Friday, February 22, 2008

Human Rights Commission too busy with transsexuals and thought crimes to help the elderly

This story burns me up even more after this weekend's story by Margaret Wente profiling two transsexuals who have a plastic surgeon before a human rights commission because he won't perform labiaplasty and a breast augmentation on them.

Ontario's Human Rights Commission says it's too busy now to look into complaints that elderly nursing home patients are being left to fester in urine-soaked diapers.

In a letter to Ontario Federation of Labour head Wayne Samuelson, who requested an investigation last November, commission policy and education director François Larsen said the rights body is not only swamped with work but is busy reorganizing itself to meet requirements of new provincial legislation.

"As a result of these factors, our resources will be stretched simply to cover existing work, and we need to be very selective about committing to new projects," the letter, dated Feb. 8, reads.

In an interview yesterday, Larsen said the commission might revisit the diaper issue later – if it gets enough money from Premier Dalton McGuinty's provincial government. "This is a very compelling issue," he said. "(But) we don't know how many resources we will have."

"Unbelievable," an audibly frustrated Samuelson said yesterday, "It's absolutely unbelievable

Canadian Association of Journalists back Steyn and Levant

Yesterday, I told you that PEN, a Canadian literary group, issued a statement calling for the federal government to remove the hate speech clause from the Canadian Human Right Act.

Today, the Canadian Association of Journalists finally weighed in on the issue.

OTTAWA, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is calling on federal and provincial governments to amend human rights legislation to stop a pattern of disturbing attacks on freedom of speech.
Two recent cases spotlight the dangers of allowing state-backed agencies to censor speech based on subjective perceptions of offensiveness - MacLean's magazine, which is facing complaints in two provinces and nationally for an article by syndicated columnist Mark Steyn, and Ezra Levant, the former publisher of the Western Standard who is now before the Alberta Human Rights Commission for his decision to publish the Danish cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

"Human rights commissions were never intended to act as a form of thought police," said CAJ President Mary Agnes Welch. "But now they're being used to chill freedom of expression on matters that are well beyond accepted Criminal Code restrictions on free speech."

The CAJ supports Liberal MP Keith Martin's private members motion to have section 13(1) of federal human rights legislation, the clause dealing with published material, repealed. Similar provincial legislation should also be amended as required.

The tide is really turning in Canada now. Thanks to all the Americans who have helped keep this a major issue in the blogosphere and on talk radio in the U.S.

The CAJ also had this to say about the Conservative government and other federal parties that have failed to step up and take a position on Martin's motion.

"The lack of political leadership on this issue, apart from Mr. Martin and a few others, is appalling," said Welch.

To quote Mark Steyn from The Corner today:

C'mon, Prime Minister, why be the last guy to jump on the bandwagon?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Video: Iraqi Insurgents -- Greatest Hits

I saw this video on Live Leak this morning and was saving it for tonight.

Much to my chagrin, Rusty at Jawa beat me to it so a hat tip to him, alright.

Lionheart speaks with the police

I'm not a fan of the British blogger Lionheart because of his relationship with the BNP and because he made a post suggesting Charles Johnson of LFG would be shot as a traitor during World War II.

Nonetheless, Lionheart has released what seems like a legitimate audio recording of his conversation with a British police investigator about his case for spreading hate on his blog and, if this is for real, it's quite scary.

There are five recordings with two investigators. In this one, the investigator confirms he will be arrested when he arrives at the police station and interviewed. The investigator also will not tell him what is on his blog that warrants a criminal investigation.

Steyn: Who's the biggest Holocaust denier of them all?

Canadian Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella is accusing those in Canada and around the world fighting to end Canada's hate speech laws as being on the same team as David Irving, who he calls "the most notorious Holocaust denier on the planet."

Mark Steyn quickly corrects the record.

By "most notorious Holocaust denier", Warren means the British historian David Irving. In fact, "the most notorious Holocaust denier on the planet" is President Ahmadinejad, who denies the last Holocaust even as he urges on the next one. Warren doesn't seem to have much to say on that score, which is a pity. Nobody needs "brave" (Warren's word) men like Richard Warman who dedicate their lives to battling an enemy vanquished 60 years ago. It's easy to pick the right side when it's all settled and retrospective.

But, since "guilt by association" is the only game Warren knows how to play, look at it this way. Yes, David Irving's on my side, and David Icke, the man who believes the Queen is a shape-shifting blood-drinking space lizard. But who's on Warren's side? Mohamed Elmasry, who thinks all Israelis over 18 are a legitimate target for murder, and Khaled Mouammar, who smeared Bob Rae for the crime of having a Jewish wife. Are you "proud" to have the "most notorious" Judeophobes in Canada on your team, Warren?

More to the point, they're the only guys on his team. Over on my side, we have not only David Irving but Keith Martin, Liberal Member of Parliament; The Globe & Mail, Canada's establishment newspaper; two-time Canadian columnist of the year Margaret Wente; the CBC's Rex Murphy; Toronto Star columnist Kelly Toughill; leftie colossus Noam Chomsky; and PEN Canada, an organization headed by former viceregal consort John Ralston Saul and run by the cream of the CanCon literati - Margaret Atwood, Rohinton Mistry, David Cronenberg, Louise Dennys, etc.

Are they all Nazis just because they're on the same side as notorious Jew-haters like David Irving, Ezra Levant, Jonathan Kay and Mark Steyn?

3 U.S. Senators involved in helicopter incident in Afghanistan: UPDATE: Hagel's office tells Fox News all 3 are okay

Fox News is reporting that a helicopter carrying U.S. Senators John Kerry, Joe Biden and Chuck Hagel has made an emergency landing in Afghanistan.

No other details.


UPDATE now has the news up on its banner.

UPDATE 2: now has it in its banner.


A Fox news producer spoke with Hagel's office and says all 3 were okay and are continuing with their trip.

Another group backs Steyn and Levant. Where is the Conservative government?

PEN Canada, which is by no means a conservative organization, has joined the chorus of voices who are calling for eliminating parts of the Canadian Human Rights Act dealing with hate speech, the same law that has Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant before Human Rights Commissions.

The statement is in PDF format, but I'm reprinting the whole thing. If you don't want to read it in it's entirety, I've highlighted the best parts and I have more about what this means at the bottom of this post.

PEN Canada calls for changes to human rights commission legislation

February 4, 2008 -- PEN Canada calls on the federal and provincial governments
to change human rights commission legislation to ensure commissions can no
longer be used to attempt to restrict freedom of expression in Canada.

Recent complaints in Alberta against journalist Ezra Levant and in Ontario
against Maclean’s magazine and its writer Mark Steyn raise disturbing questions
about the degree to which human rights commissions have taken it upon
themselves to become arbiters of what constitutes free speech.

PEN Canada believes this is not the role of human rights commissions and that
governments across the country need to make that clear both to their
commissions and to Canadians.

Neither Mr. Levant nor Maclean’s magazine and Mr Steyn published anything
that incited violence against the Muslim community although both have been
subject of complaints to commissions. Nor did their comments violate anyone’s
human rights.

As the Canadian Civil LIberties Association has suggested, human rights
legislation was designed to prevent discrimination in workplaces, in accommodation and in providing goods and services to individuals. Commissions were created to adjudicate complaints about such issues when they arose. They were never designed to restrict the free expression of opinions.

“Whether you agree with Mr. Levant’s decision that the Western Standard should
publish the Danish cartoons about the prophet Mohammed or not, no one in a free and democratic country such as Canada can seriously argue the magazine should not have the right to publish them,” said PEN Canada’s national affairs chair Christopher Waddell.

“That is equally true for Maclean’s magazine and the excerpt it published from
Mark Steyn’s book that led to the complaint against that publication.”
Neither complaints should ever have been accepted by a human rights
commission and both should be immediately dismissed.

To ensure there is no repetition of such attempts to constrain freedom of expression through the guise of human rights legislation, PEN supports calls for removal of subsection 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act which states that it is discriminatory when individual or groups say or write anything that is “likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt.”

Similar wording in provincial human rights statutes should likewise be removed.

PEN becomes the latest member of the Canadian establishment to say that these human rights commissions have gone too far.

How can critics in Canada continue to suggest this is the work of knuckledragging conservatives?

You now have

1.) PEN
2.) The Liberal Toronto Star
3.) The left leaning Globe and Mail
4.) A Liberal MP

All these groups realize the dangers these thought crime laws have on Canada's freedoms.

When will the federal Conservative government step up to the plate and eliminate the Section 13 (1)?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Why Ahmadinejad's Israel is "bacteria" comment is troubling

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is at it again.

In yet another verbal attack against Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the Jewist state a "filthy bacteria" whose sole purpose was to oppress the other nations in the region.

"The world powers established this filthy bacteria, the Zionist regime, which is lashing out at the nations in the region like a wild beast," the Iranian president told supporters at a rally in southern Iran.

These latest comments have attracted the attention of Stephen Peter Rosen at Middle East Strategy at Harvard.

I am worried. Last year I did some historical research on the shifts in discourse within British, Japanese, and South African official elites prior to their use of biological weapons. In all these cases, including the deliberate distribution of small pox-infected blankets by the British in North America, the use of bubonic plague by the Japanese in China, and the use of anthrax by the South Africans in what was then Rhodesia, use of biological agents was preceded by an escalation of rhetorical campaigns to demonize and dehumanize the targeted enemy.

The problem in using these shifts in discourse as an early warning indicator, is, of course, one of calibration and of over-prediction. Many references to enemies as less than human are not associated with biological attacks or other unconventional mass killings. Some streams of discourse are chronically laden with dehumanizing rhetoric. Detecting meaningful shifts requires close study of the discourse of interest over time, and I have not done this with regard to Iran and Israel. Casual observation suggests that references to Israel as a “cancer” are old, but that the reference to Israel as a “black and dirty microbe” is new.

On the basis of my historical research, my recommendation was that a significant shift in discourse of this character be used as a indicator that we should focus intelligence collection assets on a target that is now suspected of being willing to engage in mass killing by unconventional means, and to issue specific deterrent threats of retaliation. I do not know if either of these measures has been adopted by the government of Israel, or the United States, but it would seem prudent for them to do so.

Persian babe of the day

Bahar Soomekh (Persian: بهار سومخ Hebrew: בהאר סומך born March 30, 1975) is an Iranian- born American Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actress and environmental activist. She began acting in the early 2000s, and is perhaps best known for her film roles in the films Crash (2004), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and Saw III (2006).

Video: Lebanese journalist says Hezbollah may try to assassinate key Israeli officials overseas

Hezbollah will seek revenge for Imad Mugniyah one on one, for them Mugniyah was considered to be on the same footing as Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak, veteran Lebanese journalist Salam Eid said in a telephone interview with's CEO Olivier Rafowicz. Speaking from Beirut, Eid said Hezbulloh will strike back, it may take a month, it could take a year, but they will avenge Mugniyah's death.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Klein Forest High School's Orchestra: Mission Impossible Theme

Video: Irshad Manji welcomes death threats

This video interview of Irshad Manji has been on YouTube for two weeks and already has attracted death threats in the comments.

But Manji says she doesn't care.

Debate is great. So why has another part of this debate - a death threat leveled against me early on - suddenly been removed from the responses section?

Two weeks ago, senadin wrote “Kill this whore now.” View the PDF of this comment by clicking here: a_j_comments1.pdf. Hint: It’s on the second page.

Now that comment is gone. Who’s censoring and why?

Is it YouTube editors who fear the implications of letting death threats remain posted? If so, I gladly give them permission to restore the threat and I waive any liability on their part for doing so.

After all, it’s important for people to see that in the name of protecting Islam’s pristine image, some Muslims paradoxically feel comfortable soliciting murder. That’s called a reality check.

. . . Then they came for LGF

The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR calls in the FBI

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today asked the St. Louis, Mo., office of
the FBI to investigate apparent threats against a local mosque posted on an
anti-Muslim Internet hate site.

Threatening comments on the Little Green Footballs hate site about a
new minaret being built near that mosque included:

1. "I suppose dynamite would be considered an extreme response."

. . .

2. "The tower would make a nice target for lots of things... Perhaps
one could start by bombing the thing with pig s**t from a light plane."

. . .

3. "Anyone got some RPGs to coat in pig fat?"

. . .

4. "Would be a shame if it were to be vandalized or destroyed. Just a
shame I tell you....wink wink STL youth."

Note theses comments were made in the comments thread.

Charles Johnson of LGF explains
Note that the comments quoted by CAIR in their press release were posted only this morning, and were deleted as soon as I received reports about them. They’re watching LGF’s comments closer than I am.

Video: Apache Engages Insurgent Safe House By 30mm Cannon And Missiles - Iraq

A commenter at Live Leak says

I can watch these all day long!

Me, too. But this runs 7:28 so you'd have to watch it 193 times for it to take up a full day.


Another Bilal Hussein working for CTV in Afghanistan

Reports say he was captured in October, but I can't find anything on Google before today.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A media advocacy group says a journalist with Canadian television station CTV has been held without charge by the U.S. military in Afghanistan since October, and the military should file charges or set him free.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said it is ``greatly concerned'' by the detention of Jawed Ahmad, an Afghan who worked for the network. He is being held at the military compound in Bagram north of Kabul.

Ahmad, 22, who is also known as Jojo Yazemi, was detained in the southern city of Kandahar in October. His brother, Siddique Ahmad, told The Associated Press that the military accused Jawed of having contact with local Taliban fighters. Jawed Ahmad said the military believed he had improper contact with Taliban officials because he had Taliban phone numbers and a video of Taliban materials, according to his brother.

It doesn't sound too unusual, but of course it's his brother who is providing the information. The U.S. military is not saying much.

Maj. Chris Belcher, a U.S. military spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that Ahmad is being held at the Bagram facility but said he could not discuss details of the case.

It is common for journalists in Afghanistan to have contact information of Taliban fighters so they can seek militants' comments for news stories.

Audio: Steyn discusses Shirlene McGoven's resignation and his case

Not everybody lives in Calgary and or listens to CHQR's The World Tonight with Rob Breckenbridge.

Fortunately, he podcasts his show.

Here's an interview with Mark Steyn from Monday evening.

Video: Steyn: "I, too, am in favour of bombing Iran"

This is from last week's Power Line Book Award ceremony, which honoured Norman Podhoretz's World War IV. Mark Steyn makes the case against Iran having nuclear weapons and why he thinks they would use them.

(Hat tip Gateway Pundit)

Canada hasn't jumped on the Kosovo bandwagon

Kudos to the Conservative government for not jumping on the Kosovo recognition bandwagon, despite pressure from opposition leader Stephane Dion.

The Harper government is staying mum on whether it will officially recognize the breakaway state of Kosovo, a decision that it wants to ensure has no impact on Canada's ongoing debate over Quebec separatism.

Canada's silence comes as the United States and key European Union powers quickly recognized Kosovo as an independent nation yesterday, while Russia, China and some EU members opposed the territory's split from Serbia.

Asked what Canada will do, Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier's office referred calls to a departmental spokesman who said Ottawa is still thinking things over.

"We note that the parliament of Kosovo has adopted a declaration of independence," André Lemay said.

"We are assessing the situation," he said, adding Canada backs United Nations efforts to broker a peaceful solution.

For once, Canada's national unity debate may have a positive result.

While the government is concerned about it encouraging Quebec nationalists, I'm concerned about what this means for Islamic umma given the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, and his comment: "There is no doubt that the independence of Kosovo will be an asset to the Muslim world and further enhance the joint Islamic action"

Saudi ambassador tells Canadians to Google Rachel Corrie

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Canada wrote a letter to the National Post today in response to an article by Israel's ambassador to Canada that criticizes "Israel Apartheid Week" recently held on Canadian university campuses.

The Saudi ambassador tells Canadians that the truth is out there about the reality of what's going on in Israel.

Re: the poisonous myth of 'Israeli Apartheid,' Alan Baker, Feb 14.

While I acknowledge the Israeli ambassador's right to defend his country with respect to the "Israeli Apartheid Week" recently hosted by several Canadian universities, I don't think that he has the right to somehow implicate and attack the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in his article. The fact that his country is considered an apartheid regime has absolutely nothing to do with Saudi Arabia.

When I arrived in Canada I quickly realized that this country has a deep-rooted history of high principles and values and that everyone is equal before the law in terms of their rights and obligations. In this same spirit, I tried to avoid getting involved in confrontations with any of my colleagues, knowing that there is no such thing as absolute truth.

Thus, I was very keen not to get involved in any frictions with the Israeli ambassador, as I am convinced that the reality on the ground is sufficient enough to condemn Israel's conscience without any further contribution form my part.

For this reason, I leave it up to readers to learn about the reality on the ground in Israel by referring, for instance, to the American peace activist Rachel Corrie on the internet or Palestine: Peace not Apartheid by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter.
Abdulaziz H. Al-Sowayegh.

ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Canada, Ottawa.

Liberal MP accuses Prime Minister of "muzzling" his MPs on free speech

The Liberal MP who put forward a motion in Canada's Parliament to revoke the hate speech clause in the Canadian Human Rights Act is accusing Prime Minister Stephen Harper of "muzzling" his MPs to prevent them from speaking on the issue.

Keith Martin made the comments when asked about talking points leaked to a Canadian blogger last week that provided Conservative MPs evasive answers for questions about supporting Martin's motion.

Harper, who was a critic of human rights commissions when he was involved with the pro-liberty National Citizens Coalition, is becoming the target of criticism from Canadian conservatives for his silence and the talking points.

On Monday, Ezra Levant revealed in an interview with Shire Network News that members of the Conservative caucus had told him that the Conservative command centre was concerned that supporting the motion could open them up to charges of being anti-human rights.

Here's an excerpt from Martin's interview with Deborah Gyapong, who is becoming the Fallaci of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

"I think its unfortunate many members of the Conservative party have been very supportive of this, including the prime minister before he became prime minister. I hope that the prime minister sees that by having the motion introduced by somebody else and the positive response that it has drawn, it creates a safe space upon which he can take it upon himself and his government can take it upon itself to introduce it at committee where the committee can actually look at this in a responsible, public and transparent fashion."

"I’m disappointed that the prime minister is attempting to muzzle his caucus ironically on an issue of freedom of speech. And I know that he doesn’t personally agree with that--"

"I hope that the prime minister really moves away from this position which is really untenable given his previous comments and the fact that there are very few true rights in our country. If there’s one responbility this this House has, that this Parliament has its to defend those rights."

Monday, February 18, 2008

Quietly and without much fanfare, the National Post publishes the Danish cartoons

Turns out the National Post became the first mainstream Canadian news outlet to publish one of the blasphemous Mohammed cartoons last week and nobody noticed.

Expect a human rights complaint real soon.

It was only one column-wide and was buried near the bottom of page two, but last Tuesday, the National Post joined the ranks of newspapers that dared to publish one of the controversial Muhammad cartoons. And compared to the widespread protests that greeted their initial publication in a Danish newspaper two years ago, few people seemed bothered this time.

As of Friday, only a handful of complaints have come in. Three times as many readers wrote in to congratulate us on running the cartoon showing Muhammad with a stick of dynamite in his turban.

"The decision to reproduce one of the caricatures of the Prophet is to be applauded," said Max Finucane, "although it should have happened two years ago when the fuss originally occurred."

"The Muhammad cartoon does not say that Muhammad or all Muslims carry such bombs," added Jiti Khanna. "It says that there are jihadi Muslims who use the Koran and the hadith to justify violence against those who oppose their political objectives … Muslims must work to educate their jihadis about joining the modern world of basic rights and freedoms in which political cartooning is a hard-won freedom." - Our electronic mail box was crammed with angry notes last Monday, following the publication of "The Love & Sex Issue" two days before.

Canadian judge lets suspected terrorist remain free despite violating bail conditions

Welcome to Canada, where publishers are hauled before Star Chambers for printing cartoons and foreign terror suspects are released even after they violate the conditions of their bail.

A Federal Court judge has ruled that suspected terrorist Mohamed Harkat can remain free despite a "serious breach" of his bail conditions.

In a decision released Monday, Justice Eleanor Dawson rejected a request by the Canada Border Services Agency and Public Safety to put Harkat back in jail after his mother-in-law, who had helped guarantee his bail, moved out of their home without informing authorities.

Dawson also turned down the Crown's request that Harkat forfeit more than $100,000 in cash and bonds, saying the seizure would be unfair in light of the "unique and extraordinary circumstances" that led to his re-arrest Jan. 29.

Credit this story for providing full background information on who Harkat is unlike most stories I've seen recently.

Here's why Harkat is being held under a Security Certificate.

The Federal Court ruled previously that Harkat used an alias, travelled to Afghanistan and supported terrorism before he came to Canada - and that he lied about it when he entered the country.

Harkat has acknowledged he supported the Groupe islamique armee, or GIA , which authorities say seeks to establish an Islamic state in Algeria through the use of terrorist violence.

"Mr. Harkat's support of the GIA is consistent with support for the use of terrorist violence," the court ruled previously.

It said Harkat has assisted Islamic extremists who have come to Canada and that he associated with bin Laden lieutenant Abu Zubaida - since captured - in the early 1990s.

It also ruled that, since coming to Canada, Harkat had been in contact with people "known to be involved in Islamic militant activities."

Video: Apache Engage Insurgents By 30mm At Night - Iraq

A commenter at Live Leak says this about this video.

enemy destroyed! All remaining terrorists should
watch this vid and prepare their last will and

And you should prepare some popcorn, as this video of five insurgents caught at the old fishing hole runs 9:42, but it's worth watching.

LA Times surrenders, Reuters is holding out

The LA Times has surrendered in portraying Iraq as a lost cause.

It has taken nine bloody and difficult months, but the deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops appears at last to have brought not just a lull in the sectarian fighting in Iraq, but the first tangible steps toward genuine political reconciliation.

Los Angeles Times - 2-18-08

Meanwhile, Reuters is still holding out hope for failure.

The U.S. military and Iraqi officials have hailed vastly better security in Baghdad, western Anbar province and areas south of the capital, which has allowed people to venture out at night to shop at markets and eat at restaurants.

But in the cities of Samarra, Baquba and Mosul, the militants still sow fear.

Yes, as Reuters argues, there are still going to be more battles in Iraq. But here are the facts from a source not known as being right wing about the success in Baghdad.

Here is the latest (January 17) map of trends in ethno-sectarian violence in Baghdad, from the Multinational Force Iraq (MNF-I). The green areas are predominantly Shiite, the blue are mostly or predominantly Sunni, and the brown areas are closely mixed. The yellow-orange-red inflammation indicates “incidents where deaths occurred from any means that were clearly ethno-sectarian in motivation, to include car bombs.” The methodology for determining what constitutes ethno-sectarian violence is explained here.

Ezra Levant's interrogator quits

First Syed Soharwardy dropped his complaint and now this.

Shirlene McGovern, the Alberta Human Rights Commission officer, who has become an international blogosphere villain after being seen in the videotaped interrogation of Ezra Levant, has resigned from the case.

Ezra Levant has more.

Shirlene McGovern, the "human rights officer" who interrogated me, has resigned from my case. The human rights commission advised my lawyer that McGovern quit because of the public backlash against the commission -- and against her in particular. In other words, she didn't like being called a censor in the blogosphere.

I'm not sympathetic. I believe that any government bureaucrat who makes a living interrogating citizens about their political beliefs ought to be held in public contempt. McGovern truly doesn't get it -- she thinks what she does for a living is perfectly bland, just like her.

I blame Iowahawk for causing McGovern to fold.

In other Levant-related news, he was a guest today on the vastly underrated Shire Network News radio program.

In that interview, Levant says Conservative MPs in Ottawa are not taking on this issue because they still live in fear of the 2004 election campaign when the party lost because the Liberals and the media successfully painted them as anti Charter of Rights primarily because a backbench MP was caught on tape saying "The heck with the courts, eh?"

The Conservatives it seems just can't get over that 2004 election. It's hard to blame them as the media bias was on full display trying to save Paul Martin.

Of course Levant revealing this (which is what I always suspected in a general sense) raises some doubts about the reports that MPs weren't speaking out because they feared for their safety from Islamic radicals.

Video: Extreme Makeover: Iraqi Insurgent Home Edition

A moonbat in the LiveLeak comments says this about this video:

This is of course illegal under the Geneva Conventions. You are not allowed to destroy the residences of any civilians regardless of who they are or who you suspect them to be.

I say, I don't know. I'm not a lawyer and the moonbat commenter probably isn't either. But I do know that enjoying this video is not illegal under the Geneva convention, so sit back and watch some insurgent's crib get blasted.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Video: Military robot blown up by an IED in Iraq

The suspense will kill you and the soldiers will make you laugh. Two minutes of entertainment.

Video: Iraqi Insurgent Mortar Crew killed by UAV Predator

One guy gets away, but not for long.

Video: UAV Predator Airstrike On 6 Insurgents - Iraq

Posted nine days ago

Salon magazine has an interesting story inside UAV headquarters called "Killing Bubba from the skies."
(Hat tip: Bobibutu at LGF)

Fear Factor: Are Canadian MPs afraid to speak out against radical Islam?

This week, a Canadian blogger obtained talking points that were supposedly sent to some Conservative MPs from Justice Minister Rob Nicholson's office basically not taking a position on a private member's motion to remove the hate speech clause of the Canadian Human Rights Act.

The issue has raised attention after Islamic groups have filed human rights complaints against Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn.

Keith Martin, the MP who introduced the motion is a Liberal. So the complete silence from Conservative MPs on his motion the and alleged evasive government talking points has angered grassroots conservative supporters who feel Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his insiders are more concerned about avoiding a fight with Canada's left wing establishment than standing up for fundamental conservative principles, such as freedom of expression.

However, another theory has emerged from Parliament Hill reporter Deborah Gyapong. Call it the Geert Wilders Effect.

Here's Gyapong's latest post.

Last week when I was on the Hill mingling with some MPs from both the Liberal and the Tory parties, I asked an MP for an opinion on the freedom of speech/ Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn human rights complaints. This particular MP was appalled by it. I asked this individual for a public comment. After a few moments thought, the MP decided not to. Then this person mused--alas, I did not have a notebook or my recorder out so I can't recall the exact words--that some MPs might be afraid to speak out on this issue, afraid their families might be targeted.

This was said in a casual manner, as social chit chat, so it didn't register with me perhaps as much as it should have at the time. But the conversation keeps coming back to me. I haven't been able to get away from a gnawing sense of unease. Is this possibly the case? Are some MPs not speaking out on Parliament Hill out of a sense of intimidation when it comes to any form of criticism of radical Islam?

Video: Apache engages 3 Iraqi insurgents

From November

Photos of woman attacked after filing human rights complaint against Calgary imam

On Friday, I told you that one of the three women who filed a human rights complaint against a Calgary imam was attacked in her home by a male and a burka-clad woman.

The attackers claimed they came from the imam's mosque and this was the "first installment."

Syed Soharwardy, who is the imam at the Al-Madinah mosque, said it was not possible anyone from his mosque would commit such an act. Soharwardy is known nationally in Canada because of his human rights complaint against Ezra Levant.

The Calgary Herald reported the attack victim, Robina Butt, suffered a number of cuts to her hand as well as bumps and bruises. However, Levant has posted photos from a foreign-language newspaper, which he claims are of Butt and they suggest her injuries appear more serious than was reported.

(click on photo to enlarge)

Even though the imam dropped his human rights complaint against Levant this week, Ezra is not letting go and like a pitbull he is countersuing for abuse of process and plans to keep embarrassing Soharwardy on his blog.

He even plans to put up video soon of the mosque meeting which resulted in Butt filing her human rights complaint.

Video: U.S. soldier in Iraq discusses jihad and the media (coarse language)

United States soldiers, we're dicks.
And terrorists they're pussies.
And pussies don't like dicks because dicks fuck the pussies.
And the media? They're assholes.
And assholes don't like dicks either because dicks sometimes fuck assholes.
So if you assholes don't let us do our jobs and fuck these pussies then we're gonna fuckin' put a jihad on you, too.
Thank you.