Drumshamboo Jig - Banshee Celtic Band at the concert in Krakow, march 2008.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
That means that YOU are listening!
Without any pretense of an argument, which liberals are neurologically incapable of, the mainstream media are now asserting that our wussy interrogation techniques at Guantanamo constituted "torture" and have irreparably harmed America's image abroad.
Only the second of those alleged facts is true: The president's release of the Department of Justice interrogation memos undoubtedly hurt America's image abroad, as we are snickered at in capitals around the world, where they know what real torture is. The Arabs surely view these memos as a pack of lies. What about the pills Americans have to turn us gay?
The techniques used against the most stalwart al-Qaida members, such as Abu Zubaydah, included one terrifying procedure referred to as "the attention grasp." As described in horrifying detail in the Justice Department memo, the "attention grasp" consisted of:
"(G)rasping the individual with both hands, one hand on each side of the collar opening, in a controlled and quick motion. In the same motion as the grasp, the individual is drawn toward the interrogator."
There are rumors that Dick "Darth Vader" Cheney wanted to take away the interrogators' Altoids before they administered "the grasp," but Department of Justice lawyers deemed this too cruel.
And that's not all! As the torments were gradually increased, next up the interrogation ladder came "walling." This involves pushing the terrorist against a flexible wall, during which his "head and neck are supported with a rolled hood or towel that provides a C-collar effect to prevent whiplash."
People pay to have a lot rougher stuff done to them at Six Flags Great Adventure. Indeed, with plastic walls and soft neck collars, "walling" may be the world's first method of "torture" in which all the implements were made by Fisher-Price.
As the memo darkly notes, walling doesn't cause any pain, but is supposed to induce terror by making a "loud noise": "(T)he false wall is in part constructed to create a loud sound when the individual hits it, which will further shock and surprise." (!!!)
If you need a few minutes to compose yourself after being subjected to that horror, feel free to take a break from reading now. Sometimes a cold compress on the forehead is helpful, but don't let it drip or you might end up waterboarding yourself.
The CIA's interrogation techniques couldn't be more ridiculous if they were out of Monty Python's Spanish Inquisition sketch:
Cardinal! Poke her with the soft cushions! ...
Hmm! She is made of harder stuff! Cardinal Fang! Fetch ... THE COMFY CHAIR!
So you think you are strong because you can survive the soft cushions. Well, we shall see. Biggles! Put her in the Comfy Chair! ...
Now -- you will stay in the Comfy Chair until lunchtime, with only a cup of coffee at 11.
Further up the torture ladder -- from Guantanamo, not Monty Python -- comes the "insult slap," which is designed to be virtually painless, but involves the interrogator invading "the individual's personal space."
If that doesn't work, the interrogator shows up the next day wearing the same outfit as the terrorist. (Awkward.)
I will spare you the gruesome details of the CIA's other comical interrogation techniques and leap directly to the penultimate "torture" in their arsenal: the caterpillar.
In this unspeakable brutality, a harmless caterpillar is placed in the terrorist's cell. Justice Department lawyers expressly denied the interrogators' request to trick the terrorist into believing the caterpillar was a "stinging insect."
Human rights groups have variously described being trapped in a cell with a live caterpillar as "brutal," "soul-wrenching" and, of course, "adorable."
If the terrorist manages to survive the non-stinging caterpillar maneuver -- the most fiendish method of torture ever devised by the human mind that didn't involve being forced to watch "The View" -- CIA interrogators had another sadistic trick up their sleeves.
I am not at liberty to divulge the details, except to mention the procedure's terror-inducing name: "the ladybug."
Finally, the most savage interrogation technique at Guantanamo was "waterboarding," which is only slightly rougher than the Comfy Chair.
Thousands of our troops are waterboarded every year as part of their training, but not until it was done to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed -- mastermind of the 9/11 attack on America -- were liberal consciences shocked.
I think they were mostly shocked because they couldn't figure out how Joey Buttafuoco ended up in Guantanamo.
As non-uniformed combatants, all of the detainees at Guantanamo could have been summarily shot on the battlefield under the Laws of War.
Instead, we gave them comfy chairs, free lawyers, better food than is served in Afghani caves, prayer rugs, recreational activities and top-flight medical care -- including one terrorist who was released, whereupon he rejoined the jihad against America, after being fitted for an expensive artificial leg at Guantanamo, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.
Only three terrorists -- who could have been shot -- were waterboarded. This is not nearly as bad as "snowboarding," which is known to cause massive buttocks pain and results in approximately 10 deaths per year.
Normal human beings -- especially those who grew up with my older brother, Jimmy -- can't read the interrogation memos without laughing.
At Al-Jazeera, they don't believe these interrogation memos are for real. Muslims look at them and say: THIS IS ALL THEY'RE DOING? We do that for practice. We do that to our friends.
But The New York Times is populated with people who can't believe they live in a country where people would put a caterpillar in a terrorist's cell.
Once again Miss Ann hits the nail on the head.
Al Qaeda must be pissing themselves from laughing so hard at what the American left considers "torture". Of course Americans are going to die because of this. Our enemies are subhuman savages who will attack when they sense weakness and Obama has made us appear contemptibly weak.
The bad guys now know that no matter what they do to us the worst we'll do to them is menace them with a larva.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
From American Thinker:
The Obama administration looks like it's going to acquiesce in the face of a nuclear-armed radicalized Pakistan, just as Jimmy Carter bowed down low in the face of Ayatollah Khomeini. Soon we will have two radicalized Muslim states with nuclear weapons and long-range missiles: A Shiite Iran, and a Sunni Pakistan.
Afghanistan is slipping out of control. But worse, Afghanistan is no longer the main battleground: a Taliban-controlled Pakistan is.
And in case you've forgotten, in the decade before 9/11 Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaida suiciders found safe haven with the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Talibs are Islamist fanatics just like Ahmadinejad. They will die for Allah. That means they may not be rational actors in the Western sense. They certainly will stir up terror attacks in India and maybe Sri Lanka and the Philippines, just as the Iranians are sponsoring terrorist proxies in Lebanon, Gaza and Egypt.
Once they have nuclear weapons, they will have safe havens for further terrorist attacks. Expect nuclear weapons and long-range missiles to start spreading even faster.
Weakness? Our enemies have taken the measure of Obama and Hillary Clinton. They are not bothering to wait. They know this is Jimmy Carter II in the White House, and they are acting accordingly. Expect push, push, push on all the fronts: South America with Chavez, Ortega and the Castro brothers, now trying to control Brazil; Africa with Zuma, another mad radical now in control of the modern state of South Africa; the Sudan under its genocidal regime, backed by the Arab League and tolerated by the UN; Iran and Syria now within reach of their own nukes and missiles; and Russia, which will play big power games in the Middle East as long as it hurts the West.
The Taliban just accepted Pakistan's surrender in six provinces. They promptly moved on the seventh province, and are now within a day's drive of the capital of Pakistan. And the West? The West can't even hold down medieval terrorist pirates in little speed boats, who are making a good living off kidnapping Westerners and terrorizing Western shipping companies. The pirates are making the West pay for the Shabab Islamist rebellion in Somalia.
Remember Osama Bin Laden's strong horse and weak horse? Barack Obama is the weak horse. The Muslim world may have hated Bush, but they despise weakness.
Go read the rest.
It is just possible that a radical Islamist takeover in Pakistan could be the best possible thing to happen.
Of course the United States under the "leadership" of on B. Hussein Obama will do nothing in the face of such a catastrophe (other than seek to appease) however India might very well invade and crush the new Islamofascist state, destroying or capturing its nuclear weapons.
I have long said on this blog that India would be a far better ally for the US than most of Old Europe. The Indians have the kind of hatred of Islam that only people forced to share a border with an Islamic state or forced to endure the presence of a large Muslim minority living among them can feel. That is the Indians have the natural reaction to Islam of any sane people forced to see it up close - revulsion.
India has already indicated that it if pushed it would consider the limited nuclear strike that Pakistan could launch against it an acceptable price to pay for the eradication of Muslim Pakistan.
An out and out Islamist takeover of Pakistan is likely one of the contingencies which would trigger an all out invasion of Pakistan by India and since the United States and Western Europe will not do what must be done to preserve their own culture from the barbarians seeking to destroy it all the civilized and sane people of the West (there are still some) can do is hope that some third party will step up and defeat our enemies for us.
Now if we can just get Israel to take out Iran. . .
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania abruptly switched parties Tuesday, a move intended to boost his re-election chances that also pushed Democrats within one seat of a 60-vote filibuster-resistant majority. "I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans," Specter said in a statement posted on a Web site devoted to Pennsylvania politics and confirmed by his office. Several Senate officials said a formal announcement was expected at mid-afternoon. So the wretched old left-wing scumbag finally made official what has been obvious for decades. He is a Democrat. Good fraking riddance. The GOP does not - and never has - needed trash like this. Now if we could only get John "Judas" McCain and his detestable little butt-boy Lindsay Graham to follow Specter. And another positive development:
"I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans," Specter said in a statement posted on a Web site devoted to Pennsylvania politics and confirmed by his office. Several Senate officials said a formal announcement was expected at mid-afternoon.
So the wretched old left-wing scumbag finally made official what has been obvious for decades. He is a Democrat.
Good fraking riddance. The GOP does not - and never has - needed trash like this.
Now if we could only get John "Judas" McCain and his detestable little butt-boy Lindsay Graham to follow Specter.
And another positive development:
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said, "Let's be honest: Senator Specter didn't leave the GOP based on principles of any kind. He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record. Republicans look forward to beating Senator Specter in 2010, assuming the Democrats don't do it first."
The Republican party finally has a national chairman who will stand up and tell the truth.
Good for you Mr. Steele. Keep telling it like it is and in 2010 we'll have the House and Senate back and in 2010 we'll be saying "President Palin".
Monday, April 27, 2009
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
In case you haven't seen this video clip, this is celebrity moron Janeane Garofalo on the Keith Olbermann show commenting on the Tea Parties.
Now even when I was blogging daily I doubt that I would have made much of this for two reasons. One is that Garofalo and Olbermann are a pair of class-A idiots. Nothing they have to say about anything can be of the slightest interest to anyone who isn't also an idiot.
However I have recently reassessed that opinion. You see Olbermann's show isn't on Air America or some big left-wing city's public access cable channel. It is on MSNBC, which is a subsidiary of NBC's news department.
Think about that for a minute. What transpires on Olbermann's show is a product of NBC news.
That should frighten you.
Nearly every outlet of the mainstream media has become the moral equivalent of Der Strummer, the ,Völkischer Beobachter, Pravda or The Daily Worker. In other words propaganda sheets spewing the party line. But with this critical difference. In Nazi Germany, the USSR, Castro's Cuba or any other totalitarian nation the press is owned by and utterly controlled by the government. A reporter who tells the truth about something like the murder of the Jews or the famine in Ukraine can expect a bullet through the back of the head or at the very least a long stay in a concentration camp.
"Journalists" in America have voluntarily done this to themselves.
The fact that our "free" press has willingly given themselves over to be the tools of a Castro-in-waiting underscores what I have reluctantly come to believe is a fact; that the internal differences dividing the "right" from the "left" in America cannot be settled short of bloodshed.
The fact is that after contemplating things like Al Franken's theft of a Senate race in Minnesota, Dan Rather's attempt to sabotage George W Bush's presidential campaign using forged documents, Al Gore and the Democrat party's unforgivable conduct in Florida in the 2000 presidential election, Miss California's incredibly shabby and vile treatment at the hands of an almost unbelievably moronic celebrity gossip blogger, the Obama regime's apparent intent to prosecute former Bush administration officials and ten thousand other insults and offenses both large and small I no longer even want to seek a peaceful solution to the nation's internal divisions.
I would accept a partition of the nation into "Real America" on one side and the "People's Democratic Republic of Euromerica" or some such on the other - but I don't think that will happen. In the first place the progressives (or socialists or Democrats or what ever you want to call them) would never willingly let the red states go. What they are about is power and they will never release subjects without a fight.
The other reason why the nation will not be peacefully partitioned is that the two sides simply hate each other too much to be satisfied with anything less than the spilling of the other side's blood.
So what happens now? Must the fighting break out today or tomorrow? No, but it will break out. Unless the part of the public which still upholds the values and ideals of the Founders has lost the will to survive (a real possibility) there WILL be civil war.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
To all the people who are wondering where I've gone off to I promise I'll post something about that tomorrow. Until then here is a nice music video to entertain you.
This is the Rogues with the United States Air Force Band in Washington DC.