What’s up in Boston?

January 31, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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A marketing campaign??? Are you kidding me? Didn’t anyone learn anything from the Mission Impossible news box fiasco? Scroll down for more info.

Boston is virtually shut-down:

Suspicious packages found in 4 areas of Boston

BOSTON (Reuters) – Four suspicious packages were found in separate locations around Boston on Wednesday hours after a bomb squad detonated another suspicious package below a highway, police said.

The packages were found near the New England Medical Center, the Longfellow Bridge that connects Boston with Cambridge, the Boston University Bridge and on Storrow Drive near Charles Street in downtown Boston, police said.

“Right now they’re under investigation,” said a Boston Police Department spokesman.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority spokesman Joe Pesaturo said one of the train system’s busiest lines have been stopped.

U.S. Coast Guard said it closed Boston’s Charles River amid the security alert.

Are we looking at a hoax? Possible dry run for real terrorism? Diversion for other bad activity? Currently Fox is reporting that they may be hoaxes. The calls about the packages came in around 1:00 PM.

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Fox now reporting: From Homeland Security, device on I95 was a computer keyboard stuck to an I beam with a picture of a guy possibly flipping the bird at local authorities.

Update:

Holy Crap – it was a marketing campaign for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim!

Hoax Devices Create Gridlock In Boston
Devices Part Of Cartoon Marketing Campaign

(WBZ) BOSTON The suspicious devices which forced bomb units to scramble across Boston today were actually magnetic lights that are part of a marketing campaign for a television cartoon.

The reports forced the temporary shutdowns of Interstate 93 out of the city, a key inbound roadway, a bridge between Boston and Cambridge, and a portion of the Charles River but were quickly determined not to be explosive.

“It’s a hoax — and it’s not funny,” Gov. Deval Patrick said.

All of the devices are magnetic lights which resemble a character on the show “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”, on Turner Broadcasting’s Cartoon Network.

WBZ has obtained a statement from Turner Broadcasting:

“The “packages” in question are magnetic lights that pose no danger. They are part of an outdoor marketing campaign in 10 cities in support of Adult Swim’s animated television show Aqua Teen Hunger Force. They have been in place for two to three weeks in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Parent company Turner Broadcasting is in contact with local and federal enforcement on the exact locations of the billboards. We regret that they mistakenly thought to pose any danger.”

A total of nine devices were found in Boston and Somerville.

The first device was found at an MBTA subway and bus station located under Interstate 93 on Wednesday morning. The device was detonated and determined to be harmless, but as a precaution the station and the interstate shut down temporarily.

Then, around 1 p.m., four calls came into Boston Police reporting suspicious devices at the Boston University Bridge and the Longfellow Bridge, which both span the Charles River, and the corner of Stuart and Columbus Streets and at the Tufts-New England Medical Center.

Another device was found in Somerville under the McGrath Highway Bridge.

The FBI is assisting Boston police in the investigation. F-B-I spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz says the investigation remains “fluid.” She stresses the devices are NOT related to terrorism.

They support the troops with graffitti, spit, and threats

January 29, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Activism, Are you kidding me?, Democrats, News 

You probably have already heard that the moonbats – those wonderful activists that work for the betterment of the world, have left their mark on the Capitol steps.

Graffiti:

Anti-war protesters were allowed to spray paint on part of the west front steps of the United States Capitol building after police wereordered to break their security line by their leadership, two sources toldThe Hill.

According to the sources, police officers were livid when theywere told to fall back by U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Chief Phillip Morse andDeputy Chief Daniel Nichols. “They were the commanders on the scene,” one source said,who requested anonymity. “It was disgusting.”

After police ceded the stairs, located on the lower west front of the Capitol, the building was locked down, the source added.

A second source who witnessed the incident said that the policehad the crowd stopped at Third Street, but were told to bring the police line in front of the Capitol.

Approximately 300 protesters were allowed to take the steps and began to spray paint “anarchist symbols” and phrase such as “Our capitol building” and “you can’t stop us” around the area, the source said.

Spit:

There were a few tense moments, however, including an encounter involving Joshua Sparling, 25, who was on crutches and who said he was a corporal with the 82nd Airborne Division and lost his right leg below the knee in Ramadi, Iraq. Mr. Sparling spoke at a smaller rally held earlier in the day at the United States Navy Memorial, and voiced his support for the administration’s policies in Iraq.

Later, as antiwar protesters passed where he and his group were standing, words were exchanged and one of the antiwar protestors spit at the ground near Mr. Sparling; he spit back.

Threats:

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Photo links to moonbat protester photo page.

And finally…

Puke

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Some lively quotes from the pukey video of Jane:

…I haven’t spoken at an antiwar rally in 34 years because I’ve been afraid that because of the lies that have been and continue to be spread about me and that war, that they would be used to hurt this new anti-war movement. But silence is no longer an option. {enthusiastic nostalgic applause}

I’m so sad that we still have to do this – that we did not learn the lessons from the Viet Nam War. {Yes Jane – you did not learn the lessons did you? What about that apology?} That we’ve made the same mistakes, blindness to the realities on the ground, hubris and arrogance in dealing with a people and culture far older than we are and that we understand so little. {A people and culture far older than we are? What are you saying here Jane? We’re not being understanding enough of a group of misogynistic people who would have no problem beheading you after humiliating you in the worst possible physical ways?}

update.png This montage shows the protestors getting past the barricade and going up the Capitol steps

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More from HotAir.com , Michelle Malkin, and Captain’s Quarters

Take a moment for Mark Daily

January 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Heroes, News 

I learned about 2nd LT Mark Daily this morning from Michelle Malkin’s blog. He was killed in Mosul this past week in an IED attack. Take a moment to learn about him, pray for him, and thank him.

An excerpt from his MySpace, WHY I JOINED:

I joined the fight because it occurred to me that many modern day “humanists” who claim to possess a genuine concern for human beings throughout the world are in fact quite content to allow their fellow “global citizens” to suffer under the most hideous state apparatuses and conditions. Their excuses used to be my excuses. When asked why we shouldn’t confront the Ba’ath party, the Taliban or the various other tyrannies throughout this world, my answers would allude to vague notions of cultural tolerance (forcing women to wear a veil and stay indoors is such a quaint cultural tradition), the sanctity of national sovereignty (how eager we internationalists are to throw up borders to defend dictatorships!) or even a creeping suspicion of America’s intentions. When all else failed, I would retreat to my fragile moral ecosystem that years of living in peace and liberty had provided me. I would write off war because civilian casualties were guaranteed, or temporary alliances with illiberal forces would be made, or tank fuel was toxic for the environment. My fellow “humanists” and I would relish contently in our self righteous declaration of opposition against all military campaigns against dictatorships, congratulating one another for refusing to taint that aforementioned fragile moral ecosystem that many still cradle with all the revolutionary tenacity of the members of Rage Against the Machine and Greenday. Others would point to America’s historical support of Saddam Hussein, sighting it as hypocritical that we would now vilify him as a thug and a tyrant. Upon explaining that we did so to ward off the fiercely Islamist Iran, which was correctly identified as the greater threat at the time, eyes are rolled and hypocrisy is declared. Forgetting that America sided with Stalin to defeat Hitler, who was promptly confronted once the Nazis were destroyed, America’s initial engagement with Saddam and other regional actors is identified as the ultimate argument against America’s moral crusade.

And maybe it is. Maybe the reality of politics makes all political action inherently crude and immoral. Or maybe it is these adventures in philosophical masturbation that prevent people from ever taking any kind of effective action against men like Saddam Hussein. One thing is for certain, as disagreeable or as confusing as my decision to enter the fray may be, consider what peace vigils against genocide have accomplished lately. Consider that there are 19 year old soldiers from the Midwest who have never touched a college campus or a protest who have done more to uphold the universal legitimacy of representative government and individual rights by placing themselves between Iraqi voting lines and homicidal religious fanatics. Often times it is less about how clean your actions are and more about how pure your intentions are.

That was just a small bit from the middle of his explanation. Please read it for yourself at the MySpace link above.

In the Interests section under movies, he wrote this:

If you really want to understand me, watch Schindler’s List followed by Saving Private Ryan.

Peace be with you Mark Daily.

Cure for AIDS! Terror list shiekh has all the answers…

January 18, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Are you kidding me?, Health, News, Terrorism 

Come one, come all, I have here in this mysterious bottle the cure for what ails you! That’s basically the equivalent to what this guy is saying but I think he has some sort of machine instead of snake oil in a bottle. But we really can’t be sure because he’s not revealing much except that he’d share the cure with the US if he’s removed from the terrorist watchlist.

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The link to the full video is here. And a thank you to Allah Pundit at HotAir.com

Michelle Malkin is back from Baghdad

January 17, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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Michelle Malkin and colleague, Bryan Preston, are back after embedding with U.S. Army troops at Forward Operating Base Justice in northern Baghdad. I’m glad to hear that Michelle plans an exclusive to the New York Post on the not so stellar reporting by the AP and today’s blog entry will be followed up with more of her adventures in Baghdad.

MichelleMalkin.com

Bryan Preston’s account at HotAir.com

Video at HotAir

Update: Audio Interview of Michelle Malkin by Laura Ingraham via HotAir.com

More from Bryan

Jainal Antel Sali Jr. killed by special forces

January 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Top al-Qaida-Linked Militant Killed

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – A top al-Qaida-linked militant accused of masterminding the kidnapping of three Americans who was long wanted by U.S. and Philippine authorities has been killed, the military said Wednesday.

Jainal Antel Sali Jr., popularly known as Abu Sulaiman – a top leader of the Abu Sayyaf rebel group – was fatally shot in a fierce gunbattle Tuesday in a clash with army special forces, military chief Gen. Hermogenes Esperon said.

Sulaiman is the highest-ranking Abu Sayyaf commander killed by U.S.-backed troops. Washington had offered up to $5 million for his capture.

“We have resolved that this group and their major commanders must be finished off, that this notorious group should see its end,” Esperon told a news conference.

More here

The three Americans kidnapped (among those of other nationalities) May 27, 2001, by the Abu Sayyaf terroist group were Martin & Gracia Burnham and Guillermo Sobero. Martin Burnham was killed during firefight between the Philippine military and the terrorists on June 7, 2002. Gracia Burnham was injured from the gun battle but was finally free. Sobero was beheaded sometime around June11, 2002.

In case you’ve forgotten, here is a chronology of events.

  • May 28, 2001 – Suspected ASG gunmen raid the Dos Palmas resort off the western Philippines island of Palawan and seize 20 hostages including a US couple and former Manila Times owner Reghis Romero. Arroyo rules out ransom and orders the military to go after the kidnappers.
  • May 29, 2001 – Malacañang imposes a news blackout in Basilan province where the Abu Sayyaf are reported to have gone.
  • May 30, 2001 – US State Department Spokesman Philip Reeker calls for the “swift, safe and unconditional release of all the hostages.” An Olympus camera and an ATM card of one the hostages are found in Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi island. Pictures of Abu Sayyaf leaders are released to media by the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
  • May 31, 2001 – The military fails to locate the bandits and the hostages despite search and rescue operations in Jolo, Basilan and Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi.
  • June 1, 2001 – Military troops engage Abu Sayyaf bandits in Tuburan town in Basilan. ASG spokesman Abu Sabaya threatens to behead two of the hostages.
  • June 2, 2001 – ASG troops invade Lamitan town and seize the Jose Maria Torres Memorial Hospital and the Saint Peter’s church. Soldiers surround the bandits and engage them in a day-long firefight. Several hostages, including businessman Reghis Romero, were able to escape. Witnesses say the bandits escape from Lamitan at around 5:30 in the afternoon, taking four medical personnel from the hospital.
  • June 3, 2001 – Soldiers recover the bodies of hostages Sonny Dacquer and Armando Bayona in Barangay Bulanting. They were beheaded.
  • June 4, 2001 – Military officials ask for a state of emergency in Basilan. President Arroyo turns the request down.
  • June 5, 2001 – At least 16 soldiers are reported killed and 44 others wounded during a firefight between government troops and Abu Sayyaf bandits in Mount Sinangkapan in Tuburan town. President Arroyo promises P5 million to the family of retired Col. Fernando Bajet for killing ASG chieftain Abu Sulayman alias Kumander Yusuf, last June 2. ASG leaders contact a government designated intermediary for possible negotiations.
  • June 6, 2001 – ASG leader Abu Sabaya tells Radio Mindanao Network that US hostage Martin Burnham sustained a gunshot wound on the back during a recent exchange of gunfire with government troops. AFP officials clear the Moro Islamic Liberation Front of helping the Abu Sayyaf. The Commission on Human Rights dispatches a team to investigate alleged human rights violations in Basilan.
  • June 7, 2001 – Government troops and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) integrees capture an ASG stronghold in Sitio Kalbatong, Panlima Estino town in Jolo. ASG leader Abu Sabaya threatens to kill three American hostages if government refuses to allow Malaysian nationals to negotiate for the release of hostages. President Arroyo awards P1 million to the widow of slain retired Col. Fernando Bajet.
  • June 8, 2001 – Rumors abound that the bandits are negotiating for the release of Hector Janjalani, elder brother of ASG chief Khaddafy Janjalani, in exchange for the release of ailing American hostage Guillermo Sobero. National Security Adviser Roilo Golez denies the rumors. Three FBI agents start information-gathering operation in coordination with Philippine military.
  • June 9, 2001 – Army Lt. Gene Kenneth Bulong, who died in a firefight with the Abu Sayyaf in Lamitan, Basilan, is laid to rest with full military honors. Two suspected ASG bandits are killed by the Philippine Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade in Barangay Maligi, Isabela, Basilan.
  • June 10, 2001 – Libyan President Muammar Khadafi offers to help negotiate with the Abu Sayyaf.
  • June 11, 2001 – Fifteen people, mostly coconut plantation workers, are taken hostage by ASG bandits in Lantawan town after the bandits burned at least five houses and a Catholic chapel. ASG defers the beheading of three American hostages after government agrees to let a Malaysian envoy negotiate for the hostages. Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issues a travel advisory barring nationals from touring Mindanao and Palawan.
  • June 12, 2001 – ASG leader Abu Sabaya announces the beheading of American Guillermo Sobero “as a gift to the country on (its) Independence Day.” Military refuses to confirm the report. President Arroyo calls for an emergency meeting and denounces the bandits’ acts as “ruthless and cowardly.” A decapitated body is found in Tipo-Tipo town in Basilan. Local officials quickly identify the corpse as that of a certain Udstadz Mohaymin Saji, not Peruvian-American hostage Guillermo Sobero.
  • June 13, 2001 – Military officials claim Guillermo execution was a bluff. Abu Sayyaf bandits launch recruitment drive in Basilan, offering P30,000 and arms to residents.
  • June 16, 2001 – Three Filipino hostages are released.
  • June 18, 2001 – President Arroyo visits Basilan and says she will not offer any ransom.
  • June 22, 2001 – Three severed heads are found. They are reported to belong to Philippine soldiers.
  • June 23, 2001 – Two headless bodies have been identified as belonging to Filipino plantation workers kidnapped earlier in June.
  • June 28, 2001 – Philippine security officials say they have captured one senior member of the Abu Sayyaf guerilla group and a second who was allegedly on a mission to set up terrorist operations in Manila.
  • July 3, 2001 – The Abu Sayyaf frees two Filipino hostages.
  • July 9, 2001 – Police arrest Abu Sayyaf top leader, “Commander Global”, along with three other members of the group.
  • Oct. 15, 2001 – Abu Sayyaf admit links with international terrorist group Al-Qaeda.
  • Dec. 2001 – A group of United States military advisers arrive in Southern Philippines. “Balikatan 02,” a joint military exercise between U.S. and Philippines troops, is launched.
  • Jan. 2002 – Some 660 U.S. troops arrive in the Philippines to take part in the exercises. The U.S. troops are prevented from taking part in actual military operations and will only provide training and logistical support.
  • March 25, 2002 – The Philippine military rejects an offer from Abu Sayyaf rebels to release a hostage in exchange for a temporary cease-fire and medical care for one of its commanders.
  • May 1, 2002 – Abu Sayyaf threatens to kill two Americans it is holding hostage after the government’s refusal earlier to negotiate.
  • May 29, 2002 – The United States offers a reward of up to $5 million for the arrest or conviction of five leaders of the Abu Sayyaf.
  • June 7, 2002 – A Filipina nurse, Deborah Yap, and a U.S. missionary, Martin Burnham, held hostage by Muslim rebels for more than a year, are killed during a rescue attempt. The final kidnap victim, Martin’s wife, Gracia, is wounded but survives and is freed.

From BelmontClub blog
American hostage Guillermo Sobero was beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf in a macabre ceremony called ‘ribbon-cutting’, according to a source close to the hostage takers. The incident allegedly took place in the town of Tuburan, in Basilan, southern Philippines on June 11. “The beheading ceremony was mentioned by Abu Sayyaf leader Khadafi Janjalani in a letter sent recently through a freed hostage to the presidential palace,” said Hector Janjalani, Khadafi’s younger brother, who has been imprisoned in Quezon City since last year. “The ribbon cutting ceremony is a term often used by the group for the beheading of hostages,” explained the younger Janjalani. Armed Forces Spokesman Brig. Gen. Edilberto Adan said the government has tasked volunteers and local government officials with locating Sobero’s headless corpse.

Also – Martin and Gracia Burnham’s website.