“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."

Friday, January 01, 2010

My Prediction for 2010: Iran in Revolution


Reza Pahlavi, Iran's former crown prince and the son of the last Shah of Iran.

The Iranian government ordered and staged demonstrations in support of the government. The"crowd" dutifully and robtically complied.

"I am not afraid to die for people's demands ... Iran is in serious crisis ... Harsh remarks ... will create internal uprising ... the election law should be changed ... political prisoners should be freed," said Mirhossein Mousavi .

Iran appears to be nearing the tipping point. The opposition is getting bolder and is persistent. The response from the government is violence against those in the street. We have seen this before.

Baton swinging cops become targets of the crowd. The government that once led by acclamation now has only the dismal answer of more cops, more violence and more killing. One day the police will not return. They will drop their helmets and side with the crowd. It happens fast.

Perhaps this is wishful thinking, perhaps not. I predict this will be the last year for the mullahs.

June 13 - Authorities say that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the incumbent, has won the election with nearly 63 per cent of vote. Mir Hossein Mousavi, who polled 34 per cent of the vote, describes the result a "dangerous charade" and thousands of protesters clash with police.
June 14 - Mousavi asks the powerful Guardian Council, which has the power of veto over government legislation and can bar candidates from elections, to annul the results.

June 15 - At least seven people are killed during a march by Mousavi supporters in Tehran, state media says. Protests break out in other cities.

June 16 - Thousands of pro-Mousavi demonstrators march in northern Tehran. Authorities ban foreign journalists from leaving their offices to cover the street protests.

June 19 - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, says that the protest leaders will be held responsible for any bloodshed if demonstrations over election continue. He says Ahmadinejad won the polls fairly by 11 million votes.

June 20 - Riot police are deployed to disperse groups of several hundred Iranians who have gathered across Tehran.

A suicide bomber blows himself up near the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution, in Tehran, Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency reports.

State television says 450 people are detained during clashes in the capital in which 10 people are killed, including Neda Agha-Soltan. Graphic footage of her death is seen around the world on the internet and she becomes a symbol of the opposition movement.

June 23 - Guardian Council again rules out annulment of the poll, saying there have been no major irregularities. Riot police and Basij militia in Tehran prevent planned protests.

Barack Obama, the US president, says the United States is "appalled and outraged" by Iran's crackdown on opposition supporters.

Britain expels two Iranian diplomats after two of its own are expelled from Iran.

June 26 - Ahmad Khatami, a member of the Assembly of Experts, an elected body which appoints and monitors the performance of the supreme leader, calls for the execution of leading "rioters".

June 28 - Authorities detain several local British embassy staff for alleged involvement in the unrest. Britain calls the arrests "harassment and intimidation" and demands their release.

July 17 - Clashes erupt between police and opposition protesters for the first time in weeks in Tehran after Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president, declares that Iran is in crisis.

July 20 - Mohammad Khatami, another former president, calls for a referendum on the legitimacy of the government.

July 30 - Clashes erupt after hundreds of Mousavi supporters gather to mourn Neda Agha-Soltan at the Behesht-e Zahra cemetery. Hundreds of police fire teargas to disperse protesters from nearby streets.

August 1 - Iran puts a number of prominent individuals on trial charged with trying to overthrow the religious establishment.

August 3 - Khamenei formally approves the second term presidency of Ahmadinejad.

August 5 - Ahmadinejad is sworn in by parliament.

August 8 - A court charges a French woman, two Iranians working for the British and French embassies in Tehran and dozens of others with spying and aiding a Western plot to overthrow the system of religious rule.

August 25 - A prosecutor demands "maximum punishment" for Saeed Hajjarian, a senior reformist activist, accused of acting against national security.

September 3 - Parliament approves most of Ahmadinejad's cabinet.

September 9 - Mousavi says on a website the detention of Alireza Hosseini Beheshti and Morteza Alviri, two senior reformists, was a "sign of more horrendous events to come".

September 11 - The Etemad-e Melli website says Mohammad Ozlati-Moghaddam, a member of Mousavi's campaign headquarters staff ahead of the election, has been detained.

October 18 - Mousavi pledges to press ahead with efforts to change Iran despite a crackdown on protests, his website reports.

October 28 - Khamenei says it is a crime to cast doubt on the June election, which the opposition says was rigged.

November 4 - Police clash with Mousavi supporters in Tehran on the 30th anniversary of the storming of the US embassy.

November 22 - Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a reformist former vice-president, who was arrested after the election, is sentenced to six years in jail, Iranian newspapers report. He is released on bail pending an appeal.

December 19 - Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Iran's most senior dissident cleric, dies. The opposition holds demonstrations as he is buried.

December 23 - The home of Grand Ayatollah Yusuf Sanei, a senior reformist cleric, is attacked, an opposition website reports.

December 24 - Iran bans memorial services for Montazeri with the exception of those in his birthplace and Qom.

December 27 - Police confirm that five people are killed in clashes between police and protesters which coincide with the religious event of Ashoura. There are reports that Seyyed Ali Mousavi, the nephew of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, is killed.

December 30 - Tens of thousands of Iranians take to the streets across Iran for a series of state-sponsored rallies designed as a show of strength following the pro-opposition demonstrations. Aljazeera

Iranian cops getting the snot kicked out of them.


Iran in ‘Serious Crisis,’ Moussavi Says

Published: January 1, 2010

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi said Iran was in "serious crisis" and called for the immediate release of supporters arrested after the June presidential vote, his website reported on Friday.

"Arresting or killing Mousavi, (another opposition leader Mehdi) Karoubi ... will not calm the situation," Mousavi said in a statement published by his Kaleme website.

"I am not afraid to die for people's demands ... Iran is in serious crisis ... Harsh remarks ... will create internal uprising ... the election law should be changed ... political prisoners should be freed," his statement said.

Anti-government protests erupted in Iran after its disputed June 12 presidential election, which secured President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election.

The continuing protests have plunged Iran into its worst internal crisis in the Islamic Republic's 30-year history.

Opposition leaders say the presidential vote was rigged. The government denies this.

The hardline authorities have intensified their crackdown on the opposition since Sunday, when eight people -- including a nephew of Mousavi -- were killed in fiery protests on the day of the Shi'ite Muslim ritual of Ashura.

Hardline leaders have accused opposition leaders of fomenting unrest and called for them to be punished.

A representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that opposition leaders were "enemies of God" who should be executed under the country's sharia, Islamic law.

Authorities have arrested at least 20 pro-reform figures, including three senior advisers to Mousavi, his brother-in-law and a sister of Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.

Iran's police chief has warned Mousavi's supporters they will face harsh treatment unless they halt their "illegal" rallies.

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi, Tehran newsroom, editing by Tim Pearce)


  1. Support the freedom loving people of Iran. Do nothing that will give support to the mullahs or give them a rallying point.

  2. A bright, shiny new year!

    It's like a clean litter box!

    Let's run down the list of Trish's New Year's resolutions while she's still slightly intoxicated, shall we?

    1. Assassinate Doug.

    2. Teach myself how to iron my own shirts again.

    3. Say fuck it and just send everything to the cleaners.

    4. Sing Dennis Blair's praises.

    Let's run down the list of my 2010 predictions:

    1. The Iranian regime will remain in place.

    2. I will finally buy that pair of purple driving mocs in that shop next to Carrefour that I've had my eye on for, like, six months.

    3. I will bitch about traffic.

  3. Long live the brave people of Iran !!
    Zendeh bâd Irânîye delîr va âzadeh !!

  4. I'll bet you a pair of purple mocs.

  5. Won't fit my time line, dear host.

    I have, lemme see, seven days in which to purchase them because I can't get THESE purple driving mocs at home. Or I probably can because they have a website but I don't want to wait.

    Bet me something else.

  6. If your prediction is realized I will for my part write a post confessing that my prediction was influenced by a thoroughly petty desire to see the NRO editorial staff proven wildly wrong and my prediction regarding an Israeli operation proven correspondingly correct.

    (I should add to my list of 2010 predictions that Clinton will, under her own steam, depart as SecState at the end of the year, and then we'll be totally fucked because her replacement will totally suck.)

  7. I'll sue unless you do it with Hellfire!

  8. Mist from fireworks covers the Likelike Highway in Kalihi Valley at midnight on New Years Eve.

    Mortar Fire in Honolulu

    Honolulu has a blast on Eve

    Dana Hanohano, 43, and her children Ha'aheo, Ho'okela, and Hi'ilei spent the evening celebrating with family in Liliha.

    "For us, fireworks are entertainment for the kids," she said. "It's better here than in Waimānalo. The smoke is so thick there you can barely see the road."

    Illegal aerials could be spotted all around Kalihi Valley, where by mid-evening the streets were carpeted with spent fireworks.

    Bernard Villanueva, 27, sat in his garage with family and friends to take in the scene.

    "You can turn 360 degrees and see them everywhere," he said.

    A few yards away, a cluster of tubes used to launch aerial fireworks sat temporarily empty.
    Villanueva said the device was being shared by families on the block — with plausible deniability assured to all.

    Joel Domingo, 27, and his family ushered in the new year with an assortment of devices, including a noisemaker "cannon" made out of aluminum cans and duct tape and fueled by lighter fluid. Domingo was vague about plans for midnight, but admitted "a few illegals" might be involved.

    His wish for the New Year was simple. "You know, health and happiness for everybody," he said. "And that the Lakers win the championship."

  9. Too bad I live in a hoity toity neighborhood.
    (at least on the 4th and New Years)

    Hawaiians and Asians really get into fireworks.
    Used to live in a neighborhood where you could not see for several hours due to the smoke.

  10. Back on thread:
    Hope you all saw the Video of the kids smashing the windows out of a police van and pulling 3 hostages out to safety.

    Imagine sitting in that van knowing that your life was officially fucked, then being liberated.
    Enough to make a believer in power to the people!

  11. What is
    "my prediction regarding an Israeli operation"

  12. Israel's gonna bite the bullet for us all and take the Iran gig. And they've been green lighted.

  13. Jeeze,
    So Ledeen, Doug, and Deuce want a nice healthy revolution, and Trish wants a World-Shaking dustup.
    Go figure.

  14. 'Rat, Rufus, and the Palis will Reeallly love the Joos if that transpires!

  15. Why would Hussein green light Joos?

  16. Because a nuclear Iran means a forever altered strategic balance in the ME. A strategic balance not remotely in the West's favor or in that of our allies in the region.

  17. (yeah, I know:
    So he can vote present.)
    Can't see it, myself.

  18. Strategic thinking by Trish:

    "Oh oh Domino
    (All right)
    Roll me over Romeo, there you go
    Lord have mercy
    I said, oh oh Domino
    Roll me over Romeo, there you go
    (Hey, all right)
    Say it again
    Oh-oh-ooh-ooh Domino
    (Hey, hit it)
    I said oh-ooh-ooh Domino

  19. I know the mullahs and current leadership in Iran needs to be hung from lampposts... I dont know how freedom loving the protesters are....

    that being said...

    i do not think the current murderous leadership will go quietly and that it has invested much in importing talent that have no problem in killing at will. Iran has raised thousands killers in virtual farms across the middle east...

    These "farms" are run by palestinians, Hezbollah, iraqis and syrians... We already have seen the spawn of these proxy armies in use in Iraq and Lebanon. (and they are turning up in gaza)

    Now iran is using it's arab killers to control, rape, beat and murder it's own citizens...

    Iran has a great potential to be pro-western but understand that the larger portion of it's population is NOT and these people have the power as we speak.

    I would bet dollars to donuts Iran will seek help from it's proxies for some international distraction, maybe a Hezbollah attack, or a Hamas rocket...

    (A grad-type Katyusha rocket hit Netivot on Thursday night around 9:30. This was the first rocket of that type fired from the Gaza Strip in nearly a year)

    Christmas day bomber? Who supports his group? Iran.....

    The flair up in Yemen? IRAN

    The seizing of Iraqi oil field? IRAN

  20. EB Warhawk of the New Year:

  21. I guess ut goes without saying that I can see it.

    In any event, time will tell, won't it?

  22. EB Warhawk couple of the New Year:
    Trish and WIO!

  23. "It" goes without saying, too.

  24. JAH would never give the power to a baldhead
    Run come crucify the dread

    Time alone, oh! time will tell
    Think you're in heaven, but you living in hell
    Think you're in heaven, but you living in hell [repeat]
    Time alone, oh! time will tell
    You think you're in heaven, but you living in hell

    Back them up, oh not the brothers,
    But the ones, who set them up

    Time alone, oh! time will tell
    Think you're in heaven, but you living in hell
    Think you're in heaven, but you living in hell [repeat]
    Time alone, oh! time will tell
    You think you're in heaven, but you living in hell

    Oh children weep no more
    Oh my sycamore tree, saw the freedom tree
    Oh children weep no more
    Weep no more, children weep no more

    JAH would never give the power to a baldhead
    Run come crucify the dread

    Time alone, oh! time will tell
    Think you're in heaven, but you living in hell
    Think you're in heaven, but you living in hell [repeat]
    Time alone, oh! time will tell
    You think you're in heaven, but you living in hell

  25. We had a giant sycamore tree right behind our house next to creek on the farm.

    Anybody else here experienced the smell of Cottonwoods in the spring?

  26. And just to be clear:

    I am not averse to "a nice healthy revolution."

    I'm convinced it's a fucking pipe dream.

  27. The idea of our Muslim President greenlighting Israel...

  28. I have a simple philosophy...

    Those that express their desire to murder me and my people I desire for their genetic pool to be erased from the earth....

    If a nation promotes "Death to America" "Death to Israel" and funds proxy armies to murder American and Israel civilians that nation should be destroyed.

    Europe is almost lost...

    Russia is getting aggressive, as is China...

    America has bowed it's way down to be the do nothing paper tiger. The current alleged President of the USA is joke... And the world now doesnt trust America as a ally... CHANGE in 12 months...


  29. What is it about a fucking pipe dream that's wrong?

  30. gosh I would love to see a civil war in iran...

    and golly miss molly what the heck would happen in the world if the good guys won?

    I can see it now thousands of protesters chanting "CHANGE" "We are the ones we have been waiting for" in downtown Teheran!


    I predict that Iran, with support from America, Russia and China, will rape, beat and murder anyone that stands in their way...

    And in the end, America (under Obama), Russia & China will line up with contracts for Iranian oil and natural gas and to sell them garbage...

    nope the ball-less wonder that is the alleged POTUS of the USA will not stand tall and demand freedom for the peoples of Iran, he will not support any meaningful sanctions against Iran...

    the protesters are on their own...

    The "I VOTE PRESENT " "so called" president total action plan is to DO NOTHING

  31. "Esaias is another name for the Messiah

    Christ has many many names..I will come with a new name

    Welcome lana to Movement of JAH People
    one love~strawberry AKA Tammy"

    Who are the "JAH People"?

  32. This week Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas once again honored the memory of the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi - this time by sponsoring a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of her birth. Mughrabi led the worst terror attack in Israel's history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians. Present at the ceremony were Palestinian dignitaries and a children's marching band. Earlier this year, Abbas sponsored a computer center named after Mughrabi [at US taxpayer expense. CiJ].

    The PA further glorified Mughrabi on the date of her birth when the Governor of Ramallah announced the naming of the "Dalal Mughrabi Square".

    An article by Fatah spokesman Jamal Nazal in the official PA daily defined the terrorist Mughrabi as "the heroine of Palestine's heroines."
    [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 30, 2009]

  33. the protesters are on their own...

    The "I VOTE PRESENT " "so called" president total action plan is to DO NOTHING

  34. Christ is not a name...

    It comes from "Christos" or annointed...

    so to be technical...

    if you area a believer (i am not) it would be

    "Jesus the Christ"

  35. Money that Congress appropriated to go to Christians being cleansed from Iraq has been re-routed by the State Dept to
    "areas that have significant numbers of Christians"

    ...the Muslims in charge of these areas gratefully accept the money and continue to eliminate the Christians.

  36. Teresita's predictions for 2010:

    1. North Korea sells carbon credits for hard currency: For every family using an SUV in America, Kim Il Jong pledges, for a nominal fee, to match them with one family using bicycles in Pyongyong. Obama praises the initiative as a great move forward in US-NoKo relations and the future of the Earth's biosphere.

    2. Whiskey on the Belmont Club has no more time for his elaborate analyses of the psychosexual roots of Islamo-fascism after his wife insists (upon pain of withholding sexual intercourse) that he needs to actually contribute to their upkeep of the household by helping her keeping it clean and by getting a, you know, job. President Obama invites Whiskey to a "beer summit" where they bond after Barry relates a very similar tale.

    3. China passes Japan to become the second-largest economy in the World . . . for about five minutes. In the wake of Israeli airstrikes intended to set back the Iranian nuclear timetable, the regime in Iran starts a general war in the Middle East in retaliation, but the real purpose is to rally the people to the side of the Ali Khameni and avoid going the route of Romania with the collapse of Communism in the West. Although the US blocks the land route to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States by a large presence in Kuwait, Iran unleashes her large stockpile of missiles, shutting down all traffic in the Strait of Hormuz. Oil goes to $200 a barrel overnight and the world is plunged into an economic Depression. The Obama Administration blames "eight years of bankrupt foreign policies of the Bush Administration."

    4. Six thousand participants of the international climate summit in Shanghai are medevac'ed to the United States for respiratory ailments soon after passing a protocol by which American industry was to be sharply curtailed to balance the pollution emitted by developing nations such as China. President Obama comments that the Shanghai Protocol goes a long way toward reversing Anthropogenic Global Warming and that China's support was refreshing following last year's disappointing summit in Copenhagen.

    5. Bob al-Harb's participation in the Elephant Bar is curtailed when his wife files for divorce upon discovering that most of their money that was going to be used to develop the back 40 went to someone named Michelle Lynn Darmstadt of Pennsylvania to hush up the affair. President Obama comments that Bob "acted stupidly."

  37. Bottom line:
    Saddam did a better job of protecting Christians (and women) than the present reality.

  38. "The Obama Administration blames "eight years of bankrupt foreign policies of the Bush Administration."
    Hey, that's a gimme!

  39. 5. Bob al-Harb's participation in the Elephant Bar is curtailed when his wife files for divorce upon discovering that most of their money that was going to be used to develop the back 40 went to someone named Michelle Lynn Darmstadt of Pennsylvania to hush up the affair. President Obama comments that Bob "acted stupidly."

    So you are on record predicting that BHO will be RIGHT for the first time?

  40. My predictions for 2010:

    1. B Obama will continue to be a joke.

    2. It will be learned that Michele Obama's ass is actually where waldo is hiding....

    3. They will find Nancy Pelosi's penis

    4. They will find Harry Reid's vagina....

    5. Hillary will come out of the closet.

    6. The Palestinians will demand statehood, reparations and a UN resolution that no people in the world ever have suffered as much as the Palestinians ever, in the history of the world, and it will pass with Norway, England and Arab League co-sponoring

    7. Oil will go to 200 a barrel and Obama will pass a no drill law in America, declaring that America has SINNED

    8. Obama's foreskin will be found in an indonesia midrassa's file cabinet that contains all 13 yr old's clipped skins as part of their ritual circumcision.

    9. A growing new trend amongst European women will be embracing Female Genital Mutilation as so not to offend the average Muslim

    10. A new Girls Gone Wild edition will spring on the market.. the Burka addition. This will cause riots across the islamic world, Burka addition will feature the ankles of several islamic gals....

    11. Obama will make a federal law requiring prayer 5 times a day. He will suggest that instead of directing the prayers via Mohammed, they use the phrase "Barak Hussein Obama"

  41. oh... and are very own Rat will receive The Honor of Merit Award from the PLO

  42. That's the

    Arabfat Honor of Merit Award


  43. Obama’s March 6, 2007 interview with Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times, entitled, “Obama: Man of the World,” (Gateway Pundit) has never received the publicity it deserves.
    In it, Obama talks about being a “street kid” in Jakarta, about going to a Muslim elementary school: things he writes about in his autobiographical “Dreams From My Father,” events that one page on his official campaign website denies ever took place (Barack Obama and Joe Biden: The Change We Need |), while a different page on the same Obama website reprints the relevant paragraphs from the article (Barack Obama and Joe Biden: The Change We Need |); since so many other embarrassing things and people have been “disappeared” from this Obama website—like the prominent position and fulsome praise for the Revs. Jeremiah Wright and Michael Pfluger and from them to Obama--I wonder how long this New York Times article is going to be there.

    In any case, in this interview Obama chants the opening lines of the Adhan, the Muslim “Call to Prayer” in Arabic, with what Kristof says is a first class accent and then, Obama goes on to volunteer that this “Call” is “One of the Prettiest Sounds On Earth At Sunset.” Here is what this “Call to Prayer” Says:

    “Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
    Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
    I witness that there is no god but Allah
    I witness that there is no god but Allah
    I witness that Muhammad is his prophet… “

    Read more:

  44. No one can predict the outcome of an Israeli attack on Iran. If recent past military events are indicative, it would be a fiasco.

    The Israelis would probably screw it up and drag the US into it.

    The US economy is too fragile and the military too extended.

    Does anyone know with certainty that Iran has no nuclear bomb? Pakistan, Russia, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan?

    There are too many downsides. If Obama gets talked into this, he is more bizarre than I thought.

    Of course, no one wants a nuclear Iran. A total embargo would work, but the Chinese and Russians will not go along.

    Let the events in Iran play out. We couldn't bomb our way to success at Tora Bora. Why do we expect an Israeli success with no blow back?

  45. The White House has been barraged with requests to release the names of its visitors.
    Today they released the first 500 visits, all from the period of Jan 20-July 31.

    Some of the Names you can find on the list are
    Bill Ayers 2x,
    George Soros 4x,
    Michael Moore 8X,
    the head of the ACORN affiliated Union the SEIU Andrew Stern 20x,
    Jeremiah Wright, GE/NBC head Jeff Immelt 5x,
    Jesse Jackson 6x,
    John Edwards2x,
    Al Sharpton 2x,

    and of course television goddess Oprah Winfrey.

  46. T's number 5 -


  47. Ask one simple question.

    Given past events, how many past supporters of attacking and occupying Iraq, still think it was a good idea?

  48. Let's use the next ten years to take care of the US first, rebuild our manufaturing base and end the decade with a government surplus.

  49. "We couldn't bomb our way to success at Tora Bora. "

    Au contraire, the Rodent and I contended we coulda tactical nuked our way to success at Tora Bora.

  50. Fri Jan 01, 10:05:00 AM EST

    I still think the Rummy/Garner plan to roll Saddam up and leave the Iraqi Army in charge and get out was a good idea.

    Trish's heart throb Powell, and W's sweat partner Condi had other ideas.

    Including the pottery store, or whatever dickhead, suckass Powell called it.

  51. oh, and the decider let others decide what the decider would decide...

  52. Anyone need anything from the store?

    Hurry. Get your requests in.

    Baldguy's running down.

  53. The decider decided not to prosecute leakers.

    The decider decided not to prosecute war as war.

  54. OMG!
    Trish is having an affair w/Baldguy!

  55. Aguardiente? Arepas? Chicken heads and feet?

  56. Sorry. They're sold raw in the animal bits section.

  57. Green Tabasco thinking.
    Red Tobasco and Chulua, here.

  58. Fire water, along with rum, is sold in handy juice boxes here.

    And, no, I am not making that up.

  59. coulda?

    ...This blog isn't big enough for all of us to post the things we coulda done and shoulda done.

  60. Obama gives Iran deadline on nuclear program

    Stephen Dinan


    L'AQUILA, Italy -- President Obama said Friday that Iran faces a September deadline to show good-faith efforts to halt its nuclear weapons program, and said the statement issued by the world's leading industrial nations meeting here this week means the international community is ready to act.

    The president also said the current system of international organizations is a relic of the 20th century and needs to be updated, but also said the United Nations needs to step up and fulfill its role. He spoke at a press conference wrapping up three days of meetings here with the Group of Eight top economies -- exactly the sort of international institution that's come under fire for excluding major countries.

    On Iran, Mr. Obama raised expectations for a September international summit in Pittsburgh, saying the invited nations will take stock of whether Iran has complied with international demands over its nuclear programs. He also denied reports that Washington tried but failed to achieve agreement on new sanctions here, saying the statement was what he wanted.

    "It provides a time frame," Mr. Obama said. "If Iran chooses not to walk through that door, then you have on record the G-8 to begin with, but I think potentially a lot of other countries, that are going to say we need to take further steps."

    TWT RELATED STORY: World leaders: Obama doing 'everything right' so far

    In sharp contrast to Mr. Obama's upbeat tone, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev struck a confrontational note by reviving Moscow's tough talk about a proposed U.S. defensive missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. U.S. officials say the system is designed to deter rogue nations, particularly Iran, but the Kremlin has long complained the shield could be used to neutralize Russian's own nuclear arsenal.

    In sharp contrast to his positive words during Mr. Obama's visit to Moscow earlier this week when the two reached broad agreement on nuclear arms cuts, Mr. Medvedev in his own post-summit news briefing here returned to Russia's earlier tough rhetoric. He said his earlier threat to post short-range missiles in its central European enclave Kaliningrad on the Polish border was still in effect if the United States pursued the the missile defense program.

    "If we don't manage to agree on the issues, you know the consequences. What I said during my state of the nation address has not been revoked," Mr. Medvedev told reporters.

    Iran insists its nuclear programs are intended solely for civilian needs. The president said the U.S. and its partners are "not going to just wait indefinitely" while Iran works on a nuclear weapon.

  61. Deuce wrote:

    "Why do we expect an Israeli success with no blow back?"

    I'll venture a guess as to what is lurking in the back of trish's mind:

    That strategic balance thing tilting the wrong way in the ME, and hence the rest of the world (especially in light of past cold war thinking) and those military 'can do' folk (to answer your second question) think we've actually won in Iraq. How much power do the 'can do' folk wield appears to be the crucial question regarding whether the trigger is pulled or not. I think it would be a colossal mistake but hey, those 'can do' folk really think they can get it done.

    Happy New Year! Happy New Decade!

  62. Tapatio

    Case of twenty four
    (24) 5 oz bottles
    $20 !

    Jeeze, we pay 5 times that much for Tobasco!

  63. Barack Obama: Iran must meet nuclear deadline
    US President Barack Obama has told Iran it has until the end of the year to respond to his diplomatic outreach over stopping its nuclear programme.

    Speaking after talks with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Monday, Mr Obama said that the US wants to bring Iran into the world community.
    But he added: "We're not going to have talks forever."

    Israel is deeply concerned about Iran's perceived attempts to build a nuclear weapon, assuming that the anti-Israeli government in Tehran might target the Jewish state, which lies within easy range.
    Beyond that, the Iranian government has sponsored anti-Israeli Islamic militants including Hamas and Hizbollah, that refuse, as does Tehran, to accept Israel's existence.
    The Bush administration had bludgeoned Iran diplomatically about its perceived nuclear weapons ambitions but refused to engage the government in Tehran. Mr Obama, worried that a nuclear-armed Iran could spark an arms race in the Middle East and deepen the threat to Israel's security, has changed course and is seeking to engage the Iranians in direct talks.
    "The important thing is to make sure there is a clear timetable, at which point we say these talks don't seem to be making any clear progress," said Mr Obama.
    "If that hasn't taken place, I think the international community will see that it's ... Iran itself that is isolating themselves."

  64. Israel took out an iranian/syrian/north korean reactor in syria 2 years ago with no blow back...

  65. Right on! Ash!
    Trish is a big Iraq occupation supporter.
    Can do, and all that, ya know.

  66. It's good stuff, Doug. Try it.

    For yellow (is yellow a flavor?) I do like the Cholula.

  67. Israel has already prepared the middle east for the blow back...

    the so called failures of israeli wars in southern lebanon and gaza prove my point...

    the world may call both wars a failure, and there are a few in public in israel that called for investigation but let's examine some important points...

    Southern Lebanon: Israel taught Hezbollah a lesson, so much so that it's leaders STILL HIDES IN A BUNKER and changes homes on a nightly basis...

    Israel has notified the Lebanese that if Hezbollah attacks again, Israel will hold the Government of Lebanon responsible. Thus the truth? Israel held back 96% of it's potential force in the last war and will not hold back again next time.

    Yes hezbollah as rearmed by a factor of 4x, however this is not Israel's failure, but rather the UN & the world's

    Gaza: In spite of public perception, Hamas lost the war, it lost fighters, infrastructure and a hugh amount of popular support, sure it's still in charge if the strip and sure it's re-armed but it's SHOOTING at egyptian troops who are building a wall on it's shared border... The analysis of hamas in the last war should a hugh number of hamas fighters, RUNNING as fast as they could AWAY from the battle field... cowards....

    Syria, Israel has communicated with the young leader that even though it has spent 1.2 billion of iranian US dollars on a new russia missile shield Israel can cut through it like butter and if it sticks it's nose into a battle with Israel, all gloves are off...

    So the blow back of Iran's reaction to an Israeli strike are already being dealt with...

    In Iraq, the iranians have been supplying ied's and arabs to do the killing, in recent weeks the Iraqis are arresting Iranians in Iraq at ever growing numbers...

    If Iraq closes the Straits of hormuz? It closes off it's own import of gasoline and it's own export of oil (badly needed cash) Couple that will blowback IN IRAN with the KURDS & others...

    Notice how the fear of blow back is coming to a head again?

    Remember the 40,000 body bags of Iraq?

    Sometimes the fear you project onto yourself is worse than the bombing on our enemies that actually kick their ass...

  68. "Au contraire, the Rodent and I contended we coulda tactical nuked our way to success at Tora Bora."

    Yeh, but then, you are Doug and the Rat.


  69. Trish, sorry for being so surly about such a trivial matter last night.

    I try to be a good boy. I'm just not good at it.

    Maybe this year.


  70. "For yellow (is yellow a flavor?) I do like the Cholula."

    Cholula is mellow, but not yellow.

  71. (but I've only had the generic USA version)

  72. No, there's a Cholula yellow.

  73. A little sweet, not a lot of bite, and without the vinegar taste of a lot of hot sauces.

    Good luck with that, Quirk.

  74. The Lonely, Murderous Sons of Allah: A Psycho-analytic View
    Posted By Phyllis Chesler

    One is the 17th son; the other is the 16th son. Neither are the sons of a first wife. One is an engineer; the other was an engineering student. Both have ancestral roots in Yemen. Both are educated and come from wealthy families.

    I am talking about Osama bin Laden–the 17th son among 57 children whose father is Yemeni–and the Christmas Day Bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab–the 16th and youngest son, whose mother is Yemeni [1]. Both men were born “shamed,” disadvantaged, because their mothers were not “first,” or high-status wives.

    Both men are lonely [2] sons of Allah, yearning for paternal attention, even affection, in a polygamous culture in which fathers have too many children and little incentive to pay close attention to any one of them. This is devastating, especially to sons, because the culture overly values fathers and men, and grossly undervalues mothers and women. Thus, the attention a son may receive from his mother (if she is not sent away, as Bin Laden’s mother was) does not make up for the missing and longed-for father.

    I have often thought that the way many Arab Muslim brothers brutally order their sisters around not only reflects how their fathers treat everyone, but is also a measure of their frustration about not being able to bond with their absent, lordly fathers. Thus, for a number of reasons, prison-style sexuality as well as homosexuality and homosexual pederasty is as rampant as it is forbidden in Arab and Muslim culture.

    Arab and Muslim sons desperately want their fathers. But their fathers are busy marrying other, younger wives, having other, newer children, and founding financial empires. They want their fathers to redeem them from the shameful fate of living in a world of mainly women–which they do when they are very young; and of course, they want their fathers for reasons of identity and inheritance.

    Based on his memoirs, even our totally assimilated American President is still in search of his missing, absent, polygamous Muslim father. Folks: The comparison stops here. I am not suggesting that Obama has anything else in common with Bin Laden or Abdulmutallab.

    Both Osama bin Laden and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab are dreamy, disassociated, unnaturally calm, “removed,” and, according to my friend and colleague, Dr. Nancy L. Kobrin, perhaps “slightly autistic.” These men do not relate well to others. Both men have “issues” with women. They can’t really connect with them—but when they do, their need to control them is extreme.

    By the way: Dr. Kobrin’s new book, The Banality of Suicide Terrorism: The Naked Truth About the Psychology of Islamic Suicide Bombing [3] will be out early next year. (Full disclosure: I have written the Introduction for it).

  75. According to Dr. Kobrin, many of our best counter-terrorist experts have “not been that interested in the early childhood development” of Islamic suicide or martyr-killers. This is entirely understandable but a bit short-sighted. Their goal is short-range: To detect and stop the next martyr-killer, be he homegrown, foreign, a loner, connected to a network, male or female. The longer range view is far more daunting, and not in western hands. Yet, allow me to say it anyway.

    If Arab Muslims truly want to change the culture in which terrorism flourishes and which includes the master handlers and manipulators (Nancy Kobrin and I call them “serial killers by proxy”), the sexually repressed and permanently “shamed” young men, the permanently endangered women, and the homicide-and-hate preachers—that culture will have to undergo a revolution as far as women are concerned.

    Think about what that revolution might look like. Polygamy; forced, arranged child marriage; purdah; forced veiling; female illiteracy; female genital mutilation; female sexual slavery; gender segregation; sexual repression/obsession; in short, everything that characterizes Islamic gender apartheid would have to go.

    As would Islamic religious apartheid.

    If not, we will be playing catch-up for a hundred years with hundreds of thousands of would be martyr-killers, some of whom we ourselves will release and have to catch again. (Two of Abdulmutallab’s handlers were once imprisoned in Gitmo, but we let them go).

    And, by the way, the West had better wake up and understand that these acts of terrorism have absolutely nothing to do with the alleged American “occupation” of Iraq or the alleged Israeli “occupation” of Palestine or with alleged past western crimes of colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, Crusadism–or with issues of poverty and illiteracy. Bin Laden and Abdulmutallab are educated and wealthy and not all that altruistic. Jihadists, martyr-killers, suicide bombers, all believe that they are doing what the Qu’ran commands them to do: Kill the infidel, take over all infidel lands. For those who say that this is not their Islam, I say: Bring on that Islamic Reformation. If it were ever needed, it is needed now.

    Dr. Kobrin points out that “Bin Laden’s father was from the area of Yemen called Hadramaut which means ‘death has come.’”

    Aptly, chillingly, named.

    And, think about it: Abdulmutallab was willing to set fire to his genitals. The explosives were not only taped to his leg; they were also contained in a condom-like pouch in his crotch inside his underwear. If anyone out there is willing to think symbolically, psycho-analytically, here goes: We are looking at a young man whose sexuality is literally “on fire,” whose ability or desire to procreate is all bound up with his desire to kill and die.

    Eros versus Thanatos. Good versus Evil. Big stuff.

    An Afterword

    Abdulmutallab has apparently been plagued by unwanted sexual desires, by loneliness, and by visions of jihad and of Islam ruling the world. Several sources have reprinted some of his presumed internet postings.

    He wrote: “As i get lonely, the natural sexual drive awakens and i struggle to control it, sometimes leading to minor sinful activities like not lowering the gaze (in the presence of unveiled women)…And this problem makes me want to get married…The hair of a woman can easily arouse a man…The Prophet advised young men to fast if they can’t get married but it has not been helping me much…

    “I get lonely sometimes becuase I have never found a true Muslim friend. I strive to live my daily life according to the qurun and sunnah to he best of my ability…I imagine how the great jihad will take place, how the muslims will win, insha Allah, and rule the whole world.”

    Article printed from Chesler Chronicles:

  76. WiO,

    At Fri Jan 01, 10:56:00 AM EST, 4th from last para, did you mean to say If Iran closes the Straits of hormuz?

  77. linearthinker said...

    At Fri Jan 01, 10:56:00 AM EST, 4th from last para, did you mean to say If Iran closes the Straits of hormuz?

    Fri Jan 01, 11:33:00 AM

    Yes, typo, thanks

    If IRAN

  78. Two staples:
    Salsa Brava and La Mexicana Hot Salsa, the latter now available in Arkansas as well as California.

    As for wine? Trader Joe's 2BuckChuck. Never a bad year! But, y'all know that already.


  79. Trader Joe's makes THE best red salsa (as opposed to hot sauce) hands down. I've made my own salsa when we run out but we've shipped down something like thirty bottles of Trader Joe's. And been through every last one of them.

  80. We need some remedial work in the wine cellar.

  81. Wio, please date some of your posts for context.

  82. They couldn't close the Straits if they wanted to, What Is.

  83. We need some remedial work in the wine cellar.

    Tutorial by Veronica? I'm up for that.


  84. I remember something rat-man said about bombing in response to someone talking about bombing and flattening somebody or something.

    I paraphrase, but he said we never flattened anything except a wedding party or two.

    Cruelly funny.

  85. And it was Jeffery Record's "Bounding The Global War On Terrorism," Quirk. At the Strategic Studies Institute.

    It's been a few years.

    Quite a few.

  86. Deuce said...
    Wio, please date some of your posts for context.

    sorry about that...

    the obama deadline posts were may and september of last year..

    point was to show that obumbler's threats to the iranians is an act of playing with one's self..

  87. The other Miss T said: They couldn't close the Straits if they wanted to, What Is.

    Kill one to frighten a hundred.

    Sink one or two oil tankers and the Strait will be effectively closed.

  88. “As i get lonely, the natural sexual drive awakens and i struggle to control it, sometimes leading to minor sinful activities like not lowering the gaze (in the presence of unveiled women)…And this problem makes me want to get married…The hair of a woman can easily arouse a man…

    They spend their whole lives treating women as inferior beings, not averting their eyes from women is a "sin", and now all of a sudden they want to get married.

  89. They're not going to be able to do it, T.

    Just sayin'.

  90. We are looking at a young man whose sexuality is literally “on fire,” whose ability or desire to procreate is all bound up with his desire to kill and die.

    You know, this isn't surprising at all. When men do things sometimes they take them to ridiculous extremes. Even when they try to go as women, they get superfeminine, like RuPaul.

  91. " was Jeffery Record's "Bounding The Global War On Terrorism," Quirk."

    Checked it out P. As it was 62 pages long, I only read the summary and I am in agreement with most of what he has written.

    However, my little rant last night was primarily because of two of my favorite bugbears.

    First was the legalistic use, or rather non-use, of the term assassination which brought to mind the pervasive, Orwellian use of euphemisms to describe bills, actions, motivations, etc in order to obscure the true meanings of such for PC, sophistic, or just plain dishonest reasons. For instance, not calling a terrorist a terrorist. Or, changing "healthcare reform" to "insurance industry reform" when the prior didn't produce the desired support.

    The second is only tangentially related to the "war on terror". It actually has to do with the federal government's propensity to try to expand, a propensity that has grown at an exponential rate over the last two administrations.

    The war on terror was merely the neocons' vehicle for achieving their goals of developing a stronger more robust central government and expanding the U.S. influence and political philosophy across the globe.

    The fact that their vision was flawed and that they were woefully incompetent in their efforts to achieve those goals provides little comfort to those who believe their basic rights under the constitution have been diminished with no apparent offsetting benefits.


  92. re: closing the straits:

    I don't believe that the Iranian military has the ability to close and hold the straits of Hormuz but wouldn't shipping be vulnerable to individuals and small groups deploying/firing the anti-shipping equivalent of IED's? Once the threat is made, and more likely if one ship were to go down, conservative insurance and shipping companies would be reluctant to go there and that would effectively close the Straits.

    Doesn't another problem with the concept of attacking Iran center around the numerous targets involved in addressing their nuclear program and their relative proximity to civilian populations? How would Israel deal with the multiplicity of targets without US direct support? How would the resulting civilian deaths blow back upon US. The blowback from dead wedding parties has been problematic and the Iranian situation would orders of magnitude worse wouldn't it?

  93. "However..."

    You know what, Quirk?

    It's too fine a day.

  94. Why did China shoot down Copenhagen? First, people want cars rather than bicycles. AFTER they have cars, and after they have air conditioning, THEN they start worrying about what comes out of the exhaust pipe.


  96. WiO: The Palestinians will demand statehood, reparations and a UN resolution that no people in the world ever have suffered as much as the Palestinians ever, in the history of the world, and it will pass with Norway, England and Arab League co-sponoring

    Pallies are like Slinkys. They're boring, but they put a smile on your face when you push them down the stairs.

  97. Quirk said:
    The war on terror was merely the neocons' vehicle for achieving their goals of developing a stronger more robust central government and expanding the U.S. influence and political philosophy across the globe.

    First part wrong, second part right and what of it? I think our influence and political philosophy are a good thing.

  98. Teresita!
    For Shame!
    Slinkies are serious business.

  99. No Doug you're thinking of Sybians.

  100. "Based on his memoirs, even our totally assimilated American President is still in search of his missing, absent, polygamous Muslim father.
    The comparison stops here. I am not suggesting that Obama has anything else in common with Bin Laden or Abdulmutallab.
    Who says he is
    "totally assimilated?"

    A total ass, he is.

  101. You refused to bite the other day when I brought up saddles.

  102. "First part wrong, second part right and what of it? "

    Well Gee, Whit. Dont' want to get into a long discussion of it but how has that worked out?


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  104. California, New York and Illinois need to wake up. Start paying attention and stop voting the spenders back in office at every level of government.These three states are important due to the fact they have many electorial votes. This is how Obama feels he will win a second term. Every American should keep a close eye on the 2010 census. This Obama Admin wants to count illegals as voters and therefore all he needs to win is a few states like NY, CA, MN, IL and so on.The 9/11 terrorists were not citizens of the US but six of them were registered voters. Is the media telling you about this? NO.

    BY scottyk

  105. I actually ran that by husband, Quirk.

    Course he's had a few gin and tonics.

  106. I meant to note this development earlier but forgot:

    Iraqis outraged as Blackwater case thrown out

    Not that the Iraqis are upset, but the fact that the charges were thrown out.

  107. Even better solution: next time don't elect a guy POTUS who thinks his job is to be AQ's lawyer. Holder and his Justice Department minions spent most of eight years making it harder for Bush to keep the bad guys in detained and Comrade Obama makes him Attorney General? Heckuva job Barry, heckuva a job.
    BY willis

  108. Iraqis are NOT outraged that the Admin let's them use money approriated to protect Christians to eliminate Christians, Whit!

  109. "North Korea extends olive branch to U.S. in New Year's message"
    Must be time to send more money, oil, or Nuke equipment.

  110. Rush news

    Tests show no heart attack, expects to be behind the golden mic by end of week.

  111. My prediction for the New Year is:

    On Dec 31, 2010 I'll be just as damned dumb as I was on Dec 31, 2009.

    Some things just never seem to change.

  112. Rush news,.

    Finally some good news to begin the new year.

  113. With regards those Blackwater boys, they were promised immunity when making their after action statements, the Federals then tried to use those statements against them.
    It was the crux of their case, it seems. The US judge would not go for that. Even though it was a "war crime".

    Just as the statements made by the Gitmo detainees will be inadmissible, in Federal Court.

    These are scenes we'll all seen, again.

    Any bets that Sheik Mohammadan was not read his Miranda Rights?

  114. "I actually ran that by husband, Quirk."

    From the

    "Course he's had a few gin and tonics."

    comment I assume he objected to one or more of my points.



  115. "Must be time to send more money, oil, or Nuke equipment."

    This is the one area of foreign policy where The Big O has had some success (basically by doing nothing).

    Hillary has just ignored NK since taking over as SOS.


  116. I don't think Trish should repeat her husband's comment.

  117. I think rather that she should marvel at the Parrish sunset sky.

  118. Yeh, and we should try to keep it clean here for at least the first day of the new year.


  119. Second Prediction: Coup in Pakistan.

  120. Third Prediction: Whichever team I bet on will get clobbered in the Frijoles, Tamale, Tostitos (whichever it is) Bowl.

    I'm currently leaning toward Alabama which means Texas is the "bet of the century," ("Best bet in the history of mankind, Lock of the Universe, yada, yada, whatever.)

  121. Upsets happen. My boys did it today at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.

    Sent the old man (Bowden, not whit) out on a high note.

    (whit is a virile, young man far from retirement and certainly not going anywhere.)((that's what she said!)) ;-)

  122. "She" remaining nameless. :-#

  123. "they were promised immunity when making their after action statements, the Federals then tried to use those statements against them"

    Meets FEDERAL "Standards," far as I can tell!

    Fitzpatrick the classic federal putz:
    Make headlines, ignore the big fish, "justify" your charade by jailing a minnow.

  124. "Tests show no heart attack, expects to be behind the golden mic by end of week."

    Uh, that's TODAY, broadcastweekwise, Whit!

  125. Rush Slide #9
    Fat Farts Find Romance in Paradise.

    Fat Fart Rush Fans, that is.

  126. FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2007 file photo, radio personality Don Imus addresses the audience at New York's Town Hall during his return to radio. Citadel Broadcasting Corp., the nation's third-largest radio broadcasting company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday in an effort to restructure its hefty debt load as it continues to face declining advertising revenue. Citadel's WABC is home to several syndicated hosts, including Imus, Rush Limbaugh, Joe Scarborough and Mark Levin.
    How do you not make money with that lineup?

  127. Uh, you know what I mean, Doug.

  128. Asshole's sposed to be back behind the golden mike Monday!
    Faked the "attack" to get outta work!

  129. Oh, you mean what it says on Drudge?

    "end of NEXT week!"

    Shape up mate!

  130. Citadel headliners should take a pay cut!

  131. ""Hollywood races to make a film about Tiger Woods' womanising.

    Tiger volunteers for first manned mission to Mars!

  132. ...with his 3 favorite babes, of course.

  133. U.S. Loan Effort Is Seen as Adding to Housing Woes

    Some economists contend that the Obama administration’s $75 billion program to prevent foreclosures has done more harm than good.

  134. There appears to be good money in pirating.

    "Property prices in Nairobi are soaring, and Somali pirates are getting the blame.

    The hike in real estate prices in the Kenyan capital has prompted a public outcry and a government investigation this month into property owned by foreigners. The investigation follows allegations that millions of dollars in ransom money paid to Somali pirates are being invested in Kenya, Somalia's southern neighbor and East Africa's largest economy."

    20% Down


  135. "It’s going to get much worse before it gets better here in CA, CHP got me the other day for tinted windows and talking on the phone, the fine was a tad over $300, good Lord I bet a stop light violation is probably soon going to be over $1000 and from a CAMERA at that!"

  136. According to the AP, Russian set a minimum price for vodka that more than doubles the cost of the cheapest vodka on the market in an effort to fight rampant alcoholism.

    The measure also is aimed at reducing the deaths caused by drinking in Russia... a minimum price of $3 per half liter of vodka (17 ounces) went into effect Friday...

    A study published last year in The Lancet said drinking has caused more than half of deaths among Russians aged 15 to 54 since the 1991 Soviet collapse.


  137. BAGHDAD (AP) — December was the first month since the U.S.-led invasion
    of Iraq nearly seven years ago in which no U.S. forces died in combat in
    the country.

    Obama is taking credit, of course.

  138. Middle Class Housing in the Obamanation:

    For Some in Japan, Home Is a Tiny Plastic Bunk

    The cubicles of capsule hotels, built for salarymen who missed the train home, are becoming a last resort for the unemployed in Japan.

    Slide Show: Jobless, and Living in a Bunk

  139. So, I hope everyone had a nice New Year.

    Whit, the wine...mezzo mezzo. I could have done a little better. But it's drinkable.

  140. My wine was awful last night. Did not open the Columbia Crest but some Pino Gris I had in the frig.

  141. I'll let you know how the second glass goes down. It's okay, I doubt I'll buy it again.

  142. It's all been one big mistranslation. Mo' really said one 72 year-old virgin.

  143. So, the Russians think they are going to get $23.00/gallon for for a product the average Russian can make in his home for $1.00/gallon?

    Good Luck wit dat.

  144. I think I will have another glass myself.

  145. I just poured a little "hair of the dog," myself.

    Best idea I've had all year.

  146. Then, we'll toast to the New Year.


  147. Come to think of it, it's the only "idea" I've had all year.

    It's been a "slow" year so far.

  148. Two Buck Chuck, y'all.

    Never a bad year. Cabernet white and red, Merlow, Sheraz, all them flavors...

    Happy New Year(s)!


  149. Here's my Second thought of the New Year:

    Although "Employment" is the most important thing, at this stage of a "possible" recovery "employment" statistics can be all over the map.

    For Confirmation, you need to watch Consumer Crdit.

    You're not, truly, in recovery until this one is solidly positive.

  150. You guys know the drill, get over 150 comments and Teresita to the rescue with a new EB topic.