Friday, September 30, 2011

BREAKING: Drone Strike Kills U.S.-Born Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen

See: Anwar al-Awlaki Killed in Yemen.



Iranian Pastor Sentenced to Death: Nadarkhani Refuses to Convert

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani faces the death penalty in Iran for refused to convert to back Islam to save his life.

Nadarkhani was arrested in 2009 for the crime of apostasy because he allegedly abandoned Islam for Christianity. As a pastor, Iranian clerics believe that Nadarkhani was preaching in order to convert Muslims.

Before his last hearing Wednesday, Nadarkhani had been given three previous chances to repent, and all three times he has refused. After his final refusal Wednesday, no verdict has been announced, but many expect that he could be put to death as soon as Friday.

The case has slowly garnered international attention, and there are a number of Christian rights groups advocating for his release.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner also has spoken out against Iran. "While Iran's government claims to promote tolerance, it continues to imprison many of its people because of their faith. This goes beyond the law to an issue of fundamental respect for human dignity. I urge Iran's leaders to abandon this dark path, spare [Nadarkhani's] life, and grant him a full and unconditional release," said Boehner.

by Daniel D. Tovrov - International Business Times. Read the full story HERE



The Treasure of Sierra Madre:


The Wizard of Oz:


Gone With The Wind:


Bonnie & Clyde:


The Godfather:


The Wizard of Oz:


It's A Wonderful Life:




More reality:


Still more:


And a couple of more?


Nope, gotta have just one more!


Today's Black and White HERE



Our nation's greatest heroes - Medal of Honor recipients - speak out to save lives by encouraging America's military to seek help when adjusting to life after combat, particularly for post-traumatic stress (PTS):

Please visit this worthy site.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

This is C-L-A-S-S-I-C . . .


Re-posted from the same Millbloggie-nominated site as the story below - I'm re-transmitting this story as a public story for all you lonely-hearted ladies out there pining for a brave, bold man in uniform. I know you're out there because my inbox is infested with emails . . . sorry I'm not available but if you wish to make a small contribution . . . and yes, this is an unusually long post so we'll cut to Today's Bird HERE . . . read on . . . S.L.



As you know, I’ve tackled the issue of all these Nigerian and foreign scams for quite some time. I get emails and comments almost weekly from people who read one of my posts while doing research about a possible scammer. These people have become quite sophisticated in their methods. They’ve gone from the old “you’ve won a multi-trillion dollar lottery! Just send me $2500 and we can send it to you” to “I’m a Soldier in Iraq who found millions of illegal money Saddam was hording and I need your to bring it back.” The latest trend involves trolling internet dating sites and convincing women that they are honorable Soldiers who have fallen in love and would do anything to communicate with the object of their affection. But, because they are deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq, they need you to sign up for an expensive telecommunications service like “Military TELEX” in order to make that happen. They profess unending love as their motivator and, unfortunately, many women have fallen for it.

I got an email from a reader who came across my Military TELEX post. She told me about a man she met through that had introduced himself as Major General (MG) Tim Canny. Thankfully, she became suspicious after reading this “general’s” poor grammar:

I’m happy that you are able to release your email to me and i will like to share with you more information about me that will help us to start knowing each other better ….
I was giving birth to a wonderful family 49yrs ago. My dad was an American man that married a Malaysian woman due to his service and work in malaysia when he was younger, he was in the marine until he left and become civil engineer. I was their only son and child. I’m very simple, caring, honest and self independent..

I got married and enjoyed my matrimonial home. I and my then wife gave birth to a girl and she’s so beautiful and I love her wholeheartedly. Well, I and my wife lived happily and I worked as an Engineer before I later joined the Army 23yrs ago. I fix and inspects Cars and trucks, but I have special interest for the Military because my dad was once in the Military before He retired and started His Civil Engineer Career.

My late wife was dead 5yrs ago due to lungs cancer and I became a widow. Since then, it has been one bad experience after another; I also lost my dad last year. I really loved my wife and dad because of the relationship between us.. …She had loved me with all her heart and she had loved me for me. She was so caring and possessed all of the qualities a woman should possess. She was so much an angel that I treasured her so much but God knows why that happened to me. I also give thanks to God that she gave me a beautiful daughter Monica…
I just need someone that can love me for me and we will love each other for the rest of our lifes, because i know life is too short to play with…

I have learnt to leave my past behind and move forward to the future, though my past makes part of my life and I need to plan for my future. I need love again in my life. I had love once in my life and I need a woman that can be mine on a longterm goal. I hope I will still find love someday soon, that’s all I believe and I’m so optimistic about it.

I am ready to date from any part of the globe. I need to meet my true love, because we don’t know where our love is at the moment and we have to keep searching for it anywhere, any time and any way we can.

Presently, I’m active in the Army and been stationed at Fort Lewis, Barrack Washington State . I live alone on base, while my girl ives with my Mom in Malaysia ….though I planned to retire from the Army soon in order to start a family life
I really need a woman to come up to and be when I will be back to the state, a woman that will be mine forever and that will cherish me for me….

Thank you for spending your time in reading this long note/essay about me….if you think we are still on the same looking page let me know so we can know the waay forward…


Yada-Yada-Yada . . . scam details below - worth the read from a security perspective even if you're not a lonely hearted wench . . . . the photo of "Timmy" is actually a buddy of mine from 10th Group, initials Lima Sierra . . . S.L.

Last time I checked, most generals were quite well versed in the English language. The way this scam works is the individual takes some time to get to know the target woman. Once he’s gained her trust and confidence, he tells her that pretty soon he will be deployed to an area without internet or communication services and won’t be able to write to each other. He then sends an e-mail address with something like, “Well to get registered with the telecommunication you will have to email them with and you have to tell them you want to use the phoning facility system with MG TIM CANNY presently on deployment in Afghanistan. The service is a way we can talk on phone without no call charges attached, all is 100% free after we get registered and pay the registration fee”

Here’s the catch: if there isn’t service in Afghanistan where a Soldier is being deployed, there isn’t service period! And I have no doubt that a MAJOR GENERAL will ever be sent anywhere that he can’t communicate. That’s where the Army sends peons like Lieutenant Colonels and below! No general officer would ever stoop so low as to be so archaic. To be honest, few LTCs do either.

If you email the company, you’re likely to get a response like this:

Dear Subscriber,

Thank you for the enquiry, our service is to provide phoning and Satellite facilities for civilian and Military Personnel.

Gsatcom provides essential communications services to and from remote areas where no other form of communication is available. Whether at sea, on land or in flight, our services ideally suit the maritime, aviation, government/military, emergency/humanitarian services, mining, forestry, oil and gas, heavy equipment, transportation and utilities industries.

We specialize in providing global satellite access services. Gsatcom solutions have been implemented for United States Marine Corps (USMC), U.S. Army Corps , Australian Defence Force (ADF), Command of Polish Navy, Special Military Formation GROM Especially for US Army soldiers we ship VSAT equipment within 72hrs in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East.

Satellite phones are about 3 times more expensive than GSM phones, but have the best coverage. Often they are the only choice for a soldier that is deployed at a remote forward operating base (FOB) that a cell phone network cannot reach.

Basic advantages of our service for Military personnel;

Possibility of communicating freely in 110 countries in Europe, North and Central Africa, Asia, and Middle East

- Satellite and GSM connectivity in one telephone
- No prepaid cards needed
- Free Iridium 9555 handheld satellite phone
- Free unlimited calls for Military Personnel.
- Payment incure refundable when the officer leave the war zone

The Facility involves $400 registration fee(s).

In other to register for our phoning facility, you are advice to provide us with the information below;











Once you provide us with the above information you are no longer anonymous to us.

(We) protect your privacy. We do not insist you to provide extra personal information than necessary.

All information collected will not be used for any illegal activity

The information is what we are going to use to register you with our service.


Satellite Provider – Technologie Satelitarne

First of all, Iridium phones are uber-expensive! Anytime someone mentions a satellite or iridium phone being “free,” ask some serious questions, especially in an austere place like Afghanistan. If you ask too many questions about the service, you’ll miraculously get an email from the “soldier” in question professing his undying love for you. Coincidence? No. More thank likely, the email to the GSATCOM goes directly to the “soldier.”

So, if you get an email from a “Tim Graham Canny” – who doesn’t exist in the Army – send it to your spam box immediately. These people use these internet dating services as the initial opportunity, then progress to Yahoo chat and other methods of email communication. Oh, and here’s the clincher: he made Major General in less than 23 years!!! This guy should be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff if he keeps this up. And if that doesn’t convince you, these photos of the good “general” will.

This shameful saga goes on and on . . . HERE is a collection of scammed photos with analysis . . . if you've got the time to glance over they're actually quite funny in a pathetic sort of way . . . S.L.


Must Read: A Little Perspective Is In Order

Reposted from September 26, 2011

Here`s a must read article for all you military blog readers by my friend and fellow blogger CJ Grisham, who is currently serving in Afghanistan.

Following is an excerpt from "A Little Perspective Is In Order" but you`ll need to head over to the site, where you`ll be able to read the full article.

“I recently read a story where a supposed “writer” was talking about the death of a Soldier. The unit the “writer” is embedded with has suffered many casualties during their deployment, which ends soon. I have friends in that unit that have expressed disgust with how this “writer” has completely disrespected their last two memorial ceremonies by getting in everyone’s faces and taking photos. While people were talking or grieving, he’d walk around taking photos, the audible “click, click, click” of his camera disrupting the services.

I can honestly report an occasion where I got in a reporter's face and physically made him cease and desist from the kind of behavior described above - S.L.

In this piece I read, the “writer” explained in dramatic and gory detail exactly how this Soldier had died – lying face down in the dirt, missing his arms and legs. When asked if he was okay, the Soldier responded affirmatively – either recognizing that he was about to die and didn’t want to worry his fellow troops or not realizing the gravity of his situation due to shock.

I took great disgust in this hit piece on the integrity and honor of this Soldier’s sacrifice being laid out in such gory detail for the world to see. But, it’s not the casual reader I care about. What bothers me is that this young Soldier has a family. He has a mother and father that one day will read this account and realize that their son died a painful and horrible death, face down in the dirt! It’s unconscionable that a responsible “writer” with a supposed military background would publish such details…”

Read the entire story HERE

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

AUSTRALIAN RULES UPDATE: Magpie Dane Swan wins the Brownlow Medal

Brownlow medallist Dane Swan pays tribute to those he believes won him the medal.

The Epitome of a Sportsman:

Swan paid tribute to his parents, his teammates and outgoing coach Mick Malthouse.

"He's the most important out of everyone," Swan said.

"Mick gave me a second chance and from then on I've tried to repay him as much as possible.

"To win a Brownlow for him in his last year of coaching is fantastic and something I'm immensely proud of. He's been everything to me as a coach and has been the only one I've ever had so he's made me the player I am."

Dane Swan arrives at the Brownlow count with girlfriend Taylor Wilson. Picture: David Caird

For those not aware the Antipodean Culture, the Brownlow Medal is Australian Rules Football's equivalent of the NFL's Heisman Trophy. - S.L.


SARAH WATCH: Beyond the Pale


Sarah Palin’s family attorney John Tiemessen has written a letter to Maya Mavjee, the publisher of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, that Palin may sue her, the company, and the book’s author Joe McGinniss “for knowingly publishing false statements” in his book released last week, “The Rogue,” ABC News has learned.

Read the entire letter HERE

THEY MUST FEAR HER SO: She has endured a continued character smear campaign in the media which is exceptional in it's depth and width even by the extraordinary muckraking and mudslinging standards of modern Democratic Party:

Andrew Breitbart's take on it: Random House Doubles Down, Defends Anti-Palin Literary Hoax; McGinniss Spins Emails of Omission

BREAKING: Gov. Sarah Palin Sends Letter to Crown/Random House, Warns Not to Destroy Documents Ahead of Potential Defamation Suit

Today's Black & White Bird HERE


Monday, September 26, 2011


Some good oil from a reader Down Under:

The Australia Network - part of International Broadcast Partners Television, of the Big Pond organization - continues a close association with the Australian Football League in 2011.

AFL coverage in the United States of America is televised on ESPN2. ESPN2 will carry live coverage of the 2011 Toyota AFL Grand Final.

Live online streaming of AFL matches can be viewed weekly on - The most success I had looking for Australian Rules on ESPN was the last ten minutes of a match one time, could never find it again after that. I went to - I typed in Australian Rules - nothing . . . AFL - nothing . . . Grand Final - nothing . . . Collingwood - nothing . . . maybe it has to be on the day of the match..

Visit for more information.

Better luck here - I typed in Collingwood and found replays from yesterday's match. Apparently there's an interactive link to places that will be showing the grand final live - I haven't found it yet.

Our buddy in the Lucky Country was actually at the Geelong game, reports that the Cats looked very very good, and reminds that Geelong did beat the Pies by 96 points in round 22.

Now that I'm living near several large cities (Philadelphia / Baltimore / DC ) I might even get to see it live.

"Kill for Collingwood"
- Sean Linnane

Today's Bird HERE


Sunday, September 25, 2011


This took place in my old home town Down Under yesterday - S.L.

The Mighty, Mighty Collingwood Magpies kicked five goals in the final quarter to overcome a 17-point point deficit and beat Hawthorne Hawks 68 to 65, thus qualifying for the Australian Football League Grand Final.

Yesterday's win advances the Magpies to the Grand Final against the Geelong Cats (winner of Saturday's match between Geelong and West Coast 117 to 69). The Grand Final will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, October 1 and I'm contacting the Australian Embassy in DC tomorrow to find out how we poor ex-pats can follow the game.


If football was played the way I make war, Collingwood should send twenty-two lambs hearts wrapped in butchers paper to Geelong's locker room, right before the match.

Today's Bird HERE


Saturday, September 24, 2011


Some critical but little known facts of the modern history of the Middle East . . .

And now for you Bird-watching aficionados HERE's something more about Israel I think you'll find interesting . . .


Friday, September 23, 2011



The most senior US military officer has accused Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Agency of supporting the Haqqani group in last week's attack on the US Kabul embassy.

Afghani soldiers after last weeks attack on the US Embassy in Kabul.

"The most senior US military officer has accused Pakistan's spy agency of supporting the Haqqani group in last week's attack on the US Kabul embassy.
"The Haqqani network . . . acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Agency," Adm Mike Mullen told a Senate panel.


A reader asks: "What is the game plan here, Sean? How long can we support a government that is our enemy? If Mullen is convinced, then so should we."

First of all let me point out that it is not the government of Pakistan that is our enemy, per se - it is Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Agency that we are in a defacto war against.

Just like we are in a defacto war against al Qaeda, and the Taliban.


I was going to title this post 'America's First Post-Modern-War' but that gives credence to the Blame-America-First-for-9-11 crowd, the "Bush-Lied-Thousands-Died" crew and the entire tinfoil hat-wearing Moonbeam Brigade. This is the World's first Post-Modern War. Never mind the fact that we haven't been in a declared war since the end of World War II, and likewise we haven't engaged in a war the purpose of which was to destroy the enemy's capital city, to 'capture the flag' if you will. Let's explore this theme:

Our enemies in this war are global, they hold no capital cities - beyond some worthless real estate in Somalia they hold NO cities and it's debatable whether they hold one even there. Our enemies have no uniform, no flags, no tanks, no artillery, no airplanes, and no fleet of warships. They once had an air force for a very short period of time - the morning of 9/11 - and they kamikazied them all in.

If our enemies ever assembled on a single battlefield we could crush them at once - which of course is the point why they operate the way they do. We - the Free World - have achieved such overwhelming military superiority that no enemy on Earth can prevail against us on a conventional battlefield, not even the Chinese; never mind the Iranians and the North Koreans.

And yet conflict is a part of the human condition, it is a constant, and global conflict - like Nature itself - abhors a vacuum. The label "Post-Modern War" describes a state of conflict not only with guerrilla forces - the terrorists - but a war in which enemy and allied nations themselves are in the process of disintegration into failed nation-states.

The Taliban have no country. Instead they occupy villages in the Afghan countryside and maintain a foothold in the Pakistani Northwest; a ruggedly inaccessible region known collectively as Waziristan, these tribal areas form a hinge between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Al Qaeda has no country, no flag even. They dare not surface for a political rally - even their supreme leader, hiding out in Pakistan's forbidding Tribal Territories, was not safe from our over-arching presence on the global battlefield.

The sponsorship of the Taliban and al-Qaeda by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Agency represents a dangerous step toward Pakistan's disintegration into a failed nation-state. In the World of Yesterday, this may have represented no more than an extension of the existing Federally Administered Tribal Areas - all the way to the Indian border.

Unfortunately, in the world of Today, Pakistan is a member of the Nuclear Club, and as such we cannot afford to have her fail as a state. Instead, we must struggle with the reality that we are at war with an institution that is an entity in and of itself: the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency, while at the same time the state-sponsor of this organization is a vital ally in that war.

Confusing? Welcome to the Post-Modernist War; guerrilla warfare on a global scale.


And when you think about it, what's happening is not really a new concept - it's what we call in the trade "UW "; Unconventional Warfare - taking part on a global scale.

Mao conceptualized and practiced modern guerrilla warfare. Mao said that the guerrilla is a fish, and the sea that it swims in is the surrounding population. When the guerrilla loses the support of the people, he perishes. A stark example of this was the fall of Che Guevara in Bolivia. A more recent example was the failure of al Qaeda to prevail in Iraq.

Che Guevara met death and defeat when he went against the principles of guerrilla warfare.

In Sam Peckinpah's brilliant 1977 fim "Cross of Iron" German troops on the Eastern Front in WWII discuss Clausewitz and Friedrich von Bernhardi, a Prussian general and military historian. A militarist, von Bernhardi advocated a policy of ruthless aggression and complete disregard of treaties and regarded war as a "divine business". Clausewitz, of course, coined the phrase that War is nothing more than the continuation of State Policy, or Diplomacy, by other means. He actually did not say "State policy" - he simply said Politik.

The bottom line is that Conflict manifests itself in many forms, that it is a constant of the Human Condition, and that War itself will morph and change to fit the battlefield conditions. Modern guerrilla warfare has demonstrated that smaller, more flexible groups of dedicated warriors could defeat larger standing armies - although not always. What I describe loosely as Post Modern Warfare un-constrains the themes and principles of Mao and von Clauswitz from conventional battlefields and even urban guerrilla battlefields and brings organizations and even governmental institutions into the play of the problem.

Me? My business is Chaos, and business is looking like it will be good, for a long time to come . . .


Today's Bird HERE


Thursday, September 22, 2011

OOPs I Almost forgot ! ! !

Click HERE


NRA's Life Of Duty - US Navy SEAL Adam Brown, KIA

Because of what they do, the SEALs' activities in places like Afghanistan are a closely held secret. They operate in small groups, sometimes behind enemy lines. US Navy SEAL Adam Brown was killed in action with heavily armed militants somewhere in or around Khandahar on 14 May 2010.

Adam's story is incredible, his loss is a tragedy of course. He is in Valhalla now.

This is a two part series, but for some mysterious computer reason I can't get access to part two - stand by, I'll post it later in the day. Also, due to my recent deployment, I'm not sure if I posted the final installation to the saga of ODA 574 - I will tidy that up as well. Thanks, S.L.

UPDATE - I managed to get Part Two of Adam's story to play ball and now it's posted below - thanks for working with me, Team - here it is:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Altgeld Public Housing on the far South Side of Chicago.

The problem with public housing is that the residents are not the owners.The people that live in the house did not earn the house, but were loaned the property from the true owners, the taxpayers. Because of this, the residents do not have the "pride of ownership" that comes with the hard work necessary.

Chicago Housing Project

In fact, the opposite happens and the residents resent their benefactors because the very house is a constant reminder that they themselves did not earn the right to live in the house. They do not appreciate the value of the property and see no need to maintain or respect it in any way.

Chicago Public Housing, Taylor High Rise

The result is the same whether you are talking about a studio apartment or a magnificent mansion full of priceless antiques. If the people who live there do not feel they earned the privilege, they will make this known through their actions. The pictures below illustrates the point:

The Resolute Desk was built from the timbers of the HMS Resolute and was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes. It is considered a national treasure and icon of the presidency.

Mr. Obama, you are not in public housing in Chicago. With all due respect, get your effing feet off our furniture!

Today's Bird HERE


Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Israel Soldier Adam Halley on The People, Land of Israel [Interview] from Edward F Villa on Vimeo.

Posted at Theo's - yes it's long but you should watch it at least up till 13:48 . . . "DoubleTapper" Adam Halley and I were in communication when he announced his tour this summer, but I had a busy summer pursuing opportunities that I could not afford to let go, and so we were not able to link up. This is sad because we've never met . . . here's to you DoubleTapper - I lift my glass to you on your quest . . . we will meet down the trail somewhere and hopefully sooner than later . . . S. L.

Now click HERE for something completely different.


Monday, September 19, 2011

MLK: Contrast & Compare

Going WAY out into Political Incorrectness Land here: who do YOU think the new MLK memorial statue resembles most?


Beloved Leader Kim Il Sung


Mao Tse Tung


. . . . my vote goes to:

Today's Bird HERE


Sunday, September 18, 2011


Déclaration de guerre - Prières musulmanes en plein Rome - 22 avril 2011

Declaration of war - Muslim Prayers in full Rome - April 22, 2011

I hear it more and more often these days, from friends and colleagues here at home in the U.S. and overseas; "Europe is gone, England is gone, the Muslims have taken over."

Sharia law now challenges the Judeo-Christian foundations of their host European nations. In United Kingdom, where Islamic imams now outnumber Christian pastors and converting empty church buildings into mosques has become a cottage industry, the Archbishop of Canterbury - the leader of the Church of England - recently stated that adopting elements of the Sharia law into the English judicial system was “unavoidable”.

In United Kingdom, where Islamic imams now outnumber Christian pastors and converting empty church buildings into mosques has become a cottage industry, the Archbishop of Canterbury - the leader of the Church of England - recently stated that adopting elements of the Sharia law into the English judicial system was “unavoidable”.

In France, home to an estimated 14 million Muslims, including 9 million illegal immigrants, the government no longer controls the banlieus - the densely-populated, predominantly Muslim ghettos that encircle most major French cities.

France is projected to become a majority-Muslim nation by 2040 (The Netherlands will become Western Europe's first majority-Muslim nation by 2015). Sharia is also gaining in North America.

Well I have a problem with this - I'm not ready to give Europe and the U.K. over to the ragheads. Not without a fight.

"WOAH! . . . Steady as you go there StormBringer! You can't call them ragheads! That's R-A-C-I-S-T ! ! !"

No it's not. Somebody tell me what race or ethnic group was born with a rag on their head? It's a deliberate act, a choice that they wear it. I call it the way I see it and I've worn one myself, over in the Sand Countries, because it makes sense to keep the heat and the dust off your head, and a turban works ten times better than a baseball cap.

You wear a rag on your head, you're a raghead. Point, blank and simple.

"But . . . but . . . you're out of control StormBringer! This is the proof we've all been looking for: you ARE a Nazi ! ! !"

No I'm not, in fact I hate Nazis and everything they stand for. I'm for Freedom; the Rights and Freedoms expressed in our Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and all of our founding documents from the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers right back to the Magna Carta.

I'm talking about Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Thought, Freedom from Fear and Tyranny as guaranteed by the Freedom to Bear Arms and defend myself, my family and home; Freedom to Pursue Happiness wherever and whenever I damn well please, as long as it does not intervene upon the freedom of others.

For this reason I'm against Fascists as much as I'm against Socialists and Communists - does this sound like a Nazi to you?

So lets explore this theme, shall we? If you come over to our lands to escape the poverty and oppression of your own lands, and the minute you get here you start importing the same hate and oppression you just left behind, then I'm against you. And if you're wearing a rag on your head while you're doing it, or a bedsheet, you're not only a raghead but you're also an idiot because ITs COLD IN EUROPE and those clothes don't work here!

If you bring your Sharia Law with you and impose your intolerant views upon others who live here, you're some kind of religious nut fascist, and I'm against you. This includes: street prayers (disturbing the peace), honor killings, wife beating and polygamy - all of which deny Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness.

Muslims during Friday prayers in Piazza Venezia, Rome

Now don't get me wrong and don't paraphrase me or misquote me here - I am not against Islam per se - no more than I am against any religion. I believe that all religions strive for the same goal - to understand the mysteries of the Universe, and to conceptualize the Mind of God. There is truth somewhere in all religions.

Islam was once a religion of an enlightened, introspective people - I'm talking about the Sufi or taṣawwuf ( تصوّف‎ ) traditions, which still exist but are being crowded out by the radical Wahabi ( مجلي وهبه‎ ) - I believe that Islam as we know it, as it presents itself more and more often these days, has been hijacked by radical elements and has become the Religion of Hate, Oppression and Terrorism.

Russian Senator Blames Failure of Multiculturalism for UK Riots

MOSCOW, August 10 (RIA Novosti)

Russian senator blames failure of multiculturalism for UK riotsThe death of multicultural society and the economic crisis are to blame for the riots that have convulsed London and other British cities this week, head of the Russian upper house's international affairs committee Mikhail Margelov said on Wednesday

“England pays for its tolerance,” ran the headline in one leading Russian daily, as rioting swept the UK.

Like I said I have a problem with this - I'm not ready to give up without a fight. Letting the Muslims run roughshod over our Western Culture, our Civil Institutions and our Rule of Law - all in the name of 'Multiculturalism' and 'embracing Diversity' - is nothing less than our generation's equivalent of Appeasement. Winston Churchill defined appeasement thusly: “Appeasement is throwing someone else to the crocodiles in the hopes of being eaten last.”

"Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip . . . . . . we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender . . ."

We have to understand the threat, know our enemies and have full knowledge and understanding of what is going on here if we are to prevail. If we submit to the temptation to be against all Muslims, against Islam itself as a religion, then we have just lost and the Terrorist Enemy has won, for his objective is to turn this thing into a giant religious war of all the Muslims against all of us.

There are good Muslims out there - I know because I have lived amongst them, in fact I owe my life to a Muslim. They don't want this radical Wahhabism that is sweeping their land any more than we do. That is what we fight, that is the essence of this struggle.

In the year before 9/11 I had a unique assignment in Mauritania. For the better part of six months I was the only U.S. serviceman in country, and I traveled extensively throughout in the area known as the Mahgreb; the Moorish places of North Africa. I had a memorable conversation with a Moor, in a mud hut way in a place called Chinguetti ( شنقيط ).

Chinguetti, an important Muslim holy place in the middle of the Sahara, founded in the year 777 A.D.

The common language was French, and the Moor kept referring to me as a 'Crusader'. I finally asked him if he knew what a 'Crusader' is. Certainly, he replied, and demonstrated the cross that the Crusaders wore on their cossacks. I remarked that the Muslims are still fighting the Crusades, a thousand years on, whereas in my country, the United States, people don't even know what the Crusades ARE. I wish I had a photo of the look of astonishment and despair that crossed my hosts' face: PRICELESS

Yes, I know that the Crusaders were brutal, intolerant and they slayed Muslim, Jew and Christian alike in their quest to sieze the Holy Lands from the Saracens. But we got over that, and the wisdom, knowledge and enlightenment of the East was absorbed by the Crusaders - notably the Knights Templar. That knowledge was carried back to Europe and led to the great Renaissance of Western Civilization. Somewhere along the way the Arabs got off the train and now we've got what we've got.

I personally believe that the status quo as it exists with the Muslims cannot maintain; such oppression as we see in their countries - and on their behalf within our own lands - is against the natural desire for freedom that is common to all living things. I believe that the Muslims are due for an Enlightenment and a Reformation, such as swept Christendom following the insanity of the Dark Ages, largely due to the clash of cultures that was the Crusades. And going out on a limb here, I would not be at all surprised if the Muslim Reformation manifests itself as a widespread conversion of all the Muslims to Christianity.

In the meantime, because we're freedom-minded, liberated and enlightened Westerners, we can look upon and celebrate the female form in all it's graceful beauty, and therefore we shall do so. Today's Birds have GREAT NEWS