Two Bullets in the Hand, One Big Crock of Bull

As Ace said, “The monsters we call “our troops” are now throwing intact, unused ammunition at poor elderly Iraqi women to inflict the cruelest wound of all: mocking disdain.”

What’s next – Sarcasm? Yo Mamma jokes?

That’s a perfect opener for this phony baloney story from the AFP. I just couldn’t help posting about this latest media fable.

Here’s the original screen grab from the AFP (via: hotair):

AP Phony

In case you can’t read the caption:

An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house
following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

Here’s a blow-up of the Magic Bullet Woman in case you still don’t get it:

Magic Bullet Woman

Note that, “hit her house” could also be translated, “found,” or, “traded a goat for at the market.”

Several sites have also posted this image and caption by the same al-Okaili fellow published on July 10th.

bed-bullit

“An Iraqi elderly woman inspects a bullet which she says hit her bed during an alleged overnight raid by US and Iraqi troops in Baghdad’s impoverished district of Sadr City. Residents said two people were killed and four wounded during the raid.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)”

Same woman? There is more here. Still not convinced? How about Ballistics… Perhaps. Either way – Wissam seems to have a knack for the “old woman holding bullets” photo op.

But then again there is some hope to this story- after a little digging – I unearthed some of al-Okaili’s earlier images and captions that he submitted to the AFP that were rejected:

missels

An elderly Iraqi woman shows two ballistic missiles which she says hit her house
following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. (AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

ping pong

An elderly Iraqi woman holds forth a ping-pong paddle which she says flew in through the window and slapped her left buttock  following an early coalition forces tournament nearby in the Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. (AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

no-onions

An elderly Iraqi woman shows a burrito given to her by coalition forces with onions even after she expressly requested them to “hold the onions” The burrito also contained hot sauce which is strictly forbidden in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

maalox

An elderly Iraqi woman shows a bottle of Maalox she was forced to down after eating an extremely spicy, onion filled burrito delivered to her by coalition forces following an early raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

jarjar-toy

An elderly Iraqi woman shows a look of disgust as she holds a Jar-Jar Binks toy after she was forced to watch Star Wars Episodes 1-3 following a promise by coalition forces that the movies were as good as the originals. (AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

Bottom line: The AFP should be ashamed of publishing something that is so obviously propaganda.

Tim just sent me a link to another rejected photo caption cambo:

waterandbread

An elderly Iraqi woman shows how she was brutally attacked with bread and bottled water by coalition forces following an early raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

This media flubbing isn’t new either – Michelle Malkin has a good summary up. Absolutely unacceptable.

The Revrun

Not quite sure what is going on here:

wtf?

A large quantity of jeans? 

Bear Grylls from Man Vs. Wild on Jimmy Kimmel

Bear is back…

Please let me know if this video goes down…

I have to also say that for all the “It’s not real” blow hards out there – It’s TV! Of course it’s not going to be 100% all real. I used to work filming and editing video and part of the magic is that you cut the film in a certain way to make it more interesting. Often something from later in the filming may get interlaced earlier into the final movie because it makes more sense there. Also – many times things called pick-ups are filmed later to add filler content to help carry a shows momentum. In the case of Man Vs. Wild – they probably get further along in the filming and decide that they want to teach a certain technique or include a certain situation – so they will film it later and then cut it into the show wherever it fits.

And really -How real do you want Man Vs. Wild to be? Do you want to watch Bear toss and turn through 8 hours of a freezing sleepless night?Bear Grylls

As all the accusations are flying over the show being “fake,” it seems like people are forgetting that it is still good and entertaining. Furthermore – Gryll’s stated that in the future they are going to work in the crew more and be a lot more transparent about the way the show is made.

“Re: the recent press accusations of motels and stagings in the show that have been doing the rounds, all I can say is they don’t always tell the full story, but that’s life and part of being in the public eye I guess.

The upshot is we’re determined to make all new shows more inclusive of the crew and their role. Discovery and Channel 4 will also include a disclaimer at the start of the show so there’s no confusion.”

You can read the whole deal here.

Of course they wouldn’t tell the full story…it’s the media for crying out loud.

I, for one, will continue to enjoy the show and am, frankly, glad that they are going to talk a bit more openly about the crew. Personally – I find Man vs. Wild to be highly entertaining and Bear Grylls to be a cool and funny host. What more could you want from a show?

Obligatory Mute Math Post

This is massively way overdue…

If you haven’t had a chance to check out these guys yet – well – here’s your chance. They have a very unique sound. I would say that it verges on a sort of electronic rock. …except – not teh ghey like some other electronic rock. The coolest aspect for me is that they can pull off some pretty amazing things live that, when listening to their album, you would just assume were all laid down during production. Yet – there they are – mixing and preforming it all live.

Consider the following song titled, Reset. It is purely instrumental, but is a great illustration of what I am talking about:

Another thing about Mute Math that I have noticed is that, like other great groups, (at least personally) there music grows on you. The more I listen to their stuff – the more I like it. If you get a chance to see these guys or pick up their album, it would be well worth your time and money.

Here is a great inview/introduction to the group if you still aren’t convinced:

I almost forgot to mention that their drummer is absolutely great. He takes a very simple kit and creates some surprisingly groovy beats.

Video Interview: Robert Spencer about Religion of Peace: Why Christianity is and Islam Isn’t

I found this interview very insightful an educational. Spencer clearly lays out his position and effectively dissolves some of the false claims from his critics (as he is commonly and incorrectly labeled a, “hater,” and thus marginalized). Please take the time to watch or listen.

Click Image to view:

Robert Spencer

Interview Questions:

  • You are the author of Religion of Peace: Why Christianity is and Islam Isn’t. Why did we need this book?
  • Doesn’t radical Christianity pose just as big a threat as radical Islamic fundamentalism?
  • How did we get to a point where so many people think the above question is true?
  • How do you respond to “Christian” incidents of violence such as “Timothy McVeigh?”
  • How do you explain the wide-spread fear that we are going to be overtaken and ruled by a “Christian Theocracy?”
  • Do Christians have the right to participate and express their views in the public sphere?
  • You are often accused of supporting the idea that all Muslims, all followers of Islam wish to kill non-believers. Is this true?
  • Do you think that the average American, concerned about the state of the world and the west, has enough correct intellectual and moral information about these issues to combat propaganda and the information war?
  • What was your take on the Koran flushing incident, as well as other related controversial civil rights cases?
  • Why can you submerge a crucifix in urine as art – but flushing a Koran is a felony?
  • In what ways is our government failing to stem the spread of Sharia Law in America?

Learn more about Robert Spencer.

Friday: Mark Steyn – Multiculturalism

Mark Steyn

“That’s what the war’s about: our lack of civilizational confidence. As a famous Arnold Toynbee quote puts it: “Civilizations die from suicide, not murder”–as can be seen throughout much of “the Western world” right now. The progressive agenda–lavish social welfare, abortion, secularism, multiculturalism–is collectively the real suicide bomb. Take multiculturalism. The great thing about multiculturalism is that it doesn’t involve knowing anything about other cultures–the capital of Bhutan, the principal exports of Malawi, who cares? All it requires is feeling good about other cultures. It’s fundamentally a fraud, and I would argue was subliminally accepted on that basis. Most adherents to the idea that all cultures are equal don’t want to live in anything but an advanced Western society. Multiculturalism means your kid has to learn some wretched native dirge for the school holiday concert instead of getting to sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or that your holistic masseuse uses techniques developed from Native American spirituality, but not that you or anyone you care about should have to live in an African or Native American society. It’s a quintessential piece of progressive humbug.”

Also On multiculturalism: “General Sir Charles Napier was impeccably multicultural: “You say that your custom is to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.”

Space Ghost: Learning to Speak I-talion

…sorry the audio is off.

Friday – Bonus Brak: Who is Evil?

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