Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mumbai Photog Wanted Gun, Not Camera or Police

Mumbai is a city of 14,000,000 souls. The police force numbers 41, 914 for every 10,000,000. The huge metropolis was brought to a stand still and the police, of a force larger than many national militarys, was rendered nearly useless for three days by only 10 (TEN!!)guys with guns.

There are text messages (SMS) making the rounds in Mumbai and India that express an unfounded belief that the Mumbai police force did not respond because they were not of the same community as those being attacked. I do not pretend to understand Indian politics, society, or culture so I will not even attempt an explanation. Nita at A Wide Angle View of India has a better post on the subject. She has printed one such SMS that demonstrates the lack of trust between the various groups,

Don’t know where he is when you need him. We want him to go and save amchi Mumbai. Army, NSG commandoes are not marathi manoos….why should they fight and lay down their life for Mumbaikars.
The behavior of the police is very troubling no matter the explanation. Sebastian D'Souza, a picture editor at the Mumbai Mirror, photographed the only surviving terrorist, told the Belfast Times his story (h/t Atlas Shrugs):

It is the photograph that has dominated the world's front pages, casting an astonishing light on the fresh-faced killers who brought terror to the heart of India's most vibrant city. Now it can be revealed how the astonishing picture came to be taken by a newspaper photographer who hid inside a train carriage as gunfire erupted all around him.

The gunmen were terrifyingly professional, making sure at least one of them was able to fire their rifle while the other reloaded. By the time he managed to capture the killer on camera, Mr D'Souza had already seen two gunmen calmly stroll across the station concourse shooting both civilians and policemen, many of whom, he said, were armed but did not fire back. "I first saw the gunmen outside the station," Mr D'Souza said. "With their rucksacks and Western clothes they looked like backpackers, not terrorists, but they were very heavily armed and clearly knew how to use their rifles.

But what angered Mr D'Souza almost as much were the masses of armed police hiding in the area who simply refused to shoot back. "There were armed policemen hiding all around the station but none of them did anything," he said. "At one point, I ran up to them and told them to use their weapons. I said, 'Shoot them, they're sitting ducks!' but they just didn't shoot back."

Mr D'Souza added: "I told some policemen the gunmen had moved towards the rear of the station but they refused to follow them. What is the point if having policemen with guns if they refuse to use them? I only wish I had a gun rather than a camera."
The behavior of some police officers and the rude SMS text messages are demeaning to those who lost their lives in a terror attack against the entire country, and by extension, the entire democratic world. The dead number 195 and 14 of whom were police officers.

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I want to live. No, I want to die. No, wait...

He is the only terrorist still alive after the Mumbai Massacre. Azam Amir Kasav, 21, is the swaggering punk photographed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji train station. He is from Tehsil Gipalpura, Faridkot, Pakistan and speaks fluent English.

And he is talking. He's told authorities that each murderer

was given six to seven magazines with fifty bullets each, eight hand grenades per terrorist with one AK-57 , an automaticloading revolver and a supply of dry fruits.

Azam reportedly disclosed that the group left Karachi in one boat and upon reaching Gujarat they hoisted a white flag on their boat and were intercepted by two officers of the coast guard near Porbandar and while they were being questioned one of the terrorists grappled with one of the officers slit his throat and threw the body in the boat. The other officer was told to help the group reach Mumbai. When they were four nautical miles away from Mumbai there were three speedboats waiting for them where the other coastguard officer was killed. All the ammo was then shifted into these three spedboats they reached Colaba jetty on Wednesday night and the ten men broke up into groups of two each. Four of these men went to the Taj Mahal hotel, two of them to the Trident hotel, two towards Nariman House at Colaba and two of which Azam was one moved to CST.
Rina Chandran of Reuters was told, now follow this, by an anonymous Defense Ministry source that Azan told Times Now TV "they wanted to be remembered for an Indian version of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States."

A Times of India video reveals Azam saying,
I was trained by militants of the Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan for three months and asked to cause maximum casualties in Mumbai.

We dispersed and left for our mission. I and my associate Abu Ismail Dera Ismail Khan, 25, also a resident of Punjab in Pakistan, left for CST railway station.
At the train station, his associate was shot dead and Azam was shot in the hand. Azam played dead until he got to the hospital when security personnel saw he was breathing. After being discovered, Azam said,
I don't want to die. Please put me on saline.

We had been instructed to kill till the last breath.

Now I don't want to live.
No wonder this idiot is a terrorist. He can decide to kill a bunch of other people, but can't decide whether he wants to live or die. Loser.

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Don't Hate Us, Bro!

In the early wake of the Mumbai massacre, many are trying to make sense of the horrible offense. Many of us have already come to terms with the unconscionable acts of the terrorist few while others continue in their ambivalence, cowering before both evil and righteousness.

I know the terrorists and their actions as evil. So does Scott Simon of NPR Weekend Edition Saturday, November 29, 2008.

Evil In Mumbai
by Scott Simon

I get increasingly uncomfortable with the convention of journalism that requires us to say that so far, we don't know the motives of the people who carried out this week's attacks in Mumbai.

A word like "motive" seems to imply there was reason or purpose. It suggests that, however profane their actions, the terrorists had the incentive of some goal in mind.

But after covering too many killings, as a reporter or host, in Bosnia, Kosovo, Oklahoma City or Somalia, I've come to the conclusion that the perpetrators of such crimes might just be ... evil.

Evil is a word that many people of my generation shrink from using. It seems so imprecise and uneducated — biblical, rather than cerebral and informed.

But there are times and crimes that remind me how often the Bible gets it right.

At some point, someone might record a statement, credited to some group, claiming responsibility for the killings in Mumbai, and send it out to the world. At some point, someone might write some kind of screed, display his education by calling it a manifesto that gets quoted by the best news organizations, including our own.

Terrorists may rationalize their actions with political rhetoric. They may band together, train together, and, ultimately, die together, and thereby give each other the strength and reassurance to believe that they are not alone. Other people share their convictions and help shoulder their actions. So how can they be crazy, much less evil?

But Romeo Dallaire, the courageous Canadian general who tried to stop massacres in Rwanda, once told us that evil men and women see no innocents in the world. They will slaughter mothers without conscience and their children, too, because mothers give birth to children who can grow up to be their opponents.

Evil people are not dumb, he said. They simply use the power of their mind to cut off their conscience.

The people killed this week in Mumbai were not collateral damage, which has become an ugly enough term, but the very objects of damage: human beings who became the targets of a murder spree, however terrorists and apologists may ultimately embroider the assault with supposed political significance. Americans, Britons, Israelis, Indians and Jews seemed to be the particular targets. But those who died were from all over the world and at all stages of life: married couples, religious pilgrims, old people and young people, a father and his young daughter who were learning about meditation.

As investigations and analysis continue over the next few weeks, it may be good to refresh ourselves with the memory of their worthy lives.
Simon speculates that someone at some time will release a statement claiming responsibility and rationalizing their barbarous acts. That has already happened. The script is well known to terrorist and terrorized alike.

During the massacre of innocents, one of the gangsters telephoned the India TV channel from the Trident Hotel Thursday. He said the Deccan Mujahedeen was responsible for the attacks and wanted the persecution of Indian Muslims to end.

Holed up inside the hotel, surrounded by Indian Commandos, and after killing scores of innocent people indiscriminately because discrimination is wrong, he told ITV,

"Muslims in India should not be persecuted. We love this as our country but when our mothers and sisters were being killed, where was everybody?"
(His accusation is not without merit. Google search: hindus rape muslim women india. The facts of the recent historical past in no way justifies the wanton killing in Mumbai or absolve Islam and Muslims from the ten centuries of abuse of Hindus by Muslims.)

Gateway Pundit puts it simply -

Mumbai Muslim Terrorists Tell Media: "Stop Hating Us"
Excuse me?
You just shot up the train station, drove through town and shot up people at bus stops, blew up bombs in hotels and restaurants, took hostages and killed 150 innocent people and you are asking people to "stop hating us?"
That's insane.
It is insane. It is not one world and some parts are less sane than others.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Why Are Polar Bears Not Drowning as Predicted

Polar Bears were drowning at a frightful pace in 2004. The Times Online reported that scientists had found four Polar Bear carcasses floating in the same Arctic Sea area off the Alaskan north coast in one month's time. Based upon those four bear carcasses and evidence the average Arctic temperatures had increased 2-3C since the 1950s, the only logical course was to guess the deaths resulted from Global Warming. Further, the scientists believe Polar Bear drownings are becoming more prevalent and widespread across the Arctic region.

Few have heard the refutation of the four dead bears story. World Climate Report wrote in in May 2008 that the floating bear carcasses were spotted from the air a few days after a strong storm with high winds and 2 meter (6.56167 feet)high waves. The bears, which can swim 100 miles per day in open water, were presumed to have drowned because of exhaustion when caught in a big storm without ice flows within easy reach.

But, in 2005, 2006, 2007, and now 2008 we have heard nothing about the increased death by drowning of the predicted large numbers of Polar Bears. Where are the dead bears? Researchers saw four Polar Bear bodies floating in the Arctic Ocean where none had ever been seen before; ten other bears were seen swimming in open water more than 2 kilometers (1 mile 427.2 yards) from land. And this led the smart guy scientists to conclude global warming caused the bears to swim greater distances, exhausting them, and then drowned when caught in big storms.

There have been large ocean storms in the years between 2004 ad 2008. So, where are all the dead bears?

After years of research, we now know why Polar Bears are not drowning in the expected numbers --

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Haven't We Met

My friend, Deni, reminded me of a really great musician today. I first saw Kenny Rankin perform while I was in college at Sacramento State University in the mid-70s. He played on the Quad on a beautiful sunny spring day.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

NBC Discovers Obama May Not be US Citizen

Finally, some in the Main Stream Media are showing some interest in the Obama birth/citizenship story. Granted, it's mostly to say what poor losers Republicans are while ignoring the behavior of Democrats over the last eight years with GW Bush as President.

First Read

From NBC’s Pete Williams

When the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court meet on Dec. 5th, in their regular private conference to decide which cases to hear, two lawsuits that have captivated a segment of the blogosphere will be up for discussion.

Both urge the court to consider claims that President-elect Obama is not qualified to be president, because he is not a natural-born American citizen.

Persistent concerns about the qualifications of both major party candidates rank among the oddest aspects of 2008's historic campaign.

Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution provides that "No person except a natural born citizen" is eligible to be president.

Pennsylvania lawyer Philip Berg claims that the circumstances of Obama's birth are vague and that he may have been born in Kenya. Obama's mother, Berg asserts, later flew to Hawaii to register the birth.

Leo Donofrio, a New Jersey lawyer, contends that election officials in his state failed to ensure that only legally qualified candidates were placed on the ballot. Obama may have been born in the United States, Donofrio argues, but "natural born" status depends on both parents being American citizens. Obama's father was Kenyan.

The justices are unlikely to take up these cases for a host of reasons, not the least of which is the invitation to overturn the results of an election in which more than 66 million Americans voted for Obama. An equally high hurdle is the issue of whether Berg or Donofrio have the legal right to sue claiming a violation of the Constitution.

The Obama campaign had hoped to end the controversy last spring by releasing his actual Hawaii birth certificate. But that prompted further questions about its authenticity, which were compounded when state authorities in Hawaii said they could not vouch for it, because they were constrained by the privacy laws.

Then, on Oct. 31st, the director of Hawaii's Department of Health issued a statement, proclaiming that he had personally seen and verified that the state has "Sen. Obama's original birth certificate on record," which shows that he was born there.
America's Right tells about the Christian Science Monitor taking an interest.

Barack Obama has one election still to win before he moves into the White House, and by all accounts he’s a shoo-in. The Electoral College – that curious body created by the Founders to put one extra check on the popular vote – meets Dec. 15 to elect the president.

But across the US, a small band of Americans convinced that Mr. Obama is not a natural-born citizen, as the Constitution requires of presidents, are lobbying Democratic electors to take one last look at the notion that Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii.

The idea that Democratic electors would deny Obama the presidency strains the bounds of credulity. But the lobbying campaign points to the endurance of conspiracy theories pertaining to US presidents – and revives longstanding questions about the Electoral College itself.

“This does point out the frailty of the Electoral College system,” says Michael Mezey, an expert on the election process at DePaul University in Chicago. “The fact that in most states electors could make the decision to vote for somebody else … is a real vulnerability in the process. [Many Americans], in fact, tend to be amazed that these electors are real people.”

Here in North Carolina, the secretary of state’s office has fielded about 50 requests for names and contact numbers of electors – all public information. The last time so many people sought to contact electors was in 2000, amid a bid to urge electors to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore, who had won the popular vote.

“Most of the world thinks this is settled except for a few conspiracy theorists,” says North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. “In the 2000 election … Republican electors felt under siege, and I expect the Democrat electors may end up feeling the same way [this time].”

Wayne Abraham, a Democratic elector in Greensboro, N.C., says he’s received three letters – two signed, one not – and one phone call about Obama’s citizenship.

“I was surprised, but I’m not worried about it,” he says, dryly. “As I said to the lady on the phone, I figured that the Bush administration had ample opportunity to investigate Senator Obama, and if they had discovered he was not truly a citizen they … would have let us know.”
What's fascinating to me in all of this is that the other side assert their certitude based on the honesty and thoroughness of George Bush and his cronies. They claim that if Obama was not a citizen, then most certainly the Bush Administration would have discovered the truth by now. Never mind that those same Liberal Democrats claim Bush couldn't find WMD or al-Qaida in Iraq. Why the sudden trust in the veracity of GW Bush?

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pilgrims, Indians, Turkeys - Hold the Genocide

It's that time of year again, Thanksgiving. We all know the story. The Pilgrims invite the neighbors, the Wampanoags, to dinner on Thursday. The Pilgrims served dry turkey, soggy stuffing, lumpy mashed potatoes and runny turkey gravy, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, round molded jellied cranberries, cardboard tube biscuits, pies of pumpkin and mincemeat. Mmmmm.

When all were fed to bursting, they settled back to enjoy a ballgame between the Redskins and Cowboys.

Then the genocidal mayhem began.

Not quite.

We have only one source for the events of 1621 Plymouth, sometime between September 21 or 22 when a group of Plymouth men returned from Massachusetts, and November 9 when the ship Fortune arrived. Pilgrim Edward Winslow wrote a letter dated December 11, 1621 to a friend in England. Winslow wrote -

"Our Corne did proue well, & God be praysed, we had a good increase of Indian Corne, and our Barly indifferent good, but our Pease not worth the gathering, for we feared they were too late sowne, they came vp very well, and blossomed, but the Sunne parched them in the blossome; our harvest being gotten in, our Governour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a more speciall manner reioyce together, after we had ..."
Whoa! That's too hard to read. Coming from England, you'd think the Pilgrims could write English. A modern translation is easier -
Our corn did prove well, and, God be praised, we had a good increase of Indian corn, and our barley indifferent good, but our peas not worth the gathering, for we feared they were too late sown. They came up very well, and blossomed, but the sun parched them in the blossom.

Our harvest being gotten in, our governor
[William Bradford] sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, among other recreations, we exercised our Arms [fired guns in target shooting], many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed upon our governor, and upon the captain [of the Fortune or of the militia is not clear], and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.
Then the genocidal mayhem began?

Well, no. Although the liberal history rewriters would have us believe the first Thanksgiving was just to fatten-up the Indians Native Americans Amerindians - actually, Indians prefer "Indian" - Indians for the planned genocidal mayhem. There was never a plan to ethnically cleanse the land or an official war of extermination despite hundreds of mutually assured massacres over nearly 400 years.

In this one year, 1621, white Europeans and Northeast Indians got together for several days of eating, sleeping, talking, playing, and a general good time. Of all the horrible things both peoples did to one another, this one event should be celebrated as the ideal that was seldom, if ever, duplicated. It was a rare perfect day of harmony, a Kodak Kumbaya moment that revisionists and Utopians preach, but tend to ignore at best, yet condemn as the ultimate betrayal.

It's Thanksgiving. Time to give thanks for the treasures we have, the freedoms we've won, the friends we've gained, and the families with which we're stuck.

I give thanks to all who come here to read my thoughts everyday or even just one day. Thank you.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Holy Land Foundation GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY!

The terrorist financing institution, The Holy Land Foundation and the five guys working for the Muslim "charity" were found GUILTY on all counts todays. Huge win for the good guys!

The Dallas Morning News

A jury on Monday determined that the Holy Land Foundation and five men who worked with the Muslim charity were guilty of three dozen counts related to the illegal funneling of at least $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

The unanimous verdicts are a complete victory for the government, which streamlined its case and worked hard to carefully educate jurors on the complex, massive evidence presented in the trial. Guilty verdicts were read on 108 separate charges.

The prosecution victory is also a major one for the lame duck administration of President George Bush, whose efforts at fighting terrorism financing in court have been troubled, even though the flow of funds seems to be effectively shut down.

It was the second trial where the government attempted to convict the men and the now defunct Richardson-based Holy Land Foundation itself. It took the jury eight days of deliberations to reach its decisions — less than half the time it took jurors to deadlock end up with an almost complete mistrial last year on the first go-around.

“My dad is not a criminal!” sobbed one courtroom observer after the verdicts were read. “He’s a human!”
And, yes, your Dad is a criminal! Just be glad your Dad has been tried for crimes in the United States and not in wherever the hell you are from. Here, your Dad has a chance of getting out of this mess alive with all of his fingers, toes, hands, and feet.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

It Could Be Worse, We Could Be French

Brad Stine is a very funny guy. He'd better be; he's a professional comedian, an out of the closet Christian comedian. Gayle at Dragon Lady's Den has a funny video bit called "Christians Don't Have Curse Words". Stine's set ends with this.

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