Lemme get this straight. You have a guy on the radical nutburger club radar for a decade. You know he not only is a follower of a radical cleric who promotes violent jihad in the U.K. (I’ve blogged about Anjem Choudary before) but has taken part in numerous violent protests (with and without Choudary along). You know he did jail time for violent behaviour. You know he tried to go to Somalia to join a terrorist fighting group (you know this because you stopped him doing it at the airport). Yet, you didn’t consider him to be a jihadi threat?
Pretty much everyone I’ve talked to, from colleagues and friends on down to the taxi drivers and green grocer thinks we’ll see some sort of war or semi-war skirmish this summer. No one is particularly worried about it, nor am I. Iran doesn’t have nukes yet and, minus a nuke aimed at us, we can handle things. That said, attack of any sort is going to to raise major ire and, I hope, major response.
I really hope there is neither war nor skirmish in the making because I’ve got more important things to concern myself with, like being in charge of putting together the bridal shower (help, help!!! I never had one and so I’m clueless!) for one of my closest friends, nurturing along my tomatoes, peppers, and other garden goodies, working and taking care of these annoying, expensive, but criminally lovable and adorable, cats.
A “secret” Facebook group of foreign correspondents and human rights activists quickly devolved into an anti-Israel hate-fest on Tuesday following the release of a new Israeli government report that cleared the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of wrongdoing in the 2000 death of a Muhammed Al Dura — who was clearly alive, well, peeking at the camera and uninjured in the video claiming he was laying there dead. Read more
The attackers had guns, machetes and many other large knives. No one else on the street did. Witnesses said they heard two gunshots and then saw the two terrorists slashing at and trying to behead the soldier. One witness said they were hacking at him like he was ‘a piece of meat’ …‘They were hacking at this poor guy, literally. They were chopping him, cutting him. These two guys were crazed. They were just animals.’ Then they dragged him off the sidewalk and dumped him in the middle of the street. Two more men were seriously injured by them and are at hospital. Police were on the scene but didn’t dare intervene because they didn’t have guns…they had to wait 20 minutes for the police who do have guns to arrive.
Brave women jumped off a bus and those on the street left their children to run up the street to the young soldier who, at the time, was still alive though barely, and shielded him with their bodies because the attackers were waving their butcher knives and guns and yelling that no man would be allowed near.
The attackers stayed at the scene because, as they told one woman who confronted them, they wanted to stay and fight. When police arrived, the terrorists tried to attack them. A female police woman downed them with a hail of bullets. The Daily Mail has a ton of stories on this with a lot more information than is on Fox at the moment. Start here and here
The Obama Administration would classify this as a simple case of ‘road rage.’
At the congressional hearing, former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman was asked why he visited the White House 118 times in only 104 days and he replied simply that he had attended the Easter Egg roll. This response from John Podhoretz on Twitter:
“Please list all the Easter eggs you rolled, the boards on which the eggs sat, relatives of the eggs and the boards on which they served..”
Yep the current witchhunt being led against Jonathon Karl (how dare he report on Benghazi!) and more…
A report presented to members of Congress on Tuesday by Jerusalem-based research institute NGO Monitor shows that US Government funding of several political NGOs in the Palestinian Authority and Israel contradicts US policy, has a negative impact on the peace process, and lacks the independent oversight necessary to prevent abuses. Some of them promote virulent anti-Semitism, including blood libels. Read more