ITEM: Muslim Fundamentalists Against Terror
Many American and Western defenders define all Islam as the enemy. Islamic extremists do that, too. But Americans who have worked against terrorism, especially SF and SOF guys, know how much our efforts have depended on brave, patriotic people who risk their lives for their vision of the future: one that includes Middle Easterners who take their place at the table of the nations and who don’t strive to compel others to their faith.
We have often asked, “If all Moslems are not terrorists, where are the scholars and imams condemning the terrorists?” Some of our Arab allies, notably the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, have effective projects to use their nation’s religious leaders to turn terrs away from violence. And here’s something new to us, although it’s been around for a while: Salafi Manhaj, an effort by hard-core fundamentalist imams and scholars to apply rigorous Islamic scholarship to analyzing soi-disant Islamic movements like ISIL and Boko Haram.
Naturally, this kind of contrarianism has its detractors. This Moslem Brotherhood-associated and pro-terrorist site, which venerates Qutb, condemns Khalid al-Anbari, a British imam and one of the principals behind Salafi Manhaj.
ITEM: Fijian Peacekeepers Released
The Fijian Peacekeepers from UNDOF who surrendered to the Syrian al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda-aligned group, have been released. There were no conditions and no ransom placed on their release, according to a news report. Their weapons seem to have been retained by the Syrian islamists. They had been promised they would not be harmed if they surrendered without trying to keep the peace or prevent the al-Nusra Front from its program of ethnic and sectarian cleansing. The Fijians plan to return to duty as non-peacekeeping “Peacekeepers,” ready to do whatever else al-Nusra asks. Your UN in action!
ITEM: Before there were Lugers
There were Borchardts. The website Land of Borchardt has some interesting information on this novel invention from the Gay Nineties — and the Lugers that followed it. Good site, and we’d rather mention it now that stick it in reserve for a future W4 and risk forgetting about it. The website design and navigation is redolent of the 1990s, but the photographs (of the site owner’s own collection apparently) are well worth the effort.
ITEM: Anti-hunting woman suggests… exterminating humans instead
Her piece is excerpted at length at Bearing Arms so we’ll only snip a couple of lines in support of our proposition, which is that she’s bat guano crazy:
I am deeply sad imagining that [the deer she likes to watch] might be killed in this upcoming hunting.
… We as humans …. are so overpopulated, so is the solution just to kill some of us?
What do you do with that kind of bat guano crazy? Come on, you know the answer. You give it tenure! And that’s what the University of Cincinnati did. Lord love a duck.
ITEM: Pistorius Convicted of the RSA Equiv of Negligent Homicide
The legless running champion (well, we do live in the 21st Century, people!) was acquitted of murder. The judge ruled that there was no evidence of the intent needed for a (premeditated) murder conviction, but that he was unreasonably negligent when he fired through a bathroom door. He says he was shooting at what he thought was a home invader, but what he hit was his own girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius’s case was one of the weakest self-defense claims we’ve ever seen, and he was convicted of culpable homicide, the RSA crime most equivalent to negligent homicide in the USA. The South African legal system is very different — for example, the prosecution can now appeal the murder acquittal, if they want.
Pistorius was also convicted on a gun charge. The RSA used to have gun laws that were racially-disparate: liberal for white, confiscatory for blacks. Since the advent of the black majority, the laws have been homogenized racially, but are strongly biased against armed self-defense. (Not that this would have been a strong case of self-defense anywhere).
More at the Washington Post.
ITEM: If she only had a brain
She does, but a Chinese woman is missing one rather large organ in it: her cerebellum. This case excites doctors because it’s the first case they’ve had to examine and test a living example of the rare developmental disorder, cerebellar agenesis — meaning, her brain never grew the part that provides balance and some other motor functions. The woman is a bit slow and has balance and gait problems, as you might expect. She’s 24 and otherwise in good health.
More at New Scientist. Abstract of the article at Brain. (Subscription required for full article, abstract is free).
ITEM: Cop’s boasts of thug life get him jammed up
Intending to follow in the president’s footsteps with the best-selling autobiography, former New York cop Corey Pegues Shopped around a story of his crack dealing, attempted-murdering past two publishers. When the New York Post ran the story, local cops on Long Island took advantage of New York’s unpleasant anti-gun laws to confiscate his firearms. Next, they’re trying to go after his rich ($135k/year tax free) disability pension. The NY Post ran that story, too. And one about his pride in his notoriety. And one about him claiming that being a criminal made him a better cop. Even the crooked cop’s supposed buddy, a cop killer, isn’t buying it.
ITEM: Cop’s actual thug life gets him jammed up
That’s the way it looks from the headline, which reads: Manchester police officer charged with felony assault on Cape Cod. Yow. Guy sounds like a one-man crime wave. But read the article, and it’s this: he pushed a guy. So he’s maybe a sphincter muscle, but if we’re going to arrest all of those, we’d better build a lot more prisons.
ITEM: GQ Says Everybody in the Military Gets Raped
We have little else to say about this compedium of bullshit war stories, mostly by nutcases, many of whom seem to have been trainee discharges for misconduct or mental illness, and bullshit statistics, except that it’s bullshit. Complete with a guy whining about how the VA won’t see him with his bad discharge. Guess what? There’s only one guy who can cause someone to have a bad discharge — that guy. Anyway, here’s the link if you want to read a thinly-sourced piece about how everybody got raped in the service. (OK, not everybody. But GQ says 14,000 a year, which means that over 4% of military men get raped in a four-year hitch, and another 4% must be the rapists. Clearly, the writer is pulling it out of where he says the rapists are sticking it in).
By the way, what does anybody at the Women’s Wear Daily of the Fire Island set know about the military? That would be like Weaponsman.com writing a feature on the difficulties faced by dress designers.
Dress designers, relax; we promise not to do that.
ITEM: UK too is arming Kurds
We’ve mentioned before Germany’s commitment to arming anti-ISIL Kurds. Good on Mrs Merkel. Not to be outdone, the UK is also sending £1.6M in machine guns and ammo to the Pesh Merga fighters. We don’t have the kind of make and model details we have from the Germans, yet, though.
ITEM: USA Today thinks the Army’s too white
There’s a lot of diversity blather in the article, but it comes down to this: the path to senior command is junior command in the combat arms, and “not enough” black officers seek or win those junior command. So the answer? As we’ve come to expect from Ray Odierno et al., more diversity blather. That’ll fix it.
Funny, there’s no mention of Hispanic or Asian officers. Maybe they’re not underperforming.
ITEM: You’ll Grow Hair on Your Palms
If you were the sort of person who stood up a little picture of President Obama, and then set to fapping, the resulting splatter patterns of ejaculate-on-paper might well resemble this column from the New York Times’s airily lightweight, but incurably infatuated, David Brooks. He works himself up to such a profound orgasm over the recent national-security speech that he manages to compare his favorite Nobel Tee Ball Participation Prize recipient not only with Moses, but also with King David and the Apostle Paul.
For some inexplicable reason, Jesus Christ Himself is missing from Brooks’s comparisons of his Dear Leader. Perhaps he leaves that role for his favorite Beatle to claim for
himself Himself. (There, fixed it for ya. -DB).