“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."

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

In Istanbul, people have begun whispering that the military is distributing gasmasks -- but to the demonstrators rather than to the police. The message is clear: The military supports the protests. - Meanwhile McCain’s buddies, al Qaeda, have been found with sarin gas in Turkey! Not a peep from the usual subjects.


Revolt in Turkey: Erdogan's Grip on Power Is Rapidly Weakening
By Özlem Gezer, Maximilian Popp and Oliver Trenkamp

For a decade, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has had a tight grip on power. But it suddenly looks to be weakening. Thousands have taken to the streets across the country and the threats to Erdogan's rule are many. His reaction has revealed him to be hopelessly disconnected.
The rooftops of Istanbul can be seen in the background and next to them is a gigantic image of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey's powerful prime minister is watching over the city -- and is also monitoring the work of the political party he controls. At least that seems to be the message of the image, which can be found in a conference room at the headquarters of Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP).

These days, though, Istanbul is producing images that carry a distinctly different meaning -- images of violent protests against the vagaries of Erdogan's rule. And it is beginning to look as though the prime minister, the most powerful leader Turkey has seen since the days of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, might be losing control.

As recently as mid-May, Erdogan boasted during an appearance at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C. of the $29 billion airport his government was planning to build in Istanbul. "Turkey no longer talks about the world," he said. "The world talks about Turkey."
Just two weeks later, he appears to have been right -- just not quite in the way he had anticipated. The world is looking at Turkey and speaking of the violence with which Turkish police are assaulting demonstrators at dozens of marches across the country. Increasingly, Erdogan is looking like an autocratic ruler whose people are no longer willing to tolerate him.
For years, Erdogan seemed untouchable and, at least until the recent demonstrations began, was the most popular politician in the country. He entered office amid pledges to reform the country and introduce even more democratic freedoms. In his gruff dealings with foreign powers, he gave Turkey a new kind of confidence. He broke the grip on power held by the country's old elite, he kick-started the economy and he calmed the conflict with the country's Kurdish minority.
Democracy Lost
But one thing got lost in the shuffle: Democracy. Success made Erdogan even more power-hungry, thin-skinned and susceptible to criticism. Indeed, he began governing in the same autocratic style for which he had bitterly criticized his predecessors. And now, he is faced with significant dangers to his power from several quarters.
The biggest danger facing the Turkish premier is his own high-handedness. Though he said on Monday that he understood the message being sent by the protesters, there is little evidence that is true. Indeed, his response thus far has shown the degree to which he has become distanced from realities in his country. With hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets, Erdogan has opted for confrontation rather than de-escalation. On Monday morning, he threatened that he would be unable to keep the 50 percent of Turks who voted for him from taking to the streets themselves. Critics see the comment as nothing less than a threat of civil war.
He said that he won't allow "a handful of plunderers" to dictate policy. He also branded the marches as being ideological and said that they have been "manipulated by the opposition." Twitter, he said, is the "greatest threat to the society." Such sentiments are reminiscent of those Arab dictators who were overthrown in the Arab Spring of 2011.
Erdogan has recently shown a complete inability to gauge the anger of the country's Kemalists. He recently offended the secular followers of Atatürk with comments regarding a law aiming to reduce the consumption of alcohol. During a party meeting, Erdogan painted a rhetorical picture of an alcoholic populace: He spoke of police who continually find empty bottles in people's cars, of husbands who beat their wives and of fathers who are a poor influence due to their consumption of beer.
Most pointedly, however, he asked if Turkey wanted to follow a law passed by two drunks or the law of God. Since then, the country has been filled with speculation as to who Erdogan may have been referring to. Many believe it was an attack on Atatürk and his Prime Minister Ismet Inönü, who were in office when the ban on alcohol in the country was lifted in 1926. Furthermore, Atatürk is rumored to have died from cirrhosis of the liver. As such, Erdogan's comments are seen as an attack on a national hero.
Diverse Protests
But it isn't just the Kemalists who are now venting their rage at the Turkish prime minister. Demonstrations have been reported in more than 40 cities, and they are drawing more than students and intellectuals. Families with children, women in headscarves, men in suits, hipsters in sneakers, pharmacists, tea-house proprietors -- all are taking to the streets to register their displeasure.
Thus far, no opposition party has sought to claim the protests as its own. There have been no party flags, no party slogans and no prominent party functionaries to be seen. Kemalists and communists have demonstrated side-by-side with liberals and secularists. Simply calling them all "marauders and extremists," as Erdogan has sought to do, will not be enough.
Another threat may also be lurking. In Istanbul, people have begun whispering that the military is distributing gasmasks -- but to the demonstrators rather than to the police. The message is clear: The military supports the protests.
The story is certainly consistent with the Turkish military's traditional role in society. The generals have long seen themselves as protectors of Atatürk's legacy and as protectors of a secular Turkey. Indeed, the military has staged three putsches in its history to guarantee Kemalist values: in 1960, in 1971 and again in 1980.
Erdogan, to be sure, has done his best to reduce the military's power. He has removed some officers and had others locked away, convicted of conspiracy. It is difficult to predict how the military might now react to the protests. But Erdogan certainly cannot rely on them remaining in their barracks.
Visit to Tunisia
Even within his own party, the AKP, Erdogan's rule has become contentious. Turkish President Abdullah Gül, likewise of the AKP, has been careful to distance himself from Erdogan's comments over the weekend that citizens should express their opinions at the ballot box. Gül responded that "democracy doesn't just mean casting a ballot.
Turkish law prohibits Erdogan from running for another term. In response, however, he appears to be leaning toward the model followed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Erdogan is currently seeking to increase the powers of the Turkish presidency, preparatory to taking over the position himself in 2014. Not everyone in the AKP is behind the plan and speculation of an internal power struggle is rife.

On Monday morning, after a weekend full of some of the most intense protests Turkey has seen, Erdogan spoke yet again, saying he suspects that "foreign powers" are behind the demonstrations and that Turkish intelligence is investigating. "It is not possible to reveal their names, but we will have meetings with their heads," Erdogan said, according to the English version of the Turkish daily Hürriyet. The strategy is transparent: The prime minister is doing all he can to portray the protests as an attack on Turkey.
Erdogan is hoping that will be enough to keep the situation under control for now. This week he embarks on a trip through North Africa. And, after a visit to Morocco, the Turkish premier is scheduled to visit Tunisia -- where not so long ago, the people rose up against their autocratic rule


  1. Sarin gas with al Qaeda in Turkey - no problem. Hardly worth mentioning, amongst friends.

    Unproven reports of sarin gas with Syrian government - Red lines - the end of Western Civilization- existential threat - israel and her toadies to war.

    Shifty McCain drooling and eyes in a convulsive twitch.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    1. "Israel and her toadies to war"

      You can’t make this stuff up.

      You just did.

      Israel wasn't responsible for the Arab Spring. They were not responsible for Egypt. They are not responsible for Libya. They are not responsible for Syria.

      They are not responsible for sarin gas in Turkey, if there is any.

      McCain may be nuts, but Israel isn't responsible for that either. It's the people of Arizona that sent him.


    2. Who sent war planes to Syria and attacked a military depot?

    3. Israel is running air operations in support of al-Quieda.

      There is no debate about that.
      The Israeli have run two such al-Quieda support strikes, in Syria.
      There is no doubt that Israel and al-Quieda have come together, their mutual interests coincide.

      McCain always rides with the money.
      Ask his first wife.


    4. Who sent war planes to Syria and attacked a military depot?

      Israel did, and you would too, under those circumstances.

      Twice, I think.

      We've been through this argument before.


  2. Turkish security forces found a 2kg cylinder with sarin gas after searching the homes of Syrian militants from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front who were previously detained, Turkish media reports. The gas was reportedly going to be used in a bomb.

    The sarin gas was found in the homes of suspected Syrian Islamists detained in the southern provinces of Adana and Mersia following a search by Turkish police on Wednesday, reports say. The gas was allegedly going to be used to carry out an attack in the southern Turkish city of Adana.

    On Monday, Turkish special anti-terror forces arrested 12 suspected members of the Al-Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliated group which has been dubbed “the most aggressive and successful arm” of the Syrian rebels. The group was designated a terrorist organization by the United States in December.

    Police also reportedly found a cache of weapons, documents and digital data which will be reviewed by police.

    Following the searches, five of those detained were released following medical examinations at the Forensic Medicine Institution Adana. Seven suspects remain in custody. Turkish authorities are yet to comment on the arrests.

    1. al-Quieda is targeting Turkey, a near enemy, and Johm McCain wants US to assist them.

      It is bad enough that the US proxy, Bibi the Israeli, is running air strikes in support of al-Quieda, instead of against them but Bibi does what is best for Bibi, no change there. ..

      What a difference a decade makes.

      The US, it has no enemies or allies, only interests.

      And John McCain, GOP Standard bearer, leading the charge to support al-Quieda elements.

      You fellas thought he should be Commander in Cheif.

  3. I thought al Qaeda was our mortal enemy. We did go on a ten year trillion dollar mission and assaulted two countries to get them or did I get that wrong?

  4. Senator McCain has slipped over the edge of sanity. His ardor for getting American troops involved in another war is fodder for a way off Broadway play.


    "I'd like to see a no-fly zone, cruise missiles and no boots on the ground," McCain said, "The Israelis have just shown they're able to take out selective targets. We need to give them the weapons they need. They've got lots of light weapons, they don't have anything that takes care of tanks and aircraft. And, it’s shameful.

    Something’s shameful alright.

    1. He does say no boots on the ground. That's worth a point or two.


    2. There is no denying this triangle:

      Side 1 - Israel is fighting Hezbollah and attacking Syria in the process.
      Side 2 - Al Qaeda has gone all in fighting the legal government Syria and Hezbollah,
      Side 3 - Hezbollah is assisting Syria in the fight against Al Qaeda and the Syrian rebels.

    3. Side 4 - Israel is attacking Syria.

      Motive for those attacks, speculative, at best.

      The results, though, ae clear.

      al-Quieda and Israel are on the same side of the combat.
      De facto allies against Assad.

      Where did al-Quieda get the Sarin?

    4. Destabilization of the region was always the NeoCon goal.

      Better by bowing and scraping, than by US troops dying.

      The Goal is being achieved, and at much lower costs than direct involvement.
      Obama getting it done, at lower cost than GW Bush could have ever managed.

      The US can change direction, focus on the Americas, or ...

      Stay the Course!

      We all know where Big John wants US to go.

      Thank the Four Winds, he lost the election that mattered.

    5. This quot fella is really funny.
      He reports us to the FBI, telling tales of terrorism, and murder.
      Then, when nothing happens, and quot is teased, he says that just because the FBI never question me, I was still a suspect.

      Well, that did not sit well, with me, so I called a friend at the Phoenix office, a fella I met through Colonel Happersett.

      Anyway, I explained my interest to him, what was it, months ago.
      Nary a word to a few days ago, when I saw him at the Colonel's place, and was told the tale I've related.

      The EB, is in the clear. There were no confessions of murder, anywhere, on any thread, ever.

      He laughed when he spoke of the weapons trading, that it was a "bit 'em on the ass", kind of a thing.

      Rant on, amigo.

      Your own quotish paranoia is showing

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    7. You should be looking over your shoulder, the BATF is watching.


      Some of us really do ...
      'Get 'er done"

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    10. Foreign, unlicensed, arms merchants, in the US, do draw the attention of Federal law enforcement.

      Yes, they do.


      How the Federals got the data points, doe it really matter?

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    17. Which ever you want, both, neither.
      Smile, you're on candid camera.

      Of course the FBI knows me.
      I party with some of the fellas, at the Colonel's.

      We ride together, I give mounted shooting instruction to 'em.

      Phoenix is a small, small, place. Everyone knows everyone.
      Kind of like Israel in that regard, small.

    18. BATF, quot, the "O"riginal has eyes on him.

      Whether or not that matters to you,I don't give a shit.

      His wife may, though.

    19. Have a great day, I certainly will.

    20. We'll see whose discussions with the Federals gains traction, won't we?

      We both know that I am in the clear.

      "O"riginal, not so much.

      Loose lips sink ships.
      The "O"riginal is taking on water.

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    22. Foreigners, those trading weapons in the US, without a license.

      That is a higher priority with the BATF than guns going to Mexico.

      Two can tango, so get in step, quot.

    23. Scottsdale, the geographic size of Gaza, 220,000 residents. More in the winter, less in summer.

      "O"riginal, he is under the eye of the BATF.
      It was the least I and the FBI could do.

    24. And, yes, quot, my views are well known and respected amongst the folks I know.
      None are happy that Israel receives so much of our money, while cancer patients are shown the door.

      Foreign aid is not a popular thing, in Scottsdale.
      Neither is al-Quieda.

      Israel receives foreign aid from US and then supports al-Quieda with it.
      Not a popular place to be standing, if you were in Scottsdale.

    25. You keep saying 'bragging', while it is you who is braying.

      Can we get back to Israeli policy of Lebensraum in Palestine, now?

      Or, if you prefer, Hitler's Jewishness, his DNA markers.

      The ghettoization of Gaza?

      Israeli air strikes in support of al-Quieda?

    26. I need more batteries, for this laser pointer.


    27. We could, if you wish, talk about "O"riginal's arsenal and ammo stockpiles.

    28. .

      I love the smell of nitwits in the morning.

      Luckily, we have so many of them.


    29. By far the longest 'reply' sequence evah!

      So I'll add to it -

      >>"the legal government of Syria"<<

      Give me a break, the legal government. There is no legal government, hasn't been, and wouldn't be after this civil war wears itself out, in any meaningful sense of the term. There will be bullies on top and bullies on the bottom, as usual.

      Israel has a legal government. They have periodic, fair elections, a parliamentary system, a court that works, a free press, and a populace that can take part in the process. That is a legal government.


    30. There will be bullies on top and wanna-be bullies on the bottom, as usual.


  5. Peddle it to Rufus.


  6. I am doubting Obama will come out strongly against repressing the protesters in Turkey.


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  8. Curious why some hardcore conservative governors, including Jan Brewer of Arizona and Rick Scott of Florida, are fighting with their legislators to accept Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion? A new study in the journal Health Affairs article will clear it up.

    The study, by the Rand corporation, looks at the 14 states that have said they will opt out of the new Medicaid funds. It finds that the result will be they get $8.4 billion less in federal funding, have to spend an extra $1 billion in uncompensated care, and end up with about 3.6 million fewer insured residents.

    So then, the math works out like this: States rejecting the expansion will spend much more, get much, much less, and leave millions of their residents uninsured. That’s a lot of self-inflicted pain to make a political point.

    It’s a truism of health-care politics that the uninsured are impossible to organize. But Obamacare creates an extraordinarily unusual situation. The Affordable Care Act will implemented in states that reject Medicaid. There will be huge mobilization efforts in those states, too, as well as lots of press coverage of the new law. The campaign to tell people making between 133 and 400 percent of poverty that they can get some help buying insurance will catch quite a few people making less than that in its net. And then those people will be told that they would get health insurance entirely for free but for an act of their governor and/or state legislature.

    Typically, in politics, there’s no guarantee that winning an election will get anything big done. Politicians talk about . . . . . . .

    A terrible deal, indeed

  9. Home Price Index getting back up into the mid-2004 range.


    1. .

      Housing Bubble II

      And that’s great. Money—which the Fed hands to its cronies at the frenetic pace of $85 billion a month—magically finds places to go and drives up values, and transactions take place, and paper gets shuffled around, and homes change hands as banks get out from under them, and fees and commissions change hands too. It inflates GDP, which is what everyone wants. And Chairman Bernanke can contort his arm slapping himself on the back.

      Trying to rent these places is another story. Housing is zero-sum: when you move into a new place, you move out of the old place at the same time. So it becomes available. And someone else goes through the same process. Only household formation solves the problem of vacant homes—but that takes years or decades.

      Best of all, these formerly foreclosed homes have now been pulled off the for-sale inventory list. Hence the “tight” inventory. And they’ve been transferred to the for-rent inventory list where they don’t bother anyone. Except the owners. Colony Capital, for example, with its 7,000 homes, has an occupancy rate of 53%.

      Suddenly, the market for single-family rental homes—unlike apartments, which cater to different people—has turned into an elbow-to-elbow affair. The pressure on rents is huge. Year-over-year, rents edged up only 0.5% in Atlanta and dropped 1.7% in Las Vegas. For Phoenix, Bloomberg cited Fletcher Wilcox, a real estate analyst at Grand Canyon Title Agency: median rent per square foot rose 3% year-over-year in February 2011, and 1.5% in February 2012. But in February 2013, it fell 3%.

      Nice, unless you live in states like New Jersey or Indiana.

      There have been recent articles on RCP and on CNBC talking about the fact that it is Wall Street buying up these properties and how the big builders have actually been limiting the new home construction because with rising prices they want to maximize profits.

      This like most aspects of the FEDs current policy has the effect (if not design) of expanding income inequality. With tightened credit rules and higher down payment requirments, the only people who can take advantage of the new housing bubble are those who already doing well, the rich and the speculators.

      This, like the current stock market bubble, is the result of FED actions. Money for nothing and the chicks are free. Yet manufacturing, the thing that creates actual jobs (unless one thinks of creating derivatives out of other derivatives as an actual job) is struggling as the PMI dropped in May to the lowest level since 2009. Workforce participation continues an extremely low level. And the transition in employment from high to low wage jobs continues.

      People talk of their being no inflation. While core inflation remains low, others who see their budgets climbing would likely disagree with that assessment. And if one takes the classic defination inflation as too much money chasing too few assets, we can see FED promoted inflation in both the housing and stock markets.

      "Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes it's laws."-- Rothschild

      As I recall, he was a rich guy too.


      It's a rigged game but not one the rich have to worry about.


    2. The number one jobs-maker is when someone builds a new home.

    3. More anti-Semitic remarks on this blog.

      Will it ever end?

    4. .

      The number one jobs-maker is when someone builds a new home.

      Might be true but we haven't seen it yet this time around. In 2006, there were 3.4 million employed in homebuilding. In 2011, that had dropped to 2.0 million. Last month, it had only risen to 2.1 million. The homebuilders say it is because there are not enough qualified workers available, that due to the downturn, many have moved on to other jobs. Although I only have anecdotal evidence to support it, my opinion is that just like the bull firms tried to hand us about not enough qualified college gradutes being available, this is merely an excuse.

      It is not lack of workers. It is lack of workers willing to work for the wages the homebuilders are willing to pay.

      I had a kitchen remodel done a short while back and I was listening to the conversations when the various trades were talking to each other. All of them complained about the cuts they had to take. The carpenter, a master carpenter who had his own company prior to the downturn, was subcontracting. He was getting paid $10 per unit for each regular kitchen capibnet he was installing. He didn't tell me that. I heard him talking to the electrician. He was a nice guy, felt sorry for him, slipped him a tip. It sounds crazy out there.

      Look for the homebuilders to be pushing for a more open immigration policy.


    5. That's all true. There hasn't been a big pick-up in homebuilding (and, there's no guarantee that one is in the works.) All one can do is hope, I guess.

      However, what makes homebuilding special is the large number of Other jobs that are created, separate, and apart, from the building of the house, itself.

  10. .

    In D.C., the name of the game is making money for those who already have it.

    By Walter Shapiro

    When Robert Gibbs was preparing to step down as White House press secretary in early 2011, Barack Obama stressed to The New York Times that he understood the life pressures weighing heavily on his loyal aide. After all, the president said in a revealing comment, Gibbs has been “going 24/7 with relatively modest pay.”

    Modest pay?

    Gibbs was making $172,200 a year on the public payroll in a bad economy, which was an income higher than 92 percent of all American families. But such is the bipartisan sense of martyrdom in Washington that almost no one questioned Gibbs’ intention to move to greener pastures while Obama was still in the White House.

    So what is Private Citizen Gibbs up to these days?

    He was was recently in Baku, Azerbaijan, along with David Plouffe (Obama’s 2008 campaign manager) and Jim Messina (who held the job in 2012). The Washington Post uncovered the reason behind the mid-May reunion in such an exotic locale: The three political operatives were paid five-digit fees to speak at a conference designed to burnish the image of a former Soviet republic with a dicey human rights record.

    This is what the self-congratulatory idealism of the 2008 Obama campaign has come to—buckraking in Baku. It illustrates the enduring adage about political aides in D.C.: “They came to do good and stayed to do well.”

    As I mentioned before, they are all dicks.

    Everything D.C. does is geared towards making the rich richer; therefore, is it any wonder the players get to dip their beaks?


  11. In the "they're all dicks" dept:

    Are they "ignorant" dicks? Naw, they're just "lying" dicks.

    They ran two experiments. In the first, they split respondents into two groups: Those in the control group were asked basic factual questions about politics; those in the treatment group were asked the same questions but were entered into a raffle for an Amazon gift card wherein their chances depended on how many questions they got right.

    In the control group, the authors find what Bartels, Nyhan and Reifler found: There are big partisan gaps in the accuracy of responses. On every question but one on whether the deficit rose under George W. Bush, there were statistically significant differences in Republicans and Democrats’ responses. For example, Republicans were likelier than Democrats to correctly state that U.S. casualties in Iraq fell from 2007 to 2008, and Democrats were likelier than Republicans to correctly state that unemployment and inflation rose under Bush’s presidency.

    But when there was money on the line, the size of the gaps shrank by 55 percent. The researchers ran another experiment, in which they increased the odds of winning for those who answered the questions correctly but also offered a smaller reward to those who answered “don’t know” rather than answering falsely. The partisan gaps narrowed by 80 percent.

    Take unemployment: Without any money involved, Democrats’ estimates of the change in unemployment under Bush were about 0.9 points higher than Republicans’ estimates. But when correct answers were rewarded, that gap shrank to 0.4 points. When correct answers and “don’t knows” were rewarded, it shrank to 0.2 points.

    If you pay them, they'll tell you the truth

  12. After Obama Meeting, Turkey's Erdogan Recalibrates Syria Policy
    By Yigal Schleifer, on 29 May 2013, Briefing

    Good background to the current situation.

    Most of the articles I've read, they indicate the new prohibition on alcohol is what ignited the protests.

    That would be very local, Q.

    1. No, quot, only some information comes from the FBI.
      Other resources are used for other inputs.

      Not limited to single sourcing, as you seem to be.
      I even read Haaratz, onlne.

      DNA tests reveal Hitler's Jewish and African roots

      ... Hitler's second most dominant haplogroup is the most common in Ashkenazi Jews.

      "The findings are fascinating if you look at them in terms of the Nazi worldview, which ascribed such an extreme priority to notions of blood and race,"

    2. That would be Haaretz ...

    3. How pure does the blood's DNA have to be, to be considered "really" Jewish?

      Not like those faux-Jew immigrants from Russia, denied burial in Jewish cemeteries, in their own Judaic homeland of Israel. Those Russians not "Jewish" enough to be interned in Jewish cemeteries.

    4. Why, quot, are you in such denial of Hitler's Jewish roots?

    5. Nothing illegal about it.

      Call 'em back, file another complaint if you think an illegal act has occurred.

      It is your duty as a citizen, to make that call.

      Get on it, boy!

    6. Now, about Hitler being Jewish, well, of Jewish roots.
      Why is he not considered Jewish, he has the mark.

    7. ... he HAD the marker.

      Flowing through his veins.

    8. Do you need the number for the FBI in Phoenix, or do you have it on speed dial?

    9. Do not harp, bray or whine about alledged illegal activities.

      If you think a crime has occurred, make the call.

      If not, don't mention it again, as being illegal.
      Because, it was not.

      Kind of what they call, in DC, a controlled leak.

      In Phoenix its' called ...

      "Gettin' the word out."

      File a complaint, they love hearing from you.

    10. Yep, that's the deal.

      I'll never know if he was telling me a tale, about the spy.
      He and the Colonel thought the whole deal, shall we say, funny.

      But then the Colonel, well ...
      Only thread I ever posted was about the Colonel.

      But, here is the google search result.
      The Libertarian and the Special Forces Association.

      So, if the Colonel thought it not much of security risk, to the US, and the FBI guy did not think it a risk, in fact wanted me to spread the word, then NO, I do not think it was much a risk, either.

    11. I think I am doing the FBI a service, as a helpful citizen.

      I'm just shining the light, some one else is watching the cockroaches scatter.

    12. But if you think it criminal, call the police!

    13. Or hide under the bed ...

      You could always come on by the house.

  13. .

    More anti-semitic remarks on this blog.

    Will it ever end?


    More puerile observations from the anonymous anonymi, this one likely either bob or WiO.

    It shows the level of irrational vitriol expressed by the usual suspects here, one side provoking the arguments the other side viewing ANYTHING said here as anti-semitic even a discussion on the economics of D.C. bias and the income inequality gap.

    Reminds me of this article from RCP,

    The most recent example occurred last week in Louisiana. The head of the Louisiana Democratic Party, State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, stood before her colleagues in the state Senate and announced the reason people oppose Obamacare.

    "You ready?" she asked three times.

    It is President Obama's color.

    "It isn't about the administration, and it should not be about the administration of the state nor federal level when it comes to Obamacare," she said. "But in fact it is. And why is that? I have talked to so many members in the House and Senate and you know what it comes down to? Are you ready for this? It is not about how many federal dollars we can receive. You ready? You want to know what it's about? It's about race. Now nobody wants to talk about that. It's about the race of this African-American president. ... It comes down to the race of the president of the U.S. which causes people to disconnect and step away from the substance of the bill."

    Now why would the head of a state Democratic Party -- and a state senator -- say something that is equally vile and moronic?

    Someone doesn't agree with you, call them a racist. You don't agree with someone, call them and anti-semite.

    To me it is merely evidence of lack of self-awareness and the projection in their thought processes.


    1. .

      And then you have those who continue to post the same ad hominem attacks ad nauseum while providing no proof, links, or documented post references to support it.

      One could call the practice juvenile but that would be insulting juveniles.


    2. I never had a reason to look at it again, Q.

      It was there, the day he write about Hitler, two days after the Patriot Day bombing.
      Deuce saw it.
      I saw it.

      It was what he wrote.
      It was what he said, he was not 'quoting' anyone else.

      Those were his sentiments.
      That's the way he wrote it.

      Even anoni agreed with me, at the time.

      I had waited a while, for such an opportunity.
      Now its fire for effect
      Makes me laugh.

    3. Anyone else interested, they are welcome to go look, bring it forward if it is still there, or ask Deuce to do it.

      I've read it once, have no reason to read it again.

    4. Just like the episode with the Israeli passport.
      Deleted that one, he did.

      Did not want anyone to know he was really an Israeli.

      That's how proud of that passport he is, he deleted the announcement, when he realized it blew his 'cover'.

      Uncontrollable rants, while writing ...
      I've never seen it, before.

      Maybe that's what the Colonel and his friend wanted to see.
      Hope Deuce didn't spoil their fun.

  14. I posted the picture of the dirt bag Turkish cop.

    1. :) There's Gotta be a "back-story" to that one.

  15. I also deleted every comment from the asshole that thinks he is clever trying to out the address of a poster on this site. He is a little thick when it comes to obeying rules but if he pulls that shit once more I will spam-out everything he posts on this site every time that I check in. You got that Sparky?

    1. We have been vetted.
      the FBI did scan the blog.
      More than once, it seems.

      Really nervous, I like that.

      May be because his horse was snorting.
      May be because he had to much coffee?

      unreported foreign agent, what does that mean, quot?

      undocumented foreign agent what does that mean?

      They are not the same.

      You still have not learned how to read.

      Lewis Carroll spoke to your impediment.

      ... demonstrates an important distinction between statements with apparently identical meanings when he tells Alice that "I say what I mean" does not mean the same thing as "I mean what I say." He reminds Alice that she wouldn't assume that "I eat what I see" means the same thing as "I see what I eat."

    2. Undocumented ... without papers ... if papers are not required, undocumented status is verified.
      Unreported ... not reported or recorded.

      An unreported foreign agent is what, exactly?
      Not the same as an undocumented one, in this instance.

      Read, quot, read!

    3. When we use words like 'genocide' qut refuses to acknowledge the meaning of the word.

      "When I use a word," quot said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

      With apologies to Mr Carroll.


    4. No, wrong again, quot.

      I never posted "O"riginal's business, he did.
      The only kosher confectioner in Ohio. He and allen would bray on about it. Then the "O"riginal would gloat about how he could deny sales to Arabs. Made my day.

      I never posted the address or even full name of the Emporium. Do not think I even mentioned the city. But the video, that was sharp. Hard to be anonymous, when the wife is on TV.

      As for boobie, he has posted his name and e-mail address many times.

    5. The state of Idaho has published his personal address, on the Inet.
      With regards his farm land housing development.

      Says he moved, since then.
      Following the wolves, he is.

  16. Now this is interesting:

    An al Qaeda terrorist stated in a recent online posting that U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens was killed by lethal injection after plans to kidnap him during the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi went bad.

    The veracity of the claim by Abdallah Dhu-al-Bajadin, who was identified by U.S. officials as a weapons expert for al Qaeda, could not be determined. However, U.S. officials have not dismissed the terrorist’s assertion.

    An FBI spokeswoman indicated that the bureau is aware of the claim but declined to comment because of the FBI’s ongoing investigation into the Benghazi attacks.

    “While there is a great deal of information in the media and on the Internet about the attack in Benghazi, the FBI is not in a position at this time to comment on anything specific with regard to the investigation,” spokeswoman Kathy Wright said.

    A State Department spokesman had no comment.

    Now isn’t the same Al Qaeda on one side of our triangle referred to above?

    1. Three million is what al-Quieda was getting for hostages, in Afpakistan.

      Pitched a fit when that African renegade radical ransomed some back for $900,000

  17. More of the usual from the usual

    (CNN) -- Sarin gas has been used in Syria several times, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday, citing results from test samples in France’s possession.

    Fabius announced that conclusion after meeting Tuesday with the head of a U.N. mission set up to establish the facts about alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

    "I gave him the results of tests carried out by our lab appointed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to identify chemical warfare," Fabius said in a statement, referring to the Swedish scientist, Prof. Ake Sellstrom.

    "These results show the presence of sarin in the samples that are in our possession," Fabius said. "In view of these elements, France now has the certainty that the sarin gas was used in Syria several times and in a localized manner."

  18. I have not seen that sarin gas found in Turkey, elsewhere.

    But then I don't look very hard, either.

  19. Turkey's deputy prime minister called the crackdown on demonstrators that led to days of nationwide protests "wrong and unjust," making his government's clearest bid yet to defuse tensions as protests continued Tuesday and unions began a planned strike.

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was the focus of protesters' ire, was out of the country, leaving Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc to offer the more conciliatory comments. They came as one of Turkey's largest unions, the Confederation of Public Workers' Unions, started a two-day strike to support antigovernment protests.

  20. .

    I never had a reason to look at it again, Q.

    Yet, not long ago, you demanded I provide the post and context to support my comment about you, or in your words, "Shut the fuck up". I would settle for that in this case. Why don't you bring it forward or shut the fuck up?

    You say let Deuce do it. I have a lot of respect for the guy but it always amuses me when he says you keep it 'civil', or are polite, or don't use abusive language. What a joke. The last is obviously wrong given the example I mentioned above. Not that I actually believed your faux umbrage for a minute. IMO, it was just one of your slimy ploys, in this case if you have no answer, look offended.

    You are an agitator, not about actual subjects, topics of interest, but about certain people here. And Deuce allows it to go on while pulling one jerks comments and leaving the other jerks up. I don't actually think you are anti-Semitic. I merely think you are an unctuous little prick, whose MO is to agitate, dissemble and misrepresent.

    You and WiO are one and the same when it comes to the ad hominems. He (and Bob) keep bringing up the 'rat the assassin' meme as if anyone else here really gives a flying fuck. You rant on like a broken record about Hitler, and Nazis and passports. No one gives a shit. We've been hearing the same shit from you two (three) jerks for years and it's never resolved, just an ongoing pissing contest. Now we get the 'who is the FBI really interested in meme'. The answer is nobody. No one cares but you assholes. Take a look at this stream. There are a few posts on topic, a few posts trying to touch on other topics, and the rest just two assholes bickering like school children about zip.

    I assume Deuce has the ability to pull WiO's post forward if there is one along with the context just by posting the time and content so it can be checked by anyone interested. I checked before but didn't see anything. If he chooses to do so fine. I'll check it out when I stop back. Today was enough of this bullshit for me for a while. I need a vacation.


    1. There was one, do not know or care if it still is there.

      As you say, Deuce can do as he wants.

      Everyone does.

      I like watching the quot rant, don't read 'em all, but he does go on.