You gotta ask yourself: if this is what is being intercepted, just how much of this hardware is getting through? Lagos, Nigeria is NOT known as a hermetically sealed port, either going in or out.
And Obama snoozes on. As does Gates, and all Obama's National Security Despisers. When they're not subtly green-lighting Iran to nuke Israel.
Nigeria intercepts 13 Iran missiles possibly destined for Gaza
Rocket launchers, grenades and other explosives camouflaged as building material were seized in the Nigerian port of Lagos.
By Barak Ravid
Nigeria's secret service said on Tuesday it had intercepted 13 containers of weapons from Iran in what Israeli defense sources believe may be part of a new smuggling route from Iran to Hamas in Gaza.
Rocket launchers, grenades and other explosives camouflaged as building material were seized in the Nigerian port of Lagos after being unloaded from an Iranian ship.
Nigerian media reports said the ship, which came from Iran, docked in Lagos' port for a few hours only, unloaded 13 containers and sailed on.
The bill of lading said the shipment consisted of building materials, Nigerian State Security Service spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar said.
"On opening the first container, the service operatives discovered rocket launchers, grenades and other explosives," Ogar said, adding the weapons were concealed among crates of floor tiles.
The SSS had received intelligence ahead of time about the intention to smuggle weapons in containers via Lagos and was prepared for it, reports said.
Nigerian National Security Adviser Andrew Owoye Azazi declined to say what ship carried the weapons into the port. He said the federal government would destroy the weapons.
According to the Nigerian media, the clearing agent in charge of unloading the containers from the ship offered to bribe the Nigerian customs officers to transfer the containers to an off-dock terminal, where they could be screened outside the port. The customs officials alerted the security services, who ordered the containers opened.
Israel and Nigeria maintain security, trade and diplomatic relations. About a year ago Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman visited Nigeria, accompanied by Nitzan Nuriel, director of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau.
A Foreign Ministry source said the Israeli Embassy in Nigeria was conducting talks with the SSS and the Nigerian foreign ministry in an attempt to find out more about the weapons and the investigation into the affair.
A senior defense source said preliminary information suggests the weapons' seizure has exposed a possible new arms smuggling route from Iran to Hamas, via Africa. He said the Iranians may have run into difficulties sending arms to Hamas via the Red Sea to the Sudan region and from there to Gaza via Sinai, following the beefed up international supervision on the movement of Iranian ships.
"Perhaps the Iranians were planning to unload the weapons in Nigeria and transfer them by land to Sudan and Sinai," the senior source said.
Defense officials said this could be Iran's third attempt at arms smuggling by sea that has been intercepted in the course of the past year.
In November 2009, the Israel Navy boarded the vessel Francop in the Mediterranean Sea. The ship was carring hundreds of tons of weapons from Iran to Syria or Hezbollah in Lebanon.
In September this year an arms delivery from Iran to Syria was intercepted in Italy's Calabria port. A few days later an arms shipment from North Korea to Syria was captured in a Greek port.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The guys at Newsmax usually do a fine job, but as I noted here a few weeks ago, they were really out of line to swing all their resources on behalf of a broken-down, compromised "conservative" like Bill McCollum in his GOP primary fight for governor of Florida. As we know, Rick Scott beat McCollum, who then stomped off without any congratulatory phone call, or even endorsement.
Until now (Oct. 24):
Breaking from Newsmax.com
McCollum Endorses Rick Scott
Florida's Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum is urging voters to cast their votes for Rick Scott in the upcoming gubernatorial election.
McCollum had narrowly lost to Scott in the hard-fought GOP primary.
On Friday, McCollum issued the following statement:
“Florida is facing a critical time. Our state needs conservative leaders who will grow our economy and create jobs. We need merit pay and an end to teacher tenure in our public schools, major litigation reform, smaller government, low taxes and a repeal of Obamacare. With this in mind, I will cast my vote for Rick Scott for governor. It’s the better choice for Florida.”
How did I call it back on August 24?:
"Look for Newsmax to develop amnesia about its gag-reflex shilling and end up adoring Rick Scott."
And see how Newsmax came around on October 19:
Scott opposed Obamacare, has called for a cut in property tax rates, and wants to eliminate Florida’s business income tax over seven years. He has received an “A” rating from both the National Rifle Association and the Florida Right to Life organization.
The choice is clear for us: Florida needs Rick Scott, and so does the Republican Party.
Early voting has started in Florida. Be sure to vote and be sure to vote for the future of conservative values nationally by voting for Rick Scott.
Don't worry, Newsmax, better late than never. And we don't hold grudges here. ;- )
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 7:37 PM
Monday, October 25, 2010
"And nothing was left of it at all. Where has that life gone? And what has become of all that awful torment and torture? Can it really be that nothing at all is left of it? Can it really be that no one will answer for everything that happened? That it will all be forgotten without even any words to commemorate it? That the grass has grown over it?
So I ask you: How can all this be?"
We'll never forget her.
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 8:05 PM
Sunday, October 24, 2010
On April 15, 2009, Pamela Geller, the founder of the AtlasShrugs2000 website, appeared on Fox's “The Redeye” show with Greg Gutfelt, at 2 AM. She was opposite Alison Rosen and Bill Schulz. They discussed such issues as “Does Twitter make you immoral?” and “Do children lead to happiness?”
On November 7, 2009, Ms. Geller spoke in front of the Collin County Conservative Republicans, in McKinney Texas. On April 13, 2010, she began a campaign of bus and taxi ads in several cities offering safe-haven and support to frightened souls seeking to leave Islam. On June 7, she led and organized a rally with some 5,000 attendees in New York in protest of the mosque at Ground Zero. On July 27, 2010, her book, “The Post-American Presidency, was released, to wide acclaim, except from the far left. On September 11, 2010, she led another New York rally she had organized in protest against the Ground Zero Mosque, which drew at least 30,000 people. And just 2 Sundays ago, the New York Times ran a 3752-word article about Ms. Geller, along with 22 color photos, plus a supplemental 2871-word interview.
Quite a trip from the RedEye with Alison Rosen and Bill Schulz.
Ms. Geller’s achievements can best be understood by the ineluctable dynamic of the lamestream, errr, mainstream media and its fellow-travelers in leftist politics. For something close to 40 years, these people have maintained a closed system of self-dealing, self-promotion, self-protection and self-perpetuation, and they have prided themselves on their success on keeping it practically hermetically sealed. Their system has only one weakness: the unpredictability of America’s voters.
I’ll never forget how they smirked, giggled, and laaaaaaaaauuuuuuughed for 16 solid years as an incredibly knowledgeable, dynamic, and talented GOP congressman from Georgia openly stated his intent to become Speaker of the House. As Gingrich wounded, humiliated, and ousted one Dem honcho after another—Tip O’Neill; Mario Cuomo; Jim Wright—the lamestream media continued to pretend he was just a hyperactive bomb-thrower, a marginal political lunatic whom, as late as October 1990, they expected to be ousted by a RINO challenger put up by the “responsible adults” in the Bush White House. Newt, you see, didn’t see the mature wisdom in Pres. H.W. Bush’s decision to blatantly break his sole “read-my-lips” campaign promise, and said so without fear.
Well, you know, one thing the establishment has no patience for is people without fear. (Keep that in mind when you observe Ms. Geller, too.) But, as we all know, Newt wasn’t ousted in 1990…And just 4 years later he rolled the most devastating political tsunami in modern history across Washington (while war-hero H.W. Bush had been ignominiously retired to Maine by the Arkansas draft-dodger.) So Newt was given full props for his far-sighted strategy and determination, right?
Of course not. The Leftist ruling class of our country resembles nothing so much as a dinner table of snobby royals and socialites who see themselves entitled unto perpetuity with the authority to tell the little people outside the banquet hall how to live their lives (oh, and tax those mindless proles at any rate they see fit, it’s for their own good, dammit). At this banquet table the beautiful people discuss how they will exercise their rule and their plans for the future, but perhaps most important they boost each other to ensure that their happy little clique keeps everyone there at the table friendly, loyal, and reliable.
Ohhhhh, but those pesky elections. Remember Newt? How can you have a table of elites without a Speaker of the House? But Newt wasn’t just a successor to Tom Foley (who of course lost HIS chair). Newt was an ideological opposite, an indigestible, hostile, and alien presence. How could they just seat him and keep the banquet pleasant? No, they had to create a buffer space around him, which means at least a couple OTHER SEATS MUST BE VACATED. Oh, dear, some good and loyal banqueteers had to be asked to leave. How unpleasant. But we can’t have the banquet degenerate into a heated argument, can we? Especially if we are arguing with a former college professor who’s just obliterated 2 Speakers, Jim Wright and Tom Foley?
Hence the deep, deeeeeep psychic depression in 1994-95 as the elites decided who would take the hit. They basically settled on (ooohhhh, the pain)… Hillary Clinton, and her loyalists (remember Marian Wright Edelman? I do.) This was sad, but logical: hadn’t it been Hillary’s now-clear-in-retrospect bumbling failure in her health care plan that had led to the Newt disaster? Out went Hillary, not to be seen again until she had re-invented herself as a wronged-but-loyal wife and “moderate pro-Israel Democrat” to run for Senate in 2000. And slid into Sen. Moynihan’s seat. “Welcome back, Hillary, we finally got rid of Newt!”
Which brings us to Pamela Geller. She hasn’t been elected to anything, but she has all but broken through the door to the banquet hall through sheer force of intellectual argument, stunning energy, and hard-earned internet presence. Oh, and the staggering cluelessness of every single guest at the table: not one of them, to include the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saw any need for ideological adjustment even after a jihadist major in the US Army culminated a loving (and officially approved!) e-mail correspondence with a notorious al-Qaeda agent in Yemen by gunning down 43 of his comrades as he screamed out “allaaahakbar.” No, what was most important in the wake of the atrocity was that there be no “backlash” against Muslims in the Army, and that the Army’s diversity not become a casualty, according to General Casey.
The reason this little blogress has moved from strength to strength the past year and a half is that these elites have been guilty of such acts of malfeasance and nonfeasance that a truly healthy society would have long ago tarred and feathered them (at least), demanded honorable suicide, or simply shot them for treason (which is what Maj. Hassan deserved as soon as he sent his first e-mail to Awlaki). But these people continue to pretend that the ideas of Pamela Geller, and those of her utterly normal and logical comrades like Robert Spencer, Frank Gaffney, Bat Ye’or, Sue Myrick, Andrew Breitbart and David Gaubatz are the problem. Funny, I haven’t noticed any of them even try to incinerate a synagogue, or blow up a plane full of civilians, or speed a car into a crowd of pedestrians, or roll a grenade into a commanding officer’s tent, or saw the head off an innocent hostage on internet TV, or murder a too-independent daughter, sister or wife, all the while screaming “allaaaaahakbar.”
As with Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, and many other hated banquet-crashers, Ms. Geller’s “shocking” success is a direct result of the total failures of our media, intellectual and political elites. Because reality has so thoroughly obliterated their smug ideological constructs, these “unqualified” commentators continue to replace them. And will continue to do so.
I hate to break it to the elites, but as is stated in the banquet scene from the Book of Daniel, their days are numbered. Remember the elections? In just a week, a raft of people who are, shall we say, Geller-friendly, are about to be elected to Congress, as well as move up to committee chairmanships. They will have the authority to conduct hearings, subpoena witnesses, confront bureaucrats, and draft legislation. The whole rotten pro-jihadi infrastructure of the news media and Washington is about to be smashed.
And if they thought Newt caused trouble at the banquet table, they ain’t seen nothing yet, as an awakened America finally rises to ideologically crush 21st century jihadism. The New York Times has managed a dim, fearful idea of this future…hence their laughably wrong-headed and incompetent attempt to smear Ms. Geller on October 10. The Times has become so in-bred and genetically feeble they can’t even do a patented-by-them hit-piece right any more. Look at all those great photos! Sorry, guys, you just threw the rabbit into the briar patch.
I have a strange feeling that a not-so-few banqueteers like, ohhhhhh, Nancy Pelosi, Keith Ellison, and Joy Behar, are about to be forced to leave. But for you, Ms. Geller, we have a seat right here in the middle, and for a number of your friends, too. Bon appétit!
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 12:25 PM
Sunday, October 10, 2010
If you read enough stories about Arab mobs attempting to lynch Jews in Israel, you notice a few common themes:
1--Use of very young children (or women) to freeze the "Yahud" target;
2--A team of older killers who step forward when the kids have completed their task;
3--Redundant camerawork to ensure that an anti-Jewish narrative can be fabricated from the incident, no matter what actually happened.
Considering this history, we can only imagine the horrific scene that would have ensued had David Be'eri (who was driving with his young son in the car with him) not STEPPED ON THE GAS and unhesitatingly knocked aside the little soulless human sandbag who was attempting to hurl a rock through his windshield from 5 feet away. Note carefully the details of this episode:
1--At .03, a friendly chat with a local driver (indicating neighborhood support for and knowledge of the planned lynching). Also, you can count no less than 6 pre-teen human sandbags, most wearing designer jeans. (Didn't the Khmer Rouge specialize in exploiting children as killers?)
2--Five of the kids run up the street directly at the honking car (.08-.10). But the car doesn't stop, so the murderous plan is disrupted.
3--Two OLDER "Asian youths" move in to hurl more rocks from closer to the car. (.15-.17)
4--At least five adults (not including the cameraman for this video) holding notably sophisticated, expensive cameras position themselves to get various better angles (.13-.21). These people are almost surely with the Palestinian Authority, not alJazeera.
5--The entire rear window of Mr. Be'eri's car is smashed out (.22-.25).
6--A team of older people who seem to be in charge take it upon themselves to bundle the little cretin into a van--notice his hands on the door (.37-.45) as they put him in. Does it look like he wants to get rescued?
Keep this failed Pallywood scene in mind as you read or watch the monotonous dirge of stories from lamestream media morons denouncing the arrogant-brutal-racist-insensitive-violent-provocative behavior of "extremist Jewish settlers" towards their peaceful Arab neighbors. Also, never forget that death by stoning ("lapidation") is an ancient Arab custom that is still popular to this day.
By the way, if the comments on this YouTube video are any indication, Israel may have turned a corner in terms of non-Jewish sympathy for the Arabs. I've never seen the words "I wished the kid died" posted so many times in one place.
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 7:32 PM
Sunday, October 3, 2010
"I was not deterred. Each appearance was 'a teachable moment.' And I was glad of it. " --Pamela Geller of “AtlasShrugs2000,” explaining why she decided to appear on lamestream media shows she knew in advance would be rigged against her.
This weekend appears to mark a turning point in Islam’s war against America. This weekend, the lamestream media, via ABC News, officially declared its allegiance to Islam.
On Friday night, Diane Sawyer and Bill Weir hosted a laughably shallow and juvenile (and one-sided) “special,” "Faith and Fear: Islam in America.” And today, the absurdly miscast and undertalented Christiaaaaane Amanpooooouuuuur ran an even worse “town hall“ show, “Holy War: Should Americans Fear Islam?”
Today, the great Pamela Geller of AtlasShrugs wrote a long explanation of why she has agreed to appear on many network interviews the last few months. She needn’t have bothered. She and her comrades (and I like to think of myself here at JO as a humble little spear-carrier in my own right!) have absolutely mopped the floor with the forces of jihad, open and stealth, the past year.
Pamela, sometimes in the heat of what Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn vividly described as "an encounter battle," we tend to lose track of our position and progress, and whether we are gaining, or losing. In fact, it is almost impossible to really know, when you are INSIDE THE BATTLE. Since it appears you are personally inside the battle 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, you have a little trouble seeing through all the smoke and shrapnel!
But let us take a step back, and review our positions from the past to the present, and we can get a better sense.
The strategy, and TACTICS, you and Robert Spencer and your esteemed comrades at Stop the Islamization Of America (AND Stop the Islamization Of Europe) have followed has paid off FABULOUSLY. From the "Leaving Islam?" ads to the formation of SIOA to the "Post-American Presidency" book to the focus on the Victory Mosque to the rallies against sharia, your cause has made one giant stride after another in the past ~1 year. And your enemies know it! Hence their pathetic new turn.
But is there any doubt that an effort premised on the idea of pushing shariah-goodness to the descendants of Jefferson, Washington, and Patton is headed for a flaming crash to rival the Hindenburg?!
You watch, you will be able to shift the dynamic of this latest media knee-jerk (from see-no-evil-Islam to carry-the-water dawah) to burn them even worse. If the Repubs capture even one house this year, you can bet at least one committee will be chaired by an enlightened anti-jihadi, and substantive hearings will battering-ram open the gates of media whitewash. Guys like Warraq, Sultan, Darwish, and of course YOU and Robert, will become honored guests and witnesses on Capitol Hill. You can look Rep. Keith Ellison (Jihad—Minn.) straight in his evil mug and humiliate him in public, heheh. This is coming in a matter of a few short months.
This is a long way of saying to Pamela and her comrades:
FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCTS.
KEEP UP THE PRESSURE.
AND GET READY FOR TREMENDOUS AND HISTORIC VICTORIES IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.
The great challenge will be how to best harness the vast energies of the countless POWs who will soon surrender to us.
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 2:51 PM