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The Muslim Brotherhood’s Winning Argument
Posted by: tipper || 12/18/2012 09:32 || Comments || Link || [336082 views] Top|| File under:

#1  the brotherhood didn't just argue

they also had a pretty strong presence in and near ballot places -

thus coercion and intimidation also get credit for the ballot victory
Posted by: lord garth || 12/18/2012 11:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Hard to beat "Convert or Die"!

Similarly, 'tis hard to beat the DemoLeft's premise of "Free Money/Everything", widout need to raise taxes or raise significantly.

The DemoLeft love to publicly angrily rant agz alleged Rightist "imperialism" while covertly or silently acknowledging that its the only way to pay for their beloved massive Welfare-Nanny State + Big Govt widout looking stupid or hypocritical.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/18/2012 18:44 Comments || Top||

Did Morsi lose by winning?
By Amir Taheri
Posted by: ryuge || 12/18/2012 05:25 || Comments || Link || [336077 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It seems to me he wnd the Muslim Brotherhood lost the moment they stepped forward to grasp political power, but I'm sure there will be intermediate losses along the way.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/18/2012 9:29 Comments || Top||

#2  TW, did Hitler or Mao or Ugo, lose the moment they stepped forward?

Maybe true (they lose) in the long run, maybe in the short run, but dictators can maintain their political power for a long time regardless of what outsiders think or desire.
Posted by: AlanC || 12/18/2012 9:33 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
What Is to Blame for the Connecticut Shooting?
Does the Blame Lie with the Right to Bear Arms Or Can It Be Found Elsewhere?
Posted by: KBK || 12/18/2012 19:29 || Comments || Link || [336072 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Whatever side of the gun control argument you are on, please note this quotation passed along by Ann Althouse last Friday:

"Are you not capable of mourning the horrific loss of these poor dear innocent souls without turning this into a vituperative bromide about your personal views on gun control?"
Posted by: mom || 12/18/2012 22:04 Comments || Top||

#2  nice, however, "Mom", the gun control confiscation side is using this for emotional hysteria. Where is your aprobation for that violation of our constitution? Don't lecture me, ever. My views haven't changed. That disgusting puke violated HOW many laws to do what he did? Surely a few more laws on the books restricting responsible citizens will be "just enough"? Save your crap for the other side
Posted by: Frank G || 12/18/2012 22:59 Comments || Top||

Mark Levin: "How Come Obama Did Not Mention Fort Hood?"
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 12/18/2012 08:45 || Comments || Link || [336073 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There is innocent ignorance and there is invincible, dogmatic and self-righteous ignorance. Every tragic mass shooting seems to bring out examples of both among gun control advocates.___Thomas Sowell
Posted by: Mugsy Glink || 12/18/2012 10:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Somewhat similar to recent events in Benghazi, MAJ Nidal Hasan was figuratively.... a goat being milked by DoJ and possibly the CIA. It's a very dirty business and not every recruitment, whether witting or unwitting, ends in a made for Hollywood, career building success story. I suspect the administration would simply rather not talk about it, but wat do I know ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/18/2012 11:13 Comments || Top||

#3  A statistical projection from January through June estimates 16,290 people died in vehicular crashes this year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Maybe we should ban cars. I mean what is the government doing to protect us from mayhem on the freeways?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/18/2012 11:40 Comments || Top||

#4  ...you may want to use a different analogy
Posted by: Mikey Hunt || 12/18/2012 12:38 Comments || Top||

#5  I will admit it has nothing to do with Fort Hood and also that the car has more obvious utility than the gun. But there are an awful lot of people dying and nobody says anything about it. Maybe I should say it's another way of pointing out the hypocrisy.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/18/2012 12:50 Comments || Top||

#6  I think we should ban swimming pools. Do you know how many kids drown each year?

It's for the children.™
Posted by: Barbara || 12/18/2012 13:31 Comments || Top||

#7  Had he lived, Dr. George Tiller could have helped reduce many of these terrible school shooting problems.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/18/2012 13:46 Comments || Top||

#8  How Come Obama Did Not Mention Fort Hood

Because Hasan was a Muslim?
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/18/2012 14:33 Comments || Top||

#9  Because Hasan was is a Muslim?
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/18/2012 14:34 Comments || Top||

#10  The CIA can tell you, but then they'll have to kill you.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/18/2012 18:45 Comments || Top||

#11  Well, that was "workplace violence"...
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/18/2012 21:32 Comments || Top||

Another attack
[Dawn] ANOTHER military airbase attacked; another full set of lessons that perhaps will not be learned. Since the attack on the Mehran airbase in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
, the snuffies have demonstrated a sophisticated understanding of both the psychology and methodology of high-profile attacks. Targeting an airbase in even a semi-successful attack captures public attention in a way that a highly successful attack against other military targets would not. And while the security forces appear to be protecting vulnerabilities at airbases better than was the case before the Mehran attack, the snuffies are also adapting. They appear to be probing for weaknesses by deploying new combinations of fidayeen and suicide kaboomers, and still have fairly good intelligence on their targets. Why this is so is a question that the public has not received an answer to. So the focus must necessarily turn to more transparency and accountability within the security and intelligence apparatus.

Every new high-profile attack is a reminder of how little is known publicly about the investigations into previous such attacks. Was physical security as rigorous as it could be? Was the vetting of security personnel posted at these installations thorough? Were maps and schematics and other information protected adequately? And after weaknesses were exposed, how effective was the response of the security apparatus to ensure a repeat would be difficult? Clearly, as the attack on a foreign airbase in southern Afghanistan proved, the snuffies can exploit weaknesses in defences in even the most hostile environment. But in the absence of transparent and public investigations and accountability, we can’t be certain that negligence, incompetence or complicity in the security apparatus here is being identified and punished as thoroughly as it should.

Then there is the broader question that always comes up in these moments. Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
is adjacent to the tribal areas and as such will always remain more vulnerable than most Pak cities unless a coherent policy for eliminating militancy is developed. But despite having tens of thousands of troops stationed in Fata and launching a series of military operations that have recovered swathes of territory that had virtually been ceded to the thugs, the absence of a zero-tolerance policy towards militancy has made it difficult to win this war. Apologists for the Taliban, who refuse to see that the thugs’ war is against Pakistain and its people, have stood in the way of a unified stance. North Wazoo, and also the Tirah valley, remains a fundamental threat to security in Pakistain. Yet it is still not clear how the army-led security establishment intends to defang that threat. Paralysis and policy drift will only enable the snuffies to push harder to find even more weaknesses.
Posted by: Fred || 12/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336063 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Terror Networks
Can Islam reform?
Posted by: tipper || 12/18/2012 10:13 || Comments || Link || [336074 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Inanke cave is one of hundreds painted by the San people (commonly called Bushmen) about 5,000 to 10,000 years ago and located in what is now Matobo National Park (Zimbabwe). Things have gotten worse for the San over the span of time, not better. I'd recommend 'going long' on Islam as well.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/18/2012 11:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Islam has reformed multiple times.

Each time it involved a revolt against people who were interpreting Islamic scripture in something less than literal way.

A recent reformation in the Sunni world resulted in the Wahabbi movement. A recent reformation in the Shia world resulted in the Khomeini version Islamic Republic of Iran.
Posted by: lord garth || 12/18/2012 11:23 Comments || Top||

#3  NOT acceptably, they'll still "Kill for Glory"
Sorry bunch of savages.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/18/2012 11:46 Comments || Top||

#4  The better question is "Why would Islam want/need to reform"? From their standpoint everything is going just fine.
Posted by: Iblis || 12/18/2012 14:14 Comments || Top||

#5  I would say that in the Islamic view, God = Allah himself would have to mandate it, most likely vee the coming "TRUE" HIDDEN IMAM = MAHDI, AS ONLY GOD = ALLAH CAN ALTER WHAT IS ALREADY "PERFECT".
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/18/2012 18:36 Comments || Top||

#6  It is not anymore worth the effort. Let it sink into hell naturally. And they shall. Cut them off and let them fend for their own lives. They are GOD-Less.
Posted by: newc || 12/18/2012 22:30 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
10 myths about the Connecticut shootings
Posted by: tipper || 12/18/2012 20:58 || Comments || Link || [336076 views] Top|| File under:

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3Govt of Pakistan
1al-Qaeda in Pakistan
1al-Qaeda in Iraq
1al-Qaeda in Arabia
1Lashkar e-Taiba
1Thai Insurgency
1al-Qaeda in North Africa

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Two weeks of WOT
Tue 2012-12-18
  Syrian rebels take control of Damascus Palestinian camp
Mon 2012-12-17
  Rebel Offensive In Hama
Sun 2012-12-16
  Rockets Fired on Peshawar Airport, Five Dead, Dozens Injured
Sat 2012-12-15
  Tunisian Salafists attack bar, call drinkers 'infidels'
Fri 2012-12-14
  Coca-Cola resumes its production in Somalia
Thu 2012-12-13
  'Friends of Syria' Recognize Syrian Opposition
Wed 2012-12-12
  Syria Fires Scud Missiles at Insurgents, U.S. Says
Tue 2012-12-11
  North Korea 'launches long-range rocket'
Mon 2012-12-10
  Rebels Seize Chunk of Aleppo Base as Fighting Rages across Syria
Sun 2012-12-09
  Mohammad Ahmed Almansoor Drone-zapped in North Wazoo
Sat 2012-12-08
  Abu-Zaid al Kuwaiti Drone-zapped During Breakfast
Fri 2012-12-07
  6 dead, 450 injured in clashes at Egypt's presidential palace
Thu 2012-12-06
  Two Dead as Egypt Islamists Overrun Opposition Tents
Wed 2012-12-05
  Hundreds of thousands besiege Egypt's presidential palace to protest draft constitution
Tue 2012-12-04
  Syria FM Spokesman 'Defects' from Regime, Leaves Syria

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