“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."

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Obama starts the race with the goal to affordable health care.


  1. You've got to crack a few eggs to make an omelet!


  2. Obama is a Marxist, and not a very exceptional one at that.


    1. John Major, the Marxist

      Those who intervene in the energy market are living in a Marxist universe, Cameron said. What does that make Major?

      I sympathise with Cameron. "Acting like a conman" doesn't mean he steals old ladies' life savings. If you call someone "a little Hitler" you're not blaming them for the Holocaust. All a matter of context and interpretation, as the copper said. Either way, it will have intensified the ill-feeling between John Bercow and the Tory frontbench. You think he dislikes Miliband? Well, he loathes Bercow.

      It doesn't happen often, but I had Miliband as the winner in these exchanges. And so he should have been.

      Miliband's first question was pretty lethal. Cameron had said that anyone who wanted to intervene in the energy markets was living in a "Marxist universe". Could he say how he felt now that red peril had claimed Sir John Major?

      The prime minister fumbled around for 133 words without actually answering. His strategy was to tear up the Tory slogan, "Vote blue to go green". He was blaming Miliband's green taxes for the rise in prices. He grew angrier. At one point he stood up midway through a Miliband poser, and had to be waved down. "You have been following your own advice too much – wearing too many jumpers and getting overheated!"

      Unfair, but as so often, a matter of context and interpretation.

      One man's Marxist, another man's Conservative



    3. “Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.”

  3. The Heritage Foundation, Mitt Romney, and Barack Obama - a fine gaggle of communists if there ever was one.

    The Heritage Foundation proposed the policy, Mitt Romney put it in effect in Mass., and Barack Obama expanded it out to the whole country.

    1. A gaggle of communists, but baboons gather in congresses. Explains a lot.

  4. And, now, millions of Americans will be able to access healthcare. Goddamned communism is going to kill us all, I tells ya.

  5. What a damned disaster. First, he got us out of that fine war in Iraq. And, then, he took a deal to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons, and missed out on that war, and now he's gone and made it possible for tens of millions to obtain healthcare - all while bringing the country back from the brink of depression. They oughtta impeach the bastard (and they probably will.) :)

    1. The box office for "Atlas Shrugged" dropped off 47% in the film's second week in release, and the movie seemed to hold little appeal for audiences beyond the core group of Rand fans to whom it was marketed. "Critics, you won," said John Aglialoro, the businessman who spent 18 years and more than $20 million of his own money to make, distribute and market "Atlas Shrugged: Part 1," which covers the first third of Rand's dystopian novel. But it's not his fault that no one wanted to see it. Aglialoro attributed the box office drop-off to "Atlas Shrugged's" poor reviews. It's never anyone's fault when something fails, see. Obamacare I get. But Atlas Shrugged I don't get, considering the source material.

    2. Then, to top it all off, he presides over a 50% increase in oil production, and creates hundreds of thousands of new Renewable Energy Jobs. What a train wreck.


    3. “If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing.”

    4. So nonsensical as to be laughable.

      Ask Rufus on the morning after joys of drinking a case of Budweiser, as a simple example.


    5. Or, ask a Russian about Vodka.

      If he's still alive after the last binge and has made it through detox.

      Ayn Rand was soooo simplistic.

      And worst of all her books were b o r i n g.

    6. Ayn Rand taught 'What is...' all he ever needed to know about economics, his personal investment strategies.

      Anonymous holds one of them in contempt and the other Won is high esteem, seems there is discord in the Groupthink.

  6. Robert A. HeinleinThu Oct 24, 07:17:00 AM EDT

    Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.

    1. There is not a politician in Washington DC that does not support more government intervention in the lives of the populous. Some want more control in the Board Room, some the Bed Room, others the Operating Room.

      There is Room for all of them, in Congress.

    2. The voting populace can best be summed up in the phrase, "Keep your government hands off my Medicare."

    3. It's interesting that that 100 + Million people that are provided health insurance paid with BEFORE TAX Dollars, and, thus, subsidized by all the rest of the American people (Ted Cruz, and his $20,000.00/yr insurance from Goldman Sachs, being a prime example,) don't ever seem to bitch about Those subsidies.

    4. Are you describing that ...

      "Free Lunch Crowd"

      I must take offense!
      Real farmers never eat Free Lunch!

      We would starve before excepting a handout from the government!

      Except for ...
      Farm Subsidies, Medicare, Medicare Part B and Social Security retirement checks!

      We earned those, we built that!

    5. I also love those Ayn Randians that live in Million Dollar houses, that get to deduct virtually the entire payment (interest) from their federal taxes owed, and, thus, subsidized by the poorest among us.

    6. (actually, deducted from Income, not taxes owed.) That way we only pay for about 40% of it.

    7. Dam those "rich" Ayn Randians purchasing such a large home, after all their PROPERTY taxes are not one penny higher than the lazy looters that live in government subsidized homes. Those million dollar homes of course require no hired help to mow the lawn, do the landscaping, fix and maintain them. It would be better if those free loader Ayn Randians just kept their money in gold and not spent it.

      Yep that's the right path, buy gold, stay modest, pay off your mortgage, lose the interest deduction but then? Dont hire worthless people to maintain your home. Same goes insurance, forget that, self insure. Why purchase a worthless product that the insurance company will screw you out of anyway.

      Yep the LESSON that Rand taught me? GO debt free, lose the interest deduction as fast as possible and of course never hire a lazy worthless looter to work for you.

    8. You are one poor, sick puppy. It must be tough.


    9. “You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.”

    10. Aynny is wrong.

      You cannot avoid reality.

      You are in reality, your are reality, and you really can't get out of it.

      Any was messed up on a lot of stuff.

    11. Ayn was messed up on a lot of stuff.

    12. The only commentator that ever speaks highly of her, is quot.
      So, consider the source.


  7. The Affordable Care Act is already working: Intense price competition among health plans in the marketplaces for individuals has lowered premiums below projected levels. As a result of these lower premiums, the federal government will save about $190 billion over the next 10 years, according to our estimates. These savings will boost the health law’s amount of deficit reduction by 174 percent and represent about 40 percent of the health care savings proposed by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform—commonly known as the Simpson-Bowles commission—in 2010.

    Moreover, we estimate that lower premiums will lower the number of uninsured even further, by an additional 700,000 people, even as the number of individuals who receive tax credits will decline because insurance is more affordable.

    In short, the Affordable Care Act is working even better than expected, producing more coverage for much less money.

    Marketplace plans and tax credits

    Under the Affordable Care Act, marketplaces that offer health plans to individuals are now . . . . . .

    1. .

      I like your new style, Rufus.

      Print out part of an article without italics or quotation marks and then post the article reference in a later post. I've noticed you've used it a few times in the last couple days.

      It gives the impression you actually wrote the words. Unfortunately, with this example it also implies that you believe this bullshit. It appears the 'Center for American Progress' has adopted the ubiquitous practice of Washington doublespeak, the old three-card Monty tactics.

      The Affordable Care Act is already working: Intense price competition among health plans in the marketplaces for individuals has lowered premiums below projected levels.

      Gee, that sounds real good. At least, until you look at the baseline. The CBO projections? The initial CBO 10 year projections for ACA were $940 billion. That is how they got it passed.. It included putting off most of the costs until 2014, delaying the Cadillac Tax until 2018 to appease the unions, assuming a DOC Fix, the cuts to Medicare, etc. However, now as we approach launch, the reality comes out. Last year, CBO's estimate of the ACA costs nearly doubled to around $1.8 billion.
      It is from these latest projections that CAP is basing its projection of 'savings'. It's like budget talks in D.C. where any reduction in projected 'increases' is considered a 'savings'.

      California did the same thing. The guy running their exchange said "“These rates are way below the worst-case gloom-and-doom scenarios we have heard,” This tells you zip considering that the worst-case-doom-and-gloom projections were for some individual rates to increase by 146%

      Only in D.C. and at think tanks, can a $600 billion increase in 10 year costs be turned into a $200 billion savings.


    2. .

      Sorry, the revised CBO projection from March, 2012 should have been $1.8 trillion.


    3. Aww, fuck off. I put the link right below it. This emanates from the fact that I was doing a lot of work on posts - italics, clickable links, etc.) and then having google, or my machine, or whatever, drop them.

      Now, from time to time, I merely put up the blurb, and then follow up with a link. NOW, you're just being an assholel.

  8. Ben Birnbaum: But why this next year? It seems like every year has become the “last year to stop Iran.”

    Amos Yadlin (former Israeli defense-intelligence chief): The coming year is a special challenge because the Iranians are now very close. They may be able to produce a bomb faster than intelligence can detect that they are breaking out or sneaking out. And the breakout time may be shorter than the time necessary for the decisions and planning and execution of an operation that can stop it.

    Translation from the Yiddish: Iran is very close to reaching a diplomatic breakthrough that would close the door on a strike.

    1. Iran is very close to reaching a diplomatic breakthrough that would close the door on a strike.

      The Israeli and the Saudi are in the midst of an apoplectic fit.
      Their Axis of Abraham, just "Steers on Parade"
      ... without the United States to carry their water and do the dirty work of slaughter.

      Steers on Parade, they had thought themselves Bulls, until push came to shove.
      Those Middle Eastern 'oysters', just bull balls on a stick, roasted over open flame.

      Tastes a little bit like "Chicken Hawk"

    2. It's easy to watch Obama "make a deal" with iran, sounds like "peace in our time" talk.

      The truth? Iran is threat to the world.

      You can choose to ignore it, minimize it and ridicule those that see that threat but to those that see the real threat?

      Iran is a danger.

      The Jewish people, you have survived a dozen attempts of genocide in the last 100 years that have cost them in excess of 8 million men, women and children, think your glibness, your naive position, your appeasing attitude is foolish at best, irresponsible and dangerous at worse.

      If Iran was serious about reforming it's self into a decent nation? great.

      If Iran is just running out the clock in order to pursue it's nuclear weapons ambitions? a bad deal is worse than no deal.

    3. "I supported [Netanyahu and Barak] on the notion that if we come to the fork in the road [on Iran], where we have to choose between very tough alternatives—the ‘bomb’ or the ‘bombing’—I’m with the prime minister, for the bombing,” former Israeli defense-intelligence chief Amos Yadlin told me on a recent evening on the porch of his home in the small town of Carmay Yosef. It was a bold statement coming from a man who in 2010 reportedly helped persuade Netanyahu and then-Defense Minister Ehud Barak not to strike Iran.

    4. So now quot has gone into a full blown anti-Semitic rant...
      The hate just flows from his pen ...

      The Jewish people, you have survived a dozen attempts of genocide in the last 100 years that have cost them in excess of 8 million men, women and children, think your glibness, your naive position, your appeasing attitude is foolish at best, irresponsible and dangerous at worse.

      Here is the "break down"
      The Jewish people, you have .. \
      quot is addressing the Jewish people of the world, in general. The 'run-on' sentence then describes ...
      think your glibness, your naive position, your appeasing attitude is foolish at best, irresponsible and dangerous at worse.
      The subject of the sentence never changes, he is still addressing the Jewish people of the world.

      That he speaks down to the practitioners of Judaism with such audacity, just an amazing piece of self-loathing

    5. That explains why when you call WiO on his bullshit, personally, he says you are anti-Jew.

    6. Nonsense.

      But you know that.

      So in your face. We, the Jewish people, refuse to lie down and die to make you happy.

      A giant up your ass....

    7. desert ratThu Oct 24, 02:24:00 PM EDT
      So now quot has gone into a full blown anti-Semitic rant...
      The hate just flows from his pen ...

      Funny on the last thread Rat said HE NEVER reads my posts..

    8. Wrong, again, quot.
      I said that I usually read three lines ...

      Unless it started with a paste of someone else's work, then I skipped.

      When you start lambasting the Jews of the world, I find that curious enought o read.
      Offensive enough to comment upon.

      That you think so poorly of the Jews, it must be what leads to the self-loathing that is so prevalent amongst your tribe.
      Well, let us say that when a person of Jewish faith or ancestry writes something you disagree with, they are, immediately labeled as self-loathing.

      When you make yourself the outlier of the community (see example - above), then the internalized self-loathing is expressed in the writing.
      See example - above.

  9. That was a good video of the old car races.

    Out this way, we compare ObamaCareLess to a Combine Demolition Derby --

    ****The best tactic is to try and hit 'em on the left side where the vulnerable belts are located****

    Last combine still moving wins.

    Just like the last patient still kicking wins in the ObamaDeathPanelDerby.

    1. .

      Anon: Did you see the poem I wrote at your request yesterday.

      The Dems call them 'Life Panels'. Words approved by the Bureau of Truth.


    2. I missed it Quirk, but definitely will go back and read it.

      You put good stuff together.

      Will report critically later.

      Got to run right now.....


    3. Rage Against the Machine!

      All is lost, the future is dust
      Hope, change, those are lies, fantasies of the mind.
      Memories manufactured, reality turned to rust
      Look upon the people, seek the sign there to find

      Find your Fudd, then fully embrace it.
      That is all you are, will ever be
      Look into the mirror, be brave enough to face it
      Find your Fudd, it will set you free

      Rage Against the Machine!


    4. .

      Another self-analysis, rat?

      As you have stated more than once, you are the only Fudd here.


    5. Wrong again, Q.
      I am the creator of the character, Fudd
      I have said that I am the arbitrator of what Fudd is.

      Not that I am Fudd.
      A man of mental means would appreciate the difference

      Your understanding of things, shallower than had first appeared.

    6. You seem to forget, I have permitted others to embrace the Fudd, to take him and use him as their own.
      But doing so did not give the user any equitable part of he character.

      The fascist Farmer Fudd remains my intellectual property, to do with and speak of, as I please.
      While giving no one offense when doing so.

      If others project themselves onto the Fudd, becoming so invested in the character they "Believe" that they are Farmer Fudd...

      Well, as I have said, if some fool were to build a Google account, using Farmer Fudd as the avatar, and I would renounce my equitable interest in Farmer Fudd.

      I could not have been more plainly spoken, then or now.

    7. One of the anonymous posters has taen Farmer Fudd to heart.

      His behavior once liken to that of a remora, the sucker fish which shares a facultative mutualistic symbiotic relationship with sharks.
      Anonymous and Farmer Fudd, both parties benefit but are not entirely dependent on one another for survival.

    8. There is no recorded incident of a remora being found in the belly of a shark.

    9. .

      More nasty little droppings from ratville.

      It wasn't that long ago that you went near apoplectic when a certain anonymous poster started signing fudd at the bottom of his posts. Damn near hysterical or so it seemed. Signs of a dissociative disorder are clearly evident. It's pretty clear with the covetous way in which you try to hang on to some silly word you dreamed up (although Walt Disney may be rolling in his grave at the moment with that last statement). The pat5hology is obvious with your fixation for quoting the words of others more talented than you, evidently striving for some measure of reflected glory.

      Multiple personality disorder is a strange pathology. First you come up with a word and use it in reference to another poster. Then when that poster adopts it, you claim a copyright and tell him he can't. Then you say it is a figment of your imagination, a pooka dreamed up by you alone. Then you say it only exists when you draw it forth.

      I can only say you appear to be one sick puppy, rat.

      You are he as he is you as he is he as you are he together. See how thee run like pigs from a gun.


      I would smile but its all so sad.



  10. ****The best tactic is to try and hit 'em on the left side where the vulnerable belts are located****

    Clarification: This can depend on the make and model of combine, of course.

  11. The Muslim Brotherhood's Man in the Whitehous -

    Obama is a communist, as said way above, he is also a muslim communist -

    1. And -

      Soldiers at Fort Hood told that Christian and Tea Party groups "threat to nation," any soldier donating to them would be punished

      Your Jihad Watch watchman's selection for you for this day.

      Say 'thank you' now, all in unison.

    2. The US Army recognizes fascists.
      It has a sworn duty, to fight our enemies, both foreign and DOMESTIC.

      Find your Fudd, then fully embrace it.
      That is all you are, will ever be
      Look into the mirror, be brave enough to face it
      Find your Fudd, it will set you free

      Rage Against the Machine!

    3. This is rat posting from his rat-hole.

    4. The rat has a sign-on that authenticates,
      The rest is what the mind fabricates.

      Anonymous lines are written, few words are spoken
      Yet the message delivered like a subway token
      The fearful look about, parsing the danger
      Of conversing with a stranger

    5. .

      Christian and Tea Party groups Fascist?

      Definitions from Through the Looking Glass, droppings in rat-Land.


    6. William Tecumseh ShermanThu Oct 24, 12:15:00 PM EDT

      ... the only way the people ... can hope once more to live in peace and quiet at home, is to stop ...,
      which can only be done by admitting that it began in error and is perpetuated in pride.

    7. Modestas RinkeviciusThu Oct 24, 12:16:00 PM EDT

      "Sometimes all you need is a simple 'sorry.'"

    8. The US Army looked behind the labels and looked into the content of the message those particular and individually identified organizations were delivering to the troops.

      The Army often makes private businesses and facilities "Off Limits", for any number of reasons.
      Any "religious" or 'political" organization can qualify, if the facts fit.

      A cesspool, by any other name, should still be avoided.
      Not fit for US Army consumption.

      The lessons learned from Major Nidal Malik Hasan have been taken to heart and applied.
      Those that complained the most bitterly that there was no control, do now again, when there is.

      Rage Against the Machine!

    9. Quirk cannot see beyond the marketing labels, to find the content of the message.
      His writing has always been some what shallow.

    10. This comment has been removed by the author.

    11. .

      Once again the, rat, proves himself to be the fascist he claims others to be.

      He would confuse the roles of the civilian and the military. He would ignore the concept of freedom of religion written into our Constitution. He would deny evangelical Christians, Catholics, and Orthodox Jews that serve honorably in the US military the right to worship according to their individual religious beliefs.

      The army had no right to threaten these trainees in this matter if there is any truth to the story. But the rat didn't even bother to check whether the story was true. Instead he jumped right in with his bullshit.


    12. .

      The lessons learned from Major Nidal Malik Hasan have been taken to heart and applied.
      Those that complained the most bitterly that there was no control, do now again, when there is.

      Lord, what a moron. Straight out of the SPLC playbook. According, to those bringing the complaints about the training material Muslims were barely mentioned, Major Hasan not at all.

      How can the Army be said to have learned from Major Hasan's terrorist acts when they still describe his crimes as 'workplace violence'?


  12. The ObamaCare web site say "you have no expectation of privacy. Your information will be shared...."

    1. Of course, it is a web site.
      It is the government.

      Rage against the Machine!

    2. How about a link to where it actually says that?

    3. Reported by Fox News. I will look though, in a while.

  13. hmm, that's interesting

    Guess how many verified cases of voter fraud have occurred in Texas in the last 13 years


    yep, One.

    1. The danger is so great
      Liberty the Texans must abdicate

      Those brown voters will just have to wait
      To be oppressed is just their fate

      Rage Against the Machine!

    2. I think I saw where 1.4 Million Texas Women are going to be sent scrambling to come up with New Identification, Original Documents, etc, to comply with Texas' New Voter I.D. Law.

    3. Safety and Security ...

      The by-words of fascists, used to liquidate liberty, eradicate equality, finish off freedom.

      Rage Against the Machine!

  14. THE HEARINGS: Health care site contractor gives testimony...
    'Even I couldn't log on'...
    Sebelius faces political challenge of a lifetime...
    Pelosi: 'Just fix it'...
    Troubles a sign of things to come...
    Millions of Americans Losing Health Plans...
    Senate Dems To Back Delay...
    Obama 'Credibility Melting'...

    Excellent advice from Limbaugh!

    Just say "Fuck It"

    Rage Against The Machine

    1. Farmer Fudd has joined the march, even though he knows not its leader or the cause.
      But he joins the rabble at the barricade.

      Sheeple, so easily manipulated.


    2. “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

    3. All it takes is a bumper sticker's worth of phraseology and Farmer Fudd is on the bus!

      Rage Against the Machine!


    4. Isn't it an old song, Rage Against The Machine?

      That's what I was referring to, and do recommend a policy of non violent non cooperation with ObamaCare.

      Nope, I would never betray my beloved rural Idaho Republican Party.

  15. "The president has created "x" (insert absurdly inflated number) of jobs.

    That could have been said by Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, or Mao.

    Created, indeed! Comrade

    "When men abandon God the danger is not that they will believe nothing; rather, it is that they will believe anything." Like the president creating jobs for the proletariat.

    Absurd Marxist gibberish.

    1. Between 2009 and 2011, the last year numbers were graphed, Federal employment dropped by 300,000.

      Those are the ONLY jobs remotely attributable to the President, and there was a net decrease in Federal employment.

      It is an effect of a "Shrinking" government.

  16. Dear Leader is about to find himself in a European buzz saw. It's not nice to eavesdrop on friends and allies.

    There just seems to be that untutored element which will acknowledge the brilliance of the Great Won.

    1. Perhaps that is the element that are the tutors.
      Rather than those needing the tutoring.

      Where are the French and Germans, especially the Mexicans going to go?
      Whose economy are they going to participate in, if not the US?

      We are the world, they are but remoras, like Farmer Fudd, they have a facultative mutualistic symbiotic relationship with the shark.
      That's is their place, we'll keep 'em in it.
      No guns required, there are better options on the table.

      All across the globe.

  17. Nixon hated the BLS. He couldn't get the "Jews" (his words) over there to do anything that he wanted. They were incorruptible.

  18. "Exclusive: Army halts training program that labeled Christians as extremists"

    It looks like the Army is going to balk at naming the PFC responsible for this gross breach of regulations.

    1. The organization that was 'farmed" to create the Army list, Southern Poverty Law Center, called an "anti-Christian political organizations" by those on the list compiled by he SPLC.

      To remedy the challenge ... it is clear that we must act to standardize such programs of instruction and training plans to ensure consistency with Army policy,” McHugh wrote . (John McHugh, the Secretary of the Army.)

      When the government criminalizes thought, makes 'hate' a crime ...
      Well, that is as ambiguous a category of criminal behavior as could be imagined.

      Hate was criminalize long before that Jewish fellow from Chicago, Barack Hussein Obama, became President.

    2. Mr Obama, being an Affinity Jew, like the Ashkenazi.

      No blood ties, no genetic roots to the Moses or the Exodus from Egypt, but Jewish in their politics.
      Which is what matters most, for some.
      Maintaining that "Tribal" voting bloc.

    3. Judaism has an "Official" category ...

      Secular Jew

      They seem to have everyone and everything categorized and classified.

      Even Herod the Great, builder of the Temple, Roman citizen, was a practicing Jew.
      Bibi Netanyahu is categorized as a Secular Jew, at Wiki ...

    4. for for thought...Hmm

    5. Now a "Secular Jew" is, according to Wiki ...
      Jewish secularism refers to the largest section of the Jewish people who are secular as well as the body of work produced by secular Jews over the past 250 years. Almost half of all Jews define themselves as secular.[1]

      These people build up communities where Jewish holidays are celebrated as historical and nature festivals, and where life-cycle events are marked in a secular manner.

      Throughout modern history, Jewish thinkers have challenged traditional Judaism. As early as the nineteenth century, members of the Society for the Culture and Science of the Jews (Verein fur Kultur und Wissenschaft der Juden) viewed Judaism as a culture, not a religion. These secularists, building on foundations of the Enlightenment, Haskalah, were keen to integrate humanistic culture and education with a Jewish culture not linked to rabbinical dictates, or the existence of a personal God

      So, Secular Jews , reject the premise that the God of Moses is their God.
      They have a personal God, not the same one that led Moses out of Egypt, nor the one that wrote all those "rules".

      In that case, the only connection a Secular Jew would have with Judaism, is the blood tie, back to Moses, and the Israelites enslaved there, the entirety of the Nation of Israel.

      Since the Ashkenazi originated in the mountains of Europe, never were part of the Exodus or the Lands of Israel prior to their inclusion into the Roman Empire.

      By what logic can a Secular European rule a Jewish State?
      The analogy of Bibi to Herod is weaker than I ever anticipated.
      Herod being a practicing Jew, ...
      Bibi, not Jewish by belief or blood, but only for political convenience

      I thought the contest would have been "closer".

    6. A direct line of political succession, in Palestine, from the acquisition of the Sultan Abdul Hamid II Ottoman holdings in 1892 and the ascension to power by Baron Edmond James de Rothschild and his agents. To the current secular Prime Minister of the secular state of Israel, the history of the Sultanate of Palestine is well documented.

    7. William ShakespeareThu Oct 24, 05:20:00 PM EDT

      O! be some other name:

      What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
      By any other name would smell as sweet;

      So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
      Retain that dear perfection which he owes

      Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name;

    8. Sultan of Palestine - Bibi Netanyahu - Prime Minister of Israel

      Sultanate of Palestine /secular state of Israel
      Supported by the...
      ... the Three Pillars of Apartheid ...

      The first pillar “derives from Israeli laws and policies that establish Jewish identity for purposes of law and afford a preferential legal status and material benefits to Jews over non-Jews.”

    9. Christopher HitchensThu Oct 24, 05:33:00 PM EDT

      “I am sorry for those who have never had the experience of seeing the victory of a national liberation movement, and I feel cold contempt for those who jeer at it.”

    10. he second pillar is reflected in“Israel’s ‘grand’ policy to fragment the OPT [and] ...
      ... ensure that Palestinians remain confined to the reserves designated for them ...
      ... while Israeli Jews are prohibited from entering those reserves but enjoy freedom of movement...
      ... throughout the rest of the Palestinian territory.

      This policy is evidenced by Israel’s extensive appropriation of Palestinian land,
      which continues to shrink the territorial space available to Palestinians;
      the hermetic closure and isolation of the Gaza Strip from the rest of the OPT;
      the deliberate severing of East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank;

      and the appropriation and construction policies serving to carve up the West Bank ...
      ... into an intricate and well-serviced network of connected settlements for Jewish-Israelis ...
      ... and an archipelago of besieged and non-contiguous enclaves for Palestinians.”


    11. “But liberty, as we all know, cannot flourish in a country that is permanently on a war footing, or even a near-war footing. Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the agencies of the central government.”

    12. The third pillar is
      “Israel’s invocation of ‘security’ to validate sweeping restrictions on Palestinian freedom of ...
      ... opinion, expression, assembly, association and movement [to] mask a true underlying intent ...
      ... to suppress dissent to its system of domination and thereby maintain control over Palestinians as a group.”


    13. “In the old Republican days the subject of slavery and of the saving of the Union ...
      ... made appeals to the consciences and liberty-loving instincts of the people.

      These later years have been full of talk about commerce and dinner pails,...
      but I feel sure that the American conscience and the American love of liberty have not been smothered.

      They will break through this crust of sordidness and realize that those only keep their liberties who accord liberty to others.”

  19. The rumbling of the "Right" was heard, accounted for and incorporated into Federal policy.
    In almost all of Mr Obama's proposals and policies.

    Health Care the primary example, a Heritage Foundation proposal.

    Taxes were cut, Federal revenues dropping to the lowest percentage of the GDP in almost 60 years.
    Federal employment, cut, in real terms. The number of Federal employees less now than when Obama took office.

    The "Right" refuses to acknowledge those realities.
    Facts will not sway their opinions!

    Rage Against the Machine!

  20. “Today everybody is talking about the fact that we live in one world; because of globalization, we are all part of the same planet.
    They talk that way, but do they mean it?

    We should remind them that the words of the Declaration [of Independence] apply not only to people in this country, ...
    but also to people all over the world. People everywhere have the same right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    When the government becomes destructive of that, then it is patriotic to dissent and to criticize -
    to do what we always praise and call heroic when we look upon the dissenters and critics in totalitarian countries who dare to speak out.”
    ― Artists in Times of War and Other Essays

  21. "People who continually quote others have nothing of importance or wit to say themselves."


  22. "I am a professional asshole."

    desert rat

    I love this quote as it is so disarmingly honest and accurate.

    1. And shows the first glimmerings of an understanding of how others see him too, anon. Don't leave that out.