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NYT: Unclear if religion played role in Fort Dix Six plot

And this is the paper that the leftards hold in such high regard? From Newsbusters:

New York Times reporter Alan Feuer, seen on Times Watch last May giving respectable coverage to a convention of “Bush-caused-9-11” conspiracy nuts, went to enormous (and erroneous) pains on Monday to soft-pedal the Muslim beliefs of the Fort Dix terrorist plotters in “Two Mosques Are Shaken by Ties to a Terror Plot.”

It is unclear what role, if any, religion played in the attack Mr. Shnewer and the five other men are charged with planning. (The sixth suspect, Agron Abdullahu, had no apparent connection with Al-Aqsa or the South Jersey Islamic Center.) The authorities have described the suspects as Islamic extremists, but the lengthy criminal complaint summarizing the F.B.I.’s 15-month undercover investigation of the group does not mention where — or how often — they prayed. Certainly there is no evidence that they picked up radical ideas at either mosque.”

In contrast to the Times’ uninformative, politically correct take, the New York Post filed a complete story, with details on the suspects’ radical Islamic beliefs.

“When the teen and another employee went into a back room and began the conversion of the tape, they saw a group of bearded men wearing ‘fundamentalist attire’ and shooting ‘big, f-ing guns,’ the teen later told co-workers.

“Throughout the 90-minute-long tape, above the booming gunfire at a Pennsylvania target range, the jihadists could be heard screaming ‘God is great!'”

“That call to authorities set in motion a 16-month undercover investigation in which six of the men caught on tape chillingly discussing killing soldiers ‘in the name of Allah.'”

Yeah, I could see where six guys talking about killing soldiers in the name of Allah while wearing jihadi garb could be a tad bit confusing as to whether or not they are Muslim.

Nope…no liberal media bias!

May 15, 2007 Posted by | media bias, political correctness, religion of peace | Leave a comment

Rahm tells reporter to go f*** himself

From Hot Air:

What deeply personal subject did the reporter broach to warrant such a stern upbraiding?

Lobby reform, naturally:

Before a Democratic caucus meeting, a Politico reporter asked House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel of Illinois about the language of the bill’s main provisions. After Emanuel demurred on the specifics, this reporter asked — in the effort for openness and disclosure — if a journalist could sit in to hear debate on the language.

“Why don’t you go f— yourself?” Emanuel replied, as he entered a men’s room in the Capitol basement.

Exit question: How will the nutroots distinguish this from Cheney’s similar remark to Pat Leahy?

(a) By youth. Rahm’s a sprightly 47, Cheney a wizened 66. We can forgive the former the excesses of youthful immaturity, but an adult really should know better.
(b) By stature. No one cares what a congressman says, even if he is one of his party’s leading spokesmen and the architect of their recent national election victory. Whereas the vice president is a moral example to us all.
(c) By the target’s stature. Greeting some no-name reporter’s question about ethics with the F-bomb is perfectly understandable, but dropping it on Senator Pat Leahy? Disgraceful!
(d) By temperament. Oh, that’s just Rahm. You know Rahm.
(e) By completely ignoring it.

Look, I have to admit I get a kick out of reporters being told to go self-fornicate, regardless of party affiliation of the one inviting him to do so. However, I am interested in seeing which of the above reactions the left will have, especially since they got their Barney Frank Thongs in a bunch when Cheney told Leaky Leahy something similar.

I do find it funny, though, that the topic of lobby reform is what got Rahm angier than Ted Kennedy in a dry county. The Dems haven’t exactly been role models on that “culture of non-corruption” thingy, have they?

May 15, 2007 Posted by | corruption | Leave a comment

Karma’s a female dog, ain’t it?

From Patterico:

Howard Dean and the DNC are being sued for defamation and discrimination by a former employee – claiming among other things that Dean discriminates against gays and violated the “D.C. Human Rights Act”.

So much for that “Big Tent Party” thingy. Anywho, it’s funny to see the top dawg of the party that caters to ambulance chasers getting this kind of treatment.

May 15, 2007 Posted by | ambulance chasers, Howard Dean, karma | Leave a comment

Padilla trial finally starting

Those of you who have been here for two years or longer know how I feel about the José Padilla situation: I think the government sucks for what they’ve been doing to him. He’s an American citizen, and thus entitled to Constitutional rights that have been deprived of him from the beginning. My prior thoughts are here.

Anywho, his trial is now getting underway. From MyWay News:

The trial of suspected al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla opened Monday with federal prosecutors arguing the U.S. citizen and two co-defendants provided money, recruits and military equipment to Islamic extremists involved in violence worldwide for nearly a decade.

“The defendants were members of a secret organization, a terrorism support cell, based right here in South Florida,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Frazier told jurors in his opening statement. “The defendants took concrete steps to support and promote this violence.”

Padilla, a former Chicago gang member and Muslim convert, has been in federal custody since his May 2002 arrest at O’Hare International Airport. He was initially accused of plotting to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb” in the United States and held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant at a Navy brig, but those allegations are not part of the Miami indictment.

He was added to the Miami case in late 2005 amid a legal battle over the president’s wartime detention powers involving U.S. citizens. His lawyers had fought for years to get him before a federal judge.

I think he’s a scumsucking terrorist camelhumper who will be found guilty, but as as American citizen, he’s still entitled to a speedy trial. This administration has argued against that, and I find their position reprehensible.

May 15, 2007 Posted by | Jose Padilla, religion of peace | Leave a comment

Lanny Davis resigns from Bush administration

Yes, you read that correctly. The same Lanny Davis who has been a Clinton sycophant for over a decade has been serving on the Bush administration. From MSNBC:

The White House was hit by two sudden resignations late Monday when Paul McNulty, a top Justice Department official, and Lanny Davis, the only Democratic member of the president’s civil liberties watchdog board, announced they were stepping down. Both resignations are likely to fuel allegations of White House political meddling in law enforcement and national security issues.

Two observations:

1. Hey, Dubya…how’s that “new tone” thingy working for you? You can’t throw bones to people who hate you, dude. Seriously, a Clintonista?

2. Read this again: “White House political meddling in law enforcement and national security issues.” If the president is the top law enforcement officer and national security official, then exactly how is it considered “meddling” in law enforcement and national security? I would argue that he’s doing his job. Granted, we could debate on how well he’s doing his job, but that’s neither here nor there.

May 15, 2007 Posted by | media bias | Leave a comment