Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sen. Feinstein: Halt transfers to Yemen

via The Hill

Too bad Americans have to relearn this stuff again and again. These guys are at war with the United States and belong in Gitmo for the duration. There not criminals. They're warriors, and captured warriors belong in Gitmo.
The senior Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee wants no more Guantanamo Bay detainees released to Yemen in the wake of a Christmas day terrorist attack hatched in that country.

“Guantanamo detainees should not be released to Yemen at this time,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a statement. “It is too unstable.”

Feinstein’s warning comes just nine days after the Department of Justice announced the most recent transfer of 12 detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan, Yemen and Somaliland. Six of the 12 were transferred to the government of Yemen.

Police smashed a protester in Ashoura Day in 27 Dec. 2009 زیر کردن مردم با ماشین توسط مزدوران نیروی انتظامی

What in the world Sen. Kerry is going to go over there and say about this is beyond me. Iranian cops smash and drive over an unarmed protester. H/T Freedom Fighter Iran.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Document states Khamenei & regime authorities preparing to escape to Russia

Leaving a sinking ship? Pray its true. For Iranian people and the world's peace. Via Planet Iran. H/T Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi

Iran Global website has exposed a document that discloses information on Khamenei and various authorities of the regime’s possible escape to Russia.

The document is on the National Security Agency of the Islamic regime’s letterhead addressed from the office of the High Assembly of the Islamic Republic’s National Security official [name is redacted] to an individual [name redacted] in the revolutionary guards. The letter is dated 6th of Dey (December 27th).

It reads:

Re: Response to a letter number [redacted] written on the 5th of Dey (December 26th).

Salam Aleykom

With respect, we would like to inform you of the inspection, check up and preparation of the aircraft, destination Russia, for the purpose of transporting the Supreme Leader, his esteemed family and various officials of the Revolutionary Guards. Should the commanding forces lose control, direct your attention to the attached permit, number [redacted] of the National Security Agency and the Bureau of Revolutionary Guard’s Intelligence Security in order for the necessary steps to be taken.

Va al-salam

Office of the high assembly of the Islamic Republic’s national security

Commander, Brigadier-General, Revolutionary Guard

Stamped by Secretary General of the High Assembly of the Islamic Republic’s National Security

Stamped by Dr. Saeed Jalili

CC: [redacted]

Sunday, December 27, 2009

RIP Gul Mohammad

Photo via The Dawn. Quote below via Bill Roggio's Long War Journal,
The Taliban tortured and executed a tribal leader who raised forces to battle the Islamic extremists in Pakistan's contested tribal agency of Bajaur.

The body of tribal leader Gul Mohammad was found in the Salarzai region in Bajaur. Mohammed was reportedly tortured and then strangled to death.

The Taliban pinned a note to Mohammed's body that said "the man was spying for security forces and anybody found involved in anti-Taliban activities will meet the same fate," Dawn News reported.

Read more:

تهران - عاشورا 14 / Aashura: Tehran, Vali Asr- Dec 27

via Mir Hossein Mousavi میر حسین موسوی

Napolitano in left field on the Christmas Terrorist

The system worked? A Dutch passenger worked and is the only reason the terror attack didn't succeed. Abdulmutallab goes to Yemen to get equipped for the attack? What in the world can Napolitano be thinking? Her job is to protect America from attack. To secue the homeland, not run from reality.

Update: The Weekly Standard Blog: Napolitano Says "System" That Didn't Stop Bomber "Worked"

Footnote: Pundita: How much more information did Homeland want, Ms Napolitano, before bumping Mutallab from U.S. flights?

Pundita's take over at the Real Barack Obama. The administrations occupied with the politics and not the reality of protecting America. That's the only reason I can think for Napolitano's odd comments.

Slogans at Iranian Protests

via In defense of Freedom of Speech in Iran twittering a revolution.
#Ashura #Iranelection Some of the chants heard on the streets today have included: “Ya Mahdi! Eradicate the roots of oppression!”, “This is the month of blood! Seyed Ali [Khamenei] is going down!”, “Down with the Dictator!”, “We are not from ‘Koofeh’ to support Yazid!”, “Rape, Murder, Down with the Jurisprudence!”, “Di...ctator should know, he will be toppled very soon!”, and “Death to Khamenei”, among others.

27 Dec 09 WARNING: GRAPHIC - Tehran Iran: Protesters shot dead

More Martyrs... maybe the regime may falls apart this week. Its legitimacy long gone.

Sirjan: Bloody clashes in Sirjan leave five dead and dozens wounded فیلم کامل درگیری های سیرجان و غیور مردانش

Amazing video from Sirjan of protestors cutting down two men about to be hung.

via NCR,
NCRI - The Iranian Resistance strongly condemns bloody suppression of defenseless people in Sirjan, central Iran, which has left dozens killed or wounded and calls for an international probe.

On Tuesday, December 22, the scene of a public hanging of two prisoners, Esmail Fathi-Zadeh and Mohammad Esfandiarpoor, in Sirjan turned into a confrontation between protesting people and the suppressive forces. Local residents and families of the two prisoners confronted the suppressive forces by hurling stones and chanting slogans.

During the clashes yesterday morning, people took advantage of the chaos and removed the prisoners from the scene set up for their hangings. According to earlier reports on Tuesday, one of the prisoners was thought to have been killed.

Having lost the control of the situation, the suppressive forces mobilized more of their agents across the city and re-captured the two prisoners and brought them back to the hanging ropes.

Local residents were angered by the regime’s henchmen and became more fierce in their protest against the hangings. In fear of the escalation of unrest, the suppressive forces opened fire on defenseless people killing at least five and dozens more were wounded. A number of the wounded were taken to hospitals in Kerman, the provincial capital. Some of the wounded are in critical state. A group of local residents and families of the two have been arrested. During the clashes, a number of vehicles belonging to the suppressive forces were set on fire.

The intelligence agents were deployed at the entry points to the city to control the traffic and helicopters were hovering over the city and the main roads to monitor the situation.

The Iranian Resistance calls on all international human rights organizations, in particular the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, to condemn deteriorating human rights situation in Iran and dispatch an international fact finding mission to probe the bloody suppression in Sirjan.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 23, 2009

URGENT: Mir Hossein Mousavi's Nephew Was Martyred /هیهات من الذله...! خواهرزاده میر حسین موسوی شهید شد

Via Mir Hossein Mousavi's facebook page.
URGENT: Nephew of Mir Hossein Mousavi was martyred in today’s events.

According to ParlemanNews, Seyyed Ali Mousavi, 35 year old nephew of Mir Hossein Mousavi, was shot dead in today’s events.
He was shot in the heart at noon in central Tehran during today events.
At the moment his body is in one of Tehran’s hospitals and Mir Hossein Mousavi along with families of this green martyr and some political figures is in the hospital at the moment...
هیهات من الذله...هیهات من الذله...هیهات من الذله......هیهات...هیهات


منبع: پارلمان نیوز

فوری:خواهرزاده مهندس موسوی شهید شد

پارلماننیوز: ظهر امروز سیدعلی موسوی خواهرزاده مهندس میرحسین موسوی در حوادث تلخ عاشورای حسینی در تهران به شهادت شد.ا
به گزارش پایگاه خبری فراکسیون خط امام(ره)مجلس پارلماننیوز ، خواهرزاده 35 ساله مهندس موسوی ظهر امروز در میدان انقلاب از ناحیه قلب هدف گلوله قرار گرفت و بعد از انتقال به بیمارستان ابن سینا واقع در فلکه دوم صادقیه به شهادت رسید.ا
هم اکنون مهندس میرحسین موسوی، والدین این شهید جنبش سبز و جمعی از شخصیتهای سیاسی در این بیمارستان حاضر هستند.ا

Ashura Protests in Iran

Pictures via Revolutionary Road's facebook page. Some very graphic so be warned. The Regime is shooting the protestors now. President Obama needs to pull out that Nobel Prize speech and speak out.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Ayatollah Mohsen Kadivar: I Am Convinced that the Regime Will Collapse

From an intreview in Der Spiegel I'm guardedly optimistic for the first time in a long time. I hope Obama doesn't bungle things with the opposition once the wheels fully come off the regime.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sunny and Gene

From the Prolog to Arlene's new novel. Looks like it starts at the Hospital my kids were born at. Good luck with the book Arlene, and Merry Christmas. Hope Hollywood finds you!

The sound of the baby crying had been going on for hours. His intense screams filled the otherwise quiet hallways of Austin General Hospital. Located on the WestSide of Chicago in the rapidly gentrifying community of West Austin, Austin General or A.G. as it was nicknamed by the staff had quickly gained a reputation as “the place” to give birth in all of the Chicagoland area.

The nursery was the center hub of the third floor maternity ward. Its waist-to-ceiling clear glass windows topped a bay-shaped viewing area that allowed parents and visitors to observe the infants at all times. The walls were tinted in the softest of green color so that they radiated both warmth and calm to those who beheld it. The space beneath the window area was configured to hold four to six of the specially designed Lucite bassinets. Each bassinet was custom embossed with the A.G. signature crest—a physician with outstretched hands holding a naked newborn baby while the mother laying in bed reaches her arms out to embrace it.

Normally the nursery was filled with at least four infants. But tonight in a rare moment of delivery room slowdown, the only occupant was a newborn baby boy. Swaddled in receiving blankets, wearing a sky blue skullcap and barely six-hours-old, he had done a stellar job of making his presence known to anyone entering the floor.
read the rest here.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Bill Roggio: If we had just left the Islamic Courts alone...

Roggio in full... I hope he's ok with it.
The photo above, taken by a Reuters stringer, serves as a gruesome reminder of the nature of radical Islamist groups and the failure to oppose them. Here is the Reuters cation:

Militants from Hizbul Islam haul the bloodied body of Mohamed Ibrahim, 48, from a chest-deep pit after stoning him to death for illicit sexual intercourse with a woman in the Afgoye district, Somalia on December 13, 2009. Ibrahim was sentenced to death by a local Islamic court after he was found guilty of infidelity.

Keep this photo in mind when Martin Fletcher, Matthew Yglesias, the Los Angeles Times, and a host of pundits attempt to pin the blame for the rise of Islamic extremism and the al Qaeda-linked Shabaab in Somalia on the US. Hizbul Islam, which is led by al Qaeda-linked Hassan Dahir Aweys, co-led the Islamic Courts with Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, who is now the President of Somalia, before it was ousted by Ethiopian forces in December 2007. The Islamic Courts was by no means a moderate group when it assumed power in the spring and summer of 2006. The Islamic Courts conducted suicide attacks, had women stoned to death for adultery, murdered people in theaters for watching soccer, and committed a host of other outrageous crimes that mirrored what the Taliban have done and still continue to do.

Read more:
I didn't download the photo. Go look though in case you doubt the nature of our foe.

The fifty new Health Care Exchange Czars

We may well soon have fifty slots for these Health Care Exchange Czars to be filled. So maybe it's time to speculate who gets 'em.

One Czar per state with vast sway over how Health Care funding will be reimbursed and policies written. Tremendous influence resolving disputes over coverage and payment. Fricken golden appointments not to be wasted as we would say in Illinois.

So any guesses who these men and women might be? Any idea who the candidates in the back of the Chicagoan minds might be? This will be jobs bigger than working the Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation agency. Contracts and jobs to be dispensed by these Czars. Who's lining up to be one?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Deerslayer's Back (and lining up for some Awards)

My earlier post on Hurt Locker: The Deerslayer's Back.

And it's winning awards. Here's Ebert,
"The Hurt Locker," Kathryn Bigelow's compelling film about a death-defying bomb disposal unit in Iraq, swept the field Monday as the 57 members of the Chicago Film Critics Association revealed their 2009 awards.

The film won every category it was nominated in: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Jeremy Renner), Best Original Screenplay (Mark Boal), and Best Cinematography (Barry Ackroyd).

The Chicago victories, seen in the context of other big-city critics groups and the Golden Globe nominations, bring a few pre-Oscar trends into focus:

* "The Hurt Locker," moderately-budgeted at $11 million and produced independently, is in a horserace with "Up in the Air" in the Best Picture Category.

* Bigelow is the possible front-runner for Best Director. No woman has ever won in the category, and only three have been nominated: Lina Wertmüller ("Seven Beauties," 1976); Jane Campion ("The Piano," 1993), and Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation," 2003). That will work in her favor. Ironically, if her ex-husband James Cameron is nominated for his "Avatar," that may help her. Oscar voters love drama.
As a complete story, it's not much, but there are bits-and-pieces, individual scenes, that are good; and I especially liked the end when the hero is getting off the C-120 for his second deployment. It sure looks like Iraq too. Not some place in southern California.

Whitehouse on Health Care Opponents

Tell it to Jane Hamsher: 10 Reasons to Kill the Senate Bill

The Senate Bill's a very bad piece of work certain to be a millstone around the Democratic Party for years. It's going to take a decade to digout from under the damage this thing creates if implemented.

Give us a break with the rhetoric Sen Whitehouse.

HT Washington Times

How Bill Foster wins: no mistakes and plenty of money

My neighbor the GOP activists stops over last week with literature on various candidates in Feb's primary but nothing on Hastert v Hultgren. I asked why and he winced saying Hastert's going to win. I said yeah but he's going to lose to Foster. Too much pain among GOP stalwarts after the Dad's resignation then backing Oberweis, and too much distaste among suburban women (and others) to the Hastert+Oberweis names. My activist-neighbor replied, "Foster's hasn't made mistakes and he's got lots of money. It's gonna be tough".

Tough in a year the GOP should win handily. How in the world does the GOP in the Illinois 14th manage this kind of mess?

Jane Hamsher's 10 Reasons to Kill the Senate Bill

Her top ten over at Fire Dog Lake,
Top 10 Reasons to Kill Senate Health Care Bill

1. Forces you to pay up to 8% of your income to private insurance corporations — whether you want to or not.
2. If you refuse to buy the insurance, you’ll have to pay penalties of up to 2% of your annual income to the IRS.
3. Many will be forced to buy poor-quality insurance they can’t afford to use, with $11,900 in annual out-of-pocket expenses over and above their annual premiums.
4. Massive restriction on a woman’s right to choose, designed to trigger a challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court.
5. Paid for by taxes on the middle class insurance plan you have right now through your employer, causing them to cut back benefits and increase co-pays.
6. Many of the taxes to pay for the bill start now, but most Americans won’t see any benefits — like an end to discrimination against those with preexisting conditions — until 2014 when the program begins.
7. Allows insurance companies to charge people who are older 300% more than others.
8. Grants monopolies to drug companies that will keep generic versions of expensive biotech drugs from ever coming to market.
9. No re-importation of prescription drugs, which would save consumers $100 billion over 10 years.
10. The cost of medical care will continue to rise, and insurance premiums for a family of four will rise an average of $1,000 a year — meaning in 10 years, your family’s insurance premium will be $10,000 more annually than it is right now.
I'm used to Illinois Democrats guised as reformers creating programs to payoff buddies i.e. stakeholders. If your surprised, write your reps in Congress. Hamsher lists some good talking points.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Peace Making: Ibrahaim al-Rubaish the Poet of Guantanamo

Obama launches cruise missles a few days ago into Yemen for the likes of,
US intelligence reports have said "dozens" of senior al-Qaeda members are established in Yemen. Telephone intercepts and other surveillance detected close ties with groups based in South Asia. Officials claimed that Saleh al-Somali, a Somali-born terrorist killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan last week, had orchestrated movement between the two war zones.

But other most wanted figures remain at large. Ibrahaim al-Rubaish, known as the "poet of Guantanamo", who was released from the US prison camp in 2006 to undergo rehabilitation in Saudi Arabia, has fled to Yemen, as have other ex-prisoners.
I wonder how many Americans know America's at this work? Talk about MSM failing America... More from Bill Roggio here.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chicago Bar Project: Cohasset Punch Redux?

Good news from the Drinkers with Writing Problems,
Fortunately, since our memoriam of Ladner Brothres posted, we received this message from John Ladner, the great-grandson of one of the founders (Carl) and John Sr.’s grandson, “Your page has brought a lot of mail my way, mostly asking if it is still available somewhere. Fans of bygone liquor are legion. I now have the coveted family recipe (not much like Martha’s) that produces 24 gallons of the stuff in a single batch. If you know of any boutique liquor bottlers, I could get them some customers…”
A place I knew well. The place West Madison street will never be replaced but we may wet our pallets with the punch again soon.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Aiham Alsammarae: we'll do it the Obama way

Gotta hand it to him. Like Rod Blagojevich, he won't go away. Facebook entry, cleaned up wiki bio, Alsammarae's back and running for office in Iraq. From Aamer Madhani in USA Today with HT to The Common Ills,
Alsammarae, who holds dual U.S.-Iraqi citizenship, thinks he can win in Iraq's 2010 elections with a dose of Chicago-style politics. Over the past few months, he has quietly traveled to the city of Samarra and says he has won pledges of support from tribal leaders representing more than 20,000 voters.

He figures 50,000 votes will win him the seat.

"We have to do it the Obama way. We are trying to send a message of change. We will clean up the system," Alsammarae says during an interview here in the Jordanian capital about his election plans.
And part of the Obama way is a big web effort,
Part of Alsammarae's campaign money is being used to pay several Iraqi college students living in Jordan to "improve" his reputation on Iraqi blogs, where he is often pilloried with accusations of corruption.

At a recent meeting with some of the students, Alsammarae praised one young man for responding to a posting that blasted him. The student, Ali Koperly, 22, wrote on the blog that Alsammarae did a good job rebuilding Iraq's electrical grid.

"We have to show the corruption of the current Iraqi government," Koperly said.

Alsammarae has traveled to Iraq on several occasions in recent months, but he says he'll stay clear of Baghdad until he wins a seat in parliament. After all, he says he still has enemies in the current government that he says would like to see him behind bars.

"I have to be careful," Alsammarae says. "You never know if this government will try to make up some new charges against me."

Great...those young bloggers should start first with Alsammarae's appalling press conference with Radio Sawa: Pro-Obama Iraqi-American Ex-Convict Supports Increased Attacks on U.S. Troops. Have at it guys.

PS The photo is Alsammarae at Illinois's Gov Rod Blagojevich's dinner for Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi. You'll see a reference to this in the first comment to the USA story by someone well versed in the history

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dave’s Top 10 Reasons To Dismiss Last Friday’s Unemployment Report

#1 via Dave Goldman's Top Ten,
1. The level of un- and underemployment is so huge by historical standards as to make the usual sort of measurement questionable. With nearly 20% of the population unable to find proper work, there is a different sort of workforce. The vast majority of job creation in the US during the past two generations came from small businesses, which display only vaguely on the radar of government agencies as well as the bigger private surveys. The financial crisis killed small entrepreneurs as surely as Joseph Stalin killed the kulaks, and the roots of the economy are dead and dry.
A very very tought 2010 to come and it will take us years to recover.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Pence: President Should Address Serious Concerns Before Traveling to Copenhagen

via GOP Blog
At a time of double-digit unemployment, the last thing our country needs is a jobs-killing cap and trade scheme imposed on our families and small businesses by bureaucrats at the United Nations. The American people have a right to debate this issue at home and with their elected leaders.

The American people deserve to know whether the president is going to enter the United States into a so-called ‘political agreement’ on cap and trade when the Constitution reserves to the Senate the power to ratify legally binding treaties. The president must clarify statements made by officials within his administration that suggest they will attempt an end-run around the Constitution in the name of global cap and trade.

The president must also address how reducing carbon emissions will affect our struggling small businesses, manufacturers and farmers. Further, developing countries have pledged to protect their growing economies from international carbon caps. Why are we placing American workers and businesses at a competitive disadvantage? I strongly urge the president to address these concerns before he flies to Copenhagen and commits our nation to a devastating cap and tax agreement.

David Coleman Headley and Thomson Prison

Headley's been indicted now for the Mumbai terror attack. Chicago News Bench will be all over this story. Watch here.

Now tell me why Thomson Prison wouldn't be an inviting target for the likes of Headley and a heck of a lot closer to home than Mumbai?

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Second City Cop: Gee, Another Coincidence, or should we call it Blagogate?

The Cops comment on this,
Chicago police were looking into an early-morning burglary Friday at the South Side offices of his lawyers. Computers containing copies of the nearly 500 hours of recordings in the Blagojevich case and other sensitive evidence were stolen, sources said.

It was unclear whether the burglary was carried out by thieves knowing what they were after or was a smash-and-grab by criminals looking for cash or easy-to-move merchandise. But the burglars didn't appear to be terribly sophisticated, setting off an alarm about 4 a.m.

At least eight laptops and a safe were stolen, sources said.
I'm going with the inside job theory. Five hundred hours of recordings with Rahm and the rest of the crew are fricken golden. Terrible thins to waste on trials when they can be played for favors.

Friday, December 04, 2009

The Chicago Black Writers Network Christmas Book Fair

HT A. P. Jones

Speaker Mike Madigan's Economic Forecast

I fear he's right. The worst is still ahead. No wonder Lisa's not running for Illinois Guv.

Via Clout Street: Speaker Madigan: Even income tax hike won't solve state money woes
Madigan, a powerful veteran Southwest Side leader, predicts that the economy might get worse before it gets better, meaning fewer jobs and fewer people paying taxes.

"For those that think that tax increases are the answer, it's a partial answer," Madigan told an audience gathered for a panel discussion at the annual Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation meeting in Rosemont on Thursday. "Because you can raise the rate on the Illinois income tax, but if the economy is not performing you're not going to get an increase in money out of the increase in rate."

The state budget deficit is as much as $12 billion, depending on who is doing the estimating.
Madigan said while the public may be aware of the financial help provided to major banks under the federal stimulus package, many don't know that institutions also borrowed from private lenders, and those loans come due next year. He said the banks may have a hard time making those payments, therefore there is a "major threat of further contraction" in the economy during the first part of 2010.

"Everybody should understand... we are in a very difficult economic situation," Madigan said. "Not everybody in the country fully appreciates the gravity of the situation."

David Harsanyi: We-Don't-Want-to-Talk-About-It-Gate

Harsanyi writing today,
Americans honor the courageous informant, the gutsy citizen who stands against the savagery of the profit-mongering conglomerate. Well, sometimes. It appears, believe it or not, that there are those who aren't religiously tethered to this sacred obligation.

For now -- because of revelations of the ClimateGate scandal, in which hacked e-mails revealed discussions among top climate scientists about the manipulation of evidence -- Phil Jones, head of the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit in Britain, has stepped down from his position. Michael Mann, architect of the famous "hockey stick" graph, is now under investigation by Pennsylvania State University. Similar inquiries should follow.
More over the weekend on Climategate. Way too much money was being dished out not to be suspect about global warming. Now it seems use skeptics had plenty to be skeptical about.

Shabaab suicide attack in Mogadishu

WARNING: Very Graphic video via Al Jessera but worth viewing by anyone who believes there are nonviolent althernatives to dealing with Radical Muslims who will do this to fellow Muslims. H/T Bill Roggio,
Al Jazeera provides footage of the Shabaab suicide attack in Mogadishu, Somalia. The bomber detonated at a graduation ceremony for medical students.

Read more:

Iraqi reporter hurls shoe at Montazer Zaidi

Via Alsumaria TV,
An Iraqi journalist threw his shoe on Tuesday at Iraqi reporter Montazer Al Zaidi who was imprisoned for throwing his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush.
The shoe hit the wall next to Al Zaidi’s head. The attacker accused Al Zaidi of siding with dictatorship.

Following the incident, Al Zaidi argued that he threw his shoe at occupation not at a fellow Iraqi citizen.

منتظر الزيدي يُضرَب بفردتي حذاء بعد سنة من قيامه برمي بوش بحذائه
الأربعاء 02 كانون الأول 2009 06:52 GMT

أقدم الصحافي العراقي سيف الخياط على ضرب مراسل قناة البغدادية منتظر الزيدي بفردتي حذائه أثناء عقد الأخير ندوة في العاصمة الفرنسية باريس عصر اليوم عن واقع الإعلام في العراق، وتزامن الحادث مع الذكرى الأولى لرمي الزيدي فردتي حذائه على الرئيس الأميركي السابق جورج بوش.

وكان الزيدي قام بالاعتداء على الرئيس الأمريكي جورج بوش برميه بفردتي حذائه ونعته بـ"الكلب" في شهر كانون الأول من عام 2008 أثناء مؤتمر صحافي مشترك عقده الرئيس الأمريكي جورج وبوش ورئيس الوزراء العراقي نوري المالكي في بغداد.

وقال الخياط في حديث لـ"السومرية نيوز" إن قيامه برمي فردتي حذائه على الزيدي جاء "بسبب تنظيم البعثيين للمؤتمر الذي أقامه اليوم الثلاثاء في العاصمة باريس فضلا عن تسميته للجماعات الإرهابية بالمقاومة خلال المؤتمر"، بحسب قوله، مشيرا إلى أن المؤتمر نظم من قبل الإعلامي العراقي سعد المسعودي، الذي وصفه الخياط بأنه "احد عناصر مخابرات نظام صدام حسين السابق".

واعتبر الخياط أن "الزيدي تجاوز على الصحافيين العراقيين واتهمهم بعدم الحيادية ومحاولة تمرير المشروع الأمريكي في العراق"، وروى قائلا "قمت وسألت الزيدي عن سبب الحفاوة السورية به وسبب وتسميته الجماعات الإرهابية بأنها مقاومة، ثم رميت فردتي حذائي عليه، وصحت بصوت عال إنها لك يا زيدي من الصحافيين العراقيين الأحرار".

وأشار الخياط إلى أن شقيق الزيدي وبعض الحرس الذي يرافقونه فضلا عن منظم المؤتمر سعد المسعودي "حاولوا الاعتداء" عليه، إلا انه رفع احد الكراسي مهددا إياهم بـ"الضرب" في حال الاقتراب منه، بحسب ما قال.

ولفت الخياط إلى أن رميه للزيدي بالحذاء جاء لـ"إفشال مخطط البعثيين للتمدد بين الإعلاميين في باريس فضلا عن إسكات صوت معاد للتجربة الديمقراطية في العراق" بحسب تعبيره.

يذكر أن الخياط عمل في عدة مؤسسات إعلامية عراقية خلال الأعوام الأربعة الماضي مثل قناتي الفيحاء والعراقية فضلا عن كونه مراسلاً لوكالة الأنباء اليابانية قبل أن يقرر طلب اللجوء في فرنسا والإقامة فيها نهاية عام 2008.
A google translation,
December 02, 2009 06:52 GMT

Senior Iraqi journalist Saif al-Khayat to hit the channel Baghdadiya correspondent Zaidi threw his shoes during a recent seminar in the French capital this afternoon about the reality of the media in Iraq, the incident coincided with the anniversary of the first to throw Zaidi pair of shoes at the former American President George W. Bush.

Zaidi was the assault on President George W. Bush throw threw his shoes and calling him a "dog" in December of 2008 during a joint press conference held by President George W. Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad.

Khayat said in an interview with "Alsumaria News" that he threw his shoes on al-Zaidi was "due to the organization of the Baathists, who hosted the conference on Tuesday in Paris as well as the designation of terrorist groups, resistance during the conference," he says, pointing out that the conference organized by the Media Iraqi Saad al-Masoudi, which he described as a tailor "one of the intelligence elements of the regime of Saddam Hussein's former regime."

He said that the tailor, "Zaidi, bypassing the Iraqi journalists and accused them of neutrality and try to pass the American project in Iraq," Roy said, "you asked Zaidi about the reason for the Syrian hospitality, and the reason and name of terrorist groups as resistance, then the pair of shoes thrown at him, loudly it true you, Maximize the journalists free Iraqis. "

He pointed out that the tailor's brother Zaidi and some guards accompanying him as well as conference organizer Saad al-Masoudi, "tried to assault" on it, but he lifted a chair, threatening them with "beating" in the event of approaching him, according to what he said.

He pointed out that the tailor to throw Zaidi shoe came to "the failure of the Baathists planned expansion between journalists in Paris, as well as silence the voice of anti-democratic experience in Iraq," according to his words.

The tailor worked in several media organizations in Iraq during the past four years, such as the fallopian Fayhaa and Iraqi as well as a correspondent for the Japanese news agency before deciding to seek asylum in France and stay in the end of 2008.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Batchelor: Landlocked‏

A cross post from The Real Barack Obama,

John Batchelor writes on his blog:

No Roads

Frank Oliveri and Bill Roggio both elaborated on the particular challenges of moving 30 thousand combat troops into Afghanistan in the next six months. The critical fact is that this is a landlocked country -- and this increases the costs, the demands on transportation, the expectations of deployment.

Frank Oliveri called 10th Mountain and the Marines, and both said they were ready to go now, pending transportation.

Bill Roggio presented the case that getting that many combat troops into Kandahar province and environs in this six month period, including winter, is so daunting that it isn't how well, it is if at all.

Spoke to Ann Marlowe at Kabul, and she reported on dinner conversation with unnamed American colonels after POTUS speech at West Point. The general opinion is that getting those troops into Afghanistan is beyond the logistics that exist now. There wasn't laughter. Just head shaking.

Ann Marlowe also emphasized that once the troops reach Afghanistan, especially in the South and East, the logistics inside the country are spare. There is already a chronic shortage of aircraft. The roads except in select places are treacherous and nonexistent. The culverts built by the contractors are routine places for the Taliban to plant IEDs. Mostly, Ann Marlowe emphasized the forbidding nature of the countryside. It is moon like. It is the home court of the Taliban. She mentioned that it can take 12 hours to go 40 kilometers. Six months to deploy, eighteen months to start the handover. Not on a landlocked clock.

Middle of the No Roads

Also spoke to Peter Wallsten, WSJ, (above) re the politics the day after the POTUS speech. He reported that neither the Left nor the Right supports the decision. POTUS is in the middle of partisan noise now, and there is no center to stand with him -- no middle of the no roads.

Gallup reports that the POTUS approval on Afghanistan policy has declined from over 50% to 35%. Wallsten remarked that Democrats in primary races are running hard left, anti-war and anti-Obama policy on Afghanistan. The people who elected POTUS are now walking away, or, as Wallsten said for the elections in 2010, the base support of POTUS and the Democrats is ready to stay home. The testimony by the three chieftains, Clinton, Gates and Mullen, only reinforced the measure that only those who work for POTUS are following POTUS down that lonely middle.

12-3-2009 - Pence Discusses Republican Economic Roundtable on CNBC

Pense talking sense on Jobs.

Also, Gary Andres compares Texas and California over at The Weekly Standard,
Texas, on the other hand, with its more entrepreneurial political culture, created 70 percent of the new jobs in the United States in 2008, according to the Trends article. Think about it, one state created 7 out of 10 jobs!

The White House jobs summit is a public relations gambit, not a serious employment generator. In fairness to the president, he has to do something. This is the Obama equivalent of the infamous George H. W. Bush line: "Message: I care." But the real problem is one of cognitive dissonance for the entrepreneur.

While Obama says he wants to create jobs, his interest group allies stand in the way. Jobs producers need litigation reform (the trial bar opposes it); they seek lower taxes (public employee unions don't); they want streamlined environmental regulations (environmental interest groups say no).

"Go West Young Man," a Terre Haute Express editorial wrote in 1851. That's still good advice today for a president seeking a jobs agenda. But he ought to stop at Texas.
Texas created seven out of ten jobs in America during 2008. That's an astounding statistic.

Gibb's on Prez Obama's SecDef Gates

Somebody's gotta tell Gibbs which team he's on. Gates's Obama's SecDef. Quit slamming a teammate Mr. Gibbs! Via The Weekly Standard Blog.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs seems to have a real problem with Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Either that or Gibbs is so dim that he doesn't realize that when he misrepresents Afghanistan troop requests at the end of the Bush administration he's trashing Gates -- President Obama's top defense policymaker.

On Tuesday night, President Obama made the following claim: "Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the reemergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive. That’s why, shortly after taking office, I approved a long-standing request for more troops."

At the White House briefing yesterday, ABC's Jake Tapper pressed Robert Gibbs about the claim and asked him to specify when such requests took place.

Gibbs: "Again, what President Obama was talking about were additional resource requests that came in during 2008, which we've discussed in here."

Robert Gates was Defense Secretary in 2008. Barack Obama kept him in that job and, according to numerous accounts of his decision to sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, relied heavily on advice from Gates in coming up with his new strategy. So is Gates to blame for these resource requests that did not arrive?

Gibbs is right about one thing. Those requests from 2008 had been discussed at the briefings before. What he failed to mention is that he was wrong back then, too. A Pentagon official close to Gates, speaking of the WH claims, told TWS, "on the facts, they're wrong."

The nutty left is destroying the sane center of the Democratic Party

Take away quote from today’s blogger conference call with House Chief Deputy Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA_ and Republican Policy Committee Chairman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) in response to a question about Blue Dog Democrats retiring rather than face steep uphill campaigns next year:

The nutty left is destroying the sane center of the Democratic Party.
Look no further than Lisa Madigan’s decision not to run for Governor of Illinois next year. That’s gotta be a calculation by the Madigans --some of the shrewdest Democratic minds around-- that Obama’s making a mash of America and it’s no reason to go down with this shape. Mike Madigan knows these Democrats America’s sent to Washington better than almost anyone. That family sits things out, Democrats should know they’re in a deep mess with Obama.

Footenote: Politico on Blue Dog John Tanner to retire from House.

Gotta wonder if Bill Foster --one of the Richest Guys in Congress-- has to be having second thoughts on plowing his own dough into a reelection instead of buying a new home in the Hamptons, Long Island or something.