“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Snowden is an international hero. He has exposed a level of corruption and abuse of power that is reminiscent of the Stasi in former Eastern Germany. Is the police state one of the ideals America was founded on? Is the premise that anyone, singly, and everyone, collectively, has the potential to be a traitor and, therefore, everyone must undergo surveillance? We know from the reactions of those who sit in the Senate and House committees that, had Snowden gone to them, nothing would have been done and we wouldn't know what we know today.

Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower
Published: January 1, 2014

Seven months ago, the world began to learn the vast scope of the National Security Agency’s reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe, as it collects information about their phone calls, their email messages, their friends and contacts, how they spend their days and where they spend their nights. The public learned in great detail how the agency has exceeded its mandate and abused its authority, prompting outrage at kitchen tables and at the desks of Congress, which may finally begin to limit these practices.

The revelations have already prompted two federal judges to accuse the N.S.A. of violating the Constitution (although a third, unfortunately, found the dragnet surveillance to be legal). A panel appointed by President Obama issued a powerful indictment of the agency’s invasions of privacy and called for a major overhaul of its operations.
All of this is entirely because of information provided to journalists by Edward Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor who stole a trove of highly classified documents after he became disillusioned with the agency’s voraciousness. Mr. Snowden is now living in Russia, on the run from American charges of espionage and theft, and he faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life looking over his shoulder.
Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight. He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service. It is time for the United States to offer Mr. Snowden a plea bargain or some form of clemency that would allow him to return home, face at least substantially reduced punishment in light of his role as a whistle-blower, and have the hope of a life advocating for greater privacy and far stronger oversight of the runaway intelligence community.
Mr. Snowden is currently charged in a criminal complaint with two violations of the Espionage Act involving unauthorized communication of classified information, and a charge of theft of government property. Those three charges carry prison sentences of 10 years each, and when the case is presented to a grand jury for indictment, the government is virtually certain to add more charges, probably adding up to a life sentence that Mr. Snowden is understandably trying to avoid.
The president said in August that Mr. Snowden should come home to face those charges in court and suggested that if Mr. Snowden had wanted to avoid criminal charges he could have simply told his superiors about the abuses, acting, in other words, as a whistle-blower.
“If the concern was that somehow this was the only way to get this information out to the public, I signed an executive order well before Mr. Snowden leaked this information that provided whistle-blower protection to the intelligence community for the first time,” Mr. Obama said at a news conference. “So there were other avenues available for somebody whose conscience was stirred and thought that they needed to question government actions.”
In fact, that executive order did not apply to contractors, only to intelligence employees, rendering its protections useless to Mr. Snowden. More important, Mr. Snowden told The Washington Post earlier this month that he did report his misgivings to two superiors at the agency, showing them the volume of data collected by the N.S.A., and that they took no action. (The N.S.A. says there is no evidence of this.) That’s almost certainly because the agency and its leaders don’t consider these collection programs to be an abuse and would never have acted on Mr. Snowden’s concerns.
In retrospect, Mr. Snowden was clearly justified in believing that the only way to blow the whistle on this kind of intelligence-gathering was to expose it to the public and let the resulting furor do the work his superiors would not. Beyond the mass collection of phone and Internet data, consider just a few of the violations he revealed or the legal actions he provoked:
■ The N.S.A. broke federal privacy laws, or exceeded its authority, thousands of times per year, according to the agency’s own internal auditor.
■ The agency broke into the communications links of major data centers around the world, allowing it to spy on hundreds of millions of user accounts and infuriating the Internet companies that own the centers. Many of those companies are now scrambling to install systems that the N.S.A. cannot yet penetrate.
■ The N.S.A. systematically undermined the basic encryption systems of the Internet, making it impossible to know if sensitive banking or medical data is truly private, damaging businesses that depended on this trust.
■ His leaks revealed that James Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, lied to Congress when testifying in March that the N.S.A. was not collecting data on millions of Americans. (There has been no discussion of punishment for that lie.)
■ The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court rebuked the N.S.A. for repeatedly providing misleading information about its surveillance practices, according to a ruling made public because of the Snowden documents. One of the practices violated the Constitution, according to the chief judge of the court.
■ A federal district judge ruled earlier this month that the phone-records-collection program probably violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. He called the program “almost Orwellian” and said there was no evidence that it stopped any imminent act of terror.
The shrill brigade of his critics say Mr. Snowden has done profound damage to intelligence operations of the United States, but none has presented the slightest proof that his disclosures really hurt the nation’s security. Many of the mass-collection programs Mr. Snowden exposed would work just as well if they were reduced in scope and brought under strict outside oversight, as the presidential panel recommended.

When someone reveals that government officials have routinely and deliberately broken the law, that person should not face life in prison at the hands of the same government. That’s why Rick Ledgett, who leads the N.S.A.’s task force on the Snowden leaks, recently told CBS News that he would consider amnesty if Mr. Snowden would stop any additional leaks. And it’s why President Obama should tell his aides to begin finding a way to end Mr. Snowden’s vilification and give him an incentive to return home.


  1. The Medal of Freedom has been trivialized to be meaningless. J. Paul Bremner, Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey are all recipients. Only in America.

    Awarding it to Snowden would revitalize its stature restore some meaning.

    The New York Times gets it right.

    1. Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize.

      Before he'd even held office for long.

      Just for being Obama.

    2. Medal or no medal, Snowden can never return.

  2. Unless we give one to Dr. Phil, of course.

  3. The Palestinian who blew up may have opened up and OLD safe moved from an old Palestinian safe house/consul...

    The Palestinians used to get a large amount of their explosives to blow up American and Israeli planes from the Czech republic.

  4. The farmer was asking for my advice on pot last thread. At the very least consumption and distribution should be decriminalized - far from too many lives have been ruined for such a non violent felony. As to health effects and level of impairment alcohol has much more serious debilitating effects.

    1. It's legal in Washington now. God is punishing us by moving the 777X widebody line to a Right to Work state, and letting the Android operating system completely wipe the floor with Windows.

    2. I mostly agree with you, Ash.

      So does Rufus, who says marijuana has made him fuck up less than all the other stuff he's tried......

  5. There's only one thing left for Snowden to do before Deuce declares him the messiah and that's for him to deliver the goods on Lincoln.

    1. A sexual expose of the perversions of Lincoln, and how thousands were killed for pleasure.....


    2. I've maintained here, only partly in jest, that the whole wind blown riffle was a literary event, a contest between two opposed readings of the Christian Bible.

      One wonders how he could show such callous disregard of the human carnage, the 600,000 or even more dead Americans, all that pain, and treat it so lightly as a wind riffle across the prairie?

      It has been documented that Fudd is …
      …. a fella that could not even protect the women of his family from a rapist.

      The girls and he, combined to create a Zone of Silence about the assault.
      He broke down and told us about it, self discipline never being on of Fudd's character points. It seems that 'Breaking Cover' was an attempt to clear his conscience. Saying he had only been concerned with appearances, his daughter's reputation not her or their family friends and neighbor's safety, not his community's security.

      After she had been raped, after the news leaked out of Fudd's butt, there were suspicions in the community that the assault may well have been a "family affair".

      Farmer Fudd, he and the girls subsequently moved from that town.

      His wife will no longer sleep in the same room with him.


    3. Roberto - el Loco CagaderoThu Jan 02, 10:59:00 AM EST


      Bad form, Anonymous bob!

      That was Farmer O-Bob-ma that posted, not Farmer Fudd.

    4. Roberto - el Loco CagaderoThu Jan 02, 11:00:00 AM EST

      Farmer Bob, he is waiting for his daughter to update his profile ...
      from Farmer Bob to Farmer O-Bob-ma.

      Should have it done in the next year or two

    5. By 1888 every country in the Americas abolished slavery. Only the genius of Abraham Lincoln led a country into a civil war that got at least 600,000 killed, 2,000,000 wounded and caused a 20 year depression. There should be a John Wilkes Booth Freedom Medal.

    6. I have n doubt that Lincoln on his hands and knees had a motive to prove his machismo in ways that got men far better than him maimed and killed.

    7. He did like the cut of a man in uniform.

  6. Melissa Harris-Perry, in a (NBC News) Sunday segment on “photos of the year,” decided to include a picture of Mitt and Ann Romney with their grandchildren. Why? Because one of those kids is black, and progressives can’t handle the prospect of their misinformed followers discovering Republicans aren’t Klansmen. Upon seeing the family portrait, someone named Pia Glenn, who’s apparently an actress, sang, “One of these things is not like the others,
    one of these things just isn’t the same..."

  7. "I got my message down to thirty-five words. Too long. Then down to twenty-seven. Still too long. After a few years I had it down to ten. STill too long. Eventually I boiled it down to two words."

    "Two words?" I said. "Which two?"

    We had reached the next resting point... the seventieth or eightieth three hundredth step. We stopped gratefully and panted. I bent over to rest my skinsuit-gloved hands on my skinsuit-sheathed knees and concentrated on not throwing up. It was bad form to vomit in an osmosis mask. "Which two?" I said again when I got some wind back and could hear the answer over my pounding heart and rasping lungs.

    "Choose again," said Aenea.

    I considered that for a wheezing, panting moment. "Choose again?" I said finally.

    Aenea smiled. She had caught her wind and was looking down at the vertical view that I was afraid even to glance toward. She seemed to be enjoying it. I had the friendly urge to toss her off the mountain right then. Youth. It's intolerable sometimes.

    "Choose again," she said firmly.

    "Care to elaborate on that?"

    "No," said Aenea. "That's the whole idea. Keep it simple. But name a category and you get the idea."

    "Religion," I said.

    "Choose again," said Aenea.

  8. Hey, Farmer O-Bob-ma

    You have been HACKED!

    Syrian Electronic Army hacks Skype's Twitter to warn of ongoing surveillance
    Ars Technica -

    The Syrian Electronic Army has hacked Skype's Twitter account to accuse the company's owner, Microsoft, of colluding with governments to share user data.

    heh, heh, heh.


  9. The Associated PressThu Jan 02, 10:25:00 AM EST

    Toronto Mayor Rob Fudd files to run again

    TORONTO – Toronto Mayor Rob Fudd has put his name on the ballot to run for another term.

    Fudd was the first candidate to show up at City Hall when registration opened Thursday for the city's municipal election Oct. 27.

    The conservative mayor of Canada's largest city has said he would run again, even after admitting last year that he had smoked crack "in a drunken stupor."

    Fudd has faced intense pressure to resign over his drug use and revelations of other erratic behavior that have embarrassed many Canadians.

    The Toronto City Council has stripped Fudd of most of his powers, but he continues to receive support from some in the city's more conservative suburbs.

  10. Roberto - el Loco CagaderoThu Jan 02, 10:37:00 AM EST

    A Mission Gone Wrong

    Why are we still fighting the drug war?

    by Mattathias Schwartz

    An interesting read, to say the least.

    1. Mattathias SchwartzThu Jan 02, 10:41:00 AM EST

      The Honduras mission was part of a larger program called Operation Anvil.

      Honduras was not a war zone, so FAST worked under the State Department, using Huey helicopters instead of swifter Black Hawks. In Honduras, FAST could not call in U.S. military forces to fight alongside it, as in Afghanistan.

      But in some ways Anvil was familiar, the latest in a long line of overseas counter-narcotics operations with names like Blast Furnace, Ghost Zone, Snowcap, and Zorro.

      In addition to using helicopters to spirit agents to remote locations and seize drugs in transit,
      the U.S. has tried paying coca farmers to switch crops, spraying herbicides out of helicopters,
      raiding jungle laboratories, stopping and searching small fishing boats, forcing down aircraft,
      tapping phones, hiring informants, and extraditing drug lords.

      Anvil, like many of its predecessors, combined the legal framework of a police action with the hardware and the rhetoric of war.

      Honduras is often referred to as “downrange”; drug traffickers are “the enemy”;
      the Mosquito Coast is a “battlespace.”

      In a broad sense, FAST was nothing new.

      What is remarkable is how many times the U.S. has tried such militarized counter-narcotics programs and how long it has been apparent how little they amount to.

    2. Mattathias SchwartzThu Jan 02, 10:45:00 AM EST

      The drug war has split in two, and there are increasing differences in how it is fought.

      In August, the Department of Justice advised federal prosecutors that while possessing a small amount of marijuana remains a federal crime, it is not an “enforcement priority.”

      A majority of U.S. citizens support decriminalizing the possession of marijuana,
      and Colorado and Washington have passed ballot measures legalizing it.

      “People see a war as a war on them,” Gil Kerlikowske, the current drug czar, told the Wall Street Journal, in 2009. “We’re not at war with people in this country.”

    3. Mattathias SchwartzThu Jan 02, 10:52:00 AM EST

      Overseas, however, the U.S. approach to drugs still looks a lot like war.

      The D.E.A., assisted by the U.S. military, acts as an international police force,
      coördinating with foreign militaries through a network of offshore bases.

      Of the twenty-five billion dollars that the federal government spent fighting drugs last year,
      forty per cent went to treatment and prevention programs.

      The rest went to “supply reduction.” In Mexico, the $1.9 billion Mérida Initiative
      has relied on an enforcement-driven strategy somewhat similar to Plan Colombia’s.

      In 2006, President Felipe Calderón decided to deploy the Mexican military to fight drug cartels; since then, more than seventy thousand people have been killed in drug-related violence.

      Another twenty-six thousand people were reported missing.
      At least ninety per cent of U.S.-bound cocaine continues to move through the country.

      In Washington,
      one of Mérida’s most prominent faces is Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield,
      formerly Ambassador to Colombia and Venezuela,
      who was also instrumental in organizing Operation Anvil.

      In June, Brownfield told a Senate subcommittee that the criteria for judging Mérida’s success should shift
      from “inputs” (aircraft, equipment, and training)
      to “outputs” (homicide rate, conviction rate, interdictions).

      “If the endgame is perfection, we’ll never get there,” Brownfield said.
      “At least, not in this world.”

      In Congress, some are losing patience.
      “There is great fatigue surrounding our drug programs in the Western Hemisphere,”
      a staff member told me.
      “We don’t have good ideas. We don’t have good answers. We don’t have good anything.
      But we also know that doing nothing is a problem. So the whole thing is on autopilot.
      When you’re in the machine, it’s very difficult to say anything other than
      ‘Keep shooting. Keep decapitating the cartels.’

      “The war on drugs has simply not worked,” George P. Shultz, who served as Secretary of State under Reagan, told me. “It hasn’t kept drugs out of this country.”

    4. Mattathias SchwartzThu Jan 02, 10:54:00 AM EST

      I asked Shultz why ineffectual policies have persisted.

      “We haven’t felt the full effects of it ourselves,” he said.
      “It took us twelve years to learn that Prohibition wasn’t working.
      There was Al Capone, there was the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. The violence was here.

      Now we have outsourced the violence, in effect, to Mexico and Guatemala and Honduras.”

  11. Ash brings up a good point. Taking it further, there is no excuse for any federal prison to be holding any prisoners for pot related felonies.

    1. Sure there is.

      The reason is that the Federals 'plea bargained' a lot of really 'bad' fellers into accepting marijuana convictions, rather than prosecuting the miscreants for their 'real' crimes.

      Those 'pot heads' in the Federal pen, they really are not 'pot heads', they are mislabeled terrorists.


    2. In the ghetto some of the only decent work to be had is dealing.

      three strikes and you're out has a bunch of guys doing life for non violent crime

  12. A list of security walls, barriers and fences around the world

    1. USA-Mexico
    2. Santa Marta (Botafogo neighbourhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
    3. Russia-Chechnya *
    4. Russia-Finland
    5. Russia-Norway
    6. Russia-China
    7. Russia-Mongolia
    8. Russia-North Korea
    9. Poland-Russia
    10. Hungary-Russia
    11. Loyalist-Republican areas of Northern Ireland (UK) *
    12. Channel Tunnel (UK-France)
    13. Via Anelli quarter (Padua, Italy)
    14. Spain-Morocco *
    15. Turkey-Cyprus *
    16. Turkey-Syria
    17. Morocco-Western Sahara *
    18. Botswana-Zimbabwe
    19. South Africa-Zimbabwe
    20. South Africa-Mozambique
    21. Egypt-Gaza strip
    22. Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt)
    23. Saudi Arabia-Iraq
    24. Kuwait-Iraq *
    25. Saudi Arabia-Kuwait
    26. Saudi Arabia-Qatar
    27. Saudi Arabia-Jordan
    28. Saudi Arabia-Yemen *
    29. Saudi Arabia-Oman *
    30. Saudi Arabia-UAE *
    31. Saudi Arabia-Red Sea
    32. Saudi Arabia-Persian Gulf
    33. Oman-Yemen
    34. UAE-Oman *
    35. Dhofar province (Oman)
    36. Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan
    37. Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan
    38. Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan *
    39. Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan *
    40. Uzbekistan-Tajikistan
    41. Uzbekistan-Afghanistan
    42. Pakistan-Afghanistan
    43. Iran-Afghanistan
    44. Iran-Pakistan *
    45. India-Pakistan *
    46. India-Bangladesh *
    47. India-Myanmar
    48. Myanmar-Bangladesh
    49. Thailand-Malaysia
    50. Brunei-Malaysia
    51. China-North Korea
    52. South Korea-North Korea *

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    2. And none of them are effective


    3. It’s often said that the definition of insanity is ...
      doing the same thing over and over ...
      while expecting a different result.

      Very, very, very often said.


    4. We could start by examining the effectiveness of the firs item on the "Hit Parade"

      The Mexican-U.S. border.

      The ineffectiveness of that wall is legend.
      The investigation into failure, starts and stops a number 1.

      heh heh, heh


    5. Yup, you are insane.

      Posting the very same drivel day after day for months on end.

      You need to be inside the security wall of a federal prison, or psycho ward.

  13. The list is only partial.

    1. Roberto - el Loco CagaderoThu Jan 02, 11:12:00 AM EST

      But the failure is complete!

    2. The all need to hire the Jews then, insane man.

    3. Let’s hear from Max Blumenthal:

      Goliath is the first on-the ground, journalistic portrait of the real Israel that has been whitewashed and covered up by the mainstream American media. The book reveals a society overrun with extremism, with open racism emitting from the highest levels of government, inspiring anti-Arab and anti-African riots from the West Bank to Tel Aviv while the siege of Gaza deepens. Many of the pivotal events I detailed at length through background research and first-hand reporting were buried or ignored by the New York Times and have scarcely been examined even in progressive American media.

      The atmosphere I captured in the pages of Goliath is the one that veteran Israelis from Uri Avnery to former Maariv editor Amnon Danker to former Haaretz editor-in-chief David Landau have described in no uncertain terms as fascistic. Through the experience of almost a year on the ground in Israel-Palestine, I was able to capture the feeling of the atmosphere they described and to bring it to life on the pages of my book. Obviously, pro-Israel zealots were not terribly happy about this.

      There was also the fact that I did not write Goliath with concern for Israel’s anguished “soul,” or with any abiding belief in the absolute necessity of a Jewish state; that I did not advance the fantastical notion that the Israel that exists behind the 1949 Armistice Lines is a vibrant democracy. And I refused to pay lip service to the idea that the Palestinians were partially at fault for their own dispossession — that “both sides” were responsible for the crisis. This is what you are expected to do if you wish to cater to Jewish-American opinion from a liberal perspective. I refused to take this approach not only because I reject the Zionist narrative but because it is deeply dishonest and actually requires intellectual contortions about the present and the willfull distortion of the past. That my book managed to gain traction despite my rejection of the established liberal Zionist narrative framework was another reason so many viewed it as threatening.

      I presented Israel without sentimentalism or nostalgia, painting a portrait of a state that controls all people between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean sea under a regime of ethnic separation with no national borders. Some of those who have grown accustomed to the hackeneyed liberal Zionist narrative found my factual portrayal of Israeli society deeply discomfiting. And neocon types were absolutely infuriated that I was able to generate publicity and attention. But of all those who have attempted to destroy my book, none have been able to challenge it on its merits or disprove any substantial facts in it. None.

    4. He continues:

      ...If Zionism had succeeded in building a democratic state that enjoyed normal relations with its neighbors, the international hasbara apparatus that exists to crush criticism of Israel and propagandize on behalf the Jewish state would be superfluous. Unfortunately, this was never the point of the Zionist movement. Israel is the product of a settler-colonial project that requires perpetual campaign of violent demographic engineering against the wishes of the indigenous Palestinian population. The project continues before our very eyes in the Negev Desert, the South Hebron Hills, and along the electrified walls of the Gaza ghetto. Unless you are some kind of bellicose nationalist, there is not much about it to be proud of.

      In the post-Oslo Israel that I bring to life on the pages of Goliath, Jewish Israeli society has doubled down on its anachronistic settler-colonial project, entering what could be described as the “neo-Zionist” era. With no hope of achieving international legitimacy and little desire to do so, Israel must call on its partisans across the globe to crush political opposition by all means necessary.

      The looming terminal stage of Zionism will be marked by crusades to crush the free speech rights of citizens inside Israel and across the West — to restrict their very ability to organize for the rights of Palestinians. Former Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren reflected the increasingly anti-democratic undercurrent of pro-Israel advocacy when he took to Politico to call on Congress to pass laws illegalizing Palestine solidarity activism and punishing Americans for protesting Israeli officials in public forums. 11 students at UC-Irvine have already faced a criminal prosecution for protesting Oren for literally two minuntes during a public event. So the campaign to block me from discussing my book at venues across the United States was of a part with the McCarthyite tactics that form the heart of today’s pro-Israel playbook.

    5. You can read more here:

  14. About 9.5 Million Americans can get Medical Care, today, as a result of Obamacare.


  15. ... since 1967, the US has been the primary guarantor of the status quo. So when I speak to audiences around the country, I encourage them to give up all hope on their elected representatives and societal elites doing anything decent or courageous to challenge Israeli apartheid. After all, these are the same people who have enabled apartheid to retrench itself across this country, either by actively driving inequality or through cynical negotiations with the corporate forces behind it. If Americans want to see genuine change in the Holy Land, they can participate in grassroots, Palestinian-led campaigns like the BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanction) movement. This movement is growing rapidly and sending shockwaves through the pro-Israel establishment. And that’s a very good thing considering that Palestinians may have few effective tactics left to resist a project aimed at their absolute dispossession.

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    2. Americans seem content with things in the "Holy Land". When snippers shoot into Israel, killing Jews, the American public supports Israel's retaliation. At some point, when Israel's army retaliates, the public will support that as well.

      As long as FATAH, HAMAS, and Iran refuse to recognize a Jewish state, Israel can count on the support of America's citizens.


    3. The Ottoman Standard

      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.

      “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



    4. Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property. 

    5. For political Zionism to come to fruition –

      - for a Jewish state to be created in Palestine -

      it was necessary to carry out as large a scale as possible ethnic cleansing of the country’s unwanted Arab natives.

      But even in 1948, and especially in 1967,
      Israel was unable to fully ‘cleanse’ the land of the Palestinians.

      As a result, Israel’s fallback position was to implement an apartheid regime of exclusion and discrimination.

      Where the dispossession had been most effective
      – inside Israel’s pre-1967 borders –
      apartheid could be less explicit.

      But in the OPT, home to a vast majority of Palestinians,
      Israeli apartheid had to be overt and iron-fisted.

      “Why have the Palestinians continued to reject a compromise with Israel, from the very beginning of the state in 1948, to Arafat’s ‘No’ at Camp David?

      The myth of ‘brave but peace-seeking’ Israel always let down by violent, compromise-rejecting Arabs is powerful and enduring.

      Israel’s defenders argue that if only the Palestinians had accepted partition in 1948, rather than seeking ‘Israel’s destruction’, everything would have been different.

      Likewise, for the propaganda war of the Second Intifada, the Palestinians – and Arafat in particular – were said to have turned down a ‘best ever’ offer from Israel at Camp David, instead opting for violence.

      Let’s take a look at 1948 first.
      The real story of Israel’s creation – the Nakba –
      … is very different from the sanitized, Zionist narrative.

      When the UN proposed partition, Jews owned less than 7 per cent of the land, made up a third of the population – yet over half of the land of Palestine was assigned to the Jewish state.

      Moreover, even in its proposed borders,
      the Jewish state’s population would be almost half Arab.

      Ironically, while Palestinians are often accused of ‘rejectionism’,
      the Zionist leadership only accepted the idea of partition for tactical reasons.

      Prime Minister Ben Gurion described a
      “‘partial Jewish state’” as just the beginning:

      “‘a powerful impetus in our historic efforts to redeem the land in its entirety.’”

      In a meeting of the Jewish leadership in 1938,
      Ben Gurion shared his assumption that

      “‘after we build up a strong force following the establishment of the state – we will abolish the partition of the country and we will expand to the whole Land of Israel.’”

    6. Love the talk about Israel and land. Israel sits on 1/900th of the middle east.

      Rat bitches about israel controlling 93% of the 1/900th as state controlled.

      Fine… great example

      tell us, out of the 899/900th of the arab occupied world, what is the total land mass privately owned?

      Don't play with %'s, tell us in actual land mass about the 899/900th of the entire middle east.

      Bet you can't… bet you won't…

      Bet you, if you could even figure out the truth? The arab world's citizens are locked out from owning land at a far greater rate than israel, where even ARABS own land.

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  16. They were told that they would yearn for the days when the discussion was about abortion.

    heh, heh, heh


  17. First on the list, the US Mexico border.

    Some would describe that border as being a 'Wall'.

    heh, heh, heh.

    That is such an IGNORANT construct as to render the entire list superficial, to say the very least.

    The typical fraudulent work product of the American Stinker.

    Should we post links to the 'Wall' in question on the US-Mexican border.

    Only a fuckin' idiot would ever consider Falcon lake to be a wall.
    Let alone the entirety of the Rio Grande River, to be a wall.

    Hell, the Rio Grande is no wall, it's not even a moat.

    heh, heh, heh


    1. We should use that standard to describe the Israeli Security Barrier, 98% is chain link fence, where there is any barrier at all.

      There is a concrete wall barrier in areas that the Palestinians used to shoot, with 50 cal American supplied sniper rifles (the kind desert Rat used in Central America) to blow the brains out of jewish infants.

      Israel decided that rather than copy the USA's technic of response to terror attacks (IE the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan) it would use a DEFENSIVE barrier to block Jewish babies as target practice. And the good news?

      IT WORKED.

      Now the Israel jew haters are pissed that the security barrier worked…


      too fucking bad.,.

      It also cut down on palestinian suicide bombings..


      tuff pork rinds….


    2. What is "Occupation" -Wed Jan 01, 03:36:00 PM EST

      Give us what we want and demand or we blow up your kids on buses...
      So sayith the Palestinians…

      - Sun Dec 22, 10:49:00 AM EST

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

      Give us what we want and demand or we blow Western Civilization ...
      So sayith the Israeli…

      • How Israel threatened Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon with the use of nuclear weapons on the third day of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, successfully blackmailing the White House to airlift much needed supplies;

    3. Thanks Rat for the cut and paste… Readers of this blog need to know the savage and murderous acts of the Palestinans against Israel women and babies.

      But there is GOOD news, just Yesterday another Palestinian blew himself up in a work accident handling explosives destined to murder jews!!!

      I guess that Palestinian, who blew himself up into hamburger, in a "work accident" was not LUCKY…

      Pardon me while I LAUGH MY ASS OFF…..

      BOOM… there goes another "freedom fighter"… LOL

      Really.. Palestinians who go boom in the night!!!!

      Now we can talk about the Palestinian of Gaza who blow their own people up when the rockets they set off fall short and land on the heads of their relatives INSIDE Gaza…

      Or the number of Palestinians who shoot off rounds from their guns STRAIGHT up into the air, only to fall down on their own heads…

      they aint lucky….


      thanks rat for posting…

    4. Roberto - el Loco CagaderoThu Jan 02, 12:39:00 PM EST

      The Israeli venerate the Legend of Suicide

      ... at Mossada.

      Their society IS a suicide pact.

      That is the essence of the Samson Option,

      The essence of allen's threat, the destruction of Western Civilization

      By the Ashkenazi.

    5. wioThu Jan 02, 12:24:00 PM EST
      Palestinians used to shoot, with 50 cal American supplied sniper rifles (the kind desert Rat used in Central America)

      It was just a dream.


  18. Arms cache found at Prague home of dead Palestinian envoy

    Illegal arsenal contained enough weapons for 10 men; Palestinians change story about safe in explosion which killed Jamel al-Jamal Wednesday

    By Times of Israel staff January 2, 2014, 5:29 pm 16

    A large, illegal weapons stockpile was found Thursday at the home of the Palestinian ambassador in Prague, Jamel al-Jamal, Czech media reported, a day after al-Jamal was killed in an explosion there.

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    Respekt, a Czech weekly newspaper, reported that the arsenal was enough to arm a unit of ten men.

    Czech police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova confirmed that arms had been found in the ambassador’s residence, which is located within a newly constructed Palestinian diplomatic mission in the city.

    Channel 2 News reported that the stockpile included heavy firearms, that it was held illegally, and that its existence had not been previously known to the Czech authorities.

    Reuters quoted an unnamed Palestinian official claiming that the mission’s staff had submitted the weapons to Czech authorities. He said they had been retrieved from an old sack, untouched since the era of the Cold War. But Prague police chief Martin Vondrasek told local radio that the weapons “have not gone through a registration process in the Czech Republic.”

    Al-Jamal, 56, was killed Wednesday when a safe at his home exploded. He and his wife were at home at the time of the safe’s explosion, according to Palestinian Embassy spokesman Nabil El-Fahel. Al-Jamal was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short while later.

    Policemen observe the situation near the residence, back, of Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic Jamal Al Jamal, who was killed in an explosion in a diplomatic flat in Prague-Suchdol, Wednesday, January 1, 2014 (photo credit: AP/CTK, Katerina Sulova)

    Policemen observe the situation near the residence, back, of Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic Jamal Al Jamal, who was killed in an explosion in a diplomatic flat in Prague-Suchdol, Wednesday, January 1, 2014 (photo credit: AP/CTK, Katerina Sulova)

    Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki said no foul play was suspected, and claimed that the safe had been left untouched for more than 20 years.

    Later, however, El-Fahel told Czech radio that the safe had been in regular use. ”[The safe] was used on a daily basis at the embassy and it was opened and closed almost every day,” the embassy spokesman said.

    The safe was recently moved from the old embassy building, Malki had claimed, adding that it had come from a building that used to house the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s offices in the 1980s. “The ambassador decided to open it. After he opened it, apparently something happened inside (the safe) and went off,” Malki said.

    Al-Jamal was born in 1957, in Beirut’s Sabra and Shatilla refugee camp. His family is originally from Jaffa in what is now Israel.

    He joined Fatah in 1975. In 1979, he was appointed deputy ambassador in Bulgaria.

    Starting in 1984, he served as a diplomat in Prague, eventually as acting ambassador. From 2005-2013, he served as consul general in Alexandria, Egypt.

    In October 2013, he was appointed ambassador in Prague.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report

    1. Starting to look like he blew his own ass up.

      Probably opened the safe with a big cigar in his mouth.

      B O O M

    2. much for artificial intelligence...

      A "Jihad Joe" bites the dust and fails to take down any Christians or Jews - what a waste.

  19. The Left is Too Smart to Fail

    Manufactured intelligence is the smarmy quality that oozes out of a New York Times column by Thomas Friedman, Maureen Dowd, Frank Bruni and the rest of the gang who tell you nothing meaningful while dazzling you with references to international locations, political events and pop culture, tying together absurdities into one synergistic web of nonsense that feels meaningful.

    Progressives manufacture the consensus of their own intelligence and insist that it proves them right.

    Imagine a million people walking in a circle and shouting, "WE'RE SMART AND WE'RE RIGHT. WE'RE RIGHT BECAUSE WE'RE SMART. WE'RE SMART BECAUSE WE'RE RIGHT." Now imagine that these marching morons dominate academia, the government bureaucracy and the entertainment industry allowing them to spend billions yelling their idiot message until it outshouts everyone else while ignoring the disasters in their wake because they are too smart to fail.

    That is liberalism.


    1. From threatening to "End Western Civilization" to ...
      ... fabricating false headings on a "Cut & Paste"

      Is that Judaism, or just allen?



    2. Collective thinking vs Individuality

      Individual vs. collective rights



    4. The Israeli government has ... continued the Ottoman legal system in regard to land ownership. 
      Less than 7% of the land in the State of Israel is privately owned.

      "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


    5. 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 …


    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. el Loco CagaderoThu Jan 02, 01:02:00 PM EST

      Home Demolitions: By the Numbers

      Who cares?

    8. Now imagine that these marching morons dominate academia, the government bureaucracy and the entertainment industry allowing them to spend billions yelling their idiot message until it outshouts everyone else while ignoring the disasters in their wake because they are too smart to fail.

      That is liberalism.

      That is what three out of four American Jews vote for, time and time again.

  20. After 65 years we all know that there is nothing to be gained by talking to Israel. When the current peace negotiations fail, and they will, the Third Intifada is likely to arise. This time the Israeli government will have pressure from a peace movement internally that has recognized the damage the occupation is doing to the Israeli economy. BDS

    1. The Jewish public is much more bellicose than you think.

      The reason there has been no peace in 65 years is because 65 years ago the Arabs ignored the UN and attempted to destroy Israel - they failed. In subsequent attempts they have failed. They will continue to fail.

      If there is to be a third intifada, there could be no better time. The Syrians, Egyptians, Libyans, and Lebanese are tied down with their own problems. The PA would be on its own.

    2. After 65 years the truth Jenny Is that Israel refuses to commit suicide.

      Sorry but that will never be acceptable.

      Might I suggest you join in the fight and use your advise to attack and try to defeat militarily Israel?

      One can only hope you are another statistic....

      Only problem we will never know, so do us a favor and wear a t-shirt that says "JENNY" across your chest as you throw your firebombs at Jewish school kids.... That way, then the photo's show you shot to death are published? We will KNOW it is you

    3. Jenny, my darling, you know I'd leap off tall buildings with you my love, hand in hand, but may I suggest you "run run run away" (anybody but me remember that song) with seem so right for one another.......

    4. Only problem we will never know, so do us a favor and wear a t-shirt that says "JENNY" across your chest as you throw your firebombs at Jewish school kids.... That way, then the photo's show you shot to death are published? We will KNOW it is you.

      - The Three Stooges

    5. Wow Jenny did you think up that retort all by yourself?

    6. .

      But which is which Jen?

      This may require a vote.



    7. Q U I R K !!!!!!

      You are alive !!!!!

      I am so relieved, you have no idea........


    8. Hell, what was I worried about anyway.....I KNEW Quirk-O would make it through the Holidays.......his middle name isn't Survivor for nothing......

      But I am sooooo happy !!

  21. Netanyahu gloomy as Kerry returns for peace talks

    Mr. Netanyahu,

    Put the matter before Mr. Kerry simply: "Mr. Kerry, when you can come to me with an unequivocal statement from FATAH and HAMAS acknowledging their acceptance of a Jewish state in perpetuity, I will negotiate the secondary issues. Without such recognition, there can be no negotiations. Until then, please stop with the destabilizing agitprop."


    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.

  22. Replies
    1. 6. The USS State of Israel and her support ships, operating in East Med.

    2. Ms T, Allen said No One Wants...

      Israel has a very large amount of support by the American people, at least those with brains.

  23. Interior Minister accuses Hamas of cooperating with Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to provide logistical support to the the jihadist group.

    Meanwhile, the international organization of the Brotherhood and Hamas plan to carry out attacks and bombings against churches in northern Sinai during Orthodox Christmas celebrations on Tuesday, the Egyptian daily Al-Youm al-Sabaa quoted senior security sources as saying.

    They plan to use suicide car bombers from the military wing of Hamas, Izzadin Kassam, as well as plant bombs in the walls of churches and monasteries, the sources said.

    Members of the Brotherhood and Hamas prepared tons of TNT explosives in the Gaza Strip to be used against the churches, the security sources told the newspaper.

    Churches have increased their security measures in preparation for the holiday, El-Watan newspaper reported.

    Hamas has, in essence, declared war on both Egypt and Israel. That was a terrible bit of strategy.

    Off and on for years, Israel has asked Egypt to again govern Gaza. Egypt has had no interest. However, given the role Hamas has chosen in the destabilization of Egypt, the Egyptians might just give it a go. Such an arrangement would greatly simplify a host of problems facing Egypt and Israel.

    1. Egypt was and is Gaza's master for at least 100 years...

      Rafah west, and Rafah east are the same people...

      Time to man up Egypt and bring your bastard seed into line...

    2. No, since 1967, GAZA has been Israel's

      Your lies are tumbling down!

    3. This comment has been removed by the author.

  24. I'm not sure Snowden can be characterized as an "international hero".

    He seems to be having trouble finding a permanent place to rest his weary head.

    1. Farmer O-Bob-ma, he found a permanent place ...

      Farmer Bob decided to legally change his name to Farmer O-Bob-ma

      which he found more fitting for his new role at the White House. -

      Farmer O-Bob-ma

    2. Egypt did not officially relinquish its interest in Gaza until 1978, Eleanor. So, are you lying, simply too lazy to ascertain the facts, or dumb as post?

    3. Neither.

      What Egypt did, or did not do, has no bearing on Israel's total control of GAZA, since 1967.

    4. Nonsense! "No, since 1967, GAZA has been Israel's"

      Nop...Egypt claimed Gaza until 1978.

      Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005.

      Both Egypt and Israel keep watch at Gaza's borders to prevent mischief. The Egyptians are even building a wall to keep Gazans out of Egypt.

    5. Desert Rat,

      Can you tell me in 2 minutes when Jordan gave up its claim to "The Territories?"

  25. It’s official: Obamacare debuts with more canceled plans than enrollments

    Sarah Hurtubise

    Obamacare may have promised health insurance for the masses. But on its first day, it’s left more Americans without coverage than before the law was passed.

    More than 4.7 million Americans had their health insurance canceled as a result of any of the thousand-plus-page law’s new rules, The Associated Press reports, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed Tuesday that between federal and state exchanges, just two million Americans have signed up for Obamacare coverage. (RELATED: Obama administration announces net loss of at least 3 million insurance plans)

    The Obama administration has yet to announce the final tally of full enrollments, which are only confirmed once customers have made their first payment, but Cato Institute health policy expert Michael Cannon warns that not all those who signed up will complete their purchases, potentially leaving the White House with an even lower bottom line.

    Read more:

  26. Now, a new report from the minority staff of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce has destroyed the foundation of that particular GOP claim. It projects that only 10,000 people will lose coverage because of the ACA and be unable to regain it — or in other words, 0.2 percent of the oft-cited 5 million cancellations statistic.

    The report starts with . . . . .

    House Report

    1. Capitalism, another word for ...

      "reative Desruction

      The PRIVATE Insurance companies are doing their thing ..

      For the first ime in a generation, Republicans are interested.

      heh, heh, heh.


    2. That would be

      "Creative Destruction"

      That's what I get for hiring the Synagogue Lady to do the proofing!


    3. "the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed Tuesday that between federal and state exchanges, just two million Americans have signed up for Obamacare coverage. (RELATED: Obama administration announces net loss of at least 3 million insurance plans)

      The Obama administration has yet to announce the final tally of full enrollments, which are only confirmed once customers have made their first payment"

    4. Give us a link for

      (RELATED: Obama administration announces net loss of at least 3 million insurance plans)


    5. Farmer Bob's Medical Marijuana Delivery Services

      - Detroit Marijuana Delivery - Call Now!
      "What Me Worry? Why Should You?"

    6. Of course, the Real scandal is the 5,000,000 Americans that are denied coverage because their Republican Governors refused the FREE Federal money to expand Medicaid.


    7. Farmer Bob spent the weekend in Washington State, best holiday ever he said!

      Smaoked a little bit of the good green, and he had the best time of his ENTIRE life.

      As soon as his daughter come back, from Seattle, she will change his sign-on to his new name

      Farmer O-Bob-ma

      She may be so high, though, that she forgets how to get back to Eye-Dee-Ho.


    8. Baby Doll's friend had to go to the clinic, yesterday, to get a powerful antibiotic/immodal shot for a severe neck/sinus infection.

      Obamacare paid $175.00 of a $180.00 bill. Sounds like pretty good coverage, eh?

    9. Sound's like I'll be paying for it.

    10. That's alright. She said it was her taxes that allowed the government to pay you NOT to farm.

    11. Rufus,

      We don't do links anymore as proofs. Desert Rat finds links too limiting to freestyle chatter. We now rely on factoids and bluster. As he said, "a word means exactly what he wants it to mean."

      From my point of view, if I say I recall seeing one million doctors opting out of Obamacare, you have every reasonable expectation that I prove my assertion. Upon careful review, I discovered that you were correct and published my numbers and sources. My ego was not crushed by the facts.


    12. By the bye, desert rat has retired, it is doubtful if you'd find five posts by him, in the last five weeks.
      We would never count the forgery you tried to pass, allen.

      It would seem thoought that you did not see the link, the one that provides the confirmation of the $110 billion to Israel, since 1977?

      Here then, just so you can look, again:


    13. It is refreshing to see that someone of desert rat's high level of performance has set the 'mark'.

      The 'mark' of performance that allen has set for his own, and is diligently trying to reach!

      Quit fabricating evidence, allen, and you may only have to clean up rat droppings, for another year or two.

      Kepp on keepin' on, allen.



    14. Desert Rat claimed that NSA contracts with Israel paid out $110 billion USD. That is simply not true and you knew it at the time. That makes you a liar.

      You did not provide a link showing that the NSA paid to Israel $110 billion USD.

      You can squirm like a worm, but you remain a germ.

      Liar, liar, pants on fire!


    15. desert ra never made tha claim, not once.

      If he did, bring it forward.



    16. desert raT never made thaT claim, not once.

      If he did, bring it forward.



    17. From threatening to "End Western Civilization" to ...
      ... fabricating false headings on a "Cut & Paste"

      Now was it just allen, Israel or all of Judaism that allen was speaking for,
      when he threatened civilization and presented forgeries?


    18. Who does allen think allen is?



    19. “Who would allen be but who allen is?”

      A forger, a liar, a man with no pants to set on fire!

      heh, heh, heh


      ― Terry Brooks


    20. That damned Terry, always tried to hog the glory!


    21. allen;s threats against 'Western Civilization' no more serious a thing than when the pas President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, threated to 'wipe Israel off the map'.

      If a loser threatens the impossible, he is still a loser, but the threats are meaningless.

      Which still does not elevate allen from being a 'FORGER' !

      No decoder ring or ability to 'read between the lines' required
      Neither are needed to see the truth of allen's work, as a 'FORGER'



    22. Synonyms for forger
      noun - falsifier


      More words related to forger
      noun. person who is false, deceitful



      horse trader

      play actor


      So many words, so little time to use them all, but we will try!



    24. My goodness, all that work - keep it up.

      All I need do is refer folk to the DSM III: PSYCHOPATH.

  27. Rufus, assuming you continue to drink your liver away, would you accept a new liver from a *****Christian***** - ugh - teatotalling donar?

    If that was the last option......or would you rather die instead?


    1. Remember now, sometimes the recipient begins to take on some of the characteristics of the donar.


    2. A plan, especially a very focused one,
      narrows down the possibilities of the future to just a couple of things:
      that things either go to plan, or they don't.”

      ― John C. Parkin, Fuck It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way


    3. Farmer O-Bob-ma never did provide that link.

      He just can't do it.
      No mater hard he tries, not matter how badly he'd like to do something ...


      He just can't seem to get 'er done!



    4. Except for cashin' his welfare check, he gets that done, every month.

      Suckin' his sustenance off the workin' folk, that's how it should be ...

      If you're Farmer O-Bob-ma Fudd


    5. A "Donar?" I don't know what that is.

      I would probably look for a "Donor."


    6. Tht was such a 'soft ball', that you should have let it slide, Rufus!

      Where is your compassion for the mentally handicapped?


    7. I get beat up every day. I ain't letting nothin' slide.

    8. AnonymousThu Jan 02, 05:43:00 PM EST

      Farmer O-Bob-ma never did provide that link.

      He just can't do it.

      Gosh, that reminds me of our very own tall tale teller, Desert Rat. Link? What link?
      The NSA paid Israel $110 billion USD for contract work.

      Liar, liar, pants on fire!


  28. Borderland Beat Reporter ddThu Jan 02, 06:32:00 PM EST

    San Antonio Home of Ramos Arizpe Mayor Ramon Rodriquez Oceguara

    In November I ran across a story in a Mexican newspaper, Sin Embargo, about the mayor of a small town in Coahuila purchasing a “retreat” home” in San Antonio, Texas that is about 24,000 sq.ft, and has five bedrooms and the same number of bathrooms, plus a pool with spa included and space for three cars in the garage.

    The one-story house also features a game room, bar, studio and jacuzzi and other amenities.

    The records show that he paid nearly $11,000,000 pesos ($850,000 USD) for the mansion while earning $24,500 pesos ($2,200 USD) a month as Mayor of Ramos Arizpe, a small city of about 48,000 close to Saltillo.

  29. Borderland Beat Reporter ChivisThu Jan 02, 07:12:00 PM EST

    Chinese Iron Trade Fuels Conflict with Caballeros Templarios

    by Dave Graham for Reuters

    When the leaders of Mexico and China met last summer, there was much talk of the need to deepen trade between their nations. Down on Mexico's Pacific coast, a drug gang was already making it a reality.
    The Knights Templar cartel, (Caballeros Templarios) steadily diversifying into other businesses, became so successful at exporting iron ore to China that the Mexican Navy in November had to move in and take over the port in Lazaro Cardenas, a city that has become one of the gang's main cash generators.
    This steelmaking center, drug smuggling hot spot and home of a rapidly growing container port in the western state of Michoacán occupies a strategic position on the Pacific coast, making it a natural gateway for burgeoning trade with China.
    Lazaro Cardenas opened to container traffic just a decade ago, and with a harbor deep enough to berth the world's largest ships, it already aims to compete with Los Angeles to handle Asian goods bound for the U.S. market.
    But that future is in doubt unless the government can restore order and win its struggle with the Knights Templar, who took their name from a medieval military order that protected Christian pilgrims during the Crusades.
    Mexico's biggest producer of iron ore, Michoacán state is a magnet for Chinese traders feeding demand for steel in their homeland. But the mines also created an opportunity for criminal gangs, such as the Knights Templar, looking to broaden their revenue base into more legitimate businesses.
    "The mines were mercilessly exploited, and the ore was leaving. But not in rafts or launches - it was going via the port, through customs, on ships," said Michoacán’s governor, Fausto Vallejo, soon after the Navy occupied the port on November 4.
    Already a thriving criminal enterprise adept at corrupting local officials and squeezing payments from businesses, developers and farmers, the Knights took to mining with aplomb, according to entrepreneurs and miners working around the port.
    Hidden behind mountain roads about an hour from Lazaro Cardenas, one small town mustered hundreds of trucks this year to lead the gang's scramble to the port, a local miner said.

    That town - Arteaga - is the birthplace of Servando Gomez, the former school teacher who leads the Knights Templar.

    1. Borderland Beat Reporter ChivisThu Jan 02, 07:13:00 PM EST

  30. Where has been Desert Rat? This story may share the grim details.

    Stolen Brains Sold For Cash On EBAY


    1. Another fantasy of allen the mountebank, left unfulfilled.

  31. Might have been the rat.

    His brain may be in one of those jars one day too.

    It would not have been Quirk, he has his standards and doesn't steal stuff. ( much )


    1. Farmer Bob dies unexpectedly

      Western Nevada County has lost a major contributor to its agricultural vitality.

      Bob Bobertson, 56, better known as Farmer Bob,
      owner of Farmer Bob’s produce stand in Grass Valley,
      died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday afternoon.

      He was helping a customer load a Christmas tree onto a vehicle when he abruptly passed out,
      said Steven Sears, his childhood friend.

      An employee at the produce stand,
      located behind The Union office off Sutton Way at the end of Olympia Park Circle,
      performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

      The emergency responders were unable to resuscitate him, Sears said.

      bob - the last of the authentic Roberts.

    2. It would be a very small jar for Desert Rat.

      He is writing a book, you know? "The Crazy Commode". He did not say if it was a cookbook. Hmm... The Human Crockpot would have been a good title also.


    3. From threatening to "End Western Civilization" to ...
      ... fabricating false headings on a "Cut & Paste"

      Is it just allen who is a lying and fraudulent forger, or does he represent Israel and Judaism?


    4. Is allen merely an individual, or is he representative of the Ashkenazi collective?

    5. Just make it up like you did the contracts for $110 billion USD from NSA to Israel. The truth has never yet been a barrier to your vivid anti-Jew propaganda.

      As long as the vast majority of Americans side with Israel, I bask in nirvana. :-)

      Liar, liar, pants on fire!


    6. Nirvana

      heh, heh, heh.

      Heroin did Nirvana in, allen.

      Seems a suitable choice of words, for a fella of your predilections.


  32. I have no idea how donor came out donar. I might have been thinking of Thor at the time. I also dropped the y from Whacky the Doodle once, making it Whack the Doodle, which wasn't a Freudian slip or incitement to violence.......
    I am getting sloppy is the answer.

    At any rate I thought it an interesting question as to whether or not Rufus would accept a donoted Christian liver.

    1. Responsibility is a unique concept...

      You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished.

      You may delegate it, but it is still with you...
      If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion,
      or ignorance or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else.

      ― Hyman G. Rickover

    2. Proselytizing Through Transplants

      New Christian outreach program.....


    3. “He was Anonymous, but now he is Farmer O-Bob-ma Fudd
      ...and so my friends, you'll just have to carry on.
      The dream is over.”


    4. If someone wanted to correct errors in the posts submitted, it would be a full time job. When you see that sort of criticism, you know someone has run out of steam.


    5. From threatening to "End Western Civilization" to ...
      ... fabricating false headings on a "Cut & Paste"

      How the 'mighty' have fallen!


  33. Is allen merely an individual, or is he representative of the Ashkenazi collective?

    1. According to Desert Rat, the Ashkenazi are standard Europeans. By the way, Basques, Finns, Laplanders, and Sámi are not Indo-Europeans, while inhabiting the European continent for tens of thousands of years. How to fit them into Desert Rat's Ashkenazi=European rubric is not clear.

    2. We have a yearly Basque Festival in Boise every year. It is quite interesting. I recall seeing Basques herding sheep around the state years ago. They have gone into business these days, lots of them. The Secretary of State here was a Basque for decades it seems. Not sure who holds that position now. Their language is unique, and they have quite their own food menu.

    3. Nothing that 'allen' says is "According to Desert Rat"

      The fraudulent Forger is making it up, whole clothe.
      Not a link, not a reference, just endless Ad Hominem babble and bullshit ...

      ... about someone who is not even here.

      That is how desperate the Israeli First team has become, they are so empty, their tank is so dry ...

      They strike out at ghosts and jin.

      It is truly an entertainment, to watch 'em squirm.

      Hope Bibi pays 'em, adequately, for the humiliation they endure.

      Ashkenazi ...
      A tribe of Europeans.

      Europeans are not a 'Race', they are a series of 'Nationalities".
      Made up around old school 'tribes'.

      The Ashkenazi, a tribe of Europeons that migrated from ...

      The recent study by John Hopkins geneticist Dr Elhaik confirms...
      that the common genome structure of the European Jew gravitated towards an origin in old Khazaria.

      “The majority of Jews do not have Middle Eastern genetic component,” he told Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

  34. What about a 100% alcohol free Mormon liver, Rufus. Would you accept that?

    You might end up wearing clean streak free celestial underwear......making your wife happy for once........



    1. Remember this, Farmer Fudd . . .

      “You are who you are today because of the mistakes you made yesterday.”

      ― The Prolific Penman

      If you were to acknowledge some of the mistakes you have made, well . . .

      Who you will be tomorrow is dependent upon your actions today.


  35. Replies

    1. People only tell lies when the truth is disagreeable to them, or frightens them, or to cover sin.

      ― Anne Perry

      Which is it with you, allen?


  36. Stella {Goldschlag} Kübler Isaacksohn
    was a Jewish woman born in Germany who collaborated with the Gestapo during World War II, exposing and denouncing Berlin's underground Jews.

    Kübler was very successful at finding her former schoolmates and handing their information over to the Gestapo.

    The number of her victims varies from between 600 to 3,000 Jews.
    Kübler's charisma and striking good looks were a great advantage in her pursuit of underground Jews.
    The Nazis called Stella "blonde poison".

    Stella {Goldschlag} Kübler Isaacksohn was a Fifth Columnist..


    1. You are mistaken, she was a German patriot. It is always touching to hear a boy speak well of his mother. I sure is was proud of you as well.

    2. George Bernard ShawThu Jan 02, 10:00:00 PM EST

      “The liar's punishment is,
      not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”

      ― George Bernard Shaw, The Quintessence of Ibsenism

    3. NSA contracted with Israel for $110 billion USD
      ___Desert Rat

  37. What is to be done with all information gathered by the NSA?

    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    2. All the meaningless stuff, which seems to be about 98% of it, needs to be put through some kind of digital shredder, or something.

      All the records wiped clean.

      How this would be done I have no idea.

      And who decides what is meaningless and what isn't?

      And how do we know whether it has been done, or not?

      All this electronic gadgetry and the computers have created a real monster here.

      And 'the wrong hands' are always drawn to it.

      So.......?????... is the only answer I know


    3. “When people tell a lie about something,
      they have to make up a bunch of lies to go with the first one.

      ‘Mythomania’ is the word for it.”

      ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


    4. 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.

    5. Haruki MurakamiThu Jan 02, 10:02:00 PM EST

      “When people tell a lie about something,
      they have to make up a bunch of lies to go with the first one evidenced above...

      The NSA contracted with Israel for $110 billion USD. ___Desert Rat

      Liar, liar, pants on fire!



    6. “The truth, as much as people acted like they wanted to hear it,
      was sometimes too cruel and harsh.”

      ― Laura Kreitzer


  38. A break from booze, a break from bad habits
    02 January 2014
    Magazine issue 2950. Subscribe and save
    For similar stories, visit the Editorials , The Human Brain and Drugs and Alcohol Topic Guides

    Quitting alcohol for short periods seems to bring health benefits – but it also changes your mindset about drinking, and that could be a bigger gain

    GIVING up alcohol for January? For many people, in the UK at least, it has become a ritual in recent years. The assumption is that taking a break will help your liver to recover from the seasonal onslaught of alcohol and rich food.

    Does it work? Upon investigation, we found little research on the effects of such "dryathlons". We thought that was surprising. So a group of New Scientist volunteers took part in a ground-breaking study organised by medical researchers at University College London.

    The preliminary results are striking, suggesting that abstinence significantly reduces levels of liver fat, cholesterol and blood glucose (see "Our liver vacation: Is a dry January really worth it?"). Intriguing, but we'll have to wait for larger studies before we can be confident of how large or enduring those benefits really are.

    But a period of abstinence may have consequences beyond the physiological. The health benefits of a one-month break may prove to be inconsequential when set against the detriments of drinking for the rest of the year – certainly if people take the break as licence to increase their alcohol intake at other times.

    But a dry period may help with that, too. Alcohol is a drug: one that kills 2.5 million people each year globallyMovie Camera and which the World Health Organization ranks as the third largest risk factor for premature death. When, how and why we drink is strongly affected by personal and social factors.

    Habitual drinkers can find it difficult to negotiate social events without alcohol. But get over the initial discomfort of drying out, and healthier habits may follow. Several New Scientist participants reported they found it easier to decline alcohol after the study had ended, or to start an evening off with low-alcohol drinks. But the lack of palatable, non-sugary choices proved frustrating: perhaps drinks manufacturers could make more effort to cater to the month-off market.

    This is, of course, just the anecdotal experience of a handful of people. But the potential for people to rewrite their contract with alcohol may prove a stronger argument for dialling back on booze for a while every year than any health benefits. Worth considering as you decide whether to open another bottle of wine.

    This article appeared in print under the headline "New year, new habits?"


  39. US pressuring Egyptian army not to back al-Sisi in presidential election

    It reviewed the American pressure and Sisi shared the details of his most recent phone conversation with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Sisi said he told Hagel he rejected outside intervention in the will of the Egyptian people.

    The source said that the Obama administration had carried out a campaign in the past few days in which intensive contacts took place with several Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait with the goal of getting them to pressure Egypt to nominate a non-military figure for president. The Gulf states rejected the American request.

    1. All good non interventionist libertarians should be pissed at this gross monkeying around by our government in the political life of another country. !!

      As for my meaningless opinion, I don't care who is at the 'top of the ticket' as long as the Egyptian military runs the show and puts the screws to the Sharia folk and keeps the peace with Israel and blasts back at "the Palestians"Hamas/PA folk once in a while when they get uppity out in the desert and tries to let the Copts catch a break.

    2. Abdel Fattah al-SisiThu Jan 02, 10:04:00 PM EST

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

      Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

  40. Dietrich BonhoefferThu Jan 02, 10:22:00 PM EST

    allen, the liar, as a liar has endorsed a world of falsehood and deception,
    and to focus only on the truth or falsity of his particular statements is to miss the danger ...
    ... of being caught up in his twisted world.

    This is why, as Bonhoeffer says, that
    “it is worse for a liar to tell the truth than for a lover of truth to lie”

    ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics

    1. Dietrich BonhoefferThu Jan 02, 10:30:00 PM EST

      To be a forger, is to be a liar, it is that simple, really.

      What is worse than doing evil, is being "evil”.
      To lie is wrong, but what is worse than the lie is the liar, for the liar contaminates everything he says,
      because everything he says is meant to further a cause that is false.

      ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics

    2. The NSA contracted with Israel for $110 billion USD. ___Desert Rat

      Liar, liar, pants of fire!



    3. Everything allen says is meant to further a cause that is false.


    4. Everything allen says is meant to further a cause that is false.

      hat tip: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    5. You're really one fucked up rat, rat.

      Why Deuce doesn't take you down is beyond me.

      For simple hygiene's sake......if nothing else.....


    6. "If you insist on disavowing that which is ugly about what you do,"
      said Quirk, still looking at Farmer Bob,
      "you will never learn from your mistakes.”

      ― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

    7. Is this Quirk the same Quirk that said you were a jackass, rat?

      I believe that Quirk also said or agreed that you were sick and needed help.


    8. “Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side?
      And hain't that a big enough majority in any town?”


  41. Belief in God doesn't undermine evolution: Column

    Eli Federman 7:03 p.m. EST December 31, 2013

    A survey this week shows that most Americans accept evolution.
    Thus, many of those who are religious also believe in evolution and don't view it as a threat to faith.
    Yet, atheists and religionists polarize the debate over religion and science.

    This week's survey by the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project shows that 60% of Americans believe that "humans and other living things have evolved over time." That means most Americans accept evolution.

    This also means that many of those who are religious and believe in God, also believe in evolution. They don't view evolution as a threat to faith.

    Both atheists and religionists polarize the debate. Atheists sometimes wield evolution as a hatchet to discredit religion, and religionists sometimes claim that evolution is incompatible with faith because it does not conform to a literal reading of the Bible's Book of Genesis.

    Despite this, significant percentages see religion and evolution as compatible. In fact, roughly 24% of adults said they believe "a supreme being guided the evolution of living things." And over 90% of Americans believe in God, which further reinforces that, to many, the belief in God is not incompatible with accepting evolution. Even 51% of scientists are reported to "believe in some form of deity or higher power."

    Several prominent scientists, like Dr. Francis Collins, adopt the view that evolution compliments faith, while others, like Stephen Jay Gould, maintain that religion and science represent to different non-mutually exclusive understandings of the world.

    Theistic evolutionist, Dr. Collins, former director of the Human Genome Project, says, "evolution by descent from a common ancestor is clearly true. If there was any lingering doubt about the evidence from the fossil record, the study of DNA provides the strongest possible proof of our relatedness to all other living things."

    In its publication Science and Creationism, the National Academy of Sciences adopted the view that "science and religion occupy two separate realms of human experience. Demanding that they be combined detracts from the glory of each."

    Prominent atheist Richard Dawkin's describes the belief that God influenced evolution as an attempt to "(smuggle) God in by the backdoor." Ironically, Young Earth creationists share Dawkin's disdain claiming that accepting evolution undermines literal biblical teachings by regarding the creation story as a parable or allegory.

    Perhaps Dawkin's doesn't know that Charles Darwin himself never said that evolution had to be Godless or directionless. Nothing about evolution disproves God or religion. It is simply a sound scientific understanding of our origins. It doesn't prove nor disprove a God claim.

    The Young Earth creationists should also stop using religion as a wedge against science, by trying to misleadingly fit science into preconceived biblical narrative.

    The atheists and religious should not present an either-or proposition between belief in God and acceptance of evolution. It does not have to be one or the other.

    It is nice to see a healthy percentage of religious people rise above the false-dichotomy and divisiveness to find a harmonious balance that accepts evolution and faith simultaneously.

    Eli Federman is an executive at an e-commerce company. He writes frequently on religion, culture, business and law. Follow him on Twitter @EliFederman

    1. Neil deGrasse TysonThu Jan 02, 10:50:00 PM EST

      People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah's ark carried dinosaurs.

      This case is not about the need to separate church and state;
      it's about the need to separate ignorant, scientifically illiterate people from the ranks of teachers.”

      ― Neil deGrasse Tyson


    2. “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution,
      that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I'd rather not consider that).”

      ― Richard Dawkins


    3. “Do you see the slightest evidence anywhere in the universe that creation came to an end with the birth of man?

      Do you see the slightest evidence anywhere out there that man was the climax toward which creation had been straining from the beginning?

      ...Very far from it. The universe went on as before, the planet went on as before.
      Man's appearance caused no more stir than the appearance of jellyfish.”

      ― Daniel Quinn, Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

    4. Do you see anywhere the slightest evidence anywhere that the NSA contracted with Israel for $110 billion USD? Those who say such things may be wicked.


    5. “There are some things allen remembers even though they may never have happened.”

  42. USMC Gender Equality


    Female perfect score 8
    Male perfect score 20

    ...fuzzy math...

    Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail [more than half failed]

    1. Theodore RooseveltThu Jan 02, 11:03:00 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. Those who say that the NSA contracted with Israel for $110 billion USD play a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic because they are lying, racial bigots.


    3. Who ever said that?

      Where was it said?

      When was it said?

      You have become an unimaginative farce, it's great!

      There is no depth to your character, it is a caricature, and it's great!

      You have taken to Improv Blogging with gusto!

      You go!



    4. You go GIRL!



    5. Desert Rat,

      It is not too late for redemption - just confess your sin. And if you do that right now, for only $19.99 we will send you not one, but two - you heard right - two, glow in the dark pictures of the Prophet! Unlike other glow in the dark offers you may see, our Prophets are water resistent, perfect for those lonely, winter nights on jihad.


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

      The Replacement


    7. “There are some things allen remembers even though they may never have happened.”

      ― Harold Pinter


  43. “Forgery, being the weirdest form of creativity there is, like antiques, costs lives.

    Why is it that antiques demand sacrificial victims?
    Dunno, but if they don't get enough, forgery does.

    You want proof?
    Here it is: Once a faker's found out, he dies.

    Truly. It always happens.”

    ― Jonathan Gash, Jade Woman


    1. Farmer Bob died unexpectedly

      but only because ....

      He changed his name to ...

      ... Farmer O-Bob-ma

      Farmer Bob is DEAD!
      Long Live Farmer O-Bob-ma!


  44. DEUCE !!!

    Just LOOK at this stream of horse shit rat has put up today.

    It's been the same for weeks on end.

    ACT !

    Put an end to it now.

    No one wants to be distracted by this shit for months........

    It is ruining your blog.

    Act, put an end to it.