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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I know nothing, I saw nothing...

Opinion Writer

What did President Obama know and when did he know it?

By Dana Milbank, Monday, October 28, 6:39 PM

For a smart man, President Obama professes to know very little about a great number of things going on in his administration.
On Sunday night, the Wall Street Journal reported that he didn’t learn until this summer that the National Security Agency had been bugging the phones of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders for nearly five years.
That followed by a few days a claim by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that Obama didn’t know about problems with the HealthCare.gov Web site before the rest of the world learned of them after the Oct. 1 launch.
It stretches credulity to think that the United States was spying on world leaders without the president’s knowledge, or that he was blissfully unaware of huge technical problems that threatened to undermine his main legislative achievement. But on issues including the IRS targeting flap and the Justice Department’s use of subpoenas against reporters, White House officials have frequently given a variation on this theme.
Question: What did Obama know and when did he know it?
Answer: Not much, and about a minute ago.
The Associated Press’s Josh Lederman led off Monday’s White House briefing with an obvious question: “Was the president kept out of the loop about what the NSA was doing?”
“I am not going to get into details of internal discussions,” press secretary Jay Carney replied, repeating previous promises that “we do not and will not monitor the chancellor’s communications.” This formulation conspicuously omits the phrase “did not.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta cited the HealthCare.gov rollout and the IRS targeting, which Obama said he learned about through news reports. “Is there a concern,” Acosta asked, “that the president is being kept in the dark on some of these issues?”
Carney told Acosta he had “conflated a bunch of very disparate issues.”
“Republican critics,” Acosta said, “are making the case, though, that the president appears to be in the dark about some pretty significant stories that are swirling around this White House.”
“Well, Republican critics say a lot of things, Jim,” Carney replied icily.
That’s true. But in this case, the Republicans understated the number of issues on which the president has claimed to be in the dark. A compilation by the Republican National Committee titled “The Bystander President” cited the NSA spying on Merkel, the Obamacare rollout and an investigation of the IRS’s targeting of political groups (the White House counsel knew of the inquiry but said she didn’t inform Obama). The RNC also mentioned the failure of clean-energy company Solyndra, which had received government funding (Carney had said Obama read about it in “news accounts”), and the attempts to go after reporters’ phone and e-mail records (which the president also found out about from reading the news, Carney said).
The RNC didn’t mention that Obama had allegedly known nothing about an FBI investigation of an affair involving David Petraeus that led him to resign as CIA director. Neither did it mention two other claims that conservatives often question: Obama’s ignorance of a guns-on-the-border sting operation called “Fast and Furious” that went awry, and his unawareness of requests for additional diplomatic security in Libya before a U.S. outpost in Benghazi was attacked.
There’s no reason Obama should have known about Fast and Furious or diplomatic security requests. But how could he not know his spies were bugging the German chancellor?
“Is it believable that the president would not know about surveillance of the head of state of a close American ally?” ABC News’s Jon Karl asked Carney. “Does that sound plausible to you?”
This finally provoked a hint from Carney that Obama did, in fact, know that the NSA was bugging Merkel. “The Wall Street Journal probably doesn’t appreciate the suggestion that their story is wrong,” he said, referring to a report that said Obama learned of the activity in the summer, “but I would say simply that we’re not going to comment on specific activities reported in the press,” he said.
Another hint came from Carney’s assurance that “the president has full confidence in General [Keith] Alexander and the leadership at the NSA.” Obama probably wouldn’t have such confidence if that leadership had kept him in the dark about something as consequential as the bugging of world leaders’ phones.
On one level, it would be reassuring — and much more credible — if the White House admitted that Obama is more in the loop than he has let on. On another level, it would be disconcerting: Is it better that he didn’t know about his administration’s missteps — or that he knew about them and didn’t stop them?

Twitter: @Milbank


  1. I suppose it is possible that the NSA found Obama’s birth certificate and have demanded he focus on his golf game.

    1. Hadn't thought of that but it actually makes some sense.

      It IS possible.

    2. Obama s a creation of the CIA, of Mr Z.

      The idea that he was not not, while floating the "Birth Certificate" meme, that is just childish.
      But if you float the "Birth Certificate", that goes hand in hand with the CIA involvement.

      There is no other way the "Birth Certificate" could have been fabricated, no other way the mother could smuggle a baby into Hawaii.

    3. Zbigniew BrzezinskiTue Oct 29, 10:23:00 AM EDT

      “We have a large public that is very ignorant about public affairs and very susceptible to simplistic slogans by candidates who appear out of nowhere, have no track record, but mouth appealing slogans”

  2. NSA scandal journalist Greenwald urges Germany to protect Snowden

    The journalist who worked with US whistleblower Edward Snowden has urged Germany to offer protection to the former intelligence operative. Meanwhile, Berlin is to debate claims the US spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    In an interview with German television on Monday, Brazil-based Glen Greenwald said Germany should offer asylum to former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden, who is currently being granted temporary asylum in Russia.
    Through the British newspaper The Guardian, US journalist Greenwald uncovered details of the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program early this year based on leaks from Snowden, a former NSA contractor.
    In an interview with German public broadcaster ARD, Greenwald said the extent of spying activity of the NSA - including the eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone - would not be known without information made available by Snowden.
    "Germany is precisely one of the countries that has most benefited from these revelations, from the start," said Greenwald.

  3. We need to vote for this fellow--


    More brains than Whackadoodle, more 'get up and go' than Quirk, the lunch time nap of a Rufus, and he's got the balls our politicians can only dream of having.

    Most of our problems can be solved by doing nothing at all. He's our ticket.

    Being, not doing, is this fellow's first joy.

    Make it your own.

    1. His slogan?

      I know nothing.
      I saw nothing.
      I do nothing.
      I am nothing.
      I will do nothing to you.

    2. This ape brings to mind the immortal words recorded in James Dickey's book "Deliverance":

      "You fucking ape."

      Yea, in good Hegelian fashion, the ape has transcended itself.

    3. Monkey See, Monkey do do, you GD Racist!

    4. As if the implication was not obvious to everyone.

      Even you.

    5. Whether it's Balls to the Wall, or not, Urethral Length is Key:

      Scientists find a “Law of Urination”

      Here’s something to go with your morning Cheerios…

      When ya gotta go...
      When ya gotta go…
      During a trip to Zoo Atlanta, a group of Georgia Tech scientists measured the duration of urination from a number of animals whose bladders ranged in size from less than 4 ounces to more than 25 gallons.

      Despite the large difference in size, the duration of urination for the animals of different species remained nearly constant, at 21 seconds.

      Why is this? In their research article, the scientists explain:

      This feat is made possible by the increasing urethra length of large animals which amplifies gravitational force and flow rate. We also demonstrate the challenges faced by the urinary system for rodents and other small mammals for which urine flow is limited to single drops. Our findings reveal the urethra evolved as a flow-enhancing device, enabling the urinary system to be scaled up without compromising its function. This study may help in the diagnosis of urinary problems in animals and in inspiring the design of scalable hydrodynamic systems based on those in nature.


    6. I always thought that stuff was coming out under a pressure greater than mere gravity.

      How else to explain upward arcs in pissing contests?

      Obviously possible with a long enough, high enough hose. (Good Head)

      But a mere 8 inches?


    7. It was sent to me by OGF. What it said was we need him in Congress as a Republican since he's got the balls that they lack. Was one of those chain letters.

    8. Los Angeles Water and Power will spend billions on a new water delivery system fashioned after an Elephants Urethra.

      How do female elephants evacuate their bladders in the allotted time w/o a two foot long Urethra?

    9. My old girl friend.

      Heavy duty balls, but pecker the size of a rat.

    10. I'm upper, upper class high society
      God's gift to ballroom notoriety
      And I always fill my ballroom
      The event is never small
      the social papers say I've got the biggest balls of all

      I've got big balls
      I've got big balls
      And they're such big balls
      fancy big balls
      And he's got big balls,
      And she's got big balls,
      But we've got the biggest balls of them all!

      And my balls are always bouncing
      My ballroom always full
      And everybody cums and cums again
      If your name is on the guest list
      No one can take you higher
      Everybody says I've got great balls of fire!

      I've got big balls
      I've got big balls
      And they're such big balls
      fancy big balls
      And he's got big balls,
      And she's got big balls,
      But we've got the biggest balls of them all!

      Some balls are held for charity
      And some for fancy dress
      But when they're held for pleasure,
      They're the balls that I like best.
      And my balls are always bouncing,
      To the left and to the right.
      It's my belief that my big balls should be held every night.

      we've got big balls
      we've got big balls
      And they're such big balls
      fancy big balls
      And he's got big balls,
      And she's got big balls,
      But we've got the biggest balls of them all!

      Oh, we've got big balls
      We've got big balls
      We've got big balls/And I'm just itching to tell you about them
      Dirty big balls/Oh we had such wonderful fun
      He's got big balls/Seafood cocktail
      She's got big balls/Crabs
      But we've got the biggest balls of them all/Crayfish

  4. October 29, 2013
    Obama's Clueless Shtick Wearing Thin
    M. Catharine Evans

    White House officials are insisting that the president didn't know that his National Security Agency was bugging German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone. However, according to a report in German-language newspaper Bild am Sonntag, President Obama "personally authorized the monitoring of Angela Merkel's phone three years ago."

    So here we go again. What did Obama know, and when did he know it? The Merkel-Obama scandal is now supplanting the ObamaCare IT fiasco. Before the health care website flop, there were Benghazi, Syria, and Fast and Furious. What about the IRS targeting conservative groups and the Tea Party? No one bothered to tell Obama about that little powder keg, either. "I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the [inspector general's] report beforehand," said Obama.
    Over the last five years Americans have heard the president and his various agency heads deny his involvement in any high-level programs.

    But Obama's hands-off approach contradicts what mainstream journalists from the New York Times and the Washington Post have observed about the ruling cabal in D.C. Obama's media friends complained about the administration's obsessive need to micromanage and survey everything going on around them, calling the group hypersensitive and "control freaks." So how can Obama and company claim ignorance while acting like autocratic overlords?

    From National Review, October 10:

    "This is the most closed, control freak administration I've ever covered," said David E. Sanger, veteran chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times. ...

    Washington Post national security reporter Dana Priest ... : "... I'm even afraid to tell officials what I want to talk about because it's all going into one giant computer." ...

    "Sometimes their levels of sensitivity amaze me-about something on Twitter or a headline on our website," said Washington Post Managing Editor Kevin Merida.

    If the Obama administration fits the definition of control freaks, as Sanger contends, there is a slim-to-none chance Obama didn't know exactly what was going on at the NSA, the IRS, the ATF, the CIA, and the FBI, to name a few

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/10/obamas_clueless_shtick_wearing_thin.html#ixzz2j5qRgYTa

  5. October 29, 2013
    Obama Unaware, continued
    Bruce Johnson

    The President and his mouthpiece Jay Carney are wearing out the "I didn't know, we can't comment because of the ongoing investigation", excuses.

    Ignorance is allowed to be the best defense. And the White House press corps apparently feels his ignorance. They are all ignorant together. We will now field questions on gay marriage and immigration.

    He did not know of Merkel phone taps. But he knows how the putts break at Congressional. The leader of the free world didn't know that the government he heads was monitoring the private communications of the leaders of other free world nations.
    Frankly, I would be surprised if we weren't monitoring or attempting to monitor everything we can get our hands/ ears on. I always had issue with other countries attempting to spy on us, but it is a game, and fair at that. What is distasteful is the spying on us by countries to which we give large sums of "aid". Perhaps the gifting should be conditional. but I digress.

    Now, who ordered or didn't order or knew of the Benghazi attack? What was the question again? Who denied additional security requests, altered the talking points, etc. ? Why no eye witness public testimony? Inquiring minds want to know. We will get to the bottom of this....right?
    Recall other "I didn't know moments"
    ACORN "I didn't know ACORN was getting...ah...ah....a whole lot of federal money."

    IRS targeting

    Fast and Furious. Eric who?

    Associated Press Probe

    Bill Ayers. I thought he just wrote my book and created compiled fake characters to fill the pages of my official and approved auto biography.

    Didn't know of Reverend Wright's diatribes and their content? For 20 years and approximately 400 sittings before the good reverend, the smartest guy in the zip code just didn't hear or understand what was being said.

    For allegedly possessing a remarkable intellect and intelligence, he seems content to be kept under informed and out of the sunlight of information. But isn't his obligation of office to know what transpires, what is occurring about him and under him?
    Is he dangerously uninformed or remarkably naïve?

    If the President learns from watching the news, perhaps he could learn a little earlier in the cycle if his press corps lap dogs would just give him a heads up before it gets to an evening news anchor.

    This is a dog leg left as I remember.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/10/obama_unaware_continued.html#ixzz2j5sHpH6i

  6. The Buck Never Stops.

    ...and if it does, Obama had not heard it had been shot.

    Til he read it in the news.

    On Air Force One on a Political Fundraising Jaunt.

  7. Obama: "Let me be perfectly clear. I'm just as outraged as you are."

    1. Panama EdMon Oct 28, 10:13:00 PM EDT
      Out of box and into the fright!

      Another persona?

    2. End the OccupationTue Oct 29, 11:22:00 AM EDT

      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.

    3. End the OccupationTue Oct 29, 11:22:00 AM EDT
      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.

      Sorry Charlie you are YEARS behind the time...

      There is now a President of Palestine, he was duly elected by the 4 million Palestinians, his name? Abbas.

      Now it is true there is a BORDER dispute between the Palestinians and the Israelis..

  8. He is still 'getting to the bottom of' Benghazi.

    With some help from Issa.

    1. They're such big balls
      And they're dirty big balls
      And he's got big balls
      And she's got big balls
      But we've got the biggest balls of them all

    2. Issa dream of rubbing my big balls on Sarah's big boobs!

      Even if it is only a flat screen

  9. Here is something he did know:

    Most individual health policies to be cancelled under Obamacare: report

    October 28, 2013, 7:58 PM
    By Russ Britt

    NBC News is reporting that the majority of those who purchase their insurance on the individual market will see their policies cancelled, and that the Obama administration has known for at least three years that would happen.

    A story just published on the network’s web site says that although President Obama assured Americans that they could keep their health policies if they so desired, 50% to 75% of 14 million Americans under individual policies will get a cancellation letter because their plan is not in compliance with new rules governing coverage.

    Further, many are experiencing sticker shock over the premiums that will be charged on their new policies. The story goes on to quote a number of insurance experts, who say the 50% to 75% figure is accurate. That puts the number of those forced to shift to new policies at roughly 7 million to 10.5 million.

    The law as passed in March 2010 was supposed to grandfather in existing policies, even if they weren’t in compliance with the law. In July of that year, though, the Department of Health and Human Services rewrote some of the regulations, saying that if any significant part of the policy was altered, it could not be grandfathered.

    In response, the White House doesn’t dispute the findings, but it is quoted by the story as saying that individual policy holders will, for the most part, receive better coverage that is more affordable, thanks to subsidies. They add there is no chance the policy can be cancelled due to pre-existing conditions, which can often be the case with current health plans.

    1. You've heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other.
      But I don't know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket.
      Prevention, prevention, prevention—it's about diet, not diabetes.

      It's going to be very, very exciting.

      But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.

    2. I've got big balls
      Oh, I've got big balls
      And they're such big balls
      Dirty big balls
      And he's got big balls
      And she's got big balls
      But we've got the biggest balls of them all

  10. "This analysis of evil's mindlessness is what led Arendt to conclude that evil is banal. Evil isn't demonic or spooky or occult. Evil is workaday. Evil is paper, files, chains of command, bureaucracy, duty, and rule-following. Evil is a mindless worker bee. Evil is a bureaucracy that separates moral reflection from behavior. Evil is thus ordinary and common. A pervasive moral mindlessness and shallowness. Evil is a failure to think, to reflect, to object, to question, to rebel. Evil is a being a cog, a foot soldier, a patriot and a
    ___Andrew Sullivan on Hannah Arendt's view of Eichmann

    1. From Nuremberg to the Exempt From Everything Everybody Else Endures Elite Washingtonians.

  11. There yet may be hope.

    NSA and other U.S. intelligence agency staff members are said to be angry at President Obama for denying knowledge of the spying.

  12. .

    I suppose it is possible that the NSA found Obama’s birth certificate and have demanded he focus on his golf game.


    The NSA is J. Edgar Hoover in Bizarro-land.

    Don't have time to look it up but paraphrasing one of the previous NSA directors, "My wet dream is to have a file on every person on earth."

    You would have to be a fool to think opponents like Amash and Wyden aren't being tapped.

    Dirty tricks? If you've got the info why not use it?

    The intelligence committees in both House and Senate have been in the pocket of the NSA, FBI, CIA, etc. They have been providing more cheerleading and enabling than oversight. One wonders why.


    1. Wyden:

      Super Liberal w/some semblance of ethics remaining.

      We lived in Oregon when he was just getting started.

      "Sunny Valley" Oregon, to be specific.

      Sold at a loss and got the Hell out to avoid freezing my butt off.

      Being a resident of the temperate climes of Michigan, I'm sure you can understand.

    2. Drudge Pushes Conspiracy That President Obama Was Secret CIA Agent In Pakistan

      See, Whackadoodle do do head was right again.


    3. The Drudge Report continued linking back to preeminent birther website World Net Daily, this time to lend credence to the theory that President Obama took a leave of absence during his time at Columbia Law School so he could serve as a special agent for the CIA in Pakistan.

      The WND article, written by washed up fiction author Jerome Corsi, alleges that there is a discrepancy in Columbia University’s records which “casts doubt” on Obama’s well-documented two year tenure at the New York school. He then inexplicably suggests that the reason for the “missing year” is that Obama spent it in Pakistan as an agent for the Central Intelligence Agency:

    4. CIA DNA Test Reveals Barack Obama was ADOPTED


  13. http://blogs.wsj.com/peggynoonan/2013/10/28/the-deep-state/

    ...great article by Peggy Noonan...

  14. Does anyone remember when Viet Nam became Vietnam. I always write it the way that it was on the type written orders posted on the orderly room bulletin board, “Viet Nam”. I remembered a Forward Air Controller named McAllister, who got killed and did a Google search on him and found this from Time. Sure enough, it was Viet Nam:

    Armed Forces: Mac the Fac’s Last Mission

    Friday, Apr. 30, 1965

    In TIME'S recent cover story about the American fighting man in Viet Nam (April 23), an admirable member of the gallery of combatants was "Mac the Fac" — Air Force Major William W. McAllister, 36, a "forward air controller" who sought out Viet Cong troops and installations in his toylike L19 spotter plane.

    Short (5 ft. 7 in.) and powerfully built, with a bowlegged, gangling walk, the blue-eyed, crew-cut McAllister looked like the all-American Butch —and had an all-American record.

    Read more: http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,898649,00.html#ixzz2j7Y7qrCS


  15. The Manufacturing of a President: The CIA's Insertion of Barack H. Obama, Jr. into the White House Paperback

    by Wayne Madsen

    The CIA's Insertion of Barack H. Obama, Jr. into the White House This book covers Barack H. Obama, Jr's rapid rise in American politics and the role that the CIA played in propelling him into the White House. Research is based on formerly classified CIA and State Department files, personal interviews, and international investigations. Obama's birth certificate has never been the issue. The real issue, which affects his eligibility to serve as President of the United States, is his past and likely current Indonesian citizenship. The reader will be taken through the labyrinth of covert CIA operations in Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and other regions. The real history of President Obama, his family, and the CIA quickly emerges as the reader wades into the murky waters of America's covert foreign operations.

    Available in paperback @ Amazon.com

    1. White House Denies CIA Teleported Obama to Mars

      Forget Kenya. Never mind the secret madrassas. The sinister, shocking truth about Barack Obama’s past lies not in east Africa, but in outer space. As a young man in the early 1980s, Obama was part of a secret CIA project to explore Mars. The future president teleported there, along with the future head of Darpa.

      That’s the assertion, at least, of a pair of self-proclaimed time-traveling, universe-exploring government agents. Andrew D. Basiago and William Stillings insist that they once served as “chrononauts” at Darpa’s behest, traversing the boundaries of time and space. They swear: A youthful Barack Obama was one of them.

      Perhaps this all sounds fantastical, absurd, and more than a little nuts. We couldn’t agree more. That’s one of the reasons we love conspiracy theories — the more awesomely insane, the better. Each week during 2012, when the Mayans tell us to expect the apocalypse, Danger Room will peel back a new layer of crazy to expose those oh-so-cleverly hidden machinations powering this doomed plane of existence. Welcome — back — to Tinfoil Tuesday.

      According to Basiago and Stillings, Obama isn’t just lying about his identity. He’s lying about his military service record, too. While his political opponents in 2008 attacked him for never serving, in truth, he was concealing his participation in a hidden CIA intergalactic program hosted at a California community college in 1980.

      Officially, the White House says Obama never went to Mars. “Only if you count watching Marvin the Martian,” Tommy Vietor, the spokesman for the National Security Council, tells Danger Room. But that’s exactly what a secret chrononaut wants you to believe.


  16. Building 7 was the third skyscraper to be reduced to rubble on September 11, 2001.

    According to the government, fires, primarily, leveled this building, but fires have never before or since destroyed a steel skyscraper.

    The team that investigated the collapse were kept away from the crime scene.
    By the time they published their inconclusive report in May, 2002, the evidence had been destroyed.

    Why did the government rapidly recycle the steel from the largest and most mysterious engineering failure in world history?
    Why has the media remained silent?

    Halfway through Building 7's 6.5-second plunge, streamers suggestive of demolition charges emerged from the facade.

    The fall of Building 7 with all of the characteristics of a controlled demolition is the focus of the ongoing campaign called
    "Remember Building 7"

    1. For more information ...

      Got the link from the American Thinker archives page!



  17. Iran Offers UN Monitors Measures to Boost Trust in Atomic Work

    By Jonathan Tirone

    Iran and United Nations nuclear monitors came closer to compromising on measures intended to build international trust that the Persian Gulf nation isn’t harboring a clandestine nuclear-weapons program.

    International Atomic Energy Agency officials will travel to Tehran for a Nov. 11 meeting, where both sides will attempt to finalize an accord, chief inspector Tero Varjoranta said today in a joint statement in Vienna with Iranian envoy Reza Najafi.

    “Iran presented a new proposal with practical measures as a constructive contribution to strengthen our cooperation", Varjoranta said.
    The Tehran meeting will be used “to take this cooperation forward,” he said.

    The IAEA talks, aimed at winning wider access to people and places in Iran, are part of a flurry of diplomatic activity surrounding the country’s nuclear work. Concurrent negotiations between Iran and the so-called P5+1 powers -- the U.S., France, the U.K., Russia, China and Germany -- are seeking a settlement to a conflict which has raised the specter of war for a decade.

    “We will not succumb to fear tactics”
    against holding talks with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said last night ...



    1. VIENNA | Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:01am EDT
      by Fredrik Dahl

      (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran held "very productive" talks this week on how to advance a long-blocked investigation into Iranian atomic activities and will meet again in Tehran next month, they said in a rare joint statement on Tuesday.

      The relatively upbeat announcement by Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency may further buoy hopes for a negotiated solution to the international standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions after the June election of moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who is seeking to reduce tension with the West.

      The U.N. agency wants to resume an investigation, long stymied by Iranian non-cooperation, into what it calls the "possible military dimensions" of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
      Tehran says it is enriching uranium solely for electricity generation and medical treatments.

      The IAEA and Iran "had a very productive meeting on past and present issues"

  18. Iran sentences activist actress to prison

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian actress known for her political activism in support of the country's reformists has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after facing security charges, newspapers reported Tuesday.

    The case over the 24-year-old actress, Pegah Ahangarani, points to the internal, and sometimes conflicting, centers of power in Iran as calls for greater openness by new President Hassan Rouhani have angered Iran's more conservative judiciary.

    The judiciary is controlled by the country's ruling clerics, headed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who approved some of Rouhani's main international initiatives, such as outreach to Washington despite opposition from some hard-line groups. But Khamenei and his inner circle appear cautious on fast-paced domestic reforms that could further anger Rouhani's opponents.

    Ahangarani, who has appeared in about 20 films, has been detained twice since the protests in 2009 over the disputed re-election of then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but she was released without charges. Recently, she has been banned from traveling abroad.


  19. Iran outlines plan to win back Western oil interest:

    (Reuters) - Iran is planning to offer international companies more lucrative contracts to attract at least $100 billion worth of investment in its oilfields over the next three years, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

    An adviser to Iran's oil minister, Mehdi Hosseini, was quoted in the Financial Times article as saying the Islamic republic would scrap its current system of "buyback" contracts, which do not allow foreign companies to book reserves or take equity stakes in Iranian projects.

    According to the article, Hosseini said a new "win-win" type of contract, details of which are expected to be announced in London next March, was in the works and leading companies could benefit, "whether American or European".

    Iran said last week that it would reach out to old oil buyers and was ready to cut prices if Western sanctions against it were eased, promising a battle for market share in a world less hungry for oil than when sanctions were imposed.

    Iran's crude exports were reduced by more than half after the European Union and United States tightened sanctions in mid-2012 ...

    1. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/28/us-iran-oil-idUSBRE99R13M20131028

    2. Miss T new persona?

  20. It may be too late for Whachadoodle. Thought he could be helped but now not sure. His 'personality', which he has shown us in such vivid and disgusting detail, is beginning to shatter and morph into constituent parts. He is coming unglued, as they say. The names and aspects multiply. Who could a jury find guilty here? Whackadoodle 1, 2, 3.......?

    Which Doodle told which lie, made which threat, did the bullying.....?

    One Whackadoodle falls off the wall, it may be impossible to put him back together again.

    Which may be fortunate, who knows for sure?

    1. “Sometimes you can see things happen right in front of your eyes and still jump to the wrong conclusions.”

    2. 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 prairie?

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

    3. Modestas RinkeviciusTue Oct 29, 01:13:00 PM EDT

      Sometimes all you need is a simple 'sorry.'

    4. rathole lies again.

      The hospital reported the incident to the police about two weeks before I'd even heard of it.

      You are a sorry excuse for a human being. Like that ape, really, in your mentality.

    5. The Hell with John Galt ...

      Who is Farmer Fudd?

  21. I don't do personas, I post as me, solely.

  22. ...a kinder, gentler Iran...

    "More than 300 Christians have been arrested since 2010, and dozens of church leaders and active community members have reportedly been convicted of national security crimes in connection with church activities, such as organizing prayer groups, proselytizing and attending Christian seminars abroad."

    "Mervyn Thomas, chief executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide said in a statement: 'The sentences handed down to these members of the Church of Iran effectively criminalize the Christian sacrament of sharing in the Lord's Supper and constitute an unacceptable infringement on the right to practice faith freely and peaceably.'"

    1. From 1949 until 1967, the usurping Jordanian government barred both Jews and Christians from the Wall. Since 1967, Muslims have been permitted free access to the mosques on the Temple Mount. The only exceptions have been during rioting and when Muslims worshipers throw rocks etc on the Jews on the plaza below the Mount.

      What a difference a culture makes.

    2. End the OccupationTue Oct 29, 01:17:00 PM EDT

      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.

    3. 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 ....

    4. Michael J. Sandel,Tue Oct 29, 01:21:00 PM EDT

      “First, individual rights cannot be sacrificed for the sake of the general good, and second, ...
      the principles of justice that specify these rights cannot be premised on any particular vision of the good life.

      What justifies the rights is not that they maximize the general welfare or otherwise promote the good, but rather that they comprise a fair framework within which individuals and groups can choose their own values and ends, consistent with a similar liberty for others.”
      "Liberalism and Its Critics"

    5. End the Occupation,


      It is hard for anyone to get a building permit. Palestinians going through the usual process are granted building permits.

      Furthermore, building permits or not, Palestinians are not prevented from visiting their holy sites. Since Abbas has said the the PA would be free of Jews, I take it that the same decency does not apply. And by the way, why isn't anyone complaining about a Jewish free Palestinian policy - rather hypocritical, wouldn't you say.

    6. End the OccupationTue Oct 29, 01:48:00 PM EDT

      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.

    7. Take it to Court, no one will shoot you. Salim Joubran, an Arab, holds one of the permanent seats on the Israel Supreme Court, and has since 2004. He is the second Arab to serve on this Court.

      How many Jews have served on Palestinian courts?

    8. BBC acknowledges that Palestinian citizens of Israel are not guaranteed equality by law
      Sun, 02/03/2013 -

      In a report last month on Israel’s racist “Judaization” policies in the Negev, BBC reporter Tim Whewell wrote that...
      “Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel are guaranteed full equality by law.”
      Responding to my complaint, the BBC’s Middle East desk has acknowledged that this is not the case, and ...
      “agree the wording of the sentence in question is inaccurate.”

      The article has now been changed to say that ...
      “Israel says its Arab and Jewish citizens have equal rights under the law,”
      a claim followed up by testimony from a Negev Coexistence Forum activist that
      “in practice land policy in the Negev gives Bedouin fewer opportunities than Jews.”

      In my complaint, I pointed out that there is in fact no such guarantee ...
      [of full equality for Jewish and Palestinian citizens] by law, and I shared the following:

      Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI): “the right to equality is not yet enshrined in law regarding most aspects of life”

      Submission to UN Human Rights Committee by legal rights NGO Adalah, August 2009:...
      “a constitutional right to equality for all citizens is not explicitly guaranteed under Israeli law”

      UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), Israel country report, March 2012: ...
      “the Committee is concerned that no general provision for equality and the prohibition of racial discrimination has been included in the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty (1992), which serves as Israel’s bill of rights; neither does Israeli legislation contain a definition of racial discrimination in accordance with Article 1 of the Convention.”

      Justice Aharon Barak in Israel’s High Court case 7052/03:
      “Notwithstanding, not all aspects of equality that would have been included, had it been recognized as an independent right that stands on its own, are included within the framework of human dignity.”

      The BBC’s correction is a welcome development in challenging the discourse that Israel is the Middle East’s “only democracy.” Indeed, the report itself describes a reality that would be greeted with outrage in the UK or USA:

      Dany Gliksberg of Ayalim says a Jewish majority in the Negev is essential to preserve the democratic nature of the state. Otherwise, he says, “we will be a minority ruling a majority of non-Jews.”
      His organisation is getting increasing political backing from the government, with two visits from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in recent weeks.

      Thus Israel’s systematic racism is not only enshrined in the law — it is manifested in official government support for groups openly promoting an agenda equivalent to that of European far-right fringe groups. Hopefully the reality of Israel’s so-called democracy will be increasingly reported by the mainstream media.

    9. End the OccupationTue Oct 29, 04:57:00 PM EDT

      Israel's 'equality under law' doesn't apply to Palestinians
      Israel's pretention to be a country with a just legal system appears ridiculous in the face of the other justice system that applies to juveniles that are not Palestinian.
      Haaretz Editorial


      Contrary to the contention made by the IDF Spokesman's Office, a report by the No Legal Frontiers organization that is summarized in today's Haaretz says the military juvenile court that has been established has hardly improved the defense of the rights of minors at all. The improper act of throwing stones is not only used in the territories. This type of violent conduct does indeed endanger life, with the potential to kill, seriously injure or to paralyze, particularly if it involves a heavy rock thrown from a tall building or a bridge, or from a speeding car.

      If someone Jewish throws a stone, the injury inflicted is as bad as if it is thrown by an Arab. The need to punish and deter does not disappear when the scene shifts to the Israeli side of the Green Line.

      Israel's pretention to be a country in which equality under the law prevails appears ridiculous in the face of the other justice system that applies to juveniles that are not Palestinian. There, every possible reasonable argument is presented in support of forgiving young people for their passing caprices and to allow them to enlist in the IDF and avoid a criminal record, in the spirit of compassion.

      The violent Israeli youth who attacked soldiers and policemen who had been sent at the government's behest to Gaza and the northern West Bank to evacuate settlements six years ago did not have to wait long before their sentences were mitigated. The result is glaring in the cases of the current assaults on the IDF's West Bank division commander, Brig. Gen. Nitzan Alon, and Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan.

  23. :)

    You are not scatter brained like Doodle. ( most of the time )

    business calls....out....

    1. It takes a strong person to apologize, to admit mistakes openly and to ask for forgiveness. It takes an even stronger person to take that failure, recognize the importance of that mistake and learn from it.

    2. Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true.

    3. Anyone that would compare the American Civil War to a 'wind riffle' over he literary construct of the New Testament, does not have the cognizant comprehension of a rat turd.

      Even if it be a tasty, tangy turd.

      Farmer Fudd does not have 'big balls'.
      He does have a long tongue, forked at the end.

      Ummm ummmm good!

    4. 600,000 DEAD AMERICANS, a trifle more than ...

      Wind riffling across the prairie grass.

    5. You are so right Julius Caesar, for example take the speech of Jabotinsky to Warsaw's Jews given eleven months before the outbreak of WWII:

      “…it is already three years that I am calling upon you, Polish Jewry, who are the crown of world Jewry.
      I continue to warn you incessantly that a catastrophe is coming closer.
      I became grey and old in these years.
      My heart bleeds, that you, dear brothers and sisters, do not see the volcano which will soon begin to spit its all-consuming lava.
      I see that you are not seeing this because you are immersed and sunk in your daily worries.
      Today, however, I demand from you trust. You were convinced already that my prognoses have already proven to be right. If you think differently, then drive me out of your midst! However, if you do believe me, then listen to me in this 12th hour:
      In the name of God! Let anyone of you save himself as long as there is still time. And time there is very little…and what else I would like to say to you in this day of Tisha B’Av:
      whoever of you will escape from the catastrophe, he or she will live to see the exalted moment of a great Jewish wedding: the rebirth and the rise of a Jewish state. I don’t know if I will be privileged to see it; my son will! I believe in this as I am sure that tomorrow morning the sun will rise.”

      But they did not believe him...Hmm...

    6. End the OccupationTue Oct 29, 01:52:00 PM EDT

      Here’s an extract from a report published in the Daily Beast:

      When the children of south Tel Aviv head back to school on Tuesday [27 August], kindergarteners will attend facilities that are segregated by race.
      The children of asylum seekers from sub-Saharan Africa will go to their kindergartens and all the other kids will go to their own.
      As of this year, the municipality of Israel’s most liberal city decided that separate-but-equal for three-to-six year olds was the way to go – in 2013.

      According to a report published by Ynet (Hebrew edition), …
      … the city built the new preschools for black children after Jewish-Israeli residents of the inner city area threatened …
      … to keep their children at home rather than allow them to learn how …
      ... to count, fingerpaint and play on the swings alongside their peers from Eritrea and Sudan.
      Let’s hope that civilized society will respond to this new apartheid in the same way that it responded to apartheid of old:
      . . . . . Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions . . . . .

    7. End the Occupation,

      Sorry to burst your balloon, but here is the rebuttal from the Jerusalem Post (sorry couldn't find a blogger):

      "Indeed, by now the Jerusalem Post has checked the story with the result that, while Tel Aviv is building two new pre-schools, there is absolutely nothing to support the claim that they or any existing facilities will be segregated by race."


  24. End the OccupationTue Oct 29, 01:39:00 PM EDT

    Palestine's ambassador Ibrahim Khraishi among the first. He thanked diplomats whose behind-the-scenes negotiations brought Israel back.

    "I think Israel only understands the language of pressure," Khraishi said.

    He called for Israel to withdraw from East Jerusalem and the West Bank,
    "as these are occupied Palestinian territories recognized as such by 33 states in the world last year."

    "We would also like to see Israel release all Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prisons,
    because Israel has no justification for keeping them in Israeli prisons."

    Switzerland said Israeli settlement-building continued in the West Bank including East Jerusalem
    "in spite of the fact it is illegal under international humanitarian law and has a grave impact on the... rights of the Palestinian population".

    1. No other country in the world has ever been ordered to release, wholesale, the coldblooded murderers of innocent men, women, and children. Mexico, for instance, would never dream of making such a demand on the US - it would be "comical".

      But not to worry, Israel, despite the "unlimited funding" of its lobby, will capitulate. The blood of future victims will be on Mr. Netanyahu's hands.

    2. Palestine's "ambassador"?

      Wow next you tell me they have representation at the UN...

  25. South Africa: Nelson Mandela coup plotters sentenced

    The ringleader of a white supremacist plot to assassinate Nelson Mandela and drive black people out of South Africa has been sentenced to 35 years in jail.

    Former university lecturer Mike du Toit was convicted last year of treason for his leadership role in the plot, after a trial lasting nine years.

    Twenty other members of his white supremacist militia Boeremag were also jailed for between five and 35 years.

    In 2002 it attempted to overthrow the governing African National Congress.

    In July 2012 Du Toit, a history lecturer with a master's degree in philosophy, was convicted of being behind nine bombings in Johannesburg's Soweto township in 2002, killing one person.

    He was also found guilty of authoring a blueprint for revolution intended to evict black people from most of South Africa and establish a racially "pure" nation by killing anyone who got in the way.

    Du Toit was the first person to be convicted of treason in South Africa since white minority rule ended in 1994.

    Mr Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his fight against apartheid before becoming the country's first democratically elected president in 1994.


    1. Ms T, is this you as well? or is it another Rat persona?

    2. “To me the Zionists, who want to go back to the Jewish state of A.D. 70 (destruction of Jerusalem by Titus) are just as offensive as the Nazis.

      With their nosing after blood, their ancient "cultural roots," ...
      their partly canting, partly obtuse winding back of the world they are altogether a match for the National Socialists.

      That is the fantastic thing about the National Socialists,...
      that they simultaneously share in a community of ideas with Soviet Russia and with Zion.”

      ― Victor Klemperer, I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941


    3. With their nosing after blood, their ancient "cultural roots," ...


  26. In a bizarre quest to graft innovation on to anachronism, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is preparing to supply millions of its members with special cell phones that will instantaneously deliver the latest ideological instructions and propaganda themes while enforcing better “discipline” among increasingly decadent and corrupt party officials.

    Little Red Obamaphones.

    1. Teresita,

      CO2 has done something to human brain cells, how else to describe utter idiocy.

      I am now looking at an article wherein Israeli diplomats would have me believe that the wholesale release of murderers shows Israel's sincere desire for peace. No way! It does show a worm-like view of reality.

  27. "...The solutions to some of the problems facing Israel’s Arabs include establishing and strengthening local police forces to reign in crime, integrating women into the labor force, and “education, education, education.”

    Despite its unpopularity in the Arab sector, national service would allow them to increase services in their communities and reap the same benefits awarded to those who serve in the military..."

    Lapid: Israel's definition as Jewish and democratic is an unsolvable contradiction

  28. I am Israeli
    Israel will not recognize an Israeli nationality while it seeks to maintain Jewishness at all costs

    When a border official opens an Israeli passport for inspection, he or she sees the passport holder’s nationality stated as “Israeli.” And yet inside Israel, no state official, government agency or court recognizes the existence of an “Israeli” national.

    This month the highest court in the land, Israel’s Supreme Court, explicitly affirmed that it could not uphold an Israeli nationality. Instead, the judges ruled, citizenship and nationality in Israel should be considered entirely separate categories, as they have been since Israel’s founding in 1948. All Israelis have Israeli citizenship, but none enjoys Israeli nationality.

    This fiction of Israeli nationality, contained in Israeli passports and presented to the international community is not simply a piece of legal eccentricity on Israel’s part. It is the keystone of Israel’s existence as a Jewish state—and much depends on it.

    From this simple deception, Israel has been able to gerrymander its population by excluding Palestinian refugees from their land and homes while allowing millions of Jews to immigrate. And the same deception has served to veil a system of segregation in legal rights—a form of apartheid—between Israeli Jews and the country’s Palestinian minority, who comprise a fifth of the total population.

    The need to maintain the state’s Jewishness at all costs, meanwhile, is emerging as the chief obstacle erected by Israel to prevent a peace agreement with the Palestinians from being reached.

    So how does this Israeli magician’s trick work? Perversely, nationality in Israel is based not on a shared civic identity, as it is in most places, but on one’s ethnic identity. That means for the overwhelming majority of Israeli citizens, their nationality falls into one of two categories—Jewish or Arab. That is why Israel must lie on its passports: no border official would allow in a person bearing a passport that declared simply that they were “Arab” or “Jewish.”

    The peculiarity of this classification system is further underlined by its anomalies. What does Israel do with the small number of non-Jews who marry an Israeli and then choose to naturalize? The answer is that the state can select from more than 130 nationalities. ‘Misfits’—those who are neither Jewish nor Arab—are typically assigned the nationality they held before they naturalized, such as French, British, American, Georgian, Ukrainian, and so on.

    A great deal is at stake in this arcane system, which is why since 1948 the Israeli Supreme Court has on three separate occasions ruled against groups of Israeli citizens who have demanded the right to be identified as Israeli nationals.

    This month, faced with a petition from a group called “I am Israeli,” the judges argued that recognizing such a nationality would threaten the state’s foundational principles. In the words of Justice Hanan Melcer, uniting Israeli citizenship and nationality would run “against both the Jewish nature and the democratic nature of the state.”

    Anita Shapira, a professor emeritus of Jewish history at Tel Aviv University, concurred, saying that the petitioners were making a “revolutionary” demand.

    However, Aeyal Gross, a Tel Aviv law professor, took a different view. The ruling, he wrote in the Haaretz newspaper, “will continue to obscure the possibility of having real democracy in Israel.”


    1. The Court ruled, for the third time since 1949, that it would not overturn "Israel's founding principle: To be a Jewish state for the Jewish people,"

      Mr. Ornan et al did not persuade the Court to change this.

      To say that something is discriminatory, without so much as a single example, might not have seemed compelling to the Court. Israel has its fair share of Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons.

      At the moment, the majority of Israelis agree with the Court: they are Jews, Arabs, etc. etc, etc. Until that changes the status quo will prevail.

      It being no small matter, recall that Mr. Netanyahu insists that Abbas must agree that Israel is a Jewish state before any peace agreement.

    2. "Jewish" must be defined, before Mr Abbas agrees to anything of the sort.

    3. “Ifa citizen is legally forced to recognize the sovereignty of the state - there cannot be any speech about freedom.”

    4. Ilkin,

      Nonsense! A state is sovereign. How it acquired its sovereignty is the question.

    5. Abraham,

      It may be hard to dissuade Mr. Abbas that Jews are not the offspring of pigs and monkeys. A Jewish state is one peopled by Jews by birth and Jews by choice. Sectarian divisions do not matter; we don't need Mr. Abbas's help with those.

    6. It is the essence of the proposed "Agreement"

      What defines a "Jew" in a "Jewish"

    7. Should we stand Bibi in Humpty Dumpty's role?

      "‘When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.'
      ‘The question is,' said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things."

      ‘The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master—that's all.'"

    8. Abraham,

      If your mother was a Jew, you are a Jew. If you convert to Judaism, you are a Jew.

    9. Re: Who is a Jew?

      Jews settled that several thousand years ago. It's our business exclusively.

    10. Not if it is integral to the Treaty, it is not an exclusive concern.

      It concerns everyone with a nickel in the negotiation.
      That includes EVERY taxpayer in the United States

  29. Nazareth, Israel - A court decision this month that rejected Israelis' right to a shared nationality has highlighted serious problems caused by Israel's self-definition as a Jewish state, say lawyers and human rights activists.

    A group of 21 Israelis had appealed to the Supreme Court to demand the state recognise their wish to be classified as "Israeli nationals".

    Since Israel's founding in 1948, authorities have refused to recognise such a nationality, instead classifying Israelis according to the ethnic group to which each belongs. The overwhelming majority are registered as either "Jewish" or "Arab" nationals, though there are more than 130 such categories in total.

    Critics say the system, while seemingly a technical matter, has far-reaching effects. The citizenship laws, they say, undergird a system of systematic discrimination against the one-fifth of Israel's population who are non-Jews - most of them belonging to Israel's Palestinian minority.

    Some observers also fear that the court ruling, which effectively upheld Israel's definition as a Jewish state, will strengthen the aversion of Israel's right-wing government to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly insisted that Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority recognise Israel as a Jewish state as a condition for reaching a peace agreement.

    'I am an Israeli'

    The case was brought to court by the "I am an Israeli" movement, led by Uzi Ornan, a retired linguist from northern Israel. The group, which includes both Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel, argued that they should be allowed to change their nationality to "Israeli".

    "This ruling is very dangerous," said Ornan.
    "It allows Israel to continue being a very peculiar country indeed, one that refuses to recognise the nationality of its own people. I don't know of another country that does such a thing. It is entirely anti-democratic."

  30. ...so much for a kinder, gentler Iranian president...Oh, this does not happen in Israel.

    Iran gives activist actress 18-month sentence

  31. No person that actually thinks could have it in for Israel. You don't have to be a fundy Christian to admire those people. They got spunk.

    Like my niece, who called from Germany right in the middle of my business meeting to wish me Happy Birthday. I report, she is doing fab.

    And the meeting went well too.


    1. I turned 52 today. As I always do on my birthday.

    2. The atman is always young, she reminded me.


    3. a something wholly other

    4. beyond becoming and perishing

    5. being, not doing, is my first joy

    6. my true self runs towards a hill

    7. more, o more, visible

    8. the first heaven of knowing

    9. “There can be no justification for choosing any part of that which one knows to be evil.”

    10. “A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends.”

    11. Friedrich NietzscheTue Oct 29, 07:15:00 PM EDT

      “In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.”

    12. “I believe that everything that you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that's bad, I'm going to suffer from it.
      But in my mind, I believe what I'm doing is right. So I feel like I'm going to heaven”

    13. “If there's no chocolate in Heaven, I'm not going.”

    14. “Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head. They’re all the time talkin’ about it, but it’s jus’ in their head.”

  32. Rat's buddy Renzi gets 3 years for being a crook.

    1. I never met Renzi

      The Congressman in my pocket, was J.D. Hayworth.
      He was a radio talking head after leaving Congress, now, he may be looking for another gig..

    2. No wonder I did not know the fool. He was from southern AZ and was a breeder with 12 children.
      All he had time for was graft and sex.

      Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said Renzi “abused the power and the corresponding trust that come with being a member of Congress by putting his own financial interests over the interests of the citizens.”

      “He fleeced his own insurance company to fund his run for Congress and then exploited his position for personal gain,” Raman said.

      Renzi’s sentencing caps criminal proceedings that dragged on for more than five years.

      In June, after a 24-day trial, he was found guilty on two sets of charges. In one scheme, prosecutors said, he embezzled client funds from his southern Arizona insurance brokerage, funneled the money into his first election campaign and sought to cover up the crime.

      In the second conspiracy, Renzi was charged with committing extortion while trying to orchestrate a swap of U.S. government land for an alfalfa farm near Sierra Vista that belonged to a business partner who owed him money.

      A deal ultimately was consummated, and Renzi received payment of a $733,000 debt from his associate, James Sandlin, 62, who was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison.

      Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Restaino said the outcome verifies that, no matter how long it takes, “justice will be served.”

      Renzi, now a Virginia resident, was a real-estate developer, vineyard owner, insurance broker and attorney. In Congress, he gained the reputation of a conservative Roman Catholic with strong views against abortion. He is married with 12 children.

    3. Sounds like he at least tried to support his kids.

  33. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Give a man a welfare check, a free cell phone, food stamps, section 8 housing, a six pack of beer and he'll vote Democrat for the rest of his life.

    1. That's what the democrats are counting on.

    2. Sadly, they have succeeded, which is why a bill of impeachment has not been drawn. Think: Could any other president have survived so many lawless scandals?

      Conservatives (classic liberals) lost the game when they allowed the number of dependents to outnumber the producers. There is no going back.

  34. Yeah, he saved GM (and the economy,) Killed Bin Laden, Ended the War in Iraq, Cut the Deficit by more than half, and More Than Doubled the Stock Market.

    Gotta be grounds for impeachment.

    1. Think: Constitution...rule of law....

    2. Seems like every time he's been to the Supreme Court (or the voters) he's kicked the Republicans asses.

    3. Saved the economy. Hardeharhar

      Cut the deficit by more than half Hardeharhar


    4. No need to bellyache, the takers now own the country. Let's see what they do with it. Oh, that's right, we are.

    5. Seems like every time he's been to the Supreme Court (or the voters) he's kicked the Republicans asses.

      I believe that was my point.

    6. The Stock Market hit an all-time high, today.

      Of course, it's hard to not be better than the Party that gave us The Great Depression, and "The Almost Great Depression II."

    7. One can always go over and become a taker, not a maker.

      There's still that option.

    8. 18 trillion in quantitative easing, stole the bond holders bonds at GM, stole over 100 dealerships, wasted billions on crony businesses, caused the oil spill in the gulf to go out of control by throwing out the sop that the coast guard had in place, changed the rules of engagement that has caused more wounded and deaths in afghanistan than iraq. expanded the welfare roles, privatized student loans, caused the deaths of thousands of mexicans with illegal weapons, drone strikes, backed the moslem brotherhood and hamas. Libya... Benghazi... screwed poland, israel, columbia, england... appeased Iran, Russia and China...

    9. Obama inherited a mess. Firemen inherit messes everyday. Firemen don't throw gas on them.

    10. The Israeli do.

      As of November 27, 2012 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.

      Another proof that BH Obama is ...
      The First Jewish President of the United State

    11. ...just "peanut dough" shacks :-)

    12. amazing when a tin hut is a "home"...


  35. Women May Be Better Than Men ... At Multitasking
    By Elizabeth Palermo, LiveScience Contributor | October 28, 2013 01:01pm ET

    A woman sits at a computer with a toddler on her lap

    View full size image
    Anecdotal evidence has long supported the hypothesis that the fair sex is also the "do-a-bunch-of-things-at-the-same-time" sex. And now a study out of the U.K. helps to support the idea women are better at multitasking than men.

    In a set of two experiments, psychologists at the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Glasgow and the University of Leeds pitted men against women to see if they could lend some scientific credibility to that commonly held belief that women are better than men at multitasking.


    I've known this for years.

    Take a look at this for instance --

    "Perhaps most significantly, women scored much higher than men on the key search task, leading researchers to suspect women might possess a higher level of cognitive control than men — particularly when it comes to planning, monitoring and inhibiting behavior."

    ------and then consider Whackadoodle, who has no ability at all to plan, monitor, and inhibit his own behavior.

    He didn't become a professional asshole by inhibiting his own behavior. A counselor just might help. Though with his personality beginning to splinter of late it's hard to predict.

    1. Don't know what that means of course but I agree with you, multi-tasker.

      Women are the only ones LSMFT, I seem recall that.

    2. But can't recall what it means.

      It has a meaning though, I am certain, and it is not a naval landing craft, nor lunar module.

    3. If you were computing in the 80s and early 90s, you might remember that PCs ran DOS, and gave you a C:\ prompt, and you could only run one thing at a time. Word Perfect. Lotus 1,2,3. Laser focus on one task, like men. Meanwhile the big iron ran Unix, and managed hundreds of accounts at the same time, and on each terminal there might be several tasks running in the background, perhaps fetching email, perhaps compiling some code, while the user was sitting on Emacs doing something else. Womenfolk. And this basic fact of brain wiring explains why I can be shouting at my husband while he's watching something on television and he honestly can't hear me. Fortunately for our marriage I understand this. And it probably explains why men write all the symophonies, or get all the Nobel Prizes in science, or always invade the Low Countries.

    4. Farmer Fudd does not know ...
      But he is SURE!

      What a fuckin' foolish fascist.
      He is sure he does not know/

      A wind riffled his brain, whitled it to the stem.

      Leaving the women of his community at the mercy of a rapist.
      He is a self absorbed fascist, first rate mind, considering...

      He does not know ...
      But is SURE!

      Well, Fudd, was it a "Family Affair"?
      Why DID you move?
      Was it to avoid the investigation that was sure to follow the belated report of the rape?

      I am SURE you know the reason why!

  36. How the Court Case Against Obamacare Subsidies Stacks Up
    By Sean Trende - October 29, 2013

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    Last week, the most important case that you've never heard of survived its first legal hurdle. Judge Paul Friedman of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that plaintiffs had standing to advance a broadside attack on the subsidy system at the heart of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare.

    Although the Clinton appointee refused the plaintiffs’ requests to temporarily enjoin -- that is, block -- the subsidies, he did so because there would be no harm to delaying an injunction until the conclusion of the case; he did not directly speak to the merits of the underlying claim (though he did note that both sides had made, in his view, credible cases). Friedman promised to rule by Feb. 15, and if he does enjoin the subsidies to the federal exchanges -- or if any judge in three other pending cases does so -- the law might well prove unworkable.

    The challenge revolves around three provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Section 1311 of the law establishes state insurance exchanges. It provides, in part, that “[e]ach State shall . . . establish an American Health Benefit Exchange . . . for the State.”

    Of course, Congress can’t actually force states to take such a step, as that would be an unconstitutional commandeering of state governments. While the administration believed that all states would eventually create these marketplaces, the ACA nevertheless provides a backstop in case that didn’t happen: Section 1321 specifies that “the Secretary [of Health and Human Services] shall . . . establish and operate such Exchange within the State and the Secretary shall take such actions as are necessary to implement such other requirements.”

    A related provision deals with the calculation and payment of insurance subsidies. To cushion the blow of the individual mandate to purchase coverage and pay for associated increased costs, the ACA includes “premium assistance” for lower-income taxpayers. These subsidies are available to people whose plans “were enrolled in through an Exchange established by the State under section 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

    If you’ve been reading carefully, you can see the problem. By its plain text, the ACA only provides for subsidies for people enrolled in an exchange that was (a) established by the state and (b) established under section 1311. (In case you were wondering, the law defines “State” as “each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia.”) This is the argument, in a nutshell, of those bringing the lawsuit. If you live in, say, Oklahoma, which didn’t set up an exchange, the ACA doesn’t appear to offer a mechanism for you to receive any subsidies.

    If you’re an opponent of Obamacare, you’re probably nodding along vigorously. This case is made all the stronger because we’re talking about a congressional appropriation, and appropriations have to be expressly made by Congress under the Constitution.

    But if you’re a supporter of Obamacare, you’re probably saying, “Oh, come on! It’s pretty clear Congress wanted everyone to get the subsidies.” That, in a nutshell, is the government’s response. The IRS therefore set forth a rule that extended the subsidies to those enrolled in a “State Exchange, regional Exchange, subsidiary Exchange, [or] a Federally-facilitated Exchange.”

    Read more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/10/29/how_the_court_case_against_obamacare_subsidies_stacks_up.html#ixzz2jAPFWXhK

    Don't think it will fly but one can hope.

    1. Again, Farmer Fudd does not know ...
      But he is SURE!

  37. The GM miracle will cost the tax payers about $10 billion...great job fellas...


    1. October 29, 2013 at 10:00 am
      Feds report $9.7B loss on GM shares

      David Shepardson
      Detroit News Washington Bureau
      Through Sept. 30, Treasury sold 811 million shares of the 912 million shares it received in the automaker as part of its 2009 bankruptcy restructuring.
      Through Sept. 30, Treasury sold 811 million shares of the 912 million shares it received in the automaker as part of its 2009 bankruptcy restructuring. (Detroit News file)

      Washington— The U.S. Treasury has booked a $9.7 billion loss on its $49.5 billion bailout of General Motors Co. on the sale of nearly all of its shares it received as part of its $49.5 billion bailout.

      In a quarterly report to Congress Tuesday, the Special Inspector General overseeing the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program bailout fund disclosed that the Treasury had realized a significant loss on its sale of most of its 60.8 percent stake in GM. Through Sept. 30, Treasury sold 811 million shares of the 912 million shares it received in the automaker as part of its 2009 bankruptcy restructuring.

      The taxpayers’ ownership stake in the Detroit-based automaker — swapped for more than $40 billion in loans, was initially 60.8 percent, but is now down to about 7 percent, the Treasury said. “Because the common stock sales have all taken place below Treasury’s break even price, Treasury has so far booked a loss of $9.7 billion on the sales,” the report said.

      Treasury would need to get $147.95 on its remaining shares to break even. That’s not going to happen: GM’s stock closed Wednesday at $35.80, up $0.21, or 1 percent. At current trading prices, the government’s remaining stake is worth about $3.6 billion. At current stock prices, taxpayers would lose about $10 billion on the bailout when all the stock is unloaded.

      Earlier this month, Treasury reported it sold $570.1 million in General Motors Co. stock in September, as it looks to complete its exit from the Detroit automaker in the coming six months. The Treasury says it has recouped $36 billion of its $49.5 billion bailout in the Detroit automaker. The government began selling off its remaining 101.3 million shares in GM on Sept. 26, as part of its third written trading plan. The government didn’t disclose precisely how many shares it sold in the final days of September, but at recent trading levels could exit as early as January.

      The report also says that SIG TARP has worked to uncover fraud in the bailout program. To date, 154 people have been charged and 65 individuals have been sentenced to prison for their crimes investigated by SIGTARP and its law enforcement partners. Nearly all have involved bailouts to banks. None have involved the auto bailouts.


    2. “The financial crisis laid bare the pervasiveness of toxic corporate cultures that all-too-often encouraged greed, rampant risk-taking and unchecked power, and in some cases resulted in criminal corruption,” said Christy Romero, special inspector general for TARP. “Vigorous law enforcement is a critical part of the recovery from the crisis, and that is SIGTARP’s overriding purpose and mission. SIGTARP will continue to arrest and hold responsible those who cultivated a culture of reckless arrogance, believing they were untouchable even as they broke the law. We will change culture and bring personal accountability the way we do it best, by removing those who corrupt culture, through arrests, convictions, and jail time.”

      The report also found that 19 states in the “Hardest Hit Fund” have spend just 22 percent, or $1.7 billion, of the $7.6 billion in TARP funds that Treasury allocated for the program to provide assistance to homeowners struggling to pay mortgages — three and a half years after the program began.

      Michigan is one of eight states in the program that have spent less than 22 percent of the funds allotted to them for assisting homeowners. The state has spent 17 percent of the $498.6 million allocated as of June 30 — and has reduced the number of homeowners it predicts it will aid -- to up to 11,477, down from an initial estimate in 2010 of as many as 49,442, the report said. With Treasury approval, Michigan is using some of the funds to tear down blighted buildings.

      A second program, the Home Affordable Modification Program, designed to encourage loan services and investors to reduce monthly payments to homeowners at risk of imminent default, has spend $5.4 billion of $22.7 billion allocated.

      In Michigan, 36,801 permanent loan modifications have been made under the “HAMP” program — and 25,802 are paying on time. Of the total, 28 percent, or 10,151, have re-defaulted on their mortgages

      From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131029/AUTO0103/310290032#ixzz2jAb2Ye00

    3. $10 billion. That is peanut dough.
      A month of the Iraqi Occupation, next to nothin', as an expense, even less if it's considered an "Investment"

    4. Thinking that $10 billion is "peanut dough" is the sort of silliness that got us into this mess. No matter, the government (tax payer) lost on the deal, so find another accomplishment.

  38. Valerie Jarrett: Obamacare doesn’t force you off your plan; your insurance company does, by complying with Obamacare!

    It’s just one tweet, but the sheer mendacity requires its own post. With the media finally in “now it can be told” mode since Obamacare passed and President Obama was reelected, pretty much everyone is admitting what all of us knew four years ago— that no, not everyone would be able to keep their plans if they liked their plans. And, yes, the Obama administration knew it just as sure as its critics did.

    It was a lie and an obvious one, but the administration, much of the media, and Obamacare supporters happily acted as if it were true and happily smeared those who suggested otherwise. Tonight, the president’s right-hand woman tries the lie again, even as it’s demonstrably unraveling before the nation’s eyes.

    Let’s try to walk through this inanity. There’s nothing in Obamacare that forces people out of their health plans. Instead, Jarrett asserts, insurance companies are just deciding to change their plans, throwing people off their current coverage.

    She leaves out the part where Obamacare legally requires all health insurance plans to include a certain number of benefits that was above and beyond what many more, ahem, affordable plans offered, thereby making certain plans illegal. Many of those plans were plans that people liked and were assured they could keep. Obamacare offered a “grandfathering” clause, which the administration later eviscerated after it had served its political purpose, ensuring even more people would lose their current coverage. So, no change is required by you under Obamacare unless your insurance company goes and changes your existing plan to comply with Obamacare.

    Update: This isn’t just one yes-woman’s delusion. It’s a talking point. Unbelievable:

    Click on link below to read rest of article -


    Not to worry though, Uncle Rufus will have an explanation as to why Obama lies to the entire country over and over and over about dozens of things with such a straight face and nothing sticks and he never seems ashamed.

    1. One more time, babbling about shit of which you know zilch. Those non-compliant plans were "grandfathered" in. If the insurance companies decided to cease offering them it was Their decision.

      $10 Billion to save the American auto industry? About 20 days in Iraq? Sounds like a bargain to me.

      Keep pissing into that hurricane, boys; My arm's killing me, and I'm going to bed.

    2. If the insurance companies decided to cease offering them it was Their decision.

      If you say so, Unca Ruf.


      Hope your arm feels better in the morning.

    3. Farmer Fudd is related to everyone.
      His extended family grows with every thread.

      He does know one thing.
      Of which he is SURE.

      He is my bitch

  39. "We had to destroy your insurance coverage in order to save it."

    1. No, dimwit.
      The Federals are going to move the country to "Single Payer", when the private insurance companies ...
      .... FAIL to perform.

  40. A 13-year-old girl has dug herself out of a muddy grave after being raped by two men who then buried her alive in Pakistan.

    The teen was abducted from her local village in the Punjab province while she was walking to Koran lessons.

    Her father Siddique Mughal told police his daughter had been taken, but they refused to cooperate, Outlook India reported.
    The men took the young girl to an isolated place and raped her and then buried her alive as they believed she died during the brutal attack.

    But the girl managed to dig her way out the muddy grave and caught the attention of passers-by who helped her to a local medical center.

    After local police refused to investigate, the Lahore High Court Chief Justice’s Complaint Cell formally directed them to arrest the girl’s attackers and complete a report on the incident without delay.

    A sessions judge for the local Toba Tek Singh region has also been asked to look into the matter.

    Child rape remains a problem in Pakistan where local activist group Sahil said cultural myths persist such as HIV positive men believing they can be cured through sex with a virgin.

    Statistic show cases of child rape have risen from 668 in 2002 to 2,788 last year, according to the International Business Times.
    “We still think these statistics are just a fraction of what’s going on,” Sanihl’s executive director Manizeh Bano told the International Business Times.


    1. Farmer Fudd is an expert on rape.
      He knows all the in and out moves.

      Burying the girl alive, that he has done, metaphorically.
      Burying his own under a pile of denial.

  41. What is your BPE rating? (Belief in Pure Evil)

    The Psychological Power of Satan
    How a belief in “pure evil” shapes people’s thinking

    By Piercarlo Valdesolo


    Can a PAQuotient (professional asshole quotient - PAQ) be created? What kind of testing/observation would be required to realize this? How could this be used to better society? Could this be used in the criminal justice system? etc

    1. Fascist thinking by a Fudd.
      Profile everyone, then use it in the criminal justice system.

      There are very few reliable statistics about how often incest occurs. It’s difficult to know how many people are affected by incest because many incest situations never get reported. There are many reasons that the victim might not report the abuse.

      The victim has been told that what is happening is normal or happens in every family, and doesn’t realize that it is a form of abuse
      The victim may not know that help is available or who they can talk to
      The victim may be afraid of what will happen if they tell someone
      The abuser may have threatened the victim
      The victim may care about the abuser and be afraid of what will happen to the abuser if they tell
      The victim may be afraid of what will happen to them if they tell
      The victim may also be concerned about how many people will react when they hear about the abuse
      They may be afraid that no one will believe them or that the person they confide in will tell the abuser
      The victim may be afraid that people will accuse them of having done something wrong

    2. Whackadoodle is all stirred up.

      The cursing is near.

      The death threats are not far behind.

      He needs help.

      Trish thought so:

      "There is something really wrong with you, Rat."

      So did Whit: he sent us all the profile of an internet bully, signifying Rat.

      I think he's crazy. So does WiO. So does Allen, who called him a golem. So, I believe does Quirk.

      A self professed professional asshole, we all agree with him on that one.

      Any who might be concerned: urge him to seek help.

  42. .

    Yeah, he saved GM (and the economy,) Killed Bin Laden, Ended the War in Iraq, Cut the Deficit by more than half, and More Than Doubled the Stock Market.


    Auto Industry: The auto industry rescue was started by George Bush. Obama deserves credit for finishing it.

    Economy: In 2008, it was the Bush administration that passed TARP. In 2009, it was Obama who passed the stimulus program which was pretty much impotent in terms of creating jobs and improving the economy. And that's just for starters. No sense going into all the negatives we have seen during Obama's 'recovery', the unemployed, the underemployed, the drop in the percentage of employed. One telling point, there are still 2.6 million fewer jobs in the economy than there were prior to the 2008 recession.


    If that's considered 'saving the economy', lord help us. Obama has ignored the jobs issue for his entire presidency.

    Iraq: All Obama did was follow the timetable set by the Status of Forces Agreement signed by Bush and the Iraqis in 2008. To do otherwise would have violated the agreement we had with the government we helped set up.

    Cut the deficit by half: One has to ask how long you can keep running deficits of $1.5 trillion a year. A big part of the reduction is due to sequestration, a perfect example of dumb shits not doing their job and it turning out for the best. Now, both sides continue to try to revoke those portions of the sequestration they dislike. The biggest part of the deficit reduction was due to tax increases, something the Dems wanted but which Obama fought up until this year. One of the biggest contributors was repeal of the cuts to FICA, something that was added in by Obama as 'stimulus' but which didn't do shit except increase the deficit. Only a nitwit like Krugman and his ilk would argue otherwise.

    Doubled the Stock Market: Whoopti-friggin-do. And the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. I'm sure the long-term unemployed are greatly impressed.

    Killed bin Laden: The CIA were tracking bin Laden's courier since 2007. In 2008/2009, he led them to bin Laden. Two years later they killed bin Laden. The entire operation, after identifying the courier, took a couple years to find bin Laden and a couple more to kill him. The operation started two years before Obama became president. The MSM made a big deal of what a gutsy decision Obama made in going in after bin Laden. How gutsy was it? Did he really have a choice? Can anyone imagine the repercussions if there had been a third chance to get bin Laden and Obama had failed to take it. Does anyone believe we would have ever seen the iconic photo-op of Obama and his team if things had gone badly?

    Other than his signature legislation with the ACA, Obama accomplished little of note during his first term. With the start of his second term, the goals he set for himself in his state of the union address seem to be falling apart under the weight of all the scandals.

    During his first term, anything negative that happened was Bush or the GOP's fault. Anything positive even, if only perceived, was always I, I, I, me, me, me. Now in his second term, his standard catch phrase is "Gosh I didn't know, I found out on TV the same as you".

    I don't know which is worse.


    1. Excellent counter punching.

      Round goes to Quirk.

    2. Farmer, 56, is charged with rape and incest after fathering four children with female relative over two decades

      Robert Robinson, 56, of Chicora, has been arrested for 71 violations of the Criminal Crimes Code
      The alleged abuse against the 33-year-old victim began in 1992, when she was just 13, and lasted until August of this year
      Robert is now facing a list of charges, including rape, incest, statutory rape, indecent assault and aggravated indecent assault

    3. State police said they have arrested a 55-year-old Butler County man on charges that he repeatedly raped an underage female relative in her early teen years and then carried on the relationship for two decades, fathering four of her children.

      The Chicora man faces 71 charges, including rape, statutory rape, indecent assault, aggravated indecent assault and incest, according to state police.

      The man was being held Saturday in the Butler County Prison on $500,000

  43. .

    Interesting aspect of the US war plan to invade Canada.

    This involved bombing the strategic port of Halifax and seizing other major ports that Britain might make use of in Canada. The strategy was even updated in 1934 to “make all necessary preparations for the use of chemical warfare from the outbreak of the war. The use of chemical warfare, including toxic agents, from the inception of hostilities, is authorized.”

    The U.S. was prepared — on paper at least — to gas its plaid neighbors as an opening volley in a war. It’s no wonder that news of this plan caused a stir in 1974 when it was declassified.



    1. Thanks for the excellent assessment of the Obama administration. I am glad to see we were thinking along the same lines, but I was just to tired to do the laundry list. Again, thanks

  44. India: Murderous blasts at Hindu politician's rally "the work of the Indian Mujahideen"

    Don't tell me you're surprised. "India police say Islamists behind attack on Hindu nationalist opposition rally," by Frank Jack Daniel for Reuters, October 29 (thanks to Benedict):

    An Islamist militant group is believed to be behind an attack on a rally by Indian Hindu nationalist politician Narendra Modi that killed six people and wounded more than 80, police said on Tuesday.
    Modi, who has a good chance of becoming India’s next prime minister, is seen as a target of militants who hold him responsible for riots a decade ago during his first term as chief minister of Gujarat state. At least 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed in the rioting.

    Seven crude bombs went off on Sunday in Bihar state as Modi’s supporters gathered for his rally. He was not near any of the blasts and delivered his speech despite the attack.

    Senior police official S.N. Pradhan said one of two suspects arrested after the blasts had identified a suspected senior member of the Indian Mujahideen militant group, Tehseen Akhtar, as the organiser of the attack.

    The National Investigation Agency, India’s top counter terrorism body, is seeking the arrest of the 24-year-old Akhtar in connection with attacks in recent years in the cities of Mumbai and Varanasi and is investigating his role in blasts in Hyderabad city in February.

    “Because of the Tehseen connection, the entire chain is established,” said Pradhan, a senior police official in Jharkhand state, where the detained suspect is from.

    “There is no doubt that it is the work of the Indian Mujahideen.”

    Police said the bombers were trying to spark a stampede in the crowd. Heavy loss of life could have inflamed tension, recently simmering again, between majority Hindus and minority Muslims.

  45. Mr. Desert Rat - Please seek help now.

    1. Shift on abortion views in rape, incest cases targeted

      A national anti-abortion conference is in Charlottetown this week with the ambitious goal of seeing new abortion laws introduced in Canada, and moving Canadian public opinion on abortion at the same time.

      The National Pro-Life Conference is looking to take some inspiration from being held on P.E.I., which is the only province in Canada where legal abortions are not performed.

      "I applaud P.E.I. for keeping it off the Island," delegate Natalie Sonnen told CBC News Thursday. She hopes P.E.I. will take it a step further, and stop funding out of province abortions too.

      "Every provincial government in Canada can spend their money the way they choose with regard to healthcare. And if they don't fund abortions, that's their prerogative," she said.

      Mike Schouten, a featured speaker at the conference, is setting his goals higher than that. He is leading a push to draw up a new abortion law that would protect a fetus under all circumstances. That would include cases of rape, incest, or severe fetal abnormalities.

  46. Yes, yes seek help.


    1. Dads who destroy their daughters: Beatings, incest, rape, pimping ...

      Physical abuse started when Layhla* was two, and the fondling by her dad began at seven.
      Within a year, the man began raping her, nearly ...

  47. Call 911 now, rat, seek help.


    1. Survivors of Abuse, Incest, and Rape - DateHookup.com

      Those who are victims of abuse, rape and incest may take years to heal.
      Some people heal quickly, both physically and emotionally, while others carry the ...

  48. Do you hear voices Rat?

    Butterscotch, Las Vegas

    1. The NRICC - Confidential advice and support on rape, incest, sexual ...
      The NRICC provide confidential support and advice on rape and incest.

  49. That ratman needs a straight jacket.

    Hector the Victor, pro wrestler

    1. Mar 30, 2009 - An Idaho farmer has been accused of raping his daughter for decades and fathering eight children with her.

  50. Call 1-800-I AM NUTS for immediate mental health help.

  51. May 19, 2013 - My name is Holly Jane (Stewart) Robinson. I live in Idaho,
    I am tired of being silent, so here is my story.. Holly – Daddy's Little “Bawl Baby”.

  52. Replies
    1. Why would someone who is not be so concerned about what is written, about Farmer Fudd?

      Is there some "projection" going on, here?

      Should we be concerned for the health and well being of the family of the projectionist?
      Or is it only a movie ...

    2. A literary construct ...
      Merely a wind riffle on the prairie ...

    3. Robbie Robertson
      Robbie Robertson, OC is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist.
      He is best known for his work as lead guitarist and primary songwriter within The Band.

      Not much of a singer.

    4. The story of Farmer Fudd, and the farmer's daughter ...

      Does not rise to the level of a wind riffle.

      Who is Farmer Fudd?

    5. Why does Anonymous care, oh so much?

      What secrets are in the closet?
      Is it the skeleton of a baby?

  53. Darnell Lamont WalkerWed Oct 30, 06:49:00 AM EDT

    “There’s a small window of opportunity to apologize sometimes after you’ve terribly wronged someone. It closes.
    Sometimes forever, but it never opens wide enough again for a good breeze.”

  54. Whatever the cost may be,
    we shall fight on the beaches,
    we shall fight on the landing grounds,
    we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
    we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

    1. The Wind That Shakes the Barley...
      is a Riffle in the Sands of Time.

    2. Right above is good, anon.

      Doesn't look like Whacky is going to take the advice and get himself a counselor.


  55. "I know nothing, I saw nothing" ... Right

    This happened before the establishment of the Zionist entity. I am sure there must have been a good excuse. In 1939, there were about 3,300,000 Jews in Poland. By 1946, following the last mass murder, there were about 300,000. That means that Poland lost 90% of its Jews - more than Germany/Austria's percentage, and far greater than their real numbers.

    'Aftermath' Dares to Unearth Terrible Secrets of Poland's Lost Jews

    Oh, the "dirty Jew" lead actor (actually a non-Jew) is getting death threats. So, in the course of 72 years, nothing has really changed.

    1. There is still antisemitism in Poland and there are only a handful Jews there.

      Polish behavior during World War Two was almost uniformly bad.

      Right before they were invaded they took the opportunity to gobble up a little territory to the south - at the time of Czechoslovakia, if memory serves. The gods being angered they were divided up themselves, invaded from both sides and began killing the Jews there. Finally they were over run by the Russians and these days are back more or less where started, minus the Jews of course, and still the antisemitism remains.

      The old joke: how do you catch a Pole when he's drinking water?

      You slam the toilet seat on his head.

  56. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-goldberg-obamacare-failure-20131029,0,6727221.column#axzz2j5iplMOB

    Obama's big lie
    Keep your doctor and your health plan? Not likely.

  57. Reading the disgusting comments by Rat about rape, incest, fascism and such?

    Shows that no matter who posts, or does not post, Rat is disgusting.

  58. "I know nothing, I saw nothing"

    These were not stolen from the Palestinians...sure wish the Dutch had kept better records...I guess they never thought they would need them - wonder why

    Dutch museums possess Nazi-looted art, commission finds