December 20, 2014

Sandcrawler PSA: Sitemeter Dumped

We've been getting complains about sitemeter, so we switched the tool we use for public analytics.

Anyway hopefully the counter will be better and have less annoying spamish BS.

Please feeback on comments. The counter at the bottom of the sidebar is displaying page views, not unique hits 59,000,000 where are at around 42,000,000.

Later boys and girls.

By Howie at 10:48 PM | Comments |

Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley Murders Two NYC Police Officers

Another isolated incident committed by a tiny minority of one Muslim misunderstanderer.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and killed two NYPD officers before committing suicide in Brooklyn’s Bed Stuy neighborhood just before 3 p.m. on December 20. He’s believed to have walked up to the cop’s patrol car and opened fire, “execution” style.

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After the shooting, he took his own life. Brinsley, 28, ran to the platform of a Subway station on Marcy Avenue and killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reports NBC New York.

These aren't the 174 likers of Allah wants you to kill da police for Christmas we're looking for. Move along, move along.

Hat Tip: Dan Riehl at Riehl World View.

By Howie at 07:25 PM | Comments |

December 19, 2014

Heartbreak Santa Mauled by Bear

I guess that's it then, Christmas is canceled boys and girls.

By Howie at 10:45 AM | Comments |

Men Arrested on Blasphemy Charges After Insulting The Prophet of Islam NO WAIT!

Blasphemy Laws Suck!

BBC:A New Zealander and two Burmese men have pleaded not guilty to charges of insulting Buddhism in Myanmar.

The trio, who ran a bar in Yangon, are accused over a flyer promoting a drinks event depicting Buddha with headphones.

The image triggered an angry response online shortly after it appeared on the bar's Facebook page.

Burmese law makes it illegal to insult or damage any religion. Myanmar, also known as Burma, has seen growing Buddhist nationalism in recent years.

The flyer from VGastro Bar showed Buddha with his eyes shut, wearing large headphones, and surrounded by lurid colours.

The flyer advertised a drinks afternoon with limitless alcohol and shisha pipes.

Buddha is a jealous, angry and oppressive guy?

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He always looks and seemed so happy.

By Howie at 08:54 AM | Comments |

ShamiWitness Claims Gladiator Status!

Biswas is enjoying his stay in close quarters with all the sweaty unwashed gladiators and has elected to stay rather than go back to living with Mommy.

BENGALURU: "I'm a soldier and messenger. I don't regret what I've done," Mehdi Masroor Biswas, 24, told an advocate as a posse of policemen escorted him out of court hall 49, Civil Court Complex, Bengaluru, on Thursday.

Mehdi, arrested for operating a pro-ISIS Twitter handle, was remanded to 15 days in police custody by special judge Somaraju. One of the advocates asked Mehdi outside the courtroom, "Why did you do this, man?" Mehdi replied he had no regrets.

Isn't that special?


By Howie at 08:40 AM | Comments |

'Mericans So Cool The French Stand in Awe of Our Ramboness

Le cool.

Whatever State they are from, no two accents are alike and they even admit that in some crisis situations they have difficulties understanding each other. Heavily built, fed at the earliest age with Gatorade, proteins and creatine (Heh. More like Waffle House and McDonalds) - they are all heads and shoulders taller than us and their muscles remind us of Rambo. Our frames are amusingly skinny to them - we are wimps, even the strongest of us -
Viva Lafayette!

By Howie at 08:32 AM | Comments |

Islamic State of Losers Lose Again

Is it just me of is ISIS making a habit of getting its ass kicked lately?Schweet!

BAGHDAD — Kurdish forces, backed by a surge of American airstrikes in recent days, recaptured a large swath of territory from Islamic State militants on Thursday, opening a path from the autonomous Kurdish region to Mount Sinjar in the west, near the Syrian border.

The two-day offensive, which involved 8,000 fighters, known as pesh merga, was the largest one to date in the war against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, according to Kurdish officials. It was also a successful demonstration of President Obama’s strategy for battling the extremist group: American air power combined with local forces doing the fighting on the ground.

A statement released Thursday night by the office of Masrour Barzani, the head of the Kurdistan Regional Security Council, called the operation “the single biggest military offensive against ISIS, and the most successful.”

Its always nice to start off with a feel good story, don't you think?

Hat Tip: Small Wars Journal.

By Howie at 08:24 AM | Comments |

December 18, 2014

You Were In The Clone Wars?

For a thousand years the Jedi were the guardians of peace and justice throughout the galaxy. Before the dark times, before the Empire.

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By Howie at 06:55 PM | Comments |

ShamiWitness Still in Jail

It looks like Mehdi Masroor Biswas will be spending Christmas in the slammer, with hands on training in The Greek.

Police custody of alleged handler of the most influential pro-Islamic State (IS) Twitter account Mehdi Masroor Biswas was extended by 15 days by a court in Bengaluru on Thursday.

"His police custody has been extended by 15 days till January 2. We had asked for 25 days," Joint Commissioner of Police Hemanth Nimbalkar told PTI. Biswas was presented before the session's court here at the end of his five-day police remand. Meanwhile, Biswas's parents who are in the city from West Bengal met their son and the city Police Commissioner MN Reddi.

Also Disillusioned Indian Jihadi forced to clean toilets for ISIS as part of his Jihad for Allah exchanged private messages with Biswas.
One of the three Kalyan youths, fighting for the ISIS in Syria, follows @ShamiWitness on Twitter, the account operated by Bangalore-based food manufacturing executive Mehdi Masroor Biswas, police told a special court on Thursday. Masroor, 24, was arrested last week.

Apart from putting out nearly 1.2 lakh tweets, Masroor also exchanged around 11,000 direct messages through his Twitter account and one of the persons with whom he communicated is suspected to be an Indian youth in Syria, recruited earlier this year along with three others from Maharashtra, the police said.

The crime branch police investigating the tweets by @ShamiWitness for terror-links, sought 25-day custody of Masroor, claiming that he needs to be taken to Mumbai to confront Areeb Majeed, the Kalyan youth who returned to India after having fought for ISIS.

So apparently ShamiWitness was aware of the low status given to Indian Jihadis by ISIS but never once mentioned it publicly (that I'm aware of).

By Howie at 04:13 PM | Comments |

Tinyish Minority of African Muslims Take 185 Women and Children Hostage in Yet Another Isolated Incident

In yet another totally isolated incident Boko Haram took 185 hostage and killed 32 men.

Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people in a raid in northeastern Nigeria this week, local officials and residents said.

Gunmen in pickup trucks attacked the village of Gumsuri, just north of Chibok, on Sunday, shooting down men before herding women and children together.
"They gathered the women and children and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs," a local government official said on condition anonymity for fear of reprisal.

News of the attack took four days to emerge because of a lack of communication. Telecommunications towers in the region had been disabled in previous attacks.

Local officials learned of the attack from residents who fled to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, where the officials had moved a year ago to escape Boko Haram attacks.

The militants stormed the village from two directions, overwhelming local vigilantes who had repelled Boko Haram attacks over the course of the year, said Gumsuri resident Umar Ari, who trekked for four days to Maiduguri.
‎"They destroyed almost half the village and took away 185 women, girls and boys," Ari said.‎

By my count that's at least one totally isolated event every day this week.

By Howie at 09:45 AM | Comments |

NORKs To Go Back on State Sponsors of Terrorism List?

Yeah I think the Sony thing pretty much proves that removing the NORKS from the terrorist list was a bad move.

The U.S. is ready to blame North Korea for the crippling hack attack at Sony Pictures, as the studio said Wednesday it would cancel next week's planned release of its controversial comedy "The Interview."
U.S. investigators say an announcement pinning the blame on hackers working for the Pyongyang regime could come as soon as Thursday.

By Howie at 09:37 AM | Comments |

On Torture in Cuba

Alan Gross before his detention in Castro's Cuban prison.

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Alan Gross after...

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed at his capture.

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The most recent image of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed after years in Gitmo, much longer than Gross was held by Cuba.

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Um, yeah.

By Howie at 09:21 AM | Comments |

Shami I Was Hacked!

Deccan ChronicalMehdi had denied that @ShamiWitness was his twitter handle and had told a media house that somebody had hacked his email account - ElSaltador@gmail.com and used it to upload “stuff”.

Yum yeah stuff.

Mehdi’s father, Dr Mekail Biswas, a retired West Bengal government employee has also stated that his son is innocent and his account was hacked by some “enemy”.

Shami later confessed. His detention was supposed to end today but there is no word on that.

But there is word on the investigation.

BENGALURU: At least one lakh replies to the tweets of Mehdi Masroor Biswas, 24, who has been arrested for running a pro-ISIS Twitter handle, are being scoured by the city police.

"We are also after the credentials of 17,700 followers of @ShamiWitness Twitter handle run by Mehdi. We will analyze their credentials and check whether these followers have anything to do with ISIS or any other jihadi outfits. We are sure some of them are from within the country and some may be tweeting subversive messages to overseas individuals. We want to examine the profile of each of these individuals," the top cop explained. Reddi added that Twitter India executives had promised all support to the city police in this regard.

Today there are reports that India has detained three persons in connection to the investigation. There have also been statements denying anyone was detained.
Times of India:
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh counter terrorist group (CTG) and Anti-Terrorist Squad (MPATS) have reportedly rounded up three youths, from Jabalpur district, who followed and interacted with ISIS propaganda Twitter account @ShamiWitness run by Mehdi Masroor Biswas.

The trio, which was picked up from district's Rampur Patel Mohalla on Wednesday night, was among 17,700 followers of Mehdi's Twitter handle.

The denial....
IBT:
Jabalpur Inspector General (IG) Srinivas Rao has denied reports that three Jabalpur youths have been detained to probe their alleged interaction with ISIS Twitter account @ShamiWitness, allegedly owned by Mehdi Masroor Biswas.

"Some other agency must (be) working on it...not us," The Times of India quoted Rao as saying. He added that the "detentions" could be just a rumour.
Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (MPATS) chief Sanjeev Shami also said that no one has been arrested in connection with the @ShamiWitness case.
However, reports indicate that MPATS and Counter Terrorist Group (CTG) have indeed detained three youths from Rampur Patel Mohalla in Jabalpur district on Wednesday night.

The ShamiWitness account has been restored in full to Twitter but its unknown if this is because of co-operation by Biswas or Twitter itself or both.

I think its probably both. Either way the ShamiWitness data is entirely in the hands of Indian authorities who have stated they are receiving assistance from British Intelligence.

By Howie at 09:07 AM | Comments |

I'll Take Things That Are Banned in India For 100 Alex

Since the arrest of ShamiWitness India has banned ISIS.

India officially banned the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) after a top executive was arrested for spreading propaganda on behalf of the terrorist group. Medhi Masroor Biswas’s Twitter account @ShamiWitness was one of the most influential accounts affiliated with the jihadist group.

“We had taken cognizance of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria activities in other countries,” said Home Minister Rajnath Singh. “As a first step we have banned this outfit in India.”

...It is true the number of Indians in the group or involved in its activities is only a handful,” said Singh. “But I want to make clear we are taking this seriously.”

Also banned in India? Jawa Report.
India is still censoring this website. Apparently, India considers making fun of terrorists and their Islamist supporters more dangerous than the terrorists themselves. We are #2 on India's list of 17 websites that are being censored.

India reemphasized the ban today. Contrary to MSM reports, the only retreat was from the broader domain level ban, which was instituted by ISPs in India as a way to follow the directive to ban this and other websites.

You can see a copy of the document ordering us shut down in India here. The U.S. websites were banned because they are anti-Islamist in orientation. I am told that the other websites were either Hindu nationalists, advocated for the rights of the lower castes, or were anti-Communist in orientation.

By Howie at 08:39 AM | Comments |