“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."

Monday, September 30, 2013

Body Language and facial expressions tells what Obama really thinks about Netanyahu

Notice the body language of Obama facing away from Netanyahu and Netanyahu almost falling out of his chair trying to get closer. Look at Netanyahu’s face. Obama still parroted the usual line about unshakable ties. Netanyahu plied the plea about what the US owes Israel: 

Compare Obama’s relaxed look and his body language while meeting Prime Minister Singh of India. Obama keeps his hands as far away from Netanyahu as possible and does the opposite with PM Singh. At the end of the joint meeting Obama is stiff and stern with Netanyahu. Compare that with the last ten seconds with Singh:


  1. Netanyahu is a pathological liar and a manipulative con-man. Obama knows it and can barely hide his contempt for him.

    1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    2. The words manipulative con-man and pathological liar fit Obama much more than Netanuahu.

      If you simply switch the places of those two names if your post then you have it right.

    3. In these days, to be loved by Obama? Says volumes.

      Obama cant stand a strong MAN that stands up for his people. as for your slander (daily) about Bibi?

      Says more about you than he.

      You never said that about the "new" leader of Iran who has stated on tape that he mislead and lied to the west to increase the centrifuges from 150 to 3000 under his "negotiations"

      your double standards are quite... "sickening"

      Which leads up to query are you in fact a paid foreign agent for Iran now?

  2. Between the letter that 100 influential Americans that happened to be Jewish wrote Bibi last May, the one signed by Mr Obama' chief benefactor, Lester Crown ...
    Telling Bibi that he'd have to trade land for a political settlement, not just more housing for Europeon immigrants.

    The rapid movement away from a "military solution" in Syria by the US and Europe ...

    The economic sanctions the EU has placed upon Israel concerning the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza ...

    And now ...

    Negotiations with Iran!

    Bibi has lost the solid backing Israel had enjoyed with American power brokers.
    Power brokers that once upon a time would not question the actions of the Israeli government
    Those 100 signatures were more significant than anyone thought, last May.

    That Obama and his Team ...
    What a "Lucky" bunch.

  3. Claims about Iran obtaining nukes over the last 20 years:

    1984: US Senator Alan Cranston claims Iran is seven years away from making a weapon.

    1992: Netanyahu tells his colleagues that Iran is 3 to 5 years from being able to produce a nuke.

    1995: Netanyahu claims the time frame is three to five years for Iran to get a nuke.

    1996: Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres claims Iran will have nuclear weapons in 4 years.

    1999: An Israeli military official claims that Iran will have a nuke within five years.

    2001: The Israeli Minister of Defence claims that Iran will be ready to launch a nuke in four years.

    2002: The CIA warns that the danger of nuclear weapons from Iran is higher than during the Cold War.

    2003: A high-ranking Israeli military officer tells the Knesset that Iran will have the bomb by 2005 — 17 months away.

    2008: An Israeli general tells the Cabinet that Iran is “half-way” to enriching enough uranium to build a nuke and will have one by 2010.

    2009: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak estimates that Iran is 6-18 months away from building a nuke.

    2010: Israeli decision-makers believe that Iran is at most 1-3 years away from being able to assemble a nuclear weapon.

    2013: Israeli intelligence officials claim that Iran could have the bomb by 2015 or 2016.

    Israel has 300 nuclear weapons.

    1. Iran, three years away from a nuclear weapon, for twenty years now.

      That's telling, ain't it.

    2. It may say a lot about the success of Israeli espionage. You do recall that little centrifuge problem a couple years back? Then came, from time to time, the untimely deaths of upper echelon scientists. And don't forget, some Iranians may be doing some sabotage of their own

      Israel has no proven nukes. Even if they did, they have never verbally threatened with them. Iran, on the other hand, has blustered and stamped across the world stage threatening any and all, including authors. It's a case of the rational west meeting the insane east..

    3. Upper echelon scientists and untimely deaths? Try willful cold blooded murder of young thirty something scientists with families.

      The Israelis had nine young athletes slaughtered by criminals in Munich and it is a national horror and trauma. The same nation, Israel, pays assassins to slaughter five young scientists in the street and with a smirk, a wink and a cute turn of phrase is defined as rational.

    4. DeuceTue Oct 01, 08:22:00 AM EDT
      Upper echelon scientists and untimely deaths? Try willful cold blooded murder of young thirty something scientists with families.

      And yet you could care less for the Jewish families bombed by Iranian supplied rockets that Hezbollah and Hamas has rained down for a decade on millions of Israelis that have killed scores of men women and children.

      You make no same screed for the Jews blown apart in the Jewish community center bombing by iran

      You make no same screed for the kidnapped americans that sit in iranian cells or the canadian reporter tortured and murdered by iran

      You make no same screed for the american soldiers killed by iranian upgraded ied's

      Why do those iranian scientists that were working on a iranian nuclear bomb rate so highly in your priorities?

      Why do you have no screed for the 100,000 civilians that iran helped murder in syria?

      The term hypocrite comes to mind.

      now delete my words, cant offend your sensitive nature can we..

    5. Why do you have no screed for the 100,000 civilians that iran helped murder in syria?

      They were Nazis, you told me so, yourself

      We bought popcorn to munch on while we watched the slaughter, don't you remember?
      You make it so hard to support you, AIPAC and Israel, especially when you rant like this


    6. I have said that the 2 sides in syria are both shit.

      Still say it.

      Islamic nazis verses Syrian Christian nazis.

      But that's my opinion NOT YOURS

      Your opinion is Syrian Christians (no matter what historic ties to the nazis) are innocents.

      So my point stands still

      Why no screed by deuce for them?

      After all it aint MY blog as you have said many times.

      Why no screed by Deuce for the 100 thousand that iran helped murder???

    7. desert ratTue Oct 01, 08:52:00 AM EDT
      Because, dimwit,this is not about YOU.
      YOU are nothing, YOU are not part of the program.
      WE are discussing national issues of WAR and PEACE.
      Not discussing either the inanity or mental infirmities of the quot.
      Your narcissism is showing.

      Then rat says:

      AnonymousTue Oct 01, 09:20:00 AM EDT
      Why do you have no screed for the 100,000 civilians that iran helped murder in syria?

      They were Nazis, you told me so, yourself

      We bought popcorn to munch on while we watched the slaughter, don't you remember?
      You make it so hard to support you, AIPAC and Israel, especially when you rant like this

      So which is it?


  4. The Iranians will be pushing for the adoption of a Middle Eastern Nuclear Free Zone.
    The UN is already on board with that ...

    Resolution on the Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of the Middle East

    The supporters of Iran, those that count ...
    MOSCOW - Russia wants to revive plans for a conference on ridding the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction now that Syria has pledged to abandon its chemical arms, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments published on Monday. reported in the JPost ...

    Speaking at the UN General Assembly for the second time this week, President Hassan Rouhani called for a world disarmament conference to establish a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East.

    “As long as nuclear weapons exist, the threat of their use exists,” Rouhani said, recalling the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

    Calling for a "nuclear-free zone" in the Middle East, Rouhani said that Israel was the only country in the region that had not yet signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. ....

    Rouhani has called for a conference to create a zone free of nuclear weapons or any WMD weapons in the Middle East without delay. All countries, he said, should participate in the conference.

    He stated that any use of nuclear weapons is a violation against humanity, stating that "the world has waited too long for nuclear disarmament."

    "Almost four decades of international efforts to establish nuclear weapon-free zones have regrettably failed," he said. "Urgent, practical steps toward the establishment of such a zone are necessary. The international community has to redouble efforts in support of the establishment of this zone."

    Nuclear disarmament “should be implemented in a comprehensive and non-discriminatory manner,” Rouhani declared.

    On the way to full elimination, “nuclear states should refrain from threats or use of such weapons against non-nuclear states under any circumstances,” he said.

    "Threatening non-nuclear states with nuclear weapons should end. The modernization of these weapons undercuts efforts for their total abolition," Iranian President stressed.

    1. Hey, how's that nuclear free North Korea diplomacy working out? You say we are still paying tribute to the dwarfs to keep them in line?

      Of course, if we want to be absolutely fair about limiting nukes, we should start by limiting those who have already used nukes against human beings.

    2. That was Ronald Reagan's point, allen.

      That is why the US has paring down the arsenal.

      From tens of thousands of warheads, down to 5,113.

  5. Israel cannot afford to stand against the entire world and be denounced as the aggressor.

    1. It's been doing just fine since 1948. One positive development might come when an Israeli prime minister tells his hypocritical equals to take a hike - in essence, we have them, we are keeping them.

    2. Our American friends offer us money, arms, and advice. We take the money, we take the arms, and we decline the advice.

      But in doing so there is a danger. ...
      Israel cannot afford to stand against the United States and be denounced as the aggressor.

      The money and arms flow would stop.
      Israel could not long survive,without those arms and that money.

    3. Although American money and arms are welcome.

      If America stopped supplying the Arabs and Islamic nations with money and arms, stopped purchasing their oil, Israel could easily live without American arms and money.

      Maybe America should stop giving a trillion dollars a year to the arab oil sheiks, providing free protection for the oil lanes and stop the hundreds of billions a year flowing into the Jordanian, Palestinian, Egyptian, Lebanese, Afghanistianese, Iraqis, Turkeys, Saudis, Qataris pockets.

    4. rufu and i have both proposed a way the US could stop the flow of cash to the Wahhabi.

      Funny, in all those discussions, you never chimed in with support.
      Your AIPAC buddy actually supported US reliance on Wahhabi oil.

      Just another brick in the wall of mounting evidence of the power wielded by the...
      Triumvirate Axis of Abraham

  6. Replies
    1. Turmoil in the equity markets, good for the management team at Goldman Sucks ...

      We all know who Ted Cruz works for, who is paying his "Community" in Texas.

  7. Our pathological liar and con-man Obama is merely, as the wicked will do, reacting to the light of rationality and good sense. You know, like the werewolves scurry away from the Cross, that sort of thing.

    Deuce, you're not making any sense.

  8. As to that EU trade problem, Germany, despite grave reservations, continues to sell Israel missile launching subs. :-)

  9. I read somewhere that Israel didn't want the first subs from Germany, but, I think it was Kohl maybe, insisted.

    Now they may come in handy.


    1. Saudi Arabia provides a platform much closer to Iran than the Negev. Why, that might reduce considerably in-flight refueling, increasing operational tempo.

      The conventional wisdom has Israel going after the nukes and their support facilities. Personally, I like the idea of shutting off the water, power, petroleum plants. Of course, the degradation of the "elite" Republican Guard might give the citizens of Iran a fighting chance, particularly if concentrated on regions of the country where the central government is especially despised. There is more than one way to skin a cat.

    2. There are over thre hundred target pints identified by the US military.

      The Israeli could not take Hezbollah deep bunkers in Beirut, even with successive, multiple strikes.
      The idea of Israel taking out Iranian capabilities is nonsensical.

      Even Bibi has said that only the US can "Get 'er done!".

      There are realities in the world, that's one of them.

      As General Dayan said ...
      The Jews have opened fire, and they are unready to begin a war.
      Moshe Dayan

    3. Israel COULD take out the Hezbollah bunkers if needed.

      You really do lack insight into the strength of the IDF.

      The only thing holding Israel back? It's incredible moral stance that the total destruction of those bunkers you speak so ignorantly of, would have destroyed scores of occupied homes, schools and hospitals.

      If you bury your military under those targets?

      A moral enemy hesitates to take them out.

      And since Hezbollah failed to murder enough Israelis to justify that level of destruction? Israel did not act like many other nations do in war.

      But dont peddle your nonsense here.

      If Israel has to take out the most important targets INSIDE of mountains in Iran?

      As you have pointed out many times, it has the weapons to do so.

      And the good news?


      Now go muck out a stall and smoke your weed stoner....

  10. Anybody here remember this quote:

    "There's something really wrong with you, Rat."


    Trish was an excellent analyst.

    1. No, I do not think anyone remembers
      It didn't happen, quite as you recall, bob.

      I felt so sorry for you.
      allen had said there was a statistical probability a family member had raped your daughter.
      desert rat kept harpng on your failure as a citizen to report the crime to the authorities.

      He was picking on a you, a person of diminished capacity he was accurate and correct, but I felt so sorry for you.
      Unable to defend yourself with the truth, I was just trying to help divert attention from your status as a incompetent.

    2. Actually that "trish" aint the real one.

      It's a fake one now that deuce allows the mutants to create fake names again

    3. From the writing styles?

      It's rat talking to himself again.

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    1. Useful?

      You are out of your mind.


  12. So far society here has not collapsed because of the shutdown. If it lasts awhile, hope, hope, people may begin to figure out we don't really need most of the government anyway.

  13. I wonder if we paid rat a small salary if he would shut up for awhile?


    1. Who is "we"?
      I am choosy in who I work for

      The going rate, $500 per day..
      Five day minimum,paid in advance.

    2. LOL

      You can hire in Scottsdale 12 illegals for that.

      No need in hiring you, a self confessed pot head with weapons.

      AND how old are you? 68? A dried up has been that can barely work a full day...

    3. I could get 12 illegals to shut up for free.

    4. Well, it might take a 12 pack of cerveza mexicanas

    5. The job offer was to not write, in other words, quot, it was $500 a day to do nothing, not something.
      Five day minimum, cashiers check or cash, in advance.

      Better get back to ESL, you still have trouble with reading comprehension.

    6. With payment you would have an option of five days in a row, or five days interspersed, to be chosen at desert rat's discretion, through a calendar month.

    7. That is, of course, if you fully and openly divulge who "we" is.

      I wouldn't stop writing just to further the agenda of enemies of the United States.

  14. New 'Rufus Veggie' unveiled -

    Perfect for use during an argument, or a food fight.

  15. Even when I dont post anything, It's all about Israel, Jews and such.

    Fucking retards.

    1. Because, dimwit,this is not about YOU.
      YOU are nothing, YOU are not part of the program.

      WE are discussing national issues of WAR and PEACE.

      Not discussing either the inanity or mental infirmities of the quot.

      Your narcissism is showing.

    2. "Rat, there is something really wrong with you."


      She never said that about WiO, or anyone else. Only YOU, SHITFULL.

      Most here agreed, Trish was a good analyst. I recall people making comments about how good she was in fact.

      You've got that 'mark of distinction' that shows up so well.

    3. One of your failings is that when you get frustrated you start issuing death threats to everyone around.

      Makes some people uncomfortable.

    4. Yep, that's why I called and reported the "desert rat" to the AZ FBI on him

      There is now a record and a file with his REAL name on it.

      Maybe not enough (yet) evidence to arrest and indite him yet but the file is growing.

    5. Sticks and stones may break bones
      But quot's reports to the FBI are inconsequential.

      There is nothing for them to find, he has wasted their time, resources and energy.
      That is how he would fight the war on terrorists.

      By misdirecting US resources to fulfill his personal paranoia.

      It's all right there, in microcosm.


    6. quot has an agenda, AIPAC has an agenda, Israel hs an agenda.

      All of them will try to use and abuse the power of the United States of America to implement that agenda.
      To intimidate their opponents with the power of the US government.

      Well, as a past President of the United States said, when challenged by terrorists ...

      Bring It On!

      As the kid on "Breaking Bad" would add ...


  16. Well, they seem to be talking the same language, whatever the body language -

    After meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House on Monday, President Obama said: "It is imperative that Iran not possess a nuclear weapon. That is important for American security; it is important for Israeli security; it's important for world security....And given the statements and actions from the Iranian regime in the past - the threats against Israel, the acts against Israel - it is absolutely clear that words are not sufficient, that we have to have actions that give the international community confidence that, in fact, they are meeting their international obligations fully, and that they are not in a position to have a nuclear weapon."

    "We enter into these negotiations [with Iran] very clear-eyed. They will not be easy. And anything that we do will require the highest standards of verification....We take no options off the table, including military options, in terms of making sure that we do not have nuclear weapons in Iran that would destabilize the region and potentially threaten the United States of America."

    Prime Minister Netanyahu said: "The most important challenge is preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. I appreciate...the statement you made that Iran's conciliatory words have to be matched by real actions - transparent, verifiable, meaningful actions. Iran is committed to Israel's destruction. So for Israel, the ultimate test of a future agreement with Iran is whether or not Iran dismantles its military nuclear program." (White House)

    from Daily Alert

  17. Senate Votes Massive Subsidy For Itself........drudge

    What do we expect?

    They are shameless.

    Totally, 100% shameless.

  18. News to the Daily Alert:

    Netanyahu knows that Israel dose not have the juice nor the stones to go to war against Iran by itself. Obama is not doing it. Netanyahu knows it and Obama told him as much. Netanyahu asked Obama not to broadcast it and Obama agreed. Iran has flexibility because it does not have nuclear weapons and Israel does not because she has.

    1. Under-estiminating seems to be your flaw....

      The old saying goes..

      Those that know arent talking and those that dont are...

  19. WE are discussing national issues of WAR and PEACE.

    The driving force behind the problems in the ME, and other regions , is the jihad.
    Holy War without end, amen.

    Until this is fought and decisively won. the blood will flow.
    A gapping wound for civilization.

    1. Both of you are wrong.
      The driving force behind the conflict in the Middle East is the "Western Hegemony".

      Evidence by global experience.

      All across Africa, the Middle East and India.
      China, Indochina and .Malaysia.
      Kenya, Congo and Uganda all stand in evidence of the conflict predating the rise of Islam in those areas.

      Iraq, Iran and Palestine the battle has been fought against Western colonialism, the Western hegemony's attempt to rule the world.

      First the bogie man was Communism, now it is Islam.
      Both are straw-men for the hegemonic powers of the West..

      Religion is the opiate of the masses, keeping you two enthralled..

  20. Kerry sees potential for swift Iran deal

    US secretary of state says a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme could be reached within the three-to six-month time frame.

    A deal on Iran's nuclear programme could be reached within the three- to six-month time frame and would have the potential to dramatically improve the relationship between the two countries, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    What we need are actions that prove that we and our allies, our friends in the region, can never be threatened by this programme.

    John Kerry, US Secretary of State

    "It's possible to have a deal sooner than that depending on how forthcoming and clear Iran is prepared to be," Kerry said in an interview aired on CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday.

    "If it is a peaceful programme, and we can all see that - the whole world sees that - the relationship with Iran can change dramatically for the better and it can change fast," Kerry said.

    He added that Iran could prove its sincerity by immediately opening its nuclear facilities to inspectors and keeping its uranium at lower grades unsuitable for military use.

    "Iran needs to take rapid steps, clear and convincing steps, to live up to the international community's requirements regarding nuclear programs, peaceful nuclear programmes," Kerry said.

    "Words are not going to replace actions," he said. "What we need are actions that prove that we and our allies, our friends in the region, can never be threatened by this programme."

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and US President Barack Obama spoke by telephone on Friday in the highest-level contact between the two countries since diplomatic relations were cut a year after the Iranian revolution.

    Enrichment rights

    Iran has defended its right to enrich uranium as part of a civilian nuclear energy and medicine programme and denied that it aims to develop atomic weapons, but the United States and its allies have sought an end to higher-grade uranium enrichment that could be a step away from the production of weapons-grade material.

    In a separate interview, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the country's right to peaceful nuclear enrichment was not for negotiation but stressed that Tehran did not need to enrich uranium to military-grade levels.

    "Having an Iran that does not have nuclear weapons, is not just your goal, it's first and foremost our goal," he told ABC's "This Week" programme.

    Zarif said Iran was willing to have its facilities visited by international inspectors to prove it was not seeking to build a nuclear bomb.

    Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 06:19

    1. Guaranteed by
      5,113 nuclear warhead,
      a dozen carrier battle groups
      a million troops ready, willing, and able

      Yep ...

      Peace in Our Time.

      A Peace Through Superior Fire Power

    2. Peace through Economic Manipulation

      Poor Bibi, he knows the truth, even if quot is in denial.

      Expect an increase in the rants from the AIPAC stooges, both here and in DC.
      They can feel the fresh breeze of moderation and reconciliation in the air.
      Their window of opportunity for bloodshed and further territorial conquest has closed.

      You can see it in Bibi's face.

  21. Israel will lose its greatest export earner - FEAR

    1. :LOL

      Just wait til Iran sticks it to the west again...

    2. "Zarif said Iran was willing to have its facilities visited by international inspectors to prove it was not seeking to build a nuclear bomb."

      Hard to argue with that.

    3. "its facilities"

      It's admitted to, know facilities.

      We have been done this road before.

    4. The Iranians have every right to those facilities.
      They signed the NPT, it's in there!

      Your rants and ravings, inconsequential.

    5. We can structure a deal whereby Israel can lead the way,UN inspections on all ME facilities.

    6. That will be the essence of the Iranian proposal.
      The Europeons, Chinese, Russians will all go along.

      It is a reasonable, moderate position for them all to accept.

      Whether or not the Israeli agree, inconsequential
      It will break the back of the sanctions.
      Which is the Iranian goal.

      Israeli intransigence will be lead to the end of the sanctions regime against Iran.

      The Israeli will not have their cake and eat it too.

    7. The Germans just salivate over the idea of selling attack submarines to Iran, too.

    8. Ah the Iranian apologists speak.

      Trust Iran, they want peace and peaceful nuclear power.

      I will ask just this. When they stab you in the back AGAIN, please eat the crow in public.

      The good news? You folks are not in charge on anything.

  22. Iran has said many many times they don't want a nuclear weapon.

    We should believe them.

    Unca 'hani is nice.

    They say they even have a fatwa against making nuclear weapons.

    Though no one has ever seen it.

    And you can create a fatwa in a few minutes, and repeal it too.

    Nevertheless, unca 'hani wouldn't lie.

    Obama, and some of the posters here, are the most naive, innocent babes in the woods.

    Obama is a fool.

  23. The Healthcare Excanges are up and running; I guess we'll be getting reports of the "trainwreck" any time now.

    . . . . . . . . . any time now

  24. The Mau Mau were not driven by Islam
    The Boxer Rebellion, not driven by Islam
    The Opium Wars, not driven by Islam
    The Zulu Wars, not driven by Islam
    The Boer Wars not driven by Islam

    The American Revolution, not driven by Islam.

    All driven by oppression of the natives, by the Western Hegemony.

    Iran fits that model.

    1. As does Palestine.
      Egypt, Libya, Algeria.

      The Philippine Insurrection, the Banana Wars of Central America.

      Western hegemony, not Islam, was the "cause" of all of 'em.

  25. We've fought with many men acrost the seas,
    An' some of 'em was brave an' some was not:
    The Paythan an' the Zulu an' Burmese;
    But the Fuzzy was the finest o' the lot.
    So 'ere's "to" you, Fuzzy-Wuzzy, at your 'ome in the Soudan;
    You're a pore benighted 'eathen but a first-class fightin' man;
    We gives you your certificate, an' if you want it signed
    We'll come an' 'ave a romp with you whenever you're inclined.

    We took our chanst among the Khyber 'ills,
    The Boers knocked us silly at a mile,
    The Burman give us Irriwaddy chills,
    An' a Zulu "impi" dished us up in style:
    But all we ever got from such as they
    Was pop to what the Fuzzy made us swaller;
    We 'eld our bloomin' own, the papers say,
    But man for man the Fuzzy knocked us 'oller.
    Then 'ere's "to" you, Fuzzy-Wuzzy, an' the missis and the kid;
    Our orders was to break you, an' of course we went an' did.
    We sloshed you with Martinis, an' it wasn't 'ardly fair;
    But for all the odds agin' you, Fuzzy-Wuz, you broke the square.

    Who were the "Fuzzy Wuzzy"?
    The Hadendoa are traditionally a pastoral people, ruled by a Hereditary Chief, called a Ma'ahes, who, in colonial times, was directly responsible to the Anglo-Egyptian government of Sudan. Osman Digna, one of the best-known chiefs during the Mahdiyyah rebellion under Muhammad Ahmad, was a Hadendoa, and the tribe contributed some of the fiercest of the Dervish warriors in the wars of 1883–98. So determined were they in their opposition to the Anglo-Egyptian forces that the name Hadendoa grew to be nearly synonymous with rebel. This, however, was the result of Egyptian misgovernment rather than religious enthusiasm, as the Hadendoa of the time were true Beja

    1. The Fuzzy Wuzzy were pagan, classified by the Brits as "Mohammedans"

      Just as the Alawites of Syria are mislabeled today.
      Part of the propaganda of Hegemonic conflict, to make it appear to be about "religion" when it is really about military conquest and economic exploitation.


    1. Seems the Marine Corps learned a lesson from the Army.
      They will not allow a repeat of Major Hason's work place violence, not in the Marine Corps.

      Good on the USMC, nipping work place violence in the bud.

    2. Did you bring your lunch or ride a Porsche?

  27. It's working ....

    Washington Post - ‎

    BEIRUT - An advance group of international inspectors arrived in Syria on Tuesday to begin the ambitious task of overseeing the destruction of President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons program, kicking off a mission that must navigate the country's ...

    To the dismay of the war mongering chicken hawks.


  28. New York's Obamacare Website had TWO MILLION HITS in the first couple of hours.

    That's just New York.

  29. Some state websites "glitching," others, like Ky and Ca, working flawlessly.

  30. At wintertime in a Jewish home in the United States, you’re more likely to find a Christmas tree than a kosher kitchen.

    That’s one of the findings in a sweeping new study of Jewish Americans from the Pew Research Center, which polled nearly 3,500 Jewish Americans about their beliefs and practices.

    Nearly one out of three Jewish Americans —32% — said they had a Christmas tree in their home last year, Pew found. In comparison, only 22% said they kept kosher at home.

    The survey focused chiefly on nearly 3,500 Jewish Americans, including both religious and nonreligious Jews. However, researchers also interviewed nearly 1,200 people with Jewish backgrounds who embraced another faith or do not consider themselves Jewish, along with more than 400 people with “Jewish affinity” — people who do not have Jewish parents or upbringing, and who have another religion, but still call themselves Jewish or partially Jewish.

    The study also found that more than a fifth of Jewish Americans say they don’t have a religion, even though they still identify themselves as Jewish. It also included a slew of other interesting findings:

    Jews are much less likely than other Americans to say that religion is important in their lives. Religious Jews place less importance on religion than the average American, Pew found, with 31% saying it is very important in their lives, compared with 56% of the U.S. public.

    They’re also less likely to believe in God, with 23% of Jewish Americans saying they don’t believe, compared with 7% of the general public. The exception on both counts is Orthodox Jews, 83% of whom say religion is very important in their lives, and only 2% of whom say they don’t believe in God.

    1. The survey also revealed Jewish concern about peace efforts: Only 38% of Jewish Americans surveyed think the Israeli government is making a sincere effort to bring about peace with the Palestinians. Even fewer, 12%, think the Palestinian leadership is trying. In a separate question, 44% said continuing to build Jewish settlements in the West Bank hurts Israeli security.

      Can you be Jewish even if you don’t believe in God? Less than a third of Jews — even religious Jews — think someone can’t be Jewish without believing in God. That makes sense since only 15% see being Jewish as “mainly a matter of religion,” the survey also showed. Most believe it is also or chiefly about culture and ancestry.

    2. allen Thu Sep 26, 08:21:00 PM EDT

      Libya is a failed state, if "state" is even applicable.

      Egypt is a failed state that has not recognized its plight. It's strategic reserves of foodstuffs can be measured in days; it has vehicle fuel sufficient for about a month, assuming no war.

      Syria is history.

      Lebanon is a failed state, incapable of maintaining order within its own borders.

      Jordan is quiescent.

      Saudi Arabia is now the de facto ally of Israel, both having an interest in dehorning Iran.

      Israel now has the time and opportunity to concentrate on Hezbollah. With Hezbollah bogged down in Syria, its potential for mischief is greatly reduced as are its reserves.

      Whatever options Israel chooses to deal with its enemies and, incidentally, those of the United States, the American public will support it overwhelmingly.

      Yes, it is a beautiful day in the neighborhood. :-)

      Oh, and Merry Christmas! :-)

    3. Everyday is a Merry Christmas for me :)

    4. Some less merry than others, but still.
      Suffering for the Truth is a daily choice.

  31. Damn, rat is dumb.

    Now he's into "Hegemonic Conflict", probably of the Hegelian Dialectical Variety.

    Hegelian Hegemonic Dialectical Conflict - that's the ticket!!

    heh, one has to admit he is unconsciously humorous.

  32. Religion is the opiate of the masses, keeping you two enthralled..DR

    What keeps me enthralled is the Truth.
    Second to that is liberty.

    I may be wrong in opinion of the truth but I take the threat of "Convert or die" very seriously.

    It is what keeps the masses of fundamentalist's enthrallment that is a concern for me.

    1. That should read "It is what keeps the masses of fundamentalists enthralled that is a concern for me."

    2. There's no religion is Islam. Some dumb shit above said so.

      It's all about economics, or something.

      Netanyahu is speaking at the UN.

      see ya

    3. Oops, that is for "Woman of the Wall"

    4. Shit fire boys, there be a whole bunch of them Jews that do not think Judaism is a religion.
      State religion is just a political tool to oppress those fellers that are on the outs.

      more than a fifth of Jewish Americans say they don’t have a religion, even though they still identify themselves as Jewish.

      To be Jewish and have no religion, means that Judaism for that 20% of Jews living in America is not a religion.
      Say what you will about Islam not being a religion, 20% of Jews in America say the same about Judaism.

    5. Makes a guy wonder how many Muslims in America do not think Islam is a religion?

    6. Just to clarify, it's the fundies of all religions that concern me.

  33. Netanyahu says Israel will not accept Iran with nuclear weapons.

    Says if they go it alone they will be defending many other nations.

    1. Good speech for those willing to listen.

    2. Iran does not have nuclear weapons.
      Bibi is blowing smoke, again.
      As he has for over twenty years.

      He has merely become a mouthpiece for the Saudi Arabians.

    3. Since we have been repeatedly told on this site that Saudi Arabia runs the government of the US, surely they could find a more convincing mouthpiece than Mr. Netanyahu.

    4. No one says that the Saudi or Israeli "runs the government of the US", allen.

      Just that the US government is allied with both.
      What is said,, repeatedly on this site ...
      ... is that the Israeli and the Saudi have unwarranted influence on the government of the US.
      That is well illustrated, even in the comments of quot, on this very thread.

      We may be seeing a waning of that influence, on the matter of war, the utilization of US military force ...
      .... In Syria and in Iran.

      Great thing, if it true.

    5. "To everything, turn, turn turn,
      There is a season, turn, turn, turn,...

    6. Saudi Arabia?


      We have it on good info from SHITFULL that Lester Crown runs our government. He's been passing this gas for years and years.

      It was one of the things Trish called him out for years ago.


      "There is something really wrong with you, Rat."

  34. The U.N. inspectors are in Syria, and the uninsured are flooding the Obamacare websites.

    It's Not a beautiful day in the neighborhood for the Republicans.


    1. I hereby determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA with respect to Chad, South Sudan, and Yemen;

      to waive in part the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA with respect to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to allow for continued provision of International Military Education and Training (IMET) and nonlethal Excess Defense Articles, and the issuance of licenses for direct commercial sales of nonlethal defense articles;

      and to waive in part the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA with respect to Somalia to allow for the issuance of licenses for direct commercial sales of nonlethal defense articles, provision of IMET,

      and continued provision of assistance under the Peacekeeping Operations authority for logistical support and troop stipends.


    1. Con Coughlin, aye?

      Let's investigate ....

      As I explain in my book Churchill’s First War, young Winston, like any young subaltern of his generation, approached his participation in the punitive campaigns undertaken in 1897 by the British against the fierce tribesmen of the North-West Frontier with great relish and every confidence that the might of the British Empire would easily prevail over the “wild rifle-armed clansmen”.

      But after six weeks of intense fighting, during which he came under fire “ten complete times” and on several occasions came within a whisker of losing his own life, Churchill had changed his tune. War was a gory spectacle, the young Winston concluded, and it was unlikely that the Pashtun tribesmen could ever be beaten by military might alone.

      Indeed, in his later account of the campaign, Churchill even suggests that some of the collective punishments imposed by the British against the tribes, such as the wholesale burning of villages, might amount to war crimes. “We are a very cruel people,” lamented Churchill.
      Just like the British in the 19th century, there is little doubt that the military firepower available to whatever international coalition can be cobbled together to confront the Assad clan will be infinitely superior to that of the Syrians.
      Yet in many respects, as Churchill found during his brief spell of combat during the 1890s, launching military action is the easy part of the equation. It is what comes after the missiles have stopped falling on Assad’s bunkers that will present the real difficulties ...
      In the 1890s, Russian meddling in Afghanistan was one of the primary reasons Churchill, together with thousands of other British soldiers, found themselves fighting an unwinnable war on the North-West Frontier. Today, unless Cameron is careful, he could soon find himself in the same predicament as his illustrious predecessor, only with potentially more disastrous consequences.

      Con Coughlin is the author of Churchill’s First War (Macmillan)

    2. What is true of Syria, would be true of Iran, as well ...
      As far as he application of military force is concerned, only more so.
      Iran being a much larger nation than Syria.

  37. Re: the uninsured are flooding the Obamacare websites.

    Yes, they are; and 37 states are reporting major glitches with "ObamaCare?".

  38. ...sorry, that's 34 states...

    Meanwhile,the high rate of unemployment and underemployment continue over an unprecedented span and 1 in 7 Americans is being fed by Uncle Sam. Why, I could have danced all night.

    1. You could have been "Dancing with the Stars"

  39. Saudi Arabia?


    We have it on good info from SHITFULL that Lester Crown runs our government. He's been passing this gas for years and years.

    It was one of the things Trish called him out for years ago.


    "There is something really wrong with you, Rat."

  40. Once upon a time, the Dutch were kind to dispossessed Jews. During this wonderful time the Dutch experienced THE EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES (1987). Schama.

    Once more, the Dutch are standing with Israel against the usual suspects. Furthermore, so are lawmakers from the U.S., the European Union, Canada, Brazil, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Macedonia, Poland, South Africa, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay.

    It will all be good.


  41. What would the world look like if Iran had nuclear bombs or the ability to slap one together in less than 6 weeks?

    Would the world change?

  42. Is Israel an apartheid state?


    Only in SHITFULL'S fevered imagination.

  43. "...Over the past several months (since the election, of course), we have seen Obamacare dismantled, not only by its’ opponents, but by its’ supporters too...As states like Missouri have rejected major parts of the program, such as the health insurance exchanges, the Medicaid expansion, and the individual mandate portions of the law, the Obama administration has continued to delay elements such as the employer mandate and even recently, the health insurance plans that were supposed to be sold on the Obamacare exchanges, starting October 1. Just last week, the Obama Administration delayed another element of the law; the small business health insurance exchanges..."

  44. Interesting; so far, more Republicans than Democrats have taken advantage of Obamacare.