Little Green Footballs

Monday, July 31, 2006

Charles Johnson as Perky Pete

Perky Pete? Who's that? Have a look at This Modern World and find out.

Christian terrorism

Because he claimed to be a Muslim, the madman who killed one woman and injured five others at the Jewish Federation offices in Seattle on Friday has officially been promoted from "criminal" to "terrorist" by Charles and his followers.


He told friends he felt alienated from his own family, in part because his career had disappointed his father and also because he had disavowed Islam last year, converting to Christianity.

Haq had begun studying the Bible, attending weekly men's spiritual group meetings, only to stop coming a few months after his baptism.

He had told the group's leader that he seen too much anger in Islam and that he wanted to find a new beginning in Christianity.

Yet in the midst of his shooting spree in Seattle Friday, he declared himself an angry Muslim.


Last winter, Haq began attending a weekly men's group meeting led by a member of the Word of Faith Church in Kennewick.

The group's leader, Albert Montelongo, said Haq started studying the Bible and in December he underwent a water baptism at the non-denominational church, performed by Montelongo. He said Haq accepted his new faith, though he knew that he would also be offending his own family and its deeply rooted culture.


At the Islamic Center of Tri-Cities, a senior member, Muhammad Kaleem Ullah, said that Haq stopped attending regularly after he graduated from Richland High School in 1994. He said Haq would attend off and on while visiting his parents and that he surprised members on a Friday two weeks ago with a visit.

As usual, the truth is far more complex than the cartoon version of events perpetuated by Charles and his fellow-travelers.

More horrific news

Here's some horrendous news regarding the Qana massacre. It seems a good number of the children killed in the attack were handicapped.

FIFTEEN physically or mentally handicapped children were among 52 people killed by Israeli raids on the village of Qana in south Lebanon overnight, a Lebanese MP said today.

"There were 15 physically or mentally handicapped children among the children killed in Qana," said Bahia Hariri, who represents south Lebanon.
Mr Hariri, who presides over several charitable organisations, said several families had already been evacuated towards the city of Sidon but some families of the handicapped had wanted to stay.

"The bombardment of the Tyre region was intensifying and we wanted to take them to safety. But these families believed that the shelter and the mosque (in Qana) served as their shelter," she said.
.....and here's the type of response from the 'Lizards'...

#79 bullfeather 7/30/2006 10:21AM PDT
From an editor of a daily news in Lebanon, the children killed were handicapped. The local media can't get much lower. But the world will eat this up. How doe's Israel counter this bias BS? People are inflamed by these lies. and the UN will believe the lies.
Lies? Any proof to back that up? Who's ass is being fact-checked here?

Murderous semantics

Richard Silverstein makes some good points in our comments section here. It seems that the bombing of Qana is looking increasingly bad for the Israeli military and our original description of the event as 'murder' is more accurate than our trolls would like to admit. We changed it to 'slaughter' which describes the situation just as well but we appreciate Richard's point that this was in fact a clear cut case of murder.

I'd call it murder & wouldn't have changed the wording. First, the IDF admitted the house had not been a source for rocket firing. It was bombed anyway. Second, a Qana resident said drones flew overhead all day long before the bombing & could see clearly all 40 children playing outside in the building's courtyard. Does the IAF not have reconnaissance?

If they didn't know there were civilians in there they should have. It's not first degree murder, but it's murder nonetheless.

Besides let's not get bogged down in semantics. Whatever you call it it was Israel's worst blunder of the war and hopefully the latter's undoing.
Read more here

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Merry Johnson

Wasn't he the stupid one?

Charles Johnson: King of the Hacks

This is classic LGF, if there's nothing to pin on Islam there's always the press to misrepresent. Charles is alleging in this post (without any facts obviously) that Reuters are 'dancing on eggs' and that they edited their piece to be as 'politically correct' as possible. Here it is with the same sections Charles highlighted on there.

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A lone gunman burst into a Jewish organization in downtown Seattle on Friday, killing one woman and wounding five others in what authorities were calling a hate crime.

Police said the gunman had been arrested without a struggle inside the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, where the shooting took place, and was being questioned by police.

The gunman is a U.S. citizen, and police said initial contacts with him by phone while he was inside the building indicated that he was a Muslim.

Amy Wasser-Simpson, the federation’s vice president, told the Seattle Times in a story on its Web site that the man got past security at the building and shouted, “I’m a Muslim American; I’m angry at Israel,” before he began shooting. [They couldn’t avoid this admission, since the Seattle Times already broke the story. —ed.]

“This was a purposeful, hateful act as far as we know, by an individual acting alone,” said Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels at a news conference, adding “This is a crime of hate.
1. He was a lone gunman

2. This was a hate crime

3. He was a US citizen

4. He did indicate he was a Muslim

5. Are you saying that if the Seattle Times hadn't reported it they would'nt have? Are you a mind reader Charles?

6. Why are you highlighting parts of somebody's direct quote? Are you accusing Reuters of changing the wording of Mayor Nickels statement? That's a pretty serious charge.

Charles Johnson. Dishonest hack.

Israel shrugs

Golda Meir once said.

“We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us”
I think it's about time the Israelis started loving and respecting the lives of Arab children more than they hate their fathers and mothers. If they are serious about peace that is.
At least 40 Lebanese civilians were killed, 23 of them children, in an Israel Air Force strike on a building in the south Lebanon village of Qana on Sunday. Dozens of others were reportedly trapped in the rubble.

Several houses collapsed and a three-story building where about 100 civilians were sheltering was destroyed, witnesses and rescue workers said.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that the IAF hit at least ten targets in the Qana. According to the army, the sites targeted were houses occupied by Hezbollah cells that launched Katyusha rockets into Israel in recent days.

The IDF said it had warned residents of Qana to leave and said Hezbollah bore responsibility for using it to fire rockets at Israel.
Let's just recap there. The IDF is admitting that it 'slaughtered*' 40 Lebanese civilians, 23 of them children and the best it can come up with is "We warned 'em, it's Hezbollah's fault!" This following quote sums it up.
The Israeli leadership elite is starting to sound like the semen-crusted violence addicts at Little Green Footballs.
Source: Ha'aretz & Whiskey Bar

UPDATE: There are now even more dead.
More than 54 civilians, at least 34 of them children, have been killed in a town in south Lebanon in the deadliest Israeli strike of the conflict so far.
*Edit due to comments.

Hate on the streets (of Seattle and Acre)

It would be nice of those with a certain political/religious leaning who rightly condemned the hate-crime murder in Seattle would spare time to condemn this attack as well. I won't hold my breath.

MK Abbas Zakur (Ra'am-Ta'al) was lightly wounded on Saturday after three unidentified men went on a stabbing rampage aimed against Israeli Arabs through the center of the integrated northern city of Acre.

During the attack, assailants reportedly shouted chants against Arabs and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, implying they were motivated out of racial hatred.

The incident began in the city-center when assailants stabbed an Israeli Arab passerby and harassed Zakur's sister, who fled to her brother's home nearby.

Upon hearing his sister's screams, Zakur rushed out of his house where he was stabbed by the gang. Zakur said his assailants spoke in Russian-accented Hebrew.
Via Haaretz

The 'angry right'.....

...and the thirst for destruction. Comments sections, t-shirts, bumpers stickers.....the fun never ends with these guys!

Who says the 'right' has no sense of humor?

Source: Sadly, No!

Us? Never! (3)

Ooops! They did it again. Unfortunately for the ghouls at LGF no UN troops actually died this time.

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Two Indian soldiers with the U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon were wounded and their observation post damaged by an Israeli airstrike on Saturday, a U.N. spokesman said.

Milos Strugar, spokesman for the UNIFL force, said the two had been evacuated to a hospital. He said the observation post inside their position had been damaged.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

The Despot and the US Leader

Charles 'Freakbrother' Johnson seems to have been toking a little too much lately. His long-term memory is definitely impaired.

How else to explain the fact that he tries to brand Kofi Annan a terrorist supporter by digging out a picture of the UN chief shaking hands with Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah in June 2000.

Has Charles forgotten that little incident 23 years ago when now-Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld met a certain Iraqi president...?

(link to full explanation of the incident)

Let's Bomb Iran!

Thanks to the folks at Littlegreenfascists for keeping us entertained over the weekend...

Barbaric Acts

One of the ways in which Charles Johnson expresses his crypto-racist hatred of Arabs is by pushing the idea that they are 'barbarians'.

We all know this is a tried and tested way of making the killing of 'the enemy' (be they civilians or soldiers) acceptable to your own side.

But sometimes Charles takes this idea to absurd lengths. His post 'United Nations Presides Over Barbaric Photo Op' is a case in point: CJ blasts the UN for having given 'approval' to photographers to take pictures of Lebanese civilians killed by IAF air strikes. Not only does Johnson fail to explain in what way it is up to the UN to 'approve' what photographers can and can't do, the characterization of the pictures as barbaric, but not the bombing that caused the civilian deaths in the first place, must surely rate as a textbook example of Orwellian logic

Charles says:

"I feel quite sick after seeing it myself—sick, and coldly furious at the United Nations for their enabling of such evil."
Sick and furious. Yes, that pretty much sums you up, Charles.


Enraged lizards ask: why has the Seattle Police Department promised to protect mosques, in addition to synagogues and churches, in the wake of yesterday's horrific attack at the Jewish Federation office in Seattle?

Here's why.

Us? Never! (2)

Who's blowing up the roads, bridges, hospitals, aid centres, UN observation posts.......

It is Hizbollah, which is deliberately preventing the transfer of medical aid and food to the population of southern Lebanon in order to create a humanitarian crisis, which they want to blame Israel for.
Avi Pazner, Israeli Government Spokesman

Got one in Malibu

Yesterday in Los Angeles, an anti-Semitic religious fanatic was arrested. He was intoxicated and in command of a deadly weapon at the time.

This dangerous terrorist, who was born in the U.S. but raised in a foreign country (his father, a notorious Holocaust denier, fled the U.S. during the Vietnam War, which makes him a traitor as well), initially resisted arrest. Then, according to the arresting officer,

Gibson blurted out a barrage of anti-Semitic remarks about "fucking Jews." Gibson yelled out, "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Gibson then asked, "Are you a Jew?"

Worst of all, the brainwashed, Jew-hating LLL élite who run the People's Islamo-Marxist Socialist Arab Republic of Los Angeles County have apparently attempted to cover up some of the more sordid details of this incident.

Unlike so many other Jew-hating religious criminals, Mel Gibson will probably not receive a one-way ticket to Guantánamo for his trouble. So our advice to those of you living in or near Malibu is: buy a gun and learn how to use it, because pretty soon he'll be back on the streets.

Ya boo sucks Media!

Can you imagine a mainstream news operation being this childish? Pajamas Media really shows its true colours here.

22:55 PDT Richard Silverstein of TPM Cafe and Tikun Olam thinks it really is Israel’s fault after all: “I am going to say something that my fellow Seattle Jews may not agree with and my president certainly will disagree with but…this killing proves the absolute urgency of an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon.” ( Tikun Olam)
Of course, being a home of right-wing wacko's it is not surprising that Pajamas Media would want to paint Richard Silverstein in this way. You see Richard, actually writes good editorial. Not the LGF 'cut and paste' with one line of sarc followed by moronic drivel in the comments.

Is Richard blaming Israel? No. Is Richard saying that a ceasefire in the Middle East would de-escalate the tension felt against Jews around the globe? Obviously. The shooter was allegedly angry about 'the war in Israel'. So you'd think it would be logical to deduce that he's been inspired to go on his rampage by current events wouldn't you?

Not in Pajamas Media World. That would involve in some way criticising Israeli policy.

Read Richard Silverstein's whole post to get some perspective and some good writing on the subject. Here's where I believe Richard hits the nail on the head (funnily enough it's the section directly after what Pajamas Media quote.....oh the bias!!).
How many more Jewish communal organizations will be targeted after the unbalanced or zealots decide to emulate this nutjob? And in case we needed incontrovertible proof of the immense reservoir of hatred the Lebanon war is building among the world’s Muslims and Arabs, Seattle is the perfect emblem of that hatred and what the future holds in store.

What they think of us

David Ropin writes:

You fellows are obviously quite pathetic, ilogical and hateful people. It
seems to me that you were outcasted from normal and sane sociaty at a very
early age. The simple fact is, that Charles mentioned you in his website
only 3 times, which only indicates how worthless and meaningless you are
Moreover, the fact the LGF recieves over 100,000 visits per a day on
average, in ccomparison to your worthless website only indicates how so very
many people believe in LGF and Charles. Stop with your hateful obsession and
start living.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Watching Beirut die

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain reports from Beirut. [Salon]

Then, in the blink of an eye, everything went sideways: Relaxed smiles froze and disappeared. Suddenly, there was the sound of automatic weapons firing randomly in the air from a nearby neighborhood. And fireworks. Then cars -- a few of them -- teenage kids, women and adults, some leaning out the windows and waving Hezbollah flags and flashing the "V" for victory sign, celebrating what we were told, after a few quick cellphone calls, was the grabbing of two Israeli soldiers. Our fixer, a Sunni; Ali, a Shiite; and "Marwan," a Christian, who'd just minutes ago been pointing proudly at the mural -- all three looked down in embarrassment, a look of sorrow, shame and then resignation on their faces. Someone muttered "assholes" bitterly. They knew -- right away -- what was going to happen next.

Not that that stopped the party -- initially anyway. Beirutis like to tell you (true or not) that they partied right through the civil war. That it wasn't "cool" to seek shelter during an airstrike. That we "shouldn't worry. All the nightclubs have their own generators." That night, we continued to shoot (and drink heavily) at the opening party for the newly relocated Sky Bar, a rooftop nightclub with a view of the Mediterranean. Moneyed Beirutis -- all of them, it seemed, young, sexy and ridiculously beautiful -- drank vodka and Red Bull, and swayed (if not exactly danced) while Israeli jets flew menacingly low overhead. Were it not for the warplanes, it could have been Los Angeles or South Beach, Fla. The crowd was English speaking -- with the kind of West Coast, television accents you hear on sitcoms. Many were Lebanese Americans, returned to the country of their parents, or émigrés to America and Britain who'd left during the civil war and only just come back. I met and talked with Ramsay Short, the young editor of the newly launched Time Out Beirut, and he bragged effusively about their recent "Sex Issue," its cover depicting a woman's bare legs, panties bunched around the ankles. The issue -- provocative, to say the least, in a largely Muslim country -- had sailed through without censorship or even major complaint. Ramsay was happy about that. As he was happy that his town had rated its own edition of the snarky, urbane city guide. "There are only 15 cities in the world with a Time Out," he told me happily, "and Beirut is now one of them!" He did not look up at the planes. Later, we hit Barbar, a late-night post-nightclub shawarma joint where his mood became more pensive. Even then, before the first airstrikes, I think he too knew what was coming.

He got out safely, but -- as he points out -- he's one of the lucky ones:
A Lebanon I never got to know, a Beirut I didn't get to show the world disappears slowly over the horizon -- a beautiful dream turned nightmare. It's not what I saw happen in Beirut that I feel like talking about, though that's what I'm doing, isn't it? It's not about what happened to me that remains an unfinished show, a not fully fleshed out story, or even a particularly interesting one. It feels shameful even writing this. It's the story I didn't get to tell. The Beirut I saw for two short days. The possibilities. The hope. Now only a dream.


Thursday, July 27, 2006

We don't need another hero

U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S...


You're all terrorists now

In this report Associated Press writer Kathy Gannon documents the situation where Americans are still unable to be evacuated from the South of Lebanon.

Clutching his 1-year-old son, Ali Abbas Tehfi pushed his wife and their 2-year-old son into a car and prayed. Trapped for two weeks in a border village at the epicenter of a raging ground battle, the American and his family made their escape Wednesday. But Tehfi's elderly grandmother had to be left behind in Yaroun, because she was too frail to travel. He said more Americans were still stuck in the town.

"I can't even talk about it. It was a disaster. It was worse than a nightmare. I saw dogs and cats on bodies that couldn't be taken from bombed-out houses. We ran from one building to another trying to escape the bombing," he said.

"It didn't stop. It didn't stop even for a day. Everything is finished," he said.

Tehfi waited in the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre on Wednesday with at least 100 other foreigners, most American, for evacuation out of the country and back home. For Tehfi, home is Los Angeles.

Born, raised and educated in the United States, Tehfi and his wife Fatima came to Lebanon in June to introduce their sons, Hassan and Hussain, to their roots and to family members still living in the country.

But he found himself in a war zone. Yaroun lies in a tiny pocket in southeast Lebanon where Israeli forces have launched their ground incursion across the border, meeting fierce resistance from Hezbollah guerrillas.

In the town of Bint Jbail, just up the road from Yaroun, there were reports of 12 Israeli soldiers killed Wednesday in heavy battles.

In Tyre, 20 miles from Yaroun, Tehfi sat with his wife, sons and parents waiting for a boat to Cyprus - and eventually home.

Two-year-old Hassan has an unruly mob of brown hair and his face was pockmarked with mosquito bites. His brother, Hussain, a chubby baby who hasn't started walking, was born prematurely and still has breathing problems, his father said. Hussain smiled slightly as he was rocked by his grandmother, Zainab Tehfi.

Ali Abbas Tehfi said people swarmed the cars when they arrived to take evacuees out of Tyre.

"People just jumped into the car, some even without shoes and some people just seemed to come out of the walls. We didn't know where anyone was before, everyone was just trying to stay alive," he said.

The expatriates said the U.S. Embassy in Beirut had worked to arrange their evacuation. They didn't know the details.

Tehfi said many more Americans were still trapped in Yaroun. "I don't know who is alive and who is dead. If you weren't in the main area when the cars came you were left behind," he said.
Why am I mentioning this story? Because if the richest nation in the world has trouble evacuating civilians from foreing war torn areas what chance does the Lebanese government have of protecting its innocents? None really. That's what makes these statements by Israeli Justice Minister Haim Ramon even more sinister.

“All those now in south Lebanon are terrorists who are related in some way to Hezbollah,”
He also said that in order to prevent casualties among Israeli soldiers battling Hezbollah militants in southern Lebanon, villages should be flattened by the Israeli air force before ground troops moved in.

Unfortunately no-one has told the Israeli PM. Who's promising to protect Australian citizens in southern Lebanon.
ISRAELI Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had promised to do all he can to protect Australians in southern Lebanon, Prime Minister John Howard said today.
During a 20-minute phone call last night, Mr Howard said he asked Mr Olmert for help in protecting the Australians.

"He rang me to talk about the situation, to express gratitude for the diplomatic support we have displayed for Israel," Mr Howard told Southern Cross Broadcasting.

The forgotten hostages

Another former Israeli military figure speaks.

' According to retired Israeli army Col. Gal Luft, the goal of the campaign is to "create a rift between the Lebanese population and Hezbollah supporters." The message to Lebanon's elite, he said, is this: "If you want your air conditioning to work and if you want to be able to fly to Paris for shopping, you must pull your head out of the sand and take action toward shutting down Hezbollah-land."
I'm sure the families of the kidnapped Israeli troops are really happy to hear that kind of thing. I mean if you've lost your loved ones you'd expect your government to do their utmost to secure their return. Not use it as an excuse to hold 3.8 million Lebanese to ransom.

Source: Juan Cole at Informed Comment

Us? Never!

Israeli general, Benny Gantz is obviously a man who needs to be picked up by Pajamas Media to blog for them. He's a keeper!

When asked what the Israeli military had achieved after two weeks of fighting, General Gantz replied: “I would suggest asking what Hezbollah has achieved. They came as defenders of Lebanon but basically have destroyed the country.”

Via Tikun Olam & The New York Times

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Charles Johnson says "Blame Kofi"!

Never a man to offer any criticism of Israel, no matter how heinous the crime committed, Charles Johnson is a joy to behold.

Kofi Annan Could Have Ordered Peacekeepers to Leave

The four UN peacekeepers killed in an apparently accidental airstrike on a UN observer post were required to stay there until ordered to leave by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan—an order he never gave.
Funny thing, the UN observers in Lebanon urged Israeli troops 10 times to stop shelling before four were killed. They never did stop firing, that order never seemed to arrive either. Why would Charles ignore that?

Not that you would have known any of the details reading LGF. You'd honestly believe that UN Peacekeepers were fighting shoulder to shoulder with Hizbollah terrorists and that "4 less UN terrorist collaborators" or "4 Less child molesters" had it coming.

UPDATE: Charles has responded to a Glenn Greenwald post criticising the vile gloating about the deaths by re-directing his link. Awww diddums, is the nasty man mocking you?

His post supposedly to answer Glenn's criticisms is simply a link to two other sites who criticise Glen (which in themselves are deliberately misguided). What is it with Charles, doesn't he have the ability to write his own responses or answer criticism without censorship?
Oh, OK. I confess. I didn’t really work very hard.)
That's the problem, Charles. You never do.

Pajamas Media's "Lizards" Celebrate UN Deaths

#18 RadicalRon 7/25/2006 06:08PM PDT
Maybe a couple of more UN observation posts getting blown to hell would be appropriate.

#25 mbruce 7/25/2006 06:12PM PDT
The blue helmets of death, like I said a few posts back,the UN is on the side of the enemy,why do we allow them to stink up our soil?

#48 goodbye_natalie 7/25/2006 06:26PM PDT
Seems to me that road would be a perfect place to drop a little test run of Israel's newly acquired Bunker Busters.

#56 SlothB77 7/25/2006 06:33PM PDT
and the UN wonders why the peacekeepers get accidentally hit when Israel goes after Hezbollah. I know 4 UN peacekeepers who
will no longer be building roads for Hezbollah.

#2 400lb gorilla 7/25/2006 05:06PM PDT
Kofi the CHOAD

#20 RadicalRon 7/25/2006 05:14PM PDT
Too bad Kofi wasn't there, too.

24 Pro-Bush Canuck 7/25/2006 05:16PM PDT
Annan Says Israel Attacked UN Post Deliberately
Yah. *snort* If only!

#29 big L 7/25/2006 05:17PM PD
a brush-back pitch from the let the skanks know that kidnapping assistance from the UN and the Red Cross meat wagons full of RPGs are definitely standing to close to home plate.

#38 baldylox 7/25/2006 05:23PM PDT
I know it sounds a bit harsh, but I wish that it were deliberate, and that Israel came right out and said so.

#39 sms111 7/25/2006 05:23PM PDT
Dear Mr. Annan,

40 Catttt 7/25/2006 05:25PM PDT
War is hell, Mr. Annan. You get that?
Me, I'm shocked at the UN peacekeepers who damaged their penises after trying to fuck goats.

#41 WrathofG-d 7/25/2006 05:25PM PDT
baldy lox:
you think the UN should be attacked?
Their main office is in New York. Just look for the silly building with lots of flags in front of it.

#57 ted 7/25/2006 05:33PM PDT
4 Less child molesters in the world...

#70 goodbye_natalie 7/25/2006 05:44PM PDT
I'd be laughing my ass off if somebody launched one right in Kofi's office while he was groping his secretary.

#80 ronnie 7/25/2006 05:50PM PDT
Kofi Annan (or Monkey in Hebrew ;-) is a filthy anti-Semite - there is no doubt about that.

94 RTLM 7/25/2006 06:05PM PDT
4 less UN terrorist collaborators.
Good Job IDF

#97 Sam I Am 7/25/2006 06:13PM PDT
Can we do the same thing to the UN presence in New York City?
Just wondering...

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

"This is not a conflict between Israel and Hizbollah over a piece of land...."

Shabtai Shavit, former director General of Mossad, explains Israel's war against Lebanon thus...

"This is not a conflict between Israel and Hezbollah over a piece of land on the Israeli-Lebanese border. Rather, it goes deep down to the core of the conflict that exists between Western societies and fundamentalist Islam. As politically incorrect as it might be to say, let's face it: This is a clash of civilizations. Or, as some euphemize it, a fight between the forces of order and disorder. One side does not accept the idea of coexistence but believes it has been ordained by God Almighty to make the rest of the world Islamic – or to eliminate it. Whenever I say this, it sounds like I'm describing medieval times. Unfortunately, it is the real story."
Strange. I thought it was a war started to retrieve to kidnapped soldiers, maybe I missed something? It seems no-one has mentioned those poor souls for quite some time.

Source: Herald Sun & Islamophobia Watch

Monday, July 24, 2006

Lebanon: The Israeli Hiroshima?

Some food for thought from a sitting member of the Knesset here.

Any comparison between Olmert's and Nasrallah's political rhetoric must conclude that the latter is the more rational. His speeches are consistent with the facts and rely less than Olmert's on religious expressions and allusions. Nasrallah would never dare seal a parliamentary speech with a lengthy prayer, as Olmert did in his latest speech before the Knesset.

Israeli politicians have no cultural or moral edge over resistance leaders. The latter are far less attached to Iran than the former are to the US, and Hizbullah's constituency is less attached to Iran than the organized Jewish community abroad is to Israel.

The people who unleashed the brutal war against Lebanon are neither intelligent nor courageous. Quite the opposite; they are mediocrities, cowards and opportunists, but they happen to have military superiority. And they possess the keys to the machinery of a state, a real state, one that is secure in its identity, that has clear national security goals and channels of national mobilization, as opposed to a long deferred project for statehood and a state built on the fragmentation of national identity. On the other side is a resistance movement operating in the context of a denominationally organized society, a Lebanese government neutralized to everything but sectarianism, and an Arab order parts of which are rooting for Israel to do what it is incapable, or too embarrassed, to do itself, which is to deal with the resistance as a militia because it foregrounds their own lack of national and popular legitimacy.

Israel has nothing to show for ten days of barbaric vandalism and the deliberate targeting of civilians. It cannot claim a single military victory against the Lebanese resistance. It can, though, point proudly to whole residential quarters that have been reduced to rubble, to the burned out hulks and ruins of countless wharfs, factories, bridges, roads, tunnels, electricity generators and civil defense buildings. In terms of explosive and destructive power Israel has thrown an atom bomb on Lebanon, it is the Israeli Hiroshima.
Azmi Bishara. Arab member of the Israeli parliament.

Source: Lenin's Tomb

Another classic from The Daily Show

Via Jewschool

PJM r00lz!!1!1

... says PJM member GayPatriot, who is evidently very impressed that no less an authority than Yahoo! News has taken notice.

Um, Bruce?

That Yahoo! "news" article is a PJM press release.

It's bad enough that the war wankers can't (or won't) differentiate between Hezbollah fighters and Lebanese civilians; some of them, it seems, can't even tell the difference between news and paid-for PR.


Yes to peace? No to terror?

We couldn't agree more.

How about saying 'no' to this 'terror'?

Their mother was placed on a stretcher, and lifted into the ambulance. "God is with you, mama," Ali said. She reached up with her good arm to caress his face.
The Sha'itas had thought they were on the road to safety when they set out yesterday, leaving behind a village which because of an accident of geography - it is five miles from the Israeli border - had seemed to make their home a killing ground. They had been ordered to evacuate by the Israelis.

But they were a little too slow and became separated from the other vehicles fleeing the Israeli air offensive in south Lebanon. Minutes before the Guardian's car arrived, trailing a Red Cross ambulance on its way to other civilian wounded in another town, an Israeli missile pierced the roof of the Sha'itas' white van. Three passengers sitting in the third row were killed instantly, including Ali's grandmother. Sixteen other passengers were wounded. In recent days, families like the Sha'itas are bearing the brunt of Israel's air campaign and its efforts to rid the area of civilians before ground operations. A day after Israel's deadline for people to leave their homes and flee north of the Litani river, roads which in ordinary times wind lazily through tobacco fields and banana groves have been turned into highways of death.

Plumes of smoke rise in the distance, and the road in front of us offers up signs of closer peril: car wrecks, still smoking after Israeli strikes, and abandoned vehicles with shattered rear windows. Some were direct hits by Israeli aircraft. Others were drivers who had lost control. Overhead is the menacing roar of Israeli warplanes and the buzz of drones tracking every movement.

With bridges on the main coastal roads severed by Israeli air strikes, and secondary mountain routes scarred by craters, the means of escape for Lebanese trying to follow Israel's orders are limited. "All the smaller roads leading to the coastal roads are destroyed," said a spokesman for the UN in the border town of Naqoura. "In some areas you have people pushing cars by hand through obstacles made by a rocket or a bomb." By yesterday afternoon, for many villagers, there was truly no way out.

Death came crashing into the Sha'ita family soon after 10am, in the form of an Israeli anti-tank missile, seemingly fired from an Israeli helicopter high overhead, in Kafra, about nine miles from their home. Those passengers who were not killed or injured by shards of burning metal were hurt when the van plunged into the side of a hill.


Those who choose not to flee - the UN estimates that 35%-40% of villagers are too poor or too frail to make the journey - are being left stranded.

That was the predicament facing the Sha'itas when Musbah Sha'ita urged them to flee. In a car on the way to the hospital, his ear was welded to his phone, trying to find out where his wounded relatives were, and he could not stop blaming himself.

"We put a white flag. We were doing what Israel told us to do," he says. "What more do they want of us?"
Source: Guardian Unlimited

And just so it's quite clear to the visiting Lizardoids.... we're not 'all Hizbullah'. The sympathy, concern and support should be with the innocent civilian casualties on both sides, trapped as they are between Hizbullah terrorism and gross over-reaction by the Israeli government.

How many more times?

"Blitz" is not a 'Nazi term'. 'Blitz' is the German word for lightning. 'Blitzkrieg' was popularised by an American magazine. The word did not enter official terminology of the Wehrmacht either before or during the war. It's used in ENGLISH to describe a swift and violent military offensive with intensive aerial bombardment. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that what the Israelis are doing? Even the most pro-Israel wingnut can describe their operation any other way.

But again Charles wishes to paint AFP as anti-Semitic by using the phrase. Yet again cheapening the accusation.

And here’s a blatant example of this kind of reporting from Agence France Presse, who continue to use the Nazi term “blitz” to refer to Israel’s military actions: EU diplomats in Israel in push to stop fighting.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Peace conspirators

"Screw 'em. Let them fight their own battles. Why should our government support them when we can't even meet our own people's needs?"

A typical Nazi-Commie-Islamo-Marxist Kossack ranting against U.S. support of Israel?


TEHRAN, July 22 — There is a huge amount of anger here about what is happening in Lebanon, but it is not all the result of Israeli bombs, missiles and artillery.

“Of course I am angry," said Hamid Akbari, 30, a deliveryman. "All our income is going to Palestine and Hezbollah."

For decades, Iran has been Hezbollah’s prime patron, helping create it as a Shiite Muslim militia and then nurture it with money, expertise and weapons. But now that Hezbollah is in the midst of full-blown fighting with Israel, Iranian officials have been adamant in insisting that they had nothing to do with the events that set off the crisis.

Part of the reason may be fear, or concern, that the United States and Europe would punish Iran, if it were proved otherwise. But Iranian officials may have a wary eye on their public. In interviews in central Tehran Saturday, person after person said the same thing: Iran should worry about Iran’s problems and not be dragged down by others’ battles.

"We Iranians have a saying," said Ali Reza Moradi, 35, a portrait artist who works in a small booth downtown. “We should save our own house first and then save the mosque. A lot of people think this way. The government should help its people first, and then help the people in Lebanon."


Although Iran sits atop one of the largest known oil reserves, it cannot refine enough gasoline to meet its own needs — and so prices are rising. Mr. Ahmadinejad may have been elected on a populist economic message, but on the streets people report more pain, more unemployment and higher prices.

Hamidreza Jalaipour, a sociologist and former government official, said that on this point Iranians might agree but that they were also fickle.

"Iranians are very sensitive and want our money to stay in the country and be spent for Iranians to solve their problems," Mr. Jalaipour said. “But, you cannot rely on what they say because their opinion changes quickly, and if the war continues, they might say something else."


Despite the country’s authoritarian leadership, Iranians are often outspoken about their political beliefs, and many were willing to be quoted by name.

"Let them fight with each other until they get tired," said Reza Muhammadi, 33, who runs a small grocery in the center of town. "Arab countries are not supporting Hezbollah, but my country is? They are giving my share to the Arabs."

Mr. Muhammad said he worked six days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to feed his family. So, he said, he had no tolerance for his government’s financial commitments abroad. "One percent of our budget has been approved by my Parliament to give to Palestine," he said. "Why should I not get angry about this?"

In a recent edition of the daily newspaper Aftab-e Yazd, one reader wrote in saying: "Radio and television broadcast so many programs about Arab countries that I sometimes wonder if it is the Iranian TV or an Arab TV. Such vast and big propaganda has caused a kind of indifference and even negative sense toward Arab nations."


Whether or not Iran played a role in actually inciting the crisis seemed irrelevant to people interviewed Saturday.

Ali Muhammadi runs a small DVD shop, a closet-size booth where he sells pirated DVD’s for about $1 each. "I don’t think it’s an important issue for us," he said of the conflict in Lebanon. "I think the government should take care of its people first."

As the article also points out, many Iranians do support their government's backing of Hezbollah. It would be naïve to think that the isolationist position represents a majority, or even a large minority, of Iranians. But it's clear that American "peace conspirators" are not the only ones who want no part of a proxy war between the U.S. and Iran in Lebanon.

Michael Ledeen, call your office.

DailyKos Watch Watch

Since Thursday, Charles Johnson has posted no fewer than 7 articles in which he baldly accuses DailyKos of being a haven for anti-Semites. He's apparently spent hours and hours searching through hundreds of DailyKos "diaries" to find the ones that most support his thesis.

Which makes it all the more amazing that he's been able to find only one anti-Hezbollah "diary" there -- and naturally goes after the commenters, while conveniently failing to mention that at least half of them support the author's anti-Hezbollah and pro-Israel position.

A few "diaries" that Charles seems to have missed:

Hezbollah apologists are getting ridiculous

A Response to Walt-Mearsheimer

The Mideast: Clarifying Our Differences

Poll: 49% of respondents believe Hezbollah's actions are just as bad as, or worse than, Israel's

Charles' jihad against the DailyKos is a case study in psychological projection. LGF is an ideologically-pure, 100% pro-Israel and anti-Muslim and pro-Republican site; so, in the warped worldview of Charles and his obedient lizards, who invariably describe "The Kossacks" as a monolithic, Borg-like entity, every site occupying the opposite end of the political spectrum must therefore be the exclusive preserve of Jew-hating Islamo-Marxo-Nazis who want to destroy America, and yearn for shari'a, and miss the USSR, etc. et al. ad nauseam.

It may be -- to paraphrase Dorothy Parker -- that the gamut of political opinion over at DailyKos runs from A to B; but that's still at least twice as much leeway as you'd ever get over at LGF or any one of its sister right-wing hate sites, where not even the slightest deviation from the Party Line is ever tolerated.

Script change....

On hearing the news that Oliver Stone would be directing a film about 9/11, everyone's favourite film critic Chuckles Johnson proclaimed...

The first major Hollywood film about the September 11 atrocity will be directed by Oliver Stone.


Mickey Kaus: Keep Oliver Stone Away from 9/11!

He’s right, of course. But it’s pathetic that it even needs to be said.
He followed that up by quoting Mickey Kaus again here...
Mickey Kaus has more reasons why Oliver Stone shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a film about September 11: Stone: ‘Terrorists Are Like Einstein!’
Methinks maybe, just maybe, that he'll be changing his tune. Ooooh, just about now.
Oliver Stone's soon-to-be-released film about two New York City Port Authority police officers who were buried in the rubble in the 9/11 attacks is being marketed towards conservatives and evangelicals by Paramount Pictures, RAW STORY has found.

"Paramount Pictures is in the midst of a campaign to win over conservatives and evangelicals to support Oliver Stone's new movie, "World Trade Center," writes Robert B. Bluey for The Right Angle at Human Events Online. "A private screening of the film last night in Washington, D.C., brought out big names on the right, and similar events are planned nationwide before the film opens on August 9."

"The conservative and evangelical outreach is being directed by Greg Mueller and his firm, Creative Response Concepts," writes Bluey.

According to a Salon report written two years ago, Creative Response Concepts, which is run by two former communication directors for Pat Buchanan, has represented such clients as "the Christian Coalition, National Taxpayers Union, Media Research Council and Regnery Publishing," and also did some work for the Swift Boat Vets against John Kerry.
Source: Raw Story

Welcome to the 'new' Afghanistan (2)

Excuse the mess.

The most senior British military commander in Afghanistan yesterday described the situation in the country as "close to anarchy" with feuding foreign agencies and unethical private security companies compounding problems caused by local corruption.

The stark warning came from Lieutenant General David Richards, head of Nato's international security force in Afghanistan, who warned that western forces there were short of equipment and were "running out of time" if they were going to meet the expectations of the Afghan people.

The assumption within Nato countries had been that the environment in Afghanistan after the defeat of the Taliban in 2002 would be benign, Gen Richards said. "That is clearly not the case," he said yesterday. He referred to disputes between tribes crossing the border with Pakistan, and divisions between religious and secular factions cynically manipulated by "anarcho-warlords".

Corrupt local officials were fuelling the problem and Nato's provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan were sending out conflicting signals, Gen Richards told a conference at the Royal United Services Institute in London. "The situation is close to anarchy," he said, referring in particular to what he called "the lack of unity between different agencies".

He described "poorly regulated private security companies" as unethical and "all too ready to discharge firearms". Nato forces in Afghanistan were short of equipment, notably aircraft, but also of medical evacuation systems and life-saving equipment.
Source: Guardian Unlimited

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Israel Palestine Blogs

A quick plug here for Richard Silvertein's project Israel Palestine Blogs. Richard describes the project as follows...

Israel-Palestine Blogs is a blog aggregator featuring peace blogs written by Israeli and American Jews, Palestinians, Arab-Americans and others. Though the blogs are varied in political viewpoint, they are dedicated to advocating a just, equitable and peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The site does not feature every blog that fits the above description. But it features the ones that I’ve come across which have a strong and engaging point of view.

If I’ve omitted a blog which you feel should be included please send me an e mail with a link and the reason you feel I should consider it.
.....and we wish him the best of luck with it and encourage anyone who can help him to do so please.

It's official

It's now perfectly OK to judge entire blogs by the vile spewings of a single commenter.

Charles Himself has said so.

An Arabic lesson from Beirut

Here's an interesting bit of Google perfidy that has thus far escaped the attention of the wingnuttosphere:

I sent a letter to Google today, after I found that their Language Tools translate "gay" as ["al-luti"], a highly-offensive term.


Dear Google,

I recently discovered your Language Tools for translation have included Arabic, and I was quite pleased. As someone in the Middle East, I think it's important that foreigners have an ability to read the Arab media, which often lists news stories not covered in the West. My happiness was short-lived, however.

When I put in the word "gay", I received ["al-luti"] as a response. As you may know, "luti" is a religious and extremely derogatory term for gay people, equivalent to the English word "sodomite". Furthermore, it is more slang than standard Arabic. I have used Google for a long time, and find this discriminatory translation to be troubling and atypical of Google.

Even Arabic media has been shying away from using "luti". Al-Arabiya, which is certainly not pro-gay in any way, uses ["shatha junsiya"], an equivalent of "sexual deviant". This term, though not great, is still less offensive than "luti".

I was further distressed to see that gay-positive terminology adopted by the gay movement in the Arab World, such as ["mithliyoun junsiya"], the semantic equivalent of "homosexuals", returns garbage in your translation tool.

I don't know where you got your Arabic dictionary from, but it seems antiquated. I sincerely hope you rectify the situation, or you may lose me as a customer. Gay people in the Middle East have been fighting hard for recognition and equality, and continuing the usage of derogatory terminology only makes the struggle more difficult.

In response, he received a form letter from Google.

Considering everything else that's going on in his hometown of Beirut right now, this might seem like a fairly trivial issue -- but kudos to al-Fil for not taking his (or her) eyes off the prize.

Fuck you, Pamela!

From the desk of the new face of Pajamas Media....

I am not buying into the innocent civilians meme. If by ignorance, complicity, neglect or helplessness the Lebanese wouldn't throw Hezbollah out and establish a strong government, then they must pay the price for the sins of Hizbollah.

Via Angry White Kid

Via Corrente

Via Information Clearing House

Saja El-Akhras, 8, one of six Canadians from the same family that were killed in Lebanon Sunday. Via Lawrence of Cyberia.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Brink of war??

It says something about the state of the US Media when The Daily Show poses the hard questions.

Source: Truthdig

Is Bill O'Reilly taking notes from LGF'ers?

Could be, could be.

"[A] lot of Jewish liberals" think "terrorists ... have the right to do whatever they want," such as "behead people on camera"
Source: Media Matters

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Behold the new new new media!

Having thoroughly failed to set the blogosphere on fire during its first nine months -- the phrase resounding flop comes to mind -- Pajamas Media is re-inventing itself yet again.

Johnson-Simon Inc. have now introduced a new paradigm-shifting sort of thingie that they're pompously calling Politics Central, a new new new (or is it new new new new? we've lost count) media venture which, they promise, will

promote a deeper level of discourse, and [seek] to introduce a consistent tone of civility in our coverage and discussions. In addition, POLITICSCENTRAL will address the environment, which has allowed our discourse to become often crass and frequently thoughtless — that is the environment of knee-jerk polarization and hardened partisanship.

And who is the thoughtful, bipartisan voice of civility that is kicking off PoliticsCentral?

Why, it's none other than our beloved Pammy. Fresh from her recent triumph on Limbaugh's show, whose portly, Viagra-popping, Cuban-cigar-loving host described her as a "babe" to a radio audience of millions, she has produced yet another video missive -- excuse me, "vblog." Herewith, a few choice snippets from this masterpiece of incisive analysis and Talmudic scholarship, as proudly featured on PoliticsCentral's current front page:
Hey! How you doin'? I know... Atlas, vlog me! Vlog me! Where's the vlogs? Well, I'm gonna vlog you. But first, um, I have a spesh-- a special message for Nas-- t-- Nastrallah, Nasrallah, of Hezbullah, or Hamas, or Islamic Jihad, or the Revenen-- Iranian Revolutionary Guard, or Al-Qaeda, whatever hat they're wearing today... This is special, man. This one's for you.

[brandishes photo of women in burqas, sings along to the Pussycat Dolls] Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me? [brandishes burqa photo, empty martini glass] Hey! Don't you wish your girlfriend was free like me? Don'tcha? Hey, hey, nostril man!


You know, I see this Syrian -- You ever notice the Syrian ambassador, and Assad, the chinless, you know, uh, optometrist... Did he even make it to ophthalmology? Nah. He's not even an ophthalmologist. He didn't even make it through medical school. I betcha he's an optometrist. Um, they only come out from under their rock when they're killing the Jews. [attempts Arabic accent] "Oh, why is a Jewish life better than our life?" First of all, who even said that? What are you, hung up on that? [brandishes empty martini glass] Oh, that's right... You're not allowed.

Uh... Why are you all hung up on that? Uh, nobody said that! Don't teach your children death, and maybe you'll feel better about life. [gestures toward aquarium in background] Like my fish tank? 350-gallon saltwater tank? Everything in there is live. Live and uncensored.


What's with the militants? The Palestinian militants? There's nobody in Gaza! Nobody! There's not an Israeli toenail in Gaza. OK? They're not militants. They are soldiers. OK? When you hear "humanitarian crisis," it's called, it is-- b... it is, it is the buzzword for, "It's OK to kill the Jews." OK? Um, it's unbelievable. And the funny thing is about the media, is that al-Qaeda, and Islamic Jihad, and Islam, radical Islam, has the entire, you know, Arab media, that does and says what's it's told. And, they have our media. And let me tell you something, ladies and gentlemen, if you don't think that that is a powerful tool in the arsenal of war, you've got to be crazy in 2006.

Um... for Bush, I [bows toward camera], I, I tip my hat, I say thank you very much for having a spine, thank you very much for standing behind the, in a struggle for, uh, between Good and Evil, [tosses hair] uh, for standing for Good. Because that's what we're talking about. We're talking about a values system, and, um, and the culture of life.


And, who was makin' out? What two women? What s... sapphic session was goin' on? Arafat's wife and Hillary. See the pictures on my website!

Um, OK Pammy. Whatever you say, dear.

Edward R. Murrow, thou shouldst be alive at this hour.

Intellectual fraud

Chuckles pounces on the piece by blogger Adloyada about the pics of young girls 'personalising' artillery shells being staged by 'foreign journalists'. It's a real pity he doesn't bother to mention Adloyada's update that sets out that the 'journalists' didn't do the egging on or any setting up. It was the parents.

Poor Chuckie. Another revisionist fantasy dashed.

PS Child abuse is child abuse, you can argue 'moral equivalence' between two photographs as much as you like but parents who encourage their kids to graffiti live artillery shells are clearly worthy of condemnation. Pity Charles can't bring himself to criticise non-Muslims/Arabs.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The rage of Fadela Amara

She's French. She's a feminist. She's from an Arab immigrant family. And she's a practising Muslim. Get your head around this incredible woman, Lizards!

Shock!! Horror!!

Christopher Hitchens talking sense!

As long as things like the murders today, or the kidnappings recently go on, and as long as the wall continues to be built, and takes away even more and more Palestinian land which is illegal, and as long as the settlements continue to be built, which is also illegal, and the Jewish-only roads across the Palestinian territories are...both sides are going to assume that they're completely justified in what they do. And with all nationalisms and rival religions, they will have that energy, that feeling. Here's the thing that should preoccupy your audience, and you, sir. The United States of America is the patron and armorer of one side in this dispute, and was for some time, the patron and paymaster also of the Arafat regime in Gaza. And it has been stated repeatedly by the President, at the United Nations, and before Congress and elsewhere, that it is the policy of the United States to ensure that there be two states with equal rights, and self-determination for both sides. That's the problem. At the present moment, that is the note that is not heard in this discussion. It appears that the U.S. government has more or less nothing to say except in commenting and calling for restraint on each side, day by day. That's absolutely useless. That's what Sweden might say, or Iceland might say. We are the relevant superpower. We have covered ourselves with gigantic responsibility in this case, and we're not living up to it. That's what the political crisis is, from my point of view.
Source: Drink-soaked Trotskyite Popinjays For WAR

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

I'm a fan of.......

......collective punishment?

......ethnic cleansing?

......flattening civilian centres?

......slaughtering fleeing refugees?

......mass murder?

The tasteless, moronic and hardly surprising graphic above comes from Pajamas Media bloggers Gates of Vienna and No Parasan!

The Wingnutosphere has really lost the plot this time.

Israeli Child Abuse

Israeli girls write messages on shells ready to be fired toward Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon.

"How many civilians did our bombs kill today, Daddy?"

More pictures over at Lawrence of Cyberia's blog along with some priceless advice for Lizardoids. There's also more reaction at Angry White Kid.

Source: Antony Loewenstein (Again)

Monday, July 17, 2006

The outrage at Marwaheen

This can only be described as a war crime. No doubt it will be excused, historically revised and then ignored by the usual suspects.

It will be called the massacre of Marwaheen. All the civilians killed by the Israelis had been ordered to abandon their homes in the border village by the Israelis themselves a few hours earlier. Leave, they were told by loudspeaker; and leave they did, 20 of them in a convoy of civilian cars. That's when the Israeli jets arrived to bomb them, killing 20 Lebanese, at least nine of them children. The local fire brigade could not put out the fires as they all burned alive in the inferno. Another "terrorist" target had been eliminated.

Yesterday, the Israelis even produced more "terrorist" targets - petrol stations in the Bekaa Valley all the way up to the frontier city of Hermel in northern Lebanon and another series of bridges on one of the few escape routes to Damascus, this time between Chtaura and the border village of Masnaa. Lebanon, as usual, was paying the price for the Hizbollah-Israeli conflict - as Hizbollah no doubt calculated they would when they crossed the Israeli frontier on Wednesday and captured two Israeli soldiers close to Marwaheen.
Is America behind this kind of atrocity? Of course it isn't, but if you follow the Israeli logic displayed below you may as well blame the US.

The Israelis were yesterday trumpeting the fact that the missile was made in Iran as proof of Iran's involvement in the Lebanon war. This was odd reasoning. Since almost all the missiles used to kill the civilians of Lebanon over the past four days were made in Seattle, Duluth and Miami in the United States, their use already suggests to millions of Lebanese that America is behind the bombardment of their country.
Source: Antony Loewenstein

Don't be happy! Worry!

Alert all Lizardoids! Below is the latest example of the lengths The Enemy(tm) is prepared to go to distract our attention from The War on Terror. Note how this swarthy middle-Eastern looking man uses every psychological trick in the book, along with Russian-built technology (doubtless paid for by the Iranians) to lull upstanding Americans into a False Sense of Security via the MSM (YouTube). This, Lizardkins, is the full extent of the horror we are facing, and liberals who tell you to 'chill out' are just colluding with the Muslim terrorists who produced this video in a cave in the foothills of LA...

Sickening. Watch it all.

Cheapening the accusation again

You have to give it to Charles, he is consistent in his mission to cheapen the accusation of anti-Semitism. In his hands it's becoming less of a discription of anti-Jewish bigotry and more a measure of who Charles disagrees with on a daily basis.

The writer of this diary congratulates him/her/itself for criticizing Israel without being antisemitic—yet the entire purpose of this semi-literate diatribe is to question Israel’s right to exist.
Which obviously isn't anti-Semitic in the context in which the writer argues his point. Questioning the right of Jews to exist is anti-Semitic, questioning the formation of a nation on land that was essentially grabbed in a political vacuum post-WW2 isn't. But hey, if it means Charles can abuse the Kossacks, who cares if he misuses anti-Semitism and racism? Certainly not his readers.

If India played by Israeli rules.....

.....London would be flattened and scores of British civilians would be killed in reprisals.

SOME of the main fundraisers for the terror group suspected of masterminding the Bombay train bombings are operating from Britain, according to Indian intelligence officials.

The officials accuse Britain of failing to act against a number of wealthy businessmen, who they claim are using bogus charities to funnel up to £8 million a year to Kashmiri militants groups, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, which remains the main suspect for orchestrating the synchronised bombings that killed 182 people.

Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister, raised the terror link with Tony Blair at the G8 summit in St Petersburg yesterday, reminding him that India handed over a detailed dossier three years ago identifying 14 men living in Britain and was assured the suspects would be investigated.

“Since then nothing has been done, and the money still coming from Britain helps to pay for the terrorist camps where we believe the bombers were trained and this atrocity was planned,” a senior Indian security official said last night.
Source: Times Online

Welcome to the new Afghanistan

So much for Bush and Blair's 'noble causes' and 'spreading democracy' style rhetoric. This is the reality of Afghanistan now. A country slipping back into Taliban hands through local terrorism and through the puppet regime the West enforced on it.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Strange days indeed

Michelle Malkin, like most of her fellow Pajamazoids, is unequivocally pro-Israel.

She must rue the day she agreed to become an opinion-monger for, whose Paul Craig Roberts is, just as unequivocally, bashing Israel.

Likewise, dear Pammy must be reconsidering her decision to lend her support to Blogs for Condi, to whom she now refers as "an abject failure."

Meanwhile, Michael J. Totten has been forced to disable comments after a post in which he relayed a distress call from a friend of his in Lebanon was promptly flooded by vile comments from his supposed ideological confrères on the Right -- including one from fellow PJM-er Roger L. Simon.

There's even been an outbreak of dissension over at The Corner, with Pajamas Media's own John Podhoretz dismissing his colleague Michael "Faster Please" Ledeen's megalomaniac rantings as "science-fictional."

And finally, those who are busy bashing Jacques Chirac for criticizing Israel might be interested to know that his arch-enemy Jean-Marie Le Pen is doing the same:

Jean-Marie Le Pen expresses his deep concern over Israel's military interventions in Palestine and now in Lebanon.

These hostilities, which increasingly resemble acts of war, could not be justified by the kidnapping, however shocking, of one or two Israeli soldiers.

There's been no mention of Le Pen's statement at PJM's favorite anti-French blog, No Pasaran. Most peculiar.

Oops, he did it again....

Chuckles, never a man to shy away from being a barefaced liar, has claimed again that an MSM outlet is using Nazi terminology.

Agence France Presse’s Arab reporter Nayla Razzouk uses Nazi terminology to describe Israeli airstrikes: Israel blitzes Lebanon after Hezbollah declares open war.
As we pointed out here, Blitzkrieg was actually coined by an American magazine and the term 'blitz' is now in common usage as a fast, heavy attack. How else would you describe Israel's bombardment of Lebanon?

Of course Charles literally can't help painting the MSM as nasty anti-Semites and had to makes point of noting Nayla Razzouk's race. Charles Johnson is heads and shoulders above everyone else when it comes to cheapening the accusation of anti-Semitism.

Friday, July 14, 2006

In memoriam

Next Wednesday, 19 July, vigils and protests will be held in many North American and European cities to mark the anniversary of the barbaric execution of two young gay men by the Iranian régime last year.

Doug Ireland has more. As of this writing, individuals and/or groups in the following cities have organized events:

New York
Washington, D.C.
Provincetown, Mass.
San Diego
San Francisco
Fort Lauderdale
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Mexico City

And also in Tehran.

This is an issue that cuts across all political, sexual, and religious orientations.

Be there if you can.

Abu Mazen: Agent of Peace

What kind of Islamo-Nazi-loving dhimwit would say something like this?

And those of -- who are peace-loving must work together to help the agents of peace -- Israel, President Abbas, and others -- to achieve their objective.

George W. Bush, that's who.

That silence you hear is the sound of thousands of wingnut heads failing to explode, because BDS (Bush Deification Syndrome) is still alive and well.

Damn those anti-Semitic Jews!

These anti-semites show up to denounce Israel at every turn.
Atlas Shrugs (aka Pamela Gellar Oshry) reckons these guys are anti-Semites (and by extension I guess people like the Satmar dynasty are ardent anti-Semites as well) . Congratulations Pam, you've beaten Chuckles Johnson to the prize for cheapening the term anti-Semite.

Source: Sadly, No!

A festival for Jean Charles

A worthy cause and an opportunity to bring communities together. Remembering Jean Charles de Menezes in the best way possible.

A festival in tribute to the Brazilian man who was shot dead by police at Stockwell tube station will take place on July 22nd.

The event hopes to pull London's communities together and counter any fears or prejudices that may have existed between different groups following the incident.

The festival, featuring round 40 performing artists and musicians from different communities across London, will be held at the Railway Kitchen and Bar, Station Rise, Tulse Hill, on Saturday, July 22, starting at 4pm.

Further details from:
Source: Harry's Place

Thursday, July 13, 2006


A FOXNews crew covering the war in Gaza broadcast the precise location of Israeli troops.

Their punishment was swift: they were shot at while still on-air. But, in the context of the global wingnet jihad against the New York Times, that's not the point: The point is that FOXNews broadcast the precise location of Israeli troops.

Outpouring of vitriol from the nuttysphere in 5, 4, 3...

2, 1, 0, -1...

-1,435,267,837, -1,435,267,838...

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Charles Johnson: web censor

The hypocrisy of Mr C.F. Johnson aka 'the Lizard King' knows no bounds. For the umpteenth time he moans about a country, an ISP or web content filtering program blocking access to his site. The latest culprit is "a company called PureSight that screens web content for 'compliance with Internet usage policies'". Presumably hate sites like LGF fall into the non-compliant category.

What Johnson fails to mention is that he himself is in the business of blacklisting web users so that they can't access his site. Yes, that's right, the man who bangs on about the evils of web censorship when he's the victim is quite happy to prevent those who criticise him from accessing his site, presumably because he can't handle what they've got to say. He also has a habit of redirecting incoming traffic from 'hostile' sites (such as this one) to the web pages of the IDF.

Well, thankfully there are ways around such petty censorship, n'est-ce pas?

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


It is with great sadness that I post this, blogger David Heidelberg has passed away after a long illness. As David regurlarly posted here in comments we at LGF Watch would like to offer our thoughts and sympathies with his widow and children.

RIP David Sacha Heidelberg (1970 - 2006)

Monday, July 10, 2006

The forgotten Pogrom

The 60th anniversary of the last Jewish Pogrom in Europe passed a few days ago. Note, it was carried out by our friends in New Europe, so perhaps that's the reason it went under Charles Johnson's radar. The mainstream media covered the story extensively...

On a related note, I wonder if LGF is going to be discussing the murder of a prominent Jewish activist who was killed on Saturday night. Of course, the suspected perpetrators are US citizens and non-Arab, so don't expect much from Charles Johnson and the Lizardkins...

The blame game

"What Media Bias" asks Charles in relation to this headline,

Palestinians blame Israel for missile hit

Good question Charles. Where is the media bias in stating the fact that the Palestinians blamed Israel?

Charles Johnson: Slurmonger!

Chuckles the Clown reckons Inayat Bunglawala can hardly hide his Jew hatred....

He just can’t hide his Jew-hatred. But why should he?
Let's see what Inayat said.
July 9, 2006 05:32 AM

Hi Nick, you sly warmonger you. Not content with having been a cheerleader for Bush’s war which has killed over 100,000 Iraqis to date, you now want to also stop any dialogue with democratic Islamic groups in the Muslim world.

Your articles routinely display the imperialism you accuse your opponents of. Your position seems to be that of the typical condescending colonialist. Let’s support democracy overseas as long the wogs vote for the people we want them to.

The Muslim Council of Britain is an umbrella body which tries to bring together the many diverse schools of thought that make up British Islam. This includes various sunni and shi’a trends. As long as they all believe in the fundamental tenets of Islam and are committed to obeying British law, we are happy for them to affiliate to us. Should we exclude some just because they displease you?

To see Martin Bright (the author of a New Statesman cover story called ‘The Great Koran Con Trick’) and you both targeting a Muslim civil servant is also revealing. I wonder how you would react if a Jewish civil servant was so publicly vilified?
Nope. I can't see it either. Again Charles cheapens the accusation of anti-semitism to rage against someone he disagrees with. Added to that charge we can add hypocrite, as Charles sees nothing wrong with lambasting the Guardian for not moderating its comments section fast enough and using someone elses comment to slur Inayat Bunglawala.

Slaughter of the Innocents

One subject never discussed on LGF is the appalling slaughter of many thousands of Iraqi civilians as a consequence of the invasion. In this post James Wolcott discusses and links to Digby and others about some long overdue reckoning on this topic.

The Decider's teleprompter has morphed our reason for invading Iraq from WMDs to "spreadin' freedom", because ( The Decider says) the invisible old guy in the sky promised it to everyone and the Decider will make it so. He plays it like the change of plan is no big deal and the "freedom" angle was the real reason all along.

I wish some WH reporter would ask him this question:

"Mister President, you've talked about our reason for being in Iraq as part of a larger historical push on your part to "spread freedom" in the middle east by creating a democracy in Iraq. But what gives you, or any American president, absent a clear and present danger, the moral right to kill and maim many thousands of Iraqi civilians, men, women, children, babies, some say fifty or more thousand dead, countless more maimed, in pursuit of that goal? "
File under flying pigs.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Fearless predictions

Italy will win the World Cup final tonight. And the lizards will react as follows:

Within 90 seconds of the final whistle, someone will make a stupendously witty and original remark incorporating the words "cheese," "surrender," and "monkeys."

Within 3 minutes, at least seven lizards will ululate.

Within 8 minutes, someone will repeat that "who is a man" gag.

Within 15 minutes, at least three people will cast aspersions on the ethnic background of losing team captain Zinedine Zidane.

Within 20 minutes, at least six people will mention Lance Armstrong.

And finally, within the first hour, a grand total of zero lizards will see fit to remind anyone about all the horrible things they were saying about Italy just a couple of months ago.

[UPDATE 10 July 6.18am -- Well, one out of seven isn't bad... apart from a few desultory "Viva Italia!" remarks, Charles and his lizards reacted to the world's most-watched sporting event by thoroughly ignoring it.]

Saturday, July 08, 2006


Some of our loyal readers have confessed to having a bit of a pash for darling Pammy.

So here is some more eye candy for y'all, courtesy of Miss Shrugs' latest video missive (click here, if you must), in which she "fisks" the O-Jays using her own unique brand of political perspicacity.

"Don't forget those Chen-Chen [sic] rebels."

"Take off that [unintelligible] vest!"

"Drop those suicide bombs!"

Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Stop the ACLU Coalition and Jewish persecution

Wow, this really takes some topping. Stop The ACLU have published the address and phone number of a Jewish family who just happened to be ACLU plaintiffs.

It all started like this...

A large Delaware school district promoted Christianity so aggressively that a Jewish family felt it necessary to move to Wilmington, two hours away, because they feared retaliation for filing a lawsuit. The complaint recounts a raucous crowd that applauded the board’s opening prayer and then, when sixth-grader Alexander Dobrich stood up to read a statement, yelled at him "take your yarmulke off!" His statement, read by Samantha, confided "I feel bad when kids in my class call me Jew boy."

…A former board member suggested that Mona Dobrich might "disappear" like Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the atheist whose Supreme Court case resulted in ending organized school prayer. She disappeared in 1995 and her dismembered body was found six years later.The crowd booed an ACLU speaker and told her to "go back up north."

In the days after the meeting the community poured venom on the Dobriches. Callers to the local radio station said the family they should convert or leave the area. Someone called them and said the Ku Klux Klan was nearby.

Now look at Stop The ACLU's response to this virulent anti-semitic activity.

Alex Dobrich claims that he was called “Christ-killer” by classmates; the school board’s lawyer, Thomas Neuberger of the Rutherford Institute, suggests that Dobrich is lying. One website, the Stop the ACLU Coalition, decided to publicise the Dobriches’ home address and phone number, as part of an “Expose the ACLU Plaintiff” campaign….


Crooks & Liars asks this following question.

Charles Johnson won two awards from the Jerusalem Post Blog/the Jewish & Israel Blog-so I hope he takes up their case.

Some hope.

Source: Crooks and LiarS

Monday, July 03, 2006

The Silence Of The Wingnuts

NEW YORK The Washington Post's veteran Baghdad correspondent Ellen Knickmeyer reveals Monday that the woman allegedly raped, killed and then burned by U.S. troops in Iraq in March was only 15 years old, and her name was Abeer Qasim Hamza.

Soldiers had apparently made advances toward the attractive teen in the days before she was killed in Mahmudiyah. Her mother felt the soldiers might come to seize her during the night, and she planned to let her sleep at a neighbor's house.

But attackers came to the girl's house the next day. After the rape, the attackers allegedly shot four family members -- Knickmeyer identifies one of them as Abeer's sister, age 7 -- and tried to set Abeer's body on fire, according to, among others, the mayor of Mahmudiyah and a hospital administrator.

Not a dicky-bird from Johnson or his partner Simon on this. Or anywhere on Pajamas Media. See, if a Muslim didn't do it, it really isn't that bad. Well, it's kind of bad, but Freedom Is On The March and Abeer probably was kinda slutty.

UPDATE: Via Digby, a link to this article, on topic:
  • Americans who get their propaganda from Fox "News" or are told what to think by right-wing talk radio hosts are outraged at news reports that U.S. troops planned and carried out the rape and murder of a young Iraqi woman. They are not outraged that the troops committed the deed; they are outraged that the media reported it. These "conservatives," who proudly wear their patriotism on their sleeves, dismiss the reports of the incident as a Big Lie floated by "the anti-American liberal media" in order to demoralize Americans and reduce public support for the war.
  • Playing to this audience, Col. Jeffrey Snow, a U.S. brigade commander in Baghdad, told AFP News that news coverage could cause the U.S. to lose the war. In other words, what we are doing in Iraq cannot stand the light of day, so reporters must not report or the word will get out.
Read the rest here.

Sunday, July 02, 2006


Long time LGF'er and shrieking Malkin wannabe Atlas Shrugs (aka Pamela Gellar Oshry) eats baby pandas!

Via Sadly, No!

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Dhimmitude: it's not just for liberals anymore

That's the only possible term for the attitude adopted by one Rabbi Yehuda Levin, who is warning Israel's gay community against possible violent reprisals by Muslims against a Pride parade in Jerusalem:

Jewish and Muslim religious leaders say that an international Gay Pride gathering set for Aug. 6-12 in Jerusalem could trigger a worldwide Islamic uprising more intense than the riots and bloodshed generated by the cartoons in European newspapers of the profit Mohammed.

Representatives of conservative Christian groups joined Muslim and Orthodox Jewish leaders last week in demanding that organizers of World Pride Jerusalem cancel a series of planned Gay Pride events, including a march through Jerusalem’s streets.

“We are faced with the prospect of six days of promiscuity and debauchery unparalleled in the Middle East,” said American Rabbi Yehuda Levin at a June 21 news conference in Jerusalem.


During the Jerusalem news conference organized by Levin, Israeli Rabbi Menachem Froman, an expert on Jewish-Arab relations, said a Gay Pride march through the streets of Jerusalem this year could provoke conservative Muslims throughout the Middle East to rise up in anger.

“In their eyes, the parade is part of a whole chapter where Israel brings the defilement of the United States and the West into the holy land and Jerusalem,” he said. “And they react to it with bloodshed.”

Levin said he was not advocating violence. But his statement at the news conference that he and others would defend Jerusalem “with our bodies and our souls” against a gay march prompted the head of a gay Jewish group in New York City to accuse him of provoking violence against gays.

Hear that?

That's the sound of a million wingnut keyboards belonging to a million tireless Dhimmi Dhetectives remaining utterly silent in the face of Levin's blatant treachery.

What's a blitzkrieg between friends?

Seems Chuckles the Clown is a tad miffed that AFP are using 'Nazi' terminology to describe the aerial bombardment of Gaza by the Israel military.

Agence France Presse uses Nazi terminology to describe IsraelÂ’s air attacks against Hamas targets: Israeli jets blitz Gaza, Hamas vows it wonÂ’t be crushed.
GAZA CITY (AFP) - Israeli fighter jets blitzed Gaza overnight, setting the interior ministry ablaze and striking militant targets in the latest assault aimed at securing the release of a captured soldier.
Well done genius. Blitzkrieg is a German term, but rather than a "Nazi" term as you claim, it was actually coined by an American Magazine. The modern meaning of course is any attack that is quick and intense, and not even bare faced liars like Charles could deny that the Israeli military mobilized and attacked at great speed.

Of course what Charles seeks to prove is that AFP are subtly making correlations between the Israeli response and 'Nazi' tactics. Of course clumsily he only proves one thing. Charles Johnson is heads and shoulders above everyone else when it comes to cheapening the accusation of anti-Semitism.
Though "blitzkrieg" is a German word (literally "lightning war", meaning "a war as fast as a lightning"), the word did not originate from within the German military. It was first used by a journalist in the American newsmagazine TIME describing the 1939 German invasion of Poland.


"Blitzkrieg" has since expanded into multiple meanings in more popular usage. From its original military definition, "blitzkrieg" may be applied to any military operation emphasizing the surprise, speed, or concentration stressed in accounts of the Polish September Campaign. During the war, the Luftwaffe terror bombings of London came to be known as The Blitz. Similarly, blitz has come to describe the "blitz" (rush) tactic of American football, and the blitz form of chess in which players are allotted very little time. Blitz or blitzkrieg is used in many other non-military contexts.

Via Wikipedia

Take that al-Qaeda!

This is classic. In the 'new Britain', The Independent is considered a subversive and dangerous publication.

An anti-Iraq war protester was questioned by police outside Downing Street because she was reading The Independent.

Charity Sweet, 40, and a mother-of-three, was holding a copy of Thursday's edition which carried the headline: "Warning: if you read this newspaper you may be arrested under the Government's anti-terror laws."

Inside was an article reprinted from Vanity Fair magazine which ran across the first three pages of that day's issue of the newspaper. The article, by the writer Henry Porter, accused the Blair Government of a sustained erosion of civil liberties.

As she sat outside Downing Street, Ms Sweet was approached and questioned by a police officer. When he had finished his inquiries she was astonished to be handed a form detailing the reasons for his interest which included "reading today's Independent".
Source: Independent Online Edition