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IDF moves to bisect Gaza
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under:

#1  'scuse me ma'm. I seem to have dropped my eyeballs down the front of your dress. Can I fish 'em out?
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/04/2009 0:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Um, I don't know. Why would we fight Sabrina?
Posted by: Adriane || 01/04/2009 0:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Heavy Chests

Posted by: Skunky Omusonter3156 || 01/04/2009 1:32 Comments || Top||

#4  42-17-35

Posted by: Sninesh de Medici4385 || 01/04/2009 1:34 Comments || Top||

#5  man.. my nose is cold, and i just cant think of a better way to warm it up right now.
Posted by: Abu do you love || 01/04/2009 1:49 Comments || Top||

#6  I see I missed out on a heaping helping of prime troll flesh yesterday evening. This fills me with rage and regret.
Is there another influx on the way, to be cornered, slaughtered, and devoured as only Rantburgers can? Please, pleeease!

How can we bring them in? I have it!
Post pictures of dumpy hippy chicks in Che sweat-shirts, preferably showing a little hairy ankle in the process. That drives the amateur goebbelists insane with desire.

Bring on the trolls! Let us slake our thirst on their anemic blood and feast on their gamy buttocks!
More trolls!
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 01/04/2009 2:00 Comments || Top||

#7 

Points of interest #1

Points of interest #2

Points of interest #3

Points of interest #4

Points of interest #5
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC aka Skunky & Sninesh || 01/04/2009 2:12 Comments || Top||

#8  the 50s Sabrina has apparently inspired an Argentinian woman, whose uses her given name, to get mammoth amounts of cosmetic surgery to achieve an otherwise utterly impossible hourglass figure.
Posted by: mhw || 01/04/2009 7:41 Comments || Top||

#9  Take it easy, AC. They're prolly too busy getting their butts kicked right now and the sight of Sabrina would fry their little goat buggering eyeballs.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/04/2009 14:13 Comments || Top||

#10  Her undergarments were the product of some of Britains finest engineering. Now that task has been outsourced to Pakistan.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/04/2009 14:58 Comments || Top||

#11  Eons ago in my youth, I read about spiked falsies..... these, however, are the first spiked real ones I've ever seen.......
Posted by: Sposing Munster1404 || 01/04/2009 15:47 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
British forces 'take four key Taliban positions' in Afghanistan
London - British forces have taken four key Taliban positions during an 18-day offensive in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province in which 100 Taliban fighters and five British soldiers were killed, the London Defence Ministry announced Sunday. The ministry said the action began already on December 7 and involved some 1,500 British troops plus Danish and Estonian soldiers of the NATO-led International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) plus Afghan government forces.

The aim of the offensive, which was concentrated around the town of Nad-e-Ali, was to improve security in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, a ministry spokesman said.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 01/04/2009 10:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Continuing proof that Tommy eats fire when he's not dumped in an untenable and unsupported position.
Posted by: Super Hose || 01/04/2009 15:41 Comments || Top||

#2  That's more like it!
Posted by: gorb || 01/04/2009 17:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Well done, lads.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 01/04/2009 18:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Sounds like the NAAFI truck has a new delivery route!

:)
Posted by: crosspatch || 01/04/2009 19:45 Comments || Top||

#5  NAFFI = PX
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/04/2009 20:51 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Al-Shabaab vow to continue attacking withdrawing Ethiopians
The hardline Islamist Al-Shabaab movement on Sunday warned of clashes between insurgent fighters in Somalia and reiterated their resolve to continue fighting the Ethiopian troops which are withdrawing. "We tell the Mujahideen (fighters), all of them, not to turn their guns against each other but rather to direct it at the enemy forces in our country," said Sheik Muqtar Robow, spokesman for Al-Shabaab, in a press briefing held in the southern Bay region.

Robow vowed that his forces would continue attacking the Ethiopian troops, who began withdrawing from Mogadishu on Friday. He pledged that the fighting would not stop even after the Ethiopian troops' withdrawal is completed. "As long as there are crusader forces, be they from Africa, IGAD or the UN, or forces of the apostate government, the Jihad (holy war) would go on," he said.

The spokesman played downed the taking over of some police stations in Mogadishu by a rival Islamist group as "a distraction".
Posted by: ryuge || 01/04/2009 07:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [299 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts

#1  Is the Ethiopian military still good. A book I read about Pork Chop Hill indicated that at the time they were capable fighters especially at night before night vision devices were prevalent.
Posted by: Super Hose || 01/04/2009 15:49 Comments || Top||


Insurgents in Somalia Take Over Police Posts
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Ethiopian troops moved out of a border town on Saturday, a day after soldiers began a pullout from the war-ravaged capital of Mogadishu.

It remains unclear whether the Ethiopian troops who have been shoring up the country’s weak transitional government will leave the country, or whether some will redeploy in other parts of Somalia. Western diplomats have estimated that Ethiopia has had thousands of troops in the country.

The town that the soldiers left on Saturday, Balanbale, is in a region where Islamist militias have been fighting one another. Many here worry that an Ethiopian pullout will leave a power vacuum that Islamist factions will battle one another to fill. Those fears were exacerbated on Friday when an Islamist group took over three empty police stations here.

That faction, the Union of Islamic Courts, signed a cease-fire with the government in 2006 and is not allied with the Shabab, one of Somalia’s most militant Islamic groups. The Shabab controls much of southern Somalia.

Sheik Abdirahim Isse Addow, the spokesman for the faction, said his group had decided to move into the police stations to “ensure the security of the people.” He added, “This is not a challenge against other Islamists.”
No, no, course not, heaven forfend ...
Posted by: Steve White || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts


Europe
Turkey: Bomber sentenced to nine life terms for deadly attack
(AKI ) - A Turkish court on Friday sentenced an alleged Kurdish separatist to nine consecutive life terms in solitary confinement for a car bomb attack that killed seven people last year. Local media said Erdal Polat, who was 23 at the time of the attack, faced charges of attempting to ruin the unity and integrity of the state, murder and helping the outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

According to Turkish media, Polat was accused of preparing and detonating a car bomb, with 40 kilogrammes of explosives, near a bus carrying Turkish soldiers. The explosion, which also occurred near a university building, killed seven people -- including six high school students -- and injured 68 others.

Polat confessed to being a member of the PKK and obtaining the car used in the bombing, but denied detonating the vehicle.

The court sentenced five other people to six years and three months in jail each for helping Polat and for membership of the PKK. Six defendants were acquitted.
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Inn India being sentnced to nine life terms is far worse than in Turkey. :-)
Posted by: JFM || 01/04/2009 2:42 Comments || Top||

#2  #1 Inn India being sentnced to nine life terms is far worse than in Turkey. :-)
Posted by: JFM


Being sentenced to more than 20 years is the same as a death sentence in Turkey, JFM. Turkish prisoners don't like the PKK any more than the rest of the country does. "Solitary" means a cramped, 4x6x6 cell, a squat hole in the corner, and being fed twice a day. The Turks have one of the most inhumane prison systems in the world.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 01/04/2009 11:49 Comments || Top||

#3  In India, you serve until you die then you reincarnate serve another term and so on. :-)
Posted by: JFM || 01/04/2009 13:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Heh heh heh
Posted by: .5MT || 01/04/2009 18:55 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Taliban leader arrested
A senior Taliban leader was arrested from Peshawar on Saturday. A senior policeman confirmed Ustad Yasir was arrested, but declined to give details. The arrest was made by an intelligence agency at around 9am, the sources said. Formerly a leader of Abdurrab Rasool Sayyaf's Ittehad-e-Islami group in Afghanistan, Yasir joined the Taliban in 2001 after Sayyaf announced support for Afghan President Hamid Karzai. He was arrested from the NWFP in 2005 and released from Kabul's Pul-e-Charkhi prison in exchange for kidnapped Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo.
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Arrested == Taken into protective custody?
Posted by: gorb || 01/04/2009 17:38 Comments || Top||


Eight bodies found in Swat
Eight bodies were recovered from different parts of Swat district on Saturday. According to a private TV channel, three bodies were found from Green Chowk while two bodies were found from Ode Gram area of the district. Three more bodies were found from a house in Shakardara area of Matta tehsil. According to the channel, the killings were part of a series of targeted killings in the valley. Separately, Taliban killed Traders Association President Jameel Khan in Barikot.
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Houses demolished, 13 held in Jamrud operation
Thirteen people were arrested and several houses were demolished in the ongoing 'Operation Daraghlam (Arriving)' in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency on Saturday, officials said.

Officials of the political administration told Daily Times that the security forces demolished five shops selling drugs in Wazir Dhand area of Jamrud and five houses of those harbouring Taliban were razed to the ground in Mian Marcha Kilay of the tehsil. The security forces also arrested four people from the area, while three were arrested from Ghundai and six from Godar for sheltering Taliban.

Earlier, the political administration had issued notices to 10 tribesmen asking them to surrender, warning that their houses would be demolished under the Frontier Crimes Regulations, a source said.

Curfew: The Pak-Afghan main highway was reopened from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, as troops relaxed the curfew for the general public and trucks carrying NATO supplies, Landikotal Tehsildar Nasir Khan told Daily Times. He said the Torkham border crossing would be closed from the Afghan side until the objectives of the operations were met.

The troops moved forward into Malagori for taking action against the Taliban and their local facilitators. Khyber Agency Public Administrator Tariq Hayat Khan had categorically told the media that no action would be taken against Malagori tribe as they had complied with the government's advice in forming a tribal Lashkar against the suspected Taliban.
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [494 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Iraq
35 dead in suicide bombing
A FEMALE suicide bomber has killed 35 civilians, including women and children, and wounded 65 others during a religious procession near the Kadhimiyah shrine in northern Baghdad.

Iraqi government officials said the explosion occurred close to one of the gates of the shrine at about 11am (1900 AEDT) today, killing 35 people and wounding 65 others.

The bomber targeted people participating in a ritual procession related to the Ashura ceremonies that climax on January 7.

The festival mourns the killing of Imam Hussein by armies of the Sunni caliph Yazid in the year 680.

It is characterised by processions of wailing men beating their chests and engaged in devotional self-flagellation.
Posted by: tipper || 01/04/2009 07:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [309 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  UNSC meeting in 5..4..3
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/04/2009 8:30 Comments || Top||

#2  So this is a Sunni on Shiite thing? Blowing up women and children at a religious events has to be the lowest of the low.
Posted by: regular joe || 01/04/2009 10:12 Comments || Top||

#3  There is only one thing Muslims like better than killing infidels and that's killing each other.
Posted by: tipper || 01/04/2009 10:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Ashura is a Shiite commemoration, Regular Joe. The Sunnis believe it's blasphemy (after all, they were the victors in that particular attrocity). As for "lowest of the low", I think that can be said of about 80% of Islam.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 01/04/2009 12:00 Comments || Top||

#5  It's just another variation of blood for gawd. Abe was gonna do it but got a pass.... it's a an olde, olde, olde meme. Yes. I mean that too.

Posted by: .5MT || 01/04/2009 12:48 Comments || Top||

#6  .5MT, I think ya got sumptin there. Gawd ALWAYS demands Blood. Makes me wonder. Yehosheua (Jesus) gave his own Blood so we don't have to. Interesting.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/04/2009 15:36 Comments || Top||

#7  It seems like America has a better solution for what to do with mentally unstable women - we give them their own show on the E channel. .... I guess I should include The View.
Posted by: Super Hose || 01/04/2009 15:45 Comments || Top||


Policeman shot down in Mosul
Aswat al-Iraq: A policeman was killed on Saturday when his patrol came under gunmen fire in central Mosul, said a security source from Ninewa. "The incident took place at Ras al-Qor area in central Mosul," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency


30 rockets seized south of Nassiriya
Aswat al-Iraq: Thirty rockets of different kinds were seized south of the city of al-Nassiriya on Saturday, the Thi-Qar province police chief said.

"A force from the Criminal Investigations Office in Thi-Qar province seized 30 rockets in Souk al-Sheikh district, south of Nassiriya," Maj. General Mohsen al-Fatlawi told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. "The rockets are from different origins," Fatlawi said, not elaborating on these "origins".

He said that these rockets were seized thanks to tip-offs from a local resident, noting the bomb squad was summoned to remove them.

Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  That's good.
Posted by: Grolush Darling of the Hatfields3195 || 01/04/2009 0:38 Comments || Top||

#2  It could be the Iranians are starting to stockpile this stuff up in anticipation of our leaving. Glad to see the Iraqi common folk don't want anything to do with this.
Posted by: Rob06 || 01/04/2009 19:24 Comments || Top||


Kurdish communist party member killed in Kirkuk
Aswat al-Iraq: Police on Saturday found a member of the Kurdistan Communist Party killed inside his house in northern Kirkuk, the province's police chief said.
Kurdistan has a RAB?
"The police found Mohieddin Rassoul killed inside his home in Sirkareez neighborhood, al-Shurja area, northern Kirkuk," Col. Bistoun Mohammed Qassabi told Aswat al-Iraq, adding the body showed signs of having been shot and bruised in the head.

"The incident, the second of its kind since last December, is currently being investigated," Qassabi said, not giving more details.

On December 18, 2008, a woman member of the Kurdistan Communist Party's Women's League was found dead inside her home in al-Qadissiya neighborhood, southern Kirkuk, according to Brig. Sarhad Qader, the chief of the Kirkuk Districts' Police Department.

Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  One week they're blowing up anti-Joo protesters, the next they're killin Commies. That place is turning out better than even Texas.
Posted by: Mike N. || 01/04/2009 1:02 Comments || Top||

#2  :)
Likin that... got guns too and oilz.
Longhorns?
Posted by: .5MT || 01/04/2009 10:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Longhorns would have a hard time surviving in northern Iraq, HMT. Better than most other cattle, but it would still be a hard go for them. IIRC, the Kurds also allow open carry of weapons - in fact, you're considered a wimp if you don't have at least an AK-47.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 01/04/2009 12:07 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF moves to bisect Gaza
On Sunday morning, Israeli troops moved to bisect the strip, cutting off the north - including Gaza City - from the rest of Gaza. According to Palestinian reports, the split runs from the Karni crossing on the Israel border in central Gaza to the sea
Posted by: mhw || 01/04/2009 06:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [916 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Half an hour ago Fox news reported that Israeli troops had cut the Gaza Strip into three parts to make movement north or south impossible.
Posted by: Keystone || 01/04/2009 10:08 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought they'd do that. We did it in Falluja when we got serious.
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2009 10:09 Comments || Top||

#3  But, but... they can't be serious? I mean itn an OUTRAGER!
Posted by: .5MT || 01/04/2009 10:12 Comments || Top||

#4  time to apply some IDF bleach to each part in sequence. Nowhere to run, few places to hide. Look for tall hairier-than-usual-moustachio'd burqa-wearers
Posted by: Frank G || 01/04/2009 10:37 Comments || Top||

#5 
2:30 PM IDF ups their psychological warfare on Gaza -- takes over Gaza TV broadcasts and keeps repeating over and over: "Gaza, Your Time is Running Out" (Walla News, Hebrew)
Posted by: 3dc || 01/04/2009 10:46 Comments || Top||

#6 
5:28 PM Hamas top terrorists hiding out in basement of Gaza's Shifa hospital. (Muqata reported last week of reports that the largest stockpile in Gaza of Katyusha and Grad missiles was also in the same basement) [Channel 1 Israel TV]
Posted by: 3dc || 01/04/2009 10:58 Comments || Top||

#7  #6

Fire in the hole.
Posted by: Woozle Elmeter 2700 || 01/04/2009 11:05 Comments || Top||

#8  Shame they didn't use the Litani and do the same thing in Lebanon a while back.

But this is a good move, sectioning and clearing.
Posted by: OldSpook || 01/04/2009 11:18 Comments || Top||

#9  largest stockpile in Gaza

Light off that arsenal all at once at it MIGHT qualify as a massive bomb. And it would blow up a hospital, a clear Israeli war crime (sad, but that IS how it would be portrayed.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/04/2009 11:20 Comments || Top||

#10  Light off that arsenal all at once at it MIGHT qualify as a massive bomb.

Say it Glenmore! It past Noon!
Posted by: .5MT || 01/04/2009 11:43 Comments || Top||

#11  So, if more medicine had been allowed in, then there wouldn't have been room for it?
Posted by: Darrell || 01/04/2009 13:04 Comments || Top||

#12  All Gaza is divided into three parts...
Posted by: Spot || 01/04/2009 13:41 Comments || Top||

#13  Darrell, your thought processes are as warped as mine.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/04/2009 14:12 Comments || Top||

#14  Israel needs to get a propaganda campaign going to show these arms and ammo dumps in civilian places like hospitals. That is just as an important part of the campaign as kinetic warfare. Discredit Hamas on the airwaves. Sure the libs will go lalalalala. But keep chipping away at it.

And you are right, OS about the Litani in Lebanon. IIRC, the plan was to have amphibious landings at the mouth of the Litani River and encircle south Lebanon from the west and east, and clean out the pocket. But Olmert blew it and did not allow it. Not destroying Hizb'Allah was a huge mistake on Olmert's part. Not being crushed was a victory for Hizb'Allah.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/04/2009 14:15 Comments || Top||

#15  Israel is an illegitimate entity. We need to arm Syria and Iran with Nukes immediately. Send in a couple of thousands of SSG commands and from Lebanon side reinforce Hezbollah to 'correct' the error.... that is Israel
Posted by: Thilet Smith6893 || 01/04/2009 14:24 Comments || Top||

#16  Where is that trooper when we need him?
Posted by: Darrell || 01/04/2009 14:26 Comments || Top||

#17  Not a peep out of the PA?
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 01/04/2009 14:27 Comments || Top||

#18  Thilet what planet are you from?
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 01/04/2009 14:29 Comments || Top||

#19  Franks blog reported that IDF radio never says or plays anything religious but this morning they recited Psalm 18 (the Psalm of Victory)
Posted by: 3dc || 01/04/2009 14:36 Comments || Top||

#20  BigJim: I'm from planet Earth. I'd prefer to see Israel disappear and be wiped off the face of the earth. Nukes would be good. Exploding right over Tel Aviv and other cities. Cool eh!
Posted by: Thilet Smith6893 || 01/04/2009 14:40 Comments || Top||

#21  This particular troll comes to us from Pakistan.

Or did.
Posted by: lotp || 01/04/2009 14:49 Comments || Top||

#22  Must be a muslim. Nobody worships death like a muslim.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/04/2009 14:50 Comments || Top||

#23  TS6893, how would you like to see nukes over Makah, Riyadh, Tehran, Damascus, ...?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 01/04/2009 14:50 Comments || Top||

#24  "Other than my duty to go to a far away land to bang my head for a space rock and throw stones at a golum, I could care less because they think themselves more pure than I. Also, unlike a dog, I have not and refuse to learn to not play with porcupines. Hey, is that a woman buying suggestive produce without 2 male family escorts? Kill her! Is that a John Lennon song I hear - I blow your shop up!"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/04/2009 15:07 Comments || Top||

#25  I am not pure. I never have been and never will bve. No human is now or will ever be Pure. We are Mortal beings living in an Imperfect world. Living according to the "Law", whether Isalmic, Jewish, or Chirstian, won't make us Pure. The only "Out" we have is to confess before God our "Impurity" and ask God's forgiveness. What we have in our core being is what matters.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/04/2009 15:45 Comments || Top||

#26  Its still way too early too judge, but it LOOKS like the diff between this and Op Shalom LeGalil is far superior intelligence. With good intel you can maximize the payoff from air strikes relative to collateral damage, which they seem to have done so far. Hopefully that will also leverage the ground ops - use ground forces to take out High Value individuals and key rocket sites, and key tunnel/bunker positions WITHOUT having to go door to door through all of Gaza city or the refugee camps.

My impression is that such intell was simply not available during the Lebanon campaign, which was not nearly as well prepared.

I wonder, how much intell the IDF is getting from Fatah people on the ground.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 01/04/2009 16:04 Comments || Top||

#27  17 see above.

Abbas HAS to condemn the attacks, to appeal to fence sitters in the West Bank, even though most reports are that he wants to see as much damage to Hamas as possible. IF Hamas is completely destroyed, (big if) its possible he will go back into Gaza with Egyptian support. My guess is that Fatah is providing intell at least, to the IDF.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 01/04/2009 16:07 Comments || Top||

#28  Hamas is shooting Fatah members for a reason
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/04/2009 16:07 Comments || Top||

#29  They were putting Fatah guys under "house arrest", but they seem to have figured out that they don't have the manpower for that. So Fatah gets it in the neck.
Posted by: mojo || 01/04/2009 17:09 Comments || Top||

#30  they're Paleos, Mojo...so they shoot a little lower. Think ventilated footwear
Posted by: Frank G || 01/04/2009 17:12 Comments || Top||

#31  Hamas is shooting Fatah members for a reason

AFAIK Hamas has been shooting Fatah members (and vice versa) for a very very long while, at a scale of violence that would be suprising to us if generally known.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 01/04/2009 17:31 Comments || Top||

#32  Hamas managed to fire off over 50 rockets today. No doubt Hamas was hoping for 200+ on the day after a ground invasion so that's OK as far as it goes. If the number of Hamas rockets starts to go down each day or if the number of rockets is all mortars and no Grads, that will be a very good sign.
Posted by: mhw || 01/04/2009 18:02 Comments || Top||

#33  So, has Olmert redeemed himself, yet? Are we seeing the real Olmert now and Lebanon was just a deviation? Or is he just doing what he has to to win the election in Feb. So far, this looks like a war being run by Israeli generals, very competently. Lebanon was run by politicans to disappointing results.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 01/04/2009 18:20 Comments || Top||

#34  he's not running in Febuary elections. His party is, though
Posted by: Frank G || 01/04/2009 18:38 Comments || Top||

#35  I prefer the beginning of Psalm 144

Blessed be the LORD, my) rock,
who trains my hands for war,
and my fingers for battle;

He is my steadfast love and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield and he in whom I take refuge,
who subdues peoples under me.

Posted by: OldSpook || 01/04/2009 19:33 Comments || Top||

#36  (FYI, that was one used before we crossed the berm way back when)
Posted by: OldSpook || 01/04/2009 19:34 Comments || Top||

#37  Don't think it's Olmert, but Tzipi who's running the show and I think she'll make a terrific PM
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/04/2009 19:41 Comments || Top||

#38  TGA?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 01/04/2009 20:08 Comments || Top||

#39  I was told about him when I first posted here...

No, sorry, I'm not. Just German. His nick would fit, though.

I'm much younger and probably a lot nastier than him.

Firmly on the side of Western sanity (yes it exists)
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/04/2009 20:50 Comments || Top||

#40  I miss him. And .com.

He was like Der Alte. .com wasn't.

We must all see our time pass but for some it is too soon.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 01/04/2009 20:58 Comments || Top||

#41  I miss TGA too, NS. (No offense intended to you, EC - we're grateful you're here to give us the continental perspective, along with our French posters.)

I know why he said he had to sign off from here, but given his age, I wish he would post just once more to let us know he's OK.

Same for .com, except the age part.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 01/04/2009 21:18 Comments || Top||

#42  At a certain unspoken level, we understand that the Huntington thesis is right and the Rice view is wishful thinking. After all, when President Sarkozy and other European critics bemoan Israel’s “disproportionate” response, what really are they saying? That they expect better from the despised Jews than from Hamas. That they regard Israel as a western society bound by civilized norms, whereas any old barbarism issuing forth from Gaza is to be excused on grounds of “desperation”. Hence, this slightly surreal headline from The New York Times: “Israel Rejects Cease-Fire, But Offers Gaza Aid.” For whatever that’s worth. Wafa Samir Ibrahim al-Biss, a young Palestinian woman who received considerate and exemplary treatment at an Israeli hospital in Beersheva, returned to that same hospital packed with explosives in order to blow herself up and kill the doctors and nurses who restored her to health. Well, what do you expect? It’s “desperation” born of “poverty” and “occupation”.

If it was, it would be easy to fix. But what if it’s not? What if it’s about something more primal than land borders and economic aid?

A couple of days after Hamas voted to restore crucifixion to the Holy Land, their patron in Teheran (and their primary source of “aid”) put in an appearance on British TV. As multicultural “balance” to Her Majesty The Queen’s traditional Christmas message, the TV network Channel 4 invited President Ahmadinejad to give an alternative Yuletide address on the grounds that it was a valuable public service to let viewers hear him “speak for himself, which people in the west don’t often get the chance to see”. In fact, as Caroline Glick pointed out in The Jerusalem Post, the great man “speaks for himself” all the time — when he’s at the UN, calling on all countries to submit to Islam; when he’s presiding over his international conference of Holocaust deniers; when he’s calling for Israel to be “wiped off the map” — or (in his more “moderate” moments) relocated to a couple of provinces of Germany and Austria. Caroline Glick forbore to mention that, according to President Ahmadinejad’s chief adviser Hassan Abbassi, his geopolitical strategy is based on the premise that “Britain is the mother of all evils” — the evils being America, Australia, Israel, the Gulf states, Canada, and New Zealand, all of which are the malign progeny of the British Empire. “We have established a department that will take care of England,” said Mr. Abbassi in 2005. “England’s demise is on our agenda.”

So when Channel 4 says that we don’t get the chance to see these fellows speak for themselves, it would be more accurate to say that they speak for themselves incessantly but the louder they speak the more we put our hands over our ears and go “Nya nya, can’t hear you.” We do this in part because, if you’re as invested as most western elites are in the idea that all anyone wants is to go to university, get a steady job and settle down in a nice house in the suburbs, a statement such as “England’s demise is on our agenda” becomes almost literally untranslatable. When President Ahmadinejad threatens to wipe Israel off the face of the map, we deplore him as a genocidal fantasist. But maybe he’s a genocidal realist — look at the threads linking North Korea to Iran and to Iran’s clients in Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza — and we’re the fantasists.

The civilizational clashes of Professor Huntington’s book are not inevitable. Culture is not immutable. But changing culture is tough and thankless and something the west no longer has the stomach for. Unfortunately, the Saudis do, and so do the Iranians. And not just in Gaza but elsewhere the trend is away from “moderation” and toward something fiercer and ever more implacable.

To be fair to President Ahmadinejad’s hosts at Channel 4, the “department that will take care of England” probably doesn’t get the lion’s share of the funding in Teheran. On the other hand, when Hashemi Rafsanjani describes the Zionist Entity as “the most hideous occurrence in history” which the Muslim world “will vomit out from its midst” with “a single atomic bomb”, that sounds rather more specific, if not teetering alarmingly on the “disproportionate”. Unlike its international critics in North America and Europe, Israel has no margin for error.

© 2008 Mark Steyn
Posted by: Chetle Untervehr6476 || 01/04/2009 21:39 Comments || Top||

#43  It's not a clash of civilizations but of ideologies. If Iran could get rid of the mullahs you'd see this country back on the side of civilization very soon.

Arabs once had a civilization that rivaled and maybe even surpassed European civilization between the 8th and the 11th century.

Think Cordoba under the rule of Caliph Abd ar Rahman III.

Then came fanatic tribesmen from Morocco who destroyed all that. But even they took on refined manners after a century.

The lethal combination is tribal barbary mixed with religious fanatism... this makes Pakistan a hopeless case for now.

The Palestinian case is not hopeless if they can get rid of fanatism and foreign meddling (Iran, Saudi etc).

The Arab World isn't that united against Israel anymore. When their oil runs out Israel will still be there, with all its smart, educated, hard working people.

The next 20 years will be hard and dangerous for Israel. Then we'll see.
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/04/2009 21:58 Comments || Top||

#44  to all of you bastards pro iszrael
iszrael will be nucked and all of you litle jew scum gonna roasted again
Posted by: nuke iszrahell || 01/04/2009 22:30 Comments || Top||

#45  Let me guess: Pakistan?
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/04/2009 22:32 Comments || Top||

#46  I'm almost inclined to agree with EC. In the medium term, I think he's right. My concern being the long term. (century or more) Israel can't expect to be the regions major economy for infinity. At some point its economic and military advantage could very well not exist and at that point, its all in how well the region has moderated.

My view basically boils down to this: If the WoT is a success, then Israel will be able to exist peacefully alongside its neighbors even if someday it isn't the regions Heavy. If it can't, the west didn't win the WoT
Posted by: Mike N. || 01/04/2009 22:40 Comments || Top||

#47  "nucked"?

Is that a combination of the words "nip" and "tucked"?

Israel's gonna have plastic surgery? Whatever for? Most of their people are good-looking already.

Maybe it's Gaza that needs to be "nucked"? (They've got some pretty ugly people there.)

Of course, not even the best plastic surgeons can fix the ugliness of the Gazans.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 01/04/2009 22:43 Comments || Top||

#48  Yet another in a long line of examples of why Iran can't have the bomb.
Posted by: Mike N. || 01/04/2009 22:44 Comments || Top||

#49  Nice analyses and news at the Jerusalem Post. They agree with European Conservative's analysis. Not about Pakistan, though. ;-)

The amusing thing is, Pakistan's opinion on the Gaza war is about as important and the indignation of trailing daughter #2's Hebrew school class with regard to the situation in Darfur. Which is to say, worth absolutely nothing. I'm so sorry to be the one to inform you of that, nuke iszrahell.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/04/2009 22:48 Comments || Top||

#50  When Alexander the Great conquered Gaza he had all male inhabitants killed and all females led away into slavery.

But then again he was a Goy, wasn't he?
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/04/2009 22:50 Comments || Top||

#51  tw, can you fix that link?
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/04/2009 22:52 Comments || Top||

#52  Barbara

Of course we need to prove your assertion

Posted by: European Conservative || 01/04/2009 22:55 Comments || Top||

#53  I'm not sure what I did wrong, European Conservative, but copy and past the following, and it should take you to the front page:

www.jpost.com

If that doesn't work, I promise to copy each article and email to an address of your choice. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/04/2009 23:02 Comments || Top||

#54  oh ok, I just thought you were referring to a special article in that filthy Zionist Propaganda Tool of the Evil Juice
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/04/2009 23:04 Comments || Top||

#55  The article that expands on your point is here

or, if that doesn't work, copy the link below. Sorry about breaking page formatting, but I've messed up enough today.


www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1230733173571&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull.

Posted by: trailing wife || 01/04/2009 23:12 Comments || Top||

#56  He makes a few good points although I think he confuses Colombia with Venezuela (lefty Chavez is the one who hates Israel).

It boils down to this. Ask anyone in any street in the world, Muslim or not (and without any interference of other persons, minders and in absolute anonymity and safety) this question:

Where would you prefer to live:

a) in a democratic (albeit somewhat chaotic) country that doesn't infringe on your religious life, lets you party in nightclubs on the beach with gorgeous bikini babes, where you can freely say what you want, drink what you prefer, wear what you fancy, work what you like and travel the way you want to?

OR

b) in a country ruled by religious extremists, with invisible women clad in black sackcloth, where you get shot or tortured for saying your opinion or refusing to have your kid strapped to suicide belts, where your life will be regulated down to the smallest details?

And THEN ask

Why would you not support the country of your preference?
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/04/2009 23:28 Comments || Top||

#57  #52 EC - Word.

Ugly goes to the bone - particularly in Gaza.

BTW, showing that picture of the mummy Helen Thomas without warning should be is considered a war crime. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 01/04/2009 23:50 Comments || Top||

#58  Oops sorry I didn't scroll that much down.
She'd qualify for a compulsory burka
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/04/2009 23:56 Comments || Top||


Israel okays call-up of tens of thousands of IDF reservists
Israel's government has approved the call-up of tens of thousands of reservist soldiers, it was annnounced Saturday, almost simultaneously with the launch of a Gaza ground incursion aimed at halting rocket fire on Israel's southern communities.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office said in a statement that, in accordance with a secret cabinet discussion Friday, the government ordered the armed forces "to draft the necessary reservists, on a scale of tens of thousands of troops."

The Gaza ground operation launched Saturday had actually been approved last week, but Olmert promised his ministers that when the time came to begin the offensive, it would first be brought for fresh approval by the security cabinet. On Thursday night, Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak held a meeting that lasted until 4 A.M., during which it was decided that that time had come.

On Friday afternoon, at around 2 P.M., the security cabinet convened at Olmert's office at the Defense Ministry building in Tel Aviv. The meeting was held in utmost secrecy, and the military censor even banned reports that the discussion had taken place.

As the cabinet debate dragged on, the two ministers from the ultra-Orthodox Shas party said that they would stay at the meeting despite the imminent onset of the Sabbath, as the discussion constituted "pikuah nefesh" (the saving of human life which allows Jews to break religious laws). Olmert told the two to go home, but to each leave a note with their votes on the issue of a ground operation.
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Run for the hills.. IDF Reservists.. Israel's Dick Fags are coming out in thousands..
Posted by: Manayka Khawalat || 01/04/2009 3:39 Comments || Top||

#2  "Dick Fags are coming out in thousands.."
Really? Much like the Hamas operatives in fluffy bunny suits? Tender kittens for the brave warriors? Like that?
Posted by: Slaving Sforza8810 || 01/04/2009 5:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Be careful out thar Manayka, them reservest d00ds getting ready to go all pikuah nefesh on yor buddies. Also personal favor (it's a hobby of mine) can you favor us with a picture of yor bridge? B&W okay if it's original, high rez color preferred.

Tks.
Posted by: .5MT || 01/04/2009 5:53 Comments || Top||

#4  re: #1 - it's really amazing how utterly obsessed with sex the Islamists and leftists are.

Quite worried about their potency and afraid the Israelis are better endowed, one suspects.
Posted by: lotp || 01/04/2009 8:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Do however spare us your digital microscope pictures.

Tks.
Posted by: .5MT || 01/04/2009 10:14 Comments || Top||

#6  And their women (conservative and/or Jewish, as the case may be) are multi-orgasmic.

Don't forget that part of their nightmare, lotp. ;)
Posted by: Cornsilk Blondie || 01/04/2009 10:17 Comments || Top||

#7  "Quite worried about their potency and afraid the Israelis are better endowed, one suspects."

Then let's reassure the dickless Gaza Arabs and their supporters, lotp.

The Israelis are.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 01/04/2009 10:24 Comments || Top||

#8  Which is why the Kurds and many Arab societies make that impossible, Cornsilk Blondie. :-(

Posted by: Eric Jablow || 01/04/2009 10:40 Comments || Top||

#9  I understand most Paleo men, and Hamas in particular are underendowed. Most common phrase in Arabic: "Is that it?"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/04/2009 10:47 Comments || Top||

#10  Who ordered the troll under glass? Your order is ready for pick-up. Enjoy!

BTW, the specialty of the day is barbecued troll with mushrooms and artichokes.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 01/04/2009 12:17 Comments || Top||

#11  Manayka Khawalat has been hit with the banhammer.
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2009 12:26 Comments || Top||

#12  Thought there was a fatwhaa against artichokes - something about it looking too much like girly parts and too many ensuing accidents.

"Ah, so what's a Gaza reservist look like?"
"'Bout five feet under and 45 degrees."
Thank you, hey don't forget to try the deer jerkey.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/04/2009 12:27 Comments || Top||

#13  Is that an artichoke in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

That's an old gag, eh?
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 01/04/2009 14:36 Comments || Top||


IDF confirms at least 20 gunmen killed in ground offensive
At least 30 Hamas gunmen were reported killed as IDF troops swept into the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday night, encountering fierce resistance from Hamas forces entrenched in fortifications just over the border. The sources said that a majority of the rockets fired into Beersheba and Ashdod were launched from the northern Gaza Strip.

One of the major aims of the operation was also to deliver a serious blow to the Hamas military wing, which the IDF estimated had not been severely weakened under the air campaign.
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [325 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Hmmm...so the why the 'ell are them pesky rockets still raining on them beersheeba bitches and ashdod asswipes?
Posted by: Yawlad Metnaka || 01/04/2009 3:06 Comments || Top||

#2  "1 Hmmm...so the why the 'ell are them pesky rockets still raining on them beersheeba bitches and ashdod asswipes?"

Dunno, Yawlud. Go to bed and think about it. Do let Dino out for the night first.
Posted by: thinempwimble || 01/04/2009 6:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Abu Vern Estes is showing them how to make little rockets?
Posted by: .5MT || 01/04/2009 6:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Yawtad may be sarcastic but it will be crucial to see if the rocket fire is suppressed over the next few days (its been about 30-60 per day since the operation cast lead began) or whether Hamas can increase it to 200+ a day which was the initial thought on what the Hamas plan was.
Posted by: mhw || 01/04/2009 8:34 Comments || Top||

#5  IDF estimates Hamas has enough rockets for 60-90 days of attacks. That's prior to any recent attrition or use, of course.

Some attacks will continue while the IDF degrades the Hamas leadership and infrastructure. Keep your eye on the larger goal here and don't buy the Hamas claim that their occasional tactical attacks mean they're winning or undefeatable.
Posted by: lotp || 01/04/2009 8:37 Comments || Top||

#6  IDF estimates Hamas has enough rockets for 60-90 days of attacks

Offensive action should not be based on Hamas rocket inventories or the terminatin of rocket launches. As they run out they'll be placing orders for more from Iran and China. Rockets don't kill people, people Hamas kills people. Take out the shooters.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/04/2009 8:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Sure. And while you're doing that, interdict the resupply lines (as the Israelis are doing) and make it VERY clear that this sort of response will occur every time Hamas rearms until the organization is destroyed or gives up its intent to destroy Israel.
Posted by: lotp || 01/04/2009 11:07 Comments || Top||

#8  Take out the shooters

It doesn't look like you have to be a rocket scientist to be able to shoot Hamas rockets, so the number of potential shooters could be very large. I suspect money men and logisticians are the most vulnerable points.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/04/2009 11:11 Comments || Top||

#9  And big changes in money flow or transport patterns - forced by tunnel closings and inventory depletion - might be easier to spot than the incremental changes driven by small attacks.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/04/2009 11:13 Comments || Top||

#10  I've been surprised by the coverage of this event. Fox news had a bubblehead yesterday who set up the following meme in the Fox manner of distributing propaganda in the form of a question:

Do you think that ...?

...if there is ever another rocket shot into Gaza that this will be seen as a victory for Hamas?

...this is a clever plot by the Palestinians to "lure" the Israelis onto their own turf so that they could possibly kidnap soldiers or have a car swarm and thus win the war of popular opinion?

...it is possible for Israel to call this a victory if anything, anything at all, goes wrong for the Israeli army?

...if any Palestinian civilians are harmed that it will unite the world against Israel?

Heck, I've forgotten the other things she said - but I do remember her calling something "pure brilliant genius" on the part of the Palestinians.

I think Israel should stop trying to engage in this type of "friendly" question and answer propaganda and simply put out a statement to the effect that no nation would be willing to tolerate a neighbor shooting rockets into their kindergartens on a daily basis and that if Hamas continues to shoot rockets, they will continue to step up their efforts to make them stop.

You can't win by allowing your enemies to frame the questions like this: Bob, your wife slept with everyone in your office. Do you think that by divorcing her it will reflect badly on your sexual ability? We are just trying to be fair and balanced here.
Posted by: Shalet and Tenille1168 || 01/04/2009 13:16 Comments || Top||

#11  You should answer along the lines of this.

"Was Hitler a genius to get the allied forces to surround his bunker in Germany where it's quicker for him to attack?"
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/04/2009 13:46 Comments || Top||

#12  BP

there is a story that when Hitler moved his command center to Berlin in 45 one of the military types said, "this will be most convenient; we will be able to travel to both the west front and the east front by streetcar"
Posted by: mhw || 01/04/2009 15:04 Comments || Top||

#13  Interior lines... I mean reallly interior lines are everything.

/Shun Tu
Posted by: .5MT || 01/04/2009 19:25 Comments || Top||


PRC: Fighters used massive bomb against invading forces; armed factions coordinating response
Ma'an -- Palestinian fighters detonated a 50 kilogram bomb as Israeli forces crossed into the Gaza Strip, a spokesperson of one of the key armed Palestinian armed groups said on Saturday evening.
'Massive': I don't think that means what you think it means.
Abu Mujahid, the spokesman of the An-Nasser Salah Ad-Din Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, told Al-Jazeera television that their forces had set off the massive explosion in an area called Hayeh Zaytoun. It was not clear if anyone was injured.

He also said that his group is coordinating the defense of the Gaza Strip with all other armed factions, including the Al-Aqsa Brigades, an armed group loyal to Fatah, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hamas, and others. He said the fighters' confidence is "soaring," and that the armed factions are weighing "all options" in their defense of Gaza.
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yawn. Lemme know when you get a 50 kiloton bomb.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/04/2009 0:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Its a step up from toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil in a Pepsi bottle.
Posted by: Mike N. || 01/04/2009 0:26 Comments || Top||

#3  the armed factions are weighing "all options" in their defense of Gaza.
Option 1: Run away
Option 2: Hide under the bed
Option 3: Die
I prefer that they all are given option 3.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 01/04/2009 1:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Allow me to translate:
He said the fighters' confidence is "soaring,"
"We are sooo *bleep*ed. The Perfidious Juice are whacking us at will."

the armed factions are weighing "all options" in their defense of Gaza.
"If we hide, they kill us. If we come out and fight, they kill us. Even if we hide beneath the skirts of our women, they kill us. If those wretched Egyptians would only open the border, we could do a quick exit stage left."
Posted by: SteveS || 01/04/2009 1:49 Comments || Top||

#5  If those wretched Egyptians would only open the border

The Egyptians have plenty of problems of their own - they sure don't need you.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/04/2009 11:16 Comments || Top||

#6  The Arab capacity for self deception never ceases to surprise.
Posted by: OldSpook || 01/04/2009 11:21 Comments || Top||

#7  That and the ability to hold two opposing concepts at the same time. For example: "We're dying like flies!" and "We're so inspiring as fighters - the muslim world is racing here to support us!"
Posted by: Pappy || 01/04/2009 12:05 Comments || Top||

#8  Rambler, you left out the best of all: being blown to teeny-tiny bits by the secondary explosions while moving Grad rockets from a mosque to a pick-up.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 01/04/2009 12:25 Comments || Top||

#9  Geography question: is Hayeh Zaytoun anywhere close to where the Israeli troops were at the time of the explosion? Second question, triggered by the first: was the detonation deliberate or accidental? And third question: is the choice of a 50 kg bomb a signal of compensation?
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/04/2009 12:38 Comments || Top||

#10  A 50kg bomb?

A female, I guess
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/04/2009 15:33 Comments || Top||


PFLP: Israelis wounded in clashes near Gaza City
Ma'an -- Fighters affiliated to the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) claimed to be exchanging fire with invading Israeli forces east of Gaza City after midnight on Sunday morning.

In two statements faxed to Ma'an, the PFLP's armed wing, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, said they fired missiles and seven 60-milimeter mortars at Israeli forces inside the Gaza Strip. They claimed Israeli soldiers had been wounded in the clashes.

Earlier, Al-Jazeera television reported that Israeli forces had entered the Strip near the Karni border crossing, in the vicinity of where the PFLP claims these clashes took place.

They also claimed to have launched homemade rockets at the Western Negev desert, and the city of Askhelon, north of Gaza. They said that a thirt rocket fired at the town of Netivot had been acknowleged by the Israelis.

"We will get out from underneath the rubble and fight until the last breath," said the Brigades.

"We are, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades along with all other groups, confirm our complete readiness to confront this ground invasion with all we've got, including our rifles, missiles and our bodies."
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: PFLP

#1  Could the israhail-hitler fags get the paleo factions straight? Is it hummus or pee-flippin' whatever that kicked 30 of their talmud-filled IDF asses back to beersheeba?
Posted by: Yawlad Metnaka || 01/04/2009 3:00 Comments || Top||

#2  "Could the israhail-hitler fags get the paleo factions straight? Is it hummus or pee-flippin' whatever that kicked 30 of their talmud-filled IDF asses back to beersheeba?"

Does it really matter, Yawlud, whether it's Fred or Barney or Wilma or Betty? You must be so very proud.

How are those greenhouses working out for you?
Posted by: thinempwimble || 01/04/2009 6:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Yawlads taste runz more to Bam-Bam I'll wager.
Posted by: .5MT || 01/04/2009 6:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Yawlad posts here today, under multiple nyms, from a server Germany. Probably from the US, however, based on partial tracebacks.

Not worth the effort to trace him further at this point. Chew away, people.
Posted by: lotp || 01/04/2009 8:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Don't get too worked up there, "Yawlad Metnaka", you'll blow a gasket and bleed to death before anybody can find you in your mother's basement.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 01/04/2009 12:27 Comments || Top||

#6  Could the israhail-hitler fags get the paleo factions straight?

How can anyone keep them straigt? You've got the Judean People's Liberation Front, the Liberation Front of the People of Judea and 65,535 more, each with their own political wing, military wing and wing-ding. And not one of them speaks for The Palestinians(tm) as a whole. It is a major obstacle to peace in the Middle East (the other being the whole Death to Juice thingie). Sure, you can make a truce with HamAss, but the Armed Wing of the Gaza Librarians and Clerical Workers Union will fight on to the death. There simply is no political entity as The Palestinians, just a bunch of rabid tribes bent on killing their neighbors and each other. Anyone for a nice game of HamAss vs Fatah?
Posted by: SteveS || 01/04/2009 12:49 Comments || Top||

#7  what's really interesting is how Abbas is (mostly) keeping FATAH out of this. He's betting on and possibly aiding an Israeli victory over HAMAS. That way he's Top Dawg again. But the word "Victory" doesn't seem to be in the MSM vocabulary, being replaced with "Cease Fire" and "Negotiated Peace". Dickweeds, All.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/04/2009 13:14 Comments || Top||

#8  Adherents to a death cult, they are trapped in hell so they think the only way out is to die. There is another way but I'm afraid they'll never find it. Here's a clue, Yawlad: love your enemy. Yeah, that's right. Hard for you to grasp that concept? Thought so. That means your gonna live in hell until you die. Oh, and those 72 virgins? They all have mustaches, they all weigh over 300 pounds and they're all covered with warts.

What? You think the Juice want to kill you? You flatter yourselves. They have better things to do. They have jobs and families. They want peace and prosperity just like everybody else in this world except you muzzies. They only attack your squalid little hell hole because you leave them no choice. I'm sure the stench alone is enough to make them want to leave it but, hey, somebody has to do the dirty work. Good thing you're not really there or you'd be finding out for yourself. But you could always try going to Pakiwakiland. They'd be happy to give you a bomb vest.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/04/2009 14:43 Comments || Top||

#9  #8: "somebody has to do the dirty work"

Hey, think we'll see the Israeli attack on an episode of "Dirty Jobs" on the Discovery Channel?

Does anyone know where Mike Rowe is right now? :-D
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 01/04/2009 15:16 Comments || Top||

#10  The Dogmush Clan are keeping a very low profile.
Posted by: Skunky Glins 5*** || 01/04/2009 20:03 Comments || Top||

#11  Crime syndicates generally do.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/04/2009 22:05 Comments || Top||


Gaza telecommunication systems offline
Ma'an -- Palestinian communications networks are barely functioning in the Gaza Strip due to cables damaged by several Israeli airstrikes on network infrastructure on Saturday. Palestinian mobile provider Jawwal's phone may stop working "at any minute" as shelling severely damaged the provider's telecommunications network in Gaza.

PalTel, Jawwal's parent company based in the West Bank, told Ma'an, "The Israeli shelling damaged the electric grid and caused continuous cuts."

"The lack of fuel will lead to cutting lines with the telecommunications company (in Gaza) and the Hadara internet company, as well as Jawwal's mobile phones," the statement added. The statement warned that "all means of communication with the Gaza Strip will be highly affected and may totally cut off."

Attempts to contact Ma'an's correspondents by mobile were unsuccessful early Sunday morning. Landlines appeared to be working properly between homes in Gaza and Ma'an's headquarters in Bethlehem.
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Use Allan network.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/04/2009 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm looking for that nano-violin - really I am.

I know it's around here someplace....
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 01/04/2009 0:13 Comments || Top||

#3  The cell towers would run fine with a portable generator and microwave or laser instead of land lines. Morons.
Posted by: 3dc || 01/04/2009 0:40 Comments || Top||

#4  After all the cell phones and the internet not longer work, all Hamas communications to their overlords will have to go by satphone or land lines, which, I presume run through Israel.

I'm sure the IDF has this in mind, but I wonder if the thought ever occured to Hamas.
Posted by: Mike N. || 01/04/2009 0:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Keep calm...we got your comm.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/04/2009 1:06 Comments || Top||

#6  All your forward base is ours.

Yes, Mike IDF knows.
Posted by: thinempwimble || 01/04/2009 5:29 Comments || Top||

#7  It's that time again...

Posted by: .5MT || 01/04/2009 6:34 Comments || Top||

#8  "Can you hear me now?"
Posted by: Raj || 01/04/2009 9:21 Comments || Top||

#9  The cell towers would run fine with a
You assume they're still standing.
Posted by: Darrell || 01/04/2009 13:06 Comments || Top||

#10  MT - Good point - that its about time for the fauxtography to begin. I think the only thing preventing it is the MSM hasn't been allowed in.
Posted by: Clem Phinter9834 || 01/04/2009 18:35 Comments || Top||


Israel allows some foreigners to leave Gaza
This IHT article was originally 24 paragraphs. This is what is left after the repeats and the editorial posturing.
GAZA: Israel allowed hundreds of foreigners, many of them married to Palestinians, to leave the enclave, raising fears here that Israel was planning to escalate its campaign. Hundreds of spouses of Palestinians, including women from Romania, Russia, Ukraine and nations in Western Europe, left Gaza on Friday with the help of diplomats from their countries.

Alla Semaks, 34, a Ukrainian married to a Palestinian, and her four children were among about 300 people who came in buses to the Erez checkpoint in northern Gaza to cross into Israel. Her husband, Mohammed Atawneh, 36, was not leaving because he had only Palestinian identity papers, she said in a telephone interview. "I want to come back when the situation allows it," she said. "I have nothing in Ukraine. My children are very afraid for their father. We fear there will be an Israeli ground offensive."
Posted by: Steve White || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Hundreds of spouses of Palestinians, including women from Romania, Russia, Ukraine and nations in Western Europe, left Gaza on Friday"

How the hell bad must things be in "Romania, Russia, Ukraine and nations in Western Europe" that these idiots women chose Gaza instead?

Boggle
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 01/04/2009 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Slave prostitutes Barbara. When the various mobs tire of them in the MidEast and EU they eventually get sold to the paleos.
Posted by: 3dc || 01/04/2009 0:43 Comments || Top||

#3  I thought all the Gazans were poor and without money because of their own laziness the Israeli embargo. Where would they get money for a foreign bride?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 01/04/2009 0:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Where would they get money for a foreign bride?

From the EU, of course. Where else?
Posted by: PBMcL || 01/04/2009 1:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Don't forget UN aid that gets ... repurposed.
Posted by: lotp || 01/04/2009 8:42 Comments || Top||


Israeli Troops Move Into Gaza
Israeli ground forces rolled into the Gaza Strip on Saturday night, as the military announced the beginning of the second stage of a massive, eight-day offensive that has already cost more than 430 Palestinian lives. "The objective of this step is to destroy the terrorist infrastructure of Hamas . . . in order to greatly reduce the quantity of rockets fired by Hamas at Israeli civilians," the Israeli military said in a statement.

Palestinian witnesses reported seeing Israeli vehicles move into Gaza near the strip's northeast corner. Israel said the ground-based assault would include tanks, infantry and artillery. Until Saturday, Israel had exclusively relied on air and sea power to conduct its offensive against Hamas, which began a week ago.

The ground invasion came under cover of darkness around 8 p.m., with electricity having been cut for much of the territory. Soldiers with night-vision goggles advanced on foot, while others traveled in tanks and armored personnel carriers. Hamas officials vowed to fight back against the onslaught.

Earlier in the day, Hamas and its allies in Gaza fired 30 rockets into Israel, hitting three homes. There were no major injuries. During the past eight days, four Israelis have been killed, three of them civilians.

The military said it planned to take control of some areas used by Hamas to launch rockets. It was unclear how long Israel intended to hold those areas, or how deep into Gaza the forces planned to move.

It is not uncommon for Israel to move ground forces into Gaza for relatively quick, targeted strikes. But Israeli officials indicated that this operation will be lengthy. "It will not be easy or short. But we are determined. . . . Now is the time to do what needs to be done," said Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in a news conference late Saturday night.

Barak said the goal of the operation was to "get Hamas to stop its hostile activities against Israel."

Other Israeli military officials in television interviews also suggested that the incursion would not be short-lived. One spokeswoman, Maj. Avital Leibovich, said on CNN that it would be a "lengthy operation" because "we have many, many targets." Another, Brigadier Avi Benayahu, said on Israel's Channel Two, "We are talking about many long days."
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Other Israeli military officials in television interviews also suggested that the incursion would not be short-lived. One spokeswoman, Maj. Avital Leibovich, said on CNN that it would be a "lengthy operation" because "we have many, many targets." Another, Brigadier Avi Benayahu, said on Israel's Channel Two, "We are talking about many long days."

Translation: Arik screwed up.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/04/2009 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Gas masks in this photo?
Posted by: 3dc || 01/04/2009 1:16 Comments || Top||

#3  no, that's a military censor blurring the soldier's face.
Posted by: Plastic Snoopy || 01/04/2009 1:40 Comments || Top||

#4  By Frank's great find of a blog...

8:31 AM IDF has taken control of the entire Karni route.

8:28 AM Israel back in Netzarim. Armored columns have entered and taken Netzarim. Gaza city is surrounded.

Link to image of current invasion paths
(did a link to save the guy's bandwidth in a war zone)

9:04 AM Reports of 150 tanks on the ruins of Netzarim (Sky News).

Posted by: 3dc || 01/04/2009 2:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Ahem.. so the goal is not to have hummus renounce their charter, step down as a democratically elected government, or kiss either pooEhud's or Tzipshit's cornholes?
Posted by: Yawlad Metnaka || 01/04/2009 3:23 Comments || Top||

#6  "Ahem.. so the goal is not to have hummus renounce their charter, step down as a democratically elected government, or kiss either pooEhud's or Tzipshit's cornholes?
"

Well yes, and no sweetums.
Charter - kill jews. Yeah, gonna hafta think that one through. Maybe they can kill more of you when they get fed up enough.
"Democratically-elected government." Oh, I'm sorry. I laughed so hard, I peed just a little,

"Kiss cornholes" - if that is a Hamas specialty, they must work much harder on their sucking skills.

Good to hear from you though. Let us know when you wake up. Check Wikipedia for a lesson on "cause and effect".

We're fighting the flintstones. Yeesh.

May I quote your "hummus" designation? Dipsticks all. Less pepper, more moderate seasonings, dahling.
Posted by: thinempwimble || 01/04/2009 5:44 Comments || Top||

#7  YawLad is evidently somekinda primative PR dood. Man in a grayflannel bourka maybe.
Posted by: .5MT || 01/04/2009 6:41 Comments || Top||

#8  No, he's just an idiot who mistakes a foul mouth for insight.
Posted by: lotp || 01/04/2009 8:48 Comments || Top||

#9  Where's the idiot posting from, lotp?

Just curious....
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 01/04/2009 10:11 Comments || Top||

#10  Okay, YawlzLaddie... try this one... it's a Freebie... next one I'll need the dough..

Jooooooooz Shooting Rockets At Own Self:
Need excuse to continue Pali-Kittuahside.
60 Fracshuns take credit.
Posted by: .5MT || 01/04/2009 10:35 Comments || Top||

#11  Yawlad Metnaka

O Brave Lion of Islam®, you must find another proxy...

K thx, bai
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2009 11:51 Comments || Top||

#12  arik did not screw up. They are still better off doing an op like this than having to defend settlements. Note well, they have asserted they are NOT going to reoccupy Gaza, much less reestablish settlements there.

Is the goal to destroy Hamas rule? In Op Shalom LeGalil, they made the mistake of saying their goal was to destroy Hezbo. When the failed to do that, the op was seen as a dramatic failure, despte major harm to Hezbo. They are playing the expectations game better. Their goal is to stop rocket launches, whether by physical destruction of Hamas assets, or by convincing Hamas its not such a good idea. While they do that, they are clearly attacking targets like the police that maintain Hamas in power, but they are not staking the success of the op on removing Hamas from power as part of THIS op.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 01/04/2009 17:14 Comments || Top||

#13  Damn.. BadMan is Bad.
Posted by: .5MT || 01/04/2009 19:59 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Villager killed in southern Thailand, marking fifth year of jihad
An unidentified gunman killed a man and wounded his wife in a shooting believed linked to the southern unrest, which marks five years on Sunday. Suwat Longsamut was shot in the neck while he was drove his motorcycle, and his wife, riding as his passenger, was shot in her shoulder and was wounded. He died at the scene but she was rushed to hospital, together with their two-year-old nephew who was unscathed.

The insurgency erupted on Jan 4, 2004, when militants raided a southern army base, killing four soldiers and collecting quantities of weapons and ammunition.
Posted by: ryuge || 01/04/2009 06:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under:


Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka bombs Tigers in north after fall of HQ
Sri Lankan jets and helicopters bombed Tamil Tiger positions in the north of the island on Saturday, the military said, a day after ground forces seized the rebels' de facto capital Kilinochchi.

The military is now targeting the port town of Mullaitivu and other rebel strongholds in the north, as it seeks to deliver a knockout blow to end the island's 25-year separatist war. There has been no direct comment from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the fall of Kilinochchi.

"Fighter jets raided a Sea Tiger base in Mullaitivu while MI-24 helicopters attacked rebel positions in and around Mullaitivu in support of ground troops," Air Force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said.

Troops fought their way into Kilinochchi, deep in the north, on Friday in one of the biggest blows for the rebels in years. However, Tigers' website said they had moved their headquarters further northeast before the town fell.
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#1  This place? Map isn't clear
Posted by: 3dc || 01/04/2009 0:33 Comments || Top||

#2  That's the place, 3dc. You might want to bookmark this site . I find it quite useful, and far better than Google.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 01/04/2009 12:47 Comments || Top||

#3  CHINESE MIL FORUM Thread > CHINESE-SUPPLIED SRI LANKAN ARMY HAS CRUSHED INDIA'S BASTARD CHILD LTTE; + WORLD MIL FORUM [oaraph = GOOGLE CHInglish translation] > IIUC INDIA: CHINESE SOMALI ANTI-PIRACY NAVAL FLEET IS SECRETLY CARRYING NEW MISSLES FOR SRI LANKA TO USE AGZ INDIA, + PAKISTANI DEFENCE FORUM > INDIA BEGS GERMANY NOT TO GIVE U-214 SUBMARINES TO PAKISTAN + WHY DID CHINA HELP PAKISTAN, NORTH KOREA BUILD NUCLEAR BOMBS?
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/04/2009 23:51 Comments || Top||



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