Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Are we up to the challenge?
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
(Personal correspondence from my files)
The interview has been given. The words are strong.
"The last American soldier will leave Iraq...."
"For Iraq to be drawn into an axis or an orbit, that's impossible...."
Paranoia about a Tehran-Baghdad alliance?
Synopsis and predictive analysis to follow. A readership homework assignment will bring you up to speed. Please read:
The Original Men in Black
Work your way through all of the meta tags with "Ayatollah". If nothing else, also read the blog regarding the Shi'a power grid. I do not want to educate tabula rasa.
Monday, December 27, 2010
So there you have it! My prediction for the coming political season.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
The link has one of my favorite Christmas selections - done with a bit of a twist! smile
Thursday, December 23, 2010
One of the interesting aspects of jihad forums is the variety of topics being discussed and also video posting of field operations. The concern during this season is how Al-Qaedah views America in totality as a nation of "Cross Worshippers", hence their desire to strike out in grand display to ruin our holiday. Bastards! Now while the thumbnails from a video on missile manufacture and testing pose little threat to our sovereign soil, it is the 180 pound suicide bombers who pose the asymmetrical threat. We are in a war of increments, low intensity, and thus far containable. The desire of the terror organizations is to destroy our economy, upturn our way of life and to create sectarian division within our melting pot. We cannot afford to let these guys win. It is about America. It is about your future generations.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
An important component of the story is the constant reminder which is threaded throughout the stories of the survivors. Civilian populations must retain the right to bear arms. Again and again, weapon confiscation became the immediate precedent to the slaughter of the innocent. Whether it was the Sikhs killing the Muslims or the Muslims killing the Hindu and Sikh population the tale of vulnerability due to lack of means for protection is a lesson which was hammered home to me as I read the interviews.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
(Not that anyone cares what I think! smile)
Daily Times article link
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
A number of my earlier briefs used "more-is-better" as the journalistic style when writing the titles.
_Tactical Islam: Crafting American Policy in the Middle East_
_Predictive Analysis of the Forward Movement of Islam in the West Based on Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad_
_Rise as One Man: Islam in the 21st Century_
_Al Qaedah: Deconstruction of the Deen_
Coming into the possession of my senses, the September 2010 brief sported a simple title:
Now at the beginning point of collecting the scraps of information whirling around in my brain, the title for the 2011 brief made an appearance in the middle of the night.
On the other hand, I may choose the frivolous name
_Coffee and Chocolate_
as they are my favorite sympathetic colleagues when writing extensively!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
*The dollar amount fluctuates as the news continues to break
The cobra lifted her head out of the basket in Stockholm, Sweden the evening of December 11th and the Daily Times of Pakistan followed through with Khalid’s cartoon titled, “Terrorist” on December 13th. There are times when a picture really is worth a thousand words!
Taimour Al-Abdaly ended his dispute with the world with a web of deceit, dishonest communication to his family and an email which is now posted on jihad forum sites. A severely damaged white Audi and his corpse give testament to his act. Not unlike the selected tale taken from the beloved literary Turkish persona of Nasreddin Khoja, it is possible that Al-Abdaly was not even quite sure the reason for which he offered up his life on an altar of nails and explosives. His fears for the Muslim community were expressed as generalized concerns, harbor of old grievances and news headline banners as opposed to critical thought. Such is the nature of ideological brainwashing. Brick by brick, he walled off both his personality and his capability to be a contributing member of society.
The aftermath of such events now follows a predictable course. The leadership of the mosque he attended disallowed his views, claim they sought to guide and redirect, and ultimately seemed relieved when he left. The debriefing of those who knew him well is undoubtedly in progress. But there is that nagging little doubt. The suicide bomber communicated using the pronoun “we”. Is this man part of a microcosm within Stockholm?
The Gulistan of Saadi has an interesting thought collapsed into the text which seems appropriate reminder at this point (The Gulistan of Saadi, Sheikh Muslih-uddin Saadi Shiraz, from “The Manners of the Kings”, Story four).
A tree which has just taken root
May be moved from the place by the strength of a man
But if thou leavest it thus for long
Thou canst not uproot it with a windlass
The source of a fountain may be stopped with a bodkin
But, when it is full, it cannot be crossed on an elephant
There is a tree which has taken root. And the tap root is deep and self-sufficient for the branches. The acknowledgement of this fact brings a distinct recognition that the strength of man alone is no longer adequate for this fight. There must be a concerted communal response which reaches out in proactive manner to keep the children and young adults of this generation from residing under the branches of a twisted ideological tree.
Do teach your children to fight! It is for their self-preservation. But teach them to fight for the right things and with the right attitude.
Teach them to fight for their education. Literacy is the minimal goal. To surpass the education of the parent is the secondary goal. And to exceed personal expectations for education is the final goal.
Teach them to fight for the rights of their neighbors. Warmth and compassion toward the man on the street must be practiced. They can engage social networking to give a friend a leg up in the job market, enter the service and policy sectors of government to assist others and determine to live in a socially just manner from day to day. They fight for the rights of the other with each kind word, small act of kindness and their patronage of the less fortunate.
Teach them to seek the preservation of the sanctity of their individual family unit. Running off to train to be a suicide bomber is the first step toward abdication of personal responsibility. Taimour al-Abdaly left a wife and three small children to starve.
Teach your children that life is not fair. Things don’t always turn out as we plan, our dreams can be crushed and the fairy tale does not exist. But teach them that life is worth living, people worth loving, and good always worth embracing. What cannot be changed must be walked through, and that, without bitterness. But what we can change must be enjoined wholeheartedly, with strength of purpose and dare I say it? With love
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Black Widows, Black Crows, White Gulls -- Hitchcock's Metaconflict
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Link to Reuters Journalism Handbook
Thursday, December 09, 2010
The Daily Times article link
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
"One tall coffee, please".
The barista sprang into action. I worked through the minefield of five different questions:
*Would you like to save ten percent using your Barnes and Nobles card?
*Would you like to purchase a card?
*Would you like a venti coffee for a few cents more?
*Would you like to purchase a book for a child....?
*Would you like a scone with that coffee?
Believing myself free at last the barista then asked one more question:
*Could I have your name to write on the cup?
I would love my simple cup of coffee with just a smile and sincere, "Thank you". Is it asking too much?
Monday, December 06, 2010
Link to the Irving Arts Center
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Cognizant that many other factors were also at play in the Punjab it is still good to remember that an old-fashioned bloody cockfight can be arranged with a small number of participants and minimal resources.
Allah proclaimed the world an expansive place. So be it. But this expanse is increasingly populated by the people groups of the world residing in close proximity. We are neighbors. How should neighbors act?
This is not a trick question.
How many days does it take until Al-Qaedah releases a media threat against Qatar for hosting the World Cup in 2022?
Abu Suleiman Al-Nasser released a statement four hours ago.
Saturday, December 04, 2010
"Outcry over atheist ads grows"
"As silencer sales rise nationwide, Texas continues to lead the way"
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
*Chain of custody has been breached:
Need to know: