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--Tech & Moderator Notes
by Steve White (moderator, call sign AoS)

There's been a bit of a kerfluffle the last couple of days about images of [ gasp! ] scantily clad wimmin in the comment thread of the Bloid. Yesterday it degenerated into some name calling. I'm not going to point fingers at individuals, but I am here to settle it.

As someone astutely noted, this is Fred's blog. Fred asks us mods to help out, and that's what we do. All of us, Fred and the mods, talk behind the curtain to ensure that the Burg continues to work. We've been doing that over this issue.

Allow me to make a few points:

One -- one of the quicker ways to get banned from the Burg is to tell a moderator to fuck off. It not only offends that mod, it offends me. I'm not personally aware of how Ace handles the AoSHQ in that regard, or how the Powerline folks handle it on their blog.

But I can guess. So can you. Don't do it.

Two -- Mods may disappear a post when it is a duplicate or obviously inappropriate. Occasionally we screw up and delete one by accident. I did that myself earlier in the week (danged iPad), and posted an apology the next day.

If we delete a post for any other reason, we'll post a moderator note to explain why.

Three -- some folks don't mind cheesecake (or beefcake). Some do. Fred has a style for the Bloid women. I have mine which is a little different. It helps make the Bloid a little more interesting, and that's the point.

I appreciate that GB has been posting pics. Entertaining enough and, I had thought, harmless.


I am reminded that Rantburg punches above its weight. We have readers in places that appreciate what Fred does, readers who otherwise might not see the unfiltered press from trouble spots. That is the focus of the Burg. That's why we're here.

If people who might consider visiting the Burg decide that they can't because it might cause problems with their employer (oh, you know, the Federal government as one example), then the cheesecake is detracting from our mission. Whether one is personally offended or not is beside the point.

I like Angie Harmon as much as anyone, and more than most, but I don't come to the Burg for pics of Angie Harmon. I can get that elsewhere. So can all of us.

Therefore, we're going to limit the pics in the Bloid comment thread. An occasional pic or two is fine, preferably SFW. More than that is a distraction from our core mission. I personally am going to tone down my selections for the Bloid wimmin.

This is something that we figure out as we go along. Sometimes things go on for a while before we realize that hmmm, this might not be what we want for the Burg. This is one of those times.

Again, GB, thanks, and keep the good stuff about our troops coming. I appreciate those a great deal.

Four -- We want the Burg to meet its mission. We want it to be a place where sharp commentary, intelligent discussion, grade A snark and news you won't find elsewhere is aggregated into one community. Well, that and the occasional story about idiots, seedy politicians and stupid animal tricks. That's the core. Anything that detracts from the core sooner or later gets pitched.

We thank our readers, regular and occasional. We hope you like what we do.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/23/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thanks Steve (and the rest of the mods too) for the work behind the curtain. thanks also for this note. it IMHO puts the issue in the proper light and builds up the burg much more than the heartfelt and emotional ballyhoo of the last couple days. i will miss the pinups and while they can be found other places, i do not go there. thought they lightened the mood a bit, and made the site more 'fun'.

that said, i am not the one that gets to make the calls, and a rantburg without the pics is still going to be one of my first stops each day. will hit the tip jar soon as the next check comes in.

Thanks also to GB for the work, and the diversion. Special thanks Fred for the place we get together. And lastly, thanks fellow rantburgers for the community.
Posted by: abu do you love || 04/23/2010 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  It sounds like GB's column is in a bit too prominent place to continue where they have been on the main page. Can he instead post under "Opinion"? That shouldn't raise any alarms, and folks would have to go looking for them instead of suffering by being forced to view them over and over and over again. Can he post pics-behind-pics as he has been? Or are we going to have to learn how to live without? His posts developed organically over time and do have quite a following, so they must serve some kind of function, even if I'm not exactly sure what it is.
Posted by: gorb || 04/23/2010 1:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Why doesn't GB start his own blog, and post a link to today's pics every day?

I liked the pics; more 1920s girls please.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/23/2010 7:00 Comments || Top||

#4  GB is welcome to start his own blog and provide a daily link from the comments for your convenience.

Good people, there is a war going on. Right here and now, there is a pitched battle behind the scenes in DC and elsewhere regarding the alliance between the hard left and the Islamicists and their campaign to bring down our culture and our country from within. I get glimpses of that battle due to my job.

The next 6-12 months will either start to turn the tide or be a time when the collapse accelerates.

There are a lot of people who influence the heavyweights who are sitting on the fence. They've started to hear a little about the real nature of CAIR etc. but they're not yet convinced there's a danger. Rantburg can be an important influence in opening their eyes but not if its tone is set by pinups and a kind of superficial sarcasm that says you all are not SERIOUS about the danger that is looming.

And yes, I do understand the link between enjoying pictures of wimmin and standing up for other rights. But it's not the only issue at stake - and the stakes are very very high at the moment.
Posted by: lotp || 04/23/2010 7:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Damn, I thought this was going to be a thread about Rahm Emanuel farting...
Posted by: Raj || 04/23/2010 8:02 Comments || Top||

#6  While Im forced to acceed to the mods wishes, put my name firmly in the LIKE NEKKID (or nearly) WIMMEN column,it was an interesting diversion, and fun too.
I'm sory the Nannys and weak minded won this one.
Please consider.

There's always someone who will object, whatever you're doing, it gives them power over you and your thoughts. These people are basicly cowards.

The trick is to ignore them, preferably humiliating them in the process so they slink away to look for easier prey.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/23/2010 9:27 Comments || Top||

#7  They also make a good reason to fight! :-)
Posted by: gorb || 04/23/2010 9:42 Comments || Top||

#8  Redneck Jim, please read my comment again. You appear to have missed the point.

This isn't about weakness or nannyhood.

That said, there are plenty of other sites where you can peruse nekkid wimmin to your heart's content.

Posted by: lotp || 04/23/2010 9:56 Comments || Top||

#9  Everything was civil until the redneck showed up.
Posted by: Bertie Glock7175 || 04/23/2010 10:31 Comments || Top||

#10  and a kind of superficial sarcasm that says you all are not SERIOUS about the danger that is looming

And? As in something other than the pics? Is there more that we should know about?

Hopefully it's not the snark. You'll have to pry that from my cold, dead fingers. :-)
Posted by: gorb || 04/23/2010 10:54 Comments || Top||

#11  Fred and the Mods, thank you so much for your work.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/23/2010 11:16 Comments || Top||

#12  Fred and the Mods, thank you so much for your work. Posted by: swksvolFF

Ditto! Tata's be damned! In a totally whacked out insane ObamaWorld, reading the Burg gives me some kinship with like minded people and the ability to gain knowledge on an endless variety of topics. Helps my BP as well (120/80 at todays annual PSA & DRE screening this morning).

Smart hand salute to Fred and the Warrior mods.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/23/2010 11:30 Comments || Top||

#13  Tata's be damned!

OK, looks like Besoeker's ready to fight!
Posted by: gorb || 04/23/2010 11:44 Comments || Top||

#14  (oh, you know, the Federal government as one example)
As a Fed (albeit unimportant), I'm not as worried about the cheezcake as I am the politics of the Burg. I keep a low profile at work in that regard.
Posted by: Spot || 04/23/2010 11:46 Comments || Top||

#15  Y'all are making too much of my made-up name, OK, I hereby change it to mstrmech as I AM a Master Mechanic after all(ASE Certified all fields)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/23/2010 12:01 Comments || Top||

#16  Only one person made a point of your name, Redneck Jim, and you'll notice that I sinktrapped it. Besides, given all the self-proclaimed rednecks hanging out here, you're in good company. You could call yourselves a Roughhouse of Rednecks... or perhaps something less euphonious but also less silly. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2010 12:10 Comments || Top||

#17  First of all thanks fo dumping Bertie Glock7175
but the Nym stands, I'm proud of my accomplishments whether or not anyone else is,
Now my comment on giving in to Nannies stands, the Whole idea of the "Burg is to discuss what the MSM won't and that's a part, if threre's a general disliking of Women here I don't see it, and an occasional skimpy clad beauty is NOT found on the MSM anywhere, this is NOT "Weekly World News" in any far stretch of the imagination.
No I DID NOT miss the Mod's Message, I simply disagree the meek don't belong here anymore than the meek would pass Boot Camp (Yes I did) and our respective tastes rise far above the (OOOOH GASP, A NIPPLE) crowd.
Posted by: MSTRMECH || 04/23/2010 12:18 Comments || Top||

#18  Back to the Woodward governor bench MSTRMECH.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/23/2010 12:22 Comments || Top||

#19  And yes, I do understand the link between enjoying pictures of wimmin and standing up for other rights.

That was a point I was trying to make in my own clumsy manner. It's like the recent story about South Park, which I never watch because I find it offensive. But whether I find it offensive or not they have a right to do it.

OK, maybe the pix went overboard. But I still say some people need offending. It was pointed out to me just this morning that in that culture, the one that was offended by the recent South Park episode, there are certain things you just don't say. But if they're going to live in this culture they need to understand that you don't go around murdering people for exercising their right to free speech. Free speech is important to us and it includes occasional pictures of a scantily clad wimmin. It is one of the basic cornerstones or our culture. If they want us to respect their culture they're going to have to show a little more respect for ours. If they can't understand that then we have a problem and we can damn well make it their problem too.

Thanks to Fred, Steve, tw, lotp and all the other mods for exercising their right to free speech.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 04/23/2010 12:27 Comments || Top||

#20  There, I dislike shouting, TW My post and yours "Crossed in the mail" I'll think about my nym asome more.

The whole reason I use it is I'm born and raised In and around Montgomery Alabama and despite Living elsewhere I tend too be drawn back like a magnet, I've lived in St Johns Newfoundland, Keentucky, Virginia, and visited Italy, Spain and Jamaica. Courtesy of Sam's Canoe Club (USN to Y'all), So since Too many associate the deep south as all redneck I took the name as a Joke, but I'm finding that It isn't seen as a joke by our less intelligent viewes, but assumed as fact that I'm A Stupid Southerner, that I can do something about, so since the Joke's misunderstood I need to stop it, If someone calls me ignorant they could be right, but Outright damn stupid? So he name goes.

I'll put it up to the group, I helped Swamp Blonde find her new Nym as Cornsilk Blonde and I'll ask Y'all for a new nym, anybody?
Posted by: mstrmech || 04/23/2010 12:41 Comments || Top||

#21  Huh. Here I thought it meant someone who works outside and has a grasp of reality, enjoys enjoying life.
/get that treatment when traveling

Man, I'd say keep the nym - its the person, not the clothes.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/23/2010 12:52 Comments || Top||

#22  As someone who was raised in 'yankee country' and moved south where my soul belonged take pride in the nym Jim. there is a simple joy in being redneck and i love it. good folks around here. now i got me a pile of brush to burn, so best run off the the package store so i can enjoy the show.
Posted by: abu do you love || 04/23/2010 12:57 Comments || Top||

#23  Dammit abu it's, "I'm fixin' to burn a pile of brush".
Posted by: Beavis || 04/23/2010 13:08 Comments || Top||

#24  tole you i was raised up in yankee country...

well, anyways, I'm a-fixin' to burn a pile of brush, so ya'all take care now
Posted by: abu do you love || 04/23/2010 13:11 Comments || Top||

#25  Thanks, Steve. Agree 100% with the decision. Rantburg needs to focus on what it and it alone can do better than others, which is to bring "the unfiltered press from trouble spots"-- and from s non-trouble spots where the 'burg's unique collection of subject matter experts brings unique links and insights: fields like energy, weapons programs, the military generally, land use etc.

But photos of wimmin are no one's unique specialty, least of all on the web.
Posted by: lex || 04/23/2010 13:25 Comments || Top||

#26  I'll think about my nym asome more.

There's always Southron Jim... Shipman and a couple of others have used that term. It's not one I'd heard before, and doesn't appear to have the connotations that redneck carries. Although I could be wrong about that -- the average accent in the ivory tower of my childhood was "something foreign overlaid with British English as an nth language".
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2010 13:41 Comments || Top||

#27  Sounds like Steve is trying to avoid the blame for earthquakes. :)
Posted by: Muggsy Glink || 04/23/2010 13:42 Comments || Top||

#28  Thanks folks for the kind words, Redneck stays Redneck
I might mention (As I missed saying it before) that the ones covering up their women and squealing like pigs are the very Islamics we are fighting, that's a big part of my dissent, that the Muzzies are winning in thir "Hide the women" Campaign, and for that very reason the pictures should stay, as an anti Islamic repellent.
Maybe cut them back to four a day) but it ensures the "Holy Ones" are NOT here.
(The fake Holy Ones Will, the real ones won't)
While on the same subject I think they're Afraid of women.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/23/2010 13:45 Comments || Top||

#29  PS you can always tell the "Imported" Rednecks, it's "Iahm gointa Burn thet trash", not that ya'll are not welcome, you are But don't try to fake the drawl, a few years'n and it'll come natural;-) (My own ear has become "Tuned" as I've lived with other folks speakin.

Hmmm, Bama Jim?
JimBama? I kinda like the sound of that
Posted by: JimBama || 04/23/2010 13:54 Comments || Top||

#30  ....minor correction ref #29 above. It should read "all ya'll" which denotes five or more.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/23/2010 13:59 Comments || Top||

#31  Come Mr. Tally Man
Tally me JimBama
Daylight's comin' and me wanna go ho-ome....

;-) Typical mechanic/engineer -- won't quit working until the job is done. Make the rest of us look like slackers, they do.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2010 14:02 Comments || Top||

#32  Judge a man not by the color of his neck, but by the content of his character.
Posted by: Mike || 04/23/2010 14:18 Comments || Top||

#33  Enough on T&A. Agree with BP. Back to GWOT.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 04/23/2010 17:08 Comments || Top||

#34  And if you want T&A go to NPR
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 04/23/2010 17:10 Comments || Top||

#35  I'll put it up to the group, I helped Swamp Blonde find her new Nym as Cornsilk Blonde and I'll ask Y'all for a new nym, anybody?

That you did, and I thank you for helping with the temporary name change....we're heading back to Florida in July since the Tsar got a transfer. ;) I'll go back to Swamp Blondie once we pack up and head back to the promised land.

I liked Redneck Jim, but JimBama does have a certain charm to it.
Posted by: Cornsilk Blondie || 04/23/2010 17:13 Comments || Top||

#36  I hear what your saying Redneck (BTW - my vote is to keep the name - I always respected rednecks :). People who want to hide their women are afraid, sexually immature, and repressed.

Unfortunately some of us can't get away from the ones who would prefer to put everyone (woman and men alike) in a burka bag. Particulary around this area - Seattle.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/23/2010 17:48 Comments || Top||

#37  well there is always Nick... for a daily dog biscuit slinks away......
Posted by: 3dc || 04/23/2010 18:14 Comments || Top||

#38  I appreciate GB's efforts. What GB does is done in good taste. I also appreciate Rantburg. It is a quality site. Sometimes I get on a rant, and probably just contribute noise. I learn a great deal each time I visit. After 911, it was a place to go and get some anger and frustration out also; in that sense it provided a great deal to many people who wanted to contribute anything they could to the WOT. THANKS!

I might just add that about a year ago in Knoxville, we had a benefit called the "Ta Ta Benefit." Local ladies had their breasts photographed; some painted and some decorated in artistic ways. The photographs were from the neck down and navel up. These were then autioned off to benefit breast cancer. A good cause.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/23/2010 18:28 Comments || Top||

#39  Thanks always to Fred & the Mods. I was never offended; I personally preferred the 1900's-1960's cheesecake to more recent vintage but i wholly buy Steve's rationale for toning it down. RB is too important. Keep up the good work and God bless the men and women protecting Western Civilization.
Posted by: JDB || 04/23/2010 19:49 Comments || Top||

#40  This is the right choice. It would be sad if the 'Burg got onto the worky-filter list. Give GB a link to his blog over there next to the Oclub.
Posted by: rammer || 04/23/2010 22:14 Comments || Top||

#41  I think that both sides of this issue have some valid points, but this will not be a great site if respect for the decisions made by the people who do the work here is not a priority. I think that Fred and the mods here do a good job of trying to strike a balance between trying too many new things and being too formulaic. The decision they have made in this case makes sense for the following reasons. All the cheesecake being front-loaded on page one did take away some of Rantburg's focus, and it is reasonable to think that it might be a matter for recurring controversies on an issue tangential (not unrelated, granted) to the primary purpose of Rantburg.

That being said, I must say that when I would take the time to check out GB's cheesecake segment, it was always well done and very entertaining. Clearly GB puts a lot of thought and effort into his contributions, and it would be great if there were some way for his fans to access it in the future. It goes without saying that GB's clips of life on the front lines and many other things he adds here are priceless and would be sorely missed if they were to ever stop appearing.

So to Fred, the mod squad and Golf Bravo, I hope you all keep up the good work.
Posted by: ryuge || 04/23/2010 23:50 Comments || Top||

#42  People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?
Posted by: Rodney King || 04/24/2010 0:00 Comments || Top||

Taleban rift provokes power struggle over who controls the insurgency
Hopefully it will take a great deal of time and many jihadi deaths to resolve.
Two of the Taleban's most senior military commanders are involved in a bitter power struggle, which insiders claim has split the insurgents' leadership council and could turn violent in parts of southern Afghanistan. The commanders are vying for military control of the insurgency, district elders and mid-level Taleban commanders have told The Times.

Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir and Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor were both named as the successors to Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taleban's second in command, who was arrested in Pakistan in February.

Mullah Zakir, according to reports at the time, was given responsibility for military operations, while his rival was put in charge of logistics. District elders in Helmand said that Mullah Mansoor was disappointed not to get his former leader's operational role, referred to as the Taleban's defence minister.
As I recall, amateurs think tactics, while professionals think logistics. It's clear what both of Mullah Baradar's successors are and are not.
"When Mullah Baradar was arrested, Mullah Mansoor thought he would be his replacement," the elder with links to the insurgency said. "When Zakir was introduced as the defence minister, [Mansoor] was disappointed."

Tensions are reportedly highest in central Helmand, where British troops are based and where fighters loyal to both men massed before Operation Moshtarak, the US, British and Afghan offensive to clear the insurgents out.

Fighters loyal to Mullah Baradar have been forced to take sides, after his arrest in Karachi. Haji Sar Mualem, the deputy head of the Marjah community shura, said that relatives told him about the tensions. "There are problems between Zakir and Mansoor," he said. "Each of them says 'I am the commander in Helmand' ." Both men have supporters in Helmand, but sources said that Mullah Mansoor was trying to flood the province with fighters from his own tribe to wrest control from his rival. "He sent his soldiers to every district," one said. "There wasn't any fighting but it created tension."
Soldiering is an honourable profession. These people aren't soldiers, they're thugs.
Mullah Mansoor served as the Taleban's Minister of Civil Aviation and Transportation from 1996 to 2001. He has been linked to the narcotics trade in provinces bordering Pakistan according to Interpol, and in 2007 he was made shadow governor in Kandahar.

Mullah Zakir is a former detainee at the American detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba who was released in December 2007. He quickly rejoined the insurgency.

Mullah Mansoor reportedly asked the Taleban's leadership council for military control of Helmand after Baradar was detained. Mullah Zakir and his supporters refused. "He [Zakir] said, 'I'm the defence minister. I control all of Afghanistan, we should work together'," the elder said.

"Now there's a big division," he added. "Some of the members went to Zakir's side. Some of the members went to Mansoor's side." It wasn't clear last night if either man was in Helmand, or in hiding elsewhere.

A spokesman for Daoud Ahmadi, Helmand's Governor, said that he was unaware of the rift. Zabiullah Mujahed, the Taleban spokesman, meanwhile insisted that it wasn't true. "Mullah Zakir is the defence minister," he said. "He is Mullah Baradar's replacement. The Taleban don't have time to fight each other, they are too busy fighting their enemies."

Taleban commanders reached by telephone told a different story. Haji Mullah Ibrahim, who said that he was in central Helmand, insisted that Mullah Mansoor was his defence minister. He said that the tensions were nothing more than everyday friction between commander and deputy.
Posted by: lotp || 04/23/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6521 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  The only way to resolve this is suicide vests at 2 paces.
Posted by: ed || 04/23/2010 0:09 Comments || Top||

Posted by: NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN || 04/23/2010 1:29 Comments || Top||

#3  If we have any intelligence that can be used to diminish the stronger side, we should somehow manage to feed it to the weaker until there is only one man left standing to rule the Taliban world. Then shoot him.
Posted by: gorb || 04/23/2010 3:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Hi NNN,

Most of your needs can be found at your local Radio Shack or Public Library.
Posted by: Ralphs son Johnnie || 04/23/2010 4:04 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm voting for Mullah Man-sewer!
Posted by: Ralphs son Johnnie || 04/23/2010 4:09 Comments || Top||

#6  The Taliban have logistics? I always pictured them as operating by a sort of decentralized Ghazi free market, of opium moving out of the valleys, guns and ammo coming out of Pakistan, and occasional bands of wild boys descending out of the mountains inbetween in either direction.
Posted by: Mitch H. || 04/23/2010 10:30 Comments || Top||

#7  Have RPG, will travel.
Posted by: gorb || 04/23/2010 10:59 Comments || Top||

Gunfight kills 3 in Yemen; violence threatens truce
Three people were killed when a gunfight broke out in northern Yemen, rebels and tribal sources said Thursday, in the latest outbreak of violence that threatens to undermine a two-month-old truce.

Rebels and tribal sources gave conflicting accounts of Thursday's clash, highlighting the confusion that has long surrounded the conflict in the Saada area of north Yemen.
“The Houthis opened fire on a position of the central security forces, who responded in kind,' a Yemeni tribal source said, adding that three rebels were killed.
Posted by: ryuge || 04/23/2010 08:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

Seoul Tells U.S. About Nork Foreign Bank Accounts
South Korea has told the U.S. what it knows about some 10 to 20 foreign bank accounts North Korea holds and which are possibly connected with illegal transactions or money laundering.

A government official said Seoul "gave the U.S. information on some of the North Korean bank accounts which South Korean enterprises or civic groups engaged in projects in the North have used when remitting money." He said the accounts are suspected of being used in transactions related to counterfeiting foreign currencies, drug dealing and money laundering, he added. He said most of these accounts are in Chinese banks, and some in Switzerland and elsewhere.

That suggests the U.S. has started preparations for financial sanctions on the North. The U.S. apparently also asked other countries with dealings with the North for cooperation.

South Korean intelligence authorities are believed to know the names and bank accounts of North Korean companies disguised as trading firms which are suspected of dealing with high-quality dollar forgeries, the so-called "supernotes," or drugs.

Meanwhile, North Korea is also apparently bracing itself for international financial sanctions by opening borrowed-name accounts overseas.

South Korea last week slapped financial sanctions on three North Korean companies. The Ministry of Strategy and Finance said it imposed sanctions on three North Korean companies on June 1 in compliance with a UN Security Council decision after the North launched a long-range rocket in April. The sanctions ban domestic companies to deal with these North Korean firms, whose assets here are now frozen.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/23/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh my. Partial paybacks for the Cheonan, I assume. And in leaving the specifics of the accounts to the Norks' imaginations, they won't know where to turn to pull back their funds.

Screwed. Assuming Obama does something about it.
Posted by: gorb || 04/23/2010 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  that assumption might be a pretty big reach. :'(
Posted by: abu do you love || 04/23/2010 1:03 Comments || Top||

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/23/2010 20:35 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Ex-NYC Cabbie Pleads Guilty to Terror Plot
A former New York City cab driver pleaded guilty in Federal Court to plotting to blow up the city's subway system.

25 year old Afghan born US citizen Zarein Ahmedzay faces two life sentences and a $750,000 fine when sentenced July 30th.

He told the court after being denied entry into Afghanistan they were recruited by Al Qaeda to carry out “martyrdom operations in the US. Ahmedzay said his experience as a taxi driver was seen as especially helpful in selecting targets. He said all three men received light weapons training before returning to the US.

Back on American soil Ahmedzay said he had doubts about the plan but decided to become a suicide bomber. With his help the group decided to blow up New York subways traveling through the busiest stations in the city, Grand Central Station and Times Square.

He also quoted from the Koran and said he and the others were sent on the mission by “Allah.' He blamed the “Zionist Jews' for taking part in a secret government and called them the real enemies of the US.
Posted by: ed || 04/23/2010 19:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ahmedzay said his experience as a taxi driver was seen as especially helpful in selecting targets.

hmmm? I wonder how many Paki, Algerian, Jordanian, Iranian, ....etc....etc.. taxi cab drivers there are loose in our major cities?
Posted by: Mike Hunt || 04/23/2010 20:13 Comments || Top||

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/23/2010 23:14 Comments || Top||

Second Navy SEAL Found Not Guilty in Iraq Assault Case
BAGHDAD — A U.S. military judge has cleared a Navy SEAL of wrongdoing in the alleged beating of a prisoner suspected of masterminding the grisly 2004 killings of four American contractors in Iraq.

The military says the judge found insufficient evidence to convict Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe on charges of dereliction of duty.

Keefe — one of three SEALS charged in the case — was not accused of assaulting Ahmed Hashim Abed but of failing to prevent the abuse.

The case has drawn fire from at least 20 members of Congress and other Americans who see it as coddling terrorists to overcompensate for the notorious Abu Ghraib prison scandal.
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#1  Very good news. The bad thing is that these courts martial were brought at all.
Posted by: OldSpook || 04/23/2010 14:41 Comments || Top||

#2  YAY good guys win AGAIN!
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 04/23/2010 16:17 Comments || Top||

#3  That should please Dick Marcinko.
Posted by: Willy || 04/23/2010 17:06 Comments || Top||

#4  That should please every patriotic American.
Posted by: Parabellum || 04/23/2010 17:22 Comments || Top||

#5  Hallelujah! Good News.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/23/2010 18:08 Comments || Top||

'Pak may slip over N-weapons to Taliban for use against India'
WASHINGTON: Pakistan may slip over nuclear weapons to the Taliban for use against India in the event of escalated tension or war between the two neighbours, a non-proliferation US commission has said.

"If something broke out in Kashmir that reignited the vitriol between India and Pakistan, that could be an incident that could cause someone to make the decision.

"We don't want to use these weapons, but we're going to let our surrogate Taliban have access to these weapons and they'll do our dirty work," Bob Graham, head of US Commission on the Prevention of WMD proliferation and terrorism told US lawmakers at a Congressional hearing.

Graham was responding to questions from anxious lawmakers who expressed concern over the safety and security of nuclear weapons in Pakistan at a hearing convened by the House Homeland Security Committee.

"I think one of our recommendations was to work with India and Pakistan to develop some fail-safe procedures. Unlike, the US and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, where although we were strong adversaries and had the capability of destroying each other.

"We understood that we didn't want to allow a misstep or an accidental event to become the ignition for such a war. So we set up the red phone in the Oval Office and a whole protocol," Graham said referring to the report of the commission released early this year.

"None of that exists between India and Pakistan. I have felt that this may be an area in which the US and Russia together, since we developed these protocols for our own benefit and the world's benefit, might work together with India and Pakistan to try to get them to develop," he said.

"I was encouraged that within the last month India and China have started to develop some of those fail-safe procedures. But there's almost nothing that has been done in a similar vein between the real adversaries, which are India and Pakistan," Graham said.
Posted by: john frum || 04/23/2010 08:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

#1  if these Idiots actualy detonte a nuke in India, they will vanish from the face of the earth.
I don't want the Indians hurt, but in the same thought this would END Pakistan, once and for all.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/23/2010 9:18 Comments || Top||

#2  I wouldn't be surprised if they would take the nuke and use it to destroy The Great Satan instead.
Posted by: gorb || 04/23/2010 9:39 Comments || Top||

#3  And meanwhile the X-37B is overhead sprinkling powdered pork rinds over the entire ME. They're all unclean now...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/23/2010 9:42 Comments || Top||

#4  yeah, plausible deniability for the Paks....right.

a nation of soon-to-be martyrs
Posted by: Frank G || 04/23/2010 9:55 Comments || Top||

#5  You mean missiles are not the sole delivery system? Somebody get george clooney on the line!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/23/2010 10:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Plausible deniability, even paper-thin, would be enough for the UN Community to not actually do anything.

And I think AL-Q would rather strike the USA. India would strike back - OBumbles would rather simply bow deeper. He probably wouldn't get away with it but it'll give the U.N. and the media enough time to rush in with excuses.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/23/2010 13:19 Comments || Top||

#7  It's Bush's fault...
After 911 Pashtunistan should have become a radioactive slag heap!
End of story.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/23/2010 13:54 Comments || Top||

#8  And I think AL-Q would rather strike the USA. India would strike back - OBumbles would rather simply bow deeper.

I don't know, CrazyFool... India hasn't done anything except end negotiations on this'n'that the last several times the ISI sponsored major terror attacks -- Mumbai, anyone?
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2010 14:26 Comments || Top||

#9  You mean missiles are not the sole delivery system? Somebody get george clooney on the line!

Yes, but a nuke will "only" do a quarter the damage if it's a ground burst as compared with an air burst, so I guess they don't have much to worry about.
Posted by: gorb || 04/23/2010 15:40 Comments || Top||

#10  The Pakistani jihadists would use any such weapon against the US rather than India. They believe that the Hindus are cowards and will be enslaved anyway.
Posted by: john frum || 04/23/2010 16:56 Comments || Top||

#11  OK consensus is my Burg friends like Redneck, so OK I'll stay the same nym, for now, it's still under thought, but I'm leaning back this way,
right now

On to comments, I fear the Taliban, they're NOT sane, if they do nuke somewhere in America I don't think Obumble can backwater fast enough to prevent the Pakiwakis from glowing in the dark for the next Century or so. Mainly because if he tries He'll be an Ex-Pres as quick s congress can re-convene, (Assuming he survives) that one caveat makes me think the target will NOT be DC, as the Pakis know who's on their side, But I'll bet it's a port somewhere. (Airlines are under very close scrutiny)

Maybe Miami so Castro can invade, but there are more Cubans here than in Cuba so maybe not?

OK academic exercise, which American (Or other Nations) port city would help the Pakiwackis more when it vanishes?

Any ideas?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/23/2010 19:28 Comments || Top||

#12  a ground burst may do only 1/4 the damage as a proper air burst, but it is my (non-expert)understanding that it causes much more fallout. in the long run that would be a bigger win for the terrorists.
Posted by: abu do you love || 04/23/2010 19:31 Comments || Top||

#13  Miami is closest to the launch site in Venezuela, the Cubans in Miami are most likely to overthrow Castro's socialist nirvana in Cuba after his death, and it's full of Joooos Iran wants to exterminate. Trifecta.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 04/23/2010 19:34 Comments || Top||

#14  RJ: i wont comment openly, but i have seen studies on your question done by university students that give some pretty scary answers. there are several scenarios that are not being defended against that would be devastating. as a certain professor from Berkley once said, "Just one nuclear bomb, even a small one, can totally ruin your whole day"
Posted by: abu do you love || 04/23/2010 19:35 Comments || Top||

#15  This will be INDJUH'S THIRD NIGHTMARE MIL SCENARIO ala 2012, in addition to

* CHINA sending PLA troops to help "little brother" PAK in case of any new INDO-PAK MIL CONFLICT.

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/23/2010 19:37 Comments || Top||

#16  Have played that game, won't share the shortlist. Sure the pros here and elsewhere have a bit more thorough game board than me. Its just that missiles can be tracked to a country where an alternative delivery means, as CrazyFool said, creates enough doubt it would be difficult politically to pull out the sledgehammer even if there is a video with the dudes flat out telling who they are and where they are from may not be enough.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/23/2010 21:27 Comments || Top||

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/23/2010 22:59 Comments || Top||

26 Taliban, 2 soldiers killed in Orakzai
PESHAWAR/KALAYA/ PARACHINAR: Security forces on Thursday killed 26 Taliban, while two soldiers also died in clashes in Orakzai Agency, officials said. Troops used heavy artillery to target suspected insurgent bases in two villages in the agency.

“At least 22 militants were killed in clashes with security forces which targeted hideouts of terrorists in Mishti Mela village of Orakzai,' a Frontier Corps statement said. “Two soldiers also embraced shahadat (martyrdom) and two others sustained injuries... the security forces also smoothly advanced and occupied important heights around Kambar Masi village,' it added.

Earlier on Thursday, a group of Taliban fighters attacked a security checkpost in Kabal town in Swat. “The security forces retaliated and killed four militants,' said Major Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, a spokesman for the Swat media centre.

Meanwhile, AFP quoted government official Jahanzeb Khan as saying a solider and 31 suspected Taliban were killed in Orakzai. Also, two intelligence officials said an attack on security forces occurred in a nearby district and involved Taliban groups hiding on both sides of a road. They said the area is controlled by Sadiq Noor, one of the few Taliban commanders known to operate in the region.

Separately, Reuters reported that 20 Taliban were killed in the clash in Orakzai. It quoted Muhammad Nauman, a government official in Orakzai's main Kalaya town, as saying that the latest fighting broke out when the Taliban attacked a patrol in a village near the border with Khyber Agency.

“It was a fierce clash that lasted for about three hours and the militant attack was repulsed,' he said.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/23/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

Three Kashmiris get death for Delhi bombings
NEW DELHI: A New Delhi court sentenced three members of a Kashmiri rebel group to death on Thursday for their role in the 1996 bombings at a busy market in the Indian capital that killed 13 people, news reports said.

Mohammed Naushad, Mohammed Ali Bhatt and Mirza Nissar Hussain -- all members of the Jammu-Kashmir Islamic Front (JKIL) -- were found guilty of carrying out the bombing at New Delhi's crowded Lajpat Nagar market.
This being India, expect the sentences to be carried out ...
A fourth rebel was sentenced to life in prison with hard labour for involvement in the bombing, Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported. Two other insurgents involved in the bombing were given prison sentences, but the court ordered their release because they had been imprisoned during the trial, PTI said.

The JKIL is one of more than a dozen separatist rebel groups fighting in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) since 1989 for the Muslim-majority state's independence from predominantly Hindu India, or its merger with Pakistan.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/23/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Let us all hope and pray that Amnesty International can intervene, and stop the suffering of these three innocent men, and send them them back to their families, so that they may live their lives in peace,Allah Akbar.
Posted by: Dave UK || 04/23/2010 4:20 Comments || Top||

#2  I dunno Dave,

These swine were found guilty, and I don't believe Amnesty International has either venue or jurisdiction. Allah is the creation of pagan sand-monsters.
Posted by: Ralphs son Johnnie || 04/23/2010 4:44 Comments || Top||

#3  I am not absolutely certain, but I think Dave missed adding the /sarc tag at the end.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/23/2010 6:12 Comments || Top||

#4  A fourth rebel was sentenced to life in prison with hard labour for involvement in the bombing

We need to bring back hard labor in the states! 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, with Sunday being area beautification day at the prison. Prisoners should work so hard every day that the only thing they want to do when they finish is eat and sleep.
Posted by: Keeney || 04/23/2010 10:51 Comments || Top||

#5  This being India, expect the sentences to be carried out ...

Not so sure. The Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru has exhausted all appeals. His petition for clemency to the Indian President is being held by the Indian Home Ministry with the excuse that other, earlier, petitions need to be handled first. The Indian Government simply sees no need to execute him. These fellows will join the queue.
Posted by: john frum || 04/23/2010 16:38 Comments || Top||

50 killed, 85 wounded in series of Baghdad blasts
A series of five car bombings, three of them at Shiite mosques, and a sixth attack in Baghdad have killed at least 50 people and wounded 85, an interior ministry official says.

Two car bombs in the impoverished district of Sadr City, one close to a political office of Shiite radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr and another at a market, killed 21 people and wounded 45, the official said today.

Three other car bombs and an improvised device killed 11 people and wounded 40, the official added.
Posted by: tipper || 04/23/2010 12:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6519 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But, at least, they've purple ink now.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/23/2010 13:53 Comments || Top||

Mufti of the so-called Mujahedin Army arrested in Anbar
Most excellent!
ANBAR / Aswat al-Iraq: The Special Missions Force in Falluja arrested the mufti of the so-called Mujahedin Army group during a security crackdown in al-Anbar, according to a statement by the U.S. army's public affairs office in the province on Thursday.

“The Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) forces, acting upon an arrest warrant, captured the leader of a terrorist cell belonging to the so-called Jaish al-Mujahedin (Mujahedin Army) as part of an operation conducted on April 20,' read the statement as received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

According to Iraqi intelligence reports, the suspect is a mufti for the Mujahedin Army who incites murder and oversees attacks targeting Iraqi security forces, added the statement.

“Cell phones, IDs, passports, CDs and different documents were seized during the operation,' it noted.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/23/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The JaM were no joke in both my 03 (in 03 we called them the MEK) and 05 tours; it’s good to see the crackdown. It's also nice to see these guys being taken down by what I'm assuming is Iraqi SWAT. More proof that we've all but won a war dubbed unwinnable from the start. Hopefully we can keep the pinko's in our country from finding a way to screw it up at the last minute; I'm sure they're trying hard to do so.
Posted by: Keeney || 04/23/2010 9:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Keeney dear, take a look through Rantburg's Thugburg and the Rogues' Gallery. You may find some things to interest you.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2010 18:05 Comments || Top||

Iraqi soldier wounded in Mosul clashes
This is WoT news in Iraq today. Remember what it was like in 2005?
NINEWA / Aswat al-Iraq: An Iraqi soldier was wounded in armed clashes in western Mosul city on Thursday, an Iraqi army source said.

“Clashes erupted between gunmen and personnel in an Iraqi army checkpoint in al-Siha neighborhood, western Mosul, leaving a soldier wounded,' the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The clashes lasted for a few minutes as the gunmen escaped. The wounded serviceman was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment,' he added.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/23/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Karin Mohl who fired a rifle at branch near me and running woman in Honomu near : Vicinity ! Also : Who : Radcliffe Wells : knows : steals : my Rolfilius Dieter : Import / Export: License ! Keith Beardsley : charles linneman johanson ! Leutenecker : Dykes : Interpol ! Billy Center
Posted by: Karin Corn Cobs Mohl || 04/23/2010 2:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Is making a comment that makes no sense trendy or something?
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2010 7:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Is making a comment that makes no sense trendy or something?

I've been wondering the same thing since I started posting here; maybe I'm just getting old and can't understand the language anymore.
Posted by: Keeney || 04/23/2010 9:53 Comments || Top||

#4  it's in code - it says: "I'm an idiot"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/23/2010 9:59 Comments || Top||

#5  It is not an oracle. Joe M is an oracle.

Wait....this is code....It sez.....Water distilling equipment out of commission at Midway....low on fresh water.....WTF????
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/23/2010 10:42 Comments || Top||

Wait....this is code....It sez.....Water distilling equipment out of commission at Midway....low on fresh water.....WTF????


Posted by: Rob Crawford || 04/23/2010 11:41 Comments || Top||

#7  That's our fafaphooey dipshit...
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/23/2010 11:54 Comments || Top||

#8  They link back to the Howard Stern show, so they probably (mistakenly) think they are clever
Posted by: abu do you love || 04/23/2010 12:59 Comments || Top||

#9  They link back to the Howard Stern show,

They do? I missed that, abu do you love.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2010 14:29 Comments || Top||

#10  the poster name (in this case 'Karin Corn Cobs Mohl ') has a mailto: in it that points to howard stern
Posted by: abu do you love || 04/23/2010 19:37 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Deadly blast at Bangkok protest
A series of explosions in the Thai capital Bangkok is reported to have killed at least three people and injured scores more. Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said grenades had been fired from a camp of anti-government protesters.

The explosions followed rising tensions in the stand-off between police and opposition demonstrators in the city.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has called an emergency meeting with security chiefs, officials said.

Mr Suthep said three people had been killed and more than 70 wounded in the explosions. Hospitals in Bangkok had only confirmed one person killed.

A second attempt by the military to crack down on the anti-government protesters is widely predicted - the first failed on 10 April with 25 people killed.

The city's fears were heightened by an army spokesman's warning that "time is running out". The military commander has repeated his commitment to a non-violent solution to the stand-off - if possible. The red-shirts refuse to go away, and refuse to have peace talks.

In this febrile atmosphere, the explosion of at least five grenades could be the trigger for wider violence. As ever throughout this fraught ramping up of pressure on the government, each side could step back. But the record of violence does not bode well for what could be a new and tragic phase in a bitter political conflict.

He said at least one M-79 grenade launcher had been used in the attacks, adding: "It was clear that it was shot from behind the King Rama VI Monument where the red-shirts are rallying."

However, red-shirt leaders denied that their supporters were responsible for the blasts.

Television images showed a chaotic scene with ambulances streaming into the area and panicked residents helping to carry the injured to safety. Blood was splattered across pavements and office windows were smashed.

Reports said two foreigners were believed to be among the injured.

Army spokesman Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd said five grenades had been fired. Three fell through the roof of the Saladaeng Skytrain station, along Silom Road, the centre of Bangkok's business district, he said. A fourth exploded on the pavement near the five-star Dusit Thani Hotel and the fifth near a bank, he added.

He said the same type of grenade - fired from a shoulder-mounted launcher - had hit troops during bloody clashes with protesters that killed 25 people on 10 April.

The explosions happened near an intersection where troops are facing barricades manned by anti-government red-shirt protesters. Their base has been fortified in recent days with sharpened bamboo stakes and piles of car tyres.

The red-shirts - who are calling for fresh elections - have been camped out in the city for six weeks.

The volatile atmosphere has recently been heightened by pro-government protesters, waving Thai flags and hurling abuse and water bottles at the red-shirts.
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Good morning
Posted by: Steve White || 04/23/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Please see the moderator note below before posting in this thread today. Thank you. AoS.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/23/2010 0:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Happy Birthday

Shirley Temple aka Shirley Blake in "Bright Eyes" aka Madam Ambassador (82)

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 04/23/2010 1:53 Comments || Top||

#3  I believe they still adore Mrs. Black in the former Czechoslovakia. She apparently was as wonderful an ambassador as an adult as she was as a small child.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2010 7:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Snicker. Ya got me, GB ...
Posted by: Steve White || 04/23/2010 8:52 Comments || Top||

#5  Awwwwwwwww...who doesn't like Shirley Temple.
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/23/2010 11:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Heh.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 04/23/2010 17:00 Comments || Top||

#7  Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww shucks! I'm going to have to drink my morning coffee alone? I refuse to watch "The View" or Oprah!
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/23/2010 18:32 Comments || Top||

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