“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

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Glitches, glitches and more glitches


  1. Glitches, glitches, glitches
    Said the three farting witches
    We create many hitches
    To keep us in stitches
    We're really quite bitches
    As we steal, as we steal
    O as we steal steal steal
    All your precious riches
    The joker's got you!

    1. Not bad, perhaps this could be tuned up a bit:

      …We're really quite bitches
      As we steal, as we steal
      O as we steal steal steal

  2. Let there be songs to fill the air.

    Ripples in still water,
    When there was no pebble thrown,
    Nor wind rffle on the sands of time.

    Reach out your hand if your mind be empty,
    If your mind is full may it be again,
    Let it be known there is a fountain of knowledge,
    That was accumulated by the logarithms of Google.

    There is a strand, no simple web,
    Between the light and the dread of fright,
    And when you go no one should follow,
    That path is for your steps alone.

    Ripples in still water,
    When there was no pebble thrown,
    Nor wind rffle on the sands of time.

    1. Let them die alone in the dead of night,
      By the hundred score or millions more.

      Between the light and the dread of fright,
      And when you go no one should follow,
      That path is for your steps alone.

      Ripples in still water,
      When there was no pebble thrown,
      Nor wind rffle on the sands of time.

  3. "That was accumulated by the logarithms of Google."

    That line was like a suicide bomber in the supermarket, ruined the whole thing. Going good other'n that.

    1. Only because the capacity of Google to create a ripple in still water is beyond your cognitive comprehension. ...
      You have abandoned the knowledge of today and tomorrow, for those fabulous fantasies that have become your yesterdays.

      Lost in that yearning of yours ...
      ... for things remembered that ever were.

      The deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans, you speak of, "only half in jest" ...
      You demean those men, their memory and their sacrifice.

      You are a contributor to the loss of character across this great land.
      Anonymous coward, devoid of civic responsibility to community, a character that belittles and demeans those that made the ultimate sacrifice for their society.

      I say that, not in jest, but with all there seriousness that can be conveyed.

      Only a poor excuse of a human being would have compared such carnage as the American Civil War to a "wind riffle"

    2. :)


      Compared to the 20th century it was a riffle.

      And something did come of it. You ought to be taking aim at Deuce, who thinks Lincoln was evil incarnate, and presumably that slavery would have just withered away, like the State in Marxism. And thinking of that nightmare which is history, it's hardly a riffle.

      Piddle, piddle, piddle

    3. The Iran/Iraq was cost somewhere around 1.5 million, a footnote in 20th Century terms, and nothing at all came of it. And it's mostly forgotten.

    4. By the way, I spoke 'only half in jest' concerning the insight that the Civil War was a literary dispute, a dispute between two differing ways of reading the Bible when it comes to slavery.

      I'll go further - at the deepest level it was a literary dispute.

    5. and presumably that slavery would have just withered away, like the State in Marxism. And thinking of that nightmare which is history, it’s hardly a riffle.

      Slavery ended everywhere in the Americas within about a thirty year period. A civil war was fought in only one of them. All the American politicians on two continents except one could get the job done without a murderous calamity. Lincoln was the exception.

    6. 99% of the African slaves lived in the South. 1% in the North. White Southerners feared what would happen to them personally if they were released into society. That was a legitimate concern and a political problem that could have been solved for far less money than was spent on the war.

    7. Entire Northern cities, Camden, Newark, Patterson, Detroit etc were abandoned by whites when the descendants of those slaves migrated to the North. Of course rural Southern whites would be fearful of a countryside being flooded by millions of homeless, penniless and resentful former slaves.

    8. Most of slavery was in south america not even in north america.

      the white flight from the downtowns was not directly because of blacks. it was the invention of the highway system and the invention of the suburb.

    9. There was no civil war in Brazil.
      Slavery end, regardless

  4. SEBELIUS: OBAMA DID NOT KNOW... ...drudge

    There are SO many things that get fouled up.......and Obama never knows squat.

    It's quite remarkable.

    1. Remarkable ...
      Indeed he is ...

      Mr Obama is ...
      The First Jewish President of the United States.

      That is quite remarkable!

      Look how he is standing up to the Saudi Muslims...
      Taking no gruff from those camel riding ruffians.

      Mr Obama has put them back in their place, finally an American President who has repaid the Saudi Arabian arrogance in kind!

    2. An example of Mr Obama's familial Affinity Judaism ...

      In fact, Obama even has a Jew in his mishpocheh, albeit on his wife's side.
      Rabbi Capers Funnye, the spiritual leader of Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken-Agudath Achim Congregation on ...
      ... Chicago's South Side is Michelle Obama's cousin - her grandfather and the rabbi's mother were sister and brother.

    3. A black politician can't get much more "Jewish " than that, especially now, ...
      ... with that news about the genetic background of the Ashkenazi!

    4. Re: ... with that news about the genetic background of the Ashkenazi!

      You have taken a single recent THEORY and have attempted to make it a law. That is not how science works. Moreover, it matters not from whence they came, the Ashkenazi have won the game.

    5. Rat has no ability to understand anything, he's just on a tear.

      whether about jewish abortion, rabbis, who is a jew, olive trees or occupation.

      The self proclaimed non-anti-semite just hates everything Jewish, Israeli or Zionism.

    6. You seem to be surprised to hear that there are still problems of 1948 to be solved, the most important component of which is the right to return of Palestinian refugees.

      The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not just an issue of military occupation and Israel is not a country that was established “normally” and happened to occupy another country in 1967.

      Palestinians are not struggling for a “state” but for freedom, liberation and equality, just like we were struggling for freedom in South Africa.


    7. "Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property." 


  5. "Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it."

    1. the safest place for a muslim, in the entire arc of islam, from tunisia to Indonesia, from north africa to somalia and kenya, is inside israel under pa judaica, and by their quiet show the locals know it and are by their quiet ecstatic that life prevails over death

      when islam makes peace with itself, the infidel, gays, women, accepts its own legacy of theological psychopathy and butchery, hangs its war leaders, rewrites its history book, and pays reparations for sixty or hundreds of years of inhumanity, then we can discuss how israel can become belgium

      not before

      we start by reminding that all the pals' problems are self-created; had they accepted the UN vote in 1947 and not gone to war, there would be no occupation, no diaspora, and no need for a delusional 'peace process' although the global palestinian kleptocracy would never have come into being

      by defying the UN from 1947 through the present the Pals an friends are outlaw nations an have waived jurisdiction by the UN oer their claims and assertions, snd that is before we review their war crimes and crimes against humanity

    2. Three key features characterize Israeli apartheid:

      • Four million Palestinians in the Occupied Territories lack the right to vote for the government that controls their lives through a military occupation.

      In addition to controlling the borders, air space, water, tax revenues, and other vital matters pertaining to the Occupied Territories,
      Israel alone issues the identity cards that determine the ability of Palestinians to work and their freedom of movement.

      • About 1.2 million Palestinian Israelis, who make up 20 percent, or one-fifth, of Israel’s population, have second-class citizenship within Israel, ...
      ... which defines itself as a Jewish state rather than a state for all its citizens.

      More than 20 provisions of Israel’s principal laws discriminate, either directly or indirectly, against non-Jews, according to Adalah: The Legal Center for Minority Rights in Israel.

      Millions of Palestinians remain refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and elsewhere, unable to return to their former homes ...
      ... and land in present-day Israel.

      Even though the right of return for refugees is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


  6. As of November 27, Israeli authorities had demolished 568 Palestinian homes and other buildings in the West Bank ...
    ... (including East Jerusalem), displacing 1,014 people.
    Building permits are difficult or impossible for Palestinians to obtain in East Jerusalem or in the 60 percent of the West Bank ...
    ... under exclusive Israeli control (Area C), whereas a separate planning process readily granted settlers new construction permits.

    Israel approved donor-funded construction of 14 schools and 5 clinics for Palestinians in Area C, ...
    ... but threatened entire Palestinian communities with demolition, such as 8 villages in an area designated as a military training zone.

    Settlers continued to take over Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, based in part on discriminatory laws that recognize Jewish ...
    ... ownership claims there from before 1948, but bar Palestinian ownership claims from that period in West Jerusalem.

    1. Niccolo MachiavelliWed Oct 23, 04:52:00 AM EDT

      "So long as the great majority of men are not deprived of either property or honor, they are satisfied."

    2. David Starr JordanWed Oct 23, 04:54:00 AM EDT

      "Whatever is not nailed down is mine." This is the motto of the exploiter. "Whatever can be pried loose is not nailed down."
      This is the second maxim in a country where people are rich, caring little in their present prosperity what shall become of the future.

    3. Well, Niccolo, since property is the basis of liberty, getting both society and state off one's back, the great majority of men, honorable or not, must have it right.

    4. tin huts are not legal homes when built on public property

    5. Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr.Wed Oct 23, 10:40:00 AM EDT

      Prosperity and property rights are inextricably linked. The importance of having well-defined and strongly protected property rights is now widely recognized among economists and policymakers. A private property system gives individuals the exclusive right to use their resources as they see fit. That dominion over what is theirs leads property users to take full account of all the benefits and costs of employing those resources in a particular manner. The process of weighing costs and benefits produces what economists call efficient outcomes. That translates into higher standards of living for all.

      It is only in the last few decades, however, that economists have accepted the importance of property rights.

      In the 1930s, the Finns and Estonians enjoyed a similar standard of living. The two countries are virtually neighbors. Their languages share a common linguistic root, and they are culturally similar and share many values. (Despite being a Baltic country geographically, Estonians consider themselves to be a Nordic people.) Depending on the measure employed, in 2000 the average Finn earned two and a half times to more than seven times what the average Estonian earned. Fifty years of Communist rule surely had something to do with the gap in incomes that opened between the two countries.

      In the past, substantial differences existed between the standard of living in East and West Germany—two countries with essentially the same resources, education, culture, language, religion, history, and geography. Why the tremendous income differences?

      Hong Kong and Singapore are city states, almost completely lacking in natural resources. They border much larger and poorer neighbors. Hong Kong in particular experienced long periods of immigration from its poorer neighbor, mainland China. Yet both island nations sustained periods of annual growth of real per-capita GDP at 5 percent for a long period. Singapore’s real per-capita GDP doubled from 1962 to 1971.6 The real per-capita GDP of Hong Kong, a former colony of Great Britain, now exceeds that of the mother country ($25,153 vs. $23,509 at PPP in 2000). The paradoxes abound. Despite its own recent economic miracle, China’s real per-capita GDP in 2000 was still just under $4,000. Taiwan’s is over $17,000, more than four times China’s. (Both measured in PPP.) Prof. Allan Meltzer has recently commented on these near-laboratory experiments in development:

    6. Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr.Wed Oct 23, 10:43:00 AM EDT

      Prof. Allan Meltzer has recently commented on these near-laboratory experiments in development:

      In each of these comparisons, culture, language, and traditions are the same. Outcomes are markedly different. The countries with capitalist institutions and the market system grew richer; the others faltered or went backwards. A South Korean now lives on an average income about equal to average incomes in the United States in 1945. His North Korean cousin, if he manages to survive, exists by eating roots and grass. My colleague Nick Eberstadt points out how much diet and living standards matter: seven-year-old South Korean boys are 8 inches taller than North Korean boys.

      Actual, historical economic development of countries cannot be explained by the presence or absence of natural resources. Resources are neither necessary nor sufficient for development. Development has occurred in inhospitable circumstances, and lack of development has occurred in countries rich in natural resources. Oil’s “curse” is well known. Real per-capita income in Saudi Arabia is a fraction of what it once was. Nigeria, an oil producer, is categorized as a highly indebted poor country. And, Argentina, rich in natural resources including oil, has recently experienced a long recession due to its bad policies and defective institutions.

    7. Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr.Wed Oct 23, 10:47:00 AM EDT

      Roll and Talbott find that nine institutional variables explain over 80 percent of the international variation in per-capita gross national income,...
      ... with property rights (+) and black market activity (-) having the highest levels of significance.
      The other variables are ...
      regulation (-), inflation (-), civil liberties (+), political rights (+), press freedom (+), government expenditures (+), and trade barriers (-).

      We commend their paper to the reader who wants more details on the empirical findings.

    8. As to creating public lands from private property.

      The Israeli have created a Tyranny of the Majority, there in Palestine.
      Depriving millions of people their Natural Rights, those derived from God and endowed to every man, equally.
      Rights that are inalienable.

    9. The 'Palestinians' wish to deprive the Israelis of their lives and push them into the sea. Their Charter says so, they say so.

      There will be no Jews in a 'Palestinian' State, they affirm

    10. That would merely be a literary dispute ...

      A riffling wind blew, stirring drought-shriveled leaves on the trees,
      rippling the surface of the streams flowing towards the Jordon river,

      that river of blood irrigating the gardens of Crusader and Arab alike

    11. Paranoid fears that are held by fascists never justifies treating millions of people unjustly.

      The current Palestinian leadership is but a mirror held up to the Masters of Apartheid.
      Those Palestinians are agents of the Apartheid System.

      As Mr Mandela has said ...

      As to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, there is an additional factor.
      The so-called “Palestinian autonomous areas” are Bantustans.

      These are restricted entities within the power structure of the Israeli Apartheid system.

    12. Israel is not a country that was established “normally” and happened to occupy another country in 1967.

      Palestinians are not struggling for a “state” but for freedom, liberation and equality, ...
      ... just like we were struggling for freedom in South Africa.

    13. the arab occupation of the middle east, now consisting of 22 nations that in fact occupies 899/900th of the middle east.

      This vast area, has been ethnically cleansed of MILLIONS of Jews since 1948. Hundreds of thousands of businesses and homes stolen and razed.

      If fact MORE Jews, and their descendants, have lost their homes, businesses, properties and belongings than palestinians.

      And today? There are more equal palestinian arab citizens of Israel than the entire river to the sea area in 1948.

      Again, in 1/900th of the middle east there are more arabs today LIVING as citizens of Israel than were in the entire area in 1948, from the river to the sea. (west bank, gaza and israel)

      The simple point? The arabs are greedy. They already have 899/900th of the middle east and 20% of Israel.

      But they want it all

  7. Man, it's hard to imagine a website going down, eh?

    I mean, when's the last time "google," or the "nasdaq" going dow . . . . . . . . .

    hmmm, . . . . . .

    never mind.

    1. Amazon in 12 years has never been down for more than a few hours at most.

      AND when it came back up? FULLY FUNCTIONAL.

  8. But, when it's all said, and done, it's always the same result, isn't it?

    . . . . . . . . . . . . I got a great deal.

    So, when the word gets passed from friend to friend, from relative to relative, from acquaintance to acquaintance, "yeah, the website is slow, but I saved $2,000.00/yr," what do you think will happen?

    1. wait til the co pays and the raised deductibles come into play...

      it's a great deal my ass

    2. Every day in your ass was a great day.
      My life was great, thanks to you!

  9. Every poll, now, is showing the Republican Party at All-Time Lows. "All-Time" Lows.

    Breaking up on the rocks of Obamacare.

    1. That's because the Teaparty is joining in with the donks.

  10. This is how the pros of the CCCP used to do it. The Feds know Blue Cross will cooperate.


    1. Or what? They have to go on the run like Snowden?

  11. Aside from glitches, come actuarial hitches
    Covered far and wide by media snitches
    The system is now in death's spiral
    As the glitches and hitches have gone viral.
    And millions of youngsters from screens survey
    That with ACA, you pay and pay and pay.

    1. Surfin' wid my HOMIES, need some health CARE
      Nigga said SIGN UP dat site ride DERE
      Gave em my SOCIAL and my fuckin' BIRTHDAY
      Now some Cracker HACKER goin' as Teresit-AY

    2. To both of the above.

  12. Your turn, Quirk Laureate.

  13. October 23, 2013
    WH Functionary Fired for Candid Tweets
    J. Robert Smith

    USA Today reports that White House official, Jofi Joseph, has been axed for sending hither Tweets revealing secret information, insulting Obama advisors, and questioning the Administration's Benghazi yarn.
    Jofi had been doing so for two years, proving that ObamaCare might last longer than anyone believes. Joseph tweeted under the not-so-clever nom de guerre "@NatSecWonk."

    Reports USA Today:

    While tweeting as @natsecwonk, Joseph criticized White House policy as well as the intellect and appearance of his bosses. He even insulted officials by name, including Secretary of State John Kerry and former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, The Daily Beast reports.

    "I'm a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like (White House senior advisor) Valerie Jarrett concerns me," he tweeted.

    Jofi might be in bad favor with the prez and his former colleagues, but his candor is a breath of fresh air from an administration all about spin and enforcing the party line.
    But the precocious Jofi lost me when he suggested that "someone... should get rid of Sarah Palin and her white trash family."
    Vile disparagement and veiled threats against conservatives and their kin are de rigueur among our leftist brethren, so, evidently, Jofi's poisonous tweet aimed at Palin and her family didn't raise red flags amongst his White House chums.

    The breaker for Tweetin' Jofi was casting doubt on Mr. Obama's and Ms. Clinton's Benghazi fiction.

    The search intensified after @NatSecWonk repeatedly expressed doubts about administration accounts concerning a Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya.

    Oh, my, so Jofi, part of the Administration's national security apparatus, thought - or knew - that there was something queer about the president's Benghazi soft-peddle?

    Jofi needs to be yanked before the House Oversight Committee for a little probing, don't you think?

  14. .

    We probably won't get a good idea of the cost effect of ACA for 3 - 6 months (at least). Right now, the system is just too fucked up to get a good reading. To say everyone is saying 'I got a great deal' is ridiculous. It seems like something that would have come from someplace like E.J. Dionne or the Krugman Blog. Just yesterday, I posted an article from the Detroit News that cited one provider, Michigan Group Benefits Insurance, saying that the average price increase for its members will be 23%. If anyone is happy with a 23% increase then perhaps I'm wrong.

    The system was supposed to save everyone (average family?) $2,200 hundred a year according to Obama. Obviously, that is not going to happen, not when the system was designed to pay for 40 million new enrollees. (Although, all I've heard lately from the pols is 15 million.) Obviously, those type of savings aren't going to happen. We won't know what it will cost until they get the system fixed.

    We've known right along that this system is a massive wealth redistribution system. Some will make out like bandits while many more will suffer under it, at least, from a cost basis.

    There are many more reasons to question the effectiveness of the ACA, many of them mentioned here. Those too will play out over time and be judged accordingly.

    However, the main focus of this stream has been the launch. Yesterday, I look at our two papers here, one conservative and one liberal. I looked at the WaPo and the NYT. I looked at the Guardian and RealClearPolitics where there were quite a few articles from various sources. Admittedly, all I looked at was the front page on the online addition, but there was not one article stating anything positive about the launch other than the one point that the state sites were doing better than the federal sites which were really screw up.

    The actually crime, is that the Feds knew the launch would be a disaster. They were warned in August and a week before the launch they tried a trial with a mere 2,000 people and it completely shut the system down. They decided to launch anyway. Evidently, they figured they could fix it on the run not realizing the enormity of the problem (up to 100,000 lines of code need to be re-written).

    Normally, in a failure of this size and effect, some one would be fired. But in this administration Ms. Sabelius has no worries. She won't be fired or demoted. Need I list all the scandals that have occurred in this administration? And yet, absolutely no one has 'actually' been held accountable, no one fired, no one actually demoted, with only the one exception I can think of. That one being the Deputy Chief of Station in Benghazi, who was demoted (his career effectively over at State) after his testimony before Congress didn't match the administrations storyline.

    This from the most transparent administration in history.


    1. Ah yes, but 40 million new enrollees will need a corresponding increase in health care workers to provide. And it's not like the money is going to China and Saudi Arabia, it's staying right here, with the corresponding increase in clinics and equipment. Sheetrockers rejoice.

    2. Quirk wrote, "This from the most transparent administration in history."

      Quirk, it is as transparent as can be, but its audience is deaf and dumb.

    3. Teresita Redinger, It takes years of training and practice to become a "competent" health care worker. Thus, there is a great deal more wrong with the ACA other than systemic failure and expense to the public.


  15. 22 OCTOBER 2013 - 20H07
    Switzerland's first sex drive-in a success: Zurich
    Empty "sex boxes" are seen on the opening day of Switzerland's first sex drive-in on August 26, 2013 in Zurich
    Empty "sex boxes" are seen on the opening day of Switzerland's first sex drive-in on August 26, 2013 in Zurich
    Two policemen patrols next to "waiting benches" on August 24, 2013 at a sex drive-in in the city of Zurich
    Two policemen patrols next to "waiting benches" on August 24, 2013 at a sex drive-in in the city of Zurich
    AFP - Switzerland's first sex drive-in, which opened two months ago in a bid to take prostitution off Zurich's streets, has been a success, the city said Tuesday following an initial evaluation.

    "After two months I can say that this guarded prostitution site is working," Michael Herzig, director of social services for sex workers in the city, told reporters.

    Zurich opened the fenced-in site, which is only accessible by car, in an industrial sector on the outskirts of town in August to move sex workers out of the city centre and provide them with a safer working environment.

    The drive-in, approved by 52.6 percent of Zurich voters in a March 2012 referendum, has a track where the sex workers can show off their assets and negotiate a price, and nine so-called "sex boxes" where they and their clients can park and conclude the transaction.

    Machines resembling parking metres have been installed, and the prostitutes are required to contribute 5.0 Swiss francs ($5.40, 4.05 euros) each night in taxes to help Zurich cover the cost of running the place.

    Security guards are on hand to ensure there is only one man in each car coming in, as well alarm buttons in each "sex box", on-site doctors and social workers.

    "We did not have any major problems, such as with pimps, violence or the neighbourhood," Herzig said.

    He said he was surprised things had gone so smoothly.

    An average of 14 sex workers had used the site each day since it opened, he said.

    That is fewer than half the 30-odd who had been working on Sihlquai, in downtown Zurich, the city's most notorious red-light street until prostitution was banned there in August.

    But the figures do suggest prostitutes are embracing the new system, despite concerns the strictly controlled environment would scare away clients, he said.

    Herzig said the tight control was key to its success, with the constant presence of municipal staff helping sex workers operate beyond the clutches of pimps.

    He said similar schemes in other European cities had been hobbled by a lack of resources that saw pimps move in and take control.

    1. We need to hire the Swiss to run things.

    2. Prostitution is such an arcane term. We prefer to say sex care provider.

    3. Relief workers.

  16. As to the implied reliability of Wiki, this may explain why some of us are less than enamored.


    1. I'm shocked! Shocked that gambling is going on in this establishment! (Here's your winnings sir) Thanks.

  17. Israeli government to recruit students as undercover agents on social media

    RT | August 15, 2013

    Israel is set to recruit students to work undercover in “covert units” at universities.
    The students will post messages on the Israeli government’s behalf – without identifying themselves as government agents.

    The students participating in the project will be part of the public diplomacy arm of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s office. Leaders of the “covert units” will receive full scholarships in return for their online public diplomacy (hasbara).

    The Prime Minister’s Office is looking to invest up to 3 million shekels ($840,000) to recruit, organize and fund the activities of hundreds of university students, Haaretz reported.

    Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office told the newspaper that the main subjects that the campus-based units will deal with are diplomatic- and security-related issues, efforts to combat boycotts of Israel, anti-Semitism and the de-legitimization of Israel. The students will focus on Israel’s democratic values, freedom of religion, pluralism and ...
    “other subjects that give expression to the Israeli government’s public diplomacy policy.”

    A member of the Israeli Knesset, Dov Lipman, and the Prime Minister’s Office’s director for interactive media, Danny Seaman, revealed the new initiative during a meeting of the Knesset’s Diaspora Affairs Committee last month.

    The Prime Minister’s Office is planning to have Israel’s student union recruit up to 550 students with knowledge of foreign languages from Israel’s seven universities. The student union is to publicize the project among tens of thousands of students, and is to provide computers and work space for a project headquarters at all university campuses.

    “With social media, you can’t wait,” an unnamed official involved in the effort told the Jerusalem Post.

    “We will get authoritative information out and make sure it goes viral,” the official said.
    “We won’t leave negative stories out there online without a response, and we will spread positive messages.
    What we are doing is revolutionary. We are putting public diplomacy in the hands of the public.”

    The covert units will be set up at each university and structured in a semi-military fashion.
    While groups will take directions from staff at the Prime Minister’s Office, the government says that officially they will be politically independent.

    “The idea requires that the state’s role not be highlighted and therefore it is necessary to insist on major involvement by the students themselves without any political link [or] affiliation,” Seaman said.

    Leaders of covert units will receive full scholarships from the Prime Minister’s Office, which will fund a total of 2.78 million shekels ($780,000) in scholarships for the program in the upcoming academic year, Haaretz reported.


    1. “The national public diplomacy unit in the PMO places an emphasis on social network activity,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
      “As part of this, a new pro-Israel public diplomacy infrastructure of students on Israeli campuses is being established that will assist in advancing and disseminating content on the social networks, particularly to international audiences.”

      According to details provided to Israeli media, a government liaison officer for Israel advocacy will oversee the dissemination of “rapid responses” from Israeli officials to respond to news events, and coordinate with other government bodies that deal with public diplomacy, including the Israeli Defense Force.

      The IDF has recently asserted a stronger, at times controversial presence on social media with mixed results.
      The new program may well seek to address perceived deficiencies in the way that Israel communicates with the world online.

      Last year, during Israel’s eight-day Operation Pillar of Defense, an incursion launched into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks, the Palestinian group was widely seen as having won the war of words on online media.

      Haaretz reported that in the fallout of the military operation, the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack with 170,000 mentions easily surpassed Israel’s own #IsraelUnderFire, with a comparably meager 25,000 mentions.

      “The perception dominating the online discourse was that the IDF had embarked on an unjustified attack,” said Tomer Simon, an Israeli researcher who studied social networking activity during the conflict.

    2. So now the WiOs of the world will be all over Facebook and shit.

    3. as reported here, many threads ago, the ...

      . . . . . Many Voices of quot . . . . .

      Bought and paid or with US aid to Israel.

    4. As lied about you mean.

      Is it so hard for you to believe that there are American Jews that do what I do for free? Or are you just so wrapped up in your bigotry that you cannot understand that I simply STAND WITH ISRAEL as you stand with hatred and savages?

      i do not accuse you rat of being on the Palestinians's payroll. I think you honesty hate Jews, israel and are an anti-zionist bigot.

  18. 8th biker charged in SUV/biker incident.

    Had 18 priors.

    Charged with felony assault, felony gang assault, etc, etc,

    Nice fellow, poor guy was just with a bunch other nice fellows exercising their Constitutional right to peacefully assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances at speed on the highways.

    1. Arrested, as an individual, for transgressions that individual performed.

      The US Constitution does not acquiesce to Identity Politics.
      Does not pursue "Collective Punishment".

      No matter how inanely the Fascists pine and whine.

  19. Rufus IIWed Oct 23, 07:36:00 AM EDT

    But, when it's all said, and done, it's always the same result, isn't it?

    . . . . . . . . . . . . I got a great deal.

    So, when the word gets passed from friend to friend, from relative to relative, from acquaintance to acquaintance, "yeah, the website is slow, but I saved $2,000.00/yr," what do you think will happen?


    Dumbfuck, Lying, Shitass, Extraordinaire.

    1. ...but of course, you all already knew that.

      I was just first.

    2. Free Lunch!

      Perpetual Motion!

      ...for everyone, everywhere,



      President Barack Obama is using the disastrous crash of his Obamacare website to extract cash and volunteer hours from his supporters.

      “By now, you’ve probably heard that the website has not worked as smoothly as it was supposed to,” Obama told his supporters in an email sent out late Tuesday.

      “That’s why I need your help,” he said, in a video pitch that links to an online fundraiser.

      Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/23/obama-using-obamacare-meltdown-to-raise-cash/#ixzz2iYuI9Aj2

    4. Gosh, that explains why he's coming to Medina to some Microsoft bigshot, $30,000 per couple to get in. I'm sure all the funds he raises will go straight to fixing the website.

    5. .

      A press release from the Bureau of Truth, Washington, D.C.

      Rejoice, it's morning in the old US of A
      We've got free healthcare for all and nobody pays
      Just visit our site and prepare for a stay
      The sign-up procedure may take a few days
      Just give us the names of your wife and your dog
      Your friends and your mistress and the blogs where you log
      Tell us how many times you jack-off or break for a smoke
      Let us know your diseases and the brand of weed that you toke
      Give us your financials and amount of money you make
      Social Security and banking and offshore accounts that are fake
      Ignore all the fine print especially Form 217
      It's the one that the press now call 'Soylent Green'
      Just trust in our Life Panels and the things that they say
      Then just follow the sheeple and have a nice day


    6. .

      Thanks, but face it. Though all were good today, given the magnitude of this FUBAR launch, they all just kind of write themselves.


  20. Just yesterday, or the day before the fascist Farmer Fudd was bemoaning the US payment of some $ billion or $ millions in "aid" to the Palestinians.

    But then fails to grasp that those Palestinians receiving the money are merely agents of the Israeli Apartheid System,...
    ... supported and subsidized by the taxpayers of the United States.
    As Mr Mandela says ...
    As to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, there is an additional factor.
    The so-called “Palestinian autonomous areas” are Bantustans.

    These are restricted entities within the power structure of the Israeli Apartheid system.

    1. Actually Israel is the Bantustan when one us HONEST enough to view a map of the middle east.

      850,000 Jews, ethnically cleansed and forced into a "ghetto" called israel.

      The plan of course was the extermination of the Jews. But the Arabs got a surprise, they lost. REPEATEDLY.

      Now that "ghetto", that bantustan out EARNS the entire 899/900th of the arab occupied middle east.

      Aint it amazing!!!!

      Go Israel.

  21. http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2013/October/21/cancellation-notices-health-insurance.aspx

  22. Gosh, I am in the mood for some rousing apartheid music. If this fails to get those toes tapping while bringing tears to the eyes, I don't know what would.


  23. Right you are, Fascist Whacky. You who are always using the term "the Israeli".

    No Identity Politics in that, what?

    It is as it should be, all these dudes will have lawyers, most appointed by the Court, as most are deadbeats, and don't pay their child support and stuff. The lawyers are needed to make the best plea bargains for them possible, as no just is going to let them off by buying into your argument that the dudes were gathering together to protest government and seek redress of some grievance of other speeding down the highway.And they do deserve the best defense or bargain the law allows. They are charged individually with being involved in a felony gang attack. Each is responsible for their own conduct. As they should be.

    How are things down on the rich stolen bottom lands? Things going well with the cattle and horses? Been bowling lately?

    Would chat but have to run -another doc appointment this morning, thankfully just as you came along.

    Even a self administered enema and a prostate biopsy is preferable than chatting with you.

    Have a great day!

    1. no jury is going to.....


  24. Israeli students to get $2,000 to spread state

    The National Union of Israeli Students (NUIS) has become a full-time partner in the Israeli government’s efforts to spread its propaganda online and on college campuses around the world.

    NUIS has launched a program to pay Israeli university students $2,000 to spread pro-Israel propaganda online for 5 hours per week from the “comfort of home.”

    The union is also partnering with Israel’s Jewish Agency to send Israeli students as missionaries to spread propaganda in other countries, for which they will also receive a stipend.

    The NUIS program document explains:

    After training, the student will begin his activities. The student will do the activities in the comfort of his home, where every week he will be obligated to about 5 hours of activities for a period of one calendar year (not academic year). Students will be paid a total of NIS 7,500 [$2,000] to perform the tasks of the project, at least 5 hours weekly for a total of 240 hours of activities under the project umbrella.

    What is completely missing from the program is any indication that criticism of Israel could be valid. Rather the National Union of Israeli Students apparently seeks to indoctrinate Israeli students that every criticism of Israel is “hate” and “anti-Semitism” and that the Internet should be seen as a battlefield on which they are foot soldiers.

    1. An observation of "anti-Semitism" and $5 will get you a latte at Starbucks.

    2. I think you might be a little low on the cost of the latte.

    3. 2 GRAND? that's it? My trip to DC costs me more each year. Hotel in DC for 4 days at the Marriott? $1400 bucks.

  25. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biwWMAbpRdk&feature=player_detailpage

  26. The system of private property is the most important guaranty of freedom, ...
    ... not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not.

    It is only because the control of the means of production is divided among many people acting independently ...
    ... that nobody has complete power over us, that we as individuals can decide what to do with ourselves.

    If all the means of production were vested in a single hand, ...
    ... whether it be nominally that of “society” as a whole or that of a dictator, ...
    ... whoever exercises this control has complete power ....

  27. Israel buys off the "Leadership" of the Palestinians.
    Even, as in Arabfat's case, not only are they not representative of the Palestinians, but were not themselves Palestinian.

    Just Arab agents of the Israeli Apartheid Power Structure.
    Receiving their Baksheesh ...

    a Persian word that is also found in Turkish and Arabic. It actually means a tip or gratuity given by a boss to his underling. The word was first used extensively to mean a bribe in connection with the money that a new sultan gave his troops.

    The Palestinian "Authority" derives that authority from Israel.
    Hamas can only thrive in a hermetically sealed environment, isolated from the rest of the Occupied Territories.

    Serving Apartheid interests may factionalizing the Palestinian people.

    The Palestinians are serving Israeli interests for personal profit and power, just as did ...

    ... the first commander of the Warsaw ghetto, Józef Szeryński, who was a Polish-Jewish police colonel.


    1. allen has claimed Israeli dominion over Palestine was, in part, purchased from the Ottoman Sultanate.

      The Prime Minister of Israel it seems concurrently serves in the role of the Sultan of Palestine ...

      Holding dictatorial power over all the land and the people of Palestine ...
      ... now that the Ottoman's Sultan has been displaced ...

      Thrown in the ash heap of history.

    2. Hamas can only thrive in a hermetically sealed environment, isolated from the rest of the Occupied Territories.

      Shh, dont look at a map.. Egypt shares a border with Gaza/Hamas...


      dumb fucker..

    3. When Fatah and Hamas decide to live in peace, there will be peace. Living in peace would mean, among other things, accepting the perpetual existence of a Jewish state and an end to unsolicited fireworks.

      Land purchased by Jews was held in fee as evidenced by deeds (that is not allen's opinion, it is settled history and law).. The Arabs failed to do to the Jews in 1948-49 what the Turks had done to the Armenians in 1915-16 and 1922-23, exterminate them. They have been whining ever since -- tough.

      Life is full of flaws and no one knows the cause, but starting wars and losing them has always been bad business and bad politics.

    4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0qm8nq8RcA

    5. Yitzhak wrote," the first commander of the Warsaw ghetto, Józef Szeryński, who was a Polish-Jewish police colonel."

      Yitzhak, The presentation of your thesis, if one, is desultory to the point of incomprehensibility. I gather, if correct, that you see in "Palestine" the continuation of ancient efforts by Jewish moneyed interests to rule the world. You seem to feel that Arafat was no more than a Jewish shill.

      Re: "Palestinian"

      From the time of the 2nd C, CE Romans until the rise of Arafat the word "Palestinian" was applied exclusively to Jews, often pejoratively.

  28. .

    Just heard on TV that Ms. Sebelius said that Obama was not aware of the problems with the ACA systems prior to the launch.

    This administration takes 'plausible deniability' to absurd lengths. Either that or they simply lie.

    What does Obama think his job consists of, reading talking points off a teleprompter and visiting the Tonight Show? Does anyone else get tired of hearing that the president just didn't know, that he was completely in the dark, that he just found out about it when we did from the TV networks or the press? How isolated is this guy? Benghazi, the IRS, every other scandal that has occurred this year?

    It is one thing to delegate. It is another to not have any kind of feedback loop. It is another to not hold those responsible for the tasks they were delegated to do.


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    2. I would have to agree, Q, that Mr Obama does not seem to have a "Hands On" approach to managing the Federal government.

      He seems to operate in a bubble of his own interests.
      The people that are at the appointed heads of those agencies, are not there for the managerial skills and capabilities.
      No more than Ambassadors need be versed in the culture of the countries they represent US to.

      Barack Obama will not be running for re-election.
      He will not be impeached.

      He is not the most talented practitioner of management that has ever been ensconced in the Oval Ofice.

    3. In regards to Mr Obama and the recent advances in foreign policy, vis-a-vis the Saudi Arabians ...
      the most and least that can be said, about that ...

      . . . . . . . . .DRIVE ON! ... ..Mr President! . ... . DRIVE ON!

  29. Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr.Wed Oct 23, 01:41:00 PM EDT

    The rich and powerful contrive to protect their property even when a weak rule of law fails ...
    ...to protect property rights for the general population.

    Most of Latin America— Chile being a conspicuous exception—exemplifies that situation.
    For example, ordinary Venezuelans cannot title property, so they build shanties on the hills surrounding Caracas.
    Meanwhile, the elites live in barricaded villas.

    It is the absence of legal protection of private property that has ...
    ... blocked the democratization of both property and capitalism in that region.

    1. In America many towns and city can take your land away and call it Eminent domain...

      Happens all the time.

      I guess Rat is saying that America is not a land of laws.

    2. You guess wrong, another FAIL for the quot.
      The fact that the United State is a nation of laws it what makes it exceptional.
      Especially when compared to that Tyranny of the Majority, in the "Apartheid State of Israel & Sultanate of Palestine".

      First Amendment to the United States Constitution
      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ...

      Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
      A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

      Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution
      The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

      Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution
      No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;
      nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

      Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
      1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

      Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
      The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude--

      Twenty-fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution
      1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.

      Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution
      1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

      You Guess Wrong, Often

    3. .

      The fact that the United State is a nation of laws it what makes it exceptional.

      Silly little man.

      A nation of laws is a nation of laws only if those laws are followed by those responsible for carrying them out and enforcing them. It is not a nation of laws when the highest authorities in the land ignore or fail to enforce the laws.


    4. .

      Slight amendment.

      It is not a nation of laws when the highest authorities in the land ignore or fail to enforce the laws and the sheeple are either too dumb to know it or just don't care.


  30. The Writer as Meme Machine

    Posted by Kenneth Goldsmith

    What if the poetic has left the poem in the same way that Elvis has left the building?
    Long after the limo pulled away, the audience was still in the arena screaming for more, but poetry escaped out the backdoor and onto the Internet, where it is taking on new forms that look nothing like poetry.
    Poetry as we know it—sonnets or free verse on a printed page—feels akin to throwing pottery or weaving quilts, activities that continue in spite of their cultural marginality.

    But the Internet, with its swift proliferation of memes, is producing more extreme forms of modernism than modernism ever dreamed of.

  31. Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr.Wed Oct 23, 02:40:00 PM EDT

    The rights against both the state and the powerful were secured for early Americans, by the protection of their person and property.

    That protection in turn made it possible for them to invest and take risks.
    More generally, the stronger the set of property rights, the stronger the incentive to work, save, and invest, ...
    ... and the more effective the operation of the economy.

    Yet theories of economic growth still fall back on laws of production and relationships among things ...
    ... rather than interactions among people governed by institutions.

    1. "Tyranny of the Majority"

      Thus, while it is clear that democracy must guarantee the expression of the popular will through majority rule, ...
      ... it is equally clear that it must guarantee that the majority will not abuse use its power ...
      ... to violate the basic and inalienable rights of the minority.

      For one, a defining characteristic of democracy must be the people's right to change the majority through elections.
      This right is the people's "supreme authority."

      The minority, therefore, must have the right to seek to become the majority ...
      ... and possess all the rights necessary to compete fairly in elections—speech, assembly, association, petition ...
      ... since otherwise the majority would make itself permanent and become a dictatorship.

      For the majority, ensuring the minority's rights becomes a matter of self-interest, ...
      ... since it must utilize the same rights when it is in minority to seek to become a majority again.

      This holds equally true in a multiparty parliamentary democracy, where no party has a majority, ...
      ... since a government must still be formed in coalition by a majority of parliament members.

    2. Minority Rights I: Individual Rights vs. Majority Tyranny

      Democracy therefore requires minority rights equally as it does majority rule.
      Indeed, as democracy is conceived today, the minority's rights must be protected no matter how singular ...
      ... or alienated that minority is from the majority society; otherwise, the majority's rights lose their meaning.

      In the United States, basic individual liberties are protected through the Bill of Rights, ...
      ... which were drafted by James Madison and adopted in the form of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.

      These enumerate the rights that may not be violated by the government, safeguarding ...
      ... in theory, at least—the rights of any minority against majority tyranny.

      Today, these rights are considered the essential element of any liberal democracy.

    3. • Four million Palestinians in the Occupied Territories lack the right to vote for the government that controls their lives through a military occupation.

      In addition to controlling the borders, air space, water, tax revenues, and other vital matters pertaining to the Occupied Territories,
      Israel alone issues the identity cards that determine the ability of Palestinians to work and their freedom of movement.

      • About 1.2 million Palestinian Israelis, who make up 20 percent, or one-fifth, of Israel’s population, have second-class citizenship within Israel, ...
      ... which defines itself as a Jewish state rather than a state for all its citizens.

      More than 20 provisions of Israel’s principal laws discriminate, either directly or indirectly, against non-Jews, according to ...
      Adalah: The Legal Center for Minority Rights in Israel.

    4. 4 million Palestinians voted in the election of the President of Palestine.


      The Palestinians that are not citizens of the State of Israel have no right to vote in their elections. Just as citizens of America cannot vote in elections in China, England, Egypt or South Africa.

      It's called "citizenship"

      What a concept.

    5. • About 1.2 million Palestinian Israelis, who make up 20 percent, or one-fifth, of Israel’s population, have second-class citizenship within Israel, ...
      ... which defines itself as a Jewish state rather than a state for all its citizens.
      More than 20 provisions of Israel’s principal laws discriminate, either directly or indirectly, against non-Jews, according to ...
      Adalah: The Legal Center for Minority Rights in Israel.

      I guess you dont know anything about Israel.

      And it shows.

      Rat, stick to horse shit, that's your pay grade.


    6. “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”

    7. In Israel?

      Arabs are free.

      In the arab world? Christians are not free and Jews are either dead or ethnically cleansed.

      Those that declare wars of genocide on you and lose? Choose wrong.

  32. William BlackstoneWed Oct 23, 05:25:00 PM EDT

    “So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property,
    that it will not authorize the least violation of it;
    no, not even for the general good of the whole community. “

    "No, not even for the general good of the whole community. “

  33. “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ...
    ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear.

    They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -
    - all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them.

    A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    1. The Israeli Sultanate of Palestine, deriving its' legitimacy from Deeds or Title...
      From the Ottoman Sultanate to the newly formed ...
      ... Sultanate of Palestine, financed by the Baron Edmond De Rothschild.

      The Sultanate of Palestine was absorbed by the secular state of Israel, upon its founding in 1948.
      Those Deeds do tell a tale.

    2. The deeds are clear.

      the arab world squats on 899/900th of the middle east and never PAID for the land, it's simply slaughtered those whose lands it wished.


      MILLIONS of Jews were ethnically cleansed from their historic lands, meanwhile in Israel? Arabs can own property, vote, run for office and even hold a place on the Supreme Court.

      Property claims are divisive, after all America's deed for America came not from the owners but from conquest.


  34. “No Statue of Liberty ever greeted our arrival in this country...
    ... we did not, in fact, come to the United States at all.

    The United States came to us.”


  35. “Socialism needs to pull down wealth; liberalism seeks to raise up poverty.

    Socialism would destroy private interests, Liberalism would preserve [them] ... by reconciling them with public right.

    Socialism would kill enterprise; Liberalism would rescue enterprise from the trammels of privilege and preference.

    Socialism assails the preeminence of the individual; Liberalism seeks ... to build up a minimum standard for the mass.

    Socialism exalts the rule; Liberalism exalts the man.

    Socialism attacks capitalism; Liberalism attacks monopoly.”

    1. Although usually seen as residing within its pre-1967 boundaries, ...
      the Israeli regime exercises control over Palestinians in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza.

      For the past 46 years, all residents within greater Israel have lived under the same regime,
      which claims to be the sole legitimate political and military authority.

    2. Interesting quotes out of time and space.

      The Palestinians now have a seat at the UN and elected Abbas as their President.

      Hamas? Elected by the gazans as their government.

      There was a time when the Germans elected the Nazis and were defeated too...

    3. Comparing the Israeli to NAZIs, really quot, how low will you go?

    4. The Palestinians are in their "Ghettos", on their "Reserves"

      Palestinian lackeys rule over the fractured and factionalized Palestinians, $100 million a month the Israeli pay their house boy Arabs in baksheesh. Just as the Germans used Ashkenazi guards in the Warsaw Ghetto.

      The first commander of the Warsaw ghetto was Józef Szeryński, a Polish-Jewish police colonel.

      Warsaw Ghetto archivist Emanuel Ringelblum has described the cruelty of the ghetto police as ...
      "at times greater than that of the Germans, the Ukrainians and the Latvians."

    5. Desert rat has twice now deployed this:
      "The first commander of the Warsaw ghetto was Józef Szeryński, a Polish-Jewish police colonel."

      So what? ....ever heard of Cain...ever heard of Judas Iscariot...The world is filled with small, fearful, greedy parasites...And?

    6. Desert rat wrote," Although usually seen as residing within its pre-1967 boundaries, .."

      There were no pre-1967 borders!

      Rather than accept UN's provisional borders, the Arabs attempted to annihilate the Jews in 1948-49. Finding themselves losing, the Arabs asked for an armistice; Israel obliged. Egypt accepted a peace treaty evntually, but the other Arab belligerents have not, some 65 years later. Since the Arabs will not treat, the UN has officially designated certain territories as "disputed". That is how it will stay until the Arabs decide to behave themselves.

    7. There is only "One State", allen.

      There has been for the past 46 years.

      The Palestinians are ALL Israeli, now.

      That is the point Mandela continues to make.
      The point I continue o make.
      The point the entie Hegemony of Character is making.

      There is no "Two State Solution", you fellas muffed that play.
      Now you are left incorporating the Palestinians into Israel, full citienship, "Right of Return" to all Palestinians and descendent from 1948.


    8. Perhaps it is strange for you to observe the situation in Palestine or more specifically, the structure of political and cultural relationships between Palestinians and Israelis, as an Apartheid system. This is because you incorrectly think that the problem of Palestine began in 1967. This was demonstrated in your recent column “Bush’s First Memo” in the New York Times on March 27, 2001.

      You seem to be surprised to hear that there are still problems of 1948 to be solved, ...
      the most important component of which is the right to return of Palestinian refugees.

      The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not just an issue of military occupation ...
      and Israel is not a country that was established “normally” ...
      and happened to occupy another country in 1967.

      Palestinians are not struggling for a “state” but for freedom, liberation and equality, ...
      just like we were struggling for freedom in South Africa.


    9. As to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, there is an additional factor. The so-called “Palestinian autonomous areas” are Bantustans. These are restricted entities within the power structure of the Israeli Apartheid system.


    10. The Palestinian state cannot be the by-product of the Jewish state, just in order to keep the Jewish purity of Israel.

      Israel’s racial discrimination is daily life of most Palestinians.
      Since Israel is a Jewish state, Israeli Jews are able to accrue special rights which non-Jews cannot do.
      Palestinian Arabs have no place in a “Jewish” state.

      Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property.

      It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality.
      It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law.

      It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children.

  36. I see Whackadoodle is blah blah blahing about "the Israeli" again.

    Sure gets old. It's like leaving the record player on when you go to the lake on the weekend, and coming home find it still playing the same old tune.

    It's almost ****preternatural****.

    I'd take, having just experienced it, an enema and a prostate biopsy over listening to that fascist lying hypocritical piece of human garbage any day.

    He needs to see a counselor.

    Eminent Domain -

    Out this way, after that Domain case, can't recall the name of it now, our legislature strengthened our laws against government screwing with your property.

    85 year old Martha may remain in her own home, right where she has always been, and the hell with Mall Developer. And after she dies, her kids can live there too.

    I like this.

    1. Back east in some of the states it's an entirely different tune being sung. There, the government, local government, can determine the highest and best use for the property, and fuck you and your 'rights' simply buy you out. You can complain about the price, finally in court if you have to, but that's about it.

  37. Forgot to add that Whackadoodle is a Fascist who squats on Native American land and doesn't pay child support.

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    1. I've maintained here, only partly in jest, that the whole wind blown riffle was a literary event, a contest between two opposed readings of the Christian Bible.

      One wonders how he could show such callous disregard of the human carnage, the 600,000 or even more dead Americans, all that pain, and treat it so lightly as a wind riffle across the pairie?

      It has been documented that Fudd is …
      …. a fella that would not even protect the women of his community from a rapist.

      The girls and he, combined to create a Zone of Silence about the assault.
      He broke down and told us about it, self discipline never being on of Fudd's character points. It seems that 'Breaking Cover' was an attempt to clear his conscience. Saying he had only been concerned with appearances, his daughter's reputation not her or their family friends and neighbor's safety, not his community's security.

      After she had been raped, after the news leaked out of Fudd's butt, there were suspicions in the community that the assault may well have been a "family affair".

      Farmer Fudd, he and the girls subsequently moved from that town.

      His wife will no longer sleep in the same room with him.

    2. The word of God came to Abram in a vision and repeated the promise of the land and descendants as numerous as the stars. Abram and God made a covenant ceremony, and God told of the future bondage of Israel in Egypt. God described to Abram the land that his offspring would claim: the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaims, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites. (Genesis 15:1–21)

      Wow what no Palestinians?

      Israel was named as the rightful owner of the lands from the river to the sea....

      Now that's a quote

    3. Birth of Isaac[edit]

      Sacrifice of Isaac, by Caravaggio
      As had been prophesied in Mamre the previous year (Genesis 17:21), Sarah became pregnant and bare a son to Abraham, on the first anniversary of the covenant of circumcision. Abraham was "an hundred years old", when his son whom he named Isaac was born; and he circumcised him when he was eight days old. (Genesis 21:1–5) For Sarah, the thought of giving birth and nursing a child, at such an old age, also brought her much laughter, as she declared, "God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me." (Genesis 21:6–7) Isaac continued to grow and on the day he was weaned, Abraham held a great feast to honor the occasion. During the celebration, however, Sarah found Ishmael mocking; an observation that would begin to clarify the birthright of Isaac. (Genesis 21:8-13)

      Yep... Isaac got the inheritance.

      Now that's a deed...

      Unless you want to say it's all crap?

      Then the Arabs are a fake people...

      with no claim other than being to the land, they started wars and they lost them...

    4. A Sumerian mytth is no evidence of squat, quat.

      There was no mention of the Ashkenazi, and they were not part of the bondage of Israel in Egypt.

      That's a scientific fact, one that does not even dispute the validity of the quote, quot.

      Just your interpretation of it.

      "Identity Politics" goes to shit when the "Identity" is one fabricated in myth and not the science of genetics.

    5. Evidence presented by quot, right above ...

      The accuracy of reporting that was obtained, lo those years ago when there was proclaimed at the Elephant Bar!

      . . . . . . The Equivalency Standard . . . . . .

      That applied to ALL the countries of the Middle East.
      That there was a moral, legal and social equivalency to ALL of them.

      Now even the Israel-First mouthpiece claims justification for Israeli crimes against humanity ...
      ... on the basis of equivalency with terrorists, murderers, Muslims, Pagans and Gentiles

      Just got to Love It! ...
      ... When the "Plan" Comes Together ...

      That or it is all just plain dumb luck.

      The Dimwitted Duo being plainly dumb and the rat has never ascribed very much to "Luck"...
      ... being more attuned to the benefits of practice and "Muscle Memory"

    6. Yawn, here is a fact.

      Israel is, the arabs of Israel dont leave because they KNOW their brother arabs suck.

      The arabs of Israel? Dont want to merge with the Palestinians, cause they suck.

      And as we speak? The arabs are slaughtering one another from one end of the arab world to the other, cause they suck.

      Now that's a fact Jack.

      But remember the Arabs of Israel? Are FREE....

    7. ah another side threat the rat makes..

      : being more attuned to the benefits of practice and "Muscle Memory"

      We all get the gun metaphor...

      You dont scare us now that we know who you are...

      A dried up old prune of a man. Worthless, friendless and unaccomplished.

      One who makes threats to be a "man"...

      cant even pay child support...

      tsk tsk

    8. Just in this thread you took to task bob about personal nonsense in efforts to intimidate and embarrass.

      We all KNOW who the bully is...


    9. When Whacky gets frustrated the sequence is:

      1) lying
      2) cursing
      3) threats, veiled or open

      He needs help.

  39. You can fry and egg out there on the city sidewalk
    You can fry your bacon and and and and
    I understand why lizards live in sunny Arizona
    Why people do and call it home I'll never understand

    It's hotter than a furnace fan out in Arizona
    110 ain't nothing when you live out there you see
    Stars come out you scream and shout "Hey it's good to know you"
    If your going there and you don't mind say hello for me

  40. Where as in the United States there are Laws ...

    ... In the Israeli Sultanate of Palestine ...

    Under Israeli military occupation, millions of Palestinians live in conditions which closely resemble the apartheid system ...
    ... that existed in South Africa:

    • No right of free speech, assembly or movement
    • Arrest and imprisonment without charge or trial
    • Torture
    • House searches without warrant
    • Assassination, extra-judicial murder
    • No right to vote for the Israeli government (even though it controls their lives)

    Israel controls all Palestinian borders, all imports and exports, and all movement between towns and cities. 
    THE GAZA STRIP, still surrounded, besieged and controlled by Israel, ...
    ... has been sealed off and effectively turned into the world’s largest open-air prison.

    1. LOL you so funny!!!!

      Gaza aint sealed by Israel! It's sealed by Egypt, their brother Arabs!

      Get a grip Rat, you are losing it....

      More palestinians have died in 2 years at the hands of the Syrians that by the Israelis in 60 years...

      And more Palestinians are starving in refugee camps because of their brother arabs than EVER went without food because of Israel!!!

      You are on the wrong side of history Sparkie!! And the FUNNY thing?

      It was FREEDOM given to the Palestinians that SCREWED them the most!!!

      Gazans elected Hamas!!! West Bank Palestinians ELECTED ABBAS!!!

      Too Fucking Funny...

      It was democratic opportunity that the Palestinians have squandered!!!

      They are screwed by their very own hands...

      Now that's entertainment...

    2. Rat, go to google and gaza, see that giant 80 million person nation to the LEFT?

      That's called E G Y P T..

      The world's largest Arab nation...

      They are pissed at the Palestinians for MURDERING their citizens..

      In Fact? Egypt JuST KILLED 52 Palestinians in the SINAI, you know that place on the otherside of the "sealed" border?

      Ya see these 52 palestinians were on a great chef of the gaza strip tour... Ok, well no, they were armed to the teeth and murdering Egyptians left and right, so the Egyptians USED helicopter GUN SHIPS to make hamburger out of them..

      Your heroes, the armed Palestinians, terrorists to their brother arabs as well as all decent people all over the globe. Your friends...



    3. Entertainment That Educates-R-US.gov

    4. THE GAZA STRIP, still surrounded, besieged and controlled by Israel, ...
      ... has been sealed off and effectively turned into the world’s largest open-air prison.


      Gaza opens first Olympic-size swimming pool
      Published Tuesday 18/05/2010 (updated) 19/05/2010 11:46

      Gaza – Ma'an – Gaza's first Olympic-standard swimming pool was inaugurated at the As-Sadaka club during a ceremony on Tuesday held by the Islamic Society.

    5. Gaza opens it's 1st 5 star hotel.


      The Gaza Strip's first five-star hotel gleams with marble floors, five luxury restaurants and a breezy cafe overlooking the territory's white sandy beaches and sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea.

    6. Now if you want your KFC in Gaza?

      You have to bring it in thru the hermetically seal border (pardon me while i laugh)


      Delivering KFC by Tunnel, Not Too Fast but Satisfying

      4 hours to get the chicken!!!

      GAZA CITY — The French fries arrive soggy, the chicken having long since lost its crunch. A 12-piece bucket goes for about $27 here — more than twice the $11.50 it costs just across the border in Egypt.

      And for fast-food delivery, it is anything but fast: it took more than four hours for the KFC meals to arrive here on a recent afternoon from the franchise where they were cooked in El Arish, Egypt

      Wow now that's an open air prison...

      Swimming pools, hotels, KFC, a Zoo. and more..

    7. Jews voting for Obama (4 to 1) is like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders.

    8. "Smartest People in the World"

      ... they told me so, at the old Elephant Bar, themselves!
      Time and time again.
      That is how it used to be ...
      Those forgotten memories, exchanged for nostalgic fantasies.

      Now the anti-Semites are comparing Jews to chickens, getting in line for the Colonel's frier.

      What is the metaphor, the message between the lines supposed to be!
      How far should we be "stretching" the metaphor, back to the "ovens"?

    9. Unhappy with Mr Obama putting distance between the US and the Saudi-Israeli "Axis of Abraham", the Israel-First mouthpiece starts comparing Mr Obama to Hitler, using the KFC reference to metaphoric messaging.

      Typical of the AIPAC team-player to go directly to the Holocaust referencing.
      Using metaphoric analogy, the messaging is clear to any observant ESL student in an Israeli university, that is 'working from home'.

    10. wow you are on acid...

      Cant even read an article written by a well respected british newspaper without losing it..

      seek help rat, seek help, you are losing it.

    11. Read what, quot?

      I don't read any of your posts over, say three lines.

      If it starts with a cut and paste of someone else's writing, I skip it entirely.

      You were right, I will not stay on your points.
      You are representing and may well be in the employ of the Israeli government, I am merely a citizen of the United States, advocating for the US to stop funding fascism, abroad.

    12. LOL you read every word I write.

      you are addicted...

      you are a rat.

  41. Recent talk that the debt ceiling fiasco will prompt the Chinese authorities to pull the plug on its vast holdings of U.S. Treasuries is deeply misguided. China lends to the United States by buying Treasuries because it has few other options, not as some kind of favor. Sure, the Chinese are not happy at the shambles in Congress, but that does not mean they are about to sell their $1.3 trillion-worth of Treasuries or even slow down their rate of purchases. And here’s why:

    First, China runs a huge trade surplus with the United States. In the year to July, the U.S. was a net importer of goods worth $319B from China; the deficit has tripled over the past decade. American companies, for the most part, have to pay for their Chinese imports in Chinese currency, just as Chinese companies buying from the U.S. need to pay in dollars.

    The dollars spent purchasing Renminbi end up in the hands of the People’s Bank of China —the sole net supplier of Chinese currency—where they add to the pile of foreign exchange reserves. China’s reserves have now reached the equivalent of $3.7 trillion, well over half of which is in the form of dollars, and they have to be held somewhere, in some form. The People’s Bank could maintain a gigantic pile of dollar bills, with smaller heaps of euros and other currencies, but they would earn no interest. Reserves have to pay their way.

    This brings us to the second key point, which is that the idea China could sell a substantial part of its dollar holdings for euros makes little sense. This action would represent foreign exchange intervention on a massive scale, and the result would be huge drop in the value of the dollar. The renminbi value of the PBOC’s dollar assets would therefore plunge, imposing a gigantic capital loss. The PBOC is not in the business of throwing money away.

    Even if China were willing to take a loss on its dollar holdings, would it really want to hold more euros? China runs a huge trade surplus against the Eurozone too—$117B in the year to August—so it already has an big pile of euro assets. The value of those assets is clear today, but China plays a very long game, in which stability is prized above almost all else. The eurozone remains unstable, despite better recent short-term data, and it is not certain that the euro will exist in its current form in five or ten years’ time. The dollar will, and that matters.

    Third, once you accept the idea that China’s dollar earnings mostly have to stay as dollars, it is clear that there are no alternatives to owning U.S. securities, government and private. There no other safe, liquid investments available in the necessary quantities. At the margin, China’s sovereign wealth fund can buy equities and real assets like property, but the bulk of the overall portfolio has to be held in liquid securities. These are foreign exchange reserves, remember, not some pot of spare money to be gambled away.

    Fourth, China knows the U.S. is not going to default. The Tea Party is not going to run the country; with the support of only about one in five Americans it cannot win national elections. Outside its southern heartlands it does not have the entire Republican party in its grip, so the default-would-be-OK crowd will not take control. You can expect to hear more whining from both official sources and the Chinese media, but the bottom line is that China’s purchases of Treasuries are just one part of a two-way relationship from which both countries benefit enormously.

    Finally, it is easy to forget that the U.S. budget deficit is shrinking very rapidly. In the current financial year, I expect it to be less than 3% of GDP, and it will likely be less than 2% of GDP in 2015. Deficits on this small scale will be dwarfed by domestic savings, so the U.S. won’t need China. But China will be there anyway.


  42. .

    I was watching the Nightly news with Brian Williams tonight.

    The GOP took a beating for shutting down the government by asking that the individual mandate be delayed by a year. In high dudgeon, Obama refused to be 'blackmailed'.

    Now, it appears because of the screw ups in the system, Obama will be forced to delay the effective date of the individual mandate by six weeks (for now).



    1. Those delays would have happened regardless of the roll-out date.
      If the Government had taken "six extra" weeks, it still would not have been ready.
      Parts of the solution, will be found in the nature of the trauma to the software or network.

      Without the crash, many of the problems would have remained "submerged".

    2. If there had been no crash, all would have been well, and there would have been no crash.

  43. It's amazing the hysteria that Rat shows about his fear, contempt and worry that Israel exists.

    Well gang I a got a newsflash for you.

    israel aint going anywhere expect growing.

    Sorry rat, trick are for kids...

    Israel? Doing better every day.

    And as israel grows? Rat shrinks...

    smaller and smaller...

    cant even wrap his brain around that Israel IS.

    like it or not...

    His opinions? MEANINGLESS.

    Except to paint this blog as garbage.

    From his off handed threats, to his bullying, from his amazing breathe of anti-semitic rants?

    He defines this blog...

    Congrats Deuce.

    1. I agree with all of the above.

      Whacky is ruining this place.

    2. Dietrich BonhoefferWed Oct 23, 10:52:00 PM EDT

      “By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”

    3. William ShakespeareWed Oct 23, 10:57:00 PM EDT

      The ladies doth protest too much, methinks.

    4. .

      Hey, Dietrich, you don't know the rat.



  44. Heh - not bad anon....

    Here's the recent Drudge Headlines on the OCare Affair --

    Healthcare.gov Refers Users to Uncertified Navigators and Assisters...

    Launch spawns over 700 cyber-squatters.
    Feds instruct BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD not to reveal sign-up numbers...

    Gov't invokes 'privacy' to shield public employees while snooping on rest...

    CBSNEWS: Website Underestimates Cost of Insurance...

    'Alpha teams' formed to address problems...

    Millions of Americans Losing Health Plans...

    Senate Dems Up For Re-Election To Back Mandate Delay...


    hmmm, hiding the signup numbers......

    Whole thing is a disaster, and would be even if the computer programs worked

    1. “He showed the words “chocolate cake” to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations.

      “Guilt” was the top response.

      If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: “celebration.”

    2. Consider the reaction of Whacky if the word Israel is shown him.

      Just like rats that would rather take cocaine than eat, Whacky would rather slander Israel and Jews generally than have a fine meal.

      The rats in these tests will die of starvation by choosing cocaine rather then eat.


    3. “A truth that's told with bad intent
      Beats all the lies you can invent.”

    4. I've always loved you, William Blake.

  45. Rather than trying to fix all these problems, I think they might be best off to scrap the whole mess and start from scratch.

    Best of all would be to just scrap OCare.

    I'm tempted to try and sign up myself, just to see what happens. I think Idaho is running its own program but haven't cared to follow it closely. Could always drive to Spokane and try from there. Might be interesting.

  46. I am going to write up a basic generic Whacking of Doodle, and just use that each time he mentions my name.

    This will serve me two advantages -

    1) Saves time and effort
    2) Won't have to read the Doodle anymore, just look for reference to myself.


    1. Who ever mentions Anonymous?

    2. Why would anyone mention Anonymous?

      He ain't nobody, nobody at all. Good golly molly, even Farmer Fudd, the fascist that Desert Rat rages on about, is mentioned by the other contributors. No one ever brings up any of the writing by Anonymous. No none follows those topics, no one replies but to lay clear the errors in fact or perspective in the Anonymous missives. No one speaks ill of Anonymous, it is like he did not even exist.

      Anonymous has no character. He never developed one.
      Even Mr Wind Riffle is further developed, in character and virtue, than Anonymous.

      By the very nature of Anonymous, he is anonymous. Lost and alone, the man without a face, a memory or even a soul.
      An empty vessel is all an Anonymous can hope to be. Just the Nature of the Beast that the anonymous poster chooses to be.

      Like the "Unknown Comic" from the "Gong Show", the fellow with a bag on his head.
      That's our Anonymous.


  47. "Private property was the original source of freedom.  It still is its main bulwark.

  48. The name of that eminent domain case I couldn't recall earlier was the Kelo case.

    "The threat to property rights is not confined to behemoth government; it is very real at the local government level as well. From the abuse of eminent domain typified in the Kelo case to abusing land use or zoning laws, local governments have become a dangerous threat to property rights.
    This vast local power over property rights has not been lost on the anti-property rights crowd, who believe that your property rights actually belong to the community.

    When Virginia's Fauquier County cited farmer Martha Boneta last year for hosting a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls because she did not have a permit and site plan, little did county officials think they would set off a revolution for legal remedies against such abuses.
    The "Boneta Bill" introduced in the Virginia General Assembly last session provided remedies against county governments and county officials who violate rights of farmers, or otherwise abuse the law. Farmers could proactively institute lawsuits for damages, including their legal fees, against law-violating bureaucrats."

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/10/virginia_farmer_starts_property_rights_legal_revolution.html#ixzz2icdPE71V

    Farmers, the nation's bulwark and stronghold against fascism.

    Hug a farmer today.

    1. One legal standard for the United States, another for Israel...

      The Farmer Fudd proves he is a fascist, a man that supports the theft of land from Palestinians-
      - but objects when the same is done to Americans.

      To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.
      George Santayana

    2. Try more Santayana in the right spirit. I cannot steal what does not belong to you. Go to a mirror, look deeply into it, and say, "Long live Israel!"

  49. Thank you, Allen.