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Angry at Israel
Police are calling the attack at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle a "hate crime". Ya think?
The gunman is a U.S. citizen, and police said initial contacts with him by phone while he was inside the building indicated that he was a Muslim.

Amy Wasser-Simpson, the federation's vice president, told the Seattle Times in a story on its Web site that the man got past security at the building and shouted, "I'm a Muslim American; I'm angry at Israel," before he began shooting.
He killed one woman and wounded five others.

Previous thread on this attack here.
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UK Paratroopers take 700 Taliban scalps in ten weeks
Who says the British don't have what it takes any more? The Taliban are being utterly destroyed all over Afghanistan.
Paratroopers have killed more than 700 Taliban fighters during fierce battles in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence confirmed yesterday.

For 10 weeks troops have been in engaged in daily gunfights for control of towns and villages under the sway of insurgent commanders.

Although military chiefs estimated the Taliban strength to be around 1,000 when they arrived in May, they were yesterday reticent about claiming victory as battles are continuing and terrorist reinforcements arrived from Pakistan. However, it is the first time a figure of insurgent dead has been confirmed. Many casualties were caused by airstrikes, with RAF Harriers and US A10 fighters dropping 500lb laser-guided bombs.

Men from 3Bn the Parachute Regiment, part of the 3,600-strong Helmand Task Force, had been putting "thousands of rounds down," regimental sources said.

One officer said: "We are taking out six here, 10 there or another 20 somewhere else. There are 700 dead and we are only half way through the tour." However, the MoD indicated that "Taliban" casualty figures could include villagers who took on coalition troops once a month or fighters paid to fire a rocket propelled grenade or a machine gun.

Despite the release of the figures, an MoD spokesman said the mission's purpose was providing security for reconstruction. However, he added: "Every time we meet the Taliban we are defeating them and they are taking extraordinary casualties."
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BREAKING NEWS: Several people shot at Jewish Federation in Seattle
BREAKING NEWS:Several people shot at Jewish Federation in Seattle
One person has died and several are injured.

Update (thanks to Memphis Bill): A witness said the shooter was upset about "what was going on in Israel."

Update (thanks to lady redhawk): "The suspect is a Pakistani man with a criminal background."

KING5 TV (thanks to Thousand Sons)
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Whitewashing terror
How does Human Rights Watch classify Hezbollah?
"Hezbollah is an organized political Islamist group based in Lebanon, with a military arm and a civilian arm, and is represented in the Lebanese parliament and government. As such a group, and as a party to the conflict with Israel, it is bound to conduct hostilities in compliance with customary international humanitarian law and common Article 3."
Read this article from NGO Monitor: Human Rights Watch's Q&A on Lebanon War: Selective and Distorted Application of International Law
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Hands off
So George Bush gave Angela Merkel a neck massage and people are screaming sexual harassment: Bush's Massage-Gate: Rubbing the Chancellor's Neck and Getting an Earful. I doubt that Bush was trying to harass Merkel or that he was trying to grope her, I'm sure he thought of the massage as a friendly gesture because that's how a lot of people think of it.

I don't know how Angela felt about it, from the pictures she looked like she wanted to slap him. I'd want to slap him too. I hate it when family, friends or co-workers try to give me a massage without asking, especially co-workers who think rubbing my shoulders is a friendly thing to do everytime they pass by my desk.

You'd think the cringing look on my face when I see them approaching and the fact that I try to hide my neck between my shoulders and my shoulders behind my ears would be a hint but apparently it's not a very good hint. I actually had to resort to telling them to quit touching me and then put up with hurt looks.

If this happens again, I'm going to throw my hands up in the air like Angela did. Maybe I'll get lucky and accidentally give them a black eye.
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Homo Asked; Tells
What part of Don't Ask, Don't Tell don't you understand, maggots, faggots, and other words ending in -aggots?

Reporters just love it when the military discharges someone who is simultaneously gay and has a needed skill-it lets them hammer the Pentagon over and over with the fact that National Security is Being Damaged! ...By Republican Homophobia! (Never mind of course that Don't Ask, Don't Tell was Clinton's formula). Try to grasp the subtlety of this reporter's argument. I know it'll be difficult to get it through your thick skull, Neanderthals, but just try:
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - A decorated sergeant and Arabic language specialist was dismissed from the U.S. Army under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, though he says he never told his superiors he was gay and his accuser was never identified.

(...)

An eight-month Army investigation culminated in Copas' honorable discharge on Jan. 30 — less than four years after he enlisted, he said, out of a post-Sept. 11 sense of duty to his country.

(...)

More than 11,000 service members have been dismissed under the policy, including 726 last year — an 11 percent jump from 2004 and the first increase since 2001.

That's less than a half-percent of the more than 2 million soldiers, sailors and Marines dismissed for all reasons since 1993, according to the General Accountability Office.

But the GAO also noted that nearly 800 dismissed gay or lesbian service members had critical abilities, including 300 with important language skills. Fifty-five were proficient in Arabic, including Copas, a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in California.

Discharging and replacing them has cost the Pentagon nearly $369 million, according to the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Got that, you Rethuglican morons?

Now, no one can thoughtfully disagree that perhaps the military should leave gay people alone if they're contributing. Arguably, famous poofter Alan Turing helped win World War II. Would the world have been better off if he had been kicked out of the military? Obviously not. However, this guy was apparently turning ex-lovers into outraged wildebeests left and right, and one of them decided to snitch:
Lt. Col. James Zellmer, Copas' commanding officer in the 313th military intelligence battalion, told the AP that "the evidence clearly indicated that Sgt. Copas had engaged in homosexual acts."

While investigators were never able to determine who the accuser was, "in the end, the nature and the volume of the evidence and Sgt. Copas's own sworn statement led me to discharge him," Zellmer said.

Military investigators wrote that Copas "engaged in at least three homosexual relationships, and is dealing with at least two jealous lovers, either of whom could be the anonymous source providing this information."
I would kick him and his lovers out for causing controversy and wasting everyone's time. It doesn't exactly sound like he was cracking the Enigma code or anything; Arabic is a pedestrian language spoken by millions of not-too-bright people.

Here's the most hilarious part:
Shortly after Copas was appointed to the 82nd Airborne's highly visible All-American Chorus last May, the first e-mail came to the chorus director.

"The director brought everyone into the hallway and told us about this e-mail they had just received and blatantly asked, 'Which one of you are gay?'" Copas said.

Copas later complained to the director and his platoon sergeant, saying the questions violated "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

"They said they would watch it in the future," Copas said. "And they said, even specifically then, 'Well, you are not gay are you?' And I said, 'no.'"

The accuser, who signed his e-mails "John Smith" or "ftbraggman," pressed Copas' superiors to take action against him or "I will inform your entire battalion of the information that I gave you."

On Dec. 2, investigators formally interviewed Copas and asked if he understood the military's policy on homosexuals, if he had any close acquaintances who were gay, and if he was involved in community theater. He answered affirmatively.
Well of COURSE involvement in community theater points to faggotry! What kind of red-blooded straight man would be into theater? Mark Steyn, that's who. He should have deployed the Mark Steyn defense: "are you calling Mark Steyn a faggot? Because Mark Steyn likes Broadway shows! If Mark Steyn is not a faggot, you must acquit!"
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