Thursday, December 29, 2005

Oh Oh Trojan Alert...

Trojan Alert Over Unpatched Windows Flaw

Hackers have created a range of Trojan programs which exploit a dangerous new Windows Meta File vulnerability. The vulnerability is rated critical, and so far, no patch has been issued.

The WMF vulnerability exists in computers running Microsoft Windows XP with SP1 and SP2, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and stems from a flaw in a utility used to view picture and fax files. The security flaw might be exploited by inducing victims to view maliciously constructed sites, particularly where IE is used as a browser, or when previewing *.wmf format files with Windows Explorer. More @ The Register

While you're at it watch out for Spy Axe

Home Depot Jihad

Crash Into Store Was A Personal Statement

Ali R. Warrayat hadn’t slept in days, planning this moment down to the last detail. Now, his face was void of any expression. A store employee jumped out of the car’s path. To drown out the man’s yells, Warrayat reached over to his car radio and blasted Arabic music before crashing through the front doors.

The scene was only the beginning of a violent rampage through the Chandler store on Dec. 18. For the 24-year-old Arizona State University student, the motives behind the attack were personal.

He told Chandler police he was angry at Home Depot, where he worked as a paint stocker, about not getting a proper raise. He was mad at the United States for proposing a 700-mile fence along the Mexican border.

He wanted to make America "more free." More @ East Vally Tribune

Via Jihad Watch

Monday, December 26, 2005

Recommended Listening For The Week

Incredible Shrinking Dickies
The Dickies

Released in 1979, including a 90 mph version of Paranoid. Get It.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

When In Doubt, Make It Up

Federal agents' visit was a hoax
Student admits he lied about Mao book

The UMass Dartmouth student who claimed to have been visited by Homeland Security agents over his request for "The Little Red Book" by Mao Zedong has admitted to making up the entire story.
The 22-year-old student tearfully admitted he made the story up to his history professor, Dr. Brian Glyn Williams, and his parents, after being confronted with the inconsistencies in his account.
Had the student stuck to his original story, it might never have been proved false.
But on Thursday, when the student told his tale in the office of UMass Dartmouth professor Dr. Robert Pontbriand to Dr. Williams, Dr. Pontbriand, university spokesman John Hoey and The Standard-Times, the student added new details.
The agents had returned, the student said, just last night. The two agents, the student, his parents and the student's uncle all signed confidentiality agreements, he claimed, to put an end to the matter.
But when Dr. Williams went to the student's home yesterday and relayed that part of the story to his parents, it was the first time they had heard it. The story began to unravel, and the student, faced with the truth, broke down and cried.
It was a dramatic turnaround from the day before. More @ The Standard Times

Via Neale News

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Khadr Family Not Deported Yet?

Abdullah Khadr bought weaponry to kill Americans abroad, affidavit alleges

The oldest son in a Canadian family long dogged by accusations it had close ties to al-Qaida admitted his involvement in a plot to kill Americans and the prime minister of Pakistan, an affidavit unsealed Monday alleges.

While in a Pakistani prison in July, Abdullah Khadr confessed to American authorities he bought weapons two years earlier for al-Qaida to use against United States forces in Afghanistan, Corp. Richard Jenkins of the RCMP said in the sworn affidavit.

During a six-month period in 2003, Khadr bought about $20,000 worth of AK-47 rounds, rocket-propelled grenades, rockets and mortar rounds, Jenkins said in the document supporting Khadr's extradition to the U.S.

"In addition, he confessed that he provided explosive components, namely hydrogen peroxide, to make mines for al-Qaida's use," said Jenkins, a member of a national security enforcement unit which investigates criminal extremism in Canada. More @ National Post

See Also:

Khadr was dealing in missiles, affidavits: 'Admitted' al-Qaeda ties - National Post

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Recommended Listening For The Week

It Ain't Easy - Long John Baldry

Jimmy Horowitz:Exe.Producer, Mike Bobak:engineer, Elton John:producer/piano, Rod Stewart: producer/vocals, Long John Baldry:vocals/12 string, Maggie Bell:vocals Roger Pope:drums, Caleb Quaye:guitar, Ray Jackson:mandolin, Sam Mitchell:guitar/steel, Ian Armitt:keyboards, Ian Duck:vocals/harp, Dave Glover:bass, Ron Wood:guitar Al Skidmore: sax

Send Him South

Mounties Arrest Abdullah Khadr

Abdullah Khadr, the eldest son of a reputed Canadian Al Qaeda financier, was arrested by the RCMP yesterday on terrorism-related charges at the request of American authorities.

The 25-year-old Canadian recently returned from Pakistan where he was held for 14 months without charge. He was arrested last night after agreeing to meet an RCMP officer at a McDonald's near his Scarborough apartment, his relatives said last night. More @ TorontoStar

Via NealeNews

Friday, December 16, 2005

Senate Kills Patriot Act

U.S. Senate rejects Bush on extending Patriot Act for terror investigations

In a stinging defeat for President George W. Bush, Senate Democrats blocked passage Friday of a new Patriot Act to combat terrorism at home, depicting the measure as a threat to the constitutional liberties of innocent Americans.

Republicans spurned calls for a short-term measure to prevent the year-end expiration of law enforcement powers first enacted in the anxious days after Sept. 11, 2001. "The president will not sign such an extension," said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), and legislators on each side of the issue blamed the other for congressional gridlock on the issue.

The Senate voted 52-47 to advance a House-passed bill to a final vote, eight short of the 60 needed to overcome the filibuster backed by nearly all Senate Democrats and a handful of the 45 Republicans.

"We can come together to give the government the tools it needs to fight terrorism and protect the rights and freedoms of innocent citizens," said Senator Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), arguing that provisions permitting government access to confidential personal data lacked safeguards to protect the innocent.

"We need to be more vigilant," agreed Senator John Sununu, a Republican from New Hampshire, where the state motto is Live Free or Die. He quoted Benjamin Franklin: "Those that would give up essential liberty in pursuit of a little temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security."

But Frist likened the bill's opponents to those who "have called for a retreat and defeat strategy in Iraq. That's the wrong strategy in Iraq. It is the wrong strategy here at home." - More @ CP

Patriot Act Not Extended, CAIR Pleased

U.S. Senate Fails to Renew Patriot Act, Restores Conditions That Led to 9/11 - Rush Limbaugh

NY Times Fraud

Timing of NY Times "U.S. Spy" Article Tied to a New Book Release

This morning’s New York Times article, “Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts,” has certainly created a huge buzz in the media that has taken some focus away from the good news concerning yesterday’s highly successful elections in Iraq: “Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.”

The Drudge Report, in an exclusive, just announced that this story by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau is just “one of many ‘explosive newsbreaking’ stories that can be found -- in [Risen’s] upcoming book -- which he turned in 3 months ago!” Yet, “The [Times] failed to reveal the urgent story was tied to a book release and sale.” More @

NY Times Lies to Undermine War on Terror, Bush Didn't "Secretly" Allow Spying on Anyone - Rush Limbaugh

NYT Puts Sales Ahead of National Security

Anti-Bush article tied to book release

Times reporter claims NSA spy story delayed 1 year for additional reporting - WND

Red Alert: Chicken Littles On The Loose - Michelle Malkin

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Recommended Listening For The Week

Fish Out of Water - Chris Squire

The Yes bassist's sole solo album. Originally released in 1975. Check it out.

Sharon Ups The Ante

Psycho Mullah - Ahmadinejad

Israel Readies Forces For Strike On Nuclear Iran

ISRAEL'S armed forces have been ordered by Ariel Sharon, the prime minister, to be ready by the end of March for possible strikes on secret uranium enrichment sites in Iran, military sources have revealed.

The order came after Israeli intelligence warned the government that Iran was operating enrichment facilities, believed to be small and concealed in civilian locations.

Iran's stand-off with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over nuclear inspections and aggressive rhetoric from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, who said last week that Israel should be moved to Europe, are causing mounting concern.

The crisis is set to come to a head in early March, when Mohamed El-Baradei, the head of the IAEA, will present his next report on Iran. El-Baradei, who received the Nobel peace prize yesterday, warned that the world was losing patience with Iran.

A senior White House source said the threat of a nuclear Iran was moving to the top of the international agenda and the issue now was: What next? That question would have to be answered in the next few months, he said.

Defence sources in Israel believe the end of March to be the point of no return after which Iran will have the technical expertise to enrich uranium in sufficient quantities to build a nuclear warhead in two to four years. More @ The Sunday Times

But Seriously Folks, This Clown Is Dangerous
Mark Steyn

Good news! On Thursday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, who recently called for Israel to be wiped off the map, moderated his position. In a spirit of statesmanlike compromise, he now wants Israel wiped off the map of the Middle East and wiped on to the map of Europe.

"Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces," Ahmadinejad told Iranian TV viewers. "Although we don't accept this claim, if we suppose it is true," he added sportingly, "if European countries claim that they have killed Jews in World War II, why don't they provide the Zionist regime with a piece of Europe? Germany and Austria can provide the regime with two or three provinces for this regime to establish itself, and the issue will be resolved. You offer part of Europe, and we will support it."

Big of you. It's the perfect solution to the "Middle East peace process": out of sight, out of mind. And given that Ahmadinejad's out of his mind, we're already halfway there. More @ Chicago Sun-Times

This would be the second time around.
- Osirak 1981

Thursday, December 08, 2005

UN Justifies Its Own Extinction

UN Ceremony Includes Map of ´Palestine´ in Place of Israel

The United Nations held a "Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" last week. A large map of “Palestine,” with Israel literally wiped off the map, featured prominently in the festivities.

The ceremony was held at the UN headquarters in New York and was attended by Secretary General Kofi Annan and the Presidents of the UN Security Council and the General Assembly.

During the festivities, a map labeled a "map of Palestine” was displayed prominently between UN and PLO flags. The map, with “Palestine” written in Arabic atop it, does not include Israel, a member of the UN for 56 years. The map does not even demarcate the partition lines of November 29, 1947, marking a Jewish state alongside an Arab state. The partition was dictated by the UN General Assembly itself. More @ Arutz Sheva

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

We've Deported People For Less

Omar Khadr to face U.S. hearing in January

Suspected terrorist Omar Khadr will face an administrative hearing in January on a murder charge and other counts stemming from a 2002 grenade attack in Afghanistan, the U.S. Defence Department says.

The Toronto-born Khadr, 19, who's been held for more than three years on the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was formally charged last month.

The Jan. 10 hearing is expected to last no more than a day and will likely involve scheduling decisions and entering a plea, the Pentagon says.

Khadr's case was referred last week to a military commission to be led by marine Col. Robert Chester.

The teenager has also been charged with attempted murder, conspiracy and aiding the enemy in an attack that killed a U.S. soldier. He will not face the death penalty. More @ CTV

Too bad about that death penalty thing, this hideous little creep deserves to fry.

Speaking of creeps...

Charter rights don't entitle Khadr to receive Canadian passport, lawyer says

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms doesn't entitle any Canadian - including Abdurahman Khadr - to a passport, a government lawyer argued Tuesday as the man with family ties to al-Qaida fought for the right to have the travel document.

What's more, the absence of a passport doesn't limit Khadr's ability to travel because it is up to individual countries to determine if visitors should be allowed entrance, said lawyer Michael Morris. "There is no authority suggesting such a right (to a passport) exists in Canada," said Morris.

"It doesn't guarantee you a right to travel and it's not necessary for it."

Khadr was denied a passport in April 2004 because of national security concerns and a potentially negative public reaction.

Government lawyers admitted Tuesday that former foreign affairs minister Bill Graham bungled the handling of Khadr's failed application bid.

Court documents reveal that the passport office withheld information from Khadr and his lawyer related to the decision because CSIS requested secrecy.

The Khadrs are all Canadian citizens and have had a strained relationship with Canadian officials since it was revealed that the family's patriarch, Ahmed Said, was a close associate of Osama bin Laden.

He was killed in a gun battle with U.S.-led coalition forces in Pakistan in October 2003.

Khadr has said he grew up in an "al-Qaida family," and participated in a training camp related to the terror group. He was previously detained on Guantanamo Bay as an American agent but later returned to Canada. More @ CP

Lets just deport the lot of them then.

The P.A. Buys Another Mass Murder

Despite "condemnation", PA continues to support and indoctrinate suicide bombers

In yet another bloody Palestinian terrorist attack, five Israelis were killed outside a shopping mall in Netanya while scores of others were wounded.


In this week's cover story investigating the phenomenon of female suicide bombers, Newsweek uses Dr. Eyad Sarraj (a discredited but frequently used media source), to make the claim that it is Israeli rule that promotes suicide bombing. (Note, the issues we are referencing came to light before the Netanya bombing and refer to the phenomenon of suicide bombing in general as opposed to specific attacks.)

Years under Israeli rule have broken down the structures of Palestinian families. "The image of the strong, providing father who can protect his women and children has been badly damaged and the male role has been eroded away," says Dr. Eyad Sarraj, director of Gaza Community Mental Health. That opens the way for radical groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad to teach young boys that the way to be real men is to be religious-and to be ready to die.

However, despite official condemnation of terror attacks for "harming Palestinian interests," by providing cash for the families of suicide bombers and using its state controlled media to glorify "martyrdom," it is actually the Palestinian Authority which is the "root cause" of Palestinian terrorism.


According to the Jerusalem Newswire (see also FrontPage Magazine):

On December 5, 2005 (the same day as the Netanya attack) Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas approved financial aid to the families of all "Palestinians" killed in conflict with Israel, the majority of whom died while engaging in acts of violence against men, women, children and soldiers.

The order was signed on the very day a Palestinian Arab blew himself up at a shopping mall in central Israel, slaughtering five people and wounding more than 50. The bomber's family, along with those of every other deceased killer, will now receive at least $250 a month in direct government aid, according to the new law.

The PA's message to its people is clear, suicide bombings are legitimate and worthy of state compensation. - More @

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Recommended Listening For The Week

A Space In Time
Ten Years After

Sheila Copps On The Tory GST Cut

The 'Get Sheila Tax'

If I had to rewrite history, the one chapter of my time in politics I would like to erase is the sorry story of the GST.

As one who was elected to Parliament in the landslide Grit victory in 1993 after promising to abolish the hated tax, I shuddered along with most of the caucus when we flip-flopped three years later.

Like others, I expected we would deliver. But unlike others, I was actually foolish enough during the campaign to state, on national television, that if we didn't, I would resign my seat.

In the heat of battle, we sometimes make statements we later regret. That statement became my scarlet letter. So closely linked was I, personally, to the GST that in the finance minister's office, they referred to it as the "Get Sheila Tax."

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's campaign promise last week to slash the GST is Paul Martin's worst nightmare on two counts: First, the PM's billion-dollar-a-day spending spree on the eve of the election has undercut his own capacity to beat down the Harper promise. He has even sheepishly admitted that the 2% staged cut is affordable, although not his choice for returning taxpayers' dollars to their own pockets. More From Sheila Copps @ The Toronto Sun

Via Bourque

Jihad In Space

Too Funny - Would make a great TV show.

Iran Wants Full-Fledged Space Program

Iran's space agency is trying to snap up technology from abroad as fast as possible for its satellite program, fearing the West will seek to impose restrictions like those put on the Iranian nuclear program.

Iran has major ambitions in space, looking to show off its technological abilities, monitor its neighborhood — where the United States has hundreds of thousands of troops — and establish itself as a regional superpower.

Others are concerned about the program's military applications, particularly Israel, whose existence is opposed by the hard-line Islamic regime in Iran. Iran's Shahab-3 missile, with a range of 1,240 miles, already can reach Israel as well as U.S. forces across the Middle East.

Iran says it only wants to be able to put its own satellites in space to monitor natural disasters in the earthquake-prone nation and improve its telecommunications.

It makes similar peaceful claims for its atomic program, but Washington and others suspect the real aim of that work is to acquire nuclear weapons and have sought to clamp down on Iran's nuclear facilities. Iran worries its space program will be targeted, too.

"The moment they feel Iran has made a breakthrough, they will impose restrictions more than those they have imposed on Iran's nuclear program," said one space official, Mohammad Reza Movaseghinia. - Fox News


Scott Reid: Alberta Can Blow Me!

Call it a slip of the tonque - or perhaps a slur of the tongue is more like it. In any case, Westerners are bound to consider it proof positive of the federal government's contempt for this part of the country. In the wee hours following the always well-lubricated Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner at Ottawa's Museum of Civilization on Oct. 22, Scott Reid, press secretary for the Prime Minister's Office, announced to Calgary Herald columnist Don Martin, "Alberta can blow me."

Martin and Reid had both retired to the National Press Club after the annual roast, in which partisanship is typically put aside while politicians engage in a bit of self-deprecation. Martin wanted to know when Reid would make good on a vow to arrange an interview with the prime minister, which was originally promised for the spring. When faced with the fairly sensible argument that the PM might want to reach out to an Albertan newspaper audience, Reid spat some unprintable words at Martin before offering the province that other suggestion, as mentioned above. The drunken Reid concluded by shouting at Martin what is apparently a rule in this government's media strategy: "You're not getting anything because you're with the Calgary Herald".

More At Conservative Life

Via Neale News

Why They Fight

The Big Black Book Of Horrors

WITH the trial of Saddam Hussein under way, those in the God-damn-America camp find themselves uncomfortably wedged. Should they justify their opposition to the war by downplaying Saddam's crimes while sheeting home blame for the present turmoil to the US and its allies? Or do they opt for the defence of moral equivalence, conceding that Saddam was indeed a monster but those US presidents who once backed his regime, including George H.W. Bush, are the real monsters.

The best riposte to this warped analysis is a scholarly and sober 700-page volume recently published in France, of all places. Le Livre Noir de Saddam Hussein (The Black Book of Saddam Hussein) is a robust denunciation of Saddam's regime that does not fall into the trap of viewing everything in Iraq through a US-centric prism. The writers - Arabs, Americans, Germans, French and Iranian - have produced the most comprehensive work to date on the former Iraqi president's war crimes, assembling a mass of evidence that makes the anti-intervention arguments redundant.

"The first weapon of mass destruction was Saddam Hussein," writes Bernard Kouchner, who has been observing atrocities in Iraq since he led the first Medecins Sans Frontieres mission there in 1974. "Preserving the memory of the arbitrary arrests that Saddam's police conducted every morning, the horrible and humiliating torture, the organised rapes, the arbitrary executions and the prisons full of innocent people is not just a duty. Without that one cannot understand either what Saddam's dictatorship was or the urgent necessity to remove him."

More @ The Australian


Democrats Taking Lessons From France

Dems Determined To Ignore Progress In Iraq

Sen. Joe Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut, came out with a big statement on Iraq last week. Did you hear about it? Probably not. Everyone was still raving about his Democrat colleague, Rep. Jack Murtha, whose carefully nuanced position on Iraq is: We're all doomed unless we pull out by next Tuesday! (I quote from memory.)

Also, the United States Army is "broken," "worn out" and "living hand to mouth." If the reaction to Murtha's remarks by my military readers is anything to go by, he ought to be grateful they're still bogged down in Iraq and not in the congressional parking lot.

More @ Chicago Sun Times

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Saturday Election Wrapup

Gift from Canada? - Washington Times

Question Shows Harper's, Layton's Health Split - CTV

Harper Talks Tough On Drug Crime -

CAW Delegates Support Leader's Call For Liberal Minority Government - CP

Harper Keep Campaign Momentum With Crime And Punishment Agenda - CP

Local Conservative Candidates:

Brad Farquhar - Regina Wascana

Andrew Scheer - Regina Qu'Appelle

Tom Lukiwski - Regina Lumsden Lake Centre

Dave Batters - Palliser

Voice In The Democrat Wilderness

Our Troops Must Stay
America can't abandon 27 million Iraqis to 10,000 terrorists.


I have just returned from my fourth trip to Iraq in the past 17 months and can report real progress there. More work needs to be done, of course, but the Iraqi people are in reach of a watershed transformation from the primitive, killing tyranny of Saddam to modern, self-governing, self-securing nationhood--unless the great American military that has given them and us this unexpected opportunity is prematurely withdrawn.

Progress is visible and practical. In the Kurdish North, there is continuing security and growing prosperity. The primarily Shiite South remains largely free of terrorism, receives much more electric power and other public services than it did under Saddam, and is experiencing greater economic activity. The Sunni triangle, geographically defined by Baghdad to the east, Tikrit to the north and Ramadi to the west, is where most of the terrorist enemy attacks occur. And yet here, too, there is progress. More @ Opinion Journal

Joe Lieberman: Statesman - Front Page Mag

News Media Ignored Lieberman
, But Leno Presses Dean About Him

FNC's Hume: Nets Played Up Murtha But Went Silent on Lieberman

Broadcast Networks, Which Led With Murtha,Ignore Lieberman