Released today by the Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point:
This report is a study of 17 de-classified documents captured during the Abbottabad raid and released to the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). They consist of electronic letters or draft letters, totaling 175 pages in the original Arabic and 197 pages in the English translation. The earliest is dated September 2006 and the latest April 2011. These internal al-Qa`ida communications were authored by several leaders, most prominently Usama bin Ladin. In contrast to his public statements that focused on the injustice of those he believed to be the “enemies” of Muslims, namely corrupt “apostate” Muslim rulers and their Western “overseers,” the focus of Bin Ladin’s private letters is Muslims’ suffering at the hands of his jihadi “brothers”. He is at pain advising them to abort domestic attacks that cause Muslim civilian casualties and focus on the United States, “our desired goal.” Bin Ladin’s frustration with regional jihadi groups and his seeming inability to exercise control over their actions and public statements is the most compelling story to be told on the basis of the 17 de-classified documents. “Letters from Abbottabad” is an initial exploration and contextualization of 17 documents that will be the grist for future academic debate and discussion.
The latest from Reuters. No rush there, guys. Take your time. Pricks.
SANFORD, Florida | Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:20pm EDT
(Reuters) – A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009.
The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law’s dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show.
“Don’t use pepper spray,” he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. “It’ll take two or three seconds to take effect, but a quarter second for the dog to jump you,” he said.
“Get a gun.”
That November, the Zimmermans completed firearms training at a local lodge and received concealed-weapons gun permits. In early December, another source close to them told Reuters, the couple bought a pair of guns. George picked a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun, a popular, lightweight weapon.
By June 2011, Zimmerman’s attention had shifted from a loose pit bull to a wave of robberies that rattled the community, called the Retreat at Twin Lakes. The homeowners association asked him to launch a neighborhood watch, and Zimmerman would begin to carry the Kel-Tec on his regular, dog-walking patrol – a violation of neighborhood watch guidelines but not a crime.
Few of his closest neighbors knew he carried a gun – until two months ago.
Zimmerman is also of black descent:
The 28-year-old insurance-fraud investigator comes from a deeply Catholic background and was taught in his early years to do right by those less fortunate. He was raised in a racially integrated household and himself has black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather – the father of the maternal grandmother who helped raise him.
Read the rest of the story here.
(Updated to add the US Labor Dept.’s “Five Facts about the Proposed Child Labor in Agriculture Rule” section)
The conservative social web has been freaking out this morning over a story from the Daily Caller who reported:
Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores
A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.
The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.
Twitchy even highlighted some of the knee-jerk reactionaries (I’m laughing with some of you) who took to Twitter to create the #ObamaFarmChores hashtag to mock the supposed impending doom of farm chores for boys and girls across America. Not that the kids would mind. Amiright?!
This Internet urban (or rural, in this case) myth is much ado about nothing. In the very US Labor Department proposal that the Daily Caller cited, the language is clear about this. From the 2nd paragraph of the US Labor Department proposal (my emphasis in bold):
The department is proposing updates based on the enforcement experiences of its Wage and Hour Division, recommendations made by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and a commitment to bring parity between the rules for young workers employed in agricultural jobs and the more stringent rules that apply to those employed in nonagricultural workplaces. The proposed regulations would not apply to children working on farms owned by their parents.
Also, getting everyone in a tizzy is the rumor that 4-H would be eliminated under this proposal. Not true. From the US Labor Department site:
Five Facts about the Proposed Child Labor in Agriculture Rule
Fact # 1: The proposed Child Labor in Agriculture rule will not prohibit all people under the age of 18 from working on a farm.
The proposed rule would not change any of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum age standards for agricultural employment. Under the FLSA, the legal age to be employed on a farm without restrictions is 16. The FLSA also allows children between the ages of 12 and 15 years, under certain conditions, to be employed outside of school hours to perform nonhazardous jobs on farms. Children under the age of 12 may be employed with parental permission on very small farms to perform nonhazardous jobs outside of school hours.
Young people can be employed to perform many jobs on the farm – and this would be true even if the proposed rule were adopted as written. The proposed rule would, however, prohibit the employment of workers under the age of 18 in nonagricultural occupations in the farm-product raw materials wholesale trade industries. Prohibited establishments would include country grain elevators, grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, feed yards, stockyard, livestock exchanges, and livestock auctions not on a farm or used solely by a single farmer. What these locations have in common is that many workers, including children, have suffered occupational deaths or serious injuries working in these facilities over the last few years.
Fact # 2: The proposed rule would not eliminate the parental exemption for owners/operators of a family farm.
The parental exemption for the owner or operator of a farm is statutory and cannot be eliminated through the regulatory process. A child of any age may perform any job, even hazardous work, at any age at any time on a farm owned by his or her parent. A child of any age whose parent operates a farm may also perform any task, even hazardous jobs, on that farm but only outside of school hours. So for children working on farms that are registered as LLCs, but operated solely by their parents, the parental exemption would still apply.
Fact # 3: This proposed regulation will not eliminate 4-H and FFA programs.
The Department of Labor fully supports the important contributions both 4-H and the FFA make toward developing our children. The proposed rule would in no way prohibit a child from raising or caring for an animal in a non-employment situation — even if the animal were housed on a working farm — as long as he or she is not hired or “employed” to work with the animal. In such a situation, the child is not acting as an “employee” and is not governed by the child labor regulations. And there is nothing in the proposed rule that would prevent a child from being employed to work with animals other than in those specific situations identified in the proposal as particularly hazardous.
Fact # 4: Under the proposed rule, children will still be able to help neighbors in need of help.
In order for the child labor provisions of the FLSA to apply, there must first be an employer/employee relationship. The lone act of helping a neighbor round up loose cattle who have broken out of their fencing, for example, generally would not establish an employer/employee relationship.
Fact # 5: Children will still be able to take animals to the county fair or to market.
A child who raises and cares for his or her animal — for example, as part of a 4-H project — is not being employed by anyone, and thus is outside the coverage of the FLSA. Even if the child needs to rent space from a farm, the animal is not part of the farm’s business and with regard to the care of the animal no employer/employee relationship exists, so the child labor provisions would not apply. Likewise, there would be no problem with taking the animal to the county fair or to market, since the child is doing this on his/her own behalf – not on behalf of an employer. The proposed prohibitions would apply only if the child was an employee of the exchange or auction.
There are some portions of this US Labor proposal that do need some attention, but not the one being widely misreported.
The lesson here: trust, but verify. Better we knock this down before the left pick up on this and mock you for a couple days with their own hashtag. We federalists are here for you, conservatives. We have your back, but work on the knee-jerk reactionary response thing that’s had a lot of you (especially the eunuchorns) under its spell lately. K?
Jon Lovitz hates heavy progressive taxation. Why would anyone hate plank #2 of the Communist Manifesto? “A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.”
Let’s see why Jon’s so upset:
Another White Man Critically Beaten: 20 Black Racist Thugs Assaulted Him Citing “Justice For Trayvon”
Here’s Matthew Owens in the hospital after the attack:
That’s makes 4 attacks that we know of so far related to blacks engaging in lynch mob mentality to attack whites because they feel “justified”. Thanks Critical Race Theory! The first attack was in Toledo. The second attack was in Baltimore. The third was in Chicago. And now this one in Mobile, Alabama.
He was beaten by 20 blacks using pipes, brass knuckles, chairs, and paint cans. Really? To beat ONE white man! Hate crime? By the left’s standards, hell yeah.
“Justice for Trayvon”? More like “Tyranny for Trayvon”, you criminalistic self-entitled bastards. For more real-time black racism regarding this case, see the #TeamDueProcess hashtag on Twitter.
Mobile police need your help to catch a mob that beat Matthew Owens so badly that he’s in critical condition.
According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink.
Police tell News 5 the suspects used chairs, pipes and paint cans to beat Owens.
Owens’ sister, Ashley Parker, saw the attack. “It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed.” Parker says 20 people, all African American, attacked her brother on the front porch of his home, using “brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on.”
Police will only say “multiple people” are involved.
What Parker says happened next could make the fallout from the brutal beating even worse. As the attackers walked away, leaving Owen bleeding on the ground, Parker says one of them said “Now thats justice for Trayvon.” Trayvon Martin is the unarmed teenager police say was shot and killed February 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.
Police canvassed the area, but did not find any suspects. They’re asking anyone with information to call them at 251-208-7211, Crime Stoppers at 251-208-7000, or text a tip to 274637 and include the keyword CRIME 411.
Of course, Touré (black race-baiter who works for hard-left MSNBC), Piers Morgan (the Brit CNN guy who won’t provide all the evidence of the Zimmerman case on his “show”, while blustering about being a “real journalist”), Think Progress/Judd Legum (the leftists who started the hysteria by publishing lies “white shooter” and half-truths about the story), Brian Williams (the guy responsible for NBC’s fraudulently edited 911 tape), etc. won’t cover these stories. Anti-American frauds, all of them. They’re fomenting and enabling this behavior by NOT reporting all the facts of the case and using lies to promote their leftist anti-gun agenda.
Obama and Holder, you’re also culpable in this regarding your actions due to your anti-gun agenda. Know this. Still no arrests for the New Black Panther Party’s bounty on Zimmernan’s head, Eric? No calls to the black community to tell them to stand down, Barack? Still ignoring the calls to riot over the Zimmerman case that we uncovered weeks ago? Who’s “acting stupidly” now?
And some on “our side” refuse to allow us to have an open dialog about racism. You’ll be called out soon enough for your cowardice and ignorance too.
(Filed another one under: “Never mind, media, we’ll do your damned job.”)
See the evil, white, racist, Swedes. Look. White devils, the lot of them – even the one in black face on the horrific “chopping block”. Insensitive ghoulish bastards!
But that’s not the story.
The Internet was abuzz earlier today with news that the Swedes had lost their minds and were eating an horrifying cake, that was made to look like a black woman having her vagina cut apart. Gross, right?!
I tried to warn people off the rush to judgment until more about the story came out (you can see my Twitter stream for that). It’s a habit of some to wait until more facts come out before jumping to conclusions. Unfortunately, it’s a habit for others to jump the gun and scream “RACISM!!!” at the top of their internet lungs the instant they see something framed the way they don’t like. Never forget… the leftist media lies… constantly. However, this was the first story I saw circulating around the social web about the story today, and it came from Breitbart.com:
Swedish Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth joined in an unthinkably repulsive event on Saturday in which she carved the labia from a cake baked to look like a “stereotypical African woman.”
As the Swedish newspaper Fria Tider reported, “the self-proclaimed ‘anti-racist’ Liljeroth … slices and eats a cake depicting a black African woman with minstrel-esque face.” She was “performing a clitoridectomy (sic) on the cake.” Video of the party shows the cake screaming – the head of the cake was actually a person in blackface under the table – each time someone cuts the cake.
I expect the left to respond this way, because that’s been their historic M.O. However, I don’t expect those on “our side” to keep doing it when they continually end up being shown their folly. See: Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman for a more recent example. But, Breitbart runs with the story and cites “a person in blackface under the table”, and simply stops there with the story. That’s good enough, isn’t it? As if a bunch of white Swedes would be that stupid. Methinks some conservatives should consider traveling more. This is the story that Breitbart.com linked in their piece. Here’s the way the leftists at FriaTider tried to frame it. Screenshot of part of their piece:
Note the caption: “The maimed “corpse” of an African woman has sparked an outcry in social media.” Ffs. Yes, an outcry, because irresponsible and reactionary people with keyboards are allowed access to the Internet, you white boobs (see what I did there?).
Then other stories surfaced described the event as a means to raise awareness about the plight of African women who are routinely the victims of female genital mutilation. A good thing to bring to the world spotlight. It’s a horrible practice that I routinely call out on Twitter. In fact, I Tweeted about it last just 5 days ago.
muslims just love removing girls’ clits -> Female genital mutilation bit.ly/IyMtIo
— brooks bayne (@brooksbayne) April 14, 2012
Then I was finally linked to another story (thanks, @thekelliejane), that had the artist’s name, Makode Linde. This piece included the bit about the artist, stating that this bombast was his idea, because it was his art project! However, even though that particular story mentioned that the artist put on blackface, it still didn’t mention that the artist is a person of color. Behold the evil, racist, black, Swede who started all this (following pics from Makode Linde’s Facebook account):
Kickin’ it at the beach.
Here he wears a hat with the word “nigger” on it. Check out his sidekick “jail bait”. Lovers? Only speculating. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Here Makode’s pretending to be black Hitler. He had some other photos on Facebook where his friends were sporting the Hitler ‘stache – like the one next to him. Must be a popular thing in his circle. Or maybe he’s taking a break to smell his finger.
Maybe this is more “art”. Dunno.
Then finally, the screenshot from Facebook that lays it all out.
Here’s the text, in case some of you writers want to Bogart it to update your posts!
Documentation from my female genital mutilation cake performance earlier today at stockholm moma. This is After getting my vagaga mutilated by the minister of culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth. Before cutting me up she whispered “Your life will be better after this” in my ear.
I wonder what Lena meant by saying, “Your life will be better after this.” Maybe that he’d become more well-known as a result. Damn racist whitey trying to help the poor negro. Appalling.
Thanks, knee-jerk internet reactionaries. I’m guessing that Andrew Breitbart would’ve been embarrassed by what happened with some of his team today. Lest anyone, not even Touré, forget how Andrew felt about knee-jerk charges of racism. Here’s Touré’s account from the eulogy he wrote about AB:
For some reason, Andrew Breitbart loved to hate me. He named himself the executive producer of a fictional TV show he called That Broccoli’s Racist! The show’s host was me. The undergirding idea was to discredit the continuing existence of racism by saying “People like Touré will call anything racist, even a vegetable.”
We all make mistakes, but this one wasn’t sussed in the least. Do better next time, Internet. Remember where political correctness came from, people; Marxists. You’re not going to win the WAR this way. Remember, I’m neither a writer, nor a journalist. I was never here.
Everyone remembers how we demolished the Sandra Fluke, “poor co-ed”, strawman, and introduced information that led the Washington Times to start hounding Anita Dunn, who still won’t respond to questions regarding the White House’s involvement in staging the mock Fluke “testimony”. In response to the thorough torching of that strawman, some leftist made this sweet flukin’ diagram to… basically, prove everything we covered. Thanks, leftists! It helps us measure how “irrelevant” we are when you spend so much time on stuff like this.
Anyway, check it out!
If Libertarians are as aligned with far-right ideology as Van Jones says, how would that make Libertarians hate people of color. Perhaps Van needs a little refresher course on who freed the slaves, who passed the 14th Amendment (while zero Dems voted for it), and who proposed the first civil rights legislation in this country.
Sadly, too many people with a national political voice in America are just as ignorant as Van Jones. Watch the stuttering fool who used to work for Obama:
Class, the most important part of this lesson is that leftists hate push-back, especially when pain is involved. The leftist students are protesting a new Board of Trustees proposal, which would eliminate state subsidies for certain classes. I wonder if any of these protesters can tell us what California’s debt is right now…
Anyway, cue the pain!
From the video description:
Campus police pepper sprayed as many as 30 Santa Monica College students this evening as they disrupted a meeting of the Board of Trustees, which is moving forward with a controversial plan to offer a second tier of classes not subsidized by the state.
I had heard that Brooks’ recent Sandra Fluke piece caused a bit of an uproar, with people on both the left and the right flinging the anti-Semite label at him. It has taken me a little while to figure out the best way to address this, as it has clearly hit a nerve.
Over the 12 years that I have been friends with Brooks, I have heard him called all sorts of names. He also has a thick skin, so I have never seen him put any stock in what other people say about him. But, I can usually see where people are coming from. So I would say that Brooks is a bit of an acquired taste. You either like him, or you don’t. It is just that simple.
Now, Brooks may be a lot of things, but I can say one thing for certain: he is not, and never has been, an anti-Semite. In fact, in my many debates about Israel with our mutual friends on the left, he has always been as staunchly pro-Israel as it gets. He even went out of his way to consult with a Rabbi so that he could better accommodate me and my strictly kosher diet (at the time) when I visited him for a few days.
Looking at the various blog posts and tweets about the Fluke piece, it strikes me that the outrage is born of a misreading. I can see how one who reads the piece, and thinks that Brooks “is relying on the premise that there is something socialistic about Jewishness” (as Marc Tracy at Tablet does), concludes that the piece, and therefore Brooks, is anti-Semitic. In fact, I recommend you read all of Tracy’s post, as he makes a good point about how to discern the fine line of anti-Semitism.
However, this is not what Brooks has done. He is not saying that socialism is Jewish and socialism is bad, therefore Judaism is bad and anyone associated with Jews are bad. His reference to Tikkun Olam is also not proof of this. Coming to this conclusion is simply a misreading of the piece.
All Brooks has done is point out that there is a variant of socialism that has Jewish roots, and then proceeds to tie Fluke to the political circle of elite Jewish socialists. (As a side note, Jewish progressives have used the concept of Tikkun Olam to their advantage, as its literal meaning fits quite nicely with the tenants of socialism. This has been going on for a long time, and is really not new information). This does not mean that Brooks thinks that Jews are bad, etc. All it means is that a connection is there, and for all people in the political arena, connections and associations matter.
We cared that President Obama’s pastor was Rev. Wright, who is a radical that espouses anti-American sentiment, among other things, and associates with other Christians. Does this mean that we think all Christians are radical anti-Americans, and therefore that makes us anti-Christian? Of course not. It also does not make us racist, since Rev. Wright is black, although there are those who would have you believe the charge of racism.
As people in general, but as Jews specifically, we need to be vigilant when it comes to anti-Semitism. But we also need to be careful with the accusations that we make. Could the Fluke piece have been done differently and with less sarcasm (sarcasm being part of Brooks’ acquired taste)? Sure. Does that make it, and by extension, Brooks, anti-Semitic? Of course not.