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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

CBS Airs NSA Propaganda Informercial

Mon, Dec 16th 2013 1:54pm


CBS Airs NSA Propaganda Informercial Masquerading As 'Hard Hitting' 60 Minutes Journalism By Reporter With Massive Conflict Of Interest

from the journalism! dept

Last night I started seeing a bunch of folks on Twitter absolutely trashing 60 Minutes. We had mentioned last week that 60 Minutes would be doing something about the NSA, including the revelation that some NSA officials favored granting Snowden asylum, and that Keith Alexander ridiculously stated that people should be held accountable for their actions -- without recognizing the irony of that statement when pointed at himself. What we didn't realize was that the episode of 60 Minutes would be a complete propaganda infomercial for the NSA. Among the many, many, many issues with the program:
  • The reporting was conducted by John Miller, a former intelligence community official (who worked for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA) in a spokesperson role and a variety of historical roles in the intelligence community. While he does "disclose" the ODNI role upfront (but not the others), he left out that he's about to be hired in an intelligence role for the NYPD, a deal that has been described as "a 99.44 percent done deal." Also, in the past, when he also worked for the NYPD, he had a bit of a problem with telling the truth. Miller is, clearly, an intelligence industry spokesperson at heart, pretending to be a journalist here.
  • There was not a single hard hitting question asked throughout. It was all softballs. Seriously. Many of the setup questions were the same bogus strawmen we've seen the NSA focus on in the past -- concerning things like "is the NSA listening to everyone's calls." But that isn't what people are actually concerned about. At no point did they appear to even attempt to ask followup questions when the NSA people made clearly misleading statements, such as those concerning the surveillance of "US persons."
  • Not a single critic of the NSA was shown during the entire episode. Seriously. Not a single claim by the NSA was refuted or pushed back on. At all. Basically, Miller served up softballs, the NSA hit 'em back, and the "investigative journalists" at 60 Minutes said, "Wow, isn't that amazing!"
  • They admit that they did this piece because the NSA "invited them in." In other words, this was purely a propaganda piece from the very outset. The most hysterical thing to watch is the "overtime" bit that they have on the website in which they explain how 60 Minutes got to do this story on the NSA, which reveals that basically the NSA asked them to do this puff piece and then controlled every second of the process. There are even a few outtakes where the NSA "handlers" cut off parts of interviews to tell people what to say.
  • Miller claims he spoke to NSA critics and asked them what they would ask, but that's not reflected in the questioning at all. He then defends the piece saying that his goal was to let the NSA explain its side of the story, which he argues wasn't getting enough attention. Seriously. Because this is really the side of the story that has been mined only in the most superficial ways. We’ve heard plenty from the critics. We’ve heard a lot from Edward Snowden. Where there’s been a distinctive shortage is, putting the NSA to the test and saying not just ‘We called for comment today’ but to get into the conversation and say that sounds a lot like spying on Americans, and then say, ‘Well, explain that.’”
    Try not to laugh at that. He even claims that he didn't want it to be a puff piece -- which is exactly what it was.
  • The one big "revelation" in the piece involves NSA people implying, but never actually saying, how they stopped some sort of plot to turn everyone's computers into bricks by infecting the BIOS. But, as lots of people who actually understand this stuff are noting, that segment was pure gibberish: There are no technical details. Yes, they talk about "BIOS", but it's redundant, unrelated to their primary claim. Any virus/malware can destroy the BIOS, making a computer unbootable, "bricking" it. There's no special detail here. All they are doing is repeating what Wikipedia says about BIOS, acting as techie talk layered onto the discussion to make it believable, much like how Star Trek episodes talk about warp cores and Jeffries Tubes. 
  • Stripped of techie talk, this passage simply says "The NSA foiled a major plot, trust us." But of course, there is no reason we should trust them. It's like how the number of terrorist plots foiled by telephone eavesdropping started at 50 then was reduced to 12 then to 2 and then to 0, as the NSA was forced to justify their claims under oath instead of in front of news cameras. The NSA has proven itself an unreliable source for such information -- we can only trust them if they come out with more details -- under oath. 
  • Moreover, they don't even say what they imply. It's all weasel-words. Nowhere in the above passage does a person from the NSA say "we foiled a major cyber terror plot". Instead, it's something you piece together by the name "BIOS plot", cataclysmic attacks on our economy (from the previous segment), and phrases like "would it have worked". 
  • Part of the piece, bizarrely, focused on smearing Ed Snowden based on a completely out of context statement about how he would work at home with a sheet over his head to keep work secret. Given the realities of what the NSA is doing, and what Snowden was up to, that doesn't sound so strange. Yet, Miller (not the NSA), made it out like Snowden was a wack job for this: John Miller: At home, they discovered Snowden had some strange habits. 
  • Rick Ledgett: He would work on the computer with a hood that covered the computer screen and covered his head and shoulders, so that he could work and his girlfriend couldnt see what he was doing. 
  • John Miller: Thats pretty strange, sitting at your computer kind of covered by a sheet over your head and the screen? 
  • Rick Ledgett: Agreed. 
There was more, but it's more of the same. You have the producers of the episode oohing and ahhing about how the NSA's headquarters looked like something out of Star Trek, and how they had to fight hard to get the NSA to open a door for the NSA's "black chamber" -- showing a couple of cubicles. 

Coming so soon on the heels after 60 Minutes totally bungled a report on Benghazi, you would think that the once respected news program might try a little harder not to post something so obviously ridiculous. But, apparently not. While many have suggested that the NSA communications people should get a raise for pulling off such pure propaganda, some are pointing out that the whole thing was so obviously a bogus puff piece that no one's buying it. Anthony DeRosa has put together a series of tweets about the episode and hasn't yet been able to find a single person who reacted positively to it. Not a single one. 



It's no secret that the NSA isn't very good at PR but, in this case, not only may they have harmed their case, they helped CBS News shoot themselves in the foot, yet again, over whatever shreds of journalistic credibility they may have had.

169 comments:

  1. Next you'll be saying a Word document generated with default settings doesn't come out exactly like a typewritten memo from the Alabama Air National Guard.

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    1. Teresita,

      How do I change the font color on my links? Having tried several approaches, I am having no success.

      Thanks

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  2. NSA needs to hire Deuce, the master propagandist.

    :)

    Looks at the miracle white wash he pulls off for the "Palestinians" !!!

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    1. He does censorship too !!!

      :)

      But so often chooses the wrong target. Needs a little practice there.

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    2. From the look of Drudge this morning it seems Snowden is trying to get to Brazil. All those bare breasted bikini bottomed beauties on the beaches .........

      Hope he makes it if that is what he wishes.

      Quirk used to spend time at a place I think he called Capo di Nudo or something. Said it was heaven.

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    3. I would occasionally drop my Jockstrap for him.

      ,,,while feasting on Menu-do

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    4. Quirk was sharp enough to catch on to the di Nudo Menu-do play, and capitalize on it.

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    5. You can't let a 23 billion dollar spy center out in the middle of the Utah desert go to waste. In the future, the NSA will be sitting on 1 billion gigabytes of encrypted internet traffic.

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    6. What could possibly go wrong?

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  3. Veterans are far more likely to die of suicide and in accidents — a trend largely unstudied until recently.

    The 25-year-old Marine veteran drank heavily and drove fast — often at the same time. Tyree had walked away from two serious accidents that demolished his cars.
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    On a foggy November morning in 2011, he slammed his pickup truck into a power pole, became tangled in a power line and was electrocuted.

    "He was so reckless at times," said his father, Mark Sr. "He had no fear whatsoever."

    Tyree belonged to a generation of young veterans whose return to civilian life has been marked by an unusually high death rate, primarily boosted by accidents and suicides.

    Mark Tyree, a Marine Corps veteran who did a tour in Iraq, is buried in the Northern California Veterans Cemetery. More photos

    The death rate for California veterans under 35 surpasses that of both active-duty service members and other civilians of the same ages, according to a Times analysis of state mortality records.
    Scattered across the state, the veterans' deaths — 1,253 men and 110 women between 2006 and 2011 — are barely noticed in the mayhem of modern life.

    A 27-year-old in San Diego crashes his motorcycle at 100 mph while drunk. A 32-year-old hooked on heroin overdoses in a restaurant bathroom in Tarzana.

    A 28-year-old in Humboldt County shoots himself in the head in front of his best friend.
    When viewed together, however, patterns emerge.

    Veterans were more than twice as likely as other civilians to commit suicide. They were twice as likely to be a victim of a fatal motor vehicle crash and a quarter more likely to suffer other deadly accidents.

    The phenomenon has been largely unstudied by the government, which has concentrated its research on active-duty service members.

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    1. On the wall of his home, Mark Tyree has hung photos of himself, his father, his deceased son, and his brother -- all military veterans.

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    2. Researchers have long known that major life transitions — divorce, loss of a job, release from prison and other stressful changes — are periods of increased risk for suicide.

      ...try loss of a best friend, life partner, and wife for 46 years on for size, pussies.

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  4. Anonymous sources are increasing in news stories, along with rather curious explanations


    According to sources who didn’t insist on anonymity, more and more sources are speaking to the news media on the condition of anonymity for the oddest of reasons.

    Politico, for example, reported a speech by Vice President Biden to a progressive group based on the account of a person who spoke anonymously “because the [speech was] by-invitation only.”

    The New York Times said one of its sources for an article about Syria asked not to be identified “because of the delicacy of the situation.” The Times accorded anonymity to sources for the same reason — “because of the delicacy of the situation” — in six other articles this year, including one about a woman who fell off a balcony.

    The Washington Post, in an article Saturday about the Redskins’ troubles, cited such mysterious sources as “several people familiar with the situation”; “multiple people close to the matter”; “several people with knowledge of the deliberations”; and “one person with ties to the team.” The sources, according to the article, spoke anonymously “because of the sensitivity of the situation.”

    Question: Does this help much?

    It used to be that anonymous sources — Watergate’s “Deep Throat” was the most famous — spoke on the condition of anonymity because . . . well, because they wouldn’t speak to reporters any other way. Back then, anonymous sources were just “sources” and you, dear reader, had to take our word for whoever they were and whatever we said they said.

    Readers noticed, and apparently didn’t like guessing about who was saying what. In 2004, the New York Times surveyed its subscribers on their concerns about the paper. In the wake of flawed (and often anonymously sourced) reporting before the start of the Iraq war, readers said their biggest gripe was the use of anonymous sources, and that it trumped political bias or even delivery problems, according to Margaret Sullivan, the paper’s current public editor.

    “Frankly, this kind of sourcing is ridiculous,” says Alicia Shepard, a journalist and NPR’s former ombudsman. She adds: “I get it that [news organizations] are trying to be transparent, but it doesn’t enhance the believability of the anonymous quote. The only thing worthwhile about the convoluted sourcing explainers is how funny they are.”

    In fact, such descriptions can do more harm than good, says Matt Carlson, an associate professor at St. Louis University and the author of “On Condition of Anonymity: Unnamed Sources and the Battle for Journalism,” published in 2011. Rather than enhancing a reader’s understanding, the descriptions used by reporters can be disingenuous and misleading about a source’s affiliation or motives, Carlson says.

    He cites the classic misdirection case: Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller once agreed to identify one of her anonymous sources, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, not as a senior White House official but as “a former congressional staffer,” a technically accurate but wholly misleading description.

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    1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/anonymous-sources-are-increasing-in-news-stories-along-with-rather-curious-explanations/2013/12/15/5049a11e-61ec-11e3-94ad-004fefa61ee6_story.html

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    2. The 'anonymous sources' problem, cont.

      In today's Washington Post, Paul Farhi revisits the long-standing problem of anonymous sourcing, which has become pervasive in recent years.

      Marty Baron, the Post's executive editor, explains the reason for this: "As unpleasant as anonymity may be, very often the alternative is no information whatsoever," he tells Farhi. "Reporters are encouraged to negotiate to identify people as much as possible and to provide honest reasons for their anonymity. But there can be practical limits on what we can say.”

      Quite right: There's no way to write a story about, say, President Obama's private meetings or internal frustrations at The New York Times without relying on sources who must speak off-the-record for fear of attribution. Any report worth its salt includes revelations, and revelations are bound to get someone in trouble.

      The problem -- or one problem, anyway -- is that anonymity has come to be seen as a right, even by folks who have little to no justification for it. I can't tell you the number of times spokespeople from media organizations have asked that I attribute their carefully crafted remarks to "a network spokesperson" -- as if putting their name on the network's statements wasn't written into their title.

      Then there was this official White House statement sent to every reporter in Washington requesting attribution to a "White House official," rather than, say, Jay Carney or Dan Pfeiffer.

      It gets worse: I've called PR people for comment and had them tell me, "Off the record: No comment," which is an absurd impossiblity.

      As Baron pointed out, the media are pretty powerless in most situations. If you want the story, you often have to take attribution on your sources' terms. But a little progress can be made by demanding clear-cut attribution where you can. That starts with press representatives and spokespeople. If they want to weigh in on the matter, tell them they have to go on the record.

      http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/12/the-anonymous-sources-problem-cont-179685.html

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  5. CBS Corporation (2006–present)

    Key people
    Leslie Moonves (Chairman of CBS),
    Nancy Tellem (President of CBS Network Television Entertainment)


    Leslie Moonves

    Moonves resides in Beverly Hills, California in a house he bought from his former co-worker Andrew Heyward. He also owns residences in New York City and Malibu.

    Moonves is a great-nephew of David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Moonves


    Nancy Tellem

    The daughter of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust,
    Tellem is married to sports agent Arn Tellem.
    The couple has three sons.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Tellem

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    1. "The couple has three sons."

      ...fuckin Joos.

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    2. Edsel was a toilet seat on the front end of a Ford.

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    3. Between them, the Mexicans and the Saudi's, foreign influences of the US news media are ...
      ... shall we say ... pervasive.

      The Edsel was Henry Ford's son, so they named a car after him.

      The hubris projected in that salient point, alone, guaranteed the failure of the project.

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  6. Get to the point:

    Israel and the NSA: Partners in Crime
    Documents hint Israelis behind attempt to eavesdrop on France – but America takes the blame

    by Justin Raimondo, October 28, 2013

    It wasn’t the US government breaking into the private communications of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, according to top secret documents unearthed by Edward Snowden and published in Le Monde – it was the Israelis.

    A four-page internal précis regarding a visit to Washington by two top French intelligence officials denies the NSA or any US intelligence agency was behind the May 2012 attempted break-in – which sought to implant a monitoring device inside the Elysee Palace’s communications system – but instead fingers the Israelis, albeit indirectly:

    The visit by Barnard Barbier, head of the DGSE’s technical division, and Patrick Pailloux, a top official with France’s National Information Systems Security, was intended to elicit an explanation for the break-in, which the French media blamed on the Americans. The NSA’s inquiries to the British, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, and other US allies all turned up negative. However, one such close ally wasn’t asked.

    As Glenn Greenwald and Jacques Follorou, citing the NSA document, put it in their Le Monde piece: the NSA "’intentionally did not ask either the Mossad or the ISNU (the technical administration of the Israeli services) whether they were involved’ in this espionage operation against the head of the French government."

    An interesting omission, to say the least, one justified by the author of the memo with some odd phraseology: "France is not an approved target for joint discussion by Israel and the United States." Meaning – exactly what? This is a job for Marcy Wheeler! But I’ll hazard a guess: the US is well aware of Israeli spying on France and wants nothing to do with it, and/or the author of the memo is simply invoking some obscure protocol in order to justify going any farther.

    In any case, the Israeli connection to the NSA’s global spying network – including its all-pervasive surveillance inside the US – has been well-established by Greenwald’s previous reporting on the subject: a September 11 article detailing how the NSA shares raw intercepts from its data-dragnet with Israeli intelligence, scooping up purloined emails and other data – in effect giving the Mossad a "back door" into a treasure trove of information on the private lives and activities of American citizens.

    The Guardian published a five-page memorandum of understanding between Tel Aviv and Washington, provided to Greenwald by Snowden: rife with references to the legal and constitutional constraints "pertaining to the protection of US persons," it goes on to state forthrightly that the Israelis are permitted access to "raw Sigint" – unredacted and unreviewed transcripts, Internet metadata, and the content of emails and telephonic communications. While the Israelis supposedly solemnly swear to not "deliberately" target any American citizen, the agreement explicitly rules out a legal obligation on the part of the Israelis to follow the rules:

    “This agreement is not intended to create any legally enforceable rights and shall not be construed to be either an international agreement or a legally binding instrument according to international law."


    http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2013/10/27/israel-and-the-nsa-partners-in-crime/

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    1. Jenny, the Mossad KNOWS who you are. And they are waiting...

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    2. If they hold it much longer, it can lead to prostate cancer.

      Don't wait to take a shit, never trust a fart.


      bob

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    4. JennyTue Dec 17, 09:15:00 AM EST
      Israel and the NSA: Partners in Crime
      Documents hint

      The National Enquirer hints that Ellen and Portia are headed for divorce.

      Hint should have been a clue that the author was having a bad day at the office, but dare not make it up entirely on the fly, without the qualifier hint as a security blanket.

      This is the best you can do? Have you an informed personal opinion, or do you also need the security blanket of someone else's hint?

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    5. .

      Israel/AIPAC uses the info for fund raising purposes.

      .

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  7. Japan's military revolution hints at Shinzo Abe's nationalist aims


    Japan has announced a plan to increase defence spending and transform its military, in a move widely seen as aimed at China. But many on the left believe Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is using the threat from China to pursue his own nationalist dreams, reports the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25414430

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  8. Devyani Khobragade: India-US row over diplomat deepens

    Senior Indian government officials have refused to meet a visiting US Congress delegation amid a worsening row over the alleged ill-treatment of an Indian diplomat in the US.

    Media reports on Tuesday said Devyani Khobragade was "strip-searched" after she was briefly arrested last week.

    She was charged with visa fraud and making false statements over allegedly underpaying an Indian housekeeper.

    Ms Khobragade, deputy consul general in New York, has pleaded not guilty.

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    1. Some folk just cannot shake that 'Slave Owner' mentality, no matter where they are domiciled.
      India has lots of slaves, almost 12 million of them.

      It is culturally pervasive, there.

      My niece told me so, and she is the light of the world.


      bob

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  9. Larry Klayman crows on NSA win: ‘We hit the mother lode’

    Larry Klayman’s long journey in the legal wilderness appears to be over.

    Klayman, the conservative legal activist well-known in Washington political circles a decade ago for his no-holds-barred court battles against the Clinton administration, was thrust back into the spotlight Monday after he obtained the first major ruling from a federal judge that the National Security Agency’s surveillance program was constitutionally flawed.

    “We hit the mother lode,” an elated Klayman said Monday, indulging in some of the hyperbole he became known for during his 1990s crusades. “It was the biggest decision in the context of the government in my lifetime. This is the most outrageous invasion of constitutional rights I’ve seen in my life.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/larry-klayman-national-security-agency-101233.html#ixzz2nk9ftVor

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  10. NSA ruling fallout hits White House

    n legal terms, a federal judge’s decision Monday questioning the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s massive call-tracking program seems almost certain to have no practical significance.

    In political terms, it comes at a critical time for the NSA and President Barack Obama.

    U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon’s ruling that the NSA’s metadata program appears to violate the Fourth Amendment was issued just three days after a review group established by Obama delivered its report proposing more than 40 changes to the federal government’s surveillance programs.

    Obama was initially expected to dig through the reform proposals before Christmas and announce which ones he would adopt. However, the White House now says that process won’t be complete until sometime next month.

    The delay gives Leon’s decision time to resonate and gives surveillance skeptics more time to pressure Obama to endorse significant reforms after Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA surveillance practices.

    The ruling also underscores the awkwardness of a president who won office in part by railing against the national security state established by President George W. Bush trying to defend much of that establishment while also maintaining his vow to restore civil liberties and bring an end to what seemed like a permanent war on terror.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/national-security-agency-nsa-white-house-obama-administration-101226.html#ixzz2nkAbvoEP

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  11. Quirk,

    Thank you...Thank you...Thank you...great tunes last night...When I was a tiny tot, my mom used to play that music over the radio.

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    1. hat tip: allen

      "Spengler's Laws": "When a nation is reduced to selling its women, it's lost."


      Unlike many countries, prostitution in Israel is legal.

      To many people it is shocking to learn that in the "Holy Land" prostitution is allowed.
      Prostitution is legal, but what is not legal, is running a brothel or living off the earnings of a prostitute, in other words being a pimp.

      Prostitution in Israel is not kept on the down low.
      Everyone knows about it and where to go to find a prostitute.
      It is a choice whether they decide to pay for sex or not.
      Prostitutes are known to be discrete.
      They do not go around talking about the men they have sex with.
      Some of the places where prostitution is more popular is in cities like Tel Aviv and Haifa.
      That could be because the population is more secular and not as religious.
      Prostitutes can be found on the streets, strip clubs and "massage parlors."
      Politicians, businessmen and even police officers are known to visit the upscale "massage parlors" and high price strip clubs.

      Regular citizens are more likely to just look for a prostitute on the streets.

      When Arab Israelis or Orthodox Jews, whether married or not, want to have sex with a prostitute, they go somewhere far from their homes.
      The reason for them going far is so they will not be recognized by anyone.

      One negative effect of the rising popularity of prostitution is that venereal diseases have
      rapidly increased over the years.

      http://adsocceriloveran.blogspot.com/2013/05/prostitution.html

      "Spengler's Laws": "When a nation is reduced to selling its women, it's lost."

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    2. Thank you for the public health announcement. Have you any pictures of those little girls?

      Paperback Writer

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    3. This year, the rabbis cited
      “the extreme seriousness involved in killing fetuses, which is like actual murder.”



      Do you really want pictures of the brutalized and despoiled Jewish lives?


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    4. Will that bring joy to your life and light unto the world?

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    5. Or just satisfy your need for erotic stimulation through pedophilia?

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    6. Note: You (if I may speak of you in the singular) keep posting about sex and little girls. I think it is sick. I think you are sick, as evidenced by your perverted fixation on pedophilia.

      The fellow in the mirror is not I. He is you (or the Collective...whatever).

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  12. I see Whackopath is up early being, yet again, his old boring disgusting self.


    With the effort he puts into it, he has well described himself as being a "professional asshole".

    With that everyone here agrees.

    Thankfully, free Wampum Day starts in less than an hour, and we are driving down to it today, so I am:

    Out of here

    (Doug, Hemingway said a man in your position is going through the worst there is.......hang tough, my friend.....and may the New Year be a better one for you)

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    1. Don't look to the approval of others for your mental stability

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    2. Bob,

      He is predictably pedantic and predictably wrong.

      Instead of finding an "issue" and developing a thesis and following it through in a rational manner, he finds what he thinks is a weakness in the opposition, Jewishness for example; it never occurs to him that if someone robs a bank no one is going to ask whether he was a Jewish bank robber. For him, Jewishness is sufficient cause for indictment.

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    3. Karl LagerfeldTue Dec 17, 10:27:00 AM EST

      Don't look to the approval of others for your mental stability

      Hey, the approval of a psychologist couldn't hurt....know what I mean....The voices might not be coming from the radio.

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    4. It has to be noticed that allen has failed to provide a copy of the accusations that he accused the Anonymous Collective of making against Mr Moonves and Mrs Tellem.

      Obviously because no accusations were ever made.

      He mentioned that there was a claim of conspiracy made, but again, not documentation of such a claim was forth coming, because none was ever made.

      Ash - Fri Dec 13, 09:40:00 AM EST

      allen, either you have trouble understanding written English or you purposely lied.
      Which is it?


      Anonymous holds to the proposition that he has ....

      . . . . . purposely lied






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    5. AnonymousTue Dec 17, 11:46:00 AM EST
      the Anonymous Collective

      You have a problem.

      Psychologists suggest that conspiracy theories often serve as a crutch for emotionally needy people, allowing them to feel good about themselves for seeing truth where others don't. They believe the world is being taken over by hidden forces, that an apocalyptic battle is at hand and now is the time for heroes to act.

      They're Coming to Take

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  13. JOSH GERSTEINTue Dec 17, 09:48:00 AM EST
    national security state established by President George W. Bush

    Rubbish! Rubbish! Rubbish!

    Anyone ever heard of J. Edgar Hoover? How about Allen Pinkerton? How about Colonel Edward House?

    It is a dangerous world. Apparently, many have been shielded from that fact. One will never be as lonely as when he finds himself the target of his own government, without a chance of recourse. The Founders knew that the greatest threat to freedom and liberty would come from within the government. That is why they took the trouble of spending years drawing up a written constitution as a barrier to black hearted usurpers. In its infinite wisdom and love of "democracy", the public has engaged in the systematic dismantling of that barrier. And, Wow! What happened?

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    1. ANONYMOUS: WARNING WE ARE IN AN OBAMA POLICE STATE ...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN7KWZwqFw4

      The truth is in this video!


      bob

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  14. Chaim Mordechai Rumkowski.
    was a Polish Jew and businessman who was appointed as the German Nazi-nominated head of the Ältestenrat ("Council of Elders"), or Jewish authorities in the Łódź Ghetto.

    Some remember him for his haunting and tragic speech,
    " . . . . Give Me Your Children" . . . .,
    in 1942, when the Germans insisted on deporting 20,000 children to death camps.

    He was also remembered as an autocrat and tyrant who built a personal empire within the ghetto.
    He made work the basis of survival and created profit for the Germans

    Chaim Mordechai Rumkowski was a Fifth Columnist.

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    1. Chaim Mordechai RumkowskiTue Dec 17, 10:43:00 AM EST


      " . . . . Give Me Your Children" . . . .

      The parents were only going to whore them out, it's what we do, part of our culture

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    2. Belgium: Senate Approves Measure Allowing Doctors to Euthanize Children

      This has nothing to do with Deuce's thead topic, but once more we are going to tea with the Mad Hatter. (Hater?...Hmm)

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    3. hat tip: allen

      "Spengler's Laws": "When a nation is reduced to selling its women, it's lost."


      Vered Lee Mon Dec 16, 11:34:00 AM EST

      Age of child prostitutes in Israel dropping, report finds

      Knesset study cites cases of 11-year-olds used for commercial sex that are among the several thousands of teenagers involved in prostitution.
      By Vered Lee

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.542420

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    1. December 11, 2013
      Israel’s war on the Bedouin: 1948 settled nothing

      Jonathan Cook says Israel views its plans to uproot thousands of Bedouin citizens from their homes in the Negev to deprived, overcrowded townships as part of the ethnic cleansing begun in 1948.

      http://www.redressonline.com/2013/12/israels-war-on-the-bedouin-proves-1948-settled-nothing/

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    1. December 08, 2013
      Canadian Protestant church joins boycott Israel campaign

      According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), Canada’s largest Protestant church has launched a campaign to boycott goods made in the occupied West Bank.
      The United Church of Canada campaign, dubbed
      “Unsettling Goods: Choose Peace in Palestine and Israel”,
      encourages “economic action” against three Israeli companies: Keter Plastic Ltd, SodaStream and Havana, which all have factories in the West Bank.

      “With these efforts, we join with many others striving to bring peace with justice to the Holy Land,” the church’s moderator, Gary Paterson, wrote in a November letter to church members announcing the launch of the campaign.

      Churchgoers are also urged to avoid retailers carrying the products, such as Canadian Tire, The Bay, Home Depot and Walmart.


      http://www.redressonline.com/2013/12/canadian-protestant-church-joins-boycott-israel-campaign/

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  17. The CBS presentation was, IMO, propaganda favoring the NSA. There is nothing new in CBS showing partiality to Democrat or liberal spokesmen. During this adminstration, this has been the rule for MSM generally.

    As Deuce and Quirk, among others, pointed out, the questions NOT asked are often, and in the instance certainly, much more important than those asked.

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    1. CBS Corporation (2006–present)

      Key people
      Leslie Moonves (Chairman of CBS),
      Nancy Tellem (President of CBS Network Television Entertainment)


      Leslie Moonves

      Moonves resides in Beverly Hills, California in a house he bought from his former co-worker Andrew Heyward. He also owns residences in New York City and Malibu.

      Moonves is a great-nephew of David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Moonves


      Nancy Tellem

      The daughter of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust,
      Tellem is married to sports agent Arn Tellem.
      The couple has three sons.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Tellem

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    2. Those two are the responsible parties at CBS, if their policies are offensive, to you ...

      Write 'em a letter.

      Boycott their programing.

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    3. You attacked them for being Jewish. Period. You are a racist. Period. Their race had nothing to do with the program...UNLESS...Dare I say, it? Illuminati...

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    4. What attack, post it, bring it forward if you can

      But you cannot, because there never was an 'attack'.

      All that was ever said about either is posted above.

      Ash - Fri Dec 13, 09:40:00 AM EST

      allen, either you have trouble understanding written English or you purposely lied.
      Which is it?




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    5. An Abusive Ad Hominem occurs when an attack on the character or other irrelevant personal qualities of the opposition is offered as evidence against their position.

      Such attacks are often effective distractions ("red herrings"), because the opponents feel it necessary to defend themselves, thus being distracted from the topic of the debate.

      Whenever the defenders of the indefensible ran out of rational arguments,
      personal attacks are rarely far behind.

      Personal or ad hominem attacks are fallacious arguments which serve as substitutes for that individual’s arguments. In football terminology, they play the player instead of the ball.

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    6. The notion of Judaism as a “race”, rather than a religion of various races, is without foundation.

      The results of a recently published study by Israeli-American geneticist Dr Eran Elhaik at John Hopkins University have scientifically and genetically validated Sand’s research

      The idea of a “nation race” was progressively developed and reinforced over centuries among segregated Jewish communities in Europe.

      With the rise of German nationalism in the 19th century, Jewish historian Heinrich Graetz “retrospectively” crafted a discrete identity for the ghettoized people –  mapping their origin to an old kingdom and wandering exiles.
      The exiles tales transpired from a Christian myth of “divine punishment” imposed on Jews for rejecting the new religion.

      The parable is likely to have originated from the Old Testament story of Jews wandering the desert for disobeying God and worshipping a golden calf.
      Christians propagated the concept of exile to lure “disobeying” Jews to the new religion, becoming their saviour from another eternal banishment.

      Modern political Zionism, which otherwise rejects the Christian Bible, adopted the untested story of “Jewish exile” to establish a mythical linkage between European Jews and the Middle East.

      But Jewish history tells us that the Romans did not expel the original Jews from Palestine when they crushed the Simon bar Kokhba revolt in 136 AD but instead barred them only from city of Jerusalem – and even then they were allowed to visit it during Tisha B’Av, the annual fasting day on the ninth day of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar.

      Under Christianity and during the Roman Empire a large number of native Jews converted to Christianity and, with the advent of Islam, most adopted the new religion and assimilated under the new power.

      In addition to the descendants of the Canaanites, the original denizens before patriarch Abraham’s arrival from Mesopotamia, Sand concludes that today’s Muslim and Christian Palestinians are actually the true progenies of the original Jews.

      http://www.redressonline.com/2013/02/the-myth-of-the-jewish-people/


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  18. Israel’s Ron Prosor: self-righteousness personified

    By Alan Hart

    In the song Mack the Knife there’s a line about a body on the sidewalk “oozing” life. Last night there was a body, a living one, oozing self-righteousness.

    It was not on the sidewalk. It was at the speaker’s podium in the General Assembly. It was that of His Excellency Mr Ron Prosor, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, presenting lies as truth before the vote which overwhelmingly recognized Palestine as a non-member observer state.

    Peace, he asserted, “is a central value of Israeli society”. He went on: “The Bible calls on us, ‘seek peace and pursue it’. Peace fills our art and poetry. It is a taught in our schools. It has been the goal of the Israeli people and every Israeli leader since Israel was re-established 64 years ago.”

    Israel “wants peace on its own terms, terms which require the surrender of the occupied and oppressed Palestinians to Zionism’s will…”

    What crap! (Dictionary definition: “excrement, rubbish, dirt, worthless nonsense”.)

    But am I being fair to Prosor?
    There’s a case for saying that I am not and it’s this.
    The Zionist (not Jewish) states does want peace, has always wanted peace.
    The problem is that it wants peace on its own terms,
    terms which require the surrender of the occupied and oppressed Palestinians to Zionism’s will;
    terms which give the them the choice of accepting a few crumbs from Zionism’s table
    or being removed from it in a final ethnic cleansing.


    http://www.redressonline.com/2012/11/israels-ron-prosor-personification-of-self-righteousness/

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  19. .

    ...Mad Hatter...

    You are an enabler Allen, as are WiO and Bob (and in the past, I include myself). By recognizing rat at all you feed his pathologies. I noticed when Bob was absent for a couple days recently the rat dropping were reduced significantly. I realize its not easy. Although the longer posts are easy to scroll by, it takes about the same time to read as to scroll by the shorter ones. And while most of the short ones are redundant (or their relevance confusing), it is still tempting to mock.

    Rat has become the endless loop, like the annoying static we see on older TVs when moved to a channel with no signal, his is the noise of the stream of ubiquitous microwave background radiation, cluttered and muddled, what some would call a rat's nest. The fact that the posts are in most cases merely redundant cut and paste adds to the effect. The rat and his posts contain their own entropy, initially loud and full of hot air they degrade to ambient temperature and soon will move to the inevitable death by ice.

    That is unless you keep throwing logs on the fire. He needs the attention. But, even when he offers up a meaningful post or link these days, it is usually lost in the clutter that he spews here daily. As I said, the impulse to mock can become overwhelming at times, but in fact you merely feed his pathology.

    .

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    1. Point well taken and well received.

      Delete

    2. When the Farmer Fudd is not present, the campaign against Farmer Fudd ceases.

      When the Fünfte Kolonne von Teamleitern posts, there will be a response, that response will be varied, dependent upon the content of the postings of the Fünfte Kolonne von Teamleitern.

      Any racist, misogynist, xenophobic remarks that are made by the Fünfte Kolonne von Teamleitern
      will be answered with posts about subjects that he seems to care most about.
      Sexual proclivities, archaic tribal religions and the state of Israel.

      Any post made by the Fünfte Kolonne von Teamleitern will be treated as suspect.

      The Fünfte Kolonne von Teamleitern suggested that the state of Israel would and should destroy civilization if they were forced to compromise their political trajectory away from apartheid and military domination of the region.
      That will neither be forgotten of forgiven.

      Game on, bitches.


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    3. Ah the closet nazi speaks.

      Merry CHRISTMAS to you!

      Burn in hell asshole.

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    4. WiO,

      How is business for you this time of year? Just curious, given the nature of your much needed products. Best

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  20. Expect this when holes are punched in the 4th Amendment by the SCOTUS.

    Motorist checkpoint in Reading draws questions

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    1. Theodore RooseveltTue Dec 17, 01:38:00 PM EST


      The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic.

      He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real
      heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American.”

      Theodore Roosevelt

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  21. .

    An issue separate from Obamacare yet still important.

    The Death of Obama's "Noble Lie"

    The disastrous ObamaCare rollout unmasks liberalism's paternalistic dishonesty.


    http://reason.com/archives/2013/12/16/the-death-of-obamas-noble-lie

    .

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    1. Obamacare Navigators tell applicants to LIE about their income and smoking habits to get a better deal, report reveals

      'Navigators from the Urban League of Dallas were captured on video,' committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa reported, 'encouraging applicants to lie on their health insurance application so the applicants could qualify for tax subsidies.'


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    2. But there is one thing that a health care system cannot be. It cannot be everything for everyone.It cannot simultaneously be 1) universal, 2) comprehensive, and 3) affordable.This is the impossible trinity of objectives.

      If it is universal and comprehensive, it is prohibitively expensive and hence unaffordable.
      The only way to make it universal and affordable is to ration services, but then the system is not comprehensive.
      If it is comprehensive and affordable, it can be such only for those who can afford it, and hence not universal.
      The problem with ObamaCare is not the broken promises. The problem is that it is inherently undeliverable.

      ObamaCare tried to defy nature, nature pushed back, and the edifice self-destructs.

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  22. Why in the Hell can’t the Army do it if the Marines can; they are all the same kind of men, why can’t they be like Marines?
    —In a letter to HQMC, dated 12 Feb. 1918, concerning a inspection of Marines by Gen John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, CinC, AEF

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    1. Henric Ştefan Streitman was a Romanian Jew, a journalist, translator and political figure,
      who traversed the political spectrum from socialism to the far right.

      He was a physicist, social commentator and publisher,
      known for both his polemical stances and his erudition.

      Streitman turned to Nazi collaborationism during World War II,
      serving the NAZI cause becoming president of the Central Jewish Office.

      Henric Ştefan Streitman was a Fifth Columnist.

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    1. “Everybody must have a fantasy.”

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  24. Their fiery advance and great tenacity were well recognized by their opponents.
    —LtCol Ernst Otto, Historical Section of the German Army writing about U.S. Marines in the fighting at in 1918 Belleau Wood, France

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    1. Józef Andrzej Szeryński. was a Polish-Jewish police-colonel inspector.
      Working in the Lublin district and as the commander of the Jewish Ghetto Police during the Second World War.
      Born Józef Szenkman to a Jewish family.
      Becoming a collaborator with the Nazis following the invasion of Poland.
      In August 1942, Szeryński survived being shot twice in an assassination attemptS

      Józef Andrzej Szeryński was a Fifth Columnist.

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  25. “There were Northwesterners with straw-colored hair … and delicately spoken chaps with the stamp of the Eastern universities on them. There were large-boned fellows from Pacific-coast lumber camps, and tall, lean Southerners who swore amazingly in gentle, drawling voices. There were husky farmers from the corn-belt, and youngsters who had sprung, as it were, to arms from the necktie counter. And there were also a number of diverse people who ran curiously to type, with drilled shoulders and a bone-deep sunburn, and a tolerant scorn of nearly everything on earth. …

    “They were the Leathernecks … the old breed of American regular, regarding the service as home and war as an occupation; and they transmitted their temper and character and view-point into the high-hearted volunteer mass which filled the ranks of the Marine Brigade.

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  26. desert rat is an asshole.

    Deuce ought to ban him, or put it up to a vote.

    He is ruining this blog.

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    1. Eventually, he will strangle on the bile of his self-hatred. Quirk has made an excellent point, let him be. Without fuel to feed his obsessions, he will go elsewhere.

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    2. The key question is the identification of a regime that practices systematic oppression and domination by one group over another.

      How then does it apply to Israel?

      To answer that, we need to clarify another concept: Israel.

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

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

      The state controls the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, ruling over eight million rights-bearing citizens (75% of whom are Jews) and four million Palestinian subjects denied civil and political rights. Millions of Palestinian refugees (who were born in the territory or whose direct ancestors were) cannot set foot in their homeland, let alone determine its political future as citizens.

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    3. 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.


      bobbo

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    4. Banning is impossible, Google will not allow it.

      That was well established ...
      Back when 'Bob' used to post the most vile misogynistic bull shit imaginable.

      Have a vote, it will no effect, no more so than a Security Council Resolution has on Israel.

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  27. All of this report needs to be served with a cup of salt. There are NO good guys in Syria. Let them fight it out like scorpions, to the death.

    I am deeply concerned about the capture of a warehouse by "their rebels", supplied by the US for "our rebels" The concern evidenced by DoD spokespersons over the capture of American supplies makes me wonder what were those supplies.

    REPORT: SYRIAN REBELS THROW CIVILIANS IN OVENS

    "The situation was terrible -- with killing, atrocities, and fear as the background. Unidentified armed men came into town, but it was obvious that they were Jabhat al-Nusra militants," Muhammad Al-Said told the Russian news channel. "The worst crime they committed was that they toasted people in ovens used to bake bread when those people came to buy it. They kidnapped and beat up many."

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    1. Spector is a good guy, but he's a nut. Ha, ha, ha! You know, I love him, but he's unpredictable.
      He's OK as long as he don't drink.

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  28. Why does Israel have operatives in the US?

    In 2012, there were 34,139 Saudi students enrolled in American universities. Polling shows that significant numbers have no interest in making friends with their classmates and many express private statements openly hostile to the US. Eventually, most will return to the old neighborhood, where they might become Israel's problem.

    This would also explain, in part, why Israel would do R&D for NSA. Through use of NSA's assets, Israel can monitor America's Saudi student guests easily. It can also connect dots from these sources to international dots. Israel is looking for links. See: LINKED (2003), Barabasi.

    Record number of foreign students in U.S.

    It would be reasonable to ask why Israel does not leave such internal matters to the US. As some may recall, on two occasions the Russians called US counterparts and advised them to take heed of the lead Boston bomber. Now, when the Russians go to this much trouble, one ought to pay attention. Did the FBI? The Boston police say, no.

    Not to be rude, but affirmative action does not seem to produce either a workable health care delivery system or good intelligence. But, if you are happy with your bueaucrats, you can keep your bueaucrats.

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    1. Home Demolitions: By the Numbers

      Since 1967, Israel has destroyed approximately 27,000 Palestinian structures in the occupied territories
      (the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip), including more than 24,000 homes, according to ICAHD.

      Since the renewal of negotiations in August 2013, Israel has destroyed approximately 25 Palestinian homes,
      in addition to dozens of other structures, leaving approximately 200 people homeless.

      According to the UN, between January and September 2013, 862 Palestinians were displaced by Israeli demolitions,
      compared to 886 (including 468 children) in all of 2012.

      In 2012, a total of 600 Palestinian structures were demolished by Israel in the occupied territories,
      including at least 189 homes, according to ICAHD.
      This figure doesn’t include “self-demolitions” whereby Palestinians destroy their own homes ...
      rather than have Israel do it and charge them an additional fine.


      One Bedouin village, Al-Araqib, in the Negev desert in the south of Israel, has been destroyed more than 50 times by Israel since July 2010.

      Between 2005 and 2012, Israel demolished approximately 1500 Palestinian homes due to owners lacking hard-to-obtain construction permits.

      Between 1993 and 2000, when the Oslo Accords were being negotiated between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization,
      Israel destroyed almost 1700 Palestinian homes in the occupied territories.

      Immediately following Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza in 1967,
      approximately 6000 Palestinian homes were demolished, including four entire villages in the Latrun area,
      along with dozens of homes in the Mughrabi Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City,
      which were destroyed to make way for a plaza for the Western Wall.

      In 1971, between 2000 and 6000 Palestinian homes were destroyed in Gaza in an effort to pacify the newly occupied territory.

      During Israel’s creation (1948-49),
      Zionist and then Israeli forces expelled approximately 750,000 Palestinian Arabs from their ancestral lands
      in order to create a Jewish majority state of Israel.

      In the process, more than 400 Palestinian population centers were systematically destroyed, including thousands of homes, businesses, and houses of worship.

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    2. One Bedouin village, Al-Araqib, in the Negev desert in the south of Israel, has been destroyed more than 50 times by Israel since July 2010.


      LOL Love that line...

      Still makes me laugh out loud..

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    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 ....


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  29. Borderland Beat Reporter ChivisTue Dec 17, 04:23:00 PM EST


    The Moving Target, on the Trail of Chapito Isidro


    Chapito Isidro: A Moving Target- RioDoce

    After being placed on the most-wanted list by the United States, the objective of capturing him does not stop.

    The Mochis. - the morning of October 13, in Nayarit, it was announced that the federal Government had launched an offensive to capture the leader of the organization.
    Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, “El Chapo Isidro”, was on the verge of being captured that morning during the posboda (post wedding celebration) of one of his sisters, who was celebrating her wedding in the paradise resort of Santa María de el Oro.

    The wedding was on Saturday and the posboda that night, the organized crime leader was a no-show. Isidro is one of the most wanted by the governments of Mexico and the United States.

    But at midnight Sunday he arrived at the fandango, finding the celebration continuing with banda music and the musical company of the popular folk minstrel of the narcos, Remmy Valenzuela.

    Two hours after Isidro Meza arrived on the scene, ground vehicles and helicopters arrived with elements of the Marina, provoking a confrontation, resulting in a singer by the name of Remigio Alejandro Valenzuela Buelna sustaining injuries.

    An alleged gunman died in the conflict,
    in addition to the arrest of at least seven municipal police forces who were guarding the celebration venue.

    In fact, anonymous sources consulted in Guasave, el Chapito Isidro was also injured,
    with two bullet wounds, although he managed to escape.

    In January 2013, the Department of the Treasury of the United States listed Meza Flores and several of his family and alleged accomplices as part of a criminal organization (Kingpin Designation Act).

    With that, the U.S. Government officially gave, the category of most wanted criminal organization which they identify as a rival of the Sinaloa cartel, headed by Joaquín el Chapo Guzmán.

    Also identified as a leader of that cartel is Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, el Chapito Isidro, and the list included seven members of his family and three companies within the criminal group.

    According to the press release, the Meza Flores group emerged in Guasave, Sinaloa,
    and since the decade of 2000 to 2010, they are responsible for smuggling into the United States
    large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and cocaine, according to the information office.

    Since then, they have been in violent conflict with the Sinaloa cartel,
    led by the most wanted drug trafficker in Mexico, El Chapo Guzman,
    which has resulted in many deaths in the State.

    In addition to the leader of the cartel, the Treasury Department recognized as drug traffickers;
    the wife of Meza Flores, Araceli Chan Inzunza;
    his father, Fausto Isidro Meza;
    the mother, Angelina Flores;
    his sister, Flor Angely Meza,
    and uncles Agustin Flores Apodaca, arrested last July in Sinaloa county; Salome Flores, and Pánfilo Flores.

    http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2013/12/the-moving-target-on-trail-of-chapito.html

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    1. Borderland Beat Reporter ChivisTue Dec 17, 04:31:00 PM EST

      The Hostilities

      The Northern part of the state is one of the most patrolled by federal forces,
      predominantly by the army. This has led to clashes between military forces and criminal groups.

      Just ten days ago, a clash between soldiers and gunmen took place in the district of El Burrión,
      Guasave, one of the bastions of the organization that El Chapo Isidro controls.

      They seized guns, an armored vehicle, and a tiger that, according to the locals, goes by the name of Bruno. It was a warning.

      The morning of Thursday December, 12th Ignacio Gonzalez Peñuelas,”Nacho”,
      brother of Jesus Chuy Gonzalez Peñuelas,
      considered number two in the criminal structure of the Guasave BLO cell by local law enforcement authorities, was arrested in a shootout with soldiers, in their home area of Batamote, Guasave.

      El Nacho, alleged chief of the Guasave killings and who allegedly controlled drug sales,
      collection of piso de plaza (extortion fees), and dozens of assassins,
      this according to statements given by low level dealers arrested previously.

      He had the zone under his control and influence and he was responsible for the area from the field 38, in Juan José Ríos, up to the limits of the municipality of Sinaloa, to the West of the international highway Mexico 15.

      At the time of his arrest, there was an arrest issued against him for federal crime.
      The criminal charge was not revealed.

      Gonzalez Peñuelas, lost his freedom along with their accomplices,
      Marcos Eduardo Félix Arredondo,
      José Cruz Pérez Vega and
      Hugo Moreno Sarmiento,
      Moreno was transferred for medical attention to a hospital that for security reasons was not disclosed, Attorney general of Justice of the State, Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez revealed at a press conference.

      Alejandro Rivera Montoya, identified by an identification he was carrying on his person,
      died in the military operation.
      However, his identity will be confirmed by those claiming the body and the testimonials of the bereaved.
      He was dead in the Miguel Hidalgo Street opposite the 04872 post and a drain,
      where initiated and concluded the fight with military forces.

      Also seized at the site was armament of conventional war:
      nine offensive grenades caliber. 40,
      four hand (fragmentation) grenade,
      a rifle Barret caliber 50 mm,
      a rifle HK-19,
      two AK-47 rifles known as "goat horn",
      a carbine AR-15,
      a 10 gauge rifle, and a Magnum revolver caliber. 45,
      as well as nearly three thousand cartridges for the seized weapons,
      some of them expansive, three vehicles and 15 kilos of narcotics.

      According to the facts narrated in inquiry that the Attorney General of Justice of the State initiated through the crime of homicide, the end of Nacho González and his group,
      began around 11:40 hours of Thursday 12 December when a military command noticed a group of suspicious people.

      With assault weapons they gunned down the soldiers, who repelled the assault.
      A pursuit ensued that culminated at a house,
      where the four subjects were arrested and a fifth individual died.

      After the fact, the Batamote area was cordoned off by dozens of ministerial,
      municipal and effective military.

      In the evening, calm returned to the village.

      Higuera Gomez was reserved in establishing of which criminal group the detainee and his accomplices belonged, as the public prosecutor of the Republic is required to make this clear,
      he retains the case since weapons and drugs were detected. "We only act for the reported killing, and described here is what the agent of the public prosecutor of the common jurisdiction had before.

      He did not reveal the possibility that the detained group had participated in the killing of policemen in several ambushes perpetrated in the municipality of Guasave, Sinaloa, and a home, and the summary executions of civilians.

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  30. What do France, England, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Canada, Australia, All of the Scandinavian countries, and, in fact, every other major industrialized country in the world have in common?

    Excellent healthcare for All of their citizens, of course.

    And, even more interesting, none of those countries have seemed to have had any problems with "Affordability." We probably won't, here, either - inasmuch as the CBO has stated that the Obamacare law is Budget Positive.

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    1. The Canadians come here, or used to, for their health care, and go to Switzerland when it's time to die.

      Soon they will come here when it's time to die, and go to Israel for the high tech operations to stay alive.

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    2. In the case of England, you might want to check out a report from last week from the UK about what surprise inspections by the Health Ministry discovered.

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    3. “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

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    4. You can find anecdotes to support any issue, but the fact is, those national healthcare systems are outrageously popular in All of those countries; and England, and Canada are not exceptions.

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    5. Public unhappy with NHS - poll

      Nearly two thirds of those surveyed said they reckoned the NHS was "in somewhat failing health" or "very poorly indeed".

      "In actual fact what's happened in Europe is that the amount, the percentage of spending to the proportion of national income has remained roughly constant in the last 10 years."


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    6. The latest U.S. Inspection found that 50,000,000 Americans (1/6th of the population) didn't have ANY insurance, and, as a result, were Very Much at risk, constantly.

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    7. I guess the good news is, Obamacare does Not follow the NHS model, but more closely resembles, in fact, is indirectly patterned on, what is arguably the best healthcare system in the world - the Swiss model.

      Of course, the British model would probably work better if they spent anywhere near as much on healthcare as we do (we spend about twice as much as they do.)

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    8. I was shocked to learn of the lack of growth in funding for the NHS. How does one control buearucrats?

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    9. Whether the ACA lives or dies, the US is going to have to address a real and significant problem.

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    10. We have some serious problems coming down the pike, but healthcare isn't going to be one of them. Obamacare fixes that.

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      Budget positive? I know what it means I just can't believe you said it.

      Good Lord. Is that what we will be hearing next from the Dems?

      :)

      Sounds like something General Alexander would say or Nathan Thurm. No the ACA will save money yes.

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    12. If you know what it means, and you know the CBO stated it, what is so unbelievable about me saying it?

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    13. In fact, due to the idiot republican governors that are denying 5 Million people access to Federal-funded expanded Medicaid, Obamacare will be even more positive - I'm guessing somewhere over $25 Billion/yr more budget-positive.

      And, that's not counting the lower subsidies that the feds will be paying as a result of the premiums coming in 15% Lower than expected.

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      I assume you are talking of the story where the CBO estimate was coming in like $190 billion or something like that under the Obama budget estimate. What is left out of the equation (correct me if I am wrong) is that the budget they are talking of was off of a base that recognized the increase in the CBO estimate of $800-$900 billion that took place in 2011 that just about doubled the 10 year cost of the ACA.

      Budget positive to my mind is like one of those neologisms they come up with in D.C., a place where you can spend hundreds of billions more than you did the year before and you can still call it a 'budget cut'.

      To some in the real world it is funny. Not ha ha funny but funny nonetheless.

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    15. . . . what is so unbelievable about me saying it?

      “Everything in life seems unreal.”
      ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


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  31. The notion of Judaism as a “race”, rather than a religion of various races, is without foundation.

    The results of a recently published study by Israeli-American geneticist Dr Eran Elhaik at John Hopkins University have scientifically and genetically validated Sand’s research

    The idea of a “nation race” was progressively developed and reinforced over centuries among segregated Jewish communities in Europe.

    With the rise of German nationalism in the 19th century, Jewish historian Heinrich Graetz “retrospectively” crafted a discrete identity for the ghettoized people –  mapping their origin to an old kingdom and wandering exiles.
    The exiles tales transpired from a Christian myth of “divine punishment” imposed on Jews for rejecting the new religion.

    The parable is likely to have originated from the Old Testament story of Jews wandering the desert for disobeying God and worshipping a golden calf.
    Christians propagated the concept of exile to lure “disobeying” Jews to the new religion, becoming their saviour from another eternal banishment.

    Modern political Zionism, which otherwise rejects the Christian Bible, adopted the untested story of “Jewish exile” to establish a mythical linkage between European Jews and the Middle East.

    But Jewish history tells us that the Romans did not expel the original Jews from Palestine when they crushed the Simon bar Kokhba revolt in 136 AD but instead barred them only from city of Jerusalem – and even then they were allowed to visit it during Tisha B’Av, the annual fasting day on the ninth day of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar.

    Under Christianity and during the Roman Empire a large number of native Jews converted to Christianity and, with the advent of Islam, most adopted the new religion and assimilated under the new power.

    In addition to the descendants of the Canaanites, the original denizens before patriarch Abraham’s arrival from Mesopotamia, Sand concludes that today’s Muslim and Christian Palestinians are actually the true progenies of the original Jews.

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  32. THE AMERICANS WITH NO ABILITIES ACT

    President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats are considering sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many Americans.

    The Americans With No Abilities Act (AWNA) is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition.

    "Many Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society," said California Sen. Barbara Boxer. "We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and passed over."

    With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they know what they are doing."

    In a Capitol Hill press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pointed to the success of the U.S. Postal Service, which has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance.

    At the state government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has an excellent record of hiring people with no abilities (63 percent).

    Under AWNA, more than 25 million mid-level positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing a sense of purpose without the distraction of any performance.

    Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be given to guarantee upward mobility for even the most unremarkable employees.

    The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of Inability (POI) into middle-management positions, and gives a tax credit to small and medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two talented hires.

    Finally, AWNA contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the non-abled, banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions such as, "Do you have any skills or experience that relate to this job?"

    "As a non-abled person, I can't be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them," said Billy Joe Gertz, who lost his position as a lug-nut twister at the GM plant in Flint, Michigan, due to his inability to remember "righty tighty, lefty loosey." Gertz continued, "This new law should be real good for people like me. I'll finally have job security." With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions of others will finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Said Sen. Dick Durbin: "As a senator with no former private service abilities, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with no abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her attitude, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation and a good salary for doing so."

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    1. I swear, this has nothing to do with Obamacare; it just came up on facebook and I ROFL.

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    2. Ash - Fri Dec 13, 09:40:00 AM EST

      allen, either you have trouble understanding written English or you purposely lied.
      Which is it?

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  33. Congress Passes the Americans with No Abilities Act

    The Onion

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    1. I thought Congress was already covered.

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    2. That is what you get for thinking.

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    3. I'm thinking the Act is custom made for you, Whackopath.

      You have no talents of any kind, and take up space.

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    4. William ShakespeareTue Dec 17, 06:46:00 PM EST


      “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
      It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
      The meat it feeds on.”

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    5. Envy is for people who don’t have the self-esteem to be jealous.

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  35. Kim Jong-Un Named The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive For 2012

    Since Lil Kim is machine-gunning people right and left (including a girlfriend - and I thought George Zimmerman had issues) may I respectfully suggest his barber next.

    Sharp Dressed Man

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    1. When he reached adulthood, how many living playmates had he?

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  36. Low Inflation Tests World's Central Banks
    Wall Street Journal - ‎

    Inflation is slowing across the developed world despite ultralow interest rates and unprecedented money-printing campaigns, posing a dilemma for the Federal Reserve and other major central banks as they plot their next policy moves.


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    1. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Gold prices were dropping Tuesday as an inflation indicator showed little change in consumer prices. The consumer price index for November was unchanged, while core inflation -- excluding food and energy -- rose just 0.2%.

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    2. Remember President Gerald Ford and the WHIP campaign, Whip Inflation Now.

      It looks like Berry got it done, god damn it!


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    3. A Platinum Billion Piece in every Pot.

      ...and a Free Healthcare Chaser.

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    4. You ought to be happy there is socialized medicine, doug. Happy that pre-existing conditions are no longer an impediment to obtaining health insurance, or you would be without it.

      Without that government intervention in the market place, you would be out of the market and out of luck if you became seriously, or even moderately ill. A hernia fix is $15,000. A new hip is $250,000 & you and I just paid for Farmer Fudd's hip replacement and he is not appreciative of it. Not at all...


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  37. The child is saved by the security guard miliseconds before he hits the ground and hurts himself

    The real miracle here is how anything as mind-numbingly stupid and incompetent as the "TSA" Jerk on the right can still be alive.

    I'd shoot the bastard and save The World the pain and suffering.

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  38. Business Insider Reports: The National Security Agency described for the first time a cataclysmic cyber threat it claims to have stopped On Sunday's '60 Minutes.' Called a BIOS attack, the exploit would have ruined, or 'bricked,' computers across the country, causing untold damage to the national and even global economy. Even more shocking, CBS goes as far as to point a finger directly at China for the plot — 'While the NSA would not name the country behind it, cyber security experts briefed on the operation told us it was China.' The NSA says it closed this vulnerability by working with computer manufacturers. Debora Plunkett, director of cyber defense for the NSA: One of our analysts actually saw that the nation state had the intention to develop and to deliver — to actually use this capability — to destroy computers."

    Whistleblower my ass.

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    1. You blow whistles with your ass?
      I've got a whistle right here, you could blow me with that cute little ass you've got

      My niece won't mind, honest


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  39. Some idiot here wanted to put this Slave culture in the NATO Alliance, what a fool he is.

    India removes US Embassy security barriers in spat
    Reuters

    NEW DELHI/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Indian police removed concrete security barriers outside the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday in apparent retaliation for the treatment of an Indian diplomat who was strip-searched after her arrest in New York last ...


    Woman takes her slave, the 'bondservant' to New York, and is arrested for it.
    Oh, the outrage it created in India, home of 13 million slaves


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    3. Indian diplomat arrested in US for hiring domestic help by giving false info


      See the large red dot between her eyes, representing her "third eye" and caste? That is the badge of apartheid.

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    4. Apartheid societies are the types of cultures that Farmer Fudd wants the United States to commit both blood and treasure to protect and defend.

      That's why he's a Fudd, a faux farmer and misogynist.


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  40. Allen: How do I change the font color on my links? Having tried several approaches, I am having no success.

    Theoretically, it would be (in the case of yellow text for example) <font color="#ffff00">YELLOW TEXT</font> but Blogger says "Your HTML cannot be accepted: Tag is not allowed: FONT" so we're S.o.L.

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    1. Drop this in Google's Friendly Search Box:

      "Mukasey nsa"

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    2. Mukasey: Judge's NSA ruling was a 'mistake'
      Fox News ‎- 10 hours ago
      Former U.S. attorney general defends collection of phone data.

      Michael Mukasey: Leaking Secrets Empowers Terrorists - WSJ.com

      So, there is another fuckin' fascist Fudd from DC. This one named 'Mukasey'


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    3. The opinion is unlikely to withstand appeal. While the judge had a fun time with theatrics, some good attorneys say his reasoning was unsound. Hopefully, judge #2 did better.

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    4. Doug,

      This took my breath away! It says all that needs saying.

      Michael Mukasey's father was born near Baranavichy in Belarus (then in Russian Empire) and emigrated to the U.S. in 1921. Michael Mukasey was born in the Bronx in 1941. Mukasey graduated in 1959 from the Ramaz School, a Modern Orthodox Jewish prep school in Manhattan. His wife, Susan, was later a teacher and headmistress of the lower school at Ramaz, and both of their children (Marc and Jessica) attended the school.

      He is foolishly trying to put lipstick on a pig or he is terribly ill-informed on the NSA matter and Mr. Snowden.

      Re: Mr. Snowden

      He is a genius, my earlier snark notwithstanding. At least that is my hope; otherwise, we have some high cranial density fellows in intel. Ambivalence best defines my present state of opinion referencing Mr. Snowden. However things break for him, he will spend the rest of his life looking over his shoulder. He will have no peace.

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    5. So how did you get the tags to stick in your Comment???

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  41. Senate Dems vote to cut pensions for vets instead of welfare for illegals...
    Disabled military retirees NOT exempt...

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    Rufus doubles down on his support for his Socialist Comrades.

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    1. ...did a link on it yesterday...Ryan is my hero...He is only going to cut the benefits a little, he says. How kind. But 12 Senate Repubs joined the Dems today to move it into law.

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    2. Because they want to keep their eyes on the prize, November 2014.

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  42. Replies
    1. That is just another 'racist' attack on Judaism, you should be ASHAMED!

      But, you still could blow my whistle, that'd be a good thing.
      I could drive to Seattle ...


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    2. Teresita,

      Re: Jewess Jeans

      ...cute... :-) And, yes, as most Jewish men will agree, there are J.A.P.s.

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    3. You don't have to be Jewish.

      "But it wouldn't hurt!"

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    4. "He's not breathing!"

      "Give him some chicken soup!"

      No, he's dead!"

      "Give him some chicken soup. It can't hurt."

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    5. Given the number of blonde Jewish ladies these days, from 12 - 92, I am surprised no manufacturer of hair coloring has jumped on the bandwagon.

      What would you call it? "Naturally Nordic"?

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  43. (CNSNEWS) — Roger Waters, formerly of 1970s rock giant Pink Floyd, told Counterpunch Magazine in an interview earlier this month that he maintains a cultural boycott of Israel because of their government’s “ethnic cleansing” and is a “racist apartheid … regime.”

    Waters is a big proponent for pro-Palestinian causes. The man best known for Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall spoke last year at the United Nations General Assembly as Palestinians won recognition from the world body as a non-observer state.

    In an interview printed Dec. 6, Waters spoke with Frank Barat of Counterpunch magazine about his latest tour and his cultural boycott of his Israel, where he calls the Israeli government a “racist apartheid… regime” and said that the “The Jewish lobby” in the music industry is the reason that other like-minded people are not willing to speak up.

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    1. ...saw that earlier...Have a look at my link of the Indian diplomat (9:05 PM), with her "red dot". The caste system and slavery thrive in India, but Walters' political views may have taken him no further east than Jerusalem.

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    2. Apparently, going by the information from Waters in the lyrics of The Final Cut, his father was at Anzio and was part of a force of Tommies that were sacrificed to allow a larger force to be pulled out in the face of a breakout by German tiger tanks. And this translated to a lifetime of bitterness by Waters that he lost his daddy in the Big One. Me, if I had a similar story to tell, I'd stand up and tell it in pride.

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    3. His loss must have been devastating, but what does that have to do with the Palestinians?

      I would think there would be pride, unless he believes that Britain's refusal to buckle to fascism was a mistake and his father's death a waste. Germany had many, many supporters in both the UK and the US. Madison Square Garden was the site of huge pro-German rallies prior to the war. Then there was the cordial relationship between Britain's former king and the Chancellor of Germany. I must not forget Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh.

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    4. Roger Waters was too young to remember his father, all he knows is he grew up without one, and found a letter of condolences from His Majesty in a dresser drawer one day. He's a typical Baby Boomer, it's all about "Me", and he has nothing in common with the generation that fought in the war. I was born in 1965 so I'm in the senior class of X'ers, and thank God.

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    5. So how did you sneak your font tags in your comment?

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    6. Yes, you should.

      We Boomers are not going to come out well in history. As a generation, we have given much to the world. However, in the process we cynically tore up the foundations of longlived cultural institutions and failed to replace them with anything other than feel-good platitudes. Our children are now left to reinvent wheels.

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    7. Doug,

      I saw one of mine had been changed to red. How it happend, I do not know, but wish I did.

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