COLLECTIVE MADNESS


“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Terrorists Escape in London

LONDON (AP) - Two suspected terrorists who were being detained under strict conditions resembling house arrest have escaped and are now on the run, officials said Monday.

An unidentified British man accused of trying to travel to Iraq to fight alongside insurgents is thought to have fled through a window of London mental health unit two weeks ago.

Officials said a second suspect - an Iraqi - also was on the run and that he had escaped several months ago.



Apparently the detainment conditions weren't that strict.

151 comments:

  1. I suggest they look in the editorial offices of The Guardian. Or perhaps Labour Party HQ.

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  2. I think if I was a rally driver in Iran I'd just Shoot Myself.

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  3. Obviously not.

    FOX News is whipping the border security story hard.

    Whippin' it good

    Part of a managed news cycle,
    a little dog wagging?

    Maybe 9 million aliens entered the US illegally, just in the last year. Would put the 12 million estimate of the total undocumented population in the trash can.

    That Bearns & Stearn estimate of 20 million seems much closer to reality, and that was a Jan '05 estimate.

    So yes, 7% of the total US population of 300 million are undocument aliens.

    How large is that "Grey Economy", the untaxed and unregulated segment of the underground.

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  4. Not as large as the Welfare Economy, that's for sure.

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  5. I won't bore you with the math, but if you study the BLS statistics you'll see that about 2 - 3 million probably came across the border last year.

    If they were catching one in ten, then the odds of getting caught 3 straight times would be 1 in 1,000, yet we keep seeing journalists interviewing people that got caught three, and four times in a row (four in a row would be 1 in 10,000.)

    I'm guessing they're catching between 30 and 40%. More in some places, less in others.

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  6. For all those who deride the political correctness of the Clintonistas, check out this DoJ publication. Pay particular note to the date: 13 September, 2004.



    Report to Congress on Implementation of Section 1001 of the USA PATRIOT Act

    There is a dime’s worth of difference between the Bush and Clinton administrations on the all important issue of terrorism?

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  7. Britons needn't worry. EU Carrot Power will save the day.

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  8. There was supposed to be a link to the Gates of Vienna in the last post: The Department of Justice Solicits Taqiyya

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  9. Fox should whip the border security story hard.

    And if they step on our soil illegally we should kill them.
    It's really not all that damn hard to understand.

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  10. More than that, dRat.

    The situation in Israel is very dire. Arabs have been smuggling laborers into their villages for decades. If you go to the Galilee, it is 75% Arab. But the socialist mafiosies couldn't care less. They collect their tax free dirty cash and political influence from their Arab and Welfare constituency, while the country pays an able labor force to sit and watch TV all day.

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  11. Mister Trouble never hangs around
    When he hears this Mighty sound.

    "Here I come to save the day"

    That means that Mighty Mouse is on his way.
    Yes sir, when there is a wrong to right
    Mighty Mouse will join the fight.
    On the sea or on the land,
    He gets the situation well in hand.

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  12. Well, rufus, grant you 3 million infiltrators last year.
    I'll remain confident of Bear Stearns count of 20 million, as of Jan '05.

    Put US 23 million, or there abouts.

    Out of 300 million.
    Almost 8%, well 7.666%.

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  13. Allen -

    There is a difference - under Bush we got a Patriot Act. Harry Reid has been running on appealing it.

    The civil rights section you reference was a concession to the Fred Wertheimer wing of the Dems who demanded something. I would not take that as any gauge of the intentions of the Bush WH, anymore than welfare reform was something Clinton wanted (Newt enforced that, and after Clinton signed it he campaigned on "fixing" it.)

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  14. Mighty sounds wont be enough to win.

    WHile Mohammedan mighty sounds have been enough for us to lose

    in Somalia, Anbar, NK, Iran, Venezuela-

    Bearns & Stearns makes mighty sounds, and rufus rushes to dissemble.

    Bombs go off daily, killing hundreds across the globe. Mohammedans march on everywhere.

    Those noises are tiny, you see. They'll die out soon enough.

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  15. The noises in the rocks?
    The earth talking?
    I've caught you kow!
    You, you identity thief you!

    Just stay on message when you go galavanting over at BC.

    How was Sonia, anyway?

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  16. To disguise or conceal one's real nature, motives, or feelings behind a false appearance.

    [Middle English dissemblen, from Old French dessembler, to be different : des-, dis- + sembler, to appear, seem; see semblable.]


    Rat, I don't understand what you mean.

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  17. I'm trying to disguise my true nature?

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  18. 1. to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of: to dissemble one's incompetence in business.

    Rufus would have us fetch the pipe snake for a roach infestation.

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  19. I just think that several of you are taking a simplistic view of the world, and talking a lot of nonsense.

    I'm not paying much attention to it, anyway. You said you're not going to vote, which, in my way of thinking, means your opinion doesn't count.

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  20. Heck if I know, that 3:30 post is an indentity thief.
    Laid in some last night, and then again, right now, well at 3:30.

    Track 'em down and wring his tail, I will. Well most likely not.

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  21. There, there again at 3:49
    Woe is me!

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  22. 3:49:46 PM is a fake

    id was registered much later

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  23. Met and rufus are sitting in their seats.

    Those men in the cockpit just want a ransom and have a grievance to redress.

    Is this the way to Laguardia?

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  24. And again,
    No it's the way to San Jose

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  25. wonder why we haven't heard from Bob Smith?......or have we?

    disgruntled
    disgruntled

    I was doing cyclical,elliptical,fractal spheroid calculations while my nails dried during a Socratic badinage about some recondite Rousseauian concept of the "general will" during an Phil 101 class, but I think you misunderstand what I'm trying to say.

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  26. WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan failed to follow through as it should have after ousting the government in 2001, said the NATO commander in the country.

    The mistake — adopting "a peacetime approach" too early — set the stage for this year's deadly Taliban resurgence, British Gen. David Richards told Pentagon reporters Tuesday.

    He said the international community has six months to correct the problem before losing Afghan support.

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  27. habu, you're incredibly good at that--

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  28. The ghosts imposing again

    Whipping the message

    No unharm but foul

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  29. i clicked on the name--that's the only way to know who hoo?

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  30. six months until spring time

    the time and the place chosen by the new AQ Waziri base.

    The Long War continues apace without much input from US

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  31. Last year's Spring Offensive, according to several documents released by AQ HQ at the time (if you'll recall), was to "Attack in Afghanistan". There's more fighting there because the bad guys are making more fighting. Slightly different than it just rising out of the ground because the good guys are screwing up.

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  32. Post a pic, Rat--that'll throw 'em. Try this one.

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  33. Who is desert rat?

    Are his methods supernatural?

    Has his identity evolved to become a replicator, rapacious for mindspace and hypertextual fruition.

    An arsenal in the cultural wowa.

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  34. Once an idea becomes large enough, it becomes faceted with appeals and hooks, unweildy baggage cumbersome to the original creators. Fearful or disinterested, the budding information diverges.

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  35. A species common to the Internet and the Chinese economy.

    Its the information, stupid.

    Nothing else is there.

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  36. As an agent, DR is powerful, having much causality swirling around him.

    Every bit a catalyst.

    Every bit a cassandra.

    What fate will his information have?

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  37. ah,hell--it's habu--

    A species common to the Internet and the Chinese economy

    signature surreal juxtaposition.

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  38. It's the voice of a mystic. If you read carefully, you can hear it laugh.

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  39. Buddy,
    You know it aiin't me 'cause somewhere along the line I would have spelled into inot or nito plus a few other clues to my skill as a typist.

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  40. 'tone', IOW. yes, but that doesn't disqualify the spook.

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  41. ok, habu--you de spook, figure it out for us, wouldja?

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  42. 1st clue:

    That someone followed us here from BC.

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  43. I’m guessing our impersonator is connected with Cedarfard. I’m also guessing both are Iranian.

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  44. "I am something frightful, neither man nor animal, I know not what...."

    (Quasimodo='quasi modo')

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  45. Well, I liked him/her better when he/she was trying to whip it

    Now its like somebody put one of Habu's gas harvesting sheaths over EB.

    Fillin up fast.

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  46. 2nd clue:

    Ref to Cassandra. British education.

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  47. I think Mr. Larsen figured it out at 5:51.

    BTW: Bill Roggio is saying that Musharraf recent deal with the Waziri Chieftains was actually a deal with the Taliban. They are firmly in control now. The Chieftains are irrelevant and no Paki troops are in the area.

    WTH is Musharraf up to?

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  48. 3rd clue

    Well, I liked him/her better when he/she was trying to whip it

    the writer is female.

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  49. Two decades of post-Soviets eroding London's cultural sphincters

    anything can flow through it now and the society around it can only cling to what larger forces are now dictating. Can't feed itself. Jack Straw is just fiber pushing against nothing.

    have to whip it extra to get it to stick to the cilia in that environment.

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  50. Not necessarily female; feminized.

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  51. I vote for, Habu.

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  52. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

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  53. the Hashshashink Hæsæn-e Sæbbā

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  54. Could this be Terrorita and her craven mischief?

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  55. hmm,.. a male lesbian. dat could be it.

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  56. Sonias revenge for somethin doug told her

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  57. Its just sad

    like a drunk habu cryin into his bloomin onion

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  58. Stay with Condi, it keeps you four square on the TWAT

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  59. Someone up and bored at two in the morning, EDT

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  60. well, it goes from amusing to unethical pretty fast, teresita.

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  61. I think it's Bob Smith, gender confused,intelligent, who mentioned in her last post a few days ago that she was always picked on or some such thing. I thinl she's also that bald guy who filled up an entire thread talking some shit I didn't try to follow.
    I think it's her play toy revenge on men ...the penis envy thing..
    We didn't respond to her in the manner she expected the very first time she showed up ..then she went dark ..then showed up ...semi rebufed again and reflected the hurt by saying she was ...repeat above..it ain't me.....plus (if I am correct) did this Possumdeiter name...that came out of nowhere but was a reflection of my claiming copywrite to PossumTater..which she said was one of her best bits...all conjecture...but 'taint me.

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  62. Now, I believe you--that sounded like a serious post. But Bob Smith never showed an animus for rat, did she?

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  63. It is not Teresita.

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  64. so dong presence is independent variable

    is that testable?

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  65. Larsen,

    Nice! Rook to Queen. Checkmate.

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  66. okay, next question--how to get out of the fix?

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  67. Or, Doug!

    What time is it in Hawaii at 2:00 AM?

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  68. doug admires rat too much to screw around with his ID.

    Who would've defended the state of donglessness?

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  69. Only Mat is eliminated--the two 7:02 timestamps.

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  70. BTW...did anyone catch the "Hooters' girls pagent after Monday Night Football?

    Very nice serving winches. Very nice.

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  71. Probably explains the fascination with the "whip it" phrase

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  72. but it's Tess--look at the creative prose above--the cassandra series. And she screws around with multiple IDs, as part of her head game, wherein we're all 'spose to realize that we are without substance in this medium.

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  73. Will the ding dong challenged follow here?

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  74. Can you believe the way the Cardinals folded?
    Typical

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  75. no animus to rat that i ever perceived but if you are being put off by men in general, perhaps she decided to go after an a BIG ALPHA male (not that we're not all big alphas)...also she never really wrote enough for us to ascertain where she stood on many things...at least nothing sticks out (pun intended)
    but her animus toward me (who would be her likely target took the form of Possumdeiter and the few rantings I did read.

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  76. I've liked the Bears since Walter Payton days--the last of the old school running backs.

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  77. Dr..
    are you putting up the Ann Coulter?

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  78. I thought possumdeiter WAS you, habu--riffing on the intellectualism @ BC comments.

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  79. Goofy buncha shit, ain't it--pixels--but, they mean something.

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  80. PossumDieter felt like Teresita.

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  81. DR is the one who is a consumate mispeller.

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  82. For awhile, now that I've expanded my blogger savy who knows where I'll stop

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  83. we're all just ants in her ant farm. little rodney dangerfield Formicidae, gettin no respect.

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  84. How do you do that picture/avatar thingie?

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  85. Buddy,
    I stay with Habu and P-Tater exclusively.

    But I think I have enough voices in my head to do an entire thread all by myself. I mean at BC before Richard stopped me I was up to about six ..EighteenWheeler, hell I can't even remember them all...but it does say, as I pointed out to Richard "or you can sign in as a different user..i just abused it

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  86. istarious. absolutely istarious

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  87. Rufus..PossumDieter felt like Teresita

    could have been, she'd have cause to fun with my marsupial.

    also are you asking how to put up a picture or symbol?

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  88. This picture is a bit more fitting, perhaps.

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  89. Flogging a Dead Horse
    by the Sex Pistols

    All my favorite topics

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  90. I guess there are not a bunch of Devo fans out there, habu.

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  91. The imposter is no doubt one of the offended girls, taking exception to the statistic showing a male to female ratio of 5:1 in the 140-150 IQ range and trying to prove herself clever at the expense of the EB dong dunces.

    It is not worth the bother.

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  92. They may not have all the brains, but they got ALL of the...oh, never mind.

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  93. Mat, istarious was/is a BC poster?

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  94. As the girl said, "With one of these, I can get all those I want."

    Insecurity must be tough.

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  95. Well, whoever it is, he's/she's sure as hell a lot smarter than dum ol Rufus.

    It took three lessons to learn how to turn this durn thing on.

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  96. Man with a pipe bomb closes Central Ave in downtown Phoenix.

    Need to rubber bllet his ass, ASAP

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  97. In the depths of Maraudon lives a creature of chaos and evil, Istarius

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  98. All this detective work is taking us away from really important stuff like, Girls With Guns

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  99. Wonder if, per Steyn, pipe-bomb's name is mohammad?

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  100. Or Link

    Did the Founders have this in mind; in the most high minded way, of course?

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  101. trish,

    re: Musharraf

    Stayin' alive. Stayin' alive.

    Too late, though.

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  102. That would suck, it it is.
    Mohammed that is.
    Better he be a Jose or Pedro.

    Mr Bush says that the Taliban is going to handled with "good intelligence".

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  103. He said he wants/needs the 2,500 extra troops so he can do "Reconstruction."

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  104. rufus, wife came home right after i asked the question about the picture..doesn't look like anyone explained it ..did they?

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  105. WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan failed to follow through as it should have after ousting the government in 2001, said the NATO commander in the country.

    The mistake — adopting "a peacetime approach" too early — set the stage for this year's deadly Taliban resurgence, British Gen. David Richards told Pentagon reporters Tuesday.

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  106. When you fugire it out rufus, use this one, gets to core of increasing the Republican base in Blue States

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  107. click your sign on name,
    click edit your profile
    cut and paste the photo's url address in the appropriate spot.
    click save profile

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  108. That's the First Pub that knows what he's doing that I've seen in a month.

    Thanks for the laugh.

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  109. Chicken Stew - First, steal a chicken.

    So, the first thing I have to do is find an appropriate picture, huh?

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  110. Google images and enter rufus
    Good place to start, limit the selections to those under 50K and it'll load quick

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  111. This is interesting: The French, who cannot control Utes in Paris, threaten to take pot shots at Israeli jets. Now, that I want to see. After all, everyone else has forced a French retreat, why not Israel?

    Link

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  112. Well, yeah, trish.
    We were saying the same thng over a year ago.
    It's just that the thundering herd is just coming to the same basic conclusion.

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  113. go to change profile by clicking on your name..

    now I find my pictures via using Google Images section..type in whatevr, say f4u corsair and hit enter.
    find the one you like can't be over 50k size.
    click on it
    when you get the pop up screen, at the bottom will be "properties" which will be the address...copy the address....
    then go to back to your profile and find the section that says pictures or whatever...paste the address there...CAUTION..if it's a long address it won't take it and it will tell you....
    then at the bottom of your profile hit "update" that's when it'll take it or reject it...then you have to do a post and it's there.

    don't think I've left anything out
    1.hit your name
    2.update profile
    3. reduce window and go to google, find pic, click pic,click propertires..copy
    4back to blog where you're still in "profile"..scrool down to insert pic
    5.paste address
    6, scroll to bottom and hit update or finishe or whatever it says
    7.do new post
    good luck

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  114. Thanks, rat.

    C'mon guys, the Brit General is a loud-mouth asshole. There was noone left if Afghanistan to fight, hardly. They had retreated into Waziristan.

    Now, a couple of years later, they've regrouped some leadership and sending raiding parties into Afghanistan. The Brit General thinks that with 2,500 troops he can do enough "Good" reconstruction projects he can "Win" the War. Balderdash.

    Dubya said it a long time ago. This thing is going to take Decades. You can't "Kill" 1.3 Billion Muslims. We're going to be working this problem, tamping down the "Crazies," for a long time. We got used to the Cold War, we'll get used to this.

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  115. rufus ..use right click to get to pop up for properties...then copy the URL

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  116. Rin tin tin took him down. Go, Rinnie, go.

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  117. London women in their liberation sacks

    H/T Atlas Shrugs
    Link

    May we assume these "ladies" are in the lower IQ ranges?

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  118. buddy,

    Do you remember earlier in the year when Defense Tech published the scandal of the refusal of the DoD to use bullets manufactured in Israel, lest our Muslim adversaries be disgruntled?

    Presumably, war might result...Duh

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  119. Possumdeiter,

    Like I said the first time, I thought the parody was funny.

    Trust but verify ..if it's not you open the window and yell.."it's not me"
    or
    turn off all the electricity in New York for five minutes..then we'll know it's not you ...but we will be very afraid

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  120. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

    I would pay big bucks for the picture of the dance with Condi.

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  121. All the Brits, aye rufus.
    The NATO Commander in Afghanistan and the component British Commander in Iraq are talking the same story.

    If we are not growing the US military, then those very Brit Generals are ever more important to US.

    Assholes or not

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  122. Shaking his head in disbelief - the British General commanding NATO is an "asshole."

    Question: Who approved the appointment of General Asshole to command American troops, including fresh reinforcements?

    This is a little like the lady who is pissed about her husband's affair with the asshole next door. She is going to tell him the neighbor is an asshole, as soon as he returns home.

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  123. I have got to get some of the dope this gal smokes. (Could it be hormonal?)
    Rice: Palestinian struggle echoes battle for US independence

    Don't miss the cartoon at


    “This is nothing but pandering to the victimhood propaganda of an enemy of America, and once again Condi Rice has succeeded in making my stomach turn.”

    Who appointed Dr. Rice?

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  124. October 15, 2006
    Support System
    At Cox & Forkum

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  125. Given Dick Morris’s prognostication track record, this will have Rufus crowing confidently.

    There goes the GOP base — and probably both houses

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  126. Allen
    Rice: Palestinian struggle echoes battle for US independence


    What's going on? Are the Israelis taxing the Palestinians tea again?

    She was even more outrageous the other day.
    US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday the United States would work hard to create a Palestinian state free of the "daily humiliation" of Israeli occupation.

    "The Palestinian people deserve a better life, a life that is rooted in liberty, democracy, uncompromised by violence and terrorism, unburdened by corruption and misrule and forever free of the daily humiliation of occupation," she told a dinner organized by the American Task Force on Palestine.


    Gee Condi. Remember that the Palis democratically elected the terrorist group Hamas to power in an election that IIRC Jimmah Carter certified as legitimate. Remember that Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Remember that the Bush administration and the Euros cut off the welfare payments to the Palestinian government to try to get it to recognize the right of the State of Israel to exist. Remember that Hamas refused to do so. (Actually, the Hamas charter makes it impossible for them to do so.)

    Apparently, Dr. Rice has forgotten all these things. Now the US gravy train is starting back up (45 Million is it?). Apparently, the Bush administration is caving on this issue in an attempt to revive the 'two state' solution.

    I considered the cutting off of money to the duly elected terrorist government of the Palestinian territory as the Bush administration's greatest democratization victory. The vote showed the true nature of the Palestinian street; the administration responded appropriately by cutting of the fund. And now this crap.

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  127. Apparently, Dr. Rice has forgotten all these things. Now the US gravy train is starting back up (45 Million is it?). Apparently, the Bush administration is caving on this issue in an attempt to revive the 'two state' solution.

    Well, next year the Administration will be too busy fending off John Conyers' impeachment hearings to dink around with the Pallies.

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  128. From the Morris piece linked by Allen:

    "The Gallup poll also reveals that Democrats now win all eight major issues, including terrorism and morality. Asked which party would do more to enhance “moral standards in the country,” Democrats now win 47 to 36! And on terrorism, Democrats now have a 47-to-42-percent advantage."

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  129. Other, more recent, polls detect No Movement in the Base after Foley.

    It IS a troubling poll. But, counter-intuitive. I'm sure the White Christians they polled supported Dems equally to Repubs. I just wonder if they did a good job of "Polling" white Christians.

    I put a couple of comments up on the top thread regarding a poll in Mn.

    By the way, I think this was the poll that rendered some really outlier results in a bunch of races. Just Sayin

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  130. Allen,

    A Muslim journalist facing charges of sedition for advocating ties with Israel was recently attacked and beaten by a crowd in Bangladesh that allegedly included leading officials of the country’s ruling party. - JPOST

    Why think it’s any different for Dr. Rice in the State Department?

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