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Month: April 2009

Number 79

When You Have Questions About Pigs, Don’t Ask A Muslim So just how bad is swine flu? Are we all going to die while digging for truffles? The PenPo is pretty sure the disease is serious, but there are many others that are a lot more serious — in the sense that they threaten to kill hundreds of thousands of people in the next few months — such as malaria. Well, if you want to understand swine flu and you go to the wrong source, you will get some really lousy information. Consider the disinformation spread by this pest of a Muslim, for example. He says you get the flu only by eating pig meat, and that the disease is not communicated from human to human. In spite of the fact that he’s either lying or ignorant — maybe both — he got some traction on the internet with this nonsense. In fact he’s a dangerous man. If he’s not lying about pigs and the flu, then why didn’t he get correct information, which is a snap to find on the internet? Probably because he has a religious point to make. For a true believer in the Koran, that’s more important than facts, and it’s more important than your life. Before you believe some Muslim nutcase about viruses and disease, believe the Centers for Disease Control located in —...

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Number 80

Special Issue Introduction This number of The Terrapin Gazette is devoted exclusively to a report providing details of the engagement in which three pirates were killed, one captured, and the master of a US Merchant Marine container ship was safely recovered. This newsletter is not at liberty to reveal the source of the following account, so readers will have to judge its veracity according to their own lights. The Penguin Post is not without a few connections to people who have connections, so you may reasonably assume that what follows is almost certainly accurate. Thanks go to the PenPo subscriber who passed this on. The Report Here’s what I found out from my contacts at NSWC Norfolk and at SOCOM Tampa. First, though, let me orient you to familiarize you with the “terrain.” In Africa from Djibouti at the southern end of the Red Sea eastward through the Gulf of Aden to round Cape Guardafui at the easternmost tip of Africa (also known as “The Horn of Africa”) is about a 600 mile transit before you stand out into the Indian Ocean. That transit is comparable in distance to that from the mouth of the Mississippi at New Orleans to the tip of Florida at Key West– except that 600 miles over there is infested with Somalia pirates. Ships turning southward at the Horn of Africa transit the SLOC...

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Number 78

Leftist Complaints About Obama’s Vaunted Change Continue, And Why This One Should Be A Partisan Issue Is Hard To Figure. The Omens Are Bad Because The Press Has Been Seduced And Suborned The Obama Department of Justice wants to dispense with one of the rights of the accused that was imposed by the courts. Not even the hated GOP pushed for this limitation of a prisoner’s right to counsel. This stinks. Two things come to mind: first, as this newsletter said emphatically in Number 19, if arrested, do not talk to the police. Say nothing. Second, this is another warning that Obama may be trying to effect a new balance between law enforcement and the citizenry. Does his administration genuinely uphold Enlightenment values (which have evolved to enhance the dignity of the individual)? Regarding which… …the PenPo hopes the lap-dog press will stubbornly question The One about that promised domestic military force — the coming federal army we know nothing about, except that Obama, reading carefully prepared remarks from a teleprompter, told us it is part of his security plan. Is the current proposal of the DOJ intended to articulate with this domestic military? The news media should be demanding to know where, exactly, US law enforcement is headed, and to what end. This newsletter sees Obama as a lot more authoritarian/fascist than do most observers. The civic weal...

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Number 77

So You Want To Sink That Scum-Sucking Racist Zionist Neo-Con Spawn Of The Conniving Leo Strauss? Use Prolepsis! Here’s How If you are planning to debate someone who disagrees with your politics — whether formally, or just the next time the moron spouts off while goldbricking at the water cooler — you need this nifty advice: anticipate what he’s likely to say, and practice your responses in advance. Of course you support Obama (PBUH), and you want to wow the audience at your next confrontation with one of those damned Neanaderthaler. So, to make your local agent of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy look like the lobotomized robot he is, you hammer home the following points: 1. All of this tyranny talk is overheated and idiotic. 2. The original tea parties were about taxation without representation, today’s spending is the result of Democrats winning elections, so it’s taxation with representation. 3. These protests are unpatriotic astroturfing by plutocrats. 4. Republicans are hypocrites for suddenly caring about deficits. 5. The populist anger out there is the real face of America’s homegrown fascism. Zing, what devastating stuff! What is there for anybody to say when you hit him with one or all of the above? Well, check it out here, and find out. Your next step is to plan what you are going to say to those rebuttals, and…you are ready!...

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Number 76

Number 76 17 April 2009 They Were A Bit Slow To See It Because They Were Not Smart Enough To Understand That It Was Inevitable PenPo Number 70 mentioned a phenomenon that was not new: a few folks were starting to fret that Obama was going off the reservation. Here we go again. The left is starting to notice that President Obama is doing all those things that Candidate Obama complained that President Bush was doing. That’s because President Bush did what you have to do during a war. You do not give the enemy any legal rights. That’s insane. That’s crazy. And of course, that is the policy of the American left. Glenn Greenwald, a lawyer, should know this, but he continues to play dumb, demanding unprecedented “rights” for unlawful combatants. Wrote Greenwald: “The Obama DOJ is now squarely to the Right of an extremely conservative, pro-executive-power, Bush 43-appointed judge on issues of executive power and due-process-less detentions.” Which drew a rebuke from law Professor Reynolds: “Yeah, it’s as if all that talk about the evil power-grabs of the Bush Administration was just insincere electioneering. What made those power-grabs evil, in Obama’s eyes, wasn’t that they were power-grabs. It was that they were by the Bush Administration.” A Plea For Justice The former PM of Thailand, a villain named Thaksin, just tried to take over his country by...

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