Daily Archives: 11 Mar 2012

March Madness: My Bracket is Set!

I have Duke and Vanderbilt, UNC and Davidson in the Final 4 with Duke winning it all!  Go Duke!!!!!

Even More Excruciating Details of the Staff Sergeant Who Went on a Killing Spree in Afghanistan

The AP has a number of eyewitness statements- including

In Panjwai district on Sunday, grieving residents tried to make sense of why they were targeted.  “No Taliban were here. No gunbattle was going on,” cried out one woman, who said four people were killed in the village of Alokzai, all members of her family. “We don’t know why this foreign soldier came and killed our innocent family members. Either he was drunk or he enjoyed killing civilians.”  The other 12 dead were from Balandi village, said Samad Khan, a farmer who lost all 11 members of his family, including women and children. Khan was away from the village when the attack occurred and returned to find his family members shot and burned. One of his neighbors was also killed, he said. “This is an anti-human and anti-Islamic act,” Khan said. “Nobody is allowed in any religion in the world to kill children and women.”  One woman opened a blue blanket with pink flowers to reveal the body of her 2-year-old child, who was wearing a blood-soaked shirt.  “Was this child Taliban? There is no Taliban here” said Gul Bushra. The Americans “are always threatening us with dogs and helicopters during night raids.”

Who did it?  He’s still not been named but he’s a Staff Sergeant from Ft. Lewis, WA.

Residents said Sunday’s attack began around 3 a.m. in two villages in Panjwai district, a rural region outside Kandahar that is the cradle of the Taliban and where coalition forces have fought for control for years. The villages are about 500 yards (meters) from a U.S. base in a region that was the focus of Obama’s military surge strategy in the south starting in 2009.  Villagers described cowering in fear as gunshots rang out as a soldier stalked house after house firing on those inside. They said he entered three homes in all and set fire to some of the bodies. Eleven of the dead were from a single family, and nine of the victims were children.

Cowardly and despicable and dishonoring to all who have served ethically and honorably.

Assad Needs to Be Removed

And the United States needs to remove him.  He is butchering his own people and he’s clearly not interested in stopping.  And he’s banking on the indifference of the rest of the world standing by and chatting until he finishes his deathly work.

The Syrian government rebuffed a peacemaking mission by Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general on Sunday, mounting a major offensive against rebel strongholds that left more than 130 people dead over the weekend. In a sign that Mr Assad remains determined to crush the yearlong uprising against his rule, pro-regime forces swept through the northwest province of Idlib, making significant gains against outgunned rebel units. By Sunday morning, the city of Idlib, the provincial capital, appeared to have fallen to the Syrian army following an intense artillery bombardment. As tank shells struck the city from all directions, panicked civilians clutching blankets attempted to flee, although many remained trapped after the army sealed off exit points.

For the sake of the Syrian people Assad must be stopped.  Today.  We have the resources and skills necessary to stop him.  We must.  We stopped Bin Laden, we should stop this mass murderer.  It is an ethical imperative that we do so.

NPR has Further Details on the US Soldier Who Went on a Killing Spree in Afghanistan

What a horrid thing.

American officials say that a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan walked off a base in the pre-dawn hours Sunday morning and began shooting at civilians in their homes in the southern province of Kandahar.  …  As things look right now, Brig. Gen. Carsten Jacobson said at a news conference, the shooting spree “looks very much like an individual act.”  The AP reports that outraged villagers want the U.S. to hand over the detained soldier, but Jacobson made it clear that the investigation will be on American terms.

If it were an Afghan who was on American soil who murdered Americans and the Afghan’s wanted to try him, that wouldn’t fly would it.  When he decided to act illegally he decided to put himself into the hands of the justice system of the community he invaded.  He killed innocent civilians viciously- he should be handed over to the police.

“This, of course, is a legal case,” Jacobson said. “He is a U.S. soldier and it will fall to the United States authorities to investigate this case, but obviously ISAF is doing what is possible at the moment to deal with the consequences.”

That’s nonsense.  It’s another example of the US Military doing an injustice.  It’s imperialism.  No one can be surprised that Americans are hated when they see this kind of thing happen.

More Fantastic Photos from Tel Azekah

Courtesy our friends at Tel Aviv U.  I like this one a lot-

Radical Islam’s Unholy War on Christianity

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Catholic church in the Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday, killing at least three people attending mass. The bomber on Sunday aimed his speeding car at St Finbar’s Catholic church in the city then setting off a large explosion, killing himself and at least three churchgoers, emergency agency spokesman Yushau Shuaib said.

It was the second suicide bomb attack on a church in the flashpoint city in two weeks, after a February 26 attack claimed by Islamic extremist sect Boko Haram killed three people and injured 50 as they attended a Sunday service.
Jos, a fault line in Nigeria’s Muslim-Christian divide between north and south, was tense in the aftermath of the bombing amid fears of a reprise of deadly riots which followed last month’s attack.

“There are rumours of reprisals from Christian youths, but we hope the security agents are on top of the situation as they have cordoned off the area,” said Alhassan Danjuma Aliyu, local chief of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Christians have no business becoming violent and retaliating. I hope the young people of Nigeria have been taught authentic Christianity and not some fraud which allows them to reciprocate madness and violence.

I Agree With John Boehner

Great news, America! Some of the dumbest people in the country are leading your nation, according to Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Did we really need him to tell us that?

“We got some of the smartest people in the country who serve here, and some of the dumbest. We got some of the best people you’d ever meet, and some of the raunchiest. We’ve got ’em all,” he said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Well except for the smart people serve in Washington bit, he’s right.  Congress is a collection of perverts and reprobates and idiots.  And that’s why America, the wealthiest Country in the world, is really poor.

That’s Mass Murder

A U.S. soldier went on a shooting rampage in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, bursting into the homes of civilians in villages near his base in the middle of the night and killing up to 16 people, an Afghan minister told Reuters. Minister of Border and Tribal Affairs Asadullah Khalid, who is investigating the incident, said the soldier entered three homes, killing 11 people in the first one. Other Afghan officials said at least seven people died.

If true this is absolutely disgusting and the soldier responsible should be tried as a mass murderer.  Unstable kids with guns in foreign countries = inevitable disaster.

Zionism is Illegitimate: Rabbi Weiss

Rabbi Yisrael Dovid Weiss explains why he believes that Israel as a state is not legitimate.

That’s interesting isn’t it. I wonder how much hate mail he gets…

“This is against the will of the Almighty and this is not what it means to be a Jew,” says Jewish religious scholar Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, a spokesman for “Jews against Zionism”, who believes that Israel as a state is not legitimate. He says that Zionism has created “rivers of blood” and he opposes the occupation of Palestine.

On the threat from Iran and President Ahmadinejad he says: “He gives charity to Jewish communities and he says one thing: he has a problem with the oppression of the Palestinian people. And the words “wipe out” he constantly says that Iran doesn’t have a history and he is not talking about harming anybody he says that God will not allow this crime to happen. We concur with him that Jews are in danger because there is Zionism because it says in the Tora if you rebel against God, it will not be successful and there will be catastrophic results and Zionism has brought catastrophic results and it could be much worse.”

Watch the whole at the link.

One Year Ago Today…

Japan was smitten with an earthquake and tsunami.  Here’s a roundup of reports from the Telegraph-

• Japan falls silent to remember 19,000 lost in quake
• Graphic: Aftermath of Japan earthquake and tsunami 
• Before and after: pictures of the aftermath and clean-up
• Video: Inside the still highly radioactive Fukushima plant
• Pictures: 30 powerful images of the disaster
• 478 bodies remain unidentified one year on
• Quarter of a million face five years in shelters

Japan is still a country in recovery.