“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."

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A U.S. Army veteran fighting for Syrian rebel forces says he is alive and well after a pro-Syrian government group posted a video on YouTube claiming that he had been killed.

The Washington Times, based on this video  was claiming that he was dead:

U.S. Army vet who became jihadist killed in Syria, website claims

A U.S. Army veteran who has fought alongside al Qaeda-linked extremist rebels against the government in Syria has been killed, according to a pro-regime video-sharing site.
A graphic video posted online by Syria Tube, a pro-government site, shows the death of someone who resembles Eric Harroun, 30, a Muslim convert who boasted of his Jihadi exploits on his Facebook page, AOL Defense reported Thursday.
“Terrorists, including American Extremist ‘Eric Harroun,’ Have Been Terminated,” reads the headline of the video, according to AOL.
Neither Mr. Harroun’s family, nor the Pentagon, could confirm whether he was dead or alive, AOL Defense reported.
On Monday, Fox News first reported that Mr. Harroun, who was discharged as a private first class in 2003 and has been fighting for many months alongside Syrian rebels, had joined the notorious extremist group Jubhat al Nusra, which the U.S. State Department says is a front for al Qaeda in Iraq.
“I was separated in a battle and most of my group was K.I.A. and al-Nusra picked me up,” Mr. Harroun told Fox News.
Mr. Harroun, known in Syria to rebels and loyalists alike as “The American,” has traveled widely throughout the Arab world during the wave of revolution there called the Arab Spring, according to his social-media postings. He joined protesters overthrowing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak before moving to fight alongside rebels attempting to depose Syrian President Bashar Assad.
He told Fox News he might go to the Palestinian Territories next, to join their fight against Israel.


  1. A U.S. Army veteran who was fighting for Syrian rebel forces says he is alive and well after a pro-Syrian government group posted a video on YouTube claiming that he had been killed.

    The bloodied face of someone resembling Eric Harroun, 30, of Phoenix, was shown in the video, which was posted Wednesday under the title, 'Terrorists, including American Extremist "Eric Harroun" Have Been Terminated.'

    But Harroun told MailOnline from his personal email account on Friday that 'Syrian Media must be smoking something, because I am alive and well chilling in Istanbul having a martini at the moment.'

  2. He's a U.S.-trained soldier turned Muslim warrior who moves between America and countries where the winds of the Arab spring blow, fighting alongside jihadists and America-hating terrorists while celebrating his bloody exploits on YouTube videos.

    Eric Harroun, 30, grew up in Phoenix before joining the U.S. Army in 2000. Although Harroun was never deployed during his three-year hitch, he has seen plenty of combat fighting with Syrian rebels and, more recently, Jabhat al-Nusra, a group the U.S. State Department classifies as an alias for Al Qaeda in Iraq.
    “I was separated in a battle and most of my group was K.I.A. and Al-Nusra picked me up,” Harroun told during one of several brief interviews conducted via Skype.
    “I hate bad guys like Bashar [Assad]. "I hate Iran, too. I am a freedom fighter."
    - Eric Harroun, U.S.-born jihadist known as "The American"
    Harroun, who said he is now in Turkey, shrugged off a question about fighting alongside Al Qaeda terrorists who have joined the Syrian rebellion, saying, "the U.S. plays both sides, too." He said the offshoot of the terror group behind the 9/11 attacks welcomed him.
    “Getting into Al-Nusra is not rocket science," he said. "It just takes balls and brains.”

    Harroun, known among Syrian rebels and loyalists alike as “The American,” has moved from one country to another, joining protesters in the takedown of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak before fighting alongside rebels attempting to depose Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. A prolific poster of online diatribes against the infidel, he's joined the threads of those calling for the deaths of Zionists.
    His father, Darryl Harroun, told that his son was discharged from the Army after he was seriously injured while riding in a pickup truck that hit a tree. He was left with full disability pay and a steel plate in his head, according to his father.
    "Now he has mood swings and what-not," said Darryl Harroun, who lives in Arizona and talks to his son by phone frequently. "He was already suffering from depression before that, and the accident just kind of multiplied it."
    Darryl Harroun said his son is seen as an adventurer by friends and relatives, who call him "Arizona Jones."
    "He just loves that part of the world," said Darryl Harroun, who said his family has been in the U.S. for several generations and is not Muslim. "We scratch our heads and wonder what the hell he's doing. I told him, 'You're never going to change those people's minds over there.' But he says they treat him like a hero.

    Read more:

    1. .

      Looking for love in all the wrong places.


    2. Being an object of Hero Worship would be a terrible thing to waste.

  3. Full disability benefits from the Federals ...

    Like the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, fighting against tyranny.

    "...I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

    The State Department has not pulled his passport.
    He is not under Federal indictment.

    Live Free or Die.

    1. hired killers, no morals, no rules.

      sounds familiar.

      as for the abe lincoln brigade?

      " In 1947, the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade were placed on Attorney General's List of Subversive Organizations"

      yep commie murderer...

    2. 1947 aye?

      The Abe Lincoln Brigades were founded in 1937.
      They fought in the Spanish Civil War.

      In 1939 ...
      The Roosevelt Administration's Attorney-General, Frank Murphy indicted 16 alleged Communists and fellow travelers for having recruited volunteers for the Abraham Lincoln Brigade supporting Spanish Republican forces against Franco and the Nationalists.

      ...The International Brigades were withdrawn from battle by the Spanish prime minister Juan Negrín, in the spring of 1938 in the vain hope that the Nationalists would withdraw their German and Italian Troops in turn.[3] Most of the surviving Lincolns were repatriated by early 1939.

      J Edgar Hoover was so afraid of these fellas...

      They fought Nazi proxies, they didn't hire them to build ballistic rockets.
      Not a standard acceptable to the Federals after WWII

    3. The crime was not in going to Spain or even fighting for the Spanish government. No, the crime was in recruiting people for that task.

      Could recruiting people to immigrate to a foreign land embroiled in sectarian conflict be conflated to recruiting people to actively defend the Spanish government from Fascists?

      In a legal sense. Using the 1939 and 1947 Standards

  4. The value of this story is that the so-called freedom loving rebels in Syria are riddles with Islamists and AQ members and sympathizers.

    1. The entire region is riddled with Islamists and aQ members.
      That is nothing new or news worthy. The US armed Sunni extremists in Iraq, movingthem from the Insurgent column to Sonss of Iraq with every weapons delivery and pay-off.

      100,000 Sons @ $300 per month.

  5. "Have Gun, Will Travel"

    Someday, he will be known as "Paladin", not the phoney warriors of Charlemagne's court, but the Real Life Professional gunfighter, Paladin, West Point graduate who, after the Civil War, settled into San Francisco's Hotel Carlton where he awaited responses to his business card: over the picture of a chess knight

    "Have Gun, Will Travel ... Wire Paladin, San Francisco."

  6. Wow, Boone was in "The Shootist"

    ...should watch it again.

  7. The Shootist:

    "John Bernard Books, a gunfighter approaching his 58th birthday, finds that he has rectal cancer and two months to live. He takes a room with Bond Rogers..."

    Cancer is such a beautiful thing.

    At least The Duke got to enjoy many smokes before being taken down.

  8. Rectal Cancer gunfighter/victim for hire.

  9. Syria Comment

    "My modest proposal

    So here’s my suggestion to journalists and editors who, like me, are writing about the Syrian war from a distance:

    Instead of saying that the “FSA” has conquered this or that village, just report the names of the groups involved. If they say that they’re the “Fulan ibn Fulan Battalion of the FSA”, then write the full name, not just “the FSA”. The distinguishing “Fulan ibn Fulan” part is more likely to be operationally relevant than the semi-fictional alliance name they’ve tagged to the end of their name.

    And, if the recent video statement on “a glorious battle of conquest” from the “Joint Command of the Super Power Islamic Hawks Battalion of the Free Syrian Army (Idleb Wing)” seems a little over the top, you could just stick to reality. Better write: “According to photographic evidence seen by this reporter, it seems like ten guys from a tiny village outside Idleb have recently been lobbing mortar shells at a blurry target in the distance while shouting ’Allahu Akbar’.”

  10. "Truth be told

    All this said, I wish that the FSA did exist.

    A unified rebel leadership would spare Syria much of the bloodshed that lies ahead. Not just because an organized rebel army would pack more of a punch in the struggle against Bashar el-Assad’s fascist dictatorship, and could put a leash on the most unpleasant salafi extremist factions. But also – and this matters a lot more than the fate of either Assad or al-Qaida – because only a functioning opposition leadership will be able to minimize the period of Lebanon-style armed anarchy and sectarian bloodshed that lies ahead for Syria, and help reestablish a central government when Assad’s is gone for good.

    Unfortunately, my mere wishing won’t make it so. But neither will sloppy and distorted news reporting."

    — Aron Lund

  11. Arizona must have as many nutjobs per capita as Florida. 'Rat an unfair competive advantage.

  12. Wie has nothing on Kristi:

    Kristi Yamaguchi

    Parents and children can be very heartened to know that many celebrated athletes had club foot as children: football quarterback Troy Aikman; Olympic skater Kristi Yamaguchi; baseball infielder Freddy Sanchez; and pro soccer player Mia Hamm.

  13. This is about nutjobs and Syria?


  14. Wish there was an institute for Club Brains.

  15. ...I'd pay Rufus's tuition.

    For the Children.

  16. We declared fucking war with Al Qaeda with the 2001 AUMF passed by Congress.

    Fucking Al Qaeda, and not just jihadis on the battlefield with guns or box cutters. Plus fucking American traitors within Al Qaeda (the ones Rand Paul heart-throbs).

    And of course any fucking Islamoid civilian that offers them aid and comfort. Which is why when a 500 lb bomb was dropped from a non-drone on a house Zarqawi was guest at in Iraq - no one was blubbering about the "innocent civilians" whacked along with their honored guest, except the left.

    But that does not mean the AUMF extends to "any radical Islamist anywhere in the world that hates us or Our Special Friend Israel".

    That is why Syria is problematic for me - it widens a war, introduces a whole new list of targeted enemy who are not Al Qaeda or offer AQ material support….i and Congress hasn’tvoted on it. It s still the same old shit

    The United States with the CIA taking the lead has been funding Rebel Groups forever in places they don't like the existing government. Examples are; the Mullas in Iran when they were attempting to overthrow the Shah, under the Peanut Farmer who would be President. Another were "Contras") the various rebel groups opposing the Sandinista Junta of National Reconstruction government in Nicaragua that were active from 1979 through to the early 1990s. Then came the Taliban who we supported in their fight against the Soviets. More recently were the covert efforts in Lybia and now Syria. As you can see Uncle Sammy has had his fingers in a lot of revolution pies over the years. This is why the truth never came out about Benghazi. It was part of the weapons supply process to Syria run amock, that the government didn;t want people to know about. Whatever you think about the idiots in Washington D.C., do not be fooled by their bullshit about transparency in government. Your tax dollars at work folks.

  17. We surely did declare war upon those that supported the attack upon US on 11SEP01. We just did not prosecute it to any great degree.

    After forcing the Taliban to withdraw from Kabul, Afpakistan the US moved on, to Iraq. An adventure unrelated to 11SEP01.

    The US did not pursue either the Pakistani nor Saudi connections to the attackers, at least publicly under the auspices of the AUMF14SEP01.

    I doubt that any of the insurgents or foreign fighters in Syria are planning attacks upon US. One would assume that they have more pressing concerns.

    If a US citizen wishes to take up arms against the Assad regime, well fellas, the US has a long history of volunteers venturing forth into the fray. Mr Assad is held in disfavor by the US government, with Mr Obama telling the whirled that ...
    "Assad has to go"
    ... or words to that effect.

    Foreign adventurers ...

    ... American as apple pie.

    1. The debate over what went wrong — which is also a debate over who deserves blame — is still under way and will continue. Saddam was a dog barking on the other side of the fence. Just how he was a threat to US security is unknown, so Bush and his handlers created one. That is the tragedy. We did remove one of Israel’s of enemies, however, at no cost to them of course.

      There is no way you can spin the facts to deny that the Iraq war was built on fabrications acted upon by Bush and helped bankrupt our economy, created more anti-US sentiment in the region, left Iraq in shambles, and essentially built the war on the word of an Iraqi defector.

    2. Here is a further bone for you to gnaw on: Bush put us 4 trillion in the hole and the Republicans want someone to fix it by cutting taxes.

  18. How to create a run on the banks

    (Reuters) - Cyprus's parliament has postponed until Monday an emergency session to vote on a levy on bank deposits after signs that lawmakers might block the surprise move agreed in Brussels to help fund a bailout and avert national bankruptcy.

    In a radical departure from previous aid packages, euro zone finance ministers want Cyprus savers to forfeit up to 9.9 percent of their deposits in return for a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) bailout for the island, which has been financially crippled by its exposure to neighboring Greece.

    The decision, announced on Saturday morning, stunned Cypriots and caused a run on cashpoints, most of which were depleted within hours. Electronic transfers were stopped.

    The move to take a percentage of deposits, which could raise almost 6 billion euros, must be ratified by parliament, where no party has a majority. If it fails to do so, President Nicos Anastasiades has warned, Cyprus's two largest banks will collapse.

    One bank, the Cyprus Popular Bank, could have its emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) funding from the European Central Bank cut by March 21.

    A default in Cyprus could unravel investor confidence in the euro zone, undoing the improvements fostered by the European Central Bank's promise last year to do whatever it takes to shore up the currency bloc.

    A meeting of parliament scheduled for 1400 GMT on Sunday was postponed for a day to give more time for consultations and broker a deal, political sources said. The levy was scheduled to come into force on Tuesday, after a bank holiday on Monday.

  19. In your heart you know he was…

    Tony Blair formed an unlikely alliance with George W. Bush to send British forces into Iraq, and 10 years on, the former prime minister is adamant he took the right decision.

    The Labour premier and the Republican US president were both convinced of the need to act against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and his alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

    However, these weapons never materialised and although Saddam was ousted within weeks of the March 2003 invasion, Iraq soon descended into chaos at the hands of insurgents and militia groups.

    "I still believe it was right to remove Saddam," Blair told Britain's ITV television.

    "We sometimes forget now what the regime was actually like and the devastation it caused.

    "Hundreds of thousands of people died in his wars. He used chemical weapons against his own people."

    Blair's name will be forever linked to the war in Iraq, and his rare public appearances in Britain are routinely dogged by protesters who want him tried for war crimes.

    Joining the US-led invasion split his centre-left party and the country, sparking Britain's largest-ever public demonstration by up to two million people.

    Blair admits conventional wisdom has now solidified on the invasion being a mistake.

  20. Beware of the BOOGIE man

    Israel's new defence minister champion of settlers

    Moshe Yaalon walks through sand dunes after parachuting from an Israeli army jet in the Palmahim Air Force base in southern Israel, on May 30, 2005. Israel's new Defence Minister Moshe "Boogie" Yaalon is a military veteran and staunch rightwinger known for his support of the Jewish settler movement, but who has taken a more moderate stance on Iran.
    AFP - Israel's new Defence Minister Moshe "Boogie" Yaalon is a military veteran and staunch rightwinger known for his support of the Jewish settler movement, but who has taken a more moderate stance on Iran.

    Through a long military career, Yaalon burnished his image as a hardliner who backs the idea of a Greater Israel encompassing all of the occupied Palestinian territories.

    He made a name for himself by opposing Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, and has spoken out forcefully against any freeze on settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.

    1. Yep! Jews that build homes are radicals.

      Moslems that murder American and Israeli are justified

    2. .

      There is a bigger issue involved than name calling, one I have made before.


      I know nothing of Yaalon, but the argument for a Greater Israel is the main issue.

      Over the last two weeks, I have seen a couple of articles making the exact same point. Currently, the state of Israel

      1. Encompasses Greater Israel sans Gaza.
      2. It is a democracy.
      3. It is a Jewish state.

      In the long term (mid-term depending on your definition of mid-term), without a two-state agreement with the Palistineans, Israel will have to change. Because of trending democraphics, without the two-state solution, the most Israel will be able to remain is two of the three.

      It can maintain it's one state status, but if it does, it can't remain both a Jewish state and a democratic one. It will have to choose which one it will be. And with any decision of this magnitude will come consequences of one sort or another.

      Since, IMO, there will never be a negotiated agreement on a two-state solution between Israel and the Palis, I expect that within twenty years we will be looking at a very different Israel than we see today.

      Just my opinion.


    3. Article II of the ICSPCA defines the crime of apartheid as below:
      International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid,
      Article II[1]

      For the purpose of the present Convention, the term ‘the crime of apartheid', which shall include similar policies and practices of racial segregation and discrimination as practiced in southern Africa, shall apply to the following inhumane acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them:

      Denial to a member or members of a racial group or groups of the right to life and liberty of person
      By murder of members of a racial group or groups;

      By the infliction upon the members of a racial group or groups of serious bodily or mental harm, by the infringement of their freedom or dignity, or by subjecting them to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;

      By arbitrary arrest and illegal imprisonment of the members of a racial group or groups;

      Deliberate imposition on a racial group or groups of living conditions calculated to cause its or their physical destruction in whole or in part;

      Any legislative measures and other measures calculated to prevent a racial group or groups from participation in the political, social, economic and cultural life of the country and the deliberate creation of conditions preventing the full development of such a group or groups, in particular by denying to members of a racial group or groups basic human rights and freedoms, including the right to work, the right to form recognised trade unions, the right to education, the right to leave and to return to their country, the right to a nationality, the right to freedom of movement and residence, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association;

      Any measures including legislative measures, designed to divide the population along racial lines by the creation of separate reserves and ghettos for the members of a racial group or groups, the prohibition of mixed marriages among members of various racial groups, the expropriation of landed property belonging to a racial group or groups or to members thereof;

      Exploitation of the labour of the members of a racial group or groups, in particular by submitting them to forced labour;

      Persecution of organizations and persons, by depriving them of fundamental rights and freedoms, because they oppose apartheid.

    4. There seems to be some very uncomfortable clauses in that law.

    5. .

      Heck, I'm uncomfortable with things that go on in this country.

      Arguing apartheid in Israel ignores the history. It also ignores the fact that race has little to do with it.

      Throwing around terms like apartheid and assigning blame strictly to one side or the other is like those that argue that only whites can be racist because they are the most powerful. Other groups are then immune from the charge of racism because they have self-identified as victims.



    6. Ok, I’ll accept that challenge. Name another civil society that has a similar relationship with a neighboring country:

      There is Red China and Tibet.
      Nothing in the Americas.
      Nothing in Europe.
      Nothing between Russia and he neighbors.
      Nothing between Iran and her neighbors.

      The equivalence with anything and the United States has to go back 150 years.


    7. .

      Neighboring country?

      What neighboring country?


    8. .

      I do, however, admit that I erred in not being more specific in the description I gave above in describing Israel. Corrected, I would say

      Israel is

      1. a democracy
      2. a Jewish state
      3. and a state geographically represented as 'Greater Israel' sans Gaza which consists of a Jewish national state plus de facto military control of the disputed territory known as the West Bank.

      The rest of my argument stands with regard to the Greater Israel, one-state solution purportedly pushed by Defense Minister Yaalon (and by Iran I might add).


  21. The US Central Intelligence Agency is collecting information on Islamic radicals in Syria for possible lethal drone strikes against them at a later stage, The Los Angeles Times reported late Friday.

    Citing unnamed current and former US officials, the newspaper said President Barack Obama had not authorized any drone missile strikes in Syria yet, and none were under consideration.

    However CIA's Counterterrorism Center, which runs drone programs targeting militants in Pakistan and Yemen, had recently shifted several targeting officers to improve intelligence gathering on militants in Syria.

    The targeting officers have formed a unit with colleagues who were tracking Al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq.

    Veteran militants from Iraq are believed to have moved to Syria and joined anti-government Islamic militias there, the report said.

    The targeting officers focusing on Syria are based at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, the paper said.

    But the agency is working closely with Saudi, Jordanian and other regional spy services active in Syria, according to The Times.

    The preparations come as radical Islamic fighters have won a growing share of rebel victories in Syria, the paper said.

  22. asshole
    Robert Peterson

    1:45 PM (6 minutes ago)

    to Elephant
    YOU are an asshole, deuce. You accused me of being happy about the slaughter of those Vietnamese in that village by Calley.

    Where o where do you come up with that?

    Out of your tender stupid ego.

    Your girl Sarah Palin spoke beautifully this morning. I hope you were able to hear her entire speech. CPAC provides hope for our party particularly since the majority in attendance are young.

    Going tomorrow with Lana & Tyler to see "OZ" in 3-D. :) It looks like a very fun film.

    Gorgeous day! Spring has definitely sprung here.
    Jacque :)

    Sent from my iPhone
    Robert Peterson

    7:03 AM (6 hours ago)

    It is becoming spring here too. The two cats spend most time outside now, and the days are longer.

    Ever returning spring!

    I would hate to live in a clime where there is no change. That is what I don't like about Hawaii, for instance.

    I love the seasons.

    As the poet said -

    "Is there no change in Paradise?"

    His answer was, there must be change, for it to be Paradise.

    That is in that poem Sunday Morning I sent you at the start of our conversation.

    Is there no change of death in paradise?
    Does ripe fruit never fall? Or do the boughs
    Hang always heavy in that perfect sky,
    Unchanging, yet so like our perishing earth,
    With rivers like our own that seek for seas
    They never find, the same receding shores
    That never touch with inarticulate pang?
    Why set the pear upon those river-banks
    Or spice the shores with odors of the plum?
    Alas, that they should wear our colors there,
    The silken weavings of our afternoons,
    And pick the strings of our insipid lutes!
    Death is the mother of beauty, mystical,
    Within whose burning bosom we devise
    Our earthly mothers waiting, sleeplessly


    Death is the mother of beauty, mystical. And I know what he means, and that it is true.

    "Within whose burning bosom we devise
    Our earthly mothers waiting, sleeplessly"

    There is always something more, but I don't know what else to say about it, nor even how to begin.


    This is polite talk, I have been guilty of worse. You should try it sometime.

    YOU are an asshole, deuce, with your Lincoln jerking off over the lithe dead, and your thinking, and stating, that I might be woo woo on Calley.

    Where in hell do you come up with that stuff?

    Poor poor tender ego, a nonsense man.

    And now you are into Libertarianism.

    It is like Catherine said at the old site, the Libertarians couldn't even run the city sewer system.

    It takes responsibility to do that. And commitment to a community, over decades, and generations.

    A 'Libertarian' who wants the draft.

    Liberty for the whites of the south, slavery for the niggers.

    Lincoln is Hitler.

    You are basically crazy.


    1. FUCK YOU BOB!




  23. Replies
    1. It does have side effects, so it is a balancing act.

  24. .

    Well, I have to admit, I am impressed.

    Bob has an iPhone.

    Not cutting edge, but still, moving on up.

    Next, he will be twittering and tweeting with the best of them.


  25. And, he managed to slip in the N-word.

    If Deuce takes it down for using n....r, it'll look like he took it down out of spite for the attack on himself. Slick.

  26. I think it speaks volumes for why a change was necessary. This one will stay up. No promises about those that follow.

  27. Censure away.

    Lincoln got off on the deaths of young lithe men.

    You are sick.


    1. There is not a responsible historian that has ever said that.

      Just the opposite. Lincoln was depressed with the whole thing, and thought he made no choices at all.

      He said I didn't start the war, it happened. And God is guiding it.

      You are sick. And dreaming of an old past, where you are boss.


    2. And no, I was not hearty for Calley.

      You are sick.


    3. "If slavery is not wrong, then nothing is."

      Abraham Lincoln


    4. And no Quirk, I have no I phone.

      We were talking about how the Christian religion is an off shoot of the old perennial philosophy, as illustrated in an old Egyptian mural, where the son of god, birthed from a virgin, immaculate, this time in form as a baboon, is tending to the the weighing of the souls before the image of that which is, and perhaps intervening on their behalf.


    5. As an emotional Catholic, you need to get up to speed.

      Congratulations on your new Pope.

      He seems a cut above his predecessor.


    6. .

      We were talking about how the Christian religion is an off shoot of the old perennial philosophy, as illustrated in an old Egyptian mural, where the son of god, birthed from a virgin, immaculate, this time in form as a baboon, is tending to the the weighing of the souls before the image of that which is, and perhaps intervening on their behalf.


      Downright Darwinian, developing from that archtype of an interventionist baboon and all.

      I'm also sure the early Christians were proud of their Egyptian heritage.

      Good stuff. Keep it coming.



    7. You are a MORON if you cannot see the similarity.

      You are an odd goose, Quirk, always arguing for the impossible.


      Only the Quirkster.

      My God, my God, take me from the Cross.

      (but we all know, deep down, we are all our own cross)


      ]Please Jesus help Quirk.

    8. "]Please Jesus help Quirk."

      That, most definitely, is a hole that needs to be filled.

  28. I am a

    L i b e r ta r i a n.

    I am for the draft.



  29. Have you noticed, Quirk, how really pretty all these
    Women are on Fox News now?

    Wow, what legs.

    And they all comb their hair the same, and often make their points in conversation with skill, even if they are sometimes wrong.


    1. .

      I watch Fox Sports often.

      I haven't watched Fox News in years.

      However, I'm happy you're happy.


    2. "However, I'm happy you're happy."

      ...that warms my heart.

      Or what's left of it.

  30. .

    One small step for mankind.

    Judge rules "National Security Letters' unconstitutional.

    Credo, based in San Francisco, spoke out after a federal judge ordered the US government to stop issuing what are called "national security letters" – demands for data that contain in-built gagging clauses that prevent the recipients disclosing even the existence of the orders or their own identity.


  31. .



    The island’s government has announced that, following pressure from finance ministers in the eurozone, it is introducing a levy on all bank deposits in the country to pay for a rescue package for its troubled economy.

    Suggested levies of 6.75 per cent of all deposits up to €100,000 (£86,500) and 9.9 per cent for larger deposits sparked chaos as people unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw their money from banks. Cyprus had to stop people accessing their savings — an emergency measure that is unlikely to be lifted in the coming days...


  32. Shouldn't we all (in the Spirit of Rodney King) just CELEBRATE the return of "Nob?"

    Can't we all just get along???


  33. Heyjus:

    I hired a native Hawaiian/Filopino/Jap for a "theraputic messagage"

    Inside Dope

    I got the message.




  34. "And they all comb their hair the same, and often make their points in conversation with skill, even if they are sometimes wrong"

    Gawd, I'm about to cum.

    First time to a "guy" since I was a teen.

  35. The Medium is the Massage:

    An Inventory of Effects is a book co-created by media analyst Marshall McLuhan and graphic designer Quentin Fiore, and coordinated by Jerome Agel. It was published by Bantam books in 1967 and became a bestseller with a cult following.

    The book itself is 160 pages in length and composed in an experimental, collage style with text superimposed on visual elements and vice versa. Some pages are printed backwards and are meant to be read in a mirror (see mirror writing). Some are intentionally left blank. Most contain photographs and images both modern and historic, juxtaposed in startling ways.

    The book was intended to make McLuhan's philosophy of media and communication, considered by some[who?] incomprehensible and esoteric, more accessible to a wider readership through the use of visual metaphor and sparse text.[citation needed]

  36. I've always preferred visual metaphor to text, sparse, or not.

    (Middle Eastern Roots?)

    Oh, my Gawd!

  37. Then again, there are the Chinese.

    Some of my most pleasant memories from childhood were trips to San Fran's Chinatown.

    The Won Tong Fuck Cafe, to be specific.

  38. To be honest, it was the

    Not to mention all the other curio shops w/lockable little bamboo chests, fireworks, etc, ad nauseum.

    HEALTHY Multiculturalism.

    (No Rufus/Obama Community Organizing SUBSIDIES!)

  39. That sucks, BIG TIME.

    The REAL Far East Cafe was NOT some fuckin FAGGOTY Sushi piece of shit.

    It was a REAL, True Blue (and Red) AMERICAN Chinese Joint, complete with polished wooden booths and benches, with curtains drawn for privacy... etc etc.

    ...I used to go down on my sister before the first cup of tea was poured.

    Those were the days.

  40. I guess it IS the same place, but nobody, straight or homo, refered to it as a Seafood Cuisine Joint:

    "Far East Café is centrally located in the heart of Chinatown and is two blocks away from the gateway of Chinatown and directly across from the Old St.Mary's Church. Far East Café cordially invites you to our enchanting restaurant that will bring you back in time. The restaurant itself has been established since 1920. As you and your visitors enter the doorway, they will be overwhelm by the palace chandeliers hanging from our high ceilings, painted murals on the walls, the carved screens, and the emperor's throne. These delicate artwork were brought over from China over a hundred years ago"

  41. "As you and your visitors enter the doorway, they will be overwhelm by the palace chandeliers hanging from our high ceilings, painted murals on the walls, the carved screens, and the emperor's throne."

    "they will be overwhelm"

    Maybe the Chicoms aren't that big a threat.

    ...that STILL leaves that Weirdo Norko guy, tho.

    All hat?

  42. "These delicate artwork were brought over from China over a hundred years ago"

    All's well that ends well.

  43. "This delicate Viral Payload was brought to you courtesy of the Chinese Communists, with a turbo-boost from the Norkoms"

  44. NONE of this shit is the way it was.

    FUCK the Gays!

    (You guys, not me.)

    ...I get credit for bringing it to your attention.

  45. see that little brite white window @ the top of the pic?

    ...that's where I surveilled from, and relayed the info back to the Motherland.

    From California Hick to Chinese Spy-Guy!

  46. looks like the booths have wooden doors.

    Gawd knows what Phallic Atrocity I might have wrought behind such a fortress.

  47. This may be the most disgusting thing I've Ever Encountered in Nature. )

    ...not in my "mind" of course.

    This thing popped up in my Greenhouse, and the Stench was so bad that no wench would ever give head again, after she smelled it.

    Can't believe I did not dispense with it forthwith!

  48. oops, bad link)

    Can't get the Damned Thing to Work.

    Foul Smelling, Indeed!

    Phallus (fungus)

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    Common stinkhorn, Phallus impudicus

    Scientific classification










    Phallus Junius ex Linnaeus (1758)

    Type species

    Phallus impudicus

    The genus Phallus, commonly known as stinkhorns, are a group of basidiomycetes which produce a foul-scented, phallic mushroom, from which their name is derived. The genus has a widespread distribution and, according to a 2008 estimate, contains 18 species. They belong to the family Phallaceae in the order Phallales. The best known species (and type species) is the common stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus).

  49. Thus ends Doug's ode to The Pud.

    I Hopee.