“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, August 04, 2013

Defending the “Homeland” or as the Nazis used to say “Heimat”, “Heimatland”. What was the East German experience with their version of the NSA, the Stasi?

The Trouble With "Homeland"
It's a creepy, morale-sapping word. Let's drop it.
By Mickey Kaus|Posted Friday, June 14, 2002, at 4:38 AM


This morning, Peggy Noonan delivers an excellent, subtle OpinionJournal column  on why Rudolph Giuliani should head the new "Department of Homeland Security." She notes, for example, that journalists by now have a vested interest making the heroic Giuliani a success, which would help him succeed. Of course, they'll never get the chance, because Bush isn't going to appoint Giuliani. (Even so, Noonan argues, pushing him for the job is a win-win-win-win position for Democrats). But the main public service Noonan performs is to put on the table the issue of the word "homeland." She thinks it doesn't work. She's right. "Homeland" is a terrible word! Let's say it now before it's too late.
I know I'm not alone in this -- I've heard enough grumbling from friends who don't want to be unpatriotic but can't help cringing and wondering out loud why this suddenly became a word we all had to use. Noonan touches on the main problems, but its worth reviewing them in detail.

1) It's Un-American: "Homeland," as Noonan notes, isn't a word Americans have been used to using. It's word Germans have been used to using. "Heimat," a common German word, means home -- and not home as in "home and hearth" either (that's "heim"). "Heimat" means "home" as in a place or nation that's home. "Heimatland" is the literal analog of "homeland," as I understand it. It's not specifically a Nazi word -- it's a general patriotic and sentimental word. It was used during World War I, for example. My mother, who was born in Germany but fled at age 10, can sing from memory a pre-Hitler song with "Heimatland" in it. Still, Nazi or not, the word is uncomfortably Teutonic-sounding. (And you don't think the Nazis appropriated it?) My raw sentiments are these: I'm an American, not a German. My father fought in a bloody war so I wouldn't have to be a German. Why is the Bush administration telling me I need to be German now?

"Homeland" is un-American in another way: it explicitly ties our sentiments to the land, not to our ideas. Logically, this step makes no sense (presumably we want to stop terrorism even if it targets Americans and American institutions abroad). It also misses the exceptional American contribution that's worth defending. People throughout history have felt sentimental attachment to their land. We're sentimentally attached to something less geographic: i.e., freedom. Didn't Ronald Reagan make this point with some regularity?

2) It's too new: Why ask us to suddenly start spouting an unfamiliar phrase in the name of patriotism? That in itself has a Big Brotherish aspect, or at least a disturbingly phony PR aspect. We know 9/11 was a big change. And maybe there's an advantage to giving people a constant linguistic reminder that something big has changed. But I'd argue we need more to be reminded of the familiar, old virtues we're defending (admittedly on a new, more horrifying planet). We're disoriented enough already. President Bush won me over, in the days after 9/11, precisely because he wasn't so disoriented that he lost sight of the old American (and human, and masculine) virtues. We need a word that conveys and embodies those trusty things, not one that sounds like weve bought into some fancy new security-consultant's lingo.

3) It's creepy: Police and intelligence agents are partly, inherently, scary. When they honestly and openly call themselves "police' and "intelligence agents," they build trust and remind you why they're there and (more important) why you should cooperate with them. When the police start talking about kirche and kinder and get all mushy and sentimental, they get truly frightening, and start to remind you of Robert Duvalls character, the fascistic commander, in that awful movieThe Handmaid's Tale.

This isn't just an aesthetic issue. Morale is important in any war. If "homeland" becomes officially enshrined, I predict it will cause a non-trivial loss of morale -- mainly among Democrat-leaning, non-Bush-voters like me, true. But there are a lot of us. Our morale counts too, because the anti-terror effort will need our support, too. You could even argue that our morale is more crucial, since it's our morale that's most likely to slip. Red state voters will be with Bush no matter what he calls his new department. Its the blue state voters he needs to keep in line, marching in the same direction.

If "homeland" is the wrong word, what's the right word? The problem, of course, is that the right word is taken. The right word is "defense." In a linguistically honest government, what's now the Department of Defense would become the Department of War, which is the best description of what that institution is, and the projected "Department of Homeland Security" would be called the Department of Defense, which is the best description of what it is. But theres even less chance of that happening than there is of Bush appointing Giuliani to head it.

So what's wrong with "domestic security"? It gets the point across, without pretentious and disturbing PR overtones. It's the phrase ex-Senators Warren Rudman and Gary Hart use when they're not babbling about "homeland."  Noonan, for her part, has asked readers to send in suggestions (I assume to the response link at the bottom of her page). She promises to forward the ideas to Bush aide Karen Hughes.
Heres something you can do for your _______.


  1. On the video at 4:33 they get into the technology.

  2. “Fear” makes a lot of people rich. The very term, “Homeland” connotes an ‘us versus them”mentality.

  3. Aug 2, 2013

    NEW YORK -- A former employee of a New York computer company was questioned after his workplace computer search history revealed inquiries for "pressure cooker bombs" and "backpacks," but no criminality was determined, the Suffolk County Police Department said in a statement Thursday.

    Authorities have said the bombs used at the Boston Marathon in April, which killed three people and wounded more than 260, involved pressure cookers placed in backpacks.

    The man was questioned after detectives from the department's intelligence unit received a tip from a Long Island-based computer company claiming the recently released employee's computer had suspicious searches, the police said. After interviewing company representatives, they questioned the man at his home where they determined there was no criminality.

    The police issued their statement after receiving numerous media inquiries in response to a blog post written Thursday by a woman writing under the name Michele Catalano.

    Catalano, who did not return multiple requests for comment, speculated in her post that her husband had been interviewed Wednesday by "six agents from the joint terrorism task force" because of the family's search history on Google.

    She wrote that her husband had researched buying backpacks and she had researched pressure cookers. She writes, also, that her "curious news junkie of a twenty-year-old son" may have read a news story about how instructions to make pressure cooker bombs are available online.

    Her husband answered the officers' questions and her son was asleep when they were at the home, she wrote. She said in the post she does not own a pressure cooker, but does have a rice cooker to make quinoa.

    Catalano took to the Internet on Thursday night, writing in a new blog post that she wrote her original piece without knowing police had been tipped off about her husband's search history at his former job.

  4. Thanks to NSA Surveillance, Americans Are More Worried About Civil Liberties Than Terrorism
    Jacob Sullum|Aug. 1, 2013 12:53 pm

    Senate Judiciary CommitteeLast week's narrow House vote against the Amash Amendment, which was aimed at stopping the National Security Agency's mass collection of Americans' phone records, reflects a narrow split among the general public. The vote was 217 to 205, meaning that 49 percent of the legislators who participated wanted to end the program, while 51 percent wanted it to continue. Similarly, the latest Pew Research Center survey, conducted over the weekend, found that 44 percent of Americans oppose "the government’s collection of telephone and internet data as part of anti-terrorism efforts," while 50 percent support it; the rest were undecided or declined to answer. A month ago in the same survey, 48 percent were in favor and 47 percent were opposed. While that shift suggests a slight increase in support for NSA surveillance, the new survey also found that 47 percent of Americans worry that counterterrorism policies "have gone too far in restricting civil liberties," compared to 35 percent who worry that they "have not gone far enough to protect the country." According to Pew, “This is the first time in Pew Research polling that more have expressed concern over civil liberties than protection from terrorism since the question was first asked in 2004."



  5. {…}
    It is no wonder that concern about civil liberties is rising when you consider some of the other opinions endorsed by respondents. For instance, 56 percent said the federal courts "do not provide adequate limits on what government can collect"; 70 percent said "the government uses [these] data for purposes other than terrorism investigations"; 63 percent thought the government is reading email and listening to calls, rather than just looking at metadata; and 56 percent said "the government keeps too much information about its anti-terrorism programs secret from the public." Given the level of distrust reflected in these numbers, it is surprising that half the respondents still expressed overall support for "collection of telephone and internet data" in the name of fighting terrorism.

    There was a sadly predictable partisan split in opinions about government encroachment on privacy, with 57 percent of Democrats supporting the surveillance programs, compared to just 44 percent of Republicans. Notably, Democrats in the House were less blindly loyal to President Obama in the vote on the Amash Amendment: 57 percent of those who voted supported the amendment, compared to 41 percent of Republicans, essentially the reverse of the pattern seen in the Pew poll.

    Although the most recent Pew survey did not ask specifically about the indiscriminate collection of telephone metadata, a month ago 56 percent of respondents said they were OK with "secret court orders to track telephone call records of millions of Americans in an effort to investigate terrorism," while 41 percent disapproved. I suspect the latter group will grow as it becomes clear that the government has greatly exaggerated the usefulness of the phone-record database in preventing terrorist attacks. "I have not seen any indication that the bulk phone records program yielded any unique intelligence that was not also available to the government through less intrusive means," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore), said in a speech last week. “If this program is not effective," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said at a hearing yesterday, " it has to end. So far, I’m not convinced by what I've seen." He said Obama administration officials has shown him a classified list of "terrorist events" supposedly prevented by NSA surveillance, and it did not support claims that "dozens or even several terrorist plots" had been thwarted thanks to the phone record dragnet. The New York Times notes that the 54 successes intelligence officials originally attributed partly to the database have become 13 investigations to which the database "contributed." That phrasing leaves open the possibility that the database was not actually necessary, especially since the same information could have been obtained through court orders aimed at particular targets.

  6. I know, some are going to think that this is too far a stretch, but consider this:

    Would the American public have tolerated all these wars over the past 12 years if it had not been for all the fear mongering and the industry built up around “Homeland Security”?

  7. The US state department has issued a global travel alert because of fears of an unspecified al-Qaeda attack.

    The department said the potential for an attack was particularly strong in the Middle East and North Africa.

    The US intercepted electronic communications between senior al-Qaeda figures, according to officials quoted by the New York Times.

    The alert comes shortly after the US announced nearly two dozen embassies and consulates would be shut on Sunday.

    The US state department said the alert expires on 31 August 2013 and it recommended US citizens travelling abroad be vigilant.

    "Current information suggests that al-Qaeda and affiliated organisations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August," the statement said.

    The alert warned of "the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure".

    1. This alert and the subsequent closing of the Embassies and Consulates may well be an example of a Federal agency "proving" that it is still relevant.

      The NSA feels the need to show US that they are still important, and what better way for them to do it?
      They cannot share their "intelligence" with the public, as it is classified.

  8. Ten days ago, we had a railroad engineer in Spain kill 90 and wound 150 others while he was on a cell phone and speeding.

  9. We are arming al Qaeda in Syria.

  10. Is this a way to bring Edward Snowden’s poll numbers down. Do we need the NSA spending umpteen billions to visit people that google “backpack” and “pressure cooker”?

  11. The US State Department tells us to be vigilant and the potential for attack is particularly strong in the Middle East. I wonder why? Let’s take a look:

    You have all seen or heard or read about the grim situation in Syria – with thousands upon thousands of civilians dead. You might be less aware that the second most violent country in the world these days is Iraq. Yes, the country that we intervened in, with 180,000 troops at the peak, and hundreds of billions of dollars. Ten years later, it has levels of violence that would be described as a civil war anywhere else. More than 700 people died in a spate of bombings last month alone and the death toll, according to the United Nations, is over 3,000 in the last four months.
    For many Americans, Iraq is a forgotten country. But recent events there provide an important set of lessons – not only for Iraq, but also for its Arab Spring neighbors, and for Syria in particular.

    and did I forget to mention that we are arming al Qaeda in Syria?


  12. Violent attacks in Iraq on Saturday have claimed lives of at least 19 people, according to officials cited by AFP. A woman and her two adult daughters were shot dead in their home near Baquba, north of Baghdad, with reports they may have been targeted as security service informants.

    Gunmen also killed two brothers, who were former members of Sahwa, a US-funded, anti-Al-Qaeda militia, in a nearby area. In Baquba a bomb blast killed one person and wounded five, while two explosions in Baghdad killed three people and wounded 10. A roadside bomb blast also killed a man and his 11-year-old son in Tikrit. Three people were also killed in two separate attacks in the northern province of Nineveh, including a policeman.

    The current wave of violence in Iraq is the deadliest since the 2006-08 civil conflict, which saw an upsurge of sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, and comes amid protests of Sunnis against the policies of the Shia-led government.

  13. The Israelis got the memo

    Israeli police investigate package found near US Embassy - reports

    A suspicious package found near the US Embassy in Tel Aviv on Saturday was taken away by police for further investigation, CNN reports. The package, which looked like a purse, was found lying across the street from the back door of the embassy. A police bomb disposal crew picked up the package and after examining it, drove away. The area around the building has been cordoned off, but traffic has not been disrupted. On Thursday, the US State Department ordered the embassy be closed down together with other diplomatic services in the Middle East over Al-Qaeda potential attack concerns.

    1. Yep, "Western" targets are threatened, all across the Middle East.

      The NSA told us so.

      They want us to trust, but never to verify.

  14. I think I’ll see what the fisherman caught last night and get some bread and coffee. I will not be taking any public transportation and will be avoiding embassies and American tourists. I will be very vigilant.

    1. Wise man learn to fish himself
      No rely on other man's catch
      Serenity name is self sufficiency
      Relaxation in any emergency

  15. August 4, 2013
    World War III?
    By Fay Voshell

    >>>>The vanishing of the Western centers of diplomacy in the Middle East and northern Africa may mean that the West has been warned -- perhaps by Israel? -- and finally sees that there is no diplomatic solution possible, regardless of the present posturing of the so-called "peace talks" between Palestinians and Israel. The "peace talks" probably should be regarded as a complete charade, kept up to the bitter end while the entire area is about to go up in flames as America exits stage left.

    Meanwhile, two chief players, Iran and Russia, are in a deadly chess game designed to ensure hegemony in the area -- a hegemony that will almost certainly be successful if Iran already has the nuclear bomb.

    But another chief player may already have signaled the U.S. that she is about to do a pre-emptive strike. While the world is focused in the utterly useless Middle East "peace talks," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, knowing beforehand that the talks will be absolutely fruitless, could have already made the decision to strike Iran's nuclear facilities. It may be that he has already sent word to President Obama, who, with the Benghazi fires still burning in the minds of the conservative media as well as in the hearts of some congressmen, is now committed to retreat. The administration does not want a dozen Benghazi-type incidents to occur before the elections of 2014 and 2016. It would be more politically expedient to close the embassies and warn Americans not to travel rather than to risk protecting either the diplomatic outposts or American citizens.

    When embassies are closed, it is usually because war is imminent. The lines of the Versailles Treaty are dissolving as nations disintegrate and new entities take shape. What those new lines will look like is anyone's guess, but it could be that Iran allied with Russia will be the biggest power-broker in the Middle East, but not without a dreadful struggle.<<<<

    Read more:

    Time to bunker up, bury that cargo container out on the farm, food, ammo, smokes, water, medical, reading materials...

  16. The attack is going to be multiple, as in attacks.

    Just in from source in Sana'a.

  17. We have a lawless president that does what he wants, when he wants.

    The state security apparatus is in place to support whatever his dictate is and they will and there is no one or nothing that will stop them; not congress, not the court and absolutely not the military. They are compliant droids and will do anything asked of them in the most lethal fashion.

    We saw in Boston what the federals can do in a very short time. That was the tip of the iceberg.

    You have no legal sanction from any constitutional protection. That has been sliced and diced to a legal hash of regulation that can prove anything. You have courts that you don’t even know about, a justice department that isn’t and a prison system that will hold you and make you agree to a plea at a time and duration of their choosing.

    You don’t have enough money to fight them.

    You own nothing that they cannot take.

    All the exaggeration and fear mongering is supported by the US media is meant to scare the timid and justify whatever they choose to do.

    If not this president, it could be another. If it can be another, it will be another.

    There are two political parties that jealously protect their position and have the system locked down and rigged to their dual benefit. They are supported by a district of interests and spoils that has more power than anything ever devised by humanity.

    The bottom line is that we are truly fucked.

    1. .

      True enough.

      Even Congress, who supposedly writes the laws authorizing and funding the NSA, have no access to information on what the NSA and the FISA courts due other than what they read in the paper. When they try to find out they are thwarted by Intelligence Committee chairs, Rogers and Feinstein who are in the pockets of the NSA and the intelligence industry. When not blocked by them, they a blocked by government secrecy laws.

      The perfect catch 22.

      It is also ironic that the only way legislators fighting the abuse by the Puzzle Palace can get their story out is by going to a U.K. paper.


    2. Does this mean they could come for Rufus?

      Even though he is innocent and should have nothing to fear?

  18. Israel has not called up her reserves; therefore, WWIII will have to await another day.

    The Muslims are simply adding to the meme that this administration is inept/incompetent.


  19. Speedway "crushing it." All stations in Illinois now reporting in with 39% - 41% Discounts for E85 relative to regular unleaded.

    Illinois Crush

    1. Meanwhile, Dec. Corn is down to $0.08/lb ($4.63/bu.) - For what it's worth, six cents is as low as it can go with the farmer having any possibility of showing a profit.

    2. Ineos is, now, producing "Cellulosic," commercially, and the big Poet, Dupont, and Abengoa Refineries will come online in the Spring.

      If people would just wake up, they would realize that we need the Middleeast like we need a cyanide enema.

    3. At the above prices an "Ethanol-Optimized" car would save the average driver about $2,000.00 a year.

      (and the money they did spend would be spent in the United States, not in some god-forsaken African, or the Persian gulf shithole. The benefit to the U.S. economy would be enormous.)

  20. Here's how I know that we're finally getting some Growth in the Real Economy -

    Oil Products Supplied UP 3.7% (4 wk average) Year Over Year

  21. WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency’s dominant role as the nation’s spy warehouse has spurred frequent tensions and turf fights with other federal intelligence agencies that want to use its surveillance tools for their own investigations, officials say.

    Agencies working to curb drug trafficking, cyberattacks, money laundering, counterfeiting and even copyright infringement complain that their attempts to exploit the security agency’s vast resources have often been turned down because their own investigations are not considered a high enough priority, current and former government officials say.

    Intelligence officials say they have been careful to limit the use of the security agency’s troves of data and eavesdropping spyware for fear they could be misused in ways that violate Americans’ privacy rights.

    The recent disclosures of agency activities by its former contractor Edward J. Snowden have led to widespread criticism that its surveillance operations go too far and have prompted lawmakers in Washington to talk of reining them in. But out of public view, the intelligence community has been agitated in recent years for the opposite reason: frustrated officials outside the security agency say the spy tools are not used widely enough.

    “It’s a very common complaint about N.S.A.,” said Timothy H. Edgar, a former senior intelligence official at the White House and at the office of the director of national intelligence. “They collect all this information, but it’s difficult for the other agencies to get access to what they want.”

  22. Chevron, Exxon, and Shell, all missed to the downside, I believe. The problem, in a nutshell - they're having trouble finding more oil.

    Gee, caught Me by surprise.

  23. Japan is nuclear capable, can launch a rocket into orbital space and has a storied history of mass murder in the 20th century.

    But there is no concern amongst those that want us to fear fear itself. Really funny stuff, the self imposed myopia of the fear mongers.

    Japan will launch a new cargo ship with tons of supplies - and one small, talking robot - toward the International Space Station on Saturday (Aug. 3), and you can watch the liftoff live online.

    1. Once you can milk a cow/land a UAV on a carrier deck/plant a corn crop by computer, the writing is on the wall.

      Don't get caught in 20th Century thinking.

    2. The culture of a country does not really change, not with the passing of any particular calendar date, seems to me.

      Any Asian nation with a penchant for territorial expansion and mass murder that has gained nuclear and orbital capabilities should be viewed with a certain amount of security interest. But there is no concern from US officials, publicly, that the Japanese have advanced well beyond the capabilities of either the NorKs, Iranians or even the Pakistani as a possible threat on a regional or global basis.

      Just sayin' ...

    3. I was simply referring to "thinking about technology, and labor."

      That comment had nothing to do with various countries, and their penchant, or lack thereof, for causing trouble.

  24. Shetty is not a public health official motivated by charity. He’s a heart surgeon turned businessman who has started a chain of 21 medical centers around India. By trimming costs with such measures as buying cheaper scrubs and spurning air-conditioning, he has cut the price of artery-clearing coronary bypass surgery to 95,000 rupees ($1,583), half of what it was 20 years ago, and wants to get the price down to $800 within a decade. The same procedure costs $106,385 at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

    “It shows that costs can be . . . .


  25. 16:17
    Morsi to be released upon agreeing to leave Egypt – report

    The deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will be released if he agrees to leave the country, according to a compromise plan currently being discussed by Egypt’s leading political powers, reports the Sunday Times. US and EU mediators have reportedly contributed to the plan, which aims to resolve Egypt’s crisis. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are also said to be acting as guarantor countries for the plan.

    Deputy Libyan PM resigns over govt failure

    Libya’s Deputy Prime Minister Awad al-Barassi has resigned, citing failed government policies and a deterioration of security following a number of assassinations. The deputy Prime Minister is a member of a party allied with Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood group, while the Prime Minster Ali Zidan is considered closer to liberal factions, although al-Barassi’s complaints did not appear to reflect ideological differences. But al-Barassi did accuse the prime minster of monopolizing decision making hindering government efforts to reverse deteriorating security, according to comments posted on his Facebook page.

    Egyptian PM says he will meet Islamist political forces

    Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem al-Biblawi announced Sunday that he will be meeting with representatives of Islamist parties who did not attend his Saturday meeting with liberal and secular parties supportive of the government and the army-imposed road map. On July 3 the army announced a roadmap, which included ousting Morsi - the country’s first democratically elected president - suspending the constitution and installing an interim president Adly Mansour. The move prompted mass demonstrations by pro-Morsi supporters, many of which turned deadly after security forces intervened.

    Saudi Arabia blocks Sudanese president’s plane en route to Iran

    The Saudi Arabian government decided not to let Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir’s plane into the country’s airspace, Saudi President’s spokesman Imad Sayed Ahmed announced on Sunday. The airspace ban in effect prevented al-Bashir from visiting the swearing-in ceremony of Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani. The Sudanese leader was also flying to Iran for talks with Rouhani, according to Itar-Tass.

    Egypt court sets Brotherhood leaders trial date

    An Egyptian court on Sunday declared that the Muslim Brotherhood chief, his two deputies and three other group members are to stand trial on August 25 for their alleged involvement in protesters’ deaths. Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide, Mohammed Badie, who is currently in hiding, and his two deputies held in Cairo’s Tora prison – Khairat al-Shater and Rashad Bayoumi – are accused of inciting violence against protesters outside the Islamic group’s headquarters on June 30. The other members are accused of killing protesters, according to the MENA news agency.

    Washington willing to talk to Tehran on nuclear concerns

    The White House said on Sunday it is prepared to work with the new Iranian government of President Hassan Rouhani to address concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, provided Iran will engage seriously on the issue. “Should this new government choose to engage substantively and seriously to meet its international obligations and find a peaceful solution to this issue, it will find a willing partner in the United States,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney. Rouhani was inaugurated in a ceremony on Sunday, after winning the presidential election in June. He has promised reform and an end to Iran’s international isolation.


  26. {…}

    8 killed in bomb and mortar attacks across Iraq

    Four bomb and mortar attacks have killed eight people across Iraq, according to authorities. Two people were killed in a blast in a commercial street in Baghdad, police said, adding that two more died as mortar rounds landed on houses in the capital's western suburbs. A car bomb explosion killed judge Sajid Abdul-Amir in the central Iraqi town of Tikrit. Three soldiers died after a roadside bomb hit an army patrol near the northern city of Mosul. Medical officials have confirmed the casualty figures. According to Iraqi authorities, at least 1, 000 people were killed and 1,500 more wounded across the country in July as a result of increasing violence being fueled by escalating political and sectarian tensions.

    Egypt denies entry to Yemeni Nobel Prize winner

    Tawakul Karman has been denied entry into Egypt for security reasons, officials say. Karman, who was the first Arab woman to win the prize, was reportedly told to fly back to the Gulf on the same plane. A prominent human right’s activist, she is a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and has called Morsi’s ousting undemocratic. Ms karman’s twitter feed said she had been detained at Cairo airport and stopped from going to one of the main pro-Morsi protest camps.

    1. "A prominent human right’s activist, she is a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood"

      Obviously she is crazy as hell, even as crazy as rat perhaps.

    2. The Moslem Brotherhood are modern day Islamic Nazis and America (under Obama) supports them.

      This says a lot about what America has become.

      Hard to be upset about Israel building homes on vacant disputed lands when America uses drone strikes to kill American citizens without trial, when America spies on it's own citizens, gives ak-47's by the thousands to Mexican drug cartels, When America funds and supplies the Moslem Brotherhood with arms and cash...

      So look in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane! No it's a drone, flying over an American city today..

    3. Why in the world would any woman want to be complicit in her own subservience?

      She is supporting a husband's right to beat the hell out of her. She is supporting sharia law. She is supporting the concept of a woman not being equal to a man. She is supporting being stoned to death for adultery. She is supporting the idea that a woman must have four male witnesses to press a rape charge. She is supporting clothing to be worn not of her own choosing.

      You can't get much crazier than this, even if you are a 'Libertarian' like rat who supports confiscating every one else's handguns. Or Rufus who advocated selling heroin and cocaine at the local pharmacy.

    4. Perhaps she has a far better understanding of life in Islam than you or any of your fantasy characters, boobie.

      She has lived it, you have not.

      And, no, I do not advocate confiscating everyone's hand gun, that is an ouright lie.

      I would support the formation of well regulated militias in areas that suffer from unregulated violence. In those locales, the state legislatures or local governments could make membership of a well regulated militia a requirement to owning a handgun. Criminalizing those that pocess firearms while not being in the militia.

      It is a proposal that fits the 2nd Amendment, to a T. It is also a proposal that would lower violence in those areas of the country that today a lawless. Citizen militias are a cornerstone of the 2nd Amendment, you ought to read it. Though understanding the 2nd Amendment may be beyond your mental capacity

      As has been stated previously, you have the cognitive capacity of a gnat.

    5. It is also a proposal that would lower violence in those areas of the country that today ARE lawless.

      There you go ...

    6. "Criminalizing those that pocess firearms while not being in the militia"

      heh,you've changed your tune there a bit, CrazyRat. Now all you want to do is force people into some redneck militia and disarm everyone else.

  27. From the WaPo ...

    The Obama administration’s decision to close the embassies and the lawmakers’ general discussion about the threats come at a sensitive time as the government tries to defend recently disclosed surveillance programs that have stirred deep privacy concerns and raised the potential of the first serious retrenchment in terrorism-fighting efforts since Sept. 11.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman has scoffed at the assertion by the head of the National Security Agency that government methods used to collect telephone and email data have helped foil 54 terror plots.

    Schiff said he has seen no evidence linking the latest warnings to that agency’s collection of “vast amounts of domestic data.”

    Other lawmakers defended the administration’s response and promoted the work of the NSA in unearthing the intelligence that lead to the security warnings.

    “The bottom line is ... that the NSA’s job is to do foreign intelligence,” Ruppersburger said. “The whole purpose is to collect information to protect us.”

    Added King, a frequent critic of President Barack Obama: “Whether or not there was any controversy over the NSA at all, all these actions would have been taken.”

  28. Book review: ‘Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth’ by Reza Aslan

    >>>Like every other scholar with the chutzpah to try to divide the historical Jesus accurately from the Christ of Christian faith, Aslan does a lot of cherry-picking.

    ******(((Why credit the Palm Sunday story as historical when it so obviously serves to “fulfill” a prophesy from the Hebrew Bible: “Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and victorious is he, humble and riding upon an ass” (Zechariah 9:9)?******)))

    More to the point, why credit and emphasize violent passages in the Gospels while discrediting and deemphasizing peaceful ones? Why believe that Jesus really told his disciples, “If you do not have a sword, go sell your cloak and buy one” (Luke 22:36)? Why the skepticism when it comes to “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44)?<<<

    The Gospels are packed full with references to the Jewish Bible, to the point that one might be forgiven for thinking that there is nothing else in it. The Question above puts Aslan in his place.

    My copy is coming early next week. Since I see now Aslan is a crackpot I fear I've wasted $15 dollars. But I will read it.

    1. I'd almost bet Aslan plagiarized much of it, since these types of ideas are nothing new, been around for 100 years or more, and there are plenty of sources from which one could filch.

    2. Written by an Islamic fundamentalist who hates Christians. I am sure it is fair and balanced.

    3. I'm thinking of buying one of those motion activated night time trail cams to see if I can get a picture of a gray wolf.

  29. Here is a thoughtful article for those around here who are continually mis-characterizing the US of A as an Empire, The American Empire, The American Imperialist Empire, etc., primarily Crazy Rat, and to a lesser extent, Deuce.

    Conrad Black: America — never an empire

    Conrad Black | 13/08/03 | Last Updated: 13/08/02 5:23 PM ET

    >>>It is generally recognized that the United States is steadily withdrawing from several areas of the world where it has had a large military presence for many years, especially the Middle East, Western Europe, and parts of the Far East.

    It is, in fact, engaged in a broad strategic retreat. But this must not be misconstrued as the collapse or permanent decline of that country. It remains an extremely rich nation, with the most productive workforce in the history of the world, and a relatively motivated and overwhelmingly patriotic population. The great majority of Americans are proud of their country and are capable of fighting and sacrificing for it in a plausible cause. Courage is valued and revered; and the performance of the United States armed forces in recent wars has been exemplary.

    The United States has never been an aggressive power. Only when the Germans insanely attacked American commercial shipping on the high seas did the United States enter World War I, just as Russia was defeated and left the war. The Americans provided the final margin of victory for the beleaguered French, British and Italians (who took 4-million war dead and nearly 7-million wounded between them). The Americans then turned their back on Wilsonian internationalism and their president’s League of Nations, and emerged from isolation only once Franklin D. Roosevelt, who spoke German and French and knew Europe well, and whose family’s fortune was earned in the Far East, concluded that the United States alone could keep the British Commonwealth in the war, ensure Stalin did not make a separate peace with Hitler (as he attempted to do with the Nazi-Soviet Pact in 1939), and prevent Japan from overrunning the entire Western Pacific and Far East.......etcetc<<<

    1. The United States has never been an aggressive power.

      An outright falsehood, a propaganda theme not supported by history. Especially in regards to Japan.

      On July 8, 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy, commanding a squadron of two steamers and two sailing vessels, sailed into Tôkyô harbor aboard the frigate Susquehanna. Perry, on behalf of the U.S. government, forced Japan to enter into trade with the United States and demanded a treaty permitting trade and the opening of Japanese ports to U.S. merchant ships. This was the era when all Western powers were seeking to open new markets for their manufactured goods abroad, as well as new countries to supply raw materials for industry. It was clear that Commodore Perry could impose his demands by force. The Japanese had no navy with which to defend themselves, and thus they had to agree to the demands.

      The US used military aggression in "Opening" Japanese markets, which led to the Japanese military aggression against Russia and it's colonial expansion into Korea and China.

      The US used military aggression against Mexico, on numerous occasions.
      It used military aggression against Colombia, in obtaining the Canal Zone, in the Republic of Panama which was the result of the aggression against Colombia.

      It used military aggression in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua., "The Banana Wars"

      Your knowledge of US history is less than that of a gnat.

    2. Spanish-American War, (1898), conflict between the United States and Spain that ended Spanish colonial rule in the Americas and resulted in U.S. acquisition of territories in the western Pacific and Latin America.
      ... Spain announced an armistice on April 9 and speeded up its new program to grant Cuba limited powers of self-government, but the U.S. Congress soon afterward issued resolutions that declared Cuba’s right to independence, demanded the withdrawal of Spain’s armed forces from the island, and authorized the President’s use of force to secure that withdrawal while renouncing any U.S. design for annexing Cuba.

      .. George Dewey led a U.S. naval squadron into Manila Bay in the Philippines on May 1, 1898, and destroyed the anchored Spanish fleet in a leisurely morning engagement that cost only seven American seamen wounded. Manila itself was occupied by U.S. troops by August.

      The elusive Spanish Caribbean fleet under Adm. Pascual Cervera was located in Santiago harbour in Cuba by U.S. reconnaissance. An army of regular troops and volunteers under Gen. William Shafter (and including Theodore Roosevelt and his 1st Volunteer Cavalry, the “Rough Riders”) landed on the coast east of Santiago and slowly advanced on the city in an effort to force Cervera’s fleet out of the harbour. Cervera led his squadron out of Santiago on July 3 and tried to escape westward along the coast. In the ensuing battle all of his ships came under heavy fire from U.S. guns and were beached in a burning or sinking condition. Santiago surrendered to Shafter on July 17, thus effectively ending the war.

      By the Treaty of Paris (signed Dec. 10, 1898), Spain renounced all claim to Cuba, ceded Guam and Puerto Rico to the United States, and transferred sovereignty over the Philippines to the United States...

    3. The Banana Wars were a series of occupations, police actions, and interventions involving the United States in Central America and the Caribbean between the Spanish–American War (1898) and the inception of the Good Neighbor Policy (1934). These military interventions were most often carried out by the United States Marine Corps. The Marines were called in so often that they developed a manual, The Strategy and Tactics of Small Wars, in 1921. On occasion, the Navy provided gunfire support and Army troops were also used.

      With the Treaty of Paris, Spain ceded control of Cuba and Puerto Rico to the United States. Thereafter, the United States conducted military interventions in Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. The series of conflicts only ended with the withdrawal of troops from Haiti under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

      The United States still controls Puerto Rico.

    4. General Smedley Butler, twice awarded the Medal of Honor ...

      Take our own case. Until 1898 we didn't own a bit of territory outside the mainland of North America. At that time our national debt was a little more than $1,000,000,000. Then we became "internationally minded." We forgot, or shunted aside, the advice of the Father of our country. We forgot George Washington's warning about "entangling alliances." We went to war. We acquired outside territory. At the end of the World War period, as a direct result of our fiddling in international affairs, our national debt had jumped to over $25,000,000,000. Our total favorable trade balance during the twenty-five-year period was about $24,000,000,000. Therefore, on a purely bookkeeping basis, we ran a little behind year for year, and that foreign trade might well have been ours without the wars.

      It would have been far cheaper (not to say safer) for the average American who pays the bills to stay out of foreign entanglements. For a very few this racket, like bootlegging and other underworld rackets, brings fancy profits, but the cost of operations is always transferred to the people -- who do not profit.

      Worth the time to read the essay, it is not that long.

    5. At each session of Congress the question of further naval appropriations comes up. The swivel-chair admirals of Washington (and there are always a lot of them) are very adroit lobbyists. And they are smart. They don't shout that "We need a lot of battleships to war on this nation or that nation." Oh no. First of all, they let it be known that America is menaced by a great naval power. Almost any day, these admirals will tell you, the great fleet of this supposed enemy will strike suddenly and annihilate 125,000,000 people. Just like that. Then they begin to cry for a larger navy. For what? To fight the enemy? Oh my, no. Oh, no. For defense purposes only.

      Then, incidentally, they announce maneuvers in the Pacific. For defense. Uh, huh.

      The Pacific is a great big ocean. We have a tremendous coastline on the Pacific. Will the maneuvers be off the coast, two or three hundred miles? Oh, no. The maneuvers will be two thousand, yes, perhaps even thirty-five hundred miles, off the coast.

      The Japanese, a proud people, of course will be pleased beyond expression to see the united States fleet so close to Nippon's shores. Even as pleased as would be the residents of California were they to dimly discern through the morning mist, the Japanese fleet playing at war games off Los Angeles.

    6. The United States still controls Guam, I almost forgot, it being just one of the minor acquisitions by military aggression ...

      Annexing Hawaii

      In January 1893, the planters staged an uprising to overthrow the Queen. At the same time, they appealed to the United States armed forces for protection. Without Presidential approval, marines stormed the islands, and the American minister to the islands raised the stars and stripes in Honolulu.
      When war broke out with Spain in 1898, the military significance of Hawaiian naval bases as a way station to the Spanish Philippines outweighed all other considerations. President William McKinley signed a joint resolution annexing the islands, much like the manner in which Texas joined the Union in 1845. Hawaii remained a territory until granted statehood as the fiftieth state in 1959.

      A united state that is not anywhere near America.
      The USMC invaded, the US never left.
      Hawaii was brought into the Union through force of arms.

    7. Yep, it's a dog eat dog world. Or as you would say, "whirled"

    8. Well it is very easy to document the use of military aggression by the United States, not only to facilitate its territorial expansion, but to further its political and economic interests and influence, abroad.

      For anyone to state otherwise, either chalked up to ignorance or willful misrepresentation.

      Whirled, dougman was phraseology coined by Whit, a co-founder of he Elephant Bar, who was viciously savaged by allen for an extended period of time, without any cause I could ever ascertain.
      Whit was a really nice commentator, who never tried to offend.

      I used it out of respect for his part in the effort to open lines of communication, until some said it was misappropriate use of the English language. I do not think that those posters were around when Whit was. I didn't want to confuse those folks any more than they already were.

      Whit left the Bar before Deuce reorganized it into the .Libertarian.

      I my start using that phraseology, again.
      If only to annoy those folk.

    9. Whit and Allen were squared off, huh?
      Allen, was you bullying?
      Whats the story?
      Ink-wiring minds want to gno.

    10. Hawaii voted for statehood.

      Puerto Rico is still voting for relaxation without representation, in Deuce's wonderful phrase.


      "Whit was a really nice commentator, who never tried to offend."

      Yes, he was, and that is why he was polite when he asked you "to take a hike, all you do is argue with everyone".

      You refused, so Whit took the hike instead, not wishing to read your filthy rabid markings any longer.

    11. No, it was a one sided affair.
      allen would use the most vile terms and expressions, whit never much responded, never in kind.
      He just left.

      Whether it was a case of cause and effect, only Deuce may know.

    12. I will dispute any comment I find to be false.
      Whit was correct about that.

      As you should know, boobie.
      Much like your claim that the US has never used military aggression to advance its interests.
      Patently false, by this point in time it has to be attributed to a lack of cognitive ability on your part.

      If you recall, it was allen that came out and accused you of raping your daughter.
      Later I just put up the statistics concerning the victim knowing the assailant. You took it from there, as I've said many times, you are dumber than a gnat.

    13. When you accused me of admitting, by use of euphemism, to committing murder, well, you painted a target on your profile. I will continue to fire for effect, as long as the opportunity presents itself.

    14. Whit left because of you.

    15. If that is true, I hope he had a good trip.

      But it really does not matter to me, in the least.

      I will continue to pick on every misstatement you make, for as long as you continue to make them.
      Every stupid comment, every false statement, every seditious word you type, I will challenge them.
      I will enjoy every keystroke doing it.

    16. Whether it is because of climate change, weather manipulation or just the cosmic climatic cycle, we are going to have the best, most profitable year ever.

      The grass is growing, the stock tanks are full and there are very few cattle in Texas and Oklahoma.
      Export restrictions to Charlie Chi-com have been lifted and the price of cattle is going to be at all time highs.

      I may be eating chicken, but beef sales are going to be fabulous.

      Life is sweeeeet!

      I certainly will have all the time I need to monitor you, hope you enjoy it.


  30. The Trouble With "Homeland"

    If the Islamoids get there way, it will be called "Muhammadistan"

  31. That second video is an outright teaching of Profiling.
    And hotel employees will be banned from the practice of this blatant case of racism against terrorist's rights!

  32. A "colleagues" memo issued in recent days says inpatient beds are in "critically short supply" because of furloughs of civilian staff triggered by federal spending cuts known as sequestration.

    But let us keep that money flowing out to our sworn enemies.
    F'ing nuts.

  33. A little more from General Butler

    Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933 by General Smedley Darlington Butler, USMC. General Butler was the recipient of two Congressional Medals of Honor -- the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. He is one of only 19 recipients of two Medals of Honor, and one of only three to be awarded a Marine Corps Brevet Medal and a Medal of Honor, and the only person to be awarded a Marine Corps Brevet Medal and a Medal of Honor for two different actions.

    I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

    I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

    I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

  34. Well, isn't it interesting ...
    It is Monday in Egypt
    2:43 AM, Monday, August 5, 2013 (EET)

    Not an attack, or attacks have occurred.

    Team Obama scores another round.
    Either there never was a threat, the entire episode was a NSA hoax, or the tactics employed by closing the US offices was a success in shutting down the immediate threat to US facilities.

    Either way, it is a win for the President and the policies he is pursuing.

    There were no attacks on US or Western interests across the Islamic Arc on Sunday 4AUG2013.
    Despite information from source in Sana'a.

    They were wrong.


  35. Quirk quieted the threat.

    There is always tomorrow though.

  36. Orji Kalu, a Nigerian businessman with investments in banking and mining across the country who was part of a team from the African Union observing last week's elections, said he wouldn't invest in Zimbabwe right now.


    But many Zimbabweans are drawn to Mr. Mugabe's redistributive promises. Gift Mutengezanwa used a $5,000 loan from the indigenization ministry to open a hardware stall in Harare's Mbare township.

    The 32-year-old says he believes that with Mr. Mugabe in power, such policies can help more of his friends and family. "Indigenization will empower us," Mr. Mutengezanwa said.

  37. Rat is an ass hole. Like so many little men. Likes to vilify others to hide his own pitiful short comings. Is a military groupie, claims to hang out with gay colonels and such, "partying" as he calls it. You can draw your own conclusions. Denigrating anyone who disagrees with him. Quite a pitiful little man.

    1. A Hegelian dialectic, aye?

      Well, doubt you ever met the Colonel, he is a happy man if that is what you mean by gay.

      If the few comments you've made are going to be the crux of your contributions, well, they speak for themselves. You and boobie will get along just fine.

      Welcome to the clubhouse.

    2. Yep, you boobie and the quot ...

      "...the State 'has the supreme right against the individual, whose supreme duty is to be a member of the State... for the right of the world spirit is above all special privileges.'" Author/historian William Shirer, quoting Georg Hegel in his The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1959, page 144)

    3. In 1847 the London Communist League (Karl Marx and Frederick Engels) used Hegel's theory of the dialectic to back up their economic theory of communism. Now, in the 21st century, Hegelian-Marxist thinking affects our entire social and political structure. The Hegelian dialectic is the framework for guiding our thoughts and actions into conflicts that lead us to a predetermined solution. If we do not understand how the Hegelian dialectic shapes our perceptions of the world, then we do not know how we are helping to implement the vision. When we remain locked into dialectical thinking, we cannot see out of the box.

      Hegel's dialectic is the tool which manipulates us into a frenzied circular pattern of thought and action. Every time we fight for or defend against an ideology we are playing a necessary role in Marx and Engels' grand design to advance humanity into a dictatorship of the proletariat. The synthetic Hegelian solution to all these conflicts can't be introduced unless we all take a side that will advance the agenda. The Marxist's global agenda is moving along at breakneck speed. The only way to completely stop the privacy invasions, expanding domestic police powers, land grabs, insane wars against inanimate objects (and transient verbs), covert actions, and outright assaults on individual liberty, is to step outside the dialectic. This releases us from the limitations of controlled and guided thought.

      When we understand what motivated Hegel, we can see his influence on all of our destinies. ... Hegelian conflicts steer every political arena on the planet, from the United Nations to the major American political parties, all the way down to local school boards and community councils. Dialogues and consensus-building are primary tools of the dialectic, and terror and intimidation are also acceptable formats for obtaining the goal. The ultimate Third Way agenda is world government. Once we get what's really going on, we can cut the strings and move our lives in original directions outside the confines of the dialectical madness. Focusing on Hegel's and Engel's ultimate agenda, and avoiding getting caught up in their impenetrable theories of social evolution, gives us the opportunity to think and act our way toward freedom, justice, and genuine liberty for all.

      Today the dialectic is active in every political issue that encourages taking sides. We can see it in environmentalists instigating conflicts against private property owners, in democrats against republicans, in greens against libertarians, in communists against socialists, in neo-cons against traditional conservatives, in community activists against individuals, in pro-choice versus pro-life, in Christians against Muslims, in isolationists versus interventionists, in peace activists against war hawks. No matter what the issue, the invisible dialectic aims to control both the conflict and the resolution of differences, and leads everyone involved into a new cycle of conflicts.

      We're definitely not in Kansas anymore.

      Yep, you are going to be a fun time, too.
      We all will thrive on the conflict.

      Whit didn't, he left.

    4. This could be a REAL fun time, hope you are a true believer.

      There is a relationship between Finance, Centralization, and World Hegemony. Until the outbreak of the First World War, money appeared to be a mere mechanism. But the arrangements made to finance the war reveal that the money system was in fact the vehicle of a POLICY, and that that policy was the CENTRALIZATION of power leading progressively to World Government. Prior to the outbreak of war, Great Britain was the CENTRE (but not the BEING) of world financial control; with the war, financial control was transferred to New York and from there used to dismantle the British Empire which, by reason of British traditions and the Anglo-Saxon character, had been the great barrier to World Dominion by those operating through the world financial system. The fall of the British Empire was a FINANCIAL accomplishment, not a military one. But the terms of 'peace' imposed on 'victorious' Britain are those which might have been expected following military DEFEAT.

      But the Power which emerged into the open in this century had its birth long before that. It was incubated (but not conceived) in the Secret Societies of Europe, appeared briefly in the French Revolution, and spread to Britain in the form of Fabianism, and to America in the form of various Socialist societies. Following the first phase of the war, it openly took over Russia, and since has visibly spread as International Communism until it has taken over the greater part of the globe.

      Current history, which looks episodic, is in fact the culminating stages of a very long-term policy moving internationally, but visible only in the long perspective of time.

      What we think we see is often an illusion intentionally presented, like the conjuror who would have you to believe he holds an orange in his right hand, when it is actually in his left hand. Citizens of the world, whether their sympathies are left-wing or right-wing, monarchist or republican, have been used as pawns in their game of Hegelian psychology by the hidden hand that rules.

      In reality, the orange is in neither left nor right hand. The Hegelian dialectic process is the notion that conflict creates history. (See brain2.htm "Brainwash").

      From this axiom it follows that controlled conflict can create a predetermined history. For example when the Trilateral Commission discusses 'managed conflict', as it does extensively in its literature, it implies the managed use of conflict for long run predetermined ends - not for the mere random exercise of manipulative control to solve a problem.

      The dialectic takes this Trilateral 'managed conflict' process one step further. In Hegelian terms, an existing force (the thesis) generates a counterforce (the antithesis). Conflict between the two forces results in the forming of a synthesis. Then the process starts all over again: Thesis vs. antithesis results in synthesis.

      It's like two companies with undisclosed common stockholding submitting competitive tenders for a project on a site for which their stockholder has different plans altogether. Whatever the outcome, the stockholder is in beneficial control.

    5. For a biblical point of view of Hegelian Dialectic

      Fun stuff, glad you're on the team!


  38. The threats that led to the U.S. closing almost two dozen embassies abroad this weekend is based on intelligence that is reminiscent of the "chatter" preceding the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a top senator on intelligence matters said Sunday.

    "The one thing we can talk about is the fact that there's been an awful lot of chatter out there," Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." He said the chatter is "very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11."

  39. In his novel "Conningsby", Disraeli wrote "the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes".

    Woodrow Wilson said, "Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it".

    Now for our text. In Matthew 16:6, Jesus said, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees".

    This is another illustration of Hegelian dialectics or logical argument. In other words, the mark of the beast: wisdom against faith.

    Here were two denominations each inspired by Satan, whose purpose was to contest the Laws and Ordinances of the Old Testament. One was the THESIS, the other its ANTITHESIS. Neither could agree on the Word or recognize It manifested before them. The SYNTHESIS through the apostasy of both parties was their own damnation through rejection and crucifixion of Messiah. Even their high priest declared, "His blood be upon us and upon our people". And It has been ever since.

    The synthesis sought by the Establishment is called the New World Order. Without CONTROLLED conflict, this New World Order will not come about. RANDOM individual actions of persons in society would not lead to this synthesis, it is ARTIFICIAL, therefore it has to be created. And this is being done with the calculated, MANAGED, use of conflict. And all the while this synthesis is being sought, there is no profit in playing the involved parties against one another. (Hence World War I was postponed three times until the pawns were in their predetermined places). This also explains why the International bankers backed the Nazis, the Soviet Union, North Korea, North Vietnam, etc., against the United States. The 'conflict' built profits while pushing the world ever closer to One World Government.

    The Establishment is ruled by elite, secret societies. Their operations must be seen and explained in terms of the Hegelian dialectic process. Their operations cannot be explained in terms of any other philosophy; therefore they cannot be described as "right" or "left", Marxist or Capitalist. However, one group is secular, and another is religious. The religious force is the Roman Catholic church. We are familiar with their place in history and in prophecy. Our teaching will consider the secular group and its objectives which is ALL of these and NONE of these.

    In Hegelian philosophy the conflict of political 'right' and political 'left', or thesis and antithesis in Hegelian terms, is essential to the forward movement of history and historical change itself. Conflict between thesis and antithesis brings about a synthesis or new historical situation.

    Our descriptive world history in the West and Marxist countries consists only of description and analysis within a political framework of 'right' or 'left'. For example, historical work published in the West looks at communism and socialism either through the eyes of financial capitalism, or Marxism. While historical work published in Russia looks at the West only through Marxist eyes. However, there is another frame of historical analysis that has never been utilized. This would employ a framework of Hegelian logic, to determine if the elites who control the State use the dialectic process to create a predetermined historical synthesis.

    The current world situation was deliberately created by elitist power more or less by manipulation of 'right' and 'left' elements. Over the past 100 years or so they've developed both right and left elements to bring about a NWO. Right-left situations have been deliberately created and then placed in conflict mode to bring about a synthesis.

    1. boobie better not read this ...

      The Establishment is ruled by elite, secret societies. Their operations must be seen and explained in terms of the Hegelian dialectic process. Their operations cannot be explained in terms of any other philosophy; therefore they cannot be described as "right" or "left", Marxist or Capitalist. However, one group is secular, and another is religious. The religious force is the Roman Catholic church. We are familiar with their place in history and in prophecy. Our teaching will consider the secular group and its objectives which is ALL of these and NONE of these.

      He'll never come to an understanding of the Hegelian Dialectic.
      I did not know there was a name for it.
      Now I do....
      Thanks a lot

  40. If we're gonna have a One World Government, Where can I send in my resume`?
    Oh, I almost forgot. The NSA already knows everything about me.

    That puts me out of the running for Supreme Commander of Sex, Drugs & Rock and Roll.

    1. Yeah, but it puts ME at the front of the pack. :) :)

    2. Win!

      So, you'll be the boss. Kewl!

  41. Just another GD Day in LA:

    A freak hurricane hits Los Angeles, causing man-eating sharks to be scooped up in water spouts and flooding the city with shark-infested seawater. Surfer and bar-owner Fin (Ziering) sets out with his friends Baz (Jaason Simmons) and Nova (Scerbo) to rescue his estranged wife April (Reid) and teenage daughter Claudia (Aubrey Peeples). He succeeds, but April's boyfriend is eaten by the sharks. The group meets up with Matt (Chuck Hittinger), the adult son of Fin and April, who is in flying school. They decide to try to stop the threat of the incoming "sharknadoes" by tossing bombs into them from helicopters.

    As Nova prepares to throw one of the bombs, she falls out of the helicopter and directly into a shark's mouth. Matt, who has fallen for her, is heartbroken. Baz is also lost in the storm. After Matt lands on the ground, a flying shark plummets toward the remaining members of the group. Fin jumps into its mouth with a chainsaw and cuts his way out. He emerges carrying an unconscious but miraculously unharmed Nova. Matt is reunited with Nova and Fin gets back together with April.[5]

  42. Whehrmact Leaves Italy

    (Peacefully, escorted by US Troops)

    Please educate my ignorant Butt:

    What was going on there?

    Any links?

    1. Giving it a second thought, I'm guessing that's a relic of back when we won wars and the other side surrended.

      Quite tidy, as compared to today.

  43. "I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service."


    Us draftees refered to such drones as "Lifers"

    Then we yelled "Short!"

    ...and left.

  44. .

    As a public service, let me translate this warning for you: “Dear U.S. citizen: So, it turns out that al-Qaeda has not been defeated. In fact, its operatives want to kill you. Mainly, they want to kill you if you happen to be in one of the following 21 countries. Also, by the way, they want to kill you in the U.S., but right now let’s not talk about that, and focus on the immediate threat. We don’t know where, when or how al-Qaeda is going to try to kill you – probably August, if it makes you feel any better. In the past, al-Qaeda terrorists have targeted planes, trains, and automobiles, as well as large buildings, and small buildings. Also, boats. Our suggestion is that you not leave your hotel. And stay out of the lobby! Lobbies are dangerous. Actually, come to think of it, al-Qaeda has also targeted hotels in the past, so maybe you should just leave your hotel now, but through the kitchen, or the service entrance. But try to avoid people, and also places where there are people, once you have left your hotel. If you want to come home, please do so, but just be very careful at the airport. Thank you for your attention to this matter.”

    In truth, the State Department is in a tough spot: If it doesn’t publicly issue warnings, and something dreadful, God forbid, does happen, the Obama Administration will be blamed by opportunists for not telling Americans they were in danger. But perhaps there is a way to issue these warnings in way that doesn’t fear-monger, and in a way that helps Americans make informed decisions. And perhaps there is a way to manage diplomatic security so as to avoid conveying to the world the idea that al-Qaeda can unhinge us quite so easily.


  45. .

    The upward mobility of Major Nidal Hasan.

    The sign were there. Where they ignored due to the PC culture of the military? You be the judge.


  46. .

    A civilian court in Detroit tried, convicted, and sentenced the underwear-bomber within a year of his attempted crime. It took four years for the military to bring Nidal Hasan to trial. In that time, he earned $278,000 in salary.

    Meanwhile the victims struggle. Those wounded are trying to get the government to declare the shootings a combat situation which would help them and their families with additional compensation; however, since the shootings were declared "workplace violence" rather than terrorism, they are not getting very far.



    1. Tish tish.

      Everyone knows Muslims are persecuted in this Christianity-Obsessed Nation.

  47. Beneath the Bering Sea is the world’s largest continental shelf.

    About the size of California, it’s one of the most productive North American fisheries. Currents flow north from the Pacific and the Aleutian basin to the Arctic Ocean, stirring up deep sea nutrients and giving rise to a thriving seabed habitat that forms the basis of the region’s ecosystem.

    To put it into perspective, half of the United States’ annual seafood catch comes from the Bering Sea.

    According to the National Wildlife Federation, 2.5 billion pounds of walleye pollock is turned into imitation crabmeat, fish sticks and fast-food fish fillets each year.

    These waters have sustained native Alaskans for thousands of years, but despite human intervention, the region remains a mysterious and inhospitable place that may never give up its secrets – a fact researchers fear is becoming increasingly likely due to the melting ice.

  48. 2.5 billion pounds!

    ...each year.

    One fishburger, please.

  49. Kid finished a 6 hour/39 mile race from Na Pali past Barking Sands Missile Range on Kauai.

    (Them missiles is what they track from Maui, 'Rat, not the moon.
    ...that and orbiting crap to look out for on a daily basis.)

    The day after the state championships in Hanalei.
    Pretty place.

  50. Bring a Knife to a Pig Hunt

    For one weekend a year in early November, the parking lots and roadways are filled with locals, gathering to celebrate the annual Kokee Kauai Pig Hunting Tournament. The traditional hunting event is limited to 125 hunters, each armed with only a knife and a limit of three dogs apiece. From dawn Saturday or Sunday afternoon, contestants bound through the wilderness seeking wild boars and sows.

    Now in its 10th year, this year’s event will be held November 5-6, 2011, with an entry fee of $55 each. Participants must have a state hunting license and permit.

    Not only do the hunters have to stab the wild pig, they have to carry it back to the starting point, arriving at the starting point with their shirts soaked in blood.

  51. .

    Three dogs, aye.

    And we are supposed to be civilized.

    This is almost as good as Royal Canin, a pet food subsidiary of Mars Candy, sponsoring bear baiting in the Ukraine. For those who don't know what bear baiting involves,

    Footage taken by Four Paws, an international animal welfare organisation, shows dogs being set on a chained brown bear over a two-hour period. As a small audience looks on, the dogs attack and bite the bear – which is unable to defend itself because its claws have been removed and it is chained to a tree.

    Several men control the bear's movements using a chain, dragging it around a fight area demarcated with Royal Canin-branded plastic tape. An official awards points to the individual dogs and trophies carrying the Royal Canin logo are awarded to the owners.


  52. Eighty percent of Ingrao’s group entered the SD between 1934 and 1938, when its authority, and funding, were on the rise. With a broad mandate for surveillance and investigation, members of the department followed the methodological dictates of the academic social sciences in which they had been trained to develop a dynamic account of Germany’s cultural and economic life, in the process producing mountains of memos on energy resources, agriculture, and industry. Charged with scrutinizing everything written by potential enemies of the state, these SD intellectuals also developed a robust hermeneutics of suspicion avant la lettre. While other Nazis were solidifying the Party’s reputation as a band of book-burning hoodlums, these men were immersing themselves in the writings of Jews, Communists, Freemasons, and Social Democrats.

  53. "In his native homeland"

    Most interesting is Hitler's hand on the gentleman's head, with the gentleman's hands raised in adoration. This follows and ancient folk myth of the West, not entirely abandoned today: The touch of the hand of the monarch brought healing. Dr. Goebbels, propagandist par excellence, was sending a subliminal message readily understood by the Austrian audience specifically and the general European audience generally: Hitler was the heaven sent messianic/monarchial remedy for Europe's many woes.