July 31, 2005
— Ace Fictitious threat, Part 7,658. Blair is just manipulating Brits' fears to increase Bush's popularity ratings. Or something:
THOUSANDS of police marksmen will be on Londons streets and rooftops again today after warnings that another team of suicide bombers is plotting a third attack on the capital.
The new group is believed to be made up of British Muslims who were understood to be close to staging an attack on the Underground network last week. According to security sources the men are thought to be of Pakistani origin but born and brought up in this country. They have links with the Leeds-based terrorist cell that staged the July 7 attacks, in which 52 innocent people died.
Even with the transport system so heavily guarded, police and intelligence sources believe that the bombers are intent on once more attacking Londons bus and Underground network. Another multiple suicide strike is also intended to demonstrate how the network can call on more recruits. The men are said to have access to explosives.
US security sources said yesterday that this third group of would-be bombers met at Finsbury Park mosque in North London, where some of the July 7 terrorists are also known to have stayed. There are reports that this team originally planned to strike last Thursday, which is why more than 6,000 police, half of them armed, were present at Underground stations. Scotland Yard said at the time that this exercise, the biggest since the Second World War, was to test their resources and reassure a nervous public.
As commuters return to work today police chiefs say that the arrest of five suspected bombers in house raids in Birmingham, London and Rome has not ended this threat. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, head of the anti-terrorist branch, said: The threat remains and is very real.
There is concern among ministers and police at how long officers can continue such an intensive operation to lock down London while a threat remains. Although reinforcements have been brought in and leave has been cancelled, resources are stretched to keep up the guard on the capital, which is costing Â£500,000 a day. Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, admitted that his officers were very, very tired.
Gee, who'd have thought the Finsbury Park mosque would turn out to be a problem?:
The major link between the two sets of bombers is that the alleged leaders of both groups attended Finsbury Park mosque. Experts are studying similarities between the bombs used on July 7 and 21.
Shockingly enough, radical Islamist terrorists prefer attending mosques run by radical Islamist terrorist-encouraging imams.
And, with one of the bombers caught after being sheltered in Italy, Italy fears a coming strike as well:
Italian police say they are using Hussains phone records to unpick the international network that has been helping him. Alfredo Mantovano, an Interior Ministry official, said that the network confirms the presence in our country of autonomous Islamic cells . . . which could represent a concrete threat. Italy is worried that it is the next target for Islamic terrorists.
Britain needs to get real and grow up about this threat. Alas, I fear the British will be re-educated against their will rather than smartening up on their own.
Fundamentally, we're useful idiots
By Anthony Browne
As the rest of Europe acts, extreme Islamists take advantage of British naivety
ELEMENTS WITHIN the British establishment were notoriously sympathetic to Hitler. Today the Islamists enjoy similar support. In the 1930s it was Edward VIII, aristocrats and the Daily Mail; this time it is left-wing activists, The Guardian and sections of the BBC. They may not want a global theocracy, but they are like the Wests apologists for the Soviet Union useful idiots.
Islamic radicals, like Hitler, cultivate support by nurturing grievances against others. Islamists, like Hitler, scapegoat Jews for their problems and want to destroy them. Islamists, like Hitler, decree that the punishment for homosexuality is death. Hitler divided the world into Aryans and subhuman non-Aryans, while Islamists divide the world into Muslims and sub-human infidels. Nazis aimed for their Thousand-Year Reich, while Islamists aim for their eternal Caliphate. The Nazi party used terror to achieve power, and from London to Amsterdam, Bali to New York, Egypt to Turkey, Islamists are trying to do the same.
The two fascisms, one racial and one religious, one beaten and the other resurgent, are evil in both their ideology and their methodology, in their supremacism, intolerance, belief in violence and threat to democracy.
Worth reading in full. Americans (mostly) understand this, but only a fraction of Brits do.
Obviously I don't want to see any further terrorism, especially against our greatest ally, but I just don't see the British mindset changing rapidly enough to forestall another slaughter.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at July 31, 2005 05:18 PM (1NBUr)
Between open door immigration and the abandoning of English traditions that are not considered PC , I afraid England has neither the courage or fortitude to expel these rats en masse.
With people like Red Ken in position to run modern Britain , they have sown the wind.
Posted by: jjs at July 31, 2005 05:33 PM (pO1tP)
Posted by: Rightwingsparkle at July 31, 2005 08:01 PM (JDJCW)
Liberals have a very hard time recognizing this most fundamental reality.
Posted by: tony at July 31, 2005 08:22 PM (Sixm1)
I have to ask, because, I admit, I'm not very clear on the whole "morality" thing. Mostly, I just don't like to get blown up, and I figure the sooner the "blue" states come around, the better it will be for our collective security. And the sooner they take another couple of hits, the sooner they'll move back from "the reality-based community" to the real world. And it occurs to me that it must be immoral to let people live with their delusions if there's a simple way to set them straight--the survivors, at least.
If my proposal is taken up, we can all put some "crazy blog money" in the tip jar, so Ace and his boyfriend--or whatever!--that cute, comical boy who calls himself "Allah"--can move somewhere safe. I mean, I don't know, but I've usually heard it's immoral to let the good suffer along with the bad.
Posted by: Arafel at July 31, 2005 11:57 PM (/C+88)
I think Tony must have watched The Crying Game and taken it to heart.
Posted by: Jaye at July 31, 2005 11:59 PM (/C+88)
I'm sure you can guess what happens. In the middle of the river, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog says something on the order of "WHHHHY?!" as he dies, and the scorpion replies, "It's in my nature."
Now, whose nature is it, is the question. Obviously, not all humans...which means that this "nature" is partly learned. And what can be learned can be unlearned.
By lobotomy, if nothing else.
Posted by: meep at August 01, 2005 02:32 AM (9Bj9e)
Arafel, I'm in to defending my country, even those who disagree with me.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at August 01, 2005 03:18 AM (pzen5)
Remember, the Europeans aren't xenophobic naifs, like the Americans are. They are sophisticates with a taste for a rich cultural patois.
Diversity training takes time, you know.
Say, didn't Hitchens say recently that the first British citizens killed in the invasion of Afghanistan were Taliban?
Posted by: lauraw at August 01, 2005 04:31 AM (CwYW7)
We're in danger of having a similar mindset taking root right here in our own country. Take a look at what Jimbo Carter's been saying; blaming the troops in Gitmo for causing terrorists to attack. Just shameful! It's scary that the FAR left base is this damned stupid, both here as well as in the UK and other Western nations. Freaking IDIOTS.
Posted by: Gun-Toting Liberal at August 01, 2005 04:57 AM (Er9BL)
Posted by: lauraw at August 01, 2005 05:10 AM (CwYW7)
Posted by: rabidfox at August 01, 2005 05:13 AM (CAVPy)
Dear Red States,
We're ticked off at the way you've treated California, and we've
Decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we're
taking the Other Blue States with us.
In case you aren't aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon, Washington,
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast. We
believe this Split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to
the people of the new country of Nueva California.
To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states.
We get stem cell research and the best beaches.
We get Elliot Spitzer. You get Ken Lay.
We get the Statue of Liberty. You get OpryLand.
We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom.
We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss.
We get 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs.
You get Alabama.
We get two-thirds of the revenue, you get to make the red states pay
Their fair share.
Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the
Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a
bunch of Single Moms.
Please be aware that Nueva California will be pro-choice and
anti-war, and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at
once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have
kids they're apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose,
and they don't care if you don't show pictures of their children's
caskets coming home.
We do wish you success in Iraq, and hope that the WMDs turn up, but
we're not willing to spend Our resources in Bush's Quagmire.
With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80
percent of the country's fresh water, more than 90 percent of the
pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation's fresh fruit, 95
percent of America's quality wines (you can serve French wines at state
dinners) 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech
industry, most of the US low-sulfur coal, all Living redwoods, sequoias
and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools, plus Harvard, Yale,
Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.
With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with
88 percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care
costs), 92 Percent of all US mosquitoes, nearly 100 percent of the
tornadoes, 90 percent Of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all Southern
Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh,
Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.
We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.
Additionally, 38 percent of those in the Red states believe Jonah
Was actually swallowed by a whale, 62 percent believe life is sacred
unless we're Discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44 percent say
that evolution is only A theory, 53 percent think Saddam was involved
in 9/11 and 61 percent of you Crazy bastards believe you are people
with higher morals than we lefties.
By the way, we're taking the good pot, too. You can have that dirt
Weed they grow in Mexico.
Author Unknown in Nueva California.
Posted by: dulce at August 01, 2005 05:19 AM (Zb7ip)
.My hope is that the yellowback countrymen of mine find some Dunkirk spirit and toss the left and radicals out , im not holding my breath though
Posted by: chris Edwards at August 01, 2005 05:21 AM (KuiFo)
After all, it will probably take a "rock star" to focus Britain's attention on anything. That's what Bob Geldof has taught me.
Posted by: Jack M. at August 01, 2005 05:26 AM (6krEN)
Posted by: BrewFan at August 01, 2005 05:28 AM (D9nK5)
1. Plenty of decent, right-minded people live in the bluest parts of the country. Also, so do I.
2. Even stupid people don't deserve to die at the hands of terrorists.
Posted by: Pompous at August 01, 2005 05:32 AM (pwn6J)
Posted by: brak at August 01, 2005 05:40 AM (OuLOj)
I afraid England has neither the courage or fortitude to expel these rats en masse.
If I were British, I'd be asking this question constantly: what else can we do?
Our home-grown Moslem Menace can't be convinced, cajoled, bought off or scared enough to make them stop, even if we manage to kill or capture a bunch of them today there will be plenty of them waiting in the wings for their 72 VIRGINS tommorrow. Since terrorists have demonstrated that they will never tire or give up, we have a choice to make here: either we expel the Moslem trouble makers en masse, or we live like the Isrealis, in a constant state of siege. Like it or not, we are faced with a Hobson's choice; expel terrorists or live with terrorism.
Posted by: 72 VIRGINS at August 01, 2005 06:15 AM (dhRpo)
Posted by: 72 Hobson's Choices at August 01, 2005 06:45 AM (dhRpo)
Integration? What does that mean? Malcom X once said that the only thing he liked integrated was his coffee. As if all they need do to stop terrorism is to get to know each other, or mouth some words about "multiculturalism" or some other such idiotic horseshit. You can't change the hearts and minds of the Moslem Menace through such insipid measures. If it were possible the Isrealis surely would've done so a long time ago instead of suffering continual terrorism for the last thirty years. Too bad that the many will pay the price for the stupidity of the few, as they did once before in 1940.
Posted by: 72 VIRGINS at August 01, 2005 07:12 AM (dhRpo)
I hope you realize I posted that email as a trivial example of what we're up against...not because I endorse it.
Posted by: dulce at August 01, 2005 07:17 AM (Zb7ip)
When the terrorists resume flying planes into your skyscrapers, see to it you don't ask us for help.
Posted by: ted at August 01, 2005 07:31 AM (XJ6YQ)
Posted by: ted at August 01, 2005 07:34 AM (XJ6YQ)
I thought that was your intent, although it doesn't change the fact you are the new record holder
Posted by: BrewFan at August 01, 2005 07:42 AM (Byr3j)
Thanks, Brewfan, although I'm sure I'll be outdone momentarily.
Posted by: dulce at August 01, 2005 07:47 AM (Zb7ip)
Let me see if I can help you out: I'm wondering if anybody knows if Israel has a right to exist?
Posted by: BrewFan at August 01, 2005 08:01 AM (Byr3j)
Dear Blue States:
Imagine our relief that you’ve decided to secede and form some sort of bathing-optional commune headquartered in California. The money we'll save in aspirin, now that we won’t have headaches from listening to your interminable whining, will be worth it to us alone. We'll finally be rid of you lazy, moping, latte-sucking Streisand fans now that you're actually going to follow through--for once--on your promise to finally get off your butts and leave, as so many of you claimed you would every election cycle and then chickened out of actually doing. (Yeah, we’re looking at you, Alec Baldwin.)
But not so fast. You don’t get to take all the Blue States with you--just the Blue parts.
You see, your Blue States aren’t actually "blue." Mostly, they’re states full of Red counties with pockets of Blue urban blight in them, who vote Democratic in such numbers that if the same results came out of a Third World countryÂwhich, come to think of it, many of the "Blue" counties pretty much are--we’d think it was fraud and send election observers from the UN. Even California is pretty much a Red State: Bush won 35 out of 58 counties, while Kerry won LA and San Francisco. You want 'em? We won't fight you for them, that's for sure, but you're going to have to found New California without 35 of your most beautiful counties and your second-largest city. Sorry about that.
Nationally, Bush won over 2.5 million square miles of U.S. counties (and an extra three and a half million votes, but we won't rub that in.) Kerry won less than 600,000 square miles--meaning that in most states he was popular downtown and pretty much nowhere else. In other words, your guy won the places that people like him would get shot if he walked through them at night. Our guy won every place else.
So, the bottom lines is that you don't get the Blue States. Those states have lots of towns and counties that would rather blow their dams and flood themselves out of existence rather than go with you. No, instead, you get the Blue Cities.
But we really feel we owe you full disclosure on this exchange. This might come as an unpleasant surprise, but you don’t actually get the lower divorce and single-motherhood rates and all that other good stuff you think you're going to snag. Those are the conditions that are actually found out in the Red counties, pardner, not in the Blue cities, and you can't have them.
Instead you get the urban single moms, not the soccer moms; the drug addicts, not the doctors; the waiters, not the chefs. You get the fine service you've come to expect from the brutal and corrupt inner-city police departments. You get the abysmal literacy rates and schools that are more dangerous than most prisons. All in all, you get to take with you a public sector in most cities so unmanageable they make Mogadishu seem like a tidily run little municipality by comparison. You get the labor union shakedown artists, "teachers" who can’t pass tests in their own subject, and city government leaders for whom graft, racial spoils systems, and outright theft are a way of life. They’re all very enthusiastic Blue voters, as you know, and we’re sure they’ll stampede their way to New California to start draining your wallets, wrecking your schools, and in general making a mess of your lives. (And don't come complaining back to us when socialist central planning does for New California what it did for garden spots like East Berlin and Pyongyang. We're putting a strict visa system into place once you all go.)
We, on the other hand, get those Red city suburbs and rural districts. You know, the ones with the good schools, the high property values, the quiet streets and the sheriffs and cops who don’t need to walk around armored up like they’re about to storm the Sunni Triangle.
And don't even think about keeping the National Parks, the wide open spaces, all those water resources, and all the rest of America's natural splendor, since those are all pretty much located in Red counties. Hell, we even get most of Oregon and Washington ...ain’t it ironic? You get the urban liberals in Portland and Seattle and their friends in important social organizations (like, say, drug-running street gangs) and we get the rest of the Northwest. Ok by us; we’d be fools not to take you up on it.
So here’s how it works. All of you Blue whiners, please feel free to look at a map of the electoral results county by county in each state, and take the people with you who’ve made it clear they’d like to go.
That means you get places like downtown Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and we get to keep the rest of beautiful Pennsylvania, thank you. You get to administer bloated public services to the violent, drug-addled, gunslinging populations of delightful inner-city sinkholes of poverty and corruption such as Miami, St. Louis, and the ever-popular District of Columbia--which has been governed by liberals (and the occasional crackhead) for so long and so incompetently that any semblance of order has broken down (beyond the carefully guarded borders of your Georgetown bistros, natch) to the point where even the mayor once asked the President to have the city patrolled by National Guardsmen. Lucky you, it's all yours--enjoy it in good health, and don’t forget to wear your Kevlar...Blue "voters" up there in Northeast DC tend to be jumpy on the ol' trigger finger.
In fact, all around our great nation, you get to keep all the Blue voters who’ve made urban war zones like downtown Detroit--a Blue bastion, of course--the proud showplaces they are today. We get the rest of Blue states like Michigan and Wisconsin and Illinois and...well, frankly, just about every state in the Union with the exception of Hawaii and New England--and even there, we’ll just hang on to a couple of chunks of New Hampshire and Connecticut. (You’re especially more than welcome to Rhode Island, which will immediately set up some sort of money-laundering scheme and bilk the rest of you once it has been incorporated into whatever sort of muddle-headed utopia you’re trying to create. The former mayor of Providence should be out of Federal prison in time to join your Politburo and help you get things set up--for a small consulting fee, of course.) We'll miss the Hawaiian beaches, but since long stretchs of coastline from New Jersey down to Florida and yes, even in southern California (including San Diego, thanks) are actually in Red counties, we'll be fine.
Sure, we get the rednecks and holy rollers. But since you're apparently willing to trade them for the gangs and psychopaths terrorizing your Blue cities, what can we say? You want the Crips and the Bloods in low riders raking your streets with automatic gunfire, and you're offering us Bubba heading off to church in his pickup? Hey, a deal's a deal. Done.
True, you also get Manhattan, but darn the luck, you have to take the rest of the city, including the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn too, as well as Long Island, which is enough to almost make us feel sorry for you all out there in New California. (Almost.) For our part, we’ll take most of the rest of gorgeous New York State, although you get the scam artists who infest the legislature in Albany. And since for some unfathomable reason you actually want Elliot Spitzer, we’ll buy his plane ticket as a gesture of goodwill.
So that’s the deal. You get the cities, with all the crime, crack mommies, and corruption you can stand. And sure, you get many of the elite colleges too, with the professors who think that terrorists in Fallujah are freedom fighters and that the people who worked in the Twin Towers on 9/11 were no better than Nazis.
We get the suburbs, the countryside, and all the other beautiful places that remain unspoiled by liberal hypocrisy and addle-brained social experimentation.
And we'd like a favor, too: please keep your sky-high tax and crime rates, since we're happy to have the corporations and jobs that continue to flee your Blue cities into our Red counties. Much appreciated, since our unemployment rates, to say nothing of our crime, single-parenting, and illiteracy rates, are far lower than yours.
Oh, and one last thing. We get the U.S. military, too. Did we mention that part? (You may have forgotten that they're volunteers, and most are happy Red state voters.) Not to worry, though, since we’re sure that Islamic fundamentalist terrorists will be more than happy to reach an accommodation with a society that embraces radical feminism, gay marriage, gun control, hostility to organized religion of any kind, and Salman Rushdie. Good luck with that. But one day when some misogynist Saudi freak--who no doubt will sneak into your country by strolling over over the northern border after a few years sucking on the Canadian welfare system you all admire so much--blows up a couple kilos of plutonium on Sunset Boulevard, go send Sean Penn to ask the French for help. We’ll be busy that day.
Anonymous in the United States of America
PS: You can keep the marijuana. You're going to need it, since selling it is one of the last stable industries left in Blue counties.
Posted by: Son of America at August 01, 2005 08:33 AM (Tr2b6)
Posted by: Jim Jones at August 01, 2005 12:10 PM (Q01/Q)
God, what a dipshit you are.
Posted by: lauraw at August 01, 2005 12:33 PM (CwYW7)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at August 01, 2005 02:46 PM (49fGh)
Don't forget: creating them everywhere too. What would the Right be without terrorists? What would the terrorists be without the stature of war?
Posted by: Jim Jones at August 01, 2005 06:42 PM (eSsMx)
Between open door immigration and the abandoning of English traditions that are not considered PC , I afraid England has neither the courage or fortitude to expel these rats en masse. SY0-101 exam
With people like Red Ken in position to run modern Britain , they have sown the wind.1Y0-259 exam
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