Jihad against the Jihad

Andrew Bolt noted today that there are many “home-grown” radical Islamist terrorists being discovered in the US nowadays. Whilst being born and even “bred” in the US, they are still following the fundamentalist hardline Islamic doctrine so fondly declared to by the likes of Osama bin Laden.

Here’s what I said there and will disseminate here also:

Yes it is true “that finally the ideology of radical Islam is effectively reaching into the United States to disaffected people here over the Internet.”

And much of that is on YouTube.

However, before blaming YouTube too much, which is such a valuable resource in so many other ways, why not visit YouTube Smackdown which is a site dedicated to flagging and removing terrorist videos from YouTube.

It really is up to us. Don’t rely on the government or corporations to do what we as citizens should be doing.

The link is always at the top of this blog. Hey, sure, probably no one bothers with it every day, but it’s worth a click once in a while.

Just for the record, they do link to videos out there right now on YouTube that people are watching… many of them our own home grown…

Operation YouTube Smackdown, anecdotally, has been very successful since it started. Much harder to find videos not already taken down, and there’s not a whole left out there. But the FBI has noticed “In the last six to nine months, the FBI has seen more domestic Islamist extremist activity than at any time since immediately right after 9/11.”

And stuff like the following is still out there as of now.

Worth a click of that mouse or not?


Moderate Muslims? Please push harder for your voice to be heard.


The Ultimate Peep Show

Having neither the time nor the energy to write anything new, congenitally lazy spot_the_dog recycles last year’s  Easter post.  Still hope it gives you a laugh, but!

The Ultimate Peep Show

Happy Easter!

–thanks to Clara

UPDATE: In case any of the Aussies here aren’t familiar with Marshmallow Peeps, see here.

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Happy Birthday to Sarah Palin (via The Black Sphere)


A Birthday Tribute to Governor Sarah Palin.

By honorary-Australian-any-old-time-he-finally-manages-to-get-his-butt-down-here Kevin Jackson of The Black Sphere.

Couldn’t have said it any better myself, so I’m not even gonna try.  I may not be real smart, but I’m smart enough to know when I’m beat. 😉

Seriously.  READ IT.

And while you’re there, have a browse through the site & the left sidebar.  Lots of good stuff there, about Kevin and what he’s about, about others on his team & how to support them.  Heaps good links ‘n’ stuff, plus Obama photoshops galore.  Plus the Black Sphere Radio Show links (which I’m not smart enough to embed directly – failed the “fetch” unit an’ all).

Bonus! There’s a Perth connection (there’s always a Perth connection, watch any Perth news broadcast, ask any0ne sheltering a piece of Skylab in their back shed, ask John Glenn!) , as one of Kev’s team members Dave (now in Texas)  lived in Mt Pleasant (a Perth suburb) in the early 70’s whilst his father, a Geophysicist, worked out in the Great Sandy.

Perth/Western Australia and North Carolina – the two main nexuses (nexii?) of the universe.  Forget that “six degrees of separation” stuff, with WA and NC there’re never more than two or three degrees of separation between any major world event and these two places.  Honest.

Now.  Go away and read.

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McCain’s Perfect Choice for a Running Mate: Governor Sarah Palin

While most of the pedantic, two-dimensional, inside-the-box-thinking, conservative political hacks are touting Tom Ridge for the slot (Not a bad guy, but…), David Freddoso notes a far superior choice has been proposed: The Republican Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

I believe this is a truly inspired idea. Gov. Palin ran as an anti-corruption outsider, and handily defeated a corrupt and entrenched Republican political machine. Plus, at 44, she would almost totally wipe the “age issue” McCain has off the slate, and since Obama is only two years her senior, there is no way they could attack her for her youth and inexperience: She has much more executive experience than Senator Obama has.

Not to mention the fact that, she’s a gorgeous woman who exudes mass quantities of charisma…


and has a super-solid family life.


Dibs on the eldest daughter! LOL!

This inspired choice would allow McCain to actually capitalize on his “maverick” persona, as Gov. Palin shook Alaska politics to the core: She’s a charming, charismatic woman, but she can also play with the big boys and kick ass.

What say ye?

UPDATE: Things are looking optimistic!

UPDATE II: Welcome to all 4500 8000 40,000 in the past few hours (so far!) people visiting us from Google. We’re a fairly opinionated right-wing blog, and you might like to take a look at our “About” page. You might also be interested in our other coverage of Sarah Palin and whether she becomes a prospective Vice President of the United States. You can find this coverage here and here. Personally, I hope she does, but you can feel free to debate the idea in comments below. All first comments are moderated, but unless you either insult or use severe profanity (and I mean severe by my standards, which generally only means the C U Next Tuesday word or the implication that someone has had a rather enjoyable erotic experience with someone who has borne a child), however if you come up with a new one, I may simply delete your comment. I, and all other contributors to this blog are more than fair in what we permit.

UPDATE III: Nayr Drahcir, don’t bother even trying. You will not be published.

UPDATE IV: A lot of people must like Palin.

UPDATE V: More coverage of Governor Sarah Palin and a theme song here.

UPDATE VI: Funniest observation on the announcement yet: “Put Obama and Palin on a basketball court one on one. Winner takes all!”

UPDATE VII: [spot_the_dog] No, we do not have any pictures of “Sarah Palin + Naked,” nor do we have any of “Sarah Palin + Swimsuit.” In the past 24 hours, there have been 157 separate searches on this site for “Sarah Palin Swimsuit,” and 161 separate searches for “Sarah Palin Naked.” I repeat, we have no bathing suit, swim suit, bikini, or naked pictures of Sarah Palin. What kind of people do you think we are, anyway? 😉

UPDATE VIIa: [spot_the_dog] Ace has noticed a similar search phenomenon on his blog and has a theory…

UPDATE VIII: A well-rounded view of the selection of Sarah Palin for the Vice President Nomination can be found here.

UPDATE IX:  We got it!  YES!  Nude photo of Sarah Palin right here!  (C’mon.  You know you want to click.)

UPDATE X: Feel free to visit our main page and read the latest posts we’ve written.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Perth’s Best Tacky Christmas Display

Imagine 40,000 twinkling fairy lights painstakingly synchronised to what may well  be the most excruciating “music on hold” tune in the world (you can tune in to the soundtrack on your car radio as you drive past – this is just one of the synchronised lights & music combos)…

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From Here, It’s All Downhill

I love Batman, he’s the greatest Superhero to ever grace this earth, and even Gotham City.

So how did I react at being given a pair of bat earrings for Christmas?


All at several decibels above safe sound…

Merry Christmas

We’re early, but the Tizona Group are enthusiastic about wishing all our readers, contributors, editors and friends an absolutely fantastic Christmas for 2008, and many more to come.

We’re sure that all our friends have been good enough to get presents from Santa! (…except maybe that Ash character…)

Merry Christmas everyone!

And a happy and healthy New Year!

Which ad would make you more likely to visit Australia?

In conjunction with Baz Luhrmann’s new movie Australia, Tourism Australia has commissioned some (very expensive) ads to convince Yanks to come out here and spend (what’s left of) their money.  Both ads depict how a trip to Australia helps stressed-out couples living in cities get their lives back on track by going “walkabout.”

The official campaign site is here, but I’ve included videos of two on this post to see what other people think of them, compared to last year’s “Where the bloody hell are you?” campaign or even Paul Hogan’s classic “Shrimp on the barbie” campaign of the 80’s.

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Summer holiday fun in the sun; Gaza style

It’s that time of year again: school’s out, the kids are under your feet, and, much as you love the little brats, you find your patience being tested. Eventually, after clearing yet another dirty plate, or tripping over a discarded sneaker, you give them a well-deserved piece of your mind: “Why don’t you get out of the house and do something useful, like memorize the Koran or learn how to fire a shoulder-launched rocket?”

People are dreaming if they think there’s any room for negotiation with these guys.

“Some people just want to watch the world burn,” Arthur in The Dark Knight.

What I Ponder on Memorial Day

I’m an eleventh-generation American by my paternal line.  My forefather John arrived in the Colonies in 1657 (Exactly 300 years before I was born).  Then, there was Tobias and William I: By the time William II fought for the Colonials in the American Revolution, my family had been on these shores about 120 years.

Following were William III and William IV: William IV’s son, Parker, fought for the Union in the American Civil War.  After Parker came Lorenzo Dow, and Lorenzo Dow’s son, Hobart I, was Navy enlisted during WW I.  At this point, it has been about a quarter of a millennium since John settled in Maryland.

My father, Hobart II, was an Army Air Corps pilot in WW II, and then a USAF pilot in Korea and Viet Nam.

I humbly thank all of my forebears for the sacrifices they made to make my life possible.

Lorenzo Dow, Left, and His Brothers

My great-grandfather, Lorenzo Dow (Left), and his brothers, circa 1890, in West (by God) Virginia.

P47-D Thunderbolts

My father flew Republic P47-D Thunderbolts like these in WW II.

1.618: Mountains Are Fucking Cool

1.618: I Got’s Your Warming Right Here

Viva Cinco de Mayo….

The History of Cinco de Mayo

Now for the love of God, let us get this illegal immigrant situation worked on and settled, before it is called Sinko de Mayo.

In the meantime Cinco de Mayo, Fiesta Fare

Food Network

1.618: More Melting Glaciers

These NZ pics are really cool, literally.

1.618: Global Warming In Abundance!

Lest We Forget

Today is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand, the day that commemorates the bravery and honour shown by the men who enlisted in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps to fight in the Great War (World War I). It is a day of commemoration, a day to honour the military, a day to remember those who have been lost, and a day in which many take the opportunity to pay respect to the men who died to keep Australia free.

Brave Men, All, and so on this day we say to the memory of those men, their families, and those who survive them, Lest We Forget.

To further remember, enjoy this powerpoint (all files are the same, except for the inclusion of sound.)

ANZAC Day – With Sound

ANZAC Day – Without Sound

ANZAC Day – PDF Presentation

The ANZACs deserve our respect. To celebrate the Australian way, have a shot of rum in your coffee this morning.

For saltydog – more of what I do best.

Namely, find weirdness on the internet.

We had the Monty Python clip a couple of days ago – I’ve wondered (at least once: today) what it would have been like to watch their sketches when they first appeared. There must have been a shitload of head-scratching.

Tonight’s offerings are rather in the same vein. Two cartoons from David Firth, the creator of the extremely bizarre cartoon character known as Salad Fingers. I have to warn you, there is blasphemy, swearing, and guns here in these cartoons. Also, I suspect, cannibalism. But maybe that’s just me.

Enough talk. It’s Showtime!

The Men From Up The Stairs

Burnt Face Man – Episode 8

If you need a reassuring dose of reality afterwards, click here and read about my latest adventure.

1.618: New Zealand Is Gorgeous

Another mountain in New Zealand. The photograph was taken by roving reporter 1.618.

1.618: Another Beautiful Mountain View

1.618: New Zealand Glacier Photos #2

Via intrepid New Zealand Glacier Expeditioneer 1.618 (click here for more)

1.618 New Zealand 2_1

1.618 New Zealand 2_2

1.618: New Zealand Glacier Photos

Via intrepid New Zealand Glacier Expeditioneer 1.618 (click here for more)

1.618 Fox Glacier, New Zealand #2

1.618 Fox Glacier #1

1.618 Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Teenagers Are Stupid

Easter weekend in Melbourne always means that some group of teenagers are going to get up to something stupid.

This year is no exception.

As for drag-racing along that stretch of road, which I used to have to drive on every day, what the hell were they thinking?!

And An Even Happier Easter!

Pope converting muslims.

I wonder if this is a part of his call for reciprocity. After all, the Muslims have been declaring for years that they are the world’s fastest growing religion. (Some comment on that particular piece of prop found here.)

If all these Catholics are converting to Islam, then surely in the name of fairness, we Catholics can expect a few Muslims to cross over to the dark (sic) side?

And a fantastic Easter/Purim/holiday of your choice to you all!

Happy Easter


Christian Origins

Easter is the annual festival commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the principal feast of the Christian year. It is celebrated on a Sunday on varying dates between March 22 and April 25 and is therefore called a movable feast. The dates of several other ecclesiastical festivals, extending over a period between Septuagesima Sunday (the ninth Sunday before Easter) and the first Sunday of Advent, are fixed in relation to the date of Easter.

Connected with the observance of Easter are the 40-day penitential season of Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding at midnight on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday; Holy Week, commencing on Palm Sunday, including Good Friday, the day of the crucifixion, and terminating with Holy Saturday; and the Octave of Easter, extending from Easter Sunday through the following Sunday. During the Octave of Easter in early Christian times, the newly baptized wore white garments, white being the liturgical color of Easter and signifying light, purity, and joy.

The Christian festival of Easter probably embodies a number of converging traditions; most scholars emphasize the original relation of Easter to the Jewish festival of Passover, or Pesach, from which is derived Pasch, another name for Easter. The early Christians, many of whom were of Jewish origin, were brought up in the Hebrew tradition and regarded Easter as a new feature of the Passover festival, a commemoration of the advent of the Messiah as foretold by the prophets.

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