Monthly Archives: April 2013

Terror Suspect’s Mother Radicalized Son?

That is what the FBI is saying although they are not going into much detail:

The mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is a “person of interest” to federal authorities seeking to learn who radicalized one or both of her sons, according to lawmakers, and a separate report said she was on a federal terrorism database some 18 months before the attack.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, who had reportedly become more militant in her Muslim faith around the same time as her son, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was added to the classified intelligence database known by the acronym TIDE at the CIA’s request. Two key lawmakers said authorities now want to know if she helped put her son, who died a week ago following a shootout with police in Massachusetts, on the road to radicalism.

“She is a person of interest that we’re looking at to see if she helped radicalize her son, or had contacts with other people or other terrorist groups,” Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters.

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, also pointed to Zubeidat as someone who may have led Tamerlan down the path toward Islamic extremism.

“The mother in my judgment has a role in his radicalization process in terms of her influence over him (and) fundamental views of Islam,” McCaul said.

And what, exactly, is this database?

The Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment database contains between 500,000 and 1 million names of people on the radar of various national security agencies, but a person’s presence on the list does not automatically mean he or she is suspected of terrorist activity and does not automatically subject them to surveillance, security screening or travel restrictions.

Fox

It does not seem that there is much to go off here — and whatever is going on is being kept quite secret. It seems that people are just saying stuff.

Everyone wants answers so that some people are trying to give answers even though there appears to be nothing clear.

The rest of the article was rather disappointing.

Sometimes, reading the media — I mean, really reading and gleaning over the stories on the internet, is a hard task that yields little fruit.

A Stark Reminder

We must never forget — and thus when we have little things like this creep out, it reminds us of the potential for man to be an evil creature:

A piece of landing gear from one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 has been discovered in a small alley near Ground Zero more than 11 years after the terror attacks.

The twisted metal part, jammed in an 18-inch-wide sliver of open space between the buildings, has cables and levers on it and is about 17 inches wide and 4 feet long, New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Friday.

“It’s a manifestation of a horrific terrorist act a block and a half away from where we stand,” he said. “So, sure, it brings back terrible memories to anyone who was here or who was involved in that event.”

Kelly edged down the narrow passageway to look at the object Friday evening, noting there is also a piece of rope intertwined with the part in what looks like a broken pulley that may have come down from the roof of the site of the planned Islamic community center, at 51 Park Place.

The piece of equipment was discovered Wednesday by surveyors inspecting the lower Manhattan site of a planned Islamic community center on behalf of the building’s owner, police said.

Fox

 

I had to take a moment to sit and digest it.

 

This should obviously be put into a museum and stand to remind everyone of what can happen when we are not vigilant.

Glad I’m Not Part Of This Mess

I’ve been involved in the local punk scene since… forever. Naturally, this has afforded me the opportunity, over the years to associate with a lot of interesting and awesome people — but sometimes my Facebook ‘news feed’ (as if any of this is somehow comparable to news) gets some golden nuggets of shit that makes me feel so goddamned good that I didn’t somehow end up like the political-left punks.

What I am about to post I do not think that some of our more proper far left elements would approve of:

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Basically, this is coming down to the idea that:

– Liberal bullshit that white guy says to a black guy in a suit is Wrong, because it is stereotyping non-whites
– It is clear that the original intent of the dialog was not meant to be specific to minorities
– An Asian user responds by talking about how he feels discriminated against and stereotyped by white liberals who think he is an ‘automaton’ because he is Asian.

My favorite quotation out of this:

Quote:People who say these things can usually only speak English, wear shoes and sweater vests made in China, have never known life without plumbing and electricity, and can’t catch and cook their own breakfast. Whereas the Asian man in a suit just might live with a free-wheeling cosmic consciousness unbounded by the English language and the constrictions of Eurocentrism, does whatever his fluttering human heart desires when you’re not looking, spent the weekend transcending mundane consciousness itself in orgiastic rapture or sitting next to a waterfall or running naked through the forest howling at the moon.

As someone who knows many Asian Americans, I can tell you this:
– The majority of Korean-Americans that I’ve met who say they can speak Korean mean that they are capable of basic greetings and the smallest of small talk.
– The overwhelming majority of Koreans do not know how to ‘catch their own food,’ and I’ve never met anyone under the age of 40 who has any story about no plumbing, no electricity.
– ‘Constrictions of eurocentrism’ is comical in the sense that the average Asian is not growing up with some sort of amazing education in Buddhist or Confucian classics, just as such the average white does not grow up having their parents inundate them with Greek philosophy or some such.

Basically, these guys took a situation where someone is trying to be left wing and turned it into some race-based dialog. I don’t get it…

 

Basically, it is not OK for white people to tell anyone who is not white anything that might be critical because it would mean that we are buying itno a stereotype — not that we are engaging in some sort of dialog.

 

I do not agree with any of this, to say the least, and posted it merely to show just how bloody comical the left wing can be when it comes to these things.

이해할 수 없는 자살

이런 자살을 진짜 이해할 수 없다. 왜 아이들도 죽이냐?… 젠장.

대구 서부경찰서는 오늘 아침 8시 20분쯤 대구 중리동에 있는 아파트에서 43살 김 모 씨가 7살 쌍둥이 두 아들과 함께 숨진 채 발견됐다고 밝혔습니다.

발견 당시 김 씨와 두 아들은 연탄을 피워 둔 채 숨져 있었고, 주변에는 신병을 비관하는 유서가 발견됐습니다.

김 씨의 아내는 6개월 전쯤 뇌졸중으로 입원해 치료를 받고 있는 것으로 알려졌습니다.

경찰은 김 씨가 경제적인 어려움 등으로 두 아들과 함께 목숨을 끊은 것으로 보고 자세한 사건 경위를 조사하고 있습니다.

허성준 [hsjk23@ytn.co.kr]

YTN

Liberals Waging War of Words

I love stuff like this:

As the debate over a new immigration bill preoccupies Washington, a quieter debate over the use of the term “illegal immigrant” has stirred up the country’s newsrooms.

This month, The Associated Press announced it would eliminate the use of “illegal immigrant” entirely. The news agency wrote, “Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use ‘illegal’ only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant.”

On Tuesday, The New York Times updated its policies on how it uses the phrase “illegal immigrant” in its coverage. The newspaper did not go as far as The Associated Press, and it will continue to allow the phrase to be used for “someone who enters, lives in or works in the United States without proper legal authorization.” But it encourages reporters and editors to “consider alternatives when appropriate to explain the specific circumstances of the person in question, or to focus on actions.”

 New York Times

Amazing that the AP, famous for its short & terse articles, wants to replace an accurate description of a criminal action with other words in order to become more politically correct and the New York Times herself is  encouraging writers to seek out alternatives (!!!).

No doubt that this was pointed out in part to appear impartial — I highly doubt that we will see New York Times articles using the word illegal immigrant much (if at all), but rather by not being entirely liberal they get to feign some sense of objectivity and if it is something as small as the use of word, so be it.

I was at first rather surprised to see that the AP would do this but then I understood that, after all, this is an organization that can be caught out publishing fake photographs.

Medical Repatriation — Why Not More?

I came across this article at random and I was surprised that I had not heard of this before:

As United States hospitals deal with the constant need to cut expensive costs of care, some are choosing “unlawful” deportations of illegal patients in order to save money, according to a new report by the Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall University School of Law and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

The report revealed that over the past six years, several organizations have registered over 800 cases of attempted or achieved “medical repatriations” – a term used when a hospital deports an injured or sick immigrant to a different medical facility in their home country without their consent.

According to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, hospitals are required to screen and treat all patients regardless of their health insurance coverage or immigration status – for emergency care.

Once a patient is in stabilized condition, the hospital is technically not required to continue care. However, some hospitals have been deporting illegal immigrants even though the U.S. government is the only authority that can perform this action.

As outlined in the report, medical repatriation is considered a human rights violation mainly because many of these hospitals act as “unauthorized immigration officers.”

Medical News Today

I am just curious as to how the United States will foot the bill for the emergency treatment of immigrants, stabilize them and in apparently many cases continue their treatment as the expense of the US taxpayers and not expect the immigration officers to be alerted and the people to be deported.

Of course, this all goes back to the never ending theme of the US government being utterly disinterested in having a coherent and clearly stated immigration policy. That is what is generally incomprehensible — how we do not even know how we ought to be going about something.

I would maybe not even care so much about illegal immigration if we made it legal, documented and controlled but when we cannot even have people actively working towards the deportation of those who are here illegally… Well, in a word, it is ridiculous.

Obama Administration Responsible for Benghazi

It is clear from this that the cutbacks were authorized at the highest levels:

The terror attack on a U.S. outpost in Libya was preceded by security cutbacks authorized at the “highest levels” of the State Department, and the Obama administration’s explanation in the immediate aftermath of the fatal assault was altered to protect the agency, House Republicans said in a report on the issue released Tuesday.

The 43-page report is the work of five House committees and concludes that decisions to scale back security at the Benghazi, Libya, outpost went all the way up to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The report cites a spring 2012 exchange in which Gene Cretz, the U.S. ambassador to Libya at the time, requested more security and Clinton responded by saying proceed with security-reduction efforts.

“Senior State Department officials knew that the threat environment in Benghazi was high and that the Benghazi compound was vulnerable and unable to withstand an attack, yet the department continued to systematically withdraw security personnel,” the report states.

The Sept. 11, 2012, attack killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Fox News

Naturally, if Pres. Bush was responsible for such the news would probably have covered this more extensively and we would’ve seen this as a sort of greater failure.  But, that’s not the case.

Instead, it has taken months (well, more like half a year) for this sort of report to surface – comfortably after the election so as to not demonstrate a general ineptitude that could be found at the cornerstones of the Obama administration when even doing some such a menial task as allocating money to protect our embassies in the Middle East. As if irresponsible spending on a variety of other issues are far more understandable than the security of our diplomatic corps abroad.

Ridiculous.

70 Killed In Bangladesh Building Collapse

What a tragic & preventable loss of life:

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — An eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Bangladesh’s capital Wednesday morning, killing at least 70 people and trapping many more in the rubble, officials said.

The collapse stirred memories of a fatal fire at a garment factory in November that killed 112 people and raised an outcry about safety in the nation’s garment industry.

Workers in the Rana Plaza building said it had developed such severe cracks the day before that it had been reported on local news channels. They hesitated to enter the building Wednesday morning, said Abdur Rahim, who worked in a garment factory on the fifth floor.

But a manager from the factory assured them there was no problem, so they went inside, he said.

AP via NPR

Is the man who assured the people that the building was safe still alive, or was he killed? Did he re-enter this unsafe building?

Well, if he wasn’t killed…  put the fellow on suicide watch. It’ll certainly be hard to live with oneself after this kind of gross blunder.

The article also went on to state:

The November fire at the Tazreen garment factory drew international attention to the conditions workers toil under in the $20 billion-a-year textile industry in Bangladesh. The country has about 4,000 garment factories and exports clothes to leading Western retailers. The industry wields vast power in the South Asian nation.

Naturally, in a nation that suffers so much from general poverty there would be the inclination to keep the garment factory running all the time.

가짜 조계종 포교당 발견

서양에는 많은 사람들이 항상 기독교 교회나 카톨릭 전당을 비판하지만 불교 사기꾼이 없어서 처음 봤을 때 좀 놀랐다. 이 것은 불교를 비판하는 것이 아니라 단지 저희 놀라움을 표현한다!:

佛心 이용해 노인 쌈짓돈 턴 일당

노인들을 법당으로 유인해 불교의식을 해준다며 가짜 건강보조식품 등을 팔아온 일당이 경찰에 붙잡혔다.

서울 은평경찰서는 23일 조계종 포교원을 사칭해 노인들에게 접근한 뒤 가짜 건강식품을 팔아 수천만원을 챙긴 혐의(약사법 위반 등)로 포교회장 강모(60)씨와 신도회장 정모(57)씨를 구속했다고 밝혔다. 경찰은 또 종업원 박모(59·여)씨 등 3명을 같은 혐의로 불구속 입건했다.

경찰에 따르면 강씨 등은 지난달 5일부터 최근까지 은평구에 ‘심불사 포교원, 대한불교 조계종’이라는 이름으로 법당을 차려놓고 노인들에게 신도 가입이나 가짜 건강식품 제공, 불교의식을 해주는 대가로 8000만원을 받아 챙긴 혐의를 받고 있다.

조사 결과 이들은 불교를 믿는 노인들에게 화장지나 김, 계란 등을 주며 법당으로 유인해 1만원씩 받고 신도증을 만들어 준 뒤, 불교의식을 해준다며 수십만원을 받아챙겼다. 또 죽은 사람의 영혼을 달래주는 의식인 천도재에 70만원, 죽은 태아의 영혼을 달래주는 태아령에는 10만원, 소원성취를 기원하며 불상을 구입해 사찰에 봉안하는 ‘호신불’에는 120만∼300만원씩을 받은 것으로 조사됐다.

불교의식을 신청하지 않는 노인들에게는 선물로 지급해온 건강보조식품과 보석매트 등을 중풍이나 치매 등 질병 치료에 효과가 있다며 허위과대광고를 해 3만∼70만원에 팔기도 했다.

세계일보

종교를 이렇게 이용하는 것은 얼마나 덜업다. 이 돌팔이 가목으로 보내면 좋겠다.