To my Jewish friends and followers: I’m grieving with you today. I know the neighborhood where Tree of Life synagogue sits – it’s a quiet, well-off, slightly Bohemian ‘burb with a lot of techies living in it. I’m not Jewish myself, but I figured out a long time ago that any society which abuses its… Continue reading On the Squirrel Hill shooting
A short course in counter-terror theory
In the wake of the San Bernardino shootings, more Americans than before are trying to grapple with questions about the nature of terrorism, terror activity versus rampage killings, and what can be done to prevent these bloodlettings. I have been studying these questions for years as part of my self-training. I learned some of the… Continue reading A short course in counter-terror theory
Review: Gun Control in the Third Reich
Stephen P. Halbrook’s Gun Control in the Third Reich is a book that every advocate of “gun control” in the modern U.S. and elsewhere should read – but almost certainly never will. Most other historians have ignored or outright suppressed the role of weapons law and weapons confiscations in the Nazi imposition of totalitarianism on… Continue reading Review: Gun Control in the Third Reich
Iranian connection in the Boston bombing
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the terrorist who died in a firefight with the Boston police with a kettle bomb strapped to him, had a YouTube page. Examining an image of it, I found an approving link to a movie titled “The Black Flags of Khorasan”. Because, unlike the politically-correct idiots who infest our nation’s newsrooms, I’ve actually… Continue reading Iranian connection in the Boston bombing
Open source warfare != open source software
One of my commenters brought up John Robb, a former SpecOps pilot who has made a name for himself as a counter-terror theorist by writing about “open-source warfare”. Mutual acquaintances confirm what Robb’s own writings suggest, which is that his notions of open-source warfare are heavily influenced by what I have called the bazaar model… Continue reading Open source warfare != open source software
Ten Years After 9/11
Ten years after 9/11, I find there is little that I need or want to add to what I have already written on this topic. Rereading the essay I wrote the day of the attack, it still seems relevant. So does my explanation of the militia obligation. The best tribute we can give to the… Continue reading Ten Years After 9/11
I join the not-flying list
Count me with those who will not be flying until the TSA procedures requiring either a full-body X-ray scan or a grope are rescinded. This is meaningless security theater taken to a Kafkaesque extreme, and I won’t consent to it even passively. When the airlines feel enough pain from refuseniks, they’ll push back faster than… Continue reading I join the not-flying list
No apology needed
A few moments ago I received email from the Iranian who first asked me to try to help the dissidents fourteen month ago. I reproduce his email and my response in its entirety, except that I omit information that might identify him.
AIS “security” considered harmful
One Kelly Sweeney is publicly advocating that public access to AIS ship information should be prohibited in order to foil pirates and terrorists. I must respectfully disagree with the premise of this article. I’m the lead of GPSD, a widely-used open-source GPS/AIS monitor daemon, and I am thus both a domain expert on AIS and… Continue reading AIS “security” considered harmful
“This is massacre! This is genocide! This is Hitler!”
Listen to this CNN interview with an eyewitness to the Baharestan Square Massacre. If it does not freeze your blood, you are no longer part of any community of human feeling I can recognize. I am, as of now, DONE with people who say we shouldn’t “impose American values” or “promote democracy” in the Middle… Continue reading “This is massacre! This is genocide! This is Hitler!”
The present war in Gaza
Some commenters have asked me to express a position on the war in Gaza.
Victory in Iraq Day
It’s Victory in Iraq day today. The good guys – Western civilization, the Coalition of the Willing, the United States, and the people of Iraq – won this war. The bad guys – Saddam Hussein’s regime, al-Qaeda’s jihadis, all their allies and enablers – lost it. The entire world will be a better place because… Continue reading Victory in Iraq Day
Comes word from Iraq that the Maliki government has just shipped to Canada 550 tons of yellowcake uranium that Saddam Hussein had stockpiled. One wonders what the anti-war left thinks Hussein had been planning to do with it. Make cupcakes, perhaps?
Che’ Shirts, Fake Rebels, Acting Class Helped Free Betancourt All I can say is “Heh”.
Oderint, dum metuant
In Nablus, a young man is kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists — who then set him free on learning he is an American because they don’t want to end up like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi so recently did. I am irresistibly reminded of a piece of cynical wisdom from the mouth of the mad Roman emperor Caligula,… Continue reading Oderint, dum metuant
Massive Intelligence Raids Follow Zarqawi’s Death
NEW YORK (Disassociated Press) – In a surprise sequel to the death of top al-Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi this morning, police have executed raids and searches on dozens of newsrooms and editorial offices belonging to a shadowy and ill-defined network called the “MSM”. The resulting haul of intelligence on terrorist objectives and strategy has… Continue reading Massive Intelligence Raids Follow Zarqawi’s Death
I have received a death threat
Well, this is novel. I’ve just received a terroristic death threat. From an idiot who failed to obscure his return path. Here it is, precisely as I received it mere minutes ago: From firstname.lastname@example.org Sun May 21 22:44:42 2006 Return-Path: X-Spam-Checker-Version: SpamAssassin 3.1.1 (2006-03-10) on snark.thyrsus.com X-Spam-Level: X-Spam-Status: No, score=-1.0 required=5.0 tests=BAYES_00,DNS_FROM_RFC_ABUSE, DNS_FROM_RFC_WHOIS,UPPERCASE_25_50 autolearn=no version=3.1.1… Continue reading I have received a death threat
Apologists for Islam
Since I posted Dan Simmons’s Message From The Future, I’ve had a couple of Muslims show up on this blog protesting that I’ve got it all wrong, that Islam is a peaceful and tolerant religion and Islamic terror is an aberration not sanctioned by the Koran. Here’s a challenge to all you apologists for Islam:… Continue reading Apologists for Islam
Dan Simmons’s message from the future
I very seldom post just to forward my readers to someone else’s writing, but SF author Dan Simmons has earned it with this potent warning. Read the whole thing. Because it is indeed our future, unless we wake up.
Islam Is At War With Us
I’ve been warning since 2002 that the West really is in a war to defend civilization against Islamic barbarians, and had better face up to that fact before the consequences of whitewashing Islam as a “religion of peace” get worse. Comes now Fjordman, a blogger from Norway who tells us that Moslem immigrants to Sweden… Continue reading Islam Is At War With Us