hizballah provided it with training facilities and logistical
aid. Thanks to Hizballah's support, the PIJ expanded its network in
the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. Whereas Hamas was always an
independent Palestinian movement, Islamic Jihad became an instrument
of Iranian policy in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Keen grasp of the obvious there.
The IDF takes
back Tul Karem, nest of suicide bombers, home to the latest one. Watch
for the condemnations. Of Israel, of course.
According to military sources the PA is not doing anything
to thwart terror attacks. The sources said Tul Karm has become a refuge
for the Islamic Jihad, and thus Israel will act with full force against
the terror infrastructure in the town.
Islamic Jihad militants in and around Tul Karm have
been responsible for the deaths of ten Israelis in attacks in the past
six months, since a major attack at the Stage club in Tel Aviv.
There's a full West Bank and Gaza closure. Watch the usual suspects cry
about the hardships on the palestinians. Yeah, too bad about those dead
Jews, but the pals need to get to their jobs.
16-year-old girls were killed in the bombing. Don't hold your breath
waiting for the outrage at the death of Israeli "youths." I'm
amazed they're not calling the bomber (who was 18) a "palestinian
youth" or "palestinian teenager." Apparently, age only
counts when wounded or killed by the IDF (even if while performing a terrorist
attack). It doesn't count if you're simply killed or wounded by terrorists.
And ever the weasels, the latest AP lead on the [non-]terrorist
attack in Netanya:
TULKAREM, West Bank (AP) - Israeli troops reoccupied
the West Bank city of Tulkarem early Wednesday, killing a Palestinian
policeman in a firefight and arresting five Islamic Jihad activists
after the militant group killed four Israelis in a suicide bombing.
The bombing Tuesday killed four people outside a shopping
mall in the coastal city of Netanya and rattled a 5-month-old truce.
Just for kicks and giggles, let's check out their latest London
How Clock Ticked Down to Terror in London
[...] As police work to determine the sequence of events in last Thursday's
bombings, and Londoners frantically retrace the steps of missing relatives
and friends, a countdown to terror has emerged from phone records,
witness accounts and indelible memories of loved ones' last moments.
[...] Commuters dashed for buses, many unaware that
terrorists had struck and the city was under siege. Unable to
get a subway at the King's Cross or Euston stations, Lisa French phoned
her husband to say there was some kind of problem but that she was safe.
[...] A series of rapid-fire announcements followed
as the gravity of the situation becomes clear. They culminated at noon
with an address to the nation by Prime Minister Tony Blair, who confirmed
deaths and serious injuries in a series of "barbaric" terrorist
See a difference in these two stories? Of course you do. It's the
Exception Clause. It's terrorism when suicide bombings occur, except
Hypocrites, liars, and appeasers
Hypocrites: Here's the UN statement condemning
the terrorist bombing in Israel.
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the suicide
attack in Israel today that took at least two lives, and wounded many
others. He is unwavering in his conviction that nothing can justify
Now and in the days ahead, it is critical that
all measures be taken to ensure that such attacks do not reoccur, and
that the admirable restraint recently observed be maintained so that
the violence does not escalate.
Not quite the same as this
one, is it? No calls for restraint against the perpetrators in Lebanon.
The Secretary-General was appalled to hear, yet again,
of a bombing in Beirut, which killed two people and injured the current
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Elias Murr, and several
others. He extends his sympathies to the victims and condolences to
their families. The Secretary-General strongly condemns this terrorist
act which has the effect of undermining the process of building a peaceful,
independent and sovereign Lebanon. The Secretary-General reiterates
his support, and that of the international community, for the right
of the Lebanese people to live free of fear and intimidation.
The Secretary-General strongly urges the Government
of Lebanon to exert every effort to bring to justice those behind
this and previous crimes that appear aimed at destabilizing the situation.
He calls upon all parties to work towards a united and democratic Lebanon.
Liars: The palestinian spokesliars
are out in full force.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas condemned
as "idiotic" Tuesday's suicide bombing in Netanya that killed
two people, and said those behind it would be punished.
"This was a crime against the Palestinian people
and those who were behind it must be working against our people's interest
and must be punished," Abbas told reporters.
"Those behind it were behaving idiotically. There
is no rational Palestinian who can conduct such an act at the time Israel
was withdrawing from ... settlements starting in Gaza and moving to
the West Bank," he said, referring to the upcoming implementation
of the disengagement plan.
Let's wait and see how the PA refers to the bomber in their news reports
tomorrow. The smart money is on "martyr." And gee, thanks for
saying you feel bad that the action caused the death of three Israelis
and the mutilation of dozens more. Or that suicide bombing is wrong. Not
"a crime against the palestinian people." (By the way, no palestinians,
save for the bomber, were harmed in the blast, so STFU, you lying sack
Appeasers: Nice to see that Bush's spokesman
thinks that the Israelis should show
restraint in the face of their people getting murdered. Because that's
what he did in Iraq and Afghanistan, right?
U.S. State Department spokesman Tom Casey and White
House spokesman Scott McClellan condemned the suicide bombing.
"There is no justification for the murder of innocent
civilians," McClellan said.
While affirming Israel's right to self-defense, Casey
appeared to caution Israel about any retaliation. "We ask them
to consider the consequences of any actions they might take," he
What time is it, kiddies? That's right, it's Israeli Double Standard
Suicide bombing in Netanya: What
truce? What truce? WHAT TRUCE?
in Netanya, again.
At least two people were killed and 37 people were
wounded when a major explosion occurred at an intersection near the
Sharon Mall in Netanya around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.
A suicide bomber detonated himself on a crosswalk at
the intersection of Raziel and Herzel avenues, directly across from
Two of the wounded were in critical condition, six
suffered from serious wounds, seven suffered moderate wounds, and a
number more were being treated for light wounds, medics said.
Islamic Jihad's armed wing, the Al-Quds Battalions,
claimed responsibility for the attack. They named the bomber as 18-year-old
Sami Ahmed Muhalil from a village near Tulkarm. The Islamic Jihad is
quickly becoming the best-funded of the Palestinian terror organizations,
and has been responsible for many of the most recent terror attacks.
Police say they have arrested Islamic Jihad suspect
in connection with Netanya bombing, according to an AP report.
Police and security forces raised alertness levels
around the country immediately after the attack.
The glass doors at the entrance to the Sharon Mall
shattered, and glass lay scattered on the sidewalk, according to an
eyewitness description. A number of nearby vehicles were also damaged
in the blast.
An eyewitness told Channel 2 that the suicide bomber
detonated his explosives in the middle of a crosswalk facing the mall
after he apparently failed in his attempts to enter the shopping mall
owing to security.
Watch for the phrases "threatening to end a shaky truce" and
"breaking a lull in the violence" to appear. Then click here
and see that there has been no cease-fire, and no truce,
save on the Israeli side.
A little geographical
information, and the reason why Israel refuses to withdraw to the
1949 Armistice lines:
Netanya is at Israel's narrowest point, nine miles
from the West Bank. The city has been a frequent target of Palestinian
bombers, but the number of attacks has dropped sharply in the past year,
with completion of a section of Israel's separation barrier in the area.
And a little bit of Saab Erekat, just enough to make you sick:
The chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, condemned
the bombing. "We understand that those who carried out this attack
want to sabotage the efforts being exerted to have a smooth and peaceful
disengagement from Gaza and a revival of the peace process," he
No, they're just trying to kill Jews.
And the award goes to: Reuters,
the first news service to talk about the "shaky truce":
NETANYA, Israel (Reuters) - A Palestinian suicide bomber
killed at least three people at an Israeli shopping mall on Tuesday
in the first such attack for nearly four months, dealing a heavy blow
to a shaky truce, Israeli media said.
It isn't a truce when one side continues to kill, attempt to kill, and
wound the other. And this is not
a good thing, either:
Security forces said that initial investigations found
no link between the Netanya attack and a second attack at the West Bank
settlement of Shavei Shomron, which occurred just some half-an-hour
earlier. In that attack, a suicide attacker drove a stolen vehicle laden
with gas balloons into the gate of the settlement, and exploded some
100 meters from the entrance. The bomber was the only casualty in that
The war continues. The world continues to refuse to call it what it is:
A war against Israel, waged by palestinians.
Update: The truck bomb may have been an accident.
This is why we call them terrorists
its true colors in an interview with an Italian newspaper.
Hamas will not compromise on one inch of Greater Palestine,
Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar told an Italian newspaper earlier this
Speaking to the Corriere Della Sera newspaper, al-Zahar
said Hamas would "definitely not" be prepared for coexistence
with Israel should the IDF retreat to its 1967 borders.
"It can be a temporary solution, for a maximum
of 5 to 10 years. But in the end Palestine must return to become Muslim,
and in the long term Israel will disappear from the face of the earth."
Yes, these are the people that England and the EU are meeting with as
"legitimate" representatives of the palestinian people. Because
they got elected to the mayoralty of a few towns.
Got news for you, Sparky. In the long term, Hamas will disappear from
the face of the earth.
In Israel, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom provided
a translation of part of the interview and parts of the Hamas consitution
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom for European Union envoy Javier Solana,
in an attempt to explain Israel's rejection fo negotioations with Hamas.
The Ministry has also embarked on a campaign to discourage
Europeans from dealing with Hamas, including an English translation
of Hamas's convention, to be distributed to diplomats in a bid to illustrate
the movement's radical and dangerous character to the attention of decision
makers throughout the world.
"Now, when Europe has offered to recognize Hamas
on a political level, al-Zahar provides clear statements of what to
expect from the organization," Ministry officials told Ynet. "He
does not even attempt to speak ambiguously in an attempt to please Europe
and finds it difficult to hide the group's happiness at the London bombings."
Raise hands, everyone who thinks this will convince the UN and EU that
Hamas is a terrorist organization. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Cross-posted to The Jewish View.
The weekly Weekly
I'm thinking this needs to be a new feature: What we can learn from the
Weekly World News. First, let me explain my fondness for this magazine.
It is not, in spite of general misconceptions, a gossip rag. The Weekly
World News almost never debases itself by writing about which celebrity
is sleeping with which other celebrity. The closest it comes to that is
revealing that Elvis, JFK and Marilyn Monroe are all living secretly in
a bunker somewhere (that was from the nineties, I believe.)
The WWN is the magazine that first revealed the Nazi planes on the moon.
They were also the folks that scooped the world and let us know that Adolf
Hitler was actuallywait for ita woman! And they had
pictures! They regularly feature people like Bat Boy (half-man,
half-bat) and various aliens. When Bill Clinton ran for president against
George Bush and Ross Perot, the WWN had aliens from outer space meet with
all three candidates before endorsing Clinton. (You may draw from that
the conclusions you will, but at least the aliens were fair.) There's
a very funny photo of a grinning Clinton standing holding the WWN front
page of the alien endorsing him.
The WWN is a great magazine to bring to a party. Simply read it aloud
to your friends and watch them collapse with laughter. My friend Alison
introduced me to this concept in college; we would buy a WWN from time
to time and entertain the partygoers with stories like a woman who gave
birth to seven rabbits (based on an American colonial woman's diary, it
was A TRUE STORY!).
And it's rather unnerving to point out that the publishers of the WWN
are the American Media company, which was targeted by the anthrax
attacks in 2001. To this day, we don't know why they were targeted.
I'm guessing it wasn't the aliens, but they did publish some pretty nasty
facts about Osama bin Laden, whom they said got married to Saddam Hussein
(and they had pictures!), but most of those were after the anthrax
attack. Oh. And there's Ed Anger, the columnist who didn't like Europe
because there were too many foreigners there. He's always on the rampage;
in this link, he says we should lower
the execution age to six. ("This is no time to be coddling murderers,
folks. If anything, we ought to LOWER the execution age right down to
6 or 7. That way we can snuff out these killer brats in the cradle --
before they grow up to be big-time serial killers like Ted Bundy and Aileen
Wuornos.") That's Ed. He's always stupid and tasteless, and a hilarious
parody of columnists.
In any case: Here's the weekly Weekly:
LINES TO GET REPUBLICAN GALS -- LIKE ANN COULTER -- INTO BED
1 You know, in this light you look like you could be
Laura Bush's younger, more desirable sister.
2 Sorry if I seem aggravated -- I'm still upset about
that world-class jerk, Michael Moore.
Go get 'em, guys!
It will explode within 6 months! 'Thousands
of lunar fragments will smash into Earth'
AUSTIN BRIGGS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Ever since the
world learned that extraterrestrials are using the moon as a garbage
dump (Weekly World News, June 27), scientists and the military have
been on top-secret high alert.
"We've been monitoring the lunar body for signs
of instability, toxins and increased geologic activity," said General
Eddie Burroughs, USAF, in charge of lunar surveillance. "Unfortunately,
Project Extreme Watchfulness has found all three. Early last week we
saw a garbage scow -- apparently of Martian origin -- make one final
deposit in Clavius Crater and then speed away. Our Photon Emissions
Watchers detected a corrosive, highly fissionable deposit on the moon
-- one that will trigger a complete lunar meltdown in six months!
Yikes! We like the moon!
FINDS WOMEN'S ASKING-FOR-DIRECTIONS GENE
A FEMALE scientist has found the gene that allows women to ask for directions.
Thelma Thataway, a geneticist at the prestigious Pointer
Institute at Four Corners, Arizona, says her discovery is good news
"It's well-known that most men would rather get
lost for hours than ask a stranger for directions," says Thataway.
"Three years ago, there was a case of a 75-year-old man who ended
up 1,000 miles from his home because he took a left turn instead of
a right and refused to admit he was lost.
"Wives have yelled at their husbands for being
incredibly stubborn. But now it turns out that it's not really their
fault. They're genetically incapable of asking."
I always knew it.
Well, there's the weekly Weekly. If you like this feature, and would
like to see it made regular, say so in the comments.
Lies the AP told me
Fresh on the heels of an almost-balanced piece on Israel (which I now
think was caused by guilt),. Honest reporting catches AP in a major, major
Reporting caught the lie. (Of course it's a lie. It's reporting something
that is untrue.)
Two days after the terrorist bombings in London, British
Prime Minister Blair gave a high-profile interview on BBC Radio, which
Press covered in this manner:
Prime Minister Tony Blair said Britain must defend
against terrorism - but must also strive to understand the underlying
causes of the violence, which he identified as deprivation,
lack of democracy and ongoing conflict in the Middle East.
"I think this type of terrorism has very deep roots," Blair said.
"As well as dealing with the consequences of this - trying to protect
ourselves as much as any civil society can - you have to try to pull
it up by its roots." That meant boosting understanding between people
of different religions, helping people in the Middle East see a path
to democracy and easing the conflict between Israel and the
Palestinians, he said. (emphasis added)
HR goes on to say:
Blair's apparent linking of Israel with the London
attacks set off a firestorm, angering Israeli leaders while pleasing
Palestinians. An editorial from Israel's largest paper, Yediot
Ahronot, responded 'With all due respect, the British Prime Minister
is wrong,' while Palestinian spokesman Saeb Arekat quipped that Blair
had 'touched reality and spoke strategically of the need to deal with
the problems of this region.' But HonestReporting subscribers in England
who had listened carefully to Blair's BBC interview noticed something
strange -- in the interview (available
here), Blair never actually mentioned the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. What did Blair say? That 'some of the critical issues
in the Middle East' need to be 'dealt with and sorted out'. AP editorialized
Blair's vague statement to mean the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The AP issued a correction
after Honest Reporting caught them in the lie. But we all know the
damage has already been done. The false quotes will live on; the correction
will fade away. And of course, the conspiracy freaks will say that the
Jews managed to once more squelch the truth.
Nice work, AP. Your credibility is sinking as low as the Weekly
World News, which regularly features Bat Boy, space aliens, and news
of Elvis, and which this week has revealed a
massive government coverup that has stopped us from learning the moon
News managed to get it right. Imagine that, they used actual quotes
instead of made-up ones.
Cross-posted to The Jewish View.
What's this? A balanced AP piece
Well, this was unexpected. An AP article on the
Jerusalem security fence ruling is almost balanced in tone.
Israeli Cabinet OKs Jerusalem Barrier
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's Cabinet, ignoring Palestinian objections and
U.S. misgivings, gave final approval Sunday to a Jerusalem separation
barrier meant to stop suicide bombers but that will cut off 55,000 Palestinian
residents from the city.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last week ordered the acceleration
of construction of the Jerusalem segment of the barrier and government
ministries have until Sept. 1 to complete their preparations.
The wall around Jerusalem is part of the partially
completed barrier along the West Bank.
This is the part that floored meit is an accurate description of
why the fence was built.
Israel began building a barrier along the West Bank
at the height of a suicide bombing campaign by Palestinians more than
two years ago. Attackers crossed the unmarked and largely unguarded
cease-fire line between the Israel and the West Bank, captured by Israel
in the 1967 war, and blew themselves up in Israeli cities, killing hundreds
But of course, there has to be a "but" statement:
However, the route of the barrier dips into the West
Bank in several places to encircle main settlements, and Palestinian
denounce it as a land grab.
And although some of the rest of the article falls into the standard
anti-Israel bias, it's out of the lead.
And here's our favorite palestinian spokesliar, who gets the last word
in the article:
Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official, said Israel
must stop building the barrier, which he said was bringing "catastrophe"
upon the Palestinians.
"The wall is separating between Palestinians and
Palestinians," Erekat said. "We have exerted every possible
effort with the Israelis themselves, the Americans, the international
community but the only thing that is happening is that the wall is being
But I don't understand. The pals want East Jerusalem as their
capital, right? Or is it only that now, when the situation nears, the
fact that they want all of Jerusalem as the capital of their palestinian
statecovering all of Israelis finally coming to light.
The palestinian connection
A detailed instructional video on how
to create and set off a suicide bomb is widely available on jihadi
The 26-minute tape gives a detailed, step-by-step guide
on how to pack the belt with shrapnel and high explosive, and then detonate
it on board for maximum loss of life.
In a grim reminder of the blast that devastated the
Number 30 in Londons Tavistock Place on Thursday, the films
final section shows the device being blown up in a specially arranged
test site, with rows of metal targets designed to simulate
passengers on a bus. A voice-over explains exactly where the would-be
bomber should sit on the vehicle in order to maximise the blast. A second
test-bombing shows how the same bomb will impact on a crowd of people
in a street.
] Little is known about the films origins,
although it is thought to have been shot in the Palestinian territories,
where Arab militants have frequently used suicide belts in attacks on
] The videos availability on the internet
was disclosed by the Washington-based Search for International Terrorist
Entities (Site) Institute, a research establishment which monitors and
analyses terrorist websites. It acts as a consultant to several Western
The quality of the video is unbelievable,
said Rita Katz, Sites director. It is more like a production
from National Geographic. We think it is the work of Hizbollah from
some years ago, but it is being circulated on message boards.
The links are there, the links are clear, and yet, the world refuses
to call palestinian terrorism by its true name: Terrorism.
Cross-posted to The Jewish View.
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