The FBI is hunting a 12-man terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings.
The Bureau believes that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received training in bomb-making before they carried out the attack, which killed three people.
Tamerlan, 26, was killed in a shoot-out with police in the early hours of Friday. His brother Dzhokhar is in intensive care at a Boston hospital, and remains unable to speak due to gunshot wounds to the neck.
It emerged that a man and two women were arrested 60 miles from Boston in the port of New Bedford in the hours before Dzhokhar’s capture. The three are believed to be of college age.
A source close to the investigation said: “We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone. The devices used to detonate the two bombs were highly sophisticated and not the kind of thing people learn from Google.
“They were too advanced. Someone gave the brothers the skills and it is now our job to find out just who they were. Agents think the sleeper cell has up to a dozen members and has been waiting several years for their day to come.”
More than 1,000 FBI agents have been assigned to track down the cell. A specialist team of CIA and FBI interrogators is on hand at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston, waiting to question Dzhokhar. […]
The rush to judgement by the mainstream media and leftist pundits on who the Boston Marathon bombers was just the latest in a long sick tradition. The left, incapable of rational and logical thought, and lacking even the slightest bit of deductive reasoning, continues to make the same mistake over and over again, proving they are, of course, insane.
[…] The Sparkman accusations were based on nothing more than a desire to demonize the newly formed and rapidly growing Tea Party movement as terrorists and un-American. It was as if they were hoping for an act of Tea Party violence.
Yet there was a theory behind the madness, the Eliminationist Narrative created by Dave Neiwart of Crooks and Liars about an “eliminationist” radical right seeking to dehumanize and eliminate political opposition. It was a play on the over-used narrative of Richard Hofstadter’s “paranoid style” in American politics.
The Eliminationist Narrative was aided and abetted by an abuse of the term “right-wing” to include groups who are the opposite of conservatism and the Tea Party movement.
In the case of Sparkman, the accusations were just Another Failed Eliminationist Narrative. And the Eliminationist Narrative would fail time and time again […]
For a more detailed picture of this sick state of mind, read “10 Depressing, Morally Confused Reactions to 4/15/13, the Boston Jihad” in the PJ Tatler.
Read this book:
These folks have been fighting the Soviets and Russians for generations. Very, very dangerous. You do not fuck around with these guys.
P.S., This book was published in 2007.
P.P.S., Bodansky was one of the analysts who very presciently wrote about bin Laden’s intentions towards the United States well before the horrible events of 9/11.
The Nuremberg Defense rises again: “Gosnell’s Assistants Just Following Orders”:
A Friday article from the Associated Press seems to excuse the alleged actions of the assistants of accused criminal abortionist Kermit Gosnell as only following orders.
Author Maryclaire Dale begins her piece with that very sentiment, saying, “They say they were just doing what the boss trained them to do.”
In some cases, Dale claims that these accused assistants had a hard time finding jobs before Gosnell hired them. According to Dale, one had to work for Gosnell because she had “post-traumatic stress syndrome.” Dale excuses others because they were related tangentially to Doctor Gosnell.
For another, Dale seems to mitigate the admissions of an assistant who pleaded guilty for administering an anesthesia overdose that killed a woman from Bhutan because she was “confused” when she admitted to it.
Next, Dale seems to have sympathy for these assistants because they were “untrained” and had to work “long, chaotic days” and only “for little more than minimum wage.” And why did they agree to this? Dale portrays it this way: “for most, it was the best job they could find.”
On the one hand, then, Gosnell gave them the best jobs they could get, but the conditions and pay of his clinic were too demoralizing for their work to meet any health standards.
Dale describes another accused assistant as “angry” that Gosnell was not helping her get her medical license back after she had a nervous breakdown.
Dale does mention the allegations against each worker in passing. The assistants are accused of shoving scissors into the heads of babies born alive to kill them, they are accused of delivering drugs without a license, accused of criminal distribution of OxyContin, accused of delivering medical procedures without training or licenses, and accused of killing women that came to them for abortions. One allegedly exposed patients to her case of Hepatitis C.
Capriles loses. By a very small margin, but “lost” he did…
Nicolas Maduro, a former bus driver who became Hugo Chavez’s protege, narrowly won Venezuela’s presidential election on Sunday, the electoral authority said, allowing him to continue the socialist policies of his late predecessor.
Supporters let off fireworks in celebration while opposition backers banged pots and pans in protest after officials said Maduro won 50.7 percent of votes, compared to 49.1 percent for his rival, Henrique Capriles, the governor of Miranda state.
The National Electoral Council said more than 99 percent of the ballots had been counted and the result was “irreversible.”
A little-known union activist before becoming a lawmaker and Chavez confidante from the early 1990s, Maduro will now lead the nation with the world’s biggest oil reserves for the next six years.
Chavez, who ruled for 14 years, anointed Maduro as his political heir in his last speech to the country before succumbing to cancer on March 5.
That gave the former vice president and foreign minister a huge advantage but Capriles narrowed the gap in the final days of the campaign and the result was much closer than many had expected.
“The fight continues!” Maduro, 50, told a victory rally. […]
The great Oleg Atbashian at The Peoples Cube has written how Margaret Thatcher changed his “Soviet” heart and mind.
It wasn’t just Margaret Thatcher’s steadfast economic and foreign policies that helped to defeat the Evil Empire and to bring down the Iron Curtain. She also changed hearts and minds — and this author, who grew up on the other side of the Iron Curtain, has a personal story to tell.
As many Soviet kids did in the 1970s and 1980s, I occasionally tuned my shortwave radio to Voice of America or the BBC Russian Service, hoping to hear their alternative take on world events and, if I was lucky, get the latest rock-music updates. One of the functions of the Iron Curtain was to keep us, the “builders of communism,” blissfully unaware of the outside world. All our news had to be processed by the state-run media filter and approved by the formidable censorship apparatus.
In contrast, foreign Russian-language radio broadcasts, courtesy of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, gave us unfiltered news and commentary. These programs were to the Soviets then what Rush Limbaugh and Fox News are for many Americans today — a gasp of fresh air for some, enemy propaganda for others, and an object of demonization for the official state-run media.
Produced mostly by ex-Soviet exiles, these broadcasts never failed to satisfy my curiosity. The problem was that our government was mercilessly jamming their signal. I learned that this radio jamming was more costly than the actual broadcasting, but no expense was spared to maintain our ideological purity, paid for by our own tax rubles. Oh well, at least we knew the Motherland cared.
At times the broadcast quality was almost undecipherable: imagine trying to watch a movie while your neighbor mows his lawn. The noise occasionally trails off to the other end of the property, but mostly it hovers below your window, and you know that the lines you missed had to be the best.
A few times my friends and I tried to tape these programs simultaneously in our homes, so that later we could combine salvageable parts from two or more reels. That resulted in a much clearer compilation. We mostly did this for rock and roll programs, but political commentary would get into the mix as well — and it was just as fresh and exciting.
If we had ever been caught, we could have been easily expelled from our state-run schools (paid for by our tax rubles) and become marked for life as “politically unreliable.” But we were too young and too reckless to think about it. […]
Excellent. Read it all.
I wrote this on January 2 of this year when I announced that I was finally changing my party affiliation to “no party affiliation” on my Voter Registration:
[…] There may still be some real conservatives left in the GOP, but the majority of the party is populated by professional politicians, spineless boot-licking ass-kissers, Rockefeller Republicans, and belt-way RINOs who only want to maintain the status quo, their constituents be damned. I do not want to be associated with a political party that talks the talk of conservatism while walking the walk of liberalism. […]
I meant every single word.
Speaking today after the Senate voted to allow debate on the Democrat’s gun control bill, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) opened up the possibility of the H0use taking up the Senate bill should it pass the Senate.
This goes against Boehner’s previous comments which seemed to point to a gun control bill not even making it to a vote in the House.
Boehner said the House would wait to see exactly what ended up being in the bill and they “would take appropriate action from there.”
Keep an eye on this as the GOP controlled House could be the last line of defense against a restrictive federal gun control bill.
Keep in mind that House Representatives are elected every two years and represent smaller numbers of people which usually makes them more responsive to public feedback.
I would like all of you to vent in the comments, in a nice way of course, your frustrations with the Republican party, the party that alledgedly wants to protect liberty under our republican system of government. I think it is critical that every last one of these Republican Senators and Representatives — our employees — know just how frustrated we are with their aiding and abetting the dismantling of our constitutional rights with every bill that comes out of Congress.
Being a “progressive” — let’s not beat around the bush: Marxists — requires a permanent state of mind that has to deal with unreality not known in the strangest works of science fiction.
The Gosnell trial in Philadelphia, for example, more horrible than the bloodiest horror movie you’ve ever seen, is an example of the mental compartmentalization that liberals and progressives have to create in their minds to deal with the evil they are a part of on a daily basis.
During a recent Nevada Assembly Education Committee hearing, a liberal Democrat woman proudly announced she had an abortion when she was 16. In doing so, she reminded us that liberals are basically anti-social psychopaths.
A review of available literature shows that, as a group, liberal Democrats display a large number of personality traits found among those who have been clinically diagnosed as psychopaths.
While there are approximately 21 identified traits of a psychopath (and she might display even more of these benchmarks), Nevada Democrat Lucy Flores, who made that proclamation, is proudly devoid of regret over having murdered her baby through an induced abortion.
Flores’ actions and words suggest her personality includes the following dangerous traits as well. […]
Conrad Black in The New York Sun remembers Margaret Thatcher:
[…] When large chunks of her parliamentary party lost their nerve over her free-market economics — a reduction of the top personal income-tax rate to 40 percent, elimination of all currency controls, massive privatization of industry, and right-to-work laws to remove the terror of the labor leadership — she famously told her party conference: “U-turn if you want; the lady’s not for turning.” She was a rock-solid supporter of the Western Alliance and was instrumental in the balanced elimination of intermediate-range missiles in Europe and the satisfactory end of the Cold War. She is generally credited with assisting President George H. W. Bush in determining that Saddam Hussein had to be evicted from Kuwait: “George, this is no time to go wobbly.” She made Britain the fourth economic power in the world, after the U.S., Japan, and Germany, made her prosperous and a low-tax country with declining public debt, improving public services, and steady trade surpluses. As she promised, she restored “Great” to Great Britain. It was, to scale, Elizabeth I’s Gloriana, without Shakespeare to publicize it, and with more than a trace of the Churchillian courage and virtue that first attracted her to a Conservative candidacy under Churchill’s leadership in 1950 and 1951.
She formed her judgment of Germany when the Luftwaffe (in what must rank as one of the greatest long-term strategic blunders of World War II) bombed the town of Grantham, where teenage Margaret Thatcher lived. And she formed her opinion of Americans from the U.S. servicemen, black and white, whom she and her family invited home for dinner after the wartime Sunday services in her local Methodist church. She was always grateful for America’s deliverance of the old world from the evils of Nazism and Communism, always supported the right of Israel to survive and flourish as a Jewish state, and never went cock-a-hoop for sanctions against what she called “the evil and repulsive” apartheid regime in South Africa, because she did not “see how we will make things better by making them worse.” She was a practical person of unswerving principle. […]
I can be a pretty cynical guy at times, but I have to tell you I burst out in tears when I read this.
One day after a former employee described how she heard a baby scream during a live-birth abortion, another worker at the Kermit Gosnell “House of Horrors’ abortion clinic testified today she saw a baby “jump” when she snipped her neck in an abortion.
Abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell faces 43 criminal counts, including eight counts of murder in the death of one patient, Karnamaya Monger, and seven newborn infants. Additional charges include conspiracy, drug delivery resulting in death, infanticide, corruption of minors, evidence tampering, theft by deception, abuse of corpse, and corruption.
The trial of the abortion practitioner has been so gruesome and vivid in its accounts of the late-term and live-birth abortions that it has shocked the conscience of the nation, despite a relative lack of media coverage outside of local media and conservative and pro-life news outlets.
Gosnell could face the death penalty if convicted and he faces a mandatory minimum 20 years. If the testimony heard today is any indication, jurors will be swayed by the devastating way in which Gosnell and his staff brutally jabbed medical scissors into the neck of unborn children after birthing them, in a so-called live-birth abortion process. […]
Remember this Satanic abomination when a lib talks to you about ‘saving the children’ from guns. Make sure to remind them that every day we kill the unborn all for the opportunity to say they are for “choice.”
Dear Lord, we have lost our souls…
Very good essay from a blog called “The Hispanic Conservative”:
[…] The liberals will court you by feigning empathy. Their hearts will apparently bleed for you. They will tell you that the lot of Hispanics is unfair and that you and they share a common threat- conservatives. They will say that they care so much about you, that if you give them your votes, they will selflessly work in your interest. All the while they will be selling you the philosophy of liberalism in tiny pieces.
They will promise not to judge you, no matter how high your teenage dropout rate is or how high the illegitimacy or illiteracy rates get; they will tell you it’s not your fault, it’s because of white racism. They will not judge you because staying on your good side is in their self-interest, not because it is in your best interest.
They will say that you don’t have the right to discipline your children as you see fit, they will say that neither do the schools because your children have rights. This will result in unruly children and later unruly young adults which will result in unruly neighborhoods. People and businesses who can afford to will leave.
Like a Casanova who can never live up to his heat of the moment promises of love and fidelity, it is not in the nature of liberalism to deliver on its promises. The pillars of liberalism- collectivism, relativism, socialism, humanism, and class envy, unavoidably lead to the same end: crime, poverty, over-reaching government, weak families, substandard schools, and suppressed commerce.
If you doubt me look at the Black community. Liberals have been smooth talking us for decades, and we’ve been handing them election victories like clockwork. They promise the moon every election cycle, but look at what it’s gotten us. They have not delivered on a single promise they made to us; we’re worse off by the year.
They will do the same to Hispanics. […]
Cuba said Tuesday that it will turn over to the United States a Florida couple who allegedly kidnapped their own children from the mother’s parents and fled by boat to Havana, ending days of drama that recalled the Elian Gonzalez custody battle of more than a decade ago.
Foreign Ministry official Johana Tablada told The Associated Press in a written statement Tuesday that Cuba had informed U.S. authorities of the country’s decision to turn over Joshua Michael Hakken, his wife Sharyn, and their two young boys.
She did not say when the handover would occur, but reporters saw Sharyn Hakken leaving the dock of Havana’s Hemingway Marina in the back seat of a Cuban government vehicle and workers later said that all four Hakkens had been taken away. […]
On this day of remembrance, I decided to watch Schindler’s List again.
The lessons, as I see them, are very simple: do not become complacent, do not be naive, do not trust those who say they have your best interests at heart. And, do not believe that this kind of evil has been exterminated from the world.
It hasn’t. It is all around us…