(WARNING: Disturbing video, after the jump)
The American public, with a sizable assist from the navel-gazing media, is responsible for the virus knows as Kim Kardashian. I hate to contribute to the debasing of the culture by even acknowledging its existence but I can’t let this comment, contained within a letter to its “fans” regarding the demise of her 72-day marriage, pass:
I’m being honest here and I hope you respect my courage because this isn’t easy to go through.
You know, if Al-Qaeda had bombed the Kardashian wedding they’d probably win a lot of converts.
I’d suggest Occupying the Kardashians but that’s been done (by thousands of skeezy dudes).
I disagree but I’m glad born-again constructionists are troubled by the president’s authorization of the murder of a U.S. citizen. The killing of al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki was, in fact, a violation of the Fifth Amendment and such things shouldn’t be taken lightly.
That doesn’t mean it was wrong.
*”[I]f the American people accept this blindly and casually that we now have an accepted practice of the president assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys, I think it’s sad,” said Libertarian gadfly Ron Paul.
Keep in mind al-Awlaki had declared war against his birth country, just like the 750,000 soldiers who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Not one of the 258,000 Rebel soldiers killed by Union troops received their due process. Wars aren’t decided on principle, and had the framers foreseen the likes of al-Awlaki they might well have included an exception to the Fifth.
Regardless, I think the Republic will survive. Al-Qadea may not.
*As for Paul’s claim that al-Awlaki was “assassinated,” I defer to Chris Rock.
An Al Qaeda chief suspected of helping to mastermind the September 11 terror attacks has been captured by special forces in Afghanistan.
The top terror target, who was a close friend of Osama Bin Laden, was seized in a raid in Nahri Shahi, in the northern Balkh province.
It is believed that he had been tracked by the CIA for 300 miles from his home in Pakistan. …
Nato said the man is one of several senior Al Qaeda and Taliban insurgents captured in the province since February.
The GOP is going to have a tough time depicting Obama as a feckless dove, though they’ll do it anyway.
Without a moment’s hestitation.
Even Rumsfeld would blush at al Qaeda’s techniques (warning: graphic). Among their favored methods:
Drilling hands, severing limbs, removing eyes and dragging victims behind cars.
You have to fill out a formal application to join Al Qaeda. Some of the questions are surprisingly standard, such as “Address for emergency contact” and “Hobbies.”
Then there’s this:
What are your plans after training? ___ Train and return ___ Jihad ___Work within a group
The government will be using this document in its case against alleged 9/11 conspirator Jose Padilla.
“It’s a membership application — just the way you or I would fill out an application for a credit card company,” said Jack Cloonan, former head of the FBI’s Osama bin Laden squad in New York and now an ABC News consultant, who reviewed the document. “They’re no different.”