Sunday, 25 October 2009

Vacay

Posting will be light (if at all) until November 6 as I head to better places to do important things like eat fabulous food, go to the spa, and finish the 1,032 page book I am reading.

Oh and I might be watching a little hockey too.

Over and out,
SMW

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Stop the War London: Part Two


Tell me again that the world loves America because of Obama. A friend of mine was in a job interview this week and the interviewer actually asked him how he would "overcome" being American while working in sales, having to sell to a public (here in the UK) that was rabidly anti-American.


It's unfortunate for the many people with legitimate asylum claims that idiots like this are out with Stop the War wanting to welcome in every "refugee" under the sun.


This is what SMW likes to call the holy trinity of agendas.


Nothing says family fun like taking your wee ones out to a rally with Communists and Anarchists. But this is still a step up from some of the stuff I have seen at previous events.


The above is a flashback to what some of the kids were doing at a Stop the War protest during Operation Cast Lead.


Lewisham Stop the War. This is a group who in the past has held events with Moazzam Begg, Caged Prisoners and Yvonne Ridley. You can google their website and check it out for yourself.


Anarchists. The best and brightest.


Not really sure what message the flag of Pakistan is supposed to be sending. Stop the drone attacks? We heart the Taleban? Are they wanting to join Hizb-ut Tahrir's campaign to save Pakistan from America? Your guess.


It wouldn't be a STW rally without a little rally around the Palestinian flag. Love the Green Party's Welfare Not Warfare signs. I think it is a pretty concise display of the party agenda.


There seemed to be a few people there from the British Muslim Initiative, but not many. Take a close look at all the signs in this pic.


Bleeding hearts for Ahmedinejad. Makes sense, Respect is George Galloway's party.


Signs galore. Recycling a few from last year.


Communists, Anarchists, Greenies, Anti-Nato, Anti-War....


Not sure if these people got their wires crossed, or if they think the H1N1 vaccine is actually some super sekrit dosage of Imperialism being injected into unwilling participants everywhere.

Overall today was very calm. The usual literature and people were out but I did not see any scuffles with the police. In fact, I would like to say that police presence was down down down compared other protests I have covered (perhaps due to the absence of a certain demographic). However, pointing that out would probably make me racist so...
There were chants of "Gordon Brown terrorist" and "what do we want? Socialism? When do we want it? NOW."
Just because nobody was throwing missiles at police, trying to rip off their riot helmets or hitting them with bricks does not mean we should ignore these events or the agenda of people at them.

Do not underestimate the lengths people will go to in pursuit of their agenda.

Stop the War London: Part 1

Today was Stop the War's massive UK rally, held in London. The rally began around noon in Hyde Park and then the crowd marched to Trafalgar Square. SMW did not get to hear any of the speeches this year (hey, I do have a life and this is not my job). Several newspapers are estimating the crowd at 10,000+, but I definitely think this is a generous estimates. There were definitely a few thousand - but even 7,000 would seem like a generous estimate based on the crowds I saw.

One thing obviously absent from today's crowd was a strong Muslim presence. Another thing missing was the usual hate-filled chanting. There were chants and the usual drather but when Israel is not busy defending herself it seems the Islamist-Leftist alliance dithers and the crazies would rather stay home. (Oh yeah - that was the other thing missing - a big crowd - after some of last year's events this seemed quite small). Today's crowd (which was majority white - I'm sure pointing that out somehow makes me racist - or does it make the crowd racist...?) was a clear illustration of how the a crowd of a certain religious persuasion will align itself with the Left when it suits their purpose (ie. when they need to demonize Jews and Israel), and will leave them cold otherwise.

SMW will be putting the pictures from today up in several parts. So get your popcorn and enjoy...


Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Socialist rags and Free Palestine. Has anyone told this guy the "siege" is over?? Booths set up in Trafalgar Square.


Apparently I missed the Fall Trend Report.


The Socialist Worker, spreading Communism to the masses. For my North American readers - there is a postal strike here at the moment, hence the Victory to the Postal Workers sign.


The march towards Trafalgar Square. Lance Corporal Joe Glenton (who does not deserve that title and is a coward) kicked off the events with a speech saying he had no choice but to desert and refuse to return to Afghanistan. He is facing a court martial and rightfully so.


Hmmm.


Red Alert.


Communist Party Stop The War Solidarity with Palestine.


Marxist-Leninist Communisty Party. Right, because those guys never killed anyone.


No more Imperialist wars. *sigh*


Onward Leftist Soldiers.


Unions.


Teachers Union. Yet another reason why no child of mine will attend a public school in the UK. Do you know who is teaching your kids?


Um yeah, and if that doesn't work maybe we can all stand in a circle and try the CareBear Stare.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Obama: "So called Founders" have fitted Americans with "shackles of hypocrisy"

Barack Obama's Thesis:
"... the Constitution allows for many things, but what it does not allow is the most revealing. The so-called Founders did not allow for economic freedom. While political freedom is supposedly a cornerstone of the document, the distribution of wealth is not even mentioned. While many believed that the new Constitution gave them liberty, it instead fitted them with the shackles of hypocrisy."

Pamela Geller has this, and a whole lot more, over on her website AtlasShrugs.

Wake up world!!!!

Follow-up: Hey sometimes people do listen to your complaints....

Especially after they appear in a major newspaper. Here is a little update from BlazingCatFur on his Nightmare at Toronto General Hospital:

The short version is, as I am happy to report, that TGH will be implementing a new ER policy that will force "ownership" of a patients treatment on the department that initially dealt with them. This policy will obviate the type of communication breakdown that occurred in Mom's case.Furthermore the Agency Nurses on duty that evening will no longer be engaged by Toronto General Hospital.

Very cool. Good for TGH for being accountable on this issue.

White House tries to bar FOX News from Interviewing Pay Czar



Wow. Any shred of faith I had left in this administration is gone. Chairman Obama does not seem so far fetched all of a sudden.

HatTip: HotAir

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Know Your Sources

Over at Patterico's Pontifications you can see a partial list of "journalists" from "real" news networks that spent 2 1/2 hours this week in a private meeting with President Obama.

Here is a fun game: Write down a list of at least five people you think will be on the list, then click this link and see if you are correct.

SMW will even give you a hint - one of these 'respected journalists' recently referred to Michelle Malkin, author of Culture of Corruption, as a 'mashed up bag of meat' who wears lipstick.

Priorities.

First they came for the executives: Democrat Senator Wants to Govern Salary of Employees at ALL Publicly Traded Companies

The Pay Czar has moved to cap salaries of executives at banks who received bailout funds.

Yes, the companies received government bailout money (not cool) and since they are getting taxpayers money logic would say the government gets a bit of a say in how things are done. This is part of the problem.

The bigger problem is that by capping salaries and/or benefits the government is removing part of the incentive for the "best and brightest" to stay at or to start working at these companies. Many can argue that if the best and brightest were actually there, the banks would not have gotten into to the trouble they did. That argument takes a very narrow view of the crisis and does not consider the multiple factors which led to it. However, even if you do believe that, what is clear is that the best and brightest in the free market will think twice before going to work at a company where the government can restrict their pay.

The biggest problem, and what should concern every American is what appears at the end of this report in the Wall Street Journal:

Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) plans to press for legislation extending Mr. Feinberg's governance changes to all publicly traded companies.

Treasury officials decided to create a so-called pay czar after the furor over AIG paying bonuses in March. Edward Liddy, who was then CEO of AIG, told Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner the company wouldn't make any payments without the Treasury Department's sign-off.

For several weeks, Mr. Geithner himself was making decisions such as whether a certain employee could collect a pension payment. "It was definitely not a good use of his time," recalls one government official.

Since bringing Mr. Feinberg to the Treasury Department, the Obama administration has largely stayed out of his business, preferring instead to let him make the controversial calls unlikely to please many people.

Mr. Feinberg has met with Mr. Geithner just twice and hasn't spoken with White House officials at all.

The hands-off approach is part of a move by the administration to avoid making the hard decisions confronting Mr. Feinberg, and to stave off criticism for what he ultimately decides. That hasn't stopped Mr. Feinberg from invoking the potential for political backlash, including from the White House, in negotiations, company officials say.


First they decided how much bankers could make....
Then they went back to reading about Chairman Mao.

UK Press says White House will lose War with FOX News

Nile Gardiner:

Fox is unashamedly pro-American, a breath of fresh air in an age when US foreign policy is increasingly weak, muddled and confused.
The success of Fox News is not driven by any political agenda, as its Administration critics claim. It is simply doing its job as a news organization by questioning the positions and policies of the elected government and officials of the United States, whoever is in the White House. That is the proper role of the media in a free society, and any attempt by the government to muzzle Fox is a threat to the freedom of all American news outlets, including liberal juggernauts such as The New York Times, NBC and CNN
.

Michelle Obama's accomplishments: 142 revolutions of the hula hoop

OK, Michelle Obama is doing a good and very First Lady-like thing by promoting exercise and healthy eating.

Apparently it takes a "real" news organization to uncover this hard-hitting news: the First Lady kept a hula hoop going for 142 revolutions.

Giver her a Peace Prize - she is hula hooping and hoping for health.

Ultimate fluff news story that SMW wants to see: Michelle Obama inviting balloon boy to the White House where they can have a hula hoopathon in front of the press corps.

Things that make you say hmmmmmm

British nuclear expert falls 120 feet to his death in UN office building.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Judge Restricts Free Speech of Victim's Family

The trial of Lemaricus Davidson, for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Chris Newsom and Channon Christian is underway in Tennessee. On Monday, the defense attorneys for Davidson strayed from strategies used during the previous related trials and tried to paint Mr. Newsom and Ms. Christian as drug users who were killed in a drug deal gone wrong. Witnesses testified that Chris Newsom had smoked pot, and toxicology reports showed marijuana and amphetamines in his system. Defense attorneys sought testimony from several witnesses and tried to get them to say or imply that both Mr. Newsom and Ms. Christian were drug users. Needless to say the family and friends of Mr. Newsom and Ms. Christian (who were both carjacked, kidnapped, raped repeatedly, tortured, and murdered - Chris was shot and set on fire and Channon was suffocated after being stuffed into a garbage can) were very unhappy with the defense's strategy and their attempt to tarnish the reputation of their loved ones.

KnoxNews:
During a lunch break, a Newsom relative made a comment as Trant walked by that he later reported to Judge Richard Baumgartner as “derogatory.” The judge was livid.
“I will not tolerate that,” he told the families from the bench. “They are officers of the court. They have been appointed by this court to represent Mr. Davidson. They are doing this job at the direction of the court. This is their obligation. They do this at great sacrifice to themselves and their families.”
The judge ordered the families not to make “public” statements to or about the attorneys in court or out, though it’s not clear how he could legally bar them exercising their free speech rights outside the courtroom.
“You are not in any way to impugn them,” he said. “If you want to go home and talk about them in your living room, have at it. But you are not to do that in this court or on the airwaves.”


How can a judge order a family to not make "public" statements about the attorney representing the man accused of murdering their children? These families are not disclosing private details of the trial, they are not leaking evidence - but they are now barred from stating their opinion of facts which are public knowledge, with the added threat that they will not be allowed in court if they do.

This case is a lightning rod. The defense attorneys have been receiving death threats and that is also unacceptable. These men are court appointed attorneys who are doing their jobs to the best of their ability - if they are not seen to be doing their best and Davidson is convicted he could easily win an appeal on the grounds that he did not receive a proper defense. Just as anyone should have the right to criticize their tactics (although apparently that right can be taken away at the judge's whim), these men ought to be left alone to do their court appointed jobs without having to worry about the health and safety of themselves or their families.

The trial is demonstrating yet again that in the justice system alleged criminals have more rights than the victim and their family. Several pieces of evidence have not been shown (including certain photographs of the victims body) because the judge ruled it would be too horrific and might prejudice the jury (this was in the related trial of Letalvis Cobbins). In the Davidson trial, the judge would not allow testimony from a witness that Davidson had pulled a gun on someone a few days prior to the murders of Christian and Newsom, again saying it might prejudice the jury. The court goes to great length ensuring the accused's "rights" are protected, yet the family members of the victims have their right to publicly state their opinion taken away. Shame.

For your 'Britain is screwed' files

Note to parents: If you are moving to a major city in the UK do not, DO NOT put your kids in the public school system. There are many reasons. This is one of them.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Col. Richard Kemp on the Goldstone Report

Morning read...

Sultan Knish on Anti-Zionism.

White House: We "control" the press

Yep, Fox News has uncovered a January video of Anita Dunn, the White House Mao-loving Communications Director, making various statements about the Obama camp's 'control' of the press during the 2008 election:

"Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn't absolutely control," Dunn said, admitting that the strategy "did not always make us popular in the press."

One thing the report mentions is that Obama usually gave only live interviews so that they could not be edited - which is likely a strategy the McCain/Palin camp would have done well to use themselves.

Whether you love or hate Fox News the ongoing attacks coming from the White House should concern you. Greatly. I have started checking Fox News's website daily (which I never used to do) because of the attacks coming the White House - it is pretty clear that the Obama administration is afraid of Fox News and they are lashing out like a cat in a corner. However, what is much more important is the White House using this "war" with Fox News to distract Americans from:

-the real War in Afghanistan - an arena in which Obama can't seem to make a decision

-sinking support for ObamaCare -Opposition "firmed up" at 54%

-North Korea is still test-firing missiles and enriching uranium

-Iran's nuclear clock is ticking, and the Revolutionary Guard is vowing revenge on US and Britain after a suicide bomber killed several of its members over the weekend

-the US is softening up on Sudan - and you have to love this quote from the US Special Envoy to Sudan :
"I'm not saying genocide is over. What I'm saying is that my focus is on recovery...My view is that to get involved in a debate that is not required is not going to fix the situation, which is required."
This is quite interesting since the article also states that Hillary Clinton is using the word "genocide" to try and appease those wanting stronger measures against Sudan. It is important to note that Susan Rice, who was also part of the Clinton Administration during the genocide in Rwanda, is playing a key role in the policies of the current administration.

Flashback via Fast Company:
Rice is especially remembered for one startling comment (reported by Samantha Power--now a fellow Obama adviser--in her seminal 2001 account in The Atlantic of the U.S. failure to act): "If we use the word 'genocide' and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [congressional] election?" Rice has said she doesn't remember making the comment, but that it was inappropriate. Through a spokesman, she declined comment for this story and referred me to various statements she has made expressing contrition. (She told Power: "I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again, I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required.")

In a very unscientific experiment, SMW used Google News to search "White House Fox News" and was given 6,331 results. She then did the same search using "White House Sudan" and was given 712 results.

Priorities.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Telegraph: Gordon Brown Replaces Al Gore as Scaremonger in Chief

ItalicNile Gardiner writes:

In his speech the Prime Minister warns that “we cannot compromise with the earth. We cannot compromise with the catastrophe of unchecked climate change”:
“In Britain we face the prospect of more frequent droughts and a rising wave of floods. And the threat is not only humanitarian and ecological, it is also an economic one. Three years ago, the Stern Report, which I commissioned, concluded that failure to avoid the worst effects of climate change could lead to global GDP being up to 20 per cent lower than it otherwise would be – an economic cost greater than the losses caused by two World Wars and the Great Depression. Let us be in no doubt then that this is a profound moment for our world – a time of momentous choice.”
Brown also cites a highly contentious UN report headed by Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General who famously turned a blind eye while a million Tutsis were slaughtered by their Hutu neighbours during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. The Annan Global Humanitarian Forum
report ludicrously claims that “every year the effects of climate change are already killing 300 thousand people – the numbers killed by the Indian Ocean tsunami – and the toll could rise to half a million each year by 2030.”

Ugh. Just adding more fuel to the fire of those nutjobs who were busy assaulting police officers at some of the UK's coal and power plants this weekend. Chicken Little would be proud.

Revolutionary Guards Vow Revenge against US and Britain

How convenient.

Update on Operation Can You Hear Us Now

Pamela Geller has details of the various rallies.

Righteous anger. I still can't get my head around this White House vs. Fox News thing. If the White House really believes Fox News is so bad why don't they just completely ignore it? Distraction strategy - it is so much easier to talk about Fox News than it is to talk about health care, Aghanistan, Iran, the economy, job creation, ACORN, etc. etc.

Bolton: US should withdraw from and defund UNHRC

My morning dose of John Bolton from The WSJ:

The Goldstone Report has important implications for America. In the U.N., Israel frequently serves as a surrogate target in lieu of the U.S., particularly concerning the use of military force pre-emptively or in self-defense. Accordingly, U.N. decisions on ostensibly Israel-specific issues can lay a predicate for subsequent action against, or efforts to constrain, the U.S. Mr. Goldstone's recommendation to convoke the International Criminal Court is like putting a loaded pistol to Israel's head—or, in the future, to America's.

Mr. Bolton points out in his writing that George W. Bush refused to join the new HRC, however President Obama reversed that course, thinking that engagement and playing nice would make everything better. Of course this has not been the case - but don't expect any strong reaction from Washington - the White House is very busy fighting Fox News and reading Chairman Mao.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Sunday Afternoon Reflection: Have today's decision makers learned any lessons from WW2?

As mentioned before, I am working my way though "The Defense of The Realm," the thousand plus page history of MI5. More to come on that when the whole thing has been read. In the meantime I am putting this up for discussion. Unfortunately since I don't have a comment section, you will have to discuss amongst yourselves, your friends, your kids, or email me.

The Defense of The Realm: The Authorized History of MI5. Christopher Andrew. Allen Lane, London, 2009.
p. 203

SIS's own policy was set out in a memorandum of 18 September entitled 'What Should We Do?', drafted by the SIS head of political intelligence Malcolm Woollcombe and personally approved by Sinclair. SIS argued strongly that the Czechs should be pressed to accept 'the inevitable' and surrender the Sudetenland. They should 'realise unequivocally that they stand alone if they refuse such a solution.' Britain, for its part, should continue with a policy of calculated appeasement. It should not wait until German grievances boiled over and threatened the peace of Europe. Instead the international community should take the initiative and decide 'what really legitimate grievances Germany has and what surgical operations are necessary to rectify them'. Some of Germany's colonies, confiscated after the last war, should be restored. If genuine cases for self-determination by German minorities remained in Euorpe they should be remedied:
It may be argued that this would be giving into Germany, strengthening Hitler's position and encouraging him to go to extremes. Better, however, that realities be faced and that wrongs, if they do exist, be righted, than leave it to Hitler to do the right thing in his own way and time - particularly if, concurrently, we and the French unremittingly build up our strength and lessen Germany's potentialities for making trouble.

Britain should try to ensure 'that Germany's "style is cramped", but with the minimum of provocation.'

MI5 disagreed.

SMW: MI5 issued their own, greatly different, report, which you can read all about in the book.

Breaking: Suicide Bomber in Iran Kills Revolutionary Guards

From Reuters:

Six Revolutionary Guards commanders killed.
Total 28 die, 28 wounded at meeting of tribal chiefs.
Revolutionary Guards blame foreign elements linked to U.S.
State TV says Sunni rebel group claims responsibility.

A suicide bomber killed six senior Revolutionary Guards commanders and 23 other people in one of the boldest attacks on Iran's most powerful military institution. The attack, in the country's turbulent southeast, comes as Iranian officials are due to meet their Western counterparts in a sensitive second round of negotiations in Vienna on Monday intended to resolve a standoff with the West about Iran's nuclear ambitions.State media said a local rebel group called Jundollah (God's soldiers) claimed responsibility for the attack, the worst on the elite Revolutionary Guards in recent years, which also injured another 28 people at a meeting of tribal chiefs."Rigi's terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack," it said, referring to Abdolmalek Rigi, leader of Jundollah (God's soldiers) which is linked by some analysts to the Taliban in neighbouring Pakistan.But the Guards themselves accused "foreign elements" linked to the United States of involvement. Tehran accuses the United States of backing Jundollah to create instability in the country, a charge that Washington denies.State television also pointed the finger at Britain, another traditional foe of Iran.The Revolutionary Guards is an elite force seen as fiercely loyal to Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Its power and resources have increased in recent years. It handles security in sensitive border areas.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Nutjob video of the day: Environment Activist Morons at Coal Plant in UK



Reuters:
Camp for Climate Action, the environmental campaign group behind the protest, said some of its members needed treatment for bruising and dog bites.

"The clashes were inevitable with the police defending the fence around a power station that is causing huge amounts of damage to our climate," spokesman Murray Smith said.


"The clashes were inevitable" said their spokesperson. Right so Camp for Climate Action was just sending their soldiers to "defend" our climate and in the course of that it was "inevitable" (their word not mine) that a police officer would have to be flown by helicopter to the hospital with head injuries?

How can anyone take these people seriously???

Friday, 16 October 2009

Complete Disgrace: UNHRC Endorses Goldstone Report

Revolting.

The vote was 25 for, 6 against and 16 abstained.

Iran (you know the country that publicly shoots or hangs political protestors) is now foaming at the mouth and recommending that Israeli leaders face War Crimes Trials.

Which countries voted in favour of the biased, anti-Israel Goldstone Report? I bet you can guess, but just in case (SMW added bold - that fact that these countries even have a seat on the UNHRC are indicative of the sham that it is):
Argentina
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
China
Cuba

Djbouti
Egypt
Ghana
India
Indonesia
Jordan
Mauritius
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Pakistan
Philippines
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Araba
Senegal
South Africa
Zambia

The countries who voted against the Goldstone Report (pats on the back all around):
United States
Netherlands
Hungary
Italy
Slovakia
Ukraine

Countries who abstained:
Beglium, Bosnia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Korea, Slovenia, Uruguay

Countries who declined to vote (two on this list should raise your ire):
Britain
France
Madagascar
Kyrgyzstan
Angola

From The JPost:
Prior to the vote, Col. Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, addressed the UN session, and said that based on his knowledge and experience, during Operation Cast Lead the IDF "did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare."
Speaking on behalf of UN Watch, an independent Geneva human rights group, Kemp added that "Israel did so while facing an enemy that deliberately positioned its military capability behind the human shield of the civilian population."
He said that Hamas, like Hizballah, was expert at driving the media agenda.
"Both will always have people ready to give interviews condemning Israeli forces for war crimes," he said. "They are adept at staging and distorting incidents."
"It is the automatic, Pavlovian presumption by many in the international media, and international human rights groups, that the IDF are in the wrong, that they are abusing human rights," continued Kemp. "The truth is that the IDF took extraordinary measures to give Gaza civilians notice of targeted areas, dropping over 2 million leaflets, and making over 100,000 phone calls. Many missions that could have taken out Hamas military capability were aborted to prevent civilian casualties."


When you have an anti-Semitic majority running the UNHRC (and no, criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic) this vote is not surprising - but it is still disheartening. Please drop by UNWatch's website (www.unwatch.org) and show your support as they fight against the Goldstone Report.

Things that make you say 'hmmmmm'

Another meat tampering case in Ontario.

The guilt party in the first case is due to be sentenced next month. Unfortunately the sentences for this type of 'food terrorism' (which it is - regardless of who is doing it or why) are not nearly strong enough.

Tired of seeing the Oxfam ads blaming your carbon footprint for the famine in Africa?

Me too. If only I could take this article and paste it over every one of those ads on the tube. It is my recommended read of the day.

Instead of carping about climate change and more aid, the World Bank, Western governments and all those charities in Africa should learn the lessons from one of this year's economics Nobel laureates. Elinor Ostrom has spent a lifetime analyzing the ways in which humans devise institutions—from formal property rights to informal "rules of the game"—that let them solve their own problems. -Julian Morris, Wall Street Journal

Giving money to charity might make one feel warm and fuzzy, but history has shown that the presence of many aid groups in Africa has not helped solve its numerous social, economic and humanitarian problems. In fact in many cases foreign aid has hindered improvement. Donate with caution.

Climate-Fiction and Cap and Trade

Roy Innis and Paul Driessen on Cap and Trade:

This is not wealth creation. It is a massive wealth transfer — from hydrocarbon users to carbon traders, nonhydrocarbon energy industries, bureaucrats, activists and other preferred groups. Poor families could get "energy welfare" payments, to offset some added costs, but small businesses and middle class families would get hammered.

Do read the whole thing.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Things I wish could be delivered overseas...


Cracker Barrel I miss you.

Hillary more popular than Obama

Moving on.

Stop treating conservatives with contempt

OK, that will never happen but it's fun to dream. Back to my message #2 from yesterday's post...

It is sometimes disheartening to hear the way people talk about conservatives (and I mean people who hold traditional, conservative or libertarian values - I am not talking about any particular party or political group). This week I have just about heard enough! The ignorance of those who cut-down conservatives/libertarians is truly shocking.

The other day in a discussion about European farmers, an American actually said to me: "Yes but European farmers are actually quite cool, they are nothing like the farmers in the States." SMW was so taken back by this comment she did not know what to say. But now I feel like going back to this person and telling them that my husband is the first person in his family, in five generations, to not work on the family farm. That my father is the first generation of his family to not work on his family farm. That my uncles are farmers. That my friends are farmers, and that without these hard working men and women we would not have food to eat.
Needless to say I am still a bit annoyed about this, which brings me back to message #2. I am who I am, I do not care if you agree with me - but stop looking down your nose at me.

SquareMileWife will make no apologies for....
-loving America (and Canada too)
-supporting our troops
-working against a culture of entitlement and the welfare state
-listening to country music (amongst other things)
-owning a gun (well I don't own one here in the UK because I can't.....but I used to go shooting with my dad)
-not eating organic food (exclusively)
-driving a pick-up (again, not in the UK)
-owning a CB Radio
-thinking that George W. Bush is not the worst thing that has ever happened to America (even though he did many things I disagree with, especially the bailouts)
-believing that owning a home and having a university education is a privilege not an inalienable right
-believing that having a university education does not necessarily mean you are 'educated'
-eating beef jerky (just had to throw that one in)
-going to church

If you are reading this and snickering at me, you may be shocked to know that I also:
-have visited over a dozen countries
-have two degrees (one honors, one professional)
-paid my own university tuition (with cash, that I earned)
-speak more than one language
-did a great deal of my senior research on Black, Post-Colonial Women's Literature

I will not be put in a box.
Stop treating me with contempt.

So Sad...

Lahore attacked again by suicide bombers. At least 26 dead.

The violence is spreading. Big time.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Help JawaReport take down Taliban Website

The Taliban is getting essential internet service from a Texas company. Not cool.

Help the Jawas stop them.

Do it.

Rachid Ramda jailed for life - after hanging out in UK for 10 years claiming asylum

Daily Mail Via JihadWatch:
A terrorist mastermind who was harboured by the British government as an asylum seeker for more than ten years has finally been sent to prison for life.
Rachid Ramda, 39, pointed his fingers skyward and shouted 'I'm innocent - praise Allah' as a Paris appeal court confirmed his sentence for a series of attacks on the city's underground system which left eight dead and hundreds injured.
He will now spend a minimum of 22 years behind bars, with France's Advocate General Anne Vosgien saying he should 'never be given the chance to reoffend again'.
Despite being a prime suspect for the 1995 bombing of the St Michel Metro station, Algerian-born Ramda was granted political asylum in Britain soon afterwards.
Although he was imprisoned while in the UK, his time there caused a diplomatic protest, with the French dubbing the capital 'Londonistan' because of its reputation for sheltering Muslim terrorists.
It was not until after the 7/7 attacks on the London Underground in 2005 that Ramda was finally sent back to France to face trial.


Good thing the UK is relaxing their asylum regulations to ease up the backlog.

Animals: Florida teens laugh after setting victim on fire over $40 loan

In my 31 years -- I always say, 'it's the most heinous crime I've ever seen,' " Lamberti told reporters Tuesday. "This one fits in that category. The fact that a person would intentionally ignite another child on fire -- it's indescribable."
Brewer "reported somebody for stealing his dad's bike," the sheriff said. "That's what this comes down to. It's retaliation. They deliberately sought him out, poured alcohol on him and set him on fire. I can tell you there's no way to explain it, no way to rationalize it." -
CNN

The suspects, who also include Steven Shelton and Matthew Bent, both 15, and 13-year-old Jeremy Jarvis all face charges of aggravated battery. Mendez, who police said actually flicked the lighter, faces charges of attempted second degree murder. -WSVN

Shocker: According to BSO, all five of the suspects have had run-ins with the law before. (Also at the bottom of this link there is information if you wish to donate money to the victim's family to help cover expenses. He is expected to be hospitalized for months).

Try. Them. As. Adults.

Green Salvation

The Church continues its downward spiral to irrelevancy. Brought to you by the same guy who said Sharia law in Britain was 'unavoidable.'

UAW and Entitlement

Bloomberg:
The United Auto Workers and 26 other unions will publish a newspaper advertisement today saying labor will oppose the legislation unless lawmakers include a public option, among other changes, before a vote by the full Senate.

Glad to see the UAW, as always, is concentrating on what matters; trying to ensure the survival of America's auto industry.

Operation Can You Hear Us Now

Well, this event has definitely grabbed my attention. SMW is very interested in seeing how things pan out. I do not think the majority of people at these protests/rallies/whatever you want to call them will be there to whine about the coverage the 9/12 events received - people are just fighting mad about the media these days (and with good reason!). If SMW was able to attend one of these rallies she would have three messages:

1. Tell. The. Truth. (You know, use verifiable FACTS and stuff).
2. Stop treating conservatives with contempt.

The media lives in BubbleLand and believes its own hype. If a great deal of the media seems out of touch - it is because they ARE. When you have journalists for "top rated" papers running their own private blogs about the awesomeness of Barack Obama (or ANY President or person in public office) one can hardly expect reasonable news coverage.

Pundits can talk until they are blue in the face about their opinions - regardless of their views - but when I am not reading the Op-Eds it would be nice to see a little less opinion and a few more facts.

(More on Message #2 later).

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Liz Cheney Launches 'Keep America Safe'

Politico:
The new group, Keep America Safe, will make the case against President Barack Obama’s moves to wrench America away from Bush era foreign policy on issues from detaining alleged terrorists at Guantanamo Bay to building a missile shield in Eastern Europe.
“The policies being proposed by the Obama administration are so radical across the board,”
Cheney said. “Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, you want the nation to be strong and so many steps this president is taking are making the nation weaker.”

Cheney launched 'Keep America Safe' along with a video entitled "Rhetoric vs. Reality," which makes some pretty strong points about Obama's flippity floppiness on certain issues. I'm very interested to see where all this goes (if anywhere).



End note: Is it just me or does the narrator's voice remind you of a ride at Disney World?

Russia wants US to play nice with Iran

US to Russia: Please help us stop Iran. Heh.

Russia to US: Sanctions won't work - let's leave Iran alone and let them do whateva.

Hillary Clinton to Russia with love: Thank you so much Moscow for your help and cooperation.

***

Dumping the missile shield went along way towards world peace didn't it? The "Reset" button really has been pushed, and the consequences will be great.

Iraqis Enjoy More Freedoms...

Reuters:

Known in the 1960s and 70s as one of the Middle East's more permissive societies, Iraq grew slowly more conservative during years of war, sanctions and hardship, a trend accelerated after 2003 as deep divisions over identity bubbled to the surface.

In the dark days of sectarian carnage in 2006-07, women didn't leave home without carrying a headscarf. Young men and women thought twice before being seen together outside.
"When the religious militias were active and the range of sectarian violence was top ... most people suddenly adopted religious ideas, clothes, appearance and even behavior," said Jamal, a security guard who has been working close to a Baghdad park once famous as a spot for lovers' trysts.

"When the security situation improved and militias disappeared, the people also responded to these changes."


Interesting. I wonder who they will give credit for these changes to?

Caught red-handed: The Guardian erases Israelis from Nobel Prize List

Yes, and even international press is covering this story.

From Canada's National Post:
The British paper The Guardian – which one would just dismiss as an irrelevant left-wing rag, except that it is the overwhelming paper of choice for British teachers and for news staff at the BBC, the world’s largest broadcasting network, who are “inspired” by Guardian stories on a daily basis in their broadcasts -- is no friend of Israel and the Jews, as I have noted before.
But now it has wiped Israel off the Nobel Prize map, much as Iranian despot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would like to wipe Israel off the real map.


To accompany their story about Barack Obama winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, The Guardian posted on their website what they claimed was “every peace prize winner ever,” stating that the information came from the website Nobelprize.org. But guess whose names The Guardian took off the list, KGB-style, hoping no-one would notice? All three Israelis who have won the peace prize: Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.

Read the rest here.
SMW has written about The Guardian before. Do not give them your money!

Monday, 12 October 2009

Anti-Jewish Activists "descend" on London Sainsbury store

Sainsbury's is a UK grocery chain. This is just a friendly remember that the world is full of hate filled morons who will not stop until Israel is brought to her knees.
They will target Israel at any opportunity.

Do not let them win!!

Buy Israeli goods!!!!!

Today SMW is thankful that...

The Canadian government remains steadfast in its refusal to accept any detainees from Guantanamo Bay, despite alleged pressure from the Obama Administration.

Apparently Paliament (the British one) is an easy target...

The ease with which protesters gained access to the site raised concerns over security.

No kidding.

Greenpeace said there had been very little police presence as activists moved quickly to prop ladders against the wall and scale the building. -SKY News

(In case you are wondering - "the building" they are talking about is Westminster - the British Parliament building).

Sunday, 11 October 2009

The Defence of The Realm


SMW picked this book up today. At 1,032 pages it may take me a wee bit to read it - but it looks fascinating. A quick skim of the book found some interesting stuff about this guy (and many other people).


When I have finished it, will post more. In the meantime you can have a look at what the Wall Street Journal said about The Defence of the Realm, The Authorized History of MI5.


Saturday, 10 October 2009

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving (and Thanksgiving Deliciousness)

This Monday is the Canadian Thanksgiving and I will be celebrating here in the UK with friends. My turkey is in the oven as I type. Often people ask me what is the difference between Canadian and American Thanksgiving? Well, when it comes to the actual celebrating there is not much of a difference - however the origins are a bit different. Canadian Thanksgiving is tied to the European tradition of celebrating harvest. In fact, Thanksgiving was celebrated in Canada long before Americans had their first Thanksgiving. You can read more about the differences here.

Below I am posting a recipe for a very traditional French-Canadian dessert - Tarte au Sucre. I made 4 of these last night (the recipe will make 4 pies so you may want to make only half). It is a very sweet dessert, usually served alone or with whipped cream....or ice cream.

I wish all my Canadian readers a fabulous long-weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving! Bonne fin de semaine de l'Action de Grâces!



Recipe:
Tarte au Sucre

4 cups of Brown Sugar
3 tbsp of Flour (all purpose)
10 tbsp butter (melted)
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups of Evaporated Milk
1 tsp vanilla
4 single crusts pie shells (uncooked)

Combine brown sugar and flour. Add milk, melted butter, eggs and vanilla. Mix well.

Pour into the pie crusts and cook at 350F for 30-35 minutes. Yummm.

The Nobel Do-Nothing Prize Round-Up

Sultan Knish has absolutely the best and most comprehensive round-up of commentary on Obama's "win" of the Nobel Peace Prize. He sums things up pretty well with this comment:

The media will back off a bit, but you can't take back ridicule. Obama has never been ridiculed like this by his biggest backers. The only thing he can do to save himself from Jimmy Carterdom is to decline the award. But if he fails to do that, he's screwed.

During the 2008 campaign, it seemed Obama had momentum that could not be stopped (in great part because of the media and the many people who voted for him knowing nothing about him). Now it seems like the Obama Administration's momentum is one giant snowball heading for disaster. Of course I do not want many of his domestic policy goals to come to fruition - but his complete level of failure (coupled with an even greater lack of actual accomplishment) is disturbing. Not even a year into his term, Obama was essentially declared an empty suit yesterday by many media outlets, and at this critical time America cannot afford to have a President who is just a pretty face.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Missing Toronto Girl's Backpack Found

Mariam Makhniashvili is still missing. However Toronto Police found her schoolbag and books.

Mariam is five feet three inches tall, with light brown, shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black pants, a light blue shirt and a dark blue jean jacket.
Toronto police say they will continue to search and canvas the area for the rest of the day.

Mariam is five Italic

This is every parent's worst nightmare.

If you have any information about this case, please contact Toronto Police.

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

No this is not a joke.

On the run, no time to write anything else right now, but really what can be said besides that it's official - you do not have to accomplish ANYTHING to get Nobel Prize.

Best Obama Halloween T-Shirt


Alright, if I had to participate in the Obama Halloween extravaganza I would definitely want this t-shirt which I first spotted over at Kathy Shaidle's blog FiveFeetofFury (she has the goods on where you can buy them too).


Britain is in the toilet: Labour RELAXES asylum rules

Yeah this is exactly what Britain needs. SMW wishes she had more hope that things will change after the elections - but a Tory win is no sure thing (although a Labour loss seems increasingly inevitable) and even if it was she doubts it would make that big of a difference.

The Daily Mail:
Ministers have changed Home Office guidelines in a move which could see 40,000 previously ineligible foreigners being given indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
Three years ago, Labour promised to have dealt with the growing backlog of 450,000 asylum cases clogging up the system by 2011.
But officials realised it would be virtually impossible to send many of them back as they were from countries with poor human rights records such as Zimbabwe, Somalia, Iran and China.


Britain is screwed.

Telegraph: Barack Obama 'sees role for Taliban in Afghanistan's future'

I am speechless.

To anyone who has truly researched Obama and his policies this should not be a surprise.

Pray for the troops.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Real Heroes

Spc. Stephan Lee Mace, 21
Sgt. Joshua Kirk, 30
Pfc. Kevin Thomson, 22
Spc. Christopher T. Griffin
Spc. Michael P. Scusa, 22
Sgt. Vernon W. Martin
Sgt. Justin T. Gallegos, 22
Sgt. Joshua M. Hardt, 24

May they rest in peace.

Michelle Malkin has more.

Wow.....Halloween is getting weirder...

Alright if some little kid wants to dress-up like the President or First Lady for Halloween fine (any President or First Lady). What is wrong with a kid who is inspired by America's highest office? Leave them alone.

But adults?!?! I can't belive you can buy Michelle Obama masks AND wigs for Halloween. And these Obama beads with the medallion......can't believe those are still around.

Do women like girly-men?

Found this article from the Daily Mail over at HotAir. In it, David Derbyshire discusses whether birth control has made women more attracted to men with less than masculine qualities.

Although the effect is subtle, Dr Alvergne said it could alter women's view of male attractiveness. 'It is a possibility - but there is no evidence of this yet,' she said. 'We need a lot more research in this area.' In her paper, Dr Alvergne reviewed seven studies showing how the Pill can change women's behaviour.
....
The changing fashions for film stars appear to show a shift from masculine men in the 1950s - before the advent of the Pill - to more baby-faced stars today.
Many of the biggest box office draws are boyish in appearance, rather than classically rugged. The top Hollywood earners of last year include Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Hugh Jackman. Other boyish film stars include Jude Law.
The rise of such stars could also be explained by cynical attempts to market films and merchandise at an ever younger age group.


Hmmmmm. There is something weird going on with this whole girly-man thing, especially in fashion which drives me nuts. If my husband EVER bought skinny leg jeans I would cut them up and burn them. Is it really the Pill or is it because society has totally emasculated men, and because a lack of strong male role models in the public and private eye has resulted in girls/women being unable to even recognize the true qualities of a man?

SMW for one prefers real men. Sure I don't mind a man expressing himself, or even crying a time or two (shhhhh) - but I don't want a skinny jean wearing, emo listening, sensitive ninny with waxed eyebrows and man-i-cured hands to take me out for dinner. No way!

One of the men mentioned in the article is Russell Brand - I certainly don't consider him a man (in the manly man sense) and I wonder how many women could actually be attracted to him? Seriously. Raise your standards people.

A real man is a gentleman, who treats a woman with respect but also acts like a leader. He stands by his convictions and is not intimidated by those who disagree with him, nor does he alter is behaviour to placate a society that criticizes his strengths. There are lots of strong, masculine men out there. SMW is married to one and she is friends with several. Unfortunately many women are too foolish to recognize the "good ones" and are too insecure in their own identities to be with one (because to them leader equals boss). Manly men are out there - but they are quickly disappearing from tv and film. Save the manly men.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

NOW rips into David Letterman

Hmmm. I honestly didn't know that NOW was still around and still trying to be relevant.

Yawn.

ACORN Throws Out Republican Voter Registration

Surprise!

"Fatiyyah Muhammad didn’t know anything about ACORN at that time. She didn’t know that ACORN has been doing this for a long time. As far back as November 2006 the organization was indicted for some 40,000 illegal voter registrations, and that was before any of the recent revelations."

Pamela Geller has written this article for Big Government.

Douchebag of the Day....

Dr. Edward Erin - who works at a hospital here in London - was cheating on his wife (with several partners) one of whom he got pregnant. When he found out she was pregnant (at the time she did not know he was married) he spiked her drinks with drugs to try and induce a miscarriage. S-l-i-m-e-b-a-g.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Polls, polls, polls.....

So do you think it was the singing?

A Strategic Counsel survey released Monday put the Conservatives at 41 per cent if an election was held immediately, with the Liberals trailing well behind at 28 per cent support among voters. -CTV

Comedy Gold

At the risk of being video heavy today I had to post this video I first saw over at Oyvagoy.



Chas (of Oyvagoy) also has a great little write-up about George Galloway's latest musings.

Awesome Awesomeness: Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn Testify before Canadian Parliament's Justice and Human Rights Committee

These are must watch videos no matter where you live. Must watch.

I was trying to transcribe the best parts but it is all too good - this needs to be seen. I am posting the first three.....you can see much more at Ezra Levant's website.







There is some French in this third clip with no translation given - but here is SMW's "essential" translation of the 2 questions posed in French:

First question which Ezra Levant answers: Basically Levant was asked if Section 13 was in fact struck down by a recent decision or if it was said that Section 13 was believed to be unconstitutional.

Second question which Mark Steyn answers: Do you think the problem is Section 13, or is it just the CHRC and the way Section 13 is enforced? Do you really believe Section 13 is part of the problem?

WATCH THE REST HERE.

Update: BlazingCatFur has his testify song up, and he inspired SMW to post her favourite "testifying song" too.

Here it is (although not my favourite version of this song - I still love it):

If more people got this kind of workout at church, America would be a much thinner place.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Bobby Jindal on Health Care Reform

Ten ideas to consider.

Excerpt:

Require coverage of preexisting conditions: Insurance should not be least accessible when it is needed most. Companies should be incentivized to focus on delivering high-quality effective care, not to avoid covering the sick

Canadian PM: I need somebody to love...

Canadian PM Stephen Harper gave a surprise performance at an NAC gala in Ottawa on Saturday night. Don't know why I find this video so interesting but I do.



Softening the public image and getting lots of publicity. Love him, or hate him - he's not stupid.

The Carbon Extortion Racket

Hmmmmmmmm.

The NHS, the EU and the Government: Would you want to put your life in their hands?

More great news from the NHS...
There have been several cases recently where foreign doctors working for the NHS have not only put patients at risk, but have cost lives. Alasdair Palmer examined some of these cases in The Telegraph. Palmer looks at the issues surrounding the death of David Gray, "a 70-year-old man killed when a foreign doctor covering for his GP visited his home and injected him with 10 times the recommended dose of the painkiller diamorphine."

The NHS is in shambles and they are forced to hire potentially unqualified, foreign doctors - further contributing to the massive problems facing Britain's health care system. Why does the NHS hire unqualified, foreign doctors? Because the NHS is required to based on EU regulations:

He was allowed to practise in the UK because of an EU directive promoting "free movement" within the EU.
That directive states that each EU country has to accept, as a sufficient warrant to practise medicine, qualifications obtained in any other EU country. Britain's General Medical Council is therefore not permitted to examine doctors who have gained their qualifications elsewhere in Europe, in order to establish whether they can safely treat patients here. It cannot even, it says, force other EU countries to provide full information on the doctors' records – for example, whether they have been struck off – or give them a test to ensure that they can speak English adequately.

Good news though - the NHS does test the English proficiency of doctors moving to the UK from Australia and New Zealand - you know, those countries where English is the official language.

File this under the "Glories of Public Health Care in an EU member state."

Friday, 2 October 2009

Hilarious clip: Chicago is out?????!?!???!?

It's Friday night and SMW is getting ready to meet friends for dinner. Saw this clip over at HotAir and could not resist....



Oh man. I don't have anything against Chicagoans (have visited the city several times myself) - but I find this all quite hilarious.

How do you say EPIC FAIL in Danish?

Have you seen Mariam Makhniashvili??



SMW did not write anything about this story when it first broke because the girl is 17 and I thought she would turn up. But she hasn't. Mariam has been missing since September 14th and police have no clear leads in teh case. I can say from experience that when someone you love is missing it consumes your life and you would do anything just to know they are safe.

Here is an excerpt from CTV's report:

Mariam will turn 18 on Oct. 27.
She is white, 5'3" with light brown, shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black jeans with front and back pockets and buttons as well as a baby blue, long-sleeved v-neck shirt. She was wearing a waist-length blue jean jacket and was carrying an oversized, used black backpack with a silver stripe that was hastily painted over in green.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and a message to CRIMES (274637).

Vile: Tate Modern displaying hard core porn

Apparently paying a stranger $20,000.00 to have sex with you, and filming the act, is considered art over at The Tate Modern (I thought paying someone to have sex with you was a crime, but apparently I'm just a prude). Visitors can now roam through the museum and see hard core porn any time they choose. Even more disgusting, the same exhibited originally included a photo of a naked, ten year old Brooke Shields. The photo was taken down after police warned the museum it could be considered child pornography. NO KIDDING. SMW does not really care about pictures of naked people - but she does have a problem with pictures of naked children. What the h*ll is wrong with people???

It's quite revoling to think that tax dollars (or pounds as the case is here) help fund these institutions. The last time I visited the Tate Modern (and it really was/will be the last time I visited it) the "art" included a non-stop streaming video of a man jumping on a pogo stick, and a pile of clothes lumped up in a corner of the room to represent the life of a "working man" (it was strangely to similar to my husband's old bachelor pad). The only thing I have ever found worth seeing there was a special exhibit they did on Frida Kahlo back in 2005.

If you are visiting London, don't waste your time at the Tate Modern (which is just as ugly on the outside as it is inside). Instead, check out the real art at the absolutely fabulous, beautiful, and free National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. You will not regret it.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Let your kids be kids....please....

Debbie Schlussel has a little write-up and photos of Suri Cruise parading around town in silver, open-toed high heels. Schlussel asks: Is it just me . . . or is there something very wrong about a three-year-old regularly wearing high heels (and I’m not talking wearing Mommy’s shoes for “dress-up”)?

No Debbie, it is not just you. Will anyone let their kid actually be a kid anymore? SMW loves fashion - for grown ups - kids should be able to run around without being dressed like "women" and having to worry about breaking their ankle. This is just another example of the selfish parent generation. People don't want kids - they want little friends, little companions. When I was young I listened to Sharon, Lois & Bram and watched The Little Mermaid. Did my parents like listening to me sing along to "Fish & Chips & Vinegar?" Probably not, but they listened to it anyway because they wanted me to be a kid. Did my dad love watching The Little Mermaid in the theatre with me SEVEN times? (ok I was spoiled a little) I doubt it - but he did it because he loved me. Parents today let their kids watch CSI because they are too selfish to change the channel. I was shocked a few months ago when a friend's six year old started singing along to Lady Gaga when she came on the radio.

Pleaaaaase people, let your kids be kids. You will not regret it.

Quebec Man Guilty of terror plot

A guy from Morocco moves to Quebec and plots to force the Austrian and German governments to withdraw from Afghanistan. It really is a small world after all.

Said Namouh was convicted on several charges today - of note - he also posted terrorist propaganda on the internet for the Global Islamic Media Front. Online jihad meet "real" jihad.

GIMF has also been using its online prowess to recruit mujahid to fight in Somalia, according to the Jawa Report.

From the Maghreb to Québec and back again apparently. Oh. La. La.

Iran trying to smuggle nuclear paraphernalia through Canada

From The National Post (SMW added bold):

In another case, he said a company had imported a shipment of costly high-pressure pipes into British Columbia from Texas, claiming they were for refurbishing steam engines.
"But Texas being close to Mexico, our drug team was totally convinced the piping was stuffed with drugs," Mr. Webb said.
A CBSA intelligence officer followed the shipment from the port of Vancouver to a storage locker in the suburb of Richmond.
"Inside the u-rental place was a 20-foot sea container, which was really strange. So now he calls, panics, and we set up surveillance and see what the heck is going on," Mr. Webb said.
The CBSA obtained a warrant to search the company that was shipping the pipes and made arrests but the suspects quickly disappeared. "
It turns out that they were in fact Iranian," he said, adding such piping is used "in the whole nuclear process."
He said the procurement rings operating in Canada were a mix of entrepreneurs and state-sponsored cells that operate through front companies.


According to the article the latest seizure of illicit stuff bound for Iran was just last week. SMW hopes the CBSA nails these front companies and "entrepeneurs" to the wall.