Archive for July, 2006
31 Jul 2006

Qana Carnage Faked

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Reuven Koret makes the case that the whole Qana affair was staged.

On the morning of July 30, according to the IDF, the air force came in three waves. In the first, between midnight and one in the morning, there was a strike at or near the building that eventually collapsed.

Brent Sadler of CNN reports that the Israeli ordnance did not even hit the building but landed “20 or 30 meters” from the structure.

There was a second strike at other targets far from the collapse building several hours later, and a third strike at around 7:30 in the morning. There too the nearest hit was some 460 meters away, according to the IDF. But first reports of a building collapse came only around 8 am…

Thus there was an unexplained 7 to 8 hour gap between the time of the helicopter strike and the building collapse. Brigadier General Amir Eshel, Head of the Air Force Headquarters, in a press briefing, told journalists that “the attack on the structure in the Qana village took place between midnight and one in the morning. The gap between the timing of the collapse of the building and the time of the strike on it is unclear.” ..

There are other mysteries. The roof of the building was intact. Journalist Ben Wedeman of CNN noted that there was a larger crater next to the building, but observed that the building appeared not to have collapsed as a result of the Israeli strike.

Why would the civilians who had supposedly taken shelter in the basement of the building not leave after the post-midnight attack? They just went back to sleep and had the bad luck to wait for the building to collapse in the morning?

National Public Radio’s correspondent reported that residents of that building had left and the victims were non-residents who chose to shelter in the building that night. They were “too poor” to leave the down, one resident told CNN’s Wedeman. Who were these people?

What we do know is that sometime after dawn a call went hour to journalists and rescue workers to come to the scene. And come they did, in droves.While Hezbollah and its apologists have been claiming that civilians could not freely flee the scene due to Israeli destruction of bridges and roads, the journalists and rescue teams from nearby Tyre had no problem getting there.

Lebanese rescue teams did not start evacuating the building until the morning and only after the camera crews came. The absence of a real rescue effort was explained by saying that equipment was lacking. There were no scenes of live or injured people being extracted.

There was little blood, CNN’s Wedeman noted: all the victims, he concluded, appeared to have died while as they were sleeping — sleeping, apparently, through thunderous Israeli air attacks. Rescue workers equipped with cameras were removing the bodies from the same opening in the collapsed structure. Journalists were not allowed near the collapsed building.

Rescue workers filmed as they went carried the victims on the stretchers, occasionally flipping up the blankets so that cameras could show the faces and bodies of the dead.

But Israelis steeled to scenes of carnage from Palestinian suicide bombings and Hezbollah rocket attack could not help but notice that these victims did not look like our victims. Their faces were ashen gray. While medical examination clearly is called for to arrive at a definitive dating and cause of their deaths, they do not appear to have died hours before. The bodies looked like they had been dead for days.

Viewers can judge for themselves. But the accumulating evidence suggests another explanation for what happened at Kana. The scenario would be a setup in which the time between the initial Israeli bombing near the building and morning reports of its collapse would have been used to “plant” bodies killed in previous fighting — reports in previous days indicated that nearby Tyre was used as a temporary morgue — place them in the basement, and then engineer a “controlled demolition” to fake another Israeli attack.

The well-documented use by Palestinians of this kind of faked footage — from the alleged shooting of Mohammed Dura in Gaza, scenes from Jenin of “dead” victims falling off gurneys and then climbing back on — have merited the creation of a new film genre called “Palliwood.”

31 Jul 2006

Vista Voice Recognition Demo Goes Awry

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Failed demos are really embarassing, aren’t they?

Ambient noise? what ambient noise??

31 Jul 2006

Jihadis in America

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Michelle Malkin’s latest video reviews the unrecognized and surprisingly lengthy list of “lone gunman” acts of Islamic terrorism on US soil.

31 Jul 2006

Photo Exploitation

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Richard at EU Referendum documents the manipulative use of the body of a child casualty in photograph after carefully staged propaganda photograph (published uncritically by the media around the world).

Follow up on Mr. Green Helmet.

31 Jul 2006

Respect The Humble Conger

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The Telegraph reports:

A charity game in which people try to knock each other over with a 5ft conger eel has been banned after animal rights activists complained that it was “disrespectful” to the dead fish.

Conger cuddling has been staged annually for more than 30 years at the harbour in Lyme Regis, Dorset, as a fund-raising event for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Teams stand on 6in high wooden blocks and others take it in turns to swing a 25lb eel at them. The team with the most people left standing at the end wins.

However, animal activists threatened to film the event and use the footage to start a national campaign against it.

Rob Michael, the chairman of the Lyme Lifeboat Guild, said: “We have been advised by the RNLI headquarters at Poole to abandon the conger cuddling event following a local complaint from animal rights activists.

“The RNLI is not prepared to be involved in an event that may be seen by some to be a barbaric throwback due to its use of a dead animal.”

31 Jul 2006

Peaceful Religion

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30 Jul 2006

IDF Finds Qana Building Fell 8 hours After Attack

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Ynet news story (complete with video of rockets being fired from Qana):

An IDF investigation has found that the building in Qana struck by the Air Force fell around eight hours after being hit by the IDF.

“The attack on the structure in the Qana village took place between midnight and one in the morning. The gap between the timing of the collapse of the building and the time of the strike on it is unclear,” Brigadier General Amir Eshel, Head of the Air Force Headquarters told journalists at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, following the incidents at Qana.

Eshel and the head of the IDF’s Operational Branch, Major General Gadi Eisnkot said the structure was not being attacked when it collapsed, at around 8:00 in the morning.

The IDF believes that Hizbullah explosives in the building were behind the explosion that caused the collapse.

Another possibility is that the rickety building remained standing for a few hours, but eventually collapsed.

But chances are good that the whole incident is another manufactured event, staged for the benefit of the gaping morons of the world press, who obligingly report whatever terrorists give them.

30 Jul 2006

New Hampshire Would Be Nice (This Time of Year)

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The Free State Project proposes to enlist 20,000 persons of basically libertarian bent who will sign a pledge to move to New Hampshire within five years on the basis of the theory that this would constitute a sufficiently influential constituency to keep the Granite State free of sales taxes, income taxes, gun control, and other afflictions of statism as ever.

Personally, I like New Hampshire, but I tend to think it may require more than 20,000 additional votes to balance out the impact of all those flatlanders fleeing Taxachusetts, who arrive in New Hampshire and start looking for public services and facilities just like the ones they had back in Brookline.

There is also the consideration of the inability of such a movement to appeal to the decadents who have lived in California, or other sunbelt locations, too long, and who now believe that cold weather and snow represent intolerable hardships.

Hat tip to Mr. Ogre.

30 Jul 2006

Qana Bombing: Hezbollah Responsible

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The media, the Lebanese Red Cross, and the government of Lebanon are all playing Hezbollah’s game by pointing to civilian casualties and whining over the Israeli bombing of the Lebanese village of Qana, a base used to fire hundreds of rockets at Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert inappropriately expressed “great sorrow” for the airstrikes, which could only have produced civilian casualties among Hezbollah supporters who deliberately ignored leaflets and other warnings from the Israeli Defense Forces to evacuate the war zone.

AP

At least one media voice is reporting the truth, the Australian Herald Sun has published a series of photographs of the cowardly insurgents deliberately hiding (with heavy weapons) in residential areas, titled Photos that damn Hezbollah .

29 Jul 2006

Best Song Since Hadji Girl

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Do not miss this Israeli war song with a catchy beat.

Chorus:

Yalla ya Nasrallah, we will screw you Inshallah
We’ll send you back to Allah with all the Hezbollah

video – (Hebrew, with English subtitles)

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Hat tip to Sondra K, who gives it a 10.

29 Jul 2006

That’s One Reason I Stopped Using It

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David DeJean has a few user complaints about a nightmare installation.

But for a truly epic installation, I have to give the Oscar for Best Drama to Symantec’s Norton Internet Security upgrade. I just went through it not once, but twice. It is longer than the death scene from “Camille,” and more emotionally draining. Is it going to start? Do I have enough disk space? What is it doing now? Will it ever, ever, ever end?

Finally, of course, it does end. And it’s not a good end, either, because for unknown reasons the laptop I was upgrading lost its scanner drivers and the upgrade cut me off from my wireless network. And all this entertainment for only $49.95! What a bargain!

29 Jul 2006

Yale’s Ironmen

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William N. Wallace, along with another 53,000 Americans, as a ten year old boy, attended an epic battle between Yale and Princeton on November 17, 1934, in which the Yale eleven, playing both offense and defense for all 60 minutes, rose up from a previously mediocre record to best an undefeated Princeton team, favored by three touchdowns, and widely believed to be headed for the Rose Bowl.

Playing both ways without substitutions won this Yale team, five seniors, three juniors, and three sophomores, the title of Ironmen. Only three other teams, post-WWI had ever played 60 minutes without substitutions (Michigan and Illinois in 1925, and Brown in 1926). Yale’s 1934 team at Princeton played the last Ironman game of college football ever played.

Stanley Woodward of The Herald Tribune declared of the upset:

Eleven Yale football players with constitutions of iron and dispositions of wild cats perpetrated the signal outrage of modern athletics in Princeton’s Palmer Stadium today.

Robert Kelley of the Times:

Yale defeated Princeton today by a score of 7-0. In that sentence is packed all the deep excitement of the most popular drama that football or any other sport knows, the rise of the man without a chance, the refusal of the underdog to play the role that has been assigned to him.

This Yale-Princeton game set the ten year old boy on his path in life. He grew up to become a professional sportswriter, and at the close of a fifty year career (including 35 years with the New York Times), has produced a book on the unforgettable 1934 game. His profiles of the members of that illustrious Yale team (and several of their Princeton rivals), offer fascinating snapshot portraits of American life in last century via his investigation of the players’ origins, and his account of Ivy League life during the Depression, the impact of WWII, and their varying ultimate fates.

29 Jul 2006

Ship Locations

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Got yourself an overdue 3000 ducat loan and an irritable moneylender with a knife headed your way? Find out exactly where your ship is right now on Sailwx.info, very cool Internet ship locations live tracker.

28 Jul 2006

WWII Covered By Today’s Journalists

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Hat tip to John Ray.

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