“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."

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Iraqis suffer mightily as a result of the Bush, Blair and Neocon instigated invasion of Iraq

Saddam knew how to keep the peace in Iraq

Almost 480,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in Anbar over the past six months, according to the United Nations, in what is Iraq's largest displacement since the sectarian bloodletting that climaxed in 2006-07
Gunmen take hundreds of students hostage on Iraq university campus
RAMADI Iraq Sat Jun 7, 2014 8:30am EDT

(Reuters) - Gunmen occupied a university in Iraq's western province of Anbar on Saturday, taking hundreds of students and their professors hostage on campus, security sources said.
After fighting their way past guards overnight, the gunmen broke into Anbar University in the provincial capital Ramadi, parts of which have been held by anti-government tribal groups and insurgents since the start of the year.
The attack on the university is the third brazen offensive in as many days by militants who have regained ground and momentum in Iraq over the past year and this week overran districts in two other cities.
Security forces surrounded the university in Ramadi on Saturday and exchanged fire with the militants, who had planted bombs behind them and were patrolling the rooftops with sniper rifles.
Sources in Ramadi hospital said they had received the bodies of two people, one of them a student and the other a policeman.
A professor trapped inside the physics department said some staff who live outside Ramadi had been spending the night at the university because it was the exam period.
"We heard intense gunfire at about 4 am. We thought it was the security forces coming to protect us but were surprised to see they were gunmen," he told Reuters via telephone. "They forced us to go inside the rooms and now we cannot leave".
He was later able to escape along with 15 colleagues and pupils. "I brought some of my students' exam papers in a nylon bag and, wearing my tie and suit, jumped the fence and am outside now," he said.
The identity of the assailants was not clear, but Ramadi is one of two cities in Anbar that were overrun at the start of the year by tribal and Sunni insurgents, including the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Security forces control central Ramadi, where the city council and other government offices are located, but the suburbs and outlying areas have shifted back and forth between of hit and run attacks by militants.

Almost 480,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in Anbar over the past six months, according to the United Nations, in what is Iraq's largest displacement since the sectarian bloodletting that climaxed in 2006-07.
Violence is still well below those levels, but insurgents have been regaining ground and momentum over the past year, making 2013 Iraq's deadliest year since security began to improve.
Nearly 800 people were killed across the country in May alone - the highest monthly toll this year so far.
On Thursday, militants moved into the city of Samarra in the adjacent province of Salahuddin and briefly occupied a university there as well as two mosques, raising ISIL's black banner until being forced to retreat under airstrikes.
The following day, insurgents fought Iraqi security forces in the northern city of Mosul.
A source at Mosul morgue said the bodies of 70 people had been brought in on Saturday, adding there were still corpses on the streets but they could not be recovered yet some districts of the city remained under militant control.

(Additional reporting by Raheem Salman in Baghdad and Ziad al-Sinjary in Mosul; Writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by Sophie Hares)



  1. We “liberated”, the Iraqis alright . They’ve been liberated of living in a safe functioning civil society; liberated of basic human services; liberated of the means to earn a living and have been liberated of their lives, security and basic humanity. The US and UK invasion created a hell on earth for the Iraqis.

    Saddam was a dictator. He terrorized and killed his political enemies. Saddam drove fear into Muslim extremists and the political anarchy of the Islamists. He was a tough guy in a tough neighborhood.

  2. "They’ve been liberated of living a safe functioning civil society"

    And somewhere along the line, perhaps in pillow talk, you've been liberated from a functioning mind.

    1. Name/URL Bob repeatedly tells the world that the other contributors here at the Elephant Bar are idiots, morons, inanely insane, yet he remains amongst them, in a tight embrace, afraid to let go of his seat at the Bar.
      While the other contributors repeatedly state that Name/URL Bob is the outlier, the piece that doesn't fit.

      One assumes that Name/URL Bob is trying to improve himself, to reach the cognizant capacity of the others, because ...
      You Become What Surrounds You

      Conflicted within his own mind, he remains unable to consciously grasp what his subconscious is driving him towards.
      But as we all are aware, the truth that Name/URL Bob's subconscious fails to admit, to itself ...

      You can't fix stupid

  3. US actions in the Middle East,comparable to "liberating" Eastern Europe from the NAZI and China,from the Japanese.

    Replacing on tyrannical evil, for another, and calling it good, until we called it bad.

    Prescott Bush worked hard to finance the industrial base of the NAZI war machine, while working for Harriman Brothers & Co. Then W. Averell Harriman become the envoy to and advocate for the Soviet Union and Josef Stalin.

    Josef Stalin was a US ally, until he was a greater enemy than Hitler,who'd been twice anointed as Time Magazine's "Man of the Year". The US having to spend much, much more time, and treasure defeating Stalin's 'Evil Empire' than we ever expended defeating the NAZI.
    But both evils were financed through the cabal of international banks based in the US and England.

    Ike's warning sounded the clarion, but the trumpet was ignored. The Military Industrial Complex, the cabal of International Banksters and their crony political stooges have led the US from one war to another, for the entirety of the 20th Century and have managed to "Stay the Curse" into the 21st.

  4. The Carlyle Group, integrated by the Bush and bin Laden families awarded a billion dollar contract to "rebuild" Iraq


    Directors of one of the world’s largest armament companies are planning on meeting in Lisbon in three weeks time. The American based Carlyle Group is heavily involved in supplying arms to the Coalition forces fighting in the Iraqi war.

    It also holds a majority of shares in the Seven Up company and Federal Data Corporation, supplier of air traffic control surveillance systems to the US Federal Aviation Authority. The 12 billion dollar company has recently signed contracts with United Defence Industries to equip the Turkish and Saudi Arabian armies with aviation defence systems.

    Top of the meeting’s agenda is expected to be the company’s involvement in the rebuilding of Baghdad’s infrastructure after the cessation of current hostilities. Along with several other US companies, the Carlyle Group is expected to be awarded a billion dollar contract by the US Government to help in the redevelopment of airfields and urban areas destroyed by Coalition aerial bombardments.

    The Group is managed by a team of former US Government personnel including its president Frank Carlucci, former deputy director of the CIA before becoming Defence Secretary. His deputy is James Baker II, who was Secretary of State under George Bush senior. Several high profile former politicians are employed to represent the company overseas, among them John Major, former British Prime Minister, along with George Bush senior, one time CIA director before becoming US President.

    The financial assets of the Saudi Binladen Corporation (SBC) are also managed by the Carlyle Group. The SBC is headed up by members of Osama bin Laden’s family, who played a principle role in helping George W. Bush win petroleum concessions from Bahrain when he was head of the Texan oil company, Harken Energy Corporation - a deal that was to make the Bush family millions of dollars. Salem, Osama bin Laden’s brother, was represented on Harken’s board of directors by his American agent, James R. Bath.

    The connection between the Bush and bin Laden families can also be traced to the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) in the 1990s. Members of the Anglo Pakistani bank’s board of directors included Richard Helms and William Casey, business partners of George Bush senior and former CIA agents. During their time at BCCI both Helms and Casey worked alongside fellow director, Adnan Khasshoggi, who also represented the bin Laden family’s interests in the US.

    The Portugal News has been told by a reliable source that the Carlyle Group meeting in Lisbon will discuss the relationship between the Saudi Binladen Corporation (SBC) and Osama bin Laden. Many US officials claim that the SBC continues to finance his political activities, and has done so for many years. If true, this would place George Bush senior and his colleagues at the Carlyle Group in an embarrassing position.
    As managers of SBC’s financial investments they might well be accused of indirectly aiding and abetting the United States’ number one enemy.

  5. Bush/Nazi Link Confirmed

    from The New Hampshire Gazette
    Vol. 248, No. 1, October 10, 2003

    By John Buchanan

    WASHINGTON – After 60 years of inattention and even denial by the U.S. media, newly-uncovered government documents in The National Archives and Library of Congress reveal that Prescott Bush, the grandfather of President George W. Bush, served as a business partner of and U.S. banking operative for the financial architect of the Nazi war machine from 1926 until 1942, when Congress took aggressive action against Bush and his “enemy national” partners.

    The documents also show that Bush and his colleagues, according to reports from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and FBI, tried to conceal their financial alliance with German industrialist Fritz Thyssen, a steel and coal baron who, beginning in the mid-1920s, personally funded Adolf Hitler’s rise to power by the subversion of democratic principle and German law.

    Furthermore, the declassified records demonstrate that Bush and his associates, who included E. Roland Harriman, younger brother of American icon W. Averell Harriman, and George Herbert Walker, President Bush’s maternal great-grandfather, continued their dealings with the German industrial baron for nearly eight months after the U.S. entered the war.

  6. WASHINGTON -- The federal judge who struck down Wisconsin's gay marriage ban thinks state officials have a thing or two to learn about the history of marriage as a social institution.

    In defending their same-sex marriage ban, state officials claimed that "virtually all cultures through time" have recognized marriage "as the union of an opposite-sex couple."

    But as U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb wrote in her 88-page ruling on Friday, that's simply not true.

    "As an initial matter, defendants and amici have overstated their argument. Throughout history, the most 'traditional' form of marriage has not been between one man and one woman, but between one man and multiple women, which presumably is not a tradition that defendants and amici would like to continue," Crabb wrote in her opinion.

    History alone wasn't enough to justify a ban on same-sex marriage, Crabb said.

    "Like moral disapproval, tradition alone proves nothing more than a state's desire to . . . .


    1. .

      Once again a federal judge imposes her elitist PC views on a population.

      Business as usual.


    2. "This case is not about whether marriages between same-sex couples are consistent or inconsistent with the teachings of a particular religion, whether such marriages are moral or immoral or whether they are something that should be encouraged or discouraged," Crabb wrote in the Wisconsin ruling. "It is not even about whether the plaintiffs in this case are as capable as opposite-sex couples of maintaining a committed and loving relationship or raising a family together.

      "Quite simply, this case is about liberty and equality, the two cornerstones of the rights protected by the United States Constitution," she continued.

      The alternate view, Q, is that the Federal Judges are protecting the rights of individuals from the tyranny of the majority.

    3. As a semi-certified member of the "population," I still, somehow, don't feel the least bit put upon by either those that want to get married, or by the Judge.

    4. .

      We have different definitions of what 'the' population is. The pertinent population, IMO, is that consisting of the citizens of Wisconsin.

      By the way, how does one become semi-certified?


    5. .

      The alternate view, Q, is that the Federal Judges are protecting the rights of individuals from the tyranny of the majority.

      I'm sure she thinks she is doing the Lord's work, rat, and that a lot (the majority) of people agree with her. As far as I'm concerned the LGBT (I guess it has now morphed into LGBTQQIA) community can do what they want. Likewise, I think they should have every legal right available to every other American. I have relatives who are gay. They should not be discriminated against in the least. I believe an overwhelming majority of Americans including me approve of civil unions that would assure those rights.

      My objection is taking a perfectly good word that has had a generally accepted definition for millennia and changing it for political reasons.

      I guess I am a 'traditionalist'. I also don't like calling war a kinetic engagement.


    6. Are you a traditionalist un favor of polygamy?


    8. .

      I have no problem with polygamy if it is consensual. The problems you usually hear about are the abuse of women's rights when the practice is established by men and isn't fully consensual.

      Personally, I couldn't afford it...but...


    9. Gay marriage is also consensual.

    10. I'm in phone at moment but...

      you said you were traditionalist with respect to marriage therefore gay marriage bad. It has been pointed out that polygamy is traditional. Your response - ok because consensual. So, gay marriage also consensual. What's your beef with gay marriage?

    11. .

      Ash, I will give you the benefit of the doubt on your question "What's your beef with gay marriage?" and assume you are asking about my objection to calling it 'marriage' rather than any objection to the union itself.

      If you bothered to read my response to rat in the post above, you would already know my reasons for objecting to calling a gay union a 'marriage'. Once again, I suggest you actually read and try to understand the arguments here rather than just assuming.

      If you understood the difference between the definitions of homosexual and heterosexual you might also understand the major difference between polygamy and 'gay marriage'.

      If you understood that the words 'consensual' and 'traditional' identify two distinct concepts that are independent of one another perhaps you wouldn't have put up this silly post.

      If you understood the silly associations you come up with in your arguments perhaps you would be a more careful writer. If two distinct relationships share one quality, 'consensual', that does not mean that the two relationships are for all intents and purposes identical. I haven't a clue why you brought up 'traditional' in the conversation since you yourself define one relationship as 'traditional' while the other clearly isn't. I would go on but frankly your thought processes leave me metagrabolized.


    12. Quirk, I was hoping that an intelligent man like you would be able to make the logical links afforded by my pecks at the phone screen. I was wrong. Let me elaborate.

      First off you wrote "Once again a federal judge imposes her elitist PC views on a population."

      What makes you think this judge is an elitist? A Judges job is to judge, to rule, and she did. The role of a judge is not to conduct a poll, or divine what is popular but rather to apply the law. In this case the judge decided that the State law violated the constitution. The Constitution supersedes state law - what is elitist about that?

      Rat pointed out the constitutional problem and you acknowledged it but claim that Civil Unions are sufficient. I guess you are arguing that a Civil Union is equivalent to marriage? If yes, then it is absurd to treat them differently in law and if no, you are not affording equal treatment under law.

      You then state you are a traditionalist. The judge specifically referred to tradition as not cutting it.

      "In defending their same-sex marriage ban, state officials claimed that "virtually all cultures through time" have recognized marriage "as the union of an opposite-sex couple."

      But as U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb wrote in her 88-page ruling on Friday, that's simply not true.

      "As an initial matter, defendants and amici have overstated their argument. Throughout history, the most 'traditional' form of marriage has not been between one man and one woman, but between one man and multiple women, which presumably is not a tradition that defendants and amici would like to continue," Crabb wrote in her opinion.

      History alone wasn't enough to justify a ban on same-sex marriage, Crabb said.

      "Like moral disapproval, tradition alone proves nothing more than a state's desire to prohibit particular conduct," she wrote, citing Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent in a 2003 sodomy case, which stated that "'preserving the traditional institution of marriage' is just a kinder way of describing the State's moral disapproval of same-sex couples."

      Crabb pointed out that tradition was used as an argument to keep women from voting."

      I pointed out that polygamy was a traditional form of marriage. Your retort was that it is consensual. So!? So is same sex marriage. Ironically, your acceptance of polygamy involves same sex marriage but, you squawk, I am a traditionalist and that involves just one man and one woman and she is applying elitist PC crap on the world. I think it is you being the silly one.

      In short, since you like logic, tradition is neither a sufficient nor a necessary condition for a piece of legislation to be the law of the land. It must also pass constitutional muster and this one didn't regardless of old fuddy duddy's who refuse to evolve and change with the times. To the back of the bus with you black folk - it's tradition!

  7. I say let them smoke pot and get it in the asshole.

    They are anyway.

    A 'couple' of my tenants for instance.

    While I find the very idea of a man's penis hard in my asshole abhorrent, I also have found from my reading that sexual orientation is not genetically determined but is developmentally determined early in fetal development.

    They pay the rent. They are not bad people. They mow the lawn.

    I like them.

    1. Maybe I am prejudiced in their favor cause they ain't, certainly, muzzies, and I hate muzzies.



    2. Nonsense! ... That is stupid. ... Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion.

      It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western or Central Asian secularism?
      Nothing more than what unites the Christians.

  8. :)

    And if you were a woman, where would you rather live?

    Western Europe or North America.............. or some muzzie shit hole.

    You already know the answer.


    1. Women make up one half of society. Our society will remain backward and in chains unless its women are liberated, enlightened and educated.

    2. But of course Name/URL Bob favored deposing the secular Saddam and replacing him with Muzzie Fundamentalists allied with Iran or the Wahhabi...

      Implied in this very thread, at Sat Jun 07, 09:32:00 AM EDT ... disparaging Deuce while he did so.

      You can't fix stupid

  9. How come you can't sign in Bob?


    1. Because ...

      You can't fix stupid

  10. The lessons learned in India ...

    “I become more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days.
    It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of Hussein, the scrupulous regard for pledges,
    his intense devotion to his friends and followers and his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission.
    These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle.”

  11. It's that Google thingy again, Ash.

    And my computer has been invaded.

    All my credit cards have been hacked.

    I have a new computer over there in a box.

    And the pros are coming in a day or two to set me up safe, with a whole new set up.

    That's where I'm at.

    I will say the credit card companies have all been super about reversing the charges.

    1. Over 10 K of charges.

      From Hong Gong and places.


      South Africa.



  12. Philly, too.

    I'm serious.

  13. Sorry for the typo above..

  14. It's really irritating.

    My e-mail is down.

    Can't even talk to my friends.

    About the only thing still working is this bull shit blog, god bless it.


  15. The Police are investigating, and have already cleared The Quirkster.

    They are focused on the Phoenix, Arizona area now.

  16. Don't put your wealth in a bank, or credit cards.

    Put you wealth in land.

    It is really hard to steal.

  17. The Quirk was never a serious suspect in the first place.

    He would never leave his fingerprints all over the place as this fool has done.

  18. The stouthearted, superbly trained and equipped Iraqi Army is on the move. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Lady Liberty shall storm the barricades…so forth and so on.

  19. Applications are already in the works...a tear comes to the word yet on whether they will turn in the fedoras for turbans...
    Spain moves one step closer to granting Sephardic Jews 'right of return'

  20. Why is it that my Niece, who is Hindu through and through, never mentions politics, but is so soo focused on life and all that counts?

    'The mills of the god's grind slowly, but grind exceedingly fine."

    Ernest Hemingway

    She has gotten to love what I send her of Hemingway.

    She always says, "More Hemingway, Uncle Bob, more Hemingway"


  21. And now she is fine scholar in the new Dresden.

    With some fine young German friends.

    It is something to celebrate

    1. Life goes on, as the Hindus well know.

      And upwards, too.

    2. But maybe, maybe not for you,O Dirty Dinky.

      And she knows that, too.

    3. The weather sucks in Dresden
      It's raining bombs ...
      Bombing of Dresden

      End the lies, check the web, first

      “If you don't have time to read, (And Research) you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. (Your Fictions) Simple as that.” ― Stephen King

      The ongoing saga of Name/URL Bob just illustrates the truth ...

      You can't fix stupid

    4. That doesn't even make any sense, rat.

      Bring Back
      ratfree Bogging

    5. Ad hominem arguments against fictional characters are the preferred tool for people who ran out of real arguments
      (or are unable to understand someone else's opinion in the first place).
      It's so much easier to just attack another person instead of attacking his arguments
      (especially if the other person is right.)

      Happy Dresden

    6. Name/URL Bob's LIES about Dresden are going to highlighted, for a while.

      We shall focus upon the past and present of Dresden, to illustrate that if one wants to reference a place or time, it is easy to do so, accurately.

      That for Name/URL Bob to tell us it was "Cold in Dresden" when it was in the mid 80 degree range just proofs, again that ...

      You can't fix stupid


    7. Today, 8 June, it is Sunny and 88°F in Dresden, Germany.
      Looks like it will cool off, by Sunday, 15 June, but still be pleasant, 64° and Partly Cloudy.
      May rain some on Saturday and Monday, though

    8. This comment has been removed by the author.

    9. Re: weather Dresden

      Who cares, Tinker Bell?

      "You a fuckin' weatherman, now"?

    10. rat is just being his usual dumbshit self.

      No one cares what the weather is in Dresden other than my Niece and she don't care much cause she's in a lab all day.

      I'd think Deuce would finally get a clue a stop his blog from becoming a laughing stock.

    11. Ad hominem arguments about fictional characters are a preferred tool for people who ran out of real arguments.

      Name/URL Bob made the weather in Dresden an issue, he brought it up.
      It goes directly to his lack of truthfulness.

      We will continue to focus on Dresden, and Name/URL Bob's lies in regards to the goings on in that city.

      The Tomorrow Girl: Dresden Codak Volume 1

  22. As mentioned just the other day, in the discussion of the foreign influences at FOX News, there was a comment that the Saudi were first and foremost interested in spreading 'good news' about Islam. The prove that the Saudi had no influence at Faux News was that they ran 'anti-Islamic' stories..

    While the truth of the matter, is that the Saudi care nothing about Islam, and everything about retaining their power and influence.
    This is now evident in their actions in Egypt.

    Saudi Arabia rallies Arab support for Egypt's new anti-Islamist leader - See more at:

    King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urged Egyptians this week to embrace Mr Sisi, the military man who drove Islamists from power in Cairo a year ago, and said they should to disown the "strange chaos" of the Arab uprisings.

    It was Riyadh's starkest message of support yet for Mr Sisi, who won an election last month thanks to support from Egyptians hoping that a strong, military-backed government will bring an end to three years of political instability in the most populous Arab country.

    Mr Sisi's win was undoubtedly a boost for Saudi Arabia, which had watched with horror as the Arab revolts toppled authoritarian leaders and brought President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt.

    1. The US had been giving 'lip service' or 'false flag' support of Morsai, to give an illusion of support to 'democracy' and the 'Arab Spring', but nothing could be further from the truth.

      The US merely played the 'democracy card', while the Egyptian Army readied itself for the post Mubarak era.
      The last person the Egyptian Army wanted to move into the seat of power was Mubarak's son.
      Mubarak had to be 'de-legtimized' to remove his son from the line of succession and contention to power.

      The Muslim Brotherhood provided the perfect foil for that operation. Not only did it remove Mubarak Jr from the line of succession, but it brought all of the Muslim Brotherhood out of the shadows and into the 'kill zone'.

      General Dynamics never ceased it operations in Egypt and the US never ended its support for the Egyptian Army. The US never acknowledged there had been a coup. Now Sisi has been elected with 97% of the vote.

      The goals of the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia have been been met, US policy in the region, successful.
      Now, with the obvious success of the long-term US policy the detractors of President Obama's Egyptian policies, well, they have now fallen silent on the matter.

    2. What a lot of pure horse shit.

      From a demented mind.


  24. Replies
    1. Obamacare was once called “The Job-Killing Health Care Law.” But the latest jobs report suggests that the broader economy—and the health care sector, specifically—is adding jobs at a healthy rate.

      Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in March 2010, the health care industry has gained nearly 1 million jobs—982,300, to be more precise—according to Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates released on Friday.
      Meanwhile, the rest of the economy has added 7.7 million jobs since March 2010, and for the first time, more people are working since the recession began five years ago.
      Private-sector jobs also grew for the 51st straight month, Justin Wolfers observes at The Upshot, which ties the longest consecutive streak on record and overlaps with the passage of Obamacare 50 months ago. But that streak is piddling compared to health care, which just reported its 131st straight month of job gains.

      Booming growth in the heath care industry shouldn’t come as a surprise. The health care sector was gaining about 25,000 jobs per month in the years before the Affordable Care Act, and the law’s infusion of newly insured patients will help bolster providers’ bottom lines.

      Forbes - The Capitalists Tool

  25. It would be laughable if it weren't so sad.

    1. Adding a million jobs, you consider that to be cause to be sad?

    2. Or improving the profitability of health care providers, is that cause for you to be sad?


    3. Or are you sad because there has been a record 51 months of job growth in the private sector?

  26. Referring to rat crapper's comments about Egypt.

    There was nothing palnned about any of it.

    Sisi just finally grabbed the bull by the horns.

    End of story.


    1. I see no post by either a rat nor a crapper, so I assume that the ad hominem response about the Egypt post is because there is no substance to your comment.

      Sis is a graduate of the US Army War College, in Pennsylvania, he wrote a paper which has been refernced here at the Elephant Bar, previously. He is a US proxy. Has been since before his stint a the War College.

      Your ignorance of the politics and people involved in the situation in Egypt is obvious by the lack of substance in your comments.

    2. Sisi is a graduate of the US Army War College,...

    3. You can correct the spelling, but ...

      You can't fix stupid

  27. Summertime in Dresden, and the livin' is easy ...

    Live in Dresden - Summertime

  28. Yes, and what actually happened is millions of Egyptians finally took to the streets, hundred of thousands of Egyptian women among them, and the General saw the moment, and took it.

    You are an idiot.

  29. Replies

    1. Ad hominem arguments are a preferred tool for people who ran out of real arguments

    2. Name/URL Bob, you are correct, the people of Egypt were motivated to take to the streets, to depose Mubarak. The Egyptian Army stood back and let it happen. Mubarak was deposed, his son taken out of the succession picture.

      Then there was an election, which the US endorsed. The Muslim Brotherhood won.
      The US endorsed the results, that was the 'lip service', the 'false flag'.

      Within a year the 'people' were back in the streets, this time, though they were split in their support of the government.
      The Army did not stand back, but deposed the President.

      Some in the US, mostly Republicans like Senator McCain called it a coup.
      You did, or at least the character then known as Bob did.

      But President Obama and the rest of the US government did not. If he had, General Dynamics would have had to cease production of the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks that are being manufactured for the Egyptian Army and paid for by the US, in Egyptian facilities.

      I do recall this entire process being described, here at the Elephant Bar, contemporaneously.
      But you and the Israeli remained in denial the entire time.

      Now, after what, three years, it ha all worked to plan.
      That you did not see it as it happened, does not mean it did not happen.

      It means, as far as you are concerned ...
      “Sometimes you can see things happen right in front of your eyes and still jump to the wrong conclusions.”
      ― Jodi Picoult

      Because as Mel Odom wrote
      “It takes real planning to organize this kind of chaos.”

  30. Speaking of Dresden ...

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    Thin, light, flexible – the future of solar technology is organic power.
    Even when traditional solar technologies meet their match,
    organic power continues to offer nearly limitless possibilities thanks to its extraordinary properties.

    Based in Dresden, Heliatek is a global leader in organic power technology utilizing small molecules.
    Our light-weight and flexible next generation solar films provide clean solar energy wherever it's needed.
    Environmentally friendly, simple, versatile.

    The future starts now: Green solar technology on a roll, in Dresden

    1. Must be lots of sunlight, in Dresden, considering it is a solar energy technology center ...
      ... not at all the gloomy place that Name.URL Bob has described in his fictions.

      Must be why he never published, his fictions are not based in truth. As Hemingway said about writing, fiction ...

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

      Name/URL Bob makes it up, but in a way that it is not, nor could ever be.

  31. Funny how the interconnectedness of the stories unfold.

    The Russians and US get in a proxy battle over the Ukraine.
    The Russians trump card, energy supplied to Europe.

    The Germans, though, lead the European Union in alternative energy production.
    Name/URL Bob tells us that Dresden is a gloomy place, cold and damp, this as part of his fictional story about his 'niece'.
    Anonymous checks out the background of Name/URL Bob's story, and confirms it is a fiction.
    That Dresden is a pleasant place, on the sunny side of the street.

    allen takes issue with describing the weather in Dresden, not having researched the situation, there.
    It turns out that the future of European independence from the Russian Bear is home based in Dresden.

    That solar technologies, of Heliatek ... a global leader in organic power technology make Dresden a strategic center in the political power play going on in the Ukraine.

    The Story takes many twists and turns, is brought on by Name/URL Bob's lies and the ignorant remarks of allen, concerning the weather in Dresden, which is now globally important, on a strategic basis, due to the solar energy technologies being developed, there.

    Dresden has become one of the cornerstones of European energy independence.
    We'd have never learned that, if Name/URL Bob told the truth, but he did not lead us to the truth ...

    Anonymous did, despite the protestations of allen

  32. allen takes issue with close to 100,000 veterans being victimized by VA, Yahoo.

    1. I suggest you write your Congressman.
      Or if your Senators were amongst the 41 Republicans that voted against the American Legion endorsed VA reform act, in February, those Senators.

      The Republican in the House that heads the Committee in charge of the VA, he does not want to privatize the system, but empower the Administration to have more effective administrative powers in regards to personnel.

      So, obviously the current system is not effective and it was the system that the Obama Administration inherited.
      I suggest you advocate for whatever reform you think would be effective in providing superior services to the beneficiaries of the system.

    2. ... use of VA services for veterans in the U.S.
      Six percent (population estimate: 1.7 million) report receiving all of their health care at the VA,
      an additional 6.9% (population estimate: 1.9 million) report receiving some of their health care at the VA,
      and the majority of veterans (population estimate: 24 million) report receiving no health care at the VA.

    3. 3.6 million patients - 100,000 'victimized' in some way ...

      2.7% of the patients are 'victims' of the bureaucracy ...

      What if more of the eligible veterans sign up for VA healthcare. There seems to be 21 million of those.
      Bet the system would breakdown, totally.

    4. The VA "Victimization" Rate of 2.7% is much lower than the malpractice litigation rates of Private Providers

      Psychiatrists and pediatricians faced the lowest risk of a malpractice claim. Their rates were 2.6 percent and 3.1 percent per year, respectively.

      Brain surgeons and surgeons who operate on the chest or the heart faced the highest rates -- 19.1 percent and 18.9 percent, respectively.

    5. Heinrich, the grotesque little actuary has spoken.

    6. Ad hominem arguments are a preferred tool for people who ran out of real arguments (or are unable to understand someone else's opinion in the first place).
      It's so much easier to just attack another person instead of attacking his arguments (especially if the other person is right.)

  33. That Lester Crown is a goddamned genius.

    That guy can tap his toe and millions of Egyptians dance to the music.

    He can even control the weather in Dresden.


    Deuce, please.....

    1. Ad hominem arguments are a preferred tool for people who ran out of real arguments (or are unable to understand someone else's opinion in the first place).
      It's so much easier to just attack another person instead of attacking his arguments (especially if the other person is right.)

    2. Bob, yesterday you said Deuce had "Broken Bad", today you said "perhaps in pillow talk, you've been liberated from a functioning mind"

      Now you want him to save you from yourself.

      You really are pitiful

      Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant.
      Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both ...
      Thomas Jefferson

    3. Bob is right.

      Deuce done got all fucked up.


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  35. All it takes is a simple sentence or a link and the cacophonous Capuchin takes to the keyboard with his tiny digits and writes reams. Lower life forms are so readily conditioned.

    1. If that is what you consider to be reams, like Bob,you are not writer.

    2. ... like Bob,you are not Awriter.

  36. #Bring Back
    ratfree Blogging

    1. Remove the Anonymous and Name/URL options, works for me.


  37. I am a Jack Ass.


    1. No, you're a Name/URL Counterfeit Loser.
      Which amounts to the same thing.

  38. I am a Jack Aas.

    My name is Jack Ass Hawkins.

    Everyone that reads this sorry blog knows my name and my game.

    I am Jack Ass Hawkins.

  39. Sorry.

    I am a Jack Ass.

    And have proven it.

    Jack Ass Hawkins.

  40. I LOVE Judge Jeanine Pirro.

    She just took Obama a p a r t on Fox News for releasing those killers.

    She is a WONDERFUL WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!

  41. RUFUS, your guy Obama is JUST TOTALLY FULL OF SHIT.

    1. So, so sad, what a poor pitiful being Bob has become.

      “If he is weak enough to grow smaller to fit himself to his covering,
      then it becomes a process of gradual suicide by shrinkage of the soul.”
      ― Rabindranath Tagore

    2. Well, at least we have no internet death threats out of you this morning, crapper.

  42. The crapper, folks, got so tied up inside of himself there for a while that he was threatening death to WiO and I.

    He seems to have relaxed a bit and shied away from that shit these days.

  43. He was really twisted up there for a while.

    Deuce took some of the death threats down.

  44. Did I take his threats seriously?

    Yes, more or less. I reported it all to the police agencies.

    So did WiO I think.

    It is a little weird to get threatened with death by some fool you've never met, nor ever hope to meet.

    Kinda strange.

  45. Got a wonderful email with pics from my Niece in Dresden yesterday. There she is with a quizzical look and gesture in her lab coat with another guy.......some other researcher.......she is having a great time..........she got her Master's and is more or less 'on the top of the world' right now..........her parents are so proud, as am I.........she's been published in the Journal of NeuroScience......:)......she really doesn't care much about politics...........