“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."

Saturday, January 07, 2012

The Left’s So-Called Empathy

Lest you doubt that we’re headed for the most vicious election year in memory, consider the determined effort, within ten minutes of his triumph in Iowa, to weirdify Rick Santorum. Discussing the surging senator on Fox News, Alan Colmes mused on some of the “crazy things” he’s said and done.

Santorum has certainly said and done many crazy things, as have most members of America’s political class, but the “crazy thing” Colmes chose to focus on was Santorum’s “taking his two-hour-old baby when it died right after childbirth home,” whereupon he “played with it.” My National Review colleague Rich Lowry rightly slapped down Alan on air, and Colmes subsequently apologized, though not before Mrs. Santorum had been reduced to tears by his remarks. Undeterred, Eugene Robinson, the Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post columnist, doubled down on stupid and insisted that Deadbabygate demonstrated how Santorum is “not a little weird, he’s really weird.”

#ad#The short life of Gabriel Santorum would seem a curious priority for political discourse at a time when the Brokest Nation in History is hurtling toward its rendezvous with destiny. But needs must, and victory by any means necessary. In 2008, the Left gleefully mocked Sarah Palin’s live baby. It was only a matter of time before they moved on to a dead one.

Not many of us will ever know what it’s like to have a child who lives only a few hours. That alone should occasion a certain modesty about presuming to know what are “weird” and unweird reactions to such an event.

In 1996, the Santorums were told during the pregnancy that their baby had a fatal birth defect and would not survive more than a few hours outside the womb. So Gabriel was born, his parents bundled him, and held him, and baptized him. And two hours later he died. They decided to take his body back to the home he would never know. Weirdly enough, this crazy weird behavior is in line with the advice of the American Pregnancy Association, which says that “it is important for your family members to spend time with the baby” and “help them come to terms with their loss.”

Would I do it? Dunno. Hope I never have to find out. Many years ago, a friend of mine discovered in the final hours of labor that her child was dead but that she would still have to deliver him. I went round to visit her shortly after, not relishing the prospect but feeling that it was one of those things one was bound to do. I ditched the baby gift I’d bought a few days earlier but kept the flowers and chocolate. My friend had photographs of the dead newborn. What do you say? Oh, he’s got your face?

I was a callow pup in my early twenties, with no paternal instincts and no great empathetic capacity. But I understood that I was in the presence of someone who had undergone a profound and harrowing experience, one which it would be insanely arrogant for those of us not so ill-starred to judge.

There but for the grace of God go I, as we used to say.

There is something telling about what Peter Wehner at Commentary rightly called the “casual cruelty” of Eugene Robinson. The Left endlessly trumpets its “empathy.” President Obama, for example, has said that what he looks for in his judges is “the depth and breadth of one’s empathy.” As he told his pro-abortion pals at Planned Parenthood, “we need somebody who’s got the heart — the empathy — to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom.” Empathy, empathy, empathy: You barely heard the word outside clinical circles until the liberals decided it was one of those accessories no self-proclaimed caring progressive should be without.

#page#Indeed, flaunting their empathy is what got Eugene Robinson and many others their Pulitzers — Robinson describes his newspaper column as “a license to feel.” Yet he’s entirely incapable of imagining how it must feel for a parent to experience within the same day both new life and death — or even to understand that the inability to imagine being in that situation ought to prompt a little circumspection.

The Left’s much-vaunted powers of empathy routinely fail when confronted by those who do not agree with them politically. Rick Santorum’s conservatism is not particularly to my taste (alas, for us genuine right-wing crazies, it’s that kind of year), and I can well see why fair-minded people would have differences with him on a host of issues from spending to homosexuality. But you could have said the same thing four years ago about Sarah Palin — and instead the Left, especially the so-called feminist Left, found it easier to mock her gleefully for the soi-disant retard kid and her fecundity in general. The usual rap against the Right is that they’re hypocrites — they vote for the Defense of Marriage Act, and next thing you know they’re playing footsie across the stall divider with an undercover cop at the airport men’s room. But Rick Santorum lives his values, and that seems to bother the Left even more.

#ad#Never mind the dead kid, he has six living kids. How crazy freaky weird is that?

This crazy freaky weird: All those self-evidently ludicrous risible surplus members of the Santorum litter are going to be paying the Social Security and Medicare of all you normal well-adjusted Boomer yuppies who had one designer kid at 39. So, if it helps make it easier to “empathize,” look on them as sacrificial virgins to hurl into the bottomless pit of Big Government debt.

Two weeks ago I wrote in this space: “A nation, a society, a community is a compact between past, present, and future.” Whatever my disagreements with Santorum on his “compassionate conservatism,” he gets that. He understands that our fiscal bankruptcy is a symptom rather than the cause.

The real wickedness of Big Government is that it debauches not merely a nation’s finances but ultimately its human capital — or, as he puts it, you cannot have a strong economy without strong families.

Santorum’s respect for all life, including even the smallest bleakest meanest two-hour life, speaks well for him, especially in comparison with his fellow Pennsylvanian, the accused mass murderer Kermit Gosnell, an industrial-scale abortionist at a Philadelphia charnel house who plunged scissors into the spinal cords of healthy delivered babies. Few of Gosnell’s employees seemed to find anything “weird” about that: Indeed, they helped him out by tossing their remains in jars and bags piled up in freezers and cupboards. Much less crazy than taking ’em home and holding a funeral, right?

Albeit less dramatically than “Doctor” Gosnell, much of the developed world has ruptured the compact between past, present, and future. A spendthrift life of self-gratification is one thing. A spendthrift life paid for by burdening insufficient numbers of children and grandchildren with crippling debt they can never pay off is utterly contemptible. And to too many of America’s politico-media establishment it’s not in the least bit “weird.”

- Mark Steyn


  1. Deuce said...
    When the first mullah straps on the one-way-vest to heaven I’ll believe the 12th what-the-fuck-ever bullshit.

    That's the point, it's not if YOU believe their crap, THEY BELIEVE it.

    Until you Israel bashers wake up and smell the coffee that the jihadists are gunning for the Great Satan even MORE than the Little satan you are in denial.

    So, bash Israel, Jews and Zionism. Put a different standard of behavior on them then anyone else in the world.

    Someday soon, those jihadists will be at your mall, your DMV, your grocery store...

    Think I am kidding?

    Burkas in America is happening now. That is just the symptom.

  2. Venezuela's ambassador to the United States is defending his country's controversial airline service to the capitals of Syria and Iran -- both countries that are designated by the U.S. as state sponsors of terrorism.

    The scheduled flights to Damascus and Tehran were cited by the U.S. State Department this month as a cause for concern, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York, raised questions about the flights in an interview last week with Voice of America.

    According to the State Department's latest country report on terrorism, which covers 2009, "President [Hugo] Chavez continued to strengthen Venezuela's relationship with state sponsor of terrorism Iran. Iran and Venezuela continued weekly Iran Airlines flights connecting Tehran and Damascus with Caracas."

  3. WASHINGTON - Iran Air 744 is a bimonthly flight that originates in Tehran and flies directly to Caracas with periodic stops in Beirut and Damascus. The maiden flight was Feb. 2, 2007.

    The mere existence of the flight was a significant concern for U.S. intelligence officials, but now a broader concern is who and what are aboard the flights.

    "If you [a member of the public] tried to book yourself a seat on this flight and it doesn't matter whether it's a week before, a month before, six months before -- you'll never find a place to sit there," says Offer Baruch, a former Israeli Shin Bet agent.

    Baruch, now vice president of operations for International Shield, a security firm in Texas, says the plane is reserved for Iranian agents, including "Hezbollah, the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) and other intelligence personnel."

    Current and former U.S. intelligence official fear the flight is a shadowy way to move people and weapons to locations in Latin America that can be used as staging points for retaliatory attacks against the U.S. or its interests in the event Iranian nuclear sites are struck by U.S. or Israeli military forces.

    "My understanding is that this flight not only goes from Caracas to Damascus to Tehran perhaps twice a month, but it also occasionally makes stops in Lebanon as well, and the passengers on that flight are not processed through normal Venezuelan immigrations or customs. They are processed separately when they come into the country," says Peter Brookes, senior fellow for National Security Affairs at the Heritage Foundation.

    The 16-hour flight typically leaves Tehran and stops at Damascus International Airport (DAM), which is Syria's busiest. In 2009, almost 4.5 million passengers used the airport.

    After a 90-minute layover, the flight continues the remaining 14 hours to Venezuela's Caracas Maiquetía International Airport (CCS). Upon arrival, the plane is met by special Venezuelan forces and sequestered from other arrivals.

  4. Iran's leaders warn once they're done with Israel, they're coming for America.

    The Islamic Republic is already in the Western hemisphere laying the groundwork for that mission.

    From Mexico to Brazil, to Ecuador to Bolivia, Iran and its terror proxy Hezbollah are establishing a network.

    "Wherever Iran goes, Hezbollah is sure to follow," said Jose Cardenas, a former Bush administration official and a current associate for Vision Americas. "Iran has traditionally used Hezbollah as a unit to conduct their dirty work."

    And there's lots of it. According to German media reports, Iran has plans to build a missile base in Venezuela.

    Still closer to home, Hezbollah has reportedly established ties to Mexican drug cartels along America's porous southern border.

    "Hezbollah has been involved in narco-trafficking in the Western hemisphere for a number of years now," Cardenas explained. "But the trade is so lucrative that they have taken every advantage to expand."

    Iran has identified Brazil, Latin America's most populous country, as a potential target for recruitment and radicalization.

    An Iranian cleric named Mohsen Rabbani is a key figure in Brazil, Argentina and elsewhere, drawing recruits for Hezbollah and spreading Iran's radical Shia ideology across the region.

    "There is a pipeline whereby when they find very attractive candidates, they send them for religious training in Iran," Cardenas told CBN News.

    "And these are Latin Americans, sent to Iran to the holy city of Qom to get training there," he added. "They come back and then basically they meld into local communities."

    For Iran, the goal is simple: have a network in place that can strike directly at America if -- and when -- it's necessary.

  5. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is investigating members of the Lebanese group Hezbollah for helping the Zetas smuggle cocaine and launder money south of the U.S. border, according to a federal indictment unsealed on Tuesday.

    Sebastian Rotella, foreign correspondent for Pro Publica, told KNX 1070 the partnership points to a “very interesting and worrisome convergence”.

    “You have a very sophisticated global operation doing money laundering and hundreds of millions of dollars of it and drug trafficking, and different groups are benefiting from it,” said Rotella.

    The U.S. Treasury first announced in February that the eighth-largest bank in Lebanon was acting as a “financial institution of primary money laundering concern” linked to Hezbollah, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization since 1997.

    The indictment alleged drug kingpin Ayman Joumaa, 47, a Lebanese businessman who speaks fluent Spanish, has used the Lebanese Canadian Bank (LCB) in addition to several U.S.-based businesses to launder as much as $200 million every month.

    With the help of the Zetas, Joumaa allegedly helped smuggle 85 tons of Columbian cocaine through Mexico, where it was ultimately funneled into America, according to the indictment.

    Joumaa allegedly coordinated the smuggling of at least 85 tons of Colombian cocaine through Central America and Mexico in partnership with the Zetas, the brutal Mexican cartel founded by former commandos, according to the indictment

    Published March 2008, updated January 2011

    DEARBORN, MI. – Three years have passed since FBI counterterrorism agents raided the house at 6050 Argyle that sheltered one of Hezbollah's top U.S. leaders.

    Among the materials seized inside Mahmoud Youssef Kourani's house in this predominantly Arab immigrant neighborhood were audio-tapes beseeching listeners to “Rise for Jihad! Rise for Jihad! I offer you, Hezbollah, my blood in my hand.” A photo showed one of Kourani's minor children wearing a necklace hung with a photo of Hezbollah General Secretary Sheik Hassan Nasrallah.

    Now that the house has been bulldozed, all that remains attesting to any Hezbollah presence here is a vacant lot, as conspicuous as a missing tooth, on an otherwise densely-packed street. As though someone tried to knock out even the memory of it.

    Court records say Kourani was a ranking Hezbollah insider in Lebanon who had received “specialized training in radical Shiite fundamentalism, weaponry, spy craft and counterintelligence in Lebanon and Iran. The government described one of his brothers as “Hezbollah's Chief of Military Security for Southern Lebanon.”

    But Kourani holds a rarely acknowledged distinction: He is one of only a handful of Middle Easterners smuggled over U.S. borders - in the trunk of a car from Tijuana - to have been convicted of terrorism charges in American courts.

    His distinction as a confirmed terrorist illegal border crosser is one that goes to the heart of a central question regarding just how much of a national security threat is posed by a small category of immigrants known in homeland security agencies as “Special Interest Aliens.”

    When border restriction advocates cite special interest immigrants to justify post 9-11 border security initiatives, scoffing critics often throw down this challenge: Show me a single terrorist who has ever sneaked over the border.

    There is, of course, Kourani. But there are many other suspected terrorists who are known to have sneaked over the U.S. border - from both Canada and Mexico - since Al-Qaeda began the campaign of bombing American targets in the mid-1990s that culminated in the 9-11 attacks. And, many more who have crossed through ports of entry or between them who are on federal terrorist watch lists as suspected terrorists.

  7. With the loss of your baby, your family members will also grieve. Your baby is someone’s granddaughter, brother, cousin, nephew or sister. It is important for your family members to spend time with the baby. This will help them come to terms with their loss. If you have other children, it is very important to be honest with them about what has happened by using simple and honest explanations. It is your decision whether you would like the children to see the baby. Ask for a Child Life Specialist at the hospital; these are trained professionals who can help you prepare your children for the heartbreaking news, and prepare them to see the baby if you wish.

    Partisan Politics And Santorum Stillborn Baby


  8. The "Left", in search of another four years at the levers of power.
    They are no more "Liberal" than the "Right" is "Conservative".

    Both yearn to use the power of the Federal government for their own enrichment.

    So it has been, so it will remain.

  9. While our boy "o" has suddenly become concerned about the goings on, in the American hemisphere.

    The same fellow that feared an Iranian EMP would send US back to the dark ages.

    Not understanding either the physics or practical difficulties involved in using a nuclear device in that manner.

    Perhaps he's spent to much time watching Danny and the boys robbing casinos in Vegas.

    Hopefully Hugo will buy a bunch of Scuds, a more wasteful use of Venezuelan resources, unimaginable.

    It would greatly weaken his regime, buying missiles rather than AKs, RPGs and helicopters.

    Can't put down a restive and rioting population with Scuds. He should just ask that Alawai ruling in Syria, President Assad, for confirmation of that reality.

  10. Hugo's grand conspiricy theory, that the US was the cause of cancer amongst South American leaders, another error.

    Reuters reports -

    Argentina's Fernandez sent home, never had cancer.

    Hugo famous for sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  11. If Hugo were a "real" threat, we'd embargo Venezuelan oil.

    Funny thing, not one DC politico has mentioned that, have they?

  12. desert rat said...
    While our boy "o" has suddenly become concerned about the goings on, in the American hemisphere.

    The same fellow that feared an Iranian EMP would send US back to the dark ages.

    Nice misdirection Ratboy, tired of sleeping with the horses this am? Not enough room in the stalls?

    Actually EMPs are serious business, Iran, North Korea and Pakistan all have worked together on their NUKE program, now one could argue that China and Russia have not aided their program overtly but think of it...

    The Nuke sites in Syria that Israel took out several years ago KILLED over a dozen North Koreas, when Iran has some mysterious explosions destroying a missile facility NORTH KOREAS were killed.

    What better way for Russia or China to stick to the USA then have a proxy pariah nation (such as Nkor) set off a emp 200 miles above Alaska or the western USA, but that same logic, If Iran thought they were about to get hit, why would they not shoot of an EMP over Europe?

    Your dismissal of things you know nothing more than google search is showing...

    You might have been some "trainer" for the USMC in Central America some 3 decades ago, but your actual knowledge of these things is limited. After all you are just a ex-marine horse jockey. I remember your types growing up in real Cowboy country, we had a name for your types..."posers"

    Yep, your out of your paygrade sparky.

    But then again, your paygrade? Never amounted to much anyway...

  13. Never said I was a Marine.

    Because I never was, a Marine.

    The Syrian regime and the NorKs?

    Not a Muslim in the mix.

  14. But then we wouldn't want facts to interfere with your diatribes, would we?

  15. Why a fella that declares that Islam was at war with the US, would support the destruction of a non-Islamic regime in Syria ...

    Well, I guess those tanks on the Israeli border matter more to you than the threats posed by the radical Islamoids to the US.

    If the US was going to be at "War with Islam" we'd be arming the Alawai regime of Doc Assad.
    The man the Muslim Brotherhood loves to hate.

  16. To describe the Alawai as Islamic, just more propaganda.

    By the masters of deception.

  17. Seems that the Israeli are not the only folks that use the Inet for sabotage.

    Better get those troops ready to deploy, to Mexico.

    Israel has said it will respond to cyber-attacks in the same way it responds to violent "terrorist" acts after the credit card details of thousands of its citizens were published online.

    A hacker named OxOmar claiming to be Saudi said on Thursday he had leaked the private information.

    Credit card companies say at least 6,000 valid cards have been exposed.

    Reports say OxOmar may be a 19-year-old living in Mexico.

    "Israel has active capabilities for striking at those who are trying to harm it, and no agency or hacker will be immune from retaliatory action," he added, without giving further details.

    An aide to Mr Ayalon said Israel was aware of the report OxOmar may be in Mexico, but had not yet requested help from the Mexican authorities

    Then again, the Israeli mercenaries working with the cartels may just take on an "extra" assignment.

  18. Echoes of Charlie Wilson's War, but not in Afghanistan, but Nicoland.

    The best-substantiated knowledge of Israel's entry into the war against Nicaragua is its agreement with the CIA in either 1981 or 1982 to supply East bloc weapons to the then-covert mercenary operation.

    After having been "restrained" a bit by Congress during the 1970s, the CIA was experiencing difficulty procuring "untraceable" weapons for the contras and was embarrassed when some of the mercenaries appeared on U.S. television in early 1982 brandishing U.S. weapons. In a display of caution that would mark all their dealings with the contras, the Israeli government made a pretense of refusing U.S. requests for such weapons "through normal diplomatic channels," while some former Israeli intelligence officials approached the CIA with an offer to supply East bloc arms, which Israel has in abundance. The Agency assumed that the offer had the backing, awareness or sponsorship of the Israeli government. There is some question as to whether the CIA accepted this particular offer, but an arrangement was indeed made in the early 1980s to supply the contras with East bloc light arms and shoulder-fired missiles, selling the weapons through the CIA, which in turn passed them on to the contras and the Afghan rebels. This particular arrangement apparently continued until 1986, "[w]hen the Israelis presented their bill for $50 million...[and] the CIA pleaded poverty, paying $30 million in arms, not cash."


  19. Former FDN Director Edgar Chamorro said the contras were speaking of Israel as an international supporter in 1982.

    In December of that year, the FDN leadership met with Ariel Sharon, Israel's defense minister, while he was on a visit to Honduras. An arrangement was made at that time to funnel Israeli-held East bloc arms to the contras through Honduras.


  20. In 1987, right-wing paramilitaries hired Israeli former Lieutenant Colonel reservist Yair Klein and members of his private “security” company Hod He’hanitin (Spearhead Ltd.) as advisors on the country’s leftist insurgency with tacit approval from the government of President Virgilio Barco Vargas….

    Klein is wanted by Colombia’s law enforcement agencies after being convicted for training a terrorist group in 1990 – a group supported by Colombian drug dealers. The former Israeli army lieutenant colonel was convicted of terrorist activities and the training of gunmen from among local residents on territory not under the control of the official authorities.”


  21. Colombian internal security chief General Miguel Marquez in 1989 publicly named Klein as training and providing arms to the Medellin cartel’s sicarios (death squads). Colombian authorities assert that Klein was also involved in training the security detail of Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria, head of the Medelin cocaine cartel in the 1980s. Gaviria was killed in 1993.


  22. In the minds of many Americans, the Rio Grande divides Mexico, a corrupt land where drug cartels often seem to have the upper hand, from the United States, a nation of law and order, where the authorities try to keep criminal gangs in check.

    But the reality on the border is much more complex. The Mexican drug cartels recruit young men from both countries and operate their smuggling and murder-for-hire rings on both sides of the divide, though under slightly different rules of engagement.

    That complexity was reflected in the short but bloody careers of Mr. Reta, Mr. Gonzalez and Mr. Cardona, who are linked to crimes in both countries, according to trial transcripts, court documents and interviews with detectives and family members.

    Mr. Reta also told the police that he had attended a training camp in Mexico for six months, where he learned to shoot assault rifles and engage in hand-to-hand combat. One of his instructors, he said, was an Israeli mercenary. Mr. Reta was also proud of his marksmanship.

    "If I cannot hit you in the forehead from a distance," he boasted in his interview with the police, "I will kneel down in front of you and put my forehead against the muzzle of your gun. I will look you in the eyes while you kill me."


  23. Last December, the Guatemalan government declared a state of emergency as Los Zetas overtook Alta Verapaz department, and even seized radio stations to announce they would launch a full-fledged insurgency if the government did not back down.

    Such a threat is not easily dismissed; the Zetas (and other Mexican DTOs) are not a band of thugs like the drug gangs of the nineties or even Pablo Escobar’s Medellin cartel; they are an elite paramilitary force armed with high-tech weaponry and able to use a range of sophisticated operational tactics. Former members of Guatemala’s elite counterinsurgency body known as the Kaibiles are now known to fight for the Zetas (who are also believed to have received training from former Colombian Special Forces, French and Israeli mercenaries, and, before Zeta leaders defected from the Mexican military, they also received specialized instruction in counternarcotics and counterinsurgency from American trainers).

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  25. The "Best" ...
    Veterans Today


    Despite his outward image as an Arab nationalist leader, Gaddafi has maintained close ties with Israel since his takeover of Libya in a military coup in 1969. That friendship, “strange bedfellows,” has finally come to light, one of the many “closeted partnerships” between Israel and Middle Eastern dictators that were exposed by Wikileaks.

    Gaddafi, a Marxist, was himself the subject of a coup planned by British SAS founder David Sterling early on. Sterling was shocked when ordered to stand down, being told that Gaddafi was, though a communist, under the protection of both the United States and Israel.

    Though, for decades, the western press has depicted Gadaffi as a staunch enemy of Israel and Zionism, the two nations have shared covert projects that can be traced as far back as the early 1970s. A consortium of “rogue” states, Iran under the Shah, apartheid South Africa, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Gaddafi’s Libya and Israel sold arms, developed weapons technologies and operated a network of spies, particularly inside the United States, keeping the Soviet Union abreast of NATO military and intelligence secrets and defense plans.

  26. There is this report that names the Israeli company approved to manage those Colonel Q mercenaries.

    ... the Israeli government has authorized the Israeli company, Global CST, to finance and arm and supply Gaddafi with 50,000 African Mercenaries (from Uganda, Chad and other nations)!

  27. Now, it may be that this OxOmar fella had some family members kidnapped or killed by Israeli trained narco-terrorists.

    And that after "Anonymous" called off "OpCartel" he was looking for some other way to get "payback".

    Members of the online activist group Anonymous in Mexico have again (and hopefully for good) called off their threat to expose names of associates of the Zetas drug cartel.

    Apparently, the cartel returned the Anonymous member whose kidnap allegedly was the catalyst for the OpCartel plan in the first place.

    A statement from Anonymous Iberoamerica says the Anonymous member was freed, "although bruised, we can say he is safe and well." But the cartel, reknowned for its violence and brutality, sent a message back that for every name related to the cartel that is disclosed the cartel will kill 10 people.

    Thus OpCartel is canceled to protect people from getting killed, according to the Anonymous statement.

    "The Anonymous collective has decided by consensus that the information we have not disclosed for now, that we understand we can not ignore threats that involve innocent people who have nothing to do with our actions," the statement said.

  28. You can't have these giant cartels without Powerful (read: government/bank) backing.

    And, of course, the enabling/cooperation of the most gigantic drug smuggling operation of all time, our very own CIA.

  29. Is the Mossad mixed up in all this? Of course.

  30. Wheels within wheels, rufus, no doubt.

  31. So is England's MI6, and Pakistan's ISI. Selling Drugs (and, Protection) is a Wonderful Business for any Spy Agency.

  32. Burkas in America is happening now. That is just the symptom.

    Next thing you know, women will have to ride at the back of the bus because some Ultra-orthodox Rabbi says so.

  33. desert rat said...
    Never said I was a Marine.

    Because I never was, a Marine.

    The Syrian regime and the NorKs?

    Not a Muslim in the mix.

    Not all threats to the USA come from Jihadists.

    But you knew that.

    But the Iranians DO work with others.

    Just like when you did your illegal stuf, you worked with others... Just didnt get arrested...

    But now?

    You are just an old wannabee spook...

    Worthless really...

  34. Teresita said...
    Burkas in America is happening now. That is just the symptom.

    Next thing you know, women will have to ride at the back of the bus because some Ultra-orthodox Rabbi says so

    Nice attempt, but you know as well as I do your analogy is wrong.

    But when you retire to that shit hole you call your homeland, I cant wait for the locals to get a load of you and yours...

    Now that will be funny...

  35. Iran's leaders warn once they're done with Israel, they're coming for America.

    I'm shaking in my warrioress boots.

    When Stephen Hawking gets done with Chuck Norris he's coming for Seal Team Six.

  36. Those KGB fellas, they stole an entire country. After they lost control of the heroin flow out of Afghanistan, there was no place else for them to go, but Russia.

    Colonel Klein, he must not have been current on his protection payments, they nabbed him in Moscow, trying to fly on bogus Israeli papers, in 2007.

    The Russians, though, did not honor the extradition request by the Colombians and he returned to Israel in 2010.

    The JPost reporting:

    Human rights activists are asking Israel to open an investigation into Klein’s actions during that period, in the hope that he could be tried here.

    “Israel should not be a safe haven for somebody who is implicated in atrocities in Colombia,” said Jose-Miguel Vivanco of the New York-based Human Rights Watch.

    But, of course, Israel does provide safe haven for those that commit atrocities. Refusing to try the Colonel in Israeli courts or to extradite him to Colombia.

    Hopefully, like Eichmann, he will be kidnapped, smuggled out of Israel and brought to justice for his crimes.

  37. This fellow reported in 1989:

    Dr. Israel Shahak, retired professor of chemistry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, is chairman of the Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights.

    That American Jews were being used to launder cash payments from the drug trade, through Israel, back to the cartel, in Noriega's Panama.

    The right-hand man of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, and a person who apparently had a hand in putting Noriega in power, is asenior ex-Mossad man, Mike Harari, who has filled Panama with Israeli connections.
    It also is interesting to learn that Col. Klein was paid in the United States for his services in Colombia. He also was paid in cash. Although the sums involved were large (one report claimed it was $800,000), he did not put the money in a bank-one assumes that he had his reasons-nor did he contravene US laws by taking the cash out of the United States. Instead, he left the money with a member of a well-known network of ultra-pious Jews in New York, who transferred the money to Israel.
    the Israelis who headed the gang secured the help of many otherwise respectable American Jews by telling them the money was intended for the work of Mossad in Panama and Colombia.

    As a result, a rabbi in Seattle was convicted of receiving some of the money, depositing it in small amounts in many different accounts in Seattle, and then transferring it to a bank in a very small Israeli town, Kiryat Ono. From there, it was transferred to a well-known Colombian drug trader through a Panamanian bank.

    Those of the accused who had not escaped to Israel received very light sentences. The rabbi from Seattle got off with one month of detention. The sum which he was convicted of transferring personally to Israel was $18,300,000, of which $13,600,000 found its way to Panama.

    The US media, apparently, was too busy covering "international terror" to report this case of Israeli laundering of drug money from the US to Colombia.

  38. It certainly appears that both Muslims and Jews maintain Hawala, basically a parallel or alternative remittance system that exists or operates outside of, or parallel to traditional banking or financial channels.

    Another point of equivalency.

  39. As do Large Gamblers, and Drug Dealers.

  40. I know of one large gambler in Las Vegas that was/is (my knowledge is ten years old) capable of moving millions, perhaps tens of millions, all around the U.S. Daily.

    The Big Drug cartels? There's just no telling.

  41. I don't care about planes flying from Venezuela to Syria and back, and I don't care about Arab remittance systems and Israeli criminal enterprises. Really, this is a slow Shabbat at the EB.

    Sanitorium slips 4 points in NH per Suffolk. So much for the "Santorum surge"; more of an "ooze" now.

  42. $3 billion dollar Chevy Dolt boondoggle is a fire trap in side collisions.

    Sanitorium Accuses Obama of "Elitist Snobbery" For "Wanting Every Child To Go To College"

  43. An incumbent Senator that gets beaten by 16% by a lackluster challenger in Pa, a purplish state, will never be elected President.

    That goofball leftie should not have picked on him for this particular thing, but Santorum is a Big Government, Bible-thumping, nutjob.

  44. That is the point, rufus, the DRUG DEALERS were using the Israeli to launder their drug money, through Israeli and Panamanian banks.

    The DRUG DEALERS were using the Israeli as hired guns and then the Israeli used hyphenated American sympathizers as money mules to launder the cash in Israel.

    Teddy was correct.

  45. It's a death trap if you sit in the car for the next three weeks following the collision, I guess.

  46. The Doctor, steady as he goes, at 20%

    One in Five Republicans.

    No telling how his anti-War message resonates with old school Democrats.

    Little wonder then that Mr Obama is steering towards the Library.

  47. The Doctor, steady as he goes, at 20%

    One in Five Republicans.

    No telling how his anti-War message resonates with old school Democrats.

    Little wonder then that Mr Obama is steering towards the Library.

  48. Gasoline, yesterday, $3.36/gal.

    Up $0.28 from one year ago.

    AAA Gas Prices

  49. One in five in Iowa

    One in five in New Hampshire

    Betcha he does better than that, in Virginia

  50. I just paid $3.24

  51. "leaner, and agile" always sounds good until the shooting starts.

    Then it's, "how long till the tanks get here?

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  53. from The Atlantic

    Obama Should Call Rumsfeld to Work on Defense Strategy and Cuts

    In some ways, Petraeus was a founding father of COIN, and is now helping to oversee the dismantlement of COIN and ushering in a new successor strategy that is potentially, leaner, smarter, and more nimble -- and potentially substantially less costly than COIN.

    This gets me to former defense secretary twice over Donald Rumsfeld -- a complicated and controversial personality in the defense and national security arena.
    But the overall package that Obama seems to be promulgating in this era of hard choices has played out briefly if unsuccessfully before -- and that was when President George W. Bush called Rumsfeld back to service in early 2001 to reshape and modernize the Pentagon.
    The Fiscal Times' Bradley Graham has written an insightful flashback piece about the arm-wrestling over strategy and defense budgets in that pre-9/11 period when Rumsfeld was skirmishing against the Pentagon's generals and working to compel efficiencies and new ways of conducting wars.

    While Rumsfeld argues that he was not part of the information-technology intoxicated "revolution in military affairs" crowd, he did become a flag-waver for the deep integration of next generation IT and communications into the broad defense platform -- arguing that this would turbo-charge America's capacity to command theaters of conflict.

    As Deuce has mentioned and I certainly concur, we are in the midst of Bush/Obama.

    From the tax code, to war policies, and now, back to the Bush pre11SEP01 future in defense doctrine.

    With the Baby Doctor pushing for "MORE" cuts in defense deployments and expenditures. One in Five Republican enthusiasts agree enough to vote for him. For sure in Iowa, probable in New Hampshire.

    The GOP House majority, committing to $500 billion, more in cuts from the defense budget baseline, in August of 2011. Hard for them to step back from that now, what with the fight on the payroll tax holiday coming into the target area, in an election year.

    Even if the Doctor losses, we're going to have taken a full step forward.

    Double Time!

  54. Until you Israel bashers wake up and smell the coffee that the jihadists are gunning for the Great Satan even MORE than the Little satan you are in denial.

    Yeah, but it was our Navy had to rescue the Iranians from the Somali teenager pirates. So them "gunning for the Great Satan" doesn't sound too scary.

  55. Santorum's New Hampshire support drops 75 percent among 20-somethings after comments on homosexuality

    That's where he said legalizing same sex marriage will lead to, "You know, man on dog"

  56. As the President said ...

    Over the next 10 years, the growth in the defense budget will slow, but the fact of the matter is this.

    It will still grow.

    In fact, the defense budget will still be larger than it was toward the end of the Bush administration.

    So the proposal is attempt to"Hold the Line" on spending, while spending more, than we did, in 2008.

    It was not long ago that we heard the GOP call for a return to 2008 spending levels.

    Will the GOP call for even "More" cuts, back to 2008 defense spending levels, or will the Librarians find a different reading room?

  57. One in Five.

    Of the GOPolitico Enthusiasts.

  58. Is 20% a ceiling or a floor?

    For "Baby Doc" Paul

    25% for "Wall Street" Romney, everywhere but New Hampshire?

    The Massachusetts Moderate life-story, won't play well south of the Mason/Dixon.

  59. In past years the Doctor scored not much above 3% to 5% from the primary particpents.

    Now he's hitting 20%, so 20% that is not a floor.

    But is it a ceiling, in the two man race, in Virginia?

    Bet not.

  60. The flap-eared jackass in chief is gonna give me a raise, yay.

    Too bad he's cutting 500,000 servicemen to do it.

  61. So, the payroll tax holiday awaits negotiation, as well as the defense budget, then the debt ceiling needs increasing, again. The August authorization, about used up.

    We know Mr Obama will support an expansion of the debt ceiling. What will the GOP do?

    We know that Mr Obama wants to increase military spending.
    Will the GOP stand firm for 2008 spending levels?

    We know that Mr Obama will support an extension of the payroll tax holiday.
    What cuts will the GOP demand "to pay for it"?

    Or will the Obama Defense "cuts" have been enough?
    In a election year.

  62. VATICAN CITY—Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said Monday that metrosexuality, the trend of heterosexual men co-opting the aesthetics of homosexual men, is strictly prohibited under Catholic doctrine. "The truly faithful will avoid the temptation to adopt this hip urban lifestyle," Navarro-Valls said. "The devout Catholic must remain on the path toward salvation, no matter how good he'd look in an Armani pullover, and no matter how much he might covet his neighbor's set of Williams-Sonoma lobster forks."

  63. Karl Weis, director of the New York-based activist group Freedom From Religion, responded to the ban by stating that "metrosexuality is so 2003."

  64. .

    Rumsfeld smiling

    In principle I agreed with Rumsfeld. When we have to go to war, we should go in, kick ass, and depart quickly.

    Unfortunately when it came to Iraq, Rumsfeld never realized that in the end he wasn't the one calling all the shots. He doggedly pursued his vision lacking the flexibility to adapt to the situation on the ground or the politics that controlled the war.

    Strange really. To paraphrase and expand on one of Rumsfeld's thoughts, "You fight the war you've got not the war you want."


  65. Ron Paul Rocks America!Sat Jan 07, 08:01:00 PM EST

    Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul and Mitt Romney have seemingly been two steps ahead of their opponents throughout the 2012 presidential campaign season, evidenced by them being the only two candidates on the Virginia primary ballot in March ...

    Ron Paul digs in for the long haul, sets schedule for Nevada

  66. Kenya: Airstrikes Kill 60 Islamic Militants in Somalia

    VOA News

    Kenya said Saturday that airstrikes have killed at least 60 al-Qaida-linked militants in southern Somalia, as part of an ongoing effort to force them out of the country.

    A military spokesman Colonel Cyrus Oguna told reporters that al-Shabab militants were killed in Friday's airstrikes in the town of Garbaharey in Somalia's Gedo area. He said the military was tipped off about the militants' whereabouts, and that he expects the death toll from the attack to rise.


    Somalian media reported Saturday that al-Shabab forces had withdrawn from Buurdhuubo District of Gedo Region in southwestern Somalia. The reports quote witnesses as saying that insurgents carrying weapons moved out of the area together with their armored vehicles. Reports also say that transitional government troops backed by Kenyan forces have advanced to the area.

  67. Kenya claims to have killed 60 Muslim terrorists, with the count likely to rise.

    Doctor Assad reportedly killed 21 Muslim extremists.

    Why not praise them both?

  68. Teresita said...
    Until you Israel bashers wake up and smell the coffee that the jihadists are gunning for the Great Satan even MORE than the Little satan you are in denial.

    Yeah, but it was our Navy had to rescue the Iranians from the Somali teenager pirates. So them "gunning for the Great Satan" doesn't sound too scary.

    Always can count on you to focus on nonsense and meaningless drivel.

  69. AU: Somalia's al-Shabab Being 'Systematically Destroyed'

    Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa

    Africa's top security official says the allied military offensive currently underway in Somalia is systematically destroying the al-Qaida linked militant group al-Shabab. The African Union is asking the United Nations to fund a final push aimed at crushing al-Shabab by August.

    The African Union Thursday endorsed and sent to the U.N. Security Council a request to increase the strength of its AMISOM military mission in Somalia from 12,000 to 17,700 troops. The request includes funds for so-called “force multipliers”, such as helicopters and warships that would dramatically expand AMISOM's capabilities.

    AU Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra says AMISOM needs the manpower and equipment to defeat Somalia's al-Shabab militants by August, when elections are scheduled to replace the U.N.-backed transitional government.

  70. Arab ministers to discuss "toothless" Syria mission

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Arab League foreign ministers meet on Sunday to discuss whether to ask the UN to help their mission in Syria, which has failed to end a 10-month-old crackdown on unrest that has killed thousands.

  71. Ali Akbar Dareini, AP Tehran -- - Iran's government on Saturday welcomed the US Navy's rescue of 13 Iranian fishermen held by pirates, calling it a positive humanitarian gesture.

  72. DR,

    Since I see you have continued to misrepresent Colonel Macgregor and me during my Shabbat absence, I am left to conclude that you are 1) delusional, 2) dyslexic, 3) idiotic, or 4) a useless (albeit prolific) liar. Any one or combiniation of the above satisfies my complaint.

  73. United Nations Peacekeeping

    A massive enterprise

    The UN is the largest multilateral contributor to post-con ict stabilization worldwide. Only the United States deploys more military personnel to the than the United Nations.

    As of 31 October 2011, there were almost 122,000 personnel serving on 16 peace operations led by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) on four continents directly impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people. This represents a nine fold
    increase in UN peacekeepers since 1999.

    In addition, the Department of Field Support (DFS) – which provides support and expertise in the areas of personnel, nance and budget, communications, information technology and logistics - supports another 13 special political and/or peacebuilding missions managed by the Department of Political A airs, as well as a number of other UN peace o ces requiring administrative and logistical assistance from UN Headquarters.

    The UN does not have its own military force; it depends on contributions from Member States. As of 31 October 2011, 114 countries contributed military and police personnel to UN peacekeeping.

    Almost 85,000 of those serving were troops and military observers and about 14,000 were police personnel. In addition, there were more than 5,600 international civilian personnel, nearly 13,000 local civilian sta and some 2,300 UN Volunteers from over 90 nations.


    A high success rate
    Since 1948, UN peacekeepers have undertaken 66 eld missions, which, among many other things, enabled people in dozens of countries to participate in free and fair elections; and helped disarm more than 400,000 ex-combatants in the past decade alone .

    “With the proper mandate and resources, peacekeepers can be a pivotal force in encouraging slow, steady progress in some of the world’s weakest states.” [ id=4350&page=2]

  74. None of the above, amigo.

    You have affirmed exactly what I have been saying.

    The Iranians cannot project a military threat beyond their frontiers.

    That is the fact of the matter.

    They can definitely interfere with commercial traffic at the Straits of Hormuz, which is part of the Iranians frontier zone.

    It is the "Persian" Gulf, after all.

    But a well managed sanctions program will make that a losing proposition, economically, for them.

    To paraphrase what Mr Dagan said

    Sanctions and Sabotage are Sufficient

    At least for now.

  75. DR,

    Your "Veterans Day" link is run by a PTSD wack-job, not unlike some at the old EB, had they ever had a trauma beyond missing a beer bust at the "E Club".

    Nothing, I repeat, "Nothing", on that site is more than the personal demons of a guy with grandiose delusions. Not unlike Deuce's alleged PhD, Vietnam Vet, Army College prof expert on the USS Liberty.

    I will give you guys credit, you know your Goebbels.

  76. DR said...You have affirmed exactly what I have been saying.

    Thanks for admitting that you are a liar.

  77. The Scuds, not a military threat.

    A terror weapon, like its design predecessor, the V2.
    The V2 was to bring terror to London towards the end of World War Two

    190 kg, the payload of a long distance Scud. Less than a V2, which crossed the English Channel with a 2,000 lbs payload.

    Yep, terror attacks against civilian population center, pure terrorism, without military consequence. Or mass casualties.

    With the Sword of Damocles dangling over their collective heads the Iranians will not take that course.

    While ...
    Here is a map of the impact zones of the Iranian missile inventory

  78. Can't RAt ever, ever, ever just SHut UP for once, just for awhile?

  79. Just as Israel is not a member of the NPT, Iran is not a member of the MTCR, so it is as free to develop missiles, as Israel s free to develop nuclear warheads.

    The level of sophistication of Iran’s ballistic missile program and the speed of its development would not have been possible without extensive assistance from abroad, notably from North Korea, Russia and China. While North Korea furnished the basic hardware for liquid-fueled rocket propulsion, Russia supplied materials, equipment, and training. China supplied help with guidance and solid-fueled rocket propulsion.
    Like India, North Korea, and Pakistan, Iran is not a signatory to the Missile Technology Control Regime

    Sanctions against the countries providing the Iranians the missile technology, would only be imposed upon North Korea.

    The others Russia, China, India and Pakistan would all be granted exemptions. Well, maybe not Russia.

  80. Certainly not at the suggestion of an anoni.

  81. At this point, DR has written 43% of the comments on this thread.

  82. Glad to see your clerking skills are well honed, allen.

  83. You can also do a character count, if you wish, you have my permission.

    Carry on.

  84. Alan, fuck you and your shitbat, you pompous fraud. We get it you are super-jew. You are nothing else.

  85. As to the Veterans Day or whatever that site it is, good to know that it is not what you think of as reliable. As I wrote, they did not "look" that reliable, but was the "best" of a sorry lot.

    Though I do know that Israel ran spies in the US.

    Jonathan Jay Pollard, exemplifies.

  86. Genius, your link does not work.

  87. Another fine thread, showing off the levels of zionist bashing, jew hating and all around anti-semitic diatribes this blog seems to obsess about.

    I suggest Rat publishes a list of every Jewish criminal that has every walked the planet.

    Maybe Ms T can scour every Jewish group and community for any bad behavior that exists and publishes that.....

    The real good news? No one new that has a brain stays....

    This blog now collects the random DR Paul supporter or Jihadist...

    They feel right at home...

  88. At least we still got our anonymous dumbasses.

  89. What is the year, make and model of your singlewide, Jenny? You got trailer skirts? You got disposal in sink? You got cans or dumpster?

  90. Rufus II said...
    At least we still got our anonymous dumbasses

    And what is the difference whether someone says a made up bullshit screen name or not?

  91. Whether he's right or whether he's wrong, this is a tough way to win votes --

    Perry: Go back to Iraq

    Comments (53)

    1/7/12 10:03 PM EST

    Rick Perry endorsed deploying American forces to Iraq again in Saturday night’s GOP debate, saying that the United States cannot afford to “allow the Iranians to come back into Iraq and take over that country.”

    The Texas governor accused President Barack Obama of cutting and running from the conflict in Iraq too early, in order to placate Democrats.

    “This president wants to kowtow to his liberal, leftist base and move out those men and women,” Perry said. “He could have renegotiated that time frame.”

    Perry’s fellow Republicans declined to join him in calling for a return of U.S. troops to Iraqi soil.

    * Perry strategist Nelson Warfield emails to take issue with the original headline of this post, “Perry: Re-invade Iraq,” explaining: “Rick Perry wants to establish a strategic presence in Iraq like we have in hot spots around the world. That's not an invasion, that's common sense.” That’s fair pushback on a title that was intended to be tongue-in-cheek.


  92. We just ignore the wishes of the Sovereign, Democratically-elected Government of Iraq?

    Perry is the lowest IQ person to ever run for President of the United States (possibly any Western country.)

  93. Paul injected: "When I was drafted, I was married and had two kids, and I went."

  94. On the other hand :)

    Paul persisted in his claim, citing his own military service (without noting that the doctor draft law resulted in the draft of married men, unlike the general draft law)

  95. Perry did say we could have renegotiated (meaning paid off the government) that force status agreement.

    Ron Paul is the dumbest to have ever run for President.By 17 IQ points.


  96. Perry had, what, a gpa of "1.5," or somesuch?

    While R. Paul was becoming a "Surgeon?"

  97. You have a point, Rufus. Ron Paul is the most intelligent nitwit around.

    January 7, 2012, 1:53 pm
    Romney Showcases Endorsement by Ex-Ambassadors to Vatican

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Five former ambassadors to the Vatican endorsed Mitt Romney on Saturday, choosing a Mormon over two Roman Catholic rivals in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

    In a statement showcased by Mr. Romney’s campaign, the ambassadors said they “are united in our wholehearted support for the candidacy of Mitt
    Romney for the Presidency of the United States because of his commitment to and support of the values that we feel are critical in a national leader.”

    Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are both Catholics and often talk about their religion and values on the campaign trail.

    The endorsements could also help blunt any under-the-radar attacks by religious conservatives who oppose Mr. Romney because of his religion. Last year, some evangelical leaders called Mormonism a cult.

    That might be especially helpful to Mr. Romney in South Carolina, even though it has only a small number of Catholics. Religious conservatives there have traditionally played a large role in the primary where tough, negative campaigning is the norm.

    In the statement, the ambassadors cited what they said was Mr. Romney’s commitment to “traditional values” and said that because of his “outstanding record in defense of marriage and the family, we are confident that he understands the importance of strong families as pillars of a vibrant economy and a flourishing polity.”

    According to the statement, the ambassadors are:

    Thomas Patrick Melady (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 1989-1993)
    Raymond L. Flynn (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 1993-1997)
    James Nicholson (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 2001-2005)
    Francis Rooney (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 2005-2008)
    Mary Ann Glendon (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 2008-2009)


  98. .

    And what is the difference whether someone says a made up bullshit screen name or not?

    The anonymous anonymi lack the balls to post under an identifiable screen name. They hide in a crowd. That way they don't have to worry about what they say coming back to haunt them on some furture post. They like to be able to cite plausible deniability. There is no context to judge where they are coming from. No history they can get called on. Kinda chickenshit really.

    The problem is here the guys that do it have been around long enough everyone khows who it is. And if we guess wrong, well that's one more reason for not using the anonymi label.

    But the likely reason a couple of our anonymi use that handle is that they are so deep in the minority, so far off in lalaland, I suspect they are trying to give the impression some one else agrees with them. Perhaps they are so wigged out they actually believe it themselves.

    Then of course, there is bob, a special case, a man who lacks the capacity to bend google to his will. Although I don't want to offer up his computer deficiency as an excuse. He has afterall indulged in the anonimy game before.

    I guess there are a number of reasons people lump themselves into that anonymi crowd. Most of them chickenshit.


  99. She-it, with a god awful goofy name like Quirk I think you'd want to be anonymous, would be shamed into being anonymous.

    What is in a name? you ask.

    If a Quirk were called by any other name, even anonymous, it would smell one hell of a lot sweeter.



  100. Quirk said…

    “anonymous anonymi”


    Sun Jan 08, 02:05:00 AM EST

    What have you said?

    If “anonymi” were a word, you might have written, “unknown unknowns” (Rumsfeldesque, to be sure, but little else). That, alas, cannot be the case because “anonymi” is not a word...garrulous, supercilious magpie…

    “Anonimy” also is not a word…anonymous cackling hen…

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