“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, November 24, 2012

The more things change, the more things remain the same in Egypt?

Egypt judges condemn 'unprecedent attack' by Mursi

Egypt's top judges have accused President Mohammed Mursi of staging an "unprecedented attack" on the judiciary.
The president passed a decree earlier this week granting himself extensive new powers.
It includes a bar on any court dissolving the constituent assembly, which is drawing up a new constitution.
Thursday's decree sparked angry demonstrations, and attacks on offices of Mr Mursi's Islamist FJP party.
The president has said he is acting to protect the revolution.
In a statement, the Supreme Judicial Council called his move "an unprecedented attack on the independence of the judiciary and its rulings," and called on him to reverse it.
The BBC's Jon Leyne in Cairo says this was a tough, if fairly predictable, statement and that the judges are considering going on strike.
There had been reports that the council was about to disband the constituent assembly for a second time, our correspondent adds, which could seriously derail the transition to democracy and further delay new parliamentary elections.
This, in turn, could deter Egypt's political leaders from taking tough decisions while they wait for the vote, he adds.
Fresh protests
Mr Mursi also sacked his prosecutor general on Thursday and gave himself the sole power to appoint a new one.
Our correspondent says that element is likely to be popular, as although Mubarak is serving a long jail term for ordering the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising, many officials were acquitted, creating deep resentments.
The ruling also bans any challenging of the president's decisions and laws.
Both critics and supporters of Mr Mursi have staged rallies since the decree. Overnight, crowds gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square, vowing to stage a sit-in.
A large opposition rally is also planned for Tuesday.
The US said earlier that Mr Mursi's move had raised concerns in the international community.


  1. The Moslem Brotherhood are Islamic Nazis.

    The Obama administration has a policy of supporting the takeover of arab/islamic nations by the Moslem Brotherhood. The Obama Administration has an open door policy of meeting and supporting official US contact with the Moslem Brotherhood, INCLUDING Sec of State Hillary Clinton's #1, a person with actual work history and memberships in Islamist groups.

    Make no mistake, the MB and it's islamists groups are enemies of the USA.

    However this current administration is hand and glove with promoting known enemies of the USA (and it's constitution).

  2. And now, because of the dog and pony show that just went down in Gaza the Moslem Brotherhood (which runs egypt) pushed Hamas to strike at Israel, allowing months and months of unfettered smuggling of long range Iranian rockets, mortars and supplies to be smuggled thru the Sinai.

    Thus creating the situation they now are praised for "solving".

    And thus are being rewarded by the USA with billions in aid and opening the door for 14 billion more in loans and grants from the IMF and the Saudis.

    So how's that show working?

  3. I've been trying to find out if Obama running guns into Syria is a violation of any US laws. So far haven't cracked the nut.

    Obama has had so many muslim visitors at the White House you'd think it was a mosque.

  4. Obama was running (with turkish help) stinger missiles, money, men, fake passports for alqueda members traveling to syria.

    Russia has reported it....

    Yep it's impeachable.

    Yep it's a violation of US law.

    Yep it's why Stevens was murdered...

    and nothing will happen...

  5. Condi Rice says we ought to support the Syrian rebels -

    In recent days, France, Britain and Turkey have stepped into the diplomatic vacuum to recognize a newly formed opposition that is broadly representative of all Syrians. The United States should follow their lead and then vet and arm the unified group with defensive weapons on the condition that it pursues an inclusive post-Assad framework. The United States and its allies should also consider establishing a no-fly zone to protect the innocent. America’s weight and influence are needed. Leaving this to regional powers, whose interests are not identical to ours, will only exacerbate the deepening sectarianism....

    But the breakdown of the Middle East state system is a graver risk. Iran will win, our allies will lose, and for decades the region’s misery and violence will make today’s chaos look tame.

    War is not receding in the Middle East. It is building to a crescendo. Our elections are over. Now, America must act.

  6. Before the election, all the Republicans would talk about was how we ought to be arming the Rebels. Condi Rice is just one more idiot neocon.

    The only thing that makes sense for the U.S. is to get our troops out of Afghanistan, and let the rest of it play out as it will.

    Whoever wins, that's who we'll buy our oil from.

    1. .

      \Condi Rice is just one more idiot neocon.

      True enough, the irony being were she a Democrat a la MS. Rice, you would be called a sexist and racist for saying it.


    2. I have no doubt that we'll eventually be saying the same of the current Rice.

    3. Or, something similar, anyway.

    4. .

      True enough, again.

      The liberal commentators are already pushing the sexist/racist meme against those who criticize Ms. Rice's performance; however, they ignore the fact that it is the females in the Obama administration that are the 'balsy' ones.


      Obama was initially reluctant to jump into Libya. Gates, Donilon, and Brennen were all opposed to intervention. However, the bad news troika of Clinton, Rice, and Samantha Powers pushed for it and convinced Obama.

      Even the Nation referred to these three as "liberal interventionists".


    5. Another definition might be "Euro-ball washers."

    6. .

      Don't know, but they are definately ball-busters.


  7. The "rebels"

    What and who are they...

    The secularists that were part of the rebels were refused meetings with Obama, all the while the Islamists which in the beginning of the conflict were the minority are now the group getting the heavy weapons.

    The "rebels" are not a homogenous group. However Obama's policy of supporting the most extreme and dangerous group (moslem brotherhood) now makes it assured that if and when assad is overthrown syria will go islamists.

    1. .

      Don't know the truth of this but it would not surprise. The two big players in supplying the arms to the rebels are our 'allies', Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and anyone who doesn't realize that they are pushing the Islamist agenda likely doesn't read much (or just selectively).


    2. and turkey

      and you are correct.

      they are all pushing the islamist agenda even if they are not all moslem brotherhood.

  8. At least his policy seems consistent, then.

  9. It ought to bother those who dislike the Bible thumpers so, to see so many koran thumpers hanging around the White House.

  10. Another dead Iranian by iran...


  11. The Middleeast is a bright, shiny thang to neocons. A chance to expand "empire," and enable the MIC.

    The middleeast should be considered for what it is: a poor region, destined to get poorer (ex. Iran's oil production is Decreasing at a rate of 300,000 bbl/day, Annually.)

    It will never have the wealth, or technology, to threaten the U.S. Every dollar that we spend to try to keep them beaten down, or controlled, is a dollar wasted.

    1. Rufus, you love to make blanket statements that are quite ignorant.

      The middle east INCLUDES Israel, like it or not. Or as you like to say "i dont give a flying fuck"....

      Israel is not destined to get poorer. It is destined for world greatness. Now if the clusterfuck called the arab world were somehow caged, defeated or controlled? This greatness would skyrocket.

      As long as Israel has to devoted more of it's GDP fighting off the savages it's destiny for richness, greatness will be moderated.

      maybe that's why the west supports the arabs?

      fear of a great Israel?

    2. People like You are the reason "people like me" don't give a fuck if there is an Israel tomorrow morning, or not.

    3. Maybe an Iranian nuke smuggled into the US and set off in Atlanta, Georgia would get Ruf's attention. If at night he might see the whole sky light up, and perhaps even hear the noise. And the radiation might well render his turnip crop inedible.

      Dr. Bill Wattenburg, who helped design our nuclear weapons, has said over and over it is a real danger, as he feels the Iranians are not rational, and are likely to hit the Great Satan first, instead of Israel, with a bomb that would be hard to source to them.

    4. Rufus IISat Nov 24, 12:09:00 PM EST
      People like You are the reason "people like me" don't give a fuck if there is an Israel tomorrow morning, or not.

      Wow, you are such a great human.

      You right of an entire nation, a people because of ME?

      No matter how inbred I think you are, no matter how drunk I think you are, no matter how low of a human I think you are I do not write off the Indian people.

      You on the other hand?

      Call me insane because I call you out on your idiotic nonsense that you spout?

      Might I suggest you lay of the whiskey, your people have a problem handing that stuff. Just makes you sound stupid.

      Didnt know you drank so early on the sabbath,

    5. Rufus IISat Nov 24, 12:09:00 PM EST
      People like You are the reason "people like me" don't give a fuck if there is an Israel tomorrow morning, or not.

      Are you of such weak mind that you let anonymous bloggers push your opinions one way or the other?

    6. Rufus II
      It will never have the wealth, or technology, to threaten the U.S. Every dollar that we spend to try to keep them beaten down, or controlled, is a dollar wasted.

      Interesting. The OPEC middle east has the wealth. What caused the market crash under Bush? Do some research.

      Iran is not a threat to the USA?

      Then why has every American administration for 40 years been sucker punched by Iran?

      RufusII you are not a good student of history or geopolitics.

      What are you? 12?

    7. Why would Iran waste a NUKE on Atlanta?

      Besides COKE, what has ever come out of there worth destroying.

      Personally it's people like Rufus that are the reason "people like me" don't give a fuck if there is an Atlanta tomorrow morning, or not.

      Wow that is easy, to write off an entire city or region just become some obnoxious, illiterate posts on the internet.

      Let's try that again...

      People like Rufus are the reason "people like me" don't give a fuck if there is an Cherokee tomorrow morning, or not.

      Yep easy and stupid...

  12. History, repeat, History, repeat…

    Iran 1979/80
    Incompetent Progressive in White House: Carter

    Egypt 2011/12
    Incompetent Progressive in White House: Obama

    American voters still prefer to let Mommy be in charge.

    PappyD61 on November 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Protest continue -

    Video: Protests continue in Cairo over Morsi power grab
    posted at 11:31 am on November 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

    Protests continued in Cairo a second day, with thousands of Egyptians filling the streets in reaction to Mohamed Morsi’s assertion of “temporary” dictatorial powers. Morsi attempted to explain that the decrees that removed legislative and judicial oversight over his actions were aimed at the “weevils” of the Mubarak regime, an odd declaration as Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood had already succeeded in driving them out of at least the legislature. CBS News reports that Egyptians feel “betrayed” as Morsi’s reforms have turned into something that looks a lot like another Nasser/Sadat/Mubarak regime in the making:

    CBS’ analyst questions the timing:

    “What position has the US been put in?” “The same position as it has for decades in the Midde East.” Yes, which is just another way of saying, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss,” with the exception that this boss is a lot less friendly to US actions while still leaving the US on the hook for supporting him. Smart power.

    Nice protest video, if you like that sort of thing. Flags waving, tear gas firing, rocks throwing, crowds gathering, women speaking out, MB political office burning.

  13. The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement

    Peaceful Solutions, Initiatives and International Conferences:

    Article Thirteen:

    Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Abusing any part of Palestine is abuse directed against part of religion. Nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its religion. Its members have been fed on that. For the sake of hoisting the banner of Allah over their homeland they fight. "Allah will be prominent, but most people do not know."

    Now and then the call goes out for the convening of an international conference to look for ways of solving the (Palestinian) question. Some accept, others reject the idea, for this or other reason, with one stipulation or more for consent to convening the conference and participating in it. Knowing the parties constituting the conference, their past and present attitudes towards Moslem problems, the Islamic Resistance Movement does not consider these conferences capable of realising the demands, restoring the rights or doing justice to the oppressed. These conferences are only ways of setting the infidels in the land of the Moslems as arbitraters. When did the infidels do justice to the believers?

    "But the Jews will not be pleased with thee, neither the Christians, until thou follow their religion; say, The direction of Allah is the true direction. And verily if thou follow their desires, after the knowledge which hath been given thee, thou shalt find no patron or protector against Allah." (The Cow - verse 120).
    There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors. The Palestinian people know better than to consent to having their future, rights and fate toyed with. As in said in the honourable Hadith:

    "The people of Syria are Allah's lash in His land. He wreaks His vengeance through them against whomsoever He wishes among His slaves It is unthinkable that those who are double-faced among them should prosper over the faithful. They will certainly die out of grief and desperation."


  14. Report: Egyptian 'officers' back anti-Morsi protests

    Published: 11.24.12, 10:37 / Israel News

    The Egyptian army is beginning to intervene in the public protest against the far-reaching powers President Mohammed Morsi has granted himself, the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported.

    According to the report, the "Officers of the Egyptian Army" organization distributed leaflets during Friday's demonstrations saying the protests were "legitimate. However, the army has yet to respond officially to Morsi's decree, which exempts all his decisions from legal challenge until a new parliament was elected. (Roi Kais)

  15. For the record, I most certainly hope a bomb doesn't go off in Atlanta, or any American city.

  16. Testimony from a guy who has been there -

    November 24, 2012
    Speaking Truth to Hamas
    Andrew G. Bostom

    The remarkably courageous Ramallah-born Mosab Hassan Yousef, the eldest son of Hamas cofounder Sheikh Hassan Yousef and a former Hamas activist himself, served time on several occasions in Israeli prison. Yousef is also known as "the Green Prince," the code name assigned him by the Shin Bet (Israeli security agency), with whom he later collaborated for a decade to thwart numerous terrorist attacks during the second intifada, sparing hundreds of Israeli lives.

    Now living in the U.S., two years ago Yousef published Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue and Unthinkable Choices. The book elaborated his rejection of Hamas' inherent jihadist violence, his personal forsaking of Islam and conversion to Christianity, and his decision to assist Israel clandestinely for approximately a decade starting in 1996.

    In the aftermath of Israel's eight-day Operation Pillar of Defense response to Hamas' latest rocket jihad, brought to a temporary hiatus via a cease-fire, Mosab Hassan Yousef opined about Israel's actions, the contrasting behaviors of the Hamas regime, and why the latter should be dismantled:

    Israel helps the Palestinian people more than anyone else: every day it provides electricity and even the salaries paid to employees come from banks in Israel. There is also humanitarian aid that enters Gaza.

    I want to say to the members of the organization, including my father, who are listening to this interview -- brave people do not hide behind children and fire missiles. If they had even a bit of courage -- they would be able to leave Gaza instead of hiding like rats.

    I have trouble believing that Hamas will be able to one day build a modern state. I hope their lies will be exposed to the Palestinian public."

    This [the dismantling of the Hamas regime] is necessary, but we have to work very hard for it. This is necessary not only for Israel -- but for the benefit of humanity. Hamas was born to destroy. It cannot build.

    1. Before you get too much more wound up on the subject, you need to understand that the United Nations pays for the electricity that Israel sends to Hamas. Also, the money that's transferred through Israeli banks is also U.N./U.S. money.

  17. The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel has demanded that Israel stop transferring funds to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in order to put an end to the situation in which Israelis pay for electricity for the very terrorists who are attempting to murder them.

    The Finance Ministry is funding a 3 billion shekel guarantee for the Israel Electric Company in order to avoid a financial crisis.

    At the same time, the PA owes the electric company 700 million shekels in unpaid electric bills – which continue to amass despite Israel collecting 400-500 million in tax money on behalf of the PA every month and transferring the sum to the PA.

    “Even when the residents of the south Israel are living in a reality of ‘Code Red’, under a barrage of missiles and rockets, the Israeli Electric Company continues to provide free electricity to the shooters and terrorists,” the Legal Forum stated in a letter to Finance Ministry CEO Doron Cohen.

    1. Poor Israel, she can’t help herself: Arab countries once had seven diplomatic missions in Israel, now only two maintain relations and there are now more Palestinian ambassadors around the world than Israeli ambassadors.

    2. Israeli generosity: Gaza residents say that Israel has eased some border restrictions as part of its ceasefire with the Palestinian territory’s Hamas rulers, allowing farmers to visit land near its security fence and letting fishermen head further out to sea.

  18. .

    Enough with the Good Israel/Bad Israel talk, it's getting close to the 2016 elections.

    My exclusive prediction, Jeb Bush edges out Hillary Clinton 50%/49%.

    Independents Gordon Lithow (Rosecrucian) for president and John Howard (NLP) for vice president capture 1% of the vote and then celebrate by visiting Disneyland.


    1. In 2016, Sarah Palin decides it's up to her to set the nation right, becomes first female President, winning 65% of the vote. Republicans gain super majorities in the House and Senate. In Idaho, no democrats at all are elected to the Legislature. In the Idaho outback, the wolves are wiped out after Governor for Life Butch Otter calls out the Idaho Militia to 'take care of the problem'.

  19. Shipping containers to become condos in Detroit -

    Advantages: Fireproof. And, bulletproof too.


  20. "Patty Murray likely to be a key voice in Senate on budget deal'

    See pic of certified nincompoop here -

    Murray, 62, who holds the Senate’s No. 4 position, has repeatedly been handed jobs no one else wanted by Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).

    She's the one who said Osama and Al-Qaeda weren't so bad, think of all the good things they have done for the kids, the poor, the schools, the day cares.

    Senator Patty Murray spoke at the Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Washington about the good things that Osama bin Laden has done. She said the following to students during the week of December 15, 2002 at Columbia River High School:

    "Osama Bin Laden has been very, very effective. Um...He...We got to ask, 'Why is this man so popular around the world? Why are people so supportive of him many countries?'

    Well, he...uh...has been in many countries that are riddled with poverty. Uh...People don't have homes, no sewers, no roads, no schools, no health care, no..uh... facilities just to make sure that their daily lives were ok. He's been out in these countries for decades building schools, building roads, building infrastructure, building day care facilities, building health care facilities and the people are extremely grateful. He's made their life better. Uh... We have not done that. We haven't been out in any of these countries helping them build their infrastructure."

    It is such a very wonderful thought to think she has some influence on the economy.

    1. And, exactly what part of that was wrong?

    2. :)

      heh, you got to be joking.

    3. Well, Ruf, in Afghanistan, for instance, he had partnered up with the one eyed mullah Omar, whose program it was to kill anyone that educated women, keeping them totally subjugated, train the male kids for jihad, and generally raise hell. There Osama opened up some military training camps, to attack us, and maybe some indoctrination centers for the kids. We are talking about Osama, not Obama.

      By the way, being so big on women's rights, I'd think you would be concerned about their situation in the middle east and other islamic societies.

      The only place women really have all their rights over there is, of course, Israel.

    4. I'm not "big" on rights for Anyone outside of the United States. I'll wish'em well, and leave it at that.

      As for wimmins' rights, those old orthodox fundies in Israel aren't ezzackly keen on'em, either, if you'll remember.

  21. News of the Day from JihadWatch -

    Ahmadinejad: "Zionists have reached the dead point and have no other alternative but officially recognizing and bowing to the absolute right of the Palestinian nation"
    Nov 24, 2012 01:48 pm | Robert

    The leading spokesman for genocide of the Jews in the world today is thrilled with the outcome of the recent conflict. Thanks once again are due to Barack Obama. "Gaza conflict shows Israel must 'bow' to Palestinian rights: Iran," from Reuters, November 24: (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told...
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    Indonesia: Muslim mob threatens churches
    Nov 24, 2012 12:45 pm | Robert

    Islamic law forbids Christians to build new churches or repair old ones. Sharia Alert from modern, moderate Indonesia: "Muslims threaten churches in W. Sumatra," by Syofiardi Bachyul Jb for The Jakarta Post, November 24 (thanks to Twostellas): Although the dust from the persecution of minority Shiite Muslims in Sampang, Madura,...
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    Iran's Parliament Speaker: "The people of Gaza showed that the only way to confront the Zionist regime is Jihad"
    Nov 24, 2012 11:34 am | Robert

    See the disconnect between how Muslims understand jihad in the Islamic world and the soothing nonsense Islamic supremacist spokesmen pump out in America: Hamas-linked CAIR's Ahmed Rehab babbles about jihad being paying your taxes and getting up early to take the kids to school, while Larijani knows that it means...
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    Hamas sheikh: Gaza truce "the first nail in the coffin of Israel"
    Nov 24, 2012 11:26 am | Robert

    More chest-thumping from the lovers of death. "Gaza perceives victory over weaker Israel," by Tobias Buck for the Financial Times via Zawya, November 23: ..."People rushed to the shop as soon as it opened," said Abu Wassim, the owner of Alqadi Famous Sweets in Jabalya. His store sold four times...
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    London university to host Muslim preacher who called for murder of gays
    Nov 24, 2012 11:17 am | Robert

    Thought experiment: imagine that Abu Usamah at-Thahabi is not a Muslim cleric, or even a Muslim at all. Imagine Abu Usamah at-Thahabi as a non-Muslim saying exactly the same things about gays. Do you think he would be speaking at Brunel University? Or anywhere? "London university to host anti-gay extremist...
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    Hamas second banana says jihadis will not stop arming themselves
    Nov 24, 2012 11:00 am | Robert

    Yet the truce terms require "'all Palestinian factions' to stop all hostilities toward Israel from Gaza, including rocket fire and attacks along the Gaza-Israel border." So what is Hamas going to do with all these weapons? Or is Marzouk blithely signaling that Hamas has no intention of keeping the truce...
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    1. Modern, moderate Malaysia: Islamic court allows marriage of 12-year-old girl
      Nov 24, 2012 10:43 am | Robert

      "The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with 'Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)." -- Bukhari 7.62.88 Muslims take this seriously and imitate Muhammad in this....
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      Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood top dog denounces peace with Israel
      Nov 24, 2012 10:32 am | Robert

      "Badie declared that 'jihad is obligatory' for Muslims. But he also said that taking up arms would be the 'last stage,' only after Muslims achieved unity." And somehow, when he speaks about jihad being obligatory, he knows that his hearers will know he is talking about warfare against unbelievers, and...
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      Weapons smuggling bonanza: Israel eases Gaza border restrictions after Hamas truce deal
      Nov 24, 2012 10:22 am | Robert

      The Israeli authorities will rue the day. "Israel eases Gaza border restrictions after Hamas truce deal," from the Associated Press, November 24: GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Gaza residents said Saturday that Israel has eased some border restrictions as part of its truce with the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, allowing...
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      UK: Muslim radio station fined for saying gay people should be tortured
      Nov 24, 2012 09:58 am | Robert

      As Pamela Geller has quipped in connection with many similar stories, "Queers for Palestine" could not be reached for comment. But what Rubina Nasir has enunciated here is straight Sharia. Is Britain going to make pro-Sharia statements punishable by fine? Or just continue in its present state of denial and...
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      Imprisoned Saudi sheikh: Jihad against Jews everywhere is "one of the most important duties and greatest virtues"
      Nov 24, 2012 05:23 am | Robert

      Because they are the worst enemies of the Muslims, according to the Qur'an (5:82). "Saudi Mujahid Sheikh: Jihad Against The Cursed Jews Everywhere Is A Supreme Duty," from MEMRI, November 23 (thanks to Lachlan): On November 16, 2012, the "Global Jihad" website ( posted a fatwa by the Saudi mujahid...
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  22. November 23, 2012 5:30 P.M.
    Failures of Intelligence
    Petraeus’s judgment and Clapper’s obtuseness testify to America’s proble

    Mark Steyn

    Let us turn from the post-Thanksgiving scenes of inflamed mobs clubbing each other to the ground for a discounted television set to the comparatively placid boulevards of the Middle East. In Cairo, no sooner had Hillary Clinton’s plane cleared Egyptian air space than Mohamed Morsi issued one-man constitutional amendments declaring himself and his Muslim Brotherhood buddies free from judicial oversight and announced that his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, would be retried for all the stuff he was acquitted of in the previous trial. Morsi now wields total control over parliament, the judiciary, and the military to a degree Mubarak in his jail cell can only marvel at. Old CIA wisdom: He may be an SOB but he’s our SOB. New post–Arab Spring CIA wisdom: He may be an SOB but at least he’s not our SOB.

    But don’t worry. As America’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, assured the House Intelligence Committee at the time of Mubarak’s fall, the Muslim Brotherhood is a “largely secular” organization. The name’s just for show, same as the Episcopal Church.

    1. In other words, neither of these women pass the smell test. Which is a problem insofar as Petraeus, as CIA director, is supposed to be head of the national smell test, and General Allen, as Petraeus’s successor in Kabul, is supposed to be head of the smell test in Afghanistan. In the Gaza “peace agreement” signed last week, they flew in Hillary Clinton to give the impression that she had something to do with it, whereas in reality she was entirely peripheral to the deal. But Jill Kelley is apparently essential to anything that matters in CentCom: When Pastor Terry Jones was threatening to burn a Koran, General Allen asked Mrs. Kelley to mediate. When radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge was threatening to “deep-fat fry” a Koran, General Allen recommended the mayor of Tampa ask Mrs. Kelley to intervene. The U.S. government is responsible for 43 percent of the planet’s military spending, and apparently all that gets you is that, when the feces hits the fan, the four-star brass start e-mailing Jill Kelley of Tampa. If only she’d been hosting a champagne reception at the Sigonella air base in southern Italy, maybe we could have parachuted her into Benghazi to defuse the situation. Jill is the woman Hillary can only dream of being — at the confluence of all the great geostrategic currents of the age. Why didn’t we fly Jill Kelley to broker the Gaza deal? Instead of a patsy peddling risible talking points like Susan Rice, why can’t we have Jill Kelley as secretary of state?

      Yup, the whole thing stinks to high heaven. Running guns into Syria and trying to cover it up, leaving the Ambassador and the others to die.

      I want to hear from General Ham/

  23. P Jay Medilla

    This is part of a bigger picture. That picture consists of more muslim takeover and an adoption of an “all-supreme muslim leader” who will call upon all men, women and children of the sand-people to coalesce into a monstrous fighting force.

    Thus will begin the new crusades. And, as they did the first time, will be instigated by zealots of the ridiculous cult called islam. Only, we’re not there yet but are well on the way.

    Much as acquiescent Europe was brutalized by marauders in the 11th century, so shall a similarly acquiescent Europe be dominated by more of the sand-people in the 21st century. Looking at north Africa right now, the plan hasn’t quite gelled yet but when they learn to band together as they did in the middle ages, they will be lumbering over the borders while also activating their already-in-place religious followers.

    After much bloodshed and tribulation, it will end as it did the first time with the sand-people driven to near extinction. Sadly, it’s going to have to happen; Their ideology permits nothing less. They will embark on their quest with full packs and when the West finally does decide to recognize that they are all-in, much will have already been lost. Wouldn’t want to offend them now, would we?

    It’s a growing weed. It’s getting intertwined into our own culture while the clear-of-mind refuse it and recognize it for what it is. It is war. It is also the preamble to a greater war. It will be a war of which no one cannot participate. They are coming and the only way to stop them is to destroy them. The socialists are trying to co-opt that activity by appeasing them, hoping for an ally in the great war against Christianity but they are on a fool’s errand because while they think they are the users, they themselves are being used and they will be most shocked to find themselves among the first to lose their heads.

    You cannot reason with people who think diagonally.

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    1. We wouldn't be increasing population in the US if it weren't for letting everybody who crawls over the border stay here. Same with Canada and most of the European countries these days too, I think.

    2. My take is Grantham (and, almost everyone else) is misunderstanding the "paradigm." In my opinion, it wasn't "Oil;" it was the internal combustion engine.

      We have known about petroleum for thousands of years, and we've practiced distillation for centuries. It was the invention of the ICE that made the puppy run.

      I believe that we're in for a "shock," as we transfer from fossil to non-fossil sources of energy, but it "Doesn't Have To Be" a Disaster (although, it well could be if we let Exxon, and OPEC delay the beginning of our transition too long.)

    3. The writing is becoming increasingly hyperbolic. A lot of people out of their comfort zone.

    4. And, more than a few just trying to "make a buck."


    5. Oh certainly. Just trying to sharpen my signal-noise separator.

      Jack Bogle says that there is a 90% chance the markets will be up in ten years. That's where you should be. I think there's a 65% chance that he's right.

      From the people whose stories I have heard, and it's not many, each has made one crucial financial decision that was make-or-break, get-it-right-or-spend-the-rest-of-your-life-paying; lots of lesser decisions whose rightness or wrongness could be mitigated over time, but one crucial decision that has to be right. I'm just not sure if I've made mine yet.

    6. You're probably about right. BUT, it's not just about the "direction" (sign, if you will,) but, also, the Number.

      Are we looking at a 5,000 point gain vs. a 5,000 point loss, or a 3,000 point gain vs a 6,000 point loss.

    7. And, no, I don't have a clue, either.

    8. The markets are working (to a degree) - many good companies selling a good product under capable management, although active trading doesn't seem as rewarding as riding the indices, and "correlation" seems something to watch. (I see hedge funds are having a tough time.) I'm good with slow to moderate market growth but I'm not sure that's what we'll get.

      Heading back to seep for a couple hours.

    9. sleep

      gotta find my can of compressed air and squirt these keys

    10. Spray my eyes while you're at it; I didn't notice the missing L until you mentioned it. :)

  25. Move over, Justin Bieber: Psy has just ended your reign on YouTube. The Korean singing star's quirky "Gangnam Style" video became YouTube's most-watched ever today with 805 million views, passing Bieber's "Baby" by about a million, Mashable reports. "Gangnam Style" also had an average of 11 million views daily, making it the fastest-growing video ever.

  26. War’s Silent Scourge: Sexual Violence Against Women:

    Nearly 40,000 people have died already in Syria’s civil war, and close to 100 are still being killed each day. Homes, hospitals, water infrastructure, and sanitation systems have been destroyed. But one element of this ongoing brutality has been largely overlooked in the media: the appalling sexual violence being visited on the Syrian people by government and militia forces. Such use of sexual violence as a tactic of war is shocking—yet depressingly familiar.

    Closer to Home:

    But shortly after her arrival, she tells The Daily Beast, the base chaplain took her aside and warned her to be careful. Within days, she says, junior Marines were calling her “slut” and “whore.” In December 2009, four months after her arrival, Klay formally requested deployment to Afghanistan. The request was denied—as were three subsequent ones. Seven months later, she says, a senior Marine officer and his friend came into her home, a block from the base, and gang-raped her. But that was just the beginning of Klay’s ordeal: because of the retaliation she says she was subjected to after reporting the rape, she fell into a deep depression, and last March she attempted suicide.

    Now Klay is leading seven other women in a lawsuit against Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, his predecessors Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld, and six current and former heads of the Marine Corps and Navy....


    In this case, Burke is targeting specific installations, most notably the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. The base is one of the oldest and most symbolic military installations in the United States. Marines from the base, also known as ”8th and I,” conduct ceremonial honors at the Pentagon and the White House, provide military funeral detail at Arlington National Cemetery, and make up the Silent Drill Platoon, a 24-man rifle platoon that performs a precision-drill exhibition that the military says “exemplifies the professionalism associated with the U.S. Marine Corps.”

    As first reported in the forthcoming documentary The Invisible War, which won this year’s audience award at the Sundance Film Festival, Marine Barracks Washington is also, according to several soldiers who have served there, a place where a combination of mandatory drinking events, few other official responsibilities, and a widespread sense of entitlement form a toxic brew. “I’d been to the academy, been in other commands, and been deployed in Iraq, and I’d never seen anything like what I saw there,” Klay tells The Daily Beast. “It’s a base that was founded in the 19th century, and that’s where their attitudes toward women have remained.”

    Nothing new about the fact of rape but the persistence and the prevalence are worth noting; far from behavior that "civilization" is culling from the herd.

    One could argue that the depth and breadth of sexual violence is a fundamental indictment of the modern world, more so than the rise of "teat-sucking, entitlement-seeking, godless abortionists."

    The Klay case is from March 2012 so the story has been out there for awhile. Someone mentioned that a female soldier is more likely to be raped than killed in combat.

    1. Speaking of "abortions:" The number, and rate have dropped, according to Wonkblog, to an all-time low. Ezra's writer, Sarah Kliff, thinks it's probably due to better birth control methods (IUDs, etc.)

      Rapidly Declining Abortions

    2. I saw that.

      I have long argued that better birth control would make abortion a moot issue.

      Then they started coming after birth control.

    3. And, THAT is what totally "freaked" me out.

    4. This comment has been removed by the author.

    5. Good Lord, Quirk; really?

      Moving on to another article I read this morning:

      But then came the actual election. Not only did Latinos broadly go for pro-choice candidates, according to ABC’s exit polling, but 66 percent of Latino voters across the country also said abortion should be legal. That’s higher than the general population, 59 percent of whom said abortion should be legal. There was no gender gap in the exit polling of Latinos on abortion, but . . .

      Rove is Wrong

    6. .

      I forgot what was in the comment I deleted. Refresh my memory.


  27. Catalonians are at it again, seeking independence from Spain.

    Largest economic region is Spain, they pay lots of taxes to the Mother City, Madrid. Doubt they will get their wish. Sounds like they are state's rights folks of a sort. Always have been.

    1. They aren't going after your birth control.

      Your President was walking all over the Constitution. Your lunatic fringe (LF)is intruding into Church matters. They been trying for years to make churches hire gays, transsexuals etc. The latest was provide contraceptive coverage.

      Another lunatic fringe argument was that since insurance provided coverage for Viagara (a benefit for men) it should also provide contraceptives for women. Excuse me, I thought ED is a medical condition.

      "They're coming after our contraception." Please, give me a break.

    2. You people are freaking out.

    3. This comment has been removed by the author.

    4. Some (to avoid naming Rufus) of late have been aping every democratic talking point.

    5. Classifying a "fertilized egg" as a human being completely criminalizes almost all forms of birth control in which a woman can participate.

      The Affordable Care Act carves out an exemption for "Churches," just not for "church-sponsored enterprises," such as hospitals, universities, racetracks, etc.

    6. Where have contraceptives been criminalized?

      The left have been after Churches for years. It looks to me like they think "church sponsored enterprises" is a chink in the armor. If the Obama administration really wants to go there, I know of some local black churches which have done quite well in their "church sponsored enterprises." I understand that we now have legions of IRS auditors.

      How does one draw a distinction between a Church and its missions?

    7. The "Morning After" pill, RU 546 does basically the same thing as the standard birth control pill (it just does it a few hours later,) and it's only legal when administered by a physician; and the Pubs, including Romney, have fought it tooth, and nail, since its development.

      A "Church's Mission" is to be a Church. A Church sponsored enterprise such as a University is to "Educate."

      I would say those are "different missions."

      We won't even discuss a church-owned racetrack.

    8. Lest I go to far in the defense of separation of Church and State. How's this?

      People should have unlimited and free access to contraceptives and abortion without restriction. Planned Parenthood clinics should be as prevalent as Churches (especially in urban areas).

      Does that sound better?

    9. You see, your problem, here, is you don't understand what, exactly, Planned Parenthood does. Google it, and then we'll talk.

    10. .

      Let's call it what it is. The "compromise" by Obama is merely one more step in Obama and Sabelius' statist attempts at growing government in place of private enterprise.

      If no one objected or if there wasn't an election coming up, Sabelius would have written the rules to include churches. As it turned out none would stand for it and they new it wouldn't get past SCOTUS thus the compromise.

      Just as Obamacare is a major push towards the goal of single-payer, this ruling is an attempt to get private institutions out of what the statists consider the province of government, healthcare. The method is incremental but effective.

      It has already worked in D.C. and Illinois and other places. In D.C. Catholic Charities closed down operations rather than be forced recognize and support gay marriage. In Illinois, they closed down their adoption services rather than accomodate practices that go against their faith.

      It will be interesting to see what SCOTUS has to say about the Obamacare "compormise". Here, we are talking about one sixth of healthcare facilities in the U.S.

      As for the rest, it is amusing to see those that would stamp their little feet and demand, then gloat when a religious institution closes down a facility that refuses to bend to their statist morality.

      I'm sure the people who previously benefitted from Catholic Charities in D.C. are equally grateful. Likewise, in Illinois where the system was struggling to keep up with demands for adoption services even before Catholic Services shut down. I'm sure everyone is happy over their "victory'. Well, maybe not everyone. Perhaps, not those who actually benefitted. But the important ones, the arbiters of societal norms, the ones currently writing the rules.


    11. I understand what Planned Parenthood does. Under the guise of providing an uplifting community service, (like Hamas, by the way) Planned Parenthood carries on the "good work" of Margaret Sanger. Google her and then we'll talk.

    12. The Church can't be above the "Law of the Land," folks. It just can't. Not YOUR church, nor "My" church, nor Barack Obama's church.

    13. The "Law of the Land" can't be above the Constitution.

    14. .

      The "Morning After" pill, RU 546 does basically the same thing as the standard birth control pill (it just does it a few hours later,) and it's only legal when administered by a physician; and the Pubs, including Romney, have fought it tooth, and nail, since its development.

      So what?

      They may be opposed to it on ideological, politicals, or moral grounds but that means little.

      It's the FDA that decides whether a drug is available by prescription or over the counter, and as far as I know, its the Obama administration that currently controls the FDA.


    15. .

      We'll see what SCOTUS says about the law of the land.


    16. Romney, for ex., vetoed a bill in Massachusetts that would have made RU 546 legal for Rape Victims.

    17. The Constitution says nothing about allowing the Catholic Church to write/rewrite Healthcare laws.

    18. That's interesting. According to this website, Romney endorsed RU486.

      People in the US are generally pretty tolerant but draw the line at abortion to minors without parental consent or making new drugs like RU486 available over the counter which is what the left wanted.

    19. The Establishment Clause is the first of several pronouncements in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, stating,

      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. . . .

      The Establishment clause is immediately followed by the free exercise clause, which states, "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". These two clauses make up what are called the "religion clauses" of the First Amendment.[

      The "Establishment" Clause, basically, protects the PEOPLE from Religion.

      The "Free Exercise" Clause protects the Religious from the State.

    20. .

      The Constitution says nothing about allowing the Catholic Church to write/rewrite Healthcare laws.

      Lord, Rufus, you are obtuse.


    21. The "Free Exercise" Clause protects the Religious from the State.

      That is what we have been saying. Unfortunately, the left does not seem to agree.

      BTW - The correct interpretation is that the amendment precludes a "State" religion such as the Church of England.

    22. The Supreme Court has decided that all employers, with the exception of churches, must offer birth control as part of their healthcare package.

      To allow an exception, based on the "Employer's" Religious Beliefs would be to allow a "Church" to write Law. This would, in effect, "Establish a Religion" - a violation of the "establishment clause."

    23. So, Quirk is right. Obama, Sabelius and their overreaching ilk got it "handed to them" when, once again, they grabbed too much, too fast.

    24. .

      The Supreme Court has decided that all employers, with the exception of churches, must offer birth control as part of their healthcare package.


      I did not know that.

      Please provide more detail.


    25. That's interesting. According to this website, Romney endorsed RU486.

      I'll see that endorsement and raise you one veto:

      Romney stepped into the emotional birth-control debate earlier this year, when the Obama administration issued a rule requiring religiously affiliated institutions to include birth control in their employee health plans without co-pays. Romney considered the rule a violation of religious liberty. It was then that he called morning-after pills “abortive pills.”

      Planned Parenthood also points out that in 2005, when Romney was governor of Massachusetts, he vetoed a bill that would have required hospitals to offer the morning-after pill to rape victims and required pharmacies to sell them without a prescription. Romney said the pills “cause abortions,” The Boston Globe reported. The Massachusetts legislature overrode his veto.

      Looks like Romney changed his mind.


      You people are freaking out.

      Compared to whom?


      The "compromise" by Obama is merely one more step in Obama and Sabelius' statist attempts at growing government in place of private enterprise.

      If you say so. It looks to me like Obama and Sebelius are trying to provide birth control to young women to advance the agenda of increasing personal life options.

      But let's call it what it is: a failure of private enterprise (my over-55 health care premiums are busting my bank account), and government (the health care delivery argument, which is complicated both by private and public institutions and practices.)

      The Dems tried to fix it. Future Congresses might manage to do that by incrementally reforming the core legislation, in what seems to have become a remarkable recognition of process over the singular event. Whatever happens will be opposed by Republicans.

      I've always considered the term "statist morality" to be an oxymoron. (Western) states include constitutional protections of the "from" and "to allow" variety, as described above. Regardless of whose whining about what encroachment, it still beats wearing an ankle bracelet.

    26. .

      To allow an exception, based on the "Employer's" Religious Beliefs would be to allow a "Church" to write Law. This would, in effect, "Establish a Religion" - a violation of the "establishment clause."

      This betrays your ignorance of both the issue and the political process.

      The issue is constitutional and will ultimately be decided by SCOTUS.

      The rest of the comment is just confuused thinking regarding the political process.


      Obama changed the 'rules' with a waive of his hands and frankly I believe the 'rules' will likely change again as the two lawsuits currently winding through the system approach the Supreme Court.

      Initially, Obama bought support for Obamacare from the Catholic Church by promising none of its principles would be compromised. After the law passed, Sebelius came out and said the churches needed to fund not just contraception (a ploy used by you and those on the left to minimize the magnitude of the change we are talking about) but also abortion services. When things got hot during election season, Obama with a waive of his hand created a 'compromise'. It's all politics.

      Even though Obamacare started out 2300 pages long it will likely end up 10,000 to 20,000 pages long after rules are written. To argue what was voted on and approved was written in stone is simplistic.

      To argue that people or institutions objecting to the rules now being written equates to them writing law is just plain stupid.


    27. .

      It looks to me like Obama and Sebelius are trying to provide birth control to young women to advance the agenda of increasing personal life options.

      Personal life options?


      When you people say "free love" you really mean FREE love.


    28. .

      I've always considered the term "statist morality" to be an oxymoron.


      I'm sure you have.


    29. If no one objected or if there wasn't an election coming up,.........

      It was no accident that someone did object. (That's what we do in this country. Looks like the Egytians are going for it as well.) In fact, if one wanted to unleash one's inner speculative fiction writer, one could hypothesize that the Bilderberg's were deceived, and on the verge of being outplayed, by that nice-looking middle-aged lady with the chic white hair. High fives girl. You came sooo close. /end sarcasm/

      The compromise? Looks to me like someone wanted to review Roe v Wade (and I'm only half joking) but Sebelius declined.

    30. I'm sure you have.

      Second only to Christian morality.

    31. "...Romney...vetoed a bill that would have...required pharmacies to sell them without a prescription."

    32. Being nosy. DRR are you agnostic or atheist?

    33. Otherwise known as "coming after birth control."

    34. Dealt with that subject on multiple occasions, in detail, most recently being the previous thread. Organized religion is a crock. I'm not at all convinced that the unorganized variety is much different. But I don't do religion in these public forums anymore.

    35. Just to be clear,

      On July 28, 1999, the FDA approved the prescription progestin-only Plan B (two 750 µg levonorgestrel pills) emergency contraceptive.[88]

      On August 24, 2006, the FDA approved nonprescription behind-the-counter access to Plan B from pharmacies staffed by a licensed pharmacist for women 18 or older; a prescription-only form of Plan B was made available for younger females aged 17 and younger.[89]

      On November 6, 2006, Barr Pharmaceuticals announced that its subsidiary, Duramed Pharmaceuticals, had initiated shipment of dual-label Plan B OTC/Rx and it would be available in pharmacies across the U.S. by mid-November 2006.[90]

      On March 23, 2009, a US judge ordered the FDA to allow 17 year olds to acquire Plan B without a prescription.[91] This now changes the August 24, 2006 ruling and Plan B is now available "behind the counter" for men and women. There is a prescription method available for girls under 17.

      This is, obviously, a perfectly safe pill. The nutso right's only objection is religious.

      As their standard-bearer in Ohio put it, "pregnancy from rape is a Gift from God."

    36. .

      You just said it's legal.

      You agree it's the FDA responsible for making it legal.

      The GOP may complain about it but that does make it illegal.

      What are you whining about?


    37. .

      "...doesn't make it illegal..."


    38. It's in their platform, Q. Their candidate for Pres. vowed to appoint an anti-Roe SC Justice.

      Here's the problem as it stands, Q; too many pharmacies are pressured by the fundy loons to not make the morning after pill available. In only 8 States are the pharmacies required, by law, to make it available.

      Map of States and Laws regarding Plan B

    39. Now, let's take a poor girl in some small Ms. Town. No car. Someone takes advantage of her the night before. She gets hold of the required money, and walks down to the only pharmacy in town. The fine, Christian asshole haughtily blows her off with "we don't sell that Godless pill, here."

      Now what does she do?

      Drop out of school, and raise a baby (with Q, and Rufus' help) that she didn't want to begin with? Does this really make sense?

    40. .

      Drop out of school, and raise a baby (with Q, and Rufus' help) that she didn't want to begin with? Does this really make sense?


      One pharmacist refuses to sell her the pill and she has no other choice but to have a baby.

      Sorry, Ruf. Maybe I just too cynical but I just don't buy it. And maybe I've been living in the 'big city' for too long but you almost lost me when you started talking about the 'one' pharmacy in town.

      And you know how I feel about arguments that start out "Let's assume..."


    41. .

      It's in their platform, Q. Their candidate for Pres. vowed to appoint an anti-Roe SC Justice.

      Here's the problem as it stands, Q; too many pharmacies are pressured by the fundy loons to not make the morning after pill available. In only 8 States are the pharmacies required, by law, to make it available.

      You rant and rave and insist it is your way or the highway. That's not the way it works in a republic or not the way it was invisioned to work by the people who drew up our form of government. You cite polls showing the majority of people support your view but all that really points out is a tyranny of the majority something our form of government was supposed to prevent.

      U.S. laws mean nothing if they are not constitutionally sound. You argue that it is wrong for the right to try to overturn Roe v Wade; yet, there are those (including myself) that would argue that Roe v Wade was a false construct fabricated out of whole cloth with no basis within the framework of the constitution.

      You take the opposite view but you are one person in 320 million. There are others that disagree with you. Even McCorvey eventually came to decry the decision. Some on your side say, hey, it's my decision. What about the people with an opposite view of these issues that say, hey, it's my decision?

      Any society is usually considered a community of people living in a particular country or region and having shared customs, laws, and organizations.

      Those customs, laws, and organizations have to be agreed upon and there is a process for deciding how changes will be made. We have elected to live within a federal system ruled as a republican that is defined by a constitution. Our constitution and our laws reflect the mores and values we hold as a society. As we have seen those mores and values can change over time. It's a political process.

      You people rant and rave constanly about people on the right not agreeing with you on abortion and/or contraception. (In fact, the disagreement is mainly on abortion since, within the US at least, it is only a small proportion that wishes to outlaw contraception.)

      You not only reject the moral basis for which the objections are formed but also insist that those who oppose abortion and/or contraception be forced to pay for those services for others not through the political process (government funding of individual programs) but through government mandates on individuals and institutions.

      Sorry, I don't buy it. Especially, when what you propose, IMO, is in conflict with a primary right within our constitution.



    42. You Have lived in the "big city" too long. There are Many one-pharmacy towns in the U.S.

      You're not "buying it" because you are, despite your protestations, a classic Republican.

      You are overlooking one thing: It's a lot cheaper to help a girl get access to the morning after pill than it is to pay for food, and medical care for her baby for the next couple of decades.

    43. .

      You're not "buying it" because you are, despite your protestations, a classic Republican.

      You're an idiot.

      I disagree with you on this issue therefore I'm a Republican? Hey, if your not with us across the board, you are against us, right? Typical thinking of the Kool-aid drinkers on both the right and the left.

      Nothing new here, just Rufus being Rufus. Move along.


    44. .

      You are overlooking one thing: It's a lot cheaper to help a girl get access to the morning after pill than it is to pay for food, and medical care for her baby for the next couple of decades.

      What a hypocrite.

      You're concerned about cost when it suits you and not when it doesn't. You praise Obamacare citing that it is the moral thing to do regardless of cost. Yet, when someone holds a different opinion on this issue because of a moral issues, the first thing you raise is the cost.


  28. Morsi gets some calm in Gaza, riots in his country -

  29. Could Science Diplomacy Help Israel Create a Lasting Peace?

    Only if moslem attitudes change, and they are changing for the worse now.

    1. Islam cannot "change" it must be destroyed.

  30. Oppositon groups have called for new nationwide rallies Tuesday - and the Muslim Brotherhood has called for rallies supporting Morsi the same day, setting the stage for new violence.

    Looks to be a hellish day.

    Egypt reformist warns of turmoil from Morsi decree
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    Nov 24, 3:29 PM (ET)


    CAIRO (AP) - Prominent Egyptian democracy advocate Mohammed ElBaradei warned Saturday of increasing turmoil that could potentially lead to the military stepping in unless the Islamist president rescinds his new, near absolute powers, as the country's long fragmented opposition sought to unite and rally new protests.

    1. Hope the country burns to the ground...

  31. Black Sunday -

    Egypt's stock market plummets after Morsi's decree
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    Nov 25, 6:44 AM (ET)

    CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's benchmark stock index has plunged 9.5 percent halfway through the first trading session since the country's Islamist president issued decrees to assume near absolute powers.

    Sunday's losses on the Egyptian Exchange's EGX30 index are among the biggest since the turbulent days and weeks after the ouster of authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak last year.

    The fall follows the announcement Thursday by President Mohammed Morsi of a package of decrees that place him above any oversight, including judicial, and extend the same protection to two Islamist-dominated bodies: a panel drafting a new constitution and parliament's upper chamber.

    Morsi says his measures are designed to "protect the revolution," but they triggered an uproar among non-Islamist political groups now vowing to press on with street protests to force him to back down.

  32. November 25, 2012
    Our 'smart' diplomacy at work

    You must read this entire post by John Hinderaker at Power Line to get the full import of the predictable disaster that has befallen American interests in the Middle East as a result of Egyptian President Morsi's power grab.

    Here's the guts of it:

    I am so confused! When anti-Mubarak demonstrators gathered in Tahrir Square and were met with tear gas, they represented the Arab Spring. So what do these anti-Morsi demonstrators represent? Are they Arab Spring too? Or Arab Autumn? Or maybe the seasonal analogies are no longer operative.

    The France 24 news report continues:

    The rival demonstrations - which took place in several Egyptian cities Friday - exposed the deep divisions in the world's most populous Arab nation five months after Morsi was elected with a 51% sliver of a majority.

    What a coincidence! Obama got 51% too. So far, however, I haven't heard anyone refer to Obama's "sliver of a majority."

    But never mind that-I am still really, really confused! Mubarak was our friend, but a bad guy. So he had to go, and Obama denounced him and helped force him out. Morsi is our enemy, and also is a bad guy. So Obama thinks he's A-OK, and helped Morsi take power. That's called "smart diplomacy." You probably wouldn't understand.

    Other things are confusing, too. Did Obama know that Morsi was about to claim dictatorial powers when he made Morsi the "hero" of the Israel-Gaza cease fire? If so, did he mind? If Obama didn't know-which seems more likely-does he now think that Morsi double-crossed him by capitalizing on his faux diplomatic mission to proclaim himself a dictator? Or is that one more thing that is A-OK with Obama? If Obama doesn't like the fact that Morsi has cut "Arab Spring" democracy off at the knees, does he intend to do anything about it? Or, when bad things happen, is it "smart diplomacy" to do nothing and pretend you don't mind?

    I'm not sure Mubarak could have survived anyway, given his only real option was gunning down the protestors. Much worse, as Barry Rubin has constantly pointed out, we abandoned those fearless Egyptians who stood in the streets and embraced the Muslim Brotherhood. This was a mistake that will cost us dearly in the near term, and has the potential of destroying any hope for peace in the Middle East.

    What is happening in Egypt now is the predictable result of muddled thinking in the Obama administration - the incomprehensible decision to ignore the secularists and liberals in Egypt and support a totalitarian ideology.

    Why should it surprise us, then, when our favored candidate starts acting like a dictator?

    John Hinderaker


  33. 'Satellites show Iran moving quickly to rearm Hamas'
    11/25/2012 09:54

    Israeli intelligence satellites have spied the loading of rockets and other materiel believed to be destined for the Gaza Strip, The Sunday Times reported citing Israeli officials.

    According to the report, Iran began preparing the weapons shipment around the same time Israel and Hamas negotiated cease-fire understandings late last week.

    'Iranian warships dock in Sudan in sign of peace'
    Ahmadinejad: Israel must 'bow' to Palestinian rights

    The shipment is said to include Iranian-made Fajr-5 medium-range rockets, the same model that was fired into the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas during Operation Pillar of Defense, the Times reported.

    Last month, following an air attack on a weapons plant near Khartoum, the Defense Ministry's director of policy and political-military affairs accused Sudan of acting as a transit point for weapons shipments to Gaza.

    Amos Gilad accused Khartoum of aiding and abetting terrorism, and said the Sudanese regime was “supported by Iran” and was used as a route to transfer weapons to Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, via Egypt.

    Sudan accused Israel of attacking the military plant.

    The Times report also cited Israeli officials speculating that Iran could be moving longer-range ballistic missiles into Sudan, which could be aimed at Israel from the African country.

    The official added that Tehran would act to re-arm Hamas and other Gaza groups quickly, as it sees them as a necessary part of its response to a possible Israeli attack against Iran.


    Islamic Terrorists Bomb Egyptian-Gaza Border Base
    Terrorists destroyed part of an Egyptian base at Rafiah, challenging Cairo’s control over the Sinai after the ceasefire with Israel.

    By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    First Publish: 11/25/2012, 3:24 PM

    Islamic terrorists destroyed part of an Egyptian security building at Rafiah Saturday night, challenging Cairo’s control over the Sinai after the ceasefire with Israel. No one was injured in the explosion at the base, under construction n the Egyptians side of Rafiah, the smuggling capital of Gaza.

    The attack came 48 hours after Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi granted himself extensive new powers, which were challenged by Cairo's judiciary.

    A separate explosion injured three people further south in the Sinai, where Egypt is building a facility to help it protect the pipeline that ships natural gas to Israel and Jordan. Terrorists have bombed the pipeline more than a dozen times the past two years in an effort to scuttle the agreement to sell gas to Israel.

    Saturdays night’s bombing underlined Egypt’s difficulty in re-asserting control over the Sinai, where Hamas terrorists from Gaza, along with Bedouin allies and Al Qaeda-linked terrorist cells, have carved out regions of authority. They have staged increasingly frequent terrorist attacks on Israel. Several Israelis have been killed in the attacks.

    Maintaining peace and quiet in the Sinai is a primary task for Egypt, experts said; the new government needs to prove to the United States, Israel, and Hamas that it can carry out its promise to protect Israel from terrorists.

    Attacks from the Sinai could undermine the truce, moving the field of battle into the Sinai and eventually spreading back into Gaza, even if Hamas abides by the ceasefire that ended the eight-day Pillar of Defense counterterrorist operation

  34. the pipeline is dead, has been.

    rafah is part and parcel of egypt, why divide it.

    Gaza always was part of Egypt. There is NOTHING so called "palestinian" about it.

    Nationalism is a western construct.

    Arabs are tribes, Clans and Cousins.

  35. .

    Detroit may actually go bankrupt. If so, it will likely be the fault of the Oompa Loompas on the City Council.

    Rick Snyder is Michigan's GOP governor, and while I don't like some of the moves he has made, he seems to be taking a moderate approach to governance avoiding some of the ideological approaches pushed by guys like Scott Walker.

    Nolan Findlay, on the other hand, is one of the far right nutjobs writing for the Detroit News. However, in this case he gets the story pretty much right.

    The Worst Elected Body In The US


    1. But a majority of those officials are either puppets of the public employee unions, outright dolts, or both.

      I'm talking specifically about the Detroit City Council, which demonstrated again this week the gross incompetence that led former Gov. John Engler a decade ago to dub it the worst elected body in America.

      Make the City Council live in shipping containers.

  36. Green Room
    Great news: Assisted-suicide sitcom coming to BBC
    posted at 1:55 pm on November 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

    Am I kidding? Unfortunately, no. The only bright spot is that it appears to be only a six-episode miniseries:

    The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison is to star in new BBC Three sitcom Way to Go.

    The six-part series is described as a “black comedy” about three men who set up an assisted-suicide business.

    Harrison will play Scott, who devises the desperate scheme when his terminally ill neighbor asks for his help to die and his brother Joey (Ben Heathcote) is in desperate need of cash to pay off his gambling debts.

    NRO’s Wesley Smith calls this the “normalization of suicide,” and notes that this is a case of art reflecting life … er, death, as it were:

    Oh, and by the way, this idea was already proposed for real in Oregon ($5000 for the whole package, including music and flowers), but the psychiatrist would-be entrepreneur lost his medical license for other reasons before he could open the doors. Meanwhile, in Switzerland, suicide clinics rake in the dough.

    Culture of death, Wesley? What culture of death?

    I want to go this way, except with death metal and scenes of cops beating hippies--

    BigGator5 on November 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM


    If anybody can make a good sitcom out of this stuff it would be the British.

    1. .

      The fact that it was put on by the BBC, no surprise.


  37. Perhaps a comedy about that hilarious Liverpool Protocol, where otherwise curable people are forced to die of thirst while an entire hospital of doctors and nurses watch on.

    Rebar on November 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    UK's NHS 'Liverpool Care Pathway' Looks an Awful Lot Like a Death Panel From Here

    By Tom Blumer | September 02, 2009

    There's a reason Matt Drudge just got done celebrating an all-time record August traffic count. His visitors know that he constantly links to newsworthy stories they likely won't find reported prominently in establishment U.S. media outlets, if they're reported at all.

    Such will likely be the case with a blockbuster story coming out of Great Britain tonight, courtesy of the U.K. Telegraph. It seems that there's this treatment protocol called the "Liverpool Care Pathway." Under the Pathway's guidelines, according to the Telegraph, "Under the guidelines the decision to diagnose that a patient is close to death is made by the entire medical team treating them, including a senior doctor."

    Why, if I didn't know any better, that sounds like a d-d-d-d-death panel, complete with top-down ("senior doctor") supervision.

    Here are just a few excerpts from Telegraph Medical Correspondent Kate Devlin's must-read report. Especially note the chilling statistic in the second-last paragraph of the excerpt:

    Sentenced to death on the NHS
    Patients with terminal illnesses are being made to die prematurely under an NHS scheme to help end their lives, leading doctors warn today.

    In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, a group of experts who care for the terminally ill claim that some patients are being wrongly judged as close to death.

    Under NHS guidance introduced across England to help doctors and medical staff deal with dying patients, they can then have fluid and drugs withdrawn and many are put on continuous sedation until they pass away. But this approach can also mask the signs that their condition is improving, the experts warn.

    As a result the scheme is causing a “national crisis” in patient care, the letter states. It has been signed palliative care experts including Professor Peter Millard, Emeritus Professor of Geriatrics, University of London, Dr Peter Hargreaves, a consultant in Palliative Medicine at St Luke’s cancer centre in Guildford, and four others.

    “Forecasting death is an inexact science,”they say. Patients are being diagnosed as being close to death “without regard to the fact that the diagnosis could be wrong.

    “As a result a national wave of discontent is building up, as family and friends witness the denial of fluids and food to patients."

    .... (Dr. Hargreaves) added that some patients were being “wrongly” put on the pathway, which created a “self-fulfilling prophecy” that they would die.

    ..... “It is supposed to let people die with dignity but it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    1. ..... “It is supposed to let people die with dignity but it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

      “Patients who are allowed to become dehydrated and then become confused can be wrongly put on this pathway.”

      In 2007-08 16.5 per cent of deaths in Britain came about after continuous deep sedation, according to researchers at the Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, twice as many as in Belgium and the Netherlands.

      “If they are sedated it is much harder to see that a patient is getting better,” Prof Millard said.

      Based on the above 16.5% statistic, about 95,000 of the UK's 574,700 deaths in 2007 "came after continuous deep sedation." If the UK's death rate after continuous deep sedation would have replicated Belgium and the Netherlands, about 47,000 fewer would have died under those circumstances. How many of them should still be alive today? The suggestion that the number is in the thousands, if not the tens of thousands, would appear to be not at all unreasonable.

      So whaddaya think, New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Associated Press, and Big 3 networks? In the midst of an attempt to impose a statist health care system on this country, isn't the fact that one of the oldest statist health care systems in the world is more than likely systematically and prematurely offing thousands of patients a story? Or are you going to let Matt Drudge keep linking to the real news you ignore until you're no longing just circling the drain, but actually in it?

      Cross-posted at

      Read more:

      I have a cousin taking care of his 101 year old mother. He is doing it the proper way.

    2. Why do you guys continue comparing O'care to the NHS? They're apples, and . . . brickbats.

      Israel, or Switzerland would be fairly close.


    Jeremy Hunt is planning for doctors to assess patients via iPads

    Jeremy Hunt is planning for doctors to assess patients via iPads

    Sunday November 25,2012
    By Ted Jeory

    A BID to save nearly £3billion by slashing appointments with a doctor and treating patients via computer will put lives at risk, ministers were warned.

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is planning a technological revolution that could spell the end of the traditional doctor’s surgery.

    A new system of “virtual clinics” is being planned in which GPs connect with patients via iPads and Skype, an idea that NHS bosses are importing from India.

    The reforms would save £2.9billion “almost immediately” and improve the lives of most patients, for example by avoiding the need to find child care during appointments, Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said last week.

    However, critics are concerned the initiative would create a two-tier NHS in which the less technologically able, particularly the elderly, would be left behind.

    Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham called the plan “dangerous”, while Age UK said cutting the number of personal appointments would erode the vital trust between doctor and patient.

    Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter

    The ideas, contained in a Health Department report called Digital First, include arming community nurses with iPads in rural areas and making more use of Skype video calling between GPs and patients. There will be more online assessments “augmented” with video calls.

    Mobile phone “apps” will be used to access lab reports and health records and negative test results will be sent by text messages rather than delivered in person. Mr Hunt, who made a fortune by creating an internet company, believes that while mobile broadband technology is revolutionising most walks of life, there is a problem once ­people encounter the relatively antiquated systems of the NHS.

    The Government is trying to fill a £20billion NHS funding gap and health chiefs want to reduce “needless” appointments that clog up staff time.

    Patients would be encouraged not to attend GPs’ surgeries, firstly by telephone assessments and then by video links. NHS bosses have been examining practices in India where video-conferencing has proved successful with some patients.

    In a Westminster debate last week, Dr Poulter said 15 million people with long-term conditions accounted for 70 per cent of all in-patient beds. “Many such ­hospital stays could be avoided through better management, including the better use of mobile technologies, to prevent people from becoming so unwell in the first place that they need to be admitted to hospital.

    “We need to harness and better utilise more modern types of technology such as telehealth and mobile technology to support people better in their own homes and to drive down the cost of care.

    “About one-third of patients do not necessarily need a face-to-face GP appointment.” In a statement to the Sunday Express, he stated: “It is important to stress that patients who are unwell and need to see their GP will still always have quality face-to-face time with them.

    “The Government also recognises that not everyone, particularly frail older people, will have easy access to the internet.”

    However, Age UK’s boss Michelle Mitchell warned: “Many people of all ages still prefer human contact.

    “It also gives the medical professional the chance to recognise health issues that may not be obvious from a distance.”

    Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said: “The telehealth agenda must be driven by a desire to improve clinical outcomes and patient care, not the Government’s plans to save £20billion.”

    Mr Burnham warned: “Older people who don’t have access to the internet will lose out.”

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    1. We run combines in Idaho. Great to watch.

  40. .

    The following article makes the case that rules on sex in the military should be relaxed so that people could explore their personal life options more freely.

    Do What You Do

    Perhaps there is something to this. If there are no rules to break, people can't break the rules.


  41. "Who decides" is the eternal "brickbat" that keeps the ethicists up at night, whether it's rape, abortion, or your morning brew.

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    1. The construction of its new headquarters – the single-largest project ever undertaken by The General Services Administration – will cost at least $4 billion and is already years behind on schedule since breaking ground in 2009.


  43. The Hill McCain: Obama should use Egypt aid to pressure Morsi to abandon new powers

    There might be a good idea, maybe depending on where the aid actually goes these days. Would Barky do it? Naw, probably not. He seems to like the MB types. Hanging out at the White House with him sometimes.

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  44. PRAVDA: Obama 're-elected by illiterate society'...

    Ain't that the truth.

    1. Kicked Romney's ass among those with Advanced Degrees.

    2. The new Pravda sure isn't the old Pravda -

      Russia lost its' civil war with the Reds and millions suffered torture and death for almost 75 years under the tyranny of the United Soviet Socialist Republic. Russians survived with a new and stronger faith in God and ever growing Christian Church. The question is how long will the once "Land of the Free" remain the United Socialist States of America? Their suffering has only begun. Bye bye Miss American Pie! You know the song you hippies. Sing it! Don't you remember? The 1971 hit song by American song writer Don McLean:

      "And, as I watched him on the stage my hands were clenched in fists of rage.

      No angel born in Hell could break that Satan's spell

      And, as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite, I saw...

      Satan laughing with delight the day the music died

      He was singing, bye bye Miss American Pie

      Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry

      Them good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing...

      This'll be the day that I die

      This'll be the day that I die

      So, the question remains:

      How long will America suffer and to what depths?

    3. Kicked Romney's ass among those with Advanced Degrees.

      Tell it to Pravda. :)

      College folk are mostly really stupid when it comes to politics. Take a look at the freaks in Berkeley. Besides, they are all hoping for some soft government job.

      Looks like Catalonia will have a referendum on splitting off from Spain.

    4. So, what you meant to say was "re-elected by those illiterate folks with Advanced Degrees;" got it.

    5. Yup, re-elected. Proving twice over they are illiterate folks with Advanced Degrees.

    6. Yup, re-elected. Proving twice over they are illiterate folks with Advanced Degrees.