Archive for June 22nd, 2010

Times Square Car Bomber Details Chilling Plot

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

What many people refuse to understand is that Muslims want to kill us just because we are non-Muslim. If we left their countries today and never set foot in them again, we would still be attacked. Our departures would change nothing, other than to embolden the terrorist to do even more.

NEW YORK — Admitted terrorist Faisal Shahzad was so eager to tell how he plotted to kill Americans in Times Square, he went to court with a prepared statement.

U.S. District Judge Miriam Cedarbaum refused to hear him read it Monday, instead challenging the Pakistan-born American citizen to just say “what happened.”

In an unapologetic, matter-of-fact courtroom colloquy that followed, Shahzad offered chilling details about how he trained with the Pakistani Taliban to build bombs, then returned to the U.S. to launch an attack that would avenge attacks on Muslims by U.S. forces overseas.

“One has to understand where I’m coming from,” he said in an unusual departure from tightly scripted guilty pleas, with his defense attorney and prosecutors sitting in silence in federal court in Manhattan. “I consider myself … a Muslim soldier.”

Shahzad, 30, admitted leaving an SUV rigged with a homemade bomb in bustling Times Squares on a warm night on May 1. The bomb failed to go off, and the Bridgeport, Conn., resident was arrested trying to leave the country on a Dubai-bound flight two days later.

Authorities say following his capture, Shahzad voluntarily started talking about the botched bombing right away — a pattern that continued in open court, where he agreed to plead guilty to 10 terrorism and weapons counts without the benefit of a plea deal and with certainty he’d face life in prison.

“I want to plead guilty, and I’m going to plead guilty 100 times over,” he said.

Until U.S. forces leave Muslim territory, he added, “we will be attacking U.S.”

Widely circulated snapshots of Shahzad — a U.S.-trained financial analyst and married father of two — show him with a neatly trimmed beard, all smiles and looking carefree behind sunglasses driving a car, or standing next to his American wife. When led into court on Monday, he had on a white skull cap and prisoner’s uniform, his beard shaggy and his demeanor full of pride and absent remorse.

Shahzad traced his plot to a 2009 trip to Pakistan that began only three months after he received his U.S. citizenship.

During the trip, he said he sought and received five days’ training in explosives from the Pakistani Taliban in the lawless Waziristan region before returning to the United States in February to pursue a one-man scheme to bring death and destruction to New York.

The indictment said he received $5,000 in cash on Feb. 25 from an unnamed coconspirator in Pakistan and $7,000 more on April 10, sent at the coconspirator’s direction. Shahzad said in court Monday that the Pakistani Taliban also gave him more than $4,000 when he left training camp.

He explained that he loaded his vehicle with three bomb components, hoping to set off a fertilizer-fueled bomb packed in a gun cabinet, a set of propane tanks and gas canisters rigged with fireworks to explode into a fireball. He also revealed he was carrying a folding assault rifle in a laptop computer case for “self-defense.”

Shahzad said he expected the bomb to begin going off after he lighted a fuse and waited between 2 1/2 minutes and five minutes for it to erupt.

“I was waiting to hear a sound, but I couldn’t hear any sound. … So I just walked to Grand Central (Terminal), and I went home,” he said.

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Sharia [Islamic Law] – ‘The Root of the Problem’

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Robert Spenser, director of Jihad Watch, speaks out on the root cause of honor killings.

The case in point is the “honor killing” of 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez, a Canadian Muslim girl. According to The Globe and Mail, the girl’s father, 60-year-old Muhammad Parvez and her 29-year-old brother Waqas Parvez recently pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The paper went on to say the teenage girl fought her parents for the right to wear Western clothing and refused to wear the “hijab” (Islamic head covering) they wanted her to wear. The girl wanted to apply for a part-time job against her father’s wishes and she ran away from home twice. Her father vowed he would kill her if she ever ran away again. He followed through on his threat, with the help of his son.

How on earth this is second degree murder, when it most certainly appears to be premeditated, first degree murder, is beyond me. Must have been a plea agreement.

“It’s a good thing that Aqsa Parvez’s father was convicted and will serve, along with her brother, a life sentence,” [Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch] remarks. “But it’s not enough because it is something that’s going to continue in Muslim communities in the United States and Canada until we confront the root of the problem.”

And the root of the problem, he says, is Islamic sharia law, which condones such honor killings. “This is something that the American press has gravely omitted in its coverage of such events in the United States and in Canada and elsewhere in the West,” says the Jihad Watch director. “But the unpleasant reality is that many Muslim countries — notably Syria and Jordan — actually have it on their books.”

Spencer refutes the claims by the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations that Aqsa’s murder was nothing more than an act of domestic violence that could have happened in any religion.

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Rep. Kyl: Obama Won’t Secure Border Until Lawmakers Move on Immigration Package

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

More typical behavior from our want-to-be emperor. Remember that in the language of this administration, “immigration reform” means illegal alien amnesty.

President Obama is refusing to secure the border until Congress reaches a breakthrough on comprehensive immigration reform, Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl said at a recent town hall meeting.

The No. 2 Senate Republican, in a video clip posted on YouTube showing the senator speaking to a local Tea Party crowd on Friday, said the president told him during a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office that he was concerned he wouldn’t win GOP support on immigration legislation if he took care of border security first.

“The problem is, he said, if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform,” Kyl said, as the crowd in the room gasped loudly. “In other words, they’re holding it hostage.”

The White House denied the claim on Monday. Spokesman Bill Burton and Communications
Director Dan Pfeiffer both said Kyl “knows” Obama did not make that comment to him in their meeting.

“The president didn’t say that and Senator Kyl knows it,” Pfeiffer said in a written statement. “There are more resources dedicated toward border security today than ever before, but, as the president has made clear, truly securing the border will require a comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system.”

Burton repeated the claim at the press briefing Monday afternoon.

But Kyl’s office stood by the senator’s account. Kyl spokesman Ryan Patmintra said, “There were two people in that meeting, and Dan Pfieffer was not one of them.” He said Pfeiffer’s call for comprehensive immigration legislation “only confirms” Kyl’s story.

And later, Kyl himself affirmed to Fox News the accuracy of his version: “I portrayed our conversation totally accurately … The president cannot say that what I said was incorrect.”

While Obama has pledged to send an influx of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, Kyl said in the clip that the president made clear to him that border security is just a political tool in the broader goal of passing an immigration package through Congress.

In the town hall meeting, Kyl said he was “not so sure” the president’s concern about GOP support was legitimate, but that regardless, the administration has an “obligation” to secure the border.

“They don’t want to secure the border unless and until it is combined with comprehensive immigration reform,” Kyl said. “They frankly don’t want to do it. They want to get something in return for doing their duty.”

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3.6-Million-Year-Old Fossil Expands Human Family Tree

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I’d like to make several points about the article and the following photos.
Here is a photo from the November, 2006 edition of National Geographic, that depicts the skeleton of Lucy, the purported “missing link” in the evolution of ape to man:

Lucy's Bone and Artist Conception

Interesting, huh? A full skeleton. But look at the actual “data”, or in this case, the bones, they had to work with:

Lucy's Bones

Notice how much of the top photo is artist conjecture. Is portraying a complete skeleton based on only having twenty percent of it, at best, good science? Is forensic science that good? It’s not like reconstructing a skeleton at a crime scene. We know what a modern person looks like, so filling in the missing pieces is so much easier. But in this case, we don’t have that information. Admittedly, having some of the long bones is helpful in determining height and stature, but 80% artist conjecture is not science.

Think about this folks. We are teaching an entire generation of children that this is fact, when in fact, if this information was presented in a trial, it is so flimsy that it would cause the case to be dismissed.

Let’s continue on.

In the article from Fox News, they discuss a new skeleton called Kadanuumuu, which means “big man” in the Afar language. Here is what is interesting about Kad; he predates Lucy by about 400,000 years and in the words of the projects lead author, Yohannes Haile-Selassie of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, “this individual was fully bipedal and had the ability to walk almost like modern humans.” [emphasis mine]

Notice what he said; “had the ability to walk almost like modern humans”

I know people today who “walk almost like modern humans”, myself included. So what is the difference?

Here’s his skeleton:

Kadanuumuu's Bones

Again, notice the lack of data, or bones. But also, once again, notice the presence of the long bones. A full skeleton would be mostly artist conjecture, but scientist most likely have enough evidence to determine his stature.

The joke is often made, “when did man begin to walk upright?” Apparently a lot older than any scientists thought. Maybe as far back as a certain garden…

Scientists may have found the great, great, great, etc., grandfather of the famous fossil Lucy.

A new partial skeleton of an early hominid known as Australopithecus afarensis was discovered in a mud flat of the Afar region of Ethiopia.

Dated about 3.6 million years ago, the find is about 400,000 years older than the famous Lucy, which was among the earliest upright walking hominids, researchers report in Tuesday’s edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The bones indicate this ancestor also walked upright, but was considerably larger than Lucy, who stood about 3.5 feet tall. Because of his size — he would have stood more than 5 feet tall — the new specimen has been named “Kadanuumuu,” which means “big man” in the Afar language.

“This individual was fully bipedal and had the ability to walk almost like modern humans,” said lead author Yohannes Haile-Selassie of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

“As a result of this discovery, we can now confidently say that Lucy and her relatives were almost as proficient as we are walking on two legs, and that the elongation of our legs came earlier in our evolution than previously thought,” he said in a statement.

Australopithecus afarensis is the best-known direct early human ancestor. Until now, the only partial skeleton assigned to this species was Lucy, the 3.2 million-year-old female discovered in 1974 by a team led by then Museum curator Dr. Donald Johanson.

“Ardi,” or Ardipithecus ramidus is a 4.4 million-year-old hominid species unveiled in October 2009 by a team that included Haile-Selassie, Lovejoy, and Museum scientists and associate researchers Dr. Linda Spurlock, Dr. Bruce Latimer and Dr. Scott Simpson. “Ardi” was named by the journal Science as breakthrough discovery of the year.

The find was made by an international team led by Haile-Selassie and Owen Lovejoy of the Cleveland museum. The research was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Leakey Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

One last comment. Even Fox News is guilty of portraying the “evolution” of ape to human as fact, when it has yet to be the least bit proven. The saga continues…

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Also see:
Evolution’s Big Problems, Part 1.
Evolution’s Big Problems, Part 2.
Evolution’s Big Problems, Part 3.
Evolution’s Big Problems, Part 4.
Evolution’s Big Problems, Part 5.