Sun Through Icy Trees

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Sun Through Icy Trees

I took this the other morning when the snow was heavy on the ice-sheathed oak, here you see the sun peeking through. As always, click on the thumbnail to see larger size and detail.

Is Worldwide Islamic Terror on the Ebb?

Is Worldwide Islamic Terror on the Ebb?

There’s certainly no dearth of terror events to report from Pakistan, the Mid-east, Afghanistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Iraq, etc. in any given week, however there are now single days without a report of Islamic terror anywhere.

For three years I’ve done an almost daily surf of news from all electronic sources looking for terror events. I have some key words I search, and 2006 through mid-2008 I could find multiple daily reports of actual terror events or terror plots interrupted all around the world. By combining search results from separate key words like “killed,” “bomb,” “Mohammed,” “Muhammed,” “Abdul,” you would get multiple news reports from various papers around the globe, from Algeria to Zimbabwe. I would find multiple reports every day.

Now the reports are not daily, and the fresh attacks come almost entirely from several known terror hotspots: Pakistan leads, followed by Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Thailand and the Philippines. The terror we see in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan is mostly Muslims versus other Muslims.

The recent big exception to this trend is the Mumbai attack in Indian last year, but in general “worldwide” terror has gone down. It now appears concentrated in specific countries.

Looking at the Sunni axis, not the Shia, you see that the strategy has changed. The new doctrine put out last year is in effect, and they are working in Islamic regions to destabilize and create their “wilderness” where Al Qaida’s version of sharia becomes the only answer to law and order through force. Their recent successes in Somalia and the frontiers of Pakistan show that it’s an effective doctrine, and that has me worried.

Are we seeing the calm before the storm as they regroup and recruit in the AQ created wildernesses? In the non terror regions are they shifting to purely political, seeking to take advantage of the down economy, unrest over food security, and other factors? That remains to be seen, but it’s something I’ve been speculating on a while.

Frozen Redbuds

Frozen Redbuds

frozen-redbudsIt started as rain, changed to sleet, then ice, then sleet again, and now it’s snowing in Kansas.

snowy-redbudsNow at home, a bit later the redbuds are all coated in snow.

Clouds in Our Wake

Clouds in Our Wake

clouds-in-our-wakeSometimes you miss the bad weather and sometimes it catches you. Tonight a cold rain is falling that will turn to ice and sleet tomorrow in the early morn. I liked these clouds much better than those overhead tonight, perhaps because we were leaving them behind at the end of a near perfect day.

Our Good Friend Thaad

Our Good Friend Thaad

h/t Mckittrick

The Rise of Zombunny

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Zombunny Rises

We got Kasey a new toy, and she killed it. Shortly after it rose from it’s earthen grave — an undead terror called Zombunny! (click on the thumbnail to enlarge and see the true horror…)

Rites of Spring

Rites of Spring

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It happens every Spring, all of the moonbat socialists and communists hold demonstrations. Ringo the Gringo has a great photo essay of the annual ANSWER sponsored anti-war march in LA, please stop by for a visit.

Bush Deficit vs Obama Deficit

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Bush Deficit vs Obama Deficit

Washington Post has a graphic deficit comparison of the two budgets, and Heritage Foundation highlights some of the differences.

More on this from Karl Rove at the Wall Street Journal:

Last fiscal year, the deficit was $459 billion. For this fiscal year, it was $569 billion when Mr. Obama took office. Under his proposals, another $1.276 trillion will be added to the deficit this year, for a total of $1.845 trillion.

The CBO says deficits will fall for three years to $658 billion, still nearly 50% larger than any past deficit. After that, deficits go back up every year, reaching the trillion-dollar a year mark again in nine years. By 2019, the debt would reach 82.4% of GDP, a level not seen since 1947. With astonishing candor, even Peter Orszag, the president’s budget director conceded these levels of deficits and debt are “unsustainable.”

Update: Just in from Rasmussen :

Two-thirds of U.S. voters (66%) think President Obama is likely to raise taxes on people who [make] less than $250,000 per year. That figure includes 47% who say he is Very Likely to do so. [sic]

Also keep in mind that Obama’s Carbon tax is regressive: it will raise the price of energy for every person in the US, and it will raise the price or decrease the quality of every product in the US. [e.g. for the quality statement – when oil prices went up, Starbuck’s decreased the mil on the plastic cups they use, causing more “crush spills” when people grip them too tight.] Any rise in energy prices will also create rises in food prices since food production, transport, storage, and preparation are energy-intensive operations.

As Stephana points out in coments: we also have to factor in Congress’ actions over the past two years when Democrats were in control, they created the deficit ahead of this coming one. They are also now in process of breaking Obama’s campaign promises for him – yesterday the promised $400.00 tax credit went bye bye almost as quick as Social Security surpluses.

The only video that fits the zeitgeist:

h/t Little Green Footballs Spinoff links and to Lawhawk for the Rasmussen update

Curious Bird

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Curious Bird

Found this Robin hanging out by my mailbox which tells me that I probably have a patch of grubs or something…

Spring Sky

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Spring Sky

The Astros are looking pretty good this year, today they are smoking the Mets in a game where they made three DP’s. Here’s a seasonal photo for Spring. Update: The Astros won 8-0 after turningĀ  a fourth double play to end the game with a five game streak.