“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” - George W. Bush

All The Best


I want to thank everyone who participated in the Elephant Bar over the past twelve years. We had millions of visitors from all around the World and you were part of it. Over the past dozen years, two or three times a night, I would open my laptop and some of you were always there. I will miss that.

My plans are to continue my work with technology and architecture. You know my interests and thoughts.

At times, things would get a little rough in the EB. To those of you that I may have offended over the years, I apologize. From all of you, I learned and grew.

An elephant never forgets.
Be well.

Deuce, 21 June 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A post-Arab Spring Egyptian mob stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo Tuesday, ripped down the American flag and tore it to shreds.

…and how are things going in NATO supported Libya?


Who would have guessed?

… and what about the noble Kosovars that we loved so much 


  1. Too bad the TSA can’t protect us from Washington.

  2. Was just going to mention that, how well the arab spring is working out. I recall Hillary saying how stable Egypt was, and they were on top of things. I see Americans dead, American flags burning, Christians being brutalized, last Jewish synagogue closing, and we're sending them another billion to help out on their debt.

    Just what Obama hoped for: the Muslims Brothers taking over. And if Obama likes it, his slave Rufus must like it too.

    Meanwhile, Obama not going to meet with Netanyahu.


    1. I called it years ago...

      But what do I know...

    2. Yup. I may have been the only one that noticed, but you sure did.

    3. In the Middle East, you're "dead meat" if you are caught in a bluff. Israel and Iran both understand this truth all too well. Netanyahu is now in the gravest danger of falling into that trap. He risks becoming Israel's Antony Eden. Having been so vocal and so steadfast in his determination to stop Iran from progressing on its path to nuclear weapons, he now must choose between pressing ahead with an extremely dangerous (some might say reckless) military strike of some sort (not necessarily an air strike), and "backing down", thereby signalling to Iran that Israel cannot stop the Iranian nuclear program. Having already engaged in cyberwar and assassinations of scientists, can Israel simply back down?

  3. And, unbelievably, the State Department comes out with a statement that seems to blame the fiasco on the Coptic Christians.

  4. Further muddying the picture: Apple's shares often dip after product announcements, losing some of the gains they make in the frenzied lead-up.

    Tim Bajarin, president of research firm Creative Strategies, said competitors will be watching closely for new hardware and software since they will face pressure to match it.

    "They'll be holding their breath," he said.

  5. "I think Johnnie tore the lining," declared Christopher Darden, the prosecutor, during a panel discussion at a New York law school on Thursday. "There were some additional tears in the lining [of the glove] so that OJ's fingers couldn't go all the way up."


    Mr Cochran is no longer around to defend himself against that claim, having died of a brain tumour in 2005. However, Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor who served on Mr Cochran's team, said it was "a total fabrication" and pointed out that "the defence doesn't get access to evidence except under controlled circumstances".


    Mr Darden responded by saying that issuing such a complaint would have amounted to a "whiny-little-snitch approach to life".

  6. I wonder if Rat ever did get that visit from Homeland Security.

    After all Rat fits the profile of domestic terrorists in the USA they are profiling.

    They know about this blog, his IP....

    They know about his death threats to bob and I...

    They know he brags about being "ex-biack ops" and how he offed people or trained people to kill people in Central America with Ollie North....

    Yep I bet that's what quieted the ole white supremacist up last time...

    But Rat's back on his Jew hatred/Israel hatred kick....

    So I guess Homeland Security needs to be reminded about the domestic terrorist that comes on this blog and calls himself "rat"

    1. Nope, no one was interested in your paranoid fantasies.

    2. that you know of...

      who is to say you are not being watched.

      you a white male, ex-special ops military with a history of extremism?

      You are the Homeland Security's perfect candidate.

      You make threats on the internet and you have shown a intolerance towards jews and israel bordering on the extreme...

      No Rat, just cause you don't know it, doesn't mean they don't know about you. after all you have a history of radical behavior.

  7. Quite amusing as at the moment Obama and Netahanyu aren't on the best of terms.

    It is going to come down to one simple thing, the Israeli's will throw their weight behind whoever will support the hawks and give a green light to attacking Iran AND protecting Israel from the savage backlash that is guaranteed to follow.

    Whilst Obama is full on in supporting and protecting Israel if the Iranians did attack without warning or provocation, he is listening not only to his own people but also the people in Tel Aviv like IDF Generals etc who are saying its suicide to attack Iran.

    Romney on the other hand is like Bush, he will go in, he will attack Iran without warning or provocation and the voice of sense and reason will be silenced in his hearing.

    Personally, if the Israeli's want to fight Iran, fine let them do it alone but don't bring us into the fight, its not our fight and wiser heads know that Russia and China have been quietly building their forces up in the region, if America gets involved then the SCO will side by Iran and we are looking at a world war.

    1. Iran has supplied hundreds of thousands of missiles and rockets to hamas and hezbollah

      Iran is supporting Syria with weapons, ammo and troops

      Iran has murdered hundreds of Americans in afghanistan and iraq

      Iran threatens BOTH the USA and Israel with genocide.

      It's your choice to ignore them.

      Israel cannot. Israel gets a missile, rocket or attack every other day because of Iran.

      All the while the centrifuges spin..

  8. I imagine Obama is more popular with American Jews than is Netanyahu.

    1. I'm sure Netanyahu thought it was a great idea coming over here, and dissing Obama in his own house.

    2. I am sure that you are right about that rufus, the good news? American Jews support for Obama is plunging.

      Now down to 59%

    3. Still a majority of them, aye

    4. so what? it's the downward spiral that matters...

  9. Great idea hanging Saddam, helping kill Ghadaffi and shanking Mubarak. It is almost Reaganesque in its genius, as in helping the Mujahideen earn their bones to later use their US sponsored talents to kill Serbian Christians in Kosovo.

    Let’s face it sports fans, we know about as much about the workings of the ME as we do about Obama’s birth certificate. Washington and the Pentagon should use their talents for things they are good at, such as celebrating diversity and having suck-ass generals handing out buggery badges to the once great US military.

  10. Trish is a dumb dumb. The Shanghai Co-op has been around for years. We've been in the neighborhood for awhile now. If they were going to jump in they would've done it a long time ago.

    Spreading paranoia, as usual. What an idiot.

    1. .

      Dumb dumb? Idiot?

      You surprise me, Sam, and not in a good way. You always kind of reminded me of that guy who plays the sun on the Jimmy Dean commercials.

      The Sun

      Perhaps, this site is beginning to corrupt you. You're ire (what there was of it) always seemed rather outward focused, never centered to any extend on the personalities here at the bar, a stoic observer of the disputes that sometimes (always?) erupt here but rarely commenting on the people involved. The sunny offshore rock.

      One more of my illusions down the tubes.

      No More Mr. Nice Guy

      What happened? Struck out last night or just hungover this morning?

      The only ray of hope I see is that you actually used the term "dumb dumb". I have faith there is still hope for you.



    2. Sam, good to finally see you express an opinion instead of quoting crap endlessly.

      Unfortunately I think the opinion you expressed is 180 degrees wrong. While I'm not confident that Russia and China would go hot to support Iran I certainly wouldn't rule out their firm support and one heck of an ugly quagmire for the US if they should hop in.


    and, the big news of the day -

    Jane Fonda As Nancy Reagan: First Look...

    Look what we've become!

    As for me, I'd suggest we don't send the Egyptians any more emergency loan money, just for starters.

    Just complaining - my hip hurts like hell after eight hours in a car.

    1. Rasmussen reports

      Electoral College
      Obama: 247 - Romney: 196 - Toss-up: 95

  12. By the way, Quirk seems concerned about the developing American Police State. A real concern.

    So, one ought not throw one's vote away on some silly third party, not with all that is at stake this year.

    Vote TEA PARTY, and Romney/Ryan to try to hopefully do a little about it.

  13. The Ministerium für Staatssicherheit, MfS and the TSA: The Stasi is gone, the TSA never will be gone.

    People should be concerned about huge federal agencies technologically equipped with the latest and greatest spy technology, an immense budget that is a magnet for more expensive, expansive and intrusive spying technology, a growth industry built on eliminating privacy, recording who knows what data and the capabilities of storing it forever.

    Anyone who trusts the government or any government to naturally do good or the right thing has deeply receded survival DNA and a Panglossian view of the world.

  14. The same pool of genius that decided to use NATO to destabilize Libya owns and runs the TSA.

    1. I heard Hillary was lamenting how after LIBERATING Libya and doing all and sundry to help out the Arabs in general it was perplexing that such a thing would happen to the US ambassador. I hope she really isn't that niave.

  15. Home-Grown Biofuels. Piss on ALL the religious crazies.

    That place is going to burn. Next Week - Next Month - Next Year - No one knows exactly when, but Burn it will. We need to be ready.

    1. Not too long ago, Egypt exported a little oil. They made some money off tourism, and they could feed most of their own people.

      Today, they're a net oil "importer." Tourism is dead, and they're importing most of their food.

      They have no manufacturing, and offer no value to anyone. They are toast. It's time to stand back out of the way, and let the fire burn its course.

    2. Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed, will soon, through their chickenhawk proxies in congress, be beating the drums for War.

      They will offer all manner of excuses, but it will basically be an attempt to transfer money from our pockets to theirs.

    3. Libya, on the other hand, has oil.

  16. About 1.4 million more Americans have health insurance than did one year ago, according to new data out Wednesday morning from the United States Census Bureau.

    That reverses a three-year trend of rising uninsured rates, with the number growing from 16.3 percent in 2010 to 15.7 percent in 2011. That means there are 48.6 million Americans without coverage, down from 50 million in 2010.

    Number of Uninsured Falling

    Young people staying on their parents policies, and more people becoming eligible for Medicaid.

  17. Message (Delivered too late) to John Christopher "Chris" Stevens:
    (...and to Obama voters in the USA)

    "I could not help myself. It is my nature."

    John Christopher "Chris" Stevens (April 1, 1960[1] – September 11, 2012) was a diplomat and lawyer who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Libya from June 2012 to September 2012.[2][3] He died when Islamic extremists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012.[4][2][5]

    Early life

    Stevens was born and raised in Northern California. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1982. From 1983 to 1985, he taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. He graduated with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1989. He later studied for a Master of Science (M.S.) from the National War College in 2010. He spoke Arabic and French.

    Prior to joining the United States Foreign Service, he was an international trade lawyer based in Washington, D.C.[3]


    "I could not help myself. It is my nature."

    "Well now, Mr. Scorpion! How do I know that if I try to help you, you wont try to kill me?" asked the frog hesitantly.

    "Because," the scorpion replied, "If I try to kill you, then I would die too, for you see I cannot swim!"

    Now this seemed to make sense to the frog. But he asked. "What about when I get close to the bank? You could still try to kill me and get back to the shore!"

    "This is true," agreed the scorpion, "But then I wouldn't be able to get to the other side of the river!"

    "Alright then...how do I know you wont just wait till we get to the other side and THEN kill me?" said the frog.

    "Ahh...," crooned the scorpion, "Because you see, once you've taken me to the other side of this river, I will be so grateful for your help, that it would hardly be fair to reward you with death, now would it?!"

    So the frog agreed to take the scorpion across the river. He swam over to the bank and settled himself near the mud to pick up his passenger. The scorpion crawled onto the frog's back, his sharp claws prickling into the frog's soft hide, and the frog slid into the river. The muddy water swirled around them, but the frog stayed near the surface so the scorpion would not drown. He kicked strongly through the first half of the stream, his flippers paddling wildly against the current.

    Halfway across the river, the frog suddenly felt a sharp sting in his back and, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog's back. A deadening numbness began to creep into his limbs.

    "You fool!" croaked the frog, "Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?"

    The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drownings frog's back.

    "I could not help myself. It is my nature."

    Then they both sank into the muddy waters of the swiftly flowing river.

    Self destruction - "Its my Nature", said the Scorpion...


    @ BC,

    1. Zek202 saud...

    Check out chris stevens video on YouTube.

    I posted the link to this Highly "Educated" idealist.

  18. Jen is an ignoramus.

    Because she is female,

    Doug stating the obvious makes him a misogynist.

    1. Yeah, that would be my take on it.

      You disappear for days on end, and only reappear when a female has dared to state an opinion - at which time you attack her in the most vile language possible.

      The last time you pulled this shit you ran off a very nice, and thoughtful commenter, and caused Deuce to seriously consider shutting down the site. You've got a problem, bucko.

    2. My response below was written before your moronic comment,
      ...it will still serve as my response.

    3. I "disappear" for days because I tire of your lying, Socialist, Disinformation Rants.

      ...and your obsessions with "Big Oil"

  19. Mavis Leno was concerned with treatment of women in the Muslim World long before the majority of US citizens.


    Mavis Leno is female,
    she is not an ignoramus.

    Doug remains a misogynist.

    ...to those here w/o the ability to reason.

  20. (response to Quirk's moronic defense when Jen Famously said:
    "Who gives a crap?

    ...about Jerusalem being given over to Muslim Terrorists.)

    ...and I called her on her complete dismissal of the interests of millions of Women in the Muslim World.

    1. Doug,

      Why do you think Israels claim to Jerusalem is so much stronger than all the other historical claims?

    2. I just don't care much for The Religion of Death increasing their ability to inflict submission or death upon us.

      That would include you.


    3. How about the religion of pedophiles - will you deny Catholics all historical claims as you deny all Muslims theirs?

    4. I wake up every morning in mortal fear that a Gay Catholic Priest will someday molest all my male grandchildren.


    5. Eliminating Judaeo-Christians,
      not so much.

    6. .

      How about the religion of pedophiles - will you deny Catholics all historical claims as you deny all Muslims theirs?

      Ash you are a dumb dumb (Sam is wearing off on me or I would have called you a fucking moron.)

      You are an idiot in at least three ways.

      First, you blame Catholics for the actions of a certain small percentage of priests.

      Seconds, you ignore the fact that the incidence of child abuse among Catholic priests is no more, and some studies say less, than that of other religious ministers. And going beyond religion, it is way less than within the general population where adults have power relations over children.

      Third, you appear to be a bit of a hypocritic in that you ignore child abuse among one of you favorite groups, school teachers where percentagewise the abuse is multiple times that of Catholic priests. With your background surely you are aware of that.

      Incidences of abuse within the Catholic Church go back forty years yet the the reports were mainly clustered in the 90's. The abuse scandal makes good press and the Church has money to pay lawsuits. (The Catholic Church was also the only one of these groups that contracted an outside agency to publically investigate the scandal.) It's funny how abuse by other groups is pretty much ignored by the press. Even so there are columns writted on it and there are many studies on the subject. Of course, abuse among school teachers goes unreported primarily because of the terms of teacher contracts.

      Abuse among priests is dispicable. However, your ignorance of or ignoring of the broader context is telling. I used to think you were just being funny in constantly bringing it up; however, the stupid quote noted above makes me wonder.


    7. Yet you fail to get upset over the same sorts of claims about Muslims, why is that quirk?

    8. .

      Please Ash.

      The fact that I don't say anything about Muslims is due more to the fact that I am unaware of how widespread the practices are among them. You'll note I'm not among the chorus of nitwits that accuses the entire faith of the abuses of some.

      However, the abuse scandal within the Catholic Church has been a big story for couple of decades. There is little excuse for not knowing the facts.

      To continually harp on one side of the story while ignoring the overall context is, as I said, telling.


    9. It is simple Quirk, when the boneheads start using the muslim faith being a death cult as justification for things like caving to Israeli demands for Jerusalem I whip out the "well, heck, then to be consistent, all Catholics should be damned for the actions of the pedo priests".

    10. .

      Yeh, Ash, that seems like a real intelligent argument.


    11. If one can see the absurdity of it in one context hopefully they could also realize the absurdity in the other context.

    12. .

      Ash, given the origins and history of the city currently called Jeruselem you were much safer making your point to Doug based on history. Yet,that is merely a red herring with regard to the actual point he was making which was that today in the ME in countries ruled by Sharia (a growing number by the way) the Muslim religion in general can hardly be called a tolerant one.

      Any argument, based on access to a city that is considered holy to three major religions, should be based on what is currently happening in the ME not what happened in the 13th century or something as irrelevant to this argument as the perverted inclinations of some priests which appears to be one of your favorite bugaboos.

      Being PC is one thing. Ignoring reality is something entirely different.


    13. .

      As for the following comments from our howling haole,

      (response to Quirk's moronic defense when Jen Famously said:
      "Who gives a crap?

      ...about Jerusalem being given over to Muslim Terrorists.)

      ...and I called her on her complete dismissal of the interests of millions of Women in the Muslim World.

      he once again proves he is off his rocker.

      First, he displays his split personality by posting under Anonymous a report on the ZOA talking about a lawsuit where someone filed suit against the US for not wanting to put Israel on the passport of an American citizen born in Jeruselem. When Jenny says, "Who gives a crap?" Doug, posting in his own name, berates her as an ignoramus.

      Now, expanding his rant to issues never even hinted at in his original post, he tells us that it was all about Obama giving Jeruselem to Muslim terrorists and that Jenny should be ashamed of herself for betraying women throughout the Muslim world.

      Lordy, what a moroon.


    14. Fuck, Quirk, not only are you a hypocrite you are a confused hypocrite with a propensity to pomposity and arrogance.

      Where are you a hypocrite you are probably muttering? Well, in your portrayal of my positon on Jerusalem as PC. It is you being PC by caving to the Israeli propaganda on Jerusalem. You are just like the Democratic convention weasels hurriedly amending the platform to kiss the Jewish ass in hope of votes come election time.

      There is a reason why the vast majority of States refused to put their Embassies in Jerusalem and opted for Tel Aviv instead.

      Your confusion - well, that is mistaking some sort of access to religious sites as the prime rationale for sole jurisdiction of greater Jerusalem. It seems you also think the Israelis are offering easy access to all while forgetting about "THE WALL" and all those check points throughout the occupied territories. Yes, old man, it is you who are confused and PC regarding these topics. Arrogant and pompous - just read your last few posts and judge the tone yourself.

    15. .

      My, my, Ash. You seem to have your panties in a twist again and you know you always get a little hysterical when that happens.

      Arrogant and pompous? I don't think anyone here including me would fault you on that characterization; however, it's irrelevant to the argument.

      Hypocritical? I don't think so. Also, I'm sure you will concede that my characterization of you as hypocritical had nothing to do with Jerusalem but more with your constant denunciation of Catholic priests while ignoring context and the much more prevalent abuse committed by school teachers.

      PC? Laughable, despite your remonstrance’s. I would suggest you look up the meaning of the word and then consider the current sources that publically support your position on Muslims in the ME (whether they actually believe it or not). Merely, calling someone PC is meaningless unless you can back it up. However, I'll grant you, to the mindless, it may be a convincing argument.

      Confused? Well, let's see who is confused here.

      Doug, started out with a shot at me regarding a previous post involving a comment by Jenny. (I responded to Doug's post just prior to your last comment.)

      The conversation then morphed into a discussion between you and Doug involving Islam and the reasons he didn't want to see an Islamic government controlling Jerusalem. It was at this point you brought up your, IMO, silly little analogy about Catholic priests and expanded that to the "religion of pedophiles" meme, at which point I entered the conversation.

      You then pointed out that while your analogy was absurd Doug's characterization was equally absurd. I merely stated there was some truth in Doug's characterization.

      Over the past 60 years, the ME has been riven by sectarian strife. Everyone and his brother there have contributed to it, Christians, Jews, Copts, and Muslims; however, we see it most with Muslims because they are the overwhelming majority. To deny that there is a problem with the Muslims in the ME is to deny reality; it is to ignore the results of the Arab Spring, it is to ignore that secular governments are being replaced by theocracies based on Sharia, it is to ignore the mass exodus of Christians, Jews, and other religious minorities as they are forced out of Islamic countries.

      And I am not even touching on the religious tenets of Islam which are in many cases inimical to western mores but only on its lack of tolerance. Given what we've seen recently in the ME, in the absence of Jerusalem being declared an open and free city with its own independent governance, and given only an either/or choice I would much rather see Jerusalem governed by the Israeli's than governed by the Islamists.

      But to continue, you then display your lack of critical thought by trying to switch the conversation from Jerusalem to the issue of the "occupied territories". You accuse me of supporting Israel on all these issues, a statement at odds with the many jousts I’ve had with wio on these subjects. You lack logical arguments and so now you are bouncing around like a cat chasing a moth.

      You are either ignorant of what is currently going on in the ME, or merely ignore it, or your antipathy towards Israel or your PC inclinations towards Muslims has blinded you. I have said it here a number of times. There will never be peace in the ME. Blame it on anyone you want as long as the US doesn't get dragged into it. My feelings were summed up by Jenny's statement, at this point "Who gives a crap."

      Not very PC, but what the hell.


    16. A lot of words there quirk but you seem to gave missed the fact that parts af Jerusalem are occupied territory and Israel has been annexing away.

  21. I don't know how true all of this is, but this is what one commentor at TOD had to say about life under Ghaddafi:

    (they shared in the revenue when their oil was sold, and it was deposited into their bank accounts; they had benefits at no cost to them such as health care, full education, zero interest loans, $50,000 upon marriage, free land use for farmers together with seeds and tools, cheap gasoline at .14 cents per liter, half of the purchase of a vehicle provided to them, and on and on)

    Makes you wonder, eh?

    1. .

      Had a friend that worked for Aramco in Saudi. He said that's how it works over there.

      Benevolent dictatorship?

      I don't know. Never looked into it.


  22. @ BC,
    18. stevesmith said...

    Obama’s cringeing theatre of apology may have inspired his international audience to mount a series of coming attacks against America. Certainly Obama officially just hung Israel out to dry. No wonder Israel has a few joint projects going with Russia right now.

    Before Ambassador Stevens was killed yesterday, according to the State Department Office of the Historian, five U.S. ambassadors had been killed by terrorists :

    —Adolph Dubs, in Afghanistan, 1979
    —Francis E. Meloy Jr., in Lebanon, 1976
    —Rodger P. Davies, in Cyprus, 1974
    —Cleo A. Noel Jr., in Sudan, 1973
    —John Gordon Mein, in Guatemala, 1968

    Come back down to Earth, American political class! Spit and frothy delusions won’t do the job here. Someone has to pipe into Washington, some common sense, steadiness and resolve to sturdily pursue and defend American interests.

  23. #1 - Close all American Embassies, and Consulates in Egypt.

    1. #2 - Cut off all foreign aid to Egypt.

  24. #2 - Cut off all foreign aid to Egypt.

    We agree for the first time this year.

    ...let them eat sand.

  25. Speaking by phone from an undisclosed location, writer and director Sam Bacile remained defiant, saying Islam is a cancer and that the 56-year-old intended his film to be a provocative political statement condemning the religion.

    Protesters angered over Bacile's film opened fire on and burned down the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others on Tuesday. In Egypt, protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner.

    "This is a political movie," said Bacile. "The U.S. lost a lot of money and a lot of people in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we're fighting with ideas."

    Bacile, a California real estate developer who identifies himself as an Israeli Jew, said he believes the movie will help his native land by exposing Islam's flaws to the world.

    "Islam is a cancer, period," he said repeatedly, his solemn voice

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/09/12/filmmaker-sam-bacile-in-hiding-after-anti-muslim-film-sparks-violence-in-which/#ixzz26HLbH34J

    Expected this to happen

  26. The military assault against the US Consulate in Benghazi should not be seen as part of a protest against a low budget film which was insulting Islam – there were just a few peaceful protesters present at the event. Indeed, there have been no other demonstrations regarding this film in Libya.

    We at Quilliam believe the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was a well planned terrorist attack that would have occurred regardless of the demonstration, to serve another purpose. According to information obtained by Quilliam – from foreign sources and from within Benghazi – we have reason to believe that the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi came to avenge the death of Abu Yaya al-Libi, al-Qaeda’s second in command killed a few months ago.

    The reasons for this are as follows:

    •24 hours before this attack, none other than the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, released a video on Jihadist forums to mark the anniversary of 9/11. In this video, Zawahiri acknowledged the death of his second in command Abu Yahya and urged Libyans to avenge his killing.

    •According to our sources, the attack was the work of roughly 20 militants, prepared for a military assault – it is rare that an RPG7 is present at a peaceful protest.

    •According to our sources, the attack against the Consulate had two waves. The first attack led to . . . . . . . .

    Alternate theory

    This sounds kinda likely to me.

  27. ash asks: Doug,

    Why do you think Israels claim to Jerusalem is so much stronger than all the other historical claims?

    Ash, Under Israeli rule the holy islamic and christian sites are administrated by the islamic waif (trust) and the christian site by their churches. ONLY under Israeli rule has every religion had access to their holy sites. the only exception of course it the Jews who have been prevented from access to the Temple Mount by the Israeli government.

    Now you want to look at history?

    Please show me anywhere that islam has allowed other faiths to have access to their places of prayer.

  28. The attack on the U.S. consulate was the second this year. In June, suspected Islamic militants detonated an improvised explosive device at the same compound.

    A Libyan guard was injured, but no Americans were harmed. In the spring, the International Committee for the Red Cross offices in Benghazi were also targeted.

    Washington has long been leery of the radical Islamic fringe in Libya. The largest number of foreign fighters in Iraq waging battles against U.S. soldiers were from two towns in eastern Libya, and U.S. drones have monitored those locations since the Libyan uprising last year.

  29. There’s the rub, of course. Some things are off limits, and rightly so.

    Others have no limits at all. Several radio presenters asked me yesterday if the unrest in Cairo and Benghazi may have been timed to “coincide with 9/11”.

    It simply never occurred to them to ask if the video-clip provocateurs had chosen their date-for-release to coincide with 9/11.

    Politics and Religion Don't Mix

  30. A report broadcast Tuesday on the state-owned Rossiya 1 channel claimed to have found the mastermind behind the Pussy Riot controversy: Boris A. Berezovsky, the exiled Russian tycoon living in London. The second installment of “Provocateurs,” a film by the journalist Arkady Mamontov, suggests that Mr. Berezovsky financed the punk band in order to destabilize Russian society.

    The film quotes a Moscow-based religious activist, Alexey Veshnyak, saying that Mr. Berezovsky had been plotting the punk band’s performance in Christ the Savior Cathedral since at least 2011, providing money and strategic guidance. Mr. Veshnyak says that Mr. Berezovsky shared his plans with him in London that February, pointing to photos of the band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and her husband, Pyotr Verzilov, and saying, “We will soon start acting in the church’s direction.”

  31. The 1988 debate between Dukakis and George H. W. Bush featured this famous question from moderator Bernard King: ”Governor, if Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?” Dukakis said, ”No, I don’t, Bernard,” and then, in classic politician fashion, changed the subject to something he apparently did want to talk about: his record on violent crime as governor and his views about the war on drugs.


    But, even in 2000, this focus on presidential debates obscures an important point: debates aren’t the only thing that voters are hearing and seeing in the weeks before the election. So even a careful comparison of polls before and after a debate assumes, perhaps incorrectly, that any change was due to the debate itself or to news coverage about the debate—and not to other events, television advertising, or the like.


    A month ago, Obama’s advisers declared that they expect Mitt Romney to get “a surge of positive media attention and a boost in the opinion polls after the first presidential debate.” That may or may not prove true.

  32. Apple also announced a redesigned version of its iTunes Store that will be available in October. The new design leaves more room for featured content.

    The music and video store include a new playlist feature, improved search and better integration with Apple's iCloud.

    Apple also said it would start selling a new iPod nano and iPod touch in October. New more rounded earphones dubbed "EarPods" designed for better acoustics goes on sale Wednesday.