Hit and Run in San Francisco

No, no, it’s not some new naughty term…

A San Francisco driver, a male (that’s all the description we’re getting so far), has been taken into custody after injuring 13 people, three critically in what appear to be deliberate incidents.

More here.

A reader emails to say there’s no way this suspect is a non-Muslim. Based on the coverage noted above, it’s hard to argue. Thoughts?

Update 3:

The Mercury News is not helping matters, suggesting Popal was suffering “wedding jitters.” As Bookworm Room says, “Some of us deal with our jitters with ice cream, some with therapy, some with alcohol, and some with attempted mass murder. It’s all clear to me now.”

More links from Bookworm: Witnesses say Popal claimed he was a terrorist, though police deny it.

Update 2: MEC at The Art of Politics has more on the suspect Omeed Aziz Popal, and notes a chilling possibility.

Update: AJ at the Strata-Sphere has this story and notes an article claiming:

The driver was in police custody. His name was not immediately released, but Department of Motor Vehicles records show the license plate on the SUV is registered to Omeed A. Popal of Fremont.

AJ leaps to compare this “attack” (as described in AJ’s linked article) to the Muslim running over people in Chapel Hill, NC this spring.

I condemn this stereotyping in the strongest possible… oh, who am I kidding? Did anyone really think this was not going to link back to irrational hatred?

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    Kerry The Kidder

    Ohio was stolen!

    The AP story nails it in the lede:

    Sen. John Kerry didn’t contest the results at the time, but now that he’s considering another run for the White House, he’s alleging election improprieties by the Ohio Republican who oversaw the deciding vote in 2004.

    OK, that’s one motivation for him to decide to whine, 22 months later. Any more?

    An e-mail from Kerry will be sent to 100,000 Democratic donors Tuesday asking them to support U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland for governor of Ohio. The bulk of the e-mail criticizes Strickland’s opponent, GOP Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, for his dual role in 2004 as President Bush’s honorary Ohio campaign co-chairman and the state’s top election official.

    “He used the power of his state office to try to intimidate Ohioans and suppress the Democratic vote,” Kerry says in the e-mail, according to a copy provided in advance.

    Kerry, D-Massachusetts, conceded the election when he lost Ohio and its 20 electoral votes. A recount requested by minor-party candidates showed Bush won by about 118,000 votes out of 5.5 million cast. But Kerry’s e-mail says Blackwell “used his office to abuse our democracy and threaten basic voting rights.”

    Wow, that’s frightening. Chilling, even. Blackwell intimidated more than 118,000 voters, trying to suppress the Democratic vote.

    What about this court ruling from the 2004 elections- that I noted in July 2005:

    16 party operatives have been convicted of electoral law violations over the past 7 months. Another operative is going on trial in October for plotting the murder of one of the witnesses.

    The operative plotting murder got 10 years- sentenced on July 31, 2006.

    This blockbuster, vote-buying, murder-plotting story must have been national news that escaped attention somehow. Wait a tic:

    Charles Powell, head of the Democratic Party in East St. Louis, got a sentence earlier this year of 21 months and a fine of $2,500. The punishment for some precinct committeemen ranged from probation to 18 months in prison.

    The federal investigation showed that party workers gave $5 to $10 apiece to individuals they thought were unlikely to vote otherwise in the fall 2004 election.

    East St. Louis politicians got more than $70,000 from the St. Clair County Democratic Party for a get-out-the-vote effort. The county party was not accused of wrongdoing. Most of the money was used for legitimate purposes, Judge Murphy said at Ellis’ sentencing in February.

    Oh, so it was DEMOCRATIC operatives buying votes and plotting murder. That must be why Kerry’s baseless accusation is front page news at CNN, and few have ever heard about the Democratic corruption in East St. Louis.

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    The Coolest Thing of All Time

    Via Ace, comes word that Saddam Hussein has been forced to watch South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut!

    For the uninitiated, the plot line revolves around the Iraqi dictator, who was ‘killed by a pack of wild boars’ and arrives in Hell to become Satan’s bitch. Only Saddam gets the upper, uh, hand in the relationship and spurs Satan to try to take over Earth.

    Point: Lots and lots of gay sex references between Saddam and Satan, many of which (despite the film’s title) were cut to keep South Park: BLU at an R rating. Highly offensive (and funny) material, and if it’s true that Saddam has been subjected to this, it’s truly a great day for the United States of America, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, and karma in general.

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    Nagin the Nitwit

    Nagin Compares Katrina to 9/11:

    New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin criticized efforts to redevelop the World Trade Center site when confronted in a television interview about delays in rebuilding his city after Hurricane Katrina.

    During the “60 minutes” interview, a correspondent pointed out flood-damaged cars still on the streets of New Orleans’ devastated Ninth Ward. Nagin replied, “You guys in New York can’t get a hole in the ground fixed, and it’s five years later. So let’s be fair,” according to CBS.

    Actually, Ray-Ray, NYC is doing a lot. WTC 7 is rebuilt and opened a couple months back.

    You’ve still got cars in the 9th Ward, and $110 billion later, you haven’t hooked ‘em up to your standard type tow truck.

    I’d even guess that your school busses are still in that flooded lot, given your sorry performance.

    Of course it’s all still the federal government’s fault… Pathetic.

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    Irrationality Could Decide War on Terror

    Prophecy, Belief, Prejudice, and Fear

    Allah delivers a beat-down to all the August 22nd prophecy-mongers. In case you missed it, supposedly Ahmedinejad had made repeated reference to this year’s anniversary of the night in Islam where Mohammad travels by flight to the ‘farthest mosque’, a reference to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

    Even noted Middle East historian Bernard Lewis was taken in, but as Allah @ Hot Air notes, such Western credulity undercuts the real menace Ahmedinejad and Iran can be- by “crying wolf”.

    Also from HotAir is a report on the recent expelling of two Muslim men from a UK-bound Spanish flight.

    The men were forced to leave the flight after fellow passengers wrongly suspected them of being terrorists. Several people on board flight ZB 613 from Malaga to Manchester demanded their removal.

    Cabin crew informed Spanish authorities and the men were ordered off the Monarch Airlines flight and questioned by police for several hours. They were eventually cleared and put on an alternative flight.

    Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the incident demonstrated the “the high level of suspicion that ordinary Muslims are often being unfairly subjected to” and said that many Muslims were being treated as if they were “guilty unless proven innocent”.

    As unfortunate as this incident is, (and patently discriminatory to the men ordered off the plane), this is a real sign of progress in the war on terror.

    We appear to be getting beyond the mythological and delusional mantras that all Muslims are practitioners of the Religion Of Peace, and while the Spanish airline incident indicates a vast overreaction, at least the herd are waking up to the threat.

    Collective non-violent punishment of all Muslims- imposed not by government, but by society as a whole, could be an important tool in moving “moderate Muslims” to rein in the more virulent death merchants in their midst.

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    What is it good for?

    Absolutely everything, say it again:

    Counter-terrorism and justice do not always march in step and nor is the easy response, that justice must always come first, enough of an answer.

    Reports from Pakistan suggest that much of the intelligence that led to the raids came from that country and that some of it may have been obtained in ways entirely unacceptable here.
    In particular Rashid Rauf, a British citizen said to be a prime source of information leading to last week’s arrests, has been held without access to full consular or legal assistance. Disturbing reports in Pakistani papers that he had “broken” under interrogation have been echoed by local human rights bodies. The Guardian has quoted one, Asma Jehangir, of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, who has no doubt about the meaning of broken. “I don’t deduce, I know - torture,” she said. “There is simply no doubt about that, no doubt at all.” If this is shown to be the case, the prospect of securing convictions in this country on his evidence will be complicated.

    Pakistan played a crucial part in stopping another 9/11 in the British air bombing plot. 10 planes X at least 300 people per plane = 3,000 lives.

    The ethical dilemma of the day is this: under what circumstances is it acceptable, even appropriate, to inflict pain and suffering on a suspected terrorist?

    To put it another way, knowing what we know now, had American forces captured Ramsi Binalshibh, a key 9/11 facilitator, before the attacks, and knowing he was 1) al-Qaeda, and 2) that al-Qaeda was planning a major attack, to what lengths would you have had our intelligence/law enforcement agents go to protect American lives?

    Harsh questioning. Sleep deprivation. Water-boarding. Women pointing and laughing at his tiny genitals. Naked men pyramids. Listening to Christina Aguilera. Being read Harry Potter. Urinating on the Koran. Beatings.

    Given 1) and 2) above, I would hope that American forces would do all those things when necessary in order to save lives.

    In fact, I’d say they were obligated to use such measures, including more violent methods that do not put the subject’s life at actual peril. If their supporting information is good enough, even more extreme techniques may be warranted.

    Torture one person, save 3,000 lives. Formerly an abstract concept, it is now reality.

    Of course, as MEC reminds me, this post was better written at The Art of Politics. Hmph. GMTA and all that.

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    Patriotism in Doubt

    Woman Attempts Small Explosive Device at White House- via the Strata-Sphere. AJ says he saw it on Fox News, and assuming this isn’t a literal firecracker type story, it’s a figurative firecracker story.

    This CNN story is completely devoid of context like- was this woman arrested with the 13″ machete part of a group, why was she there, what were her intentions, etc. It’s also totally unclear if this is AJ Strata’s “bomber”.

    The only thing to go on is the thin gruel of CNN’s story. Had it been a lone white male no shortage of detail and innuendo would exist. Therefore, I’ll make an educated guess that this chick was a Code Pink type in opposition to Chimpy McBushHitlerBurton’s policies and existence.

    Update: Here’s a 13″ machete…

    Oh, and from the CNN article- I censored it- the woman’s name:

    Spokeswoman Kim Bruce said Ashwak Saleh was taken into custody and charged with possession of a prohibited weapon after she displayed a 13-inch machete on the sidewalk outside the White House.

    Isolated incident, I’m sure. Or was she in DC attending yesterday’s Hezbollah rally at the White House?

    Either way, I think it’s safe to doubt the patriotism of those at the Hezbollah rally and those who sharpen machetes on the curb in front of the White House.

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    Are we to blame for innocent deaths?

    Grim says yes, but not in the way you might expect:

    The gentle soul — how I respect her! — will begin by pointing out how many innocents have died in the recent wars, and especially the children, who are the most obviously innocent. She will point out figures for Iraq, for Afghanistan, for Lebanon, and ask: “How can you justify this? These poor children, who might have been good men, good women, lain in the cold earth?”

    We have all had the conversation that far, have we not? We are accustomed to reply: “But the enemy is the one that targets children. We try our best to avoid hurting children. That makes us better. Furthermore, the enemy hides himself among children. As a result, in spite of our best efforts, sometimes children die on the other side also. But again, it is not our fault — it is his fault. He endangers them.”

    She replies: “But how can you justify their deaths? Regardless of how hard you try, will you not kill them? Some of them? Should we not choose peace instead?”

    Read all of it.

    Perceptions of this global war are beginning to change. We see it in increasing public weariness of this war. The Lamont campaign against Lieberman may prove not to be a Nutroots triumph, but the end of the left’s 5 year hissy fit. When Joe Lieberman is returned to the Senate with a double-digit win in November, the liberal constituents of Connecticut will be voting not for George W. Bush, but for a serious recognition of the stakes involved in the fight against global terror.

    The shampoo-and-iPod army of British “Asians”, most apparently born and bred in the United Kingdom, are moving beyond their 7/7/05 bombings to murder on a massive scale. This cannot sit well with John Bull. The British government’s obeisance to radical Islam is likely to change.

    Tolerant societies cannot tolerate evil- the very evil that puts the innocent children of Beirut, Beslan, Haifa, Bali, Madrid, Moscow, London, Mumbai, New York, Washington, and Shanksville at risk.

    Islamic fascism, brought to you by those who will stop at nothing to bring their unholy visions to pass, is the enemy. The Islamofascists know we do not want to harm innocents. Therefore, like Hezbollah, they place their rocket launchers amongst civilians. Hezbollah carefully manages what gets seen on the evening news (see many examples at Hotair). Why? They know Westerners do not want to see dead children on TV, and they will exploit this weakness in order to destroy our will to fight.

    Weakness? Yes, they consider it so. The truly hateful celebrate the deaths of captives, of office workers, any person belonging to Western civilization, no matter what. Thus the celebrations in the West Bank on 9/11.

    A great American once said: “War is cruelty. There’s no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is the sooner it’ll be over.” and also: “Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.”

    Grim’s post (above) makes the point that minimizing the cruelty involved in this war is to some extent keeping the war (and cruelty) going. Sherman burned Atlanta and destroyed crops to break the will of the Confederacy. The Civil War’s cause wasn’t literally about slavery, but its effect ended the abhorrent enslavement of other human beings (in the US), and set the country on a long and painful road to full equality.

    This global war on terror is somewhat similar, though its cause is less clear. Obviously, the attacks of 9/11 and Osama’s 1998 declaration of war are signposts, but the true cause is related to what I consider a likely outcome of the war, once it is over.

    I hope that one result of the global war on terror is an end to the divide between the Western and Arab/Muslim worlds in standards of living, freedom, and tolerance of others.

    Lincoln said that the nation could not long endure being half slave and half free. The international system faces a similar test now, and this is no time for half measures.

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    Isn’t it great?

    No one’s blotting to blow up airlines over the Atlantic.

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    Breaking: Adnan Hajj’s original version

    Exclusive development in the Reutergate scandal- see here, here, here, here, and here for background. I received this photo from an unimpeachable source within al-Reuters.

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    Original Beirut Burning Photo

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