“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” - George W. Bush

All The Best


I want to thank everyone who participated in the Elephant Bar over the past twelve years. We had millions of visitors from all around the World and you were part of it. Over the past dozen years, two or three times a night, I would open my laptop and some of you were always there. I will miss that.

My plans are to continue my work with technology and architecture. You know my interests and thoughts.

At times, things would get a little rough in the EB. To those of you that I may have offended over the years, I apologize. From all of you, I learned and grew.

An elephant never forgets.
Be well.

Deuce, 21 June 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2007

This is real bad news.

This is a Hamas kindergarten graduation ceremony. We may have to kill them all and start over.

Hamas Overruns Fatah Security Command

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Hamas fighters overran one of the rival Fatah movement's most important security installations in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, and witnesses said the victors dragged vanquished gunmen from the building and killed them in the street.
The capture of the Preventive Security headquarters was a major step forward in Hamas' attempts to complete its takeover of all of Gaza. Hamas later called on Fatah fighters to surrender the National Security compound within the hour.

The moderate President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, for the first time in five days of fierce fighting, ordered his elite presidential guard to strike back. But his forces were crumbling fast under the onslaught by the better-armed and better-disciplined Islamic fighters.

Fatah officials said seven of their fighters were shot to death in the street outside Preventive Security. A witness, Jihad Abu Ayad, said the men were being killed in front of their wives and children.

"They are executing them one by one," Abu Ayad said. "They are carrying one of them on their shoulders, putting him on a sand dune, turning him around and shooting."

Some of the Hamas fighters kneeled down outside the building, touching their foreheads to the ground in prayer. Others led Fatah fighters out of the building, some of them shirtless or in their underwear, holding their arms in the air. Several of the Fatah men flinched as the crack of gunfire split the air.

"We are telling our people that the past era has ended and will not return, " Islam Shahawan, a spokesman for Hamas' militia, told Hamas radio. "The era of justice and Islamic rule have arrived."

Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, heralded what he called "Gaza's second liberation," after Israel's 2005 evacuation of the coastal strip.

The two factions have warred sporadically since Hamas took power from Fatah last year, but never with such intensity. Hamas reluctantly brought Fatah into the coalition in March to quell an earlier round of violence, but the uneasy partnership began crumbling last month over control of the powerful security forces.

Some 80 people, most of them militants, have been killed since a spike in violence Sunday sent Gaza into civil war. At least 15 people died on Thursday.

Hospitals were operating without water, electricity and blood. Even holed up inside their homes, Gazans weren't able to escape fighting that turned apartment buildings into battlefields.


  1. All the result of the US demanding Hamas be put on the ballot, legitimizing them.

    No moderation due to responsibility, as promised by Ms Rice and Mr Bush.

    Where are the US weapons, those 3,000 M16s and million rounds of ammo?

    Things are moving rigt along, Mr Abbas will be negotiating with Mr Olmert, about that 2nd State Solution Mr Bush is promoting.

    Maybe they'll need three States in the solution, now.

  2. Hamas is a creation of the democracy movement in Palestine. The genius in the White House and his merry band of men want to spread their theories on a global scale.

    I noticed his new best Muslim buddies in Albania copped his watch.

  3. "... some argue that democracy in Iraq in the near term would destabilize the region. This is a misguided fear of the unknown. Iraqis, who have been devastated by 25 years of oppressive rule, will not vote for authoritarian secularists nor for a theocratic government. They have been inoculated against dictatorship and will never allow another dictator to rule over them. The leaders who are likely to emerge from a popular election in Iraq, whether held tomorrow or 10 years from now, are conservative Muslim democrats who combine Islamic conservative values with democratic ideals and principles." -Radwan Masmoudi, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIME, Dec 8, 2003

  4. It's in his pocket, really, Tony said so.

    Inept, incompetent, feckelss, effete. That's the Security detachment that went with him, to Albania.

    I always thought that the daughters being ripped off, in Argentina, was a fluke, a "one off", but no, the President of the United States was manhandled and ripped off.

    The intimidation factor, it ain't what it used to be.

  5. That DR was a metaphor about Albania. Thats what we bought into.

  6. Albania illustrates the disaster, on many levels of comprehension, duece.

    Metaphoricly and physically.

    It illustrates impotence, not omnipresence.

    Sad, sad days we live in, with regards the Republic.

  7. Back in '04, when the schools of Iraq were seen as the road to victory, they listed the books that had been delivered.

    Math and Science, they were part of the package. But Political Science and History, oh no. Not culturally acceptable to teach the Federalist Papers, in Iraq.

    Just get to those Elections, ASAP!

  8. i, as a zionist, am quite happy about gazastan/hamasistan.

    it time for the mask of islamic "compromise" to be revealed to the self ignorant peoples of the west so intent of providing BILLIONS a year to this group of retards...

    Now the mask is off...

    palios executing in the streets palios

    just think what they would do to Jews if given the chance?

    nope it's good news, gaza will now turn into a prison with an entrance and exit to egypt...

    wow back to the future for it is the past..

    it's 1956 all over again...

  9. In the NYPost, Ralph Peters makes the case that Iraq is Gaza. That the US must remain, or Gaza redux will blossom in Baghdad.

    He praises General Dempsey's candor in telling US that many more years will be required, to get Iraqi's Army trained.

    A multi year military committment going forward, it needs to be made today. That committment to years more of fighting and dying for the Iraqi people, or the assumption will be made by friend and foe alike, that it will not be made at all.

    But embracing that commttment, not even on the table.

    Nor will be, soon.

  10. DR, feckless is the term I've been tossing about in my little head since I saw the watch disappear and the response to its loss.

    what is occupation,

    That is an interesting view you hold. How does the festering sore that is Gaza help you Zionists reach your goal of Eretz Israel?

  11. Actually feckless is a good descriptor of the admin in general, it is more that the watch incident just encapsulated the admin so well.

  12. I am not a zionist, but I recognize that Israel has an obligation to itself to survive. No one will do it for them, and no one should have any illusion about what they are up against. Those that fail to see that have another agenda.

  13. 2164th, that makes sense and in that vein it is difficult to see how the Palis spinning down a vortex of insanity helps to further Israel's goals.

  14. And, a hell of a metaphor it is, Deuce.

  15. what is "occupation",

    re: it time for the mask of islamic "compromise" to be revealed to the self ignorant peoples of the west

    The West has chosen ignorance, as you say. NOTHING will make the West see the Palestinians for what they are, because they are so convenient being what they are.

    Within a month the EU will find it in its heart to start talking about aid to Hamas, for the sake of the "poor" Palestinian people.

    DR, both Israel and Jordan have done a reasonably good job of keeping the lid on the West Bank. It will be interesting to see how they respond to attempts by Hamas to carry the civil war into that territory.

    From the looks of the fighting in Gaza, Hamas has been planning this move for a long time - all without being picked up by Israeli or American intelligence. I say that based upon having observed the recent American pressure on the Israelis to permit the transfer into Gaza of a huge shipment of arms, donated by Arab countries.

  16. How will this play out in the Golan, one wonders.

    Each a "local conflict", unrelated of course.

  17. 2164th said...

    Hamas is a creation of the democracy movement in Palestine.

    No, democracy may have brought more power but Hamas exists for other reasons - Fatah corruption, religiosity, grassroots charity work...

  18. What shall we call this new creation?
    Hamastan (This one is popular in Israel)
    Taliban-by-the-sea (my fav)
    East palestine
    A toilet that needs flushing

  19. Ralph:

    "We need to stop making politically correct excuses. Arab civilization is in collapse. Extremes dominate, either through dictatorship or anarchy. Thanks to their dysfunctional values and antique social structures, Arab states can't govern themselves decently."

    Sure they can, and our patronage of any number of Arab states demonstrates that they can and do to our satisfaction.

    What Ralph means to say is that thanks to their dysfunctional values and antique social structures, WE can't govern Arab states effectively, another matter entirely. And we sure are sorry to have found out this way. Right, Ralph?

    One of these days - I give it less than a year - Ralph, too, will write, "Stick a fork in it. It's done." Something with a headline on the order of "Thinking the Unthinkable," which some of us have been thinking for quite some time.