Baghdad Needs A Ferris Wheel!


Apparently.

It seems that Baghdad is stealing Melbourne’s idea of having a giant ferris wheel to see the sights of the city… which we stole from London.

Half of Melbourne is stolen from other cities!

Our main train station, Flinders Street Station (guess what street it’s on) was meant to be built in India, but some genius messed up the blueprints and neither they, nor their counterpart overseas, noticed until the building was half complete. *SNORT*

Flinders Street Station

Spot the difference III


Remember Larry Craig? Sure, we all do. The media were on it like flies on shit.

Remember John Edwards? The silence is deafening.

But not for long.

Does John Edwards have a love child?

Fox has independently verified it.

Thanks to Tim Blair for the idea. This story has to spread.

Oh CNN, where art thou?

UPDATE

No, CNN is too busy promoting and running a story on a Japanese septuagenarian porn star. Promotion #3 on CNN’s world news. Right now is story #1. A co-ordinated female suicide bomber attack in Iraq. Definitely a rarity, nowadays. No wonder CNN has been so quiet on Iraq for so long but then, suddenly, viola, leads with Iraq again.

Flog that dead donkey, CNN, flog it.

Still saying “Bush lied, people died”? Cretins.


The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program _ a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium _ reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two-week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans.

Imagine that, there was actual nuclear material in Saddam’s Iraq.

The Iraqi government sold the yellowcake to a Canadian uranium producer, Cameco Corp., in a transaction the official described as worth “tens of millions of dollars.” A Cameco spokesman, Lyle Krahn, declined to discuss the price, but said the yellowcake will be processed at facilities in Ontario for use in energy-producing reactors.

Yay for capitalism!

Accusations that Saddam had tried to purchase more yellowcake from the African nation of Niger _ and an article by a former U.S. ambassador refuting the claims _ led to a wide-ranging probe into Washington leaks that reached high into the Bush administration.

Um… can Joe Wilson and his enabling wife, Valerie Plame, still be investigated and/or tried for trying to confuse and cover up things?

The yellowcake was the last major stockpile from Saddam’s nuclear efforts, but years of final cleanup is ahead for Tuwaitha and other smaller sites.
The U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency plans to offer technical expertise.

Job security for Iraqis with some technical experience, and the Unforgivable Neuters can still offer that, if nothing else.

From AP Exclusive (shudder), via Instapundit, as usual.

http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/

1st In a new series, Mumblewatch.


The Australian public broadcaster is fairly renowned for its lefty bias, however in recent times it has hit a new low, providing a haven for a particularly vile anti-semite known as “Mulga mumblebrain”.

No accusation is to vile to point at the “evvvil Jooos!!”, and as a result it has been barred from commenting in a number of places. The ABC runs a moderated forum called “unleashed” which provides an open area for articles and commentary from people outside the ABC. All well and good, however its apparent sanction of jewhate by its commenters is beyond the pale. I have reported a couple of the worst ones for moderation, and as they are still present, I can only draw the conclusion that the ABC has no problems with blood libel and anti-semitism.

The worst of these filth is a creature Called Mulga. It is my intention to start a little ‘Mulgawatch” section here with quotes from the ABC forums, a log of comments “reported to moderators” and any responses by the ABC.

I hope El Cid will indulge me in this little vanity project. The following post is extremely long, and only comprises a fraction of comments from this poster. It would be extremely satisfying if a few of us could lodge enough complaints to embarass the ABC into removing such filth from a government funded website. please ad your own “report comment” by visiting the website and picking a couple of favourites.

(Apologies for not commenting much, am starting a new business as well as working, so am as busy as a dingo in a child care centre)

Here is the link to the whole “Unleashed” site. http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/

Here is the moderation policy for the site. http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/comments.htm

And here is the first link containing the mumble. http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2226078.htm#comments

And let us begin our thrilling reading:

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J.M. would never forgive me, if I didn’t post his brave men and women, in Afghanistan


Click to enlarge.

Defense Secretary Gates Says Air Force Must Step Up Efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan


WASHINGTON — In unusually blunt terms, Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday challenged the Air Force, whose leaders are under fire on several fronts, to contribute more to immediate wartime needs and to promote new thinking.

Gates singled out the use of pilotless surveillance planes, in growing demand by commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan, as an example of how the Air Force and other services must act more aggressively.

Gates has been trying for months to get the Air Force to send more unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, like the Predator drone that provides real-time surveillance video, to the battlefield. They are playing an increasing role in disrupting insurgent efforts to plant roadside bombs.

“Because people were stuck in old ways of doing business, it’s been like pulling teeth,” Gates said of his prodding. “While we’ve doubled this capability in recent months, it is still not good enough.”

Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said Gates’ complaint about struggling to get more drone aircraft to the battlefield was aimed not only at the Air Force but at the military as a whole.

What in THE HELL, is this shit? God Damn it, WE were on the same side, at one time. I have nothing but respect for OUR military, but it seems that when some are “promoted” to Washington D.C., they join the 535 dullards we already have sitting on their asses and become bureaucratic assholes schoomzing, rather then taking take of our people with their asses on the line.

Stop this shit…NOW!

Read the rest at Fox News

Allies. And friends as well.


This was posted over at Tim Blair’s blog by Dave S.

An Australian soldier writes to his father about the American soldiers he’s fighting alongside in Baghdad.

It’s more good news out of Iraq. Incidentally Dave S. would like to hear from anyone who thinks they might have found his missing surname. The bank manager’s getting antsy and complaining about those incomplete signatures on his cheques.

McCain: Democrats’ stance on Iraq flawed


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday that calls from his Democratic rivals to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq stand as a “failure of leadership” as they are making promises they cannot keep. Democrat Barack Obama said the failure rests with McCain’s support for an open-ended occupation of Iraq.

It’s getting to the point that I’d like to smack Hussein in the chops…Poor baby has his SS detail though and has, since last year. Whatsa’ matter Hussein, Black Panthers couldn’t get it up? You could have at least put your lovely “just proud” ugly wife out there. She’d frighten buzzards off a shit wagon.

At last word, McCain had none…Which I think is a silly ass thing to do, John.

I mean come on…out of the three running…YOU are the only one to vote for… Shape up, tough guy.

Yahoo/AP

Loewenstein And Friends Hit New Low


ABC

The above are samplings of the type of tripe which is available at my local ABC website. Disgusting, isn’t it?

The Frollicking Mole sent me the link to Unleashed: A Nonexistent Iraq, which was written on April 3, 2008, by Antony Loewenstein (incidentally, just in time for that biography to be written, the term “best selling” changed from “best selling” to “selling more than one copy to the author’s mother”).

Loewenstein is a rather pathetic creature, who was born a Jew but later gave up his faith, so he could make more money from the criticism of it and the country his relatives live in. Pathetic. Most, if not all, of his criticisms are unfounded. I’ll even use his latest works to prove my allegation.

Nowhere were Iraqis featured. Their voices were deemed irrelevant. Armchair commentators, most of whom had only seen Iraq through the eyes of American soldiers, pontificated about the country’s future and Iran’s allegedly malign influence.

Wrong, Antony. Iraqis do have a voice. You just choose not to listen. If you really look hard enough, and can actually read, you’ll find a bunch of them on the blogroll of Iraq the Model.

The fact that 160,000 American troops and over 160,000 private contractors occupy the nation was ignored. The country remains largely controlled by militias backed by Iran or Washington, Sunni and Shiite death squads tasked for ethnic cleansing.

Not true Ant, but thanks for trying. Do you seriously think that they would be funded by Washington or Iran, considering the massive consequences for either if such a plan was uncovered? I thought so. Seriously, Antony, think about what you’re really saying. Please?

Breaking News: Al-Sadr Calls for Million-Strong Demonstration Against U.S. ‘Occupation’ in Iraq on April 9


More to be issued…  http://www.foxnews.com/

No one has killed this fat smelly son of a whore yet.

 UPDATE:

No additional information of this “Breaking News” story, has been reported by Fox News. Why? I have no idea. They “Report”, ‘You Guess’.

FINALLY…the rest of the story.

Reuters

Iraq Journal: The Liberation of Karmah, Part II


The small city of Karmah sits between Fallujah and Baghdad, two Iraqi cities that have suffered more insurgent and terrorist violence than most. Karmah, however, was more hard-hit than either. It’s right on the bleeding edge of Anbar Province where the outskirts of Baghdad taper away. Unlike Fallujah, it has no hard perimeter to defend, nor was it considered a top priority for counterinsurgency operations. Surge forces in Baghdad drove Al Qaeda in Iraq members out of the capital’s neighborhoods and straight into Karmah during most of 2007.

Al Qaeda in Iraq did in Karmah what they have done everywhere else – intimidated and murdered civilians into submission. They decapitated police officers and placed severed heads all over the city. They destroyed the homes of anyone who opposed them. The message was clear: This is what will happen to you if you work with the Americans.

Great Read!

Michael J. Totten reporting for Fox News

Breaking News >> British Defense Secretary Postpones Plans to Withdraw 1,500 Troops From Iraq

From Fox News

Iraq National Orchestra: And the Band Played On


Massive Hat Tip to Spot-the-Dog, who emailed me this article: I didn’t even know Iraq had an orchestra!

This is a difficult article to excerpt, so you should read the whole thing, but here are a few money quotes to give you a rough idea.

“Karim Wasfi, age 36, arrives driving a white Range Rover and dressed in a blazer, vest and ascot. Sporting aviator shades, his ample form topped by lush black hair, he could be one of the Three Tenors — or a staunchly civilized orchestra director, which is, in fact, what he is. When orchestra directors go around the streets of Baghdad looking exactly as they should, you know that things are bucking up. Except that Mr. Wasfi has held that post at the Iraq National Symphony Orchestra since 2004, through the darkest of times, and he has always looked like this. We set off at speed out of Mansour toward downtown Baghdad listening to Wagner. “The Ride of the Valkyries” to be precise.”

I can’t listen to Ride of the Valkyries anymore without thinking of Apocalypse Now, I love the smell of napalm in the morning,” but it does seem apropos, non?

“In the car, I also listen to the Saint-Saëns requiem and the Mozart requiem — that’s usually the right mood for Baghdad,” says Mr. Wasfi, in his cultivated English…”

OK, that I get.

“At one point, I had to tactfully get a formal religious proclamation from a top cleric that music was not profane.”

Is any more proof required that Islam is evil?

“Mr. Wasfi launches into a bewildering tale. The symphony performed at the Al Rashid theater downtown for years, but soon after the invasion the place was looted and burned. So the orchestra moved to Al Ribat Hall, which was merely vandalized. But it was officially given Al Shaab Hall, which was attacked in ’06 and has been ineffectively repaired twice, while the Convention Center popped open briefly before that deal was rescinded.”

And I think booking my own gigs is a drag.

“”Any of us could find a job abroad,” Mr. Wasfi says. “In fact, I moved my sisters to Sweden — they think I’m crazy to stay. So why stay? To fight back against the malevolent and the ignorant. I like to think that we inspire people — they see us and they see the barbarism everywhere. It gives them a choice: It could be like this, or like this.””

I fucking love this guy!

“The symphony gets a bare minimum of funding. Its parent body is the Culture Ministry, which pays the salaries and little else. Hence the orchestra often survives on single concerts funded by the U.N. or the foreign community.”

Good God, I never thought I’d offer props to the United Nations!

“These days, Mr. Wasfi struggles not merely to keep going but to make gains against adversity. He has organized a quartet to perform all around the city, and he plays the cello wherever he can, sometimes solo, as he did at the Ibn Rushd mental asylum. “I had one chair, and everyone sat on the floor. I played Bach suites, and I improvised. You can imagine what it was like. They were intensely delighted, absolutely grateful. They asked for an extra hour. Of course I sometimes wonder why I do this, until something like that comes along. Then you know that you have to. Most of the time, that’s how I feel about Baghdad.””

Emphasis mine: I really, really love this guy.

In my estimation, there is no greater cultural ambassador that the West has at its disposal than classical music, because everybody with a brain relates to it. Music is both an art and a science: It is the most scientific of the arts, and the most artistic of the sciences – in fact, music was considered a science in the ancient quadrivium – so, naturally, I find this to be outrageously good news.

I’m wondering, though, why the article is only in the conservative WSJ? ~ahem~

Like I said, read the whole thing.

Another case of our foul, vile American Forces, in Iraq. Really, just ask Jack Murtha and John Kerry. Would they LIE?


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Sight to the Blind:

Soldiers Hope to Help Iraqi Girl See a Brighter Future

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — Her hands run across his hand, her fingers explore his features. She asks her father: Is he fat or skinny? Tall or short? She is trying to learn about the man she cannot see, the one who strives to end the mystery surrounding him and the world around her.

You must read it all

By any chance, if this one leaves you dry eyed, you are a Leftist…That means you Kos.

Who Do Iraqis Want to be U.S. President?

Saddam paid for trips…for, Three Democrats


The lawmakers are not named in the indictment but the dates correspond to a trip by Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington and Mike Thompson of California, and former Rep. David Bonior, a Democrat from Michigan.

Fox News

Iraqi forces battle Mahdi militia in southern Iraq, Baghdad


BAGHDAD — With Iraq’s top leaders directing the battle, Iraq’s army and national police pressed a major operation Tuesday to wrest control of the southern port city of Basra from the Shiite Mahdi Army militia. Fighting between government forces and the militia quickly spread through Iraq’s south and into Baghdad .

Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki and his defense and interior ministers took charge of the 15,000 Iraqi army troops and police units, which were deployed for what aides said was to be a three-day operation against militias in the city.

The battle at the oil-rich port began before dawn Tuesday and lasted into the early evening before subsiding slightly as the Mahdi Army, headed by firebrand cleric Muqtada al Sadr , defended positions in several neighborhoods. In the dead of night, residents reported artillery shelling, mortar rounds and guns being fired outside their homes.

Yahoo

Will you puhleeze, kill that fat pig!!!

Sunset In Iraq


Al Asad

I got this photo the other day, and since I like it a lot, decided to use it as my test post here in Tiz’s corner of teh interwebs.

Cheers, and thank you for the kind (multiple lol) invites.

The Simple Point of It


The Study that claims one million Iraqis have died in Iraq since the 2003 liberation is clearly false.

Let me show you why.

365 days per year x 5 years = 1825 days.

1,ooo,ooo alleged deaths / 1825 days = 547.9452 people dead per day.

547.9452 people alleged dead per day x 31 days this year = 16986.3 people dead this year.

So where are all the bodies and all the reports of deaths?

Surely 16,986.3 people can’t die without being reported, by the media who are desperate for solid figures with which to paint the war in the worst possible light?

Moment of Truth in Iraq


In January 2007, growing doubts I had about our ability to stave off an eventual genocide in Iraq were intensified by our failure to competently manage the media battlespace. Within the military I sensed a growing censorship and was myself denied access to the battlefields in 2006. After months of fighting with Army Public Affairs for access, they relented, but only due to public pressure following the publication of an article in the Weekly Standard. An expanded version of the article “On Censorship” was published as the dispatch “Al Sahab—the Cloud” on my website. The article was blunt; by then I’d been fighting for about six months to re-embed with troops.

In a counterinsurgency, the media battlespace is critical. When it comes to mustering public opinion, rallying support, and forcing opponents to shift tactics and timetables to better suit the home team, our terrorist enemies are destroying us. Al Qaeda’s media arm is called al Sahab: the cloud. It feels more like a hurricane. While our enemies have “journalists” crawling all over battlefields to chronicle their successes and our failures, we have an “embed” media system that is so ineptly managed that earlier this fall there were only 9 reporters embedded with 150,000 American troops in Iraq. There were about 770 during the initial invasion.

Many blame the media for the estrangement, but part of the blame rests squarely on the chip-laden shoulders of key military officers and on the often clueless Combined Press Information Center in Baghdad, which doesn’t manage the media so much as manhandle them. Most military public affairs officers are professionals dedicated to their jobs, but it takes only a few well-placed incompetents to cripple our ability to match and trump al Sahab. By enabling incompetence, the Pentagon has allowed the problem to fester to the point of censorship.

Read on at Michael Yon Online

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