“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."

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer Nominated for Number Two Spot at the Federal Reserve? Say what?

The rushed campaign to insert Stanley Fischer straight from his position leading Israel’s central bank into the number two spot at the Federal Reserve has allowed little time for research into the appointee’s career or for informed public debate about his record.  Like the failed recent Obama administration-Israel lobby pincer move to ram approval for U.S. military strikes on Syria through Congress, avoiding such due diligence through velocity may actually be the only means for successful Senate confirmation.
Global Research, December 24, 2013
Region: USA

 Some of Fischer’s accomplishments—from co-authoring a seminal textbook on macroeconomics to handling economic crisis at the IMF have—not surprisingly—been recalled by his many supporters.  Other doings that shed light on Fischer’s controversial attributes—such as overhauling how U.S. aid and trade packages are delivered to Israel—have been mostly ignored.  Appointing an openly dual Israeli-American citizen into the most important central bank in the world could be a watershed moment.  While the doors of federal government have long swung open for Israel-lobby appointees focusing most—if not all—their energies on advancing the interests of a foreign state, any who were actually Israeli dual citizens have traditionally kept that a closely-guarded secret. Fischer’s long-term boosters, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), likely want to accustom Americans to openly dual citizens circulating between top roles in the U.S. and Israeli governments.  A closer examination of Fischer reveals that average Americans have good reason to oppose his appointment, because his lifelong achievements for Israel have imposed high costs and few benefits to the United States while making peace more difficult to achieve.

Stanley Fischer was born in Northern Rhodesia in 1943. He studied at London School of Economics and received a PhD in economics from MIT.  He taught and chaired the MIT economics department and co-authored a leading macroeconomics textbook with Rudiger Dornbusch. Fischer joined the World Bank in 1988 and became the first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1994. He oversaw emergency bailout lending and austerity programs over Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, Russia, Brazil and Argentina. High flying Citigroup—under the helm of Sanford “Sandy” Weill—recruited Fischer in 2002. There he rose to become vice president with a seven-figure pay package.
Fischer not only been an ardent supporter of Israel, his professional efforts began when he took sabbatical leave to Israel in 1972 and 1976-1977.  He was a visiting scholar at the Bank of Israel in 1980.  More importantly for Israel, Stanley Fischer won an appointment to the Reagan administration’s U.S.-Israel Joint Economic Discussion Group that dealt Israel’s 1984-1985 economic crisis.  In October of 1984, Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres arrived in Washington asking an initially reluctant Reagan Administration for an additional $1.5 billion in U.S. emergency funding—over and above the already-promised aid $5.6 billion aid package.[i]  The help amounted to U.S. taxpayers funding each Israeli citizen $1,650.
Another key component of the plan called for a largely unilateral lowering of U.S. tariffs and trade barriers to Israel, a program initially called “Duty Free Treatment for U.S. Imports from Israel” but later repackaged and sold as America’s first “free trade” agreement.  Over time the FTA reversed a previously balanced U.S.-Israel trading relationship for one that has produced a cumulative deficit to the U.S. that passed $100 billion in 2013.  Seventy American industry groups opposed to the give-away in 1984 were disenfranchised when Israeli Economics Minister Dan Halpern and AIPAC illegally obtained a classified compendium of their industry, market and trade secrets to use against them in lobbying and public relations.  An FBI espionage and theft of government property investigation was quashed before it could narrow in on those inside the U.S. government who delivered the secrets to Halpern.

The U.S.-Israel Joint Economic Discussion Group fundamentally transformed U.S. aid to Israel forever.  Before the Reagan administration, most U.S. aid to Israel took the form of loans that had to be repaid with interest.  After the input of Fischer’s team, subsequent U.S. aid was delivered in the form of outright grants paid directly from the U.S. Treasury—never to be repaid or conditioned when Israel took actions the U.S. opposed.
  Like many of Fischer’s later IMF austerity programs, the Joint Discussion Group initially announced that strings attached to the aid would make it temporary.  Secretary of State George Shultz insisted during a 1985 address to AIPAC that “Israel must pull itself out of its present economic trauma . . . . No one can do it for them . . .our help will be of little avail if Israel does not take the necessary steps to cut government spending, improve productivity, open up its economy and strengthen the mechanisms of economic policy. Israel and its government must make the hard decisions.” [ii]  Shultz wanted to make the huge American cash transfer conditional on major Israeli economic reforms, but intense AIPAC lobbying in Congress threatened to make the State Department influence irrelevant.  In the end, Congress delivered aid without Israeli sacrifices, such as selling off bloated state-owned industries and spending belt-tightening.  The proposed privatization of $5 billion in state enterprises threatened too much bureaucratic “turf” and too many jobs, so Israel put them on hold.  Fischer apologetically characterized the Likud years as a “wasted opportunity by a government that should have known better.”[iii]  Not until 1996 were Fischer’s proscribed economic remedies adopted by American neoconservative consultants to Benjamin Netanyahu as minor points in the “Clean Break” manifesto for Israeli regional hegemony. They remain among the few unimplemented tasks in a plan that called for military action against Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.
Despite the absence of any real economic reforms that would take Israel off the American taxpayer dole, Fischer co-wrote a blustering 1986 article for the Wall Street Journal called “Israel Has Made Aid Work” that AIPAC circulated widely as an official memorandum of its achievements.  “Israel is the largest single recipient of economic aid from the U.S.  This is partly because the economic stability of Israel is uncertain and is important to U.S. national interests.  Therefore a report on the progress of the Israeli economy is relevant to policy decisions to be made here.”  Fischer never bothered to substantiate his premise, that U.S. national interests were somehow served by the bailout or that any aid given to Israel produced tangible benefits.  Instead Fischer delivered a fusillade of dry and all but unreadable statistics about Israel’s temporary economic performance.  Issues of long-term importance to most Americans, such as returning U.S. aid to the traditional format of loans to be repaid and the likely impact of the FTA on U.S. jobs went unaddressed by Fischer.  Fischer’s core achievement—that the transformation of aid from loans to outright taxpayer give-aways—has been unchanged since 1986.  The premises behind this ever-increasing entitlement and one-sided FTA performance are likewise never reexamined by Congress—despite the fact that a majority of polled Americans have come to oppose aid increases to Israel.  Fischer’s rare admonitions that Israel be held to account, unlike like the economies he transformed through biting IMF austerity programs, have remained nothing more than lip service.
 At the end of 2004 Israel’s U.N. ambassador recruited Fischer to become the head of Israel’s central bank, asking, “Why not be our governor?”[iv]  Fischer accepted and initially provided endless amusement to reporters by insisting on speaking Hebrew during press conferences and refusing to speak English.  Initial concerns that Fischer’s global stature and experience would overshadow and chafe the relevant players in Israel proved unfounded as Fischer moved energetically into his new role. AIPAC continued to trumpet Fischer’s accomplishments steering Israel through the global financial crisis, though beneath the surface he was performing far more serious tasks for Israel and its global lobby.
Iran Sanctions
 As Bank of Israel governor, Stanley Fischer played a central role in coordinating the implementation of AIPAC-generated sanctions against Iran—ostensibly over its nuclear program.  Stuart Levey, the head of the U.S. Treasury Department’s division for “Terrorism and Financial Intelligence,” an office created after heavy AIPAC lobbying, met often with Fischer in Israel alongside the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and chiefs of both the Mossad and Shin Bet to explore how to “supplement” UN sanctions and end-run Russian and Chinese opposition.[v]  The Levey-Fischer strategy was “to work outside the context of the Security Council to engage the private sector and let it know about the risks of doing business with Tehran” particularly against European banks that had only partially drawn back their business dealings with Iran.  In 2010, Israel dispatched Fischer to meet with Chinese and Russian “counterparts” in order to financially isolate Iran.[vi]
 Fischer’s final official duties for the Israeli government included drilling for “big crisis” scenarios—specifically, Fischer told an Israeli television station—the unavoidable financial fallout of a military attack on Iran.[vii]  ”We do plans, we do scenarios, we do exercises about how the central [bank] will work in various situations.”[viii]  After years targeting Iran, Fischer became convinced in his final months in Israel that sanctions alone were not enough to collapse its economy.  Fischer reluctantly concluded that even as Iranian economic prospects “continue to go down” the country would likely “find a way to continue to keep economic life going.” [ix]
 Fischer suddenly resigned and left the Bank of Israel on June 30, before completing his second five-year term.
Israelis into the Fed and then where?

The last time Fischer’s name was floated to lead a major organization was during a rushed Bush administration attempt at damage control.  In 2007, the controversial architect of the Iraq invasion and later World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz was engulfed in an ethics scandal over his pay and promotion package for Shaha Ali Riza.  In two short years leading the institution, Wolfowitz catalyzed the alienation of most divisions within the bank and the distrust of economics ministries around the world.  Fischer, along with Robert Zoellick and Robert Kimmitt and a handful of others, were considered as emergency replacements while the administration and stakeholders strategized on how to ease Wolfowitz out with a minimum of scandal.[x]  In the end, Fischer stayed put in Israel.
 It came as a surprise to many when The Wall Street Journal and Israel’s Channel 2 news simultaneously reported in early December 2013 that the White House was “close to nominating” Fischer to be appointee Janet Yellen’s second-in-command at the U.S. central bank.[xi] Media reports initially indicated that Fischer’s candidacy-to-Senate-confirmation would proceed on greased skids—with no Senate debate—taking only a week so that the pair could quickly take over the Fed in January.  However, the Senate concluded its 2013 business without taking up the matter.  The earliest date the measure could be put up for a vote is January 6, 2014.  Even that date might slip since Senator Rand Paul and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell plan to delay the vote unless a long-languishing measure to “Audit the Fed” is also put up for a vote.
This rushed approach has meant relatively little reporting on the deeper implications of having an openly dual Israeli-American citizen a heartbeat away from Fed chairmanship.  That is unfortunate, since Israel and its U.S. supporters have many hidden reasons for wanting stronger influence at the Fed that they would likely prefer not to discuss.

That the Fed is a key player in Iran sanctions implementation is certainly no secret.  The Fed has been an equal partner in levying hundreds of millions in fines against foreign banks such as R.B.S, Barclays, Standard and Chartered and H.S.B.C. which were charged with violating the Iran sanctions regime.  Although AIPAC never mentions it, American exporters have been seriously hurt by sanctions on Iran and the punitive secondary boycott.  A coalition representing the US Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, Coalition for American Trade, the National Foreign Trade Council and others urged Congress not to enact sanctions provisions they estimated would cost $25 billion and 210,000 American jobs.  (PDF)  Keeping such a costly regime in place despite thawing relations and any hard evidence of an Iranian nuclear weaponization program has therefore required immense ongoing efforts by Israel lobbying groups.
An equally important target for Fischer and Israel may be—somewhat ironically given their pro-boycott programs—anti-boycott activities.  In the 1970-80s the Federal Reserve played an active “moral suasion” role chastising and corralling U.S. banks away from any activity that Israel construed as compliant with the Arab League economic boycott.  An expert with deep experience enforcing the international boycott of Iran, Fischer is likely aware of the many active American grass-roots campaigns aimed at ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinians through targeted boycotts.  These boycotts range from efforts to get retailers to stop carrying manufactured goods produced in the occupied West Bank (Ahava and Soda Stream), to overturning contracts with firms providing services in occupied territories (Veolia), to academic boycotts and even efforts to get labor union pensions to divest from Israel bonds.  Working more closely with Israel and AIPAC, the Fed could become a vital node for reinterpreting and enforcing old or new laws aimed at outlawing and punishing groups organizing such grass-roots activities by targeting U.S. bank accounts and freezing their financial flows.

Fischer may also want to launch “exercises” to prepare the U.S. financial system for the fallout of Israeli military attacks on Iran. New bills in Congress drafted by AIPAC call not only for additional sanctions aimed at thwarting a fledgling deal on Iran’s nuclear program (favored 2-to-1 by Americans). AIPAC’s bill forces the U.S. to “have Israel’s back” in the event of a unilateral Israeli strike.  If Israel has already decided to attack Iran, it would benefit immensely from having Fischer inside the Fed, protecting the financial flows Israel now regards as all but a birthright from its primary global underwriter. Less well-known is the Fed’s authority to authorize foreign bank acquisitions.  Any future Israeli campaign to further entwine its banks into the U.S. financial system through acquisitions would likely find a much more welcoming regulator in Fischer.
Whatever the real motivation for Fischer’s sudden, inexplicably rushed insertion into the Federal Reserve, it is also worthwhile to note longstanding Fed policies have correctly considered U.S. citizenship to be preferable for at least one key position, “because of the special nature of the supervisory function, the need to ensure confidentiality of information, and the delegated nature of the function.”  Unfortunately, that policy preference covers only Fed bank examiners rather than top leadership—the Federal Reserve Act is silent on the wisdom of installing a revolving door for returning U.S. citizens who took on dual citizenship as a condition of serving a foreign government.
AIPAC, Fischer’s co-author of harmful U.S. economic policies on behalf of Israel, likely sees the Fischer appointment as an important test case to assess American tolerance for openly dual Israeli-American citizens running key U.S. federal agencies.  In 2009 former AIPAC research director Martin Indyk, who was at the center of AIPAC’s research division during the FTA push, said that “the US-Israel Free Trade Agreement served as a wedge that opened up the Congress to free trade agreements across the world, including the NAFTA agreement.”
Likewise, if Fischer can be “wedged” into the Fed, it begs the question of why former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and historian Michael Oren could not someday lead the Near East division of the State Department.  From AIPAC’s perspective, having qualified Israelis directly run key divisions of the U.S. Treasury such as Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, rather than indirectly through AIPAC-vetted appointees such as Stuart Levey and his hand-picked successor David Cohen, could probably boost the volume of taxpayer give-aways while improving coordination with Israel. Given AIPAC and Israel’s overly large influence on U.S. military initiatives in the region, the lobby may now feel the moment is right for appointing Israeli generals into the Joint Chiefs at the Department of Defense.  This, AIPAC may well reason, would be much more convenient than constantly arranging visiting Israeli military and intelligence delegations that increasingly serve as sole briefers (rather than DoD or the American intelligence community) of members of the US Congress.
 Soon after word of his Fed nomination spread, Fischer again made uncharacteristically harsh statements about Israel at an NYU Law School forum.  As reported in The Jewish Week, Fischer told the audience that Israel is not seeking peace “to the extent that it should” and that it is “divided between those who want to settle the West Bank and those who seek peace.”  Fischer—who had every chance to pull U.S. and Israeli financial levers that could have forced Israel out of occupied territories or forced compliance with International law—never did.  Adding to suspicion that the statement was simply more empty “lip service” aimed at building popular support among Americans tired of war, was the reporter of the quote—former AIPAC lobbyist Douglas Bloomfield.  In 1986 Bloomfield was grilled as a key suspect (PDF) in the 1985 FBI investigation of AIPAC for espionage during the FTA negations
If Americans were ever polled on it—and they never are—the majority who now object to increasing aid to Israel would also likely object to quasi-governmental and governmental positions being staffed by people who—by citizenship or sheer strength of identity politics—are primarily occupied with advancing Israeli interests rather than those of the United States.  It is obvious that the real reason AIPAC and its economic luminaries such as Fischer never substantiate any of the advertised benefits the U.S.-Israel “special relationship” delivers to America in return for all of the costs is simple—there simply aren’t any.  As greater numbers of Americans become aware that the entire “special relationship” framework is sustained by nothing more than Israel lobby campaign-finance and propaganda networks, the harder the lobby will have to work to forcibly wedge operatives like Fischer into positions where they can thwart growing public opposition—whether it takes the form of boycotts or grassroots opposition to the U.S. fighting more wars for Israel.  In the very short term, Americans can only fight such undue Israel lobby influence by again—like during the drive to attack Syria—staging a mass action to demand their senators reject Stanley Fischer’s nomination.
[i] Oberdorfer, Don “Will U.S. Dollars Fix Israel’s Economy?” The Washington Post, June 9 1985
[ii] Oberdorfer, Don “Will U.S. Dollars Fix Israel’s Economy?” The Washington Post, June 9 1985
[iii] Passell, Peter “Need Zionism Equal Socialism?” The New York Times, July 2, 1992
[iv] Maital, Shlomo “Stanley Fischer: the man and the plan,” The Jerusalem Report, February 7, 2005
[v] BBC Monitoring Middle East, March 5, 2007
[vi] Keinon, Herb “Russia won’t back crippling sanctions.” Comment comes day before high-level US-Israel meeting on Iran” The Jerusalem Post, February 25, 2010
[vii] Williams, Dan “Iran Stepping Up Its Atomic Efforts” – The Gazette, August 13, 2012
[viii] “Bank of Israel governor: Sanctions won’t collapse Iran economy. Islamic Republic will likely find way to ‘keep economic life going,’ says Fischer in interview with CNBC” The Jerusalem Post, October 24, 2012.
[ix] “Bank of Israel governor: Sanctions won’t collapse Iran economy. Islamic Republic will likely find way to ‘keep economic life going,’ says Fischer in interview with CNBC” The Jerusalem Post, October 24, 2012.
[x] Weisman, Steven R. “Wolfowitz Said to Push for Deal to Let Him Quit” The New York Times, May 17, 2007

[xi] “Fischer set to be tapped as vice chair of US Federal Reserve” the Times of Israel, December 11, 2013



  1. Replies
    1. LOL to fucking funny,.

      Not a post about the Federal Reserve's Yellen. But ya got your panties in a wad about Fischer.

      LOL choke on it...

    2. Is it not considered "spam" to post the same sentences over and over again? Without context?

      But since Rat has posted it, let me thank him for reminding us of what that quote was about.

      The palestinians have committed over 150 terror attacks in the last 4 months. Savages they are..

      Barbarians, thanks for reminding us....

  2. Signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1985, the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was our very first FTA. Nearly a quarter century of trade flowing under the agreement reveals a number of negative, yet entirely predictable outcomes.

    Adjusted for inflation the agreement has delivered a $62.65 billion dollar cumulative American trade deficit with Israel. Trade, roughly at parity before the agreement was penned, shifted in favor of Israeli exports to the US by the early 1990s. This imbalance accelerated after the post 9/11 economic downturn. It is likely to be permanent. Net losses follow unfavorable terms embedded in the treaty at the insistence of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the lead organization of Israel's lobby in the United States.

    1. that's 62 billion dollars spent, for the most part, with US companies...

      This imbalance as compared to the trillions we spent on crude oil from open member is a rounding error as compared to the dollars we ship to the arabs.


    2. What is "Occupation" - Sun Dec 22, 10:49:00 AM EST

      I wonder how long til the Palestinians get lucky and murder a few dozen Israeli kids…


    3. the entire quote, which our very own rat is to lazy to post, talks about how murderous and barbaric the palestinians are...

      thanks for reminding us what savages they are...


      Choke on it.

  3. I thought the US Fed was concerned with US jobs. WTF?

    1. Israel creates USA jobs. But don't let facts ruin your hatefest...


      Choke on it..

      and when you remember how many trillions spent on Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Palestinians and others? SMILE....

    2. Thanks for misquoting me...

      I am sure the complete quote is too much work for you...

      But not to fret, the palestinians are offing one another everyday...

      And Israel is going to announce new building across the green line!!!!

      Build baby build....

      Choke on it..

  4. Mr Fischer is an American. Whether you approve of his holding an Israeli passport or being a Jew.

    Learn to live with it..

    Or dont...


    thanks for the LAUGH tonight..

    1. Theodore RooseveltWed Dec 25, 08:27:00 PM EST

      The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic.

      He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American.”

    2. LOL....

      Fischer’s appointment really got you worked up....


      Choke on it..

  5. :):):):)

    I'd be concerned if the guy was a dual national of USA and, say, Pakistan, or Saudi.......

    What are you worried about?

    He's got the AIPAC certificate of approval.

    He's as American as Ash - Merry Christmas, my good man - who is Canadian/USA.

    Would you deny Ash a position on the Fed?

    Why of course you wouldn't.

    1. Theodore RooseveltWed Dec 25, 08:28:00 PM EST

      The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic.

      He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American.”

    2. But Tedy, your dead as a doorknob and Mr Fischer? He's alive and well and an American citizen.

      LOL CHoke on it...

    3. “If congress has the right under the Constitution to issue paper money, it was given them to use themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or corporations.”

      - Andrew Jackson

  6. Since 2004, Global Research has provided detailed analysis and coverage of US-NATO-Israel preparations to wage a pre-emptive nuclear attack on Iran.

    Does anyone else believe for a minute that NATO is going to attack Iran?


    1. “Do you know, Mother, that Haj Salem was buried alive in his home?

      Does he tell you stories in heaven now?

      I wish I had had a chance to meet him.
      To see his toothless grin and touch his leathery skin.
      To beg him, as you did in your youth, for a story from our Palestine.

      He was over one hundred years old, Mother.

      To have lived so long, only to be crushed to death by a bulldozer.

      Is this what it means to be Palestinian?”

      ― Susan Abulhawa, Mornings in Jenin

      “But in our camp, his story was everyone’s story, a single tale of dispossession,
      of being stripped to the bones of one’s humanity,

      of being dumped like rubbish into refugee camps unfit for rats.

      Of being left without rights, home, or nation
      while the world turned its back to watch or cheer the
      jubilation of the usurpers proclaiming a new state they called Israel.”
      ― Susan Abulhawa, Mornings in Jenin

    2. Mornings in jenin? LOL

      Is that the BEST you can come up with?

      LOL Choke on it...


    3. “His own chocolate center has filled up with poison,
      the roses he gave her all twisted black”
      ― Eleanor Newman, After the Kiss

    4. My Name is Mudd.

      "I stole land from the Indian" now all I do is squat on their land and tell lies"


    5. “Envy is for people who don’t have the self-esteem to be jealous.”

  7. ...from Global Research...

    The landmark ruling against Israel for its genocide against the Palestinian people rendered by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal is significant for several reasons:

    - In contrast to other non-official courts of conscience on Palestinian rights, for example, the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (New York 2012), the prosecution in Kuala Lumpur took a step beyond war crimes and crimes against humanity to the higher and broader charge of genocide

    1. Israel’s war on the Bedouin: 1948 settled nothing

      Jonathan Cook says Israel views its plans to uproot thousands of Bedouin citizens from their homes in the Negev to deprived, overcrowded townships as part of the ethnic cleansing begun in 1948.


    2. Cool...

      Thanks for letting us know that the Israelis seek to integrate the bedouin from a nomadic life with no running water, sewage or schools to homes...


      Choke on it.


    3. Take up the White Man’s burden—

      Send forth the best ye breed—

      Go send your sons to exile

      To serve your captives' need

      To wait in heavy harness

      On fluttered folk and wild—

      Your new-caught, sullen peoples,

      Half devil and half child

      Take up the White Man’s burden

      In patience to abide

      To veil the threat of terror

      And check the show of pride;

      By open speech and simple

      An hundred times made plain

      To seek another’s profit

      And work another’s gain

      Take up the White Man’s burden—

      And reap his old reward:

      The blame of those ye better

      The hate of those ye guard—

      The cry of hosts ye humour

      (Ah slowly) to the light:

      "Why brought ye us from bondage,

      “Our loved Egyptian night?”

      Take up the White Man’s burden-

      Have done with childish days-

      The lightly proffered laurel,

      The easy, ungrudged praise.

      Comes now, to search your manhood

      Through all the thankless years,

      Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,

      The judgment of your peers!

      Source: Rudyard Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden: The United States & The Philippine Islands, 1899.”


  8. Global Research highly recommends this truthful documentary, The Unspoken Truth on 9/11: “September 11 – The New Pearl Harbor”

    The producer, Massimo Mazzucco, has done a batch of documentaries of great interest, e.g.

    Cancer: The Forbidden Cures - 2010. Mr. Mazzucco promotes the work with this blurb:

    All the successful cures against cancer discovered in the last 100 years, and the reasons why they were suppressed."

    "Cancer is the only disease that has been defeated dozens of times without anyone knowing it. In the last 100 years, dozens of doctors, scientists, and researchers have developed diverse and effective solutions against cancer only to be thwarted by the political and propaganda power of the drug-dominated medical profession. This is the story of Essiac, Hoxsey, Laetrile, Shark Cartilage, Mistletoe, and Bicarbonate of Soda all put together in a stunning overview that leaves no doubt that inexpensive cures for cancer do exist but are systematically blocked by Big Pharma because they come from nature and cannot be patented. DVD, 93 minutes

    A century long conspiracy and NO ONE leaked a word of it...Amazing...


    1. Three key features characterize Israeli apartheid:

      • Four million Palestinians in the Occupied Territories lack the right to vote for the government that controls their lives through a military occupation.

      In addition to controlling the borders, air space, water, tax revenues, and other vital matters pertaining to the Occupied Territories,
      Israel alone issues the identity cards that determine the ability of Palestinians to work and their freedom of movement.

      • About 1.2 million Palestinian Israelis, who make up 20 percent, or one-fifth, of Israel’s population, have second-class citizenship within Israel, ...
      ... which defines itself as a Jewish state rather than a state for all its citizens.

      More than 20 provisions of Israel’s principal laws discriminate, either directly or indirectly, against non-Jews, according to Adalah: The Legal Center for Minority Rights in Israel.

      Millions of Palestinians remain refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and elsewhere, unable to return to their former homes ...
      ... and land in present-day Israel.

      Even though the right of return for refugees is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


    2. And yet? 20% of Israel is the freest and safest place for arabs to be in the middle east.

      thanks for reminding us that the arab (and islamic world) makes israel look like a trip to disney.

      That's why those 1.2 MILLION arab citizens will not leave...

      They LOVE ISRAEL too much...

      Thanks for spamming the thread rat, gives me an opening to plug how great and free Israel is for all it's citizens,

      Must suck hating such a great nation like israel.

      It eats at your limited mind, day after day, night after night, spouting the same few cut and paste posts of lame nonsense.

      Meanwhile let's all send congrats to Mr Fischer!!!!


    3. Abusive:

      Abusive Ad Hominem occurs when an attack on the character or other irrelevant personal qualities of the opposition—such as appearance—is offered as evidence against their position.


    4. LOL

      this from the inventor of the line "farmer fudd".




    5. “You presume to name those who have no name.
      We are pandemonium and disaster.
      We are the dancing, gibbering horror of the world.”

      ― Brenna Yovanoff

    6. we have a name, we KNOW his identity. As does the AZ FBI.

      But it's not good manners to post your real life name, address on the internet.

      So we will just call you.... Crapper... troll... Rat..


    7. "The so-called “Palestinian autonomous areas” are Bantustans.
      These are restricted entities within the power structure of the Israeli Apartheid system."
      - N. Mandela

      The Palestinians are in their "Ghettos", on their "Reserves"

      Palestinian lackeys rule over the fractured and factionalized Palestinians, $100 million a month the Israeli pay their house boy Arabs in baksheesh.

      Just as the Germans used Ashkenazi guards in the Warsaw Ghetto.

      The first commander of the Warsaw ghetto was Józef Szeryński, a Polish-Jewish police colonel.

      Warsaw Ghetto archivist Emanuel Ringelblum has described the cruelty of the ghetto police as ...
      "at times greater than that of the Germans, the Ukrainians and the Latvians."


    8. Palestinians, which are really just arabs, have the entire middle east to live in!!!

      899/900th of the middle east is Jew free!

      Congrats to the arabs for their ethnically cleansed areas now available for arab/moslem settlement.


    9. “A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends.”

    10. “A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends.”

      Sounds like OPEC

  9. Damn, where's Snowden when so many need him?

    Good work, Allen.

    Deuce's 'sources' are nearly always goofy.

    Remember the time when........

    O well, there's too many of them to mention.


    1. One February night long, long ago,
      Farmer Bob decided to make dinner for his wife.

      An idea took form.  
      For the finishing touch to her dinner plate,
      he fashioned a tiny heart-shaped cookie cutter and
      used it to cut his recently pickled beets into hearts for his sweetheart. 

       Word got around about his idea and by popular demand,
       Farmer Bob started producing and sharing his romantic idea,
       "Heart Beets."
        You too can share in the love
      — 16 oz. of pickled, preserved, delicious love—
       in a jar, just for you!

  10. Global Research is hawking this documentary for your edification.

    "HAARP: Secret Weapon Used For Weather Modification, Electromagnetic Warfare"

    Within an accompanying essay is found this claim:

    Though denied by HAARP officials, some respected researchers allege that secret electromagnetic warfare capabilities of HAARP are designed to forward the US military’s stated goal of achieving full-spectrum dominance by the year 2020. Others go so far as to claim that HAARP can and has been used for weather modification, to cause earthquakes and tsunamis, to disrupt global communications systems, and more.

    I am hoping and more includes erectile dysfunction. That would show Big Pharmacy!


    1. Age of Child Prostitutes in Israel Dropping

      Knesset study cites cases of 11-year-olds used for commercial sex that are among the several thousands of teenagers involved in prostitution.

      Vered Lee

      "Spengler's Laws": "When a nation is reduced to selling its women, it's lost."
      hat tip: allen


    2. Whackopath is back on his obsessions.

      Maybe HE likes 11 year olds?

    3. I think Rat is in love....

      He just doesn't KNOW how to express himself...

      Sort of like an idiot savant...


      When I reported him the AZ FBI I thought he was the threat he tried to portray. Now I understand he's just a lying has been who has no life...


      Loser... Troll... Parasite....

      A tired worthless shell of a man who never accomplished shit in his life...

    4. William ShakespeareWed Dec 25, 08:43:00 PM EST

      “In time we hate that which we often fear.”

    5. I dont hate you rat. I pity you.



    6. Ben-Gurion declared. "Why should the Arabs make peace?
      If I were an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel.

      That is natural: we have taken their country.

      Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them?
      Our God is not theirs.
      We come from Israel, it's true, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them?

      There has been antisemitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault?

      They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country.
      Why should they accept that?
      They may perhaps forget in one or two generations' time, but for the moment there is no chance.
      So, it's simple: we have to stay strong and maintain a powerful army.
      Our whole policy is there. Otherwise the Arabs will wipe us out.

      We come from Israel, it's true, but two thousand years ago . . .
      Which Mr Ben-Guriion may well have believed, but it was not, is not, true.


    7. A Jew's Pity.

      You remind me of Gollum from the Lord of the Rings...


      Choke on it you miserable troll

    8. ah...rat and his rolodex of cut and paste quotes... Ever out of context, ever incorrect....

      LOL I pity the fool...

      What a loser..


    9. What is "Occupation" - Sun Dec 22, 10:49:00 AM EST

      I wonder how long til the Palestinians get lucky and murder a few dozen Israeli kids…





    11. Thanks for reminding us that the palestinians have conducted over 150 terror attacks in the last 4 months.

      This makes it all the more interesting what Israel will do when they get lucky and murder some Jews.

      I suggest cutting off all food, water, power and supplies to the gaza strip and bull doze open the rafah border.

      Then the Egyptians can treat the palestinians of gaza like the syrians treat the palestinians of syria...

      Barrel Bombs? Firing squads? who knows but we will find out soon...


      More than 5 million Palestinians are denied equal rights by the state of Israel under a system of apartheid, a deliberate policy of racial or ethnic segregation.

      Under Israeli military occupation, millions of Palestinians live in conditions which closely resemble the apartheid system that existed in South Africa:
      • No right of free speech, assembly or movement
      • Arrest and imprisonment without charge or trial
      • Torture
      • House searches without warrant
      • Assassination, extra-judicial murder
      • No right to vote for the Israeli government (even though it controls their lives)
      Israel controls all Palestinian borders, all imports and exports, and all movement between towns and cities. 
      THE GAZA STRIP, still surrounded, besieged and controlled by Israel, has been sealed off and effectively turned into the world’s largest open-air prison.


    13. Newsflash, gaza aint surrounded by Israel.

      Please refer to something they call a MAP...


      Got to love the retarded anti-semite, too stupid to learn to read a drawing.

    14. Abdel Fattah al-SisiWed Dec 25, 10:42:00 PM EST

      ” From the Middle Eastern perspective,
      the defining words governing their form of democracy would likely reflect
      “fairness, justice, equality, unity and charity.”

  11. Get a foxy a woman the man will get up.

    With a guy like Quirk it's the getting down that's 'hard'.

    1. I heard about HAARP and the weather on The Art Bell Show.


    2. “Don't look to the approval of others for your mental stability”

  12. Probably, as interesting, to me at least, as his dual-citizenship, is the fact that he is a very strong, "Austerian," whereas, Janet Yellen is the Diametric Opposite.

    1. If they can get this asshole in as the no. 2, the attacks on poor Janet Yellen will be bloody, and unrelenting, for as long as she is there.

    2. The FED and the American government have embraced the quantitative easing policy to devalue the long term debt of the USA. 100 trillion will be devalued into 30 within 20 years.

      It's a plan. not that I agree with it. but it's happening.


    3. The devaluation of the dollar been the trend line since the founding of the Federal Reserve, nothing 'new' to report on that score. Three to five percent inflation, for years at a time. Even with quantitative easing the current inflation rate is FAR below the norm.

      While in a macro sense the &quat is correct, in the specific example he presents, he is way off the mark.

      It is not a 'plan', it is a program.

      This &quot is not a very bright bulb, is he?

    4. WiO is quite bright.

      It is you, Whackopath, whose brain is demented and filled with perversions.

      You need help. Seek, and maybe you will find.

      Knock, and maybe some mental health care center will open their door.


    5. “Sometimes you can see things happen right in front of your eyes and still jump to the wrong conclusions.”


    6. Don't feed the asshole!"

      For a fella that was, and is, so full of Winston Churchill, you certainly lack any personal resolve.

      You should take the words of Captain Bill McDonald of the Texas Rangers to heart.

      “No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that's in the right and keeps on a-comin'.”
      ― Captain Bill McDonald Texas Ranger

      You see, Farmer Bob, you have a recurring pattern of behavior
      You start on a course of action, then ...
      before there is any chance of either success or failure, you change tactics.

      Even if you were on the right track,
      because of your lack of resolve,
      because you always quit in midstream,
      because you refuse to "Stay the Course",
      your tactics never come to a successful fruition,
      even if the initial strategies were basically sound.


    7. Whacky, poor Whacky..........

      He is obsessed.

      It must be a terrible thing to go through, being obsessed.

      And knowing that everyone thinks one is a laughing stock.


      The initiative must come from you.

      All we can do here is urge you in a more mentally healthful direction.


    8. Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend;
      and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.


    9. Don't Feed the Asshole!


    10. Rufus IIWed Dec 25, 09:39:00 PM EST
      If they can get this asshole in as the no. 2

      Who are "they"? How is "asshole" defined as an economic principle?


  13. “If congress has the right under the Constitution to issue paper money,
    it was given them to use themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or corporations.”

    - Andrew Jackson


  14. Why in the world, Farmer Bob, would you think that only Bibi can pay people ...
    to post simplistic propaganda on a social media site on the world wide web?

    Why do you think a socialist would beat a capitalist?

    That governmental redistribution of US taxpayer funding would defeat American free enterprise?

    There is a desert rat, there is Anonymous, both have a similar agenda,
    that does not mean that there is only one set of fingers that can 'cut and paste' from 'One-Note' to 'Blogger'.

    One of the two has the authentication codes for the Google accounts, Anonymous does not access those accounts.

    Why would desert rat not hire this cutting and pasting done, it is a simple enough task.
    There are enough arrows in the quiver to provide fodder for thought, if a reader was in the mood for thinking.

    You fellas vent and fume, snarl and rant, all at smoke and mirrors, at a deception of some magnitude of order above nil.

    Without the need to create a sign-on and the, not use it for a month.


    1. “All warfare is based on deception.”Thu Dec 26, 01:57:00 AM EST

      “All warfare is based on deception.”


    2. When told the two were different people, that the was a 'plan' that had become a 'program' ...

      The truth was rejected.

      Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true.
      Julius Caesar

      and so you have been led down a primrose path, even while the Pied Piper told you it was happening ...

      Your refused to believe it.

      Stories happen in the mind of a reader, not among symbols printed on a page.”
      ― Brandon Mull

      Because ...

      “In such a society as ours the only possible chance for change,
      for mobility, for political, economic, and moral flow lies in the tactics of guerrilla warfare,
      in the use of fictions, of language.”

      ― Kathy Acker

      Don't Feed the Asshole!


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  16. "What Is the U.S. Trade Deficit with China?:

    In 2012, the U.S. trade deficit with China was $315 billion. This was up significantly from the year before, when the trade deficit was $295.4 billion. Both were higher than any prior year.

    The trade deficit exists despite the fact that U.S. exports to China were the highest in history. In 2012, the U.S. exported $110.6 billion in goods, an all-time record. Exports in 2011 were only $103.9 billion. However, imports from China also set a record -- $425.6 billion, more than the $399.3 billion imported in 2011.

    The U.S. imports consumer electronics, clothing and machinery from China.

    A lot of the imports are from U.S.-based companies that send raw materials to China for cheap assembly. When they are shipped back to the U.S., they are called imports even though they are profiting American-owned companies. (Source: U.S. Census, U.S. Trade in Goods With China )"

  17. Dual citizenship is approved by the US. The SCOTUS has upheld the right to dual citizenship, repeatedly. There are several million Americans holding dual citizenship at this writing. As an aside, Einstein held dual citizenship. Therefore Mr. Fischer’s dual citizenship is neither new nor remarkable.
    Since Global Research does not point to a single act of wrong doing on the part of Mr. Fischer, I gather the author finds Mr. Fischer guilty of wrong doing because he is a Jew, who has worked for Israel. No matter what Global Research may believe about the relationship of the US and Israel, how does that rise to a rejection of Mr. Fischer’s appointment to the Fed?
    Using the numbers provided by Global Research (without agreeing to their accuracy), Israel has run an average trade surplus with the US of about $2.3 Billion/year since 1984. In 2012, alone, the US trade deficit with China was $315 Billion, yielding a ratio of 137/1. Relatively speaking, Global Research is making a mountain out of a molehill.

    1. But Allen, he's a JEW. And he supports Israel! How could that be GOOD for America?????

      Let's be honest. Deuce's bias has passed the redline. He cannot see past the "Jew" or Israeli labels, he's so invested in the "5th column" nonsense that he no longer is capable of being objective. It's a KNEE jerk reaction.

      I heard through the super secret AIPAC grapevine they were also supporting "apple pie", I wonder when Deuce will expose that as a subversive zionist tool?


    2. The Jews in Jerusalem ...The Nazis in Germany…the Japanese in Shanghai…

      Treating people as less than human because
      of the shape of their faces or the sound of their names.

      Sometimes it feels like the whole damn world is unraveling.



    3. Just because something is a "right" does not make it right.

      Abraham Gancwajch . was a prominent Jewish Nazi collaborator.
      Operating with impunity in the Warsaw Ghetto during Second World War.
      Abraham was described as the "kingpin" of the ghetto underworld.

      Abraham Gancwajch was a Fifth Columnist.

      One who had every "right" to be a Fifth Columnist,


    4. Vladimir Ilyich LeninThu Dec 26, 10:52:00 AM EST

      "The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them."

      The Capitalists claim it is within their 'Rights" to do so!

      heh, heh, heh!

  18. I heard they also support 'mom' too.

    This goes very very deep, indeed.

    1. December 26, 2013
      Jewish Rights in the Land of Israel
      By Jerold S. Auerbach

      Diplomatic negotiations are invariably accompanied by rumors fueled by a combination of inside knowledge, leaks, and vivid imaginings that anticipate their outcome. So it is with current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, which seem to limp along in limbo, periodically interrupted by Secretary of State Kerry's frenetic visits and palpable arm-twisting of Israel. But a report in Arutz-7 (December 23), Israel's right-wing news service, suggests that behind the public screen of negotiating paralysis Israel is preparing to make sweeping and, to say the least, alarming concessions.

      Palestinian sources have apparently disclosed that in stages over the next decade Israel is prepared to withdraw its soldiers and civilians from the strategically crucial Jordan valley, and the biblical homeland of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). In Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, the historic Old City and the Temple Mount, the holiest Jewish site, would form an autonomous region under international supervision.

      This "disclosure" may only represent scare tactics designed to stiffen the backs of the Netanyahu government and its negotiators. But it nonetheless raises the perennial question about the legality of Israeli "occupation" of "Palestinian" land since its 1967 victory in the Six-Day War and the subsequent proliferation of Jewish settlements (now numbering more than 120, with 350,000 residents).

    2. Israel's critics incessantly claim that it is illegally "occupying" Palestinian land, and that Jewish settlements violate Article 49 of the Geneva Convention (1949), which stipulates that an "Occupying Power" may not "deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies." But Article 49, as a bevy of international law experts have pointed out, applies to the invasion of sovereign states and is inapplicable to Israel because Jordan never held legal sovereignty over the West Bank. Furthermore, Jewish settlers hardly were deported or transferred, as were the citizens of European countries by Nazi Germany during World War II; they relocated entirely of their own volition.

      Indeed, Jews have enjoyed the right of "close settlement" west of the Jordan River under international law dating to the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine (Article 6) granted to Great Britain in 1922. That included what illegally became Jordan's West Bank between 1948-1967 no less than Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Hebron, and the surrounding land.

      Following World War II, when the United Nations replaced the League of Nations, Article 80 provided that "nothing in its Charter shall be construed . . . to alter in any manner the rights whatsoever of any states or any peoples or the terms of existing international instruments." U.N. Resolution 242, carefully and laboriously drafted following the Six-Day War, stipulated that Israel would only be required to withdraw its armed forces -- civilians were not mentioned -- from "territories" gained in the war, not from "the" territories or "all" the territories.

    3. There is, consequently, an irrefutable legal argument, grounded in nearly a century of international law, which supports Jewish settlement throughout Judea and Samaria. It bolsters historic Jewish claims grounded in the biblical text, King David's rule, and subsequent periods of Jewish national sovereignty in the Land of Israel.

      There is only one problem: successive Israeli governments since 1967, whether on the left or right, have abjectly failed to assert Jewish settlement rights. Why? Left-wing politicians have long since relinquished settling the land of Israel, the dream that galvanized their pioneering socialist Zionist predecessors, for normalization, individualism, prosperity, world approval, and peace now.

      With occasional exceptions, right-wing politicians -- most conspicuously Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- have tacitly endorsed Labor Party anti-settlement policy. Apprehensive of the religious right, and its relentless determination to settle the entire Land of Israel, their secular principles have made them wary of religious claims based on divine promise.

      In their determination to stifle the religious right, and retain their hold on power, Netanyahu and his political allies have ignored the irrefutable legal case for Jewish settlement throughout Judea and Samaria. The Israeli Foreign Ministry declares on its website: "Jewish settlement in West Bank and Gaza Strip territory has existed from time immemorial and was expressly recognized as legitimate in the Mandate for Palestine adopted by the League of Nations, which provided for the establishment of a Jewish state in the Jewish people's ancient homeland." Yet one would need to search long and hard to find statements even by right-wing ministers supporting Jewish settlement rights under international law.

      Recently a group of international legal experts has begun to fill the void left by politicians. As Nadav Shragai documents in Israel Hayom (December 23), lawyers at the Regavim Institute Center for Zionism, Justice and Society, and the Legal Forum for Israel have strongly and persuasively asserted that Judea and Samaria are not "occupied territory." Indeed, Jewish settlement rights are solidly grounded in ninety years of international law and "the historic right of the Jewish people to sovereignty over the Land of Israel."

      Even if John Kerry embraces the Palestinian position, that is no reason for the government of Israel to abandon legitimate historic and Jewish claims to its own homeland.

      Jerold S. Auerbach is author of the forthcoming Jewish State/Pariah Nation: Israel and the Dilemmas of Legitimacy.


    4. Israel, a secular and socialist state that was built upon ...
      ... 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.”

      The 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.”

      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.”



    5. The notion of Judaism as a “race”, rather than a religion of various races, is without foundation.

      The results of a recently published study by Israeli-American geneticist Dr Eran Elhaik at John Hopkins University have scientifically and genetically validated Sand’s research

      The idea of a “nation race” was progressively developed and reinforced over centuries among segregated Jewish communities in Europe.

      With the rise of German nationalism in the 19th century, Jewish historian Heinrich Graetz “retrospectively” crafted a discrete identity for the ghettoized people –  mapping their origin to an old kingdom and wandering exiles.
      The exiles tales transpired from a Christian myth of “divine punishment” imposed on Jews for rejecting the new religion.

      The parable is likely to have originated from the Old Testament story of Jews wandering the desert for disobeying God and worshipping a golden calf.
      Christians propagated the concept of exile to lure “disobeying” Jews to the new religion, becoming their saviour from another eternal banishment.

      Modern political Zionism, which otherwise rejects the Christian Bible, adopted the untested story of “Jewish exile” to establish a mythical linkage between European Jews and the Middle East.

      But Jewish history tells us that the Romans did not expel the original Jews from Palestine when they crushed the Simon bar Kokhba revolt in 136 AD but instead barred them only from city of Jerusalem – and even then they were allowed to visit it during Tisha B’Av, the annual fasting day on the ninth day of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar.

      Under Christianity and during the Roman Empire a large number of native Jews converted to Christianity and, with the advent of Islam, most adopted the new religion and assimilated under the new power.

      In addition to the descendants of the Canaanites, the original denizens before patriarch Abraham’s arrival from Mesopotamia, Sand concludes that today’s

      Muslim and Christian Palestinians are actually the true progenies of the original Jews.

      Jamal Kanj

    6. J Philippe RushtonThu Dec 26, 11:50:00 AM EST

      Deconstructing the concept of race conflicts with people's tendency to classify and build family histories according to common descent...

       J Philippe Rushton

  19. As Egypt has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, should not we do so as well?

    1. Alexis de TocquevilleThu Dec 26, 10:40:00 AM EST

      “Every nation that has ended in tyranny has come to that end by way of good order.

      It certainly does not follow from this that peoples should scorn public peace,
      but neither should they be satisfied with that and nothing more.

      A nation that asks nothing of government but the maintenance of order
      is already a slave in the depths of its heart;

      it is a slave of its well-being, ready for the man who will put it in chains.”

      ― Alexis de Tocqueville

    2. Look at that first sentence.

      This is why Alexis, while a good read, is always way over rated.

      In fact that whole quote carries about zero real world meaning.

  20. Monday, 23 December 2013 14:20

    When people just start making things up it usually means that they don't have much of an argument. That appears to be the case with the bashers of Obamacare over at the Wall Street Journal.

    Robert Grady, a managing director of a private equity company and top adviser to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told readers:

    "For most of this year, the overwhelming majority of jobs added to the U.S. economy have been part-time, not full-time. Gallup's payroll-to-population ratio, the proportion of the American population working full time, has dropped almost two full percentage points in the last year, to 43.8%."

    These are great numbers because they can be easily checked. If we go the Bureau of Labor Statistics website (Table A-8), we find that the number of people listed as part for economic reasons fell from 8,138,000 in November of last year to 7,719,000 in November of this year, a decline of 419,000.

    The number of people opting to work part-time rose from 18,594,000 in November of last year to 18,876,000 in November of 2013, a gain of 282,000. If we add the drop in part-time for economic reasons to the gain in voluntary part-time, we get a drop in total part-time employment of 137,000.

    By comparison, total employment (Table A-1) rose from 143,277,000 last November to 144,386,000, a gain of 1,109,000. Okay, so we have that part-time employment fell by 137,000 while total employment rose by 1.1 million, how do Grady and the WSJ get that part-time employment is exploding because of Obamacare?

    Hey, night is day, black is white, up is down, meet the just make it up crew at the WSJ.

    Making it Up at the Wahhabi St. Journal

  21. There is no reason and nothing to be gained in permitting dual nationals to hold public office. It is absurd. You cannot be both a defense attorney and a prosecutor. Democrats don’t caucus with the Republicans. We recognize the concept of “family Business” and the innate belief in the concept that “blood is thicker than water”.

    A man cannot be loyal to both a wife and a mistress. History and literature is full of leaders and officials who actually worked for the other side and the reasons that they did so. Some things call for a singular state of loyalty or disloyalty. You can’t be one without being opposed to the other.

    Loyalty is in your DNA. You either have it or you do not. It creates trust and cohesiveness. Everyone recognizes the value of the unambiguity of loyalty.

    You make choices in life. You set priorities and in doing so you establish limitations. We are not so starved of talent that we need for the services in public office of people who are torn between choosing a side. It is not like having the kids on every other weekend and two weeks in the summer.

    1. Also, these "Austerian" policies of his Have Not Worked, Anywhere that they have been tried. This whole thing is a puzzlement.

    2. There is no puzzlement. There is an agenda.

    3. LOL you are off your rocker...

      But KNOWing how this appointment screws with your mind? It's been fun.


    4. We know that both the Israeli and the NAZI embrace the concept of Lebensraum ("living space")
      as being a law of nature for all healthy and vigorous peoples of superior races …



    5. Modern political Zionism, which otherwise rejects the Christian Bible,
      adopted the untested story of “Jewish exile”
      to establish a mythical linkage between European Jews and the Middle East.

    6. What is "Occupation"Thu Dec 26, 11:54:00 AM EST
      LOL you are off your rocker...

      But KNOWing how this appointment screws with your mind? It’s been fun.

      ...and if the proposed appointee was an Iranian-American we would not hear a peep out of you. You actually prove my point. Having to balance a mistress and a wife is never easy.

    7. Here is how your masters over at AIPAC see things:

      First U.S.-Israeli MOU Phased Out Israel’s Economic Aid

      The 2007 MOU was inked as the first 10-year plan signed by President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 1998 was coming to an end. The earlier agreement eliminated U.S. economic aid while gradually increasing military assistance.

      The 2007 agreement reflected the two countries’ recognition of a series of new threats and changing realities in the region, including the terrorist threat from Hamas and Hizballah and the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran.

      The 2007 MOU, signed by then-Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns and Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer, notes that foreign aid enhances the “political, security and economic interests of both countries” and that the two nations “intend to continue their active dialogue on security and economic policy in existing bilateral committees.”

      Israel is Boosting Its Own Defense Spending

      A potential nuclear-armed Iran. Waves of Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza against Israeli civilians. A resurgent Hizballah armed with 40,000 rockets aimed at Israel. These are just some of the unprecedented threats that Israel, along with the United States, is facing. And they require considerably more resources and military expenditures than the Jewish state has had to marshal in its recent history.
      Spiraling defense costs are forcing Israel to spend more on defense as a percentage of gross
      domestic product than any other nation in the industrialized world. Israel is spending seven percent of its GDP on defense, or nearly double the percentage the United States spends. However, the actual costs to the Israeli economy are much higher, when one takes into account lost productivity and the need for reserve duty, internal security and anti-terrorism spending.

      Israel has committed to a 10-year plan of sustained increases in its own defense spending to accompany the expected growth in U.S. security assistance. Israel is slated to spend $150 billion on defense during the next decade, a 50 percent increase over the previous 10-year period.

      Source American Israel Public Affairs Committee

      The man’s priorities are the Nation of Israel. That is where they should remain. He and others like him have no business governing the US or any US government agencies.

    8. It is in US interests that a director of the US Federal Reserve has no outside interest or alter-agenda other than the US economy and its place in the global system. The idea that a man who while serving as the head of a national central bank in a foreign country speaks out about the wisdom of the US supporting that same country with military and financial aid is a conflict of interest from the US point of view. He clearly established his priorities and political agenda. He owns it and should keep it where it belongs.

      The Israeli lobby would clearly like to have the keys to the bank. Who wouldn't? It is the duty of American politicians to tell them, NO.

    9. DeuceThu Dec 26, 01:19:00 PM EST

      The idea that a man who while serving as the head of a national central bank in a foreign country speaks out about the wisdom of the US supporting that same country with military and financial aid is a conflict of interest from the US point of view.

      Since when is carrying out one's fiduciary duty unethical or a conflict of interest? Moreover, where is the evidence that he did anything that was detrimental to the interests of the US? If in fact he was able to convince the US of the need for additional support, your complaint has its source elsewhere; many people signed off, including the Congress and the President.

      We need not worry about Israel getting the keys to the bank.

      I would think the major concern would be his lack of experience in handling big numbers. The Bank of Israel is not the Fed. For that matter neither is the World Bank nor the IMF.

    10. Allen, The last two chairman of the Fed were well qualified and on balance did an excellent job and were Jews. I do not know much about Janet Yellen. I do not know her religion. I have no problem with any of them.

      I reject the notion that a former director of a governmental agency of any foreign country should hold a cabinet level or agency head position in the US government. I reject the notion that there should be special exemptions for Israel.

    11. Believe it or not, I tend to agree with you on the appointment of Fischer. Even if Yellen or the governors sought him out for some special expertise, it just doesn't look right and should the train derail, guess who will catch the heat. He could always work as a consultant.

      Whether Israel gets special exemptions I do not know.

      All I know of Yellen is what I've read: she is highly regarded by her peers. She will have to be an "Iron Lady", given the tasks ahead.

    12. Deuce,

      Greenspan was very complimentary of Yellen during a recorded interview. Like most others, he is anxious to see how our problems can be solved, but he expressed complete confidence in her ability to see it through.

  22. History and literature is full of leaders and officials who actually worked for the other side and the reasons that they did so.

    You didn't have a problem with Marse Robert going to the other side.

    1. He never diverted from the right side, but that is not relevant. I had no problem with Igor Gouzenko changing sides. Why tempt human behavior when it is so predictable?

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  23. Józef Andrzej Szeryński. was a Polish-Jewish police-colonel inspector.
    Working in the Lublin district and as the commander of the Jewish Ghetto Police during the Second World War.
    Born Józef Szenkman to a Jewish family.
    Becoming a collaborator with the Nazis following the invasion of Poland.
    In August 1942, Szeryński survived being shot twice in an assassination attemptS

    Józef Andrzej Szeryński was a Fifth Columnist.



  24. Henric Ştefan Streitman was a Romanian Jew,
    a journalist, translator and political figure,
    who traversed the political spectrum from socialism to the far right.

    He was a physicist, social commentator and publisher,
    known for both his polemical stances and his erudition.

    Streitman turned to Nazi collaborationism during World War II,
    serving the NAZI cause becoming president of the Central Jewish Office.

    Henric Ştefan Streitman was a Fifth Columnist.


  25. Self-hating American is a term used to allege that an American person holds antiAmerican beliefs or engages in antiAmerican actions.

    As a rhetorical device it moves discussion away from a given topic as the accused is pressured to defend themselves against the insult, preventing a further exchange of views.

    The concept gained widespread currency after Theodor Lessing's 1930 book Der American Selbsthass ("American Self-hatred"), which tries to explain the prevalence of American intellectuals inciting antiAmericanism with their extremely hateful view toward America.

    American self-hate has been described as a neurotic reaction to the impact of antiAmericanism by Americans accepting, expressing,
    and even exaggerating the basic assumptions of the anti-American


  26. At Chinese restaurants, the way to say "Merry Christmas" is "Mazel Tov!"


    1. “Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant.

      Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.

      We are destined to be a barrier against the returns of ignorance and barbarism.
      Old Europe will have to lean on our shoulders, and to hobble along by our side,
      under the monkish trammels of priests and kings, as she can.


    2. “Fluidity means that our identities are constantly changing as we respond to circumstances in our families and communities of origin, and as we interact with a wider world.”

      ― Bell Hooks, killing rage: Ending Racism

    3. Teresita RedingerThu Dec 26, 11:25:00 AM EST
      At Chinese restaurants, the way to say "Merry Christmas" is "Mazel Tov!"

      Yep... :-)

  27. During his long career working indirectly and directly on behalf of Israel, Fischer has:

    1. Overseen the transformation of U.S. aid to Israel from repayable loans to outright grants.

    2. Pushed unilateral trade concessions that benefit only Israel, but not America.

    3. Exempted Israel from the very same conditions and controls he imposed on Mexico, Argentina, Russia and Brazil.

    4. Become an Israeli citizen in order to impose additional sanctions on Iran from Israel's central bank, despite their growing harm to American jobs and exports.

    5. Benefitted from a long series of deceptive AIPAC PR campaigns about his record.

    The Fed policies that discourage the employment of non-citizens as Fed bank examiners are based on valid considerations that should apply to Fischer. While AIPAC may view his rushed insertion into the Fed as a "wedge" toward increased flows of openly dual Israeli nationals working in top American government and quasi-governmental posts, American voters should immediately contact their senators and oppose Fischer's appointment with the same energy they exhibited in their opposition to the rushed AIPAC campaign to attack Syria based on deceptive premises.

  28. Loyalty? But to what?

    Mark Twain had it better -

    "Always support your country, and your government when it is right"

    Because a person has dual citizenship doesn't mean he has it wrong.

    It can become a little more complex however.



    1. “One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror. ”

      ― George W. Bush

    2. Theodore RooseveltThu Dec 26, 12:59:00 PM EST

      No it is not complicated, not in the least bit.

      The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic.

      He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American.”


    3. “If congress has the right under the Constitution to issue paper money,
      it was given them to use themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or corporations.”

  29. Replies
    1. Mom, of course.

      Rhetorical question.

    2. Since I'm the guy that believes the human race is basically ungovernable, and have read my Aristotle and Plato, my circle of ultimate concern is my family and adoptee, which is the case with most people, I think.

      North America has been a wonderful place, but our government is really getting out of control these days.....I think you agree with that.........

      Liberty being a higher value than democracy........I hope for the survival of some liberty as of primary human importance.

      In the Mideast I support Israel as being far and away the better culture of those contending there.


    3. :)

      One can surely do worse than being loyal to mom.


    4. You all know how those Muslims treat their women ...

      A raped girl is bad for the family: it shows that they can’t protect their women;
      that they have little social standing; and that they’re not respectable.

      It’s worse for the victim because once a woman, or a girl—or a boy—is known as the target of a rape she becomes so despised, so shamed, so worthless that she turns into public property.

      No one is raped only once.

      ― Louise Brown,
      The Dancing Girls of Lahore:
      Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District


  30. Replies
    1. "By far, Rogers’ 1946 Hareport image is his most famous. As reported in this previous From the Archive post, the mayor of Los Angeles completely rejected the idea of jack rabbits at the Los Angeles Municipal Airport – even after the photo was published in LIFE magazine."


  31. The Israeli government has, to a large extent, continued the Ottoman legal system in regard to land ownership. 

    Thus, today the vast proportion of land within the State of Israel (roughly 93%) is owned and managed either by the Israel Lands Administration (ILA) or the JNF.  This figure includes much of such extensive regions as the Negev and the Judean Wilderness (near the Dead Sea), which are sparsely populated. 

    Jewish settlements in the State of Israel usually are located on lands that are owned by the ILA or the JNF and that have been consigned to each settlement through long-term leases. 

    Less than 7% of the land in the State of Israel is privately owned.


    1. William BlackstoneThu Dec 26, 01:14:00 PM EST

      “So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property,
      that it will not authorize the least violation of it;
      no, not even for the general good of the whole community. “

      William Blackstone


    2. "The system of private property is the most important guaranty of freedom,
      not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not."

      Fredrich Hayek


    3. If all the property were vested in a single hand, ...
      ... whether it be nominally that of “society” as a whole or that of a dictator, ...
      ... whoever exercises this control has complete power ....


    4. Private property was the original source of freedom. 
      It still is its main bulwark. 

      ~Walter Lippmann


      More than 5 million Palestinians are denied equal rights by the state of Israel under a system of apartheid, a deliberate policy of racial or ethnic segregation.

      Under Israeli military occupation, millions of Palestinians live in conditions which closely resemble the apartheid system that existed in South Africa:
      • No right of free speech, assembly or movement
      • Arrest and imprisonment without charge or trial
      • Torture
      • House searches without warrant
      • Assassination, extra-judicial murder
      • No right to vote for the Israeli government (even though it controls their lives)
      Israel controls all Palestinian borders, all imports and exports, and all movement between towns and cities. 
      THE GAZA STRIP, still surrounded, besieged and controlled by Israel, has been sealed off and effectively turned into the world’s largest open-air prison.



    6. Home Demolitions: By the Numbers

      Since 1967, Israel has destroyed approximately 27,000 Palestinian structures in the occupied territories (the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip), including more than 24,000 homes, according to ICAHD.

      Since the renewal of negotiations in August 2013, Israel has destroyed approximately 25 Palestinian homes, in addition to dozens of other structures, leaving approximately 200 people homeless.

      According to the UN, between January and September 2013, 862 Palestinians were displaced by Israeli demolitions, compared to 886 (including 468 children) in all of 2012.

      In 2012, a total of 600 Palestinian structures were demolished by Israel in the occupied territories, including at least 189 homes, according to ICAHD.
      This figure doesn’t include “self-demolitions” whereby Palestinians destroy their own homes ...
      rather than have Israel do it and charge them an additional fine.

      One Bedouin village, Al-Araqib, in the Negev desert in the south of Israel, has been destroyed more than 50 times by Israel since July 2010.

      Between 2005 and 2012, Israel demolished approximately 1500 Palestinian homes due to owners lacking hard-to-obtain construction permits.

      Between 1993 and 2000, when the Oslo Accords were being negotiated between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization,
      Israel destroyed almost 1700 Palestinian homes in the occupied territories.

      Immediately following Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza in 1967, approximately 6000 Palestinian homes were demolished, including four entire villages in the Latrun area, along with dozens of homes in the Mughrabi Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, which were destroyed to make way for a plaza for the Western Wall.

      In 1971, between 2000 and 6000 Palestinian homes were destroyed in Gaza in an effort to pacify the newly occupied territory.

      During Israel’s creation (1948-49),
      Zionist and then Israeli forces expelled approximately 750,000 Palestinian Arabs from their ancestral lands in order to create a Jewish majority state of Israel.

      In the process, more than 400 Palestinian population centers were systematically destroyed,
      including thousands of homes, businesses, and houses of worship.


    7. Less than 7% of the land in the State of Israel is privately owned.



  32. Private property was the original source of freedom.
    It still is its main bulwark.

  33. Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger holds dual citizenship. I have dual citizenship, it just so happens I live in America.Anthony Hopkins. Angelina Jolie, John McAfee and Michael Buble have dual citizenship.

    1. Three actors, a singer and a computer programer.

      Not a Federal politician in the mix provided by the Fünfte Kolonne von Teamleitern

      Oh, no, not a single one.

      What has been denounced and what is evident is when a dual-citizen ...

      shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land,

      and that when those actions are primarily political activities, that political activity

      plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic.

      You see, no one has denounced the concept of dual-citizenship, or a person''s 'right' to it.
      Just that their foreign allegiances and loyalties, while legal, ...

      disqualify them from 'High Federal Office'.


    2. The Governator FORBIDDEN by law to run for the office of President ...

      Because the Founders knew of the inherent DANGERS that dual loyalties presented to the Nation.


    3. desert rat,

      You see, no one has denounced the concept of dual-citizenship, or a person''s 'right' to it.
      Just that their foreign allegiances and loyalties, while legal, ...

      disqualify them from 'High Federal Office'.

      Here is a novel concept: you need proof of disloyalty to the US; there is none.

      This thread is taken from a site that claims everything is a conspiracy and many of those Jewish. And no, there is no evidence that the babies being born in CA have a higher rate of cancer because of radiation trapped in debris coming in from Japan.

    4. While dated (2008) and hardly inclusive here is a list of dually office holders. If I can help you further, just let me know.

      There is no tracking registry in the U.S. for dual citizens so estimates range dramatically. There are an estimated 5 million U.S./Mexico dual citizens. No numbers on estimated U.S./Israel dual citizens could be found but the following list of U.S./Israel citizens in the federal government has been published:

      Attorney General - Michael Mukasey

      Head of Homeland Security - Michael Chertoff

      Chairman Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board - Richard Perle

      Deputy Defense Secretary (Former) - Paul Wolfowitz

      Under Secretary of Defense - Douglas Feith

      National Security Council Advisor - Elliott Abrams

      VP Cheney’s Chief of Staff (Former) - "Scooter" Libby

      White House Deputy Chief of Staff - Joshua Bolten

      Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs - Marc Grossman

      Director of Policy Planning at the State Dep.- Richard Haass

      U.S. Trade Representative - Robert Zoellick

      Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board - James Schlesinger

      UN Representative (Former) - John Bolton

      Under Secretary for Arms Control - David Wurmser

      Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board - Eliot Cohen

      Senior Advisor to the President - Steve Goldsmith

      Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary - Christopher Gersten

      Assistant Secretary of State - Lincoln Bloomfield

      Deputy Assistant to the President - Jay Lefkowitz

      White House Political Director - Ken Melman

      National Security Study Group - Edward Luttwak

      Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board - Kenneth Adelman

      Defense Intelligence Agency Analyst (Former) -Larry Franklin

      National Security Council Advisor - Robert Satloff

      President Export-Import Bank U.S. - Mel Sembler

      White House Speechwriter - David Frum

      White House Spokesman (Former) - Ari Fleischer

      Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board - Henry Kissinger

      Deputy Secretary of Commerce - Samuel Bodman

    5. Theodore RooseveltThu Dec 26, 02:55:00 PM EST

      As was previously stated...

      The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic.

      He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American.”


    6. allen produces no evidence that the words of Theodore Roosevelt are not true,
      only a list of name of many members of the Federal government whom should not have been.


    7. Rahm Emanuel

      You may not have heard of him. He is the mayor of Chicago.


    8. allen illustrates the foolishness of allowing dual citizens a place at the political table.

      The poor decisions and actions of Doctor Kissinger, alone, could fill entire chapters of history books.



    9. The Case Against Henry Kissinger
      Part One
      The making of a war criminal

      by Christopher Hitchens
      Harpers magazine, March 2001

      Video presentation -
      Was Henry Kissinger a War Criminal? Christopher Hitchens on the ...


    10. Christopher HitchensThu Dec 26, 03:10:00 PM EST


      It will become clear, and may as well be stated at the outset,
      that this is written by a political opponent of Henry Kissinger.

      Nonetheless, I have found myself continually amazed at how much hostile and discreditable material I have felt compelled to omit. I am concerned only with those Kissingerian offenses that might or should form the basis of a legal prosecution:
      for war crimes,
      for crimes against humanity,
      and for offenses against common or customary or international law,
      including conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap, and torture.

      Thus, I might have mentioned Kissinger's recruitment and betrayal of the Iraqi Kurds,
      who were falsely encouraged by him to take up arms against Saddam Hussein in 1972-75,
      and who were then abandoned to extermination on their hillsides when Saddam Hussein made a diplomatic deal with the Shah of Iran, and who were deliberately lied to as well as abandoned.

      The conclusions of the report by Congressman Otis Pike still make shocking reading and reveal on Kissinger's part a callous indifference to human life and human rights. But they fall into the category of depraved realpolitik and do not seem to have violated any known law.

      In the same way, Kissinger's orchestration of political and military and diplomatic cover for apartheid in South Africa presents us with a morally repulsive record and includes the appalling consequences of the destabilization of Angola.

      Again, though, one is looking at a sordid period of Cold War and imperial history, and an exercise of irresponsible power, rather than an episode of organized crime.

      Additionally, one must take into account the institutional nature of this policy,
      which might in outline have been followed under any administration,
      national security adviser, or secretary of state.

      Similar reservations can be held about Kissinger's chairmanship of the Presidential Commission on Central America in the early 1980s, which was staffed by Oliver North and which whitewashed death-squad activity on the isthmus.

      Or about the political protection provided by Kissinger, while in office,
      for the Pahlavi dynasty in Iran and its machinery of torture and repression.

      The list, it is sobering to say, could be protracted very much further.
      But it will not do to blame the whole exorbitant cruelty and cynicism of decades on one man.

      (Occasionally one gets an intriguing glimpse,
      as when Kissinger urges President Ford not to receive the inconvenient Alexandr Solzhenitsyn,
      all the while posing as Communism's most daring and principled foe.)

      No, I have confined myself to the identifiable crimes that can and should be placed on a proper bill of indictment, whether the actions taken were in line with general "policy" or not.

      These include, in this installment, the deliberate mass killing of civilian populations in Indochina and the personal suborning and planning of murder of a senior constitutional officer in a democratic nation-Chile-with which the United States was not at war.

      In a second installment we will see that this criminal habit of mind extends to Bangladesh, Cyprus, East Timor, and even to Washington, D.C.

    11. AnonymousThu Dec 26, 02:57:00 PM EST

      allen produces no evidence that the words of Theodore Roosevelt are not true,
      only a list of name of many members of the Federal government whom should not have been.

      Why would I attempt to disprove Mr. Roosevelt?

      Anyway, it is now clear why these people "should not have been" officers within the Federal government: they are all Jews. Thank you again, desert rat, for making things easy for me.


    12. Also, a side note observed in allen's list.

      Very, very few ELECTED officials, but lots of APPOINTED ones.



    13. If you choose to present a one sided argument, allen, who is Anonymous to stand in your way?

      If you look for bigotry and racism, I am sure that it can be found.

      Israel's 'equality under law' doesn't apply to Palestinians

      Israel's pretention to be a country with a just legal system appears ridiculous in the face of the other justice system that applies to juveniles that are not Palestinian.

      Haaretz Editorial



  34. My final everlasting ultimate eternal blissful concern is of course with


    of which I was an original fan.

    Excellent today.

    First segment: INTERVIEW WITH QUIRK (four + minutes)

    Second segments: EATING MEAT AND CRUST (four + minutes)

    Both nasty delights!!!!!

    (you got the hot pocket, baby)


    Sunny, she da woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. George Bernard ShawThu Dec 26, 02:20:00 PM EST

      “Physically there is nothing to distinguish human society from the farm-yard except that children are more troublesome and costly than chickens and calves and that men and women are not so completely enslaved as farm stock.”

      ― George Bernard Shaw

    2. George Bernard ShawThu Dec 26, 02:20:00 PM EST

      He and G. K. Chesterton dined once a week. They were fast friends and enjoyed nothing so much as needling one another in the press.

  35. I received this hieroglyphic from Quirk the other day -

    "If I tell you I’m going to take a bath, that doesn’t mean I’ll be ripping out the plumbing and carrying the tub somewhere."

    I have scratched my head about this -- I am becoming worried concerning Quirk --

    It is unlike him to not check in here everyday or two........

    Perhaps he has been arrested again, but I usually know that right off....

    Quirk, are you OK?

    He may have run off with SUNNY......

    1. Or, he may be appearing on "The Price Is Right" with Drew Carey.


    2. On 18 August, a mammoth rally was held in Tiananmen Square in the center of Peking, with over a million young participants. Lin Biao appeared in public as Mao's deputy and spokesman for the first time. He made a speech calling on the Red Guards to charge out of their schools and 'smash up the four olds' defined as 'old ideas, old culture, old customs, and old habits."

      Following this obscure call, Red Guards all over China took to the streets, giving full vent to their vandalism, ignorance, and fanaticism. They raided people's houses, smashed their antiques, tore up paintings and works of calligraphy. Bonfires were lit to consume books. Very soon nearly all treasures in private collections were destroyed.

      Many writers and artists committed suicide after being cruelly beaten and humiliated, and being forced to witness their work being burned to ashes. Museums were raided.

      Palaces, temples, ancient tombs, statues, pagodas, city walls anything 'old' was pillaged. The few things that survived, such as the Forbidden City, did so only because Premier Zhou Enlai sent the army to guard them, and issued specific orders that they should be protected. The Red Guards only pressed on when they were encouraged.

      Mao hailed the Red Guards' actions as "Very good indeed!" and ordered the nation to support them.

      He encouraged the Red Guards to pick on a wider range of victims in order to increase the terror. Prominent writers, artists, scholars, and most other top professionals, who had been privileged under the Communist regime, were now categorically condemned as 'reactionary bourgeois authorities." With the help of some of these people's colleagues who hated them for various reasons, ranging from fanaticism to envy, the Red Guards began to abuse them. Then there were the old 'class enemies': former landlords and capitalists, people with Kuomintang connections, those condemned in previous political campaigns like the 'rightists' and their children.”

      ― Jung Chang, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

  36. Republic of Texas Biker RallyThu Dec 26, 03:40:00 PM EST

    Some of the contributors to this blog would lie to make our rally illegal, we say to that Fascist!

    Come and Take It!

    The Republic of Texas Biker Rally (ROT)
    had its beginnings in 1994 when the rally committee selected the Travis County Expo Center as its home.

    The facility is 130 acres surrounded by over 250 acres of park land adjacent to Decker Lake.
    The first ROT Rally was held in 1995 and it has steadily grown over the years to become the largest "Turnstile Rally" in America and the fourth or fifth largest motorcycle rally of any kind in the USA.

    We recognize the phenomenal growth is due to the remarkable support we receive from all those who attend and support from our vendors and sponsors.

    Many have compared the ROT Rally to where Sturgis meets Woodstock
    or a blend of the best of Sturgis and Daytona
    where we have the great hill country riding and a party atmosphere.

    Amenities at the Expo Center include a 9000 seat air conditioned arena aka "Thunderdome",
    a covered vendor mall that is 4 acres under one roof,
    a 15,000 sq ft. indoor air conditioned vendor mall and outdoor amphitheatre.

    The parade on Friday night leaves the Expo and travels downtown (12 miles) and the last bike is leaving the Expo as the first bikes are arriving downtown for the free party
    that involves the City closing down a 54 sq block area for bikes and bikers only.

    It is one of the best organized and fast paced parades of its kind
    taking only 30 minutes to cover the 12 miles
    thanks to the Austin Police Department’s motorcycle unit.

    It is well known that without the support of the local community,
    City Fathers, County Commissioners and a host of other entities,
    rallies of this type cannot continue to flourish let alone exist,
    so thanks to Austin Texas and Travis County for your support!

    R.O.T. Rally = Republic of Texas Biker Rally or some say ROT is Rain on Thursday.

    Come and Take It!

    1. There you go!

      You got the parade permit, the city fathers, county commissioners, the Police Department's Motorcycle Unit all behind you.

      That is the way to do it.

      None of this harassing other motorists on the freeways for you guys!!

      No undue blocking of traffic, no endangering others!!

      That is the way to do it ----- HAVE FUN TOO !!


    2. More than five motorcycles in one place, at one time, that is a crime in the land of Farmer Bob Fudd.

  37. U.S. Sends Arms to Aid Iraq Fight With Extremists

    It certainly looks like a’Q controls Anbar Province and parts of northern Syria.

    The United States is quietly rushing dozens of Hellfire missiles and low-tech surveillance drones to Iraq to help government forces combat an explosion of violence by a Qaeda-backed insurgency that is gaining territory in both western Iraq and neighboring Syria.

    Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, issued a strongly worded statement on Sunday warning that the Qaeda affiliate is “seeking to gain control of territory inside the borders of Iraq.”

    “Giving them some ScanEagle drones is great,” said Michael Knights, an expert on Iraqi security at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “But is it really going to make much difference? Their range is tiny.”

    “The real requirement today is for a long-range, high-endurance armed drone capability,” added Mr. Knights, who frequently travels to Iraq. “There is one place in the world where Al Qaeda can run a major affiliate without fear of a U.S. drone or air attack, and that is in Iraq and Syria.”

    “I fought Al Qaeda,” he said. “I am sad today when I see them have the highest authority in Anbar, moving and working under the sun without deterrent.”

    1. It only looks that way, if you look at it that way.

      There's an old expression that masters of illusion love to use: "perception is reality."
      Actually, in the cold light of day we find that perception is not reality.






    3. “Humans see what they want to see.”

      ― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief


    4. “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing.
      It also depends on what sort of person you are.”

      ― C.S. Lewis

    5. Friedrich NietzscheThu Dec 26, 05:09:00 PM EST

      “All things are subject to interpretation.
      Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.”

      ― Friedrich Nietzsche

    6. Re: arms to Syria

      Doubtless, the Iraqis will not be able fire into Syria even while in hot pursuit.


    7. Iraq for the Iraqi!


  38. The Russians are saying Arafat died of natural causes -

    1. Another 'rat rumor' debunked.

    2. Unless the dastardly Jews paid the man to die of natural causes.


    3. "That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best — make it all up —
      but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way."

      Of all of you, here, the desert rat does it best.


    4. My Name is really Bob. I am not really a Farmer

      I Live on just over a 1/4 acre of land, well within the city limits of Moscow, Idaho. I do engage in many farm-like activities there, such as gardening, chicken-keeping, home-cooking, and DIY building and repairs, because of this my family and friends often call me "Farmer Bob" to tease me.

      I started this comic mainly to amuse them

      All of my strips are retelling of things that I have witnessed at some point while pursuing the behaviors that define my "Farmer Bob" identity

    5. Farmer BobThu Dec 26, 04:50:00 PM EST
      Unless the dastardly Jews paid the man to die of natural causes.

      ...with money from the US Treasury...

    6. Ernest HemingwayThu Dec 26, 04:59:00 PM EST
      Of all of you, here, the desert rat does it best.

      Why of course you do. You never had a doubt.

    7. William ShakespeareThu Dec 26, 05:23:00 PM EST

      “Our doubts are traitors,
      and make us lose the good we oft might win,
      by fearing to attempt.”


    8. A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.
      Two men are equals - true equals - only when they both have equal confidence.

      ― Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

  39. President Obama's request for fast-track trade authority is in trouble in Congress, and one reason is his habit of ruling by executive fiat. Republicans who aren't normally protectionists fear that he may use trade accords to impose labor and environmental rules on the U.S. that he otherwise can't get Congress to pass.

    Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp next month plan to introduce Trade Promotion Authority legislation, which the President needs to complete trade agreements with...

  40. "There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know." —United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld

    1. Re: unknown unknowns - Black Swans

      ...heard a great interview with four physicists, including a Nobel winner, who used the same terminology to explain the exciting thing about physics and cosmology: those unknown unknowns that come out of left field.


    2. Robert Fudd
      A seventeenth century depiction of consciousness. Notice the third eye.

      This 17th century engraving depicts consciousness and the functions of the mind.


  41. Remember Mordechai Vanunu, Israel’s heroic nuclear whistleblower

    He should have received the Nobel Peace Prize. Instead, he spent 18 years in solitary confinement.

    He should be celebrated internationally as a man who has sacrificed his freedom
    for the truth and for the wellbeing of humanity.

    Instead, he has been stripped of his right to travel and prohibited from talking to foreigners.

    Mordechai Vanunu: still fighting for his freedom, 27 years on

    Today, Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli nuclear whistleblower, is almost forgotten.
    But he has not given up the fight for freedom.

    Vanunu is appealing to the Israeli Supreme Court to set him free – free to leave Israel, the Times of Israel reports.

    “I don’t want to live in Israel,” he told the court in English – he won’t speak Hebrew while imprisoned inside the Jews-only state.

    Vanunu, who converted to Christianity in the 1980s, told the court that he is often subjected to harassment by the Israeli public whenever he is recognized.

    Blaming the media for wrecking his public image, Vanunu said he didn’t see a future for himself in the apartheid state.

    Vanunu compared his past actions to those of US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

    “Snowden is the best example of what I did 25 years ago – when the government breaks the law and tramples on human rights, people talk. That’s what he did, he speaks for everyone, and that’s what I did – I spoke for everyone.”


  42. Dec 26, 06:12:00 PM EST

    Bob Fudd - Pleasantville, NY | MyLife®
    Look who we found: Bob Fudd. View up to date contact info, friends, family and photos at MyLife®.


  43. Robert Fudd, also known as Robertus de Fluctibus, a prominent English Paracelsian physician.

    He is remembered as an astrologer, mathematician, cosmologist, Qabalist and Rosicrucian apologist.

    Fudd is best known for his compilations in occult philosophy.



  44. Worse socialist in history?


    Christmas may be over, but it seems Santa is still delivering good news for investors.
    The Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record high for the 50th time this year.


  45. Episode 0.075: Beware Of Fudd

    (45.3 MB; 1:39:06 MIN)

    When the Zombie Astronaut convinces Doctor Despicable,
    Dr. Von Martinez and Captain Bonemarrow to go camping,
    no one could have foreseen they’d be fleeing from a psychotic hunter known only as… Fudd.

    While we run around screaming and begging for our lives, you get to listen to don't-go-in-the-woods-themed OTR from CBS Radio Mystery Theater and Theater 1030!

    “Beware Of Fudd” was written by W. Ralph Walters, with additional dialog by Brent Hinks and KC Locke



  46. Hillbilly Car Club Denmark


    President: Billy Bob Fudd

    Vice President: Billy Bob Fudd

    Secretary: Billy Bob Fudd

    Treasurer: Charlotte Jensen

    Webmaster: Andorra og Charlotte Jensen

    Telefon: 30 82 19 59