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Saturday, June 06, 2015

The US Governments’s War of Terror Against The American Taxpayer and Other Less Fortunates

The AUMF (The “Authorization of the Use of Military Force”) was a bill passed in the immediate wake of 9/11 and authorized the President of the United States to use all “necessary and appropriate force” against those who had aided the terrorists responsible for the attacks. In the nearly 15 years since its passage, the US has found itself involved in a never-ending war on terror, which presents increasingly complex ethical, legal, and strategic challenges.



The U.S. Has Only Been At Peace For 21 Years Total Since Its Birth


In 2011, Danios wrote:
 Below, I have reproduced a year-by-year timeline of America’s wars, which reveals something quite interesting: since the United States was founded in 1776, she has been at war during 214 out of her 235 calendar years of existence.  In other words, there were only 21 calendar years in which the U.S. did not wage any wars.
To put this in perspective:
* Pick any year since 1776 and there is about a 91% chance that America was involved in some war during that calendar year.
* No U.S. president truly qualifies as a peacetime president.  Instead, all U.S. presidents can technically be considered “war presidents.”
* The U.S. has never gone a decade without war.
* The only time the U.S. went five years without war (1935-40) was during the isolationist period of the Great Depression.
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Here is a graphic depiction of U.S. wars:
And here is the year-by-year timeline of America’s major wars:
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Year-by-year Timeline of America’s Major Wars (1776-2011)

1776 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamagua Wars, Second Cherokee War, Pennamite-Yankee War
1777 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Second Cherokee War, Pennamite-Yankee War
1778 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War
1779 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War
1780 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War
1781 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War
1782 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War
1783 – American Revolutionary War, Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War
1784 – Chickamauga Wars, Pennamite-Yankee War, Oconee War
1785 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War
1786 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War
1787 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War
1788 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War
1789 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War
1790 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War
1791 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War
1792 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War
1793 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War
1794 – Chickamauga Wars, Northwest Indian War
1795 – Northwest Indian War
1796 – No major war
1797 – No major war
1798 – Quasi-War
1799 – Quasi-War
1800 – Quasi-War
1801 – First Barbary War
1802 – First Barbary War
1803 – First Barbary War
1804 – First Barbary War
1805 – First Barbary War
1806 – Sabine Expedition
1807 – No major war
1808 – No major war
1809 – No major war
1810 – U.S. occupies Spanish-held West Florida
1811 – Tecumseh’s War
1812 – War of 1812, Tecumseh’s War, Seminole Wars, U.S. occupies Spanish-held Amelia Island and other parts of East Florida
1813 – War of 1812, Tecumseh’s War, Peoria War, Creek War, U.S. expands its territory in West Florida
1814 – War of 1812, Creek War, U.S. expands its territory in Florida, Anti-piracy war
1815 – War of 1812, Second Barbary War, Anti-piracy war
1816 – First Seminole War, Anti-piracy war
1817 – First Seminole War, Anti-piracy war
1818 – First Seminole War, Anti-piracy war
1819 – Yellowstone Expedition, Anti-piracy war
1820 – Yellowstone Expedition, Anti-piracy war
1821 – Anti-piracy war (see note above)
1822 – Anti-piracy war (see note above)
1823 – Anti-piracy war, Arikara War
1824 – Anti-piracy war
1825 – Yellowstone Expedition, Anti-piracy war
1826 – No major war
1827 – Winnebago War
1828 – No major war
1829 – No major war
1830 – No major war 
1831 – Sac and Fox Indian War
1832 – Black Hawk War
1833 – Cherokee Indian War
1834 – Cherokee Indian War, Pawnee Indian Territory Campaign
1835 – Cherokee Indian War, Seminole Wars, Second Creek War
1836 – Cherokee Indian War, Seminole Wars, Second Creek War, Missouri-Iowa Border War
1837 – Cherokee Indian War, Seminole Wars, Second Creek War, Osage Indian War, Buckshot War
1838 – Cherokee Indian War, Seminole Wars, Buckshot War, Heatherly Indian War
1839 – Cherokee Indian War, Seminole Wars
1840 – Seminole Wars, U.S. naval forces invade Fiji Islands
1841 – Seminole Wars, U.S. naval forces invade McKean Island, Gilbert Islands, and Samoa
1842 – Seminole Wars
1843 – U.S. forces clash with Chinese, U.S. troops invade African coast
1844 – Texas-Indian Wars
1845 – Texas-Indian Wars
1846 – Mexican-American War, Texas-Indian Wars
1847 – Mexican-American War, Texas-Indian Wars
1848 – Mexican-American War, Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War
1849 – Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians
1850 – Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Yuma War, California Indian Wars, Pitt River Expedition
1851 – Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, Yuma War, Utah Indian Wars, California Indian Wars
1852 – Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Yuma War, Utah Indian Wars, California Indian Wars
1853 – Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Yuma War, Utah Indian Wars, Walker War, California Indian Wars
1854 – Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians
1855 – Seminole Wars, Texas-Indian Wars, Cayuse War, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Yakima War, Winnas Expedition, Klickitat War, Puget Sound War, Rogue River Wars, U.S. forces invade Fiji Islands and Uruguay
1856 – Seminole Wars, Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, California Indian Wars, Puget Sound War, Rogue River Wars, Tintic War
1857 – Seminole Wars, Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, California Indian Wars, Utah War, Conflict in Nicaragua
1858 – Seminole Wars, Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Mohave War, California Indian Wars, Spokane-Coeur d’Alene-Paloos War, Utah War, U.S. forces invade Fiji Islands and Uruguay
1859 Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, California Indian Wars, Pecos Expedition, Antelope Hills Expedition, Bear River Expedition, John Brown’s raid, U.S. forces launch attack against Paraguay, U.S. forces invade Mexico
1860 – Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Paiute War, Kiowa-Comanche War
1861 – American Civil War, Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Cheyenne Campaign
1862 – American Civil War, Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Cheyenne Campaign, Dakota War of 1862,
1863 – American Civil War, Texas-Indian Wars, Southwest Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Cheyenne Campaign, Colorado War, Goshute War
1864 – American Civil War, Texas-Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Cheyenne Campaign, Colorado War, Snake War
1865 – American Civil War, Texas-Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Colorado War, Snake War, Utah’s Black Hawk War
1866 – Texas-Indian Wars, Navajo Wars, Apache Wars, California Indian Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Snake War, Utah’s Black Hawk War, Red Cloud’s War, Franklin County War, U.S. invades Mexico, Conflict with China
1867 – Texas-Indian Wars, Long Walk of the Navajo, Apache Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Snake War, Utah’s Black Hawk War, Red Cloud’s War, Comanche Wars, Franklin County War, U.S. troops occupy Nicaragua and attack Taiwan
1868 – Texas-Indian Wars, Long Walk of the Navajo, Apache Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Snake War, Utah’s Black Hawk War, Red Cloud’s War, Comanche Wars, Battle of Washita River, Franklin County War
1869 – Texas-Indian Wars, Apache Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Utah’s Black Hawk War, Comanche Wars, Franklin County War
1870 – Texas-Indian Wars, Apache Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Utah’s Black Hawk War, Comanche Wars, Franklin County War
1871 – Texas-Indian Wars, Apache Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Utah’s Black Hawk War, Comanche Wars, Franklin County War, Kingsley Cave Massacre, U.S. forces invade Korea
1872 – Texas-Indian Wars, Apache Wars, Utah’s Black Hawk War, Comanche Wars, Modoc War, Franklin County War
1873 – Texas-Indian Wars, Comanche Wars, Modoc War, Apache Wars, Cypress Hills Massacre, U.S. forces invade Mexico
1874 – Texas-Indian Wars, Comanche Wars, Red River War, Mason County War, U.S. forces invade Mexico
1875 – Conflict in Mexico, Texas-Indian Wars, Comanche Wars, Eastern Nevada, Mason County War, Colfax County War, U.S. forces invade Mexico
1876 – Texas-Indian Wars, Black Hills War, Mason County War, U.S. forces invade Mexico
1877 – Texas-Indian Wars, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Black Hills War, Nez Perce War, Mason County War, Lincoln County War, San Elizario Salt War, U.S. forces invade Mexico
1878 – Paiute Indian conflict, Bannock War, Cheyenne War, Lincoln County War, U.S. forces invade Mexico
1879 – Cheyenne War, Sheepeater Indian War, White River War, U.S. forces invade Mexico
1880 – U.S. forces invade Mexico
1881 – U.S. forces invade Mexico
1882 – U.S. forces invade Mexico
1883 – U.S. forces invade Mexico
1884 – U.S. forces invade Mexico
1885 – Apache Wars, Eastern Nevada Expedition, U.S. forces invade Mexico
1886 – Apache Wars, Pleasant Valley War, U.S. forces invade Mexico
1887 – U.S. forces invade Mexico
1888 – U.S. show of force against Haiti, U.S. forces invade Mexico
1889 – U.S. forces invade Mexico
1890 – Sioux Indian War, Skirmish between 1st Cavalry and Indians, Ghost Dance War, Wounded Knee, U.S. forces invade Mexico
1891 – Sioux Indian War, Ghost Dance War, U.S. forces invade Mexico
1892 – Johnson County War, U.S. forces invade Mexico
1893 – U.S. forces invade Mexico and Hawaii
1894 – U.S. forces invade Mexico
1895 – U.S. forces invade Mexico, Bannock Indian Disturbances
1896 – U.S. forces invade Mexico
1897 – No major war
1898 – Spanish-American War, Battle of Leech Lake, Chippewa Indian Disturbances
1899 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars
1900 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars
1901 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars
1902 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars
1903 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars
1904 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars
1905 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars
1906 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars
1907 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars
1908 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars
1909 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars
1910 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars
1911 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars
1912 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars
1913 – Philippine-American War, Banana Wars, New Mexico Navajo War
1914 – Banana Wars, U.S. invades Mexico
1915 – Banana Wars, U.S. invades Mexico, Colorado Paiute War
1916 – Banana Wars, U.S. invades Mexico
1917 – Banana Wars, World War I, U.S. invades Mexico
1918 – Banana Wars, World War I, U.S invades Mexico
1919 – Banana Wars, U.S. invades Mexico
1920 – Banana Wars
1921 – Banana Wars
1922 – Banana Wars
1923 – Banana Wars, Posey War
1924 – Banana Wars
1925 – Banana Wars
1926 – Banana Wars
1927 – Banana Wars
1928 – Banana Wars
1930 – Banana Wars
1931 – Banana Wars
1932 – Banana Wars
1933 – Banana Wars
1934 – Banana Wars
1935 – No major war
1936 – No major war
1937 – No major war
1938 – No major war
1939 – No major war
1940 – No major war
1941 – World War II
1942 – World War II
1943 – Wold War II
1944 – World War II
1945 – World War II
1946 – Cold War (U.S. occupies the Philippines and South Korea)
1947 – Cold War (U.S. occupies South Korea, U.S. forces land in Greece to fight Communists)
1948 – Cold War (U.S. forces aid Chinese Nationalist Party against Communists)
1949 – Cold War (U.S. forces aid Chinese Nationalist Party against Communists)
1950 – Korean War, Jayuga Uprising
1951 – Korean War
1952 – Korean War
1953 – Korean War
1954 – Covert War in Guatemala
1955 – Vietnam War
1956 – Vietnam War
1957 – Vietnam War
1958 – Vietnam War
1959 – Vietnam War, Conflict in Haiti
1960 – Vietam War
1961 – Vietnam War
1962 – Vietnam War, Cold War (Cuban Missile Crisis; U.S. marines fight Communists in Thailand)
1963 – Vietnam War
1964 – Vietnam War
1965 – Vietnam War, U.S. occupation of Dominican Republic
1966 – Vietnam War, U.S. occupation of Dominican Republic
1967 – Vietnam War
1968 – Vietnam War
1969 – Vietnam War
1970 – Vietnam War
1971 – Vietnam War
1972 – Vietnam War
1973 – Vietnam War, U.S. aids Israel in Yom Kippur War
1974 – Vietnam War
1975 – Vietnam War
1976 – No major war
1977 – No major war
1978 – No major war
1979 – Cold War (CIA proxy war in Afghanistan)
1980 – Cold War (CIA proxy war in Afghanistan)
1981 – Cold War (CIA proxy war in Afghanistan and Nicaragua), First Gulf of Sidra Incident
1982 – Cold War (CIA proxy war in Afghanistan and Nicaragua), Conflict in Lebanon
1983 – Cold War (Invasion of Grenada, CIA proxy war in Afghanistan and Nicaragua), Conflict in Lebanon
1984 – Cold War (CIA proxy war in Afghanistan and Nicaragua), Conflict in Persian Gulf
1985 – Cold War (CIA proxy war in Afghanistan and Nicaragua)
1986 – Cold War (CIA proxy war in Afghanistan and Nicaragua)
1987 – Conflict in Persian Gulf
1988 – Conflict in Persian Gulf, U.S. occupation of Panama
1989 – Second Gulf of Sidra Incident, U.S. occupation of Panama, Conflict in Philippines
1990 – First Gulf War, U.S. occupation of Panama
1991 – First Gulf War
1992 – Conflict in Iraq
1993 – Conflict in Iraq
1994 – Conflict in Iraq, U.S. invades Haiti
1995 – Conflict in Iraq, U.S. invades Haiti, NATO bombing of Bosnia and Herzegovina
1996 – Conflict in Iraq
1997 – No major war
1998 – Bombing of Iraq, Missile strikes against Afghanistan and Sudan
1999 – Kosovo War
2000 – No major war
2001 – War on Terror in Afghanistan
2002 – War on Terror in Afghanistan and Yemen
2003 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, and Iraq
2004 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen
2005 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen
2006 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen
2007 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen
2008 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen
2009 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen
2010 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen
2011 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen; Conflict in Libya (Libyan Civil War)
In most of these wars, the U.S. was on the offense. Danios admits that some of the wars were defensive.   However, Danios also leaves out covert CIA operations and other acts which could be considered war.
Let’s update what’s happened since 2011:
2012 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Yemen
2013 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Yemen
2014 – War on Terror in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Yemen; Civil War in Ukraine
2015 – War on Terror in Somalia, Somalia, Syria and Yemen; Civil War in Ukraine
So we can add 4 more years of war. That means that for 222 out of 239 years – or 93% of the time – America has been at war. (We can quibble with the exact numbers, but the high percentage of time that America has been at war is clear and unmistakable.)
Indeed, most of the military operations launched since World War II have been launched by the U.S.
And American military spending dwarfs the rest of the world put together.
No wonder polls show that the world believes America is the number 1 threat to peace.

69 comments:

  1. No aspect of our current culture seems to be more debased than our “civil” police departments. Case in point:

    St. Louis, MO — Nothing says Police State USA quite like a SWAT team raiding a family home and killing their dog because they are unable to pay their natural gas bill.

    The woman whose dog was killed and home destroyed by SWAT officers is Angela Zorich, and her story about her police state experience will shock the conscious.

    According to a federal lawsuit filed this month, Zorich was the victim of a massive military-style raid and subsequent puppycide. The raid was carried out because police said they needed “to check if her home had electricity and natural gas service.”

    “This is an example of police overreaching and using excessive force to get a family out of their house,” said Kenneth Chackes to the Riverfront Times, the attorney who represents Zorich.

    According to the lawsuit, on April 25, 2014, St. Louis County Police officers came to her house. Her son cussed at them. They inspected the home’s exterior and placed a “Problem Properties” sticker on the front window.

    Days after being publicly shamed and labeled by the St. Louis Police Department as a “Problem,” on April 28, Zorich called them to follow up. She was told by police that she was being investigated for failing to have natural gas or electric service; two violations against city code.

    Zorich admitted to the police that she did not have gas, but said that she did have electricity. Zorich asked for another inspection to prove that she had the utilities. The officer told her that was fine, but that the investigation would continue.

    The next day, on April 29, 2014, the home of Angela Zorich was raided by multiple officers from the St. Louis County Police Tactical Response Unit.

    The Riverfront Times outlines the details of the lawsuit:

    Zorich was at home with several family members and her pit bull, Kiya, when a St. Louis County Police Tactical Response Unit burst through the door without knocking, according to her suit. The unit had at least five officers with M-4 rifles, supported by at least eight uniformed officers.

    The officers entered so quickly, Zorich’s suit alleges, that Kiya didn’t even have time to bark. A tactical officer fired three shots into the dog, and the dog’s “bladder and bowels released and she fell to the floor.” The dog “was laying on the floor in her own waste and blood struggling to breathe. She had a gaping hole in her chest.”

    Zorich claims the officers kept trying to talk to her about the natural gas, but she was focused on her dog, whom she’d raised as a puppy and who (she says) had “never shown agression to any person.”

    At one point in the raid, Zorich alleges, an officer pointed his firearm at her son’s head and said “One word, motherfucker, and I’ll put three in you.”



    Zorich was subsequently taken into custody at the police station. When she was finally let go and allowed to return to her home, she found to be completely trashed. Beds had been overturned, and items that were once on shelves had been thrown to the floor.

    The citations issued to Zorich, which had allegedly justified the heavily militarized raid on her home, were for substandard siding, guard rail, screens, window glass and deck.

    A dozen armed men dressed for war, were dispatched to a woman’s home, killed her dog, and kidnapped her because of some moldy wood and her inability to pay her gas bill.

    In what world is this considered “justice”?

    The apologists will say that Angela Zorich provoked police into this action against her. If she didn’t want to be raided, they will say, she should have just paid her gas bill. The thought of the raid being retaliatory in nature won’t enter their minds.

    Named in the lawsuit is the county of St. Louis and two officers, Corey Zavorka and Robert M. Rinck. Her allegations include unlawful seizure and unlawful infliction of emotional distress (for the killing of the dog) and unlawful retaliation.

    Hopefully, with her legal team, Zorich gets the actual justice she deserves.

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    1. http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/family-raided-swat-and-their-dog-shot-being-unable-pay-utility-bill

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  2. I pledge to join Deuce in fighting the first

    CAPITAL GAINS TAX WAR.

    Are you with me, Duece?

    I pledge my honor, my shrinking fortune etc.........

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    1. Otherwise there is not any more a civil society.

      Think of it as a war, if you wish.

      It is not a bad analogy.

      God Bless those wonderful guys in our Police Departments.

      May they all settle in my neighborhood, upon retirement.

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    2. Bob likes a police state. He'd probably be happy in Russia where the police have no problem enforcing community standards.

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    3. War on people that don’t pay their utility bills.

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    4. When have I ever said that, Ash ?

      I like well trained Police.

      I do not like a Police State.

      We are far far from a Police State here in USA.

      All these SHITHOLE CITIES are, by the way, run by Democrats.

      I'm glad I'm out west.

      Let Deuce live the high life of Philly.

      I'd rather go pheasant hunting on my own land.

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  4. These aren't the actions of a police force. These are the actions of an Occupying Army - a poorly trained occupying army.

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    1. A certain (fairly large) fraction of old white people came completely unhinged upon the election of Barack Obama to the Presidency.

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  5. The young fool can have an excuse for being ignorant but with experience and luck can shed the bad bark. They become mature adults. Others remain dolts and just keep on adding ring upon ring of ignorance and malice till they fall.

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  6. Dolt. Alzheimer's. Mr Censor. Moron. Lover of Ayn Rand, lover of Butt Hole Obama. Idiot fool and stodge. That is what I call thee. Mr Censor.Racist. Anti-semite. Religious fool.

    This is our New Deuce.

    The old Deuce was alway blathering about Ayn Rand.

    Deuce is just a beginner....

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  7. What I am for is judicial due process.

    You assholes never did hear of that.

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    1. Rufus for instance has always wanted to 'hand 'em high' on the first rumor.

      We are supposed to be gentle with Rufus cause he suffers from being a one eighth Cherokee American.

      Fuck you Rufus. What you really suffer from is alcoholism.

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  8. Do any of you dolts actually know what Discovery is ?

    Do you know how it works ?

    Do you realize the importance of it ?

    Have any of you any clue about the legal world, and due process ?

    No.

    You don't.

    Because none of you have the background, much less the interest.

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    1. Quirk !

      He's the only other here that knows about Discovery, due process and the like.

      An experienced and sensible man....

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    2. .

      Well, thank you very much, Bob. You are too kind.

      While my knowledge of the law may be limited, I can however spot a fool when needed.

      That bull you put up on the last stream was despicable.

      .

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  9. I only suffer from the presence of fools.

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    1. Likewise the fools suffer from your presence.,RUFUS.

      Rufus predictions that have 'gone south'

      Ramadi
      Iraq as a whole
      Every last one of the police actions, and now it seems like Fredde Grey deal too.......

      Rufus lives in an alcoholic imaginative BUBBLE

      If only he were full blood Cherokee............

      He would be a man of much better sense.

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    2. It's his Scot/Irish whiskey drinkin' that done the poor boy in.....

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  10. Deuce, did you at one time "blather about Ayn Rand?"

    I don't remember it.

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    1. O my God, yes, endlessly.

      Even Quirk got tired of it.

      There is a memory enhancer in some jellyfish I can get for you, Rufus.

      Quirk, bless him, finally put an end to it by saying:

      "It is a really shitty outlook on life"

      I agree.

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    2. I didn't address you. Please don't attach your inanities to my comments.

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    3. No, I did not quote ayn rand endlessly. I did spend an inordinate amount of time with his cruel obsession with Melody. I remember that very well. I've done over 8000 posts and at least 60000 comments. I doubt I have mentioned her ten times and not sure in which context. It would not shock me if the comments were in irony. I have much more clarity about bobs anxieties about women.

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  11. American Pharoah up for Triple Crown.

    Oh how I wish I could be at the track.

    Go American Pharoah !!!!!!!!!!

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    1. You going to gamble your Social Security welfare check, or your ill gotten gains from identity theft and bank fraud?

      bob Thu May 27, 12:52:00 AM EDT

      But I did rip off the bank for $7500 hundred dollars, when I was on my knees, and fighting for my economic life, on my aunt's credit card. But that wasn't really stealing, just payback. …

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  12. I'm watching Third Reich the Fall on the History Channel.

    People are scary.

    A country gone total batshit crazy.

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    1. If it could happen there, it could happen here.

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    2. .

      In the debate over NSA surveillance, it was eerie seeing senator after senator rising and defending government secrecy, even after they themselves were lied to and spied upon by the heads of these agencies, Clapper et al. One even rose and quoted section of the Constitution that he said 'implied' the government's right to secrecy.

      In today's world where it becomes more and more difficult to hold any secrets, it also becomes easier and easier to begin to start believing in 'conspiracy theories'. In fact, the time may soon come when 'conspiracy theory' no longer carries the same negative connotation.

      .

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  13. .

    FINALLY!!!

    SARCASM gets its own EMOTICON

    http://mashable.com/2010/01/15/sarcmark/


    Now there's a whole new symbol to add to your lexicon, the SarcMark, which looks something like a whirlpool with a dot in the middle (see image above). Here's what the website has to say about the product:

    "With the spoken word, we use our tone, inflection and volume to question, exclaim and convey our feelings. The written word has question marks and exclamation points to document those thoughts, BUT sarcasm has NOTHING! In today’s world with increasing commentary, debate and rhetoric, what better time could there be than NOW, to ensure that no sarcastic message, comment or opinion is left behind Equal Rights for Sarcasm - Use the SarcMark."

    You can download the SarcMark at the company's website for Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista and mobile devices for use in Word documents, e-mail, instant messaging and more. After downloading, all you have to do is hit "Ctrl" and "." and the mark will appear, instantly giving wry impact to the sentence in question.

    The symbol costs $1.99, which seems a small price to pay for conversational clarity.


    I plan to try this (although I am not sure it will work in the current format here). Since I have been declared technically illiterate and have never purchased an app in my life this may take a while.

    Right now, I have grass to cut and weeds to whack.

    .

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  14. PENTAGON—

    U.S. military officials said coalition airstrikes are having "a profound effect" on Islamic State militants in Iraq and that the coalition is "taking the enemy off the battlefield in significant numbers."

    Lieutenant General John Hesterman, chief of the air campaign, told reporters Friday at the Pentagon that he doesn't believe the Islamic State group is making major advances around Iraq.

    "Every now and again they make a tactical advance and then we play it like a strategic victory and it’s not," Hesterman said.

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday the military operation against the Islamic State group has killed more than 10,000 militant fighters in less than a year.

    Hesterman agreed that the military operation is taking IS fighters off the battlefield at a "great rate" but said efforts like stopping the flow of foreign fighters may be more significant.


    http://www.voanews.com/content/us-says-air-strikes-having-profound-effect-on-islamic-state/2809106.html

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      :o)

      What would we expect Hesterman to say, he is leading the air campaign in Iraq. Risking plagiarism charges, General Hesterman also recently said that the US air campaign is pinpoint accurate and the most effective 'in history'.

      While admitting that 3 out of 4 air sorties end up with the planes coming back without dropping their ordinance, rather than blame the lack of adequate spotters on the ground, he argues that it is the result of the US being overly cautious in protecting civilians from collateral damage. This despite the fact that Obama has loosened the ROI's when it comes to collateral damage.

      But when we inevitably see reports like this,

      Witnesses of the strike on Hawija have said it flattened an entire neighborhood and killed dozens of civilians.

      we also inevitably get denials like this

      The coalition has not seen evidence of civilian casualties in a town in northern Iraq that was targeted by a coalition airstrike on Tuesday, Hesterman said.

      which may be true. If you refuse to look, it only follows that you don't see.

      And if it appears I am condemning the collateral damage, I am not. I am merely condemning the hypocrisy and lies and the credulity of those will automatically accept without challenge the words of the military (on either side) in the middle of a war.

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  15. Meanwhile, the Job Creation Index reaches a new high.

    Gallup

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  16. QuirkSat Jun 06, 03:33:00 AM EDT
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    I guess I should apologize to the rat.

    Given the number of faulty predictions in the Yinon Plan and that we live in an entirely different world than was supposed by Yinon, I assumed that no one but a fool would believe the end result of the plan could be achieved. Obviously, I was wrong.

    You've adopted the dream, son.


    No Quirk, just reading the situation that is happening.

    Iran's hegemonic rise in the traditional arab nations has caused ISIS/chaos to foment.

    Iran will not be immune....

    That is logical, has nothing to do with some fictional plan endorsed by the blog's pseudo warrior of record.

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    1. .

      Iran's hegemonic rise in the traditional arab nations has caused ISIS/chaos to foment.

      Sorry, IMO, that opinion doesn't confirm to the facts. You blame Iran for ISIS rather than the people who actually created ISIS to fight Iran. You blame Iran but ignore where the blame actually lies for the atrocities of ISIS. Your view is skewed by your allegiance to Israel.

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    2. So says punky who has no advice to give at all.

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    3. Quirk, hardly, my love of israel has NOTHING to do with how I see the rise of the butchers that are called ISIS.

      Iran has slaughtered 550,000 Iraqis via proxies in Iraq using Shia militias like Sadr and such, now the government of Iraq is a proxy of Iran as well...

      Also those ex-saddamer's which was the core that created the ISIS creature (and let's not forget that the saddamer's were quite the shia killers also)

      IF Iran had not taken over Iraq and Syria? ISIS would never have formed against is...

      the atrocities of ISIS are not being excused in anyway, they are savages.....

      However the atrocities of the shia onto the sunni's make the sunnis (at least in this round of killing) look like amateurs.

      Remember Hama?

      Review Assad and his treatment of the moslem brotherhood...

      This didn't start yesterday.

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    4. AND Iran has directly helped Syria (with Hezbollah) slaughter 300,000 in Syria and create 11 MILLION refugees.

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      All irrelevant to the question at hand, the rise of ISIS and the support they are receiving and from whom. Iran is your number 42 for every dick thing that happens in the ME even the creation and support of ISIS. You are delusional.

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    6. Why use terms like "delusional"?

      Do you disagree that Iran supplies Hamas?

      Or Hezbollah?

      Or the Yemen Rebels?

      Or the Sadr Shia militia and like?

      Or that Assad with Iran, Hezbollah and even Russia's help have not killed hundreds of thousands of civilians?

      what is delusional?

      try stop calling names and address the specific points.

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  17. Breaking News From Newsmax.com


    Billionaire George Soros Financing Dems' Voter Rights Lawsuits

    ***************

    Goddamn the Democratic Party and Its Billionaire Backers !!

    What say you, DEUCE ?

    Surely you must agree.

    DEMOCRATS = PARTY OF THE BILLIONAIRES

    (and most millionaires too)

    THE PARTY OF THE FILTHY RICH

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    1. Rufus just loves to 'rub elbows' with these dudes.

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    2. Rufus is that moron here who predicted Iraq would be ISIS Free by the 4th of July, 2015.

      d. rat is that moron here who predicted Iraq would be ISIS Free by Memorial Day, 2015.

      That is how to, Dear Gentle Reader, distinguish between these two morons.

      The 4th July guy, and the Memorial Day guy, that is the difference.

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    3. Our feeble efforts against ISIS in Iraq, are, according to the 4th of July guy, "the best run military effort in my lifetime".

      Or something idiotic like that...........

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    4. Meanwhile, Deuce is keeping his cards close to his chest and is not reveling just what he would actually have USA do.

      This is, actually, a good strategy, but not what is needed in a Commander in Chief.

      Quart is playing the same game...........

      Big mouth but no recommendations.

      It the Mall of America blows, watch out.....

      I am on record:

      Protect the Kurds
      Support Israel always
      Make nice with Sisi

      And YOU ?

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  18. I stated my belief in the billionaires inordinate interst in our elections. I would levy a surtax on all of them to provide public financing on federal elections. It would be most patriotic of them. They like sending young Americans to war. Let them volunteer a pittance of their capital. They still retain the same unit of voting that we all have.

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    1. I'm with Aristotle.

      Write a good long letter to your son as to how to get through all the absurdities of live.........

      I'd add, adopt a ripping Hindu Niece of the very best sort to strengthen the old aging spirit and make one feel young again......

      That does wonders.......

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    2. USA Passport is in the process.......

      whoooie

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    3. And to hell with everything else......

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  19. .

    So says punky who has no advice to give at all.

    You friggin buffoon. You are either constantly drunk or in a perpetual state of delirium tremens, that or just suffering from a case of late onset Alzheimer's disease.

    You do this all the time, ask the same inane questions a dozen times, get the same answer numerous times, and continue to repeat your inanities.

    You should be seeking help, boy, not spending you time here wasting everyone else's time.

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    1. What's YOUR solution, punky?

      I ain't heard word one yet.

      Up your urban asshole.

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    2. Same as General Deuce who refuses to say what he would do...

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      Fuck you.

      Go look it up if your interested. If you are not quit bothering us with your inane questions.

      I used to put up with your nonsense when I thought you at least provided some entertainment value. That is no longer the case.

      When you start putting up links to anonymous, race-baiting hate groups and then when challenged try to justify it you are a lost cause.

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    4. Everything else is just bellyaching.

      Actually, thinking on it, I can't recall Detroit Quirk actually standing up and taking a stand on anything....

      Bitch, yes.

      All the time.

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  20. A've listened to all you've said
    And considered it well
    and

    Fuck you fuck you just the same

    A simple link.

    But this place is an anti semitic hate hell hole.

    I don't exactly see you that way, but Deuce, stinking rat, Rufus....

    Live with it.

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  21. It was not an anonymous link

    Here it is again

    http://us10.campaign-archive2.com/?u=97f5dcf7e199dea4dc3139b76&id=eb7bacd6b1&e=3a94516019

    Canary Mission.com

    We still have freedom of speech in USA last I checked.

    Fuck you, Quirk.

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    1. Thanks in no small part to Pam Geller.

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  22. What about Syria, Quirk, you urban fraud.

    What about Syria ?

    I suggested some American troops to separate the warring parties, and you laughed me out of door.

    We now have 300,000 thousands dead and counting.

    And YOU call ME names.

    Well, just Fuck You, you urban asshole.

    Your true occupation is running a funeral home.

    That is your true calling.

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    1. Q's Quik Burials LLC

      Detroit, Michigan

      *Self addressed stamped return letter required. No checks.

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  23. As of May 29, 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Defense casualty website, there were 4,425 total deaths (including both killed in action and non-hostile) and 32,223 wounded in action (WIA) as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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    1. Probably, $1.5 Trillion, at a minimum.

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    2. Contrast that with $2.5 million, and No Deaths, and No Casualties.

      Yes, it's the most intelligent military campaign of my lifetime (maybe, anyone's.)

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    3. Some people keep referring to "our mess in Iraq."

      What "mess?"

      No troops getting killed - no troops getting maimed - and, basically, no treasure spent.

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      Ridiculous.

      If you don't want Americans killed the safest way to guarantee it is to not go in the first place.

      If you are going to go in and spend $2.5 billion in the first 10 months (another Israel on the American tab) in a war projected to go on as far as the eye can see, you have to ask what the fuck is the point.

      We voluntarily go into a country where absolutely no one likes us and where when we leave we know that we will be disliked even more, and we do it even though we have no real national interest to protect. We establish a goal that is impossible to achieve and then develop a coalition that can share in that failure. We set restrictions on ourselves that guarantee that failure and then allow the government in Baghdad to dictate what we do there like we are some cheap mercenary force. In doing so, we tie our hands behind our back even further. This is not even to mention such things as ISIS in Syria or our commitment to a unified Iraq even though day that becomes more of a dream.

      Baghdad says they don't want any US combat troops there but have no problem allowing Iranian troops in. Then we go further and say we won't even allow US special forces to accompany Iraqi troops into battle and coordinate air strikes. This all for political reasons, so as not to mess up the 2016 election for the Dems.

      Sorry, general, we are going to have to ask you to turn in your stars. This is a useless exercise and is doing more to diminish US reputation in the world than it is doing to burnish it.

      Frankly, it is the stupidest war I have seen in my lifetime. It is not even a war it is flight training.

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  24. American Pharoah wins the Triple !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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