“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, June 11, 2014

Iraqi Shock and Awe - Insurgents taking territory at a time and place of their choosing

Violence Escalates in Iraq as Insurgents Overrun Second Key City
Islamist Militants Overrun Tikrit, Birthplace of Former Dictator Saddam Hussein

Updated June 11, 2014 11:49 a.m. ET

Islamist militants overran the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit and freed hundreds of prisoners from its jails on Wednesday, as rebels seized a second key Iraqi city in as many days and further destabilized the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The capture of Tikrit, the birthplace of former dictator Saddam Hussein, occcured just hours after rebels stormed the Turkish consulate in Mosul and took 10 diplomatic personnel hostage.
It also comes one day after Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, fell to fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, an al Qaeda offshoot.
The identify of the militants who seized Tikrit, 87 miles north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, was not immediately known. But the takeover was confirmed by Ali Al Hamdani, a senior official in Salah Al Din province.
The noontime raid on Turkey's diplomatic compound was carried out by fighters belonging to ISIS, two Turkish officials said.
There probably were about 10 diplomatic staff inside the building at the time of the seizure, said one of the officials, with Turkish media reporting the total number of 48. Their condition was not immediately known.
Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was meeting with his top national security advisers late Wednesday to decide on the Turkish response.
Foreign ministers from the European Union and the Arab League who were meeting in Athens voiced concern about what they called the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told reporters that his country faces a "mortal threat" from the ISIS insurgents.
In Mosul on Wednesday, rebel fighters took up posts guarding banks and shops and were policing lines at fuel stations in Mosul, witnesses said. They also circulated through city neighborhoods to help distribute fuel for generators, a main source of electricity.
One resident said traffic was moving normally following four days of fighting and a rebel triumph that underscored the inability of the central government in Baghdad to secure key areas of the country.
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"I had a tour in almost half of the city this morning. I drove around and I was astonished that everything was quiet," said Rayan Nadhim, 33, a car dealer. "All the streets are open. No checkpoints and no streets are closed."
While some residents of Mosul chose to remain in the city, the International Organization of Migration estimated that at least 500,000 people have fled the city and the province of Nineveh out of fear of escalating violence. The casualty toll from the four days of fighting wasn't known.
On their first full day of control in Mosul, the rebels were employing the same strategy they used in Fallujah, a Sunni-majority city 36 miles west of Baghdad that they have ruled since early January. Instead of policing the wearing of veils by women and chastising cigarette smokers, they were seeking to restore an air of normalcy for ordinary Iraqis.
Some inhabitants of the Sunni-dominated city of 1.8 million people who had run away days ago were filtering back home after their escape grew too onerous.
Mr. Nadhim returned to Mosul early Wednesday after he was turned back at checkpoints on the border of the semiautonomous Kurdish region. Following the increasing shortages and deprivation that marked the four-day siege, he said he was sitting in his home, air-conditioned with the aid of his now working generator.
The Iraqi security forces, meanwhile, were trying to rebuild their ranks after hundreds soldiers and police deserted their posts as the rebels advanced on Mosul. Those who returned to their barracks on Wednesday have been offered amnesty from prosecution, said security officials in the provinces of Kirkuk and Salah Al Din.

— Joe Parkinson and Emre Parker in Istanbul and Alkman Granitsas in Athens contributed to this article.


  1. The Angel of MercyWed Jun 11, 12:37:00 PM EDT

    A target rich environment.

  2. They had better beware messing with the Turks. Turkey has long coveted those oil fields up there in Mosul.

  3. The ISSI are supported by the Turks.
    This taking of their compound could be a fulfillment of the Turkish "False Flag" operation they had planned in Syria.

  4. Moose limb on moose limb. Get the pilsner, I'll make the kettle corn.

  5. Deuce ☂Wed Jun 11, 12:20:00 PM EDT
    Stunning: Shock and Awe !

    This has the look of Russian "Shock and Awe". Real objectives are taken in classic style and then secured. By "classic" I mean the logistics are nearly flawless. This campaign has been some time in the making.

    You are watching the systematic dismembering of Anglo-American Iraq and the emergence of a new state. The rump government in Baghdad has no chance of recovering.

    As to the Kurds, it would not surprise me to find them already up-armed by Israel. A Turk on foot in Kurdistan is a target. Time will tell.

  6. (Reuters) - The leader of radical Sunni fighters who have made rapid military advances in Iraq is the rising star of global jihad, driven, Islamist fighters say, by an unbending determination to fight for and establish a hardline Islamic state.

    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, commander of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), now controls large parts of eastern Syria and western Iraq, a vast cross-border haven for militants in the Sunni Muslim core of the Middle East.

    Despite his power - and a $10 million U.S. reward for information leading to his capture - little is known about a man who for his own survival has shunned the spotlight.

    Fighters from ISIL and its rivals who spoke to Reuters praised Baghdadi as a strategist who succeeded in exploiting turmoil in Syria and Iraq's weak central authority after the U.S. military withdrawal to carve out his powerbase.

    He has proved ruthless in eliminating opponents and showed no hesitation in turning against former allies to further his ambition of creating an Islamist state.

    Enemies, even those from rival radical groups who broadly share ISIL's religious ideology, are fought and defeated. Captured fighters - and non-combatants - are usually shot or decapitated, their deaths recorded in grisly videos which inspire fear and revulsion among opponents.

    "In short, for Sheikh Baghdadi, each religion has its state except Islam, and it should have a state and it should be imposed. It is very simple," said one of his non-Syrian members, speaking from inside Syria.


    According to the U.S. reward notice, which depicts a round-faced, brown-eyed man with closely cropped beard and short dark hair, Baghdadi was born in the Iraqi town of Samarra in 1971.

    He got a doctorate in Islamic studies at Baghdad university, jihadi websites say, and after years of fighting with al Qaeda groups became leader of its Islamic State in Iraq in 2010.

    A year later, sensing opportunity when the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad erupted, Baghdadi sent an aide across the border to expand al Qaeda's foothold there.

    That aide, Abu Mohammad al-Golani, set up al Qaeda's Nusra Front which quickly rose to prominence with a series of deadly car bombings. It also earned a reputation as the most effective of the many disparate forces fighting Assad.

    But as Golani grew strong in Syria and rejected an edict to merge his forces under Baghdadi's command, Baghdadi launched a war against the Nusra Front, leading to a split with al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri.

    For many of Baghdadi's supporters the clash between their battlefield commander and the nominal but distant al Qaeda leader, who tried in vain to impose his authority to end the dispute, was no surprise.

    When al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan three years ago, Baghdadi "was the only one who did not pledge allegiance to Zawahri," the non-Syrian ISIL member said.

    "He was assigned by Sheikh Osama to establish the state, this was his plan before he (bin Laden) was killed."

    While Baghdadi's supporters believe an Islamic state would revive the glories of Islam under the Prophet Mohammad, they say Zawahri feared that by drawing jihadi fighters together in one place it would make it easier for the West to defeat them.

    His fighters counter that Baghdadi has plenty of hidden surprises for his enemies. “He has capabilities that he keeps secret until the right time," another ISIL supporter said.


    1. {...}

      Ignoring Zawahri's calls to leave Syria to the Nusra Front, Baghdadi expanded operations across northern and eastern parts of Syria in 2012 and 2013, sometimes battling Assad's forces but more often pushing out other rebel fighters.

      ISIL's unforgiving treatment of ordinary Syrians won it many enemies and by the end of last year an alliance of Nusra and other Islamist brigades struck back, pushing ISIL back to its stronghold along the Euphrates River in the oil producing deserts of eastern Syria.

      But ISIL has grown stronger, not weaker. Baghdadi's fighters control the city of Raqqa - Syria's only provincial capital completely beyond Assad's control - and have imposed strict Islamic law.

      In neighbouring Deir al-Zor province ISIL has waged a six-week offensive against rival rebels in which 600 fighters have been killed, seizing oilfields and towns on the north-east bank of the Euphrates 60 miles (100 km) from the Iraqi border.

      Oil sold on the black market provides millions of dollars in revenues, rebels say. Combined with Iraqi recruits and the military equipment seized in his capture of the Iraqi city of Mosul, Baghdadi now has a formidable array of resources.

      Supporters say that is key to achieving his aim of military self-sufficiency, ensuring an independent flow of money, manpower, weapons and energy supplies.


    2. {...}


      Baghdadi's real and very visible strength stands in sharp contrast to Zawahri, in hiding for more than a decade and trying to influence a global jihad most of which is played out a long way from his refuge.

      Even Baghdadi's rivals say the ISIL leader is in the ascendancy, winning influence well beyond Syria and Iraq.

      "He is becoming very popular among jihadis. They see him as someone who is fighting the war of Islam," said a Nusra Front fighter from the Syrian city of Aleppo, adding bitterly that Baghdadi's supporters "cannot see the damage he is inflicting".

      "He has received letters expressing loyalty from Afghanistan and Pakistan as well," the Nusra fighter said. "Sheikh Zawahri is trying but I think it is too late."

      From Nusra's perspective, Islamists in Syria have "entered a cycle of blood and nobody will come out of it," he added.

      To his followers, Baghdadi represents a new generation of fighters working to fulfil the next stage of bin Laden's dream, moving from Qaeda - which can mean 'base' in Arabic - towards the fully fledged radical state.

      "Sheikh Baghdadi and Sheikh Osama are similar. They always look ahead, they both seek an Islamic state," said a Syrian ISIL fighter.

      Others go further, saying Baghdadi's creation of ISIL makes Zawahri's part of al Qaeda's operation redundant.

      "The group al Qaeda does not exist any more. It was formed as a qaeda (base) for the Islamic State and now we have it, Zawahri should pledge allegiance to Sheikh Baghdadi," said the non-Syrian ISIL fighter.

      Another jihadi who described himself as close to Baghdadi said Zawahri was watching, powerless, to see whether the ISIL leader makes a false move. "He is waiting to see if Baghdadi will win or fall, but in either case he is no longer leader."


      Among his strategies, Baghdadi has opened the door to foreign fighters, particularly Europeans and Americans, providing them with training and a sense of purpose.

      While they are useful on the Syrian battlefield, they may also head back home one day, war veterans with experience to recruit others to carry out attacks for Baghdadi outside the Middle East.

      They are trained to be fearless and merciless. Activists in several areas inside Syria say that Baghdadi's men walk around wearing explosive vests.

      In a sign of their brutality, a video posted on the internet shows ISIL fighters, some of whom do not appear to speak Arabic, executing several men. Two victims were reciting the Shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith, as they were killed.

      Many clerics say it is forbidden to kill a person while they declare the Shahada, but Baghdadi's men operate by a simpler rule: whoever stands in their way should be terminated, regardless of religion or sect.

      Asked how serious Baghdadi is, a supporter replied: "When you have his army, his determination and his belief then the world should fear you."

      "If the world does not fear Baghdadi then they are fools, they do not know what will hit them in the future."

  7. Let's put the piece in perspective ..

    Baghdadi couldn't defeat the 'Moderate Rebels' in Syria, but was pushed backed to the city of Raqqa, in the Euphrates river valley. From there, unable to advance in Syria, he turned back towards Iraq and expanded into the Sunni areas, where the Shiite dominated Iraqi government was weakest.

    He has not advanced into 'Kurdistan', but has remained in the Sunni areas of Iraq.

    Doc Z, the unseen 'Leader' of al-Queda has been displaced. Not surprising after a decade in hiding.

    Baghdadi is consolidating the most radical of the Islamist forces around him.
    Removing that element from the battlefield in Syria. He is now operating in Iraq, due to the defeats he suffered in Syria.
    Consolidating the most radical Islamists in Iraq and, as Doc Z is said to have opined, creating a target of opportunity for whomever is trying to strike at those radicals.

    1. Haditha is under the control of ISIS and Ramadi seems to be a combat zone. The University there raided, but not held. The Government's leading Sunni there: Abu Risha, head of Ramadi Awakening Council, killed a week ago.,

    2. From looking at the map, it would also indicate that ISIS controls the Euphrates valley east from Raqqa all the way to Haditha


    3. The question being, who is trying to eliminate the radical Sunni Islamists, now that they have consolidated?

  8. Baghdadi has a strategy: the consolidation of a governable Islamic state. His vision of its boundaries is unknown but appears to encompass easily managed parts of Syria and Iraq. Since war with the Kurds would be a dangerous gamble, with the potential for leaving him bloodied and little more, he has placed his religious fanaticism on the back burner for the time being, bypassing the Kurds. Given the ancient isolation of Kurdistan, the region may not fall within his anticipated realm.

    When his strategy was tested in Syria, he behaved professionally. Rather than throwing his limited resources at his opponents haphazardly, he methodically fell back upon a strong defensive line. Among other things, he controls a Syrian provincial capital, communications node, and administrative center overseeing rich oil reserves. From his relatively unassailable base of operations within Syria, it appears he is in the process of systematically devouring another oil rich province while annihilating the poorly led forces of his adversaries there. Because of his tactical prowess and constancy of purpose, he is drawing recruits to his cause. This does not look at all like the defeat of Baghdadi in Syria. To the contrary, he appears to be a first rate tactician, unlikely to fly off on the self-defeating tangents so typical of jihadists. Given his obvious resourcefulness, the territory he “controls” in Syria should continue to grow.

    Given all the above, who is providing the military expertise? No personal slur is intended, but the Blitz Krieg just witnessed in Iraq bears the hallmark of Western military doctrine. Rather than helter-skelter pillaging and senseless destruction, Baghdadi’s troops acted with professional detachment, leaving both Mosel and Tikrit hardly aware of a change of regime. This strongly suggests a well-organized logistical train. Indeed, it suggests the unremarked prepositioning of assets well in advance of the offensive. Such scrupulous attention to detail is atypical of the historical Arab method of warfare. Hence, what Western oriented staff is directing the order of battle?

    1. That of Israel.

    2. Israel is not Western, it is Middle Eastern.

    3. Everyone knows that by now, Anon.

      But the comment was: "Hence, what Western oriented staff is directing the order of battle?"

      As in methods, procedures, etc.

      One might even guess Egypt, as most of their military has ties here.

    4. AnonymousWed Jun 11, 08:22:00 PM EDT
      Everyone knows that by now, Anon.
      But the comment was: "Hence, what Western oriented staff is directing the order of battle?"
      As in methods, procedures, etc.

      He is limited by his bigotry.

      Baghdadi has avoided war with Kurdistan. The line formed by Falluja, Samarra, and terminating at Tikrit is moving toward the old border separating the Ottomans and the Turks. Watch Baiji.

      As to friction between the Turks and Kurds, who knew?

  9. Why does John McCain hate American veterans? From what I have seen, the McCain-Sanders bill is a joke. It addresses the distances that veterans have to travel for care. Granted, this is a problem for many veterans. But the problems being exposed within VA had to do with lack of care, a veteran having arrived at a facility. VA screwed veterans who could walk to a facility or had to drive three hours. Where veterans called home was irrelevant to VA; they just did not exist.

  10. Syrian Kurds continue to blame Turkey for backing ISIS militants

    Djvar Osman is a commander for the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Kurdish militia that controls a band of mainly Kurdish-populated territory in northeastern Syria they call Rojava. We are in al-Tleiliye, a tiny village close to the Turkish border that was raided May 29 by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

    The YPG accuses Turkey of fanning the flames of the conflict, providing arms and sanctuary to ISIS and sealing its borders in an effort to quash the Kurds’ march toward self-rule. Turkey denies the accusations, describing ISIS as a terrorist group and a threat.

    On June 9, Turkish officials said they were investigating claims that ISIS had kidnapped 28 Turkish truck drivers in Mosul. But the YPG’s tight links to the PKK, the Kurdish rebel group that has been fighting for self-rule in Turkey since 1984, renders them an even greater threat in Ankara’s eyes. There is little doubt that until recently, Turkey was allowing jihadist fighters to move unhindered across its borders.

    In Michu, a deserted Arab hamlet on the edge of the front lines, Abdo Sino, a paunchy YPG commander, echoes the view that Turkey is complicit in the violence. He points to a cluster of cinder block houses lying just north of the YPG dugout. The village, al-Rawiya, is under ISIS control. Sino and his men had carried out a hit-and-run raid against al-Rawiya on May 27, killing eight ISIS fighters and prompting the revenge attack on al-Tleiliye. “Two Turkish ambulances picked up their wounded and carried them back to Turkey. We saw it all through our field glasses,” Sino claims.

    Read more:

    1. “Two Turkish ambulances picked up their wounded and carried them back to Turkey. We saw it all through our field glasses,”

    2. Isis strongholds in Syrian rebel-held and contested areas(BBC)

      In December of 2006, Al Qaeda in Iraq controlled an area on par with ISIS's current zone of operation. By the end of the decade, the group seemed to have been dealt an overwhelming battlefield defeat at the hands of the U.S. military and Sunni tribal militias who effectively switched sides in the American campaign in Iraq.

      Read more:


      This map from the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War is an up-to-date depiction of the operational area of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS)

  11. Well, bless their little, lovin' hearts; we can buy oil from them, as well as we can buy oil from their Saudi funders - or from any of the rest of those Koran-thumping assholes.

  12. Meanwhile, back in the good, ol' USA, where we need jobs, and investment,

    The joint venture of POET-DSM is in the final stages of construction with the cellulosic ethanol plant Project Liberty, collocated with an existing corn ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. “We hope to run biomass into the plant around the end of the month and start up within the course of July,” said Steve Hartig, general manager of POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels.

    Hartig discussed the value of the cellulosic ethanol plant by breaking it down into economic, energy security and environmental sustainability benefits. A single plant brings a $200 million plus investment, 45 full time jobs, hundreds of construction jobs and over $2 million into the community per year before add-on effects. A single plant replaces about 1 million barrels of imported oil per year, and will reduce over 210,000 tons of CO2 per year or “bring 40,000 cars off the road,” Hartig said. POET-DSM is planning to do onsite manufacturing of enzymes, which will start up after the main plant is running. According to Hartig, producing locally avoids having to concentrate and ship it, and allows them to use local ingredients from the site. “We really think onsite manufacturing of enzymes is the best solution for the long term to keep low costs,” he said.

    DuPont’s commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa, now enables licensing worldwide. The options under the global license include a technology package, equipment supply, technical support, biocatalyst supply, feedstock supply consulting and co-product energy solutions. According to Hill, DuPont will be the world’s largest plant for cellulosic ethanol.

    DuPont has already started commissioning some of the utility systems, and will finish commissioning in . . . .

    $2.00/gal to produce - fuck the middleeast

  13. Well, if they're all fighting one another all is well in the garden.

    The Obama foreign policy is a success in this view.

  14. E85 for $2.49 / gallon in Lake Odessa, Michigan

    $2.49 / gal

  15. "In Mosul and surrounding areas, more than 150,000 troops fled their posts as the militants advanced..." These "militants" number about 7,000, but might grow to 10,000 when they clean out the prisons. That's not even enough troops to form a trip wire in South Korea, and the US finds her interests suddenly aligned with those of Iran and Al-Qaeda. Meanwhile Assad is "going easy" on ISIS or ISIL to encourage division among the Sunnis lined up against him. The rumors of an emerging pan-Arabic Sunni Super State are greatly exaggerated.

    1. False Flags flying high, Ms T.
      Misinformation and drum-rolls to the front..

  16. Nothing good is going to come of all this.

    1. Apparently these ISIS insurgents all walk around with dynamite vests like cops walk around with hand cuffs. That's a guaranteed net gain of one good Muslim if it goes off, and if it goes off in a cluster of more Muslims there's twenty or thirty more good Muslims right there.


    Sheriff Likens Influx Of Illegals To Hurricane Katrina...
    Arpaio Worries Of Disease Being Brought Into USA...
    Issa: 'Flood Going To Mean Children Dying'...
    Crisis leaves border unprotected, cartels 'in control'...
    Homeland Security chief: 'Problem'...
    Biden: America needs 'constant, unrelenting stream' of immigrants......drudge

    What a wonderful series of headlines !!

    What a President and Administration we have !!

    What a wonderful Vice-President.......truly a once in a century phenomenon !!

    1. Yep, some would blame the US President for the economic travails of Guatemala and Honduras.
      For the criminal cartels in Mexico.
      People that do not understand responsibility, would place responsibility where it does not belong.

      If the US government is at fault, it is due to the draconian drug laws that have allowed the cartels to profit so handsomely on the illegal trade

  18. Jack HawkinsWed Jun 11, 10:01:00 AM EDT
    Those were Iraqi helicopters, Doug, not US.
    Just because they were built in the US, does not mean they were still US helicopters. Title had transferred.
    When the weapons are transferred, the manufacturer now longer has responsibility for the use of those weapons.

    Jack Shit spews once again, changing opinions faster than he changes depends....

    1. Jack Shit's Preferred Model:,d.aWw&psig=AFQjCNEcDwEeunAWgYlq1A4GTfZtaRZVyg&ust=1402619887301727

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    3. Anonymous stands shoulder to shoulder with Jesse Jackson.
      Jackson also said gun manufacturers should be held responsible for shootings.

      "We need to make manufacturers more accountable for their product," Jackson told Martha MacCallum.

      Good to see that we have liberals that stand with Jesse Jackson, here at the Elephant Bar. Even when they are DEAD WRONG on responsibility, on who is responsible for weapons, the owner of the weapon or the manufacturer of the weapons.


    4. Anonymous must also think gun stores should be responsible for crimes committed with the guns and ammo that they sell.
      It is the same logic as placing the responsibility for the final disposition of US weapons sold to foreign powers on the US government.

      A new concept in responsibility that only a liberal would embrace.

  19. Shows the value and success of US/UK intervention in Muslim countries, or anywhere for that matter. What a waste it has all been. There are western politicians who need to be drawn and quartered.

    1. The problem is we lack patience. We go in, make some progress, then leave.

      Iraq is a problem now as Obama pulled all the troops out.

      By not dividing it up and leaving we have set up the current situation.

    2. Not a chance, the Brits have been in Iraq since 1900, over 100 years, and their impact is plain to be seen.
      The Brits, who have much more experience in the management of Wogs, drew the map.
      Winston Churchill did, actually. As head of the Colonial Office, figure the hero of English speaking people knew what he was doing. George W Bush certainly thought he did, kept a bust of Churchill in his office, looking for inspiration, and he got it.

  20. For once I agree with desert rat.

    I think the whole idea of holding gun sellers responsible for the misuse of their product was decided long ago by the courts. Please don't ask me to cite the cases.

    Anyway, I believe a gun store owner can be held responsible is he/she has not gone gone through the proper procedures, back ground checks, waiting period, etc

    But the issue is decided I do believe.

  21. AnonymousWed Jun 11, 08:22:00 PM EDT
    Everyone knows that by now, Anon.
    But the comment was: "Hence, what Western oriented staff is directing the order of battle?"
    As in methods, procedures, etc.

    He is limited by his bigotry.

    Baghdadi has avoided war with Kurdistan. The line formed by Falluja, Samarra, and terminating at Tikrit is moving toward the old border separating the Ottomans and the Turks. Watch Baiji.

    As to friction between the Turks and Kurds, who knew

    1. The answer was obvious in the next two posts, allen.
      The NATO partner of the US and Europe ...

    2. While it is well known that the Ashkenazi are Europeans and not Semites, they have adopted the Semetic culture of the Moses/Akhenaten monotheistic Anton cult of Hyksos of Egypt. They are no longer considered Western since they do not consider themselves to be.

    3. :)

      O come on, rat, quit this hiding under an Anon.


    4. And you don't go back far enough.

      The ancient Egyptians themselves had a remembrance in myth of where their basic motifs came from......from the east, in the form of a while bull.

    5. Judgement Scenes

      The Weighing of the Heart;_ylt=A0LEVjGLDJlTozcA.FkPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTBsa3ZzMnBvBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw--?_adv_prop=image&fr=yhs-aztec-default&sz=all&va=weighing+of+the+soul+egyptian&hspart=aztec&hsimp=yhs-default

      The seven stages. The kundalini ascent.The Pollen Path.

    6. Stick with .45s and horses.

    7. You presume to name those that have no name

      The Hebrew Levites originated in Hyksos of Egypt, from the Moses/Akhenaten monotheistic Anton cult.
      It was not said that the Moses/Akhenaten monotheistic Anton cult were the original monotheistics.

      Not only do you presume to name those that have no name, you make assumptions based upon words that are not written.

  22. Rat starts each day by dropping Acid:

    "The fact remains that the "Tea Party" contingent demanded "Border Security", they got "Border Security". Arrests are UP, deportations are UP.
    "Catch and Release" is no longer the policy of the US.
    That there are unforeseen consequences when the Tea Party demands were fulfilled, par for the course.
    That they are now unhappy with the results of the implementation of their demands, perfectly understandable.

    Obama played them for the fools that they are."

    1. Has Rufus explained what a brilliant move Obama is making with those Mexican kids yet?

      He's not on acid, just batshit crazy... oops I was going to give her credit but I forgot her name... time flys.

    2. The children are not Mexicans, Doug.

      You can't fix stupid

  23. Let it be known that I have not given Deuce permission to use the photo of me on his blog.

    1. The little blond kid sitting on the bar wetting his pants?

  24. Dave Brat Wins One for Federalist 44
    By Mark J. Fitzgibbons

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    There will be plenty of talk -- some good and some awful -- about Dave Brat’s historic defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in yesterday’s GOP primary in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, and what the implications are.

    Virginia has been an epicenter of the establishment GOP’s war on the Tea Party, and vice versa I might add, with political shenanigans and bullying known as “slating” designed to keep conservatives out of political party positions. Eric Cantor and his team were in it up to their necks.

    The best explanation of Brat’s win, however, may have been given on January 25, 1788. In James Madison’s Federalist 44 he wrote, “[I]n the last resort a remedy must be obtained from the people who can, by the election of more faithful representatives, annul the acts of the usurpers.”

    Last night Dave Brat spoke volumes following his win by repeatedly mentioning the Constitution as a guide star of his candidacy. Fox News writes:

    [Brat] said he enjoyed Tea Party support but was a candidate focused on Republican principles including free markets and “adherence to the Constitution.”

    Such high-minded talk from a politician is sure to baffle the Washington establishment that has never comprehended the constitutional conservative movement that is such a threat to Washington’s lawless, crony capitalist ways. The Washington Post writes:

    Brat, who teaches Third World economics, sounded every bit the professor as he addressed his stunned supporters Tuesday night.

    ‘The 10th Amendment is the big one; the Constitution has enumerated powers belonging to the federal government. All the rest of the powers belong to the states and the people,’ he said, getting huge applause.

    Brat, who seems to eschew labels, is high-minded enough to understand that Washington abandoned adherence to the Constitution, and the consequences have been harmful to America. That is the essence of the constitutional conservative movement, which is attacked as politically naïve, ideological and worse.

    Madison’s Federalist 44 provides a remedy of the people under our republican, federalist system for when the national government has violated our fundamental and paramount law, the Constitution.

    The Tea Party, constitutional conservative movement is based in the reality that the remedy is not merely in defeating the anti-Constitution faction that has become the Democratic Party, but in challenging those within the GOP who too have abandoned the Constitution as the law governing government and their own acts.

    Madison’s remedy can be summed up this way: throw them out. Of all the complexities, brilliance and beauty of how our Constitution was designed but has become battered beyond recognition, the right of the people to replace their leaders with those who are more faithful to our paramount law is still alive.

  25. Rand Paul makes big political mistake -

    1. Fuck Rand Paul and his crazy father.

    2. I put some excerpts of Coulter's informative article about Amnesty the Corrupt National Tea Party groups, and etc in the previous thread, but best to read the whole thing here:

    3. Previous thread:

    4. Hardcore libertarians are open border. Part and parcel of minimal government you know.

    5. excerpt of excerpt:

      National tea party groups did not contribute dime one to Brat. Not Freedom Works, not Club for Growth, not the Tea Party Express, not Tea Party Patriots. They were too busy denouncing Sen. Mitch McConnell -- who has consistently voted against amnesty.

      As I have been warning you, the big, national tea party groups are mostly shysters and con-men raising money for their own self-aggrandizement. (Today, they're blast-faxing "media availability" notices to television networks claiming credit for Brat's victory.)

      The Tea Party Express, for example, "represents" the views of ordinary Americans by supporting Chamber of Commerce demands for cheap labor through amnesty.

  26. Moron,

    The military doctrine is Western. Yamamoto and the Imperial Navy followed Western doctrine. Indeed, the destruction of the Imperial Russian Fleet by the Japanese was a classic Western maneuver, used twice at Jutland by the British to no avail.

    If Baghdadi moves on Baiji, it suggests setting a boundary limit at the ancient Persian-Ottoman line; which, by the way, places him at the border of Kurdistan as well. Will he be foolish enough to draw in the Kurds?

    Will he invest Baghdad? Should he? Will he, instead, empty Baghdad of military assets while consolidating his gains?

    Will he turn his attention to Syria’s Mediterranean coast? What will be the Turkish response to such a move? Does Baghdadi have the diplomatic skills to allay Turkish concerns and neo-Ottoman designs?

    What is Baghdadi’s timeframe for creating his model Islamic state?

    Baghdadi has a great deal more to occupy his time than the philosophical implications of the provenance of helicopters.

  27. "WASHINGTON — As the threat from Sunni militants in western Iraq escalated last month, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki secretly asked the Obama administration to consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas, according to Iraqi and American officials.

    But Iraq’s appeals for military assistance have so far been rebuffed by the White House, which has been reluctant to open a new chapter in a conflict that President Obama has insisted was over when the United States withdrew the last of its forces from Iraq in 2011."

    Dumb Iraqis don't know that we won already.

    My President tells me so.

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    1. "Remember that allen is an Israeli agent, not a unbiased and honest and unbiased broker of information, but a man on the mission."

      This coming from someone that used to claim he was a special forces trainer with ollie north..... Jack Shit rides again....

    2. allen is promoting the disinformation, another foot soldier in the cohort of Semites against the Persians.

      There are no more than 12,000 'soldiers' in the ISIS group. This includes those 2,500 liberated from prison in Mosul.
      The most pressing question, who commanded the Iraqi Army in Mosul and how much was he paid to abandon the city?

      allen dismisses the fact that Baghdadi was pushed back to the Euphrates valley, in Syria, calling it a tactical withdrawal.
      But it is obvious that Baghdadi is a proxy of the Saudi/Turkish consortium, has funding available to pay the notoriously corrupt Iraqi to stand down in the face of a pick-up truck assault.

      Remember that allen is an Israeli agent, not a unbiased and honest broker of information, but a man on the mission.

      Israeli Government Secretly Pays for Pro-Israel Twitter Propaganda
      While to the outside world these posts will appear unguided and spontaneous, the truth is quite the opposite. This social media project places the government behind the curtain as the puppeteer directing what appear to be independently thinking, acting students speaking out.

      The target audience of the social propaganda campaign is the citizens of foreign countries. In a true militaristic organized fashion, the structure of the student units included a Senior Coordinator who has three direct reports called coordinators.

    3. Go away for a few months? Come back only to see Rat aka Dr Hess aka Jack aka Farmer Rob aka who know what doing his Israeli hatred as always...

      Little mind...

    4. More of the Israeli foot soldiers have arrived, allen called for reinforcements.

      Israeli Government Secretly Pays for Pro-Israel Twitter Propaganda
      While to the outside world these posts will appear unguided and spontaneous, the truth is quite the opposite. This social media project places the government behind the curtain as the puppeteer directing what appear to be independently thinking, acting students speaking out.

      The target audience of the social propaganda campaign is the citizens of foreign countries. In a true militaristic organized fashion, the structure of the student units included a Senior Coordinator who has three direct reports called coordinators.

  29. Dang it will be great when Obama is gone. He can go back to choom ganging on the beach with the buds, and hopefully the nation can begin the process of healing.

    1. Hillary will be the nurse ...

      Her husband did a great job, saving US from the deficits of Reagan/Bush.
      Maybe she will get US into the final phase of saving US from Jr's depression.

    2. Israeli Hashtags will ensure our doom.

    3. #bring back rat free bloggingWed Jun 11, 11:58:00 PM EDT

      We've been here while you were on vacation, Dug

  30. Washington Watches As Iraq Speeds Toward Disaster...

    'Mass beheadings' by al-Qaeda forces in Mosul and Tikrit...

    PM Asks USA for Strikes...

    Secret Request Rebuffed...

    Governemt on brink of collapse...

    Refugees flee tide of terror...

    Turkey calls for emergency NATO meeting...

    Militants Sweeping Toward Baghdad...

    Embassy Prepares for Possible Evacuation......drudge

    And here I thought al-Qaeda was dead and GM was live.

  31. Just a few days ago I was one of Hitler's clone sons, today an Israeli agent. :-))

    allen is a guy who knows how to make monkeys jump through endless hoops of stupidity by jotting down a simple line or two or linking to a piece of music. If allen ever got you for interrogation, he would break you in less than a day. You would swear your daddy was Jesus and your momma RuPaul.

    You can keep throwing out Jewish garbage as long as Deuce will allow. I have no interest.

    1. Hitler's cloned sons?
      I think that must have been one of your other assignments, allen.
      Obviously they are spreading you to thin.