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Friday, October 26. 2007
Moral dilemmas and counterinsurgency in Israel. TigerHawk
Is Mark Zuckerberg the next Bill Gates?
The Italian government uneasy about the internet. Why? And how many other governments want to control the flow of ideas and facts? In my opinion, any government that wants to do that is illegitimate, by definition.
Sir Piers at Agincourt, plus some other tough Brits
The obesity crisis in squirrels. A Government program is needed.
Who are the arsonists? Flopping
Rude leftists shut down Horowitz speech at Emory. Thus are their intolerant and totalitarian impulses revealed.
Photo: It's finally hunting season again. Long-time readers of Maggie's know that she is the famous Maid of the Marsh, a lovely and elusive mythical creature known only to duck hunters, and seen only on foggy days by hunters with serious hangovers combined with mental instability. We were fortunate to catch this photo, which is clearer than most photos of Bigfoot.
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Got this link in an email today....sorta funny, sorta not.
"I Can't Wait"
Well, then here is something a bit easier on the eyes.
Weather is turning and the winds are getting colder. Running out of time for seeing peak fall colors but a visit to NY gorges and waterfalls is beautiful almost anytime. I think the upper gorge at Robert Tremain State Park is my favorite. Loved to swim in the pools under the falls as a kid. Too cold now and probably no longer allowed to swim under the falls anyways but their site says bow hunting for deer is still okay.
As the thread wound down yesterday in the QQQ section Buddy alerted me to the fact that David Horowitz had been booed offstage at Emory University during his lecture on Islamofascist Awareness Week. This apparently is the rule not the exception, as campus police stand by, video cameras in hand , and ignoring the right of free speech. Somehow I missed the amendment that mentioned videotaping trumping enforcement of the Constitution. What a useless waste of money the campus police are.
Also in the QQQ section after I had posted a piece on just how our prisons are being turned into recruiting stations for radical Islam Thalpy asked what we could do. There are of course a myriad of things that could be done, each ending up in front of the Supreme Court after years of adjudication. I am no authority on the “rights” of prisoners but common sense tells me if you’re in the big house your rights have been sharply abbreviated, up to a total abrogation of the Bill of Rights. Have prisoners serve time and break rocks and forget the rehabilitation mumbo jumbo that has proven itself a fool’s errand.
But the peril we face is real and growing and my question is where are the thugs on the right to counter those on the left? View this piece from Zombie Times http://www.zombietime.com/darwish_berkeley/ … which displays pictures of what happened at Berkeley during the night the Islamofascist Awareness Week speaker was due to speak? I understand we’re talking about Berkeley in this case so having a contra force to the leftists’ is moot. But what of other campuses and areas?
During the Vietnam War protest at the University of Florida, I went. I was in the Marine OCS program I went to the protest to make life physically uncomfortable for many a protestor. My back was covered by a few other Marines and several Green Beret reservists. We even tracked a few of the harder to get to loudmouths, ‘cause everybody ends up somewhere when the sun goes down.
It is time for action by the right. There is no peace, nor is there any dialogue worthy of the name, there is only action left for resolving this Islamic threat. If we continue to allow the leftists’ factions to rule the podiums and what few forums left for discussion then we will lose, just as we did inside this country with Vietnam. The difference now is that Islamofascists have infiltrated our country with the objective of all Islam….to kill all infidels…Osama BL issued a fatwa two years ago for Muslims to specifically kill Americans.
Prepare yourselves in small groups of three, perhaps four and begin an offensive. Do not join a militia or large group. The ways and means are out there. There are many ,many former servicemen who could supply the know how and if not the internet is awash with the information needed for counterinsurgency operations. Believe me the police, FBI, et. al. can not get the job done. Buy a gun and learn to use it. Have an abundance of ammunition. People, this is ratcheting up beyond mere words. There is genuine danger here right now.
If all this sounds a bit too radical then a deeper study of Islam is before you.
Or are we to simply “trust” but never verify. We are a fat nation of soft people who today are ripe for the picking. Act now for,
“There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.” Wm Shakespeare.
You think anybody is gonna take your adivice seriously?
Nope, very few. They'll think themselves safe in their beds.
Do you think they believe there is peril so near?
Then why do you write? To what end?
Love has its sonnets galore. War has its epics in heroic verse. Tragedy its sombre story in measured lines. And we have our freedoms to constantly protect.
Oh yeah, sure..well I'm off to the mall. I'll talk to Max, he might do it, but right now you're look'n like Gary Cooper in "High Noon"
Yeah , I know.
Muslim Extremism in America
A Pew Research Center poll found that while Muslims overall in America overwhelmingly reject suicide bombings in defense of Islam, 26 percent of Muslims in America age 18 to 29 believe suicide bombings could be justified in defense of Islam
Moreover, relatively few Muslim Americans believe the war on terror is a sincere effort to reduce terrorism, and just 40 percent of Muslim Americans say groups of Arabs carried out the 9/11 attacks
The study sent some warning signals that we need to truly work the problems to ensure that the extremism is kept in small amounts in this country.
You don't need to talk to yourself Habu... I'm out here reading.
I agree with most of what you say... most especially, of course, on the 'danger' this country faces.
But when you start talking about small groups and taking action... well... you kinda lose me. You have mentioned in the past, that the country appears to be heading toward some material manifestation of 'civil war'. And I think you have implied that that will have, as a part of it, a component of force involved.
That is the point at which you lose me. I am unable to conjure a scenario where there will be, what would essentially be, nationwide anarchy in the streets. At least not in our lifetime.
I guess I'm asking what missions or tasks do you see for these small groups, as you mention above, attempting. Other than defending one's domicile, I don't see the usefulness of your suggestion.... for what?
For the near future this war will be won or lost through education, awareness and the ballot. My 2 cents anyway.
I think Habu is on to something. I hope it never comes to pass but the immense social security debt is coming up in a few years, along with China flexing muscles, throw in a couple big natural disasters along with a Hillary economic/political/social disasters and going down the wrong road we are 10-20 years from a civil war. OR the military launching a coup like in Turkey.
Like I said I hope it never happens we still have remnants of being a great people who can work together. Too bad all they teach in school is "how to get yours for your group"
(Climbing down from my soapbox.)
Have a nice weekend. I'm off to the gun store to buy another 100 rounds just in case.
It's in DC, top-to-bottom. Why fifty great states have to break up over one pissant city, is beyond me.
''You don't need to talk to yourself Habu... I'm out here reading.''
me too. don't ever think no one is concerned--''concerned'' is damn near all i yam these days.
The printing on the screen is simply the visual manifestation of what goes on inside our heads. We all talk to ourselves. We do a checks and balances thing against what we’ve experienced and what our senses are telling us.
I don’t want to hit this one too hard or offend anyone on this site, because I have great respect for MF, however when I write I could care less if anyone reads it. If they do read and respond that is fine, but I’ve long since past any point where I feel a need for validation in my thoughts, deeds, and actions.
As to the query on what I would expect of these small groups. Preparedness is probably as good a word as any. In acrobatic flying there is an old saying that there is nothing as useless as the sky above you. If you misjudge in any way there are no do-overs. These groups should be proficient with small arms and rifles. They should be able to communicate and maneuver covertly, and they should be able to kill the enemy. That enemy is here, right now, in the USA waiting to do the same thing and far ,far too many citizens are sitting back saying to themselves that the authorities will handle it, because we are after all a nation of laws. The law is what arrives after you’ve been killed. They do the paperwork and then go look for your killer. Muslims whose religion mandates them to kill infidels is a clear and present danger to this country and yet we are allowing them to work their philosophy of murder under the cover of our laws.
You want a scenario that is entirety plausible and that could happen tomorrow: Here. There are five major power nodes in this country. The country runs on electricity. AQ takes down three grids, the lynchpin of our civilization
Grid down and you cease having:
• Municipal drinking water
• If down over a month the cities will start to disgorge refugees
• Mass prison escapes
• Communications gone. Telephone company central offices have battery back up. They can last one week.
• No ventilators, kidney dialysis machines, refrigeration for insulin, no re-supply of medicines
• No 911 to call
• Sanitation systems won’t work
The list is longer but you get the point. We’d be a third world country within three weeks to a month.
Visualize Joe Sixpack in a city or the suburbs. He has less than one week’s food on hand, no water stored anywhere, has an old 12 gauge pump and half a box of shells. His car has a half a tank of gas. He’s got no job because there is no power.
Now the bad guys are roaming in gangs, Crips and Bloods, MS-13, AQ, you name it. That list is very long. They are coming to get YOUR stuff …now, what are you gonna do?
Is that a good enough scenario? Don’t tell me it can’t happen because I know people who game this stuff all the time and it comes down to chaos every time. Only when you are prepared to meet and defeat the enemy will you stand a chance and today in this country we are NOT ready on an individual basis to do that. Hell, we even have sanctuary cities harboring MS-13, AQ, illegals.
Bottom line is these groups should be able to survive, and to survive they will have to kill.
U.S.A.: blackout shows America's infrastructure vulnerable to terrorists
Andrew F. Tully - RFE/RL
21 aoűt 2003, 18:54
The massive blackout that crippled the northeastern United States last week may have been caused by human or mechanical error, but security analysts say the next one could be an act of terror -- and that the U.S. government must act now to protect its electrical infrastructure.
Washington, 18 August 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Everyone agrees that the power failure that blacked out more than 240,000 square kilometers of the United States and Canada last week should not have happened.
But it did, and security analysts say it can happen again -- next time perhaps with the help of terrorists.
Even before all the power was restored to the state of New York, its governor, George Pataki, expressed incredulity at the massive collapse in electrical service on 14 August. At a news conference in New York City, Pataki said: "It is 2003 and there is no reason why most of the Northeast, a lot of the Midwest, cascading through Canada, should have this type of systemic power failure. We were told after the blackouts in the '60s and then in the '70s that it wasn't going to happen again and, in fact, I'm advised this is the largest blackout the country has ever experienced."
Pataki should not be surprised. The United States electrical grid is old and notoriously poorly maintained. And yet the country's electrical system must provide warmth in the winter and cool air in the summer in a country that is subject to temperature extremes greater than those experienced in much of Europe.
The recent heat wave in Europe brought high temperatures in the mid-30s Celsius. Many Europeans are not accustomed to such heat, and as a result rely much less frequently on air conditioners. But such temperatures are common in many parts of the United States during the summer, and as a result, air conditioning is far more common in American offices, shops, and homes.
The country's electrical grid system can run energy-hungry air conditioners, along with lights and other ubiquitous appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, and microwave ovens. But only barely.
Unexpected blackouts are not uncommon in the United States, nor are so-called "brownouts" -- targeted electrical service reductions due to a power shortage or excessive use by consumers. But never has there been a blackout in North America that covered so wide an area or affected so many people.
When subways and elevators stopped, when air conditioners went silent, when televisions blinked off from the center of the country to the Atlantic Ocean, many people wondered if the blackout was a coordinated terrorist attack on America's infrastructure.
Quickly it became clear that the cause was likely more benign, but the very fact of the blackout opens a new opportunity for sabotage, according to Jamie Metzl, the coordinator for homeland security programs at the Council on Foreign Relations, a private policy research center in New York.
Metzl tells RFE/RL that a blackout is usually caused by the failure of a "node," or connecting point, in an electrical service grid. He said the 14 August power failure was akin to painting a bull's-eye on the node that failed -- making it clear to potential terrorists where the systems' weaknesses lie.
"If terrorists can be smart enough to identify what those critical nodes are, not only in the energy infrastructure, but in all of our infrastructure, we are extremely vulnerable," Metzl says.
Because of this vulnerability, Metzl says, the U.S. government must assess the threat posed to the nation's electrical infrastructure to find out which nodes are susceptible to both spontaneous and human-assisted failure, and to make them safe before they are attacked by terrorists.
Further, Metzl says North America's electrical grids desperately need to be brought into the 21st century. He acknowledges that this will cost anywhere between $50 billion and $100 billion, according to most estimates.
"But we also have to ask ourselves, what's the cost of even one-and-a-half days of lost work? The cost of this will be up in the billions of dollars for sure," Metzl says.
James Phillips agrees. He is a research fellow in U.S. foreign policy and national security at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington policy center. Phillips told RFE/RL that the United States cannot afford not to pay the price for a more robust, reliable -- and safer -- system for delivering electricity.
Phillips says he hopes last week's blackout provided what he termed a "wake-up call" for the American government and its energy industry.
"It's important to dedicate the funds to invest in new technology and new capacity to give more leeway in the system so it doesn't cascade down when there's a problem," Phillips says.
Phillips says it is not outlandish to think that a terrorist group might attack the country's electrical infrastructure to make its point. He notes that the goal of an act of terror is not military victory but to damage the morale of the people.
According to Phillips, a very effective campaign to lower morale is occurring now in Iraq, where guerrillas have been hampering the efforts of the U.S. military to restore power, running water, and other basic services to an increasingly restive civilian population.
"If there are chronic blackouts or 'brownouts' over time, I think that could have a cumulative effect. In fact, I think that's part of the strategy of some of Saddam Hussein's followers in Iraq: to keep knocking out the electricity to demoralize and dispirit the Iraqi people," Phillips says.
Metzl agrees that a blackout caused by terrorists could affect civilian morale, depending on the way the populace perceives the quality of their leaders' response. He says that if local and federal leaders were to respond ineffectively to a blackout caused by sabotage, they could lose the confidence of the people. Repeated attacks, he says, could lead to chaos.
What is worse, Metzl says, is that a sophisticated terrorist group could attack a power grid and cause a blackout as a prelude to an even bolder and deadlier attack akin to the hijacking of passenger-laden jetliners on 11 September 2001.
"The more sophisticated the terrorist, the more sophisticated the terrorist act. So one could see [a terrorist leader] starting with a critical infrastructure attack and following with something else. And as we saw, our guard was down [on 14 August] because we didn't have electricity; our response capabilities were decreased," Metzl says.
Metzl says that all forms of terror are possible after 11 September, but they will not be likely if the U.S. government and its energy industry remain alert and are not reluctant to invest in strengthening the nation's electrical system and anticipating the terrorists' next moves.
A beautiful naked woman with a shotgun is sooo sexy. It inspires me to take up hunting! Perhaps the NRA could use her in an advertising campaign.
One morning a blind bunny was hopping down the bunny trail, tripped over a large snake and fell, kerplop right on his titchy little nose. "Oh please, excuse me!" said the bunny. "I didn't mean to trip over you, but I"m blind & can't see."
"That's perfectly all right," replied the snake. "To be sure, it was my fault. I didn't mean to trip you, but I'm blind too, and I didn't see you coming. By the way, what kind of animal are you?"
"Well, I really don't know," replied the bunny. "I'm blind and I've never seen myself. Maybe you could examine me and find out."
So the snake felt the bunny all over, and said, "Well, you're soft and cuddly, and you have long silky ears and a little fluffy tail and a dear twitchy little nose. You must be a bunny rabbit!"
The bunny replied, "I can't thank you enough! But by the way, what kind of animal are you?" The snake replied that he didn't know, and the bunny agreed to examine him.
bunny had felt the snake all over, When the bunny was finished, the snake asked, "Well, what kind of an animal am I?"
The and replied, "You're soft, you're cold, you're slippery and you haven't got any balls. You must be a Democrat."
I would suggest to you that there are at least 50 floors of high rise offices in this town, all of which are devoted to controlling the flow of information via the internet. The problem of course is that power controls both parties, and both parties are desperate to control the internet--different motives--same result. If you are truly curious about what is going on in universities with regard to this subject. Google
Have a nice day
Correction it should read thus:
You might also cruise through the website of your favorite law school and see what courses they are offering.
"Maid of the Marsh" --LOL --from "Lady of the Lake" no doubt.
How 'bout, "Siren of the Swamp" ?